Rivals Petron, Foton face off; Cocolife tries to stretch upset run vs F2

first_imgPetron had already netted American smasher Lindsay Stalzer, who helped steer Foton to the Grand Prix title last year.“There’s no truth to it, no plans for it,” Chua told the Inquirer. “The league might get upset with me.”Before the denial, there were reports that Petron was also reportedly eyeing F2 Logistics vital cogs Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili for next season.“We just got [our] buildup completed, that’s why we won a championship right away,” said Chua, referring to the team’s All-Filipino Cup triumph this season.Petron and Foton could have hogged the spotlight in the knockout semifinals that kick off at 4 p.m., but Cocolife managed to steal some of the thunder with a huge quarterfinal upset over heavily-favored Cignal, 25-23, 25-23, 25-20, late Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Thompson hopes to build legacy in Ginebra LATEST STORIES Saturday’s winners advance to the best-of-three championship series while the losers slug it out for third place.And the oft-overlooked Asset Managers, armed with a low-key squad and a solid coaching staff led by Kungfu Reyes, will attempt to trigger a major tectonic shift against the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, who won their first six matches here.“Making it to the semifinals is a big achievement to our team,” said Reyes. “But we will not settle for fourth place.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Under the glare of a roster-raiding controversy and in the shadow of a major tournament upset, Petron and Foton take their budding rivalry to the next stage as they slug it out in the knockout semifinals of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Foton coach Moro Branislav said Petron brings out the best in his team, having dealt its only loss in the eliminations (25-21, 25-22, 12-25, 25-20).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Foton likes playing contra Petron,” said the Serbian mentor. “It’s going to be an interesting match.”The feeling, it turns out, is mutual.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensePetron coach Shaq Delos Santos echoed Branislav’s sentiments, citing the “little rivalry” between the squads—a rivalry heightened because of the issue of roster pirating.But that has been quelled for now as San Miguel sports chief Alfrancis Chua denied reports that Petron is looking to dip its fingers into other teams’ rosters, telling the Inquirer that the Blaze Boosters have no plans of acquiring the Tornadoes’ Sara Klisura for the next Grand Prix. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Ex-Presidential Convoy Boss Loses Appeal

first_imgLawyers representing Perry Dolo, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf‘s ex-convoy chief, along with three others, have suffered a major setback after their request for separate trials was denied on Wednesday, June 4.Counsels for the defense had prayed the court to have each of the accused tried separately, contending that there was disparity in the indictmentx against some of the defendants, and that there is no substantial and independent evidence of their involvements in the crime.They further argued that the defense is “contradictory and antagonistic” and would result in an unfair trial for each were they to be tried together.However, Judge Yussif Kaba in his ruling, declared that the “Court does not see how all defense of defendants under the indictment will be contradictory or antagonistic. None of the defendants up to this point has confessed judgment and, or adjusted his position that will affect any of the other defendants.”Judge Kaba further declared, “It is possible and that is normally stated, that the defenses of defendants collectively charged with a commission of a crime may be different depending on the allegation specifically against them, and the particular role each is alleged to have played in the commission of a crime. But this difference is not a ground to claim prejudice.”The indictment charges the defendants with the commission of two acts: “Unlawful possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell and criminal facilitation.”Judge Kaba noted that the burden of proof is on the State to produce evidence in support of those accusations.“In the absence of trial, this court cannot pre-determine the nature, facts or evidence available to the court or the defense,” he stated in his ruling.“Therefore, the Court hereby orders denial of the motion for Severance,” he concluded.In November 2013, Dolo together with Sekou Rogers, Augustine Saah, Cyrus Slewon and Mohammed Bah were jointly indicted by the Government of Liberia with the commission of multiple crimes including unlawful possession of a narcotic drug with the intent to sell, and criminal facilitation.In the indictment, government alleged that defendants Dolo, Rogers and Saah were arrested with a huge quantity of marijuana weighing 315 kilograms and valued at LD$330,750.The prosecution alleged that it was transported on a Police Nissan Patrol jeep marked GSA-LNP-104, a decommissioned presidential escort vehicle.The document drawn by the grand jury of Grand Cape Mount County further alleged that co-defendants Slewon and Bah were personal friends of Dolo, one being a driver.According to the prosecution, the two were instructed by Dolo to go to Cape Mount to negotiate the release of the police vehicle.It further alleged that co-defendant Bah brought a plastic bag containing clothes which he gave to Dolo. Dolo then took off his police uniform and put on civilian clothes.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Protesting Schools Ordered Closed

first_imgA number of students who demonstrated in Margibi County, vandalized properties and blocked major highways trying to claim government’s attention—all in an effort to see their teachers back in the classrooms—have definitely missed the mark.This is because their action has caused President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to order those teachers who had protested, dismissed, while she promised to deal with students who were part of the demonstrations.An outraged President Sirleaf upon her arrival from the United States at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) in Margibi County yesterday, called on the Ministry of Education (MOE) to close with immediate effect, those schools that carried out the strike actions. She also said that if teachers of those schools were involved, they should be dismissed as well. On Tuesday, protesting students in Unification Town (Smell-No-Taste) near RIA blocked the airport-Monrovia highway demanding the return of their teachers to class.This was preceded by another strike action on Monday, when normal commercial activities and the free-flow of traffic were brought to a standstill in Kakata, Margibi County’s political capital. Those students took to the streets in solidarity with the leadership of the National Teachers Association of Liberia (NTAL) demanding the resignations of Minister Werner and MCSS Superintendent Jacobs.The students’ actions, however, turned violent, resulting in ransacking of several public buildings in Kakata. Also, they reportedly vandalized government facilities, including the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, offices of the National Elections Commission, the county’s Service Center and part of the fence that surrounds the Ministry of Education (MOE) facilities in Kakata. As to the fate of the striking students, President Sirleaf said the students’ actions have caused a lot of loses to the government, private citizens, companies and organizations, especially airlines and as such, the students would have to bear the consequences of their actions. “I’m going to instruct the Ministry of Education to close those schools immediately. We are going to ask for those students who were involved in the protest and deal with them,” she declared, adding, “And if there were teachers involved, they too will be dismissed until we see them handle themselves as leaders in the classrooms.”The President indicated that her government will begin a program of discipline in the country, noting, “I heard the news of the students’ strike action while I was in Ghana on Wednesday.”“It was brought to my attention that on Tuesday students blocked the RIA road, our major highway. As a result of that, many people came to their flights by changing from cars to riding on motorbikes, carrying their luggage in their hands and on their heads. Some of them also ended up missing their flights,” she said.The President was concerned because most of the airlines left RIA without taking their required passengers which was a loss to them. Some of the schools to be affected by the President’s pronouncement are the Lango Lappaye High School, E. J. Yancy, the Kakata Rural Teacher Training Institute (KRTTI) Demonstration School, all in Kakata, and the Harbel Multilateral R. S. Caulfield High School in Harbel and Smell-No-Taste.Although the President’s decision could be referred to as generic because not all of the students in those schools went out to protest, all of them will now bear the same consequences. The Liberia National Police attempted to calm the rising tension when the newly appointed Inspector General, Gregory Coleman, began discussions among the MOE, NTAL and the MCSS Teachers Association to end the hostilities, but the President’s pronouncement might have scuttled those talks.Coleman, during his intervention, said the sporadic blocking of major highways in the country, including the Monrovia-Kakata highway and the RIA-Monrovia highway by protesting students was worrisome.Coleman encouraged the belligerent parties to find ways to get the students to return to their classrooms as soon as possible.He said finding a quick and amicable solution to the standoff was important for the country’s peace and security, and also for the benefit of the innocent students who are victims of the unfortunate situation.Some local radio stations, including the Liberia Broadcasting System, have reported that other than Margibi, some public school students and teachers in Lofa, Gbarpolu, River Cess, and other counties also joined in the demonstrations to demand Werner’s resignation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

YMCA Retires ‘Long Serving’ Employees

first_imgMr. Lester Paye (right) presents a plaque to Mr. Emmanuel S. King, Sr, as a token of appreciation from the YMCA.The leadership of the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) in Liberia recently retired four people, the entity referred to as ‘long serving employees’ who have served in their respective positions for well over 10-20 years.YMCA also honored five American visiting guests representing the US-YMCA.The ceremony, accordingly reflected YMCA-Liberia’s commitment to uniting and empowering young people through self-development and service to their respective communities as an extension of “the Kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”The retirees are Mrs. Vida Bracewell, finance manager, Mrs. Elizabeth Varney, former executive director of the Yekepa YMCA, Mr. Emmanuel S. King, Sr, former senior accountant and the late John Arku, who served the Liberia YMCA from executive director of the Yekepa YMCA to development secretary to administrator and consultant before he passed away in November, 2018.Members of the International Group of US YMCAs, who entity honored include, Tom Valentine of the Chicago YMCA, Curt Hazelbaker of the Dallas YMCA and La Veda Howell of the Indianapolis YMCA, respectively.Chairman of the National Board of the YMCA, Lester M. Paye, spoke of the program being so special to the extent that given the honor and recognition of the staff and US YMCA delegation was long overdue.“We are here to recognize staffs, who have worked over the years, and also recognize our friends from the US-YMCA, who have helped in strengthening our YMCA over the years,” Paye said.YMCA National General Secretary, E. Timotheus Kamaboakai, informed the gathering that when he took over, he invited stakeholders to drive the YMCA forward.Kamaboakai said after a year of consultation and brainstorming, they arrived at to furhter empower the young people with skills and knowledge to be changed agents in their communities.“Given the fact that the YMCA implements high profile programs with grants from respectable donors, who agreed to push the agenda forward as the YMCA is not a sustainable organization,” he said.The YMCA, Kamaboakai said survives on grants as donor grants constitute nearly 90 percent of the institution’s budget.Kamaboakai therefore, wants the YMCA to remain a sustainable organization with diverse income flow that will be resilient whether there is a donor fatigue; an epidemic or anything that affects the natural movement of the organization, so as to have resources at its disposal to implement what it wants to do.On the goals for a sustainable YMCA, Kamaboakai said that the YMCA has identified three key legs to address the challenges of sustainability to include social enterprise, which looks at integrate, embedded and optional approaches.One of the honorees, Elizabeth Varney, said she has passion and commitment to the YMCA, “and so during my years of service, my commitment remained to the young people.”A member of the US delegation, Tom Valentine, said he sees the passion, query and excitement of the young people in Liberia, and the change the YMCA has created in them as laudable.He noted that all of the good things in Liberia today with the young people are connected to the YMCA.“We all want to build a team that will contribute to the success of young Liberians,” Valentine said. He thanked the YMCA for the appreciation conferred on members of the delegation.The Swedish Ambassador to Liberia, Ingrid Wetterqvist, appreciated the YMCA for inviting her, but more importantly, empowering the young people with skills to develop the country.The program was attended by the chairman and members of the National Board of the YMCA, the former National General Secretary, Peter Kamei, representatives from the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Mrs. and Mrs. Charles Ananaba, staffs of the YMCA as well as families and friends of the retirees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Inmate hospitalised after attack in prison

An inmate on remand at the Lusignan Prison, on the East Coast of Demerara, has been hospitalised after he was attacked on Friday night. The incident occurred sometime around 20:30h.The 25-year-old suspect was charged and remanded to prison on Friday for being in possession of an illegal gun and matching ammunition.However, according to acting Prisons Director Gladwin Samuels, later that night, “while housed in the Holding Bay, he was reportedly assaulted by prisoner(s) unknown.”It was reported that the inmate sustained injuries to the head.“When asked what might have caused such an attack, he was unable to say. According to him, he has no conflict with anyone currently incarcerated,” the Prisons Director said.Nevertheless, the 25-year-old young man remains hospitalised as the incident is being investigated by the Police.The injured inmate, a dog food vendor of E Field, Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was arrested late Thursday evening at his home after the unlicensed weapon was discovered.Acting on information received, ranks in A Division (Georgetown) went to the house where they carried out a search on the premises during which the .32 Taurus pistol along with 12 live matching rounds was found. read more

Antelope Valley Calendar

first_imgWhere: Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster Meetings: A.V. Republican Women, Federated meet What: The Antelope Valley Republican Women, Federated, will hold a luncheon meeting, with social time at 11:30 a.m., lunch at noon and the program at 12:30 p.m. Guest speakers are Lancaster City Councilman Ron Smith and Lew Stults, district director representing Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon’s office. Guests are welcome and reservations are required. Call (661) 274-8533. When: 11:30 a.m. Where: Holiday Inn, 38630 Fifth St. W., Palmdale Wednesday Clubs: `Let’s Eat Out’ Dinner What: J & J Social and Travel Club will host a “Let’s Eat Out” Dinner with an optional movie following. For reservations, call (661) 267-2586. When: 5:30 p.m. Where: Red Lobster, 1041 Rancho Vista Blvd., Palmdale Meetings: Weekly grief support meetings What: Hoffmann Hospice offers free weekly grief support meetings in our Palmdale office at 1543 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite N, Palmdale. Grief support meetings are open to all in need. The meetings provide the necessary tools to aid individuals throughout the grieving process. For inquiries, please call (661) 272-2355 When: 5:30-7 p.m. Where: 1543 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite N, Palmdale Friday General: A.V. Fairground Home Show What: 19th annual Antelope Valley Fairgrounds Home Show sponsored by Hunter Dodge opens its doors just days after the spring equinox, otherwise known as the official start of spring. The three-day affair features more than 200 vendors, a free Home Depot workshop for kids, landscaping and how-to seminars, plant sales, wine tasting, a drawing for free fair tickets and free tomato plant giveaway (while supplies last!). Attendees can also pick up the A.V. Fair & Alfalfa Festival 2007 Exhibit Entry Guide (premium book) at the show. Admission: Adults (ages 12-61) are $5, children (11 and under) free with paid adult, seniors (age 62+) $4. Where: Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. H (at the 14 Freeway), Lancaster When: Friday, noon-6 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Health: Bereavement support group Posted by: Kaiser Permanente What: Bereavement support groups for adults are available at Lancaster Presbyterian Church. The groups are sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and meet weekly. These groups are open to the community as well as to members of Kaiser Permanente. There is no fee for attending. The groups are facilitated by trained bereavement volunteers provided by the Kaiser Permanente Hospice Department. For more caring support or information, call the Bereavement Line at (818) 375-3528. Registration is not required. When: 10-11:30 a.m. Where: 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster Clubs: Games Snack Night What: J&J Social and Travel Club will have a Cards, Po-keno and Other Games Snack Night. Bring food and a beverage to share. For information, call (661) 267-2586 or (661) 723-3237. When: 7 p.m. Where: Joanne Marshall’s, 42941 15th St. W., Lancaster Saturday Clubs: 2nd annual Phun Time PT Cruiser Car Show What: 2nd annual Phun Time PT Cruiser Car Show in Lancaster. The PT group Phun Time Cruisers is putting on its second annual car show. Detail flier and registration form found at www.blaznpt.com/. Click on Phun Time Cruisers then click on schedule. When: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Where: Tom’s 26, 1805 W. Ave. J, Lancaster March 25 Day Activities: Palm Springs Air Museum What: The Palmdale parks and recreation department is offering an excursion to the Palm Springs Air Museum. The bus will depart from the parks and recreation office at 38260 10th St. E. at 7 a.m. and return at 7 p.m. The excursion fee is $23 per person for Palmdale residents and $28 for nonresidents. The fee includes museum admission. For more information, call (661) 267-5611 or log on to www.cityofpalmdale.org When: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Where: Palm Springs Air Museum 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Where: 1543 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite N., Palmdale Tuesday Clubs: League Bowling What: J&J Social and Travel Club will hold its weekly league bowling. For information, call (661) 267-2586. When: 6-8 p.m. Sunday Volunteering: Seeking Volunteers What: Hoffmann Hospice, the A.V.’s only nonprofit hospice agency, is seeking volunteers to join our team. Volunteers are key members to our program. Volunteers must be older than 18, flexible according to availability and in good health. Training and ongoing support is available to ensure a rewarding experience. To find out how to become part of our special volunteer program, contact Shannon Thompson, volunteer coordinator, at (661) 272-2355. When: Ongoing last_img

PSG coach ‘optimistic’ injured Neymar will recover to face Real

first_img0Shares0000Neymar was visibly in pain after turning his ankle, making him a doubt for the Real match © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Feb 26 – Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery remains optimistic that superstar Neymar will be fit to face Real Madrid in their do-or-die Champions League clash despite suffering an ankle injury in Sunday’s 3-0 victory over Marseille.Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer, was stretchered off 10 minutes from time at the Parc des Princes as PSG opened up a 14-point lead in Ligue 1. The 26-year-old was on his own when he innocuously rolled his ankle and flopped to the ground in pain.“The first examination in the locker room revealed that it was a twist to the ankle. Now we will do a medical examination to find out what this twist is,” said Emery, whose team face Real at home on March 6 in the Champions League last 16 where they need to overturn a 3-1 deficit.“We will wait for the examination, we will be optimistic. If I had to say today (whether or not he will face Real) I would rather say yes to being optimistic.”PSG skipper Thiago Silva told Canal+ added: “Neymar already had a swollen ankle. I’m not a doctor, but I don’t think he’ll be available on Wednesday (when PSG face Marseille again in the French Cup). He has to rest.”It was an otherwise easy night for the big-spending Parisians as teenager Kylian Mbappe became the youngest scorer in the French ‘Classique’.Uruguayan goal-machine Edinson Cavani was also on the scoresheet while Neymar had a hand in PSG’s other goal.With Monaco drawing 3-3 at Toulouse on Saturday and Lyon held 1-1 at home to local rivals Saint-Etienne earlier on Sunday, it meant none of PSG’s three nearest challengers managed to win.Monaco remain second with Marseille third, two points behind, and Lyon a further five adrift.This result was never in doubt and Emery even had the luxury of bringing off Mbappe, 19, after an hour to give Argentine international Angel Di Maria a half-hour run out.PSG were off to a flying start through Mbappe but Marseille were in part the architects of their own downfall.France midfielder Adrien Rabiot tried to thread a through ball on 10 minutes to Mbappe, cutting in from the right.Kylian Mbappe celebrates becoming the youngest scorer in ‘Le Classique’ © AFP / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTFormer Aston Villa full-back Jordan Amavi was in place to intercept the ball but he slipped and succeeded only helping it onto teenage star Mbappe, who jinked inside onto his left foot and dragged a low shot inside Yohann Pele’s near post.As expected, the hosts were dictating the tempo and dominating the ball, but Neymar was off target with a header from a Dani Alves cross.The second came before the half hour mark, though, and again it owed much to poor Marseille defending.Layvin Kurzawa slipped Rabiot into the inside left channel in the visitors’ box and he picked out Brazilian Neymar with a cut-back.The forward’s poked finish was heading off target until his compatriot and Marseille centre-back Rolando thrust out a boot and inadvertently directed the ball into the goal.– Showboating –The match was as good as over and PSG had barely needed to break sweat.Ten minutes before half time and the men in blue were already breaking out the showboating tricks and flicks, with Rabiot’s backheel setting up Neymar to curl a long-range strike just past the post.Marseille barely had a sniff and when midfielder Andre Anguissa got up to meet a header in the box, it looped up harmlessly and landed in goalkeeper Alphonse Areola’s arms.It took just 10 more minutes after the break for PSG to extend their advantage as Neymar was allowed time and space to reach the byline on the left.His cross picked out Cavani, whose first touch with his left was sublime to turn marker Rolando, while his right-footed finish was unstoppable.Marseille were barely putting up a fight, but substitute Clinton N’Jie managed to get himself booked for needlessly lashing out at Marquinhos and then clashing with Dani Alves, who also saw yellow.After Neymar was stretchered off, the pacey N’Jie almost gave Marseille hope but having rounded Areola, his goal-bound effort was cleared off the line by sliding PSG captain Thiago Silva.Areola also made smart saves to deny Florian Thauvin and Luiz Gustavo, but Marseille’s spirited finish had come too late.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Referee explains baffling Wes Brown red card – ‘It WASN’T mistaken identity!’

first_img1 Wes Brown reacts to his red card while Sunderland team-mate John O’Shea remonstrates with referee Roger East Referee Roger East insisted in his post-match report that it was not a case of mistaken identity when he sent off Sunderland’s Wes Brown during their 2-0 defeat at Manchester United.Red Devils forward Radamel Falcao was bundled over in the box to give Wayne Rooney the opportunity to net his first of two goals from the penalty spot on 64 minutes.And Black Cats centre-back Brown was dumbfounded when he was given his marching orders, after it appeared it was instead team-mate John O’Shea who had tripped the Colombian striker.But East believed both defenders made contact, with replays showing O’Shea pulled Falcao back just as he was about to shoot, and Brown came around to make a challenge.O’Shea pleaded with East to send him off instead, but Brown walked.Two hours after the match, the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) issued a statement which explained East’s actions.“From his position Roger East, the match referee, believed he saw contact from John O’Shea and Wes Brown on Radamel Falcao,” the statement read.“As he thought Brown made a foul on Falcao while he was in the act of shooting, he dismissed Brown.“After the incident the match referee consulted with his team of officials but none were better placed to offer guidance.”last_img read more

Who waters?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Sherman Oaks Chatsworth umbrage The Thursday Daily News contains an insulting political ad paid for by a Jacky DeHaviland. In warning of seemingly dreadful consequences of a Santa Monica zoning change, it says “Your entire street could look just like Chatsworth” – as if a cesspool. I lived in Chatsworth for 15 years, and we still have (horse) property there. It’s the most beautiful part of Los Angeles, and if DeHaviland doesn’t like it, he can stay in Santa Monica with my blessings and keep his insults out of our Valley paper. Don’t tread on Chatsworth, DeHaviland! – Charles L. Murray Moorpark Who waters? Re “Greening is a shady deal” (Local View, Oct. 18): When my husband and I first moved into our home, we planted three shade trees which now protect us from the harsh summer sun. And, while the trees have flourished through the years, they still need water – whether by hose or rainfall. And, that is something that the mayor’s Local View piece fails to mention. Who is going to make sure all of the street trees he intends to plant will be watered? – Ellen Vukovich Now we know Am I the only one fuming about this corruption in L.A. city government? For the last few years I have considered Laura Chick and Dennis Zine as the only two honest people in L.A. government. Now I read that after a few minutes with the incompetent mayor, Zine folded like a wet noodle. He and his ilk should be joyful that they don’t have to return the billions they collected in what will soon will be deemed an illegal tax. Greig Smith and Zine should be ashamed. However, we the voters now know how all 15 of you clowns feel about said voters. When in doubt, screw them. – George Timko West Hills Takes three years? Re “Reversible lane OK’d for Mulholland Tunnel” (Oct. 19): If memory serves me right, in 1952, long before the 405 Freeway, the tunnel on Sepulveda was divided just as currently proposed. Every morning and night some county employee moved in the signs and cones to direct traffic – worked great and did not take three years to implement the change. – Ruth Jones Northridge Peace Prize vacuum Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in a vacuum. The sad truth is that no other person, in or out of our government, had the courage to step forward and acknowledge a problem. The current administration had the perfect opportunity to take its rightful place as the world leader on this most pressing issue, but declined. So the prize went to someone who had the fortitude to champion truth and stand up for the good of humanity, present and future. We are all to blame just by living in a world which is dependent on fossil fuels but we can all become part of the solution by demanding that our leaders find other forms of energy. – James Matthews Westlake Village Providence Holy Cross Re ” No reason to delay hospital expansion” (Their Opinions, Oct. 16): Thank goodness for Brendan Huffman’s voice of reason regarding the Providence Holy Cross hospital expansion. How long have we been hearing about Los Angeles County’s health care crisis? How many more hospitals and emergency rooms are going to close before we realize there really is a crisis? I think all this debate about the hospital expansion and providing more beds is just an attempt to complicate an otherwise simple issue: We need better access to health care facilities and services in the San Fernando Valley now, not five years from now. – Guity Pirnia North Hills Seems pointless Re “Turks blamed in mass killings” (Oct. 11): If we ask the Turks to apologize for the mass killing of Armenians during the first World War, what about our government apologizing to the remaining Native Americans in this country for what was surely a genocide of their people? At what point does it seem pointless to blame current generations for what happened decades or centuries ago? Are we becoming more like the Islamic world, where a grudge can last forever? – Alan Pollack, M.D. Woodland Hills Raising the bar Re “Bush vetoes children’s health bill” (Oct. 8): Having all but sewn up the “Worst President Ever” title, Bush now seems to be shooting for “Most Despised.” – Eddie Johnson Panorama City160Want 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

Mural illustrates area’s rich and colorful past

first_imgSTUDIO CITY – It’s the gateway to the San Fernando Valley, a corner born of silent filmmakers that grew up to be a sushi magnet for Hollywood stars. As murals vanish across Los Angeles, Studio City’s vibrant past was unveiled Tuesday in a 60-foot-long historical tribute. “I think this is great, it’s fabulous,” said Mort Allen, a Studio City native and real estate agent for 40 years, after the mural’s wrapping was torn away at Studio City Hand Car Wash, 11514 Ventura Blvd. “It brings Studio City back to (its) roots, of keeping Studio City a quaint and romantic village like Westwood used to be.” Not to forget the Studio City Theatre, which opened its doors in 1938, and The Studio City Golf & Tennis, 17 years later. And schools, churches and businesses stemming from the rural Studio City village at the close of World War II. “A city isn’t a city without public art – and this is a challenge,” said the Rev. Julian Bull, headmaster of the historic Campbell Hall school. “Let’s take our barren walls, our high walls, and beautify them for this great city.” Ben Forat, whose Hand Car Wash has beckoned elite cars with a giant hand topped by a vintage Corvette roadster, commissioned the mural with Jack McGrath. Painted in oil and acrylic, it is the brainchild of Ernesto Cinzano, whose 500 murals dot Valley homes and businesses. “This is probably the hardest I’ve ever worked on a mural because of its significance,” said Cinzano, 32, of Sylmar, a teacher at Kid’s Art in Sherman Oaks. If anything, what’s missing are Studio City’s native American heritage and Spanish past. Such watering holes as the Tail O’ The Cock, which have gone by the wayside, made the mural as Bistro Garden. Art’s Deli, opened 50 years ago this year, didn’t make the wall. Neither did defunct businesses such as the recently shuttered Studio City Camera Exchange. And neither did any of the 14 sushi restaurants on Sushi Row for which Studio City has become famous among foodies. “It seems too folksy. It needs something with more excitement,” said Guy Weddington McCreary, owner of Weddington Golf & Tennis, official name for the Studio City Golf & Tennis Club; his family has owned the land for a century. “They could mention more of the old-timers, the John Waynes of the world.” Once the mural capital of the world with 3,000 documented murals, Los Angeles has lost that distinction. Nearly 60percent of them – about 1,800 – have been obliterated by taggers and vandals. There is little money to replace or restore them. The Studio City mural is a nod to the Great Wall of Los Angeles, a half-mile mural in the Tujunga Wash straddling North Hollywood and Van Nuys. Ray Franco, chairman of the Studio City Improvement Association, said he’d like to commission murals throughout the Studio City community. “I could do a whole mural on Anza,” said Franco, owner of TommyRays restaurant, referring to the de Anza expedition that decamped at the Tujunga Wash and the Los Angeles River en route to Monterey. “The history of California took a whole turn in Studio City. “I would love to commission more murals for Studio City. It’s just an incredible history here and most people don’t know about it.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The mural, dubbed The Great Wall of Studio City, brightens a once-drab cinder-block wall between the carwash and an auto shop. Under a lush canopy of trees stands a pantheon of Studio City icons lined up along a sleepy Ventura Boulevard: The CBS Studio Center, home to movie studios dating back to the shooting of “The Keystone Kops” in 1928. The 62-year-old Sportsmen’s Lodge, a former trout fishing lake that became a watering hole for Clark Gable, John Wayne, Bette Davis and a saloon of cowboy movie gunslingers. The Little Brown Church, a 24-hour refuge since its founding in 1939, where President Ronald and Nancy Reagan were quietly betrothed. last_img read more