Regent Street accidentTimothy Horatio, the off-duty Policeman who drove minibus BPP 7944 and reportedly caused the death of Dillon Linton, 21, was on Friday granted bail when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.His Attorney, Darren Wade, made a successful bail application at his client’s second appearance before Magistrate Leron Daly.The lawyer explained that since the accident, the other occupants of the minibus are recovering and, as such, bail should be granted to his client.The Prosecution had no objections to bail and explained to the court that the defendant has assisted the family of the deceased with funeral expenses.Timothy HoratioBail was granted at $300,000 and the defendant will make his next court appearance on September 30, 2016.On the day of the accident, Horatio was reportedly drag-racing another minibus when he lost control and slammed into a power pole before crashing into Linton’s motorcycle.Linton sustained injuries and succumbed the following morning at the Georgetown Public Hospital.At the time of the accident, the minibus had several passengers all of whom sustained minor injuries.
0Shares0000MANCHESTER, June 22 – Manchester United are close to signing Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos in a dramatic twist to the David de Gea saga. Ramos is upset that Madrid have allowed his contract to run down into its final two years and has told advisers he wants out of the club with Old Trafford his preferred destination.If United can make the deal happen their goalkeeper De Gea will effectively swap places with his Spain team-mate Ramos, in the biggest piece of business between the two clubs since Real signed Cristiano Ronaldo in 2009.Ramos, who signed from Sevilla in 2005, has a €200m (Sh22.5bn) buyout clause but Real are likely to ask for around €65m (Sh7.4bn) for a player who has won everything in the game for both club and country.The 29-year-old was unhappy with the sacking of former coach Carlo Ancelotti and has become further disillusioned by Real’s failure to give him the €10m-a-year contract renewal he feels he deserves.Ramos believed he would be offered a new deal last summer after his last minute goal took the Champions League final into extra time and allowed Madrid to win their tenth European Cup.But his current deal, which runs out in 2017, is worth €6m (Sh674.2m)-a-season net, and has not been touched.The central defender has watched as president Florentino Perez has renewed other players and even boosted Gareth Bale’s salary by €1m a season from €9m to €10m a year.While other defenders in Ramos’ position earn over €10m net (Thiago Silva, €12m, David Luiz €11m) Ramos lags behind the likes of John Terry and Gerard Pique in the pay stakes.Barcelona presidential candidate Jord Majo claimed on Friday to have been offered the chance to sign Ramos and the player is also unhappy that there was no ‘hands-off’ message from Real Madrid.The defender could still be a target for Barcelona but prefers the Premier League and favours a move to Old Trafford.Manchester United have been keen to take a Madrid player this summer as their big European rivals sign their goalkeeper De Gea.Both Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo have been targets but such are the defensive shortcomings of the squad, Louis van Gaal is likely to welcome Ramos’ arrival even more.Real Madrid could still keep Ramos by giving him the €10m salary he wants but many believe president Perez has already revealed his hand by allowing the player to run his contract down to the last two years.-Daily Mail-0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
And education observers said they believe that if Brewer’s plan does survive, it will likely be a diluted version of the original to get the UTLA’s approval. “Reform at LAUSD has been consistently negotiated away,” charter school pioneer Yvonne Chan said. “I’ve been around for 15 years, and if you say reform, are you willing to take on those major challenges – including the union contract and giving schools financial autonomy?” But Brewer on Wednesday defended his plan. He said it is not yet complete and will eventually reflect input from all stakeholders when it is presented to the school board later this month. “This plan is not baked yet. We’re still in the process of working our way through this plan,” Brewer said. “Everybody’s got to take a deep breath here.” And perhaps offering a glimpse of what he might use for leverage, Brewer said the district is required to develop a restructuring plan under federal No Child Left Behind regulations. “Nobody can get around the fact that we’re under corrective actions because of NCLB and the state,” Brewer said. “That is a fact.” But the teachers union is strongly opposed to elements of Brewer’s plan that include merit pay for teachers, incentive pay for principals and scripted teaching at middle and high schools. And in meetings on the plan, teachers have been urging Brewer to provide resources so they can carry out individualized reform efforts – rather than pulling them into a district of low-performing schools. Trustee Richard Vladovic, who represents the San Pedro-to-Watts area, is waiting for Brewer to unveil his plan – scheduled for the Nov. 15 Committee of the Whole meeting – before rendering judgment, said chief of staff David Kooper. But Kooper said Brewer hasn’t reached out to enough stakeholders for input. Failing to gain support from UTLA could cause the plan to crumble, he added. “The whole process should be absolutely transparent, including to the unions,” Kooper said. “Everybody should be on board.” The dispute puts Brewer in a politically sensitive position trying to show results in his first year as the district’s leader. Meanwhile, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is in his third year at the city’s helm and facing his own pressure to perform, union leaders are jockeying for a February election, and a new school board is trying to make its own mark. In such a politically charged environment – with each of the key players driven by personal gain – broad agreements on LAUSD reform are difficult to attain. “What you’re seeing is political safeguarding, quantifying results and players thinking about taking something with them for the next political office,” said Jaime Regalado, director of the Edmund G. “Pat” Brown Institute of Public Affairs at California State University, Los Angeles. “They’re going to fritter away money on the parts and not on the whole. You’re going to have piecemeal approaches that will be more expensive in the long run than a unified approach.” Although education leaders note that Brewer has charisma, they also say the former Navy admiral is politically inexperienced and lacks a solid senior staff. They note that he initially said he wanted to get rid of ineffective teachers, but a year later now says professional development is the answer. But Brewer vows that he is committed to moving forward in a district that has had its hopes raised often in the past, only to see them dashed. “There’s so much cynicism in L.A., and one of the challenges I have is to build confidence in our ability to change,” Brewer said. 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! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Brewer, who proposed creating a special district of 44 low-performing schools, has already had to eliminate 10 of the sites and still faces opposition from teachers over the remaining schools. And new rumblings have surfaced that union leaders and teachers in the proposed schools intend to kill the plan. “This plan of his – which was created in a vacuum by noneducators in a think-tank environment – is bad for students, it’s bad for education, and we are going to oppose this with all of our will,” said A.J. Duffy, president of United Teachers Los Angeles. “If he tries to bring this plan about, we will organize actively against it.” The discord between the union and new superintendent is raising questions about whether reforms that challenge long-held collective-bargaining agreements can be implemented at the beleaguered school district. REFORM: Union is reportedly planning to fight the proposal to group low-performing schools. By Naush Boghossian Staff Writer Just two weeks after announcing an ambitious effort to reform Los Angeles Unified middle schools, Superintendent David Brewer finds his plan already foundering amid fierce opposition from the politically powerful teachers union.
John Obi Mikel Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel is in talks with Marseille, according to the midfielder’s national team coach.The 29-year-old has struggled to break into the Blues first team this season and he is ready to find a new club.Marseille have been heavily linked with the Nigerian as they are ready to splash the cash this January, thanks to money made available by new owner Frank McCourt.And, according to Nigeria boss Gernot Rohr, Mikel is seriously considering an offer from the French club.“I saw him in London. He is in advanced discussions with Marseille,” Rohr told Europe 1.“Chelsea will allow him to leave for free. It is a serious option for him.” 1