Suddenly… Shane Shields is hired permanent Wellington City Manager

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — In somewhat of a surprise move the Wellington City Council voted to hire Shane Shields as its next Wellington City Manager, contingent upon negotiating a contract. The council will meet in executive session in its next regular meeting to hash out the details of the contract.Shane ShieldsThe motion was approved by a 4-2 count with Kip Etter and Kelly Hawley voting no. Immediately after the vote Etter left the room quickly and did not return. Shortly after that Hawley left too but came back soon.Contacted after the meeting, Etter said  “I feel that it is best that I refrain from comments at this time.”The issue came up as the city was talking about signing a contract with the state League of Municipalities to help them in a search for a city manager. At  a recent work session council members were having second thoughts about signing the contract and spending $6,000 to have the league manage the search.Kip EtterWetta said he had expressed reservations about hiring the league. He said he had thought about this a lot since then.“I have let things go in the past and then regretted it, So I am going to do this and we can discuss it,” he said.He then made the motion to hire Shields contingent on the contract negotiations. Jim Valentine seconded and the vote was held.Mayor Shelley Hansel called it a surprise, “and now there’s no need to talk about the contract (with the League of Municipalities).” she said.Valentine expressed support for Shields, as he did at an earlier meeting.“We have a good commander here, who knows the county and the city. I feel it would be a waste of money to do the search when the money can be better used somewhere else,” he said.Wetta said he asked Shields to make a proposal as far as his contract, and they can discuss that as they work out the details.Shields said to the council he would do his best for the city.After the meeting, he said he was glad about the offer and was glad it was settled.He has been the interim city manager for a few weeks, filling in for Roy Eckert who was dismissed as city manager a couple of months ago.At the meeting earlier, council members were having second thoughts about hiring the league, and discussed whether they should just hire Shields instead.Some felt the city should go through the process of looking at applications and said even then they would likely hire him anyway.It is not a done deal. The city will have to work out Shield’s contract and will likely approve that at its next meeting.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? 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Thank you for your input. +15 Vote up Vote down paul · 210 weeks ago Shane Shields will be the most awesome city manger for our community and is the right choice to be city manager. I just question? Why was one of the most important decisions every for our city council, not on the published agenda for tonights meeting? Is this legal? Is it still another open meetings law violation? Why not just negotiate a fair salary with Mr Shields, then put his Employment agreement on the agenda for next city council meeting and vote to approve it? Why always the back room deals and perception of dirty politics! Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +42 Vote up Vote down iceman318 · 210 weeks ago I am very happy with the hire. Shane Shields is a very honorable person. Someone we have needed for awhile now. Seems to me like Etter should step down. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +27 Vote up Vote down Bryan J Booth · 210 weeks ago I am glad Shane was made the city manager permanently definitely a good move for the council. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +20 Vote up Vote down Chuck Hutchison · 210 weeks ago About dang time. Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Wes Smith · 210 weeks ago The thing that bothers me with this is I just looked at the Agenda for August 2nd, the only item listed concerning the city manager vacancy was “LKM Contract for City Manager Search”. How do we go from this item to hiring Mr. Shields? Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago +59 Vote up Vote down LiveWell · 210 weeks ago Amazingly enough, the two members that have the least council experience voted no for a man with more experience than both of them will ever have combined. Wish those two were up for re-election this November. They have sure showed their true colors. Report Reply 2 replies · active 209 weeks ago +41 Vote up Vote down Mark Green · 210 weeks ago They got it right this time… Sometimes the best solution is right under your nose.. No one knows the city business like Shane.. He will bring stability and sensibility to the city.. Report Reply 1 reply · active 210 weeks ago +38 Vote up Vote down Applauding loudly · 210 weeks ago Congratulations to Mr. Shields, and to the city council for getting it right! I feel like for the first time in a long time, we will have a city manager that sincerely cares about our city! Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago +29 Vote up Vote down Small Town Boy · 210 weeks ago Isn’t it possible to refrain from comments while staying at the meeting? Report Reply 0 replies · active 209 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Brenda · 210 weeks ago I’ll make my decision when I vote Report Reply 0 replies · active 210 weeks ago 12Next » Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Mason City Public Library starts first phase of reopening on Tuesday

first_imgMASON CITY — The Mason City Public Library is starting a phased-in approach to reopening starting tomorrow.Library Director Mary Markwalter says the first phase of the plan starts with opening the library at 10:00 AM Tuesday, and until further notice the library will only accept materials from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week. You are asked to enter the circle drive and place the items in the receptacles along the sidewalk. Donated items will not be accepted.The library will continue to offer a number of digital services through the library’s website,, such as magazines, e-books, audio books, movies, television shows, music and children’s Tumble Books. The library will also offer free wi-fi outside of the building and into the parking lot. There is no password needed to use the wi-fi.Markwalter says the library understands many community members feel stressed and worried about the threat of COVID-19, and the library staff will do what it takes to remove any library stresses from that list. No fines will be charged for overdue items while the library is closed.last_img read more

Liverpool knocked out of FA Cup by West Brom after VAR chaos

first_imgLiverpool, United Kingdom | AFP | Jay Rodriguez scored twice as West Brom knocked Premier League rivals Liverpool out of the FA Cup with a 3-2 win at Anfield on Saturday in a tie overshadowed by the use of the Video Assistant Referee. A remarkable first half on Merseyside saw West Brom go 2-1 up inside 11 minutes against seven-times FA Cup winners Liverpool only to have a goal chalked off by VAR before, in a subsequent incident on the stroke of half-time, the system confirmed they had gone 3-1 ahead via Joel Matip’s own-goal.In between, Liverpool were awarded a penalty after a prolonged VAR review only for Roberto Firmino’s spot-kick to come back off the crossbar.The build up to the penalty decision saw Craig Pawson become the first English referee to consult a pitchside replay, with players and fans angry over the four-minute delay from the time Mohamed Salah fell in the box to the award of a spot-kick. Salah’s first FA Cup goal, his 25th goal in just 32 appearances for the Reds, gave Liverpool hope of a comeback but the Baggies held on for a deserved fourth-round win that took them into the last 16.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (March 17, 2016)–With a two-day Pick Six carryover from Sunday of $548,670 providing the pari-mutuel impetus, $2,115,962 in “new money” was wagered Thursday, creating a massive total Pick Six pool at Santa Anita of $2,664,632 by third race post time.On a day when “form” for the most part, held, there were 304 winning tickets, each worth $5,537.40. There were 8,876 consolation tickets with five winners, each paying $54.40.Contested on races three through eight, second choice Foxy Fresh, off at 9-5, paid $5.60 to win the third. Favored Algorhythmic, off at 9-5, was up to win the fourth race by a nose and paid $5.60 to win. Longshot Awesome Luck, off at 14-1, took race five and paid $30.20. Race six went to 3-5 favorite Shiny Nugget, who paid $3.20 to win.Thursday’s seventh race went to another favorite, Big Move, who was off at 7-5 and paid $4.80 to win. The eighth and final race went to favored Surfing the Menu, who was off at 2-1 and paid $6.40 to win.First post time for an eight-race card on Friday at Santa Anita is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.last_img read more

Fletcher clobbers Sri Lanka bowling as Windies win World T20 clash

first_imgBANGALORE, India (CMC): Andre Fletcher plundered a career-best unbeaten half-century as West Indies extended their imperious form by beating reigning champions Sri Lanka by seven wickets, in their Group One game of the Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday. For the second time in five days, the Caribbean side produced a successful run chase, this time overhauling a paltry 123 with 10 balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Fletcher, included in the side at the expense of seamer Jerome Taylor and then promoted to the opening spot following a hamstring injury to superstar opener Chris Gayle, unfurled a superb unbeaten 84 off 64 deliveries to underpin the Windies run chase. The right-hander clobbered six fours and five sixes, dominating a 39-run first wicket stand with Johnson Charles (10), before adding a further 55 in an unbroken fourth wicket stand with Andre Russell, whose unbeaten 20 required just eight balls. “After Gayle went out I told (Dwayne) Bravo, there was something about me, I was just feeling very pumped up,” Fletcher told reporters. “When they told me I was going to open I told them I would be positive from ball one.” “I’m very, very happy,” Fletcher added. “I’ve been playing T20 and as soon I get to 50 I’ve been out. I told myself to try and bat as deep as possible and see if those guys can bat around me. I am so happy and proud of myself, people can see that I can bat through. “And I am happy that I can help my team to win. I hope I can continue the good form and also the team continue the good performance.” Left-arm spinner Milinda Siriwardana, who finished with two for 33 from his four overs, knocked over Marlon Samuels (3) and Denesh Ramdin (5) cheaply to create some nervousness for West Indies during the middle overs, but Man-of-the-Match Fletcher and Russell stayed calm to see their side to their second win. West Indies top Group One with four points as the only unbeaten team, while South Africa, Sri Lanka and England all have two points. Sent in, Sri Lanka struggled from the outset and it was left to Thisara Perera, batting at number seven, to rescue the innings with a cameo 40 from 29 deliveries. With his side tottering on 47 for five in the ninth over, he and captain Angelo Mathews, who made 20, propped up the innings in a 44-run, sixth wicket partnership. Mathews, who faced 32 balls and failed to find the boundary once, top-edged a high full toss from medium pacer Dwayne Bravo to wicketkeeper Ramdin in the 17th over and Sri Lanka could only gather 31 runs from the last four overs. The damage, however, was done up front by leg-spinner Samuel Badree, who claimed three for 12, while Bravo finished with two for 20. Left-arm spinner Sulieman Benn went wicketless but conceded just 12 runs from his four overs, to create massive pressure throughout the innings.last_img read more

Federer into 11th Wimbledon final, faces Cilic for title

first_imgWith Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic suffering injury-hit exits in the quarter-finals and Rafael Nadal losing in the last 16, Federer will be the favorite to become Wimbledon’s oldest champion, succeeding Arthur Ashe who was almost 32 when he won in 1975.But despite leading Cilic 6-1 in career meetings, Federer will be wary of a man who was two sets to love up on him in the quarter-finals last year and held match points.“We had a brutal quarter-final last year here and he crushed me in straight sets at the US Open in 2014,” said Federer.“I have to play offensive. If you give Marin time on the ball, he can finish points nicely. The court is still playing quite fast.“It helps on my serve, but it also helps him. I’m sure it’s going to be a close match.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Cilic, the 2014 US Open winner, fired 25 aces and 70 winners past world number 28 Querrey, the man who ended Murray’s reign as Wimbledon champion in the quarter-finals.“It’s unbelievable. I have played really well from the start of the tournament,” said 28-year-old Cilic.“Sam played at a high level especially in the first set. I was 4/1 up in the tie-break and didn’t convert.“But after that I was better in the return games. I thought the level was really high.“I’m feeling a positive on the court. It’s extremely important. My emotions are helping me a little bit.”Cilic admitted he faces a tough challenge trying to depose sentimental favorite Federer on Sunday.“Roger is playing the best tennis of his career on this court,” said Cilic, the second Croatian man to make the final after 2001 champion — and former coach — Goran Ivanisevic.“I never doubted it. Who knows what will happen in the final? It’s great to see Cilic there,” Ivanisevic told the BBC.Cilic took a 4-0 career lead over Querrey into Friday’s semi-final, including a marathon 5hr 31 min win at Wimbledon in 2012, the second longest match in tournament history. MOST READ End of his agony? 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SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“I feel very privileged to be in another final and get the pleasure to play on Centre Court another time,” said Federer who was playing in his 42nd Grand Slam semi-final.He is the second oldest man to make the Wimbledon final after 39-year-old Ken Rosewall finished runner-up in 1974. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Federer had defeated 2010 runner-up Berdych 18 times in 24 matches before Friday and he was quickly in the ascendancy, breaking for 3-2.But an uncharacteristic double fault handed the break back in the eighth game before the 18-time major winner played a more composed tiebreak.He pocketed the opener when Berdych miss-hit and ballooned the ball wide.Berdych kept pressing but had to fend off more break points in the fourth game of the second set before Federer again swept through the breaker on the back of a 5/1 lead.The big Czech would have to win from two sets down at the Slams for the first time in 38 matches if he were to return to the final.Unbelievable Berdych, who had the face of his vanquished quarter-final opponent Djokovic painted on the tongues of his tennis shoes, saved a break point in the fifth game of the third set.Federer then saved two to go to 3-3, made the Czech pay with a break for 4-3 and raced through a 50-second service game for 5-3.Victory was his in the 10th game when Berdych netted a weary forehand.“This guy doesn’t really seem to be getting any older,” said Berdych of Federer who has made the final without dropping a set. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates after beating Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. APLONDON—Seven-time champion Roger Federer reached his 11th Wimbledon final on Friday (Saturday, Manila), downing 2010 runner-up Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4), 6-4.The 35-year-old, bidding to win a record eighth title and become the oldest champion at the All England Club in the Open era, will face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Watson makes Top 10 in Calgary Stampede Saddle Bronc

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Hudson’s Hope’s Jake Watson managed to not get bucked off, but faced a very tough field in the semifinals of the Calgary Stampede Rodeo on Sunday afternoon.The Peace Region native managed to ride Urgent Delivery for the full eight seconds, and ended up posting a score of 81.00, a feat that was equalled by Heflin, Louisiana rider Heith DeMoss. Despite the score, Watson managed only a Top-10 performance, placing 9th in the Saddle Bronc, which was won by Zeke Thurston from Big Valley, Alberta after he rode Spring Planting to an 89.50.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Whelan: I’ll resign as Wigan chairman if FA find me guilty of racism

first_imgDave Whelan has insisted he will resign as Wigan chairman if the Football Association punishes him for the controversy which has seen him labelled “a racist” by Cardiff owner Vincent Tan.The Latics chief has been accused of making anti-Semitic and racist comments during an interview with a national newspaper on Friday.The FA has written to Whelan to seek his take on events and also said its investigation into the 77-year-old’s comments about Jewish and Chinese people will be treated “as a priority”.Whelan spoke out in a newspaper interview where he was defending his decision to appoint former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay as the club’s new manager, and has since apologised.Mackay was recruited by Wigan despite being under investigation by the FA for allegedly sending racist and anti-semitic texts, and Whelan responded to criticism by telling The Guardian: “I think Jewish people do chase money more than everybody else.”He also said he did not view the word ”chink” – the term by which Mackay allegedly referred to Tan in a text message – as offensive.Whelan told ITV News: “If the FA look into my affairs – and they were to find me guilty, which I hope they don’t and I don’t see anything like that happening because I’m absolutely anti-racist, always have been, always will be – however, if they have any questions I’m willing to answer it and, should they even suggest I’m guilty I would immediately resign from my position as chairman of Wigan Athletic.”Meanwhile, Malaysian businessman Tan, who sacked Mackay last December, told Sky Sports News on Friday: “Can you imagine if Mr Whelan was the head of the FA? Here we have a racist chairman hiring a racist manager. All the fans in Wigan now think it’s okay to be racist.“They follow the leader. So, how will the FA respond to this? I personally hope the FA is not a toothless regulator in this matter.“What are Jewish and Chinese people thinking of the UK today? Action must be taken because the world is watching.”The FA said in its statement on Friday: “We are very concerned to read about the comments that have been attributed to Dave Whelan. We take all forms of discrimination seriously.“As with all such cases, this will be dealt with as a priority. The investigation is already under way and the FA’s governance division have written to Mr Whelan. He has three working days to respond.” 1 Wigan chairman Dave Whelan last_img read more

‘I would NEVER refuse a handshake’ – Jose Mourinho accuses Arsene Wenger of lacking respect

first_imgJose Mourinho has taken a fresh dig at Arsene Wenger by insisting he has too much respect for football to refuse a handshake with a managerial rival.The Chelsea boss accused his Arsenal counterpart of snubbing him after the Gunners’ 1-0 win in Sunday’s Community Shield and Mourinho suggested on talkSPORT on Wednesday that the Frenchman showed a lack of respect.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “My perspective is one thing is the streets and the other thing is a football stadium.“As a manager in a football stadium, I never refuse a handshake with a rival. By respect of my club and by respect of football I would never refuse a handshake with a football manager in a football stadium.”Mourinho’s rivalry with Wenger was ignited last year when the pair clashed on the touchline at Stamford Bridge.But the Portuguese insists he was proud of how he handled himself and has welcomed the Football Association’s move to crack down on abuse aimed at referees from managers and coaches in technical areas by introducing a formal code of conduct.He added: “I am very happy because last season I had fantastic behaviour on the touchline. I was never sent to the stands, I was never punished for my behaviour.“I always had good relations with the fourth official I had a new experience in my career, which is always welcome, because I was pushed in the technical area by another manager and it was a good experience for me to keep my emotional control.”Listen to the full talkSPORT interview with Jose Mourinho here.talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio commentary of Chelsea v Swansea on Saturday, kick-off 17.30last_img read more