Policeman granted bail

first_imgRegent 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.last_img read more

United close to signing Ramos from Madrid

first_img0Shares0000MANCHESTER, 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)last_img read more

L.A. school leader’s plan faces hostility

first_imgAnd 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. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com 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. last_img read more

Candidates speak out about city

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The city officials running for office – Vice Mayor Hearns for mayor, Councilman Sileo for re-election, and Planning Commissioner Ron Smith for council – said the city has been making strides against crime, adding deputies, code enforcement officers and community service officers. The city is also updating its General Plan, which will determine what types of development will go where. That process will involve citizens in deciding how the city will grow, they said. In addressing challenges before the city, Sileo compared Lancaster with neighboring Palmdale. “Where we differ from Palmdale is we’ve been creating hundreds of jobs every year,” Sileo said. “We need to make up the difference on the retail side.” Hearns, who has been on the council since 1990, said city officials are taking steps to solve problems in the city. He said his political record tells his story. “I have a track record,” Hearns said. “The rest of them are going to have to say what they will do.” Smith, who chairs the Planning Commission, said he wants to engage good citizens to be more involved in running the city, and he wants to legally run the criminal element out of the Antelope Valley. Criminals can be encouraged to leave by citing them for even minor offenses, such as not having vehicle license plates or for keeping trash around their homes, Smith said. “We have to make it miserable for them,” Smith said. As in a previous forum, the strongest attacks against the current city government came from mayoral candidate Gaynor, who ran unsuccessfully against Roberts in 2004 and 2002, and from council candidate Abber, who ran for mayor in 2000 and 2002. Gaynor said the city has allowed growth to get out of control and that there is no plan for development. Gaynor also said the city has not done enough to fight crime and that the morale of its residents has fallen. “The biggest challenge is restoring the pride and enthusiasm we had before it started to slide under the group we have now,” Gaynor said. Abber said city officials failed to act on a number of issues associated with growth, including crime. Abber promised to add 20 deputies to the city’s law enforcement contract. Abber also faulted city officials for a lack of progress in revitalizing downtown. “Revitalization has been a lot of talk and no action,” Abber said. Mayoral candidate Paul said he decided to run because he has been trying unsuccessfully to interest Lancaster officials in efforts to slow city traffic down or in what he calls his “human accountability project,” a plan he described as “getting everybody to agree to be better people.” Mayoral candidate Ware and council candidate Tillman both spoke of the need for more community involvement. “We need to listen to the community,” Tillman said. `’It’s the people running the community.” Ware said he would hold regular town-hall meetings to get public input on how to address issues. “We put too much into government hands,” Ware said. “We need to go back and get it ourselves.” Abedejos said he would try to bolster the city’s economy by trying to attract an auto-manufacturing plant. “When people have jobs, they won’t commit crimes,” Abedejos said. Abedejos also said he believes city government should promote the Neighborhood Watch program and enforce a teen curfew. Price said to address crime, the city needs to add more deputies and work to create a coalition of business owners, church groups and other interested parties to fight crime. Price also supported curfews for youths, but added that there needs to be more activities for kids. “We need more constructive activities for these kids – we have to give them something and not just take something away,” Price said. White said the city needs to promote the Neighborhood Watch program, create a teen center, and add activities and festivals that will draw residents out to enjoy their community. White said the city needs to condition new housing developments to ensure amenities, such as parks, are included. While most of the candidates called for managed growth, Young advocated slowing growth. Young said so many tract home projects have come into the city that are so densely packed that they look like condominium projects instead of houses. “We need to slow this down,” Young said. “The lots of homes need to be bigger to create that feeling of space. I want room.” Crawford, the Eastside School District board president, said city government needs to do more to keep paroled sex offenders out of the city. City officials should also make sure roads, sewers, post offices and other public services are in place before allowing more homes to be built, said Crawford, who grew up on an east Lancaster farm. “We have to ensure the infrastructure is in place before the growth comes,” Crawford said. “Managing the growth is the key.” Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 james.skeen@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Population growth, crime and community involvement were among the topics of a candidates forum in which city officials said they are working on all three fronts while the challengers said new blood is needed. Wednesday’s luncheon forum, hosted jointly by the Antelope Valley Chambers of Commerce and the Building Industry Association, drew four of six mayoral candidates and nine of 10 council candidates registered for the April 11 election. Mayoral candidates Henry Hearns, Gene Gaynor, David Paul and Peter Ware were there, as were council candidates Ed Sileo, Ron Smith, James Abedejos, Janette Crawford, David Abber, Roger Price, Nellie Tillman, James Young, and Barry White. Mayoral candidates Doug Sichley and Irv Mitchell Jr. and council candidate Kenneth Williams did not attend. last_img

Chelsea transfer news: Midfielder in ‘advanced talks’ with Marseille

first_img 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.” 1last_img read more