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ISSA hits back at coaches

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Dr Walton Small, has hit back at high-school athletics coaches, saying that proposed changes for the ISSA-GraceKennedy Boys and Girls Athletics Championships were based on their own complaints about watering down the event.Small has also said that ISSA governs school sports, and that the issue of recruitment, as it relates to academics, is the purview of the Ministry of Education.ISSA’s Technical Committee will vote on Friday on several changes to the annual high-school track meet. One change would see track athletes being restricted to two individual events, as well as two relays.The proposals have been met with opposition from the Jamaica Track and Field Coaches Association (JATAFCA).Last week, a post on JATAFCA’s Facebook page pointed out that despite adjustments to the rules, 454 fewer athletes competed in Champs in 2016 than in 2010.”They (ISSA) are presiding over a period of decline. They need to pause and do the analysis in terms of the decisions being made,” JATAFCA President David Riley told The Gleaner.Small said coaches were instrumental in those changes.”When I hear that, I wonder if they have memory lapse, because we made those changes because of their suggestions … from the coaches and other experts in the field that what we were doing was bringing student athletes to Champs that did not merit the quality of the meet; that we should be displaying the best of the best. It was because of that suggestion why we increased the standards, and if we increase the standard for qualification, you are going to automatically get fewer people,” Small said.”Every year after Champs we do a review and we have a technical committee that is made up of very knowledgeable people and they advise us based on reactions, and one of our things is looking to just cutting down on the workload of students because one of our aims is to ensure that we do not expose our students to undue stress and pressure.”These rules that we have made are because we are listening. It must not be said that ISSA was insensitive to the health of the students,” he added.Small conceded that Champs athlete numbers were getting smaller, but said that it was because the quality had improved, thereby weeding out athletes who were not up to scratch.A bone of contention for Riley was that the practice of recruiting student athletes needed to be regulated.Small, however, said ISSA has rules governing how recruited athletes can participate, but that he could not stop the schools.”We are not into the business of regulating where students go. That is the business of the Ministry of Education. However, so as not to have wanton movement, we have put in rules. Yes, there are the pros and cons of transfer, (but) not all good athletes move from their school,” Small said.A number of student athletes, with and without Jamaican familial connections, have participated at Champs, and while the argument was made that they are being developed at the expense of Jamaican students, Small again said he had no control over their movements.”If a child comes to Jamaica, we cannot stop them. Once you are a student you have a right to participate in ISSA sports,” he noted.Small said a clearing house system had been instituted with the intent of regulating how students are recruited.The clearing, house, he said, prevents one school from recruiting a student without the knowledge of his or her current school administration. A registration system also identifies any student moving from one school to the next.last_img read more

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Rory McIlroy blames PGA Tour for slow play ‘epidemic’

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying “I’m getting tired of it now, yeah,” said Spieth, whose biggest problem this week was a two-way miss with his driver.“In any career, you’re going to have ups and downs,” he added. “It’s just how it works. It’s just a matter of … learning from it, finding out why, so that you don’t get as off next time in those situations and then when it’s going good, what did you do to get there. So it’s fine. Everything’s OK.”ANOTHER ACETwo rounds, two hole-in-ones.A day after Ryan Moore aced the par-3 17th, Sungjae Im did the same at No. 13.Im’s was the first of career on the PGA Tour and the 34th in tournament history. It was the 12th at the 13th.It’s also the first time since 2013 that multiple aces have been made at TPC Sawgrass.At 20 years old, Im became the youngest to ever record an ace at The Players. He hit an 8-iron from 152 yards. The ball landed a few feet past the hole, spun backward and rolled in.Im high-fived spectators as he walked to the green. He also stopped, removed his hat and bowed in a show of thanks to those cheering.CELEBRITY SIGHTINGS Even with daylight saving time, Anirban Lahiri had to return for a final putt Friday morning to finish the first round and several players had to scramble to beat the impending darkness in the second round.Why so slow?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Because (tour officials) don’t do anything about it,” McIlroy said. “It’s become somewhat of an epidemic on tour. Look, it’s our livelihoods and people are going to take their time. And as the course dries up and gets firmer and gets tougher, guys are going to take their time. But the fact that someone didn’t finish (Thursday) … that’s unacceptable.”McIlroy then checked his watch and noted that it was 5 hours, 40 minutes after his tee time. Playoff bonus race heats up “I get that it can take five hours to play out there, but it shouldn’t take any over that,” he said. “Honestly, I think (the tour) should just be a little tougher and start penalizing shots earlier, and that would be an easy way to fix it.”MICKELSON MISSESMickelson missed the cut at The Players for the sixth time in the last seven years. He also missed the cut in consecutive tournaments for the first time nearly three years.Both are troubling trends for Lefty.“I don’t know what it is about this golf course,” he said after shooting a 2-over 74 and missing the cut by five strokes. “It’s in pristine shape, it’s wonderful setup, it’s terrific, and I just don’t play well. I don’t know what to say.”ADVERTISEMENT Rory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, right, congratulates Matt Kuchar after their round during the second round of The Players Championship golf tournament Friday, March 15, 2019, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida— Rory McIlroy says slow play on the PGA Tour has become an epidemic.McIlroy and playing partners Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar waited on nearly every tee box and in nearly every fairway during the second round at The Players Championship on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra WNBA star Elena Delle Donne walked 18 holes with the group featuring Tiger Woods on Friday. She witnessed Woods recording his worst score at the par-3 17th in 69 rounds at the Players. She also saw Woods make par or birdie on each of the remaining 17 holes and finished at 1-under 71 for the day and 3-under 141 heading to the weekend.Woods’ niece, Cheyenne Woods, Jacksonville Jaguars place-kicker Josh Lambo and the crew from the popular YouTube channel Dude Perfect also made the rounds during the second round of the tournament. Woods, Lambo and the five Dude Perfect guys had a chipping contest on a scaled-down, replica version of the par-3 17th. They attempted shots right-handed, left-handed and backward.EASY PEASYThe par-4 12th at TPC Sawgrass is playing more like a really long par 3.The top nine players on the leaderboard, including co-leaders Tommy Fleetwood and Rory McIlroy, made birdie or better at the 304-yard hole.No. 12 ranked as the easiest on the course in each of the first two rounds and has yet to yield anything worse than a bogey. More players (147) have birdied it than those who made par (114) and bogeys (16) combined.The field has played it at a combined 145 under in two rounds: 76 under in the opening round and 69 under in the second round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency PLAY LIST 03:36Long lines in Venezuela to pay with ‘Petro,’ the state cryptocurrency00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Mickelson also had little explanation about how he’s played the last month after winning at Pebble Beach. He tied for 39th at the Mexico Championship in late February and missed the cut last week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando.“I haven’t played well the last three events, so I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t feel like it’s far off. I actually felt like I hit a lot of good shots this week, but I’m having some trouble with the putter, and I’ll have to work that out.”Mickelson will take next week off and likely return at the Match Play Championships in Austin, Texas, in two weeks.Mickelson refused to blame his struggles at the Players — it’s the 10th time in he’s missed the cut at TPC Sawgrass in 26 tournaments — on off-the-course distractions.He learned earlier this week that a college consulting company he has used the last three years has been accused of orchestrating a massive bribery scheme. Mickelson said he never contributed to William “Rick” Singer’s foundation tied to his California-based company, Edge College & Career Network, but used the service to find the right fit for his children. His oldest daughter is now a sophomore at Brown.“I’m used to taking hits, but it hurts when you have your kids being questioned over doing nothing but working hard and studying hard,” Mickelson said. “But we’re going to be OK.”SPIETH OUTJordan Spieth also missed the cut, the fourth time in the last five years he’s failed to stick around for the weekend.Spieth left the Stadium Course knowing he had no chance after hitting balls in the water on consecutive holes and making double bogey on the seventh by taking two shots to get out of a fairway bunker. That negated a seven-birdie round.Spieth has missed the cut three times in eight starts this season, and has not finished closer than 14 shots of the lead in the other five tournaments. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Ode to Mandela

first_imgThe passing on of Mr. Mandela to the other side, a man in his own class, a harbinger and full epitome of peace is a clarion call to Africa and the entire world to seek peace and harmony for the common good of humanity. It is our hope that South Africa after Madiba will rise and show the world what it is to forgive and forget, seeking peace and forging ahead for the common existence of all South Africans and thus carrying the legacy of Madiba to the next level.The long years of incarceration at Robben Island taught Madiba to be at peace with self and the environment, make use of his isolation and uplifting those who were faint hearted alongside him.Out of prison, the man did not bear any scars of hate, but forgiveness, peace and reconciliation ensured from him. He surprised too many not only in his native country but the world at large with his desire to forgive and let everyone in South Africa enjoy equal rights.Through his deeds he defied the status quo, modelled a paradigm shift, inspired a vision and challenged others to think like him. The Rainbow country was bornLike his idol the Indian peace icon, Mahatma Gandhi Mr. Mandela used peaceful tactics for dealing with the issues of racialism, segregation and apartheid and encouraged a common existence for all based on equal rights. He fought injustices out of prison and in prison. With persistence victory was won.  Closing of another chapter of the illustrious life of Madiba is indeed a dark day but we thank God as we celebrate his life. Such people do not come that easy and as the world mourns the challenge is: can we do all of us to live the legacy of that great individual and take his mantle? A selflessness Leader and a great believer in the contributions of others – that is the way to describe Mr. MandelaOther qualities that shaped the life of Mr. Mandela:Yearning for Knowledge – one of the familiar quotes underscores Mr. Mandela’s longing for education “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” he attended various universities and continued reading.Espoused Sacrifice – at great price could one give up fame of the Presidency and the tripling of power attached. He did not let power get to his head. In being so humble and giving, he allowed others to also emerge as leaders. This is as if the 27 years in prison were not enough and itsafter effects to his health which has culminated into his death..Skirmish against Conformity – Madiba made a number of decisions different from the current beliefs of the time, both in his personal and public life. Away from the status quo he challenged the system of the time and fashioned his own dream.Stubborn Sense of Fairness – thisempowered him to endure doing everything he believed was dead-on even when others went against it. And many other attributes.Madiba indeed has fought the fight and run his race and accounted for his time on this earth. Sweet will be the memories of this statesman, revolutionist, sportsman, teacher, friend, pioneer, a freedom fighter, hero, colossus, icon and simply a commonwealth-sincewe all want to identify with him and his achievements.Our prayer is that they shall arise others with the attributes of the Madiba. Africa needs them and the world needs them too.Goodbye Madiba.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Woman stabs reputed husband to death during scuffle

first_imgHomicide investigators on the West Bank of Demerara (WBD) are probing the stabbing to death of a man, allegedly by his reputed wife on Saturday evening during an altercation.The dead man was identified as Fredrick Peters, 36, of Lot 90 Recht door Zee, WBD.A Police report said that investigations so far revealed that about 22:45h on Saturday, Peters and his partner were involved in an argument at his home, as they accused each other of being unfaithful.“A scuffle then ensued between them during which the woman was stabbed to her left arm and right leg, and Fredrick Peters to his left side neck,” the Police report stated.Peters reportedly collapsed from his stab wound and his reputed wife, who was not named, summoned the Police.The ranks, upon arrival, took Peters to the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) where he was pronounced dead on arrival.His spouse is in Police custody assisting with the investigation.last_img read more

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UMU to Offer Master’s Degree in Divinity

first_imgThe director-general of National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), Dr. Michael P. Slawon, has disclosed plans by authorities of the United Methodist University (UMU) to offer Master’s degree in Divinity.At the UMU’s eleventh graduation Commencement Convocation held at the Unity Conference Center in Virginia, outside Monrovia yesterday, Dr. Slawon hailed members of the graduating class, parents, guardians and instructors, whom he said had worked hard to ensure that the program succeeded.Dr.  Slawon said prior to the approval of such a program at the UMU, the university held series of conversations with the government through the Commission to offer Master’s degrees, but only in divinity.As such, he said he was therefore pleased to announce the positive result of the process, which means beginning next academic semester, UMU will offer Master’s degree, but restricted to the area of divinity.To the graduates, he informed that that Liberia needs competent people for the job market, which he believes UMU has given to the 551 graduates.“You have been given a solid start, but you must be committed and work hard to be more successful,” he told them.He then urged the graduates to build on the competence they have developed and or achieved at the UMU and work hard to stay in the game of life challenging them to do their best individually.Earlier, commencement speaker, Cllr. Gloria M. Musu-Scott, urged the graduating class of 2013/2014 to be a true reconciler.According to her, a true reconciler faces and accepts the truth and urged them to consider their first degree as the first assignment they will take with them into the larger society.“A true reconciler,” she explained, “reassures and strengthens challenges society faces with in the light of unity and development,” she said.She said a reconciler does not rejoice over weaknesses or disadvantages and does not interpret the act of reconciliation as a weakness but an opportunity to exploit and gain advantage.According to her, if the graduates will benefit from their struggle to gain an education, they must take deliberate and concrete steps within their sphere to reconcile.“It is only through our sense of right and wrong decision as a people that helps us to reconcile and move forward in peace and prosperity, and begins to end impunity and hold individuals accountable for any acts of violence,” Cllr. Musu-Scott said.“Our national experiences have taught us that the use of violence and big guns or the capacity to rain violence and obtain big guns produces no winners. All Liberians and Liberia have lost in this circle of violence and show of strength, since the 1800s no one has won,” the former Chief Justice noted.For his part, the president of UMU, Rev/Dr. Emmanuel Fitzgerald Bailey, said the past academic year was eventful and challenging, but gave God the glory for carrying them through.  According to him, the 551 students were graduating after the enrollment of the 2010 was 4159, with the female numbering over 60 percent.He hailed the instructors, students, parents and guardians for their outstanding efforts in the years under review and named several students who performed “Excellently.”UMU, like any other institutions, suspended academic activities last year following the Ebola outbreak.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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In Iraq, ex-sports stars seek to shake up politics

first_imgWhile the World Cup adventure ended in dismal failure, with Iraq crashing out after losing all three of its group games, the ex-players’ appeal could be a big draw for some Iraqi voters.“They already have fans,” says Hussein Hassan, a 45-year-old Baghdad resident. “It’s now the turn of these stars to put themselves at the service of the people.”Distrust of politicians ahead of the May 12 vote is high, with the 15 years since the US-led toppling of former dictator Saddam Hussein marred by repeated periods of chaos and endemic corruption.“We have more confidence in them than the politicians, who have changed nothing,” Hassan says.It’s a view that Radhi, scorer of Iraq’s only World Cup Finals goal, takes on board.“Iraqis need someone who shows that they are focusing on their interests, and who will work to guarantee a decent life,” the National Alliance candidate says.The 54-year-old says his political group “brings together all communities and confessions.”The National Alliance is led by Iraq’s Vice President Ayad Allawi, a secular Shiite, and parliamentary speaker Salim al-Juburi, a Sunni.It’s a union that seeks to move beyond Iraq’s Shiite-Sunni ethnic cleavage — a major pull for the ex-footballer.The NA’s list of candidates is liberal and “transcends confessionalism,” he says. “This is what the people want now.”– ‘Defending minority interests’ –Other candidates, sporting or otherwise, have more narrow motivations.Radhi’s former teammate Gorgis is among a list of candidates fielded by “Abna al-Rafideyn,” a group bringing together Chaldean Christians, Assyrians and Syriacs.Now administrator for the national team, Gorgis is running in the Kurdish city of Arbil and says he seeks to protect the interests of Christians.Standing up for the rights of his community is also what motivates Chaker Mohammad Sabbar, another former player on Iraq’s national soccer team.The 50-year-old, who appeared in every position except goalkeeper during his career, is Sunni, a group that’s played second fiddle to the majority Shiites since Saddam’s fall.Sabbar says loved ones cautioned against involvement in politics, telling him it would “achieve nothing, because no change is possible.”But their advice hasn’t stopped him running as a candidate in Ramadi, capital of Anbar province in central Iraq. Sabbar is number 10 on the list of the “Tamaddun” group, which advocates a secular state.Sunni dominated Ramadi was seized by the Islamic State group in May 2015, before being retaken by government forces less than a year later.“The people have suffered enormously,” says Sabbar, whose family live in the region.“Now, it’s time our interests are defended, like those of other Iraqis,” he adds.– ‘Better future for sport’ –Not all the former footballers running in the elections here are political novices.Radhi stood in the 2014 poll and lost, while another ex-international, Hassan Farhan, is a politics and military science graduate.“People now have more confidence in sportsmen than politicians, who have weakened the state,” says 65-year-old Farhan, who appears on a list for the secular Civil Party.People walk past a campaign billboard of Ahmed Radhi, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Baghdad © AFP / AHMAD AL-RUBAYEOthers are determined to ensure new investment in facilities, to help the country compete again internationally in a whole range of disciplines.“We must think about building a better future for sport,” says ex-international swimmer Sarmad Abdelilah, now a member of the National Olympic Committee and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s “Victory Alliance.”“There are no athletes in parliament and so there are no laws or institutions to structure Iraqi sport,” he laments.Other contenders include Taleb Faysal, the president of Iraq’s weightlifting federation, who is on the list for former prime minister Nuri al-Maliki’s “Rule of Law Alliance.”But some citizens here don’t buy into the appeal of sporting veterans.“We have confidence in none of the candidates, because we know they will only think of themselves once in parliament,” says Imane Kazem in the capital.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Men look at a campaign poster of Basil Gorgis, a former Iraqi footballer, in a street in Arbil, the capital of the northern Iraqi Kurdish autonomous region © AFP / SAFIN HAMEDBAGHDAD, Iraq, Apr 24 – In the sweltering heat of Mexico ’86, Ahmed Radhi and Basil Gorgis pulled on the same jerseys to represent Iraq’s football team in its sole World Cup Finals.But now, a third of a century later, they’re just two of several former stars taking part in a very different contest — as parliamentary candidates in next month’s election.last_img read more

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Topless tavern to cover up

first_imgReferring to himself as the “Strip Club Killer,” Councilman Steve Haderlein said the resolution was a long time coming. “It seems like we were always winning, but we were never able shut them down,” he said. “It’s a good day when the city can remove a nuisance business from a neighborhood. We’re two- for-two now, and this one didn’t cost us a million bucks.” Haderlein was referring to the city’s much shorter battle to keep the Peppermint Gardens strip club from opening earlier this year, also in east Pasadena. To settle litigation brought by that club’s owner, the city spent nearly $5 million to buy the site – a former Shakey’s pizzeria. About $4 million of that amount went to buy the property from owner Greg Hakopyan, with another $1 million to settle litigation. Deleo said he didn’t expect the city to offer to buy Pleasures any time soon. City Hall is anxious about recouping the money spent to purchase Peppermint Gardens after it fell out of escrow Tuesday, City Manager Cynthia Kurtz said. todd.ruiz@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4444 www.insidesocal.com/pasadenapolitics 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – A topless dance bar in buttoned-down east Pasadena has made a New Year’s resolution to button up for 2008. Pleasures Gentlemen’s Club said Friday its future is uncertain after the adult cabaret agreed in court to end topless dancing and stop serving alcohol by Jan. 25, a move City Attorney Michele Bagneris described as a “final resolution” to four years of legal wrangling. “The judge ordered tops back on” and ruled the club’s permit to sell alcohol will become invalid as of Jan. 25, said Pleasures manager Tony Deleo. Deleo said the club wasn’t interested in fighting the city and has been considering other locations to do business. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre According to the city, the agreement was approved by Superior Court Judge Jan Pluim before a contempt-of-court hearing scheduled for the club on Thursday. In the meantime, Pleasures will post a $10,000 bond, according to a statement released by the city. Pleasures has been locked in a legal melee with the city since a series of so-called “lust parties” were held at the East Foothill Boulevard venue in 2003 by its owner at the time. Undercover police said patrons were having sex. Charges were filed against several dancers and customers. Four years of appeals and court orders later, the state Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal from the club, and the city asked the state to pull its liquor license. last_img read more

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Not guilty the plea in pup thefts

first_imgSteward’s attorney, Charles Frisco Jr., asked Commissioner Burt Barnett to release Steward on his own recognizance and said the six burglary counts are all related to one incident. Frisco said his client had a misdemeanor burglary conviction in 1989 and a DUI conviction a couple of years later. On a hierarchy of crimes, he said it doesn’t rank with the “big boys.” He added that Steward works for Vons and owns his own home. Barnett said Steward was not a likely candidate for being released on his own recognizance. He did reduce the $140,000 bail prosecutors wanted to $20,000 with certain conditions. If Steward is able to post bail, Barnett said he must wear an electronic monitoring device and can only travel to and from work and to court. Deputy District Attorney Christopher Hartman objected to the bail reduction. “Our bail recommendation was based on each count,” he said. Frisco said he thinks the commissioner reduced the bail because the prosecution was stacking the charges – seven counts for one course of conduct. “I think it was overfiled. That’s just my opinion,” Frisco added. He said his client will try to post bail. Twenty-three of the dogs remained missing Thursday. Only three have been recovered, said sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Mills. Deputies said they found a Yorkshire terrier and a Pekingese in Steward’s home when they served a search warrant Tuesday. Mills said a Whittier woman dropped off a Shih Tzu at the sheriff’s Norwalk station on Wednesday. She told deputies Steward gave her the dog shortly after the first burglary. “That’s one person who did the right thing,” Mills said, adding that no other dogs have been turned in. He said it’s not known yet what happened to the rest of the purloined pups. Anyone who bought a puppy from Steward is asked to call the sheriff’s Norwalk station at (562) 863-8711. Steward ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsHis bail was set at $20,000. He is due back in court for a Dec. 13 hearing. Sheriff’s deputies said Steward is a suspect in the Nov. 7 and Nov. 23 burglaries at Puppy Love, where 26 puppies valued at $32,000 were stolen. The charges against him are related only to the Nov. 7 burglary when 16 puppies were taken from the store at 14766 Beach Blvd. A surveillance video shows a man putting Yorkshire terriers, Maltese and Shih Tzu puppies into a plastic trash bag, then coming back into the store and taking some Pekingese from a pen. No charges have yet been filed against in connection with the second burglary, which remains under investigation, according to Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the DA’s Office. • File Video: Thief steals 16 puppies DOWNEY – A La Mirada man pleaded not guilty Thursday to breaking into a La Mirada pet store and stealing 16 pure-breed puppies. The District Attorney’s Office filed six counts of second-degree commercial burglary and one count of grand theft dog against Walter Franklin Steward, 45. Wearing a yellow L.A. County jail jumpsuit, a cuffed Steward appeared at his arraignment in Downey Superior Court. last_img read more

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Chelsea transfer news: Done deal! £11m attacker seals permanent switch

first_img1 Mohamed Salah has joined Roma from Chelsea on a permanent deal, the Premier League club have announced.The Egypt winger spent last season on loan at the Serie A club and the Blues confirmed that a deal has been struck to allow him to remain in the Italian capital.Salah joined Chelsea in January 2014 – after impressing against them with Basle – but failed to pin down a permanent place before he was loaned out to Fiorentina and then Roma.The 24-year-old becomes the second player to leave Stamford Bridge in the past two days after Baba Rahman joined Schalke on a season-long loan. Salah in action for Roma against Liverpool last_img

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Musical miracle

first_imgMONTEBELLO – A heart-stopping baritone voice wafts from a home and echoes through a quiet Montebello Hills neighborhood. Its source is not a recording but 24-year-old Anthony Reyes, who soon will release his fourth CD compilation of opera songs. He also sings solos at churches and for weddings, funerals and other occasions. But it is perhaps how Reyes began life that makes his talent extraordinary. Born three months premature and weighing 31/2 pounds at birth, Reyes seemed predestined to suffer life-long complications. Doctors told his mother he would never learn to walk or talk. “He was hooked up to a respirator machine and put into an incubator for seven weeks in the \ at Childrens Hospital,” said Millie Reyes, who is originally from the Philippines. “Doctors told me he would be completely disabled, blind and unable to walk or talk.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventWhen she was six months pregnant, Millie was robbed at gunpoint in the parking lot of her store in Rosemead, and the stress sent her to the hospital. Anthony was born shortly thereafter, three months before his due date. He suffered from hydrocephalus, an abnormal accumulation of cerebral fluid in the brain. Beginning when he was 15 days old, he underwent five surgeries to correct the problem. He still has two shunts implanted in his neck region which help drain the fluid. “All the hospitals gave up on me,” said Reyes. “My mother took me home with a monitor on me after seven weeks.” By the time Reyes was 22 months old, he was only able to sit up. He had not learned any words. But then, “he had a miracle,” his mother said. It happened on Easter Sunday, she recalled. “On Easter Sunday that year my sister told the children to go outside to hunt for Easter eggs,” Millie said. “Suddenly, Anthony ran outside with the kids. My sister called me saying, `I didn’t know Anthony could walk.’ I said `What?’ He had never walked.” Tall and healthy looking now, Anthony speaks and laughs in the same booming baritone voice he sings with, making it difficult to imagine he ever weighed 31/2 pounds. “I was learning-disabled all my life – except for music,” Reyes said. “I always got A’s in music, piano, voice, guitar, classical music. Academics were always hard for me.” He spent years in special-education programs until Millie decided to home-school her son when he was 14. It was then that Anthony began studying voice and guitar at the Los Angeles Music and Art School in East Los Angeles, where he continues studying opera. “I told my mom that I needed to start studying something that I can become good at,” Reyes said. “I wasn’t good at math and academics, but I was good at music.” Because he is not allowed to drive, Millie drives him everywhere he needs to go. She also helps him record background music and operate the mixers and amplifiers in their living room crowded with recording equipment, musical instruments and religious icons. “My mom is the only one who didn’t give up on me,” said Reyes. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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