‘Buzz’ romps Alex’s Import Gold Cup

first_imgBUZZ NIGHTMARE cemented his status as one of the best horses in the country with an impressive victory in the 44th running of the Alex’s Import Gold Cup over 1400 metres at Caymanas Park yesterday. Running at odds of 5-2 with Oneil Mullings riding for 14-time champion trainer Philip Feanny and owners 2 PENYU, BUZZ NIGHTMARE raced to his fifth consecutive win to put himself in line for possible ‘Horse of the Year’ honours. The fleet-footed 4-y-o gelding by Into Mischief out of Queen of Battle covered the distance in the smart time of 1:23.4 in winning by 2 3/4 lengths from fellow lightweights PHINEAS and BRAWN, both at 7-1, behind splits of 22.4, 45.0 and a blistering 1:10.0 for the first six furlongs. His time was a full second slower than the long-standing track record set by the legendary EROS for Feanny in the 1994 Gold Cup. “He’s yet to show his full potential,” asserted Feanny, who was saddling his 11th gold cup winner. Mullings had a second winner on the card in the Spencer Chung-trained KING D (9-2), who made all over 1100 metres for a facile win in the ninth race, while champion trainer Wayne DaCosta posted three winners in RUNAWAY GIRL, FEARLESS SAMURAI and SUPERTRONICS, all highly fancied.last_img read more

Volleybelles cast focus on SEA Games next year

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ JAKARTA—Team Philippines has fought the heavyweights in volleyball ever since getting to the 18th Asian Games. But there are powerhouse squads and there is China. World No. 1. Reigning Olympic champion.While the women’s team has been shooting for the stars each time it took the court, it now faces the prospect of playing its last game here when it battles the favorite Chinese on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. in Manila).ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View comments Red Lions cruise to rout of Bombers; Chiefs rebound from big loss to trip Altas Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Abby Maraño, the outspoken team skipper, posted on her Twitter account after the loss to the Indonesians, asking fans for patience during this learning process.“We are humbled by the challenges that we faced,” Maraño said on her page (@Abymarano). “Wala naman sigurong bansa na gumaling at lumakas ng isang araw lang. Siguradong pinagdaanan din nila noon lahat ng pinagdadaanan namin ngayon. Nagtiis din sila at ilang frustrations din ang nilagpasan. Tiwala lang.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 But forging an upset is no longer the goal.“We’re learning a lot as the tournament wears on,” spiker Alyssa Valdez told the Inquirer recently as this team made up of all-stars tries to milk the most out of a first Asiad appearance for Philippine volleyball in 36 years.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’“We are actually here trying to jell more as a team because we have a long-term goal, and that is the Southeast Asian Games,” Valdez said of the tournament the Philippines will host next year. “We are taking the experience here to learn and use for the future.”The Filipinos wound up their classification round assignments with only a win in four matches, losing to Thailand and Japan in straight sets before sweeping Hong Kong and then bowing to host Indonesia in four.last_img read more

Jalalon, Barroca anchor smothering Magnolia defense in Game 2 win

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia’s maddening defense in its 77-71 Game 2 win over Alaska in the PBA Governors’ Cup finals started with two men—Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia’s defense completely stifled the Aces in the fourth quarter allowing Alaska just two made field goals out of 20 attempts.The Hotshots also registered eight steals in that quarter alone.“I think we were quicker to the 50-50 balls and the team just talked that we need to win this one,” said Barroca, who finished with two points, two rebounds, and four assists. “By the second half our defense clicked and the hustle was there.”It also helped that Barroca and Jalalon’s shared chemistry is unmatched by any other.“Kuya Mark and I are always talking on what we will do,” said Jalalon who had seven points, seven rebounds, and seven assists. “When he’s pressuring Banchero I’m just waiting on the wings on what will happen. Basically, we’re reading each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom It was simply two high quality defenders in Jalalon and Barroca, who hounded Alaska’s ball handlers Chris Banchero, JVee Casio, and Simon Enciso.The two Hotshots point guards combined for five of their team’s total 20 steals in the game and the duo said it boiled down to effort especially in the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I will always give my hundred percent effort against whoever I’m matched up against,” said Barroca in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I was guarding so many guys but so far our defense has proven its worth.”“The team really wanted to win, because we weren’t in the lead for much of the game so we just pushed through and we told ourselves that ‘we can do this,’” added Jalalon in Filipino. “Our desire was there.” Misfiring Aces crumble in 4th: ‘We really couldn’t get anything’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 32-year-old Barroca is some sort of a mentor to Jalalon, who’s six years his junior, and the veteran point guard is glad that he has this bond with his teammate.“I’m happy whenever we’re on the court together,” said Barroca. “We can both pressure the ball handler and when Paul [Lee] ia also on the floor we’re a fast team. We have a good rotation and we have a lot of guards. We’re not finesse players, our foundation is our energy and we just go through everything through hard work.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Gedeh, Maryland, RiverGee to Host 2016 Independence Celebration

first_imgThree southeastern counties of Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee have been selected to host the country’s 169th Independence activities.The events will be officially commemorated on July 26, 2016, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has disclosed.The three counties will bring the numbers to 14 all of the counties that have hosted the independence celebration since the ascendency of the Unity Party-led government in 2006. The new team of clustered counties to host the celebration will become the second since Bomi, Grand Cape Mount and Gbarpolu counties were combined to host the 2013 Independence ceremonies.President Sirleaf made the disclosure at a special press conference held at the Presidential Palace in Greenville, Sinoe County. She called on authorities of those three counties and their citizens to begin early preparations so as to achieve the best results as expected.“We now know that we are coming to the last few of these [July 26] celebrations outside Monrovia, which prior to our ascendency to power had hosted the occasions throughout our national existence,” President Sirleaf said.The President noted that it was her administration that started the rotation of the independence celebrations that have seen some level of development in the various counties that had hosted the events.She said it is the UP-led government that changed it all by taking the celebration to the people, adding, “And so, we have had it in all of the other counties, except four that are left. We are now headed next year for the next cluster that will include Grand Gedeh, Maryland and River Gee.” To the contrary, historical records reveal that it was the actually late President William R. Tolbert, Jr. who began the tradition to rotate the Independence Day celebrations to the various counties of the Republic of Liberia. According to eminent Liberian historian, Dr. D. Elwood Dunn, the National Independence Day celebration of 1972 was held in Sanniquellie, Nimba County where Dr. E. B. Kesselly served as national orator. In 1973 the celebration was held in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County with oration delivered by Ambassador James Freeman; while n 1974 the Yancy Peters Flah delivered the national oration at the celebration in Zewdru, Grand Gedeh County. Dr. Dunn, who himself served as national orator at the Independence Day celebration of 2012, is in possession of copies of said orations from the Tolbert era. President Sirleaf also noted that it was her administration that started the County Development Fund and all of those things that bring development to the people outside of the capital city.The President said the preparations are not only about the government and the construction of some major facilities and support, but also to see some of the prominent and fortunate sons and daughters of those counties going back to carry out tangible development activities.“We want to see some of those individuals do things like what we saw in Grand Kru with Senator Peter Coleman and Representative Numene Bartekwa,” she said.Senator Coleman has a very modern hotel in the outskirts of Barclayville which helped to host many of the Ambassadors that graced this year’s celebration. Rep. Bartekwa also has a hotel and an entertainment center.In Sinoe, Supt. Romeo Quaiah also has a modern residence that hosted Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr.“These are the kinds of things that we would like to see our citizens get involve into. We want to encourage the citizens of the next three counties to start doing things in their respective places, because that is the spirit of the rotation,” she noted.President Sirleaf further disclosed that River Cess County will be the last county to host the final Independence Celebrations, climaxing the tenure of her presidency.“We want to give them more time, because there are lots of work to be done in the county. We want to see them transformed by the time we reach them in 2017,” President Sirleaf said.One reflective thing about the River-Cess celebration is that it will be happening in a very politically tense period as the nation would be poised for general and presidential elections.“That’s going to be a tough year too because of the political atmosphere that will be around, but we will be ready for it too,” the President said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Travis Vader arrested Monday morning

first_imgTravis Edward Vader Arrested On Outstanding WarrantsIn the early morning of July 19, 2010, the Edmonton RCMP Emergency Response Team with assistance from the Edmonton City Police Tactical Unit and the Fugitive Apprehension Sheriff Support Team (FASST) arrested Travis Edward Vader on outstanding warrants without incident at a rural residence near Niton Junction. Travis Vader is currently in custody on the outstanding warrants and will be interviewed concerning the McCann missing persons case.   The location of Travis Vader’s arrest will be the subject of the RCMP continuing investigation.The search of the area surrounding the SUV recovery site has been completed by the RCMP. The SUV has been examined by the Forensic Identification Unit. The RCMP continues their investigation.- Advertisement -During the course of the investigation, over 130 tips were received on the whereabouts of Travis Vader and 170 plus tips received on the McCanns and the MCCANNS’ vehicles.  Investigators still want to hear from anyone who may have seen the light green 2006 Hyundai Tucson license plate number ZPK 289, in the period from July 5th to 16th, 2010.Anyone with information is asked to call Edson Detachment at 780-723-8800 , St. Albert Detachment at 780-458-4300 or Crimestoppersat 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).last_img read more

Activists slam immigration plans

first_img“When we hear slogans like `temporary means temporary’ or that the number of green cards isn’t likely to be adjusted, when many of us believe the problems we now have are because we don’t have enough immigration slots, or when we hear about a point system that is a radically new concept … we’re concerned that we may end up reproducing the problems that we have now,” Sharry said. Other elements of the plan being devised by the White House and a handful of senators include a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, but only on the condition that they first return to their native countries and wait up to 13 years. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on Friday said he wants to give those negotiations a chance to yield a deal. “Some senators feel a breakthrough could take place, but they will need all day Tuesday to do that,” Reid said on the Senate floor Friday. He also, however, is threatening to open debate next week on an immigration bill backed mostly by Democrats that passed the Senate last year. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said the move would “give us the maximum opportunity to piece back together the bipartisan agreement that we thought we almost had a week or so ago.” Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Friday said she believes there is a chance for immigration reform, but said the Senate needs more time. “Democrats and Republicans have been working together with two Cabinet secretaries for over a month on this issue but there is hard work left to do,” she said. Feinstein didn’t take a position on the specific guest worker or visa proposals. But, she said, the final product should be a “practical, workable program that stabilizes our borders.” Cecilia Munoz, vice president of the National Council of La Raza, blasted the merit system, saying it would undermine employers’ ability to petition for workers as well as citizens and legal residents’ abilities to petition for their closest family members. She also called a temporary guest-worker program that curtailed or eliminated the ability of foreigners to become citizens a profound mistake. “It says, `We don’t want you to become Americans. We don’t really want you to stay here,”‘ she said. “It’s the French model. The American model, which has been `Come and participate and be one of us,’ has been successful, and it’s a mistake to change that.” Meanwhile, House members including Southern California Republicans like Rep. Elton Gallegly, R-Thousand Oaks, and Gary Miller, R-Brea, are expected to strongly oppose any measure that grants any legal status to illegal immigrants. lisa.friedman@langnews.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – With a major vote on immigration again looming in the Senate, advocates lashed out Friday at an emerging plan that includes issuing visas to foreigners based on employment skills and education levels instead of on family ties. Activists fighting for lenient treatment of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. said they remain optimistic about the newest incarnation of immigration reform. But now, they said, their biggest worries involve the future of legal immigration. “Some of the proposals on the table are deeply troubling,” said Frank Sharry, executive director of the National Immigration Forum. In particular, he and others pointed to discussions about a guest-worker program that does not give temporary workers a shot at citizenship, and a “merit-based” visa system that assigns would-be immigrants points based on job skills and education levels. last_img

Yanga old boy Mwalala thirsty for Super Cup

first_img0Shares0000Bandari FC head coach Bernard Mwalala watches on during his side’s Kenyan premier League clash against KCB at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 22, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 20- Bernard Mwalala built the vast of his glory days in active football while turning out in the green and yellow of Dar Young Africans (Yanga) where he was a poster boy and one of the finest attackers the club had in it’s history.Several years later, Mwalala returns to the Tanzanian capital of Dar es Salaam, this time as a coach and he says he wants to replicate the same glory days he had as a player, now with Bandari FC. The former Nzoia United head coach will lead Bandari FC for their debut in the third edition of the SportPesa Super Cup and will begin their quest for the title as well as a chance to play English Premier League side Everton FC on Tuesday when they take on Tanzanian side Singida United in the first round.“I feel great to be back here, I had missed Dar, I had missed Tanzania and the fans who filled stadia during our days. It’s great excitement for me coming back as a coach and I trust we will do well in this tournament,” Mwalala told Capital Sport after their afternoon training session at the Police Grounds in Dar.Bandari FC players training at the Police Training College Grounds in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2019Coincidentally, it is the same grounds that Yanga have used for their training sessions over the last several decades and this was hugely nostalgic for the youthful tactician.Bandari hope in the least to make it to the last four and Mwalala has taken the approach of moving in a game at a time. A spot in the semi will link them up with a bout against either AFC Leopards or Simba.“We are going in a game at a time. Our focus is on Tuesday’s game against Singida but the biggest thing is that I would like my team to progress and we probably meet one of the big teams in Tanzania so that my players can get that experience of how it feels playing against a team with a full stadium supporting them. It will build them a lot,” Mwalala noted.Bandari find themselves at an advantageous spot especially over the other Kenyan teams as the weather in Mombasa and Dar are almost the same and they are used to the heat and humidity. Also, the team had their pre-season camp in Zanzibar and are thus more at home coming to Dar.“I think it is a huge huge advantage for us because we are used to this weather, we had a pre-season in Zanzibar and played against two Tanzanian sides and we feel that we are very ready. Also, we have been doing well in the league and the motivation for the players is very high,” Mwalala noted.Bandari FC striker Wycliffe Ochomo training at the Police Training College Grounds in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on January 20, 2019On Singida United, Mwalala is not worried about their tactical preparedness to tackle their opponents who reached the semis of last year’s tournament in Nakuru, Kenya.“I have played in Tanzania for a very long time so I know how most of the teams play and their styles tactically and technically,” he says.“Or league starting in December was a blessing in disguise because we have picked up in terms of fitness. We are well prepared, because we have been getting good results and mentally, the boys are sharp,” the tactician stated.Meanwhile, skipper Felly Mulumba believes that they will be strong enough to tackle opponents but is quick to note that they expect a tough challenge seeing the prize at stake.“We have been doing well in the league and of course that is some huge motivation for us. But coming through here, we are facing different teams who pose a different challenge. It will be tough but we are ready to fight,” the defender stated.“We also want to get a feel of these kinds of tournaments and this being our first opportunity, we want to make the best of it. Everyone is focused and we promise to give our best,” he further stated.Bandari come into the tournament with some good run of form and are placed second in the Kenyan premier League standings with 18 points off eight matches from five wins and three draws.Competitively, Bandari have not lost since September 30 2018, when they went down to relegated Wazito 2-1 in a league fixture.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgSATURDAY Grand opening of the Santa Clarita Community Center, 10 a.m. at 22421 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 255-4939. Celebrating Diversity story time, 10 a.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Newhall branch of the Italian Catholic Federation will meet for dinner and socializing, 6:30 p.m. at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church hall, 23233 W. Lyons Ave., Newhall. Cost: $5. Call Lorraine at (661) 284-1923. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY Live animal program, 2-3 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Photo Workshop on the preservation of photographs and the care and storage of photographs, 2 p.m. at the Saugus Train Station at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Pat Saletore at (661) 254-2517. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY SCV Historical Society Board of Directors meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Heritage Junction, 24101 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Lions Club will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Boating safety class, titled “Basic and Advanced Coastal Navigation,” 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 268-0143. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille Institute will be available for the visually impaired, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call John Taylor at (661) 259-9444, Ext. 125. Community Mixer to kick off the annual Arthritis Walk, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Valencia Acura, 23955 Creekside Road, Valencia. The event is scheduled for April 30. Call Terri Soto at (818) 995-7378. Winter pajama story time, 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Santa Clarita chapter of the Los Angeles Opera League will meet, 7 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Service Center, 24271 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Olga Joseau at (661) 297-3086. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Dual Diagnosis Group for those who are chemically dependent and affected by mental illness, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at St. Francis Counseling Center, 25050 Avenue Kearny, Suite 101, Valencia. Call (661) 294-2880. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Children’s Bureau will hold an information meeting for those interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (661) 272-9996 or visit www.all4kids.org. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want 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

The 5 best places to visit in Donegal this Autumn

first_imgDeirdre McGlone of Harvey’s Point takes us through five of Donegal’s most breathtaking locations to visit this Autumn…Sweet September is just around the corner. For many of us, ‘back to school’ means back to routine and that’s not a bad thing. There are only so many summer camps and endless days of waiting for the sunshine to peep through the dark clouds!For many young people, it’s a time of new opportunity with the start of school, college or that first job in the big world. For us in the hospitality industry, we look forward to having a bit more time to engage with our discerning guests. The weather is most likely to be fine on two occasions during the year – early June when the Leaving Cert is on and early September when it’s back to school time!So with that in mind, I think a wee break-away escape is on the cards!Donegal is even more breathtakingly beautiful in Autumn with spectacular changes in the colour of the leafy landscape. It is the perfect opportunity to unwind and experience a more tranquil pace of life. A time to appreciate the enchanting beauty of nature and recharge the batteries.I would like to share with you some of my favourite places to visit in Donegal this Autumn. Although there are so many wonderful attractions in Donegal, I have selected those that don’t involve too much driving in order to leave you enough time to rest and relax in the luxurious surrounds of Harvey’s Point. 1. Slieve League2. Donegal Town3. Rossnowlagh/Murvagh Beach4. Aardnamonda Loop Walk5. Glenveagh National ParkSlieve League – Discover DonegalNo visit to Donegal is complete without a visit to one of our most iconic attractions, Slieve League – recognized as the highest accessible sea cliffs in Europe, reaching a height of 1,972 feet/601 meters. They are nearly three times the height of the more famous Cliffs of Moher in County Clare and judging by my recent visit there, Slieve League is rapidly gaining in popularity, being one of the Signature Discovery Points along the now world famous Wild Atlantic Way.The forty minute drive from Harvey’s Point to Slieve League takes in the scenery of Donegal Bay along the way, Killybegs, Irelands largest fishing port and Kilcar of Sarah Jessica Parker fame. I recommend taking the route back to Donegal Town via Glengesh Pass and perhaps stopping in the pretty town of Ardara for a bowl of chowder in Nancy’s traditional Irish bar.Arriving at Slieve League, it is now possible to drive almost to the very highest point as much work has been carried out at the cliffs in recent years. At the top there is now a car park and a large viewing platform. The view is breathtaking. You can look out across Donegal Bay and all the way to County Sligo and beyond. Forget online shopping – you can purchase Donegal Tweed from an attractive pop-up shop at the viewing platform. And don’t pass the ice-cream van!You might even spot the Northern Lights… The great thing about Slieve League is that you don’t have to be an experienced hiker to enjoy the view. There is a short walk option along a well-marked path. However, it is recommended that you have a guide with you for the hike to ‘One Man’s Pass’, wear appropriate footwear and exercise caution in relation to the weather forecast.Boat trips are available around the cliffs from nearby Teelin on the ‘Nuala Star’. Last year, a group of international bloggers took the boat-trip and out of the blue, a pod of dolphins appeared. Some of the guests jumped into the water and swam with them. Now that was something to write home about!The Diamond – Donegal TownJust ten minutes drive from Harvey’s Point, Donegal Town has a lovely buzz all year round. There are lots of colourful shops, great bars and restaurants. Enjoy watching the world go by from a bench in the Diamond.A visit to Magee of Donegal is well worthwhile with special discount extended for guests of Harvey’s Point. Donegal Bay Waterbus has a daily sailing and is the perfect way to spend a leisurely hour. Donegal Castle is a haven of history and the nearby Bank Walk is a lovely experience. Rossnowlagh and Murvagh BeachMiles and miles of sandy beach make for a perfect morning walk or evening stroll. Perhaps try a spot of surfing in Rossnowlagh or a round of golf at Murvagh or just sip a glass of something nice in either Smugglers Creek or the Sandhouse Hotel.Donegal has the longest coastline in Ireland and is blessed with twelve Blue Flag beaches. If the tide is right, you can walk the two beaches in one go.Ardnamona Woods – Ardnamona Loop WalkThis is one of my favourite walks in the area. Turn right at the gates of Harvey’s Point and walk along the lakeshore road, up a hill and cross the bridge which will lead you to a path that loops through the oak forest. You can also drive to the bridge but parking is limited. It’s a great place for foraging and in Autumn there is a plentitude of wild mushrooms such as chanterelles and ceps.The duration of the walk is a leisurely hour and a half. If you are visiting Harvey’s Point on a Tuesday or Thursday, then this is the ideal way to spend the time between breakfast and our complimentary cookery demonstrations and wine tasting events.Glenveagh Castle & National ParkRemote and yet not hard to get to – Glenveagh Castle and National Park is located about an hour from Harvey’s Point.Think of the hauntingly beautiful music of Clannad or Enya and you will picture this rugged wilderness in the heart of the Derryveagh Mountains, near Letterkenny. The park and gardens are open every day of the year from dawn to dusk and admission is free. There is a lovely 4km walk from the car park along the shores of the lake. I highly recommend a tour of the castle and some tasty treats in the tea-rooms.You might catch a glimpse of a Golden Eagle…Home-made holidays at Harvey’s PointMake Harvey’s your home for five relaxing and enjoyable days in the lap of luxury. We have created a lovely programme, showcasing the rugged beauty and iconic attractions of county Donegal. Using Harvey’s Point as your base, explore this wonderful part of the Wild Atlantic Way with our tailor-made day trips. You can mix and match the activities, do it all in a day or two or go at your own pace.The warmest of welcomes awaits.Your Home-made Holidays Package Includes:• 5 relaxing nights in a palatial suite including full Irish breakfast• Five Course Sunday Carvery Lunch on arrival• 2 Gourmet Dinners in our award winning Lakeside Restaurant• Dinner Cabaret on Wednesday night (until October 26th)• Complimentary Wine Tasting & Cooking DemonstrationNestled in between hills and trees, Harvey’s Point sits on the scenic Lough EskeFrom €599 per person sharing in an Executive or Lakeshore SuiteCheck in Sunday – Check out Friday.Three, two and one night stays also available on a Bed and Breakfast basis from €79 to €89 to €99 per person sharing.You can also avail of Afternoon Tea, all day dining in Harvey’s Bar or indeed try our new seven course Tasting Menu with wine pairings. Chris, Colin and our team of chefs are working on our new Autumn Menu which will showcase some amazing seasonal dishes, using the finest ingredients from the land, air and sea.Our Sales Team is at your service to assist with any queries you may have in planning your Autumn escape. We hope to have the pleasure of welcoming you to Harvey’s Point.The 5 best places to visit in Donegal this Autumn was last modified: August 30th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Autumndonegalharvey’s pointsightseeingtourismwhere to visitWild Atlantic Waylast_img read more

Worst-ever October overcrowding figures recorded at LUH

first_imgLetterkenny University Hospital has recorded its highest ever overcrowding figures in the month of October since records began in 2006.There were not enough beds for 693 patients attending the Emergency Department in LUH this month. The figure is up 21% from last year’s October overcrowding record of 572 patients in Letterkenny.Letterkenny was the fifth most overcrowded hospital in Ireland this month. It also recorded the fourth highest trolley count today (Thursday), with 44 patients without beds. The Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation is warning that the overcrowding crisis will worsen this winter if the recruitment ban in the HSE is not lifted.INMO General Secretary, Phil Ní Sheaghdha, said: “The message from the frontline is clear: patients are being put at grave risk.“There is no doubt that this situation will worsen as winter bites, unless staffing becomes a top priority for the government. Patients are paying the price for the HSE’s “go slow” recruitment freeze, which leaves many posts unfilled.“I have written to the HSE to warn that their recruitment pause is putting lives at risk. Advertisement “We need to be encouraging more nurses and midwives into our system. Instead, we are making an already bureaucratic recruitment process even more difficult. In many cases, we’re slamming the door on those who want to work in our public health system.”Worst-ever October overcrowding figures recorded at LUH was last modified: November 1st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:HSEinmoLetterkenny University Hospitalovercrowdinglast_img read more