Scott Israel Files Federal Lawsuit to Be Reinstated as Broward’s Sheriff

first_imgFormer Broward Sheriff Scott Israel has filed a federal complaint against Governor Ron DeSantis, after the Florida Senate voted last month not to reinstate him as sheriff.The lawsuit seeks Israel’s reinstatement on the grounds that the state Senate’s removal decision was purely a partisan action.According to the lawsuit, the Senate “changed the rules” to allow a “trial by ambush.” In addition, the lawsuit claims that DeSantis failed to prove any allegations of neglect of duty or incompetence to justify Israel’s removal. Ben Kuehne, one of Israel’s lawyers, “The Senate charade was nothing more than a carefully scripted scheme to subvert Due Process by creating new allegations and presenting false facts to remove this Democrat from Sheriff of Broward County as preparations for the 2020 election are underway. The harm done to the Constitution by taking away the power of the people to elect their officials is frightening.” Earlier this year, Governor DeSantis issued an order to have Israel removed as Broward’s sheriff.In April, a Broward Circuit judge ruled that DeSantis had acted within his authority. However, Florida Senate special master Dudley Goodlette recommended in September that Israel be reinstated.Israel also filed paperwork last July to run for re-election as sheriff in next year’s Democratic primary.last_img read more

US plans to enforce visa restrictions for pregnant women

first_imgThe Trump administration is planning to come out with new visa restrictions aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the U.S. to give birth so their children can have legal status.Under the new rules it would make it more difficult for pregnant women to travel on a tourist visa. Women would have to convince a consular officer that they have another legitimate reason to come to the U.S.Consular officers would have to determine whether a visa applicant would be coming to the U.S. primarily to give birth.Reports say, birth tourism has been a ongoing for a long time now, and has even become a money-making business. There have been multiple arrests for operators of birth tourism agencies for visa fraud or tax evasion.Although coming to the U.S. to give birth is fundamentally legal, the draft rule is “intended to address the national security and law enforcement risks associated with birth tourism, including criminal activity associated with the birth tourism industry,” a State Department spokesperson said.last_img read more

Sen. Rick Scott Asks CDC for More Info on Deadly Wuhan Coronavirus

first_imgThe World Health Organization is holding off on declaring the coronavirus a global health emergency.The WHO held an emergency meeting yesterday in Switzerland and plans to meet again today on the matter and are closely monitoring the “public health event.”Scott also asked Redfield to release more information about the federal government’s public health measures against the virus in coordination with state and local health officials.China’s most recent release of information places the death toll at 17, and reports doctors are treating 544 cases. Virologists are concerned there could be more unreported cases since some of the people infected only show mild symptoms.According to the CDC’s Tuesday report, the coronavirus patient in the U.S. is a man in his 30s who had returned to Seattle from Wuhan and remained in isolation at the Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.Chinese officials will start a quarantine in Wuhan on Thursday. Sen. Rick Scott is asking the CDC to “take swift action” against a deadly cross-border outbreak of a new strain of the coronavirus, which started its human-to-human transmission in central China. Scott sent CDC Director Robert Redfield a letter expressing his concern over the accuracy of the information that Chinese health officials have released since the cluster of respiratory infections was linked to animals at a market in Wuhan.There is no vaccine or specific treatment for the virus, which officials said has already spread to Washington State, Thailand, Japan, Macao and South Korea. Sen. Scott is asking the CDC for more information.“China is rarely forthcoming,” Scott wrote on Twitter.Today, I’m urging the @CDCgov to take swift action to combat the threat of the #coronavirus & protect the health of Americans.China is rarely forthcoming, & I’m extremely concerned about the outbreak, which has already infected hundreds, including at least one person in the US.— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 22, 2020last_img read more


first_imgMario Gutierrez on winning his 1,000th race: “The 1,000 wins mean a lot to me. It’s been a helluva run. Two Kentucky Derby wins, two Breeders’ Cups, the Preakness…It’s been amazing. I never thought I’d be at this level, so I’m very happy.”last_img


first_imgFormer Donegal All-Ireland winning manager Jim McGuinness is to release one of the most eagerly-awaited sports books of 2015.Jim McGuinness is to reveal all in a new book.The book entitled ‘Until Victory Always’ will be published on on October 23 this year, just over a year since making the decision to step down as Donegal manager.The book, set to be a best-seller, looks set to lift the lift on one of the great sporting stories in Irish sporting history. It is not known if McGuinness will tackle the controversial dropping of Kevin Cassidy or the inner secrets of the Donegal camp.But the book looks set to be a huge money-spinner for the Glenties man and will literally walk off the shelves.The synopsis of the book reads: “When Jim McGuinness took over as manager of the Donegal senior football team in the autumn of 2010, they’d been dismissed as a joke; a bunch of dilettantes too fond of the night life. When he stepped down four years later, they had won three Ulster championships, the 2012 All-Ireland title and contested the 2014 All-Ireland final against Kerry.“This is the story of how he combined a unique vision and ferocious drive to create a powerful and disciplined team that bucked history and defied every expectation.“McGuinness sent a shockwave through Gaelic games by devising an approach which polarised opinion and forced fans, players and managers alike to look at the game differently. From the outside, what Donegal were doing appeared mysterious, dark and fearsome. “Here, and for the first time, McGuinness reveals what life was like inside the Donegal camp and reflects on the decisions and experiences that propelled his players to the summit of the sport.“A moving and honest meditation on the nature of sportsmanship, dedication and what it means to lead, Until Victory Always is an honest and inspiring account of achievement in the face of incredible adversity.”McGuinness continued in his role as an adviser at Glasgow Celtic since his departure from Donegal and the Glenties man has also taken up a role as a GAA pundit with Sky Sports this year. McGUINNESS TO TELL ALL ABOUT LIFE INSIDE DONEGAL GAA IN NEW BOOK was last modified: June 25th, 2015 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) Tags:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessnew bookSportlast_img read more

Donegal dancers win World Championship titles

first_imgFour Irish dancers received a heroes’ welcome in Donegal Town last night after achieving major success at the WIDA World Championships this Easter.Crowds lined the streets to celebrate the triumphs of Scoil Rince Tir Chonaill dancers Katie Gillespie, Ailis O Gara, Ruth Gillespie and Aoife Doherty. The team proudly brought two world champion titles and 10 world medals home to Donegal from Sunday’s WIDA World Irish Dance Competition in Eindhoven.Aoife Doherty, Katie Gillespie, Ruth Gillespie and Ailis O Gara at the WIDA World Irish Dance Competition in Eindhoven, 21st April 2019Katie Gillespie, was crowned U20 World Champion while Ailis O Gara won the U25 World title. Ruth Gillespie (Katie’s sister) defended her second place title to win an impressive Silver in the  U23 category. Aoife Doherty also brought home a world medal from her first World competition.Ailis O Gara, Katie and Ruth Gillespie at the WIDA World Irish Dance Competition in Eindhoven, 21st April 2019Aoife Doherty at the WIDA World Irish Dance Competition in Eindhoven, 21st April 2019The four young women were welcomed home to Donegal Town on Thursday with a special parade and party in their beloved Reel Inn.Ruth, Ailis, Aoife and Katie in The Reel Inn. Photo: Scoil Rince Tir ChonaillTheir teacher Sarah Gillespie, who is Ruth and Katie’s sister, said the World Globe titles will be a great source of pride for many years to come in Donegal.Sarah told Donegal Daily: “The event took place over four days and was attended by competitors from all over the world. WIDA, the organisation which held the event, is one of numerous Irish Dance federations that held World Championships this Easter. WIDA, which is a relatively new organisation founded only in 2004, prides itself on its friendly and welcoming culture where competition stays on the stage. Off the stage every dancer and parent are part of the WIDA family and we’re delighted to be welcoming World Champions back to Donegal Town!” Katie, Sarah and Ruth GillespieDonegal dancers win World Championship titles was last modified: April 26th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Scoil Rince Tir ChonaillWIDA World Championshipslast_img read more

Plants of concern to livestock in summer

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems like one of those years when growing conditions start off great but then we move into dry and hot conditions at the peak of summer. With such conditions we will have an increased potential for livestock poisonings. As summer progresses the preferred forages for grazing dry up and become less available and animals are forced to consume plants they might otherwise not eat. Therefore, there are recognizable circumstances like drought, overgrazing, nitrogen fertilization and summer storms that all have the potential to contribute to livestock poisoning. So what are some plants of concern for grazing livestock during these dry conditions in Ohio?Buttercup: Beautiful small yellow flowers are common in pastures. Buttercup starts blooming in June and produces many typically bright yellow flowers of five or more petals with flowers spreading .75-inch to one-inch in width.Tall buttercup and creeping buttercup are very aggressive perennials in pastures and can quickly overtake the field. Buttercup contains a bitter, irritating oil called protoanemonin that is poisonous to livestock. The toxicity is reported to vary depending on plant age, growing conditions and freshness of the forage. The oil in fresh plant stems cause irritation and blistering of the skin, lining of the mouth and of the digestive tract. Thankfully, buttercup does not taste good so animals avoid it if possible. In dry conditions this may be one of the few green plants available and livestock are more likely to eat it. The toxic oil evaporates quickly, so hay containing buttercup is not toxic. NightshadeIn Eastern Ohio, horsenettle, groundcherry, black and bittersweet nightshade are most common. Some quantity of nightshade can be found in many pastures and are usually left alone. Consequently, nightshade populations slowly begin to occupy larger and larger portions of a pasture. During a drought livestock will consume the leaf and berries of these plants and they can be deadly. Dogbane and milkweedThese are closely related perennial plants commonly found in pastures and hay fields. If you have ever removed a leaf from these plants you will notice a very sticky white milky substance. The leaves and stems of these plants are considered toxic when fresh or dried. These plants don’t mind a little dry weather and consequently become more attractive to livestock during these conditions. Jimson weedThis is a summer annual that looks more like a small shrub with reddish stem. You often see this plant around brush piles, hay feeding areas and barn lots. The fruit of this plant is encased in a very sharp and spiny outer covering. The leaf is large, waxy and looks something like an oak leaf. This plant is very common and not often eaten. The tropane alkaloids in this plant and seeds are considered extremely toxic when fresh, dried or in silage. Black locust treeThe black locust is a common and fast growing tree. It has sharp short spines and small, oval, fern- like arrangements of leaves. It is common along fence rows and livestock may have grazed in these areas for years with no apparent problem. In dry conditions root sprouts can become prominent in adjacent pasture fields. Young inquisitive animals may find this plant palatable. The bark and new growth are the most toxic. Yew or taxis evergreen shrubSo you needed to trim the bushes, and you thought you would help the livestock by providing a little extra fodder? Hope it wasn’t a yew. These evergreen shrubs with flat needles and a red berry are readily consumed by livestock and are highly toxic. These shrubs are poisonous wet or dried.As we move into dryer conditions be aware of your forage availability and identify plants which may be of concern. We have only mentioned a few plants and there are many you should know. Watch your livestock closely, daily observing for signs of distress contact you veterinarian immediately if you suspect plant poisoning.last_img read more

Shelter home rape case: CBI submits progress report

first_imgThe Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday submitted progress report on the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse case to the Patna High Court in a sealed cover. The agency also submitted a report on the sudden transfer of the CBI Superintendent of Police probing the case. The Patna High Court is monitoring the case in which 34 minor girls were allegedly sexually abused.The CBI counsel Sanjay Kumar submitted the report before a division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mukesh R. Shah and Justice Ravi Ranjan in compliance of its order passed on the previous hearing on August 23. The Deputy Inspector General of the investigating agency, Patna, too was present in the court. They report was submitted in two sealed covers—the one about the progress of the case and the other, on the transfer of the CBI SP J.P. Mishra. Earlier, Mr Mishra was leading the CBI team which was probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.While going through the report on the transfer of the CBI SP, the court also asked the probe agency to submit the correspondence materials regarding the transfer. On the question of media being restrained from publishing anything related with the investigation of the case, the court while appreciating the role of media said it was done as the investigation was not to be hampered. Later, the court posted the hearing of the case for Tuesday.Earlier on August 23 while hearing the case the court had pulled up CBI for its failure to submit a progress report of the investigation into the case and asked the investigating agency, why Mr J.P. Mishra, who was the investigating officer in the case, was transferred. Mr Mishra was suddenly transferred and attached to the office of the DIG at Patna vide an order passed by the CBI headquarters on August 21. The court had also expressed displeasure over leak of details related with the investigation and asked the media to refrain from publishing the same as it would hamper the probe.However, the Editors Guild of India on August 25 had expressed its “deep concern” over the Patna High Court’s order and had appealed the court to “review the restrain order”. On Sunday, journalists in Patna too had requested the Patna High Court to “reconsider and revoke” its order to “uphold the principles of free media in a democracy”. “It is because of the media reports that the heinous act of Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse had come to the notice of all”, said the press release of Patna journalists.The sexual abuse of 34 minor girls in government-funded Muzaffarpur shelter home was exposed in a social audit report of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). 10 arrestedThe report was submitted to the state Social Welfare Department on March 15 and the department lodged an FIR on May 31. Following the FIR, district police had arrested 10 people, including the main accused Brajesh Thakur who was managing the NGO Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti to run the home. Later, following an outcry, the Nitish Kumar government recommended the probe to the CBI on July 26 and also agreed to the demand of Opposition parties for Patna High Court to monitor the case.last_img read more

Costa Rica clinches World Cup berth on Waston’s late goal

first_imgIn addition, the U.S. could qualify with a loss if Panama and Honduras both fail to win Tuesday.The fourth-place nation advances to a home-and-home playoff next month against Australia or Syria.The Americans would be eliminated only if they lose and Panama and Honduras both win.At the 2014 tournament in Brazil, Costa Rica opened with wins over Uruguay and Italy, then tied England. They beat Greece on penalty kicks to reach the quarterfinals, where they lost to the Netherlands in a shootout. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Cubs’ bullpen implodes in Game 2 loss to Nationals Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Waston has three international goals, including a 4-yard header from Christian Bolanos’ 68th-minute corner kick on March 28 that gave Costa Rica a 1-1 draw in qualifier at Honduras.Costa Rica has 16 points and is second in the final round of North and Central American and Caribbean region behind Mexico, which has 21 points and clinched last month.The U.S. is at 12 points following its 4-0 win Friday over Panama and would qualify with a win at Trinidad on the final night of the hexagonal. Panama and Honduras have 10 points each.Goal difference has become key: the U.S. is plus-five, Panama minus-two and Honduras minus-seven.A draw would be enough for the U.S. to qualify unless Honduras defeats visiting Mexico by at least 12 goals or Panama beats visiting Costa Rica by at least seven or eight goals, the needed margin depending on whether it overcomes its deficit to the U.S. in total goals, currently nine.ADVERTISEMENT In a match postponed a day because of a tropical storm, Eddie Hernandez’s header from Romell Quioto’s cross put Honduras ahead in the 66th minute.In the fifth of a minimum six minutes of stoppage time, a long ball from deep in Costa Rica’s end following a throw-in was headed from about 23 yards out by Hernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGiancarlo Gonzalez headed the ball toward the right flank. Bryan Ruiz flicked the ball ahead to Rodney Wallace who, marked by Bryan Acosta and Emilio Izaguirre, played it back to Ruiz.Ruiz played the ball from his left foot to his right to fake his way past Acosta, dribbled past Izaguirre and crossed to Waston. The Vancouver Whitecaps defender outjumped Maynor Figueroa and Johnny Palacios to head the ball past Donis Escober to the goalkeeper’s left from 8 yards. LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Costa Rica’s Kendall Waston, left, celebrates after scoring his team’s equalizer against Honduras during a World Cup qualifying soccer match at the National Stadium in San Jose, Costa Rica, Saturday, Oct 7, 2017. The draw allows Costa Rica to advance to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. (AP Photo/Moises Castillo)Kendall Waston scored in the fifth minute of second-half stoppage time, giving Costa Rica a 1-1 tie against visiting Honduras on Saturday at San Jose and clinching the Ticos’ second straight World Cup berth and fifth overall.The dramatic late goal means the United States likely needs at most a draw at Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday night to qualify for its eighth straight World Cup berth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Two-day PBA Draft Combine starts Monday

first_imgKin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Odds even LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LA Tenorio addresses the PBA hopefuls in last year’s Draft Combine. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBluechip recruits Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena are expected to go 1-2 in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.But for the rest of the field, they can have a chance to boost their stocks and move up the board as they try to impress coaches and scouts in the 2017 PBA Draft Combine set on Monday and Tuesday at Gatorade Hoops Center.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games All 44 applicants are expected to show up as part of their requirement to proceed to the final list.Anthropometry and other performance and skills tests will be gauged in day one, while the neophytes will be divided to six teams, composed of seven to eight players, in a mini-tournament scheduled in day two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCoaches and scouts from all 12 teams are expected to show up and evaluate the talents in the two-day event to see who they deem picking come draft day.The 2017 PBA Rookie Draft is set on October 29 at Robinsons Place Manila. MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Nextlast_img read more