Supporters of Russian athletes wait before the preliminary round of the men’s hockey game between the team from Russia and the United States at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The Winter Olympics are more than halfway done, and the Russians still don’t have a gold medal.It’s an unpleasant experience for a country which finished atop the medal standings in the games it hosted four years ago in Sochi with 13 gold medals — though two of those have since been stripped for doping.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “We’re happy with every medal,” despite the lack of gold, Pozdnyakov said. “Our main target is to get the flag back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Like most of the world, Russia counts gold medals first in the standings, so to sit behind Belarus and Britain is galling for the team.A key reason for the team’s lack of gold medals here is that the International Olympic Committee refused to invite dozens of Russian athletes, saying it couldn’t be sure they hadn’t been part of doping schemes.Among those missing were 2014 gold medalists including cross-country skier Alexander Legkov and skeleton slider Alexander Tretiakov, plus top speedskaters and biathletes. That has forced some little-known Russians to step into the role of team leaders.Among those is the 21-year-old cross-country skier Alexander Bolshunov, who won bronze in the sprint, missing out on gold by 1.36 seconds.Pozdnyakov said Bolshunov and other cross-country skiers were a new generation of Russian athletes with eyes on the 2022 Olympics in Beijing.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer But then again, the country of Russia is not here.On the wall of the “Olympic athletes from Russia” delegation office in Pyeongchang, there’s a board titled “our podium” with Russian medal-winners’ photos attached under pictures of gold, silver and bronze medals. The gold column is empty.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 folk“We’d like to fill in that part of the chart, so that we get a number instead of a zero,” the head of the delegation, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, said Sunday. “I think we’re justified in hoping for gold medals.”Russians traditionally consider the medals race the biggest event of all — coming first is considered “winning the Olympics” — but as of Sunday afternoon in Pyeongchang, Russian athletes had two silver and seven bronze medals. LATEST STORIES D-League: AMA recalls Taganas, Cañete MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “A lot of our team’s leaders weren’t invited to the Games, and they were replaced by young athletes who were representing junior teams just yesterday,” he said. “These guys have been winning bronze medals, so from our point of view it’s the main achievement of the first week.”The lack of top athletes has also left Russia’s team unable to field relay squads for sports such as speedskating, limiting their medal chances further.A slump after Sochi was expected anyway — Olympic hosts tend to perform above their usual level — but as well as the doping issues, there’s also been some bad luck. Snowboarder Nikolai Olyunin, a silver medalist in 2014, left Pyeongchang with his leg broken in three places after a fall.The Russians are now seemingly back to the level of the team that competed at Vancouver in 2010.Back then, Russia won 15 medals, only three of them gold — considered so embarrassing that former Moscow anti-doping lab director Grigory Rodchenkov said it persuaded officials to set up an intensive doping program in time for the Sochi Games.So who could still win a Russian gold medal in Pyeongchang?Women’s figure skating appears to be a good shot. Two-time reigning world champion Evgenia Medvedeva broke her own short program world record in the team event, and has only lost to one skater since 2015 — her teammate Alina Zagitova. That medal will be decided Feb. 23.The men’s hockey team is a contender, too, with Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datysuk among the very best non-NHL talent in Pyeongchang. An opening 3-2 loss to Slovakia rattled Russian fans’ nerves, but the team was much more dominant in an 8-2 demolition of Slovenia and a 4-0 win over the U.S.There are also medal hopes in aerials skiing with Ilya Burov, and in snowboard slalom, where U.S.-born Vic Wild and his wife Alena Zavarzina were both 2014 gold medalists, though neither has won an event this season.If a Russian athlete wins gold in Pyeongchang, they’ll hear the Olympic anthem play. The IOC rules on “Olympic Athletes from Russia” mean they’re competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag. The IOC could decide Feb. 24 to lift Russia’s suspension for the closing ceremony, a formal return to the Olympic family after doping scandals.
View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title James Harden still unstoppable, rallies Rockets past Warriors in OT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia FILE – In this Nov. 5, 2018, file photo, Philippines national football team’s new head coach Sven-Goran Eriksson attends a press conference in metropolitan Manila, Philippines. Two decades ago, Sven-Goran Eriksson and Marcello Lippi coached against each other in the Italian league. The famous tacticians are just two of a number of high-profile international coaches preparing for the 2019 Asian Cup that kicks off in Abu Dhabi on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Sven-Goran Eriksson and Marcello Lippi coached against each other in the Italian league more than 20 years ago. The famous tacticians are just two of a number of high-profile international coaches preparing for the 2019 Asian Cup that begins in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.The tournament, expanded from 16 teams in 2015 to 24 teams in the United Arab Emirates, is the biggest ever. It remains to be seen if the competition, with venues also in Dubai, Sharjah and Al Ain, is the best.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Australia, South Korea and Japan are also expected to be in the running for the final that takes places on Feb. 1 in Abu Dhabi.Australia is defending champion after winning the 2015 edition at home although the Socceroos will be without European-based stars such as Mathew Leckie and Aaron Mooy. South Korea, led by former Portugal boss Paulo Bento, also has injury issues but possesses the biggest name in Asian soccer in Son Heung-min.The in-form Tottenham Hotspur attacker will miss the first two group games and arrive in time to take on China on Jan. 16, although he has apologized to the club for leaving mid-season.“I feel sorry for my teammates, the fans and the coaching staff,” Son said. “It’s difficult. Sometimes you think it’s a bit sad, but it is also important for my country. I hope I can keep my form for the national team and when I come back here again as well.”Japan, one of the few countries with a domestic coach in Hajime Moriyasu, was Asia’s most successful team at the 2018 World Cup and is also considered to be a front-runner.Some talking points:EXPANSIONIncreasing the number of participants from 16 to 24 has opened the door for new teams such as Kyrgyzstan, the Philippines and Yemen. It also means that only eight teams will be eliminated in the group stage with 16 progressing to the second round.POLITICSNever far from the surface in Asian soccer. United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in 2016. Saudi Arabia and Qatar, 2022 World Cup host, meet in the group stage and while clubs from the countries have met in the Asian Champions League, tensions are likely. There is also a chance of South and North Korea, technically still at war, meeting in the knockout stage. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew As it stands however, the team enters the tournament with just one win in its last seven games, a run that includes disappointing draws against Palestine, India and Bahrain.“The players have performed well in the training camp we had,” Lippi, expected to retire after the tournament ends, said.Host UAE has another high-profile Italian coach with performances under Alberto Zaccheroni disappointing. Zaccheroni took AC Milan to the 1999 Serie A title but in 11 games in 2018, the UAE, 1996 finalists, scored just seven goals.Regional rival Saudi Arabia has been in better form under Argentine coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, who led Chile to the 2016 Copa America title. Compatriot Hector Cuper has been appointed by Uzbekistan.Former Real Madrid and Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz has genuine hopes of winning with Iran, Asia’s top-ranked team according to FIFA. Queiroz has been in charge since 2011 and is the longest-serving coach in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ CONFLICTBoth Yemen and Syria have a chance to make some international headlines that do not involve the ongoing conflict taking place at home. Soccer continues to survive and Syria especially has ambitions of progressing to the last eight and perhaps beyond.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the likes of Eriksson, in charge of the Philippines, or Lippi and China, success is not necessarily about winning the trophy. Eriksson, appointed in October, would simply like to survive the group stage in the country’s first appearance in the competition.“I think at this Asian Cup, with this generation of players, the Philippines have the chance to show that football is good in the Philippines and qualifying for the Asian Cup will help,” said Eriksson, who took England to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in 2002 and 2006.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If we can go through that will mean a lot for the country.”For Lippi, coming to the end of an disappointing two-year spell in charge of China, success would be any sign that the country, still to win the Asian Cup, had made progress. 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Dear Editor,Most citizens of Georgetown, stakeholders and men-in-the-street are aware that the City Council is being mismanaged, because they are feeling the brunt effects on a daily basis.The frequent garbage removal disruptions is fresh in everyone’s mind, and will continue to be a problem, since those services have been outsourced to highly paid contractors.Georgetown continues to experience flooding in some areas due to the drains and canals not being cleaned, with some not being cleaned for years. Many of the buildings owned by Council have been falling apart for years, including the main City Hall building, the City Abattoir, and the markets — inclusive of Bourda, Stabroek and Albouystown.Many roads are in a state of disrepair, even though Council is responsible for their repair and maintenance. There is chaos and congestion on the streets and pavements due to lack of enforcement of existing laws and unlawful/selective permissiveness.Rates and fees are going up, but services are not being performed; while Council maintains a massive and highly paid staff of over 800 employees, in addition to highly paid contractors.Building codes are constantly being violated, and the City Constabulary has been embroiled in one scandal after another, while crime is prevalent in many Council areas.The Council is in a perpetual state of financial crisis, with no proper accountability or transparency for the billions of dollars spent over the years. In fact, it is so bad that the Auditor General has been unable to completely audit the books of the Council for many years, due to sloppy recording-keeping and missing records even though the necessity for proper accounting records and procedures have been raised and should be known to the Town Clerk and City Treasurer.The Council’s Finance Committee, headed by Councillor Oscar Clarke, approves all expenditure for the Council, but it has never presented any detailed reports of payments it has approved, or contracts which it has examined and approved. In other words, no contract for any project has ever been presented to the full Council for examination and approval, except for the parking meter contract, which was released under extreme public pressure.The Finance Committee has never presented any report on the people who were granted amnesty, reductions or waivers on interest on rates & taxes owed to Council. The 2018 budget for the Council has not yet been presented, and while some discussions were held, it was discovered by myself and a few Councillors that highly inaccurate and misleading financial information was included in the draft budget proposal, including $414 million in liabilities without any meaningful details.Laws governing tendering for products/services over $250,000 are routinely being disregarded, while the Town Clerk’s office waits until the problems become so large that massive contracts have to be handed out for issues that could have been resolved with routine maintenance and repairs.Council has been deducting National Insurance Scheme, Guyana Revenue Authority and Credit Union contributions from employees’ salaries, but has not been paying these sums of money to those entities which I first raised in the Council.In fact, the union representing the employees threatened strike action a few days ago, demanding that those contributions and outstanding salaries be paid immediately.No reports have ever been presented on the amounts owed to those entities, but when the City Treasurer Ron McCalmon was pressed for details at the last statutory meeting, he verbally reported that $138 million was owed to Guyana Revenue Authority for employees’ income taxes; $116 million plus $9 million in interest was owed to the National Insurance Scheme, and $36 million is owed to the employees’ credit union.I demanded that a written report be presented to all Councillors, but I am doubtful that it will ever be presented, since requests for many other reports have not been fulfilled by the Town Clerk, who is in charge of administration.Yours sincerely,Bishram Kuppen – CouncillorMayor and Councillors of the City of Georgetown
Three persons are now in Police custody after they were found, in two separate searches, in possession of illegal guns and ammunition.The gun and ammo that were thrown out of the vehicle on the EBDIn the first instance, two Georgetown residents were arrested following a brief chase along the East Bank of Demerara (EBD). Based on information received, ranks of a mobile patrol at Diamond, EBD, on Wednesday afternoon observed a male acting in a suspicious manner while entering public transport in front of the Diamond hospital.At the time, the vehicle was on the western side of the road facing north. The ranks decided to approach the vehicle and upon seeing the Police, the driver sped away. However, the patrol ranks gave chase and, subsequently, intercepted the vehicle along the East Bank Public Road.The weapon found on the Sophia residentAccording to the Police, it was observed upon intercepting the vehicle that the driver had thrown out an object. Upon checking, ranks found an unlicensed .32 pistol along with 12 live matching rounds.Both the 26-year-old driver of James Street, Albouystown, Georgetown, and the 28-year-old occupant, a security guard of Perry Street, Tucville, Georgetown, were arrested.They are currently assisting with the investigation. Meanwhile, the vehicle has been impounded.With regard to the second case, a tip on Tuesday evening led ranks of the Guyana Police Force’s Narcotics Branch to arrest a male who was found in possession of an illegal weapon.According to Police reports, the discovery was made around 19:20h.The ranks, acting on information received, went to a location at Dennis Street, Sophia, Greater Georgetown. While there, they arrested a resident of the community after he was found in possession of an unlicensed .32 revolver without ammunition.The suspect has since been taken into custody, where he is assisting with further investigations.
The upcoming rainy season has left much worry among residents of Alexander Village and West Ruimveldt, Georgetown who are concerned as to whether their homes will be flooded for the holidays as canals remain overgrown with bushes and aquatic shrubbery.During a visit to the area on Wednesday, villagers irritably lamented the fact that the trench which borders Hunter Street and Alexander Village has not been cleared in several months. Consequently, it is very difficult for water to drain from the lands and exit the area.Shanaz Ally, who resides in Alexander Village, related that while the seasonal flooding is the main issue, the community is also at risk from dangerous organismsCanal overgrown with vegetation along Hunter Street, Georgetownwhich reside in the waters.“We’ve had several calls being made about snakes and other animals living in the water because City Hall is not making any effort to clean the trench. There is so much bush growing in the trench that it comes on the road,” she stated.Her concerns were shared by a neighbour who also commented that the Mayor and City Council has made no efforts to remedy the situation.“We called them a few times to look at it because it is not nice to look at and then the drainage is a problem but nobody ever does anything or even send someone to clear it. I think once last year I saw somebody come and that was it,” the aggravated man said.The West Ruimveldt canal is also overgrown with vegetation and as such, cannot effectively irrigate the lands, causing severe flooding disasters in the rainy season. In the past, calls were made before this season approached since many were aware of the threats posed by the clogged canal.Guyana Times understands that the canal has been neglected for some time now and as such, it is clogged with not just the vegetation but also silt and debris.“What happen is that all this bush and tree grow up in the trench and nobody really clear it out from the start so that’s why that’s happening now. The water don’t have nowhere to go and the place looking like a jungle,” one of the locals was quoted as saying during a previous encounter.Floyd King Stuart, a usual victim of the flooding, had noted at that time that he has been residing in the area for over 20 years and the flooding situation has only worsened with time. In some instances, the water rose by more than two feet since the Front Road canal is heavily silted and overgrown with vegetation.According to residents, the vegetation needs to be cleared after which the silt can be removed to provide long-term results.Meanwhile, over at Laing Avenue, persons were having irrigation issues due to the presence of garbage in the waterway.
Dant claimed an exciting 10-run victory over nemesis Sunshine on Saturday at Ashtonbee Park, Scarborough, Toronto where the 2018 Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL) 10-over competition climaxed.Former Guyana and West Indies One-Day International versatile all-rounder Royston CrandonDant, who have been dominating the League’s three formats this season thus far, won the toss and opted to bat first. They then set up a challenging 91-7 upon the expiration of the 10 overs.They also bowled well on a day blessed with glorious sunshine as they restricted Sunshine to 81-5.Former Guyana and West Indies One-Day International versatile all-rounder Royston Crandon hit a responsible 41 for Dant which included three sixes and a four.The right-handed Crandon also featured in a steady 39-run fourth-wicket stand with ex-Guyana First-Class skipper Damodar Daesarth, who contributed 14 runs.Veteran bowler Bobby Pararsnauth was on target throughout his two-over spell conceding only four runs and grabbing two wickets while Anil Mahadeo supported with two wickets as well which cost him 29 runs from two overs.When Sunshine batted, they began things nicely racking up 36 runs from just four overs, but there was a setback after three quick wickets, leaving them to get 20 runs from two overs. Azam Haniff scored 21 while Imran Ali also showed fine form with an attacking 18. Satrohan Balkarran claimed two wickets for six runs from two frugal overs as well while Bholonauth Bunty accounted for a victim during his two-over stint that went for nine runs.Crandon was later named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for his attractive innings. In the consolation game that was played simultaneously, Rems got the better of Enmore Sports Club by 26 runs. In the Conference B championship game, GTA Storm humbled Restoration Warriors while Wakenaam defeated Carr Tec.At the presentation ceremony just after the games, OSCL President Albert Ramcharran expressed appreciation to the teams that took part in the competition and also thanked the main sponsor for the 10-over tournament that began two months ago. The main sponsor is Hari Sukhu of Caribbean Sensation. Ramcharran, who has been a founding member of the League which was formed just over two decades ago, also declared that a team would be picked soon to represent the League at the upcoming Guyana Cup softball tournament.Meanwhile, the Norman Sue-Bakery 15-over final is slated for this weekend at the same venue. Sunshine will be opposing Better Hope on this occasion commencing at 09:00h. (Ravi Madholall)
Inter Milan are set to pip arch rivals AC Milan and win the race to sign Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic, according to reports in Italy.Former City boss Roberto Mancini, who is now in charge of the Nerazzurri, brought the Serbian international to the Ethiad Stadium in 2012 and is keen to recapture his signature again.Nastasic, 21, has only featured once this term – he was part of the City side beaten 3-0 against Arsenal in the Community Shield in August – and is reportedly determined to move on in the January transfer window.According to the Corriere dello Sport, Inter are poised to sign the defender on loan with a view to a permanent switch next summer.Since joining the Manchester club from Fiorentina, Nastasic has made 51 appearances and was part of the club’s title-winning team last season. Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic battles Arsenal’s Yaya Sanogo 1
Jimmy is still winning matches and now all the boys have jobs.Donegal manager Jim McGuinness issued an SOS recently looking to get secure employment for his players.At the time at least five of his players including Ryan Bradley, Anthony Thompson, Leo McLoone, Paddy McGrath and Eamonn McGee were struggling to find work. McGuinness was outspoken in saying the players had put their lives on hold for Donegal and they deserved jobs.But as the team continue their defence of their All-Ireland title, the Glenties man has revealed all the lads are now working.However he said they still need security if they are to continue to play for their county.“We have got them all employed, we worked very hard on that. “The jobs they are in are good and they are happy in their jobs but we would like to get them into jobs where there is a bit of security, so if they want to get married or get a mortgage, there is something available to them.“For some of them that is not the case at the moment,” he said. NOW JIMMY’S LADS ARE ALL WORKING HARD – OFF THE PITCH! was last modified: June 21st, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAJim McGuinnessjobs
LOS ANGELES (AP) – A man who opened fire on a lawyer who dodged and ducked behind a tree in a videotaped attack outside the Van Nuys courthouse was sentenced Friday to life in prison plus 25 years. William Strier, 66, shot attorney Gerald Curry five times in the neck, arms and shoulder outside the courthouse on Oct. 31, 2003. A television cameraman covering the murder trial of actor Robert Blake videotaped Strier emptying two handguns while Curry bobbed, weaved and crouched behind the slender tree. Strier, who attended the hearing on a gurney because of back problems, was removed from the courtroom before the sentence was announced because he was disruptive. After the sentencing, Curry, 55, said he was satisfied Strier will never leave prison. Strier testified at trial that he couldn’t remember shooting Curry, that he had taken pain medication, a diet pill and two shots of whiskey earlier that day. His attorney, Arna Zlotnick, said Strier will be eligible for parole in about 30 years. She also said her client was remorseful about the attack on Curry. Strier was taken from the courtroom after he started to read a prepared statement condemning the jury for his conviction. The judge warned Strier he could not blame attorneys or others in his remarks. “I would hope at this time you would have something to say to Mr. Curry,” the judge said. Strier ignored the judge’s warning and Rubin ordered him removed. “I have a right to make these statements,” Strier said. He could be heard yelling from a holding area and complaining that the earphones he was wearing were not working. “I’m not hearing one word,” he said. Curry said the outburst was expected. “He simply doesn’t want to accept the inevitable,” he said. After the shooting, Strier calmly pocketed his guns and walked away, saying “That’s what you get for taking my money.” He was then tackled by a traffic court judge who also was a reserve sheriff’s deputy. Prosecutors said he was upset with the outcome of a hearing that day in which Curry and another person received fees for their work on a $98,000 trust fund that Strier received after he was struck by a car. Zlotnick argued at trial that Strier believed his trust had been mismanaged and said he simply “lost his mind” during the attack.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 “I think he’s a dangerous man,” he said. In January, a Superior Court jury convicted Strier of premeditated attempted murder with special circumstances that he discharged a firearm and caused great bodily injury. The judge gave Strier the maximum sentence, citing a probation report that noted Strier shot a neighbor for no apparent reason in 1969. The victim was shot four times but survived. Strier was initially convicted of assault, but it was later dismissed. In that case, Strier “did exactly what he did in this case – zoned out” when he was arrested, Superior Court Judge Rand S. Rubin said. “It worked for him the last time. It didn’t work this time,” Rubin said.
WHITTIER – Whittier police Sgt. Kent Miller has seen young people barely able to walk, stand or talk after “huffing,” or inhaling chemicals from common household products for a high. Miller told attendees how to recognize a “huffer” at an “Inhalant Abuse Update” lecture held in honor of National Inhalants and Poisons Awareness Week at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Tuesday night. He said that inhalant experimentation usually begins in pre-teens, and can be as simple as breathing in gas from a butane lighter or vapors from a marker. “This doesn’t require a drug dealer,” said Miller. “It’s right in the home or schools. They don’t require paraphernalia to use, there’s no unusual odor and it’s easily explained away.” According to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition, one in five people will experiment with inhalants such as nitrous oxide from cans of whipped cream, correction fluid, hair spray, air freshener and hundreds of other products before entering the eighth grade. Often, huffers will spray the product into a bag and sniff it to get high, said Miller. Some people fill latex balloons with nitrous oxide. Jason Verde, 22, of Whittier was gunned down on Aug. 20, 2005 allegedly after a fight with a rival “party crew” over a nitrous oxide balloon. The effects can be euphoric feelings, loss of inhibition and loss of consciousness. Long-term use can cause brain damage, loss of verbal and social skills, memory and hearing loss, limb spasms, and liver, kidney and bone marrow damage. Huffing can also cause death when the body is overwhelmed by the chemicals. Death can occur at any stage of inhalant abuse. Araceli Flanagan, 59, attended Tuesday’s lecture. Flanagan is a nurse at Los Nietos School District, and wanted to learn how to spot a huffer and how to help them recover. “I want to learn awareness and sensitivity,” said Flanagan. “How to speak with students with this problem.” Miller said that parents, teachers, friends and counselors should be aware of the signs of inhalant abuse: a drop in grades at school, many bottles of huffing products in their room, skipping school classes and stealing. Also, paint stains on their mouth, clothes and hands can be a sign of huffing. “If they seem drunk, dazed or dizzy,” Miller said. “Red, runny eyes and nose, chemical breath, weight loss and unexplainable products in the trash are signs.” firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!