Cucho’s Farewell: “Watford wants to count on me”

first_imgThe attacker narrates how the injury prevented him from being able to choose a club, despite the fact that, in the first instance, he did not lack proposals: “There was Espanyol, Betis, Valladolid … But after the injury almost everything fell and the only one left was Mallorca. Anyone does not do that, rarely in the First Division an injured player is hired and I am very grateful for that. “ The ‘Cucho’ Hernández has given an interview on the Toque Sports program in which he has practically confirmed that he will not continue in Mallorca and will return to Watford, club that owns him, to earn a place in the Premier League. “They have given me incredible confidence. I recently had the opportunity to renew and when you do it is because they want a project with you“, recognizes the forward.However, the Colombian footballer goes further and explains Watford’s plans with him: “They have let me know that they intend to count on me for next year. I’m not confirming anything, but there is that interest and that possibility of being there. I am very grateful and after several years belonging to Watford it is time to wear his shirt. Now I am in Mallorca, the injury cut everything and prevented me from seeing options. Mallorca was always there despite the operation“ Finally, he spoke of the U-20 World Cup in which he regrets not having been able to give his best level, despite scoring a hat-trick: “I was very frustrated for not being able to do what I wanted to demonstrate, although I had the opportunity to take part. Although we could go much further I have a good memory“last_img read more

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first_imgJamaican Chow on top WINNIPEG, Canada (CMC): Barbadian, Chris Husbands, won twice on Wednesday but Jamaican Chavion Chow maintained a healthy lead heading into the final weekend of racing at Assiniboia Downs, despite clinching just one win on the day’s six-race card. Husbands, the defending champion, won race two with 5-1 chance La Pieta and returned to win the day’s final race aboard favourite Truly North. The double moved Husbands to 50 wins but still seven wins adrift in second of Chow who won with 4-1 bet Stand Up Rita in race one, to grab his only victory. Guyanese Rohan Singh also won once to move to 50 but sits third in the standings. With just three race days left in the season, Chow is now expected to wrap up his first triumph at the western Canada racetrack, though both Husbands and Singh remain within striking distance. Bridgmohan holds off rivals TORONTO, Canada (CMC): Jamaica-born jockey Jermaine Bridgmohan held off a late rally from favourite Spadina Road and 2-1 chance Bear No Joke, to carry 15-1 outsider Rexton to a gutsy win in the CAN$125 000 OLG Kenora Stakes here Wednesday. Going six furlongs, the pair led every step of the way to reach the wire by half-length in a time of one minute, 9.43 seconds, as the John Mattine-trained five-year-old won his first win in five starts this year. “That was the game plan (setting the pace). John’s done a great job with this horse,” Bridgmohan said afterward. “He just ran his race. He’s just real fast. I was confident when he was on the lead. He’s got a big heart. He ran great.” Antiguans eye medal in Rio ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Despite a disappointing sixth place finish at the recent IAAF World Championships, Antigua and Barbuda’s coach Teddy Daley believes the men’s sprint relay team can still rebound with a medal at next year’s Rio Olympics. He said the team was a young one and that he expected them to improve significantly over the next year to become a force to be reckoned with. “I strongly believe that we can medal at the Olympics,” he told the Observer Radio’s Good Morning Jo-Jo. “Our guys, they are 19, 20, 21, so physical maturity has not yet been realised. It means, therefore, next year they are going to be stronger.” Antigua were clocked at 38.61 seconds in finishing sixth behind eventual winners Jamaica who posted a world-leading 37.36 to win easily.last_img read more

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Wade turns back the clock and 76ers in Game 2 Heat victory

first_imgLATEST STORIES He turned in a vintage performance, scoring 28 points to end the 76ers’ 17-game winning streak and lead the Miami Heat to a 113-103 Game 2 win over Philadelphia on Monday night and even the first-round playoff series.“I saw moments,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what defines Dwyane Wade.”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 crownThe 36-year-old flashed the form of a three-team NBA champion with the Heat, not the journeyman who bounced around the last two seasons with forgettable stints in Chicago and Cleveland.Wade made 11 of 17 shots and put on a show in the second quarter and put it away in the fourth. MOST READ Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade reacts to his basket in the last minute of the second half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers, Monday, April 16, 2018, in Philadelphia. The Heat won 113-103. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Dwyane Wade snuffed out one 76ers’ rally by popping a 16-foot fadeaway with the shot clock ticking down. Wade made a halfhearted attempt at reaching his hand out toward a fallen defender before he scooted on his way.Wade was up, the Sixers were down and suddenly, a series.ADVERTISEMENT Wade contributed with baskets, assists and free throws over the final 4 minutes to close out the win.Simmons led the Sixers with 24 points and Saric had 23.“I hate this feeling but maybe it’s a good reminder for everybody for next game to lock in,” Simmons said.TIP-INSHeat: Goran Dragic scored 20 points and James Johnson had 18.76ers: Philly native and Hollywood star Kevin Hart rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell and sat courtside a few seats down from Allen Iverson. … Team consultant Jerry Colangelo was at the game.EMBIID UPDATEEmbiid wore his black mask and put on a 3-point shootout in pregame that had fans going wild with each shot. Again, there was no timetable on when Embiid would return this series, if at all.“I can’t wait to get him back,” coach Brett Brown said. “He, to me, is the difference maker. Joel Embiid changes the dynamics in many ways of this team. There will be a reintroduction of him back into the team.”LINEUP CHANGE 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “He can settle the group with his experience, his championship experience,” Spoelstra said.The Sixers badly needed injured All-Star center Joel Embiid to settle them. The Sixers nearly pulled off an epic comeback and rallied from 16 down to just two points late in the fourth.Philly fans were going wild and suddenly the home-court edge that had made the Sixers unbeatable for a month seemed like it would perk the team back up for one more notch on the winning streak.Wade buried two big buckets down the stretch that pushed back the Sixers and tied the series as it shifts to Miami for Game 3 on Thursday.The Sixers lost for the first time since March 13 to Indiana. They won 16 straight to end the regular season and the first game of the playoffs and played their 10th straight game without Embiid.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “You need Joel Embiid,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said.Embiid went on Instagram after the game and wrote, “sick and tired of being babied.”Wade’s play resembled his glory days at times and he carried the Heat in a sensational second quarter that was the difference. He pump-faked his way to 15 points in the quarter — impressive enough, even moreso that he outscored the potent Sixers by two points.Wade made his first seven shots of the game and passed Larry Bird for 10th on the NBA’s career postseason scoring list.After a Game 1 victory where they couldn’t miss, the Sixers couldn’t make a big bucket in the first half. The Sixers made a team playoff-record 18 3s in Game 1 and missed a whopping 16 of 18 3s in the first half. Robert Covington missed all five and Dario Saric was 0 for 4. The Sixers made four baskets and scored 13 points in the quarter.The Heat slowed the game down — exactly the kind of style where the Sixers needed Embiid in the middle — and used a collective of defenders on Ben Simmons that rattled the rookie point guard early.The passing-and-pushing offense that got the Sixers to the No. 3 seed in the East failed them for the first time since early March.But there was life left in the fourth.Saric was fouled by Wade and sank both from the line to make it 91-82 and he followed with a 3 the next time down that sent the crowd into a frenzy. Saric broke up a pass on defense that led to a Simmons dunk and suddenly 18 straight wins was within reach.Ersan Ilyasova made a tip shot to close to 98-96. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lue seeks more aggressive LeBron after NBA playoff loss Ilyasova got the start at center for the first time in Embiid’s absence over Amir Johnson.REMEMBERING GREERThe 76ers held a moment of silence for Hall of Famer Hal Greer. Greer died Saturday after a brief illness. He was 81. He’s the 76ers’ career leader in points, field goals, field goals attempted, games and minutes played.“He was a graceful man. He was class. He was a gentleman,” Brown said.UP NEXTGame 3 is Thursday and Game 4 is Saturday in Miami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

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MAPM continues protest against “illegal” parking meters

first_img…willing to end demonstrations if court rules in its favourAt yet another picket exercise on Thursday, several members and supporters of the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) showed up to protest the reintroduction of what they described as an illegal initiative. It was related that they were willing to end this action, once the court ruled in their favour.One of the MAPM supporters said, “The legality of the contract is in the court and instead of the City Council waiting to see the results of that court case, they areA section of Thursday’s picketerstrying to go ahead and force us to accept the parking meters…if the court deems the parking meter [contract] is legal, that’s the end of our protest.”He added that there would be no need for the parking meters in Georgetown, if the Guyana Police Force did its job of enforcing the laws.Explaining why she believes the parking meter project is illegal was Renata Chuck-A-Sang. “The thing never went to tender even though the value of it is in excess of the required ceiling. We contend that the contract is illegal and, therefore, it should not be enforced…they have to go back to the drawing board, go through the process, do the feasibility study, you do the tender process and we start afresh and that wasn’t done,” she noted.Added to that, Chuck-A-Sang told Guyana Times that City Hall should take into consideration building a five to six-storey parking lot, which should minimise the massive build-up of traffic and at the same time generate an income.She posited that City Hall could have parking meters, but not everywhere in the city as that would make drivers feel like they were being penalised for being in the country’s capital city.Opposing that statement was Marcel Gaskin, yet another supporter of MAPM, who said that he would like to see the parking meter project scrapped in its entirety. He said he found the project to be “questionable” since no feasibility studies or impact assessments were done and lastly, the contract was awarded to a company named Smart City Solutions without first going to National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).A prominent businessman in Georgetown said, “The last time this (parking meter project) was enforced, business dropped like about 60 per cent, because people just didn’t want to pay for the parking and the entire street was empty.” The businessman, who is the manager of the Outdoor Store, said he tried to let his customers park on his bridge, but this effort was unable to float his business.The M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown. The renegotiated contract with Smart City Solutions and the restructured fees come in light of a recent High Court ruling quashing the by-laws needed to activate the controversial project. The city, through its lawyers, has filed an appeal to the ruling.Drivers will be made to pay $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city, while residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00h-19:00h Monday to Friday with free parking on Saturdays, should the project be reintroduced.last_img read more

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Mother of injured infant contemplating legal action against GPHC

first_img…medical personnel should have been prepared before third stage of delivery – says CMOnyesha Hamilton was dilating quickly; one moment she could almost feel the baby pushing its way out of her birth canal and the other moment she was picking up a newborn that just cracked his skull on the Georgetown Public Hospital floor after falling out of her.nyesha hamiltonThis incident which occurred on August 21, sparked renewed concerns about the prenatal and postnatal care at the hospital. Coupled with this, Hamilton recalled that the nurses were rude to her when she asked for assistance.In an interview with Guyana Times, Hamilton said she arrived at the hospital around 22:00h. She said she was examined by two doctors and both of them gave conflicting responses about how fast she was dilating.“One doctor said I was four cm apart and other doctor said I was five cm apart,” she said, recalling that she was taken into the prenatal room. Minutes later, her contractions grew stronger and she started to call for the nurses to re-examine her because “I felt like the baby was coming down”.Unfortunately, her pleas fell on deaf ears and she said the nurse responded by stating that she was just checked and would have to wait four hours before another examination. However, the baby would not wait and soon after she was bleeding and the labour pains were becoming stronger and the contractions more frequent.“I called on the midwife and I told her that the baby is coming and she told me that there aren’t any wheelchairs to take me to the labour room so we had to walk there. While I was walking I started to feel like I can’t go any further and I stoop down and before I could catch him, the baby fall through my underwear and onto the ground,” she recounted, noting that it was then she was placed in a wheelchair.“When the bay fall, the nurses panicked and they didn’t want to pick him up and they tell me to,” she said.Hamilton said medical personnel working that night did nothing to ensure that the baby was unhurt. “They pretended that it was a normal delivery and send me to the Maternity Ward but the next day his head started to swell and then they decided to carry him for a CAT scan,” she lamented.The young mother stated that it was then she found out that her baby’s skull was fractured and that there was external bleeding above the skull.However, the specialist who examined the baby said he would not have any long-term effects from the fall and that he would heal as he grew. Contrarily, the baby started to vomit and was removed from the maternity unit to the Paediatric Unit for 13 days. He is scheduled for a visit with a neuro-surgeon on October 3.“I am thinking about going and find a lawyer to help me because I don’t know what to do. One time they are telling me Ricardo has internal bleeding and the next they are saying it is external,” the mother said.Hamilton said she would seek legal advice to ensure that all medical expenses are covered by the hospital. “I don’t know what is going to happen to my son later in life. If he would be okay or he wouldn’t. But things like this shouldn’t be allowed to happen at a hospital,” she argued.Public Health Minister, Dr George Norton has stated that it was a common practice to have pregnant women walk in order to widen the birth canal in the third stage of delivery. However, he said there was mismanagement and that wheelchairs were available but one was not given to Hamilton in time.Addressing the issue, Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud stated that all trained personnel should have been prepared before the woman reached the third stage of delivery. Persaud confirmed that he has received the preliminary report which indicated that the mother went into the hospital and was examined. It noted that she went into the third stage of labour and before she could have been taken to the labour room, she delivered. The final report, he said, has not yet been released.“I still have to get the final assessment of why she went into labour and was not in the labour room because usually at that time, we expect that they are well prepared and ready to deliver… By the time the third stage is ready, she should have been in the right position and the equipment should be in place, sterility observed and a trained personnel to deliver the baby,” he pointed out.On November 3, 2015, the Georgetown Public Hospital was placed in the spot light after a newborn fell off a cot and fractured his skull. It was just an hour after he was born. The infant’s parents sued the hospital for $20 million for the error. The Minister had reportedly stated that the newborn baby rolled off the cot. That matter is still pending.When questioned as to why the hospital is always in the “bad light” for maternal mortality, or infant mortality and injures during labour, Persaud stated that it is a “human resource problem”.“We are facing a human resource problem and definitely there are shortages of midwives. We have tried to encourage some of the midwives who are in primary healthcare, especially those at health centres, to provide relief. This may be the largest challenge; however, we are working on it,” he responded.He stated that they have been working with the Obstetrics Unit, especially the specialists to look back at the protocol and revise them to ensure that they are up-to-date with the challenges of delivery.So far, the Public Health Ministry has announced that infant mortality in Guyana has been cut in half within the last eight months. However, Persaud stated that maternal and infant mortality would peak in September and October.last_img read more

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Overseas typhoon stirs local Filipinos

first_imgAs parts of the Philippines pick up the pieces left by Typhoon Parma, local residents with strong connections to the area are still trying to contact their loved ones.Fort St. John resident Mark Enriquez lived in the Philippines until he was eight years old. He moved to Canada with his mother, and has now spent just under 20 years in Canada. He says while he was living in the Philippines, he witnessed his share of natural disasters, including an earthquake. He says Filipino people always come together in the time of a natural disaster. – Advertisement -[asset|aid=1959|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=799362618d68dce36a8372506442f41a-Mark Enriquez 1_1_Pub.mp3]Fort St. John’s Filipino community was estimated at 120 in a 2006 BC Stats report.In Vancouver, the Filipino community is organizing a fundraiser. Enriquez says the Fort St. John community is much smaller, and it’s difficult to send supplies to the region. Advertisement He says his family tried to wire money down to his aunt, but can’t even reach her, due to the disaster. [asset|aid=1960|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=799362618d68dce36a8372506442f41a-Mark Enriquez 2_1_Pub.mp3] At the end of September, a huge storm dumped heavy rains in the Greater Manila region.  On October 3rd, Typhoon Parma hit the northern region of the country. Both storms left hundreds of people dead and many more missing. Enriquez says it’s always scary to hear about forecasted Typhoons, knowing that his family and friends are in the line of fire.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Prison deal leaves out Nelles

first_img“We understand the administration will negotiate with local officials on whether or not communities would be willing to accept a re-entry facility,” Rushing said. “If Nelles is in the discussion, it would no doubt be as one of the re-entry facilities,” he said. But Calderon doesn’t support the reopening of Nelles, Rushing said. “Nelles has done its time as a site for a correctional facility,” he said. “We hope to see the property developed as business and homes – those types of uses that will stimulate the economy, provide new jobs and a new tax base for the city.” The state closed Nelles, a 73-acre facility, in 2004 after operating it as a prison for 113 years. It was scheduled to be sold in July 2006. The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation stopped the sale, saying the state might need the property. SACRAMENTO – The reopening of the now-closed Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility is not included in a wide-ranging, proposed $6.1 billion prison deal reached by the legislature’s top leaders, officials said Wednesday. The agreement adds 53,000 beds, requires improvements to rehabilitation programs and allows Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to continue his strategy of transferring thousands of inmates out of state. “From our understanding of this legislation, there is no specified facility identified for Whittier at this time,” said Rocky Rushing, chief of staff for state Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. However, the agreement calls for 16,000 beds at new, smaller prisons \ to be built throughout the state to house parole violators and inmates nearing their release dates. Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata struck the deal on prisons Wednesday with their Republican counterparts, Assembly Minority Leader Mike Villines of Clovis and Senate Minority Leader Dick Ackerman of Tustin. The governor and Legislature are under pressure to solve overcrowding in California’s prisons, with federal judges threatening early release of inmates if they do not. The Assembly and Senate were scheduled to vote on the deal Thursday and send it to Schwarzenegger if it passed, as expected. “There’s a balance here between beds and rehab, and the kind of things we believe will ultimately reduce the population, the inmate population and cut our recidivism rate,” said Perata, D-Oakland. “The Legislature does not want a court takeover of the system … but we will not blindly give a blank check and throw good money after bad,” Nu ez and Perata said in letter to the governor outlining the bipartisan deal. “A quick fix without fundamental changes and effective reform is simply `running in place.”‘ According to an outline of the deal, the building program and other reforms would be in two phases, with $3.6 billion in the first allocation and $2.5 billion in the second. The money would add 16,000 beds at cell blocks to be built at existing prisons; another 16,000 beds at new, smaller prisons to be built throughout the state to house parole violators and inmates nearing their release dates; and 8,000 medical beds for the prison health care system. Another 13,000 beds would be added to county jails, while $50 million would be added to the prison budget for rehabilitation, drug treatment and vocational education programs. The deal also would create a California Rehabilitation Oversight Board to ensure inmates get the help they need to transition back to society. The deal would accommodate a state inmate population that is expected to swell to 190,000 by 2012, the legislative leaders said. A Schwarzenegger spokesman said the administration would not comment on the specific deal reached Wednesday but said the agreement was encouraging. “Governor Schwarzenegger has been committed to solving this prison crisis since coming into office, and he is optimistic that real progress is about to be made,” communications director Adam Mendelsohn said. All but $350 million would be paid through the use of lease-revenue bonds, which do not require voter approval and typically sell at higher interest rates than general obligation bonds. If the second phase of the prison plan isn’t under way by 2014, authorization for the money would end. California’s 33 state prisons have more than 172,000 inmates in space designed for about 100,000. Many inmates bunk in makeshift dormitories in gyms and hallways. Legislative leaders said they wanted to present a prison- reform plan to U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco by mid-May. Henderson is one of three federal judges forcing prison reform in California, and each has scheduled June hearings to decide whether overcrowding is violating inmates’ constitutional rights. The judges could stop convicts from being sent to state prisons or order the early release of inmates if they are not satisfied that the state is taking adequate steps to ease the overcrowding. A variety of lawsuits has placed many aspects of California’s prison operations under federal oversight, including employee discipline, parole and the treatment of sick and mentally ill inmates. Federal judges have said the persistent overcrowding is at the core of many of the system’s problems, especially its poor health care and a high rate of inmate suicides. In October, Schwarzenegger took a step to help solve the overcrowding when he ordered inmates shipped to private prisons in other states. A Sacramento County judge subsequently ruled that the transfers overstepped the governor’s emergency powers and violated a provision in the state Constitution that prohibits using private companies for jobs usually performed by state workers. The administration has said the transfers are key to complying with the court mandates and is appealing the ruling. The plan reached Wednesday between the Democratic and Republican legislative leaders gives the governor permission to transfer up to 8,000 inmates out of state for up to three years. Schwarzenegger called a special legislative session last summer to deal with prison overcrowding and proposed $6 billion to build new prisons, but lawmakers adjourned without acting on the plan. This year, the governor proposed an $11 billion building plan to add 78,000 prison and county jail beds. Earlier this week, however, he said he would be open to adding fewer beds as part of a larger plan to ease crowding. “If we don’t have a prison- reform plan by next month, the federal courts will take over, put a cap on our prison population and order the early release of inmates – the early release of criminals – and those criminals will be roaming around on your streets and in your neighborhoods, and your neighborhoods and streets will not be safe,” the governor said during a ceremony memorializing crime victims. Capping the prison population or ordering the early release of inmates would require a decision by a special three-judge panel after several months of hearings. Staff writer Mike Sprague contributed to this Associated Press story.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Vernon surveillance turns sinister

first_imgFor about three weeks leading up to the election, police in South Pasadena said they got two to three calls per shift about the surveillance. Private investigator Mark Summerhays, 38, allegedly pulled a gun on David Johnson, one of the three council candidates, at a South Pasadena gas station on Jan. 29. Summerhays was charged with weapons violations In another incident, Johnson’s adviser, Cris Summers, who lives in South Pasadena, was followed by a vehicle along with her husband, Garry, on April 4, police said. Garry Summers stopped his car, got out and pounded on the window of the trailing car. Private investigator Robert Lampers, 26, then allegedly pulled a gun.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH PASADENA – Private investigators hired by Vernon officials have harassed people, pulled weapons and driven recklessly, according to police, the latest twist in a bizarre election in Vernon, a tiny industrial city south of Los Angeles. Vernon’s first municipal election in 25 years was held on Tuesday, but the highly disputed votes sit locked up and uncounted because of wrangling over their legality. Leading up to the election, South Pasadena Police called Vernon officials to complain about the private detectives, whose behavior they said was closer to intimidation than undercover surveillance. “What we were concerned about was that it was escalating, to a point where people were not just driving dangerously,” said Police Sgt. Mike Neff. “Now people were pointing guns at other people. They even got mixed up over who they were following.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAttempts to reach Vernon city officials for comment Saturday were unsuccessful. A City Hall recording said the offices were closed, and did not allow for messages to be left. The problems began in January, when eight people established residence in a commercial building in Vernon, whose population is less than 100. Three of the eight filed petitions to run for the City Council in an attempt to replace incumbents who had held virtually uncontested seats for decades. The challengers – some of whom have ties to South Pasadena residents – had their voter registrations rescinded. Power in their building was shut off, inspectors identified the structure as dangerous, and they were eventually evicted. The incumbents voted to cancel the election, but in March a Superior Court judge revived the challengers’ bid for office, ruling that city officials had acted illegally. last_img read more

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MEPs WON THE FUNDING FOR FARMERS – HARKIN

first_imgMEPs won the most of the €12.5Billion announced for farmers by Minister Simon Coveney, MEP Marian Harkin insists.The independent representative said 85% of the money will come from EU fundsShe said: “For the last three years MEPs have insisted on an adequate budget to support agriculture and the proof of that support is visible for all in the recent allocations. “While the budget is crucial, how it is targeted is even more so. The Single Farm Payment is now to be distributed on a more equal basis with all farmers receiving a minimum of 60% of the national average entitlement by 2019. It is worth noting that the European Council of Ministers tried to push this date out to 2021 but the Parliament stood firm and the transition period will end in 2019. This change will help ensure a more equitable allocation whereby those who lost out in the last CAP round will at least regain some ground.“It is now crucial for Minister Coveney to start the redistribution process immediately. He has the flexibility to do this and such action will help ensure that the direct payment system is made fairer and more equitable from day one.“It is also worth emphasising that the European Parliament stood firm in its support for young farmers where it insisted on a mandatory ‘up to 2%’ of the national ceiling to be allocated to them. It is good news to see that the Minister has taken this proposal fully on board and that he will give further support to young farmers under the Rural Development Programme.“Timelines also matter for Pillar 11 on rural development payments. The Minister has done good work in ensuring a 46 % co-financing rate but the proposed rural development schemes urgently need to be put in place. Approximately 30,000 farmers are exiting REPS 4 and nearly 17,000 finish in 2014. The new GLAS scheme must be ready for these farmers as well as those who are exiting AEOS. “It is good to see the Minister’s commitment to an extra €2,000 for farmers who take on extra commitments beyond the GLAS requirements and this money should be targeted at sensitive areas and organic farmers. Time is of the essence and farmers cannot be left waiting for the schemes to start.“The expansion of the country’s beef herd which is central to the country’s export performance while not having the benefit of a substantial suckler cow scheme will nevertheless benefit from the proposed new measures including the €80 payment per calved cow.“The dairy sector will be helped considerably in its expansion by the support for capital investment. However expansion in this sector should bring with it a health warning. For the future the dairy industry will be dependent on producing commodities and like all commodities milk is subject very much to the vagaries of our export markets. As such all expansion which involves borrowing needs to be clinically examined. The knowledge transfer measures and the new collaborative farming measures are very positive for helping to offset the cyclical nature of milk prices.“There will be significant concerns within the sheep sector as the sheep grassland Scheme has been subsumed into the baseline Single Farm Payment for sheep farmers and there are no special supports announced similar to those in the beef sector. The Minister will need to re-examine his commitment to this sector which in 2013 had export values exceeded €220 million.“It is hoped that the sheep sector will benefit from the distribution of direct payments and that this will offset the dropping of the Grassland Sheep Scheme. This sector must also be favoured in the workout of the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the new GLAS scheme which replaces REPS but unfortunately there will be a lesser payment and few farmers included. “The encouragement for artisan food producers and for island communities is very welcome and these sectors need to be actively encouraged as central to Ireland’s reputation for top quality natural foods“All in all the Minister has delivered a relatively balanced package. There is still a lot of detail to be worked out but the priority now should be to get the various schemes up and running as quickly as possible and start the redistribution of the Single Farm Payment”, Marian Harkin MEP concluded.MEPs WON THE FUNDING FOR FARMERS – HARKIN was last modified: January 15th, 2014 by John2Share 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:MEPs WON THE FUNDING FOR FARMERS – HARKINlast_img read more

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WALKER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER HORROR ERRIGAL FALL

first_imgA WALKER had to be airlifted to hospital after a serious fall on Errigal last night.The teenage victim has been rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital to be treated for serious injuries.Donegal Mountain Rescue Volunteers were part of the operation attending to the injured climber on Errigal. The group says the climber was located in a quite inaccessible area and the Rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo had to airlift two DMRT members onto the mountain whilst a five person stretcher party began climbing to the location.A second walker was also located on site. He was taken down by stretcher after being found with cuts and bruises.The first walker, who was airlifted to hospital, appears to have suffered cuts, bruises and a suspected broken or dislocated shoulder.His injuries are not life threatening.  WALKER AIRLIFTED TO HOSPITAL AFTER HORROR ERRIGAL FALL was last modified: April 22nd, 2014 by John2Share 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:Errigalfallerletterkennyrescuewalkerlast_img read more

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