first_imgFacebook225Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Westport WineryWestport Winery earned two Best of Class awards at the New World International Wine Competition held in California in February.Photo courtesy: Westport WineryBoom Runner, a sparkling rose of Pinot Noir, earned 98-points,Best of Class and a double gold medal. This wine was crafted from grapes harvested at Kitara Vineyard in Oregon’s Willamette Valley AVA. Some proceeds from this wine are donated to the Polson Museum in Hoquiam who are also credited with providing the vintage photograph for the label. Industrial artist Tavis Highlander created the sculpture commemorating this wine in their 15-acre display garden.Dawn Patrol, a blend of Riesling and raspberries was awarded 94-points, Best of Varietal, Best of Class and a gold medal at the event. The grapes for this wine were harvested from Red Willow Vineyard in the Yakima Valley AVA and Elephant Mountain Vineyard in the Rattlesnake Hills AVA. A portion of the proceeds from this wine benefits the Twin Harbors Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. The label features an original watercolor by Darryl Easter. The sculpture by Jeffro Uitto commemorating this wine is located on the ninth hole of the winery’s executive golf course.“Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” Aristotle #aristotle #crushingit #wawine #westportwinery #greatergraysharbor #goldmedal #pinotnoir #winning #dawnpatrolWestport Winery Seaside received the 2019 Rising Star Award from the Seaside Chamber of Commerce. Westport Winery and the Roberts family were honored with Seattle Business Magazine’s Community Involvement Business of the Year for 2018. In 2017 the Westport Winery Garden Resort was named Greater Grays Harbor Business of the Year. USA Today named the Sea Glass Grill at Westport Winery Garden Resort one of the top five winery restaurants in the nation. The business has been voted Best Winery by King 5 Evening Magazine.In 2016 Westport Winery was honored as one of the top twenty most-admired wineries in North America by Winery & Vineyard Management Magazine. The business earned Best Winery, Best Wine Shop, and Best Boutique Winery for 2016 by South Sound Magazine. They received the Grays Harbor Environmental Stewardship Award in 2015. They are finalist to the Best Washington Family Business competition by Seattle Business Magazine. And in 2011 they garnered Washington Winery to Watch by Wine Press Northwest.In Oregon, Westport Winery Seaside and Seaside Kites are open daily from 11am to 6pm. For more information on the Oregon operation guests can visit their website at www.westportwinery.com. Family-friendly Westport Winery Garden Resort is located on the corner of Highway 105 and South Arbor Road halfway between Aberdeen and Westport. The Sea Glass Grill at the resort is open daily or brunch, lunch, and dinner from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information or reservations call 360-648-2224.last_img read more

first_imgBy Elizabeth Wulfhorst “There’s still so much left for me to learn and this is a time to be amplifying Black and indigenous, people of color,” she said. “All I can say is that for white people, now is the time to listen, not speak. Support, not direct. And Black lives always have and always will matter.” “It’s easier for us to find information in this age and the world is so issue-ridden that we all have causes we care about,” she said. At a June 7 protest, Nupol Kiazolu, 19, the president of BLM Greater New York, said, “Young people have been carrying every single movement we’ve seen across the world, so it’s time for adults to step aside and uplift us. We are not just the future. We are the present.”  A movement that began in 2013 after the murder of a young Black man, Trayvon Martin, resurged this spring with the killing of yet another Black man, George Floyd. The Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has grown since video in May showed a white Minnesota police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. Spurred by the Black community, other people of color and allies, the movement has also found a large number of supporters in Generation Z, young people approximately 23 and under, born after 1996. In 14 years of schooling, she said there has only been one Black teacher at a school she attended and she was never in their classroom. “Representation is so, so important, especially to young people,” said Efobi. “We need to be able to see people like us. It helps us be able to realize our dreams. There needs to be more diversity in teaching staff.” Amber Tanzi, 21, from Middletown, has also attended protests, and “donated, signed petitions, called offices, sent emails, done as much as I can to do my part,” she said. She thinks young people are socially aware because they use the internet to form connections with people across the world, expanding relationships beyond their hometowns, more so than prior generations could at her age. Efobi also thinks Gen Zers are more open-minded than their predecessors. She also feels the United States history curriculum in schools is lacking. “We need to learn about the Civil Rights movement and Black advocacy beyond Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks,” said Efobi. As many young people do, she began educating herself about the gaps in her studies, parts of history she feels should be taught to all students. “I believe that us not learning about Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Polynesian, African, Caribbean and LGBT communities is a big contributor to today’s bigotry,” she explained. “And we’re saying ‘Enough is enough.’ If the people in charge don’t seem to care enough, then we must take matters into our own hands.” Members of Gen Z are “digital natives,” according to the Pew Research Center, those who grew up with little or no memory of the pre-smartphone era. And they have used their knowledge of the digital world and social media to communicate about BLM and support protests in cities around the country and the world. They use the internet to their advantage – to publicize, educate and share stories on platforms like Twitter, Instagram and TikTok. As of July 7, #BlackLivesMatter was used in more than 22 million posts on Instagram, where users share their stories, educational resources, ways to donate and links to petitions. Local and state governments across the country removed statues, monuments and flags that memorialized historical racism after protests advocated for their removal. Organizations and companies have also taken a stand, firing and removing individuals from positions of power who have exploited or treated BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) employees unjustly. Presidents and CEOs resigned because of prior racist acts and words. Corporations like Disney World and Quaker Oats, major sports organizations, television studios and even musicians have abandoned racially charged products, shows and names.  At protests across the country, like this one last month in Red Bank, young people have been instrumental in the Black Lives Matter movement. Photo by Patrick Olivero Calls to action from Efobi, Tanzi, their peers and others have sparked some change. Though police reform at a national level is still lacking, reform is beginning at local and state levels. “No-knock” warrants have been suspended in many police departments, as have chokeholds, and officers have been fired – and some even charged – for their part in unjust actions against Black Americans.  But systemic racism is most concerning to members of Gen Z and something both Tanzi and Efobi feel they have a chance of combatting and even overcoming. One way to make that happen, according to Efobi, is through education. “I’m a Black girl and I never saw much diversity around me until my sophomore year of high school. That was reflected in the curriculum and classroom conversations,” she said. She experienced firsthand the effects of institutional racism when she tried to explain to a middle school history teacher why saying “all lives matter” was disrespectful. Efobi told her, “You wouldn’t walk into a breast cancer treatment center and announce that there are other types of cancer, nor would you walk into a funeral and say that you’ve lost someone, too.” The teacher told the other students Efobi didn’t know what she was talking about, Efobi said. Many of those young people live in the Two River area, like Chika Efobi, 17, a first-generation Nigerian-American from Long Branch who uses Instagram to help secure justice for victims of police brutality. She shares “useful information that I come across that will help people understand the systemic racism that’s been embedded in our lifestyles,” Efobi said. As a white person, Tanzi feels now is a time for reflection and allyship, not stealing the spotlight from those who truly need it. She said she will continue to educate herself and hopes others do the same. Even though she isn’t BIPOC, Tanzi understands Efobi’s experiences with lack of representation. “I am a Jewish, bisexual woman who grew up in a town that didn’t have many resources for those things,” Tanzi said. She believes these facets of her identity allowed her “to not only empathize,” but also “actively fight alongside any group that needed help.” Efobi, who throws shot put for the Mater Dei Prep track and field team and plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist for athletes, has attended two Black Lives Matter protests so far. “I also make sure I have the hard conversations with my friends and peers which are absolutely necessary if we want a genuine change,” she said. “Thus far I’ve been fortunate enough to have friends who understand the movement.” Tanzi, who said she became socially active after the 2016 presidential election, agreed that access to information has spurred Gen Z’s involvement in the movement. “With a world of news, albeit both accurate or otherwise, right in front of us seemingly at all times, we’re potentially the most well-informed generation of young people to ever exist,” she said. Tanzi cited growing up with events like 9/11, the war in Afghanistan, the 2008 financial crisis and “so many school shootings with no intervention from our government” as the impetus for social activism. “We’re finally exposed to and can comprehend on our own all the cracks in the systems,” Tanzi said. The article originally appeared in the July 9 – 15, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

first_imgThe Argentine also spoke of the improvement of the striker, former Racing. “It has improved a lot in the last year, also thanks to the work of Conte. When I played in Argentina and negotiated with Diego Milito, I remember how much we believed in him from the beginning“Another of the players the Pupi talked about was from Icardi, on loan at PSG: “I do not know what will happen. We have not talked about the market for now. With the problem we are experiencing, the most important thing is health. Then we will have time to think about all these things.” Javier Zanetti, vice president of Inter, gave an interview to ESPN in which he revealed the club’s intentions in negotiating with Barça about the Lautaro Martínez affair: “I see him happy at Inter, he identifies with the club. The Barcelona? I see his future in ‘nerazurro’“last_img read more

first_imgZeelugt beating/killingFour days after a Zeelugt, East Bank Essequibo (EBE), resident was badly beaten and later succumbed to his injuries, three men were slapped with the capital offence of murder on Wednesday and taken to the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.The three accused after their Court appearance on Wednesday at the Georgetown Magistrates’ CourtsArnold Bruce Kennedy, 19, of Lot 847 Zeelugt, EBE, Tavish Mangra, 19, of Lot 858 Zeelugt, EBE, and Richie Mahase, 26, of Lot 68 Zeelugt, EBE, appeared before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.The charge alleged that on July 18, 2019 at Zeelugt, EBE, they murdered Alvin, also called “Chuckoloo”.Prosecutor Gordon Mansfield informed the Court that on July 18, Alvin and the three accused, who are known to each other, had a misunderstanding and got into a heated argument. The Prosecutor told the Court that the trio armed themselves with cutlasses and dealt Alvin several chops about his body. The injured man was picked up by public-spirited persons and rushed in an unconscious state to the Leonora Cottage Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.Prosecutor Mansfield further indicted to the Court that the Police file is complete, but he is still awaiting the post-mortem results.The three men were remanded to prison and their next Court appearance is slated for August 6 at the Leonora Magistrates’ Courts.Alvin, also called “Chockoloo”, of Lot 820 G Zeelugt North, EBE, along with his brother, Devendra, had visited a relative’s home located in the same village and were reported to have been imbibing alcohol when a short while afterwards, residents in the area said that they heard a loud commotion and rushed to investigate. A resident said that he noticed that three men armed with instruments were beating Devendra, who is presently at the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) battling for his life.The other brother, Alvin, was discovered in a motionless state a short distance away from his injured brother with multiple wounds about his body.last_img read more

first_imgBy Andrew CarmichaelThere is an apparent rift in the Alliance For Change (AFC) constituency in East Berbice, with some members complaining bitterly that contracts totalling approximately $120 million have been awarded to six AFC-affiliated contractors without first passing through the tendering process.This issue was brought to the fore by longstanding contractors in the region, who are also supporters of the AFC but are being sidelined in favour of other party members who recently became involved in the construction industry.In one of the most recent practices in the region by supporters of the minority party in the Coalition Government, it was pointed out that some of these new contractors are even using paid Government workers.Guyana Times was told that the contract to clean the road shoulders in the region has been given to eight contractors, six of whom are AFC supporters.In a matter that was recently before a Corentyne court, the defendant had told the magistrate that he was employed with Derrick Basdeo to weed the road. Basdeo is the National Executive for the AFC Diaspora, and runs DeMoxReality Estate Construction. That company was awarded one of the eight weeding contracts.Quad Construction, which is run by Joseph Baichu, was given another contract. Baichu is also an executive of the AFC in Berbice.Another executive of the AFC is Gladwin Abdulla, whose company has also been awarded one of the contracts. Khousal Goberton, who is an AFC Regional Councillor, has also been awarded one of the contracts; while another one has gone to Subas Orilall, who is the AFC Chairman in Region Six.Last year, a total of 15 contractors were awarded contracts; this year, six contractors were awarded contracts. The contracts are worth $15 million each. Reports reaching this newspaper indicate that two of the six contractors were given two contracts each.Further, there are also reports that both ministers in the Public Infrastructure Ministry, David Patterson and Annette Ferguson, are aware of the situation. A ministerial advisor’s son is also one of the contractors.The issue of contracts being awarded without tendering, and to contractors who did not exist before, was recently raised at the Region Six RDC meeting.On Saturday, Guyana Times contacted Region Chairman David Armogan on the matter. He commented thus, “People were selected on the basis of their political affiliation, and this is cause for great worry for us in this region.“When we ask the relevant agency, which is the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, for the information on how these people were selected, nobody wants to come forward with any information with regard to this particular contract.”The Regional Chairman disclosed that about eighty per cent of the contractors are active members of the AFC party.“Which means that they were selected based on their affiliation to that part,” he posited.According to the Chairman, he has also received complaints from other ACF members who are contractors and who have done work for the regional administration in the past. They are complaining that they were not invited to submit tenders for the contracts.“This is what is worrying, because there was no public tendering process done. These people, as far as we know, were selected, and they have never been contractors before,” the Regional Chairman asserted.Armogan went on to say that apart from the transaction being corrupt, the handing out of contracts to AFC allies has angered other party members who are sympathetic to the AFC but are not friends of those in the hierarchy.Meanwhile, there are also reports that some of the contractors are using the Community Organised for the Restoration of the Environment (CORE) workers to remove the grass that was weeded and left there.While the current contracts are not being made available, similar contracts in the past stipulated that the contractor “cut and remove” the grass.Armogan has noted that the CORE workers are already being paid $60,000 monthly by the Government.Meanwhile, the Prime Minister’s Regional Representative, Gobin Harbhajan, who is also an AFC supporter, views the situation as corruption, and has indicated that he has since penned a letter to Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo.Harbhajan said he is in receipt of pictorial evidence that some of the CORE workers are being used and are being paid by the Government to execute a private contract. He is calling for the contracts to be taken away.According to the Prime Minister’s Representative, the perception both locally and internationally is that Berbice is a breeding ground for corruption.“We can prove them wrong by doing things the right way. If this contract was awarded as a result of favouritism, and it was not done the right way, then I think that the Ministry should look at it and recall it,” he posited.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola has hailed Raheem Sterling after the racism row that marred Manchester City’s defeat at Chelsea © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 11 – Pep Guardiola has praised Manchester City star Raheem Sterling for refusing to be intimidated by the menace of racism in football.Sterling endured alleged racial abuse from a Chelsea fan during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The 24-year-old was targeted by the supporter while he was standing near fans on the touchline.Sterling appeared to laugh off the shocking incident at the time, but the abuse has drawn widespread condemnation amid fears the sport is being dragged back to the dark ages of the 1970s and 1980s when racism was rife.The England winger later accused the media of fuelling racism in the way it reports certain stories about black players.And former England assistant coach Gary Neville revealed this week that Sterling complained during Euro 2016 of constant criticism from fans that carried racist undertones.Speaking for the first time since the Chelsea incident, City manager Guardiola backed Sterling and hailed his decision to speak out on the controversy.“I was concerned with what happened but he made a statement on Instagram and was quite clear about his thoughts,” Guardiola told reporters on Tuesday.“He’s an incredible person, an incredible human being.“It’s tough in the 21st century to still be in this position, to have problems with diversity. We have to be better, everyone.”Guardiola believes racism is a deep problem in society, not just football, and insisted more must be done to combat it.“It’s everywhere, racism is everywhere. People focus on football but it’s not just in football. You’d think in football we’d be safe but racism is everywhere,” he said.“What happens today – how we treat immigrants and refugees, when once in our lives our grandfathers were refugees. It’s everywhere. That’s why we have to fight every day.“We have to fight for human rights to make a better society for the future. Today it’s dangerous, not just in England, all across Europe.“The message for the politicians is for them to be tough on human rights and we have to defend democracy in the best way.”– Real power –Former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss Guardiola also pointed out the media has a crucial role to play in keeping racism in check.“Today the real power is the media, not politicians, not the governments. It’s the media,” he said.The Metropolitan Police have launched an investigation into the Stamford Bridge incident, while Chelsea have suspended four supporters.“I appreciate what Chelsea did,” Guardiola said. “If it happened in my club we should do the same.”Guardiola, whose side host Hoffenheim in the Champions League on Wednesday, made it clear comments about players should restricted to performances on the field rather than straying into foul abuse.“Hopefully the criticism is when he plays s***, he plays bad. That would be perfect. Everyone is exposed to that – the managers, the players, everyone around the world,” he said.“But just for the colour of his skin? Believe me, that’s ridiculous and that’s why everyone has to protect from that situation.”Sterling’s team-mate Leroy Sane also believes the former Liverpool player has shown great dignity in dealing with the abuse.“I think it’s sad this happens still. We all support Raheem and are on his side,” Sane said.“He is a strong guy, a good guy. He can handle it and he is not letting it get him down.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye speaking to Capital Sports in Kampala, Uganda on December 15, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluKAMPALA, Uganda, Dec 16 – CECAFA Secretary General Nicholas Musonye has hinted they are planning to organize a tournament in Somalia, probably an Under-20 Championship in 2021 as they look to use football to unite the war-torn country.Somalia has been one of the star attractions at the 2019 Senior Challenge Cup in Kampala, where thousands of their community living in Uganda have come in their droves to the Lugogo Complex to cheer the team on. Musonye believes that with football, the political strife that has torn the country apart over the last few decades can calm down and peace can be restored.“Football is biggest weapon that can unite people. When you look at the Somalia team they are here playing as one unit and you cannot know the country has problems. With football nothing can go wrong.”Somalia players celebrate after beating Burundi 1-0 at the Lugogo Complex in Kampala on December 13, 2019 to revive their hopes of qualifying for the quarter finals of the CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“We are even planning to put up competition in Somalia in 2021, most likely Under 20 and you will see the stadia in Somalia will be full more than here, Somalia believe football can hold them together,” the seasoned football administrator stated.Somalia head coach Bashir Hayford, speaking separately to Capital Sports says that he believes football can indeed unite the nation and he hopes the political powers can play their role to see to it that calm is restored in the country and football is played without fear.Musonye says that CECAFA has previously taken the game into areas that were feared to be less peaceful and the presence of football brought a lot of calm.“We have used football before as a bridge for peace. In Rwanda football was the pivot of strength, in Burundi as well we used football to bring people back. We are trying to do the same in Somalia,” he noted.In 2013, CECAFA took the Kagame Cup to Sudan at a time when there were worries about the stability of the area with some clubs pulling out. However, the tournament went on without hitch.Meanwhile, he says he has been impressed with the level of competition at this year’s Senior Challenge showpiece, citing the performances of Somalia, Eritrea and Djibouti to note that football in the region has improved.“I am happy with the competition so far and we have seen some very good football. The Somalia we see here today is not the Somalia of two years ago. Eritrea and Djibouti have also improved very much and the development is showing,” Musonye said.Djibouti striker Mahdi Houssein tries to go past Somalia’s Liban Abdiaziz and Ali Mohammed during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Group A opener at the Lugogo Stadium in Kampala on December 7, 2019. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluHe added; “People who criticize CECAFA, let them come to the ground and see. They say Musonye has killed CECAFA but let them come and see on the ground how the games are and how competitive teams are,”“You look at all these matches and you see there is a lot of development and improvement in our zone. Soon we shall have some of the best teams competing in Africa from the region. This is what we have been trying to do; improve our football,” he further stated.Musonye is also confident that the CECAFA region will be well represented during the 2021 African Cup of Nations, just like in 2019 when the region had Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Burundi all qualifying.0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_imgAmerican military deaths peaked in May with 126 troops killed. It was then that the U.S. began ramping up its attacks against insurgent strongholds, leading to increased clashes in Baghdad and other key areas across central Iraq. Seven months on, commanders and analysts say America’s aggressive strategy of targeting al-Qaida in Iraq strongholds is paying off: U.S. casualties have dropped sharply. As of Sunday night in Baghdad, 21 deaths were reported in December, one more than in February 2004, which was the lowest monthly total of the war. The 899 deaths in 2007 surpassed the previously highest death toll in 2004, when 850 U.S. soldiers were killed. The total for 2007 could rise slightly; occasionally the military reports new casualties a few days after they occur. The military reported the noncombat-related death of a soldier on Sunday. At least 3,902 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war. Of those, at least 3,175 died as a result of hostile action, according to the military’s numbers. Iraqi civilian deaths have tracked that decline and overall violence across the country is down roughly 60 percent, American commanders say. Since the influx of some 30,000 U.S. troops that began in June, the lessening violence has meant that new problems have emerged. “There certainly are ample challenges out there in the new year. In some respects, the positive developments in the latter half of 2007 also represent the challenges of 2008,” U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker said during a recent briefing. An example, Crocker said, is how the improving security situation is in part luring back Iraqis who took refugee in neighboring Syria, Jordan and elsewhere. “The return of refugees – a good thing obviously, but a process is going to have to be carefully managed so that it doesn’t sow the seeds of new tension and instability,” he said. Along with the increase in American troops, Iraq’s lessening violence has been attributed to a self-imposed freeze on activities by the Mahdi Army – the militia of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr. Another important change was the quick growth of mostly Sunni anti-al-Qaida in Iraq groups, or “awakening councils,” who once fought against U.S. and Iraqi forces but now point their guns toward the insurgents. Of the more than 70,000 fighters in the awakening councils, only 20 percent are expected to be absorbed into the Iraqi security forces. The rest are to receive job training through a joint $300 million program Iraqi and American officials are creating. That program is in its beginning stages and there are few details about how it will be carried out, but analysts say it must succeed or the Sunni fighters who do not join Iraq’s military may sell their services to the insurgents. On Saturday, a new audiotape by Osama bin Laden warned Iraqi Sunnis against fighting al-Qaida, saying “the most evil of the traitors are those who trade away their religion for the sake of their mortal life.” Keeping the militia of al-Sadr and other powerful Shiite leaders on the sidelines also means keeping Iran to its promise to halt the flow of weapons and training to them, officials say. “How lasting a phenomenon that will be and how Iran will define and play its role in Iraq in 2008 I think is going to be very important to the long-term future of the country,” Crocker said. Iraqi civilian deaths also peaked in May with 2,155 killed. That fell to 718 in November and 710 in December. For the year, 18,610 Iraqis were killed. In 2006, the only other full year an AP count has been tallied, 13,813 civilians were killed.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BAGHDAD – The second half of 2007 saw violence drop dramatically in Iraq, but the progress came at a high price: The year was the deadliest for the U.S. military since the 2003 invasion, with 899 troops killed. American commanders and diplomats, however, say the battlefield gains against insurgents such as al-Qaida in Iraq offer only a partial picture of where the country stands as the war moves toward its five-year mark in March. Two critical shifts that boosted U.S.-led forces in 2007 – a self-imposed cease-fire by a main Shiite militia and a grass-roots Sunni revolt against extremists – could still unravel unless serious unity efforts are made by the Iraqi government. Iran also remains a major wild card. U.S. officials believe the neighboring country has helped quiet Iraq by reducing its flow of suspected aid to Shiite fighters, including materials needed for deadly roadside bombs. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonBut Iran’s apparent hands-off policies could come under strain as Shiite factions – some favoring Iran, others not – battle for control of Iraq’s oil-rich south. The Pentagon, meanwhile, will increasingly look to the uneven Iraqi security forces to carry the load in 2008 as demands for an American exit strategy grow sharper during the U.S. election year. Britain, the main U.S. coalition partner in Iraq, is gradually drawing down its forces and other allies, including Poland and Australia, are contemplating full-scale withdrawals in the coming year. “We’re focusing our energy on building on what coalition and Iraqi troopers have accomplished in 2007,” Gen. David Petraeus told a group of Western journalists on Saturday. “Success will not, however, be akin to flipping on a light switch. It will emerge slowly and fitfully, with reverses as well as advances, accumulating fewer bad days and gradually more good days.” That arc of progress played out in the raw statistics of U.S. and Iraqi casualties. last_img read more

first_imgNEWHALL – A Metrolink train hit and killed a young couple Thursday afternoon as the pair walked along the tracks in Newhall. A note written in Spanish was found near the bodies of the 19- and 20-year-olds, but sheriff’s deputies, awaiting a translation, were uncertain if it belonged to the pair. An off-duty sheriff’s deputy who saw a man and a woman on the siding reported it about 3:30 p.m. “We have no eyewitnesses and no information as to why they were on the tracks or for how long,” Deputy Tony Arnold said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventInvestigators cordoned off the area, focusing their attention on a stretch of track, photographing items found on the ground near the ties and taking videotape of the scene. The estimated point of impact was near several signs warning of the dangers of walking near tracks. The incident was near San Fernando Road at 15th Street in Newhall, a straight-away along the rail. Metrolink spokeswoman Denise Tyrrell said that trains run as fast as 80 mph, although she didn’t immediately know how fast this one was traveling. Sheriff’s homicide detectives will investigate. Metrolink has taken a hard stand against “trespassers” on its tracks, Tyrrell said. “If we’d have caught them, we would have busted both of them,” she said. “At minimum, it’s a big ticket – $300 – or we could actually arrest them if it’s a second offense. “We’re not kidding around, and this is why. Here we have two young people who aren’t going home tonight, who aren’t going home any night.” Tyrrell said people who use rail tracks as walkways hold two misconceptions – that they’ll feel a vibration as a train approaches, or they will hear it. Neither is true. “You cannot feel the vibration and if the wind is blowing or they have an iPod or they’re talking on the phone, a train can come up on them.” Just 10 passengers were aboard the Santa Clarita-to-Union Station train and none was injured, Tyrrell said. The Antelope Valley line that runs from Lancaster to Los Angeles with stops in Santa Clarita, the San Fernando Valley, Burbank and Glendale, was shut down for about two hours until the investigation was complete. Passengers were taken by bus to the next train stop. The engineer saw the train hit “something” and will be counseled, Tyrrell said. “But there is no amount of counseling that can remove that trauma. You’re going to be scarred.” Santa Clarita City Manager Ken Pulskamp surveyed the situation, wondering if more could be done to warn people away from railroad tracks. “I’m here to see if there’s anything we can learn from this so it doesn’t happen again,” Pulskamp said. “That’s why we have all of this – the noise, the bells. It’s so tragic.” carol.rock@dailynews.com (661) 257-5252160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgLeft to right: Anne Marie O’Donnell, Ernan O’Donnell, Cheryl Quinn, Seamus McEllwee.MORE THAN 3,000 objections have been lodged to Donegal County Council over its policies on wind farms.With another massive wind farm planned for the beautiful Barnesmore area – and an election in two weeks – campaigners say people need to fight the plans now.The public were asked for their views on two motions promoted by the Glenties Wind Farm Information Group to place turbines ten times their tip height away from residential homes and centres of public gathering and, also, to remove the six river catchment areas in the county with the fresh water pearl mussel from their current zoning as being preferred for wind energy. GWiG had shepherded these motions through Council for over six months last year with all of the elected councillors unanimously approving the said motions be sent out to public consultation at their January meeting.The Council had then appended a third part to the motion whereby Council sought to “refine” the Zone of Visual Influence of Glenveagh National Park.Members of GWiG marked the end of the public consultation process on Friday by delivering to the Council in excess of 2,600 individual submissions from all over the County voicing overwhelming public support for the twin proposals initiated by the Group, and equal rejection of Council’s proposal to “refine” the Zone of Visual Influence of Glenveagh National Park.This number, 2,600, will be further augmented by the Group’s on line submission facility, the Group members’ personal submissions, and by further postal and email submissions from other members of the public. It is estimated that an overall number in excess of 3,000 will be the final figure for submissions. Mr Ernan O’Donnell Chairman said that he and the group were amazed by the scale of the support in the County for this initiative and throughout their publicity campaign they had received emails and phone calls from all over the country and abroad from people who had visited Donegal and were concerned for the safeguarding of its environment.“Initially we directed people to send their submissions directly to the Council,” he said.“But it soon became apparent through contact with other concerned community groups, that the most efficient means of ensuring that people got their submissions to the Council was for us to organise collection and delivery, which we are doing here today”.Mr. O’Donnell went on to say that he was grateful for the support of the three councillors, Councillor John Campbell, Councillor Marie Therese Gallagher and Councillor Séamus O’Domhnaill , all of whom had been unflinching in their support for the group’s efforts on this important amendment from the beginning, and had helped greatly in steering these proposals through the arduous Council process. He added that the Group wished to take this opportunity to also thank those candidates in the forthcoming local election who have given written pledges of support.“The number of submissions from all over the County in support of our motions demonstrates the depth of feeling around this issue in County Donegal and I am calling on all candidates in the upcoming local elections to come out now and state their position on this. It is the least they owe to the electorate whom they are asking to appoint them as their representatives for the next five years. We also expect the County’s Executive in the Council to take heed of what has been said in these submissions and to help ensure that these amendments are passed in July next when they are to be voted on by the newly elected Council”. MASSIVE ‘NO’ TO WIND FARMS AS 3,000 OBJECTIONS LODGED WITH COUNTY COUNCIL was last modified: May 11th, 2014 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:Donegal County CouncilGlentiesGWIGwind farmslast_img read more