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Ibra rescues point for United

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):Zlatan Ibrahimovic compensated for Paul Pogba’s moment of recklessness by scoring Manchester United’s late equaliser in a 1-1 draw against fierce rivals Liverpool, a result that damaged both teams’ Premier League title chances yesterday.Ibrahimovic maintained his hot streak with a glancing header in off the crossbar in the 84th minute at Old Trafford, cancelling out James Milner’s 27th-minute penalty that was conceded by Pogba’s handball.On the day United rolled out advertising hoardings displaying Pogba’s new Twitter emoji, the player himself made a crucial mistake while jumping with his back to the ball at a corner.Liverpool ended United’s nine-game winning run in all competitions six of which had come in the league but dropped seven points behind first-placed Chelsea. Sixth-placed United were 12 points off the leaders.”We get one point, but we were not on the top of our game. It was a hard fight, a hard game,” Ibrahimovic said. “I think we did simple mistakes. We were not comfortable.”Wayne Rooney, needing one goal to surpass Bobby Charlton as United’s outright record scorer, came on for the start of the second half but didn’t have a genuine chance at a history-making goal in an intense, scrappy match between English football’s two most decorated clubs.United’s recent form had raised the possibility of a late run at the title, so this result was a setback.However, Mourinho’s team got some reward with a more direct approach late in the game. Marouane Fellaini came on as a 76th-minute substitute and the tall Belgian made a difference and played a key role in the goal.His glancing header from a left-wing cross struck the post and the ball eventually made its way to right back Antonio Valencia, whose return cross was met by Ibrahimovic for his 14th league goal of the season. He has scored 11 goals in his last 11 league games.”They played long balls,” Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said. “It was a wild game.”Milner’s penalty was Liverpool’s only real chance in the first half, with United having more sight at goal in particular one-on-one chances for Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Pogba skewed his chance wide and Mkhitaryan was denied by Simon Mignolet.Rooney’s arrival in place of Michael Carrick meant the game became more open and disjointed, and Liverpool suddenly looked dangerous on the counterattack, especially after Philippe Coutinho came on as a substitute.”We didn’t reflect the qualities we have and Liverpool have but it was very emotional, intense, aggressive. We fought until the last second,” Mourinho said.”We were the team that attacked and Liverpool were the team that defended.”last_img read more

Struggling Hornets fire general manager amid 24-33 season

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FILE – In this April 13, 2017, file photo, Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho speaks to the media during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. The struggling Hornets have fired general manager Rich Cho. Team owner Michael Jordan announced the news in a release Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, saying “we’re deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”(AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)The struggling Hornets have shaken up their front office, firing general manager Rich Cho on Tuesday.“Rich worked tirelessly on behalf of our team and instituted a number of management tools that have benefited our organization,” Hornets owner Michael Jordan said in a release. “We are deeply committed to our fans and to the city of Charlotte to provide a consistent winner on the court. The search will now begin for our next head of basketball operations who will help us achieve that goal.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cho and the Hornets have struggled with building a consistent winner.He was responsible for drafting All-Star point guard Kemba Walker in 2011, but the team’s inability to get the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft after a 7-59 season proved to be a backbreaker. Instead of getting perennial All-Star center Anthony Davis, the Hornets settled for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist with the No. 2 pick, a significant dropoff in talent.Charlotte missed on second-round pick Jeffery Taylor from Sweden in 2012.They took Cody Zeller, now a backup center, fourth overall in 2013, Noah Vonleh ninth in 2014 and Frank Kaminsky ninth overall in 2015. Cho drafted Malik Monk in the first round last year, but he barely sees any action for Charlotte because of concerns about his defense.Cho traded this past offseason for center Dwight Howard, who has improved his play and had a decent season for the Hornets. However, the five-year contract given to Nic Batum last year has left the Hornets strapped under the salary cap.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Charlotte is 24-33 and on the verge of failing to reach the playoffs for the second straight season.Jordan’s college teammate Buzz Peterson was hired last year as the team’s assistant general manager is a potential replacement. Former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak could be another candidate to join Peterson in the front office in some capacity.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 folkCho was hired as GM in 2011 and assumed day-to-day responsibilities of the basketball operations department in 2014.“I will always be grateful for my experience with the franchise,” Cho said. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Messi scores vs Chelsea at 9th attempt to give Barca CL draw View commentslast_img read more

Training must precede codes of practice – mining syndicate urges

first_imgGold sector…elects first female PresidentThe codes of practice for local miners being ushered in by the Natural Resources Ministry must be preceded by extensive training sessions with local miners. This is according to the National Mining Syndicate.In an interview with this publication, former President of the Group, Renwick Solomon, warned of the ill effects should the codes be implemented before the proposed training. These, he said, could include miners misinterpreting the codes due to their technical references and unwittingly breaking the rules.Former President of the National Syndicates, Renwick SolomonWith this in mind, Solomon expressed the belief that the codes of conduct would only be workable under these conditions. He also stressed that the training must be over a period of time in order to avoid any confusion.“The codes of practice would only be workable if there is a component part within the whole process of training, because [Guyana Geology and Mines Commission] GGMC has been with this since 2005… 13 years. And it (training) must be over an extended period. (But) there’s always a cost attached to implementing these processes.”“They’ve been working with it to iron it out for the past 13 years. And to implement it now, they would have to have that hands-on approach to work with the miners to bring the process through. GGMC technical officers have to explain it to the ordinary Guyanese. People will read it and may not digest it.”New PresidentSolomon will no longer be agitating for these measures as President of the syndicates. On Thursday, the group hosted its second election where Cherryl Williams, a miner of 28 years, being elected as the first female President.Williams hails from the mining town of Bartica, in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). She replaces Solomon, who served in the capacity of President for one year. She brings to the post a wealth of experience, having being involved in the mining sector for almost three decades.Experienced miner Cherryl Williams will be the new President of the SyndicatesWilliams’ team comprises Troy Duncan who was voted in as Vice President. Carol Nurse, Dana Jones, Michael Bacchus, and Carol Fredericks were elected to serve as Secretary, Assistant Secretary, Treasure, and Assistant Treasure respectively. Additionally, seven persons were elected to serve on the new Executive Committee.In a release from the syndicates, an elated Williams said, “I feel privileged to be elected not only as President of the National Mining Syndicate but also as the first female President.”The miner also said she understands her role is not to be taken lightly and acknowledged that much work has to be done to take the Syndicate and by extension miners forward.“Much has to be done and I am up for the challenge,” said Williams who thanked the past President and the Committee members for the work in 2017. “This new Executive promise to continue working towards the ‘good life’,” the President elected stated.CodesThe codes in question address several aspects of mining; the need for miners to have contingency and response plans; an environmental effects monitoring programme; that miners have the capacity to carry out mining land reclamation and effectively manage tailings.On Tuesday last, the Natural Resources Ministry hosted a meeting at the Marriott Hotel with industry stakeholders. In her address to attendees, Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry Simona Broomes informed them that Government was toughening its stance against delinquent miners.Claiming that the mining sector had been run like the “Wild West” up to that point, she urged participants to get themselves familiar with the codes. The codes constitute the do’s and don’ts of mining; aimed at mitigating environmental damage mining causes.“Moving into a green economy and green mining, it’s very important that all of us hold ourselves accountable and responsible for what we do. The code of practise can only be a code of practise if it is agreed upon and that is why you are here and if it is being enforced. And when it is enforced, you practise it.”“You can see here the pit and the shelving of the pit (codes); the question of safety and fatality in the industry is one that was discussed several times. The importance of the code of practise cannot be understated, since it touched on several aspects. Mercury, the environment, tail end, land reclamation which is very critical.”Legal Advisor to the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission, Kara Duff Yehudah had explained that the codes were a simplified version of the Mining Amendment Act of 2005. But in this Act, the GGMC is mandated by law to publish the codes.“Regulation 248 states that the Commission shall approve or publish a code of practise for environmental mining which shall specify the requirements for mining activities on private and public lands,” she said.“The codes include provisions for waste management and disposal systems, mechanisms for sediment losses, effluent and contaminated drainage and emergency response plans, mine reclamation and closure plan, environment effects monitoring plans, sand and loam mining, quarrying and control flows from lower dams less than six meters in height.”last_img read more

Minister Lawrence apologises to guard

first_imgMinister Broomes confrontationIn a surprising new development after Minister Simona Broomes’s confrontation with New Thriving security guards, Health Minister Volda Lawrence on Tuesday apologised to one of the guards.Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence and the security guard (Photo: Minister Volda Lawrence’s Facebook page)The guards had been detained by Police after the confrontation with Minister Broomes and her driver in the parking lot Sunday night.In her brief statement on her Facebook page, Minister Lawrence said: “Tonight [Tuesday night] I met young Josh Rambarran, a security guard at New Thriving Restaurant Providence, who told me a story about what happened to him on Sunday last. According to him, he was wrongfully arrested and detained for 16 hours. From the bottom of my heart, I apologised to him and said I was sorry. Humility and wisdom are character traits we must always ask of our Creator.”Reports are the Minister within the Natural Resources Ministry’s driver stopped at the entrance of the Massy store to access the New Thriving Restaurant, which is housed in the upper flat of the building.“Apparently, the Minister’s driver parked her vehicle on a tarmac area which is not to be used by customers,” a Police source explained.However, the Minister insisted that the driver drove into the tarmac area to allow her to exit the vehicle after which he was heading to the parking lot. The guard, according to reports, refused to listen to their explanation. Video footage contradicted this version of events.Broomes then contacted the Police, who quickly responded and confiscated the weapon that was allegedly used to threaten her. The guards were also taken into custody on Sunday, but were subsequently released on their own recognisance.last_img read more

Lakers break loose, 122-96

first_img“I spoke to Kobe before the game and said, `Don’t wait to get going in this game. Let’s go at them right away,”‘ Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. “He carried the staff, so to speak, tonight.” “He gave me the marching orders and I carried them out,” Bryant said of Jackson. “We fell behind the eight ball tonight and needed kind of a kick start, and I was able to provide that.” There was a trickle-down effect from Bryant to the last man in uniform. All 11 players scored – including seldom-used guards Shammond Williams and Aaron McKie – and the Lakers held Boston to 66 points in the final three quarters. Williams finished with six points and four assists and played 20 minutes. He joked on his way to a television interview afterward, “I’m still the same dude from two weeks ago,” and later quipped that “the ball felt like a foreign object” after playing so little. • Photo Gallery: 02/23: Lakers vs. Celtics LOS ANGELES – Before he left Staples Center after Wednesday’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, Kobe Bryant offered his exit strategy for the Lakers’ six-game losing streak, saying, “You have to try to will yourself out of the stretch.” It fell to Bryant to provide that will Friday night as the Lakers broke through for their first victory since Feb. 5, beating the Boston Celtics 122-96. The Lakers led by as many as 26 points in the third quarter against a Celtics team that has lost 21 of 22. Bryant finished with 38 points – 22 of which came in a spectacular first quarter – connected on 5 of 7 3-pointers, found his teammates for nine assists, and matched a season-high with five steals while playing only 31 minutes in the blowout. center_img Jackson brought out his binoculars to find both Williams and McKie at the end of the bench. He brought Williams in with two minutes left in the first quarter and started the second quarter with McKie and Williams in the backcourt and Bryant on the bench. Where he normally would play Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic, Jackson opted for the veterans instead of the kids Friday. McKie had appeared in only one other game this season and was most valued as an expiring contract heading into the trade deadline. “I told the young players that they’ve had an opportunity during the course of the year to advance,” Jackson said, “and right now for the sake of the team we need to have some of the veterans in there to do the things they know how to do because they’ve been on winning teams. “Right now, that’s what we’re after. We’ve tried to develop players and bring them along and now it’s time to use the moxie that’s necessary as veterans to win it.” Williams hit his first jumper after checking in, then another to open the second quarter, and the Lakers wound up building a 13-point lead. In talking to reporters afterward, Williams thanked Jackson several times for giving him the chance to help the team. Jackson stressed the need during the losing streak to “play for one another.” Bryant said Williams and McKie could serve as examples for the Lakers’ younger players. “All season long, they haven’t complained, they haven’t whined,” Bryant said. “They’ve just worked hard every single day. First ones at practice, last ones to leave sort of thing. … Their number got called tonight and they performed extremely well.” After the Celtics opened an 11-2 lead to start the game, Bryant took over the rest of the first quarter. He connected on four 3-pointers and scored 22 points, including 13 consecutive, in what Jackson described as “attack mode.” The Lakers didn’t break open the game, though, until the end of the first half when they scored the last nine points to head into the locker room with a 65-54 lead. “We have to be more aggressive,” Bryant said. “We’re a team that gets their hands on balls and gets out in the passing lanes and knocks the ball loose. That’s what we have to do.” (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Former cop gets 25 years to life in wife’s murder

first_imgDuring the two-month trial, prosecutors and witnesses described her as a committed family woman. Jurors heard testimony from her friends, who said she confessed to fearing her husband would kill her if she tried to leave him. Several witnesses also testified to seeing a scratch or scratches on John Racz in the days after she disappeared, suggesting there could have been a struggle with his wife. A few jurors said after the verdict that John Racz’s inconsistent statements after his wife went missing played an important role in securing his conviction. Racz joined the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in 1973 and left in 1985 after rising to the rank of sergeant. Before and after his time with the department, he was a public school teacher in Compton. He retired in 2001. In the case presented by prosecutors, Racz killed his wife on April 22, 1991. Taking the children with her, Ann Racz on April 18 moved out of the family’s home on Fortuna Drive and into a nearby condo she was renting from the owners. The afternoon of April 22, she returned to the home with the children, and witnesses said they saw her and her husband talking in the driveway. Ann Racz stayed in her car the whole time, witnesses said. Ann Racz drove off alone to get a snack for the children at McDonald’s, which was just a few minutes away, witnesses said. Neighbors testified to seeing John Racz drive off after she left, and that he looked as if he was following her. Ann Racz’s children testified their mother never returned that day. Before he left, John Racz told his children he would go to McDonald’s instead of their mom, according to the testimony of Joann Racz, 31, the couple’s oldest child. Although she was unsure how long he was gone, she testified that when her father finally came home, the food from McDonald’s was cold.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A former sheriff’s deputy convicted of killing his wife was sentenced this morning to 25 years to life in prison. Before being sentenced, John Racz denied killing his wife, professing his innocence. His wife’s family also spoke in court about their loss. Last month, a jury of eight men and four women found Racz, 61, of Valencia guilty of first-degree murder in the 1991 death of his estranged wife, Ann Mineko Racz, 42. Her body has never been found, which forced prosecutors to first convince jurors that she was dead, and then that Racz had killed her. last_img read more

Cliffhanger in governor race?

first_imgPaulette Martin, 63, of Santa Cruz was in the crowd cheering him on. She said she had already voted for Westly because of what she had heard about the candidates’ environmental record. “Angelides, particularly his stand on the ecology and his history, I thought, `We don’t need that,’ ” she said. While the expensive and increasingly dirty battle between Democrats continued to headline today’s contest, the election also has become a possible bellwether for Republicans nationwide. Ongoing investigations and political scandals have turned the San Diego area race to replace disgraced Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham into a mini-referendum on the Republican Party and approaches to illegal immigration. Polls showed Republican Brian Bilbray and Democrat Francine Busby were running neck-and-neck in the historically right-leaning 50th Congressional District. They are seeking to serve out the remaining seven months of Cunningham’s term and get a decisive boost for the November election. Cunningham resigned from Congress and was sentenced to more than eight years in prison in March for taking bribes. Bilbray has attacked Busby, depicting her as an advocate for amnesty for illegal immigrants. The Republican has faced problems of his own trying to shake Democratic ads linking him to corruption. He also wrestled with a Republican base that has fractured over how to address illegal immigration. Two of California’s leading Democrats, Sen. Dianne Feinstein and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, stumped in the district last week. But Republicans have not let up, spending $4.5 million to support Bilbray and bringing in Vice President Dick Cheney for a fundraiser. Cheney also has campaigned in California for Rep. John Doolittle, R-Rocklin, whose association to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff has drawn Democratic opposition and a GOP primary challenge from Auburn Mayor Mike Holmes. The vice president also raised money for Rep. Richard Pombo, R-Stockton, who faces a challenge to keep his Washington seat from moderate Pete McCloskey. McCloskey served in Congress from 1967 to 1982 and came out of retirement to challenge Pombo on his environmental record, among other issues. Also adding intrigue to today’s vote is the fate of Proposition 82, the measure backed by Hollywood director Rob Reiner that would tax the rich to pay for universal preschool. Until late last week the measure held a slight advantage. On Saturday, however, a poll showed voters may be turning away from the idea. The initiative calls for raising taxes by 1.7 percent on Californians who make more than $400,000, and couples who make more than $800,000. A handful of familiar names running to keep their political careers alive also will appear on the ballot. One of the most well-known candidates campaigning to return to the capital is Oakland Mayor and former Gov. Jerry Brown. Brown, 68, is running for the attorney general’s spot against Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, 45. The winner will face Republican Chuck Poochigian, a state senator from Fresno, in November. In the state treasurer’s race, Attorney General Bill Lockyer, 65, and a pair of Republican officeholders are running to become California’s chief banker, the post now held by Angelides. Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi, 61, and state Sens. Liz Figueroa, 55, and Jackie Speier, 56, are vying for the seat now occupied by Lt. Gov. Cruz Bustamante, a fellow Democrat who is running for insurance commissioner. The winner is likely to face state Sen. Tom McClintock of Thousand Oaks, who is challenged in the Republican primary by Tony Farmer, a real estate agent from Fresno. In the Legislature, no incumbents are running in 48 of the 100 districts holding elections, a result of the state’s term limits. In six races, incumbents’ family members are hoping a familiar name will help garner votes. In two others, sons of former legislators are on the ballot. In another, Christina Chavez, the granddaughter of the late farm labor leader Cesar Chavez is running for a Los Angeles area Assembly seat. The Secretary of State’s Office predicts about 6 million, or 38 percent, of the state’s 15.7 million registered voters will cast ballots today. That would be more than the 35 percent who voted in the 2002 primary but less than the 42 percent who voted in the primary in 1998.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The gubernatorial race also has been notable over its final weeks for a barrage of attack ads launched by both sides. During an Angelides’ campaign stop Monday in Los Angeles, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles, defended the treasurer against an attack ad by Westly that accuses Angelides of dumping sludge into Lake Tahoe. Nu ez said the allegations in the commercial were false. “Bad judgment is a reflection of a person’s character, or lack thereof,” he said, referring to Westly. “Today I want to say to Steve Westly that those dirty attack ads against Phil Angelides that we read about in the paper today – shame on you, my friend. Shame on you, my friend.” At a campaign stop in the Fairfax District of Los Angeles, Westly defended the Tahoe ad as factual. He then toured a public market, kissing babies and asking for votes. SACRAMENTO – It could be a very late night – or early morning – before California voters learn whether eBay millionaire-turned-state Controller Steve Westly or developer-turned-state Treasurer Phil Angelides wins today’s Democratic gubernatorial primary – and with it the right to face Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in November. With millions of voters still undecided, recent polls show Westly and Angelides in a statistical dead heat as they crisscross the state in a last-minute fury to win over voters. Meanwhile, a voting machine problem that surfaced late last week in a heavily Democratic San Francisco Bay area county threatened to keep election workers counting ballots into Wednesday. On Monday, Angelides appeared at a wave of labor rallies from San Diego to Sacramento to get out the vote. Westly was racing around Los Angeles, greeting commuters, stopping by supermarkets and visiting a venerable downtown Mexican restaurant that frequently plays host to politicians. last_img


first_imgA community alert scheme was launched in the Termon/Kimacrennan are last night after a spate of burglaries in recent weeks.A meeting of more than 40 locals at the Thatched House in Kilmacrennan heard there has been at least seven burglaries in the past month in the local area.A spokesman for the group said that is probably the same number of break-ins as there has been for the entire year before that. Locals expressed their fears to a local Garda representative who attended last night’s meeting.A committee of seven people including chairman and local Cllr Michael McBride was elected to set up the community alert scheme.The group already has plans to introduce a text alert scheme to combat any suspicious activity in the locality.A spokesman told Donegal Daily “People are worried by the increase in the number of breaks-ins and they have every right to be. “We have decided we must do something as a community to combat this threat and to keep people and their property safe.”The next meeting of the group will take place on Wednesday, January 9th at 7.30pm in the Thatched Cottage. COMMUNITY ALERT SCHEME LAUNCHED AFTER SPATE OF BURGLARIES IN TERMON/KILMACRENNAN was last modified: December 13th, 2012 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:burglariesCllr Michael McBridekilmacrennanTermonlast_img read more

Moorpark remains unbeaten in women’s soccer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week MEN’S SOCCER Moorpark 1, Glendale 1: The Raiders overcame a first-minute deficit and claimed a draw when goalkeeper Stuart Kozlenko stopped a 90th-minute penalty kick. Joe Gutierrez’s goal, from Patrick Smith’s assist in the 44th minute, pulled Moorpark (5-3-3, 2-1-3) even. Carlos Guzman gave Glendale a lead in the opening minute. The stop on the penalty kick was one of eight by Kozlenko. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Norma Castro gave Hancock a fifth-minute lead. Moorpark outshot Hancock 40-2. center_img Brooke Albert scored the winning goal and assisted Jami Marmolejo’s second-half insurance strike as Moorpark College’s women’s soccer team remained unbeaten in Western State Conference play with a 3-1 triumph Friday at Allan Hancock. The Raiders (9-1-2 overall, 3-0-1 WSC) overcame an early deficit on goals by Raquel Caparella in the 35th minute, Albert in the 38th and Marmolejo in the 75th. Elyse Rosenberg and Kellyn Sims added assists. last_img read more

Nothing like White Jaws of Death to spoil a perfect day

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake But I have never witnessed the ferocity like the pit bull unleashed on that fluffy dog. (Though, it was technically leashed, trailing a blue nylon lead that was inexplicable since it was not connected to an owner.) Even from across the street, the intensity of the attack turned my knees to rubber, set my heart racing and sent a surge of fear through my body that was so primitive I found myself madly scanning the ground for anything I could use to bash the dog, should it come to that. I don’t know what became of the two dogs. The fluffy dog was down on the pavement awaiting care after an onlooker managed to drag the pit bull to its yard up the street. I just wanted to get out of there and to ignore the ugly visions of the pit bull jumping out of the bushes and attacking me and my elderly black Lab. Pit bull advocates say the breed gets an unfair rap simply because the media hypes the occasional mauling or killing they inflict. They’re really quite sweet, really. Give me a break. There’s a reason that dog-fighting rings use pit bulls and not golden retrievers. If a Pomeranian jumps out at you, most people could resolve the issue by punting the pup back over its fence. (Not that I am in any way advocating Pomeranian punting.) If a pit bull wants to take you down, however, down you go. And pit bulls, like Rottweilers, have earned that bad rep because of the true stories in which they have injured or killed people, often the people with whom they live. Like that 91-year-old woman in Orange County earlier this year whose arms were taken off by her family’s pit bull. It was the death of a 12-year-old San Francisco boy who was mauled by his family’s pit bull that finally prompted some legislation to address the growing problems of dog maulings. At the behest of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newson, state Sen. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, introduced SB 861, which allows cities and counties to pass laws forcing the neutering of dogs identified as being of dangerous breeds – e.g., Rottweilers and pit bulls. So far, San Francisco and San Jose will be using the new state law for their own breed-specific neutering laws. But the city of Los Angeles has no plans to adopt any ordinance targeting specific breeds. “There’s nothing in the works, to my knowledge,” said Officer Dwayne Clark, a spokesman for the city’s Animal Services Department. “We are firm believers that it’s not the breed itself but the hands of controllers” that are responsible. The city will go after dog owners who allow their pets to roam and attack, be they 100-pound Rottweilers or 2-pound Chihuahuas, he said. People who don’t have their dogs neutered must pay $90 more per year for a dog license. The neutering legislation is pretty weak as a tool to curb dangerous dogs, but considering the opposition, it’s a start. Groups like BAD RAP, the Bay Area Doglovers Responsible About Pitbulls, are fighting the legislation, which becomes state law in January, and circulating a petition to force a voter referendum, according to Speier’s office. (I tried calling BAD RAP for comment on this column, but no one answered the organization’s phone.) If opponents are successful in killing this law, it’s unlikely anyone will have the guts to come up with harsher legislation, such as requiring owners of potentially dangerous dogs to demonstrate they have the means and strength to control them. “This kind of legislation is so heated and emotional with the groups opposed that most legislators shy away from this topic,” said Tracy Fairchild, a spokeswoman for Speier. That’s an understatement in Los Angeles, where city officials have been relentlessly hounded by animal advocates who want the city’s shelters to become no-kill shelters. It’s up to us to avoid becoming victims of dangerous dogs. People must report their neighbors who frequently let their big dogs roam – even if the dog is usually so sweet – and especially when they see aggression. Sure, most pit bulls aren’t bad dogs. But occasionally they are, and the last thing any dog owner wants on an afternoon walk is an encounter with the White Jaws of Death. Mariel Garza 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Sunday was the kind of perfect Southern California day that makes everyone in the Midwest hate us as they shiver in below-freezing temperatures. The skies over Los Angeles were clear and blue, the air warm enough for short sleeves. I lounged on the patio of an artist studio open for a one-day-only holiday shopping extravaganza. Just another idyllic day in paradise – until the White Jaws of Death shattered the calm and the screaming began. The jaws were attached to a large pit bull that had appeared, like a phantom, on the busy street. Suddenly, it was was ripping into a large but timid fluffy dog a young woman was walking across the street. I don’t know how it all started. I just know that I looked over when the woman started screaming with a combination of terror, pain and outrage so moving that I screamed, too. I have a big dog and have seen dog fights up close. The raised hackles, the bared teeth, the snarling and the nipping. last_img read more