Mayweather returns to ring in September against Berto

first_imgFloyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line when he steps into the ring to face Andre Berto in Las Vegas on Sept. 12 in what could be the final fight of his career, it was announced on Tuesday.Mayweather, who beat Manny Pacquiao in May in what was billed as the “Fight of the Century”, will risk his WBC and WBA welterweight world titles against the power-punching, two-time welterweight world champion Berto (30-3) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.A victory for Mayweather would match the record of the late heavyweight champion Rocky Marciano, who retired in April 1956 with an unblemished record of 49-0.“I’m ready to get back in the ring on September 12 and prove again to the whole world why I’m ‘The Best Ever,’” said the 38-year-old Mayweather.“I always bring my A-game and this fight against Andre Berto is no exception.“He’s a young, strong fighter who is hungry to take down the best. Forty-eight have tried before and on September 12, I’m going to make it 49.”Haitian-American Berto, who has lost three of his last six fights, sounded a confident note about finding the range against the elusive Mayweather, rated one of the greatest defensive fighters of all-time.“I’m coming to kick Floyd’s ass on September 12,” said Berto, 31, who has won his last two bouts.“Best believe that I plan to bring it to Floyd and I’m not concerned about what 48 other fighters have been unable to do. Somebody is getting knocked out and it won’t be me.”The match will be the sixth and final fight of a record-breaking deal between Mayweather and Showtime Networks, leading to speculation it could be the farewell match for the American.A world champion in five divisions, Mayweather made a reported $220 million from his unanimous decision over Pacquiao in what the most lucrative fight ever staged generating close to $600 million in revenue.Two other world championship fights are also planned for the pay-per-view telecast.Roman “Rocky” Martinez (29-2-2) will risk his WBO junior lightweight title in a rematch against the boxer he dethroned, four-time world champion Orlando “Siri” Salido (42-13-2).Badou Jack “The Ripper” (19-1-1) will make the first defense of his WBC super middleweight title against mandatory challenger “Saint” George Groves (21-2, 16 KOs).last_img read more

NBA suspends season after Jazz player tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgThe National Basketball Association (NBA) said on Wednesday it was suspending the season until further notice after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus.The test result was reported shortly before the Jazz were due to play the Oklahoma City Thunder at Chesapeake Energy Arena. The game was then scrapped.The league said the affected player, reportedly Jazz center Rudy Gobert, was not in the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said.“The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”Players from teams that Jazz has played in the past 10 days were told to self-quarantine, ESPN reported, citing sources.Those teams are the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors, the ESPN report added.More than 126,000 people have been infected globally by the flu-like virus and more than 4,600 have died, according to a Reuters tally based on official announcements. In the United States, about 1,280 people have been infected with 38 deaths.The pandemic rocked the North American sports calendar on Wednesday, leading to the cancellation of the figure-skating world championships and the announcement that college basketball’s annual ‘March Madness’ tournament would take place without fans in attendance.Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James tweeted http://bit.ly/2IF2noL: “Man we cancelling sporting events, school, office work, etc etc.“What we really need to cancel is 2020! Damn it’s been a rough 3 months. God bless and stay safe,” he wrote, likely alluding to the death of NBA great Kobe Bryant in a helicopter crash in January.Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said his team were “stunned.”“This is a very serious time right now. I think the league moved appropriately and prudently,” he said.Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said the situation was “crazy”.“This can’t be true,” he told ESPN as his team played the Denver Nuggets.“This is not in the realm of possibilities. This seems more like out of a movie than reality.”A game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings was also called off at the last minute, leading to tears from at least one young fan in attendance.The NBA playoffs were scheduled to tip off on April 18 with the finals set to begin on June 4.Following the NBA’s announcement, the National Hockey League said it was consulting with medical experts and would have a further update on Thursday.last_img read more

Big first for Stephens

first_img RANKING SOARED NEW YORK (AP): Sloane Stephens never looked shaken by the setting or the stakes in her first Grand Slam final. Her opponent, Madison Keys, most definitely did. Stephens, 24, easily beat her close friend, 22-year-old Keys, 6-3, 6-0 to win the US Open yesterday, capping a remarkably rapid rise after sitting out eleven months because of foot surgery. “I should just retire now,” Stephens joked. “I told Maddie I’m never going to be able to top this. I mean, talk about a comeback.” The 83rd-ranked Stephens, who beat Venus Williams in the semi-finals, is only the second unseeded woman to win the tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968. A year ago, she sat out the US Open altogether because of what turned out to be a stress fracture in her left foot. She had an operation in January and made her season debut at Wimbledon in July, exiting in the first round. Lost her next match, too, in Washington. Since then, she has gone 15-2, and her ranking has soared from outside the top 900 to what will be around No. 20 as of Monday. Oh, and, don’t forget: She is now, and forever will be, a Grand Slam champion. This was only the second time in the Open era that two women were making their Grand Slam final debuts against each other in New York. Stephens most certainly handled the occasion better, claiming the last eight games and making only six unforced errors – Keys had 30 – in the entire 61-minute mismatch. There hadn’t been an all-American women’s final at Flushing Meadows since 2002, when Serena Williams beat her older sister Venus.last_img read more

Nigeria, Iran stalemate bores Brazil

first_imgHowever, their disenchantment didn’t cut much ice with Iran coach Carlos Queiroz.“I must praise my players, they more than deserved this draw,” said the 61-year-old, who guided his native Portugal to the 2010 World Cup finals.“The most important thing is that everything is now open to us.”After a bright start from Nigeria, it was Iran who forced the only meaningful save of the afternoon from Vincent Enyeama as the Lille goalkeeper parried Reza Ghoochannejad’s headed effort.A point apiece leaves both sides tied for second place in Group F with Argentina leading the way thanks to their 2-1 win over Bosnia and Hercegovina on Sunday.Nigeria started by far the better of the two sides and had an effort on goal inside three minutes as Victor Moses’ low shot was comfortably held by Alireza Haghighi.The African champions had the ball in the net moments later, but Ahmed Musa was adjudged to have fouled Haghighi as they challenged for a high ball before Ogenyi Onazi slotted inches wide with Nigeria’s best opening of the half.The intensity from Nigeria then dropped as they were forced into a change midway through the half when former Everton defender Joseph Yobo replaced the injured Godfrey Oboabona.Iran’s only effort on goal in the opening 45 minutes produced the best stop of the game as Enyeama had to leap to his right to parry Charlton Athletic striker Reza’s header to safety from a fine Ashkan Dejagah corner.With no sign of a breakthrough coming early in the second-half, Nigeria boss Stephan Keshi introduced Newcastle United’s Shola Ameobi for the ineffectual Moses.However, Iran then went onto have their best spell in the game with Adranik Timotian firing wildly over when well-placed inside the area.Nigeria ended the game with four strikers on the field in the search for a winner as Stoke City’s Peter Odemwingie was also introduced.Ameobi came close to breaking the deadlock, but his flicked header sailed wide and he was adjudged to have fouled his marker in the process.Nigeria’s abundance of forward players was leaving them more susceptible to the Iranian counter-attack, however, and Dejagah should have done better when he was picked out at the far post but failed to make a proper connection with his header.The draw leaves Iran still in search of their first ever World Cup victory, whilst Nigeria’s winless streak in the competition extends to nine games stretching back to 1998.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000CURITIBA, June 16- Nigeria and Iran became the first sides to draw at the 2014 World Cup as they played out a turgid 0-0 draw in Curitiba on Monday.In stark contrast to the attacking nature of the tournament so far, neither side showed much creativity and the final whistle was met by a cacophony of boos from the mainly Brazilian crowd.last_img read more

The battle is not lost, says Tusker’s Nsimbe

first_img“It is not over until it’s over. There is still some 90 minutes to play in this match. We drew 1-1, but I don’t think that is the end. We can still go there and perform. We are going to attack to see that we score as early as possible. We have nothing to lose now and we need to give our all,” Nsimbe said, ahead of the tricky return leg.Looking back at the performance on Saturday which fell way below the expected level, Nsimbe has blamed this on lack of proper match fitness.Tusker never played any international friendly matches with their biggest match of pre-season being against Ulinzi Stars who are representing the country in the CAF Confederations Cup.“To be honest, the boys didn’t perform as expected. The passing was not all that good especially when we reached their final third and we didn’t create as many chances. Maybe lack of match fitness played a role because we have not had any international friendly matches,” the former Azam FC assistant coach said.Tusker still harbor hopes of making it into the group stages and in Port Louis on Sunday, they need any kind of win to progress to the first round where they are scheduled to play against Sudan’s Al Hilal Omdurman.But the Southern Africans are not planning to let their feet off the speed peddles heading into the return leg especially after scoring a crucial away goal.Head coach Sakoor Boodhun has promised Tusker a tougher test when they play in Port Louis says his side’s self-belief rose after the result last Saturday.“We are a small nation if you compare us to Kenya and we did not come here to win. When we got the goal, we believed that we could actually get something. We didn’t know anything about Tusker before this but now, we will plan accordingly because we know what they can do,” Boodhun said.“I am promising that we will do much better in the return leg. We see it as a possibility to go into the second round. We only need to be careful of their tall players because they posed a lot of dangers for us. My players know that they have the ability to make it,” he added.The six-time Mauritian league champions have played in the Champions League only four times before and their best performance was in 2003 when they reached the second round.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Tusker FC head coach Gorge ‘Best’ Nsibe during training.PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 14- Ugandan George ‘best’ Nsimbe did not have the best of starts in his new role as Tusker FC head coach when his side was held to a 1-1 draw by Mauritian side AS Port Louis in the CAF Champions League preliminary round first leg, but he believes they will redeem their image on Sunday when they play the return leg away in Mauritius.Nsimbe conceded that his charges did not play as per his expectations but reckons they will rectify the small mistakes for the return leg.last_img read more

Arsenal Champions League nightmare ’embarrassing’ for Wenger

first_imgJust a few days after defending his former boss by saying it was “too soon” for Wenger to leave, Martin Keown, a centre-back in all three of Arsenal’s Premier League title triumphs under the Frenchman, pulled no punches this time, saying it had been a clash of “men against boys”.“It’s almost embarrassing — outclassed, outplayed,” Keown, now a pundit, told BT Sport.“This is his (Wenger’s) lowest point ever. Twenty years and Arsene must be considering his future now. Arsenal were bullied, weren’t they? Completely.”Another former defender, Lee Dixon, said he felt Wenger’s demeanour has finally changed following years of belligerent defiance in the face of numerous failures.“He just seems so low,” Dixon told ITV.Arsenal’s French midfielder Francis Coquelin (L) and head coach Arsene Wenger speak together during the Champions League round of 16 match against FC Bayern Munich in Munich, southern Germany, on February 15, 2017 © AFP / Christof STACHE“I think he’s realising that with this team he’s getting no response from them. They’re not doing themselves justice or him.“That is the first time where I’ve seen him where I’ve thought, ‘he thinks it’s time’.”Ian Wright, a former striker, let the expletives flow in a foul-mouthed Twitter rant during the game.Former goalkeeper Bob Wilson, who was a champion with Arsenal in 1971, pondered whether this result would “tip Arsene over the edge”.“He can only take so much,” said Wilson on BBC Radio 5 Live. “I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Arsene, given the amount of headlines that are coming his way, might just look at that and say enough is enough.”Barring a minor miracle in the second leg in three weeks’ time, it will be the seventh year in a row that Arsenal have been knocked out of the Champions League in the last 16, and the third time in five years by Bayern.And that on top of their failure to win the Premier League since 2004 and last year’s abject challenge when Leicester City ran away to a shock triumph by 10 points.“Spineless!” screamed Britain’s Dail Mail while The Times described Arsenal’s latest European chastisement as “Groundhog Day”.The Sun, as ever, opted for a pun relating to Bayern while suggesting Wenger’s time was up with “Bay bye Arsene”.“Always the same nightmare,” said France’s L’Equipe, a newspaper that usually waxes lyrical about Wenger’s teams.La Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy called it “a slap in Wenger’s face”.In his first eight full seasons with Arsenal, Wenger won the Premier League three times and the FA Cup four times.But in 11 seasons since he’s managed to add only two more FA Cup successes and Arsenal are currently fourth in the league, 10 points behind leaders Chelsea.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has come under heavy fire after his team’s humiliating Champions League defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich © AFP / Christof STACHELondon, United Kingdom, Feb 16 – Former players were brutal in their criticism of manager Arsene Wenger following Arsenal’s latest Champions League humiliation.And newspapers across Europe were no less scathing of Wednesday night’s “nightmare” 5-1 thrashing at Bayern Munich.last_img read more

CONFIRMED: Hull striker Oumar Niasse sees three-game suspension rescinded

first_imgHull’s bid to avoid the drop has received a boost after they confirmed their appeal against the red card Oumar Niasse received in the win over Watford was successful.The on-loan Everton striker had been due to miss the Tigers’ next three fixtures after being dismissed by referee Robert Madley on Saturday for a challenge on M’Baye Niang.However, Hull, who remain just two points above the relegation zone, have announced the decision has been overturned following their appeal to the Football Association.Niasse received his marching orders midway through the first half at the KCOM Stadium during a 50-50 challenge with Niang when the side of the Hull striker’s boot caught the Watford man’s shin.The studs of Niasse’s boot were not showing, and the contact appeared minimal, yet Madley brandished the red card, much to the player’s disbelief.Hull boss Marco Silva, who saw his side overcome the loss of their forward to win 2-0 and maintain their two-point cushion over Swansea, declared straight away that his club would challenge Madley’s decision.“Of course, we will appeal,” the Portuguese had said.“I don’t want to talk too much (about it) because I respect the work of the referee, it’s not easy. We all make mistakes. I make mistakes sometimes, the players, referees as well.“My feelings during the match were it was a yellow card – if it was a yellow card – and everybody who has seen the replay said it wasn’t a red card. One decision was not good to us. The referee gave us problems. We achieved the win, but it wasn’t easy.”Hull were set to lose Niasse for three of their final four fixtures but will now have him available for the games against Southampton, Sunderland and Crystal Palace.The 27-year-old has scored five times in 15 appearances since making the move from Goodison Park in January. The 27-year-old received a straight red card for a challenge on Watford’s M’Baye Niang 1last_img read more

Open meetings: DA vs. cities

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesEach side interprets the Ralph M. Brown Act differently. Prosecutors say the redevelopment agency broke the law because its discussions of the loan went from being an open-session issue to a closed-session item. Covina officials say that the Brown Act allows them to meet in closed session in this particular instance. “We are merely attempting to point out to the District Attorney’s Office, and we’ve done that on numerous instances, that the Brown Act allows for closed-session meetings on real property negotiations,” said Covina City Manager Paul Philips. “There’s just a deep division on what their view is and ours.” The Brown Act was created in 1953 to ensure elected bodies don’t make decisions without the public knowing. It requires all meetings be held in public. But it does allow agencies in certain circumstances to meet behind closed doors, such as when they need to talk about employee salaries and benefits, pending lawsuits and real property negotiations. “It boils down to a simple concept: Everything you do has to be in public unless you can exert a specific exception,” said District Attorney Steve Cooley. COVINA – At its Dec. 20 meeting, the Covina City Council received a visit from Santa Claus, heard a resident complain about drivers running red lights at Puente and Grand avenues and talked about cracking down on taggers. That same night, the three members of the council present changed hats and met as the Covina Redevelopment Agency. They then went into closed session to discuss a $1.75 million loan to Bert’s Motorcycle and Watercraft Mega-Mall, which wanted to expand and remodel its 128,000-square-foot building on Azusa Avenue. When Peggy Delach, John King and George Chadwickcame out of closed session, they approved the deal. It included reimbursing Bert’s owner, Seidner Enterprises Inc., an additional $2.25 million over 10 years for construction costs. That decision has propelled the Covina Redevelopment Agency into a legal battle with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office, which alleges the agency violated the state’s open-meeting law when it went into closed session. Prosecutors sued the agency on March 2. Covina officials deny they violated the Brown Act. “The District Attorney’s Office has no right to assign guilt or innocence. Just because they said we violated the law doesn’t mean we did,” Philips said. Public access watchdogs say it’s not unusual for cities to say they didn’t violate the Brown Act or disagree with the prosecutor’s interpretation of it. What is rare is to fight it in court. “I would say it’s unprecedented,” said Terry Francke, legal counsel for the nonprofit Californians Aware, which advocates for open government. “What they usually say is: We see it differently but we’re not looking for a fight.” The Covina case marks only the second time L.A. County prosecutors have sued a governing body for possible violation of the Brown Act. More often, a letter from the District Attorney’s Office is enough to get agencies to comply, said Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Snyder. “Our goal is compliance. We want the law followed,” said Snyder, one of two deputy district attorneys who handle Brown Act complaints. “The fact there’s only been two lawsuits speaks to the fact that most agencies comply.” Philips said Covina officials asked to meet with prosecutors several times but were rebuffed. He said they have never interviewed him, the city attorney or any of the city staff. He said prosecutors asked for and were provided documents, including an audio tape of the Dec. 20 meeting. Philips said prosecutors also rejected his suggestion to hire a retired judge to listen to both sides’ points of view. “What is the harm in sitting down and discussing differences in opinion? Sending letters back and forth and filing lawsuits – it’s a tremendous waste of public funds of the county and city,” he said. Philips said he isn’t trying to stir up things and added that the city has a high regard for the District Attorney’s Office. “They need to tell us how the Brown Act will be handled,” Philips said. “There has to be a dialogue. A lawsuit doesn’t serve anyone. It’s unfortunate but we have to defend ourselves.” But as it prepares to defend itself in the lawsuit, Covina has been accused of trying to harass and muzzle two critics. One of them, former Mayor Bob Low, wrote the complaint that led to the District Attorney’s lawsuit. Covina’s lawyer, Jennifer Pancake, served subpoenas to Low and Stephen Millard, who are witnesses to the lawsuit. Both were told to appear at depositions and to provide 10 years’ worth of documents – from letters to the editors to this newspaper to communications with prosecutors. Low and Millard say the city is harassing them and trying to make them an example to others. Pancake denies that accusation. She said Covina is entitled to find out what witnesses know as part of discovery. Snyder, the deputy district attorney, declined to discuss the Covina case because it is an ongoing litigation. But she said the District Attorney’s Office does receive requests to sit down and meet with agencies. “Our job is not to advise but to enforce,” she said. “The most reasonable minds may differ, but we don’t believe the appropriate forum is a sit-down, closed-door meeting.” The District Attorney’s Office often participates in panel discussions held by organizations about the Brown Act. Prosecutors say they do a lot of training and outreach to make people aware. “When city attorneys disagree with our analysis, they can go to court. We can go to court,” Cooley said. The Public Integrity Division In Los Angeles County, the job of making sure city councils, school boards and other agencies follow the Brown Act falls to the District Attorney’s Public Integrity Division, which was established five years ago. The division is just a small part of a department with 965 deputy district attorneys, about 250 investigators and an operating budget of $288 million. Comprised of eight attorneys and 12 investigators, the Public Integrity Division is also responsible for investigating complaints of corruption and wrongdoings by government agencies and officials. From 2001 to 2005, the division received 204 complaints of Brown Act violations and dispatched 51 letters to agencies notifying them of their mistakes. Called a “cure and correct” letter by Snyder, each explains what steps must be taken to correct the alleged violations. An agency has 30 days to respond to the letter. Violating the Brown Act is a misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and a maximum of six months in jail. But the division hasn’t filed a criminal case against anyone. Prosecutors mostly rely on the letters to get their message across. But if needed, the Public Integrity Division can file a civil lawsuit. “Our ultimate goal is compliance, not prosecution,” said Snyder, who is second in command at the division. She and Dave Demerjian, who heads the unit, handle Brown Act complaints. Since its creation, the unit also has filed 125 felony cases against politicians and their associates. And the most recent figures show it obtained 77 convictions, including that of former Compton Mayor Omar Bradley and attorney Pierce O’Donnell, who pleaded no contest to laundering campaign funds for former Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn. The office files charges in about 7 percent of the cases it looks at, Demerjian said. “I don’t care about politics,” Demerjian said. “I only care about crime.” The division receives an average of 338 complaints of all types to review and investigate each year. It only handles written complaints. About 80 percent of those complaints aren’t crimes at all and are closed, Demerjian said. But the issue that keeps the division busy is enforcing a law that in the past has been widely ignored – the Brown Act. Snyder or Demerjian will review complaints of possible Brown Act violations. If there’s enough information about the alleged violation, they will open an investigation. She said typically, a Brown Act violation can be assessed by looking at the meeting agenda, the minutes of the meeting and listening to recordings of the meeting. There could be circumstances when investigators will be sent to talk to people, she added. They also will check if the agency was the subject of a prior complaint. When prosecutors send out letters, Snyder said they usually get 99 percent compliance. She said the types of complaints run the gamut. “They’re just myriad. We’ve had hundreds,” Snyder said. The division can’t reveal the names of whoever makes a complaint. It’s privileged information under the state evidence code. But in certain cases, the names do come out. That was true in the Covina case. The unit also doesn’t publicize the names of the agencies being investigated. “Anybody can make an allegation about anything. … We are cognizant an allegation is not true until proven,” Snyder said. Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the District Attorney’s Office, said she doesn’t recall her office ever issuing a press release saying an agency received a “cure and correct” letter or that somebody was being investigated for allegedly violating the Brown Act. But the District Attorney’s Office will verify if such an agency is being investigated or received such a letter. Other incidents Covina isn’t the only local agency to allegedly run afoul of the open meeting law. In February, the Public Integrity Division sued the Renaissance Academy Charter School, which was then located in West Los Angeles, for alleged Brown Act violations. Snyder said it was the first group to be sued by the division. The lawsuit was settled shortly after it was filed and the case was dismissed a month later. “In general, they were not giving proper notice, meeting in closed session improperly and not allowing \ public in meetings,” Snyder said. She said the school, which was interested in complying, didn’t understand the law. The school later secured an attorney to help them. The board agendas later showed the school had complied, eliminating the need for a lawsuit, Snyder said. Knar Mouhibian, chairwoman of the school board, said they were basically picked on by a group of people who were calling the District Attorney’s Office and making allegations. She said the District Attorney’s Office filed the lawsuit to protect the statute of limitations. They were sued while they were arguing the technicalities of one issue with prosecutors. They settled quickly. “It was a mutual working it out. The lady at the District Attorney’s Office was very nice, not mean to us or anything. They just had to follow up on these complaints,” she said. “We became absolutely well-versed in the Brown Act. For a tiny little entity thing, we became experts of the Brown Act.” In Pico Rivera, the City Council had to cancel its previous decision to give then-City Manager Dennis Courtemarche a pay raise after prosecutors alleged a Brown Act violation. In July 2003, a council majority voted to give Courtemarche a $40,000 raise. But in October 2003, the District Attorney’s Office said the council violated the Brown Act by discussing pay raises for Courtemarche and Assistant City Manager Ann Negendank in closed session. Prosecutors told the council to repeal the raise, which they did. The council voted a second time on a pay raise for Courtemarche, but it failed 3-2. The issue came up again in 2004 and was successful. “The District Attorney’s Office said through the city attorney, `There’s a little gray area here. To clear it up this is what I suggest you do,”‘ said Pico Rivera Mayor Pete Ramirez, who voted against the raise. “The bottom line is, it was a gray area, not totally totally wrong. They fixed it and that was it,” he said. Ramirez doesn’t know who filed the complaint. He said the council didn’t consider challenging prosecutors. “Why? I’m a retired police officer. If it’s wrong, it’s wrong,” Ramirez said. “The legal counsel said it was best to follow what the District Attorney’s Office said.” Ramirez said he has no problems with the Public Integrity Division. He said the unit has to do what it has to do. He considers it a good checks-and- balances system. In 2000, residents sued the Whittier City School District over its decision to construct a new elementary school on property next to the district office. The plan would have called for homes and a park to be taken. A Los Angeles Superior Court judge decided that the district violated the Brown Act by not properly disclosing items related to the school site in its closed-session meeting agendas and secretly deciding on a location before the public vote on June 30, 2000. School officials appealed and lost. In February 2002, a state appeals court upheld the lower court ruling. The District Attorney’s Office conducted a criminal investigation. The school district rescinded its vote on the school site after that probe. Officials in the District Attorney’s Office said they also believed the school district had violated the Brown Act. Law is tough to enforce Francke of Californians Aware said it’s difficult to prosecute the Brown Act as a crime thanks to lobbying by city associations and school districts. He said it’s also a difficult crime to prove. He used speeding as an analogy. To prove speeding, police only need to show that the driver exceeded the speed limit. But if police used the requirements to meet a Brown Act violation, Francke said officers would have to show the driver was aware they were speeding and intended to hurt somebody. One could still enforce the act without resorting to filing a criminal lawsuit, he said. “If you have a diligent and resourceful District Attorney’s Office, typically all it takes is an investigation and a letter to bring an agency around,” Francke said. Staff Writer Christina Esparza contributed to this report. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

COUNTY GETS NEW SINN FEIN DEPUTY MAYOR

first_imgTHE TOP two positions on Donegal County Council are now occupied by women after the appointment as deputy mayor today of Cllr Marie Therese GallagherShe replaces her Sinn Fein party colleague Padraig Mac Lochlainn following his election to Dail Eireann.She will shadow party colleague and current Mayor Cora Harvey. Cllr Gallagher said she was delighted to take up the position – but said the historical first for the country of having female mayor and deputy mayor positions at the same time showed up the need for more women in politics.“It is a very proud day for me; to be the second citizen of my county,” she said.“The mayor has had a great year so far and I want to help her with many projects that she has started.”COUNTY GETS NEW SINN FEIN DEPUTY MAYOR was last modified: March 28th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Point-Rapids blanks Marshfield girls hockey

first_imgBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterMARSHFIELD — Bryar Brooks scored early in the second period, and that proved to be the only goal of the game as Stevens Point-Wisconsin Rapids shut out Marshfield 1-0 in a nonconference girls hockey game Monday at the Marshfield Ice Arena.Brooks scored off an assist from Zoe Derks 4:47 into the second period to provide the game’s only score.Alexis Straughan had 22 saves in goal for Marshfield (4-8).Emily Bubla had 18 saves for Point-Rapids (3-8-2).Marshfield is off until next Monday when it plays a Great Northern Conference game at Northland Pines.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)Red Panthers 1, Tigers 0Point-Rapids 0 1 0 – 1Marshfield 0 0 0 – 0Second period: 1. PR, Bryar Brooks (Zoe Derks), 12:13.Saves: PR, Emily Bubla 18; M, Alexis Straughan 22.Records: Point-Rapids 3-8-2; Marshfield 4-8.last_img read more