Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment Top of the News Religious Music Bethany Church of Sierra Madre: A Concert with Ken O’Malley Published on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 | 9:42 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business News Discover the wonder of the Emerald Isle in story and song, presented by the Southlandâ€™s finest bard and storyteller, Ken Oâ€™Malley. Ken O’Malley’s passionate and compelling voice is what one notices first. As a solo artist, Ken O’Malley easily commands the room; with his band he also rocks the house. Quickly drawing the audience in, it is no wonder that the Irish news describes him “without question, as the single most enduring, influential and proficient of all Irish musicians in Southern California.”Ken O’Malley will be presenting a special concert at the Bethany Church on Sunday, March 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary.Tickets are $18 to the general public, with a special price of $15 for Bethany attenders. Log on to kenomalley.com to find out more about this very talented musician.Bethany Church of Sierra Madre, 93 N. Baldwin Ave., Sierra Madre, (626) 355-1403 or visit www.bethanyfamily.com. HerbeautyTiger Woods’ Ex Wife Found A New Love PartnerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTiger Woods Is ‘Different Man’ 10 Years After ScandalHerbeautyHerbeauty
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January 10, 2017 Jobs That Pay, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that American Paper Bag LLC (APB), a manufacturer of retail paper bags, will establish a corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility in Sugar Notch Borough, Luzerne County, a move that will create 38 new jobs.“Pennsylvania provides a wide range of advantages to manufacturing companies. From a robust and highly skilled workforce, to a prime location with an excellent transportation infrastructure, to an exceptional quality of life for employees and their families – the commonwealth delivers on all counts,” said Governor Wolf. “I am pleased to make the announcement that American Paper Bag is moving to the commonwealth, and I wish them continued success as part of our well establish manufacturing industry.”APB will establish its first corporate headquarters and manufacturing facility at an approximately 42,000-square-foot existing building in Hanover Industrial Estates. The company will invest $5,425,000 million in the project, with spending focused primarily in proprietary machining technology. Additionally, the company has committed to the creation of 38 new, full-time jobs within three years and will begin hiring in April 2017.“Having researched sites across the U.S .and after lengthy discussions with both the Governor’s Action Team and The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber the decision was straightforward,” said Ian Robson, CEO, American Paper Bag. “The support from all sides we have received was head and shoulders above anything else and we look forward to a long future of sustainable manufacturing in Pennsylvania.”APB received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $38,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs and $19,550 in WEDnetPA funding for employee training. The company has also been encouraged to and has applied for a $1.4 million low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).The project was coordinated by DCED’s Office of International Business Development along with the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania, in collaboration with The Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber.“Today’s announcement represents a huge win for Northeastern Pennsylvania and demonstrates how effective we can be when local and state entities work together for the greater good,” Joseph Boylan, Vice President, Economic Development, Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber. “This team approach allowed us the opportunity to develop and deliver a competitive and winning workforce and funding strategy to attract American Paper Bag to the region – competing against several locations in North America. Congratulations to Ian Robson and American Paper Bag – a welcome addition to Northeastern Pennsylvania.”APB is a manufacturer of retail paper carrier bags bringing international experience to target the North American market with a redesigned paper bag that utilizes fewer raw materials and is environmentally friendly.Last year, DCED approved nearly $1.1 billion in low-interest loans, tax credits, and grants for projects across the commonwealth and secured private sector commitments for the creation and retention of more than 245,000 full-time jobs. In the same timeframe, the Governor’s Action Team completed 77 projects – creating and retaining more than 36,800 jobs.For more information about the Governor’s Action Team or DCED, visit dced.pa.gov.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces New Jobs in Luzerne County with Establishment of American Paper Bag Facility
PreviousFrom left, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, MLB commissioner Robert Manfred, Sharon Robinson, Rachel Robinson (seated), David Robinson and Vero Beach commissioner Peter O’Bryan unveil the new name of Dodgertown during a press conference on Tuesday in Vero Beach, Fla. The MLB-run Jackie Robinson Training Complex will serve as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (Photo by Steven Martine/MLB Photos)A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.”(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsFans find shade in the grandstands of Holman Stadium during a 2008 Grapefruit League game in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)Street signs honoring Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese stand at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB this week dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.”(AP Photo/Paul Newberry)Fans gather around the Dodgers’ dugout at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown during a 2008 Grapefruit League game in Vero Beach, Fla. The open dugouts at Holman Stadium were unique. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home in Vero Beach, Fla., earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/J. Pat Carter)Brooklyn Dodgers infielder Jackie Robinson stands with rookie catcher Roy Campanella during spring training in Vero Beach, Fla., in 1948. MLB took control of the Dodgers’ longtime spring training facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo)From left, Brooklyn Dodgers Jackie Robinson, Gil Hodges, Roy Campanella, Billy Cox and Peewee Reese pose for a spring training photo in 1952 in Vero Beach, Fla. The Dodgertown complex will now bear Robinson’s name and serve as an East Coast hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball. (AP Photo)The Brooklyn Dodgers’ Jackie Robinson leaps into the air as he and teammate Pee Wee Reese, center, work on turning double plays at the team’s spring training home in 1949 in Vero Beach, Fla. (AP Photo)Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the organization’s longtime spring training home, has been renamed the Jackie Robinson Training Complex, in honor of the Hall of Famer. (AP Photo)Players look out from the dugout during a college baseball game between Penn State Beaver and Miami University Hamilton at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., in 2016. The facility hosted a number of events before MLB took it over earlier this year. (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)A batter runs during a college baseball game between Penn State Beaver and Miami University Hamilton at Holman Stadium at Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., in 2016. The facility hosted a number of events before MLB took it over earlier this year. (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)Former Dodgers pitchers Alfredo Simon (70) and Fernando De La Cruz (79) sit in the bullpen and watch their team take on the Houston Astros during a 2008 spring training game at Holman Stadium in Vero Beach, Fla. As of this week, the Dodgers’ longtime spring training home has a new name and a new purpose. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)From left, former Dodgers owner Peter O’Malley, MLB commissioner Robert Manfred, Sharon Robinson, Rachel Robinson (seated), David Robinson and Vero Beach commissioner Peter O’Bryan unveil the new name of Dodgertown during a press conference on Tuesday in Vero Beach, Fla. The MLB-run Jackie Robinson Training Complex will serve as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (Photo by Steven Martine/MLB Photos)A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)NextShow Caption1 of 14A sign stands at the entrance to Dodgertown in Vero Beach, Fla., the longtime spring training home of the Dodgers before they moved their operations to Arizona a decade ago. MLB took control of the facility earlier this year and on Tuesday dedicated the renamed Jackie Robinson Training Complex as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” (AP Photo/Paul Newberry)ExpandSixteen years after his first visit to the Dodgers’ spring training camp in Vero Beach, Fla., Russell Martin still remembers the bridge.“You had the minor league complex and across the bridge it was the big league side,” Martin said, “so it was like if you play good enough you get to cross the bridge and play in the big dogs’ house. That was kind of the attitude.”Clayton Kershaw remembers the converted Naval barracks that the Dodgers’ players called home six weeks a year.“You come in and it’s just these lines of dorms,” Kershaw said. “It’s like a motel where the doors open on the outside, but the rooms aren’t bad. We had to stay six to a room sometimes, which isn’t great, but it was great. You’re in your own little baseball world.” Years of talks culminated when MLB took operational control of Historic Dodgertown on Jan. 2. Tuesday, its new name was revealed: The Jackie Robinson Training Complex. Commissioner Rob Manfred flew in from New York to announce the change. Peter O’Malley and his sister, Terry O’Malley Seidler, flew in from California. Jackie Robinson’s family – wife Rachel, daughter Sharon, son David – flew in from all over; David Robinson lives in Africa.Along with the new name came a new mission statement. MLB dedicated the facility as “a year-round hub of amateur development initiatives and events designed to diversify and strengthen the talent pipelines of baseball and softball.” A preliminary slate of five summer events was announced. Former major league players and coaches will work with participants during at least one event, the Hank Aaron Invitational, from July 21-Aug. 2. The league will not charge players and their families for participating – a deliberate response to the expensive travel ball circuit that typically excludes youth from low-income backgrounds.The league also pledged $10 million toward renovating Holman Stadium, the Dodgers’ Grapefruit League home, as well as the motel rooms and a new indoor training facility. Indian River County pledged an additional $4.9 million for renovations. In theory, the upgraded facilities will allow Vero Beach to complement the Urban Youth Academy in Compton as an East Coast hub in MLB’s push for diversity.“My dad was so committed to young people,” Sharon Robinson said at the Tuesday morning press conference. “When he was still playing baseball he started with the Harlem YMCA, and he would meet with the young people there. They actually ended up naming that after him. He was always committed to the development of young people.”Craig Callan, the director of Dodgertown since 1988, credited O’Malley and Seidler for keeping the facility alive without a major league tenant. How does Dodgertown run a profitable business without the Dodgers? O’Malley made sure it didn’t matter.When Peter O’Malley assumed responsibility of the property in 2011, Callan said, “he signed a contract just to keep the legacy going, saying ‘I will not make a penny; I’m willing to absorb the losses.’ Any profit made during his tenure would be put back into the facility. That’s the Peter O’Malley/Terry Seidler legacy.”Related Articles Kenley Jansen remembers the proximity.“They used to be Dodger kind of royalty family – before you go in you see all these (retired Dodger players),” Jansen said. “You still see most of these guys coming into camp, but it’s not the same. When you have them come and stay there, everybody’s there together. It’s definitely a great experience looking back.”There aren’t many active baseball players who remember what it’s like to spend an entire spring training in Vero Beach. Most have retired. Four (Martin, Kershaw, Jansen and Pedro Baez) are still Dodgers. They were all just passing through Vero on their baseball journey. Even the Dodgers were temporary tenants in the “town” that bore their name from 1948 until Tuesday. Then as now, Indian River County owned the Dodgertown property.Yet what is Dodgertown without the actual Dodgers?That was the question hanging over Vero for a decade. The answer involved a little bit of everything. It was a preseason training site for a pro team from Korea and a college team from Japan. It was a training camp for CFL and NCAA football teams, a youth softball complex, a rugby camp, and a base for hurricane clean-up crews. It was a fantasy camp for fans and retired Dodger players which, since the Dodgers hosted their final Grapefruit League game on March 17, 2008, appeared to be Vero’s closest association with Major League Baseball. The league – specifically Tony Reagins and Darrell Miller, who oversee MLB’s youth directives – engaged the county in discussions behind the scenes to change that. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire If this story has an unsung hero, it’s Callan.Callan was 28 years old when O’Malley hired him to work in Vero Beach in 1978. He never left, shepherding the complex through 41 years of Dodger ownership changes. He was Frank McCourt’s point man during the construction of Camelback Ranch. For a time, he also oversaw operations of Campo Las Palmas in the Dominican Republic. Now Callan is training an understudy who will succeed him when he retires in two months.“I have a 10-year-old son,” Callan said. “At 70 years old, I’m not going anywhere.”For Kershaw and Jansen, training in Vero Beach was an experience that required years to appreciate. When you’re a skinny teenager trying to find your way in baseball and the world, the history of the American Civil Rights Movement is probably beyond your ken. You’re not thinking about Jackie Robinson, Don Newcombe and Roy Campanella, even while you train where they trained.That will change now. For the first time in a while, Vero Beach belongs to baseball’s future as well as its past. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco
ARCADIA, Calif. (April 9, 2016)–Sent to the front from the rail in her first-ever start on a sloppy track, undefeated Songbird responded with a brilliant gate to wire performance in winning Saturday’s Grade I, $400,000 Santa Anita Oaks by 3 ¾ lengths under Mike Smith. Last year’s Eclipse Champion 2-year-old filly, Songbird covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.14 and is now unbeaten in seven starts for Fox Hill Farms, Inc. and Jerry Hollendorfer. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Medaglia d’Oro, she’ll now be pointed to the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 6.Pressed into the first turn by Forever Darling, who was ridden by Martin Pedroza, Songbird settled into her customary high cruising speed and was completely in charge through fractions of 23.34, 47.17, 1:11.21 and 1:37.13.“She’s just incredible,” said Smith, who’s been aboard for all seven wins. “I feel so blessed and I keep pinching myself, having to remind myself that I’m the one that gets to keep the weight on her. That’s really all I do.“She was spinning her wheels a little bit going into the first turn, but once again we got to the backside, she found her rhythm and she got comfortable and it was all her again.”With a staggering $751,734 bet to show on her, Songbird was dispatched as the overwhelming 1-9 favorite in a field of seven sophomore fillies and paid $2.20, $2.10 and $2.10.“I had a little bit of anticipation with the off track, wondering if she could handle it or not,” said Hollendorfer. “We didn’t want her slipping, but she didn’t slip, so that’s good…We have the point race (Kentucky Oaks) coming up, so if we have good fortune and she stays sound, we’ll try to go to Kentucky and win that one.”Ridden by Flavien Prat, Mokat ran on for the place, finishing a neck in front of She’s a Warrior. Off at 14-1, Mokat paid $4.60 and $3.00.She’s a Warrior, who was handled by Gary Stevens, finished 1 ¾ lengths in front of Forever Darling. Off at 22-1, She’s a Warrior paid $4.20 to show.
FERNDALE >> With the time of possession skewed in the completely opposite direction, the Wildcats knew full well the chances they would get were that much more valuable.Even though they didn’t run many plays in the grand scheme of things, they made sure it was a red-clad party in the end zone time and time again on Saturday afternoon.Led by a five-touchdown day from junior running back Wyatt Coppini, the Ferndale High football team claimed its first win in convincing fashion with a 62-30 …
Geocaching HQ staff will attend dozens of Mega and Giga-Events around the world, shaking hands, sharing stories of adventure, and of course, geocaching. Heather M (Heather Feather) is the Community Volunteer Special Programs Manager for Mega and Giga-Events at Geocaching HQ. She recently traveled to the Netherlands to attend the Hoorn Mega-Event. Here’s her trip recap.When planning for any trip, one of the first things I do is check out the weather report. (Heather Feather checks the weather!). For my visit to the Netherlands for the Hoorn Mega, the report was a little concerning: chilly, rainy, with winds up to 64km/h (40mph). It was March in North Holland after all, but those were still dodgy conditions. Luckily, the event details indicated an indoor homebase, but geocachers rarely hide from the elements. With all my favorite weatherproof staples and plenty of lackey tags packed, I prepared for a rugged weekend. Once my plane landed, the first item on my agenda was to meet up with the event host crew. As manager of Mega-Events at HQ, this is something I look forward to the most: meeting the faces behind the emails. After years of communicating with this crew, I was excited to finally meet them in real life. As I entered our meeting spot, my eyes caught a big table of smiling faces and bright red shirts. I knew I was in the right place! The Hoorn Cache Event is led by four core teams: Mar.Co, H.P.M, Team JoWi, and de Goesjes. Their efforts are supported abundantly by dedicated friends and volunteers. As we sat together that evening, I was eager to hear more history about the event, the location, and the team members. They had worked on events together for several years, and this was their 8th and final swan song. With the bittersweet theme of “Game Over,” this final event weekend was to throw one last celebration of their community, to honor their love for geocaching and their years together. I was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour before the kick-off event started. With just an hour before people were to arrive, the team appeared calm and in great spirits. It was clear that their years of experience helped them hone in on many ways to make the event better and more enjoyable for their guests (and themselves!). For example, they designed their lab cache activities in clever ways that allowed large groups to participate at once and interact with each other. No small feat! Also, the layout of the space and specially designated areas was thoughtful and flowed effectively (as shown later when filled with people). It’s often these small things that can make all the difference when hosting hundreds of people at once in a limited space, and I was impressed by their planning, and trusted that the weather forecast wouldn’t make a big impact on the outcome of this event. During the kick-off event and the “big day” I met so many lovely new people, and caught up with some familiar faces as well. During my conversations, one frequent thing that stuck out to me was that there were so many truly connected cachers. It’s not uncommon for me to hear of the “geocaching widow” scenario – when one partner isn’t as into caching as the other person. With many of the folks I spoke with, it was actually the opposite. One couple said that they often cache together, but sometimes the ladies go off and do their own caching trip, and the men do as well. A family of four shared how they go caching with their twin teenage sons (one loves climbing caches and the other…does not). I loved hearing them share how they all found their own balance, showing that there are many ways to make geocaching your own. These are just a few examples of how people mentioned to me how they have been able to create meaningful connections with each other in unique and personalized ways. Be still my heart! When out caching, I met up with a crew of geobicyclists. I’d been stumped at a gadget cache earlier, and they kindly offered to assist. Back at the cache, they retold great stories of their group’s caching adventures over the years. Their fun stories remind me of the countless ways people are positively impacted by geocaching as a community through fun, zany excursions. That might seem obvious, but at HQ we often miss out hearing about the good times like these. It’s our job to help geocachers, so we often hear about issues and problems that need solving. When all is going well, people are out geocaching instead of telling us about how much fun they are having – and that’s the way it should be! Yet, sometimes I forget how geocaching really impacts people. At the Hoorn Mega, I met people who were eager to share stories of their amazing moments. It reminded me that the game is bigger than guidelines and the technical glitches I usually respond to in emails. It reminded me that geocaching is really about meaningful relationships, shared experiences, and supportive communities. I’ll fondly remember this last Hoorn Mega as a representative of the close-knit communities that can develop through this unique game/hobby/lifestyle. Finally, a big thank you to each of the event hosts for welcoming me into their fold for the weekend. I felt like family, which is more than I ever could have expected. See you on the trails!Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedLackey trip report: GeoWoodstock XVIIJuly 2, 2019In “Community”An inside look into Mega and Giga EventsAugust 27, 2019In “News”Finding friends at Belgium Mega-EventSeptember 17, 2019In “Community”
University of Cumbria, UK has invited applications from eligible candidates for its International Student Scholarships . Students pursuing an eligible full-time bachelor’s degree, top-up degree or a taught master’s degree (180 credits) at the University can apply for the same.Scholarship details:The candidates selected for the Scholarship will be awarded 50 per cent tuition fee waiver for one year of study. They may also be awarded any of the additional Scholarships of 500 Pounds- 1000 Pounds.Eligibility criteria:International candidates who have received an offer to study at the university and have accepted it are eligible to apply for the scholarship.However, scholarships are not available for students who have applied for NHS-funded courses.For more details and information on eligibility criteria interested candidates can send a mail to the following email id: [email protected] to apply:Interested candidates have to submit their applications through email: [email protected] more details on application process visit the official website: http://www.cumbria.ac.ukImportant dates:Application deadline: June 6, 2014About University of Cumbria:University of Cumbria is one of Britain’s newest universities. It was formed in 2007 from Cumbria Institute of the Arts, St Martin’s College and the Cumbrian campus of UCLan. The university offers courses in education, healthcare, sports, visual and performing arts, humanities, social science, law and criminology, science, outdoors, forestry and land studies. The university has its campuses in Carlisle, Lancaster and Newton Rigg, Penrith.
Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany scored the goals for Man CityManchester City won the Premier League for the second time in three seasons on Sunday, completing its campaign with a comfortable 2-0 victory over West Ham that lacked any of the drama of its previous title.The Engineer Who Fixed Man City’s WoesUnlike the stoppage-time comeback required in the 2012 title decider, goals either side of halftime by Samir Nasri and Vincent Kompany provided a more serene end to what had been an exhilarating season.”You can’t repeat what happened last time,” City goalkeeper Joe Hart said. “This year, we’ve really come on strong at the end when we needed to.”Two years ago, City won the title on goal difference ahead of neighbor Manchester United after coming from behind to beat Queens Park Rangers on the final day. Sunday’s victory, though, meant Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Newcastle at Anfield was meaningless as City finished two points above the Merseyside club.As soon as the final whistle was blown, thousands of fans flooded onto the Etihad Stadium pitch, setting off blue flares. For a club that has spent so much time in the shadow of United – last year’s champion – it was just the fourth time in its 134-year history that fans could celebrate a league title.Just 15 years ago, City was playing in the third tier of English football, but the club’s fortunes were transformed after the influx of Abu Dhabi cash following a 2008 takeover.Making this victory all the sweeter is the fact that United, which beat City to the title by 11 points last May, ended this campaign in seventh place after imploding in the post-Alex Ferguson era.advertisementAlthough City spent just 15 days at the summit during a campaign when the lead changed hands 25 times, Manuel Pellegrini’s side surged to the top when it mattered most. The 60-year-old Chilean is ending his first season in English football as a double winner, having already won the League Cup victory over Sunderland in March.However, the league title looked out of reach for City just weeks ago after losing to Liverpool at Anfield. However, Liverpool collapsed toward the end with a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace which meant City only needed a draw at the Etihad to secure the title.But after an edgy start, Nasri scored with a shot from outside the area in the 39th minute and Vincent Kompany added the second from close range shortly after the break to let fans celebrate for much of the second half.”Liverpool’s game against Chelsea, I think that’s the twist of the season,” Nasri said.All City required was a draw, but after an edgy start this energetic and attacking team seized on the opportunity to finish the season in style. Against an uninspiring West Ham, City was in complete control, calmly knocking the ball around the pitch.However easily City unpicked the West Ham defense, finding a route to goal was proving more difficult. David Silva, so dynamic in this title-winning side, lashed the ball over from distance and Aleksandar Kolarov had a long-range strike tipped over by goalkeeper Adrian.But the goal that settled nerves in the stands came in the 39th minute, with Yaya Toure teeing up Nasri, who took two touches before curling the shot into the net off the inside of the post.Although Silva was denied by the woodwork in stoppage time, City’s second came just four minutes into the second half. From a corner, the ball bounced off striker Edin Dzeko, and the unmarked Kompany swept in City’s 102nd league goal this season from close range.The captain slid across the pitch in celebration, and the party truly started in the stadium. Unlike the rollercoaster season finale against Queens Park Rangers here two years ago, it was job done for City.West Ham was never going to spoil these celebrations, and City is at the pinnacle of English football once again. The challenge now is retaining the trophy for the first time, and replicating the electrifying domestic form in Europe to conquer the Champions League.These title celebrations, though, could be short-lived in the City boardroom, with UEFA on the verge of imposing sanctions on the club for overspending in breach of Financial Fair Play rules.
A new 45-day amnesty for persons with outstanding traffic tickets gets underway on Monday (Nov. 27). Story Highlights “The Bill will facilitate the suspension of the relevant section of the Road Traffic Act to enable motorists holding unpaid traffic tickets that have become a matter before the courts to pay them at the offices of Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ),” he said. State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., who piloted the Bill in the Senate, explained that following the previous three-month amnesty, which ended on October 31, motorists had appealed for additional time to fulfil their obligations. A new 45-day amnesty for persons with outstanding traffic tickets gets underway on Monday (Nov. 27).Motorists with tickets issued from September 1, 2010 to October 31, 2017 can pay them without repercussion up to January 13, 2018.On Friday (November 24), the Senate approved the Road Traffic (Temporary Ticket Amnesty Number 2) Act 2017, which facilitates the new period of amnesty. The Bill was passed in the Lower House on November 14.State Minister for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., who piloted the Bill in the Senate, explained that following the previous three-month amnesty, which ended on October 31, motorists had appealed for additional time to fulfil their obligations.As with previous amnesties, Senator Charles Jr. said the objectives are to enhance revenue administration and collection; allow persons to clear their driving record; improve the efficiency of the courts; and reduce the number of traffic cases before the courts.“The Bill will facilitate the suspension of the relevant section of the Road Traffic Act to enable motorists holding unpaid traffic tickets that have become a matter before the courts to pay them at the offices of Tax Administration Jamaica (TAJ),” he said.It will also allow for the suspension of the relevant sections of the Judicature Parish Courts Act and the Justice of the Peace Jurisdiction Act, thereby preventing the issuance of warrants by a parish court judge or a Justice of the Peace for the arrest of traffic ticket holders. In addition, motorists holding unpaid traffic tickets will be offered an amnesty in relation to penalty points being recorded against their driver’s licence.The State Minister noted that during the amnesty, motorists will not be denied the option of contesting their tickets in court, however, they will be required to abide by the decision of the court and cannot thereafter utilize the amnesty offer.He urged motorists to use the period to become compliant, warning that those who do not avail themselves of the amnesty “will be vigorously pursued by the strong arm of the law after the amnesty period is concluded.”The State Minister informed that the monies collected will be used to purchase vehicles, equipment and technology for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF); strengthen the cyber security network; upgrade the ticket management system used by the TAJ and the JCF; modernize the methods used by the Ministry of Transport and Mining to enforce the new Traffic Act; and modernise the court system and hire more judges.In the meantime, Mr. Charles Jr. informed that security will be beefed up at the collectorates and additional cashiers put in place to deal with the large influx of motorists anticipated.The previous amnesty period, which ran from August 2 to October 31, resulted in payments of over $590 million from the processing of more than 260,000 tickets. In addition, 45,000 calls were made to the Traffic Amnesty Call Centre.Up to December 31, 2016, outstanding traffic tickets totaled in excess of $2.84 billion.