Wellington Fire/EMS assists in Mulvane flood Friday night

first_imgSumner Newscow report — Wellington Fire and EMS assisted with water rescue in Mulvane on Friday evening after the community received around 5 inches of rain. Wellington Fire/EMS sent two personnel and a boat to assist individuals trapped in a house and a camper. With assistance from two different fire departments staff rescued nine people and one pet. Staff also assessed flood areas for other victims.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

The Boss Of The Pond

first_img“We had like 300 in the Navesink River probably four or five years ago during winter,” Skinner said.The Atlantic Flyway, the coastal migration route of North America, had an estimated 9,000 birds five years ago, according to the Atlantic Flyway Mute Swan Management Plan, an American-Canadian report released in July 2015.The Management Plan calls for such things as educating the public on mute swans, reducing the population to less than 2,000 by 2025, maintaining mute swans at an ecologically manageable level, preventing the expansion of their range and getting stakeholders involved in the process.“There is a large movement around the country to curb the population growth,” Skinner said. “Like any argument, there’s two sides.”A few years ago, New York State proposed gathering its population of mute swans and killing them – but it got push-back and it never came to fruition. Now, non-lethal methods are planned to reduce the population, such as preventing eggs from hatching.“With regard to eradication, this is very polarizing,” Temple said. “There is no easy answer. On one hand you want to restore the balance of the pond, but on the other hand, there is the humane treatment of a living creature.“Mute swans have a long lifespan and a tremendous reproductive capacity,” says Temple. “What do you do with the swans? Relocating them will only compound the problem by introducing them into areas where they didn’t exist before. Killing eggs has been shown to be ineffective in reducing the population because of the birds’ reproductive capacity.”“I don’t like to see a slaughter,” Bacinski said. “Most states will shoot them when they show up if they have not been established there.”Bacinski’s feelings on mute swans?“They’re dreadful,” Bacinski said. “When I see them, I sort of ignore them.” Naturalists Warn That Mute Swans Are Elegant DisruptersBy Joseph SapiaEARLIER THIS MONTH on the Shrewsbury River at Monmouth Beach, two large white swans, along with their two cygnets, casually approached two boats.“Somebody must be feeding them,” said someone on the boat.In the outdoors world, that may be one of the tamer comments made about “mute swans” – the swans seen this time of year, and year-round, on fresh or brackish local water ways and bodies of water.A serious birdwatcher may call them “harbor hogs” or “pond pigs,” reflecting the “dislike” birders have for them, said Pete Bacinski, an Atlantic Highlands resident who is a member of the state Waterfowl Advisory Committee and the retired director of New Jersey Audubon’s Sandy Hook Bird Observatory.Hoggish and piggish, not because they might want to mooch some food from friendly humans – a lot of animals do that. But because they are a non-native, invasive species that disrupts the natural world around them.Sam Skinner, a Monmouth County Park System naturalist, allows that mute swans are “beautiful birds,” but…“They pretty much take over, they’re the boss of the pond,” said Skinner, who is based at Huber Woods Park in Middletown. “They deplete the vegetation. They discourage other waterfowl – (and) not just water fowl.“And they attack humans,” Skinner said. “Give you a mean little bite, whack you with their wings.”“They are nasty to people,” Bacinski said. “They could literally take a finger off. Their beauty is the only good.”“Mute swans are a very polarizing issue,” said Dena Temple, public relations chair for the Monmouth County Audubon Society. “People think they are beautiful – and they are. However, they are a non-native species. And just as non-native plants disrupt the balance of the environment, so do non-native birds and other animals.”“All of the mute swans in North America descended from swans imported from Europe from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s to adorn large estates, city parks and zoos,” according to the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology website, allaboutbirds.org. “Escapees established breeding populations and are now established in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, and Pacific Northwest.”And All About Birds notes the negative, “Their aggressive behavior and voracious appetites often disturb local ecosystems, displace native species and even pose a hazard to humans.”New Jersey has two native swans – tundras and trumpeters, which are winter species in New Jersey. In the Two River area, they are basically migrants, Bacinski said.“In the case of the mute swans, when a mute swan moves into an area pond, it’s a case of ‘there goes the neighborhood,’” Temple said.“Being a very large bird, they eat a lot and can decimate the aquatic vegetation in a pond, leaving little food for other birds,” said Temple. “They also disengage more plant material than they actu- ally consume, leaving the aquatic habitat destroyed for fish and invertebrates that breed in the cover of the aquatic vegetation.”Mute swans, Cygnus olor, are huge – about 4 feet to 5 feet in length with a wingspan of approximately 7 feet to 8 feet, weighing around 12 to almost 32 pounds, according to the Cornell University Lab of Ornithology’s website, allaboutbirds.org.They live long, perhaps 19 or 20 years and their cygnets – mostly two, sometime three – have a “75 to 80 percent survival rate because their parents are so protective,” Skinner said. So, when they are around, they are around to stay.last_img read more

Bombers face Wild in Kootenay AAA Boy’s soccer showdown Thursday at Lakeside

first_imgIt’s one game for all the marbles. And it’s on the home field of the L.V. Rogers Bombers.LVR takes to the Lakeside pitch Thursday at 2 p.m. against roundball rival Mount Baker Wild in the Kootenay High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championship.At stake is a berth in the B.C. High School AAA Boy’s Soccer Championship in Burnaby.“The upcoming game against Baker will be one of the toughest challenges for LVR so far,” Bomber head coach Jamie Spendlove said. “The boys seem ready and eager to play (and) looking forward to the competition.”The Bombers have played just once since losing to the Nelson Innkeepers, that an easy 3-0 decision over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks.So most of the past month has been on the training pitch as the younger Bombers look to retake the zone title back from the East Kootenay school.“The boys are prepared for what will be a very tough game against a much older and more experienced Cranbrook team,” Spendlove said.“If LVR plays the system they have been training on for the last two months Baker will have their work cut out for them.”The provincial tournament is set for November 24-26.EXTRA TIME: During last year’s Kootenay Final, Baker defeated LVR for the first time in a decade or more. However, the Wild did not get to go to the provincial tournament in the fall because snow cancelled the event. The tourney was played, instead, in June.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more


first_imgA BUSY OPENING DAY FOR BALTAS ON SATURDAY POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE ON OPENING DAY POLANCO REMEMBERS THE LATE BOBBY FRANKEL POST SHOULD AID BELLAFINA IN GRADE I LA BREA SANTA ANITA’S POPULAR WALL CALENDAR FREE ON OPENING DAYA “must-have” among racegoers for decades, Santa Anita’s traditional wall calendar will be available free to all fans with paid admission on opening day. This year’s calendar will include racing highlights from the past 12 months and information about the California Retirement Management Account (CARMA), which is based at Santa Anita and assists retired racehorses in finding their next career and home.CARMA, which operates largely on purse money which is designated by Thoroughbred owners, facilitates funding and networking for over 20 aftercare charities in addition to running a placement program serving horses that have competed at Santa Anita, Del Mar and Golden Gate Fields.CARMA hosts a variety of fund raising events on a monthly basis, including Thoroughbred Classic Horse Shows, in which retired racehorses can compete against each other in multiple disciplines. CARMA also assists with aftercare awareness events and placement success stories.Special first post time opening day is 11 a.m. and admission gates open at 9 a.m. For additional information, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL IS SET FOR TOMORROW WORKOUTS:Storm the Court (Eurton) 12-22-19McKinzie (Baffert) 12-22-19Ashleyluvssugar (Outside) and Ekklesia (Eurton) 12-22-19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 12-22-19Bellafina (Callaghan) 12-20-19Gift Box (Sadler) 12-20-19Mother Mother (Outside) and Eddy Forever (Baffert) 12-20-19 LATEST CONTENT FROM XBTV:FEATURES:XBTV Saturday: What to Watch for at Santa Anita Park on December 28th, 2019Richard Mandella Discusses Omaha Beach’s Final Work Ahead of the Grade I Malibu Stakes.John Sadler Discusses Gift Box’s Time Off and Expectations for the San Antonio.Bob Baffert Discusses a Trio of Three-Year-Olds Heading Into Grade 1 Starts on Opening Day.Peter Eurton Discusses Draft Pick’s Last Race Heading into the San Antonio. SANTA ANITA REMEMBERS THE LATE BOBBY FRANKEL TOMORROWGoogle Bobby Frankel and it comes up “American horse trainer,” but he was much more than that. Infinitely more.Irascible, cantankerous, gruff would seem to fit his exterior demeanor, but deep down, in crunch time, when push came to shove, Frankel’s best side came to the fore. He was humane.Take it from Marcelo Polanco, a third generation horseman who learned the ropes under Frankel for a year and a half circa 1991-93 when the Hall of Fame trainer was in his prime.Frankel, for whom Saturday’s Grade III Robert J. Frankel Stakes is named, died at the age of 68 on Nov. 16, 2009. Hard to believe he’s been gone for 10 years.“It was the most wonderful time,” the 59-year-old Polanco recalled Friday morning. “We had horses for Juddmonte Farms, Jerry Moss, and Bobby would send me to other tracks when we ran in stakes, so I was on the road frequently. He sent me to Louisiana Downs for the turf festival, and of the six horses we ran, five won. I went to Hawthorne with Marquetry for a $500,000 race and it was very cold, and he used to call me every day with four questions, always very quick: “‘How’s the horse?’ Fine. ‘Temperature?” No. ‘How’s he eating?’ Good. ‘How’s the weather?’ Super cold.“I said, ‘What do I do?’ He said, ‘Walk him.’ This was five days before the race. Next day, same conversation. Finally, the day before the race I opened my mouth and asked him, ‘Do you want me to walk the horse before the race?’ and he said, ‘Listen, the horse has been running all year, he’s got all his conditioning, do you want to get him sick?’“The horse won super easy that day and I still have the picture.”Polanco, a trainer in his own right, is a native of Santiago, Chile, the country where his grandfather, Pedro, won the Chilean Triple Crown circa 1912. Marcelo was assistant to Julio Canani for 6 ½ years before joining Frankel with Dan Ward and Humberto Ascanio. Prior to that, he served with Ron McAnally, but his time with Frankel understandably remains indelible.“He was a great guy,” Polanco said. BALTAS HAS 10 ENTERED FOR SANTA ANITA OPENER Richard Baltas prides himself in having a “racing stable,” and race he will when Santa Anita’s Winter Meet starts tomorrow, showcasing seven stakes, three of them Grade I’s.Fresh from capturing the Del Mar training championship, Baltas has 10 horses entered on the 11-race opening day card, eight of them in stakes, including Lady Prancealot in the Grade I American Oaks, Del Mar May and Motion Emotion in the Grade I La Brea, Excellent Sunset in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel and Neptune’s Storm and Bob and Jackie in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile.“She got a very good trip last time with (Joe) Bravo,” Baltas said of Lady Prancealot, a consistent but trouble prone Irish-bred filly that won the Grade III Valley View at Keeneland Oct. 18. “She got a big number (91 Beyer), and if she can duplicate that, she’ll probably win.”Motion Emotion shortens up in the seven furlong La Brea after two straight races at amile and one-sixteenth, including victory last out in the Zia Park Oaks.“It might be too short for her, but it’s the last Grade I race in her three-year-old year and she came out of the race good, she’s doing well, so we’re going to take a chance,” Baltas said.Excellent Sunrise was beaten a head and a nose as the favorite in her last two startsat a mile on turf at Del Mar, and Baltas removes the blinkers from the Irish-bred mare in the Frankel at 1 1/8 miles on turf. “She seems to be training really well,” he said.Neptune’s Storm has never been out of the money in his last 11 races and figures to have another strong showing in the Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile on turf.“He lost to Mo Forza twice and Mo Forza’s the race favorite, but Neptune’s Storm is a damn good horse who’s made over $600,000. We’re looking for a good start and a good meet.”Santa Anita’s opening week schedule offers live racing Sunday, Dec. 29; New Year’s Day, Wednesday, Jan. 1; and Friday, Jan. 3 through Sunday, Jan. 5.First post time opening day is 11 a.m. Admission gates open at 9 a.m. Santa Anita’s opening day stakes: the $75,000 Lady of Shamrock, race two: Keeper Ofthe Stars, Abel Cedillo, 5-2; Brill, Flavien Prat, 3-1; Bodhicitta, Rafael Bejarano, 8-1; Mischiffie, Drayden Van Dyke, 6-1; Angel Alessandra, Joel Rosario, 6-1; Lucky Peridot, Javier Castellano, 4-1; Sold It, Mario Gutierrez, 10-1; and Lakerball, Joe Talamo, 12-1.The Grade II San Antonio, race five: Gray Magician, Javier Castellano, 4-1; Gift Box, Joel Rosario, 9-5; King Abner, Tyler Baze, 10-1; Draft Pick, Joe Talamo, 9-2; Mugaritz, Ricardo Gonzalez, 10-1; Midcourt, Victor Espinoza, 2-1; and Fight On, Abel Cedillo, 20-1.The Grade I American Oaks, race six: So Much Happy, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Apache Princess, Javier Castellano, 5-1; Mucho Unusual, Joel Rosario, 4-1; K P Slickem, Jorge Velez, 15-1; Lady Prancealot, Joe Bravo, 2-1; Pretty Point, Mike Smith, 30-1; Giza Goddess, Victor Espinoza, 7-2; and Vibrance, Abel Cedillo, 3-1.The Grade I La Brea, presented as race seven: First Star, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1; Del Mar May, Joe Bravo, 12-1; Free Cover, Abel Cedillo, 15-1; Stirred, Geovanni Franco, 20-1; Bellafina, Flavien Prat, 9-5; Bell’s the One, Javier Castellano, 7-2; Hard Not to Love, Mike Smith, 6-1; Motion Emotion, Mario Gutierrez, 15-1; and Mother Mother, Joel Rosario, 6-1.The Grade III Robert J. Frankel, race eight: Tiny Tina, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Excellent Sunset, Joel Rosario, 7-2; Don’t Blame Judy, Victor Espinoza, 5-1; Streak of Luck, Jose Valdivia Jr., 5-1; Curlin’s Journey, Ruben Fuentes, 6-1; Harmless, Abel Cedillo, 6-1; Mirth, Mike Smith, 5-2; and Ms Peintour, Brice Blanc, 20-1.The Grade I Runhappy Malibu, race nine: Much Better, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Complexity, Javier Castellano, 5-2; Manny Wah, Channing Hill, 8-1; Roadster, Joel Rosario, 3-1; and Omaha Beach, Mike Smith, 4-5.The Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile, race 10: Sash, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1; Originaire, Umberto Rispoli, 15-1; Ocean Fury, Flavien Prat, 12-1; Never Easy, Rafael Bejarano, 15-1; Mo Forza, Joel Rosario, 9-5; Neptune’s Storm, Abel Cedillo, 3-1; Kingly, Mario Gutierrez, 6-1; Proud Pedro, Tyler Baze, 15-1; Barristan The Bold, Javier Castellano, 12-1; Loafers Boy, Tiago Pereira, 50-1; and Bob and Jackie, Heriberto Figueroa, 6-1. FINISH LINES: American Theorem, second to Eight Rings in the American Pharoah Stakes on Sept. 27 in his most recent start, could begin breezing in January for a possible start on the Triple Crown trail in the Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7, trainer George Papaprodromou said . . . Santa Anita track announcer Frank Mirahmadi will be Tom Quigley‘s guest 10 a.m. Saturday, while Toby Turrell, clocker and publisher of The Winners Card, will do honors 10:20 a.m. Sunday, each day in the XBTV studios . . . Thanks to Santa Anita’s Marketing Department, fans at Clockers’ Corner on a brisk but invigorating Friday morning were treated to free burritos courtesy of Burrito Break of Los Angeles, which caters to groups from 20 to 200. They can be reached at burrito-break.com . . . First post time for Sunday’s 10-race card is 11:30 a.m. GLATT DUO MAKE U.S. DEBUT IN MATHIS BROS. MILE DEPARTING TALAMO BACK ON DRAFT PICK IN SAN ANTONIODraft Pick deserves an “E” for effort if nothing else.The four-year-old Candy Ride colt seldom runs a poor race, even against Grade I competition. He was second in the Pacific Classic and fourth in the Clark, each a Grade I, and has a 3-3-3 record from 14 starts with earnings of $541,680, not too shabby for winning just one stake, the Grade III Affirmed at Santa Anita last June 18.Saturday he resurfaces in the Grade II San Antonio, a steppingstone to the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap on March 7. The San Antonio marks one of the final mounts here for Joe Talamo, who on Jan. 5 leaves Santa Anita to ride regularly starting Jan. 24 at Oaklawn Park.“We’ll miss Joe,” said Peter Eurton, himself a former jockey who trains Draft Pick. “He’s a good kid, a hard worker and a talented rider.”Talamo, who turns 30 on Jan. 12, has ridden Draft Pick in eight of his last nine races, winning three.As for Draft Pick, Eurton said “he seems to be pretty sharp, he likes the cooler weather and he’s trained well to this point.” ENGLISH INVADERS DEBUT IN MATHIS BROTHERS MILE FOR GLATTMark Glatt has a pair of double digit morning line outsiders making their United States debuts in Saturday’s Grade II Mathis Brothers Mile on turf: Sash and Barristan The Bold, both bred in England and entering off a brief layoff.“They’re both coming up to it fine,” the trainer said of the pair, each owned by Red Baron’s Barn LLC or Rancho Temescal LLC. “We’ll get an idea of exactly where they’re going to fit here, but both are nice looking horses that have trained well.“They’ve been away for a bit but I’m not too concerned about that. Good horses come over here pretty fit and they seem to have maintained their fitness, so we’ll see what happens.” TRAINER ‘LOVES’ POST FOR BELLAFINA IN LA BREAAs her 9-5 morning line odds would suggest, Simon Callaghan expects an exemplary effort from Bellafina in Saturday’s Grade I La Brea Stakes for three-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. It is one of three Grade I races at Santa Anita tomorrow, the last three Grade I’s to be run in the United States this year.Bellafina drew post position five in a field of nine.“I love the post,” said Callaghan, who trains the daughter of Quality Road for Kaleem Shah. The La Brea will mark the sixth consecutive start in a Grade I for Bellafina, who has been ridden by Flavien Prat in each of her 12 races, winning six while earning $1,386,725. SANTA ANITA HOSTS CRAFT BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL OPENING DAYIn addition to world class racing and Santa Anita’s coveted traditional wall calendar on opening day, fans will be treated to some of the best brews and ciders in Southern California as the track stages it’s popular Craft Beer and Cider Trackside Festival as well.Available to those 21 and over, the Opening Day Beer and Cider Festival will provide attendees with trackside seating and mouth-watering barbeque, provided by Meathead BBQ. The following packages are available at santaanita.com:VIP PACKAGE ($55):–Eight (3 oz.) Beer or Cider tastings–3 oz. Tasting Cup–One Signature BBQ Plate from Meathead BBQ–$5 Wagering Voucher–Access to Special VIP Trackside Seating–Club House Admission–Racing Program–Wagering Tip Sheet–Access to Trackside and Grandstand SeatingGENERAL PACKAGE ($32):–Eight (3 oz.) Beer or Cider Tastings–3 oz. Tasting Cup–$5 Wagering Voucher–Club House Admission–Racing Program–Wagering Tip Sheet–Access to Trackside and Grandstand Seating AreasPlease note, children are welcome in trackside seating areas, but you must be 21 or over to purchase the package. Seating is not guaranteed.For additional information regarding opening day and Santa Anita’s upcoming Winter Meet, please visit santaanita.com or call (626) 574-RACE. DRAFT PICK IN THE TRENCHES FOR SAN ANTONIOlast_img read more

GuySuCo’s Board inapt

first_imgDear Editor,In reading Tony Morgan’s letter titled “GuySuCo new Board, fresh ideas and decades of experience”, which was published in Guyana Times’ March 16, 2018 edition, I could only conclude that before he penned this letter, the gentleman did not read the article in the March 15 edition of Guyana Times captioned “Nothing wrong with ‘inexperienced’ GuySuCo Board – Junior Finance Minister”, and in another section of the media, “Cabinet member annoyed at NICIL ad on new GuySuCo board – says final decision still to be taken”, respectively.Had Morgan read the article in Guyana Times, he would have recognised that it was no other than the Junior Minister of Finance who acknowledged that nothing is wrong with inexperienced people being appointed on GuySuCo board; so his conclusion from reviewing the information as shown in the full-page ad — “that one can gather that this new board is filled with years of experience in the sugar industry” — is plainly wrong.Had he read the article in the other section of the media, he would have known that Cabinet is yet to approve the appointment of the new board; as such, his insert that “Cabinet did well in the selection of this new Board” is again erroneous.Morgan, in his letter, further extolled that the board is “well balanced in age”. What does age have to do with the performance of this board, when the key success factors depend on the quality of contribution by each member, and such contribution is highly dependent on the knowledge and experience of the sugar industry? He further stated that the new board has three former directors, and these “veteran, in retrospection, should be able to show the new blood where things have gone bad and where the Board was able to have success in the past”.What “success in the past” can these three “veterans” show the “new blood,” when sugar production for the three years that they served on the previous board declined from 231,000 tonnes in 2015 to 137,000 in 2017? When the sugar industry was miniaturized? And when over 7,000 workers were displaced? Why, when these veterans were on the previous board, could they not have seen “where things have gone bad”, but they could now show the “new blood” where “things have gone bad” when they were there?It is obvious that Tony Morgan wrote the letter based on sentiments, but not on facts.Yours faithfully,Selwyn Narinedattlast_img read more

Bush hosts president of Brazil

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – President George W. Bush continued his new courtship of Latin America on home turf Saturday, meeting and dining with President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva of Brazil at the presidential retreat at Camp David. In their second meeting in a month, Bush and da Silva talked about the stalled Doha round of trade negotiations and their newly signed deal to cooperate in the development and production of ethanol. But the two announced no new breakthroughs. Speaking at a joint news briefing, Bush said he was willing to reduce farm subsidies “in a substantial way,” a statement that was likely to get some notice by the farm lobby and its congressional supporters but was unlikely to convince skeptical European partners. But he repeated American demands for fuller access to foreign markets. Developing nations have resisted those demands without greater subsidy and tariff reductions than Bush is offering. For his part, da Silva repeated his call for an end to the U.S. tariff on ethanol produced in Brazil, something Bush says is congressionally mandated and out of his control. But the visit was clearly intended as another show of allegiance after Bush’s visit to Sao Paulo three weeks ago, as part of a trip that had the clear intention of fighting the anti-American influence in the region of President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.last_img read more

‘I don’t have to tell you!’ – Jose Mourinho refuses to discuss Chelsea future

first_imgJose Mourinho refused to comment on whether he has received reassurances from Chelsea’s board and owner Roman Abramovich over his future as manager.Mourinho was subject of the first managerial vote of confidence of Abramovich’s 12-year ownership on October 5, and Chelsea have won just one of four matches since ahead of Saturday’s clash with Liverpool.WILL JOSE MOURINHO’S CHELSEA CONTINUE TO BE THE SCOURGE OF LIVERPOOL?Chelsea, the defending Barclays Premier League champions, enter this weekend’s fixtures 15th in the table after losing half of their 10 games, including last Saturday at West Ham, while their Capital One Cup defence ended at Stoke on Tuesday.Asked whether he had been given assurances over his position, Mourinho, who in August signed a four-year contract extension until June 2019, said: “I don’t have to tell you.”JURGEN KLOPP: CHELSEA MANAGER JOSE MOURINHO ‘IS A NICE GUY…UNLESS YOU’RE A JOURNALIST OR A REFEREE!’Abramovich has previously axed managers when Chelsea’s place in the Premier League’s top four and qualification for the Champions League the following season had been in doubt.Asked if he can guarantee Chelsea a place in Europe’s elite competition next term, Mourinho said: “I cannot promise.”He then pointed to the failure of Manchester United and Liverpool to qualify for the Champions League in recent seasons.Mourinho added: “Chelsea is a big club. It’s the club that I choose to come (to). It’s a club I live in a very specific way every day.“Liverpool is a big club, Man United is a super big club. Last season Liverpool win nothing and didn’t qualify for the Champions League.“Two years ago Man United didn’t qualify for the Champions League – not even Europa League – and won nothing.“They are still a monster club, but that’s football.”Mourinho declined to comment on two disciplinary matters hanging over him.The 52-year-old Portuguese had until Thursday at 6pm to respond to a misconduct charge relating to his half-time dismissal by referee Jonathan Moss at West Ham.Mourinho expects his appeal against a £50,000 fine and suspended one-match stadium ban for comments made about referee Robert Madley following the October 3 loss to Southampton to be heard on Friday.“I think so,” he said. “Not optimistic, not pessimistic – just wait.” Jose Mourinho 1last_img read more

WATCH! Brilliant assistant referee fail during Peterborough’s clash with Southend

first_imgAssistant referee Matthew Buonassisi got himself into a right muddle during Peterborough United’s clash with Southend United on Saturday.When Posh striker Marcus Maddison was felled in the box in stoppage time, Buonassisi had the seemingly simple task of putting his flag over his chest to signal for a penalty kick.But he seemed to completely forget how to do so, signalling for a foul, a throw-in, a corner, a goal-kick and a substitution before eventually getting it right! Watch the lino… foul, throw, corner, goal-kick, sub. pic.twitter.com/kkurB47fcH— Jonny Blain (@jonoblain) January 16, 2016 1last_img

Chaffey women searching for an identity

first_imgGary Plunkett envisioned a rough go of things in his first venture as a head coach. But even with a late start, small numbers and the lack of a recruiting class – not to mention having to endure a 10-game losing streak – the Chaffey College women’s basketball coach did not figure on battling so much uncertainty in his own mind. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Yes, the Panthers had reached the playoffs 15 consecutive seasons – three under previous head coach Dawn Baker and 12 in a row under Chris Stephens. But a quick fix doesn’t exist when you’re hired after the start of school, when the previous regime’s recruits have scattered without a coach in place and when you haven’t had the time to recruit or properly implement your own system. No, the fixes come with time, patience and faith. “We established our lineup and our rotation and we tightened it and firmed it up,” said Plunkett, whose team opens Foothill Conference action tonight at Barstow. “We refined what we do on offense and on defense. We focus on the positives and we focus on the improvements we’ve made.” Those improvements have been considerable. Chaffey is certainly a long shot, at best, to qualify for the playoffs after a 3-12 start. But the Panthers, who have lost eight games by nine points or less, have won two of their last three games and are finally getting comfortable with Plunkett calling the shots. “There’s always self-doubt,” Plunkett said. “Is it the wrong offense? Is it the wrong lineup? Is it something I’m doing wrong in practice? I was seeking advice from some of my mentors.” The answers he got? Don’t change a thing. center_img Turnovers are down. The offensive and defensive schemes are becoming sound. With the preseason behind it, Chaffey has nowhere to go but up. “I’m not worried about nobody in conference,” said Unique Bennett, one of two sophomores on the team. “If we play the way we’ve been playing the last four or five games, we’ll roll over everybody in conference.” That might have been an easier chore to complete in years past, when the Foothill Conference was a two-team show with Antelope Valley and Chaffey at the top. This year, expect a bit more parity and a lot more competition. Defending Foothill Conference champion Antelope Valley is off to a 10-7 start, with injuries keeping the Marauders from fielding their projected starting five. But Cerro Coso (12-3), Rio Hondo (11-6), Mt. San Jacinto (8-5) and Barstow (9-7) have already surpassed last year’s win totals, while the Panthers are a shell of the team that won 23 regular season games and gave the Marauders their only real competition in conference action. “It takes some time,” said Antelope Valley coach John Taylor, who has built the Marauders’ women’s program into a state power. “Any time you come in and it’s your first gig it takes quite a while.” The circumstances at Chaffey made it especially difficult to expect to contend this season. Baker compiled a 61-29 overall record and a 37-8 mark in conference and then Chaffey learned in June that its three-year coach would not return. By the time Plunkett was hired in late August, the fall semester had begun, some potential incoming recruits had left for other local colleges and the Panthers had completed the summer tournament league with just six players. It didn’t get much easier when Plunkett took over. The Panthers barely had enough for five-on-five drills and they had a tough schedule with some of the top teams in the state. By the time an early December 65-56 loss against conference foe Barstow hit – which came in the middle of the 10-game losing streak – the Panthers were reeling. “I felt they were at a point where they might start to give up on the season and on each other,” Plunkett said. “You can almost point to that game and say that’s where we nearly lost it. It was either we pull together or we fall apart. We had a heart-to-heart and it really changed them. They’ve responded.” Two games later, the Panthers nearly erased a 30-point deficit in a loss to Grossmont. They played No. 8 Orange Coast and San Diego Mesa close in losses and then put together a two-game winning streak (over Fullerton and Los Angeles City) that had the Panthers beaming with confidence. Over that time, freshman Lillie Parks (12.9 ppg) and Bennett (12.1 ppg) had begun to develop a formidable inside-outside game, freshman Mary Barbera had improved dramatically at point guard, turnovers were dropping and the offense was increasing its output. “I knew it was going to be difficult with (Plunkett) coming in for his first year,” said Roel, whose team snapped a winning streak with a 70-47 loss to El Camino on Friday. “But we’re starting to get it together.” 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

Bible-theme nights draw sports crowds

first_imgThe Steeldogs had planned to outfit their players in Bible-themed jerseys – with books of the Bibles above the jersey number pointing to specific chapters – but nixed that idea when the league threatened a $25,000 fine if they changed uniforms. Instead, they wore them during pregame warmups. The event featured a pregame concert with a testimonial offered by new UAB basketball coach Mike Davis and booths set up outside the arena featuring Bibles and bobblehead dolls of Biblical characters such as Moses and Samuel. “It wasn’t anything very much in anyone’s face or overly evangelical,” Myers said. “It was an opportunity to do something unique and do something entertaining for our fans. Those who wanted to be involved could be involved as much as they wanted to. Those that did not could have avoided everything. “The feedback we’ve received has all been positive.” Count 12-year-old Daniel Morton Jr. among the supporters. The Birmingham youngster raved about the “awesome” concert – before attending his first Steeldogs game with his father and a friend. Sporting a T-shirt with a picture of the cross above the message “Jesus beat the devil with two sticks,” Daniel wasn’t just enamored with the music or the ballgame. “I hope that there are some nonbelievers here and maybe they found Jesus tonight,” he said. “That would be awesome if that happened. It was pretty powerful.” High started Faith Nights with the Nashville Sounds minor league baseball team in 2002. He said the promotions have spread rapidly, with 334 church groups participating in 2002 and 775 last year. Staffers visit each city leading up to Faith Night, drumming up support from churches and religious groups. Faith Nights aren’t just sprouting up in the Bible Belt, either. The Arena Football League’s Las Vegas Gladiators drew an estimated 2,000 fans who hadn’t been to one of their games before, said ticket manager Mike Carosielli, even though the team had to move the game to noon on Palm Sunday. Many were presumably even more focused on God than Goddesses, the Gladiators’ dance team. Jenny Quinlan, pastor of First Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, wasn’t surprised it was such a hit in Vegas. “Just because `Sin City’ is how our city gets its income and its business, there’s Christians here, too,” said Quinlan, whose church brought about 15 people to the game. She said the group included a 17-year-old who had strayed from the church and dropped out of school when his girlfriend got pregnant, but was invited by a friend from the church. “Sports is a huge part of our world,” Quinlan said. “When you use those venues, it’s kind of a backdoor ministry. You use sports to introduce people to Christ or bring them back into that relationship.” But Chap Clark, a professor of youth family and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, is skeptical of the real impact Faith Nights have on non-Christians. “I don’t think it makes much of an impact at all, and I don’t think there’s much relationship between the sports and the event for most kids,” Clark said. “It becomes a way to get the kind of people that wouldn’t come to the sporting event. That’s the marketing side of it. “It’s very similar to what amusement parks and theme parks have done for a long, long time. They had their Christian nights.” UAB’s Davis believes having high-profile sports figures offer their personal testimonials can have a positive impact. “A lot of times, people have a tendency to listen to whoever they look up to or admire, and the message is always right there in front of them all their lives,” the former Indiana coach said. “But whatever it takes to get through to them, I think is good.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The throng of fans cheered, shouted enthusiastic “amens” and waved their arms above their heads to the tunes of a Christian rock band. Nearby, kids checked out the Bible-themed bobblehead dolls and posed with Veggietales characters while parents scanned tables filled with Bibles in a family-friendly brand of pregame tailgating. That scene before a recent Birmingham Steeldogs arenafootball2 game is one of a growing number of “Faith Nights” at sporting events around the country that mix religion and sports, praise and promotion. “We want you to come to a game and have fun and listen to music,” said Brent High, president of Third Coast Sports, which runs and promotes the events. “But at the same time, we’re going to set the table for you with player testimonials and music. It’s a great night for you to reach out to people who don’t have a church home.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsIt’s not a bad way for minor league teams to coax a few extra fans through the gates, either. Nashville, Tenn.-based Third Coast has planned more than 60 events in 40-plus cities this year, even venturing into the major leagues for the first time. The Atlanta Braves have scheduled three Faith Nights this summer, and the Arizona Diamondbacks have one planned in August. High said two NBA teams have expressed interest in similar events for next season. For churches, it’s an opportunity for outreach. For teams, it’s a chance to reach out to new fans. “It’ll be no different than any other group out there,” said Derrick Hall, the Diamondbacks’ executive vice president. “They will promote it at a much greater level than most groups can. As a result, we’ll sell more tickets.” It worked for the Steeldogs, who have two more Faith Nights planned this season. The Friday night game drew 6,156 fans, nearly 1,000 more than the team’s average draw for previous May games, Steeldogs general manager Scott Myers said. last_img