Óscar: “More aggressive and more expulsion was Bale’s”

first_imgThe coach of Celta de Vigo, Oscar García Junyent, did not hide the importance of the triumph of his team against Leganés, in a match conditioned by the expulsion in the 22nd minute of midfielder Bradaric. “I didn’t think it was live because they both go to the ball dispute. The Leganés player is with his leg up. I thought Bale’s expulsion was the other day”, the celestial technician declared about the controversial move that left Celta with one less man. Oscar García did not want to assess the performance of Munuera Montero, the referee who was in the VAR room in the match that faced his team with Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu. “I do not talk about the referees when I lose, I will not do it when I win. Yes. I have been surprised that from the VAR they did not warn him that he would see our red and that of the rival. I already said it before. I thought Bale’s more aggressive and more expulsion the other day, and that one was not reviewed or looked at. And ours is not today and that of the rival is yes, “he criticized. The sky coach understands that the latest results are giving” the reason “to Celta that they were” on the right track “, even when they failed to win their matches. “The analysis must be done knowing that we were with 10, that Leganés is a team that costs a lot to score. Today I can not say anything bad about the team, they have given everything, they have made an incredible effort, we had talked about it in the rest that we were going to have some occasion and it was like that, “he said.last_img read more

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Past the finishing post

first_imgPast the finishing postWeather: Fine Track: GoodRace 1 1100 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO-NW41. *FORCE DE JOUR SEllis 54.02. COUNTRY TRAIN WHenry 51.0 1L3. SHADE OF BEAUTY RHalledeen 55.0 3 1/2L4. GAGA LADY AChatrie 54.0 1 1/2LFinal Time : 1:08.1 Splits : 23.0, 46.1WIN: $63.00PLACE: $50.00, $50.00, $50.00Winner : 4yo colt – SHARP HUMOR – SONG BIRD TOOTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : ELIAS HALOUTE & PERCIVAL A. HENRY & STEPHAN A. NARINESINGHBred by DOUG BRANHAMQu: $101.00 Ex: $192.00Trifecta: $89.00Race 2 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT1. SWEET DIMENSION SMuir 52.02. SIR BIGGS WHenry 54.0 6/1 NK3. *STIR IT UP SEllis 53.0 2 1/2L4. DEMOLITION BOY JErwin 54.0 14 1/2LFinal Time : 1:44.2 Splits : 23.4, 46.4, 1:12.4WIN: $162.00PLACE: $54.00, $67.00, $53.00Winner : 3yo ch filly – WAR MARSHALL – BROWN SUGARTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : TAINIYA KERRBred by TAINIYA KERRQu: $414.00 Ex: $654.00D/E: $206.00Superfecta: $1,273.00TERREMOTO TROPHYRace 3 1000 M (R) (Purse $850,000) NB2-Y-O RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE II(NW2)1. *DREAMLINER RHalledeen 54.02. VISION OWalker 53.0 63. JAMAI RAJA PFrancis 51.5 2 1/2L4. FEDORA SEllis 53.0 1 1/4LFinal Time : 1:01.3 Splits : 23.2, 47.0WIN: $84.00Winner : 2yo ch colt – PORTO SANTO – GOLDEN OLYMPIOTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : VON G WHITEBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $480.00 Ex: $394.00D/E: $281.00Trifecta: $1,614.00Rolling Triple: $291.00Race 4 1600 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)1. *MARISHA STAR WHenry 52.02. EXPRESS TRUCK AMartin 55.0 7L3. PECKARONI HLewis 53.0 9L4. STAROFTHETOWN AChatrie 52.5 4LFinal Time: 1:45.0 Splits : 24.0, 48.0, 1:14.0,WIN: $108.00PLACE: $75.00, $84.00, $304.00Winner : 5yo ch mare – COLONY LIGHT – SEEING THE STARSTrainer : COLIN BLAIR Owner : ERROL MORGANBred by ERROL MORGANQu: $387.00 Ex: $529.00D/E: $217.00Superfecta: $8,808.00Rolling Triple: $659.00Race 5 1500 M (Purse $768,000) IMP3YO&UP(NW3&MDN)/NB4YO(NW3O/T)&NB3YO-REST.STAKES1. *SOUTHERN CRUISE SEllis 53.02. BRAWN AChatrie 56.0 2 1/2L3. WAHEED NAJMAH OWhite 50.0 9 1/2L4. BALLON D’OR SMuir 51.5 1/2 LFinal Time : 1:32.2 Splits : 23.4, 46.2, 1:11.2WIN: $83.00PLACE: $51.00, $59.00, $62.00Winner : 3yo ch colt – WEEKEND CRUISE – HONKEYTONKVILLETrainer: ANTHONY NUNES Owner: HYDE VALLEY FARMSBred by KARL SAMUDAQu: $142.00 Ex: $174.00D/E: $159.00Trifecta: $153.00Rolling Triple: $330.00Race 6 1300 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)/NB5YO-NW2 & 6YO&UP-NW41. DOC HOLIDAY AChatrie 57.02. BRAVE PROSPECT OWalker 56.0 3L3. PRINCE OSHAUN SBlake3 51.0 2L4. ETERNAL JOY KRobinson 53.0 3 1/2L5. GO TO HELL WHenry 52.0 1/2 L6. SINK THE BISMARCK JAnderson 52.5 1/2LLate scratch : #9 WAR CHIPFinal Time : 1:22.2 Splits : 23.1, 46.4, 1:14.1WIN: $192.00PLACE: $88.00, $164.00, $298.00Winner : 5yo b horse – WIZARD OF GOLD – SI MI TRIALTrainer : ROBERT DARBY (SR) Owner : ROBERT DARBY (SR)Bred by EDISON CHAIQu: $525.00 Ex: $1,016.00D/E: $291.00Trifecta: $3,126.00Hit-6 carry-over : $78,891.15Rolling Triple: $477.00Pick-4: $832.00Super-6 : $1,475.40Race 7 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE (NW1 OV LIFETIME)1. OFFICIAL REPORT RLahoe 51.52. AGAKHAN RLunan 54.0 14/1 1/2L3. LASTOCHKA JErwin 53.0 NK4. JUNIOR DON SBlake3 50.0 3/4LNOTE: WOMAN IS BOSS won but was subsequently disqualified.Final Time : 1:00.1 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,WIN: $711.00PLACE: $190.00, $146.00, $165.00Winner : 5yo b mare – BURNING MARQUE – SPECIAL CLEARANCETrainer : PHILLIP LEE Owner : PAUL A WILLIAMSBred by CARL D. ANDERSONQu: $1,747.00 Ex: $3,341.00D/E : $4,814.00Superfecta: $5,956.00Rolling Triple: $5,044.00Race 8 1300 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST.ALL.II1. ACTION MAN OWalker 53.02. *REGALLY BOLD WHenry 54.0 4 L3. SILVER CLOUD PFrancis 51.5 1 1/4L4. SEEKING HOPE OFoster 54.5 1 1/2L5. TROJAN SEllis 53.0 1 1/4LNOTE: REGALLY BOLD won but was subsequently disqualified.Final Time : 1:20.1 Splits : 23.1, 46.2, 1:12.3WIN: $258.00PLACE: $88.00, $78.00, $88.00Winner : 3yo b colt – STORM CRAFT – ANASTASIATrainer : LORENZO ROBINSON Owner : LORENZO B ROBINSONBred by NORRIS PHINNQu: $1,464.00 Ex: $1,946.00D/E: $5,219.00Trifecta: $2,368.00Hi-5: $11,630.00Rolling Triple: $13,126.00NIGEL B. NUNES MEMORIAL CUPRace 9 1820 M (Purse $845,000) 3-Y-O & UP OPEN ALLOWANCE1. TYPEWRITER ISpence 57.02. TIMEFORARMS SBlake3 53.0 2L3. *FRANFIELD SEllis 53.0 8L4. MILITARY MOVE OWhite 50.0 3LFinal Time : 1:56.0 Splits : 26.3, 50.2, 1:14.4, 1:41.0WIN: $170.00PLACE: $90.00, $118.00, $65.00Winner : 6yo b horse – WESTERN CLASSIC – DOCS’ PALADINTrainer : SPENCER CHUNG Owner : ROBERT F. CHUNG & W.P. V. CHUNGBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $2,609.00 Ex: $1,009.00D/E: $1,235.00Trifecta: $1,343.00Rolling Triple: $19,591.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)-NOT EARNED $110,0 SINCE APRIL 291. MIRACLE RECOVERY SBlake3 50.02. JUST LIKE EMMA OSimpson3 52.0 2L3. AWESOME MARQUE SMuir 53.0 2L 156.004. *GRANDE MARQUE WHenry 52.0 3L5. FIRST’K’BOY RMairs 53.5 Neck6. RULES OF THE CAT OWalker 53.0 1 3/4LLate scratch : #12 EXCLUSIVE PRINCE, #15 BADGE EIGHTY THREEFinal Time : 1:00.4 Splits : 23.0, 46.1WIN: $268.00PLACE: $90.00, $284.00, $156.00Winner : 8yo b mare – FOOTLOOSE II – LOST THE EXITTrainer : MICHAEL BEECHAM Owner : MICHAEL BEECHAMBred by HENRY JAGHAI O.D., J.P.Qu: $4,904.00 Ex: $12,053.00D/E: $1,496.00 (3-12) $113.00Trifecta: $9,504.00Hi-5 carry-over : $46,881.25Rolling Triple: $15,668.00Pick-4: $234,048.00Super-6: $340,978.30 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $25,330.00 (8 OF 9) (7-2-6-4-11-2-4-3-10) $259.50 (7 OF 9)last_img read more

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Bleak Venture: European Union Dashes African Migrants’ Hope

first_imgFor over 500 years, Africa has been the epicenter of some of humanity’s worst moments in history.  War, poverty, slavery, disease and environmental destruction dominate the public perception of the continent in which humanity began. Over and over again, research has proven that the African continent is the birthplace of civilization, language, art, music and the place all of human ancestors began their great journey to every nook and corner of the globe. A Chilean-born American naturalist, poet and popular writer depicted in a recent report about his first visit to Africa:  Ask a child anywhere in the world to name kinds of animals, and it’s no surprise to hear the names of the great beasts that dwell in the Savannah’s and deep, dark jungles.  African animals are symbols of nature itself and for adults that mystery and awe are not lost to time and adulthood.  Yet, the reality of life in Africa for Africans is often drastically contrasted.  Africa and her inhabitants have been plagued by thousands of years of struggle.  From the Romans, to the Persians, to the French, English, Spanish, and Americans, the world has come to Africa to drink her rivers, log her forests, mine her minerals and exploit her people.  Let alone the Chinese who are on massive exploitative ventures.The desire of many Africans to migrate to Europe in the midst of war, poverty, disease and human suffering has been trapped as the European Union tightens its borders alongside the Mediterranean Sea. Europe that professes to be a continent devoted to the tenets of human rights, democracy and deeply rooted culture of Christianity as well as a citadel of free movement has turned a blind eye on thousands of African migrants mostly young people crammed into rickety smugglers’ ships to drown right in front of its doorstep without any assistance.This contentious immigration crisis has led to the death of over 3,000 migrants in this year alone and experts are predicting an expected rise.  According to a new report from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Europe is being labeled the most dangerous destination for “irregular” migration in the world.   Another shocking statistics from the IOM in its compilation of data since 2000 indicated that an average of eight “irregular” migrants die each day.  All the more so, last year October an estimated 500 African migrants died in a shaky boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa while attempting to enter Europe.  In spite of all the efforts instituted by an unsustainable Italian search-and-rescue initiative after the Lampedusa calamity, the Italian authorities have proclaimed that more than 2,500 African migrants are known to have drowned or gone missing in the Mediterranean since the beginning of this year. Even as the death toll of desperate African migrants rises in the Mediterranean,  coupled with uprising in some North African countries and ferocious human rights abuses,  the European Union has put into effect a limited joint border patrol codenamed “Operation Triton.”  This operation, managed by the European Frontex border agency that replaces the Italian Mare Nostrum operation which rescued on average 400 migrants a day with an aggregate of 150,000 since the boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa, has absolutely no search and rescue operations across the Mediterranean and limited resources within 30 miles patrols of the Italian coast.As the European Union builds the walls of fortress higher and higher with tougher regulations, it seems that the immigration crisis is becoming a stalemate with gross violation of certain provisions of the Geneva Convention that give asylum entitlement to those fleeing persecution, including religious, racial, national and political identity or beliefs.  Moreover, as one of the cradles for the promotion of fundamental human rights,  most especially the right to life, the European Union should not and must not implement bizarre and harsh regulations to the detriment of  already poverty-stricken migrants fleeing from some of the worst atrocities ever known to human history and in search of greener pastures  and a better way of life as measured by the colonial masters. The European Union must come to the realization that African migrants are not risking their lives and making the deadliest and most dangerous sea crossing for nothing.  As the old African adage goes, “The snake cannot run out of its hole for nothing”.  Consequently, the European Union must understand that it is part of the problem and not just an ordinary bystander with protective gears shelling it face with censorious comportment towards African migrants.Furthermore, the European Union must in the truest sense accept the fact that countless number of African slaves through their sweat, blood and tears labored very hard without any compensation and some even died in the process to build Europe’s wealthiest nations with almost all of the raw materials taken for little or nothing from the African continent.  The European Union needs to know that its vast wealth derived from Africa, especially during the colonial period, where they governed, enslaved and enriched themselves at the expense of the continent’s forefathers and indoctrinated many Africans to believe in their way of life.  In addition, the European Union must recognize irregular African migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea in overloaded boats to a safe haven in Europe deserve the right to live just like anyone else.Howbeit, no one expects Europe to carry all of Africa’s burdens because of its deeply rooted history on the continent.  Nowadays, what is expected isn’t just aid to destitute Africans without traceable impact or chronicled  and voluminous reports about the continent’s lapses, pitfalls and challenges, but a more holistic and realistic picture.  The European Union has got to comprehend that Africa merits  a mutual relationship, fair trade, and exchange of ideas,  especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and other educational related initiatives.In this 21st Century, when the world is like a click of a mouse, the European Union ought to stop humiliating irregular African migrants and provide best alternatives to resolving many longstanding conflicts as well as societal vices.  Together, Europe and Africa can find a common front in addressing migration across the Mediterranean. It is about time that the European Union realizes that one day Africans will be able to hold their heads high as they combat the wrongdoings of the past through their own imagination, creativity, and culture.  The best days in Africa’s history are in her future and every African must begin to look inward to realize their own potential and believe that they have the power to change the future of Africa to be one ripe with opportunities.About the author:  Mr.  Stephen B. Lavalah is an advocate and the Founder & Executive Director of Youth Exploring Solutions (YES), a passionate, non-profit, voluntary, youth-led and grassroots development organization. For more information about YES’ work in Liberia, please visit http://www.liberiayes.org.  The views expressed are the author’s own and do not represent YES.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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More inmates taught anger management

first_imgThirty-two inmates from the New Amsterdam Prison were recipients of certificates on Friday which indicated their successful completion of a 12-week Anger Management Course.A participating inmate receiving her certificateAccording to the Department of Public Information (DPI), the programme which commenced on July 12, 2018, was conducted by Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services (STCCS) and marks the fourth batch to graduate for the year in Berbice. The graduation ceremony was held at the Prisons’ Conference Hall, Penitentiary Walk, New Amsterdam, Berbice.The 10 women and 23 men, dressed in gowns, sat patiently before gracing the stage to collect their certificates. Among those graduating were convicted and remand prisoners.Officer-in-Charge, Superintendent of the New Amsterdam Prison, Deoraj Gyandat, remarked that the initiative undertaken by the STCCS has contributed tremendously to the lives of the inmates. He noted that since the beginning of the sessions, his officers did not encounter any challenges and have since seen great improvements from the participants.“The programme is a testimony to our commitment towards our mandate which is safe custody and retraining of inmates… we want persons to be reintegrated into society and live as law-abiding citizens,” the senior officer said.In addition, Gyandat congratulated the inmates for completing each session and encouraged them to practice what they have learnt after they are reintegrated into society. “I want you to use and spread this knowledge and be good role models,” Gyandat added.Managing Director of Solutions Training Consultancy and Counselling Services, Will Campbell highlighted that the lessons taught were much more than just learning how to manage anger. The course, he said, was planned to expose the inmates to “a well-designed rehabilitation and social re-entry programme,” while citing that the topics have helped the participants explore various issues which cause individuals to experience difficulty managing their emotions.Campbell, who is also a psychologist, said those who were involved in the three-month programme were also encouraged to adjust new ways of being, by adopting new ways of thinking.The fifth batch of the rehabilitation initiative by the STCCS is expected to commence shortly.last_img read more

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Plans afoot to scare all year

first_imgAnd they’re planning on giving the moaning ghouls and screaming corpses regular employment, making Molar Manor a regular attraction, available for special events for corporate groups, cocktail parties and birthdays. They’re even inviting film companies to take a look around and use them as a backdrop. According to those in the haunting industry, Molar Manor has already taken on a life of its own and has a chilling reputation. If Kivett and Esacoff make it year-round, it will be one of a handful across the country offering patrons a chance to scream their way to a good time 12 months a year – and the only one in California. “There are between 3,000 to 5,000 seasonal haunts, which are open in October, but only a few year-round,” said Leonard Pickel, editor of Haunted Attractions magazine, which hosts its own convention of freak fans. “People build and attend haunted houses for the shared experience,” he said. “When I built my first haunt, not only was I able to see people’s reaction, but both of us got an adrenaline rush, them from being scared and me from being able to scare them. “A lot of people start by decorating their house for trick-or-treaters, then they get more elaborate and it takes over their front yard and back yard and sometimes the garage, until their spouse says `no more.’ Then the person has to make the choice of either scaling down or jumping into the professional ranks, where they find out it’s not an easy undertaking,” he said. Kivett and Esacoff are already looking forward to an open house in June when they hope to debut the renewed manor. They plan on keeping the charity weekend that Singer established to raise money for the Foundation for Children’s Dental Health and other youth health services Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, then have it open as a commercial haunted house the rest of the Halloween month. “We even want to decorate it for Christmas,” Kivett said. “There’s so much you can do.” While they are making some changes, they want to let the community know Dr. Singer will remain in his post as a greeter at the front door. “He’ll be there to remind people of the rules,” Esacoff said. “Basically, don’t touch the creatures and they won’t touch you.” For information on Molar Manor, call (661)702-9393 or e-mail molarmanor@earthlink.net. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“We were walking around the convention center like zombies,” Kivett said. “I told Ralph there are a lot of demented minds here.” Returning home, a chance encounter at their storage facility near Sand Canyon led to them meeting Dr. Ron Singer, owner of Molar Manor, which just happened to be for sale. The dentist, who shares the couple’s affection for things macabre, offered to show them the warehouse. They were stunned and excited at the same time. “This was the answer to what we were looking for,” Kivett said. “Last year, the UPS guy couldn’t even get his truck off our street, there were so many people. We knew it was time to move on. We couldn’t do that to our neighbors again.” It didn’t take long before a checkbook came out and the manor changed hands. They’ve already ordered a new attraction and are working on new designs to draw shrieks and shudders from the crowds. VALENCIA – It’s not unusual to see a gravestone with a cherub looming over a cemetery, but this cherub has her hands over her eyes, a warning to those entering the spooky surroundings of the 5,000 square foot warehouse. To Denise Larson Kivett and Ralph Esacoff, the cherub was another kind of angel – one that brought them a dream come true. Kivett remembers growing up in a household where Halloween was king – her parents and brother dressed up to scare trick-or-treaters. As she grew up, she continued the tradition with her children, holding Halloween events of legend in her Canyon Country neighborhood, culminating in a 2005 haunted house that drew 500 people by word-of-mouth only. So when she and friend Esacoff visited TransWorld, a national convention of “haunters” who live and breathe Halloween, they knew it was time to go bigger and better. last_img
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ELECTED (GLENTIES): MARIE THERESE GALLAGHER (SF, 5TH COUNT)

first_imgMARIE Therese Gallagher has been elected in Glenties.She reached the quota on the fifth countÓ Domhnaill, Seamus (FF) 1889 Gallagher, Marie Therese (SF) 1754 1792 1794 1816 1890Bonner, Enda (FF) 1244 1266 1270 1280 1310Ó Fearraigh, John Shéamuis (SF) 1227 1230 1239 1269 1270MacGiolla Easbuig, Micheál Cholm (Ind) 1106 1118 1120 1146 1160 Slowey, Terence (FG) 925 931 931 1025 1104Molloy, Ian (FF) 895 901 903 906 1119Rodgers, Seamus (Lab) 742 762 764 797 858McCafferty, Michael (Ind) 721 726 736 868 888Doherty, Padraig (Ind) 650 661 664 736 745 Carr, Brian (Ind) 550 555 555 560 (eliminated)MacGiolla Bhride, Hughie (FF) 546 548 551 565 567 (elimated)Curran, John (FG) 504 504 513 (eliminated)McCarron, Joe (DDI) 146 (eliminated) ELECTED (GLENTIES): MARIE THERESE GALLAGHER (SF, 5TH COUNT) was last modified: May 25th, 2014 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:Marie Therese GallagherSinn Feinlast_img read more

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COMMUNITY ALERT: WARNING ISSUED AS MAN’S HOME BURGLED AS HE ATTENDS GRAVEYARD MASS

first_imgA gang targeted a man while he was at a graveyard mass and stole a large amount of gold jewellery from his home.The disgusting incident happened on Sunday morning last when the man left to attend the graveyard mass in Killygordon.Gardai have recently warned people to be vigilant as they attend masses. The three man gang entered the man’s home on the main Lifford to Castlefin just minutes after he and his wife left their home.CCTV at the man’s home showed the couple left their home at 10.31am and the gang entered the house at 10.44am.The gang ignored all electrical items including a laptop computer and instead headed for gold jewelry which they could sell on easily.The man, who owns a café in Lifford, revealed the jewelry belonged to his wife’s sister who died last year and left it to them. The man also revealed how he thinks his small dog may also have been attacked by the gang as it was found terrified hiding under a bed.Gardai are studying the CCTV and are trying to identity the gang.The man feels the gang may be local and may have ben watching his movements.“They were in my house just minutes after I left so I feel they knew our movements. I can’t say to much but the Gardai are studying the CCTV,” he said.He appealed to members of a local charity cycle who may have been passing his house to contact him if they noticed anybody at his house. COMMUNITY ALERT: WARNING ISSUED AS MAN’S HOME BURGLED AS HE ATTENDS GRAVEYARD MASS was last modified: August 19th, 2014 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:break-inCCTVGardaiGoldgraveyard massLiffordlast_img read more

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Homeless Saints may march to L.A.

first_img On Friday, Benson issued a statement wondering what all the fusswas about, that no decision had been made. Much of the where-will-the-Saints-end-up parlor game has focusedon San Antonio, but let’s be real. The NFL has learned its mistake in Jacksonville, where never mind the publicly-funded stadium and last season’s Super Bowl, they’re covering seats this season because they can’t fill them. San Antonio is the 37th-largest television market in the UnitedStates – 15 spots better than Jacksonville, but sandwiched between Salt Lake City and Grand Rapids-Kalamazoo-Battle Creek. Tagliabue, who has all but said he doesn’t want a team in San Antonio, isn’t the only one. You can bet the Cowboys and Texans don’t and neither do the NBA’s Spurs, who have had a tough go despite winning three titles in seven years. All of this has helped push the Saints issue to the front burner. Tagliabue, who formed a committee of eight owners to consider the Saints’ future, will address the subject with full ownership this week. He’ll then attend the Saints’ first game in Louisiana next Sunday in Baton Rouge, where he’ll meet with state and LSU officials about the possibility of playing games there and at the Superdome next year. “The immediate priority is 2006,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. Quite a bit more quietly, there are rumblings again in San Diego. The city’s legal and political quagmire has left the Chargers increasingly skeptical that they’ll get an initiative for their stadium development proposal on the ballot by next November – let alone that voters will pass it. The Chargers and city attorney Michael Aguirre have sparred over whether the February deadline for getting the measure on the ballot is real. City officials are concerned enough to have floated the idea of letting the Chargers speak to other cities within San Diego County, something they’re prohibited from doing until January 2007. Of course, a few miles farther north, opportunity awaits. “It’s hard to say whether the deal in San Diego will ever materialize, but they’re certainly welcome in Anaheim,” said Anaheim city councilman Harry Sidhu, who knows as well as everyone else that Chargers owner Alex Spanos is one of Anaheim mayor Curt Pringle’s biggest benefactors. The upshot is that there’s currently a lot more intrigue about who is coming to Los Angeles than what’s happening here. The Coliseum has been taking care of mundane matters such as approvals of building permits and financing mechanisms and then patting itself on the back for what other cities would simply call doing business. About all the Coliseum has to work out with the NFL is matters of compensation, which they’ve only been haggling over for 18 months. And just where is Anaheim? It’s further behind the Coliseum on stadium plans, according to Glat, but the process isn’t as cumbersome since it would be built from scratch rather than a renovated historic monument and – left unsaid – it’s Anaheim the league is dealing with, not Los Angeles. What’s significant about Anaheim is the city no longer seems to be in a rush to capitalize on skyrocketing land values. The city didn’t balk at pushing a decision back, from this week until perhaps next March, after once saying it didn’t want to wait past last May. Also, Sidhu seems to have softened his stance somewhat. After hijacking a press conference last winter to announce that the city shouldn’t sell its 40 acres to the NFL for anything less than the market value of residential property – an estimated $150 million – he now believes a fair price is the land’s commercial value, for which it is currently zoned. That pencils out to a little more than $100 million – or about nine figures more than the NFL was hoping to pay for it. “As long as they’re willing to pay that price, I’m in support of that,” said Sidhu, who knows the five-member council would have its three votes without him. “I’m going with very frugal numbers for commercial property. It’s quite, quite reasonable.” There’s still plenty to be worked out, but it’s quite possible that after giving it the old college try in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the Saints will be moved into the Coliseum, which if there isn’t another nine months of tail dragging, could be ready for the 2009 season. By then the Chargers could be headed for Anaheim. Then again, this is Los Angeles, where the NFL has been absent for 11 seasons and counting. What’s the hurry? Billy Witz covers the NFL for the Daily News. He can be reached at (818) 713-3621 or billy.witz@dailynews.com 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Where the real action lays is in who is coming to play here andwhen. Everybody’s favorite candidate seemed to be the New Orleans Saints – and that was before Katrina hit. The only thing the hurricane has done has made it more likely. The questions about the viability of the New Orleans’ market that were being debated before Katrina are now conceded. While Commissioner Paul Tagliabue has maintained that he’d like to see the Saints be a cornerstone for the rebuilding effort in New Orleans, what happens after this season – or after next? What will be of New Orleans then? Saints owner Tom Benson, who if you didn’t know made his money selling cars in San Antonio then you’d guess it now, had an eventful week. He met with the NFL’s top in-house counsel Jeff Pash last Sunday and Monday. On Monday night, he fired his lieutenant and lead negotiator Arnold Fielkow, who had the temerity to suggest – publicly and privately – that the Saints commit to New Orleans. The mayor of San Antonio said Benson wanted to talk with him about a permanent move, to which the mayor of New Orleans said he wanted the Saints back, but not the owner. Benson returned the compliment by filing notice with the state of Louisiana that the club was terminating its lease for the team’s state-built practice facility, which costs the team $1 per year. The NFL has just put off making a decision – again – on where it wants a new stadium in Los Angeles. The Coliseum Commissioners, no longer jumping on their soapboxes, shrug their shoulders at having to wait some more. In Anaheim, nobody seems to be concerned any longer that a big fat parcel of land is burning a hole in their wallet. What’s the hurry? center_img There doesn’t seem to be any on either side of the fence when it comes to where the NFL will build its state-of-the-art stadium in Los Angeles, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any shuffling and hustling. When the NFL owners meet this week in Kansas City, executive Neil Glat plans to give an update on what’s happening in Los Angeles – if the owners get around to it, of course. last_img read more

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Onion King takes his last ride in beloved Valley realm

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Dad would have wanted one last look around,” said Felix DeGeyter, the eldest of Al’s three sons, standing with the rest of the family in front of the farmhouse built in 1930. Felix smiled and patted his shirt pocket. Inside was a packet of onion seeds he was going to slip into his dad’s coffin. The Onion King would have wanted them along on his last ride, his sons said. Al was 5 when he started helping his dad, also named Felix, farm the land he bought after moving his family from Belgium to America in 1924. “There wasn’t a hell of a lot here then – just a railroad track and street car on Sherman Way,” Al said in an interview 15 years ago, lamenting the loss of farmland to development. While his dad worked the land, young Al sat behind a vegetable stand on Sherman Way, selling onions and eggs to people riding the streetcar. When his father died, Al climbed up on the tractor to work the land while his own young sons took turns selling onions, eggs, walnuts and tomatoes to people driving by. In addition to his own farm, Al leased 40 more acres across the Valley to grow his produce, mainly onions, and hired local teenagers to help. One of them was Don Drysdale, who went on to a Hall of Fame career as a pitcher with the Los Angeles Dodgers. “You should have seen him throw onions,” Felix said. “He didn’t work with us that long, though – about a week, I think. Picking onions was a lot tougher than throwing them.” Through the years, none of Al’s three sons or seven grandchildren showed any interest in following in his footsteps. So Al kept farming until he turned 80 and couldn’t get on and off that tractor anymore. By then, he had become a familiar figure to tens of thousands of motorists traveling Sherman Way. He was also well known in the farming community as the Onion King, selling his onions in the produce market downtown to supermarkets all over Los Angeles. Chances are if you’ve ever had a slice of onion on a hamburger, it came from Al’s farm. He kept his vegetable stand open until 2000, but finally had to close that down, too. For years after that, people would still knock on the door asking whether there were any onions or tomatoes for sale, said Al’s widow, Dodie, who hasn’t decided whether to keep the farm or sell it to developers. Al would spend days sitting on the tailgate of his old pickup truck in the driveway, selling tomatoes he had bought from someone else. “Maybe four or five people would stop by in a week, but dad didn’t care,” Felix said. “He just liked sitting there talking to people.” Telling them how it was being one of the last independent farmers in the San Fernando Valley. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Out of love and respect, the hearse taking one of the San Fernando Valley’s last independent farmers to his final resting place Monday made a detour. Al DeGeyter – the Onion King – had one final stop to make. The hearse pulled into a dirt driveway on Amestoy Avenue at Sherman Way in Van Nuys and slowly made a loop of the 3-acre farm that Al had worked for 75 years. It drove by his tractor, the 100-year-old red barn and the fields that Al plowed every day until 1999, when he turned 80. Past the walnut trees and chicken coops. And past his old onion machine and last tomato stand. last_img read more

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Interior Work Underway In Bright-Beckwith Boathouse At Prospect Park

first_imgThe Bright-Beckwith Boathouse will significantly help advance Drake University’s mission to provide its student-athletes with the environment and resources they need to pursue championships in competition and excellence in life. DES MOINES, Iowa – Construction continues on the Bright-Beckwith Boathouse at Prospect Park that will serve as the new home of the Drake University rowing program. Follow the progress of the Bright-Beckwith Boathouse all summer on www.GoDrakeBulldogs.com. The boathouse is anticipated to be finished in time for the fall season for the program. The boathouse is named in honor of Lois Bright, the late founder and president of the H. Dale and Lois Bright Foundation and Dr. Sue Beckwith. The $1.3 million state-of-the-art Bright-Beckwith Boathouse will provide Drake rowing and the Greater Des Moines rowing community with the proper environment to safely and efficiently hone their craft. It will feature three bays for boat and equipment storage, as well as a dedicated locker room and team room for the Drake rowing program. The heated indoor space will allow the team to practice when water and weather conditions prevent outdoor training.center_img The Greater Des Moines rowing community will benefit from a bay dedicated to community members and group rowing programs, as well as two unisex bathrooms, complete with showers. Additionally, construction of the Bright-Beckwith Boathouse, will help to transform Prospect Park and the surrounding neighborhood. Print Friendly Version The outside walls of the structure are up, the large bay doors are installed and the ceiling and flooring in the building are completed. Crews are installing the building’s electrical system, the ventilation system, and plumbing. The interior walls are being placed as the team’s locker room, team room and kitchen are taking shape.last_img read more

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