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Galway Athletics Report

first_imgCeltic Games Many of County Galway best up and coming young athletes represented Ireland at the Celtic Games  in Santry last weekend, on either the Ireland or Irish Development squads, which competed against Wales and Scotland in a four way international match. GCH had three representatives, Lydia Doyle competed in the U18 100m hurdles and placed 4th. Aoife Sheehy and Laura Nally with Irish team mates Laura Crossan and Ella Duane were also 4th in the 4 X 400m relay at the Celtic Games, while Aoife Sheehy won the bronze medal in the U18 400m hurdles individually.Craughwell had three athletes competing also – the phenomenally talented Jerry Keary soared over 1.95m to claim victory in the U18 Boys High Jump, Chloe Casey threw the discus out to 33.39m to claim a new PB and club record and silver medal in the U16 Girls Discus, and Laura Cunningham leaped 10.59m to take 4th place in the U18 Girls Triple Jump. Daniel Callanan-Forde of Loughrea AC leaped 12.73m to take the bronze medal in the U18 Boys Triple Jump.center_img European Masters Athletics ChampionshipsThe final week of competition at the European Masters in Denmark, saw Sean McDermott of Castlegar Ac place seventh in his heat of the M40 800m with a fast 2.13 time while Ian Egan of Tuam AC competed in the M50 Half marathon, running 1hr 33mins.GCH athletes Aoife Sheehy, Laura Nally, Lydia DoyleRyan McNelis Athenry AC with Laura Cunningham CraughwellLaura Cunningham, Jerry Keary, Daniel Callanan Forde.Craughwell athletes Chloe Casey, Jerry Keary, Laura Cunningham,print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

Colts relay second at MOC; Liberti, Harmata win medals

first_img Colts relay second at MOC; Liberti, Harmata win medals CHRIS KELLY staff Above, Middletown South’s Jaime Liberti competes in the 1,600-meter race at the Meet of Champions at Princeton University on Sunday. At left, CBA’s Brett Fiorvanti competes in the 800. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Chris Vuono and his sprinting teammates are beginning to change Christian Brothers Academy’s image. Distance running has put the Colts on the national map, but now they are gaining a reputation for their sprint prowess. Earlier this year, Vuono, Dan McLeod, Brett Fiorovanti and Peter Glackin became the first CBA team of any kind to qualify for the prestigious Millrose Games (where they were third). A gutty anchor leg from Chris Vuono led the Colts to a second place in the 4×400 Sunday at the NJSIAA Indoor Meet of Champions, held at Princeton University. The Colts posted a 3:28.86 in finishing behind Camden’s 3:27.53. Fiorovanti earlier finished 10th in the 800 (2:00.30). Middletown South’s Group III state champion Jamie Liberti ran fourth in the 1,600 meters. She improved on her indoor best with a 5:05.70. A late kick gave Hunterdon Central’s Casey Nelson her second MOC crown in 5:00.21. St. John Vianney’s Jennifer Therkorn was 10th (5:15.81). Raritan’s Amanda Harmata, competing indoors for the first time in her career, took home the bronze, finishing third in the shot put. The Rocket improved her position in the final rounds, reaching 40-6 3/4. Sylvia Galarza of Millville finished first with a 44-1 1/2. In the boys’ shot put, Matawan’s Chris Keller (54-10 1/2) and Raritan’s Ed Skowronski (53-0 3/4) were fourth and fifth, finishing behind Shore rival Dave Zaycek, who won his first MOC crown with a throw of 58-7. In the high jump. CBA’s Greg Giardino and Chris Sole tied for seventh at 6-2. A jump of 6-6 won the championship for Jamal Ames from Vineland. Colts, Eagle win county relays The Monmouth County Relays were held late this year (Feb. 21) at Red Bank Regional High School. It was better late than never for Christian Brothers Academy’s boys and Middletown South’s girls, which left RBR as county champions. The Colts topped Shore Regional, 46-36. CBA spread the wealth around, scoring in every event. The Colts had just two winning teams, the 4×200 and 4×50 shuttle hurdles. Dan McLeod, Chris Vuono, Tim Caubet and Elias Fotinos held off Long Branch, which feature sprint champion Mike Bland, 1:39.99-1:39.44. McLeod, Vuono, Caubet and Fotinos came back to win the hurdles by a full second in 27.00. Matawan finished third (32), but had three winning teams. The Huskies won the 4×800 in 8:41.14 with Steve Martinez, Tom Walsh, John Smith and Sean Kleimish. In the distance medley, it was Smith, Dave Lemberg, Martinez and Walsh teaming up to win in 11:05.78. Chris Keller topped all shot putters with his 52-9, and with Dan Robinson reaching 46-2 1/2, they won the shot put relay for Matawan. Middletown South’s girls also had Shore Regional as their competition, and the Eagles flew past the Blue Devils, 45-36. South scored outright victories in the 4×800 and 1,600 sprint medley and shared the high jump title. In the 4×800, Maura McCall, Cristin Browne, Allie Simonetti and Jamie Liberti ran a 10:12.28. In the sprint medley, Simonetti, McCall, Kellyann Hennessey and Liberti ran a 4:30.82. Ariana LaFerlita had the best high jump of the competition, 5-0, and that helped the Eagles share the high jump relay with Manalapan. Siedah Smith jumped 4-6 and tied for eighth for the Eagles. They had the same combined height as Manalapan, which had Mary Seery (4-10) and Amy VanRensburg (4-8). Raritan’s Amanda Harmata had the best throw in the shot put (40-6 1/4), but Freehold Township won the event. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer last_img read more

CBA runners smash another record at Great American Cross Country Festival

first_img A Matawan Regional High School harrier makes his way through the Thompson Park cross-country courts in Jamesburg during the Sept. 29 Central Jersey Shoot Out. The Huskies’ boys finished 17th. Thompson Park will host the NJSIAA Central Jersey sectional championships next month. ERIC SUCAR staff Tom Heath wanted to run his Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) crosscountry team at the Great American Cross Country Festival because he thought it needed to be in a fast race.After the traditional preseason time trials, Heath announced that this year’s team had smashed the school course record by 12 seconds a runner. However, Heath, who is always looking for an angle, noted that last year’s team had a better pure 800-meter speed despite this year’s club being much stronger and deeper. That’s why he thought a trip Cary, N.C., which hosts the Great American Cross Country Festival on a relative flat course, would wake up the fast-twitch fibers in his runners’ legs.Heath got what he wanted at the meet on Sept. 29 and the Colt harriers needed a very fast race.CBA put on another astonishing display of their depth and talent by smashing yet another team course record with their incredible 15:24.04 average for 5K (3.1 miles) on their way to an overwhelming victory. The Colts’ 60 points were well ahead of runnerup St. Xavier High School (Louisville, Ky.), which scored 148. Teams from all over the country competed in this annual meet.Leading the Colts’ charge were Jack Boyle (15:15.0) and Billy Bragg (15:17.6) in sixth and seventh place overall.Mike McClemens (15:22.9), Aaron Liberatore (15:30.3) and Tommy Rooney (15:34.4) contributed to the course record, finishing 11th, 22nd and 27th overall, but 9-19-23 in team scoring. Only 19 seconds separated the Colts’ top five. CBA’s sixth runner, Fran Bogan, posted a 15:42.5 in finishing 34th overall.Every CBA runner except for Mc- Clemens ran a new 5K personal best.Earlier this year, CBA broke the course record at the Bowdoin XC Classic at Bowdon Park in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., as they swept the top five places.While CBA was in North Carolina, some of the area cross-country went to the Six Flag Wild Safari Invitational held in Jackson or the Central Jersey Shoot Out held at Thompson Park in Jamesburg.St. John Vianney High School’s Tara Connelly (18:14) and Courtney Thompson (18:30) ran one-two in the Girls Group C race at the Wild Safari.At Thompson Park, Matawan Regional High School’s Daniel Wills turned in the 33rd fastest time of the day (17:32). On the girls’ side, Raritan High School’s Stephanie Sparacino (21:19) and Samantha Pagliarulo (21:20) had the 30th and 32nd best times, respectively.On Oct. 6, Holmdel Park will host the state’s biggest cross-country meet — the Shore Coaches Invitational. This annual invitational brings every team from around the state to the same course that will host the NJSIAA Groups and Meet of Champions for the first time this season. BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer last_img read more

Another tough task for WI

first_img Ambris, too, has scored heavily in both the first-class and one-day competition this year, making it hard for selectors to ignore him. Nevertheless, they join a batting line-up that struggled in the three-match Afghanistan series earlier this month and which needs a significant boost in order to start producing in the series. Jason Mohammed, the Windies’ most consistent batsman this year, has had lean returns recently, with just nine runs in his three outings, and Evin Lewis has had starts but has still not passed 33. WEST INDIES: (from) Jason Holder (captain), Devendra Bishoo, Sunil Ambris, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kyle Hope, Rovman Powell, Kesrick Williams. ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): Struggling West Indies face powerhouses India in the pivotal third One-Day International here today, desperately needing a victory to halt the rot and make an actual contest of the five-match series. They enter the first game of the double header at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground 1-0 down following their 105-run defeat in the second ODI in Trinidad last Sunday, and another defeat here will allow India to put one hand on the series trophy. The defeat at Queen’s Park Oval ­ after the first game was rained out ­ highlighted perfectly the gulf between the two teams. In a game reduced to 43 overs per side because of rain, India piled up 310, and West Indies stuttered and stumbled their way to 205 for six in reply. With much left in the series to play for, however, captain Jason Holder urged improvement, especially from his bowlers. “We’re only 1-0 down after the first game was rain-interrupted. It’s just obviously a situation where we need to tighten up a bit more on our bowling,” the 25-year-old all-rounder said. SQUAD CHANGES In an attempt to turn around their fortunes, West Indies have made two changes to their 13-man squad from the Trinidad double header, calling up the uncapped pair of Kyle Hope and Sunil Ambris at the expense of the out-of-form duo of Kieran Powell and Jonathan Carter. Opener Hope, the 28-year-old brother of Windies star Shai Hope, could make his debut in Powell’s absence, and Holder said that he would be an asset to the side. “He brings youthful exuberance. He’s an energetic fielder and; obviously, a very good player,” Holder pointed out.last_img read more

Self-centred, self-serving, self-indulgent

first_imgDear Editor,I have seen a letter to the media from Mr Gerry Gouveia seeking to personally denigrate Mr Michael Correia and his family which can only be described as self-centered, self-serving, self-indulgent and narcissistic.I respond only because Mr Gouveia has insulted both myself and Captain Chan-A-Sue by claiming that Mr Correia, at Board Meetings, shouts us into silence. Anyone who knows Captain Chan-A-Sue, to say nothing of myself, and reads this nonsense is bound to find it laughable. It, however, demonstrates the extraordinary low level to which Mr Gouveia is prepared to descend in public to express his ire.My company has provided professional public communication consultancy services to a very large number of highly regarded companies and corporations here in Guyana, in the Caribbean and, from time to time, internationally. My company has also represented Ogle Airport Inc. for over 15 years. I can say without hesitation that Michael Correia is one of the finest CEO’s I have been privileged to work with.In the course of these years, I have witnessed, under Michael Correia’s leadership, the extraordinary growth of what is today the Eugene F. Correia International Airport from a light aircraft facility with a tiny airstrip built mainly for the purpose for accommodating Guysuco’s crop dusters, to a first class Regional International Airport.It cannot be gainsaid that, though the idea and original commitment came from five local aviation companies, including Gouveia’s company, to form Ogle Airport Inc. to bid for the privatization of Ogle Airport in 2001 when the Airport was ruled as unsafe by the International Civil Aviation Authority and threatened with closure, it was Correia’s company and Correia’s determination to stay faithful to the commitment when the others balked at the investment. It is mostly Correia’s money that has built the International Airport from which Gouveia’s company and the others operating out of the Airport and, indeed, Guyana, benefit today.For me, it is unthinkable that Gerry Gouveia, whose company’s contribution to the investment in the Airport is 2 ¼ per cent, should attack the Correia family in this ugly public fashion. What has been achieved at Ogle, it is worth reminding Mr Gouveia, when he makes self-serving comparisons with his own achievements, has never depended on political patronage for its success.Yours sincerely,Kit NascimentoManaging Directorlast_img read more

Investigative journalism plays a critical role

first_imgDear Editor,My term as Petroleum Adviser to President Granger began in March 2017, whereas the re-negotiation of the contract for the Stabroek Block was performed about a year earlier (early part of 2016). I have not negotiated contracts between any oil company and the Co-operative Republic of Guyana.President Granger has made clear that his priority is for the oil and gas resource to benefit the Guyanese people without corruption. The Petroleum Adviser supports this objective wholeheartedly.It is encouraging to see Guyanese journalists paying attention to potential conflicts of interest. Many in Guyana, including some of our most prominent officials and attorneys, seem not to recognise these conflicts, hence journalists need to become more adept at investigating possible conflicts of interest by directly querying allegedly involved parties and highlighting likely abuses.In the recent article about the Mangal brothers, it seems the relevant journalists failed to ask about, or acknowledge, the mitigation measures which are in place. They also do not appear to have asked any of the oil companies operating in Guyana whether they had perceived or experienced any resulting conflict.The risk of corruption is likely to increase with the advent of our oil and gas sector, due to the vast sums of money involved, and with the complex transnational business structures. Objective, specialised and investigative journalism will therefore play a critical role in attaining the President’s vision.Regards,Dr Jan Mangallast_img read more

Esperance keen to discard chokers tag

first_imgAfter defeating defending champions Zamalek of Egypt 3-1 overall in their first final appearance 17 years ago, the ‘Blood and Gold’ reached three more and lost each one.Raja Casablanca of Morocco pipped them for the 1999 title after a Tunis penalty shoot-out and the pain was even more severe a year later when they were beaten at home and away by Hearts of Oak from Ghana.But nothing that had gone before in countless African campaigns since 1971 prepared Esperance for the humiliation of last year when they were crushed 5-0 away to Democratic Republic of Congo outfit Tout Puissant Mazembe.Adding insult to injury was crowd trouble during the return match which ended 1-1 in a near deserted 60,000-capacity national stadium on the outskirts of the Tunisian capital.It was only the second time in the 47-year history of the premier Pan-African club competition that a final had been won by a five-goal margin with Algerian outfit JET crushing Congolese rivals Vita three decades ago.Esperance rang the changes on the field and in the dugout and one year later they are back in the final and most African football pundits are backing the Tunisians for a second title.The clubs also clashed during the group stage with Wydad coming from two goals behind to draw 2-2 at home before erecting a defensive barricade in Tunis and forcing a goalless stalemate.Esperance had the less stressful semi-finals passage, achieving a noteworthy 1-0 victory over Al-Hilal of Sudan in sauna-like Omdurman before winning 2-0 behind closed doors at home.Crowd trouble has plagued several Tunisian clubs in Africa this year and the ‘Blood and Gold’ were punished for incidents during a 4-0 drubbing of Algerian side Mouloudia Alger in another mini-league encounter.Esperance boast a 23-6 goal tally from 12 matches en route to the final and lost only once — a meaningless second round qualifier at ASPAC of Benin who had been thrashed 5-0 in the first leg.Youssef Msakni, who claimed two of the goals thak sank Hilal, tops the scoring charts with five and Cameroonian Yannick Ndjeng and Oussama Darragi have struck four each.Malian Dramane Traore scored twice and Guy-Roger Toindouba once early in the campaign and another Cameroonian, giant defender Yaya Banana, got the goal in Egypt that forced a 1-1 draw with Al-Ahly and sealed Group B honours.Coach Nabil Maaloul played for Esperance only to leave early in 1994, the year they conquered Africa by defeating Etoile Filante of Burkina Faso, Stade Malien of Mali, Iwuanyanwu Nationale of Nigeria, Mouloudia Oran of Algeria and Zamalek.He is a deep thinker and not afraid to make unpopular decisions like leaving midfielder and club and national team captain Darragi on the bench away to record six-time champions Ahly.“It was a tactical ploy because I knew Ahly would attack at home from the kick off. We had to press their midfield and I kept Oussama out because he is more an attacker than a defender,” explained the 49-year-old handler.“Playing at home second will suit us although in the African Champions League you learn to take nothing for granted,” he said ahead of a showdown that will enrich the winners by 1.5 million dollars.It will also give Esperance or Wydad a place at the FIFA Club World Cup between December 8 and 18 in Japan with Lionel Messi-inspired Barcelona and Brazilians Santos among a seven-strong field.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, November 2 – Tunisian club Esperance this month hope to shed a ‘chokers’ tag that has stuck to them in the African Champions League for many years.They face Wydad Casablanca in a two-leg final with the first at the Mohamed V Stadium in the Moroccan commercial capital on Sunday and the return match in Tunisia six days later.last_img read more

Bayern lose perfect home record

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich. PHOTOBERLIN, March 2 – Bayern Munich suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Mainz on Wednesday, losing their 100 percent home record this season, as their lead in the Bundesliga was trimmed to five points.Colombia striker Jhon Cordoba sealed only Mainz’s second win in Munich with the winner on 86 minutes. Mainz took a shock lead at the Allianz Arena when Spanish winger Jairo fired home in the first-half with the Bayern defence well beaten.Arjen Robben pulled a goal back for the Bavarians on 64 minutes.Despite Mainz managing only 22 percent of possession, Cordoba grabbed the winner just before the final whistle and was mobbed by his team-mates.The result shakes up the Bundesliga ahead of Saturday’s crunch clash when Pep Guardiola’s Bayern play at second-placed Borussia Dortmund.Dortmund’s 2-0 win at Darmstadt on Wednesday cut Bayern’s lead from eight points as another Colombia striker, Adrian Ramos, and defender Erik Durm netted.Hertha Berlin cemented third place, but remain 15 points adrift of Dortmund, with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in the capital.Ivory Coast striker Salomon Kalou and Mitchell Weiser grabbed Berlin’s goals to keep Hertha on course for a first return to the Champions League since 2000.At the other end of the table, Werder Bremen climbed out of the relegation places with a shock 4-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen as veteran Claudio Pizarro claimed a hat-trick.The 37-year-old Peru international showed why he is the Bundesliga’s top scoring foreigner by needing just under half an hour to wrap up his hat-trick which included a penalty.Having knocked Leverkusen out of the German Cup in the quarter-finals last month, Bremen again humbled Bayer.Roger Schmidt’s Leverkusen has now lost four of their last five games in all competitions and drop to seventh in the league.Elsewhere Schalke climbed to sixth with a 3-2 comeback win at home to Hamburg while Borussia Moenchengladbach remain fourth after their 4-0 thrashing at home to Stuttgart.Second-from-bottom Hoffenheim boosted their survival chances with a 2-1 win over Augsburg.On Tuesday, Germany winger Andre Schuerrle claimed the first Bundesliga hat-trick of his career as Wolfsburg routed bottom side Hanover 96 4-0 away.March 1 is a lucky day for Schuerrle who also scored a hat-trick for ex-club Chelsea against Fulham in the Premier League exactly two years ago.His performance will boost his standing at Wolfsburg and in this one game he has scored more goals than in his previous 33 matches for the Champions League side.He needed just 26 minutes to score three goals before Germany team-mate Julian Draxler added Wolfsburg’s fourth at Hanover’s HDI Arena.The win leaves Wolfsburg eighth while Hanover are bottom, four points from their nearest rival and seven points from safety.The German FA (DFB) is expected to fine both clubs after one of the flares fired from the away fan block hit the Hanover bench before kick-off, but no-one was hurt.Elsewhere, French striker Anthony Modeste rescued a point for Cologne in their 1-1 draw at Ingolstadt after forward Lukas Hinterseer had given the hosts the lead.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Nearly 175 head to polls in second by-election advance poll

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Almost 175 eligible voters headed to the polls to cast ballots yesterday during the second advance poll for Saturday’s city council by-election.The City’s Communications Coordinator Julie Rogers said that a total of 173 voters came out to the Pomeroy Sport Centre yesterday. Of the 15,287 eligible voters in Fort St. John, that equates to a voter turnout so far of roughly 1.1 percent. During the first advance poll, 116 cast ballots. So far, voter turnout sits at 289, or 1.8 percent.In the most recent by-election that saw councillor Bruce Christensen elected, voter turnout was  9.09 percent. 1,186 voters headed to the polls in that by-election, when there were 13,045 eligible voters.- Advertisement -The by-election is taking place this Saturday, September 9th from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Pomeroy Sports Centre.last_img read more

Highland, Quartz Hill renew rivalry

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe five-week delay has enabled both teams to develop younger swimmers, fine-tune their lineups and sharpen relay exchanges. Quartz Hill might have a slight edge in competition, scheduling nonleague meets against Southern Section Div. I programs Canyon of Canyon Country and Valencia. The Bulldogs hope to counter with momentum from Wednesday’s 115-62 victory over Lancaster, in which Bishop won the 50 (22.45 seconds) and 100 (49.63) frees and anchored the 200 medley (1:51.45) and 400 free (3:41.94) relays to victories. “I have so much faith in this team, it’s disgusting,” said Bishop, a junior, who expects a strong challenge from Quartz Hill in the relays. The Rebels won the 200 medley in 1:49.63 and the 400 free in 3:37.43 in Thursday’s 143-27 victory over Palmdale. “Everybody swam phenomenal (Wednesday), and we’re going to need more of the same (today),” Bishop said. Ladies first: Quartz Hill’s girls’ team defeated Highland by 139 points at last year’s invitational. The Bulldogs believe the score will be much closer this season. After failing to win a single event last year, Highland appears to have the advantage over the Rebels in the 200 medley and 400 free relays, thanks to freshmen Ashley Cecil, Sara Pino and Jenna Poitras. The trio combined to win six individual events Wednesday, with Marissa Cecil capturing the 50 and 100 freestyles in a 124-54 rout of Lancaster. “Marissa and Ashley can battle it out (in the freestyle events), which only makes the relays go faster,” said Highland coach Judy Remy, whose team placed third March 18 at the Rubidoux Relays in Riverside, the Bulldogs’ only nonleague competition. “Marissa was great (Wednesday), and I still think she has a lower time in her. And Ashley’s been phenomenal. She’s so fast.” Quartz Hill boasts its own group of talented newcomers, led by Brittany Blankenship and Lauren Hughes. They will be instrumental in the Rebels’ bid to repeat as invitational champion. Record-setting rookie: Palmdale freshman Mary Brown became the first Golden League female swimmer to win an event against Quartz Hill, doing so impressively in the Falcons’ 134-38 loss Thursday. Brown was victorious in the 100 butterfly (1:00.59) and 200 individual medley (2:18.23), both in program-record times. She has recorded qualifying marks for the Southern Section Div. IV prelims in four events, including the 50 and 100 frees. (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As far as Billy Bishop is concerned, Highland’s season officially begins today. After seven weeks of anticipation, Bishop and his Bulldogs teammates finally compete against Quartz Hill at the fourth annual Antelope Valley Invitational at Eastside Pool in Lancaster. “It’s a good chance to check out your competition,” said Bishop, who is among the leading contenders to win the boys’ 50- and 100-yard freestyles. “If we find out that our competition is as close as we think it is, then it’s going to be (a great meet).” The showdown is the first of three meetings between the rivals in a 19-day period, culminating with the Golden League championships May 3 at Eastside. The meet originally was scheduled for March 11 but was postponed after three inches of snow fell in the Antelope Valley. last_img read more

Grieving mom has cause to rail at airline

first_img“I sent Delta a letter, enclosing a copy of my son’s death certificate, asking them to please remove or reduce the extra charge. “I wanted to show them that this wasn’t a scam, that I hadn’t flown out early for a party or something. I had to change my ticket because of a horrible thing.” Delta’s answer is what put Betty in the newspaper today. She received a call Aug. 8 from a Delta passenger representative informing her that the charges would not be reversed. “When I told her that seemed cold and callous of her company under the circumstances, she said, `Well, we are in the business to make money, you know.”‘ When I called Delta’s corporate offices Aug. 24 to get a response, I was told by Anthony Black, a corporate communications representative, that Delta would make no comment until I faxed them all the documents and information I had on Betty’s experience. She had already done that, but I went ahead and sent the information again with all the dates and ticket purchase numbers. That was the last I heard from Black or anyone with Delta. On Friday, I placed two more calls to Delta, but neither was returned. I didn’t hear from the airline, but Betty did. Sort of. Her latest Citicard statement arrived Thursday – and the charges had been reversed. Betty got her $357.51 back, but that was it. No letter or call from anyone at Delta saying they were sorry about putting her through this, that it was a mix-up or oversight. Nothing. “This wasn’t about the money,” Betty said Friday. “I just don’t want them doing this to anyone else – treating people that way at such a horrible time in their lives. “I wholeheartedly believe that some companies do something like this hoping people won’t push it. “But people shouldn’t have to stamp their feet to be heard and treated fairly at a time when they’re going through so much hurt and pain.” No, they shouldn’t, Betty. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Back in April, Betty had made flight reservations with Delta to visit her son in Atlanta on July 12, returning July 27. But on July 5, she got what she says was the “call from hell.” Rick had been found dead in his apartment, the victim of a brain aneurism, the coroner’s office would determine later. So instead of flying out on July 12, Betty flew out of LAX on July 6 – not to visit her son, but to bury him. She returned on the July 27 ticket she had already purchased. “All Delta had to do was change my ticket one way, but when I received my Citicard charges, the statement showed that on top of the $511 I had originally paid, they had tacked on $357.51 for a one-way change. Betty Haack is a private person. The last thing she wanted to see was a story about herself in a newspaper, she says. But what happened to her recently was too important to keep to herself. By going public, maybe she can help this from happening to others who find themselves in such a vulnerable time in their lives. So here she is today, sitting at the dining-room table in her Burbank home with some of the cards she has received from friends and family sending their condolences on the sudden death of her 49-year-old son, Rick. “He was a beautiful person. I never heard my son say an unkind word about anyone,” Betty says. “I wish I could be more like him, but my bitterness against Delta Airlines won’t let me. Maybe in time.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los Angeleslast_img

A wetter, warmer winter ahead

first_imgNOAA forecasters said this year’s weak El Niño may have already tamed the Atlantic hurricane season with milder-than-expected weather. In the past month, the developing El Niño has brought drier-than-average weather to Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines, areas generally affected first by El Niño conditions. A moderate El Niño this winter, according to the NOAA, could bring warmer temperatures to western and northern U.S. regions and to western and central Canada. El Niño could also make the Gulf Coast and Florida wetter and bring drier conditions to the Ohio Valley, the Pacific Northwest and U.S. islands in the tropical Pacific. “We’ll just get Seattle’s storms,” said David Neelin, a professor of atmospheric and oceanic sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles. “This is a moderate El Niño that increases the chances in Southern California we’ll have a rainy winter.” El Niño, Spanish for “the little boy,” occurs in the Pacific region about every five years, often around Christmas. Fisherman named it El Niño after the Baby Jesus. The phenomenon alternates with La Ni¤a, Spanish for “the little girl,” a cooling of ocean water at the equator that can create dry winters for Southern California. El Niño has resulted in six major rainfalls in Los Angeles since weather was first recorded in 1878. The El Niño in 1883-84 dropped 38.18 inches of rain on downtown, while the one in 1982-83 battered pleasure piers and coastal and hillside communities from Santa Barbara to San Diego, causing $523 million in property damage. But it was the infamous El Niño of 1997-98 that is best remembered for devastating floods in California, Ecuador and Chile and for severe drought in Indonesia, Australia and the Philippines. Storms beginning in early February 1998 dumped 31.01 inches in downtown Los Angeles and caused floods that spurred disaster declarations in 40 of 58 counties across the state, wreaking $550 million in property damage. The 1997-98 El Niño downpours set records in Chatsworth (44.19 inches), Simi Valley (40.05 inches) and Northridge (36.10 inches). Rain-induced pothole complaints prompted 2,041 calls in March 1998 in Los Angeles. Sewer lines, overrun by the rains, overflowed. City officials have since invested $486 million in sewer-interceptor lines from west Los Angeles to Eagle Rock. In the past five years, sanitary-sewer overflows have dropped 70 percent, well below state and national averages. This fiscal year, the city cleaned 109,000 sewer pipes. Bureau of Sanitation workers are inspecting and cleaning 45,000 catch basins, 102 debris basins and 1,260 miles of storm drains ahead of the rain. (818) 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleScientists say ocean temperatures in the equatorial Pacific have risen remarkably in the past two weeks and may strengthen into a moderate El Niño by winter. A climate phenomenon linked to warm sea surface temperatures, El Niño impacts global weather and has been blamed for massive flooding, damaging surf and landslides in Southern California. Some researchers, however, doubted the potential for a drenching winter. “Right now, it’s El Niño pequeño,” or a little El Niño, said Bill Patzert, research oceanographer for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge. “Don’t make an investment in umbrellas. To have impact in Southern California, it would have to take steroids over the next three months.” After the hottest summer on record, weather forecasters predicted Thursday that moderate El Niño conditions would usher in a warmer winter and greater number of storms by spring. El Niño is a warming of the water in the tropical Pacific that is associated with changes in air pressure and the movement of high-level winds that can affect weather worldwide. The conditions are likely to continue into early next year, and scientists said there is potential for them to strengthen. “Right now, we’re leaning toward wetter-than-average conditions in Southern California, but a much more moderate event than in 1997-98,” said Vernon Kousky, lead El Niño forecaster for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center in Washington, D.C. “You should get more storms around Southern California.” last_img read more

Freeway may get extra lane

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – With work continuing on eastern Ventura County’s most anticipated highway widening project in years, local transportation officials now say they hope to begin widening a congested portion of another freeway – the 118 through Simi Valley. As crews put up sound walls and widen bridges along Highway 23 through Thousand Oaks to help unclog the area’s worst rush-hour bottleneck, officials have come up with a scaled-down plan to add one lane on the eastbound side of the 118 from Tapo Canyon Road to Kuehner Drive heading into Los Angeles. Because of rising construction costs, the $53.5 million earmarked in the state Transportation Improvement Program is not enough to widen the 118 in both directions from Tapo Canyon Road to the Los Angeles County line as once hoped. So, under the new plan, work could begin in the spring if funding is approved by the California Transportation Commission at a meeting scheduled for next month, said Carlos Hernandez, a spokesman for the Ventura County Transportation Commission. He said freeway workers appear to be doing everything possible to avoid congestion that might be caused by the construction work and to avoid nighttime construction noise. But Gillette said a big concern remains funding to complete expansion of the Highway 101 and 23 interchange. Without the interchange expansion, traffic could still back up because of the interchange snarl. “We are not approved for all of the funding, and we are continuing to pursue funding for that entire project,” the mayor said. (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Eventually, officials hope to expand the entire 118 in both directions, but no firm schedule has been established because of funding uncertainties, which depend in part on whether state voters approve a transportation bond measure in November. Meanwhile, work is well under way on the 23, which is being expanded from four to six lanes under a $65 million project that started this spring. When completed, probably around the summer of 2010, the freeway widening should reduce congestion and improve traffic that backs up during the morning and evening commutes as residents come and go from Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Although some added congestion was expected as a result of the construction, there haven’t been major problems so far, officials said. “The people I’ve talked to in the community have expressed a high degree of appreciation that the project is moving forward and that it will eventually improve traffic flows and congestion on our city streets,” said Thousand Oaks Mayor Dennis Gillette. last_img read more

Napoli vs Arsenal live stream: Without paying extra plus TV channel, kick-off time

first_img Unai Emery’s Arsenal face Napoli tonight Aaron Ramsey and Arsenal face Napoli tonight Napoli vs Arsenal: Line-upsNapoli: Meret, Maksimovic, Chiriches, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Callejon, Allan, Zielinski, Fabian, Insigne, MilikSubs: Ospina, Hysaj, Malcuit, Mario Rui, Verdi, Younes, MertensArsenal: Cech, Sokratis, Koscielny, Monreal, Maitland-Niles, Kolasinac, Torreira, Xhaka, Ramsey, Lacazette, AubameyangSubs: Leno, Mustafi, Elneny, Guendouzi, Mkhitaryan, Ozil, Iwobi Boss Unai Emery is a big fan of the competition having won it three times in row with Sevilla.Arsenal will face either Villarreal or Valencia in the final four if they can get past Napoli. Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman 2 2center_img Napoli vs Arsenal: What time is kick-off?The second-leg of the quarter final tie is set for Thursday, April 18 with kick-off at the San Paolo Stadium at 8pm.When the sides met in the group stages of the Champions League in 2013, Arsenal won the first tie 2-0 before losing by the same scoreline in Italy.The Gunners hold a two goal advantage in their quarter-final meeting after Aaron Ramsey’s opener and Kalidou Koulibaly’s own goal last week.Napoli vs Arsenal: Which TV channel can I watch it on?You can watch this game live on BT Sport 2.Coverage begins at 7:15pm, with the option to stream available to all BT Sport customers by downloading the official app on your mobile, tablet or PC.For EE phone users, you can catch the action for free by signing up to a three-month trial – simply just text SPORT to 150 and follow the instructions.The match will also be live on talkSPORT 2 tonight. on target Getty LATEST EUROPA LEAGUE NEWS Arsenal will be looking to finish off the job against Napoli tonight and reach the Europa League semi-finals.The Gunners won the first-leg of their quarter-final tie 2-0 in north London last week and will be confident of progressing.last_img read more

Sheyi Ojo at Rangers as squad returns for pre-season

first_imgLiverpool winger Sheyi Ojo has arrived at Rangers’ training centre as players reported back for pre-season training.The 21-year-old has been linked with a loan move to Steven Gerrard’s side and that now looks to be close to completion as he joined the first team squad at the training base on Monday.Ojo would become Gerrard’s fifth signing for next season with deals for Jake Hastie, Jordan Jones, Steven Davis and Greg Stewart already concluded.Players have been on holiday since the Premiership season ended on May 19 and Alfredo Morelos, Daniel Candeias, Graham Dorrans and Jermain Defoe were among those pictured arriving at Auchenhowie. Rangers are in the draw for the Europa League qualifiers and will learn the identity of their first opponent on Tuesday.The Ibrox side, who will be seeded in the draw, will play their first game on July 11 eith the return match a week later.last_img read more

Jackson County Inmate Roster – 1-31-19

first_imgRelease Date:01-30-2019 – 2:08 pm Booking Date:01-30-2019 – 4:56 pm Charges:2 Transport Order-Adult View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Release Date:01-30-2019 – 12:38 pm Nance, Matthew S Charges:2 Transport Order-Adult Charges:16-42-19-18 Poss of Syringe35-45-1-5 Common Nuisance35-48-4-8.3 Possession of Paraphernalia35-48-4-6.1 Poss of Meth35-44-3-5 Escape Booking Date:01-30-2019 – 4:18 pm Cash, Jerry W Booking #:100684 Shepherd, John B Release Date:01-30-2019 – 5:53 pm View Profile >>> Stewart, Cassandra N View Profile >>> Bond:No Bond Inmates released from the Jail within the last 24 hours. Bond:No Bond Booking #:100681 Booking #:99194 Booking #:100683 Bond:No Bond Release Date:01-30-2019 – 12:38 pm Booking Date:01-30-2019 – 10:10 am Seville, Kevin C Bond:No Bond Booking Date:01-30-2019 – 11:24 am View Profile >>> Charges:34-47-2 Direct Contempt Dodson, Robert Ecenter_img Booking Date:11-07-2018 – 9:22 am Cash, Jerry W Bond:No Bond Release Date:01-30-2019 – 3:23 pm Booking #:100678 Booking #:100682 Charges:34-47-3 Indirect Contempt View Profile >>> View Profile >>> Charges:35-43-4-2(a) Theft Charges:2 Transport Order-Adult Booking #:99994 Booking Date:09-21-2018 – 12:22 pm Booking #:100681 Bond:No Bond Charges:35-45-2-1 Intimidation Booking #:100251 Purnell, Jamie L View Profile >>> Booking Date:05-05-2018 – 10:18 pm Release Date:01-31-2019 – 6:23 am Inmates booked into the Jail within the last 24 hours. View Profile >>> Nasby, Riley J Bond:No Bond Booking Date:01-29-2019 – 5:05 pm Booking Date:01-30-2019 – 10:10 am Charges:35-43-4-2(a) Theft Bond:No Bond View Profile >>>last_img read more