OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “He guarded June Mar all game long. We didn’t want to put Japeth on June Mar because we didn’t want Japeth to get in foul trouble, so that chore went to Raymond. And then, he hit big shots and made big plays on his own,” he said. “It was amazing. He played out of his mind tonight and I can’t thank him enough at this point because we really needed a big game from somebody.”Aguilar’s breakout performance was just the kind of game Cone needs from the Gin Kings, especially with the team cautious in breaking in Greg Slaughter back from his injury.“The good thing about what we’re going through now is we’re developing trust in guys that we’re not used to trusting. Guys like Raymond are stepping up and playing big for us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year PBA IMAGESFor once, it was the other Aguilar, who shone in the spotlight.The seldom-used Raymond Aguilar provided Barangay Ginebra a big lift on Sunday, helping the Gin Kings snap their three-game slide after a 100-96 win over the June Mar Fajardo-led San Miguel Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Aguilar finished with 16 points and made such a big impact in close to 30 minutes of action that his head coach Tim Cone couldn’t stop himself from raving about the former National University slotman’s performance.“I can’t talk enough about Raymond Aguilar — the other Aguilar, for once. He was just phenomenal,” Cone said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith Cone not putting Japeth Aguilar as Fajardo’s primary defender in a move to keep him from getting into foul trouble, the tall order of defending the reigning four-time MVP was now on Raymond.And the 32-year-old big man went on to defy his coach’s expectations and gave Fajardo all he could handle while also giving a boost offensively. Fajardo shrugs off SMB’s first loss Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Mabaruma mayoral election fiasco…maintains by-elections should have been heldThe People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Councillors in Mabaruma have collectively decided to continue their boycott of all meetings chaired by incumbent Mayor Rupert Henry Smith after he was re-appointed Mayor by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.In keeping with the instructions of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, the Town Council of Mabaruma, Region One (Barima-Waini) held elections for the posts of Mayor and Deputy Mayor on Monday last.Smith was nominated as the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For ChangeMayor Rupert Henry Smith(APNU/AFC) pick for the mayoral chair while Councillor Vibert Emmanuel was the PPP/C’s pick and following the voting process a tie of 6:6 was declared. This according to Chapter 28:01 resulted in the need for another round of voting, which was done with the same results. However, Town Clerk Barrington Ward wrote to Minister Bulkan requesting his intervention.In a letter dated March 15, Bulkan appointed Smith Mayor.“By virtue of the authority vested in the Minister of Communities in Section 13 (8) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, Chapter 28:01, which also provides that in such circumstances the Minister shall select one of the above-nominated Councillors as the Mayor, it is hereby declared that Councillor Henry Rupert Smith is the Mayor of the municipality of Mabaruma for the ensuing year,” the letter noted.This, however, did not go down well with the PPP/C Councillors, who were furious at the Minister’s appointment, since they have a matter of similar nature before the courts. The Councillors have collectively decided to continue their protest of boycotting all meetings chaired by Smith.This position was related to Guyana Times by Opposition Member of ParliamentPPP/C MP Collin Croal(MP) for the Region, Collin Croal. He noted that the Councillors would continue working for the betterment of their constituents, but would not support the person that sat in the mayoral chair unless a democratic process was employed for his or her election.“The Councillors all would continue to do their work and attend the committee meetings and the statutory meeting, but when the instrument is handed over (at the statutory meeting) and the Mayor have to chair it, then they will walk out of that meeting,” he explained.“By staying there and recognising the Mayor would give legitimacy to his post and it was not a democratic process that got him there,” Croal added.Croal further related that in the event of a second tie, according to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, the power to break that tie lay with the registered voters within the town. According to Section 13(6) of the Municipal and District Councils Act, “on account of equality of votes, the Town Clerk shall appoint a date not later than December 28 in the same year for the election of the Mayor from the tied candidates by the voters whose names appear on the register of voters, for the time being in force, for the city.”In April of 2017, Justice Diana Inshanally quashed the appointment of Smith as the Mayor and ordered that fresh elections be held. The ruling was as a result of PPP’s Zulfikar Mustapha challenging the decision by Bulkan to appoint a mayor after there was a 6-6 tie in the number of seats won at the 2016 Local Government Elections.Justice Inshanally noted that the appointment violated the Municipal and District Councils Act because it was “is in excess of and without jurisdiction, made in bad faith, is unreasonable, arbitrary, capricious, based upon irrelevant and improper considerations, mala fide, malicious, vindictive, unlawful, ultra vires, null, void, and of no legal effect”.With the same situation playing out again, Croal said that they were still awaiting a ruling on the 2016 case, which would decide if they were to challenge Smith’s appointment once again.He added that they would continue their protest as Smith was expected to be sworn in as Mayor for a third term soon.
Regional economic outlookBy Jarryl BryanThe International Monetary Fund (IMF) is projecting Guyana’s inflation would continue to rise in 2018. This is a dangerous development, even as the country struggles to shake off the effects of a slowdown in the economy.According to the IMF in its Regional Economic Outlook Update on Latin America and the Caribbean, economic growth in Guyana is being supported by two large gold mines and “positive sentiment ahead of oil production.”According to the IMF, Guyana’s projected output growth (value for goods it produces) for 2017 is 3.5 per cent. For the year 2018 it is 3.6 per cent. But the IMF also projected a 2.6 per cent rise in inflation (rate at which prices for goods and services increase) for 2017, while a 2.7 per cent increase is expected for next year.Indeed, inflation has been steadily rising over the years, with the financial organisation noting that in 2014 it stood at 1.2 per cent. In 2016 it rose to 1.5 per cent.“After disappointing growth over the past few years, economic activity in Latin America remains on track to recover gradually in 2017–18, as the global economy gathers steam and recessions in a few countries in the region come to an end,” the IMF stated in the report.“Long-term growth, however, remains weak, hampering income convergence toward advanced economy levels. Fiscal space to support demand is limited, particularly for commodity exporters. But monetary policy can play a supportive role, because inflation has been moderating rapidly,” it added.The IMF urged Governments to urgently press ahead with much-needed structural reforms, to ensure that growth is sustained and inclusive. It recommended that countries improve their infrastructure, invest in human capital, encourage more females in the labour force, increase oversight of the labour market, enhance governance and anti-corruption efforts, and take steps to further trade.Mid-year reportThe Finance Ministry’s half-year report was released in July of this year. It had stated that inflation, as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for Georgetown, was recorded at 1.1 per cent in June 2017. According to the Mid-Year report, the main driver of inflation in the first half of 2017 continued to be food prices.“Prices grew significantly for pulse and pulse products, 14.5 per cent; condiments and spices, 7.1 per cent; cereals and cereal products, 5.2 per cent; oils and fats, 4.3 per cent; and vegetables and vegetable products, 4.1 per cent.“Prices for transport and communication, medical and personal care; and education, recreation and culture also recorded increases in the first half of 2017,” the report had stated, also expressing optimism that the inflation rate would be kept in check.The IMF’s observation that Guyana has gold to thank for its economic performance is telling, since the Mid-Year report had revealed mining to be among the sectors on the decline when compared to the corresponding period in 2016. The declining sectors had also included sugar, livestock, forestry, quarrying, and even the bauxite industry.It showed that sugar production was recorded at 49,606 tonnes at the half-year, and when compared to 56,645 tonnes during the first half of 2016, represented a decline of 12.4 per cent. The livestock industry also contracted by 10.9 per cent in the first half of 2017, due to heavy rainfall severely affecting production, especially in the second quarter.The forestry industry also showed an 18.2 per cent contraction in the first six months of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016. Declining production within the forestry industry was due to structural changes in the industry.The mining and quarrying sector contracted by 4.0 per cent, during the first half of 2017. Gold production fell by 1.7 per cent to 317,096 ounces in the first half of 2017, compared to the same period in 2016.Also, it showed the bauxite industry declined by 11.5 per cent as a result of reduced production of higher valued grades.
Coincidentally, Mathare was the last side to inflict a loss on Gor and they replicated the same result from April, on the same ground to pick only their third victory over K’Ogalo since 2009.It wasn’t really the best day for Gor. All the signs that lady luck had smiled away from them were evident in the second minute when Karim Nizigiyimana limped off injured after twisting his ankleGor Mahia fans rallying behind their team. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIt was a strange day for Gor and Kerr as for the first time in a long while, the 15-time KPL champions felt a bit lonely without their strong 12th man as the stadium was quiet with few Green Army turning up.Up until about the 20th minute when a few drum-beating, slogan chanting fans arrived, the Thika Sub-County Stadium was as dead as a dodo with a few scattered fans across the dias.The Kenyan Premier League leaders fell behind for the first time since the arrival of British Coach Dylan Kerr in the fifth minute when Oduor slapped home his 10th goal of the season from the edge of the area after Cliff Nyakeya, a former Gor Youth academy product teed him up from a Chris Ochieng cross.It wasn’t an exactly good day in the office for Gor as nothing was working for them. The absence of midfield kingpin Ernest Wendo was screaming loud with Rwandese Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza sent in to deputize him struggling to slip into the massive boots left.Gor lost the ball cheaply at the centre of the pack and their usual creative mind Kenneth Muguna found it tough to spray his usual defense splitting through balls with Roy Okal and Edward Seda dominating play with Oduor doing perfectly well in the supportive play.Gor Mahia midfielder Jean Claude Mugiraneza vies for the ball with m,athare United’s Edward Seda in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Stadium on October 14, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaThey had to wait until the half hour mark to have their first real chance of the game and Mathare shot stopper Levis Opiyo was the only standing wall between them and an equalizer.The keeper leapt well to his left to pick out a curling freekick from Francis Kahata which had come over the wall and managed to spring back superbly to stop Wellington Ochieng’s effort after the defender sprinted to the rebound.Four minutes later, Nyakeya had a go at goal from almost 40 yards with a screaming shot after the Gor defense cleared a corner right on his path.Mathare United goalkeeper Levis Opiyo clears the ball with team-MATES. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAOn the turn, Opiyo was once again in super form to stop Gor. The ball fell kindly on an unmarked Kahata at the far left after Tuyisenge’s miscued kick and the left footed midfielder set himself up with the first touch before slicing a stinging shot which Opiyo punched away for a corner.Four minutes into the second half, Mathare United had a brilliant chance to go two up but Boniface Oluoch kept Gor in the game. Chris Ochieng burst into the edge of the box, shot at goal but Oluoch stretched out a foot to block the effort.Eight minutes later, they had a great opportunity with a freekick from the edge of the box when Harun Shakava’s outstretched to Chirs Ochieng’s face, but Nyakeya sent the effort straight to the wall.Mathare United’s goal scorer Chris Oduor controls the ball under pressure from Gor Mahia midfielder Jean Baptiste Mugiraneza in a Kenyan Premier League match at the Thika Stadium on October 14, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaBut Gor started to assert themselves more into the game, attacking more and keeping possession better. Jack Tuyisenge had two chances in the space of four minutes, but both went begging.On the hour mark, the Rwandese forward outmuscled Okal for the ball before finding shooting space from the edge but his shot went straight to Opiyo in the Mathare goal.In the 64th minute, Tuyisenge’s dipping header from a Kenneth Muguna freekick went slightly over the bar with Opiyo beaten.Two minutes on the turn, Mathare should have put the game to bed but they wasted yet another glorious opportunity.Musa Mohammed’s clearance came off Mugiranza’s back and Chris Ochieng picked the ball into the box, sliding past keeper Oluoch, but he took too much time with the ball allowing Mohammed back to block his eventual effort.With Timothy Otieno coming in for George Odhiambo for Gor, it was a clear attacking intent. The league leaders piled pressure hoping for an equalizer but their efforts came to nothing. The closest they came was via a Kahata freekick which curled beyond the wall but was saved by Opiyo.Mugiraneza had another late effort deep in stoppage time with a lone header at the far post but it was easily collected by Opiyo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chris Ochieng wheels away celebrating his lone goal against Gor Mahia in a Kenyan Premier League match at Thika Stadium on October 14, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 14- Dylan Kerr suffered his first loss since taking charge of Gor Mahia on Saturday as Chris Oduor’s fifth minute strike saw 2008 Kenyan Premier League champions Mathare United complete a rare double over the league leaders.It was a momentous victory for the slum boys as they eased their relegation fears, moving to 30 points on the log to inch closer to survival, while for Gor Mahia it was their title charge that would be forced to wait a bit longer.
0Shares0000Pep Guardiola says Manchester City are still short of their peak form © AFP / Glyn KIRKLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 5 – Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester City’s Premier League rivals that the champions are still well below their peak despite powering to a 2-0 win over Chelsea in the Community Shield.Guardiola’s team wrapped up their pre-season preparations by sweeping aside Chelsea in the prestigious friendly at Wembley on Sunday. Sergio Aguero’s early opener and a second-half strike from the Argentina forward — goals that took his career haul for City to 201 — ensured the title favourites picked up where they left off in last season’s record-breaking campaign.But ominously for Liverpool, Tottenham and Manchester United — all hoping to dethrone City — Guardiola revealed his players are still well short of full fitness after only a handful of training sessions following the World Cup.“We are satisfied, but still we are far away from the (best) physical condition. The players are in bad, bad conditions,” Guardiola said.“We didn’t train a lot this week. We wanted to arrive fresh in this heat.It’s complicated for all of them but they are so competitive. It’s not easy to play after such a short time. My hat’s off to them.“We have seven days to train this week and hopefully we can increase that level.“Now we focus on Arsenal. The training? Two sessions a day.”Whatever their fitness issues, City looked slick enough in the sweltering north London sunshine as they ran Chelsea ragged.Guardiola’s men could have won by five and, ahead of their Premier League opener at Arsenal on Sunday, the Spaniard plans to strengthen his already formidable squad even further.Having signed Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez from Leicester earlier in pre-season, Guardiola wants a defensive midfielder to increase his options in that area.Asked if City would swoop before Thursday’s transfer deadline, Guardiola said: “I don’t know. We are trying to find maybe one more.“We don’t have players to substitute Fernandinho.“When we take decisions it doesn’t depend on one victory or defeat.”– Aguero praise –Sergio Aguero bagged a brace against Chelsea in the Community Shield © AFP / Ian KINGTONWith Aguero becoming the first City player to break the 200-goal barrier, Guardiola saluted the club’s record scorer for the latest display of his predatory instincts.“We were really impressed when he arrived for pre-season. Often he needs time for his physical condition. He arrived so sharp, so good,” he said.“He feels free. It’s good news for us.”While Aguero hogged the Wembley spotlight, there was also an eye-catching display from Phil Foden.City’s 18-year-old midfielder has long been tipped for stardom and Guardiola believes the England Under-17 World Cup winner is on the brink of a breakthrough campaign.“Phil is part of the first team. He played a few games last season and now he is more mature. He did really well,” Guardiola said.While Guardiola was all smiles, Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri admitted the team’s hectic pre-season schedule has left his players unable to adapt to his tactics.Sarri and company jetted off to Australia just days after his appointment to replace the sacked Antonio Conte three weeks ago.There has been little time to work on Sarri’s trademark attacking style and, with another friendly against Lyon in midweek, the Italian fears his team will be under-prepared going into their opener at Huddersfield on Saturday.“In the second half there was a big difference between us and City from the physical point of view, so we have to work,” he said.“We were not in control of the match. Our pre-season until now has been a bit crazy.”Sarri has still not seen six of his players after the World Cup, including unsettled Belgian stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois, who are both linked with Real Madrid.They will report on Monday and Sarri added: “It’s a long way we have to work. It’s not very easy.“In the next week we have a friendly match again. I prefer in this moment to stay on the pitch with the players only for training.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
0Shares0000Harambee Starlets players line up before their game against Equatorial Guinea at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 16 – The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has rejected Football Kenya federation’s appeal over the inclusion of Equatorial Guinea back into the African Women’s Cup of Nations (AWCON) at their expense.According to the federation, CAS wrote to them Friday morning informing them of the decision, but the federation through its communication chief Barry Otieno says they will still pursue the case. “The final decision by the President of the Appeals Division was to unfortunately reject our application for provisional measures, and we fully understand and respect the decision of the CAS,” FKF said in its statement.The Federation had sought provisional measures over CAF to incorporate Kenya into the Cup of Nations which begins on Saturday in Ghana or failing to this, injunct and suspend the entire tournament until a rightful decision has been made.But the prayers were thrown out by the Swiss based court meaning Equatorial Guinea’s participation in the Cup of Nations remains valid.“Our appeal against CAF is still open, and we will continue to fight for justice to be done in some way, to repair the harm that has been caused to our Starlets, and the people of our nation. We will continue to fight at CAS in order to demonstrate that we as a federation will not sit back and simply accept routine and blatant regulatory breaches that impact the progression of our teams, national or otherwise,” further stated the stern worded statement from Kandanda House.It is a huge heartbreak for Starlets who had already gone into camp for the tournament and had also played a friendly match against Ghana’s Black Queens in readiness for their second appearance at the tournament.FKF had moved to the Arbitration court to protest Equatorial Guinea’s inclusion in the tournament by the CAF Appeals Board with the regional body’s disciplinary board having suspended them for fielding an ineligible player in the two-legged qualifier against Kenya.However, the West Africans still remain suspended by FIFA over the same wrongdoing and even if they finish in the top three at the AWCON, they will not qualify for next year’s World Cup in France.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Leicester striker Andrej Kramaric Leicester City striker Andrej Kramaric says he cannot work out why he isn’t in the team.The Croatia international moved to the King Power from Rijeka in January after the Foxes shelled out a club record fee of £9m.However, since the arrival of Claudio Ranieri this summer, the 24-year-old has made just one Premier League appearance.And now Kramaric has revealed he cannot understand why he is continually being overlooked for a spot in the first-team.“I don’t know why I’m not playing,” Kramaric told 24sata.“The fans love me, they support me and they are sorry I get so few chances. I deserve to play more, it affects my confidence. I don’t know what’s going to happen.” 1
The RCC in Letterkenny.Donegal’s unique and varied culture is a source of immense pride. Our county and its culture have always been intertwined as an all encompassing, evolving force that helps us express and celebrate who we are as a diverse, traditional and modern people.The Cultural Services Division of Donegal County Council provides services to the public in the area of Public Libraries, County Arts Service, Regional Cultural Centre, Public Art Program, County Museum & Archive Service and is preparing its 5 Year Strategic Plan 2016 – 2020 and would like to hear your views and opinions on what the plan should focus on. “By 2020, we want Donegal’s reputation as a leader in culture to be strengthened by our commitment to its development. Donegal County Council believes that to invest in arts, culture, heritage and language is a commitment to a healthier, more fulfilled, prosperous, successful county” stated Seamus Neely, Chief Executive, Donegal County Council.The 5 Year Strategic Plan sets out its vision under six main goals including:Public ParticipationLife Long learning and Social Inclusion Supporting Arts & Arts OrganisationsConserve and promote Cultural InheritanceBuilding relationships with stakeholders and partnersSustainable, high quality Cultural ServiceAs part of the public consultation process the Council would like to hear your views and ideas on what are the cultural issues and challenges facing Donegal at this time, how can the Council’s Cultural Services address these issues and challenges and what do you think the Council should focus on as key priority areas from 2016 to 2020. Submissions should be made by Wednesday 4 May 2016 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.donegalcoco.ieHAVE YOUR SAY: COUNCIL SEEKS OPINIONS ON CULTURAL SERVICES PLAN was last modified: April 19th, 2016 by StephenShare 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)
The trial has started of a man charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Letterkenny.Letterkenny District Court.The man is charged with sexually assaulting the woman on May 17th, 2010. The man pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.The woman is expected to give her evidence by video-link from Australia where she now lives.TRIAL BEGINS OF MAN CHARGED WITH LETTERKENNY SEX ASSAULT was last modified: February 4th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)
SIMI VALLEY – Officer Rick Morton and his German shepherd, Rex, have helped track lost children, catch scores of drug dealers and won top honors over the past four years in competitions testing their ability to work together. Now Rex is nearing retirement at 9 years old, and Morton, 33, was just selected by his peers as Officer of the Year for 2006. “Rick excels in everything he does. He’s an asset to the city,” said Simi Valley Mayor Paul Miller, a former chief of the city’s police department. Morton’s success with Rex in apprehending criminals and winning competitions reflects the time and effort he has put into training and caring for the dog, Miller said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsMorton was inspired to become a policeman by his best friend’s father, who was a SWAT officer with the Los Angeles Police Department. “I grew up hearing his stories and knowing from the age of 5 that this is what I wanted to do,” he said. “By 21, I was an LAPD officer.” He initially worked in the anti-gang (CRASH) unit in the LAPD’s West Los Angeles Division. In 1995, he was transferred to the West Valley Division’s Special Problems Unit. But in 1996, he decided to return to the town where he grew up. “If I’m going to work hard to improve a community, why not improve my own,” said Morton, who has always lived in Simi Valley. “We are fortunate that this community gives the Police Department a lot of support.” Morton has received other honors, including the Police Officers Association of Ventura County’s Medal of Merit in 2001 for his efforts to prevent a Simi Valley woman from committing suicide by burning herself to death. When he found her, she had doused her house with gasoline and was ransacking it in search of a lighter or matches. The gasoline fumes were so strong, a match or a pilot light would have blown the home apart. Still, Morton risked his life to pull the woman to safety. As far as his work with Rex, they won one gold medal, one silver and one bronze at the 2001 World Police and Fire Games in Indiana, and two bronze medals in the same competition in 2005 in Quebec, Canada. They also won the overall top award, the “Top Dog” honors, at the SWAT and K-9 Interacting During Deployment Competition in 2004 in Oxnard, and in 2005 they won the Top Dog honors and Team Champion award at the Redondo Beach K-9 Trials, the largest police K-9 competition in Southern California. For the past four years, Morton and Rex have been assigned to the SVPD’s SWAT team. Morton is also a department firearms instructor and a member of the department’s honor guard. He also participates each year on the Simi Valley team in the Baker to Las Vegas long-distance run. “Rick is an exceptional police officer,” said Sgt. Stephanie Shannon, a department spokeswoman. “He is an excellent example of what a police officer should aspire to. We are proud he works for this agency.” email@example.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!