Sumner County Court Docket: Sept. 27, 2013 report

first_img by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are a list of criminal court complaints recently filed by the Sumner County Attorney’s office.These are formal charges introduced into the Sumner County District Court system. The suspects listed in the complaint have not been tried by a judge or jury. All citizens are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.•••••David Jiminez, born in 1962, of Belle Plaine was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child, a level 5 felony.According to the complaint, Jiminez is accused of touching a child 14 years or older but less than 16 in a sexual manner on Nov. 22, 2012. He is also accused of a similar incident in 2012. His district court case is continued to Oct. 10.•••••Jill Moldovan, born in 1971, of Wichita was charged with two counts of possession of marijuana, Class A misdemeanors.Moldavan is accused of possessing a green glass marijuana pipe and the paper surrounding three marijuana cigarettes.•••••Jason McDade, born in 1970, of Hutchinson was charged with failure to stop for private driveway, a traffic infraction; transportation of open container, a misdemeanor; a second offense of possession of marijuana, a level 5 drug felony; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor.McDade is accused of not coming to a stop and having a half full can of Miller Lite beer, possession of marijuana her second offense, and a marijuana pipe on Aug. 23. His case is continued to Sept. 26.•••••Nathan Shelton, born in 1990, of Wellington was charged with arson, a level 7 non-person felony; and interference with law enforcement, a level 9 non-person felony.Shelton is accused of putting gasoline on some pants and shirts belonging to a family member and setting them on fire with a lighter in the backyard. The case is continued to Oct. 3.•••••Jesse Gomez, born in 1985, of Wichita was charged with possession of hallucinogens and possession of drug paraphernalia, both misdemeanors.•••••Colby Aiken of Derby was charged with DUI his third offense, a felony, which carries a mandatory 90 days in jail an mandatory minimum fine of $1,750; driving while license is suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; failure to provide proof of insurance, a Class B misdemeanor; and failure to maintain one lane, a traffic infraction. •••••Rosa Bolyard, born in 1981, of Wellington was charged with failing to appear, a Class B misdemeanor.Bolyard is accused of not showing up for court after a $5,000 bond was posted until May 2 when a hearing on 2010 CR 308 for the probation revocation hearing. She had been convicted for the misdemeanor of possession of marijuana and had been arrested for violating her probation and released on bond.•••••Jesse Burnett, born in 1991, of Conway Springs was charged with aggravated assault, a level 7 felony; domestic battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.On Sept. 14, 2013, Burnett is accused of threatening a family member by swinging a sledge hammer at him. Burnett then allegedly hit and wrestled the family member and did so with knowledge that such acts would alarm or disturb others.•••••Daniel Ramirez, born in 1985, of Mayetta, Kans. was charged with possession of amphetamines, a level 5 drug felony; possession of drug paraphernalia, a Class A misdemeanor; and unlawful use of driver’s license, a class B misdemeanor.Ramirez is accused of on Sept. 14, 2013 of possessing an amphetamine contained in a medical syringe located in his right front pocket of his jeans, and then displaying a driver’s license which is not his own. Ramirez case has been continued to Oct. 3.•••••John Ochoa, born in 1983, of Wichita was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor.•••••Tracie Rusk, born in 1968, of Wellington was charged with domestic battery, a class B misdemeanor; disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor; and criminal deprivation of property, a Class A misdemeanor.At 718 E. 70th St. on Aug. 25, Rusk is accused of angrily elbowing and pushing a family member out of his truck so that she might be able to drive away in the truck. She is also accused of angrily yelling at the family member to try to convince him to let her take the truck and then physically pushing him to try to get him out of the pickup which angered him and alarmed their two daughters.On Sept. 8, Rusk is accused of taking a washer and toolbox from a rental house at 709 N. Washington in Wellington with intent of permanently depriving the owner of such property.She also allegedly returned to the residence after being told that she could not evict or remove items from her rental property belonging to a tenant. She came over and knocked over a furniture armoire on the porch causing $400 in damage.The case is continued to Oct. 3.•••••Larry Tucker, born in 1975, of Wichita was charged with DUI, a felony and his fourth offense; refusal of chemical test, a Class A misdemeanor; driving while suspended, a Class B misdemeanor; and transporting an open container, a misdemeanor; theft, a level 9 felony; and possession of cocaine , a level 5 drug felony.Tucker is accused on Sept. 13, 2013, of operating a Pontiac Grand Am on the turnpike under the influence of alcohol. He allegedly refused to submit to a drug/alcohol test, had a suspended drivers’ license, and a open 24-ounce can of Natural Light Beer.It was then learned that the Pontiac Grand Am was owned by another person and Tucker allegedly had possession of it. Upon search of the car, cocaine was allegedly found.•••••Austin Christy, born in 1994, of Maize was charged with battery, a Class B misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Stanley Diedrich IV, born in 1994, of Maize was charged with violation of a protective order, a Class A misdemeanor; battery, a Class B misdemeanor; criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor and disorderly conduct, a Class C misdemeanor.Christy and Diedrich are accused of intentionally causing physical contact to an alleged victim in a rude, angry manner. Diedrich is also accused of damaging a 1999 Lexus LXS passenger car valued at less than $1,000.•••••Aaron Sandell, born in 1984 of Wellington, was charged with theft by deception, a Class A misdemeanor.Sandell is accused of illegally taking possession of batteries, a case of Dr. Pepper and a refund for stolen paint all valued at $106.23 from Wellington Wal-Mart.Allegedly, Sandell brought a receipt dated Aug. 10 into the store on Aug. 15. He then allegedly took an empty shopping cart to the paint section and put five gallon buckets of paint into his cart. He then got some batteries and went to customer service where a manager was waiting on him. She gave him a $101 gift cart for the paint, but would not refund the batteries since the purchase code did not match.Sandell used the gift card to buy a $3.99 Dr. Pepper case and left the store with the batteries, gift card and Dr. Pepper.•••••Jerry Muller Jr., born in 1979, of Augusta, was charged with burglary of a non-dwelling, a level 7 felony; theft, a level 9 felony of items valued above $1,000, criminal damage to property, a Class B misdemeanor; and attempted theft, a Class B misdemeanor.Muller Jr. was also charged with two counts of burglary of a dwelling, a level 7 felony; and two counts of theft, Class A misdemeanors for items valued under $1,000.Muller Jr. is accused on Sept. 17 of entering into a building owned by Horton Inc. located at 421 NW Road in Wellington. He allegedly took $1,000 cash money, a Dell laptop, tools, and four gold in color U.S. dollar coins. He then damaged a 1983 Jeep passenger vehicle valued less than $1,000 by tampering with the ignition but failing to get the Jeep started.Muller Jr. also allegedly entered into two residential homes located in the 600 block of North Washington where he stole a black Onyx ring valued at $400, and a neckless and watch valued less than $1,000.last_img read more

Another .2 inches of rain this morning; puts Wellington at 3.8 inches for July already

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Wellington had .2 inches of rain this morning. That makes it 3.8 inches of precipitation for July and 25.72 inches for 2016.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

Tropical Storm Isaias Whips Eastern US, Killing At Least 6

first_imgWINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — At least six people were killed as Tropical Storm Isaias spawned tornadoes and dumped rain Tuesday along the U.S. East Coast after making landfall as a hurricane in North Carolina, where it caused floods and fires that displaced dozens of people.Two people died when Isaias spun off a tornado that struck a North Carolina mobile home park. Another person died in Pennsylvania when their vehicle was overtaken by water and swept downstream. Two others were killed by falling trees toppled by the storm in Maryland and New York City, and a sixth person died in Delaware when a tree branch fell on them, authorities said.Isaias sustained top winds of up to 65 mph (105 kph) more than 18 hours after coming ashore, but it was down to 45 mph max winds as of 10:50 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm’s center was about 45 miles southeast of Montreal, moving northeast into Canada at about 38 mph (61 kph).As Isaias sped northward, flooding threats followed. The Schuylkill River in Philadelphia was projected to crest early Wednesday at 15.4 feet (4.7 meters), its highest level in more than 150 years. By Tuesday night, the river had already topped its banks in low-lying Manayunk, turning bar-lined Main Street into a coffee-colored canal.Aerial video by WRAL-TV showed fields of debris where rescue workers in brightly colored shirts picked through splintered boards and other wreckage of the Windsor, North Carolina, mobile home park where two people were killed. Emergency responders searching the area Tuesday afternoon found no other casualties, and several people initially feared missing had all been accounted for, said Ron Wesson, chairman of the Bertie County Board of Commissioners. He said about 12 people were hospitalized.“It doesn’t look real; it looks like something on TV. Nothing is there,” Bertie County Sheriff John Holley told reporters, saying 10 mobile homes had been destroyed. “All my officers are down there at this time. Pretty much the entire trailer park is gone.”In eastern Pennsylvania, a 44-year-old Allentown woman was killed after encountering high waters on a street in Upper Saucon Township that swept her vehicle downstream Tuesday afternoon, the Lehigh County coroner’s office said.While in New York City, a massive tree fell and crushed a van in the Briarwood section of Queens, killing Mario Siles, a 60-year-old construction contractor who was inside the vehicle, police said. A woman in Mechanicsville, Maryland, died when a tree crashed onto her car during stormy conditions, said Cpl. Julie Yingling of the St. Mary’s County sheriff’s office.In Delaware, authorities said a woman was outside assessing storm damage when she was hit and killed by a falling tree branch.Isaias toggled between hurricane and tropical storm strength as it churned toward the East Coast. Fueled by warm ocean waters, the storm got a late burst of strength as a rejuvenated hurricane with top sustained winds of 85 mph (136 km/h) before coming ashore late Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina. Its tropical storm status was sustained, but weakened, as it headed north into Canada on Tuesday night.Before making landfall late Monday, Isaias killed two people in the Caribbean and battered the Bahamas before brushing past Florida.Tornadoes were confirmed by the National Weather Service in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey. Power outages also spread as trees fell, with more than 3.7 million customers losing electricity across multiple states as of 10:15 p.m. EDT Tuesday, according to PowerOutage.US, which tracks utility reports. New York City’s power utility said it saw more outages from Isaias than from any storm except Superstorm Sandy in 2012.In Doylestown, Pennsylvania, officials said four children were treated for minor injuries after high winds partially tore the roof off a day care center. Also in the Philadelphia suburbs, rescue workers in Delaware County were searching for a young person who fell or jumped into the fast-moving water of a swollen creek, said Timothy Boyce, the county emergency services director.In New York City, fierce wind and rain forced the Staten Island ferry and outdoor subway lines to shut down. The New Jersey Turnpike banned car-pulled trailers and motorcycles.Some of the worst damage Tuesday seemed to be east and north of where the hurricane’s eye struck land in North Carolina.“Fortunately, this storm was fast-moving and has already left our state,” Gov. Roy Cooper said Tuesday afternoon.In North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the storm sent waves crashing over the Sea Cabin Pier late Monday, causing a big section to collapse into the water as startled bystanders taking photos from the pier scrambled back to land.“I’m shocked it’s still standing,” said Dean Burris, who watched from the balcony of a vacation rental.The Hurricane Center had warned oceanside dwellers near the North Carolina-South Carolina state line to brace for storm surge up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) and up to 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain.Eileen and David Hubler were out early Tuesday cleaning up in North Myrtle Beach, where 4 feet (1.2 meters) of storm surge flooded cars, unhinged docks and etched a water line into the side of their home.“When the water started coming, it did not stop,” Eileen Hubler said. They had moved most items of value to their second floor, but a mattress and washing machine were unexpected storm casualties.“We keep thinking we’ve learned our lesson,” she said. “And each time there’s a hurricane, we learn a new lesson.”last_img read more

Pakistani cricketer invites Indian taxi driver to dinner after he refused the fare

first_imgAdvertisement f86NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs415vWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2l6j9( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6ve6nhvWould you ever consider trying this?😱adw26Can your students do this? 🌚6doRoller skating! Powered by Firework The encounter between a Sikh driver and Pakistani cricket team players has gone viral. The Pakistani cricket team was in Brisbane for the Test match against Australia. Pakistan lost the match to Australia that day, and after the game, Yashir Shah, Naseem Shah, Imran Khan, Shaheen Shah Afridi, and Mohammad Musa went out to have dinner together. They were scouring the city for a good Pakistani or Indian food joint to have dinner when they met the Indian taxi driver.Advertisement A video of the encounter was shared by the Pakistan cricket board on their Facebook page, which was showered with love by people of both nations. Pakistani leg-spinner, Yasir Shah, in the video talks about his and his team’s encounter with Paa Ji, the Sikh cab driver. The driver recognized them, and they ended up having a conversation about cricket. He hails from Punjab, and the players interacted with him in Urdu.Advertisement “We saw he was a ‘Paa Ji’ from India. So we spoke to him in Urdu and asked him to take us to a nice restaurant,” he said.Upon reaching the destination, the driver refused fare, and to return his kind gesture, Yasir Shah invited him to dinner with them.Advertisement “When we reached, he refused to take our fare. So I told him if you are not taking our fare, you have to join us for dinner.” the cricketer said. Paa Ji ended up having dinner with the Pakistani team. Advertisementlast_img read more

Front Street to Get Makeover in August

first_imgBy John BurtonRED BANK — A particularly problematic stretch of roadway through the borough will be getting Monmouth County’s attention beginning in August.Front Street – from its western portion in the area of English Plaza to its east section near Riverview Medical Center, across from Washington Street – is scheduled to have some rehabilitation and renovation construction work intended to make that corridor safer for pedestrian and vehicular traffic, according to William Heine, a Monmouth County spokesman.The project is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 6, and will take about four months to complete. It had been slated to start earlier but was delayed by gas utility work in the area, Heine said.The work has been budgeted at $634,000 and will be paid for, in part, by federal dollars, administered by the New Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, and county funds, according to Heine.The intent of the project is to standardize the width and “improve the geometry in the corridor to provide well-defined lanes in each direction,” Heine said. The work will include creating turning lanes and some additional on-street parking.Contractors are expected to install friction- and skid-resistant material along portions of the roadway and resurface the road. The area, especially near the medical center, will be constructed to comply with the American with Disabilities Act by building handicap accessible ramps. Flashing pedestrian crossing signs and slightly elevated crosswalks also will be installed, along with colored striping that should help make pedestrians more noticeable to oncoming traffic, Heine said.The project calls for curb extensions, which will narrow the roadway in spots to force vehicles to merge into single lanes, and the installation of “bulb-outs,” which Heine said are curb extensions at intersections, that will give those waiting to cross the street greater visibility.The traffic light at East Front Street and Globe Court will be upgraded to enhance traffic flow, he said.The section of the Front Street corridor, intersecting the downtown business area, has been the site for a number of collisions involving pedestrians and vehicles and with vehicles and vehicles. In April 2006 there was a fatal accident on East Front Street when a vehicle struck a Riverview employee as he crossed the road.Earlier this month, a 24-year-old Ocean resident was hit by a vehicle and suffered minor injuries as she crossed at the corner of West Front and Broad streets. The vehicle was attempting to make a left from Broad to West Front when it struck her.The driver, a 31-year-old Highlands man, was issued a summons for failing to yield to a pedestrian, according to Capt. Darren McConnell, a police spokesman.McConnell said it was appropriate for county engineers to address that portion of roadway, “because we have a high accident frequency in that whole stretch.”last_img read more

Lack of Coordination Hampers Decentralization Program

first_imgLack of coordination among ministries and agencies of government is hampering the decentralization exercise initiated since 2006, to give back some of the power to the local people in the various counties and is said to be dominated by a handful people based mainly in Monrovia.Upon the inception of the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-led government in 2006, the County Development Funds (CDF) was introduced to spearhead the decentralization exercise. The government initiated the CDF as a way of starting a program of decentralization and moving from the decision-making priority setting in Monrovia, but this is not going as planned, President Sirleaf has said.The CDF was based on a County Development Agenda (CDA), which brought together all ministry sectors to discuss with local authorities and representatives, along with community and political leaders, in order to determine clear guidelines and the best priorities for the counties, which would in turn be supported by the CDF.The national medium term development framework, Agenda for Transformation (AT), adopted at the National Vision Conference on December 12, 2012 , has anchored decentralization as one of the major features of the governance arrangement, designed to support inclusive growth and development. But it has yet to be brought to fruition.But President Sirleaf has indicated that like many things in the country this program, which started so well has failed because the CDF moved from judging the right priorities and instead based its decisions on politics.She was, however, quick to suggest that ministries and agencies (the government) revert support back to the counties through the County Development Fund (CDF). “We need to go back to the original intent of funding in the counties and the coordination that comes from a comprehensive CDA that establishes the right priorities based on a clear set of criteria,” she said.President Sirleaf made the assertion at the close of a one-day joint Ministry of Internal Affairs and Governance Commission High-Level Roundtable on Decentralization Implementation, at the Monrovia City Hall last Thursday.The High-Level Roundtable was convened to discuss the status of decentralization, particularly the implementation of deconcentration over the last three years, and to examine the challenges and support to deconcentration from government and international partners over the next few years. This is to further the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance, promulgated since January 5, 2012 , and a draft Local Government Law which is under review.Touching on the Deconcentration Implementation Strategy, with a focus on County Government Centers, President Sirleaf recommended that at the county level, Government must begin to look in the direction where all ministries and agencies have common premises that will enable them to do more efficient service and delivery, leading to better coordination, integration and results.A Deconcentration Implementation Strategy was developed by 12 ministries and two agencies, through a process coordinated by the Governance Commission. Thus far, the process of deconcentration has been underway in a rather slow procedure, with ministries and agencies for the most part unable to adequately collaborate with the various counties.Noting that most counties do have administrative buildings that can accommodate and move towards the achievement of this goal, the President said, “Where we have an administrative building, each ministry or agency can take a room or an annex and all go together in common premises so you don’t have to pay for extra services. We will start to move in that direction.”The President also spoke of the lack of coordination and collaboration among county superintendents. President Sirleaf frowned on their inability to provide, for instance, comprehensive reports on the status of development projects as a means of preparation for her visits to these counties.She mandated that with immediate effect each county, in collaboration with sector ministries, is to provide a comprehensive quarterly report. “When we’re trying to make resources available, we take into account what everyone is doing or proposes to do and how we can integrate our service with the simple objective of trying to bring better results; and how we can have a more efficient service delivery to the people,” she said.There is a need for a planned synchronized approach to de-concentration, which will strengthen coordination among agencies of central government in the delivery of services to county and sub-county levels of government, enhancing economies of scale, cost savings, local participation and co-ownership, Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, said. He made a presentation on his Ministry’s Decentralization Plan: Layout of Issues, Challenges and Resource Requirements.Finance and Development Planning Minister, Amara Konneh, said that government institutions that are involved in the decentralization exercise need to work together as a team, in order to deliver the kind of results that central government is anticipating.Minister Konneh also observed that others are resisting the exercise because it is taking power from the hands of a few people, which has been the status quo since the existence of the Liberian state, into the hands of the masses, which he said is necessary for the growth of the country. He also called on the ministries and agencies to synchronize their activities.The Ministers of Education, Agriculture, Transport, Commerce and Industry, amongst others, also spoke on their Ministries’ Deconcentration Implementation Work. Some members of the diplomatic corps, who are also partners in the decentralization exercise, spoke at the roundtable.Implementation of decentralization is to take place in phases. Deconcentration, the first phase of decentralization, was scheduled to be completed or significantly advanced within three years, promulgating the National Policy on Decentralization and Local Governance in January 2012.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Families split in federal raids

first_imgCommunity activists scrambled to locate the children, offer infant-care tips to fathers unfamiliar with warming formula and changing diapers, and gather donations of baby supplies. One baby who was breast-feeding had to be hospitalized for dehydration because her mother remained in detention, authorities said. Child-care arrangements had to be made for at least 35 youngsters. Officials of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division released at least 60 of the workers who were sole caregivers to children, but more than 200 were sent to detention centers in Texas and New Mexico. “What is going to happen to the children? These children are American-born,” said Helena Marques, executive director of the Immigrant Assistance Center in New Bedford. “There are hundreds of children out there without their moms, in tremendous need. These babies have become the victims of a problem that legislators can’t seem to fix.” One mother was located in Texas after her 7-year-old child called a state hotline set up to help reunite the families, authorities said. The Massachusetts governor said the woman would be returned to Massachusetts. HOUSTON – They are the hidden side of the government’s stepped-up efforts to track down and deport illegal immigrants: Toddlers stranded at day care centers or handed over to ill-equipped relatives. Siblings suddenly left in charge of younger brothers and sisters. When illegal-immigrant parents are swept up in raids on homes and workplaces, the children are sometimes left behind – a complication that underscores the difficulty in enforcing immigration laws against people who have put down roots and begun raising families in the U.S. Three million American-born children have at least one parent who is an illegal immigrant; one in 10 American families has mixed immigration status, meaning at least one member is an immigrant here illegally, according to the Pew Center for Hispanic Research and the office of U.S. Rep. Jose Serrano. Children born in the U.S. are automatically American citizens and are not subject to deportation. This past week in Massachusetts, most of the 361 workers picked up in a raid at a New Bedford leather-goods factory that made vests and backpacks for the U.S. military were women with children, setting off what Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick called a “humanitarian crisis.” Massachusetts sent 37 social workers to Texas on Saturday to interview some of the women under arrest. Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby said the parents must be interviewed to make sure their youngsters are staying with responsible adults. Authorities said some of the women might be so afraid their youngsters will be taken away that they have refused to disclose they have children. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials defended their handling of the raid, saying the agency made arrangements in advance with social service agencies to care for the children. Spokesman Marc Raimondi said all immigrants arrested by ICE are interviewed to determine if they are the sole parent of their children. The agency can grant humanitarian releases, as they did in 60 cases in Massachusetts. As for the parents’ ultimate fate, being a single parent or the family breadwinner offers no special protection against deportation, said another ICE spokesman, Mike Keegan. “They made a decision to come into the country illegally,” he said. “It’s hard to believe that someone would not know of the consequences when they get caught.” U.S. Rep. William Delahunt said Sunday there would be a congressional investigation into the raid. 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

Bielsa’s Leeds target EPL push as Championship starts

first_imgLeeds start their latest bid to escape the second tier on Sunday against Bristol City after the bitter disappointment of letting slip a 2-0 aggregate lead against Derby in the play-off semi-finals in May.Derby should once again be strong after replacing replaced Frank Lampard, who left to manage Chelsea, with former Dutch star Phillip Cocu.The relegated Premier League trio of Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield, will be buoyed by parachute payments, but the last side to go straight back were Newcastle, after they slipped out of the top flight in 2016.West Brom, who reached the play-offs in May are positioned to make a strong push under former West Ham and Croatia manager Slaven Bilic.– Leeds favourites –But fallen giants Leeds, missing from the Premier League since 2004, are the early favourites to complete their journey back to the top flight.Bielsa, who has kept faith with most of the squad from last season, also bringing in Portugal international winger Helder Costa on loan from Premier League side Wolves, has been succinct in his appraisal of their chances of success.“We can arrive at the goal we want to achieve,” he said.The goal of automatic promotion has been hammered out in no uncertain terms by the club hierarchy.Italian owner Andrea Radrizzani has stayed put, having denied rumours he was trying to sell the club.“When you are really close to something and you don’t get it, you can take two roads,” Leeds director of football Victor Orta told the BBC.“You can think about the chance you lost, or think about the one in front of you. We have decided on the second one. When you look back, you can’t advance.”Orta said he was not concerned by the lack of new faces at the club, adding “continuity is our value for next season”.At least Bielsa’s famously tough training regime will not be the shock it was on his arrival last year.“You can have double, triple, four sessions a day,” said captain Liam Cooper. “There were hard blisters on my feet.“Everything just ached. Sometimes I don’t even get to put my little girl to bed at 7:00 pm. This is day after day.”Cocu is taking charge of a Derby side brimming with young talent and will seek to inspire the players after the disappointment of defeat in the play-off final against Aston Villa.The 48-year-old Dutchman, capped 101 times, is seeking to restore lustre to his CV after a brief, traumatic, stay with Turkish outfit Fenerbahce following a successful spell in the PSV Eindhoven dug-out.“Over the last few years the club has tried to build something and I want to continue this process, this philosophy,” he said. “I have the feeling it’s a good fit and a good moment to step in.”Bilic, another high-profile appointment, is bullish about West Brom’s chances, describing them as a “massive club”.“We are going to try to come back to the Premier League this year,” he said. “Short term or long term, this is where this club belongs.“Like as in every second league in the world of football, it’s not only us who are a big club in the league. There are many clubs who could say the same things, but West Bromwich Albion has something special.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa © AFP/File / JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGENLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 31 – Marcelo Bielsa has another chance to deliver Premier League football to the success-starved fans of Leeds United after falling agonisingly short last season, as the Championship starts this weekend.The charismatic 64-year-old Argentine, idolised by Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, gave the three-time English champions a boost by agreeing to stay on for a second campaign.last_img read more


first_imgYou can send your letters to or leave comments at the bottom of this contribution:Dear EditorRe : Stability Referendum It did not come as a surprise that the people of Donegal once again rejected a further capitulation of our national sovereignty to the autocrats in Europe despite Deputy McHugh’s unknowing proclamation that we in Donegal would vote in favour of this abominable treaty. McHugh during the course of the last general election spoke of the hundred days in office where the governments would tackle unemployment. Well various ministers in government have announced creation of jobs in Cork, Dublin, Louth, Galway and Mayo we have yet to hear of any in our County. Similar to his predecessors in the former government, including a former Tanaiste, Deputy McHugh lacks the moral fibre to demand a slice of the investments/employment cake which Kenny et al continuously brag about on their RTE mouth piece.Sadly McHugh, McGinley and their cohorts in the poodle Labour Party continue to be mute in Dublin. Minister Reilly, who happens to be a physician, ostensibly diagnosed the ills within the health service while in opposition, yet has failed to remedy these failures. In fact he has made them worse especially for this county where people have to travel to Dublin, Sligo and Galway for treatment or go private and pay through the nose for treatment. When he qualified as a doctor he must’ve taken the Hypocrite oath and not the Hippocratic oath as advocated by Hippocrates in the fourth century BC. We did not hear any protestation from these poodles whether they are TDs, junior ministers or senators when stripper Quinn decided that rural schools should close or his scissor sister Burton cut benefits to both old and young nationally and will no doubt use her scissors to inflict more misery on the less well off.It would seem that Messer McHugh and his fellow travellers are more interested in taking the scenic route to Dublin to collect their pay and expenses than being a voice for the people of this county. It is my considered opinion that we should have a further referendum here in Donegal to consider throwing our lot in with Martin Mc Guinness and Peter Robinson. We would have a fine health service, better roads and transportation systems and other benefits. At least we would be no worse off.Yours sincerely Joe HarveyThorndale,LetterkennyCo DonegalWith 1,655,000 page views last month, get your story seen on Donegal Daily. Send your stories and pictures to info@donegaldaily.comFollow us on us on LETTERS: DONEGAL SHOULD JOIN NORTHERN IRELAND was last modified: June 4th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:YOUR LETTERS: DONEGAL SHOULD JOIN NORTHERN IRELANDYOUR LETTERS: THE STABILITY REFERENDUMlast_img read more

The 2019 Africa Energy Indaba embraces innovation

first_imgThe 11th annual Africa Energy Indaba Conference took place at the Sandton Convention Centre last week under the theme Africa’s Energy Future.The two-day conference was focused on the on-going development of the African energy sector and encouraged dialogue around enabling adequate energy generation across the African continent. This year, delegates from over 38 African countries were present.Conference sessions took place parallel to the exciting exhibition on show, as well as technical workshops. One of the workshops, presented by Eskom’s Head of Research for Testing and Development Kubeshnie Bhugwandin, spoke to strategic responses to disruptive innovations. The workshop had a look at the effect of disruption over the years, how it’s directly affected both business and consumer and how we should shift our perspective around it. Ms. Bhugwandin also warned about the detriment of embracing disruptive technologies when your business and audience is not yet ready for it.It is evident that no sector is able to fully function without laying claim of the impending Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Africa’s preparation for it.The MarketPlace Business Matchmaking Programme gave businesses and individuals an opportunity to sit down with exhibitors, speakers, sponsors and investors to explore potential ventures. Director of Divaine Growth Solutions, Dr Sindi Mzamo encouraged engagement, face to face interaction and social media platforms in her talk about the Power of Networking.Low Carbon Transport South Africa had electric cars on display and gave visitors an opportunity to discover the benefits of getting plugged in.In a recent statement about the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Programme, Minister of Energy, Jeff Radebe said: “Let us take up the challenge, eradicate poverty and grow the economy for our children and their children, never forgetting our responsibility towards Mother Nature. If we do not look after our future, there will not be a future.”We now look forward to the 2020 Africa Energy Indaba that takes place 3 – 4 March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, as we work to build a better South Africa.Image: Instagramlast_img read more