A Kansas bill moving local elections from April to November causes worry for some Wellington school board, council members

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Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Deanne · 333 weeks ago It appears that the local governments & school districts are concerned that more people will be inclined to vote during normal November elections making it harder to get the limited number of voters that they need to pass their special election items. If they truly have good ideas that need to pass they should pass on merit not on the date of the election. Report Reply 1 reply · active 332 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down MJE · 332 weeks ago If people care about an issue, then they’ll go vote, no matter when the election is held. Report Reply +1 Vote up Vote down Whatever · 333 weeks ago Waiting until November would mean exactly that. The city works on a timeline and most of the special taxes/items of consideration come to term in April. This would create large gaps in funding to ALOT of projects and businesses that count on the April polls for voting. If thIs happens you can expect to see more businesses and projects either closing or taking longer than necessary to complete. The school district has to know what funding they will have to set the next years budget. It makes since for them to want to keep the April date. Report Reply 0 replies · active 333 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down MJE · 332 weeks ago 1. It doesn’t make sense to elect school board members in the fall, after the school year has started, and have members coming and going in the middle of the school year. 2. If people are casting votes for city council and school board members not because they care and they’ve made an informed choice, but because they’re at the polls anyway to vote for the state races, how meaningful are those votes, anyway? When people care about a race or an issue, they take the time to go vote. Low voter turnout in the spring is merely a symptom of apathy. Encouraging apathetic people to go cast a vote in a race when they’re uninformed about the candidates and issues doesn’t do anyone any good. 3. Why does the state need to tell municipalities when to hold local elections? If a town or school district wants to hold elections in the fall to get more people to vote or simply to avoid the trouble or expense of having to have the polls open for a spring election, then they should be able to make that choice. If a school district or town wants to hold spring elections so the same school board members serve the entire school year, then they should also be able to make that choice. Local elections should be a local issue, period. Report Reply 0 replies · active 332 weeks ago 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 Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Two impeding bills have been moving their way through the Kansas House and Senate that would change the dates of local elections from April to November. It’s a proposal that has little support amongst either the Wellington City Council or the school board – and their staffs.Currently the bills, one in the house and one in the senate, could be consolidated and passed into law that would move local elections from the first week of April to the first week of November on odd numbered years.Both bills have moved out of committees and are now being voted on each chamber’s floor. The bills’ supporters said it is to improve voter attendance. According to state figures, turnout for fall statewide elections was in the upper 60 percent. Turnout for local elections in the spring wavered around 15 percent.The theory is if the local elections are moved to the fall then there would be more voter participation in city council and school board elections.But the fear amongst many in the Wellington school board and city council is it will make local politics partisan – attaching the Republican and Democrat labels to the candidates. Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss in his Thursday report to the school board stated that moving the elections to the fall would be a logistical nightmare.“We would be having to change school board members in the middle of the school year,” Weiss said.Down the street, Wellington City Manager Gus Collins didn’t express much enthusiasm for the proposal either.“I guess my biggest concern is for the first time in years, this kind of legislation has legs,” Collins said.Wellington City Clerk Shane Shields said if a vacancy occurs within the city council, the appointment would go to a party precinct committee instead of the council itself.Shields said it would not save the city any money because election expenses are the county’s.Some local officials believe this is a disguised political power play by the Republican majority.“This is a way for the tea party to consolidate power,” said Bob White, Wellington school board member.Weiss said he has been contacting area representatives but has not heard any response, except for one who gave him a non-invasive answer.“A lot of school districts are passing resolutions against the proposal,” Weiss said. “But so far it is falling on deaf ears.”Neither Wellington governmental entity passed any resolution against the proposal. But it has occurred elsewhere. This week the Wichita City Council voted unanimously against the proposal stating it will lead to political gridlock which is occurring at the Kansas State House.Currently, the bill would have school and city elections on odd number years instead of the even number years for Presidential and state races. Some legislatures have expressed the desire of running the local elections on even number years to run congruently with state and federal races.Also, there is nothing in the legislation that requires partisanship.Wellington City Council member Vince Wetta warned that items can be put in and out of a bill at anytime.last_img read more

Reynolds expands emergency declaration — law enforcement to work on better enforcing orders

first_imgTo encourage further social distancing and mitigation efforts, the proclamation orders additional closures effective at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7th until Thursday, April 30th:MallsTobacco or vaping storesToy, gaming, music, instrument, movie, or adult entertainment storesSocial and fraternal clubs, including those at golf coursesBingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parksMuseums, libraries, aquariums, and zoosRace tracks and speedway.Roller or ice skating rinks and skate parksOutdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centersCampgroundsIn addition, all unsolicited door-to-door sales are prohibited.The following establishments and behaviors that are already prohibited:Mass gatherings as outlined in the proclamation belowRestaurants and bars limited to carry out.Fitness centersSwimming poolsSalons: All salons, including all establishments providing the services of cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring, and pedicuring, all as defined in Iowa Code § 157.1, shall continue to be closed.Medical spasBarbershopsTattoo establishmentsTanning facilitiesMassage therapy establishmentsTheaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or motion pictures are shown shall continue to be closed.Casinos and gaming facilities:Other nonessential retail establishments outlined in the proclamation: Bookstores; clothing stores; shoe stores; jewelry stores; luggage stores; cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores; florists; and furniture and home furnishing stores shall continue to be closed. These establishments may still serve the public through online or telephone sales, delivery, or curb-side pick-up. This closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods.Senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed.Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisersLivestock auctions of food animals with more than 25 people and all other auctions with more than 10 people are prohibited.The full text of the proclamation can be read below and viewed online:WHEREAS, the World Health Organization has reported an outbreak of thousands of cases of Novel Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) in multiple countries, causing illness and deaths; andWHEREAS, on January 31, 2020, the United States Department of Health and Human Services declared a national public health emergency; andWHEREAS, on March 9, 2020, a Proclamation of Disaster Emergency was issued to coordinate the State of Iowa’s response to this outbreak and such disaster continues to exist; andWHEREAS, on March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a global pandemic; andWHEREAS, on March 13, 2020, President Donald J. Trump issued a proclamation declaring that the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States constitutes a national emergency; andWHEREAS, on March 17, 2020, a Proclamation of Public Health Disaster Emergency was issued to provide additional needed resources and measures to respond to this disaster, was extended on April 2, 2020, and such public health disaster continues to exist; andWHEREAS, the risk of transmission of COVID-19 may be substantially reduced by temporarily closing certain additional public establishments, continuing the previous closures, and continuing to prohibit mass gatherings; andWHEREAS, strict compliance with the provisions of Iowa Code § 123.30(3)(c) regarding sale of unopened containers of alcoholic beverages to patrons for consumption off premises by class “C” liquor control licensees would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster in all counties of our state; andWHEREAS, strict compliance with the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.130(4) and Iowa Administrative Code 185-4.6(3)(c) & (e) requiring that beer sold at retail at the manufacturing premises for consumption off the premises must be in-person and transferred to another container at the time of sale would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster in all counties of our state; andWHEREAS, strict compliance with the provisions of Iowa Code §§ 123.30(3)(c) and 123.49(2)(d), prohibiting a class “C” liquor control license holder from selling mixed drinks or cocktails for consumption off premises, would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster in all counties of our state.NOW THEREFORE, I, KIMBERLY K. REYNOLDS, Governor of the State of Iowa, by the power and authority vested in me by the Iowa Constitution, Art. IV, §§ 1, 8 and Iowa Code §§ 29C.6(1), 135.140(6), and 135.144 do hereby proclaim a STATE OF PUBLIC HEALTH DISASTER EMERGENCY continues to exist throughout the entire state of Iowa and do hereby ORDER and DIRECT the following:ADDITIONAL ESTABLISHMENT CLOSURES AND ORDERSSECTION ONE. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby order the following additional closures and orders beginning at 8:00 a.m. on April 7, 2020, and continuing until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020:A. Malls: All enclosed malls shall be closed, including interior common areas and any retail establishment that only accessible to the public from the interior common areas. A retail establishment that may be directly accessed from outside the mall is not required to close by this paragraph.B. Tobacco or vaping stores: All tobacco, cigarette, cigar, or vaping stores shall be closed.C. Toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie, or adult entertainment stores: All toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie, or adult entertainment stores shall be closed.D. Social and fraternal clubs: All social and fraternal clubs, including but not limited to American Legion or VFW posts, Elks Clubs, country clubs, and golf course clubhouses shall be closed, except that food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises and a golf course clubhouse may also be open to the minimal extent necessary to facilitate use of the golf course provided appropriate social distancing practices are implemented.E. Amusements: All bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks shall be closed.F. Museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos: All museums, libraries, aquariums, and zoos shall be closed.G. Race tracks: All race tracks and speedways shall be closed and shall not host any races, events, or other gatherings.H. Skating rinks and parks: All indoor or outdoor roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks shall be closed.I. Playgrounds: All outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers shall be closed. This order does not apply to playgrounds in private residences or childcare facilities.J. Campgrounds: All public and private campgrounds shall be closed to temporary recreational use. This order shall not prohibit the use of a campground by a long-term or permanent tenant who resides at the campground. All cabins and yurts in state parks shall also be closed to temporary residents.K. Door-to-door sales: All unsolicited door-to-door sales and solicitations at all homes and residences is hereby prohibited.CONTINUED BUSINESS CLOSURESSECTION TWO. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 135.144 (3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, unless otherwise modified by subsequent proclamation or order of the Iowa Department of Public Health, I hereby continue to extend the following orders until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020:A. Restaurants and bars: All restaurants and bars shall continue to be closed to the general public except that to the extent permitted by applicable law, and in accordance with any recommendations of the Iowa Department of Public Health, food and beverages may be sold if such food or beverages are promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the food or beverage is delivered to customers off the premises.B. Fitness centers: All fitness centers, health clubs, health spas, gyms, aquatic centers shall continue to be closed.C. Swimming pools: All swimming pools and spas, wading pools, water slides, wave pools, spray pads, and bath houses, as defined in Iowa Code § 135I.1, shall continue to be closed.D. Salons: All salons, including all establishments providing the services of cosmetology, electrology, esthetics, nail technology, manicuring, and pedicuring, all as defined in Iowa Code § 157.1, shall continue to be closed.E. Medical spas: All medical spas, as defined in Iowa Admin Code § 653-13.8(1), shall continue to be closed.F. Barbershops: All Barbershops, as defined Iowa Code § 158.1, shall continue to be closed.G. Tattoo establishments: All Tattoo establishments, as regulated by Iowa Code § 135.37, shall continue to be closed.H. Tanning facilities: All tanning facilities, as defined by Iowa Code § 136D.2(5) shall continue to be closed.I. Massage therapy establishments: All establishments where an individual is practicing massage therapy as defined by Iowa Code § 152C.1(3) shall continue to be closed.J. Theaters: All theaters or other performance venues at which live performances or motion pictures are shown shall continue to be closed.K. Casinos and gaming facilities: All casinos and other facilities conducting pari-mutuel wagering or gaming operations shall continue to be closed.L. Other nonessential retail establishments: Bookstores; clothing stores; shoe stores; jewelry stores; luggage stores; cosmetic, beauty, or perfume stores; florists; and furniture and home furnishing stores shall continue to be closed. These establishments may still serve the public through online or telephone sales, delivery, or curb-side pick-up. This closure order does not affect other retail establishments, such as discount stores, grocery stores, or pharmacies that sell these goods in addition to other essential food, medical supplies, and household goods.M. Senior citizen centers and adult daycare facilities: All facilities that conduct adult day services or other senior citizen centers are hereby closed.SECTION THREE. I continue to direct all state agencies to coordinate expeditiously in developing plans to mitigate the economic effects of the closings necessitated by this disaster, including potential financial support, regulatory relief, and other executive actions.MASS GATHERINGSSECTION FOUR. Social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events of more than 10 people are hereby prohibited at all locations and venues, including but not limited to parades, festivals, conventions, and fundraisers until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020.A. A gathering of people inside parked cars, trucks, or other enclosed motor vehicles shall not constitute a gathering of more than 10 people if no more than 10 people are inside each vehicle, all people remain inside the vehicle at all times, and the vehicle remains enclosed with all windows, sunroofs, and convertible tops closed.B. Planned large gatherings and e*vents must be canceled or postponed until after termination of this disaster.SECTION FIVE. All auctions with more than 10 people present in person are hereby prohibited until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020, at all locations and venues, except for livestock auctions that only include food animals, which may continue to operate so long as there are no more than 25 people present in person. People who remain inside parked cars, trucks, or other enclosed motor vehicles shall not be counted in considering the number of people present, provided all people remain inside the vehicle at all times, and the vehicle remains enclosed with all windows, sunroofs, and convertible tops closed.ENFORCEMENT BY PEACE OFFICERSSECTION SIX. In conjunction with the Department of Public Health pursuant to Iowa Code §§ 29C.18 and 135.35, all peace officers of the state are hereby called upon to assist in the enforcement of the provisions of this Proclamation.SALES OF ALCOHOL EXTENSIONSSECTION SEVEN. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.30(3)(c) prohibiting a holder of a class “C” liquor control license from selling unopened bottles of wine or alcoholic liquor for consumption off premises. Class “C” licensees may continue to sell beer for consumption off premises. Beverages may be sold if promptly taken from the premises, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the beverage is delivered to customers off the premises. Suspension of this provision will now continue until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020.SECTION EIGHT. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code § 123.130(4) and Iowa Administrative Code 185-4.6(3)(c) & (e) requiring that beer sold at retail at the manufacturing premises for consumption off the premises must be in-person and transferred to another container at the time of sale. Suspension of this provision will now continue until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020.SECTION NINE. Pursuant to Iowa Code § 29C.6(6) and Iowa Code § 135.144(3), and in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Health, I continue to temporarily suspend the regulatory provisions of Iowa Code §§ 123.30(3)(c) and 123.49(2)(d), to the extent a class “C” liquor control license holder is prohibited from selling mixed drinks or cocktails for consumption off premises. Mixed drinks or cocktails may be sold if sealed with a lid or other method of securing the product and promptly taken from the premises prior to any consumption, such as on a carry-out or drive-through basis, or if the beverage is delivered to customers off the premises. Nothing in this provision alters or modifies the provisions of Iowa Code §§ 321.284 or 321.284A related to open containers in motor vehicles. Suspension of this provision is effective immediately and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on April 30, 2020.IMPLEMENTATION AND INTERPRETATIONSECTION TEN. The Iowa Department of Public Safety, Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Department of Education, Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, Iowa Department of Transportation, and other participating state agencies are hereby directed to monitor the operation and implementation of this proclamation to assure the public’s health and safety.SECTION ELEVEN. Nothing contained in this declaration shall be construed as an exemption from any other portion of the Iowa Code or Iowa Administrative Code not specifically identified in this proclamation.SECTION TWELVE. The provisions of this proclamation shall be effective immediately, unless otherwise noted. This state of public health disaster emergency shall now expire on April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m., unless sooner terminated or extended in writing by me. ### JOHNSTON — Governor Reynolds this morning expanded her emergency orders to include several new closures, adding this will be an important week battling COVID-19 in the state after 444 additional cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the last week, including 16 deaths statewide. You can see the full proclamation at the end of this storyTo encourage further social distancing and mitigation efforts, the new proclamation orders additional closures starting Tuesday to: malls; tobacco or vaping stores; toy, gaming, music, instrument, movie or adult entertainment stores; social and fraternal clubs, including those at golf courses; bingo halls, bowling alleys, pool halls, arcades, and amusement parks; museums, libraries, aquariums and zoos; race tracks and speedways; roller or ice skating rinks and skate parks; outdoor or indoor playgrounds or children’s play centers; and campgrounds.Reynolds has confirmed there are COVID-19 outbreaks in nursing homes in Linn, Washington and Tama Counties. “Ten percent of the state’s total number of positive cases are among residents and staff of long term care facilities,” Reynolds said this morning, “and 48% of our deaths have been residents of long term care facilities.”The outbreak among staff and residents of Heritage Specialty Care in Cedar Rapids accounts for 71 of the positive cases of the virus in Linn County alone.The governor says as of last night, 99 Iowans were hospitalized for treatment of the virus. Twenty-five Iowans have died of COVID-19 since officials began tracking the illness in March. “Iowa’s fight against COVID-19 is real and I want to acknowledge that the last week has been especially hard,” Reynolds said. “…Unfortunately, we expect this week will be equally if not more difficult.”Iowa Department of Public Safety commissioner Stephan Bayens says his office will be working with law enforcement across the state on how to address violations of the emergency orders. “The governor will be issuing guidance to local law enforcement officials and police departments throughout the state on their role in enforcing the orders outlined in the various declarations of disaster emergency. Violation of these orders could result in the filing of simple misdemeanor charges, but worse, your actions could needlessly put Iowans at risk.”Bayens says those who violate orders such as gathering in groups of larger than 10, law enforcement will first try to make sure citizens understand the law before issuing a citation. “Should personal responsibility fail, law enforcement will always seek first to educate the public on the law and the need for it. Second, law enforcement will encourage Iowans to comply and disperse on their own if needed. Finally, should all other reasonable measures fail, then and only then will we do what the law requires and enforce the governor’s orders. I cannot stress this enough, that every Iowan has the ability and responsibility to do their part in slowing the spread of this virus.”Bayens says most Iowans are being responsible and doing their part in the emergency, and it’s only a small part that’s throwing caution to the wind and ignoring the limitations on social gatherings. “That small segment can have an enormous impact on public health. As a result, law enforcement will take reasoned and measured steps if we are forced to do so. First and foremost, law enforcement is asking Iowans to take their individual responsibility seriously and police themselves so we can conserve our law enforcement resources for those who truly need it.”Reynolds says there are 78 new positive cases identified in Iowa for a total now of 946 positive cases in 75 counties. There were three additional deaths reported in the state — one a victim aged 61-80 in Linn County, and two in Tama County that were over the age of 80. 99 people remain hospitalized in the state due to COVID-19 as of last evening. ====================OFFICE OF THE GOVERNORGovernor Kim Reynolds ★ Lt. Governor Adam GreggFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, Apr. 6, 2020Gov. Reynolds signs new proclamation continuing State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closurescenter_img DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Reynolds signed a new proclamation continuing the State Public Health Emergency Declaration, ordering additional closures and relaxing additional regulations to support the state’s efforts to combat COVID-19. The proclamation also calls on law enforcement to assist in the enforcement of these mitigation efforts. Gov. Reynolds discussed the new proclamation at her 11:00 a.m. press conference. View that press conference on her Facebook page here.last_img read more

American Airlines to start booking full capacity flights

first_imgAmerican Airlines has announced that it will begin booking flights at full capacity starting next week.The announcement was made on Friday stating the the airline will began selling every seat on it’s flights beginning on Wednesday.The move follows United Airlines’ decision to offer every available seat to passengers.In April, American Airlines limited bookings to about 85% of a plane’s capacity by blocking the middle seats on each of their flights to encourage social distancing.Delta, Southwest, Alaska, and JetBlue also blocked the middle seat and even went as far as limiting the amount of tickets that could be sold on each flight.American and United argue that with stepped up sanitation measures, customers being subjected to a temperature check, and required to wear a face mask while onboard, there is no need to space out the customers.In addition to selling every available seat, American Airlines says it will continue to notify customers about flights that are filling up and let them change flights at no extra cost. Passengers will also be able to change seats on the plane if there is room within the cabin.Delta, Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue say they will continue social distancing practices through September.last_img read more

PNG boxers into last week of high performance training

first_imgThe team of four has been training for the last two weeks at the high performance training centre in Baguio, the Philippines.Head coach of the PNG boxing team, Joe Aufa says he’s been grateful for the assistance from fellow coaches from Australia, Malaysia and the Philippines“The sparring sessions, the padding sessions and training together is quite valuable to us coaches to assess our boxers on the areas of fitness, technique and skills,” said Aufa.PNG’s team of Charlie Keama (52kg), Thadius Katua (60kg), Andrew Aisaga (69kg) and Jonathan Keama (75kg) will complete their high performance training this weekend.“I have told the boys I want them to push themselves as hard as they can, not only for themselves and their families, but also for our country.“We all know that in China, the competition is going to be intense and if my boys happen to be drawn against boxers from the Philippines, Australia or Malaysia in the ring, there is no time to be friends anymore,” said Aufa.The Olympic qualifiers will run from March 25- April 3.Thirty-eight countries are expected to attend the two-week event that will decide which three boxers in each weight category will secure places for the Rio Olympics in August.The PNG boxing team along with Australia will leave for China next Tuesday.last_img read more

Ched Evans allowed to train with Sheffield United following PFA request

first_img Ched Evans 1 Sheffield United have confirmed they will allow convicted rapist Ched Evans to begin training with them following a request from the Professional Footballers’ Association.The Blades announced in a lengthy statement on Tuesday evening that the club’s board had decided to agree to the PFA’s request, following the 25-year-old’s release last month after serving two-and-a-half years for rape.The statement said, though, that the club were “not prepared at this time” to make a decision on whether to re-sign Evans.United said his return to training would be “with a view to enabling Mr Evans to get back to a level of fitness, which might enable him to find employment in his chosen trade.“This request has come to the club, because it is the last club at which Mr Evans was registered before his conviction.”The club’s board of directors took into consideration the views of staff at the club, the Football League and the PFA, as well as Blades supporters and the general public in their decision to allow him to train with them.The board also considered the public statements made by the PFA and Evans, whom they spoke to during their deliberations.Evans’ return has been met with outrage by campaign groups, with the group End Violence Against Women Coalition saying it was “appalled”.United listed four considerations which their statement said informed the decision to let Evans return.They said the club “condemns rape and violence of any kind against women in the strongest possible terms” and considers “rape, the crime for which Mr Evans was convicted, to be a heinous crime worthy of serious punishment as provided under law”.It added: “The club has been assured by Mr Evans that he shares these value judgements.”United said they did not “question Mr Evans’ conviction for rape”, but pointed out his punishment “was consistent with applicable law”, that he had “completed the custodial portion of his sentence as provided under law, having demonstrated good behaviour while in custody” and “been paroled on licence conditions, which do not restrict him from returning to service in professional football”.They also said “same justice system that tried, convicted and punished Mr Evans under law also provides for his rehabilitation under law”.The club said they agreed with the PFA that “professional footballers should be treated as equals before the law, including in circumstances where they seek to return to work following periods of incarceration”.“In a nation of laws, served by an elected parliament and duly constituted courts of law, there can be no place for ‘mob justice’,” they added.United also said that Evans was seeking to clear his name before the Criminal Cases Review Commission and, if permitted, the appellate courts, but said it took “no view on the merits of” and had “no role in, any such appeal”.They added: “The club’s decision to allow Mr Evans to train at the club’s facilities is based on the facts as they stand today and is in no way dependent on the perceived merits or outcome of the appeal.”last_img read more

Bruce rubbishes rumours Hull are set to sign Blackburn’s Gestede

first_img1 Hull boss Steve Bruce says reports of a £4.5m bid for Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede are ‘nonsense’ – clearing the path for Crystal Palace to land the Benin international.The Tigers have been heavily linked with the 26-year-old during the transfer window as they bid to climb out of the relegation zone.And there were reports that Hull had lodged a formal bid of around £4.5m for Gestede, who has hit 12 goals in 24 appearances so far this season.But when asked about the move, Bruce said: “I don’t know where that has come from, we have never made a bid. I don’t know where it has come through. We did have a conversation with them but apparently an agent has made a bid on our behalf which is news to me and news to my owner.“As far as I’m concerned I don’t know where all the nonsense has come from. I can confirm that there’s no way we’ve bid £4-4.5m and we won’t be doing so.”Crystal Palace are said to be keen on a move for Gestede this month and they could now enjoy a clear run at the former Cardiff and Metz hitman. Rudy Gestede in action for Blackburn last_img read more

‘For now, I am happy at Leicester’ – Arsenal and PSG target plays down exit talk

first_img1 N’Golo Kante during training with France N’Golo Kante has played down speculation linking him with a move away from Leicester.The Frenchman has enjoyed a sensational debut Premier League campaign after arriving from Caen for £5.6million last summer.He was a virtual ever-present for the Foxes, playing a key role in the club’s remarkable title triumph, and was nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award, Kante’s rise has caught the attention of clubs across Europe, with Arsenal, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus all linked with summer moves for the 25-year-old.But the midfielder, part of Didier Deschamps’ France squad for Euro 2016, insists he is not thinking about a summer exit and is focused only on his international duties.“For now, I am happy at Leicester,” he told L’Equipe. “I do not pay too much attention to everything that is said. For now, I am in Leicester and I focus on the Euros.“I think that my season at Leicester surprised everybody. People liked to see a new Premier League champion. We had a magnificent season.“And then, my debut with France went well. Maybe my journey also helps compared to other people who come from amateur football.“I try to stay the same. I am not aware that my personality is different.”last_img read more

Arsenal reportedly agree £20m fee to make second summer signing

first_imgFee agreed between Arsenal & Bayer Leverkusen – Leno still needs to undergo a medical before #AFC can complete the signing, for a reported €22m (£19.2m)— David Ornstein (@bbcsport_david) June 19, 2018With Leno in goal, Leverkusen finished fifth in the Bundesliga and he made the save of the season during a game against Schalke, according to fans.Petr Cech and David Ospina are the Gunners’ current goalkeepers, but it’s unclear who would make way for the German.Arsenal are also optimistic about concluding a deal for 22-year-old Sampdoria midfielder Lucas Torreira, who is playing for Uruguay at the World Cup as well as Greece and Borussia Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos.REVEALED: How the Premier League ‘big six’ could line up at the start of the season with new signings 1 And according to BBC Sport correspondent David Ornstein, aka, the Arsenal ‘meme lord’, the only thing left to sort is the medical.If Leno does join, he will become the club’s second summer signing following the arrival of Switzerland full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner on a free transfer from Juventus. Arsenal have agreed a fee with Bayer Leverkusen for the transfer Bernd Leno and will pay a reported £19.2million.The 26-year-old goalkeeper has been pursued by the club since Unai Emery took over from Arsene Wenger in the dugout. Bernd Leno helped Bayer Leverkusen finish fifth last season last_img read more

Chelsea eye Ramsey alternative if they miss out on Arsenal man

first_img shining possible standings Kovacic has admitted he may have to leave Real Madrid England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won tense REAL DEAL Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade 1 REVEALED Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT possible xi REVEALED Ramsey will be available for free next summer, but according to the Mail, manager Maurizio Sarri is already looking around for alternatives and likes the look of Kovacic.The player wants out of Madrid because he has not played as much as he would have liked. “I want to play more and the best thing is to leave Madrid,” he was quoted as saying in June. “I love football and being on the pitch, I want the opportunity to be a starter for another team. If I do not play, I’m not happy.”Kovacic, a member of Croatia’s World Cup finalists, has also attracted interest from Manchester City.One target Chelsea have missed out on, though, is Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain who is believed to be joining Milan on loan ahead of a £32m move next summer. Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star Chelsea are planning for the possibility of missing out on Aaron Ramsey by targeting Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic.The Blues are believed to be keen on bringing in 27-year-old Ramsey, who has a year left on his current Arsenal contract, in a deal that could cost £30m. How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars silverware smart causal Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Chelsea news gameday cracker How Chelsea could line up against Southampton – what system will Lampard play? last_img read more

IRISH RUGBY LEGENDS TO RIDE INTO DONEGAL THIS EVENING!

first_imgThe rugby legends are on the road to Donegal.A host of Irish rugby legends will be among 200 cyclists who ride into Letterkenny this evening (Thurs).The players include the Wallace Brothers as well as Paddy Johns, Mick Galwey, Phil Kearns, Simon Best & John Smit of South Africa to name a few.Fans can get chance to meet the players when they arrive at Letetrkenny Rugby Club at 6pm. Food and Drink supplied by Chef Martin Anderson.€20 – Book now or great Burgers & Soft Drink just €5 – loads of fun, chance to get a few autographs and some photos with the Legends of yesteryear.There will also be a Pub Quiz in DownTown Bar/VooDoo at 10.00 pm.We had a great night last year and this one promises to be even better.Cycle in the event or in a stage http://crossrugbylegends.com/ and get all the Official Kit Tomorrow, Friday Sep 11th, will see the 200 cyclists go to Malin to finish their trip in sunshine. IRISH RUGBY LEGENDS TO RIDE INTO DONEGAL THIS EVENING! was last modified: September 11th, 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:LETTERKENNY RUGBY CLUBRugby Legendslast_img read more