Newlyn Thu, 02 Dec 2021 03:51:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Newlyn 32 32 Remember when 12-1-2021 – Clear Lake Mirror Reporter Wed, 01 Dec 2021 16:58:42 +0000

by Michelle Watson

25 years ago

November 1996

Just about anything that could go wrong happened on Wednesday as firefighters fought a losing battle against smoke, flames, location and weather. In the end, they resigned themselves to seeing the main pavilion of the Open Bible Camp, located in Ventura Heights, burnt down.

Five unique Clear Lake homes will be fully decorated for the holidays and ready to welcome visitors for “A Vacation Home Tour… A Showcase of Festive Christmas Designs.” The event is sponsored by French and Spanish students from Clear Lake High School. Tickets cost $ 10. Homes shown include Scott and Julie Stauffacher House, 304 3rd Ave. NOT.; Larry and Becky Weakland’s home, 44 Four Winds Drive; Dr. Rob and Judy Gross Home, 927 N. Shore Drive; Dr. Fred and Edna Oakley’s Home, 1817 N. Shore Drive; and Charlie and Kathy MacNider’s house, 441 N. Shore Drive.

The stamping craze is all around us, and people are personalizing greeting cards, wrapping paper, gift bags, gift tags and more by decorating with stamps. Kim Larson, owner of the Ben Franklin store in Clear Lake, said she has plenty of stamps.

The Christmas season kicks off in a unique style on Saturday as Clear Lake holds its second annual lakeside Christmas celebration. Last year, the idea of ​​having an open house weekend and lighted parade exceeded even the expectations of first-year organizers. The enthusiasm for the event was so high that planning began almost immediately for an even bigger celebration in 1996.

Clear Lake wrestlers will be cheered on this season by college cheerleaders Danielle Roper, Holly Melhus, Ali Secory, Laura Maring and Angie Doebel.

Former Clear Lake football coaches Ben Gustafson, Kris Lamond, JR Korenberg and Chris Treloar were all freshmen on the Waldorf Warrior football team.

A few years have now passed since the switch from six-on-six to five-on-five and the Clear Lake women’s basketball team are looking to capitalize on the progress they have made in recent years. Last season, the Lions finished with a 4-16 overall record under head coach Lynne Campbell. Returnees include Erin Pleggenkuhle, Jess Rechkemmer, Rachel Handeland, Lani Grabinski and Steph Eliasen.

After a successful 15-6 basketball season, the Ventura girls are entering a year of rebuilding, according to sophomore coach Tim Larson. The Lady Vikes have the daunting task of replacing their entire starting lineup compared to last year’s squad. The team has a senior, Danielle Hughes, who was not on the team last season. Juniors Angie Avery, Margo Kresin, Jami Sonney and Michaela Schoning will lead the way. Second-year students Emily Hiscocks and Tiffany Larsen should also have some play time.

Wilcox Furniture is offering 35% storewide off Saturday, December 7th for the Lakeside Christmas celebration. Also, sign up to receive a free grandfather clock.

Just in time for Christmas presents, a new shipment of Afghans from Clear Lake arrived. The Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and the Retiree and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) together offer unique, loom-woven and custom-designed Afghani landmarks and attractions in Clear Lake.

50 years ago

November 1971

The island, now known as ‘Woodford Island’, was ceded to the state last week by Ms LE (Esther) Ashland. The 2.9-acre property has been in the Woodford family since 1897 and will be maintained in its natural state by the State Conservation Commission.

“Meals on Wheels,” a non-profit community food service for people with disabilities and the elderly, kicked off Monday in Clear Lake. Ten elderly people received hot midday meals from female volunteers.

The Clear Lake boys’ basketball team opened the season with a victory over Belmond, 76-43. Brad Arends was Clear Lake’s top scorer with 24 points. Chris Larsen added 15.

University of Iowa basketball coach Dick Schultz is looking for a lot of leadership from senior forward Ken Grabinski of Clear Lake. The 6’6 “210 pounds has 233 points and 153 rebounds in 38 college games for the Hawkeyes.

75 years ago

November 1946

CE Mosher, director of the Lake Theater, has announced that there will be a special children’s show on Saturday. “The Hoosier Schoolboy”, starring Mickey Rooney, will be screened, along with a Walt Disney cartoon, “Chicken Little”.

Hunters in northern Iowa have found the cost of an early start to the pheasant season quite high. A hunter who shot a bird from his car was fined $ 25. If he had touched it, the charge would have been $ 100.

The Chamber of Commerce Christmas Festival committee purchased 1,500 feet of Christmas ropes to decorate the streets.

Mrs. Jack Barnes received the award for Best Old Time Costume at the Today’s Club reunion. Ms. Earl Mack gave a lesson on the history of Clear Lake.

100 years ago

November 1921

In Lincoln Township, a number of farmers are complaining about stolen chickens. There appears to be an organized gang prone to this type of theft.

The corn market is at a point where burning the crop for fuel can become a pressing necessity. Twenty-five-cent corn will only be a short distance away buying charcoal from companies that have yet to learn the war is over.

NE Kendall, Governor of Iowa, proclaimed Thursday, November 24, Thanksgiving Day.

Careless or indifferent hunters on John Sherf’s farm slaughtered one of his cows. John is in the arms and we don’t blame him. Anyone found hunting on their farm will be prosecuted with all the rigors of the law.

On Thursday there will be a meeting at Town Hall to review plans to protect resort properties around the lake. The owners are tired of break-ins and looting of summer cottages during the winter months.

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Fewer delays for passengers thanks to pilot of £ 4million Network Rail management system Wed, 01 Dec 2021 09:47:20 +0000

Network Rail’s new £ 4million pilot project saw the integration of their traffic management system with GWR’s crew and inventory management system.

A first for the UK rail industry, the pilot project is an excellent example of prioritizing passenger and freight users by integrating Worldline ‘Intergrale’ crew and stock software with the ‘Lumate’ rail traffic management system. »Developed by Resonate.

The innovative pilot was funded by Network Rail and the Department of Transport’s (DfT) National Productivity Investment Fund and will be tested on Network Rail’s west route between Paddington and Bristol, Reading and Oxford.

The benefits of the program will also have a positive impact on Great Western Railway (GWR) rail services on the West Paddington to Penzance route, including services in Devon, Cornwall, Oxfordshire, Thames Valley, Cotswolds , Wiltshire and South Wales.

“Lumate” was first used on Network Rail’s West Route in 2018, and its integration with “Intergrale” for the pilot will bring real-time information in one place allowing Network Rail and GWR teams to ” have the same view of the train plan and assignment. rolling stock and crew within a single system.

Whether services are running on time or late, the combination of systems will make it much easier to uncover resource conflicts and service gaps. The use of visual cues and data sharing used in the pilot project will enable the collaborative work of the Network Rail and GWR teams to manage and deliver the rail fleet and services along the West Route. .

At the end of the pilot project in February 2022, the results will be reviewed and shared with the rail industry. A second step will follow the project which will start in April 2022 and will see the introduction of a Connected Driver Advisory System (CDAS), which will provide live information to drivers in the cabins of Class 387 and 802 GWR trains and enable them to receive messages, informing them of schedule or route changes as well as stations to call.

Mike Gallop, Director of Route and Strategic Operations for Network Rail Western, said: “Our priority is to welcome passengers back to the railroad, and to do that, we must provide reliable service. I am delighted that we are showing leadership in the industry to carry out this innovative and revolutionary project that will help make this priority a reality. The way the Network Rail and GWR systems work together to manage operational services as well as trains and crews is a UK first.

“This project is an example of the type of cross-sector developments that I would like to see more of. It was delivered quickly, building on existing technology, and utilized the expertise and skills of all project partners. I expect passengers to see the benefits as we support control and signaling teams in their decision making, providing a more complete picture of current rail operations that will provide more reliable service.

“Thank you to the Ministry of Transport for supporting this project in its development.

James Bain, CEO of Worldline UK&I and Chairman of the Rail Data Council, said: “Time is the one thing you can’t buy more of. Nothing is more precious, and it is our responsibility to work together to demonstrate that we respect clients’ time, which this project facilitates through open data exchange.

“The Williams-Shapps plan is a clear call for the industry to improve rail and we are proud to be part of a meaningful and practical first industry that achieves this, by connecting data to ensure that trains have a chance to run on time.

“Open data exchange is already being used in industries and markets around the world for the benefit of consumers and we are now offering it to UK railways to improve the customer experience against fierce competition and a fight for recovery . “

Anna Ince, CEO of Resonate, said: “We have worked with Network Rail Western Route to ensure that our Luminate traffic management system helps improve performance.

“This collaboration is now extended to GWR and Worldline, and through the exchange of open data, the solution will allow Network Rail and Great Western employees to manage and deliver every train service, every day with more confidence than the decisions they make. are the right ones for the customer.

GWR Performance Director Barry Milsom said: “We were really impressed with the pilot at the start of the deployment. For the first time, we have a single standardized system between the rail operator and Network Rail that helps us identify all train performance risks in one place.

“Ultimately, we hope this will result in more punctual and reliable service for customers. We look forward to seeing the results of this pilot program next year, which will inform our next steps. “

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Penzance Mayor Christmas card contest winners revealed Tue, 30 Nov 2021 11:04:33 +0000

Ben Wood’s winning Christmas card from Mousehole Primary School (Image: Penzance City Council)

The winners of the Penzance Mayor Christmas Card Contest have been announced.

Cllr Jonathan How, Mayor of Penzance, chose seven winners, including one overall winner, from local school students in the parish who created Christmas card designs this year with the theme “Kindness at Christmas”.

After an invitation to all schools in Penzance, Cornwall, registrations were received from Gulval School, Heamoor Community Primary School, St Mary’s C of E School, St Mary’s Catholic Primary School , Mousehole Elementary School, Pensans CP School and Alverton Elementary School.

Out of 150 entries, Cllr How narrowed it down to seven and picked a winner from each of the seven schools that entered the contest.

The big winner, whose design was turned into Christmas cards for the mayor, is Ben Wood of Mousehole Elementary School.

Cllr How said, “We have had a really great response to the Christmas Card Contest this year. I realized that the task of choosing a winner would be very difficult when the dozens of entries were laid out in front of me. But it was wonderful to see how the children reacted to the theme “Kindness at Christmas”.

“Ben’s beautiful design was very poignant – reminding us of the enormous debt we owe the RNLI on this – the 40th anniversary of the Penlee lifeboat disaster.”

Ben’s winning design will be sent by the Mayor of Penzance across the Duchy and beyond, to Nevada City, California, to schools, community organizations, parish councilors and the military.

The winner from each school will receive a fully stocked art box and a personal letter from the mayor.

The winners of the 2021 Mayor’s Christmas Card Contest are:
Ben Wood of Mousehole Elementary School (Big Winner)
Esmae from Gulval School
Charlotte Tonkin of the Heamoor community primary
Joanna Stobbs from St Mary’s C of E School
Aria Griffiths of St Mary’s Catholic Primary
Ebony-Burley Daniel from Pensans CP School
Adam H from Alverton Elementary School

December 19, 2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the Penlee lifeboat disaster when the crew of the Solomon Browne lifeboat and Union Star coaster were tragically lost.

Donations are welcome to build a new granite memorial in their memory at

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Advisor calls for more to be done to end violence against women and girls Tue, 30 Nov 2021 06:00:00 +0000

A counselor says she hopes a motion calling for an end to violence against women and girls will get more people talking about the issue.

Thalia Marrington brought forward the motion for today’s (November 30) Cornwall Council meeting which calls on Council to do more work to tackle the issue.

Cllr Marrington said she was inspired to enter politics after being frustrated by the reaction to Sarah Everard’s murder earlier this year.

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She said after getting “fed up with screaming on the radio” she decided to run for Cornwall Council.

And after being elected Councilor to Mousehole, Newlyn and St Buryan, she now wanted to shine a light on the issue of violence against women and girls.

The Liberal Democrat adviser said she was also keen to try to encourage more women to get involved in local politics.

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In the motion, Cllr Marrington said, “Too often the approach taken to tackling this problem is simply to expect women to change their behavior; for example, to carry alarms, flag down a bus and cover their drinks. With 21% of all recorded crimes related to domestic violence in Devon and Cornwall (compared to a national average of 15%) and an estimate that 2/3 of victims of domestic violence do not even report it, this means that a large and growing number of people are unsafe in their own homes and are not reporting it.

“There isn’t enough discussion that men change their behavior and choose NOT to rape / abuse / augment / kill. “

Speaking about the motion ahead of the meeting, she said: “My motion doesn’t ask for anything extraordinary, but I don’t want it to be just a token gesture.”

She said that while she recognized that the council and the Safer Cornwall Partnership were doing a lot to try to address issues of domestic violence and violence against women and girls, she felt more people should support this.

And she said there was a need for more education for children and youth on what is acceptable behavior.

She said: “We need more in schools to talk about what a healthy relationship is and what respectful behavior is. It’s not about demonizing men, it’s about accepting that we have a problem.

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Since filing her motion, Cllr Marrington said she had received “nice messages” from other advisers offering their support.

And the Lib Dem adviser said the shocking death of Bobbi-Anne McLeod in Plymouth made the motion even more relevant.

She said: “These incidents highlight the safety of women and girls, but it shouldn’t require something like this to happen for people to start talking about it.

“I hope the motion gets people to talk about it and go home and think about it a little bit more.”

The plenary meeting of the council will take place from 10:30 am Tuesday. It can be viewed online through the Cornwall Council website.

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Kendal theater group to hold first show since pandemic Mon, 29 Nov 2021 17:00:00 +0000 A Kendal-based COMMUNITY theater group rehearses for their first show since the start of the pandemic.

Next week, the Kendal Gilbert and Sullivan Society will host its first performance since the start of the pandemic.

The group will perform ‘Trail by Jury’ at St. George’s Church, Kendal on Saturday December 4th at 7:30 pm.

This performance will be followed by a concert of excerpts from ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ which the group intends to perform in full in March 2022 at Kendal Town Hall and the Victoria Theater, Grange-over-sands.

The plot of “Trail by Jury” follows an action for breach of promise brought by the plaintiff against the defendant played respectively by Rachael Lewis and George Jones.

The role of The Learned Judge will be performed by Graham Beevers, all under the musical direction of John Perrin.

In 2021 the group were set to perform both shows, but due to Covid restrictions they had to cancel and decided that when they were allowed to perform again they would do the two shows separately as per the guidelines of the government.

On the effect Covid had on the rehearsal chair, John Reid said: “We had no rehearsals at all during the lockdown until the roadmap was released and we started to repeat this show only in October.

“People are happy to be singing again.”

John said the group were ‘ready’ for next week’s performances, saying: ‘It’s been a long road to get there, we’ve had a few people in lead roles who have fallen with Covid and won’t come back to us. for this concert.

“Usually the chorus and everyone is fine, we had some good rehearsals, it went pretty well.”

People can still buy tickets for the show are still available for purchase online at the trybooking website, tickets cost £ 8 and will be available for purchase the same evening.

All proceeds from the show will go back to the theater company, allowing them to pay for the performance and fund future shows.

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Christmas race day is almost here – Central Queensland Today Sat, 27 Nov 2021 18:01:25 +0000

The day of the Christmas race is expected to draw a massive crowd.

By Ian Mill, CEO of the Rockhampton Jockey Club

Hello everyone again and didn’t it feel good to see the recent rain?

It is absolutely necessary and I am sure all our country readers will be delighted.

It has been good for the world at Callaghan Park and the racetrack is shaping up to be very vibrant and sparkling for the RJC’s big Christmas racing meeting on Saturday December 4th.

This will be the club’s last racing Saturday for the year and indications are that a sizeable crowd will be in attendance.

Kelly Suli, the club’s operations manager, is delighted with the bookings pouring in for the various entertainment packages planned for the day.

We still have a few reservations available for the Brookvale Union Christmas Party next Saturday.

This will feature live performances from the very popular Zac Cross Band which was a big hit at our St Peters Caulfield Cup Day races.

It includes a four hour drink package with a wide variety of drinks and of course the Brookvale Union Ginger Beer.

In addition, a large Australian barbecue will take place from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Contact the club quickly to make your reservations or book through Rockhampton Tickets.

Almost forgotten, there will be fabulous prizes for the winners of the three categories of Fashion on the Field next Saturday,

Ramsay Pharmacy, our valued sponsors will be providing prizes to the winners for Best Dressed Woman, Best Dressed Man and Best Dressed Christmas Theme.

Last year’s winners looked very Christmas – if I can use such a word.

Hope to see you there as it promises to be a great day of first class racing and social fun.

Speaking of next Saturday at Callaghan Park, delighted to hear that North Queensland jockey Lacey Morrison will be attending the reunion and be available for riders.

Lacey 37, has had an interesting racing career and is now based in Tolga in North Queensland.

She was champion apprentice jockeys, successful trainer and later paid steward of Racing Queensland.

My research revealed that, at the age of 18 and 19, Lacey Morrison became the first woman to win the title of First Minister of the Downs and South West Champion Apprentice Jockeys in 2003 and then again in 2004.

Additionally, Lacey rode prolific winners in Brisbane and won the 2005 Mackay Cup over Awesome Warrior coached by George Osborne who was based in Rockhampton for a time.

Since making her comeback earlier this year after an eight-year hiatus and agreeing to ride the track for Tolga coach Sharlee D’Avila, Lacey has weathered a storm in North Queensland.

At the TAB races in Cairns last Tuesday, Lacey Morrison was in great shape with a winning brace after a recent treble at the TAB races in Townsville earlier this month.

Coaches requesting his services for hikes on Saturday, December 4 should check the RJC’s Facebook page for contact details.

Lead runner Justin Stanley won’t be competing in the Callaghan Park races next Saturday because he has a pretty big job at Doomben.

Justin will ride Olivia Cairns, coached by Mackay at Ammoudi Bay in the $ 105,000 Country Cups Challenge final (1600m).

The coach-jockey pair combine regularly as winners at Callaghan Park and in 2018 they were the winning duo with tough as the teak Mason’s Chance in the first Bush Battle in Brisbane.

Callaghan Park local coach Kristie Clark-Peoples will launch Hi Harry in the Country Cups Challenge and we wish him good luck after hosting the coveted rails draw.

In addition to this year’s bush battle, the rather healthy Brisbane (NZ) winner will also start in the Country Cups final, but has a big task in front of the 14 barrier and 60.5kg.

Rather Salubrious is trained in Dalby by former local boy David Reynolds and was recently the brilliant winner of the Yeppoon Cup.

The coinciding event at Doomben next Saturday is the $ 105,000 (1110m) Country Stampede Challenge Final.

Here CQ is represented by Raymond Williams, Ahwahneechee coached by Emerald well known to Rocky racing fans.

In addition, Clermont apprentice Emma Bell will ride the Boingo driven by Rodney Little in west-central Queensland, which won her race to advance to the final last week on the jockey track.

The Battle of the Bush and Country Cups Challenge and Country Stampede are brilliant concepts offering domestically trained horses and rare connection opportunities in Brisbane.

Racing Queensland is to be commended for the concepts.

Believe me, the relations relish the opportunity to represent their country and regional communities in the Big Smoke.

Aleysa’s Dream, the honest Carrara mare of Rockhampton trainer Nick Walsh, took a very nice second place finish at the big metropolitan races of Sunshine Coast last Saturday.

A prolific winner for the Milner family in Rockhampton, the 4-year-old mare ran three times on the Caloundra Corbould Park track for as many seconds.

As a co-owner of Easy Campese, I was very disappointed with their unplaced effort at the corresponding metropolitan meeting in Kembla, NSW last Saturday.

After a good first third a few weeks earlier, our expectations were high for last Saturday.

Either way, “Easy” lets us down and these things are happening, making it all the more reason to celebrate and enjoy your horse’s victory.

Sydney coach John Sargant will now give Easy Campese a three-week spell before returning to training in earnest.

The Rockhampton coaches were in brilliant shape at the Townsville Jockey Club Amateur Annuals last Sunday.

They won half of the program, with Clinton Taylor scoring three wins over her three starters.

Jared Wehlow won the rich amateur sprint with his 12-time winner Only Wanna Sing which is partly run by RJC committee members John Siganto and David Peel.

Jared approached the Amateur Cup when North Afrika finished third.

In recent times, the Callaghan Park coaches have been the most dominant at the Mackay and Townsville race meetings.

Be on the lookout for other Rocky-trained horses that could race and win at the TAB races in Townsville on Thursday, December 2nd.

Keep in mind that this is a roughly nine hour chariot trip for the Rocky Horses to race in Cluden, Townsville.

Coaches don’t make long trips to train and normally find their runners to be very competitive when they go there to run.

Just another reminder of the day of the Children’s Christmas Run at Callaghan Park on Friday December 17th.

It will feature an eight-race card, with the main event being the $ 32.5,000 (1200m) Magic Millions Country Cup qualifier.

The winner will earn automatic entry to the $ 250,000 (1200m) Country Cups Final at Magic Millions Golden Nugget Day in Gold Coast on Saturday January 8th.

I see where local trainer Shane Sigvart is likely to chase a spot with his best mare Chezblack who has won her last three races at Callaghan Park.

Incidentally, next year’s Magic Millions will take place two consecutive Saturdays at Aquis Park on the Gold Coast.

The $ 9.5 million race day plus bonuses will take place on the following Saturday, January 15.

Many Rockyites are already booked for vacations for the two days of racing and the following week from MM Sales.

It’s the readers again until next Saturday, so stay safe and have a good rowboat ride and meet at Callaghan Park next weekend for TAB Christmas Race Day.

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“French fishermen want direct talks with Jersey” Sat, 27 Nov 2021 12:35:00 +0000
Chris Le Masurier aboard the Normandy Trader in the port of St Helier holding the Breton flag which was given to him Photo: DAVID FERGUSON (32134990)

Yesterday, French ships blocked three Channel ports – St Malo, Ouistreham and Calais – in the latest stage of the long-running dispute between the British and the French over post-Brexit fishing rights.

Chris Le Masurier, of the Jersey Oyster Company, which yesterday delivered produce to Saint-Malo, said fishermen were protesting the ongoing political process in the EU and UK rather than settling locally.

He added that he had been delayed for an hour because of the demonstration and then met Pascal Lecler, who chairs the Ille-et-Vilaine fisheries commission, who handed him a Breton flag and asked him to send a message to the Jersey government.

“It was a protest by French fishermen to make their government aware that they want to be involved in their own destiny,” Le Masurier said. “Breton and Norman fishermen want to speak directly with Jersey as they did with the Granville Bay Treaty, rather than the process going through London, Brussels and Paris.

“They want to negotiate their rights to fish in the waters they have historically used rather than their rights used for political ends. For now, everyone is losing out on this Brexit process – in Jersey and in France.

He said he spoke with Mr Lecler, who told him he was “welcome in the port” after the protest ended.

“I was delayed an hour because I was allocated a slot at the time of the demonstration, which was at 8 am. I was in command of the ship. After that, I moved next to one of the French boats to chat. I spoke with Pascal Lecler, the president of the Brittany Fisheries Commission. He told me he wanted me to send a message to the Jersey government and come and speak directly with Normandy and Brittany. He gave me a Breton flag and then I dropped off all my seafood and returned to the island, ”said Mr. Le Masurier.

He added that he had been continually frustrated in trying to contact the government to express his concerns about the situation.

The discontent stems from the imposition of a new post-Brexit fishing regime on January 1 whereby Jersey was granted the exclusive right to grant licenses for the commercial use of its waters and it was agreed to restrict l ‘access of EU vessels to UK waters.

A total of 116 permanent permits have been issued to French boats by the Jersey authorities, along with 46 other temporary permits which are due to expire on January 31. However, 55 vessels were denied access on the grounds that they could not provide sufficient evidence of the historic use of Jersey waters.

French Maritime Minister Annick Girardin, who earlier this year threatened to cut off the island’s electricity supply over the dispute, last week accused Jersey of “reluctance to cooperate” on the issue and of threatening French fishermen.

Meanwhile, Deputy Environment Minister MP Gregory Guida said he expected “more devious” action from the French and called Ms Girardin’s comments “utterly absurd” .

Yesterday, a financial support program for the Jersey fishing industry was extended until the end of the year.

Between May and August, the Fisheries Support Program provided £ 120,000 in funding to the industry. Fishing companies will now be able to continue to claim fixed costs and wage support until 31 December, with an additional £ 400,000 set aside for this purpose.

The objectives of the program are to ensure that the industry’s “basic infrastructure and critical mass” continue to function and to “provide transitional support during the period of disruption to export routes and access to the market. Marlet “.

Huge train disruption as services suspended after falling trees and debris Sat, 27 Nov 2021 08:06:49 +0000

Several train services were suspended this morning due to strong and powerful winds.

Storm Arwen is currently raging and has already caused disruption overnight with hundreds of homes are without electricity.

Train services have now been suspended between Bristol Temple Meads and Taunton in the northbound direction as well as between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa.

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Inrix, the travel monitoring site, reports: “Service has been suspended on the CrossCountry and Great Western Railway northbound between Taunton and Bristol Temple Meads due to a fallen tree on the line.”

It also confirms that an obstacle on the line is causing the problem further north.

Inrix reports: “Service suspended on CrossCountry between Birmingham New Street and Cheltenham Spa due to an obstruction on the line.”

Not only is there currently no service on the South West Railway between Yeovil Junction and Castle Cary due to point failure at Yeovil Pen Mill.

Across the border in Wales there is no service on Transport for Wales due to bad weather conditions and replacement buses are not available.

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Elsewhere there are delays of up to 60 minutes and some cancellations on the Cross Country and Great Western Railway between Exeter St Davids and Penzance due to speed restrictions and poor weather conditions.

Roads through the southwest did not fare much better with fallen trees, fallen scaffolding, and fallen power cables causing problems locally.

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Franco-British acrimony hinders progress on Channel crossings Sat, 27 Nov 2021 07:45:52 +0000

Written by Mark Landler

Sometimes the feuds between Britain and France can seem trivial and more than a little irritable. But the latest wave of recriminations, following the tragic deaths of at least 27 migrants in a fragile inflatable boat off the French coast, puts the two countries at odds over one of the thorniest issues they face.

The growing number of migrants risking their lives to cross the Channel is both a humanitarian crisis and a complex challenge for law enforcement. Experts say he won’t be helped by the acrimonious back-and-forth between French and UK officials which led France on Friday to cancel an invitation to UK Home Secretary Priti Patel to attend a meeting of emergency on the crisis.

Rather than working together to curb these dangerous sea voyages, Prime Minister Boris Johnson and President Emmanuel Macron almost immediately fell into a familiar pattern: questioning each other’s motives, seeking political points and throwing blame on an intractable global problem that afflicts their two countries. .

The charges and counter-charges threatened to plunge Britain-France relations into an even deeper freeze, after a series of disputes over fishing rights, the breakdown of an underwater alliance and the future from Northern Ireland. Rather than being brought closer by Wednesday’s disaster, one of the deadliest in Channel history, the two neighbors were even further apart.

“It’s a different order of magnitude because it’s about human lives and because it’s politically explosive for both sides,” said Peter Ricketts, former British ambassador to France. “It’s a much bigger problem, and I don’t see how you can restore the relationship until you fix this problem.”

The problem, according to Ricketts and others, is that France, with a constant flow of migrants from Africa and the Middle East and a long coastline to watch out for, will never be able to prevent every migrant from reaching Britain. The best the two can hope for is a greatly reduced flow, and even that would require a degree of cooperation that seems wishful thinking in today’s tense atmosphere.

Despite the anti-immigrant fervor stoked by Brexit, Britain continues to attract migrants because of its English language – which many are somewhat proficient in – and because it lacks national identity cards, this which facilitates the work of people without legal status.

The cross-Channel conflict has already shown signs of worsening. French fishermen briefly blocked the entry and exit of trucks from the Channel Tunnel on Friday and blocked ferries in the port of Calais to highlight a nagging dispute with Britain over fishing licenses.

The latest diplomatic eruption came after Johnson sent – and immediately posted on Twitter – a letter to Macron in which he blamed France for the crisis and proposed that she pledge to take back all asylum seekers who surrender in Great Britain, a suggestion that the French have already rejected several times.

Macron, who had discussed the crisis with Johnson earlier over the phone, reacted acidly. “You don’t communicate from leader to leader on these issues through tweets and letters that you make public,” he said.

“We are not whistleblowers, come on,” Macron said, visibly upset, at a press conference in Rome, where he was on an official visit.

Other French officials were even more withered. They said Johnson’s letter was not what he and Macron had discussed and suggested he was exploiting the crisis for domestic political gain. They categorically rejected the proposal that France take back asylum seekers from Britain.

Gabriel Attal, a French government spokesperson, said the letter was “both poor in content and completely inappropriate in form”.

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin then announced that Patel was no longer invited to a meeting that France will hold in Calais on Sunday with the ministers responsible for immigration from Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany. and the European Commission.

Diplomats said it made no sense for Britain not to have a seat at the table since cross-Channel trafficking is at the heart of the problem. It was also a disheartening sign, they said, of the deterioration of relations between the two countries.

British officials said they hoped France would reconsider its decision. A government spokesperson said Johnson wrote the letter “in the spirit of partnership and cooperation” and published it in the interests of transparency.

But British diplomats said the letter seemed calculated to provoke the French and would further weaken a relationship between Johnson and Macron that was already marked by mutual mistrust.

Peter Westmacott, who predated Ricketts as British Ambassador to France, said: “The French believe that the British are not negotiating in good faith, that the EU has done a lot to meet British demands and that London is playing political games. They are not beyond being in politics themselves, but are unsure of how to react. “

Plan for the new Taunton nursery among the latest applications Sat, 27 Nov 2021 05:50:00 +0000 THE following requests and notifications have been received for consideration by Somerset West and Taunton Council and can be inspected online at, or electronically only at reception, The Deane House, Belvedere Road, Taunton, TA1 1HE.

04/0006 / LB: Repair and refurbishment of 9 sash windows at Park House, Bickenhall


05/21/2051 / T: Notification of the felling of a field maple in the Bishops Hull conservation area in Rokeby, Bishops Hull road


06/0040 / T: Notification to carry out management work on a lime tree in the Bishops Lydeard Conservation Area at Warre House, Bishops Lydeard


09/21/0010: Construction of 2 field shelters and 2 field storage sheds in front of West Bovey Farm, South Molton Road, Waterrow (conservation of works already undertaken)

09/21/0011: Construction of an outbuilding to provide a workshop and storage facility at Hillside Farm, Waterrow (resubmission 09/21/0002)


18/21/0017: Modification of condition # 02 (approved plans) of application 18/20/0014 at Birch Cottage, Halse Road, Halse


21/20/0035: Converted Barn to 1 Vacation Rental # at Yarford Farm, Yarford Road, Kingston St Mary

20/21/0036 / LB: Converting Barn to 1 Vacation Rental # at Yarford Farm, Yarford Road, Kingston St Mary


24/21/0055: Erection of a carport and canopy shelter at Lime Tree Barn, Stoke Road, North Curry


25/21/0037: erection of porch extensions on one side, one story in the back and one front story at 1 Mousehole Cottages, Wiveliscombe Road, Norton Fitzwarren

25/21/0039: Erection of a one storey extension to the rear with changing flat roofs to dormers and window color to green at Glen Cottage, Langford Lane, Norton Fitzwarren


28/21/0006: Conversion of pavilion to shower / WC / disabled facilities, laundry room, technical room / store and events office at Taunton Racecourse, Honiton Road, Shoreditch, Taunton


01/21/0017: Change of use and conversion of a residential annex (including the installation of a skylight) into 1 vacation rental number and / or annex use at Arundells Farm, Stoke Road, Lower Henlade (conservation of work already undertaken)

31/21/0021 / T: Request to carry out management work on an oak included in the Borough of Taunton Deane (Ruishton No.1) Tree Preservation Order 2008 at the back of 40 Newlands Road, Taunton (TD1051)


03/21/0015: Garage demolition and erection of double garage with associated landscaping at Millview, 221 Underhill Lane, Staple Fitzpaine


36/21/0032: Converted garage to auxiliary accommodation and erected a one-story extension to the side to use as a garage / store at 9 Huntham Close, Stoke St Gregory


37/21/0013: Land use change to domestic space with replacement of the carport / shed with the erection of a detached outbuilding to use as a home office and gym in Little Oaks, Broughton Lane, Shoreditch (conservation of partial works already undertaken) (resubmission of 37/21/0006)


38/21/0400: Change in use of part of the building from residential accommodation to a child care center for up to 18 # of children at 11 Cleveland Street, Taunton

38/21/0455: Change of use of the ground floor from commercial to residential, with the grouping of residential units into one unit at 19 The Crescent, Taunton

38/21/0470: Erection of a one-story extension to the side and back and installation of a photovoltaic generator at Byways, 10 Trull Road, Taunton

38/21/0473 / T: Request for execution of management works on two cedars included in the Borough of Taunton Deane (Taunton No.1) Tree Preservation Order 2008 at Belmont Drive, Taunton (TD1043)

38/21/0474 / T: Request for execution of management works on two oaks included in the Borough of Taunton Deane (Cheddon Fitzpaine No.1) Tree Preservation Order 1985 on land adjacent to 34 Fletcher Close, Taunton (TD317 )

38/21/0475 / T: Request for execution of holm oak and lime management work included in the 1998 Taunton Deane Borough Tree Preservation Order (Taunton No.2) between Northfield and North Town Community School, Taunton (TD749)

38/21/0482: Request for approval of reserved matters following framework request 38/12/0203 for access, layout, scale, appearance and landscaping for the construction of 26 housing units n ° with associated works and amenity space at phase 3 on the ground near Killams Drive, Taunton

38/21/0483: Erection of a one-story extension and replacement and relocation of the garage to 46 Stoke Road, Taunton

38/21/0484: Erection of a sloping roof on a double garage with a reconfigured entrance porch and erection of a sloping roof awning on a side door at 2 Haines Park, Taunton

38/21/0485: Erection of a one-story extension to the rear of St Johns, Sherford Road, Taunton

08/21/0488 / T: notification to carry out management work on a lime tree in the Mount Street and Vivary Park Conservation Area at Shuttern House, Upper High Street, Taunton

38/21/0489 / T: Request for execution of management works on a horse chestnut tree included in the Borough of Taunton Deane (Taunton No.1) Tree Preservation Order 1983 at 7 Medway Close (branches overlooking 7 Trent Court ), Taunton (TD287)


43/21/0124: Change of use and conversion of offices into 6 residential units No. with erection of an extension to 35, rue Fore, Wellington

43/21/0125 / LB: Change of use and conversion of offices into 6 residential dwellings No. with erection of an extension to 35, rue Fore, Wellington

43/21/0127 / T: Request for the felling of a beech and a pine (dead) included in the tree preservation ordinance of the district of Taunton Deane (Wellington No.2) of 1977 in Chimes , Pyles Thorne, Wellington (TD124)

43/21/0128: Erection of a one-storey extension to the main building of Mount Veterinary Hospital, Taunton Road, Wellington

43/21/0130: Erection of a one-storey extension on the side of 71 Pear Tree Way, Wellington

43/21/0131: Erection of a one-storey extension to the garage for secondary accommodation at 15 Blackmoor Road, Wellington

43/21/0132: Erection of a two-storey extension to the side and back and a one-storey and first-story extension to the rear of 117 Barn Meads Road, Wellington


46/21/0025: Formation of a vehicular access and track at Morrishes Farm, West Buckland Road, West Buckland

46/21/0033: Erection of spray shed at SRK scaffolding, Haywards Road, Chelston, Wellington

46/21/0034: Application for Planning Permit, with all questions reserved, for the demolition of the barn and the erection of dwelling # 1 in lieu of the Class Q pre-approval given to Huntspath Farm, West Buckland Road, West Buckland


48/21/0068: Demolition of the garage and erection of the side and rear one-storey extension at 12 Sylvan Way, Monkton Heathfield


52/21/0038: Erection of a one-story extension behind 4 Claremont Drive, Taunton

52/21/0039: Erection of a one-storey extension on the side of 1 Matthews Road, Galmington, Taunton

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