WICB President praises organisers, chastises Sammy

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua:In a press release after yesterday’s final, West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) president Dave Cameron had high praises for the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the BCCI (host organisation) for a most memorable 2016 ICC World Twenty20 tournament.Cameron said he thought that the “tournament was of the highest quality and the Indian fans and others from around the world came out in full support of cricket”.Obviously overjoyed that the West Indies teams took the double, Cameron noted that the tournament was “an all-round success”.INAPPROPRIATE COMMENTSThe release further stated: “The President would like to, however, apologise for what could be deemed inappropriate, comments made by the West Indies’ male captain, Darren Sammy, in a post-match interview and would like to apologise on behalf of the WICB to the millions of fans who witnessed.”The president has pledged to enquire the reason and will have the matter addressed.”The release added: “Coming up in May this year, the board will host its annual review (retreat) with the players, WIPA, selectors and the technical team to review player, management and technical plans. This will be done after the Indian Premier League.The president said further: “There are players who are currently committed to playing in the T20 cricket leagues around the world and we are aware of that schedule, hence the plan to meet at that time.”We want to see how we can find common ground in ensuring that the best players in the region are available for selection for West Indies teams. We are fully aware of the financial rewards on offer in the lucrative international T20 leagues, but we believe deeply in the importance of cricket to the people of the region and of West Indies cricket’s place in world cricket. It is, therefore, a priority to have all of our players competing and available for selection.”We will also engage the ICC on this so that we protect not only the rich heritage and legacy of West Indies cricket, but also its future.”last_img read more

Batang Gilas bows out with loss to China

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Team Philippines, because of its Final Four entry after a 72-70 win over Japan on Friday, is already assured of a slot in the Fiba World U-17 championship later this year in Argentina.Sun Haoqin led the Chinese with 22 points.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 crownChina remained undefeated and will clash with Australia for the gold medal.The Filipinos, who lost for the first time in their last three games and are 3-2 overall counting their group games, have been relegated to the battle for third against New Zealand also on Sunday.center_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lady Tamaraws gain Final Four Photo from Fiba.comBatang Gilas’ impressive 2018 Fiba U-16 run came to a halt on Saturday after a 60-54 loss to host China in the semifinals at Lingnan Mingzhu Gymnasium in Foshan.Kai Sotto, though, provided a silver lining in the loss after a 26-point, 21-rebound, six-block effort against the big and agile Chinese.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Bahrain refugee football player freed by Thailand, heads ho

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title FILE – In this Monday, Feb. 4, 2019, file photo, refugee soccer player Bahraini Hakeem al-Araibi leaves the criminal court in Bangkok, Thailand. A Thai court on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, has ordered the release of al-Araibi after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)BANGKOK — A refugee soccer player was freed by Thailand and left on a flight to Australia early Tuesday after prosecutors said they were no longer seeking his extradition to Bahrain in a case that has drawn worldwide attention.Thailand had come under great pressure from Australia’s government, sporting bodies and human rights groups to send Hakeem al-Araibi back to Australia, where he has refugee status and plays semi-professional soccer. Aal-Araibi’s lawyer Nadthasiri Bergman and Thai Immigration Police chief Lt. Gen. Surachate Hakparn both said he left Thailand shortly after midnight, on a scheduled flight taking him directly to his Australian hometown of Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT His supporters had said he should be freed and was protected under his status as a refugee with Australian residency.He was detained at the request of Bahrain relayed through Interpol upon his arrival in Bangkok in November while on a honeymoon with his wife.Activists praised Monday’s developments.“This is a huge victory for the human rights movement in Bahrain, Thailand and Australia — and even the whole world,” said Sayed Alwadaei, the director of advocacy at the Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy. “Hakeem’s ordeal ended after 70 days when there was a clear public stance and solidarity movement.”Former Australia national team captain Craig Foster, who has been leading the campaign for al-Araibi’s release, praised all those who worked on its behalf.“Many wonderful people stepped forward to help Hakeem,” he wrote Monday in comments on Twitter. “They all deserve to be in front of camera now, not only me. I can’t list them, but will thank each of them in time. My thoughts are with Hakeem’s wife. Her nightmare will shortly be at an end. Our prayers answered.”It was not immediately clear what prompted Bahrain to withdraw its request.The state-run Bahrain News Agency reported Sunday that Prime Minister Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa had a phone conversation with Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, but offered no specifics on their discussions.Separately, BNA said Bahrain’s Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa met Sunday with Thailand’s foreign minister who was visiting the island. Again, no specifics were provided.Thailand’s foreign ministry said in a statement last week that al-Araibi was detained because Australian authorities had forwarded them an Interpol Red Notice that Bahrain was seeking his arrest. Australian police acknowledged doing so, but there have been questions raised about why the Red Notice appeared to have been issued just before al-Araibi departed on his trip, and whether Bahraini authorities had been tipped off about his travel plans. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison had in recent weeks spoken out strongly on behalf of al-Araibi’s freedom.“What we would like to do tonight is to thank and show our appreciation to the Thai government for the decision that they have taken today,” he said Monday. “We greatly respect the process that they have had to work through and we greatly appreciate their listening to the issues that have been raised by our government and many others who have raised this case.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabagnot piles up milestones Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said she looked forward to seeing al-Araibi back in Australia.“It has been a complex process and has taken a great deal of communication and engagement, but we have an outcome, and I think for Hakeem al-Araibi and for the many who have supported him that is the most important thing,” Payne said in Canberra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThai prosecutors on Monday submitted a request to a court to withdraw the case to extradite al-Araibi to Bahrain, where he faces a 10-year prison sentence for an arson attack that damaged a police station. He has denied those charges and says the case is politically motivated.Prosecutors made the decision after Thailand’s foreign ministry sent their department a letter Monday indicating that Bahrain had withdrawn its request for al-Araibi, said Chatchom Akapin, the director general of the attorney general office’s international affairs department.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Officials in Bahrain, an island kingdom off the coast of Saudi Arabia that’s home to the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, said the country “reaffirms its right to pursue all necessary legal actions against” al-Araibi.Bahrain’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement after his release that the “guilty verdict against Mr. al-Araibi remains in place and Mr. al-Araibi holds the right to appeal this court verdict at Bahrain’s Court of Appeal.”It did not elaborate.Al-Araibi, 25, a former Bahraini national team player, says he fled Bahrain due to political repression and that he fears torture if he returns. He has been living in Melbourne.He has said he was blindfolded and had his legs beaten while he was held in Bahrain previously. He said he believed he was targeted for arrest because of his Shiite faith and because his brother was politically active in Bahrain. Bahrain has a Shiite majority but is ruled by a Sunni monarchy.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Musician Union of Liberia to Honor Anti-Ebola Song

first_imgIn an effort to recognize the meaningful and worthy contribution made by Liberian artists during the fight against the Ebola Virus, the president of Musicians Union of Liberia, Cecil Griffiths, has said that the union will honor some of its members for their role played in the fight against Ebola. He added that during the height of the Ebola crisis, anti-Ebola songs by Liberian musicians were instrumental in raising awareness. The artists who did these songs were for the most part self-supported and only a few were ever sponsored.“This honoring program is being planned to appreciate the artists for their level of work done in helping to eradicate Ebola from Liberia, he said, adding that the honor will come in two phases. According to him, the first phase will be awarded to individual artists who single- handedly sang anti-Ebola songs.  The second phase will be awarded to group songs.He disclosed that the honor will be extended on the basis of merit and for the amount of anti-Ebola songs an artist must have played over air during the Ebola crisis.  The program will meet international standards, he promised, and music videos will be previewed on stage prior to each award.He also indicated that the program is the beginning of many initiatives to be  undertaken by the Musician Union, designed  to support the industry.“We are still working on plans with the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism (MICAT) to use the Centennial Pavilion as  the venue, but full preparation has already been made for the program to be held on  May 30, 2015,” he explained.The Union welcomes  more support for the program, he added.An insider from the office of the Union confided to LIB Life that the song “Ebola is Real,” made by Deng, Soul Fresh and F.A,  will be awarded as an anti-Ebola song made by a group.  Other songs to be honored include “Hope Song,” produced by  Liberian Artists Together For Advancement (LATA).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

‘Politically Motivated’

first_imgOne of the ‘big shots’ and foreigners indicted so far in the ongoing Global Witness (GW) Sable Mining bribery allegations has reacted to news of his indictment by the Liberian government, calling it ‘politically motivated.’ The announcement of the indictment of Sable Mining Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Andrew S. Groves, and others was made on Thursday, June 9, by Cllr. J. Fonati Koffa, head of the Special Presidential Task Force (SPTF) investigating and prosecuting the indictees.Cllr. Koffa, who is the Minister of State Without Portfolio (With New Assignments), said Groves and Klaus Piprek, both of whom are presently not within Liberia’s jurisdiction, along with Dr. Richard Tolbert, former head of Liberia’s National Investment Commission (NIC), were indicted Wednesday night by Montserrado County Grand Jury for economic crimes and other crimes as per the indictment.Groves is British and Piprek is South African. Cllr. Koffa clarified that a second British national, Phillippe H. Edmonds, Chair of Sable Mining of London, has presently been found to be “an unindicted co-conspirator.” However, he stated that as they obtain further pieces of evidence, Edmonds’ status in the ongoing investigation might change.According to Reuters, reacting to the news of his indictment by the Liberian government, Groves said on Friday that his indictment in Liberia was politically motivated.Reuters quotes Groves’ public relations firm as saying: “Andrew Groves was surprised to learn from media reports that a grand jury in Liberia appears to have indicted him on unspecified charges.” He reportedly added that he had not been given a chance to respond to the charges.“Mr. Groves believes that these allegations are politically motivated ahead of the imminent presidential elections, and are specifically designed to undermine the candidacy of Varney Sherman and Alex Tyler,” Grove’s statement read.GW, in its report titled, “The Deceivers,” alleges that over US$950,000 in bribes and other suspicious payments were paid by UK mining firm, Sable Mining, through its Liberian lawyer, Cllr Varney Sherman. The report states that Cllr. Sherman, one of Liberia’s most prominent lawyers and current Chairman of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Unity Party, paid bribes to senior officials to alter Liberia’s concessions law in an effort to secure the Wologizi iron ore concession in northern Liberia. It has not been established if in fact the law was altered as claimed. According to GW, Sherman, a Senator of Grand Cape Mount County, distributed the money to some of Liberia’s most important government officials, some of whom, too, have been indicted.Cllr. Sherman and House Speaker Alex Tyler, who allegedly received US$75, 000, are currently fighting the indictment in court, having already filed bonds totaling well over one million US dollars. Along with Tyler and Sherman, six other persons and the Sable Mining Company have been indicted by the Liberian government. The SPTF has disclosed that as the cases progress more indictments will be served. When he made this announcement on Thursday, Cllr. Koffa disclosed that what his taskforce is now uncovering as they carry out their investigation “is the largest conspiracy to steal the mineral resources of this country in our lifetime.”His assertion was backed by Cllr. Daku Mulbah, lead prosecutor of the Task Force, who stated that the GW report has so far revealed that the syndicate is only the tip of the iceberg.“It is only a tip of the iceberg that the GW report gave us. We are now seeing that there are others, who may not have been mentioned in that report but our investigators are unearthing names that you may not have heard before,” he stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LEC Gets US$11M Storage Facility

first_imgSome of the new facilities been built by the Chinese Company that will increase storage capacities for LEC Authorities of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC) has received on its Bushrod Island offices a new storage facility that will store approximately 5,280,000 gallons of Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) valued at US$11 million. The project, funded by the World Bank, is a component under the Liberia Accelerated Electricity Expansion Project (LACEEP), with the objective of increasing access to electricity and strengthening institutional capacity of Liberia’s energy sector. The Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Lands, Mines and Energy (MLME), on behalf of LEC, entered into an agreement with China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC) for the demolition of the old LEC tanks and pipelines to pave way for the construction of the new facility.At yesterday’s official turning over ceremony held on the Bushrod Island, Ernest R. Hughes, LEC managing director, lauded the World Bank and partners for supporting Liberia’s energy sector. “We are delighted, because the new facility will help us now to save money that we will later use for other purposes as LEC continues to spend more money because of the lack of storage facility, thereby relieving the entity from paying rental fees for storage facilities,” Mr. Hughes said. He assured the government and partners the the LEC will use the newly constructed facility for its intended purpose, noting, “maintenance is surely guaranteed.”World Bank Acting Country Manager along with LEC Manager Director Hughes celebrates with officials of the construction company upon receiving the key of the facilitiesDaniel Boakye, acting country manager for World Bank, said the bank is pleased to support such a worthy initiative for the people of Liberia. He expressed hope that the project will go a long way in the transformation agenda the country has proffered over the years. He also spoke of the bank’s desire to see the new facility create opportunities to considerably reduce electricity tariff, and not only lighting households, but to light up the country’s industries. “We see electricity as a very important component of our transformation agenda, particularly development for which the World Bank is excited to support. The bank is committed to support more projects in the country. We hope that this project will support the expansion of transmission distribution rate; and therefore, we look forward to many sources of electricity generation beyond the diesel that many have gotten accustomed to,” he said.LEC project manager, Abu D. Sanso, named the construction of two new 10,000 cubic meters (2,640,000gal) facilities, each with the capacity of HFO storage tanks; the construction of one HFO storage tank base for future expansion; and construction of a 1,000 cubic meters (264,000gal) capacity diesel storage tank. “We also constructed 1.8 km pipeline to transport HFO from the Bong Mines pier to the tank farm at LEC Bushrod Island compound and install several auxiliaries, but critical systems including the fire protection and environmental oil or water separator system; and construction of one new 2,500 cubic meters capacity water storage tank for the fire protection system,” Mr. Sanso said.With this new facility at hand, he said, the LEC will have the capacity of transporting the HFO directly from a vessel dock at the China Union pier to these storage tanks, adding, “There were challenges associated with the project implementation.” He then lauded all parties for their dedication and coordination.CHEC is a subsidiary of China Communications Construction Company Limited (CCCC). It is  the world’s leading integrated service provider of large-size infrastructure construction projects. CHEC’s more than 70 branches and representative offices make global footprints in over 80 countries with more than 10,000 professionals undertaking hundreds of international projects in total value of US$19 billion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

PPP calls for reversal of VAT on private education

first_img… says imposition an expression of callousness, cruelty… stakeholders to protest outside GRAParents, students and other concerned stakeholders will take to the streets on February 28 to protest Government’s imposition of 14 per cent Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education – a decision which many are urging to be repealed.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo in a statement to the media on Tuesday, called on the Government to reverse the imposition of VAT on private education.“We say to the Government that if they so badly need revenue, then cut Ministerial salaries, overseas trips by Ministers and per diem allowances of Ministers by 50 per cent. Our children’s education is a more worthwhile investment,” the statement from the Office of the Opposition Leader read.The missive outlined that education has long proven itself to be the surest and safest vehicle to exit the vicious cycle of poverty and that taxing such a service is callous and cruel.“We again express our strong dissent to the imposition of VAT on private schools and private educational systems. We regard this imposition as an expression of callousness and cruelty to the children and the parents of those children who are attending these private educational institutions,” the statement said.Jagdeo’s office contended that the imposition of VAT on private educational institutions would certainly amount to discrimination since, students and parents attending public schools do not bear this burden.“This discriminatory treatment may amount to a violation of Article 149 of the Constitution of Guyana, which affords protection from discrimination, as a fundamental right and freedom of all of our people; and 149I of the Constitution, which provides that: ‘no person shall be hindered in the enjoyment of the right to establish a private school which shall be under regulation by the State.’”The Office of the Leader of the Opposition reminded that under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic Administration, it encouraged the growth and proliferation of private schools throughout the country out of a firm belief that parents and children alike should have the freedom and option to access education from private as well as public schools and institutions.It pointed out that as a result, a very strong and viable private education industry has developed across the country.“Apart from the economic benefits and job-creation opportunities which it generates, for those who own, operate and work in the system, it has made an undoubted contribution in raising the standard and quality of education in the country. Today, this private education system has become a fundamental supplement to public education in the country,” the statement noted.ProtestMeanwhile, civil society has responded vigorously against the brain tax. Students, parents, teachers, members of the business community and other disgruntled stakeholders will be holding a silent protest outside of the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) on February 28.Persons from the Nations School of Business, Marian Academy, New Guyana School and other private educational institutions across the country have been invited to join the activity – which is expected to be a weekly exercise to voice the nation’s frustrations.Persons desirous of supporting the cause are encouraged to show up at the assembly point in front of the GRA on Camp Street with their own placards; the protest will commence from 12:00h.The protest action is just another in a list of activities being taken by civil society in expressing its disapproval of Government’s move to tax education.Already, a mass online movement is gaining momentum where hundreds of persons have already signed a petition against Government’s decision to charge 14 per cent on private educational services.The organised campaign argued that the imposition of the 14 per cent VAT on private schools will impact very heavily on the children and youth attending those schools.“For some, the perception is that anyone who attends a private school must be wealthy. That perception may be true for a certain percentage but, for the majority, attendance at such schools often represents a real sacrifice by a family member,” the body explained.Director of the School of the Nations, Dr Brian O’Toole, highlighted that one of the most popular courses in Guyana, with more than 1000 students, is the ABE programme with courses for school leavers, in business, management, travel and tourism and computer technology.He said this imposition may force many students to abandon their pursuance of a sound education altogether.According to the educator, “the only hope for Guyana moving forward is an educated, motivated pool of youth who see Guyana as theirs. This new tax does nothing to further that vision, that sense of optimism, the idea that they can rise out of poverty.”last_img read more

Fort St. John Speed Skaters win at Canada Winter Games

first_imgRED DEER, A.B. – Three Fort St. John athletes helped lead Team B.C. to their first medal at the 2019 Canada Winter Games.The team, consisting of Yuna Lovell (Fort St. John), Amanda Mitchell (Fort St. John), Laura Hall (Salmon Arm) and Brooke Braun (Fort St. John), edged out Manitoba by .34 of a second to take the bronze medal on Sunday afternoon in the Team Pursuit.“It is amazing, really great,” said Amanda Mitchell, who is from Fort St. John. “Honestly, it means so much. It means our hard work has paid off. It means that we are finally able to show something for all this work and years of dedication we have put into this sport.”MEDAL ALERT – #TeamBC Women’s Long Track Speed Skating Team Pursuit wins BRONZE to secure British Columbia’s first medal of the @2019CanadaGames @BCSpeedSkating @SSC_PVC #WEareBC #jcg2019 pic.twitter.com/3j8t0YrjGS— Team BC (@GoTeamBC) February 17, 2019- Advertisement -Quebec won gold with a time of 3:28.70 and Alberta earned silver with a time of 3:33.05.Advertisement It was only about 30 minutes later that freestyle skier Brayden Kuroda (Penticton) landed Team B.C. their first gold medal.last_img read more

Thames whale dies in rescue attempt

first_imgLONDON – The bottlenose whale spotted swimming past the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben captivated thousands with its appearance in the River Thames. But the death of the ailing animal, wounded and swaddled in blankets, brought a sad end to the saga of London’s most unlikely tourist. About 3,000 people lined a stretch of the Thames on Saturday, cheering as marine wildlife experts used a crane to haul the 20-foot-long whale onto a rusting salvage barge. The rescue crew then faced a race against time to reach deeper waters on England’s southern coast as the whale’s internal organs suffered the crippling effects of being out of the water. En route, the mammal suffered a series of convulsions and died. “It was a brave, valiant, but ultimately tragic effort to get the whale to safety,” said Leila Sadler, scientific officer at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card City workers had watched in disbelief Friday as the marine mammal was spotted flailing through the murky river, past some of the city’s most famous landmarks. It was the first Northern bottlenose whale spotted in the Thames since record-keeping began in 1913. “The animal suffered a series of convulsions at around 7 p.m. and died. It was already dehydrated, hadn’t been feeding and the being out of the water would have, in effect, shriveled the animal’s internal organs,” Sadler said. “It was essential to try to take the whale out to sea on the barge – but there was always the risk this would happen.” Rescue crews were heading toward Margate, on the southern English coast, where they hoped to let the whale back out to sea, when a veterinarian confirmed the death. A veterinarian will conduct a necropsy aboard the salvage vessel to determine the cause of death. 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

Officials looking for sea lion that bit woman’s leg

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThe victim was treated and released from the hospital on Wednesday after the sea lion took a chunk out of her leg. The lion bit the backpack on the same day. Sea lions are known for the intelligence and playfulness. The wanted sea lion was considered friendly before the attacks. BERKELEY – Wildlife officials are hoping to catch a troublesome sea lion that bit a woman’s leg at the Berkeley Marina and nipped another person’s backpack. Only boats and their customers and crews will be allowed on the dock where the attack occurred for several days. Crews have been asked to keep an eye out for the creature. “It is a matter of public safety,” said Ann Hardinger, Berkeley’s harbor master. Attempts to bait the sea lion with salmon and herring haven’t worked, so officials are asking people to keep fish away from the docks until the sea lion relocates. Boaters are also being asked to spray the docks to deter the sea lion. last_img read more