WI Women, England square off at Sabina

first_imgWest Indies Women and England Women will square off at Sabina Park today in the third game of their five-match one-day international series.Set for a 9:30 a.m. start, West Indies will enter the contest on a high after winning the second game by 38 runs at the Trelawny Stadium to level the series.England claimed the first encounter, also played in Trelawny, by a mere five runs.”Our aim remains to win the series,” stated West Indies captain Stafanie Taylor.”It was encouraging to see the way we fought back, and if we continue to show that form, I can only see us getting better results.”West Indies, in winning their encounter, had Taylor and batting all-rounder Deandra Dottin to thank and will be hoping the pair can lead the way once again.Taylor hit a top score of 56, while Dottin supported with 21 in their modest total of 148.Dottin, bowling medium pace, then claimed four for 19 off 6.4 overs, bowling at the death of the innings.England will be hoping that the form of left-armer Alex Hartley will continue, as well as opening pacer Katherine Brunt.Hartley, bowling mostly at the end of the innings, has taken seven wickets so far, while Brunt has picked up five.The visitors will also be hoping that captain Heather Knight and top batter Natalie Sciver will improve from their leading scores of 27 and 26 in the last fixture.”We will be looking to go at them very hard as we have been playing some good cricket on the tour so far,” Knight said.”We’ve got a few little things to tweak and, hopefully, we will do so in this game. We also would like to take the final three games, knowing that if we do, it would qualify us for the World Cup.”The West Indies would also qualify for the World Cup if they win the remaining three matches of the series.Australia, on 30 points, have already qualified, with West Indies, 20; England, 19; and New Zealand, 16, the next best teams.last_img read more

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow at Barcelona

first_imgLeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “They (the club) did not expect the negotiations with PSG and the player to go this far,” he said.At the same press conference, the Argentine defender Javier Mascherano said he had told Neymar to carefully weigh up the pros and cons.Mascherano added all the players, including Lionel Messi, had spoken the player to ask him to stay.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The position sent a shudder down the spine at Barcelona.“Pique retracts and feeds the uncertainty,” the newspaper Sport said.“The situation is eroding confidence at the club,” columnist Tomas Andreu wrote in Sport.“What really hurts here is the silence of the player himself, which in the end says a great deal.”Neymar departed the stadium without addressing reporters after starring in a 2-1 win over Juventus on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Barcelona’s Brazilian forward Neymar runs with the ball during the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 22, 2017.FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADGerard Pique has sparked panic at Barcelona after appearing to backtrack on his “he stays” tweet on teammate Neymar, target of a blockbuster transfer by Paris Saint Germain.“Doubts, doubts and more doubts,” ran the headline Wednesday on the front page of Catalan daily Sport above a photo of the striker lost deep in thought.ADVERTISEMENT PSG are trying to lure the 25-year-old Brazilian to France and are ready to pay off his 222 million euro ($256.8 million) release clause and make the player the best-paid footballer on the planet.Last week Pique took to social media to say “he’s staying” – but when pressed on the matter Tuesday ahead of a pre-season friendly in the United States against Manchester United he was less sure of himself.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a personal opinion from the conversation that I had with him and my intuition,” Pique said.“But it’s not official,” he added. “And it’s not for me to say if he’s going to stay or not.” Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments Teng shares credit for astounding numbers to entire Thunderlast_img read more

It begins: Free agency in NBA starts with a flourish

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant’s move is a win on multiple levels for the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors. Not only do they get to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal.Durant will be paid about $30.5 million this coming season, about $5 million less than he could have commanded if the deal was structured differently. That savings will give Golden State options for other moves this summer, as the Warriors look to bolster their bench for a run at what could be a fourth title in a five-year span.They might need the boost, because the Western Conference is going to be loaded again.George took the stage at a party in Oklahoma City on Saturday night and announced that he will be staying with the Thunder, a move that might have been unexpected a year ago when he was traded away by the Indiana Pacers — presumably because of the belief that he was already focused on joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.That move isn’t happening.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding But if James is going to be the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers, it’s already fairly evident that not everyone in the NBA will be thrilled by the development.“The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe’s and Magic’s team…. Process that,” Philadelphia star Joel Embiid wrote on Twitter.Philadelphia has been one of the teams often mentioned as a club that would pursue James this summer, and that still may be the case.With Durant, George and Paul off the board, James is the biggest name left to decide his intentions when it comes to free agency. His agent Rich Paul was expected to meet by phone with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman early Sunday, and there has been no indication when James will announce his plans for next season and beyond.For Dallas, persistence paid off. The Mavs finally are getting DeAndre Jordan.Jordan agreed to sign with Dallas three years ago, then changed his mind and social media went beyond abuzz over what happened next. 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.But he agreed quickly this time to a one-year, $24.1 million deal and will finally be part of the Mavericks.Denver added to the huge night of spending out West when it got Will Barton to commit to staying in what will be a four-year deal that could be worth more than $50 million if he doesn’t opt out a year early, and that move comes on the cusp of the Nuggets getting talented big man Nikola Jokic to stay in what will be a five-year deal worth nearly $150 million. FILE – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, is defended by Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul during a pre-season game in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)Kevin Durant is staying put for now. So are Paul George and Chris Paul.Meanwhile, LeBron James’ next move remains unclear.ADVERTISEMENT Not now, anyway, and barring a trade not for at least three years in what will be considered a massive victory for the Thunder and general manager Sam Presti. George agreed to a four-year deal that will be worth roughly $135 million, though he can opt out of the final season, according to a person familiar with the terms.“I’m here to stay,” George told the crowd at the party.Down in Houston, Paul has told Rockets fans the same thing.“UNFINISHED BUSINESS,” Paul wrote on Twitter at the exact moment that the calendar flipped to July 1 in the East, meaning the NBA’s free agency frenzy was officially open for the summer.His meaning was clear. The Rockets were tantalizingly close to a trip to the NBA Finals this spring, and Paul’s coming back to get over that hump.Houston took Golden State to seven games in the Western Conference finals back in May. Paul missed the last two games of that series with an injury, and the Rockets wasted big leads in both of those games — then had to watch the Warriors sweep Cleveland for the NBA title.Paul averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 assists last season with the Rockets, who went 65-17 led by Paul and newly minted NBA MVP James Harden. ESPN reported he is signing a four-year deal that will be worth $160 million.Meanwhile, James created a frenzy on Saturday without saying a word.James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla, and hopped aboard a private Gulfstream jet in the morning to fly to the Los Angeles area. By the time he arrived around midday — after his flight plan was tracked online — reporters and at least one news helicopter were waiting for the Cleveland Cavaliers star, who decided to become an unrestricted free agent and not opt-in to a $35.6 million deal for this coming season.The Lakers have long been mentioned as a top destination for James, and they have more salary cap space this summer than any team in the NBA. But going to L.A. on Saturday doesn’t necessarily provide any hint about his team for next season, since James has homes in Southern California. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pocari Sweat shocks Creamline to take PVL semis opener Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Durant has decided to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal cannot become official until the league’s offseason moratorium ends on Friday. The deal comes with a player option for 2019-20, so Durant can — and likely will — become a free agent again next summer.So much for the notion that stars would wait for James to decide his future before they would decide theirs.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 crownThings went a very different way.Durant, Paul and George all knew what they were going to do even before the NBA’s moratorium — and the start of free agency — officially kicked in at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday. So did plenty of other players, and by the time the moratorium was 2 hours old nearly $700 million worth of deals had been agreed upon, based on figures confirmed to AP by people involved in the various decisions.last_img read more

Mayor Koijee Pledges US$3,000 to U-20 National Team

first_imgMonrovia City Mayor KoijeeBy Alvin WorziMonrovia City Mayor Jefferson Koijee has challenged Liberians to see sports as one of the pivotal instruments to growth, job creation and lasting development of the country.He made the remarks on Friday during a press conference at his office when he indicated that sports is not just a unifying tool but a very powerful instrument for transformation and reconciliation.Mayor Koijee was addressing journalists ahead of the WAFU Grand Finals on Saturday between Liberia and The Gambia. He commended Chief Patron of Sports George M. Weah for providing US$25,000 to the team as a sign of motivation.Mayor Koijee, who does not play organized football, noted that it is always good to support sports and young talents in order to add flavor to sports activity and give encouragement to players. He called on other government officials and businesses in Monrovia and its environs to help support the team in particular and sports in general.He said Liberia has come a long way and with the leadership of President Weah, he is certain that bigger things will happen for the people.Mayor Koijee indicated that it was time that more support and attention be given to sports, to ensure that Liberia produces more George Weahs.“I was recognized and treated as a king in Japan only because of football through President Weah. I was greeted with honor, because of the president we have today,” Koijee noted.Regarding his recent visit to Japan, Koijee said it was fruitful and Liberians should wait for tangible results soon. “I am now trying to take a new approach, and that is to do more work which will produce better results for our people and less talk,” he added.In continuation of the Weah for Clean City Campaign on Saturday, Mayor Koijee told journalists that the regular exercise was scheduled to begin at the Saye Town football field, in Sinkor, and would be climaxed on the Old Road.Meanwhile, the campaign witnessed thousands of students, who turned out in appreciation of President Weah’s recent support in paying their fees for the West African Senior School Certificate (WASSC) examination.Mayor Koijee commended young Liberians for their resilience shown towards the process thus far in the Clean City Campaign.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Matadores cream of crop

first_imgTop newcomers include juniors Matt Rush (C/OF), Tucker Woods (LHP) and Matt Anderson (OF/RHP). 2. La Serna The Lancers were 14-1 in winning the Del Rio League championship in coach Wayne Manzo’s first season a year ago. They may be hard-pressed to match that accomplishment this year, but nonetheless, should compete favorably in the league’s title chase. “We need to do the basic stuff well early,” Manzo said. “Good pitching, work on our hitting, play good defense. We’ll be young in some positions.” Back is one of the league’s best pitchers, senior left-hander Matt Burke, who was 6-1 last season. Other key returners include Chris O’Brien (Sr., 3B/OF), Sal Olivas (Sr., 2B), Sergio Arambula (Sr., SS) and Victor Soto (Jr., RF). Newcomers expected to contribute early include David Longstaff (1B/DH) and Brandon Montoya (C/OF). 3. Santa Fe In recent seasons, the Chiefs have battled injuries and other problems that have kept them from achieving their potential. But this could be the year. “For the first time in three years, we don’t have any injuries, no eligibility problems going into the season,” said coach Steve Hendry, who is beginning his 16th season. “We should hit pretty well, and our defense is solid. Our pitching needs to prove themselves, but it’s probably the deepest staff I’ve ever had.” Heading the mound corps is Angel Molina (Sr., RHP/OF). Other key returners include Derek Remijo (Sr., C), Eddie Chavez (Sr., 1B), Freddie Gloria (Sr., SS), Josh Dunigan (Sr., OF) and Eddie Barrios (Sr., 2B/RHP). Among the top newcomers are Francisco Fuentes (Soph., RHP/OF), Rudy Casillas (Jr., 2B/SS), Richard Najera (Jr., OF) and Anthony Salas (Sr., 3B). 4. Montebello Pitching has been sharp and the returnning players have a lot of plate appearances under their belts, which is reason for coach Ralph Gutierrez to be optimistic. Five of the six returning players from last season’s 14-11-1 team, which finished third in the Almont League, are Juan Martinez (Sr., RHP), who had a 1.19 ERA and batted .306; William Loza (Sr., C/3B), who had 32 RBIs and a .761 slugging percentage; Ariel Acedo (Sr., CF), who hit .405; and Chris Galaviz (Sr., SS), who batted .382. Leading newcomers include Chris Franco (Jr., 2B/P), and Ivan Anaya (Jr., 1B). “We may need some time for our hitting to come around,” Gutierrez said, “and Martinez is the only returning pitcher with varsity experience. But we have some good numbers (statistics) returning, so hopefully we can build on those.” 5. California The Condors have six starters among eight returning lettermen from last season’s team, which was 12-13 overall and 8-7 in the Del Rio League. Senior James McCrory, who led the team in hitting (.388) last season, moves from the outfield to catcher. Senior outfielder James Hernandez batted .382 in earning all-league honors, and senior Robert Rodriguez is a three-year starter who moves from second base to shortstop this season. Junior Tyler Leibert (5-2, 2.00 ERA) and senior Taylor Martin, are left-handed pitchers who, along with senior submariner Ismael Haro, head up what coach Tony Nieto calls “the deepest pitching staff” he’s had at the school. Newcomers expected to contribute early include Craig Taylor (Sr., RHP/OF), Enrique Murrillo (Jr., 3B) and Gilbert Murrillo (Jr., OF/RHP). Here’s a look at the other area teams: El Rancho Frank Llanes, longtime Dons basketball coach, moves over to take charge of the baseball program and pretty much will be dealing with a rebuilding year. El Rancho returns one starter (Eric Garcia (Sr., CF) and one other letterman, Chris Villalobos (Jr., RHP/3B). “We have tremendous speed, and we play catch really well,” LLanes said, citing perhaps the often most overlooked aspect of the game. Among the top newcomers are Julian Frescas (Sr., C), Jonathan Garcia (Sr., RHP), Aaron Flores (Jr., 1B), Ray Madrid (Jr., OF) and Mike Manriquez (Jr., Util.) La Habra Coach Mate Borgono says pitching will be the Highlanders’ strength. La Habra has a pitcher who threw “every single inning from last year’s playoffs returning, and we reached the quarterfinals,” he said. Experience is a different story. The Highlanders return three starters among six lettermen from last season’s 17-9 team. Starters back are Richard Martin (Sr., RHP/OF), Chris Morales (Jr., C) and Ryan Salinas (Sr., Cf). The other returners are Ryan Tornell (Jr., RHP/OF), Kenny Heil (Jr., RHP/1B) and Bryan Aanderud (Jr., SS). Top newcomers include sophomores Jordan Sachs (RHP, OF/Util.), Luke Esquerra (2B) Zach Esquerra (C) and Edgar Bran (Jr., 3B). Pioneer Seven returning starters from a team that coach Paul Magallanes says “turned the corner in terms of improvement and being able to compete” are reasons for optimism this season. Key returners include Aaron Santa Cruz (Sr., CF), Tony Hernandez (Jr., C), R.J. Saldana (Sr., RHP/3B), Diego Salceda (Sr., RF), Ronnie Palacios (Soph., SS/RHP). Omar Laines (Sr., 1B) and Steven Real (Jr., 2B/RHP). Palacios started as a freshman. Newcomers counted on for early contributions include Javier Cazares (Jr., Inf.), Carlos Ramos (Soph., 2B/INF) and Randy Palacios (Jr., OF). Schurr The good news is the Spartans have better team speed than last season. The bad news is that they graduated all their pitching. In between, there are a number of questions marks for coach Ken Marrero. Schurr returns only two lettermen from last year’s 9-10 team. That means leadership will be needed from Julian De La Hay (Sr., SS), who batted .360 and stole a school-record 22 bases, and Hector Solarzano (Sr., DH), who hopefully will furnish some power at the plate. Key newcomers include Rudy Jordan (Jr., CF), a football standout for the CIF-SS champions, who has dropped track this spring in favor of baseball; Dennis Rangel (Sr., LHP/OF), Michael Olivarez (Jr., 3B), Jerry Perez (Soph., RHP) and freshman switch-hitter Christian Madrid. St. Paul Three returning lettermen, of which two are starters, sort of says it all for the Swordsmen. “We’re going to be young and we need to learn real quick,” coach Casey Morales said. The returning starters are quality – Michael Guy (Sr., 1B) and Ryan Ball (Soph., CF), as is returnee Mitch Sortillion (Sr., OF). Newcomers expected to contribute include Andrew Espinosa (Sr., RHP/SS), Bobby Santoyo (Jr., RHP/OF), Bob Castaneda (Sr., 2B), Chris Carrillo (Soph., C), Marcus Aldecoa (Soph., OF) and freshman shortstop Andrew Chico. Whittier First-year coach Brent Lavoie, who won an Olympic League championship last year at Cerritos Valley Christian, will have his hands full with just three returning starters. “We’ll need to play a little bit of defense, and we’ll need to get timely hits,” Lavoie said. Isaac Garcia (Sr., CF) leads the group of returners that include Jovany Avila (Jr., C), Erik Ruvalcaba (Soph., SS), Matt Avila (Jr., LHP/1B), David Jimenez (Sr., OF) and Joey Miller (Sr., LF). Top newcomers include Anthony Diaz (Jr., RF) and Darrin Macias (Soph., RHP). Whittier Christian Like several other area programs, the Heralds will be rebuilding this season. First-year coach Arlie Kearney has just two returning starters from last season’s Alpha League championship team, Jeremy Cameron (Sr., Util.) and Aaron Oberst (Sr., RHP/CF). Also returning are Hugh Hughes (Sr., SS) and Mark Edwards (Soph., C).. roger.murray@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Here’s a look at the area’s preseason Top 5 entering Friday’s season openers: 1. La Mirada “We have the talent to be successful,” said coach Kim Brooks, who is starting his 12th season at the helm. “We just need to realize, when we take the field, the pressure is on us. We’re supposed to be good, so now we have to go out and play the way we know we can.” It won’t take long for the Matadores to find out where they stand. A rigorous early schedule includes games in the Loara and Redondo tournaments before opening defense of their league title with two games against Cerritos. Left-handed pitcher Tony Peraza, who led the area in earned run average last year, also returns, along with Brandon Pesante, who will move from second base to shortstop. Dovel and first baseman Stephen Kaupang, who also will see time on the mound, have committed to the University of San Diego. Jake Johnson, who will split time at catcher and third base, has committed to Fresno State and Taylor Siemens, the standout basketball player and left-handed pitcher, has committed to Cal Baptist. The Matadores have won eight consecutive Suburban League championships and will be the odds-on favorite to make it nine this season. center_img With 13 returning lettermen, including six starters returning from last season’s 24-7 team, La Mirada High School figures to lead area teams into the 2007 baseball season. The Matadores have four players who have committed to four-year college programs and can boast of perhaps the area’s deepest pitching staff, led by senior left-hander Jason Dovel, a four-year varsity starter. last_img read more

Woman leaves $240,000 to schools, fund

first_imgLittlerock High also will get $12,000 every year for five years to provide college scholarships. Sweet’s scholarship donation is the largest ever in recent memory in the Antelope Valley Union High School District, officials said. “Everyone was delightfully surprised,” Littlerock guidance counselor Melissa Vattioni said when Olsen said she wanted to donate the money. “It’s very generous.” Desert Christian Schools will get $60,000 for a tuition fund, and Olsen will set up an elder-abuse victim fund. The $240,000 was what was left over after Sweet’s “Skyland” ranch was sold for $310,000 in March 2006 and loans and bills were paid off. The 2,000-square-foot, four-bedroom home on Devils Punchbowl Road, built by her and her father in the hills above Pearblossom, was at the center of a criminal case involving Alan Pennington, 53, the man who took advantage of the aging Sweet. Pennington was a telephone repairman who made a service call to Sweet’s home in February2000 and befriended her. He began helping Sweet, who was alone with no children, and took over her finances, assuming power of attorney, sheriff’s investigators said. And he took advantage. He was charged with felony theft of elder property and grand theft in October2005 after he started remodeling Sweet’s house while Sweet lived with a caretaker at a home in Sun Village following cancer surgery in 2004, sheriff’s Detective Janet Homan said. In November 2005, Pennington pleaded no contest to the theft of elder property as a misdemeanor. He was placed on two years’ probation, ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to Sweet, and told to move out of Sweet’s house within two days, court records show. Pennington’s attorney did not respond to requests for comment. “The problem was he was using her money to fix up the house, but she wasn’t gone yet,” Homan said. “He did some good things but just overstepped his bounds, and maybe if he would have waited and did it the right way she would have given him everything.” After Sweet had surgery in the summer of 2004, Olsen and other neighbors began wondering what had happened to Sweet. “I got involved because we recognized she wasn’t in her house. A man was living in her house,” Olsen said. They would ask Pennington where Sweet was, and he would not tell them, Homan said. “He felt sorry for her. No one was helping her out, and he stepped in,” Homan said. “He thought the neighbors were being nosey and butting in. He wanted to take care of her.” Eventually, neighbors found Sweet at the Sun Village house, and she told them she wanted to go home, Homan said. Homan, who began investigating the case in May2005, said Sweet was heartbroken about what Pennington had done to the house. Walls had been painted purple, a rock fireplace had been torn out, and floors had been ripped up, Olsen and Homan said. “She didn’t have dementia and knew what she wanted, and her desire was she wanted to go back home. “She told me she didn’t want anything to do with him after what he did to the house,” Homan said. “She was very spunky and sharp, and she was able to recall things from way back. As she got older, she got more crankier.” Sweet got her house back, but she never lived there again. Her cancer came back, and she had another surgery in August2005, but this time doctors discovered it had spread to her abdomen and said she wouldn’t live more than two months, Olsen said. Then in a wheelchair, Sweet’s illness required around-the-clock care, and she lived out the rest of her life in board-and-care homes, Olsen said. Olsen, who worked as an emergency room nurse for 30 years, said she would take Sweet up to her house on occasion. “I would take her there, and we would sit outside,” Olsen said. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Olsen said Sweet, who worked in Washington, D.C., as a secretary and was postmaster at the Valyermo and Palmdale post offices, was an avid reader with a passion for education. One of her two ex-husbands, Henry Sweet, served on the Keppel Union School District board for 23 years beginning in 1930. “Education was a no-brainer for her,” Olsen said of the diminutive Sweet, who was 4feet11 and 80pounds. Olsen arranged to give AVC $12,000 each year for five years. This year, six students will receive scholarships of $1,000 each, and 12 students $500 each. “It’s going to help a tremendous number of students, and we are always grateful for any donors thinking of us because it will help continue the investment in our community by educating our students,” said Bridget Razo, Antelope Valley College’s executive director for the Office of Institutional Advancement and Foundation. “It was a wonderful legacy for Mrs. Sweet to leave for us.” JUNIPER HILLS – Dorothy Sweet left her mark. The Juniper woman – who homesteaded a 25-acre ranch with her father in 1947, served as a local postmaster, and then in her late 80s fell victim to financial elder abuse – has willed $240,000 to three schools and a fund to help elder-abuse victims. Sweet, who died at age 92 in September after a battle with colon cancer, gave $60,000 each to Littlerock High School and Antelope Valley College to provide scholarships, $60,000 to Desert Christian Schools for tuition assistance, and another $60,000 to set up the victim fund. “She looked like the granny on the `Beverly Hillbillies.’ She was just the most amazing lady. She was bright and sharp, and had all of her marbles until she died,” said Diane Olsen, a friend who had power of attorney over Sweet’s affairs. last_img

A border fix?

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! THAT Senate Democrat and Republican leaders, as well as President George W. Bush, have agreed on a tentative immigration plan gives rise to hope that comprehensive reform may be here at last. It’s about time. For 20 years, it’s been no secret that America’s immigration policies were badly broken. And since 9-11, it’s been exceedingly clear that those broken polices endanger national security. But getting the nation’s leaders to actually revise our immigration laws has been a near-impossible feat. The Senate came close by passing a plan last year, but it was torpedoed in the House of Representatives. This time around, the House has new leadership, but that’s no guarantee of a different result. The problem with immigration is that it bumps into several sacred cows, and outside of the Senate, the ideologues on all sides have been unwilling to compromise. On the one hand, we have restrictionists who refuse to accept any plan that normalizes the status of some 12 million illegal immigrants already living here. On the other, there are immigration activists who oppose even sensible efforts at border enforcement or modest civil penalties for those who have violated the nation’s laws. Yet while both sides dig in their heels, the country goes without reform that it desperately needs. Whatever becomes of the Senate’s compromise plan, the final version of immigration reform must contain the following ingredients if it is to do any good: A sensible system for new immigrants to enter the country legally. Greater enforcement may help shore up our borders, but only reasonable options for legal immigration will effectively end illegal immigration. A mechanism for making the millions of illegal immigrants who are already here legal and, eventually, citizens. It’s morally unacceptable – and a security risk – to have millions of people living here invisibly. The law must work to bring illegal immigrants out of the shadows, thus protecting them from exploitation and all of us from the criminality that the current system encourages. Realistic requirements. It will be of no value if the new law is as widely ignored and unenforced as the old ones. Onerous regulations that would preclude compliance should be an obvious nonstarter. Within these general parameters, compromises of all kinds by all sides will be necessary. Immigration supporters and opponents alike, for example, will likely need to accept that a path to citizenship is the price to pay for tougher enforcement – and vice versa. The Senate compromise plan looks like a good start. Now it’s up to the rest of Washington to finish the job.last_img read more

Author Tony Warriner launches book tonight

first_imgThe second part of the book, Warriner shares is a fun approach to church. It could be offensive to some people in church, “as I intentionally write with an edge,” said Warriner.Warriner feels the Church needs to make a difference in people’s lives.Tonight, Friday, January 3rd, 2020 from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm the book launch is being held at the Evangel Downtown located at 10040 100th Street. Signed books are available for purchase for $20 with all payment methods accepted at the event.Boondock Church – Small Town Massive Potential is also available on amazon.ca and a Kindle version coming in February.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local Pastor for the Evangel Downtown, Tony Warriner has written ‘Boondock Church’ Small Town Massive Potential and will be hosting its book launch tonight.It was after a successful response to a blog challenge Warriner accepted back in approx 2013, the series titled ‘Things a Pastor should not say’ garnered traction with people and paved the way for his next project.In 2014, Warriner started his new project wanting it to be about the small-town church. Warriner would describe how as a Pastor in a small town, he was unable to find relatable reference material to help his church grow. Materials were marketed to large city churches and their perspectives.- Advertisement -Warriner, his wife and four children have lived in Fort St. John for the past 17 years. They are here because they love the town and want to be here. In this time the development and growth of the Evangel Downtown Church has been a really good journey as a church success story shares Warriner.As he goes on to share a lot of what is in the book comes from the story of how the church developed in Fort St. John. Warriner wanted to show how Church can be done in an innovative way.The book is split into two parts, Warriner sharing that it is relevant to anyone and you don’t have to be in Church,  as it speaks to people committed to being in a small town.Advertisement To view the book launch FB Event page; CLICK HERE To view Tony Warriner’s website; CLICK HERElast_img read more

Chelsea v Norwich: Hazard on the bench

first_imgDemba Ba starts up front for Chelsea against Norwich, who are without Joseph Yobo and Anthony Pilkington.Eden Hazard is among the Blues substitutes, while there are starting places for Frank Lampard, Andre Schurrle and Mohamed Salah.Chelsea: Schwarzer; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Cole; Lampard, Matic; Salah, Willian, Schurrle; Ba.Subs: Hilario, Kalas, Luiz, Van Ginkel, Hazard, Torres, Eto’o.Norwich Ruddy; Martin, R Bennett, Turner, Whittaker; Tettey; Snodgrass, Johnson, Howson, Olsson; Elmander.Subs: Bunn, Bassong, Van Wolfswinkel, Fer, Hooper, E Bennett, Redmond.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Assam forms ‘State Capital Region’ around Guwahati

first_imgIn line with the National Capital Region, Assam will have a ‘State Capital Region’ encompassing Guwahati and its peripheral areas with the passing of a bill in the State Assembly on Friday.The Assembly passed Assam State Capital Region Development Authority (ASCRDA) Bill 2017 by voice vote to set up the regional authority for preparation of a plan for rapid development of the SCR.Introducing the Bill in the House, minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the SCR shall comprise the districts of Kamrup Metropolitan, Kamrup, Nalbari, Darrang and Morrigaon, fully or partly. Capital Guwahati is in Kamrup Metropolitan district.The authority and guidelines of existing Guwahati Municipal Corporation Development Authority (GMDA), Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) and other urban authorities were not sufficient for desired development and growth of SCR, Sarma said ASCRDA will be the overall authority to direct, implement and monitor the development of SCR, said the state’s health, finance and education minister.last_img read more