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first_imgHealth plan still offered to seniors CERRITOS – Those eligible seniors who missed the March 31 Medicare deadline may still enroll for coverage by contacting CareMore Health Plan. Those with chronic medical conditions may still enroll in CareMore Reliance special needs plan anytime through 2007. For more information or to schedule an interview, call (949) 636-4242. Awards to honor AIDS awareness WHITTIER – The Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project invites the community to join them for an evening of friendship, fine dining and honoring those who have advanced the group’s service to people with HIV/AIDS and support of the Christopher Wahl Youth Center. The Sixth Annual “Celebration of Life Awards” will take place Thursday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. at the Friendly Hills Country Club, located at 8500 S. Villaverde Dr. Those to be honored include Macy’s, Reverend Bruce Bergthold of Hillcrest Congregational Church and Richard Espinosa, health deputy of Los Angeles County 4th District. A reception and silent auction will take place before the dinner and awards. Cocktail attire is requested. For more information, call (562) 698-3850. Avocado event set for this Saturday LA HABRA HEIGHTS – The La Habra Heights Park and Recreation Committee will host the La Habra Heights Avocado Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Park, 1885 N. Hacienda Rd. The festival is a small, noncommercial event that will include avocado-related booths and merchandise, educational booths and animals such as llamas, bees and opossums. For more information, call Carol Engelheardt at (909) 396-3450 or (562) 697-1258. Elks BBQ benefits cancer charities NORWALK – The Norwalk Elks Lodge will hold a BBQ fundraiser dinner for breast cancer awareness from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 26, 13418 Clarkdale Ave. The cost of dinner is $5 a plate with all proceeds going to support activities relating to breast cancer awareness. For more information, call Jennifer Ludwick at (714) 713-1692. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – In honor of May being Foster Parent Month, Children’s Bureau is hosting an information meeting for foster and adoptive parents Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Whitwood Library, located at 10537 Santa Gertrudes. Children’s Bureau, which is a 104-year-old non-profit organization, provides training, intensive services, support groups and resources for foster and adoptive parents. Prospective caregivers are encouraged to attend the meeting. For more information, call (800) 730-3933, Ext. 0. last_img read more

Klopp on Liverpool starlet Gomez – ‘Wonderful young boy: tall, muscles in the right positions’

first_imgJurgen Klopp has told Liverpool starlet Joe Gomez he will do everything he can to help the defender return from his ill-timed injury as soon as possible.The new Reds manager has confirmed news that the 18-year-old defender sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury on England Under-21 duty, which is likely to rule him out for the rest of the seasonHowever, Klopp has told the youngster he will give him all the time he needs to fight his way back to fitness.“The information about young Joe Gomez is not the best. He came back here and I met him for the first time,” he said.“What a wonderful young boy: tall, muscles in the right positions, but he has an injured knee – an ACL.“We have to make a further diagnosis and we will see when he gets operated on but from this point on he can count the days until he comes back.“It was not the best day in his life but he is a young guy and I am pretty good at waiting for players, young players especially.“This is his home and we will do everything to help him come back as soon as possible.”Klopp offered more optimistic news on striker Christian Benteke [hamstring] and Roberto Firmino [back], two players who are expected to play a major part in his plans to implement a new way of working at the club having taken over from Brendan Rodgers.“Benteke and Firmino are on their way back too. They are back on the pitch but not team training,” he added in his pre-match press conference ahead of his first game as Liverpool boss at Tottenham on Saturday.“I do not know exactly when they come back but next week [it will be with team training] and then we can see how fit they are.“For sure not Saturday [they will be fit] and I don’t think Thursday but maybe next Sunday.” Liverpool defender Joe Gomez 1last_img read more


first_imgA father has been ordered to go on an anger management course in the hope that he can one day walk his daughter down the aisle.Letterkenny Court.The man appeared at a special sitting of Letterkenny District Court yesterday charged with assaulting his young daughter and also breaking a safety order. The court heard how the man, who cannot be named, had visited his estranged wife and his children at their home on Mother’s Day, March 10th, 2013.The father had spoken to his daughter about getting her an arena for her horses and he said he was still trying to get the matter sorted.The girl left the room but claims she was followed into another room by her father.Appearing by videolink, the girl claimed her father then pushed his finger into her throat and gritted his teeth telling her “You listen to me.”The young girl said she was terrified and ran upstairs to tell her mother who came down and asked her husband to leave the house.“He pushed his finger in. I was terrified – really scared. I thought he would hurt me really bad. It was sore. He said ‘would you listen to me’. He bared his bottom teeth.“It lasted 30 seconds and he just let go and stood up and I just got up and went upstairs to mum. I was scared and I just wanted to get to mammy as quick as possible,” said the young girl in evidence.However, in denying both charges, the man said he never touched his daughter and said he was sad to see her having to go through such an ordeal in court.The man, who was represented by solicitor Patsy Gallagher, said he had put his arm around his daughter to try and convince her that he would get an arena for her horses at some stage.However, he said she jumped up and left the room.He said he would never hurt his children whom he now only saw for three hours each week as he was going through a separation with his wife.The man’s wife said their daughter was terrified after the incident and although she had a red mark on her throat, had not had to receive medical attention.After considering the case, Judge Alan Mitchell, said he was dismissing the charge that the man breached the safety order.However he said he believed the girl’s version of events and was satisfied that an assault had taken place.However he said he did not think that a conviction against the man would be appropriate if he wanted to one day walk his daughter down the aisle.He adjourned the case for six months and ordered the man to undergo an anger management course and also ordered a probation report.Judge Mitchell added that if no other matters by the father against his daughter arose and that if he attended the anger management course, he would strike out the conviction.He then addressed both the mother and father saying “If you are separating I would ask you to park the children aside.”He adjourned the case again for mention until April 20th.JUDGE SENDS DAD ON ANGER MANAGEMENT COURSE IN HOPE HE CAN WALK DAUGHTER DOWN AISLE ONE DAY was last modified: November 21st, 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:assaultcourtdaughterdonegalJudge Alan Mitchellletterkennylast_img read more


first_img“We printed 1,200 copies and the last hundred of those are being distributed to various outlets in Donegal this week. “I think it was important that their life stories have been put on the public record. Their honesty, commitment and dedication is truly inspirational.” “Around 400 copies of the book were sold on the launch night on November 5th in Letterkenny and it looks like a second print will have to be looked at in 2011. FORGET ABOUT THE iPad or the iPod – a book written by a local journalist is top of the charts this Christmas.Donegal Sporting Heroes – written by Donegal Democrat deputy Editor Ciaran O’Donnell – has been so popular, there are only a few left.And a second edition will have to be printed in the New Year. “It’s exactly a year since I started planning the book and I’m delighted at the positive response it has received,” said Ciaran today. “Writing a book about ten of Donegal’s finest sports people was a great experience and all were a pleasure to work with,” said Ciaran. “My fee from the book will be shared by two children’s charities – the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund and Barretstown Castle in Co Kildare and it’s a decision I’m so glad to have made. I believe the charity element certainly added a whole new dynamic to the book.”The leading Letterkenny journalist – and athlete in his own right – spent hundreds of hours putting the book together.But was it all worth it? Donegal Sporting Greats is a 125,000 word publication which also includes over 100 photographs and is on sale in all leading newsagents and bookshops, priced €19.95.‘DONEGAL SPORTING HEROES’ BOOK IS TOP OF THE CHRISTMAS CHARTS! was last modified: December 22nd, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Golf NotesWednesday 3rd December Open gave no hint weather-wise of what was to be expected for the weekend golfer.Playing in dry but chilly conditions, it was Cat 2 handicapper Kevin Mc Donald [14] who seemed to have the winter “woolies” on as he left the rest of the field struggling. With Kevin himself starting his round with a double bogey at 1st and a bogey at 10th, it seemed unlikely that he was about to return a winning score but his “never give in” attitude had him holing out for birdie at 11th followed by “two’s” at 13th and 16th to record 22pts on back nine and finish with a 41pt. total to take that top honour. In runner-up spot was the in-form Greg Sullivan [16], deciding to put his singles game to the test now that the club’s pairs, mixed and matchplay competitions have ended. Indeed, playing simple, logical, handicap golf, Greg proved that getting “up and down” is what matters most and his 22pt. inward nine finish helped him to that second position with 38pts overall.        Saturday 6th was the day that all club members were waiting for, that date being the Christmas Hamper competition. With the timesheet booked to capacity since the previous Sunday, there was a great anticipation amongst the entrants as to the possible winner but, as they say, “it’s all on the day”! Indeed it was for, despite the inclement wintry weather and Jack Frost biting at the ears and noses, it is that quiet, unassuming gentleman of figures Pat Keating [18] who will enjoy his Christmas dinner and toast the New Year with glee this term. Despite a double bogey start, Pat’s unflinching belief gave him an enlightening birdie at 4th and with a somewhat “ordinary” outward nine, recorded a handicap equaling 18pts. Sustaining that momentum Pat, maybe realizing that he needed something special, then birdied the tough par three 16th against the wind and rain which helped him return an inward nine of 20pts and an overall 38pts to pip the ever-present Enda Mannion [14] on B.O.T. With Enda also starting his round with a double bogey at 2nd but also finishing the back nine with 20pts, it was no doubt “that” birdie at 16th which gave Pat the nod on thecountback. In third place, just one point behind on 37pts, was Vivian Doherty [12] whose fighting card reading par-birdie after two, “blank” at 7th, birdie at 11th and double bogey at 17th let’s me think that Vivian had his hand on one handle for a long time. Best gross on the day went to the juvenile single handicapper Jack Patton [4] with 33 gross points.       Sunday 7th was also a “big” day for the Cat 4 brigade as they too played for their category Christmas Hamper. Having had upwards of over thirty members playing regularly on Monday nights throughout the year, convenor Gerry O’ Sullivan was delighted to announce a hamper competition and, indeed, it was looked forward to enthusiastically by that group of members. Unfortunately, the weekend weather was not at all congenial to golf and congratulations must be offered to allthose members hardy enough to venture out over both days. Overjoyed winner of the Cat 4 Christmas Hamper was no other than Victor Byrne with a very impressive 32pts. Victor has been knocking on the door of the winners’ circle for a few weeks now and, despite his hectic lifestyle as manager of Letterkenny’s famous Mc Donald’s Restaurant and his acknowledged charity work, Victor tries to find time to support the Cat 4 members and the club, as his continued sponsorship of competitions is also well known. Scoring at every hole, [no blanks], Victor stretched his lead over the field leaving second placed Liam Rodgers, winning only his second placing of the year, with 27 points followed by Michael Mc Daid on 26pts. Cat 4 members would like to take this opportunity to thank convenor Gerry O’ Sullivan for all his help and hard work throughout the year.      Reminder:Letterkenny Golf Club’s A.G.M. will be held on Thursday 11th December.TURKEY TROT:There will be a confined 11 [eleven] hole “Turkey Trot” competition every day from Monday-Friday [incl.]. Entry fee @ €3.00. Re-entry anytime @ €3.00. Tee-off from 1st hole only.GOLF NEWS: KEVIN MCDONALD FINISHES WITH A FLURRY TO WIN AT BARNHILL was last modified: December 9th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Golf. BarnhillNoticesSportlast_img read more


first_imgSOME OF THE FINN VALLEY AC CONTINGENT AT THE DUNGLOE 5KLETTERKENNY AC’S Ciaran Doherty won last night’s 5k in Dungloe which saw more than 220 runners hitting the streets in and around the town.Finn Valley’s Teresa McGloin took the honours in the women’s race.You can see all the results by clicking here: Dungloe 5k 2012 ATHLETICS: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR DUNGLOE 5K was last modified: August 1st, 2012 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:ATHLETICS: HUGE TURN-OUT FOR DUNGLOE 5Klast_img read more

Monday’s QPR quiz

first_imgHow much do you know about new QPR manager Harry Redknapp? See how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-78]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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bombs away! B52s score 17 runs in win

first_imgIn the latest of a series of blowout wins for local summer ball cups the Humboldt B52s showed no love for visiting NBO Baseball in what was a 17-0 hit-fest, Saturday night at Bomber Field.The B52s scored a lone run in the first inning before watching six Bombers cross home plate in the second, assuming a 7-0 lead.Cody Banks, Brian Orr, Jeff Giacomini, Ethan Fischel and Cole Harper each drove in one run a piece off of a series of singles while Austin Kadle scored on an error during the nearly …last_img

South Africa’s tequila sunrise

first_img31 October 2007It’s been seven years since a blight on Mexico’s agave plants led to a world undersupply in tequila, creating a window of opportunity for entrepreneurs in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province to become the only producers of agave spirit outside of Mexico.During this time, the fortunes of the gargantuan Mexican tequila industry have see-sawed between crop undersupply and oversupply, with small farmers sidelined by distillery plantations, social unrest and tumbling prices. Now it’s “happy hour” again for the Mexicans, who are enjoying an increased demand for their belly-firing product from their biggest export market – the United States – and who expect the current glut in their agave crops to last to the end of the decade.Is this bad news for South African newcomers Agave Distillers, in the Karoo heartland town of Graaff-Reinet in the Eastern Cape?Not at all, says production director Roy McLachlan from the distillery’s head office in Cape Town. “Mexico’s setback gave our distillery the opportunity to secure international acceptance as a product virtually indistinguishable from, and in some ways superior to, its Mexican counterpart,” says McLachlan.While agave spirit and tequila are the same thing, the name “tequila” is protected under international trade laws. Labelled tequila has to have been distilled and come from the western Mexican state of Jalisco, primarily in the area surrounding the town of Tequila. The Graaff-Reinet distillery brands its products “Agava”.Exports even to MexicoEntrenched on international markets now, the South African product is expected to hold its own thanks to quality, price and fascination for the South African story.Indeed, a call to Agave Distillers at the time of writing revealed that a bulk consignment of agave spirit was being assembled for export to Mauritius.Agave Distillers spokesman Annette Lotter said the South African distillery’s export markets included America, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Barbados. “We have even exported to Mexico,” Lotter said.McLachlan adds the Philippines, China, the Dominican Republic and Europe to the list of importers of his products.So what are Agave Distillers’ current products? Agava Silver and Agava Gold. Produced from blue agava Americana, they are 100% distillate at 43% alcohol.Premium tequilas have to be 100% blue agave. Agava Silver is a clear white product, while Agava Gold is the final distilled product that has rested in oak. Current daily production at the distillery is 1 200 litres. Ideas for whiskey production have been shelved following trials, McLachlan says.Agava Gold has been compared with premium Mexican tequilas and found by numerous consumers in blind tastings to be equal to, and even better than, premium Mexican tequilas, the company’s website says.These South African products can be sourced locally at from Ultra Liquors, Spar Tops, Preston’s and more outlets to come. It’s also a good tourism mixer. Tours of the distillery and tastings can be arranged.Pass the lemon and salt – Agave spirit by any other name is still a tequila, and this one is proudly South African!This article was first published in Eastern Cape Madiba Action. Republished here with kind permission.last_img read more

‘I am Constitution’ campaign road trip through South Africa

first_img11 May 2016Over 16 days the “I am Constitution” campaign will celebrate South Africa’s achievements and ask South Africans to find constructive solutions to the country’s challenges.“The innovative campaign aims to promote the values and benefits of the Constitution by encouraging interaction and dialogue among all who live in South Africa,” stated the Ichikowitz Family Foundation website, the project funders.The foundation focuses on preservation of heritage, conservation of the environment and promoting nation building through education, activities and skills training.The road trippers will host activities and educational workshops across Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Mpumalanga. They will share Bill of Rights posters, Constitution booklets, T-shirts, and stickers with communities they visit.The foundation has partnered with Travel Massive, an organisation that connects travel industry insiders with free events all over the world, and the Ford Motor Company. It is hoped South Africans will see the Constitution as a living document that touches their daily lives.How it’s doneOn Twitter, participants explained how the conversation was sparked:Been wearing my #IAMCONSTITUTION bangles cos people see them, get curious and approach me to start a conversation— Tinkerbell of Travel (@TheSoloWandera) May 6, 2016Pic: Panel focusing on Guardians of the Constitution (Chapter 9s & Constitutional Court) #IamConstitution— Public Protector SA (@PublicProtector) May 7, 2016Public Protector Thuli Madonsela: the guardians of the Constitution are all of us! @PublicProtector #IamConstitution @FES_SouthAfrica— LARC (@LarcUCT) May 7, 2016Justice Yacoob: The guardians of the Constitution are the honest, morally-upright citizens of this country #IamConstitution— Public Protector SA (@PublicProtector) May 7, 2016Visits at heritage sitesThe road trip began on Thursday 5 May 2016 and will include visits to heritage sites like iSimangaliso World Heritage Site, the Mbombela Stadium for a friendly soccer match in Nelspruit, and the Luthuli Museum, established in honour of the late Nobel Peace Laureate Chief Albert Luthuli.Whoever crosses the paths of the #IamConstitution team on their trip, will be encouraged to make their voices heard by submitting recorded and written messages about what the Constitution means to them. The messages, images and videos captured on the journey will form part of a new exhibition at Constitution Hill opening on 10 December, the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.Ivor Ichikowitz, chairman of the Ichikowitz Family Foundation said: “In a multicultural country like ours, with many cultures, languages, religions, and traditions, our Constitution is our most precious asset.“The Ichikowitz Family Foundation asks South Africa to review the dreams and hopes of all those who have gone before, to look at our Constitution and determine how far we have come.”He also said he believes that the more heritage are included along the local tourist routes, the more the quality of life for residents can be improved.Neil Jansson, Travel Massive chapter leader agreed: “Travel in Africa is all about the past, present and future. A visit to South Africa wouldn’t be complete without experiencing all three.“In this the 20th anniversary of the South African Constitution, the road trip encourages South Africans to express their voices and explore how our Constitution gives us all the freedom to travel, to celebrate our multitude of cultures and languages, and explore our natural heritage.”It was a struggle to get itDr Mathews Phosa, a veteran anti-apartheid activist, attorney and politician, said on Tuesday during a #IamConstitution debate at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg that the birth of our Constitution was the result of sacrifice.“The constitution did not fly down from heaven like manna,” he told students university newspaper Wits Vuvuzela reported. Phosa continued saying he was impressed with how students were able to engage maturely with difficult topics, saying that “every generation defines the frontier of their struggles”.The topics of debate included the intersectional struggles of students and the accountability of the Chapter 9 institutions. Others on the debate panel were Wits Student Representative Council President, Nompendulo Mkhatshwa, South African Human Rights Commission legal consultant Tshidiso Ramogale, and Student Law and Social Justice Gender campaign head Cherise Walker.last_img read more