17 01 20

first_img– call for the age of criminal responsibility to be raisedBy Indrawattie NatramA public consultation was on Wednesday held in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) at the Richard FaikalA section of the gathering that attended the draft Juvenile Justice Bill 2015 consultationPolice College in Suddie to educate persons on the draft Juvenile Justice Bill 2015.The consultation was the third of its kind and was a collaborative effort between the Public Security Ministry and UNICEF.Delivering opening remarks was Region Two Chairman Devanand Ramdatt who said that the consultation should be standardised so that agencies and key stakeholders can express their views on the Bill.Speaking to key stakeholders, which included the heads of various youth groups, members of the Police Force; representatives of the Region Two Administration, Suddie Public Hospital, and New Opportunity Corps (NOC) and Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) officials, Ramdatt said he was happy members of the NOC were involved in such consultations.The Regional Chairman noted that the age of criminal responsibility in Guyana was 10 years and he believed this should be raised. He opined that for the Bill to be passed, there must be a multi-stakeholder and inter-agency approach, and thorough networking, recommending that the Minister with responsibility for youth be the main advocate for sensitisation on the Bill.According to Ramdatt, most of the probation reports on juvenile cases lack quality and often young victims are wrongfully sentenced to the NOC. This, he said, can be eliminated with proper understanding and investigations. Often, he noted, children are being sent to the NOC for minor offences such as “wandering”, while other offenders spent less than a year at the NOC which he believes is insufficient time to socially rehabilitate them. Ramdatt said a key component of the Bill should be education and ways in which the teens’ lives could become meaningful through a business trade.He also recommended Government should play a role in providing quality infrastructure/holding facilities for children who are being sanctioned. He called on major stakeholders to express their views on the draft bill before it is passed, noting anything that involved children was important.Representing the Public Security Ministry was Courtney Samuels who said on April 27 and May 11, the Ministry convened the first and second consultation on the draft of the Juvenile Justice Bill in Georgetown and New Amsterdam respectively. Expounding on the purpose of the Bill, Samuels said it was to amend and consolidate the law in relation to criminal justice for juveniles as well as to provide establishment facilities for custody, education and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders and to repeal the Juvenile Offenders Act and the Training Schools Act.The consultations, he said, are expected to strengthen the existing draft and spur action for reforms/discussion in areas such as alternatives to sentences, the removal of status offences such as wandering, increasing the age of criminal responsibility and greater accountability and action across all sectors for the prevention of, treatment for and response to children in contact with the law.The Bill, he said, also plays a pivotal role in ensuring that detention is used as an absolute last resort, and there are programmes which promote prevention of children in contact with the law. The draft Juvenile Justice Bill is a comprehensive document which will tackle significant issues related to juvenile justice in Guyana.Attorney-at-Law Simone Morris Ramlall explained in detail key aspects of the Bill. The entire Bill, she said, is principally intended to reform young people to move on and lead a productive life after contact with the law, and to ensure their records are sealed and not used against him or her.Ramlall further explained that the Bill reflected the modern philosophy of juvenile justice in an effort to strengthen and make the justice system more responsive. The Bill also sought to provide a framework where professionals are in the forefront to support the State in assisting juveniles, as far as possible.The main focus, Ramlall noted, is to ensure that juveniles understand what wrong they did and for a sanction to be given for the error, but at the end of the sanction period, the child must be able to reintegrate smoothly into society. The Bill also focused on the role of the Police.Persons who attended the consultations called for an increase in the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14. There was also a call for intervention from religious organisations for first-time offenders in terms of counselling before putting the matter before the courts.Once the Bill becomes law, the Minister responsible for Public Security will have the responsibility of establishing facilities for juvenile custody and detention throughout Guyana.last_img read more

14 01 20

first_imgU.N. peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous has said he expects operations in Haiti, Cote d’Ivoire and Liberia to end by March 2018, which will save hundreds of millions of dollars.He told a farewell news conference on Friday that a major U.N. review of the 16 peacekeeping missions — which cost nearly $8 billion a year — is currently underway, ordered by U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who took office on Jan. 1.The Trump administration, which is seeking to cut payments to the United Nations including over 28 percent for peacekeeping, is conducting its own review. U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley has said reform of the far-flung operations is a top priority.Ladsous said the goal in Haiti is to have the more than 2,300 troops back home by October. The budget for the Haiti mission from July 2016 through June 2017 is about $346 million. Ladsous said the Security Council may decide to have a much smaller mission focusing on police.The peacekeeping chief said all military members of the Ivorian mission have already left and the remaining civilians and police will be gone by June. That mission has a budget of $153 million for the same period.Ladsous said he thinks the Liberian mission — whose latest annual budget was about $187 million — should be closed down by March 2018, following elections scheduled in October. A final decision is up to the Security Council.The council is currently discussing whether to cut the Congo mission, which has about 22,400 people, including nearly 17,000 troops and over 1,350 police, and is the biggest and costliest with a budget of $1.2 billion.Ladsous stressed that council members should take into account that this is a key year in Congo with “very important elections in a very delicate context” scheduled by December, and renewed security tensions not only in the volatile east “but also in new areas like the Kasais.”He said the U.N. and the African Union are conducting a review of their joint mission in Sudan’s western Darfur region, one of the costliest for the United Nations with an annual budget of over $1 billion and more than 13,600 troops.Ladsous said the current mission, known as UNAMID, “has nothing to do” with the situation 10 years ago when the mission was established and government-allied janjaweed militias were carrying out “mass extermination of civilians.”“Overall the situation in Darfur, while not perfect, is certainly nothing compared to what it used to be,” he said. “So we have to see whether we need to retain all these people, whether we adjust.” He noted the Sudanese government’s long-standing request for an exit for UNAMID.Ladsous, who is stepping down on March 31 after six years as undersecretary-general for peacekeeping, just returned from South Sudan where the U.N. has an almost 12,000-strong peacekeeping mission, which costs nearly $1.1 billion annually. He said the U.N. “has been moving heaven and earth” to deploy an additional 4,000 peacekeepers from the region to help protect civilians caught in fighting.Ladsous said “the vanguard elements” of the regional force will likely be deploying between the end of April and the first week in May including a company of Rwandan troops and helicopters and units from Bangladesh and Nepal.Looking back at how peacekeeping has changed, Ladsous said 25 years ago peacekeepers were respected but nowadays “we are kidnapped, we are shot at, we are bombed” and targeted by explosive devices.In part, he said, this is a result of rebel groups and fighters who don’t feel bound by international law and the laws of war and “just pursue their agenda regardless.” But Ladsous said it’s also true that some governments don’t abide by their commitments and that’s why “I keep saying the Security Council should take a serious view of this and act accordingly.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgThe six most outstanding students of the Little Red Village Primary School, Onderneeming, Essequibo Coast were recently honoured by Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Youth and Culture Officer Herald Alves.Region Two Youth and Culture Officer Herald Alves posed with the children and two parentsAs an encouragement for students in the far-flung areas of the Region, Alves decided to honour the six best all-round students by rewarding them with a backpack and school items.The Head Mistress of the school was very thankful for the kind gesture, noting that the presentation would help to motivate students to work harder for a better and brighter future, especially those in the far-flung areas who are seldom remembered.In addition, two parents were honoured for their support towards the school. The gifts were donated by the Youth and Culture Department of Region Two, Andrea Benjamin and KEY International.last_img read more

12 01 20

first_imgForensic audit – $1.8B spent on unjustifiable repairsThe National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has been spending millions of dollars over the years to buy machinery for the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) without any clearance from the Board of Directors or cabinet, according to the forensic audit conducted last year.The audit report was published on Friday by the Ministry of Finance and was done by Nigel Hinds and Clement DeNobrega, covering the period November 1, 2011 to May 31, 2015. In the report, Hinds pointed out that NDIA purchased 10 Hyundai R220 LC excavators valued $295 million and tractors with harrows costing some $198 million for GuySuCo in 2013, amounting to $493 million. According to the auditor, the excavators were on the Asset listing provided by finance staff but they were not described as NDIA property and were registered in the name of GuySuCo.He further noted that the registrations for the tractors and harrows were not available as those were still with the supplier and were not even on the listing provided. Those tractors were supplied directly to GuySuCo for drainage and tillage.In addition, he disclosed that one excavator was purchased and registered in the name of Ministry of Public Works at a cost of $27 million but was shown on NDIA Asset Listing.“There has to be a clear Policy Guideline to inform Finance Staff as to what items of machinery and equipment should be included on its asset listing and reasons why items purchased with NDIA Funds are excluded; instead of having NDIA appearing as a banker for GuySuCo,” Hinds outlined.According to Hinds, when NDIA was de-linked from the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) in 2004, it received capital assets upon its establishment as a separate entity. The analysis of the registration documents of machinery revealed that ownership of the machinery NDIA acquired from the ministry was never vested in the authority.This practice, the auditor said, continued well into 2014 when some 25 excavators procured for NDIA were registered in the name of MoA. He noted that while there were some units that were correctly registered to NDIA, some other machines are described as owned by “MOA & NDIA”.It was further observed that the 10 excavators that were bought for GuySuCo, are registered as owned by the MoA and are listed as “MOA NDIA Property”. These excavators are listed as located at GuySuCo and the transaction would be dealt with under capital expenditure since it appears as though NDIA acted as a bank to the Sugar Corporation.The auditor noted that management could not provide any explanation for this irregular practice.Moreover, it was disclosed that a letter was written by then Deputy Chief Executive Officer (DCEO), R.Singh, to NDIA CEO, Lionel Wordsworth, in June 2013 for the authority to provide short-term financing for 10 Holland Tractors to the tune of $161.9 million. The auditor explained that while this money was repaid on January 3, 2014, NDIA had used funds from its own budget to fund that request and this would have impacted on its plans for the 2013 fiscal year.In addition to these purchases, Hinds said NDIA also constructed pumping stations valued $146 million based on figures seen in its Capital Expenditure Plan.“It is still not clear why tractors with harrows used primarily for tillage by GuySuCo would have been purchased by NDIA.More importantly there was no evidence from the Board Minutes reviewed that this matter was discussed at the Board level. Even the letter written by Mr. R.Singh, DCEO of GuySuCo was not presented to the Board,” the auditor posited.On the other hand, Hinds revealed too that NDiA expended over $1.8 billion from both its capital and current budgets during the period 2011 to 2014 on repairs and rehabilitation of machinery without any proper justification as to what the monies were spent on specifically. “No one from management could provide any justification for the level of expenditures on repair works, which was done by contractors… Minutes of the Board Meeting showed members were not told at any point of the massive repair costs or provided with cost reports for discussion and decision making as to the level of expenditures,” the auditor stated.Hinds noted that in some cases, vague descriptions were written on work orders about the repairs but the invoice values attached were huge. Furthermore, the auditor said Head of the authority’s Mechanical Division, Avinash Singh, had revealed that he was aware of the high costs of repair works on machinery and equipment and agreed that the sums spent did not make financial sense, thus, should be halted immediately“There were several memos exchanged between the CEO, Mr Lionel Wordsworth and Mr Avinash Singh on this matter but little or no action has been taken to date to address the high repairs costs,” the auditor found.Furthermore, he outlined that based on contracts examined for the years 2012 to June 2015, which amounted to some $587 million out of $896 million, it was revealed that 93 per cent of the amount spent was on repairs and rehabilitation of machinery and equipment, and the remaining seven per cent on spares and supplies.According to Hinds, this suggested a preference for external repairs rather than for repairs to be done in house. However, he noted Singh had argued that NDIA was not equipped to handle its own repairs because of the absence of mechanics and other resources.To this end, contracts to the tune of $547 million were awarded to 52 contractors for repairs and maintenance out of which 72 per cent or $392 million were awarded to eight contractors.last_img read more

6 01 20

first_img Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson The Football Association have confirmed they have asked Leicester manager Nigel Pearson for his observations following his row with a fan.The Foxes boss was involved in a heated exchange with a supporter during Leicester’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool last week.He refused to apologise to the fan despite calls from the Leicester City Supporters Club to say sorry after a video emerged of the argument.It is a routine move from the FA and Pearson has until 6pm on Wednesday to come back with his observations for the governing body to consider.Pearson said on Friday: “I have had run-ins with fans in the past and in the heat of the moment these things happen and there won’t be any apology.“Let’s put it like this, it’s best if we don’t speak about what happened on either side, I’m not going to repeat what happened here.“I am very keen to protect my players and myself and I’m more than happy to stick up for myself in that situation and, more importantly protect my players, that’s the root cause of the problem.“If people were offended by what happened in some ways that is regrettable but there’s no need for me to apologise to someone of that ilk.”The Foxes are on a ten-game winless streak following Sunday’s 2-1 loss at Aston Villa, and currently sit bottom of the Premier League table. 1last_img read more

6 01 20

first_imgWhile Yanga, Singida and Simba had completed their domestic campaign, JKU were preparing for the play-off round with the top two teams from Pemba Islands to determine the overall winner of the Zanzibar league after finishing top of the Unguja region.“It was a great opportunity for us to weigh ourselves against one of the best teams in the region and see what we need to do to ensure that we go back home better,” JKU head coach Salum Khatib Omar said after his side’s 3-0 loss to eventual champions Gor Mahia in the quarter finals.“In football you must be ready for any result and for us I think we did well in many areas. Gor are a better side, they are more experienced and physically, they are at a better place. For us, we were not at our best physically also considering most of our players are fasting,” the tactician added.Gor Mahia winger George Odhiambo is tackled by JKU’s Suleiman Mwinyi during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 3, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluOmar further notes that the opportunity to play in the SportPesa Super Cup also handed them an opportunity to learn from other teams and give them an edge when they go back to vie for the title at home as well as preparing for the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.Meanwhile, Yanga who had a disastrous season domestically further had a disappointing outing in Nakuru, bowing out in the quarter finals after losing 3-1 to debutants Kakamega Homeboyz.The Tanzanian giants have expressed they will not be taking part in this month’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup as they choose to concentrate on their CAF Confederation Cup campaign where they will clash with Kenya’s Gor.Assistant coach Juma Mensah was dejected that his side bowed out in the first round of matches, but noted the gains picked from the tournament will be vital even as among other agendas they plot to wrestle the title back from sworn enemies Simba.“We had very many new young players in the squad because up to seven of our first team players were not with us. This tournament gave the young boys a chance to show what they can do and gain experience,” Mensah noted.His charges will face Gor in the first leg of the Confederation Cup on July 18 in Nairobi before playing the return leg in Dar es Salaam 10 days later.AFC Leopards winger Brian Marita wheels past Singida United’s Kennedy Juma during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 5, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Singida United came into the tournament under the tutelage of new head coach Suleiman ‘Morocco’ Hemed who was taking over from Dutchman Hans van der Pluijm who left for Azam at the close of the season.Hemed who guided Zanzibar to the CEACAFA Senior Challenge Cup final last year said it was a good starting point from him and added winning the tournament’s bronze was a huge plus for his confidence and that of the team.“It was very difficult to plan for this tournament because I am new in the team and I didn’t even have time to know the players and train with them. Everything we did was in-match and that made it very tough for us,” the tactician said.He added; “I can say it’s a good start and I have seen the players and their abilities and also if need be where we need to bring in new players. From here now we can plan for the new season.”Singida finished sixth in the Tanzanian Premier League on their debut season and reached the domestic cup final. From the Super Cup experience, Hemed is confident they can be a force to reckon next season in the Tanzanian top tier.Simba SC players pose for a group photo before their SportPesa Super Cup final against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 10, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, Simba SC who lost the final to Kenyan giants K’Ogalo were disappointed not to end their otherwise successful season with a ticket to England but stand-in coach Djuma Massoud was pleased with the performance of his players.“This was a good opportunity for me to give the young players a chance to prove themselves. We also have very many new players who needed an opportunity to integrate with the team and I am pleased with how they performed,” Djuma noted.He added; “Obviously it is sad for us not to win but we choose to look at the positive side of it and what we have gained.”Simba will now switch their attention to the Kagame Cup which kicks off later this month.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Singida United players walk out for warm up before their SportPesa Super Cup semi-final match against Gor Mahia at the Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 7, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 12- The week-long SportPesa Super Cup hosted in Nakuru gave the four invited Tanzanian clubs an opportunity for post-season review with the teams saying they gained massively from the tourney after the completion of their domestic campaign.Champions Simba SC who reached the final and lost to Gor Mahia, third placed side Singida United, Yanga and Zanzibar’s Jeshi La Kujenga Uchumi (JKU) were the invited sides from Tanzania.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “By smashing a few trains in the desert, we hope to find new ways to keep millions of commuters safer everyday,” he said. “The bitter memory of the Glendale accident serves as a constant reminder our work is never finished.” Push-pull operations were thrust into the spotlight after the Jan. 26, 2005, crash in Glendale when the southbound Metrolink commuter train was being pushed by a locomotive and led by a cab car when it ran into a sport utility vehicle parked on the track. The train then collided with a work train as well as an oncoming Metrolink train in the deadliest crash in Metrolink’s history. Metrolink says cab car-led trains – or push-pull – are standard worldwide, but critics believe putting heavier locomotives in front of the train are safer. Assemblyman Dario Frommer, D-Glendale, chairman of the Assembly Special Committee on Rail Safety who has recommended that push operations be outlawed in California, called the Department of Transportation’s announcement a “smoke screen.” “They can not change the simple fact that push-pull is inherently more dangerous to passengers than other modes of commuter rail operation,” he said. Mineta and Metrolink CEO David Solow had been in Pueblo, Colo., earlier Thursday for the eighth and final crash test of the new designs at the government research center. Crash-energy management is a system designed to distribute the impact of the crash throughout the train so passengers can avoid serious injuries. Using crash-test dummies, the staged crash involved a five-car, cab-led passenger train traveling at 32 mph that ran into a parked locomotive with equally weighted freight cars. The test showed that passengers in cars with the new designs can survive a crash at 36 mph – twice the speed as in trains without the system. “Crash-energy management basically turned once-rigid train cars into gigantic shock absorbers,” Mineta said. Officials said only the first three feet of the car crumpled, compared to more than 20 feet in past crashes without the crash-management system. Even more, the train did not derail, which Mineta called “very, very significant.” Last month, Metrolink approved a $305 million contract to buy 100 new cars with the crash-management system, beginning to fully replace its fleet of cab cars starting in 2009. Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite the continued controversy over push-pull train operations after last year’s deadly Metrolink crash, U.S. Transportation Secretary Norman Y. Mineta said Thursday that new safety enhancements are making cab cars safer than ever. Standing near the site of the horrific Glendale crash train that killed 11 and injured 200, the nation’s top transportation official said crash-management strategies tested Thursday morning at the government’s Colorado research center are keeping trains from derailing and crumpling into passenger areas. Metrolink has included the new designs in its $305 million order for nearly 100 new train cars. “Commuter rail is safer – more than ever before,” Mineta said at an afternoon news conference. last_img read more

27 12 19

first_imgWell done to everyone and a huge thanks to all who took part in the 5K and 1K races in Carrickfinn on Sunday.Well done to Noel Diver, Meenaleck who won the race followed by John Mc Callion, Falcarragh with local man Johnny Wilson third. Ita Gallagher won the Ladies race followed by Hazel Scorer and Deirdre Diver.Local lad Aiden Gillespie was the first Junior home. In the 1K race for Primary Kids, Domhnall Mac Giolla Bhríde, Scoil Mhuire, Doirebeaga was the winner. Our next upcoming 5k in the Spring Series is planned for this Sunday 24th March. Thanks to all who helped on the day and also to the Donegal Airport for use of the facilities. There will also be a 1k for Primary School kids. Flat course. Overview of training sessions happening within the club at present: Monday: Sportshall Athletics in Dungloe gym 6.45 to 7.45 with coaches Aidan Mc Ginley and Ita Gallagher. New five week session started on Monday past. Monday: Fit4Life meeting at the entrance to the pitch at Carrickfinn at 6:30 with coach Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver. Wednesday: Juvenile training in Carrickfinn 5pm to 6pm with coaches Brid Doherty and Mark Nicholas. Note change of time. Wednesday: Fit4Life meeting at the entrance to the pitch at Carrickfinn at 6:30 with coach Elise Gillespie and Sinead Diver. Thursday: Senior Men/Women Speed Session for 5k and endurance runners at 6:30pm at the Gweedore Industrial Estate (Screabán) with coaches Aidan Gillespie and Michael Logue meeting at Euroflex. New members welcome. Friday: Juvenile training in Carrickfinn 5pm to 6pm with coaches Brid Doherty and Mark Nicholas. Friday: Sportshall Athletics in Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair gym 6:45pm to 7:45pm with coaches Aidan Mc Ginley and Timmy Mc Bride. Fee = 2 euro. Friday: Donegal Sportshall competition at Deele College, Raphoe starting at 6:30 to 8:30pm. Fee = 5 euro. U13 boys and girls on 1st Sept 2012. U15 boys and girls on 1st Sept 2012. Bus leaves Annagry carpark at 4.50pm on Friday evening with Maire O’Donnell and Grace Boyle.Good luck to Sean, Valerie and Feargal in Malta half marathon.Last call for Registrations are now due for all club members. For additional information contact Ita Gallagher or any committee member to get registered. 15 euro per child, 20 euro per adult and maximum fee of 40 euro per family. Forms also available on facebook page.  ATHLETICS: ROSSES AC NOTES was last modified: February 19th, 2013 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:Rossed AC noteslast_img read more

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first_img “Passing the bonds shows that the project is moving forward,” Deutschman said. “That would help in attracting private partners.” After years of lobbying, Antelope Valley officials were successful in getting the Rail Authority to plan the route between Bakersfield and Los Angeles through the high desert rather than along Interstate 5. The proposed Antelope Valley alignment would follow Highway 58 from Bakersfield to Mojave, then run south along the Union Pacific railroad tracks through Lancaster, Palmdale and Soledad Canyon. Palmdale has spent nearly $600,000 studying and promoting the Antelope Valley route, which officials say would add just a few minutes to travel time but would serve 750,000 more residents than along Interstate 5. The officials also argued that the route would not require tunneling or raise as many environmental concerns as a rail line over the Grapevine. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week A $9.95 billion state bond measure for the project is scheduled to be put before California voters in November 2006. However, there is a bill pending in the state Legislature to push that vote back to 2008. Assemblywoman Sharon Runner, R-Lancaster, said given the state’s bond indebtedness, the train system must be deferred in favor of other priorities. “We have some big issues with transportation and infrastructure,” Runner said. “We need to have safe highways to drive on.” Although the Rail Authority has not taken a formal position on such a delay, individual board members, including Donna Andrews and Joseph Petrillo, have spoken out against pushing back the vote, arguing that it would increase the project’s cost. Rail Authority spokeswoman Kris Deutschman said if the bond vote were to pass, there would still be several months before the bonds would be used. PALMDALE – A proposed high-speed rail system that would run through the Antelope Valley reached a milestone Wednesday with the approval of the project’s environmental study. Meeting in Sacramento, the California High-Speed Rail Authority board voted 6-0 to approve the environmental impact report for the 700-mile system running from San Diego to Sacramento. The next step will be a separate environmental study for the controversial corridor linking the San Francisco Bay to the Central Valley. Also to be done are more-detailed environmental studies for each segment of the system, looking at where stations would be built and where rail lines would actually be placed. At an estimated $37 billion, the system would be one of the most expensive public works projects in U.S. history. last_img read more

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first_imgA man tried to run over a traffic warden in a row over parking fines.Letterkenny court.John Boyle tried to mow down traffic warden Danny Dougherty while he was crossing the Main Street in Letterkenny. The traffic warden, who was in full uniform, was pushed back four metres after being struck by Boyle’s Ford Mondeo car but did not receive any serious injuries.Boyle, a 49 year old married man, had an issue with the traffic warden over parking tickets, Letterkenny District Court was told.The startled traffic warden managed to bang his hand against Boyle’s bonnet to get him to stop during the incident at Market Square on November 12th, 2012.Bizarrely Boyle, of Leck Cottages, Letterkenny, accused the traffic warden of damaging his car and threatened him.The court was told that Boyle met traffic warden Doherty at a later date and pointed at him to another man.He accused Mr Dougherty of damaging his car, said he knew where he lived and that he would “kick him around the car park.”Judge Paul Kelly asked why Boyle had driven at Mr Dougherty in the first place and as told by defence solicitor Patsy Gallagher that there was an issue over parking tickets.He added “My client’s head was not in the right place then.”The court heard that Boyle is on temporary release from Castlerea Prison where he is serving 18 months for an incident in which he stabbed five people including a Garda in Letterkenny on August 14th, 2011.Judge Kelly described the incident as bizarre but reduced the charge from dangerous driving to careless driving at the request of the Gardai.He fined Boyle €250 and ordered him to keep the peace for a year and not to interfere in any way with traffic warden Danny Dougherty.MAN TRIED TO MOW DOWN TRAFFIC WARDEN IN ROW OVER PARKING TICKETS was last modified: March 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDanny DohertydonegalJohn Boyleletterkennytraffic wardenlast_img read more