first_imgGARY STEVENS, 1996 WOOLF AWARD WINNER, BROTHER TO SCOTT STEVENS: “I’m not going to say a whole lot, but we’re super proud he has mentored myself and so many of these riders behind me. He deserved this long before I did, I’m so proud, congratulations Scott.”SCOTT STEVENS, 2019 WOOLF AWARD WINNER: “It’s such an honor, I was honored to be nominated, and then to win. Gary is supposed to be the speaker of the family and he got choked up, so it says a lot for the way we were brought up by our Mom and Dad. They were not here today but we know they are with us, they’re our biggest fans and I’m just so honored.”last_img

It Would be “Good for All to Become Baha’is”

first_imgBaha’i s and friends after the indoor program. SRSG Farid Zarif saysFarid Zarif, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (SRSG), over the weekend hailed the teachings of the Baha’i Faith, saying it would be “good if all humankind become Baha’is.”Zarif made the statement when he served as keynote speaker on the occasion marking the celebration of the 200th birth anniversary of the founder of the Baha’i Faith – Baha’u’llah, which was observed in Monrovia.He said that the teachings of the faith of the new manifestation of God are unique, “because they present hope and solutions to the world’s problems.”Founded in 1844 in Persia, now Iran, the Baha’i Faith is the latest of all independent world religions whose teachings call for the unification of mankind and religions, and the recognition and respect for the unique singularity of God, the Almighty.It discourages discrimination in all forms and manners and promotes universal peace, universal education, equality of men and women, justice for all and the advancement of civilization at all levels of human existence.“I am not really a good scholar of Baha’i, but considering the little I know about its principles, I believe we should all be Baha’is,” Zarif noted amid rousing applause.“Baha’is belief does not seek supremacy over any other faith neither does it alienate people of other religions or even those who up to now think that there is no God. The followers of Baha’u’llah do not believe in the exclusion of others but their inclusion and participation in working for the betterment of the world,” he said.Zariff speaks to audience at the commemoration of the 200th birth anniversary of Baha’u’llahZarif noted that peace, justice, hard work, honesty and education are the very foundations on which today’s model civil society is also established. “We are all trying to promote these principles regardless of whether they are religious or not. We are all doing this across the world through our constitutions or laws, teachings at universities and several schools and this unique model of our time is eventually becoming a teaching for a way of life,” he pointed out.The religious advisor to President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Reverend Sando E. Townsend, said the President and the government are aware of the “many impacts the Baha’i Faith  is making in the country and will continue to make in the revival of the souls of Liberians and others.”Baha’u’llah was born on November 12, 1817 in Tehran. His father was a renowned and respected government minister. But with all the wealth and comfort at his disposal, Baha’u’llah chose to champion the cause of justice and work for the redemption of humanity from hate, malice, and disunity. In 1863, after several years of exile and incarcerations, he declared to the world that he was the promised one of all ages.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Clippers stay focused, win

first_imgRashard Lewis (21 points) and Ray Allen (19 points) combined to shoot 14 of 39 (35.9 percent) from the field. Meanwhile, the Clippers are trying to figure out how to recover from losing Livingston, who averaged 29.8 minutes per game. Sam Cassell figures to log in more minutes at point guard, but he has been fighting an abdominal strain and when asked if he could play 35 minutes per night, he said, “I don’t think so, but I’ll try.” Cassell played 34 minutes and had 16 points, five assists and five rebounds. As for the backup to Cassell, Daniel Ewing logged in 13 minutes and had four assists and two points. The logistics of who would take Livingston’s minutes was into play Wednesday. But the mental aspect of adapting to the loss of him and the gruesome injury they witnessed was also into play for the Clippers. In a shockingly unnatural fall, Livingston dislocated his left knee and kneecap and tore his anterior cruciate ligament, posterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament and lateral meniscus. With that happening to their teammate and friend just two days prior, the Clippers tried their best to focus on the Sonics. “The only thing I have in my mind right now is seeing Shaun Livingston coming back and playing for the Clippers,” Dunleavy said. “Clearly. I believe that’s what he can do, and that’s the only way I’m going to think about it. And hopefully, that gets across to him and everybody else.” Dunleavy met with Livingston on Wednesday and offered encouraging words. He pointed out that Buffalo Bills running back Willis McGahee went through something similar. In the 2002 National Championship Game, the former Miami player tore his ACL, PCL and MCL and recovered to thrive in the NFL. “He seemed good,” Dunleavy said about Livingston. “He looked good, and he’s an intelligent kid. He understands what the situation is. The good news is that he’s not the first guy jumping out of an airplane without a parachute. There have been guys before.” The Clippers have been besieged by well wishes for Livingston. A spokesman said the best way to send him get-well wishes is to e-mail with “Get well Shaun” in the subject line. The Clippers signed point guard Will Conroy to a 10-day contract and released shooting guard Von Wafer. Conroy had been averaging 15.2 points and 10.8 assists with Tulsa in the NBA Development League. (818) 713-3607 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Earlier, with 46.1 seconds left, Ray Allen tied it with a fade-away jump shot. When the Sonics had possession to tie it, former UCLA guard Earl Watson threw the ball over the head of Nick Collison and out of bounds. Chris Kaman had two free throws with 10.9 seconds left and Elton Brand had 1 of 2 with 1.2 seconds left for the 96-91 final score. The Clippers went up by as many as 12 points in the second quarter, but Seattle recovered to lead, 75-74, heading into the fourth quarter. Elton Brand had an off night shooting, going 5 of 14 from the field, but passed the ball well. He finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists. Maggette also had 18 points as six Clippers scored in double figures. Yet it is only human to be unfocused in the game following the loss of Shaun Livingston to one of the ugliest injuries the NBA has ever seen. So the Clippers should get some sort of credit for winning a third consecutive game with a 96-91 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday night. Corey Maggette made two free throws with 27.6 seconds left to give the Clippers a 93-91 lead, which they held down the stretch. center_img • Photo Gallery: 02/28: Clippers vs. SuperSonics LOS ANGELES – The Clippers are professionals. They have a payroll of approximately $57 million per year and are well-versed with dealing with an 82-game basketball schedule. last_img read more

Tainted wet food damages kidneys

first_imgSHERMAN OAKS – Ten days ago, Pebbles seemed healthy. She ate breakfast and went for a walk with her owner, Jeff Kerner. But when they returned to the apartment, Pebbles threw up. The 7-year-old Yorkshire terrier continued over the next few days until her stomach was dry. She became lethargic, depressed. By Friday, Pebbles was in the hospital with renal failure, the apparent victim of tainted dog food, one of an unknown number of pets nationwide sickened by bad dog and cat chow. Ten have died. “Last Saturday, I was thinking my dog will be here another eight to 10 years,” said Kerner, 48, of Sherman Oaks. “Now, I’m worrying about whether she will make it through the weekend.” Menu Foods, the Canadian maker of the food, announced Friday that it was recalling 60 million cans and pouches of wet dog and cat food sold throughout North America. It affects 91 brands, including Food Lion, Iams and Nutro, sold under store and brand labels at Wal-Mart, Safeway, Kroger and other retailers. Testing by Menu Foods since the first complaints of kidney failure were reported Feb. 20 also found that of 40 to 50 dogs and cats fed the affected “cuts and gravy” style, seven died. Other companies – Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Nestle Purina PetCare and Procter & Gamble – voluntarily have recalled products made by Menu Foods. “If your pet has been on one of the foods, it is worth going to your veterinarian and having blood work and a urine test done to see if your pet is having a problem with kidney function,” said Dr. Amy Worell, owner of All Pets Medical Center in West Hills. “The quicker you jump on it, the better the outcome will be.” By noon, Worell and officials at other San Fernando Valley veterinary centers said phones had been ringing all morning. “People are pretty worried about the recall,” said Worell, who ran blood tests on two dogs Sunday. “We’ve had lots of calls today. We’ve not had anybody call with clinical signs related to the pet foods – just plain worried.” The recall covers wet-style food sold in cans and pouches between Dec. 3 and March 6. Menu Foods’ stock has fallen 45 percent. The company established two toll-free phone numbers for concerned pet owners, and both were consistently busy Monday. The Food and Drug Administration is focusing on wheat gluten as a likely source of the contamination. Menu Foods said it had recently switched suppliers of wheat gluten, a source of protein, but has since dropped that provider. Wheat gluten alone wouldn’t cause kidney failure but it could if it were contaminated by other substances, such as heavy metals or fungal toxins. Two years ago, a corn fungus contamination sparked a dog-food recall. When Kerner heard about the recall, Pebbles had already been admitted to Collett Veterinary Clinic in Sylmar. After futilely trying to reach Menu Foods by phone, he went to the Web site and looked at the affected dates and serial numbers. “The three pouches I have left,” he said, “matched number for number.” Pebbles remained at the Sylmar clinic Monday, receiving nutrition intravenously and running up an unknown medical bill. “I used to work as a demonstrator for Nutro years ago, and I know it is a great product,” Kerner said. “You spend extra money for the more expensive food because you think you are doing the right thing. But then something like this happens.” The Associated Press contributed to this report. (818) 713-3634160Want 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

Norwich striker set to make Saint-Etienne loan a permanent move?

first_imgNorwich striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel has revealed he would be open to making his loan switch at Saint-Etienne permanent.Van Wolfswinkel is currently on loan at the Ligue 1 club until the end of the season, after enduring a dismal first year with Norwich.The 25-year-old joined the Canaries for £8.5m in 2013, but he managed just one goal in 27 appearances as Norwich suffered relegation to the Championship.Following that the Dutchman was shipped out to Saint-Etienne this summer and after making the loan switch Van Wolfswinkel has admitted he may not return to Carrow Road.“I am seriously thinking about it. I would (stay) even though I know things can evolve very quickly,” Van Wolfswinkel told Le Progrès.“For it to happen, I need to play well and be important for the team. We will see at the end of the season but I do not see why I would want to go anywhere else.“Holland, Portugal, England, France, we have moved around a lot in the last years. My family feels good here. The people are very nice.” 1 Ricky van Wolfswinkel in action for Saint-Etienne last_img read more

Lakers notes: Winter weighs in on Bryant

first_img “I think he feels like he has to carry more of the load than he ever has before,” Winter said of Bryant. “That’s probably so because some of these other guys have to step up and hit shots.” But Winter, who was with the team Thursday, part of the week or so he works each month as a Lakers consultant, added that Bryant faces the same challenge as Jordan in that he cannot do everything on his own. “He can give the ball up more, hit the first man that’s open a little more, play without the ball a little more,” Winter said. “Defensively, he needs to be fundamentally a little sounder off the ball. He’s a good on-ball defender but off the ball he wants to gamble too much.” Of the Jordan comparisons, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said: “Ever since Kobe’s established himself, he knows that he’s a different player, it’s a different legacy, and he’s going to have his own legacy and not have to be compared to Michael.” Meeting of the minds: Odom will meet as scheduled today with Phoenix Suns chairman Jerry Colangelo, who is heading the selection process for USA Basketball leading up to the 2008 Olympics. Odom played for the U.S.’s bronze-medal winning team in Athens. “I’m just going to talk to him and let him know what a great time I had (in 2004) and how I want to go back,” Odom said. Also: Bryant remains on pace to start for the Western Conference in next month’s All-Star Game. Bryant and Yao Ming lead all players in fan voting with the NBA reporting fourth returns Thursday. … Jackson didn’t feel like discussing the meeting he had over the summer with Kings co-owner Joe Maloof about possibly coaching in Sacramento. “It’s a tender topic and I’d just as soon not talk about that,” Jackson said. LAKERS at PHOENIX Tipoff:7:30 p.m., US Airways Center. TV/Radio: Ch. 9, ESPN; 570-AM, 1330-AM (Spanish). Lakers (21-18 L or 22-17W) update: The Lakers have lost five consecutive games to the Suns for only the third time in franchise history. They lost 122-112 to Phoenix at Staples Center on Nov. 3 as Steve Nash finished with 12 points and 17 assists. Phoenix (25-13) update: The Suns bounced back from a 29-point loss to Sacramento by beating the Clippers 112-102 Wednesday. They lead the Pacific Division by 3 games, with Nash having totaled 15 assists or more five times this month. Ross Siler, (818) 713-3610 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card “Complementary players is what makes the difference,” Winter said. On that subject, Winter was asked for his assessment of forward Lamar Odom developing into the Scottie Pippen to Bryant’s Jordan. It has been a season-long theme, with Odom posting near-triple-double numbers some nights and disappearing on others. “Lamar is like Pippen only in that he can do a good job on the defensive boards and come out of there with that ball,” Winter said. “He doesn’t finish at the tail end or see the game at the tail end of the break nearly as well as (Pippen), but there’ll be times when he’ll see that direct line and take it to the hole. “He’s got to be more consistent. He’s got to become more of a factor. He should never be satisfied with five or six points.” Winter said he has seen improvement in how the Lakers run their offense but would like to see more consistency. Bryant, meanwhile, is playing at one of the highest levels of his career, although Winter said he could do things a little better in a couple of areas. center_img SACRAMENTO – The comparisons to Michael Jordan have become inevitable for Kobe Bryant, who came into Thursday’s game against Sacramento leading the NBA in scoring at 34.3 points per game, the highest since Jordan averaged 35.0 in the 1987-88 season. There are few opinions more esteemed than that of Tex Winter, the octogenarian coach who said he can see Bryant trying to prove the same thing Jordan did with the Chicago Bulls in the 1990s – that a high-scoring guard can lead his team to a championship. last_img read more


first_imgDONEGAL grandparents who lost their two grandsons to Superstorm Sandy in New York will attend a private Mass today to remember them.Pat and Fay Moore from Loughfad, Portnoo, will attend the service at St Conal’s Church in Kilclooney at 11am.Hundreds are expected to attend the Mass to remember brothers Connor, 4 and Brandon, 2, who were swept away from their mother Glenda’s arms near Staten Island. However in a statement the family thanked the media but asked them to stay away from today’s Mass as the boys’ elderly grandparents want to grieve in private.The boys’ Donegal-born father Damien, 39, was out helping other victims of the storm when his sons disappeared.The boys grandparents Pat and Fay are too elderly to make the journey to America so today’s Mass has been arranged to coincide with the boys funeral in New York.Local priest Fr Philip Daly said the community in Portnoo has rallied to be by the sides of the Moore family since the awful tragedy. “Pat and Fay could not get to America for various reasons but we thought we needed to mark the occasion in some way and hopefully this will help comfort them.“All we can do for them is to be here for them and to support them as best we can at this trying time,” he said. GRANDPARENTS ASK FOR PRIVACY TO GRIEVE FOR LOST BOYS was last modified: November 9th, 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:GRANDPARENTS ASK FOR PRIVACY TO GRIEVE FOR LOST BOYSlast_img read more


first_imgDonegal fans of Celtic will have a chance to see them play in the Champions League afterall.The Hoops have been handed a Champions League reprieve after Legia Warsaw were punished for fielding an ineligible player in their 6-1 aggregate win over the Scottish champions in the third qualifying round.Bartosz Bereszynski, who came on as an 86th-minute substitute as Legia won the second leg 2-0 at Murrayfield on Wednesday night, was suspended following a red card for violent conduct in last season’s Europa League. Hours before the draw for the next round was to be made, UEFA announced that Celtic had been awarded a 3-0 win in the second leg, and therefore qualified on away goals after a 4-4 aggregate result.Celtic will now go into the draw for the play-offs, the final hurdle to reach the lucrative group stages.DONEGAL BHOYS DELIGHTED AS CELTIC GET BIZARRE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REPREIVE was last modified: August 8th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CelticChampions Leaguedonegallast_img read more

Oil firms unlikely to boost output

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The companies said in September they were considering adding 100,000 to 300,000 barrels per day of capacity to plants in Louisiana and Texas. Keep in mind, Hofmeister said, that “high-priced oil at 60-plus dollars leads people to seriously question their use of energy. And as they question that use of energy, they use less … let the market do it’s work.” Washington’s complaint that the market might not be working well, however, grew this summer after hurricanes Katrina and Rita exposed the industry’s vulnerabilities, causing supply disruptions that sent gasoline prices above $3 a gallon. The backlash reached a bipartisan crescendo this week after Exxon Mobil Corp., BP Plc, Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Chevron Corp. reported combined third-quarter profits of $29 billion. A congressional hearing on energy prices and profits is scheduled for Nov. 8. With oil hovering above $60 a barrel and home heating costs expected to surge this winter, some analysts believe the industry may have no choice but to work with the government to make the world’s largest petroleum-consuming market more secure and less volatile. “There have been a flurry of proposals, some of which will undoubtedly lead to some kind of innovations,” said Antoine Halff, director of global energy at Eurasia Group in New York. But he added that “investment decisions are going to be made on commercial grounds.” Congressmen say they are worried about the economic hardship soaring energy costs are placing on average Americans. Sen. Bill Frist, R-Tenn., the Senate majority leader, said he would support a federal anti-price gouging law. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., introduced a bill that would place additional taxes on oil company profits to help reduce the deficit and pay for hurricane relief. Some want the industry to assist low-income families with their heating bills. Even the industry-friendly Bush administration acknowledges that something must be done to fix the supply imbalances that underpin today’s high prices. President George W. Bush has repeatedly stressed conservation in recent weeks. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said the administration was considering a wide range of proposals, including the creation of an emergency reserve of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. Bodman also encouraged the industry to increase U.S. refining capacity to make the U.S. less dependent on imports of gasoline and diesel. But Bodman said he would not support the so-called windfall profits tax that Schumer has proposed. Matthew Simmons, a longtime investment banker in the oil and gas industry, said he quietly lobbied Big Oil executives to create a Gulf Coast recovery fund of between $5 billion and $10 billion as a way to avoid the current public relations headache. But the “idea fell on deaf ears,” Simmons said in an e-mail. Wall Street analysts said they’re getting calls from investors who are increasingly concerned about the pressure in Washington to do something about high prices and record profits. They oppose any tax that would punish companies for living up to their fiduciary responsibilities. “If they take the profits away from us, it is fundamentally not going to help consumers,” said John Felmy, chief economist at the American Petroleum Institute. “It will only drain investment budgets.” Spending on exploration and production is on the rise, but major oil companies’ output of oil and gas isn’t, according to third-quarter results. Much of the increased spending reflects the higher costs of doing business at a time when equipment and labor are scarce. Analysts said it may take years to add enough new oil production and refining capacity to ease current supply constraints. Moreover, analysts said it would be foolish to embark on a spending spree simply to silence critics. “The current price of oil is interesting, but it’s irrelevant,” said Lawrence J. Goldstein, president of the Petroleum Industry Research Foundation. “It’s the price that you believe will be out there for a long time that’s important and nobody believes prices will stay at these levels.” Even if they wanted to significantly increase the output of oil and gas, executives said it would be difficult to do soon for a variety of reasons: In the U.S., they face difficulties getting permits to expand refineries, let alone build new ones, and petroleum-rich acreage in the Rockies and the Gulf of Mexico remain off-limits. Around the world, public oil companies are finding foreign governments less eager to have them as investment partners since they are reaping huge sums on their own thanks to high prices. Because of years of underinvestment when prices were low, the industry faces a shortage of everything from drilling rigs to oil tankers to petroleum engineers. Hofmeister said the groundwork was laid for the current energy crisis before back-to-back hurricanes stifled Gulf of Mexico petroleum output, blaming underinvestment by the industry in the 1990s and faster-than-expected economic growth in China and India. These trends led to the virtual disappearance of excess production and refining capacity that the industry had come to depend on if supplies were disrupted. He cautioned against making long-term policy or business decisions in the midst of a crisis and predicted that – as the industry recovers from hurricanes Katrina and Rita – oil and gas production would rise, market tightness would ease and the pressure from Congress would fade. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Don’t expect the oil industry to boost fuel production merely to deflect criticism from Congress about soaring prices and profits. Energy executives and analysts insist that in spite of the supply crunch that has kept oil above $50 a barrel for much of the year, demand and prices are still prone to ups and downs, so the industry should not rush to drill wells and expand refineries just because it is flush with cash. “A surplus of supply is not good for the industry,” Shell Oil Co. president John Hofmeister said in an interview on Friday. “Just as a surplus of demand is not good for industry. We strive for balance.” Hofmeister, speaking by phone from his corporate jet upon leaving Washington, said, “We will continue to work as an industry to increase supplies to the American people.” But he said Shell executives were still debating whether it makes economic sense to expand the capacity of refineries it owns jointly with Saudi Refining Inc. last_img read more