Whittier Pony Baseball readies for 20th season

first_imgWhittier Pony Baseball has slated its 20th anniversary opening day ceremonies at noon at Granada Middle School, 15337 Lemon Drive. A pancake breakfast is scheduled that morning from 8-11 a.m. Former Los Angeles Dodger player Ken Landreaux is scheduled to speak. For information visit www.whittierpony.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

County’s power on COG debated

first_imgKelly, who is petitioning council members across the Valley to oppose the deal, said it would result in disproportionate representation in favor of the county. “Other cities, even large ones like Pasadena, only get one member,” Kelly said. “The county will get three votes.” Councilman Philip Putnam, South Pasadena’s COG representative, echoed Kelly’s concerns about nonelected officials joining the group. But COG Executive Director Nicholas Conway said that the group’s bylaws would not allow other cities to appoint non-elected individuals. “This is to accommodate the supervisors’ unique situation in representing unincorporated communities,” said Conway, adding the agreement will allow supervisors to appoint town council members, the closest thing some unincorporated communities have to a municipal government. COG Vice President Dave Spence said the county’s three votes would not give the supervisors undue influence. “The real goal is to get the unincorporated communities represented,” said Spence, a La Ca ada Flintridge councilman. “With 31 cities, there is no way they can take any proposal and have control over it. Having \ at the table is more important than worrying about their having an undue influence, or changing the way COG is run. It is a nonissue.” He added that COG was instrumental in organizing local and state officials to lobby for funding for the San Bernardino (10) and San Gabriel River (605) interchange and carpool lane projects. Having the supervisors as official members will only make future lobbying efforts more successful, Spence said. “I think Caltrans was surprised at the concentration of politicos that were there to push for a change on the 10/605 interchange,” he said. “The supervisors are all members of the \ board, and all transportation funds are funneled through the MTA board, so we can now count on those three votes.” Having representatives on the COG board and its subcommittees will make the supervisors more “intimately aware” of the issues that are important to board members, said Antonovich spokesman Tony Bell. This will make the group a more effective lobbying force, he said. “Valley cities are constantly competing with the city of L.A. and constantly getting the short end of the stick,” Bell said, noting that the city of Los Angeles got about 60 percent of Proposition 1B freeway funding while the Valley got zero dollars. “Fighting against a behemoth like that requires cooperation, marshalling every resource possible.” fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments officials are proceeding with plans to allow county supervisors to become voting members of the group, despite misgivings from some cities that such a move could dilute the council’s power. The COG board voted in February to allow supervisors Gloria Molina, Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe to appoint people to represent them on the 31-city organization. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the deal March 20, and it must now be ratified by a majority of COG’s member cities to take effect. Officials for COG and Antonovich’s office said the agreement gives a voice to the Valley’s 380,000 unincorporated county residents on issues being debated by COG, from transportation to housing and water quality. But some COG members argued against the agreement’s provision allowing the supervisors to appoint nonelected officials in their stead to the COG Governing Board. Such an arrangement would weaken COG by “setting a precedent and allowing other cities to pull out and appoint their own nonelected officials,” said Glendora Councilman Mark Kelly, one of only two representatives to vote against the deal in February. South Pasadena also voted no. last_img read more

BC will welcome 400 refugees by year-end, says Immigrant Services Society

first_imgThat’s local MP Bob Zimmer, commenting on the Trudeau government’s newly announced rollout plan for the resettlement of 25,000 Syrian refugees.The deadline has now been pushed from the end of December to the end of February, and Mr. Trudeau concedes the recent Paris Islamic terrorist attacks were a government wake-up call on the importance of reassuring Canadians everything possible was being done to ensure their safety.- Advertisement -They were followed by European reports the terrorists have managed to infiltrate the refugee ranks and have also served notice they intend to continue the practice.That sharply divided Canadians in a security vs. humanitarian debate, further fueled with expert reports that the refugees are at a high-risk for mental health issues — including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and substance abuse.However, Health Minister Jane Philpott says Ottawa considered those health factors when drafting its resettlement plan, and she adds:The new plan calls for 10,000 refugees to arrive in Canada by the end of this year, with the rest received by the deadline, and in this province, the refugees will begin arriving in the Lower Mainland before the end of the year, but it looks like BC will get far fewer than originally anticipated.Advertisement Chris Friesen with the Immigrant Services Society of BC says BC will welcome only 400 by December 31st and then an additional 1,500 between January and February for a total that’s only about 55 per cent of the 3,500 the government was expecting.Jobs Minister Shirley Bond:last_img read more

Mourinho hails ‘perfect’ Chelsea after smashing five past Swansea

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho was left in awe of his side’s “perfect game”, as the Blues underlined their Premier League title credentials with a thumping 5-0 win at Swansea.Diego Costa and Oscar both bagged a brace in a rampant first-half, with the Brazilian playmaker opening the scoring after just 48 seconds, before substitute Andre Schurrle added a fifth late on at the Liberty Stadium.It was the Swans’ heaviest home defeat for 24 years, while Chelsea’s 16th win of the season extended their lead at the top flight summit to five points.“It was a perfect game, everything went in our direction,” Mourinho said following the triumph.“To score a goal in the first minute makes an immediate difference. To be 4-0 up at half-time is not game over, especially in the Premier League, but it’s a good situation to control and we did that in the second half.“I was on the bench saying they were similar goals in terms of principles as the one we scored against Burnley in the first game of the season.“The team is playing with high quality and has a clear identity of playing. Sometimes teams are good and play well without the clear identity, but all this season we are going in a certain direction and have a certain kind of way to play football.”Nearest challengers Manchester City have the chance to reduce the gap at the top to just two points when they take on Arsenal on Sunday, but Mourinho felt his side’s victory would not increase the pressure on Manuel Pellegrini’s chasers.“I don’t think they feel it [pressure],” Mourinho added. “They have to win but they know that.“We don’t feel pressure, we feel responsibility, and for them it’s not a problem.“A team like them with the experience they have – much more than us – it’s not a problem.“I keep saying the same to my players and they have to understand it, there is no history without titles so if we play fantastically well and we don’t win cups in 20 years time no one will remember this team.“I am the first one that wants the team to play well but we have to win competitions.“This team is a young team with lots of years in front of them, but we are trying this season to make some history by winning something.”last_img read more

Heart risks from chemo under scrutiny in breast cancer patients

first_imgBut much of the debate centers on who should use anthracyclines, including the best-known Adriamycin, that can damage heart muscle, sapping its pumping strength. Dr. Dennis Slamon of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center cites nine studies, here and abroad, that conclude that only the 20percent of patients whose tumors have an overactive gene called Her2 are specifically sensitive to anthracyclines. Then Slamon’s closer inspection found that not all Her2 patients are alike – and only those who have a second overactive gene, called TopoII, derive special benefit from anthracyclines. That’s about 8 percent of breast cancer patients. The powerful Her2-targeting drug Herceptin – key for women with Her2-positive tumors – also comes with a heart-damage warning. But adding it to anthracyclines increases the heart risk fivefold, with no extra benefit, Slamon found. Outright heart failure during chemo is rare, around 2 percent of patients. But Douglas cites research that anywhere from 10 percent to half of anthracycline users experience more subtle heart weakening, making them more vulnerable to aging’s usual rigors, like high blood pressure and cholesterol. And in this month’s Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers tracked breast cancer survivors ages 66 to 70 who had undergone chemo 10 years earlier. Those who had received an anthracycline were 26 percent more likely to have developed heart failure in the following decade than those on different chemo. 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityIt’s a controversy born of success: Treatment advances are enabling more women than ever before to beat breast cancer, and some 2.4 million survivors are alive today. Now a move is under way to determine just how many women are vulnerable to heart disease because of their cancer battle, and how to help them. Chemo is only one cardiac culprit. Other factors play a role, too: Chest radiation, the weight gain that plagues many survivors, physical inactivity during treatment and stress. “In the process of curing their breast cancer, we’ve exposed them to some pretty nasty things. And it’s not just one nasty thing; it’s a sequence of nasty things,” explains Dr. Pamela Douglas, a Duke University cardiologist who is planning research into how to protect these women’s hearts. “This is really coming at you from all sides,” says Douglas, who outlined the “multiple hits” in this month’s Journal of the American College of Cardiology. By Lauran Neergaard THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Breast cancer survivors may face increased risk of heart disease – and doctors are debating if it’s time to largely abandon a chemotherapy mainstay that is one reason for the problem. Drugs called anthracyclines are a breast chemo staple despite a well-known risk: They weaken some women’s hearts. What’s new is research suggesting the drugs work no better than safer alternatives for most women. last_img read more

Not-so-Grand plan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! So it’s all a fraud after all? In order to get public support for the $1.8 billion redevelopment of Grand Avenue downtown, developers and county officials promised it would include grand public amenities – a lush park space with a small lake, cafes and restaurants, a performance pavilion and other pleasantries. But now that the actual planning has begun, those features have fizzled into the reality that those promises were as hollow as the credibility of the plan itself. Earlier this week the Los Angeles Grand Avenue Authority started getting wise that the Grand Avenue project might be, at its core, a typical real-estate scam, with no real benefit for the public other than another place to buy Gap jeans. Apparently as almost an afterthought to the money-making facets of the plan, developers set aside a mere $50 million for the public features. Sure, $50 million is nothing to sneeze at, but in the context of nearly $2 billion, it’s chump change. Authority officials wisely questioned whether it would come close to building the amenities that the developers so fervently promised in exchange for getting a piece of this sweet deal which includes a residential tower, a hotel and retail shops. Clearly, the developers are hoping to do the park on the cheap to keep their profit margins as high as possible. At least the scope of the bait-and-switch tactics is becoming evident early on. No matter all the lofty rhetoric from city and county officials about how this project will benefit everyone, it was never intended to be a public boon. It’s a development that makes a few very rich people even richer; flatters the egos of many; diverts public subsidies into the pockets of people who don’t need them; guarantees unions a cut of the pie; and provides the nation’s most-indulged government workers will ultimately get a nicer working place. The public will get a scaled-down “park” that will probably amount to a few benches in the sun. For this they will have tax money used to subsidize a parking lot that will probably charge them $10 an hour. Not-such-a-Grand plan at all. Authority officials get credit for exposing the fraud. But the real test of their mettle will come if they decide to press the public’s case for those promised park features. The public never was supposed to get much out of this Grand Avenue redevelopment deal, but that little should be protected by the city and county officials with oversight of the plan.last_img read more

ROSSES MAN SELECTED ON NEW SOUTH WALES GAA TEAM TO FACE AUSTRALIAN RULES SIDE

first_imgMulholland in action for Naomh Muire before he emigrated to Australia.Mulholland pictured with the other ex-pats selected on the NSW GAA team which will play the Australian Compromise Rules Team tomorrow in Sydney.Former Naomh Muire star JC Mulholland has been selected on the New South Wales GAA team which will face the Australian Compromise Rules team.Mulholland will be part of the New South Wales GAA representative side which will play a warm-up match against the Australian side ahead of their clash with Ireland on Saturday.Mulholland is expected to start the match which takes places tomorrow at the Sydney Olympic Stadium. It’s a great honour for Mulholland who is the sole representative from Donegal selected on the representative side.Mulholland was an outstanding full-back for Naomh Muire and was regarded as one of the club’s finest players before deciding to emigrate to Australia a few years ago.Mulholland is the sole Donegal representative on the side, and he’ll no doubt pass on his knowledge of the Australians to his fellow Donegal men Neil McGee and Michael Murphy ahead of the first-test between the two countries on Saturday.   ROSSES MAN SELECTED ON NEW SOUTH WALES GAA TEAM TO FACE AUSTRALIAN RULES SIDE was last modified: November 17th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AustraliaGAAJC MulhollandNAOMH MUIREnewsNSWSportsydneylast_img read more

GAA NEWS: URRIS MINORS FACE MALIN IN INISHOWEN LEAGUE OPENER NEXT WEEKEND

first_imgUrris GAA News:SENIOR & RESERVES FOOTBALL: Outdoor training every Tuesday and Thursday nights at 7.30pm and on Saturday’s at 4pm in Straid. Big turnout required to prepare for the new season which starts on March 21st.FOOTBALL: Training on Wednesday night at 7.30pm. First league match against Malin this weekend , please check our Facebook page for venue and time. U18 Inishowen League: Our U18 team play their first match on Saturday against Malin in Straid at 11am. CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Club membership is now due for 2015–Fees for the year: Adult Membership €25, Students (3rd level & in full time education with student ID card) €15 and Under-age €3. Anyone playing football for the club must have their membership paid up to be covered by insurance in case of injury. Club members will have also have first preference on Donegal Match tickets for the coming season. Fees must be paid in full by March 31st. Payable to John Friel, Edward Mc Laughlin, Nichola Donaghey or any Committee members.MATCH “N” WIN: Thursday 19th February. No jackpot winner-numbers drawn: 13, 16, 17 & 23. €15 winners: Conan & Keelan Kearney, Letter, Benny Donaghey, Magheramore, Paddy Mc Gonigle, Annaugh, Olivene Harkin, Tullagh and E Doherty C/o Ranty’s Urrismana. Jackpot next week €660. Thanks to all our Lotto sellers and to all who support us in this weekly draw. U16 Boys Training: Training on Tuesday nights from from 6.45 pm to 8pm in the Youth Club. Can all bring €2 to cover cost of the hall. For further information please contact David Hession on 0860538537.U14 Boys Training: On Monday nights at 7pm in Straid.U12 Training: Boys & girls training in Straid every Thursday at 4pm.U6 & U8 : Training for both U6 & U8 every at 11am in the Youth Club Clonmany. All children must be at school-no pre school children.U10 GIRLS: Training every Saturday at the Youth Club Clonmany from 12pm to 1pm. GAA NEWS: URRIS MINORS FACE MALIN IN INISHOWEN LEAGUE OPENER NEXT WEEKEND was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GAANoticesSportURRISlast_img read more

‘Macca’ hoping Letterkenny Rovers can take chance to ‘breathe life’ into USL race

first_imgLETTERKENNY ROVERS captain Darren McElwaine believes the 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior League title is still Cockhill Celtic’s ‘to lose’.The League’s top two teams go head-to-head on Sunday at the Aura Leisure Centre (kick-off 2pm) with Rovers hoping to breathe new life into the title race.The games comes after Cockhill suffered a shock defeat to Swilly Rovers on Sunday, going down 3-2 at the Charlie O’Donnell Sports Grounds. Gavin Cullen’s side, champions in each of the last four seasons, will head for the Cathedral Town six points ahead of Rovers, but knowing that a second defeat in as many games could wobble their title defence.While Cockhill lost to Swilly, Rovers’ 3-1 home win against Fanad means they enter Sunday’s meeting with a chance to now significantly close the gap.“All it has done is give us a small chance,” experienced striker McElwaine says.“We have a chance to open it up a bit. I’m sure Bonagee and Fanad will be looking at it too. It’s not often they’d be shouting for Rovers, but they will be this weekend. “For me, the League is Cockhill’s to lose still. We’re at home, though, and we have to win this. Cockhill have a chance of two results because a win or a draw will do them, but we need the win.“We’re looking forward to it. Games against them have always been tight and this will be no different – but we have to give it our all and see where we are on Monday morning.”Following a 3-3 draw at Finn Harps Reserves in November, Letterkenny manager Eamon McConigley appeared to give up on his team’s title prospects.Rovers have lost only once in the League this season – to Bonagee United – but have dropped some frustrating points along the way.Rovers scored twice against Cockhill, Swilly and Fanad and netted three times against Harps, but didn’t win any of those fixtures. “Our problem has been conceding – we’ve not kept a clean sheet all season,” McElwaine, who skippered Rovers to last year’s FAI Intermediate Cup final, says.“We’ve no excsues for that. We threw away some silly points. We collapsed against Harps and were lucky to even get a point; we were two up against Swilly and should have been more streetwise; and we didn’t do ourselves justice agianst Bonagee.”Cockhill have been the picture of consistency in the USL in recent seasons. Champions in the last four seasons, the Inishowen side have led the way for the rest.McElwaine says: “I’ve played in many combinations of Rovers teams in the last few years, but Cockhill have rarely changed; they have that same core of players. “They probably haven’t had that many better players than we’ve had, but they’ve had the same backbone pretty much. That means a lot when games are tight and men will really dig in.“They’re going to be hurt from Sunday’s defeat and will be coming all guns blazing this weekeend.”Many feel that Rovers have been suffering a hangover of sorts from their Intermediate Cup campaign, but McElwaine says: “We’ve good players in the dressing room. We’ve added the likes of Chris Sweeney in goals, who’s an amateur international; Conor Tourish has come in and been excellent; Paul McVeigh and Paul Boyle are in really good form.“But all this weekend is for us is a small chance. We have to take the chance and we have to win the game.“We had a good tussle with Fanad on Sunday. It’s good to see Fanad back strong. There are a lot of good teams in the League there now – hopefully we can make it interesting now over the next few weeks and months.”  RESULTS 4 Lanterns Ulster Senior LeagueCockhill Celtic 2 Swilly Rovers 3Derry City Reserves 0 Finn Harps Reserves 0Letterkenny Rovers 3 Fanad United 1FIXTURESSunday, January 15, 2017, 2pmFinn Harps Reserves v Bonagee United     referee – Marty McGarrigleLetterkenny Rovers v Cockhill Celtic           referee – Paul Duddy; assistants – Marty Quinn, Vincent McLoughlinUSLPWDLFAGDPTSCockhill Celtic86112791819Letterkenny Rovers83411714313Fanad United83231411311Derry City Reserves83141914510Bonagee United7313714-710Swilly Rovers81341022-126Finn Harps Reserves7124919-105TOP GOALSCORERS (League goals only)Cathal Farren (Derry City Reserves)          8Darren McElwaine (Letterkenny Rovers)  6Mark Moran (Cockhill Celtic)                       6Aaron McCready (Finn Harps Reserves)    4Laurence Toland (Swilly Rovers)                4Aidan McLaughlin (Bonagee United)         3Jimmy Bradley (Cockhill Celtic)                   3Gerard McLaughlin (Cockhill Celtic)           3William O’Connor (Cockhill Celtic)              3Max Karner (Derry City Reserves)             3Stephen Duffy (Derry City Reserves)         3CONGRATS DALECongratulations to former Ulster Senior League player Dale Gorman, who has been given a new, improved contract at Stevenage FC. Gorman played in the USL with Letterkenny Rovers prior to signing at Stevenage in 2015.REPORTSClubs are reminded that they are required, under rule, to submit a match report to League PRO Chris McNulty by 6pm on Sundays. Reports are to be sent to chrismcnulty86@gmail.com‘Macca’ hoping Letterkenny Rovers can take chance to ‘breathe life’ into USL race was last modified: January 13th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Darren McElwaineLetterkenny Roverslast_img read more

Softball Falls In Series Finale At Wichita State, 8-4

first_imgDrake continues its road trip with a game at Creighton on March 22 at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs continue their road trip returning to MVC play at SIU for a three-game series, March 25-26. at Creighton 3/22/2017 – 4 PM Preview Watch Live Drake (16-12, 0-3 MVC) was led by freshman Mandi Roemmich (West Des Moines, Iowa) who went 3-3 at the plate with one double, one run batted in and one run scored. Senior Megan Sowa (Gurnee, Ill.) and Kelsey Wright (Olathe, Kan.) each had one hit as the Bulldogs finished with five. The Bulldogs first two runs came on an RBI single by Roemmich and a sacrifice fly by Sowa in the third inning. After Wichita State (15-10, 3-0 MVC) took a 3-0 lead to open the game, the Bulldogs tied the game, 4-4, in the fifth inning due to a Wichita State error and wild pitch allowing Roemmich and Sowa to score. The Shockers responded by scoring two runs in the fifth on a pair of Bulldog errors before closing out the sixth inning with an RBI single. Live Stats Next Game: Full Schedule Roster WICHITA, Kan. – Wichita State completed a sweep over the Drake University softball team as the Shockers defeated the Bulldogs, 8-4, Sunday afternoon, to close the first weekend of Missouri Valley Conference play. Junior pitcher Kailee Smith (Murrieta, Calif.) dropped to 7-8 on the season after pitching 6.0 innings in the loss. Smith gave up eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits while striking out one batter.  Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more