Kevin Love returns for Cavaliers after missing 50 games

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 “There’s definitely going to be a minute restriction. It’s been a few months since I’ve been out there playing,” Love said at Friday’s shootaround. “More than anything, it will be great to blow it out.”Love did not return after exiting the game midway through the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLove signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers in July. He played the first four games of the season, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds, before undergoing surgery. LATEST STORIES View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Pistons’ lack of flexibility evident in deadline moves Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0), in street clothes, waits to greet teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Love took part in a contact scrimmage Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, and could be days away from playing in a game. Love has been out since late October after undergoing surgery on his left foot. He played in just four games before the pain became too much and he opted to have surgery.(AP Photo/Howard Simmons, File)WASHINGTON— Kevin Love returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup on Friday after missing 50 games following surgery on his left foot.Love started and played the first six minutes against the Washington Wizards, scoring four points. He shot 1 for 5 from the field, missing all three of his 3-point attempts. Love made two free throws and had a rebound and an assist.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more

Charrandas Persaud will be praised as well as criticised for his ‘conscience’ vote

first_imgDear Editor,“The voice of the people is the voice of God.” God has spoken on Friday, December 21. This country can breathe once again in the hope that the election due in the next three months will herald a new dawn.This country needs leaders with integrity, people of honour and trustworthiness. A person of integrity is open and honest. He is true to his word. He keeps his commitments.People of integrity are the same in private as they are in public.A person of integrity does what is right whether someone is watching or not. If you are not telling the truth, you are being dishonest. Sooner or later, it will catch up with you. What you sow, you will eventually reap.Integrity is the foundation upon which a truly successful Government is built. Every time we compromise, every time we are less than honest, we are causing a slight crack in that foundation.If we continue to compromise, that foundation will never be able to hold what we want to build.Mr Charrandas Persaud will be praised as well as criticised for his ‘conscience’ vote. Conscience is like a shoe: when it doesn’t fit, it may appear nice outwardly, but no matter how carefully you try to walk, you know exactly where it pinches.One who is good before his conscience is good before God. No man should stand convicted before his conscience. If your conscience is clear, you can stand against the opinion of the world; no matter how dense the darkness around you, you shall pierce the gloom.Some will hate you, some will love you;Some will flatter, some will slight;Cease from man and look above you;Trust in God and do the right.Yours truly,Pt Ramdial Balbadarlast_img read more

Fivestar MMA presents Fivestar Fight League 18: Regenesis this weekend

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fivestar MMA in Fort St. John is going to be capitalising on becoming an officially sanctioned gym by Boxing BC with their second boxing event this weekend.Fivestar Fight League 18: Regenesis will be the second boxing event put on by the gym, after their debut event last October. Fivestar MMA owner Justin Donally says that this weekend’s event will feature a total of 15 fights, with athletes of all ages competing.Among the athletes that will be entering the ring include Fivestar notables Nick Young and Ashley Rouble, who have seen a large number of successes in recent months competing in the sport. Rouble will be doing an exhibition bout against her Team BC team-mate before she heads to the national boxing championships in Quebec City next month.- Advertisement -Other headlining athletes from the Energetic City include: Tommy Malyar, Travis Lussier, Murray MacDonald, Raymond Brown, along with Grande Prairie fighters Travis Lesschaeve and Cody Banner.Tickets are still available for the bouts, which will take place at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre on Friday, April 14th. Tickets are $40 each for general admission seats, and $100 each for VIP dinner table seats, and can be purchased at Fivestar MMA on Alaska Rd. North, Reflex Supplements, and Crooked Corner Clothing.last_img read more

Dawson Creek Regional Airport receives over $80,000 in government funding

first_img“Part of the focus this year, and in most years, is just looking at the applications that come in for folks that need to maintain their existing assets base at the airport,” he said, adding the BC government wanted to allow those airports to continue to be the regional economic drivers they are in those communities.Steele says regional airports are important because they provide all sorts of services small communities need – such as travel, trade, tourism, and Medivac when needed.Other regional airports that received funding include Northwest Regional Airport, South Cariboo Regional Airport, Williams Lake Airport, and Grand Forks Municipal Airport.Northwest Regional Airport, located between Terrace and Kitimat, received the largest amount of funding – $4.42 million toward expansion of the airport facility.Advertisement The BC government is putting $24 million into a BC Air Access program, which will provide funding for small and regional airports for the next three years – and one of the airports receiving funding is Dawson Creek Regional Airport.The airport received $82,311 to replace the leaking terminal roof, add CCTV to the grounds and replace the secure key control access system.The announcement was made yesterday,  and Airport Manager Ian Darling said they also fixed the roof and they finished tenders for the CCTV in the same day.- Advertisement -Darling added that they have used all of the funding provided by the government, but there are several improvements he’d like to take care of – such as the need for a new baggage belt and additional lighting for night services.“Next year, we’ll try to get some more approved.”Bob Steele, Director of Policy and Programs with the Ministry of Transportation, says they were diligent to make sure they provided funding fairly across the province.Advertisementlast_img read more

Sleeping prisoners

first_imgRe “Judge siding with inmates” (March 14): Don’t tell my son about U.S. District Court Judge Dean Pregerson’s recent ruling about it being terrible for prisoners to bed down at night on mattresses on the floor. When my son comes to visit, he puts his sleeping bag on the floor to sleep – no mattress at all. What kind of compensation do you think he (my son) will want? Frankly, I don’t see how the extra foot or two off the floor that a bed frame supplies should make that much difference. It certainly should not cost the county “tens of millions of dollars in damages.” What about all the homeless in L.A. who sleep outside on the ground? Yes, let’s fix our incarceration system. But let’s also be reasonable. – Cheryl Sullivan Winnetka Racism in LAFD Re “LAFD suits on the rise” (March 12): The current witch hunt in the LAFD was preceded by a survey that was available to all of the roughly 4,000 members of the LAFD – 438 members responded. Of that, 87 percent claimed to have experienced or have firsthand knowledge of these types of incidents. Fewer than 10 percent of Fire Department members have even heard of racism, let alone experienced it. In all types of employment, there are those who would blame their employer or co-workers for their own inability or unwillingness to do their job. Now our fire chief is addressing this “problem” by throwing an expensive bunch of bureaucracy at it. With our resources being stretched thin, especially in the Valley, is this money well spent? – Daniel G. Mattera Captain I Los Angeles Fire Department Money’s worth Re “Busway’s better” (Your Opinions, March 15) Sean McCarthy’s busway alternative would be a disservice to Los Angeles. A below-grade busway would require either troublesome cut-and-cover construction under streets or purchase of expensive property for rights of way parallel to them. High-ridership corridors, which the Westside has in spades, would be ill-served by low-capacity busways. Yet he champions the Orange Line busway with its meager 17,000 daily boardings while dismissing the Red Line with 120,000. We must dispense with such trite suggestions if we are ever to confront worsening congestion. Why not bite the bullet and invest in a high-capacity subway? In any case, you get what you pay for. – Numan B. Parada Communications director The Transit Coalition Sylmar Romer capable I find it difficult to accept the gaping generality views of City Hall reformers of LAUSD. In many respects, Roy Romer has capably led LAUSD, its board members, and staff on a long-term mission with complex and diverse plans. I personally have never been treated with disrespect by any teacher or school principal. He, and/or the district, does not deserve the disrespect fostered by politicians with an obvious “power ax to grind.” I trust the transparent and publicly funded audit trail required by taxpayers. I fail to understand how spending another bucket of local taxpayer money justifies the need for an L.A. city “reform movement.” Who is held accountable for spending city tax dollars to oversee county, state, and federally funded agencies serving a far broader taxpayer base? – Jerry Domine Winnetka Trash talk Re “Dumped on – again” (March 1): Our mayor and council members, the North Valley Coalition and the Daily News know the lingo; BFI is fluent. No alternative to Sunshine Canyon has been devised in over 30 years. The city is looking at a $250 million deficit (potentially $500 million in five years), so an extra $29 million a year to ship our “garbage” to other cities is not a very intelligent solution, especially as we are learning after years of sending “our” sewage sludge to Bakersfield. BFI will continue to operate, possibly costing everyone in the city more than just $29 million a year. Our politicians talk in circles and with deception (remember to vote), local residents talk about legitimate concerns, but not representative of the needs of a city of millions. BFI, its talking trash, which is our problem and its business. – John B. Miller III Chatsworth Against humanists Re “Right under attack” (Your Opinions, March 14): Scott Odermann makes some salient points in his letter but misses the boat in his final sentence. Conservatives support individual liberty, the Second Amendment and are against the stamping out of any reference to God in the public square. In other words, conservatives are for traditional values and are against the secular humanists who are trying to take our country to hell in a handbasket. – Roger E. Lindsey Castaic Need to know Re “Go Harvard” (Your Opinions, March 10): In Craig Hawley’s letter, he says that we should not teach terrorists in our colleges. I wonder if he has really looked at what our government has done in our name. In 1954, Eisenhower decided to interfere with the democratically elected government of Iran by backing the shah. His reason was that the new government was leaning toward communism; this led to the rise of Khomeini, which put us in the situation that we live in today. If you want more recent history, look at Bush senior’s tenure as director of the CIA. He helped put Noriega in office in Panama, and he helped give Osama bin Ladin weapons and training against the USSR. We need to know what our government is doing. – Paul Straughn North Hollywood Intent to blame This concerns all Bush bashers in regards to the Katrina incident. You all seem to believe the media’s viewing of eight seconds of one video conference stating that Bush knew about the levees and did nothing and asked nothing. I recall the media saying there were several video conferences. The next day the media showed ex-FEMA Director Michael Brown saying Bush asked all the right questions. Two days later on the news, the governor of Louisiana said the levees were fine and there were no problems – did any one of you pay attention to that one? Bush called several days in advance, telling the governor to get the people out. Why are you so intent to blame the president? The governor should be the one to protect her own citizens. Do you hear Mississippi or even Florida complaining? – Rebecca Butler Sunland Don’t believe it Over three years ago I wrote to this paper, “the administration is shirking the hard questions” about its reasons for planning to invade Iraq. I stated Bush’s real justification for the war had better be very good, given the risks. Bush’s story about WMDs was so general and unsubstantiated that it was transparently not the true reason for the invasion. Now many pundits and politicians are proclaiming they are shocked, shocked! that the vague accusation turned out to be an excuse for policy based on deceit, self-deceit especially. If that was obvious to me two months before the invasion, am I supposed to believe that it wasn’t obvious to these knowledgeable and sophisticated politicos? I don’t believe it, and I don’t think any of this paper’s readers should either. – John Daly Agoura Hills Bigger question Re “Darwin dogma” (Your Opinions, March 9): I have a question for those who think it took an intelligent designer to create all the remarkable forms of life on earth. If an intelligent designer created everything, who or what created the intelligent designer? Obviously, I have no more final answers on this issue than anyone else. But it just seems more plausible to me to think that complex life evolved slowly through millions of minute changes over billions of years, than to think that anything capable of designing such creative complexity just popped up out of nowhere. – Wilma Bennett Reseda AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88160Want 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

GOLF NEWS: BRIAN KELLY WINS THE SUNDAY COMPETITION AT ROSAPENNA

first_imgROSAPENNA NOTESThe Sunday club competition on the 18th of May was won by Brian Kelly (20) with 40pts. The runner up was Pete McBride Snr (16) with 37pts bot. The gross winner was Shaun Boyce (8) with 28 gross pts.Third place was Danny Sweeney (20) with 37pts.Two’s – 22e will roll over to Sunday the 25th.The club competition on Wednesday the 14th was won by Peadar Boyce (9) with 34pts and the runner up was our overseas member William Barry (15) with 31pts bot. Two’s – Patrick McClafferty 7e, Pete McBride Jnr 7e & Pat Boyce 7e.The Rosapenna GUI Irish Mixed Foursomes team took part in the qualifying round on Sunday the 18th at Letterkenny Golf Club and finished in third position to qualify for the matchplay stages.The top four teams were Letterkenny 297.5, North-West 301, Rosapenna 305 & Strabane 309.Rosapenna will now play North-West G.C back in Letterkenny on or before Monday the 9th of June.Well done to all the players and to the team captains Bernadette North & Peter Smyth for the great result on Sunday. The Rosapenna JB Carr team played Ballybofey/S in the county final last Friday over the Old Tom Morris Links.On a blustery evening the tie was a very close encounter with the first two matches on the course ending in Rosapenna’s favour.The last two matches were won by the away team leaving the third match as the decider which ended up going to tie holes where the away pairing won on the 19th hole.Many thanks to the team captain Denis Boyce & his panel of players for their preparation & team effort on Friday past. The Rosapenna Ulster Cup team hosted Kilkeel G.C in the second round first leg over the Old Tom Morris Links last Saturday.The home team had a hugely impressive 7-0 result (41 holes up) over the team from Co Down.The return tie is due to be played this Sunday the 25th of May, best of luck to the team captain Denis Harkin and his travelling players.The Rosapenna Donegal League team hosted Portsalon at home last Thursday evening in the first round over the Old Tom Morris Links.Rosapenna had a great result claiming four  matches from a possible five (5 holes up).The return leg will take place in Portsalon on Thursday the 22nd with the first match off at 4.30pm.Best of luck to the team  captain Joe McHugh and his travelling side.The Rosapenna Minor League team travelled to Ballybofey/S last Saturday the 17th for the first leg of the first round tie.The result was 4-1 (9 holes up) to Ballybofey/S  and the return leg will take place at Rosapennaon Sunday the 8th of June.Best of luck to team captain Garvin Toye and his panel of players.Rosapenna’s Junior League team will host Strabane G.C at home this Saturday the 24th over the Old Tom Morris Links.The first match will tee off at 3.00pm.  Best of luck to team captain Seamus Connor & his panel of players.Home support is welcome.The Rosapenna Over 50’s team travel to Cruit Island for the first leg of the first round tie this Saturday the 24th.Good luck to team captain Mark Bradley & his panel of players.The Rosapenna GUI Senior Cup teamwill take part in the qualifying round over the Sandy Hills Links this Sunday the 25th.Rosapenna play alongside Portsalon with the first pair off at 8.30am.The best four cards from five will count toward the overall team total with four teams to qualify from seventeen for the matchplay stage of the competition.Rosapenna won the Ulster section in 2013 and were narrowly beaten in the All Ireland Final by Co. Sligo at Royal Tara Golf Club last September.There will be a club competition this Sunday the 25th over the Old Tom Morris Links.The weekly Wednesday club competitions are now running.Tee times must be booked in advance on 074-915-5000 for all competition days.The draw for the 2014 Michael Bonner Singles Matchplay is posted on the notice board in the Golf Pavilion and all first round ties must be played by next Monday the 26th of May.All second round ties of the Doubles Matchplay must be completed by Monday June 2nd.It is encouraged that both players make an equal effort to arrange all match-play ties as early as possible as there will be no extensions past the defined dates.It is not the responsibility of the player(s) on the top of the draw.Results posted on the respective draws may only be altered by a member of the committee.Registration for Junior Golf Lessons will take place in the Golf Pavilion on Saturday the 24th from 11.00am – 12.00pm.The 2014 Golf Fees are now due and are payable in the Pavilion Golf Shop.All second staged payments were due on May 1st as per staged payment plan.The Rosapenna Open Weekend will take place from Thursday 29th May – Monday 2nd June over both links.Thurs 29th May – Gents Singles Stableford – Old Links.Fri 30th May – Gents Singles Stroke – Old Links.Sat 31st May – Ladies & Gents 4BBB S’Ford – Sandy Hills Links.Sun 1st June – Gents Singles Stableford – Old Links.Mon 2nd June – Ladies & Gents 4BBB Stroke – Old Links.Tees times now available on 074-915-5000 or golf@rosapenna.ieThe golf club fundraising classic will take place on Saturday the 7th of June over the Sandy Hills Links.The entry fee is €100 per team of four players, open to Ladies & Gents any combination.Entries to the Pavilion Golf Shop on 074-915-5000 or golf@rosapenna.ie.The Friday nine hole competitions over the Strand Nine will start on Friday the 6th of June with entry in the Pavilion Golf Shop.Any uncollected club prizes from recent presentations and open competitions are available for collection from the Pavilion Golf Shop during opening hours.GOLF NEWS: BRIAN KELLY WINS THE SUNDAY COMPETITION AT ROSAPENNA was last modified: May 20th, 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:golfNoticesROSAPENNASportlast_img read more

ENGLISH PUTS IN ANOTHER SUPER RACE BUT FAILS TO BEAT PERSONAL BEST

first_imgMark English has just failed to beat his personal best despite a superb run in Italy today.Mark English ran another super race todayThe Letterkenny man ran 1.44.89 to come fourth in the 800 metres.English was hoping the meeting in Rieti would round off his season in style as he sought to beat a personal time of 1.44.84. The 20 year old student is just two hundreths of a second off the Irish 800m record, held by Kildare man David Matthews, who ran 1:44.82 in Rieti almost two decades ago.English competed in the World Championships earlier this month, but didn’t get out of his heat despite showing a brilliant turn of place to put in an excellent final 100m.The Donegal athlete can consider this another superb season as he builds to challenge the very best in the world.  ENGLISH PUTS IN ANOTHER SUPER RACE BUT FAILS TO BEAT PERSONAL BEST was last modified: September 8th, 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)last_img read more

DD LOCAL – SUICIDE FIRST AID PROGRAMME ARRANGED FOR LIFFORD RESOURCE CENTRE

first_imgLifford Clonleigh Resource Centre Local Notes• Advanced Photography: Starts on Tuesday 8th October 2013 from 10.30-12.30. If you would be interested in joining contact reception on 074 91 41773 for more information.• In the New Year we are hoping to run the ASIST programme (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) this is a two day skills building workshop in Suicide first aid delivered by the HSE. This course would be suitable for caregivers who regularly have contact with vulnerable groups in their work or role in the community. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773! • Mental Well Being Programme: This programme is open to all women. It aims to improve overall mental well-being using a holistic approach. The programme will highlight the value of nurturing, enable you to better manage stress, learn useful relaxation techniques and equip you with skills to maintain mental well-being and enhance the quality of your life moving forward! This programme will run in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre on a Monday Morning from 10.30-12.30 starting from 7th October-9th December. For more information contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Self Management Course: This programme runs on Wednesday morning from 10am-1pm. For further information please contact the centre on 074 91 41773. • Stress Management programme: This programme aims to help you tackle many of the problems you face at their root where you have some control over the situation, it targets the causes of stress quickly and effectively. Where you have no control, it helps you build buffers against stress. This programme will run on a Wednesday morning in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre from 10.30-12.30 starting on 30th October-5th December. For more information contact reception on 074 91 41773!• English Language Classes: Learn to speak/improve your English language skills. This is an accredited on the National Framework of Qualifications. Minimum of 7 participants. This is supported by the Donegal ETB. If you would be interested in joining please contact reception on 074 91 41773 for more information.• Parent and Toddler Group: We are running a parent and toddler group on a Wednesday morning from 10.30-12.30 in the ABC Centre Lifford starting 2nd October 2013. Life start will be attending to facilitate “Messy Play” and fun and games with children. For more information please contact reception on 074 91 41773 or Feel free to pop in on the day.• Driver Theory and Gardening: The following courses will commence in the next few weeks in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. If you would be interested in taking part please contact reception on 074 91 41773!• Clothes Appeal: Blossoms charity shop is appealing for donations. We are looking for clothes, shoes, belts, bags, bric-a-brac, toys and books (in good condition). Items can be dropped into the Resource Centre when the shop is closed. “Many thanks”• “Blossoms” Charity Shop: We are currently looking for volunteers for our local charity shop “Blossoms”. This shop generates much needed income to help the running costs of the Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre. Without the help of volunteers we would not be able to open the shop. The new opening hours of the shop are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12-4pm. If you have any free time to spare and would like to help out please contact reception on 074 91 41773.• New weight loss class on Thuirsdays from 6.30-7.30pm in Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre €5.00 per class. There is no joining fee or no penalty fees. Weekly group meetings and weigh in. For more information contact Karen on 086 3470798 www.slimruswithkarenmcglinchey.com • Good Morning Service: We are currently looking for volunteers for our Good Morning Service in Lifford/Clonleigh Resource Centre. Do you have a few hours per week to spare and would like to join our team of volunteers who make telephone calls to older people each week in their homes. Full training, Monitoring and support are provided for all volunteers. Contact us for more information on 074 93 21598.• Astro Turf Pitch available for hire midweek and weekends (daytime only) for more information contact the centre on 074 91 41773.• Counselling & Support Services: Free Confidential Counselling Support. You can avail of this service free of charge if you are 17 years or over, whether you are Male or Female. Service Available@ Lifford Clonleigh Resource Centre, Castlefinn and Manorcunningham. Strictly Appointment Only. For Further information contact44 784 9223 114. • Young parents Pathways programme Start date to be confirmed: This programme is open to Young parents that would like to learn: Parenting Advice, Personal Development, Health Awareness, Paediatric First Aid and IT Qualification. Also enjoy Fun days out for parents & children, Visits to health spas. All expenses are covered by this programme at no cost to the individual. There is also childcare supplements and free travel available. For further information or to receive an application form Contact 04882 250 962 /0749141773.• Writer’s Group: every Wednesday from 2.30-4.30.• Knitting group: every Wednesday from 8.00-9.30.• Just 4 Me Group: every Monday from 12.45-2.45.• 50+ groups: every Tuesday from 11.30-1.30.• Friday Club: every Friday from 11.00-1.00.DD LOCAL – SUICIDE FIRST AID PROGRAMME ARRANGED FOR LIFFORD RESOURCE CENTRE was last modified: October 3rd, 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)last_img read more

Runners are revving up for annual marathon

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Santa Clarita’s 10th annual marathon is drawing runners from across the United States and from Canada, Mexico, Australia and Japan, each with a tale as unique as a fingerprint. The runners will be testing their stamina or adding another 26.2 miles to their race list. “Our goal is to race it as fast as you can, trying to guess what your average per mile pace should be and trying to run that pace the entire race,” said dentist Steve Watanabe, 52, of Saugus, who has run every year. About 500 runners have committed to running the full marathon Nov. 6, with about 1,400 signed up for the half-marathon and 700 or so for the 5K. Sixty-one-year-old retiree Armando Soto of Granada Hills ran his first marathon at age 44 on a dare. He has racked up 35 races so far, but is shooting for 100. In his first race, he said, he felt a little like Columbus sailing out to sea, unable to spot the distant shore. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “Halfway I asked another runner, ‘How do I look?”‘ he said. The guy told him he looked great, and Soto has never looked back. “Even though you’re dead-tired at the end of the marathon you never say, This will be my last one,” he said. Though Soto balked as a teen at having to run laps for his baseball coach, he willingly ran seven miles for the Army each morning to prepare for serving as a paratrooper in Vietnam. In his spare time, Soto tosses 2,000 pitches a week to his teenage son. While the 14-year-old cools off in the shade, his dad retrieves the scattered balls. Retired teacher Terry Merriam, 52, has run marathons in all 50 states. She recently moved to Canyon Country from Ohio. Merriam’s first-ever local marathon marks her 100th overall. A hockey and basketball fan, she has worked eight stints at Staples Center since September, but even front row seats would not keep her away from the Nov. 6 race. “Every finish line is beautiful,” she said. Cheering crowds help, but they are not essential. “In Arkansas, in the backwoods, there’s nobody there to cheer you on,” she said. “You have to think beautiful thoughts to keep you going. My goal was to get every state in.” In the Arkansas race, a pickup truck drove alongside and the driver asked, “Hey, honey, you want to get in back?” In Charlotte, N.C., she ran in 20-degree weather. “You’ve got to think warm thoughts to get yourself 26 miles,” she said. Watanabe runs the first 20 marathon miles with running pals. The next six miles they run solo. One year his friends came in second, third and fourth, and Watanabe finished eighth. “When you get to 22, 23 miles, your body wants to shut down. Your mind is forcing you to go,” said Watanabe, who has run in more than 100 marathons. Watanabe prepares by running 80 miles to 100 miles on local trails each week. Then he takes a little insurance. “We run the exact course, the last three to four miles, to get familiar with what the course looks like,” he said. “So we know what to expect and don’t wonder, How many of those paseo bridges do I have to go over?” Watanabe and his running buddies belong to a local running club, Santa Clarita Runners. Phil Howard, the club’s former president, serves as co-director of the marathon, which began as a runners’ club event. Howard, who ran a marathon in Chicago last week, lays out the course. Heavy winter rains this year washed out some trails that have not yet been fixed, so he grafted detours onto the route. Don Lieu, 54, an engineer for SBC making his 10th entry in the Santa Clarita race, remembers a marathon in Big Sur where he was pelted with rain, hail and wind while running along Pacific Coast Highway. The finish in Carmel was sweet – sunny and cool – and well-wishers handed out roses and artichokes. “Marathons are something in and of themselves,” the San Gabriel Valley resident said. “On Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt, there are 300-foot-tall sequoias,” he said. “And the Marine Corps marathon in Washington, D.C., goes by the Capitol, the White House … and ends in Arlington Cemetery.” No amount of advance planning can guarantee a successful event. In 2003, the race was canceled because of wildfires that filled the air with soot and smoke. One unlikely entrant could have won, anyway. A Florida penitentiary inmate sought permission to run the race in absentia – by running 260 laps around the prison yard. City officials denied the request. “He would have won,” said event organizer Pat Downing, the city’s arts and events supervisor. 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

Disappointment as Donegal constituencies to remain unchanged for next Dáil

first_imgDonegal will remain divided in the next Dáil after the publication of the Constituencies Commission Report for 2017.Nine of Donegal’s electoral divisions were moved to Sligo-Leitrim in the last boundary review in 2012.There had been hopes that these would be returned to the five-seat Donegal constituency, but South Donegal will stay in Sligo-Leitrim for the next Dáil election. Following last year’s census, the Government commissioned the publication of the report, which was delivered this week.There were several submissions made regarding the South Donegal area, but the report recommends that these parts of Donegal, including Bundoran and Ballyshannon, will remain a part of the four-seater Sligo-Leitrim constituency.There are no changes to the five-seater Donegal constituency.The Dáil will pass the legislation in the autumn when the report will come into effect. Disappointment as Donegal constituencies to remain unchanged for next Dáil was last modified: June 30th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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:daildonegalsligo leitrimSouth Donegallast_img read more