first_imgDeputy Padraig Mac LochlainnSINN Féin Justice Spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn TD has announced that the party will publish legislation to amend Section 30 of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 to exclude local community festivals and events from being subject to charges for policing services. He says his party will introduce this Bill to the Dáil as soon as possible.Speaking after challenging Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald on the issue in the Dáil today, Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “I am not satisfied with the Minister Fitzgerald’s response to the issue.“The Minister contends that a policy review and possible non-binding policy changes are required to address these charges. Sinn Féin does not agree with this contention.“What is needed is a clear legislative provision that is binding on An Garda Síochána, so that local festivals, charity fundraisers, and voluntary events can organise their activities with the assurance that they will not, under any circumstances, be charged for policing services.“Only a change to the legislation can offer this assurance and that is why we will be publishing the bill. “The Sinn Féin Bill is clear in its objectives. An Garda Síochána will not be permitted to charge for the policing of local cultural or heritage festivals, charity fundraisers, local events that are organised on a voluntary basis and events where profit generated is invested in full for the benefit of the local community.“The work that such committees and voluntary groups do is commendable. We must support all their efforts to fundraise, organise and sustain such events.“These festivals and events provide vital tourism and recreation for many rural towns and villages across the State.“Sinn Féin supports the work of these groups and will seek to protect them from exorbitant charges that undo any fundraising or grants that the festival or event may have had.”SINN FEIN BID TO EXEMPT LOCAL FESTIVALS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GARDA CHARGES was last modified: July 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Padraig Mac LochlainnSINN FEIN BID TO EXEMPT LOCAL FESTIVALS AND COMMUNITIES FROM GARDA CHARGESlast_img read more

Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 27, 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dry, cool weather helped corn harvest and field work continue at a slow pace, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.8 days available for field work for the week ending November 26, 2017. Producers were able to enter fields when the soil dried enough late in the week or when the temperature fell below freezing. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 19 percent. Winter wheat seedings are almost fully emerged and the condition remains 88 percent good to excellent.Click here for the full reportlast_img

Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special

first_imgKuzma, Lakers overcome Harden’s 51 to end Rockets’ streak Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas made amends and embraced on a special Players Only Monthy NBA TV special. Screenshot from NBA TV Twitter account.Time heals all wounds, and for NBA legends Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas, years of separation came to an end Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) when the two reconciled in an emotional Players Only Monthly special on NBA TV.“This has been a tremendous day,” said Johnson. “My wife, my mother, my father have been saying y’all need to get back together. So when everybody called, I said no question we’re going to do this. And just to sit across from you and relive those moments of fun, excellence, working hard, dreaming big.”ADVERTISEMENT ”You are my brother. Let me apologize to you if I hurt you—that we haven’t been together. God is good to bring us back together,” he said as the two shared an embrace, mending the fences on what was once a blooming friendship.“Let me apologize to you. If I hurt you. That we haven’t been together.”#PlayersOnlyMonthly STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— NBA TV (@NBATV) December 20, 2017 MOST READ Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Johnson and Thomas were close friends in the 1980s but hit road blocks which tore them apart farther from each other.Johnson’s Lakers had a fierce rivalry with Thomas’ Detroit Pistons in the tailend of the decade, as the two teams met thrice in the NBA Finals.“When we got to the (1988 NBA) Finals, our relationship became very different. It was ok for us to be friends when we weren’t competing with the Lakers, but when we started competing with the Lakers, our friendship changed. I remember my son was born in ’88 during the NBA Finals and Magic wouldn’t even come to the hospital,” said Thomas in a previous interview with Sports Illustrated.Tensions continued to heat up when Thomas allegedly questioned Johnson’s sexuality, something which the latter expounded on the Jackie MacMullan book When the Game Was Ours. That led to Thomas being left out of the star-studded “Dream Team” which competed and won the gold medal in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.“Isiah killed his own chances when it came to the Olympics,” wrote Johnson on the book. “Nobody on that team wanted to play with him. I’m sad for Isiah. He has alienated so many people in his life, and he still doesn’t get it. He doesn’t understand why he wasn’t chosen for that Olympic team and that’s really too bad. You should be aware when you’ve ticked off more than half of the NBA.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Thomas admitted that he felt “blindsided” by those comments in a previous report by Sports Illustrated.Despite the rift, Thomas kept Johnson in his heart and even went out of his way to persuade the players to let Johnson, who retired in 1991 after being diagnosed with HIV, to be included in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game.“They weren’t going to let Magic play in the All-Star Game,” he bared in the same Sports Illustrated article. “All the players were coming out (against him). You know how that all got turned around? I had a meeting with all of the players— because I was president of the players’ association—and I told them not only was he going to play, but we were going to shake his hand and give him a hug. And I was the first to shake his hand and hug him and give him a kiss, to let people know that’s not how the virus is spread.”Johnson and Thomas may have long been retired, but they have not left the game they love for good.Johnson is the current president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers, while Thomas is currently serving as an analyst for NBA TV.last_img read more

PVP Films’ bid for Deccan Chargers ownership rejected

first_imgPutting a question mark over the future of Deccan Chargers in the IPL league, the debt-ridden club failed to find any takers in Thursday’s auction in Chennai, forcing the BCCI to step in. The sole bidder, interestingly from Hyderabad, was rejected by the current owners, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL), as there was no convergence either on price or on the terms of payment. Already neck-deep in debt with banks and other lenders having formed a consortium to recover dues to the tune of Rs 4000 crores, this auction was expected to provide a lifeline to the company, the publishers of the daily Deccan Chronicle. But, it was not to be with the sole bid being turned down. While maintaining that DCHL was still the franchisee of the team, BCCI President N. Srinivasan left the question about its future wide open. “They are still in charge, franchise is on,” was all that he would say. “One bidder was eligible from the BCCI’s point of view. But, after opening the price bid, Deccan Chronicles decided that the price, as well as, the terms of payment were not acceptable. So, they rejected the bid,” said Srinivasan, emerging out of the auction. The lone bidder, film production firm PVP Ventures of Potluri Vara Prasad, reportedly quoted Rs 900 crore for the IPL team. The company was the producer of the recent block-buster, ‘Nann E’, a bi-lingual movie depicting the exploits of a hero turned into a house-fly. The production house also has a major upcoming release in ‘Viswaroopam’, the new Kamal Hassan starrer. “The tender was issued by them. We are not involved but only assisted them in examining the eligibility and suitability criteria. After that, it was up to them, between Deccan Chargers and the bidder,” the BCCI chief added. Without committing himself on the future course of action, Srinivasan, owner of the Chennai Super Kings, merely said the Board had issued a notice to Deccan Chargers to ‘cure certain defects’. “But, that’s between the BCCI and the franchisee,” he remarked. Team Hyderabad has not been able to pay players’ or coach fees for the last edition of the IPL tournament. Though there were reports of media mogul Kalanidhi Maran of Sun TV evincing an interest in buying the team, Sun TV network has denied them. Later some prospective bidders, including the RPG group, too backed out. After the failed auction BCCI came out with a statement making it clear that the Board had no role in rejection of the bid. According to the release by BCCI Honorary Secretary Sanjay Jagdale, DCHL has rejected the bid on its discretion. Now, the issue is back on the agenda of the BCCI and cricket body will have to take the final call on the Deccan Chargers at its working committee meeting on September 15.advertisementlast_img read more

Roosters book a place in NRL grand final after defeating Storm

first_imgSydney Roosters Topics Australia sport Read more Share on WhatsApp Melbourne Storm Share via Email Reuse this content Share on Messenger Read more The Sydney Roosters are 80 minutes away from becoming the first back-to-back premiers in 26 years after a gritty and bloody 14-6 win over Melbourne to advance to the NRL grand final. It gives Trent Robinson’s side a chance to send retiring halfback Cooper Cronk out as a premiership hero, as the ex-Storm champion seeks a third-straight grand final win.The Storm finished Saturday night’s match with just two men on the bench after losing Felise Kaufusi and Ryan Papenhuyzen to head knocks, while Roosters veteran Mitchell Aubusson also ended the game watching from the sheds with a concussion. Robinson has a big decision on his hands whether to bring co-captain Jake Friend back into the side, having missed the past two months with a fractured forearm. … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Canberra Raiders end 25-year wait to reach NRL grand final with victory over Rabbitohscenter_img NRL Ruan Sims: curtain falls on playing career of NRLW’s modern-day pioneer Since you’re here… Read more Rugby league match reports After a Jahrome Hughes break gave his side field position, Brandon Smith gave his side a quick play-the-ball and Cameron Smith sent his prop hurtling over Cronk and Aubusson. Joey Manu looked like he had extended his side’s advantage but was turned down by the bunker after Tedesco was ruled to have knocked it on in an aerial contest with Cameron Munster. But Tedesco soon made amends, sliding over after an Angus Crichton break, sending the 32,814-strong crowd into raptures. Support The Guardian The Storm were gutsy in the second half but James Tedesco’s 69th-minute try gave his side the knockout blow and set up a date with Canberra in next Sunday’s season decider at ANZ Stadium. Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Sio Siua Taukeiaho set the tempo when both were sin-binned after just 20 seconds, coming to blows following the first hit-up, allowing Latrell Mitchell to give his side a 2-0 lead. Roosters 14-6 Storm: NRL preliminary final – as it happened Share on Facebook Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary faces a nervous wait for a 24th-minute incident which left Kaufusi concussed and forced him off for the rest of the game. After Keary took offence to a fend to the face, he pulled out a clump of Kaufusi’s hair before hitting him around the neck with a swinging arm. Roosters prop Zane Tetevano will also be scrutinised after being put on report for a high shot on Papenhuyzen. The only try of the first half came when Daniel Tupou leapt above the Storm pack and batted it back to Roosters skipper Boyd Cordner, giving his side an 8-0 lead at the break. Asofa-Solomona had only been back on the field for two minutes, after replacing Jesse Bromwich who was temporarily off for a head injury assessment, when he crashed over to make it 8-6 in the 49th minute. Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

22 days agoREVEALED: Eriksen DID give Tottenham teammate Vertonghen black eye

first_imgREVEALED: Eriksen DID give Tottenham teammate Vertonghen black eyeby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChristian Eriksen did manage to give Tottenham teammate Jan Vertonghen a black eye – but the incident was a training accident.Eriksen rubbished rumours circulating on social media that Vertonghen had been involved in an affair with his wife Sabrina Kvist Jensen. An image of Vertonghen with a black eye had accompanied some of the posts, suggesting it was related to the unfounded speculation.The Mirror says Eriksen was to blame for the injury in an accidental training-ground clash.Both Eriksen and Vertonghen were involved on Tuesday night as Spurs were humbled 7-2 by Bayern Munich.It was the first time in Tottenham’s history they had shipped seven goals on home soil and extended their indifferent start to the campaign. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Candeias accused of being disrespectful

first_imgRangers Football Club winger Daniel Candeias has been accused of being disrespectful by St. Mirren goalkeeper Craig Samson.The Rangers winger was shown blowing kisses towards St Mirren fans during the team’s 2-0 defeat to Rangers on home soil, that caused a rift between Samson, Candeias and Saints defender, Anton Ferdinand.Referee Willie Collum showed the Portuguese midfielder a second yellow following an exchange with Ferdinand, a decision branded ’embarrassing’ by Rangers boss, Steven Gerrard.However, Samson shed some light on the events leading up to the dismissal when he suggested Candeias had shown a lack of respect towards a St. Mirren side sliding towards their seventh straight defeat.“When they scored the second goal he ran past and gave Anton (Ferdinand) a bit of stick, telling him to ‘shoosh’ and blowing him kisses,” said the 34-year-old keeper, according to Daily Mail.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“So when he ran past me I just sort of grabbed him and said: “Look, there’s no need to be so disrespectful … you’ve won the game so just go and celebrate with your team-mates.”“He agreed with me, and he apologised.”“But Anton wasn’t very happy with what was happening. I don’t know what happened between the two of them but I just thought Candeias was lacking a wee bit of class in doing what he was doing.”last_img read more