Grand contrasts

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Re: “Grand Project receives final OK from city and county officials” (Feb. 14): In my sad corner of the Northeast Valley, many streets have not been paved in more than 60 years. The water main pipe that broke and flooded recently dates back to 1917. No streetlights. No street cleaning, because the city lacks money for the requisite signs. I haven’t seen a policeman around since a nearby Labor Day gang killing. Our councilman, Tony Cardenas, who voted for the project, is running for re-election, claiming that a vote for him is a vote for “Safer Streets.” He must be referring to Grand Avenue at First Street because there are no safe streets here, but we are so very proud to learn that our tax money will be going instead to build exclusive shops, fabulous restaurants, parks, condominiums and a luxury hotel in faraway downtown L.A. – Emily Sheldon North Hollywood Who’s kidding whom? Re: “Antonio’s gang plan: Phase one” (Feb. 8): The mayor’s gang plan is a joke. If Antonio really wanted to get rid of gangs and all that goes with them – violence, murders, drugs, etc. – all he needs to do is dump Special Order 40 and our “Sanctuary City” policy. Let law enforcement do its job and keep the feel-good clown college (City Council) out of it; all they can seem to do is increase taxes on homeowners – isn’t this everyone’s problem? – Henry Magid Reseda Smells like tax money Re: “Antonio wants Wi-Fi free throughout L.A.” (Feb. 14): OK, so now Antonio wants free Wi-Fi in L.A. You can already get free Wi-Fi in L.A. from the unencrypted connections. Who is the free Wi-Fi for? Who’s paying for this? Is the next step free computers to those who don’t have one? I smell another bond on the ballot. – Maxine Abarbara Winnetka Hollywood & Vine Re: “Big comeback for an old star” (Feb. 12): Since when does “143 high-end condos, 297 market-rate and 78 affordable apartments” translate to glamour? Quick, everyone! Go take pictures of Hollywood & Vine before it becomes one more congested labyrinth of stucco and steel. A far cry from “the glory days of Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.” – Penny Antine North Hollywood Better-off monkeys Re: “Monkeying with feng shui” (Feb. 13): Feb. 13, front page – $7.4 million for three monkeys, $15 million to keep L.A. families together. I wish I was a monkey. – Almut Bower Calabasas Conscience decision Re: “Nu?ez to assist new suicide bill” (Feb. 14): We have clinical methods to give life to a being who would otherwise never exist, yet we are so scared to reverse the process of life, especially when consciously making that decision? Nu?ez’s support of the Death with Dignity Act is a brave decision and should be seen with respect toward those who are in pain and have chosen to speed up their imminent death. – Christian Aldama Panorama City He’s kidding, right? I read “Parks proposes gun warnings” (Feb. 14) this morning and had a good laugh. It’s been a very busy day and I see it here on my desk. I read it again and laughed again. Does Councilman Parks (or anyone) really think that posting warning signs that guns can hurt – even kill – people is going to deter a single gun sale? Anyone who reads the paper and/or watches/listens to news shows is acutely aware of what some people can do with the inanimate gun. – Terri Andrews Castaic Dim idea Re: “Parks proposes gun warning” (Feb. 14): So Bernard Parks wants to have gun dealers post warning signs explaining the dangers of firearms. He states that most people are unaware that they can go off accidently or be used to commit suicide. Wouldn’t we all like to have a job that pays $200,000 a year, counting perks and benefits, and have every now and then to come up with some half-wit idea. Maybe spending days working with the mentally challenged council members leads you to believe that the citizens are as dim as you. – George Timko West Hills Protecting cyclists Re: “Measure would give cyclists more protection” (Jan 29): I cannot believe a bill is being introduced to create a 3-foot buffer zone around cyclists. In my observance of road cyclists, I believe them to be the rudest, most selfish, “get out of my way” and “laws don’t apply to me” group of people ever. I have never seen a cyclist stop at a stop sign intersection. They just sail right through it; they ride in the middle of car lanes, not even thinking of moving over to let a car pass them. No, I don’t think we need a “buffer zone” around cyclists, but we could use a bill that would fine cyclists if they don’t stay next to the curbs. A $250 ticket might wake them up. – Marie Mull Glendale LAUSD on life support Re: “Money politics – Special-interest cash fuels school board races” (Our Opinions, Feb. 13): Exactly how much money should it take to elect actual reform-minded members to the LAUSD? More importantly, how much time will it take to get the school board to turn this failed education establishment in the right direction? I recently reviewed performance scores for elementary schools in my area and was sickened to see the outrageous level of underachieving that is going on in these schools. These days I constantly I dread where my 5-year-old will end up when he starts first grade in the fall of 2008. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, David L. Brewer and the UTLA can spend and fight all they want over who will win the next school board seat since there seems to be no light at the end of this tunnel anyway. – Adrian Gonzalez Sylmar Underneath the tinsel Re: “Movie biz tax breaks disappoint” (Business, Feb.10): I find it very interesting all of the ink given to the loss of jobs involved with film production and other entertainment enterprises. What about the tens of thousands of other jobs that have been lost to downsizing, outsourcing or other reasons in the past 10 years? No one ever seems to think or give much consideration or thought to those. Quite frankly, my commute is made much easier when I don’t have to make frequent detours because some film production is being done on yet another mediocre Hollywood project. – Matt Peterson Winnetka Should not drive Re: “$10.3 million tragedy: child mowed down” (Feb. 8): Tears were brought to my eyes while reading this article. It was further disturbing to read that the driver of the van should clearly not be driving. The DMV needs to have stricter policies in place for keeping drivers who are not physically able to drive off the road. There are several ways that a physically impaired person can travel without getting behind the wheel. – Caroline K. Malloy Reseda A fatherless child In regard to the alleged fathers and family of Anna Nicole Smith’s baby: Suppose there was no fortune to care for this precious child. After the huge swishing sound, the FBI wouldn’t be able to find the jerks. – Virginia Haas Glendale last_img read more

High achieving Donegal student awarded prestigious law scholarship

first_imgUniversity of Limerick student Patrick Carr has earned the prestigious Holmes O’Malley Sexton Law Scholarship for 2019.The Glencolmcille native, who is in his final year of a law and accounting degree at University of Limerick, was presented with the merit-based scholarship for his outstanding level of academic performance.Each year, Holmes O’Malley Sexton, the Limerick based firm of Solicitors, endows a scholarship to a law student who has attained a particularly high level of performance in his/her legal studies at the University of Limerick. The scholarship is valued at €2,500. (Pictured are, from left, Harry Fehily, Managing Partner, HOMS, Circuit Court Judge Tom O’Donnell, Ms Justice Isobel Kennedy, Court of Appeal, UL School of Law student and HOMS Scholarship Recipient Patrick Carr, from Co. Donegal, Professor Shane Kilcommins, Head of UL School of Law, Donal Creaton, Partner, HOMS, Patrick McInerney, Partner, HOMS, and Robert Kennedy, Partner, HOMS, and president of Limerick Solicitors Bar Association. Photo by Diarmuid Greene / True Media)On receiving the award, Carr said that he was “delighted to be the recipient of the Holmes O’Malley Sexton Scholarship this year” and he hopes to continue his studies with a Masters specialising in Tax at National University of Galway next year.Commenting on the scholarship award, Holmes O’Malley Sexton Managing Partner Harry Fehily said, “Recognising dedication and hard work aligns with the Holmes O’Malley Sexton values. Each year we award a scholarship to a law student at University of Limerick that has performed exceptionally in their studies.  Patrick is a very worthy recipient this year and we wish him every success in his final year studies and career in law.”  High achieving Donegal student awarded prestigious law scholarship was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Holmes O’Malley Sextonlawpatrick carruniversity of limericklast_img read more

Midmar Mile: the true spirit of sport

first_imgThe family race produced wonderful scenes with mothers, fathers, grandparents, and children all sharing in the magic of the event. Joy, the thrill of achievement, and family love were common themes in the smiles of the finishers. Experience tellsJohannesburg-born Kerri-Anne Payne, who represented Great Britain at the Beijing Olympic Games in the 10-kilometre open water swimming event and won the silver medal, used her experience from previous Midmar Miles to claim victory in 18:48. It was her fourth victory in the race. In the next edition of the famous Guinness Book of World Records, the Midmar Mile will proudly occupy two entries. Former SA national lifesaver Stacey Bowley topped the 31 to 40 age group, but Heather Morris-Eyton, first in the 41 to 50 category, was fourth overall. Chad Gifford, who has no lower limbs, reached the finishing line where he was helped onto a board with four wheels beneath it. He then pulled himself across the timing mat. Blind successMike “Buthy” Arbuthnot, one of the founders of the race and the only man to officially swim every Midmar Mile, assisted Neville Lawrence, a blind swimmer, to cross the dam. Arbuthnot and Felicity Kromhout swam backstroke either side of Lawrence to guide him in the right direction as he made his crossing. He was closely followed across the line by 2000 Sydney Olympics silver medal winner in the 200 metres breaststroke Terence Parkin. The deaf star allowed Groenewald to win as they both exited the water at the same time, but Parkin, knowing he had another seven mile-crossings ahead of him, graciously waved Groenewald ahead of him. In the second event, the company relay, Terence Parkin, a two-time winner of the main race, the men’s open event, was first across the finishing line in 21:59, which mirrored his time in the first race. Better than the IronmenSouth African Paralympic ace Craig Groenewald showed strong form to win the disabled title, beating the first of the Ironman finishers for the twelfth time in 12 attempts at the Midmar Mile. Roy Rees was the oldest finisher at the age of 85 as he completed his tenth crossing. He first swam the race at the age of 75! Lorna Cochran, slightly younger, but also aged 85, was the oldest female swimmer. Ross Leech led the way in the 41-50s, but Mike Semple was 26 seconds faster than Leech, even though he was contesting the 51-60 category. Geoff Grylls was the leading competitor in the 61-and-over age group. Humbling and inspiringFurther down the field, the sight of some athletes with severe handicaps was both humbling and inspiring. Rita Townsend, the mother of SA swimming star Darian Townsend, topped the 51 to 60s, while Bev Shuttleworth, like Townsend a long time star of the Midmar Mile, was first in the 61-and-over group. Under-13s top over-30sA superb swim by Brandon Murray saw him win the equivalent men’s race in 19:47 after he fended off a strong challenge from Henk Markgraaff, who finished second in 19:56, and topped the 31 to 40 age group. Gareth Fowler, the only three-time winner in the history of the Midmar Mile along with Ryk Neethling, finished second, while Brett Clark took third place. Parkin swam as part of the Game Charity Challenge Eight Mile Club. Each member of the club is required to raise at least R10 000 for charity and before the first event had even been swum the target of R1-million had already been bettered. It took 45 minutes, during which photos and film were reviewed, before Schoeman was declared the winner, with both men clocking 17:34. ‘I’ve never seen anything like it’Interviewed after the race, Germany’s Pastor, a first-time Midmar Mile competitor, was asked for her thoughts on event. “Honestly,” she said, “I’ve never seen anything like it: the number of swimmers, the crowds, the organisation, and the beautiful setting.” South Africa’s Melissa Corfe was the first woman to finish, taking sixth place overall. Germany’s Nadine Pastor followed Corfe across the line. Hendrik van der Merwe, a victim of polio, was lifted into his wheelchair at the finish by Sibusiso Mogale, whose arms end at the elbow. It was lump-in-the-throat stuff and a number of spectators shed a quiet tear. The first event of the day, the disabled category, as well as the Ironman Triathlon and Biathlon categories got proceedings off to a good start. Family relayIn Saturday’s final event, the family relay, defending men’s champion Shaun Dias led his family to victory over a stiff challenge from the Mower family. He was first across the line, followed by his brother Paul. The only other man to swim every Midmar Mile (although one of his crossings was an unofficial swim because he was representing South Africa at the World Masters Lifesaving Championships in New Zealand on the actual weekend of the race), Mike Pengelly, also made the mile. 9 February 2009 The leading swimmers were tightly bunched up to the 800 metres hot spot, after which they selected a number of different lines into the finish. Rounding off the weekend was the men’s 13 to 30 race and it, too, proved to be a humdinger. The goal of achieving a world record for the largest overall event – made up of the total number of finishers from the eight events of the Midmar Mile – was also met. South Africa’s Midmar Mile, the world’s largest open water swimming event, captured the true spirit of sport on the weekend. Where else would you find a field ranging from pre-teenagers to octogenarians, including both able-bodied and disabled swimmers, and led by world-class competitors? There was a poignant moment that I personally witnessed when Tadgh Slattery quietly went up to race organiser Wayne Riddin and handed him his Team South Africa Paralympic tracksuit top, saying he wanted him to have it in thanks for including Slattery in the Midmar Mile. Gareth Dias finished fifth to ensure the Dias brothers won the title – the top three finishers times are added together to determine the winners – and Caitlyn Mower, the youngest of the sisters and still under-13, finished tenth to grab second place for her family. Ryk and NatalieThe second day of competition saw the arrival of two of South African swimming’s favourite stars, Ryk Neethling and Natalie du Toit, who were seen graciously signing autographs and taking photographs with fans throughout the day, including with a team of nine Hungarian Olympians whose adulation of Neethling showed his status in the world of swimming. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material The action in the water began with the girls’ 13-and-under category and the women’s 31-and-above events. As is the usually the case, the under-13 winner was the fastest swimmer in the event, with Michelle Weber taking victory in 21:53, two seconds clear of Juane du Plessis. Germany’s Christian Reichert, a birthday boy, who had won the five-kilometre and 10-kilometre titles on the Thursday and Friday preceding the big weekend, edged Bryan Ryckeman for the win in a time of 20:20. They were followed across the line by South Africa’s Jasper Venter, who erred by taking a line too far to the left of the course. Side-by-sideSouth Africa’s Riaan Schoeman and David Verraszto managed to open the slightest gap on the chasing Ho and Germany’s Christian Reichert as they approached the finish. They exited the water side-by-side and dashed up the slipway. It was close. Extremely close. Event number seven, the women’s 13 to 30 category produced outstanding racing of the highest order. The fact that eight of the top 10 finishers competed in the Beijing Olympics is testimony to this. Class fieldAmong the top five, only Reichert didn’t compete in Beijing, but he did top the European open water rankings in 2008, as did his girlfriend, Nadine Pastor; once again, the class of the field was evident in the closely-contested and very fast racing. World record achievedThe first of the Guinness Book of World Records attempts took place in event three, the non-company relay. The record for the most finishers in a single race stood at 3 070 and, with 3 400 starters, that mark was under threat. It duly fell as 3 110 swimmers completed the distance. Germany’s Nadine Pastor took second place, three seconds behind Payne, with Hungary’s Evaline Verralzto capturing third place. SA Olympian Chad Ho made the early running, capturing the first two hot spots at 400 and 800 metres. Then, as had happened in the women’s race, the swimmers adopted different lines. Ho was third in 17:35, Reichert followed in 17:37, and Belgian Olympian Bryan Ryckeman ended fifth in 17:42. Defending champion Shaun Dias finished in seventh spot. The race also offered an opportunity for some of the big guns to have a trial run ahead of Sunday’s feature events. Kirsten Mower took third spot and her sister Courtney was fourth. Conditions were ideal; the dam was at 100 percent capacity, with water flowing freely over the wall and the water ending only metres from the start and finish lines. The weather, too, played along. Some scattered clouds lined an otherwise beautiful blue canopy and hills featuring different shades of green surrounded the dam itself. The top South African finisher was Melissa Corfe, who ended fourth, one place ahead of Cassie Patten, the bronze medal winner in the open water swimming race in Beijing. Kathryn Meaklim, the winner of more races than any other woman in last year’s Fina World Cup Series, was sixth across the finishing line. The opening day of the 2009 Halfway Telkom Midmar Mile produced heart-warming scenes in the disabled category and family events, a world record-sized field in the non-company relay, and an opportunity for the big guns to learn about the course ahead of the big open races on the Sunday. The race featured a number of South African Paralympic stars, including Shireen Sapiro, who won a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in a world record time in the 100 metres backstroke, and Tadgh Slattery, a long time Paralympic star and gold medal winner at that level, who was swimming at part of the eight-mile club.last_img read more

Central Ministers are running Goa: AAP

first_imgA day after the Congress petitioned Goa Governor Mridula Sinha seeking a white paper on decisions taken by the government during the absence of ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Tuesday accused Central ministers of running the Goa government by rotation.Goa general secretary of the AAP, Pradeep Padgaonkar, told presspersons here on Tuesday that the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government in Goa was “dysfunctional” and virtually non-existent. “The Goa Ministers are clueless about what was happening on the ground. Local ministers have become bystanders and all dealings are made during visits by Central ministers like Nitin Gadkari and Suresh Prabhu, whether it is about Goa’s land or rivers,” said Mr. Padgaonkar.He was referring to the recent visits of Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways, Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Civil Aviation Suresh Prabhu over the past one month, when they discussed State-related issues in presence of local ruling legislators and made several key announcements related to the handling of the scenario after the iron ore mining ban and taxi operator-related issues at Goa’s Dabolim International Airport. The Opposition, as well as civil society, have been claiming that governance and administration have collapsed in the absence of Chief Minister Parrikar who is under advanced treatment for a pancreas-related disease in a New York hospital. Mr. Parrikar, who held over 20 crucial portfolios including Home and Finance, has been unable to attend office since February 15, when he was admitted to the State-run Goa Medical College Hospital for stomach pain. He was since twice admitted to Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai and from there shifted to the US. To run the government in his absence, Mr. Parrikar has appointed a three-member ministerial committee, which takes take decisions related to day-to-day administrative affairs.The AAP on Tuesday also accused the coalition government of cosying up to the influential casino lobby, for agreeing to consider a reduction of casino licence fees while simultaneously increasing fees for essential services and government licence processes. Mr. Padgaonkar said, “The common man is already reeling under the weight of the steep increase in fees of basic essential services. But the government, instead of reducing these fees, is considering reducing casino licence fees.”On Monday, Congress leaders in Goa called on Ms. Sinha seeking to know the latest on Mr. Parrikar’s condition. “We have told her that we have to have an official statement from her on Mr. Parrikar’s health status, which is required in the interest of the State,” Congress legislative party spokesperson Aleixo Reginaldo Lawrenco told presspersons outside Raj Bhavan after a delegation of Congress leaders met the Governor on Monday. Congress president Shantaram Naik also called for a white paper on decisions taken by the government in the absence of Mr. Parrikar.last_img read more

Stars Hit The Phones For BTIG Charity Day 2015

first_imgBTIG, LLC, the global financial services firm specializing in institutional trading, investment banking and related brokerage services with main offices in New York and San Francisco, announced today that the firm is donating over five million dollars to charities as a result of its annual BTIG Charity Day held Tuesday, April 28, 2015.Hosting all-star athletes, actors and actresses from film and television, celebrity chefs and other cultural icons that acted as guest traders, BTIG donated the day’s revenues to a variety of well-deserving organizations, many of them supporting programs that improve the lives of children. This was a record-breaking year for BTIG in terms of total dollars donated.“BTIG Charity Day is an event that everyone at BTIG looks forward to each year. Yesterday was our most successful Charity Day since the event’s inception in 2003. We are honored by the support we receive from our clients, celebrity guests and industry partners. And, we are proud of the effort put forth by our employees,” said Steven Starker, Co-Founder of BTIG.This year more than 200 charities worldwide will be the beneficiaries of BTIG Charity Day. Over 50 celebrities acting as ambassadors for charities contributed to this year’s event including Allan Houston, Alex Rodriguez, Beth Ostrosky, Bobby Valentine, Bode Miller, Brooke Shields, CC Sabathia, Charles Oakley, Chris Mullin, Damaris Lewis, Doug Ellin, Eduardo Garcia, Eli Manning, Eric LeGrand, Geoffrey Zakarian, Hannah Davis, Hannah Storm, Jeremy Roenick, Joe Girardi, Joe Namath, John Starks, John Sterling, Josh Capon, K. Lee Graham, Kelly Rutherford, Kristin Davis, Lawrence Taylor, Mariano Rivera, Mark Messier, Mark Teixeira, Mike Maccagnan, Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Nia Sanchez, Padma Lakshmi, Rachel Robinson, Rebecca Jarvis, Rick DiPietro, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Weatherford, Tom Coughlin, Tommy Hilfiger, Tutan Reyes and Woody Johnson in New York, Barry Bonds, Damon Bruce, Joe Morgan, Reggie Jackson, Ronnie Lott and Vida Blue in San Francisco, Jason Collins, Marcus Allen, Michelle Monaghan and Tony Gonzalez in Los Angeles and Charlie Webster, Francine Lewis, Jamie Laing, Mike Gatting OBE, Miles Jupp, Pandora, Sinitta and Vogue Williams in London.“We are grateful to be able to make a difference for a wide range of important causes. By delivering over five million dollars to charities, we hope to make a positive impact in the lives of many in need,” said Scott Kovalik, CEO and Co-Founder of BTIG.last_img read more