High Court halts parking meter contract

first_imgParking meter scandal… as MAPM holds its largest parking meter protestChief Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards (ag) on Thursday issued an order bringing paid parking, penalties and the implementation of the controversial parking meter contract in Georgetown to a screeching halt, pending the results of a hearing later this month.The order was granted after an application for judicial review was made by Attorney Kamal Ramkarran, on behalf of Mohendra Arjune. Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green, Town Clerk Royston King and City Councillors were named as the respondents.According to the document, which was seen by <<>>, “an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown to enter into an agreement on or around 13 May, 2016”.In addition, the order also prohibits the respondents from making “any amendments thereto for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown with (Smart City Solutions – SCSI) and all acts and things thereafter which flowed from that decision”.The order also curtails the power of the Town Clerk. According to the High Court order, “this court orders that an order nisi of certiorari be and is hereby granted to quash the decision of the Mayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown and the Town Clerk empowering and authorising the Town Clerk to sign and operationalise contracts with (SCSI) for the establishment of parking meters in Georgetown and all acts and things done or caused to be done thereafter flowing from that decision”.It also revokes “the decision of the Mayor and Councillors and anyone acting by or through them or under their directions or instructions or on their behalf to exempt persons or categories of persons from paying fees for parking in the City of Georgetown and being subject to penalties for parking in Georgetown”.The respondents will have to show cause against all the orders made by the Chief Justice to quash their decision to enter into the contract, which has already caused weekly mass protests in front of City Hall. Their day in court is set for February 27, 2017, before Justice Brassington Reynolds. Should they fail to comply, the document noted, they will be held in contempt of court.The original contract had been shrouded in secrecy, with Councillors complaining of it being kept in a secret room at City Hall. Mayor Chase Green has, in the past, defended this secrecy. When the original contract was revealed, it was found that only four City Hall officials signed it.The four officials – Chase Green; King; Chairman of the Finance Committee, Oscar Clarke and his predecessor and current Councillor, Junior Garrett – were dubbed the “Fantastic Four” after they embarked on trips to Mexico and Panama, funded by the company, to conduct due diligence checks on the parking meters the company had previously installed. However, these checks were done after they signed the contract with SCSI. However, Chase Green has always denied the existence of a ‘Fantastic Four’ faction which would sideline other Councillors when making decisions affecting Georgetown.The City Council, including outgoing Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, had reportedly not sanctioned the trips or even known about them. The Deputy Mayor had insisted that a full council must discuss the deal, as that is the role of the council. During the first of three Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) protests in front of City Hall, the Town Clerk had been asked about the legality of the contract and the rates and penalties prescribed in the by-laws.King had been adamant that there was no need to tender at the national level. He had also expressed the belief that the penalties were just.MAPM, a recently formed lobby group composed of concerned citizens, has always held the view that solid legal grounds existed for the termination of the contract.ProtestWhile some sought redress in the courts, MAPM organised its third and largest protest yet in front of City Hall on Thursday. The third consecutive protest to shut down Regent Street for an hour, it was supported by several city businesses that closed their doors from 12:00h, when the protest started.Present at the protest was activist Ras Leon Saul, who made it clear that the conciliatory measures being pursued by the M&CC were not sufficient. Noting that matters have escalated, Saul stated that former SCSI Director and co-signatory on the original contract, Ifa Cush, did not help matters when he referred to protesters as having a “slave mentality”.“The voice of the people is (sacrosanct). And right now the people are calling for total revocation. I think we’ve got to listen to the people’s call. And even though the Mayor and City Council has given some leeway, it’s still too little, too late.”last_img read more

Doug Babcock Memorial race results

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. — It was a thrilling weekend at the Taylor Speedway for the annual Doug Babcock Memorial races over the weekend.On Saturday, Colton Beaumont was the dominant driver in the Junior Mini Sprints, finishing first overall. Kieron Pickering finished in second place, while Tyson LeClerc ended up in 3rd position. Sunday saw LeClerc leapfrog into 1st place ahead of Beaumont and Pickering.In the Senior Mini Sprints, Eddie Scarfo dominated the weekend, recording back-to-back 1st place races. Anthony Seguin and Cody Willis finished 2nd and 3rd on Saturday, while the pair traded places in Sunday’s races.- Advertisement -In the Mini Juniors, Dakota Krahn took the top spot on Saturday, followed by Chantel Richards and Darin McDonnel on the podium. An entire new group of three racers found the Top 3 spots on Sunday, with Jesse Wassenaar in 1st place, followed by Russell Duncan in 2nd, and Devon Beebe in 3rd. In the Mini Adult races, Clint Mason and Justin Tackaberry had back to back 1st and 2nd place race days respectively on both days. Kayla McKenzie finished 3rd in that class on Saturday, while Steven Gibeau usurped McKenzie for bronze on Sunday.Dave Devries was Saturday’s fastest driver in the Bomber races, followed by Chelsea Babcock and Swain Hackman. Hackman managed to find the afterburners on Sunday, jumping from 3rd to 1st, followed by Steve Barker and Chelsea Babcock.The weekend saw some incredibly exciting IMCA Modified racing on the dirt oval in Taylor. Dennis Wurst was this Saturday’s fastest driver, followed by Johnny Beaumont, Darren Morin, and Al Scarfo. Scarfo and Morin traded places on Sunday, while AJ Everton finished in 1st place and Kervin McElderry took 2nd place.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cops charged for kidnapping, wounding teen

first_imgPolice tortureTwenty-six-year-old Isaiah Bernard and his brother, 24-year-old Daniel Bernard, both policemen, were on Friday hurled before the Leonora Magistrate’s Court to answer to charges of felonious wounding and kidnapping committed against 17-year-old Ashkay Budhairam.The brothers appeared before Magistrate Zamilla Ally-Seepaul and denied the charges.Charged: Daniel Bernard (left) and Isaiah BernardThey were charged under Section 57 (a) of the Criminal Law (Offences) Act Chapter 8:01 for felonious wounding and under Section 4 of the Kidnapping Act Chapter 10:05 for abduction with intent to wrongfully confine a person.Reports are that earlier this week, the two policemen, who are brothers, reportedly forced the Westminster, West Bank Demerara (WBD) teen to enter a car at Schoonord, after which he was taken to their La Parfaite Harmonie, WBD home. The two brothers accused Budhairam of breaking into their home and stealing a phone and a video game.Injured teen: Ashkay BudhairamAccording to reports, the cops assaulted the teen with weapons and poured hot water on his body.Meanwhile, as they were transporting the teen to another location, Budhairam managed to escape.In an interview with this newspaper, the teenager recalled the horrific six hours of torture he endured before managing to make a daring escape. Budhairam said that during the ordeal he thought he was going to die.In court on Friday, the two were released on $200,000 bail each. The case has been transferred to the Wales Magistrate’s Court and will continue on January 30, 2020.last_img read more

Nissan Open notes: Riviera spotlights tradition

first_imgThey’ll find a shot of Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn while filming “Pat and Mike” in 1952. Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and other greats can be found, too. “We have so much history and we just had piles of stuff,” Yamaki said. “We had to start putting stuff up. There’s a lot of shots I’d still like to get. I’d like to get kikuyu shots and bunker shots. I think that would be great to see the successes and failures of people here. They show you how tough it is here.” PACIFIC PALISADES – Riviera Country Club is oozing with tradition, but there weren’t enough reminders of that for general manager Michael Yamaki. He took care of that in the recent clubhouse renovation, although it will be an ongoing project. Now, the public can take a jaunt down memory lane by viewing old black-and-white framed photos that line the clubhouse walls. Instead of collecting dust, people can view the first golfers teeing off at Riviera when it opened for play in 1927. When Hogan and Snead and Byron Nelson played, the tournament was known as the L.A. Open. Even though it’s now known as the Nissan Open, the great moments in history never will be forgotten. A dedication plaque for Hogan was placed at the fourth hole, the site of his only commercial for Hogan clubs. “The story is that it took him three days to do it,” Yamaki said. “He wanted it perfect. A lot of people don’t know about that.” Hogan won the L.A. Open three times, in 1942, 1947 and 1948. He also won the U.S. Open here in 1948. His success at Riviera is why it’s known as Hogan’s Alley. A Hogan statue now overlooks the 18th hole. Riviera has had the statue since 1998, but found a good base for it. center_img Els making comeback: Ernie Els is back on the comeback trail after knee surgery in 2005. He played last year but struggled. When Els had surgery in 2005, he was the world’s No. 3 golfer and now sits at No. 5. Els, who held the world’s No. 1 ranking for a brief period nearly 10years ago, believes he can still win the two majors – Masters and PGA Championship – that he doesn’t have on his r sum . The South African won the U.S.Open in 1994 and 1997 and the British Open in 2002. “I’ve got to play consistently very well, and that means I want to play at a higher level than I’ve played in the past, and I want to win golf tournaments,” Els said. “I want to try to win majors. I want to complete my own Grand Slam. & I still feel if I play my best, I’m pretty tough to beat.” Rolling, rolling, rolling: The greens are moving fast at Riviera this week. They’re firm and should stay that way, especially if it doesn’t rain. “The greens are going to only hold the well-struck golf shots,” Adam Scott said. “& I like it just how it is. It’s going to be a good test. I think it will be harder this way.” Also: Els, Retief Goosen and Sergio Garcia are making their first PGA Tour start of the year at the Nissan Open. & Dudley Hart withdrew and was replaced by Jason Dufner. jill.painter@dailynews.com (818) 713-3615 NISSAN OPEN TEE TIMES TODAY No. 1 tee 7 a.m. – Joey Sindelar, Bo Van Pelt, Daisuke Maruyama 7:10 a.m. – Richard S. Johnson, Michael Allen, Ryan Moore 7:20 a.m. – Craig Barlow, Kevin Na, Ryuji Imada 7:30 a.m. – Eric Axley, Rory Sabbatini, Steve Wheatcroft 7:40 a.m. – Will MacKenzie, Chris Couch, Ben Crane 7:50 a.m. – J.J. Henry, Chad Campbell, Padraig Harrington 8 a.m. – K.J. Choi, Rod Pampling, Jason Bohn 8:10 a.m. – Carl Pettersson, Jason Gore, Stewart Cink 8:20 a.m. – Vijay Singh, Wes Short Jr., Retief Goosen 8:30 a.m. – Cameron Beckman, Brett Quigley, Nathan Green 8:40 a.m. – Frank Lickliter II, Robert Allenby, Daniel Chopra 8:50 a.m. – George McNeill, John Merrick, Steve Conway 11:30 a.m. – Charles Howell III, Mathias Gronberg, David Branshaw 11:40 a.m. – Ryan Palmer, Mark Hensby, Kent Jones 11:50 a.m. – Brian Gay, Charles Warren, Camilo Villegas Noon – Adam Scott, Peter Lonard, Fred Funk 12:10 p.m. – John Senden, Heath Slocum, Todd Hamilton 12:20 p.m. – Lucas Glover, Robert Gamez, Scott Verplank 12:30 p.m. – John Rollins, Stuart Appleby, Jeff Sluman 12:40 p.m. – Ben Curtis, Shaun Micheel, Tom Pernice Jr. 12:50 p.m. – Shigeki Maruyama, Billy Mayfair, David Howell 1 p.m. – Angel Cabrera, Brian Davis, Bubba Watson 1:10 p.m. – John Mallinger, Anthony Kim, Ross Marcano 1:20 p.m. – Kevin Stadler, Matt Hendrix, Toru Taniguchi No. 10 tee 7 a.m. – Matt Kuchar, Len Mattiace, Nick Watney 7:10 a.m. – Nick O’Hern, Bill Haas, Robert Karlsson 7:20 a.m. – Steve Flesch, Billy Andrade, Matthew Goggin 7:30 a.m. – Trevor Immelman, Tim Petrovic, Mike Weir 7:40 a.m. – Stephen Ames, David Toms, David Duval 7:50 a.m. – Jim Furyk, Bart Bryant, Rich Beem 8:00 a.m. – Charley Hoffman, Troy Matteson, Steve Elkington 8:10 a.m. – Phil Mickelson, Vaughn Taylor, Ernie Els 8:20 a.m. – Kevin Sutherland, Duffy Waldorf, Briny Baird 8:30 a.m. – John Daly, J.P. Hayes, Bob Estes 8:40 a.m. – Cliff Kresge, Ken Duke, Johnson Wagner 8:50 a.m. – Jeff Quinney, Anders Hansen, Geoffrey Dean 11:30 a.m. – Harrison Frazar, Pat Perez, David Berganio Jr. 11:40 a.m. – Jonathan Byrd, Bob Tway, Alex Cejka 11:50 a.m. – Rocco Mediate, Jose Maria Olazabal, Justin Rose Noon – Dean Wilson, Corey Pavin, Tom Lehman 12:10 p.m. – Aaron Baddeley, Brad Faxon, Kenny Perry 12:20 p.m. – Joe Durant, Kirk Triplett, Ted Purdy 12:30 p.m. – Geoff Ogilvy, Sean O’Hair, Sergio Garcia 12:40 p.m. – Luke Donald, Justin Leonard, Zach Johnson 12:50 p.m. – Woody Austin, Jason Dufner, Jeff Gove 1 p.m. – Ian Poulter, Hunter Mahan, Shingo Katayama 1:10 p.m. – Tripp Isenhour, Ryan Armour, Paul McGinley 1:20 p.m. – Robert Garrigus, Rich Barcelo, Scott Miller 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

Wenger gets boost as Arsenal sink Watford

first_imgMaintaining the momentum from that last-16 victory in the San Siro, Wenger’s side ended a run of three successive Premier League defeats with a solid display at the Emirates Stadium.Shkodran Mustafi’s early opener and a cool finish from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put them in control.In a moment of sweet vindication, Watford captain Troy Deeney, who had questioned Arsenal’s spirit earlier this season, had a second-half penalty saved by Petr Cech.Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s strike wrapped up the points, but there was concern for Wenger ahead of Thursday’s second leg against Milan as Mustafi limped off with a groin injury in the closing stages.Arsenal remain in sixth place and still look unlikely to qualify for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish.Winning the Europa League would also achieve that goal and, with that in mind, Wenger was impressed with the way his players have stayed united despite their recent problems.“The spirit and desire was good. That kept us out of trouble. You have to give credit to the players, they stuck together,” he said.“I believe it was important to continue after Milan to show that consistency. Overall it was a convincing win and an important one.“We have had a disappointing period and our supporters suffered like we suffered. But our job is to perform and stick together in important moment and get the fans back on side.”Wenger also saluted Cech, who became the first goalkeeper to keep 200 clean sheets in the Premier League.“The record is absolutely remarkable. Fantastic motivation, fantastic desire and remarkable intelligence,” he said.Cech, who earned many of those clean sheets with former club Chelsea added: “It is an unbelievable personal milestone, but the most important thing is to win and so it was defeats that were more frustrating.”For the second successive home game, a significant amount of seats were empty as fans stayed away in protest at Wenger’s woes.The subdued atmosphere lent an ‘end of an era’ feel to the match, but it didn’t bother Arsenal, who had a point to prove to Watford captain Deeney.Deeney had infuriated Arsenal by accusing them of a lack of “cojones” after Watford beat Wenger’s men in October.Fuelled by that jibe, Arsenal took the lead in the eighth minute.When Ozil swung a deep free-kick towards the far post, Mustafi punished slack marking by Jose Holebas and Adrian Mariappa as the German defender powered a close-range header past Orestis Karnezis.– Rare smile –Henrikh Mkhitaryan netted his second goal in only four days © AFP / Ben STANSALLWatford weren’t fazed and Abdoulaye Doucoure’s low strike deflected off Mustafi to force a good save from Cech.Cech alertly kept out Richarlison’s dipping free-kick, but Roberto Pereyra should have done better than blaze the rebound over.There was less assurance about Arsenal towards the end of the half and Cech had to plunge to his left to save Richarlison’s header. But Watford couldn’t take advantage and Granit Xhaka’s 20-yard blast after the interval almost deceived Karnezis before he grabbed the ball just before it crossed the line.With the momentum back in their favour, Aubameyang doubled Arsenal’s lead in the 59th minute.Mkhitaryan was the catalyst, slipping a pass to Aubameyang, who beat the Watford offside trap and rounded Karnezis before slotting in his third goal since his club-record move from Borussia Dortmund in January.There was more cause for Wenger to wear a rare smile a few minutes later.Ainsley Maitland-Niles conceded a penalty with a foul on Pereyra, but when Deeney stepped up to take the spot-kick, Cech made a fine save.Mkhitaryan bagged his second goal in successive matches with a low strike that crept under Karnezis in the 77th minute.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored his third goal for Arsenal as Arsene Wenger’s men eased to victory © AFP / Ben STANSALLLondon, United Kingdom, Mar 11 – Arsene Wenger claimed Arsenal’s spirit has carried them through a traumatic period after Sunday’s 3-0 win over Watford eased a little of the pressure on the beleaguered boss.Wenger is fighting to save his job and a 2-0 win at AC Milan in the Europa League on Thursday offered the Frenchman temporary respite from the torrent of abuse he has endured this season.last_img read more

Neymar becomes youngest to reach 100 Brazil caps

first_imgAs the half progressed, the livelier Senegal became, driven on by their captain Cheikhou Kouyate.Famara Diedhiou levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time after Sadio Mane was dragged down in the area.Neymar, who was not in the side that won the Copa America in June, had a relatively quiet game but went close with a 67th minute free-kick.He then teed up Richarlison whose shot from the edge of the box flashed wide.Ismaila Sarr and Mane both had chances to snatch the game for the Lions of Teranga.Although he failed to get on the scoresheet, it was still a big day for the 27-year-old, who became one of seven Brazilians to reach 100 caps.He has scored 61 goals for the Selecao, making him the third highest scorer in the history of his national team.Neymar is one behind Ronaldo but needs 16 to catch Pele who only played 92 matches. He has also provided 41 assists.He won an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but has experienced many disappointments for his national team, particularly at the World Cup.In 2014, in Brazil, a back injury in the quarter-finals against Colombia prevented him from being on the field for the 7-1 semi-final thrashing from Germany.He scored twice during the tournament in Russia four years later, but Brazil were dumped out at the quarter-final stage by Belgium.0Shares0000(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar, 27, became the youngest player to reach 100 caps for Brazil as they drew 1-1 with Senegal © AFP / Roslan RAHMANSINGAPORE, Singapore, Oct 10 – Neymar became the youngest player to make 100 appearances for Brazil on Thursday but the Paris Saint-Germain forward had to settle for a 1-1 draw as he failed to score in a friendly with Senegal in Singapore.Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for the Copa America champions with a stunning lob after a Coutinho lay-off in the eighth minute.last_img read more

Raheem Sterling ends his England goal drought in superb style

first_img 2 The previous time the Manchester City man scored for England came in a Euro 2016 qualifier at home to Estonia in October 2015.So you could forgive him for not fancying his chances against one of the world’s best teams.But Sterling blasted home his first chance when put through by Marcus Rashford before tapping home Harry Kane’s pass to bag his second.Rashford scored the other goal to put Southgate’s men in dreamland at half-time. Sterling has left a lot to be desired in front of goal for England in the past Only Sterling tattoo that matters 👊The one on his arm of him dreaming of being England’s No.10 as a boy 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿Doing the business tonight 🙌📻 https://t.co/yVKGlJLkxr // #ESPENG pic.twitter.com/Hv8i3vSng6— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) October 15, 2018 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury England went on to win the game 3-2 in what was one of the Three Lions’ most complete performances in recent years.And these England fans took to Twitter to express their delight at Sterling and England: Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move huge blow Barkley GPS👁 Sterling x 2⚽️⚽️ @England loving life playing like Barcelona in Spain👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾 #3.0 #UEFANationsLeague— Eniola Aluko (@EniAlu) October 15, 2018 REVEALED How dare Raheem Sterling scores a worldie to overshadow the Harry and Meghan baby news! #SPAENG— Daniel Jenks (@DanielJenks89) October 15, 2018 MONEY What a pass from Barkley for Englands third goal to Harry Kane! Should be job done if we stay professional and focused!! @England @FA— Peter Shilton (@Peter_Shilton) October 15, 2018 ADVICE What a way to end a three-year goal drought and what a first-half from England!Raheem Sterling has well and truly laid his goalscoring demons to rest with two incredible goals as England find incredibly themselves 3-0 up against Spain in the UEFA Nations League.center_img 2 Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade England have been superb in Seville Thrilled for Sterling! ⚽️— Saint Arnold (@StArnolds) October 15, 2018 BEST OF Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Latest Football News Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? no dice REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Wouldn’t swap Raheem Sterling for anyone in the world— Tate (@tate_mcfc) October 15, 2018last_img read more

Murphy says ‘world class’ Van Dijk can lead Liverpool to glory

first_imgDanny Murphy has tipped Liverpool to be genuine title contenders over the next FIVE YEARS thanks to their new-look and youthful back line – led by ‘world class’ centre-back Virgil van Dijk.The Reds showcased their newfound defensive qualities and resilience in their 1-1 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.For so long Liverpool have relied on their near-peerless attacking force to win games and get the team out of trouble, but their defensive issues have ultimately come back to haunt them in their recent pushes for top honours – including in the Premier League and Champions League.But Murphy insists the arrivals of Dutch defender Van Dijk and Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson have fixed Liverpool’s long-term defensive woes.And the former midfielder believes the current Reds side is one which can ‘regularly compete on all fronts’ over the next five years. Liverpool put in an impressive defensive display against Arsenal “This group showed me against a really good Arsenal side that Liverpool now don’t really have to play brilliant football and be sensational going forward when they can defend like that.“Plus, they’ve got a goal goalkeeper behind them now who’s got confidence.“This back-four could potentially be together for the next five or six years.“Van Dijk has just turned 27 but as a centre-half you can plan until you’re 32 or 33 comfortably, we’ve seen that over the years. However, he concedes it’s unlikely the club will end their wait for a Premier League title this season, despite being only two points behind leaders Manchester City after 11 games.Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White on Monday, he said: “Liverpool haven’t played regularly to the heights they did at times last season, but they look comfortable defensively now.“Virgil van Dijk, Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold – that back-four now is looking like a really balanced unit that, with its age, for the next five years could be the reason why Liverpool can compete on all fronts regularly.“Do I think this season is going to be their year? I hope so but I don’t think so, because Manchester City have a more creative and fluid midfield.“But Liverpool’s back-four as a collective look really special. 2center_img 2 Van Dijk and Gomez have developed a solid partnership at the back for Liverpool “Liverpool’s defence could be the reason the club compete on all fronts over the next five years!”🗣️ Danny Murphy says #LFC can dominate in England and Europe over the next five years with their current defensive line-up!Do you agree? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/XGVuHepP4y— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 5, 2018“Van Dijk has got to be in the best two or three centre-halves in world football at the moment, he is absolutely awesome in every aspect of his game. He’s a wonderful footballer.“So I’m really enthused as a Liverpool fan and an ex-Liverpool player.“I think this is going to be the bed rock of what gives Liverpool a chance of success over the new few years.”Listen back to Danny Murphy on talkSPORT above!last_img read more

Palmdale boys see abuser sentenced

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY – A woman who beat her two young grandsons to the point that one fell into a coma was sentenced Thursday to nearly 20 years in federal prison. Charlissa Sireech, 46, who lives on the Uintah-Ouray Reservation, pleaded guilty in March to seven counts of assault against brothers Emilio Rodriguez, then age 3, and Jose Rodriguez, then 4. The boys, now 4 and 5 years old and living in California with their paternal grandmother, attended Thursday’s hearing with her, Leoncis Rodriguez of Palmdale. Sireech’s lawyer, Vanessa Ramos-Smith, mentioned her client’s mental and physical health problems as well as her “extremely low functioning IQ of 65” in asking that the woman be placed in Carswell Federal Medical Center prison in Texas. On Aug. 30, Deherrera took Jose unconscious to Uintah Basin Medical Center in Roosevelt. Emilio was brought in separately. Both boys had skull fractures from being beaten and thrown to the floor, according to court documents. Investigators think Sireech was angry because the boys spoke Spanish and wouldn’t do as they were told in English. Jose, in a coma, was later transferred to Primary Children’s Medical Center in Salt Lake City, where doctors said they weren’t sure if he would survive. If he did, they said, he would not likely walk, talk or feed himself again. Jose’s recovery has been somewhat better than doctors expected. At the hearing, he had a hard time sitting still. He limps and can’t move his right arm, and he must wear a helmet because he frequently falls down, family members said. His speech is slurred, and he sometimes communicates only in sounds, not words. Jose doesn’t sleep much, making him a 24 hour-a-day job for Rodriguez; her husband, Samuel; and their three children still at home. Emilio is in better shape, but still lifts his shirt to show scars from being burned and has many emotional problems, family members said. Sireech also was ordered to pay $267,982 in restitution to Medicaid. Because Deherrera is not a member of the Ute tribe, he was charged in state court where he was sentenced in January to serve one to 15 years in state prison for failing to protect the boys. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “I just want to tell my grandkids I’m sorry,” Sireech said in U.S. District Court. “If I wasn’t so sick and everything wrong with me and being on all these medications, maybe things would have been different.” Judge David K. Windner agreed, sentencing Sireech to 19 years and eight months. He said he would recommend the time be served at the Texas prison, which is known for its mental health facilities. The other grandmother was not happy with the sentence. With FBI investigator John Wright serving as an interpreter, Rodriguez said in Spanish that she would have liked a longer sentence and “may God forgive her because he will judge her.” The boys’ parents had left the brothers and their younger sister, Mona, with Rodriguez in Palmdale. Thinking the Ute tribe had some say in where the children belonged, California child welfare officials sent the children to live on the Ute reservation with Sireech, who lived with her boyfriend, Michael Deherrera. Whether the Ute tribe had jurisdiction in the case is in dispute. Prosecutors alleged that the abuse began shortly after the children arrived at Sireech’s home. FBI investigators contend she beat Jose and Emilio with her fists and a cane, which she later buried far from the home to hide the evidence. Investigators also said she burned Emilio with a hot curling iron. It didn’t appear the little girl was abused. last_img read more

New York Utility Offers Residential Wind Incentives

first_imgUtility Will Pay Up to 60% of the Installed Cost of a Backyard Wind SystemUNIONDALE, NY — A New York electric utility, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), is offering generous incentives to homeowners who install backyard wind turbines. LIPA will pay the lesser of either 60% of the total installed cost of a wind turbine or $3.50 per kWh for the first 16,000 kWh of electricity produced ($56,000).In addition to the LIPA incentive, most Long Island homeowners who install a wind turbine are also eligible for a generous federal tax credit of 30% of the installed cost of the equipment.LIPA’s 2009 budget includes a commitment of $1.2 million for the new wind incentive program. LIPA president Kevin Law is enthusiastic about new rebates. “Just as LIPA’s Solar Pioneer program helped transform the photovoltaic industry and make Long Island a leader in solar panel installations, the hope is that our wind pilot will do the same for the wind industry,” Law said.Gordian Raacke, executive director of Renewable Energy Long Island, credits LIPA for its investment in wind energy. “In the right location, small wind turbines can generate plenty of emission-free electricity and help home and business owners meet their energy needs,” said Raacke.For more information on LIPA wind incentives, visit www.lipower.org/efficiency/wind-home.html.last_img read more