Eya Laure rues missed shot to represent PH anew amid Asian U23 pull out

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers View comments MOST READ Kiefer Ravena proud of brother Thirdy: ‘Hardwork, sacrifice get you to where you want to be’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—Eya Laure was supposed to get another chance at international competition, but the Philippines suddenly decided to pull out from the 2019 Asian Women’s U23 Volleyball Championship.ADVERTISEMENT “There are still a lot of leagues in international competition and every athletes dream of representing the country.”Laure, for the meantime, can just focus on the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament wherein the Golden Tigresses just lost to Ateneo in four sets, 21-25, 18-25, 25-16, 22-25.The Golden Tigresses dropped to a 1-1 record after the loss and Laure wants to help UST get a better campaign.“I’ll focus first here in the UAAP,” said Laure who had 12 points against the Lady Eagles. “I just tell myself every game that I have to find my confidence as a player. I think I waited a long time before I got my confidence back.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Laure was added into the lineup that was supposed to compete in the tournament in Vietnam but the rookie from University of Santo Tomas couldn’t do anything but move on from the higher-ups’ decision not joining the games.“Of course I was saddened by the decision but I think my time has yet to come,” said Laure in Filipino Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. “There are still a lot of chances for me to once again represent the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas officials gave an unorthodox reason regarding pulling out from the tournament, saying they wanted to prevent opposing countries from scouting the country’s Filipino-foreign players.Laure already wore the Philippine colors as part of the under-17 team and she also has a chance to wear it once more if she can crack the lineup for the Southeast Asian Games.last_img read more

Nimba Oldest Traditional Midwife in Nimba Laid to Rest

first_imgOne of Nimba County’s oldest and most renowned  traditional midwifes and mother of Chief Justice Francis Korkpor was last Saturday laid  to rest in her home town of Zao Township in Nimba County.The late Mother Kou Suah Korkpor, affectionately known as Ma Suah, did not acquire formal education, but she was a highly knowledgeable woman who was respected and noted for her wisdom.  She over the years had a substantial input on national decisions that led unity and harmony amongst her kinsmen and women.The late Ma Suah was one of the first women in Nimba County who was trained in the area of traditional midwifery. This led to her active role in the safe delivery of thousands of children in the nearby towns and villages.According to her life sketch, read at the funeral, she truly touched the lives of many and contributed her quota to the growth of their community and the nation at large.The celebration of her life and home going was well attended by high profile government officials including her son, His Honor Francis S. Korkpor, Chief Justice Republic of Liberia, Grand Bassa Senator and Senate President Protemp of Liberia, Gbehzongar Findley, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, His Honor Kabinah Jan’neh , Members of the Nimba Legislative Caucus, led by Senator Thomas Grupee and Forestry Development Authority Managing Director Harrison KarnweaSome of the nation’s leading lawyers and politicians, Counselor Varney G. Sherman, Chairman of Unity Party, and Liberty Party founder and former standard bearer Counselor Charles Walker Brumskine, also attended the funeral.Hundreds of sons and daughters of Nimba County also turned out to pay their last respects to their fallen matriarch and midwife, Ma Kou Suah Korkpor.The late mother Korkpor was born on January 18, 1923, unto the blessed union of Mr. and Mrs Goyo Myers in Yeela Town, Bong County, Republic of Liberia.She was baptized a Methodist at an early age and became a devout member of the United Methodist Church.The late Ma Kou Suah Korkpor leaves to mourn her loss, her children: His Honor Francis S. Korkpor Sr. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Liberia, Mrs. Kou Gondoun, Paye, Tei, Melvin, Belleh, Tutu and her surviving brother Mr. Albert Myers of the USA.  Also surviving her are step children, several grand  great and great great grand children, nieces, nephew, cousins and many other relatives and friends in Liberia and the Diaspora.She died on Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at the hour of two a.m. at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital in Ganta City, Nimba County after a protracted illness.In his acknowledgment, Chief Justice Korkpor thanked all sympathizers, including the Government of Liberia and Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as well as government officials who made their way from Monrovia to the village for the funeral service and the burial.He said, he had not expected  the ceremony to be as big as it was due to the current Ebola crisis Liberia faces.  He, therefore, expressed heartfelt thanks to all for their concern and expressions of sympathy at the home going of their late Mother, Kou Suah Korkpor.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Dog food vendor arrested with gun, ammo

first_imgRanks in A Division (Georgetown and East Bank Demerara) have arrested a dog food vendor after he was found in possession of an illegal gun and matching ammunition.The discovery was made around 10:45h on Thursday at the suspect’s E Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown home.According to reports, acting on information received, the ranks went to the house in question, where they carried out a search of the premises during which an unlicensed .32 Taurus pistol, along with 12 live matching rounds, was found.The suspect was subsequently taken into custody, where he is currently being processed for court.last_img

More Spartan work ethic

first_imgLA VERNE – There’s something in the water at Damien High School. Spartans coach Andrew Gates seems to reload his water polo and swimming teams each season, and this year is no different. “Its a lot more fun to be the guy people turn to,” he said. His success doesn’t all come naturally. The six days a week he spends swimming at the Novaquatics Club in Irvine has paid large dividends. Verdegem was part of a 4×100 freestyle relay that finished ninth in the nation in 2005. Brian Gardiner, another co-captain, is coming off a big year for the Spartans’ water polo team. The MIT-bound senior said practice is a lot less fun for swimming, but that “at the end of the season, you know all your hard work has paid off.” Gardiner specializes in the 100-meter breaststroke and has his eyes set on a time of one minute. “Swimming is a much more individual sport than water polo, but when you win a meet, it’s very much a combined effort,” Gardiner said. Gates couldn’t be more appreciative of the character and work ethic Gardiner has brought to both of his programs. “If I had a whole team of Gardiners, I’d rule the world,” Gates said. “He is a great kid and is every coach’s dream because he’s so respectful and is a great leader.” Junior Ryan Evans was a CIF-SS Division I finalist in the 200 medley relay in 2005 and 2006. Evans also was the league runner-up in the 100 butterfly and an All-American in the 200 medley relay last year. “Ryan is a great kid and keeps practices light,” Gates said. “He will be a swim team captain next season.” “I am taking swimming much more seriously this year,” Evans said. “After watching Alex, it’s made me want to step it up because he is at a level I want to get to.” Sophomore Aaron Woods is “the future of Damien swimming,” Gates said, and makes up the fourth leg of the Spartans’ 200 medley relay. Woods was a CIF qualifier as a freshman in the 100 backstroke and the 200 medley relay. He finished third in the league in the 200 individual medley and the 100 back. “Alex (Verdegem) is at the level I want to be at, and I really admire his work ethic and hope to swim like he does,” Woods said. He has been swimming at the Claremont Club since he was 8-years old and enjoys the team aspect of what primarily is an individual sport. “We have so many people who contribute to this team, and I just want to do my part in keeping Damien on top,” he said. Woods gave his coach much of the credit for the constant success the Spartans have enjoyed. “Coach Gates is the best high school coach around,” Woods said. “He is a great motivator and helps us reach our goals.” Woods feels team chemistry has played a major role in Damien’s continual standing atop league. The sophomore said he agrees with his teammates that practice is anything but fun. “I don’t enjoy practice at all,” he said, “but it gets us to where we want to be.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Damien has won Sierra League titles in each of Gates’ eight years at the school and 10 in a row. Alex Verdegem leads a cast of talented Spartans in a year in which expectations are extremely high. center_img The senior captain will attend Princeton next year, but currently has his focus on finishing his career at Damien in style. Verdegem, the 2006 Tribune swimmer of the year, is considered “one of the top three or four sprinters in the state, with the 50-meter freestyle as his specialty,” Gates said. He is an All-American in four events. “I have shifted my goals to a bigger scale,” Verdegem said. “I want to be the fastest in the 50 freestyle in (CIF) Division II and one the fastest in the country. My best is 21.0 and I want to do it in 20.2.” Verdegem, who was more of a role player on Gates’ water polo team that lost in the CIF-Southern Section Division III playoffs semifinals, enjoys playing a more prominent role with the swim team. last_img read more

Nine athletes, coach have antibiotic-resistant staph infection

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Lipsman confirmed that the Iona cases were MRSA, which does not respond to penicillin and related antibiotics but can be treated with other drugs. Cecelia Donohoe, spokeswoman for the college in New Rochelle, said all the cases had been caught early and were mild. She wouldn’t identify the team, citing privacy concerns, but Lipsman said all the victims are male. The infection can be spread by skin-to-skin contact or sharing an item used by an infected person. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – Nine athletes and a coach at Iona College contracted an antibiotic-resistant staph infection, which has spread through schools nationwide, health officials said Friday. The outbreak was under control and the one student who was hospitalized has been released, said Dr. Joshua Lipsman, the health commissioner in Westchester County, just north of New York City. Staph infections, including the serious Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA, have spread in recent weeks through schools across the nation, according to health and education officials. A high school senior in Virginia died of the disease Monday, his mother said. And dozens of high school students and some teachers in districts around the country have contracted the illness this fall, officials have said. last_img read more

Líonra Leitir Ceanainn work towards developing Irish language plan for Letterkenny

first_imgThe members of Líonra Leitir Ceanainn recently attended a workshop in Gaelscoil Adhamhnáin with Dónal Ó Baoill from Foras na Gaeilge to explore the principles of developing a language plan for Letterkenny. A spokesperson for the group says: “Such a plan would aim to support increasing opportunities for people to socialise, conduct business, learn and avail of services through the medium of Irish.“This is part of a strategy to recognise Letterkenny as a Gaeltacht Services Town. “It also acknowledges the great number of individuals and families who see the Irish language as a vital and natural part of their everyday lives.” Featured image caption: Dónal Ó Baoill from Foras na Gaeilge, Róise Ní Laifeartaigh Donegal County Council, Cathal Mac Grianna, Caitlín Ní Bhroin, Aodán Mac Closcaigh. Front row – Mairead Nic Daibheid, Caitlín Uí Chochlainn, Caitríona Nic Seoin Glór na nGael, Bairbre Uí Chathail, Áine Ní BhraonáinLíonra Leitir Ceanainn work towards developing Irish language plan for Letterkenny was last modified: February 21st, 2018 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:irishLíonra Leitir Ceanainnlast_img read more

Segway-ing to an IPO

first_imgThieves used to break into as many as five cars a week in the parking garage at Los Angeles’ Union Station. Then the Metropolitan Transportation Authority came up with a simple solution: They put a security officer on a Segway Human Transporter. “The first day that one of the security officers was on the device was pretty much the last day there was a break-in,” said Robin Blair, a transportation planning manager for the MTA, which owns about 19 Segways. Although the electric, self-balancing Segway scooter never quite caught on with commuters the way its backers had predicted five years ago, the gizmo has found a growing market among law-enforcement agencies, with more than 100 departments around the world now signed on as customers and many others testing the device. The niche market, coupled with a burst of interest from Europeans struggling with gas prices much higher than in the U.S., have breathed new life into the Segway. And Segway Inc. President and Chief Executive James Norrod, hoping to parlay the growth into a payday for the original investors in the scooter, has made grooming the company for an initial public offering in the next few years a top priority. Norrod said he was brought in as CEO last year for just that purpose by Segway’s principal investors, Credit Suisse Group and the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, best known for its early investment in Google Inc. “They thought it was the right time to bring me in to really lead this company through this crucial period and to a liquidity event,” said Norrod, who began his career as a sales rep for IBM and went on to head the dial-up network company Telebit Corp. until it was purchased by Cisco Systems Inc. in 1996. Gauging Segway’s prospects in an IPO is difficult, since the company will not reveal its yearly revenue or whether it is profitable. Norrod will only say that “tens of thousands” of Segways have been sold around the world, and that the company’s revenue has been growing by at least 50 percent over each of the last few years. He said high fuel prices have made many potential customers take another look at the Segway, especially in Europe, where gas can be twice as expensive as it is in the U.S. “That (high price of gas) has been a driver, a real driver of our business over there,” Norrod said. International sales were only about 5 percent of Segway’s business two years ago, but by the end of this year could account for as much as 40 percent … much of it from law-enforcement customers and commuters struggling with high gas prices in Europe. The company also recently set up dealerships in Japan and China. The company says the Human Transporter gets the equivalent of about 450 miles per gallon, based on the amount of gas it would take to create the electricity needed to run it. For police and security users, many of whom bought the device with grants from the Homeland Security Department and other federal agencies, the fuel efficiency is only an added bonus. In Los Angeles County, MTA’s Blair said officers prize it because it allows them to stand a head taller than they would on foot, so they can see over crowds and cars and project a more prominent presence at events like the Rose Bowl parade. The scooters, which travel as fast as 12.5 mph, also allow an officer on patrol to cover a much greater distance than on foot, and go indoors, onto elevators and other places bigger vehicles can’t. Blair said the added efficiency allows a force to cut down on the number of patrol officers on each shift and recoup the Segway’s cost in as quickly as a month. In other applications, several bomb squads such as those in Ventura County and Little Rock, Ark., are using Segways to transport officers in bombproof and hazardous-material suits that can weigh as much as 100 pounds. The Segway allows them to scoot in and out of a scene quickly, without having to waddle in on foot in the bulky suits. Segway marketing Vice President Klee Kleber said emergency workers responded to the London bombings last year on Segways, as traffic clogged the routes for larger vehicles. The company is also selling its “smart motion” technology the software and chips that allow a Segway to balance on two wheels to robotic developers at universities and in the military. The technology will also be used in a robotic toy made by WowWee Ltd., maker of the “Robosapien” toy robot, that is due out later this year. But despite the enthusiasm among law enforcement and robotics researchers, the interest in the Segway is still a far cry from what its supporters had predicted when it was unveiled five years ago, bursting onto the frenzied technology scene with the code name “Ginger” in a debut that belongs in the hype hall of fame. Its inventor, Dean Kamen, famously predicted in a 2001 Time magazine interview that the Segway “will be to the car what the car was to the horse and buggy.” In the same story, venture capitalist John Doerr predicted the company would be the fastest ever to reach $1 billion in sales. (At today’s prices, the company would have to sell somewhere around 175,000 to 250,000 units per year for the Segway to rack up $1 billion in sales.) After its launch, the Segway found itself on a bumpy road, including a product recall and the departure of three CEOs since 2002. And the device is still expensive even five years later, retailing for between about $4,000 and $5,700, depending on the model and accessories package. The company’s critics believe Segway’s continued silence regarding its finances is an indication it is still not profitable, especially given the reported $100 million spent developing it. Mark Witaschek, a partner at the wealth-management firm Harbor Group Inc. in Segway’s hometown of Bedford, N.H., has been following the company closely since his wife was hired to help market the Segway in Europe a few years ago. He calls it a classic “chicken and egg” situation: the Segway will not gain broad appeal until its price comes down, but the company won’t be able to bring the price down until it is able to produce the scooter on a much larger scale. Focusing on the police and security market is “not going to gain enough sales … to warrant the kind of numbers you need to raise money in an IPO and show it as a moneymaking operation,” Witaschek said. “Just the same as Ford or General Motors could not survive if they only sold police cars.” This is a point not lost on Norrod. He said he hopes the police and security market will be just “the prow of the ship” for Segway. “Market development happens as a function of finding one market that works really well and building your business from there,” Norrod said. “This is kind of the first market that is blossoming for us and we want to use that and expand.” The funds from an IPO could help Segway expand its operations and acquire complementary technologies to help it grow, Norrod said. “It’s not like we have to do it,” he said of an IPO. “We’ll do it for all the right reasons.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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

O’DOMHNAILL SLAMS AN POST BOSS AFTER FAILURE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON DONEGAL BRANCHES

first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has slammed the Chief Executive of An Post for failing to provide any clarity on the reasons behind the closure of two post offices in Donegal.An Post CEO Donal Connell was grilled by Senator Ó Domhnaill at the Oireachtas Communications Committee in Leinster House about the closure of Laghey and Meenlaragh Post Offices, and the future of other small post offices in Donegal and across the North West.Speaking afterwards Senator Ó Domhnaill said he was extremely disappointed by the serious of vague answers provided by Mr Connell to TDs and Senators at the Commitee. “People want to know how it is that An Post decides which post offices it will close, and which it will keep open. An Post claims it shut down Laghey and Meenlaragh Post Offices because they were not ‘economically viable’.“But when I questioned the Chief Executive Donal Connell about what exactly this means, he couldn’t explain. He could not provide any clarity whatsoever on how An Post judges economic viability,” he said.He added this is extremely worrying and casts further doubt over the future of a number of post offices across the North West.“In my view, An Post has handled this policy very badly. In the case of Laghey and Meelaragh, they provided very little notice to the communities of the impending closures and failed to carry out adequate consultation before deciding on the closures,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill. The Donegal Senator also questioned the An Post boss about what measures the company is taking to drive new business and improve the ‘viability’ of post offices across the country.“It makes sense for An Post to be going after new business and striving to offer new servies to the public. For instance, services such as Motor Tax could be easily available through the post office network in line with existing legislation.“I asked Mr Connell what efforts are being made to secure this kind of extra business, but once again he could not provide clear answers.“Post offices around the country serve 1.7 million customers every week and are the heart of so many smaller communities. It is crucial that An Post continues to look at new ways to boost its business and ensure that it can keep the doors of community post offices open. A vague and non-committal approach is not good enough. I am urging the company to step up efforts to protect the post office network.” O’DOMHNAILL SLAMS AN POST BOSS AFTER FAILURE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS ON DONEGAL BRANCHES was last modified: April 26th, 2012 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)last_img read more

Was killer hurricane deadly plot?

first_imgThe instant Hurricane Katrina’s floodwaters raged down Canal Street, New Orleans’ main drag, the tongues of the assorted doomsayers, fringe bloggers, fire-and-brimstone fundamentalists, unreconstructed Nazis and Klan members, leftists, black activists, loonies and even some in the mainstream media wagged furiously. All claimed that Katrina was the work of sinister forces. In one of the first e-mails I received after Katrina hit, an unnamed informant (they usually are), swore that, take your pick – FEMA operatives, the Army Corps of Engineers, the Klan or the CIA – dynamited the levees to, again, take your pick – kill blacks, steal their land, save the French Quarter and the tourist traps from destruction. That, or this was a Karl Rove-engineered plot to turn Louisiana into a solid GOP red state. The problem, though, is that President George W. Bush trounced his Democratic presidential opponents Al Gore and John Kerry in 2000 and 2004 in Louisiana. The state was already pretty red. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 And the loud noises that accompanied the levees’ breaking probably had to do with the impact of water pressure, high winds and power outages, not Navy Seal dynamiters. Still, that fantasy quickly soared to the top of the Katrina Urban Legends. In the days immediately after the destruction, it would be spouted incessantly. If blacks could spin paranoid tales of genocide and dark plots against them, a slew of avowed white supremacist groups could do the same. Their Web sites pulsed with their own millennium race-bash warnings. One called for a “cartridges for Katrina” program to ship ammo to whites in New Orleans and other areas to ward off the supposed hordes of black looters and criminals blazing a path of mayhem. Others called for “whites only” tent cities for white evacuees. The more bloodthirsty supremacists, though, were content to gloat over the deaths of blacks and regret that more hadn’t been killed. While the race baiters were the first ones out of the conspiracy box, others soon followed. A big group quickly settled on the notion that Katrina was part of the weather wars supposedly unleashed by greedy oil companies, Bush administration operatives, and the always-favored liberal whipping boy, Halliburton. Their sinister aim was either to hike oil prices, deflect attention from Iraq or ladle out millions in construction contracts to Bush’s corporate pals. Lest anyone think the weather-war theory was confined to musty corners on fringe Web sites, Time Magazine led the charge with the headline, “Is Global Warming Fueling Katrina?” Though there is no conclusive evidence that rising ocean temperatures have anything to do with Katrina, many scientists attribute it to natural cycles; the fact that Time floated the theory guaranteed that it would be discussed and debated in respected circles. Some jumped all over it and used it as an excuse to take a cheap and free shot at Bush. Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was one. By the second week, the divine-retribution crowd jumped into the act with both feet. A Jihadist group claimed that Katrina was God’s punishment for America’s backing of Israel. Closer to home, a slew of Christian fundamentalist voices said it was God’s revenge for America’s Satanic tout of homosexuality, abortion, sexual depravity, Ellen DeGeneres, gambling and other vices. One religious leader gleefully declared New Orleans abortion-free, Mardi Gras-free, free of Southern decadence, the sodomites, witchcraft workers and false religion. Alleluia! But taking the cake was a conspiracy theory from an Idaho weatherman who may have read one too many James Bond thrillers. He claimed that Katrina was a put-up job by Japanese crime groups to wreak havoc on the U.S. for the World War II A-bombing of Hiroshima. The crime groups allegedly fired up an old Soviet-made electromagnetic generator to trigger the disaster. Before you chuckle too hard, note that this story didn’t come from a screwball Web site, but was a feature Associated Press article, picked up by USA Today. The writer even sought out respected scientists to refute the theory. All, of course, properly denounced it as ludicrous. Still, it got an obscure weatherman his 15 minutes, and along the way managed to stir some debate. This one came three weeks after Katrina hit, and supposedly all the other conspiracy theories had long since been laughed into the crackpot bin. It’s really no surprise that Aryan Nation racists, Millennium Christian fundamentalists, anti-Semitic crackpots, and fringe-left radicals along with thousands of seemingly normal, otherwise well-adjusted Americans would indulge in paranoid – or if you want to be charitable, imaginative – flights of fancy about disasters. All have long believed that government, corporate, or international Zionist groups busily hatch secret plots and concoct hidden plans to wreak havoc on our lives. Hollywood and the TV industry have also horned in on the conspiracy act. They churn out countless movies and TV shows in which shadowy, government groups topple foreign governments and brainwash operatives to do dirty deeds. If it’s not the government, then there’s always the perfect fallback to ease guilt or fear, or simply dumbfoundedness over a disaster – blame it on God. The Katrina conspiracies were comic, tragic, deplorable, reckless, and always absurd, but my guess is we haven’t heard the last of them. Pardon me, I have to go and check my e-mail. Earl Ofari Hutchinson is a political analyst. He is the author of The Crisis in Black and Black. He hosts a weekly talk show on KPFK Radio, 90.7 FM.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