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Jamaica alumni tourney part of Broward 100 celebrations

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first_imgSince 2009, soccer and netball enthusiasts in the southeast and the Caribbean throng Lauderhill’s Sports Complex for the annual Jamaica High School Alumni Soccer and Netball Tournament (JHSASN).The two-day event is known among ballers and sports enthusiasts as the areas premier Caribbean sporting competition, and this year’s edition will be no different, with action set for September 6 and 7.”I don’t even think of alternate Labour Day plans now,” says Pauline Tucker, resident of Hollywood. “I know that I will be at the JHSASN tournament; it reminds me of my high-school days, yelling ‘goal’ and ‘salad’. We have a great time.”Teams are comprised of alumni from some of Jamaica’s most competitive and acclaimed schools, known for their prowess on the netball court and football field.Alumni have a chance to relive their glory days while vying for the coveted National Weekly Cup and cash prizes for the sports teams and programmes at their alma maters.In addition, proceeds from the event are donated to local and international youth-focused charities.OfferingsLocal and international businesses make up the Caribbean-American Market, where participants can experience cultural foods, unique art and craft and innovative products and services.Admission to the tournament is free and the event is for the whole family, with an exciting children’s area.On Sunday, September 6, the tournament hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the official after party, the annual Soul 2 Soul, at Karu in Fort Lauderdale. Matches resume on Monday, September 7 – Labour Day – at 10 a.m. Music and entertainment will be provided by Passion Entertainment, with DJ Larry.The tournament has been part of a long-term partnership with the City of Lauderhill and is sanctioned as a Broward 100 event. This and other cultural events marking the County’s centennial can be found at www.broward100.org.Team registrations, vending and sponsorship opportunities can be found at: www.jhsasn.org. Inquiries can be made by phone to: 786.417.1225.last_img read more

Alaska demolishes Kia for 2nd straight win

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPlaying its finest basketball to date, Alaska bulldozed Kia, 102-65, Sunday for its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Aces surged ahead in the third quarter where they turned a tight 39-34 halftime lead to a decisive 75-39 at the end of the period.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Alaska’s defense was on point coming out of the halftime break as it forced Kia to shoot 2-of-23 from the field and commit six turnovers in that telling third period as it broke the game wide open thanks to its 36-point explosion.Compton raved with his team’s defensive focus in that game-deciding third period, saying, “If I could find a way to bottle what we did in the third quarter, that would give us a good chance (competing against the contenders). I really appreciate the effort of the guys today defensively and I think we got our teeth back on defense.”Rashawn McCarthy paced Kia with 16 points, four assists, two rebounds, and two blocks off the bench, but that couldn’t stop his side from dropping its 16th straight defeat dating back to the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup, the longest losing skid since Ginebra’s drought back in 1995.Eric Camson chimed in 15 markers, 11 coming in the extended garbage time in the payoff period, on top of six boards, while Ronald Tubid got 13 points on a 4-of-7 shooting from threes, on top of seven rebounds.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Morales picks up where he left off with another cycling victory “Our defensive energy was a little undirected in the first half and it caused us to give up baskets that we didn’t wanna give up. In the second half, we were little more focused,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.Fifth overall pick Jeron Teng outscored the whole Picanto crew, 13-5, in that frame alone as he led the charge for the Aces with 23 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCarl Bryan Cruz added 16 markers and nine boards, while Chris Banchero got 11 points, five assists, and three rebounds.Three other Alaska players notched double-digits in scoring as Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, and Jake Pascual all finished with 10 markers each as the Aces even took a 40-point lead at one point, 86-46 midway in the fourth quarter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ALASKA 102 — Teng 23, Cruz 16, Banchero 11, Abueva 10, Manuel 10, Pascual 10, Enciso 8, Galliguez 5, Thoss 5, Exciminiano 2, Potts 2, Casio 0, Racal 0.KIA 65 — McCarthy 16, Camson 15, Tubid 13, Ababou 5, Caperal 4, Reyes 4, Cabrera 3, Celda 3, Yee 2, Galanza 0, Jamon 0, Paniamogan 0, Sara 0.Quarters: 20-21, 39-34, 75-39, 102-65.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Why Sekou Konneh is the Right Man for the VPO Job

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first_imgFlashback: Mr. Konneh addresses sports journalists shortly after he returned from the 2017 CAF champions League.By Anthony Stephens The Liberia Football Association goes to Congress this weekend in Monrovia with several issues expected to be discussed for the revamping of the beautiful game in this part of the world. An election for the post of vice president for operations (VPO) of the local football house will be one of the agenda items for Saturday’s congress. The position is unquestionably one of the most strategic and important ones at the LFA.But it’s been inactive and lifeless in recent times—desperately needing a special individual to regain the lost respect that has vanished from this key post. With Liberian football still in a shambolic state, someone with passion, energy, and innovation is urgently needed to turn the country’s administrative woes and misfortunes around. And there’s only one name on my mind at the moment, Sekou Konneh.During my highly successful days as an active sports reporter, I met and promoted so many athletes and administrators. Mr. Sekou Konneh, the current President of Barracks Young Controllers Football Club (BYC FC) was one of them.‘Mr. President,’ as I have always called him, is without argument a prepared, passionate and seasoned football administrator.Renowned for his disciplinary ability and straightforwardness, the BYC supremo is football crazy. He lives, talks, thinks, and walks football. In other words, football is his life and a part of his DNA. He’s not a saint, but no one can doubt his experience, qualification, competence, honesty, and kindheartedness.As a former assistant secretary general of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL), I have seen this down to earth man immensely and positively contributing to the growth and development of the beautiful game in Liberia.From transforming underdogs Barracks Young Controllers to a powerhouse in Liberian football to personally and selflessly overseeing the growth and development of players from other clubs, Mr. Konneh has excellently paid his dues to football.It’s time for football to reward him kindly. He deserves a bigger role in football and in this case, the significant VPO position. Aside from all that he brings to football, he has several years of remarkable experience as an educator.Currently, Mr. Konneh, or Ayatollah or Prof. Konneh as his students call him, is the Dean of Liberia College (College of Social Sciences and Humanity) of the University of Liberia (UL). With his challenger in Saturday’s election pulling out, I have no doubt that this reputable football administrator will inject reform, passion, and discipline into the administrative aspect of Liberian football to resurrect it.Anthony Stephens is the former Assistant Secretary General of the Sports Writers Association of Liberia (SWAL).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

At National Economic Dialogue: Stakeholders Call for War, Economic Crimes Court

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first_imgFlashback: President George M. Weah (far left) and other VIPs at the opening of the National Economic DialogueThe persistent cry to establish the war and economic crimes court in the country received a breakthrough on Friday, September 6, 2019, when stakeholders at the just-ended three-day National Economic Dialogue (NED), principally recommended to President George M. Weah to establish the court.In the recommendation, the stakeholders said the implementation of the proposes should be tied to the cabinet performance contracts with ministers, deputies, and assistants to sign and the President should immediately inform them about their marching orders.The establishment of these courts, which falls under the medium term of the NED, also called on President Weah to implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations.The NED, which brought together over 350 concerned participants from government, political parties, youth group, women, development partners, civil society organizations, and the institution of higher learning were all engaged in this conversations.Dr. Toga Gayewea McIntosh, Head of NED Secretariat, who read the consensus document, call on President Weah Strengthen his capacity within the presidency to monitor the implementation and outcome of the just ended dialogue.Reading the preamble, Dr. McIntosh said, “We note, the many economic challenges and are deeply concerned about the hardship brought upon our people as a result of these challenges.“We are also deeply concerned about the possible negative impact these challenges could have on the viability of the nation’s state and of the survival of our people.”He said the three-days NED conversation was focused on four interrelated areas, including the mobilization and management of public finance; Promoting investment and growing private sector business; tracking existing high employment rate amongst our youthful population and the shortage of appropriate skills, and sustaining the peace and bring about genuine reconciliation.“We, reach the general consensus that urgent and strategy strategies and the program must be undertaken by all stakeholders, all arm of government, private sector actors, non-governmental organizations, development partners, individual citizens, and our communities, all stakeholders and these actions should be taken within the next three years, effective from now.“And the idea is to stop rapidly declining economic trend and beginning a gradual posterity economy’s growth pattern. We, recognized that and for this to become a reality and remain meaningful, this will require a high degree of commitment, political way and self-confidence, and sacrifices amongst the Liberian people,” he added.Dr. McIntosh said the process begins with providing and responding effectively to three fundamental questions: What is it that we the Liberian people want; How do we as a people and government go about obtaining these things that we say we want; Are we really ready to collectively do those things that are different to get us to where we want to be?He further said, “We, recognize the challenges facing the economy and the need to mobilize collective efforts while providing huge strategies to omen the pro-poor Agenda for Development and Prosperity (PAPD) that will be implemented in conjunction with our international partners to revive immediately our poor economy state to lay the needed foundation.”Dr. McIntosh used the occasion to thank President Weah for initiating the dialogue and for his engagement.“We, also thanked the UNDP, the EU, USAID, ECOWAS, among other partners and the Economy Dialogue Secretariat, all of the supporting staff that have made so we have a successful dialogue.“We, the people of Liberia are pleased to submit the following practical initiatives and programs with a time-bound role map to be incorporated into the respective action strategic plan of responsible parties to bring about a speedily economy revival and growth within the next three years,” said they are durable things and vital for the survival and faith of the Liberian economy.Under public finance mobilization and management, Dr. McIntosh said immediate actions should be taken within the next six months to complete the process for enactment of the custom code, negotiate and restructure extended debt and quantified (tell us how much), validate (find out the truth behind it) all of the domestic debts and negotiate around the finance.He said the government should recapitalize the Central Bank of Liberia by enforcing existing rules and ensure compliance with an audit of other regulatory within the sector.Dr. McIntosh said, “Our partners need to improve aid management and coordination; increase revenue collections with the appropriate strategy for small, medium and large taxpayers.“Close the lope holds in our laws, policies and the processes to reduce linkages in the revenue collections side and the expenditure side.” President Weah, who received the consensus document from the NED secretariat welcome decision from the stakeholders and promise to immediately act upon it.Weah said in order to implement these recommendations from the NED, he will in the few days set up a cabinet committee that will implement them.President Weah assured stakeholders that their efforts and contributions will not go in vain, but will ensure that the people of Liberia reap positive benefits from their deliberations.“I want to assure you that my Government will take these proposals into urgent and careful consideration. Our focus will be on implementation, although the timing will be a matter for synchronization and harmonization with existing programs and policies.“Additionally, I wish to propose that the National Economic Dialogue Conference should take place on an annual basis, in order to conduct an annual review of the progress that has been made on implementation of the road map presented here today, as well as to analyze each year’s current economic situation so that the necessary adjustments, revisions, and amendments can be made to programs and policies,” he said.Furthermore, “I wish to announce that I will shortly appoint a High Council of Economic Advisors in the Office of the President.  This High Council will consist of both Liberian and international experts, renown for their expertise and experience in their respective disciplines, who will serve on a voluntary basis.  They will be required to meet on a quarterly basis, to review our economic policies and programs, and advise my Government accordingly.“Let me put you on notice that several of you who have participated in this National Economic Dialogue will be tapped to serve on the High Council of Economic Advisors.  So let it come as no surprise to you.“And now, I wish to thank all of you for your participation in this important Conference, especially those of you who traveled from far.  I wish to assure you that your efforts and contributions to our National Economic Dialogue will not go in vain. I will ensure that the People of Liberia reap positive benefits from all that you have done here over the past three days,” President Weah added.He reminded all Liberians, regardless of political affiliation, religion, creed, or tribe; whether resident or in the diaspora, that we all have a responsibility and an obligation to contribute our ideas and suggestions for the revitalization of our economy.“We are all aware of the problems, most of which have existed for a very long time, and we have all suffered because of them.  But this is not the time to point fingers or to apportion blame, for this will not solve anything.  In fact, it is our very awareness of the extent of the problems and the hardships that they have caused, that moved us to seek leadership in order to try to resolve them.“I now have that responsibility, as well as the opportunity, to find a new way forward.  I welcome your constructive criticisms.  But, more importantly, I invite your positive contributions to this national dialogue.“In addressing the concerns raised by a previous speaker regarding that there should be more women in my Government, l want you to know that “more” already implies “more than one”.  However, if the intention is to suggest that you want “additional” women in government, then let me assure you that we are on the path to employ more women.  As Liberia’s “Feminist-in-Chief”, my commitment to inclusiveness of women at all levels of leadership and governance in our society remains firm and unwavering.“Working together, we can make a difference.  Let us always chose dialogue over confrontation, and work in harmony to strengthen and sustain our hard-won peace, because, without peace, our world will be difficult,” he said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Agenda 2/12

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first_img California Entrepreneur Women meets at 6 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Carrows Restaurant, 18355 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-4226. The Mayor’s Office of International Trade offers free international-trade assistance the second Tuesday of each month at the Valley Economic Alliance, 5121 Van Nuys Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (818) 379-7000. The Business Works Networking Group meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Carol’s Restaurant, Northridge. Call (805) 497-0092. To Network meets at 7 a.m. each Tuesday at Mimi’s Cafe, 400 N. Moorpark Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 377-0853. The Greater San Fernando Valley Business and Professional Women meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For more information, call (818) 789-5414. The Kiwanis Club of Tarzana will meet at 6:30 p.m. at Paul’s Cafe, 18588 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 996-1020. Business Network International, Lunch Bunch Chapter, will meet at noon at Carousel Restaurant, 150 E. Angeleno St., Burbank. Call (818) 519-1717, Ext. 220. The Professional Business Network of the San Fernando Valley will meet at 7:05 a.m. at IHOP, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. For more information, call (818) 585-0632 or log on to www.leads4business.com. The Network Advantage of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Coco’s Restaurant, 24930 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 702-9687 or (661) 702-9316. The Harbor chapter of Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s Cafe in Ventura. For more information, call (805) 647-3600. The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Satellite Chapter, meets at 6 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Chaminade College Preparatory, 10210 Oakdale Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 704-0763. BizNet Online magazine will host a networking breakfast from 8 to 9:30 at Denny’s Restaurant, 9001 Tampa Ave., Northridge. Call (818) 892-7883, Ext. 6, or visit the Web site at www.biznetonline.com. Burbank Business Network International will meet at 7 a.m. at the Carousel Restaurant Holiday Inn, 105 E. Angeleno Ave., Burbank. Call Harvey Branman at (818) 954-9294. The Business Referral Group of Tarzana will meet from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 19100 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 881-4900. The Computer Users Group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Granada Pavilion, 11128 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call Mariam Radcliffe at (818) 249-1629 or visit the Web site at www.tugnet.org. Empowerment Systems workshop: “Helping Achievers Succeed.” Call Steve Chichester at (661) 287-4753. Crescenta Valley Chapter of Ali Lassen’s Leads Club will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Decadence Espresso Bar, 3820 Ocean View Blvd., Montrose. Call (800) 767-7337. LeTip of Calabasas will meet at 7 a.m. at Marmalade Cafe, 4783 Commons Way, Calabasas. Call Glenn Neely at (800) 617-5626, Ext. 210. LeTip of Santa Clarita will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the International House of Pancakes, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call Dr. John at (661) 222-9021. Motivated Toastmasters will meet from 6:50 to 8:30 a.m. at Denny’s Restaurant, 5525 Sepulveda Blvd., Sherman Oaks. Call (310) 979-5777. North Valley Regional Chamber of Commerce Senior Services Business Council will meet at noon at Tango D’amore Restaurant on Nordhoff St., Northridge. Call (818) 349-5676. Pre-Paid Legal Services meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at the Glendale Hilton Hotel, 100 Glenoaks Blvd., Glendale. Call (818) 781-1111. Power Partners of Santa Clarita will meet at 7 a.m. at Marie Callender’s, Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 298-5330. Premier Business Xchange will meet at 7:15 a.m. at the Woodland Hills Country Club, 21150 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Call (818) 832-1463.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CONTINUING EVENTS TODAY The Stargazer Oriental Restaurant & Bar will host a business networking mixer at 5 p.m. at 6501 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. Call (818) 704-6633. Temple City Toastmasters meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Live Oak Park, 10144 Bogue St., Temple City. Call (626) 444-1482. Pre-Paid Legal Services will meet at 7:15 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel, 30100 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills. Call (818) 781-1111. The Winnetka Chamber of Commerce meets at 6:30 p.m. the first Monday of each month at Canoga Park Bowl, Canoga Park. Call (818) 348-6908. The Toluca Lake Lions Club meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Mondays of each month at Paty’s Restaurant, 10001 Riverside Drive, Toluca Lake. TUESDAY The YMCA’s Coed Service Club meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at various restaurants. For more information, call (818) 841-0387. last_img read more

Lakers’ opening act a flop

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first_imgThe ending overshadowed a dubious beginning. The Lakers’ season started with an odd and unfamiliar sound as their fans vented their frustrations at Bryant with sustained booing. Marge Hearn, widow of late, great broadcaster Chick Hearn, made the introductions of the Lakers starters. The cheers were friendly – especially for point guard Derek Fisher, who was making his Lakers return after two seasons with Golden State and one with Utah. When she came to Bryant’s name, many in the sellout crowd of 18,997 unleashed a chorus of boos. The fans made their statement and, in time, they cheered Bryant again. It was another turn in what’s been a melodramatic saga for Bryant, who has asked to be traded from the only NBA team for which he has played. Lakers coach Phil Jackson confirmed the team has talked to the Chicago Bulls, but said nothing is imminent. Jackson said after Monday’s practice that he hoped the situation would be resolved sooner rather than later. Asked on Tuesday to clarify his comment, Jackson declined by saying, “I don’t know how much more explicit I could be without divulging too much.” The Lakers then went out and revealed their many faults during a disjointed performance against the Rockets. Houston seized control in the third quarter, with Tracy McGrady scoring 14 of his team-leading 30 points to help the Rockets to a 70-62 lead to start the fourth quarter. The Lakers made a run midway through the fourth, but McGrady and Yao Ming turned them away in the final seconds. Yao added 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Rockets. Battier had 11 points before fouling out. The Lakers missed their first five shots of the game before Bryant drove for a layup, drawing his first cheers from the fans. The only reason the Lakers weren’t in serious trouble by then was that the Rockets missed their first seven shots before Yao’s layup with 7:37 left in the quarter. Bryant scored the Lakers’ first five points and seven of their first 13, helping them build a 13-4 lead. He scored 13 points on 4-for-9 shooting in the first quarter, looking fully engaged as he hit the floor in search of a loose ball in the game’s opening minutes. It seemed like old times in some ways, but not in all of them. Although the fans warmed to his performance, their response was tepid at best. The chants of “M-V-P, M-V-P,” that so often accompany Bryant’s trips to the free-throw line were muted at best in the first half. The fans sat in silence, cheering politely when the ball snapped through the net. Bryant made a number of spectacular plays. In the first quarter, he drove, scooped the ball left-handed under Yao’s arms, off the glass and into the hoop. Bryant also did some playmaking, including a drive when he dropped the ball off to the trailing Ronny Turiaf and Turiaf dunked to bring a roar from the crowd. elliott.teaford@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NBA: Bryant is booed but scores 45 points before rally falls short against a deeper Houston squad. By Elliott Teaford Staff Writer If Kobe Bryant had hoped for a cathartic experience after an offseason of discontent, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time Tuesday night at Staples Center. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Booed before the game and in the opening minutes, Bryant and the Lakers failed to complete a frantic rally and fell to the Houston Rockets, 95-93, on opening night. Bryant scored 45 points on 13-for-32 shooting in 43 minutes, adding eight rebounds and four assists. He made only 18 of 27 free throws, including one he shanked intentionally with the Lakers down by two points with 1.3 seconds to play. “I understand where they’re coming from,” Bryant said of the booing by the fans. “They don’t really understand the whole situation because I keep my mouth shut like I should, but I don’t blame them.” In the end, Houston’s depth proved to be too much for the Lakers, who lacked the secondary scorers of the Rockets. Houston had four players score 10 or more points; the Lakers had only Bryant and Derek Fisher (17 points) score in double figures. The Rockets’ Shane Battier supplied the dagger to the Lakers’ hearts. His 3-pointer from the right wing with 2.5 seconds remaining broke a 92-all tie after Fisher had tied it with a jump shot to complete a rally from a 92-80 deficit in the final 90 seconds. last_img read more

Founders Day event marks Whittier’s birthday

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first_imgWHITTIER – After 37 years of living in Whittier, Tina May said she finally found the motivation Saturday to join hundreds of fellow residents at the city’s annual Founders Day celebration. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I like that it’s something different, that people are singing and dancing,” she added. “And I love Uptown. I love being here.” Saturday’s event celebrated Whittier’s 112th birthday, kicking off with a 9:30 a.m. parade from City Hall that included former Whittier mayor and grand marshal Delta Murphy, current Mayor Cathy Warner, Councilmen Owen Newcomer and Joe Vinatieri, Police Chief Dave Singer, and state Assemblyman Rudy Bermudez, D-Norwalk. The Whittier High marching band, baton twirlers from Hoover Elementary and the California Youth Spirit Corp also participated in the parade, which ended at Central Park about 10 a.m. “It’s been a very special day for me,” Murphy told the crowd that gathered at the gazebo after the parade. “I’m so proud of Whittier and I’m so proud of its history.” Organizers said the city was founded by the Society of Friends, Quakers, with the first Founders Day celebrations consisting mostly of a picnic in the park by descendants of early settlers. With her husband and older son out of town, May said it was the perfect opportunity to check out the annual parade and festivities at Central Park. And as she stood with her son Nathan on the grassy lawn, chowing down on hot dogs and sodas as the Whittier High School band performed in the park’s gazebo, she marveled at the fact it took her so long to discover the event. “I think this whole thing is pretty neat,” she said. “There are all sorts of interesting facts about Whittier at the different booths, and we had to go look at the antique cars because \ crazy about cars. • Photo Gallery: 05/13: Founder’s Day celebration center_img For More Info The 1987 Whittier Narrows earthquake and the city’s centennial celebration brought many of the city’s historical features to light, organizers said – and so they began planning more activities to attract younger families and children. This year, the celebration included costumed pioneers and booths offering bratwurst, old-fashioned strawberry shortcake and 25-cent slices of bread topped with freshly churned butter. Other booths featured peeks at antique farm machinery and special-interest automobiles, as well as information on the library and local police, arts and crafts, the history of the Miss Whittier pageant, the local genealogical society and the Whittier Historic Neighborhood Association. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want 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

ANTI-PYLON GROUP VOW TO CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST ESB OVER CONTROVERSIAL POWERLINE

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first_imgA member of one of Donegal’s most famous families has appealed to the ESB to reconsider their plans for a 100kms pylon network across Donegal.Deirdre Brennan of the famous musical Brennan family of Clannad was speaking as work commenced on the huge 110KV volt line project from Killybegs to Gaoth Dobhair.Ms Brennan, who is part of the Alternatives To Pylons (ALT) Campaign, said the fight against the pylons would now be intensified. “There are many alternatives to these overground pylons but they are simply not being investigated by the ESB or EirGrid.“What is stopping them putting this network underground like is being done in so many other countries? If it works for them, why couldn’t it work in Donegal,” she asked.She added that many areas on which the network was going through including Gweebarra and Gaoth Dobhair had been designated Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) but that this was now being ignored by the Government.“We are continuing to meet with landowners to inform them what signing over their land will mean to them in future. “Once landowners sell the right to allow these pylons on their land, then they will lose all their rights for the future,” she claimed.She added that many concerned residents and landowners are only now realising the impact the line will have on their lives.“It may be eleven years on the go but people are realising now how unsightly these pylons will be in what is one of the most beautiful parts of the country.“Of course we are not giving up our campaign just because they have started work. There will be more meetings and people always have the right to object,” she said.Many top musicians including Brian Kennedy, Paul Brady and Clannad have already come out against he plan. But the ESB claim the new upgrade is vital for the electricity network across Donegal.The project received planning permission from An Bord Pleanála in 2009 and will hopefully be completed by 2013.EirGrid Project Manager, Peter Graham, said the line is vital to help the electricity supply across the county.“This is vital for County Donegal. Having a secure electricity supply will increase Donegal’s potential to attract investment. “Specifically, in the areas of Killybegs, Kilcar, Gweedore and Derrybeg we are at the point where new industry requiring large electrical supplies cannot be connected without this project.”“Investment in energy infrastructure is every bit as essential as investment in road, rail and broadband.“Donegal needs to be able to guarantee potential investors in the region that their business will be able to operate safely and securely at all times. Without this new line, such a guarantee is not possible.”The construction is being carried out by ESB Network staff based in Donegal, supplemented by local contractors and suppliers.Minister of State for Rural Affairs, Dinny McGinley TD, also gave the project his seal of approval.“This is a much needed piece of infrastructure.“As all of us from the county know, Donegal has been badly hit by this recession. We must have the necessary infrastructure in place if we are to attract and maintain jobs and investment.“I am particularly pleased that local contractors and suppliers are being employed by ESB Networks during the construction phase, providing much needed local employment,” he said.Ends.ANTI-PYLON GROUP VOW TO CONTINUE FIGHT AGAINST ESB OVER CONTROVERSIAL POWERLINE was last modified: August 16th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:ClannadDeirdre BrennanESBpylonslast_img read more

Pro gamer tests out new system

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first_imgIt took Microsoft Corp. only two tries to get it right in the video-game-console business. The new Xbox 360, available today, is a stylish, powerful improvement over the previous model that largely fulfills the company’s promise of making a next-generation game system that can serve as an entertainment hub. There are two flavors of Xbox 360, but I can only recommend the pricier $399.99 version. It includes a remote control, a headset enabling you to chat with buddies in online multiplayer games, a comfortable wireless controller, and most importantly, a 20-gigabyte detachable hard drive. For $100 less you could buy the basic “Core System” sans a hard drive, but it’s not a very good value. This time around, Microsoft went with an external power supply, and for good reason: It is a giant gray brick nearly as large as the console itself. Good thing I was able to tuck it out of view behind the television. At the console’s heart is a 3.2 gigahertz IBM-designed PowerPC microprocessor with three cores – or tiny computing engines – that run simultaneously. The unit has 512 megabytes of memory, eight times more than the original Xbox, as well as a custom graphics chip. The machine’s power was evident the moment I turned it on, and the graphics are the best looking I’ve seen on any platform. “Project Gotham Racing 3” captures the blurred sensation of barreling down race tracks with fluid photorealism. It’s like watching a real race on television but you’re actually controlling the outcome. Other games I tested were equally stunning, notably the World War II first-person shooter “Call of Duty 2,” where you can actually see Russian soldiers exhaling as they battle Nazis on frozen battlefields. In “NBA2K6,” rivulets of trickling digital sweat have never been so perfectly rendered in a video game. Of the 18 games available at launch, none really stands out as a marquee title, and many are available for older-generation systems. I wish Microsoft had paired the new unit with a must-have title. “Halo 3” would seem a no-brainer. I was able to play older-generation games like “Halo 2” without a hitch using software emulation. I was unable to transfer my saved games, though, so I had to start all over. Some old Xbox favorites such as the fighting game “Ninja Gaiden” didn’t work at all, even though it’s on a list of compatible titles at www.xbox.com. My advice? Don’t get rid of your old Xbox just yet. Xbox 360 uses a simple, easy-to-navigate interface called Dashboard to switch between games, online play and other functions. It’s far superior to what’s out there on other consoles. Four tabs on the screen’s sides each manage a different function: One handles your Xbox Live account, another is for setting parental controls, sound and video options and a third is for nongame media. The fourth tab manages games and is also where you can play and buy Xbox Live Arcade games, which tend to be casual games like “Bejeweled” or retro hits like “Joust.” (A no-frills “silver” service is free, while “gold” memberships cost $69.99 for 12 months, $39.99 for three months). Transferring my old Xbox Live account to the 360 was simple but disconcerting. For security reasons, Microsoft barred me from using the online service on my old Xbox after had I upgraded. The media tab offers the most tantalizing peek at how the 360 goes beyond video games. After downloading and installing a special software patch on my home computer, I was able to wirelessly access MP3 music files on my PC and play them on the 360. I couldn’t stream the hundreds of AAC-encoded songs I’ve downloaded from Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes service, though. I pulled up some vacation photos in much the same way. The device also supports movies if you have a computer with the Windows XP Media Center Edition operating system (I don’t). You could even rip music CDs directly onto the 360, but with only 20 gigabytes of storage (nearly half of that already consumed with pre-loaded demos, film clips and other freebies) you’ll probably run out of space fast. Though it’s more than double the price of older consoles, there’s a lot of value in the Xbox 360. In fact, it reminds me more of a PC than a video-game console, just a whole lot cheaper. Case in point: I recently spent $350 just for a video card for my PC. Think about it: For $50 more, I could have bought an entire game system that’s nearly as powerful. Microsoft has done more than beat rivals to market with a powerful, flexible video-game machine. With Xbox 360, the company that helped turn personal computers into household devices has created a machine that may someday replace them. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Not only do you lose out on the disk storage, but you get a controller that’s tethered to the system. There’s no remote, headset or other accessories that would easily top $100 if purchased separately. Regardless, you’ll have to buy the games separately – neither system includes any beyond a few demos and the simple board and puzzle games you can download via a robust, much-improved Xbox Live multiplayer gaming network. For a system that so seamlessly melds the worlds of online and offline gaming, Wi-Fi should have been included. Instead, it’s an extra accessory. The 360 is a pleasing visual contrast to its decidedly garish, hulking predecessor. Instead of a black behemoth with lime-green accents, the 360 is a slim off-white color and can either stand on its side like a personal computer tower or be stacked horizontally with the rest of your audio-visual gear. last_img read more

QPR v Preston: five key battles

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first_imgQPR hope to return to winning ways on Saturday when they host pointless Preston at Loftus Road. Here’s the five match-ups we believe might be crucial in determining the outcome.Jake Bidwell v Ben PringleBidwell was not at his best in the defeat at Barnsley in midweek, struggling up against Ryan Kent. However, he will hope to fare better in his battle with former Fulham man Pringle, who has started all three of Preston’s Championship matches.Yeni N’Gbakoto v Liam GrimshawThe recent signing from Metz is still adapting to English football but is likely to start on Rangers’ left-hand side again. He will be up against Liam Grimshaw, who has come in for some flak for his displays at right-back in the early games, deputising for the long-term absentee Calum Woods.James Perch v Callum RobinsonWith Grant Hall serving a ban, Nedum Onuoha is required to shift across to centre-half, meaning a recall for Perch. He will need to be on his toes against the speedy Robinson, whose goal as a substitute in last weekend’s game against Fulham earned him a recall on Tuesday.Steven Caulker v Jermaine BeckfordBorn just eight miles apart, in Feltham and Ealing respectively, these two West Londoners will relish an aerial tussle. Caulker was disappointing in the loss at Oakwell, while former Wealdstone marksman Beckford will hope to improve on his three previous appearances against Rangers, when he has failed to find the net.Sebastian Polter v Tom Clarke and Bailey WrightAt the other end of the pitch, Polter – with two goals in his first three league games – will have a significant height advantage over both Preston centre-backs. His link up play with Tjaronn Chery will again be important.Click here for our QPR v Preston quizSee also:Hall sent off as QPR are beatenBarnsley v QPR player ratingsQPR should beat Preston – and Fulham’s odds are cut after good startMcManaman ‘too expensive’ for QPR – HasselbainkPreview: QPR looking to get back on track against PrestonQPR wait for news on Gladwin injuryFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more