Cops searched bag took goggles rare civil trial stemming from G20 to

October 17, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTORONTO – A man whose swimming goggles were confiscated by officers following a search of his backpack on the eve of the turbulent G20 summit in Toronto in 2010 is expected to testify Monday at the start of a hearing into his lawsuit against the city’s police oversight board.Numerous legal actions, officer disciplinary hearings and criminal proceedings have flowed from the summit that saw indiscriminate mass arrests and detentions, but this may be the only such civil suit to actually go to trial, according to the Canadian Civil Liberties Association.In his statement of claim initially filed in 2011, Luke Stewart, of Kitchener, Ont., argues police officers assaulted and wrongfully detained him, violating several of his constitutional rights. He wants Superior Court to award him $100,000 in damages.The defendant police services board denies any liability, claiming police were simply doing their jobs, and blames Stewart for any problems he encountered when he went to a downtown park carrying a backpack while planning to take part in a protest.In an incident captured on video, Stewart says he went to Allan Gardens on the Friday afternoon of the summit weekend in June 2010. He says several officers demanded to search his bag as a condition of entry into the park. When he refused and tried to get to the protest, he alleges the officers “assaulted and battered him,” illegally searched his bag, and confiscated his swimming goggles.“The plaintiff was unlawfully detained for 12 minutes,” his claim asserts. “The officers acted with malice and bad faith.”The statement of claim also alleges police, under orders from superiors, were planning to form a perimeter around the park with the aim of searching “every person with a bag” trying to enter the area. The plan and orders, the claim alleges, violated the charter.“Senior police officers … gave orders they knew were unlawful,” the claim asserts.In response, the police services board says officers were doing their best to preserve the peace and defend public property under provincial trespassing law. What they were doing at Allan Gardens was legal, the board says in its statement of defence.By its account, the board says officers told Stewart, who was in his mid-20s, that he could enter the park if he allowed them to inspect his bag or could refuse and leave.“Such examination was necessary to protect the safety of those persons within the park in the circumstances as they existed on that day,” the statement of defence asserts. “He loudly and rudely yelled at the police officers, expressing his displeasure.”Police said they confiscated the goggles “noting that the park did not contain a pool” and that goggles had been used at violent protests in the past for illegitimate purposes. Stewart said he was carrying them in case officers used “chemical weapons,” the board says.Any force used against him, the statement of defence says, was justified by the circumstances and did not amount to an assault or other breach of his rights.The civil liberties association is intervening in the case. The group argues it is an abuse of police power to seize personal property as a condition of entry to a public space. It also maintains that awarding damages would help hold police accountable for allegedly violating civil rights.Since the summit, a senior police officer has been found guilty of misconduct for ordering mass arrests that weekend. A lower ranking officer was convicted criminally, as were several protesters who smashed windows or otherwise ran amok.One official report branded the mass detentions and arrests that weekend as one of Canada’s worst violations of civil liberties.last_img read more

Egypt train crashes into vehicles, kills 22

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgCAIRO- At least 22 people were killed in Egypt when a train crashed into a mini-bus and other vehicles south of Cairo early Monday, a health ministry official said.State television said the train crashed into three vehicles, including a mini-bus, at a crossing. “Twenty two people have been killed,” the ministry’s Ahmed al-Ansari told state television, adding the final toll was not likely to increase by much.At least 15 people were injured in the accident, police officials said, requesting anonymity because they were not authorised to make media statements. A railway official told the official MENA news agency the vehicles involvedin the accident drove past chains closing the crossing to traffic. The  police officials had said the train was carrying passengers, but the head of the Egyptian Railway Authority said it was a cargo train. Ambulances rushed to the scene to take the wounded to hospitals in the capital, police said.The accident took place days after train services resumed completely across the country, after they were halted due to unrest following the overthrow of president Mohamed Morsi in July.Egypt has seen several train disasters in recent years. In November 2012 47 school children died when a train crashed into their bus, and in January, 17 people died when a train transporting conscripts derailed.last_img read more

Woolwich Killer brother claims murder of soldier Lee Rigby was “inevitable”

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgBy Kevin KriedemannDOHA – The brother of Michael Adebolajo speaks about the motivation, ideology and politics behind the fatal attack on British soldier Lee Rigby in Woolwich, London. Jeremiah Adebolajo says Woolwich attack justification was “obvious” and Predicts another Woolwich type attack due to British Foreign Policy, according to Al Jazeera.Jeremiah Adebolajo, whose brother Michael Adebolajo has been convicted of killing Fusilier Lee Rigby, tells Al Jazeera’s Investigations Unit that the Woolwich attack was “inevitable” and its justification is “obvious.”After his initial shock at seeing his brother on TV in May, Jeremiah, 26, said he recognised the motivation behind the attack. “The events to me were inevitable. There was eventually going to be another attack which mentioned foreign policy as its justification.”Jeremiah, a Muslim, claimed his brother’s actions were a direct blowback from the West’s war on terror. He likened the killing of Lee Rigby to US drone strikes on Muslim countries, claiming it was an act of war.Accepting that the public will label his brother a violent man, he argued the same questions should be asked of the British armed forces: “I would say, was Lee Rigby a violent individual? Are other British soldiers, who go to Afghanistan and Iraq and kill, violent individuals?” he said in an interview with Al Jazeera.In 2010, before being returned to the UK, Michael was arrested by Kenya police over his alleged plans to travel to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab. Jeremiah believes the British security services were aware of the alleged mistreatment of his brother by Kenyan police: “They were complicit in allowing him to be interrogated with the means of interrogation that the Kenyans chose. Questions are to be asked about why they allowed the Kenyans to torture a British citizen.”Jeremiah says he was approached by the MI5 officer assigned to Michael. He claims the security services were “putting a lot of pressure” on Michael and were “really disrupting his life” right up to “a few months before” the Woolwich attack.Jeremiah predicts another attack like Woolwich will take place again due to the actions of British Foreign policy: “I suggest that it won’t be the last, simply because of the tactics of the British secret service and foreign policy… for every violent action is a violent reaction.”The interview screens on Al Jazeera today, Thursday 19 December, at 20:00G, and on Friday, 20 December at 07:30G and 16:30G.last_img read more

Markets Right Now: Stocks rise as rate cut looks more likely

October 12, 2019 0 Comments

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Stocks are rising Friday as a lacklustre report on hiring increases the odds the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates in the coming months.Investors also bought bonds in anticipation of lower rates. The yield on the 10 year Treasury fell to 2.07% from 2.12% Thursday.Health care and household product companies posted early gains while financials declined.Beyond Meat and Zoom Technologies each soared higher after beating estimates with their first quarterly reports since going public. Beyond Meat rose 29% and Zoom gained 21%.The S&P 500 index rose 14 points, or 0.5%, to 2,858. The index is on pace for its strongest week since late November.The Dow Jones industrials rose 129 points, or 0.5%, to 25,850. The Nasdaq gained 46 points, or 0.6%, to 7,662.The Associated Press read more

BC wants Canadian claims to be part of any settlement from OxyContin

October 7, 2019 0 Comments

VANCOUVER — The British Columbia government says any proposed settlement from opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma needs to include Canadian claims for the devastation created by the overdose crisis.Purdue, the maker of the pain drug OxyContin, has filed for bankruptcy in the United States and proposed a multibillion-dollar plan to settle with thousands of state and local governments.B.C. Attorney General David Eby said Monday the province has been monitoring the developments including a tentative agreement that proposes to resolve the claims with Purdue, which is owned by the Sackler family. Purdue Pharma files for bankruptcy to wipe out 2,000 OxyContin lawsuits OxyContin maker prepares ‘free-fall’ bankruptcy as settlement talks stall, sources say Big pharma opioid fines could hit US$150 billion. That’s more than Ukraine’s GDP Purdue Pharma Canada says in a statement it is a separate company from the U.S. firm and the actions taken to settle litigation in America don’t directly affect its business in Canada.Eby said the province remains “ready and willing” to participate in the effort to achieve a resolution but if B.C. is not included in the process then the government will to continue its lawsuit that names Purdue and several other opioid makers as defendants.“If, however, B.C. is not included in this process, we are determined to continue to pursue our claims against the Purdue entities and against members of the Sackler family to the fullest extent permitted by law,” he said in a statement.“To date there has been no effort on the part of Purdue entities and the Sacklers to involve Canadian jurisdictions in the discussions that have led to the rumoured settlement in the U.S.”The province filed a proposed class-action lawsuit a year ago alleging drug manufactures falsely marketed opioids as less addictive than other pain medicines, triggering an overdose crisis that has killed thousands.None of the allegations have been tested in court.A statement of defence from Purdue Pharma could not be found on the B.C. Supreme Court website on Monday. Purdue Pharma has previously said that it followed all of Health Canada’s regulations, including those governing marketing, and it’s very concerned about the opioid crisis in B.C. and across Canada.The pharmaceutical giant filed for bankruptcy late Sunday, step one in a plan it says would provide US$10 billion to $12 billion to help reimburse state and local governments over overdose deaths.The plan calls for turning Purdue into a “public benefit trust” that would continue selling opioids but hand its profits over to those who have sued the company. The Sackler family would give up ownership of Purdue and contribute at least $3 billion toward the settlement.It will be up to a federal bankruptcy judge to decide whether to approve or reject the settlement or seek modifications.Two dozen states plus key lawyers who represent many of the 2,000-plus local governments suing the Connecticut-based company have signed on to the plan.But other states have come out strongly against it, arguing that it won’t provide as much money as promised.— With files from the Associated Press read more

Decrying civilian deaths in IsraeliPalestinian conflict Annan urges parties to talk

October 6, 2019 0 Comments

“The Secretary-General is greatly concerned that the tragic events in Lebanon and northern Israel should not distract from the urgent need to work towards a solution to the current crisis in the occupied Palestinian territory,” a spokesman for Mr. Annan said in a statement.“The continued killing and injuring of hundreds of civilians, including children, in Gaza, by Israeli forces is utterly unjustifiable,” Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York. He voiced particular concern about the arbitrary arrest of many senior Palestinians, including the speaker of the Palestinian Council, Aziz Dweik, saying this further undermines the Palestinian institutions which must be preserved if a two-State solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is to be achieved.The statement also reiterated the Secretary-General’s long-standing call for a cessation of the rocket attacks from Gaza, which he noted have indiscriminately targeted Israeli civilians.“He calls on the parties to resume dialogue without delay, and welcomes the continued efforts by the Government of Egypt to help bring this about,” Mr. Dujarric said.“Above all he believes these tragic events in the occupied Palestinian territory, Israel and Lebanon, show how urgent it is that a comprehensive peace process be revived as soon as possible.” read more

New Brock University PhD program a Canadian first

October 2, 2019 0 Comments

Brock University’s new PhD program in Child and Youth Studies is the first of its kind in Canada. Starting this fall, the new doctoral program will be offering students the advantage of studying children and youth from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.“We will look at all aspects of children and childhood,” said Tony Volk, Associate Professor in the Department of Child and Youth Studies.He said this is the first doctoral program in Canada exploring children and youth studies from multi- and transdisciplinary perspectives.“It will offer students interested in children and youth a diversity of theory, knowledge, and tools that are not available from traditional unidisciplinary degrees,” Volk said. “Our PhD has an inherent focus on applied as well as academic outcomes for our graduates, improving their breadth and marketability.”Tony VolkHe said everything from development and mental health to legal rights and societal dynamics will be part of the students’ studies.“The program responds to a clear societal need. There is a growing awareness of the importance of childhood for children, adults and society in general,” Volk said.Instead of looking at clarifying a single piece of the puzzle, we are fitting multiple pieces of the puzzle together to create the big picture.“Instead of looking at clarifying a single piece of the puzzle, we are fitting multiple pieces of the puzzle together to create the big picture.”The PhD program builds on Brock’s successful master’s program in Child and Youth Studies, he said.Mike Plyley, Dean of Graduate Studies, said the new PhD is Brock’s ninth doctoral program since it became a comprehensive university in 1999.“The first of its kind in Canada, this is an exciting program that demonstrates Brock’s vision and leadership to introduce doctoral level studies in Canada that will have an immeasurable impact in pursuing research and scholarship that is important to society now and in the future,” he said. “The programs make Brock a very attractive destination for the best and brightest faculty and students to pursue far-ranging research and scholarship in this highly trans-disciplinary field.”Mike PlyleyPlyley said it is anticipated that there will be huge interest in the program and high-calibre applications are expected from across the country. It will start in September 2016.“We have a wide range of employment outcomes,” Volk said. “We believe this is a highly marketable degree.”He said the career possibilities include (but are not limited to): academics, clinical work, education, social work, private and government advocacy and legal work.“We feel that our flexible program allows students to tailor their doctoral education to their desired outcomes,” he said.Students will be able to direct their studies based on the issues or problems they are interested in.Brock University is a comprehensive university located in Ontario’s Niagara region, just an hour from the GTA.With nearly 600 full-time faculty members and researchers, Brock’s academic scope offers more than 72 undergraduate degree programs and nearly 50 master’s and PhD programs. read more

Heatwave causes Highland Games to be cancelled because venue has not yet

September 25, 2019 0 Comments

The final Highland Games event of the season has been called off because of “exceptionally dry weather” causing a late hay crop – meaning the farmer could not lend his field to the games, because he has not yet harvested.The Invercharron Highland Games attracts thousands of people year, who enjoy caber tossing and tug ‘o’ war and traditional dancing.The event was due to be held on the 15th September but farmer Peter Campbell reluctantly made the decision on Sunday night to leave the hay growing in his field to provide winter feed for his animals.Those behind the event said they had to cancel it at the last minute “with severe regret”.They said the news of the field being out of use did not leave them with enough time to find a new venue or apply for a new licence.Organisers explained: “The farmer, whose field we use, grows his winter feed hay crop in the field and because of the exceptionally dry weather we have had, the crops are growing too slowly and as a result he will not be able to harvest before the games and the feed is urgently needed.” As it was due to be the last games of the season, many of the  Scottish Highland Games Association league results are determined there, which could mean some games are left on a cliffhanger. The cycling results will be decided at the Grantown-on-Spey Games the following day.The heatwave has caused a headache for farmers across the UK, with crops growing slowly due to lack of rain. Potato and carrot farmers have watched in dismay as their produce has failed to grow quickly, while a lack of lush grass for cows to graze on has meant that cheese and meat production has stilted.Michael Gove last week promised government assistance for farmers after the National Farmers Union put out a plea on behalf of their struggling members. Show more The hot weather has also brought on a plague of wasps, which thrive in hot weather, with pest controllers saying this is the worst year they have ever seen, and members of the public complaining about being stung by unusually aggressive insects. Mr Campbell, of Balblair Farm in Bonar Bridge told The Scotsman: “We’re awfully sorry this has happened but something’s got to give. During the games we usually put the horses elsewhere but we don’t have sufficient grazing elsewhere this year. Public events are not usually held on private land, so it is quite unusual to hold them on farms.” He said he has to be able to feed his 40 horses during the winter months, and this hay is crucial for that.Judges have said they will try and finalise the results at other events, with heavies (such as shot put and caber) and track and field events  finalised at the Glenurquhart Highland Games in Drumnadrochit, by Loch Ness on 25 August. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Ademar Leon renews with Carrillo and Garcia Vega

September 22, 2019 0 Comments

← Previous Story Court decides: HBW Balingen will play in the Bundesliga! Next Story → NO BELARUS FOR STEPANCIC: Meshkov Brest sign Janko Bozovic! Ademar Leon have communicated to the media that the club has renewed contracts with the left wing Jose Mario Carrillo and the central back Jorge Garcia Vega. Jose Mario Carrillo was Ademar’s top scorer in the previous ASOBAL season. He has signed two-year deal, while Garcia Vega will be playing at least one more year. President Cayetano Franco announced that with this two contract renewals, the plans for the next season are definitely over, and the team is ready to start their preparations for the upcoming season. Ademar LeonASOBALbalonmanojorge garcia vegajose mario carrillo read more

US Navy sends second ship to search for missing airliner

September 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgTHE US NAVY has sent a second ship to the South China Sea to help in the desperate search for a missing Malaysian jet, officials said.The naval destroyer USS Kidd has joined another American destroyer, the USS Pinckney, as Malaysian authorities announced they were doubling the size of the search area for the airliner that vanished without a trace on Saturday with 239 on board.“We are continuing to assist the Malaysian government in search and rescue operations in conjunction with the disappearance of Flight 370,” Pentagon spokesman Colonel Steven Warren told reporters.The two US naval ships are equipped with MH-60 Sea Hawk helicopters, which are equipped with infrared cameras for night-time search operations, he said.On Sunday, the Pinckney spotted debris in the water but officers determined it was not wreckage from the missing airliner and merely “an old shipping crate,” he said.A P-3C Orion surveillance aircraft was already in place and was conducting nine-hour flights from a base in Subang Jaya, Malaysia.An oiler vessel also was deployed to provide logistics support, Warren said.The US government over the weekend sent a team of investigators and experts from the FBI and the National Transportation Safety Board to help with the probe into the missing plane.US officials say it remains unclear if there was any terror link behind the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which had taken off from Kuala Lumpur en route to Beijing.- © AFP, 2014Read: Missing Malaysian plane may have flown for 4 hours after losing contact – reportlast_img read more

Earthquake Small tremor felt in south east Ireland last night

September 22, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgUpdated 22.45pm A MINOR EARTHQUAKE shook parts of the south east this evening.Although initial readings from Irish seismograms were unclear, an Welsh station closest to Ireland picked up a faint tremor at roughly 8.45pm this evening.Most reports on social media show that the quake was felt strongest in Wexford, with residents reporting to have heard a loud bang shortly before 9pm this evening.Others felt a rumble that lasted a few seconds.There been no reports of damage so far.Initial readings of data from Irish National Seismic Network were inconclusive, with Director Tom Blake telling this website that further investigations will be conducted as soon as possible.A station in Carrickbyrne, Wexford, picked up no obvious tremor, but Blake said initial readings from the Welsh seismograph show that it was of a “low magnitude”.He has asked anyone who felt the quake to fill out this questionnaire.Did you feel the quake? Let us know in the comments below.Pic: British Geological SurveyOriginally published 9.43pmRead: Magnitude 2.6 earthquake off Cork coast rattles doors and confuses locals >last_img read more

Computer Science is going to be a Leaving Cert subject

September 21, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgComputer Science is going to be a Leaving Cert subject A new report has also stressed the importance of the quality of teaching in Science subjects. By Sean Murray 17,513 Views A NEW REPORT commissioned by the government says that Computer Science should be made a Leaving Certificate subject.The report, commissioned three years ago and overseen by the President of Dublin City University (DCU), Professor Brian MacCraith, makes almost 50 recommendations.Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton, is expected to announce that 21 of these are a priority for his department later today.The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) report has been prepared by the STEM Education Review Group.The group’s recommendations include putting coding on the agenda by making Computer Science a Leaving Cert subject and ensuring that teachers have specific qualifications related to the subjects they are teaching.The report also suggests addressing the gender imbalance in subjects such as Physics, which currently sees boys accounting for 76% of students studying the topic.An emphasis on coding, in particular, in schools is something that Richard Bruton has called for in the past.In July, he wrote to the chief executive of the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA) to look at how coding could be introduced in primary schools.Bruton said: “I am acutely conscious that we need to give all children the best start in a world where such skills will be key to participation and success.”Teaching children and young people how to code has been led, to date, by organisations such as the not-for-profit Coderdojo, which celebrated five years in operation in September.Read: The best time for a child to learn how to code? Wait until they’re nineRead: Could coding in schools help solve a major problem in the sector? Short URL File photo Image: Shutterstock/Veselin Borishev Thursday 24 Nov 2016, 8:47 AM File photocenter_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 69 Comments Share2071 Tweet Email2 Nov 24th 2016, 8:47 AM Image: Shutterstock/Veselin Borishev last_img read more

Brock Lesnar undergoes first USDA drug test AJ Styles on appearing at

September 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_img According to the official USADA website, Brock Lesnar has been drug tested by the USDA, in advance of his return to the UFC in 2019. This is his first drug test since 2016.Lesnar was previously suspended for failing two drug tests before his fight against Mark Hunt at UFC 200, a fight Lesnar won by unanimous decision that later was overturned.Lesnar is expected to challenge Daniel “DC” Cormier for the UFC Heavyweight Championship sometime in early to mid 2019, after a confrontation at UFC 226.AJ Styles on appearing at SDCC on has posted a video of current WWE Champion AJ Styles discussing his surprise appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con on Friday.The panel was hosted by Cathy Kelly, and consisted of Styles, Becky Lynch, Zack Ryder, Curt Hawkins, and Matt Hardy, along with representatives from Mattel.During the event Styles confirmed that Shawn Michaels is his dream opponent, and also picked a side in the ongoing Bullet Club civil war.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Lists The Shields Top 10 WinsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Ronda Rousey Videos Articles Joseph Price Google+ Twitter Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Seth Rollins Facebook Videos Articles Rousey: First UFC Fight More Important Than Wrestlemania Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Now Playing Up Next Shawn Michaels Breaks Down His Mid-Air Sweet Chin Music Move Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Now Playing Up Next WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articleslast_img read more

Free CTran shuttle mitigates holiday traffic

September 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgPortland – C-Tran is operating a free holiday shuttle between Jantzen Beach and Delta Park when traffic conditions delay C-Tran’s Route 60. The bus won’t serve Jantzen Beach when the shuttle is in operation.Riders may transfer to or from Route 60 at the Delta Park/Vanport MAX station.The shuttle can be activated any time between now and Dec. 25 as needed. Expected running times are roughly between 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. When operating, the shuttle will run every 15 minutes.During the holiday season traffic congestion can worsen, especially during the two weeks prior to Christmas.Anyone with more questions or in need of assistance should contact C-Tran at 360-695-0123.last_img read more

BookFest 18 to offer thousands of volumes

September 19, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThousands of used books will be on sale when Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation hosts BookFest ’18.The sale will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 21, 22 and 23 in Library Hall, downstairs at the Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries Operations Center, 1007 E. Mill Plain Blvd., Vancouver.Books will be priced at $1 for most hardbacks and paperbacks, and 50 cents for mass-market adult fiction paperbacks. There also will be some DVDs and CDs for $1 per disc.Genres include biographies and other nonfiction, children’s books for a range of ages, classics, graphic novels, horror, mysteries, poetry, reference, romance novels, science fiction, travel guides and westerns. Books will be added throughout the sale.Proceeds go to Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries’ summer reading program.Shoppers are asked to bring their own box or bag.For information, visit or or call 360-906-4700.last_img read more

Hearings set on Battle Ground schools bond money

September 16, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgThe Battle Ground school district wants to use money left over from the 2005 voter-approved bond measure to fix some of its schools.The district by law is required to seek public input before it can use the bond money for projects not included in the original bond measure. It will do so at two hearings: 6 p.m. today at Yacolt Primary School and 6 p.m. Thursday at Prairie High School.The school board will have to approve the expenditures.The money is from the remaining state match of the bond measure and interest accrued since then, which totals $5.54 million.The need for repairs is especially visible at Yacolt Primary and Laurin Middle schools, district officials say. Each has multiple roof leaks. Ceiling tiles are continually replaced and makeshift systems of hoses and buckets have been installed in classrooms, offices and hallways to divert the rainwater, district officials said in a statement.At Yacolt Primary, mold was recently detected in some rooms and offices, affecting air quality. One room was vacated and the students were moved to a portable. Air purifiers have been set up in some areas.A list of all needed repairs is posted on the district website, Battle Ground Public Schools.When the school board approved the bond measure for the 2005 ballot, it had said that leftover money would be returned to taxpayers, according to district information.A refund of the $5.54 million would equal a one-time reduction on property tax bills of approximately 98 cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation, according to the district. That would amount to $197 for a $200,000 house, or $3.78 per week.last_img read more

MiamiDade officer who received presidential medal shares story

September 15, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgNorth Miami Officer Neil Johnson also received recognition from the president after he helped capture a man who shot an officer and two bystanders in April of 2015.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – After receiving a White House honor, a South Florida police officer spoke about risking his life to prevent a potentially explosive emergency at a gas station, near Miami International Airport.Miami-Dade Police officer Mario Gutierrez was recognized for exceptional courage after preventing the explosive incident at a Shell gas station in October of 2013. He has the scars and now a high honor to prove it.He was recognized last week by President Obama for showing exceptional courage and returned to Miami, Wednesday afternoon. “I said, ‘Honey, we are going to Washington,’” Gutierrez said referring to his wife, “‘but not only Washington’ — which we love going to that city — ‘but we’re gonna go into the White House.’”Gutierrez was one of 13 heroes who received the Medal of Valor from the commander in chief.That officer recalled how it felt when the president presented him with the medal last week. “Being at the White House and actually meeting the president, I’m like, ‘Wow.’ Never in my wildest dreams when I signed up for this job that anybody would have told me, ‘Hey, you’re gonna be doing that.’ Nah, that’s crazy,” he said. “I’m a Cuban immigrant, and to me, that’s mind boggling.”He showed courage in the midst of chaos after he came under attack at the gas station and was stabbed several times. He tried to stop a man who attempted to ignite a massive explosion. “And I’m like, ‘What’s the big deal? I just did what anybody else would have done.’ I stopped a guy from causing an explosion, and I really didn’t think much about anything, other than, ‘Hey, let me get better, and let me get back to work.’”Despite his injures, Gutierrez was able to shoot and kill the attacker, which was a decision that may have saved lives. “I believe any cop that I work with would have done the same thing,” he said. last_img read more

HOT OFF THE PRESS Read Wilmington Recreations Summer Newsletter

September 11, 2019 0 Comments

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Recreation Department’s Summer 2018 ‘Recreation Matters’ newsletter was published online on Friday.Read the newsletter HERE. Review a complete list of youth and adult programs, trips and tickets that the department is offering this summer.Have a question? The Department can be reached via phone at 978-658-4270, via email at recreation[at], or in person at Room 8 in Town Hall.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the Wilmington Recreation Department.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedHOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Recreation’s Fall NewsletterIn “Community”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Recreation’s Summer NewsletterIn “Community”WILMINGTON RECREATION: Concerts, Trips & Youth Programs Were Huge Hits This SummerIn “Community”last_img read more

2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition The order books open today

September 10, 2019 0 Comments

first_img Share your voice More From Roadshow News • 2020 Jeep Gladiator costs $2,100 more than a Wrangler Review • 2020 Jeep Gladiator review: The Wrangler pickup truck that really hauls Originally published March 29.Update, April 4: Republished as preorders are open. Jeep 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch More about 2020 Jeep Gladiator 1 2019 Jeep Wrangler review: First-place performancecenter_img 2020 Jeep Gladiator is business in front, truck bed in back We’ve finally driven the hotly anticipated 2020 Jeep Gladiator and can confirm that it lives up to the hype. If you’re one of the folks who’s been waiting for a Wrangler-based pickup for awhile now, you won’t have to wait much longer. If you want the very special Launch Edition, however, get on the interwebs today, Thursday April 4.Why just take orders on April 4? Today is otherwise known as Jeep 4×4 Day. (Get It? April 4, or 4/4.) You can order your Launch Edition at, and you’ll be contacted by a concierge later in the day. Remember though, there are only 4,190 units available, so you’ll have to act quickly.And why 4,190 units? It’s a nod to 419, the area code of Toledo, Ohio, where the Jeep Gladiator and its Wrangler sibling are built.Enlarge ImageThe 2020 Jeep Gladiator Launch Edition takes the top Rubicon trim and adds a few fancy badges and trims. Jeep The Launch Edition is based on the fully loaded Gladiator Rubicon but gets a few unique visual accents, including special badging, 17-inch midgloss black aluminum wheels, black leather seats and red contrast stitching. Like other Rubicon models, the Launch Edition will be powered by the Gladiator’s 3.6-liter V6 engine, with 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. The Launch Edition will also come with the Rubicon’s robust four-wheel-drive system, forward-facing camera, blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control and more.If you order one of the Launch Edition models, you’ll be eligible to enter Jeep’s “Find Your Freedom” contest, in which you can win $100,000, presumably to take a year off and go camping around the country in your brand-new truck. Me? I’d invest in a roof-top tent and Yeti cooler and see if I can make that vacation last for longer than a year…In order to enter the contest, buyers will need to submit some sort of Gladiator video, and Jeep will choose a winner with the help of US Army veteran Noah Galloway. Galloway was injured during the Iraq war, losing part of his left arm and leg, and has gone on to work as a motivational speaker and author.You’ll pay a huge premium for a Launch Edition. While the  Rubicon starts at $43,545, plus $1,495 destination, the Launch Edition is a whopping $60,815 plus destination. Yowza.The 2020 Jeep Gladiator hits dealers this spring. Trucks Convertibles 57 Photos Tags 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Comment Jeeplast_img read more