The Irish FA says fans attending the play-off next Thursday will be issued with a code of conduct outlining the measures in place to ensure the safety of all supporters. Thursday 12th November 7:00pm More than 1,000 fans will be at Windsor Park for Northern Ireland’s Euro 2020 play-off final against Slovakia next Thursday.A total of 1,060 supporters will be allocated socially distanced seats in the 18,500 capacity stadium. Irish FA chief executive Patrick Nelson said: “We have worked closely with the Minister for Communities, Carál Ní Chuilín, and her officials, as well as the team at Belfast City Council, to land on this number.“Our own staff have also played a significant role in this and we’re delighted to have fans back at the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park, in a safe and responsible setting, for one of our biggest games in recent times.”Tickets will be allocated via a ballot, with those successful to be notified next week.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The announcement comes after 600 fans attended last month’s 1-0 home defeat against Austria in the Nations League.The Slovakia match is the first of two home games in the space of a week for Northern Ireland, who host Romania in the Nations League on November 18.No decision has yet been taken regarding the possibility of fans attending that match.- Advertisement – Kick off 7:45pm – Advertisement –
NORTHWOOD — Interstate 35 in Worth County, near the Northwood exit, was closed for a couple of hours Tuesday afternoon as authorities negotiated with a motorist who’d been waving a gun at other vehicles. Officer Dana Knutson of the Iowa State Patrol says just before one o’clock, the Minnesota State Patrol started pursing a car.“The subject was waving a gun at others. The pursuit crossed into Iowa and then stopped south of Highway 105. He refused to get out of the car and be taken into custody for a while,” Knutson says. “We had negotiators and tactical units involved in coming to a peaceful resolution.”Both northbound and southbound Interstate-35 was closed as a precaution.“Just trying to limit exposure to innocent bystanders,” the trooper says.The man, 52-year-old Moses Cruz, was taken into custody and is being held in the Worth County jail awaiting arraignment on charges in Iowa. It is expected that he will face additional charges in Minnesota.
The deaths struck a rueful chord in a community where auto accidents have claimed dozens of young lives. Local sheriff’s deputies frequently lecture high school students about roadway safety. The city recently opened a Youth Memorial Grove at Central Park – a ring of tree-stump sculptures, each representing a life cut short by a crash. The deaths hit hard for Arnold, who had just warned Canyon High seniors last Thursday about staying safe on the road. He said the audience included Cortez, who later let Orozco drive her car. “She made it three days beyond the lecture, and she made a bad choice,” he said. “We failed. We couldn’t get through to the one that needed to hear it most. “We have to do something – that’s obvious. (On)that part of the roadway, from Shadow Pines (Boulevard) to Sierra Highway, we’ve had a number of collisions. But we can’t be everywhere at all times. What makes it more tragic is it’s one of our children.” At Canyon High’s senior picnic Tuesday, signs of the couple’s deaths were everywhere – their names on cars and on T-shirts bearing their prom photo. Friends said Cortez was planning to study at College of the Canyons after graduation, then transfer to the University of California, Los Angeles, to study pediatrics. “When (Lissette) smiled, she would make you smile,” said Jessica Mateo, 18, a classmate. “She was my best friend.” Orozco graduated from Canyon in 2004 and divided his time between classes at the college and working at a relative’s construction company, friends said. He looked forward to attending classes with his girlfriend, and he wanted to be an architect. “When they were together, they were the funniest thing ever,” Mateo said. “They would like play-fight. They loved each other a lot.” Santa Clarita Councilman Frank Ferry, who pushed for the memorial grove project, recalled a ceremony held there last week – a reminder to teens to drive safely through graduation. “We had about 200 people there, and I had all the high school students raise their hands,” he said. “The painful thing for me was knowing, within the next two to three weeks, I’d have to attend the funeral of someone that died. “Our pledge is no more names will be added the memorial. But there is a reason we’ve left room. Ultimately, some teenagers and young adults are going to make decisions that lead to bad consequences.” email@example.com (661)257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CANYON COUNTRY – Lissette Cortez looked forward to high school graduation this week and to a life healing children, while her boyfriend, Luis Alfredo Orozco, anticipated attending college to become an architect. But there will be no more milestones for Cortez, 18, and Orozco, 19 – their lives severed by twisted metal on Soledad Canyon Road on Monday in a car crash that injured two others. “He loved to play and had a lot of spirit,” said Maria Chavez, Orozco’s grandmother. With tears flowing, the 74-year-old from Van Nuys stood Tuesday before a makeshift memorial of candles and flowers at the site of the crash. “He was real loving. He brought joy to everybody in the family.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Cortez and Orozco, who had dated for about three years as students at Canyon High School, were killed in a Ford Mustang that collided with a Toyota Corolla making a left turn at Rue Entree. The Mustang was split by a utility pole, and driver Orozco was thrown out of the car. “When I got here, it was already in two pieces,” said Enrique Ruiz, a family friend. “I saw (Orozco) just lying there. We kept hoping he would get up.” A third car – driven by Orozco’s friend Jesus Acosta – swerved to avoid debris and hit a tree in the center median. Both Acosta, 19, and the Corolla’s driver, Canyon High senior Carla Darmiento, 17, were treated at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital on Monday and released. Authorities initially suspected speed and racing might have been factors in the crash, but said Tuesday no criminal charges have been filed and the case remains under investigation. “This is a tragedy, and those that were killed were friends of the others that were involved,” a sheriff’s detective, Tony Arnold, said.