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West Genesee swimmers, divers take part in state meet

first_imgMoving to Saturday’s finals, McMahon set a new season mark with 1:00.65 and took 34th place overall. Schultz broke his day-old sectional record with 56.14 seconds, runner-up to the 55.03 from Dansville’s Aidan Kreiley.As for junior Keegan Scharoun, he was trying to go quicker than 54.74 seconds in the 100-yard backstroke. While not quite doing so, Scharoun’s 54.83 seconds put him in 40th place, ahead of the 55.55 from the sectional champion, Liverpool’s Curtis Merrick.McMahon and Scharoun got together with two other juniors, Alex Shuron and Chase Foresti, for the 200 medley relay, where WG’s time of 1:40.07 had put them in the state meet.Getting under the 1:40 mark, the Wildcats posted 1:39.99 in qualifying and, in Saturday’s finals, fell off a bit to 1:40.27, but still finished 26th overall. Pittsford claimed the state championship with a time of 1:34.36.Meanwhile, Westhill‘s Vincent Tarolli swam in both of the sprints, looking to improve upon times of 22.13 seconds in the 50 freestyle and 48.65 seconds in the 100 freestyle.Tarolli went 22 seconds flat in qualifying in the 50 freestyle to advance to Saturday’s finals, where he went 22.39 seconds for 29th place. As for the 100 freestyle, Tarolli finished 39th in 49.06 seconds, unable to advance to the finals.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story West Genesee’s boys swim team would have a presence in four different events during last weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships at Long Island’s Nassau County Aquatic Center.Two of those Wildcats were in the diving event, where junior Justin Byrne entered as the 20th-ranked diver in the field and senior David Puma tried to improve from his 47th-place position.Byrne would climb to 17th place in the opening round as Puma, with 177.90 points, finished 33rd. Then, in the semifinal round, Byrne remained in 17th and advanced to the finals. Ulitmately, Byrne’s total of 411.65 points put him in 19th place, best among the seven Section III divers in the event. Bloomfield’s Alex Kenyon took the state championship with 515.45 points.Turning to the race portions of the state meet, WG senior Ryan McMahon wanted to go under one minute in the 100-yard breaststroke, his best time so far this winter a 1:00.95.And McMahon improved to 1:00.73 here to get to 32nd place as Baldwinsville’s Nick Schultz broke the sectional record with a time of 56.80 seconds to reach the finals as the second-fastest qualifier.center_img Tags: swimmingWest Geneseelast_img read more

‘NEC Proceeded Wrongly to Set Runoff Date’

first_imgThe five justices in the Supreme Court (from left): Justices Banks, Ja’neh, Chief Justice Korkpor, Justices Wolokollie and Yuoh (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)Just a day to the holding of the November 7 runoff, the Supreme Court has ordered the cancellation of the process, pending an investigation into an allegation of gross irregularities and fraud arising from the conduct of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections based on a case filed by the Liberty Party (LP).The LP asked for a writ of prohibition, restraining the National Elections Commission (NEC) from proceeding with the runoff election until their complaints were heard and decided by the electoral body.Issuing the writ, Chief Justice Francis Korkpor, who read the opinion (judgment) of the court said, “The writ will lie, where an administrative, tribunal though having jurisdiction over a matter, proceeds contrary to rule which ought to be observed at all times.”In the instant case, Justice Korkpor indicated, “the NEC has jurisdiction over the complaints filed by the LP, but by setting a date and proceedings to announce the conduct of the runoff election, while the matter was still pending before that body undecided, the NEC was proceeding by the wrong rules.” He therefore granted the “the peremptory writ of prohibition requested by the LP.”Before, Korkpor’s decision yesterday, Associate Justice Kabineh Ja’neh had earlier issued an alternative writ of prohibition, which prevented the NEC from holding the runoff election, pending the intervention of the other four judges including the chief justice to hear the matter, because the LP complaints rose from several constitutional issues that a single justice like him, Ja’neh restricted from hearing.Justice Ja’neh is the Chamber Justice and his initial decision was also upheld and sustained by his colleagues.NEC lawyer Cllr. F. Musa Dean in an interview following the Supreme Court ruling. (Photo: Nick N. Seebeh)In the court’s decision, Justice Korkpor also ordered that the “NEC is stopped and prohibited from conducting the runoff election, until the complaints filed by the LP are investigated by the NEC, and if need be the party’s appeal process to the Supreme Court is availed of and the matter is decided by the court.”Concluding, the chief justice said, “because of the critical nature of the complaints, subject of the petition proceedings, and its implication on the governance of the nation, the NEC is directed to give urgent attention to the expeditious hearing and determination.”Before yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court, the NEC had earlier without hearing and deciding the LP’s complaints, which also included violation of the constitution and election law and fraudulent acts, set November 7, as the date for the holding of the runoff, between Vice President Joseph Boakai of the Unity Party (UP) and Senator George Weah of the Coalition for Democratic Change (CDC).NEC relied on Article 83 of the 1986 Constitution, arguing that the article gives the electoral body 30 days to hear and decide any complaints of irregularities and frauds, after the announcement of the final votes of the October 10 presidential and legislative elections. This, the electoral body believed gave them the constitutional mandate to conduct the runoff, while conducting an investigation into the LP’s complaints.Justice Korkpor, meanwhile, said the law requires that Article 83 of the constitution be implemented in the light of the entire document, then, the NEC’s sequestered pronouncement, “because every provision is of equal importance and even where there is an apparent discrepancy between the different provisions, the court should harmonize them, if possible.”According to Korkpor, Article 83 (c ) sets forth a series of events that are linked together and they must be taken into consideration when interpreting the minds of the framers of the constitution in relations to the runoff election, “to expiry of the time provided in that article (Article 83 (c ).”The Chief Justice said, the more rational and legal interpretation under judicial construction, “is that the reference in Article 83 (b) to expiry of the time provided article (c) refer to the totality of the events emanated in (c) from the announcement of the final result by the NEC to the disposition of any challenge by the Supreme Court,” Justice Korkpor explained.He also explained that the constitutional requirement NEC argued mandated in Article 83 (c), that only the two presidential tickets with the greatest number of valid votes on the first ballot should be designated to participate in the runoff election, when the vote cast on the first ballot was still subject of allegation of “gross irregularities and frauds before the NEC, which was without legal authority to have designated any two presidential tickets for the runoff election,” Korkpor maintained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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