The 40,000 member National Customs Brokers Association of Liberia (NCBAL) has partially ended its strike action, resumed work and will likely reach an agreement today, with the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).The president of NCBAL, Ivan J.F. Tumbey, said the NCBAL recently halted its protest to negotiate and reach a compromis after several appeals from stakeholders, including Grand Bassa County District # 5 Representative Robertson N. Siaway, the Managing Director of the National Port Authority, Matilda Parker and Commissioner Dorbor Jallah of the Public Procurement and Concessions Commission (PPCC).Mr. Tumbey said the association was advised to negotiate in the national interest instead of engaging in further confrontations.In an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer over the weekend, Mr. Tumbey said that at the top of NCBAL’s agenda in today’s meeting is tackling the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and collecting fees of US$50 per 20-foot container and US$100 per 40-feet container for scanning of Pre-Shipment Containers (PSI) when in fact the scanner is not functioning.Tumbey maintained that the unnecessary additional fees are disturbing and the NCBAL wishes that the LRA should stop such charges until the scanner is functional and the charging power is renegotiated.When asked whether they would resume their strike action if the LRA did not stop the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and containers, Mr. Tumbey said the question was out-of-order because the LRA boss, Mrs. Elfrieda Tamba, is an honorable woman and woman of her word.“I don’t think Madam Tamba will allow us to choke the budget, the economy and international trade…..because she is an honorable woman,” Mr. Tumbey said.It may be recalled, on Monday, February 2, the customs brokers staged a nationwide strike disrupting clearing of imports at the nation’s seaports, airports and borders, depriving the government of millions of dollars in tax revenues.The NCBAL which contributes nationwide US$2m daily into government coffers has a list of complaints that have so far not been addressed by the LRA or the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning.The Customs Brokers cited unlawful, illegal and unjust collection of taxes from members of the business community by LRA, among other criticisms, and threatened to continue the strike until their terms are met.During the strike action, the Daily Observer gathered that clearing of imports had slowed down denying the Liberian Government of millions of dollars from tariffs and other import charges.The major ports of entry affected include the Freeport of Monrovia, the Port of Buchanan, the border points in Cape Mount and Lofa Counties as well as the Ganta entry point in Nimba County.Mr. Tumbey said besides the additional fees on the Clean Report of Findings (CRF) and collecting fees of US$50 per 20-foot container and US$100 per 40-feet container, the LRA has appointed additional assessors to already assigned assessors at the DI-sites at the Freeport of Monrovia to re-appraise all cargos, a procedure which he said is outside of the agreement signed between BIVAC and GOL.Only BIVAC is authorized to appraise all cargos at the country of origin, using all of the internationally accepted procedures, according to the agreement between GOL and BIVAC.Mr. Tumbey further alleged that Customs Officers of the LRA and employees of the Ministries of Commerce & Industry and Finance and Development Planning are engaged in Clearing and Forwarding while at the same time carrying on their normal government functions.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The post mortem performed on the body of 15-year-old Mae’s Secondary School student, Vanica Schultz, failed to reveal the cause of death. The autopsy was performed by Dr Nehaul Singh on Monday at the Georgetown Public Hospital mortuary, who reported that the cause of death is undetermined.Dead: Vanica SchultzAs such, body contents, blood and urine samples were extracted and are expected to be further analysed to determine the cause of death of the teenager. Nevertheless, the body was handed over to the family for burial.Initially, it was reported that the teenager of Tuschen Housing Scheme, East Bank Essequibo, ingested at least six ecstasy pills and died shortly after she was seen vomiting at school.The Mae’s school administration, on the other hand, said that the teen ingested carbon tablets and died while receiving medical attention at the Woodlands Hospital.While information remains sketchy about the motive for taking her own life, Guyana Times understands that the teenager was part of an investigation with respect to the sale of ecstasy on the school’s premises. This was also denied by the school’s administration. In fact, the school stated that at no point in time were the pills found in the school’s compound.However, soon after the teen’s death, her 20-year-old boyfriend allegedly admitted to Police that he gave the teen the pills to sell in school. He reportedly told investigators that the now dead teen was caught selling the drug and an investigation was launched.Moments prior to the teen’s death, she handed letters to her friends apologising for all the wrong she has done. Her peers also confirmed that an investigation was launched into the sales of ecstasy.Following the alleged discovery of ecstasy pills on the school premises some time ago, students involved were instructed to inform their parents to visit the school so that the matter could be dealt with.It was reported that following the decision to inform the parents, the now dead teen reportedly threatened to take her life since she did not want her parents to know about her involvement in the ecstasy investigation.Last year, the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) revealed a worrying trend of ecstasy being sold to students in at least five schools across Regions Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) and Four (Demerara-Mahaica). The anti-drug enforcement agency is working with education officials to address the illegal practice.Ecstasy is making its way into the nation’s schools after being already popular among many affluent members of society, CANU Deputy Head Lesley Ramlall had stated.While it was not revealed if, or how many of these affluent individuals were charged, Ramlall said CANU was working to track down the drug mules and was not inclined to carry out full-fledged investigations in schools.
According to www.GasBuddy.com, the average price of a regular litre across Canada has lost nearly a full cent in the past week, and is now pegged at $1.228.A 7:45 a.m. monitor also had the B.C. average at $1.25, but a local area survey early today showed no change in the common posted price in Fort St. John, at a $1.339.An early morning check on the U.S. average price had it down to $3.28 a U.S. gallon, and that’s about 87 cents a litre. – Advertisement –
0Shares0000David Majak celebrating after completing his brace for his Kapenguria Heroes side against Nakuru All Stars in the Final of the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift Region played at the Narok Stadium on November 5, 2017. Photo/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – Just like the famous Lupita Nyong’o’s quote “No matter where you are from your dreams are valid.” Only Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom star David Majak can attest to that powerful quote as the South Sudanese relishes his joy of playing in the Kenyan Premier League (KPL) next season.Majak, 18, who starred at the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift Valley Region after inspiring his Kapenguria Heroes team to the national finals, has landed a four-year contract from KPL side Kakamega Homeboyz. Though his dream is to play for Kenya’s most successful club Gor Mahia, Majak, who comes from Kakuma in Turkana County, says he is contented to sign for Homeboyz and is looking forward to make his debut for the western based side on Jamhuri Day (December 12) when the club faces AFC Leopards in a friendly match at the Bukhungu Stadium.“I feel grateful to join Kakamega Homeboyz because my dream was to play in the Kenyan Premier League. It is in the KPL where you will have a chance of showcasing your talent and who knows… someone might scout you to play in Europe,” Majak told Capital Sport.“I am now getting used to training with a top flight club though it is not easy because you can’t compare with the one we used to do with our team, but I am adjusting well and look forward to proving to the ones who gave me a chance when we play AFC Leopards on Tuesday next week,” the lanky striker said.Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula. Photo/ COURTESYConfirming the move, Kakamega Homeboyz chairman Cleophas Shimanyula says they went for the signatures of Majak and his team-mate Fredrick Krop after watching the duo explore their talent in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament, which suit the club’s policy of signing young players with the aim of developing and nurturing them.“The two players have joined us after scouting them in the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament. Each one of them (Majak and Krop) have signed a four-year contract. We hope to develop them to become top players especially Majak who is very talented and since he is still in school we will find a nearby school for him,” Shimanyula declared.Majak, a student at Chewoyet Boys High School is heading to Form Four next year and Kapenguria Heroes Team Manager Kenneth Mnangat confirmed that the deal from Homeboyz also includes a scholarship for the player to join Kakamega High School.Kapenguria Heroes striker David Majak takes a shot against Nakuru All Stars during the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom Rift Valley Region Final held at the Narok Stadium on 5th of November, 2017“Majak and Krop have landed contracts with Kakamega Homeboyz so they will be plying their trade with KPL next season. They have signed a four-year deal each. Majak is also a student and he will be transferred to Kakamega High School to be able to play and study,” Mnangat revealed.Head coach Mike Mururi told Capital Sport, the duo are responding well in training and they are monitoring them to identify where to hone their skills ahead of the new season where Homeboyz open their 2018 campaign with the winner of the play-off between Thika United and Ushuru FC.“The two boys are here with us and they are training. We will see what they have in store for us. We will try them in our friendly against AFC Leopards on Tuesday,” Mururi said.Though they have officially joined Homeboyz, Majak and Krop will be highly looked upon by the Kapenguria Heroes technical bench to inspire them to victory in the National Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom final slated for March, 2018 in Nairobi.David Majak (left) leading his team-mates to a celebration. Photo/ CourtesyMajak, fondly referred as ‘Carzola’ by his team-mates, was the star-attraction at the final of the Rift Valley Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom hosted at the Narok Stadium where he was named the Most Valuable player and top scorer with seven goals.“I have confidence that we will win the Chapa Dimba Na Safaricom tournament and head to London to meet Victor Wanyama at Tottenham Hotspur… who knows I might be scouted there,” Majak, who started his career as a goal keeper before transiting to a striker, said.Homeboyz, who were promoted back to the top flight football last season, are strengthening their squad ahead of the 2018 campaign with a target of improving their impressive fifth place finish this season.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)
A man with a staggering 474 previous convictions has been jailed for a total of five months for a series of burglaries.Eamonn Lynch appeared at Letterkenny District Court charges with a number of thefts between July and September last. The court was told that Lynch had stolen a generator worth €400 from Cross, Killygordan on September 6th last.He also stole house and car keys from the home of Tanya Kees on July 18th and on the same date he entered the home of Kevin Doherty of St Johnston and stole a laptop, mobile phones and other items.However, father-of-three Lynch, aged 43, and two other suspects were disturbed and ran into local fields only to be arrested later by Gardai.Garda detective Michael Galvin gave details of the break-ins and Lynch’s arrest saying he initially denied knowledge of the burglaries but then came clean.Solicitor Frank Dorrian said his client had a serious drug and drink dependancy but had been clean for the past three months.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison said that Lynch had a total of 474 previous convictions in Northern Ireland, and that more than 50 of those related to burglary.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Lynch to a total of five months in prison.Dad with 474 previous convictions jailed for burglaries was last modified: January 10th, 2017 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) Tags:burglariesdonegaleamonn lynch
gameday huge blow Ed Woodward, a man who built his reputation as far away from football as you can ever imagine, actually told a football manager, a successful one at that, that spending 50m+ on Alderweireld, who was exceptional tonight, or Maguire wouldn’t be a wise football investment. Christ— Yomi Borokini ™️ (@_BOROKINI) August 27, 2018 Jose Mourinho must be crying inside watching Alderweireld tonight. He has been a monster for Spurs at the back. Meanwhile he has to watch Matic, Herrera, Smalling, Jones and Lindelof play at the back for him.— 360Sources (@360Sources) August 27, 2018 After the break it was a different story, with Harry Kane heading past David de Gea and Lucas Moura grabbing a brace to continue Tottenham’s 100 per cent start to the season and make it two losses in the opening three games for United.For the second game in a row, it was United’s defence that came under fire. The truth is, Mourinho knew he desperately needed a centre back in pre season and Woodward turned his back on him. Defensive mistakes against Brighton and Tottenham could’ve been avoided with Alderweireld (who has been exceptional) or Maguire there. Woodward’s face makes me sick.— The Man Utd Way (@TheManUtdWay) August 27, 2018 no dice If only we had a cb like alderweireld aye Woodward?— Stephen Kavanagh (@bigbeard88) August 27, 2018 Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Glad Woodward is our director of football. Great decision not to sign Alderweireld and keep Smalling and Jones.— Luke Ash (@smishking) August 27, 2018 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade possible standings That Toby Alderweireld looks good. Maybe Manchester United shouldn’t have squabbled about the price and actually have signed him.— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) August 27, 2018 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Remember though we didn’t want Alderweireld, far too old. Woodward masterclass uno 👌— Mike (@Mike87_MUFC) August 27, 2018 Woodward has been blasted over his transfer failures Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Quick reminder that Ed Woodward called Toby Alderweireld “Spurs 5th choice centre back” in his brief to media as an excuse to not spend money.— Mike (@MikeLUHG) August 27, 2018 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won If Woodward didn’t think Alderweireld was an upgrade on Jones or Smalling then he really shouldn’t be working in the football industry! #hadone #MUNvsTOT— Chris Johnston (@chrisjohns10) August 27, 2018 And it is Woodward who has been the subject of criticism from United fans, following the Belgium ace’s showing at Old Trafford.You can see some of the best reaction below… shining Like in last week’s defeat to Brighton, Jose Mourinho’s backline was woefully poor – despite his decision to drop both centre-backs that started the Brighton game and select a back-three featuring midfielder Ander Herrera.The back-three turned out to be a calamity, with Herrera, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling all failing to deal with Tottenham’s attacking unit time and time again.Mourinho had to watch on as Alderweireld showed what a top class centre-back really looks like, having tried to sign the Spurs star over the summer.He was denied this wish by Ed Woodward, the club’s executive vice-chairman, who deemed Alderweireld unsuitable. silverware 2 REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Look at this performance from Alderweireld, the kind of leadership our team needs at the back. £55m for a man who would have transformed our whole backline and we turned it down.— JoshGI (@JoshGI97) August 27, 2018 Toby Alderweireld gave Manchester United a taste of what they missed out on with a stunning performance in Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat of the Red Devils.Alderweireld, the Belgium international, was superb at the heart of Spurs’ defence against a United side who, in the first half at least, did cause the Lilywhites some problems. ALTERED How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Just remember Ed Woodward didn’t want to sign Toby Alderweireld because he didn’t think he was better than any of the defenders we have already. #mufc— Simply Utd (@SimplyUtd) August 27, 2018 Latest Premier League news smart causal Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Alderweireld has now started both of Spurs’ last two matches after looking set to leave north London over the summer REVEALED 2
THE road between Carndonagh and Gleneely has been closed after a road traffic accident this morning.A lorry collided with a telegraph post and Gardai are operating diversions.No-one was injured in the incident but telephone lines have been cut to homes in the area. Eircom workers are replacing the pole this afternoon. ROAD CLOSED AFTER CAR SMASH was last modified: March 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ROAD CLOSED AFTER CAR SMASH
Following the launch of business lobby IBEC’s local campaign for a Yes vote in the forthcoming referendum, anti-austerity campaigner Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has called on the people of Donegal to reject the pro-austerity agenda of big business and vote No.Responding to IBEC’s pro-austerity launch, Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “It comes as no surprise that leaders and supporters of big business are calling on people to vote Yes, as it is in the interests of big business that this treaty is passed.”He claimed that if it is passed, this Treaty will “lock us into a permanent cycle of austerity, low wages and privatisation.” He went on: “It will not, as the pro-austerity side falsely claims, bring either recovery or stability. We only need look back to the Lisbon 2 referendum campaign to understand how the big business lobby is willing to make entirely bogus promises to influence the vote. Lisbon 2 was, we were told, all about job creation. Well IBEC, where are all the jobs that you promised? There are well in excess of 400,000 people unemployed in the Twenty Six Counties and Donegal has the highest rate of unemployment in the state.”Speaking to the small indigenous business on the ground, who are not supporting IBEC’s pro-austerity campaign, Mac Giolla Easbuig said: “We all know that more austerity measures will mean that ordinary people will have less money in their pockets, and therefore less money to spend in local businesses. The knock-on effect of this is more closures, more job losses and more hardship.’‘”I very much understand the concerns of small indigenous business as I can see the effect on the ground of the damage that is being done to our local communities. These small companies and businesses are the backbone of our local economy and their concerns must be listened to. IBEC does not represent the views of small local indigenous companies here in Donegal who witness the devastation that has already been caused by the austerity measures.”In conclusion, Mac Giolla Easbuig, called on the people of Donegal to reject austerity and vote No. He added: “Austerity measures are not only causing untold hardship in our communities, but economically make no sense. The cuts are reducing growth and killing off the local economy. This Treaty will place pro-austerity measures directly into the Constitution.“They will force us to adhere to restrictive budgetary measures, which will see the government impose a further €6 billion in cuts this year, to bring the debt to GDP ratio into line with the right wing strictures of this Treaty. It is an extremely dangerous proposal that will force our people into a future of continuing austerity. It must be resisted and rejected. By voting No to the Austerity Treaty, we will send a powerful message to the Dublin and European elitesthat the ordinary people have had enough of cuts and austerity.” DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER SLAMS BUSINESSES FOR BACKING ‘YES’ CAMPAIGN was last modified: May 8th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL CAMPAIGNER SLAMS BUSINESSES FOR BACKING ‘YES’ CAMPAIGN
Dunkineely Local NewsWALKING GROUP – meets every Tuesday morning at 10:00 am for a walk or stroll of about 30 – 40 minutes with a cup of tea afterwards if you want. All are welcome to join this group. Contact Marie Hutchinson or the Dunkineely Community Limited Office if you are interested: 087 3421922.DUNKINEELY IN BLOOM – This competition will brighten up the town and surrounding area. From St John’s Point to Croagh and Tullintain to Ballymagowan – if you’re in the Parish of Killaghtee, please consider entering. No fee to enter as Dunkineely Community Limited has funding from Donegal Local Development Company for plants and workshops to help get you started. We’ll be looking for winners of categories such as: > Best Business > Best small town garden > Best Church > Best school > Best vegetable plot> Best large garden > Best container garden etc.The main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Bruckless and Killaghtee area if we all take part however small or big a garden plot/place for window boxes/pots we have.Judging will take place Sunday 10th August. But the main winners will be the community of Dunkineely, Killaghtee and Bruckless area. Entry forms available from the Dunkineely Community Limited Office and in local business’s in the Community. “This is a great Community event if we all get involved!” If you are interested contact Dunkineely Community Limited Office on 087 3421922 if you’d like enter or help organise in anyway.WORKSHOP ON GARDENING CONTAINERS – Workshops has been organised for planting flowers & vegetables pots with David Perry from Kee’s Garden Centre, Laghey.The second workshop on “Growing Vegetables” is on Tuesday 10th June at 8:30 pm.All Materials included. Workshop is free but small donation would be appreciated. Both workshops will be held in the Stables at the rear of the Methodist Church.Limited spaces available so contact the Dunkineely Community Limited Office to book your patch on: 087 3421922 A FESTIVAL COMMITTEE – Is being organised for the Dunkineely area and we are looking for volunteers to organise and help run a range of activities. Please call Dunkineely Community Limited’s office on 087 3421922 if you think you can help. A meeting will be held on Wednesday 11th June at 8:00 pm in the Manse. All welcome.MC INTYRE’S BAR – Every Wednesday night have Traditional music from 10:00 pm until late. Also Traditional music session in McIntyre’s Bar, Dunkineely on Sunday afternoon at 5pm. All musicians and singers welcome.SUNDAYS @ 7 – Meeting as usual on Sunday 15th June at the Manse, Dunkineely. Rev. John & his wife Vanessa are away on holiday for the month of June and won’t be attending. This group will be run by Abigail Herron and Marie Hutchinson for the next month. They look forward to seeing you there.DUNKINEELY COMMUNITY LIMITED – are hosting an “ICE-CREAM FUNDAY” in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland on 20th June at the Manse in Dunkineely! It’s a date for your diary and it’s guaranteed to be fun! It’s a great way to get together with your friends and family to have fun with ice-cream all while raising funds for Down Syndrome Ireland. Please come and support this great cause! SPRINGFIELD PARK DUNKINEELY – Had a gardening workshop on Thursday 5th June in their estate in which they planted vegetables and flowers. They enjoyed the activity and had a great evening and would like to thank Dunkineely Community Limited for everything and are already looking forward to next year!OPENING DAY AT BALLYLOUGHAN – Thank you from Rev John and Vanessa to everyone who attended and supported the Open House to raise money for the Methodist Manse Fund in Dunkineely last Saturday. €400 was raised.BRUCKLESS ROAD RUNNERS – THE POINT 10K CHARITY FUN/RUN/WALK – Is taking place in Dunkineely on Saturday 16th August 2014 at 11:00am (Same route as last year). The chosen charities for this year’s event are Billy’s World Ireland and Clara House Killybegs – (Day Centre for Intellectual Disabilities). Everyone welcome! Contact Pauric McNern for further information.A DEFIBRILLATOR – is now in Killaghtee School, it is on the wall closest to the road. The following people are trained and key holders:Andrew Walker – 087 2276366Carol Duddy – 074 9737046Norman Henry – 087 9474350Phyllis Young – 087 1300499Clive Vance – 086 8276575Georgina Armstrong – 087 3921384.There is also a key in the following places: Dunkineely Health Centre, Dunkineely Community Limited Office and Killaghtee School.DCL – has a library of over 500 books from Children’s Literature. (Roald Dhal’s Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone & The Goblet of Fire), Classics (J.R.R. Tolkien to Marian Keyes), Horror, Comedy, Booker-Prize etc. Rent a book from just 20c or perhaps DVD’s, Lego Batman or The Patience Stone from just 50c per night.Come into the office weekday mornings from 9:30 – 12:30 pm and use the Internet (20c per half hour) or Print Documents (20c per page).Please note that Dunkineely Community Limited office has changed it’s number to 087 3421922.DD LOCAL: DUNKINEELY LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO SET-UP FESTIVAL COMMITTEE was last modified: June 9th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:DD LOCAL: DunkineelyFeaturesNotices
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “I was excited when I came up in August and now I get another shot at it,” the 24-year-old Saunders said. Saunders got his August call-up when Paul Byrd had back spasms. This time Saunders will take the place of Jarrod Washburn, who has tendinitis in his left pitching forearm. Angels manager Mike Scioscia chose Saunders over Kelvim Escobar, who will remain in the bullpen. “Of all the options we were looking at this gives us the best overall depth,” Scioscia said. Entering Tuesday’s game, Escobar had pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. And with the back end of the Angels bullpen performing inconsistently over the past two months, Escobar was considered more valuable in the bullpen. “He wants to be in any role that can help the club,” Scioscia said about Escobar. “I know his preference is to be a starter. That’s why we signed him and we want him to start, but right now the cards the way we’ve been dealt them there’s a bigger-impact role for him to help us in our bullpen.” Saunders last pitched for Triple-A Salt Lake on Sept. 1 against Colorado Springs (5 1/3 innings, 2 earned runs, no decision), but Scioscia said the left-hander has been on maintenance programs and shouldn’t show much effect from his two-week layoff. Saunders said he was comfortable with the high-pressure assignment late in the season. “The nerves are always going to be there — it’s only my second start,” said Saunders, who had a combined record of 11-7 at Salt Lake and Double-A Arkansas this season. “The first time I came up we were up by two or three games so it’s basically the same focus. You just go out there and try to give the team a chance to win.” – The Angels entered Tuesday’s game with a major league best 142 steals as a team. Last season, the Angels led the American League with 143 stolen bases. … The Angels and Mariners have identical .986 team fielding percentages. This mark leads the American League. … Jamie Moyer, 42, today’s starter for Seattle, made his major league debut (June 16, 1986) five years to the day after Saunders was born (June 16, 1981). — Keven Chavez can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2239, or by e-mail at email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SEATTLE — Before last Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox, Angels rookie Joe Saunders was primed to pitch in case Bartolo Colon’s back pain remained unsettled. Saunders said his mother flew into Chicago from the family’s Washington, D.C. home only to watch Colon take the mound and pitch an effective six innings in an Angels’ victory. Today, there will be no last-minute heroics from a veteran pitcher. With 18 games left in the season, the Angels will give the baseball to the rookie. Saunders, the organization’s top pitching prospect, will walk into the heat of the pennant race with a start against the Mariners. It will be his second career start with the Angels. Saunders pitched seven innings, allowed two runs and got a no-decision in a start against the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 16.