MOST READ With Rain or Shine trailing, 96-90, early in the fourth, James Yap scored six straight points to start off the Elasto Painters’ 14-2 run for a 104-98 lead at the 4:11 mark of the quarter.The Elasto Painters, however, were unsteady at the start of the game and allowed Jeff Chan and Eugene Phelps to match them in scoring with the two Fuel Masters scoring a combined 45 points after the first 24 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s another hard-earned win for us, and during half time I told the players we can’t be complacent against any team as I felt we didn’t want to win today’s game,” said Rain or Shine head coach Caloy Garcia. “I just told them we have to at least keep the game close to have a chance at beating Phoenix.”“They were playing so good especially Jeff and Eugene who tied us at halftime in terms of scoring, they had 45 we had 45.” Passionate Peruvian fans flood World Cup’s smallest city Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Rain or Shine eventually clamped down on the defensive end forcing Chan and Phelps to go a combined 2-of-11 in the second half.And defense was also the key factor in stopping the Fuel Masters down the stretch with Reggie Johnson forcing Phelps to miss a layup with 5.9 seconds left to preserve Rain or Shine’s 107-106 lead.Johnson, who finished with a game-high 32 points on top of 17 rebounds, then, followed up his defensive stop on Phelps with a crucial challenge on Matthew Wright, whose attempt hit the backboard on his last heave.Yap, who had eight points in the fourth quarter, and Beau Belga finished with 13 points apiece to help the Elasto Painters while Raymond Almazan added 11 points.Phelps and Chan eventually finished with 26 points apiece for the Fuel Masters while Wright had 16 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine erased an early game deficit to edge Phoenix, 108-106, to retain its spot atop the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Elasto Painters chipped away at Phoenix’ 19-point lead, 29-10, in the first period and slowly built up their momentum in the second half to take their fifth straight victory and get a league-best 8-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
In spite of budgetary allocations totaling US$14 million between 2010 and 2014 for the renovation of the Executive Mansion, the project appears to have no end in sight and Lawmakers want to know why. Therefore, a three-member Joint Committee comprising Public Works, Executive and Public Accounts, is expected to advise the 73-member Plenary of the House of Representatives on the status of the renovation of the Executive Mansion.The advisement of the Joint Committee will entail whether the delay on the renovation works is legitimate or not.The Executive Mansion, situated on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, is the official seat of the Liberian Presidency. It was constructed in 1964 under the regime of the late Liberian President William Vacanarat Shadrach Tubman by 2,000 workers, including about a fifth of Monrovia’s labor force, and 150 foreign technicians.The imposing, eight-storey Mansion, which costs US$20 million, is equipped with a bomb shelter, an underground swimming pool, a private chapel, a trophy room, a cinema, an emergency power plant, water supply and sewage system, among others.But the Executive Mansion was damaged by fire in 2006, during Liberia’s 159th Independence Day celebration, in the presence of three West African leaders at a time when the then newly elected President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf switched on electricity to reach limited parts of the capital city.At the time, the cause of the fire at the Executive Mansion, according to South African forensic scientists, was an electrical fault.Following the fire outbreak at the Executive Mansion, the Government of Liberia (GOL) announced a closure of the Mansion, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf relocated to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she has been performing her official functions since then.In the wake of the unfortunate incident, the National Legislature has over the fiscal periods appropriated the amounts of US$973,496 (2010/2011FY), US$1,230,078 (2011/2012FY), 2,000,000 (2012/2013FY) US$6, 466,667 (2013/ 2014FY) and US$6, 466,667 (2014/2015) for the renovation of the Mansion under the Public Sector Investment Plan and Technical Services budget of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs.The total amount that has been allocated for the renovation of the Executive Mansion stands at US$14,933,334.A preliminary probe on the ruined Executive Mansion was made on Thursday, November 27 after the reading of a formal communication addressed to that August Body by Grand Bassa County District # 4 Representative Jeh Byron Brown.His communication was read during the 24th day sitting of the Extraordinary Session of the House of Representatives. A motion for the acceptance of the Grand Bassa County lawmaker’s communication was filed by Nimba County Representative Worlea Saywah-Dunah.In an interview with legislative reporters at his Capitol Building office in Monrovia, Rep. Brown stated that the Mansion is not only the official home of the Liberian President, but it also hosts reception and accommodates foreign guests and dignitaries.The Capitol Building is the seat of the Legislature.Speaking further, Rep. Brown recalled that for over five years, the Liberian government has been using local hotels to host foreign guests and dignitaries entering into the country. This, he said, has caused a huge loss of money to the Liberian government.He asserted that the money was exclusively set aside by the Legislature not only for the renovation of the Executive Mansion, but also for the relocation of the offices of the Ministry of State for Presidential Affairs.He termed as “unfair” to the Liberian people the prolonged delay in the rehabilitation of the Executive Mansion.The Grand Bassa lawmaker averred that the renovation contracts were given to the Chinese Company CNQC QINGJIAN International, Liberia Group Development Incorporated and others (whom he did not name) that were hired to carry out the work, but the work is yet to be accomplished.”In an effort to restore the physical structure and other important architecture of the building, this Legislative body has consistently placed money in the National Budget since the occurrence of the ill-fated event. I believe it will be an appreciated undertaking as a matter of fulfilling a crucial Legislative oversight, were we to inquire into the current state of the Executive Mansion with particular reference to the level of work that has been done in commensuration with the amount of financial resources that have been approved over the budget years,” the Liberty Party lawmaker stated.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
DD NEWS: SADISTIC thieves battered and taunted an elderly Donegal farmer in his home before stealing his shotgun and a small sum of cash.The sickening incident – described by neighbours as ‘evil’ – left the victim badly shaken.But the man, who is 76, is so fiercely independent he didn’t bother calling Gardaí to report the incident. Instead a friend calling to check on him a day later raised the alarm after seeing the serious injuries suffered by the victim.Friends say the pensioner was battered and beaten and taunted by at least four men late on Thursday night.“They dragged him out of his home, beat him and then went through his home before leaving with tools, a shotgun and some money,” said one friend.The thieves spent several minutes in his home just outside Falcarragh looking for the valuables and cash. “It means there is some lunatic out there now with a gun. That has left everyone frightened,” said one neighbour.The friend who found the farmer called Gardaí on Friday evening, 24 hours after the incident.It’s understood Gardaí have launched a major investigation into the attack and spent yesterday taking a statement from the victim.They have also carried out follow-up inquiries.Another local man told us: “We need more guards here; more guards out searching for this gang. “It’s a disgrace what has happened to an absolutely innocent gentleman.”SADISTIC THIEVES BATTER ELDERLY FARMER IN SICKENING ATTACK AT HIS HOME was last modified: September 22nd, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:burglarsburglaryFalcarraghGardaishotgun theftthieves
RAPHOE LOCAL NOTESWeek ending Friday 7th September 2012 AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME The afterschool programme will re-commence on Tuesday 11th September with 3rd & 4th Classes from 3-4pm followed by 5th & 6th Classes from 4-5pm. Wednesday 12th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm; 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm and Youth Café from 7-9pm; Thursday 13th September-Junior & Senior Infants from 2-3pm and 1st & 2nd Classes from 3-4pm. TRAINING FOR TRANSFORMATION In 1999 the Family Resource Centre (then Raphoe Youth & Community Project) brought the Training for Transformation Programme to Raphoe. At that time 20 community leaders/activists participated in the training over several months. Training for Transformation is built on the idea of building a “temporary learning community”, and by doing so, learning the tools of building a sense of community in our own places built on three distinct realities; that everyone feels a sense of being safe and accepted, that everyone feels they are important, significant and has a part to play, that everyone feels a common bond, a sense of solidarity. Training for Transformation is ideal for developing leadership capacity at grassroots level, creating and deepening a sense of community among diverse groups, particularly those with a history of conflict, and developing skills for community building by experience, a process that is inclusive, participative and built around fostering human relationships.Partners, the community education agency working in Ireland for over 25 years and who delivered the programme in Raphoe in 1999 is now keen to return to Raphoe and East Donegal to run the Programme again and are in the process of drafting an application to the Department of Foreign Affairs. To support that application Partners are keen to base the application on the needs of groups around East Donegal, and will visit the area shortly to hear first hand the needs of local organisations.In the meantime, if you are interested in participating in the training please contact Tony on 074 9145796.YOUNG PARENTS Pathways ProgrammeAre you 18-28 years old??a parent/guardian??If so, this free course could help you with-parenting advice-personal development-health awareness-paediatric first aid-it qualificationyou will get assistance with childcare and career progression, accredited training and an opportunity to meet new people.If anyone is interested please contact: 028 8225 0962/048 8225 0962ASIST REFRESHERThe Family Resource Centre will be hosting a 3 hour refresher workshop for those who previously participated in Asist training within the past 18 –24 months. The workshop will be held on Thursday 4th October from 7–10pm. Tea/coffee available. To book a place please contact 074 9145796. SUPPORT GROUPA support group for parents or carers will be held in Raphoe Family Resource Centre at 7pm every second Tuesday starting on 11th September. This is an informal support group for parents or guardians of a child with delayed communication or learning skills. BORDER VILLAGES SOCIAL INTEGRATION PROJECT: Raphoe Family Resource Centre in conjunction with the Border Villages Social Integration Project is hosting a facilitated discussion at 7.30pm on Tuesday 11th September on the following themes: belonging, fitting in, identity, feeling welcome, feeling at home, being a ‘blow in’, creating a diverse community where all are welcome.If you are someone who has recently moved to or back to the Raphoe/Convoy areas then this discussion might be of interest to you. If you are a longstanding member of either community that people have moved in to and wish to help support the creation of a diverse community then please feel free to come along. The discussion should last for about two hours and will be facilitated by Owen Donnelly of the Peace and Reconciliation Group, Derry. Light refreshments will be available. The Border Villages Social Integration Project is supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation managed for the Special EU Programme Body by Donegal Co. Council. Healthy Walks Following the success of our walking group on Thursday mornings, thanks to Joe Porter we are also starting walks on Thursday nights, meeting here in the Centre at 7.15pm. If anyone is interested in coming along, please do. Walks take place at 9.30am and at 7.15pm. ZUMBA CLASSESZumba classes will be held in Raphoe Family Resource Centre from 7pm- 8pm starting on Monday 10th September. Admission is only €5 per class and will run for 6 weeks. Everyone welcome! Parents Plus Programme Early YEARS 0-6 year oldsSpringboard Family Support Project are running an eight week Parents Plus Programme- A Practical & Positive guide to parenting Children. Topics include being a responsive parent, encouraging and supporting Children, promoting children’s language and development, helping children concentrate and learn building co-operation in young children, managing tantrums, misbehavior and problems. To book a place on our forthcoming autumn programme, contact Springboard office on 074 9173918, date to be confirmed, Time 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m., Venue Springboard, Castlegrove Raphoe. (Childcare & travel can also be provided) RAPHOE KURLING CLUBRaphoe Kurling Club is starting back on Monday 3rd September in the Volt House Hall. All new members welcome from 7.00 – 8.00 p.m. Dancing Classes will commence on Monday 10th September from 8.30 – 9.30 p.m. in the Volt House Hall. €5.00 per person. Everyone welcome. For further information contact Margaret Parke on 085 7067208. ATTENTION JOBSEEKERS!Fetac Level 5 Food Safety & HACCP Training will take place in Safetech, Rossview Business Park, Port Road, Letterkenny. The training which is free to those in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance, One-Parent Family Allowance etc will take place in 2 groups: – Group 1: Thursday 27th September x 4 ThursdaysGroup 2: Friday 28th September x 4 FridaysThe training will take place from 10.00am-5.00pm each day. For further information or to book a place please contact Margaret at 043 6685289. LEGION OF MARY PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCKLegion of Mary Pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday 23rd September. Everyone welcome. Please contact Anne Kelly, Raphoe 0879644865 or Catherine Craig, Raphoe 087 9175383 RAPHOE CUB SCOUTSRegistration for the new scouting year will take place on the 14th September 2012 from 7.30-9.00 pm in the Scout Den. RUNNING GROUPThe new running group is continuing in Raphoe every Monday, meeting at the Royal and Prior school car park at 7 pm. This group is suitable for beginners and intermediate runners. Fee: €3 per person per session. For more information contact Gerard mc Granaghan at 0862117980. RAPHOE BOXING CLUBThe boxers and officials of the Raphoe boxing club would like to extend a very sincere thanks to boxing coach Brendan Ryan who has decided to call it a day after 24 years loyal service to the local club. Brendan along with Tommy Stewart and Peter O’Donnell founded the Raphoe club way back in 1988 and everyone at the club convey best wishes and good health to Brendan in the years ahead as your loyalty is greatly appreciated.Training is now in full swing at the Raphoe club after the summer break and the clubs new head coach Gary Mc Cullagh, his assistants, Gerard Mc Granaghan, Tommy Stewart and Stephen Mc Bride are on hand every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6pm to 9pm and all new and former members (boys and girls) are very welcome to attend. Club boxers will be taking part in the Ulster Novice Intermediate Championships in Belfast from 24th-28th September and club boxers will also feature in the Ulster 9 counties Novice Championships for boys and girls 11, 12 and 13 year olds in Toome Co. Antrim from 6th-13th October. RAPHOE FRIDAY SENIORS CLUB: Raphoe Friday Seniors Club meets every Friday in the Volt House Hall from 10.30am until 1pm. Come along and enjoy the tea and craic. New members welcome. For further information please call the Volt House on 9173966 or just call in any Friday. You will be very welcome. RE-CYCLING OF CANS AND GLASS IN RAPHOE Donegal County Council wish to inform members of the public that the glass and can recycling facilities in Raphoe have been relocated to Raphoe Hardware, Lifford Road, Raphoe Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 8.30am – 5.30pm. The Bring banks are now located in the Raphoe Hardware car park near to the entrance of the shop. Thank You. BALLYLENNON PW COOKERY BOOK LAUNCHBallylennon Pw ladies present their cookery book “Country Kitchen – Tried and Tested” to be launched at a Cookery Demonstration by Jenny Bristow on Wednesday 26th September 2012 at 7.45 p.m. in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny. Proceeds in aid of Oncology Unit Patient Comfort Fund, Letterkenny General Hospital and Nanyuki Girls School Kenya, latest project by Derek and Linda Roulston, Newtowncunningham. Tickets are €10.00, Books are €10.00. Tickets from Mount Errigal Hotel, or any Ballylennon PW member or contact 087 6593055 Community News or Items of Interest for the “Raphoe People” may be emailed to Harriet at email@example.com or to Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You. Please note that all notes should be placed in the box provided in Raphoe Post Office by a Thursday before 4.00 p.m. or alternatively can be dropped into Raphoe Family Resource Centre or e-mailed to email@example.com every Thursday to meet the print deadline.LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS was last modified: September 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWS: RAPHOE COMMUNITY NEWS
Head of Donegal Childcare Committee Avril McMonagle.Donegal County Childcare Committee has welcomed the Pobal Annual Early Years Sector Survey 2013 and in particular key findings in relation to supports provided to childcare services’ by local CCCs.The report notes that ‘… in line with previous years, responses represent a very positive statement from childcare services about the supports provided to them by their local CCC … CCC’s are providing valued supports across the whole sector …’Donegal County Childcare Committee supports over 150 early childhood services across County Donegal and is the first point of contact for service providers seeking approval for childcare places under childcare programmes administered by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA). In addition to this, DCCC staff provide a wide variety of services locally including; a range of supports, advice, information and training to new and existing childcare services, parents and students in their local area.The questionnaire which provided the results is considered to be an honest appraisal of CCC’s from the perspective of childcare services as responses were submitted anonymously.Childcare service providers were asked to rate supports provided by their local CCC in a variety of areas including preparing service returns to the DCYA, training, information meetings and printed information, sustainability and financial planning, fee payment policies and site visits. The annual report highlighted that 90% of childcare services surveyed had received at least one form of support from their local CCC during 2013.Every category of support or interaction between service providers and the local CCC was rated positively by over 92.5% of early childhood services who responded. 95.6% of services who had received training from their local CCC gave the training a positive rating with 63.4% stating that they had made changes to their service as a result of the training provided. Donegal County Childcare has played a fundamental role in supporting childcare services to prepare annual service returns to DCYA, and this was reflected in the survey results where 94.5% of respondents gave a positive rating to the support provided by the local CCC in this area with 93.8% stating that they would feel more confident completing an online return next time around. A similar high level of support was reported in relation to fees policies, with 95.8% of services providing a positive rating around support to develop a fee payment policy.Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare welcomed the survey as an important monitoring mechanism of trends and changes in the early childhood sector in Ireland.“I am delighted that the important and high level work of Donegal Childcare at local level has been acknowledged. Overall, it is clear that the local focus and knowledge held by DCCC means that local structures are well positioned to support the development and sustainment of early education and childcare services across County Donegal’. SURVEY FINDS DONEGAL COUNTY CHILDCARE COMMITTEE PROVIDING HIGH LEVEL SUPPORTS was last modified: July 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Morale also matters. Employees work better if they feel validated and appreciated. Larry Whitty, owner of Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream, a chain of 65 family restaurants in the Midwest, expects to continue his company’s tradition of bonuses and extra days off for managers, although his costs have also increased. “It’s something that’s routine and at this time, we’ll continue it,” he said. The same philosophy should apply to events or incentives for customers and clients. The end of the year is a time to build or reinforce your company’s relationships, and the money you spend on parties or gifts is likely to be recouped in the form of sales in the future. “Companies have to think about, not only the short-term impact of the holiday season on their business, but the longer-term impact that those decisions have on the position of their business in the marketplace,” said John Long, a senior executive in the retail strategy practice of Accenture, the consulting firm. Whitty’s belief in celebrating the holidays at his companies goes beyond employees and customers – Happy Joe’s will host 21 parties for children with special needs. The parties are free, and they’re not advertised, so Whitty doesn’t see it as a promotional event. Still, the good will the parties generate can help business in the future. For business owners still angsting over whether they can afford holidays, there are two approaches to making celebrations possible. One is to scale back. Wilson suggests that if you really can’t afford bonuses, at least give your employees gift cards and let them know you’re hoping to be more generous next year. Then, when you’re working on your 2005 budget, be sure you account for whatever amount or percentage you want to give. Parties, of course, can run the economic gamut. If you can’t afford a full-scale party, you can still have some kind of observance that won’t break the bank, even if it’s just ordering in some food and beverages (but try to set up some kind of separate area, so your staffers don’t have to party at their desks!). If you need ideas, talk to other business owners or look at some books on creative management. “There’s so many different ways at this time of year to take care of your employees,” Wilson said. You can also go over your other expenses again and see what else you can cut – it probably will help your business overall. Van Grack had his restaurant managers go back to their wholesalers and fight them on their price increases. It helped make this year’s party possible. 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Don’t give in to that panic, advises Rob Wilson, president of Employco, a Chicago-based human resources firm. “Our recommendation is to try and find a way” to have the party or give those bonuses, he said. “Your employees are one of your most important, or maybe your most important asset,” Wilson said. Spending on bonuses and parties will help you in two critical areas: employee retention and morale. “In today’s employment arena, people expect bonuses,” Wilson said. “If you don’t give a bonus to some of your best people, a lot of people will ask themselves: Should I leave?” NEW YORK – With the costs of energy, supplies and raw materials rising, small-business owners are naturally looking at all parts of their companies for ways to save money, including holiday spending. But many owners, believing parties, gifts and bonuses are a long-term investment in employee and customer goodwill, won’t cancel the celebrations. “Parties do a lot for your employees in the long run,” said Mark Van Grack, owner of Hapa Sushi, a three-restaurant chain in Denver and Boulder, Colo., that has been contending with higher food costs, among other expenses. He sees parties as a way to motivate workers, and also to help them get to know each other – a step toward team-building. Van Grack also plans to give his managers their usual holiday bonuses. His company actually awards bonuses on a monthly basis – Van Grack believes the impact of a single bonus in December will be short-lived – because it is an important tool to motivate staffers. Many companies like Van Grack’s have already budgeted or made arrangements for parties, holidays and other methods of observing the holidays. The many others who do things at the last minute are probably the ones most likely to be worrying about what feels in late November or December like an added and perhaps unnecessary expense, particularly as much higher heating bills arrive.
LANCASTER – A former security guard arrested in the 2000 murder of a Palmdale teenager at a Park and Ride lot that he was guarding wants to be released from jail without bail while awaiting trial, citing his military service in Iraq. Handcuffed and wearing a dark-blue hooded sweat shirt, Raymond Lee Jennings appeared Thursday in a high-security courtroom where his attorney asked the judge for a report on the suitability of releasing Jennings on a written promise to appear for future hearings. “Counsel, c’mon, this is murder in the first degree,” Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Steve Ogden said. Ogden nonetheless ordered the report, though he commented that it “seems like a total exercise in futility.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Deputy Public Defender John Henderson cited Jennings’ ties to the community and his military service including about 10 months in combat zones in Iraq. “He has spent six years in the valley and spent several months fighting for our country in Iraq,” Henderson said. Jennings did not enter a plea Thursday in his first appearance at the Antelope Valley Courthouse. He was ordered to return to court Jan. 9 for arraignment, and meanwhile bail remained at $1 million. Jennings, 31, is charged with murder in the Feb. 22, 2000, death of 18-year-old Michelle O’Keefe. She was found shot to death behind the wheel of her blue 2000 Ford Mustang in the Park and Ride lot on Avenue S in Palmdale. With its engine running and the driver’s door opened, the car had backed out of a parking space and rolled over the edge of a small concrete planter. In interviews with investigators, Jennings, who was on duty for a private security company under contract with the city when O’Keefe was shot to death, has denied killing her. He told investigators he heard gunfire and watched the Mustang roll backward, but didn’t see the killer because his view was blocked by a parked van. Jennings said he called a supervisor and waited for her to arrive before he approached the car. O’Keefe’s parents and brother attended the hearing and left court without commenting. Family friend Allen Bell, who accompanied them, said later, “No matter what happens in the criminal case, it won’t fill the void or ease the pain.” While O’Keefe’s family sat in the first row, Jennings’ wife, holding an infant in her lap, sat in the second row. Crying as she left the courtroom, she did not comment. Jennings was named in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by O’Keefe’s parents in December 2000, but he was not criminally charged until prosecutors filed the case Nov. 15, about two days before Jennings, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, returned home on leave. He was arrested Tuesday when deputies stopped his vehicle on a Lancaster street. Prosecutors in the past declined to file criminal charges, citing insufficient evidence, but said this week that proceedings in the civil case changed the “character of the evidence.” Prosecutors and investigators declined to discuss the evidence against Jennings. “I’m glad it has provided the victim’s family some relief. This is just the first step in the long journey through the court process,” sheriff’s homicide Sgt. Richard Longshore said. O’Keefe had returned to her car after leaving it at the lot while she rode with a friend to work as an extra in the taping of a music video for rapper Kid Rock. The gun that killed O’Keefe has never been found. In May 2002, members of a local scuba diving club combed the murky bottom of nearby Palmdale Lake but turned up nothing. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
People may now be able to bring their pets into supermarkets and cafés.A rule from the 1950s regarding domestic animals (dogs and cats) in food premises has been repealed.The Food Safety Authority says that the decision to allow pets into a food business is at the operator’s discretion. If the business owner allows customers to bring their furry friends inside, they must demonstrate that it will not clash with cleanliness standards. In a statement, the FSAI says: “Where allowed by law, the decision to permit access to animals ultimately rests with the food business operator. Where access is granted, however, the food business operator must be able to demonstrate that such access will not pose an undue risk of contamination of foodstuffs.“In deciding where and when access may be permitted, the food business operator must identify potential hazards, consider the likelihood and severity of the risks and determine effective controls.”It should be noted that the exception is that food business operators should allow access for:Guide dogs to help people who are vision impairedAssistance dogs for families of children with autismAssistance dogs for adolescents with autismCompanion dogs for persons with other disabilitiesPups and dogs in training who will go on to qualify as the above categories of dogWhat do you think? Should pets be allowed in food businesses?YesNoOnly assistance dogs should be allowedUnsureVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.com
PANAJI: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday declared in the State Legislative Assembly that a new policy would soon cap the number of casinos in a particular area, and that Goan residents would be banned from visiting the gaming areas.Giving an outline of his proposed casino policy, which will be finalised before the next session, Mr. Parrikar told the Assembly that all five offshore casinos currently operating in the Mandovi river would be forced to relocate to land over the next three years. He was replying to queries during a discussion on the 2017-18 State budget. “The Act will have a power to ensure that no Goan can visit casinos. The government will have powers to limit casinos in a particular area. The sixth casino will never enter Mandovi. We are capping it, under this Act, at five,” Mr. Parrikar said, during his nearly one-and-a-half-hour-long address in the ongoing monsoon session.Saying that a casino is as much a vice as liquor, Mr. Parrikar said he too was as opposed to the casino industry as the Opposition legislators, but was forced to allow them to operate because several stakeholders had invested money in vessels. He also blamed the Congress for “creating a fait accompli” on the issue. “We definitely opposed casinos. We also assured that we will cancel licences because that time there were no ships. When any person invests money, a State has a responsibility for continuity, right or wrong,” he said justifying continuation of offshore casinos by BJP governments over the years. He said the policy would ensure that the casinos would relocate from the river to an onshore “entertainment zone”.