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Canucks Deal Standout Hodgson to Change Team’s Mix

first_imgMost memorably, he scored a huge goal against Boston in early January, a goal that every Canuck fan will remember as he blasted a slap shot past Tim Thomas off the crossbar and in.  There have been a number of other times, in his 16 goals this year, that his contribution has come at a key time or at an important moment when the team really needed a goal. I have no idea where this added offense is going to come from now that he’s gone.  Another facet to the lost offense is that Hodgson was effective on the second power play unit, his departure leaving it without a proper centre.What makes this deal even worse from the Canucks perspective is what Hodgson looks like he’ll provide in the future.  Based on his current trajectory, it doesn’t appear like there’s much that would stop Hodgson from becoming a top-flight NHL scoring centre. Those players are rare and difficult to come by.  Here, the Canucks drafted one, developed him, nursed him through serious back injury, stuck with him, and finally when in his first year he scores 20 goals, many of them big, they trade him away for an unproven commodity.I understand the fact that the team’s braintrust felt they needed a different mix in the bottom-six, although, I’m puzzled by their consistent quotes to the contrary.  The time to win for the Canucks is now.  I really question whether or not these moves make the team better now – in fact, I believe that today the Vancouver Canucks are worse than they were this time yesterday.The Sedin twins are not getting any younger and the way Kesler plays, nobody knows how long his body will hold up.  The team will need another scoring centre at some point, and unfortunately, that time may be sooner rather than later.  And they just traded that scoring centre away. DID HODGSON’S CAMP ASK FOR A TRADE?This move is so puzzling, it has led many to ask whether or not there was something else going on.At one stage, it was apparent that Hodgson’s camp (i.e. his family and agent) were unhappy with the Canucks.  These issues go back to his back injury, which was misdiagnosed multiple times, first by team doctors and then by other doctors that the player had sought out himself.  Finally the issue was diagnosed properly and resolved. In addition, there have been rumblings about his camp being unhappy with his ice time this year.  Vigneault, not comfortable using him in defensive situations, really sheltered Hodgson from the other team’s best players, to his benefit.Certainly, Hodgson’s family appears to be too involved in his career, as evidenced by the fact he’s changed agents three times in four years.  When asked if Hodgson asked for a trade, Gillis gave a cryptic statement that effectively amounted to “no comment”.  Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.Assuming Hodgson’s camp wanted out (I say his camp because I don’t believe the player would have asked himself), the trade deadline was not the time to make this deal.  Vancouver may not have been the place for Hodgson long-term, just as a result of the fact a Hart and Selke winner are ahead of him in the depth chart. Gillis would have been better served by waiting until the summer when he could field offers from all 29 teams in order to get the best return on this asset.  I don’t believe he got the best return on this deal. CONCLUSIONI believe these trades will be ones that Canuck fans will regret for many years to come.Current team:  I don’t believe Pahlsson can contribute much to the team at this point – he’s an aging, one dimensional centre most suited to a fourth line role as opposed to third.  They have traded away Hodgson’s offense and not replaced it. They have gained a physical winger, but by all accounts, he’s only ready to contribute on the fourth line at this stage – he just hasn’t done much at the NHL level.  The Canucks are a worse team right now than they were before the deadline.One intangible benefit of these moves is the fact that Kesler won’t have to be used so much in defensive situations, which may increase his offensive output.  Unfortunately, unless he’s able to reproduce Hodgson’s 16 goals, this benefit won’t be realized. The pressure is now squarely on Kesler to produce, and produce at a rate he’s never produced at before.  This is a likely a key part of the strategy employed by the team – but is also extremely high-risk.There is also now an immense amount of pressure on Kassian to provide this physical edge that the team was apparently looking for, all while being responsible defensively and chipping in with some offense.  I highly doubt that he’s ready for the pressure he’s about to feel in a hockey-mad market like Vancouver.Many analysts and callers to local radio believe that the Canucks are “more complete” now than they were before the trade, as they now have a proper checking line and a more physical forward.  However, this thinking is flawed, because it assumes that Pahlsson and Kassian can contribute right now. I haven’t seen them play very much at all, but I seriously doubt that either player will provide what they were brought in for, at this time.Future team:  It’s always difficult to assess trades of young players.  That said – it looks like Hodgson will blossom into a bona fide NHL scoring centre, a commodity that this team is going to need in the next 3-4 years. On the other hand, Kassian is a big kid who’s an unproven commodity.  Scouts have reportedly told reporters that “he ‘may’ become a top-six NHL forward”.  That doesn’t sound too positive to me, and I certainly don’t believe he’ll ever provide the type of offense that Hodgson will.  While watching Hodgson put up 70-80 points or more in the future, I’ll always look at him as “the one that got away”. Leigh Ramsden lives in Vancouver and is an avid Canucks fan, having been a partial season ticket holder for over 10 years. He’s old enough to have witnessed all three Stanley Cup losses, as such, his prime goal is to remove those scars by seeing a Cup brought to Vancouver. Leigh is Fighting For Stanley’s ( west coast correspondent, and will also blog after all Canuck games for The Nelson Daily. Coming into Monday’s trade deadline, it was apparent the Vancouver Canucks were going to make a move or two to help round out the team as it heads into the playoffs. The Canucks did just that and shocked most observers when they dealt impressive rookie and potential Calder trophy candidate Cody Hodgson to the Buffalo Sabres as the centerpiece of a deal that saw them acquire fellow rookie Zach Kassian.  Also heading to Buffalo was throw-in defenseman Alex Sulzer, with Marc-Andre Gragnani coming back to Vancouver.In a related move earlier in the day, Canucks GM Mike Gillis acquired centre Sami Pahlsson for ECHL prospect Taylor Ellington and a pair of fourth-round draft picks from the Columbus Blue Jackets.The move left most of Canucks nation shocked and dumbfounded.  Almost nobody saw the Canucks dealing Hodgson after the team had stuck with him through injury problems in his first couple of pro seasons, and had seen him break out this year into the player they drafted tenth overall.  Hodgson was fifth in rookie scoring at the time of the trade, and was tied for second in goals, all earned with average per game ice time of 12:43. WHY WERE THESE TRADES MADE?As I noted in my trade deadline preview, the Canucks appeared unhappy with their mix in their bottom-six forwards, most especially, the third line.  Hodgson had centered the third line most of the season, but his poor defensive abilities restricted how coach Alain Vigneault could deploy the line. AV was forced to use the line in offensive situations, as it was ill-equipped to face the opposing team’s skilled players.  Vigeault noted this in an interview a couple of weeks ago, when he explained that last year, he had a line like that (at the time featuring Manny Malhotra, Jannik Hansen, and Raffi Torres).  This impacted the team most primarily by increasing Ryan Kesler’s icetime significantly, which has negatively impacted his offensive production this year as he’s been forced into a defensive role more often than the team would like.The Canucks reportedly went after bruising Dallas forward Steve Ott, but were unable to consummate a deal with the Stars.  At that point, they apparently turned their attention to rookie winger Kassian, who has only played 27 NHL games. Not having seen Kassian play, other than his turns on Canada’s World Junior team, it’s difficult for me to comment on what exactly the Canucks have acquired.  That said, his NHL resume is very thin indeed.  He reportedly has great skating ability, has decent hands, and by all accounts “could” be a top-six NHL forward.Clearly when it was apparent the Canucks were going to deal Hodgson, they needed a responsible two-way centre for the third line and were able to target Pahlsson, who is an unrestricted free agent after the season’s end.  Pahlsson has a reputation as a good defensive centre and has wasted away the last couple of years in Columbus.  Pahlsson’s most famous for providing incredible third line minutes in Anaheim’s Stanley Cup run in 2007.As noted, the Canucks acquired defenseman Gragnani, an offensive-minded defenseman.  He’s 24 years old and will challenge for minutes in the team’s defensive group.  He’s played 44 games for the Sabres so far this season, recording 12 points.  His future contribution is a relative unknown. ANALYSISThese moves are definitely out of character for Gillis.  These moves appear very reactionary, and that hasn’t been Gillis’ style thus far in his tenure in Vancouver.Gillis has stated consistently that he didn’t believe the team needed to be “tougher”.  When the Stanley Cup final series against Boston concluded, he is on record as saying that it didn’t have to do with a lack of toughness, it had to do with a lack of scoring (it had more to do with horrible goaltending and even worse officiating, but I digress).  Gillis’ stance was that when penalties were called, the team didn’t capitalize on its power play opportunities. This season, when teams have tried to take the Bruins’ approach with the Canucks, the Canucks have won by doing just that.  That fact, combined with increased team toughness and an increased willingness to drop the gloves from the likes of Max Lapierre, Dale Weise, and Keith Ballard, led most people to believe the Canucks were happy with the makeup of their team from that perspective.With the third line operating more as an offensive line with Hodgson in the middle, many people believed the increased scoring depth that it provided meant the team was better, overall.  Malhotra hasn’t been the same player this year and was plying his trade on the fourth line, where he’s been effective at winning faceoffs and clearing the puck.With all these facts, it’s somewhat dumfounding that the Canucks have done a complete 180 here and radically altered the look of their bottom six forwards.  These moves represent a complete departure from their previous stance.  Unfortunately, in my opinion, the cost of these moves is too high.Pahlsson’s best days are behind him.  In fact, the only time in his career that he’s been a difference-maker was in that run to the Cup in 2007, which was a full five years ago.  When I did my trade deadline preview, I didn’t even mention him because he lacks the physical edge the Canucks were reportedly looking for, and he’s been ineffective in Columbus – they are a last-place team.  There’s a reason none of the prognosticators were mentioning him as a possibility to move – because nobody was interested in his services.  In perusing his career statistics, he’s been a full-time NHL’er since 2000-2001, and only once has finished a plus player, way back in 2002-2003.  It’s been five years since his magical run to the Cup – an eternity in the current-day NHL. In fact, Chicago traded for him in 2008-2009 at the trade deadline, where he finished minus-1 in 13 regular season games and minus-4 in 17 playoff games.  Chicago let him go at the conclusion of the season.He provides absolutely zero offense, as well.  As a result, I suspect that Canucks fans will be disappointed in what they have acquired as their third line is now a completely one-dimensional defensive unit, with questionable ability. Trading Hodgson for Kassian is where these moves get even more puzzling.  If you were putting a team together to round it out in the future, this move might make sense. The Canucks have an excess of NHL centremen, and a lack of large physical wingers.  In Kassian they have acquired a young player with potential, but without a complete body of work in the NHL, it’s very difficult to assess whether or not he can be a regular physical, offensive winger in a top-six role over the long term.  He’s played only 27 games, and has scored only seven points, hardly an impressive resume.  Clearly, Kassian may well round into a great NHL power forward.In giving up Hodgson, you’re letting go a proven NHL talent.  While still classified a rookie, he’s blossomed in this first full season in the NHL and has continually provided the Canucks offense at very key moments.  Mike Gillis has not made very many bad moves in his tenure here in Vancouver.  I really hope I’m wrong here, but I’m going to have to rely on blind faith in the wake of these moves – “In Gillis We Trust”.  If the Canucks win the Cup, and Pahlsson and Kassian contribute effectively, all will be forgotten by Canucks Nation. Unfortunately, anything short of that ultimate goal will be viewed as a failure. If it wasn’t before, the pressure is on.  It will be interesting to see if the rest of the team can provide enough to overcome what they have lost in order to reach the ultimate goal, because the pieces that have been brought in will struggle to fill that void themselves.last_img read more


first_imgDrayden Van Dyke444829%32%$276,620 (Current Through Sunday, Jan. 15) Norberto Arroyo, Jr.4173117%27%$315,085 Martin Pedroza3565417%43%$204,345 Rafael Bejarano4555911%42%$414,213 Jerry Hollendorfer3457715%56%$568,454 MALDONADO WINS FIRST RACE IN COMEBACKEdwin Maldonado is back.The 34-year-old Ohio native won his first race Sunday since recovering from painful injuries suffered more than four months ago in a morning accident at Del Mar Sept. 4.Maldonado piloted first-time starter Pomp and Party to a 3 ½-length victory in Sunday’s second race for owner/breeder H & E Ranch Inc. and trainer Phil D’Amato.A three-year-old chestnut filly sired in Arizona by the Pulpit stallion Parading, Pomp and Party paid $3.40 as the no-secret favorite.Maldonado suffered six broken ribs and a collapsed lung in the mishap, but said he was “like a little kid” as he neared his return.“That was the ice-breaker,” said his agent, Joe Griffin, who has represented Maldonado in the past. “Edwin was tickled to death to win. The horse had been working well and he liked him, so things are looking good.”Added D’Amato: “When he’s on his game, Edwin is as good as any rider out here. He’s come back, he looks focused, he always looks good on horses, they run for him, and hopefully we’ll put him on some more winners.” ARROGATE COULD WORK AT SANTA ANITA AGAIN SUNDAY, IF . . . Despite curve balls thrown at him by the weatherman, Arrogate remains sitting on a fastball as he awaits a rematch with the People’s Horse, California Chrome, in the inaugural $12 million Pegasus World Cup Invitational at Gulfstream Park Jan. 28.Arrogate, who defeated California Chrome in the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 by a dramatic half-length after a stretch-long battle that resulted in the race becoming an instant classic, worked six furlongs late Sunday morning on a “fast” main track in 1:12.29.“He’s fine, he looks good,” a relieved to the point of being affable Bob Baffert said Monday morning. “It was good for him. I was happy with the breeze. The track was deep, it was heavier, which is good. He got a lot out of it. He did it the right way.“He kept going out strong on his own, so he didn’t have to be urged (by Martin Garcia). We’re good right now. He’s got to breeze at Santa Anita one more time (before shipping to Florida). I was planning on Sunday, but looking at this weather . . . I quit looking at this damn Weather Channel. It’s unbelievable.“For the first time in California, these weathermen have been right. I can’t believe it. They’re usually so wrong. The important thing in his next work is to have him coming up to the Pegasus in peak form.” John Sadler1654531%88%$250,649 Richard Baltas3756514%43%$325,923 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Corey Nakatani2142119%33%$208,420 Mike Smith1541327%53%$417,995 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Victor Espinoza2244518%59%$245,970 J. Keith Desormeaux1442329%64%$310,595 William Spawr1050250%70%$154,341 Stewart Elliott3965615%44%$210,190 Bob Baffert2043320%50%$356,216 Doug O’Neill4966912%43%$302,738 Tyler Baze64158623%45%$504,272 Kent Desormeaux3985521%46%$610,263 Flavien Prat53105919%45%$679,533 ARROGATE LOOKS GOOD AFTER PEGASUS BREEZEEDWIN MALDONADO RETURNS TO WINNER’S CIRCLEKOBE‘S BACK WORKS FOR THE GRADE I TRIPLE BEND Philip D’Amato1944421%63%$373,950 Peter Miller2676427%65%$344,860 FINISH LINES: Santa Anita’s iconic Paddock Captain, John Shear, who will celebrate his 96th birthday on Tuesday, will be honored in the Winner’s Circle following today’s fourth race . . . Horsemen continued to take advantage of the dry weather with 265 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Monday, including 31 on the dirt training track. Both courses were labeled “fast.” Multiple graded stakes winner Kobe’s Back went four furlongs on the main track for trainer Peter Eurton in 48.60. “We were going to run him in the Palos Verdes on Feb. 4, but the rain killed us,” Eurton said. “Now we’re looking at the (Grade I) Triple Bend on March 11.” . . . There is a single Pick Six Jackpot ticket carryover of $198,939.08 into today’s races . . . Leading rider Tyler Baze (15-10 over Flavien Prat) has been suspended three days (Jan. 21, 22 and 26) for causing interference on Winning Causeway in Saturday’s third race, resulting in a disqualification from first to second . . . Corey Nakatani has been suspended the same three days for causing interference at the start of Saturday’s first race aboard Place des Voges . . . Santa Anita will be dark for live racing Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Live racing resumes on Friday, Jan. 20, at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m. -30-last_img read more

Despite NCAA finals loss, CJ Perez still a winner with baby on the way

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Perez, whose one-game suspension cost him a place in the Mythical and All-Defensive Team before getting swept by San Beda in the NCAA Finals for the second straight year, is reportedly expecting a baby girl with his partner Sienna Catacutan due to give birth at the end of the month.The 24-year-old Perez, Lyceum’s unquestioned leader, had another stellar season where he carried the Pirates back to the championship round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut now, he’s even more ready to take on a bigger responsibility of being a father.“Having a baby is not just a big responsibility, it’s also a blessing. If only we had won then, I would be having two trophies,” Perez told Danine Cruz of ABS-CBN Sports in Filipino after the Red Lions racked up their 11th men’s basketball title in 13 years following a 71-56 rout of the Pirates Monday night. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Actually, he didn’t win any trophy but he said his trophy is on the way and it’s our baby,” Catacutan said in Filipino. “That’s his biggest win this year.”More blessings are coming Perez’s way with the Columbian Dyip reportedly keen on making him the top overall pick in next month’s PBA Rookie Draft. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES CJ Perez missed out on an NCAA hardware this year but the Lyceum star will have his own soon and a much better one with a first-born on the way.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum GALLERY: San beda wins third NCAA straight championship View commentslast_img read more

Land rights issues major concern for Region 8’s Indigenous communities

first_imgA new study of the land tenure situation of Indigenous people in Guyana, conducted by the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA), has identified land rights issues as a major concern for the communities according to the report, which was released on Thursday.Toshaos and other representatives with their copy of the “Our Land, Our Life: A Participatory Assessment of the Land Tenure Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Guyana – Report for Region 8”The report titled “Our Land, Our Life: A Participatory Assessment of the Land Tenure Situation of Indigenous Peoples in Guyana – Report for Region 8” was officially launched at the Regency Hotel, Hadfield Street, Georgetown.It is the second of a series of participative land tenure studies conducted by the APA with funding from the United Kingdom Department for International Development and the Kingdom of Norway International Climate and Forest Initiative, with the field studies supported by the Forest Peoples Programme and Rainforest Foundation US.The study saw researchers visiting 22 settlements in the Potaro-Siparuni (Region Eight) area, and found that most of the villages were dissatisfied with the fragmented land titling approach to their customary lands and were calling for a collective territorial title throughout the region. The villages visited were Chenapou; Itabac; Kaibarupai; Kamana; Kanapang; Karisparu; Kato; Chiung Mouth; Kopinang; Kurukabaru; Maikwak; Monkey Mountain; Paramakatoi; Bamboo Creek; Mountain Foot; Taruka; Waipa; Campbelltown; Princeville; El Paso (Tumatumari); Maicobie and Moruwa.APA Executive Jean La Rose said in 2012 the Association embarked on the first land tenure assessment in Regions One (Barima-Waini) and Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) in order to educate the residents as it relates to information on their respective communities. The participants were trained in various aspects, and some of them were utilised in the 12-member team that conducted the assessment in Region Eight. The researchers would have spent a long time gathering data and mapping the coordinates of the villages so as to pinpoint the relevant proposed extensions, customary lands, and homestead areas.The report highlighted that of the 18 settlements visited, 15 had land titles while three had no titles at all. Meanwhile, the land titles are limited in some villages by a save and except clause allowing exclusion of third-party private property or land lease interests within the titled area.It was also reported that the process of extensions and applying for new titles was one that was tedious and lengthy. Additionally, 14 of the titled villages were not consulted about the areas granted under the titles, with 12 of them reporting flaws in their title demarcations, with the demarcations not following the title description.“The fragmentation caused by flawed demarcation exercises is causing disputes between several villages with regard to tenure rights and control over resources that were previously shared; titles and demarcation were granted and completed without an official procedure in place to avoid overlaps between title and extension applications of different villages, which can cause disputes,” the report stated.It was identified that Itabac/Kanapang and Chenapou/Karisparu began having disputes after the demarcation process, stemming from errors in the title descriptions, which were not evident until the lines were drawn on the ground. The study found that five of the 15 titled villages have problems with mining activities or the movement of unauthorised miners within their legally-recognised titled land. In some cases, the communities have reported bullying and physical abuse in key mining areas at the hands of those who trespass.The report also made proposals to the Government; the National Toshaos Council (NTC); the Village Councils and the Indigenous People’s Commission (IPC). The report also recommended the reviewing and amending of the 2006 Amerindian Act so that it will align with articles in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and related international human rights treaties to which Guyana is a signatory.According to the report, the Act has made tenure security worse for Amerindian villages as it favours the rights of private leaseholders occupying the land before a title is granted. The legislation’s “save and except” clause places commercial property rights of miners, loggers, and agricultural leaseholders above the tenure rights of Indigenous peoples.The communities called on the NTC to be strong and unified in its representation of the issues facing Amerindian communities while urging them to push for the President to address the outstanding land issues.They also urged the Village Councils to unite with each other to discuss and agree on a strategy to obtain legal recognition for a collective territory while calling on the IPC to investigate Indigenous land issues according to its mandate and make recommendations for improved land security and good governance of tenure for Indigenous peoples in Guyana.Another such report is expected by the end of 2018 focusing on Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni).last_img read more

Senior Flyers letting it grow for Movember

first_imgSenior Flyers forward Paul Weins says it’s a good cause to get behind and support as a whole team.”Just over the past few years more and more people are doing it, and I was kind of thinking myself we should do something like that for the community, and for prostate cancer and men’s health all around, so I thought it would be a good thing for us to get in to.”Weins adds that it’s the first time the team has come together to grow a roster full of ‘staches for the cause. When asked about whose moustache he’s excited to see develop, he says Luke Middleton, who can grow a mustache of the thicker variety, while goaltender Troy Hunt will sport a more “thinner, French” duster.- Advertisement -In addition to all the donations received through the Senior Flyers Movember page, the organization will also be donating half of the proceeds from its December 1 home game, when they welcome the Spirit River Rangers to town.last_img read more

North Peace Navigators to take on FSJ Huskies in NWJHL Finals

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will face the North Peace Navigators in the NWJHL finals.Friday night the Navigators dominated Dawson Creek in game seven of their series.  The Navigators started the scoring halfway through the first period with a goal from Mark Simpson.  Simpson followed that up with another goal on the power play five minutes later.In the second, Levi Pichette of the Navigators scored the only goal of the period.- Advertisement -In the third, the Junior Canucks tried to start a come back with an early power play goal from Wesley Shipton, but it wasn’t enough as the Navigators went on to score two more goals in the third.The final score was 5-1 for the Navigators.The North Peace Navigators will now move onto the NWJHL finals to take on the Fort St. John Huskies.Advertisement The series should start next week, but dates and times haven’t been announced yet.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88NORWALK – A trial setting and pretrial conference was continued Friday for two defendants accused of luring three men to a South Whittier home and killing them for $8,500. Cimarron Bernard Bell, 32, and Briaell Michael Lee, 23, are charged with killing 23-year-old Mario Larios and 22-year-old Edgar Valles, both of West Covina, and 25-year-old Fernando Pina of Mexico when they came to Bell’s house to buy his car in January 2004. Their bodies were found in one of the victim’s Mercedes- Benzes, wrapped in plastic sheets in the parking lot of a La Mirada shopping center. Bell and Lee were ordered to return to Norwalk Court for a trial setting and pretrial conference June 23. Hearing scheduled for murder suspect WHITTIER – A preliminary hearing was continued Friday in the case of a man accused of slaying his boss in 1983. John Alcantara, 50, allegedly murdered Phillip Bennett while they were working for County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in unincorporated Whittier. The hearing was set for May 26 in Whittier Court. Center offers variety of classes WHITTIER – Registration will begin Monday for a variety of classes offered at the Whittier Community Center. Classes, which cost $10 to $150 to enroll, will start the week of April 17. They will be held at the Whittier Community Center, Palm Park, Parnell Park and other locations throughout the city. The Whittier Community Center is at 7630 Washington Ave. For more information, call (562) 464-3430. Tai chi class set at La Mirada gym LA MIRADA – The city is offering a class in tai chi, an ancient Chinese exercise that emphasizes breathing coordination with body movement, free of charge for adults ages 18 and older from 1 to 4 p.m. beginning April 1 in the multipurpose room in La Mirada Community Gymnasium, 15105Alicante Road. Each class will include fundamental principles of tai chi and step-by-step instructions for each of the art forms. Participants are asked to wear comfortable clothing and may join at any time. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A suspected methamphetamine dealer was arrested in a Montebello Police Department Special Investigations Unit narcotics investigation on Thursday night. Investigators arrested Juan Guardo of Pico Rivera after searching his home and finding three pounds of marijuana, a half-ounce of methamphetamines, cash, a scale and packaging material, said Sgt. Brian Dragoo. Guardo was arrested on charges of narcotics sales. He is suspected of selling drugs in Montebello and Pico Rivera, said Dragoo. Pretrial hearing set in murder case last_img read more

talkSPORT told: Sunderland are a ‘complete mess’ and club legend should be boss

first_imgMicky Gray has called Sunderland a ‘complete mess’ and urged the club to bring in a ‘young, hungry and fresh’ manager following David Moyes’ resignation.The Scot stepped down as Black Cats boss on Monday afternoon, having failed to keep the Wearside outfit in the Premier League.It appeared he was willing to stay in charge for the 2017/18 Championship campaign, but one day after the end of the 2016/17 season Sunderland announced he had resigned without compensation.And Black Cats legend Gray wants to see the ‘complete mess’ of the club get their next managerial appointment right.Speaking to Drivetime after the news broke, Gray said: “I just hope somebody goes into that club and gets it right, because it is a complete mess.”“You can’t go into the beginning of the season and pick up two points from your first 10 games and think that everything is going to turn itself around. Because it’s not [going to happen].“If you stand still in the Premier League you eventually get caught out and run out of luck.”Asked if he would take over at the Stadium of Light, Gray revealed he would return ‘in a heartbeat’, though he feels there is one outstanding candidate to take charge of the Black Cats.He added: “I would go there in a heartbeat!“I’m not saying as a manager, but [the club] needs somebody.“Maybe, now I know he’s not had a managerial job, but they’ll get behind somebody like Kevin Phillips, because he is a Sunderland legend. I know he’s been a coach at a couple of clubs now and he’s not had the opportunity of being a manager yet. But somebody like him.“I’d love to see Chris Coleman or Ryan Giggs given an opportunity. That’s the route I think we’ve got to go down – young, hungry and fresh managers.”last_img read more


first_imgTHE draw has been made for the Donegal Ladies Under-16 round 2 fixtures.This competition has now gone through grading to continue. All teams in Section A are the two teams who topped their section in the earlier league competition; with the bottom two going into B Competition.   U16 Round 2 Fixtures Section A ArdaraMovilleUrrisSt NaulsDungloeSt EunansMcCumhaillsN. MhuireAodh RuadhTermonFanadGlenties23rd AprilArdara v DungloeMoville v St. EunansUrris v McCumhaillsSt. Nauls v N.Mhuire30th AprilDungloe vAodh RuadhSt. Eunans v TermonMcCumhaills v FanadN.Mhuire v Glenties7th MayAodh Ruadh v ArdaraTermon vMovilleFanad vUrrisGlenties vSt NaulsSection BKilcarMalinCarndonaghL/Kenny GaelsFour MastersBuncranaGlenswillySt MichaelsN.ColumbaMilfordCloughaneelyRed Hughs23rd AprilKilcar vFour MastersMalin vBuncranaCarndonagh vGlenswillyL/Kenny Gaels vSt Michaels30th AprilFour Masters v N.ColumbaBuncrana v MilfordGlenswilly v CloughaneelySt Michaels vRed Hughs7th MayN.Columba vKilcarMilford vMalinCloughaneely v CarndonaghRed Hughs vL/Kenny GaelsDONEGAL LADIES GAA: UNDER-16 DRAW ROUND TWO FIXTURES was last modified: April 20th, 2013 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) Tags:DONEGAL LADIES GAA: UNDER-16 DRAW ROUND TWO FIXTURESlast_img read more


first_imgBusinessman and singer Gavin Boyle is well-known across Donegal and further afield and has always championed all his native county has to offer. He tells us all he likes and dislikes about Donegal.What is your favourite place in Donegal? Mullaghduff. It’s home and the community spirit here is second to none. It’s a great place to live and grow up.What is the one thing you would change about the county? I would make it flatter – the hills are a killer when you’re out running!Who is the one person in Donegal you look up to? Daniel O’ Donnell. He is a great ambassador for his homeland, county, country and has never ever forgot about where he has come from and continues to promote Donegal wherever he travels. He is to be admired for all that he has done in his career.Daniel O’Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel but Packie is also a true gentlemanWhat has been your proudest moment as a Donegal man?Winning the Sam Maguire last year – unforgettable.What has been your saddest moment? Losing friends and family to the dreaded disease of cancer.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?Donegal Pens – These young Rosses lads have done very well for themselves and worked hard to build their business up. They deserve great success.Donegal’s greatest ambassador? Donegal’s musicians – Altan, Clannad, Enya, Daniel to name but a few.Which successful Donegal business person do you look up to?Pat Nora Gallagher from Dungloe. In the times that are in it, Pat took a big risk opening a new Bar & Restaurant in Dungloe last year, along with opening the Daniel O Donnell Visitors Centre. Both places created new employment for the locals and Pat deserves recognition for what he has done.Who is Donegal’s greatest Sportsperson?Without a doubt Jim Mc Guinness.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?My Partner Jay is a brilliant cook so our house is a great restaurant. Other than than it would be Sal & Paddy Gallaghers on a Friday night and The Fantastic Danny Minnies Restaurant in Annagry.Donegal’s Golden Eagles or Basking Sharks?There are enough “Sharks” out there so I would go with Eagles.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person?After myself of course, I would have to go with Mr Noel Cunningham!Your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“That’s a wake on ya”. Nearly every weekend when I come home, I am greeted with this saying and it cracks me up, especially as I have no idea who the person is who has died!Will Donegal win the All Ireland this year?If last year is anything to go by, I certainly hope so.What is your favourite Donegal food?Has to be my Great Uncle Bernie Gillespie’s filleted fish. I love coming home to mums and waiting for me on the pan is Bernie’s fish, if it could be boxed and sold he would make a fortune!What is the one thing that annoys you about Donegal?Honestly, nothing.If you had a million euro to change something about Donegal, what would it be?I would use it to create employment to bring those family & friends that had to leave the county to get work, back home again.MY DONEGAL – WITH SINGER AND ALL ‘ROUND GOOD GUY GAVIN BOYLE was last modified: January 8th, 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:Gavin BoyleMY DONEGALlast_img read more

Vipers SC unveil Paul Willa

first_imgWilla joins Vipers SC from Police FC. (PHOTOS/Vipers SC)KITENDE – Vipers Sports Club (SC) has finally unveiled Paul Willa as their new signing.The Kitende based side captured Willa a few weeks ago but were yet to unveil him to the football fraternity.The 19-year-old is understood to have put pen to paper on a three year deal on Thursday, July 04th, and will be a Venom at least up to the close of the 2021/22 season.Upon putting pen to paper, Willa expressed his delight to be joining the Venoms and promised to give his all for his new side.“I am extremely happy to be here, noted the 19-year-old.“I will give all for my team. My objective is always to win and am sure this is the perfect place and time to make this happen.”Willa joins Vipers from Police FC where he had an impressive 2018/19 season, scoring three goals for the Cops.His performances for Abdallah Mubiru’s side saw him called up for the Uganda Cranes side that had a dismal performance at the 2019 COSAFA Cup in South Africa.Willa was part of the Cranes team that took part in the 2019 COSAFA Cup.He becomes the second signing for Vipers after the Kitende based side signed Allan Kayiwa from Tooro United.Willa will team-up with former Cop, Rahmat Ssenfuka who is headed into his second year at Vipers.For Police, he becomes the second player to officially leave Police FC after last season’s top scorer Juma Balinya completed his move to Tanzanian giants Yanga FC last month.Despite being a high profile player, Willa will face stiff competition for a place in the starting team as Vipers already have Karim Niyizigmana occupying the right-back spot.However, for them, it is much-needed competition as they look to put a disastrous 2018/19 season behind them.The Venoms came into last season as the defending league champions and finalist in the Uganda Cup but could not replicate such form.Representing Uganda in the CAF Champions league, the Venoms were eliminated at the second round of qualification and hence dropped to the Confederation Cup. While there, they also failed to make it to the Group stages as they fell immediately.In the League, they came second to KCCA FC while a humiliating exit to then-Big League side, Proline FC, ended their Uganda Cup campaign at the quarter-final stage.Vipers began their pre-season preparations last week and are expected to make a few more changes to their squad to get the best out of the 2019/20 campaign.Player ProfileName : Paul WillaD.o.B: 4th-September-1999Age: 19 yearsNationality: UgandanPosition: DefenderFormer clubs: KJT: 2013-15KCCA Junior team: 2015-16Police FC: 2016-19.Comments Tags: 2019 COSAFA Cupabdallah mubiruJuma BalinyaKarim NiyigizmanaPaul Willapolice fcRahmat SsenfukaStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeaguetopUganda Cranesvipers sclast_img read more

China waits for Anelka

first_imgChinese club Shanghai Shenhua expect to complete the signing of Nicolas Anelka in the coming days.The deal would see the Chelsea striker net a reported £6m-a-year – making him the most expensive player in the history of Chinese football.A Shenhua spokesman told China Daily: “This is not a rumour, you don’t need to wait too long. We will make an announcement as soon as the club signs a contract.”Striker Anelka has attracted serious interest from several clubs.Anelka, who was recently transfer-listed at Stamford Bridge, could be managed by Jean Tigana.The former Fulham boss was in Shanghai recently to hold talks with the club and is tipped to take over.Meanwhile, former Chelsea assistant boss Ray Wilkins believes Anelka is still good enough to play for a leading Premier League side.Wilkins told talkSPORT: “He can still play for a top-four club. He still has so much more to offer. He’s top quality.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

South African film industry eyes closer ties with Hollywood

first_img13 August 2014Following Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies’ visit to Hollywood last week, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will be leading a delegation of South African film makers to Los Angeles to engage with the major studios, the minister announced on Tuesday.Briefing reporters in Pretoria, Davies said his visit had sought to strengthen ties between South Africa’s film industry and studios including 20th Century Fox, Marvel, Sony, NBC Universal and Disney, and to profile the country as a location of choice for films from the US.He said all the studios had been “extremely positive” about their experiences of shooting productions in South Africa, including the environment, local production crews, and interactions with the DTI on its film incentive programme.SA film industry ‘making significant progress’Davies said South Africa’s film industry had in recent years made significant progress across the board, including in the hosting of foreign films “which are using South African technicians, camera crews, actors, film stages, locations, as well as post-production services like animation capacities”.The Cape Town Film Studio, built in 2009 with support from the government, is widely recognised as a world-class facility, Davies noted, adding that a further R6-million was made available in 2012 for the construction of a water tank facility that is currently being used for the blockbuster TV production Black Sails, which is currently airing in the US.“To date, more than 10 productions, including Safe House, Chronicle, Judge Dredd and The Borrowers, have utilized the studio facilities, creating in excess of 30 000 job opportunities.”Smaller productions to benefit from incentive schemeDavies also announced that the threshold for film makers to qualify for the DTI’s incentive scheme would be lowered from R10-million to R500 000, in order to enable smaller entrants to break into the industry.In addition, last month the DTI, together with the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Film and Video Foundation, launched a new, R90-million Emerging Black Filmmakers Fund.Each year for the next three years, the fund will bankroll the full R5-million production and marketing budget of six qualifying feature films – movies that are both directed and produced by black South Africans, or in which a black producer owns at least 51% of the film’s production company.Davies said that improvements made in 2008 to the DTI’s rebate scheme – the scheme was first introduced in 2004 – had resulted in the number of productions shot and produced in South Africa growing from 49 to 398 projects.“Of the 398 projects, 256 were South African productions, 77 co-productions and 65 foreign productions, which in total led to the generation of total qualifying South African production expenditure of R8-billion, with the incentive pay-out of R2-billion.”This growth was a clear indication of the potential of the industry, Davies said.According to a study published by the National Film and Video Foundation last year, the film sector contributes R3.5-billion to South Africa’s gross domestic product (GDP), while providing employment for more than 25 000 people.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

The world wide search for Hidden Creatures continues

first_imgOnce said to be folklore and myth, the legends of the desert have proven to be more than a mirage. While geocaching through a landscape of sand, harsh sunlight, and tumbleweed, you will have to look sharp to find evidence of the creatures in the desert. There is still time to confirm a sighting of the regal Sphinx, the legendary Gryphon, and the elusive Phoenix! Now until July 25, travel to the ends of the Earth to confirm sightings of the 13 Hidden Creatures. Find geocaches or attend events to earn souvenirs of the Hidden Creatures!Check your progressShare with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedLast chance! Collect all 13 Hidden CreaturesJuly 17, 2018In “News”Uncover a new world of Hidden CreaturesJune 5, 2018In “News”Hidden Creatures FAQMay 29, 2018In “News”last_img read more

Animate Your Text with Handwriting Motion Graphics

first_imgGrab a pen and learn how to easily animate text in your next project with this handwriting effect in Adobe After Effects.Digitally animating your text as if you are actually writing it couldn’t be easier. The handwriting effect can have many uses that will draw positive attention to your motion graphics projects. By creating the handwriting effect, your titles will draw viewers’ attention the text you’re spelling out. Moreover, you can create anticipation for your audience as the word slowly animates on.What To Take Away from This After Effects TutorialThis After Effects tutorial is jam-packed with several motion graphics techniques other than the handwriting effect. We will take a close look at 3D camera animation to create a dynamic scene. After Effects standard motion blur will not work with this effect, so we’ll use a separate effect to control the motion blur. Finally, we will stylize the scene with blurs and a textured background.Follow along with a free After Effects project file, which you can download by clicking the button below.Download NowCreating The Handwriting EffectFirst, type out your text, and make sure that it is your final design. After, use the pen tool to outline the text on a separate solid layer. Then, apply the stroke effect to get a rough, animatable outline of your title. Finally, use your original text layer as an alpha matte.last_img read more

Beermen stay motivated, aim for Grand Slam

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera San Miguel Beermen. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWinning championships is one thing and making history is another.And after San Miguel claimed the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Arwind Santos knows that this group of Beermen have a golden chance to join en elite company by completing a rare Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “That’s one thing in history that our batch hasn’t gotten yet,” Santos said in Filipino.The 2013 PBA Most Valuable Player acknowledges the huge historical implications if indeed San Miguel collects the Triple Crown. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“If we get it, we’ll be compared to the likes of Ramon Fernandez and Hector Calma,” he said, alluding to the 1989 San Miguel squad which pulled off the feat under the tutelage of coach Norman Black.“It’s a motivation for our group that as much as possible, we could get that. And next conference, I think we can and I wish we can.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? Santos knows that making an imprint in the history books is no doubt career-defining, one that will put this San Miguel batch together with legendary PBA teams.“If you have your place in history, even if you’re already old or already dead, that’s one of the things basketball fans will always remember,” he said.It’s not like Santos and the rest of the Beermen haven’t achieved anything extraordinary yet.In fact, this version of San Miguel has already won five titles in eight conferences including the 2016 Philippine Cup where it became the only team in the rich history of the PBA to come back from a 0-3 series deficit. They have also ruled the last three editions of the Philippine Cup.Santos, however, said that San Miguel remains hungry as it seeks to extend its dynasty with another title romp in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “When we become champions, we become stronger together. This becomes our bread-and-butter, and we want to continue that this coming conference. We’re thankful that we’re winning the championship, but that doesn’t mean that we’ll stop dreaming,” he said.“The feeling of being a champion is so sweet, so why not do it continually? We’re not getting tired and we’re keeping our feet on the ground. We want to continue dreaming because it’s rare to have a group like this.” View commentslast_img read more