Ernst says physical barrier not needed along some areas of border

first_imgWASHINGTON — Republican Senator Joni Ernst says now that there’s divided government in Washington, it’s up to President Trump and Democratic congressional leaders to find a border security solution that ends the partial government shutdown.“I would tend to agree that not all areas of our border needs a physical barrier if those are adequately patrolled by Border Patrol agents, if we have the technology to monitor those areas without having a physical barrier and can adequately respond in a timely manner to illegal border crossings,” Ernst said Thursday during a conference call with Iowa reporters.But Ernst indicated some areas of the border can only be secured with “a barrier of some form.” She said capturing terrorists, drug smugglers, gun runners and human traffickers along the border is a national security priority.“And by having a physical barrier in some of those places, we can shape the way the traffic is flowing, the foot traffic,” she told reporters.Ernst said she learned in the military that barriers on a battlefield funnel people into areas where they can be apprehended. Ernst indicated she would not support a deal that only funds more agents and more surveillance along the border, because a wall or fencing is necessary in some areas. The “smartest way to move,” according to Ernst, is to have Border Patrol agents and the Department of Homeland Security map things out.“I do think it needs to be a comprehensive plan that allows us to make smart choices on how we spend our dollars on the border,” Ernst said.About 25 percent of the federal government has been shut down since December 22nd. President Trump has repeatedly said he will not agree to reopen the government until congress approves $5.7 billion for a border wall.last_img read more

Uganda Cranes coach Micho wants out

first_imgCranes coach Micho wants outKampala, Uganda| THE INDEPENDENT |  Whether he leaves or not, Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevich’s name will remain etched in Uganda’s football history as the coach who broke the jinx!History will state that in 1978, Uganda Cranes reached the final of the Nations Cup finals, falling to Ghana 2-0. Jimmy Kirunda and Phillip Omondi were some of the great names that Ugandan soccer would talk about for over 3 decades as players who last featured in the Nations Cup finals.For close to four decades after 1978, Cranes beat all the giants from Ghana, Zambia to Nigeria, but qualification eluded them.Uganda’s sports history will also add that FUFA presidents and coaches came and went but success remained elusive — until Lawrence Mulindwa in 2013. Then FUFA President Mulindwa, decided to bite the bullet and sack coach Bobby Williamson who had done a tremendous job with the team. In came ‘Micho’, and the rest is history.Williamson had come in to replace Csaba László, who resigned in July 2008 to go to Hearts in Scotland, despite a running contract.  Williamson had led Cranes to four CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup trophies since 2008 but failed to secure qualification to the African Nations Cup in his five-year tenure – on one occassion failing on the very final day of qualification.“FUFA hasn’t received any communication in regard to rumours that Cranes coach Micho has resigned. The Serbian is still under contract,” Federation of Uganda Football Associations FUFA said Saturday.They were reacting to stories that Micho had said goodbye after his new look Cranes had humbled South Sudan 5-1 in the CHAN tournament second leg – at the Phillip Omondi Stadium.Their next opponents – Rwanda.Micho has handled Rwanda before as well.Micho went via St.George in Ethiopia, Orlando Pirates in South Africa and Rwanda before coming to Uganda.  He has complained for years about failure by FUFA to pay his salary under the agreed contract.FUFA issued a statement Saturday night talking of a meeting with the national coach on Monday, but, another mutual separation seems to be in the pipeline. Share on: WhatsApp *****FROM THE ARCHIVESlast_img read more

Red-hot Big Ben a big task as Jets face Steelers

first_imgBen Roethlisberger (7) and head coach Mike Tomlin chat on the sideline prior to an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Just what Rex Ryan and the struggling New York Jets needed.Mired in an eight-game losing streak and one defeat from setting a dubious franchise record, the Jets now have to deal with touchdown-tossing Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers.“I’ve had a lot of matchups against Big Ben through my days,” Ryan said. “I lost two (AFC) championship games to him. I had some good games against him and all that. I’ve never seen him this hot.“He’s just on fire right now.”That’s for sure. Roethlisberger is coming off becoming the first player in NFL history to throw six touchdown passes in consecutive games. He and Y.A. Tittle are the only players to have two six-TD games in a season.Somehow still not impressed? Well, consider that Roethlisberger has 12 TDs in two games – while the Jets’ quarterbacks have thrown eight all season.“What he is doing right now is Ben-like,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said. “We get used to seeing it. We appreciate it. We don’t take it for granted.”Pittsburgh (6-3) has won three in a row and looks for its first four-game streak since 2012. The Steelers will be going for it against a team that hasn’t won since Week 1, has had problems in the secondary all season and is going with Michael Vick for the second straight game over Geno Smith.Oh, and with Jets fans disgruntled – one even rented a plane-pulled banner urging the team to fire general manager John Idzik – MetLife Stadium could have plenty of yellow Terrible Towels flying on Sunday.“Anywhere we go, there’s always lots of Steelers fans,” Roethlisberger said. “So, there’s been a couple of games this year that we’ve been on the road that it literally felt like a home game. We hope and anticipate and expect there to be a lot of Steelers fans there, but we also have to expect it to be loud because of Jets fans.”And for the Jets (1-8), they’re just hoping it won’t be boos directed at them.“Hopefully, the fans will come out and support, and if not we understand,” Vick said. “But, I think when they do, it characterizes them as true fans.”Here are some other things to watch when the Steelers take on the Jets:BROWN DELIVERS: Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown leads the NFL with 71 catches and 996 yards receiving while establishing himself as one of the game’s elite playmakers.He needs at least five catches and 80 yards receiving to become the first player in league history to reach those marks in each of the first 10 games of a season. He also needs just 4 yards receiving to reach 1,000 for the second straight season.“He’s right up there at the top of the list,” Roethlisberger said of where Brown ranks on the list of receivers he has played with.BELL RINGING: Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell has become a dangerous dual threat.He’s fourth in the NFL with 711 yards rushing, and leads the AFC – and is second in the league – with 1,144 yards from scrimmage. Bell needs just five catches to top John L. Williams (51 in 1994) for most in team history by a running back.“He finds a way to contribute and help us,” Roethlisberger said, “no matter what.”LIKE MIKE: Vick was solid – not spectacular – in his debut as the Jets’ starting quarterback.He was 21 of 28 for 196 yards and one TD and passer rating of 105.7, and had no turnovers. With Smith recovering from a sore shoulder, Vick’s performance prompted Ryan to tab him as the starter against the Steelers – and possibly longer, especially if he can pull out a few wins.“From this point on, we’ve got to tighten up on the details,” Vick said, “and make sure that when we do have an opportunity to score and we’re in the red zone that we do come away with some type of points, but more so touchdowns than field goals.”CORNERBACK CHALLENGE: Because of injuries, inconsistency and ineffectiveness, the Jets are trying anything they can with their cornerback situation.That means even holding an in-season competition. That’s how Marcus Williams, signed from the practice squad on Oct. 28, ended up starting opposite converted safety Antonio Allen five days later. Ryan hinted that Allen will move back to safety again, which means Williams could be joined by a new partner – stay tuned – in the starting lineup Sunday.CATCHING ON: It didn’t take long for Percy Harvin to become a focal point of the Jets’ offense.Against Kansas City, and in his second game with his new team, Harvin was targeted by Vick 13 times and caught 11 passes for 129 yards. Disappointed that Seattle didn’t use him more down the field, Harvin is getting that opportunity in New York – and could help a passing game ranked last in the league.___AP Sports Writer Will Graves in Pittsburgh contributed.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

Spurs willing to sell Eriksen this transfer window but only if they get £50m

first_imgTOTTENHAM are reportedly willing to offload Christian Eriksen this transfer window – but only if they receive a bid of £50million or more.The 27-year-old has just one year left on his contract with Spurs, and there are no signs that the Danish playmaker will commit his long-term future to the club.2 Christian Eriksen has been heavily linked with a move away from Spurs this transfer windowCredit: PA:Empics SportIt has been claimed that the ex-Ajax ace would only consider leaving if one of Real Madrid, Barcelona or Juventus come in for him.SunSport exclusively revealed that Los Blancos are ready to make a move for the player before the European window slams shut on September 2.And the Mail have stated that Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs owner Daniel Levy have agreed they will come to a compromise should a bid arrive.But they will only consider allowing the midfielder to depart if a potential suitor stumps up £50million as they look to avoid losing him on a free.Eriksen has featured in Tottenham’s opening two Premier League games, but Pochettino has claimed that the talk surrounding his future is not a good situation.Speaking ahead of the clash against Newcastle, Poch said: “It’s not in a good place. It’s not the best situation for him, for everyone.”It is not what I think the club or the player expect to be. A difficult situation for both sides.2LATEST TOTTENHAM NEWSHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summer”I understand the club, I understand the player. You try to minimalism the problem, try to treat the situation. This is an important player who needs to help the team with his performances to get positive results.”It’s not easy. Because of rumours, things happen around you. But Christian has a personality and a character that… he’s involved, and he’s not affected by the rumours.”Before adding: “We can not be on one side or the other. The most important thing is to try to take the best decision for both sides.”Sunday Premier League preview including Tottenham v Newcastlelast_img read more

Holmes’ visa KO

first_imgCarl Grant, coach of one of Jamaica’s most talented professional boxers, Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes, said his young charge has been forced to cancel a number of fights in the United States after being denied a visa.Grant said Holmes had secured fights in New York and Connecticut, but could not take up the offers because after he was denied a US visa by the embassy in Kingston.”Not getting the visa was a big hamper for Richard Holmes’ career because we got couple of fights in the United States, but because we did not get the visa, he had to stay in Jamaica,” said Grant. “He now has to go back to this year’s Wray and Nephew Contender, but if he had the visa, he would have been fighting in the States.”Grant added that this has affected Holmes’ ability to increase his profile as an international boxer.”This is a big loss of income for him because these fights can run up to between US$10,000 and US$15,000 per fight, and we are talking like every three weeks to a month, so it is a big income loss for him,” Grant said.VERY DISAPPOINTED”He is very disappointed because the only thing he has to do now is to wait until the Contender comes around to keep himself active until he gets a US visa before he can moves on to greener pastures,” he added.Holmes, whose professional record stands at 13 wins, six losses and one draw, was beaten by American DeMarcus ‘Chop Chop’ Corley in last year’s final of the Wray and Nephew Contender series.However, Grant noted that Holmes is in great shape, and so he expects him to win this year’s competition.”The Contender is like a job for him, and so he has to go out there this time around and win it because he has been to the final twice before, and so I think this year shall be Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes’ year,” Granted declared.last_img read more

NBTC: Ballungay, Artest carry FilAm Sports to another blowout win

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ RJ Abarrientos led the Baby Tamaraws’ rally with 16 of his 21 points coming in the final frame.FEU moved on to the next round where they will meet UAAP rival National University, which opened its title defense witha 90-point rout of Isabela Colleges-Cauayan.Southern Philippine Colleges-Cagayan de Oro also won in a thriller as it stunned AusPinoy Australia, 69-67, on a buzzer-beating putback by Vance Caterbas.Calayan Educational Foundation-Lucena also shocked Team Italy Europe Proudly Pinoy with a 69-63 squeaker while reigning NCAA champion Mapua University fended off a late fightback by Zamboanga del Sur National High School Pagadian to win, 54-46.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines PLAY LIST 01:58SEA Games 2019: Melcah Caballero wins another rowing gold for Philippines01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Jeron Artest leads Fil-Am Sports. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—FilAm Sports USA chalked up another blowout after dumping Perpetual Help JONELTA-Laguna, 86-55, in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go NBTC National Finals Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Forward Kainoa Ballungay put up his second straight double-double with 24 points and 10 rebounds to power FilAm Sports.ADVERTISEMENT FIFA Qatar 2022 plan would ‘exacerbate’ Gulf tensions View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES The 6-foot-7 Ballungay, who traces his roots from Ilocos Norte, is averaging 21.5 points and 11 rebounds in two games.FilAm Sports advanced to the Supreme 16 to face either Kai Sotto-led Ateneo or Lyceum-Cavite.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJeron Artest, son of NBA champion Metta World Peace, added 12 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while Jalen Green chipped in 11 points and four assists a day after delivering a dazzling display in a 78-45 drubbing of AusPinoy where he had 20 points, including six electrifying dunks.Meanwhile, FEU-Manila came back from 12 points down to edgeSt. Augustine-Pampanga, 90-86. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

Conmany Wesseh Wins River Gee

first_imgLiberia’s former Minister of State Without Portfolio, Amb. Conmany B. Wesseh, has won Liberia’s first Mid-term senatorial election in River Gee County, beating his closest rival, former soccer star Jonathan Boy Charles Sogbie by a margin of 953 votes.The tally, according to the official website of the National Elections Commission (NEC), is the result from all 77 of the county’s polling centers.The NEC website further shows that Amb. Wesseh, who ran on the Unity Party ticket, accrued 2,672 (26.1%), against his nearest rival Sogbie who pulled 1,719 (16.8%).NEC put the turnout of voters in River Gee at 10,726 or 34.0%  of the county’s population of 66,789, according to the 2008 House Census of the Liberia Institute of Statistics and Geo-Information Services (LISGIS). An ecstatic wife of the Senator-elect, Madam Medina Wesseh, told our reporter yesterday that her husband will be returning to Monrovia this morning with a high-power entourage of River Gee citizens.She said celebrations for Amb. Wesseh’s election after two previous failed attempts, kicked off in Fish Town City Monday night with the traditional slaughter of a cow. “The citizens danced late into the night and would have continued to the morning hours were it not for the curfew which starts at midnight,” said Madam Wesseh.Amb. Wesseh who recently resigned his post in accordance with the Code of Conduct for Executive employees, will occupy the seat vacated by Senior Senator Fredrick Doe Cherue of the Unity Party who decided not to seek a second term.Senator Cherue who befriended Legislative journalists to the extent that he was called “Senior Reporter”, was one of the brains in the Senate when it came to legal matters. He was also a strong floor fighter whose analytical ability will be missed.   Meanwhile, if NEC’s provisional results prove conclusive, the ruling party is likely to have the single largest representation in the Senate of 30 members.Currently, there are four Senators representing UP and that number may swell to at least ten.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Illegal liquor shops creating noise nuisance at Waiakabra – residents

first_imgThe community of Waiakabra, Soesdyke-Linden Highway, is being plagued by noise nuisance as a result of a number of illegal liquor shops operating in the area. Residents told Guyana Times on Tuesday that these shops are selling alcoholic beverages and are in the habit of playing loud music all day and into the wee hours of the morning, thereby causing a disturbance.Aliya De Abreu told this publication that she was forced to move out of the community and stay with a relative during her son’s CSEC examination period in order for him to be able to study undisturbed.“I had to stay at my sister in Soesdyke when my son was preparing for his exams. The noise is too much…the music wakes you up in the mornings and after midnight they music still on top. It’s terrible here. And nobody doing anything about them. We fed up calling police on them and they never show up,” she said.Another resident claimed that these shops are operating without a license and in addition to the noise nuisance, they create a haven for unlawful activities and disorderly behaviour in their community.“The noise is really affecting us. The loud music would run anybody mad, and no matter how much we try to talk to these people and ask them to show some consideration for us, they just don’t care. They have people drinking and carrying on there making noise, fighting up and all kinds of nonsense going on there. We fed up and we want someone to look into this,” Adesie James related to this publication.They are calling on the relevant authorities to intervene and set some stipulations on those operators and a few residents who want to follow suit and compete with those shops in playing loud music.Leah Persaud, a resident for over 15 years, told this newspaper that as of recent, some residents are now in the habit of playing their music at loud volumes. “What’s going on here is that some residents want to compete with these shops. They saying that nobody ain’t doing anything about those people so they gonna play their music equally as loud trying to start a problem and that isn’t right. This used to be a peaceful area and now a set of lawlessness and madness going on here. The music is enough to send anybody mad in this place…you can take a drive in here any afternoon into night and you will hear the music by the time you turn off the highway,” she said.She noted that on several occasions, she personally went to the Kuru Kuru Police Outpost and made numerous calls to the Timehri Police Station in an effort to have a patrol visit the area and offer a warning to those persons, however, her efforts were always unsuccessful. “I went plenty times to the outpost but they always saying they don’t have vehicle available. I stop going there and I started calling Timehri police and reporting over and over. All they say is that they hear about the problem and they will look into it soon and to date nothing. We asking that the police come in here and look into this problem because it affecting us a very long time now. We pleading with them to maintain a presence here,” she added.The residents urged the police to conduct regular patrols in the community to ensure peace and order is restored and operators abide by the law.last_img read more

This time, Canoga Park gets perfect ending

first_imgA year after being upset in the title game, top-seeded Canoga Park won the City title and completed the first undefeated season in program history by defeating No. 2 San Fernando 3-1 in Saturday’s final at East Los Angeles College. Rojas scored the deciding goal on a penalty kick in the 53rd minute and added his team-high 32nd goal of the season in the 72nd minute. Omar De La Piedra gave Canoga Park (24-0-1) the initial lead with a score in the 23rd minute. MONTEREY PARK – Camilo Rojas, Jeffrey Quijano, Rafael Garcia and the rest of the Canoga Park High boys’ soccer team will likely go down as one of the greatest collections of talent in area history. But what the Hunters, ranked No. 2 in the nation, really wanted to be remembered as was City Section champions. Mission accomplished. “This feels great,” Rojas said. “I started to cry when the referee blew the whistle. This doesn’t compare to anything. It’s so amazing.” The Hunters took off their shirts and waved them over their heads in celebration for a drastically different scene than last year’s tearful ending. Canoga Park’s only loss last season was to Birmingham of Lake Balboa in the final. Avenging last year’s disappointment rarely left the Hunters’ minds this season and made them hungrier than ever to win before graduating 12seniors from this year’s team. “This tops all of our careers,” said Quijano, one of the few holdovers from Canoga Park’s last championship in 2004. “After last year, this is the icing on the cake, the cherry on the sundae. It doesn’t get any better than this. We really wanted this.” San Fernando (22-3-3), playing for its first title since 1973, came out equally determined. The Tigers were much improved from the version that lost 3-0 against the Hunters early in the season. The loss snapped a 20-game unbeaten streak. center_img “They were right up there with the best teams we played this year,” said Quijano, whose team had faced prominent opponents en route to a championship at the December West Coast Classic. “They gave us a great game. We didn’t even think about the last game, they’re a different team now.” Canoga Park’s first-half lead lasted just three minutes before a corner kick set up San Fernando’s tying shot by Jorge Flores. The goal was the first the Hunters allowed during the postseason and ignited flashbacks of last year’s final, in which Canoga Park had also taken the early lead. “It felt like a carbon copy of last year,” Rojas said. “Like we were going to crumble again. But our team stepped up and pulled through.” The Hunters were shut down on several scoring opportunities before Rojas took the penalty shot that sailed into the left side while San Fernando goalkeeper Orlando Cardenas dove in the opposite direction. “I was so nervous,” Rojas said. “It’s been a great run,” Canoga park coach Jake Gwin said. “We’ll see if we can rebuild.” heather.gripp@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 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

Planners seek public opinion

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Five years after residents helped form guidelines for a joint city-county plan to shape the fast-growing Santa Clarita Valley – with a goal of keeping a small-town feel – the public is being tapped again for its ideas. The planners behind the massive document known as One Valley One Vision will host a series of public meetings both in the city and in outlying communities from Castaic to Agua Dulce to collect comments on the progress of the plan, one centered on a concept called “Valley of Villages.” “The staffs from the city and the county have been working behind the scenes, and now it’s time to re-engage the public to let them see how the guiding principles are being put to work for the foundation of the plan,” said Jason Smisko, a city planner and project manager for One Valley One Vision. Planners envision neighborhood and employment centers surrounded by greenbelts where people opt for public transit, walking paths and other alternates to the car. The goal is to adopt and approve One Valley One Vision by the end of next year, Smisko said. While much of the city itself is built out, Smisko said there are several opportunities to apply the village concept both in Santa Clarita and in the fast-developing surrounding communities. He points to the redevelopment efforts in downtown Newhall, the long-term plans to develop the long-shuttered Bermite munitions plant in Saugus and the Lang Station area of Canyon Country. “Agua Dulce also could easily be guided by this concept and so could Newhall Ranch,” he said, referring to the 21,000-home development planned west of Santa Clarita. “We have a lot of opportunities for that mixed-use, transit-oriented type of environment. The village concept is a quality-of-life issue – you’re able to walk to the store, walk to get coffee, walk to recreational opportunities.” Public sessions were held in 2002, and five years later the joint city-county planning team is ready to discuss what it has done with those recommendations. “This is an excellent opportunity for local residents to publicly participate, ask questions and incorporate their ideas and opinions into the creation of the Joint Valleywide General Plan,” Smisko said. Information about the plan is available at www.santa-clarita.com/vgp/new. 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