A Florida man wants Disney World to return to their former policy of allowing those with autism to skip the lines, suing them in federal court.After reports of unscrupulous guests hiring disabled people to help them jump upfront, the theme park cancelled the practice in 2014.Currently, only disabled persons who possess a Disability Access Service Card are able to reserve a spot for the rides.The lawsuit, which will go to court in February, wants Disney to treat all disabilities in a similar fashion, rather than decide which are worthy of special treatment.
Jordan Smith put the disappointment of not being selected by England for the forthcoming European Team Championships by lifting the Brabazon Trophy in splendid fashion as calm conditions returned to Formby.After a testing week of rain and wind, Smith carded a closing round of 70 for 286, two under par, and a four shot winning margin over playing partner Brian Casey from Ireland, who returned 74.Smith led almost from start to finish and his calm, laid-back approach was just what was needed in a week when the elements did everything it could to make things difficult for everyone.But the victory tasted sweet for the 20 year old from Wiltshire. “I’m over the moon to get my name on the trophy,” he said. I was disappointed not to make the team for the Europeans but I suppose it was a difficult choice,” he said. “But I think not being picked urged me on to prove a point and I’ve played really well this week in difficult conditions.“I suppose I’ve stopped Neil (Raymond) completing the triple but I’m sure he’ll understand. I think he was left out when he won the Brabazon last year.”Smith (copyright Leaderboard Photography) began the final round tied with playing partner Casey on level par but the England man was soon forging ahead with three birdies in the opening five holes.“I made a nervy start, putting my tee shot into the trees but I managed to scramble a par and then got off to a flier with a couple of birdies. I was three under through five holes and settled down.”He dropped shots at the seventh and ninth, the latter when he airmailed the green into knee-high rough. “I had 205 yards and hit a four iron and couldn’t believe it when it finished over the green.“But he reduced the damage to one shot to be out in 36 while another birdie at the long 17th confirmed his success.Casey managed to stay in touch with Smith over the front nine but he came to grief on the homeward stretch, dropping shots at the 12th and 14th before his chance finally eluded his grasp at the 400 yard 15th where he found punishing rough, failed to get out first time, and took a double bogey six.With so many players in with a shout at the start it was difficult to pick a winner. But several made a brave bid, none more so than fellow international Ben Taylor. The Man from Walton Heath produced the best round of the week with a five-birdie 68, which hauled him up to joint third on 291.On the same mark were Nathan Kimsey and, Alfie Plant and Jimmy Mullen, whose 71 included a hole-in-one at the 139-yard 16th where he fired an eight iron that never left the flag. “It was my first ‘ace’ in competition but I’d had one before when I was in Australia,” said the young man from Devon.Raymond, seeking to make history with a third successive victory, finished joint 13th after a closing 74 but was philosophical over losing the title. “I played great this week but didn’t take as many chances as I should have done,” he said.“There was a lot of pressure on me this week but I started the final round birdie, birdie and felt I was going to post a good number, but the putter let me down. But Jordan is a great lad and is a worthy champion.”Smith was certainly the man of the week and deserved his success which is bound to lead to greater things. “I played well in the English Amateur last year before getting beaten by the winner Harry Ellis,” Smith added.“But that started my career with England and I got picked for the Home Internationals.”Who knows where this latest triumph will take Smith but he has added his name to the championship’s impressive Roll of Honour.The Henriques Salver for the best score by a player aged under 20 from Britain and Ireland went to Jimmy Mullen while Ryan Evans won the Scrutton Jug for the lowest aggregate from the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies. 29 Jun 2013 Smith proves a point with steely Brabazon triumph
Portuguese midfielder André Gomes returned to play this Sunday almost four months after his serious ankle injury.Gomes, who was a player for Valencia and Barcelona, was seriously injured last November 3 in a clash with South Korean Heung-min Son, who broke his ankle.The Portuguese played his first minutes this Sunday in the match against Arsenal played at the Emirates Stadium.Carlo Ancelotti put him on the field with more than half an hour ahead on the scoreboard.
Future of sugar industryBased on presentations made by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) and the Special Purpose Unit (SPU) of the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL), Cabinet will make a final decision on the divestment plans for the local sugar industry next week.Agriculture Minister Noel Holder told Guyana Times on Wednesday that members of the Cabinet were in receipt of these presentations and would make a collective decision on the future of the East Demerara (Enmore), Uitvlugt and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, as well as the Skeldon Factory. Holder claimed that the approximately 4000 sugar workers would be eligible for severance pay. Hundreds of workers have already been issued termination letters since last year. While some have already stopped working, there are many more set to become unemployed this month.“The others would have been retained, some by the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA); the Ministry of Health centres; community centres; and community personnel required to maintain the assets until divestment is finalised,” the Minister told this publication.Despite the Government’s aggressive move to shut down the industry, many civil society bodies and other interest groups have been urging them to rethink its decision and to implement plans that would tackle the welfare of workers. The Private Sector Commission (PSC) had highlighted that come 2018, it would be, in fact, 5000 sugar workers who would be left unemployed if Wales was factored into the current numbers.Meanwhile, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at a press conference on Tuesday, made a commitment to better the lives of sugar workers if his Party was re-elected to office. He noted that the persons who lost their jobs as a result of the closure of the industry were unlike any other person who has lost their jobs because they depended entirely on the industry for their daily survival.The former Head of State said the decision by the Government to terminate thousands of sugar workers was not one of economics or technicality but a political one. The Government, according to Jagdeo, callously informed the workers about their termination in the middle of the festive season, and he hinted that that was unconscionable. He further noted that there was a state of depression in the sugar belt.The Opposition Leader also promised the sugar workers that the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) would work with them through this time of hardship and would represent them at all levels. He asserted that sugar workers should be treated the same way other groups of workers were treated under the PPP’s rule, hinting at the water and electricity subsidies provided to former bauxite workers.“The Government did not have to terminate the employees; by doing so, the Government has devalued the estates.”The Opposition Leader has repeated calls for prompt payment of severance for the sugar workers, stating that it was the duty of the Government to do retraining of the workers, because there were monies in the Budget for retraining, but very little monies were flowing to the sugar belt.In May 2017, Government announced plans to close the Enmore and Rose Hall Sugar Estates, sell the Skeldon Sugar Factory, reduce the annual production of sugar, and take on the responsibility of managing the drainage and irrigation services offered by GuySuCo.In November 2017, GuySuCo announced plans to retrench 2500 workers by the end of the year. The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) says the downsizing and subsequent closure of sugar estates would lead to the loss of more than 15,000 jobs, and the potential threat of poverty for 50,000 to 100,000 people.The decisions announced by Government were met with various protest actions throughout 2017. In December 2016, another estate, Wales, was shut down and to date, many workers have not received severance payment. This matter is still before the courts awaiting another hearing.
Crime Chief and Deputy Police Commissioner responsible for law enforcement, Lyndon AlvesMembers of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) have the authority and are permitted by law to stop, search and detain an individual once there is ‘reasonable suspicion’.This is according to Crime Chief and Deputy Police Commissioner with responsibility for law enforcement, Lyndon Alves, who in an exclusive interview with Guyana Times stated that if the Police have reasonable suspicion that someone would have committed or was about to commit a violation of the law then the rank(s) are allowed to do as such.“The Police are authorised by law to stop, search and detain. You don’t have to be a narcotics rank. The Police are authorised to stop, search and detain any person, vessel or vehicle. So in the cases of persons who are deployed specifically at the ports of entries to do narcotics work, they are within the law to stop, search and detain.”He explained that the profiling of certain individuals also plays a role in when some persons are subjected to such searches.“You would also be looking at profiling of persons; some persons might have been under the radar for some reason or the other. But for a traffic offence, I cannot understand if someone strip searches another due to a traffic violation. It would have to be for more than simply committing a traffic misdemeanour,” the Deputy Police Commissioner noted.According to Alves, in some cases where persons may allege that they had been stopped and searched by ranks of the GPF due to a traffic violation, they were subjected to such searches due to other reasons outside of a traffic offence.“That (the search of a person) cannot be for a traffic violation. If a traffic rank stops a vehicle and that person is searched…we don’t know what information that rank will be acting on when they search the person. So the reason for such searches would definitely have to be outside of committing a traffic offence,” he added.Over the past week, much has been publicised as to the boundaries that ranks of the GPF’s Narcotics Branch and the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) may have overstepped in executing their duties.However, Attorney Sanjeev Datadin, recently stated that the two agencies have the right to search someone if they had, what the laws of Guyana recognises as “reasonable suspicion” that the person was committing, about to commit or had just committed an offence.He stated that these rules are intended to rely on the integrity of law enforcement officials which means that they must exercise proper judgement as to what is reasonable suspicion.“So, reasonable suspicion can’t be that you’re acting on you know, very nebulous facts, it has to be that you are acting on specific facts. Now as it relates to the search, as it relates to the very intrusive cavity search that was apparently required (recently), that is in itself an area of law for which there is much controversy because the suspicion would then have to relate that the person is concealing the narcotics in their body…Could she have refused the search? Not really, in most cases that arise, if the Police have reasonable suspicion and they ask you to search, you could say no but you really don’t have a right to stop it.”In a press release last week, CANU contended that it will continue to conduct searches of passengers, luggage, vehicles etc, at all ports of entry and exits in Guyana.The release stated that those searches will be done in accordance with local and international standards with due cordiality and professionalism.“In keeping with CANU’s mandate to stem the trafficking of narcotics, the Unit has been successful in thwarting a number of passengers from using their bodies, luggage, cargo and other objects to traffic narcotics (cocaine in particular) through Guyana’s ports”, the drug enforcement unit stated on Wednesday.Further CANU stated that it will continue to aid in maintaining the perceived credible image of the majority of Guyanese travellers and will continue to abide by the provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act Chapter 10:10 of the laws of Guyana.
Jury deliberations have begun in the inquest into the death of a man while in police custody last summer. Larry McPherson was pronounced dead in hospital shortly after struggling with police during his arrest on the morning of August 28th. In court today, the jury heard from medical experts, including a forensic pathologist, a toxicologist, and the doctor who attended to McPherson on the night of his death.- Advertisement – The forensic pathologist, who appeared via videoconference, took the jury through the various injuries found on McPherson’s body during his autopsy, including abrasions to his face, knees and legs. The pathologist said that although he could not conclude precisely how the injuries occurred, the wounds were in keeping with police accounts of McPherson struggling against the ground. However, he called the injuries superficial and said that they in no way could have contributed to the death. The pathologist also cited air bubbles inside McPherson’s body cavity, which he thought may have been as a result of resuscitation attempts by police and medical personnel. The toxicologist, who appeared briefly via viderconference, confirmed that McPherson had a very small amount of alcohol in his body, but a considerable amount of a metabolic byproduct of cocaine. The toxicologist said the levels of this byproduct were more than ten times the laboratory-determined danger threshold for fatality in cocaine use. He also stated that alcohol is known to enhance the effects of other drugs, including cocaine. Contrary to inquest council’s earlier assertion that McPherson had been using a mixture of heroin and cocaine, no other drugs were found in McPherson’s body. The doctor who attended McPherson’s arrival in hospital lauded the resuscitation efforts of police and emergency personnel enroute to hospital, saying that if he were in the same situation, he wouldn’t have done anything different. He also fielded questions from a jury member about the purpose of an AED, an automatic defibrillating device which automatically determines whether the type of cardiac arrest a patient has entered is appropriate to receive shock. If the machine doesn’t find the appropriate electrical activity in the body, it will not shock the patient. The doctor clarified that the device was only useful when the heart was in a specific state of fibrillation, which is a specific type of irregular contractions. The doctor suggested that the electrical activity occurring in McPherson’s heart when paramedics attached AED to him was not indeed fibrillation. He added that there is currently no treatment for the type of cardiac arrest McPherson experienced.Advertisement The jury finally heard from McPherson’s sister Lori, who described her brother as a shy, kind person who struggled with undiagnosed ADD for the majority of his life and had resorted to using crack cocaine to cope with the unhappiness the disorder brought to his life. Stopping periodically to sob, she suggested that her brother had been afraid for his life. She cited a phone call McPherson made to his father in which he had said he thought that drug dealers in Fort St. John were out to get him. She said their father had told him that if he felt he was being followed, he should run into an open area, scream for help and smash a window to get the attention of police. Lori McPherson also thanked emergency personnel for their efforts in attempting to save her brother’s life. The jury will present their reccommendations, if any, to the inquest either this evening or Saturday.
Photo: The home was completely destroyed by fire early Wednesday morning – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.ca An early morning house fire has destroyed what is believed to have been a large two story home northwest of Fort St. John. – Advertisement -It is believed the fire broke out about two o’clock this morning and ironically it was first spotted and reported by Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows… [asset|aid=1085|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=7927a700667e870b51a19b5c694dd8ca-Chief Burrows_1_Pub.mp3] It turns out it was the latter and, Chief Burrows says a total of four units from the Fort St. John and Charlie fire departments responded and, were on the scene for about four hours. He also says there was nobody home at the time, there were no injuries and, the flames did not spread to any other structures. Its too early in the investigation to speculate on the cause but, the Chief has put a conservative estimate of four hundred thousand dollars on the damage.
By Energeticcity.ca staff. The Chetwynd RCMP are requesting the public’s help in locating a missing man. Jesse Lodge was last seen walking towards Chetwynd, on highway 97, on May 2nd.- Advertisement -Lodge is described as 26 years old, 5’10”, 170 Lbs, with brown hair and a brown beard.Anyone with information on his whereabouts or his disappearance is asked to call the Chetwynd RCMP, at (250) 788-9221.
In line with Croatian law the prosecutors did not name Modric as the indictee but identified him as a “Croatian citizen born in 1985.”Local media identified him as Modric.The indictment has yet to be approved by a court and the Croatia captain is currently not threatened with an arrest.Mamic is accused — along with his brother Zoran Mamic and two others — of abuse of power and graft that cost the former Croatian champions more than 15 million euros ($18.4 million), and the state 1.5 million euros.Cash was allegedly embezzled through fictitious deals related to player transfers. Modric testified last June over the details of his 2008 transfer from Dinamo to Tottenham Hotspur.From there he joined Real Madrid in 2012.The prosecutors allege that Modric, when questioned at the tribunal, falsely said he had an annex to a contract with Dinamo over conditions for future transfers, giving him the right to a “50-50 share in transfer fees,” while still playing in Croatia.He also falsely testified he had signed such an annex every time he extended his contract, they said.When questioned during investigations in 2015, Modric said the annex was signed after he joined Tottenham, according to the prosecutors.The entire amount of the transfer fee was eventually acquired by Dinamo, the prosecutors said.Modric, also accused of tax fraud in Spain, has paid Spanish fiscal authorities close to one million euros, a judicial source in Spain said in January.Spanish prosecutors believe he evaded 870,728 euros on revenue from his image rights in 2013 and 2014 via a shell company set up in Luxembourg.Judicial authorities are still investing financial holdings belonging to the player in the Isle of Man, on which Modric refused to comment in court.– Biggest star –The indictment could also shake Croatia ahead of World Cup finals in Russia as Modric is the biggest star they have had since 1998, when they surprisingly reached the World Cup semi-finals, losing to eventual winners France.Croatia play in Group D along with Argentina, Iceland and Nigeria.The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) immediately voiced support to Modric and said in a statement it believed he would “prove his innocence as well as the indictment’s unfondness.”The federation said they were convinced the proceedings will have @no negative impact on the performances of Croatia squad” at World Cup.Last October, Modric was named, for the third time, to the FIFA FIFPro team selected by thousands of professional players. In 2015, he became the first Croatian voted on to the FIFPro XI.Modric, who grew up as a refugee in Zadar on the Dalmatian coast, was highly popular in Croatia where he has a reputation for modesty.But the testimony has tarnished Modric’s image as many Croatian fans fear it could undermine the charges against Mamic, who they believe has abused football for personal gain.Most Croatian football fans see Mamic as the real boss of the Croatian Football Federation and believe its formal chief Davor Suker is merely his puppet.“My conscience is clear,” the 103-capped Modric told reporters in July after being questioned within a probe on his alleged false testimony.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric attending court in Osijek, Croatia last year to testify in the multi-million-euro corruption trial against ex-Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic © AFP/File / STRINGERZAGREB, Croatia, Mar 2 – Croatian prosecutors charged Friday Real Madrid’s Luka Modric with giving false testimony at the multi-million-euro corruption trial of Dinamo Zagreb’s powerful former chief, an offence carrying up to five years in jail.The 32-year-old midfielder was charged with “committing the criminal offence of giving false testimony” last June during a trial against Zdravko Mamic and three others before a local tribunal, a prosecutors’ statement said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityFive months after LAPD officers fired rubber bullets into crowds of men, women and children and roughed up journalists at a May Day rally, the department this week is expected to release its long-awaited report on what went wrong. Widely seen as an overreaction to a few troublemakers, the LAPD’s response at the May 1 MacArthur Park rally prompted more than a 100 lawsuits and claims, two demotions and the creation of a special LAPD crowd-control unit. The report is expected to detail the Los Angeles Police Department’s account of what happened at the rally and why. So far, LAPD officials have refused to discuss its content, saying only that it will not name officers involved. But critics say the police response on May Day has further strained the LAPD’s relationship with the immigrant community. They want to see rank-and-file officers punished, and they say the report will be a key indicator of whether the LAPD is serious about reform. “What we want to have is real learning and consequence. Nobody needs to sugarcoat what happened. We all saw it,” said Angelica Salas, an organizer who was at the pro-immigrant rally in the park when police swept in. DETAILS: What happened five months ago and why is the subject of the review to be released Tuesday. By Rachel Uranga STAFF WRITER In addition to demoting two commanders and setting up a special crowd-control unit, LAPD Chief William Bratton has apologized for the conduct of his officers and has begun crowd-control training for all officers. A preliminary report on the melee blamed a breakdown in command structure and poor officer communication. The report due out Tuesday was written by the head of the department’s consent decree bureau, Gerald Chaleff, and the new crowd-control bureau deputy chief, Michael Hillman. “It’s a first step in the analysis,” said Anthony Pacheco, president of the civilian police commission that oversees the LAPD. Though Pacheco said that as of Friday he had not seen a draft of the Tuesday report, he said it should “give a level of transparency that is unmatched in the city’s history.” “My expectation is that this will drill down a lot further on what is the thinking going on and the role of the department.” But he said he is withholding judgment on officer punishment and further inquiries until he sees the report. Sources close to a separate, internal use-of-force investigation say three or four officers could be punished and that others involved have been passed up for promotions because of their actions that day. The fracas, which police have said was caused by agitators, created immediate public outcry in the immigrant community. Images of abusive police behavior were repeatedly broadcast – partly because journalists themselves were subject to some harsh treatment by LAPD officers. The incident forced Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to cut short a trade tour in Mexico and Central America. For weeks afterward, Bratton did damage control, reaching out to members of the media and Latino community and calling the incident regrettable and an “aberration.” The preliminary report described a chaotic scene in which officers clad in riot gear forced thousands of people from the park, poking many with batons and firing rubber bullets. Dispersal orders could not be heard over the roar of a helicopter and when police barked orders in English many in the Spanish-speaking crowd could not understand. There was no media safety zone, as is LAPD policy, and it was unclear who provided commands to sweep everyone from the crowded park. Carol Sobel, who is representing more than a dozen clients in a lawsuit against the city over the incident, said the report should conclude that the LAPD failed to adequately notify the crowd to disperse and that nothing could have justified the aggressive officer response. “Anything less than that would be dishonest,” she said. Longtime LAPD observer and civil rights lawyer Connie Rice said rethinking the elite unit that was in charge of crowd control that day must be part of the review. “They need to have a ruthlessly aggressive analysis of Metro, which has not been touched by Bratton,” she said. “Metro is one of the last bastions of the Los Angeles Police Department’s elite that does what it wants and how it wants.” Still, even some critics say that the LAPD has turned a corner, responding quickly to the crisis and acknowledging mistakes. Police Commissioner John Mack, a longtime civil rights leader, said he is comfortable that Bratton “has been forthcoming about the terrible, terrible incident from the very beginning, acknowledging a lot of things went wrong.” email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!