Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has called Craig Levein childish after the Hearts boss directed his rant at him, accusing him of hypocrisy over referee’s criticism.He adds that experience thought him one doesn’t achieve anything meaningful from criticizing refs.“I have been in the game a long time and I find the reaction to what I said about Hearts strange,” said McInnes, according to Evening Times.“I find it irrational and childish. Is the language strange? I think people can make their own opinions on that.”“I find it really disappointing from someone who has done so much in the game and who I have the highest of regard for.”“Craig has intimated that I phoned him and is trying to cast aspersions.”“Let’s be clear about this – he phoned me.”“He said I was crying my eyes out but who made the call? He was the one complaining and he hasn’t stopped moaning since.”News: Pereira has gone on loan from United to Hearts George Patchias – August 13, 2019 The young Portuguese goalkeeper has secured a loan deal for the remainder of the season to Hearts of the Scottish Premier League.According to a…“We played Rangers and then next day I was on the school run when the phone rang and it was Craig.”“I was still so pleased with my team from winning the game. It was a private phone call and he has put it into the public domain. There is more I could say about that call but I won’t.”“He said to me ‘what are we going to do about these referees’ and my reaction to that was you carry on your crusade but for me over 11 years as a manager, you don’t get any benefit from criticising refs.”“The call came from Craig, which I found surprising because he’s not someone I normally speak to. There was distortion of what happened. Why would I call Craig to complain about referees? You need to ask him why he phoned me to complain about refs?”“It’s disappointing, I want to concentrate on my team but he decided to create this by putting a private conversation into the public domain.”“I felt it was even from the last game at Tynecastle, where they got two penalties but he wanted four or five that day. Last Saturday I felt we were hands-down the better team but the first question I was asked was about Craig saying he felt they should have had a couple of penalties.”
Passengers board the ferry Malaspina while vehicles wait to load at the Auke Bay terminal in Juneau. Travelers will no longer be able to take advantage of some discounts, due to budget cuts. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News)Port community leaders worry next summer’s Alaska Marine Highway System schedule will be as unreliable as this summer’s.Download AudioBudget cuts and mechanical breakdowns left many of this year’s passengers stranded, dropping destinations or switching to air travel. Town leaders say that hurt tourism, especially small-town excursions, restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts.During Wednesday’s schedule teleconference, Wrangell Economic Development Director Carol Rushmore said she’s being asked whether it will happen again.“It’s just so critical from an economic standpoint for our businesses and communities that if we have all these cancellations in July and August, it’ll just be disastrous,” she said.Small communities dependent on the Alaska Marine Highway were hardest hit, since they had fewer alternatives.Pelican Mayor Patricia Phillips said officials need to have backup plans when ferries break down.“It’s essential to reschedule canceled service due to mechanicals or scheduling changes. We have freight out here waiting to ship out, so it’s important to reschedule that service,” she said.Pelican isn’t in the draft schedule, though officials say it will be. But it, Sitka and many other communities will see reduced service .The schedule is a worry for more than Southeast. Prince William Sound, for example, faces significant service cuts with its fast ferry tied up next year.Alaska Travel Industry Association President Sarah Leonard said a third of her 700 member businesses are in ferry ports.“The changes to the schedule last summer resulted in a 14 percent decline in non-resident travel on the ferry. And members told us that they lost thousands of dollars in business due to the rebookings and cancellations,” she said.Alaska Marine Highway officials said they’re doing their best to design a schedule that can be maintained.That’s the reason for the deep reductions proposed for next summer, which reflect a $25 million budget cut.Transportation Department Deputy Commissioner Mike Neussl said everything depends on legislative funding.“There’s always risk and uncertainty there. I will do my best in testifying and communicating that it’s important that we lock that schedule in and fund the schedule we publish,” he said.Neussl and other ferry officials say they’ll make some changes in the draft schedule for next summer. It should be complete in December.
The first Hajj flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines carrying 418 Bangladeshi pilgrims took off from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital on Monday morning.Civil aviation and tourism minister Rashed Khan Menon, religious affairs minister Motiur Rahman and high officials of the two ministries saw the pilgrims off at the airport. The Biman flight took off at 7:55am. Besides, three more flights with Hajj pilgrims will depart from the Shahjalal airport today. The second flight with 419 Hajj pilgrims will leave for Soudi Arabia at 11:55am while third one at 7:55pm with 419 pilgrims. Prime minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the hajj programme for 2017 at the Hajji Camp at the city’s Ashkona on Saturday. A total of 177 flights will carry the Hajj pilgrims till 26 August. The return flight will start on September 6 and continue till 5 October. The number of return flights will be 169. Biman Bangladesh Airlines will carry 50 percent of Bangladeshi pilgrims while Saudi Airlines the rest of the pilgrims. Some 127,198 pilgrims will perform Hajj from Bangladesh this year under government and private managements. Of them, 4,230 pilgrims will perform Hajj under the government management. From this year, flights carrying the Hajj pilgrims will also go to Madinah.
Share Bob Daemmrich for the Texas TribuneA massive protest engulfs the Capitol Rotunda as anti-SB 4 protesters rally on May 29, 2017, the last day of the 85th Legislative session.A panel of three U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals judges ruled Tuesday that most of the state’s immigration enforcement legislation, Senate Bill 4, can remain in effect while the case plays out, handing a victory to Gov. Greg Abbott and Republican supporters of the legislation.BREAKNG: Texas Ban on Sanctuary City Policies upheld by Federal Court of Appeals. Allegations of discrimination were rejected. Law is in effect.— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 13, 2018As passed, Senate Bill 4 allows local law enforcement officers to question the immigration status of people they detain or arrest and punishes local government department heads and elected officials who don’t cooperate with federal immigration “detainers” — requests by agents to turn over immigrants subject to possible deportation — in the form of jail time and penalties that exceed $25,000. The one part of SB 4 that is still on hold is a provision that punishes local officials from “adopting, enforcing or endorsing” policies that specifically prohibit or limit enforcement of immigration laws. The judges kept that injunction in place, but said it only applies to the word “endorse.” The bill, as passed and signed, would have made elected and appointed officials subject to a fine, jail time and possible removal from office for violating all or parts of the legislation. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas, which represents some of the plaintiffs in the SB 4 case, said it was considering how to move forward.“The court made clear that we remain free to challenge the manner in which the law is implemented, so we will be monitoring the situation on the ground closely,” said Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.Cesar Espinosa, Executive Director of FIEL said on a press release “we are deeply disappointed that the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals threw out all the strong arguments that different advocacy groups have brought up in the challenging law suit.”“This doesn’t entirely change the implementation of the program since the key provisions of SB4 have been in effect this entire time. We know the 5th circuit is a very conservative court but we had hoped they would see how damaging a law like SB4 would be to our communities. Not all is lost though, we hope that we may be able to take this case up all the way to the Supreme Court and hope the justices can make the right decision on this very damaging law,” said Espinosa.The law, one of the most controversial in recent Texas Legislature history, came after Abbott declared the legislation a priority item early during last year’s 85th legislative session. After the governor signed the bill during a Facebook Live in May, the city of El Cenizo and Maverick County sued to stop the law and was joined by several local governments, including the cities of Houston, Austin and San Antonio, as well as El Paso County. The Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or MALDEF, and the American Civil Liberties Union represented several of the clients.In August, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia halted several parts of the bill, including the provision that requires jail officials to honor the detainer provision. He also blocked sections that prohibit local entities from pursuing “a pattern or practice that ‘materially limits’ the enforcement of immigration laws” and another that prohibits “assisting or cooperating” with federal immigration officers as reasonable or necessary.But he did not halt the part of the bill that says police chiefs, sheriffs and other department heads cannot forbid officers from questioning a person’s immigration status, which means that Texas has been what opponents of the measure call a “papers please” state since the law took effect.A separate panel of judges in September ruled that the detainer provision could stand until a final determination was made. The panel also stated that law enforcement officers, including campus police, with “authority that may impact immigration” cannot be prevented from assisting federal immigration officers. In their decision on Tuesday, the judges recommended the case go back to the district court level “with instructions to dismiss the vacated injunction provisions.”After Tuesday’s ruling was announced, Abbott updated his followers on Twitter, highlighting that claims the bill would lead to racial profiling were rejected.“Texas Ban on Sanctuary City Policies upheld by Federal Court of Appeals,” he tweeted. “Allegations of discrimination were rejected. Law is in effect.”Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also praised the ruling, saying in a statement that SB 4 is constitutional and protects the safety of law enforcement officers and all Texans.“Enforcing immigration law prevents the release of individuals from custody who have been charged with serious crimes,” he said. Dangerous criminals shouldn’t be allowed back into our communities to possibly commit more crimes.”