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first_imgDear Editor,I experienced some anger when I recently attempted to conduct a business transaction at a city bank. On April 20, 2018, I and an overseas business partner went to the Republic Bank at Camp Street to conduct a significant business transaction.After waiting for more than one hour, we received attention from two bank employees, a male and a female, as the bank was approaching its closing time. They asked for, among other things, proof of address. I tendered a letter addressed to me with the Commissioner of Police letterhead and signed by David Ramnarine DSM, Asst Commissioner of Police in his capacity as Commissioner of Police (ag).The banking officials asked for the envelope. I explained to them that a policeman in uniform delivered the document to me by hand, and that I did not have the envelope. They said that I must produce an envelope that came from a post office as proof of address, and that is the bank policy.They blatantly refused to accept the letter in question.They had, moments before, accepted from me a letter purportedly signed by the deputy head of the Human Resource Department of the company I worked for as proof of my employment, but refused to accept one signed by the Commissioner of Police (ag.) as proof of address.Is it that they do not trust the Police? The female stated that some private persons do produce their own documents as official ones. I then offered a copy of my TIN certificate as a proof of address, as my address was stated on that document.They agreed that it can work as proof of address, but asked for the original copy of my TIN certificate. I told them I did not have it on my person; it was at my home. They refused to accept the copy as proof of address.However, they had accepted the same copy as proof that I was registered as a tax payer.Perhaps, what is good for the goose is not good for the gander, according to banking policy and procedure. I must mention that the employees were extremely courteous, but they stuck slavishly to their unjust policy. I was perturbed. I left the bank without doing any business. I vowed never to do any more business there, or with any other branch of that bank. My hard-earned money will now go elsewhere.As I was leaving the bank, I wondered how many more like me — retirees, pensioners and others — will have to suffer in the name of anti-money laundering policy Republic Bank-style, as that bank unjustly enforces its unnecessary and draconian policies on persons wanting to do legal business with that entity.I also wonder: Why are certain things in Guyana so inherently incredible?Yours faithfully,Clinton ConwayAssistant Commissioner of Police(Retired)last_img read more

first_imgDear Editor,At a statuary meeting of the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) held on Monday, July 22, 2019, I noted with shock and surprise in the print media that the Mayor of Georgetown, Pandit Ubraj Narine, reported that a bag containing cash belonging to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) was found inside the vehicle assigned to Chief Constable Andrew Foo, and the Local Government Commission has since been called in to launch an investigation.I further noted that the Mayor said “The only thing that bothers me is that no one apprised me of this. I had to hear it on the road, which is not good for business,” Narine expressed, adding, “I heard it on the road and when I came here, I walked into the Town Clerk’s office and asked her to launch an investigation” as reported in the State-owned newspaper on Tuesday, July 23, 2019.I wish to state categorically that the Mayor’s claim of hearing of the discovery of the bag on the “road” is untruth, deceitful and is a clear attempt to tarnish the reputation of the Chief Constable and more particularly the image of the City Constabulary department which is the policing arm of the Georgetown Municipality that is a hybrid body comprised of the regular personnel (sworn officers) and an auxiliary section of security guards.The provision of services to the municipality and to citizens is executed through several substations and units of the agency and pertain to the enforcement of the city Government By-Laws and other laws within the city limits, provision of cash escorts, protective details (demolition exercises) prosecution support to the Engineers and Public Health departments and security of municipal installations. In keeping with its mandate under Section 137 (1) of the Municipal and District Councils Act Chap 28:01, and also empowered under the Summary Jurisdiction Offences Act Chapter 8:02, Section 4 (minor offences committed chiefly in Town) which provides for members of the City Police to have police powers.Please allow me to set the record straight on the discovery of the ‘bag’ containing cash belonging to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) that was found inside the vehicle assigned to Chief Constable Andrew Foo on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, by City Police 1930, Norman Hope.At about 15:40h on Thursday, June 20, 2019, a request was made for the vehicle assigned to the Chief Constable’s office to use to transport monies to the bank. In keeping with the request made, City Police 1930, Norman Hope used vehicle number PVV 1405 assigned to the Chief Constable’s office to take the revenue team, along with the Escort Unit of the City Constabulary department to the bank and returned with them at the City Hall compound where they disembarked the said vehicle and went their separate way.At about 16:00h on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, while City Police 1930 Hope was cleaning the said vehicle, he discovered a sealed bank deposit bag under the driver’s seat and he immediately brought it to the attention of the Chief Constable.The Chief Constable then summoned the Administrative Inspector Petal Bancroft-Anthony and the Officer in Charge of the City Police Investigation Section, Inspector Lindon Bristol to his office and informed them what the City Police 1930 Hope found in his vehicle.Inspector Petal Bancroft-Anthony was instructed by the Chief Constable to lodge the sealed bank deposit bag at the Constabulary’s Enquiries office which she did without any delay.Inspector Bristol was ordered to lunch an investigation into the matter that commenced immediately which is ongoing.Following that, the Chief Constable informed the Georgetown Mayor, Mr Ubraj Narine, Acting Town Clerk, Sharon Harry-Munroe, Clerk of Market, Sherlock Lovell, the Human Resource Manager of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council, (M&CC) Paulette Braithwaite and other officials of the Council about the discovery of the bag containing cash belonging to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) that was found inside the vehicle assigned to him.At about 09:30h on Thursday, July 18, 2019, the Clerk of Market, Mr Sherlock Lovell, arrived at the City Constabulary headquarters and identified the bag containing cash belonging to the Mayor and City Council (M&CC) as the bag with the monies collected from the Bourda Market in revenue collection on Thursday, June 20, 2019.Initial investigation revealed that the cash was checked off and placed in a bank deposit bag by the Bourda Revenue Collectors for depositing at the bank on Thursday, June 20, 2019.Investigations further revealed that ranks attached to the Escort Unit of the City Constabulary department had transported the Bourda Revenue Collectors to the bank to deposit the money on Thursday, June 20, 2019, which they never did.Three weeks later, on Tuesday, July 16, 2019, the bag containing the cash and deposit slip that was supposed to have been deposited by Revenue Collectors on Thursday, June 20, 2019, was found by City Police 1930 Hope inside the vehicle assigned to Chief Constable Andrew Foo and the matter is now under Police investigation. However, I find it very strange at this initial stage of the investigation that the Mayor of Georgetown, Mr Ubraj Narine, whom I have great respect for, in society as a young, intelligent and ambitious young man with integrity would go publicly to say that the Chief Constable never informed him about the incident and he only learnt about it on the road when it is not so.The Mayor of Georgetown should retract the statement he made at Monday’s statuary meeting and apologise since his report on the matter can be seen as an attempt to tarnish the reputation of the Chief Constable, Mr Andrew Foo, and more particularly the image of the City Constabulary department collectively which doesn’t look good in the eyesight of the public.Yours faithfully,Rayvonne P Bournelast_img read more

first_imgCatcher Russell Martin, who could challenge for a Gold Glove in what is expected to be his first full season in the majors, coaxed Brad Penny through seven stressful innings. But Martin also gunned down two would-be basestealers and made an acrobatic play at the plate to siphon off what looked like an inevitable Giants run in the bottom of the fifth. Meanwhile, Luis Gonzalez, who will turn 40 in September, continued to raise questions about his reliability in left field. Gonzalez’s weak throwing arm allowed Ray Durham to turn a routine single into a double in the fourth inning. And in the eighth, with the Dodgers nursing a one-run lead, Gonzalez allowed what should have been an easy, inning-ending popup by Barry Bonds to tick off his glove for a two-base error. “I think he can only get better,” Dodgers manager Grady Little said. “He is working hard, and he will get better.” SAN FRANCISCO – Throughout spring training, the Dodgers’ deep stable of young talent seemed to collectively prove that its time had come, even if its allotment of roster spots hadn’t. Blocking those players’ paths were several proven veterans who were being counted on to carry this team through the six-month pressure cooker of high expectations. But on Friday night, in a 2-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants in front of the largest regular-season crowd (43,146) in AT&T Park history, the Dodgers’ youth continued to make a loud statement. And their respected veterans – one of them, anyway – continued to make a statement of a different kind. Highly touted outfield prospect Matt Kemp, who might not even be in the majors if Rafael Furcal hadn’t sprained his left ankle, went 2 for 4 to raise his average to .333 and almost singlehandedly created the first run of the game with a fifth-inning trip around the bases that was built on pure guile and hustle. Maybe, but not before fans and the media begin to question whether Kemp and Andre Ethier – another promising young outfielder who has ridden the bench in two of the Dodgers’ first four games so Kemp could play against a left-handed starting pitcher – should be in the lineup together. And whether Gonzalez, at this twilight stage of what has been a stellar, 17-year career in the majors, wouldn’t be a nice, left-handed hitting weapon to have on the bench. That’s a question that might not be answered for a while. But there is no question that Kemp and Martin are ready for prime time. In the top of the fifth, a point to which Giants lefty Noah Lowry had stuffed the Dodgers on four hits, Kemp led off with a tapper to the third-base side of the mound. Lowry made a hurried throw that went wild, allowing Kemp to take second. Kemp then went to third on a wild pitch. Finally, with the Giants infield back, Wilson Betemit hit a grounder so sharply to third baseman Pedro Feliz that Feliz appeared to have a play on Kemp at the plate. But as Feliz planted for the throw, Kemp wisely stopped in his tracks and looked back at him. Sensing Kemp had nowhere to go, Feliz took two steps toward him. At that point, Kemp broke for the plate again, forcing Feliz to now make an off-balance throw that catcher Bengie Molina had to reach for slightly. That gave Kemp just enough time to slide around Molina and touch the plate with his hand, giving the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. “Bengie kind of reached around to his right side,” Kemp said. “I went around him, and I was safe. It worked, and we got on the board.” In the bottom of that same inning, that lead looked shortlived. Randy Winn followed Feliz’s leadoff single with a double up the left-field line. Gonzalez ran it down and hit shortstop Ramon Martinez, who whirled and fired fairly perfectly to Martin. Martin waited until the last possible second, then collapsed his left leg across the plate just as Feliz bore in on him. “That’s just the way I do it,” Martin said. “By sticking my leg out, it makes the guy have to go around me. That makes it take a fraction of a second longer (for the runner to score). This time, that was just long enough to get him.” Penny scattered 10 hits over seven-plus innings, but repeatedly pitched out of trouble. (818) 713-3675160Want 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

first_imgOver Christmas, Irish Times Abroad is offering the chance for two people to win a trip to visit family or friends living overseas with the Flying Visit competition. Donegal woman Maureen Curran won the first ever Flying Visit competition last year, and flew to Canada to visit her four brothers with her mother in June this year.This is her story…….. The view from the top of Sulphur Mountain in the Canadian Rockies is breathtaking – at 2,451 metres it is more than twice the height of Carrauntoohil. Six mountain ranges, Bow Valley and the pretty town of Banff can all be picked out down below.For Maureen Curran and her mother Bernadette O’Donnell, holidaying in Canada in June this year after winning the last Flying Visit competition with The Irish Times, it was a high point of their trip, not just because of the majestic peaks all around, but because six of the 12 O’Donnell family members were reunited.“We drove through the stunning mountain and lake landscape of the Canadian Rockies into Banff National Park,” says Maureen. “We saw bears feeding along the highway, enjoyed elk burgers and beautiful local beers.”Along the way, they stopped at Athabasca Falls, Lake Louise and Banff. “By the time we soared with Mum by cable car to the top of Sulphur Mountain we felt pretty pleased that we really had got the very most out of our visit.” Four of Maureen’s brothers live in Alberta, three of them together in a house in Edmonton: Brian works in steel erection in the Northwest Territories, John does car bodywork, Aidan works in a bar and Peter is in construction.Once in a lifetime“It was more than a holiday. It was a once-in-a lifetime experience,” says Curran. “Neither Mum nor I had taken a transatlantic flight before. From the moment we knew we had won the Irish Times competition, we spent the next few months on the phone to everyone planning every minute.”After two flights and a whole day travelling from Ramelton, Co Donegal, the women landed in Edmonton, where they stayed in a hotel courtesy of The Irish Times.“We called in to where John and Aidan work, met their workmates. All the places they talk about on the phone are now familiar to us too,” says Maureen. “We saw the house and the garden where they sit together to have a beer. This is very important to Mum, she can place her sons in their new homes and put faces to the names of their colleagues, bosses and friends.” They visited the Alberta Legislature building, a West Edmonton Mall, “an enormous shoppers’ paradise” and Edmonton city centre before heading out to a cabin in Canmore, a picturesque village towered over by the Rockies.Skype callsTime to chat over a cup of tea was cherished. “The most important thing about our trip was the time to sit and talk, properly talk, not the lagging or interrupted Skype calls we have become accustomed to the kind of family banter that characterises all Irish families,” says Maureen.“It naturally became an occasion of reminiscing and of coming to value family.” Maureen and Bernadette used their €1,000 spending money to extend their trip so they could stay for two weeks. “It was a prize that everyone in the family got to celebrate on our behalf. It’s been the gift that keeps on giving, the initial win, the prep and anticipation, the actual visit, all the memories.”On her return home, Maureen wrote this:AntidoteThere was living toovoices rising, sweary banter and food,endless tables of food, second helpings, second sittingsand laughter, there was laughter,the good of it rose in us and we carried it like light.I know it in the bearing now, herein this late night chat and breaking out in song:new belief in the fact of survival, in love.Would you like to visit a loved one abroad in 2017, or have two special people come to visit you where you live overseas? Click here to enter the Irish Times Abroad Flying Visit competition. woman recalls winning trip of a lifetime to see her four brothers in Canada was last modified: December 27th, 2016 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:CanadaIrish TimesMaureen CurranRameltonlast_img read more

first_imgFOOTBALL Thursday Pasadena at St. Francis, 7:30 p.m. Friday Crescenta Valley at La Canada, 7 p.m. Charter Oak at Monrovia, 7 p.m. Morningside vs. Muir at Coleman Stadium (Inglewood), 7 p.m. Marshall vs. L.A. Baptist at Alemany, 7 p.m. Arcadia at Fullerton, 7 p.m. Blair at Rosamond, 7 p.m. Bosco Tech at South El Monte, 7 p.m. Gabrielino at San Gabriel, 7 p.m. Glendale at Temple City, 7 p.m. San Marino at Rosemead, 7 p.m. South Pasadena vs. Alhambra at Moor Field, 7 p.m. Saturday Santa Clara vs. Maranatha at Temple City, 7 p.m. Keppel at La Salle, 1:30 p.m. BOYS WATER POLO PREP LEAGUE Flintridge Prep 10, La Salle 8 La Salle 2 3 1 2 8 Flintridge Prep 4 1 2 3 10 La Salle scoring: Alex Plumb 3, Colten Marikian 2, Pat Driscoll, Mike Don, Brian McSweeny. Flintridge scoring: Brian Russell 4, Mike McDonald 3, Alex Lanson 2, Max Armand. Shots: La Salle 22; Flintridge Prep 20. Goalie saves: Hank Brady (LS) 4; Matt Brown (FP) 9. Records (overall, league): La Salle 1-1, 0-1. NONLEAGUE San Marino 18, Redondo 9 Redondo 3 2 2 2 9 San Marino 3 5 5 5 18 Redondo scoring: David Olit 4, Alan Rupp 3, Mike Gavola 1, Ryan Vint 1. San Marino scoring: Alan Kang 4, Nathan Ting 4, James Goh 2, Tobias Hartmann 2, Phil Irwin 2, Thomas Lazzarini 2, Yuri Genyk 1, Sandro Jaeggi 1.. Shots: Redondo shots 28, San Marino 31. Goalie saves: Terence Tsai (SM) 10, Luc Challyandra (SM) 1. Garrett Smith (R) 8. Records: Redondo 5-5; San Marino 6-7. Muir 11, Alhambra 9 Alhambra 2 3 3 1 9 Muir 4 3 3 1 11 Alhambra scoring: Shingo Ujiie 2, Tang Johnson 2, Hamoon Mehran, Mitch Gallardo, Shannur Islam, Adrian Lopez, Daniel Lee. Muir scoring: Steve Garcia 5, Greg Warner 3, Cory Simpson, Ivan Trejo, Arttaveo Burnett. Shots: Alhambra 29, Muir 38. Goalie saves: Lee (A) 5, Kyle Simpson (M) 8. Records: Alhambra 0-2; Muir 4-0. Temple City 11, Burbank 7 Temple City 6 2 1 2 11 Burbank 4 0 1 2 7 Temple City scoring: Justin Coy 3, Jason Jen 3, Taft Rattanbitapong 2, David Mori, David Ta, Doug Leisure. Burbank scoring: Julian Miranda 3, Greg Fields 3, Aragas Mehrabi. Shots: Temple City 20, Burbank 23. Goalie saves: Darren Sayphraraj (TC) 13; Hunter Pitkin (B) 3; Pierce Devol (B) 3. Records: Temple City 5-3; Burbank 5-3. California 11, Wilson 7 California 3 4 1 3 11 Wilson 2 1 2 2 7 California scoring: Steven Garcia 4, Dustin Balke 4, Michael Salas 3. Wilson scoring: Howard Chen 2, Preston Rojas 2, Josh Chen, Alvin Chang, Peter Liu. Shots: California 23, Wilson 21. Goalie saves: Marcel Bonee (C) 6; Manny Romero (C) 8; Chris Perez (W) 4; Steven Nann (W) 5layer name, school initial and saves. Records: California 7-6; Wilson 3-8. BOYS CROSS COUNTRY VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Northview 33, Covina 49, Baldwin Park 84 At BONELLI PARK Top individuals: 1. David Smith (NV) 16:00, 2. Fred Martinez (C) 16:21, 3. Jose Leos (BP) 16:22, 4. Casey Kear (SD) 16:40, 5. Andrew Hernandez (NV) 17:06. GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Northview 25, San Dimas 61, Covina 86 At Bonelli Park Top individuals: 1. Jackie Juarez (NV) 19:44, 2. Onesa Bowman (SD) 20:08, 3. Veronica Barajas (NV) 20:34, 4. Emily Carillo (C) 20:47, 5. Jennifer Bustillos (SD) 20:50. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 @HEDGIRLS TENNIS Montview League Workman 10, Duarte 8 At Workman HS Singles: Workman – Alejandra Moreno 1-2, Bernadett Kelly 0-3, Manelyn Reyes 0-3. Duarte – Ashley Roy 3-0, Whitney Canady 3-0, Cosima San 2-1. Doubles: Workman – Verenice Quezada-Cynthia Brabo 3-0, Jamie Farfan-Ilen Vazquez 3-0, Ashley Pech-Ariana Hernandez 3-0. Duarte – Janelle Sales-Isaura Nino 0-3, Maral Darkjian-Talian Darkjian 0-3, Pam Vila-Stacy Sandavol 0-3. Records: Workman 4-1; Duarte 2-2. Sierra Vista 15, La Puente 3 At La Puente HS Singles: Sierra Vista – Vanessa Acosta 3-0, Denise Garcia 2-1, Yesenia Guzman 2-1. La Puente – Shirley Wong 1-2, Margarita Ramos 0-3, Helen Leao 1-2. Doubles: Sierra Vista – Sprinna Tran-Suzanna Lieu 3-0, Amy Lay-Tracy Tran 2-1, Christine Do-Rocio Garcia 3-0. La Puente – Melody Gonzales-Jessica Ly 1-2, Vannessa Lopez-Adrianna Mancilla 0-3, Emily Chang-Stephennie Gonzales 0-3. Records: Sierra Vista 5-0. SUNSHINE LEAGUE La Salle 17, St. Monica 1 Singles: La Salle – Paige Prindiville 3-0, Monique Mandee 3-0, Pia Ansula 3-0. St. Monica – unavailable. Doubles: La Salle – Monique Nguyen-Lauren Conroy 2-1, Ashley Lee-Amanda Lee 3-0, Antonia Novak-Jennifer Brown 3-0. St. Monica – unavailable. VALLE VISTA LEAGUE Covina 12, San Dimas 6 At San Dimas HS Singles: Covina – Jacqueline Nguyen 2-1, Meg Tiangco 3-0, Benya Pokpongkiat 2-1. San Dimas – Ochie Simbolon 1-2, Jasmine Corona 1-2, Amanda Garcia 0-3. Doubles: Covina – Wendy Ojeda-Melissa Salas 3-0, Grace Liao-Kimee Sarcos 2-1, Rebecca Prelle-Marr Tiangco 0-1, Prelle-Jazmyn Lopez 0-1, Lopez-Rebeka Reed 0-1. San Dimas – Megan Dean-Lillibeth Kutigbak 1-2, Meagan Johnson/Angela Wardlow 1-2, Janae Cates-Virginia Neel 2-1 Records: Covina 8-0, 1-0; San Dimas 0-1. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL PREP LEAGUE At Mayfield HS Mayfield def. Flintridge Prep 25-17, 25-21, 25-21. Records (overall, league): Mayfield 6-1, 2-1. Notes: Jacqueline Andrejich (M) 11 kills; Lauren Foliart (M) 10 blocks, 6 aces. At Webb HS Westridge def. Webb 25-18, 25-18, 25-21. Records (overall, league): Westridge 12-0, 3-0; Webb 3-3, 0-2. Notes: Emily Hudson (W) 10 kills. SUNSHINE LEAGUE At La Salle HS La Salle def. Bell-Jeff 25-10, 25-7, 25-10. Records (overall, league): La Salle 11-6, 4-0. Notes: Gillian Heydorff (LS) 12 kils, Lauren Harding (LS) 10; Heydorff (LS) 6 aces. NONLEAGUE At Arcadia HS Arcadia def. Claremont 25-15, 25-21, 25-16. Records: Claremont 2-2; Arcadia 1-3. Notes: Lisa Buchicchio (A) 12 kills, Sarah Oclesby (A) 9 aces.At San Marino HS San Marino def. Alhambra 25-14, 25-22, 25-23. Records: Alhambra 0-5; 3-6. At Maranatha Maranatha def. Marshall 25-10, 25-5, 25-6. Records: Marshall 1-3; Maranatha 5-4. Notes: Patricia Paziouros (M) 5 aces; Lindsey Gauntlett (M) 5 aces; Aimee Larew (M) 6 aces; Teanna Robinson (M) 8 aces. At La Canada High School Flintridge Sacred Heart def. La Canada 21-25, 26-24, 25-12, 25-13. Records: FSH 7-1; La Canada 3-5. Notes: Jackie Beeton 15 kills (F), Morgan Anderson 14 kills (L); Sam Orlandini (F) 43 assists, Malia McPherson (L) 30 assists; McPherson (L) 13 digs, Tina Orlandini 12 digs. At Arroyo HS Pasadena def. Arroyo 25-15, 25-16, 25-18. Records: Pasadena 9-2; Arroyo 5-3. Notes: Kimmee Roledor (P) 15 kills; Briana Dominguez (P) 6 aces. center_img 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

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “If there is not water to support the growth, will it occur as projected?” the ruling said. “As the state reaches the limit of available water and must seek other sources such as desalination, water will become more expensive to obtain and California’s appeal will lessen.” Defendants include CalFed, irrigation districts relying on water from the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta, urban water agencies in Southern California and others. They said it’s too early to know whether revisiting the agency’s environmental impact study would mean a decrease in water exports to homes and farms. State and CalFed authorities are still reviewing the court’s 224-page decision. But other defendants played down the ruling’s relevance. “Whether or not it’ll have an impact in the long term remains to be seen,” said Tupper Hull of the Westlands Water District, one of the defendants. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – The agency overseeing the state’s largest source of fresh water may have to review its water distribution plan after an appellate court ruled that it failed to consider cutting water deliveries to Southern California. The California Bay-Delta Authority, known as CalFed, was created five years ago to protect the health of the Sacramento-San Joaquin river delta while ensuring that Californians who depend on its water for irrigation and home use have their needs met. But the Sacramento judges who wrote the 3rd District Court of Appeals decision last week said the environmental document the agency relied on to set its current course was too narrow in scope. It did not examine the possibility of pumping less water out of the delta to growing subdivisions and thirsty farmland to the south, the judges wrote. The state’s population is projected to grow from about 37 million today to 49 million by 2020, with half that increase in Southern California. CalFed assumed it had a duty to meet that need, and didn’t consider the alternative, the opinion said. last_img read more

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week It’s a new year, but for Hart the stench of that loss remains. And the pivotal figures for both teams – highly touted quarterbacks Tyler Lyon of Hart and Michael Herrick of Valencia – are back, so there is no sense in downplaying the Indians’ hunger for revenge. Presale tickets have gobbled up all available seats, and 650 standing-room only tickets are scheduled to be released 30 minutes before kickoff. The game will be broadcast at 1220-AM and on the Internet, at and Hart leads the series 10-1. A rundown: 2004 – Valencia 29, Hart 10: Valencia sacked Tyler Lyon nine times and held Hart to 62 yards, snapping the Indians’ 65-game league winning streak in front of about 9,000 at Canyons. Vikings fans swarmed the field to celebrate after the final whistle. “We nailed (Lyon) pretty hard,” said Valencia linebacker Anthony Defilippo, who had four sacks. “I think we (put) too much pressure on him.” VALENCIA – The most anticipated high school sports event of the year in the Santa Clarita Valley has arrived. The rematch between high-powered football rivals Hart and Valencia is tonight at 7 at Valencia High, and a sellout crowd of more than 5,500 can expect an epic showdown, as Hart (6-1 overall, 2-0 Foothill) tries to reclaim its Foothill League glory after falling to Valencia (6-1, 2-0) for the first time in series history last year. Valencia’s 29-10 victory over Hart a year and a day ago at College of the Canyons snapped the Indians’ 65-game league winning streak. Hart never recovered, failing to finish among the league’s top two for the first time in coach Mike Herrington’s 16-year tenure, eventually falling in the second round of the Southern Section Div. II playoffs. Valencia rode the momentum of that milestone victory through the playoffs before losing to Mission Viejo in the championship game at Angel Stadium. 2003 – Hart 42, Valencia 35: Kevin Ciccone’s end-zone interception in the waning seconds preserved Hart’s 42-25 victory after the Indians rallied from a 21-point deficit at Canyons to clinch their 13th consecutive league title. Valencia sophomore Michael Herrick passed for 374 yards – 224, with two TDs, in the first quarter. 2002 – Hart 39, Valencia 15: Hart broke open a close game with four touchdowns in a 14-minute span, and Sean Norton passed for a then-career-best 368 yards and two TDs. “I just don’t know what happened,” Valencia defensive back Brandon Nichols said. 2001 – Hart 42, Valencia 13: Matt Moore completed 14 of 18 passes for 277 yards and four touchdowns, and he ran for a 49-yard touchdown as Hart won its fourth consecutive Div. III title in front of 9,000 at Canyons. 2001 – Hart 26, Valencia 0: Hart claimed its 50th consecutive Foothill League victory by holding Valencia to 192 yards. Moore completed 22 of 36 passes for 259 yards and a touchdown. 2000 – Hart 21, Valencia 7: Hart’s Kyle Matter completed 22 of 34 passes for 289 yards and two TDs and ran for a score. Valencia managed just 202 yards, 37 in the first half. Hart’s first touchdown came on a 7-yard pass to Peter Dubsky, who ran over Will Broadous near the goal line. 1999 – Hart 34, Valencia 6: Hart capped an undefeated season and won the Div. III championship, holding Vikings running back Manuel White, the region’s all-time rushing-yardage leader, to 65 yards in front of more than 9,000 at Canyons. “Valencia’s a great team,” said Hart’s Kyle Matter, who passed for 166 yards and two TDs. “We just came out and showed them we’re a better team.” 1999 – Hart 42, Valencia 21: Matter passed for 221 yards and three long touchdowns, and Hart held White to 90 yards on 22 carries at Canyons. “This was the biggest game I’ve ever played in,” Matter said. “They thought they’d beat us, but we took it to them.” Valencia’s Kyle Bauer, who passed for 112 yards, was held to zero in the second half. 1998 – Hart 38, Valencia 14: Hart’s Kyle Boller completed 16 of 26 passes for 265 yards, including a long touchdown pass to Jerry Owens on fourth-and-22 to give the Indians a 17-point halftime lead at Canyons. 1997 – Hart 45, Valencia 23: David Neill passed for 324 yards and four touchdowns, three to Owens, and Hart took advantage of four turnovers at Canyons. 1996 – Hart 37, Valencia 7: Quarterback Travis Carroll and receiver Cody Joyce had huge performances for the Indians, and Valencia’s top running back, Donovan Calhoun, was held to zero yards on 11 carries at Canyons. Carroll passed for 263 yards and two TDs, and Joyce made 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown. Gerry Gittelson, (661) 257-5218 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

first_imgCathaoirleach of the Inishowen Municipal District, Cllr Jack Murray, has said that sectarianism must be condemned and tackled, no matter which quarter it arises from.Sinn Féin Cllr Murray made the comments after meeting with a representative of Newtowncunningham Orange Order at the site of their hall, which is currently being reconstructed.Cllr Murray described the meeting as cordial and positive, and said; “Upon becoming Mayor of Inishowen I wrote to every community group in the peninsula on the council’s database, offering my support and assistance. “Since then, one of the first groups to respond was the Orange Order in Newtowncunnigham.“As an organisation they are currently rebuilding their hall as it was burnt down in 2014. However since turning the sod for the new building some sectarian comments were made on social media in response to the publicity resulting from the event. They became concerned that some individuals threatened to burn the new building and asked me to publicly condemn that.“I condemn such comments without hesitation or reservation.“I also agreed to meet a senior member of the orange lodge on site on Tuesday evening. At that meeting I took the opportunity to express condemnation of the comments made. In a frank discussion I also spoke of my opposition to sectarian bonfires built by loyalists in the six counties. #SandyRow, South #Belfast,#NorthernIreland.#EleventhNight #Twelfth #Bonfire— Frank Selby (@frank_selby) July 11, 2017“I explained that I didn’t appreciate seeing photos of my national flag and my party colleagues’ election posters about to be burned. I also told him that it was hurtful when my own poster was burned on a bonfire in Drumahoe. I said that that should be condemned also.“I will always condemn sectarianism towards both Catholics and Protestants and I would also call on Orange leaders to do the same.“I am happy with the cordial and positive meeting. I strongly believe that we need to reach out the hand of friendship to each other in order to ensure lasting peace and harmony on this island. That should be a two way process.“I will also engage with further meetings to explore the idea of a shared space for all our people in the area.”Cllr Murray condemns sectarianism and explains hurt of seeing his election poster on bonfire was last modified: July 12th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bonfireJack MurrayNewtowncunninghamOrange Ordertwelfth julylast_img read more

first_imgA man telephoned Gardai from Australia and threatened to rape and kill a number of them and their children and then mocked their dead colleague killed in the line of duty.Twisted Mark Fair had skipped bail in Ireland and had travelled to Australia to work. However, over a period of around seventeen days in January 2015, he bombarded Buncrana Garda Station in Co Donegal with a series of obscene phonecalls.Officers could tell it was Fair as they had dealt with him before but he continued to make threats against them and their families.The now 28-year-old appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court where he pleaded guilty to a total of eleven counts of making threats to kill, threats to damage property and also making grossly offensive phonecalls.The calls were made to Garda Una Cunningham, Garda Grainne McLoone, Elaine Moyles, Lorraine Crawford and Sgt Carol Doherty.Details of the shocking calls made by Fair, of Ballinahone, Fahan, were read out in court.Fair first began his ant of abusive phonecalls on January 10th when he called Garda Elaine Moyles.He recognised her voice and told her he was going to shoot her in the back of the head and also kill her husband.He also asked how Gary McLoughlin was and said he was going to land at Buncrana Garda station and pull the plaque off the wall which was dedicated to Gary.Tragic Garda Gary McLoughlinThe former Garda McLoughlin, aged just 24, was killed in the line of duty in Co Donegal in December 2009.Fair called the Garda station at a later date and spoke to Garda Grainne McLoone and said he was going to rape her and her children and that he hoped her mother died of cancer.He pretended his name was Martin McDermott, a man charged in connection with the death of the late Garda McLoughlin.On January 12th, Fair called the station again and told Garda Lorraine Crawford that he would bend her over and ride her before going on to say he would rape her son and sister “just for sport.”On another date, he called the station and asked Garda Sgt Carol Doherty if Garda McLoughlin was there which caused her great upset.And on January 27th, Fair called the station again and he spoke to Garda Una Cunningham.He said he would show her his cock in court and that he was going to rape her dog.He asked Garda Cunningham if she wanted to suck his cock and that he was going to raise Garda Gary McLoughlin from the dead.A victim impact statement on behalf of all the Gardai who received abusive calls from Fair was compiled by Sgt Carol Doherty and was handed into Judge John Aylmer but not read in open court.As well as the litany of abusive phonecalls and threats, Fair also pleaded guilty to eleven counts of making gain or causing deception using Donedeal.Over a two month period from February to March in 2018, Fair placed fraudulent adverts on the free ads website and also replied to adverts.Letterkenny Court.Among the items he advertised or responded to as having for sale was tickets for the Champions League Final, iPhones, tractor parts, gearboxes and car bumpers.However, when the cash for the items sent to various accounts belonging to Fair, the goods were never forwarded on.In total Fair admitted defrauding people from across the country out of more than €3,000.When arrested Fair admitted that he used a ‘fraud phone’.He apologised to all those he had defrauded money from and said he had already compensated two of the victims.Barrister for Fair, who had 36 previous convictions, Mr Peter Nolan said there was simply no explanation for what he had done.He revealed how he was from a respectable farming family and that his six siblings, three brothers and three sisters, had never been in trouble with the law.He said that when he was making the phonecalls from Australia his client was drunk and was in the company of other young men from the Buncrana area of Donegal.Fair got into the witness box and apologised to the female Gardai and said he never planned to carry out any of his threats.He added “I don’t remember making them (the threats) I was so drunk. I thought it was funny at the time but it’s not funny now.“I’d like to apologise to all the Gardai as nothing I said was true and it wasn’t going to be carried out.”Barrister Peter Nolan said his client was a fantasist and claims that he was living the high life in hotels such as the Gresham in Dublin for the proceeds of his crime were not true.He said his client was now in custody for seven months and that he was a model prison in the prison and was working in the kitchen.Fair’s mother was also in court but said she did not want to address the court.Judge John Aylmer adjourned the case until Friday when he will sentence Fair.Man called Garda station from Australia threatening to rape and kill Gardai was last modified: August 1st, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgAn Air Algerie flight AH5017 with 110 passengers and 6 crew has crashed and their are no survivors. According to AP French President Francois Hollande says there are no survivors in the crash in Mali.Hollande announced on Friday July 25th that one black box has been found in the debris after French troops reached the site in the Gossi region near the border with Burkina Faso.According to AFP  the Air Algerie aircraft was seen “falling” in the region of Gossi, in northern Mali. “A witness informed us they had seen the plane falling at 0150 (GMT and local time Thursday),” said General Gilbert Diendiere, coordinator of the crisis told AFP. Reports aslo suggest that the flight may have been hit by lightning.The flight was operating between Burkina Faso’s capital, Ouagadougou, to Algiers.The aircraft, a twin-engine MD-83, chartered from Spanish Airline Swiftair, was 50 minutes into its flight when Algerian aviation authorities lost contact. The aircraft departed at 0117 local time and was scheduled to arrive at 0510 local time. According to Aviation Herald the Swiftair McDonnell Douglas MD-83 was operating on behalf of Air Algerie.Swiftair and Air Algerie confirmed they lost contact with the aircraft at about 03:00 local time. Swiftair has set up a call center for family members of passengers: Phone number +34 900 264 270.Weather was likely a factor. Aviation Herald adds that weather researcher Simon Proud at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) reported that the tops of the thunderstorm clouds in the area were above FL400 in that region around Gao, peaking up to FL500.According to CNN Air Algerie sales manager Zoheir Houaoui told reporters Thursday that among the passengers, there were 50 people from France; 24 from Burkina Faso; eight Lebanese; six Algerians; five Canadians; four Germans; two from Luxembourg; one from Mali; one Cameroonian; one Belgian; one Ukrainian; one Romanian; one Swiss; one Nigerian; and one Egyptian.The plane’s six crew members were Spanish.last_img read more