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first_imgDallas also intends to decline the $5 million club option on Dirk Nowitzki’s contract and re-sign him once its salary structure is more settled, the person told the AP on condition of anonymity because the sides are not publicly commenting on moves ahead of free agency opening Sunday.The move on Nowitzki is designed to create more room under the salary cap, as were the decisions to rescind qualifying offers to shooting guard Doug McDermott and center Salah Mejri, making both unrestricted free agents.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJordan was set to make $24.1 million under the four-year, $87.6 million contract he signed to stay with the team that drafted him in 2008. Seven years later, the Mavericks made a strong play for Jordan, who agreed to sign with them as a free agent.The Houston native changed his mind, and the saga played out on social media the day before Jordan could sign. Former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a contingent that went to his house and stayed with him until the deal was official. LATEST STORIES The reversal was a stunning setback for Dallas, which made the playoffs without Jordan the following year but lost in the first round and now is coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time in nearly 20 years.Circumstances are much different now, with the former All-Stars who helped persuade Jordan to stay no longer around. Chris Paul engineered a trade to Houston last summer, and the Clippers shipped Griffin to Detroit in January in a sign that rebuilding years could be ahead.The Mavericks are two years into their own reconstruction, with 2017 first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. joined by another player who will begin his NBA career as a teenager in European standout Luka Doncic.Dallas moved up two spots in the draft last week to get the Slovenian guard, who was taken third overall by Atlanta while the Mavericks selected former Oklahoma scoring sensation Trae Young for the Hawks.Mavericks owner Mark Cuban refused to accept an apology from Jordan after the reversal, but later said he was moving on and never ruled out acquiring a player despite what was seen as a betrayal. Now the billionaire wants to get the Mavericks back to winning as soon as possible.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LeBron declines option, becomes prize free agent In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ FILE – In this March 10, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, left, reaches for a rebound along with Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles.A person with knowledge of the situation says the Mavericks are making another run at DeAndre Jordan three years after the center jilted them in free agency to stay with the Clippers. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks are making another run at DeAndre Jordan, three years after the center jilted them in free agency to stay with the Los Angeles Clippers.Jordan has opted out of the final year of that contract he signed with LA in 2015, and the Mavericks intend to pursue him as an unrestricted free agent, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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A long-term deal for Jordan, who turns 30 in July, would be a strong sign of that.Jordan, who was second in the NBA at 15.2 rebounds per game last season, shores up an area that has long been a weakness for a franchise that hasn’t won a playoff series since winning its first NBA title in 2011. He averaged 12 points per game last season.His arrival would be an odd twist for Dallas fans, who booed him steadfastly in each of his five trips to Dallas after that summertime saga. Jordan’s presence also could mean Nowitzki comes off the bench in what is expected to be his record 21st season with the same franchise.Since the change of heart by Jordan, the most productive center for the Mavericks was their immediate replacement — Zaza Pachulia in 2015-16. Dallas hoped Nerlens Noel could become a significant piece after trading for him at the deadline in 2017. But the sixth overall pick by Philadelphia in 2013 never blossomed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READlast_img read more

first_img– amid market share loss, other challengesBy Utamu Bellehe management of Bosai Minerals Group Guyana Incorporated (BMGGI) has announced a move to grant its employees tax-free overtime, on the heels of a similar move by Aroaima-based Russian Aluminium (RUSAL).BMGGI officials meeting with Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and regional officialsThe move was announced by Company Secretary, retired Major General Norman McLean on Tuesday, during a tour of the company’s plant operations by Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman. Following the tour, officials of the company and regional officials had a meeting with the Minister. Those in attendance included BMGGI General Manager (ag) Eric Hue, Region 10 Chairman Renis Morian, and BMGGI Personnel Manager Trudell Marks. McLean said the company, in like fashion, would have adopted what RUSAL was recently advised to do in granting tax-free overtime, further explaining that it was a burning issue, which the company tried to settle for a long time and workers were expected to take strike action over. He said the workers welcomed the decision, while stressing that Finance Minister Winston Jordan has rejected almost everything the company asked for, and as such, he was very happy to see that the workers would be receiving tax-free overtime.ChallengesDuring the discourse, McLean also outlined various challenges being faced by the company, highlighting that one of the major problems was the issue of property tax. He explained to the Minister that the company has been seeking a five-year break from paying property tax. The Company Secretary said it was his hope that the issue of property tax would be dealt with in a similar vein as the issue of tax-free overtime, given the fact that Government was a 30 per cent shareholder in the company. He stressed that having the two dust collectors set up only compounds the situation, as it has increased the property tax costs. McLean added that he was very surprised to hear of complaints regarding dust in the environment when there were two dust collectors at the company which captures dust. On that note, he said the company was facing serious challenges, but it has always been one which was respectable and bent on finding new avenues.McLean further cited frequent blackouts in the community as another issue, and pointed out that the company, which is tasked with providing electricity has eight “old” Wärtsilä generators, while noting concerns in the past.Market loss“What you see here today is a manifestation of some of the problems we are facing. There is overproduction, we’ve lost market share … so things are very difficult for us … I keep reminding your Minister of Finance that the Government is the 30 per cent shareholder in this company, so whatever we do, Government enjoys the fruit of that. So, I do want to remind them that we do have problems,” McLean went on to state.He added that the company was currently looking at metal grade bauxite and moving 500,000 tonnes since it has built a plant in China, which will need 500,000 tonnes of manganese ore; however, there were challenges surrounding this task. Another challenge which McLean pointed out was that trucks took approximately seven hours to travel from Matthews Ridge to Port Kaituma. He explained that hauling them also posed a real challenge. Hence, the company is looking at a different route and establishing its own port.Government awarenessMinister Trotman in response said Government was aware of the challenges faced by the company, including that of property tax, and promised to try his best to partner with the company to assist. He added that a Committee would be put together to assess the state of bauxite in the country, noting that he believed that it was a timely endeavour, in light of the nation observing a hundred years of bauxite mining.“So, we’ll have a review of where things are and where we see it with regard to the future and what role your company will be playing,” he said. Trotman also urged that workers be treated with respect and the highest level of safety be undertaken at the company. He further praised BMGGI for taking the step to grant tax-free overtime for workers.The Minister added that he was very happy with the project at Matthews Ridge and promised to visit the location next week, but expressed concern over discarded materials which he noted were being put “everywhere” in the bauxite plant. He was quickly assured by officials that the plant was in the process of being cleaned up. Regional Chairman Renis Morian also noted that he was pleased with the support shown to the workers with the granting of tax-free overtime.last_img read more

first_imgThe Country Director of Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), Madam Crayton, has described communication as a powerful tool that can either make or break any society, depending on how it is used.Speaking Thursday, August 27, at the opening of a two-day workshop for producers, technicians of partner radio stations and facilitators of radio listening groups in Liberia, Madam Crayton stated how at some point, misinformation and rumors almost made Liberia lose the fight against Ebola.Oxfam Country Director Mamadu Salifu challenged beneficiaries to make themselves comrades of the poor and friends of the stigmatized. He and other speakers primarily called on journalists to highlight the plight of the marginalized.The training was organized by the West Africa Democracy Radio based in Dakar and sponsored by Oxfam for producers, technicians of partner radio stations and facilitators of radio listening groups in Liberia.A similar exercise ended last week in Sierra Leone, while another is expected to take place shortly in Guinea.For his part, Former Assistant Information Minister Albert Jaja, who deputized for the Information Minister Lewis Brown, thanked OSIWA for the assistance it has given the media from the days of the civil crisis, making reference to direct financial assistance given to scores of journalists to help them resettle after the war.Mr. Jaja used the occasion to comment on challenges government faced in trying to curb the spread of Ebola, saying its critics used the crisis as a referendum on its overall performance.Instead of entirely focusing on the negatives, he said government highlighted the success stories of survivors.Jefferson Massah, a participant and producer with radio Gbarnga in central Liberia lauded the organizers for the training as well as the donation of equipment to the six community radio stations that participated in the two-day training. He said both the training and material support will help to enhance their production capacity.The equipment presented to the stations included computers, microphones, recorders, smart phones and head phones. The project aimed at supporting and monitoring effective Ebola governance in the sub-region will run for the next three months through a collaboration involving the West Africa Democracy Radio in Dakar with partner community radio stations in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgCustomers to win thousands of US dollars in prizesA few weeks after it completed its last giveaway campaign, “Christmas Starts In October,” the management of Orange Liberia has announced the launch of another major campaign.The new campaign was unveiled on Wednesday during a special press conference, led by Orange Liberia media relations manager, Noosevett Weah.Weah said the new campaign, “This Is My Time” or “Da Ma Tan,” is launched in partnership with Harbel Supermarkets and Data Link.She said hundreds of Liberians from across the country are expected to win prizes ranging from 24 pressure cookers, 24 air conditioners, 12 pressing irons, 90 daily cash prizes of US$300, 90 daily US$50 Harbel Supermarkets vouchers, 12 refrigerators, 24 flat screen televisions, 6 generators, 12 motorbikes, 6 keh-kehs,  and 3 new Renault Duster vehicles.Weah declared the promotion officially launched and admonished customers to start texting to stand a chance of being one of the lucky winners.“If you were not one of the ‘Christmas in October’ winners, this is your time to win a prize from Orange. Sign up and begin participating for your chance to win,” she said.“This Is My Time” is an SMS based quiz game that is being implemented in partnership with Orange and Data Link/Harbel Supermarkets in a bid to bring joy to hundreds of Liberians across the country.The media relations manager said to enter the promotion, Orange customers should simply text their first name to 334 to enter.Manager Weah said after texting his/her first name to 334, the customer would start to receive text message questions, and each correctly answered question would take them one step closer to being eligible for entering the draw to win a prize.“The questions are very, very simple. When the customer answers a question correctly, he or she gets 20 points; and when the answer is wrong, he or she gets 10 points. The customers who get the most points daily, weekly and monthly draws to win.”She said each text message costs only ten U.S. cents or ten Liberia dollars.“Imagine that for just a few cents, customers will be walking away with prizes that are worth thousands of dollars. Only Orange is able to give this much back to its customers,” she boasted.The chief sales and distribution officer of Orange Liberia, Isaac Muthama, said winners will come from across the country. “We want our subscribers to know that no matter where they are in Liberia, we will make sure they get their prizes. If they win the cash prize, we will send it immediately by Orange Money. If they win any of the other prizes, we will ensure that they get it rapidly,” said Muthama.He said Orange, Harbel Supermarkets, and Data Link would give away US$300 to a new winner every day for three months, as well as a brand new Renault Duster and two keh-keh bikes every month for three months.“It is a pleasure to be a part of this journey as Orange puts smiles on the faces and joy in the hearts of so many Liberians,” he noted.Also speaking at the press conference, a representative of Data Link/Harbel Supermarkets, Allison Morgan, expressed her company’s excitement about the partnership with Orange and the “Da Ma Tan” promotion.“I invite Liberians from all walks of life to be a part of this very attractive campaign and start texting to win now,” she said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBanks DIH Limited registered a $4.243 billion after-tax profit for 2017. This is against the after tax-profit of $4.702 billion garnered in 2016, according to the company’s Annual Financial Report.This result was produced because the company’s trading profit rose in 2017 by 22.3% over the previous year’s, although after-tax profit fell by 9.76% over the period, because of a one-off gain in 2016.Chairman and Managing Director of Banks DIH Limited, Clifford ReisThe report, presented by Banks Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis, stated that, in the prior year, the company benefited from the one-off gain of $1.4 billion accrued as a result of the disposal of the investment securities held in Banks Holdings Ltd and Desnoes and Geddes (Jamaica) Ltd, and because of the dissolution of BCL (Barbados) Ltd.The group’s net assets value per share has increased from $31.72 to $33.33, and the company has increased its dividend proposal to shareholders to $1.04 per share unit, resulting in an overall cost of $884 million.“The improved results were made possible as a result of the increase in sales of our malt products, aerated and liquor beverages, and food products,” the Chairman noted in the 2017 Annual Report.Reis said the company also benefited from the reduction in prices paid for several key raw and packaging materials, which included sugar and pre-forms.“Prudent management of our asset base and financial resources also contributed to the overall results,” he added.Stating that the global economy had experienced some shock as a result of the general elections in the US, he said there were marginal improvements resulting from the increase in commodity and oil prices.The Banks Chairman and Managing Director also stated in his report that the implementation of the Environmental Levy of $10 per container on all non-returnable glass and PET containers had helped to reduce consumer spending, which ultimately affected retail sales.In addition to that, Reis said, the company weathered the effects of an artificial increase in foreign exchange rates, which affected the acquisition costs for raw and packaging materials, plant and machinery spares, and capital equipment; in addition to foreign exchange and payment for goods and services.Reis noted that the distribution warehouse was extended by an additional 15,900 square feet of new storage space; a new malt intake system was installed in the brewery; and the beer bottling plant benefited from the installation of a crate washer and a new cleaver brook boiler. Modernisation of the Trisco cookies and crackers lines was continued with the acquisition of new packaging equipment.Citizen’s BankTouching on the performance of Citizen’s Bank, the Chairman stated that revenue was $3.5 billion, compared to $3.2 billion, an increase of $287 million, or 8.8 per cent. Profit after tax was $727 million.Reis said that from a net profit of $3.8 billion, a dividend payment of $802 million was made, leaving $3 billion for transfer to retained earnings.He noted that the company performed well in 2017, but the uncertain global and local economic environments, together with the effects of changing global weather patterns, are factors which would adversely affect the company.“We continue to examine areas in which we can diversify our business portfolio,” the Chairman added.Meanwhile, the company also announced that its AGM will be held at Thirst Park on Saturday, January 27. At the AGM, shareholders will receive the financial statements for the year ended September 30, 2017, and the reports of the directors and auditors, among other activities.last_img read more

first_imgJoseph YawMichael GouveiaRobert BhagnauthAndy RobertsFour persons convicted of narcotics possession charges were granted an early release from President David Granger in commemoration of today’s Emancipation celebrations.According to a statement from the Public Security Ministry on Wednesday, the presidential pardons, which take effect today, were done by virtue of the powers vested in the Head of State under Article 188 of the Constitution of Guyana.Article 188 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Guyana states that the President has the power to grant any person concerned in, or convicted of, any offence under the laws of Guyana, a pardon, either free or subject to lawful condition.The four pardon beneficiaries are: Robert Bhagnauth, age 39; Michael Gouveia, age 23; Andy Roberts, age 38; and Joseph Yaw, age 54. They have all served a portion of their sentences for possession of cannabis.According to the missive, these men were considered to be “fit and proper” to receive such pardons by the President.The early release of these four men comes at a time when the caretaker coalition Government has taken steps to remove custodial sentences for possession of small amounts of marijuana. About a month ago, Government said in a statement that after extensive discussions and reviews, “Cabinet has approved a proposal to remove custodial sentences for persons found to be in possession of 30 grams or less of marijuana”.The issue of non-custodial sentences for small amounts of marijuana gained momentum back in March 2016 when inmates at the Georgetown Prison started a fire which eventually killed 17 prisoners while several others, along with prison staff, were injured. A subsequent probe had found, among other issues, significant overcrowding at the facility contributed to the events and as such, considerations were reignited to reduce custodial sentences for certain offences such as possession of small amounts of marjiuana.Last year, however, Government had come under fire for failing to act on the matter after a 27-year-old poultry farmer, who was charged for possession of 8.4 grams of marijuana, was sentenced to three years imprisonment in May 2018.According to Guyana’s law, possession of any amount of cannabis over 15 grams is considered trafficking. At the time, former Minister of State Joseph Harmon had explained that the magistrates are operating within the confines of the Narcotic Drug and Psychotropic Substances Act, which does not allow discretion when dealing with narcotics of certain quantities. Harmon had further posited that any Legislative reform on penalties for marijuana use and possession will have to be done with widespread public consultations.last_img read more

first_imgLunch is served at noon weekdays at the Simi Valley Senior Citizens Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Donation is $5, or $2.25 for ages 60 and older. Reservations are due 48 hours in advance by calling (805) 583-6365. Lunch is served to Moorpark seniors at noon weekdays at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Suggested donation is $2.25. Call (805) 517-6261. Meals include salad, whole-grain bread, fruit, milk and choice of yogurt, cottage cheese or cheese stick. Friday: Linguini and meatballs, green beans, brussels sprouts. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here is this week’s menu: Monday: Turkey marsala, baby lima beans, sliced carrots. Tuesday: Glazed chicken, brussels sprouts. Wednesday: Turkey pot roast, corn, vegetable blend. Thursday: Stuffed cabbage rolls, baby lima beans, sliced carrots. last_img read more

first_imgThey remembered her records. The way she ran. How high she jumped. And the way she smiled, more than anything. For years, they defended Marion Jones when others tried to besmirch her name. She was their star and they knew her best, long before the world ever did. Jerry Sawitz even sent a letter to Time magazine defending Jones, whom he coached in the long jump at Thousand Oaks High in 1991-92. But now. … Now? … “But the Marion Jones you see today is a different person than the Marion Jones we knew in 1992. The Marion you see now is the result of a lot of poor decisions. It’s really sad.” Those who knew her at Thousand Oaks aren’t the only ones trying to make sense of the shocking turn of events. Inger Miller was never close with Marion Jones, but their careers have been intertwined for more than 15 years. Miller had starred at Muir High in Pasadena in 1987-90; Jones burst onto the scene as a freshman at Rio Mesa High in Oxnard in 1990 and was good enough as a 14-year-old to push Miller in her senior year. Later, they’d team on the winning 400-meter relay team at the 1997 World Championships. In 1999, Miller finished second to Jones in the 100 meters at the World Championships. Miller won the 200 meters in record time, but only after Jones pulled out with back spasms. Saying a prayer At the time, everyone wondered whether Jones would’ve won both races if she hadn’t got hurt. Now, that question has been flipped on its head. “It’s a shame that we are where we are right now,” said Miller, who now runs an event-planning company in Los Angeles. “It’s a good thing for everyone that the truth has come out. Ultimately, I think the sport is bigger than any one person.” Asked whether she thought she should be awarded the gold medal in the 100 from the 1999 World Championships, Miller said, “I just want them to do what’s just and what’s right. … This is a sad day. It’s not something I’m rejoicing over. It’s not a happy occasion.” Gail Devers, the former UCLA star who went on to win three Olympic gold medals and has competed against and with Jones since 1991, said she was saddened by Friday’s developments. “My first thought was to say a prayer for her and her family and whatever she is going through. That’s all we can do is pray. I am not the judge or jury,” Devers said. “All I ask is that she asks God for forgiveness and that her family and particularly her son will be shielded from any harm.” Now that Jones has admitted to lying to federal prosecutors about using banned substances, there could be a lot of rewriting of the record books. She could be stripped of the Olympic and World Championship medals she won. “She has done so much for the sport. I am sure that she was afraid of letting everybody down. Everybody makes mistakes and it’s hard for me to jump on her,” said rising sprint star Danielle Carruthers, a two-time indoor national champion in the 60 meters. “But she made some bad decisions and now she has to answer to it.” Jones’ brushes with the drug-testing authorities began in high school. In 1992, she missed an out-of-competition drug test when an overnight package informing her of the test was misplaced in a coaches office. High-profile lawyer Johnnie Cochran Jr. came to her aid, and she was later cleared at a hearing. Suspicions resurface The suspicions about Jones using performance enhancers resurfaced in 2000, when her then-husband, C.J. Hunter, tested positive for steroids. Then in 2003, her name was linked to Victor Conte and his BALCO operation. “You heard whispers and speculation, but I really tried to stay away from that,” Miller said. “I knew I was running as fast as I could, by doing things the right way, so I knew she (could be too).” Sawitz is one of the only people who knew Jones as a high schooler that is left at Thousand Oaks High. Head track coach Art Green died in August. Sprints coach Jerry Murphy passed away last year. Girls’ basketball coach Chuck Brown is retired, and did not return messages left at his home phone number. In 2000, when Jones won five medals (three gold, two bronze) at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, about 200 people gathered at the Thousand Oaks Community Center, which is adjacent to the school campus, to watch her perform and to celebrate their hometown hero. In 2004 though, Jones published a book that claimed she was lonely, unhappy and had no friends in her years at Thousand Oaks. “To this day, my memories of Thousand Oaks are painful,” she wrote in “Marion Jones: Life in the Fast Lane.” “Thousand Oaks used me. But I used them too.” Those words stung Sawitz and those who’d known Jones in high school. He couldn’t imagine that the “happy-go-lucky girl” he’d known had been unhappy and lonely the whole time. So he called up one of her friends from high school, Samantha Clark (now Hollister), and asked how good of friends they were. “Samantha was like, ‘We were best friends. I thought,”‘ Sawitz said. “I didn’t know what to make of it. It was sad. I guess she’s just a different person.” Kirby Lee contributed to this report. ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com (818) 713-3617 Marion Jones’ statement Friday “Making these false statements to federal agents was an incredibly stupid thing for me to do, and I am responsible fully for my actions. I have no one to blame but myself for what I’ve done. “To you, my fans, including my young supporters, the United States Track & Field Association, my closest friends, my attorneys, and the most classy family a person could ever hope for, mainly my mother, my husband, my children, my brother and his family, my uncle and the rest of my extended family, I want you to know that I have been dishonest, and you have the right to be angry with me. “I have let them down. I have let my country down. And I have let myself down. I recognize that by saying that I’m deeply sorry, it might not be enough and sufficient to address the pain and the hurt that I have caused you. Therefore, I want to ask for your forgiveness for my actions, and I hope that you can find it in your heart to forgive me. “I have asked Almighty God for my forgiveness. Having said this and because of my actions, I am retiring from the sport of track and field, a sport that I deeply love. I promise that these events will be used to make the lives of many people improve. That by making the wrong choices and bad decisions can be disastrous. I want to thank you all for your time.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityNow … they’re just sad. Friday afternoon, after years of steadfast denials, Marion Jones pleaded guilty in White Plains, N.Y., to lying to federal investigators about her use of banned drugs from 1999 to 2001, then apologized to her supporters and the sport in a tearful news conference on the courthouse steps in which she announced her retirement from track and field. Until Sawitz heard the words from Jones’ mouth, there was a part of him that believed she’d been clean. That part, the coach now says, is the part that has always wanted to believe her because of the Marion Jones he got to know as a high school junior and senior. “She was just one of the most amazing athletes you’re ever going to see. “I mean, once-in-a-lifetime kind of athletes,” Sawitz said. “I’ve seen her take a tennis ball and dunk it in a basketball hoop. I’d always defended her because what she was doing at 15 or 16; running the 100 meters in 11.1 (seconds) wasn’t that much of a stretch from what she did on the world stage. I just thought it was a natural progression for a great athlete. last_img read more

first_imgDarly has found a new home!A dog so devastated it refused to leave the chair of her deceased owner – has found a new home! We shared the story of Darly, a beautiful 9 year-old Labrador that was left heartbroken following the death of her elderly owner.Darly was so upset, she wouldn’t leave her owner’s chair, and was waiting for her owner to return. The elderly person’s family were unable to look after Darly, and a search was launched online to find a new loving home for the dog.We were asked to share the story by Burtonport Animal Rescue and the response we had was overwhelming, with the story gaining over 60,000 views!Linda Ui Ghallchoir, a family member of Darly’s owner posted this message on Facebook last night.Linda posted, “Darly’s family are happy to report that we think we’ve found Darly’s new home forever home, with a new family and some doggy friends. “Burtonport animal rescue want to do a home check and will arrange from there. “Will let you know how it goes and hopefully it’ll all work out. Thanks everyone for the interest and support, we’ll be sad to say goodbye to Darly but excited for her new home if it works out.“Thanks to donegal daily for sharing and burtonport animal rescue-bar for helping us.” Now there’s a good story to kick-off the Bank Holiday Weekend. 🙂 JOY AS DOG LEFT HEARTBROKEN AFTER OWNERS DEATH FINDS NEW HOME was last modified: June 3rd, 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:ChairDarlydeathfoundhomeHome-page NewsnewsOwnerSadlast_img read more

first_imgSIMI VALLEY – Lutof Zreik can recall just one time when he felt judged because of his ethnic and religious background. The 16-year-old Arab Christian, who lives in Israel, remembers playing a soccer game years ago. The teams unintentionally divided into two teams – one side Arabs, the other side Jews. “So one of the Jews said, `It’s a game between terrorists and Jews,”‘ Zreik explained in an e-mail message. “I was very amazed at that time & I didn’t want to argue with him about this, because he didn’t seem like a person who you can argue with.” But overshadowing that painful memory are the many friendships he holds with both Muslim and Jewish students in his school and neighborhood. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Zreik – along with 15 other Israeli students of Jewish, Muslim and Arab Christian backgrounds – will arrive in Simi Valley today for a two-week program meant to promote peace and cultural understanding among each other. The students were chosen not for their academics, but for their leadership strengths and potential as future leaders of their communities. “We wanted for them to take what they learn here and implement it in Israel,” said Ilan Migdali, a Newbury Park Rotary Club member who has spent the past several years getting the program established. The students have been brought to the United States by the Newbury Park Rotary Club, which committed with members of the Haifa Rotary Club to get Project TRIUMPH – Today’s Revolution is Understanding – Making Peace Happen – off the ground. Organizers hope that by the end of the program, the students will be able to engage in peaceful and respectful dialogue between the represented faiths. The hope is that the students, once they become adults, will be able to distill what they have learned and help cement tolerance and communication in their communities. Each student already has the advantage of living in Haifa, Israel, where religious tensions are relatively low and various ethnic groups live together peacefully. “I want to convey to the American people in L.A. that we live in Haifa in peace and in a good co-existence atmosphere, in spite of the tensions in our region,” Zreik wrote in his e-mail. Through June 18, the teens will participate in educational workshops, team-building projects and leadership activities at the Brandeis-Bardin Institute in Simi Valley. They will also visit schools and community groups throughout Ventura County during their stay. Although the program is dear to Migdali, who left Israel in 1982, he said the concept of promoting peace and understanding through youth is not just his. “All parents want to teach their children to do different and better than what we are doing,” he said. The Rotary Club had some problems finding a host city in Israel willing to partner in selecting the right students and helping to send them abroad. Haifa became an ideal choice. The port city is Israel’s third-largest and is a model of tolerance. “It’s an area where Jews and Arabs have lived together for years,” Migdali said. But the relative calm the students live in doesn’t mean prejudices and stereotypes are completely absent. Ifat Gordon, a secular Jew from Haifa who is also participating in TRIUMPH, said most ethnic groups keep to themselves. “In our city, Haifa, we don’t see a lot of hate because the Jewish live in their neighborhood and Arabs in the other side of the city,” she wrote in an e-mail. “We live together and see each other sometimes, but I know there is hate between cultures in our state and it’s obvious.” Gordon said she believes change is already taking place in Haifa and will continue when the teens return to Israel. “It does not matter if you are Arab or Jewish, Muslim or Christian,” she wrote, “& and if we make this change happen in our generation, we can influence the future without war and hate.” Thousand Oaks residents Frances Fujii and her husband Tom Voccola are facilitating the workshops, presentations and activities at Brandeis-Bardin during the two weeks. “This is our first experience with teens and we’re really excited about that,” said Fujii, who with Voccola runs CEO2, a corporate-coaching program. Among the issues Voccola will cover in his workshops will be getting the teens to understand and define their own identities, and getting them to question all beliefs – including their own – in a respectful way. Earlier this year, Voccola surveyed the teens by asking them to identify something positive and something negative about the words Jew, Muslim, Christian, Israeli and Druid. Some of the answers – which he shared with a rabbi, a priest and an imam who have been invited to participate in the program – made their faces turn red. “That’s really where a lot of the conflict comes from, where beliefs of religion get skewed,” he said. But the teens won’t just be sitting in classrooms. Among the volunteers helping out will be a yoga instructor, a creative writing coach, a professional mediator and a documentary film producer. When the two weeks end and the students return to Israel, they will commit to a community service project for one year. The Newbury Park Rotary has also committed to continuing the TRIUMPH program for 10 years. This will guarantee what Midgali said would be “a few hundred leaders that by then will be in their early 20s that can enter politics, can enter the social way of life in Israel and make a difference.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img