How to help the Taal evacuees Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul chases a basketball amid lighting and fog machines while he takes part in a promotional video shoot during an NBA basketball media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — Chris Paul and James Harden have spent so much time together since he was traded from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Houston Rockets in June that he’s learned the most important facts — and some that aren’t as vital — about his fellow All-Star teammate.“He likes french fries just as much as I do, first and foremost,” Paul said with a laugh.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Harden, who finished second to Russell Westbrook in MVP voting last season, is thrilled about the opportunity to pair with such a dynamic player. He believes Paul’s skillset will make things easier for him.“It’s a relief,” he said. “But it’s not just anybody that I’m getting off the ball giving it to. I’m giving the ball to somebody that can do the same thing I can do even better.”Paul is a nine-time All-Star who has averaged 18.7 points, 9.9 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 steals over his 12-year career, though he has been dogged with criticism in recent years for failing to help the Clippers get out of the second round of the playoffs. Los Angeles reached the postseason in each of Paul’s six seasons with the team, but the Clippers were eliminated in the first round three times and in theWestern Conference semifinals three other times.He readily admits that his only motivation for opting in for the last year of his contract so the Clippers could deal him was to chase a title.“I came here with one purpose, one goal in mind and that’s to win a championship,” he said. “And the cool part is being here with a guy like James that has those same aspirations.”ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Then he got serious about why he’s so excited to join Harden and a Houston team that lost to the Spurs in the Western Conference semifinals last season.“He loves to hoop,” Paul said. “You got some guys that like and enjoy to play basketball, and he’s one of the guys who loves it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAfter spending countless hours together on and off the court in the last few weeks, Paul and Harden can’t wait to see how their pairing will work as the Rockets open camp on Tuesday.“We did a lot of traveling, playing pickup games here and there and stuff like that, so you are antsy to actually get out there with the full crew and see what it looks like,” Paul said. MOST READ NBA: New Thunder recruits Anthony, George try to lure Wade to OKC OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Since the trade, some have questioned how the two point guards will coexist in Houston. General manager Daryl Morey has no worries about that and said he doesn’t have to see the pair in a game to know that he’s right.“They’ve been playing in gyms around the country and out of the country all summer,” he said. “Just from my watching it and coach (Mike D’Antoni) has watched it even more than me — we’re 100 percent certain it’s going to work.”D’Antoni, who enters his second season in Houston, said the three have had plenty of conversations about how they’ll play together and what it will look like. He knows there will be growing pains along the way, but he believes the fact that both players want it to work will go a long way.“We have little things to work out but, again, both of them are very willing to do whatever it takes to be the best that we can be,” D’Antoni said. “Now we’ve just got to figure out what that is and keep improving on it all year.”Harden ranked second in the league with 29.1 points per game and first with 11.2 assists. He had 64 double-doubles last year after combining for just 67 in the first seven seasons of his career, and he notched 22 triple-doubles after getting just nine total before last season.His brilliant season was marred by a poor performance in Game 6 of the conference semifinals when the Rockets were eliminated with a 39-point loss to the Spurs. Harden didn’t attempt a shot until halfway through the second quarter of the blowout and finished with 10 points to tie a season low.He denies that he paid any attention to the criticism he received after that loss, asking, “What did they say?” about the naysayers.But he doesn’t deny that he should have done more in that game and vows to do just that this season.“Obviously I played terrible,” he said. “It didn’t end in a championship so that’s frustrating. (I’ve) just got to get better. Won’t blame anybody but myself.” In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Four science teachers from O’nance International School System (OISS) in Paynesville 72nd Boulevard have participated in a one-day laboratory training workshop organized by the proprietor of the institution.The teachers were trained on the fundamentals of Boyles’ Law, Charles Law and micrometer screw gauge as well as small diameters.Boyle’s law, (sometimes referred to as the Boyle–Marriott’s law, or Marriott’s law, is an experimental gas law, which describes how the pressure of a gas tends to decrease as the volume of a gas increases. A modern statement of Boyle’s law is the absolute pressure exerted by a given mass of an ideal gas that is inversely proportional to the volume it occupies if the temperature and amount of gas remain unchanged within a closed system.The workshop also gave the teachers the opportunity to learn new skills and how to operate laboratory equipment. It was facilitated by Chemfare Scientific Liberia, a group of Liberian owned business firms that is engaged in selling laboratory equipment and supplies.O’nance proprietor, Aaron Johnson Wheagar, said the workshop was aimed at improving the teaching of sciences by equipping the teachers with new skills and at the same time sharing with them innovative teaching trends in the sciences. Earlier in an interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Wheagar indicated that his school was ready to work with authorities of the Ministry of Education (MOE) to integrate science subjects as well as introduce teaching tools to enhance effective learning among the students.He urged Liberians to invest more in the educational sector especially in the sciences so that the students would be prepared to meet the new challenges in the digital world. Mr. Wheagar believes that revamping the education sector would take the concerted efforts of all well meaning Liberians to rally around authorities and partners. “Our science programs are very weak and if we want to buttress government’s efforts by educating the youth, then we must put more money into the system,” said Mr. Wheagar.The OISS proprietor has meanwhile assured parents and the government of his institution’s readiness to boost the educational system as well as modernize it.He also disclosed that the institution would host Science Fairs to serve as encouragement for students from other schools.A representative of the four teachers expressed gratitude to Mr. Wheagar on behalf of his colleagues for the training opportunity which they consider as a step in the right direction that has enabled them to learn new skills which would benefit their students.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Minneapolis, Minn – Pierre Collins has been sentenced to 40-years in prison after admitting to killing his 10-year-old son.For months Collins has denied any role in the killing of Barway Edwin Collins. But in a public plea held at the Hennepin County Courthouse, Collins left several people in tears after astonishingly stating that he beat his son and then wrapped him with duct tape before throwing him in the Mississippi River.In court, Collins trembled and even cried as he responded to questions from his public lawyer Shawn Webb.With his head shaved, and clad in his orange jail-jump suit, Collins paced the waiting room before entering the courtroom. Calmly, he sat between his two public defenders after adjusting his microphone and his manila file.His remark was received with deep emotion by some members of the audience. Louise Karluah, Barway’s mother, couldn’t hold her tears; nor could other Liberians, Americans and others at the hearing. Unable to bear it, Louise walked out of the jammed-packed courtroom and consoled by her lawyer Marcus Jarvis.Until then, Pierre Collins had denied having any knowledge of his son’s disappearance and murder on March 18th. When Barway’s body was found April 11 in the Mississippi River, Collins persistently denied any “role” in the incident. He didn’t change his story during the weeks and months that followed thereafter when he was interviewed in prison on numerous times. He however admitted that he lied to authorities in order to cover-up the boy’s death.He said he constantly thought about his late son and what actually happened to him that day. “I’ll never forgive myself for this. I messed myself up! I don’t have a life anymore,” Collins said.Hennepin County District Judge Tanya Bransford wanted the defendant to understand the consequences that come with a “guilty plea,” among them, the “deportation from the U.S.” of the defendant to his home country to which Pierre Collins responded “Yes.”Asked to explain how he killed Barway, Collins revealed that he saw his son playing in the courtyard after the boy arrived from school; something he had warned him against playing outdoors without his permission. Angered by the incident, he approached him, lured him into the apartment and punched him, thus causing him to become unconscious.Fearing the incident could land him to a severe jail term, he said he decided to bundle him up, duct tape him and then took the body to the Mississippi River.Under oath, Collins responded as Mr. Webb read through the four-page document line-by-line. Victoria Peabody, from Team-Barway, the local group that helped searched for the late boy, shook her head and wept as she listened to Collins. For her, the shame and embarrassment that came with Collins’ confession were just too much to bear.“I feel so dirty,” said Peabody in tears, because Collins lied to her and joined him in praying for late Barway.After listening to the case stated by Mr. Webb, Judge Bransford explained to the court that there are sufficient grounds to accept Collins’ plea agreement, and sentenced him to 480 months, about 40 years for killing his son. This includes the 113 days already served at the Hennepin County jail. Collins accepted not protecting a vulnerable ten-year-old, and abuse of his position of authority, and concealment of the boy’s body.Because of the plea agreement between the prosecutor and Collins, Judge Bransford dismissed one of the charges – first-degree premeditated murder. Before this, Collins, a naturalized U.S. citizen had no criminal record, which was considered in the judgment.At this point, Louise Karluah cried once more, as Collins accepted his jail sentence, telling the court that he acted alone and that no one was involved.“I forgive him…Louise too will forgive him,” remarked Peabody as she struggled to comfort Barway’s mother rendered speechless by grief. Victoria together with other family members had called the Collins to a meeting during which they quizzed him (Collins) regarding the boy’s disappearance but said he denied any knowledge.Many from the audience fixed their eyes on Collins, who told the court that he was not forced to plead guilty and that he was in a sound mind. His wife Yamah, wiped her tears with a white tissue, and looked towards him standing between his two lawyers. Collins told Judge Bransford that he had no questions and bowed his head in tears.“I tried to be strong…It has affected all Liberians in the USA,” said Seyon Nyanwleh, a member of Team Barway. “It is a sad and happy day.”He noted that it is a happy day for the community, “We can have closure to the pain that everyone had.” Believing that, faith would help in healing the heartbroken Liberian and African communities. “It is our hope that the good Lord would have mercy on us all,” he said.The late Barway Collins was described as a “community son” as many people went to search for him along the Mississippi River and surrounding areas in Crystal, hoping that the truth would one day come out.“Every day, we looked for the boy, until we found him,” said Peabody. She questioned how she can trust people when Collins couldn’t tell her the truth about his son’s death.Louise Karluah, Barway’s mother can’t imagine how Collins could kill his own son. She collapsed in court, and later told the media Barway was her first son, who was a “special child,” and that if Collins was “tired of him” he should send him to her in Liberia.“I think there are a lot of things left out,” said Jennifer Beaver, Collins ex-wife regarding his motive for killing Barway. “There is a lot of truth we won’t know now…However there is closure.” Beaver believes the boy was not only beaten and thrown to the river, but something else went wrong which Collins has refused to explain. “It doesn’t just add up.”“Our name has been tarnished, because of Collins,” said Peabody, who told the court that Louise Karluah will forgive him, but Collins has damaged the image of their community. “Nothing can be done to bring back Barway.”“Pierre has not been fair from the start. Pierre has not been trustworthy,” We expect much from him today, but at least, justice has been served for now,” Emmanuel Monluo, Karluah’s cousin told the media. “Pierre had wanted a minimum sentence, and he confessed just to speak to it.”Monluo said that they [Karluah Family] were relieved with Collins plead guilty, but felt he has more to say about the case.Many in the African community are still wandering about Collins’s motive(s). At yesterday’s hearing Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman told the local press that it was hard to tell Collins’ motive for killing his son. He believes the court and the law enforcement did their best to bring justice and closure to the case.“He is gone,” said Attorney Freeman. “None of us can explain or comprehend, how a father could kill his son. We don’t know what exactly happened… We don’t absolutely know. The only person that knows is Pierre Collins, and he is not sharing.”In his brief closing remarking before he was escorted out of court, Collins asked for forgiveness the pain he has caused and for his disappointing his family, friends, and “everybody in the community.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) began in 1975 as an organization with the aim of fostering economic activities in the areas of trade and agriculture in the sub-region.It started with less strength and without much control over member states in terms of security, justice and the enforcement of peace. In fact, during the 1970s and 80s people only studied the historical background of ECOWAS in Social Studies but could not feel its impact as they do today.Beginning in 1990, ECOWAS has proven its strength beyond expectations. In August of 1990 ECOWAS organized forces and tested its military might in the Liberian civil conflict under the ECOWAS Ceasefire Monitoring Group, ECOMOG. It remained in Liberia and monitored the conduct of the 1997 election that led former President Charles Taylor to the presidency. ECOWAS was also proactive in intervening in the 10-year civil conflict in Sierra Leone.In 2003 ECOWAS returned to Liberia with another peace mission, this time under ECOMIL, when the war continued following the presidential victory of Charles Taylor. Here in Liberia, forces of ECOMIL stayed until September when more forces under the United Nations joined and UNMIL took over its peacekeeping mission.In Mali in 2013, the regional grouping quickly intervened in the assassination attempt on the Malian Government and restored democratic governance to that country.Continuous instability in Guinea Bissau has impeded the growth of that tiny West African country, but with the intervention of ECOWAS, using sanctions and peace enforcement, stability is gradually returning there.Early this year ECOWAS scored a major victory when it pressured former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power for a democratically elected President to take over. A political commentator during this period of ECOWAS’ intervention in The Gambia said the West Africa group was growing in strength even more than the mother organization, the African Union. We acknowledge Nigeria, Ghana and Senegal for the frontline roles they have played in the military interventions of ECOWAS.Besides these major military interventions, ECOWAS has gone further to establish a justice system that has led to the setting up of its high court in Nigeria.It is also making strides in unifying the sub-region by creating a regional passport for all West Africans. The ECOWAS Passport, strengthened with biometric qualities, is internationally recognized.In March this year, the ECOWAS Commission on Infrastructure held a meeting in Monrovia where member countries reached a consensus to construct the Dakar-Abidjan Highway Corridor that will connect the region’s coastal countries.Now ECOWAS is undertaking another major initiative which could very well prove to be the crowning regional unification jewel of them all—the introduction of a single currency through which all member countries may trade.ECOWAS is also embarking on visa waiver for all citizens of member countries.It is these achievements that caused the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Benin’s Marcel Alaine de Souza, to declare in a major address last week that ECOWAS, through its interventions, is transforming the West African Sub-Region from instability to stability, from perennial dictatorships into sustainable democracies. He told the 38th Ordinary Ministerial Meeting of ECOWAS held at the Farmington Hotel in Margibi County that the regional group is indeed exerting its presence in the region, even pushing for more reasons to unite the people of West Africa through a robust integration agenda.This newspaper, the Daily Observer, holds the view that because of these many constructive and wholesome interventions and integrative programs, ECOWAS deserves praises and needs the collective, full and unflinching support of all member states, to ensure that the Organization continues to grow from strength to strength.It is because of ECOWAS’ bold and measured interventions in the sub-region that we now see an end to the terrible and debilitating syndrome of African leaders perpetuating themselves in power by tampering with constitutions and using a country’s military against the citizens. We may assume that it was a lesson learnt from ECOWAS’ strength of character and power that former Burkina Faso President Blaise Campaorè could not use his loyalists against citizens of that country, but rather, bowed out peacefully to live in Cote d’Ivoire.We hope and pray that the on-going meetings in Liberia, under the astute leadership of ECOWAS Commission President de Souza and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is also Chairperson of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State, will yield the best of fruits that will unify West Africans to foster collectively their development agenda and engender a decisive end to all activities of terrorism and violence in the sub-region.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Central Housing and Planning Authority (CH&PA) has approved dozens of applications for acres of land across the country to be used for oil and gas-related development projects.CH&PA Chief Development Planner, Germene StewartFor the year, the CH&PA received 44 applications for land across the country for oil and gas development projects. However, only 39 were approved.This is according to CH&PA’s Chief Development Planner, Germene Stewart, who on Monday told the media that a number of these projects will be seen in the future.“You will see things will [have] started. You’ll see development that Guyana never experienced before in terms of mud plant…well the chemical storage some of them were not favourably considered but we are planning for those things in the future and that plan will take that into account,” Stewart said.The agency was mum on which areas across the country lands were allocated for these projects. However, Stewart explained that the CH&PA has started a redevelopment plan at Houston, Greater Georgetown, in relation to the oil and gas sector and has met with various stakeholders for consultations.“We have already started the process in terms of developing a special area redevelopment plan for an area within Houston that has really seen land conversion or pressure for the oil and gas sector. So we are really proactive in terms of meeting with developers, landowners, and had a first round of consultation on how we move forward,” she stated.Further, the Chief Development Planner said that applications which were not approved were due to incompatibility issues regarding the purpose of land use: “Some that were rejected [are] based in terms of compatibility where land use is not compatible with our residential areas,” she explained.Overall for the year 2019, the agency reported that it had received 914 applications for both oil and gas projects and other unrelated projects. Of these, 905 were processed and 714 approved.
Over 15 mm of rain from Tuesday night until five o’clock this morning was the advantage needed for the approximately 60 fire fighters who have now fully controlled the Osborne River Wildfire in the Cecil Lake area.At its peak, the lightning-caused fire covered 348 hectares but, as the Prince George Fire Centre points out again, because it is in a remote area it did not threaten any communities or infrastructures.Meanwhile, spokesperson Jillian Chimko says the recent rain has also allowed the Centre to drop its Fire Dangerrating to Low or Very Low. She says that during the past week, 13 new fire starts were reported, 2 of which were due to human causes, while the rest were the result of lightning strikes. The Osborne River fire was by far the largest of the group.- Advertisement –
GLENDALE – Glendale Unified School District is preparing to declare an impasse with state regulators after failing to reach an agreement with its teachers union over salaries, officials said Wednesday. The decision comes after the latest round of negotiations ended Tuesday without an agreement. The district said it now will appeal to the California Public Employment Relations Board, which could order both sides back to the table or send a mediator to help broker a settlement. “If we can’t make it move, you go through the process with state mediation….,” Superintendent Michael Escalante said. “What we want to do is to get this settled and we want our teachers taken care of and we can move on.” Glendale Teachers Association President Allen Freemon said he disagreed with the move and remained optimistic a deal could be reached without mediation. But while some agreement has been reached on work hours and procedures, neither side is budging on proposed raises. The 1,400-member union has sought a 12.6percent raise, while the district has held firm at 5.1percent. “If we were presented with some information that could rationalize us moving our position, we could,” Freemon said. “So far, there has been no information presented to us that will allow us to do that.” For the 2006-07 school year, the district is expecting up to $12million in ongoing new revenue from Sacramento. The district’s proposal would allocate about 85percent of those funds toward a raise. But the union wants a better deal. Freemon has said the teachers union settled for a total 7percent in raises over the past five years, while inflation rose 17percent over the same period. Escalante said the district can’t afford more because enrollment at the 28,000-student district is declining, which cuts into state funding. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Uruguay’s Luis Suarez faced France’s Paul Pogba at the World Cup and said he would welcome the midfielder at Barcelona © AFP / Martin BERNETTIBARCELONA, Spain, Sep 5 – Luis Suarez believes Paul Pogba should be challenging for more trophies than he is at Manchester United and would always be welcome at Barcelona.Pogba has endured a turbulent two years since returning to Old Trafford for a then world-record fee of 105 million euros and his relationship with coach Jose Mourinho has become strained. The 25-year-old rediscovered his best form away from his club, for France in the summer, when he inspired Les Bleus to World Cup glory in Russia, beating Uruguay and Suarez on the way.But since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, United have failed to go close in either the Premier League or Champions League, while Barca have won three La Ligas in that time and the Champions League once.“Pogba is an elite player who has won everything and we always want to have the best,” Suarez told RAC1 on Tuesday.“He is a player that has a lot of quality and who is one of the key players at United, and I think he would like to compete for more than he is competing for now.“But that’s how it is, he does not belong to Barcelona but he will always be welcome.”One Champions League crown in five years, however, represents a disappointing return for Barca, particularly while rivals Real Madrid have dominated the tournament, winning it three times in a row.Lionel Messi, now captain after Andres Iniesta´s departure, has expressed his own desire to make amends, with the striker also coming off the back of a harrowing World Cup with Argentina.“He’s really motivated, even more so after the World Cup and the Champions League,” Suarez said.“But it’s a really difficult competition to win and Messi can’t win it on his own. It has to be a team effort, as good as he is.“Obviously it’s infuriating for us because Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last three years. They have made history and it’s a thorn in our side.”– Overworked –One criticism levelled at coach Ernesto Valverde last season was that he overworked his players in La Liga, despite Barca enjoying a significant advantage at the top.Suarez shoulders the blame too, pinpointing a league victory against Leganes when he played 90 minutes, three days before they were beaten in Europe by Roma.“When you pass 30 you begin to realise there are times when you have to rest,” Suarez said.“I regret a lot the game against Leganes at home when we had a big lead in La Liga and the quarter-final with Roma three days later. I played the whole game and you get a bit tired.“You have to manage things to be at your best in the big games. I think the coach is seeing those little details.”Suarez turned 31 in January and scored 25 league goals last term. He would like to finish his career at the Camp Nou but admits it will be difficult.“It’s complicated,” Suarez said. “Look at players like Xavi and Andres (Iniesta), they are players who have been ingrained in the club but they have not been able to finish here.“I am aware the day I do not have the level to play for Barca I would have to leave but the desire of every player is to end here.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Our report also stated that the department seeks to balance the attainment of specific service goals (response times) with specific deployment strategies that result in the reduction of serious violent and property crime. Our performance measures are what they are. We were factual and accurate in their depiction. Additionally, I defend the outstanding job the men and women of the LAPD are doing on a variety of fronts in service to the people of the Valley, as well as the city as a whole. Simply stated, our numbers are too few in every neighborhood and community of this city. However, these same communities are made safer today by the dedication of our men and women who work in partnership with those they are sworn to protect. And while we are continually striving to improve our performance, we will not purposely mislead or violate the public’s trust for a speaking point or statistical quote. As the saying goes, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics. We have presented the facts and merely ask for fairness in the evaluation and conclusions reached. In closing, a well-informed public is essential to the existence of a democratic nation. As a department, we seek to foster a cooperative climate with the media built on mutual respect. The LAPD deserves better than this most recent tirade. Michel R. Moore is deputy chief, Operations-Valley Bureau of the Los Angeles Police Department160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Historical data stretching back five years were provided to more accurately depict performance measures over the course of several years, especially in comparison to other parts of the city. Recognizing that the Daily News has a pretty dim view of just about everything public servants do in regards to providing services to the Valley, the editorial board chose to single out one calculation. Particularly disingenuous was their decision to reference in the editorial a specific LAPD claim of a 30 percent reduction in response time to emergency calls for service. Let me be clear: The report detailed response times for emergency, urgent and routine calls for service depicted in chart and graph form for each year from 2003-2007. The only summary our report made on the subject was that overall citywide response times have improved since 2003. WITH its editorial titled “LAPD’s numbers game” (Oct. 4) we have yet another example of the willingness of the Daily News editorial page to callously throw out insulting allegations of fraud and misrepresentation against public servants. In this most recent incident, the editorial board asserted the Los Angeles Police Department is “cooking the books” in its report on deployment in the San Fernando Valley. The underlying purpose of their destructive and mean-spirited rant? Apparently to reassert the never-ending mantra that more officers are needed in the San Fernando Valley. As a point of information, the department’s report on the efforts to add additional patrols in the Valley was 15 pages of information, plus attachments detailing citywide deployment numbers, response times, citation productivity and revenues generated, and efforts to reduce gang violence.
Sheep rustlers used a specialist sheep dog to round up and steal more than 70 lambs from two farms.The thefts of the lambs from farms in the Bridgend area has caused outrage among the farming community in the north-west.The 73 lambs are worth more than €7,500 and belonged to two young farmers starting out their careers. Malcolm Thompson, chairman of the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers Association, told the Shaun Doherty Show on Highland Radio that he is outraged by the thefts.He said those responsible are not amateur thieves but they knew exactly what they were doing to round up and steal the lambs.“They know exactly what they are at and have access to documents and tags to be able to sell on these lambs,” he said.Dog excrement from the dog used to round up the lambs was found in the fields from which they were taken. A large truck would also have had to be used to round up the lambs for removal.Mr Thompson said pictures of anybody caught with the sheep should be displayed in marts to shame those responsible.“These people may not be farmers but they are certainly on the fringe of the sheep industry.“They known exactly what they are at in rounding up the sheep and they will know how to move the sheep on.“They are parasites and they should be shunned by the entire farming community. “Their pictures should be hung up at marts with the words “I am a parasite.” That’s how strongly I feel about these people,” he said.A reward of €3,000 has been offered for information leading to the recovery of the lambs.Buncrana Town Councillor Rena Donaghey, whose nephew was one of the farmers who has lambs stolen, said the thieves timed the robberies well.“The robberies took place on Thursday night or Friday morning last which was the time of Ireland’s football game against Spain. “There would have been very little traffic on the road and a number of roads were blocked because of the upcoming Donegal rally.“I have no doubt there was local knowledge used to steal these lambs. The people whose farms were robbed have been unable to sleep since with worry,” she said.Gardai are investigating the thefts.THIEVES USED SHEEP DOG TO ROUND UP STOLEN LAMBS was last modified: June 18th, 2012 by StephenShare 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:bridgendmartssheepthieves