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first_imgUnited States President Barack H. Obama has authorized the use of the experimental drug used on two American nationals, who contracted the deadly Ebola virus disease in Liberia, to be used on two Liberian doctors, who, too, are fighting for their survivals after also contracting the virus, an Executive Mansion release said.Doctors Abraham Borbor and Philip Ireland of the John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Sinkor, would be the first Liberians to try the new drug, which has only been used on three individuals—two in the US and one in Europe.  The drug’s trial, which has raised serious political and medical debate in Liberia, was firstly used on Samaritan Purse Dr. Kent Brantly and Nurse Nancy Writebol, both of whom are US citizens. A third US citizen, Mr. Patrick Sawyer, who also had a Liberian citizenship, died of the disease in Nigeria.  The third person that it was announced the drug would be tried on is a 75-year-old Spanish national, Father Miguel Pajares, who, too, contracted the virus in Liberia, while working at the Liberia Catholic Church-run St. Joseph Catholic Hospital in Monrovia. He has since been flown back to his native Spain.According to the Executive Mansion, the White House and the United States Food and Drug Administration, Monday, August 11, approved the request for sample doses of experimental serum to treat doctors Borbor and Ireland.The approval of the trail is in response to an August 8, 2014 communication sent to President Barrack Obama by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, in which she requested the experimental serum to be used on the affected Liberian doctors.The Executive Mansion said the experimental drugs are to be brought in the country by a representative of the U.S. Government later this week.In a related development, the United Nations Undersecretary and Executive Director of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan, has authorized the dispatch of additional doses of the experimental serum to Liberia to support the treatment of affected doctors. The experimental serum from WHO will be brought in by one of its experts later this week.Health Min GwenigaleMeanwhile, before this announcement came in late Monday evening, Liberia Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter T. Gwenigale had earlier painted the possibility to Liberian lawmakers of Liberia receiving the Ebola virus experimental drug.Appearing before the Liberian Senate on Monday together with other heads of Ministries and Agencies making up the Ebola Task Force, Minister Gwenigale said his Ministry has found the company that is manufacturing the drug, and that efforts are underway to get it from them, “and it is possible that we can get some of that drug.” “Yesterday,” Dr. Gwenigale continued: “I was able to find the company, and talked to them (scientists) and they said if I do certain things, they will be able to see what they could do. When we made the formal request they said because this drug is not yet approved for use, for treating people, they have to get permission from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States before they can send it to us. So I think the FDA has said that it can come; we had to talk to one of our former Ambassadors accredited here who is now a diplomat in charge of African Affairs at the State Department.”Minister Gwenigale had also informed the Senate at the Special Extraordinary Session that his Ministry has decided to separate the Ebola response from regular health activities, according to him, his Ministry has not been paying attention to other things that people are dying from.“This morning, I wrote a memo designating Tolbert Nyenswah, Assistance Minister for Preventive Services to be the person that will response to Ebola questions, and he will be helped by our partners that are helping us. Dr. Bernice Dahn, who is the Chief Medical Officer will go back to try to rebuild our health system and deal with those issues that have nothing to do with Ebola.” Dr. Gwenigale further disclosed that more help is now coming from the World Health Organization (WHO), US Disaster Relief and from the US CDC.Regarding the provision of attractive salary and incentives for health workers, who are considered as frontline soldiers, Dr. Gwenigale said money needed to help the health workers is a budgetary matter that can be addressed by the Legislature. “If they put in the budget the amount of US$100 per person, I will be happy, but we calculated that and it went to US$10 million, minus other needs such as medicine for the health centers and clinics.”Travel BanPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has suspended all travel by government officials who are part of the Executive Branch of Government with immediate effect.According to an Executive Mansion release these include government officials of all Ministries, Agencies, Public Corporations, Commissions, and Parastatals that are under the Executive Branch for a period of one month.The Liberian leader has also instructed all government officials currently out of the country, whether on government or private visit, to return home within a week or be considered as abandoning their jobs.She is urging all government officials of the Executive Branch to take due note of this directive.Other Appearance at the SenateAlso appearing at the session Monday, Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai told the Senators that the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) came into picture as members of the Joint Security Task Force, with the mandate among other things, to ensure that the unprotected movement of citizens is managed, in the wake of the State of Emergency declared by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.During the containment, Defense Minister Samukai said the Army at the various checkpoints will among other stringent measures provide uninhibited movement of the health workers, members of the international community, diplomatic corps, government officials, all of which are to be screened without exception at those locations and allowed passage.The Army will also allow movement of humanitarian goods, as well as rice, fuels and other necessities to locations that may be needed; and the commander insight might use his discretion on those issues he considers emergency to save life.Minister Samukai confirmed the existence of long queues of vehicles at the Klay Checkpoint in Bomi County, and St. Paul Bridge between Bong and Lofa Counties. “We have no intention to allow those vehicles to pass; they need to wait for the next 21 days to hear what the health workers will tell them about the all-is-clear signal. Other than that we have no intention to allow those vehicles to pass. We will appreciate that no one calls from the public; from anywhere to us to want to grant special access or pass to anyone, we will refuse. I want to say that it is not out of disrespect, but just that all of us are Liberians can be a part of this one effort to contain this virus.”He said it is not possible to manage Ebola cases if there is an outbreak in every sector of the society; and that it will not be possible for the security to provide the kind of assistance needed if containment is not put in place.Meanwhile, there has been a suggestion by the health authorities that the Southeast of the country which is yet to be affected by the Ebola virus, to be cut off from the counties that are currently fighting the epidemic.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img– sections of community furiousMost of the residents in the Amerindian Village of Kamarang in Region 7 (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have raised concerns after a convicted child molester who has been elected to the office of Toshao.Residents say they were shocked when the Returning Officer declared victory in favour of Luther Krammer.A senior member of Kamarang Village spoke to Guyana Times following the results, and it was then related that, a few years ago, Krammer had been accused of molesting a 9-year-old and had been sentenced to eighteen months in jail. The newly elected Toshao was released from prison only in 2017.As per the Amerindian Act of 2006, nominations were held for the Office of Toshao, and a villager nominated Krammer, who accepted the nomination. Following the nomination, several villagers approached the Returning Officer and questioned the nomination, only to be met with silence.“On the day of nomination, someone nominated a person who has a criminal record for child molestation, and he was convicted and sentenced to 18 months in prison; and it has only been about a year ago since he was released from prison.When that nomination was made, a person asked the returning officer whether it is right for a criminal, a person who has a criminal record, to be nominated to head a village, and the Retuning Officer didn’t answer at all,” the villager said.“The very person won the contest, and lots of people, despite the fact that he won this election, are dissatisfied and very unhappy because he had won this election. We need an exposure to let the authorities know that such a thing we cannot really feel good about it, and that is the very matter that is bothering many of us,” the villager explained.Krammer has been living in Kamarang for most of his life. Prior to his molestation conviction, he was a teacher at the Kamarang Primary School. It was while he was a teacher that he molested one of his students, and according to the villagers, there may be more victims.Krammer has since been dismissed from his post as a teacher, and now works in the mining industry.The villagers are now calling for another election, since they are dissatisfied with Krammer’s past and feel he would not be able to represent their interests.The functions of the Village Council include providing planning and development of the village; managing and regulating the use and occupation of village lands; and providing strategic direction and advice to the village.Efforts to contact both ministers of Indigenous Peoples’ Affairs proved futile.However, this is not the first time someone who is accused of child molestation would be elected to serve in governance. During the 2016 Local Government Elections, APNU-backed candidate for Constituency Thirteen (East and West Ruimveldt Georgetown), Winston Harding, created quite a stir after it was revealed that he was charged at least two times with child molestation. Unlike Krammer, he was never convicted for the offence.Harding would eventually be elected as representative of the Constituency, and currently holds the post of Councillor in the Georgetown Municipality.Following the allegations, Harding’s party had withdrawn support for him, despite its Campaign Leader, current Health Minister Volda Lawrence, saying that Harding’s sister, Sharon Harding, was responsible for the accusations, which were an ongoing family matter.last_img read more

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first_img– Opposition, Govt clash over NICIL/SPU, Public Security Ministry allocationsAfter a week of crutiny from the parliamentary Opposition, the National Assembly on Friday approved the $300.7 billion Budget estimates. But the final day saw some fireworks as the Finance and Public Security Ministries were scrutinised.In the case of the Finance Ministry, the parliamentary Opposition was especially concerned about the finances of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited’s (NICIL) Special Purpose Unit (SPU). “When we established the SPU, which is a temporary arrangement until they finalise the sale of the assets no longer under the purview of [Guyana Sugar Corporation] GuySuCo. And so technically to separate the activities of the general NICIL from the arrangement, we decided to fund that out of the Treasury,” Finance Minister Winston Jordan explained.“NICIL would not have been in a position, out of its cash flow, to fund the activities of the SPU. Taking into consideration some of the recommendations from the inquiry into NICIL, most of the funding that went there are now paid directly into the Treasury. So they do not command the kind of resources they commanded prior to 2015.”Queries from Opposition parliamentarian Juan Edghill revealed that Government has yet to begin repaying the interest on the $30 billion syndicated bond it borrowed for GuySuCo, much less the principle.However, the Finance Minister indicated that they have a deadline of May 2019 to begin repaying the bond. In light of this, the Minister insisted that they were not in default.“The bond total is $30 billion, but it has two tranches; $16 and $14 billion repsectively. Only the $16 billion has been drawn down. The interest on the bond is premised on the sale of the assets of GuySuCo.”“So it is my understanding that by (May) of next year, they should be in a position to start making some sales. They are supposed to have some land sales going. Already there has been tremendous interest for land based on tenders, but Cabinet is considering the mechanism that will trigger these sales,” he said.Public securityThe Public Security Ministry was also examined. Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan was quizzed on various allocations and what the Administration is doing to ensure the prisons are kept secure.Asked point blank by his predecessor, Clement Rohee, whether he was satisfied with the current strength of systems in the prisons, Ramjattan made it clear he was not. Rohee asked what he was doing about it, in light of his dissatisfaction.Elaborating on his candid “No”, Ramjattan said Government has been restructuring the prison system, trying to incentivising ranks and trying to recruit officers who are up to the task of managing prisoners.Furthered questioned by MP Harry Gill, the Minister noted that they are procuring surveillance equipment and have also been getting better acquainted with the guards, all to cut down on smuggling. Ramjattan stressed, however, that families of prisoners must desist from bribing officers. He called for a change of the bribing culture in Guyana.Giving some insight into the new designs that will replace the razed Georgetown prisons, Ramjattan said the steel cells which will be built will be portable. Hence, he noted that if need be, these cells can be transported to different locations.Justifying the portable steel cell model, Ramjattan said at present they do not have an appropriately large location to construct a new prison that can be close enough to transport remand prisons to court in Georgetown. In the interim, however, he said the experts are in discussion with them for a suitable location for such a prison in Demerara.Budget 2019, themed ‘Transforming the Economy, Empowering People, Building Sustainable Communities for Good Life’ is the Administration’s fifth since coming to office in 2015. It is also the largest.last_img read more

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first_imgThe deadline to nominate someone for a Community Award is getting closer.Those interested have until June 1st to submit nomination papers for one of the many categories. The Gala was postponed in April, to allow more time for nomination papers to be submitted.The Gala was originally scheduled for April 23rd. Last month, organizer Karin Carlson said the committee was going to make the application process as easy as possible. Anyone can nominate someone who makes a difference in the community.- Advertisement -Some of the categories include Athlete of the Year, Performing Artist of the Year and Environmental Benefactor of the Year. Nomination forms are due by June 1st.Click the attachment below for a nomination form. Or, they are available at the North Peace Leisure Pool and the Visitor Information Center.For more information visit, www.fortstjohn.caAdvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgMohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil 5th annual futsal…The knockouts begin tonight with the quarter-final matches of the Mohamed’s Enterprise/ExxonMobil fifth annual futsal tournament, which kicks off from 19:00h.This evening will feature Progressive Ballers versus Germans in the first match followed by Quiet Storm vs DC Ballers in game two while Goodfellas will match skills with Russians in the third quarter-final before the feature match between the crowd favourites Figgy Green Jaguars and Haynes Hitters.When the action continued on Wednesday night, Figgy Green Jags, Good Fellas, Germans and Quiet Storm have each topped their respective groups and secured their places in the quarter-final round.Figgy Green Jags are being dubbed one of the favourites to clinch the championship by the fans in the mining town and rightfully so after edging one of the stronger teams in the tournament, Silver Bullets, 2-1 on Wednesday, to top Group A with a perfect record.Runic Velloza smashed four goals while his teammate Joel Isaacs netted a brace as Good Fellas held their nerve to get past West Side Ballers 6-5. Marvin Josiah scored a hat-trick for the West Demerara-based team while Stephon Jupiter and Lennox Cort added one goal each for the men from Region Four.Silver Bullets went down 4-1 to Amelia Ward’s Russians. Travis Watinton buried a hat-trick while Ruel Williams added one goal for the winners and Jamine Samuel scored the solitary goal for the losers.Germans’ Andre Mayers banged in a late hat-trick in their 7-2 final group game win over Achievers to secure their quarter-final berth.In other results, DC Ballers defeated Young Kings 5-3 while Hardball negotiated Presidential Family 7-4, and Quiet Storm plundered a depleted Swag FC 8-4 to top their group.The final of the tournament is set for August 18 and the runners-up will receive a handsome $250,000, third $100,000 and fourth place $50,000 in the competition, which has been sanctioned by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF).last_img read more

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first_imgThe previous weekend’s top movie, Sony’s action tale “Resident Evil: Extinction,” fell a steep 66 percent from its opening-weekend gross, finishing in third-place with $8 million and raising its total to $36.8 million. Johnson was the latest action hero aiming to broaden his audience with a family film. With a PG rating, “The Game Plan” took advantage of a long dry spell for kid-friendly movies as parents with children made up two-thirds of the audience. “There was definitely pent-up demand for people who don’t necessarily want to go to the heavy R-rated films,” said Chuck Viane, head of distribution for Disney. “The entire general audience has been underserved lately.” “The Kingdom” faced heavy competition from other violent R-rated films, among them “3:10 to Yuma,” “The Brave One” and “Eastern Promises.” Though not an overtly political film, “The Kingdom” also had to test audience interest for action tales set against the war on terrorism. “If you’re going to tell stories like this, you’re going to tell stories of what’s actually going on in our world. It’s very difficult, challenging subject matter,” said Nikki Rocco, head of distribution for Universal. “Either you’re going to like this kind of movie or you’re not.” In limited release, Fox Searchlight’s “The Darjeeling Limited” opened strongly, taking in $140,000 at two New York City theaters on Saturday and Sunday, following its premiere Friday at the New York Film Festival. Focus Features’ World War II saga “Lust, Caution” also did well in its debut at one New York City theater, taking in $61,688. From director Ang Lee (“Brokeback Mountain”), the NC-17-rated “Lust, Caution” features scenes of explicit sex as a Chinese woman goes undercover in a plot to kill a man collaborating with invading Japanese forces. Both films expand to more theaters Friday. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson had the winning game plan at the box office. Disney’s “The Game Plan,” starring Johnson as a football quarterback whose bachelor lifestyle is disrupted by the arrival of a daughter he never knew he had, opened as the top weekend flick with $22.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The weekend had looked like a showdown between “The Game Plan” and Universal’s Middle East thriller “The Kingdom,” which stars Jamie Foxx and Jennifer Garner as members of a U.S. team investigating a terrorist attack in Saudi Arabia. But “The Kingdom” fell short, debuting at No. 2 with a solid $17.7 million. last_img read more

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first_imgJohn Criste said days like Saturday really get him excited about high school swimming. For the second time since his decision in November to transfer to Mission Viejo High, the former Saugus standout had the opportunity to race against some familiar faces at the 33rd TYR/Mission Viejo Invitational. “It’s an opportunity to swim against good competition and have a good time on a great day out at the pool,” said Criste, who last competed against area swimmers March 18 at the Southern Section Relays at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. “It’s really cool to have this kind of atmosphere.” Criste, last year’s Daily News Swimmer of the Year, competed against Oaks Christian of Westlake Village’s Kevin Nielsen the 2005 Newcomer of the Year in the 200-yard individual medley. Criste, a junior, finished second to teammate Andrew Godbe, and Nielsen, a sophomore, was fifth. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIn the 100 breaststroke, Criste the defending Southern Section Div. I champion won in 56.77 seconds, defeating Godbe and the rest of the competition by more than two seconds. Criste’s fastest time this season came at the American Short Course Championships in Texas in early March, when he clocked 55.95 in the prelims. He was shaved and tapered for that meet but didn’t rest in preparation for Saturday’s competition. “This week, I got worked so hard, especially in dry land, so I was really sore when I woke up Friday morning,” said Criste, who helped defending Southern Section Div. I champion Mission Viejo to a second-place finish in the team competition to reigning North Coast Section champion Campolindo of Moraga. “I just came in wanting to stay afloat. But when Andrew threw down in the 200 IM, I was like, `Great, a race.’ “I got a little back in the 100 breast, but it’s a friendly rivalry. We just push each other to do better.” Criste, who competed against former Foothill League rival Hart at the Southern Section Relays, finished third in the individual high-point standings. Teammate Scott Sorge and Nuview Bridge of Nuevo’s Wil Whaley shared the high-point title after winning two races apiece. Building momentum: If it were up to the swimmers at Hart and Valencia, they wouldn’t wait until May 1 to hold the Foothill League prelims. The intensity created by the teams at Friday’s Santa Clarita Relays suggests this year’s Foothill championship meet could be one of the best in the league’s 24-year history. Valencia’s girls’ team held off Hart 52-45 to repeat as champion, and Hart’s boys survived a late surge by the Vikings to defend their title with a 49-45 victory. “I was impressed with all the kids,” said Hart girls’ coach Gina McCarthy, whose team won the first two events, then watched as Valencia pulled away with five consecutive victories. “If I go to a football game, I want to see a great game and I want to be entertained. I can definitely say that about this meet.” The Vikings handed the Indians two heartbreaking losses, with Megan Machynia holding off Rachael Krager by one one-hundredth of a second in the 200 butterfly relay and Michelle Kroll rallying to defeat Samantha Tamashiro by 0.35 in the 400 free relay. erik.boal@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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first_imgWith Father’s Day just two days away, many of us are scrambling for last minute pairs of socks and aftershave.Lacking inspiration? Here are six ideas on how you can treat your dad this Sunday:  (1) Take him to the match. Donegal is set to take on Tyrone on Sunday, with kickoff at 2.00 pm in St. Tiernach’s Park in Clones. With a close score expected, this re-match of last year’s Ulster final is bound to be an enjoyable day out for GAA mad dads.  (2) Treat him to a carvery lunch. This week over 1,000 of our readers voted for the top ten places spots across the county to get a delicious carvery lunch, with The Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny pulling the top spot.  (3) Explore the world-famous landmarks on your doorstep. In Donegal we have been graced with the title Coolest Place on the Planet, Ireland’s hidden gem, and Donegal is also home to Ireland’s top hidden beach. Why not bring your dad out for a spin to one of our gorgeous landmarks? Fanad Head, Slieve League, Glenveagh, Mount Errigal… after all, the weather is set to be glorious this weekend. (4) Check out the Donegal Rally.  The Joule Donegal International Rally takes this place this weekend, with thousands visiting Donegal for the event.If you can’t get out to the event, don’t fret! Be sure to check out our live coverage anchored by Charlie Collins, with Chris McNulty and Toni Kelly providing the end-of-stage and service reports. Find out how to tune in by clicking here. (5) Make something thoughtful. Think of something you know he will appreciate, like putting his favourite feel-good songs onto a CD that he can have handy in the car, or dig out your old baby photos and make a collage or put them in a nice picture frame. (6) Completely strapped for cash? Instead of buying him something, why not make him breakfast in bed, put on the fire, and treat him to a pint in the evening? It truly is the thought that counts.  Happy father’s day to all the Donegal dads!6 ways to treat your dad this Father’s Day was last modified: June 16th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Father’s Dayideaslast_img read more

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first_imgFound them!JAMES McClean’s missing dogs have been found – in Killea!The Ireland international offered a reward last night after the dogs went missing in Derry.He had feared they were stolen. But it turns out they’d made their way out of the city….and heading for Donegal.The dogs were found thanks to McClean using his Twitter account to make an emotional plea for their return.Gerry Lennon and Tony Hegarty were able to given the former Derry City man the information he needed.McClean later publicly thanked the duo for their help….with the dogs found within two hours of his public appeal. “You have no idea how much I appreciate this,” said James in a tweet. SOCCER STAR McCLEAN’S MISSING DOGS FOUND IN KILLEA was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DerrydonegalJames McCleanKilleaMissing Dogslast_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The defense, under the direction of coordinator Mark Gibbons, registered its most dominating performance of the season, sacking Saugus quarterback Zach Summers 10 times. “It’s an honor to be a part of this defense,’ said senior defensive lineman Brian Lynch, who had three sacks. “It doesn’t matter if you’re individually putting up great stats or not, this defense plays together and wins together.’ While the Golden Knights limited Summers to seven completions for 51 yards, his counterpart, Golden Knights quarterback Stephen Peterson, had an effective evening. The junior connected on 15 of 21 passes for 105 yards and had a critical fourth-quarter touchdown that iced the game for St. Francis (5-0). On a second and goal from the 12- yard line, Peterson was flushed from a collapsing pocket only to find a huge gap on the right side of the field. The quarterback scampered untouched into the end zone for a touchdown that put the game out of reach. LA CANADA FLINTRIDGE –There was no overtime thriller or one- point white knuckler this time around when the St. Francis High School football team met up with Saugus High Friday night at Friedman Field. Rather, Friday night’s game was a methodical, clock-killing clinic put on by the Golden Knights, as they defeated the Centurions 20-0. Though this year’s contest might have lacked in excitement in comparison to last year’s 35-34 double- overtime thriller, St. Francis coach Jim Bonds couldn’t have been happier. “Last year’s game was a barn- burner, a great game if you’re a football fan,’ Bonds said. “But I prefer not turning the ball over like we did last year. This time we didn’t have any turnovers, while collecting a couple of fumbles. That’s the type of game I like and the type the coaches are proud of.’ center_img “We had worked all week on game planning for this team,’ Peterson said. “It feels good to get some more reps in this game and be able to control the clock.’ The Golden Knights held the ball for nearly 27 minutes of the game, almost eliminating the second and third quarters for Saugus (2-3) when St. Francis held the ball for 16 of a possible 24 minutes. “We had an excellent game tonight from everyone,’ Bonds said. “We haven’t been 5-0 in quite some time. It feel pretty good.’ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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