Peaking at the right time

first_imgIan Sangalang scored 16 points, Mark Barroca added 14 and Rome dela Rosa and Aldrech Ramos combined for another 22 with only two men failing to score for the Hotshots.The loss was the sixth in 10 games for the Dyip, whose aspirations for a franchise-first playoff appearance took a huge hit.Magnolia, last season’s Governors’ Cup champion, erected double-digit leads early and was 17 points up after the first two minutes of the second quarter as the Hotshots never looked back even with their shock troopers playing a huge chunk of the fourth quarter.Rashawn McCarthy led the Dyip with 19 points and rookie CJ Perez backed him up with 14. Jackson Corpuz scored 12 and completed a double-double with a night-high 11 rebounds.In Wednesday’s nightcap, NLEX survived the ejection of coach Yeng Guiao and kept its own playoff bid afloat with a 91-70 rout of Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia coach Chito Victolero made use of all of his 15 men, shuffled them at a frenetic pace and didn’t play anyone longer than 26 minutes in an authoritative 109-83 dismantling of hapless Columbian Dyip for the Hotshots’ first winning streak in the PBA Philippine Cup.Not that he didn’t see Columbian as a foe that could beat them on Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum, but Victolero was already preparing his Hotshots for a truly tough grind in the coming week that will more or less spell where they will end up in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ateneo tightens grip on top spot; National U stuns UP “I’ll start thinking of [Barangay] Ginebra now,” Victolero said after his team rose to 3-4. “It will be a tough stretch for us as we play three games in [the next] week. Our next games will be very important.”Magnolia clashes with Ginebra on Sunday before playing NorthPort on Wednesday and Blackwater two days after.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It is after that stretch where we will see where we will end up [in the rankings for the playoffs],” he added as he expressed satisfaction at the way his charges are peaking.“We’re getting there,” Victolero replied when asked if he feels that his Hotshots’ game could be considered at par with the way Ginebra, which is at 4-3, is playing. “Our run to the playoffs is getting better, we are getting our rhythm.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

President Sirleaf Urges U.S. to Continue Ebola Aid

first_imgWASHINGTON — President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Friday urged the United States to maintain its assistance to Liberia as it continues its fight to recover from the Ebola outbreak, which began about one year ago.In a meeting at the White House with President Obama, the Liberian President asked for help with power projects to keep the country’s hospitals and new treatment centers running, for clean water and sanitation facilities to stop the disease from spreading, and for road construction to make it easier for sick people in rural areas to get to hospitals. “We can neither rest, nor lift our foot off the gas,” Ms. Johnson Sirleaf said on Thursday during an earlier event on Capitol Hill hosted by Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware. “We are determined to get to zero cases by April 15.”She said that while Liberia, with help from the United States and other countries, has made huge strides in fighting the disease since the epidemic peaked there in September, Ebola must now “be chased down in every corner” and eliminated.Mr. Obama said efforts must focus on “ways to strengthen the economy, to rebuild infrastructure, to make sure that some of the development goals that had been previously set are accelerated to deal with some of the economic contraction” in Liberia.Speaking at the White House before meeting with Ms. Johnson Sirleaf, Mr. Obama said it was important to “make sure that we’re not complacent so long as there’s even one case of Ebola remaining in West Africa.”Separately on Friday, the Liberian and American governments began the first formal patient testing of ZMapp, an experimental drug intended to stop the progression of the disease. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said adults and children who agreed to take the drug would be enrolled in the study if they were admitted to Ebola treatment units in Liberia, or were healthcare workers who had returned to the United States after being infected with Ebola while serving in West Africa.By all accounts, the situation in Liberia is starkly different today from what it was in September, when Ebola had so ravaged the country that Mr. Obama deployed 3,000 American troops to Monrovia to build Ebola treatment facilities and to help increase efforts to fight the hemorrhagic disease.At the time, new cases were exploding at an exponential rate, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out a dire projection that if effective methods to contain the disease could not be developed, Liberia and Sierra Leone could have a total of 1.4 million Ebola cases by January. Guinea, another country hard hit by the disease, faced a similar prognosis.The C.D.C. noted that if everything were done right, the epidemic would be “almost ended” by Jan. 20. Success would require conducting safe funerals where no one touched bodies, treating 70 percent of patients in treatment units, and changing local behavior to stop the spread of the disease.Now, against all odds, Liberia appears to have pulled off the C.D.C.’s best-case scenario. Ms. Johnson Sirleaf said that 13 of the country’s 15 counties had reported no new Ebola cases in more than 21 days. “We are down to one to three infections per week, and chasing the very last element of the chain of transmission,” she said.Earlier Friday, the 101st Airborne Division formally ended its mission to fight Ebola in Liberia, as military officials declared that they had largely completed their mission there.“Five months ago, we stood at this exact spot and uncased the colors of the 101st Airborne Division,” Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky said during a ceremony at the Barclay Training Center military barracks in Monrovia. “That day was the day the United States military brought our full weight to bear in support of our government’s response to contain the Ebola virus in Liberia.”But the success so far in Liberia belies grim news in neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, where Ebola cases have continued to mount. The World Health Organization this week reported 99 new cases of the disease in the week ending Feb. 22 — 35 in Guinea, 63 in Sierra Leone and only one in Liberia.“The steep decline in case incidence nationally in Sierra Leone from December until the end of January has halted,” the organization warned in its weekly report. “Transmission remains widespread, with eight districts reporting new confirmed cases. A significant proportion of cases are still arising from unknown chains of transmission.”The Obama administration said it was shifting its focus to track patients and their contacts case by case.President Johnson Sirleaf took pains to thank the administration and Congress for helping Liberia. “If I had the time, I would go door to door thanking all 535 members of Congress,” she said.“I wrote to President Obama asking for America’s support,” she added. “Well, America responded. You did not run from Liberia.”Still, in Washington there were few remaining strains of the panic that had characterized the national discourse on Ebola last fall. American officials and lawmakers discussed whether they should shake hands with the visiting Liberian delegation (most people did).And Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon press secretary, was asked during a news briefing after Ms. Johnson Sirleaf met with Ashton Carter, the new defense secretary, whether returning members of the 101st Airborne Division would still be quarantined for 21 days after leaving Liberia, per Army policy.“Yes,” he replied.Nearly 10,000 people in West Africa have died from the Ebola virus. (New York Times)Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

“Dehumanizing Women Is Not Part of Liberian Culture”

first_imgVice President Joseph N. Boakai has pledged to help end violence against women and children and ensure that they enjoy equal rights in the Liberian society.Speaking on Wednesday during a program held by the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated near Fish Market in Monrovia, he called on Liberian men to recognize women as major contributors in society, declaring that “dehumanizing women is not part of Liberian culture.”“We the men in Liberia want to sincerely apologize for the misconduct against women, and I am calling on men to realize that women comprise 50% of our society, and are also our partners,” the Vice President said.Liberian men must make the commitment to protect their female counterparts by doing away with gender based violence, he admonished.The president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, T. Nelson Williams, said the purpose of the gathering and the walk was to inform the world and Liberians that gender based violence and rape is not necessary in Liberia.“We the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, UN Women and Ministry of Gender have planned to speak out against this hideous crime that is committed against young girls and women in this country,” Mr. Williams said.He said, last week, the brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha and Servants of All Prayers Assembly worked together in various ways to engage and inform men about the need to end violence against women.“We also visited the prison compound in Bomi and the Monrovia Central Prison because they need to be counseled before coming out. We realized that when men commit these crimes and go to prison, if they are not rehabilitated, they come out and continue to commit these crimes. For the brothers, this is 365 Days of Activism, not just the 16 Days of Activism,” he added.National program manager of UN Women, Ghoma Karloweah, called on the legislature to speedily pass the Domestic Violence Bill into law. “We need to mobilize more people, including lawmakers, to work to pass the Domestic Violence Bill into law to be able to protect our sisters, daughters and mothers,” she said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

World Cup big guns limber up in Russia as atmosphere builds

first_imgWorld champions Germany, seeking to equal Brazil’s record of five World Cup wins, will land in Russia on Tuesday, along with Gareth Southgate’s youthful England side.Brazil and Neymar arrived in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in the early hours in buoyant mood after hammering Austria 3-0 in their final warm-up match on Sunday.Argentina’s Lionel Messi has cast doubt over his international future © AFP / Vasily MAXIMOVNeymar, who broke a bone in his foot in February, marked his first start in more than three months by scoring in Sunday’s easy victory in Vienna.– Disputed choice –Russia was a disputed choice when it was handed the World Cup in a closely watched 2010 vote that has since been tainted by bribery charges, and the 2018 tournament takes place against a background of international tensions.Russia and the West have engaged in a major wave of tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions since London accused Moscow of being behind the poisoning of Sergei Skripal in Britain in March.But as the clock ticks down to the opener in Moscow’s imposing 80,000-capacity Luzhniki stadium, the tournament is beginning to catch the public mood, with about 3,500 fans attending Australia’s training session in the central city of Kazan.Russian supporters, enjoying a holiday, shouted “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, go, go, go”.Australia goalkeeper Mathew Ryan speaks at a press conference in Kazan © AFP / Saeed KHANSocceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan warned France that a new, improved Australia team are plotting an early World Cup shock when the sides meet in Kazan on Saturday.“Come the France game, we’re going to be ready… and giving ourselves opportunities to win this game,” the stopper who plays for Premier League side Brighton warned. “We can’t wait for Saturday.”France, who boast “world-class” attacking talent, according to Australia midfielder Massimo Luongo, are among the tournament favourites in Russia alongside Brazil, Germany and Spain.The atmosphere also went up a notch in Red Square in Moscow, where dozens of Argentinian, Colombian and Mexican fans sang and played drums in support of their teams as darkness fell.– Salah trains –Mohamed Salah trained with his Egypt teammates, still nursing a shoulder injury © AFP / KARIM JAAFARA big question mark hangs over the participation of Egypt and Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah, who is still receiving treatment for the shoulder injury he suffered in the Champions League final.Team doctor Mohamed Abou al-Ela admitted the striker, who scored 44 goals for Liverpool this season, was unlikely to play in Egypt’s opening Group A match against Uruguay on Friday.But Salah did some light running in Grozny on Monday, monitored by medical staff, as the other Egypt players took part in a group warm-up.Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera said he hoped Salah would be fit to line up when the two countries clash.“I like the best players to play, I train with the best and I want the best players to play,” Muslera said.Argentina captain Messi said his international future will be determined by his country’s performance at the World Cup.“It will depend on how far we go, how we’re going to finish” at the finals, Messi told Spanish daily Sport.“We’ve just lost three finals in a row, which has led to us going through some difficult moments with the press,” the Barcelona forward said.Argentina lost the 2014 World Cup final 1-0 to Germany after extra time, before suffering successive defeats by Chile on penalties at the Copa America in 2015 and 2016.Even before the tournament gets under way, FIFA has the major task on Wednesday of choosing the host of the 2026 World Cup — a straight fight between a joint bid featuring the United States, Canada and Mexico and Morocco.A long-awaited report from FIFA inspectors left the North American bid as the front-runner in the race to host the first 48-team World Cup.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The World Cup kicks off on June 14 © AFP / GIUSEPPE CACACEMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 10 – The World Cup big guns limbered up on Monday ahead of the tournament opener in Russia while brash underdogs Australia warned Euro 2016 finalists France to brace for an early shock.As the atmosphere built before Thursday’s curtainraiser between the hosts and Saudi Arabia, Argentina star Lionel Messi and his teammates and France’s talent-studded squad including Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe were put through their paces.last_img read more

Which town wants to pay for your Christmas this year?

first_imgA town in Donegal wants to pay the cost of your Christmas this year.Ballyshannon is lit up like a Christmas tree literally this year, from Bachelor’s walk to the Port, thanks to the support of all of the businesses in the town.And now we want to pay for your Christmas too with a big prize draw! With every purchase over €10, you can be entered into a free draw for €1,000 or a Weekend away (Whites Hotel Group) in all participating shops etc.Ballyshannon Business Chamber has worked tirelessly this year to light up the town, from money contributed by every business in the town, from the largest to the smallest.The chamber is urging shoppers to shop local this Christmas and be in with a chance to get their Christmas paid for this year.The Business Chamber started the month with a very successful Christmas Market which was complemented by The Ballyshannon Brass and Reed Band, and Bel Canto Choir. We saw the arrival of Santa on the fire engine and he was greeted by the largest group of children we have ever had. We were also delighted to welcome two teams of Champions from Aodh Ruadh and Erne Wanderers to turn on the lights. Townsfolk and many people flocked in their droves to support the market and Christmas lights and the cheer and goodwill in the town was palpable.As we enter our last week of the cash prize draw, we are asking people to get out shop and fill in your tickets.Finally as a thank you, for when a plan comes together, we are asking everyone to join us next Friday night 23rd for the Big Prize Draw, at 8pm in Dorrian’s Imperial Hotel, followed by live music and finger food.Which town wants to pay for your Christmas this year? was last modified: December 18th, 2016 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:BallyshannoncashCHristmasdonegallast_img read more

Thierry Henry now an ‘enemy’ of France says Didier Deschamps

first_img 2 France captain Hugo Lloris played alongside Henry before the former Arsenal and Barcelona striker ended his international career in 2010, and believes it will be a tough situation for his former teammate.“I was lucky to play with him for two seasons,” said the Tottenham goalkeeper.“A huge player; a great gentleman of French football. It is a little bit peculiar but that is his career.“His heart will be split. Before anything, he is French and he left a mark on the history of Les Bleus. He has scored the most goals for France [51] and is second in caps [123].”talkSPORT will bring you live commentary of the World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium on Tuesday night, kick-off 7pm 2 Thierry Henry [right] and Didier Deschamps [second from right] lifted the World Cup together in 1998 Thierry Henry celebrates Belgium’s win over Brazil in the 2018 World Cup semi-finals Didier Deschamps says Thierry Henry is ‘now part of the enemy’ as he prepares to come up against his old teammate on the touchline in Tuesday’s World Cup semi-final between France and Belgium.Henry is France’s all-time record goalscorer and was part of the squad, alongside Deschamps, which won the World Cup on home soil in 1998. But he will be plotting his own nation’s downfall on Wednesday night, in his role as assistant manager of Belgium.And seeing his old friend and one of France’s greatest players on the opposing side will be ‘bizarre’ for Deschamps.“When you go to a club abroad and play against one from your own country, you are part of the enemy,” said the France coach.“This time, in an international match, it is much higher. He is facing his home nation.“From the time he became an assistant to Roberto Martinez [Belgium manager], he did know that can happen. It is a difficult situation – bizarre – it is not easy for him.”last_img read more


first_imgJohn J Mc Gettigan, Vincent and Brigid O Rourke, present a cheque for Û25,000 proceeds of a cycle in memory on their son Vinnie, they are pictured with Annette Cunningham and Geraldine Casey and Dr James McDaid from the Donegal Hospice . Photo Brian McDaid/ CristephThe mother and father of a man who was cared for by the Donegal Hospice in his final days has handed over a cheque of €25,000 to the hospice following the successful Tour de Vince cycling event. This huge sum on money was raised by friends and family of the late Vincent O’Rourke and handed over by the family including his mother Bridget Burke. Vincent’s friends and family organised a fund raising event called Tour de Vince.It was a cycling event which began in Newcastle, Co Down, where Vincent was born and it finished in Carrigart where Vincent spent his last few days in his parents house.Those who took part in the three day cycling event were Andrew  Colhoun, Colin Shields, Cormac Kernan, Darren Tierney, Eamonn Hamill, Greg Hamill, Jerome Sharvin, John Gelston, Jonny Denvir, Marty Hamill, Mel Currie, Phil McCauley, Stevie Lowery, Wayne Murray, John J McGettigan, Daniel McGuigan, Ryan Harty, Art Kernan, Paul Tallon and Ciaran Walsh.The back-up team were, Damien McAlary, Andy Wallace and Fintan Sharvin. All together they raised a staggering sum of €33,000 and gave €25,000 to Donegal hospice and €13,100 to McMillan Cancer in Northern Ireland.The group would like to thanks their families and all who helped during the events in any way.  TOUR DE VINCE CHARITY EVENT RAISES €25,000 FOR THE DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: October 8th, 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)last_img read more

Eight run in board election

first_imgLANCASTER – Eight candidates are seeking three seats on the Antelope Valley Union High School District board in the Nov. 8 election. Incumbents Al Beattie and Jim Lott are facing challengers Diana Beard-Williams, D. Elena Kolbengston, Bernie Longjohn, Roger Price, James Shanbrom and Ira Simonds. Incumbent Calvin Robinson did not seek re-election. Beard-Williams, 51, is a Realtor, notary public, author and owner of an education and social service consulting business. She ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2003. She was fired in April 1999 from her job as public relations director for the Palmdale School District. School officials said she mishandled district foundation financial records, but Beard-Williams said she was discriminated against because she is an African-American woman and because she complained about what she called fraudulent spending on the district’s Head Start preschool program. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Beard-Williams said she is concerned about the academic standing of the district and the number of students who do not go on to college or technical schools. “My thing has to do with culture and atmosphere,” she said. “School districts tend to be insulated. They fear opening up windows and looking for other solutions. I will meet with administrators and the teachers union and hear what they have to say about what needs to be done to improve performance and prioritize that.” Beard-Williams said she is concerned about the shuffling of administrators among school sites, teacher morale and compensation, the level of services given special-education students, and students who get caught up in the blanket punishment of zero tolerance for fighting. She also stressed the need for more open communication between schools and parents. Beattie, 61, of Palmdale, is a teacher at Desert Willow Intermediate School in the Palmdale School District. He is seeking his second term. Beattie said he will continue efforts to build more schools and align curriculum with what students are tested on in state standardized testing. “I believe we need to come full circle with testing and the curriculum so that we are teaching students what they need to know to pass the test,” Beattie said. “One thing we did was start school earlier. By the time they are ready to take the test in the spring, most of the curriculum that they need for the tests will have been given to them.” To deal with student population growth, Beattie said going for a school construction bond measure is highly likely. “We have 600 more students than we expected this year. On that basis, every two years we will need a new school. Unless there is some other way to fund it, I don’t know if we can get around asking for a bond. I hate saying that, (but) that’s just the reality of things,” Beattie said. Kolbengston, a resident of Quartz Hill, works as a loan administrator for a mortgage company. She’s new to the area, having lived in the Antelope Valley for a year, but she said that should not deter voters from supporting her. “Change is fresh and good for everyone,” she said. “The primary reason (I’m running) is because I love kids. I think I can do a great job for them. School and education is important, and we really need a lot of help in that area,” Kolbengston said. Kolbengston said she would work to improve test scores and staff schools with quality teachers to create a better learning environment. “I think the current board is doing a great job, but there’s always room for improvement. I want to be a part of helping getting them where they need to go. The kids are our future,” Kolbengston said. Longjohn, 65, of Palmdale, is the owner of Los Angeles County Raceway and NAPA auto parts stores in Lancaster and Palmdale. He ran unsuccessfully for the school board in 2003. Citing his business background and service on the district’s budget advisory committee, Longjohn said he can bring needed experience to the board. “I’m on the budget committee and know the difficulties we have,” he said. “I bring to the board something that’s a little bit unique. I operate businesses, have to work within budgets, have to evaluate cost-cutting measures. I think’s it’s desperately needed, not just on our board but all boards. We need to spend the best way we can.” Longjohn said the two incumbents are effective trustees and lauded the security measures that have been implemented at the schools. “The board is working well. I would like to be a part of the board and bring to the board my expertise on budgeting. We are talking millions of dollars and thousands of students affected by our budget,” Longjohn said. Lott, 68, of Palmdale, worked 39 years in education. He retired in 2001 as an assistant superintendent at Keppel Union School District. He is seeking his second term on the school board. Lott said the board and district have accomplished many things during his tenure, including safer schools, increases in test scores, making technology a high priority, fostering a relationship with parents, and having a board that works as a team, though there are philosophical differences. “We have a solvent budget. No pink slips in four years. That’s a tribute to our staff,” Lott said. “One of my campaign issues was to establish a district budget committee. We did that.” Lott said he would work to further improve test scores, increase parent involvement, and focus on building schools – but look at other options before approving a bond measure. “I cringe when I even think about it. If we can prove that we have exhausted all of our resources, including busing, which is a painful idea, then I probably would go for it, but beyond that, I would not be supportive of one,” Lott said. Price, 50, of Lancaster, is a Church of God and Christ minister. “I’m running because of the problems and concerns that I have with the high school district. I’d like to see a change. If I can be a part of that change, that would be great,” Price said. Price said the schools need a safer environment and should provide more supervision on campuses. “Maybe the school district doesn’t focus enough on safety and doesn’t have enough prevention measures. As a result, there’s a large number of expulsions and suspensions,” Price said. He said the district needs to come up with a program to help at-risk children before they get into trouble. He also questioned whether the district has been able to deal with students moving to the Antelope Valley from the San Fernando Valley and Los Angeles areas. “I don’t know if the administration has been able to adapt to the large influx of minority populations,” Price said. “They are probably dealt with more harshly or not understood.” Price said he would work to give parents more representation. “Parents don’t have the voice that they need. Parents are upset because they don’t have communication and (are) not treated with the respect they should be treated with. They should be partners in efforts to educate children,” Price said. Shanbrom, 44, could not be reached for comment. He ran unsuccessfully for the board in 2003. According to his ballot statement, he said he will be the “conservative, intelligent voice our high school board needs as a watchdog for the interests of students, parents, educators and taxpayers.” He said he supports greater teacher influence over curriculum, involvement of parents, and opportunities provided by well-run charter schools. “Success must be rewarded and encouraged, failures will no longer go unnoticed, and innovation will be encouraged,” he said. Simonds, 60, of Lancaster, retired in June after 37 years of teaching U.S. history and American literature at Quartz Hill High School. The 2000 Los Angeles County Teacher of the Year, he said he was asked to run by residents and former colleagues. Simonds said he will work to ensure that money is spent on classrooms and students in the face of budgetary challenges and maintain safe and secure campuses. “We have an excellent security system. I want to maintain that system. If we have to make cuts, I do not want security cut. It’s not only for students, but for teachers and classified (workers). Everyone on campus needs to feel secure,” Simonds said. Simonds said the district needs to increase career technical education and promote classes that can train students for jobs right after school. “There are a lot of businesses in the community that would like to hire our students. We need to make sure they have the skills,” Simonds said. “Even college-prep students need to work their way through college in this day and age.” Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com160Want 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

Palmdale man aids New Orleans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Houston-based Waste Management is one of the trash companies that serves the hurricane-ravaged area. The company serves about 21 million North American residential, commercial and government customers. More than 100 million tons of trash are dumped in its landfills each year. Hall transferred to the Antelope Valley job just two weeks before leaving for the Gulf Coast, and he’s been there ever since, with just one short visit home. He arrived in New Orleans a couple of weeks after Katrina struck. Brian Brining, Waste Management’s district director for southern Louisiana, had his hands full. “I had lost my home, my camp (cabin), pretty much everything I own,” he said. “After the storm, I needed to find time to pick up the pieces – if there were any. Dave appeared one day to take care of the day-to-day things I would take care of.” Brining’s home was in St. Bernard Parish. For days after the hurricane touched down, he was trolling around in his boat, rescuing people from rooftops and ferrying them to higher ground. Dave Hall did such a good job overseeing trash pickup in Santa Clarita, his bosses whisked him to Louisiana to help pick up the mess left by Hurricane Katrina. There, mounting curbside piles of trash are a beautiful sight to the Palmdale resident, former operations manager for Blue Barrel Disposal in Santa Clarita and now a route manager in the Antelope Valley for parent company Waste Management Inc. “It means someone has come home. They’ve started to clean up their house,” said Hall. Many homes that were severely waterlogged during Hurricane Katrina and Rita and a resulting levee break have been gutted, their moldy entrails heaped at the curb. Hall, 48, rises before the sun most days and returns – sometimes 18 hours later – to sleep on an air mattress wedged in Brining’s district office cubicle. Waste Management had reserved 150 hotel rooms to house its employees, but they were co-opted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Hall said. Lodging was offered in trailers parked at the company’s landfill, but Hall said wandering alligators and the odor were deal-breakers. He ended up staying in a hotel at Canal and Bourbon streets in New Orleans that was jammed with a couple of hundred wooden bunk beds stacked three tiers high. Employees from three companies shared the space. “They had built showers in a loading dock area,” Hall said. “You couldn’t drink the water, and at night, the snoring was in 5-D surround sound.” The company’s Raceland, La., offices are about 40 minutes west of New Orleans. Hall’s territory covers Assumption Parish, St. John Parish, St. James Parish and the surrounding areas. Hall often heads out at 4 a.m., logging 300 to 450 miles a day in a company van or pickup truck, six or seven days a week. He transports helpers to and from New Orleans and makes sure everything runs smoothly. He supervises trash routes for drivers who have returned to New Orleans, and for the company’s out-of-town drivers who flocked to the scene to help out. The temporary workers are from West Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, Michigan and Nevada. Damage from the disaster has been estimated at up to $130 million. Brining appreciates his new co-worker’s doggedness. “He has been an integral part of operations to keep them up and running while I’m trying to get my folks and my family taken care of,” Brining said. Brining now lives in a camper on the company’s premises. Hall has seen a lot in the last couple of months, but what sticks out in his mind now are the singles or pairs of refrigerators, parked one or two to a home. They are a common sight, their dead motors rusted out from saltwater exposure. More than 36,000 refrigerators have been dumped at one landfill. An Army Corps of Engineers employee told Hall he expects the number to reach 500,000. Workers drain cooling fluid and oil from the motors, then ship the crushed metal carcasses to recyclers. Sometimes the junk conceals a prize. An $1,800 stash was found in one freezer. As a break from the demanding work schedule, Hall visited home for a long weekend around Halloween. He and his brother-in-law decorated the house for a combination Halloween party and birthday party for his daughter Darlene, 11. Hall’s family, which also includes wife Tina, 38, and son Michael, 8, are carrying on in his absence. He talks to the kids twice a day, in the morning and at night. His wife had some reservations about the assignment, but they quickly vanished. “He called me and asked me what I thought about it,” she said. “I told him I was a little scared. The more I thought about it, the more I realized it was a good opportunity.” She called back and told him if he had not already volunteered, he should. She realized most people cannot disrupt their lives to follow their hearts, but his work offered the chance to do something very special. Hall will soon bid goodbye to the fried alligator, alligator gumbo, boiled crabs and jambalaya prepared with great skill by Brining. Though he missed spending Thanksgiving at home, Hall expects to return by Dec. 1. Through the months, Hall and Brining have become friends. Hall plans to return sometime for a fishing trip. Before Katrina, the two could have stayed at Brining’s cabin on Grand Island, which was accessible only by boat. All that’s left of it are a few pillars. With all he has lost, Brining is still pretty optimistic. He was born and raised on the bayou and said he plans to die there. His family has fished commercially for generations. “We fully expected something like this can happen one day,” he said, remembering a 1965 storm, when he was 9. “We were blessed enough to be rescued by other folks,” he said. “We had nothing left.” The homes around Brining’s were all destroyed by Katrina. He has bought another home, but hopes to return to his old one, which he is rebuilding, in a couple of years. Hall appreciates his co-worker’s big heart, and his time-tested philosophy: “You can either cry all day or smile. I’d prefer to smile.” Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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