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Better airlift needed for Caribbean, says tourism chief

first_imgJosef Forstmayr, president of the CHTA. Photo credit: jamaica-gleaner.comPARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Despite the region spending millions of dollars to secure airlift to the Caribbean, ticket prices are still too high and remain insufficient to sustain the industry, according to a tourism leader. Josef Forstmayr, president of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), addressing the opening of Caribbean Marketplace at the glittering Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island in The Bahamas, asserted: “There are no ‘drive-ins’ in the Caribbean – most of our guests arrive by air.”He estimated in 2010 the Caribbean governments “collectively paid US$45 million to secure airlift – only to find that our airlift is still inadequate and way too expensive for our visitors.”The CHTA president noted intra-Caribbean tourism “once represented 13% of the region’s tourism; as much as Canada. The combined population of Caribbean countries is 40 million. However, due to the lack of a competitive and truly regional airline, regional tourism has been suffocated by outrageous ticket prices and a cumbersome and ill-conceived network.”The CHTA chief also criticized bureaucratic procedures in the region: “Caribbean nationals cannot travel freely between their countries without being subjected to visas, long immigration lines and other bureaucratic indulgences that stifle any sense of hospitality, the Caribbean’s trademark.” Caribbean News Now Tweet Share Share 29 Views   one commentcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional Better airlift needed for Caribbean, says tourism chief by: – January 25, 2012last_img read more

Area Weekend Boys Basketball Scores

first_imgWRBI Area Boys Basketball ScoresSaturday  (11-30)Batesville  84     Jac-Cen-Del  56South Ripley  78     Rising Sun  58Milan  59     North Decatur  33Oldenburg Academy  75     South Decatur  55Jennings County  53     East Central  37Greensburg  92     South Dearborn  30Switzerland County  69     Southwestern  29Columbus North  107     Hauser  46Waldron  54     Brown County  52last_img

FIFA new rules: Ighalo in dilemma over Man U deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ EPL: Crystal Palace stun sloppy Man U EPL: Red Devils attack Palace Odion Ighalo’s future with Manchester United remained totally up in the air as Fifa’s latest contract guidelines add to his already difficult dilemma. The life-long United fan arrived at the club in February on a six-month loan deal from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, seamlessly slotting in at Old Trafford with four goals in eight games. The 30-year-old has on numerous occasions made clear his desire to stay at United, though his contract due to expire at the end of May and he has yet to be offered a permanent deal. With the footballing world currently at a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, Fifa announced on Tuesday they approve of plans to relax the regulations on contract expirations. In a statement, Fifa said: “With the current suspension of play in most countries, it is now obvious that the current season will not end when people thought it would. “Therefore, it is proposed that contracts be extended until such time that the season does actually end.” Fifa’s guidelines are not legally binding, however: if Ighalo is to stay at United, a deal will likely have to be worked out between the two clubs. This creates problems as Shanghai are ready to offer Ighalo a £400,000-a-week, two-year contract to return to China. Ighalo’s current deal is worth a reported £300,000 per week, a salary United would most likely be unwilling to pay – and matching Shanghai’s latest offer looks nigh-on impossible. Simply put, Ighalo would have to take a significant pay cut should he stay in Manchester, and how much game-time the Nigerian would actually get remains to be seen. While his form has been formidable, he has been playing in the absence of the injured Marcus Rashford who will surely return to the team as he regains fitness. Would Ighalo really risk his bumper contract to sit on the bench? Would United want to splash £15m for a 30-year-old on astronomical wages? Ighalo, after finding himself in a whirlwind dream at United, now finds himself in a real dilemma.Tags: FIFAManchester UnitedMarcus RashfordOdion IghaloShanghai Shenhualast_img read more

Taylor has faith in Rooney Rule

first_imgPlayers union chief Gordon Taylor is convinced the PFA’s equivalent of the ‘Rooney Rule’ will address the lack of black representation in the management ranks. Press Association In conjuction with the Football League, the PFA is pushing ahead with its radical new Coaching Fair Play plan. Taylor hopes it will help sidestep the natural conservatism he feels has prevented the large percentage of black players in the professional game transferring into anything like an acceptable number of managers. There are presently five black managers from the 92 clubs and Taylor knows it is not enough. And thanks to Cyrus Mehri, who drove through the Rooney Rule in NFL, he feels a breakthrough has been achieved. “People are always more comfortable with other people who are the same as them; language, colour. It is almost defensive,” said Taylor. center_img “Owners have been more than happy to have black players on the pitch, and black managers from abroad such as Ruud Gullit and Jean Tigana, but the overall figures are not in line with numbers on the pitch. It is not going to happen overnight but we need more representation in senior positions. We need role models for black managers the same as we had for players. “It is a shock that racism is still a topic when we have made such progress but as we have seen with the crowd trouble over the weekend, we should never dream of slacking up on any of the issues we have made progress with, because the minute we do, it all comes out of the bottle again.” The final decision over whether the Coaching Fair Play Plan will be implemented rests with the 72 Football League chairman. Taylor is convinced this ‘bottom up’ approach is the correct way forward, just as it was with the new Financial Fair Play regulations. Talks with Football League chairman Greg Clarke have been constructive, and all parties see the benefit in an increasingly desperate drive for success. “The point has been made time and time again that clubs are paying fortunes in settlements for managers who have hardly had two minutes to succeed in the job,” said Taylor. “We are obsessed with instant success. It is like someone rushing into a supermarket to find a ready-made manager. You would think clubs would be pleased to see a panel of suitable applicants for a particular job, rather than it being done on a nod and a wink or some agent saying who is available. “If we are to encourage players to stay in the game, become the next generation of managers and work with UEFA to have a consistent qualification. You need to be able to give people a belief that having qualified they will be given a fair chance to get employment.” last_img read more

Patel the hero as Challengers surviveDhoni’s devastating display

first_imgROYAL Challengers Bangalore’s resurgence continued despite MS Dhoni’s heroics as Parthiv Patel’s final-ball direct hit earned the Indian Premier League’s bottom side a thrilling one-run win over leaders Chennai Super Kings.Patel (53) had underpinned the Challengers’ innings as they made 161-7, with Deepak Chahar, Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo each taking two wickets apiece for Chennai.Dale Steyn then claimed two dismissals in the opening over of Chennai’s innings and, at 28-4 at the end of the powerplay, they had it all to do when Dhoni (84 not out) arrived, yet the 37-year-old dragged his team to the brink of victory with 24 runs off the first five balls of the final over.That meant Chennai needed two from the final ball to win with Dhoni on strike, yet Umesh Yadav’s delivery went through to Patel behind the stumps and he beat Shardul Thakur’s dive to run him out, clinching a third win in four for Bangalore.Du Plessis atones for drop in the fieldDhoni’s team started brightly, with Bangalore captain Virat Kohli out in the third over, yet Faf du Plessis looked to have made a costly error when he misjudged AB de Villiers’ shot to him at mid off and could only get his fingertips to the ball.De Villiers appeared in the mood when he reached 25 off 19 balls and he dispatched Jadeja’s shorter ball to the long-off boundary, but his compatriot did not put down another chance.It was one of two catches made by Du Plessis – who has now taken 10 in this year’s IPL – though his most impressive act was the role he played in removing Marcus Stoinis (14) as he shovelled the ball up to Dhruv Shorey while falling over the rope to claim a brilliant assist.Steyn sets the tone again as Dhoni’s effort comes up shortBangalore’s dismal start to the IPL campaign owed much to their feeble bowling attack, which has been rejuvenated since Steyn returned in a 10-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders last time out.The Challengers had taken only three wickets in the powerplays of their first eight matches, but have now taken seven in their past two, with Steyn (2-29) and Yadav (2-47) laying the foundations again.Steyn accounted for Shane Watson, who edged to slip, and bowled Suresh Raina in the opening over, while De Villiers took routine catches off Yadav’s bowling to dismiss Du Plessis and Kedar Jadhav. That left Chennai 28-4, a position that ultimately proved too much to come back from despite Dhoni’s brilliance.Dhoni reached his half-century off 35 balls with one of his seven sixes. He then dragged his team into a position to triumph with three maximums in the final over – including one that went out of the stadium – but his failure to get bat on ball at the death allowed Patel to be the match-winner instead.last_img read more

Gutierrez: The case for starting Oshae Brissett at center

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 5, 2018 at 11:17 pmcenter_img Oshae Brissett takes the jump ball before every game and usually wins. He’s the best athlete on the team. He’s the most versatile. There is no question: He’s also the best fit at center. Brissett, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, stands six inches shorter than Paschal Chukwu, who’s started each of the past 45 games at center. But Brissett has demonstrated why he should slot in at center over Chukwu for Syracuse (6-2), the tallest team in the country (6-foot-6 average). The move would free up a spot for sophomore Marek Dolezaj to start again. It’s where Dolezaj belongs, considering he started the last 17 games of 2017-18 and keyed the Orange from play-in-game-hopeful all of the way past No. 3 seed Michigan State and into the Sweet 16.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerAdvertisementThis is placeholder textA Brissett-Dolezaj-Elijah Hughes starting three trio at the center/forward positions could strengthen the Orange’s backline and create a faster, more dynamic offense. SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Chukwu got “absolutely destroyed” against the Connecticut bigs, whose 6-foot-9 forward Eric Cobb shoved him around for 13 points and 13 boards. He’s been “ineffective,” Boeheim said, while Brissett continues to prove he’s more than capable inside. “I’m not pigeonholed to one position on this team,” Brissett said this summer. “Coach (Boeheim) really expects me to go out and do everything. If it’s handling the ball sometimes, coming off a screen, attacking the basket, rebounding, defending, anything coach wants me to do.”Tuesday night against Northeastern, freshman forward Bourama Sidibe’s first defensive position resulted in an easy basket for the Huskies. Boeheim threw up his hands. “Bourama!” he yelled. He stared him down when he returned back on defense. With Brissett waiting to replace him at the scorer’s table two possessions later, Sidibe left Northeastern center Anthony Green open inside. He dunked to cut the SU lead to three. Boeheim yelled at Bourama again. Then, on the other end, Sidibe missed a wide-open layup near the basket. Brissett, almost immediately after subbing in, grabbed a rebound where his fingers eclipsed the height of the basket. He was playing above the rim, literally. Later, not two, not three but four players converged to Brissett when he caught a pass in the paint. “Oshae was tremendous inside, rebounding,” Boeheim said Tuesday. “He gets position. He gets up quick and gets it. We’ve got to do more of that with our big guys.”No kidding. While it’s easy to dissect a lineup and point out where its inefficiencies lie, keeping the status quo and starting Chukwu could continue to hold the Orange back. Where exactly Brissett fits in this lineup seems to matter less to Syracuse’s offensive success than that he’s on the floor at all. When he came out for a breather Tuesday, Boeheim turned to his right to call him back in sooner than expected. Sidibe hadn’t gotten to the low block in time to defend a layup. Laura Angle | Digital Design EditorIn the same game, Chukwu was nudged out of the way on rebounds, left out to dry on alley-oops, and held off as bigs play back-to-basket. But you can catch Brissett on select possessions, however, turning away opponents at the rim. The jumper is there, his all-around game rich and smooth. Brick by brick, he’s building the foundation for a more polished inside game. Brissett’s emphasized finishing with both hands, and he’s up to 16 points and 8.4 boards per game, slightly higher than last season. Don’t question Brissett’s ability to hang with bigs who are a couple of inches taller or heavier. On switches, he’s shown last season and through eight games this year that he can alter shots, players and coaches said.In fairness, Chukwu is battling a nagging groin injury. He’s a capable defender, but even at 7-foot-2, he’s not assertive on either end of the floor. Chukwu plays hard and knows the 2-3 zone as well as anyone in the program, multiple players said. But his early-season slide amid a groin injury coincides with Brissett’s emergence, and there’s no better time than pre-ACC play to tweak the lineup. Boeheim rarely deviates from one starting five. But over the past two seasons, he’s made two key moves around the start of ACC play. Two seasons ago, he began starting then-freshman Tyus Battle for good beginning Dec. 27. Last season, Dolezaj became a starter Jan. 27 after Matthew Moyer went down with an injury. Dolezaj started the rest of the season.The process of a seamless lineup transition starts with defense. Much is made of players shifting a position, especially upward — point guards to wings, forwards to centers. Yet experience out of one’s natural positions can sometimes be instructive for a player’s development, assistant coach Allen Griffin said.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerAs for Brissett, Griffin said he’s built strength since last season and developed into a much better player in the pick-and-roll — a staple of the Syracuse offense — while adding layers to his game. His latest improvement: finishing around the basket. “Last year I was looking to get fouled and go to the free-throw line,” Brissett said Tuesday. “Now I’m really emphasizing finishing first. If the foul comes, it comes.”Brissett’s skills will continue to expand. He’s making the next steps. Chukwu has 17 blocks, but what’s to say Brissett wouldn’t block just as many shots if he were in similar positions down low? It doesn’t make sense to keep starting him when there are better options, starting with Brissett.Matthew Gutierrez is a senior staff writer for The Daily Orange where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at or @matthewgut21.last_img read more

Gabriela Knutson moves up to No. 20 in singles, Syracuse falls to No. 30

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 2, 2019 at 4:55 pm Contact Eric: After losing to two top-10 opponents this past weekend, Syracuse (11-8, 4-6 Atlantic Coast) slid back from No. 28 to No. 30 in the Oracle/ITA Division I Women’s Rankings. Gabriela Knutson shot up from No. 40 to No. 20 after going 2-1 against ranked opponents since the last singles rankings were released two weeks ago. This includes a victory over North Carolina’s Makenna Jones on Friday, then ranked No. 5.Miranda Ramirez is now ranked No. 82, moving up from No. 90 after going 2-1 during that stretch. Despite the singles success, Knutson and Ramirez dropped from No. 71 to No. 90 in the doubles rankings. The pair has now lost four-straight matches together although three of them were ranked opponents. They faced two top-10 pairings last weekend against North Carolina and NC State.The Orange try not focus on rankings when it comes to preparation, players said. Knutson said she makes sure not to know her future opponent’s ranking so she doesn’t overthink the match when she plays. But Syracuse does keep track of where it is in the team rankings.“Every single time it comes out we send it to the group chat and so we definitely do care a lot about the rankings and it’s kind of a pride thing,” Knutson said after Friday’s match. “Like when we were No. 10, we were very proud of that.”Syracuse has floated around No. 30 in the rankings since falling from that No. 10 spot. Its next chance to climb back up comes this weekend when it hosts Pittsburgh on Friday followed by No. 27 Miami on Sunday. A road matchup with No. 4 Duke looms after that on April 12.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more

Videoslots joins the Swish Swedish market assault

first_img StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Swish has secured its third high-profile gaming client in a little over a month after striking a deal with for the online casino operator’s Swedish players.The deal, which follows similar agreements with both LeoVegas and Mr Green, will help Malta-based Videoslots to strengthen its position within the re-regulated Swedish market. Following this re-regulation of the Swedish gambling market, which came into force on 1 January 2019, Videoslots said that it has been working closely with banks and local payment services, with this deal the latest step in that process.Swish, launched seven years ago in cooperation with the Central Bank of Sweden, is currently the favoured payment service in Sweden with 6.7 million active users and 180,000 connected businesses. The mobile payment system works via a smartphone application, through which the user’s phone number is connected to their bank account.Alexander Stevendahl, CEO at, said: “Swish is Sweden’s most popular payment method, and it will help us cater to even more players in a fast and cost effective manner. “We’re always looking for ways to grow our customer base and brand by making depositing quick and simple, and this integration will help us do exactly that.” Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Tiger Woods: Fourteen-time major champion has fourth back operation

first_imgTiger Woods says he “hasn’t felt this good in years” after having a fourth operation on his back, but added he will not “hurry” to return to golf.America’s 14-time major champion, 41, came back after 15 months out injured in December, but has not played since his back problems recurred in February.Plans to compete at Augusta in April – on the 20th anniversary of his first Masters win – had to be abandoned.”I want to play professional golf again but I’m not looking ahead,” he said.”I can’t twist for another two and a half to three months. Right now, my sole focus is rehab and doing what the doctors tell me. I am concentrating on short-term goals.”Woods’ first return to competitive action came in December at the Hero World Challenge – an 18-man tournament in the Bahamas – and he finished 15th at the PGA Tour event. He has not won a tournament anywhere since 2013, while his title drought in major championships dates back to 2008.”It has been just over a month since I underwent fusion surgery on my back, and it is hard to express how much better I feel. It was instant nerve relief. I haven’t felt this good in years,” he wrote on his website.”The long-term prognosis is positive. My surgeon and physiotherapist say the operation was successful. I’m walking and doing my exercises, and taking my kids to and from school. All I can do is take it day by day. There’s no hurry.”But I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.”last_img read more

Wellington resident Perry Wiley expresses his concern about fireworks on Fourth of July

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (72) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +35 Vote up Vote down Charlotte Brooks · 317 weeks ago It’s 4 days please let us have some fun. There were no major injuries and maybe they do need to stop at 10pm but other than that this is a tradition of good clean family fun atleast at my house . Agree people need to clean up after themselves but maybe fines can be given to property owners if the street in front of their house is left trashy . Report Reply 3 replies · active 317 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Serious · 317 weeks ago Ok, let’s go this route.. How many people were arrested on July 1-4, having to do with fireworks? How many times did the Fire Department have to go out to calls related to fireworks? I choose not to go anywhere during this time, except during the day, because I KNOW PEOPLE ARE SHOOTING OFF FIREWORKS IN THE STREETS!! Yes, people need to clean up after themselves, however, this holiday brings out the neighbors, and allows them to unite the neighborhood in some areas. Someone needs a little less time on their hands… Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +28 Vote up Vote down Cathy Page · 317 weeks ago Aw, come on, now. The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for our family! The kids love shooting off fireworks. I know they are loud, and they can be dangerous when not properly supervised, and they are messy, but so are dogs and kids and motorcycles, etc. Most things that are that much fun has some kind of drawback to them, but when you weight it out, the fun and memories are way bigger than the noise and the mess. I hope the council votes to keep fireworks. It’s only 4 days out of the year, and it’s an American tradition! Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down concernedaunt · 317 weeks ago My biggest problem with the fireworks is the MESS!!! People shoot the fireworks off in the street and then they leave the mess for others to clean up or for the street dept. to clean up. No one should leave a mess for someone to clean up and this problem needs to be enforced. I also think that time for shooting fireworks should be shortened. I know every night I could hear fireworks being shot off way after midnight. This needs to stop. Report Reply 1 reply · active 316 weeks ago -15 Vote up Vote down Sherre Sawyer · 317 weeks ago I think 4 days is too long. I think the hours per day is too long. The 4th of July is one day. I expressed my concerns several years ago and was bombarded with emails from the then council members with regard to “commerce.” I am not saying they should only be sold for one day, but how about thinking about our population and the health and well being of all our residents. I think the 4th of July should be hailed and respected….on the 4th of July!! The very meaning of it is changed in my opinion when you carry it out as long as this community does. Too long and too large!!! Report Reply 3 replies · active 316 weeks ago -10 Vote up Vote down cheers · 317 weeks ago How about no shooting off fireworks while riding a hours with a child in your arms in a parade route..geez people its a holiday..about next no trick or treating or Christmas lights. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WHSmom · 317 weeks ago I am not opposed to having fireworks…that is great..BUT let’s go by the rules…none after 10….and only shoot off what you buy IN Wellington….and don’t make your own make shift fireworks..daughter had pictures fall off the wall from the fireworks going off….bet those weren’t bought in Wellington…AND NONE after the fourth..heard firecrackers go off for 3 days after the 4th…AGAIN follow the rules… Report Reply 1 reply · active 317 weeks ago +15 Vote up Vote down anonymous · 317 weeks ago Seems the “fun police” are always at the ready to bring darkness to anything enjoyable. Independence Day – and the little bit of revelry tht comes with it – is but a small “slice of Americana” that we have far too little of anymore. Why is it that some “grumblers” would even wish to foist THEIR way of thinking on everyone else? If someone in your neighborhood is having too much fun, simply knock on their door and tell them you don’t like that. If they’re making a mess, ask them to clean it up! How hard is that? But don’t try to shove another RULE or REGULATION or LAW down our throats, we’re kinda tired of it. Report Reply 3 replies · active 316 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Marc · 317 weeks ago The 4th of July is about LIBERTY and FREEDOM … not making more laws. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago +26 Vote up Vote down Larry · 317 weeks ago Please folks remember when you were a kid. The thrill of shooting of fireworks before the fourth and then celebrating the holiday and shooting even more. It is a special holiday that should be celebrated in a special way. It is time for family and friends getting together and spending time celebrating the great country. So many have tried to ruin and a lot are working hard at it. They have taken away so much on the cause of being politically correct. Don’t take this away. Report Reply 0 replies · active 317 weeks ago 12345Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments < by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Fourth of July holiday can be a bang of a good time for many, but a Wellington resident expressed his displeasure with the holiday at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.Wellington resident Perry Wiley questioned the current fireworks policy. The council decided it will revisit the issue at a later date.During the audience participation Wiley made the following statement:“I think the fireworks got out of hand this year… It wasn’t too well enforced. I couldn’t get up and down my street because of all the fireworks. I spoke to a lady who works at Sterling House and she couldn’t get there because of the fireworks by the apartments near Sterling House.“In short of banning all fireworks, which I would be in favor of, they should be banned in residential areas. They should only be shot in parks or ballfields or wherever.”Perry said he had to pick up fireworks residue from his yard for two days and wasn’t able to get on his roof of his house but worried about fireworks up there.“The length of time when fireworks are being shot is too long this year,” Wiley said. “10 a.m. to 10 p.m. is plenty of time to detonate fireworks. Everyone likes to stay up past 10 p.m. but on the fourth of July I went to sleep at 12:15 a.m. because people were still shooting off then even though they weren’t supposed to.”He also said that the size of the fireworks needs to be addressed. You can hear some of them pop off more than a mile away. He suggested posting rules on shooting fireworks.Wellington City Council member Vince Wetta said he has been gone during the holidays for five or six consecutive years, but was around this year and was surprised how much things have changed.“Fireworks are bigger, they are prettier than they were in the past,” Wetta said. “I don’t think we should ban fireworks because that can’t be enforced. But I’d like to look at the current ordinance.”Council member B.J. Tracy said when he first got on the council several years back he had suggested banning fireworks because he had worked for the fire department and about the liability attached to it.“They about hung me from the nearest flag pole for suggesting it,” Tracy said. “Then we talked about restricting the area (to shoot off fireworks). If I remember right the opinion then was if you had designated fireworks area, then it would cause the city more liability because we would be congesting people together – which could result in more accidents.”Wellington Mayor Roger Stallbaumer suggested the city council look at the issue during a future work session.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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