Green, White, And Bays

first_imgIt was green, white, gold . . . and bays all over on Saturday.Spectators turned out in full force along Ponquogue Avenue and Montauk Highway in Hampton Bays for the Ancient Order of Hibernians’ 14th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. Longtime Hibernian and County Laois Irishman Grand Marshal Fergus Scully kicked off the festivities. The parade featured mainstays such as the Eastern Long Island Police Pipe and Drum Band of Southampton, as well as local dancing schools, community groups, and even a politician or two. Sharelast_img read more

Castle Douglas Pupils Take on The Poopers

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInCastle Douglas Primary School has recently been plagued with dog fouling outside the school. Pupils, parents and teachers have been disgusted by the thoughtless few who fail to pick up after their dogs.A report was made to the Council’s Community Safety Team, which was asked to investigate how to improve the situation.The school and the Council have collaborated on a poster project to prick the conscience of those causing the problem.More than 190 pupils put colouring pens to paper to design a poster aimed at highlighting the problem their school faces.Headteacher David Tyeson said: “Pupils, parents and staff have raised dog fouling as a major issue on the Safer Route to School. Large deposits are often found at the school gates. The pupils, through the poster competition, are doing their bit to highlight this irresponsible behaviour.”Tesco Castle Douglas donated Easter eggs as prizes for competition winners and small chocolate eggs for everyone who took part.  The store’s Community Champion, Liz Hunter, said “ I’m always looking for local initiatives to get involved in. Tthe area around Castle Douglas Primary School has had many issues with dog fouling and it is something that blights the wider community.”At a prize ceremony held in the school, the entries were viewed and judges had the difficult job of choosing winners and runners-:Primary 1-2: 1st Isla Telfer P2A, 2nd Ruby Hope P2A, 3rd Riley Pflanz P1DPrimary 3-4: 1st Mia Donnelly P4, Abbie White P3/4, Lexi Watts P4Primary 5, 6 & 7: 1st Brooke Walker P6/7, 2nd Georgina Mae White P7, 3rd Kelly Malcolm P5.Dog fouling is by far the most frequent complaint received by the Council’s Community Safety Teams.The Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003 states that it is an offence to fail to clean up immediately and properly dispose of your dog’s waste after your dog has fouled in a public area without reasonable excuse.For info on penalty for dog fouling see: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/Dog-fouling-fine-doubles-2143.aspxCouncillor Archie Dryburgh, chairman of the DGFirst Management Committee, said:“Our Community Safety Officers continue to broadcast the message that dog fouling won’t be tolerated in our region. They do this through educational initiatives and rigorous enforcement of the environmental legislation. This is what our communities demand. To assist us, we ask that any members of the public who witness dog fouling contact their local Community Safety Team with as much information as possible to enable us to deal with offenders.”For info on how we tackle dog fouling, see: http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2578Diane McColm, Senior Community Safety Officer, said: “The local Community Safety Team will deal with all offenders by issuing a Fixed Penalty Notice. The penalty for the offence of not immediately removing dog fouling increases from £40 to £80 on 1st April 2016. We’re determined to stamp out this antisocial behaviour by the minority of dog owners that seem not to care.”last_img read more

HEA’s Contract with Furie Decreases COPA for Coming Quarter

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Association’s natural gas purchasing contract with Furie Operating Alaska that goes into effect April 1 will decrease costs for customers in the coming quarter. HEA’s contract with Furie commits the electric company to purchase between 4 and 6.2 billion cubic feet of natural gas annually. The current agreement ends in December of 2018, when HEA will be given options to extend until 2020. Gallagher: “As of April 1 the COPA will actually decrease from 6.6 cents to 6.3 cents. That will go into effect April 1 and will mean about a $1.87 reduction in the average monthly bill for a HEA member.” Homer Electric’s current purchasing contract ends with Hilcorp tomorrow. Gallagher: “It’s basically a combination of projecting forward and looking back to see how the previous quarter went, so it’s a little difficult to say exactly what will happen in July but we’re hopeful that it will hold steady or possibly actually decrease.” HEA’s Joe Gallagher says the cost of power adjustment, or COPA, is calculated each quarter. We asked if this decrease in cost will continue into the next quarter at the same level…last_img read more

Ohio State women top No. 14 Iowa 91-85 in OT in Big 10

first_imgHOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) — Kelsey Mitchell scored 29 points for the second night in a row, Alexa Hart added 24 and Ohio State topped No. 14 Iowa 91-85 in overtime to advance to the Big Ten Conference tournament final on Sunday.Ohio State (23-9) will face No. 4 Maryland (29-2), winners over No. 24 Northwestern in the other semifinal on Saturday.In overtime, Whitney Jennings made a pair of free throws with 42 seconds left to draw Iowa to within one point. But on the next possession, Mitchell nailed a 3-pointer with 14 seconds left to make it a four-point game.Jennings missed from the inside on the next trip down, and Mitchell made two free throws to seal it.After a tightly-contested second half, Hart hit 1 of 2 free throws to put Ohio State up by two with 17 seconds to go, but Bethany Doolittle’s layup with three seconds left forced overtime.The teams were tied at the half at 37.Melissa Dixon had 22 points and Doolittle finished with 21 for Iowa (24-7).last_img read more

Roger Federer cruises into US Open last eight

first_imgNEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 01: Roger Federer of Switzerland serves during his Men’s Singles fourth round match against David Goffin of Belgium on day seven of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 01, 2019 in Queens borough of New York City. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer cruised into the last eight Sunday at the US Open while Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev took inspiration from a booing crowd to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal.Federer, a five-time champion at Flushing Meadows, advanced to the US Open quarterfinals for the 13th time by routing Belgian 15th seed David Goffin 6-2, 6-2, 6-0 in only 79 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City MOST READ LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Canada yet to decide if it will pay Harry and Meghan security costs Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruption US Open: Russia’s Daniil Medvedev reaches first Grand Slam quarterfinal Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash View commentscenter_img “Sometimes these scores just happen,” Federer said. “You catch a good day, the opponent doesn’t, then things happen very quickly… I found my groove after a while and was able to roll really. Never looked back.“In a fourth round like this, if you can keep it nice, short, simple, you have to take them. I’m very happy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, trying to stretch his men’s Grand Slam record title total to 21, advanced to a last-eight matchup with Bulgaria’s 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov.Medvedev, a winner at Cincinnati and runner-up at Montreal and Washington in hardcourt tuneup events, advanced into the quarterfinal against Stan Wawrinka by beating 118th-ranked German qualifier Dominik Koepfer 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2). Dimitrov struggled with a shoulder injury early this season but is finally back on form.“I’m pleased to be back on a court pain free, feeling pretty good,” he said. I’m just really happy right now. One of first most exciting and important things is to just enjoy after getting back onto the court.” Federer is 7-0 lifetime against Dimitrov, who dispatched Australia’s 38th-ranked Alex de Minaur 7-5, 6-3, 6-4.“Feeling excited first to be in US Open quarter-finals for the first time. This is what I practiced for, to play those matches,” Dimitrov said.“It’s a great opportunity for both of us. Hopefully we have a great battle and we can produce some great tennis.”Five-time US Open champion Federer unleashed a dominant performance, improving to 9-1 all-time against Goffin.“As soon as you get there, first match on Ashe against him, you can feel all the 20,000 people are behind him as soon as he hit the ball,” Goffin said.“All of a sudden every shot is 10 times tougher than usually. All of a sudden what you felt the day before during practice or the last matches, it feels completely different.”Goffin broke in the third game. Federer won the next five games to seize the opening set, 11 of the next 13 to grab command and 17 of the final 19 in stunningly rapid fashion.“He was great but I gave him the whole match,” Goffin said. “It’s tough to say but yeah, probably my worst match against him I’ve played.”Dimitrov faced only one break point in dispatching the 20-year-old Aussie.“I was able to neutralize everything that was thrown at me. Played right at the important moments and that was that,” he said. “Played really well when I had to and had great composure throughout the match.” No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Medvedev, fined $9,000 for an obscene gesture and unsportsmanlike conduct in a third-round victory, was booed by the crowd after the match and encouraged the jeers, waving a finger to symbolize he is number one and saying they encouraged him to keep playing while hurt out of spite.“I was painful in my attitude,” said Medvedev. “I was painful in my shoulder. I was wondering if I was going to play. And you guys gave me the energy.“Guys continue to give me this energy. You are the best.”Koepfer, hoping to be the first US Open qualifier in the quarter-finals since Gilles Muller in 2008, was broken by Medvedev at love in the fifth game of the third set and the Russian held from there, then dominated the decisive tie-breaker.‘Ten times tougher’Medvedev won his only match against Wawrinka in the 2017 first round at Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptionlast_img read more

“Don’t be tempted by bribes” immigration officials warned

first_imgSeveral customs and immigration officials participating in national border security training were on Monday warned against taking bribes, as this could undermine security.Caricom Assistant Secretary General, Dr Douglas Slater urged officials working in the area of border security to resist the temptation to accept bribes.While addressing the opening of the workshop at the Police Training Centre, the Caricom official said law enforcement agents were vulnerable to inducements for many reasons.Top Police, immigration and customs officials including Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud (fourth from left); and Citizenship and Immigration Minister Winston Felix (centre)Assistant Secretary General Slater told officers that they had a responsibility to act professionally, and to be vigilant and compassionate. He said if they stepped aside from these values, it had the potential to create great chaos.“With the economic situation in our Region, you are going to be faced with a challenge – the temptation of corruption and I am saying that plainly because we know that our workers within our border protection agencies, they do have that temptation and the criminals are out there making offers,” the official said.He also urged the officers to become familiar with the Caricom Single Market and Economy (CSME) framework and the rights of the free movement of Caribbean people, as this was an important issue that must be taken into account by all border control officials across the Region.Meanwhile, Guyana’s Citizenship Minister Winston Felix, a former Police Commissioner, echoed similar sentiments, urging the officials not to fall prey to corruption.“Fight the corrupt elements; don’t let them get to you. They get to you, they destroy you and, by extension, they destroy the image and reputation of the Government,” he asserted.Felix also highlighted the fact that many people were caught daily with false immigration stamps in their passports and this was an issue in many countries.In his comments, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud observed that Guyana has the political will to stamp out terrorism and other forms of organised crime.He said this was fully supported by the Government. “In Guyana, we are fortunate to have the political will to deal with crime and violence. That is a necessity – political will is a necessity to deal with the crime and violence problems that exist today,” he said.The workshop is being organised by the Caricom Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS); the European Union and the United States Customs and Border Protection.The training will enhance the capacity of border security officials to identify and intercept persons, goods or vessels travelling across borders by illicit means or with illicit intent.The workshop’s training tools and manuals have been developed to facilitate harmonised standards and practices, policies and procedures to be used by Caribbean countries.last_img read more