Making a clean sweep

first_img• Photo Gallery: Cleaning alleysWHITTIER – So what does the alley behind your home look like? Is trash piled up? Are there bulky items such as old sofas and broken TV sets? Is it chock-full of potholes? If so, the city is about to ride to your rescue with a new initiative that focuses on cleaning up those forgotten byways. Council members have authorized a new, $345,600 program to clean up Whittier’s alleys. Money from the city’s solid waste fund – which has a $5.8 million surplus – will pay for the program, officials said. The money will go toward providing street sweeping through alleys every other week. In addition, the city will hire three new employees and assign two of them specifically to collect material illegally dumped in alleys. The third employee will work in code enforcement. Officials say the city for too long has neglected its alleys. “It’s something that’s long been needed,” Councilman Owen Newcomer said. “It’s like you’ve got a nice front yard, but you’ve ignored the side and back yards.” It could take several months, however, for the program to get under way. First, the city must seek bids from street-sweeping companies. Then it must hire the new employees. While the city’s solid waste department serves only the western half of Whittier, most of the alleys are in that part of town, too, said Public Works Director David Mochizuki. Alley deterioration tends to be caused by heavy trash trucks, he said. But the alley-cleaning program does not address repairs to alley pavement. For that, Mochizuki has proposed the city spend $200,000 a year on pavement repairs. But that money won’t go far, Councilman Bob Henderson said, considering the city has about 25 miles of alleys, and officials have estimated it will cost about $9.2 million to repair them all. “Some of these alleys are just in horrible shape,” Henderson said. “Some have big pot holes. We don’t want to be responsible for leaving a $9.2 million deferred maintenance. We should set up a priority list of really damaged alleys that need to be brought back into operational condition.” That’s what Mochizuki is working on, he said, adding he plans to bring back a proposal to the City Council that addresses the city’s worst alleys. All of that was welcome news to Rita Apolitegu, who has lived next to an alley on Bright Avenue for 31 years. “It’s horrible,” Apolitegu said. “It’s a mess. They’ve got holes.” (562)698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgNaomh Columba 09.07.2012Our seniors earned another two league points on Saturday evening, with a three point win over Buncrana. We are now placed second in the table, with a game in hand. The reserves were equally successful, running out ten point winners over the same opposition, and leaving them in joint first position with this weekend’s opponents, Aodh Ruadh. Both teams travel to Ballyshannon this Saturday evening, throw-in times: 6pm and 7.30pm. At the time of going to press our ladies were due to travel to Lifford for their first championship outing on Wednesday evening. In underage news, our under 14 lads enjoyed a 4 point victory over Naomh Ultan last Wednesday, in the second round of the championship. They now face Naomh Bríd on Wednesday 18th, at 7.30pm in Ballintra. Saturday’s under 12 Southwest semi-final was conceded by Na Rossa. We now face Cill Chartha in the final, details to follow. At the time of going to press our minors were due to play the divisional final on Thursday evening, against either Naomh Bríd or Bundoran. Throw-in was set for 7.30pm, with venue to be confirmed. The August Bank Holiday promises to be a bumper weekend in the Glen, with a busy line-up of events planned. On Sunday, August 5th, the Naomh Columba under 16 County Champions of 1992 will reunite to take on a ‘superstar select’ panel. This event is a fundraiser for the very worthy Temple Street Children’s Hospital, and promises to be a great follow-up to the previous days Agricultural Show. Throw-in at 6pm. Sunday night sees Castlederg’s finest, The Logues, take to the stage for Live in the Marquee, Glen style! A great weekend’s craic is guaranteed, and we look forward to welcoming you all to Páirc na nGael. Níor bhaineadh lotto na seachtaine seo caite. Ba hiad na huimhreacha a tháinig amach ná: 7 – 13 – 17 – 19. Beidh duaischiste de €4600 againn don tseachtain seo.Darren Mc Ginley Memorial Tournament 2012– AcknowledgementThe Naomh Columba Ladies Board would like to extend their sincere thanks to the following people who helped to make the 2012 Darren Mc Ginley Memorial such a success: to all the teams who travelled to participate in the event, thank you. A word of thanks to our nurse and physio for their help on the day, and to the referees and umpires for their work. Thank you to everyone who helped out in the kitchen, and to the many people who donated food for the event – we are very grateful. A special thank you to the Mc Ginley family, and to everyone who turned out to support the tournament. Congratulations to both Naomh Conaill and Na Cealla Beaga on their respective wins, and we look forward to welcoming you all back to Páirc na nGael in 2013. Go raibh míle maith agaibh.  GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWS was last modified: July 10th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:GAA: NAOMH COLUMBA GAA CLUB NEWSlast_img read more

Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next time

first_imgMOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Alvin was awesome tonight, he really gave us a show tonight,” said Pumaren. “I was really praying that he’ll get 50 but we’ll take 49.”“And Alvin is unlike any other player I’ve coached like [Jun] Limpot, Allan [Caidic] in the amateurs. Alvin will look like someone who isn’t listening to anything you’re saying but once they play he knows it.” Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol had just set the record for the most points scored in a single game for the UAAP this century with 49, and he did that not only against defending champion La Salle but also on a bum right ankle.And although the husky forward laughed and smiled saying he wasn’t aiming to get to that high of a number, Pasaol is confident he can reach 50 in the near future.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“Hopefully I can play at a hundred percent on Saturday [against University of Santo Tomas], and maybe even score 50,” said Pasaol in Filipino after losing to La Salle 106-100 Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPasaol reached 49 points with around a minute remaining in the game and he needed just one more free throw to get to half-century but the ball clanked off and he never got the opportunity to shoot for it again.“Actually I don’t have any words on my performance, I think I just played my best and did what Manong [head coach Derrick Pumaren] asked me to do to just play my game.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight READ: La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosionPasaol may be lost for words on what he just did, but the man who owned the record prior had a lot to say.National University head coach Jeff Napa was the previous owner of the record when he put up 43 points against Adamson University back in 2002 and he said that Pasaol should strive harder to exceed 50.“I’m happy for him, but it would’ve been better if they won,” said Napa who led the Bulldogs to a 98-90 win over the Soaring Falcons 15 years ago. “What he just did should serve as a motivation not only for his personal career but for his team also.”For Pumaren, what he saw in Pasaol was unlike any other.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Change of culture priority for Tang; challenge is to get Blazers to respond

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve been trying to change the environment for the most part. You can still see the immaturity in our team. I think now that we’ve been able to compete not just with NCAA teams, but also the UAAP teams, we’re not letting them get an easy win from us,” he said.Tang shared that it’s been hard to get the shift in mentality without the team tasting victory. But he’s willing to play the long game with a brighter future of St. Benilde in mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“For the most part, the change of environment and culture has to be evident with us getting wins. If you don’t get wins, there’s no change in whatever you’re trying to build up with. But at the same time, the question for us is how are we’ll be able to get there? It’s a process wherein we got to keep explaining to them the small details, up to the nitty-gritty ones where we’re telling them why weren’t we able to get over that hump,” he said.Despite the Blazers bowing out of the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup with a paltry 1-7 record, Tang believes that the foundation has already been laid out and it’s now up to the players to continue staying on the path the coaches have paved for them. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde coach TY Tang knows the challenge that awaits him with the Blazers.With the team in the cellar for the past two seasons, the rookie mentor knows that the goal for him this NCAA Season 93 is to take away the squad’s losing culture.ADVERTISEMENT Bolick leads San Beda past rival Letran MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “The challenge is making them respond to that. That’s something that us coaches, the whole coaching staff, has been trying to do for the longest time, for the last six months,” he said. “Hopefully, we’ll be able to polish it given a few more weeks entering the NCAA season.”last_img read more

Wee Jay Can’t Go To World Cup

first_imgThe family of an 11-year-old Scottish boy with Down’s Syndrome, seen on a video wildly celebrating Greece’s last-second victory over the Ivory Coast, said he won’t be able to accept an invitation from the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) to go to Brazil to watch the Greeks play Costa Rica in the quarter-finals.Jay Beatty, known as Wee Jay, is a fan of Greek striker Giorgos Samaras, who scored the winning kick on a penalty and who carried the boy across the field in Scotland this year after the Celtic team the Greek star plays for won the championship there.A Facebook campaign went viral fast to get the boy invited to the game and the Greek soccer organization responded almost immediately with an invitation for him to see the game on June 29.“We were unable to take up the offer and are so gutted, but truly grateful that people would do this for Jay. We cannot believe that this has happened and are so humbled and would like to wish Greece all the best in the World Cup,” his father Martin wrote on Facebook.“Thanks Sammy I hope you win the World Cup. I am sorry I won’t be there, but I still love you very much and I hope you win. Come on Sammy!”, Jay said to Samaras in a video posted by his father on Facebook,In an interview Samaras gave on June 26, he revealed the invitation. “It was thrilling, moving. This kid gives me so much strength it is unbelievable,” confessed Samaras, who picked up Jay during Celtic’s title celebrations in May in one of that day’s most striking images.Before it was found the boy couldn’t come, Samaras said, “In talks I’ve had this morning with (EPO President Giorgos) Sarris we said if we can arrange for his tickets so that he can come to see the match with Costa Rica. We will speak with the child’s father and we’ll see, whether we get his OK.”He said that, “We’ve got a Greece shirt that I will sign now and all the lads will sign later, during lunch. It’s just a small present we can offer to him. We have set a date to meet in Belfast.”Beatty, a fervent Celtics fan, has managed to meet all the players of his favorite team and its management. He is also an avid fan of Samaras, a former Celtic star who picked up the young boy out of the crowd when Celtic lifted the Scottish Premiership trophy in May.Jay’s father recently posted the video showing his son dressed in blue and celebrating Greece’s victory over Ivory Coast. “It’s not often you see Jay in Blue but he had to get a Greece T-shirt,” he comments below the photograph posted on Facebook.The O JAY PAEI Mundial Facebook page garnered more than 50,600 “likes” when it was first posted as the scene of the boy exclaiming joy moved viewers.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Escort Charges Hit Louisville Hoops

first_imgAn escort’s allegations in a tell-all book that former Louisville men’s basketball staffer Andre McGee hired her to provide dancers to strip and have sex with Cardinals recruits, their fathers and players stunned the college basketball world when word of its pending release surfaced a week ago.Four investigations have been launched, two this week, to review Katina Powell’s allegations in the book, Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen. Powell said in the book that three of her daughters were among those who danced with her in a dormitory on Louisville’s campus, creating a lingering unease and uncertainty looming over Rick Pitino’s program.With questions mounting about who did what, who knew what and when, Louisville President James Ramsey stressed the need for patience as the investigations move forward. Ramsey said Oct. 8 in a statement that, “We must, as one university, continue doing the work we do to move our university and our community forward.”Campus police took a couple of days to review the book’s details before Chief Wayne Hall announced Oct. 6 that his department is working with Louisville Metro Police and the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office to review the allegations for possible criminal charges.The independent University of Louisville Foundation, which does fundraising for the school, hired a law firm to review the allegations in the 104-page book. There were ongoing investigations by the NCAA and Louisville that had begun when the school was notified in late August about Powell’s accusations.As Ramsey called for people to let the process unfold, he also praised longtime Athletic Director Tom Jurich’s “exemplary” supervision of the department. The President, however, didn’t mention Pitino — raising even more questions.The coach talked about the omission in a radio interview later , saying, “I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me, but that’s something I cannot control.”Pitino then bristled at a question if the widespread attention now on his program has made him consider resigning.“I don’t know what resigning would accomplish,” Pitino, 63, told 840 WHAS. “I think that’s the cowardly way out if I resign now without coaching two fifth-year seniors and people who came to play for me. What does it do for the program if the coach runs away? If I resign, would people feel better about it?”Much depends on what the investigations uncover, but the book’s allegations have raised several troubling questions.Former Cardinals recruit JaQuan Lyle, now an Ohio State freshman, confirmed the “gist of allegations” detailed in Powell’s book during a meeting Oct. 6 with the NCAA, CBS Sports reported. Louisville men’s basketball spokesman Kenny Klein had no comment on the report.Lyle originally signed with Louisville before de-committing and eventually landing with the Buckeyes. OSU spokesman Dan Wallenberg confirmed the NCAA meeting via email on Wednesday but said there were no issues with Ohio State. He did not mention Louisville.Powell’s book was released online by a publishing affiliate of the Indianapolis Business Journal. A hardcover version of the book is scheduled for release on Oct. 12.The book states that McGee hired her and other dancers for 22 shows performed from 2010 to 2014, mostly at Billy Minardi Hall. She said McGee paid her $10,000 during that period.McGee left Louisville in 2014 for Missouri-Kansas City, which has placed him on paid administrative leave. Messages left with his Louisville attorney, Scott C. Cox, were not returned. A spokeswoman for IBJ publishing also could not be reached for comment. Neither Powell nor McGee has commented publicly since the release of the book.Pitino has said McGee denied Powell’s allegations and repeated in his second local radio interview in three days that he didn’t know those activities took place in the dorm named after his late brother-in-law. The coach said he was still trying to understand the motive behind McGee’s alleged actions and said that Louisville didn’t need to hire dancers to attract top-flight recruits to his elite program.“If you’re the University of Louisville, you don’t need any help with those artificial means to get players,” Pitino said. “This is one of the premier programs in the nation.”Right now, his premier program is being scrutinized and examined by four separate entities.(GARY B. GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

15 days agoReal Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympics

first_imgReal Madrid captain Ramos open to playing for Spain in Olympicsby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid captain Sergio Ramos admits he’d be open to playing for Spain in the 2020 Olympics.Spain have never usually opted for such veteran players to make up their Olympic squads, but this seems to be something Ramos is really keen on.El Mundo reports that this would be a dream for the centre-back.”If the chance to go to Tokyo comes up, it would be tremendously exciting for him,” is the view of those close to the player.Spain have already qualified thanks to the Under-21s’ performances at this summer’s UEFA European Under-21 Championship and each competing nation is permitted to include three over-23s in their Olympic squad. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgComedian Chris Gethard’s one-man show Career Suicide aired on HBO. (SUPPLIED PHOTO) Twitter Korean-American Joel Kim Booster has a new album Model Minority and was just named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch in 2018. Abrasive, dark American standup Tony Hinchcliffe got some attention with his innovative 2016 comedy special, One Shot(on, yes, Netflix) filmed in one continuous take. Login/Register With: Advertisement Acaster is an English comedian and Edinburgh Fringe Festival institution whose latest special, James Acaster: Repertoire is available on Netflix. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Jo Firestone’s half-hour special aired on Comedy Central this year and she’s the creator of Punderdome: A Card Game for Pun Lovers. Advertisement The JFL42 comedy festival, had already announced its initial slate of acts and then added Joe Rogan, announced an armload of more comedians coming to the festival this September in Toronto: Chris Gethard, Baron Vaughn, James Acaster, Tony Hinchcliffe, Joel Kim Booster and Jo Firestone.The most prominent names are arguably Chris Gethard — a veteran TV host and podcaster who performed his most recent one-man show Career Suicide at Royal Cinema last year — and Vaughn, known for work on two Netflix series: voicing Tom Servo the rebooted Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and being a live-action co-star on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. Also joining the roster of the fest, running Sept. 20-29: Advertisement Facebook Both Gethard and Hinchcliffe will be taping episodes of their respective podcasts — Beautiful Stories From Anonymous People Podcast and Kill Tony — at ComedyCon, the parallel podcasting event running in Toronto during the day during JFL42.Previously announced headliners at the festival include Hannibal Buress, Seth Meyers and Jo Koy. Also in the lineup are Lil Rey Howery, Maria Bamford, Ryan Hamilton, Jeff Ross and more, including someone called Ismo.Tickets and passed for the above are available at GARNET FRASER | Toronto Starlast_img read more

New study sheds light on the role of vitamin D in muscle

first_imgRelated StoriesVitamin D metabolite may stop mechanism by which cancer cells become drug-resistantVitamin D and estrogen can prevent heart disease, stroke, and diabetes in womenVitamin D supplement does not prevent type 2 diabetes in adults at high risk, study findsProfessor Gunton says that, compared to a previous study she conducted that looked at mice missing vitamin D receptors across their whole body, this new study has highlighted some important differences.”We found that mice missing muscle cell vitamin D receptors had normal body size but less muscle mass and more fat mass.”In terms of choosing to run on a wheel in their cage, the mice had shorter running distance and slower speed. These might contribute to the lower muscle mass and increase in fat.In terms of muscle strength, these mice also had a significantly decreased grip strength from a very early age.”While more research is needed, Professor Gunton says that these results suggest that maintaining normal vitamin D signaling in muscle is important for preserving muscle bulk and function.”These findings also have the potential to open up avenues to pursue new therapies that target muscle cell vitamin D receptors. These therapies could help to address or prevent age-related sarcopenia (degenerative loss of skeletal muscle mass) and other disorders related to muscle function.” Source:Westmead Institute for Medical Research For a long time, we have known that vitamin D deficiency is associated with muscle weakness and greater risk of falls and fractures. However, whether vitamin D played a direct role in muscle wasn’t known.We show that vitamin D receptor is present in low levels in normal muscle, and our study found that deleting muscle cell vitamin D receptors had important effects on muscle function.” Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 26 2019A recent study conducted at The Westmead Institute for Medical Research has shed light on the role of vitamin D in muscle cells. The study looked at the role of vitamin D in muscles in mice, and showed that vitamin D signaling (how cells communicate with one another) is needed for normal muscle size and strength.Researchers found that mice missing the vitamin D receptor only in myocytes (muscle cells) had smaller muscles, and they were less strong. They also had significantly decreased running speed and didn’t run as far as mice with normal vitamin D action.Lead researcher, Professor Jenny Gunton says:last_img read more