National Night Out is tonight

first_imgMASON CITY — The 36th annual National Night Out will be celebrated tonight in Mason City.Mason City police chief Jeff Brinkley says that the annual crime and drug prevention event promotes a partnership with the policing community. “The idea is that we are coming together to make a stance against crime and drugs and neighborhood problems and those kinds of things. There are going to be almost a hundred things to do there, there’s just oodles and oodles of opportunities for families. We’ll have all kinds of service agencies from the community that are resources for kids and families in those kinds of things. We’ve got free food, hot dogs and chips and bottled water. We will be giving away a bunch of prizes, some bikes and trikes and scooters, and we’ll have a plethora of display items. Hopefully we’re going to get the new MercyOne chopper there. We’re going to have police car/squad car tours from all kinds of law enforcement agencies.”Brinkley says it’s an opportunity for law enforcement to make a positive connection with families, especially kids. “The narrative nationally right now isn’t good for police. We’ve been trying to turn that around…in Iowa it’s different, but I think you know we’ve got to work on that every day. We hope this is a chance for kids, families, the whole community to have an opportunity to interact with us, in an opportunity that’s positive. There’s no cost, come have a good time, we’ll have all kinds of officers that will take pictures, those kinds of things, share that out. We’re really looking forward to the chance to have a lot of smiles, a lot of high fives and all the all the fun that goes with that.”Brinkley says they’ll be bringing in the “What You Don’t See” trailer put together by the Iowa Narcotics Officers Association. It’s specifically put together for parents and educators who might not always be up to speed on the teen culture.  “It’s set up like a kid’s bedroom, and there’s a bunch of different things in there that are part of the drug and subculture that goes with drug abuse and substance use and abuse. We have parents and teachers walk through that, make their observations, and then when you’re done we sit down with them for a couple minutes and say ‘hey, what did you see?’, and then we give some information says here’s what you didn’t see, and these are other things that you saw in plain sight in this room that are that are part of culture that you need to know, you need to talk to kids when you see these kind of things and help them make good choices and good decisions that result in a happy lifestyle.”The event runs from 5:00 to 8:00 PM in the All-Seasons Building at the North Iowa Events Center. National Night Out events are also taking place in Charles City, Forest City, and Lake Mills tonight.last_img read more

Manchester crumble, Liverpool 5 clear as Arsenal held

first_imgChelsea kids are alrightFrank Lampard enjoyed his best day in charge of Chelsea so far as the Blues inflicted Wolves’ first home defeat since January 2 in style by scoring five at Molineux.Tammy Abraham took his tally to seven goals in three games with a hat-trick to join Sergio Aguero as the top scorer in the Premier League.But all three Chelsea goalscorers on the day were 21 or under and came through the Blues academy. ‘Top six’ not so dominantCity’s loss means Liverpool are the only team yet to taste defeat just a month into the new campaign.In contrast to recent seasons when the established ‘top six’ have pulled away from the rest, the other 14 have already landed a series of blows on the established powers.Bottom-of-the-table Watford roared back from 2-0 down to hold Arsenal 2-2 on Sunday and deserved even more after peppering the Gunners goal with 31 shots.Norwich are not the only newly-promoted side to have troubled the top six as Sheffield United drew 2-2 at Chelsea before the international break, while Newcastle’s only win of the campaign so far came at Tottenham and Crystal Palace beat Manchester United at Old Trafford.As it stands just three points separate third from 16th. The cream will eventually rise to the top, but the early running suggests there will be far more upsets as the season goes on.Share on: WhatsApp STUNNED: Man City’s Kevin De BruyneThree things we learned from the Premier League weekendLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Liverpool opened up a five-point lead at the top of the Premier League as defending champions Manchester City crumbled to a stunning 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Norwich.Behind the top two, there is a five-way tie between those likely to be fighting for the final two Champions League places this season with Manchester United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Leicester all on eight points from the opening five games.Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Laporte injury hands Liverpool golden opportunityLiverpool did what City could not in recovering from conceding early to ease past Newcastle 3-1 and maintain their 100 percent start to the season.Just five games into the campaign, there is no reason for City to panic just yet, but there could be longer-term trouble ahead for Pep Guardiola’s men with key centre-back Aymeric Laporte sidelined with a serious knee injury until at least January.Without the Frenchman, City’s only two fit centre-backs John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi were exposed, particularly in gifting Norwich’s third goal just after half-time.Guardiola admitted he had to “see what I can to do help” mask Laporte’s absence, but after two seasons of near perfection, City now have an obvious area of weakness for opponents to target.Liverpool have waited 30 years for a Premier League title and after missing out by a point last season, the European champions are unlikely to get a better chance to end that long wait.center_img Centre-back Fikayo Tomori showed Abraham how it is done with a stunning strike from 30 yards to open the scoring and Mason Mount grabbed the fifth in stoppage time to round off the scoring.That trio have now scored all 11 of Chelsea’s Premier League goals so far under Lampard.Until this season, John Terry was the last Chelsea academy graduate to become a first-team regular.But all that has changed with Lampard afforded the freedom by a transfer ban to give the younger players a chance.“We had a couple of pints in the week with Neil Bath (head of youth development) and the academy staff because I think it’s important the club is joined up,” said Lampard.“It doesn’t mean young players are going to start every week, but there must be a connection. When they work for hours and hours with these young players, and invest time, it’s nice for them to see.”last_img read more

Spurs ripped apart by Bayern with Winks and Aurier enduring shocking nights

first_imgTOTTENHAM were stunned by Bayern Munich who ran out 7-2 winners in this Champions League group game. Yes SEVEN.With this area of North London still reeling from the shock news that local girl Adele might be dating superstar grime artist Skepta – they could have done without this as well.3 Harry Kane reacts during Bayern Munich’s mauling of SpursCredit: Rex FeaturesThe night started brilliantly for Spurs when Heung-min Son gave them the lead but by half-time Bayern were ahead through Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski.Then an awful spell early in the second half saw ex-Arsenal man Serge Gnabry score a brace inside a few minutes.Harry Kane pulled one back from the spot to provide some hope but Gnabry wasn’t finished. He went on two score two more with those sandwiched by a Lewandowski strike.Here’s how Simon Rice rated the bewildered Spurs players.Hugo Lloris – 2/10The Frenchman stopped a few stinging shots on a tricky night for keepers due to the extreme wet weather. But on a night when you concede SEVEN goals, a score of two feels generous.Serge Aurier – 2Should have been off the pitch inside 10 mins for a sickening tackle in which he jumped two footed on David Alaba. A liability at the back as well but his desire to get forward did also cause Bayern problems. Lost the plot in the second half.Toby Alderweireld – 4Some good clearing headers but like the rest of the defence, totally embarrassed in the second period.Jan Vertonghen – 3Was made to look a fool in the build up to Bayern’s second goal as Lewandowski flicked the ball over his head.Danny Rose – 3Won the penalty for Spurs but that’s as good as it got. Struggled to get forward and was torn apart at times by Coman – who he blatantly fouled in the box but somehow got away with.Harry Winks – 2Gave away possession in midfield time and again and was eventually punished when Gnabry scored his second. Poor game.Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munich3 Mauricio Pochettino’s team were absolutely destroyed by Bayern MunichCredit: Alamy Live NewsTanguy Ndombele – 4Great through ball early on and then provided the assist for Son’s opener after sloppy defending from Bayern. He should have scored soon after. At fault for Bayern’s first and second goals. First he let Kimmich find space to score from the edge of the box and then failed to clear his lines which saw Lewandowski hit the back of the net. Replaced by Eriksen just after the hour mark.Moussa Sissoko – 5Snatched at decent chance with the score at 2-4 – and oh boy it could have been different had he scored it.Dele Alli – 3Looked dangerous when he got on the ball in the first half but he lacked that killer edge that at one stage in his career stood him out. Let a few opportunities get past him in the second half before Poch saw enough and replaced him with Moura after 70 mins.Heung-Min Son – 6Got the opening goal after making the liveliest start on the pitch. Was a total nuisance for Bayern. Struggled to keep up those high standards in the second period.3 Son was Tottenham’s best player – but not nearly good enoughCredit: PA:Press AssociationMOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himHarry Kane – 5Will be frustrated with himself he didn’t score after rounding Neuer but he just couldn’t quite get the pace on his shot with his left peg, allowing Bayern to clear. Scored the penalty for Spurs.SUBS – Eriksen (on for Ndombele after 62 mins) – 5Stinging shot from range just after coming on made you question why he didn’t start. Had another shot from range but flew over the bar.Lucas Moura (on for Dele after 70 mins) – 4Made very little impact after coming on with Bayern running riot at the other end.last_img read more

PFL: Meralco tries to bounce back from heavy loss

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Lyceum’s Perez a thorn to former squad; San Beda, Jose Rizal turn back foes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FC Meralco Manila tries to shake off the horror of a heavy defeat last week when it clashes with Global Cebu on Saturday, even as Ceres Negros battles a Davao Aguilas side that beefed up its lineup in the Philippines Football League.The Sparks, who suffered a crushing 0-7 loss to Ceres Negros last week, are looking to regain top spot with a victory over Global in the 4 p.m. clash at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanscenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Meralco coach Aris Caslib said the Sparks have moved on from the defeat to the Busmen.“We have picked up training day by day since the Ceres loss and the past few training sessions have been very good,” said Caslib.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Meralco winger Curt Dizon echoed Caslib’s sentiments.“We could dwell on the loss to Ceres or move on,” he said. “We decided to move on.” LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Johnsonville Bodies: GOL’s Failure to Listen Spells Danger

first_imgFor over two weeks now this newspaper has been calling on the Liberian government (GOL) to undertake the proper handling of the Ebola dead.  We have repeatedly pleaded with GOL that it should empower the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MOH) to take charge of bodies and bury them properly.  We have insisted that the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) is NOT the proper agency to undertake this medical and scientific task about which they know nothing.  Morris Dukuly, MIA Minister, is a journalist-turned politician, NOT a medical person and so he knows nothing about burying people who have died from a highly infectious and contagious disease such as Ebola.  Everywhere in the world the burial of such bodies is placed in the care of the Health and Medical  Authorities—why? because there is a whole branch of medicine that deals specifically with dead bodies; it is called “forensic pathology.”  Liberian Medical experts have confirmed to the Daily Observer that this branch of medicine—forensic pathology— determines the cause of death and how a dead body should be disposed of.    Unfortunately, despite our repeated pleas that GOL hand over this highly scientific task to the proper authority, the Ministry of Health, the GOL has been in total denial  and has refused to  listen.  To prove that Internal Affairs knows nothing about this matter, we last week quoted an MIA  official  who said, “The burial of Ebola bodies is  irrelevant.”Now here we are weeks later faced with this highly dangerous and alarming situation in Johnsonville: many bodies dumped on the bank of a river from which people get their drinking, bathing and cooking water.  And when last weekend the people saw their dogs eating the bodies, the people began fleeing the area, not knowing what next to expect, quite possibly a renewed Ebola outbreak!  For dogs always mix with people and even bark and sniff at them.  That is a sure way of spreading this deadly virus.The failure to dispose properly the Ebola bodies, even the MOH will agree, is a sure way of spreading the virus.  For it is the MOH itself that has warned people to stay away from an Ebola body, because by mere touching it one could immediately contract  the disease.We again call on the GOL immediately to take control of this dangerous situation in Johnsonville, by   reclaiming all of the bodies improperly buried there and transporting them to a secure place for burial or cremation. That’s our number one suggestion. Number two, GOL should immediately send in a team from the MOH to spray the entire township of Johnsonville, beginning especially with the surrounding areas where the bodies were dumped.   All the surrounding wetlands, all the rivers and creeks in Johnsonville should be sprayed, and the dry ground, too.Number three, the MOH, with the assistance of the Environmental Protection Agency,  should engage the Johnsonville people in finding all the dogs in town, kill and burn them, depending on what these two Agencies deem best, in an urgent and determined bid to stop them from spreading Ebola even further. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

President Not Ready for Plenary

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf yesterday asked a second excuse from lawmakers as she declined to honor a planned meeting with the leadership of the House of Representatives. She was due to hold discussion with at least 38 members of the House including the committee on Education as well as the Speaker and Deputy Speaker on the future of Liberia’s education system. Initially, the Liberian leader was summoned by the House last week to answer to a constitutional contempt charge, which she again declined to honor, prompting a new letter from her office calling for consultation on Monday, July 6. According to the chairman of House Committee on Executive, Grand Kru County Representative George Wesseh Blamoh, the President also communicated on Monday, informing the House of her inability to appear at the Capitol to begin the consultation on the way forward about the education sector. In an interview with the Daily Observer, Rep. Blamoh named the presence of the visiting Dutch delegation to Liberia as the main reason behind her latest decision to reschedule her appearance.“The President informed us that she has international guests,” he said, “and as such, she will not be available for the meeting this week. She requested that we hold the discussion next week, but said she has instructed her Minister of Information to make a public announcement informing the public that school will not be closed this July as is being speculated.” The House welcomes the President’s excuse, Blamoh maintained, noting that the acceptance was in the spirit of national unity. What action will the House take if the Information Minister refuses to make said pronouncement, Blamoh asserted, “it is left to him and his boss Johnson Sirleaf on how to address these issues.” The date and time of the rescheduled meeting was not disclosed, but a legislative insider suggests that the President might simply be buying time. “She is not prepared to defend her policy” on the education sector, the source said. According to the source, the Legislature gave her the benefit of the doubt by accepting her request for a meeting with the House leadership instead of full plenary. Constitutionally, decisions taken in meetings with the House leadership are not binding unless they meet the consent of plenary, which is the highest decision making body. Therefore, the expected consultative meetings between the President and the House leadership might remain just what they are — consultations — nothing concrete. Meanwhile, the Senate has named September 30, 2015 as the new school closure date. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Global Bank’s Lawyer Indicted for US$67,513, L$448,450 Theft

first_imgThe grand jury for Montserrado County has indicted Attorney Garrison Barh, Global Bank former head of Legal Affairs with offenses related to his participation in a fraud scheme that caused his employer to lose US$67,513 and L$448,450 respectively.Atty. Barh is charged with theft of property, misapplication of entrusted property and money laundering.He has been released by Criminal Court ‘C’ where he is expected to stand trial after Sky Insurance Company secured a US$200,000 bond on his behalf.The indictment alleges that from April 2015 until August 2016, Barh, in order to perform legal services, the bank approved and disbursed US$42,000 and L$597,200 to notarize 698 loan documents.Out of that money, the court records further alleged that defendant Barh notarized 326 loan documents, where he spent US$21,070 and L$148,750, but diverted the balance cash of US$20,930 and L$448,450 to his personal use.To cover-up his dubious act, the indictment claimed that the defendant prepared a fake receipt in the name of Providence Business Consultancy, which was discovered that said entity does not exist and could not be found anywhere in the country.On June 13 and 22, and on August 1, 2016, the document alleged that Barh requested and was allowed to sign for, and received US$16,000 as payment made by two of the bank’s delinquent loan customers, Sliver Store and First Communications Limited to the Debt Court in Monrovia, which money he has failed to account for.Also, on December 3, 2016, Barh, the court claimed, was again asked to sign for and receive US$3,000 from First State Communications Limited, which money his employer did not receive up to present.“Garrison also signed for and received US$27,083 representing payment made as judgment rendered against H.Q. Taylor and Ecocon by the Debt Court. The money was never presented to the bank,” the indictment stated.The indictment further alleged that Barh opened several accounts at different commercial banks, including Global Bank in the name of his close relative, where he deposited monies he had collected from the bank’s delinquent loan customers.According to the document, defendant Barh also used some of the stolen monies to purchase properties including cars, land, houses and other personal items in his own name and that of his relatives.An indictment is merely an allegation and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.If convicted, however, Barh will face a maximum statutory penalty of 10 years in prison and pay a fine of over US$20,000.The indictment also includes a forfeiture allegation that would require the defendants, upon conviction, to forfeit any property traceable to the offense or used to facilitate the offense, including his cars, land, houses either in his name or any of his relatives’ names.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) – Advertisement – Attorney Garrison Barh, Global Bank former head of Legal Affairslast_img read more

Shoniyin Urges Youths’ to Make Use of Talents, Opportunities

first_imgMinister Elias Shoniyin (in coat suit) views some of the students’ handiworks, including the Chinese commode. -Calls for more capacity buildingThe Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Elias Shoniyin is urging many of the young people, who fail to make efforts in seeking opportunities, to taking advantage of their talents and make a meaningful life for themselves.Shoniyin spoke at the appreciation by the Covenant Vocational and Technical Training Institute (CVTTI) on Monday, April 29, 2019 in Paynesville, for his contribution to youth education through that institution.According to him, it is time the young people take advantage of the limited opportunities and receive capacity-building for their own benefit and the benefit of their country.“I am honored for your selection of me to be honored for what I have contributed to the lives of our young people. Thank you so much. I am humbled by your noble deed,” Shoniyin said.He said capacity building is the most sustainable way to rescue the youth from the cycle of handout dependency on people in society.“If our youth are to be self-reliant, investment in formal education, as well as technical and vocational training is the surest way to save the future of the country’s youthful population,” Shoniyin said.According to him, pillar one of President George Weah’s Pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PAPD), which highlights “power to the people” can also be aligned with capacity development of the country’s population, especially its youth.“I am not complacent with thinking that I have done so much for any one of you here. I feel that a lot more has to be done should we, collectively, realize that glorious nation we yearn for every day. It is an honor for anyone to give back to the community, and I am happy that I have become one of the privileged individuals, who look back and do something for something for someone so much in need,” he said, as his audience applauded him.Minister Shoniyin, who currently runs his personal foundation, was appreciated by the vocational and technical institution for sponsoring 12 students that are currently enrolled in the school.The head of the institution, Thomas Dennis, thanked Minister Shoniyin for being the first government official in the history of his institution to sponsor students.Mr. Dennis said Shoniyin’s intervention has brought hope to the students, who have been finding it difficult to pay their fees for the training.The CVTTI trains youth and adults in electrical engineering, house wiring, plumbing, light duty mechanic, carpentry and masonry, among several other vocational skills.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Iran claims U.S. threats are empty

first_imgTEHRAN, Iran – The Iranian foreign minister said Saturday the United States was in no position for another war, and maintained that negotiations – not threats – were the only way to resolve the standoff over its nuclear activities. Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki was responding to Vice President Dick Cheney, who renewed Washington’s warning to Iran earlier Saturday that “all options” were on the table if Tehran continues to defy U.N. demands to halt uranium enrichment. Mottaki said the U.S. could not afford to settle its differences with Iran by launching a third war after Afghanistan and Iraq. “We do not see America in a position to impose another crisis on its taxpayers inside America by starting another war in the region,” Mottaki told reporters. The United States and several of its Western allies fear that Iran is using its nuclear program to produce an atomic weapon – charges Iran denies, saying its aim is to generate electricity. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Thursday that Iran had ignored a U.N. Security Council ultimatum to freeze its uranium enrichment program and had expanded the program by setting up hundreds of centrifuges. Enriched to a low level, uranium is used to produce nuclear fuel but further enrichment makes it suitable for use in building an atomic bomb. The IAEA report came after Wednesday’s deadline of a 60-day grace period for Iran to halt uranium enrichment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

District of Taylor set to show love for local businesses

first_imgLove Taylor BC is the 34th community to join the Love Northern BC shop local program funded by Northern Development Initiative Trust. TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor will be showcasing local businesses this coming Sunday for the Love Taylor BC Launch Party.The showcase is part of the Love Northern BC initiative of Northern Development Initiative Trust. The event, which is being hosted at Lone Wolf Golf Club from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, will have a Farmer’s Market as well as local Love Taylor BC participants showing residents their business. There will also be snacks and prizes.The District will also be hosting Small Business Bingo at the Taylor Community Hall on Friday, September 16th at 7:00 PM. The prizes will be form local Love Taylor businesses.- Advertisement -District of Taylor Councillor, Betty Ponto, says they encourage locals to see what they have in the community around them.“Every town has small businesses which are often ‘hidden gems’ that go by word of mouth and don’t always have the exposure they deserve. Love Taylor BC is an exciting opportunity to showcase, nurture and promote these valued community members. We encourage everyone to take a look at what is right in their own community for some diverse local shopping.”The program registration fee is normally $100, but Mayor and Council feel that it is very significant to buy locally in the District of Taylor, and they will be reducing the fee by 50% per business.Advertisementlast_img read more