Burden couple seeking excess of $75,000 for demolition of structure on S. Cherry

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (37) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +22 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 296 weeks ago It was only a matter of time. City gov has been out of control. Bank should have been notified and other safeguards. Hard working people ought not be treated this way. Just because something may be “lawful” doesn’t make it right. This isn’t Malibu Heights or Boca Raton, it’s Wellington breadbasket Kansas and we don’t do people that way. People need to resign over this. Not cool at all. Report Reply 0 replies · active 296 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down crusader pride · 296 weeks ago I would say before we go throwing the City under the bus we wait and see how this plays out. Why was the taxes not paid…did the county have the correct owner listed?Was the address current? Is there not two sides to every story? If the appraised value is less than 5,000 I am thinking that these folks do not have 75,000 in the property…how much did they pay and when? If I remember right the city has bent over backwards to give people time to clean up property to avoid demolition… Report Reply 2 replies · active 295 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 295 weeks ago Not to be rude but it looked like a complete dump, eye sore, etc… BUT City should have notified the bank, if there is a loan on the home it would of been listed on the deed and they could have easily notified the bank and found the owners. My question is, if you are remodeling something like that, wouldn’t you pay the taxes and keep them current, why would you let the taxes go for a year? Sounds fishy to me…. Report Reply 1 reply · active 25 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down mom2mykids · 295 weeks ago Also…what about all the other dumps sitting around in Wellington, why are they not being demolished? Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +11 Vote up Vote down Clumsy · 295 weeks ago lets blame the big bad city even though it took the owners 3 months to discover the house was torn down and they are suing for over 75,000 dollars when the dump is appraised at $4750. people should think this out. Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 295 weeks ago People don’t seem to realize that their opinion of the world is also a confession of their character. – Ralph Waldo Emerson Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Thirsty · 295 weeks ago The structure was appraised at the $4750 value. That does not include the value of the “land.” I am sure the land is worth a little more as it is more than likely around 2700 an acre. Not saying this place is worth a whole lot but with 10-20K in renovations they anticipated on putting into it would value it roughly at the 75k range. I see their side and I see Wellington’s side. They should have contacted the bank like everybody else says but what they did was lawful. Putting a notice in a public published reading is considered a reasonable attempt by law. These people will probably be shafted and the city will probably squeak by with this one. They should change their policy after this one though! They don’t need to be getting sued on the taxpayers dime. Report Reply 4 replies · active 25 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Guest · 295 weeks ago Hold on, can we all recall several buildings downtown that needed demolished, the worst being 201 N Washington which transformed into a swan. I don’t know these people, but they don’t live here and 3 months is nothing, if they were remodeling they were doing it on their time frame, not yours. The lawsuit I am guessing is representative of what the home would have been valued at completed (I am not an appraiser so just guessing that was their mindset). As for taxes there are plenty of people behind on taxes, doesn’t mean they won’t be paid and definitely doesn’t mean they should be burned at the stake. For the rest of my 2 cents — the city paid for a business to relocate when a structure next door was compromised, which the city didn’t own any of these buildings but yet they paid for the relocation of the business, so try to figure out why the city does one thing for one and something completely different for another. . Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Concerned Person · 295 weeks ago Comments on Cowley County Newscow Report Reply 0 replies · active 295 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Home Town Boy · 295 weeks ago The City was wrong and should pay up! I have seen people posted in the paper for being 2 and 3 years behind on taxes and they don’t tear down their houses. Maybe the City could just pay the suit off out of the contingency account they always pay the hospital electric bill with. Those people should hire a contractor and doze down City Hall. Report Reply 2 replies · active 295 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Shane Farley, Newscow.net and Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A Burden couple is suing the City of Wellington over a house that was allegedly demolished without their knowledge in the spring of 2013.Tevra Venn and her husband, Jasen Venn, filed the suit this summer. A pretrial conference in the case, set for this week, was postponed.The couple is seeking a judgement in excess of $75,000.The property in question is located at 806 S. Cherry St. in the southern portion of Wellington. According to the suit complaint, it was a first home for the Venns and recently they were working to remodel it and have it as an investment property to be rented.Those plans changed in the summer of 2013 when the couple learned their house and a detached out building on the property were gone. A man who had been taking care of the lawn for the Venns told the couple the structures were no longer standing.“He asked when we had made the decision to take down the house and garage,” Tevra Venn said in a brief interview with NewsCow. “And I was confused, I said, ‘What? The house is gone?’ And he said, ‘yes, it’s gone.’”Neither the Venns or any tenant was living at the residence when the issue with the city began.Tevra Venn did some investigating and learned the demolition had been performed by a contractor on behalf of the City of Wellington. In the suit, the Venns accuse city officials of failing to properly notify all interested parties.That includes the bank that had loaned the Venns the money to purchase the home. The couple continues to pay a mortgage on that residence, even though it no longer stands. Materials inside the residence, intended to be used for the remodel, were also destroyed.Tevra Venn said she approached the city looking for answers before deciding to file the suit.She acknowledged the exterior of the home wasn’t in the greatest of shape, but she said the interior had been partially remodeled and the couple had purchased new siding they planned to install.Power to the home had been disconnected so that repairs to the electrical system could be made.In the suit, the couple contends the decisions leading to demolition were made through government action taken on April 2, 2013. The home was gone just over three months after that when the couple learned of it.Tevra Venn wonders how a property could be deemed in need of demolition and brought to the ground in such a short time frame. She also contends that city officials seemed unreceptive of her attempts to settle the issue amicably without a lawsuit being filed.The suit accuses the city of trespassing on the property by failing to give proper notice of the demolition and for being negligent in formulating a lawful plan to demolish the buildings.In an answer filed by the city in district court in August of this year, Mulvane attorney Michael Brown, legal counsel for the city, denied claims the city of Wellington did anything unlawful and contested the accusation that proper notification had not been given to the appropriate parties.In a city public hearing report filed by the Wellington Code Compliance Office to the Wellington City Council on April 2, 2013, it stated the 806 S. Cherry Street structure was deemed “unsafe and dangerous” and was recommended for demolition. It was one of seven properties on the agenda that gained demolition approval through a resolution.The report said on Feb. 5, 2013, a public notification was made and placed in the legal newspaper, stating the taxes had not been paid in one year and contact could not be established by the owners.It was also observed:“Exterior inspection was made of the property at a reasonable time and date. The primary residence and garage had been deemed unsafe due to damage and decay. Highly visible evidence of water saturated exterior walls present. Roof covering on rear and garage are worn and may not provide a weatherproof seal. Foundation, where visible, shows cracks, fissures and leanings.”The appraised value of the building at demolition according to the Sumner County Appraiser was $4,750.The council approved the resolution unanimously to remove the structure. Council members at the time included Kim Woodrow, John Brand, Larry Shimer, Dana Anderson, Larry Shimer, Lanny Taylor, Terry Nunemaker and Jan Korte.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Carmelo Anthony isn’t only player ‘up in the air’ on resumption of NBA season

first_imgBased on the tentative NBA calendar, teams could finish out their seasons in September or October and then have to prepare for the next campaign in December. It’s possible the league will see some players elect to sit out until the 2020-21 season kicks off.Anthony and his NBA brethren should be asking themselves and higher-ups hard questions about the restart. What are the specific COVID-19 testing procedures? What exactly are players allowed to do outside of practices and games? Will players still be paid if they choose to sit out the rest of the season? What about if they are replaced by G Leaguers or free agents? While the NBA appeared to send out the “basketball is back” message following the league’s board of governors approving the initial plan, the reality of this situation is far more complicated. Until key issues are addressed, don’t expect players to fully commit. Before he signed a one-year deal with the Trail Blazers in November, Carmelo Anthony was a free agent floating in the middle of the ocean waiting for a boat to pick him up. He understands how quickly the game of basketball can be taken away. And that’s why Anthony will be in shape and ready to play when (if?) the 2019-20 NBA season resumes. With the Blazers 3 1/2 games behind the Grizzlies for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, Anthony and his teammates must hit the ground running. MORE: Key dates, schedule & more to know about NBA season”As far as from a physical standpoint, yes, I’m ready,” Anthony said during an interview with TNT’s Ernie Johnson. “I’m in the gym, we’re in the gym, because we understand the minute that the horn goes off, we have to be ready as a team, Portland specifically.” At the same time, conditioning drills are far down the list of priorities for Anthony and plenty of other players. As the NBA continues to finalize the details of its 22-team format and basketball “bubble” in Orlando, Fla., some players are understandably hesitant to book their flights to Disney World.”As far as actually playing and going back down into Orlando, I’m still up in the air a little bit because I really don’t — we don’t have all the details,” Anthony said. “We don’t know a lot of information, so until we have that, it’s kind of hard to just commit to it 100 percent.”Anthony was willing to say publicly what many players are feeling privately. The NBA and National Basketball Players Association have discussed a plan that would allow players to stay home without consequences, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who reported that 40 to 50 players expressed concerns about the resumption of play on recent conference calls.Per Wojnarowski:Executives and coaches around the NBA have had significant concerns about how players will adapt to an environment unlike any they’ve ever experienced and how those hurdles could impact the sustained competitive drive for teams. Many have worried, too, especially on teams that aren’t title contenders, whether some players will start to seek avenues to bypass the resumption altogether.The novel coronavirus hasn’t suddenly disappeared. Members of the NBA community remain active in speaking out and protesting against racial injustice and police brutality. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the environment until after the first round of the playoffs. There is a lot to consider here.For some players, especially those unlikely to make deep postseason runs, traveling to Orlando could be viewed as an unnecessary health risk. Social distancing guidelines would mean lost opportunities to fight for important causes and/or time spent away from close friends and family.last_img read more

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FIFA advisers: ‘Danger’ for gay fans at World Cup in Russia

first_img“British and German fans’ groups have asked FIFA if they are OK to raise a rainbow flag inside the stadium,” Powar said. “FIFA has not really responded so far to say if this is something the security services will allow.”FIFA diversity head Federico Addiechi said he has seen no written request from fan groups on whether gay pride flags can be unfurled.“There’s nothing in the regulation from FIFA that prevents anyone from entering the stadiums with non-political messages,” Addiechi said.FARE has also has long-standing concerns about the reception black and ethnic minority fans will face around games in Russia.“Do go to the World Cup, but be cautious,” Powar said. “There are two elements to it — one towards people of color and other element is far-right nationalism. Far-right extremist groups have had around 300 people banned from attending the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT As fans prepare their trips after Friday’s World Cup draw, the FARE network said it will produce a guide spelling out the threats to be prepared for in Russia.“The guide will advise gay people to be cautious in any place which is not seen to be welcoming to the LGBT community,” FARE executive director Piara Powar said. “If you have gay fans walking down the street holding hands, will they face danger in doing so? That depends on which city they are in and the time of day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The guide will also include some detailed explanations of for example the actual situation of the LGBT community in Russia. It is not a crime to be gay but there is a law against the promotion of homosexuality to minors. Issues relating to the LGBT community are not part of the public discourse. Gay people have a place in Russia which is quite hidden and underground.”FARE, which monitors FIFA fixtures for discriminatory behavior, said it is unclear whether fans will be allowed to display rainbow flags inside stadiums. 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People walk past a huge poster promoting the upcoming soccer World Cup 2018 tournament in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. The World Cup will be played at 12 stadiums in 11 Russian cities. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW — FIFA’s anti-discrimination advisers are warning gay soccer fans going to the 2018 World Cup in Russia that displays of affection could be met with an aggressive response from intolerant locals.Homosexuality was decriminalized in Russia in 1993, but anti-gay sentiment remains strong and intensified after a law was introduced in 2013 prohibiting dissemination to minors of “propaganda” legitimizing homosexuality.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Spartak was also fined for discriminatory chants against fans from Russia’s North Caucasus in a domestic cup game last month.Anti-discrimination observers will be deployed at the June 14-July 15 World Cup where matches can bestopped or abandoned if racism persists after warnings inside stadiums.“The World Cup must be inclusive, respect human rights, must respect the rights of everyone including minorities,” Addiechi said. “We have the assurance from the Russian organizing committee and the Russian authorities that everyone will feel safe, comfortable and welcome in the country.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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PPP pickets President’s Berbice visit

first_img…calls for Agricultural Minister’s resignation…as Police arrest drivers taking protestersThe Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) on Friday picketed President David Granger as he made his way to the Corentyne in East Berbice, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).However, some of the protesters were detained by the Police as they were making their way to the picket line.The protesters were voicing their concerns about a number of issues affecting the country, including the dismissal of thousands of sugar workers, the high crime rate, and unilateral appointment of GECOM chairman Justice James Patterson, 84, on October 19 by President David Granger.Speaking to the media on Friday, Regional Party Chairman Zamal Hussain said the PPP is upset over the unilateral decision taken by the President in appointing the new GECOM Chairman. Last month, the party picketed Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, and had vowed to dish out the same treatment to the President whenever he comes to the region.“We are very concerned about this unilateral decision by the President to appoint the GECOM Chairman, and it should be rescinded because this is unconstitutional. In fact, we are against this constitutional dictatorship attitude of the President, whereby he has appointed this 84-year-old man to take up that position at GECOM. This action is a recipe for rigged elections, and we are here to protest against the dark days coming back to Guyana, and this is something we are trying to stop. The GECOM Chairperson is the key in how the 2020 elections will be run,” Hussain said.Hussain spoke on behalf of some ex-estate workers who were present at the protest. Their severance, he said, should be the full payment, and not 50 per cent. Hussain called on the Government to provide transportation for children in the various areas whose parents are now jobless.The opposition regional councillor, during the protest, called for Agricultural Minister Noel Holder to resign, claiming that he is responsible for what is happening in the sugar industry.The party is also demanding that the dismissed workers get water and electricity subsidy to cushion the impact of their unemployment.He explained that it was Minister Holder’s “incompetence” in handling the sugar workers’ severance pay issue, and more importantly, in handling the issues surrounding GuySuCo.“We are also here to show our discomfort with the spiralling crime rate in Guyana,” Hussain told Guyana Times.Hussain expressed disappointment over the fact that some colleagues of the sugar workers could attend the exercise. He explained that the minibus, which was taking some of the protesters, was stopped at Lewis Manor village and taken to the Albion Police Station, where one of the drivers was charged for having a sticker on the back of the bus which has the name of the bus service and a telephone number. The other bus allegedly had a sign which read ‘private’ on the dashboard.Both drivers are expected to make a court appearance. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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BC Hydro formally apologizes to members of Treaty 8

first_imgBC Hydro has apologized for drilling in an important Treaty 8 Tribal Association archaeological site.Last July, members from the Site-C team were conducting geotechnical investigation work in the area.Spokesperson David Conway says the team changed locations at last minute, in an effort to reduce environmental impact. Conway says the team did not check the mapping correctly, and accidently drilled in the archaeological zone.- Advertisement -[asset|aid=1585|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=82e35a3d2e3399abc4b6c0c387f81623-Conway 1_1_Pub.mp3]He says the team immediately stopped working as soon as they realized they were drilling in a culturally sensitive area. They also notified members from Treaty 8 and the archaeological branch in Victoria.Then,  BC Hydro hired an archaeological firm to conduct a study on the extent of damage. Conway says the study concluded that no scientifically important archaeological artifacts were found at the site.Advertisement Now, BC Hydro recently met with members from Treaty 8 to issue a formal apology.[asset|aid=1586|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=82e35a3d2e3399abc4b6c0c387f81623-Conway 2_1_Pub.mp3]He says it was also an opportunity for the Site-C team to hear directly from Treaty 8, in regards to the importance of the archaeological sites to First Nations.In a Treaty Eight Tribal Association news release, Chief Liz Logan calls the apology “An important first step, to acknowledge our Treaty Rights in the area.”Advertisement She also says Hydro outlined steps taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.They include the appointment of on-site external environmental managers and archaeologists, who have authority to stop any Hyrdo work, in the area.last_img read more

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Transfer rumours and paper review – Monday, October 20

first_imgHere’s the top transfer-related stories in Monday’s newspapers…Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has dismissed speculation linking the Spanish giants with a move for Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling. (Daily Mail)Ancelotti has also told Manchester United to forget about re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo. (The Sun)Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal hopes to blow Arsenal and Chelsea out the water with a MEGA contract offer for Germany World Cup winner Sami Khedira. (Daily Star)Manchester United are also planning a £15m bid for Torino full-back Matteo Darmian. (Daily Express)Manchester United target Arturo Vidal insists he is “100% committed” to Juventus despite being left out of the squad for their clash with Sassuolo at the weekend. (Daily Star)Dani Alves is continuing negotiations with Barcelona over a new contract but the club want him to take a wage cut.The Brazilian was reported to have agreed a pre-contract with Manchester United but no deal is in place. (Daily Mail)Liverpool, Everton, Swansea, Hull and West Ham are all keen on Marseille forward Andre Ayew. (Daily Mirror)Neil Lennon is hoping to bring his former Celtic strike star Gary Hooper to Bolton. The new Trotters boss has identified the Norwich City forward as the man to help lift the Championship side away from the relegation danger zone. (Daily Mirror)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘We’re not at our best, but we’re getting there’, Liverpool boss Rodgers tells talkSPORTExclusive – Arsenal are only fighting for third or fourth, claims ParlourExclusive – Arsenal MUST be more disciplined in defence, says Gunners legendExclusive – Higginbotham: Sunderland players gave up in 8-0 mauling at SouthamptonMUST WATCH: No wonder Man United reportedly want this Dutch starlast_img read more

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What does your cell phone say about you?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Boys and men think of them as tricked-out cars: leather cases and chrome bumpers or sports-inspired skins. “For many people, their phones are near and dear to them,” said Art Navarro, West Coast spokesman for Cingular. “They want to make a statement. When people whip out a cell phone to use it, it has got to make a bold statement.” With 70 percent of the nation wired in to cell phones, it’s natural that customers want to personalize, said Dan Roy, national sales manager for Motorola. He sees it as another form of pop culture. Five years ago, ringtones became a hit. Industry leaders said retail sales of ringtones reached about $500 million in the U.S. last year, up from $245 million in 2004 and $68 million in 2003, according to BMI, the performing rights organization that represents songwriters, composers and music publishers. Even the makers of Motorola’s sleek RAZR are selling skins or stickers to press on to the bodies of the phones. WOODLAND HILLS – Monique Bonilla’s Sidekick cell phone sparkles, like the braces on the teeth of many of the teenagers at Taft High School. “It’s just too plain when it comes out of the box,” the 15-year-old said of her electronic toy, accessorized in pink and white rhinestones in the shape of a heart. “So a lot of people, when they get these, they want some style to it.” It’s all about personalization, say those in the industry. It’s about pulling out a cell phone and being the talk of the town. All over Los Angeles, it seems cell phones and Sidekicks, iPods and BlackBerrys are getting makeovers. For girls and women, these little technological toys are the new Barbie: the cell phones come out of the box, as plain and simple as can be, then are rushed over to a speciality cart in the middle of a mall and bejeweled with rhinestones or dangling charms. “Customization is everywhere,” Roy said. “I think that phones are now so prevalent, it’s not so special to have one. The next step is people want to accessorize them. As electronics go, cell phones are not that expensive.” Roy said he sees the trend more in California than anywhere else. “The West Coast tends to adapt to these things faster than the rest of the country,” he said. “The idea isn’t quite exciting to the rest of the nation as it is here.” Sprint offers its own accessories as well. The latest are geared toward men: wallpaper of sports heroes and hip-hop stars. “We launched Sprint faceplates and charms,” said spokeswoman Kathleen Dunleavy. “I think it’s great. It’s a great way for our customers to express their individuality. Everyone’s got a cell phone, but what personalization says is, Guess what? You don’t have a cell phone like the one I have.” At the Westfield Topanga mall in Canoga Park, Tina Dokko caught the accessory fever about a year ago. She operates Powercell, a small cart where a cell phone or Sidekick or any other pocket-size electronic can get an extreme makeover. For $60 to $200, she and her colleague Ivy Kim will stick on high-end rhinestones by hand, with symbols as simple as pink hearts or initials, to more elaborate designs such as swirls. “Sometimes, people will buy and activate a phone at a shop, then bring it straight over here,” she said. “They want the phone to look good. They want to show it off. They want someone to look at the phone and say, Wow!” “I’m always into what looks different,” said Lena Smith, 30, of Woodland Hills, who stopped at Dokko’s cart. Some of the pink and clear crystals had popped off, a result of a little lack of love and tender care on her part, she said. “It’s definitely a trendy thing,” Smith said. “I like things that sparkle and people expect to see me in something that sparkles.” The allure is lost on a few, though. “I think these are people who are lonely, or something happened in their life to where they need that attention,” said 20-year-old Dana Nazery of Northridge. “You’ll never see a guy with rhinestones on his phone.” “They’ve got too much time on their hands,” agreed 16-year-old Sharona Harir of Woodland Hills. Her friend Anna Patrosyan, 18, of Canoga Park said she would rather buy a new phone than decorate an old one. “I wouldn’t do it, but if people like it, they like it,” she said. “I’ve seen beautiful covers with flowers and rhinestones.” At Taft High School, friends Phillip Bull and James Darby IV, both 17, flipped open their cell phones to reveal plain faces. No wallpaper, no skins, and definitely no rhinestones. “It’s mainly girls that do that,” Phillip said of the decorating. “I just don’t need that. I’m trying to get my grown man on.” Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 susan.abram@dailynews.com 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

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DONEGAL MAN APPOINTED DIRECTOR AT ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST ART GALLERIES

first_imgA Co Donegal man has been appointed as the new director of one of Australia’s biggest art galleries.John Cunningham, left, has received a prestigious appointment.McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery, has made well-known Ardara man John Cunningham its new director.Cunningham replaces outgoing director Robert Lindsay. Lindsay announced that he would be stepping down from the position in February.Cunningham brings a wealth of Australian and international experience to the role.At present, he is the director of the Warrnambool Art Gallery.John is well-known across Donegal where his previous roles include deputy director of the Regional Cultural Centre in Ireland and manager of the Letterkenny Arts Centre. He also has a keen interest in the intersection between art, science and locale.During his four-year tenure at Warrnambool, the gallery garnered its highest audience numbers, with a huge 73 per cent jump in visitors.  Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/john-cunningham-appointed-director-of-mcclelland-sculpture-park-and-gallery-20150430-1mwq25.html#ixzz3Yq3K5AQDDONEGAL MAN APPOINTED DIRECTOR AT ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S BIGGEST ART GALLERIES was last modified: May 1st, 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:Ardaraart galleryAustraliadonegalJohn Cunninghamlast_img read more

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WOMAN GETS €45,000 FOR FALL AT DONEGAL SHOPPING CENTRE

first_imgA woman who injured her ankle after her foot caught on an uneven footpath as she left a Donegal shopping centre has been awarded €45,000 in damages.The High CourtMs Justice Bronagh O’Hanlon said carer Helen Flynn suffered a severe injury to her ankle after the fall at Letterkenny Shopping Centre. The High Court heard she was in plaster for six weeks as a result of the accident.Ms Flynn (51), Rannyhill, Gortnavern, Kerrykeel, had sued Harcourt Developments Ltd, owner of Letterkenny Shopping Centre, as a result of the accident on July 7th, 2009.She claimed she was caused to trip and fall in a hole on a broken footpath near the entrance to the shopping centre. There was a failure to cordon off the area where the footpath had been damaged, she claimed.Harcourt Developments had denied liability.Making the award, Ms Justice O’Hanlon said Ms Flynn was a credible person who had established her case in negligence.WOMAN GETS €45,000 FOR FALL AT DONEGAL SHOPPING CENTRE was last modified: February 14th, 2014 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:DamagesfallHelen FlynnHIGH COURTKERRYKEELlast_img read more

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Newcastle boss asked to do Spain World Cup job

first_img How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? gameday Benitez led the Magpies to 10th last season Newcastle were sounded out about the possibility of loaning manager Rafael Benitez to Spain for the World Cup finals.It is understood the Spanish Football Association contacted the Magpies after sacking manager Julen Lopetegui just two days before his side were due to launch their campaign in Russia following an announcement he was to leave his post after the tournament to replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid. Enrique is the new Spain boss How Man United could line up for Newcastle clash – will Pogba start? Benitez currently finds himself in limbo as he waits for a significant breakthrough on the transfer front having to date added only Martin Dubravka and Kenedy, who were both on loan at St James’ Park during the second half of last season, to the squad and replaced departed midfielder Mikel Merino with Ki Sung-yueng.He is desperate to add a proven striker to the mix, but has already missed out on Nice marksman Alassane Plea to Borussia Monchengladbach, while West Brom’s Salomon Rondon has so far stayed beyond his grasp with the club seemingly unwilling to activate a £16.5million release clause in his contract.The situation appears to have reached something of an impasse with owner Mike Ashley unwilling to invest heavily in a manager who has just a year remaining on his contract and is yet to agree an extension, while Benitez does not want to commit himself until the club show they share his ambition, and that includes investment in the academy and training ground. who plays? 3 Fans who are never very far from open revolt over Ashley’s methods are starting to fear a season of struggle – the Magpies ended the last campaign in 10th place in the Premier League after mounting a concerted fightback after the turn of the year – if the squad is not improved, and in turn that that could ultimately cost them a manager who has captured their imagination during his time to date on Tyneside.Managing director Lee Charnley is trying to do the deals which will satisfy Benitez as the August 9 transfer deadline fast approaches, but the manager has hinted that his first and second choice targets have already eluded the club as they work their way down his list. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS ALTERED However, sources on Tyneside have indicated their interest never went beyond that initial enquiry and it was former skipper Fernando Hierro who eventually took temporary charge.Spain were dumped out of the competition in the last 16 by hosts Russia and have since appointed former Barcelona manager Luis Enrique on a two-year contract.Benitez, 58, has admitted in the past that the national job could appeal one day, although he remains focused on Newcastle during what has been a difficult summer.Asked at the club’s pre-season training camp at Carton House in Ireland if he could have taken charge of his country at the World Cup finals, he told the Chronicle: “There was maybe a chance, but still I am here and I am happy to be here. There was a chance. There were rumours about that.” Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes Ashley is reluctant to invest NEW ERA How Arsenal could line up in Arteta’s first official game in charge – Ozil return? predicted possible xi Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener How Liverpool could line up at Leicester with midfielder set for lengthy absence 3 smart causal Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 3 highlights last_img read more

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