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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 WordPress.com 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 comments A hackberry tree falls north of the U.S. Post Office sometime over the night.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Wellington was doused with 1.9 inches of rain Tuesday evening – Wednesday morning in a rather quick moving storm that hit the area during the witching hours.And a hackberry tree saw its demise perhaps in the process, pulling up a large chunk of Wellington City alleyway concrete along with it.The hackberry, located north of the Wellington U.S. Post Office, fell over from its roots, sometime during the night. Whether it occurred during the rain storm is not determined.Elaine Brooner, who lives directly north of the tree, said she never heard it fall. The tree is on the post office property.For the record, according to Sumner Newscow precipitation estimates, the town has received 3.8 inches for April and 7.5 inches for 2016.Here is the view looking south of fallen tree.Follow us on Twitter.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The number of known cases of sexual harassment committed by employees in Iowa’s executive branch has spiked since responsibility for investigations shifted to a single agency.The cases resulted in terminations of accused employees at multiple agencies, including the Department of Transportation, the Department of Human Services and the Department of Revenue. Allegations of unwanted touching of co-workers, sexual comments and other inappropriate behaviors were confirmed.The fiscal year that ended June 30 was the first that the Department of Administrative Services had exclusive authority to investigate sexual harassment complaints. The department reports it confirmed 10 cases of sexual harassment in that year.The department told lawmakers earlier this year that it was only aware of three founded cases during the three prior years combined.
DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court’s acting chief justice says the state’s court system is going through a transition, but Justice David Wiggins downplays the idea there’s any sort of conflict between the executive and judicial branches of state government.“The court’s in pretty good shape and it’s an institution,” Wiggins says. “It will endure…I’m just a temporary caretaker. It’s a job and when I leave, there’ll be another one take over and I think it will do fine.”Republican legislators passed a law last year to increase the governor’s power in appointing members to the commission that nominates judges and Governor Kim Reynolds will fill two vacancies on the court this year. In addition, the governor and GOP lawmakers are collaborating on a constitutional amendment that would undo court rulings that struck down new abortion restrictions.Wiggins was appointed to the Supreme Court by Democratic Governor Tom Vilsack 16 years ago and Wiggins rejects Republican charges that he’s been part of an “activist” court.“I think we have to do what we need to do and the legislature and the governor needs to do what they think are right and the government will endure,” Wiggins said Wednesday.Justice Wigginsenters the Iowa House chamber.This debate comes as the court deals with what Wiggins describes as the “shockwaves” from the sudden death of Chief Justice Mark Cady in November. Wiggins delivered the annual Condition of the Judiciary message to legislators Wednesday, using much of Cady’s first draft of the speech.“It was sad, because Justice Cady was a close personal friend,” Wiggins told reporters. “But, you know, the institution has to go on and we have to do what we have to do.”Wiggins announced last Friday that he would retire from the court in early March. Wiggins told reporters he had planned to retire a year ago, but promised the late Justice Daryl Hecht he’d stay on to wrap up some of Hecht’s work. Hecht resigned in December of 2018 and died four months later of skin cancer.
Italian coach Roberto Landi has won a mammoth case against Liberia for his wrongful sacking as manager of the national team, Lone Star, and is demanding US$200,000 for settlement, football Chief Musa Bility has announced.In a press conference yesterday at the Blue House, he said the former Italian coach won the case recently when he formally complained the LFA to FIFA Disciplinary Committee after his dismissal in 2012.Bility, in a poignant tone, said the LFA has appealed to Coach Landi, through FIFA about Liberia’s inability to pay US$200,000 and has requested a negotiation, which Landi has consented.“Coach Landi is expected in the country tomorrow (today) for negotiations and we expect it will be fruitful,” Bility said.Accordingly, Coach Landi has already received US$10,000 from the LFA to kick-off the negotiation and he might continue managing the Lone Star to complete his term of the remaining 13 months.In 2011, the LFA replaced Coach Landi after the untimely death of Hungarian Coach Bertlan Bicskei. Coach Landi was sacked after poor results with the national team.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
everal Liberian farmers have highlighted challenges they are facing in the agriculture sector and want them to be addressed by government to enhance productivity and contribute to the reduction of the importation of food in Liberia.Interviews conducted with several women in Bong and Lofa counties revealed that some of the key challenges are lack of sustainable support, tools, sometimes climate change, and most of all access to farm to market, storage facilities, and processing machines.“I’m Omega Flomo and produce vegetables. Agriculture is very important to our country right now especially with the growing population.“We farmers are prepared to grow more food but our challenges need to be addressed by the government or non-governmental organizations to enable us to contribute to food security in the country.”She said women’s involvement in agriculture is key because of their involvement in small farms and therefore called on the government to address their needs in rural communities.She said she will live up to her promise as one of those who will contribute immensely to changing the status of the sector through her production.“While I’m awaiting support, I will continue to grow more food on my 10 acres of farm land to strengthen our food production,” she said.Roseline Kerkula of Lofa County said the growth of the country’s agriculture sector is very important to food security and women are major contributors to make it a success.“Food security is a big issue in our country. If we work together and get the different types of empowerment like financial support, materials and other support, we will boost food security and make more money,” she said.Madam Kerkula stated that farmers in Lofa are trying their best to grow more food but lack of processing machines, are responsible for their losses.She said she farms on 4 hectares which her late husband left with her. She said she has transformed the farm to a productive enterprise due to the call of the government to get back to the soil.“We can grow and eat our local food, but my major challenge here is a processing machine that will add value to my rice, because if it is well processed I can gain huge benefits and it will reduce the importation of rice to the country. “Women are faced with challenges especially brushing the farms, preparing the farms for growing, walking long distances. This is frustrating to carry out these hard tasks and don’t gain any benefit, so I am asking all of our partners, especially the Ministry of Agriculture to help by assisting us and settle our challenges for future improvement in one of the best sectors that grows the economy,” she said.Speaking to the head of women caucus and the Senior Senator Jewel Howard-Taylor (Bong County) she lauded the efforts of women to produce food for the country.She called on donor partners to see it expedient to help in finding solutions to the many challenges women farmers are facing on a daily basis for sustainable growth in the sector.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Liberty Party (LP) has termed as “untrue and reckless” a statement by an executive member of the Unity Party (UP), accusing LP’s political leader, Cllr. Charles W. Brumskine, of begging to become a running mate to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai in the 2017 presidential and legislative elections.The LP says the statement is also “irresponsible” and argued that its political leader, “will not beg” to become a running mate to any candidate including the Vice President, who is yet to be the candidate for the UP.Cllr. Fonati Koffa, LP Chairman, told the Daily Observer in an exclusive interview yesterday at his Law office in Monrovia, that he was responding to a widely publicized report, quoting Gender Minister Julia Duncan Cassell, alleging that Cllr. Brumskine is “begging the Vice President to be his running mate in 2017.”“I think it was a reckless statement on the part of the Gender Minister. It is untrue and reckless,” Cllr. Koffa stated.The LP Chairman said regarding the idea of forming a coalition with other opposition parties and coming up with a single candidate, only the executive members of the party can make such decisions.Since the establishment of the LP in 2005, it has always fielded a candidate in the presidential election, and would do same in the pending 2017 elections, Koffa pointed out.Cllr. Koffa said the party would remain a significant development in the Liberian body politic, and is hoping for a smooth transition resulting from the 2017 elections. The LP Chair has meanwhile given “passing grades” to the Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf led administration for its performance since taking the reins of government 10 years ago.He explained that government has scored a “C” in two indicators-youth empowerment and development, and the fight against corruption, while it has scored a “B” in the security sector.The LP Chairman said he preferred providing “No Grade (NG)” for the remaining indicators, judiciary, health, education and economy, arguing that the government is “doing her best.”It can be recalled that Cllr. Brumskine, who ran in the 2005 and 2011 presidential elections and lost both times, said he failed because he did not effectively communicate his vision for the country. This time around, Brumskine said he is running to bring about reconciliation, reform, rebuilding and recovery.He said he and other opposition candidates should come together to stop what he called the “hegemony” of the ruling UP from wining its third consecutive presidential election.“I am running because we do have a vision to lead our country and a commitment to serve our people. Our vision is based on what we call the ‘4 Rs,’ meaning reconciliation, reform, rebuilding, and recovery,” said Brumskine.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Photo: Blaine ‘Cannonball’ Richter gave it his best shot but couldn’t quite catch Baillie at the finish – Blizzard Bike ClubRobin Baillie won Challenge Cup road race #14 in Dawson Creek, Sunday, winning the 40 km Lakota ñBear Mountain event with a time of 1:10:03 hours. Blaine Richter (GP) was second at 1:10:19 and Pat Ferris third at 1:18:21. Kent Pedersen of DC was 4th at 1:18:30 and Gil Neufeld (DC) 5th at 1:18:43.- Advertisement -Other times were Gary Hilderman at 1:22:35, Dave Jaeger edged out Dave Kay 1:24:12 and Peter King 1:27:17.Eric Wolf of DC won the 20 km with 1:13:41, Ken Nix 1:14:20, Marie Young 1:18:05, Francis Plum 1:18:11 and Jan Schmidt 1:25:01.The Blizzards won the day with 34 points to DCís 22 and GPís 18. The Blizzards lead overall at 609 to GP 320 and DC 231 with one race left, Sept 28th in Fort St. John. Coming up:-Thursday night Toony Cyclo-cross at the High School at 6 pm.-Sunday is the Club Mountain Bike Championship at the Beatton River at 2 pm.-Three Blizzards will be traveling to Prince George for the BC Seniors Games Cycling.
This is in regard to a constituent’s request to purchase a 70 hectare parcel of land within the Agricultural Land Reserve, which was previously rejected and later supported by Mr. Pimm.In a 44 page report, the COIC found that Mr. Pimm’s attendance at the on-site visit, coupled with the limited representation he made there, and in his letter of support for reconsideration, was not in violation of any provincial act or legislation.Mr. Pimm has issued the following statement in regard to the COIC’s finding.- Advertisement -“I want to thank the Conflict of Interest Commissioner for his thorough review of my obligations under the Members’ Conflict of Interest Act following an accusation that I was wrongly interacting with the Agricultural Land Commission.“Throughout my time as an elected official I have always conducted myself with integrity and honour. I’ve also been a proud advocate for my community and that was exactly what I was doing in this case – advocating for a project that had broad community support.“In November of 2013 I asked the Conflict Commissioner if he would take a look at this case and come up with a decision on whether I was doing my job in helping a constituent or was in a potential conflict.Advertisement “I am pleased the report confirms my actions as an MLA and during my time as a minister were appropriate and that I have been cleared of any wrongdoing.“As well, I am pleased the Commissioner has made recommendations to all MLAs on how to advocate for constituents and is clear that MLAs do have a role to play, within the guidelines he has established.”
talkSPORT has teamed up with The Carlsberg Fan Squad on a mission to find Probably The Best Pundit in the World… with probably the best prize too!The winner will become part of the on air talkSPORT team, live from a Premier League ground on the final day of the season!We’ve whittled the entrants down to five finalists from around the nation, who will enter Bootcamp with our very own Mark Saggers in London on Monday, April 20.And the final five will then battle it out in a series of challenges until a final winner is decided on Monday, May 18.But what does it take to be a top pundit? Jeff Stelling obviously knows the answer, but in this digital age people like Manchester United fan and internet sensation Andy Tate can suddenly become the voice of supporters the world over.So Jeff joined Mr Tate to analyse some classic online punditry, and you can see what they thought of it in the video above.
The National Transportation Safety Board later determined that the air traffic controller was too busy to see the radar blip of the small plane as it blundered into commercial airspace. Moreover, Kramer’s plane lacked a transponder that would have alerted the control tower that it was at 6,500 feet, the same altitude as the Aeromexico jet making its final descent into LAX.“The planes just went straight into each other,” witness Cindy Gillespiecq testified during a 1989 trial to determine liability for the crash. “No one seemed to swerve or anything.”Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabecq, then mayor of Cerritos, recalled seeing thick plumes of black smoke wafting into the sky as he left church services that day. He presumed the new post office was on fire.He walked into his house to the sound of the phone ringing, a sheriff’s deputy calling to say he was on his way to pick up the mayor. Two planes had crashed into a middle-class neighborhood less than a quarter-mile from Knabe’s home, and his help was needed.At the same time, Knabe’s wife turned on the television and started screaming.“In Cerritos, we had plenty of money, 26 parks,” Knabe recalled recently. “Things like this aren’t supposed to happen.”Authorities established command centers as firefighters extinguished fires on Holmes Avenue, Ashworth Place and Reva Circle. Aided by residents, coroners’ officials began the grim task of recovering bodies from the smashed homes and twisted fuselage.“Bodies were everywhere,” Richard Santanacq said at the time. “There’s debris everywhere, pieces of people everywhere. There was nothing I could do but help cover up the bodies.”John O’Neillcq ran out of his Reva Circle home after he heard an explosion.“It was absolute total destruction,” he said then. “There are pieces of the engine all over. My backyard is a mess. My house is covered with pieces of you name it.”For Knabe and other city officials, the days, weeks and months following the accident were spent orchestrating cleanups, reaching out to victims, resolving to rebuild.Mental health officials went door to door, searching for people still cowering inside their homes in fear or in survivor’s guilt, Knabe recalled.The city loosened construction codes to facilitate rebuilding. The incident highlighted the necessity of disaster preparedness and mutual-aid agreements, Knabe said.In the aftermath, 70 lawsuits were filed over the accident. They were consolidated into a single federal suit that led to a $56.5 million payout to plaintiffs in 1989.A jury absolved Aeromexico of wrongdoing, finding the FAA and Kramer equally to blame for the tragedy.Two years later, the FAA began requiring equipment called Mode C transponders on small planes near busy airports. The equipment broadcasts a plane’s position and altitude, giving controllers data instead of just blips.The FAA also required commercial aircraft to be equipped with traffic alert and collision avoidance systems. And it consolidated radar centers and reconfigured LAX flight paths to keep small planes away from jetliners.The Cerritos neighborhood eschewed a memorial near the crash site, but the city’s sculpture garden now features a monument – a marble-and-granite piece symbolizing the 64 people who died aboard the jet, the three on the small plane and 15 on the ground.The abstract, free-form shapes evoke wings, flying, weightlessness and release, the city’s Web site stated.But while much of that neighborhood has changed, the people who lived through the day when fire and shrapnel rained from the sky haven’t forgotten.“It’ll never be normal – never,” Cerritos resident Randy Economycq said days after the crash. “The emotional scars are there too badly. When I take a walk here at night, that’s all I think about: the horror of seeing bodies flying, the screaming, and myself, helpless to do anything.”firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre A single-engine plane piloted by a Rancho Palos Verdes man had clipped the tail of an Aeromexico jet about to land at Los Angeles International Airport. In a recent interview, Tom Doty recalled how he and his family watched in shock as the jet turned belly-up, then streaked past the left wing of their Piper Comanche in its nose dive to Earth.Seconds later, an inferno erupted as the DC-9 jetliner crashed into homes where residents had been enjoying a lazy Labor Day weekend. The badly damaged Piper Cherokee fell onto the vacant playground at Cerritos Elementary School, where classes were set to start just a few days later.The disaster destroyed nearly a dozen homes and killed 82 people – including 15 on the ground, the most ground fatalities of any U.S. aviation disaster.It also prompted the Federal Aviation Administration to impose stricter safety requirements for both commercial and private aircraft to avoid a recurrence of the tragedy.With his wife and daughter aboard, 52-year-old William Kramercq was flying the four-seater Piper Cherokee from Torrance to Big Bear when he cross paths with the Aeromexico jet piloted by Arturo Valdez-Promcq. Johnny Dotycq leaned forward from the back of the four-seater plane soaring 5,500 feet over the sprawling suburbs of Los Angeles.“Dad, is that airplane going to crash?” he asked.“Yes,” Tom Doty, then a Redondo Beach police lieutenant, calmly answered from the pilot’s seat. “They don’t fly so good without tails.”It was just before noon on Aug. 31, 1986, and the Doty family – 11-year-old Johnny and his parents, Tom and Janet – had just witnessed what would become one of the nation’s worst aviation disasters.