In October, the couple pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges of illegal building and grading. They were given 36 months’ probation and ordered to start repairing the massive environmental damage. But even after that court order, inspectors said the pastor and his wife continued to let people live on the land and they moved several more sheds onto the property. “The Parks don’t seem to get it,” Assistant City Attorney Don Cocek said Wednesday morning during a court hearing on the status of the site repairs. “This is a very dangerous situation created by the defendants. There’s a huge amount of unstable dirt. It poses a very dangerous situation to the people who live around the area.” Ordered to jail Van Nuys Superior Court Commissioner Dennis Mulcahy revoked the couple’s probation and ordered them to jail. Ohk Sun Park was in court and a deputy immediately took her into custody as a dozen neighbors watched. Pastor Park skipped the hearing, citing heart problems and sending a doctor’s note. But the commissioner was not swayed, and issued a warrant for his arrest. Bail for the couple was set at $155,000. The arrests close one chapter in the long saga over the illegal church in La Tuna Canyon, but the story continues with multiple lawsuits. Because the neighboring Gustafsons had not been informed that Park created a road through their property for Cingular to access its cell tower, Cingular is now suing the Gustafsons for easements to cross their property. In another case, the Parks are suing the Gustafsons, accusing them of libel and claiming emotional distress. The pastor and his wife want $5 million and a restraining order against the family for comments that they claim hurt their feelings, damaged their church and caused them to lose financial contributions. Lawsuit claims According to the lawsuit, the Gustafsons came to the Parks’ church and told the congregation that the pastor “cannot hold a job so he became a minister for an easy life, that he neglects his duties and only eats meals and then socialized about Church politics with members.” The Gustafsons have said they’re considering suing the Los Angeles Building and Safety Department for failing to follow through on citizen complaints and enforce numerous stop-work orders issued to Parks since 2001. Outside the courtroom Wednesday morning, several neighbors said they face thousands of dollars in repairs from the environmental damage and fear a landslide every time it rains. “If the Building and Safety Department had put their foot down much earlier, we would have avoided this mess,” said Satoe Pierce, who lives next to the Parks. But Building and Safety Chief Inspector Frank Bush said the department struggled to find the landowner. Citations went to the owner of record, but every time the city tried to crack down, the property changed hands. “Actually determining property ownership took the most time,” Bush said. With pressure from Councilwoman Wendy Greuel’s office, the department tracked down the Parks and filed charges last year. “In this community, with Sunland-Tujunga and La Tuna Canyon, these are hidden rural areas that people think they can get away with things,” Greuel said. “We are saying that if you break the law we will come after you. It’s about time we send that message.” email@example.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There was a gasp, then a hushed cheer in the courtroom Wednesday as the wife of a controversial pastor put her hands behind her back and was led to jail. Charged with illegally bulldozing a hillside to build a church, Ohk Sun Park was arrested in Van Nuys Superior Court after a commissioner ruled that she and her husband, Pastor Won C. Park, had done little to fix a dangerous environmental problem they created in La Tuna Canyon. Pastor Park was not in court – citing heart problems – and a warrant was issued for his arrest. The courtroom drama was the latest twist in a controversy that has brewed for more than five years in a rural Sunland neighborhood. And while serving jail time in such cases is rare in Los Angeles, neighbors and city building officials say the Parks are extreme offenders. “We couldn’t be happier they’re going to jail,” said Paula Gustafson-Carter, whose family owns land damaged by the Parks and is now caught in a legal morass. “They’ve escaped the law for so many years; they have gotten away with so many things they’ve done illegally. They’ve taken advantage of our neighbors. They’ve damaged our property and they’ve thought they were above the law.” Without permits Over two years, the Parks and their corporation, Praise the Lord in Holy Service, graded the hillside flat, filled in a canyon, built a 1,600-square-foot church and lived in it – all without permits. They also plowed a 40-foot-wide road through their neighbors’ property to let Cingular Wireless access a cell phone tower on church-owned land – again without permission or permits.
Next up is at visit to newly-promoted Wolves on Saturday, and Kompany, 32, is enjoying City’s dominance under Pep Guardiola so much he wants to extend his playing career at the Etihad.“I’m actually really lucky to be a really good athlete naturally so I still feel mobile, I still feel strong, I’m improving and I’m learning so much more about the game,” said Kompany, whose current contract expires at the end of the season.“I’m not stressed or nervous about any possible scenario because I’ve prepared for every eventuality.“I’m enjoying the game more than I’ve probably ever enjoyed the game. Probably my first year at City and this last year now have been the best in my career so you want to make it last as long as you can.”On top of his leadership and ability on the field, Kompany is a key symbolical figure as the only player to have joined the club before Sheikh Mansour’s takeover poured in billions of pounds to make City’s squad and facilities the envy of the Premier League.Signed for a bargain £6 million from Hamburg in August 2008, Kompany had only been in England for a matter of days when the Abu Dhabi owners took over with riches that have backed City to three league titles.“Every club you sign for they give you the same pitch: ‘We’ve got a big project, big ambitions, we want to achieve this and that, we want to kick on,’ and I just happen to be lucky that City was the one club that didn’t lie about it,” added Kompany.The only early season set back for Guardiola’s men has been a couple of long-term injuries suffered by playmaker Kevin de Bruyne and second choice goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.Bravo’s rupture of an Achilles tendon in training this week forced City to recall Aro Muric from a loan spell with Dutch side NAC Breda.But City’s strength in depth was highlighted when Guardiola left club record signing Riyad Mahrez on the bench alongside Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling, Kyle Walker and Nicolas Otamendi.Indeed, the absence of De Bruyne may offer Bernardo Silva, who has started the campaign in impressive fashion, the chance to showcase his abilities on a more regular basis, starting with a meeting against a host of his Portuguese international teammates at Molineux.“I think in your second season, it’s normal to feel more at home and that definitely applies to me,” said Silva.“We all know there is plenty of hard work ahead in the coming months, but it is great to start the way we have.“We are happy with the way we have begun and now we must continue against Wolves on Saturday, even though we know what a difficult game this will be – they have many quality players.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Vincent Kompany feels his is playing better than ever after 10 years at Manchester City © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Aug 24 – Vincent Kompany believes he is playing better than ever as he celebrates a decade as a Manchester City player, with the club captain even talking of extending his stay at the Premier League champions.The Belgian international, whose time at City has been plagued by injuries, appears to have finally found consistent fitness and is a key component of the City team that has started this season in ominous fashion with convincing victories over Chelsea in the Community Shield and Arsenal and Huddersfield in the Premier League.
Former Everton star Andy Gray believes John Stones is ‘100 per cent’ the right man to replace John Terry at Chelsea.The Blues have seen a £20million bid rejected for the England centre-back, but are expected to return with an improved offer in the coming days.And Gray, who won the Division One title during his time at Goodison Park, claims the 21-year-old will only get better at Stamford Bridge under the former Three Lions captain’s tutelage.“John Stones is good and he could be one of the best,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “He’s got every quality that you need to be a top centre-back.“He seems to have a good personality and is good on the football. Maybe he’s just a little bit too elaborate at times for a young boy at centre-back, but that’s more about his confidence than anything else.“If you’re losing John Terry in the next year to 18 months, and you’re asking me whether he’s a player who would fit in at Chelsea, then 100 per cent. It makes absolute sense.“He’s British, which helps. He might cost £30million but he can only get better under the right guidance.”
GAA Bingo- Every Thursday Night At 9.00pm In The STRAND HOTEL FOR NEXT TWO THURSDAYS 7th & 14th FEBRUARY Everyone Welcome.Club Iorras January 2013 – €50 John Joe & Kathleen Doherty Tiernasligo, €30 David & Grace Hession Roxtown, €20 – Danny Friel Dunaff. Match & Win for 31/01/2013 No’s Drawn 10,13,15,24 No Jackpot Winner Next Weeks Jackpot Is €1,020.00, €15 Consolation Winners Were Kalem Hirrell Cloontagh, Noreen Doherty(R) Urrismana, Shane Doherty (JJ) Tiernasligo,Caroline Kelly Carndonagh, Alan Morton Letter.Club Meeting- Next Meeting is arranged for Wednesday 6th February at 8pm. CLUB MEMBERSHIP – 2013 is now due, it was decided at the Club AGM to set adult membership at €25 for 2013 and juvenile membership at €3. Anyone intending to play for the club in the coming months must have their membership paid to be registered and covered by insurance.Remember too that club members will have first say on tickets for Donegal’s matches as they progress through the Championship to hopefully repeat their historic success of 2012. Contact David Hession 0860538537 or John Friel 0860523550.Bord na nO’g – Most of our underage teams now have managers in place for the coming season but if you are interested in helping out in anyway we would love to hear from you. Adrian Doherty and Alan Friel are in charge of our Bord na n’Og for 2013 and will happily fill you in with details of what help is needed for the coming season.A Foundation Coaching Course will be held in Buncrana on Friday, 8th February from 7.00pm to 10.00pm ( this session covers the Child Protection element of the course) and Saturday, 9th February from 9.30am to 4.30pm (this session covers the fundamentals of coaching). The club will cover all costs for anyone who is going to work with a club team in 2013.The club will also book places for anyone who wants to do the course in an individual basis but they will have to cover their own costs – these will be furnished to you by John Friel if you contact him.CIRCUT TRAINING – There will be training in the Youth Club for the next month for Under 13, 14 and 16’s please be there at 6.30pm sharp and ready to start €2.00 a head to cover costs Contact David for further information.Scor – Are performing on Saturday 16th February to take part or just go along to support Contact Patsy (Casey) Devlin for more information or visit Inishowen Gaa through Facebook.MOUTH GUARDS: Are now to be worn for all games from 1st January 2013 this is compulsory and anyone not wearing one will not be able to play referees will be checking you are wearing one, this is for all ages from 8 years to Adults, These are available to buy in Centra Clonmany ( GAA Approved) at a very reasonable price, and also local sports shops. Club Merchandise – Club Merchandise to buy all year round hats, gear bags, hoodies and jackets something for everyone Contact Alan Friel 0879029672.Club Website www.urris.gaa.ie.Any items for the notes please send to firstname.lastname@example.org or text to Liz O’Neill on 0863858629 before 9pm on Sunday evening.GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: February 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAA: URRIS GAA CLUB NEWS
A man who is occupying the home of a dead Church Minister has been told to prepare himself to possibly go to prison when he appears in court.John Doe, aka Daniel Greene appears at court in Letterkenny.Daniel Greene has been living in the home of the late Very Rev Samuel Reede for a number of months. He moved into the property in Newtowncunningham following the death of the 86 year old Anglican Reverend in 2010.It was only last February when estate agents visited the site that they noticed ‘For Sale’ signs had been removed from the property.The locks of the house had also been changed and a sign saying ‘No Trespassing’ had been placed in the window.The proceeds from the sale of the house, which had been left to the dead man’s brother Charles, were to be divided between three local charities.Barristers and Gardai were initially unable to discover the identity of the man living in the property and he was referred to by the courts as John Doe.A barrister representing the family of the late Rev Reede won an order for vacant possession of the lands and the bungalow and an injunction against ‘John Doe’.Mr ‘Doe’ was eventually brought before Letterkenny Circuit Court where he told Judge John O’Hagan that his name was Daniel Greene.He claimed he has bought the house and had legal documents to prove this.Judge O’Hagan adjourned the case until August to allow Greene to hand in his documentation but the case was again adjourned until yesterday at Letterkenny Circuit Civil Court.Solicitor for the late Rev Reede’s family, Ms Fiona Brown said yesterday that she had tried to serve papers on Greene but they had been returned to her office.Judge Petria McDonnell told Ms Brown to serve the papers on Greene, 51, again and not to place them in an envelope.“I am a firm believer in not using envelopes,” said the Judge.She instructed Ms Brown to inform Greene that Gardai will be collecting him to appear in court this Friday to put the allegations to him.“Gardai will be calling to collect him on Friday and the court will decide if he will go to prison so he might want to make the necessary arrangements,” warned Judge McDonnell.‘JOHN DOE’ TOLD TO PREPARE HIMSELF FOR JAIL IN HOUSE ROW was last modified: October 9th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Daniel GreenehomeJohn DoeRev Samuel Reede
MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher has met with the EU Competition Commissioner over concerns about proposals to reduce aid for regional airports including City of Derry and Ireland West Airport Knock.Pat The Cope Gallagher MEPPat the Cope met with Joaquín Almunia, the Vice President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Competition to express their concerns about draft proposals on state aid guidelines to airports and airlines.The draft guidelines by the European Commission will change the rules that permit EU Member States through national, regional and local authorities to invest in airport infrastructure, to provide operating aid to airports and to provide start up aid to airlines in order to launch a new air route. The European Commission are expected to approve the new rules by the beginning of 2014 Pat the Cope Gallagher MEP said “In early November, I along with over 45 MEPs from across the EU wrote an open letter to President Barroso, as we were extremely concerned with the proposal by the Commission to phase out operating aid for regional airports with over 200,000 passengers per year, after a 10 year transitional period.”“As a follow up to this initiative, I requested a meeting with Vice President Almunia, the Competition Commissioner to discuss directly with him the implications for Ireland West Airport in Knock, as passenger numbers per year are in excess of 700,000 and to outline similar concerns expressed by the City of Derry Airport.”Vice President confirmed today that he was willing to change his proposals to increase the minimum threshold from 200,000 to 500,000 passengers per year.He also confirmed that the proposals will undergo a comprehensive mid-term review in 5 years’ time before they are introduced in 10 years’ time, thus providing regional airports such as Knock and Derry with a window of opportunity. Mr Gallagher concluded “I believe that a much fairer and better solution would be to increase the minimum threshold to 1 million passengers per year. That said, I am pleased that the Vice President has shown a degree of flexibility by increasing the threshold to 500,000 passengers per year and by also including a mid-term review.“While the process will shortly conclude, I shall still continue to make the case for regional airports such as Knock and Derry, which contribute so positively to the economic well-being of the West and North West of Ireland.”Finally, Mr Gallagher stated that the decision to increase the minimum threshold to 500,000 will provide Carrickfinn airport in Donegal with ample opportunity to develop in the future. PAT THE COPE MEETS COMPETITION COMMISSIONER OVER LOCAL AIRPORT WORRIES was last modified: December 10th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Derry AirportKnock AirportMEPPat The Cope Gallagher
SCOIL CHOLMCILLE in Termon is celebrating a €1,250 history prize after pupils there traced the ancestor of a man who won a World War One medal.The winning project was entitled ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary – The Mystery of the Medal’.The project focused on a WW1 medal that was discovered in Donegal but traced back by the pupils concerned to the Hynes family in Tipperary. The medal originally belonged to Philip Hynes who died while serving with the British army during WW1.The medal was brought to Donegal by the dead soldier’s nephew who was a member of the IRA stationed in Donegal during the civil war.The medal was lost in Donegal and remained undiscovered for 90 years until it was found by a local man, Benny Gallagher, while digging his garden.In awarding the prizes, Minister Ciaran Cannon congratulated the pupils of Scoil Cholmcille and their teacher, Christy Gillespie, for their endeavours in bringing such an eventful story to life. “This is a fantastic story which highlights the impact of the “Decade of Centenaries” on one family. The ‘Mystery of the Medal’ would have remained untold were it not for the excellent research and detective work undertaken by the primary school children in Scoil Cholmcille and their teacher,” said the Minister.“It a considerable achievement for a primary school to be the overall winner in a competition that it is open to both primary and post primary levels.”The schools history competition is a jointly funded initiative of the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Education in Northern Ireland. This joint cross-border initiative forms part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries’ commemorations which are being organised to mark the centenary of the many important historical events that occurred in the period 1912-1922.The competition invited primary and post primary students from schools across Ireland to examine the impact of a particular event or person from the decade 1912–1922 on their local area. Out of the 182 projects received, 12 winners were selected by a three person panel chaired by Professor Mary Daly of University College, Dublin.As well as the overall winning project there were four provincial winners and seven other winners. The provincial winners came from 6th class in Scoil Mhuire, Moycullen Co. Galway; 5th Year pupils in Meánscoil Iognáid Rís in Naas; pupils in 5th and 6th class in Kilrossanty National School in Co. Waterford, and Year 10M pupils from Drumragh Integrated College in Omagh, Co. Tyrone. Minister Cannon praised the efforts of all of the winners, “Your work reflects very positively on yourselves as individuals and classes. It also reflects very well on your teachers and school communities who have clearly provided able support and encouragement to your efforts. I hope this competition has stimulated your passion for history that will stay with you forever.”Minister Cannon also thanked everyone who had submitted a project to the competition for their efforts.The overall winning entry received book tokens in the value of €1,250 along with a year’s subscription to History Ireland. An edited version of the overall winning project will also be considered for publication in History Ireland. All of the 12 winning projects will be published on-line on the Scoilnet website (www.scoilnet.ie).TOP PRIZE FOR TERMON SCHOOL WHO TRACED GREAT WAR MEDAL TO ANCESTOR was last modified: May 31st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
The warm weather is set to continue across Donegal today with a high of up to 25 degrees forecast by Met Eireann.The slightly bad news is that there will be a little more cloud than yesterday but it still promises to be very warm with some good prolonged spells of sunshine throughout. Gardai and the emergency services have warned member of the public to observe bathing signs.The ESB has also asked the public not to swim in their freshwater reservoir at Assaroe in Ballyshannon.The following is Met Eireann’s forecast for today for ULster including Co DOnegal.“Dry again tomorrow, Wednesday with mist and low cloud becoming confined to coastal parts in the morning. It will be sunny and warm generally with highest temperatures of 20 to 25 or 26 degrees, warmest in southern parts of the province, though values will be a few degrees lower in coastal parts. Winds will be light to moderate north to northwesterly.” ANOTHER HOT, HOT DAY FORECAST FOR ACROSS DONEGAL was last modified: June 18th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalforecastMet Eireannsunshine
Warriors beat writer Mark Medina reports that Stephen Curry will sit out Golden State’s game against Orlando Magic on Monday as he continues to make progress recovering from his groin injury.Curry’s first practice back may happen Tuesday in preparation for a return against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday, Nov. 28. If not then, maybe in Detroit on Saturday against the Pistons or Atlanta next week.According to coach Steve Kerr, the team is taking a “wait and see” approach Curry, Draymond …