Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Following the win, Mourinho accused his critics of staging a “manhunt” to get him sacked after a string of bad results and rifts with players including French midfielder Paul Pogba.But former United captain Rooney, who now plays for D.C. United in Major League Soccer (MLS), said the players had to take some responsibility for the situation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s tough (at United), it has been a tough situation,” he said in comments reported by Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.“The players, the manager, it has been a tough start to the season. I know Jose is getting a load of stick but I said a few weeks ago, the players have to stand up. They have to be counted and they have to be better. “The manager can do so much but then it is down to the players on the pitch to produce, and probably collectively. It (the poor run) is a bit of everything coming together but Jose is an easy target. Some of the players have to be better.”The former England forward said the situation at Old Trafford was similar to when Louis van Gaal was at the helm.“He took a lot of stick but behind closed doors I said to the players ‘we have to be doing better’. Personally, I think he (Van Gaal) set us up brilliantly but we didn’t produce on the pitch, so I am sure that is getting said behind the scenes.”Rooney now has nine goals in 16 matches since signing for D.C. United from Everton in June.The 32-year-old striker has played a part in a late-season surge that has left United two points behind Montreal for the sixth and final Eastern Conference playoff berth with two games in hand.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Manchester United’s Juan Mata, talks to Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez during their English Premier League soccer match between Manchester United and Newcastle United at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Jon Super)Wayne Rooney has called on Manchester United’s players to stand up and be counted, saying that manager Jose Mourinho is an easy target for the club’s troubles.United battled back from two goals down to beat Newcastle 3-2 at the weekend but are languishing in eighth place in the Premier League, seven points off top spot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Asian Para Games: Medina gets table tennis silver, Taberna bags road race bronze Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments
November 5, 2014The Government of Liberia has received and analyzed two Reports relating to the incident of August 20, 2014, in the Township of West Point resulting into the death of Shaki Kamara and the wounding of Titus Nuah.The first Report is from the Joint Task Force Board of Inquiry established by the Ministry of Defense. The second is from the Independent Human Rights Commission. The two Reports were separately received by the President – that of the Joint Task Force Board of Inquiry of the Ministry of Defense was received on September 9, 2014 while the Report of the Independent Human Rights Commission was received on October 28, 2014.Upon the presentation of the first Report, the President instructed the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of Liberia to take the appropriate measures in identifying and investigating those personnel of the AFL who were responsible in conformity with the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ).The military requested additional time to adhere to and fulfill the processes of the UCMJ leading to a delay in the presentation of the first Report to the Public. In keeping with the processes and procedures of the UCMJ, a special Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces needed to be set up, further investigation conducted, and findings presented to the President and Commander-In-Chief along with appropriate recommendations.These processes and procedures have been concluded and the results of the investigation by the Disciplinary Board of the Armed Forces of Liberia have been presented to the President.The findings from the Disciplinary Board of the AFL concluded that a Platoon Commander and four enlisted men were guilty of indiscretion and exhibited indiscipline on August 20, 2014 in the Township of West Point. Accordingly, the following sanctions were imposed on these men:Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye—Platoon Commander: He was held responsible for poorly assessing the situation and acting contrary to the behavior expected of a military leader in the reformed AFL. As a leader in a situation of crisis, he was “expected to show efficient command after serving in the AFL for over five years” with training locally and in foreign parts. He should have been able to handle simple crowd control and dispersal. As a military leader, he did not follow proper military procedures in selecting personnel to fire warning shots. Although no evidence was adduced that any of the personnel of the AFL fired the fatal shot that killed Shaki Kamara, the Disciplinary Board thought it absolutely necessary to institute punishment for behavior unbecoming of a serving personnel of the AFL.As such, Lieutenant Aloysius Quaye, Platoon Commander is:Guilty of violating Article 133 of the UCMJ regarding the uncecoming conduct of an officer or gentleman;Guilty of Article 92-C of the UCMJ regarding dereliction in the performance of duty.The punishment prescribed under the UCMJ include:Reduction in rank to the lowest rank permissible under the category of the accused;Two (2) years loss of seniority with consequential effects;Thirty (30 days) correctional custody;Thirty (30) days detention;Forfeiture of 2/3 salary for 3 months; andLetter of Severe Reprimand.Additionally, the following enlisted personnel of the AFL were found guilty of various offences of the UCMJ. They include:Corporal Mulbah Timothy—Violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force;Corporal Flomo Anthony—Violation of Article 128 of the UCMJ regarding assault and arbitrary use of force as well as Article 134 regarding threat in communicating;Corporal Toure Patrick—Violation of Article 107 of the UCMJ regarding making false statements;Private First Class Salebia Moses—Violation of Article 107 of the UMCJ regarding making false statement.The prescribed punishment for the four enlisted men include:Reduction in rank to the next lower rank;30 days correctional custody;30 days detention; andLetters of Severe Reprimand.The Commander-In-Chief has directed that all punishments be carried out in compliance with the relevant provisions and practices of the UCMJ.The second Report from the Independent National Commission on Human Rights (INCHR) was presented to the President of Liberia on October 28, 2014 with the following recommendations:(a)That the Government should improve the living conditions of its citizens living in West Point.Reaction: The Government feels that all slum communities should be rebuilt and developed with emphasis on the transformation of the lives of all citizens. This objective is part of the government’s agenda for change and is incorporated in its development agenda.(b)That the Township Commissioner of West Point be reassigned.Reaction: The Government has instructed the Minister of Internal Affairs to take the appropriate action in reassigning the Township Commissioner;That counseling sessions by the Government, NGOs, human rights and civil society organizations be initiated to help the youth of urban Liberia to cope with anger “brought on by frustration,poverty, ignorance and stigmatization, and while at it, offer them hope.”Reaction: Like all others this is an important recommendation which requires collective attention and support from all stakeholders. In this regard, the government pkedfe to continue to work with all relevant stakeholders and interested parties to achieve these ends.“As to the late Shaki Kamara, the Commission recommends that the President of Liberia extends a public apology to the family’ and that monetary compensation be made. The “amount to be determined by the Government in collaboration with the Interreligious Council.”Reaction: The Government, in August, extended heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Shaki Kamara, and the President visited the family to express deepest sympathy. The President will continue to publicly apologize to Shaki Kamara’s family and all those who were hurt by the unfortunate occurrences of August 20, 2014. Consistent with this recommendation, the President will invite and work with the Interreligious Council to determine the compensation for the family of Shaki Kamara. We note sadly, however, that for this government, no monetary value will compensate for the life of a human being, or in this case, a Liberian citizen. We view our duty as enabling the lives of all of our citizens.As to the recommendation by the Commission that a health center be erected in memory of Shaki Kamara, the Government will endeavour to renovate and equip the West Point Community Clinic to the memory of Shaki.(e) That Titus Nuah be flown to Accra, Ghana for further treatment to be accompanied by a family member and the physician who operated on him at the S.D.A. Cooper Hospital in Monrovia.Reaction: The Government accepts this recommendation unreservedly and will carry out its obligation in the coming days. Also the issue of compensation will be discussed with the Interreligious Council still convinced that our valuation of life is beyond monetary values.(f) That Sylvester Kromah who sustained injuries from barbwires while trying to escape the shooting be compensated.Reaction: The government is in agreement with this recommendation and will discuss with the Interreligious Council on the form of compensation.As for Mr. Alfred Nagbe who was wrongly “accused of stealing a generator,” the Commission recommends that the Liberia National Police (LNP) render a public apology to him and that the government compensate him with money.Reaction: This recommendation is accepted by the government and the amount to be paid will be discussed with the Interreligious Council.That when the shooters are identified, “they be stripped of their immunities, if any, and tried or prosecuted in a Court of law for their reckless disregard for Shaki Kamara’s right to life and Titus Nuah’s right to a safe environment and protection of his person by the Government.”Reaction: To this important end, the Government of Liberia has instructed the Ministry of Justice to invite all witnesses to the shooting to help in identifying those who were responsible. The President has further instructed that as soon as such persons are identified, they must be charged and held accountable before the laws of the Republic.The Government extends thanks and appreciation to all members of the Disciplinary Board of the Ministry of Defense, those of the Independent National Commission on Human Rights, and all citizens of the Republic who helped with the investigations.Again, to the family of the late Shaki Kamara, the Government deeply regrets his loss and extends publicly to his family its deepest sympathy.Also, the Government expresses regrets to all those who were wounded in this unfortunate incident as well as their families. May the good Lord guide and protect you all in these difficult times.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Credible information from a secret meeting say denied applicants for the forthcoming LFA elections have agreed to file a writ of injunction against the elections if the Elections Committee, headed by Malcolm Joseph failed to provide statutory reasons of their exclusion.The aggrieved stakeholders, earlier this week at a local resort in Monrovia, said the court’s injunction is to address their rights regarding on their disqualification according to the LFA’s Statutes, the Electoral Code and CAF and FIFA Statutes.According to the civil law court proceeding, if the ‘petition of injunction’ is filed the court may send a writ of preliminary injunction along with the plaintiff’s petition to stall all processes relating to the football elections until a preliminary hearing is heard and otherwise.The LFA’s Election Committee, in a press release, which bore only the signature of Chairman Joseph without the signatures of the other two members qualified and disqualified applicants for the March 22, 2014 elections which is expected to be held in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.The release announcing the qualification of candidates said it was done following a very careful and rigorous screening process of documents submitted… as well as a review of the Liberia Football Association (LFA) Statutes, the Electoral Code and CAF and FIFA Statutes, the Elections Committee (has) placed a “hold” on five candidates for further clarification.Those concerned were, Cyrus N. Wright and Mr. Dee Maxwell S. Kemayah for inconsistencies with the signature and letterhead of one of the letters of nomination from Earth Angels and Korpu Beatrice Kpoto and Aliou Bah for educational requirements.Others were Adolph Lawrence and Alfred Sayon for double nominations by Garnerville FC, and they are contesting the post of the Vice President for Operations.The qualified 17 candidates are: for the Executive Committee Lemuel B. Sherman, Allian Klayee, Samuel Y. Karn, Ansu V.S. Dulleh, Rochell G.D. Woodson, Adolphus G. Harmon and Matthew Smith.The rest are Samuel Ashley, Wilmot Smith, Yanqueh S. Borsay, Urias Glaybo, Mustapha I. Raji, D. Sheba Browne, Wallace G. Weiah and Ciata A. Bishop – Female Representative to the Executive Committee.Incumbent football Chief H. Musa Bility was the only applicant while for the Vice President for Administration, sitting Musa Shannon and Sekou Konneh of BYC are eligible to run for the position.The Elections Committee assured candidates of expeditious, fair and independent examination their written concerns and in accordance with all relevant statutes, laws and codes as well as taking into account individual and collective reputation will act for the common good of football in Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Former Commerce Minister Miatta Beysolow and former LPRC Managing Director, T. Nelson WilliamsA hearing that would determine the merits and demerits of a US$2million criminal appearance bond posted by Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACCICO) to prevent former Commence Minister Miatta Beyslow and former Managing Director of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC), Nelson Williams, and two other former government officials from going to jail, will take place today at Criminal Court ‘C’ at the Temple of Justice.The proceeding will also afford ACCICO the opportunity to justify its bond, which government lawyers contend it lacks the legal right to post the bond.Beyslow together with her alleged collaborators are indicted for their roles in the disappearance of over US$5.8million from the sale of the Japanese Oil Grant intended to improve social and economic development of the country.They are facing charges of economic sabotage, misapplication of entrusted property, criminal conspiracy and facilitation and violation of the Public Procurement Concession Commission (PPCC). If what government lawyers are pushing were anything for the court to go by, then it would authorize a new bond or send them to jail, pending posting of a new one.But, if the court denies government’s argument then the defendants would be subsequently arraigned before Judge Blamo Dixon to have the charges read to them in court.In their exception to the bond, prosecution argued that the insurance company that is serving as surety for the defendants ‘bail bond has not shown to the satisfaction of the court any legal authority and or evidence that the company has the ability and capacity to do so.”The prosecution further claimed that there is no statement of account(s) of ACCICO from any financial institution within the country and outside of Liberia attached to the bond to show evidence that it has the financial capacity to serve as surety as required under law. “The company has filed several bail bonds to secure the release and appearance of many defendants within the country and those cases for which it secured the bail are still pending before various courts in Liberia,” the prosecution noted.In their counter argument, defense lawyers said, their posting of US$2million bond meets the reasonable standard set by the Supreme Court, because the amount is clearly adequate and sufficient to secure the presence of the defendants as and when they are required by the court.They further argued that the Supreme Court held that a certificate from the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) in its capacity as the statutory regulation of insurance companies possesses assets within the Republic of Liberia sufficient to cover the obligation undertaken in the bond, exclusive of other bonds for which it is already serving as a surety, validate the bond.According to the defense lawyers, the CBL issued them a certificate confirming Accident and Casualty Insurance Company (ACCICO) has assets in the country in excess of US$3 million and the bank considered that they have sufficient assets in Liberia to cover the criminal appearance bond of US$2million which it issued on behalf of the defendants.They argued that the certificate from the CBL legally validates the defendants’ bond. They said, in compliance with the Insurance Act, ACCICO has submitted its audited financial statement for 2014 to the CBL, and it would also submit the audited financial statement for 2015 as mandated by the 2013 Insurance Act.They denied that the company has stood surety for other bonds in cases which are still pending before the court and which may affect its ability to act as the defendants’ surety.These are some of the legal arguments Judge Dixon will be hearing today and subsequently decide whether the bond is valid or not.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP), on Friday hosted a ‘We’re at your Door’ health fair with the aim of finding and treating persons who may be living with ‘silent killer’ conditions.The free health fair, which offered tests for blood pressure and sugar, HIV, VCT as well as eye, dental and mental health care, was held in the Ministry’s compound on Shiv Chanderpaul Drive, Georgetown.Medical Outreach Officer at the MoPH, Dr Eulalie Hinds said the workshop provides the much-needed opportunity for persons working in offices to get necessary medical screening.“A lot of persons wait until they are in a critical condition; where they would be rushed to the public hospital or emergency room… Some persons make it and some [do not] and that is very sad. That is why we try to do the outreaches, soStaff of the Ministry of the Presidency took advantage of the available medical screening on Friday morning at the health fairpersons can [begin] proper healthcare and preventative measures,” she said.Senior Medex at the Public Health Ministry, Karen Sears, like Dr Hinds, said the medical screenings promote disease prevention.“We’re visiting once a year to give a general check on the staff. We want to know what percentage of persons that [were] screened for different conditions, such as [irregular] blood pressure, [and high or low] blood sugar. If [they] really have a problem, we can [get into] prevention mode… We are trying to prevent conditions such as cervical cancer, breast cancer [and] filaria,” she said.Further, Government Medical Officer, Dr Merga Amsterdam, who attended the health fair to screen for cervical cancer, urged MoTP staff members to take advantage of the available medical care.“I hope that everyone would leave here with a better understanding of their health, because that is what we’re promoting. Get your sugar tested. Get your pressure tested… We are still pushing and advocating for all different types of cancer screening… and I would hope that everyone would take charge of their health,” Dr Amsterdam said.The ‘We’re at your Door’ initiative was started in June 2018 and, to date, has conducted health fairs at the Ministries of Agriculture, Social Protection, and Public Security, as well as the Parliament Buildings.
FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Government of Canada has announced that it will be investing in clean, renewable energy for remote and rural Indigenous communities in British Columbia.Federal Minister of Natural Resources, Amarjeet Sohi, has announced that the Government will be investing $1 million for Deh Tai Limited Partnership, the economic development company of the Fort Nelson First Nation.According to the Government, these investments will help position rural and remote communities to thrive in the low-carbon economy.- Advertisement -The Government says the project will focus on local energy planning to support a responsible and strategic transition away from diesel dependency and will improve the quality of life of community members.Funding for the project comes from the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program.For more information, you can visit the Government of Canada’s website.Advertisement
Later Wednesday, People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier is to appear for his own campaign debut in Toronto, alongside candidate Renata Ford, wife of the late populist Toronto mayor Rob Ford. At the dissolution of Parliament, the Liberals hold 177 seats, the Conservatives 95, the NDP 39, the Bloc 10 and the Greens 2. There are eight independents — including former Liberal cabinet ministers Jane Philpott and Jody Wilson-Raybould. The People’s Party of Canada has one seat and former New Democrat Erin Weir sits as a member of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. Five seats are vacant.The election is Oct. 21.The Canadian Press “I will always defend the public interest.”Before jumping on his own campaign plane this morning, a fired-up Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said the SNC-Lavalin story showcases his belief that Trudeau has lost the moral authority to govern.“Over the next five weeks I will be explaining the reasons why Justin Trudeau has lost that authority and our alternative plan,” he said in French.Scheer will spend Day 1 of the campaign in Quebec and Ontario, while Trudeau will head for Vancouver, the same place he launched his bid for election in 2015.Advertisement “We’ve done a lot together these past four years but the truth is we’re just getting started,” Trudeau said. “So Canadians have an important choice to make — will we go back to the failed policies of the past or will we continue to move forward?”Polls suggest the Liberals and Conservatives are running neck-and-neck, while the NDP and Greens are fighting for third.The NDP launched its campaign Wednesday in London, Ont., one of the regions of the province where New Democrats think they’ll be able to hold onto seats.Leader Jagmeet Singh accused Trudeau and Scheer of failing to live up to promises to help Canadians, saying the costs for everything are getting out of control.Advertisement “I believe we can do better,” Singh said.“But we can do that only if we have the courage to take on the powerful interests at the very top.”The Greens began in their own comfort zone of British Columbia, where Elizabeth May launched her campaign in Victoria.“This is the most important election in Canadian history,” May told about 200 cheering supporters.“We are going to stand firm. We will tell Canadians how serious the climate emergency is.”Advertisement OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau began his bid for re-election Wednesday by framing the next 40 days as a time for Canadians to make a choice: whether they want more of his sunny ways or a return to the gloomier days he says are characteristic of life under a Conservative government.But clouding over his optimism was the SNC-Lavalin scandal, given fresh life by a Globe and Mail report that the RCMP’s investigation into potential obstruction of justice in the matter has been limited by the shroud of cabinet confidence.Moments after emerging from Rideau Hall, where he asked Gov. Gen. Julie Payette to dissolve Parliament, Trudeau faced a barrage of fresh questions on the affair.- Advertisement -Asked what his government is hiding, Trudeau said his office gave the largest waiver of cabinet confidences in Canadian history but would not add anything more.He also declined to address what personal mistakes he might have made in the saga, which saw the ethics commissioner declare Trudeau broke the law by trying to influence a decision on whether the Quebec engineering firm should go to trial on charges related to alleged corrupt dealings in Libya.“My job as prime minister is to be there to stand up for and defend Canadians’ jobs,” he said.Advertisement
The recently published review by the RSA and Garda Siochana on road fatalities to date in 2015 is predicting that up to 100 people could be killed on our roads by the end of the year if the current trend continues.With 20 people killed on the roads in July, the worst month for road fatalities so far this year, this is a worrying increase.If this increase continues there will be up to 100 families dealing with the loss of a loved one before the end of 2015 but by taking responsibility for our actions and working together we can prevent this from happening.Figures recently released show that 15 drivers and 4 passengers killed in road traffic collisions were not wearing seatbelts. The painful reality is that some of the 19 people killed would be alive if they had only taken the few seconds it takes to clip on their seatbelt. All road users have long been warned that road traffic accidents don’t just happen – they are caused. Bad decisions, taking risks and reckless behaviour on the roads costs lives. 102 people have lost their lives to date in 2015.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council is urging all road users to stay safe, wear the appropriate safety clothing at all times when cycling and walking.“Slow down, never drive having consumed alcohol or drugs. Be aware of the warning signs of driver fatigue, know the risks and keep yourself and your family safe. Always wear your seatbelt and never use your mobile phone while driving. With the return to school only a short time away, parents should make road safety a priority in their Back to School preparations,” he said.DONEGAL ROAD SAFETY GROUP ISSUE APPEAL AFTER DRAMATIC INCREASE IN DEATHS was last modified: August 18th, 2015 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:DEATHSdonegalroad safetyWarning
Letterkenny District CourtA Polish man appeared in court after Gardai discovered cannabis hidden in his underpants.Krystian Reich, of 25 Fairgreen Park, Letterkenny was one of four men stopped by Gardai at Long Lane, Letterkenny on July 7th last. Gardai got a pungent smell of cannabis and when Reich was arrested he produced €20 worth of cannabis form his underpants.Letterkenny District Court heard the accused man, who is 18 years old, plans to return to Poland.Solicitor Michael Shiel said his client was not working and was not in receipt of social welfare payments.He asked Judge Paul Kelly if he would consider allowing Reich to make a donation to charity.Judge Kelly said if Reich paid €100 to St Vincent de Paul, he would strike the matter out.The case was adjourned until March.MAN FINED €100 AFTER DRUGS FOUND IN UNDERPANTS was last modified: February 8th, 2016 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:courtdonegaldrugsunderpants
SOUTH EL MONTE – Children played in the background as a mother of eight leaned on an old wooden fence Monday and discussed with three other residents of the Avalon Trailer Park how to fend off the park owner’s bid to move them out. Should they hire an attorney? How much does an attorney cost? What does the law say? “The city is anxious to have it removed,” she said. The 70-year-old park houses mostly wheeled trailers that can be towed behind a truck. A few are at least 30 years old. Many small trailers house families, including one family with eight kids and another with four. Some residents, who declined to give their names, said they feel confused about what to do next. They do not think $3,000 will be enough to rent a new place and move their trailers and belongings. City Councilman Hector Delgado denied the city had pushed for the sale of the property, saying a private company, Primestor, was trying to assemble land in the area for a commercial project. He said the developer has been fair with landowners and has donated cash to several area charities. “I realize that financially, this is going to be very tough for these people,” Delgado said. “They were probably paying between $400 and $600 for their spaces at the park. And they probably will not be able to find anything else like that in the San Gabriel Valley.” He said Primestor agreed at the request of the City Council to increase relocation costs from an initial proposal of $1,250 to $2,250. Mayor Blanca Figueroa said the city and the developers must do a better job to reach out to the people at the park. “It bothered me that all they got was a letter at first,” she said. “We should have had someone out there. I think we need to realize that some of these people do not read in English or Spanish.” firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2703160Want 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 MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsWould a $3,000 relocation fee be enough to get a new place? The 50 or so people who live at the half-acre park on Durfee Road about a mile north of the Pomona (60) Freeway in South El Monte are trying cope with the news that they have a year at most to move out of their wheeled homes and make way for developers. The city has worked with Avalon Trailer Park property owner Linda Griegorian to create a plan to relocate the residents and clear the property for Primestor, a Beverly Hills- based development company that specializes in development in Latino neighborhoods. The plan approved by the City Council calls for families to be paid a baseline fee of $2,250, according to a relocation plan filed with the city. Families would also get $60 for every year they lived in the park and another $500 if they move out before August. State law mandates relocation costs when a mobile home is closed. Residents have a year to leave, according to the plan. Griegorian’s attorney, Elaine Alston, said the city pressured her client to sell the park to a developer.