Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields defeats Tori Nelson

first_imgIn a photo provided by Showtime, Claressa Shields is interviewed after he win over Tori Nelson during a boxing bout Friday night, Jan. 12, 2018, in Verona, N.Y. Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. (Stephanie Trapp/Showtime via AP)VERONA, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at Turning Stone Casino to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles.Each of the three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, who was nearly 20 years younger than her opponent. The 41-year-old Nelson (17-1-3, 1 KO), who won a middleweight world title in 2011 but had only fought twice since June 2015, lost for the first time in her career.ADVERTISEMENT Nelson, of Ashburn, Virginia, took the fight to Shields at the outset, but as the bout wore on the young champion proved to be the more skilled boxer, able to avoid Nelson’s big hooks and using her jab to keep her foe at bay.Nelson landed a sharp body shot in the seventh round, putting Shields on the ropes and landing several more punches. But the 22-year-old Shields, who likes to boast she’s the greatest of all-time, dodged most of them and landed a right hand of her own that stunned Nelson and sent her backward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer (21-0, 9 KOs) watched the fight from ringside. Shields said after her victory Friday night, which was televised live on Showtime, that she could easily go down in weight to face Hammer, who is from Kazakhstan.“I think she’s pretty scared, to be honest. She’s more worried about me than I am her,” Shields said after her win. “I can’t wait to fight her and show her that she isn’t (better than me).” Shields pummeled Nikki Adler last August to win the two super middleweight titles. That lopsided fight, Adler’s first loss in 17 bouts, was stopped in the fifth round. Shields’ combinations left Adler defenseless in a matchup of previously unbeaten boxers.Shields displayed her dominance in the punching totals on Friday night, connecting on 225 of 632 overall and 186 of 425 power punches to Nelson’s 81 of 400 and 70 of 348.After the fight, Shields donated her gloves to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in nearby Canastota, New York.Shields became the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable in March and again last August on Showtime. She’s the first American, male or female, to win a boxing gold medal since Andre Ward at the 2004 Athens Olympics.The only other U.S. boxer to win two Olympic gold medals is Oliver Kirk, who took the bantamweight and featherweight titles at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wall pushes Wizards over the line in OT win vs Nets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Asian Games stir Indonesia’s pride, boost Jokowi’s campaign

first_imgImproving Indonesia’s creaking infrastructure has been Jokowi’s signature policy — the Asian Games indirectly highlighted some of the progress — and he enters the campaign the clear but not unbeatable front-runner.If it’s any consolation for Prabowo, who was narrowly defeated by Jokowi in 2014, the games afterglow will fade and is unlikely to be a decisive factor when the world’s third largest democracy votes in April, analysts said.“I think Jokowi’s and Indonesia’s performance in the Asian Games will give the president a bit of a bump in the polls but I’m not sure it significantly changes his odds of re-election,” said Eurasia Group analyst Peter Mumford.“Any benefit from the Asian Games may have dissipated by then. But certainly doesn’t do him any harm,” he said.Jokowi, however, appears intent on extending its shelf life, announcing alongside the president of the International Olympic Committee on Saturday that because of the success of the Asian Games, Indonesia will bid for the 2032 Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In another moment that riveted Indonesians, Jokowi was shown enthusiastically grooving to music blasting across the stadium, a stark contrast to the morbid formality of most Southeast Asian leaders.Haris said the games also positively highlighted ethnic and religious differences in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority nation with more than 260 million people, making it harder to exploit those divisions during the election campaign, he said.“The Indonesian people saw how the athletes are fighting for victory, for gold medals, and the winners are not only Muslim, but also of Chinese descent, Christian, Hindu and Buddhist,” Haris said. “This will certainly dampen the sectarian and ethnic issues used in the 2014 presidential elections.”Despite Jokowi’s prominence, Subianto wasn’t totally deprived of oxygen.As chairman of the Pencak Silat association— a local martial art included in these games — he was shown on national television presenting some of the 14 gold medals that Indonesia won in the discipline, and in a group hug with Jokowi and one of the winners.But he was also mocked online with a mercilessly effective meme that juxtaposed a recent image of a shirtless and flabby Subianto against the washboard abs of an Indonesian heartthrob who jubilantly tore off his shirt after winning gold in the men’s badminton singles.Young Indonesians make up 35-40 percent of voters and will play a “decisive” role in the 2019 presidential race, said Hugo Brennan, Asia analyst at Verisk Maplecroft, a business and political risk consultancy.“Jokowi’s motorcycle stunt during the opening ceremony was widely shared on social media and will have burnished his ‘cool credentials’ among this important constituency,” he said.The PR win comes less than a month after Jokowi unexpectedly chose a conservative cleric, Ma’ruf Amin, as his running mate, dismaying moderate and liberal supporters but likely neutralizing damaging criticism that he isn’t sufficiently Islamic.Most of his five-year term has been spent balancing the demands of his moderate base, powerful Islamic conservatives, a complicated parliamentary coalition and the military, which has never completely accepted its diminished role following the end of the Suharto dictatorship two decades ago. Jokowi was compared to Barack Obama when first elected in 2014, and he and his advisers have cultivated a “cool cred” around his presidency.That was evident two weeks ago in his cameo at the opening ceremony before a crowd of 40,000 and a national television audience.A slickly choreographed video showed Jokowi stuck in traffic — a humorous nod to one of Jakarta’s major challenges in hosting the games. He donned a black helmet and raced through the city’s backstreets on a motorbike to reach the stadium on time.Then the motorbike shown in the video sped into the stadium and its helmeted driver disappeared into a tunnel moments before the real Jokowi appeared in the VIP area to thunderous applause.It resembled part of the opening of the 2012 London Olympics, where Queen Elizabeth II and James Bond appeared to skydive into the stadium.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE – In this Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, file photo, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center, joins the crowd as he watches the men’s team badminton game between Indonesia and China at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Indonesia’s hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals has swelled national pride, providing a boost to the re-election campaign of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila, File)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia’s hosting of the Asian Games and a record haul of gold medals has swelled national pride, providing a boost to the re-election campaign of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.The 2-week-long games ended Saturday with Indonesia fourth on the medal table behind China, Japan and South Korea. A good chunk of its 30 gold medals were in obscure sports held only at the Asian Games, and none was from swimming or athletics.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Fajardo rues timing of injury Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But for Indonesia, which has won only seven Olympic gold medals — all in badminton — it was a landmark haul that outdid its modest ambition of sneaking into the top 10.A well-received opening ceremony, an absence of major organizational problems, and Jokowi’s surprise announcement Saturday that Indonesia would bid for the 2032 Olympics have fueled feel-good nationalism that analysts say is likely to give Jokowi a lift in the polls heading to an April election.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’That would widen his already substantial lead over former general and ultranationalist politician Prabowo Subianto, Jokowi’s challenger for a second time.The games will “certainly have a positive impact on Jokowi’s electability,” said Syamsuddin Haris, a political analyst from the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. “The spectacular opening ceremony became a successful campaign for the incumbent, especially to attract swing voters and millennials whose numbers are very significant.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Decision will be made when Persaud returns – President

first_img…maintains he’s on vacation leave, not admin leaveCommander-in-Chief, President David Granger has revealed that the Administration would decide the next move as it relates to the suitability of Top Cop Seelall Persaud, to lead the Guyana Police Force.Police Commissioner Seelall PersaudPersaud was slated to return to work on November 24 after being on four months’ vacation leave, but was asked to remain on leave “in the interest of public” by Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan.In a letter, the Minister instructed Persaud to proceed on “special leave” until further notice in the interest of the public, so as to allow for the continuation of initiatives and innovations being pursued by the Guyana Police Force’s temporary administration.That move was translated by social commentators as Persaud getting the boot following the recommendations of the Commission of Inquiry (CoI) into the alleged plot to assassinate President Granger.The President, however, on Wednesday said that Persaud has not been asked to proceed on administrative leave rather he was merely asked to use up his remaining annual leave. He noted that the coalition Government was not in favour of public servants accumulating leave which sometimes result in them requesting payment for that time.“Right now, there is nothing abnormal or irregular about Mr Seelall Persaud going on leave. The leave is due to him; he is not being sent on administrative leave; the leave is due to him and he should enjoy it,” he added.On March 29, Andriff Gillard reported to the Police that his friend and neighbour, Nizam Khan, had offered him $7 million to assassinate the President. He said the offer was made during a conversation between Khan and himself after he had approached Khan to borrow $6 million to purchase a property.Following the allegation, President Granger commissioned an inquiry to investigate how the Police had done their investigation of the allegation, and to make recommendations to address flaws and shortcomings of the Police Force.Retired Assistant Police Commissioner Paul Slowe headed the CoI. In his recommendations, Slowe suggested that disciplinary actions be taken against Police Commissioner Persaud and that he be made to resign and investigated for perjury.The Commission found that a proper investigation was not conducted into the allegation made by Gillard, owing to the interference of Persaud. Slowe reported that the response by the Police was conditioned by the fact that Imran Khan, brother of the accused, has a close relationship with Persaud and other senior ranks of the Police Force. In addition, the Commission found that Imran had considerable influence in the decisions of Persaud in relation to promotions and transfers, which ultimately resulted in the investigative ranks being apprehensive.“The Commission recommends that Commissioner Seelall Persaud should be made to resign his position as the Commissioner of Police for the Guyana Police Force, under such terms and conditions that His Excellency considers appropriate.Failing which, proceedings should be initiated in accordance with Article 225 of the Constitution of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana to have him removed from the office for misbehaviour,” the report stated.It was also recommended that Persaud be investigated for perjury since he told the CoI that he first knew about the allegation after 16:00h on March 29, in spite of Assistant Police Commissioner Clifton Hicken testifying that he informed Persaud of the allegation around 10:00h that morning.However, Ramjattan expressed the opinion that he was not in agreement with all of the recommendations of the report, and noted that before they were acted upon, they would have to be deliberated at Cabinet.last_img read more

Hotelier, ‘hitman’ to face Judge for plotting to kill businessman

first_imgThe proprietor of Rocky’s Hotel and his alleged hired ‘hitman’ who were jointly charged for conspiring to murder a businessman in Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) were on Monday committed to stand trial at the Demerara High Court after a prima facie case was made out against them.Mark Grimmond and Chatterpaul SinghFifty-seven-year-old Mark Grimmond, of Grove Housing Scheme, East Bank Demerara (EBD), and Chatterpaul Singh, a 36-year-old miner of First Street, Cummings Lodge, East Coast Demerara (ECD), were charged with the offence on June 13, 2019.It is alleged that between April 1, 2018 and June 7, 2019, in Georgetown, they conspired with each other and persons unknown to kill Dwayne Grant.The men were on trial before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.When the matter was called on Monday, the Chief Magistrate ruled that there was sufficient evidence against the duo for them to stand trial before a Judge and jury at the next sitting of the Demerara Assizes.The case was prosecuted by Inspector Neville Jeffers.It was reported that the Virtual Complainant, a businessman in Lethem, reported to the Police that he received information that the defendants were plotting to kill him.As such, an investigation was conducted by the Police during which Singh was arrested after a firearm was found in his possession.When questioned, Singh reportedly had a detailed conversation with the ranks and admitted that he and Grimmond were planning to kill Grant.Officers were also able to obtain recordings of telephone conversations between the defendants. Advice was sought from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), who recommended that charges be instituted.The defendants are currently out on $500,000 bail each.last_img read more

4 fires in 6 days recorded in Berbice

first_imgThe ancient county of Berbice recorded some four fires in six days according to the Fire Department there. This has caused the Divisional Commander to call on residents to take more precautions when it comes to managing items of flammable nature.Divisional Commander Dwayne ScotlandAccording to Divisional Commander Dwayne Scotland, more fires are being caused as a result of carelessness, while outlining that only on Tuesday, there were two such fires in East Berbice and West Berbice respectively.He called on homeowners to be more careful and act in a more responsible manner, noting that of the four fires, three homes were completely destroyed. In all, the Fire Police in Berbice have responded to 12 fires in less than one week.“We have an increase in fires being started by some persons being careless. We have an increase for last year over the previous year of 57 per cent which is totally unacceptable. People need to be more cognizant of their environment and the way they operate. We have children playing with matches also at an increase. Parents leaving unattended and going and do whatever they want to do and the child has free time and finds some ways of making use of their time. Most of the time they want to play with matches or they want to experiment with fire,” Scotland noted.The scorched building in East Canje on MondayOn Monday, a Bath Settlement, West Berbice woman went to a nearby shop while cooking and locked her three young children in the house. It was a neighbour who broke in and saved their lives after the kerosene oil stove went up in flames. While, East Berbice neighbours formed a bucket brigade and prevented extensive damage to a building situated at lot 121 New Street Cumberland, East Canje.At the time, four children were alone at home, the eldest being 15 when one of the younger ones started to experiment with matches.Ronnie Glasgow, one of the occupants, related to this publication that matches are not normally kept in their house but on Monday evening, they were given three boxes and accepted it. He said he was a short distance away working when he got the message but by the time he got home, neighbours had already put out the blaze with damages to the lower flat including the ceiling and furniture.Destruction to the building at Bath Settlement on MondayMeanwhile, one resident reported that the fire tender had difficulties responding as a bar has been erected across the street. Firefighters had to use shears to cut the padlock before passing.On Sunday, the Fire Service also responded to a fire in Tucburg, New Amsterdam. The building was totally destroyed.  According to Scotland’s investigations, someone left an electrical fan unattended and it overheated. The flames caught on combustible material and eventually spread throughout the building. At the time, no one was at home.The owner is overseas and had put a caretaker to live in the house.Scotland says persons must take more care of their children’s affairs and ensure that they are always supervised.last_img read more

More than $780M spent on legal fees in 2018 – Greenidge

first_imgBorder controversy caseForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge has disclosed that in excess of $780 million has been spent to cover legal fees for the team of lawyers that were recruited to represent Guyana’s interest in the border controversy case with Venezuela that is currently before the International Court of Justice (ICJ).Speaking at his Ministry’s year end press conference on Thursday, Greenidge explained that the money spent is part of the US$15 million that was set aside to cover legal fees from the controversial US$18 million signing bonus that Guyana received from US oil giant, ExxonMobil.“It was used to fund all the legal fees in 2018 and it will fund the fees in 2019 until it is exhausted… The figures for 2018, I believe is in excess of 780 million Guyana dollars,” the Minister stated.Back in May, Government went to the National Assembly and got a supplementaryForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidgeprovision of $788,049,000 to offset the expenses incurred from its case at the ICJ.Leading Guyana’s team at the World Court is Sir Shridath Ramphal. The team also includes experienced overseas-based and local legal minds, some of whom were part of the team that won a border case for Guyana against Suriname. While Government has been tight-lipped about the identity of its legal team, it has been reported that three international law firms are working along with Sir Shridath.One of these firms is United Kingdom-based Matrix and Minister Greenidge had previously stated that a professor of law, who lectures at two prominent UK universities, is attached to the firm.However, even with this current core team of lawyers in place, the Foreign Affairs Minister recognised this issue of the border controversy is an “expensive and complicated” one. As such, he did not rule out a possible need to expand the team in future.This, he noted, will be dependent on Venezuela’s memorial in response to Guyana, whether it decides to participate in the legal proceedings or not, and the needs of the court in determining the validity of 1899 Arbitral Tribunal Award, which sets out the land boundary with the neighbouring Spanish-speaking nation. The Spanish-speaking country was given until April 18 next year to submit its memorial in response to Guyana’s memorial which was filed back in June. “Even if Venezuela doesn’t participate, the Judges are at liberty to satisfy themselves that question A or B needs to answered. And in many ways, I think one has to be careful in these circumstances because if the Judge finds that he’s only hearing from one side, he wants to appear to be fair and may even ask you harder questions that the other side ‘cause he knows what he wants to satisfy himself and he or they may have lots of difficult questions to ask. So other teams may be required or the team may need to be supplemented by additional individual lawyers or firms of lawyers,” he asserted.While he noting that he could not say how many more lawyers would be needed, the foreign Affairs Minister went on to explain that the practice in these cases is for additional lawyers to be supplemented on a particular topic or angle to build on existing capacity within the legal teams.Nevertheless, he defend Guyana’s spending on the matter, saying that it was a small price to pay, especially given what is at stake. He emphasised the need for Guyana to have the resources available to make a strong case as possible, whether or not Venezuela participates.“[This] is a once and for all investment in protecting your right… You can’t fix it afterwards, you have to be sure that you have the best from the very beginning and then you can worry afterwards. If you look at the resources at risk, you will see that this is a very, very important issue and it really doesn’t behoove us to be spending too much time arguing about 10 cents extra in order to get the legal skills we need,” the Minister contended.Venezuela had renewed its claim to most, if not all, of Guyana’s territorial waters off of the Essequibo Coast in 2015, shortly after ExxonMobil had announced its first find of oil in commercial quantities.Since then, the US oil giant has made nine more oil finds making Guyana home to the world’s biggest new deepwater oil discovery. The company is set to commence production in 2020 at Exxon’s Liza 1 well in 2020 at an expected 120,000 barrels per day and it has been reported that the country will earn some US$300 million annually.Back in January, Secretary General of the United Nations (UN) António Guterres had announced he was referring the decades-old controversy to the ICJ. This move followed unsuccessful attempts to resolve the matter through the various mechanisms outlined in the Geneva Agreement signed between Guyana and Venezuela in 1966. As such, Guyana filed formal proceedings back in March, asking the World Court to confirm the legal validity and binding effect of the 1899 Award.last_img read more

Three Bantam Flyers players competing at U15 Provincial Tournament

first_imgPENTICTON, B.C. — A trio of Fort St. John hockey players are in Penticton today, competing in the U15 Boys Provincial Tournament.Hunter Brown, Henry Kehl, and Wyatt Millner all played with the Fort St. John Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers this past season, with whom they won a Bronze medal at the BC Hockey Tier 2 Bantam Provincials in Powell River in March. The trio made the cut for the U15 tournament at tryouts in Prince George in mid-April.Bantam Flyers head coach Craig Brownlee says that the three graduating first-year players will be ones to watch at the tournament. “All three will have different strengths that they can show,” said Brownlee.- Advertisement – IMG_9599 Henry Kehl in action with the Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers this past season. Photo by Sarah and John Olson Henry Kehl in action with the Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers this past season. Photo by Sarah and John Olson Wyatt Millner in action with the Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers this past season. Photo by Sarah and John Olson Wyatt Millner in action with the Northern Metalic Bantam Flyers this past season. Photo by Sarah and John Olson “I think Hunter Brown, he fits in just perfectly in a league that has kids older than him. He really picked up his physical game later in the season and I think that helped him win pucks and battles on the boards, and this is something they’ll look for.”“Wyatt is a good offensive defenseman, he’s got a big snapshot from the point, quite accurate. Very smooth skating puck moving type defenseman.”“Henry Kehl, if I had a most-improved player on my team this year, I’d consider him for that. More of a stay at home-type defender, but he’s very strong at making that first move that starts the offence. A steady defender for sure.”Advertisement Brown, Kehl, and Millner arrived in Penticton earlier this week, and have been training and practicing with their respective teams in the tournament, Team Black, Grey, and White, since Thursday. The three will be playing their first games of the tournament on Friday afternoon at the South Okanagan Events Centre. The three teams will also be in action for a pair of games all day Saturday, with the final placement games on Sunday morning.Live results from the tournament can be found here: http://bchockeystats.hockeytech.com/stats/schedule.last_img read more

Civic leader Gonthier dies

first_imgWHITTIER – Isabelle E. Gonthier, two-time president of the Rio Hondo College Board and a major force in establishing the first campus child-care center for student-mothers, died Monday at Kaiser Hospital in Fontana after a brief illness. She was 79. Gonthier served 12 years on the college board, from 1981 to 1993. Gonthier was born July 4, 1927 in Ontario, but raised as a beach girl in Venice where she attended Venice High School. On weekends, she and her friends spent a lot of time diving for coins thrown into the water off of the Venice pier. She quit high school in her senior year to marry Jim Brown, a sailor. The young couple became parents of four sons, Richard, Fred, John and Chuck. In the mid-1950s, the family moved to Seattle, where her husband worked on projects for the 1962 World’s Fair. When the fair opened, the family returned to Whittier, where Brown opened a welding business that became quite successful. Isabelle concentrated on raising her sons. She was active in the PTA at Loma Vista, Carmela and Sierra High School and supported her children’s sports and student theater activities. When son Fred graduated and joined the Air Force, like his older brother Richard, Isabelle went back to work at the local Teen Post program serving South Whittier and Santa Fe Springs. At that time, she also obtained her GED and enrolled at Rio Hondo College. After receiving her associate’s degree, she became a counselor for the state’s Department of Rehabilitation in Whittier. She quickly became a strong advocate for disabled people. She worked with the city of Santa Fe Springs to organize an award-winning state conference on helping people with disabilities. She was then promoted to assistant to the state director for the Department of Rehabilitation, serving in that capacity until the director retired. Shortly after that, her husband died. Gonthier returned to her state job in Whittier and also won election to the Rio Hondo College Board of Trustees. When her time on the board was up, Gonthier would recall that one of her proudest accomplishments on the board was the building of an on-campus child care center for young mothers attending college. Manuel Baca, current interim Rio Hondo president, was vice president of the college’s student services during Gonthier’s tenure. “We run a very nice day care facility here now, in large part due to Isabelle Gonthier’s persistence,” Baca said. At the urging of her friend, the late Gus Carras, Gonthier transferred to the state’s Department of Labor, where she served as deputy labor commissioner until she retired. In retirement she managed real estate investments, became a certified hospice care volunteer and enjoyed her 12 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She is survived by her brother, Bob Tucker of Maryland; four sons, Richard, a retired trucker in Texas, Fred, a retired teacher in Georgia, John, executive director of Family Services of Desert Living in Desert Hot Springs, and Chuck, self- employed in Desert Hot Springs; and her grandchildren. There will be a public viewing from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at Rose Hills Mortuary and Memorial Park, 3600 Workman Mill Road, Whittier. Her funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday in SkyRose Chapel at Rose Hills, followed immediately by a graveside service.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

Bayern urged to bring CL mindset to Bundesliga title race

first_img0Shares0000Kovac wants to see Bayern Munich bring the same defensive discipline to their game in the Bundesliga as they showed at Liverpool in midweek © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFBERLIN, Germany, Feb 22 – Niko Kovac wants his Bayern Munich side to show the same defensive discipline that saw them shut out Liverpool in the Bundesliga title race as they set their sights on stuttering leaders Borussia Dortmund.Bayern conceded sloppy goals — including a Bundesliga record fastest own goal after just 13 seconds — in last Friday’s 3-2 win at Augsburg, which put the reigning champions three points behind Dortmund thanks to them drawing 0-0 at Nuremberg on Monday night. Kovac’s team followed that up with a far more disciplined goalless draw at Anfield that has put them in a decent position against Liverpool ahead of the deciding leg of their last-16 Champions League tie at the Allianz Arena on March 12.“I expect the same concentration and absolute discipline in defence,” he said on Thursday ahead of their home league clash with Hertha Berlin Saturday.Hertha beat second-placed Bayern in the capital 2-0 in September, the first of the four defeats this season.“The Bundesliga is important, but a few players rate the Champions League higher and put more into it,” he added.A win in Munich would put Bayern level on points with Dortmund for at least 24 hours before Dortmund play on Sunday at home to Bayer Leverkusen — who have surged up to fifth under new coach Peter Bosz — while a seven-goal swing in Bayern’s favour over both fixtures could put the Bavarians top on goal difference.Croat Kovac wants to make it “hard to score goals against Bayern Munich — it’s all in the mind” after too many loose defensive displays.Centre-back Mats Hummels is doubtful to face Hertha with a cold and set to be replaced by Jerome Boateng, who missed the draw at Liverpool with an upset stomach.Midfielder Leon Goretzka could also return after shaking off an Achilles tendon knock.– Bosz back to haunt Dortmund –Dortmund desperately need a win as what was once a nine-point lead has been slashed after drawing their last three league matches, while Bayern have bounced back from a rocky November by winning nine of their last 10.Dortmund are also focused on ridding themselves of defensive frailties after leaking 10 goals in their last five games.Director of sport Michael Zorc has had to defend coach Lucien Favre after poor recent results and says lady luck is simply not smiling on his team.“We made mistakes in the first half of the season too, the difference now is that we are being punished,” said Zorc.“We’re missing that bit of luck, but we won’t change everything.”Borussia Dortmund are set to welcome back playmaker Marco Reus, who has been sidelined by a thigh injury, on Sunday © AFP/File / SASCHA SCHUERMANNDortmund are set to welcome back Marco Reus, whose influence has been badly missed since he picked up a thigh injury in the German Cup defeat by Werder Bremen earlier this month, and key defender Manuel Akanji, sidelined since December with a hip injury.The timing could not be better against a Leverkusen team challenging for a Champions League place.Thirteen goals in four consecutive Bundesliga wins, including a shock 3-1 victory over Bayern, has hauled Leverkusen up into fifth.Their head coach Bosz, who was sacked by Dortmund in December 2017 after barely half a year in charge, has turned Leverkusen’s fortunes around since replacing Heiko Herrlich late last year.He has given Germany starlets Julian Brandt, 22, and Kai Havertz, 19, more freedom and the pair have obliged with six goals and three assists in the last four games.They were deadly as Brandt scored twice and set up two more, including one for Havertz, in the 5-1 battering of Mainz a fortnight ago.Fixtures (all times 5:30pm unless stated)FridayWerder Bremen v Stuttgart (10:30pm)SaturdayBorussia Moenchengladbach v Wolfsburg, Bayern Munich v Hertha Berlin, Freiburg v Augsburg, Mainz v Schalke 04, Fortuna Duesseldorf v Nuremberg (8:30pm)SundayHanover 96 v Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Dortmund v Bayer Leverkusen (8pm)MondayRB Leipzig v Hoffenheim (10:30pm)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Plans for Creative Ireland roll-out for Donegal unveiled

first_imgThere was barely standing room in the Regional Cultural Centre last night as the Creative Ireland team unveiled their ambitious plans for the roll out of the new Creative Ireland programme in Donegal.Over 120 people from all over the north-west region attended the event which heard from Eileen Burgess, Cultural Services Manager in Donegal County Council, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Terence Slowey and Director of Service Joe Peoples.Michael O’Reilly from the Creative Ireland team outlined what the programme is all about and how the success of the 2016 Commemorative Programme has inspired this legacy initiative. “The Creative Ireland programme is a five year programme which we hope will create a new urgency and provide a new platform to work that is already taking place throughout the country. We did not expect the 2016 Commemorative programme to be as successful as it was and that success was down to the fact that the programme was developed and delivered by local authorities working within their own communities. We provided the themes, the design and a bit of funding but the rest was developed locally and it became about so much more than we could ever have hoped for at a national level.”“The Creative Ireland programme is an individual and society wellbeing strategy and is based on three key principles: collaboration & communications; community empowerment; and internationalisation. This programme is about all aspects of our life and it is central to the work of all government departments. It is important that people are aware that this programme is being delivered locally.”There are five pillars in the Creative Ireland Programme: enabling the creative potential of every child, enabling creativity in every community, investing in our creative and cultural infrastructure, Ireland as a Centre of Excellence in media production and unifying our global reputation.Michael O’Reilly is unapologetic for the fact that this programme is not perfect and he admits that there are a number of gaps that need to be addressed and that the policy context within which it sits has not been rigorously tested using an evidence based analysis. Instead Mr. O’Reilly believes that rather than spending time testing the theory it is about putting the approach into practice. “We know that this is the right thing to do and it is an evolving process. We have set out ten deliverables for 2017 and these will help guide the delivery of the programme over the coming years”.One of the key deliverables of the programme for 2017 is the development of a Culture and Creativity Plan in every county. The Donegal Plan will be prepared in the coming weeks and months and will be launched by Minister Heather Humphreys later in the year.Those attending the meeting were provided with the opportunity to give their feedback on the aspects of the programme that they felt was of most relevance to Donegal and how this programme could be delivered in Donegal. A number of interesting suggestions emerged from the meeting including ideas such as the development of creative hubs, the production of Donegal based short films, utilising existing creative resources, supporting artists and artist in residence opportunities in schools, networking opportunities, and access to training, to name but a few.The need for better broadband and better public transport was also raised. Unique aspects of and influences on Donegal’s culture were highlighted, including its music, language, islands, geographical location and links with Scotland, with Canada and with the US.Those attending were invited to send on other ideas, comments and suggestions to the Creative Ireland team by email to info@ireland.ie  Plans for Creative Ireland roll-out for Donegal unveiled was last modified: April 4th, 2017 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