Plea change hearing set for Mason City man accused of vandalism spree

first_imgMASON CITY — A plea change hearing has been set for a Mason City man accused of a vandalism spree throughout the community earlier this year. The Mason City Police Department says they arrested 36-year-old Bill Grouette Junior on August 25th and charged him with second-degree criminal mischief. Police say Grouette is suspected of spray painting and writing on the walls and windows of various businesses in the downtown area during the month of August. Grouette originally pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree criminal mischief with his trial scheduled to start on October 29th, but online court records show that Judge Karen Salic has scheduled a plea change hearing for October 28th in Cerro Gordo County District Court.last_img read more

Marco is pipped in French championship play-off

first_img England’s Marco Penge was just pipped in the French men’s international amateur championship when he lost a title play-off on the second extra hole in heavy rain at Chantilly.The honours went to Ivan Cantero of Spain but Penge, who holed a 50-footer to birdie 18 and get in the play-off, was not disappointed. “It’s a learning curve for me,” he said.“I gave it a good go and tried my best,” said the 18-year-old international from Golf at Goodwood in Sussex. “This time it wasn’t enough, but next time, you never know.“I’ve had good start to the year and I’m really happy with the way I’m playing and looking forward to the St Andrews Links Trophy,” he went on. Penge, from the England Golf men’s squad, has proven good form north of the border, having previously won the 2015 Scottish men’s open stroke play.Penge was five-under par and leading the French championship after 36 holes, surging to the top of the leaderboard with a second round of five-under 66, which included an eagle and five birdies. But the third round was washed out by heavy rain and the championship reduced to 54 holes.When play resumed, Penge had to play through heavy rain on his final nine holes, losing at least one shot to the bad weather when he had to putt through puddles. “I wasn’t happy with that, but the putt on the last gave it back to me,” he remarked, after holing the monster putt for a level par last round – and five-under overall.The Chantilly green staff made a tremendous effort to prepare one hole for the play-off, the short 16th. The green was squeegeed and the bunkers were pumped out and, first time round, both players halved in three. Cantero also managed another three at the second attempt to win the championship and the Coupe Murat.Chantilly will host the European men’s team championship this summer and this event attracted an excellent quality field of players keen to gain course knowledge.England Golf’s Men’s Performance Manager, Steve Burnett, watched the final round and commented: “This is a really good result for Marco in a very strong field.”Marco also had the support of his girlfriend, England women’s international Sophie Lamb, who caddied throughout, despite the drenching rain.Click here for full scoresImage © Filipe Farinha 22 May 2016 Marco is pipped in French championship play-off last_img read more

Port Plaza Features Olympia Brew Fest August 3

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Olympia Brew Fest, on August 3 from 1:00 – 8:30 pm, showcases Northwest micro-breweries and supports Thurston County Economic Development.  Everyone 21 years of age or older with a valid ID is welcome at the Port Plaza.More than 30 Northwest breweries will be on hand with 60+ beers along with five local food vendors and live music.  General admission includes a commemorative mug and six taste tickets for $25.  You may also purchase additional taste tickets.  Admission for designated drivers is discounted to $5.Port of Olympia is a sponsor of this event which benefits the Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Development Program.You will find the Port Plaza just north of Percival Landing, behind Anthony’s Homeport.  Look for the tall viewing tower.Submitted by Port of Olympialast_img read more

Hernia Int’l Performs ‘Free Surgeries’ on 208 Patients

first_imgThe doctors posed shortly after the farewell ceremonyAn International humanitarian organization known as “Hernia International” in collaboration with the E&J Medical Center in Ganta, Nimba County, has completed another phase of “free surgical service” on patients with hernia-related diseases.The medical team of doctors from Spain was headed by Dr. Ceasar Rimarer. They performed 208 surgeries on those with hernia-related cases from April 20 – 29, 2018.Children who were diagnosed of hydrocele and women with umbilical hernia were among patients that benefited from the operation. A hydrocele is a type of swelling in the scrotum that occurs when fluid collects in the thin sheath surrounding a testicle. It is common in newborns and usually disappears without treatment by age 1, a medical research has shown. The operation brought relief to hundreds of underprivileged people, who have been suffering from the disease without any hope of treatment due to lack of money for many years.“I thank these doctors and E&J family for providing the free service for us,” said one Evelyn, a mother of a 7-year-old boy who benefited from the exercise.In November 2017, a team of doctors from Slovenia, representing Hernia International, also conducted “free surgical operation” for people with the disease at the same venue.Some of beneficiaries waiting in OPDThe team’s visit  marked the fourth since the E&J Medical Center, in collaboration with Hernia International, began the free medical operation.Meanwhile, the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital Representative Jeremiah Koung has also thanked the Spanish team for the operation, adding, “nobody can pay for what you have done.”The hospital’s administrator Victor Kpaiseh gave one of the Spanish doctors a traditional name, “Luah,” which in the Dan language means blessing. The name “Luah” derived from the way the doctor was directing members of the team to remain focus as they performed each of the hernia cases.Kpaiseh then called on members of the team to always remember the hospital and consider it as their own.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Community events for the weekend of September 18th

first_img Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 06.00 PM “Reap The Harvest” FundraiserFort St. John Curling Club Food , Fundraiser Date Of EventName of EventVenue LocationEvent Type Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 02.00 PM Songwriter’s CircleThe Rabbit Hole/Retro Relics Music , Art & Culture Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 – Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 11.00 AM Drag Racing – Rain DateNorthern Lights Raceway Auto/Motor Sports Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 09.00 AM GrailquestNorthern Lights College Sports & Fitness Below is a list of community events taking place this weekend in Fort St. John.  For more community events, visit energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com/events or stop by the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre. Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 02.00 PM FSJ Zombie Walk 2010Centennial Park Fundraiser Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 07.00 PM Lorissa Scriven “Be the Change” CD ReleaseLido Theatre Music Sunday, Sep 19, 2010 10.00 AM Terry Fox RunLone Wolf Golf Course Fundraiser Friday, Sep 17, 2010 – Saturday, Sep 18, 2010 09.00 AM North East Arts SummitNorth Peace Cultural Centre Art & Culture – Advertisement –last_img read more

You think you know Andrea Pirlo… and then you see this!

first_imgAndrea Pirlo is a game away from a Champions League final with Juventus, having won the competition twice before during his incredible career. We’ve dug out eight interesting facts, to test your knowledge on the veteran midfielder.Watch the video above to find out about Pirlo’s favourite hobby and which Premier League club he came close to signing for in 2009.For more of the best sports entertainment on YouTube, subscribe to talkSPORT here.last_img

Exclusive – Rangers boss feels sympathy for Celtic counterpart

first_imgRangers manager Mark Warburton admits he has sympathy for under-fire Celtic boss Ronny Deila.Deila is under pressure following disappointing European and Scottish League Cup campaigns, while Aberdeen are chasing Celtic hard at the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership.Warburton and his team could put more pressure on the Norwegian in the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-finals, but the Rangers boss feels his counterpart is on the end of some ill-merited criticism. Warburton told Drivetime: “I referred to the goldfish bowl and it is a really passionate football city. I thought London was a football city and then you come to Glasgow and really they live and die for their football.“There’s 14-15 pages every day in the papers, there are radio shows every evening, and it’s scrutiny beyond belief. The fans phone in and it fuels the fire.“So, he’s top of the league. They had a difficult European campaign, okay, but what more can he do?“I do feel some sympathy for him but I think you know when you join a club like Celtic or Rangers, you know what you are putting yourself up for, that’s for sure.”Warburton, whose Championship leaders face Celtic in mid-April, added: “We took 9,000 officially to Kilmarnock on a Tuesday night, pouring with rain, on a Champions League night, but there were nearer 11,000 unofficially. It’s an unbelievable support.“This is the size of the club and we have got to enjoy it. The players have a responsibility, we have a responsibility and if we can get the environment right where they enjoy the responsibility, we will be in a good place. You have to thrive on it.”last_img read more

Tankers, choppers grounded as fires spread

first_imgLOS ANGELES – As wildfires were charging across Southern California, nearly two dozen water-dropping helicopters and two massive cargo planes sat idly by, grounded by government rules and bureaucracy. How much the aircraft would have helped will never be known, but their inability to provide quick assistance raises troubling questions about California’s preparations for a fire season that was widely expected to be among the worst on record. It took as long as a day for Navy, Marine and California National Guard helicopters to get clearance early this week, in part because state rules require all firefighting choppers to be accompanied by state forestry “fire spotters” who coordinate water or retardant drops. By the time those spotters arrived, the powerful Santa Ana winds stoking the fires had made it too dangerous to fly. The National Guard’s C-130 cargo planes, among the most powerful aerial firefighting weapons, never were slated to help. The reason: They’ve yet to be outfitted with tanks needed to carry thousands of gallons of fire retardant, though that was promised four years ago. “The weight of bureaucracy kept these planes from flying, not the heavy winds,” Republican U.S. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher told The Associated Press. “When you look at what’s happened, it’s disgusting, inexcusable foot-dragging that’s put tens of thousands of people in danger.” Rohrabacher and other members of California’s congressional delegation are demanding answers about aircraft deployment. And some fire chiefs have grumbled that a quick deployment of aircraft could have helped corral many of the wildfires that quickly flared out of control and have so far burned 500,000 acres from Malibu to the Mexican border. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials have defended the state’s response, saying the intense winds prevented a more timely air attack. “Anyone that is complaining about the planes just wants to complain,” Schwarzenegger replied angrily to a question Wednesday. “The fact is that we could have all the planes in the world here – we have 90 aircraft here and six that we got especially from the federal government – and they can’t fly because of the wind.” Indeed, winds reaching 100 mph helped drive the flames and made it exceedingly dangerous to fly. Still, four state helicopters and two from the Navy were able to take off Monday while nearly two dozen others stayed grounded. Thomas Eversole, executive director of the American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association, a Virginia-based nonprofit that serves as a liaison between helicopter contractors and federal agencies, said valuable time was lost. “The basis for the initial attack helicopters is to get there when the fire is still small enough that you can contain it,” Eversole said. “If you don’t get there in time, you quickly run the risk of these fires getting out of control.” The first of the 15 or so fires started around midnight Saturday. By Sunday afternoon, fires were raging in Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange counties. At the request of firefighters on the ground, at 4 p.m. Sunday the state Office of Emergency Services asked the National Guard to supply four helicopters. Under state rules, a California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection “spotter” must accompany each military and National Guard helicopter to coordinate water drops. The spotters have 24 hours to report for duty, and it took nearly all that time for them and the National Guard crews to assemble. By the time they were ready to go, the winds had made it unsafe to fly. The helicopters finally got off the ground Tuesday. Mike Padilla, aviation chief for the forestry department, acknowledged the Guard’s helicopters were ready to fly before the spotters arrived. He said state officials were surprised. “Typically we’re waiting for them to get crews,” Padilla said. The delay was even longer for Navy and Marine helicopters. They were ready to fly Monday morning but didn’t get airborne until Wednesday morning, a period when the acreage that burned quadrupled to more than 250,000 and the number of homes destroyed jumped from 34 to more than 700. Republican U.S. Rep. Brian Bilbray was among the lawmakers who learned late Tuesday night in a briefing with state officials that 19 military helicopters were not in use because there were no spotters. Alarmed, he quickly helped broker an agreement to waive the spotter requirement, allowing flights to begin Wednesday. “We told them, `You don’t want the public to be asking why these units weren’t flying while we had houses burning,”‘ Bilbray told the AP. The criticism helped prompt the forestry department’s director, Ruben Grijalva, to abandon the state’s long-standing policy to have a spotter aboard each aircraft and instead let one spotter orchestrate drops for a squadron of three helicopters. “I directed them to do whatever was necessary to get those other military assets into operation,” Grijalva said. He said he could not explain why more spotters were not deployed before the flames spread to ensure that every aircraft ready to fly could take off. Padilla said state spotters do training exercises with the Navy and National Guard and are used to working with them on fires. That’s not the case with the Marines, so when helicopters from that branch were made available, the state was caught off guard and had no spotters available. Regardless, he said, safety – not availability of spotters – was the overriding concern in determining when to allow aircraft into the skies. “I’m not going to risk people’s lives for a bunch of vegetation,” Padilla said. “We know you have lives and property at stake, but you don’t throw away firefighter lives like that.” The C-130 saga is a much different story. More than a decade ago, Congress ordered replacement of the aging removable tanks for the military planes because of safety concerns and worries that they wouldn’t fit with new-model aircraft. California’s firefighting C-130 unit is one of four the Pentagon has positioned across the country to respond to fire disasters. New tanks were designed, but they failed to fit into the latest C-130s. Designers were ordered back to the drawing board. Republican Rep. Elton Gallegy said Congress was assured the new tanks would be ready by 2003. Four years later, the U.S. Forest Service and Air Force have yet to approve the revised design. Air Force spokeswoman Capt. Paula Kurtz said “technical and design difficulties” have delayed the program. Rohrabacher and Gallegy are angered by the delay, which has left no C-130s capable of fighting fires on the West Coast. The last of the older-model C-130s with an original tank was retired by the California National Guard last year. “It’s an absolute tragedy, an unacceptable tragedy,” Gallegy said. The situation meant that rather than deploying C-130s from inside the state, Schwarzenegger was forced to ask Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to call in the six remaining older C-130s from other states as far away as North Carolina. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

UNION EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER CANCER SPECIALIST FOR HOSPITAL

first_imgLetterkenny General Hospital.Donegal’s largest Trade Union, IMPACT has raised concern that the supports will not be in place for the recently announced new breast consultant post at Letterkenny University Hospital. The public sector trade union which represents over 2000 members in the County, with significant membership at the hospital, has stated that the new Consultant will not be resourced with a dedicated Medical Secretary, a post that is critical for the Consultant in the relationship and dealings with service users.IMPACT North West, Assistant General Secretary, Richy Carrothers said As with everyone else, we were delighted with the announcement that a new breast consultant was to be appointed. But he added “When we enquired as to the appointment of a Medical Secretary, management reported this must be within existing resources. The Medical Secretary is a key link between the Consultant and patients, they are responsible for calling clinics, making appointments, responding to queries from patients, processing GP referrals, ensuring that all medial notes are typed up and patient records are up to date. Without this dedicated clerical/admin support, there is no way a Consultant will be able to be as efficient and effective as they could be”.The union representative added they have raised their concerns with the Letterkenny University hospital management and at the highest levels in the Saolta hospital group.He added “The medical secretary staff in the hospital are already at breaking point trying to cope with staff shortages and overwork and this will simply add to a system that is already significantly overstretched. Management have acknowledged that there is a crisis due to the severe shortages at the hospital of clerical and administration staff, but little is being done to address the problem”.“The Saolta Group trumpeted the announcement of the Breast Consultant with much fanfare and we were delighted to be told that it was on the way, it now turns out that the post will not be staffed adequately. With the best will in the world, the new post will not run at full capacity without the dedicated resources it requires – this is bad news for the people of Donegal and across the North West. Yet again we are being sold short in relation to comparative services on offer elsewhere in the Country.” UNION EXPRESSES CONCERN OVER CANCER SPECIALIST FOR HOSPITAL was last modified: February 15th, 2016 by StephenShare 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

TERMON LADIES WIN 5TH GAELTACHT TITLE IN A ROW

first_imgChampions: TermonTermon power on to 5th Title on the trot by James TreartyTermon overcome a brave Glenfin to lift the Donegal Senior Ladies title for fifth time at Naomh Mhuire GAA grounds today.Termon who fielded without the influential Yankie Friel sisters were on the back foot for long periods after a disastrous 5th minute goal. Glenfin who opened smartly were pressing when a speculative wind assisted lob from all of 50 meters by Yvonne Mc Monagle deceived the Termon custodian Lara Gallagher to end in the back of the net courtesy of the upright and crossbar. Termon responded and went into the break one point down.But a resilient Glenfin held firm and with the experienced Geraldine Mc Laughlin not at full fitness Termon looked to relinquish the RTE Radio Na Gaeltachta crown.But Termon responded and with the Maureen o Donnell playing a pivotal role Termon went on to claim another title to a score of Termon 4–11 Glenfinn 2–9  TERMON LADIES WIN 5TH GAELTACHT TITLE IN A ROW was last modified: May 6th, 2014 by John2Share 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) Tags:glenfinTermonlast_img read more