Liverpool and Spurs fans descend on Madrid for Champions League final

first_imgThousands of football fans have begun arriving in Madrid ahead of Saturday’s all-English Champions League final – but have been warned any disorder will be dealt with “robustly” by police.Many Liverpool and Tottenham supporters have turned up in the Spanish capital without a match ticket, battling surging travel prices and a shortage of reasonably priced accommodation to spend the weekend taking in the atmosphere on what could be a memorable Saturday night for their respective clubs.Both teams have received around 16,000 tickets apiece for the match – deemed the greatest spectacle in European club football – with more than 20,000 going to sponsors and partners at the near-64,000-capacity Wanda Metropolitano.Teams have been assigned separate fan zones so supporters without a ticket are able to soak in the atmosphere on what is expected to be a sweltering few days in Spain.Huge screens, stages and pop-up bars have also been erected in plazas across the city as part of a “festival” celebrating the sport.But fans have been told the screens will not show the match live, meaning many will likely cram into packed-out bars well in advance of the 8pm (BST) kick-off to catch the action.Extra police officers from London and Merseyside have also been drafted in to assist their Spanish counterparts in dealing with the influx of British supporters.Superintendent Nick Collins, the Metropolitan Police’s lead for football policing, said: “This is a historic match for British football and it promises to be a fantastic occasion, and a memorable time for travelling fans.“A robust policing plan is in place to ensure disruption and any trouble is kept to a minimum, and so fans can focus on enjoying the spectacle.“We will be assisting our Spanish counterparts. Fans who choose to get involved in disorder should be warned that they can expect to be arrested and dealt with robustly by the Spanish police.”Fans making the journey from England to the continent have been warned to pack the suncream, with temperatures expected to reach 32C on Saturday.Met Office forecaster Emma Smith, herself a Liverpool fan from Merseyside, said: “People will need their factor-50 over the next few days.“It’s going to be warming up in the UK, but it will be even warmer in Spain this weekend.”Prices for flights and accommodation soared moments after the teams secured their places in the finals.Charter flights to Madrid were available for around £700 return and hotel rooms in the Spanish capital on the night of the game generally cost more than £1,000.Non-stop scheduled flights from the UK to Madrid have been hiked to more than £1,300 return, forcing many to book indirect flights at a reduced cost or driving down through Europe.last_img read more

Henries Law Firm Shut Down for ‘Failure to Pay Taxes’

first_imgIn its power to compel compliance with the Revenue Law, the Tax Court at the Temple of Justice on Friday, August 7, enforced the closure of the Henries Law Firm for its failure to pay real estate taxes in the amount of US$3,441.36.The law firm, located on Benson Street, is one of the oldest in the country and founded by the late former Speaker Richard A. Henries, who was among those killed by the military junta led by President Samuel K. Doe, which overthrew the William R. Tolbert presidency in 1980.The closure ordered on Friday was jointly done by court sheriffs, employees of the Real Estate Division and the legal team of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA), based on a petition of temporary closure filed to the court.Several other companies including Provident Hotel on 9th was closed down on Friday for tax evasion in the tune of US$70,416.63.It took nearly two hours to effect the law firm’s closure after one ‘Momoh’ a lawyer who was in the building when the enforcement team arrived, strongly refused to leave the premises, despite several appeals from LRA’s staff.“What has government done with monies collected from taxes,” the lawyer cried in protest to the LRA’s legal team, after court officers persuaded him to come out of the building. “They are just receiving and eating the money. What could they boast about the intent of the taxes they have collected? They are going to give account in 2017.”When Mr. Momoh had left the building, LRA’s lead counsel, Atty. Max Duncan responded by saying, ”Why [would] a man who is a lawyer and an officer of the court want to prevent what the law says? Why would he allow his law firm to be shut down because of tax evasion?” “2017 or not, we are not going to be afraid. We will do our job without favoritism.“What I want him to understand is that if he fails to abide by the law, his law firm will be shut-down until they can comply with the law.” He added, “We are not going to allow any threat to intimidate us – especially from a lawyer sitting there – from carrying out this exercise. We are going to engage delinquent taxpayers like the Henries Law Firm without fear and favor.”“They are a law firm and they should be the ones protecting the law and not break it. They are officers of the court. We will continue with this exercise until lawful revenue is collected for the development of the country. They can’t hold us responsible for the action, because we held a discussion with them about their tax obligation and they failed to comply. We even posted a notice on their building informing them to make settlement of their obligation within 72hours and they again failed to take advantage of the opportunity,” adding, “It is a court order and [even] we, as lawyers, need to abide by it.”According to him, his exercise required that they provide spot audit to have the taxpayer informed about the value of the properties and also educate them about their procedure in paying taxes to government.“We are to educate the taxpayer to understand what their obligation is under the law, so that they can be a responsible taxpayer and to give them the opportunity to know how to make installment arrangements in paying their taxes. These are part of our responsibilities under the law, and we are going to do exactly just that.Commenting on closure of Provident Hotel, Atty. Duncan said that the company begged them for two hours from the time they arrived, on its premises, so that they would be able to make part payment of their US$70,416.63 obligation.“We are not going beyond the two hours they had asked for, if by 2:00 of that day, they cannot pay their obligation in the bank, we are going to shut them down,” said Atty. Duncan who said that negotiating with the hotel management was out of the question.“What they need to understand is that they should consider themselves closed for now,” he stated.According to him, while they were on Provident Hotel premises, the business owner, after a closed door discussion promised to pay US$10,000 as its installment payment.“He should have paid far lower than that, but because of his delay he is going to pay that amount into government coffers right now,” Atty. Duncan stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Crime still ‘out of control’ under coalition Govt – former Minister

first_imgWhile millions of dollars continue to be pumped into the local security sector, former Home Affairs Minister, Clement Rohee has said that the coalition Government is yet to deliver on its political campaign promise to reduce crime and keep Guyana safe.Rohee roasted Government for what he described as a weak performance inFormer Home Affairs Minister Clement Roheerelation to the proper management of the security sector, drawing reference to the recent prison unrest and several other issues which have plagued the country in recent times.Rohee is of the firm view that crime is still ‘out of control,’ even though the current Government boasts one of the largest teams of former national security experts. These include former senior ranking Guyana Police Force and Guyana Defence Force officials.“When the Finance Minister (Winston Jordan) presented the Budget in 2016 for 2017, the security sector was allocated $29.1 billion and Jordan had said that this would have restored public confidence in the security sector,” the former Minister recalled.However, Rohee asserted that the recent prison unrest tells a different story. According to him, while there were prison breaks under the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) Administration, it was never escalated to the magnitude of the Georgetown prison unrest.Rohee said, “I can’t imagine how much it will measure on the political ritchter scale, if that was at all possible. But what we do know, nothing of that nature ever occurred under the PPP; even though we were faced with similar challenges as the new Administration is faced with when they came into office.”Overcrowding in the local prison system is nothing new, Rohee argued, while adding that it has been an issue from time immemorial. “When we got into Government in 1992, the prisons were overcrowded. For the years we’ve been in Government, the prison remained overcrowded. And the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance for Change came in and inherited an overcrowded prison.”But the former Minister said the difference, however, is that the PPP had put certain mechanisms in place to deal with attendant problems and challenges that they knew could have arisen in a prison, which had huge amount of overcrowding for a number of years.He recalled that under the PPP, the Parole Board was fully constituted and active. Apart from that, the body met regularly and carried out its functions effectively. Further, Rohee said during holiday periods, particularly at Christmas, the prisons would submit a list with the names of persons, who should be considered for remissions for petty criminal offenders, among other measures.As a result of this prison unrest, Parliament recently approved $756.1 million, which now adds to the already $29.1 billion, which was allocated to the security sector in this year’s budget. “So, we don’t only have central damage, we have a financial cost to this situation… The fact of the matter is, apart from the Government foisting a bill, taxpayers now have to carry an additional burden.”Meanwhile, Rohee also recalled statements made by Minister of State Joseph Harmon, where he gave his commitment that drug trafficking will be something of the past. The former Minister said the situation has not improved in any significant way and maintained that Guyana is still a major transshipment point for drugs to be shipped in North America.“We do not accept this because only recently a huge amount of drugs was discovered in the Pomeroon River, in gas cylinders. Huge amounts are also still being exported from CJIA (Cheddi Jagan International Airport) and firearms are being legally imported through barrels in our ports. And we know the link between drugs and firearms,” he further explained.While the former Minister admitted that the Opposition is not proud of the issues facing the country in relation to crime and security, Rohee said these issues could be addressed if the coalition Government becomes more effective in its management of the local security sector.The Opposition has long criticised Government for failing to implement stringent and effective crime-fighting strategies. They had described Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan’s performance as “blundering incompetence” and said the Police Force is paralysed by mixed signals from President David Granger and other members of the executive, which seems to favour criminals.last_img read more

LA prosecutor used staff for baby-sitting, errands

first_img The disclosure about his staff came just days after Delgadillo held a press conference where he acknowledged that he periodically allowed his wife Michelle to drive his city-owned GMC Yukon. Michelle Delgadillo, 36, had a suspended driver’s license when she drove the vehicle. In 2004, she damaged the SUV by backing into a pole. The city attorney had the Yukon repaired at city expense. After some government watchdogs accused Delgadillo of misusing public funds, on Monday he said he had decided to reimburse the city for repairs. Michelle Delgadillo was in court Wednesday for additional legal troubles. She pleaded no contest to driving without a valid license in connection to a 1998 traffic citation. She was ordered to serve a year of probation and to pay roughly $500 in fines and penalties.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city’s top prosecutor, already under scrutiny for having allowed his wife to drive his city-owned vehicle, has used members of his staff to run personal errands and baby-sit his two young children. A spokesman for City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo confirmed that staff members have attended to some family and personal needs, but on their own time or lunch breaks. “On occasion, city staff members – some of whom the city attorney has known for many years – have watched the Delgadillos’ children on their own personal time,” said a statement released by Delgadillo’s office. “On rare occasions, city staff have run errands for the city attorney on their lunch breaks or other personal time.” Staff members were personally paid by the Delgadillos, but sometimes declined payment, the statement said. Nick Velasquez, a Delgadillo spokesman, said the favors sometimes coincided with business hours, but the employees used personal time. According to the Municipal Code, city officials shouldn’t use their positions or power of authority to “induce or coerce any person to provide, directly or indirectly, anything of value which shall accrue to the private advantage, benefit, or economic gain, of the city official or employee, or of any other person.” Los Angeles City Ethics Commissioner Bill Boyarsky said that even if employees did such work on their own time it was wrong of Delgadillo to use them. He said employees might feel coerced into volunteering out of fear the boss may retaliate. “When you’re a public official you should not use your cars, your staff or any public resources for personal reasons,” he said. “It’s really outrageous. Even in private life that’s not right.”last_img read more

Fireworks fires destroy two Simi Valley homes

first_imgAnyone with information about the case should call him at (805) 583-6969. (805) 583-7602160Want 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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Two of the boys were treated for smoke inhalation. One of the 17-year-olds was cited for unlawfully causing a fire, police said. Officials said it appeared that at least one of them had lived in the house that burned. On Tuesday, the uninsured home of an 80-year-old man in the 4200 block of Apricot Street was destroyed while he was away visiting his wife’s grave. Officials said people had been setting off illegal fireworks at a school nearby, and a bottle rocket apparently landed on the wood-shake roof of Chris Palomarez’, who had lived in the home for 40 years. Simi Valley police are still trying today to determine who set off the fireworks that ignited his home. “It was one of the worst fireworks-related fires I’ve ever seen here in Simi Valley,” said Simi Valley police Detective Gene Hostetler. SIMI VALLEY – With the memory of two houses destroyed by separate fires caused by illegal fireworks, firefighters scrambled this afternoon to extinguish a blaze that broke out in a Kadota Avenue home, officials said. Arson investigators were on the scene of the fire in the 2400 block of Kadota Avenue, working to determine the cuase of the 1:45 p.m. blaze. A Wednesday afternoon fire in the 1800 block of Geoffrey Avenue was started by teenagers playing with fireworks when one of the devices ignited leaves on the roof of a porch, officials said. Two 17-year-old boys and one 16-year-old boy were playing with the fireworks about 3 p.m. They tried to put out the flames with a garden hose, but it spread to the attic, the Ventura County Fire Department reported. last_img read more

Santa’s helpers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: John Jackson greets a Christmas that he wasn’t sure he’d seeThe twosome was joined by a group of Mountainview sixth-graders and a half dozen helpful moms as they separated hundreds of donated gifts. “I am always amazed by the generosity of this school, every single year,” Berens said. The energetic moms have been working with the county’s Santa Clarita Valley Community Center since 1998, when the team gathered gifts for 20 families. This year Berens and Ewing were able to brighten the holidays to more than 100 families, and 20 elderly and mentally disabled people. “Kids here are very fortunate, and we want them to realize how fortunate they really are,” Berens said. SAUGUS – For dynamic mom duo Michelle Ewing and Rebecca Berens, every day is about giving. After meeting in a mother’s club eight years ago, the two stay-at-home moms have been involved in endless community service projects. And during the holidays, the pair kicks the philanthropy into high gear, gathering hundreds of gifts for disadvantaged families. “We do food drives and Boy Scout events but this is our baby,” Ewing said Tuesday, as she hauled off the last bag of donated coats from Mountainview Elementary’s main office. Berens specifically remembered the lesson in gratitude learned by her children when they accompanied her to a gift delivery. “This older Korean lady, living in this tiny apartment with her bedridden son, was so grateful that we were thinking of her that as we gave her food, she handed my children candy bars – what little she could spare,” Berens said. For many parents, donating gifts to other families is the best way to teach their children about the spirit of the holidays. “I asked my kids to pick out the one gift they would pick if they could only have one present. They were blown away by that,” Mountainview parent Tiffany Groscost said. Ewing agreed that many of the comments she hears after the gift drive regards the effects it has on more affluent children. “I get so many parents that thank me for giving them a chance to teach their children about a community less fortunate,” she said. Still, for these moms of young children, sometimes the hardest obstacle is getting around the Santa Claus question. “We just tell them we are giving Santa Claus a little help,” Berens said. (661)257-5254160Want 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

Piers Morgan is presenting talkSPORT with Adrian Durham – here’s how to listen

first_img on target talkSPORT Drive will air at 4pm until 7pm on talkSPORT.They will then hand over to Laura Woods who will bring you all the build-up to the match.Sam Matterface, Stuart Pearce and Brazil will be on commentary duty with the cup clash set to get underway at 7:55pm.To tune into what should be a classic night on talkSPORT simply click below or here for the live commentary stream.You can also listen through the talkSPORT App, on DAB Digital Radio or on MW 1053 or 1089.For more information about how to listen to talkSPORT click here. 2 Arsenal take on Man United in the FA Cup tonight 2 Latest FA Cup News Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal take on Manchester United tonight in their FA Cup blockbuster and Gunners super fan Piers Morgan will be joining talkSPORT for the evening.United are in north London for the fourth round tie at the Emirates as the old enemies renew their rivalry again. Chelsea unveil stunning retro kit to mark 50 years since first FA Cup triumph Morgan said: “The most popular pundits in world football, re-united.“It’ll be the only place for the best football chat where you can tune in to a bubble of complete sense, with no snowflakes and proper footballing knowledge.”Brazil added: “We’re all looking forward to sparring with Piers at the Emirates this afternoon. Punches aren’t there to be pulled.” It promises to be a night for high drama in the cup so talkSPORT has enlisted the help of Britain’s most opinionated man.Piers Morgan will be live from the Arsenal stadium and co-hosting talkSPORT’s Drive show with Adrian Durham from 4pmThey will be joined by talkSPORT Breakfast Show host Alan Brazil and former England international David Seaman ahead of tonight’s kick off. Arsenal vs Man United: Piers Morgan is on talkSPORT tonight LOOKING GOOD last_img read more

Inverness CT 3-1 Kilmarnock: Red card turns tide against Killie

first_imgInverness eased any lingering threat of relegation from the Ladbrokes Premiership after scoring three times in the second half on their way to a 3-1 win over 10-man Kilmarnock.Greg Tansey, Ross Draper and Danny Williams all found the back of the net to move Inverness 11 points clear of 11th spot with four games to go.Kallum Higginbotham had given Lee Clark’s men the lead towards the end of the first half but Caley Thistle drew themselves level 10 minutes after the break, Tansey netting a penalty after Jamie MacDonald had been sent off.Draper turned in from close range after a Tansey corner with 17 minutes to go and Williams netted three minutes later to secure the points. Given that three points would have been useful for both sides, you would have expected more from a first half that lacked in any real incident or urgency.Neither goalkeeper was forced into a save in the first 30 minutes as a tame affair played out in front of a sparse Sunday afternoon crowd.Killie’s greatest threat came from set pieces, with balls aimed at Miles Addison, while Caley Thistle had some joy with Danny Williams and Miles Storey finding some space in behind the Kilmarnock back line. The best chances fell for the home side, with MacDonald denying Danny Williams and Julien Faubert heading a Gary Warren effort off the line.In a familiar story for Caley Thistle they had controlled possession but created little before shooting themselves in the foot. Greg Kiltie broke and fed Higginbotham and he was granted the freedom of the Highland capital, cutting inside and firing beyond Owain Fon Williams to give Kilmarnock a half-time lead.It was the visitors’ only shot of the first half and after the number of sucker-punches Inverness have been caught by this season, it should not have come as a surprise that they should find themselves behind.They were inexplicably handed a lifeline eight minutes into the second half by Killie defender Conrad Balatoni.His back pass was intercepted by Draper and, after rounding the goalkeeper, he was brought down by MacDonald, who saw red.Tansey buried the resulting penalty under replacement goalkeeper Conor Brennan.The opportunity was there for Inverness to go on and seize the game but they failed to do so, Josh Meekings missing a glaring header shortly after Fon Williams bailed out his side at the other end.But Draper’s close-range finish and Danny Williams’ angled shot across Brennan gave the hosts a two-goal cushion and gave them a lead they could hold on to, despite Faubert hitting the bar.last_img read more

Jennifer Louise Fox Hessig, 54

first_imgThere will be a private service at Callahan-Hughes Funeral Home in Terre Haute.Online expressions: Jennifer Louise Fox Hessig, age 54, of Salem, formerly of Terre Haute, passed away on March 24, 2016. She was born on March 9, 1962 to James and Jackie Fox, both survive.Other survivors include: husband, Tony Hessig; 2 sons, Douglas James Collier and Adam Vandenbrink; 2 sisters, Jill Mason (Gary) and Jo Knoblett; several nieces and nephews and dear friend Robert Boggs.Preceded in death by: brother, Jack Richard Fox.Visitation will be 11am-1pm Monday at Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home in Salem.last_img read more

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