Eligibility questioned, Mbala takes talents to Mexico

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith uncertainty looming over his continued stint in the UAAP, Ben Mbala has decided to take his game to “another level.”In a television interview that came at the heels of his decision to turn pro and play for a club team in Mexico, Mbala admitted that questions surrounding his eligibility helped push him to one of the hardest decisions he has had to make.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Porzingis returns but Beasley gets the ‘MVP’ chants in Knicks win over Celtics LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “It all started when my last year was not really sure,” Mbala told CNN’s Sports Desk via Skype from Mexico. “With the rules that have been coming out, I had to talk to my family and the people at school. I felt that it was time for me to get to the next level instead of wasting one year not doing anything. I decided to try my luck in the pro league and see how it goes.”Mbala’s eligibility woes were first reported by the Inquirer, which revealed that the two-year hiatus of the “Seven years out of high school rule,” which was imposed to ease the lack of recruitment brought about by the implementation of the K-12 curriculum, had already lapsed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMbala will thus see action with Fuerza Regia as he will now be a reinforcement for the squad in top-tier Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional.“It’s final,” said the 6-foot-8 Cameroonian center. “I feel like it’s time to get to the next level. It’s been a long time for me in college and I feel like it’s time for another level.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Mbala, however, admitted that it was a hard decision to part ways with the Green Archers after five years and two playing seasons.“La Salle is like a family,” he said. “They’ve been there for me since day one when I wasn’t playing. Even when I got suspended, they still got my back. Leaving La Salle is really hard, but I know the people there understood. I know my teammates, coaches and management will understand and support me.”And so far, Mbala is having a blast in Mexico.“Everything is going fine. The guys really welcomed me the right way and they are very understanding [and] patient with me, especially I’m the new face,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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Blazers pull out rough win over Tigers

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film “It was a very physical game out there,” Benilde coach TY Tang said. “That’s one thing that we also need. This kind of environment is going to help us toughen up.”The game got testy early with Benilde guard RR Pagulayan and UST counterpart Marvin Lee going at each other with Pagulayan getting ejected late in the third quarter after being called for an unsportsmanlike foul and a technical.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSanto Tomas’ Ira Battaler also got tossed out in the same sequence.Far Eastern University, meanwhile, got back on track and dealt Adamson a first loss after a 75-64 win. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Local squad bags 14 golds; Chicano, Kilgroe rule triathlon View comments Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ The Tamaraws bounced back from a defeat to the Blazers and improved to 2-1 as every player who saw action for coach Olsen Racela scored.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heated game between St. Benilde and University of Santo Tomas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde got exactly the kind of game it needed—and the positive result to boot—in a physical 99-87 victory over University of Santo Tomas in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday.Tempers flared and players were ejected as the Blazers and the Growling Tigers engaged in a dirty contest before Benilde prevailed to rise to 5-0 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 awardlast_img read more

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Old ballplayer tweets highlight team fears of social media

first_imgMOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “I believe people who know me understand those regrettable actions do not reflect my values or who I am,” Turner said. “But I understand the hurtful nature of such language and am sorry to have brought any negative light to the Nationals organization, myself or the game I love.”Hader, who pitches for the Milwaukee Brewers, is still in apology mode after tweets from his past surfaced during the All-Star Game this month. He was given a standing ovation in his first game back in Milwaukee, and then booed when the Brewers made their first road trip of the second half of the season in San Francisco.The trend touches many young athletes, with millions of posts from thousands of players who have been online since they were kids.Former Wyoming quarterback Josh Allen apologized for a series of offensive tweets he sent while in high school that were revealed right before the NFL draft, when the Buffalo Bills selected him seventh overall. As Villanova’s Donte DiVincenzo was celebrating being named most outstanding player of the Final Four, some of his old tweets that included racially insensitive and homophobic comments made headlines.“This stuff happens all the time and it happens when they get their shining moment,” Walsh said. “When all of us were 17, we weren’t thinking about where we were going to be in our lives seven years down the road.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments But athletes should start thinking about the bigger picture, as damage from slip-ups can be critical to coaches and executives, Walsh said.The mistakes by Turner, Hader and Newcomb will be discussed by athletic departments, professional teams, agents and handlers looking to protect themselves and their players. As higher-ups grow more aware of the damage social media mishaps can cause, vetting could become more rigid as a key part of evaluating a multimillion-dollar investment.“In light of recent events, that’s definitely something our staff will discuss to potentially eliminate the chance of a negative situation that puts a student-athlete in a bad light,” said Creighton spokesman Rob Anderson, who said he doesn’t know of any staffer going through a player’s entire social media history.Varsity Monitor keeps up with social media and offers education programs for 15 Division I schools, including North Carolina, Texas and Florida. Chief executive Joe Purvis said business is at an all-time high since 2010, with sales doubling in the past year.It’s not just athletes who should be wary of their past mistakes, Purvis said.“Sports recruiters and normal employment recruiters are now looking at social media profiles as well as resumes as a standard of that person’s character,” he said. “If your social profiles have negative posts, they will assume you are negative.”In the sports world, college might actually be too late to make changes. Social media can factor into whether an athlete is even offered a scholarship.“We’ve stopped recruiting someone based on what kind of person he is after coaches had chances to assess everything in their life, including social media,” said Georgia Southern spokesman Bryan Johnston.Most schools designate a member of each team’s coaching staff to monitor the social media channels of athletes. But the sheer volume of several hundred athletes per school makes it nearly impossible to keep up with everything. And that’s if athletes are transparent because it’s hard to check on private accounts, direct messages or posts off the radar.Many schools have presentations early in the school year to educate students about the importance of being smart about social media usage. North Carolina brings in Derrick Mayes, a former NFL player and co-founder of 5.0 Communications, for “scared straight” seminars to athletes. Horan’s late goal pulls US into 1-1 draw with Australia DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “When the reputation of your university, of your program is judged by what a teenager is doing on social media, the more that you can do to try to minimize those surprises, the better for everybody,” North Carolina spokesman Steve Kirschner said.Walsh suggests athletes and average Joes alike scrub their accounts once a year like a spring cleaning, leaving nothing to chance. And to use social media in a positive way.“Be authentic,” she said. “Define your brand and values. And then, you put out your content.”Even better to make smart decisions to begin with so there’s no situation to fix, said Purdue spokesman Tom Schott.“Once you put it out there, regardless of what you think you’ve deleted, it’s probably going to be out there in some form or fashion,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Sean Newcomb sits on the bench after losing his bid for a no-hitter in the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Sunday, July 29, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)As major leaguers Trea Turner, Sean Newcomb and Josh Hader face up to racist and homophobic tweets they sent as teenagers, publicist Lauren Walsh recalls how she dealt with a football player who had offensive Facebook posts years before he prepared for the NFL draft.She went through his whole social media history, taking down any posts that even raised an eyebrow.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scrubbing tweets, Instagram posts and other comments, captions and status updates has grown into a top priority for LW Branding, Walsh’s company that has helped 40 NFL athletes with image control in the past 3 1/2 years.“Any client that we take on, that’s generally the first step we do in the process,” Walsh said. “This can take someone down in an instant. All it takes is one tweet. Now, he’s going to be known for this. This is what people are talking about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Turner and Newcomb are the latest high-profile athlete s to burn themselves with reckless posts from years past. The 25-year-old Newcomb nearly threw a no-hitter for the Braves against the Dodgers on Sunday — a career defining moment that took a turn when he called reporters back into the clubhouse to apologize for offensive tweets sent in 2011 and 2012, when he was 18.Homophobic and racially insensitive tweets by Turner from 2011 and 2012 surfaced Sunday night. The 25-year-old Turner, a shortstop for the Washington Nationals, apologized in a statement released by the team. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

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LNHF Gives Free Hepatitis B Vaccines to Medical College Students

first_imgMs. Layal Kazouh, founder of the Liberia National Hepatitis Foundation, was the first to take the Hepatitis B vaccine before students of the Medical School were vaccinated.Fifty-eight (58) students of the A.M. Dogliotti College of Medicine of the University of Liberia were grateful to a team from the Liberia National Hepatitis Foundation (LNHF) that visited the campus in Oldest Congo Town to vaccinate them free of charge against the killer disease, Hepatitis B, last Friday.The vaccines were donated by Dr. Ahmad Jo, a cardiologist (heart doctor) at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital in Sinkor. The LNHF said they are grateful to be able to make the donation as it enables them to see their wish come true by moving one step closer to making Liberia Hepatitis free.Dr. Ahmad Jo, who is administering the vaccine to a female student of the UL Medical School, provided the vaccines to the Liberia National Hepatitis Foundation free of charge and volunteered to administer themAll of the students who took the vaccines are expected to take the second dose on the same day a month after their first inoculation.According to Ms. Layal Kazouh, founder of the LNHF and a Master’s degree holder in Epidemiology, the medical students will be required to complete their lifetime Hepatitis B inoculation within seven months. Only three doses are required for one’s lifetime dosage.Speaking with our Health Desk, Epidemiologist Kazouh said the Foundation targeted the medical students because “They are on the frontlines. They need to be fully armed in order to be able to treat our sick population in the country.”Dr. Ahmed Jo, assisted by an aid, performed the routine before administering the Hepatitis B vaccine to male AM Dogliotti Medical College studentsDiscussing the dangers of Hepatitis, especially Type B, in an earlier exclusive interview with this newspaper, Ms. Kazouh said the LNHF is focused on it because it is endemic in Liberia. She said the disease presents symptoms similar to malaria or typhoid; therefore, it could be mistaken for either if a patient neglects to do a clinical laboratory test.The LNHF founder advised against self-medication and buying over-the-counter medicine, because it may lead to accelerated liver damage.On Monday, June 5, before she and her team arrived on the main campus of the University of Liberia Medical School to administer the vaccines, she interacted with the students, during which she shared some knowledge of the virus with them and promised them that her organization would return on Friday, June 9, to administer the vaccines, which will protect them against the virus.The 58 AM Dogliotti Medical School students with Ms. Kazouh, Dr. Ahmed and other LNHF team membersShe told them that she established the Foundation to bring awareness and education to the population about the effects of Hepatitis and how to avoid contracting it.“Some people may experience symptoms of the illness that could last several weeks, including yellowing of the skin and eyes, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, joint pains, persistent headache, neck pain as well as abdominal pain,” Ms. Kazouh explained. She disclosed that jaundice (locally referred to as Yellow Janda) is a derivative of Hepatitis.Explaining further, Ms. Kazouh said the Hepatitis B virus could survive outside the body for up to a week and during that time the virus can still cause an infection if it enters a person who is not protected by the vaccine.According to Kazouh, Type B is most commonly spread from mother to child at birth (vertical transmission), or through horizontal transmission (exposure to infected blood), especially from an infected child to an uninfected child during the first five years of life. The development of chronic infection is very common in infants infected from their mothers, or by other means before the age of 5.Hepatitis B is spread through exposure to infected blood and various bodily fluids, such as saliva, sweat and menstrual, vaginal, and seminal fluids. Sexual transmission of Hepatitis B may occur, particularly in unvaccinated men who have sex with men and heterosexual persons with multiple sex partners or through contact with sex workers.Transmission of the virus may also occur through the reuse of needles and syringes either in healthcare settings or among persons who inject drugs. Also, the infection can occur during medical, surgical and dental procedures, through tattooing, dirty toilets and bath places, toothbrushes or the use of razors and similar objects contaminated with infected blood, as well as untested donated blood for transfusion.Ms. Kazouh told both Pre-Clinical and Clinical students of the five-year Medical Program that she conceived the idea of the Foundation in 2014 while writing her Public Health (MPH) dissertation on Hepatitis B. She was particularly touched by the death of her half-sister in 2011 due to liver cirrhosis caused by Hepatitis B. She warned that the Hepatitis B virus could cause a chronic liver infection that can later develop into liver cirrhosis or liver cancer.Due to the lack of adequate information on Hepatitis B, she became very concerned, especially when she began to talk to people about Hepatitis B, and realized that the level of awareness among the people was almost non-existent. It became apparent to her that she must do something about it, which led her to establish the Foundation and doing all she can to spread awareness of the disease.Speaking to our Health Desk on the day the vaccine was administered, the Liberia Medical Students Association president, Mr. John S. Yarngrorble, expressed their gratitude to the Foundation for providing a means for them to be protected against one of the killer diseases.Qualifying their appreciation, Mr. Yarngrorble stated that a dose of the vaccine costs US$20 (L$2300 at prevailing exchange rate of L$115 to US$1), multiplying this amount by three would be US$60 (L$6,900), which is a substantial amount for any ordinary Liberian in these hard economy times.However, some students in the Clinical Division were heard complaining that since they are exposed daily due to contact with patients at the various hospitals, they should be among the first ones getting vaccinated.Unfortunately, the Medical Students Association president said his colleagues, whose names were forwarded to the Foundation for inoculation, are those who were present at several called meetings to announce that a team from the LNHF was coming to administer the vaccines to them.After the process, Ms. Kazouh, who herself was the first to take the vaccine, handed out the Foundation’s T-shirts to the students. The LNHF can be contacted at info@liberianationalhepatitisfoundation.com.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Music Academy to Stage Independence, Peace Festival

first_imgLINAM founder and executive director Wilmot K. Bobbroh IIIThe Liberia National Academy of Music (LINAM) will be staging an Independence and Peace Festival under the Theme: “Awake and Build our Motherland” at the Monrovia City Hall theater.LINAM, which is widely known for hosting standard musical events, will host veteran musician and maestro James Varrick Armaah of Ghana as special guest musician. Maestro Armaah is the executive director of the Harmonious Chorale of Ghana, a widely known interdenominational choir in Africa, trained in performing and initiating choral works.In an interview with the Daily Observer recently, LINAM founder and executive director Wilmot K. Bobbroh, III said together with maestro Armaah, he intends to use music as therapy for peace as the country approaches the 2017 elections, and to also celebrate the Independence Day of the oldest republic in Africa.“The event will be used as a means of reawakening Liberia’s musical industry in the areas of choral performance and as a yardstick to improve the musical knowledge of Liberia’s religious musicians. The event is also an official network establishing the relationship between Liberia and Ghana in choral performances for peace and civilization. At the event, the official choir of the academy of the Liberia Premier Choral Society will perform classical works by G. F. Handel, Franz Haydn and other world renowned choral musicians,” said Bobbroh.He said the chorus will also perform some of his works, including “We All Are One,” and works by maestro Armaah, including his most famous “OYE.” Other works to be performed include “Wah Gee Tee Bee,” a High-life composition by fallen Liberian musician, Prof. Agnes Nebo vonBallmoos.Ghanaian Maestro J. V. ArmaahThe LINAM founder said other groups and participating musicians will include: the Apostolic Faith Orchestra, Amb. Miatta Fahnbulleh, and veteran soprano Georgia Mitchell Quaye, a concert performer at LINAM.Bobbroh said his vision for the Liberia National Academy of Music began in November 2013. “In 2014 the academy started operations under my leadership with the aim of promoting formal music education to the Liberian community, especially the youth, as well as digging and fostering our musical heritage (traditional),” he said. “Since the inception of the academy, the musical desires of many young Liberians have been satisfied.”He said the academy offers training in piano performance, strings, percussions, wind instruments, gives voice lessons and general music education. “The academy also provides consultancy to churches and other academic institutions that are in search of musicians; gives advice on purchase of instruments, conducts workshops and seminars, and provides music teachers,” he added. The academy, he said, has put out two sets of graduates that are making massive impacts in the Liberian society.Admissions to the concert are as follow: General rate – US$10; patron – US$20; and sponsors –US$50. Children will be accepted at US$5. For more inquires or ticket reservation, please contact the following numbers: 0776312080 or 0886563121.Doors will open on Sunday, July 9, 2017 at 5:30 P.M.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Case against First Alley man accused of narcotics trafficking dismissed

first_imgRoylon Ferrier, 39, of 53 First Alley, Wismar, Linden, walked out of the Linden Magistrate’s Court a free man on Tuesday after a charge of possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking which was levelled against him was dismissed by Magistrate Clive Nurse.Ferrier was accused of having 95 grams of cannabis sativa in his possession while at First Alley on April 3, 2017. Magistrate Nurse, in delivering the verdict, told the court that the prosecution did not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was guilty of the offence.Ferrier, after thanking the Magistrate, exited the courtroom with family members by his side.last_img

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Patience, prayer urged in assault

first_imgAuthorities say Megan Williams, 20, of Charleston, was held captive for more than a week at a ramshackle trailer, where she was tortured, sexually assaulted and forced to eat animal droppings. Williams’ ordeal ended Sept. 8 after police received an anonymous tip. Six suspects, all white, were arrested. Most of the discussion Saturday at St. Phillip Baptist Church centered on the allegation that at least one suspect used a racial slur and the question of whether the suspects would face hate-crime charges. U.S. Attorney Charles T. Miller has said there would be no federal charges for violations of equal rights laws. Logan County Prosecutor Brian Abraham can still pursue state hate-crime charges. State National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Director Kenneth Hale asked the local black community not to arbitrarily demand hate-crime charges until the investigation is complete. By Shaya Tayefe Mohajer THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CORA, W.Va. – Civil rights leaders told a packed church on Saturday to have patience in the legal process and to pray for the recovery of a black woman who was allegedly tortured and sexually assaulted by a group of whites. Listeners filled every pew and stood in the back of a small church as speakers from the NAACP, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and local groups led prayers and answered questions. The Rev. Gill Ford, a regional director for the NAACP, said leaders discussed the racial aspect of the case Friday with Abraham. “Everybody has a different way they define racism,” Ford told the audience. “The law looks at it in a different way than all of us look at it. So we need to start talking to each other so we are speaking the same language.” Abraham has said he wants to first pursue charges that carry stiffer penalties than the hate-crime law. One of the six, Bobby Brewster, had a previous relationship with the victim and was charged in July with domestic violence, Abraham has said. The suspects remain in custody in lieu of $100,000 cash bail each. Hearings are set to begin Monday. Megan Williams’ mother, Carmen, said Thursday that her daughter was expected to remain hospitalized for a few more days.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

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$100 million dam upgrade to boost groundwater

first_imgUnder an agreement expected to be approved today, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will contribute $9 million to the $100 million project. “What this project will do is triple the capacity of the Big Tujunga Dam,” said H. David Nahai, president of the Board of Water and Power Commissioners. “In a very rainy year, you have to think of this as a large pot that can be emptied and refilled. You may be able to refill it and empty it several times, which in turn would really make it a significant.” The retrofit is part of DWP’s plan to replenish the region’s dwindling groundwater supply by increasing the capacity of the dam and ponds in Sun Valley and Pacoima where water percolates into the aquifer. Besides being the cheapest source of water, groundwater is becoming increasingly important as L.A. faces restrictions on imported water from the Owens Valley, Colorado River and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta. “Given the fact that we are facing a water shortage right now, given the fact that climate change brings greater unpredictably, and given the fact that we may have another bone dry winter, it behooves us to look at these other strategies,” Nahai said. DWP officials estimate that when the dam repair and spreading-pond improvements are completed in five years, the city will be able to store up to 20,000 acre feet of water a year. That’s enough for 40,000 families. Built in 1931, Big Tujunga Dam was deemed seismically unsafe after the Sylmar Earthquake in 1971. Since then, the state has ordered the county to store no more than 1,500 acre feet of water at the dam. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A long-awaited $100 million upgrade to the seismically unstable Big Tujunga Dam will bring an unexpected benefit – boosting Los Angeles’ supply of groundwater. The 76-year-old dam doesn’t meet current seismic standards, so state dam safety officials have only allowed it to hold 25 percent of its capacity. The rest of the water is released to flow to the ocean. But the Los Angeles County Public Works will begin construction in November to retrofit the dam, enabling it to hold its maximum of 6,000 acre feet of water. The county then can slowly release the water, allowing it to gently flow down the Big Tujunga Wash and soak into the San Fernando Valley groundwater basin where it can later be pumped for Los Angeles drinking water. last_img read more

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The top five things to smile about in Donegal

first_imgIt’s the first Friday of October, which means it’s World Smile Day – a celebration of the smiley face created by artist Harvey Ball in 1963.We’ve got the Friday feeling, and to celebrate our great county we’ve got a list of things we have in Donegal that you can’t help but feel good about. 1. The Sights From Glenveagh National Park to Fanad Lighthouse to Slieve League, we’ve got some of the most beautiful places to visit, set in stunning locations. We have untouched beaches spanning for miles that are made for a peaceful seaside stroll. A day out in Donegal is good for the soul, and there are so many hidden gems out there to be discovered.2. The Craic“Well sir, what’s the craic?” Up here it’s different, and we’ve got our own quirks to make us unique. You couldn’t beat Donegal humour, which is mostly based on not taking ourselves too seriously. Comedian Conal Gallen – always up for a laugh3. The ChatWe’re the proud title holders of the award for the sexiest accent in Ireland. You only have to travel outside the county for a second to realise how popular the Donegal lilt can be, and how powerful it is in the dating world.4. The Heroes Kincasslagh crooner Daniel O’Donnell is one of our best exports, who sends hearts aflutter all over the world. We have so many sports stars and All-Ireland champions to inspire us all to go for gold. Timmy the donkey became our furry hero last month as his brave journey to walk again proved a heart-warming tale. Just this week, Fr. Pat Ward the famous Kincasslagh/Acres priest has transformed the wedding photography scene with his selfie skills.5. The HospitalityNestled in between hills and trees, Harvey’s Point sits on the scenic Lough EskeStunning hotels set in idyllic surroundings provide for the perfect retreat. Ireland’s Hotel of the Year, Harvey’s Point, sits on the shores of Lough Eske. The culinary delights of Donegal are second to none. Chris Molloy, Chef at the The Lemon Tree Restaurant in Letterkenny was recently crowned Donegal Chowder Champion, while the Silver Tassie Hotel is the Ulster Hotel Carvery of The Year 2016 winner.Foodie delights at the Taste of Donegal festival Top food and drink from artisan producers and fine dining restaurants with local dishes are tempting foodies from all over. It’s hard to beat a bit of Donegal nosh, and now we have the likes of the Taste of Donegal Food Festival to highlight all we have to offer and keep our tastebuds happy.There’s plenty up here to put a smile on your face, from the natural gems to the homegrown celebrities. Donegal has it all, so today’s a great excuse to celebrate the best of our wee county. What is it about Donegal that makes you smile?The top five things to smile about in Donegal was last modified: October 7th, 2016 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:accentsCraicdonegalfoodtourismworld smile daylast_img read more

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Arsene Wenger hails ‘invention’ of Alexis Sanchez after Gunners secure victory

first_img The Chilean helped the north London club move within three points of the top four Arsene Wenger praised the “invention” of Alexis Sanchez after the Chilean hit his 20th Premier League goal of the season to lead Arsenal to victory at Southampton.The 28-year-old struck on the hour with a cool finish as the Gunners took full advantage of their game in hand to close in on the top four.Sanchez then played a big part in the second goal as Olivier Giroud came off the bench to head home late on and secure a 2-0 win, with Southampton not offering much in the way of an upset.This victory – Arsenal’s first at St Mary’s since late 2003 – takes Wenger’s side above Manchester United and into fifth, just three points off Manchester City and Champions League qualification.A quality Petr Cech save from Nathan Redmond aside, the opening 60 minutes were largely forgettable until Sanchez collected a Mesut Ozil pass.The former Barcelona man turned back inside and left two Saints defenders on the ground before slotting home.Not only did the goal see Sanchez reach 20 goals for the first time in a Premier League season but it also took him onto 14 away goals for the campaign – the most by anyone this year.And Wenger, who remains under pressure following a string of bad results, knew who to thank for what could prove to be a vital win.“The goal he scored tonight shows what he’s about: very good technique in a short space,” he said of Sanchez.“He scores important goals. Tonight is not a 5-0… He has invention in his head. He’s creative, not phased by anything, and he surprised everyone in the stadium tonight with his goal.“Everyone as expecting him to take a shot, but he’s very quick on the move. Giroud came on and the second goal was very important for us, too.”Wenger also hailed the character of his side after they continued their resurgence following a terrible run of form which saw them go from title contenders to sixth in the table – pointing to the FA Cup semi-final win over Manchester City as the turning point.“I never questioned the character of my side,” he said.“We went through a bad patch. It’s a good opportunity to show your character, how you come back and how you recover.“Maybe the City game gave us confidence. Let’s not go too quickly to conclusions, and focus and give everything at Stoke on Saturday.“We know we can only win our games, and we had a strong performance on Sunday. A strong performance today. So let’s just continue.”Wenger confirmed former Southampton man Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was forced off in the first half with a hamstring problem – but is hoping it was mainly fatigue for the England international. 1last_img read more

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