LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAn epic championship series gets an explosive ending on Wednesday night as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas and Thailand’s Mono Vampire go at it one last time for the Asean Basketball League crown at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna.Game time is at 8 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast The Filipino club got the split that it set out for in Bangkok, but coach Jimmy Alapag’s charges might rue the missed opportunity to close out the series Monday night when Alab committed a season-high 26 turnovers in an 88-83 defeat that forced the rubber match of this best-of-five series.“It’s just (now about) coming home and getting the championship at home,” two-time league MVP Ray Parks told Filipino scribes Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Thrilla in Malaysia fast shaping up MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding
Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Brandon Vera makes his return vs Italian challenger in ONE Manila card Palawan State University will have Zarah Javarez and April Sayang.The men’s division will include former UAAP champions KR Guzman and Ian Yee, Air Force’s Philip Nunez and Mike Abria, Army’s Joshua Barrica and Randy Flores, Manula Unicorns’ Neil Flores and Justin Santos, Wildcard’s Mikhail Shavrak and James Buytrago, and PSU’s Janry Corpuz and Allan Aborot.The winners in both divisions will receive P50,000.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Eight women’s and eight men’s teams, including teams from Lio El Nido and Palawan State University, will compete over the weekend. BVR founder Charo Soriano will also return to action.“I’m back in the game and this will be the first time playing beach volleyball again and it feels so good,” said Soriano, who last played in the Santa Open, as she spent much of her time behind the scenes as an organizer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSoriano will reunite with teammate Bea Tan to form Perlas-1 for the sixth time this year and try to replicate their success in January when they won the Puerto Galera leg.Dzi Gervacio and Roma Doromal will form Perlas-2, Mariel Legaspi and Mae Crisostomo will play under the banner of Air Force 1 while Coyah Abanto and Jen Acain will be Air Force 2. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour is heading into one of the most beautiful beaches in the Philippines for its eighth leg this year on Saturday at Lio Beach in El Nido, Palawan.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown
Sinking economyThe Mid-Year Report presented by Finance Minister Winston Jordan last week confirmed our worst fears. The economy is decelerating with all the key sectors displaying signs of extreme distress and compounding the situation is the fact that Government wants Guyanese to believe in a fairy tale – that the El Niño phenomenon was responsible for the dismal economic performance.This is according to Chairperson of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Opposition Member of Parliament Irfaan Ali. In his analysis of the 2016 Mid-Year Report, the former Tourism, Industry and Commerce Minister said: “It is not too late for the Government to reverse the economic collapse.”Ali, in his assessment, said in order for Government to turn things around, it had to start by accepting the economy was in “reverse gear”, then craft an appropriate economic plan that would place the country back on a positive growth trajectory.Public Accounts Committee Chair, PPP/C MP Irfaan Al“We must remember that the first step to solving a problem is to accept it exists. Hiding our heads in the sand like the proverbial ostrich will not help. It will only create more false hope in the short term,” Ali advised.Ali, an economist by training, has since observed that in addition to the stagnant economic growth rate, “even more depressing is the fact the local economy decelerated for a second year in succession, amidst the recovery of international commodity prices and the Golden Jubilee celebration that was expected to resuscitate or breathe new life into a slowly dying economy.”He has surmised that the poor performance of the economy may be attributed to notable contractions in key sectors that were masked by the increased production reported by the large mining companies, namely Guyana Goldfields Inc and Troy Resources.“For the first time in our recent history, the entire economy is carried by one sector… not so long ago, our economy benefited from growth in multiple sectors, including agriculture, services and manufacturing which helped us to weather the stormy external environment,” Ali pointed out.Taking a jab at Government and its resort to blaming weather for the poor economic performance, Ali recalled that Guyana was able to survive the global economic and financial crises and managed to record positive growth, when economies in the Caribbean and the rest of the world were collapsing.“This year El Niño alone disrupted the entire economy… almost every sector was adversely affected by El Niño, according to the Minister of Finance in his half-year report,” a sarcastic Ali remarked.He suggested that while the poor performance of several industries may be attributed to the uncertainty created from the review/renegotiation by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government of concessions granted to foreign investors, “the Minister would like us to accept his fairytale story that El Niño was responsible”.Ali is of the opinion that without a doubt things were “dry” in the country, “We have a drought with respect to ideas from the Government to move the country forward economically.”He reminded too of the growing criticism emanating from the Opposition camp that to date the Government was yet to present aFinance Minister Winston Jordancomprehensive economic plan for Guyana.
A small aircraft, which was shuttling fuel to Guyana’s interior, has crashed at Aricheng, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).The incident occurred on Thursday around 07:53h. The plane was piloted by Captain Bernard Singh, who is said to have survived the crash.The Piper PA31 aircraft, bearing registration 8R-HAI, is owned by Domestic Airways.The aircraft with registration 8R-HAI which crashed at Aricheng, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni)According to a press release from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), Air Traffic Services at Timehri has confirmed that an emergency locator signal was received from Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT).The location was confirmed to be 2.71 Nautical Mile Northwest of Aricheng aerodrome.The GCAA stated that search and rescue team comprising the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Special Forces and Air Navigation Services Personnel of the GCAA went to the location to rescue the pilot. A fixed aircraft and a helicopter were dispatched with the search and rescue team.Captain Bernard Singh was rescued. He only suffered minor injuries. According to GCAA, he was able to walk with the search and rescue team to Aricheng airstrip from where he was flown to Georgetown.The GCAA has launched an investigation into this accident.This is not the first plane crash Captain Singh has encountered. In March 2014, he was behind the controls when the aircraft he was operating crashed after take-off from Arau in Region Seven. No one died in the accident.Meanwhile, Domestic Aviation is still recovering from a plane crash which occurred in February 2019.That accident claimed the life of Captain Randy Liverpool, who died while attempting to land the Cessna 206 at Eteringbang.
Hedges says it is great to be home and see everyone playing the sport of wheelchair basketball.“It’s great to see everyone enjoying playing. Coming home and being able to spend a night with family, friends and the community playing the sport I love means a lot to me.”De Smit sends out a huge thanks to Pacific Sport and the City of Fort St. John for providing the wheelchairs to local schools and promoting inclusivity for children who are not able-bodied to play traditional sports. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 7th Annual Bo Hedges Wheel Chair Basketball Tournament was held on Thursday, June 13, at Margaret Ma Murray Community School.According to Angela De Smit, the Challenge saw over 30 participants ranging in age from three to 55 years of age with representation from kids who stayed after-school as well as the Hedges family.De Smit says everyone got a chance to take a spin and shoot some hoops, with some players, at times, getting furiously competitive.- Advertisement -“Everyone took a spin and shot some hoops in a wheelchair raising their awareness of the challenges in playing a sport using a wheelchair. The game became furiously competitive when the local forest firefighters dropped in.”De Smit also says, during the Challenge, the game was briefly paused in order to watch the final minute of the Raptors’ historic game which was projected on the gym wall for everyone to enjoy.As an added bonus, Bo Hedges was in attendance while he was home for a short break from his intense summer of practices and international game competitions.Advertisement
ANAHEIM – All week long, Artesia High boys basketball coach Loren Grover has been fighting a cold but late Saturday night, he started feeling much better when his team replaced the chicken soup they were originally going to give him with a ring instead. Sophomore forward Renardo Sidney had 22 points and 14 rebounds and McDonald All-American James Harden had 19 and 10 as the Pioneers defeated Mater Dei 77-68 to win the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA championship at the Honda Center. “In the second half, our defensive intensity picked up and that’s a credit to our players. I can’t say enough about them. They’ve played great all year and they deserve this.” The Monarchs, who are ranked 13th in the nation by USA Today, were hoping to avenge an earlier 1-point loss to the Pioneers in December and in the second quarter, it looked like they were going to when Duke signee Taylor King hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give them a 31-30 lead. Artesia would eventually come back to tie the game at 38-38as the two teams headed into the locker rooms at halftime. In the third quarter, neither team could make any sort of significant run but Harden, who’s going to Arizona State next season, gave the Pioneers a 56-55 lead with a dunk at the end of the period. The title was the second straight Southern Section title for Artesia (29-2) and the first for Loren Grover, who took over for Scott Pera this season. “When it was time for us to step up, we did and when we get rolling, we’re awfully tough to stop,” Grover said. “We knew we were in for a tough battle but we felt like we were in control all game long. Artesia, which is ranked 12th in the nation by USA Today, then took a 68-62 lead with 3:11 left in the game but Mater Dei started creeping back when Alex Jacobson scored on a dunk to cut the lead to four points. The Pioneers lead shrunk even further on the Monarchs next possession on a basket by Travis Wear and after Artesia couldn’t score the next time it had the ball, Mater Dei had a chance to tie the game with 1:24 left. Kamyron Brown went to the free throw line but instead of knocking down two shots to pull even, he missed both and Harden was fouled the next time down the floor. Brown later admitted that he had dislocated his pinky finger on his shooting hand in the first quarter. “I probably hurt the team more than helped us by continuing to play,” Brown said. “It was hurting real bad but I tried to play through it but I had trouble shooting all game long and maybe that’s why I missed those two free throw shots.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – Slapped even by GOP allies, the Bush administration is beating an abrupt retreat on eight federal prosecutors it fired and then publicly pilloried. Just hours after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales dismissed the hubbub as an “overblown personnel matter,” a Republican senator Thursday mused that Gonzales might soon suffer the same fate as the canned U.S. attorneys. A short time later, Gonzales and his security detail shuttled to the Capitol for a private meeting on Democratic turf, bearing two offerings: – President Bush would not stand in the way of a Democratic-sponsored bill that would cancel the attorney general’s power to appoint federal prosecutors without Senate confirmation. Gonzales’ Justice Department had previously dismissed the legislation as unreasonable. – There would be no need for subpoenas to compel testimony by five of Gonzales’ aides involved in the firings, as the Democrats had threatened. Cloistered in the stately hideaway of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Pat Leahy, D-Vt., the attorney general assured those present that he would permit the aides to tell their stories. It was a striking reversal for an administration noted for standing its ground even in the face of overwhelming opposition. Gone were the department’s biting assertions that the prosecutors were a bunch of “disgruntled employees grandstanding before Congress.” And the department no longer tried to shrug off the uproar as “an overblown personnel matter,” as Gonzales had written in an opinion piece published Thursday in USA Today. Agency officials also ceased describing majority Democrats as lawmakers who would “would rather play politics” than deal with facts. The shift from offense to silence was so abrupt that one of President Bush’s chief advisers who was speaking out of town apparently missed the memo. “My view is this is unfortunately a very big attempt by some in the Congress to make a political stink about it,” presidential adviser Karl Rove said Thursday during a speech at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service. Back in Washington, a consensus was emerging among senators of both parties, and Gonzales himself, that the firings had been botched chiefly because the prosecutors had not been told the reasons for their dismissals. The matter snowballed – some of those fired complained publicly, and a senior justice department official warned one that further complaints in the press would force the agency to defend itself, according to an e-mail made public this week. On Tuesday during an eight-hour marathon of congressional hearings, the Justice Department followed through. William Moschella, principle associate deputy attorney general, publicly enumerated the reasons each prosecutor was fired, one by one. Flash forward two days, to Sen. Arlen Specter, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, reading Gonzales’ USA Today column into the record. He paused. “One day there will be a new attorney general, maybe sooner rather than later,” he mused. “But these (prosecutors) who were plastered across the newspapers all across the country, they will never recover their reputations.” Two staunch White House allies, Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Jeff Sessions of Alabama lamented the damage to the prosecutors’ resumes – adding, however, that the uproar had been the result of poor execution rather than a political purge. The prosecutors weren’t the only ones whose reputations suffered. One, New Mexico’s David Iglesias, said the dismissals followed calls from members of Congress – Sen. Pete Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson, New Mexico Republicans – concerning sensitive political corruption investigations. Still unclear is whether Gonzales will allow his aides to speak with the Senate panel in private or at a public hearing. The House Judiciary Committee on Thursday also demanded to speak with the officials. They are: Michael Elston, Kyle Sampson, Monica Goodling, Bill Mercer and Mike Battle. Sampson is Gonzales’ chief of staff, Elston is staff chief to Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty and Mercer is associate attorney general. Goodling is Gonzales’ senior counsel and White House liaison, and Battle is the departing director of the office that oversees the 93 U.S. attorneys.
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1 Anything Chelsea can do, Manchester City can do, too.The Blues laid down the gauntlet with a 2-0 lunchtime victory over West Ham United to briefly stretch their lead at the of the Premier League to six points, but it took just a couple of hours for City to once again half that deficit as they thumped West Bromwich Albion 3-1.In actual fact, it took only about 30 minutes following kick off in the Midlands because, by then, they were out of sight at the Hawthorns.Fernando opened the scoring after only eight minutes as he netted his first goal for City after Ben Foster had spilled Jesus Navas’ cross-cum-shot, and Yaya Toure (penalty) and David Silva also scored before the break as the visitors took complete control.And it was a control they never looked like relinquishing, despite a heavy second half snowfall that proved something of a ‘leveller’. And those conditions may have played a part in Albion’s late goal, as Brown Ideye took advantage of a mistake by Joe Hart.There was also a convincing win for City’s Manchester neighbours as United cemented their position in third.Wayne Rooney was in sublime form as he scored twice, and created the third for Robin van Persie, as they cruised to a 3-1 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford, who grabbed a consolation through Papiss Cisse from the penalty spot four minutes from time.Southampton also enjoyed a 3-1 Boxing Day romp at Selhurst Park as they made light of their recent run of disappointing results to make it a miserable Christmas for Crystal Palace.Saido Mane, Ryan Bertrand and Toby Alderweireld all scored for the Saints, while the Eagles had only Scott Dann’s late goal to show for their efforts and they are now six games without a win, into the bottom three and firmly in the midst of the relegation battle.Elsewhere, Raheem Sterling sealed Liverpool’s first win in four with the only goal of the game at Burnley, latching on to Philippe Coutinho’s through ball before rounding the goalkeeper to score, but there was no joy for their Merseyside neighbours as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Stoke, for whom Bojan Krkic netted the only goal from the penalty spot.Harry Kane, meanwhile, bagged his 13th goal in 18 games for Tottenham at the King Power Stadium, but they looked as though they might have to settle for a point at the bottom club following Leonardo Ulloa’s equaliser early in the second half.But Christian Eriksen broke Foxes’ hearts with the winning goal 19 minutes from time to extend the hosts’ winless run to 13 Premier League games.The comeback of the day was recorded by Hull, who recovered from 1-0 down to beat Sunderland 3-1 at the Stadium of Light as they moved out of the drop zone.The visitors made the worst possible start when Adam Johnson intercepted Curtis Davies’ weak backpass to score, but Steve Bruce’s side hit back to take the points thanks to goals from Gaston Ramirez, James Chester and Nikica Jelavic.In the day’s final 3pm kick-off, Gylfi Sigurdsson’s free-kick separated the sides as Swansea beat Aston Villa at the Liberty Stadium, but Brad Guzan will certainly feel he should have saved the midfielder’s curling effort. David Silva celebrates his goal for Manchester City against West Brom
By declaring it an emergency, only a simple majority vote would be required for approval. But the mayor’s effort to place the measure on the ballot – along with the lower threshold for voter approval – could face harsh questioning. Councilmen Dennis Zine and Greig Smith said they question the urgency of the measure as well as whether it should include a higher voter-approval requirement. “I wonder why the mayor is suddenly seeking to declare an emergency when the city has known the tax was at risk for several months,” Smith said. The 15-member council must vote unanimously to declare an emergency and place the measure on the ballot. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A proposal designed to maintain a telephone users tax on Los Angeles residents will get its first test today before the City Council. The communications industry has challenged the current tax as being illegal because voters never approved it as required under Proposition 218. Concerned that a judge could soon invalidate the tax – which brings in $270 million a year to city coffers – Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is proposing the city ask voters to approve a new tax of 9 percent – 1 percent less than the existing tax. On Tuesday, Villaraigosa released a report recommending the city take “emergency” action to place the telephone utility tax on the Feb. 5 ballot.
Nabil Fekir in action for France 1 Inter Milan are ready to join the race for Arsenal target Nabil Fekir.The Lyon playmaker is high on Arsene Wenger’s wish list and some reports in England have suggested that the Arsenal boss is ready to break the bank to land him this summer.The £20m-rated ace has hit 11 goals for Lyon this season, as they challenge for the Ligue 1 title and he is now a wanted man across Europe.It has been suggested that Fekir himself would favour a move to Arsenal but now Inter are ready to muscle in on any potential move.According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport, the San Siro giants are lining up a summer offer for the 21-year-old and hope to beat the Premier League side to his signature.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A transient was shot in the stomach in the Westlake District today, police said. The shooting occurred at Leeward Avenue and Hoover Street, near an apartment complex, about 4 a.m., said Sgt. Melvin Gamble of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Rampart Station. A gunman got out of a vehicle, approached the victim and shot him in the stomach, Gamble said. It was unclear what the victim was doing at the time of the shooting, he said, adding that a motive was not immediately determined. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe victim, a man about 40 years old, was transported to a nearby hospital in unknown condition, he said. The gunman fled in the vehicle, he said. A description of the suspect was not immediately available, Gamble said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.
Jill Sorem led the way with 25 kills for Mayfair (4-0 in league, 7-7 overall), which extended their league winning streak to 112 matches. Katie Bos added seven kills and two aces for the Monsoons. Katrina Rosales finished with 11 kills and three blocks for the Matadores (3-1 in league, 6-3 overall). Sara Buranatt made seven kills while Diana Madrigal and Julie Reich added six and five aces, respectively, for the Matadores. And the Monsoons did just that. With the score tied 3-3, Mayfair seized control by scoring 10 of the next 11 points. Kelly Hasenjager played a role in the Monsoons’ surge, serving up back-to-back aces. La Mirada did not go away easily, making one last rally attempt. The Matadores cut Mayfair’s lead to 13-9 with Kandis Jones doing the serving. Mayfair secured the victory with a Sorem kill and a La Mirada error. La Mirada will get its chance at payback on Oct. 26, when they travel to Mayfair. “It’s not over yet,” Reich said. “There’s still a long way to go.” — Eric Terrazas can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2801, or by e-mail at email@example.com. 160Want 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 top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “It was a good game,” La Mirada coach Linda Reich said. “I think the girls played hard. They didn’t give up. One of the things we’ve got to get over is the mystique that Mayfair is the team to beat. We’ve got to get over that one hurdle. “In the games we won, we had our long spurts in serving. In the games we lost, we missed too many serves. That’s a big difference.” Mayfair coach Zac Chan figured the Matadores would be a tough opponent. “It was a good battle,” Chan said. “We expected that going in. We knew we were going to be in for a fight. We were concerned about going five games here because each time you go five games on the road, you’re at a disadvantage. “In every game, the team that started out fast won. We talked about (the importance) of going ahead (in the fifth game).” LA MIRADA — After winning their first three Suburban League contests, the La Mirada High School girls volleyball team had to be feeling confident going into Wednesday’s key match against defending league champion Mayfair. The host Matadores turned in a solid effort, taking Mayfair to five games, but the Monsoons showed they are still the Suburban League team to beat as they emerged with a 25-19, 19-25, 25-13, 21-25, 15-9 victory over La Mirada.
“The kids are overwhelmed and exhausted with the work required to complete the applications, along with their regular schoolwork,” said Elsa Clark, a member of the Virginia-based National Association for College Admission Counseling. She said if students choose a college that suits their needs, rather than for the prestige, “then the high school counselors are doing their job right.” At many Valley high schools, counseling offices are being bombarded with stressed-out students and parents with high hopes of attending a prestigious university. It is difficult to make students and their parents understand why some get accepted and others don’t, said Cleveland High college counselor Juan Alba. “So many parents and kids want the magic-bullet solution,” he said. “But the college application process is such an imperfect system. It’s human beings judging other human beings. I can tell them what to do to put them in the best possible position, but there’s no magic bullet.” At San Fernando High School, where most students are Latino, many are the first in their families to consider college. Besides the typical pressures college applicants face, they have financial concerns as well. “Their biggest fear is having the money,” said college counselor Sharon Drell. “There are those that don’t have (immigration) documents, and those whose parents encourage them to go to college, but not outside of Los Angeles for cultural reasons.” Despite those obstacles, many of the students succeed, Drell said. And many more are choosing campuses that suit their needs. “In the beginning, I was only aiming for the University of California,” said Sergio Padilla, a senior at San Fernando. “But now that I’m a senior, I’m applying to Cal State University, Sacramento. They had what I wanted.” Padilla, 17, wants to major in math. His goal is to study in Spain, and Sacramento offered the perfect study-abroad program. But he had to work hard to get the grades. By his junior year, he had completed advance-placement calculus. “There’s a lot of stress,” he said of the atmosphere in the counseling office. “All of a sudden, kids are saying, ‘Oh my God.’ The deadline is starting to affect them.” Taft High School senior Layla Naimi, 17, is applying to USC but would be content to get into California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She wants to major in construction management, which combines business, architecture and civil engineering. She has volunteered at various organizations. “The University of Southern California is the more difficult of the two, so it’s the one I’m more nervous about,” she said. Most of her friends are applying to universities that fit their career goals, rather than for the prestige, she said. And while her parents have played an active role in encouraging her education, she hasn’t felt pressured. “My mom is the one coming by me every week and asking about what I’ve done each week,” Naimi said. “She also did searches for scholarships. But it was a mutual effort.” For Thai, who also applied for early decision to Stanford University, her desire to attend a top school comes from seeing how hard her parents work in the family restaurant. “My parents work from morning until night,” she said. “My parents always just said, ‘Get an education.”‘ Though she’s nervous about the process, she said her mother comforts her. “What my mom always tells me is, ‘You tried your best.”‘ Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “One of the things that I learned is (the process) makes kids rather cynical to find themselves in a position to sell themselves,” said writer David Levinson, whose comedic play “Early Decision” – on stage at the Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica through Dec. 4 – explores the pressure parents place on their teenagers to get into the best universities and how that affects the family. In the last few years, some parents have paid consultants up to $4,000 to help their kids raise their SAT scores and add extracurricular activities, all to help them get an edge on the competition. Levinson said he was inspired by his own experiences as a father, helping his 11-year-old daughter apply to a selective San Fernando Valley middle school. “I think in some ways parents do generally want their children to go to good schools to make their kids’ lives easier,” he said. “For parents, where their children go to school is a tangible way to mark their accomplishment with their kids.” The play makes no argument for or against the pressure parents place on children. But some high school counselors believe the extra prodding and pushing from parents is too much. RESEDA – Jamie Thai will spend the next few days polishing her high school resume, then praying she has done well enough. The 17-year-old hopes administrators at the University of California notice the extra studying that got her a 4.2 grade-point average – plus her volunteering with Facey Medical Group, a spot on the school golf team, tutoring at the counseling office and working in her parents’ Porter Ranch restaurant. “Competition is growing every single year,” said Thai, a senior at Reseda’s Cleveland High School, where last year there were 41 valedictorians, all with at least 4.0 GPAs. “In our school it seems like the competition is intense.” It is a stressful, high-pressure time for Thai and thousands of high-achieving graduating seniors like her. As they rush to finish UC and Cal State applications before the Nov. 30 deadline, they all understand the need to stand out, and worry if they’ll be good enough.
Untreated sewage is being pumped into the environment of eight areas across Donegal, the Environmental Protection Agency warns.Deficiences in waste water treatment infrastructure is causing the release of untreated water into coastal waters and rivers of 21 Irish towns and cities and 36 smaller towns and villages every day.The latest Urban Waste Water Treatment report found that raw sewage is flowing from the following eight Donegal areas: BurtonportCoolatee Housing SchemeFalcarraghKerrykeelKilcarMovilleRameltonRathmullanWhile plans are in place to add treatment sytems in all affected areas, it will be two-to-five years before the county’s infrastructure is fully adequate.The EPA said the pace at which Irish Water is fixing the legacy of deficiencies in Ireland’s waste water treatment infrastructure is too slow.Dr Tom Ryan, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said: “Inadequately treated waste water can pollute our environment and is a risk to people’s health. We are seeing repeated delays in providing treatment for many areas and it is not acceptable that 13 towns and villages will still have no waste water treatment by the end of 2021. Irish Water must speed up its delivery of key infrastructure.” Raw sewage spilling from eight areas of Donegal was last modified: November 15th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
SAN JOSE — The NHL All Star Game is usually about as compelling as watching a game of bingo at a retirement home.Like the Pro Bowl, hockey’s mid-winter showcase lacks physicality, emotion, competition. Without anything tangible on the line, it ends up being a glorified game of pond hockey with the NHL’s top superstars transforming into hockey’s version of the Harlem Globetrotters, a dizzying display of trick plays and tic-tac-toe goals without a sliver of defense.But when San Jose last …