Ag-based tourism

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaFrom pumpkin patches to shrimp boats, agritourism is growing in Georgia. With that in mind, the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development will hold three workshops across the state to help those in, or interested in, the agritourism industry. Day one of the workshops will include sessions on business and Web site development. Participants will learn how to create and update their own free Web sites. The day will conclude with tours of existing agritourism venues and a networking reception.On the second day, speakers will address marketing, finances, signage, insurance and other topics. The workshops will be held Nov. 5-6 at the Dillard House in Dillard, Ga.; Dec. 2-3 at Oakhurst Farms in West Point, Ga.; and in Valdosta next year at a location and date to be announced.Registration is $99. Hotels are available near both locations. Seating is limited. Visit or call (706) 583-0347 to learn more.last_img read more

48 Hours in Tucker County, West Virginia

first_imgIn the northeast corner of West Virginia nestled between mountains, lakes, and rivers lies the tiny, quaint county of Tucker. Though the county has a small population of under 5,000, the large sense of community has helped create one of the most beautiful, booming outdoor areas in the United States. Winters filled with an abundance of snow have created a serene mountain setting ideal for skiing and snowshoeing while rugged terrain leaves mountain bikers with exciting and challenging trails sure to test their ability. And the unique and diverse beauty of nature in the Dolly Sods Wilderness Area is a backpacking favorite.  Whatever your source of thrill, no matter the time of year, Tucker County will serve as the perfect backdrop.Before you begin:Stop over at the Tucker County CVB in downtown Davis for local beta, brochures, and maps. You can check them out online before you even get to town.Day One:Cross-Country Ski at White GrassWith an average annual snowfall of around 160 inches, a visit to Tucker County in the colder months leaves you no choice but to bundle up and grab your skis. White Grass Ski Touring Center boasts 42 interwoven trails with over 1200 feet of altitude change, leaving you with hours of eager exploring and adventure for all skill levels. The well-maintained trails include small hills and guided instruction for beginners or steep forest expeditions for those with more experience. Refuel with phenomenal food and live music in the café every Friday throughout the winter months.Explore the Dolly Sods WildernessSodds1High above, on the Allegheny Plateau, is the beautifully diverse Dolly Sods Wilderness. Due to a logging craze that occurred several centuries ago and an unusual climate, this stretch of land is home to rocky plains and grassy meadows, muddy bogs and damp swamps, breathtaking vistas, and plant life similar to that of northern Canada.LentTwilightThe unique land formations that vary from one mile to the next make for the perfect hike, lasting anywhere from several hours to several days. For a longer trip with one of the best overlooks in the region, Lions Head hike takes you on a three-day, two-night hike with over 2,500 feet of elevation gain on your way to a majestic rock formation resembling, you guessed it, a lion’s head righteously protecting to his mountains and valleys below.Enjoy all that Canaan Valley Resort has to offerDuring the winter months, Canaan Valley is where it’s at. Glide down 1,200 feet of packed snow at the resort’s snow tube park, which features the longest lanes in the also offers a beautiful ice skating rink that overlooks the Allegheny Mountains and surrounding valley. With a snow adventure for every age and ability, you and your family will certainly leave the resort satisfied and craving more snow. Of course, you shouldn’t miss out on the skiing and snowboarding here. Pick up rentals for your snow-cation at the recently opened Driftland Ski and Sport in downtown Davis. Their friendly and expert staff will help get you fitted with the right pieces of equipment or repair your own.Day Two:Learn to Tele at Timberline Ski Resortrsz_1cvb-dec_2012-31Telemark is a technique skiers use to combine two different ways of skiing. At Timberline Ski Resort, professional instructors take participants step by step to teach them the ins and outs of telemark skiing. Their careful instruction will help you learn the perfect bent-knee turns and teach you how to adjust to the heel-free binding system unique to this ski style.timberlineAfter several hours and many helpful tips and demos, you can walk away a better, more agile skier. Timberline’s professional and friendly staff also offers guided group or private instruction in snowboarding, alpine, and backcountry skiing. Oh yeah, and the bar here always draws an interesting nighttime crowd.Get Technical with Mountain BikingIf you’re looking to stay warm and dry during an unchallenging mountain bike ride, Tucker County probably isn’t for you. But if you’re prepared to cope with rain, cold, or both, and enhance your mountain biking skills, you’ve found the right place! Not always beginner friendly, Tucker County’s mountain biking scene is characterized by technical roots, rocks, slick surfaces, and often-steep climbs and furious downhills. A favorite local loop is the Hellbender Cirque which offers nearly 15 miles of steep ascents and descents through scenic, high-altitude terrain. For trusted bike help, equipment, or rentals, check out Blackwater Bikes. They can assist you with full-service bike repair, rentals, top-quality gear, and tips and advice for the region. Want to ride, even if there’s snow on the ground? Blackwater Bikes is offering fat tire rentals for the first time ever! What better way to explore the trails in winter?Float the North Fork of the Blackwater RiverDuring the warmer months, the Blackwater River’s flatter stretches of water are a perfect way for river lovers to enjoy all that characterizes Tucker County. Blackwater Outdoor Adventures is your outfitter for kayak, canoe, stand-up paddleboards, and tubing rentals. They provide various lengths of trips ranging from one and two hours to full day paddles. Looking to fish? In the Blackwater Canyon, known for its large and abundant brook, rainbow, and brown trout, anglers can enjoy catch and release fly fishing.Food:Bright Morning Inn and Restaurant This quaint breakfast joint sits in the heart of downtown Davis, West Virginia. Surrounded by the area’s best natural attractions, Bright Morning Inn is designed to fuel the everyday adventurer. Made with many regional, fresh ingredients, breakfast items range from burritos and omelets to pancakes and locally made granola and yogurt.bright morningHellbender BurritosFor an Americanized spin on authentic Mexican burritos, head to Hellbender’s. The menu includes plenty of vegetarian friendly options, tacos, soups, starters, and traditional burrito options. If you are up for trying something new, the Goofy Foot is a local favorite which includes tofu, soy sauce, cucumbers and tomatoes, topped with mouthwatering jalapeño jack cheese and garlic mayonnaise.Sirianni’s Pizza CaféWith two locations in Canaan Valley and Davis, West Virginia, this authentic pizza shop has almost 30 years of perfecting ingredients under their belt. The eclectic and homie feel, fresh ingredients, and the friendly and attentive servers create a local favorite and a not-to-miss stop for visitors. Stumptown AlesA new addition to the local brew scene, the atmosphere here is cozy, the workers are welcoming, and the beer is incredible. Different from most breweries, Stumptown focuses on super hoppy, in-your-face beers. Their high standards will suit every beer lover’s expectations.Mountain State Brewing Co.Mountain States brews are so good that they now have three different brewpubs scattered across two different states. Mountain State Brewing is not only the largest brewing company in West Virginia but one of the oldest. From the beer to the bar to the building, everything is crafted with skill, quality, and perfection.Blackwater Brewing Co.Sitting near the entrance of Blackwater Falls State Park is the award winning Blackwater Brewing Co. They focus on producing small-batch craft beers such as German, English, and Belgian session ales and lagers. Open for less than four years, Blackwater Brewing has already earned several awards and continues to brew high quality beer.Lodging:Black Bear ResortChoose a cabin, suite, or deluxe home-away-from-home right in the Valley! You’re just a few minutes’ drive from Timberline, Canaan Valley, and White Grass. The property itself is just as scenic as the surrounding views of Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, Cabin Mountain, and Timberline ski area. There are even catch and release fish ponds on site! With jacuzzis available in every nearly every rental, you may never want to leave…and really, can we blame you?The Purple Fiddle HostelNot only is it the place to go for riveting live music, but the Purple Fiddle also offers a clean bed to crash after a long day. They have 15 beds, two shared bathrooms, a pool table, and are conveniently located across the street from the Allegheny Highland trailhead. If you’re lucky, the musical act of the night might be sharing a bed across from you.Blackwater Falls State ParkEach of the 39 cozy cabins includes a bath and shower as well as a stone fire place to really give you the cabin feel. This is the perfect place to stay if you plan to do a lot of adventuring in the park, which has trails for hiking, groomed trails for cross-country skiing, waterfalls to admire, and also a sweet sledding hill that was opened last year.The Garage MahalLocated trailside at White Grass is the elegant and secluded Garage Mahal, a must for any skier who wants to start their morning just a few steps from the trails at White Grass. Visitors can also enjoy trekking to an enchanted bubbling sand spring located within walking distance from the house.Bright Morning InnFilled with history and stories from every kind of outdoorsman, Bright Morning Inn was originally built in 1896 as temporary housing for lumberjacks. After a complete renovation, it now contains eight bedrooms and holds a total of 25 guests. The history of the Inn is brought alive through the rustic pine floors, telling antiques, and beautiful, hand-made quilts. The best part is waking up to the tempting smell of their famous breakfast and following your nose only footsteps to enjoy it.Upcoming Events:Wild Thing WeekendBring the family out to the slopes to enjoy plenty of family-fun activities, contests, and the Governor’s Cup Ski Race. Get wild as you cheer on skiers in the longest running ski race in the Southeast. Contestants for the race will enjoy two days of vigorous racing, smack talk, and the fight to claim the prized first place. March 4—6 at Canaan Valley ResortTimberline Resort’s Snowy Luau FestivalWhat could be better than a Hawaiian-themed festival with friends and family on the slopes of a ski resort? There’s sure to be plenty of games, contests, food, fireworks, and ski races during this year’s annual action-packed festival. Break out your favorite Hawaiian shirt, lei, coconut bikini, and snow pants and bring the family out to one of the area’s favorite attractions. March 11—13Card Board and Duct Tape Sled RaceYou’ve crafted a makeshift sled out of old pizza boxes and duct tape before, so why not see how your piece of art competes against others? This new and fun event awards competitors for not only creating the fastest corrugated cardboard sled, but also for team spirit and best designs. This year’s theme: Mystical Creatures! February 27 at Blackwater Falls State ParkNATO Telemark Adventure TourWake up early and head out on the snowy mountains to enjoy hours of guided instructional tours from experienced North American Telemark Organization (NATO) staff. You’ll enjoy backcountry ski instruction as you explore the beautiful Dolly Sods Wilderness and surrounding area. February 6—7 at White GrassNative Knowledge “I was drawn to the area for the outdoor activities it has to offer. I initially moved to Tucker County in 2003 for an environmental job. Since then, it’s the wonderful, small, close knit community that has kept me and my wife Shannon here.  It’s where we have chosen to remain in order to raise our daughter Delaney.  The quality of life, exposure to all things outdoors, incredible people within the community, and overall positive energy in Tucker County are second to none.”Rob Stull of Blackwater Bikes[divider]more 48 hours[/divider] saludNightlife:TipTopFormerly known as HypnoCoffee in Davis, West Virginia, TipTop is the perfect place to head for all your nighttime spirit needs. Friday nights they not only offer their daily crafted cocktails and fine wine and beer, but also all the local grass-fed beef deliciousness you could ever dream of on burger night (with plenty of vegetarian options also available).The Purple FiddleSo you’re probably wondering, “With an outdoor town this amazing, there has to be some pretty damn good live music too, right?” Correct, and it’s at the Purple Fiddle. Here, on weekend nights, the community gathers to clap, stomp, sing, and sway to Appalachian-based acoustic music. The facility, though small in size, has hosted such big names such as the Avett Brothers and Greensky Bluegrass. It’s the perfect nighttime event for the whole family where you can also order some tasty adult beverages.last_img read more

St. Kitts and Nevis, a Sentinel in the Trafficking Transit Zone

first_img LTC Patrick Wallace: Disaster and humanitarian relief is one of our primary roles, and that makes what we are doing more difficult for a small Defence Force. The hurricane season officially starts in June, so between January and June, our training is also geared towards preparing our troops for any eventuality which may happen during the peak of the hurricane season. That is because we’re not only there to take care of our islands, but because of the Regional Security System, we have to assist any other island that is struck by a hurricane. You look at the small Eastern Caribbean islands, [and see we have] very small forces, very limited resources. No island can adequately deal with such problems on its own. So the Regional Security System compels us to assist each other effectively, for which we must train our people internally, and collectively to be effective. LTC Patrick Wallace: Well, the major problem is resources. We are a very small population. We’re not wealthy islands, and so the government has to balance its programs. They have to meet the needs, the social needs of its people: education, health care, infrastructure maintenance. Because of these other social needs, allocating the security forces will not be a high priority. Then you look at the fact that the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean are vast areas, and we don’t have the resources to adequately control these, our maritime zones, and larger areas of exposed coastline that are ideal for guns to come in and also drugs. Diálogo: Is this even a concern for St. Kitts and Nevis? By Dialogo February 10, 2016 LTC Patrick Wallace: We are small islands in the Eastern Caribbean, and we sit basically in the middle of the Caribbean chain of islands. So we are basically a sentinel in the transit zone, so drugs going north pass by us and guns coming down pass by us. That is our major problem. Diálogo: How do illegal weapons affect the country? Diálogo: What is the role of the Defence Force in combating illicit trafficking? Do you think that this is a new role that the Defence Force will have to adapt to as in the case of the militaries in other countries, such as Colombia and Honduras? Diálogo: What are the main security concerns and priorities for St. Kitts and Nevis at this time? St. Kitts and Nevis is the smallest sovereign state in the Americas, both in size (261 km2/104 sq mi) and population (a little over 55,000). Both islands combined share a Defence Force comprising 300 service members who are mostly involved in policing and drug-trade interception. Diálogo took advantage of the XIV Caribbean Nations Security Conference in Kingston, Jamaica during the last week of January to talk to Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Wallace, Commander, St. Kitts and Nevis Defence Force, about the country’s security priorities. LTC Patrick Wallace: We don’t have that. We have two aircraft which are operated by the Regional Security System. We’re supposed to cover an area from Barbados in the south, up to my islands in the north, and at any one time, both aircraft may not be operational. As a matter of fact, currently we only have one operational aircraft. One is in the United States for maintenance and refurbishment. So these are the things that impact security in the Eastern Caribbean, and in particular, my island. LTC Patrick Wallace: It’s basically the same thing. So it means that, yes, you have to modify your training program and the focus of your troops for that kind of operation. We do that by working very closely with the police and basically train for our involvement in policing aspects so that the young soldiers become better equipped to assist in that kind of operations. Diálogo: How about aero surveillance? Diálogo: As you said, the country is not so big, so what is the main difficulty to control the influx of drugs and weapons being left behind? Diálogo: The U.S. Southern Command has a new commander, Admiral Kurt Tidd. What do you expect from this new leadership? LTC Patrick Wallace: Well, General [John F.] Kelly was a very good commander for SOUTHCOM. They all were, and I hope that Admiral Tidd will continue in General Kelly’s way. General Kelly focused on the security training, disaster relief and humanitarian assistance aspect because he understood that the Caribbean is a very particular zone. We are, as he says using the American term, a hurricane alley. Hurricanes pass through the area all the time. He was very conscious of that, but he never lost sight of the fact that there are also security issues. He was very well aware of the threat ISIS poses to the Caribbean in terms of members of the population who are traveling to the Middle East and becoming Jihadists, bringing back with them ideologies that can potentially impact security in the region. LTC Patrick Wallace: St. Kitts doesn’t have a Muslim population, so the [radicalized] groups cannot come in, take root, and disrupt the normal activities. I don’t see it happening that way. However, we are very reliant on tourism. A lot of tourists are Americans and because of our limited resources, anyone who wants to strike at America may choose to strike at America through us. So that is one of our major concerns. And if that happens, then our economy will suffer because Americans won’t come, causing a further decline in the economy. It’s a domino effect. Diálogo: Does the St. Kitts & Nevis Defence Force also participate in disaster relief and humanitarian aid efforts? LTC Patrick Wallace: It is a concern, but not in the same way as maybe, Guyana, or Trinidad, or Suriname. LTC Patrick Wallace: We have a problem with illegal guns in our island and it’s impacting our young people. If you look at the statistics, you can see that St. Kitts, for its small size, has a very high murder rate. We don’t manufacture guns. We don’t manufacture ammunition, but still, we are experiencing an upsurge in gun-related crimes. That is a very important thing for us. And right now that’s the main focus of our Defence Force. We are heavily engaged in working with the police to stem these murders and these gun-related crimes in our islands. Because of lack of surveillance capability in the maritime zone, we feel that a lot is happening which we are not able to come to grips with. So that’s why we are taking a regional approach to the problem of guns and crime, guns and drug trafficking in the Eastern Caribbean. Diálogo: Why? last_img read more

Family Law Section deals with access issues

first_imgFamily Law Section deals with access issues Family Law Section deals with access issues Senior EditorThey won’t be ready for the Bar Board of Governors this month as originally planned, but the Family Law Section executive council is continuing to work on recommendations for Bar Rule 4-1.8 that it hopes will increase access to lawyers for people with family law problems.The issue began last year with a proposal from the Disciplinary Procedure Committee to amend the rule to make clear what the DPC thought the rule already mandated: prohibiting lawyers from taking a lien for fees on a home that was the subject of a divorce settlement.The section objected, and the board delayed consideration of the DPC proposal so the family lawyers could make their own proposals. Norman Levin, immediate past chair and who is spearheading the executive council’s actions, said the section’s focus has expanded to include a wide range of access concerns.“One of the issues that has come out the Supreme Court in recent years is the attempt to make family law courts more accessible to the public,” Levin said. “The rule that was proposed by the DPC originally would have significantly impaired the ability of people to obtain counsel. The rules that we are working on expands the ability to obtain counsel for people in these cases who don’t have funds available to them.”During the recent Bar Annual Meeting, the executive council got a five-page report from a special committee laying out various options. The council is scheduled to discuss those recommendations during the upcoming General Meeting in September.Levin stressed that all the proposals are tentative and still subject to discussion and modification. He said many of the ideas came from a proposal in the mid-1990s to develop a clients’ bill of rights in family law cases, but which ultimately was not adopted.“One proposal clarifies that taking security interests to secure legal fees and costs is permissible,” Levin said. “However, if it involves a mortgage on a homestead property, then the lawyer cannot foreclose on the property while the client or spouse resides there with a minor child, unless the property is subject to foreclosure action by someone else.”The section also is reviewing an idea to allow percentage and contingency fees in family law matters, but subject to strict conditions, he said. “The working proposal continues established law that a lawyer shall not charge a fee that is contingent upon, one, obtaining a divorce, two, custody or visitation provisions, or, three, the amount of alimony or child support awarded.”Levin added, “The draft calls for enhanced responsibilities on the part of the lawyers to make certain that clients hiring lawyers in family law matters understand their rights and responsibilities in the representation arrangement.”The section hopes to have its proposals ready for the board by January. August 15, 2002 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Roslyn Crash Leaves Motorcyclist Dead

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Queens man was killed when his motorcycle was involved in a crash with an SUV in Roslyn on Thursday evening.Nassau County police said the motorcyclist was riding a Honda motorcycle northbound on Roslyn Road when he was involved in a collision with a southbound GMC at 7 p.m.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. His identity wasn’t immediately released.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation. They impounded both vehicles and did not charge the 90-year-old driver.last_img

Topland continues spending spree in City with £85m buy

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Lampard seeking fresh challenge

first_img “All the brilliant team-mates who I have been lucky enough to train and play alongside for so long. Not just their football qualities but also the friendships I have gained along the way. “I’d also like to give a special mention to all the staff and people behind the scenes at the club who do not receive the glory but without them the club would simply not function. “The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.” Lampard joined the Blues in 2001 after six seasons at Upton Park and went on to make 648 appearances and become the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 in all competitions. During his time at Stamford Bridge, Lampard won the Champions League, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups. The England international formed a vital part of the spine of the team built by Jose Mourinho after the arrival of owner Abramovich alongside the likes of John Terry, Petr Cech and Didier Drogba. Drogba left the Blues in 2012 and, while Terry has penned a new deal after an impressive season, Cech’s place is likely to come under threat from the returning Thibaut Courtois. Left-back Ashley Cole has left the club after his contract ran out and Mourinho appears to be reshaping his squad after a third-placed finish in last season’s Barclays Premier League. Lampard went on to pay tribute to the Chelsea supporters, adding: “Finally and most importantly, I would like to thank the Chelsea fans. “I believe they are the greatest fans in world football. You have supported me from the moment I arrived. Not only on the pitch, but in difficult moments in my personal life off the pitch. I will never forget. “I feel honoured to have shared so many special times with you. Bolton, Amsterdam, Munich, the list goes on and on. I, and we as a team, could not have achieved those moments without your support. “Whatever the next challenge is for me I will always be amongst you and have Chelsea in my home and in my heart. Hopefully I will get to see you all soon to say goodbye properly. “In the meantime thank you for the memories and keep making history!” England goalkeeper Ben Foster, who like Milner is currently with Lampard at England’s pre-World Cup training camp in Miami, also paid a rich tribute. “Not only as a player, as a person as well he is so professional,” added Foster. “He always goes about his business very well. “He has been a great servant for the club – and not only the club but England as well. “He is a great guy and he’s somebody that as an England team we are very lucky to have amongst us.” Chelsea posted a lengthy tribute to the departing midfielder on their website on Monday evening, looking back on his achievements and hailing him as one of their finest players of all time. It concluded: “That Lampard has won more international caps while playing for Chelsea than anyone else in our history only strengthens the argument that he is one of the very greatest players to have represented the club. “Any Chelsea supporter who has had the good fortune to watch Super Frank Lampard in full flow will know we have never seen his like in our midfield before, and we will be very blessed to again see his equal.” Frank Lampard has confirmed he will seek a new challenge after returning from the World Cup in Brazil as he brings an end to his 13-year association with Chelsea. Fellow England midfielder James Milner said: “He’s not finished yet. He’s still got that quality and still has the goals, so I am sure he’ll have plenty of offers and he will choose what is right. “Players have ups and downs in their career, but every season he delivers and the example is set for the younger players coming in. “Since I’ve been in the England squad he’s been a top player, a top pro and that’s exactly what we need going into a major tournament.” Lampard gave no immediate indication as to what the future might hold, instead choosing to thank those who helped him make such a success of his Stamford Bridge career. Lampard said: “When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success. “This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity. Firstly, Ken Bates, who put his neck on the line to sign me as a young player and without him I would not have even begun this experience. “Roman Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone. “All the managers and coaches who have helped me develop my game during the time I have been here. I have learnt from every one of them. The 35-year-old issued a statement on Monday evening in which he revealed he has played his last game for the Blues. Lampard has already been linked with a move to New York City FC but his England team-mates are convinced he still has a future at the highest level. Press Associationlast_img read more

Gunners close in on Debuchy

first_imgArsenal are expected to confirm the signing of France defender Mathieu Debuchy from Newcastle on Thursday, and continue to track further new additions. The Wales international is determined to build on those achievements. “I am just happy (with my progress) and I want to keep on working on my game. Hopefully I can keep improving and get better and better. That’s my target now – just to improve on my game and keep on building every season,” Ramsey said on “I have been through a lot in my short career so far. I’ve had a bit of everything so it was nice to have a good season, score the number of goals that I did and be recognised a lot more. “I’ve always believed in myself and what I can do, and I think a lot of people realised that last year and that’s what I’m more happy about.” Following their trip to the United States, Arsenal host the Emirates Cup on August 2/3, which is likely to present a debut for Sanchez as well as a chance for World Cup winners Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski and Mesut Ozil to return following a well-deserved three-week break. Arsenal play Premier League champions Manchester City on August 9 before starting the new domestic campaign at home to Crystal Palace. Following the arrival of Holland full-back Daryl Janmaat from Feyenoord, the Magpies are now happy to finalise the departure of Debuchy, in what is expected to be a £10million deal. The 28-year-old, who was part of the French World Cup squad which reached the quarter-finals in Brazil, will present ready-made Barclays Premier League cover for Bacary Sagna, who earlier this summer left Arsenal to join Manchester City on a free transfer. Manager Arsene Wenger has now returned from his media duties in Brazil as the Gunners step up pre-season preparations ahead of a trip to New York at the end of the month. By then, Arsenal could well have further strengthened the squad following on from the £30million capture of Chile forward Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona. German international midfielder Sami Khedira is one reported target, with sources in Spain claiming Real Madrid are ready to sell for around £25million, although the World Cup winner’s personal terms could prove a sticking point on any potential such deal with Arsenal. Borussia Dortmund’s Lars Bender, who missed the World Cup through injury, is another player Wenger has long admired. Arsenal also need a goalkeeper, with Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina, of Nice, said to be on the club’s radar. Egypt international defender Ahmed Fathi is having a trial at Arsenal this week, while Atletico Madrid’s 20-year-old right-back Javi Manquillo is another a potential new recruit. The Gunners will take a select side to Boreham Wood on Saturday, so those who were not involved at the World Cup could get a first run-out. Midfielder Aaron Ramsey was player of the season last campaign, recovering from injury to help Arsenal win the FA Cup at Wembley. Press Associationlast_img read more

BSO Deputies to Hold “No-confidence” Vote on Sheriff Gregory Tony

first_imgThe Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association will hold a no-confidence vote on Sheriff Gregory Tony from Tuesday to next Monday, according to reporting by WPLG Local 10.BSO Deputies Association President Jeff Bell was suspended with pay last week for “violations of BSO policies and procedures.” Bell’s attorney, Eric Schwartzreich, says Bell was suspended for calling out Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony regarding complaints from deputies about a lack of personal protective equipment (PPE’s) amid the coronavirus pandemic.“What the sheriff did was to stifle free speech, violate federal whistleblowing laws, state whistleblowing laws, unfair labor practices and stop a union president from being able to communicate, because he is getting complaints from other first responders, other members of our community that are keeping us safe,” Schwartzreich said.BSO’s statement last week said that Bell would “be afforded all protections and due process rights afforded under the law and consistent with BSO policies.”“Otherwise, the agency will not comment on pending internal affairs investigation,” the statement read.Schwartzreich, however, blasted Sheriff Gregory Tony for suspending the union president, who he said was simply “trying to make sure our deputies have personal protection equipment.”“It’s about nothing more, nothing less. This is wrong,” Schwartzreich said. “Jeff Bell needs to be re-instated and we’re taking action.”Sheriff Tony seems to suggest there was more to it.“Well, I think the presumption that you’re making is the nature of this internal affairs is exclusively driven by one comment that he made or some type of article that he has written, and there is so much more substance to the nature of this investigation,” Tony told Local 10.Schwartzreich said the action taken against his client for looking out for first responders was “against the law, reprehensible and actionable.”The International Union of Police Associations also called out the sheriff in an open letter Sunday.“This brazen display of power abuse is unbecoming of any law enforcement leader,” the letter stated. “Deputy Bell has been trying to meet with you privately over mutual concerns for more than a year, without success. Your actions clearly illustrate your complete disregard for any input from the representatives of the men you are supposed to lead. You have not, at any time, offered to sit down with the elected leader of these men and women to seek their input or their concerns.”Tony lashed out at Bell at a news conference last Tuesday, saying his department has personal protective equipment for all employees.“From the time-frame of Feb. 1 to April 6, we have dispersed over 25,263 N95 masks to our first responders,” he said.According to the sheriff, 44,773 surgical masks were also dispersed, as well as more than 4,100 bottles of hand sanitizer.The sheriff said his department has spent more than $1.3 million to get the equipment needed to face this crisis.Bell’s attorneys say they are willing to sit down with Tony, without moving forward with legal action, to discuss the situation and the possible reinstation of Bell. But the union is officially moving forward with the no-confidence vote.Former Broward Sheriff Scott Israel who was elected twice and in 2019 was suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis for his mishandling of two mass shootings in the County, (Parkland and FLL airport) also received a no-confidence vote from the union. Israel tells 850WFTL that he is looking forward to the 2020 election. He will be running against Sheriff Gregory Tony to get his old job back. Israel said Monday night, “I fell we will WIN.”last_img read more

Ellsworth swimmers visit Maine State House

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth High School boys’ swim team was recognized both at Monday’s City Council meeting and on Tuesday at the Maine State House in Augusta. Above: The team poses with its state championship trophy at the State House. Below: Ellsworth coach Jim Goodman, center, was on hand at the City Council meeting at City Hall to present certificates from the city to Ellsworth swimmers, including Beckett Markosian, at left. Goodman spoke about each swimmer’s accomplishments when he was called up. Helping with the presentations was City Council Chairman Bob Crosthwaite, at right.PHOTO BY STEVE FULLERThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img