Shelly is great!

first_img One more medal Like all Jamaican athletes in every era, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce labours under the considerable shadow of the tall man from Trelawny, Usain Bolt. It’s not her fault that he is a super icon. All she can do is what she has always done – win, win and win. As she continues to blossom, one truth has become self-evident. Shelly is great. In fact, with a growing collection of gold medals and fast times, the little lady is the most successful 100-metre sprinter ever. Even before her second big win in Beijing, she was the only sprinter with two Olympic titles and two World titles. Gail Devers, the fast-starting American, won her Olympic 100-metre gold medals in 1992 and 1996 and a World title in 1993. Devers comes closest. The other two-time Olympic winner is 1964 and 1968 champion American, Wyomia Tyus. She didn’t have World Championships to target as that meet was only inaugurated in 1983. No one can tell how well she would have done had the World Championships started in 1963. That leaves Shelly with one option; if she wants to break the ‘tie’ she has with Devers and Tyus, all she has to do is win a medal next year in the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics. Three Olympic gold medals in the same would do the job nicely. That’s in the future. For now, the rocket-starting Jamaican has erased our memory of her sole 100-metre loss of the season. That was a jet-lagged loss in Shanghai. Since then, she has won all her races with consistent speed. Consistency is the hallmark of her career. Even those who wanted her off Jamaica’s 100-metre team jumped for joy when she led an unprecedented 1-2-2 finish in the 2008 Olympic final, in 10.78 seconds. To press the point, she edged past Merlene Ottey’s longstanding Jamaica record by 0.01 to win over compatriot, Kerron Stewart, at the 2009 World Championships in 10.73 seconds. A stumble at the start and a season of injuries cost her a medal at the 2011 Worlds, but the little one bounced back. In London, she repeated her 2008 win with a hard-running triumph over World champion, Carmelita Jeter of the United States. In Moscow at the World Championship in 2013, she destroyed the 100 field in the first half of a sprint double. Believe it or not, Murielle Ahoure, the fine Ivory Coast sprinter, was defeated by a smidge over two-tenths of a second. That’s an eternity in sprint racing. By the way, she snipped her own national record to 10.70 in 2012. The evidence forces one conclusion. Even if you ignore her 2013 200-metre World title and her 2012 Olympic silver medal behind elegant American Allyson Felix, the truth stares you in the face. It’s very simple. Shelly is great. – Hubert Lawrence was in Beijing when Fraser-Pryce won her first Olympic gold medal.last_img read more

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McCarthy, Jacobs star for Scorpions

first_imgST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad (CMC): Andre McCarthy struck his maiden regional one-day hundred and leg-spinner Damien Jacobs claimed a five-wicket haul as Jamaica Scorpions rebounded from their opening-round loss to crush ICC Americas by 184 runs here yesterday. Playing at the Frank Worrell Memorial Ground at the UWI Sport & Physical Education Centre, Scorpions piled up 260 for eight off their 50 overs, with the 28-year-old McCarthy hammering 118 from 119 deliveries. The only other frontline batsman to make it past 20, however, was former captain Tamar Lambert with 28, while Sheldon Cottrell chipped in with a cameo 29 batting at number seven. Fastman Jeremy Gordon was the best bowler with three for 32, while Muhammad Khan claimed two for 63. In their turn at the crease, the Americas never posed a serious challenge and slumped to 76 all out off 26.4 overs. Nitish Kumar top-scored with 42, but was the only batsman to pass 15, and only one of two to reach double figures, as Jacobs destroyed the innings with five for 22. Fast bowler Nicholas Gordon picked up two for 17. The victory was a welcome boost for Scorpions following their disappointing defeat to title-holders Trinidad and Tobago Red Force on Thursday, while ICC Americas slid to their second straight defeat, on the heels of their opening-round loss to Barbados Pride. The right-handed McCarthy held the Scorpions’ innings together after it threatened to stall at 61 for three in the 16th over when they lost captain John Campbell (3), fellow opener Trevon Griffith (15) and Devon Thomas (19) cheaply. He counted 11 fours and four sixes and shared a 105-run fourth-wicket stand with Lambert, whose 28 came from 51 balls and included two fours. McCarthy added a further 49 for the sixth wicket with Aldaine Thomas (15), before he was seventh out via the run-out route. In reply, ICC Americas lost captain Ruvindu Gunasekara to the first ball of the innings, but climbed back into the contest through a 42-run stand between Kumar and Steven Taylor (12). Once the stand was broken, however, the last nine Americas wickets tumbled for 34 runs as Jacobs scythed through the innings. AT QUEEN’S PARK OVAL: Trinidad and Tobago Red Force beat Barbados Pride by nine wickets. Scores: Barbados Pride 161 all out off 49.3 overs (Roston Chase 50; Jon Ross Jagessar 3-24). T&T Red Force 163 for one off 35.5 overs (Kjorn Ottley 80 not out, Kyle Hope 70 not out). WELCOME BOOSTlast_img read more

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President Sirleaf’s Development Agenda and the Unfolding Realities on Ground

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s second term that began in 2012 and will end in 2017 seeks to foster infrastructural development and other basic social services under the Agenda for Transformation.Key on the agenda are construction and rehabilitation of roads, restoration of electricity in throughout the country, and constructions of schools, health centers and public buildings.Expectations for development in these areas are high; especially as the infrastructure of the country was destroyed by warring factions for a period of 14 years between 1989 to 2003.The President, therefore, giving Liberians the assurance of working with them for another six years in these areas for transformation; opened eager eyes to watch and take her by her words, or disregard her and perhaps anyone that may come after with similar rhetoric.Even though critics say they are yet to see the promised developments unfolding, activities around the country show that President Sirleaf’s promises may not go in vain but will yield fruits to give her the credit she deserves.Electricity Project:For the first time since 1989 residents of the commercial town of Ganta in Nimba County were able to celebrate the festive season under electricity, and for the first time in history people of Karnplay, Sanniquellie, and Saclepea were joined with those of Ganta to enjoy streetlights this festive season.The electricity is a joint project implemented by the West Africa Power Pool (WAPP) and it is expected to extend to Grand Gedeh and other counties in the south-east and then to Guinea and Sierra Leone.Effort made to contact the Management of WAPP in the Ganta sub-office for the number of customers purchasing the electric power proved futile as those contacted all refused to speak.Therefore it is difficult to state how many customers are subscribing to the electricity in the areas they are.However, a few customers spoken to on the main street of Ganta said they were quite excited for the electricity and urged that WAPP remains committed to ensuring that light be available as they are also in full gear to pay the bill.Ganta is a busy commercial city with business entrepreneurs that are involved in the sale of frozen meat, cold water, and other goods that need preservation.  Moreover, most residents seeing Ganta as one of the fastest growing cities have the euphoria to live flamboyant and luxurious life in their magnificent buildings erected in various locations.Therefore, the majority of people there are yearning for WAPP to plant poles along all the streets to enable those residents far from the main street have access to electricity as those living in central Ganta have.During festive season and other national holidays, children usually leave the streets of Ganta and Saclepea very soon because of the dark, but 2013 festive season held them outdoor for a long time because of the presence of electricity.One major electrical facility destroyed during the course of the war is the Mount Coffee Hydro Plant in the St. Paul River.The destruction of this plant has led Monrovia and its environs into darkness and government and its partners are struggling with power generators to provide electricity.  In spite of this effort, it is still difficult as investors and other key institutions including hospitals are unable to get electricity for a cheaper price.Predicated upon this concern, the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Administration with assistance from international partners is striving to rehabilitate the Mount Coffee Dam, and Finance Minister Amara Konneh has duly promised that Monrovia will receive electricity by 2015, just a year from now.Besides, government is developing plans for mini hydro plants in other parts of the countries including Lofa County in the north-west.Road Project:Bad road has remained a serious impediment to the enhancement of Agriculture in Liberia.  The worst condition of bad road was experienced in 2012 when the entire roads in the country were damaged during the rainy season.Vehicles could not easily travel from the South-east and north-central to Monrovia as a result of the deplorable roads, and food growers could not easily bring their products to the market in Monrovia while consumers in Monrovia could not easily have access, thus increasing the prices of these basic commodities.Towards addressing this road problem under the Sirleaf Administration, Chinese companies have begun intensive work on the Red-Light Ganta Highway.Companies with sub groups are working between Red-Light and Weala, Zeanzu in Bong County to Gbarnga the provincial capital, Palala in Bong County taking on from Gbarnga towards the St. John River between Nimba and Bong Counties, Dukpuyee in Nimba and clearing from St. John to the Ganta direction.Earlier, the Buchanan Highway had been completed and dedicated that transportation fare once in the tone of LD$400 dropped to LD$250. Unlike the past when vehicles took about four hours to reach Buchanan from Monrovia as a result of pothole-ridden road, they now take less than three hours to reach depending on one’s speed.The Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Boulevard, the A.B. Tolbert Road, the road leading inside Caldwell and the Duport Road Red-Light bypass are all being completed with vehicles plying them daily.The Fish Town Harper Highway in the south-east has also been rehabilitated and expected to be paved with funding from the African Development Bank.The Japanese Government also reached US$50 million agreement with the Liberian Government in 2013 for reconstruction of the Somalia Drive beginning from Freeport to Red-Light, and this project is expected to commence soon.Also underway to begin is the US$40 million road project from Ganta to the mining town of Yekepa in Nimba County.  The fund was provided by the Indian steel company, Arcelor Mittal for the construction of this highway as a gift to President Sirleaf.When completed, it will be one major benefit for Liberians in that county as LAMCO extracted iron ore there for 30 years from 1963 to 1983 without paving this short highway.Public facilities especially buildings to host key institutions of government remain parts of the enormous challenges to the Liberian Government.During the first term of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a major hospital project that cost US$10 million was completed in Tappita, Nimba County.  The Ministry of Health & Social Welfare moved into its own building in Congo Town when the project began by Samuel Doe was completed.The Central Agriculture Research Institute (CARI) building, the University of Liberia (UL) Fendell building and many school buildings were erected across the country during the first term.In order for the Liberian Government not to be a tenant in its own home throughout, the Sirleaf Administration and the Chinese Government have reached a bilateral agreement in the tone of US$60 million for the construction of a ministerial complex that will host about ten government ministries.Also the Samuel Kanyon Doe (SKD) Sports Complex and the Monrovia Vocational Training Center (MVTC) are highlighted in the agreement for rehabilitation.The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) building project began by Samuel K. Doe in the 1980s will soon be completed to relocate workers.Madam Sirleaf desire to see all these projects including other unmentioned ones implemented is not only because she is the President and must do them, but also because she promised during the launch of her campaign in Gbarnga, Bong County in September of 2011 that she will ensure to connect Liberia road network, restore electricity, and erect basic public facilities before retiring in 2017.Critics of Madam Sirleaf are of the view that the Liberian Government under this administration has not been able to use taxes collected to undertake projects, but funding is from international partners and therefore the achievements cannot be attributed to her.However, critics have failed to accurately clarify the doubt as to whose administration these are done in, and through whose diplomatic instrumentality and trust the international donations are coming.Even though the Executive Mansion that hosts the Liberian President still lies in debris since it gutted fire on July 26, 2006, and public officials continue to be deluded by titles thus misusing vehicles, playing games on computers during working time, and extravagantly using gas slips and scratch cards without conscience.  Although Liberians entrusted with public positions to serve the country and its people continue to demonstrate mistrust by engaging in rampant corruption that contradicts President Sirleaf’s fight against corruption.It remains clear that with objective evaluation Liberians and others will distinctly point out where President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf made progress in accordance with her development agenda and at the same time identify where she fell short instead of wholly discrediting her under a biased influence. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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No bailout for City Hall – Bulkan

first_imgGovernment has nixed the idea of providing a 0 million bailout as requested by the Georgetown Mayor and City Council.This was disclosed by Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan in Berbice on Friday during a meeting that he held with Mayors and Councillors of the three municipalities – Rose Hall, Corriverton and New Amsterdam.Bulkan is quoted by the Government Information Agency (GINA) as saying that the Government was not in favour of the bailout.“This 0 million bailout that we all have read about in the newspapers, where that particular council is looking for that support, what I can say…and from my own understanding and the limited current engagement that I have had with colleagues in the Administration, is that, I do not think that there is any appetite on the part of the Central Government to be favourably disposed towards that request,” Bulkan asserted.Communities MinisterRonald BulkanHe, however, opined that the alternative of seeking commercial sources of financing would be suggested to the municipality.“The response of Central Government may very well be along the lines of telling the Municipality to think like a corporation, so I believe the Georgetown Council would be encouraged that there are commercial sources that they can approach,” Bulkan pointed out.It was during a statutory meeting held on November 14, 2016, at City Hall, that the Mayor and City Council indicated that the Council would have approached Central Government through the Communities Minister for a $600 million “bailout” to assist in the payment of outstanding debt and salaries.However, during the meeting in Berbice on Friday, the Councillors voiced concerns, emphasising that Georgetown seemed to be the only Council that enjoyed the support of Central Government.New Amsterdam Mayor Kurt Wynter was quoted as saying that City Hall would have received from Central Government $300 million, just after the General and Regional Election of May 2015, and would soon be asking for $600 million more. Wynter noted that his municipality has not heard word from Government on a $137 million proposal it had submitted to assist in the restoration and drainage infrastructure of New Amsterdam.Bulkan told the Region Six Councillors that the municipalities were now being advised to start functioning like corporations that generate the wealth needed to meet their operational cost.“I think that business consideration that our councils are being urged to bring, that business mindset, beginning in Georgetown would do a lot to drive efficiency and improvement within the management of councils,” Bulkan opined.“I do not want you to feel that Central Government is just going to push their hands in the kitty and keep bailing out Georgetown, and you are going to be left on your own, we are going to try to be consistent with the message and not discriminate,” he stressed.The disapproval of the $600 million proposed bailout comes nearly one month after reports surfaced that Bulkan’s Ministry was conducting an audit into spending operations at City Hall. In late October, however, the Ministry had insisted that it was only conducting the audit into City Hall’s spending of two subventions it received from Government. It was after discrepancies were highlighted in the Auditor General’s 2015 Report, that the Ministry had launched a review of the M&CC’s spending of its $300 million Government subvention and reports surfaced that City Mayor Patricia Chase Green was upset by the review.last_img read more

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Sepulveda VA troops work hard, deserve support

first_imgThe automatic lift welded to the back of Harvey Rose’s van tells a story that often gets overlooked these days. Despite the medical cutbacks in veterans services at Sepulveda VA, the staff and volunteers there are doing a heck of a job holding the place together for our local vets. You can hate the war, Harvey says, but still support the troops. The Sepulveda VA’s own war is to end the cutbacks in services and keep the North Hills facility open and vital. The troops trying to do just that are the dedicated doctors, physical therapists, support staff and volunteers working there. I’ve heard the same sentiments from hundreds of veterans and their widows over the years. They all hate the war – the cutbacks at Sepulveda, and having to drive over the hill to the West L.A. VA for their medical appointments now. But to a man and woman, they support the troops doing the heavy lifting at Sepulveda VA. People such as Pam Murphy, widow of Medal of Honor recipient Audie Murphy, who has dedicated her life to cutting through VA red tape and making sure all vets get the services they deserve. People such as Becky James and the dozens of retired residents in the volunteer department who show up every day to do anything that’s needed – from picking up vets at their homes and bringing them to the VA or just sitting at a bedside holding a vet’s hand or reading to him. Last year, when the VA brass thanked the volunteers for the great job they were doing by cutting out the free $4.50 lunch they were given after working more than four hours a day, these people didn’t blink an eye. The volunteers kept on showing up free of charge, bringing their own lunch. They weren’t there for the free lunch. They were there for the vets. If the VA was going to be that cheap, it wasn’t their problem. People such as recreation therapist Patty Jones and physical therapist Patrick Gregario, who work so hard with so little to make sure the vets get every opportunity to succeed. Every year, Patty and Patrick field a team of local veterans 55 and older for the National Golden Age Games. And every year, our Sepulveda team brings home the lion’s share of medals in sports competitions with other VAs throughout the country. Even the VA itself bills the Golden Age Games as one of its most important programs in promoting rehabilitation, wellness and camaraderie among veterans. So it got a lot of people scratching their heads a few years ago when the brass at Sepulveda decided it didn’t have the money in the budget to help local vets without resources make the trip to participate in the games. I wrote about it, and a lot of readers were kind enough to send along a donation to help our local team out. We wound up sending a team of 22. No big surprise. The local VA says it still can’t find the money this year for a program it thinks is so important, so the guys could use our help again to get them to the games in Houston this year. Donation checks should be made out to GPF No. 2071, with Sepulveda Golden Age Game Athletes written on the memo line. Mail to Patty Jones, CTRS, (Rec. Therapy 117F), VA Medical Center, 16111 Plummer St., Sepulveda, CA 91343. Like Harvey says, you can hate the war being fought over at Sepulveda, but still support the troops. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749 They’re the heart and soul of the VA, says Harvey, a World War II vet who fought at Guadalcanal. He stopped by Sepulveda last week to see about getting a ramp to wheel his scooter up and into the van when he has to drive somewhere. At 82, Harvey’s legs are pretty shot, and he gets around these days mostly in that scooter the VA issued him. “When I asked for the ramp, they said I didn’t need one. Instead, I was told to pull my van around back. A couple of guys came out and welded on an automatic lift for me. “It’s been incredible, more than I ever expected. I’m free to go any place I want now. You know, in all the years I’ve been coming to the VA, I’ve never met a bad person,” Harvey says. “They’ve all been very gracious, going out of their way to help us veterans.” last_img read more

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AFC given the nod to play Confed match at Bukhungu

first_img0Shares0000AFC Leopards fans cheering their team. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYANAIROBI, Kenya, Jan – After a two-day CAF inspection, GOtv Shield champions AFC Leopards have been given the nod to host Madagascar’s Fosa Juniors FC at Bukhungu Stadium in the first-leg of Confederation Cup on the weekend of February 9.This was confirmed by AFC Leopards boss, Dan Mule who told Capital Sport that the CAF inspectors were satisfied with the venue and that they are just waiting official report. “We are going to play in Western (Bukhungu Stadium) and its good news that CAF have given us permission because we have a lot of support from the area. The CAF inspectors were in Bukhungu on Monday and Tuesday, so we are just waiting for official report but all is positive,” Mule confirmed.AFC Leopards chairman Dan Mule (left) in a past KPL match.Photo/FILEEarlier there was uncertainty over the venue with reports indicating that AFC had opted for Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos due to lack of funds to facilitate a CAF inspector visit to the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega County, but the chairman said that all is well now.The development comes as good news to the club since they will enjoy home support where Ingwe command a huge following.-AFC down KCCA-AFC Leopards’ Joseph Kuria tussles with KCCA’s Musana Hassan. Photo/RAYMOND MAKHAYAIngwe have continued to fly high in their pre-season after beating visitors KCCA from Uganda 2-1 in a friendly match played on Wednesday afternoon at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos.New signings impressed for the Robert Matano coached side with Joseph Kuria opening the scoring after Marvin Nabwore provide a cross before another new blood in the team, Jeffery Odeny sealed the win five minutes from time after connecting a measured cross from Prince Arko.This was AFC’s fourth successive pre-season win after registering wins against Gikambura FC, Bidco United and Thika United.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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It’s not all fun and games as TSA keeps eye on remote-controlled toys

first_imgWASHINGTON – Citing “credible specific information” about terror tactics, Transportation Security Administration officers nationwide on Monday stepped up their scrutiny of passengers carrying remote-control toys aboard airplanes. The move was not motivated by a specific terror plot, said Kip Hawley, the assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security in charge of aviation security. But there is concern both in the United States and internationally that common remote-control toys could be used to detonate a bomb as part of a terror plot. The aviation authorities decided against banning the devices in carry-on bags. But people carrying remote-control toys – including children – could be subject to a more intense search, in which the passenger is patted down and the baggage is checked by hand, officials said. The new policy comes just days after federal authorities in South Carolina disclosed that a Florida college student arrested in August on explosive-related charges had made a video that he posted on YouTube showing how to use such a remote-control toy as a detonator. Hawley acknowledged in an interview Monday that this video played a role in the new policy. But it was just one piece of intelligence that led to the change. Remote-control toys might have been used already by terrorists in Sri Lanka and India, one federal official noted. “A lot of that work is sorting through dots,” Hawley said of the different intelligence leads that produced the heightened scrutiny. “This is a dot that just came up with enough granularity that it seemed we should take direct action on it.” The federal authorities considered simply making the change at airports in the United States without announcing it. But instead they decided to disclose the new policy, while encouraging passengers to put remote-control toys in checked luggage to avoid the additional scrutiny at the checkpoint, Hawley said. “Everybody knows there is an intelligence and law enforcement community out there, that there are people seeking to do us harm,” he said. “This is just the tangible manifestation of that.” The new scrutiny for remote-control toys will not extend to devices that automatically open car doors or to television remote controls, a TSA spokeswoman said.last_img read more

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HALF OF ALL CARS FAIL NCT TEST IN CO DONEGAL

first_imgJust under half (48%) of the vehicles tested at NCT centres in Co Donegal fail, the organisation said in its annual report.A total of 30,782 tests were conducted in Donegal in 2010, with 16,028 passes (52%), although both Letterkenny and Carn recorded below average pass rates.Of the 3,378 tests conducted at the Carndonagh NCT centre just 1,650 passed (49%) with 10 cars recording a ‘dangerous fail’. There were 15,620 tests at the Letterkenny NCT centre where 7,570 passed (49%) with 50 cars recording a dangerous fail.In Derrybeg the pass rate is 49.6%, while at 61.3% Donegal Town has the highest pass rate of the 45 NCT centres in the country.The overall pass rate for Donegal was 52%, the same as the national average.HALF OF ALL CARS FAIL NCT TEST IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: September 17th, 2011 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:CarndonaghderrybegdonegalDonegal Townletterkennynct testlast_img read more

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Agency knocked for cable TV pacts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The city administers 15 cable franchises run by five cable operators and collects $20 million a year in fees – about $12 million of which goes into the city’s general fund. Chick said the city’s leaders also bear responsibility for not pressing harder for negotiations, noting that elected officials who appear on public-access shows share a “mutual self-interest” with the companies. Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, the committee’s acting chairwoman, said there was no satisfactory explanation for the delays, adding that failure to renegotiate the contracts has hurt the city and the franchises’ 600,000 customers. “They have been extraordinarily tardy in renegotiating the contracts,” Greuel said after the meeting. ITA General Manager Thera Bradshaw said the mayor and council were responsible for negotiating the contracts, and that those talks are under way. But she acknowledged that the ITA hadn’t always provided the necessary support. Elected leaders criticized the Information Technology Agency on Monday for failing for years to update cable television franchise contracts, saying the existing terms – dating back to 1987 – are obsolete. City Controller Laura Chick, who in May issued a harsh audit calling for the contracts to be immediately renegotiated, told the council’s Audits and Governmental Efficiency Committee that she was stunned the contracts haven’t been reworked since the issue was raised in 1999. “The cable industry has advanced so far in technology and the services it gives, and our contracts are not in sync,” said Chick, whose audit also identified problems in collecting franchise fees and scrutinizing the cable companies’ performance. “We’re missing the boat in terms of both potential dollars the city could be bringing into its general fund and into promoting education and public access programming.” “The department lacked leadership for a long period of time, and that hurt the department,” said Bradshaw, who took over the agency last year. Bradshaw said oversight of the cable franchises had been beefed up, and that the staff had collected $7.7 million in past-due fees and identified millions of dollars in savings for consumers. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is working with City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo and Chief Legislative Analyst Gerry Miller to resolve the delays, said his spokesman, Joe Ramallo. Councilman Tom LaBonge said the agency had taken too long to complete negotiations, which began in July. “The department has to be held accountable,” LaBonge said. “Everybody dragged their feet, including the industry.” Deane Leavenworth, president of the Los Angeles Cable Operators Association, said the industry had been working with the city on the transfer of Adelphi Communications Corp. and Comcast Cable franchises to Time Warner Cable, and would continue to work on the contract renewals, as well. “We’ve talked to the city on some of the broader issues, but we’re all focused on the transfers right now.” Beth Barrett, (818) 713-3731 beth.barrett@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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DONEGAL FIRE CREWS MUST BE GIVEN FIRST-RESPONDER STATUS – MAC LOCHLAINN

first_imgDonegal Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has again called on the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar and the Ambulance Service to allow Donegal’s firefighters to act as first responders in an emergency as a back up to the Ambulance Service in the county.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “For a while now, my colleague, Cllr Gerry McMonagle and I have been in discussions with firefighters across Donegal about their desire to act as first responders in emergencies as a back up to the Ambulance Service as is the case in Dublin and numerous other counties across the State.“Responding to my parliamentary questions, the Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar has expressed an openness to the proposal to widen the practice across the State. However, this will require additional resources being allocated to our fire service from the HSE”. He continued: “There have been real concerns about the ability of the Ambulance Service to adequately cover the large rural mass of Donegal. A number of controversial incidents have only increased those concerns.“I believe that the deployment of our dedicated firefighters, strategically located at key geographical intervals across Donegal would make eminent sense. The firefighters relish the challenge. The Minister states that he is open to the proposal. All that remains is a memorandum of understanding between the HSE and Donegal Fire Service dealing with the resource and training aspects of the change required”.“I have sought a meeting with the Ambulance Service to advance this issue and I will be seeking their support to advance this emergency back up.”  DONEGAL FIRE CREWS MUST BE GIVEN FIRST-RESPONDER STATUS – MAC LOCHLAINN was last modified: September 30th, 2015 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:donegalfire crewsafirst respondersletterkennyPadraig Mac Lochlainnlast_img read more

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