Local colleges give respectable Penns showings

first_imgWHILE most attention from a local standpoint was on the high school teams at the Penn Relays which ended on Saturday in Philadelphia, it was also on outstanding performances from local college teams in both individual and relay events.Over the past few years, the University of Technology took the fight to their American counterparts, winning several championship events, but this time around, pride of place went to the St Catherine based GC FOSTER College, that had their best ever result at the Carnival. The Maurice Wilson coached team walked away with two Championship of America titles, winning the Sprint Medley and the 4x 100m relays.Despite not even being placed among the seeded teams in the Men’s Sprint Medley finals on Friday, GC won their Heat in 3:16.15 to have the fastest time overall. There was drama, as Penn State, who won the sedeed heat, saw their members celebrating and were ready to go to the podium to collect their plaque and watches but had to retreat after finding out that their winning time of 3:17.40 was much slower than GC Foster’s.GC Foster had their biggest moment on Saturday’s final day as their male quartet of Colin King, Everton Clarke, Romario Williams and Chaddick Hinds sped to victory in the Men’s 4x 100m in 38.94 seconds, taking some big scalps, as Oregon was second in 39.10 seconds and Auburn third in 39.12 seconds.They also had a second place finish in the Men’s 4x 200m in 1:21.55, as Houston won in 1:21.17.There was another top three finish in the championships for another Jamaican team in the male division, as Mico University College, appearing on this big stage for the first time, left the meet in fine style. Competing in the final event on Saturday night, the team from Marescaux Road, which got a lot of support from the Jamaican fans inside the Franklin Field Stadium, ran their hearts out, finishing a close third in the 4x 400m in 3:05.76, behind winners Auburn 3:05.19 and Penn State 3:05.69. Auburn was pushed to victory by 2015 Issa Boy’s Class one 400m champion Akeem Bloomfield, formerly of Kingston College, who ran a relay split of 44.85 seconds, and Nathan Allen, the silver medallist then at St Jago, who ran the anchor leg for Auburn. The members of the history making Mico team, were Javere Bell, Marco Doodnauthsing, Omar Thompson and Jamari Rose.The University of Technology (Utech) had the best showing in the Relays among females locally, as they finished third in the 4x 400m in 3:32.6, behind winners Oregon 3:24.72, and Oklahoma second in 3:31.90.BEST SHOWINGThe University of West Indies’ male team also had a consolation victory ,winning the College 4x100m in 39.96 seconds.Utech’s Ronald Levy had the best individual showing, as he continued his fine form this season in the 110m hurdles. He showed that his win in the event over Olympian Hansle Parchment two weeks ago was no fluke, as he captured the College Championships of America event in 13.33 seconds.Levy’s teammate Michael Campbell was second in the men’s College Championships 100m in a wind aided 10.09 seconds while GC Foster College’s, Marzel Miller had a third place in the 400m hurdles in 51.32 seconds.The University of the West Indies’s Carlington Moulton was victorious in the consolation high jump finals for College Men, after clearing the bar at 2.12m.-R.G.last_img read more

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Myrtle Sarrosa fulfills childhood dream of representing Ginebra

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For Myrtle Sarrosa, being named as the muse of Barangay Ginebra for the start of the 43rd season of the PBA was just one part of her night.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ricky Vargas is new PBA chairman Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Donning a flowy red dress, the statuesque Sarrosa was a stunning rose in front of the Gin Kings and was a touch of welcome elegance at Smart Araneta Coliseum.A smile flashed across Sarrosa’s face, knowing full well she achieved something she had always dreamed of since she was a child back in Iloilo.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 folk“Actually, my family and I are huge Ginebra fans so when I knew that I would be the team’s muse they were in full support,” said Sarrosa in Filipino Sunday. “I’m glad that the first time I became a muse it was for the team I really liked.”“When I was a kid, we really liked to watch PBA games so I’m truly grateful that I was Ginebra’s muse.” Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And welcoming Sarrosa to her first dance as one of the ladies of the PBA opening ceremonies was an old friend of hers.Scottie Thompson and Sarrosa first became acquainted with each other when the two met in the NCAA during the former’s playing years for University of Perpetual Help.“I’m so proud of Scottie and I told him that the last time we saw each other was when he was playing in the NCAA and I was the courtside reporter for Perps, and now we’re reunited at Ginebra,” said Sarrosa who stood with a princess-like poise while wearing four-inch heels.“And I’m really happy because back then I just wore sneakers on the court and now I’m walking out there with the players especially with Scottie.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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Japan’s Nishikori plays 1st Grand Slam match since Wimbledon

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film His coach, 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang, said that getting through some quick and relatively easy matches in the early rounds could be vital to a long stay in the draw for Nishikori.Also important, according to Chang: staying focused.“It’s a combination of continuing to work on his game and being stronger mentally when it really, really counts. You need that,” Chang said. “In the big matches, in the big moments, you can’t afford to have one loose game on your serve. You just can’t do it. Guys are going to take advantage of it. The guys who are ranked a little bit lower — you can get away with it, a little bit here, a little bit there. The better guys, you can’t get away with it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls By now, that’s nearly a given whenever he enters major tournaments. Nishikori, a 28-year-old from Japan who is seeded 19th at Roland Garros, is scheduled to play Maxime Janvier in the first round Sunday.While Janvier has never played a tour-level match, and has never been ranked better than 228th, Nishikori is familiar with the upper echelons of tennis. He has been ranked as high as No. 4, was the runner-up at the 2014 U.S. Open and a semifinalist in New York two years later, along with making five other quarterfinal runs at majors, including the French Open in two of the past three years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut after appearing in 21 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, he missed two in a row — last year’s U.S. Open, then the Australian Open this January — because his right wrist was not fully recovered enough from a torn tendon.Getting in a lot of matches on red clay ahead of Paris became a priority, and Nishikori did just that, reaching the final at the Monte Carlo Masters before losing to Rafael Nadal, and the quarterfinals at the Italian Open before losing to Novak Djokovic. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Japan’s Kei Nishikori, left, trains with coaches Michael Chang, of the U.S, center, and Argentina’s Dante Bottini at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 25, 2018. The French Open tennis tournament starts Sunday. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Kei Nishikori is healthy and ready to return to Grand Slam action at the French Open with what amounts to a rather modest goal, given his rate of success in recent years.“I hope,” he said, “I can go to the second week.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Klay Thompson scores 35, Warriors force Game 7 in West finals Along the way at those two events, Nishikori defeated Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov, all ranked in the top five.“I’m feeling very confident,” Nishikori said, “especially after beating those players.”The challenge now is that he will need to win best-of-five-set matches, instead of best-of-three, something he hasn’t had to do in a while.The key?“Hopefully I can finish as soon as possible on the court and not have to use too much energy each time,” Nishikori said. “On the clay, you have to play heavy and you have to play smart, too. You cannot play just aggressive. You’ve got to be really smart.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Young Life Opens Camp for Ebola Survivors

first_imgYoung Life, a Christian US-based humanitarian organization that reaches out to young people, has opened a weekend camp for Ebola survivors aimed at helping them to relax and find consolation following their ordeal with the deadly virus.The camp brought together more than 100 young people from three counties, Montserrado, Bong and Margibi, all of whom have survived the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and also experienced the loss of loved ones to the virus.  Baptist Youth Camp along the Roberts International Airport highway was the venue for the camp where 52 female and 50 male convened.Young Life regional director, James S. Davis, II, said last Friday at the opening session that the camp is intended to support survivors who have had horrible experiences by giving them teachings of hope that would reduce the stress accumulated from contracting the deadly Ebola disease.  He said the organization’s intentions are also to build the capacities of these survivors and help them to know Jesus. Mr. Davis said he hoped that after each weekend camp survivors would be able to regain confidence and courage to withstand the stigma associated with contracting the disease.  Another objective, said Mr. Davis, is to empower survivors to reestablish relationships within their families and communities and to fight Ebola where they live.“We need to give them the courage and hope that they can go out there and contribute to society. As survivors, they can help us immensely in the fight of the epidemic,” he said.He emphasized that Young Life was also focusing on helping the survivors to leave the camp knowing Jesus Christ, living and sharing His wonderful work of saving them from the EVD.The Young Life Regional Director said that his organization has been working with the young people from the time they were declared Ebola-free, believing that with the messages of hope and courage, including other educational lessons, they will be able to help fight the disease and the stigma associated with it.“These people are coming from places that were badly hit by the virus and had bitters experiences. We believed that having fun, laughter, and being together like this will help greatly in fighting the stigma with which they are confronted in their various communities,” said Mr. Davis.“Young Life will also identify with survivors by giving them special packages of assorted foods and other items,” he disclosed.He used the occasion to admonish those involved in stigmatizing and rejecting EVD survivors, to stop doing so and accept them as normal people.Said Mr. Davis: “they did not buy, pray or request for the disease and they are human beings like ourselves.”He hoped that his organization would be able to extend its youth camp to other counties.Survivors who spoke with this newspaper expressed their gratitude to Young Life for the initiative which they said has given them hope.Most of them said they lost at least one or more family members to the disease.They all stated that their losses of brothers, sisters, children and parents to the virus have put them in an emotional state and the initiative of Young Life was helpful.They called on the government and partners to help survivors with financial and other support, without which some of them would find making a living for themselves extremely difficult.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.College Football 9 a.m.West Virginia at RutgersCh. 7 9 a.m.Michigan State at IowaESPN2 10 a.m.Howard at Norfolk StateESPNU 10 a.m.Delaware at NavyCSTV NoonUSC at OregonPrime710, 1330 NoonArizona at WashingtonFSN 12:30 p.m.Nebraska at TexasCh. 7 12:30 p.m.Georgia vs. Florida, at Jacksonville, Fla.Ch. 2 12:30 p.m.Minnesota at MichiganESPNC 1:30 p.m.Virginia at North Carolina StateESPNU 1:30 p.m.Rice at MarshallCSTV 3:30 p.m.UCLA at Washington StateFSN570 4 p.m.Kansas at Texas A&MESPN2 4:45 p.m.South Carolina at TennesseeESPN 5 p.m.Ohio State at Penn StateCh. 7 5 p.m.Duke at Florida StateESPNU 7 p.m.California at Arizona StatePrime540 Golf 5:30 a.m.PGA European Mallorca ClassicGolf 10 a.m.Nationwide Miccosukee ChampionshipGolf NoonPGA Ginn sur Mer ClassicGolf 3 p.m.Champions Schwab Cup ChampionshipGolf Hockey 7 p.m.Edmonton at KingsFSN1150 Motorsports 6:30 a.m.Trucks qualifying, at GeorgiaSpeed 10 a.m.Trucks event, at GeorgiaSpeed NoonNASCAR CountdownESPN2 12:30 p.m.Busch Sam’s Town 250ESPN2 3 p.m.NC Pep Boys Auto 500 practice (delayed)ESPN2 7 p.m.NHRA Las Vegas qualifying (delayed)ESPN2 Rodeo 6 p.m.PBR World Finals, second roundVersus Running 10 a.m.Rock `n’ Roll Half Marathon (taped)FSN Soccer 7 a.m.England: Manchester City at ChelseaFSC 9 a.m.England: West Ham at PortsmouthFSC 11:30 a.m.Italy: Cagliari at Torino (delayed)FSC 1:30 p.m.England: Newcastle at Reading (delayed)FSC 3 p.m.Mexico: Toluca at JaguaresCh. 54 3 p.m.Mexico: Pachuca at MonterreyGalavision 4:30 p.m.MLS playoffs: New England at New YorkFSC 5 p.m.MLS playoffs: Chivas USA at Kansas CityPrime1020 5 p.m.Mexico: Tigres at MonarcasCh. 54 7 p.m.Mexico: Santos at Atlas (delayed)Ch. 46 9 p.m.Mexico: Necaxa at Atlante (delayed)Galavision Tennis 5 a.m.WTA Generali Ladies Linz, semifinalsTennis Horse Racing 9 a.m.Breeders’ Cup (through 3 p.m.)ESPN 4 p.m.Trackside Live: Oak TreePrime Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: CBS (Ch. 2); ABC (Ch. 7); Fox (Ch. 11); KFTR (Ch. 46); KAZA (Ch. 54); KDOC (Ch. 56); KJLA (Ch. 57); KLCS (Ch. 58); CSTV (College Sports Television); ESPNC (ESPN Classic); FSC (Fox Soccer Channel); FSE (Fox Sports En Espa ol); FSN (Fox Sports Net West); Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket); Speed (Speed Channel); TNT (Turner Network Television). RADIO INDEX: XSUR (540 AM); KLAC (570 AM); KSPN (710 AM); KTNQ (1020 AM); KTLK (1150 AM); KWKW (1330 AM). ——— Home games ——— Away games160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Baseball 5 p.m.W. Series Game 3: Boston at ColoradoCh. 11, FSE710 ON THE AIR TODAY’S EVENTSTVRADIO Baseball 5 p.m.W. Series Game 3: Boston at ColoradoCh. 11, FSE710 NoonUSC at OregonPrime710, 1330 NoonArizona at WashingtonFSN 12:30 p.m.Nebraska at TexasCh. 7 12:30 p.m.Georgia vs. Florida, at Jacksonville, Fla.Ch. 2 12:30 p.m.Minnesota at MichiganESPNC 1:30 p.m.Virginia at North Carolina StateESPNU 1:30 p.m.Rice at MarshallCSTV 3:30 p.m.UCLA at Washington StateFSN570 4 p.m.Kansas at Texas A&MESPN2 4:45 p.m.South Carolina at TennesseeESPN 5 p.m.Ohio State at Penn StateCh. 7 5 p.m.Duke at Florida StateESPNU 7 p.m.California at Arizona StatePrime540 Golf 5:30 a.m.PGA European Mallorca ClassicGolf 10 a.m.Nationwide Miccosukee ChampionshipGolf NoonPGA Ginn sur Mer ClassicGolf 3 p.m.Champions Schwab Cup ChampionshipGolf Hockey 7 p.m.Edmonton at KingsFSN1150 Motorsports 6:30 a.m.Trucks qualifying, at GeorgiaSpeed 10 a.m.Trucks event, at GeorgiaSpeed NoonNASCAR CountdownESPN2 12:30 p.m.Busch Sam’s Town 250ESPN2 3 p.m.NC Pep Boys Auto 500 practice (delayed)ESPN2 7 p.m.NHRA Las Vegas qualifying (delayed)ESPN2 Rodeo 6 p.m.PBR World Finals, second roundVersus Running 10 a.m.Rock `n’ Roll Half Marathon (taped)FSN Soccer 7 a.m.England: Manchester City at ChelseaFSC 9 a.m.England: West Ham at PortsmouthFSC 11:30 a.m.Italy: Cagliari at Torino (delayed)FSC 1:30 p.m.England: Newcastle at Reading (delayed)FSC 3 p.m.Mexico: Toluca at JaguaresCh. 54 3 p.m.Mexico: Pachuca at MonterreyGalavision 4:30 p.m.MLS playoffs: New England at New YorkFSC 5 p.m.MLS playoffs: Chivas USA at Kansas CityPrime1020 5 p.m.Mexico: Tigres at MonarcasCh. 54 7 p.m.Mexico: Santos at Atlas (delayed)Ch. 46 9 p.m.Mexico: Necaxa at Atlante (delayed)Galavision Tennis 5 a.m.WTA Generali Ladies Linz, semifinalsTennis Horse Racing 9 a.m.Breeders’ Cup (through 3 p.m.)ESPN 4 p.m.Trackside Live: Oak TreePrime Times may be different for satellite TV viewers; consult your guide. TV INDEX: CBS (Ch. 2); ABC (Ch. 7); Fox (Ch. 11); KFTR (Ch. 46); KAZA (Ch. 54); KDOC (Ch. 56); KJLA (Ch. 57); KLCS (Ch. 58); CSTV (College Sports Television); ESPNC (ESPN Classic); FSC (Fox Soccer Channel); FSE (Fox Sports En Espa ol); FSN (Fox Sports Net West); Prime (Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket); Speed (Speed Channel); TNT (Turner Network Television). RADIO INDEX: XSUR (540 AM); KLAC (570 AM); KSPN (710 AM); KTNQ (1020 AM); KTLK (1150 AM); KWKW (1330 AM). ——— Home games ——— Away games160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! College Football 9 a.m.West Virginia at RutgersCh. 7 9 a.m.Michigan State at IowaESPN2 10 a.m.Howard at Norfolk StateESPNU 10 a.m.Delaware at NavyCSTV last_img read more

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Around Whittier

first_imgProperty tax bill due on Monday Even if you didn’t get a bill in the mail, the first installment of the 2007-2008 property tax bill is due Monday, Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach said. “The bill must be paid on time to avoid penalty,” Auerbach said. “Even if property owners have not received a bill from the county Treasurer Tax Collector Department, it is clear that they are legally responsible for making a payment on time,” he said. Mailed payments must be postmarked by midnight Monday or can be made in person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at the tax collector’s first-floor counters in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 225 N. Hill St., or at the tax office in Lancaster, 335 A East Avenue K-6. Credit-card payments can be made by calling (888) 473-0835. Bill Bell Bird Walk Saturday SOUTH EL MONTE – The 19th annual Bill Bell Bird Walk will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, 1000 N. Durfee Ave. Although Bell retired as editor of the Whittier Daily News in July, the Whittier Area Chapter of the National Audubon Society will continue with the bird walk and Bell will continue to participate this year, said Cathy Walters, chapter president and leader of the event. The group will meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Participants need not be experienced birders. The walk lasts 90 minutes to two hours and is followed by light refreshments in the Nature Center building. Participants should dress comfortably and casually. Bring binoculars or scopes if you have them but the regular birders are quite generous sharing their expertise and views of birds through their scopes, said Audubon officer Linda Oberholtzer. Free legal help center to open NORWALK – The Los Angeles County Superior Court system is opening its second Resource Center for Self-Represented Litigants on Tuesday with funding from the Judicial Council of California. Located at the Norwalk courthouse, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., the center’s staff and volunteers exclusively help litigants who are unable to obtain an attorney but need legal assistance. There will be no charge for these services. The Resource Center is in Room 104E. The center will provide free on-site workshops and legal clinics for people filing for divorce, computer-based legal information, self-help books and court forms. Trained staff members and volunteers will help litigants with their family law cases. The center will soon be providing help with other legal matters. For more information call (213) 974-5227. Save on presents through Auto Club WHITTIER – The Automobile Club of Southern California office here is reminding consumers they can use their AAA membership cards to save on gifts, both online and at the mall. Through AAA’s “Show Your Card and Save,” Auto Club members can save money at 110,000 retail locations in North America. For a complete listing of retailers offering member discounts, visit the Auto Club at 16041 Whittier Blvd. or visit www.AAA.com/save. Members can also shop online at www.AAA.com/save, which offers discounts from popular online retailers such as Target.com, Barnesandnoble.com, FTD.com and more. Bargain prices at Bargain Bin WHITTIER – Unique Christmas decorations and gifts galore at bargain prices are available at Assistance League of Whittier’s Bargain Bin, 6330 Greenleaf Ave. Additionally, Timeless Treasures, the antique gift store upstairs offering more expensive items, is having a half-price sale (excluding items on consignment). The shops are the group’s major fundraiser to make possible its numerous philanthropic projects, including Operation School Bell, Dental Care, Kids on the Block and others. The shops are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The year-round stores accept donations of used clothing, household items, holiday decorations, antiques and collectibles. For more information, call (562) 698-7012. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!,Property tax bill due on Monday Even if you didn’t get a bill in the mail, the first installment of the 2007-2008 property tax bill is due Monday, Los Angeles County Assessor Rick Auerbach said. “The bill must be paid on time to avoid penalty,” Auerbach said. “Even if property owners have not received a bill from the county Treasurer Tax Collector Department, it is clear that they are legally responsible for making a payment on time,” he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champMailed payments must be postmarked by midnight Monday or can be made in person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday at the tax collector’s first-floor counters in the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 225 N. Hill St., or at the tax office in Lancaster, 335 A East Avenue K-6. Credit-card payments can be made by calling (888) 473-0835. Bill Bell Bird Walk Saturday SOUTH EL MONTE – The 19th annual Bill Bell Bird Walk will be held at 8 a.m. Saturday at the Whittier Narrows Nature Center, 1000 N. Durfee Ave. Although Bell retired as editor of the Whittier Daily News in July, the Whittier Area Chapter of the National Audubon Society will continue with the bird walk and Bell will continue to participate this year, said Cathy Walters, chapter president and leader of the event. The group will meet in the Nature Center parking lot. Participants need not be experienced birders. The walk lasts 90 minutes to two hours and is followed by light refreshments in the Nature Center building. Participants should dress comfortably and casually. Bring binoculars or scopes if you have them but the regular birders are quite generous sharing their expertise and views of birds through their scopes, said Audubon officer Linda Oberholtzer. Free legal help center to open NORWALK – The Los Angeles County Superior Court system is opening its second Resource Center for Self-Represented Litigants on Tuesday with funding from the Judicial Council of California. Located at the Norwalk courthouse, 12720 Norwalk Blvd., the center’s staff and volunteers exclusively help litigants who are unable to obtain an attorney but need legal assistance. There will be no charge for these services. The Resource Center is in Room 104E. The center will provide free on-site workshops and legal clinics for people filing for divorce, computer-based legal information, self-help books and court forms. Trained staff members and volunteers will help litigants with their family law cases. The center will soon be providing help with other legal matters. For more information call (213) 974-5227. Save on presents through Auto Club WHITTIER – The Automobile Club of Southern California office here is reminding consumers they can use their AAA membership cards to save on gifts, both online and at the mall. Through AAA’s “Show Your Card and Save,” Auto Club members can save money at 110,000 retail locations in North America. For a complete listing of retailers offering member discounts, visit the Auto Club at 16041 Whittier Blvd. or visit www.AAA.com/save. Members can also shop online at www.AAA.com/save, which offers discounts from popular online retailers such as Target.com, Barnesandnoble.com, FTD.com and more. Bargain prices at Bargain Bin WHITTIER – Unique Christmas decorations and gifts galore at bargain prices are available at Assistance League of Whittier’s Bargain Bin, 6330 Greenleaf Ave. Additionally, Timeless Treasures, the antique gift store upstairs offering more expensive items, is having a half-price sale (excluding items on consignment). The shops are the group’s major fundraiser to make possible its numerous philanthropic projects, including Operation School Bell, Dental Care, Kids on the Block and others. The shops are open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. The year-round stores accept donations of used clothing, household items, holiday decorations, antiques and collectibles. For more information, call (562) 698-7012. – From staff reports 160Want 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

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Kwan petitions for spot on Olympic team

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Kwan, a five-time world champion and winner of Olympic silver in 1998 and bronze in 2002, has had a rough season. A hip problem sidelined her for the Grand Prix events, then she hurt her groin Dec. 19. She rarely has competed under the new scoring system adopted by the International Skating Union that will be used at an Olympics for the first time in Turin. When the women’s event ends Saturday, a U.S. Figure Skating committee will choose the winner of the competition and two other skaters for the Turin team. Kwan is expected to get one of the remaining berths – provided she proves she is healthy enough to skate at the games. The U.S. Olympic Committee has until Jan. 30 to file team rosters for the Olympics, including alternates. In Kwan’s case, they could replace her with an alternate, should Kwan not be healthy enough to skate, until a few days before the women’s competition, which starts Feb. 22. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img ST. LOUIS – Michelle Kwan petitioned U.S. Figure Skating on Wednesday to be placed on the women’s team for the Turin Olympics. The move was expected from the nine-time national champion who skipped the national championships this week with a groin injury. It was just a matter of when before the competition ended Saturday that Kwan filed her request. last_img read more

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EMMET RUSHE: CHEAT TO WIN?

first_imgThe International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) was engulfed in a crisis over widespread doping allegations at the weekend.The allegations are focused mainly on Track and Field events and they have brought it into the same realm as cycling regarding the perceived levels of doping and corruption.This isn’t new news to the IAAF. The scandal broke back in December 2014 when a German news station ARD/WDR obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012 and released a documentary Doping – Top Secret: The Shadowy World of Athletics. The BBC reported yesterday that the findings of the databased revealed that;A third of medals (146, including 55 golds) in endurance events at the Olympics and World Championships between 2001 and 2012 were won by athletes who have recorded suspicious tests. It is claimed none of these athletes have been stripped of their medals.More than 800 athletes – one in seven of those named in the files – have recorded blood tests described by one of the experts as “highly suggestive of doping or at the very least abnormal”.A top UK athlete is among seven Britons with suspicious blood scores.British athletes – including Olympic champion heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill – have lost out in major events to competitors who were under suspicion.Ten medals at London 2012 were won by athletes who have dubious test results.In some finals, every athlete in the three medal positions had recorded a suspicious blood test.Russia emerges as “the blood testing epicentre of the world” with more than 80% of the country’s medals won by suspicious athletes, while Kenya had 18 medals won by suspicious athletes.Stars such as Britain’s Mo Farah and Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt recorded no abnormal results.Athletes are increasingly using blood transfusions and EPO micro-doses to boost the red cell count.According to Michael Ashenden, one of the world’s foremost anti-doping experts, the files show that athletics is now in the same “diabolical position” as cycling during the Lance Armstrong era.He said it was “a shameful betrayal of [the IAAF’s] primary duty to police their sport and to protect clean athletes”.If you have ever wondered how much of an advantage doping can give you over your competition, here is an example of what it did for Lance Armstrong; Before being diagnosed with cancer in 1996, his best Tour de France position was 36th.The year he came back having overcome testicular cancer, he won the 1999 competition with a seven-hour margin.Eventually, the United States Anti-Doping Agency banned Armstrong from professional cycling for life and described Armstrong’s cheating as “the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”Lance finished his career 10 years ago. How far do you think doping and the ability to mask the effects of doping have come since then?Let’s face facts. There is widespread drug taking in all sports.There is huge money to be made; especially if you are the star of the show; not to mention the fact that you have a short career at high level sports. If you think that athletes and organisations wouldn’t go to whatever means necessary to win, you are sorely mistaken.Of course you cannot tar every athlete with the same brush, but when more than 800 athletes have abnormalities with blood work, it does suggest a major problem.So how do they deal with this problem?Is it only at the highest level of sports, or does it filter down to grassroots levels? A look at the list of failed drugs tests in Athletics over the years would suggest that the problem is rampant and the only people that the bans affect are the athletes themselves.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_doping_cases_in_athleticsBut it isn’t just the athlete that we have to look at with the doping scandal.Unless you make very strict penalties for coaches, doctors, agents, and support personnel who are likely implicit in the doping, it will never stop.Doping rarely occurs in isolation. If we have learned nothing from history and from cycling, the ones who don’t get caught, for the most part, have a systematic approach with doctors, agents, and support around them.We also have to remember that usually, athletes at the highest level are rarely ‘caught’. The anti-doping organisations are quite often tipped off by rival teams, countries or by disgruntled former teammates like in Lance Armstrong’s case.Personally, I don’t think that the doping issue will ever go away from athletics.There is simply too much at stake and whenever competition and money is involved, people will go to whatever means necessary to win.It’s flawed human nature.What we can expect from the IAAF, is a mass media response to the subject with apologies and promises of change and stricter penalties for dopers, but when you are up against entire nations, don’t be expecting a clean slate anytime soon.#TrainSmarthttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Rushe-Fitness/120518884715118?ref=hl* Emmet is the owner and operator of Rushe FitnessEMMET RUSHE: CHEAT TO WIN? was last modified: August 3rd, 2015 by John2Share 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:cheating to windrugs in sportemmet rushefitness columnlast_img read more

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Tottenham receive big injury boost but it’s not as good as hoped

first_img ADVICE Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino looks worried during Spurs’ 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven. REPLY 2 REVEALED Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY Latest Football News Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade huge blow Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move RANKED center_img no dice REVEALED BEST OF Dele Alli in action against Watford before his injury. He told reporters: “Yes, I think it’s good news [about Alli] but we need to be careful because he was re-injured against Watford after his first injury. Now we need to be careful.“We are happy that he started today with the group. Yes, sure we hope he will be available for Monday but not sure if we’re going to put him in the squad or not.” Spurs play the Premier League champions having suffered a huge blow to their Champions League hopes on Wednesday night with a 2-2 draw against PSV Eindhoven.Alli’s return will be a boon for a downbeat Pochettino, despite their best ever start to a Premier League season.But the midfielder, who has been out of action with a hamstring injury, and has not played since Spurs’ win over Watford in the Carabao Cup on September 26, may not be able to face Man City.Pochettino is wary of Alli rushing back and being sidelined for a third time this campaign and may not pick the player for his squad. shining Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a big injury boost with the return of Dele Alli to training.But it may not be quite as good as hoped with the Argentine admitting he may not be available to face Manchester City on Monday night. Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? last_img read more

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MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM SAY HELICOPTER COULD HAVE BEEN DOWNED IN LASER ATTACK

first_imgA rescue team have slammed young thugs who targeted a helicopter team with lasers during a search mission saying they could brought down the chopper.The Rescue 118 helicopter which was targeted in the laser attack.Members of Donegal Mountain Rescue Team were part of a massive search operation looking for a missing 52 year old man on Saturday morning.However, thugs shone lasers at the Rescue 118 helicopter who had joined the search in the Gaoth Dobhair area. A spokesman for Donegal Mountain Rescue said the rescue mission could have cost many more lives.“Incredibly it was they themselves (the crew of the Rescue 118) who could have become the casualty as the cockpit of the helicopter was filled with laser light directed up at the pilot from the ground.“It is a particularly dangerous act and for a helicopter hovering at low altitude the consequences could have been fatal,” he said.No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident. MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM SAY HELICOPTER COULD HAVE BEEN DOWNED IN LASER ATTACK was last modified: March 15th, 2015 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:Gaoth DobhairGardaihelicopterlaserRESCUE 118last_img read more

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