Liberia’s Education System May Collapse If . . .

first_imgThe Liberian school system is at the point of collapse Education Minister George Werner has warned advising an urgent revamp of the entire structure.During a daylong meeting with County (CEOs) and District Education Officers (DEOs) held in Gbarnga, Bong County on Friday, Mr. Werner said he was disappointed at what he saw at the various schools he had visited in the interior and elsewhere. He said quick action is needed to rescue the country’s education system from what he described as the “deplorable conditions” in which the schools operate.“President Sirleaf had described our education system as a mess, but it is now at the verge of collapse, with many schools in the southeast lacking science and math teachers.“Despite such drawbacks, we continue to believe that the students can make the exams this year. Our 9th and 12th graders don’t have science and math teachers or even textbooks and they believe that they will play magic to score a mark.”Many of the school children are sitting on the ground this rainy season, Werner lamented adding “we cannot have children using the bush or leaving for home to use the restroom during school hours.”He noted that many of the instructional materials, particularly textbooks, as well as school facilities and qualified teachers are lacking in the various schools.“Some of the children are not going to school due to the rainy season and some are going without shoes. The quality of education obtained in the ‘70s and ‘80s no longer exist but we can bring it back for the children,” he assured education officials. If many of the deplorable public and private institutions in the rural areas had been observed by parents and lawmakers, they would have called for the closure of schools for more than a year.“We see many makeshift structures here and schools are also overcrowded. Pleebo High is leaking all over and students go home just to use the bathroom. We need to see how to renovate those schools, bring in textbooks and train teachers as the way to address some of these challenges,” he demanded.The issues of training teachers, distributing textbooks and having the proper school facilities for the students are cardinal “as we embark on revamping the school system from ‘a mess’ to the best,” said Minister Werner.“We cannot have the best school system in Liberia without putting into place those things. The listening tour in the Southeast was discouraging, but we can all work together as one people and change it. Some tough decisions must be taken if the system must be changed,” he warned. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mary Broh Tipped for LEC?

first_imgWith about 60 days to the dedication of the Mount Coffee Hydro-Electric Plant, rehabilitated at a cost of about US$300m, it has been reliably learnt from the Executive Mansion that Director General Mary Tanyonoh Broh of the General Services Agency (GSA) is tipped to head the management team of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC).Three impeccable sources at the Executive Mansion, who requested not to be identified, disclosed that Madam Broh is seen by the Executive Branch as the ‘best fitted’ to improve the LEC’s services to the people.Madam Broh, branded as General Broh for her no-nonsense style, is known for getting difficult jobs done. Judging by her past performance, she will ensure that revenues are collected and properly managed, take strong measures to curtail losses due to power theft, fraud and robbing of equipment. Broh will also be expected to work closely with the Canadian contractor, Manitoba Hydro International Limited, who will be responsible for the “operations of the hydro” for five years, and at the same time mentor the 23 Liberians who will take over the operations from Manitoba.During the civil war (1989 – 2003), the Mount Coffee Hydro-Electric Plant was looted and destroyed. When the Sirleaf administration took over 11 years ago, rehabilitating the plant was one of her major campaign promises to the Liberian people.Madam Broh, also known also as Hurricane Broh, is the most rotated civil servant, a go-to or fix-it administrator noted for “straightening things up” and later handing over the reins to others. She has served as City Mayor of Monrovia and is presently in charge of the Presidential Task Force that ensures illegal structures are removed from the city of Monrovia.However, when she was contacted yesterday about the pending assignment, Broh said “I have no knowledge of what you are talking about.” Madam Broh first served the Liberian Government in March 2006 as the Special Projects Coordinator for President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s executive staff. In 2007, she was promoted to Director of the Passport Bureau where she successfully reduced waste and eliminated bribery and delays which were rampant in the Bureau.In 2008, Broh was transferred to the National Port Authority as Deputy Director, and in February 2009, she was selected to serve as Acting Mayor of Monrovia in place of Ophelia Hoff Saytumah, in the President’s effort to ensure efficiency and sound financial management at the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC). Her selection was, however, not confirmed by the Senate. Broh has worked to clean up Monrovia with measures that included city-wide litter reduction campaigns that increased public awareness against littering the streets, improved sanitation, and overall public health but often earned her a bad rap by squatters, businesspeople, street vendors and politicians.In October 2009, she implemented the revised City Ordinance No. 1, originally established by the MCC in 1975 to address public health, sanitation, and street vendors. The revision sought to address issues that had accumulated in the capital over the last two decades such as overflowing, unsanitary garbage, makeshift structures and unregulated street vendors. She has also worked closely with government officials to address overpopulation, caused by displaced persons that flocked to Monrovia from the hinterland during the civil wars.Currently, she serves as the Head of the Special Presidential Task Force to clean and beautify the City of Monrovia and its suburbs.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Mela hosted to commence Phagwah celebrations

first_imgThe Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha on Saturday hosted its annual Phagwah mela and bazaar, titled ‘Rang Rasiya’, to kick start the Phagwah celebrations for 2018.The event, held at the Dharmic Kendra in Prashad Nagar, saw hundreds ofSome of the patrons partaking of the delicacies on salepersons partaking in the different activities. Attendees were, in the afternoon, treated to spectacular stage performances with rich cultural overtones from the popular Dharmic Nritya Sangh. Many talented Guyanese artistes, including Mona Gowkaran, Ganindra, Shivanand Singh, Vidya Ram, Varun Samlall, Celia Samaroo and Avinash Roopchand, took the stage to entertain the audience with their musical renditions.Additionally, there were dramatic pieces directed under the baton of Travez Piaralall.Prior to commencement of the programme, patrons participated in a feast of sweet and savory delicacies that were on sale, and this transitioned them into the Phagwah spirit.The younger children were fascinated with the face painting, games and henna designing; while the adults took the opportunity to purchase their vibrant coloured powders infused with various scents.President of the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha, Dr Vindhya Persaud, related that this annual activity has been around for over three decades, and has evolved through these years because of the increase in patrons who grace the event.The national holiday of Phagwah will be celebrated on Friday.last_img read more

The tie that bonds

first_img“The people across the hall were foreign students so they had Indian curry going – that was one of the smells,” Howland said. “Then there was the worst fish-smelling stew. You came into the building and it stank to high heaven with no air conditioning, it was 100 degrees with horrible humidity. It was not very comfortable.” It was in that apartment that Howland and Dixon began to plot the course that would deliver each their big break. In four years together, they gathered up players the elite schools didn’t want and built Pittsburgh into the Big East champion, one of the winningest teams in the country and christened a $96million on-campus arena. Howland parlayed that into his dream job, coaching at UCLA, the school he idolized growing up in Santa Barbara. For Dixon, who had been hoping for an opportunity to become a head coach at places like Pepperdine or Wright State, it meant the chance to succeed Howland at a major university. Having established themselves on their own now, Howland and Dixon will be back under the same roof again Thursday when second-seeded UCLA will play third-seeded Pittsburgh in a West Regional semifinal at San Jose. When Ben Howland and Jamie Dixon arrived in Pittsburgh eight years ago, a couple of Southern California boys fresh off the plane from Flagstaff, Ariz., and Honolulu, they moved into a cramped, sweltering two-bedroom apartment in a student housing block near the University of Pittsburgh campus. For nearly two months, while their wives packed and prepared to join them, the new Pittsburgh basketball coach and his trusted aide, neither of whom had worked farther east than the Grand Canyon, slept on cots and went about the business of figuring out how the languishing program they’d stepped into could compete with UConn, Syracuse, Georgetown and Notre Dame. That wasn’t the only assault on their senses. “It was stinky,” recalled Dixon. This time there will be only be a happy ending for one of them. “I don’t think it will be any different for the loser,” Dixon, a North Hollywood native, said in a phone interview Tuesday after his team practiced in San Jose. Those who have known Howland and Dixon over the years describe both as competitive, driven to succeed, tough minded and disciples of aggressive, fundamentally sound basketball. They are, however, far from clones. Howland, 49, may come across as controlling, demanding, occasionally crass and blessed – or cursed, depending on your view – with a laser-like focus on the task in front of him. “Earlier in his career, Ben was a little over eager,” said Jerry Pimm, the former UCSanta Barbara coach who hired both as assistants. “When they put the rule in that only the head coach could be up (during games) would kill him. He’s got that big, identifiable voice. I can’t tell you how many times the officials would look over and say `Coach, keep it down over there.”‘ Dixon, 41, whose freckles landed him roles in commercials as a child and who earned his master’s degree in economics while a graduate assistant at UC Santa Barbara, is more apt to look at the scenery. “As players we always thought, `What’s going on in Coach Dixon’s head right now?”‘ said Ross Land, an assistant coach at UC Irvine who played for Howland and Dixon at Northern Arizona. “He’d be looking out there watching practice for 45minutes without saying anything. But when you talk to him, he’s right there. His brain is going a million miles an hour.” Said Pimm: “The mothers of recruits enjoy Jamie because he’s real and he’s a movie-star looking guy. Jamie’s got a great outlook on life. He’s a today type of guy. He doesn’t hold things in the past. That’s why he’s such a good person.” It’s also why his friendship with Howland had a chance. As a senior at Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Dixon applied to UCSB and wrote letters to Pimm and Howland asking them to recruit him. Howland told Dixon he didn’t think he was good enough to play in the Big West, which in those days was dominated by UNLV but often sent two or three teams to the NCAA Tournament. So Dixon went to Texas Christian, developed into an All-Southwest Conference guard and was drafted by the Washington Bullets. Far from bitter, Dixon didn’t hesitate to contact Howland again when an injury ended his playing career overseas and he was looking for a job as an assistant after two seasons helping out at Valley College. Howland asked Pimm to interview Dixon. “I tell all the (graduate assistants) it’s full-time hours and part-time pay,” Pimm said. “He was single, had been around the world and was used to hard work. He got very little money and worked tremendously long hours. He and Ben got along well, which is good because you spend so much time together.” After that season, Dixon landed an assistant’s position at Hawaii, where he spent the next two seasons until Howland became the head coach at Northern Arizona in 1994. Dixon joined him in Flagstaff, and in their third season, the Lumberjacks won the Big Sky regular-season title and the following season earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament, nearly upsetting No. 2-seeded Cincinnati in the first round. When Howland couldn’t get the head-coaching jobs at UCSB or UC Irvine – at the latter being passed over by Dan Guerrero, the man who would hire him at UCLA – Dixon figured it was time to move on. So he moved back to Hawaii, where earlier he had met his then-fiancee Jacqueline. A year later, Howland landed the Pittsburgh job thanks to a considerable assist from shoe company impresario Sonny Vacarro. His first call was to Dixon. “We were laughing about it because it seemed so far-fetched,” Dixon said. “There hasn’t been anybody who has gone from west to the east. You don’t get a job when you get turned down by other places that aren’t the level of Pittsburgh. You’ve got to be realistic.” The life of a college basketball coach – with its million-dollar contracts and shoe company endorsements making it a suitable breeding ground for oversized egos and raging insecurities – is not conducive to long-lasting relationships. Howland’s former mentor, Rick Majerus, the former Utah coach whom he considers the shrewdest basketball mind he knows, no longer speaks to him, the falling out apparently related to Howland landing the UCLA job that Majerus badly wanted. Howland’s once-warm friendship with Gonzaga coach Mark Few, with whom he shared a love of fly fishing, turned frosty when they both were seeking the UCLA job. They had agreed to keep each other informed of what they were hearing from the school, according to friends of both, until Howland cut off communication and flew to Santa Barbara to meet with Guerrero. Maintaining their friendship is one reason Howland and Dixon have vowed never to play each other except when they had no choice. And as much as the NCAA Tournament committee loves a saucy storyline, it really had little choice since two of the other No. 3 seeds – Oregon and Washington State – were Pac-10 teams and thus precluded from being in the Bruins’ bracket. Still, Howland says he has no concerns that Thursday’s results will lead to any ill feelings. “Jamie’s been my best friend in the business, he’s been the best assistant I’ve ever worked with,” Howland said. “He is as much a part of the success we had at NAU and Pitt as I am. I don’t think it’s hard because we worked together for so long. Our friendship goes back to when he was 17. That’s a long time.” Even though distance has kept them apart much of the past four years, they speak on the phone almost every day – including this week, though there is less talk of their teams. Howland’s daughter Meredith, a nursing student at Pittsburgh, is a frequent visitor at the Dixons’ home as a baby-sitter and to take advantage of a free meal and their satellite dish to watch UCLA games. Time has also done little to change the relationship between the two long-time friends. “I don’t think anything’s changed since we were assistants at Santa Barbara,” Dixon said. “The interests are the same as they’ve always been, and we really only have two interests: basketball and family. He likes fishing. I don’t even have a third interest.” Since they went their own way, they’ve also been brought together when death hit their families. When Howland was introduced as UCLA’s coach, he proudly spoke of his parents, who attended the news conference, and said that he hoped to buy a home next to theirs in Santa Barbara that he could retire into in 15 years. But later that spring, Bob Howland fell at a wedding and hit his head, slipped into a coma and died a month later. Last spring, it was Dixon’s turn to grieve. Shortly after they attended the Final Four together, cheering on UCLA, Dixon was having breakfast in New York with his younger sister, Maggie, the buoyant young head coach at Army. Several hours later, she collapsed. A day later, she died from what an autopsy determined was an enlarged heart and malfunctioning valve. “It’s different when you lose a parent as opposed to a sibling, but they were both traumatic and both similar in that they were unexpected,” said Howland, who served as a pallbearer at Maggie’s funeral service. “There was no forewarning. There was no ability to say goodbye like when someone has a long illness and you know they’re going to pass away. That was similar so I related to how he was feeling.” They have also had to be there for their families, Howland for his mother, Mary, and Jamie for his parents, Jim and Margie, who still live in North Hollywood. “We knew them both so well, it was a loss for each of us,” Dixon said. “Ben knew Maggie since she was 10 years old and I knew his dad since I’ve known Ben. It felt like we’d lost somebody, too.” That connection won’t wane at all Thursday night. Chris Carlson, UCLA’s director of basketball operations who began working with Howland and Dixon during their days in Santa Barbara, will make just as diligent notations on his clipboard. Pittsburgh assistant Brandin Knight, an All-American under Howland, will be working just as hard to beat him. Meredith, a former Pitt cheerleader, will be sitting in the stands, rooting for the Bruins. “She’s been on scholarship for 22years,” joked her father. And when the two coaches meet at mid-court after a winner has been determined, it will be just like old times in the claptrap apartment back in Pittsburgh. Nobody’s getting anywhere without a hand from the other. Same, yet different Inauspicious start Price of success Cemented by tragedy billy.witz@dailynews.com (818) 713-3621160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Community organizes fundraisers after fire in Taylor

first_imgOn top of this, Quiznos Subs in Fort St. John is accepting donations to help support the Shurtliff family of Taylor.  Quiznos will be offically accepting donations in the form of cash or card until Friday, May 16th. However, staff say that they will continue to accept donations after that date as well. The greenhouses, which were the Shurtliff family’s business and livelihood, were completely destroyed in the fire which began around 4 pm. Monday afternoon. Volunteers are organizing a family dinner, dance and silent auction to benefit the family on May 24th. Taylor Council generously agreed to donate the use of the Taylor Community Hall for the event, and now organizers are seeking donations for a the silent auction and are looking for more volunteers to help with the dinner.“We’ve already had some donations coming in,” said Ginger Alexander, who is organizing the event. Local artist Donna Folk has donated one of her paintings, and a local photographer has donated a package of family portraits. Speedy Printing has helped out by printing posters advertising the event. Tickets to the Family BBQ Dinner and Dance at the Taylor Community Hall are available at the Taylor District office or Fort Bowling Lanes, $10 per person, or $40 per family at these locations. You can buy tickets at the door, but the price will increase to $15 per person and $50 per family. Alexander encourages people to buy tickets in advance, so that they have an idea of the numbers of people attending.In addition to the Family Dinner and Dance at the Taylor Hall, Alexander said her children suggested a bottle drive to help raise funds for the Shurtliff family. From May 13 – 17, there will be a bottle drive to support the family. Alexander says anyone who has bottles and cans, can drop them off at Taylor Elementary School, and there is also an account set up at the Bottle Depot for the family, the account is called the Shurtliff Taylor Fire, account number 121. Anyone interested can simply take their recyclables to the Bottle Depot and ask that the money be credited to that account. People can also drop off recyclables to the Alexander residence, and they, along with those collected at Taylor Elementary, will be sorted by volunteers and the Taylor Elementary Leadership Class, on May 17th.- Advertisement -Following the Family Dinner and Dance on May 24th, there will be a Family Bowling Night, from 5 – 9 pm., on May 25th at Fort Bowling Lanes. Cost for an evening of fun bowling will be $10 per game, including shoe rental. There will also be a bake sale during the bowling, with all proceeds from both the bowling and the bake sale going to the Shurtliff family.If anyone wants to make a cash donation, there is an account set up at the Credit Union. Donors can stop into the Hudson’s Hope, Fort St. John or Taylor Credit Unions and make a donation to the Shurtliff Family Trust.For additional information on these events, history of the greenhouses please check out the Facebook page, Taylor Greenhouses Fire Benefit for the Shurtliffs. If you are interested in dropping off cans for the bottle drive, donating items to the silent auction or bake sale, or in volunteering at any of the events to help the Shurtliff family, please call or text Ginger Alexander at 250-261-9830.Advertisementlast_img read more

LAGAN HARPS LADIES STAR ZOE GREEN WINS DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARD

first_imgLagan Harps FC News:Congratulations to ladies player and Ireland u17 international Zoe Green who won the overall soccer award at the Donegal Sports awards. She was a deserving winner for her performances over the year. She also took part in an Ireland u17 training camp along with Caoimhe Walsh on Sunday. Due to the bad weather our u12bs were our only team in league action. They turned in a great performance in wintry conditions to beat Fintown Reserves 4-1. Matthew People’s was our star player on the day scoring our four goals. In a strong team performance Callum Lynch and Erin Doherty also stood out. Our u8 and u9 teams took part in. Futsal blitz in the Aura on Saturday. Our men’s team are scheduled to play at home to fellow promotion hunters Donegal Town on Sunday at 2.00pm. Well done to our players who took part in Donegal u18 girls win over Galway u18s. Well done also to former schoolboy players Shaun Crossan and Oran Higgins who were selected for trials for the Ireland u18s. In our weekly lotto the numbers drawn were 9,10,14 and 22. Nine people had two numbers with Hugo Wallace drawn out and winning e50. Next week’s jackpot is e6300. LAGAN HARPS LADIES STAR ZOE GREEN WINS DONEGAL SPORTS STAR AWARD was last modified: February 1st, 2016 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:Lagan Harps FCsoccerSportlast_img read more

Chelsea linked with shock swoop for Fulham star

first_imgChelsea are reportedly lining up a bid for Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.The Serbian forward only sealed a permanent move to Craven Cottage in the summer, having starred on loan from Newcastle last season. Mitrovic has impressed for Fulham LATEST TRANSFER NEWS He has four goals in his opening five Premier League games for the Whites and, according to the Mirror, his performances have caught the eye of the Blues.The 23-year-old could provide competition for out-of-sorts Alvaro Morata, who was dropped for Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Cardiff.Olivier Giroud took his place and impressed, but the Frenchman turns 32 at the end of the month.Chelsea are understood to be monitoring Mitrovic as a potential long-term solution up top. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ REVEALED Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade LATEST The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January 1 Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img RANKED targets Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father IN DEMAND LIVING THE DREAM Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer moving on targets Mitrovic was a £13m signing for Newcastle in 2015 but struggled to show his best form at St James’ Park.He scored just 17 times in 72 appearances for the club and was loaned to Fulham in the Championship in February.Mitrovic proved to be a big hit for the Cottagers, netting 12 times in 17 games to help lead them back into the Premier League.last_img read more

Stepping into the pantheon of champions

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 The Angels have done that now, earning their first back-to-back division titles and playoff appearances after winning the ’02 World Series as a wild card, all of it under Mike Scioscia. “It shows that you have an owner who’s willing to spend, a general manager who makes good decisions, and a manager who gets the most out of his players,” pitcher Paul Byrd said. “It shows you know what you’re doing. It shows you’re a winning franchise.” They are one of those teams now. Two others have done it – three playoffs in four years, a World Series win, same manager – in the decade since the playoffs were expanded to include wild cards: the 1990s-2000s Yankees and Braves, no less. Five did it in the 25 years when only division winners went to the playoffs: the 1970s Orioles and Reds, the 1970s and 1980s-’90s A’s, and the 1990s Blue Jays. Seven did it in the three-quarters of a century when the league leaders went straight to the World Series: the Yankees of various decades, the Cubs of the 1900s, the Philadelphia A’s of the Teens and the Depression, the New York Giants of the 1920s, the Cardinals of World War II, and the Dodgers of the 1960s. In other words, baseball’s most storied teams, plus the Blue Jays. Look at the managers of those teams, and you picture Scioscia poking a dusty cleat through the doorway of a very gaudy estate: Joe Torre, Bobby Cox, Earl Weaver, Sparky Anderson, Tony La Russa, Cito Gaston, Miller Huggins, Joe McCarthy, Casey Stengel, Ralph Houk, Frank Chance, Connie Mack, John McGraw, Billy Southworth and Walter Alston. Not that Scioscia is inviting any such comparisons for his team or himself. “Atlanta’s won, what, 14 division titles in a row?” Scioscia said in the first-base dugout before the first pitch Tuesday. “Hopefully, we’re taking a step in that direction.” For most of an unexpectedly hard summer, the Angels played as if they weren’t sure they wanted this house south of the baseball boulevard. Maybe it was all those stairs they’d have to climb, gardener bills to pay, standards to live up to. At the Ides of September, the Angels were fighting a four-game losing streak, had fallen to a season-worst .555 and were tied for first with Oakland. They were losing the close ones, the last-at-bat ones, the gut-check ones. Columnists were (specifically, I was) wondering if the Angels had reverted to the Yes We Can’t form of their pre-2002 era. They showed us (me). On Sept. 16, a Friday game against Detroit at Anaheim, they found what had been missing and gathered it around them. That night the bullpen backed up an ineffective John Lackey with five shutout innings, Scot Shields and Frankie Rodriguez blowing through one inning apiece before Kelvim Escobar going three to earn his first relief victory as the Angels rallied to win 7-6 in 12 innings. Since then, they’re a new team, or a confident old team – you decide. Their 10-1 run to the division title includes 3-0 in last-at-bat decisions, 5-0 in one-run decisions and 7-0 in come-from-behind decisions, and that once-nervous bullpen has gone 3-0 with seven saves. They even have Steve Finley hitting. Somebody must have jumped up on a clubhouse table and screamed at the team to try harder, right? “That’s not our team,” Chone Figgins said, laughing at the image. “We have a consistency of attitude. You know what you’re going to get out of every player on this team. When it was going a little rough, we didn’t change.” I guess nobody ever jumped on a table and screamed, “Let’s get out there and keep an even keel!” Said Byrd: “It’s not like we’ve tried any harder (the past two weeks). I just think we were lo-o-o-o-ong overdue (to knock out some tight wins).” Tuesday’s was another of those wins. There was the clutch hitting (Figgins, Bengie Molina, Juan Rivera) and tough relief (Shields, Rodriguez with his 16th save in a row) they found when it mattered. For those who have been Angels since 2001 and know what it takes to win in the autumn, what’s happening now is something to be proud of, huh? Darin Erstad smiled, knowing the Angels have taken ownership of property that must be carefully maintained. “So far,” he said. Kevin Modesti’s column appears in the Daily News three days a week. He can be reached at heymodesti@aol.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OAKLAND – The 2002 World Series put the Angels on baseball’s map. The 2005 American League West championship gives them an address in one of the game’s fanciest neighborhoods. They finished off the Athletics 4-3 in front of the last 18,416 optimists in Oakland on Tuesday night to clinch the division championship with five games left in the season. Then they back-slapped their way to the clubhouse for a raucous beer-and-champagne celebration. After that they strode, soggy shoes and all, across a well-vacuumed threshold. center_img “It’s a tribute to the players and to the organization from top to bottom,” said Angels owner Arte Moreno, his black T-shirt dripping with champagne, a bottle of the stuff in his right hand. “After the many years that this franchise struggled before winning the World Series, it’s important for us to continue to grow.” How’s this for a yardstick of the championship-quality stability? Go the playoffs three (or four) times in four years, win a World Series (or more) in that span, and do it all with the same manager setting the mood. last_img read more

A paradise lost

first_imgSANTA FE SPRINGS — Discarded cigarette butts, beer cans, paper cups and other trash litters the grounds of Paradise Memorial Park, a now-closed and neglected cemetery that many people believe is far from living up to its moniker. “The last time I visited, it was very painful for me to see the condition of the yard,” said Toni Moore, who has more than 30 relatives buried there, including her brothers and her great-grandmother. Whenever she visits their graves, Moore brings along garden tools and bottled water. The water is for the cemetery’s grass, which is brown and dry. She uses the tools to clear dirt, leaves and spider webs away from the tombstones. Seven years after state officials took over Paradise Memorial Park amid a scandal involving the illegal moving of remains — setting up a special fund to maintain the property — relatives of the deceased, city officials and residents who live near the cemetery say very little upkeep work goes on there. The Cemetery Memorial Fund, a nonprofit organization of three board members, was created to oversee the money. The fund also owns and manages the property. But Moore and others believe the nearly $2 million the fund received for cemetery maintenance has been inadequate. Mike Arias, who was lead council for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit and is now a Cemetery Memorial Fund board member, said Paradise’s main problems are lack of money coming in, vandalism and board members with little time to raise money. “We hope the city understands we need some of their help,” he said. “We don’t have the economic resources to do some of these things. I’d hate to see a situation where the cemetery can’t be maintained and the city has to take it over.” But Audrey Hughley, the board’s chief financial officer, blamed Arias and the accounting firm he hired for some of Paradise’s problems. According to her, it was Arias’ and the accounting firm’s decision to deposit the money into an investment account to develop interest. But the returns from that investment have been less than expected, she said. Rather than earning about $100,000 a year for cemetery upkeep, the account’s interest has brought in only about $320,000 over the past six years, said Hughley. She said that a large part of that money was used to pay the accountants. “We’re out there trying to manage the cemetery, but the actual management seems to be going into the hands of people we don’t want, like accountants and bankers,” Hughley said. Meanwhile, the situation at Paradise appears to be getting worse, and no one seems to have a solution. Inside the burned-out shed, tombstones that were moved more than a decade ago are stacked against walls. Some have been chipped away by vandals and weather. A well that supplies water was vandalized and has not worked for weeks. Garden tools have been stolen by vandals. Whittier police have received 26 reports of vandalism at the cemetery since 1996, said police spokesman Officer Alan dela Pena. “This is simply a matter of respect for the deceased and a breakdown of responsibility for who should be maintaining the cemetery,” said Ashworth, who was surprised to see discarded children’s toys, fireworks and fresh beer cans littering the property. “We can all agree without controversy that the property is not being maintained at the level it deserves, but I’m not looking to point fingers,” he added. Hughley admitted that vandalism, financial set-backs and lack of management have meant that the board “can’t ever get past just getting the grass cut.” “This is the worst its been,” she said. “We had break-ins in April, July and August. They stole equipment, victimized a new tractor and broke the water pump. We can’t do anything about what’s happened in the past. But we can make changes now.” Sandy Mazza may be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026, or by e-mail at sandy.mazza@sgvn.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’s an attractive nuisance –meaning that it’s attractive to kids and vandals,” said Paul Ashworth, Santa Fe Springs’ assistant to the director of planning and development. He inspected the cemetery grounds on Oct. 4 and found problems. “The shed poses a risk of collapse,” he said, referring to an equipment shed that burned two years ago but is still at the site. The state Cemetery Board took over the property in 1995, after an investigation revealed that thousands of graves had been resold and that remains had been dug up and left in a mound of dirt. The families of those whose graves had been desecrated then filed a class-action lawsuit against its managers, Alma and Felicia Fraction, and other mortuaries they claimed were aware of the fraud. The Fractions received jail time and fines, and the lawsuit’s plaintiffs received an $8 million settlement. The state used $1.8 million of that amount to set up an endowment for the cemetery’s maintenance, since it was no longer operational and not generating money.last_img read more

Duo behind award-winning Harry’s Restaurants to feature in RTE series

first_imgDonegal men Donal Doherty and Derek Creagh are set to showcase the secrets to the success of Harry’s Shack on Donal Skehan’s ‘Meals in Minutes’ on RTE One next week.Owner Donal Doherty and head chef Derek Creagh will be talking all things fish and fresh as celebrity chef Donal Skehan visits them at Harry’s Shack at Portstewart. A critics’ favourite, the Shack appeared on the list of Sunday Times Top 100 Restaurants in the UK and was named Ireland’s Restaurant of the Year 2014 by the influential John and Sally McKennas’ Guides.Award-winning food writer and TV presenter Donal Skehan is travelling to the North Antrim coast to meet Donal and Derek this week’s episode on ‘Meals in Minutes’, airing on RTE One on 11th July at 8.30pm. Donal DohertyDerek CreaghSkehan will be finding out how Harrys Shack has taken a more relaxed approach to fine dining, and how it is certainly working well. Highly-acclaimed Donegal-born chef Derek Creagh is renowned for using fresh fish from Greencastle in Co Donegal, with vegetables from the restaurant’s own farm.Harry’s Shack is one of two Harry’s Restaurants now operating in Co. Derry. The first Harry’s Restaurant in Bridgend, Co. Donegal, closed last month after 26 years in business.Harry’s Restaurant BridgendAlso in this week’s Meals in Minutes Donal will be making dishes for modern cooks and taking on a 5 minute challenge. In a race against time the chef takes it upon himself to conjure up five minute meals that are fresh, flavoursome and result in some delicious dishes.Donal SkehanDishes include Vietnamese Beef Noodle Salad and a One Pan Chicken Cacciatore and Donal also shows viewers how to make some Spicy Peanut Butter Noodles and some Tomato, Spinach, Chickpea Angle Hair Soup. This week’s 5 minute challenge is a Rosemary Lamb Steak with Quick Bean Stew. Donal Skehan’s Meals in Minutes will be broadcast on  Tuesday on RTÉ One at 8.30pm 11th July 2017.    Duo behind award-winning Harry’s Restaurants to feature in RTE series was last modified: July 7th, 2017 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) Tags:Derek CreaghDonal DohertyDonal Skehanharrys shackRTElast_img read more