Mundine still believes he was better than league legends Fittler, Daley

first_img‘The Man’ played 127 NRL games for the Dragons and Brisbane Broncos as well as three Origins for NSW before his shock switch to the fight game in 2000.Mundine (47-7) has won world title belts and is in the conversation for Australia’s best-ever multi-sport athlete.But the lack of love he believes rugby league selectors showed him back in the day clearly still eats at the polarising pugilist.“I talked out from the get go because they’d never given me my props in league,” Mundine told Fox Sports News 500.“I whipped (Laurie) Daley, I whipped (Brad) Fittler, continuously.“Not one time, two times, three times, four, five. I’m talking five years – over five years straight.“It cut me deep, man. They had to pick me in the State of Origin and then they messed me around, playing me off the bench, playing me in positions I’d never played before — in the forwards, in the hooking role.“At the end of ‘99 they took a team to England. They picked two squads, like 42 players to go — I wasn’t even part of that and I was the best statistically that year.“We made the grand final and I whipped what they called the best in Brad Fittler all year – my statistics were second to none so that’s why I left … no equality, man.”last_img read more

Sprint showdown to highlight Western Champs

first_img The 100m showdown, though, is not limited and STETHS’ Conroy Jones (11.15), plus Rusea’s High duo of Davian Clarke (11.17) and Jevaughn White (11.20) could have a say. In terms of a winner, McIntosh said that management would play a huge part. “It’s going to be management of the various teams – how they manage the athletes in terms of recovering and their mental state,” he assessed. Other events on the Digicel Grand Prix schedule are the 400m, 800m, discus, long jump and high jump for boys and girls in Class One and Class Two. The Eastern Championships on February 28, the Anthrick Corporate Area Championships on March 2, the Central Championships on March 8, and then the finals, the G.C. Foster Classic, to be staged on March 11 at the National Stadium, form the quintet of the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Series meetings. Digicel will provide the winning boys and girls’ schools with a top prize of $1 million, with $500,000 going to each runner-up and $200,000 a piece for the third-place schools. Coaches of the winning schools will each get $50,000, while record breakers will earn $25,000 for championship records and $50,000 for national junior records. Track and field enthusiasts will have much to look forward to at today’s Western Championships at the Catherine Hall Stadium in Montego Bay, St James. The meet, which gets under way at 12 noon, will feature must-see events such as the Class Two sprint finals. Both the 100m and 200m finals play big on the schedule for the 2017 Digicel Grand Prix Athletics Championships, which has been incorporated into the day Western Jamaica’s girls and boys’ track and field champion schools will be decided. “The Class Two sprints deserve to come to Catherine Hall to see. The reason being you have two national high school champions, Sasheen (Dennis) from Class Three and Antonio Watson, also at Class Three level,” Michael McIntosh, vice-chairman of the County of Cornwall Athletics Association (COCAA), reasoned. Dennis, STETHS’ 100m winner at Champs last year, put down the second-fastest time of the qualifiers in the 100m, 11.12 seconds, while winning his semi-final. Meanwhile Watson, the Champs Class Three champion last year, has the second-fastest time going into the 200m final, 22.43 seconds. It is in the longer sprint that the Petersfield man is expected to be involved in a battle royal with Dennis, who leads all qualifiers with 22.39. William Knibb’s AndrÈ Bent is expected to also challenge Dennis strongly in both sprints. Bent’s 11.11 is the fastest in 100m qualifying, while his 22.46 preliminary run in the 200m is only slower than Dennis and Watson’s. MULTIPLE CONTENDERSlast_img read more

Slot in FIVB World Tour at stake in BVR national championships

first_imgBeach Volleyball Republic On Tour heads to Dagupan’s Tondaligan Beach for the national championships this weekend.Thirty two teams in the men’s and women’s division will vie for the national title and a chance to represent the Philippines in the 2018 FIVB World Tour in Manila on May 3 to 6.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There will also be a “sandroots” workshop for the local residents of Dagupan with Alyssa Valdez serving as one of the coaches.“We are looking forward to an intense National Championship showdown in Dagupan since whoever wins will get to represent our country in the coming 2018 FIVB World Tour,” said Tan, who is one of the co-founders of BVR.“Also, we are excited for the ‘Sandroots’ workshop with Alyssa since this will help in our goal of growing the sport in the country,” BVR co-founder Bea Tan said.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tryouts for national volleyball team set Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback 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 View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Ato Ni Bai’s Calvin Sarte and Jade Becaldo lead the men’s contingent with Tigers’ Henry Pecana and KR Guzman.The Philippine Air Force also fielded teams in the tournament with Rommel Pepito and Ranran Abdilla being Air Force 1 and the partnership of Howard Mojica and Edwin Tolentino representing Air Force 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTagum-PNP’s Karen Quilario and Lourdilyn Catubag are set to defend their title in the women’s division against the likes of Charo Soriano and Bea Tan of Seafront Residences, Air Force 1’s Judy Caballejo and Coyah Abanto, Wakanda’s Dzi Gervacio and Kassle Gormley.The winners for both division will win P50,000 with the second and third placers receiving P25,000 and P15,000, respectively. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

MSF ‘Withdraws’ from Lofa

first_imgThe Ebola outbreak situation is said to have now improved in Lofa County, Liberia’s Ebola ‘ground zero’. This disclosure was made Thursday by the medical charity group, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which has been in the forefront of the fight against the Ebola virus disease (EVD).MSF said because the situation has improved in Lofa, which was one of the hardest hit counties, they have decided to withdraw.The group also said that because “new actors” have arrived and ready to take over remaining activities and surveillance in the area, they decided to withdraw from Lofa County and redirect their efforts to areas with greater unmet needs, including supporting the health center so they can reopen.They said that as they prepared for departure from Lofa, their team started reorganizing the Ebola Management Center (EMC), by gradually decreasing bed capacity from 85 to 10 beds and by reducing the number of national and international staff.MSF, which runs a 240-bed Ebola Management Center known as ELWA 3 in Paynesville, disclosed that since October 30th, there have been no more Ebola patients in the EMC in Foya, Lofa County.“The success of MSF’s intervention in northern Liberia can be considered a model of response, benefitting from a comprehensive approach and constant community involvement,” the group said in a release.MSF stated that when they took over the management of the EMC in Foya in August 2014, their teams were not only faced with an overflowing patient load of up to 130 people daily, but also had to deal with the population’s fear, denial and misinformation, as the people had never experienced an Ebola outbreak before.“Soon it became clear that the intervention could not only focus on isolating patients but that MSF needed to take a comprehensive and transparent approach if the virus was to be contained. Hence, the teams started to work on all six pillars of Ebola management, including isolation, outreach, safe burials, health promotion, psycho-social support and contact tracing,” MSF said.Ebola is one of those illnesses, which deeply affect family and community structures, forcing people to stop the most natural gestures like caring for their sick relatives or paying their last respects to the deceased.“We are convinced that our all-encompassing approach, including open and transparent cooperation with communities, local authorities and partners, has led to this impressive reduction in the number of cases in Lofa County,” says Ettore Mazzanti, MSF Project Coordinator in Foya. “Trust and the understanding of the communities have been very important for the acceptance of our medical activities and, ultimately, in successfully containing the virus. Without understanding and adapted coping behaviors, it is impossible to reach zero cases.”MSF said in Lofa County, as in the rest of Liberia, the entire health system collapsed as a result of the epidemic, so to support the local health system, they donated Ebola protection kits to health structures and focused on training health staff in Foya, Kolahun and Vahun districts, in Ebola patient care, including case definition, isolation and supportive care, as well as on protective measures and infection control.   “Health workers have been decimated by the epidemic and we must ensure that the remaining staff can return to work with confidence”, says Mazzanti.MSF, which also operates a 10-bed Transit Unit close to Redemption Hospital in Monrovia, stated that by December 10, all of its activities in the Lofa areas had ceased, as they had been completed and handed over to the Ministry of Health and its partners.“It is great to see that life has almost returned to normal around here but there are definitely mixed feelings in the Lofa community,” observes Mazzanti. “On the one hand, with MSF moving out, people are confident that the situation has improved. But on the other hand, people are concerned about the situation in bordering Guinea and Sierra Leone, where the outbreak is still ongoing. Also, with Christmas coming, people will be travelling a lot and there will be more gatherings, meaning that the risks of contamination will increase. We must definitely not lower our guard and we must remain vigilant.”Since March, MSF has admitted more than 6,500 people, of whom approximately 4,134 tested positive for Ebola and 1,796 have recovered. MSF currently has some 300 international staff working in the region and employs 3,125 locally hired staff.Liberia’s Incident Management System head and Assistant Health Minister for Preventive Services, Att’y Tolbert G. Nyenswah, thanked MSF and other partners for their hard work in Lofa. Min. Nyenswah buttressed MSF that they have withdrawn from Lofa because in over 40 days, the county has not recorded a single EVD case. “They have decided to now focus their attention on other areas. But if anything sparks up in Lofa, MSF would be willing to go back there to help.”According to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) latest situation report on the epidemic in the three hardest hit nations, Liberia has recorded 7,719 cases with reported deaths of 3177; Guinea with 1428 deaths from 2292 recorded cases. Sierra Leone, which has over taken Liberia with highest recorded cases—7897— reported deaths stand at 1768.WHO: “There have been 17942 reported cases of EVD, with 6388 reported deaths. Case incidence is slightly increasing in Guniea, decreasing in Liberia and may be increasing or stable in Sierra Leone.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Govt, Jagdeo clash on 100% renewable energy by 2025 commitment

first_imgGovernment is certain Guyana will achieve its commitment to get 100 per cent renewable power by 2025, however the parliamentary Opposition believes that the Administration is chasing a pipe dream.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo could not comprehend why President David Granger made such an impracticable pledge when he signed onto the Paris Climate Change Agreement on April 22.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoJagdeo, a former President and renowned Champion of the Earth awardee, explained that converting to 100 per cent renewables involves much more than just electricity and noted that Government has not even outlined a comprehensive plan towards attaining full renewable energy within the next decade.“We’re in 2016 and 2017 soon. How do we get to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2025 when we’re not going to build the (Amaila Falls) hydro which would have given us 94-95 per cent of our renewable electricity demand? They’re going to do some small wind farm and that would not meet our requirements. But there is nothing else on the horizon, no other plan,” he asserted as he expressed bafflement over why the current Government would sign the country up for failure.He noted too that on a broader perspective, transforming to 100 per cent renewable would entail switching to vehicles that utilise renewable energy instead of fossil fuel, which would mean the service stations countrywide would need to be adjusted.Jagdeo also pointed out that Guyana needs to develop the appropriate infrastructure that would support a fully charged renewable energy nation.All of this, he assessed, cannot be completed by 2025.The Opposition Leader also criticised the Government for pushing the agenda of an undefined green economy.“We’ve seen the President speak about the green economy but, we’re yet to get a single document which tells us what the green economy is. He criticised the LCDS (Low Carbon Development Strategy) of being too narrow but at least we have a few hundred pages of a definition of our approach to a green economy,” he opined.President Granger had told media operatives that the LCDS was too narrow and that his Administration would be seeking to broaden the scope of the green economy initiative.Moreover, Jagdeo was critical of the Government for squandering the LCDS monies. He lamented that the 6000 solar panels which were purchased with LCDS funds for distribution to the hinterland areas are now being given away to Government Ministers.Minister of State Joseph Harmon said the solar panels were installed at State House and the President’s official residence in order to make that complex fully green.On the other hand, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman believes Guyana is well on the journey to achieving its commitment by 2025.When asked by Guyana Times, Trotman said steps are already being taken to realise this goal.“Guyana’s pathway is conditional of us getting support… And we expect that the international community and friends of Guyana will be supportive,” he opined.The Minister disclosed that last week, Government and other officials held a meeting to discuss the Arco Notre Project as a means of achieving the 100 per cent renewable power pledge.The project seeks to determine the feasibility, alternatives, risks and mitigation measures of creating an energy and data transmission interconnection arc (the Northern Arc), with the purpose of interconnecting Guyana, French Guiana, Brazil and Suriname.He noted too that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson’s participation in the upcoming 46th Meeting of the Latin American Energy Organisation (OLADE) will also place Guyana well on the path to becoming a 100 per cent powered renewable State.The Natural Resources Minister assured, “We believe that it is achievable in the decade… we are well placed on the road to success.”last_img read more

District 60 postpones Middle School plans

first_imgEspe says NPSS does need expanding, but district 60 can’t necessarily count on provincial funding to do it. He says there are other options, including flexible timetables, community partnerships, and even portables as a last ditch option. Grade ten students at Dr. Kearney and Bert Bowes will be staying where they are – at least for now. School district 60 announced today, plans to reconfigure the two Jr. High schools into middle schools, have been postponed. But, Superintendant Larry Espe emphasizes the plans have not been stopped, but rather delayed, until September of 2010. [asset|aid=713|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e97437347eecc355533e201fc6a50712-Larry-1stTime_1_Pub.mp3] District 60 cites enrolment, staffing, and needed renovations as a few of the reasons for the postponement. – Advertisement -He adds some people will be disappointed with the postponement, but he sees that as a bittersweet result. [asset|aid=714|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b59ebb8e15802fa9ca062c6e1cff23a6-larry-disappointed_1_Pub.mp3] As for why the district would be considering this in the first place… [asset|aid=715|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=b59ebb8e15802fa9ca062c6e1cff23a6-Larry-benefits_1_Pub.mp3] The plan would see Dr. Kearney and Bert Bowes schools reconfigured as middle schools, meaning they would house students in grades 7, 8, and 9. Grade ten students would be sent to North Peace Secondary. Advertisementlast_img read more

Chamber focuses on Alaska Highway, taxis and airport

first_imgThe Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce has submitted three policy resolutions to the B.C. Chamber of Commerce that could have an impact on city services.The proposed resolutions include items such as the Alaska Highway, Fort St. John taxi services and an airport infrastructure investment plan.- Advertisement -Regarding taxi services in Fort St. John, the Chamber proposed that changes should be made to the legislative and regulatory structure of the taxi industry. These changes would hold taxi cab operators to a minimum standard, as well as adopt a Taxi Bill of Rights across the province.The proposal for changes to the Alaska Highway includes transportation improvements in the northeast. The policy calls for the provincial government to immediately begin developing plans to extend the lane size on the Alaska Highway into a four-lane highway. Such changes would take place between the Alberta border and Fort St. John.The policy for the provincial airport infrastructure investment plan calls for all levels of government to work collaboratively to develop a long-term strategic plan. This plan would specifically guide investments in the province’s airport infrastructure.All three of these policies have been approved by the B.C. Chamber Policy Review Committee. They will now be voted on by the province-wide B.C. Chamber membership at the AGM policy sessions taking place in Prince George from May 29-30.Advertisementlast_img read more

Essequibo, Lower Corentyne extends winning streak

first_imgSBF Petroleum CGI Jaguars 50 overs franchise…Story and Photos by Brandon CorletteExciting cricket matches continued across Guyana, Essequibo, Lower Corentyne, West Demerara and West Berbice were among the victorious teams in the second round of the SBF Petroleum CGI Jaguars 50 overs franchise.Defending champs continues winning waysUnder glorious sunshine at the Everest Cricket Club, the professional Essequibo team defeated Upper Corentyne by 115 runs in another dominant display. Ricardo Adams had a good all-round game with a brilliant 54 and returning with his left-arm spin to end with 3-18. After Essequibo won the toss and elected to bat first, they scored 235-9 in their allotted 50 overs then Upper Corentyne were rolled over for 120 in 40.2 overs.Gourav Ramesh bowled well for his three wicketsOn Essequibo’s way to 235 Essequibo innings was set up by an 84-run partnership between Kemol Savory and Ricardo Adams. After reduced to 40-2, the senior duo took the score to 124-3 until another blooming Savory innings ended when he attempted an unnecessary run and was dismissed via the run out route for 37.16-year old Jonathan Rampersaud top-scored for Upper CorentyneThe right-handed stoke maker, Ricardo, one of the three Adams brothers in the Essequibo team, was dismissed for 54 by the 17-year old Albion player, Gourav Ramesh. Ricardo had struck five fours and three huge sixes in a top knock. The left-arm spinner, Ramesh removed Mark Williams for four with the score on 134-4. An aggressive innings from Quinton Sampson led the Essequbians to their strong total. The fast-bowling all-rounder struck a quick-fire 45 which included two sixes three fours. One of Sampson’s big maximum left a dent on a vehicle outside the ground.Kelvin Umroa grabbed 5-25Bowling for Upper Corentyne, Ramesh ended with3-38 in eight overs while fast bowlers Cameron and Sylus Tyndall had 2-41 and 2-33 respectively. In reply Upper Corentyne were bowled out for 120 with Shawn Pereira scored with 30 down the order while 16-year old Jonathan Rampersaud top-scored with a fighting 33 after surviving a fearsome Ronsford Beaton spell. West Indies Under-15 batsman, Rampertab Ramnuath scored 13. In addition to Ricardo’s 3-18 in 8.2 overs, Akinie Adams had 3-21 while Beaton had 2-19.Umroa 5-fer, Anderson, Hetmyer destroys East CoastFormer Guyana Under-19 left-arm spinner, Kelvin Umroa had magical figures of 5-25 to lead Lower Corentyne to a comfortable with 8-wicket win over East Coast at Enmore. East Coast batting first, were bundled out for 89 in 32.3 overs. Skipper Amir Khan top-scored with 35 in another poor batting display by Essequibo. Supporting Umora was captain Veerasammy Permaul who had 2-9 in 10 overs which included five maidens. Junior Sinclair and Trevon Stanislaus had one wicket each.Ricardo Adams had a good all-round game for EssequiboIn reply, Lower Corentyne lost Sinclair for nine, Maxie DeJonge and Jonathan Foo for ducks. It was West Indies Under-19 batsman, Kevlon Anderson who hit a classy 41 not out while Seon Hetmyer scored 30 in an unbroken 70-run partnership. Rawle Merell had 2-22 in five overs.West Demerara v GeorgetownGeorgetown suffered their second defeat after West Demerara scored 141-5 on the back of Tagenarine Chanderpaul 51 at Tuschen Ground. Tevin Imlach made 47 for West Demerara. In reply, a star-studded Leon Johnson-led Georgetown were bowled out for 118 in 34.2 overs. Johnson scored 39 while Javon Hector took 3-18 and Keshram Seyhodan had 3-20 to upset the city side.Kevlon Anderson scored a solid unbeaten 41 in Lower Corentyne win over East CoastWest Berbice defeats East BankOn the back of Kevin Sinclair’s 58, West Berbice defeated East Bank Demerara by seven wickets at Bush Lot West Coast Berbice. East Bank were bowled out for 116 after Seon Glasgow took 4-31 in 10 overs. Vishaul Singh scored 30 while Sachin Singh scored 29. In reply, West Berbice chased down 117 in 20 overs, ending on 119-2. West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer scored 28 to support Sinclair 56 which included two sixes and six fours.last_img read more

Young Liverpool defender joins Bordeaux in season loan deal

first_imgLiverpool defender Tiago Ilori  has joined Bordeaux on loan for the season.talkSPORT brought you news last week that the French side were targeting a move for the 21-year-old Portuguese and the Reds confirmed the deal on Monday evening.The Merseyside outfit landed the former Sporting Lisbon starlet for £7million last September, though he has failed to make an impression under Brendan Rodgers and is yet to make his debut for the club.He was sent out to Granada on loan for the second half of last season but only managed nine appearances for the La Liga side.Liverpool have not disclosed the full terms of the deal, though French sports daily L’Equipe have suggested Bordeaux will have the option to complete a permanent deal for the centre-back next summer. 1 Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori last_img read more

Gun-toting off-duty cops taking more shots at crime

first_imgSheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the number of off-duty shootings has fluctuated in recent years, with the department recording eight in 2001. “Obviously, the Sheriff’s Department takes these cases very seriously, and there is always a shooting review,” Whitmore said. “These shootings are looked at from top to bottom. “But it’s not a spike. And don’t forget that the sheriff’s policy says if you have your badge, you can have your gun.” Most of the recent shootings have been similar to the Pavilions incident, with armed off-duty officers foiling everything from car burglaries and bank robberies to drive-by shootings. But in the past decade, several off-duty shootings – including ones involving intoxicated officers – have resulted in discipline and legal payouts. Last year, the city of Los Angeles paid $1.4million to the son of a Woodland Hills man, Christopher Oliver, who was shot and killed by off-duty LAPD Sgt. Steven Ulrich, according to court records. The incident occurred in July 2000 when Oliver drove into several parked vehicles near his home, Woodland Hills attorney Larry Grassini wrote in court records. Ulrich, a neighbor, called 911 and then ran to the scene, Grassini wrote. According to a 911 tape, Ulrich shot through the front windshield six times, missing Oliver, Grassini wrote. He then went to the passenger side and fired three more rounds through the window, killing Oliver, Grassini wrote. Before settling the case, city representatives argued that Oliver tried to flee the scene and attempted to evade arrest by putting his vehicle in reverse. But Grassini said the car was inoperable and Oliver was trapped inside. Ulrich was not disciplined, Grassini said. Today, Grassini said officers need better training in the use of off-duty weapons. “The policy should be that you don’t take your gun out unless it’s a very, very unusual circumstance and you are actually protecting yourself and others,” Grassini said. LAPD and Sheriff’s Department officers are allowed to carry weapons off duty, but are required to undergo periodic weapons-training courses. Police officers are expected to follow the same policies and procedures off duty as they do while on duty. “A crime can occur anywhere, anytime and anyplace,” LAPD Lt. Roger Mora said. “And we know that when crimes occur, suspects are often armed with knives and other deadly weapons.” Michael Gennaco, chief attorney of the Office of Independent Review that oversees internal investigations at the Sheriff’s Department and makes disciplinary recommendations, said a “significant proportion” of officers carry concealed guns at least for some portion of their off-duty hours. Special Counsel Merrick Bobb, who provides semiannual reports to the county Board of Supervisors about the Sheriff’s Department, said it is fine for officers to carry concealed weapons off duty as long as they are capable of fully performing their duties. “My concerns relate to situations where officers are inebriated and have their guns,” Bobb said. “If they are inebriated, or even had a bit too much to drink, those are the situations where having a gun is dangerous and the risks outweigh the benefits.” In 1996, a federal jury awarded $750,000 to the family of a Rowland Heights man who was killed by an intoxicated, off-duty sheriff’s deputy. In Bobb’s 1997 report, he analyzed 28 off-duty shootings from 1993 to 1996 and found that six involved deputies who had been drinking. But Whitmore and Bobb said they are unaware of any similar cases in recent years. The first shooting by an off-duty sheriff’s deputy last year involved an intruder who broke into the deputy’s home in October and threatened him. The deputy pulled his gun and shot twice, hitting the suspect once. The suspect fled to a nearby hospital where he was arrested, Whitmore said. In December, an off-duty deputy was in his front yard in Van Nuys with some friends when gang members drove up, asked him where he was from and started shooting after the deputy said he was a law enforcement officer, officials said. The deputy returned fire, injuring one of the gang members. Both cases are under administrative review, Whitmore said. The LAPD cases last year were similar, mostly involving off-duty officers who used their guns to defend themselves or the public. In one case in May, off-duty LAPD Detective Won Chu foiled a car burglar after he fired a warning shot when the man tried to enter his car while he was parked in front of his West Covina home, police said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Since 2000, LAPD officers have been involved in 68 off-duty shootings. Last year alone, there were 14 off-duty shootings – up from just six the previous year. Nine of the cases involved injuries. In the same period, sheriff’s officers have been involved in 41 off-duty shootings. Last year, there were seven – up from just four the previous year. Two of the cases involved injuries. The increase comes as law enforcement officers nationwide have come under increased scrutiny for off-duty shootings and officials try to determine whether it reflects a larger trend. “We’re not sure what the increase is due to,” LAPD Officer April Harding said. “It’s possibly related to the fact there is more violence out there and more robbery incidences. “There are more crimes in which officers have to utilize their guns.” Last year, an off-duty Los Angeles cop was at the Pavilions market in Sherman Oaks when Jonathan F. Reyes walked in and pointed a gun at a clerk. Reyes took cash from one clerk and then moved to another. But that’s when the officer – armed with a concealed gun – shot Reyes. Reyes, 24, of North Hollywood pleaded no contest last month to two counts of second-degree robbery and was sentenced to 14 years in state prison, District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said. While the case highlights how off-duty officers carrying weapons can help thwart crimes, it also is one of a growing number of off-duty shootings involving the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. last_img read more