Tottenham confident Alderweireld will sign new contract extension at the club

first_imgTOTTENHAM are growing increasingly confident that Toby Alderweireld will sign a new contract extension at the club.The Belgium centre-back’s deal runs out in the summer but there is a belief at Spurs that he will agree fresh terms.2 Toby Alderweired was said to be on his way out of Tottenham this summer – but stayed around and is in Pochettino’s plansCredit: Getty Images – GettyAlderweireld, 30, was free to leave for £25million in the summer window due to a clause in his deal but remained in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad.Manchester United and City were candidates to take him but Harry Maguire, 26, was seen as a long-term investment at Old Trafford.Pep Guardiola needed cover after Vincent Kompany’s departure but he instead earmarked midfielder Fernandinho as a back-up centre-half.IN POCH’S PLANSAlderweireld was also on the shortlist of European clubs, including Roma, but was not a No 1 target.He will be in Poch’s long-term plans should he extend his stay beyond a fifth year after arriving from Atletico Madrid for £11.5m.Spurs team-mate Jan Vertonghen, 32, is also out of contract next summer but his future remains uncertain.Latest Tottenham NewsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerAnd their Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen could be sold in the current European window as his deal also expires in 2020.Real Madrid are ready to slap in a late bid after avoiding a summer transfer saga with Spurs chief Daniel Levy, following their past battles for Gareth Bale and Luka Modric.Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek is Real’s other option before the La Liga window closes next week.2 Toby Alderwiereld could be offered a new contract in what would be a remarkable turnaroundCredit: Reuterslast_img read more

Leicy Santos, the great revelation of the season at Atleti

first_imgLeicy Santos has been one of the great feelings that Atlético has left this season. The midfielder, who was one of the signings who landed on the team last summer, has fitted perfectly into the style of the Atletico team. To the Colombian, who arrived on loan from Santa Fe, It cost him to acquire a starting role but, little by little, he has been gaining the position and already has 16 starts and 1,318 minutes, being the eighth player who has worn the elastic mattress the most this season. The coffee player has great qualities in the engine room. It is a player who helps both in attack and defense, with great physical strength in defensive tasks. In addition, he has shown a great goalscoring nose, being the fourth Atlético player with the most goals in the League (5 goals), behind Ludmila (8), Charlyn (8) and Ángela Sosa (9).Santos, born in Santa Cruz de Lorica, Córdoba, is one of the talents of Colombian women’s soccer. Since 2012 he has been a participant in the Colombia National Team and already has a performance in a World Cup (2015) and at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro 2016. Wearing the Santa Fe jersey, Leicy won the Liga Águila title in 2017 and participated in the Copa Libertadores that took place in Paraguay. The team was eliminated in the group stage.last_img read more

Adamson gets 2nd wins, trumps NCAA champ Arellano

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Padda, who started her Adamson tenure in 2016, said their win over Arellano was quite an accomplishment considering the stature of their opponents.“This could be really small for other teams but this was huge for us,” said Padda. “Arellano is the NCAA champion and when we play against higher teams the girls usually get timid but today the girls were focused.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I wasn’t expecting this and what I expected was that Arellano would give a better fight.”Jema Galanza reigned high for the Lady Falcons putting up 18 points while Christine Soyud added nine points. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Break new ground Jovielyn Prado led the Lady Chiefs with 11 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Winning start Ateneo snatches top spot, FEU humbles La Salle in men’s PVLcenter_img Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Jema Galanza, Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson remained undefeated and ran Arellano aground in straight sets, 25-20, 25-22, 25-16, in thePremier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Falcons, who recorded their first win streak under head coach Air Padda, remained undefeated and topped Group B with a 2-0 record while the Lady Chiefs slipped to 2-1.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal blasts Kyrgios for ‘lack of respect’ after Acapulco defeat

first_imgEugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios celebrates his victory after beating Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal during their Mexico ATP 500 Open men’s single tennis match in Acapulco, Guerrero state, Mexico on February 27, 2019. (Photo by PEDRO PARDO / AFP)Rafael Nadal accused Nick Kyrgios of lacking respect “for the public, the opponent and himself” after a stormy defeat to the Australian firebrand at the Mexico Open.Kyrgios survived three match points to beat top-seeded Nadal 3-6, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (8/6) on Wednesday and reach the quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 “I’m just going to go back and work some more, practice some more and get ready for Indian Wells.”Haddad Maia, 22, next faces China’s Want Yafan, who was leading Monica Puig 4-1 when the Puerto Rican retired with an injury.Former world number one Victoria Azarenka of Belarus sailed into the quarter-finals, downing Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-1.Azarenka fired 20 winners to Maria’s 10, and took full advantage of the German’s 28 unforced errors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “I’m different, Rafa’s different. He can focus on what he needs to do. He doesn’t know the journey I have been on, he doesn’t know anything about me,” said Kyrgios who famously stunned Nadal as a teenager at Wimbledon in 2014.“I am not going to listen at all. That’s the way I play. The way he plays is very slow between points.“I’ve got my game, he’s got his game. People are different, that’s the sport.”Nadal, playing his first tournament since falling to Novak Djokovic in the Australian Open final, had three chances to close out Wednesday’s match after taking a 6-3 lead in the third-set tiebreaker.Kyrgios saved the first with a leaping drop shot, and the second with a net-skimming volley.ADVERTISEMENT James Harden drops 58 points as Rockets rally to beat Heatcenter_img MOST READ However, 17-time major winner Nadal was furious with Kyrgios who at one stage complained of being sick, served underarm late in the match before cupping his ear to the boos of the crowd at the conclusion of the second round tie.“He is a player with huge talent and could be winning Grand Slams or fighting for the number one ranking,” said Nadal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“But he lacks respect for the public, the opponent and for himself.”Kyrgios, ranked 72 in the world, hit back at Nadal. 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LATEST STORIES Nadal was just wide with a passing shot to make it 6-6, double-faulted to give Kyrgios a chance and sailed a backhand long to end the match after three hours and three minutes.Kyrgios screamed and dropped to the court in celebration — a conclusion that seemed unlikely when he complained to a trainer after the opening set that he was feeling ill but feared the fallout should he retire.Kyrgios steeled himself to continue, and distractions seemed forgotten as he became absorbed in the battle.Down 0-40 in the ninth game of the second set, Kyrgios saved four break points to keep the set on serve and raced to a 5-0 lead in the tiebreaker.Kyrgios, who received treatment on his lower back before the start of the third, was in trouble again in the sixth game, but fought off five break points to stay on terms and push it to the decisive tiebreaker.Kyrgios leveled his head-to-head record with Nadal at 3-3 and will play three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka for a place in the semi-finals.Switzerland’s Wawrinka, seeded third, belted 32 winners in a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over American Steve Johnson.Women’s top seed Sloane Stephens also bowed out Wednesday, stunned by Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3, 6-3.Haddad Maia’s victory over the fourth-ranked American was her first over a top-10 player in seven opportunities.“It was just a tough match, obviously she played well,” said Stephens, who is playing in Acapulco for the first time since winning the 2016 title. “A tough day. But I’m not too sad about it. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

GECOM’s work programme, timelines ‘are slipping into muddy waters

first_imgDear Editor,With Local Government Elections (LGE) scheduled for November 12, 2018, there is a tremendous intensification of community activities and enquiries, as residents, groups and other interested stakeholders search for clarity on a number of issues, which if not resolved objectively, are likely to negatively impact the credibility of results in any future election.GECOM’s Chairman, Justice (Ret’d) James Patterson, earlier made reference of the serious allegations of what took place at the 2015 Regional and General Elections. He also spoke about trust, accountability, transparency and people confidence in the election process, although there is not much that has been made public to our citizenry, as it relates which substantial or meaningful corrective actions the Commission plans to institute, towards realising these ideals. This in itself is an indictment, vis a vis necessary public confidence.In the same vein, the Chairman’s recent denial of a meeting with the United Nations (UN) Risk Assessment Team is very much disappointing and unacceptable. The tremendous hardships that our people are facing demand that every effort is placed by GECOM to deliver credible procedures and results from free and fair Local Government Elections.Notably, Chairman Justice (Rt’d) James Patterson’s recent rejection of an evaluation by the UN Team is typified outright lawlessness. In particular, it signals the genuine lack of intent and transparency commitment to the UN, which is also a credible International Institution often looked upon to recognise the results of elections. The lack of sincerity conveyed is evident, in the face of recent revelations that he had silently engaged the same institution to provide Technical Information Technology assistance.The situation smacks the highest level of hypocrisy and all citizens must join in demanding that all the processes be transparent. There must be public rejection to all such attempts or systems that can lead to rigged or less than convincing elections results to participants and observers.Although being clearly aware of the examination of very serious GECOM issues and subsequent recommendations possible charges in some instances by the Auditor General, who recommended. The Chairman’s actions/non-actions under the circumstance, seems to be strongly connected with the ‘gerrymandering’ by the controlling People’s National Congress arm of the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change coalition, which is now having a serious effect on the Election process, and the functioning of Local Government Councils.Fixed boundaries issues in several Local Government Constituencies (LGC) have been a manipulated situation which needs to be resolved in several areas. We can ill afford to have residents voting from one constituency voting for representatives in another. Further, the Communities Minister is giving GECOM a basket to fetch water. Minister Ronald Bulkan announced that there will be 16 constituencies’ changes in 14 Neighbourhood Democratic Councils and nine new Local Authority Areas. To date, GECOM is still to have consultations and notify the legally approved or specific boundaries. The candidates must be fully aware of the specific boundaries in each Constituency, before they can check the electoral lists and then extract the Candidates’ names from the Voters List. For the Local Government Elections, GECOM must provide a voters list according to each Constituency It is clear that after the last period of continuous registration and the last Claims and Objections, the GECOM Secretariat was supposed to produce a Preliminary Voters List for the Commissioners to peruse and make available to the political parties. This is still forthcoming, and it squeezes the readiness of interested parties since there is no definite timeline when it will be provided.It is important and imperative that this list be made available for Local Government Elections according to constituency. For this to happen then the stakeholders must be clear about the ‘boundaries’ and the Voters List must be thoroughly checked to make sure that all the candidates and ‘backers’ of the respective lists are in the correct place. There seems to be serious deficiencies at GECOM or a deliberate intention to frustrate the ‘stakeholders’ in the up-coming LGE.This situation is very serious and GECOM ‘Work Programme’ and ‘Timelines ‘are slipping into muddy waters’. This level of incompetency or deliberate action to hurry some process will certainly leads to corruption.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Mayor denies City Hall is cash-strapped

first_img… even as service providers threaten pull-out over excessive debtEven as several service providers, including Puran Brothers Disposal Services and Excalibur Security Services, are threatening to withhold their services given the excessive amounts of money owed to them by City Hall, Mayor Patricia Chase Green is maintaining that City Hall is not cash-strapped.Concerns were raised several days ago after information surfaced that City Hall was in deep debt, and could not afford to pay workers’ salaries and cover their expenses. It was also outlined that drainage contractors have ceased operations and rehabilitative works at the Kitty Market had come to a halt owing to financial difficulties.However, Chase Green has denied these claims, telling Guyana Times that the allegations were untrue, and City Hall was capable ofMayor Patricia Chase Greencovering the municipality’s monthly wage bill which was estimated to be $67 million. The Mayor revealed that workers were paid on Friday afternoon.“As I sit here, the treasurer has not informed me that City Council is bankrupt. Employees were paid here, and those who are being paid through the bank…their money have been sent through,” Chase Green stated.As it concerns the claim that security personnel had been withdrawn from several markets and other locations as a result of City Hall owing the security service, the Mayor maintained that she has not been informed of such, and rubbished the claims as hearsay.“As far as I’m aware, the security personnel are on duty as well as the Constabulary,” she stated.Chase Green stated that she has not received any such reports which suggest that City Hall was incapable of paying its debts, and, as such, she questioned the authenticity and reliability of the information that was published.However, the head of Excalibur Security Services, Retired Lieutenant Colonel George Gomes had confirmed to media operatives that he recalled security guards from several markets and other municipal locations on account of City Hall failing to pay its debt. It has been reported in sections of the media that the Council owed the security provider in excess of $30 million.Meanwhile, Puran Brothers Disposal Services has confirmed that plans are underway to pull its services unless the monies owed were paid off. A source close to the Disposal Services explained that management had sent several pieces of correspondence to City Hall concerning its debt, which was in excess of $40 million, but the Council was yet to respond.last_img read more

Beauty turns into the beast

first_imgMaybe that’s how dynasties are built these days. Brick by brick by brick. “We did not have a great offensive game,” UCLA coach Ben Howland said Saturday evening, all the while knowing that in his system it is not a prerequisite to victory. He has the Bruins winning again, in the manner of Gene Bartow, Larry Brown and Jim Harrick, and with the nodding approval of John Wooden, but Howland’s way is not quite like theirs. Grace has given way to grit, elegance isn’t as apparent as energy, and skill has taken a back seat to strength. When Howland was hired four years ago, the first thing he told his players to do is get in the weight room. Now, “the pretty boy thing,” as Josh Shipp called it, doesn’t get tossed at the Bruins often. A sense of reassurance seems to have returned at UCLA, a soothing feeling that finally, after back-to-back Pacific-10 Conference titles, last year’s run to the NCAA Championship game – and this year’s promising prospects – the Bruins are back where they belong among college basketball royalty. The robes, though, fit differently this time. There are moments, such as Saturday’s 54-49 win over Indiana in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, that still must take some getting used to for the faithful. Well, sure, it was a win and, yes, those are the same classic white uniforms with the blue block letters and gold trim. But Alcindor, Walton, Johnson, Goodrich, Wilkes, Greenwood, O’Bannon and Edney never looked like that. Beauties now play like Beasts. Lorenzo Mata, the tattooed center, rolls into the paint as eager to make contact as a pulling guard. Alfred Aboya, the reserve forward, looks as if he got lost on the way to a Mr. Universe contest. Luc Richard Mbah a Moute has a nose for the ball, and the elbows and biceps to get to it. Then there are the perimeter players. Arron Afflalo wouldn’t look out of place wearing a neck roll, Shipp is the most chiseled member of his basketball-playing family after being introduced to the weight room, and even the sprite point guard, Darren Collison, seems to have sprouted biceps as a sophomore. “Those bodies are pretty nice,” Washington State coach Tony Bennett said admiringly. The Bruins remind him of the Wisconsin and Michigan State teams that reached the Final Four in 2000, with the Spartans winning it all. “When the going gets tough, they get nasty and physical,” said Bennett, an assistant on that Wisconsin team his father coached. “They can play both ways, but they’re like a team that runs the ball in football. They pound on you for four quarters and wear you down.” This type of basketball has been rare on the West Coast. Stanford, when it was dominating the Pac-10 around the turn of the millenium, pushed everyone around, but the Cardinal were the exception. “The Pac-10 has always been a skill league and UCLA usually had the most skilled players,” said Scott Duncan, a long-time Oregon assistant. “The way they play now is what you’d expect in the BigEast. Ben likes to be physical at every spot – the 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.” So, if the Bruins have games like they did against Indiana – or the West Regional final against Memphis a year ago – it’s the cost of doing business this way. “It’s hard to look smooth and silky on offense and get five linebackers on defense,” said Duncan, noting that his team, which emphasizes running and three-point shooting occasionally suffers from defensive maladies. It is something of a surprise that this brand of basketball comes not from someone who grew up amid steel mills or grain silos, but in Santa Barbara, where life is lived by chardonnays and sunsets. So where along the road – as a player at Weber State, anassistant at Gonzaga or UCSanta Barbara, or as the head coach at Northern Arizona or Pittsburgh – did Howland come to believe that muscle mattered? “I’ve always been a student of the game, and when you study it, the guys who are the biggest, strongest and quickest are usually the guys who end up rising to the top,” Howland said. “You look at just in the last 10 years, the UConn teams, how physical they are, the Michigan State team that’s gone to the Final Four in four of the last (nine) years. Look at the best teams in the NBA – Shaq, the Pistons, the Bulls – all the physical, strong teams that play tough defense.” Indeed, since 1999, the conference most associated with physical play, the Big Ten, has sent five different teams to the Final Four and has more total appearances (eight) than any other conference. The other conference where physical play has been a hallmark, the Big East, has sent just three teams to the Final Four in that span, but all three – Connecticut twice and Syracuse – have won championships. Still not up there with Pitt If others are impressed with the way the Bruins have transformed themselves physically and stylistically, Howland shrugs. “My teams at Pitt were more physical,” he said, ticking off the weights of frontcourt players on his last team, Chevy Troutman (255), Ontario Lett (260), Torree Morris (290) and Donatas Zavackas (245). At Northern Arizona, his run-and-gun teams weren’t going to get taller or more athletic, but they could get stronger. “We had five guys who could bench press over 300 pounds, including my 5-7 guy,” Howland said. “We have two guys now. The emphasis has always been there.” That extra muscle is put to use all over the basketball court. On defense, the Bruins will check opponents with a forearm, clear out space under the basket with their lower body, and eagerly gravitate to the lane to draw charges. On offense, the Bruins continually run through screens that are true impediments. If some team’s screeners appear to be impersonating a pylon, UCLA’s are set firm and wide, as if defenders are chasing shooters around vending machines. “If they’re going to be running into that all day, they’re going to get tired, they’re going to get sore and they’re going to get beat up over 40 minutes,” said guard Michael Roll. There is a reason why UCLA’s shooting percentage improves in the second half from 46 percent to 51.1, and from 33.7 on three-pointers to 41.2. And why they’ve won six games they’ve trailed at halftime. “They make you feel it every game,” Cal guard Ayinde Ubaka said of the Bruins. “Everybody on the team has a physical game, from top to bottom, the guards, too. “When you go in to rebound, they throw you around and push you under the basket. They’re relentless. They fight and fight, and most teams aren’t ready for that. “A lot of basketball players don’t like to be physical, so they get you out of your comfort zone.” The bedrock of Howland’s philosophy is getting into the weight room. Several Bruins said they generally lift four to five times a week in the offseason, and two to three times during the season, focusing on basketball-specific strength and explosiveness exercises. Some of the weight work is required. Often, though, it is up to the players – something that is helped when the leader leads by example. “Arron Afflalo is by far our best guy in terms of weight lifting,” Howland said. “He lifts throughout the year, he takes it very serious and he’s the MVP of the league and our best player. There’s a direct correlation there the strongest, toughest guy is our best guy.” Afflalo had this reinforced the hard way. After his freshman year, he was playing in a pickup game at the men’s gym on campus, where pros, college and even some high school players have worked out in the off-season for years. One day, Afflalo found himself matched up with Chauncey Billups, who was fresh off leading the Detroit Pistons to within a game of back-to-back NBA titles. Afflalo got into him defensively as it were still Game 7. When this enthusiasm became a little too much for Billups’ taste, he called for the ball, muscled Afflalo into the lane and popped him in the forehead while scoring. “It was nothing personal,” Afflalo said. It was, however, a lesson. “Billups couldn’t do that if he was 180 pounds,” Howland said. “I think that stuck with Arron – he better be strong.” Translating that strength to the court has taken time. For the record, the floor at Pauley Pavilion is not lined with chalk and there are no first-down markers present at practice. “You can’t throw pads on and have them hit each other,” assistant coach Kerry Keating said, perhaps with a bit of regret. “We’re not going to line up across the line and turn it into a football practice.” At least most of the time. If a charge is not taken, a loose ball is not dived for, a block out is not made, then practice is stopped and the requisite drill is run by everyone. “Those are emphasis things,” Keating said. “You prefer not to just do those drills per se, but if it’s missing in practice, you stop and put the emphasis back on it. If you’re not in tune with that, you’re not going to be playing anyway.” Keating, the Bruins’ lead recruiter, says the staff looks for those qualities during recruiting. That means fewer McDonald’s All-Americans – Afflalo and freshman James Keefe – and more who are willing to play the Bruins’ brand of ball. Occasionally, as in the case of incoming recruit Kevin Love, who may be the best and the most physical high school player in the country, both come in the same package. More often they come like Mata, who has accrued a broken nose, a fractured tibia, a concussion, a fractured sternum and torn knee cartilage – and wouldn’t have it any other way. “To run up and down and bang around, that’s how I like to play,” Mata said. “Some people say basketball is not a physical game, but I think it’s one of the most physical sports there is. I like doing all the dirty work.” And so it is that the Bruins head up to San Jose to bang heads with a kindred spirit in Pittsburgh, which doesn’t play much differently under Jamie Dixon than it did for his old boss, Howland. For the occasion, the bluebloods promise to wear their blue collars. Bodies of work The weight is put on Afflalo’s shoulders Headbangers’ ball (818) 713-3621160Want 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

Fair animals finally find home

first_imgAfter a week of strife and heated insults, the chickens will come home to roost. Ending a week of nervous uncertainty, the Valley Fair announced today that it will hold a separate animal show at the Hansen Dam Equestrian Center. After turning away exhibitors from its Saugus Speedway for cost reasons, then offering a Pierce College alternative that hadn’t been squared with Pierce College, the fair will now return its livestock to the same location it shunned earlier this year. “It’s going to happen and it’ll be a nice venue,” Fair Board President David Honda said. “The community came to the rescue of the livestock committee.” He said the board plans to meet with the center’s owner, Eddie Milligan, Wednesday to look over the site. Honda thanked Milligan for stepping up to help and said it would allow the exhibitors to show and auction their animals for the two-day event beginning June 9. “I’m trying to do everything I can,” Honda said. “I’m trying to work with everyone on this.” Meanwhile, seeking to end future dust-ups, Los Angeles City Councilmen Tony Cárdenas and Richard Alarcón introduced a resolution Tuesday that would call for the creation of an entirely new local agricultural district. If the resolution becomes law, the city will lobby the state to create a 55th District Agricultural Association, enabling the Valley Fair to stay in its Saugus location and a new entity to set up shop in the San Fernando Valley. “The positive thing,” Alarcón said, “would be for the Santa Clarita Valley and the San Fernando Valley to each have their own.” In addition, the city would lobby the state to audit the fair board’s performance based on complaints from exhibitors and local residents. Cárdenas, who sparred with the board in March over its attempts to relocate to Woodley Park in Encino, continued his attack on the event’s management. “I’m glad to hear that the animals will be back in the San Fernando Valley, but I’m perplexed that they’d separate them from the fair,” he said. “That doesn’t make any sense. That’s like having a car race, putting all the people in a stadium and then the cars are down the block.” Livestock volunteers, who’ve been trying to pull together a contingency plan for several weeks, said the Hansen Dam site would be an acceptable compromise. While reluctant to exhibit separately from the main fair, livestock committee members said they’d still be able to spread the word about the new venue. “The kids won’t get left hanging now,” said Ken Keeble, a volunteer and member of the Reseda Grange. “It won’t be a big thing, it won’t be the same, but at least we can let buyers know where it’s going to be.” (818) 713-3738160Want 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


first_imgNaomh Columba 16.07.2012Well done to both our seniors and reserves on their good wins over Aodh Ruadh on Saturday evening. This sees both teams at the top of their divsions. We host Downings this weekend, with games set for Saturday evening at Páirc na nGael. Reserves throw in at 6pm, and seniors at 7.30pm. Our ladies were unlucky to lose out in Lifford last Wednesday evening, despite a strong showing in the second half. The return leg takes place this Friday evening, with a 7.30pm throw-in at Páirc na nGael. In underage news, our under 12s executed a fantastic display in Ardara on Friday evening last, to overcome Kilcar in the Southwest Final. Well done to everyone involved in another great underage victory for the club. At the time of going to press, both our under 14s and minors were due to be in action on Wednesday evening. Our minors are due to play Bundoran in the league final, while our under 14s travel to Ballintra to face Naomh Bríd in the championship. Our under 8s will host a blitz on Saturday morning at 11am. Anyone interested in helping out on the day is urged to come along. CLG Naomh Columba, in conjunction with The Reveller Bar, Donegal Town, are organising a charity cycle as part of our fundraising efforts for Temple Street Childrens Hospital. The cycle will depart from the Diamond in Donegal Town at 12 noon on Sunday, September 9th, and will make its way to Glencolmcille. Estimated time of arrival in Glen is 5-6pm. A barbeque and table quiz will be held afterwards in the Glen Head Tavern. We are currently looking for cyclists to take part in the challenge. All participants will be given sponsorship cards, and asked to raise a minimum of €50. Please get in touch with us via facebook., or call into the Reveller Bar for further details. On August 5th, the Glen under 16 team of 1992 will reunite to play a Glen/Ardara select, with all funds raised going towards Temple Street. The game will start at 6pm, and will be followed on Sunday night by music in the marquee by the Logues. The event promises to be entertaining, and we hope to see good support from the community. Tickets for the Ulster final will be distributed from the clubhouse on Thursday evening, and we would ask that all tickets are paid for on collection. We wish Jim and the lads the very best of luck on Sunday. Tír Chonaill abú!    GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NOTES was last modified: July 17th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA NEWS: NAOMH COLUMBA CLUB NOTESlast_img read more

Help hard to come by after quake

first_imgMUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan – Rescuers struggled to reach remote, mountainous areas Sunday after Pakistan’s worst-ever earthquake wiped out entire villages, buried roads in rubble and knocked out electricity and water supplies. The death toll stood at 20,000 and was expected to rise. In this devastated Himalayan city, wounded covered by shawls lay in the street, and villagers used sledgehammers to break through the rubble of flattened schools and homes seeking survivors. The quake collapsed the city’s Islamabad Public School. Soldiers with white cloth tied around their mouths and noses pulled a small girl’s dust-covered body from the ruins, while the body of a boy remained pinned between heavy slabs of concrete. The United Nations said more than 2.5 million people need shelter after the magnitude 7.6 earthquake along the Pakistan-India border. The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Relief said it urgently needed 200,000 winterized tents. Pakistan said the death toll ranged between 20,000 and 30,000. India reported more than 600 dead, and Afghanistan said four were killed. “We have enough manpower but we need financial support … to cope with the tragedy,” Musharraf said in Rawalpindi, according to the state-run news agency Associated Press of Pakistan. He also appealed for medicine and tents. Musharraf told the British Broadcasting Corp. he knew of as many as 20,000 people killed, and Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz told CNN about 43,000 people were injured. Musharraf said the only way to reach many far-flung areas was by helicopter because roads were impassable. “Our helicopter resources are limited,” he told the BBC. “We need massive cargo helicopter support.” Most of the devastation occurred in northern Pakistan. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered about 60 miles northeast of the capital, Islamabad, in the forested mountains of Pakistani Kashmir. “I have been informed by my department that more than 30,000 people have died in Kashmir,” Tariq Mahmmod, communications minister for the Himalayan region, told The Associated Press. Troops “have not started relief work in remote villages where people are still buried in the rubble, and in some areas nobody is present to organize funerals for the dead,” he said. The USGS said there had been at least 26 aftershocks, including a magnitude 6.2 temblor. Dozens of villages were cut off from rescuers by quake-induced landslides. Relatives desperate to find their loved ones dug through flattened homes and schools with bare hands. In Muzaffarabad, a city of 600,000 that is the capital of Pakistani Kashmir, residents said they faced food and gasoline shortages. There was no electricity, and people collected water from a mountain stream. “People are relying on local fruit, and they have little food to eat. I went out to get bread, and could only get a couple of apples,” carpet seller Gul Khan said. Interior Minister Aftab Khan Sherpao said 11,000 people in Muzaffarabad were killed. At least 250 pupils were feared trapped at the Islamabad Public School, and dozens of villagers, some with sledgehammers, pulled at debris and carried away bodies. Several bright backpacks dotted the rubble. Nearby, a man cried over a child’s body. “The communication infrastructure and systems are down and we can’t get help to us; that should be the priority,” principal Mushtaq Ahmed Kahn said. Hundreds of people waited at bus stations, hoping to leave. The body of a man lay on a roadside, and a family pushed a body in a cart. The military hospital collapsed, and residents said there were bodies inside. Doctors set up a makeshift clinic in a park. “The situation is very bad. Surgeries are being conducted on soccer fields. There are not enough doctors,” Ozgur Bozoglu, a member of a Turkish search-and-rescue team, GEA, told Turkey’s NTV television. Helicopters and C-130 transport planes took troops and supplies to damaged areas Sunday. When confronted by urgent appeals from villagers, Musharraf responded, “For heaven’s sake, bear with us.” Bush said he spoke with Musharraf and “told him that we want to help in any way we can.” “Thousands of people have died, thousands are wounded, and the United States of America wants to help,” Bush said from the Oval Office. Aziz said the American helicopters would be drawn from coalition military operations in neighboring Afghanistan. But Maj. Andrew Elmes, spokesman for NATO’s 11,000-strong force, said it was outside the mission’s mandate to operate beyond Afghanistan. The United Nations, Britain, Russia, China, Turkey, Japan and Germany offered assistance. An eight-member U.N. team of top disaster coordination officials arrived in Islamabad on Sunday. Officials said Balakot, in the North-West Frontier Province about 60 miles north of Islamabad, was one of the hardest-hit areas. Near the ruins of one collapsed school, at least a dozen bodies lay in the streets. More than 200 pupils were feared trapped inside the rubble of a four-story school. Dozens of villagers pulled at the debris and carried away bodies. Faizan Farooq, a 19-year-old student, said he had heard children under the rubble crying for help immediately after Saturday’s disaster. “Now there’s no sign of life,” he said Sunday. “We can’t do this without the army’s help. Nobody has come here to help us.” There was no sign of government help in Balakot. The quake leveled the town’s main bazaar, crushing shoppers and strewing gas cylinders, bricks, tomatoes and onions on the streets. Residents carried bodies on wooden planks. The corpses of four children, aged between 4 and 6, lay under a sheet of corrugated iron. On the Indian side of the border, at least 54 soldiers were killed when their bunkers collapsed, said Col. H. Juneja, an Indian army spokesman. The death toll in India exceeded 650 Sunday. Most of the deaths were in the Jammu-Kashmir border towns of Uri, Tangdar and Punch and Srinagar. Hundreds of angry villagers blocked area roads, protesting the slow pace of rescue efforts. Locals demanded that journalists and soldiers with aid go to their mountainside villages. “Everything is destroyed – the ground shook and took everything down,” Syad Hassan said. Most people in Jammu-Kashmir spent the cold night in the open, lighting fires with wood from fallen houses to keep warm. 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 President Gen. Pervez Musharraf complained of a shortage of helicopters needed to ferry in relief workers, food and medical supplies, and appealed for international help. In Washington, President George W. Bush said eight U.S. military choppers were being moved to help in rescue efforts, and he promised financial assistance. India, which has fought three wars with Pakistan, also offered assistance, as did Israel, which has no relations with the Muslim nation. “We are handling the worst disaster in Pakistan’s history,” chief army spokesman Maj. Gen. Shaukat Sultan said. The quake was felt across a wide swath of South Asia from central Afghanistan to western Bangladesh. It swayed buildings in the capitals of three nations, with the damage spanning at least 250 miles from Jalalabad in Afghanistan to Srinagar in northern Indian territory. In Islamabad, a 10-story building collapsed, killing at least 24 people. Late Sunday, helmeted rescuers found a survivor after hearing his cries for help. The thin man in a blue shirt, looking dazed, emerged on his own with little help and stood in front of a crowd of cheering onlookers. One rescuer patted his head, and the man waved and pumped his fist in the air. last_img read more