View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve had time to think and recover from the loss (to Lyceum),” said Meneses. “Hopefully, the players respond because this is a do-or-die game and our season is on the line.”Michael Calisaan delivered the performance of his career with 36 points, while Ryan Costelo also came up big down the stretch with nine of his 13 points coming in the last five minutes to power the Stags.“We’re in, then we’ll just show them the character and the brand of play of San Sebastian,” said Stags coach Egay Macaraya. “These are the types of games we want to play. We didn’t celebrate my birthday (last Tuesday) because we’d rather celebrate by winning on Friday.”The odds will be stacked on the Stags after they lost both games against the Bombers in the eliminations. Without the injured Calisaan, San Sebastian bowed to JRU, 62-73, last July.The Stags kept the game close throughout in their September clash with the Bombers, but the duo of Jed Mendoza and Ervin Grospe did the damage for JRU down the stretch, scoring 14 points each.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES San Sebastian tries to ride the momentum of its emotional win three days ago as it clashes with a well-rested Jose Rizal U on Friday in the stepladder semifinals of NCAA Season 93 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Stags, three days removed from a 74-69 win over Letran in a playoff, and the Heavy Bombers are disputing the right to face second seed San Beda in the 3:30 p.m. clash.JRU, which finished with an 11-7 record, hopes to come out sharp even after a close to two-week layoff as the stepladder format was applied following Lyceum’s sweep of the elimination round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We’ve prepared well for the playoffs, but San Sebastian plays hard as shown against Letran,” said JRU coach Vergel Meneses. “We have to play even better than we did in the second round and in those two games that we won against them.”The Stags came up with a gutsy stand against the Knights last Tuesday to earn a duel with the Heavy Bombers, who have not played since a 63-100 loss to the Lyceum Pirates last Oct. 13. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Duke aims to reclaim Bellevue title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’
Mr. Siryon briefs NHA staff of the creation of the new unit,As part of President George Weah’s mandate to modernize rural housing across the country, the National Housing Authority (NHA) has announced the creation of a Rural Upgrading Unit (RUU) responsible to oversee affairs on rural communities, a press release from the entity has said.According to the release, NHA managing director, Duannah Siryon said the creation of the RUU has become necessary so that the NHA will be able to have available and at its fingertip information about rural housing.“For example,” Mr. Siryon said, “if we want to know how many affordable units that should be built in any rural community, we should have the information on hand right away without delaying because of any feasibility study.”He said the NHA has decided to create a database that should hold thousands of information about rural housing throughout the country so that those data are easily accessible at the click of a button.“The creation of the RUU is necessary because it is one of President Weah’s primary objectives, to ensure that his administration builds affordable, modernized and durable housing for rural communities that will include electricity and safe drinking water,” Siryon said.Mr. Siryon said Monrovia is not Liberia, and therefore, the things that attract many Liberians from rural communities should be provided to them so that they can live comfortably while developing their communities.He said the President has mandated the NHA to provide data on the total number of communities throughout the country that may benefit from the government’s rural housing project that is being worked out for the rural poor.“We will also need the data on the number of school buildings that should be built or refurbished; the number of market stalls that should be built in a particular community, number of mud huts, population, clinics, etc.“Then we want to know how many clinics and how much money will be needed for this grand program,” Siryon said.He added, “This particular department will roam from town to town and community to community to collect data that are needed for the government’s pro-poor rebuilding of communities. We need to be proactive and not reactive when the call comes.“President Weah is passionate about rural development, and the NHA has the mandate to work along with other state actors to get it done,” he said. Among several departments, the NHA has the Slum Upgrading Unit that is working with stakeholders to improve the living conditions of slum communities across the nation.It may be recalled that Habitat for Humanity International and Cities Alliances recently completed a four-day meeting in Monrovia and developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that is expected to be signed after review by parties involved, including the Liberian government, to guide the government and partners’ effort to rebuild and upgrade slum communities throughout the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After persistent efforts to be accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), Guyana has finally been able to achieve this certification through public and Private Sector partnership.Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder handing over the certification toPresident of the Guyana Association of Trawler Owners,Ruben CharlesThe Fisheries Department within the Agriculture Ministry and Guyana Seabob Fishery was granted approval, which will seek to influence sustainable practices and quality seafood products. It is a scientific measure of sustainable fishing.MSC is the only wild-capture fisheries certification and eco-labelling programme that meets best practice requirements which are set out by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (UNFAO).Chief Fisheries Officer, Denzel Roberts stated that the Department was presented with a number of difficulties, however, the final result indicates that they are working in the right direction.“We have attained this certification, which is very important for Seabob Fishery. I could recall when we started it and it was very hard and tough. The rules keep changing but we persisted and it was a great opportunity for the Private Sector and the Fisheries Department to work together to attain this certification. We have to work together better to ensure that we keep this certification…I can safely say that we’re heading in the right direction and it was because of this, we would have attained this certification,” Roberts shared.President of the Guyana Association of Trawler Owners and Seafood Processors, Ruben Charles said they were assisted by international organisations, which helped in the process.“In the end, our whole concept about management was reformed. We had a ideas about management of the fishery but it had to be more concrete. It has to rest in regulations which we had to develop. It had to rest with management plans which we developed,” Charles related.Meanwhile, Agriculture Minister, Noel Holder indicated that they will be presented with an even bigger task in the future to maintain this standard.The MSC has its ways to guarantee safe and sustainably-sourced products. The blue fish label is applied to wild fish or seafood from fisheries certified to the MSC standard.
“It’s difficult to get used to, especially because we’re talking about a player about whom we say we’ve seen it all, but Messi always surprises you,” said Valverde.Messi, who now has 30 goals in all competitions this season, had Valverde reaching for the superlatives for his free-kick which bamboozled Girona when he coaxed the ball along the floor instead of over the top and into the net.“We all expected to see how he would get it over the wall but he hits it under. You see it and you think it’s easy. Leo just makes it look easy, but it’s not that easy,” said the coach.The match was also special for Messi from a personal point of view as it was the first since the death of his maternal grandfather at home in Rosario in Argentina.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Job done: Lionel Messi leaves the pitch with the shirt of Girona’s Alex Granell after Barcelona’s 6-1 win © AFP / LLUIS GENEBARCELONA, Spain, Feb 25 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde admitted Saturday that Lionel Messi never fails to surprise him as the Argentine maestro scored twice, including a cheeky free-kick, in the 6-1 comeback win over Girona.The La Liga leaders overcame going a goal down to cruise to a victory which gave them a 10-point advantage at the top with a Luis Suarez hat-trick and debut league goal for Philippe Coutinho ensuring the three points.
As the San Pedro and Banning softball teams prepared for their highly anticipated L.A. City Section final this past week, two vastly different but equally effective practice methods were on display.On one side, there’s the polished San Pedro program.The Pirates, making their seventh straight trip to the City title game, are remarkably proficient and focused, going through drills with extraordinary efficiency.Then there’s the upstart Banning softball program, playing in its first City title game since 1993 and in the school’s first championship game in any sport since 2000. It’s San Pedro freshman Holly Stevens versus Banning’s Brianna Moeai, both of whom have delivered in the clutch in their team’s biggest games.It’s two proud programs not holding anything back.“It’s going to be a dogfight,” Banning coach Jesse Espinoza said. “Our girls honestly believe we can win. I know we can win. I’m not saying we’re going to win, but I know that our girls can win this game.“They want to do it for themselves for sure, but honestly, I think they want to do it for me because I’ve never been here either, and I’m touched by that.” San Pedro and Banning played in the 1992 and 1993 finals, with San Pedro winning both times. On paper, San Pedro would be considered the favorite, but the teams split during the regular season and shared the Marine League title.Plus, Banning has proved it knows how to win big games.“At first, we were living in the moment, just happy to be here,” Banning first baseman Jackie Reyes said.“But as the game gets closer, it’s getting more serious. We’re going there to win, to give them a fight.” Since San Pedro beat Banning in the 1993 final, the Pirates have won seven City titles, including five straight from 2000 to 2004. Banning has won just one City title, in 1978.But only three Pirates starters — Cecelia Orozco, Vanessa Sphychaj and Kayleigh Raciak — have won City titles. El Camino Real stopped San Pedro, 2-0, in eight innings last year.“Everyone said Pedro would not make it to the championship game this year, and that made us work harder,” Cuico said. “El Camino took it from us last year, and we feel it belongs to us. Now, if we win the City title, we take back our Marine League title.” Orozco, the Pirates’ only four-year varsity letter-winner, said San Pedro’s culture of winning has shaped the Pirates’ youngsters.“There has always been confidence with this team from the beginning,” Orozco said. “We always have someone different come through for us, too. Taylor is always Taylor on the mound, but we have her back offensively and defensively.”Banning, meanwhile, builds off the energy of Espinoza as it tries to build its own tradition.“Jesse’s pumped, and that gets us pumped, too,” Banning outfielder Priscilla Satete said with “Eye of the Tiger” playing in the background. “We’re ready for this game. This is big for us and big for the program.”Espindola, who usually wears black eye makeup for big games, said she will be ready for the biggest game of her career. “We’re going there to win, to take what’s ours,” Espindola said. “Everything is revolving around this game. We can’t wait to get out of school to practice.“If we’re feeling this good right now, I can only imagine the celebration if we win. We’ll have to party all weekend, get a parade or something.”Cameo: Three-time Daily Breeze Player of the Year Ashley Esparza returned to San Pedro to throw live batting practice Wednesday, giving the young Pirates squad a chance to see one of the greatest Pirates ever. The biggest matchup seemed to be when Esparza faced Koria, San Pedro’s most feared slugger. Dobra told Esparza not to hold back and she got Koria on a great offspeed pitch. “That was great to have Ashley come back, especially with the success she’s had,” Dobra said. “She volunteered, and am I going to say no to that? No way. I think our girls will be a little more relaxed against anyone else now after facing her.”Role reversal: San Pedro shortstop Brittney Banania, who was granted a hardship waiver to transfer from Banning in October, said it won’t feel weird to compete against her former coach and teammates. Banania got the jitters out of the way in the first meeting, when she made two of her four errors on the season in a 6-2 loss to Banning. She was much more relaxed in the rematch, won by San Pedro, 6-0. She said there won’t be any issues this time around. “I’m going to be nothing but smiles,” Banania said. “I’m excited and pumped for this game. I know I’m going to be fine. It’s not going to bother me. My teammates helped me relax after that first game with their words of encouragement. I have to approach it like any other game, but I do want this game more than ever.”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 MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champInspirational music from the movie Rocky IV is blaring from a car parked next to the Jaycee Complex, providing a soundtrack for an intense workout.All eyes in the Harbor area will be on this matchup Wednesday at UCLA at 4:15 p.m., a game that is sure to go down for the ages.“I’m sure both towns will close down for this game,” San Pedro coach Tony Dobra said. “The longshoremen will certainly have bets on this one.” It will be San Pedro ace Taylor Petty, coming off a no-hitter in a semifinal against top-seeded El Camino Real, versus Banning pitcher Wendy Espindola, a gamer who has made some big-time pitches in big-time games.It’s San Pedro sluggers Perelini Koria, Korin Cuico and Katelyn Oro against Banning sluggers Ui Judd, Maritza Mejia and Mika Cruz, providing some serious firepower for two of the top offenses in the South Bay.
Tir Chonaill AC News: North Leitrim’s Liam Feely wins Tir Chonaill AC’s March Hare 5kBlustery and at times heavy rain and hailstones did not deter the large turnout of runners and joggers that successfully negotiated the March Hare 5k in Donegal Town on Sunday morning last. North Leitrim’s Liam Feely and Project Africa’s Martin Cox fought a battle throughout before the Connaught man outsprinted the Tyrone native in the run in to the finish pen.A most encouraging feature of the event was the large number of Couch to 5k and fit4life athletes that succeeded in finishing-many completing their first ever 5kMarch Hare 5k Donegal Town 1st March 2015 Position Race Number Time Name Category Club1 1165 16.06 Liam Feely SM North Leitrim A.C.2 1216 16.08 Martin Cox SM Project Africa3 1337 19.12 John O Brien SM Tir Chonaill A.C.4 1349 19.27 Daniel Mannion U20M Tir Chonaill A.C.5 1369 19.48 Brian McCabe SM St Nauls Runners 6 1364 19.54 Richard McCarthy O50M Tir Chonaill A.C.7 1351 20.28 Donal Haughey O50M Tir Chonaill A.C.8 1166 21.14 Stephen Travers O50M Tir Chonaill A.C.9 1176 21.27 Ryan O Donnell SM No Club 10 1376 21.31 James Boyle SM No Club11 1159 21.51 Andrew Gilchrist SM Tir Chonaill A.C.12 1371 21.55 John McElwaine SM Lifford A.C.13 1356 22.02 Sean Kennedy SM No Club14 1167 22.10 Hugo Clancy O50M North Leitrim A.C.15 1357 22.41 Joe Flannery O60M Ballyshannon Rugby Club16 1365 22.59 Donna Furey SW Tir Chonaill A.C.17 1359 23.08 Aidan McGlynn SM No Club18 1184 23.10 Jason Graham SM Tir Chonaill A.C.19 1363 23.16 Vera Haughey O50W Tir Chonaill A.C.20 1372 23.24 Paddy McGlynn U20M Tir Chonaill A.C.21 1368 23.52 Gloria Donaghey O50W Finn Valley A.C.22 1200 23.54 Mary Gallagher O50W No Club23 1199 23.55 Seanie McDevitt O40M No Club24 1375 24.29 Jackie Harvey O50W Tir Chonaill A.C.25 1214 24.39 Pat Byrne O50M Killybegs26 1353 25.21 Aine Cleary SW No Club27 1342 25.36 Orla Mackle U20W Tir Chonaill A.C.28 1343 25.42 Paul McGowan O40M Tir Chonaill A.C.29 1215 25.42 Billy Broderick O50M Killybegs30 1341 25.42 Sharon McGowan O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.31 1338 25.54 Josephine O Brien SW Tir Chonaill A.C.32 1370 26.01 Lee McCabe U20M St Nauls Runners33 1354 26.12 Michelle McGarrigle O40W No Club34 1374 26.28 Rena Brogan O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.35 1358 26.34 Anne McGlynn SW Tir Chonaill A.C.36 1212 26.58 John Ward O40M Tir Chonaill A.C.37 1208 27.01 Brian McShane SM Tir Chonaill A.C.38 1367 27.08 Ralph Wilson O50M No Club39 1175 27.15 Mary Campbell O50W Tir Chonaill A.C.40 1362 27.27 Lisa Hoey SW Tir Chonaill A.C.41 1339 27.33 Bried Meehan O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.42 1360 27.42 David Sweeney O40M Tir Chonaill A.C.43 1347 28.18 Carol Molloy SW Tir Chonaill A.C.44 1203 28.44 Eilish Meehan U20W Tir Chonaill A.C.45 1202 28.49 Kate Meehan O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.46 1190 28.54 Robert Johnston O40M No Club47 1350 28.57 Cara McGonagle U20W Tir Chonaill A.C.48 1158 29.01 Gillian Graham U20W Tir Chonaill A.C.49 1170 29.07 Wendy McGinty O40W No Club50 1186 29.15 Amanda Jane Hanna O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.51 1213 29.32 Claire Downey SW Tir Chonaill A.C.52 1211 29.32 Caroline Ward O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.53 1335 29.34 Pia Quinn U20W Tir Chonaill A.C.54 1336 29.34 Denise Quinn SW Tir Chonaill A.C.55 1178 29.40 Christine Gorman SW No Club56 1209 30.06 Sean McGroary O40M Tir Chonaill A.C.57 1205 30.19 Joan Kelly 20w Ballyshannon58 1169 30.32 Anita Patterson SW Tir Chonaill A.C.59 1218 30.36 Deirdre O Donnell SW Tir Chonaill A.C.60 1161 31.08 Sarah McNeely JW Tir Chonaill A.C.61 1361 31.12 Sarah Sweeney O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.62 1187 31.14 Mary Canavan O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.63 1345 31.15 Maeve Espey SW Tir Chonaill A.C.64 1352 31.33 Kathleen McGarry SW Tir Chonaill A.C.65 1191 31.40 Geraldine Boyle SW Tir Chonaill A.C.66 1192 31.40 Patrick Boye SM Tir Chonaill A.C.67 1207 31.42 Mary Mullarkey O50W Tir Chonaill A.C.68 1340 31.54 Martina McMenamin O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.69 1164 32.04 Edel Travers SW Tir Chonaill A.C.70 1377 32.11 Ann Martin O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.71 1219 32.11 Sonia Ritchie SW Tir Chonaill A.C.72 1217 32.43 Marie Wryht O50W Tir Chonaill A.C.73 1366 32.54 Karen Murray SW No Club74 1174 32.55 Nigel Bustard SM Tir Chonaill A.C.75 1172 32.58 Andrea McHugh O50W Tir Chonaill A.C.76 1346 33.02 Anne-Marie Clemmett O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.77 1332 33.03 Esther Cassidy SW Tir Chonaill A.C.78 1333 33.04 Selene Cassidy SW Tir Chonaill A.C.79 1344 33.05 Jayne McCafferty SW No Club80 1173 33.13 Ann Kennedy SW Tir Chonaill A.C.81 1197 33.15 Lorraine Campbell O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.82 1201 33.25 Lisa O Driscoll O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.83 1194 33.32 Delores Ward SW Tir Chonaill A.C.84 1183 33.53 Linda Kennedy O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.85 1177 33.54 Samantha McNulty SW No Club86 1180 33.58 Ann McHugh O50W Tir Chonaill A.C.87 1348 34.11 Majella Travers McHugh SW Tir Chonaill A.C.88 1163 34.13 Patricia McNeely O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.89 1334 34.15 David Hanna O40M Tir Chonaill A.C.90 1196 34.18 Matthew McElhinney U20M Tir Chonaill A.C.91 1162 34.25 Mary McNulty O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.92 1331 34.28 Aisling Lowther SW Tir Chonaill A.C.93 1355 35.02 Helena Kennedy SW No Club94 1160 35.06 Declan Travers SM Tir Chonaill A.C.95 1204 35.08 Claire Ward O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.96 1181 35.15 Sarah Morrison SW Tir Chonaill A.C.97 1188 35.22 Jillian McCullins SW Tir Chonaill A.C.98 1195 35.32 Patricia McCallog O50W Tir Chonaill A.C.99 1157 35.32 Frances Gilchrist SW Tir Chonaill A.C.100 1193 35.36 Nicole Robinson U20W Tir Chonaill A.C.101 1182 35.38 Louise Reilly O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.102 1179 36.07 Susie Page SW Tir Chonaill A.C.103 1210 36.44 Caroline Walsh O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.104 1185 37.00 Donna Frizzell O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.105 1373 37.05 Mary Doogan O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.106 1168 37.44 Sarah White O40W North Leitrim A.C.107 1198 38.35 Alice McShea U20W Tir Chonaill A.C.108 1171 40.33 Noelle Graham SW Tir Chonaill A.C.109 1189 40.47 Sandra Johnston O40W Tir Chonaill A.C.110 1206 40.51 Samantha McElhinney U20W Tir Chonaill A.C.Cara Bundoran Challenge attracting a record entryThere has been a huge surge in entries in the last few weeks for the Annual Cara Bundoran Challenge which takes place fromthe 13th 15th March 2015 in the beautiful South Donegal seaside town. Launched in 2010, The CARA Bundoran Challenge celebrating its 5th birthday has become the most popular annual road running event in the North West with entries expected to break all previous figures.The 2014 event attracted over 1,500 runners, joggers & walkers from all over Ireland and beyond and raised over €15,000 forthree charities – Marie Keating Foundation, Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice & NYP Bundoran.This year an overall prize fund of €7,000 is on offer with bonus prizes for male or female runners who break existing courserecords.Race Director Paddy Donoghue, who heads up a hard working local race committee, indicated this week that‘The Cara Bundoran Challenge 2015 is the best value participation weekend in the country. We have €7,000 in prizes, thanks tothe generous sponsorship led by Cara Pharmacies, special bonuses for course records, a valuable goodie bag for all entrants, aspecial 5th Anniversary Medallion for all finishers, and Bundoran hospitality .’Paddy also highlighted the recent welcome upsurge in positive health with ‘ numerous Couch to 5k, fit4life and meet and train groups have targeted the event as a seasonal goal’The Courses for all the races are stunningly beautiful, embrace counties Leitrim and Donegal and finish along the final downhilland scenic 1,000m Rogey loop.All funds raised this year will go to very worthy charities – Fighting Blindness, Act for Meningitis & Shout Cancer CareFriday 13th March – 5k Run/Walk; Saturday 14th March – 10k/10Mile Run/Jog/WalkSunday 15thMarch – 22k TT CycleDetails and entry www.carabundoranchallenge.comEuropean Indoors in PragueThe upcoming weekend will find all athletics and sports enthusiasts glued to their TV sets as they follow the European Indoor athletics championships from Prague. Good luck to the nine person Irish team and the men’s 4 x 400m team. Its unpredented to have three athletes from the North West qualify for and contest at this level of World sport. Best wishes Leterkenny’s Mark English, 800m and Danny Mooney, 1,500m and to Gerard O’Donnell, Carrick on Shannon, 60m Hurdles. The later’s parents are from ArdaraClub training continuesClub group training continues at various locations and times – ie Glenties, Donegal Town and Ballyshannon/Bundoran.Upoming competitive events for club members include the Cara Bundoran 5k, 10k and 10miles, the National Masters Indoors, the National Juvenile Indoors[2 weekends], Irish schools Cross country and the recently announced club hosted Track and Field meet on Sunday 19th April.ATHLETICS NEWS: JOHN O’BRIEN PERFORMS SUPERBLY AT NORTH LEITRIM MARCH HARE 5K was last modified: March 4th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:NoticesSport
• Photo Gallery: 11/01: Bridge on Fire MONTEBELLO — Crews from Pico Rivera partially demolished the fire-damaged end of the Beverly Boulevard bridge Wednesday to extinguish an unyielding blaze that engulfed the structure a day earlier and resulted in its indefinite closure. With Whittier Boulevard already restricted to two lanes through downtown Montebello due to construction, the closing of Beverly Boulevard presents potential traffic nightmares, officials said at a special meeting Wednesday called to discuss the matter. Angry local business owners who say the Whittier Boulevard construction has drained away customers confronted city staff Tuesday night at an unrelated meeting, expressing concern that the bridge closing will cut into their profits even more. The bridge marks the border between Montebello and Pico Rivera, with both cities sharing ownership and responsibility for its maintenance. It also is one of only three major east-west thoroughfares through the two cities from the San Gabriel (605) Freeway. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It’s like we’re having a heart attack and some of the arteries are blocked,” said Montebello Councilman Bob Bagwell at Wednesday’s meeting. “We must feed all that traffic onto fewer streets.” Council members threw out suggestions and questions to city staff as they attempted to brainstorm ideas for solving the traffic crisis and potential economic fallout from the closing. Councilwoman Norma Lopez-Reid requested patching up the street where construction began last month on Whittier Boulevard. Bagwell suggested making the same corridor one-way during rush hour. City Administrator Richard Torres said the city would rent electronic message boards to keep drivers informed. All members stressed the importance of signs to inform motorists of alternate routes. “Our staff is aware that we can’t have enough signage (to direct motorists),” Torres said, who welcomed all suggestions. “I think as people find out about the bridge being out, it will be human nature for them to find the shortest distance between two points. Last time the bridge was closed, traffic flow changed from the first, second and third weeks.” Richard Lynsky, Montebello Fire Department battalion chief, said crews were forced to destroy the burning Pico Rivera end of the bridge in order to put out the fire. “They demolished it up to the cement center section,” Lynsky said. “But we couldn’t get underneath it. There was a lot of fuel under the bridge with all the wood, so we had to go from the top to put it out. That was Plan C, though.” With the most recent blaze, the 50-year-old bridge has sustained four fires over the years, the last one in 1999, when officials from Pico Rivera, Montebello and Los Angeles County began talks about replacing the bridge, said Mike Moore, acting director of public works for Pico Rivera. The bridge is divided into thirds, with Montebello owning one third and Pico Rivera owning two thirds. On Tuesday, hours after the blaze was first reported, county officials received approval for federal funds to build a new bridge. “The estimated cost to build a new bridge is about $10.7 million, which is what the county received federal approval for,” said Ken Pellman, spokesman for the county Department of Public Works. “The federal funding, hopefully, will be about 80 percent of it, with the two cities responsible for 20 percent, or about $1,039,000 each. All of this has been worked out. The fire probably will just speed up the process.” After finding a burned mattress under the bridge’s wreckage, arson investigators from the Los Angeles County Fire Department suspect a transient camping underneath the bridge may have started the fire, said Bob Spencer, public information officer for the city of Pico Rivera. He said traffic Wednesday was relatively calm, and no major problems had been reported by the Sheriffs’ Department. Inspectors from county public works are still trying to determine whether a temporary bridge can be built or whether complete demolition is necessary. — Pam Wight can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The company said it expects to submit five new products to government regulators for review in the next four years as it seeks new indications for existing products. It plans to submit an application for Arxxant, a drug to prevent blindness caused by diabetes, to regulators by the end of February. Some analysts were expecting a submission later this year but don’t believe the delay is significant. Another drug that has piqued analysts’ interest is blood thinner Prasugrel, which the company expects to submit in 2007. Analysts agree Prasugrel has blockbuster potential. Lilly also said it plans to reduce the average development cost for new drugs by one-third, to $800 million from $1.2 billion by the end of the decade. Lilly shares rose $1.20, or 2.3 percent, to close at $53.41 Friday on the New York Stock Exchange. NEW YORK – Drug maker Eli Lilly and Co. on Friday said it would post earnings per share at the high end of its forecast for this year, and its estimates for next year topped analysts’ projections. Its share price rose more than 2 percent in late trading. The company said, excluding items, it expects to come in at the top of its earnings outlook of $2.80 to $2.86 per share for 2005. Including a charge to settle a product-liability dispute in the second quarter for its anti-psychotic medication Zyprexa, the company expects full-year earnings per share at the high end of a $1.90 to $1.96 range. For 2006, the company forecast earnings per share of $3.10 to $3.20 excluding items. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Financial predicted earnings of $3.08 in 2006. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
An avid fisherman recently made an annual return to Clear Lake and wound up reeling in a potential all-tackle world record.Vacaville native and chiropractor Sean Moffett was fishing for trophy bass on his boat Saturday morning accompanied by his wife Stacy to celebrate their 29th wedding anniversary.Instead of a monster bass, however, he unexpectedly caught a mammoth catfish that was far too big for his 18-inch net. “I saw the tail come out of the water and it was a dinosaur,” Moffett said. …
john paul titlow Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting How Intelligent Data Addresses the Chasm in Cloud Related Posts Serverless Backups: Viable Data Protection for … Cloud Hosting for WordPress: Why Everyone is Mo… Nest is doing very well. The company that makes the eponymous smart thermostat just closed on an $80 million round of funding, according to GigaOm. It’s now shipping 40,000 to 50,000 thermostats every month, which is apparently enough to win the confidence of Google Ventures and Venrock. Call it the iPod of smart home technology. And not just because the Nest was literally conceived by the man who led the iPod team at Apple for several years. Like the iPod, the Nest thermostat is a disruptive technology planting itself into the lives of everyday, non-techie consumers, where it will slowly sprout into something much bigger. With the iPod, Apple popularized the digital music players among the masses and paved the way for a series of other, even more important devices. The Nest is about to do the same thing. For those who aren’t familiar with it, the Nest is an Internet-connected thermostat that purports to learn its owners habits and configure the house’s cooling and heating patterns more intelligently. The result is a more energy efficient home and, as the company proudly proclaims, lower utility bills. It’s not the first smart energy management product to hit the market, but it is among the sleekiest and easiest for everyday consumers to understand and use. Sound familiar? Home automation. Wi-Fi-connected appliances. The Internet of things. These tech industry buzz concepts can get the crowd going at conferences like Le Web and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), but ask your mother or a random colleague what they think about them. Normal people don’t even know what this stuff is. But soon they will. Plenty of startups, cable companies and telcos are gearing up for the smart home revolution, prepping their own remote lighting control, video security and energy automation features. Communications companies from Comcast to Verizon have begun offering these services as an add-on to customers’ existing cable and phone bills. As cool as smart thermostats, security cams and remote controlled door locks are, they’re only the beginning. The list of Wi-Fi connected household appliances keeps growing. An Internet-capable toaster or washing machine might seem silly, but the super-connected homes of the future will be much more energy efficient, easier to manage and secure. Soon we’ll move onto automated cat feeders and plant watering systems – and from there we’ll graduate to Jetsons-style domestic robots.If any one product is poised to popularize smart home tech, it’s the Nest. Its clean design, easy installation and availability from big retailers give it a prime position from which to plant a ticking, hyper-futuristic time bomb. Tags:#Future Tech#home#Home Automation#Internet of Things#Nest#Smart homes