Jamaican athletes poised to pounce in Beijing

first_img Fraser-Pryce has been reported to have said, “I’m not running the 200m.” With her omission, the title will be up for grabs. The door has been flung open for Elaine Thompson to lead Jamaica’s challenge in the event. Thompson should be joined by veterans Veronica Campbell-Brown and Sherone Simpson in the 200m pool of potential medallists. With a season best of 22.10 seconds and consistency which belies her limited experience, Thompson is best positioned to earn a medal for Jamaica on her first major international assignment; the workloads of the other women being militating factors working against favourable predictions for the Jamaican veterans. Thompson’s quest for gold took an encouraging turn when it was revealed that perennial race favourite and former champion, Allyson Felix of the United States, would not be competing in the event in Beijing and has opted to face the starter in the 400m instead of attempting the difficult 200-400m double. Felix, who has had her fair dose of injury woes in recent seasons, had thrown down the gauntlet as early as May in Doha, setting a season-leading time of 21.98. In her absence, the field will not have a clear favourite, though American Candyce McGrone (22.08, July 17) has the stats to wear the favourite hat. Thompson is well prepared by Stephen Francis of MVP and should mount the Beijing podium twice at these Championships, if she is made available to represent in the sprint relays. The sprint relay pool is not as deep as that of USA, and race accumulation may render Campbell-Brown and Simpson race flat when it matters most. Notwithstanding, the team will be good enough to earn a medal; silver is projected, with USA expected to win. PRIZE MONEY DISCUS Up for Grabs! CHAMBERS IN Viable Prospects Ricardo Chambers crossed the line third in the 400m, but violated lane rules at the Jamaican National trials in June. He finished third in the 400m at the NACAC Senior Championship and received a call-up to replace Edino Steele, who cited personal reasons for declining to represent Jamaica at the World Champs. With a season best of 44.93, Chambers is the fourth fastest Jamaican of 2015 behind Javon Francis, 44.50, and Rusheen McDonald, 44.60. Individually, Francis, McDonald and company will be working overtime to restore Jamaica’s quarter-mile heritage, which began Jamaica’s prowess in the sport in 1948 with the likes of Herb McKenley and Arthur Wint at the London Olympics. Chambers’ late inclusion should assist Jamaica’s quest to revive their 4x400m heritage. But, the status quo is unlikely to change this year as, at present, the 4×400 men’s team is predicted to be wide of a history-making mark, with the USA, The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago, and possibly Belgium, being esteemed among the leading male quartets heading for Beijing. The prospects for Jamaica’s women’s 4x400m relay team is much brighter though; the women should be in the big money, with a podium finish. Truth is, the USA is extremely blessed with quarter-mile talents and Jamaica will be chasing early on, racing with Bahamian women for Caribbean pride. Lane violation aside, MVP should add dough to its purse through Kaliese Spencer. The perfectly built 400m hurdler has a personal best of 52.79, done in 2011. Spencer is the most viable Jamaican prospect in the event, but will need to be at her best to stave off Zuzana Hejnova of the Czech Republic, who has a personal best of 52.83, done in 2013. The season leader is USA’s Shamier Little, who has run sub-54 on two occasions this year. Her best performance of 53.74 was achieved in June. But Spencer and Hejnova have superior stats from 200m to 800m and should prove a little too much for the American. Projections are for Jamaica to earn gold in the 400m hurdles for women. The same is not expected in the sprint hurdles for females, where the US’ dominance is dizzying to all comers. But on the male side, the Jamaicans are expected to be technically ready for the Beijing outing. Here the US’ David Oliver is the class act in a fairly qualified field. He will do extremely well to win, or may run extremely poorly to finish out of the medals. Jamaica can eye two podium spots in the 110m hurdles. Although the national record holder, Hansle Parchment, was second best at the National Trials, the word is that he is conditioned methodically with the World Championships honours in mind. Projections are for Parchment to be ahead of Omar McLeod, though McLeod enters the event as the second fastest man of 2015, behind Olando Ortega of Cuba. Approximately 2,000 athletes from more than 200 nations are expected to compete in the Chinese capital over 10 days, starting August 21 and ending August 31 at the IAAF World Championships of Athletics. With US$100,000 on offer for record-breaking performances and another US$60,000 for individual podium-topping finishers, Jamaica now has the momentous distinction of having the most success per capita of all countries in the world in track and field. At this 15th staging of the Championships, which starts tomorrow, local time, Jamaica will be gunning to go better than their medal haul of nine, which was gained in the last staging in Moscow, Russia, in the summer of 2013. In addition to Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Jamaicans earning wildcard spots on the team of 53 athletes include 2014 Diamond Race winners Kaliese Spencer in the 400m hurdles and Novlene Williams-Mills in the 400m. Beijing has been a happy hunting ground for Jamaica, and the US$80,000 incentive for winning teams in the relays means the mining for gold in the one-lap relays and medal-winning purses in the four-lap races will be a priority for athletes and team managers. Jamaica’s 4x100m relay pools are bolstered by Nesta Carter, Nickel Ashmeade and Kerron Stewart, who all formed part of the triumphant 4x100m teams in the Russian capital, and have also been included in the relay squads this time around. Jamaica gained late wildcard inclusions, with Rasheed Dwyer added for the 200m and Ricardo Chambers for the 400m. Both athletes gained their ‘brawta’ spots as a result of efforts at the North and Central American and Caribbean (NACAC) Senior Championships held in early August. Outside of Bolt, Jamaica’s best chance of earning another podium spot in the men’s 200m is a wildcard entrant in the person of Rasheed Dwyer. Dwyer is poised to pounce, but given our history of nepotistic decision-making practices, it is highly unlikely that Ashmeade, Weir, or Forte will give Dwyer the ‘bligh’. Jamaica cannot exceed four entrants under the rules of completion; I wonder if Bolt will oblige? Dwyer’s inclusion cannot be argued, as he is the Jamaican with the fastest 200m time of the year, 19.80, which was achieved as recent as July 23 in Toronto, Canada. The mark places him as the second fastest in the world year-to-date. He now holds the designation of prospective medallist behind Gatlin and Bolt. Dwyer, who finished fifth at the national trials in the absence of Bolt, will be a suitable alternate eyeing a sprint-relay spot. Jamaica’s contingent includes five throwers, shot-putters Danniel Thomas and O’Dayne Richards, while Federick Dacres, Jason Morgan and Chad Wright ensure all the male spots are filled in discus. Projections are for at least one of the male throwers to medal in 2015. With Jamaican men ranked at No. 2 in both the discus and shot putt, in the persons of Morgan and Richards, respectively, Richards is expected to transition on to the world stage with a medal-winning effort in Beijing, following-up on his Commonwealth Games gold medal of 2014. When the dust would have settled on the IAAF Championships of 2015 over Beijing, Jamaica can expect a double digit haul of medals – five gold, three silver and four bronze is a realistic prediction. The summary table is intended to temper the readers’ expectations.last_img read more

Thank you, good bye!

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Yet, instead of moping, she stepped down from the national team and said she would take a “specialized training course” abroad to help her earn credentials as a future fitness guru.“It was a very difficult decision for me because I have always aspired to represent our country,” Daquis said in a statement. “I am very grateful that you (national coaches) have considered me to be included in the team lineup. But I feel that there are other more capable candidates who can contribute more effectively to the team given the other priorities in my life that I must consider.”That’s Daquis gracefully telling them: If you’re not giving me my rightful place in the grand ball, I’m skipping the party altogether.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Rachel Ann Daquis. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith her lean 5-foot-10 frame, flawless skin and winsome smile, Rachel Anne Daquis easily catches everyone’s attention. The highly popular open spiker for Cignal in the Philippine Superliga also happens to be a force on the hard court.A champion many times over with Far Eastern University in the UAAP, as well as with Philippine Army and Petron in volleyball’s commercial leagues, Daquis won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2015 PSL All Filipino Cup, which the Blaze Spikers won via 13-0 sweep.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Keeping up with Kobe End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Over breakfast at Shiny River Hotel in Ust-Kamenogorsk, head coach Francis Vicente, worried sick by the bashing the national team was receiving in social media, tried to lighten the mood of the girls. After five matches in five days the team still could not buy a win against stronger clubs.“Hey, girls, have you said hello to your bashers this morning?” Vicente asked his players.Daquis offered a reply for the team in Filipino: “No coach. We have stopped checking [our social media accounts]. All we know is that we’re all very pretty!”Her remark brought the house down and conveyed the correct attitude the team, including Vicente himself, took to ward off online critics.So after Daquis was unceremoniously cut from the national team’s final roster by the coaching staff, supposedly in favor of younger and stronger open hitters, the news stunned her legions of fans, probably more than Daquis herself.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade That may explain the uproar in social media when she was relegated to the reserve list of the Philippine team that will see action in the Southeast Asian Games and the Asian Seniors tournament next month. After all, to paraphrase a classic line from the movie “Dirty Dancing,” “nobody puts Rachel in a corner.”For years, the 29-year-old Daquis painstakingly earned the tag “Face of Philippine volleyball.” During the Singapore SEA Games two years ago, giant posters bearing her image—she was an endorser for a top sports manufacturing company— adorned big malls around the Lion City’s OCBC Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Daquis has represented the country in international tournaments since 2011 and was part of the pioneering PSL-Manila squad that played in the FIVB World Clubs Championships in 2016.Fast-forward to last May’s AVC Asian Club Championship in Kazakhstan, where Daquis served as team captain of Philippine representative Rebisco-PSL and played the part well. She was on top of everything, from the team’s airport check-ins, to the daily bus rides, to the team bull sessions. MOST READlast_img read more

ONE: Xiong wins strawweight title, beats Teo

first_imgIn a matchup between former World champions, former lightweight titlist Shinya Aoki submitted former featherweight king Marat Gafurov with a rear-naked choke in the card’s Grappling Super-Match.Russian bantamweight Yusup Saadulaev spoiled Japanese veteran Masakazu Imanari’s return to ONE after scoring a unanimous decision win in a technical showcase.Saadulaev (17-4) controlled the fight from the ground where he negated much of Imanari’s (36-17), who last fought in the promotion in 2012, offense.Victorio Senduk (3-0) made a triumphant return to ONE Championship after almost six years and taking a TKO victory over fellow Indonesian Yohan Mulia (8-7) 57 seconds into the second round.Indonesian Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol (1-2) snapped her 0-2 career start with a resounding first round TKO win over Malaysian Audreylaura Boniface (0-3) 3:23 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo from ONE ChampionshipXiong Jing Nan made history on Saturday when she became ONE Championship’s first women’s strawweight champion after stopping Tiffany Teo at Jakarta Convention Center in IndonesiaRelying on her pinpoint accuracy, Xiong (11-1) repeatedly tagged Teo (7-1) with overhand rights and left hooks that the Singaporean struggled to counter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Riski Umar (2-0) opened up the fight card in his home country with a powerful TKO win over countryman Eka Aprilianto (0-1) 4:20 into round one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Xiong’s relentless striking prompted referee Olivier Coste to stop the fight 2:17 into the fourth round.“I am happy to represent China and I take a lot of pride in that, I feel great and overwhelmed,” said Xiong. “I feel great and overwhelmed and this is a message to all the women across the world, you can achieve anything. This win is dedicated to my grandmother and grandfather who passed away recently.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn the co-main event, Indonesian flyweight Stefer Rahardian (7-0) drew energy from the hometown crowd as he dominated Pakistani fighter Muhammad Imran (5-2).Rahardian repeatedly took the fight to the ground where he rained down on Imran with punches and continuous submission attempts en route to a decision victory. LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Hot-shooting Rosario leads TNT past struggling Meralco Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Brazil’s scouts search for future Neymars

first_img0Shares0000Scout Jorge Athayde selects players during a trial in which they play under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Nov 17 – At a trial for youngsters at Rio de Janeiro’s Vasco da Gama football club, Vanessa Dias pushed through the bushes to glimpse her 12-year-old son Caua, nervously hoping that he’d just taken his first step to the big time.About 200 other children aged nine to 17 were taking part in the trial on a basic football pitch in northern Rio under the watch of scouts from the club, one of Brazil’s biggest. Parents weren’t allowed in, but some climbed a hill through undergrowth to try to see the field anyway.“I’m ready to make any sacrifice. I’m unemployed and sometimes I don’t have enough to pay for transport, but I always get by with a loan here and there,” Dias, 33, said.Her son actually supports Vasco’s big rivals Flamengo, but he’s trying to play a bigger game now than mere fandom: getting a shot at becoming a future star himself.Becoming the next Neymar is the dream of many in Brazil, a country mad about football and with no shortage of talented youngsters from poor backgrounds hungry for a chance © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELBecoming the next Neymar is the dream of many in a country mad about football and with no shortage of talented youngsters from poor backgrounds hungry for a chance.But there’s nothing easy about getting there.Vasco’s head scout Uerner Leonardo Passos said even in this first set of trials, “only 10 percent of the boys will pass before going to a new series of tests at the club headquarters.”Trials last three days and take place every month, divided into age groups where children get an opportunity to show off their skills in 20-minute games.Ronaldo Faria, a Vasco scout, has a good idea of what he’s looking for: his brother is World Cup winner Romario, the club’s biggest ever find.“The secret of Brazilian football is the favelas, with kids playing on the streets and on rough pitches,” he said, referring to the hard-scrabble, often violent neighborhoods where many Brazilians grow up with little more than dreams of getting out.– Eyes peeled –Vasco puts a big emphasis on scouring those favelas for talent.“Our scouts often go to the favelas and they keep a network of contacts who will tell them if there’s a kid showing potential,” said Luiz Rangel, from Vasco’s talent spotting department.Scout Jorge Athayde (R) speaks to a boy during a trial in which youngsters play under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTELJacy Oliveira, who lives in Rio’s Piedade neighborhood, brought four local boys along to the trial.“Many good players don’t even get a chance for a trial because they don’t have the money for transport,” said Oliveira, who uses his own money in the hope of finding a new talent to boost his own scouting career.“For now, I’ve had nothing but expenses but I’m sure that I’ll come across a shining star,” he said.Among the boys playing that day, just one really stood out for Ronaldo Faria — a nine-year-old called Felipe who dribbled past older and bigger opponents with ease.His twin brother Fernando, however, looked so nervous that he was having trouble performing at all.“Don’t be afraid,” one of the trial organizers told him. “Just be normal, play as if you were in the street with your brother.”– ‘Pre-programmed’ –What scouts want to see are players with talent but able to play in a team without too much individualism. They have another problem, though, and that’s the lack of freedom in children already trying to copy adult systems.“The children are pre-programmed,there are fewer and fewer who play in a spontaneous way,” Luiz Rangel said.Parents who weren’t allowed in climb a hill through undergrow to catch a glimpse of their children while they take part in a trial under the watch of scouts from one of Brazil’s biggest football clubs, Vasco da Gama, in northern Rio de Janeiro © AFP / Mauro PIMENTEL“What we’re looking for is a series of characteristics: ease with the ball, field position, the way they communicate with the other players on the team. Everything has an influence.”Caio Rodrigues, 15, said it was important not to show off.“If you try and stand out you end up making a mistake. They want us to play simply and to pass the ball,” he said.Pedro Henrique, 13, has been watching his heroes, Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar and Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, on video for inspiration.“When I am big I want to play with them, with Neymar, on the national team,” the boy said shyly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Europa League final: Man United v Ajax – kick off time, venue and how to listen

first_imgManchester United will take on Ajax in the Europa League final as Jose Mourinho’s men aim to end the season on a high. Here is all the info you need about the big match…When is the Europa League final? The game will be played on Wednesday, May 24.What time is kick off? 7.45pm (UK time)Where is the match? It will be played at the Friends Arena in Stockholm. The 2013 UEFA Women’s Euro final was held there, but this is the first time a major club European final has been staged at the venue.Where can you watch the game? The match will be shown on BT sport.Where can you listen to the game? talkSPORT will bring you full live commentary of the clash in Stockholm. Tune in from 7pm on Wednesday, May 24 for all the build-up and analysis.What are the match odds? With our friends at Sun Bets, Manchester United are 9/10 to triumph in Stockholm. You can get 16/5 on Ajax, with the draw at 12/5.Manchester United v Ajax: All the stats and facts ahead of the Europa League final 1last_img read more


first_imgRTE2 FM’s Breakfast With Hector will be in Donegal Town in the morning (Wednesday) – broadcasting live from 7am to 9am.So if you haven’t got your hands on any tickets yet, it might be worth getting up a wee bit earlier.Hector has two tickets for the game. Said the radio star: “We are parked up outside the Abbey Hotel tonight and looking forward to starting the show first thing.“In order to win the tickets people just need to come along and register with the show to be in with a chance.”Rory Gallagher will be performing his song ‘Jimmys Winning Matches’ live to the nation from the Diamond too.Meanwhile GAA officials say the scramble for tickets to this year’s final has been the most intense in years. With Donegal trying to bridge a 20-year gap between getting their hands on the Sam Maguire, and Mayo looking to end 61 years of heartache, it appears all the neutrals want to be there as well! COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – HECTOR BRINGS HIS SHOW (AND 2 TICKETS) TO DONEGAL TOWN was last modified: September 19th, 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:COUNTDOWN TO CROKER – HECTOR BRINGS HIS SHOW (AND 2 TICKETS) TO DONEGAL TOWNlast_img read more

St. Mary’s dedication Thursday

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – St. Mary’s Catholic Church will dedicate a $9.8 million church that seats 1,400 people, replacing a church built in 1956 when Palmdale’s population was less than one-tenth its present size. Capping a 2 1/2-year fundraising and construction effort, the new church will be dedicated Thursday, the exact day 49 years ago that the first Mass was celebrated at the old church. “I’m very happy,” Monsignor Stephen Downes said. “I’m happy we have a new center of prayer and worship in our parish.” Dedication ceremonies will begin at 5 p.m. Thursday. Cardinal Roger Mahony is scheduled to attend. Refreshments, music and dancing on the school grounds will follow the ceremony. The new church is built in a contemporary style with “in-the-round” seating focused on the altar. The 1,400 seats are more than double the 570 seats in the current church. The new church includes a eucharistic chapel, which seats 100 people behind the main altar, for weekday Masses; a new baptismal font; a glass-enclosed seating area for families with small children; bride’s room; usher’s room and new restrooms. The new building also features stained-glass windows crafted by award-winning artist Elizabeth Devereaux of Chico, Calif., Downes said. St. Mary’s has 8,300 families registered from Palmdale, Acton, Littlerock, and Lake Los Angeles. The church borrowed money to finance the $9.8 million cost of the project, which includes the church building, a new 350-space parking lot, landscaping and utilities. The church wants to build a new parish hall with offices and meeting rooms, which will cost an additional $3.2 million, Downes said. The first church will be closed except for special ceremonies, according to a church newsletter. It will be torn down when the new parish hall is built. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.comlast_img read more

6 hurt, 3 critically, in Valencia home blaze

first_img Ewart’s mother, who neighbors affectionately call ‘Grandma,’ stayed by her husband as paramedics treated him. “Her hair was singed, but she seemed OK,” Mann said. “She held his hand, kept him covered with a blanket.” The house was gutted and the contents destroyed, with damage estimated at $1.5 million, fire Inspector Ron Haralson said. Family friend Garman said one of Ewart’s prized possessions was a violin crafted in the 1770s that he considered priceless. Neighbors took the injured family members in as they awaited paramedics, comforting them and praying together. “We said a prayer – they’re a very Christian family,” said Deborah Mann, who lives across the street from the Ewarts and who cared for Ewart’s parents. “When we saw David, we told him we prayed for his family, that everyone would be OK.” Ewart, an accomplished violinist who has played with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, holds a large Christmas party every year. The family home was decked to the hilt for the holidays, yet Tuesday morning icicle lights hung sooty and dripping from the eaves, decorations scattered among the family’s charred belongings. Mann said the party was legendary in the Valencia neighborhood and that Ewart had pony rides for the children and a small petting zoo in his yard. As residents helped the Ewarts and evacuated others from nearby homes in case the fire spread, next-door neighbor Jon Delling, 20, used a garden hose to spray at flames shooting in the air. “I heard screaming. I thought it was a dream,” Delling said. “Then I woke up and it was real. We ran outside. People were running in the back yard making sure everyone was out of the house.” Patricia Farrell Aidem, (661) 257-5251 pat.aidem@dailynews.com To help the Ewarts A special account has been sent up to help the Ewart family recover from Tuesday’s fire. Checks payable to the David Ewart Catastrophe Fund can be sent to Wells Fargo Bank, 25850 The Old Road, Stevenson Ranch, CA 91381. Checks must reference account number 8606155136. 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 MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Los Angeles County Firefighter Steve Toledo said flames were as high as 80 feet when engines arrived. “The people were burned pretty bad,” he added. Fire investigators had not determined the cause. David Ewart suffered second- and third-degree burns over 32 percent of his body, on his arms, hands, back, chest and face and was on a respirator late Tuesday at Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, said hospital spokeswoman Debbie Groverman. He is scheduled for surgery Monday. Son Michael suffered burns over 40 percent of his body – second- and third-degree burns to his face, ears, neck, chest, back, left foot and both hands and arms. A first surgery is scheduled Monday and, if that goes well, a second surgery will be performed Dec. 29, Groverman said. Hugh Ewart, concertmaster emeritus of the Portland Symphony, reluctant to jump from the balcony of the burning house, fell and broke his nose. He also suffered facial burns and was being monitored for a heart condition. He was scheduled to be transferred to the Grossman Burn Center by today. VALENCIA – Six family members were injured – three of them critically – in a predawn house fire Tuesday in Valencia, the scene of a big holiday party the night before. Neighbors said they awoke to screams from the Via Escovar home, and raced to help violinist David Ewart, his elderly parents who were visiting from Oregon and Ewart’s three children. “I heard screaming,” next-door neighbor Kim Altobello said. “I was already awake getting ready for work and I just heard Heather screaming and screaming. I said, ‘Call 911!’ I didn’t know what was happening.” Ewart, 48, his children Michael, 15, Jonathan, 13, and Heather, 11, and his parents Hugh, 81, a retired concertmaster, and Esther Ewart, 77, escaped through a second-story window and onto a balcony. They used a tree-house ladder to get to the ground, friend Leslie Garman said. last_img read more


first_imgConrad GallagherDONEGAL chef Conrad Gallagher is in trouble again – and could face jail over it.A default judgment of $137,565 (€110,400) has been registered in New York against the Letterkenny man and Paul Hurley, his business partner in the Purple Fig restaurant in Manhattan. The pair were sued over unpaid wages by staff.The restaurant, located on the Upper West Side, closed in 2012 after a series of bad reviews, with the New York Post awarding it zero stars out of five under a headline titled: “Fig-get about eating here”.A formal investigation is now under way into Gallagher, who was made bankrupt in South Africa in 2009, and left a trail of debts behind him in Ireland again two years ago.He claimed he didn’t own the Fig Leaf and was merely a consultant.Hurley says Gallagher was responsible for paying the staff.However Dubliner Hurley has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of failing to pay $100,000 in wages to staffers at one of his other businesses.He did a plea deal with the New York State Attorney General’s Office has allowed him to avoid a jail sentence.Now a new investigation is under way.Former workers are pursuing the civil case – and there may now also be a criminal investigation.Gallagher was last believed to be in Orange County, California, where he was running an outside catering company called Vanity Catering & Events.His website for the business however crashed in November and has been down since.DONEGAL CHEF CONRAD COULD FACE JAIL FOR FAILING TO PAY WAGES OF NEW YORK STAFF was last modified: December 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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:chefConrad Gallagherlawsuitnew yorklast_img read more

Social support to continue as foreign nationals are reintegrated into communities

first_imgForeign nationals who have been accommodated at a temporary settlement next to the Primrose Police Station in Germiston, East Rand, after they fled fearing attacks, will continue receiving social support services from social workers as they are reintegrated into their communities in Makawusi and Marathon informal settlements on April 23.Minister of Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini – who visited the settlement during the relocation – said work had been done by various stakeholders to prepare both the communities and foreign nationals for a smooth reintegration.“Our social workers will now be deployed in the communities to work with individual households to ensure their well-being, as well as conduct community facilitation to promote social cohesion between the locals and foreign nationals,” said Minister Dlamini.She warned that successful reintegration is a long term process that will demand persevering attention. The Minister also said that community practitioners would be trained on conflict resolution and deployed to communities to ensure no further flare up of violence.The temporary settlement has been home to three hundred and sixty six (366) foreign nationals since April 16, including one hundred and ninety six (196) men, one hundred and fourteen (114) women, twenty five (25) children and fifty six (56) infants.During their stay at the temporary settlement the Department has, through social workers, provided a number of social support services to them to help them cope with the ordeal.These include psychosocial assessments to detect the need for psychosocial interventions, trauma counselling, and the referral of pregnant women, children and people with disabilities to relevant health facilities for health interventions, including a mobile clinic that has been stationed at the temporary settlement.A mobile early childhood development (ECD) centre had also been brought onto the settlement, run by a qualified practitioner and equipped with stimulating toys to bridge the gap while children were not able to attend their usual ECD centres.There were mixed feelings from the foreign nationals as they were getting ready to be reintegrated into their communities.Lucas Dube (20), a Zimbabwean from the Marathon informal settlement said he was glad to be going back to his home. “I’m glad we can go back home now to resume our lives. We have been given assurances by authorities that we will be okay when we go back, so I’m happy,” said Dube.Safari Dube (28), a Mozambican national, has adopted a wait-and-see attitude. “When the violence began I sent my two children (13 and 16) to my sister in Rustenburg. I will fetch them only when I am sure that the violence will not happen again,” she said.Social workers will continue working with the community in all the areas across the country where foreign nationals are being reintegrated to ensure a smooth transition. They will form part of the broader government campaign to educate local communities about foreign nationals and ensure they are fully integrated as equal members of society.Issued by the National Department of Social DevelopmentMedia inquiries may be directed to Lumka Oliphant on 083 484 8067 or lumkao@dsd.gov.zalast_img read more