Submitted by Thurston CountyTwo-month closure of the Chehalis Western Trail at Rainier Road train trestle starts one day early.BNSF Railways started construction today on the train trestle that crosses Rainier Road Southeast—one day earlier than expected—which means a one-mile section of the popular Chehalis Western Trail is now closed for approximately two months.BNSF Railways will be working this summer to replace the trestle that crosses Rainier Road Southeast just south of the Indian Summer Golf Course. The railroad company plans to coordinate the trestle replacement work with other construction projects and railroad closures in the area over the course of the next eight to 10 weeks. During that time, the one-mile section of the Chehalis Western Trail will be closed, and barricades will be placed near the construction site.Crews are not expected to be actively working throughout the entire two-month closure, but the area is still considered an active construction zone, so bicyclists and pedestrians are advised to avoid the area or find an alternate route.“The bottom line for us is that this is BNSF’s project, and they control the schedule, not us,” said Thurston County Parks Manager Kerry Hibdon. “It’s a real shame that it comes right in the heart of summer when the trail is used the most, but safety is our number one concern here, so that section of the trail will be closed until BNSF completes their project.”While the one-mile section of the Chehalis Western Trail will be closed for the duration of the project, Rainier Road Southeast will remain open to traffic. During active construction periods, drivers and others using Rainier Road Southeast should expect traffic to be reduced to one lane at times, and are asked to slow down and take care in the construction zone to help keep construction crews safe.Hibdon also reminds trail users that the trail will not be safe to use in that area, even when there are no construction crews actively working. “This will still be an active construction site with hazards like equipment, materials, temporary supports, even holes in the ground. For safety’s sake, we ask that people obey the signs and stay out of the barricaded area until construction is completely finished.”More information about the Chehalis Western Trail closure near Rainier Road Southeast is available on the county’s Public Works Department website. To check on project updates and to view a map of the closed section of trail, go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/publicworks and click on the “Parks and Trails” header. Facebook8Tweet0Pin0
On the back of Tottenham’s seriously poor form, Arsenal legend Paul Merson has revealed he thinks his old club will “rip Spurs to shreds”.Merson revealed: “I think Arsenal will win the game quite comfortably, 4-1.”I think they will rip Tottenham to shreds. Spurs are struggling at the moment and if Arsenal get going then they could score a few.”The Man City game has covered over the cracks at Spurs I think.”3MORE ARSENAL STORIESLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesCONT ME OUTArsenal’s Lacazette ‘not interested’ in joining Inter as Martinez’s replacementGossipINTERESTED PARTEYArsenal ‘most interested’ in Thomas Partey but coronavirus delays talksGUNNER GOLuiz ‘has to go’, Saliba ‘a concern’ and Mustafi not at right ‘level’, says KeownAT YOUR BOC AND CALLTorreira reveals ‘dream and desire’ to one day play for Boca JuniorsWRIGHTY’S OUTRAGEIan Wright says video of George Floyd’s death in US left him ‘drained’HOMECOMINGDavid Luiz confirms Benfica talks with Arsenal contract set to expire in JuneGossipBERN IT UPMan Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea on alert after Bernardeschi reveals Prem plansPAIN IN THE ASSEArsenal lose out on starlet Aouchiche as he takes Saint-Etienne medicalLEW BEAUTYTeenage winger George Lewis, 19, signs Arsenal contract after successful trialThe omens look bad for Spurs too, as they have won just ONE of their last 26 Premier league visits to Arsenal.This came back in 2010 when they came from 2-0 down to triumph 3-2.And while Mauricio Pochettino’s side did beat the old enemy 2-0 in the Carabao Cup last season at the Emirates, Spurs have won consecutive away matches at Arsenal just once – in 1925 and 1926. ARSENAL fans have been taunting Tottenham over their “relegation form” – with Mauricio Pochettino’s side picking up just 15 points from their last 15 games.Spurs struggled mightily at the back-end of 2018-19 and have carried that form over into this season – most-recently losing 1-0 at home to relegation-candidates Newcastle.3 Arsenal fans have enjoyed a laugh at Spurs’ expense amidst their woeful run of formCredit: Reuters3 Tottenham most-recently lost to relegation candidates NewcastleCredit: GettyWith the North London derby on the horizon, Arsenal fans took the opportunity to poke fun of their rivals on Twitter – despite being thumped by Liverpool in their last match.One disgruntled Gooner wrote: “Pochettino hasn’t won an away game since January. He’s also just won 4 matches in his last 15.”Yet Arsenal are the ones who get slated for poor away form and Spurs are labelled to be ‘on the rise’.”Another added: “Spurs have won only 4 of their last 15 away games. But you won’t hear about that.”A third simply posted, “Spurs has 4 wins in the last 15 PL games”, complete with a cry-laugh emoji.One even called it “relegation form”, saying: “Spurs have low key been pretty poor in the league for most of 2019, since February really.”15 points in their last 15 games: 8 defeats, 4 wins, 3 draws. That’s borderline relegation form.”Pochettino hasn’t won an away game since January. He’s also just won 4 matches in his last 15. Yet Arsenal are the ones who get slated for poor away form and Spurs are labelled to be “on the rise”.— TheArseneView (@TheArseneView) August 26, 2019 Ex-Arsenal and Tottenham star Emmanuel Adebayor agrees to join Turkish minnows Kayserispor on one-year deal
RLIF chairman John Grant was invited to attend the NRL CEO’s meeting, along with representatives of the NZRL and England’s Rugby Football League, to discuss with clubs and the RLPA concerns about the flight time and recovery process for players in the Test.The RLPA is still working through some issues with the countries but there is an acceptance that the Test will go ahead after the NZRL outlined details of the insurance coverage and medical processes for Kiwis players.Grant said all parties involved in the sanctioning for the Test acknowledged it had been a challenging process but there was widespread support for international football.”The opportunity afforded NZRL, RFL and the RLIF to meet directly with the RLPA, the NRL and the NRL clubs at this week’s CEO’s meeting, apart from being a first of its kind, allowed all parties to put their best foot forward in support of international rugby league,” Grant said in a statement.The NZRL and RFL have committed to a three-year deal to play an annual Test at Mile High Stadium and Grant said the RLIF would work with member nations and player representatives to review and improve the sanctioning process.”With the ever-changing broadcast rights landscape, more international matches will grow the number of participants and our audience worldwide and consequently increase revenue to the NRL and Super League from their domestic rights,” Grant said.”Growing this revenue line is an opportunity the clubs now clearly see and the Federation’s job is to ensure transparency of both a long-range international schedule and the process by which matches are sanctioned. This is at the top of our ‘to do’ list.”The Test has been scheduled for the stand-alone representative weekend, which also features the Women’s State of Origin match, the Pacific Test between Samoa and Tonga and Origin II.England coach Wayne Bennett told reporters in Auckland ahead of Brisbane’s match against the Warriors that the Denver Test would boost the international game.”Everyone else is off for Origin, there are other internationals going on, so why can’t England and New Zealand play in some part of the world,” Bennett said.”We don’t have the opportunity to play Origin and we have to take these opportunities when they come.”Australia has a huge advantage, and everyone wants us to be competitive and we won’t be competitive unless we play these kind of games.”There isn’t one player who doesn’t want to be on that plane. The players have the right to play in these games.”It is pretty unique to be over in Denver and play a game there. If I were a player, I’d want to take part as well.”
The Albanian international leaves the discipline of the La Mancha team, which It came from Inter Milan in the summer of 2018. Since then, Rei has played 41 official matches, scoring 10 goals.Now, Albacete is looking for at least one forward in the market to find a replacement for Rei Manaj since the Manchego team is the least scoring team of Second division.Olabe, near ExtremaduraAs for departures, it is expected that in the next few hours the return of Roberto Olabe to the Estremadura, a player assigned by Eibar in Albacete but who has not enjoyed prominence in the white team this season. The outgoing operation begins in the Albacete. The front Rei Manaj has been transferred to FC Barcelona to play in the Barca subsidiary that seeks promotion to the Second Division in an operation that AS Albacete has been able to know expect to enter more than 2 million euros. In addition, the white set a percentage is reserved in case of a future sale and also, would receive an amount of money in case Manaj gets to debut in the first team culé.
B lawsuit… GRA says no statement of claims filed, Govt to fight caseAttorney General Basil Williams declared Banks DIH Limited will be fighting a lost cause against the country’s tax authority, guaranteed that all efforts will be exhausted to ensure not a dime comes out of the national treasury to refund the beverage giant, which has filed a $28B lawsuit against the GRA to be given the same tax treatment as its competitor DDL.Williams at a press conference on Wednesday contended that the time has passed for the beverage company to take any actions against the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA), even in light of the extravagant tax write-off granted to the Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) last year.“You must always remember in tax matters, there is a statutory limitation, you can’t sit on your rights and hope that the cost keeps increasing and then you come 10 years later. You have three months within which you must bring an action,” the Attorney General asserted.Moreover, Williams argued that he was wrongly named co-defendant in the matter because the settlement of tax cases falls outside of his jurisdiction.“The GRA is an independent institution and not a Government department so the Attorney General whose remit is to represent the Government departments and the aspects of Government sectors, Ministries, etc, would not come under that,” he explained.Nonetheless, given that the legal proceedings filed by Banks DIH could result in a significant depletion in the Treasury’s balance, the Attorney General said he would lend his assistance to ensure the GRA wins the case. “I will give all and every assistance that is necessary in protecting the Government’s coffers, the taxpayers’ coffers,” he stated.GRA’s takeMeanwhile, the Guyana Revenue Authority in a statement late Wednesday evening stated that Commissioner- General Godfrey Statia has indicated that the tax body was served with a Writ of Summons dated December 16, 2016, by Banks DIH Ltd.The statement added that the beverage company is seeking declarations that Consumption Tax paid for periods 2001 to 2006 were paid under a mistake of law. Alternatively the Company seeks an Order for repayment by the Government of Guyana of the said taxes. To date the Company has not filed its Statement of Claim in the matter, the GRA said.According to the revenue authority it will respect the Court’s jurisdiction by not litigating issues of law in the public domain.LawsuitBanks DIH on December 16, 2016, filed legal proceedings against the Attorney General and the GRA, claiming over $28 billion in repayments in light of the $3.8 billion tax write-off granted to its competitor, the DDL.DIH paid some $12.8 billion in taxes over the period 2001 to 2006. But in light of the DDL tax write-off last year, the beverage giant calculated that it should have only paid some $3 billion.The company argued that the Government would be “unjustly enriched” if it retained the approximately $9 billion (the difference between the paid amount in taxes and the net figure Banks DIH estimated it should have paid).In this regard, Banks DIH claims that it is entitled to some $9 billion plus 10 per cent interest compounded over the period 2001 to 2006 resulting in a total of some $28 billion after taking into account the settlement figure payable by DDL of $1.5 billion.In 2002, a legal challenge was launched by DDL against the GRA over its assessment by the Commissioner General of consumption taxes owed by that company in a sum exceeding $1 billion, for the period January 2001 to September 2002.It was eventually quashed by the High Court on February 1, 2005. The GRA appealed that decision in the Court of Appeal.On July 31, 2008, the Court of Appeal dismissed this appeal on the ground that the Commissioner General had used a wrong formula for the calculation of the consumption taxes.The Court prescribed a formula to be used.In 2009, the Commissioner General, utilising the court-recommended formula, assessed DDL’s consumption tax liabilities for the period 2001-2007 (since after 2007 Consumption Tax was abolished with the introduction of Value Added Tax). The newly assessed liability of DDL for that period was some $5.3 billion.Again, DDL filed legal proceedings challenging this assessment.According to the records, the GRA then retained an external Senior Counsel and was steadfastly defending this challenge when the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) coalition assumed office.Instead of continuing to defend Government’s case against DDL, the beverage company was granted a $3.8 billion tax write-off, having only to pay $1.5 billion.Therefore, after about 15 years of litigation, with DDL having the use of several billion dollars of State funds, interest-free, the APNU/AFC Government settled for $1.5 billion.
Photo: Firefighters quickly get the truck fire under control – Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.caThe Fort St. John Fire Department responded to a truck fire on the 240 Road.At around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, crews attended the fire, and quickly got it under control.- Advertisement –
1 Paddy McNair Manchester United teenager Paddy McNair has been named in the Northern Ireland squad for next week’s Euro 2016 qualifier in Romania.The 19-year-old missed out on a debut call-up against the Faroe Islands last month due to a hamstring injury.McNair, who has featured three times for United this season including in Saturday’s derby defeat to Manchester City, is brought in as cover for Aaron Hughes.Hughes suffered an ankle injury playing for Brighton and despite being named in Michael O’Neill’s squad he must be considered a major doubt for the clash in Bucharest.O’Neill’s men have made a stunning start to their Group F campaign with three straight wins including a 2-0 triumph in Greece last month.West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt returns to the squad after missing the games against Greece and the Faroe Islands, but Jonny Evans and Alex Bruce are all ruled out.Northern Ireland squad to face Romania on November 14: R Carroll (Notts County), A Mannus (St Johnstone), M McGovern (Hamilton), A Hughes (Brighton), C Baird, G McAuley (both West Brom), R McGivern (Port Vale), C Cathcart (Watford), R McLaughlin (Liverpool), C McLaughlin (Fleetwood), L McCullough (Doncaster), P McNair (Man Utd), S Davis (Southampton), C Brunt (West Brom), S Clingan (Kilmarnock), C Evans (Blackburn), O Norwood (Reading), B Reeves (MK Dons), P McCourt (Brighton), K Lafferty (Norwich), N McGinn (Aberdeen), J Ward (Derby), B McKay (Inverness), J Magennis (Kilmarnock), W Grigg (MK Dons).
In a frantic opening 24 minutes at Stamford Bridge, Gonzalo Higuain put Chelsea ahead, only for Burnley’s Ashley Barnes to punish more dismal defending from the Blues.Without a win in their last two league games, Chelsea will take only slender comfort from climbing one point above fifth placed Arsenal into fourth place, level on points with third placed Tottenham.Chelsea would have gone third with a victory, but instead they have now played a game more than top four rivals Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United, who are three points behind in sixth.It was a missed opportunity after defeats for Tottenham, Arsenal and United at the weekend and Chelsea were booed off at full-time.In a fitting coda to a damaging evening, Sarri was sent to the stands for protesting in the final seconds before several members of the Blues bench were involved in a tetchy touchline clash with their Burnley counterparts.Sarri’s assistant Gianfranco Zola said his boss was so “emotional” after the game that he couldn’t fulfil his media duties.“He was very upset because he has heard not good words towards him from the Burnley bench. The only reason he walked over there was to get our players to go into position, he was trying to help the ref,” Zola said.– ‘Too much time wasting’ –Zola took a swipe at Burnley’s perceived gamesmanship, which included Clarets keeper Tom Heaton being booked in the first half for time-wasting.“We are unhappy. There was too much time wasting. Five minutes injury time wasn’t enough to compensate. We couldn’t build important rhythm,” Zola moaned.“We expected it to be a tough game. We didn’t expect so much time wasting. We expected (referee) Kevin Friend to give more extra time. That’s why we’re very unhappy.”Chelsea defender David Luiz went even further in his criticism of Burnley.“It’s anti-football. Wasting time all the time, especially when you have the ball. Their players went to the floor and stopped the game,” he said.Now Arsenal can replace Chelsea in fourth if they avoid defeat at Wolves on Wednesday.“We need to improve but we’re in a good way. We care, as we showed today,” Zola said.Adding to Sarri’s problems, he was hit by first half injuries to France midfielder Kante and England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi.“It doesn’t look very good unfortunately,” Zola said of Hudson-Odoi. “It’s a problem with his Achilles tendon.”Brushing off the bench-clearing clash, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said: “By the time I turned round there was something going off in the tunnel.“I don’t know what you can call it now. Handbags? Manbags? Bumbags?”Chelsea were stunned in the eighth minute when Hendrick’s rocket put Burnley ahead.It was a poor goal for Chelsea to concede as Cesar Azpilicueta could only head a Burnley corner to the edge of the area, where Hendrick was left unmarked to volley a superb dipping strike past Kepa Arrizabalaga.– Slow to react –Eden Hazard’s majestic assist helped Chelsea draw level four minutes later, underlining why the club are so keen to keep their talisman out of Real Madrid’s clutches.Cutting in from the left, Hazard twisted and turned so rapidly that Burnley defender Matt Lowton fell flat on his backside as the Belgian picked out Kante for a powerful shot that flashed past Heaton from 10 yards out.Pushing forward with pace and precision, Chelsea went in front two minutes later when Higuain turned smartly to pick out Azpilicueta.The Chelsea defender executed a deft back-heel to Higuain, who continued his run and crashed a brilliant finish into the roof of the net from an acute angle.But Burnley punished more poor defending to equalise in the 24th minute.With Chelsea slow to react to a Burnley free-kick, Ben Mee’s header was glanced on by Chris Wood and the unmarked Barnes apply the finishing touch with a close-range volley.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante scored in their draw with Burnley © AFP / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 23 – Chelsea accused Burnley of time-wasting and playing “anti-football” after Blues boss Maurizio Sarri was sent off before a touchline skirmish marred their frustrating 2-2 draw on Monday.Sarri’s side fell behind to Jeff Hendrick’s fine finish before N’Golo Kante equalised moments later.
The air corps arrive on Tory Island today. Pic by Owen Clarke.BREAKING NEWS: Part of a Co Donegal had to be cordoned off after an explosive device was discovered on a beach.A man out walking on Tory island came across the object last night.The marine marker which contained explosives. Pic by Owen Clarke.The object had a warning written on the side of it telling anyone who found it not to handle it and to contact either the coastguard or the military. The man, who was walking on the south-side of the island close to its lighthouse, contacted the local coastguard unit who in turn contacted the army.An army air corps helicopter containing members of the Explosives Ordinance Disposal unit was dispatched to the island today.Members of the team due a hole, surrounded it with sandbags and then made the devise safe using a controlled explosion.Three members of the air corps along with two members of the local coastguard unit took part in the operation. The area is cordoned off by the coastguard.The devise was identified as a ‘marine marker’ which contains both explosives and phosphorous and could have caused injury if it had detonated.King of Tory Island Patsy Dan Rodgers told Donegal Daily said he is thankful none of the children form the population of about 150 on the island cam across the device which contained phosphorous.“I’m so glad the army were called and the devise was disposed of properly. You just never know with these things. A tragedy could have occurred,” he said.Patsy recalled how in 1934 a torpedo was washed up on the island.On that occasion the army were also called to the island and the remains of the torpedo have been left on the island as a memorial to the occasion. ARMY CALLED IN AFTER EXPLOSIVE DEVICE FOUND WASHED UP ON DONEGAL ISLAND was last modified: December 21st, 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:Air CorpsbeachCoastguarddonegalexplosivesTory Island
Celtic have suffered a blow to their three-pronged attack on the Treble after defender Daniel Majstorovic was ruled out of action for up to eight weeks with a fractured toe.The Swede suffered the injury to his right foot during Saturday’s 2-0 league win at home over Hamilton Accies and will now also miss the League Cup final against Rangers on Sunday week.Thomas Rogne replaced Majstorovic at half-time in that match last Saturday. Rogne or Glenn Loovens are favourites to partner Charlie Mulgrew in the centre of defence.Majstorovic suffered another injury during the January transfer window, prompting his manager Neil Lennon to consider signing a new replacement.However, the Swede recovered quicker than anticipated and has taken part in 33 of Celtic’s 38 competitive matches this term.In recent weeks, he has been playing in the centre of defence alongside Mulgrew, who is more used to playing at full-back. Celtic hold a five-point lead over Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premier League, although their Glasgow rivals have two games in hand.Neil Lennon’s side are also still involved in the Scottish Cup and travel to Inverenss on Sunday in the quarter-finals.HOOPS DEFENDER OUT FOR EIGHT WEEKS WITH BROKEN TOE was last modified: March 10th, 2011 by gregShare 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)