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Koreas extend conciliatory steps to Asian Games

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the ’88 Summer Olympics in Seoul, and relations dramatically worsened on the eve of the Seoul Olympics with the bombing of a South Korean passenger jet that killed all 115 aboard in December 1987.The inter-Korean warmth heading into this year’s Asian Games contrasts with the awkwardness between the rivals surrounding the 2014 Asiad held in South Korea. Seoul’s then-conservative government invited North Korean athletes to compete, but made it clear it had no interest in joint marches or combined teams.North Korean subsequently withdrew an offer to send its all-female cheering squad to Incheon after squabbling with the hosts over costs.North Korean leader Kim did send a senior government delegation to the closing ceremony, but they returned home without meeting then-South Korean President Park Geun-hye.The North was still seething over the Asian Game treatment years later as it gleefully observed Park’s presidency crashing over a corruption scandal.“The Park Geun-hye group’s mad confrontational racket is to blame for why (the North Korean) visit to Incheon did not result in improved relations,” the North said in a statement in April last year.WILL THE GOOD TIMES LAST?Kim has found a willing counterpart in Moon, a liberal who won the presidential by-elections to replace Park last year.Since the Pyeongchang Olympics, Kim has met Moon twice and leveraged the summits to get to U.S. President Donald Trump. After their June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump issued a vague aspirational goal for a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula without describing specific plans.Sports exchanges and other goodwill gestures are important policy tools for Moon, who wants Seoul to be in the “driver’s seat” in international efforts to deal with Pyongyang. The Koreas have also agreed to resume temporary reunions between relatives separated by the war and are holding military talks to reduce tensions across their heavily armed border.“Hopefully, (the Asian Games) will provide an opportunity to use sports to facilitate diplomacy and cooperation,” Moon said while meeting Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Seoul last month. Seoul’s presidential office hasn’t announced yet whether Moon would attend the opening ceremony in Jakarta on Aug. 18. Stephen Curry shoots 1-over 71 in Tour event Whatever happens in Indonesia or with nuclear negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, the Koreas will always have those heartening selfies posted by athletes.“Sports can be used to build momentum and trust, but they don’t solve fundamental problems,” said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korea expert at Seoul’s Dongguk University and a policy adviser to Moon. “There’s not much South Korea can currently do, but at least it’s trying to actively do the things it can to keep the positive atmosphere alive. ”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BLUE FLAGS AND COMBINED TEAMSIn the opening ceremony in Jakarta, athletes from North and South Korea will parade together under the flag featuring a blue map that symbolized a unified Korean Peninsula. It will be virtual repeat of the joint march during February’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, minus the gloves, parkas and fur hats.North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent hundreds of athletes, artists and government officials to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The Koreas also fielded their first combined Olympic team in women’s ice hockey, which drew passionate support from crowds despite losing all five of its games with a combined score of 28-2.At the Asian Games, the Koreas will be expected to deliver more than just feel-good stories. There’s pressure for the investment to yield gold. A group of 34 North Korean athletes, coaches and officials have been in South Korea since last month for combined teams in women’s basketball and the men’s and women’s events in rowing and canoeing.Coach Lee Moon-kyu, who has retained a core of South Korean players who won gold at the 2014 Asian Games at home in Incheon, got a first-hand look at North Korean players during exhibitions in Pyongyang in early July. Lee later picked three North Korean players for the Asian Games squad, including center Ro Suk Yong. Lee will also have a North Korean assistant coach on his bench.The Koreans will face Taiwan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and India in their preliminary group.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ FILE – In this Feb. 9, 2018, file photo, North Korea’s Hwang Chung Gum and South Korea’s Won Yun-jong carry the unification flag during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)SEOUL, South Korea —With the Koreas, there’s no separating their sports from their politics.The war-separated rivals will take their reconciliation steps to the Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, Indonesia, where they will jointly march in the opening ceremony and field combined teams in basketball, rowing and canoeing.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs South Korean forward Lim Yung-hui said the chemistry between the players has been improving.“The Northern players share the same goal of the gold medal and we talk a lot about how we should be putting out a good performance there,” Lim said. “We weren’t given much time, but we are practicing hard in a positive atmosphere.”The Koreas will field combined teams in dragon boat events in canoeing and the lightweight men’s four, lightweight men’s eight and lightweight women’s double sculls in rowing.If a combined team wins gold, athletes on the podium will hear the traditional folk song of “Arirang,”used in both Koreas as an unofficial anthem for peace, instead of their respective national anthems.The Korean athletes are likely to become an attraction at the Asian Games, where the international media will follow closely.At the Pyeongchang Olympics, South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan created a media frenzy by taking a selfie with North Korea’s Kim Ju Sik and posting it on Instagram. The photo recalled a famous 2016 selfie taken by two North and South Korean gymnasts at the Rio Olympics which International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach described as a “great gesture.”THEY DON’T ALWAYS PLAY NICEThe Koreas have a history of using sports to foster diplomacy since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The 1991 world table tennis championships in Japan were the first time the Koreas fielded a combined team at a major international event.The atmosphere wasn’t always friendly, though. During the height of their Cold War rivalry and recurring periods of animosity since, sports often became an alternate political battlefield.North Korean athletes and coaches would reject handshakes with their South Korean competitors and berate South Korean reporters during news conferences. The sports detente of 1991 evaporated when a North Korean athlete who competed at the world judo championships in Barcelona defected and arrived in South Korea amid heavy media coverage. 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “Sports have played the role of peacemaker between the Koreas,” said Kim Seong-jo, vice chairman of South Korea’s Olympic committee and the country’s chef de mission at the Asian Games. “If the combined teams put out good performances and win medals, that would be putting the cherry on the top.”North and South Korea have used sports diplomacy this year in a bid to decrease animosity and initiate a new round of global diplomatic efforts to resolve the nuclear standoff with Pyongyang.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’South Korea leaders consider goodwill gestures as crucial to keep the positive atmosphere alive for what could become a long and difficult attempt to persuade the North to give up its nuclear and missile programs.There’s not much Seoul can do beyond such gestures, though, as joint economic projects are out of the question when lifting sanctions against North Korea is far beyond the South’s control. The more substantial discussions on the North’s denuclearization — including what, when and how it would occur— are always going to be between Washington and Pyongyang.Here’s a look at what the Koreas are planning for the Asian Games and their ebbs and flows in sports diplomacy: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

Investment urgently needed in Guyana Police Force

first_imgDear Editor,On my recent visit to the Police Headquarters in Brickdam, where I was pursuing the enforcement of a warrant, I was very surprised to see the lack of infrastructural investment in the Police’s facilities.Many of the buildings needed to be renovated and the facilities provided to the hard-working officers were not very encouraging. It is somewhat understandable why the Police Force is not currently at world class levels of performance. As the saying goes “our surroundings become us”.We have seen many infrastructural investments occurring around the country, but the urgently needed investment in law and order in lagging. This is essential for the consistent attraction of foreign direct investment and the sustainability of gains in standard of living improvements. It is important that we remember that we will be also competing with safer countries for tourists, and even though the tourists may be nature lovers they usually expect a dependable and secure environment that has robust law and order infrastructure.The Chinese Government has been very generous to the nation by providing many of the urgently needed equipment for the Police, but it is now up to our Government to improve the working conditions of the hard-working officers across the nation. One of the best places to start is Brickdam. This will help set the tone for the level of excellence expected within the Force and could be followed by investments across each division’s headquarters. Many of the facilities need to be renovated and this may be accomplished by simply replacing broken windows, rotting wood and fixing of internal driving surfaces. Some of the stations’ entrances and gates need to be fixed and the flag poles at various locations appear to be in need of supplies.While visiting Orealla, I decided to see a friend who had just been stationed there and was quite astonished at the entrance to the Police station. When rain fell, it would flood and the building was rotting in a number of spots. This did not bode well in providing a positive impression that the country was strong against any potential threat from Suriname, whose patrols would visibly pass by the Police station in speed boats quite often.It is my hope that as the reduction of the crime rate continues to be systematically attacked by the Police Force, they will be able to benefit from additional professional motivation by increased investment in their facilities as infrastructural plans are implemented.Best regards,Jamil Changleelast_img read more

GASA Independence meet on today at National Aquatic Centre

first_imgThe Aquatic centre is set to come alive today with some heated rivalries across the eventsThe Guyana Amateur Swimming Association (GASA) will host it annual Independence long course meet at the National Aquatic Centre, Liliendaal from today.The fiercely competitive swim meet that usually attracts the nation’s top swimmers, is being held in collaboration with the country’s Independence Golden Jubilee Anniversary.Today’s proceedings will be the qualifying rounds while the heat of the action will commence on Saturday and conclude on Sunday.The events are expected to be conducted under the governing body of FINA and a heated rivalry is expected throughout the competition.The closing ceremony will follow immediately after the championships and an entrance fee of $200 will be charged. Food and drinks will be on sale all three days to assist the association to offset minor operational expenses.last_img read more

Flyers host Sr. Canucks, looking to create separation in standings

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Flyers hit the ice tonight as they welcome the Dawson Creek Senior Canucks.The Flyers are coming off an overtime loss in Dawson on the weekend, snapping their undefeated streak and dropping their record to 3-0-1. However, they still hold a three-point lead over the Sr. Canucks for first in the West Division playoff standings with four games remaining. The top-seeded team advances to the NPHL finals to face either Falher or High Prairie in a best-of-seven series.“Dawson is rolling right now,” said General Manager Lee Hartman. “We need those two points tonight at home. The guys know how important this game is, so it should be a great game between these two rivals.”- Advertisement -Tonight’s game at the North Peace Arena gets underway at 8:30 p.m.last_img read more

‘It was the wrong time for ALL clubs’ – Jurgen Klopp explains West Ham snub

first_img Jurgen Klopp 1 Jurgen Klopp says there was never any chance of him becoming West Ham boss in the summer.The Hammers’ co-owner David Sullivan revealed this week that he approached the German with a view to succeeding Sam Allardyce.Klopp was out of work at the time having decided to leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season.He went on replace Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in October and takes the Reds to Upton Park this Saturday.“In the summer I was not available,” said Klopp, when asked about West Ham’s interest.“I was sure I needed a few days for myself without thinking too much about football. That’s what I did.“I’m a lucky guy so there was a lot of interest from different clubs. If West Ham will talk about this then they can do it.“It’s a really good club but it was the wrong time for all the clubs, so nothing to do with West Ham or what I think about West Ham.”last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL CHAMBER MUSIC SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2014 SESSION OF THEIR SUCCESSFUL SERIES OF CONCERTS IN CONWAL PARISH CHURCHStarting on Sunday 26th January, the Donegal Chamber Music Society will present the first of five concerts during the first half of this year as part of “Sundays in Conwal 2014”.The opening concert will be played by the accomplished Donegal Camerata, the resident ensemble of this third series of concerts. An International Ensemble of professional players based in Donegal, the Donegal Camerata will continue their eclectic and attractive chamber music recitals, offering a program with cardinal works from the string repertoire along with some pieces in a more light-entertainment vein.For the first recital of the year they will present music by W.A. Mozart, P. I. Tchaikovsky, Antonín Dvořák, Josef Suk and Béla Bartók. As before, in each concert they will present a new work by an Irish Contemporary Composer. The work chosen from the Contemporary Music Centre Library for this recital will be a piece related to Donegal, Ian Wilson’s An tIarthar, composed in 2010 for the Donegal Chamber Orchestra.As well the Donegal Camerata String Ensemble, other artists will be appearing in “Sundays in Conwal 2014”. Some have already been confirmed; the Donegal Chamber Orchestra offering concerts in February and June.Donegal Chamber Music Society has been presenting concerts in Donegal since 2009, working with other cultural institutions both locally and nationwide with the aim of fostering an appreciation of Classical Music in the County. The Society collaborates regularly with Donegal County Council, Music Network, Donegal Music Education Partnership, the University of Ulster and the Contemporary Music Centre Ireland. Their committee (Chairperson Graham Harrison) would like to acknowledge the inestimable collaboration of Canon Stewart Wright and the Select Vestry for their concerts in Conwal Church. With some exceptions, “Sundays in Conwal 2014” take place mostly on the 4th Sunday of each month at 3pm. Music lovers in Donegal may like to make a note of these dates: January 26th, February 23rd, March 23rd, May 11th and June 22nd.“Sundays in Conwal 2014” 1st Concert26th January, 3pm. Conwal Church. LetterkennyDONEGAL CAMERATA String QuintetProgramme W.A. Mozart (1756-1791): Divertimento in F Major, K. 138/125c (1772)P. I. Tchaikovsky (1840-1893): Andante Cantabile from String Quartet No. 1, Op. 11 (1871)Ian Wilson (b.1964): An tIarthar (2010) (CMC)Louis Laporte (ca.1850 – 1922): Intermède-pizzicato for string quintet (1901) Antonín Dvořák (1841-1904): Slavonic Dance in e minor, No. 2 Op. 72 (1886-7)Josef Suk (1874-1935): Ella-Polka (1909) from EpisodesBéla Bartók (1881-1945): Romanian Folk Dances (1917) Sz. 68 BB 76Admission €10/5. Tickets will be available at the doorGLORIOUS MUSICAL SUNDAYS SET FOR RETURN TO CONWAL was last modified: January 20th, 2014 by John2Share 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:camerataConwal Parish Churchdonegal chamber orchestraGLORIOUS MUSICAL SUNDAYS SET FOR RETURN TO CONWALlast_img read more

Around Whittier

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Authorities Thursday identified a man who was gunned down Monday morning and died later at a hospital. Douglas Orellana, 28, was walking in the 9000 block of Foxbury Way at 7 a.m. Monday when two men in a white vehicle fired one shot at him, said sheriff’s Lt. Gil Carillo. Orellana was hit in the upper torso, and the car sped away east on Foxbury Way. Orellana died later at St. Francis Medical Center. Los Angeles County sheriff’s homicide detectives were asking anyone with information about this case to call (323) 890-5500. `Chop shop’ suspect identified – Detectives Thursday named a suspect arrested in connection with the discovery this week of an auto-theft “chop shop.” Authorities named Jorge Tamayo of East Los Angeles as the alleged operator of the chop shop, where investigators Wednesday discovered several stolen cars waiting to be dismantled so parts could be sold, said Montebello police Sgt. Brian Dragoo. Tamayo, who lived in a trailer next to the shop, was arrested Wednesday while driving an allegedly stolen BMW. He gave a false name when arrested, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of grand theft auto, Dragoo said. Security group to hold meeting MONTEBELLO WHITTIER – The MASH Neighborhood Watch group will hold a meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Telechron School, 11200 Telechron Ave. Representatives of various county departments are scheduled to attend. For more information, call (562) 698-7645. Classes celebrate Latino traditions LA MIRADA – The Paso de Oro Dance Company will present several dance classes for children and adults at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd. Children 5 to 7 years old can learn beginning folklorico dance from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays beginning Saturday. Children’s traditional charro dance classes will be held from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Saturdays beginning Saturday. Latin jazz dance, a mixture of salsa, merengue and jazz danced to today’s Latin sound, will be open to children ages 8 to 14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays. For more information, call (562) 943-7277. Auditions set for `Willows’ play WHITTIER – The Community Services Department will hold auditions for the Whittier Junior Theatre production of “The Wind In the Willows” at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Whittier Center Theatre auditorium, 7630 Washington Ave. Youths between the ages of 12 and 18 are encouraged to try out for the show, which will be performed April 13-15. The show will be directed by Michael Eiden. For more information, call (562) 464-3445. Stay in the know about blood flow WHITTIER – Learn how to keep your arteries open at a free lecture from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Flo & Frank L. Scott Conference Center, 12401 Washington Blvd. Dr. Alireza Jafari will discuss stents, wire mesh tubes that help keep arteries open. Reservations are required; for more information, call (562) 698-0811, Ext. 2580. – From staff reportslast_img

Disaster scars captured

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant After nearly two years of considering candidates from public sources and private collections, she eventually whittled the treasure trove down to 100 selections. The number of possibilities illustrates the theme of the exhibit: As the first disaster to be documented on both a commercial scale and at a personal level, April 18, 1906, caught the public’s imagination largely because it was caught on camera. The point is proved by the half-dozen other shows on display in and around San Francisco that use photography as the lens for exploring the lessons of the quake and firestorms that leveled 28,000 buildings and left 225,000 of the city’s 400,000 residents homeless. From the Historical Society of California’s photos shot by author Jack London and his wife, to the then-and-now series by Arizona photographer Mark Klett at the Legion of Honor, vintage photography appears front and center as the centennial approaches. Harvard University photography historian Robin Kelsey attributes the extensive photographic record of the city’s destruction to what he calls “the Kodak moment,” when technological advances made photography available to the masses at the turn of the 20th century. These innovations included the introduction of the cardboard Kodak Brownie in 1903, the availability of film so flexible even a novice could load it, and printing improvements that let newspapers put photos on the same pages as words. “The way all these different types of taking photographs were brought to bear on a single event, all these different ways of making it into a visual record but also a spectacular form of visual interest, was historically unusual,” Kelsey said. For the Museum of Modern Art exhibit, Keller picked examples of work by both commercial photographers and amateurs. Sweeping panoramic views and double-imaged “stereo” shots that presaged the modern Viewmaster hang next to the unskilled efforts of tourists and building shots purposely composed to evoke classical ruins. While professional work comprises about 80 percent of the exhibit, the entries by lay people, sometimes unfocused or taken at odd angles, “are more spontaneous and help flesh out the scene,” Keller said. One of her favorites captures a woman in formal dress looking down into her Brownie against a backdrop of debris. “One of the things that is so wonderful is they are not trained photographers, so they are not looking to make a certain kind of pictures or adhere to certain kinds of rules about what a good picture is,” she said. At the other end of the spectrum is a bird’s-eye view of the wreckage by George R. Lawrence, a Chicago photographer who rigged a camera to a series of kites he sent 2,000 feet above San Francisco Bay. The exhibit also exposes the way cameras can deceive, if not lie. A series taken at the direction of the California Promotion Committee depicts tents at a refugee camp, lined up with military precision, and stacks of lumber used in the rebuilding. Yet in all her research, Keller saw only one photograph of a dead person, even though estimates of the dead range from 3,000 to more than 5,000. “Photography was a good way to repair the image of San Francisco as a city that was going to rise again and not one that one had to lose hope in,” Keller said. The Historical Society’s Jack London exhibit, meanwhile, aims to shed light on previously unknown aspects of both the “Call of the Wild” author and the scope of the destruction. Within hours of the earthquake, London and his new wife, Charmain, traveled by train, ferry and horseback from their ranch in Sonoma County through Oakland and the counties north of San Francisco. The couple’s photographs provide one of the only historical records of the earthquake’s damage outside San Francisco, according to director Stephen Becker. Using original negatives, the museum had several dozen reproduced by a master developer to bring out the detail and depth that weren’t previously visible. “We certainly know about (London) as a writer, but what we didn’t know about him as much was as a photographer,” Becker said. “We now know that as a photographer, he was pretty good.” In coming weeks, the San Francisco Public Library plans to honor the earthquake’s survivors by displaying never-before-seen personal photo albums from its collection, while the Chinese Historical Society of America will unveil an exhibit of photographs and newspapers documenting how Chinese immigrants fared after the earthquake. Wells Fargo Bank has its own offering – “San Francisco is in Ashes” – based on photos and other artifacts from its archives. The overlapping photo exhibits do not surprise Keller. “I had a lot of very sweet people call me to say, ‘I have these incredibly rare earthquake pictures I want to sell to the museum,”‘ Keller said. “I have always had to break it to them very gently that their pictures are actually not rare.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Finding old photographs to mark the centennial of the 1906 “Great Quake” and fire was the easy part of Corey Keller’s job as an assistant curator at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. She had a much harder time deciding which ones to include in the museum’s “1906 Earthquake: A Disaster in Pictures.” Thousands of black-and-white images were available for the asking – pictures taken for insurance companies and souvenir postcards, work by portrait photographers who smelled money in the ashes, some of the earliest aerial photos and fuzzy family snapshots still in scrapbooks. “The taste for disaster or pictures of catastrophes is by no means new,” Keller mused. last_img read more

Fillmore farm breeds fish to become- well- dinner

first_imgFILLMORE They wiggle and splash, thousands to a trough, united by a single thought feed me. “They’re hungry,” said Ed Toves, assistant manager at the Fillmore Fish Hatchery, as he surveyed an outdoor rainbow trout pond on a recent morning. The fish react with each approaching footstep, stirring ripples along the surface of their 100-foot rearing pond. “The fish are always hungry. All they do is eat and grow.” Toves is part of a crew of eight state Department of Fish and Game staffers at the 64-year-old hatchery along the Santa Clara River a mile east of Fillmore charged with raising more than 1 million trout a year for anglers throughout Southern California. Though not exactly sport fishing in the wild, the hatcheries satisfy the public’s demand for fishing without overtaxing California’s natural waters, as state officials intended. When the fish are about a year old about 10 inches in length they’re released into the lakes and streams between Kern and Orange counties. Last week, some 3,600 rejoined nature at Castaic Lake they’ll either survive to spawn as their parents had, or be a meal for the ospreys, bass or fishers. “It’s straightly professional,” Toves said. “There are a little too many to name.” While the trout are nurtured in Fillmore, they were spawned some 200 to 300 miles away in either the Mount Whitney or Hot Creek hatcheries in the eastern High Sierra. Trays of 350,000 translucent orange trout eggs, each about the size of a cultivated pearl, arrive four times a year by truck and head straight for the incubator. They’ll sit there for about two weeks most will hatch into sac fries, named for the nutrient sacs hanging from their bellies that serve as their prime food source until they’re ready for the rearing ponds outside. “That’s what they’re all living on right now,” said Toves. “As soon as they absorb the sac, we’ll release them.” Just outside the incubator shed are two rows of concrete ponds some 4,000 feet total where the trout will spend the next year eating and growing in 59-degree water pumped out of four on-site wells. They sit under a protective cage of bird netting. On the other side, egrets and herons gathered around a drainage culvert they know a good meal when they see one. A truck rolls past the ponds three to 10 times a day, spitting out meal. The pond bubbles in hunger as the mix of vitamin-enriched animal and vegetable matter hits the water. The fish grow about an inch a month on the 1,500 pounds of food the hatchery scatters each day, Toves said. “It’s just like taking care of a baby,” he said. “You try to ensure their health and well being, and to make sure we have a good product for the public.” Besides feeding, Toves and his crew have to keep an eye out for diseases such as gill bacteria and scale mold. “The fish need constant attention,” he said. “We’re here for the angling public. A happy fisherman is what we’re striving for.” Come stocking time, grown trout are poured into a truck-mounted tank for transfer to area reservoirs. Last week, about 3,600 graduated, and fish and wildlife technician Stephan DeLongfield was ready to offer them a lift to Castaic Lake. He checked both the tank’s and the lake’s temperatures. If it’s too low or too high, the fish might end up in shock. The hatchery doesn’t stock fish in the summer. “They get really lethargic in the heat,” he said. “But 74 degrees is the cutoff.” The tank was 57 degrees, and the lake 60 degrees just right, and DeLongfield uncovered the pipe on the side of the tank. Hundreds of trout hurled into the shallow edge of the lake, though some took a bit of pole-prodding before making for deeper waters. It’s a hard life for trout in the wild they’re prey to other fish and birds. In fact, moments after their release, an osprey swooped down and snatched one out of the lake. “He’ll take it back to his nest,” DeLongfield said. “Not all of them will get eaten right away. But a good number will feed the bass in here.” And there are fishermen, such as Parker Wright. The 15-year-old from Laguna Niguel was bass fishing lakeside when he chanced upon the stocking he had a bite within seconds. “It’s a feisty one,” he said, reeling one in. He unhooked it and set it free. “I don’t call it fishing at this point,” DeLongfield said. “I call it catching.” Wright said he has been fishing for six years, and counts a 50-pound albacore caught in the oceans of Mexico among his prizes. “I want to become a professional some day,” he said. “It takes technique and patience.” Still, a few lucky ones might survive the year, DeLongfield said. “The big trouts we call them holdovers they might last a couple years,” he said. “They’ll come back and live to spawn another day.” (661)257-5253 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


first_imgBuaiteoirí Club CeadSeán Ó Duibhir, An Charraic. €400Neilly Ó Ghallachóir, An Choitín. €250 John Greene, An Charraic. €100Alan Ó Baoid, An Bunbeag. €100Seán Mac Giolla Bhríde, An Screabán. €100Leanstan ar aghaidh leis an AGM 14ú Eanair sa clubtheach ar a 8.00i.n. GAA: NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIR was last modified: January 3rd, 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:NÓTAÍ CLG GAOTH DOBHAIRlast_img read more