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Toronto beats Seattle to win first MLS Cup title

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Toronto FC players celebrate a goal by midfielder Victor Vazquez (obscured) in stoppage time against the Seattle Sounders during second-half MLS Cup final soccer action in Toronto, Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — This wasn’t the kind of MLS Cup performance the Seattle Sounders were hoping for.Far from it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “To cap it off the way we did shows what this team is all about,” he said.Altidore scored in Toronto’s 1-0 victory over Columbus Crew in the Eastern Conference final. He had 15 goals in the regular season, second on the team to Giovinco’s 16. Altidore, who injured his right ankle minutes after scoring against the Crew, was replaced by Nick Hagglund in the 86th minute.Toronto won the title in its 11th season, TFC did not reach the playoffs until 2015, the first season it avoided losing more often than it won.Toronto’s 69 points this season are the most in league history, and the team won its first Supporters’ Shield as regular season champion. Toronto also won the Canadian domestic championship, defeating MLS rival Montreal Impact in that final.“In terms of seasons, I think we had the greatest season in the history of the league,” Toronto coach Greg Vanney said. “I don’t think it’s debatable.”Seattle was seeking to become the fourth back-to-back champion in league history, joining D.C. United (1996 and 1996), Houston (2006 and 2007) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (2011 and 2012).“The final game is what matters most and we didn’t come to play,” midfielder Cristian Roldan said.Toronto outshot Seattle 22-7 and had 11 shots on target compared to two for the Sounders.“At some point, if you’re going to rely on your goalkeeper that often and in that many critical moments, one of them is going to get through,” Schmetzer said.Frei, who began his MLS career in Toronto, said he was “frustrated and disappointed” by Seattle’s failure to match Toronto’s desire and intensity. Clippers beat Wizards in wild finish with clock malfunction Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We picked the wrong time to have a game that was below our standards,” Schmetzer said. “We put our best attacking lineup out there but we weren’t able to keep the ball in any part of the game. That was not one of our stellar performances.”In the 67th, Sebastian Giovinco’s pass from just inside the Seattle half helped Altidore split a pair of defenders. Altidore took a few steps to his left and fired the ball over goalkeeper Stefan Frei, setting off a wild celebration among the 30,584 fans that left BMO Field shaking.Altidore’s goal snapped Seattle’s lengthy streak of keeping opponents off the scoreboard. The Sounders had not been scored upon since a 2-0 loss to Philadelphia on Oct. 1, going six games without conceding.Victor Vasquez made it 2-0 in injury time when from close range after substitute Armando Cooper’s shot rebounded off the post.Altidore was selected MLS Cup MVP.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I’m disappointed in our performance,” Frei said. “Toronto deserves to win, there’s no two ways about it. You can only weather the storm for so long.“I felt like we were defeated,” Frei added. “That’s what’s disappointing. I feel like we accepted defeat. Before they even scored we accepted the way the game was being played and it’s wasn’t good for us, obviously.”After going without a shot on goal in last year’s MLS Cup, Seattle struggled to find the target in the opening 30 minutes Saturday, finally ending its dubious streak when defender Joevin Jones fired a tame effort into the arms of goalkeeper Alex Bono.“When you don’t have any rhythm to your game, you don’t create a ton of chances,” Schmetzer said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jozy Altidore opened the scoring in the 67th minute and Toronto FC beat Seattle 2-0 on Saturday to become the first Canadian champion in league history, and denying the Sounders a repeat triumph.Toronto avenged a penalty-shootout loss to Seattle last year in the title game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“Lifting this trophy has been an obsession for the last 364 days, not just for me but for every single guy on our team,” Toronto captain Michael Bradley said. “There’s no other word for it.”Sounders coach Brian Schmetzer pointed to a single statistic, duels won, to illustrate the disparity between the teams. 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Setting the record straight: What the APNU/AFC really inherited from the PPP/C in 2015

first_imgDear Editor,During the TV programme Square Talk, televised on Monday, August 26, 2019, an obviously irate caller, annoyed with the host, Kwame Mc Coy, for saying that the Granger Administration had done nothing constructive for Guyana since taking office, asked “What did the APNU inherit from the PPP?” This loaded question was meant to justify the non-performance of the Granger Administration by insinuating there wasn’t much they could have done with a “bankrupt” economy.Sadly, this caller was one of the many mindless PNC/APNU apologists who are unwilling to think for themselves, and prefer to repeat the mantra started by the caretaker President himself when he announced in the National Assembly that his Government inherited a “depressed economy” from the PPP/C in 2015. As we approach another national and regional election, it is, therefore, necessary to once again set the record straight by reminding everyone what the Guyana economy was like when the PPP/C demitted office, and why the PPP/C is the best choice, the most experienced, the most knowledgable with the best leadership to rebuild this economy when this caretaker President and his minions are through depleting the treasury.In 1992, the Guyana economy was bankrupted. The then Finance Minister, Carl Greenidge, can testify to this. The country’s infrastructure was in a state of disrepair. Schools and hospital buildings were dilapidated and unfunded. Basic food items and pharmaceuticals were in short supply. And foreign currency was unavailable for the importation of vehicles, equipment, spare parts or anything else. 153 per cent of the country’s revenue was used to service foreign debt. In May 2015, this was reduced to just 5 per cent. The road to economic recovery came with a heavy price tag and lots of sacrifices. Over its 23 years in Government, the PPP/C paid off US$3 billion in external debts that the PNC had accumulated during its 28 years in Government. It took prudent management of our resources by successive PPP/C Administrations to rebuild Guyana to the robust economy David Granger inherited in 2015, and it was done without waiting for oil revenue.From 2006 to 2014, the Guyana economy was the fastest growing in the region with a continuous positive growth rate of 4.5 per cent per annum. This was also the longest period of uninterrupted economic growth in the history of independent Guyana. By contrast, due mainly to poor management and excessive spending, this growth rate declined to 3.1 per cent in 2015; 3.4 per cent in 2016; 2.1 per cent in 2017 and 3.4 per cent in 2018. (https://countryeconomy.com/gdp/guyana). In 2014, the last full year of the PPP/C in office, Guyana’s total international reserves were US$668 million. By March of last year, that amount fell to US$518.5 million. At the end of 2014, gold reserves in the Bank of Guyana totalled $25 billion. In June 2018 this amount was reduced to $3.1 billion, and today, this has further dwindled to a disturbingly low $589 million.In 2014, the last year that the PPP produced a budget, the total tax take by the GRA was $135 billion. Since 2015, the Granger Administration has introduced over 200 new tax measures on the backs of ordinary Guyanese, raking in $223 billion in taxes, that’s $88 billion more in tax revenue on an annual basis. At the end of 2014, the total assets held at commercial banks were $421.8 billion. Commercial banks were therefore in a position to provide substantial credit to the Private Sector. Interest rates in 1992 were 35 per cent. By the end of 2014, Interest rates had reduced to 10.8 per cent, much more favourable to those borrowing. At the same time, our exchange rate was very stable. It was $206 to US$1.00 in 2014, compared to $216 to US$1 today. In addition, the APNU/AFC coalition borrowed over US$900 million, US$600 million of which was funded by the local banking system, adding to the national debt and making it difficult for ordinary citizens and the Private Sector to borrow money from commercial banks.These figures, however, do not tell the whole story. The strides by the PPP/C were made in a very hostile environment by the then political Opposition, the APNU/AFC. One must recall the riots and destruction by fire after the 1992, 1997 and 2001 elections when businesses suffered millions of dollars in damage. These were clear attempts to destabilise our country.And we must not forget that the last three years of the PPP/C Government were even more difficult. The APNU and the AFC displayed their total anti-developmental and anti-national side. They used their combined one-seat majority to block every developmental project including the Amaila Falls Hydro Electricity Project and the Specialty Hospital Project. They voted against paying Government workers, voted to cut the capital budget of the Ministry of Works and the Ministry of Amerindian Affairs. They voted against money to help the sugar industry to restructure and mechanise more of its operations in the field and factory, just to name a few. The achievements were made in very unfavourable international circumstances as well. One may recall the destructive financial and economic crisis that gripped the world at the beginning of 2008 and lasted until 2012. That crisis affected our entire region, including our major trading partners. But impressive as the PPP/C Government was in the economic sphere, it was not all they managed to achieve. The PPP/C had secured US$250 million under the Guyana/Norway partnership on climate financing. Of this, US$190 million was already earned and only US$40 million disbursed to projects at the end of 2014. The APNU regime, therefore, had a lot of money to spend. More than US$500 million of resources were already secured to finance developmental projects. These included US$30 million for China Exim Bank to construct a new airport; US$66.2 million from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to fund a road network upgrade and expansion project; US$64.6 million from the IDB and EU to fund a power utility upgrade programme; US$50 million from the India Exim Bank to fund the East Coast to East Bank bypass road; US$34.4 million from the Caribbean Development Bank to fund the West Coast Demerara highway upgrade project; US$31.7 million from the IDB and EU to fund a water and sanitation infrastructure improvement project; US$15 million from IDB for a new Citizens Security project; US$12 million from the World Bank for a Flood Risk Management project; US$10 million from the World Bank for a new Secondary Education Improvement project; US$10 million from the World Bank for the University of Guyana’s Science and Technology Support project; US$7.5 million from the Caribbean Development Bank to fund a sugar industry mechanisation project; and a firm commitment from the Indian Government to help in the re-capitalisation of the sugar industry.The above projects and figures were sourced from several credible online financial institutions including the Bank of Guyana and the World Bank. Former President Donald Ramotar also contributed and alluded to most of these facts in a letter, “Under the PPP/C, Guyana had the fastest growing economy in the region”.Apart from the dynamic investments above, the PPP/Civic Government had secured not just growing local private investments, but some important foreign direct investments into our economy, many of which are now contributing in driving our economy. The following are some of these investments that came into commercial operation at the end of the PPP/C Administration, or shortly thereafter: Major oil and gas exploration activities, these included Exxon/Esso, Repsol and CGX; three major gold mines were ready to commence commercial operations, namely, Guyana Gold Fields Ltd/AGM, ETK/Sandsprings and Troy Resources. Mining of other minerals including Reunion Manganese and First Bauxite; a large scale agricultural project in the Rupununi – Santa Fe farms; two large information and communications technology investments – Qualfon and Teleperformance. The performance of the PPP/C Government, therefore, generated great confidence in both local and foreign investors. The above is a snapshot of the robust economy that the PPP/Civic left. Our economy was clearly strong and growing fast despite the Opposition and any challenges it encountered.The APNU regime took over at a time when Guyana was leading the rest of the region. This regime had a very sound foundation on which to build upon. They screwed up big time.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member of Parliamentlast_img read more

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CAPE, CSEC exam locations moved to accommodate jubilee float parade

first_imgCaribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) students from seven city schools sitting examinations on Thursday, May 26 will be relocated to facilitate the float parade to mark the country’s 50th Independence Anniversary.According to the Education Ministry, students from The Bishops’ High, St John’s College, St Rose’s High, and St Stanislaus College will write their examinations at Queen’s College. It said too that students from Central High School will be relocated to St Joseph’s High School. Students from Christ Church Secondary and Brickdam Secondary Schools will be relocated to Tutorial High School. Students from the Josel Education Institute will also sit their examinations at Tutorial High School.During the week leading up to the 26th, CAPE candidates will be sitting Literature, Physics, Applied Maths, Biology, Management of Business, Environmental Science, Law, Electrical and Electronic Technology, Physical Education and Sport, Pure Maths, Agricultural Science, Food and Nutrition, Digital Media, and Building and Mechanical Engineering Drawing.Meanwhile, CSEC candidates will be sitting Biology, Building Technology Construction, Social Studies, Principles of Business, Geography, Physical Education and Sport, and Office Administration.A number of activities had been rolled out to mark the anniversary during the one-week period when school will be suspended.These include the largest May 26 float parade that is the embodiment of the Republic Day parade that was postponed given the anniversary.Also set for that day is the GTT Mega Concert slated for the National Stadium after the float parade.Another of the grand events set for the period is the National Flag-raising ceremony at D’Urban Park as well as the Independence Jouvert, both scheduled for May 25.From the 22nd to the 24th, other activities consisting of symposiums, book launchings, pageants and a long list of additional events have been planned.Being one of the most anticipated and monumental events in Guyana’s history, the Government has gone all out in ensuring that this indeed leaves an imprint on the minds of those who are lucky enough to be part of the celebrations.Over the past few weeks, activities, promotions and special packages leading up to the anniversary have been launched.Corporate support for these activities has been flowing in, since the beginning of the year, from both local and international sponsors.The country is expected to be transformed into a business paradise fostering economic growth and placing the country on the international map.A large turnout is expected from the Diaspora, as persons from across the world have been indicating their interest in celebrating the Golden Jubilee through “Reflection, Celebration and Inspiration”.last_img read more

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Orange Line extension studied

first_imgMetropolitan Transportation Authority officials propose extending the busway along the former railroad right of way that the agency owns along Canoga Avenue – land now holding used-car dealerships and auto-body shops. The MTA has included $300,000 for community outreach as plans for the bus line shape up. Lures needed If approved by the MTA board, construction could start by 2009 and be completed in three years. But luring people out of cars and onto public transportation could be difficult unless they have to cope with a long commute, high gas prices or costly parking fees, said Brian Taylor, director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles. “Why would they use it?” Taylor asked. “For people with automobiles, it has to be worth their while to make the switch, and the time savings has to be strong.” The continuing popularity of the Orange Line has spurred MTA efforts to extend the 14-mile busway and connect residents living outside the San Fernando Valley with the hugely popular “subway on wheels.” A $6 million study is being conducted on a plan to extend the line – which now runs between Woodland Hills and North Hollywood – northward to the Ronald Reagan Freeway in Chatsworth. Transportation officials hope the connection would entice commuters from Santa Clarita or Ventura County to park their cars and climb aboard. “We’re trying to be better than cars,” said Walt Davis, Metro’s transportation planning manager for the San Fernando Valley. “We’re trying to get you from Point A to Point B faster.” Researchers in the multimillion-dollar study – expected to be completed by August 2008 – also are studying whether the busway can be extended north along Canoga Avenue to the Chatsworth Metrolink Station and whether there’s land near the freeway for a Park and Ride lot. But tens of thousands of Valley commuters have found the Orange Line to be a godsend during morning and evening rush hours. Except for an occasional dip – during summer vacation and the winter holidays – the busway has averaged more than 20,000 daily boardings since shortly after it debuted Nov. 1, 2005. To meet the demand, Metro plans to experiment this summer with 65-foot-long buses. Each could hold 14 more passengers than are held by one of the 60-foot-long buses now in use. The MTA could eventually use 80-foot-long buses, boosting the capacity to that of rail lines. Averaging 35 mph, the Orange Line makes the 14-mile trip in about 40 minutes. By comparison, the Red Line subway averages 32 mph, taking 29 minutes to travel between North Hollywood and Union Station. The subway makes up time, however, as it accelerates to 70 mph traveling under the Santa Monica Mountains between Universal City and Hollywood, said MTA spokesman Marc Littman. Potential use the key Robert Rodine, who co-chairs the Valley Industry and Commerce Association’s transportation committee, heralded the proposed Ronald Reagan Freeway connection. Commuters from Simi Valley and Moorpark need more alternatives, he said. “If the Orange Line is attractive enough to them, they will perhaps exit the freeway, park their cars and ride the Orange Line the rest of the way,” he added. Daniel Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said the link could ease freeway traffic and air pollution, but he questioned how frequently commuters would use the busway. “As long as it would be used and not running empty, I think it would be terrific,” Blake said. sue.doyle@dailynews.com (818) 713-3746 160Want 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

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Tottenham’s Davies hails Wanyama as ‘top drawer’ player

first_imgThe Harambee Stars captain has not only received praise from pundits and former players but his current team mates who have been at awe with his talent and work rate.Left-back Ben Davies has hailed Wanyama for his phenomenal contribution to the club, joking that his beastly attitude and hard yards are not only visible on match day but on the training pitch as well.“We see what he can do in training quite regularly and you are better off just not going near him if you want to keep the ball! Hopefully there is more of the same to come from him next season,” Davies told the club’s official website.He has praised the players’ attitude and prowess on the ball, not only winning tackles and possession in midfield but spraying up the team in attack.Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Victor Wanyama (right) against Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté .PHOTO/courtesy“Victor (Wanyama) has been top drawer. He is a top player. I think some people perhaps had doubts about how good he is on the ball before he arrived here but I think he silenced everybody on that straight away.”“It’s not just his defensive work. On the ball he’s an excellent player and he’s been superb for us over the course of the last year,” the Welsh international added.Wanyama raked in five goals from deep his defensive midfield position, marking his home debut with a match winning late goal against Crystal Palace.The midfielder has promised that more will be seen of him from the coming season as Spurs seek to challenge for trophies as well as decent performance in the UEFA Champions League.“As a player, I want to improve every day. I think better should be expected from me next season both at the club and national team. At the club our ambition is to win trophies next season and I know we can. I hope to play a big role for the club,” Wanyama said in a previous interview with Capital Sport.A few Spurs players have already resumed pre-season training but Wanyama expects to fly out to London next week after concluding his holiday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Ben Davies celebrates scoring Tottenham Hotspur’s sixth goal with Kenya’s Victor Wanyama.PHOTO/courtesyNAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 5 – Victor Wanyama’s debut season at Tottenham Hotspur was hugely impressive and was hailed as the North London club’s signing of the season, his influence hardly unnoticeable as Spurs finished second in the English Premier League standings.Wanyama arrived at White Hart Lane last summer in a Sh1.5bn deal from South Coast club Southampton FC, re-joining his former coach Mauricio Pochettino.last_img read more

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Notorious criminal jailed for setting off alarm in Garda station

first_imgA notorious criminal threatened to urinate in Letterkenny Garda station and then set off the fire alarms after Gardai refused to give him back his mobile phone.Carlos Lawrence appeared at Letterkenny District Court today charged with a series of offences. The 27-year-old is currently serving a seven-year sentence for a vicious aggravated burglary during which he and his partner terrorised a man and stole €16,000 form him.Lawrence and Catherine Dempsey broke into the home of Alan Greene at Wainsfort Manor Grove on December 13th last and threatened him with a hammer.The pair forced him to take his bank card to the local ATM machine and take out €1,200.The following day, Dempsey accompanied Mr Grene to his local bank and ordered him to withdraw €15,000.Lawrence was jailed for seven years and Dempsey was jailed for five years.Judge Melanie Greally said “He (Lawrence) alone made the threats, he alone used the hammer and he was responsible for the violence,” she added, noting that the offence was “committed against a man in his own home”.The Dubliner, who has 46 convictions, pleaded guilty to all the charges when he appeared at Letterkenny District Court.Lawrence, of Rosary Road, Maryland, Dublin, was stopped by Gardai at Rosgier, Lifford, Co Donegal on November 12th, 20?? while driving a red Volkswagen Golf.The car was making a loud noise from its exhaust and he also gave a false name of Jason Prennderville to Gardai.When examined by Gardai, they discovered that Lawrence had no insurance on the vehicle.The following day, Lawrence called to Letterkenny Garda station looking for his mobile phone which had been confiscated by Gardai.When he was told by Gardai that they would be withholding the phone, Lawrence became angry and told Gardai that he would urinate in the public office of the Garda Station at Newline Road.He declined to leave the Garda station and then set off the fire alarms by pressing the emergency button.“The entire station was disturbed,” said Garda Inspector Michael Harrison.Solicitor for the accused, Mr Patsy Gallagher said his client is a father-of-two who fully accepts his past and is serving a seven-year jail sentence for the aggravated burglary.He said he had started a business as a steel fabricator and had men working for him but an issue arose during which he lost a lot of money.Judge Paul Kelly jailed Lawrence for one month for the public order offence at the Garda station and fined him €250 for not having a driving license.Notorious criminal jailed for setting off alarm in Garda station was last modified: November 19th, 2018 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)last_img read more

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Maybe the Monkey has lost his magic

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Spotting the reporter waiting outside, the Monkey tried to scurry away. “I’m not in the mood,” he said. “Out of the way unless you want a rabies shot.” I pulled out a newspaper clipping that I had saved from a couple months back. The Orange County Register, its news section, had a full-page story with the headline: “Is it time to bench the Rally Monkey?” “Sure, I saw it,” he said, pulling out a pack of smokes from under his special-made Angels uniform and lighting one up. “You want some kind of reaction?” Actually, just a clarification. According to the research, the Rally Monkey was summoned for an inspirational appearance on the scoreboard in 45 games during that magical 2002 season. The Angels came back to win 27 of ’em. In the postseason, the record was a spectacular 6-1, capped by that World Series Game 6 when Scott Spiezio’s home run wiped out a five-run deficit. Over the last three years, though, it appears the Rally Monkey has thrown a monkey wrench into the grand plan. Try a 51-91 mark in “Monkey games” from 2003-05. In the 2005 regular season, the Angels didn’t come back in 30 out of the 47 games after the Monkey appeared. In this postseason, he’s only managed to coax out a 5-3 win over the Yankees in Game 2 of the ALDS. Do the stats lie? “Do I look like an accountant?” he squealed, nearly setting off a fire sprinkler in the hallway. Without getting defensive, the Monkey sounded a bit offended. Like he was an umpire asked to explain a bad call. “Listen, it’s not like I need this gig. I’ll be a greeter at the Rainforest Cafe. Let me host a show for Animal Planet. Curious George needs a stunt double, they tell me. “Besides, it’s not like I get a cut of any of these stuffed animals sold at the team store. My agent – who by the way I fired in 2004 because I caught him stealing ticks from my fur while I was sleeping one night – couldn’t even talk to these people about trademark infringement. They claim any contracts with monkeys weren’t valid in the state of California. Tell that to my pals at the San Diego Zoo. They’re living like gibbons. They’ve got enough put away in their 401K, they could buy their own banana plantation.” The Rally Monkey took another drag from his cigarette, either for dramatic effect or the fact his nicotine patch wasn’t doing its job. It seemed to calm him down a bit. “Rex Hudler once told me, ‘R-Monk, you’ve got a good thing going here. Don’t blow it.’ My reaction was: What do I actually do? It’s like pro wrestling. It’s all an illusion. “If someone upstairs decides I’m not doing my job, that it’s time for change, they can send me away just like they did Glaus, Eckstein, Percival, Ortiz, Fullmer, Wooten, Appier – well, Appier, I can understand. The point is, no one in this business has much of a shelf life anymore. We’re all disposable in some way, even if it seems like we’re part of something bigger and special. If they think a Rally Aardvark or a Rally Rodent will do better, they’ll make me a free agent. And really, that’s too bad.” The Monkey flicked the cigarette to the ground, crushing it out with his hand-like bare foot. “Let someone named Bonzo sweep that up,” he said. “I’m just an afterthought these days.” The words came back to mind later Saturday, when the White Sox took an 8-2 lead going into the bottom of the eighth and ninth innings. Not knowing what protocol is for all of this, little kids with stuffed monkeys in their arms looked to the scoreboard screen in right field to see if the Rally Monkey would appear. Nothing doing. If it’s possible, it seems as if the Angels have really made a monkey out of the Monkey. Tom Hoffarth is at (818) 713-3661 and thomas.hoffarth@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It’s three years later, we needed a revisit. There was some muffled laughter coming from one of the luxury suites. Turns out, it was the Rally Monkey, doing some slight-of-hand tricks for a few of Arte Moreno’s guests in the owner’s box. The group giggled and dropped a few quarters into his tin cup. As he headed toward the door, the Monkey grumbled something about how he could make more with a high-pressure hose on one of Frank McCourt’s parking lots. center_img The Rally Monkey wasn’t hanging out in any of his usual spots Saturday afternoon in the hours before Angels-White Sox fourth game of the ALCS. During our last encounter with the prima donna primate, he was surprisingly reflective, almost philosophical, while toweling champagne out of his eyes in the Angels’ clubhouse after the Game 7 victory in the 2002 World Series. It was his belief that the special group of players, not him, believed in themselves, and that explained best how they kept coming from behind to win game after game that year. last_img read more

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Dry runs raise busway fears

first_imgRaising concerns about safety on the new Metro Orange Line busway, MTA officials reported Thursday that bus drivers have faced many close calls with motorists who are running traffic lights and getting into the path of oncoming buses during practice runs. With little more than a week to go before the busway opens for business, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials urged San Fernando Valley motorists to pay attention to the new rules of the road. After questioning all the bus drivers working the route, MTA Valley General Manager Richard Hunt said he has heard the same thing: “Everyone I’ve talked to – and I’ve talked to them all – has said they had close calls. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I was on the bus yesterday. It was almost the same issue. Someone cut in front of the bus. The individual wasn’t even watching. They were on the cell phone. … These are the kinds of things we’re experiencing on a daily basis.” In creating the $330 million Orange Line across the Valley, from the North Hollywood subway station to Warner Center, crews tore up more than 30 intersections along the 14-mile route. Motorists who’ve crisscrossed Valley streets for years have been forced to figure out the new system. Resident Claire Tucci said she didn’t even see the brand new traffic light with its red, no-right-turn arrow when she came westbound on Topham Avenue to the Tampa Avenue intersection as testing was getting under way last month. She proceeded to make her right turn – against the red arrow – and was promptly pulled over. The officer gave her a $350 ticket. “He started screaming at me: ‘Did you see that? You almost go hit by that bus?’ I didn’t see the bus. I didn’t even know they were doing dry runs,” she said. Tucci, a mother of two from Tarzana, said she never previously got a traffic ticket in her 25 years of driving, but didn’t see the new sign. She thinks more protections are needed. “I was shocked, and I’m a very conscientious driver,” said Tucci, who warned all her PTA friends about the incident. “Elderly people, people talking on their cells phones, teenagers – they’re not going to see that.” To get motorists to pay attention, the Sheriff’s Department has issued more than 500 citations since buses started their practice runs in September. A no-turn-on-red rule is one of the changes at many of the east-west streets. That’s to prevent drivers from crossing over the busway path and colliding with a 30-ton bus. Motorists also are faced with “Keep Clear” signs painted in the street – much the way rail crossings are marked – to stop drivers from sitting in the busway’s path. There are also flashing “Bus” signals at some streets. So far, there has been only one minor accident on the Orange Line: A bicyclist mistakenly rode into a stopped bus, Hunt said. But residents and critics have repeatedly questioned why the busway won’t be getting crossing gates like those that railroads have. MTA officials have long said the streets don’t need gates because the buses don’t operate the same way trains do. There’s no regulation requiring gates. “We felt these were intersections, vehicular intersections, and we would use the tools that are used throughout the city,” said the MTA’s Valley planning director, Kevin Michel. “It’s a change, no doubt.” But the lack of crossing gates has been an issue in the Miami-Dade County area since the nation’s first busway opened there nearly a decade ago, an official in Florida said. The Miami-Dade transit agency is now studying whether gates would be feasible, a spokesman said Thursday. A separate 2003 study of the Miami area system by the National Bus Rapid Transit Institute at the University of South Florida recommended automatic gates or grade-separated crossings as a long-term strategy after 67 crashes were reported in less than four years. “People were essentially running red lights, … violating no-right-on-red (signs) all the time,” said Dennis Hinebaugh, director of institute. “If you had railroad-type crossings, you couldn’t do any better than that.” Van Nuys resident Philip Wilt was heading north on Sepulveda Boulevard this week, waiting at the signal to cross the Metro Orange Line, when he saw not one, not two, but three cars mistakenly pull into the bus-only lane. Two of the cars kept going, but the third car made a U-turn back onto the street. Luckily no buses were coming at the time. “Only a few days to go and (the Orange Line) is going to be operating, and there sure are some circumstances here that could make some deadly accidents,” said Wilt, a retired jeweler. “It caused concern to me.” Hunt said his veteran drivers are pros, trained to handle big-city driving with all its obstacles, but they can only do so much. “We just need to continue to get people aware that this is going to be an everyday occurrence,” said Hunt. “We want them to ride it, but we want them to be careful. “It’s a big vehicle. Vehicles like this can’t stop on a dime.” Lisa Mascaro, (818) 713-3761 lisa.mascaro@dailynews.com 160Want 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

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Cross Country Begins 2017 Season At Hawkeye Invitational

first_img Live Results The Drake University cross country teams begin their 2017 season Friday afternoon at the Hawkeye Invitational at the Ashton Cross Country Course in Iowa City, Iowa.The women’s team takes to the course first for a 4k race at 6 p.m. followed by a men’s 6k race at 6:45 p.m. The Bulldogs will race against host Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois State, UNI, Creighton and Iowa Central.Friday’s competition will be the first for the Bulldogs under director of track & field and cross country Mark Carroll. The veteran coach and two-time Olympian took the reins of the program in July.His rosters both feature plenty of youth with 10 freshmen and sophomores on both the men’s and women’s team. Last season at the Hawkeye Invitational, Bailee Cofer (Overland Park, Kan.) finished 11th overall on a shortened 3k course. She returns this year as one of two seniors on the women’s team after being the Bulldogs’ top finisher in every race in 2016.Following Friday’s season opener, the Bulldogs will compete next Sept. 8 at the Oz Memorial in Falcon Heights, Minn.Print Friendly Version Story Linkslast_img read more

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HARPS DEFEATED IN WEXFORD AS ATTENTION SWITCHES TO CUP SEMI-FINAL

first_imgAn under-strength Finn Harps side were defeated 3-0 by Wexford Youths last night at Ferrycarrig Park.Keith Cowan and Kevin McHugh were suspended, while Gareth Harkin, Damien McNulty Conor Winn and Michael Funston were all rested.The only first-team regulars to feature for Ollie Horgan’s side were Pat McCann, Ciaran Coll and Packie Mailey. They were rare starts for Carol Tiofack, Darragh Black and Shaun Patton.Harps were comprehensively defeated by a Wexford side still fighting for promotion.A first-half hat-trick from Danny Furlong sealed the points for Wexford in a clinical display from the frontman whose had an outstanding season.For Harps all attention switches to this weekend’s FAI semi-final cup with St. Patrick’s Athletic. It’s a tough ask for Ollie Horgan’s chares at the home of the current champions, but they’ll go their confident of causing an upset.The game is being screened live on RTE Two at 1.45pm.HARPS DEFEATED IN WEXFORD AS ATTENTION SWITCHES TO CUP SEMI-FINAL was last modified: October 1st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:fai cupFinn Harps FCnewsSportwexford youthslast_img read more

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