Mourinho ‘ashamed’ by racist Chelsea fans

first_imgBy Clare LovellJose Mourinho felt ashamed by racist fans who pushed a black passenger off a metro train in Paris and he hopes the victim will accept an invitation to watch a game at Stamford Bridge to prove such behaviour was not a reflection of the real Chelsea.The man, named only as Souleymane, complained to police about the incident at Richelieu-Drouot metro station before the Champions League game between Paris St Germain and Chelsea on Tuesday.Chelsea have suspended three fans caught on video during the incident and said they were working with British and French police to identify others. They have invited Souleymane and his family to watch the return leg in March.“I think he would watch not only the game, but he would feel what Chelsea is. At this moment he will have the wrong idea of what Chelsea is,” Mourinho told reporters on Friday.“He would feel that the people who did this action with him is not Chelsea.“Chelsea is the owner, the board, the manager, the players, the people who work here, it’s also the true Chelsea supporter.“So I would support his coming here. Even if I don’t know if he’s a football fan.”After a strongly-worded statement from the club saying owner Roman Abramovich was disgusted at the incident and would suspend for life any fan proven to have taken part, Mourinho said he had not returned to London in 2013 to be connected with such “miserable” people.“We feel ashamed but maybe we shouldn’t because I refuse to be connected with these people. I left Chelsea in 2007 and I could not wait for the moment to be back and it’s not because of people like this that I wanted to be back,” Mourinho said.“I felt ashamed when I knew what happened but I am a proud club manager because I know what Chelsea really is.”Mourinho said the reaction of his players in a multicultural dressing room was the same.“This dressing-room.was always a dressing-room with big principles of equality not just about race, also about religion about everything,” he said.“The dressing-room reacted the way I react, with disappointmentbut always with the feeling that we do not belong to these people and they do not belong to us.”The club said on Friday more suspensions could follow as investigations continue but they were not releasing any names yet.The video appeared to show fans of the London team chanting “we’re racist and that’s the way we like it” as they stopped Souleymane boarding a train.The video footage has been widely condemned by football authorities including FIFA President Sepp Blatter.last_img read more

Tanya Lee | Neymar, football’s new hero

first_imgWe’re one day into the greatest show on Earth, the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and what an opening game it was, with three players on the score sheet and all of five goals from opening hosts, Russia. The favourites are the usual suspects, one of the seeded teams of Brazil, Germany, Spain, France, or Belgium, and, of course, Holland and Italy fans are left with no one to cheer for this time around. Of the tournament favourites, I pick Brazil to win this World Cup merely on their perfect form over the last two years, their relative ease in qualifying from a tough South American cohort, and their strength in attack and defence thanks to Tite’s masterly management. I fell in love with Brazil because of their attacking flair, but the World Cup winners over the years have actually won on account of their defensive abilities, typically conceding four or fewer goals on their seven-match run to the title. As with most tournaments across any sport, it’s really the solid defensive work that decides a favourable outcome. Now, there are a few players that must be looking to stamp their class and take their place in football history based on a solid standout performance in this World Cup. It is still football’s biggest stage, and fans are hungry for something different. Maybe it’s just me, but the conversations around Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are getting as old as those footballers themselves, and we’re looking for a new hero. Until his untimely and unfortunate injury in the Champions League Final, we all hailed Egypt’s Mohamed Salah as possibly the next big thing in global football, but without the squad to go all the way, and with fitness concerns since the May 26 collision with Ramos, Salah is not likely to make a great impact in Russia. I believe all eyes are back on Neymar, the likely heir to the football throne. It’s time for the world’s most expensive player and football’s millennial superstar to claim his place as the new quintessential figure in football. I suspect it was specifically to shine the light solely upon himself, and not in the shadow of Messi, that propelled him to leave Barcelona to begin with. He has to complete that transformation before other potentially dominant figures in football mount a convincing challenge. Neymar is possibly the hungriest player in Russia. Having watched Brazil lose the 2014 World Cup semi-final at home to Germany, sidelined by injury, Neymar must have revenge on his mind. It must have been devastating. This is his best shot at glory. Neymar also has fresh legs and may not face the mental fatigue that other players who went for all nine months of their domestic seasons may face. He has been back in fine form in the recent friendlies, and with his pace and creativity, he should cause issues for opponents that’s if they don’t frustrate him defensively. Neymar is also chasing history as he is now tied with Romario on 55 goals apiece for Brazil. This is third on that illustrious nation’s all-time scoring list. At just 26 years old, he must be thinking of surpassing Ronaldo’s 62 and PelÈ’s 77. Eight goals in this World Cup, four better than he did in 2014, is unlikely but not improbable. Neymar has the team capable and ready to possibly take Brazil to an unprecedented sixth hold on the World Cup, exactly 60 years after PelÈ did that twice. The pressure is on, but most champions relish pressure! One Love. Appearances – 85 Goals -55 Height – 1.75m Number – 10 Age – 26 – Tanya Lee is a Caribbean sports marketer, author and publicist.last_img read more

Benzema brace, VAR help Madrid beat Leganes

first_imgBARCELONA, Spain (AP): Karim Benzema scored twice to lead Real Madrid over Leganes 4-1 in the Spanish league yesterday, including one goal awarded by an overrule from the video assistant referee. At 1-1 in the 48th minute and with Leganes holding their own, Benzema skilfully headed in an out-swerving cross from Marco Asensio despite tussling with defender Jonathan Silva. In real time, referee Jaime Latre called a foul on Benzema that annulled the goal. But after consulting the VAR monitor on the sideline, Latre reversed his decision upon seeing Silva fell only after he grabbed on to Benzema’s arm. Following the wait that lasted around half a minute, Benzema was embraced by his teammates at the midfield circle. “It is true that the goal celebration is somewhat muted (after the wait), but I have always said that I am in favour of (the VAR) because it was a goal that had been disallowed,” Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said. “I am sure that one day it will be our turn to be on the other end of things, but it is positive.” Gareth Bale scored the opener for Madrid by volleying in a headed pass from Dani Carvajal. Visitors Leganes equalised on their first attack to reach Madrid’s area in the 24th. Guido Carrillo’s penalty beat goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on his debut with Madrid. Benzema scored an exquisite second goal to make it 3-1 after working a one-two with Luka Modric. Ramos rounded off the rout with a penalty after Asensio was clumsily cut down by Unai Bustinza. NOT MISSING RONALDO For years, Benzema and Bale interchanged parts as second and third fiddles to Cristiano Ronaldo. And after Ronaldo left Madrid for Juventus in Serie A, many Madrid fans thought the club would miss its top scorer. So far, the team has done more than fine without the Portugal captain thanks to the fine form of Benzema and Bale. Benzema has five goals in four matches, while Bale has picked up where he left off last season with three goals. Led by their two forwards, Madrid have won all three league matches. Barcelona can match Madrid with three victories if they win at promoted Huesca today.last_img read more

Circus continues at Lot 95 Carmichael Street

first_imgDear Editor,Judicial review is that area of the law which allows for a citizen who is aggrieved by the act or omission of any public officer, including Government Ministers, any public authority or any statutory tribunal to challenge the said act or omission on the ground that the act or omission is unlawful, illegal, or contrary to some written law, including the Constitution, arbitrary, capricious, discriminatory, in breach of natural justice, ultra-vires, and in breach of one’s legitimate expectations.In short, it is that area of law which guards against the abuse of power. The High Court is resided with a special jurisdiction to review the act or omission complained against and to strike it down or to compel the performance of a public or statutory duty in the face of a refusal or neglect to do so.Expectedly, with the democratic breeze blowing across the free world, it has been the fastest growing area of the law in the English-speaking Commonwealth. It is pivotal to the attainment of good governance and public accountability. It is for this precise reason that a specialised Constitutional and Administrative Law Division was established in the High Court in 2011 to exclusively hear and determine these types of matters along with those in which Constitutional violations are alleged.In Guyana, the judicial review found expression over the last century through the medium of the ancient Prerogative Remedies of the Writs of Certiorari, Prohibition and Mandamus. In this regard, Guyana lagged behind most of the Commonwealth who have long abolished these anachronistic prerogative orders and replaced them with a statutory regime of more efficacious remedies. Although belatedly, Guyana followed suite in 2010, when Parliament, unanimously, enacted the Judicial Review Act, Number 23 of 2010. As a result of its late arrival, it is one of the more modern legislative expressions of judicial review in the Commonwealth. However, the Judicial Review Act provides that the rules of procedure in respect of how the Court is to be approached by a litigant to access remedies under the said Act are contained in the “rules of court”. Any person familiar with this area of the law will know that the “rules of court” referred to thereof is the new Civil Procedure Rules, since the “rules of court” which were extant at the time, made no provisions whatsoever for judicial review applications. Since the new Civil Procedure Rules were not in force in 2010 when the Judicial Review Act was passed and the then rules of Court were silent on the issue, a provision was inserted in the said Act to say that the Act shall come into operation on a date appointed by order of the Minister. This was specifically done to await the promulgation of the new Civil Procedure Rules, which as I said, contained the procedure for judicial review applications. The new Civil Procedure Rules only came into operation on February 6, 2017. This was not as a result of any fault of the Executive. However, to date, the Legal Affairs Minister has failed, refused or neglected to bring the Judicial Review Act into operation, despite being requested to do so.As a result, although the new Civil Procedure Rules provide for it, judicial review is not available to a litigant in Guyana. In the circumstances, lawyers have been forced to become creative by making applications for the old Prerogative Remedies under the new Civil Procedure Rules, since the old rules of court under which those remedies could have been applied for have been overtaken by the new Civil Procedure Rules. Legal proceedings filed under such dubious circumstances are fraught with unnecessary procedural hurdles and hiccups.Since February 6, 2017, I wrote to the Legal Affairs Minister calling upon him to rectify this anomaly by issuing the requisite order to bring the Judicial Review Act into operation. I have received no response to my letter. Subsequently, I drew this serious matter to the attention of the Chief Parliamentary Counsel and requested him to advise the Legal Affairs Minister to correct this lacuna, as is my responsibility as a Member of Parliament. Unfortunately, my efforts have been futile. I have done my part.In the meanwhile, the circus continues at Lot 95 Carmichael Street.Sincerely,Mohabir Anil NandlallAttorney-at-Law, MPlast_img read more

Auditor General offers advice on BCUC after previous studies

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. — B.C.’s Auditor General says the provincial government should clarify whether it intends to act on two task forces that identified risks to the effectiveness of the B.C. Utilities Commission.Carol Bellringer says those risks were identified in 2013 and 2014 and included recommendations on ways to improve the commission’s role. A team of auditors from Bellringer’s office found many of the same risks in its review and highlighted five of them in a report to the government on Thursday.The auditor says the recommendations would improve the commission’s independence, its review of large projects and the clarity of the policy guidance it provides. The commission, which was created in 1980, regulates some of B.C.’s biggest companies including BC Hydro, FortisBC and ICBC.- Advertisement -Bellringer said one of the task force’s noted how the government sets energy policy, defines the commission’s mandate and directs it on specific matters. When government gives direction, she said it should not dictate outcomes or intrude on the commission’s consideration of individual applications.In cases where the government makes final decisions, Bellringer said the commission can provide an independent expert review.“Government can direct the commission to take certain actions or not take action at all,” Bellringer wrote in her report. “British Columbia has a history of government directing the outcome of the commission’s decisions or, in some cases, excluding it from key decisions altogether. For example, as recent as 2017, government direction restricted the commission’s review of ICBC rates.”Advertisement The provincial budget forecast a $1.3-billion deficit at the insurance corporation this year and Attorney General David Eby described the situation earlier this year as a “dumpster fire.”Over the years the government has promised to strengthen and protect the commission’s independence and credibility, Bellringer said.“Utility companies tend to be monopolies because they are large and have expensive infrastructure, and so an effective regulator is in the interest of all residents of British Columbia. Given that government already knows how it can use the commission more effectively, we encourage government to clarify its intentions regarding the outstanding task force recommendations.”last_img read more

Henry Mayo’s golf tournament raises $280,000 for ER

first_imgThe tournament began with a 9 a.m. tee time. Throughout the day, players participated in putting contests and hole-in-one opportunities in which they could win an automobile from the tournament’s title sponsor, Frontier Toyota. Included among 20 physicians who participated in the golf tournament was Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital’s chief of staff, Dr. Chand Khanna. Khanna, whose team earned the title “first-place net winners,” said it was great that so many physicians participated in the golf tournament in support of the hospital’s emergency room and trauma center. “As a stand-alone community hospital, we need to continually raise funds to provide the best possible care for the community,” Khanna said. “Medical staff participation makes a big difference.” After the tournament, golfers and guests retreated to a tent on the greens where attendees dined, purchased raffle tickets and bid on numerous silent auction items ranging from jewelry and baseball collectibles to mountain bikes and high-performance tires. With philanthropy in mind, golfers and volunteers took to the greens May 19 to participate in the 34th Annual Frontier Toyota/Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital “Drive Safe” Golf Classic tournament, awards dinner and auction. The event raised about $280,000 to benefit Emergency and Trauma Services at Henry Mayo. “This tournament has been a great success,” said tournament chair Chris Luechtefeld of Morgan Stanley in Valencia. “I want to thank all of the players and volunteers for their commitment to benefiting our community hospital.” Joe Caso, the owner of Frontier Toyota, the tournament’s title sponsor for 11 years, said it is important that Henry Mayo’s emergency room and trauma center continue to grow in conjunction with the population surge in the Santa Clarita Valley. Henry Mayo’s president and CEO Roger Seaver expressed how all the volunteers, sponsors and participants who help make the tournament a success each year have helped make a difference for Henry Mayo’s emergency room and trauma center. Among the tournament participants was actor Barry Williams, who portrayed Greg Brady in the 1970s hit television series “The Brady Bunch.” Williams said he was glad to participate in an event to benefit Henry Mayo’s emergency department. The first-place gross winners – sponsored by Hank & Louise Arklin – included Lonnie Stokes, Marty Stowell, Jerry Cain, Miguel Rodriguez and Bob Stowell. The first-place net winners – representing Henry Mayo’s medical staff and Interstate Rehabilitation Services – included Dr. Khanna, Dr. Devinder Tandon, Physician Relations Specialist David Sell, Interstate Rehabilitation Services Glenn Dabatos and Jim Pietsch. Five physicians representing Valencia Anesthesia Medical Group were given the Perpetual Trophy (given to the team of physicians with the best overall tournament score). The team included Dr. Peter Nicolazzo, Dr. Robert Schroeder, Dr. Mark Liker, Dr. Anthony Panasci, and Dr. Doug Gadowski. The event’s sponsors included Toyota Financial Services, The Magazine of Santa Clarita, Stephen Wen & Asociates, Hank and Louise Arklin and Johnson Controls Inc., Specialty Labs, Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital staff and Andy Gump Inc. To participate in next year’s golf tournament, please contact the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation at (661) 253-8082. Orith Farago handles public relations for the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Foundation. She posted this story May 22 to the Santa Clarita Valley hub on 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Dejan Lovren believes Liverpool need to be more ‘cruel’ in front of goal

first_img1 Liverpool drew 0-0 with Manchester United on Saturday Defender Dejan Lovren believes Liverpool have to develop a “cruel” streak in front of goal to get the most out of the good work which is being done.The goalless draw at home to Manchester United meant Jurgen Klopp’s side have scored just twice in three matches.A brilliant save from David de Gea denied Joel Matip what would have been a crucial first-half breakthrough against opponents concentrating on avoiding defeat rather than winning, but otherwise the Spain international was not tested.It has become a familiar tale in recent weeks and Lovren admits they have to start punishing opponents.“We show every game we are better and better and we are really confident within the team,” he told LFCTV.“Hopefully we can keep this momentum and find the net.“We need just to stay hungry and keep focused on our own work. We just need to be a little more cruel in front of goal.“Big teams don’t need many chances – from one chance they can score a goal so we need to be a bit more ‘dirty’ in front of goal.”On the positive side a clean sheet, albeit against an unadventurous United side who had previously scored 33 goals in 11 matches this season, was their first since the 4-0 demolition of Arsenal on August 27.The defence has come for most criticism but the Lovren-Matip centre-back partnership is one which has, statistics show, been successful.In the 22 league matches in which they have been paired together – it would have been more had it not been for untimely injuries for Lovren in particular – Liverpool have won 12, lost just one and conceded 18 goals.However, they were slightly fortunate that the one chance in-form Romelu Lukaku got late in the first half he fired too close to Simon Mignolet.“When everyone defends well like our team then it is easier for the back four to defend,” added Lovren.“This is the attitude we need every game. This is what Liverpool players have to show every game.”Liverpool head to Slovenia on Monday to face Maribor, looking to improve their Champions League fortunes after two disappointing draws at home to Sevilla and away to Spartak Moscow.“We need to keep our heads up and move on. We have some important games in front of us,” said Lovren, aware they must head to Wembley to face Tottenham next Sunday.“Definitely (Liverpool need to win) but when you play for Liverpool every game is important.“I am confident. I don’t know how we will play but we need to get three points this way or that way.”Despite their difficulties in front of goal manager Jurgen Klopp is more than satisfied with how the team are performing and understands their frustration against United.“We have to stay positive and for me it is easy because the performance gives me enough reasons to stay positive,” he said.“Absolutely the boys performed again: learned a lot from the last game, protected our offensive situation perfectly against one of the best counter-attacking teams in the world.“My job is to ask what I can get and not ask for, I don’t know, (to) play like Barcelona after three 6-0 wins in the last three games.“What people think about us when they think we should have done more offensively takes too long to explain.“The expectations I can easily deal with. That is not a problem. We have the biggest expectations.“The season is not over. The main thing you have to do during a season is to develop and to perform. That is what we do. So far we didn’t get enough for it.”last_img read more

Revealed: Carlo Ancelotti turns down Italy job

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has claimed he turned down the chance to become the new Italy manager.The 58-year-old, who was sacked by Bayern Munich in September, revealed he spoke to the Italian Football Federation about the post vacated by Gian Piero Ventura in the wake of the nation’s failure to qualify for next summer’s World Cup finals.However, he politely declined as he wants to continue in club football.Ancelotti told broadcaster RAI: “I would like to continue to train a club team. The national team? It would be like changing jobs.“Italian football has problems and I do not think I can solve them on my own. It’s a federation problem.”Former  Chelsea, Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain boss Ancelotti went on to elaborate on those problems, which he believes need addressing from grass roots level upwards.He said: “We’re not at the top level in Europe anymore. It’s an unlucky cycle. Italian football has problems that the federation has to solve.“We need to develop children, set rules and carry out reforms. Great footballers are not born every day, unfortunately.“The FIGC [Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio] contacted me and I told them the same things. The federation must focus on the clubs. Italy needs a strong federation.” 1 Carlo Ancelotti is not interested in taking over the Italy national team last_img read more

Israeli officials vote to expand offensive in Lebanon

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel’s Security Cabinet overwhelmingly decided Wednesday to send troops deeper into Lebanon in a major expansion of the ground war — an attempt to further damage Hezbollah and score quick battlefield victories before a cease-fire is imposed. The move came as fierce fighting was reported overnight with Hezbollah militants, and Arab broadcaster Al-Jazeera reported 11 Israeli soldiers had been killed in what would be the deadliest day for Israeli troops in Lebanon in four weeks of fighting. A minister who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to give details, said the offensive would not begin for two or three days so as not interfere with efforts to broker a cease-fire at the United Nations. However, senior military officials said it would start far quicker than that. Soon after the Cabinet voted 9-0 with three abstentions, a column of Israeli tanks and armored vehicles crossed into southern Lebanon and took up positions. The Cabinet decision was risky. Israel could set itself up for new criticism that it is sabotaging diplomatic efforts, particularly after Lebanon offered to deploy its own troops in the border area. A wider ground offensive also might do little to stop Hezbollah rocket fire on Israel, while sharply increasing the already-high number of casualties among Israeli troops. Since the fighting began, at least 700 people have died on the Lebanese side. The Israeli toll stood at 103 killed — including 36 civilians. In the six-hour meeting, Cabinet officials were told a new offensive could mean 100 to 200 more military deaths, a participant said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to brief reporters. At least 67 Israeli soldiers have been confirmed killed. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert spoke by telephone for a half-hour during the meeting, Israeli officials said. Olmert told the ministers the offensive will be accompanied by a diplomatic initiative, based on a U.S.-French truce proposal that would take Lebanon’s concerns into account, a participant in the meeting said. Under the army’s plan, troops would push to Lebanon’s Litani River, about 18 miles from the border. Olmert and Defense Minister Amir Peretz will decide on the timing of the new push, said Trade Minister Eli Yishai, a member of the Security Cabinet. “The assessment is it will last 30 days,” Yishai said afterward. “I think it is wrong to make this assessment. I think it will take a lot longer,” added Yishai, who had abstained in the vote. The offensive won’t require a new call-up of reserves, Cabinet officials said. The government approved a call-up of some 30,000 reservists earlier this month. More than 10,000 troops are in Lebanon, many of them regular soldiers. They are fighting in a four-mile stretch, and have encountered fierce resistance from Hezbollah. The decision on the wider offensive came a day after the commander of Israeli forces in Lebanon was sidelined in an unusual midwar shake-up — another sign of the growing dissatisfaction with the military, which has been unable to stop Hezbollah’s rocket barrages. The army denied it was dissatisfied with Maj. Gen. Udi Adam, but military commentators said the commander was seen as too slow and cautious. The deputy chief of staff, Maj. Gen. Moshe Kaplinski, was appointed to oversee the Lebanon fighting. At least six missiles fired from Israeli ships slammed into Beirut’s southern suburbs as Israel continued its sporadic attacks on Shiite neighborhoods and Hezbollah strongholds, police said. Smoke and dust rising over several square blocks. At least six missiles fired from Israel ships slammed into the south Beirut suburbs Wednesday, as residents were conducting a funeral for some of the 41 victims killed in Israeli airstrikes there three days earlier, police said. About a mile away, some 400 people marched in a funeral procession for 30 of the 41 killed in an Israeli airstrike Monday. They carried the bodies draped in Lebanon’s green, red and white flag and chanted, “Death to America! Death to Israel!” The Israeli military has declared a no-drive zone south of the Litani and threatened to blast any moving vehicles. Country roads and highways were deserted. In the Lebanese coastal city of Tyre, only pedestrians ventured into the streets. The Al-Jazeera report said 11 Israeli soldiers were killed in heavy fighting with Hezbollah guerrillas near the border. The Israeli army declined to comment on the report but had said earlier that 15 soldiers were wounded in overnight clashes. A Hezbollah statement said it killed or wounded 10 Israeli soldiers and destroyed a tank as it advanced toward the village of Qantara, north of the border. The column of Israeli tanks and armored vehicles crossed into Lebanon from the Israeli town of Metulla under covering artillery fire and airstrikes, witnesses in the village of Bourj al-Mulouk said. The Israelis destroyed several houses as they advanced, the witnesses said, on condition of anonymity because they feared reprisals, and took positions about three miles inside Lebanese territory on a hill across from the tip of the northernmost end of the Galilee panhandle. Israel also struck Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camp, killing two people and wounding five. Lebanese and Palestinian officials said an Israeli gunship shelled the Ein el-Hilweh camp, but Israel’s military said the attack was an airstrike that targeted a house used by Hezbollah guerrillas. The camp is home to about 75,000 Palestinian refugees and their descendants who were displaced by the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. Airstrikes also leveled a building in the Bekaa Valley town of Mashghara, trapping seven family members in the rubble. Five bodies were pulled out and the remaining two relatives were feared dead, officials said. Israeli warplanes dropped leaflets over Tyre and Beirut that criticized Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah, saying he was “playing with fire” and that the Lebanese people were “paying the price.” At least 19 Lebanese civilians were killed Tuesday in Israeli airstrikes. Rescuers pulled 28 additional bodies from the wreckage, raising the death toll to 77 Lebanese killed Monday, the highest since the war began. Hezbollah fired more than 160 rockets at Israel on Wednesday. Since the fighting began July 12, a total of 3,333 have been fired at Israel, officials said. Diplomatic efforts moved slowly. Israel is skeptical of a Lebanese proposal to dispatch 15,000 soldiers to south Lebanon after a cease-fire and the withdrawal of Israeli forces. “We will not agree to a situation in which the diplomatic solution will not promise us stability and quiet for many years,” Peretz told visiting German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Lebanon’s proposal to deploy troops on the border appeared to have taken Israel by surprise. Israel has long demanded a deployment of Lebanese forces in the border area, but only coupled with a serious effort by Lebanon to disarm Hezbollah. Israel believes Lebanese forces are not strong or determined enough to do the job alone, and would like to see a multinational force in the area, as well. Assistant Secretary of State David Welch made an unexpected visit to Beirut and met with Prime Minister Fuad Saniora, who said afterward no progress was made to end the fighting. Saniora has praised Hezbollah’s resistance, but said it was time for Lebanon to “impose its full control, authority and presence” nationwide — as directed in previous U.N. resolutions that also called for the government to disarm Hezbollah. State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said the Lebanese proposal was significant, but President Bush warned against leaving a vacuum into which Hezbollah and its sponsors are able to move more weapons. While Bush said a U.N. resolution was needed quickly, the Security Council put off voting on a U.S.-French cease-fire proposal for at least a day. The delay was to allow three Arab envoys to present arguments that the resolution was heavily tilted in favor of Israel and did not “take Lebanon’s interest and stability into account.” Both the U.S. and French envoys to the U.N. indicated there might be room for limited compromise. “Obviously we want to hear from the Arab League … and then we’ll decide where to go from there,” U.S. Ambassador John Bolton said. French U.N. Ambassador Jean-Marc de La Sabliere promised to take Lebanon’s stance into account. French President Jacques Chirac appealed to Washington to speed up its response to Arab nations’ demands for changes to a resolution, saying that giving up the push for an immediate cease-fire would be the “most immoral” response.last_img read more

Indiana State Police Summer Youth Camps

first_imgThe camps are designed to help students get an up close and personal view of law enforcement and the criminal justice system, but more importantly, gain respect for themselves and others. This is all done through programs that reward hard work, dedication and team work.The camps always include demonstrations by Indiana State Police SWAT, Explosive Ordinance Disposal, Scuba and other specialty teams. Troopers volunteer to put on demonstrations on a variety of topics. The camp staffs are handpicked law enforcement personnel who dedicate their time to preparing youth for their futures.The Indiana Troopers Youth Services schedule for the 46th year of summer camp programs is complete. Coordinated by the Indiana Troopers Youth Services organization, the camps will be staffed by Indiana State Police officers and officers from other law enforcement organizations.The 2016 Camp Schedule is as follows:The Law camps will have two locations:Vincennes University, June 15th -18th, Sgt. Eric Dunn, Director.Anderson University, July 6th-9th, Sgt. Tony Slocum, Director.The Career Camps cover grades 9 -12 with three locations:Vincennes University- July 10th-15th, Master Trooper Troy Boyd, DirectorTrine University- July 10th -15th, Master Trooper Marc Leatherman, DirectorSt. Joseph College (Rensselaer) – July 17th-22nd, Trooper Danielle Elwood, DirectorThe ITYS will host three Pioneer Camps:Potato Creek State Park- St, Joseph County, Director Trooper Ben EnnisMounds State Park- Anderson, Director Trooper Jeremy MasonLincoln State Park- Spencer County, Co-Directors Sgt. Rob Gardner and Master Trooper Tom CampbellIf you know a child that may be interested in attending a camp, or if you would like more information, please visit the Indiana Troopers Youth Services Web Site at Indiana Troopers Youth Services will host the 3rd Annual Summer Camp Golf Outing on Wednesday May 18that Meadowbrook Golf Course in Anderson. This is a big fund raiser for the camps and is open to anyone that would like to play or support. For more information, or to sign up to play in the golf outing, please visit you know a child that may be interested in attending a camp, or if you would like more information, please visit the Indiana Troopers Youth Services Web Site at Indiana Troopers Youth Services will host the 3rd Annual Summer Camp Golf Outing on Wednesday, May 18th at Meadowbrook Golf Course in Anderson. This is a big fund raiser for the camps and is open to anyone that would like to play or support. For more information, or to sign up to play in the golf outing, please visit Every summer since 1970, the Indiana State Police has offered law enforcement summer camps for Hoosier youth. To date, over 45,000 young Hoosiers have been afforded the opportunity to spend face time with law enforcement officers in a positive environment.Countless camp graduates have gone on to careers in law enforcement and other related fields. In fact, many of the camp graduates go on to be adult camp counselors, after they begin their law enforcement careers.last_img read more