Crouch, 6ft 7in, towers above tiny Cole as pundits leave viewers in hysterics

first_imgLatest Premier League newsExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsLive BlogTOON LATESTNewcastle takeover LIVE: Follow all the latest updates in Saudi sagaLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidHEAT IS OFFHeaton will miss Aston Villa’s 10-game relegation dogfight with knee injuryPASSED THE TESTHuge boost to Project Restart with ZERO positive results in new Covid testsAnd another user typed: “Joe Cole next to Peter Crouch isn’t fair.”Mourinho is desperate to get the best out of the likes of Eric Dier and Dele Alli who struggled during the latter stages of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign in North London.But the future of Christian Eriksen still needs to get sorted with the Dane out of contract next summer and left on the bench for the derby at West Ham.2 Cole and Crouch played alongside each other for England including at the 2006 World Cup in GermanyCredit: ReutersJose Mourinho asked Dele Alli ‘are you Dele or his brother-’ as he bids to get Spurs star firing again They put Joe Cole next to Peter Crouch. Seriously. 🤣— The Wheel Of DOOM (@wheel_doom) November 23, 2019 BT SPORT viewers were left in hysterics before West Ham’s clash with Tottenham – as Peter Crouch towered over fellow pundit Joe Cole.Rather than sit next to each other around a table as usual, the pair stood side-by-side in the studio at the London Stadium.2 Peter Crouch had viewers in hysterics as as he loomed over fellow BT Sport pundit Joe ColeCredit: BT SportAnd fans could not stop laughing as the 6ft 7in star made the former Hammer look tiny.Cole is not the biggest at around 5ft 9in but is still almost a foot shorter than his former England team-mate.So it was little surprise Twitter was focused on the difference in height between the pundits rather than the difference Jose Mourinho will make on his first game in charge of Spurs.One wrote: “BT producers pretty openly stitching up Joe Cole today…”Another said: “Shall we get them to sit down. Nah, it won’t look like Joe Cole is miles away stood next to Crouch.”A third added: “Are you taking the p*** by making Joe Cole stand between Peter Crouch & Jake Humphrey? The lad looks like an oompa-loompa.”In another Roald Dahl-related comment, one commented: “Stood next to Joe Cole, Peter crouch looks like the kid out of willy wonka and the chocolate factory after he’s been stretched.”One went with: “They put Joe Cole next to Peter Crouch. Seriously.”Stood next to Joe Cole, Peter crouch looks like the kid out of willy wonka and the chocolate factory after he’s been stretched.— Sullyyyyyyy (@sullyy1992) November 23, 2019last_img read more

Granada will use Germán’s second yellow against Barça

first_imgTo try to avoid punishment, Granada will present an appeal to Competition with the aim of having that second warning withdrawn, they confirmed Efe from the club.Germán himself showed his discomfort this Monday in his personal account from Twitter for the expulsion suffered in a match in which he saw yellow paths in the only two fouls he committed and in which no player from Barcelona was cautioned.“Proud of this team that competed as far as he could or where they left him,” said the rojiblanco central. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of January 20, 2020 Granada will appeal to the Competition Committee the second yellow card that saw its central Germán Sánchez in the match of this sunday against Barcelona, with the aim of being withdrawn and can participate in the clash of LaLiga next Saturday in the field of Seville.Germán was sent off by Madrid referee Valentín Pizarro Gómez in the 69th minute of the game for a double yellow card, the second of them for “knocking down an opponent in the form of the ball reckless “, as indicated by the arbitrator in the minutes.The rojiblanco team, who fell to Barcelona because of a goal scored by the Catalans shortly after the expulsion of Germán, not only did he stay with ten players at the Nou Camp but neither can count on the defender in the next clash against Sevila.last_img read more

Berrettini: “Does it help tennis players? Better families and hospitals”

first_img“I favor to help in additional complicated conditions, comparable to a hospital, a household in want, moderately than a tennis participant, even when there are a lot of gamers who want help and enter purple numbers. The undertaking is a really optimistic factor for tennis and reveals that the gamers additionally care about their colleagues from behind, “mentioned Berrettini in La Gazzetta dello Sport on the monetary assist plan for the gamers on the circuit promoted by Novak Djokovic.Lastly, the Italian was skeptical in regards to the return of tennis, though he confirmed that it will probably be on show in Florida subsequent Might: “Is the 2020 season over? I hope not, however I’ve massive doubts. I’m about to play, however the backside line now could be to cease the virus and then begin once more with regular tennis. I don’t assume restarting tournaments is price it, however it’s science that has to inform us. “ Two weeks in the past, Dominic Thiem He was criticized for some statements by which he said that he didn’t agree with the monetary assist to tennis gamers, particularly for many who aren’t professionals. “I favor to offer it to folks or establishments that basically want it”, the Austrian defined. Effectively, now the Italian Matteo Berrettini he appears to hitch this stream of opinion as his newest statements present.last_img read more

Public servants bowing to “political pressure” – former Minister

first_img2017 AG ReportAn examination of the 2017 Auditor General’s (AG) Report that was recently tabled in the National Assembly points to a large number of issues piled up on the already heavy stack of financial irregularities and breaches that have taken place under the coalition Government.Former Junior Finance Minister, Opposition MP Juan Edghill, says public accounting officers are bowing to political pressureBut even more worrying is the fact that public servants, mainly Permanent Secretaries, Regional Executive Officers (REO) and other public accounting officers, may be bowing to ‘political pressure,’ says former Junior Finance Minister and Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Juan Edghill.“It is a clear case that accounting officers are either unaware of what are their roles and/or they are succumbing to pressure from their ministers…or we have a situation of ‘I don’t care a dam’ approach to the management of the finances of the State,” he told <> on Sunday.The former minister said that having studied aspects of the report, he has come to a conclusion that this is a worrying development which could possibly become more widespread.Edghill has said that if public servants are under any such pressure, they must come to the fore and say it.“Let people know how this country is being mismanaged, and how politics and intimidation and bullyism (are) being used to twist the arms of public officials to act in a manner that is inimical to their mandate and the public’s interest,” he has advised.Edghill says he has noticed recklessness, violations that are unheard of, mismanagement, and a high degree of incompetence in some of what has been recorded in the AG report. The first matter he pointed to involved the highly controversial D’Urban Park project. He recalled that Government went to Parliament to seek a supplementary provision of $5 million to pay a debt that was incurred by Homestretch Development Inc, which was developing the D’Urban Park project. The question was asked by the Opposition, how the money will be transferred.“Here, the AG is saying that the Permanent Secretary who is in charge of this budget agency of Public Infrastructure cut cheques and sent (them) directly to Homestretch Development Inc, and there was nothing attached to those payments to show how the money was disbursed,” he noted.Put on noticeEdghill therefore questioned why a Permanent Secretary would make such a reckless move. “Or is this PS under political pressure to do something that he knows that he will have to answer to at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC)? So I can put him on notice: ‘See you soon!’”Another controversial matter that Edghill pointed to is the sole-sourcing, in June 2017, of $366.9 million in emergency drugs to HDM Labs, an entity that was handpicked over three other companies that had gone through tendering and were declared to have failed the evaluation process.“That is what you call a fixed arrangement. They ended up paying $100 million more on the same items (than) if they had gone to a next supplier providing the same items.“Why would a Permanent Secretary breach procurement laws to expend $100 million more for the procurement of drugs? To that PS, I say to you: ‘See you at PAC! We will discuss it further’.”The MP also pointed to another glaring case of financial mismanagement in the Berbice region, where the price for the work of a contractor and the engineer’s estimate were item for item, line for line identical. “What is worse, he does the work and signs the contract. Which REO could authorise a work, and when the work is completed you sign the contract?” he questioned. He continued, “So public officials are making these decision as if they don’t have to answer or account; or they should come to the public and do so like the General Manager of the Demerara Harbour Bridge did when he said he was instructed by Minister David Patterson (Public Infrastructure) to sign the contract for the feasibility study without the board’s knowledge.”The former Junior Finance Minister said it is also perplexing how — in an environment wherein people are expected to be accountable, and based on the David Granger-led Administration’s promise to be accountable and transparent — accounting officers are acting recklessly.The Opposition MP said public officers have to be mindful that they are governed by the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, and have a responsibility to their country. (Samuel Sukhnandan)last_img read more

60% of Lindeners not paying rates and taxes – Mayor

first_imgLinden Mayor Waneka Arrindell said that at least 60 per cent of Lindeners was not paying their rates and taxes and several businesses in the community owed millions to the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) municipality.Speaking with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Arrindell noted that this was a major issue for the Linden Mayor and Town Council (LM&TC), which she said was working towards the establishment of its municipal court, in an effort to secure outstanding payments.Arrindell also appealed to members of the community to settle outstanding balances as soon as possible as she highlighted numerous effects this has on the Council.Linden Mayor Waneka Arrindell“One of the major difficulties we’re facing is the fact that there’s still 60 per cent of the residents not paying their rates and taxes. We only have a 40 per cent pay rate right now. And this is since we’ve been here. From 2016 to now. Sixty per cent of the taxes not paid. What we’ve found is that persons in the areas who are not under the municipality are willing to come in and start paying their taxes. But residents who are under the municipality are the ones not coming out to pay,” the Mayor said.She added that the rates and taxes were inexpensive, as she pointed out that rates for households start from as low as $1000 and $1200 per year. She also reminded residents that from funds garnered, the municipality is expected to carry out maintenance functions such as garbage disposal and every other service that it offers.“So, we want to encourage the residents to come out and pay their rates and taxes. Of course, also, your rates and taxes payment is going to determine the payment of the salaries for the members of the staff, because we’re not given money by the Government to pay staff. Every municipality has to garner their own funds to pay their staff and at this point … we still can’t meet the minimum wage. There’re some promises we made last year and we still cannot come up with it, because persons are not paying their rates and taxes,” Arrindell continued.AmnestyShe added that the municipality would have granted amnesty on rates and taxes last month, and during this month defaulting taxpayers were being offered 10 per cent off.“There are persons who owe us in millions. We have businesses that owe us up to millions. We’re going to attempt too – before this first quarter is over – to have our Municipal Court established. Because once our Municipal Court is established, then we’re going to be able to charge and fine people for the outstanding monies that they owe us. I cannot say why people are not paying, but it is my hope that they would start to pay and understand the importance of paying,” the Mayor stated.She noted that while there was poor sanitation in the past, the municipality now has four compactor trucks which are functional. As such, she said, it is doing far better in terms of services offered to the community. Arrindell noted, however, that in order to service and maintain the equipment, more staff has to be hired, hence more finance is needed. She encourages residents to pay up as much as they possibly can. The Mayor also noted that there were plans to increase rates and taxes across the country.“We are in the process, and this should be finished by June of this year – the Government is re-evaluating all lands. Once that evaluation is done, there’s going to be an increase in rates and taxes across the country. Because we’re right now paying at the 1976 rates and taxes, which is not suitable for what is happening now. Hopefully by mid- year, we’ll have those new rates and taxes set and then we’re going to start our improvement – increasing our rates. Of course, we’ll try our best to make sure that the increase is not exorbitant that it affects our residents significantly, but it must be able to at least pan out,” she said.According to Arrindell, the Council runs on a stable budget and will work to establish what its needs are and will incrementally work on increases.last_img read more

PPP will stick with traditional way of selecting presidential candidate – Jagdeo

first_imgVarious concerns have arisen about the process which will be used to select the next presidential candidate for the People’s Progressive Party (PPP), but that party’s General Secretary, Bharrat Jagdeo, has made it clear that the system used since 1992 will remain the chosen one.“There is a longstanding tradition: The congress selects the central committee and the central committee choses the candidate,” Jagdeo told a media conference on Thursday.Charles Ramson JrHe said this system, which was introduced by the party some 25 years ago under the leadership of the late Dr Cheddi Jagan, still obtains today.“So I doubt that is going to change for these elections, because that is the position. I tell you this because it seems as though many people, in speculating about how the candidate would be chosen, are not aware of this process,” he explained.The PPP General Secretary maintained that the party remains committed to the highest levels of transparency, accountability and democracy as it undertakes the process of selecting its next presidential nominee.“That’s the process we have used, and from all indications, that is the process we will use again to select the next candidate; unless the central committee itself decides to change that procedure,” he added.Jagdeo said the chances of people entering the race for the candidacy are possible, as this has been a longstanding practice of the PPP.“But at the end of the day, it is how many votes you muster there from the 35 (central committee members) that will matter in a democratic fashion. That person will emerge as the candidate.”Nevertheless, Jagdeo said a special meeting will be convened shortly with 15 of the most senior party members to start planning for the 2020 elections and hold discussions about presidential candidacy.AnnouncementMeanwhile, in regard to Charles Ramson Jnr recently announcing his desire to become the PPP presidential candidate, Jagdeo said the former MP has departed from the party’s tradition.Just days after the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) had handed down a decision in the third term presidential case, the former PPP MP announced his bid to contest for the candidacy.He said Guyana needs high-quality leadership: leadership that exudes integrity, passion, vision; and leadership that is technically sound across many key disciplines. He said he fits these criteria, and in addition to that he is young, and will bring fresh leadership to the table.However, while the PPP General Secretary has explained that anyone from the party would be allowed to compete for the candidacy, he said a prospective contender would first have to be nominated.Asked to comment on Ramson’s announcement, Jagdeo said the presidential hopeful has strayed from the PPP longstanding tradition of employing an internal process to elect their presidential candidate.“We have a way of approaching these matters. This is a departure from that approach that we have always used in the past,” Jagdeo stated.Jagdeo said the presidential candidate for the PPP is usually elected through a secret ballot process that involves the 35-member Central Committee. He stressed that it has always been an internal process.Pressed for a comment on Ramson’s statement, and whether Jagdeo thinks Ramson is suitable for the position of presidential candidate, Jagdeo declined.“I am sure he recognises that if he doesn’t secure what he thinks he is eligible for, he will support the candidate who emerges out of that process,” Jagdeo said.The former Head of State rejected claims that Ramson would want to jump ship if he is not supported for the presidential candidate position by saying, “He will be leaving a prosperous ship for a sinking one.”He noted also that all PPP presidential candidates or those desirous of becoming one must be modest. He used Prime Minister and former PPP Executive Moses Nagamootoo as an example of someone who does not fit that post.“One thing we’ve frowned upon though is lack of modesty among people who are presidential hopefuls…I see some people saying they have nominations. Once they are nominated, they will be considered; but to be modest (is important) in the process. We don’t want to be the Nagamootoo-type egos to govern how we approach this matter,” Jagdeo added.last_img read more

Mourinho still sticking by Sanchez to come good

first_img0Shares0000Alexis Sanchez has struggled for fitness and form in eight months at Manchester United © AFP / Oli SCARFFMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 2 – Jose Mourinho believes Alexis Sanchez will recover his form and fitness for Manchester United, but insists he had no input into the Chile forward’s decision to skip his country’s upcoming friendly internationals.Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda claimed this week the United forward pulled out of games in Asia against Japan and South Korea on the explicit advice of the Old Trafford medical staff. Sanchez suffered an unspecified training injury that ruled him out of United’s disappointing defeat at Brighton two weeks ago.And he was only fit enough for a cameo appearance off the bench in an even more demoralising 3-0 home loss to Tottenham on Monday as United plunged into an early season crisis.Sanchez’s decision not to go away with Chile has met with Mourinho’s approval, although the United manager denied Rueda’s claims that the club pressured him to do so.“I didn’t ask and I never ask players not to go,” said Mourinho.“I never contact national teams for players not to go. It’s a personal thing between him and the national manager.“At the same time, coming from injury he feels that for him it is a much needed two weeks off.“He is still in condition to play against Burnley but he feels that after that he needs two weeks to put himself in good shape.“And because they are friendly matches in Asia, they made a decision for his good and by consequence for our good, for him not to go.”Sanchez’s signature was a stunning coup for United in January, as they beat off strong competition from neighbours Manchester City by offering the player reportedly the most lucrative wage in Premier League history.However, Sanchez has so far struggled to match the hype or the heights he did with former club Arsenal.The 29-year-old has scored just three times in 20 appearances for Mourinho, but his manager still has faith that he will return to show supporters his true ability.“I hope so. I hope we can see it,” said Mourinho. “He had a good pre-season, he had a good start to the season.“Then he had a small injury that kept him out and then he came just one day before Tottenham, and he comes into the game with the result 2-0. Let’s see from now.“He is committed, he is focused. He works hard. I believe he will improve.”– 35 matches to play –Under pressure: Jose Mourinho needs a positive result away at Burnley on Sunday © AFP / Oli SCARFFSunday would be a fine time for Sanchez to repay Mourinho’s faith as the Portuguese travels to Burnley’s Turf Moor desperately needing a positive result to ease the feeling his days in charge could be numbered.Mourinho predicted United would suffer a “difficult” season when he wasn’t backed as much as he would have liked in the transfer market, but believes there has been an over-reaction to two straight defeats.“I said that in the summer before the competition started,” he added.“It’s not especially (difficult) now. Two defeats are two defeats. We still have 35 matches to play.”A bad week for United was compounded by a tough Champions League draw alongside Juventus, a resurgent Valencia and Swiss champions Young Boys.However, Juve’s visit to Manchester on October 23 will ensure an emotional return to Old Trafford for Cristiano Ronaldo.Mourinho was Real Madrid boss when Ronaldo scored against his former club for the Spanish giants in 2012 and is confident he will relish another hero’s reception.“I think he will like it,” said Mourinho. “He was happy to come back when he was at Real Madrid.“He comes back to do a job for them, like he did for Real Madrid. But I think he is very happy to come.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Inter travel without fans, racism, violence mar x-mas football

first_imgIt follows violence before Wednesday’s clash against Napoli at the San Siro which resulted in a fan’s death, with the game overshadowed by racist chanting towards Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly.For the second consecutive year Serie A has broken with tradition, playing matches over Christmas and the New Year like the English Premier League.The initiative has proved a big hit with the public attracting fans en masse to stadiums.But the worst was reserved for the game which should have been the highlight of the Boxing Day fixture list in Italy between title-chasing Napoli and Inter Milan at the San Siro.An Inter supporter was killed after being struck by a car amid brawling between rival fans before the game with tensions high on the pitch after Koulibaly was repeatedly subjected to monkey chants.Napoli asked for the match to be halted, without success, and the team finished with nine men as Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne were both sent off late on.Substitute Lautaro Martinez struck in the 91st minute to give Inter a 1-0 victory, a result that meant Napoli failed to capitalise on Juventus dropping points in a 2-2 draw at Atalanta.Inter insisted that the club has “always said no to any form of discrimination,” but tensions are now running high going into the final round of matches before a three-week winter break in Italy.Inter have been ordered to play two matches behind closed doors and another game with their North Stand closed.As for second-placed Napoli, five points clear of Inter despite the ill-tempered defeat, they host Bologna without Koulibaly.The Senegalese defender will serve a two-match ban for his sending off, after seeing a second yellow card for sarcastically applauding the referee.Insigne is also suspended while captain Marek Hamsik is expected to miss the game with a thigh injury he sustained against Inter.– Juve face Samp test –Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 12 league goal for Juventus © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOUnbeaten Juventus face a tricky test in their final game of 2018 as they host in-form Sampdoria, in fifth, with the Genoa club looking for a fourth consecutive league win.The seven-time reigning champions have dropped points just twice this season, being held by Genoa at home and Atalanta midweek.Ronaldo will start Saturday’s game after coming off the bench to score a late equaliser as 10-man Juventus salvaged a draw in Bergamo to move nine points clear of Napoli.But Sampdoria striker Fabio Quagliarella will be looking to test himself against Ronaldo, having scored 11 goals this season, including nine in the past eight games.Lazio, in fourth, host Europa League hopefuls Torino, with AC Milan, who have slipped to sixth, desperate for a win at home against struggling SPAL.Milan’s push for a top-four finish took a hit as Gennaro Gattuso’s side were held to an uneventful 0-0 draw at struggling Frosinone.The seven-time European champions have now failed to score in four consecutive league games for the first time since 1984.“Three days ago we were one point from our Scudetto, which is the Champions League,” said Gattuso.“Mistakes happen, the important thing is to remedy them and make yourself available again. I think it’s a mental issue … fear has taken over.”Roma, in seventh but just four points off the Champions League places, travel to promoted Parma looking to build on their 3-1 win over Sassuolo.Elsewhere bottom club Chievo will be targeting their first top-flight win when they host Frosinone, just above them in the table.Fixtures SaturdayJuventus v Sampdoria (2:30pm), Chievo v Frosinone, Empoli v Inter Milan, Genoa v Fiorentina, Lazio v Torino, Parma v AS Roma, Sassuolo v Atalanta, Udinese v Cagliari (all 1400), Napoli v Bologna (8pm), AC Milan v SPAL (10:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Inter Milan captain Mauro Icardi (L) comforts Napoli’s Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly amid racist chanting at the San Siro © AFP/File / Marco BERTORELLOMILAN, Italy, Dec 28 – Inter Milan travel to Tuscany side Empoli on Saturday without their fans after racism and violence overshadowed Christmas football in the Italian league.Police in Florence said that visiting Inter supporters would not be allowed to attend this weekend’s match against promoted Empoli with the away stand closed.last_img read more

October tax deadline is looming, are you ready?

first_imgHundreds of thousands of Irish people have their calculators at the ready as the clocks tick on towards an important date. Thankfully, the expert team at The Tax Clinic in Letterkenny and Killybegs are here to help with a guide to filing returns:The upcoming pay-and-file deadline marks the date by which taxpayers must file their return for 2016. The self-assessment system of taxation applies not just to the self–employed, but to anyone with income from sources that are not chargeableunder pay as you earn (PAYE). So those with rental income, farming income, foreign incomes must also get their financial house in order in the coming weeks.Pay and File:Under the ‘pay and file’ system, October 31st, 2017 is the date by which you must pay1. Any balance of income tax owing for 20162. Preliminary tax for the tax year 20173. It is also the date by which you must file your tax return for 2016. Not just for the Self-Employed:Traditionally, filing a tax return is seen as something that the self-employed do at this time of year. However, even if you are an employee, you could still need to file a return. Failing to do so could result in penalties, so make sure you find out in plenty of time if you have a requirement to make a return.Surcharge for Late Returns:You must return the completed 2016 Tax Return on or before 31 October 2017 to avoid a surcharge. If your Return is late the surcharge, which is added on to your tax due, is:• 5% of the tax due where the Return is submitted after 31 October 2017 andon or before 31 December 2017.• 10% of the tax due, where the Return is submitted after 31 December 2017.WWW.THETAXCLINIC.IE was founded in February 2010 by Michael Coll & Mabel McHugh. The Tax Clinic is the only business in the Northwest that specialises in completing Tax Returns for small businesses and Paye workers with additional income. As Chartered Tax Advisers we have the knowledge and experience to assist you with all your taxation needs. Our offices are based at the High Road Letterkenny and Main Street Killybegs. Letterkenny – 074 9160550Killybegs – 074 9732055The Tax Clinic Letterkenny October tax deadline is looming, are you ready? was last modified: October 4th, 2017 by Staff WriterShare 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)last_img read more

Supervisors OK pot clubs

first_imgA decade after California voters legalized medical marijuana, Los Angeles County supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to regulate dispensaries in unincorporated areas, effectively lifting a countywide ban on the facilities. Dozens of medical marijuana advocates hailed the vote as they gathered in the rain outside the Hall of Administration, some lighting up joints. Advocates said that even despite the ban, dozens of dispensaries have been operating throughout the county, including one recently in Hacienda Heights. “\ represents a major step forward,” said Don Duncan, a spokesman for the Hacienda Heights dispensary closed by the county last year. “This ordinance puts the county of Los Angeles ahead of the curve on this issue.” Under the new rules, dispensaries must obtain valid business licenses to operate. They also must obtain minor conditional-use permits to operate in commercial, industrial and residential zones. The dispensaries may not be within 1,000 feet of schools, youth facilities, churches and parks, and must have signs, adequate lighting, a security system and guards. The dispensaries can provide customers with edible marijuana and customers can smoke marijuana on site as long as there is a separate, well-ventilated room. They also must distribute the owners’ name and emergency contact phone number to neighbors in case of problems. A public hearing before the Regional Planning Commission will be held if two or more nearby property owners protest. Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich cast the sole dissenting vote, saying he wanted complaints to go before the Board of Supervisors. “We have an opportunity to allow the community to be involved in deciding the impact on them,” Antonovich said. “To have it decided by a non-elected body does not allow the community to be engaged. The supervisors sought to regulate the dispensaries after sheriff’s deputies and health officials reported some have been the sites of illegal activities. City News Service contributed to this story. (213) 974-8985 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more