Sports Shorts The Hazlet Recreation Football Camp, run by Bob Generelli, will be held July 12-15 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Raritan High School, Hazlet. The cost is $90 for ages 6-15. Contact Hazlet Recreation at (732) 739-0653 for more information. The Middletown Indians swept a doubleheader from the Essex Royals on June 26 in Verona. The wins gave the Indians a three-game win streak and improved their record to 5-4 in the U.S. Men’s Over-40 Baseball League. In the first game, Middletown, managed by Charlie Hentgartner, won 4-3 and was led by the strong pitching of Bob Samarco, who pitched eight strong innings. Bruce Strow came on to close the game out for the Indians in the ninth. The Indians offense was led by catcher John Polis, who went 3-for-4 with one RBI and threw out three runners trying to steal. In the second game, the Indians came back from an early 4-0 deficit to win 9-7. Mike Coreless pitched a complete-game victory and Polis again led the offensive charge going 3-for-4 with two RBIs while catching three more runners attempting to steal. With the sweep, the Indians moved into second place in the league’s Southern division. The Indians play next on July 11 when they host the N.J. Pilots in a doubleheader at Middletown North’s Rich Veth field. More information about the Middletown Indians and the USOTBL can be found at http://www.usotb.com. The Holmdel Stallions U10 boys MOSA Premier travel soccer team is looking for players for the 2004-05 season. Players must have been born after July 31, 1994. There are no residency requirements. Call (732)219-5067 for additional information. Two local budding track and field stars have qualified for the Nationals at the Junior Olympic Games, to be held July 27-Aug. 7 in Des Moines, Iowa. Kaylee Bythell, 11, and Kendall Baldwin, 9, both of Hazlet, have qualified in the multi-event and long jump. Bythell qualified in the Midget division (born in 1992), while Baldwin qualified in the Bantam division (born in 1994). Both girls are students at Raritan Valley Elementary School. The Hazlet United girls soccer team is seeking current high school sophomores and juniors to fill out its roster. The United is coached by an active woman’s college soccer coach, and plays in the MAPS and GSSL leagues. The emphasis is on College Showcase tournaments. They train year-round. Contact Mike at (732) 972-2675 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or coach Phil Fluhr at email@example.com for additional information.
BY NEIL BORENSTEIN Staff Writer The 2012 baseball season was Raritan High School’s most successful in eight years. The Rockets secured their first state sectional championship since 2004 by winning the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II tournament, and they did so in the final year under the program’s winningest coach, T.J. O’Donnell.New head coach Jeff Struble, who served as an assistant last spring under O’Donnell, understands the challenges of taking over a team that now plays with higher expectations.“Coach [O’Donnell] was very successful. He’s a great guy, and I put it on myself to try and fill his shoes,” said Struble, who also has two years of experience as an assistant with Jackson Memorial High School. “Obviously, as a competitor, I want to be better than him. [The transition] was a little tough to begin, but things are going [smoothly] now. The kids are practicing hard and working hard with a jump start into the season.”Raritan has a 2-1 record heading into play this week, following fairly different experiences throughout the first three contests of the season.In the season opener against Holmdel High School on April 1, the Rockets received clutch hitting from senior left fielder John Dressler in the bottom of the seventh inning, as he singled home senior first basemen Paul Coldonato to win the game, 5-4.“Looking back, it was great, and it was a good growing game,” Struble said. “We really dealt with the situation in that game, where we were on the fence a bit and kept fighting and kept battling.”Senior Rob Ronan, who is Raritan’s ace, pitched 4 2/3 innings and struck out six batters, while Bruce Strickland earned the victory in relief.Raritan poured on the offense in its next game against Manasquan High School on April 3. Senior shortstop Nick Pasquenza led the offense in a 10-7 victory with a 3-3 day at the plate, scoring two runs and bringing in three more. He also stole two bases. Strickland, who got his second win in as many games on the mound, was 2-3 at the plate with a couple of doubles and RBIs. Ronan was also 2-3 with one RBI.Unfortunately for the Rockets, that offensive charge did not carry over to its next game on April 5 against Monmouth Regional High School, which shut them out, 9-0.“[Monmouth] was a very good team, [which was] fundamentally sound and executed well. We didn’t execute as well,” Struble said. “It was a good learning lesson for us, and I’m happy it happened early in the season.”Raritan faced perhaps an even tougher challenge on April 9 when it met up with Red Bank Catholic (RBC) High School, which moved into the Shore Conference A Central Division this season after capturing two straight division championships as a member of Class B North. The Caseys (3- 1) outscored their opponents 31-1 throughout the first three games this season, but they are coming off a 3-0 loss to Randolph High School. “I am getting [the players] to believe that we belong on the same field as a team like that,” Struble said regarding his preparation for the game against RBC. “I remind these kids, in between the lines, we’re going to be tough and hard to beat. If we compete to the last pitch and the last out to the best of our potential, we’re going to have a chance to win.“We have to have a faceless opponent. We just have to play our game.”That game includes getting the most from the team’s hitters and pitchers.Ronan leads the charge on the mound as Raritan’s ace. The team depends on the lefthander for his pitching and leadership.“It’s been awesome having Rob, especially as a first-year coach,” Struble said of Ronan, who also plays in the outfield. “He’s a great leader. He’s very reserved, but he carries himself well on the field.“[The team] is confident in him and believes in him, and he’s confident in himself. Rob had a tough start against Monmouth, but my confidence in him is still through the roof. He’s a huge part of our success this year, as he was last year as a junior.”At the plate, Raritan depends on its seniors to lead the way.“We have a core group of seniors and some new seniors that were playing [junior varsity] last year,” Struble said.Pasquenza leads the team with five RBIs and is batting .600. The starter at shortstop is also “one of the fastest stars I’ve seen as a coach,” according to Struble.Strickland, a junior who plays third base when not on the mound, leads the team with a .667 batting average and three doubles. Dom Guide starts at second base and is hitting .500 with a triple and three RBIs. Dressler has a .445 batting average, five hits and two RBIs.Coldonato, who is a member of the basketball team at Raritan and played outfield with the junior varsity team last season, is a starter at first base at the varsity level this spring.“When I first got the job as coach, I asked Paul if he’d want to play first base,” Struble said. “He’s very tall and athletic, and he was happy for that move. He’s improved every day at that position.”Catcher C.J. Pulcine is an important element to Raritan’s defense.“Behind the plate, he’s a great catcher,” the coach said. “He has a great arm and is a huge asset to our defensive philosophy and strategy. He’s like another coach on the field.”Junior James Wines starts in center field and gets some playing time at catcher.The Rockets will also look for contributions off the bench from juniors Kristian Hernandez (designated hitter/first base), Alex Prucowski (outfield/catcher), and Joe Eckel (outfield/pitcher), sophomore Tom Pulcine (second base/designated hitter) and freshman John Guccione (shortstop/pitcher).Following the game against RBC, the Rockets were scheduled to host Ocean Township High School on April 10 before visiting Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on April 11. They remain on the road against Middletown High School South on Saturday, April 13 and return home on Wednesday, April 17 for a contest against St. John Vianney High School.
Manchester United kept alive their hopes of finishing in the Premier League’s top four after goals from Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood secured a 3-0 home win over Watford on Sunday.Portugal midfielder Fernandes scored his first goal for United with a 42nd-minute penalty before Martial and Greenwood netted fine individual efforts to lift them two places up to fifth on 41 points from 27 games.United are three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea and one ahead of Tottenham Hotspur while struggling Watford stayed 19th on 24 points.The home team’s manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer praised the agile Fernandes and Greenwood.“A very good win, two good wins and two clean sheets, some goals to celebrate, now we want to kick on,” Solskjaer told the BBC, also referring to United’s 2-0 win at Chelsea on Monday.“Fernandes is quicker than he looks. Very excited by having him in. He has come in, given everyone a boost and wants to conduct a game. There are big games coming up now.“The thing that matters in football is scoring goals and that is what Greenwood does.”Fernandes added: “This is the day every player wants to have. I just need to help the team, it’s what I need to do. I hope Martial scores more goals too like he did.”The home side looked disjointed in the opening 20 minutes and both teams missed chances before Ben Foster tripped Fernandes and the playmaker sent Watford’s goalkeeper the wrong way with a confident spot-kick.Watford had an effort ruled out for handball following a VAR check soon after halftime and United doubled their lead in the 58th minute when Martial picked up the rebound after Ben Foster blocked his initial attempt, left Etienne Capoue dumbfounded with dazzling footwork and dinked the ball over the keeper.Greenwood put the icing on the cake with another goal of the highest quality in the 75th minute, unleashing a piledriver into the top corner after finding space on the edge of the penalty area.United fans unfurled a giant banner before the kickoff and there was a minute’s silence to honour the club’s former goalkeeper Harry Gregg who died last Sunday at the age of 87.WOLVES 3-0 NORWICHDiogo Jota struck twice as Wolverhampton Wanderers pushed Norwich City deeper towards the drop with a 3-0 win over the Premier League’s bottom club at Molineux on Sunday.The in-form Portuguese forward, who scored a hat-trick in Wolves’s 4-0 win over Espanyol in the Europa League on Thursday, put his side ahead, in the 19th minute, with a left-foot finish after good work from Matt Doherty.Jota doubled Wolves’ advantage from close range after Norwich had failed to clear a corner.Norwich keeper Tim Krul produced an outstanding save on the stroke of halftime to push a Ruben Neves free kick against the bar as Wolves looked to put the game beyond Daniel Farke’s side.The third goal came early in the second half with Mexican Raul Jimenez slotting home after a Jota drive had flown out off the post.Norwich remained bottom on 18 points, seven points behind 17th-placed Aston Villa. Wolves are eighth on 39 points. (Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond)
Online network seeks to boost international collaboration against wildlife trafficking in Central Africa
The Africa-TWIX (Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange) platform facilitates collaboration to help Central African enforcement agencies implement wildlife trade laws and treaties.The platform’s secure mailing list and database allow enforcement officials from five countries to share materials and data that enhance cross-border collaboration.The sharing of experiences, data and best practices among police, inspectors, prosecutors, judges, and customs officials is expected to help enhance their respective abilities to better fight wildlife crime. Five countries that are home to some of the most iconic and threatened animal species in the world have joined forces in a high-tech collaboration to improve wildlife law enforcement.Cameroon, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic have formed the Africa Trade in Wildlife Information eXchange (Africa-TWIX) in response to the use by wildlife traffickers of new technologies to network and exchange information. The program is aimed at helping wildlife trade enforcement agencies benefit from the experience of their colleagues in neighboring countries.A forest elephant wades through a swampy area in Gabon. More than two-thirds of forest elephants have been killed for their ivory, which is prized by traffickers. Photo credit: Rhett A. ButlerThe approach, modeled on a similar program in the European Union, EU-TWIX, consists of a mailing list and a database, both secured, to centralize and classify information relating to wildlife infractions and seizures.The mailing list, currently sent to nearly 115 officials (out of 131 designated people) involved in wildlife and forestry law enforcement from the five countries, aims to enable Central Africa’s national enforcement authorities to communicate and collaborate on wildlife crime investigations.The participating countries select personnel to join the mailing list. Users include officials in these countries’ national police, customs, forestry services, justice departments, border forces, and environmental inspectorates and prosecutors, as well as representatives of Interpol and several other international organizations. Only designated agents from the five countries can access these tools via the Africa-TWIX website.“Africa-TWIX was developed with support from COMIFAC [Central African Forests Commission] countries, who are already members or eligible to join,” said Richard Thomas, global communications coordinator at the wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC International. “There’s also an advisory body [that] can be consulted in case of a membership request from others.”Gorillas are trafficked for their body parts and babies, which are sold to private collectors and zoos. This mother and two young live peacefully in a national park. Photo credit: Sue PalminteriOnce registered, mailing list users can share and receive information, such as details of wildlife trafficking seizures, countries involved along shipment routes, and strategies used by the traffickers, as well as publicly available materials related to the illegal wildlife trade. Participants expect this cross-border information source will save officers time and effort keeping up-to-date on the latest trade developments and news in the region.In over 800 messages exchanged so far, users have shared non-sensitive information on seizures carried out by their respective agencies as well as key wildlife crime events happening in their countries, such as the burning of seized ivory in Cameroon. They also share experiences, best practices, training materials and species identification guides. According to TRAFFIC, which manages the platform on behalf of the participating countries, information shared on the mailing list has initiated or supported at least five investigations.Forest in the Republic of Congo, such as this one along a newly constructed highway, is home to a large suite of animals threatened by trafficking and habitat loss. Photo credit: Bobulix via flickr/CC 2.0The Central African governments have not historically shared investigation data. “There’s a whole host of reasons why information doesn’t get shared — e.g. people don’t necessarily see the benefits that could flow, or there’s an understandable feeling of superiority if you’re the one ‘in the know,’” Thomas said. “Overcoming such attitudes is obviously key to maximising the effectiveness of such a tool.”Membership is growing steadily, reflecting the rising interest in the system: from 57 officials in four countries at the start, to 113 in five now, Thomas said.Participating institutions expect the online seizures database, available in English and French, to become a centralized source of information on seizures and infringements detected in African countries. It also contains sets of other resources to assist users in enforcing trade laws, including training materials, wildlife legislation information, and a pair of directories of laboratories and rescue centers for seized specimens.A white-bellied pangolin, one of eight pangolin species. Also called scaly anteaters, pangolins are the world’s most trafficked mammal. Their scales, which are sold for supposed healing properties in Asian medicine, are actually made of keratin, the protein that also makes up hair, nails, hooves, horns, and claws. The scales have no known medicinal value. Photo credit: Justin Miller, CC 4.0The participating nations have not traditionally recorded seizure data, which TRAFFIC and other institutions hope to change. The database contains more than 220 seizure records. These exclude sensitive information, such as offenders’ or investigators’ names or other identifying information. The data are meant to enable countries to conduct analyses of the general scale and locations of wildlife trafficking in the region, assess the risks of crime in the future, and monitor law enforcement efforts over time.The information contained in the database is meant to support enforcement, so the country sourcing any information must approve any publication on any analysis of the data.A sample page from the AFRICA-TWIX website illustrating pages with tools for law enforcement, guides for identifying seized specimens, and training materials. Image credit: Africa-TWIXTRAFFIC partnered with COMIFAC to develop the platform, which participating countries’ law enforcement agencies have formally endorsed. The World Customs Organization (WCO) has agreed to share CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) data with the Africa-TWIX network.The success of Africa-TWIX on the ground has yet to be established, but TRAFFIC hopes to see results and expand the approach. “There’s interest elsewhere in Africa, with countries of the Southern African Development Community [SADC] looking to develop a TWIX,” Thomas said. “We might hope to see regional or continental TWIXs worldwide — perhaps even a dedicated system to promote intercontinental link ups: it’s all about fostering and promoting enforcement collaboration.” Article published by Sue Palminteri Communication, Crime, data, Law Enforcement, Surveillance, Technology, Trade, Wildlife, Wildlife Trafficking, Wildtech FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored
LUCRATIVE DEALS A few weeks ago, I explored some of the difficulties typically faced by athletes post-retirement and promised to look at some career options for after the stadium lights go dim. Yes, athletes are among the highest-paid people on the planet, but the reality of retirement some 30 years before the rest of us mere mortals makes forward-planning essential. Now, I’ve never heard of an athlete who earned so much in their playing days that they can just rest easy and sit back for the rest of their lives and live off their game-day salaries. Most will have to secure other means of employment or lucrative investments to multiply their earnings, maintain their lifestyles, or keep them occupied. Michael Jordan is the world’s richest athlete ever, and while his net worth is over US$1 billion, much of that was earned when he made a lucrative investment into the Charlotte Bobcats basketball franchise after retirement. That franchise is now worth an estimated US$800 million. But Jordan is an exception. Sports Illustrated released a study years ago that revealed that 60 per cent of NBA players go broke within five years of retiring. Former NBA player Allen Iverson, who earned some US$200 million from salaries and endorsements, squandered it all on his huge entourage. He eventually filed for bankruptcy. Boxing great Mike Tyson is reportedly the 14th-highest-paid boxer in history with a whopping US$700 million. Tyson spent lavishly on clothes, jewellery, mansions, motor vehicles, and even Siberian tigers because, as he famously said, he didn’t think he would survive his 30s. He’s now 52 years old with reportedly US$3 million remaining. But sensational stories aside, financial prudence is essential for all athletes. It is crucial for players to earn as much as possible during their active years and to cash in on endorsement deals while their marketability is at an all-time high. I am in favour of athletes having as many deals as possible without fear of over-exposure as the earning window is so narrow. Usain Bolt had over 10 endorsement deals during his athletic career and remains a golden example of how highly marketable athletes can earn 30 times more in endorsements. Athletes with an established brand that generates excitement can pull locals and visitors to their restaurants. International cricketers Chris Gayle and Andre Russell are still playing but have opened sports restaurants in Jamaica already! Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has a cafe at one of our universities, and it caters to their large student body, with another location to come. Real estate is also an option, provided athletes aren’t saddled with housing every unemployed aunt, uncle and distant cousin within the family. With the right real-estate investments, athletes can continue to earn well after retirement. They may consider buying and leasing commercial and residential properties. Short-term rentals are now highly lucrative and are a great investment option as well. Coaching is also a viable option for those who are still in love with the game. This one’s a no-brainer for former Reggae Boyz Theodore Whitmore, Ricardo Gardner, Aaron Lawrence, and Fabian Davis, to name a few. There are also lucrative roles as player agents, managers, publicists and agent representatives across football and track and field. Former athletes also make for great motivational speakers or gym proprietors or instructors. Sprinter Aneisha McLaughlin recently procured her fitness instructor licence, which suggests that she has already begun to explore that option after track and field. ANALYSTS Lastly, it is still a struggle within the Caribbean to find former athletes to fill the roles as sports analysts, commentators or talk-show hosts. I can’t think of anyone with more credibility than those who have already played a sport and can offer first-hand insight within commentary, preview or analysis. Caribbean analysts are in high demand. Tino Best retired from cricket less than a year ago and already has worked on the SportsMax Zone, the Caribbean Premier League, and the regional Super 50 tournament, just to name a few. He is still learning, but he has the engaging personality to do it! So many options, so little time to share. Let me know what I may have missed. ‘ One love. – Tanya Lee is a Caribbean Sports Marketer, Author and Publicist. She can be reached @firstname.lastname@example.org
SANTA CLARITA – The local senior center is creating a fund-raising foundation because county and city contributions aren’t paying the bills. The Santa Clarita fixture prides itself on delivering support services and home-delivered meals pronto, unlike in some cities, where seniors might languish for years on waiting lists. “Unless we can raise more money each year, we will have to start waiting lists for our services,” said Brad Berens, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Committee on Aging, which runs the center. “How do you turn down a 90-year-old person who needs home-delivered meals?” Roughly 8,140 people sought services in 2006, and the center has seen its client base grow by about 10 percent each year for the past several years, Berens said. Amenities include recreation programs, free transportation and a program that provides basic home repair and home modifications for the disabled. When Berens landed at the Newhall facility 16 years ago, most clients were younger, active seniors who often congregated for meals on the premises. They have grown into a crush of older, frail recipients, many of whom need costly and time-consuming in-home services. About 713 homebound clients have been helped during the fiscal year, which began July 1. The annual budget of about $3.2 million, funded by federal, county and city sources and private donations, can only be stretched so far, Berens said. Enter the foundation, which was formed in January 2006 and funded by $35,000 in seed money from a wine festival sponsored by local wine purveyor All Corked Up. Businessman Duane Harte presides over the foundation’s board; Ray Graeber, manager of Castaic RV park, is vice president; and Patti Rasmussen, an active community volunteer, is secretary. The foundation will become the fundraising arm of the senior center. “You try to find board members that have a passion for what you’re doing, and if they do … they will pass that on to their acquaintances as well,” he said. Harte’s father received services at the center before he passed away in 2005. On Friday, the group installed board members. email@example.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Police in Grande Prairie are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a missing man.35 year-old Abel Martinez was reported missing by a family member after he was last seen at his home in Grande Prairie at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25th.Martinez is described as: Hispanic, standing 6’0” tall, weighing 154 lbs., with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a grey shirt.- Advertisement -There is a general concern for his well-being and RCMP would like to locate and speak with Abel as soon as possible. If you have information about the location of Abel, please call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5701. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.
Colin Murray is joined by Clive Allen and Justin Moorhouse to discuss the day’s news, with a twist, and build up to Sunday’s World Cup final.
Ron Vlaar in action for Aston Villa 1 Ron Vlaar is considering a move away from Aston Villa, according to the player’s agent.The Dutch defender has been linked with both Arsenal and Manchester United in recent months, with the two sides reportedly in the market for defensive reinforcements.Vlaar’s current contract expires at the end of the season, but he is still yet to sign a new deal with Aston Villa.And now Vlaar’s agent, Arnold Oosterveer, has confessed that the 29-year-old could be on his way out of Villa Park.“We have not spoken to Aston Villa. The club have not requested talks with us,” told Voetbal International.“The ball is with Aston Villa. Ron is in a situation which is not unfavourable. We are in no hurry.“I don’t want to respond [to rumours about Arsenal and Manchester United], but the natural break for Ron is now and it’s the time to take a nice step. He is ambitious.“Last summer, Southampton were interested in Ron. But we asked ourselves whether that club would be a step forward compared to Aston Villa.“Now that club are suddenly second, so things can happen quickly.”
“If Home Depot had followed the rules initially, … they would be open today,” Greuel told her colleagues Tuesday. “This is not the fault of the city of Los Angeles because they chose this path.” The council now has 21 days to decide whether Home Depot should be allowed to move forward with its store or whether it must first complete a lengthy, expensive impact study. Council members said the Home Depot plan is worth the extra scrutiny. “Our quality of life is so fragile and so precious,” said Councilwoman Janice Hahn. She urged Home Depot and other developers to “tell the truth about your project and then mitigate the impacts that project will have on the neighborhood. I think that’s all we’re asking and I think that’s fair.” The latest twist marks a fight over the Home Depot site that has raged for more than two years. The battle turned ugly earlier this year amid allegations that the opposition is fueled by racism and fear of day laborers – and that a competing hardware store is bankrolling the No Home Depot group. For its part, Home Depot has angered some residents by spending big bucks to locate, bus, feed and outfit supporters to try to generate approval at public hearings. Ultimately, however, the decision over the Sunland-Tujunga Home Depot centers on a more technical question: Are the structural changes the company wants to make to the old Kmart building at the site significant enough to warrant measures to mitigate traffic, noise and environmental issues? The Department of Building and Safety initially said the changes weren’t that significant, and gave Home Depot approval to build the store without a lengthy and expensive study. Community activists appealed and Planning Director Gail Goldberg overruled Building and Safety, ruling that the changes to the building warrant study. Home Depot appealed to the North Valley Area Planning Commission, which sided with Home Depot after a raucous seven-hour hearing last month in Sunland-Tujunga. But Greuel disagreed with the commission’s decision, and asked the council to consider the issue. In its vote Tuesday, council members agreed to review the matter at the Aug. 7 Planning and Land Use Committee meeting. It will go before the full City Council the following week. Cindy Cleghorn of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council said she is happy her community will get a chance to explain its case to the full council. “We’re very pleased that the City Council as a whole recognizes how important communities are and they hear our voice,” she said. “It is sad the amount of disdain this company has for the community.” Mark Sellers, an attorney representing the No Home Depot group, said Home Depot has tried to avoid dealing with its potential impact on the community. “This is about corporate responsibility. They should take responsibility for the traffic impact from the store and they should deal with it,” he said. But Home Depot officials have complained that the company suffered from the city’s flip-flop. The company has spent more than $2 million and is just months away from completing the conversion of the Kmart store. “This process has dragged on for a year,” said Cindy Starrett, an attorney with Latham & Watkins, representing Home Depot. “The city exposes itself to significant legal liability when it doesn’t follow the rules and it doesn’t allow the integrity and objectivity of the building permit process to proceed,” Starrett said. Richard Greene, real estate manager for Home Depot, said he wasn’t surprised by the council’s vote Tuesday. “Any council member who comes forward and asks will get the consideration of the council,” Greene said. “We think at the Planning and Land Use Committee is where we will be able to put our technical arguments into play.” Home Depot has come under fire from community activists for a memo obtained by the Daily News that laid out the company’s strategy for stacking Tuesday’s City Council meeting with supporters at a proposed cost of $24,000. Most of the 120 Home Deport supporters – who were bused to the meeting at Home Depot’s expense – refused to comment or even talk to reporters. Rick Taylor, whose public-relations firm, Dakota Communications, was hired by Home Depot, said the individuals were not allowed to comment. One man, speaking in Spanish, said he was a maintenance worker for the home-improvement chain and endorsed its move to expand. Greene with Home Depot said the supporters were “potential employees. “They want the jobs Home Depot offers.” firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Facing a chamber packed with hundreds of opponents and supporters of a Home Depot planned for Sunland-Tujunga, the Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to reconsider the mammoth retailer’s move to convert a vacant Kmart into its newest site in the Valley. Some 120 men and women wearing orange T-shirts that read “Thank you Home Depot” were bused to the meeting at Home Depot’s expense. But they could not dissuade the council from giving this round in the long fight to opponents of the big-box retailer. The victory now gives opponents a chance to convince the council that the Foothill Boulevard store should be blocked until the company completes a more extensive study on its potential impact on traffic and the environment. The decision also was a win for Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, who said she warned Home Depot officials three years ago that they should study and reduce the project’s potential impact amid sharp community scrutiny.