Raymond Graham: “It looks like a Jamaican affair in the women’s 400m with three Jamaicans looking to dominate the event in Paris. Andre Lowe: “Jamaicans have always done well in this event and that’s also the case in the Diamond League series. Shericka Jackson, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Novlene Williams-Mills are the island’s best in the event and they are among the world’s leaders. I am expecting the winner to come from this group.” Raymond Graham: “True. The field isn’t that strong as the United States’ Courtney Okolo, who has been disappointing this season, is the best among the others entered in this race with a time of 50.72 seconds, but she should finish behind the three Jamaicans.” Andre Lowe: “Williams-Mills and Jackson were a part of a thrilling finish at the National Championships last week and are both already showing good form this season. McPherson, the defending Diamond Race champion in the event, has a bye to the World Championships and didn’t feature in that 400m final at the trials. She will be a little fresher, but still, it’s not easy to call the winner in this one. Raymond Graham: “I like the route Jackson has taken this year. I didn’t expect her to win at the trials because she normally peaks later in the season. This suggests she is in fantastic form and sub-50 seconds looks likely for her here.” Andre Lowe: “Yes, she has impressed in her speed work this season and, of course, posted a personal best in the 200m, so she is quicker and should get some separation in the first phase of the race.” Raymond Graham: “She has shown that she is ready to go out hard and with her good endurance. She is ready to take on the world. Only one athlete stands in her way in London, and Saturday’s race is a dress rehearsal.” Andre Lowe: “Well, I think she’ll find the same two ladies who have been in front of her as her main rivals this season, but nobody in Paris will be able to keep up with her this weekend. McPherson has only gone 50.68 this season. I think she will go faster here. Jackson has already ran 50.05 seconds and Williams-Mills has a 50.14 run to her name. Jackson has the form and she will get the win.” Raymond Graham: “McPherson is biding her time and having a bye. She is in no rush and will peak when it matters. I expect her to finish ahead of Williams-Mills, but Jackson will win this one.”
The Constitution is clear on dissolution of Parliament and elections. There are three scenarios. First, Parliament stands dissolved on the last day of a full five-year term and elections must be held within three months. Second, Parliament stands dissolved on a date named by the President before the full five-year and elections are required within three months. Third, Parliament stands dissolved upon a successful No-Confidence Motion (NCM) and elections are due within three months. There is nothing ambiguous in any of these circumstances. Guyana’s constitution also provides for a full-time elections commission, the purpose of which is continuous elections-readiness to cater for the above circumstances.No amount of double-speak by Guyana’s Attorney General (AG) can change any of these scenario provided for by the Constitution. Unfortunately, on the AG’s advice and his strategising, the Government has rendered the constitution nothing more than a piece of paper, held up the judiciary as a toothless poodle and shamelessly uses GECOM as a party instrument.On Monday, August 5, 2019, the AG told an audience, including prominent professionals, business people and diplomats from the ABCE countries, the David Granger-led APNU+AFC will abide by the decision of GECOM, if GECOM says elections before September 18.Outside of the political sycophants, not a soul believe the AG. APNU+AFC has already set the condition, defying the September 18th timeframe, by demanding an illegal house-to-house registration. The AG did not say they will give up this demand. Whenever in a situation demanding reasonableness, they setup a mine field to blowup all reasonableness.The AG’s minefield insists GECOM must set the time for elections. The constitution says the President chooses a specific election date. But the constitution does not permit either the President or GECOM, nor does the constitution allows anyone else to determine the timeline for an election. The dates for an election are always determined by a timeline established by the constitution. It is always within three-months of the dissolution of Parliament which happens automatically on the last day of a full five-year term, or on a date chosen by the President anytime before the last day of a full-five-year term or automatically upon a successful NCM.On a successful NCM, Parliament stands dissolved on the date of the NCM and elections MUST be held within three-months. For those who have not read or refuse to understand the constitution, the CCJ affirms this fact. On December 21, 2018, this is exactly what happened in Guyana and, therefore, elections were due on or before March 21st, 2019. The date had to be chosen by the President, but not any date, at his whims and fancies, it had to be a date on or before March 21st. While he could have sought advice from GECOM, GECOM was bound to be prepared for elections and advice on a date within that timeframe. It is now water under the bridge, elections were not held and, because of the involvement of the judiciary, a pause was enforced. The CCJ made it clear, however, the three-month timeline is the law and, in effect, restarted a new countdown, beginning June 18th and ending September 18. The President had to choose a date within that timeframe, not any date he wants. Seeking GECOM’s advice is legitimate, but whatever date GECOM proffered to the President, it had to be within that timeframe.Recklessly, in promising APNU+AFC will accept GECOM’s advice, the AG also insists GECOM is not constrained by the three-month deadline. In fact, the constitution is not ambiguous, it does not subscribe to the double-speak of the AG, it is clear as crystal. The constitution demands the President chooses a date within the strict timeline. Which date within that strict deadline he chooses could be informed by GECOM’s advice, but GECOM does not have any role or any power to change the timeframe, nor does anyone else.GECOM, in fact, stated categorically on December 27th it was prepared to conduct elections within the three-month timeframe that ended on March 21st. GECOM has also stated it can refresh the electoral list available under the mandatory claims and objections process for elections to be held by September 18th. Nothing can change that date, unless the President, with assurances, obtain the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition to extend the date. While we await the ruling of the Chief Justice next Wednesday, the new Chair of GECOM should proceed with an election preparation that adheres to the constitutional timeline. i.e., on or before September 18th. The clock is ticking and there is no room for dilly-dallying.
MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine women’s volleyball team failed to sustain a promising start and fell to Indonesia, 22-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-14, in its last preliminary match in the 30th Southeast Asian Games at PhilSports Arena in Pasig City.Taking a 19-15 lead on the second set, the Filipinos looked poised to log their first win in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Philippines bows out of gold medal race in ice hockey View comments NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘People evacuated on their own’ Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations However, a series of errors and lack of proper execution haunted them from there as the reigning silver medalists slowly staged a comeback.The Indonesians took advantage of the momentum as they created a huge 20-9 gap and never looked back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Both teams square off again on Monday for the bronze medal. Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee
0Shares0000LONDON, September 14th – Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas said he had cleared the air with Fernando Torres after the Spanish striker helped set up a 2-0 Champions League victory over Bayer Leverkusen.Torres had ruffled feathers following an interview he had given in Spain in which he appeared to criticise some of his team-mates as “old and very slow,” drawing a frosty response from Villas-Boas. But after watching Torres create both second half goals for David Luiz and Juan Mata on Tuesday, Villas-Boas said the case against his striker was closed and no disciplinary action would be taken.“It’s been solved. The investigation is over. We had a chat and the situation is solved,” Villas-Boas said without going into details.Despite Torres’ contribution to both goals, the £50 million striker failed to give a wholly convincing performance as Chelsea launched their latest quest for European domination with a win in Group E.The former Liverpool striker often appeared hesitant, seeming to take one touch too many before shooting, most obviously in the 10th minute when his shot was blocked by the leg of Bernd Leno from close range.Torres also eschewed the opportunity to go for goal in injury time, instead cutting back for Mata to make the game safe after he had accelerated clear of the Leverkusen defence.Nevertheless Villas-Boas was satisfied with Torres’ display and defended his decision to pass to Mata instead of going for goal.“I’m not worried. There was a player in front of goal and I think he took the right option. I think when he arrived in that position he took a wise decision,” Villas-Boas said.“I’m very happy collectively. I prefer to see the game like that. Everybody has been amazing in absorbing all of these new ideas, and I’m very pleased with the group.”Villas-Boas also defended his risky move to omit both John Terry and Frank Lampard from his starting line-up, a selectorial gambit made with one eye on Sunday’s Premier League trip to Manchester United.Villas-Boas disagreed that he had taken a risk by leaving the two Chelsea icons out of his starting XI.“I don’t see things like that. I think you are trying to look at the negative when there are so many positives. We have a very competitive squad,” he said.“I would like to emphasise that we have just come from an international week and we played after two days the Sunderland game and two days later we played Champions league against a good team.”Facing United at Old Trafford is likely to prove the most demanding assignment of Villas-Boas’s short reign at Chelsea so far, with the champions having made a blistering start to the season.“Sunday is a different kind of challenge altogether,” Villas-Boas admitted. “We face Man United in perhaps their most tremendous moment, of flair and style.“It provokes in us a good challenge and motivation will be the key factor for the game.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Mario Balotelli AC Milan have confirmed the return of Mario Balotelli, who has left Liverpool to re-join the Serie A giants in a season-long loan deal.The maverick Italian striker moves back to his homeland after failing to prove himself Anfield following his £16million move from Milan last summer.In his first spell with Milan, Balotelli scored 30 times in 54 appearances but never came close to replicating that on Merseyside, with just four goals in 28 games.And having struggled to make an impact at Liverpool, Balotelli is determined to prove his critics wrong this season.“I feel like someone who has just put the first part of his career to one side. Played and lived like a boy. But the ‘match’ is not over… Now I will have my say and live like a man,” he told La Gazzetta dello Sport.“I know that many people don’t believe in my comeback. But I have to try. And have the belief that I can do it. I have a promise to keep to myself, my family, and all those that want the best for me… I know that I cannot make any more mistakes. I will accept all of the rules. I haven’t forgotten how to play football.“I am 25 years old and I am no longer a kid. I’ve wasted too many chances.”When asked how a return to Milan came about, he added: “It all happened so quickly. Raiola [Balotelli’s agent] told me on Saturday.“I knew I would find another team because I am not finished. But I am grateful to Milan, because, to tell the truth, I did not expect them to bring me back. The ‘yes’ from Berlusconi was the biggest surprise of them all.“My time at Liverpool? I take my responsibilities, but the system chosen by Rodgers wasn’t suited to my characteristics.“[AC Milan manager] Mihajlovic? He wanted to look me in the eyes, to understand if I had the right motivation. He listened to me: I told him that I have understood my errors and that if he gave me this chance, I would not let him down. I have a huge debt towards him.” 1
Premier League football is back this weekend, after a tough international break.Every team has had the chance to show what they’ve got in the locker and some are looking in much better shape than others.And after the first three games of the domestic campaign we’ve got more questions than answers.But what are the biggest queries for each Premier League club that need to be figured out?Click the right arrow above to find out… 20 20 20 20 20 Watford – Can the Hornets hold onto a lead? – Twice this season, Walter Mazzarris men have scored first but not won. Its a bad habit to get into so early in the campaign and they will have to snap out of it soon. 20 Chelsea – Can the Blues beat the Premier League elite? – Beating Burnley 3-0 and a below-par West Ham side 2-1 was pretty easy stuff for the Blues, but Watford gave them a real scare for 80 minutes before they claimed another 2-1 win. It leaves us, and supporters wondering just how they will get on against the traditional top team this season. After Swansea on Saturday they face Liverpool and Arsenal in the Premier League and only then can we truly assess Antonio Contes start. 20 Stoke City – Can Mark Hughes stop the rot? – The Potters have lost six of their last nine games in the Premier League and conceded four goals on four occasions. This needs to be rectified soon or the club, and Hughes, could face a struggle. 20 Arsenal – Can the Gunners solve their injury issues?
Click the right arrow above to see what questions other Premier League teams need to answer… – It cant be a coincidence Arsene Wengers men have so many problems every season. Theyve lost Aaron Ramsey, Per Mertesacker, Alex Iwobi and Gabriel Paulista to various ailments and need to get to the bottom of the troubles soon or risk seeing another season ruined. Southampton – Can the squad cope with Europa League football? – The Saints fans must be licking their lips after landing Inter Milan in their group. It promises to be an exciting time and a tough test for the team. But how will Claude Puel deal with the gruelling schedule? Tottenham Hotspur – Will Vincent Janssen and Harry Kane work as a duo? – Dutch striker Janssen was signed in the summer and, while he works hard, hasnt quite hit his stride in front of goal. And Kane, deployed just off Janssen when they play together, hasnt been able to score either. Will Mauricio Pochettino be able to make them click? 20 Middlesbrough – Can they turn draws into wins? – Its been an unbeaten start to the season for Boro as they return to the Premier League but they need to make sure they get victories when the chances crop up. They could easily have sneaked glory against West Brom and were only denied a triumph over Stoke by a Xherdan Shaqiri free-kick. If it happens throughout the season they might regret it. Burnley – Where are the goals coming from if Andre Gray isn’t playing? – There is a chance Gray could face sanctions for his 2012 tweets, and it could leave the Clarets a little short up top. Sure, they have Welsh star Sam Vokes who hit 15 goals in the Championship last season, but will loanee Patrick Bamford and Ashley Barnes be able to step up and fill his shoes? 20 West Bromwich Albion – Can Tony Pulis’ summer signings make the Baggies exciting? – Lets face it, West Brom arent the most thrilling team in the world but landing Hal Robson-Kanu and Nacer Chadli will help them out, wont it? 20 Swansea City – Can Gylfi Sigurdssson perform at his peak all season? – The Icelandic star is a superb player on his day, but his form is often patchy, it took him until the second half of last season to get going, while in 2014/15 was fairly sporadic too, despite a good end product. Well let him off a slow start this year, due to Euro 2016, but Francesco Guidolin needs to get him performing quickly. 20 Crystal Palace – Can the midfield get goals to help out to ease the burden on Christian Benteke? – The Belgian will, undoubtedly, get goals for the Eagles, now they just need some scorers in midfield. Yannick Bolasie has left, leaving Wilfried Zaha, Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Jason Puncheon to pick up the slack. The trouble is, they only got 18 goals between them last season. Leicester City – How will the Foxes cope with Champions League football? – Next week sees the first matches of the group stages as Claudio Ranieris men make their debut in the competition. How they deal with it, and what players they use in the surrounding games, could really shape their season. Hull City – Will Mike Phelan’s honeymoon period last? – The fact the Tigers have started the season by beating champions Leicester City, Swansea City and suffering a cruel 1-0 defeat to Manchester United, is quite the feat. Their squad is paper-thin, thanks to injuries, while manager Steve Bruce resigned in the summer. Phelan is doing a tremendous job in the clubs current unsettled circumstances, with a sale on the horizon, but with matches against Burnley, Arsenal, Stoke and Liverpool upcoming, they face some real tests. Bournemouth – How will the club deal with continuing Eddie Howe rumours? – It’s not exactly surprising given the England talk in the summer, but Howe is a wanted man. You would suggest the chance to takeover from the Frenchman at Arsenal would be too good to resist, but were looking at plenty of rumours and speculation for the foreseeable future. How the board, the man himself, and the players deal with this will be intriguing. 20 Manchester United – Can Jose Mourinho handle the progression of Marcus Rashford? – Famed for his poor record with young players, no matter what his notebook says, Mourinho has one of Europes hottest young strikers in his squad. He needs to ensure his transition into a senior star is seamless. Liverpool – Can Jurgen Klopp get Liverpool playing well consistently? – The trouble with the Reds is, currently, they can switch from the sublime to the ridiculous in a flash. A four-goal 20 minutes burst against Arsenal saw them blow their opponents out of the water, the trouble is they still let in three goals, and then lost to Burnley. They will need to find a happy medium if they want to make the top four. 20 20 Everton – Was Yannick Bolasie really worth £25million? – On his day, the winger is capable of dazzling, defence-dizzying displays, but his productivity on the pitch is the issue. In the last three seasons hes only scored nine goals and made 13 assists, which is, in truth, fairly poor. So can Ronald Koeman improve his final product? Sunderland – Will David Moyes be able to hold onto Joel Asoro? – The 17-year-old has already played EFL Cup and Premier League football this season and this week made his Sweden Under-21 debut against Spain. In the international clash scouts from Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund watched him. Meanwhile, scouts at Arsenal and Newcastle also like the look of him. 20 20 20 20 Manchester City – Can Pep Guardiola’s team keep up the pace without a winter break? – Intensity has been mentioned a lot with the new City boss before, and its been the same this summer. Hes demanded more from the likes of Yaya Toure, while Fabian Delph has admitted pre-season was tough, while club legend Mike Summerbee revealed he was impressed by the high tempo training sessions he saw. The problem is the unforgiving Premier League schedule wont allow them much of a break and how Guardiola deals with this is set to be a huge test. 20 West Ham United – Can the Hammers avoid MORE injuries? – Slaven Bilics side dont have a great record with injuries having already seen Dimitri Payet, Andy Carroll, Andre Ayew, Aaron Cresswell and Sofiane Feghouli pick up problems big and small. They need to improve this if theyre to have any chance of success last season.
Dundee have announced the signing of Celtic midfielder Scott Allan on a season-long loan deal.The 25-year-old will join up with new manager Neil McCann at Dens Park, with the club also announcing the signing of fellow midfielder Roarie Deacon on a two-year deal after the player left Sutton United.Allan spent last season on loan at Rotherham and made only 11 appearances for the club as they were relegated from the Championship.He will now play for city rivals Dundee after spells at city rivals Dundee United, West Brom and Hibernian. The duo are Neil McCann’s first signings as Dundee boss as they looks to improve on last season’s tenth place finish.
Tourism numbers in Ireland hit a record high in 2016 and Letterkenny businesses are confident that they can bring more of these visitors to Donegal in the coming years – that was the message from Go Visit Letterkenny’s first breakfast morning in The Silver Tassie Hotel last week.Go Visit Letterkenny is a new tourism initiative for the town which was established to allow businesses to work together with a shared vision and desire to position Letterkenny as the heart of the northwest and the ideal hub to experience the best of urban and rural Donegal.The ‘Go Visit Letterkenny’ breakfast morning was a great success with a number of new businesses and organisations signing up. Guest speakers Máire Aine Gardiner of Fáilte Ireland and Shane Smyth of Bundoran Tourism outlined the opportunities available for the northwest and how working together can bring more tourists to the county. Go Visit Letterkenny Breakfast MeetingMeanwhile, the Go Visit Letterkenny group has secured its first major event for the town by bringing a major country music festival, Jamboree in the Park, to Letterkenny on May 20th. At the Breakfast Morning, Go Visit Letterkenny member, Ciaran Brogan thanked new businesses and organisations for attending and spoke about the bright future for Donegal and Letterkenny:“There’s great positivity around Go Visit Letterkenny and a strong appetite for businesses to work together to attract more overseas visitors to the northwest. The Wild Atlantic Way was launched three years ago, and presents a great opportunity to entice more visitors to Donegal and Letterkenny. We already have some great partners on board and we want to grow our membership and build on the work done to date and market Letterkenny as the ideal hub for visitors looking to experience the best that Donegal has to offer.”Ciaran Brogan at the Go Visit Letterkenny Breakfast Meeting 30th March 2017“Donegal is home to some of the most scenic attractions and best events in Ireland including the Sliabh League Cliffs, iconic Fanad Lighthouse, the Donegal International Rally, Earagail Arts Festival and Glenveagh National Park to name a few. If we can work together, we can create even more cultural experiences for the town and businesses will benefit,” Brogan added.The Go Visit Letterkenny group is run in partnership with the business community in Letterkenny and the initiative is being supported with a marketing and PR budget. A dedicated website – govisitletterkenny.ie – will provide visitors with all the information they need to experience the best of rural and urban Donegal, providing a comprehensive resource where visitors to the town can access all of the information they need to experience the best of the northwest. For more information and to become a member visit www.govisitletterkenny.ie or email email@example.com.New focus on Letterkenny as hub to visit in Donegal was last modified: April 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal tourismgo visit letterkennymeeting
Thieves wanted for stealing $10,000 in designer watchesPolice need the public’s help in tracking down two crooks who swiped thousands of dollars in designer watches from a store at Elmhurst’s Queens Center Mall in New York. Law enforcement sources said the grand larceny occurred at about 9 a.m. on June 10, when the bandits walked into the Invicta watch store inside of the shopping center at 90-15 Queens Boulevard.According to authorities, the crooks forcibly opened a display case and removed 25 watches valued at a combined $10,000. They then exited the mall and were last seen heading northbound on 92nd Street toward 57th Avenue. On June 16, the 110th Precinct posted a wanted flier bearing security camera images of the two suspects wanted for the watch theft. They are described as males of an unknown description, wearing dark-colored clothing and baseball caps. [Source: QNS.com]Two men found with 49 fraudulent credit cardsGainesville Police in Florida arrested two men accused of having 49 fraudulent credit cards Thursday night. At about 5:30 p.m., a GPD officer pulled over a vehicle for following too closely near mile marker 374 on I-75, according to the report. Gilberto Buides, 32, was the driver and Yoelvys Perez, 31, was the passenger. As the officer approached the car window, he noticed a strong smell of cannabis and diesel fuel, according to the report.- Sponsor – When the officer asked for their licenses, he noticed they were extremely nervous and had bloodshot eyes and shaky hands. The officer searched the car because of the smell and found a 525 gallon fuel tank in the backseat that had about 400 gallons of fuel still inside, according to the report. It isn’t written in the report if any cannabis was found.Forty-nine fraudulent credit cards were also found, according to the report. Three fraudulent cards were found in Buides’ wallet, two were found in Perez’s wallet, one card was found on the center console and the other 43 cards were hidden under the center console between the driver and passenger. Buides and Perez were charged with trafficking in counterfeit credit cards and unlawful conveyance of fuel in the car. Buides remained in the Alachua County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 bail. Perez was released Friday night on bond, and his original bail was $50,000. [Source: The Independent Florida Alligator]Suspect charged following months-long theft investigationA St. Johnsville, Connecticut, man is facing multiple charges following a months-long investigation into thefts at a local store, according to the New Hartford Police Department. A report was filed in March 2018 by a local home improvement store regarding the ongoing theft of merchandise from several different store branches in Oneida County, police said.Officials found during the investigation that the suspect, Michael Peterson, 47, was also involved in similar incidents throughout Central New York and the Capital Region. Peterson was arrested June 12 and charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree falsifying business records and first-degree scheme to defraud, officials said. Peterson was arraigned in the Town of New Hartford Court, officials said, and was sent to the Oneida County Jail without bail. He’s scheduled to appear in court again at a later date. New York State Police also assisted with the investigation. [Source: Observer-Dispatch]Three charged after credit cards, scanning device found in traffic stopThree Floridians are facing charges in Montgomery, Alabama, following a traffic stop. Daniel Baez, Christopher Jean-Mary, and Shalanda Xavier, all of Florida, are each charged with one count of encoded data fraud. Baez and Jean-Mary are also facing multiple debit/credit card fraud charges. According to Capt. Regina Duckett with the Montgomery Police Department, the three were taken into custody after a traffic stop on Mobile Highway around 1 p.m.During the stop, officers found the suspects to be in possession of multiple fraudulent credit cards. Court documents indicate the three were also found to be in possession of a scanning device which would be used to access, read, obtain, memorize or store the information on a credit/debit cards magnetic strip. All three were taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility. Xavier was placed under a $15,000 bond, Baez was placed under a $31,000 bond, and Jean-Mary was placed under a $330,000 bond. [Source: WSFA12 News]Suspected shoplifter caught after foot chase with policeA 32-year-old Madison, Wisconsin, woman is accused of stealing hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from an east Madison retailer, according to a news release. The Madison Police Department said officers responded to a report of a theft in progress at the Kohl’s department store on East Springs Drive. Officers were given specific information about the incident taking place and set up at the store. Madison police said a woman came to the store with bags of merchandise, which police now say was stolen, that she wanted to exchange. She then entered a fitting room with more than $1,000 worth of merchandise and left the store with the items, which were mostly adult and children’s clothing.When the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Amanda E. Meinen, left the store, a loss prevention officer attempted to stop her, police said. She saw police approaching and started to run through the lot. As an officer chased her using an audible police siren, Meinen ran down a grassy knoll and ended up a considerable distance away. She attempted to get into the back door of a nearby store but the door was locked. While she was attempting to catch her breath from running, officers ordered her to the ground. Meinen told police that she was not running from them and that she hadn’t done anything wrong. Officers handcuffed her and took her to the Dane County Jail on suspicion of felony retail theft and resisting an officer. [Source: Channel 3000]Two men brandish firearm while shopliftingTwo North Carolina men are accused of brandishing a firearm and threatening employees while shoplifting at a Walmart. Rico Lashawn Moses, 42, Chapel Hill, and Terry Lamont Shoffner, 58, Chapel Hill, entered a Chapel Hill Walmart and filled a shopping cart with meat, toilet paper, beer and pork skins. When the suspects attempted to leave the store without paying, a loss prevention associate tried to stop the men, but one suspect brandished a firearm and threatened to shoot the employee. The men loaded the stolen goods into their vehicle as another employee approached them. Again, one of the suspects threatened to kill the associates if they were followed.The suspects finished loading the vehicle and left the scene. Moses and Shoffner are charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon, communicating threats and misdemeanor larceny. In addition, Moses is also charged with a second count of communicating threats, assault on a female, felony possession of a firearm by felon and felony going armed to the terror of the people. Moses was arrested by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office on May 24 and assigned a $100,000 secured bond. Shoffner was arrested on June 4 and assigned a $5,700 secured bond. Both are scheduled to appear in Chatham County District Court in Pittsboro on July 16. 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President Donald Trump has said that he will not sign a Senate-approved stopgap spending bill to avert a government shutdown at midnight on December 21. The president will not sign the Senate-approved temporary spending bill “because of his legitimate concern for border security,” House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., told reporters at the White House on December 20 after exiting a meeting with Trump.CRDuring the meeting at the White House, Trump met with several top House Republicans on how to obtain border security funding. Some of the key lawmakers at the meeting included Ryan, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La.Trump had originally hoped to have funding for border security provided in a more long-term government funding bill, but Congressional Democrats would not agree during recent negotiations to his requested figure of $5 billion. Thus, to avert a partial government shutdown at midnight on December 21, the Senate approved a continuing resolution (CR) (HR 695) on December 19 that would keep the government open through February 8.However, immediate chaos erupted on Capitol Hill among House Republicans and Trump’s conservative-leaning base. Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C., has urged the president to demand funding for a border wall or veto the stopgap spending bill if approved by the House.Meanwhile, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., took to the Senate floor on December 20 to say that Trump should sign the CR. It is “indisputable that a shutdown would fall on President Trump’s back,” Schumer added. Despite Trump’s previous statements that he would let the government shutdown over border security funding, Senate Democrats and Republicans alike are reportedly surprised by Trump’s move not to sign the stopgap measure.At a White House signing of separate legislation later in the day, Trump remarked upon his refusal to sign a CR without border security funding. “I’ve made my position very clear – any measure that funds the government must include border security,” Trump said. “I look forward to signing a bill that fulfills our fundamental duty to the American people…we’ll be working on that…hopefully, that will all come together,” Trump added.IRSIn the event of a government shutdown, many IRS operations that are not tied to annual appropriations will continue to be performed, as noted in the IRS’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Lapsed Appropriations Contingency Plan. Notably, the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) (P.L. 115-97) would generally continue by congressional funding that remains available until September 30, 2019. However, House Appropriation Committee Democrats have estimated that approximately 52,000 IRS employees would be furloughed if the government shuts down.HouseAdding to an eventful December 20 on Capitol Hill, the House Rules Committee scheduled an impromptu meeting to consider the CR along with a new amendment that would add over $5 billion in border security funding as well as certain disaster aid. Procedurally, the Rules Committee must establish a rule for debating a bill before it can be brought to the House floor for a vote. At press time on December 20, the House approved the rule to the revamped CR by a 221-to-179 vote, thus allowing the measure to come to the floor.A full chamber vote is expected on the amended CR late in the evening on December 20. If approved by the House, the new version must return to the Senate for approval.By Jessica Jeane, Senior News EditorLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.