Morrison, Clouthier get Top 3 finishes in Canada Cup #2 races

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Fort St. John’s Denny Morrison and Dawson Creek’s Braden Clouthier both had podium finishes at Speed Skating Canada’s Canada Cup #2 competition yesterday.The Canada Cup #2 is taking place this week in Calgary, and allows skaters to earn points toward season-ending rankings, which are crucially important with the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea taking place in just over 13 months.Quebec City’s Jérôme Detuncq won the men’s 500 m race yesterday in 36.01 seconds. Denny Morrison cross the line just over half a second behind Detuncq to place second with a time of 36.52.- Advertisement -In the men’s 1000m, Dawson Creek’s Braden Clouthier placed third with a time of 1:11.70. Clouthier was less than a second behind winner Daniel Dubreuil Lévis, Qubec, who finished in 1:10.89, and Winnipeg’s Jess Neufeld.On Thursday, the second 500m races and the 1000m event will be held as part of the National Single Distance Championships, while a second 1000m will be raced as part of Canada Cup #2.last_img read more

What’s the plan?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has talked earnestly about school reform for two years. And Los Angeles has listened – hungry for some hope in the face of years of failure. The mayor lost his bid for partial control of the Los Angeles Unified School District in court, but now he has full control of the school board itself within reach. That’s why he must spell out right now what he intends to do if he wins and demonstrate that his school board candidates and board members are 100 percent behind his plan. The public’s patience is waning. The time for abstract concepts about education reform is over. Teachers, parents and voters deserve to know what’s at stake in this election. Everyone knows what we’ve got with the LAUSD – decades of mediocrity – but we don’t know how Villaraigosa intends to change that. The debate on school governance has gone on for three decades, and little has changed. Centralized authority, clusters, mini-districts – the results are the same: high dropout rates, low student achievement. Parents are as disconnected from the schools as ever. Teachers are still underpaid, and there’s still a bloated bureaucracy. There’s still no accountability. Nothing has changed because, for all the debate over governance, it’s a policy problem. So this would be the time for the mayor to lay out his reform plan in detail. He doesn’t just need to win this election; he needs a mandate for changing the culture of the LAUSD from top to bottom. We’ve heard about cluster schools. We’ve heard about the six pillars of school excellence. We’ve heard about accountability. They’re great abstract concepts, but what – exactly – will he do to achieve that? Surely the mayor and his educational-reform team have a plan. Surely they know the steps they are going to take if they win a majority. We don’t need a secret plan; we need a public debate. We want to hear the mayor’s school board members, Monica Garcia and Yolie Flores Aguilar, and his two runoff candidates, Tamar Galatzan and Richard Vladovic, declare they are in full support of the mayor’s plan. Will teachers be empowered to raise the educational bar – and their rate of pay? Will parents become partners in their children’s education? How will the curricula change? And where’s the money coming from to operate those safe, small, clean schools and to keep kids in school and out of gangs? Villaraigosa stayed pretty much in the background in the primary election campaign. Now it’s time for him to put his political capital on the line and sell his plan to a public fed up with low-performing schools. Los Angeles cannot afford another generation of half-steps, failures and timid leadership.last_img read more

Golden oldies? Argentina have World Cup’s oldest squad

first_img0Shares0000Enzo Perez started the 2014 World Cup final for Argentina © AFP/File / JUAN MABROMATABRONNITSY, Russian Federation, Jun 13 – Enzo Perez’s call-up as a last-minute replacement in the Argentina squad made his country the oldest team at a second World Cup in a row, with an average age of 29 years, six months and 24 days.River Plate midfielder Perez, 32, flew out to Russia after 25-year-old Manuel Lanzini injured his knee, pushing Argentina past Costa Rica as the oldest squad by a single day. Argentina also had the oldest squad in Brazil four years ago, when they finished as runners-up to Germany, with an average age of 28 years, 11 months and six days.At 36, Chelsea goalkeeper Willy Caballero is the eldest member of the squad, two years older than Javier Mascherano, while Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Pavon are Argentina’s youngest players, both 22.Latin American sides account for the third and fourth oldest squads as well, in Mexico and Panama respectively, while Brazil are eighth out of the 32 teams.At the other end of the scale, Nigeria, who will face Argentina in Group D, feature the youngest squad at an overall age of 25 years and 11 months.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

1 dead, 8 injured as winds fan wildfires

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.In northern Los Angeles County near Agua Dulce, a fire ran through 10,000 acres in just a few hours as about 250 firefighters tried to get a handle on the flames. Authorities said 10 buildings were destroyed, but couldn’t say how many of them were homes. Between 500 and 800 people were evacuated and three people were injured, authorities said. Meanwhile, in Malibu, about 700 firefighters worked to protect hundreds of homes in several upscale communities nestled in the hills, officials said. About 1,500 people had been evacuated, officials said. Firefighters and law enforcement officers from in and around the San Gabriel Valley went to assist in battling the fires in Malibu and Agua Dulce. Sixteen people from the Pasadena Fire Department, joined by firefighters from Glendale, Burbank and other cities, left for the blaze in Malibu early in the morning, said Pasadena fire spokeswoman Lisa Derderian. Pasadena’s firefighters were initially assigned the task of protecting structures from the fire, Derderian said. MALIBU – More than a half-dozen wildfires driven by powerful Santa Ana winds spread across Southern California on Sunday, killing one person near San Diego, forcing hundreds to evacuate north of Los Angeles and destroying several homes and a church in celebrity-laden Malibu. No details were immediately available about the death in San Diego County, but four firefighters and four other people were injured and taken to hospitals, said Roxanne Provaznik, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. The fire was among at least 10 blazes that burned more than 20,000 acres, stretching from north of Santa Barbara to San Diego, as hot weather and strong winds marked the height of the traditional wildfire season. The fire responsible for the death and eight injuries burned about 2,500 acres near a highway about 70 miles southeast of San Diego. A second charred about 8,000 acres in northern San Diego County near an area that was ravaged by a pair of wildfires in 2003 and was threatening homes near Witch Creek, authorities said. A Pasadena fire battalion chief also assisted with the fire in Agua Dulce, she said. Firefighters were also drawn from Los Angeles County Fire Department stations throughout the region, officials said. Fire Station No. 118 in Industry contributed four firefighters and two engines to the blaze in Malibu, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Robert Cormack. Other stations contributed whatever manpower and equipment could be spared, Cormack said. The sheriff’s Industry Station sent nine deputies and two sergeants to the fires, said Industry sheriff’s Lt. Liam Gallagher. Three deputies from the sheriff’s Walnut/Diamond Bar Station were at the scene as well, officials said. The Malibu blaze, which started in Malibu Canyon, had charred at least 1,200 acres and destroyed a church and several homes, one of them a landmark castle. No one was injured, Los Angeles County Fire Chief P. Michael Freeman said. The winds carried embers across the Pacific Coast Highway, closing the popular road and setting fire to cars and trees in the parking lot of a shopping center where a supermarket, drugstore and other shops were damaged. TV footage showed several buildings in flames in the area, including clusters of beach-side homes. “This fire is zero percent contained, which means we’re at the mercy of the wind,” acting Malibu Mayor Pamela Conley Ulich said. Five homes and two commercial buildings had been confirmed lost throughout the Malibu area, Freeman said. Nine homes were damaged, he said. The fire is expected to burn for another two to three days, he said. Until the blaze is extinguished, “there will literally be thousands of homes that will be threatened at one time or another,” he said. Fire crews early Sunday found downed power lines, which may have started the fire, Capt. Mike Brown said. Late Sunday morning, palm trees bent in half and embers were carried through the air as winds gusted to 60 to 65 mph. Thick smoke obscured the sun. Susan Nuttall sat in her black Mercedes in a cul-de-sac just off the Pacific Coast Highway, saying she had fled her condo just below Pepperdine University. “We’re all scared to death, and we have nowhere to go,” said Nuttall, 51, still wearing a bathrobe and holding her Chihuahua. Flames also consumed the landmark Castle Kashan, a stately fortress-like home with turrets and arched windows, as about a dozen residents watched from across a street. Chunks of brick fell from the exterior of the burning building overlooking the coast. Erratic wind gusts hampered efforts to drop water from aircraft and pushed flames toward HRL Laboratories, a research and engineering facility jointly owned by Boeing Co. and General Motors Corp. about a mile north of Pepperdine. One outbuilding caught fire, Boeing spokeswoman Diana Ball said. Flames engulfed Malibu Presbyterian Church, which had been evacuated, said youth pastor Eric Smith. “That’s the really good news, that everyone’s out and safe,” Smith said. Faculty and staff at the 830-acre Pepperdine campus had been urged to evacuate in the morning and students were instructed to gather in the school’s cafeteria and basketball arena. But by early afternoon, the campus was “secure,” Freeman said. Flames were no longer visible in the hills around the school and that power to the campus had been restored, Pepperdine spokesman Jerry Derloshon said. About 200 homes had been evacuated in the communities of Malibu Colony, Puerco Canyon, Monte Nido and Sweetwater Canyon, Brown said. High fire danger signified by red-flag warnings is expected in the coming days throughout the Southland, said Derderian, of the Pasadena Fire Department. Officials are working to ensure there will still be enough firefighters on-hand to handle any local emergencies, she said. Other wildfires burning in Southern California included: Firefighters were focused on protecting Piru, a Ventura County town of 1,200 people across a small lake from the 1,500-acre blaze. A condor preserve was also potentially threatened. Also in Ventura County, crews mopped up a wildfire that burned 35 acres of brush in a rural area near Moorpark. One home had damage to its roof but no injuries were reported. More than 450 acres had burned five miles northeast of Los Olivos in Santa Barbara County. No homes had been destroyed or damaged, but fire officials issued a voluntary evacuation order for the Woodstock neighborhood. A blaze that burned around 25 acres was stamped out in an unpopulated canyon area in the Porter Ranch area of the San Fernando Valley. Downed power lines were found in the area, but officials didn’t know if they had caused the blaze. Correspondent Brian Day 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!last_img read more

MB resident puts spirit in Clippers games

first_imgWhile still in college, Rachel made it onto the San Diego Chargers dance team, the Charger Girls. She stayed with the Chargers for five seasons, before moving with her sales job to the South Bay. What does your dance job entail? We’re game-day entertainment. Before games, we greet fans at the door and take pictures with them. Some of us talk to fans in the suites. We help with special promotions during the game like voting for the All-Star Game. There’s 18 members, and at every game you see 14 of us. We rotate. We do outside promotions with charities. We volunteer and we do a lot of work with our sponsors. What’s your main challenge on the job? The balance between my full-time (sales) career and rehearsals. We rehearse eight hours a week, and we arrive at a game day two and a half hours prior. Are the dance routines hard? It’s intricate. We do our part as professional dancers. We learn it in one rehearsal and we’ve got to know it like the back of our hand at the next rehearsal. We’re not even half through the season and we’ve learned about 15 routines. What kind of routines do you perform? We have a variety of choreography. Jazz, hip-hop and novelty, like a song from “Footloose” or “Hairspray,” kind of theatrical. We perform anywhere from four to six routines in a game. Which dance style is your favorite? I like the jazz because I feel more comfortable, and I like the hip-hop because it’s more fun. What do you get out of this job? We bond so well. We spend so much time together as a team, we’re pretty much automatic sisters. It’s a lot of fun. Do you get to interact with the players? We cheer for them and say good luck. But we don’t fraternize with them outside of games. It’s not allowed. What’s the best part of your job? The best part is walking off the court and knowing you nailed a routine. And the worst part? When the Clippers lose a game. There’s really nothing bad about the job, but it definitely is a bummer when they lose. What’s the age range of your dance team members? The age range is 18-29. I’m the oldest person on the team. Do stereotypes about cheerleaders bother you? It does. There is that stereotype with cheerleaders, and we like to destroy that. We really are intelligent and hardworking. There’s teachers on the team, a mother. Any other misconceptions? We make $75 a game. Some people think we make $50,000. Why do they think that? Look at how much the players make. How long do you plan to continue doing this? My prediction is that the season will go by so fast that I’ll want to do it again. Why? I do it because I want to keep dancing. I want to keep performing. And what better way to enjoy a game than with our favorite team? And that’s what drove me to get on the team. What drives me to stay on the team is definitely the friendships. If you want to stay on the team for a second season, would you have to audition again? You have to audition every year. So it’s not guaranteed. What was your most embarrassing moment with the Clippers? We came out to line up for the national anthem. The players were putting in their last practice shots, and the ball hits me in the head. Luckily there were so many things going on, I don’t think anyone noticed. muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Manhattan Beach resident twists and turns, her body sliding smoothly to one side, then the other. She spins, drops to the ground and leaps back up – as thousands of people watch. Rachel is a member of the Los Angeles Clippers Spirit Dance Team. This is the first season on the Clippers dance team for Rachel, 29, who did not divulge her last name to comply with team policy for the performers. Rachel’s grace and bubbly personality belie her other occupation as a sales representative for a distributor of semiconductor parts in the South Bay and other parts of Los Angeles. Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UC San Diego. She spent four years interning and later working at Hewlett-Packard Co., where she designed the electronics for photo printers. Then she went into technical sales. Rachel started her performance career while in elementary school. She participated in gymnastics competitions. In junior high, she began cheerleading and in high school, Rachel was on the short flags team. At UC San Diego, she was a member of the college dance team, which performed at basketball games and competed nationwide. last_img read more

Cancer drug propels Genentech

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventGenentech also said it expects sales to be stronger than initially forecast in 2006 and earnings per share to grow by 45 percent to 55 percent in 2006 from last year. Ahead of the report, Genentech shares rose $1.07, or 1.3 percent, to close at $81.70 Tuesday on the New York Stock Exchange. The stock lost 2.2 percent, or $1.83, in extended session trading. The company’s share price rose 70 percent in 2005, boosted by strong sales and a string of positive scientific results of the cancer-fighting drug Avastin. But the company’s stock has sagged 12 percent this year as analysts warn that the stock has become too expensive. The drug was approved in February 2004 to treat colon cancer patients and accounted for $398 million in U.S. sales in the first quarter, a 96 percent increase over the previous year’s quarter of $203 million. The company also said Tuesday that it had applied to the Food and Drug Administration to approve Avastin to treat some lung cancer patients. Biotechnology company Genentech Inc.’s 2-year-old hot streak continued Tuesday when it reported a 48 percent jump in first-quarter income, fueled by strong sales of its cancer medicines. For the quarter ended March 31, the South San Francisco-based company earned $421 million, or 39 cents a share, compared with the previous year’s first-quarter earnings of $284.2 million, or 27 cents a share. Excluding special expenses, Genentech said it would have earned $491 million, or 46 cents a share. On that basis, the results exceeded the per-share estimate among Wall Street analysts by 5 cents, according to research firm Thomson Financial. Revenue was $1.99 billion in the quarter, an increase of 36 percent from the $1.46 billion of a year earlier. Avastin is designed to choke the blood supply that feeds tumors and is the first drug of its kind to be approved by the FDA. When used with chemotherapy, it extends the life of the sickest patients by an average of about five months. Analysts expect the drug, which costs each patient about $4,400 per month, to surpass $2 billion in annual sales in the next few years. The company also is investigating Avastin’s possibilities to treat other forms of cancer, including breast, prostate and kidney. The company’s cancer-fighting Rituxan drug sales in the United States rose 8 percent, to $477 million, and sales of the breast cancer drug Herceptin surged 123 percent, to $290 million, in the first quarter.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

GLENTIES WOMAN LOSES COURT CASE TO STOP WINDFARM

first_imgComing to Glenties: Massive windfarmsA GLENTIES WOMAN has failed to stop construction of a windfarm with 29 turbines going ahead – despite getting planning permission for part of it thrown out of court.Margaret McCallig’s had that the planning permission was made on the basis of insufficient information, including the effect on wildlife and the potential for depopulation of what is a Gaeltacht area. The High Court rejected her case.Her lawyers had argued that An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant permission to PJ Molloy for 29 wind turbines outside Glenties was incorrect because the site included lands belonging to her.She said not enough of the impact of the turbines on wildlife including golden eagles had been taken into account.Mr Justice Daniel Herbert granted her a declaration today that the Bord Pleanala decision, insofar as it affects her property, is void.However, he declined to quash the entire decision and also said it was very difficult to see how the cultural heritage of the area could be affected by a windfarm or that the board did not have sufficient information in relation to this when making its decision.The judge said there was an alleged lack of reference to Golden Eagles in the environmental impact assessment but that he was satisfied that the sole purpose of a condition in the permission – that a management plan for the habitats be prepared by the developer – was done to ensure appropriate management of habitats within the site.That management plan has to have the approval of the National Parks and Wildlife Service which reintroduced the eagles to Glenveagh, he noted.GLENTIES WOMAN LOSES COURT CASE TO STOP WINDFARM was last modified: January 25th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GLENTIES WOMAN LOSES COURT CASE TO STOP WINDFARMlast_img read more

Kennard confirmed as new airport chief

first_imgWith a pledge to promote a regional approach to dealing with air transportation issues, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday confirmed the appointment of Lydia Kennard as director of Los Angeles World Airports. For Kennard, it is a return to the job she held from 1999 to 2003 and a post that she says has myriad challenges in coping with Los Angeles International Airport’s growth, a new master plan and increased security demands. Kennard’s salary has yet to be set but will be between $194,998 and $292,466. One of the top issues, she said, is dealing with how air traffic can be spread across Southern California to ease some of the pressure on LAX, which is designed for 44 million passengers a year and now handles 60 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week But now, with a new mayor in Antonio Villaraigosa and support of the City Council, Kennard said she believes the city has a unique opportunity to exert leadership. “We are looking at different plans, working with the FAA, on a regional airport authority concept that has real legal authority to look at ways to develop a regional approach to air traffic,” Kennard said. At the same time, she agreed that the city wants to be able to control LAX operations. One potential solution is encouraging officials from Orange and San Diego counties to look at developing an international airport along their border to relieve traffic at LAX. At the same time, she said, LAX has to be recognized for its economic value – affecting some 50,000 jobs and bringing $60 billion to the local economy. Kennard said she hopes to see some improvements in passenger service with the addition of at least three more flyaway services around the city. Kennard also pledged to work to improve the LAWA police force to eliminate the need for extra officers from the Los Angeles Police Department by additional hiring as well as working to implement security recommendations from Rand. The use of LAPD officers at LAX has become a concern among city officials. Councilmen Greig Smith and Dennis Zine called for a report from the LAPD on the officers assigned to the facility and the impact on policing around the city. Smith said Wednesday that LAPD officers rack up more than 16,000 hours of overtime per month at LAX. Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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

MARATHON COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET MEETING ADJOURNED AGAIN

first_imgDONEGAL County Councillors have failed to agree a budget – for the second time of asking.A marathon and heated meeting in Lifford failed to agree on how to spend the 2014 budget.So the meeting was adjourned until 1pm today (Tuesday) after talks failed again last night. Independent councillor John Campbell claimed some of the proposals in the budget were uncosted.He described Monday’s lengthy meeting as “the Divine Comedy” branding the political brinkmanship between the parties as “farcical.”Councillors are trying to agree how to spend this year’s €138M budget, an increase in €5M on last year.Earlier the council meeting was adjourned as a mark of respect to former Fianna Fail councillor and county chair John Kelly from Falcarragh who died on Monday.  MARATHON COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET MEETING ADJOURNED AGAIN was last modified: January 7th, 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:adjournedannual meetingDonegal County CouncilfarceJohn Campbelllast_img read more

MARK ENGLISH SELECTED FOR TEAM EUROPE FOR IAAF CONTINENTAL CUP IN MARRAKESH

first_imgMark English has been called selected for Team Europe team for the IAAF Continental Cup in Marrakesh.European championship Bronze medallist Mark English has capped a sensational few weeks by earning a call-up to participate for Team Europe at the IAAF Continental Cup later this month.English has been rewarded for his stunning performance in the final of the 800m at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in which he secured a Bronze medal.In total 85 athletes from 24 Member Federation countries will represent Europe at the Continental Cup. Besides Europe, three other continental teams: Americas (NACAC and CONSUDATLE), Africa and Asia/Pacific (Asia and Oceania), will also be in contention for global supremacy.Performance at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich was used as the primary criterion for selection of Team Europe.Two athletes per team will compete in each individual event, while in the 1500m, 3000m, 3000m steeplechase and 5000m each team will be able to field three athletes with the scores of only two athletes taken into account for the overall team tally.The IAAF Continental Cup to be held in Marrakesh, Morocco, from 13-14 September.  MARK ENGLISH SELECTED FOR TEAM EUROPE FOR IAAF CONTINENTAL CUP IN MARRAKESH was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:IAAFmark englishnewsSportlast_img read more