The same goes for St George Illawarra, Wests Tigers and Newcastle, who are all flying high at or near the top of the Telstra Premiership ladder after failing to make the NRL finals in recent seasons.The success of the unbeaten Warriors and Dragons, coupled with that of the Tigers, Sydney Roosters, Gold Coast and Knights, highlights how a strategically targeted recruitment plan can dramatically change the fortunes of an NRL club.Besides third-placed Penrith, those six clubs are the only ones with more wins than losses so far this season and they were the most prominent movers in the biggest off-season transfer market since the Super League war.In comparison, clubs who performed strongly last season and didn’t recruit heavily, or whose strategy appeared ad hoc, are struggling, with Melbourne, North Queensland, Brisbane, Parramatta and Cronulla in the bottom half of the premiership table.The Storm (ninth) chose to replace Cooper Cronk from within, the Broncos (12th) took the same approach after losing Ben Hunt and the Cowboys (14th) merely added prop Jordan McLean, who is out for three months with a foot injury.The Eels, who are last and yet to win a game this season, signed Jarryd Hayne but it wasn’t obvious where he would fit into a backline which helped the club to a fourth-place finish in 2017.The Sharks (11th) recruited two top-line fullbacks in Josh Dugan and Matt Moylan when they already had Valentine Holmes, and then seized on the opportunity to sign former NSW Origin playmaker Trent Hodkinson from Newcastle. While Moylan was intended to replace James Maloney at five-eighth, he, Dugan and Holmes have already each played a game at fullback.Canterbury (15th) also have two players the club initially signed as fullbacks, in Brett Morris and Will Hopoate, playing other positions after new coach Dean Pay decided to switch halfback Moses Mbye there this season.Possibly the two most influential rostering decisions on the early season results were the Bulldogs recruitment of Kieran Foran and Aaron Woods at the expense of Josh Reynolds and James Graham.This didn’t just cost the Bulldogs two players considered the heart and soul of the club but it enabled the Dragons to pick up a forward leader in Graham and the Warriors to replace Foran with Manly’s Blake Green.The Dragons had already identified the need to recruit a top-class halfback and targeted Hunt, who they signed before the start of the 2017 season from Brisbane on a reported $6 million, five-year deal.Many questioned Hunt’s value but comparisons between how the Broncos are performing without him and how the Dragons are playing with him suggests he was worth the investment.After failing to make the NRL finals since 2011, the Warriors began their 2018 recruitment after the appointment of Stephen Kearney as coach at the end of the 2016 season and Tohu Harris agreed to terms more than a year ago.The Warriors focused on building a squad with greater depth and experience, and Kearney has added seven new faces, including forwards Agnatius Paasi and Leivaha Pulu, who have proved revelations since moving from the Titans.Kiwis prop Adam Blair and centre Peta Hiku have also played key roles in the revival of the Warriors – who last Saturday posted the biggest attendance at Mt Smart Stadium since 1995 – along with Green, who is being touted as the buy of the year and a contender for the NSW No.6 jersey. The Knights also had a strategy of bolstering the wooden spooners of the past three seasons with proven match-winners and recruited heavily from the Cowboys, Broncos, Storm and Roosters.The key signing was NSW Origin halfback Mitchell Pearce, who left the Roosters after the Bondi-based club decided they were a better chance of winning the premiership with Cronk playing alongside Blues fullback James Tedesco.Losing Tedesco, Woods and Eels halfback Mitchell Moses appeared to be a blow for the Wests Tigers but it gave coach Ivan Cleary an opportunity to focus strongly on recruitment for 2018 from the time of his appointment early last season.With Russell Packer, Ben Mautulino, Benji Marshall, Tuimoala Lolohea, Pita Godinet, Corey Thompson, Mahe Fonua and Chris McQueen joining Josh Reynolds, who is yet to play, the Tigers have lost just one game.Gold Coast coach Garth Brennan was only given the job last October but he has worked quickly to improve the club’s roster, with Bryce Cartwright, Leilani Latu and Mitch Rein following him from the Panthers.In addition, Brennan has already signed star Penrith utility Tyrone Peachey for next season, while the Roosters lured backrower Angus Crichton from South Sydney and the Knights have recruited Sharks centre Jesse Ramien for 2019.The views in this article do not necessarily express the opinions of the ARLC, NRL, NRL clubs or State associations.
Guyana and Indonesia have expressed a common interest in strengthening bilateral relations between the two States.This was discussed during a recent meeting between Guyana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Carl Greenidge and Indonesia’s first female Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi.“Guyana is keen on strengthening its cooperation on the political, economic and commercial front in areas of preservation of the environment, energy, agro-processing, scholarship offers, and trade and investment,” Minister Greenidge said.Further, Minister Marsudi shared her country’s commitment to further strengthening relations with Guyana through increased trade relations and technical cooperation.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge meets with Indonesia’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Retno MarsudiGuyana and Indonesia established formal diplomatic relations on August 27, and have collaborated in international fora such as the Non-Aligned Movement, the G-77 and China, and the United Nations, among other areas.During the meeting, Minister Greenidge also used the opportunity to express condolences on behalf of the Guyana Government, on the loss of lives in recent terrorist attacks in Indonesia.“Terrorism is a problem that affects everyone, thus there is an urgent need to strengthen international cooperation among States to fight against transnational organised crimes,” he stressed.
The MB Sandaka has commenced operations between Guyana and Suriname on Thursday according to Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson.The MB SandakaThe Minister told Guyana Times that the first sail has commenced and will last for a period of 123 days.“We will access the response of the travelling public to find out if the one sailing per day is okay and if we need to make adjustments, so it came as a result of a one-day intense discussion with my Surinamese counterpart”.Patterson added that during the discussion with his Surinamese counterpart, it was revealed that both sides were facing similar issues and therefore, systems will be put in place for the continuation of the ferry service.The MV Canawaima will be back in service from October 16, 2019, so therefore, the MB Sandaka will be operating on Guyana’s expense. “I have an agreement with my Surinamese counterpart that if the MV Canawaima is not in full operation on the date set, then the expense will be shared equally for the operation of the MB Sandaka,” according to Minster Patterson.The ferry, which will be working on a rotational basis between Guyana and Suriname, will be inspected by a joint team of engineers, who will be carrying out a full inspection on October 2, 2019. The two countries have also agreed to address all issues facing the ferry service, not only mechanical but also hospitality.On May 27, the Management of the Guyana-Suriname Ferry Service, through the Department of Public Information (DPI), had announced the suspension of operations from that day until further notice. Terminal Manager Gale Culley-Greene had told DPI that the Canawaima Ferry had been experiencing mechanical difficulties for some time and a decision was taken to have the vessel assessed and repaired.Government had expressed concern at the inconvenience to travellers while saying that this country had been funding most of the maintenance over the years. It had also noted that the vessel’s engine “had been limping for some time and [the ferry] was being towed by a tug” during its trips between the two countries.The suspension of the ferry service caused soaring traffic across the “backtrack” route on the Corentyne River border utilising speedboats.
WHITTIER A bus driver was taken to a local hospital after being assaulted on the job Wednesday, officials said. The attack occurred about 8:30 p.m. on Norwalk Boulevard at Palm Avenue, said Whittier police Lt. Steve Dean. The female Foothill Transit bus driver was apparently punched in the head, Dean said, although initial reports said there was a weapon involved. It was not immediately clear if there was a suspect in custody, said Dean. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The condition of the driver was not known.
RAPHOE NOTES:Raphoe Family Resource Centre:New! Boys Club for 5th & 6th Classes starting soon on Tuesdays from 5.15-6.15pm with a 8-week personal and social development programme. Experience and enjoy new things; develop interests; build confidence; develop relationships; develop social skills; explore values and beliefs; tackle bullying; team building. Activities will include-team games, alternative games (uni-hoc, dodge-ball, table-tennis and pool), cooking and baking, computers and arts & crafts. On completion of the 8-week programme there will be an outing decided by the group.There will be a €5 registration fee.New! Girls Club for 5th & 6th Classes starting soon on Wednesdays from 5.15-6.15pm with an 8-week personal and social development programme. Experience and enjoy new things; develop interests; build confidence; develop relationships; develop social skills; explore values and beliefs; tackle bullying; team building. Activities will include-team games, alternative games (uni-hoc, dodge-ball, table-tennis and pool), cooking and baking, computers and arts & crafts. On completion of the 8-week programme there will be an outing decided by the group. There will be a €5 registration fee. Youth CaféThere are a number of changes to the Wednesday night Youth Café for 1st -5th Year Secondary School Students. There will now be a €5.00 registration fee with competitions such as Fifa, Darts, Pool, Table-tennis, and Arts & Crafts, Cooking and Baking. We are also looking to organise a summer outing. The Youth Café runs from 7.00-9.00pm each Wednesday night during school term.Summer Project 2015The joint summer project between Raphoe Family Resource Centre and Springboard Family Support Project will take place from Tuesday 14th –Friday 24th July inclusive. Registration will take place on Tuesday 7th July at 11.00am in Springboard and at 6.00pm in the Family Resource Centre. Cost €5.00 per individual child, €8.00 for 2 children and €10.00 for 3 or more. Make sure to pin those dates on your ridge!“100 Club” Weekly Private Members DrawCongratulations to Week 4 Winners: 1st Prize €50-Don Brennan2nd Prize €30-James Tinney3rd Prize €20-Liza HarkinThe Family Resource Centre would like to thank all those who have subscribed to the draw; your support is greatly appreciated. You could be one of the lucky winners next week! LITTLE SMILES WITH BIG DREAMSLittle Smiles with Big Dreams is a parent and toddler group that meets every Wednesday morning at 10:30am – 12 noon in the Family Resource Centre. Anyone who is in care of a child where it is an aunt / uncle/ child-minder or grandparent is welcome. The kiddies can get involved in Messy play, free play, story time and music time where the adult can enjoy a cuppa tea and meet other adults. Parent and Toddler are a great way to enhance your little one confidence and meet others their age. A light lunch is provided and a small cost of 50 cent per family.Raphoe Walking GroupThe Walking Group meets every Thursday morning at 10.30am. All abilities are catered for. And an important element of the group is coming in afterwards to have a chat and a cuppa.Women’s GroupThe next meeting of the Family Resource Centre’s Women’s Group will take place on Monday 27th April at 8.00pm.Primary Course in Food SafetyThe Family Resource Centre is proposing to run the 8 hour training programme Primary Course in Food Safety. The aim of the course is provide food workers with adequate training in the basic principles of food safety. The course is suitable for anyone who prepares or handles food in any environment including the home. There will be 4×2 hour sessions to include the following topics; Introduction to Food Safety, Microbiological Hazards, Food Contamination, HACCP from Food Delivery to Storage, HACCP from Food Preparation to Cooking Service and Service, Personal Hygiene, Food Premises and Equipment, Pest Control, Cleaning and Disinfection, and Food Safety Law and Enforcement. The course, which is accredited will be facilitated by Donna Quinn who is a member of the Environmental Health Officers’ Association. If interested or for further information please contact Laura on 074-9145796 or 087-3641503.Countdown to Raphoe 5K!Donegal Athletics Board recently launched its annual Grand Prix Series of races for 2015 and Raphoe Family Resource Centre is delighted to announce that its 5k is included this year again and will be held on Tuesday 7th July commencing at 7.30pm. This very well supported race in Raphoe in association with Lifford AC is now into its 5th consecutive year and to celebrate the occasion there will be a reduced entry fee this year of €7.00 per individual; €20.00 for a family of 3 or more. We look forward to the continued support of the local Athletic Clubs and Running Groups. With 12 weeks to the event there is plenty of opportunity to get into training and for those of you who have never run before to join one of the many local ‘Couch to 5k’ groups in the area so get running!DATE FOR YOUR DIARY:The Family Resource will be hosting a one-day workshop on Thursday 7th May on recognising and understanding self-harming. The workshop will run from 9.30am-4.30pm. To book a place please contact Laura on 074 9145796/087 3641503.Young Carers GroupAre you a young carer? Do you help to take care for someone at home who has an illness, disability, substance misuse, mental health difficulty or bereavement? The Loft Youth Project hosts a Young Carers Group for 12-18 year olds on Saturday mornings at 16-18 Port Road, Letterkenny. For further information please contact 074 9129630 or 087 1255246.Raphoe Friday Seniors Club:The Club meets every Friday in the VoltHouse Hall from 10:30am until 1pm. For further information please contact the Secretary on 074-9145462 or the Tidy Town Office on 074-9145692.Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd Community Appeal 2015.The Application for the town has now arrived and will be sent off before the end of May this year. Judging will be during the months of June, July and August. Thank you to everyone in our community for your great support over the years. Last year our town received a third Silver Medal Award which is an excellent achievement. We need the help of our entire community this year again. You can help by tidying your gardens, your houses, properties, painting, weeding, keeping your area litter free, putting out window boxes or hanging baskets. If you are the owner of a derelict property please help the town by tidying up before the end of May. Remember our deadline is the end of May as judging commences in June. Your help is needed and appreciated very much. Financial donations or donations of Paint, Shrubs or Flowers for this year would also be very helpful. For further information please contact The Tidy Towns office on 9145692. Thank You.Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd Community Employment Project VacanciesThere will be a number of vacancies with the Tidy Towns C.E project commencing in October. Department of Social Protection eligibility criteria for community employment will apply for all posts. For an application form to work on the Tidy Towns Project please call into the Tidy Towns Office or telephone the office on 9145692 or the Supervisor on 0879473527.Free House Insulation available under the SEAIWarmer Homes Scheme. If you own your own house and received the winter fuel allowance or if you are on job seekers allowance for over 6 months and have children under 7 years, you may be eligible for free attic and cavity house insulation. For more information contact Terence on (086) 3192721.St. Johnston & Carrigans Community Employment Project is currently recruiting for the following posts, which are supported by the Department of Social Protection:1 Youth Worker, 1 Environmental WorkerAll jobs are part-time and are based in St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre. Workers are free to work in other places while on CE. Free training is available within budgets. Job Descriptions and Application forms available from: St. Johnston & Carrigans Family Resource Centre, Chapel Road, St. Johnston. Tel 9148551. Closing Date: Fri 24th April 2015Fibromyalgia Coffee Day & Book SaleWill be held on Friday 1st May from 11.00am-3.00pm in Convoy Enterprise Centre. Everyone welcome. For people living with Fibromyalgia we aim to hold monthly meetings in Donegal to offer an understanding ear, a bit of a laugh and support. For further information please contact Jude on 086-3945008 or firstname.lastname@example.orgLifford YouthreachLifford Youthreach is an education and training centre for young people who have left school, without Junior or Leaving Certificate.We cater for young people between the ages of 16-20 years. We provide a range of subjects and qualifications for learners to ensure they leave the programme with the skills and abilities necessary to enter the world of work, or go on to further education. Young people who attend the programme receive a weekly allowance, which is dependent on their attendance. Young people are given the opportunity to try out new skills and subjects which will help them develop a sense of what it is they want to achieve in life, in relation to their career and education choices. If you know of anyone who might be interested in joining the programme please contact the centre on 0749142114 or email email@example.comSlimming WorldHow do you want to look and feel this summer? Join us every Thursday night at 7pm in the Volt House Hall, Raphoe where our warm and friendly Slimming World group will help you feel and look fantastic this summer. If you would like to know more contact Geraldine on 086 3348048.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, William Street. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press.COMMUNITY NOTICE: RAPHOE WALKING CLUB STEPPING OUT EVERY THURSDAY MORNING was last modified: April 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CommunityFeaturesLocalNoticesRaphoe
Carn played Termon on Sunday in the All County Division Two Championship Final in Convoy – and edged them out in a thrilling contest. With Carn missing their inspirational midfielder and captain, Conor O’Donnell this was a game that was going to test the metal of this team.The game was played on the excellent surface of St Mary’s Convoy and it was Termon who settled the quickest with Conor Grant opening up the scoring. Carn were showing some signs of nerves on the ball and Termon turned over the ball once more with Jamie Grant finishing off a fine move with a point. Carn were gradually settling into the game and after some good play between Kieran Farren and Fionn McClure, Fionn sent a lovely ball over the top to Jason Lynch, Jason broke past his marker and blasted the ball to the back of the net to put Carn in the lead.Termon were playing in early ball at each chance but the Carn defence were doing well with Adam McLaughlin out first to every ball. Carn were breaking forward and were turned over, and an early ball into Jamie Grant left him with the easy task of firing the ball over the bar to level the game up.Back again came Carn, and after some good work from Donal Doherty, he played the ball to Anthony Doherty who fired over a lovely point from all of forty yards from out on the right. Jamie Grant again levelled the game up with a point from play.Back again came Carn and it was Donal Doherty who fired over to put Carn back into the lead. Carn won the resulting kick out and the ball was played into Jason Lynch, to fire over the bar to open up a two point lead. Termon came straight back at Carn and were through on goal with the despairing Carn defence trying to close them down all they do is give away a free which Steve McDaid converted.Termon attacked once more but the ball was turned over by Adam McLaughlin, then as the ball was being out of the defence they lost possession and gave away a free. The free was taking quickly and the home defence were caught napping as Kieran Black finished well to the back of the net to put Termon back in front.Termon won the kick out and Kieran Black broke forward to fire over the bar to make it a three point game.This Carn team are full of character and after some good build up play from Donal Doherty and Kieran Farren, the ball was played to Padraig McLaughlin to fire over a point for Carn.Next up for Carn was Kieran Farren to open up his account for the day and he had the final say of the half after Lee McLaughlin made a brilliant run forward before he was fouled on route to goal, Kieran converted a free to send the teams in level on a score of Carn 1:06 Termon 1:06. Termon were first out of the block at the start of the second half with a point from Conor Grant. Carn attacked once more and as Lee McLaughlin was breaking through the middle he was impeded. Kieran Farren scored the resulting free.Carn were forced into a change when the impressive Adam McLaughlin had to retire after picking up a heavy knock, he was replaced by Christopher McDaid. Carn were having a strong spell and were starting to fine space inside and Kieran Farren was fouled as he broke through.He placed the ball and fired over another cracking point to put Carn back into the lead. Next it was Termons chance to attack and it was that man again, Stephen Black who fired over from long range. Antony Grant then put Termon back in front before the impressive Jason Lynch scored a fine point for Carn to level it up once more.Carn attacked again and when Lee McLaughlin found Fionn McClure on the run, he curled over a lovely point to put Carn back into the lead. This seesaw battle was not over by a long shot, and Termon attacked once more and after some good work by Stephen Black, he found Conor Grant inside to fire the ball to the back of the Carn net to put Termon two up with just over ten minutes remaining.Back again came this resilient Carn team and after good work by Darren Donaghy, he played the ball to Padraig McLaughlin who then played a defence splitting pass through to Kieran Farren to score a point. Carn attacked once with Kieran Farren causing lots of problems with his pace out on the right, as he was cutting inside he was fouled, and put the resulting free over the bar for his fifth point of the game and tie it up once more.Termon broke forward again and it was Conor Grant with a free that put them in the lead again with five minutes remaining. But this Carn had lost too many big finals to let this one go without a fight and they broke forward again, after some good work out on the right by Kieran Farren, the ball found its way to Fionn McClure in front of goal, just as he was about to fire for goal. His angle was blocked.He turned on to his weaker right foot an blasted to ball to the bottom corner of the net to put Carn two up with a few minutes left. Will Quinn then came on for Carn to add some fresh legs up front. Back again came Termon as they tried in vein to break down the Carn defence, Darragh McCormack was having a cracking game cutting out each and every ball as they tried to fashion a late goal. Carn attacked again and Kieran Farren played the ball to Will Quinn who then played the ball into the danger area.Termon overturned the ball and broke forward once more as they tried to get that all important late score. Stephen Black launched a long high ball into the Carn box and as Shaun McLaughlin and Steve McDaid contested for the ball, it went wide. Form the resulting kick out, the loudest cheer of the day came from the referees final whistle sounded to leave the Final Score Carn 2:12 Termon 2:10.The scenes of joy from the jubilant Carn team and well travelled supporters will have lasting memories for this group of players.This was a cracking game, a very tough one for Termon to loose but for this Carn team who have lost so many big games, it was a great one to win. For Termon Caolan Gallagher, Kieran Black and the two Grants, Antony and Jamie stood out.For Carn there were stars all over the pitch, Paddy Monagle had a solid game in goals, the defence were solid overall, Cormac Monagle had a very solid game keeping his marker scoreless from play.Padraig was always cool on the ball, set up some good attacks and managed to get on the score sheet himself. Donal Doherty and Anthony Doherty covered every inch of sod on the pitch from midfield. Lee McLaughlin had a great battle with Caolan Gallagher, with Fionn McClure and Kieran Farren causing lots of problems out on the flanks. Jason Lynch had his best game of the year inside scoring 1:02 on the day.The team was Patrick Monagle, Adam McLaughlin, Darragh Lafferty, Shaun McLaughlin, Padraig McLaughlin, Darren Donaghy, Cormac Monagle, Anthony Doherty, Donal Doherty, Kieran Farren, Lee McLaughlin, Fionn McClure, Jason Lynch, Lorcan Bradley, Darragh McCormack, Subs. Christopher McDaid, Darragh Doherty, Will Quinn, Tony Lafferty, Daniel McCallion.Delight for Carn U16’s as they edge out Termon in County championship thriller was last modified: November 15th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:CarndonaghGAASport
Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack BEST OF 1 impact Manchester United and Arsenal will miss out on a place in the Premier League top four, according to Jamie Carragher.That’s based on the club’s displays so far this season. RANKED 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 MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “On the evidence of what we’ve seen in these first six games, I’d say Arsenal and Manchester United. The others look a bit further ahead but it’s really tight,” he told Sky Sports.Sitting alongside him, Graeme Souness said you cannot rule Jose Mourinho’s side out. “Man United are a big football club… when they get on a roll; that makes them dangerous. They might not be the best team but if they get a run together, that snowball, come winter, could be a big one. I wouldn’t rule them out.”United side are seventh, two points behind Arsenal in sixth with Carragher’s former side, Liverpool, flying high on 18 points thanks to six wins from six.Responding to the comments on Instagram, former Old Trafford full-back Gary Neville posted a picture of his Sky Sports colleague sleeping with the caption: “What chance have they got of winning the league if they can’t last a night?”Arsenal beat Everton 2-0 on the weekend, while United’s draw with Wolves prompted Paul Pogba to criticise the way the team played.Neville, though, despite his strong affiliation with United, thinks Liverpool will provide reigning Premier League champions Man City’s toughest competition for the title. However, he said the Reds have a better chance if they bin off the Champions League. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED ADVICE no dice silverware Most popular football news huge blow Man United could only draw with Wolves at Old Trafford
SINN FEIN Donegal TD Pearse Doherty says he ‘can’t wait’ to vote for Martin McGuinness in the Presidential election on October 27th.Speaking after a supporters meeting in the county, you can watch the interview by clicking play on the video above. DDTV VIDEO: ‘I CAN’T WAIT TO VOTE FOR McGUINNESS’, SAYS DOHERTY was last modified: September 20th, 2011 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:martin mcguinnessoctober 27th electionPearse DohertypresidencySinn Fein
PICO RIVERA – Hazardous materials within the debris left from the fire-damaged Beverly Boulevard bridge will increase cleanup costs by an estimated $150,000, Pico Rivera officials said Friday. The bump in the cost of removing the debris came after officials discovered that the wooden parts of the structure, which burned Nov. 1, had been coated in a chemical preservative called creosote. Creosote is produced from the high-temperature treatment of beech wood, coal or the resin of the creosote bush. It is considered to be carcinogenic to humans, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week If the substance seeps into the groundwater supply, it can take years to break down. That is a big concern for county officials, because part of the flood-control channel the Beverly Boulevard bridge spans is a spreading ground used to capture rainwater to recharge the underground water table. Officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works realized it would cost more than the originally estimated $75,000 to dispose of the debris in accordance with federal environmental regulations. The bulk of the cost increase will cover the transportation of the hazardous materials, said Bob Spencer, public information officer for of Pico Rivera. “Suddenly, they found that the debris couldn’t be taken to a normal landfill,” Spencer said. “It turns out there are only two places that allow this particular material to be dumped. One is in Arizona and the other is in Northern California, so they picked Arizona because the dumping costs were cheaper.” However, even with cheaper disposal fees, Public Works officials had to readjust their cleanup estimate upwards. Now, the total cost of removing the debris and transporting it is pegged at $225,000. Hauling the debris to Arizona will take about 40 19-ton truck loads, Spencer said. The money for the work will come from the city’s “relinquishment fund” – a $5 million fund created when Caltrans paid the city for taking over the maintenance of Rosemead Boulevard, a former state highway in Pico Rivera. The city will then be reimbursed from $10.7 million in federal funds recently promised to Los Angeles County for the Beverly bridge replacement project. For several years, the county and the two cities that co-own the bridge – Pico Rivera and Montebello – have been working to secure the federal funding necessary to completely replace the span. Ironically, on the day of the fire, the money was finally approved by the federal government. “Debris removal was part of the original demolition costs and would have been taken from the $10.7 million anyway,” Spencer said. “So when that comes in, we’ll just reimburse our relinquishment fund the entire $225,000. “It was the easiest place to borrow from because it’s unrestricted money that’s to be used for roads anyway.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
By most indications, Tookie Williams is a changed man since he played a key role in helping turn the Crips into a vicious street gang and was convicted of personally killing four innocent people in cold blood. But since those murders in 1979, it’s clear that Williams has changed, which is why the question of whether he deserves a reprieve from his scheduled Dec. 13 execution has sparked such a heated debate. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger must wrestle with this tough question during Williams’ clemency hearing on Thursday. So far, Williams has claimed he was wrongly convicted, but now that his legal appeals are exhausted, his best chance could be to throw himself on the mercy of the public and the governor by owning up to what happened and pleading for clemency. Since 1993, Williams has become an unlikely champion of peace, writing a number of children’s books urging kids to avoid the gang life. His supporters argue that he has redeemed himself, and if spared, he could continue to be a positive influence for inner-city kids. It’s a compelling, but flawed, argument, because lacking in Williams’ otherwise inspiring story of redemption is a critical ingredient: Contrition. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Williams has never expressed remorse for the four lives he claimed. Nor has he admitted his guilt, even though the overwhelming evidence against him has withstood numerous legal challenges. It’s possible that his decision to maintain his innocence has been dictated by legal necessity. While fighting to overturn his death sentence, lawyers most likely advised him that admitting guilt would sink his prospects. But the time for legal wrangling is over. Williams no longer stands to gain from claiming he was framed. Far from it – his continued denials undermine his claims to being rehabilitated and deserving of a second chance, even if it means spending the rest of his life in prison. If Williams wants to convince Schwarzenegger and all Californians that he is sincere, he needs to come clean. He should concede his guilt, beg forgiveness of his victims’ families, and seek mercy from a compassionate state that values redemption, but only if it’s real. If he truly is a changed man, Williams deserves clemency. But a changed man would accept responsibility for all the crimes of his past. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!