Bartica Massacre trial… identified number 3 accused in ID paradeAt Thursday’s hearing into the ongoing Bartica massacre trial at the High Court, Police Constable Chester Benjamin took the stand and testified to being shot five times about the body, as he was found by a gunman moments before the bandits retreated.The accused: Dennis Williams, Mark Williams and Roger SimonDuring the February 17, 2008 attack, the Policeman was taking his dinner in station quarters upstairs when he heard a loud explosion and discovered that he was shot in the right arm shortly after.Constable Benjamin recalled that he then ran over to the kitchen window where he peeped and saw a “Rastaman” with long beard, long dread locks and camouflage clothing standing over the road by a shop – armed with a rifle. Benjamin told the court that after he moved from the window, he and a few other Constables went into a cupboard. A man then came into the kitchen and started firing, shouting “I gan kill yall ‘S’!”The 12-member jury heard that after the gunfire stopped, one of the bandits removed him from the cupboard and placed his foot on his stomach. In a turn of events, however, Benjamin noted that a voice downstairs shouted “Rehab!” After this, the men left the room and the Constable later told Inspector Sutton that he was shot more times. In the following moments, Benjamin claimed he had heard a vehicle drive away from the scene and shots were fired; while he, Sutton and several other ranks hid under Sutton’s bed. Thereafter, Benjamin said that he heard five or six gunshots in the direction of the Bartica Stelling.After the coast was clear, the men went downstairs and the Police rank testified to witnessing the injured and motionless bodies of several ranks, including Constable Osborne, who appeared to be dead. Sometime after, Benjamin left Bartica for the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he was admitted and treated for his injuries.Roger Simon identifiedLed by State Prosecutor Diana Kaulesar, Constable Benjamin testified further that while being stationed at Mackenzie, Linden in April 2008, he saw a “Rasta man” in the Police Station lockups. The Police witness recalled that this was the same man which he had seen on the night of the ghastly Bartica incident.Sometime afterwards, Benjamin noted that he was called to an identification parade (ID) at the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) where he pointed out that the number seven person in the line-up was a “rasta man”. At Thursday’s court session, this individual was pointed out as Roger Simon, a co-accused in the 2008 massacre. Chester’s testimony contradicts that of other witnesses, who testified that Simon was never there. This had been the account of both Clebert Reece, who in November last year plead guilty to manslaughter for the Bartica attack and Dwane Williams, a gang member who was 15 years old at the time.Cross-examinationUnder cross-examination by Roger Simon’s Attorney, Peter Hugh, the Police Constable noted that he gave two statements to Police, but that in the original statement dated February 18, 2008, Simon was not implicated in the attack. Additionally, Benjamin admitted that he could not recall what Simon was wearing on the day that he (Simon) was at the Mackenzie Police Station.Boat worker’s diversion saves his lifeAt the morning session of the trial, Chester brothers, Ishmael and Wilbert, who were boat workers attached to the Boodhoo General Store at Bartica, also testified. Wilbert testified that after leaving the boat, he met up with a friend and purchased two beverages at a “Chiney” shop. Moments later, he heard gunfire and darted into the business, after which two men locked the door and he hid on the ground.After the ordeal ended, the man returned to the stelling, but became alarmed when he could not locate his brother on the boat. Recalling these events, Chester almost broke down in tears on the witness stand, but the court heard that he had later learnt that his brother was safe.However, other crew members on the boat encountered a different fate. Wilbert Chester recounted that the first two persons he checked had no pulse, but noted that Errol Thomas had a pulse. He took Thomas to the First Avenue monument, near the Police Station, but the man later died.Meanwhile, Chester told the court of witnessing the motionless bodies of two other persons. Other witness testified to five men being shot at the Stelling by “Fineman”, while it was also revealed that one man was allowed to go free.All three attorneys declined cross-examination of Wilbert Chester. The trial continues before Justice Roxanne George, SC this morning.In addition to Errol Thomas, 11 other persons were slaughtered during the Bartica attack. These included Police Lance Corporal ZaheerZakir, Constables Shane Fredericks and Ron Osborne; and civilians Edwin Gilkes, Dexter Adrian, Irving Ferreira, Deonarine Singh, Ronald Gomes, Ashraf Khan, Abdool Yasseen, and Baldeo Singh. Mark Williams, Dennis Williams, and Roger Simon are the three standing accused for the Bartica massacre.
By Seth Borenstein THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – NASA is set to release results of an internal investigation into whether a couple of astronauts were drinking heavily just before launch, but no one expects new details to emerge. In recent weeks, top NASA officials said they could find no proven instances of drunken astronauts about to fly. They said they had examined what happened before launches in the past decade. As of late Tuesday, officials were still confident that no big embarrassments would emerge in the report due out today. In July, an independent panel said there were at least two unverified and unidentified instances of astronauts drinking heavily before a flight. The panel was formed to look at astronaut health issues because of the bizarre case of astronaut Lisa Nowak, who was arrested and charged with attempted kidnapping of a romantic rival. The panel’s 12-page report last month said: “Interviews with both flight surgeons and astronauts identified some episodes of heavy use of alcohol by astronauts in the immediate preflight period, which has led to safety concerns.” One instance involved a shuttle astronaut that a colleague claimed had had too much to drink; the colleague alerted others only after the launch was delayed because of mechanical instances. The other involved an astronaut drinking alcohol before flying on a Russian Soyuz capsule to the international space station. Drinking, especially toasts, are common in the Russian space program. In both cases – in which no names were given – the report said that flight surgeons and/or fellow astronauts raised safety worries with nearby officials in charge, yet “the individuals were still permitted to fly.” The panel didn’t have the ability to investigate further, so NASA’s safety chief, Bryan O’Connor, a former astronaut and shuttle accident investigator, was asked to investigate. O’Connor spent much of his time in Houston, where astronauts work, said NASA spokesman David Mould. NASA administrator Michael Griffin this month pronounced pre-launch preparations for astronauts to be so visible that it is nearly impossible to sneak a drink. “They would have to really want to drink and hide it really well,” Griffin said before the launch of the shuttle Endeavour. He called the charges “uncredible.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The crash was reported at 7:14 a.m., and the deputies were airlifted to UCLA Medical Center. Firefighters at the scene said the two officers were conscious after the wreck. The two shattered motorcycles were resting in the center left-turn lane, and one of the southbound lanes. The coastal route was closed in both directions for two hours to accommodate the investigation. Northbound traffic from Los Angeles, heading to the Malibu Chili Cook-Off and other weekend beach attractions was diverted north onto Topanga Canyon Boulevard. But a car and motorcycle collision just after 7:30 a.m. snarled traffic on that route as well. Members of a unit called the Beach Team enforce the 45 mph speed limit on the Malibu section of Pacific Coast Highway, the scene of numerous serious wrecks. Just 12 hours earlier, the road was closed in the same spot as Saturday’s police crash while a serious accident was investigated. By City News Service Two sheriff’s deputies on motorcycles collided on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu on Saturday, authorities said, hurting the officers and closing Highway 1 for two hours. At midmorning, deputies said the officers were being evaluated by doctors and did not appear to be seriously injured. One motorcycle officer from the Malibu-Lost Hills station was following a speeding motorist on the highway when the second apparently made a U-turn to pull over the same vehicle, a deputy said. The first officer may have been unable to see the second officer behind the speeding car when he made the U-turn near Big Rock Drive. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
VALYERMO – A Littlerock motorcyclist missing for three weeks was found dead where he had apparently run off a mountain road. Sean Kim and his Suzuki motorcycle were found Saturday afternoon 35 or 40 feet down a hillside below Big Pines Highway east of Valyermo, officials said. “A passer-by had stopped along the roadway and noticed the motorcycle and rider,” California Highway Patrol Lt. Andria Witmer said. Kim, 48, disappeared March 25 after leaving his home on a motorcycle ride. Relatives searched along mountain roads for him and a sheriff’s helicopter searched from the air but found no sign of him or his motorcycle. email@example.com (661) 267-5742160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventKim had apparently been riding east on the winding two-lane road and ran off the north side and down the slope, Witmer said. The crash occurred between Valyermo and the Angeles National Forest boundary. The crash scene was found Saturday when people in a vehicle pulled over to change drivers, looked down and saw him and his motorcycle, coroner’s officials said. Cell phone records indicate Kim was in the Valyermo area when he called a friend about noon March 25, the last time he was heard from. An autopsy was scheduled for Tuesday. “It’s unknown if he was killed by the motorcycle crash or if he died after,” said sheriff’s Detective Diane Harris, who was involved in the search for Kim. “It’s very sad.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventAccording to figures compiled by the Board of Supervisors, SCAAP reimbursement for the county fell from $34 million to $11.5 million in 2003, when Washington cut the program by 56 percent. Though the funding has been restored slightly in recent years, it fails to cover the majority of costs. For 2005, the county received $12.5 million, about 17 percent of the estimated $73 million cost for jailing inmates who are illegal immigrants. Of the 600 to 700 people booked daily by the county Sheriff’s Department, at least 25 percent are undocumented, Hauter said. “Our local funding has to deal with all sorts of responsibilities,” he said. “This is something we’re saddled with because of the failure of the federal government.” The Bush administration has justified the reduction with its intention to bolster border security. But Hauter believes that’s not enough. The county Board of Supervisors, on a lobbying mission in Washington,D.C., this week, is scheduled to meet with Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon today to seek federal money to cover the cost of holding jail inmates who are illegal immigrants – a $73 million tab the county mostly paid out-of-pocket during 2004-05. President George W. Bush’s proposed 2007 budget eliminates funding to the State Criminal Alien Assistance Program. Established in 1994, it reimburses state and local agencies for the cost of incarcerating inmates who are undocumented, as border security is the province of the federal government. “The president in his budget lined out all SCAAP funding,” Bob Hauter, an aide for Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, said Tuesday from Washington. “What we’re looking for is a restoration. “We believe we should be fully reimbursed, … to reimburse the local agencies on a cost we have no ability to affect.” “That ignores the fact that there are 12 million estimated illegal aliens already in the country,” he said. “What we’re talking about with SCAAP are not people are who crossing the border. We are talking about the people who are already here and are committing crimes that we have to process and house.” The board met with Department of Justice officials Tuesday, and plans to take up the issue today with local members of Congress, including McKeon, R-Santa Clarita; Reps. David Drier, R-Glendora, and Jane Harman, D-Venice. On Thursday, they will meet with White House staffers and Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. “McKeon is the chair of a major conference committee,” Hauter said. “He is from California and he cares very deeply to make sure we get the funding.” McKeon spokesman James Geoffrey said the congressman, whose 25th District includes the Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys, can be counted an ally. “Those bearing the burden should get the most help,” Geoffrey said. “That’s what he wants to see. He’s certainly going to do what he can so it goes that way.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
After the hottest summer on record, weather forecasters predicted Thursday that moderate El Niño conditions would usher in a warmer winter and greater number of storms by spring. El Niño is a warming of the water in the tropical Pacific that is associated with changes in air pressure and the movement of high-level winds that can affect weather worldwide. The conditions are likely to continue into early next year, and scientists said there is potential for them to strengthen. “Right now, we’re leaning toward wetter-than-average conditions in Southern California, but a much more moderate event than in 1997-98,” said Vernon Kousky, lead El Niño forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center in Washington, D.C. “You should get more storms around Southern California.” NOAA forecasters said this year’s weak El Niño may have already tamed the Atlantic hurricane season with milder-than-expected weather. In the past month, the developing El Niño has brought drier-than-average weather to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, areas generally affected first by El Niño conditions. A moderate El Niño this winter, according to the NOAA, could bring warmer temperatures to western and northern U.S. regions and to western and central Canada. El Niño could also make the Gulf Coast and Florida wetter and bring drier conditions to the Ohio Valley, the Pacific Northwest and U.S. islands in the tropical Pacific. “We’ll just get Seattle’s storms,” said David Neelin, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This is a moderate El Niño that increases the chances in Southern California we’ll have a rainy winter.” El Niño, Spanish for “the little boy,” occurs in the Pacific region about every five years, often around Christmas. Fisherman named it El Niño after the Baby Jesus. The phenomenon alternates with La Ni¤a, Spanish for “the little girl,” a cooling of ocean water at the equator that can create dry winters for Southern California. El Niño has resulted in six major rainfalls in Los Angeles since weather was first recorded in 1878. The El Niño in 1883-84 dropped 38.18 inches of rain on downtown, while the one in 1982-83 battered pleasure piers and coastal and hillside communities from Santa Barbara to San Diego, causing $523 million in property damage. But it was the infamous El Niño of 1997-98 that is best remembered for devastating floods in California, Ecuador and Chile and for severe drought in Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines. Storms beginning in early February 1998 dumped 31.01 inches in downtown Los Angeles and caused floods that spurred disaster declarations in 40 of 58 counties across the state, wreaking $550 million in property damage. The 1997-98 El Niño downpours set records in Chatsworth (44.19 inches), Simi Valley (40.05 inches) and Northridge (36.10 inches). Rain-induced pothole complaints prompted 2,041 calls in March 1998 in Los Angeles. Sewer lines, overrun by the rains, overflowed. City officials have since invested $486 million in sewer-interceptor lines from west Los Angeles to Eagle Rock. In the past five years, sanitary-sewer overflows have dropped 70 percent, well below state and national averages. This fiscal year, the city cleaned 109,000 sewer pipes. Bureau of Sanitation workers are inspecting and cleaning 45,000 catch basins, 102 debris basins and 1,260 miles of storm drains ahead of the rain. email@example.com (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsScientists say ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have risen remarkably in the past two weeks and may strengthen into a moderate El Niño by winter. A climate phenomenon linked to warm sea surface temperatures, El Niño impacts global weather and has been blamed for massive flooding, damaging surf and landslides in Southern California. Some researchers, however, doubted the potential for a drenching winter. “Right now, it’s El Niño pequeño,” or a little El Niño, said Bill Patzert, research oceanographer for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. “Don’t make an investment in umbrellas. To have impact in Southern California, it would have to take steroids over the next three months.”
Unai Emery looks set to be frustrated by Arsenal’s transfer budget this summer Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ 5 targets “It is true that I would like to speak a little less of Arsenal. I was young. It was complicated,” he said.“There was so much competition that it was difficult to get into the coach’s line-up.“He [Emery] told me that the club did not rely too much on me.“I took a blow, but Angers were on the lookout. It was a new chance, a new beginning.“The train does not pass often and I was happy to get back in the right car.”Still only 21, Reine-Adelaide is another former Gunner who looks set for a bright future and could be on the move with a release clause of around £10million.Donyell MalenAnother youngster who was tipped for big things at the Emirates was Dutch forward Malen.The 20-year-old opted to leave Arsenal in the summer of 2017 to move to PSV Eindhoven – despite being offered a contract extension in north London.Malen will certainly feel he was vindicated in his decision to return to his homeland though, most recently notching 10 goals in 40 appearances for the Dutch giants. Serge Gnabry played an integral role in Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga title truimph in 2018/2019 The 20-year-old forward moved to Arsenal from Ajax in 2015 but he spent just two years in North London, where he failed to make a single first-team appearance notching 44 goals at youth level.Despite that, Malen was reportedly very highly rated in north London, hence he was offered an improved deal two summers ago.But it wasn’t enough to convince the player and is another talent they have lost at a crucial time. Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Not good enough to play for West Brom though🙄🙄 Congrats my bro I always knew you were the best 🌟@SergeGnabry https://t.co/dTYrcPjRay— Héctor Bellerín (@HectorBellerin) June 22, 2019“He’s come from academy football and not played much league football.“Does academy football really prepare players for league football? And we’re talking about Premier League football here.“As a manager you pick a team that’s going to win a game of football.“You pick your best team, you don’t leave people out because you don’t like them, because of this, that and the other.”After rebuilding his career at Werder Bremen and Hoffenheim, Gnabry has grabbed his big break with both hands at Bayern – and proved certain people very wrong in the process.Jeff Reine-AdelaideHaving progressed through the Lens academy, Reine-Adelaide moved to Arsenal in 2015.The following season he made six appearances, all coming in cup competitions, before being loaned to Ligue 1 side Angers.That productive loan spell with Angers saw him return for pre-season back in north London last summer under new boss Unai Emery – but he was soon shipped out of the club.In an interview with Goal, the France Under-21 international revealed that he was told he was surplus to requirements before getting the chance to ever prove his worth at the Emirates. getty getty Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa 5 Former Crystal Palace and West Brom manager Pardew takes over at Dutch strugglers Ismael Bennacer has been a big hit in Italy for Empoli deals getty Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January However, the Gunners did have a buy-back clause inserted into the sale of Bennacer, indicating they remain a fan of his.The north London side have the right to match any accepted bid for the young midfielder to re-sign him.Should they refuse the opportunity to do so, they will receive 30 per cent of the fee he is sold for.Fiorentina have bid for the player but it appears Bennacer isn’t keen on the switch after their troubles last season.Serge GnabryOnce deemed not good enough for West Bromwich Albion, Serge Gnabry’s career has suddenly taken off like a rocket.After a prolonged period of obscurity in professional football, albeit hampered by injury, 2018/19 was one to remember for Gnabry as he was named Bayern Munich’s player of the season in a title winning campaign.The 23-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions, while he has also established himself as a key part of Joachim Low’s Germany squad. The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star TROPHY Jeff Reine-Adelaide was allowed to leave Arsenal in 2018 Wilfried Zaha always wanted to join Arsenal and has supported the club from a young age Unai Emery, 47, has a budget of just £40million this summer and, as he struggles to make it stretch, there are players, all under 24, worth a combined £80million, as a conservative estimate, the club has cast aside on the cheap.So, what happened to Serge Gnabry, Ismael Bennacer, Donyell Malen, and Jeff Reine-Adelaide? talkSPORT.com takes a look below… latest New job JIBE Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:12Loaded: 98.22%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:12 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen 5 REVEALED Ismael BennacerBig things were expected from Bennacer when he first joined from Ligue 2 side AC Arles-Avignon in 2015.The midfielder was unable to make the breakthrough at the Emirates – making just one first-team appearance – and subsequently joined Empoli on a permanent deal two years later.The 21-year-old has been an ever-present since signing for the club, with Genoa reportedly in talks with Empoli over striking a deal for Bennacer this summer. 5 getty It all looked so promising for Gnabry early on in his Emirates career, as he was handed his Premier League debut as a teenager by none other than Arsene Wenger.However, after suffering a cruciate knee ligament injury the 23-year-old was unable to force his way back into Wenger’s plans on his return.A miserable loan at the Hawthorns followed, where then Baggies boss Tony Pulis claimed he ‘was not at the required level’ to compete.“Serge has come here to play games but he just hasn’t been for me, at the moment, at that level to play the games,” he said. punished Getty Images Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update This, though, has changed in recent years with the Gunners mainly shelling out for proven talents like Pierre-Emerick Aubameynag, Alexandre Lacazette, Bernd Leno, and Sokratis Papastathopoulos.Matteo Guendouzi has come in, while Reiss Nelson and Emile Smith Rowe are just two of the promising starlets in their squad.But it can’t excuse the club for losing four exceptional youngsters in three campaigns, as they have done. 5 Donyell Malen turned down a new contract at Arsenal to join PSV Eindhoven two years ago LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES boost Arsenal once were known for nurturing young talents and bringing them into their first-team.The likes of Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Cesc Fabregas, Alex Song, Kieran Gibbs, Theo Walcott, and Wojciech Szczesny are just some of the youngsters who became regulars under Arsene Wenger. 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Newcastle will be without Jamaal Lascelles until the new year as he recovers from a knee injury sustained last weekend.The Tyneside club lost their captain during the defeat of Bournemouth, and he will not play for a couple of months, it was confirmed on Thursday. LATEST stalemate A club statement read: “Newcastle United can confirm that Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles will be out until the New Year after suffering a knee injury during Saturday’s 2-1 victory over AFC Bournemouth.“The central defender sustained the injury during the first half of the match and had to be replaced by Paul Dummett.”Lascelles’ absence comes as a massive blow for Steve Bruce following Newcastle’s mini-revival in recent weeks, where they have picked up ten out of 15 points from their last five games.The 26-year-old has started every Premier League match this campaign, scoring one goal.Th injury occurred after Callum Wilson’s nudge sent him flying into Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the opening stages of the 2-1 win. And although there were hoped of a quick recovery, Lascelles ultimately could not carry on and hobbled off without the help of a stretcher.Fortunately for Bruce, Florian Lejeune is set to return from a long-term injury in the coming weeks, while his his other centre-backs Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandes have been in good form in recent matches. appointed Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship 1 statement Liverpool transfer news live: Mbappe latest, Lille star wants to join Reds in future Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti rookie error Lascelles has been ruled out until the new year, Newcastle confirmed Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Getty Images – Getty Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ update Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule targets Chelsea fan arrested for allegedly racially abusing Heung-min Son Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta PEP TALK latest on target LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff
Leigh Griffiths is available to play against Rosenborg, Chris Davies has revealed. The Celtic assistant manager would not say if the striker will start the Champions League qualifier after recovering from injury.Griffiths sat out the 0-0 draw at Celtic Park in the first leg through suspension but has been recovering from a calf injury, while fellow striker Moussa Dembele is out until September with a recurrence of a hamstring injury.That left Brendan Rodgers’ side short of options when they need to score to progress in the competition but Davies says Griffiths has recovered and can play against the Norwegian champions. “The manager works closely with him and has a good relationship with him and we’re really pleased that he’s been available for selection.”Celtic warmed up for the crucial European game with a 5-0 demolition of Sunderland in a friendly on Saturday, where winger James Forrest took the central attacking role. Davies would not be drawn on whether or not that would be repeated with Griffiths coming off the bench or if the Scotland forward would be in the starting line-up.“Again, it’s not something we want to give too much away about going into the game but he’s available and he’s going to be with us and looking forward to the game,” he said.“We have got options. Obviously James played up there and did well and the team performance was good. “It’s something that we’ve sat down and looked at as a staff. We’ve got the game plan that we want and we’ll roll it out tomorrow night.” “Leigh will be travelling with us,” Davies said. “He’s been working hard to get back available for selection as has Erik Sviatchenko, who has come with us as well.“Leigh’s obviously not been training all the time in the last few weeks but he’s had some good rehab and he’s worked very, very hard and he’s available for us, which is a big boost.“I think [he’ll play a part], yeah. We don’t want to give too much away in terms of whether he’s going to start or not but he’s available and he’s an important player to us and that’s really good for us moving into the game.”He added: “It is important. We’ve got lots of players who are important in terms of scoring goals and creating chances but Griff is an important player to us. He has been since we’ve been here.
Road work to prepare for the Wal-Mart Super Center project is going to get underway this coming Monday on Salem’s Eastside as the City of Salem begins moving Water and Sewer lines out of the INDOT right of way.The pre-Thanksgiving work will be focused on two locations spots – Near Parkview Drive and Jim Day Road, according to Mark Sullivan, Project Manager with Midwestern Engineering, the city’s contracted engineer on the project.Road delays will begin Monday on State Road 56 East with work just west of Jim Day Road.Work on Tuesday will focus on this area across from Florence’s Flowers just west of Parkview Drive. The City of Salem will begin working to move Water and Sewer lines.In Spring 2015, the Indiana Department of Transportation will begin reconstruction of State Road 56 from High Street east of Salem past Heritage Chapel Road.Midwestern Natural Gas has begun work to move natural gas lines along State Road 56.The third area where water and sewer lines will be moved is Anson Street. There will be 10 other locations along the street that is expected to be completed by April 2015.Sullivan said the work on Monday, Nov. 24 will be centered on an area west of Jim Day Road. “Tuesday, they will be working just west of Parkview Drive,” said Sullivan.He said a third area near Anson Street would be postponed and next Wednesday would be left open in case work on the other two areas needed to be completed before Thanksgiving.Sullivan will be providing weekly updates to WSLM RADIO on the project so we can keep you informed on where the work will be focused on each day of the week until this project is completed next spring.“INDOT is the driving factor in doing the project. Their road widening project that will start next spring,” said Sullivan. “Water, sewer, natural gas…any utilities in the way are being moved back out of the way. INDOT has bought a wider right of way. Each utility is doing the contract to move the items…Temple and Temple is being hired by the City of Salem….Salem is paying a percentage…a small percentage…INDOT is paying a larger part of that.”Sullivan said State Road 56 will be open to local traffic until works crosses traffic. “There will be detours for traffic needing to get around the work areas but local traffic could get to and from their destination as long as the road isn’t fully closed.”“At that point where the work goes across the traffic, the road would be closed,” said Sullivan. “If they’re coming from the east and the pipe is between them and the house or business, there will be a point when the road is fully closed. We only anticipate the road being closed for a few hours in each case and work on each section is anticipated to be completed in a day.”Jason Uhl of Temple and Temple is the local construction manager of the project.Harry Maginity spokesperson for the Seymour District of the INDOT told WSLM earlier this week the state’s project would widen State Road 56 from High Street to east of Heritage Chapel Road.The reconstruction project will be open to take bids in December and work to begin in Spring 2015.The Salem portion of this Seymour District pavement project is a complete reconstruction of the highway—including new sidewalks, curb ramps, retaining walls and storm sewer system. The rural Washington County scope of this construction calls for repairing and resurfacing S.R. 56—including shoulder widening, building passing blisters and replacement of a small drainage structure.