Fight for socialism!

first_imgNov. 7 — When you read this, the most unprecedented, disturbing, raucous and depressing presidential election will finally be over.This election cycle developed into a contest between the two most unpopular candidates in modern times. One will be inaugurated in Washington on Jan. 20.This article, written before the election, is about preparing for the next four years, despite who wins. No matter the outcome, capitalism has arrived at a dead end, unable to overcome its deep contradictions, showering wealth on those already billionaires, while grinding down the workers who produce everything. The dire consequences of that fact will only intensify over the next four years.Building a mass movement to fight this system is the order of the day, no matter the outcome of the election.It must be said upfront, however, that a Donald Trump victory would be horrifying. Even though it seems unlikely at this point that Trump could win, no one had expected him to get this far.A Trump victory would give a further green light to the forces of racism and repression, both inside and outside the capitalist state. The movement would have to prepare for more unbridled police terror and mass deportations.At best, it would mean a government so deadlocked that little gets done and both parties blame the other.Few could wish any of this on the people of this country. A deadlocked government means the elderly do not get their Social Security checks on time, the impoverished do not get badly needed benefits, government workers of all kinds get furloughed.No matter which party wins, the movement must be prepared to resist more wars and repression carried out in the name of “national security.”Two parties, one systemTo revolutionaries and socialists who understand the capitalist nature of this country, it is well known that the Democrats and the Republicans differ little, as both historically represent Wall Street and the Pentagon. Although the social base of each party is different, they both adhere to the norms of capitalist rule.The Republican Party is richer and much, much whiter, and is supported by the most reactionary elements of the ruling class. The Democratic Party depends on support from the unions and people of color, appearing more working class even though it is closely intertwined with Wall Street.It is the fat cats in the boardrooms and their agents who wield the real power and dictate to the party in the White House.Only mass upheaval from the workers and the oppressed can push back those fat cats.Despite the maneuverings of the far right to influence the elections in favor of Trump, the polls are predicting that the first woman ever will be elected president of the U.S.There would be much to celebrate in breaking this glass ceiling — were it not for Hillary Clinton’s history, political bent and practices during her decades of activity in capitalist politics.Record of Clinton machineThe Clinton machine has been part of the conservative wing of the Democratic Party and took the party further to the right.Both Hillary Clinton and her political partner Bill Clinton were key to forming the Democratic Leadership Council. The DLC, founded by southern Democrats in 1985, reinvented the Democratic Party as one “pledged to fiscal restraint, less government, and a pro-business, pro-free market outlook.” (Truthout, Dec. 2, 2015) In other words, more like the Republican Party.One need not go back to the 1980s to see how the Clintons carried this out in practice.It was under Bill Clinton that the welfare system, which provided a minimum income to people living on the edge, was dismantled in 1996. This most affected poor women with children, who were disproportionately Black because of this country’s racist history.Hillary Clinton’s entire presidential campaign has been about keeping the party’s left wing in line while turning to the right.Bernie Sanders and the progressive movement behind him, including the young activists of Occupy Wall Street, forced Clinton to pick up some left rhetoric. Compelled by the strength of the Sanders campaign, she too addressed massive, outrageous student debt, as well as campaign finance reform.The righteous Black Lives Matter movement, which heroically disrupted some of her events, and the rebellions going on in the streets against police murders, compelled Clinton to invite mothers of victims of police terror to appear with her campaign.Turning right for running mateBut when it came time to pick a vice presidential candidate, what did she do? Did she analyze the situation in which millennials were clearly turning to the left, and get encouraged by their actions in the streets, calculating that it would be helpful for change in the future?No. She continued to veer to the right, choosing a conservative Democrat from the South as her running mate.How different it would have been had she chosen Sanders, as a gesture to the over 12 million who had voted for him and to the tens of thousands who had financed his campaign with $5 and $10 contributions, not like her Super Pac money.It would have been even more remarkable — and a real signal to the oppressed — had she chosen a person of color as a vice presidential candidate. Mentioned as a possible nominee was Cory Booker, former mayor of Newark, N.J., now a U.S. senator.  Selecting an African American would have done more to rectify her “superpredator” comment about Black youth than any “I’m sorry.”Or, to respect Latinx, who are coming out in record numbers to vote, she could have chosen Democratic politicians like Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro or pro-immigrant activist Rep. Luis Gutierrez from Chicago.But that is not what the Democratic Party is about — not now, not ever. It is about maintaining the status quo and keeping the oppressed in line. It serves as a brake against any real struggle for change.Clinton, women and Latin AmericaDuring the campaign, and especially in the presidential debates, Clinton often sold herself as a fighter for women’s rights and against sexual assault. But she has already earned the anger of a sector of Latinx with her role on Honduras, which belies any real interest in fighting for women.The 2009 coup against Honduras’ democratically elected president Mel Zelaya ushered in a wave of repression that has especially affected women and LGBTQ people.Clinton admitted in her autobiography, “Hard Choices,” that she used her power as then U.S. secretary of state to support the coup and bring pro-U.S. “stability” to Central America, even if it meant forgetting about democracy. (TeleSur, Feb. 28)Not only has Clinton been silent on this, but, during a debate with Sanders, she disgustingly chastised Honduran families for sending their children north to escape terror.Lucy Pagoada, a Honduras resistance fighter, told WW: “As Hondurans, we hold Hillary Clinton responsible for the repression and killings of hundreds since 2009, including the death of beloved environmentalist leader Berta Cáceras.”Warhawk on Iraq, Libya and SyriaClinton endorsed and took part in the destruction of Iraq. She promoted counterrevolution in Libya and has been part of the force that is destabilizing Syria, causing death and destruction to millions.In 2008, former U.S. Congressmember Jane Harman wrote in the Huffington Post, “Women serving in the U.S. military are more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire in Iraq.” (May 25, 2011)Ominously, WikiLeaks revealed that Clinton is targeting Social Security for cuts. This would hurt women most of all. Two-thirds of the beneficiaries of Social Security aged 85 and older are women. However, in a debate with Trump, Clinton said she wanted to increase Social Security for women, many of whom, because of how the benefit is presently configured, now live in or near poverty. But, as Alan Nasser points in a Nov. 4 CounterPunch article, Clinton spoke frankly to bankers about supporting their plan to slash the benefits.The first female U.S. president may be breaking a glass ceiling, but the cuts from its shards may be felt most by working-class women.Will Trumpites go back into the woodwork? During the campaign, Clinton was chastised for calling Trump supporters a “basket of deplorables.”For the most part, those who attend and cheer at Trump rallies are deplorable. They go along with the racist, anti-Muslim rhetoric, challenge freedom of the press, believe that a wall on the Southern border will bring back jobs and stop the “browning of America,” threaten Black people’s right to vote, don’t agree that Trump offends women or people with disabilities, and excuse Trump’s misogyny — all such stands are indeed deplorable.While the left must not give up on all these people, most have crossed a line. They reflect a danger, whether Clinton wins or not.Some Trumpites belong to extreme right-wing militias, such as the Georgia Security Force, which are pleased with Trump’s attacks on Syrian refugees and Muslims. They are riled up with the belief that Clinton will take away their right to carry guns.Interviews with some of these elements reveal that such militias are getting ready to defend their “way of life” — code words for racism, denying women the right to abortion and attacking immigrants.Such elements are not likely to crawl back into the gutter. They can be expected to continue with their anti-Hillary Clinton diatribe — much of it thoroughly sexist — long after the election. Not only is this misogynist, it is dangerous.The rise of the alt-right is a danger, and should be fought. Should they decide, for example, to mobilize at a Clinton inauguration, the left and progressives should challenge the right wing — at the same time they organize against Clinton.Should Clinton win, the movement must be sure to distance itself from the actions and the sexist verbiage of the right. A Clinton administration should be fought on its program and deeds, not on her sex.But the alt-right is not the only thing to combat in the future. As Workers World Party candidates Monica Moorehead and Lamont Lilly have said throughout this election season, capitalism must be abolished in order to truly resolve the dire issues facing the masses. Until this system of racism, war and exploitation is ended, the people will suffer more of the same.It was the police, not the alt-right, who in October raided a registration drive in Indiana meant to register Black voters. What does this show for the future? That the movement must fight the system in order to advance. The state apparatus moves forward behind the scenes no matter who wins an election, as the recent FBI debacle over Clinton’s emails showed.Since 9/11 the budget of the National Security Agency has grown to $10.8 billion. The USA Patriot and National Defense Authorization acts that greatly strengthen government spying will continue to be implemented under a Clinton administration.The state, no matter who administers it, will not jail killer cops or provide full employment or roll back rents — unless there is a struggle.A movement whose goal is to organize for revolutionary change is desperately needed so we can move a progressive agenda for the people and not Wall Street. One day that movement will lead to socialism.On Jan. 20, the first massive response to this deplorable election will take place, no matter who wins the White House, at a major counterinaugural demonstration. All out to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20 to demand a people’s agenda.Gutierrez was the national campaign manager of the WWP 2016 presidential campaign. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Police say they have identified officer who seriously injured photographer Víctor Salas, but decline to name him

first_img_________________________________02.07.08 – Mounted police officer who struck photographer in face with whip still not identifiedReporters Without Borders today voiced its disquiet at the slowness of the investigation into an assault on photographer Victor Salas, who suffered a very serious eye injury while covering a demonstration in Valparaiso, western Chile on 21 May. A mounted police officer struck the photographer, of Spanish news agency EFE, in the face with a metal riding whip. Doctors who operated on him feared he would suffer a functional and organic loss of sight in the right eye. Despite promises from senior officers, the police officer has not been identified, one and a half months after the assault, Radio Nuevo Mundo reported. “The investigation should not be so difficult to carry out. The police command must necessarily have a list of all those on duty at the Valparaiso demonstration on 21 May”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “It is intolerable that after a month and a half, the perpetrator of the assault on Víctor Salas has not yet been identified and summoned. Esprit de corps should not shield anyone from justice and we call on the government to intervene”, it added.——————————————————————–22.05.08 – Photographer risks losing eye after being hit by policeman during protestReporters Without Borders is outraged by the way a policeman on horseback struck photographer Víctor Salas several times with a metal riding crop while he was covering a protest yesterday in Valparaíso, a city to the west of Santiago. Salas, who works for the Spanish news agency EFE, has been hospitalised and risks using the use of his right eye as a result of the blows.“Unfortunately this is not the first time that the Chilean security forces have used violence against the news media while maintaining order,” the press freedom organisation said. “We support the call by EFE’s Santiago bureau for the policeman who hit Salas to be identified and punished. How could a law enforcement officer have behaved with such lack of judgment? The investigation should seek the answer to this question.”Yesterday’s incident occurred while political and union activists, students and health workers were staging a march near the national assembly building in Valparaíso during a visit by President Michelle Bachelet to address parliamentarians. Gen. Jaime Vasconcelos, the head of the local mounted police unit, was quoted in press reports as saying the clashes took place when demonstrators tried to get through security barriers. Three people were injured in the course of the police operation and around 100 arrests were made.Salas, who was photographing the events, was hit in the eye and over the eye by a riding crop during a mounted police charge. He was rushed to a hospital in the nearby town of Viña del Mar where doctors diagnosed “severe bruising to the right eye, with risk of functional and organic loss, and uncertain prognosis.”EFE bureau chief Manuel Fuentes said he would bring an legal action against the police. The high command of the mounted police promised to carry out an internal investigation.Eight journalists were injured, some of them seriously, when the police used violence to disperse student demonstrators outside the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago on 30 May 2006. Six months later, journalists were physically attacked by supporters of former dictator Augusto Pinochet in the wake of his death on 10 December 2006. President Bachelet condemned these attacks and called for the culprits to be prosecuted.Salas was last year’s winner of the national prize for news photography, awarded annually by the Chilean Association of Photographers and Visual Reporters. Receive email alerts November 11, 2020 Find out more Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” Organisation to go further News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Chile Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Chile: RSF calls for exemplary investigation into Chilean photographer’s murder News ChileAmericas ChileAmericas News News July 6, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today gave a cautious welcome to a police announcement yesterday that they have identified the officer who attacked photographer Victor Salas. Head of the ‘Carabineros’ police in Valparaiso, Gen. Jaime Vasconcellos, said that the name and rank of the officer suspected of seriously injuring the journalist working for the Spanish news agency EFE have been given to military justice. The photographer’s lawyer, Alfredo Morgado on 11 July asked for the investigation to be handed over to the municipal police. Gen Vasconcellos has made no objection to this request. Salas was left with a serious eye injury after a mounted police officer struck him with a metal riding crop while he was covering a demonstration in front of the Congress in Valparaiso on 21 May this year.“Providing the name of a suspect is not the same thing as convicting him. Why are the Carabineros staying silent about the identity of Victor Salas’s alleged attacker?”, the worldwide press freedom organisation asked. If the news is confirmed we hope that justice will be done promptly. We also wish Victor Salas a speedy recovery,” it added.____________________________________12.07.08 – Carabineros seem to be playing for time in case of injured EFE photographerReporters Without Borders is not satisfied with the promises given by Chile’s “Carabinero” police to punish some of its members for a physical attack on photographer Víctor Salas of the Spanish news agency EFE while he was covering a protest on 21 May in the western city of Valparaíso. EFE reports that there has been talk of disciplining “seven or eight” (or even “nine,” in some versions) of the officers on duty at the demonstration.In a letter to EFE’s management, the Carabineros said they had identified the mounted police officer who struck Salas with a metal riding crop, seriously wounding him in the right eye. But when the Union of Photographers and Cameramen sent photos of the officer involved to the Carabinero command (see photo below), the command curiously said it could not name him.“We continue to find the behaviour of the Carabineros in this case to be suspicious,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Aside from the fact that, although given a photo, they seems unable to say if one of their men has been identified or not, why do they now talk of disciplining several officers and why are they unable to give an exact number? They seem to be trying to gain time instead of giving the appropriate sanction to the officer concerned.”EFE’s bureau chief in Chile, Manuel Fuentes, told Reporters Without Borders that Salas is soon to undergo a third operation to his eye which is likely to determine what level of sight he will be able to recover. July 18, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Police say they have identified officer who seriously injured photographer Víctor Salas, but decline to name him November 26, 2019 Find out morelast_img read more

Ivorian media fuel anti-French hostility

first_img RSF’s recommendations for protecting press freedom during Côte d’Ivoire’s elections December 4, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Ivorian media fuel anti-French hostility October 29, 2020 Find out more Threats against journalists in run-up to Côte d’Ivoire’s presidential election Follow the news on Côte d’Ivoire Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Côte d’IvoireAfrica Newscenter_img RSF_en October 16, 2020 Find out more News Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders deplores the fact that a climate of hostility towards the French news media is being encouraged by Côte d’Ivoire’s state-owned radio and TV stations and certain privately-owned newspapers in Abidjan that support President Laurent Gbagbo, such as Le Temps and Notre Voie.“Our priority is respect for the safety of journalists,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “We are very disturbed that the national radio and TV have named foreign media and some of their staff and have blamed them for the current turmoil. This is dishonest and dangerous.“When the situation in Côte d’Ivoire is clearly very unstable and journalists are liable to be targets, it is also wrong for French elected officials to cast oil on the flames,” Julliard said, referring to a statement by two French parliamentarians sympathetic to Gbagbo.Julliard added: “The media are not responsible for the discord. They reported the provisional results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission just as many of them covered today’s ceremony installing Laurent Gbagbo for another term as president. Their job requires them to report all relevant developments.”State-owned Radio-Télévision Ivoirienne (RTI) accused the French 24-hour TV news station France 24 yesterday of wanting to “destabilize the country” by broadcasting the Independent Electoral Council’s proclamation of provisional results, according to which opposition politician Alassane Ouattara won last month’s presidential election. It showed a photo of France 24’s local correspondent and a close-up of a visiting France 24 reporter.The accusation came a day after the National Broadcasting Council (CNCA) suspended local retransmission of France 24 and other international radio and TV news stations (more information ). Le Temps wrote on 2 December that “the French media are concealing the reality” and “are showing bad faith.” The same day, Notre Voie ran the headline: “Election second round, lies and disinformation from France 24 and RFI.”Two French Socialist Party parliamentarians, Henri Emmanuelli and François Loncle, meanwhile issued a joint statement yesterday, criticizing “most of the French media” and “a certain number of politicians” of meddling in Côte d’Ivoire’s elections.“Whenever Africa is concerned, they are always champions at giving lessons,” the statement said. “They must allow the Ivorian electoral process to carry through to completion and respect the country’s rules and institutions (…) and they must stop intervening without restraint, making peremptory judgements about African countries that want to determine their own destiny.” The Constitutional Council announced yesterday that Gbagbo won the election with more than 51 per cent of the votes, invalidating the Independent Electoral Commission’s provisional results, according to which Ouattara won with 54.1 per cent of the votes. Gbagbo was sworn in for another term today. Côte d’IvoireAfrica to go further News Organisation last_img read more

Bob’s Discount Furniture, LA Galaxy Foundation Refurnish the Professional Child Development Associates Center

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Mario Gutierrez, Bob’s Regional Delivery Manager; Maureen Girouard, Director Development and External Affairs at Professional Child Development Associates, Inc.; Anthony Laner, LA Galaxy Account Executive, Partnership ActivationBob’s Discount Furniture partnered with the LA Galaxy Foundation (LAGF) to refurnish three rooms in the Professional Child Development Associates Center (PCDA), a non-profit whose focus is on child development serving children from birth to 21 years of age, and their families, when there is a concern regarding development or behavior.As part of this partnership, Bob’s donated over $8,000 worth of furniture to PCDA Center. Last week Bob’s Bradford Jamieson, LA Galaxy forward, and Cozmo, the LA Galaxy mascot surprised members at the PDCA Center revealing the three newly furnished rooms.Bradford Jamieson IV, LA Galaxy forward; Cozmo, LA Galaxy mascot; Tyronne Lindsey, Bob’s Discount Furniture Mid-City store manager; and patients of PCDA CenterAs part of its donation delivery, Bob’s Discount Furniture has provided the PDCA Center with their quality furniture collections of Gracie Sofas, Dakota Sofas and Accent Chairs, Reece Blue Accent Chairs, Zucchini Accent Chairs, Bali End Tables, Houdini II Coffee Table Sets, Sanctuary Dining Set with Slat Chairs, Summit Dining Set with Storage Bench, Austin Dresser and Montana Chairside Table.About Bob’s Discount FurnitureBob’s Discount Furniture provides a wide variety of quality furnishings – including living room furniture, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, office furniture and home accents – at everyday low prices. The stores also offer a unique and enjoyable shopping experience featuring free Cafés in each store with gourmet coffee, ice cream, cookies and candy. Since 1991, Bob’s has built strong customer loyalty by offering the highest-value home furnishings at the lowest possible prices. Now, with 104 furniture stores located throughout New England, California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin, the Manchester, Connecticut-based company has become the 12th-largest U.S. furniture chain and proudly holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. Bob’s is committed to supporting communities where its stores are located through a variety of charitable giving efforts. The Bob’s Discount Furniture Public Relations and Outreach program was created to help schools and children-related charities. The company donates more than $2.75 million to charities each year. This is done along with the Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation which has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 20 years. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit http://www.bobscares.org/, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @MyBobs, and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MyBobs.About the LA Galaxy FoundationThe LA Galaxy are an American professional soccer club, based in Los Angeles that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS). It is the league’s most-decorated club, having won the MLS Cup a record five times (2002, 2005, 2011, 2012, 2014) – the MLS Supporters’ Shield four times (1998, 2002, 2010, 2011,) and the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup twice (2001, 2005), and is one of just two MLS teams to win the CONCACAF Champions’ Cup (2000). Herbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? 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World’s largest collection of model aircraft goes on permanent display in…

first_img TAGScollectionhobbymodel aircraft displayShannonShannon airport Previous articleNew jobs to come from expansion at Rigid ContainersNext articleESB partnership to transform Shannon into low carbon airport Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] WhatsApp NewsCommunityVideoWorld’s largest collection of model aircraft goes on permanent display in ShannonBy Cian Reinhardt – July 3, 2018 5896 Facebook Twitter Aer Lingus needs to clarify Shannon plans – Crowe Linkedin Sad day for Limerick and Mid-West following Aer Lingus announcement – Mayor Michael Collins One of the world’s most unusual aircraft arrives at Shannon Airport center_img Advertisement RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Email Shannon Group Focused on Recovery and Rebuilding The world’s largest collection of model aircraft has gone on permanent show in the most appropriate home possible for it – the very airport where the obsession began for a collector to purchase 1,500 plus specialist diecast models.Farranshone, Limerick man Michael Kelly (67) has put his incredible aircraft collection on view in Shannon over six decades after his preoccupation with aircraft as a young boy began there.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The collection, which the retired fitter/plumber began assembling from his mid-teens and spent €25,000 each year on at its peak, outgrew his old farmhouse home just 400m from the River Shannon but has found a new one at Shannon Airport. It will be officially opened in the autumn but is already on display and getting huge attention from passengers as they marvel at the vastness and uniqueness of the permanent exhibition.The collection, which is housed in display units in a dedicated gallery area just off the departures lounge, includes every popular aircraft to have flown as well as many lesser well known, right up to modern day versions.All aircraft are 1:200 in scale and among the better known ones are a range of Concordes that perfected take-off ability at Shannon; the Sunderland aircraft owned by Al Capone from the 1930s; the world’s largest aircraft to fly commercially, the Antonov, which has also transited Shannon; the largest aircraft never to fly, the Spruce Goose of the Hughes Aircraft Company owned by ‘the Aviator’, Howard Hughes; the first Ryanair Boeing 737 aircraft; the full Aer Lingus collection from its beginnings and much, much more.For aviation enthusiasts there’s also the likes of Michael’s own favourite, the VC 10, an aircraft that captivated imaginations when it came out in the 1960s; the Russian Ilyushin 62, which hubbed in Shannon, and Yaks;  the Hercules, Lockheed Electra and TriStar; and the British royal’s ‘Queen’s Flight’ BAE 146.Explaining the long journey that led to the collection, Michael recalled:  “It started back when I was a little boy. My Dad, God rest him, used to bring me to Shannon Airport. When I saw aircraft I just fell in love with them. Whatever was between the airplanes and I, it was just magic.“I’d be always talking about airplanes. I never stopped babbling on at home about them. I’d be at home playing with my ball and I might be lucky enough to hear a Viscount in the sky and, of course, that would blow my mind. And I do everything, I’d nearly try pull back the clouds to see them.”The young boy’s early infatuation with aviation never abated and, with no model aircraft shop available in Ireland, he made his first trip to the UK when he was 16.“Dad gave me the money to go to this lovely man in Wales. That was the beginning of my real journey. He (model aircraft dealer) had so many beautiful planes and I was amazed. He said to me, ‘you’re very brave little boy to come here, I’ll send the planes onto Ireland and your dad can pay me when he has the money’. That was the beginning.”However, it was when Michael was put in touch with a world-wide, exclusive dealer of model aircraft based out of a hotel at Heathrow Airport that his pursuit really took off.  “I was told, if you get in with this guy, he will get you anything.  So, I headed over to this man, Nigel Milton Tompkins, with £10,000 Irish punts at the time in my pocket in ‘84.  It was huge money that I had saved, mad money.  But I was working hard and I was making money.“I took 17 planes on the day.  That’s how I kind of broke the mould. I was taken under the wing completely within a few visits. I was able to hit Heathrow then, at least once every six weeks every time. I had this airport (Shannon) wore out. Over the period of time when I look back on my accounts I would have spent about €25,000 a year, over 20 years. I spent a luxury house on it.  I live in an old restored farmhouse in Limerick city and we built a room then off the house, 65ft long, to put all my models out there on a display.”More and more people heard about what he had assembled and, ultimately, the reality dawned that it was far too important a collection not to be public.  A quick meeting with Niall Maloney, Shannon Airport’s Director of Operations and an agreement was reached to relocate it to a designated gallery area airside, just off the departures lounge.Said Niall:  “I’d heard from colleagues about this collection in a house in Limerick and, of course, about Michael and was advised to go see it.  When you walked in through the front door, there was planes left of me, there was planes right of me, there was planes in front of me. They were everywhere. It was an aviation-enthusiast’s heaven.“Over a number of engagements with Michael we discussed what could be done.  It’s a wonderful collection and deserves to be seen by the public. We were only happy that we could bring it here to Shannon with his goodwill.”The Shannon Operations Director said Michael’s passion for his aircraft is infectious.  “Once you meet Michael his enthusiasm, his knowledge of all these planes comes across instantly. He knows every aircraft type, has all the history behind where these aircraft were, where they were flown, who they’ve flown.  This is the world’s largest diecast model collection in the world.  We’re just delighted, with Michael’s goodwill, that it’s based here now in Shannon.”The gallery is, he explained, the latest manifestation of the extra mile Shannon goes to in order to make the airport customer friendly.  “Shannon is more than an airport and one thing we are quite strong in Shannon is what you do with your time when you’re here with us. We are working all the time on become as stress-free as possible. We’re the first European airport to have a sensory room in place, we have a unique historical picture collection here of the famous people who came through this airport.  We want Shannon to be a place where people can spend time effortlessly.”Looking back on his journey, Michael said: “I don’t regret a bit of it. It was a very hard journey that I absolutely adored. No regrets. I’m chuffed that they’re in Shannon now. It’s a job well done as far as I’m concerned now. I feel now personally that it’s a great achievement.” Print Urgent action needed to ensure Regional Air Connectivity Shannon Airport “has been abandoned” last_img read more

ECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS June 10, 2019

first_img TAGS  Previous articleOPD Honor Guard travels to MissionNext articleREV Group to Release First Quarter 2021 Earnings on Wednesday, March 10, 2021 Digital AIM Web Support Carlos Enrique Talamantes, 36, pleaded guilty May 2 to robbery and stalking and had his probation revoked. Talamantes was sentenced to six years in prison. Whalen approved the deal. Jerry Caddel was the defense attorney. Facebook Jennifer Arellano, 41, had a charge of fraudulent use or possession of identifying information, less than five items, dismissed May 10 because she pleaded guilty to the case in county court. Smith presided. John Bickham was the defense attorney. ECTOR COUNTY FELONY DISPOSITIONS June 10, 2019 THEFTHervey Levario Jr., 32, had a charge of theft of property, $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, dismissed May 13 because restitution was paid in full. Smith presided. Michael McLeaish was the defense attorney.Justin Luciano Hernandez, 24, was sentenced to three years probation in an order adjudicating guilt May 29 on a charge of theft of a firearm. Smith approved the deal. Matt Thomas was the defense attorney.Edward Gochicoa Palomino, 32, had a charge of theft of property, $2,500 or more but less than $30,000, dismissed May 30. Whalen presided. B.J. Brown was the defense attorney.Oscar Franco Jr., 52, pleaded guilty May 31 to theft with previous convictions and was sentenced to 13 months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Jerry Caddel was the defense attorney.Anthony Lee Vasquez, 27, had a charge of theft of property, $30,000 or more but less than $150,000, dismissed June 3 because the victim no longer wants to prosecute. Trotter presided. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney. Twitter Ector County logo, Scales of Justice The following is a list of felony dispositions from the Ector County District Clerk’s Office. Listed attorneys do not necessarily represent who was involved when the case was disposed. The prosecuting attorney was not listed unless otherwise stated.ABANDON/ENDANGER CHILDAntonio Escobedo Jr., 24, pleaded guilty May 31 to abandoning or endangering a child with intent to return and was sentenced to three years probation and deferred adjudication. Escobedo also had a charge of injury to a child dismissed as part of the deal. Trotter approved the deal. Bret Mansur was the defense attorney.ASSAULTJairus Martin Llanez, 18, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in an order adjudicating guilt April 16 on two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Whalen approved the deal. Jerry Caddel was the defense attorney.Elgin James Castillo, 37, was acquitted by a jury May 9 on a charge of assault (family violence) with a previous conviction. Rush presided. David Rogers was the defense attorney.Marcus Sanchez Torres, 47, was acquitted by a jury May 14 on a charge of assault (family violence) with a previous conviction. Rush presided. B.J. Brown was the defense attorney.Asa Wallace Dagley, 27, was sentenced to four years in prison in an order adjudicating guilt May 17 on a charge of assault (family violence) with a previous conviction. Rush approved the deal. Chris Fostel was the defense attorney.Michael Bryan Templeton, 41, was convicted guilty by a jury May 23 for assault of a family or household member by impeding breath or circulation and was sentenced to eight years in prison. Rush approved the deal. Lawrence Barber Jr. was the defense attorney.Jose Roman Gonzalez, 39, pleaded guilty May 24 to assault of a family or household member by impeding breath or circulation; assault of a public servant; and injury to a child, elderly or disabled person with intent to cause bodily injury and was sentenced to seven years probation and deferred adjudication. Gonzalez also had a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, dismissed as part of the deal. Rush approved the deal. Matt Thomas was the defense attorney.Michael Roy Guzman Jr., 33, was sentenced to six years in prison in an order adjudicating guilt May 29 on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Whalen approved the deal. Chris Fostel was the defense attorney.Talvis Diamond Jefferson, 31, pleaded guilty May 29 to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Jefferson also had four additional counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and five counts of aggravated robbery dismissed as part of the deal. Smith approved the deal. Josh Stephens was the defense attorney.Richard Cross, 46, pleaded guilty May 31 to two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. Cross also had another charge of sexual assault of a child dismissed as part of the deal. Smith approved the deal. Lawrence Barber Jr. was the defense attorney.Tye De’angelo Kendrick, 20, pleaded guilty May 31 to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 10 years probation and deferred adjudication. Rush approved the deal. Chris Fostel was the defense attorney.Jose Cruz Licon, 44, had charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (family violence), assault of a family or household member with a previous conviction and violation of a protective order dismissed May 31 because the victim would not cooperate with prosecution and the defendant pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Whalen presided. Bret Mansur was the defense attorney.Aaron Ortiz Pando, 35, pleaded guilty May 31 to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (family violence) and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Whalen approved the deal. Michael McLeaish was the defense attorney.Darius Petterson, 19, pleaded guilty May 31 to aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 10 years probation and deferred adjudication. Rush approved the deal. Bret Mansur was the defense attorney.BURGLARY WhatsApp Twitter Pinterestcenter_img D’andra Palomino Florez, 39, had a charge of obstruction or retaliation dismissed May 24 because she pleaded guilty to charges in another case. Rush presided. Justin Low was the defense attorney. POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCEMiguel Angel Chuca, 25, pleaded guilty May 29 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to two years probation and deferred adjudication. Whalen approved the deal. Michael McLeaish was the defense attorney.Victor Devora-Blanco, 36, was sentenced to four years in prison in an order adjudicating guilt May 29 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, one gram or more but less than four grams. Whalen approved the deal. Jerry Caddel was the defense attorney.Fabian Gonzalez Jr., 21, was sentenced to 18 months in state jail in an order adjudicating guilt May 29 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram. Whalen approved the deal. Marc Chastain was the defense attorney.Michelle Cherree Tobin, 50, pleaded guilty May 29 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to two years probation and deferred adjudication. Whalen approved the deal. Michael McLeaish was the defense attorney.Andres Daniel Valdez, 37, pleaded guilty May 29 to possession of a controlled substance, one gram or more but less than four grams; and driving while intoxicated, third or more, and was sentenced to six years in prison. Rush approved the deal. Matthew Pospisil was the defense attorney.Samuel R. Lujan, 27, pleaded guilty May 30 to possession of a controlled substance, one gram ore more but less than four grams, and was sentenced to two years probation and deferred adjudication. Smith approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney.Jacob Martin Delossantos, 39, pleaded guilty May 31 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram and was sentenced to 10 months in state jail. Rush approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney.Valerie Fulcher, 29, was sentenced to 20 months in state jail in an order adjudicating guilt May 31 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram. Whalen approved the deal. Jerry Caddel was the defense attorney.Eric Abila Medrano, 31, pleaded guilty May 31 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to 14 months in state jail. Medrano also had a charge of forgery of a financial instrument dismissed as part of the deal. Trotter approved the deal. Bret Mansur was the defense attorney.Enjoli Nicole Miles, 38, pleaded guilty May 31 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to three years probation and deferred adjudication. Miles also had a charge of bail jumping and failure to appear dismissed as part of the deal. Trotter approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney.Travis Delwyn Phillips, 54, pleaded guilty May 31 to possession of a controlled substance, one gram or more but less than four grams, and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. J. Roxane Blount was the defense attorney.Donovan Rodriguez, 27, had a charge of possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, dismissed May 31 because he is already serving seven years in prison. Whalen presided. The defense attorney was not listed.Michael Ray Rodriguez, 42, pleaded guilty May 31 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to nine months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Chris Fostel was the defense attorney.Lindsay Dawn Johnson, 33, pleaded guilty June 3 to possession of a controlled substance, less than one gram, and was sentenced to 11 months in state jail. Smith approved the deal. John Bickham was the defense attorney.ROBBERY OBSTRUCTION/RETALIATION  By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Local News Facebook DRIVING WHILE INTOXICATEDWilliam Patrick Gleason, 61, pleaded guilty May 29 to driving while intoxicated, third or more, and was sentenced to two years in prison. Smith approved the deal. Robert Garcia was the defense attorney.Brian Castillo Campos, 37, pleaded guilty June 3 to driving while intoxicated, third or more, and was sentenced to four years in prison. Campos also had another charge of driving while intoxicated, third or more, dismissed as part of the deal. Smith approved the deal. Tony Chavez was the defense attorney.Jeffrey Glenn Sprowl, 57, pleaded guilty June 4 to driving while intoxicated, third or more, and was sentenced to five years in prison. Trotter approved the deal. Justin Low was the defense attorney.FRAUDULENT POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION Benjamin Sebastian Sanchez, 40, pleaded guilty May 29 to burglary of a building and was sentenced to 12 months in state jail. Trotter approved the deal. Jason Leach was the defense attorney. WhatsApp Pinterestlast_img read more

Road works confirmed for dangerous stretch of road in Creeslough

first_img Previous articleDetectives appeal for information following shooting incident in DerryNext articleCar pool facility needed for Letterkenny – McDaid admin Google+ Twitter Facebook Twitter WhatsApp Pinterest Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota By admin – October 16, 2015 Road works confirmed for dangerous stretch of road in Creeslough Google+ It’s been confirmed that work is to be carried out a dangerous stretch of road in Donegal.The National Roads Authority have granted funding for temporary works on the N56 at Creeslough which has been the scene of numerous road traffic crashes in the past.Work is to begin in the next few weeks and it is hoped it will also help the problem of subsidence in the area.Councillor Seamus O’ Domhnaill says it is only a temporary measure with ultimately a more permanent solution in the near future:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/seam1pm.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. 70% of Cllrs nationwide threatened, harassed and intimidated over past 3 years – Report LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton last_img read more

Shovels turned on $6.6 million Banks School

first_imgContributed PhotoGround has been broken for the construction of the consolidated Banks School. Dr. Mark Bazzell, superintendent of Pike County Schools, and board members, Linda Steed, Justin Davis, Dr. Greg Price and Dr. Clint Foster, joined Banks Principal Shantell Rouse and students, Gage Potter, McKenzie Santana, Hannah Lumford, Grace Lumford, Mason Dubose and Aiden Foster, in the breaking of ground on Monday. Latest Stories Ground was ceremoniously broken on the new Banks School on Monday afternoon.Pike County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Mark Bazzell, board members, school officials and students used gold shovels to “break ground” on the $6.6 million capital project that will make it possible to consolidate the primary and middle schools on one campus.As the “new ground” was uplifted, so were the spirits of those who gathered for the official beginning of a new era of Banks Schools. Shovels turned on $6.6 million Banks School Published 7:17 pm Tuesday, April 13, 2021 Special events planned for Dothan Campus A Vietnam-era Huey helicopter flew into Troy University this morning to set the stage for a meeting to finalize plans… read more By Jaine Treadwell The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Print Article Book Nook to reopen “Being all together makes us more secure and improves overall supervision,” Rouse said. “The new Banks School will provide an environment that is more conducive to learning and will meet the educational challenges of the future. We are excited and looking forward to bringing the Banks family together.”Family is a word that has been used for generations to acknowledge the spirit of fellowship that exists among Banks School, the Town of Banks and the extended community.“Here in Banks, we are family,” said Lisa Culpepper, Banks Town mayor. “The school is where Banks can experience the most growth, educational growth.”Culpepper added with a smile that the Town of Banks is nearly land-locked, therefore, commercial growth is rather limited.“There is a strong sense of community here, the town and the school,” she said. “We continue to take great pride in our school. The new Banks School will provide opportunities for continuing growth in educational opportunities here in Banks. We are excited and look forward to the day our new school opens.” By The Penny Hoarder Email the author Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits “It’s bittersweet,” said Tammy Calhoun, Banks School teacher. “But I keep remembering what Don Renfroe said, that, ‘As sad as it was to see the old school go, if a new school will provide better educational opportunities for our kids, then ‘let her go!’ Today, we ‘let her go’ and we now begin a new era at Banks School.”Bazzell said McKee and Associates Architects is the architectural firm for the 14,000-square-foot Banks School and Beasley Construction Services is the contractor. He expressed confidence that Banks School will be a source of pride for all who enter the hallways.Bazzell said the Banks School campus is designed to provide the best and most current educational trends of today and to meet the educational challenges of the future. You Might Like Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “Banks School will continue to provide the highest quality education and the most current educational opportunities for its students,” he said. “We look forward to the consolidation of the Banks Schools and the growth of the Banks family.”Linda Steed, board member and graduate of Banks School, said Bazzell and the board are always searching for new ways to forge forward in all schools in the Pike County System.“A new school for Banks is a project that we have been working toward for a long time,” Steed said. “Today, with the ground-breaking ceremony, it has begun. This new school will meet the needs of our students today and the many tomorrows to come.”Shantell Rouse, Banks School principal said the new school building is an opportunity to have all students on one campus. 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Families sue Cleveland clinic after malfunction possibly destroyed embryos

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CLEVELAND) — At least two class-action lawsuits have now been filed against an Ohio hospital following a storage bank malfunction that potentially destroyed as many as 2,000 eggs and embryos.The first class-action lawsuit was filed Sunday on behalf of Ohio couple Amber and Elliott Ash after Amber’s mother alerted the couple last Thursday to news coverage of the malfunction at University Hospital Fertility Center in Cleveland, attorney Robert F. Dicello told ABC News.“They turned on the TV and saw it themselves and thought ‘We have just lost our family’s most valuable treasure,’” DiCello said.The following day, the couple received a letter from the hospital explaining in what DiCello calls “vague terms” that there had been an error with the hospital’s refrigeration system that may have jeopardized their embryo.The Ashes have a 2-year-old son they conceived through in-vitro fertilization at UHFC and were hoping they would be able to have a genetic sibling for the boy, DiCello said. Elliott suffered from cancer at age 23 and became infertile as a result of the chemotherapy. Before undergoing treatment, he froze his sperm and the couple stored their embryos at UHFC, DiCello said.“You put so much faith into the physicians and the medical team and, like I said, to have this taken away — your hopes and dreams destroyed. It’s a tremendous loss,” Amber told ABC affiliate WEWS.The second class-action lawsuit was filed Monday on behalf of Pennsylvania couple Laurel and Dustin Clark, who last Monday called UHFC to set an appointment to begin the implantation procedure using their frozen embryos that had been stored at the clinic, lawyer Adam Wolf told ABC News. The clinic called them back later that evening to tell them their embryos had been destroyed. They were hoping to conceive their first child, Wolf said.“They wanted to have children for some time,” Wolf said, but because of the malfunction, that hope might be dashed, as the couple cannot afford another round of expensive treatment, he added.The failure in Cleveland happened the same day as a similar incident at San Francisco’s Pacific Fertility Center that may have destroyed the eggs and embryos of as many as 500 patients.Both the facilities in Cleveland and San Francisco have apologized to their clients and promised in-depth investigations into the malfunctions.“The damage has already been done,” Wolf said. “These embryos are literally irreplaceable.”He added: “We hope there is some further relief for our clients as the result of this lawsuit, but nothing will ever truly make this 100 percent right.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Utah State Has 13 Football Players Named to Athlon Sports 2018 Preseason All-Mountain West Teams

first_img Written by Tags: All-Mountain West/Football/Utah State Aggies May 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State Has 13 Football Players Named to Athlon Sports 2018 Preseason All-Mountain West Teams FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s football team has 13 players named to the Athlon Sports 2018 preseason all-Mountain West teams, it was announced Wednesday by the publication. The Aggies had five players recognized on offense, four players on defense and four specialists.Boise State had the most preseason selections with 16, followed by Utah State (13), Fresno State (12), San Diego State (11), Wyoming (11) and UNLV (9). Colorado State and Nevada had eight selections apiece, while New Mexico had six. Air Force and Hawai’i each had five selections and San José State had four.Senior offensive center Quin Ficklin, junior placekicker Dominik Eberle and junior tight end Dax Raymond were all named to the preseason all-Mountain West first team, while senior punter Aaron Dalton, senior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver and junior nose guard Christopher ‘Unga were all named to the second team. Aggies named to the preseason third team include senior offensive lineman Roman Andrus, senior safety Gaje Ferguson, senior linebacker Suli Tamaivena and sophomore punt returner Jordan Nathan, while senior offensive lineman Rob Castaneda, senior linebacker Chase Christiansen and sophomore kick returner Savon Scarver were tabbed to the Athlon Sports Preseason all-Mountain West fourth team.Ficklin, a 6-foot-2, 290-pounder from Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain HS/BYU), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and honorable mention all-MW honors from the league’s coaches after starting all 13 games at center last season. In 2017, he had an overall performance grade of 93 percent, which ranked first on the team and played 911 snaps, which also ranked first on the team among offensive linemen. For the season, he graded out at 96 percent in effort, 89 percent in assignment and 82 percent in technique as he allowed just one sack on the season. He also recorded a team-best 56 knockdowns during the year, including a season-high 11 against Wyoming.Eberle, a 6-2, 190-pounder from Nuremberg, Germany (Redondo Union (Calif.) HS), earned third-team All-America honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and honorable mention All-America honors from SB Nation as he served as the team’s placekicker in all 13 games as a sophomore. He was also named a finalist for the Lou Groza Award, which is awarded annually to the top placekicker in college football, and garnered first-team all-Mountain West honors as he finished the season scoring a team-best 101 points as he was a perfect 47-of-47 on extra points and 18-of-24 (.750) on field goals. During the 2017 season, he set a single-game school record for points scored by a kicker with 19 at San José State as he was 4-for-4 (23, 52, 20, 27) on field goals and 7-for-7 on extra points. Those 19 points scored are the second-most by a kicker in Mountain West history and the most by a non-senior. Additionally, he kicked off 73 times for 4,405 yards (60.3 ypk) with 38 touchbacks during the year.Raymond, a 6-5, 245-pounder from Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and honorable mention all-MW honors from the league’s coaches after starting 12 games at tight end and catching 41 passes for 456 yards and one touchdown. He finished the 2017 season ranked second among all tight ends in the conference in both receptions and receiving yards and ranked second on the team in both categories as well. Of his 41 receptions, 28 resulted in a first down, with seven of those receptions being on third down. He also finished the season catching at least one pass in all 12 games he played in, including multiple receptions in 10 contests and had a streak of five or more receptions in four-straight games. He led the Aggies in receptions five times during the year, including a career-high six catches against Colorado State.Dalton, a 6-4, 220-pounder from Bountiful, Utah (Viewmont HS), punted in all 13 games in 2017 and finished the season averaging 42.0 yards as he punted 76 times for 3,193 yards. On the season, he had 10 punts of at least 50 yards with 26 of his punts being downed inside the 20-yard line, while 34 of his punts were fair caught and only nine of his punts resulted in a touchback. In all, he had at least one 50-yard punt in six different games during the year.Tarver, a 6-3, 215-pounder from Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central HS/Fort Scott CC), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine as he started all 13 games in 2017 and finished the season by leading the team in every receiving category. On the year, he caught 48 passes for 569 yards (11.9 ypr) and seven touchdowns, logging at least one reception in all 13 games. Overall, he ranked tied for fourth in the conference and tied for 60th nationally with his seven receiving touchdowns (0.6 pg), and ninth in the conference in receptions (3.7 pg). In all, his seven total touchdowns ranked second on the team.‘Unga, a 6-0, 300-pounder from Rochester, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS), played in nine games as a sophomore, starting seven. Overall, he finished the 2017 season with 32 tackles (16-solo, 16-assist), including 4.5 tackles for loss, to rank third on the team, while adding two quarterback hurries. In all, he recorded at least two tackles in every game he played in, including a season-high five stops against both Colorado State and Hawai’i, while adding a career-best 1.5 tackles for loss against the Rams.Andrus, a 6-4, 300-pounder from El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oakridge HS/Snow College), earned honorable mention all-Mountain West honors after starting all 13 games at left tackle during his junior season. In 2017, he had an overall performance grade of 91 percent, which ranked second on the team and played 880 snaps, which also ranked second on the team among offensive linemen. In all, he graded out at 94 percent in effort, 92 percent in assignment and 84 percent in technique, and recorded 33 knockdowns, which included a season-high seven against Wyoming.Ferguson, a 6-0, 205-pounder from Mendon, Utah (Mountain Crest HS/Snow College), played in all 13 games as a junior, making 12 starts, and finished the season third on the team with 90 tackles (40-solo, 50-assist), which included 1.0 sacks and 2.0 tackles for loss. For the season, he ranked 19th in the Mountain West with an average of 6.9 tackles per game. He also added one forced fumble and one pass breakup during the year and had two double-digit tackle outings, recording a career-high 13 stops against Colorado State and 10 tackles at Wake Forest. In all, he finished the season by recording at least four tackles in 12 of the 13 games he played in and had eight or more stops in five games.Tamaivena, a 6-0, 230-pounder from Kirkland, Wash. (Juanita HS/Mt. San Antonio JC), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine after starting all 13 games and leading the team with 111 tackles (43-solo, 68-assist) as a junior. He also led the team with 6.5 tackles for loss, tied for second with his 3.0 sacks, led the team with four quarterback hurries and tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries, while adding two pass breakups. Overall, he ranked eighth in the conference and 46th in the nation in tackles per game (8.5), and was tied for fourth in the conference and tied for 26th in the nation in fumble recoveries per game (0.15). On the season, he was one of five Aggies to record at least one tackle in every game and finished the year with six double-digit outings, which were the most by an Aggie since 2015. He also recorded double-digit tackles in five-straight games, which was the longest streak by a USU player since 2011, including a season-high 14 tackles in back-to-back games against Colorado State and Wyoming.Nathan, a 5-8, 180-pounder from Monrovia, Calif. (Monrovia HS), earned third-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine as a punt returner in 2017, as he returned 23 punts for 196 yards (8.5 ypr) to rank third in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation with his average of 8.5 yards per return. He also started 12 games at wide receiver as a redshirt freshman and finished the year third on the team with 324 receiving yards and fourth in receptions with 25, averaging 13.0 yards per catch.Castaneda, a 6-4, 300-pounder from Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS/Ellsworth CC), started all 13 games as a junior, including 11 at right guard and two at right tackle. In all, he played 837 snaps, which ranked third on the team among offensive linemen, and had an overall performance grade of 90 percent, which also ranked third on the team. Overall, he graded out at 94 percent in effort, 90 percent in assignment and 81 percent in technique, and recorded 51 knockdowns during the year, including a season-high seven against both San José State and Hawai’i.Christiansen, a 6-1, 230-pounder from Stansbury, Utah (Stansbury HS), started all 12 games he played in as a junior and finished the season fourth on the team with 71 tackles (32-solo, 39-assist). He was also tied for fourth on the team with 4.0 tackles for loss, while adding 1.0 sacks, as he ranked 32nd in the Mountain West in tackles per game (5.9), and was fifth in the conference and 32nd nationally in forced fumbles per game (0.25). His best game of his junior season was against BYU as he had a career-high 10 tackles for his first-career double-digit tackle outing, to go along with a forced fumble, a quarterback hurry and tackle for loss. In all, he finished the season by recording at least one tackle in all 12 games he played in and had at least five stops in nine different games.Scarver, a 5-11, 185-pounder from Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS), played in all 13 games as a true freshman as he returned 26 kickoffs for 625 yards (24.0 ypr) and one touchdown, which is the most return yards by an Aggie since 2011. He also scored his first career kickoff return for a touchdown against New Mexico State in the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl on a 96-yard return, which ranks tied for the sixth-longest kickoff return in school history and the first-ever in a bowl game. As a wide receiver, he caught 11 passes for 240 yards (21.8 ypr) and one touchdown and carried the ball five times for 14 yards (2.8 ypc).Utah State, which returns 18 starters (O-9, D-9) and 50 letterwinners (O-20, D-28, S-2) from last year’s NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl team, will open the 2018 season on Friday, Aug. 31, at Michigan State and begins its home season the following weekend against New Mexico State on Saturday, Sept. 8. Mountain West play begins for USU two weekends later as it hosts Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 22.For Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on Facebook at Utah State Football, as well as on Instagram atinstagram.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics. Robert Lovelllast_img read more