first_imgPLEIN AIR, INDIA MANTUANA & AMBOSELI ALL PROMINENT AMONG 10 FILLIES & MARES IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ASTRA STAKES AT 1 ½ MILES ON TURFSPECIAL EARLY FIRST POST TIME FOR 10-RACE CARD AT 12 NOONARCADIA, Calif. (Jan. 17, 2019)–Bob Baffert’s Irish-bred Plein Air is back to defend her title in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Astra Stakes at Santa Anita, as she, along with Ray Bell’s Mantuana and Jim Cassidy’s Amboseli, head a wide open field of 10 fillies and mares going a marathon mile and one half on turf.In what was her U.S. debut, Plein Air was an impressive gate to wire winner of the 2018 Astra, which was subsequently upgraded to Grade III status.  Winless in two subsequent starts, the 5-year-old mare comes into Sunday’s Astra on the heels of six month freshening, which is just how she approached last year’s running.Claimed three starts back out of a $40,000 claiming win at 1 3/8 miles on turf Aug. 22, India Mantuana could prove a menacing obstacle to Plein Air, as she exits a sharp gate to wire score in the marathon Grade III Red Carpet Handicap going 1 3/8 miles on grass at Del Mar Nov. 22.D P Racing’s Amboseli, although winless in her last 16 starts, has kept good company and is best suited as a deep closer, a style that might fit well given the running styles of the top two.PLEIN AIROwner:  Sunny Brook Stables, LLCTrainer:  Bob BaffertOff at 7-1 in her U.S. debut with Tyler Baze, she was then favored in her next two turf starts, a fifth place finish in the Grade III Santa Barbara Stakes at 1 ½ miles April 28 and in the ungraded Possibly Perfect, at a mile and one quarter on June 3.  With Drayden Van Dyke set to ride for the first time, look for Plein Air to bounce back to good form and be forwardly placed on Sunday.INDIA MANTUANAOwner:  Richard A. BellTrainer:  T.R. BellRidden by Tyler Baze in his last three starts, this 5-year-old Kentucky-bred mare by Wilburn has responded with a pair of front-running wins.  In her Red Carpet triumph, India Mantuana, who was off at 18-1, opened up by six lengths after the first half mile and held sway late by a half-length going 1 3/8 miles on turf.  Unlike many others in the Astra lineup, India Mantuana has won a good percentage of her lifetime starts, evidenced by her overall mark of 24-6-2-4.  Her primary obstacles on Sunday would appear to be Plein Air and K P Pergoliscious, who’ve both done their best running when on the lead.AMBOSELIOwner:  D P Racing, LLCTrainer:  Jim CassidyAlthough she has but two wins from 25 lifetime starts, this 7-year-old Maddalia d’Oro mare has a dependable come from behind style, which could make her extra dangerous in a lineup that includes three speedsters such as Plein Air, India Mantuana and K P Pergoliscious.  Most recently fifth, beaten      3 ½ lengths by highly regarded Fahan Mura in the Grade III Robert J. Frankel at 1 1/8 miles on turf Dec. 29, look for Amboseli to be much further back early in the Astra as Kent Desormeaux tries to time her late run just right.THE GRADE III ASTRA STAKES WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS IN POST POSITION ORDERRace 8 of 10                                        Approximate post time 3:30 p.m. PTCheekaboo–Joel Rosario–118Lynne’s Legacy–Alonso Quinonez–120Arctic Roll–Ruben Fuentes–118Amboseli–Kent Desormeaux–118Plein Air–Drayden Van Dyke–118Trust Fund Kitty–Brice Blanc–118Copper Fever–Joe Talamo–118K P Pergoliscious–Mike Smith–118India Mantuana–Tyler Baze–122Pantsonfire–Flavien Prat–118Special early first post time for a 10-race card on Sunday is at 12 noon.  For additional information, please visit or call (626) 574-RACE.last_img read more

Nadal: “It was my best game, by far, without a doubt”

first_imgBodily state: “The bodily is in line with the extent of play and sensations, should you play worse, bodily you appear worse; should you throw the ball the place you need you’re already positioned the place you count on to be, your place is what you need and visually the observe opens. So, bodily you look higher. I’m wonderful, I have to proceed on this line. Tomorrow I’ve to substantiate it in coaching. I did what I’ve to do if I need to succeed right here, with willpower and importing to the community once I performed ”.Sufirmiento: “Struggling suffers different individuals on this world, we little, what we’ve is small, we cross it our approach, however it isn’t good to say. You probably have worse emotions you take pleasure in much less. That you must discover sensations, I felt higher in coaching than within the competitors. If you happen to win you might have choices to enhance. ”Kyrgios and Khachanov: “They’re two totally different gamers, Kyrgios is a nice expertise, has one of many best providers on the planet and is troublesome to play as a result of he has selection in each approach and is ready to play at a very excessive degree. Khachanov is aggressive, hits the underside of the courtroom properly, has play, youth and energy. I’ve to play at a excessive degree, if it won’t be harder. There are already the best on the planet. ” Enchancment: “I all the time strive to not idiot anybody. I stated I wanted to enhance. I did many issues properly, I was very protected with the service, I modified the drive a lot in direction of the parallel and did extra harm with the crusader. I had the clearest recreation perspective. I attacked very straight. I already stated that the balls are heavy, which favor one other kind of participant. Though with the warmth and day it turns into extra constructive for me. I made the kind of recreation that fits me, with the reverse turned as a tactical ingredient and to assault as a result of it provides me the chance to throw lengthy. I had extra pleasure on the degree of unconcern, of self-confidence when hitting the ball. I went from having regular sensations to very constructive ones. ” “It has been my best recreation up to now within the match, with a lot of distinction in comparison with the opposite days, without any doubt. I bought good and I harm the drive ”, it was that resounding Rafael Nadal when requested at a press convention about his apparent enchancment within the recreation, after profitable Pablo Carreño within the third spherical of the Australian Open. Then he abounded on that and different points.last_img read more

Heavyweight great Lennox Lewis: ‘Heart says Pacquiao, mind says Broner’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We will see if Pac still has gas in the tank,” said Lewis who also tweeted that he’ll be scoring the fight on @FightScoreCard.Heart says Pac. Mind says Broner. We will see if Pac still has gas in the tank. Don’t know anything about who @BadouJack is fighting but I’m going with Badou! STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs— Lennox Lewis (@LennoxLewis) January 20, 2019 Manny Pacquiao arrives at MGM Grand for welterweight title defense Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Pacquiao (60-7-2) is on his first title defense of the WBA World welterweight strap after he won the title from Lucas Matthysee in July 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.Lewis retired with a professional record of 41-2-1 and once held the IBF, IBO, and WBC World heavyweight titles in different times across in his career.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img View comments MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (L) and Adrien Broner face off during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 18, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao will defend his title against Broner on January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Former heavyweight king Lennox Lewis couldn’t decide which side to put his money on between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner, who are set to slug it out at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.Lewis, regarded as the last undisputed World heavyweight champion, said his “heart says Pac. Mind says Broner.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Sooba, Whittaker, Collymore nominated by PPP/C

first_imgLocal Government CommissionFormer Acting Town Clerk Carol Sooba and former Local Government Ministers Norman Whittaker and Clinton Collymore have been nominated as the People’s Progressive Party/Civic’s representatives to the Local Government Commission (LGC).This was disclosed by Opposition Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, during a press conference on Wednesday at the Party’s headquarters, Freedom House, Robb Street.She noted that the names have already been dispatched to Communities Minister Ronald Bulkan.Minister Bulkan had complained in the past of the delay in the establishment of the Commission, blaming the PPP/C Opposition for holding up the process by not naming their nominees.However, Teixeira had lambasted the Minister for being misleading, explaining that he never followed the correct procedures to formally request that the names be submitted by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo.Last month, Bulkan disclosed only one member from the Government’s side has been confirmed to serve on the commission, while other nominees are yet to be confirmed.The Commission will consist of eight members: four Government nominees, three from the parliamentary Opposition and one from a parliamentary process.Following the historic return of Local Government Elections, tensions and controversy have surrounded the establishment of some of the local democratic organs.As such, calls were made for the establishment of the LGC, which will have oversight over the various local authorities in the country.last_img read more

Bandit killed, 2 injured in foiled Republic Bank robbery

first_img…employee among injured bandits…dead bandit ID’d as senior Policeman’s son, studied in ChinaChaos erupted in downtown Georgetown early Tuesday morning when armed bandits invaded the Water Street branch of Republic Bank Limited in a failed attempt to cart off cash. The three-man attack ended with one of the bandits being killed, while his two accomplices were injured during a shootout with the Police.Dead is 24-year-old Elton Wray, also known as “Peas”, an agronomy graduate, who lived in Eccles, East Bank Demerara (EBD) and worked as a research assistant at the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI). He was also the son of a senior Police official.His accomplices were Keron Saunders of Mocha Arcadia, EBD, and 24-year-old Jamal Haynes of Norton Street, Georgetown, an employee attached to Republic Bank.The dead man’s car being towed into the Brickdam Police StationAccording to reports reaching Guyana Times, the three men drove up to the Bank around 07:30h on Tuesday, just as employees were entering the building.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum told this publication that the men were transported in a vehicle, which was reportedly hijacked on Monday night.The gunmen entered the financial institution via the inner door of the ATM booth which they accessed from the exterior of the Bank.As panic broke out among the employees, Haynes held hostage one of his bank colleagues and made his way into the nearby Vendor’s Arcade.At this point, security guards at the Bank opened fire on the bandits, forcing the now dead man to escape the building, while the third member later surrendered himself to the Police.This newspaper spoke with eyewitnesses who were at the time plying their trade in the nearby Vendor’s Arcade. They disclosed that Wray had escaped into a “cook shop” located in the Arcade to where he was trailed by the Police.He managed to make his way into the kitchen of the establishment, where he attempted to seek refuge in disguise as a cook. However, employees at that entity raised an alarm which resulted in Wray being shot by Police.The bandit was then rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital along with Haynes and Saunders, but was pronounced dead on arrival while his accomplices were admitted for treatment.Commander of A Division (Georgetown-East Bank), Marlon Chapman told the media that three high-powered pistols were recovered from the crime scene.The dead man was a beneficiary of a Government of Guyana scholarship to China and graduated with a degree in agronomy. He was serving his second year of the five-year obligatory contract and was working for $186,000 a month.About 18:00h on Tuesday, Police swooped down on a Juke Nissan with registration PWW 1552, which was parked at Plaza Bridge, South Ruimveldt. Reports are residents reported that the strange vehicle was parked in the vicinity all day. When a search was conducted, it was discovered that the vehicle was registered to the dead bandit.Unsuccessful attemptMeanwhile, Republic Bank Limited (RBL), in a statement on Tuesday, said that “the bandits were unsuccessful in their robbery attempt”.Moreover, Managing Director Richard Sammy relayed, “Our greatest concern at this point rests upon the safety and well-being of our staff and customers.”Gratitude was extended to the Guyana Police Force and the private security personnel of the Professional Guard Services for their prompt response in preventing the situation from escalating further, as the Bank pledged its full support in the investigation of the crime.The Water Street location is now closed until further notice, as the Bank initiates a trauma assistance process for staff members.Further investigations are ongoing.last_img read more

Huskies holding annual general meeting next week

first_imgThe Fort St. John Huskies will be holding their AGM on May 12. The meeting will be at 7 p.m. inside of the Fort St. John Minor Hockey Association office at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The gathering will cover a variety of topics including plans for the 2015-2016 season, and vacancies on the executive, ranging from president, vice-president, and directors.“The president looks after the running of the whole organization,” said general manager Jeremy Clothier. “They deal with the league, with myself the GM, and on team matters. The person we’re looking for hopefully will have a little bit of experience in that sort of role, or some business experience.”- Advertisement -The club will also be discussing ways to increase attendance for the upcoming season.Anyone is welcome to attend.last_img read more

10 greatest achievements in English football ranked: Man United, Liverpool, Arsenal and more fight for top spot

first_imgOn 21 March 2015, Leicester City were rock bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of safety, with nine games remaining.The Foxes had won four games from 29 and were odds on to go down.Then everything changed.Having lost six of their previous eight Premier League games, Leicester won six of their next eight, drawing one, to secure survival with a game to spare.It was an incredible achievement, but what makes it all the more remarkable now is that the Foxes are leading the division almost 12 months later.According to regular talkSPORT contributor and former Manchester City star Rodney Marsh, a title victory for Leicester – which would be the first in the club’s 132-year history – would be the greatest achievement in English football history. 10. West Ham in 1975 (above), Manchester City in 1969, Bolton Wanderers in 1958 and West Bromwich Albion in 1888 – the only teams to win the FA Cup final with an all-English line up – Although players from overseas dominating English football feels like a modern development, non-English players have been a key feature of professional football in the country since the 19th century. Scottish players in particular were much sought after by the earliest professional teams, and in the history of the FA Cup – which stretches back to 1872 – only four teams consisting entirely of English players have won the final. That record now looks unlikely to ever be broken, and for that reason the four sides in question make it into the top 10 of our countdown of the greatest achievements in English football history. 12 Where would a Leicester City Premier League title rank among the greatest achievements in English football history? Check out our top 10 – just click the arrow above to count down to the greatest achievement English football has ever seen – The Foxes are five points clear at the top of the Premier League, having beaten many people’s favourites for the title, Manchester City, away from home. With 13 games to go, suddenly the prospect of a Leicester City title-winning season appears to be very realistic, which is all the more incredible considering that less than a year ago they were considered certainties to be relegated. 12 3. Liverpool’s European Cup dominance – Winning the European Cup once is an immense achievement, but a handful of clubs can claim to have defined an era by winning the famous trophy on multiple occasions in a short space of time. Most recently, Barcelona’s Champions League success has firmly marked the last decade as the Catalan club’s era, while previously Real Madrid, Ajax, Bayern Munich and AC Milan put their stamp on the tournament with golden periods. But only one English club can truly be said to have defined a European Cup era. Liverpool won the trophy four times between 1977 and 1984, in the process carving the club’s name into European Cup history. In that period, English clubs won seven out of eight European Cup finals, as Nottingham Forest (twice) and Aston Villa (once) also claimed ‘old big ears’. But it was Liverpool’s mastery of the most prestigious competition in Europe that was most impressive, including qualifying for the tournament nine years in a row when only league champions or European Cup holders were admitted. 12 12 8. Wimbledon’s rise from non-league to FA Cup winners in 11 years – While Wimbledon’s 1988 FA Cup final win over runaway league champions Liverpool was an upset in itself, it’s often forgotten that the Dons were one of English football’s best teams when they faced the Reds at Wembley. When they reached the 1988 FA Cup final, Wimbledon were en route to a seventh-place finish in their second top flight season, having finished sixth a year earlier. Indeed, the Dons had beaten Liverpool at Anfield in 1987, in their debut top flight campaign. The real fairytale was in the club’s remarkable rise through the pyramid system of the English game. While Liverpool had first played among the elite in the 19th century, Wimbledon only reached the fourth tier in 1977, at a time when the Reds were winning European Cups. To reach the First Division in nine years as the Dons did was astonishing, but to cap it all with the FA Cup, against the most dominant team in the land at that time, was nothing short of remarkable. 12 7. Ipswich Town winning the First Division title in their first season in the top flight – Not only did Ipswich Town claim the top flight title in 1962 just 12 months after being crowned Division Two champions, they did so in the club’s debut season among England’s elite. Managed by a certain Alf Ramsey, the Tractor Boys stunned the opposition by finishing top of the pile, playing to their strengths, with Ray Crawford, Dougie Moran and Ted Phillips scoring 33, 13 and 28 goals respectively. With defending champions Tottenham perhaps sidetracked by reaching the last four of the European Cup as well as the FA Cup final, where they beat Burnley – Ipswich’s nearest challengers in the league – Ramsey’s team seized their opportunity to make history. As if to emphasise how spectacular this success was, Ipswich finished 17th a year later, just two points above the relegation places. Ramsey, meanwhile, would go on to be appointed England manager and he didn’t do too badly in that role, either. 6. Tottenham’s double-winning season of 1960/61 – By the end of the 20th century, winning the league and cup double in England had almost become commonplace. Man United claimed both trophies in 1994 and 1996, followed by Arsenal doubles in 1998 and 2002, with Man United’s treble (including Champions League) coming in 1999. But for decades, the idea of a club winning both the top flight title and the FA Cup had seemed a dream. Granted, Preston and Aston Villa had achieved doubles in 1889 and 1897, respectively, but when Spurs embarked on their momentous 1960/61 campaign, it was very much a Holy Grail in the English game. Bearing in mind that in those days the FA Cup was as prestigious, if not more so, than the First Division title, the magnitude of Spurs’ achievement at a time when the maximum wage rule made for a more competitive era, was far greater than a double win would be in 2016. The Lilywhites set a top flight record by winning their first 11 games of the season and won the title with what would now be 97 points, then beat Leicester at Wembley. 9. Wigan Athletic’s FA Cup triumph in 2013 – Of the 17 finals prior to Wigan’s shock victory in 2013, 15 had been won by a combination of Man United, Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. Of the other two, Man City took the honours in 2011, having become one of the richest clubs in the world, and Portsmouth upset the applecart in 2008, albeit having spent large sums, beyond their means, which nearly forced the club out of business and sent them plummeting down to the fourth tier. All of which makes Wigan’s win completely at odds with modern football’s expectations. The Latics beat a Man City team that had won the Premier League 12 months previously, and would go on to win it again in 2014, to lift the cup. What made it all even more astonishing was that Wigan were also relegated from the top flight in 2013, and have since gone down to the third tier (without a hint of the financial woes suffered by Pompey). 12 12 5. Arsenal’s unbeaten Premier League season – After Arsenal went unbeaten away from home as they clinched the 2001/02 Premiership title, Arsene Wenger made a bold proclamation the following September: “I am still hopeful we can go through the season unbeaten – a frightening thought.” The Gunners not only lost six games in 2002/03, they also lost their title to Man United, prompting the BBC’s Stuart Roach to declare that Wenger’s unbeaten season comment would “go down under the heading of ‘things you wish you’d never said’.” But with the benefit of hindsight, it’s clear to see that Arsenal were building towards something very special, and in 2003/04 Wenger’s side managed to achieve an unblemished league campaign, winning the title without a single defeat in 38 matches. The unbeaten run would stretch to an English record 49 games, across three seasons, and the Premier League awarded the club a specially commissioned gold trophy (pictured above) to mark their achievement. 12 12 12 1. England’s 1966 World Cup win – There could be only one winner when it comes to English football’s greatest achievement. It’s no secret that the country which gave the globe Association Football was swiftly usurped when it came to any claim of being the masters of the game. By the 1960s, Brazil were the undoubted kings of football, while Italy, West Germany, Uruguay and plenty of others could claim to be ahead of the English. Little has changed before or since 1966, but for one glorious summer, on home turf, England took on the best the rest of the world could offer and were crowned number one. Half a century later, the prospect of England winning the World Cup again feels further away than ever, which only serves to shine the spotlight on the boys of ’66 even more. 12 It’s hard to argue with that assertion, but it’s worth a reminder of some of the greatest achievements connected with the game’s founding nation.Take a look at our top 10 in the slideshow above, and let us know what you consider to be the number one – just leave a comment below. 2. Nottingham Forest’s back-to-back European Cups – When Brian Clough took the Nottingham Forest manager’s job in 1975, the club was 13th in Division Two. By 1977 he had steered them to promotion, having finished third in the Second Division. Clough had previously taken Forest’s local rivals Derby from the second tier to the top of the English football tree, but it was still remarkable when Forest pipped reigning First Division and European champions Liverpool to the title in 1978, in their first campaign back in the top division. Aided by right-hand man Peter Taylor, Clough then inspired Forest to European Cup victory in 1979, knocking holders Liverpool out along the way, and followed it up with another victory in the 1980 final. Arguably the smallest club to ever win the European Cup, Forest remain the only club to have won the continent’s most prestigious competition more times than they have claimed their own domestic championship. As every year passes, this achievement appears more and more astounding. 4. Manchester United’s treble – While Celtic had achieved a quadruple in 1967 and Dutch clubs Ajax and PSV had won a continental treble of European Cup, national title and national cup, no English team had achieved the feat until Manchester United’s phenomenal 1998/99 campaign. Liverpool came close in 1977, only to lose the FA Cup final to United in between winning the title and European Cup. Liverpool’s 1984 treble, meanwhile, consisted of European Cup, First Division and League Cup, but in 1999 the Red Devils added the FA Cup to their Premier League title, then the Champions League in sensational style with two last gasp goals against Bayern Munich. A roller coaster campaign also featured titanic comebacks against Juventus, Liverpool and Arsenal in the cups, while the Premier League was secured on the last day with yet another comeback, against Tottenham. Though Sir Alex Ferguson experienced almost four decades of glory, nothing else he achieved could match United’s treble for electrifying, attacking football and sheer spirit. 12last_img read more

Few apply for help on opening day of consolidated disaster assistance

first_imgCanyon Country resident Sarah Darabi didn’t have electricity or phone service until Thursday, so she applied for FEMA aid at the Santa Clarita center Friday. Her house survived the wildfires, but her spa and swimming pool were damaged. “I consider myself lucky,” said Darabi, 50. “Several of my neighbors lost their homes.” She said she came to see if she could get a loan for repairs. “I got a lot of information,” said Darabi, who had to evacuate her home with her two sons and her mother Sunday. “At this point, I don’t know if I qualify or not.” Visitors to the centers are first asked whether they have applied for aid with FEMA. If they haven’t, a bank of telephones is available for them to call. Residents from outside Los Angeles County who have been affected by wildfires and are staying in the area can also apply for federal and state help at the local centers, Tafoya said. (661) 257-5253 Help available Centers for people affected by this week’s wildfires opened Friday in Santa Clarita and Castaic. They are open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. The Santa Clarita center is at the George A. Caravalho Sports Complex, Activity Center, Canyon Rooms (A and B), 20880 Centre Pointe Parkway. The Castaic center is at the Castaic Sports Complex, 31230 N. Castaic Road. Mail information: General delivery: Customers can go to their local post office to pick up their mail with proper photo identification. Temporary change of address: Customers staying with family or friends for extended periods of time may file a temporary change of address. Application forms are available at all post offices and at online. Forwarded mail is received in about four to five delivery days. Permanent change of address: Customers planning to permanently relocate should initiate the change-of-address process. Movers’ guides are available at all post offices. Address changes can also be submitted online at General information is also available at (800) 275-8777.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – John and Teresa Lewis, whose Canyon Country home suffered serious water and smoke damage from the Buckweed Fire, visited the local assistance center in Santa Clarita on Friday hoping to get the help and information they need to rebuild. They talked to federal, state and county representatives gathered at the city’s sports complex to help residents affected by the recent wildfires. “We are just trying to look at the different options we have for assistance and getting our home back together,” said John Lewis, 36. “It’s kind of a mess.” Despite the one-stop shopping for disaster-related assistance Friday, few people took advantage of having 30 federal, state, county and local agencies available in one place. A local assistance center also opened in Castaic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Representatives from agencies including the American Red Cross, the Department of Motor Vehicles, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Southern California Edison are ready to point residents in the right direction. “Everything is here for them at one time,” said Anne Maria Tafoya, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Office of Emergency Management. “They don’t have to go to 30 different places.” The Small Business Administration provides federal disaster loans for homeowners, renters and businesses. “We are here to help the applicants and make it as easy as possible for them to return to how they were the day before the disaster occurred,” said SBA spokesman Kevin Wynne. “We want to get them whole again.” Michael McCormick, a FEMA spokesman, encouraged residents to apply for the agency’s aid before arriving at the centers to save themselves time. Applicants can call (800) 621-3362 or go to online. last_img read more


first_imgA YOUTH group in Buncrana is celebrating today – after a judge ordered plasma TVs and computer games seized in a garda raid should be given to them.The application to give them to the Plasma Drop-In Centre was made by barrister Patricia McLaughlin on behalf of the State after a Ballybofey man was convicted of possession of stolen property in a creeper burglar case.Eddie Crerand, 29, was jailed for three years after the proceeds of up to nine burglaries were found in a caravan he was renting in Clonmany. But a garda told the court that officers who raided the caravan found more valuable goods which had not been taken in those nine raids.Efforts to trace owners had proved fruitless and Ms McLaughlin applied for them to be donated to charity.The items included Playstation games and equipment, TVs and ipods.Judge John O’Hagan, pictured, granted the request.Court report here:© 2011, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on us on FOR YOUTH PROJECT AS JUDGE ORDERS CRIME GOODS HANDOVER was last modified: February 8th, 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)last_img read more