Former Head of ICE on Trump’s Visit to Miami, Drugs and Illegal Immigration

first_imgListen to full interview with former ICE Director Thomas Homan here.SFS Thomas Homan Former ICE Director on immigration and drugs President Trump is visiting the U.S. Southern Command in Doral Friday where he will be briefed on drug trafficking from South America.Retired Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Thomas Homan told 850WFTL that President Trump’s trip to Miami will highlight his administation’s ephasis on stopping drug trafficking and illegal immigration.Unlike our southern border, Florida has 1350 miles of coastline, which is difficult for ICE to police alone.  Homan says that’s why in Miami, there’s a joint task force of multiple federal agencies that does drug importation investigations.  ICE is joined by the U.S. Coast Guard, Homeland Security and the US military in its fight to keep drug smugglers and illegal immigration from Florida’s borders.  Homan says they are all making a huge impact in reducing maritime smuggling into the United States.ICE Director Thomas HomanPresident Donald Trump with Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, left, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Deputy Director Thomas Homan, right, speaks during a roundtable talks on sanctuary cities with law enforcement officers in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)The President recently directed SOUTHCOM to partner with the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other organizations to continue conducting enhanced counter-narcotic operations in the Caribbean Sea and East Pacific Ocean.last_img read more

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RB Reorganizes ‘Historic, Diverse Council’

first_imgMayor Pasquale Menna administers the oath of office to Fire Chief John SandersU.S. Rep. Frank Pallone administers the oath of office to Councilwoman Juanita LewisRED BANK — Consistency certainly seemed to be the tone of the day as borough officials met on Sunday to conduct the annual reorganization meeting.On New Year’s Day, Democratic Council members Edward Zipprich and Juanita Lewis took their oaths of office, which were administered by U.S. Representative Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ). Both the council members were incumbents who won re-election last year for their three-year terms, allowing the six-member council to remain all Democrats with a Democratic mayor.“I am proud to be part of this historic, diverse council,” said Lewis upon taking her second term, referencing a council that is comprised of two African Americans, three women and one gay member.“”We are continuing our commitment to the entire Red Bank community,” offered Zipprich in his comments after being sworn in.Along with the council remaining constant, the appointment of professionals followed suit, with all of them remaining for 2012. The council approved unanimously the reappointment of its borough attorney, Daniel J. O’Hern Jr.; engineer Christine Ballard with the T&M Associates firm; Philip A. Norcross as bond counsel; and Gene J. Anthony, Andrew Walsh and James L. Plosia Jr. to continue to serve as rent level board, construction board of appeals and labor counsels, respectively; David Kaplan as borough auditor; James Butler as municipal prosecutor; and Kevin P. Wigeton as public defender. Along with the professional appointments, the council approved the reappointment of the entirety of other administrative positions, from its administrator, Stanley Sickels, to Police Chief Stephen G. McCarthy and so on.Councilwoman Ed Zipprich is sworn in as his family looks on.The council went on the vote unanimously to rename Councilman Arthur V. Murphy III to be council president, having him preside in the mayor’s absence.“When you do spend so much time together you do become an extended family,” Mayor Pasquale Menna observed about the governing body and professionals who lend their support.In his remarks Menna offered his thanks to the public employees noting some elected officials have taken to “pick on public employees” but he offered his support, noting 2011 was something of a rough and tumble year being with heavy snow in late 2009 and continuing with a hurricane and even an earthquake. “I don’t know if we could have went through anything else,” he said.Overall, though, “I think the year was extremely positive,” Menna observed looking back at 2010. He noted there are development projects in the works that demonstrate interest in the community; and he pointed to rock star Jon Bon Jovi’s opening of Soul Kitchen, a philanthropic effort, that brought international media attention to the borough.Mayor Pasquale Menna administers the oath of office to Fire Chief John SandersFor the coming year, the mayor said there will be efforts to move forward with a progressive initiative to address the chronic parking shortfall; the naming of “a suitable public space” in honor of the late Katharine Elkus White, onetime mayor and U.S. ambassador to Denmark, “A legendary figure,” he said; the naming an “innovative program” in the near future (without offering any details): and plans to continue to lobby state legislators to address what local officials see as the inequity of providing services for an inordinate amount of tax exempt properties owned by not for profits, which they say places an additional burden on taxpayers.“I will do what I can to keep on moving forward,” Menna told the audience.last_img read more

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Waterside Stinks Again, Running Feces From Leaking Septic Tank

first_imgWaterside, one of Monrovia’s crowded business districts, has been overtaken by human and animal feces (pupu) from an old leaking septic tank.Sadly, hundreds of petty traders and medium size Liberian and foreign businesses have no choice but to endure the horrible smell and unsightly “pupu water” running down the street all day during the busiest shopping season of the year.The scene of the leaking septic tank at Waterside General Market has been described by some sanitation workers as a serious health and environmental hazard.Initially, businesspeople were hesitant to come face to face with the feces-infested street, owing to the unhygienic nature and health implications.But, during a visit to Waterside yesterday, it was observed that the petty traders, street vendors and foreign merchants were ignoring the stinking odor and carrying on with business as usual.  A few shoppers could be seen covering their noses.Year in and year out, the Waterside commercial district has  continued to endure daunting sanitation and environmental problems due to filth and nasty water from greater Monrovia’s poorly maintained septic tanks and gutters.Many of Monrovia’s gutters are clogged and the bulk of garbage and other waste are carried to the slum communities.Residents and business owners in those affected communities are alarmed by the situation but over the years nothing has been done to address the growing sanitation crisis in spite of their endless complaints and appeals.They lament that the leaking septic tank at this time of the year when the Christmas and New Year celebrations are days away is unfortunate and unacceptable.Several vendors and store owners interviewed sounded urgent appeals to the Liberian Government and partners for swift intervention in the sanitation problem.“We are really fed up asking for the permanent repair and maintenance of this leaking septic tank in this big business place near downtown Monrovia,” street vendor Clarence B. Jallah lamented.Mr. Jallah also expressed grave concern over the unsanitary conditions business people have to operate in down Waterside.Small businesswoman Hawa B. Tengbeh, 56, called on the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) to immediately deal with the situation and prevail on the septic tank owners to repair the damaged facility in order to avoid the outbreak of water and insect borne diseases.In a related development, other angry and frustrated residents called on the LWSC management to work out some concrete modalities with the septic tank owners for immediate repairs to be done.When contacted for comment, LWSC management told the Daily Observer that a solution is being worked out to remedy the grave sanitation crisis in the Waterside business district.It remains to be seen if street vendors, market women with their babies, business houses and shoppers down Waterside will get any relief from the stench and filth anytime soon.  In the meantime, as they say, hold your nose and pass.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH NOTES

first_imgWRITING GROUP: If you have an interest in staring stories or jokes, then you or someone you know may be interested in coming along to our classes. This is not an accredited course but participants come along to meet new people and just have a laugh. If you would like to find out more, please contact reception on 07491 41773. PHOTOGRAPHY: The Resource Centre will are hoping to run a class in photography in the near future. If you have an interest in the above, would like to take up a new hobby or just get out and meet new people then call reception on 07491 41773.  BASIC/CONVERSATIONAL IRISH: We are hoping to run classes in the Irish Language. This may be of benefit to people wishing to refresh their memory of the language, help their children with schoolwork or someone who just wishes to find out more about our native language. Please contact reception on 074 91 41773 for further information. BLOSSOMS: The New 2 U shop has now re-opened after the Christmas Holidays. We are still appealing to the public for donations of unwanted, quality items. However, we are also appealing for volunteers to help out in the shop. Please contact us on 07491 41773 if you would like to volunteer. Opening Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Fridays: 10.00a.m -4.00p.m.  LOCAL NEWS: LIFFORD/CLONLEIGH NOTES was last modified: January 10th, 2013 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:LIfford/Clonleigh noteslast_img read more

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Manus Kelly’s father to be nominated for late son’s seat on council

first_imgDonal Kelly, the father of the late Manus Kelly is to be forwarded to take his son’s seat on Donegal County Council.Mr Kelly Snr, a well-known figure in the Glenswilly area, is expected to be nominated at a Fianna Fail party meeting next week.The late Manus Kelly was a hugely popular figure in Donegal due to his rallying and business exploits. There was huge sadness across the county when the father-of-five was killed at the Donegal International Rally in June last.He had just been nominated a month previously to Donegal County Council for the first time.His seat is now expected to be taken by his father Donal.Once forwarded and agreed upon, Mr Kellys Snr is expected to be formally co-opted onto Donegal County Council later this month. Manus Kelly’s father to be nominated for late son’s seat on council was last modified: November 18th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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:councilDonal KellyManus KellyNominationlast_img read more

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The 2018 soybean planting season has begun in Ohio!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Some soybeans were planted in Ohio Monday! Jakob Wilson from JCW Farms Partnership in Madison County wrote on Facebook:“Everyone keeps preaching we need to plant beans earlier and earlier! Well here’s our test trial in the ground on 3-19-18. Will be interesting to see how this 7.5 acres turns out! #plant18“This field was corn last year and stalks were hit with a Joker last fall. One pass was planted at 150k and one was variable rate (from 130 to 165k).The beans were fully treated and also had ilevo on them. Soil temps were 40 degrees at 2 inches and 42 degrees at 4 inches.We will follow this field throughout the season to see how things turn out!last_img read more

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Tips for Renting: What Tenants Need to Do

first_imgBy Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, [email protected] to the frequent moves required of service members, many choose rental housing instead of buying a house. Compared to homeownership, renting offers the following advantages: lower costs in many areas, easy to move as job requirements, income, or family needs change, fewer responsibilities for maintenance, and minimal financial commitment (typically just a security deposit). Disadvantages of renting include no tax write-offs, limitations regarding remodeling, potential rent increases, and various restrictions (e.g., pets and subletting).  Return to article. Long DescriptionRegardless of the disadvantages of renting, mobility needs often make renting a home, condo, or apartment the preferred living arrangement of service members. Below are seven things that tenants should do:Identify What You Want- Identify essential “must have” features before searching for rental housing. Examples of “deal breakers” include: number of bedrooms, safe area, quiet area, convenient public transportation, utility costs included in rent or low utility costs if not, low security deposit, appliances included in a rental unit, privacy, local schools for children, and parking availability.Calculate What You Can Afford- Determine a price range into which rent and other housing costs (e.g., utilities) can fit. Ideally, monthly housing costs (e.g., rent, utilities, and renter’s insurance) should not exceed 25% to 30% of monthly take-home pay. However, this is difficult in many high-cost areas. The decision of how much to spend on rent will affect how much to spend for food, entertainment, travel, etc.Investigate Rental Resources- Seek resources to help make rent payments. If personal or family income falls within eligibility guidelines, rental assistance payments or subsidized housing units may be available. Another financial resource, for single renters, is to share rental expenses with a roommate.Document Pre-Rental Move-In Conditions– Housing experts recommend examining rental housing thoroughly and carefully with a landlord or rental agent. Take photographs at that time and save them in case you have difficulty getting your security deposit back. Some apartment complexes have checklists to document move-in conditions that both the landlord and tenant sign at the beginning and end of a lease.Know Your Lease– Understand key lease terms including the identity of the tenant and landlord, the amount and due date for rent payments, length of the lease (start and end dates), amount of security deposit required (e.g., 1 or 2 month’s rent), and whether pets or minor children are allowed. Also note the ability to sublet all or part of the lease to another tenant, parking availability, and whether or not utilities are included in monthly rent payments. Before signing a lease, determine if negotiation on certain provisions is possible.Meet Your Lease Obligations– Pay rent in full and on time and keep the premises clean and safe. Insure that your family, friends, and pets do not damage the property or disturb other tenants. Notify the landlord about needed repairs in writing, except in emergency situations, and maintain a business-like relationship. Comply with local building code regulations and housing codes and move out at the end of the lease term.Purchase Renter’s Insurance- Purchase renter’s insurance before moving into rental housing to cover personal property in the event of theft, a fire, water damage, and other named perils. Renter’s insurance also includes liability coverage to provide protection against lawsuits by guests who are injured within the walls of your rental unit and “additional living expenses” costs, like hotel bills and additional food costs, if the rental property is damaged and uninhabitable. The cost of a policy will depend on the location and type of structure of the rental unit, the value of personal property, and the amount of coverage provided.For additional information about renting, review the North Carolina State University Extension publication Choosing to Rent a Home For Your Family. Photo by mastersenaiper via Pixabay.com, CC0. https://pixabay.com/en/key-home-house-estate-business-2323278/last_img read more

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Alapag on Alab’s poor first half: ‘It needs to be a 40-minute effort’

first_imgTanduay Alab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAlab Pilipinas got off to a poor start and that ultimately caused its downfall in a close 92-89 defeat to Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club on Sunday in the 2018 Asean Basketball League.“I think it was really a tale of two halves. In the first half, we had 15 turnovers, but in the second half, we only had three. I think if we would have played with the sense of urgency like we did in the second half in the first half, I think the outcome could have been different,” said Alapag, who made his head coaching debut.ADVERTISEMENT Booed by PH crowd, Standhardinger delivers for Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Bobby Ray Parks Jr. did pick up the slack in the second half to lead Alab’s belated rally. That effort was a welcome sight for Alapag as the home crew came one Urbiztondo desperation three away from forcing overtime against the defending ABL champion.“I was very pleased with our effort in the second half,” he said. “But we need not just 20 minutes, it needs to be a 40-minute effort.”Rather than dwell on the defeat, Alapag noted the game should serve as a pick off point for Alab as it seeks to bounce back in its next game against Singapore on November 29 in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.“It was definitely something that we can build off of. Despite the loss, there were a lot of positives we can build on,” he said, not just for the players but also for the coaches themselves.“When you’ve played for so long, it’s a much different perspective. When you’re playing, you’re focused on making the shot or making the assist. But now when you’re coaching, you’re trying to put the pieces together to make it work with the five guys on the court,” shared the PBA legend. “Just like the players have to get back to work in practice, I’ll do my part watching video tonight and making sure that we’re better next game.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:1355,000 early birds flock at Manila North Cemetery00:37Palace to push on with efforts to review K-1201:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Aside from World Imports Reggie Okosa and Ivan Johnson as well as veteran guard Josh Urbiztondo, contributions have been few for Alab in the first half.Hong Kong slowly pulled away and even took a 15-point lead, 63-48, early in the third quarter.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 shutout“Us having 15 turnovers and giving Hong Kong 23 turnover points in the first half put us in a pretty big hole,” lamented Alapag.“A lot of these guys with PBA experience are used to 48 minutes. In a 40-minute game, it’s really important that you work at a much more efficient rate.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Minister Hanna Calls for Return to Traditional Values

first_imgMinister of Youth and Culture, Hon. Lisa Hanna, has called on communities to return to traditional values, where children and the elderly receive support and protection as a cultural norm. The Minister, who has portfolio responsibility for children, noted that the modern society has departed from traditional values that once held communities together, and that many parents have left their children to learn “alien” values. Miss Hanna was delivering the keynote address at the 275th anniversary of the Accompong Maroons Treaty, held on January 6, in St. Elizabeth. The Minister said that too many parents have retreated from parental responsibilities, and urged all adults to take a stand for children and the wider community. “In many respects, we have to return to our roots to move forward. We can learn a lot from the Ashanti governance structure that sought to ensure that every member of the community was cared for,” the Minister said. “We can be guided by the Ashanti land rights, based on communal ownership that provided respect, stability and assurance of inheritance to the youth population. Additionally, young people were initiated in a programme that allowed them to understand such Ashanti values as respect for their elders, self respect, and the transfer of power for the continuation of the struggle,” she added.last_img read more

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