Blatter considering legal action against FIFA

first_imgFormer FIFA president Sepp Blatter, currently serving a ban from football, told Reuters on Thursday he is considering legal action against the global football body in an attempt to clear his name.Blatter, who led FIFA for 17 years, was handed a six-year ban for ethics violations, imposed amid the biggest corruption scandal to shake world football’s’s governing body in 2015.The 81-year-old Swiss said that while “for the time being there is no legal action”, he and his lawyers were working on a potential case.“My aim is to look into the decision of FIFA’s Ethic-Committee in view of informations, and even evidences that I have received, in the meantime, in connection with my suspension,” Blatter told Reuters via email.“We are working on this case – and looking forward for development.”It is likely that any legal action from Blatter would take place in the Swiss civil courts.FIFA did not immediately respond to a request for comment.In December 2016, Blatter lost an appeal in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the suspension.CAS ruled that Blatter had authorised payments to Michel Platini, then the European football boss, worth over $2 million that amounted to “undue gifts” and therefore violated FIFA’s code of ethics.Blatter had resigned in June 2015 after several dozen football officials, including FIFA executive committee members and former members, had been indicted in the United States on graft charges, along with two sports marketing firms.The former FIFA president was not among those indicted, but became embroiled in scandal when he was banned from all football-related activity the following December by FIFA’s Ethics Committee along with Platini.The men were banned, initially for eight years, over a payment of 2 million Swiss francs ($1.98 million) that FIFA made to Platini in 2011, with Blatter’s approval, for work done a decade earlier. The bans were reduced to six years by FIFA’s appeals committee in February 2016.Blatter, who has denied all charges against him, had compared the FIFA Ethics Committee investigation to “the inquisition”.In 2015 Swiss prosecutors opened a criminal investigation into Blatter on suspicion of criminal mismanagement and misappropriation but no charges have yet been brought.The man who headed FIFA from 1998 to 2015 says he intends to attend June’s World Cup in Russia after a personal invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putinlast_img read more

When Boston Marathon turned into a sprint, Kenya’s Lawrence Cherono was ready

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Forecasts of cold and rain forced the Boston Athletic Association to prepare again for the worst, and heavy rains and lightning overnight led organizers to delay some of the buses shuttling runners out to the start. An early-morning military march was delayed for 90 minutes, but had the lightning continued the whole race could have been canceled.Para athletes and others with imperfect contact with the ground were offered a deferment; not a single one took it, race director Dave McGillivray said.The skies remained clear for the entire elite race and a light rain began falling mid-afternoon. But instead of the hypothermia that had been feared from anticipated cold weather — extra heaters were ordered for the medical tents — temperatures soared into the low 70s and doctors were dealing with exertion heat stroke.One runner had a core body temperature of 109 degrees, medical coordinator Chris Troyanos said. A total of 2,217 runners needed medical attention on the course or at the finish line; 103 people were transported to hospitals and 13 were admitted overnight.All were expected to be released Tuesday, Troyanos said.McGillivray said the changing forecasts put pressure on organizers that last year’s dreadful — but predictable — weather did not.“It was a moving target all week long,” he said. “But pressure is a privilege. And the B.A.A. team is at its best when we are challenged.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’ve never run on the track before,” the 30-year-old Kenyan said on Tuesday after picking up a check for $150,000 as the winner of the 123rd Boston Marathon. “To me, it was a lesson. I never lost hope.”A six-time marathon winner, Cherono was the fastest man in the field by virtue of his victory in Amsterdam last fall in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 6 seconds. That speed came in handy Monday when the pack ran faster in the second half than the first, and Cherono completed the final mile in 4:29 to get to the tape before two-time Boston winner Lelisa Desisa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn fact, at the 30K checkpoint there were still a dozen runners in the lead pack, including three of the last four champions: Desisa, who won in 2013 and ’15, Geoffrey Kirui (’16) and Lemi Berhanu Hayle (’17).“I was not thinking of what they did last year,” Cherono said. “I was running my own race.” Women’s wrestling to cap competition at Tokyo Olympics Lawrence Cherono, left, of Kenya, runs to the finish line to win the 123rd Boston Marathon in front of Lelisa Desisa, of Ethiopia, right, on Monday, April 15, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Sometimes a race is both a marathon and a sprint.Lawrence Cherono paced himself for 26 miles from Hopkinton to Boston, making the turn from Hereford Street for the last 600 meters on Boylston shoulder-to-shoulder with two other runners. From there, it was a footrace.ADVERTISEMENT Cherono finished in 2:07:57, the fastest winning time in Boston since Geoffrey Mutai’s 2:03:02 set a course record and a world best. Desisa slowed up, grimacing in agony, and finished 2 seconds behind.Worknesh Degefa won the women’s race in 2:23:31 after pulling away from the pack in the outer suburbs and running alone for more than 20 miles.“This is going to change my life,” she said Tuesday. “This marathon throws me onto the world stage. Winning the Boston Marathon is everything.”A year after dealing with some of the foulest weather New England has to offer — temperatures in the mid-30s, an icy rain and near-gale headwinds — organizers lucked into a pretty nice day. Temperatures were in the high 50s at the start, and the rain held off until late in the afternoon.That led to some new challenges.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs LATEST STORIES Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chief Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more

Anna Regina Multilateral excels at CSEC examinations

first_img– aspiring civil engineer tops county, Pomeroon girl shinesBy: Indrawattie NatramThe Anna Regina Multilateral Secondary School (ARMS) in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) has excelled at this year’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, making it to the leading secondary school within the region.Copping top spot for the school and the region, with 15 Grade One’s, is Keval Lall, 17, of Anna Regina Village. Lall was elated throughout his interview with Guyana Times and related that he is aspiring to become a civil engineer.Keval LallBibi Aseeya MohamedAteisha BrandtLall, who is the son of the owner of the popular “Lall’s General Store” in Region Two, said that he could not have done it without the overwhelming support of his mother, uncles and siblings. He accredited his success to extra studies and lessons he took leading up to examinations.Lall is the third child of his parents and described his siblings as his role model. He intends to further his career at Nations University. His advice to those sitting CSEC next year is to study, listen and understand what is going on within the classroom. He also used the opportunity to extend gratitude towards his teachers at ARMS.Lall’s mother Nalene Lall attested that her son was always a well-grounded child and said she is proud of his successes. She explained that she knew he would have done well at examinations but didn’t expect him to top the county. The mother thanked the teachers for their contributions towards her son’s success.Pomeroon girl shinesAteisha Brandt, 17, of Friendship, Lower Pomeroon River, Region Two, has defined the true meaning of determination, sacrifice and courage when she received her CSEC results. Brandt attained 14 Grade Ones and 2 Grade Two’s, gaining the second position in the Region. She wrote 17 subjects at one sitting.She explained that the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) is yet to release the grade for Office Administration, the only grade that she has outstanding.Brandt who hails from the Pomeroon River travels daily to Anna Regina to attain a secondary education. She said although it was a tedious and expensive process, she is glad she did well.During an interview with this publication, Ateisha attested that it was the blessings of the Almighty that stood beside her throughout her five years of studies at secondary school.Explaining her challenges, she related that her study time was limited, since most of her time was taken up in travelling.“I usually start travels from 7:30 in the morning and rush for school, my nights were long, trying to finish my studies and assignments; unlike those who live on the Coast I had to hustle” Brandt related.When asked why she did not utilise the school’s dormitory, the ardent Brandt said that she wanted to study in a more focused and conducive environment, close to her parents. She stressed that the dormitory would not afford her the opportunity to do the things she wanted to do.She further related that she also needed resources such as books, internet and other necessities and the dormitory was not providing such.Brandt said she is aspiring to become a physiologist, but explained that for her to pursue an education at a tertiary institution would be very expensive for her parents. She is therefore hoping that she would acquire a scholarship soon since she would love to continue her studies.“I really hope my wishes could be granted in attaining a scholarship, attaining a proper education from Pomeroon is a huge barrier that requires determination and a lot of money, I really need a scholarship” Brandt related.Brandt was the top student for the National Grade Six examinations in Region Two. She credits her success to the support of her parents and teachers.When asked what was the most challenging of her studies, Brandt said it was getting to school, in addition to not having adequate internet access. She however said distance in attaining an education was not a barrier for her as she was determined to make the necessary sacrifices.Her favourite quote is, “achieving success does not require great might but a determined mind makes you achieve” the science stream student related. She advises students to continue to study nightly and to believe in God for their every success.“I always tell myself I would stand to the end until I achieve my secondary education, I never give up, I prioritise my needs and wants and I made it happen, I am proud and I know my parents are too” the aspiring physiologist said.Brandt is the 3rd of four children. Her favourite subject is physics and her desire is to continue to study so that she can eventually assist persons living in the Pomeroon areas.Her parents Samantha and Mark Brandt also extended congratulations to their daughter for completing her Secondary education.Meanwhile, copping the third position was Bibi Aseeya Mohamed who attained 12 Grade Ones. Guyana Times visited the home of Mohamed but was informed she is in Costa Rica on a scholarship.Her parents extended best wishes to her and said that their daughter wrote 20 subjects at the examinations and that Aseeya is aspiring to be a lawyer. In 2014 her sister, Areefa Mohamed topped ARMS as the best student.Headmaster of ARMS Lalljeet Rooplall extended congratulations to all those students from the school who excelled at the examinations. He also thanked the teachers for their dedication and extended efforts.Rooplall said that ARMS over the years have done well at the CSEC examinations with students topping the country. He said hopefully next year the school will make it in the top 10 for the country.last_img read more

I need three-race sweep to take title- Rosberg

first_img0Shares0000SOCHI, October 12-Nico Rosberg admitted he needs to win the final three races of the season if he is to beat Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to the Formula One world title.On the day when Hamilton triumphed at the Russian Grand Prix with consummate ease for his 31st career win, Rosberg conceded he locked up during a rush of blood on the opening lap when he misjudged his effort to pass the Englishman at Turn Two in Sunday’s race. “I was in a battle with Lewis and I messed up,” he said. “It was a bad mistake too. It was my corner — or I thought it was — but it was the first time arriving there at full speed with full fuel.“I thought I wouldn’t get into the top 10 after that, but the car was amazing.”  Rosberg’s mistake on lap one forced him to make a pit stop for new tyres and then complete 52 laps on one set of tyres, rising from the back of the field to finish second behind Hamilton.Their ninth one-two of a remarkable season secured the Mercedes team’s maiden triumph in the constructors’ triumph.But Rosberg added it was not an easy race for him.“There was one phase when I had a lot of degradation. I got a lot of over-steer and I thought they (tyres) wouldn’t make it to the end of race,” he added.“I was nursing them a lot. In the end, I could have got more out of them. I was driving the whole race on tyres that they said you cannot do any more than 29 laps on them.“Now, I need to continue to attack and I need to look to win them all — the next three races are my favourites.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Vigil to remember missing and murdered Aboriginal women

first_imgSisters in Spirit is an annual vigil held across the country on October 4th to address the loss of these women in our communities. Greyeyes says it’s important to both raise awareness of the problem, as well as support the families of the women. “Just make the community aware that we’re still looking for these women and want to know where they are,” she says. “There’s so many women that are missing from this community, or have been murdered. We need to start raising our voices and make it so that in this community it’s not okay to hurt our women.” A healing ceremony for the families and those who have lost a loved one was held Friday evening at the Nenan Dane zaa office. The hope was that it could help start a healing process for those grieving, and open them up to services in the community like counselling and workshops.- Advertisement – “It’s not easy to go through the grief and loss of a loved one so traumatically,” says Greyeyes. “My hope is that when they leave, that they start that, that they don’t carry that around with them anymore.” The Sisters in Spirit vigil will be another opportunity for the friends and families of the missing and murdered women to build themselves up emotionally. Starting at 5:00 p.m. on October 4 from the Fort St. John Friendship Centre, there will be a walk to City Hall, where a statement will be read, and a token will be left. The group will then return to the Friendship Centre for a feast and drumming, as well as an opportunity for the women’s families to speak. Everyone of any race or gender is invited to attend and honour the missing and murdered women in our community, and show support to their families.Advertisement Earlier in the day a free workshop will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Friendship Centre called “From Stilettos to Moccassins”, intended to help drug and alcohol addicted women.last_img read more

Magic Mountain owner raises red flag for investors

first_imgStandard & Poor’s lowered its outlook on Six Flags to negative from stable Friday. The rating agency cited weak attendance, higher-than-expected operating costs and a tight “cushion of compliance” with its debt agreements. “The size and diversity of the company’s regional theme parks only partially mitigates these concerns,” said S&P credit analyst Hal F. Diamond. S&P gives Six Flags a corporate credit rating of B-minus, which is six notches below investment grade. The negative outlook was applied because “the company’s turnaround effort appears to be more challenging than Standard & Poor’s had anticipated, requiring more investment and time.” In its report, S&P anticipated that the outlook would not change over the next year, unless it saw improvements in profitability, debt and cash flow. Moody’s downgraded the speculative grade liquidity rating of Six Flags to SGL-4 from SGL-2 based on the risk that the company will fail to meet its credit obligations. Shapiro said in the call with investors Thursday that Magic Mountain is a sale candidate partly because of its rowdy teenage atmosphere. The property also sits on 250 acres and would likely attract real-estate developers. “When Mark Shapiro took over, he promised some bold action, and this is bold,” said Paul Ruben, the North America editor of Park World magazine. “I was surprised by his selection of parks. Magic Mountain in California, for example, is one of their flagship parks. And for that to go on the auction block was shocking.” “I think it might be a real-estate play,” Robinett of Economics Research Associates said. “Why would you sell one of your flagship properties?” The New York-based company, which owns 29 amusement and water parks, wants to reduce its reliance nationwide on teenage customers who cause security problems and don’t spend much money, Shapiro said. The company, in evaluating which parks could be sold, also examined which ones sit on valuable real estate, he said. The company also named five other parks it might sell. They are in or near Buffalo, Denver, Seattle, Houston and Concord in Northern California. Ruben said those parks are undervalued but does not see any obvious buyers. He said the properties could be bought by foreign investors. “With its scorched-earth call last night, and a likely big hit to the stock this a.m. it’s difficult to see much more room to disappoint,” said Bear Stearns analyst Glen Reid in a research note. Reid said he was optimistic that Six Flags would eventually emerge from its problems. He said that in the near term he looked for a more stable second half and progress on the asset sales later in the year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s lowered their outlooks for the amusement park operator Friday. Shapiro told analysts and investors late Thursday that revenue was down about 1 percent through June 18, attendance fell by 13 percent, and the company could fail to comply with certain bank credit covenants. Shapiro also said the company would explore selling six properties, including Magic Mountain in the Santa Clarita Valley. Shapiro took over in December after Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder won a protracted proxy fight to gain control of the company. Snyder made his name building an eponymous direct marketing firm that he reportedly sold for $2 billion. He has a reputation for being difficult as a manager, and since he bought the Redskins in 1999, the team has been through five head coaches. Shapiro was recruited from ESPN and now faces the task of reforming the company. In recent months, the company has raised its prices for season passes in an effort to lessen the company’s focus on teenagers and attract higher-paying visitors and families. Sales of season passes have fallen, but higher spending per visitor has not offset those losses. Shapiro told analysts that the company planned to spend an additional $15 million on new hires to improve atmosphere in the parks. Under previous managements, the company acquired a number of smaller, regional theme parks, taking on debt in the process. The proposed sales are a way for Shapiro to “tighten things up,” according to John Robinett, a senior vice president at Economics Research Associates in Los Angeles. NEW YORK – Investors in Six Flags Inc. shaved off one-quarter of its share value Friday after the company said it might be in trouble with debt and could sell six theme parks, prompting credit rating agencies to issue downgrades. The chief executive, Mark Shapiro, announced in a conference call after the market closed Thursday that the company no longer expected to meet its earnings guidance and that revenue and attendance were lower. Shares fell in after-hours trading by about 20 percent and kept falling when the market reopened. Shares tumbled $1.90, or 25.5 percent, to close at $5.55 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. Over the past 52 weeks, the stock has ranged from $4.30 to $11.93. The last time the company’s shares suffered a comparable loss in a single day was July 16, 2004, when the price fell by about 25 percent. last_img read more

BURT’S BRIAN SECOND FAVOURITE TO SCOOP ALL-IRELAND TALENT SHOW

first_imgTraditional Irish set dancing group Cosa Beoga, representing the West, are the 11/4 favourites with Paddy Power to win this year’s ‘All Ireland Talent Show’……But Burt’s Brian Sheerin is a close second favourite – and the people of Donegal have a chance to help him win….and make a few quid at the bookies!The group from Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway, stole the show in week five despite receiving criticism from fellow judge Amanda Brunker. If Cosa Beoga are successful in being crowned this year’s winners it will be the second year judge Daithi has mentored a winning act.Kerry man and ‘Daily Show’ host Daithi mentored the Mulkerrin Brothers to victory in Series 1 in 2009.Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power said: “Amanda might be bored of traditional Irish acts but the public it seems are not. There’s been plenty of support for Cosa Beoga in the betting proving that old Irish dancing is alive and well.”Donegal singer Daniel O’Donnell also likes the Galway group – and our own Brian. He said: “I hope that Brian goes all the way because I really do feel he’s going to be a big star and it was lovely to hear his Donegal accent coming through in his singing.“The standard on this year’s show really is tremendous and there is great variety. I was also very impressed by Irish dancing troupe Cosa Beoga from the West.“I thought they were fantastic and it’s great to see young people keeping our traditions alive.”Brian Sheerin is at 7/2, young soprano Daniel Furlong at 6/1 and Daithi’s Sean Nos ar an tSionnan at 7/1.Winning Region5/4 West (Daithi O’Se)5/2 North (Dana)3/1 South (John Creedon)8/1 East (Blathnaid Ni Chofaigh)8/1 Dublin (Amanda Brunker) All Ireland Talent Show – Outright Winner11/4 Cosa Beaga (West)7/2 Brian Sheerin (North)6/1 Daniel Furlong (East)7/1 Sean Nos ar an tSionnan (West)8/1 Shauna Buckingham (Dublin)9/1 Don Stiffe (West)9/1 Fitzy Chicks (South)10/1 2 Day Nation (South)10/1 Politically Correct (West)14/1 Mad 4 Road (South)BURT’S BRIAN SECOND FAVOURITE TO SCOOP ALL-IRELAND TALENT SHOW was last modified: March 1st, 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)last_img read more

How West Ham could line up after January with Gomez, Drinkwater and Deulofeu

first_img 4-4-2 is Pellegrini’s preferred formation Gomez is reportedly close to a move to West Ham West Ham United seem set for another frantic finish to a January Deadline Day as the transfer window prepares to shut.Having already confirmed the signing of Samir Nasri, the Hammers were then involved in a public saga involving Marko Arnautovic. The signing of Nasri has, thus far, proved to be a shrewd one. The former Arsenal man was instrumental in helping Hammers beat his former side at the start of the month.With the former Manchester City man pulling strings in midfield, possession and movement in the final third will be key.Arnautovic could work well in bringing the wide men into play as a lone striker, but Pellegrini has shown he is not afraid to demand crosses be launched into the box, with Gomez or Carroll perfect target men.All-out attack As exclusively revealed by talkSPORT, a loan move for Danny Drinkwater could well be on the cards.The Premier League winner has been shunned by Blues boss Maurizio Sarri this season and a temporary move could kickstart his career.Watford demand £30m for Gerard Deulofeu RANKED This formation would work fantastically well against sides who want to sit back at the London Stadium or for when the Hammers want to counter-attack.With three midfielders who are all well versed in tracking back and defending, the full backs can freely rampage on the overlap to add new dimensions to the attack.Similarly, against sides in the Top Six, the full backs can stay back and help the defence. Whilst they perform their duties, the midfielders will be looking to release the front three to unleash their devastating pace in behind. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star 7 IN DEMAND 7 REVEALED moving on LATEST TRANSFER NEWS Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 7 7 LIVING THE DREAM 7 Although the striker is now set to stay at the London Stadium, there are several players who do not have such a clear idea of where their future lies.Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez could be set for switches to Spain, with moves to Real Betis and Valencia mooted respectively.But with Arnautovic limping off against Wolves on Tuesday night, boss Manuel Pellegrini will be all too aware he cannot rely on just Andy Carroll up top.Similarly, injuries to Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez have decimated the Chilean’s midfield options and Manuel Lanzini is still not ready to return. West Ham would look to pass teams to death with this formation center_img Gerard Deulofeu has been a hit at Watford Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Arguably, this would be Pellegrini’s dream formation for West Ham once the transfer window closes.The power and pace of Gomez would work perfectly alongside the skills and link-up play of Arnautovic, Rice and Drinkwater would battle relentlessly in midfield and Deulofeu and Anderson have the pace to trouble any defence.Overload the midfield targets 7 Pellegrini is more than likely to insist the Hammers board bring in signings The full backs would be expected to bomb on in this formation Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti targets In what would be seen as a massive shock, The Sun are claiming Deulofeu is a target for the Hammers.Pacy and dangerous on his day, the winger would reportedly be allowed to leave if an offer of £30million came in.How could they line up after January?Classic 4-4-2 Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer Drinkwater has found himself out the first-team picture this season 7 Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father With that in mind, scroll down to see which players the Hammers could be bringing in before the January window shuts at 11pm.And see how Manuel Pellegrini’s new look side could line up.What is the latest news?Maxi Gomez deal in the balance LATEST Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland A deal which has gathered serious moment in the past fortnight, Celta Vigo starlet Maxi Gomez could well be on his way to the London Stadium.Although there are rumours circulating the 22-year-old will join in the summer, injuries to Arnautovic and the departs of Perez and Hernandez could see a deal forced through.Danny Drinkwater eyed for loan Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade last_img read more

Pekin man arrested after cell phone dispute

first_imgThe man told Gibson if he didn’t have the money he owed him for a cell phone bill he needed to leave. Gibson then allegedly went to his vehicle and got a gun.The couple said he began waving it in the air, threatening to shoot out their windows and said he would make them pay for keeping his child.Gibson again refused to leave the property and allegedly shoved the woman through the door, entered the home, threw down the gun and came at her husband.The man told police he pushed Gibson outside again, but he again entered the home.The couple told police Gibson ran into the bedroom, grabbed his child and left. The child’s mother told police she and Gibson had been talking about his picking up his child all day and that the discussions had gotten heated.She also told police it was possible that she had told her brother not to let Gibson to pick up his son. A dispute over an unpaid cell phone bill and who was to have custody of a child resulted in a scuffle and landed 23-year-old Brandon Gibson, of Pekin, in jail.He was charged with criminal recklessness with a weapon and residential entry and battery.According to police on October 14, Gibson  had gone to the home of his child’s aunt and uncle to pick the child up and that is when the couple told him that the child’s mother had told them not to allow Gibson to take the child with him.last_img read more

Changes Coming to Third-Party Stroller/Mobility Aid Rentals

first_imgShare This!Okay, readers — want the good news or the bad news first?The good news is that you still can have strollers and mobility aids (such as wheelchairs and ECVs) brought to your resort by a third-party vendor of your choice.The bad news is that it will be less convenient to do so, thanks to some new rules going into effect on October 1, 2019.As being reported by several local vendors, Disney has now changed their policy such that third-party vendors for items like strollers, wheelchairs, and ECVs can no longer be dropped off at bell services prior to your arrival, and they cannot be left by you at bell services to be picked up by the vendor at the end of your trip.What this means is that you’ll need to contact your third-party vendor to arrange for a time to personally accept delivery and pickup of your item.As of right now (3 PM on Friday, September 27), third-party grocery vendors are stating that they have asked if this impacts their deliveries and have been told that it does not — that grocery orders will still be accepted at bell services. That said, this is certainly an ever-evolving situation. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open to let you know of any additional changes to Disney’s policies.Update: 5:00 PM, 9/27/19Some companies have issued statements with different information, so if you have a rental coming up, the best thing to do is contact the company.From Kingdom Strollers:Disney has changed their policy for service providers starting October 1st. All orders PLACED after October 1st will need to meet with a representative for the delivery and return pick up of their rented item.Orders placed before October 1st will still be allowed to be delivered and picked up through the resorts luggage desks.So any order for Oct, Nov, Dec, etc that was placed before Oct 1st will continue to go through the luggage desks. Any future orders placed after Oct 1st will need to meet with us for delivery and pick up.From Orlando Stroller Rental:Walt Disney World has changed their policy for their stroller rental vendors. If you placed your reservation prior to November 2nd for travel before OR after November 2nd, your stroller will be waiting for you in your Walt Disney World Resort’s luggage room. You may also return your stroller to the luggage room on your last day without meeting us. No change is needed.Starting in October, we are very excited to say that our customers will be able to pick up and return their strollers to and from the Orlando International Airport. The pick up and return counter will be on level B1 of the airport which is the same level as Disney’s Magical Express. Therefore, customers will have a few options where we can best meet their stroller needs. They will be able to choose:•Orlando International Airport (MCO) more details soon•Orlando Stroller Rentals store, located at 3232 Rolling Oaks Blvd in Kissimmee just minutes away from Animal Kingdom•Delivery to and pick up from your Walt Disney World Resort’s luggage room. (Then starting November 2 any new orders placed for future travel will need to be a meet and greet at your hotel if you do not select one of the first two options) From Buena Vista Scooter and Stroller Rentals:As many of you may have heard, through the rumor mill, there have been some developments, over the past few days, regarding the “preferred provider” program @ Walt Disney world.We can confirm that the rumors are in fact correct.Disney HAS eliminated the preferred provider program, which means Buena Vista will eventually be converting to a “meet and Greet” operation.However, ALL reservations that are placed prior to October 1st will be grandfathered in and will not be effected by these changes. If you are in need of a rental and DO NOT want to be affected, it is very important that you book before 10/1, regardless of when your rental is set to begin.last_img read more