Monthly Archives: December 2019

Robin van Persie to Barcelona reports: Fenerbahce boss cools transfer talk

first_imgFenerbahce boss Vitor Pereira has played down speculation linking striker Robin van Persie with a move to Barcelona.Van Persie only joined the Turkish side in the summer from Manchester United in a £3.8million deal.But he has not had the best of his starts to his Fenerbahce career and is reportedly wanted by Barca as a back-up to Lionel Messi.However, Pereira insists he has no knowlege of any interest from the Spanish giants in the 32-year-old and wants him to remain as part of his squad.“I have no problem with Van Persie,” Pereira told the official Fenerbahce website.“I have no information about a transfer. I am pleased with him.” Robin van Persie 1last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgBe a part of a Christmas spectacle WHITTIER – If you love a parade, consider applying to be in this year’s Uptown Whittier Christmas Parade. The 54th annual spectacle will unfurl at 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at Greenleaf Avenue and Mar Vista Street and wind through Uptown Whittier. Organizers estimate more than 30,000 will watch the parade. The theme is “Peace on Earth – A Patriotic Salute to the Armed Forces.” A cadre of floats, marching bands, dignitaries and performing groups will ring in the holiday season. The application deadline is Nov. 26. For more information or to obtain a parade application, call (562) 696-2662 or visit www.WhittierUptown.org. Mental health topic of meeting WHITTIER – The Whittier Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness is hosting its monthly business and educational meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, in Room 121 at First United Methodist Church’s Wesley Building, 6725 Friends St. Shelley Levin will speak on “Prevention and Early Intervention of Psychosis: What’s New? Does It Work?” and the Mental Health Service Act for Los Angeles County. Materials will be distributed on the subject. “With the passage of the Mental Health Services Act in 2004, California has the unique opportunity to lead the way in the United States in adopting mental health programs,” Levin said. The act was approved by California voters in November 2004. To date, it has generated about $1.6 billion, earmarked to assist counties in providing improved mental health services for children, teenagers, adults and seniors. For more information, call (562) 692-8006. MySpace seminar slated for parents WHITTIER – The Whittier Evangelical UMC is hosting a free seminar, “Are You Lost in `MySpace’?” from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at 10262 Colima Road. Internet consultant Orlando Flores will look at the popular Internet social network and similar sites and show why they are attracting so many young people. These sites, he said, are basically fun but can pose potential hazards. Parents, grandparents and guardians concerned about MySpace and other youth-oriented Web sites will find helpful information through an on-site demonstration. They will see how it works and what they need to know to protect their children. For more information, call (562) 944-8909. Learn about foster adoptions SANTA FE SPRINGS – As part of celebrating November as Adoption Awareness Month, Aspira Foster and Family Services is hosting an adoption orientation from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at 10350 Heritage Park Drive, Suite 202. The orientation will address questions regarding foster care and adoption. Information will also be provided in Spanish. For more information, call (562) 941-6967. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Help decorate a parade float SANTA FE SPRINGS – The city is accepting volunteer signups to decorate its 2008 Tournament of Roses Parade float. This year’s entry, titled “Dia de los Muertos,” will be one of the largest floats in the Jan. 1 parade. The float will be 75 feet long and stand 30 feet at its peak. The float is representative of the holiday – “Day of the Dead” – celebrated throughout the world. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre It is in keeping with the Tournament of Rose’s theme, “Passport to the World’s Celebrations.” The float, designed by award-winning float designer Raul Rodriguez of Whittier, will feature marigolds, the most prominent flower used for decoration in Mexico on Dia de los Muertos. Volunteers must be at least 14-years-old. They will be selected on a first-come basis. More than 600 community members volunteered to decorate the 2007 float. To register or for more information: (562) 863-4896 or www.celebrate50thsantafesprings.org. last_img

MILK QUOTA TALKS ‘PRODUCTIVE’ SAYS SENATOR

first_imgFianna Fáil have held talks with the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill to propose a bilateral milk quota until 2015 to replace the current inefficient system of EU-wide national quotas.Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Agriculture Spokesperson Michael Moynihan TD and Seanad Spokesperson on Agriculture Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill held productive talks with Minister O’Neill and her officials in Stormont yesterday.Speaking afterwards, Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “Agreement on a bilateral milk quota now looks like a very real possibility.  Minister O’Neill was very receptive to the Fianna Fáil proposals and acknowledged that steps must be taken to put an end to the current inefficient and wasteful situation facing Irish dairy farmers. “Fianna Fáil has been forced to pursue this issue due to the regrettable inaction of the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney. We are in farcical situation at the moment with some countries in the EU well below quota while Irish farmers are being forced to send cows for slaughter because we’re in danger of exceeding our milk quota.“Minister Coveney has failed to raise this matter with our European counterparts so Fianna Fáil has pressed ahead with discussions on a quota agreement with the UK.   The UK is expected to be below quota by as a much as 20% this year. If we could agree to a joint quota, it would ease the pressure on Irish dairy farmers at risk of over-supply.“As a result of our meeting in Stormont, the North’s Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill has agreed to raise the matter with Minister Simon Coveney. In addition to this, I will request that a joint meeting of the Oireachtas Agriculture Committee and its counterpart in Stormont takes place to discuss the issue. My colleague Deputy Michael Moynihan and I also plan to travel to London to further negotiations with the British Minister for Agriculture.“One of the cornerstones of Food Harvest 2020 is to double dairy production by the year 2020. If Minister Coveney does not take immediate and decisive action to address the barriers caused by our national quota, he is putting this strategy in jeopardy. “There is no doubt that the national quota system is a real barrier to the growth of the Irish dairy industry. I am hopeful that we have now taken the first step towards resolving this in the medium-term. Irish dairy produce is in demand and we have ample supply. We cannot continue to be blocked from taking advantage of this much needed growth opportunity for farmers and for the agriculture sector.”MILK QUOTA TALKS ‘PRODUCTIVE’ SAYS SENATOR was last modified: September 30th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

A LIDL EXTRA IN PAY PACKETS FOR DONEGAL STAFF AS FIRM DOES U-TURN ON LIVING WAGE

first_imgDONEGAL staff will have extra cash in their pockets after German supermarket chain Lidl has now decided to include Ireland in a pay rise for workers.Lidl announced last month that it would introduce the new living wage in England, Wales and Scotland which is €11.13 an hour, or €12.69 an hour in London.However, Donegal workers at seven stores across the county were excluded from receiving the increase. They are currently paid around €9.77 per hour.Lidl said this was due to the way its business was organised across IrelandNow it has done a dramatic U-turn and workers in Donegal will now receive the living wage.Susan Fitzgerald of Unite The Unite said: “This is a very significant victory for Lidl workers, our members and Unite, who led the campaign to demand equal pay for workers. “We are particularly pleased that Lidl’s adoption of the Living Wage will extend to their workforce in the Republic of Ireland.“This announcement means other retail chains are now ‘on notice’ that they need to pay the Living Wage – there can be no justification for poverty-pay.”Under the new living wage scheme, Donegal workers will see their hourly rate increase on an incremental scale to €11.95 per hour after three years. A LIDL EXTRA IN PAY PACKETS FOR DONEGAL STAFF AS FIRM DOES U-TURN ON LIVING WAGE was last modified: October 8th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:A LIDL EXTRA IN PAY PACKETS FOR DONEGAL STAFF AS FIRM DOES U-TURN ON LIVING WAGElast_img read more

Francesco Totti set to snub Leicester to make America move

first_imgLeicester City target Francesco Totti is on the verge of completing a move to NASL side New York Cosmos, according to reports in Italy.The Roma icon is out of contract at the end of the season and manager Luciano Spalletti has given no indication that he wants to keep the Italian veteran on next season.talkSPORT told you last month that Claudio Ranieri had attempted to make contact with his compatriot to offer him a one-year deal at the King Power next season.However, the 39-year-old is understood to be favouring a move to the States and has been in contact with the New York Cosmos, according to Sky Italia.Should Totti opt to sign for the Cosmos, he would bring to an end a 24-year career with Roma. Francesco Totti in action for Roma 1last_img

Bilic: West Ham will NOT give up on top-four dream

first_img1 Slaven Bilic’s Hammers beat Watford 3-1 to maintain their top-four push Slaven Bilic insisted West Ham’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Watford was crucial in their bid to reach the top four.Andy Carroll hit his sixth goal in six games and Mark Noble tucked away two penalties to move the Hammers to within four points of fourth-placed Arsenal.Bilic felt if West Ham failed to win they could kiss goodbye to their Champions League dream.Instead, the Upton Park boss has targeted four victories from their last four matches to crank up the pressure on Arsenal, Manchester City and Manchester United.“I told the players beforehand that this is kind of like a decisive game,” he said.“This will determine if we are going to look up, or look down.“It’s nice to have a cushion below and it’s nice to be three points behind United and to close the gap to City.“We now have a break and we are going to use it to rest, then come back in really good shape for the last four games of the season. We’re going to give everything to win them.”last_img read more

A good sign at LAUSD

first_imgThis past spring, L.A. voters elected a new, reform-minded school board to oversee the Los Angeles Unified School District. And last week, we may have witnessed one of the fruits of that vote. On Thursday, the district named Jose Cole-Gutierrez head of its charter schools division. This appointment, we can hope, marks a change in the way the district handles the highly successful charter movement. That’s because Cole-Gutierrez’s last job was with the California Charter Schools Association – the group that tirelessly fights for charters, headed up by L.A.’s previous reform-minded school board president, Caprice Young. Which is to say that by all indications, the LAUSD’s top official in charge of charter schools is someone who is committed to charters and their promise, someone who wants to help these campuses to thrive, multiply and succeed. 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 champIn the past, the LAUSD has tended to regard charters as competition, and done whatever it could to thwart them. But true reformers should recognize charters as a big part of the solution to the LAUSD’s woes. Apparently, this school board does.last_img read more

Turn neighborhood council elections over to the City Clerk’s Office

first_imgIf Los Angeles’ network of neighborhood councils is the key to empowering the public, then giving them legitimacy is essential to their credibility. And in the short history of the neighborhood councils, elections have not been a source of great credibility – just see the charges of dogs and babies voting. With that in mind, the move by the Los Angeles City Council to have the City Clerk’s Office oversee the elections of the neighborhood councils starting in June would help boost the legitimacy – and thus their relevance and importance – to neighborhood democracy. Despite a few glitches in recent years, the City Clerk’s Office has a much better track record of conducting elections than the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment has ever done. The shift also would free the neighborhood councils up from the time commitment of conducting elections and dealing with the controversy that often surrounds them so they have more time focusing on improving their neighborhoods. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Fierce winds lash Southland

first_imgFierce winds lashed the Southland today, with gusts of up to 60 miles per hour recorded in some areas of Los Angeles County. A high wind warning, signifying hazardous winds, was in effect until 10 this morning in portions of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties, and a somewhat less serious wind advisory was scheduled to be in force in the same areas until 10 tomorrow morning. Today’s and tomorrow’s high winds were generated by a storm departing the region, according to the National Weather Service, which said that another storm system could churn up more offshore winds on Sunday. Overnight, gusts of 60 miles per hour were recorded in the Malibu Hills and 58 miles per hour in Warm Spring, a Los Angeles County mountain area, according to the NWS. Winds also battered sea level communities, including Santa Monica, where gusts of 32 mph were recorded. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe winds will make today’s temperatures feel even cooler. The NWS forecast highs today of 41 at Mount Wilson; 49 in Palmdale; 50 in Lancaster; 54 in Newhall; 56 in Avalon; 60 in Burbank; 61 in Pasadena, San Gabriel, Woodland Hills, Newport Beach and at LAX; and 63 in downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach and Anaheim. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Nine-year-old boy lived a short but meaningful life

first_imgRESEDA – Because of Gabriel, an otherwise wilted garden now grows green. A woman changed her career and became a nurse to care for children. A family bought its first home. Because of 9-year-old Gabriel and his easy smile, other lives also got better. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“He gave everybody a purpose, a new outlook,” Crystal Flowers said of her nephew, Gabriel Antonio Herrera Jr., who died earlier this month. Children die every day from disease or accidents, violence or carelessness, and Gabriel was born with congenital heart disease. But for his grandmother and aunt – who adopted and raised him – the boy’s death seemed painfully abrupt because he had defied the odds for so long. And always with a smile. Congenital heart disease affects more than 30,000 American children each year, and surgery can usually repair the deformities – but not for Gabriel, whose tiny heart was in his body backward. He also was developmentally disabled and was missing his right eye socket. Still, when he smiled, he looked like he was winking – as if to say, “Everything will be OK.” “His heart was so deformed,” said his grandmother, Jaye Flowers. “We got many calls from the hospital. They would say, `You’ve got to come down here now.”‘ He underwent his first surgery when he was 5 days old. He won’t make it, doctors said after giving Gabriel a tracheotomy to help him breathe easier. But Gabriel defied their predictions. Another operation followed when he was 5 years old. He won’t see his sixth birthday, doctors said after they installed a cardiac pacemaker. But Gabriel again defied their predictions. And the family even threw a birthday party for him. He won’t walk. He won’t talk. He won’t ride a bicycle or go to school, some doctors said. But Gabriel also defied all of those predictions. And he even did much more. At the Sven Lokrantz Special Education Center School in Reseda, he became the cafeteria and attendance monitor. He watered an otherwise wilted school garden religiously, until it grew green. “Everybody was amazed,” his grandmother said. “He learned to ride a bike. He learned some sign language and how to get his point across. He couldn’t stand to see people crying or sad. He would squeeze my hand as if to say, ‘Do something.”‘ Gabriel was born at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles in 1998. His mother was 16; his father, 18. The teen parents loved the child but were overwhelmed by his needs. So Jaye Flowers, his grandmother, adopted him – with help from her daughter. “My daughter, his aunt, worked nights, and I worked days,” Jaye Flowers said. “We rearranged our schedules. It just became part of life.” Nurses helped care for the boy always, and one of them, Dawn Day, said everyone who met Gabriel was touched in some way. “They called him a miracle child,” said Day, who helped care for the boy for six years. In time, in caring for Gabriel and watching him grow, his family grew right along with him. His Aunt Crystal changed her career path – from teacher to nurse. She earned her license and now works at Childrens Hospital to care for other children like Gabriel. “It’s what Gabriel would have wanted,” the 30-year-old woman said. “It was my true calling.” And his grandmother became stronger. “I had a very sick husband at the time,” she said. “My husband was disabled, but Gabriel kept me going. When my husband died, I overcame it because Gabriel needed me. “He was a motivating force for me. He was my life.” And then Gabriel’s grandmother and aunt decided that maybe they could buy a house – a more stable environment than they had found in rentals. They hoped for a house they saw in Reseda, where Gabriel could have his own room, large enough for his hospital bed. But the price was too high, and they thought they couldn’t afford it. However, the owners not only lowered the price, but also installed central air-conditioning and heating, after they met Gabriel, who chatted with them in his way, with a smile and a wink. As soon as the buyers moved in, photographs of Gabriel began lining shelves and glass cases. He’s in the snow. Riding a bike. In class photos. Wearing a Santa Claus hat. And always – always – smiling. “No matter what he was going through, he never cried,” Jaye Flowers said. Earlier this month, Gabriel underwent heart surgery for the third time. This time, his doctors said he had a 95 percent chance of survival. But they were wrong again. A leak in his heart valve could not be repaired. His body gave up, and he could not be resuscitated. Gabriel died peacefully, his grandmother said. His room, complete with photographs of animals and a box of toys, is as he left it. His friends and teachers at the Lokrantz School – who had sent him a giant get-well card, hoping he would come back – took up a collection to help fund his funeral, which the family is struggling to pay for. Gabriel was buried at Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall just before Christmas. Pallbearers ranged in age from 21 to 67: men from all walks of life who came to know Gabriel. Mourners included doctors and nurses, social workers and teachers, neighbors and others. “Gabriel just had that kind of effect on people,” Jaye Flowers said. “He taught us all that you take what is given and do the best with it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img