Transfer report: Liverpool join list of clubs looking at Italy defender

first_img1 Andrea Ranocchia Liverpool have joined the growing list of Premier League clubs who are reportedly keen on a January move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia.Tottenham, Everton, Newcastle and Southampton are all keeping close tabs on the 27-year-old, who looks set to leave the San Siro after falling down the pecking order.Ranocchia has played just 70 minutes of Serie A action so far this term and, with manager Roberto Mancini hoping to make a clutch of new signings when the window opens, the centre-back could be one of the first out of the door.According to sources in Italy, Liverpool are the latest club hoping to tempt him to the Premier League but they will face stiff competition from within England for his signature.Southampton almost landed him during the summer but he decided instead to stay put in Italy. However, after playing so few minutes this season, he is reportedly ready to reconsider his future.And that could be good news for new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who will want to make his mark on the squad during the January transfer window.last_img read more

MLB NOTEBOOK Union has questions for Mitchell

first_imgFrom news services A lawyer for baseball players says George Mitchell never told the union before last week that he was willing to show its members evidence of doping allegations against them. Mitchell, who has spent 1 years investigating the use of performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, said Friday that he asked players to meet with him “for the purpose of directly providing them with the evidence about the allegations and to give them a chance to respond.” Union general counsel Michael Weiner said Tuesday that Mitchell only informed players of that stance during a meeting last week and in a letter Friday. Weiner wrote to the former Senate Majority leader on Tuesday asking him to clarify his position and to provide his timeframe for completing the investigation. Mitchell did not respond to requests for comment. Around the leagues Yankees: Joe Torre’s future remained unclear after team officials gathered at the home of owner George Steinbrenner to debate whether the manager should return for a 13th season. “The meetings are adjourned for tonight,” spokesman Howard Rubenstein said shortly after the session ended about 4 p.m. “There have been no decisions made, nor will there be any comment today. The meetings will resume tomorrow.” Steinbrenner told The Record of Hackensack, N.J., on Oct. 6 that he didn’t think he’d bring back the manager if the Yankees failed to advance to the AL Championship Series. Cleveland then eliminated New York in four games, sending New York to its third straight first-round exit. The owner’s sons, Hank and Hal, were seen at the owner’s house, along with son-in-law Felix Lopez. Yankees president Randy Levine, chief operating officer Lonn Trost, General Manager Brian Cashman and assistant general manager Jean Afterman also were in town. Red Sox: David Ortiz’s injured knee isn’t an issue to Boston manager Terry Francona. Ortiz said after Monday night’s 4-2 loss to the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series that his right knee was swollen on Sunday but that the swelling subsided. He said he never considered sitting out the rest of the playoffs. Miscellany: The Colorado Rockies’ four-game sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks drew an average 2.8 rating for all households and a 3.3 for homes with TBS. The previous low average LCS rating was a 6.2 for the Mets’ five-game victory over the Cardinals in 2000. Turner Sports president David Levy said network executives were “still very, very happy” with their seven-year deal with Major League Baseball despite a convergence of factors leading to low NLCS ratings in their first year airing the playoffs. Rangers: Reliever Frank Francisco agreed to a one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. The right-hander was 1-1 with a 4.55 ERA this year, striking out 49 and walking 38 in 59 games.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “He certainly had not suggested prior to last week that the purpose of asking these players to come in was to provide them with evidence, provide them with anything,” Weiner said. Until now, Mitchell has provided players only with general notice that they have been accused, giving them the year of the alleged conduct and the team they were playing for at the time. He has not told them of the substances they are accused of using. Active players generally have refused to meet with Mitchell, who is a director of the Boston Red Sox. The only active player known to have met with him was the New York Yankees’ Jason Giambi, who did so only after Commissioner Bud Selig threatened discipline for remarks in a newspaper interview. “In our view, the senator’s current statement of his position can’t be squared with substantial correspondence between the senator and the association over the course of the investigation nor can it be squared with communication and conduct directly with individuals who have been interviewed,” Weiner said. “What we’re asking him to do is clarify exactly what his position is, and then we’ll figure out what to do going forward. I don’t think what he said is accurate. It certainly is not accurate if what he’s saying, `It’s been my position since March 1, 2007.”‘ last_img

Satellites crowd space to keep up with demand from telecom

first_imgOne of the biggest drivers of satellite usage is expected to be communications. With radio companies such as XM, Sirius and international satellite provider Worldspace, not to mention satellite television providers, the need for more launch capabilities is sure to grow, said Paul Bond, West Coast business editor for the Hollywood Reporter. In fact, Google recently joined the satellite industry, indirectly, by entering a partnership with Dish to sell ads. “If Google is getting into the satellite business, then you know it is a growth business,” Bond said. Bond expects to see the blossoming of in-car satellite television, currently a small segment of the satellite industry. HDTV, Mobile TV and IPTV all require bandwidth, and many of those providers will turn to satellite, Bond said. “It’s a virtual cycle of bandwidth needs: The more you get, the more you want,” he added. In year-end financial reports, Direct TV reported 16million subscribers, and Dish reported 13million, while midyear reports showed Sirius with 7.1million subscribers versus XM’s 8.25million. “XM currently has four satellites in orbit. We have two operating satellites and two in orbit spares,” XM spokesman Chance Patterson said. Another spare satellite is under construction, Patterson said. The communications boon has also been good to companies such as Sea Launch Co. LLC. A boon to the boats, too “This is as pretty as it’s ever looked,” said Robert Peckham, Sea Launch’s president and general manager, as he strode by two massive gray-and-black ships on a recent overcast morning in Long Beach. “It’s like a new car on a lot.” The two vessels make up the Sea Launch equatorial satellite- launching operation based at the Long Beach Harbor. Repairs and new paint were required on one of the ships after a Jan.30 launch failure that destroyed part of the launch platform and sent a rocket and its payload 10,000 feet to the ocean floor. Peckham and his Sea Launch operation have put that incident behind them. The first launch since the failure is set in the next few weeks. “I’m chompin’ at the bit to get going again,” he said. For that launch, The Boeing Co. has shipped the third Thuraya communications satellite from its manufacturing facility in El Segundo to the Sea Launch home port. The satellites provide mobile-communications services to more than 2.3billion people. Planned to serve markets in China, Australia, Japan and Korea, Thuraya 3 provides access to advanced telecommunications services for first responders reaching those in need during emergencies, for businesses that depend on data access and for mobile-phone users. Sea Launch’s home port, on a 16.5-acre former Navy base, is in the middle of a satellite hub in Southern California. Complete satellites ready for launch are shipped from around the region to the Port of Long Beach to be prepared for a trip to the equator. Boeing, which has operations in Seal Beach, also uses aerospace subcontractors spread throughout Southern California. L3 ETI and Hi-Shear, both in Torrance, and Raytheon, ETS, Wyle Labs, Trio Mfg and Flight Microwave all have large operations in El Segundo. Another large satellite-industry player in Southern California is Los Angeles-based Northrop Grumman, and Alliant Techsystems, an advanced weapons and space-systems provider, has its Space Division offices spread throughout the region in Commerce, El Segundo, Pasadena and Corona. Solar-cell maker Spectrolab, a large Boeing supplier, is based in Sylmar. Launch operations Sea Launch’s Long Beach locale also makes it a straight 3,000-mile shot to the launch location 250miles from Christmas Island, named by a British East India Co. Capt. William Mynors, when he arrived there on Dec.25, 1643. With a population of about 1,500, the island is a territory of Australia. At Sea Launch headquarters in Long Beach, there are two large screens, a large conference table and perhaps two dozen pieces of teleconference equipment. The operation is a hodgepodge of purpose-built and converted equipment. The launch platform is a converted oil platform called the Odyssey. The command ship was built exclusively for the Sea Launch operation. The rocket weighs more than 1million pounds when fueled and topped with a satellite. To take off, it requires 1.6million pounds of thrust. Before launch, a command ship heads four miles away for safety. When the Jan.30 failure occurred, the rocket rose about 11/2 feet into the air, then plunged into the ocean, taking with it the 280-metric-ton gas deflector. The deflector is a complex array of support steel that deflects rocket flames and controls the acoustic environment. It’s an international effort Sea Launch is an international effort. The ground transporters on the launch platform were built in Germany, and the proton telemetry tracker is Russian. The two predominant languages on board, and in the conference center during launches, are English and Russian. Most of the crew members, managed by Norwegians, are Filipinos. Out at sea during the launch, 70 passengers and crew sail out on the platform and the command ship carries a complement of 240. On the bridge of the command ship, built in 1997, stands Capt. Johnny Soevik. At 49, he has dedicated his life to the sea. “I started when I was 16,” he says. Talking about how the industry has changed and how more is expected to change with the anticipated growth, he points to two comfortable leather chairs at the helm. “When I started, we used to have to stand,” he said. “There was just, `Do your job.”‘ Don Jergler can be reached at [email protected] or (562) 499-1281. “There is a healthy continuing workload in satellites to keep the launch people busy,” said Howard Chambers, vice president of Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems. Chambers said worldwide there is a consistent stream of military satellites and an increasing stream of commercial satellites. “You should see, in the next five years, 100 to 125 more satellites launched,” Chambers said, adding that the number may double if you include military launches. Communication drives use Satellites are used for communications, navigation, intelligence gathering, weather and business-to-business communications in what Chambers refers to as “bent pipes.” LONG BEACH – Outer space will soon be a much more crowded place. Skyrocketing demand for broadband and other communication networks is creating a boon for satellite makers and launchers – who are expected to shoot about 125 satellites into orbit during the next five years. That will nearly double the number of satellites circling the Earth today. This is all good news for companies such as Boeing, the world’s largest satellite maker – having built about 85 of the 150 satellites in operation now – and the companies that launch them. last_img

Only minor problems on busiest travel day

first_img“Everyone’s in a good mood,” said Cayton, a 10-year veteran. “They’re all going home to their families. I’ll be working tomorrow, but I’ll be able to get home to have some dinner, so it’s fine with me.” The same went for Julio Delgadillo, who signed on as a taxi dispatcher three months ago. As he hailed cabs and pointed travelers in the proper direction, he noted that even the most fatigued voyagers seemed pleasant. “They treat me OK,” he said. “Everyone’s pretty relaxed. Right now, it’s slow. After Thanksgiving, on Sunday, that’s when they’ll really start coming through.” But for Renee Kahsay, a customer service agent with Hawaiian Airlines, that’s just fine. Everyone’s got their anxieties about making flights on time, she said, but they calm down soon enough. She gets her share of odd questions, as well, with passengers wondering if people speak English in Hawaii (they do), whether you need a passport to travel there (you don’t) and if they can get a hotel room because they foolishly packed their house keys inside a bag that got delayed (they can’t). “I like the high energy,” said Kahsay, a seven-year employee working the 5:30 a.m. shift. “You’re not sitting in a cubicle, looking at papers all day. There’s always something happening at the airport.” At the skycap check-in outside the Northwest Airlines counter in Terminal 2, Duane Gray and his coworkers lugged bags and examined tickets. He’s worked the Thanksgiving shift for 25 years, watching things ebb and flow. People got a little touchy about their travel after 9-11, but now everything is copacetic. “I’m thankful just to be here, brother,” he said. “Just living and working, that’s what it’s all about. I’m very thankful.” 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “This is the best day of the year,” Rutledge beamed. “We like the busy day. We’re always looking for the new question. The new problem. And it ain’t yesterday’s problem. It’s. Happening. Right. Now.” Those problems and questions were pretty minor as he prepared for his last shift before returning to Palos Verdes to get ready for a big Thanksgiving dinner. In his 22 years working the desk, he’s heard some crazy questions, most egregiously when a woman missed her connection from Hawaii and found herself with a box full of rapidly aging fresh fish. He found her the closest fridge. As Rutledge fielded queries about where to find the closest restroom or the Super Shuttle, Michael Cayton and Elder Castro were wheeling through the pickup zone to make sure no one double-parked. The airport security officers started their day at 4:30 a.m., easing traffic congestion as they patrolled the curbs on bikes. Robert L. Rutledge hopped out of bed at 5:30 this morning, brewed some coffee, knotted his plaid tie and cheerfully headed off for Los Angeles International Airport. With nearly 2 million passengers expected to converge upon local airports through Sunday, working one of the busiest travel days of the year would seem like an arduous task. Throw in the normal stress of the holiday, the traffic, last-minute deadlines and everything else, and tempers would normally be short, wits frayed. But not for Rutledge, a retired oil refinery engineer who volunteers at the Travelers Aid Society information desk. For the 78-year-old in the red blazer and sensible slacks, and seemingly everyone else who showed up for work at LAX, things were downright peachy. last_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonJaney Jones, vice president in charge of the parties, said the group is open to everyone. “We are just really building the organization. It is only a couple of years old. Our prime purpose is to raise funds for Operation Teddy Bear, but we enjoy the sociability and friendship that comes with our parties,” Jones said. “It is so fulfilling to know you are helping underprivileged children and to see the joy that comes when you deliver the backpacks to each one,” added outgoing president Glenous Absmeier. Palos Verdes Estates resident Sharon Ryan was elected as the new president. In accepting the gavel, she said, “Even though Glenous wears only a size 6, she’s left me with big shoes to fill.” As an additional fundraiser for Operation Teddy Bear, the Volunteer Center is selling a special Palos Verdes Peninsula edition of the game Monopoly. Wearing Santa hats and carrying teddy bears symbolizing their favorite nonprofit, members of The Affinity Group gathered for their holiday meeting and party at the home of Arline and Dick Grotz. The Rancho Palos Verdes house was a virtual Christmas paradise, with masses of decorations and lights, collected by the couple for more than four decades. The occasion was one of four gatherings of the Volunteer Center’s support group, which raises funds for Operation Teddy Bear, the annual distribution of 5,600 filled backpacks to schools in underprivileged areas. These meetings, which are held in South Bay homes, are nine-parts party and one-part meeting. “Instead of railroads, it depicts the four cities on the Peninsula,” said Laila Viking, the Volunteer Center’s program coordinator. “And there are all these landmarks such as the Admiral Risty and the Red Onion.” The little playing pieces are area icons, such as the King Neptune statue and a peacock and horse. And the Chance cards all have to do with Peninsula-based nonprofits. “It’s the perfect gift for anyone who has ever lived on the Peninsula,” said Volunteer Center CEO De De Hicks, “and half of the $36 price is tax-deductible.” All proceeds will go to Operation Teddy Bear, to underwrite next year’s backpacks, which will be delivered in December. For information on the Affinity Group or Peninsula Monopoly, call the Volunteer Center at 310-212-5009. COMMUNITY HELPLINE Volunteers listen Volunteer Community Helpline listeners handled more than 6,100 calls this year to the group’s toll-free Helpline from throughout California. Callers were in crisis or simply wanted someone to talk to. A group of 120 volunteers provided more than 8,000 hours of listening time on the nonprofit’s hotline, and 88 new volunteers completed its 45-hour comprehensive training program. The Community Helpline is accepting donations to help support its toll-free telephone service, training classes, and outreach programs and literature sent to schools, libraries and other public facilities. Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Community Helpline, P.O. Box 2503, Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274-2503. WELLNESS COMMUNITY Caregiver award Palos Verdes Peninsula resident Michael Walachy was the recent recipient of The Wellness Community’s Star Campaign honoring an outstanding caregiver. Walachy was recognized for his devotion and care for his wife, Arlene Walachy, a three-time breast and ovarian cancer survivor. Since his wife’s first diagnosis in 1983, Walachy has arranged for and accompanied his wife to countless doctor appointments and dozens of chemotherapy sessions and supported her through five major surgeries, while maintaining a full-time job in the aerospace industry. For many years, both have volunteered with The Wellness Community-South Bay Cities in Redondo Beach. The Star Campaign reports that due to the positive attitude Arlene and her husband have maintained, her battles with ovarian and breast cancer have had positive outcomes. The Star Campaign is a Web-based effort that enables people with cancer to honor and reflect on the caregivers who support them. Nida Padilla, The Wellness Community-South Bay Cities office coordinator, said: “Arlene goes above and beyond the duties of a volunteer and we are fortunate to have her as a part of our community,” adding that she leads meetings for first-time visitors. “As a two-time ovarian and one-time breast cancer survivor, she is an inspiration to those facing cancer for the first time, and an ambassador for the Wellness Community.” Arlene Walachy continues speaking with cancer patients and their families. “It’s heartwarming to see that I can make a difference in their lives by telling my story,” she said. “I’ve been able to help facilitate more positive outlooks on life based on my own experience.” Her husband said he just followed her lead. “When we got the news of her first diagnosis, I didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I saw how upbeat she was so I knew I needed to stay positive to keep her going. She’s a fighter, and I wanted to be as supportive as I could – the best way to do that is to give your love to someone.” On the Star Campaign’s Web site, people living with and beyond cancer can honor their Stars by completing a form about themselves and the person they are honoring. All Stars are listed on the Star Walk of Fame, a place to share inspirational stories of cancer caregiving. For information, go to or call the Wellness Community-South Bay at 310-376-3550. Meredith Grenier is a freelance writer.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

Talking Turkey with UCLA star

first_img “Yeah, I learned to say ‘Merhaba,’ I think that means thank you,” she said. “But I said that for everything. ‘Merhaba’ meant so much stuff.” In which countries would she consider playing? “I would say Russia, because they pay the best,” Willis said. “I’m worried about food everywhere, though.” Also: UCLA’s Ben Kohlloeffel won his third successive men’s tennis title Sunday, beating Pepperdine’s Scott Doerner 6-3, 7-6 (5) at the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in Indian Wells. Kohlloeffel, who won the ITA Regionals and ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships last fall, received a qualifying wild-card berth for the ATP Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells in March. … The inaugural Pacific-10 rugby championship will be held Saturday and Sunday at UCLA’s North Athletic Field. Top-ranked Cal, which has won 20 of 25 USA Men’s Rugby college titles, is the overwhelming favorite. UCLA is ranked 11th and Washington State 14th. Action begins Saturday at 8 a.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. The title game is Sunday at 1:30 p.m. … Pepperdine is the coaches’ pick to win a third successive West Coast Conference baseball title. Loyola Marymount was predicted to finish fourth. … Cal State Northridge was picked to finish last in the Big West Conference baseball race. Cal State Fullerton is the favorite. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! USA Basketball seemed to know what it was doing. Willis has been on a tear this season. The senior guard from Narbonne High of Harbor City broke the Pacific-10 career steals record (317) a little more than a week ago and is second in the conference in scoring (18.6 points per game), behind reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year Candice Wiggins of Stanford (21.6 ppg). So what did Willis pick up in her time overseas that has helped her this season? AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “I don’t even know what to take from the trip yet, there was just so much,” she said. “I’d never even been out of the country before, except to Tijuana, I guess.” She began the summer with UCLA’s two-week tour of Australia, then headed to Turkey for three weeks with USA Basketball. Willis says her international experience has her thinking about playing overseas when she finishes at UCLA this spring. It also broadened her outlook, although not all of it agreed with her. “The food was not a highlight,” she said. “I’m a very finicky eater in the States, so to go to a foreign country where they couldn’t even tell me if it was beef or steak. … I didn’t eat much except for rice.” She might not have saved any recipes, but she did pick up a little Turkish. center_img It wasn’t so surprising that a UCLA women’s basketball player was chosen to play for the United States at the World University Games last August in Izmir, Turkey. The Bruins possess three of the best guards in the country: Nikki Blue, Noelle Quinn and Lisa Willis. The surprise was that Willis was chosen for the team, ahead of her higher-profile teammates. last_img read more

Golfer educates students

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Stevy Loy is headed for the Ivy League, but before she begins the college phase of her golf career – at Columbia University in New York City – the Valencia High senior and 2005 Daily News girls golfer of the year wants to help other high school athletes be better prepared for the scholarship chase. That’s why Loy, longtime Santa Clarita Valley golf instructor Lee Breckenridge and recruiting service adviser Tom Franco are participating Thursday night in a workshop at Valencia, addressing issues they believe will help scholarship hopefuls. “I didn’t know much of anything,” Loy said of the recruiting process. “I didn’t even think about playing college golf until probably my junior year.” Then, her play started to show the value of her devotion to practice, and by the end of last summer Loy had played in the U.S. Girls Junior Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur championships, attracting the interest of Columbia, Georgetown and UC Riverside. Michelle Mannix of Valencia and Ali Erdman of Quartz Hill, who both have accepted scholarship offers from UC Riverside, also will participate. Loy’s father Steven and Carlos De Leon – father of 2003 Daily News girls golfer of the year Melanie De Leon of Saugus – are others involved in the workshop, which will run from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Valencia multi-purpose room. “We’ll talk about a lot of things,” Stevy Loy said, “like contacting coaches, playing in the right tournaments and getting yourself out there. Maybe we can cut down some of the learning time. What I learned is there are definitely many different ways to get where you want to go.” Information: (661) 607-5956 or [email protected] Names in the game: Justin Leonard opens his title defense today in the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, a five-round Palm Desert tournament that annually produces some of the lowest scoring on the PGA Tour. The 47th annual event again will have pros teamed for the first four rounds with amateurs – including more than 30 sports or entertainment celebrities this week. Two-time Classic champion Phil Mickelson also is in the pro field, which includes former area collegians Olin Browne (Occidental), Jason Gore (Pepperdine) and Brandt Jobe, Corey Pavin and Duffy Waldorf of UCLA. Golf-specific physical trainer Michael Pauldine of Woodland Hills enjoyed a strong showing by his area high school clients in Southern Section postseason play last year. Five of them – David Lipsky of La Canada, Danny Hoffenberg of Royal of Simi Valley, Ben Fox of Oakwood of North Hollywood, Nick Geyer of Viewpoint of Calabasas and Erik Jarvey of Highland of Palmdale – advanced to the section final, and all wound up with golf scholarships. Fox (Arizona), Hoffenberg (Fresno State), Geyer (New Mexico) and Jarvey (Cal State Northridge) are now on college golf teams and La Canada senior Lipsky has accepted a golf scholarship offer from Northwestern. Pauldine believes he has a talented new client in Harvard-Westlake of Studio City freshman Glen Scher, and Harvard-Westlake’s Scott Wood – the 2005 Daily News boys golf coach of the year – agrees this first-year high school golfer has plenty of potential. “He plays to a plus-1 handicap at North Ranch,” Wood said of Scher, who finished third in the 2005 Thousand Oaks City Championship, shooting 71-67 for a 2-under-par 138 at Los Robles Greens. Darlene Bognot, a three-time Southern California finalist for Monroe of North Hills, has transferred from Cal State Northridge and will play as a sophomore at College of the Canyons next season. Valley Invitational: El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana will be the site of a new high school tournament April 3, when Harvard-Westlake will be host team for the first Valley Invitational. Wood, who has coached Harvard-Westlake to Southern Section divisional team titles the past two seasons, said Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks, Loyola of Los Angeles, Mira Costa, San Marcos of Santa Barbara, Hart of Newhall, Valencia, Oak Park, Brentwood and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village are in the field. He hopes to add Taft of Woodland Hills and nine-time City Section champion Granada Hills. The play-six-to-score-five competition, which will offer team and individual awards, already has top candidates in both categories. Hart senior Jason Kang, who is No. 19 in the Golfweek national junior rankings, has accepted a golf scholarship offer from UCLA. Valencia junior Louis Amira qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur last summer and shot 63 in winning an American Junior Golf Association event in New Mexico. Oaks Christian senior James Dalthorp has accepted a golf scholarship offer from Arizona State. San Marcos is a perennial contender for Southern Section and Southern California boys titles. More reality: Golf Magazine is accepting online registration through next week for the St. Joseph Pressure Challenge, a taped-for-television golf-reality special scheduled to be aired by CBS in two segments prior to PGA Tour events in May. David Feherty will be host for the reality show, which will have average golfers – all with a handicap index of 8 or higher – competing for $250,000. Information: Dave Shelburne’s golf column appears on Wednesdays. He can be reached at (818) 713-3609 or [email protected] 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


first_imgThere’s never been a better time to visit Donegal.And now there is no easier way to get here – at the right price.Our friends at Donegal Airport have come up with the most amazingpackage which will suit even the most limited of budgets. Donegal Airport are offering a fantastic package which includes returnflights from Dublin, 2 nights accommodation throughout the countyand car hire, all for a starting price of just €169 pps midweek.It’s almost too good to believe but it’s true.If you ever wanted to see the basking sharks off Inishowen, theamazing cliffs of Sliabh Liag, the home of Clannad or all thewonderful shopping in Letterkenny, then getting there couldn’t beeasier.There’s no longer any excuse that ‘Donegal is just too far away’because with this deal we’ll have you experiencing all we have tooffer in less than an hour. Come see why “up here it’s different.”DONEGAL AIRPORT OFFERS AMAZING FLIGHT, ACCOMMODATION AND CAR HIRE OFFER was last modified: April 18th, 2016 by StephenShare 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:Donegal AirportOfferlast_img read more


first_imgThis month will see the number of Irish schools flying the internationally recognised Green Flag exceed 2,500 as over 1,050 schools attend Green-Schools Award ceremonies across the country.214 schools will be awarded their first Green Flag in recognition of their hard work on the Litter and Waste theme while 874 schools will be successfully renewing their Green Flag under the themes of Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship and Climate Change.The Green-Schools programme continues to grow at a remarkable rate with over 3,700 schools now registered with the programme, representing over 90 per cent of all schools in Ireland. Schools from across Donegal will attend a ceremony in The Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny today. Five schools were awarded their first Green Flag while 51 schools renewed their Green Flag.The programme is coordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, National Transport Authority, NPWS and Trócaire. Green-Schools Ireland is sponsored by Repak and the Wrigley Company Limited.Repak is the lead sponsor of Green-Schools in Ireland and Dr Andrew Hetherington, CEO, Repak commented: Repak has been the lead sponsors of the An Taisce Green-Schools programme for the last six years in Ireland.In that time there has been a major attitudinal change to packaging recycling which is in no small part due to Repak’s involvement in the Green-Schools initiative. Ireland’s Green Schools divert 60 tonnes of waste from landfill every school day. Over the period of their sponsorship Repak has seen the numbers of schools participating in the programme grow from 1,809 to 3,746 and the number of new flags awarded increase by 1,681. Repak is delighted with the success and legacy this program creates for long term environmental change.” Congratulating schools at the awards ceremony, Green-Schools Manager, Anthony Purcell commented that, “it is a great achievement that so many primary and secondary schools continue to implement the Green-Schools programme successfully and as a result students across Ireland are having a very positive impact on the environment both nationally and locally”.Suzanne Tinney, Waste Awareness Officer with Donegal County Council commended the schools for their efforts.“I am delighted with the large number of Donegal Schools being awarded with Green Flags today. I wish to congratulate all the schools that are being awarded with their first Green Flag. This is a fantastic achievement and a great reward for all the hard work that the schools have put in over the past few years.“Today is also quite significant as we have a first for Donegal with the awarding of a Green Flag to a creche for the first time. It is great to see the green schools ethos starting at such a young age. To compliment this I would also like to congratulate all those schools who are today renewing their green flag on the Energy, Water, Travel and Biodiversity themes.“These schools will be receiving their 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th green flags which shows their level of commitment to the programme and also highlights the sustainability of the programme. I must say a special word of thanks to all the pupils, teachers, parents and other school staff without whose commitment and dedication the Green-Schools programme would not be such as success in Donegal.” DONEGAL SCHOOLS TO RECEIVE THEIR ‘GREEN FLAGS’ TODAY was last modified: May 16th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:donegalGreen flagsschoolslast_img read more


first_imgChairman of the Donegal Hospice Dr James McDaid has said Highland Radio will now only get a fixed fee from a new fundraising venture between the two parties.Chairman of the Donegal Hospice, Dr James McDaid.Chairman of the Hospice, Dr McDaid, today gave evidence in court as he applied for a license for a new bingo game.Dr McDaid revealed that the local radio station will now get a fixed fee for the game which will not exceed 40%. The well-known local GP said there had been previous controversy when Highland had an agreement with Rehab.He said local people were concerned that money being raised locally was not being spent locally.He said the Hospice committee had met with Highland and had come to an agreement.Under the new agreement Highland will get a fixed fee which will not exceed 40% of the first 1,600 bingo books sold. However, he said the Donegal Hospice now hoped to increase the sale of bingo books from 1,600 to 2,500.Dr McDaid also referred to the fact that the Hospice was in “dire need” of financial assistance.Highland ended their association with Rehab on May 2nd.The radio station had applied to the Letterkenny District Court for a bingo license several weeks ago, with the station saying it wanted to earn €52,000-a-year profits from “running costs” and giving the rest to the Donegal Hospice.Judge Paul Kelly had asked radio station director Hazel Russell at a previous hearing to provide a break-down of its proposed figures. He also told her that no more than 40 per cent of cash generated could be spent on administration.Ms Russell revealed the station would charge €25 every time bingo numbers were read out, and this happened eight times per day. This would amount to €1,000 per week – or €52,000 per annum – as bingo was played five times per week.But Ms Russell later returned to the same court to say the license application was being withdrawn.At today’s court sitting, Judge Paul Kelly granted the new license and wished Dr McDaid and the Donegal Hospice the best of luck with the new venture. HIGHLAND AGREE TO ‘FIXED FEE’ FOR NEW BINGO GAME WITH DONEGAL HOSPICE was last modified: June 9th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:charitydonegaldonegal hospiceHighland RadioLetterkenny District Courtlast_img read more