Not just luck as Racal credits teammates, hard work for big game

first_imgThe former Letran star scored six of his eight points inside the last three minutes, hitting two 3-pointers in a row that held off Meralco and give Alaska a 103-98 victory.READ: Aces nab first win, beat Meralco 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“It’s been so long since I had a good game. Maybe I just got lucky, but it was really because of my teammates. They were able to find me when I was open. And also, I practice my shots and I really do extra work,” Racal said.The Aces chalked up their first win in three tries and Racal hopes they will be able to sustain their play heading into their game against the Kia Picanto. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson READ: What’s bugging Alaska?The Picanto are currently on a 15-game slide dating back to last season but Racal said they aren’t to be taken lightly despite their standing.“We still need to work for it. Kia won’t go to the game only to give the win to us so we need to work and prepare hard to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Ian Sangalang emerging as Magnolia’s next top gun Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe extra hours spent in the gym finally paid off for Alaska swingman Kevin Racal on Wednesday night.Racal was neither the game’s leading scorer nor the Aces’ best player but he was instrumental in the Aces’ first win of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES View comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

Remarks By Senator George Manneh Weah At Program Marking The Tenth Anniversary Of The…

first_imgMr. Speaker of the Honorable House of Representatives, Mr. President Protemp of the Liberian Senate, distinguished Senators and Representatives of the National Legislature, here present, Mr. Chairman , members of the Executive Committee and partisans of the Mighty Congress for Democratic Change, officials and citizens of Nimba County – particularly this great City of Ganta, officials of other Political Parties, International guests, members of the business community, prelates, traditional leaders, marketers, transport and Pampam Unions, our gallant health workers, teachers, student bodies , farmers ,members of the fourth Esteem, ladies and gentlemenWe are particularly appreciative to all of our special guests and well-wishers for honoring our invitation to share this historic moment with us. We are very delighted by your presence and look forward to further mutual support in the future.Distinguished guests, well-wishers , fellow partisans, ladies and gentlemen , we have gathered here today to commemorate the tenth Anniversary of the Congress for Democratic Change. Ten years ago a few of us with shared vision on the direction of our country should take to prosperity, embarked on this worthy course to establish the Congress for Democratic Change. Many members of the Organizing Committee in early 2005 have left the vanguard – either for personal or compelling reasons, but what is most important is that this shared national vision remains deeply rooted and ever expanding in numbers and strength. Notwithstanding the many hurdles we have endured, the CDC is, undisputable , the largest , most admired and most formidable political party in Liberia since 1847.However, we remain humble and are constantly challenged by the confidence our partisans and well-wishes, nationwide, have reposed and demonstrated in us . Consequently, we are very careful not to abuse this confidence because it is the ethos of our very survival over the years. We are also very mindful that the unfolding political equation towards 2017 speaks to cooperation and collaboration amongst political parties and politicians with shared vision. The key term here is “ shared vision”. When we speak of political collaboration we speak not solely of increased numerical strength; but essentially for consensus building on key national issues. The CDC is therefore open to dialogue and will in fact encouraged cooperation and collaboration with other political parties and politicians . However, we will certainly not sacrifice our code values and shared vision on the altar of numerical strength. If we have to do it alone, we can and we will , but we rather not , because, political cooperation and collaboration will strengthen our national vision and build consensus on national policy issues. This incentive is essential in sustaining the peace and driving development. To achieve this policy objection, the CDC will and must remain at the helm of any political collaboration to ensure that the confidence reposed in us by our mass followers is not betrayed. What is this shared vision? The CDC believes that peace is cardinal to development and it can only be achieved through social justice, equal opportunity and equitable distribution of the national wealth. Since 1847, Liberia has never had a shortage of sufficient well-schooled or educated men and women to lead this country but we have always and continue to lack leaders with passion . The CDC was established solely to fill this gap. Plato said evil would never cease for men until philosophers became king or kings where schooled into becoming philosophers . But Aristotle disagreed and dismissed Plato’s analysis as “reckless” – observing instead that Knowledge without Passion is evil. We agreed with Aristotle . Students of modern comparative politics observed that leaders with knowledge but without passion usually lead to a corrupt and failed State. Passion is that which makes leaders hunger and thirst for the betterment of their people. It is an emotional craving ; an irresistible inner urging for economic and social change; a desire to move a people from underdeveloped to developed – and even through drastic political, economic and social changes, if necessary. In 1961 – 62 a team of development economists and scholars headed by Robert Clower was commission by USAID and the Liberian Government to carry out an extensive economic field survey on Liberia. The study essentially concluded that Liberia was entrapped into the quagmire of “Growth without Development”. In its 1966 Report the team observed that while Liberia’s GDP was almost the highest in the world – second only to Japan, actual development on the ground was far legging and without signs of redirection. The team found a growing and alarming imbalance between rural and urban areas which was rapidly making towns and villages, and I quote : “parasitic rather than generative”. This is a classic example of the application of knowledge without passion. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, what the report was shy to say so as not to upset US – Liberia relationship during this cold war period is that endemic corruption , greed and selfishness by successive Liberian governments were the major root causes of this economic down trend. NOTHING HAS CHANGE! It is said that after the publication of this report, Singapore who was a very under-developed country at the time immediately dispatched a team of scholars to Liberia to understand how to accelerate growth and how to avoid under-development. Singapore is now a first world developed country while Liberia is still a third world under-developed country . WHAT A SHAME!Fellow partisans, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, education, health, electricity and agriculture are crucial in our national development agenda for Liberia. Our education and health systems are in deep crisis, electricity which drives industrialization is extremely scarce and very expensive, and our farmers are not encourage to produce more food due to lack government subsidy and other supports, and because majority of their products rotsin their hands due of lack of access to sure markets, food preservation storage facilities, road network, and purchasing power of consumers – due to the ever growing high unemployment rate in the country.We need to focus on the real issues and stop joking with the future of our children. Our educational and health institutions need robust overhauling with massive infusion of resources to bring them on par with international standards. The generation and distribution of electricity need to be given to the private sector as was done to the telecommunication sector – this will surely boost industrialization . Our farmers need to be given support in capacity development , mini mechanization and market security for their crops. Our educational institutions must start producing experts of international standards , and our farms and industries must start exporting food and made-in-Liberia products before the end of our first term in office after the 2017 Presidential and general elections. It is therefore a historical imperative that the CDC led government comes to power in 2017Distinguished guests, fellow citizens, the CDC wonders why despite a constitutional requirement and demand that chiefs be elected , there has been no chiefdomship election in Liberia for 30 years – since 1985. The CDC disagrees with the excuse of lack of funds and believes that this lapse is intentional and designed for the sole purpose for weakening traditional leadership and undermining cultural values . Over eighty percent of our citizens live in the rural areas. When chiefs are not elected their legitimacy is questioned and their authority is weaken . They are subjected to the abuse and misused by the ruling party through the Ministry of Internal Affairs who assumes the role of their employer. They therefore become answerable to the government that be and not to the people from who their authority should derived. This seriously undermines rural development and erodes dialogues aimed at sustaining national peace . The CDC therefore calls on government and international partners to prioritize the convening of chiefdomship elections – if possible before or during the ensuing 2017 presidential and general elections. This will enable our chiefs and elders regain respect in the exercise of their respective offices, legitimize and strengthen their authority, and afford them independence of judgments in attending to the affairs of their peoples. This we must all advocate for on their behalf ; because to do it for themselves may threaten their jobs through dismissal or other punitive measures. Before closing, we are concern and uncomfortable with the planned drawdown of UNMIL to coincide with the 2017 presidential and general elections. Our recent experiences in Montserrado ,Bomi and other counties during the December 2014 senatorial election, evident that our Police force is not mature enough for such a delicate task. During these elections we saw some units of the LNP drawn into partisan politics and glaringly siding with candidates of the ruling party and harassing partisans of the opposition during political rallies . The 2017 presidential and general elections is a test of the UN success story in Liberia; and this must not be allowed to ruin due to the premature exit of UNMIL military and police from Liberia because our national security apparatus are just not ready for this task. Any abuse of power and excesses by state security during the ensuing 2017 presidential and general elections may be responded to in a manner that could derail our peace process. This we do not want to happen and we are confident the UN would share our line thinking.I once more thank all of you for coming to celebrate with us on our 10th Anniversary and I wish you all a safereturn home. We are particularly grateful to the city major and good loving people of this great city of Ganta for hosting us and for the warm welcome we received. Thanks for making us feel at home during our stay here. May God bless mamma Liberia.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Real beaten by Mallorca, Barca go top of La Liga

first_img0Shares0000Thibaut Courtois reacts after Real Madrid’s surprise defeat © AFP / JAIME REINAMADRID, Spain, Oct 19 – Barcelona sailed back to the top of the table on Saturday and trouble returned to Real Madrid after they endured their first La Liga defeat of the season at newly-promoted Real Mallorca.Zinedine Zidane, David Beckham and Robinho were in the last Madrid team to lose a league game at San Moix in 2006 and 13 years later, Mallorca repeated the trick thanks to a scintillating strike by Junior Lago in the first half. Alvaro Odriozola allowed Lago too much room to cut inside and was then sent off late on, even if Madrid’s attempts at a comeback looked doomed well before they were reduced to 10.“The problem is we have to show every three days that we are good,” Real coach Zidane said.“That is what we don’t do. We have to be consistent. We have to put more life into our game if we want to achieve anything this year.”The 1-0 defeat halts the resurgence of Zidane’s side just as Barcelona’s appears to be gathering pace, a 3-0 win away at Eibar giving the Catalans their fifth consecutive victory in all competitions. Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann scored the goals.In between, Atletico Madrid were pegged back by Valencia as a brilliant Dani Parejo free-kick earned the visitors a hard-earned 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano.It means Barca will finish the weekend top of the table for the first time this season as the defending champions continue to leave their stumbling start further behind them.For Real, five games unbeaten and three of them victories had not erased the doubts, but at least seemed to offer evidence Zidane’s team were turning a corner.But Mallorca, who climb to 14th, deserved their triumph in what is their first season back in the top flight since relegation ended a run of 16 consecutive years there in 2013.Lago collected the ball on the left in the seventh minute, drove at the retreating Odriozola before cutting inside and unleashing a shot into the far corner.Madrid lacked purpose and cutting edge, with their hopes all but dashed when Odriozola capped a miserable night by flying in late on Lago in the 74th minute and collecting a second yellow card.Zidane will hope to have at least one of the injured Luke Modric, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos back for their crucial Champions League group match away at Galatasaray on Tuesday.– ‘MSG’ fire for Barca –Messi scored his second goal of the season © AFP / STRINGERBarcelona’s autumn injury crisis is over and their ‘MSG’ attack is finally clicking into gear as Messi, Suarez and Griezmann all scored in a ruthless win over Eibar.Griezmann’s place in the newly-formed attacking trident has not been secure but the Frenchman opened the scoring at Ipurua before teeing up Messi and then playing the crucial pass for Suarez to make it three.“There will be good and bad days but we are getting to know each other and bit by bit we will do even better,” said Griezmann.Victory also dismissed suggestions their players might be affected by Friday’s postponement of next Saturday’s Clasico due to protests in Catalonia.Barcelona’s fans chanted in support of the nine Catalan leaders imprisoned last week for a failed independence bid in 2017.The match against Real Madrid is now expected to go ahead in December.“It is fashionable not to agree on political issues but at least let’s agree on the date of the Clasico,” Barca coach Ernesto Valverde said afterwards. “It doesn’t seem to me that difficult.”The only blot on the result was an injury to Sergi Roberto, who will be a doubt for the Champions League game at Slavia Prague on Wednesday after hurting his left knee.– Atletico lose ground –Diego Simeone’s Atletico were frustrated by Valencia © AFP / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOUAtletico lost ground as they were undone by a late Parejo free-kick at the Wanda Metropolitano, where both sides finished the game with 10 men.Diego Costa scored a first-half penalty and in a frantic final 10 minutes, Joao Felix limped off, with all three of Diego Simeone’s substitutes already used. Parejo struck moments later before Valencia’s Lee Kang-in was sent off in injury-time.Atletico confirmed Felix suffered a “grade two sprain” in his right ankle. He will now miss the Champions League game at home to Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday.0Shares0000(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Writers set strike Monday to break stalemate on DVD, Web payments

first_img Counter declined a request by The Associated Press for further comment. Among other media giants, the alliance represents CBS Corp., NBC Universal, a unit of General Electric Co., and The Walt Disney Co. owner of the ABC network. The negotiations began in July and were joined this week by a federal mediator. Verrone said the union was open to negotiating over the weekend. “We are committed to seeing this through and are willing to engage in any further discussions if the studios so desire,” Verrone said. The statement from the producers alliance did not say if it would agree to weekend negotiations. The first casualty of the strike would be late-night talk shows, which are dependent on current events to fuel monologues and other entertainment. “The Tonight Show” on NBC will go into reruns starting Monday if last-ditch negotiations fail and a strike begins, according to a network official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person lacked authorization to comment publicly. Garth Brooks and Tommy Lee Jones were the scheduled guests. Comedy Central has said “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report” would likely go into repeats as well. A message left seeking CBS comment on plans for “The Late Show with David Letterman” in New York was not immediately returned Friday evening. During the 1988 writers strike, Letterman, then host of NBC’s “Late Night,” and longtime “Tonight Show” host Johnny Carson initially went off the air but later returned as the walkout dragged on for 22 weeks and cost the industry about $500 million. Daytime TV, including live talk shows such as “The View” and soap operas, which typically tape about a week’s worth of shows in advance, would be next to feel the impact. The strike will not immediately impact production of movies or prime-time TV programs. Most studios have stockpiled dozens of movie scripts, and TV shows have enough scripts or completed shows in hand to last until early next year. There could be widespread disruptions in Hollywood as other unions support the writers. Officials with the Screen Actors Guild have told members they must report for work but encouraged them to join picket lines during their off-time. A similar message came from the head of a local Teamsters union. However, those workers were told they were protected by law from employer retribution if they honored strike lines. John Bowman, chief negotiator for the writers guild and the producer on an upcoming TBS show “Frank, TV,” said he would not cross picket lines, even if it cost his job. “Unfortunately we have to inflict as much damage as we can as soon as possible in order to get this thing over,” he said. The economic impact of a strike is hard to estimate because not all production will be halted at once, economists said. “There definitely will be pain,” said Jack Kyser, chief economist for the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp. The entertainment industry contributes about $30 billion a year to the Los Angeles economy, or about $80 million a day, he said. Talks between writers and producers will likely impact upcoming negotiations between the studios and unions representing actors and directors. All those unions believe revenue from content offered on the Internet, cell phones and other platforms will grow tremendously in the years ahead, even though it’s now minuscule compared to DVD sales. Consumers are expected to spend $16.4 billion on DVDs this year, according to Adams Media Research. By contrast, studios could generate about $158 million from selling movies online and about $194 million from selling TV shows over the Web. Studios argue that it is too early to know how much money they can make from offering entertainment on the Internet, cell phones, iPods and other devices. Producers are also uncertain whether consumers prefer a pay-per-view model over an advertising-supported system. They want the economic flexibility to experiment as consumer habits change in reaction to technology. Writers and actors have been preparing for several years for difficult negotiations. Unions representing both those groups hired executive directors with extensive union experience rather than having their own members go up against seasoned studio negotiators. In addition, both unions elected presidents who vowed to be more aggressive during bargaining. The strike was first announced Thursday night at a meeting attended by 3,000 union members whose moods ranged from defiant to somber. Janis Hirsch, a veteran TV writer, said she had voted against a strike. “It’s sad, but I’ve got to support my union,” she said. ‘At this point it makes sense.” — AP Television Writer Lynn Elber contributed to this story.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. “The studios made it clear that they would rather shut down this town than reach a fair and reasonable deal,” Patric Verrone, president of the western chapter of the guild, said at a news conference. The union said it will stage its first pickets in New York and Los Angeles after strike captains meet Saturday to finalize details. J. Nicholas Counter, president of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers, called the strike “precipitous and irresponsible” in a prepared statement. Producers believe progress can be made on other issues but “it makes absolutely no sense to increase the burden of this additional compensation” involving DVDs and the Internet, he said. Last year alone, members of the western chapter of the guild were paid $56 million in additional compensation from DVD residuals, he said. A federal mediator has called for an 11th hour negotiating session between Hollywood writers and producers in a last-ditch effort to head off a TV and movie writers strike scheduled to begin Monday. The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers said the Sunday meeting will take place at a neutral location to be determined. The writers announced Friday they planned to strike on Monday for the first time in two decades to break what has become a high-stakes stalemate with the world’s largest media companies over profits from DVDs and programming on the Internet. Writers Guild of America board members voted unanimously Friday to begin the strike at 12:01 a.m. unless studios offered a more lucrative deal with a bigger cut from video sales and shows sold or streamed over the Web.last_img read more

Newcastle United midfielder Haris Vuckic set to join FC Twente on free transfer

first_img1 Haris Vuckic Newcastle midfielder Haris Vuckic is set to join FC Twente on a free transfer.The 24-year-old was highly rated during his time in the club’s youth side but has failed to establish himself in the first team.He has made just seven league appearances since his arrival from Domzale back in 2009 with a series of loan moves in the years that followed.Now the Slovenian is set to move on for good when his contract expires this month.According to Voetbal International, Vuckic is set to pen a deal at FC Twente, who need a replacement for Leeds-bound Mateusz Klich.Vuckic had a short trial with the Dutch club back in March and he appears to have done enough to earn himself a permanent contract with them.last_img

DONEGAL GETS ITS FIRST DIPLOMA IN GAA SPORTS STUDIES

first_imgFrom Left: Ronan Doherty, Lecturer, LYIT; Mick Murphy, Donegal GAA County Board; Paul Hannigan, President, LYIT; Dr Lynn Ramsey, Head of Department of Law and Humanities LYIT; and Rodger Keenan, Ulster Council. PIC BY CLIVE WASSONDonegal GAA has gone into the classroom for the first time!Letterkenny IT is hosting a new Diploma in Performance for Gaelic Sports. This is the first time that this Level 3 Diploma has been held in Donegal.“We are delighted to host the Diploma course at LYIT,” said Dr Lynn Ramsey, Head of Department of Law and Humanities. “It reflects the long-standing close relationship which LYIT has with the GAA.” Currently, elite gaelic athletes are offered the opportunity to participate in the LYIT GAA Academy during their studies.The Academy supports player development and helps prepare them for the new season. The hard work is paying off with LYIT Ladies and Men’s Gaelic teams doing very well this year, recently reaching the final in the National College Leagues.Dr Ramsey adds, “We are delighted to be able support the development of coaching within the county. Our sports curriculum has always been informed by external coaching bodies including the GAA and we’d like to thank them for their valuable input.”LYIT currently offers Degrees in Sports Coaching and Performance, Sports Development and Coaching, and a Higher Certificate in Sports Studies. To find out more about Sports Programmes at LYIT, visit www.lyit.ie.    DONEGAL GETS ITS FIRST DIPLOMA IN GAA SPORTS STUDIES was last modified: November 21st, 2013 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:donegalGAA studiesLYITlast_img read more

TG4 TO SHOW DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND GLORY BID AGAINST KERRY

first_imgTG4 Ladies Senior Football Championship Round 2 QualifierMonday 4 August – Donegal v Kerry, Birr, 4pm – Live TG4Donegal’s Senior Ladies are hoping to cause a huge upset when they travel to Birr on Monday for the Round 2 All-Ireland Qualifier. Davy McLaughlin’s team has shown huge improvement in recent months as the Moville man looks to put our Ladies fortunes on an upward curve.Kerry are overwhelming favourites to progress; one bookmaker in Tralee has apparently offered odds of 14/1 for Donegal to win!But Donegal aren’t going to Offaly to make up the numbers and despite losing to eventual Ulster champions Armagh in the provincial championship, they showed enough improvement to worry Kerry.And the Munster women, despite being in the top ranks of the Ladies game, were hammered by Cork in their provincial decider and must surely have weak points. Donegal can welcome back Therese McCafferty and Roisin Friel to the squad too, giving McLaughlin something of a selection headache – not a bad complaint to have in August.If the Donegal defence can cope with the two time All Star winners Louise Ní Muircheartaigh and Sarah Houlihan, and our players shine on the day, this might just be a good day for the Tir Chonaill girls.Get down and support them if you can – if you can’t, it’s on TG4 live. TG4 TO SHOW DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND GLORY BID AGAINST KERRY was last modified: August 3rd, 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:all-irelandBirrdonegal ladiesKerry LadiesOffalyRound 2last_img read more

Evacuation orders lifted

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “We worry about wind and the hot spots,” Burbank Fire Marshall Dave Starr said. “That’s something we’ve got to deal with.” Evacuation orders were lifted for some 70 homes along Country Club Drive in Burbank. Authorities, who at the fire’s peak had 1,500 personnel fighting the blaze, were sending firefighters home Sunday. A helicopter with a heat-seeking device scoured Burbank’s rough, hilly terrain Sunday evening in search of hot spots. More than 800 firefighters were being kept on overnight, but authorities expected to start today with about 300 firefighters or fewer, Starr said. The cause of the fire, which burned 1,200 acres but no structures, is under investigation. It broke out at 4:23 p.m. Thursday and was named after the restaurant Castaway, near where it ignited. Firefighters raced against the clock Sunday to mop up hot spots leftover from wildfires on both sides of the San Fernando Valley, fearing a return of gusting Santa Ana winds early this week could rekindle recent firestorms. The Topanga Fire, which started at the western end of the San Fernando Valley on Wednesday, was more than 85 percent contained Sunday after burning some 24,000 acres and destroying three homes, fire officials said. Full containment is expected at 6 p.m. today. In Burbank, where firefighters had been reassigned after the Topanga Fire was subdued, the Castaways Fire was about 57 percent contained and officials hoped to have it fully contained by noon on Tuesday. The Santa Ana winds could pick up as early as this afternoon, Starr said. But authorities also expect that the weather could work in their favor if a marine layer rises into the hills. The National Weather Service forecasts Santa Anas up to 25 mph returning sometime Tuesday and lingering until Wednesday. Country Club Drive residents began to return to their homes along the winding canyon road Sunday morning when the evacuation order was lifted. Among those returning was Kathy Ryan and her six children. The family had just moved into their home and had not finished unpacking when flames drove them away. “You just roll with the punches,” Ryan said. Several residents never left, despite the mandatory evacuation order issued Saturday. Deborah Lamia Denaver, a make-up artist who lives on Country Club Drive, was watering down the vegetation around her home’s circular driveway, washing away the ash that blew down from the hillside. She was one of the residents who stayed put. “We watched the ridge as (the fire) slowly crept down,” Denaver said. “And we were ready, the cars were ready, pointed in the right direction.” Bill and Doris Vick have been at their home in the 900 block of Country Club Drive since 1959, and they also decided not to evacuate. One friend called from Mexico to check up on the Vicks, and another friend who had been out of touch for 20 years e-mailed them. “We’ve been through the floods and the fires,” said Bill Vick, 88, a retired school principal. The cause of the Topanga Fire, which ignited just north of Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Highway 118, is also under investigation. On Sunday, firefighters walked along the containment line and worked to extinguish hot spots 100 feet in from the line to create a buffer zone, said Capt. Kurt Schaefer of the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Even though the fires have died down, the Los Angeles County Health Department issued a health alert due to the continued presence of air pollutants from the fires. “Although visible smoke may not be apparent, air quality in some parts of the county is being adversely affected by wildfires,” said Jonathan Fielding, the county’s director of public health. Fielding said areas where residents should take special care were the San Fernando Valley, West San Gabriel Valley and the Santa Clarita Valley. The county recommended anyone in areas affected by the fires limit strenuous outdoor activities. On Saturday, a brush fire burned a half-acre on the border between Tarzana and Woodland Hills but quickly contained by more than 60 firefighters. Wire services contributed to this report. 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

Simpsons fan draws Ireland’s counties with a unique twist

first_imgDerry man Brian Quinn recreated the Irish map by putting his own unique stamp on each county. Brian told BBC NI that it all started with DoneGil.“I probably had one pun in my head – I think it might have been DoneGil first. “I started scribbling more down and I think I had about seventeen and I thought ‘I might as well do all 32 now’,” he said.Some of the names include ‘Krusty the Down’, ‘Cleitrim’, ‘Laoisa’ and ‘Mayo Quimby’.“My girlfriend was watching Grey’s Anatomy or something, so I just got out the laptop and started messing about.”Brian, a moderator of the Ireland Simpsons Fans page on Facebook, shared all thirty-two puns to the page. To check them out, click here. Donegal was paired with Gil Gunderson, an unlucky businessman who has worked as everything from a real estate agent to a car salesman.Lending itself well to puns, Donegal also could have gotten ‘D’ohnegal’!Simpsons fan draws Ireland’s counties with a unique twist was last modified: August 20th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:donegalIrelandpunsimpsonslast_img read more

Mike Fiers sharp, Khris Davis crushes in A’s Opening Day win over Angels

first_imgOAKLAND — A return to the Coliseum may have been all Mike Fiers needed to get back on track.Starting his second Opening Day in nearly the span of a week, Fiers made up for the poor first one in Japan by looking more like the pitcher who piloted the A’s 2018 playoff run in Thursday’s 4-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels in front of 22,691 fans at the Oakland Coliseum.Command was an issue for Fiers in his first start and still somewhat of a problem against the Angels — he walked three batters …last_img