• From the Southland to the Show: June Update

    first_imgDaniel Wasinger (Southeastern Louisiana) – Kane County CougarsA 2018 31st-round pick, Wasinger was assigned to the Diamondbacks’ Single-A team on May 31. In his third appearance for the Cougars, he delivered a go-ahead RBI single to put them on top 4-3 before Wisconsin tied it in the ninth and won it in the 12th. Class A Short SeasonTanner Driskill (Lamar) – Auburn DoubledaysThe 2018 ninth-round pick will start his second season with the Auburn Doubledays, the Nationals’ Short-A squad. Driskill struck out 21 batters in 24 innings in his rookie season in 2018. Andrew Fregia (Sam Houston State) – Aberdeen IronbirdsThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was assigned to the Orioles’ Short-A affiliate on May 21 after hitting .169 over 19 games with Baltimore’s Single-A squad. Andro Cutura (Southeastern Louisiana) – Pensacola Blue WahoosThe 2014 Southland Conference wins and strikeouts leader is 1-2 with a 4.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts through 28.1 innings for the Twins’ Double-A affiliate to start the season. In his last two starts, he has a 0.50 WHIP and no earned runs through 10 innings. Ryan Tepera (Sam Houston State) – Toronto Blue JaysAfter missing the first three weeks of the season with right elbow inflammation, Tepera was activated from the 10-day injured list on April 18 and pitched 11 innings out of the bullpen and picked up two holds before returning to the IL on May 21 with elbow impingement. Over his five-year big-league tenure with the Blue Jays, he is 12-11 with a 3.65 ERA, 38 holds and 10 saves. Tepera has punched out 198 batters over 204.2 innings and boasts a .220 opponent batting average. Austin Briggs (McNeese) – AZL Athletics GreenA 2018 29th-round pick by the A’s, Briggs prepares to start his second season with the Rookie League team after striking out 28 batters in 26 innings across 16 appearances in 2018. Grant Borne (Nicholls) – Potomac NationalsIn his second season with the Nationals’ Advanced-A affiliate, the two-time All-Southland Conference selection is 1-3 with 32 strikeouts in 10 appearances. Borne struck out a career-high eight batters across six innings against Wilmington on May 11. Adam Moore (UT Arlington) – Nashville SoundsIn his seventh-straight season at the Triple-A level, now with the Rangers’ affiliate, the 2006 Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year went 5-for-9 with five RBI, a home run and a double in a two-game series against Reno June 4 & 6. Ryan O’Hearn (Sam Houston State) – Kansas City RoyalsWhile O’Hearn’s numbers have dipped at the plate this season, the former Bearkat is second on the team to teammate Dozier in walks with 24 and recorded nine multi-hit games this season. He blasted an opposite-field home run, his fifth of the season, in an 8-7 win over the Yankees on May 26. O’Hearn has shone defensively in 45 starts at first base with a near perfect fielding percentage (.997), 45 double plays and 12 assists in 371 total chances. Nick Heath (Northwestern State) – Northwest Arkansas NaturalsThe two-time Southland Conference stolen bases leader has already racked up a Double-A best 33 stolen bases. Heath swiped a career-high four bags against Arkansas on May 20, surpassing the 125 career steals mark in just his fourth year of pro baseball. Wade Miley (Southeastern Louisiana) – Houston AstrosThe 2008 Southland Conference strikeouts leader has found a second wind in his career as a member of the Astros rotation with the second most wins on the team at 5-2. Miley ranks third on the squad in innings pitched with 74.1 frames pitched over 13 starts. The Hammond, La., native went 4-1 in the month of May with four quality starts. In his sole defeat, he posted season-highs in innings pitched (7.0) and strikeouts (9) against the Cubs. Chi Chi Gonzalez (Oral Roberts) – Albuquerque IsotopesIn his first season with the Rockies’ Triple-A squad, the 2013 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year is 4-4 with 53 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched over 11 starts. He tied a season high with seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 loss to Las Vegas on May 23.Louis Head (Texas State) – Oklahoma City DodgersHead was promoted to the Dodgers’ Triple-A squad and has punched out 14 batters in 11.2 innings over eight relief appearances in Oklahoma City. He picked up his first AAA victory with a perfect inning of relief in a 15-6 win over Round Rock on May 14. Cole Stapler (Nicholls) – Visalia RawhideStapler is 3-4 with a 3.38 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 10 starts for the Diamondbacks’ Advanced-A team. His 1.13 WHIP is third-best in the California League. Stapler picked up his fourth quality start with one run on five hits over six innings against Modesto on May 31.Bryan Warzek (New Orleans) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesDespite sitting down 32 batters on strikes through 26.2 innings, the two-time All-Southland Conference pick is 1-2 with a 6.08 ERA in seven starts with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A affiliate. Warzek struck out a season-high eight batters in five no-hit innings on April 16. Tyler Depreta-Johnson (Houston Baptist) – Down East Wood DucksThe Third-Team All-Southland selection from last year received a call-up to the Rangers’ Triple-A squad after reaching base at a .348 clip in Single-A. After three games with the Sounds, he was assigned to the club’s Advanced-A affiliate. Jameson Fisher (Southeastern Louisiana) – Winston-Salem DashIn his second stint with the White Sox’ Advanced-A team, the 2016 Southland Conference Player of the Year is reaching base at a .389 clip and ranks second in the Carolina league in doubles (17) and third in walks (37). Fisher also paces the team in total bases (86). Hunter Pence (UT Arlington) – Texas RangersThe longest-tenured active major leaguer out of the Southland Conference, the league’s 2004 Player and Hitter of the Year is tied for sixth among active hitters with 54 career triples. He ranks among the top-three on the Rangers in runs (35), home runs (12) and RBI (40). In the month of May, he hit .299 with a 1.025 OPS, eight home runs, seven doubles, 17 runs and 26 RBI.  Pence carried that momentum into early June with a solo shot to put the Rangers on the board in a 4-3 win over the Orioles. Double-APreston Beck (UT Arlington) – Frisco RoughridersIn his second season with the Rangers’ Double-A team, the 2012 Southland Conference home runs leader is tied for the team lead with seven dingers in 2019. Beck is currently riding a five-game hit streak, batting .450 with four doubles and four runs.  Class AGrant Anderson (McNeese) – Hickory CrawdadsSince being traded to the Rangers and subsequently assigned to Texas’ Single-A affiliate, Anderson has enjoyed the change of scenery with a 5-4 record, five saves and 2.64 ERA in 19 games. He has a 2.08 ERA and seven strikeouts over his last 8.2 innings Ty Tice (Central Arkansas) – New Hampshire Fisher CatsIn his first year with the Blue Jays’ Double-A affiliate, Tice is 1-3 with a 1.21 ERA in 19 appearances. He has struck out 22 batters through 22.1 innings. Tice hasn’t allowed an earned run in 14.1 innings over his last 13 times out.Will Vest (Stephen F. Austin) – Erie SeawolvesAfter a brief promotion to the Tigers’ Triple-A squad in Toledo, Vest is 1-3 with 11 strikeouts in 14 innings over nine appearances since returning to Detroit’s Double-A affiliate. Class A AdvancedKyle Arjona (New Orleans) – Clearwater ThreshersA member of last year’s Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Arjona was assigned to the Phillies’ Advanced-A affiliate on May 17 and has punched out 10 batters in seven frames, including a career-high five strikeouts in three innings against Jupiter on May 24.Drew Avans (Southeastern Louisiana) – Rancho Cucamonga QuakesThe two-time All-Southland Conference selection was promoted from Single-A on April 19 and has driven in 12 runs with the Dodgers’ Advanced-A team. Avans went 3-for-4 with his third triple of the year and a career-high five runs in a win over Lancaster on May 15. Colton Turner (Texas State) – Charlotte KnightsIn his third stint with the White Sox’ Triple-A squad, Turner is 3-3 with 44 strikeouts in 42 innings in 15 appearances. He punched out a career-high eight batters across five innings against Rochester on May 16, allowing just one earned run on four hits. Addison Russ (Houston Baptist) – Reading Fightin PhilsRuss has appeared in 23 games out of the bullpen in his first year with the Phillies’ Double-A affiliate, striking out 34 batters in 23.2 innings and recording seven saves. He has pitched 13.1-straight innings without an earned run over his last 12 appearances. Josh Green (Southeastern Louisiana) – Visalia RawhideTied for the California League lead in wins, Green is 5-1 for the Diamondbacks’ Advanced-A affiliate. He had tossed six-straight quality starts with a 5-0 record and 1.75 ERA before hitting the 7-day injured list on May 17. He is the No. 26 prospect in Arizona farm system. Shawn Semple (New Orleans) – Tampa TarponsOn May 25, Semple was briefly promoted to the Yankees’ Double-A affiliate before returning to New York’s Advanced-A squad. He has struck out 23 batters in 31.2 innings across six starts for Tampa and picked up his first quality start on May 19 against Dayton. RookieKwan Adkins (Northwestern State) – AZL Giants BlackA Third-Team All-Southland pick in 2018, Adkins will start year two with the Giants’ Rookie League team after reaching base at a .364 clip with 21 walks, 21 runs and five extra-base hits in 2018. Paul Goldschmidt (Texas State) – St. Louis CardinalsThe two-time Southland Conference Hitter of the Year paces the Redbirds with 62 hits and is among the top-three on the team in runs (37), home runs (12), walks (30), batting average (.271), on-base percentage (.358), slugging percentage (.445) and OPS (.803). Over the last 13 games, Goldschmidt has a slash line of .333/.373/.458 with two home runs and five runs. Among active MLB players, he is third in career on-base percentage (.396) and fifth in career OPS (.923). FRISCO, Texas – A total of 53 Southland Conference baseball alumni are currently playing professional baseball in 2019. Below is an update on all active players. Statistics are through June 6, 2019. Cayden Hatcher (Nicholls) – Grand Junction RockiesA member of last year’s Southland Conference All-Tournament Team, Hatcher will start year two with the Rockies’ Rookie League team after going 2-0 with 23 strikeouts in 26 innings over 11 games in 2018. William Hancock (Central Arkansas) – Idaho Falls ChukarsA member of last year’s All-Southland Conference First Team, Hancock will start the year with the Royals’ Rookie League team after hitting .219 with eight RBI, six doubles and seven runs in his rookie season. MLB Hunter Dozier (Stephen F. Austin) – Kansas City RoyalsThe 2013 Southland Conference Player and Hitter of the Year has been one of the top sluggers in the American League through the opening months, ranking fifth in slugging (.589) and OPS (.987) and seventh in on-base percentage (.398) and batting average (.314). Dozier also leads the team with 26 walks. He was placed on the 10-day injured list with thorax tightness on June 3. Over the final six games of May, Dozier had a slash line of .455/.478/.727 with four RBI and three doubles.   Collin Kober (McNeese) – Modesto NutsKober is 2-1 with a 3.73 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 22 appearances for the Mariners’ Advanced-A team in 2019. He struck out a career-high four batters in two scoreless innings against Stockton on May 4. Nolan Riggs (Sam Houston State) – Richmond Flying SquirrelsPrior to being placed on the 7-day injured list on April 17, Riggs had struck out six batters and allowed just three hits through 5.1 innings of scoreless relief.Robie Rojas (Sam Houston State) – Biloxi ShuckersRojas was assigned to the Brewers’ Double-A team after previously being slated to open the year in the Rookie League. He is batting .308 in four games with the Shuckers with a pair of doubles, three runs, and a .780 OPS.  Jordan Romano (Oral Roberts) – Buffalo BisonsIn his second stint with the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate, the 2014 Southland Conference Relief Pitcher of the Year has struck out 41 batters in 29 innings, including 16 punchouts and one run on four hits over 10.1 innings in his last seven appearances.  Jake Norton (Stephen F. Austin) – GCL MarlinsThe Third-Team All-Southland pick from last year will start year two with the Marlins’ Rookie League team after tossing 3.1 innings of relief without allowing an earned run in 2018. Caleb Smith (Sam Houston State) – Miami MarlinsSmith has impressed as the anchor of the Marlins rotation with a 3-4 record and a 3.41 ERA through 12 starts in 2019. The team leader in strikeouts (82) and two-time All-Southland Conference hurler had tossed six-straight quality starts until suffering his first loss on May 14 to the AL East-leading Rays. Smith struck out a career-high 11 batters across 6.2 innings against the Cubs on May 7. Among NL Pitchers, he has the second-best opponent batting average (.198) and ranks third in K/9 (11.18). Kyle Keller (Southeastern Louisiana) – New Orleans Baby CakesKeller is in his second stint with the Marlins’ Triple-A team after receiving a call up on April 9. He has 33 strikeouts and a .188 opponent batting average in 28.2 innings across 18 appearances. He has a 0.50 WHIP and 12 strikeouts over his last eight innings. Bryce Johnson (Sam Houston State) – San Jose GiantsIn his second season with the Giants’ Advanced-A squad, the two-time Southland hits leader leads the team in runs (26), hits (50), RBI (20), total bases (70), walks (30) and stolen bases (12). Johnson tied a career high with four hits against Modesto on May 23. Aaron Hernandez (Texas A&M-Corpus Christi) – Inland Empire 66ersA 2018 third-round selection by the Angels, Hernandez has struck out 29 batters in 27.1 innings across eight outings for Anaheim’s Advanced-A team. He struck out a season-high seven batters across four innings in a start against San Jose on April 29. Robbie Podorsky (McNeese) – Lake Elsinore StormPodorsky’s second stint with the Padres’ Advanced-A squad has started much better than his first as he ranks second on the team in stolen bases (12) and third in batting average (.289). He was placed on the 7-day injured list on June 4. David Fry (Northwestern State) – Wisconsin Timber RattlersIn his first year of Class A ball with the Brewers, last year’s Southland Player of the Year leads the Midwest League with 23 doubles and ranks second in total bases (107). He will start for the Western Division team in the 2019 Midwest League All-Star Game. Tyler Gray (Central Arkansas) – Lexington LegendsThe 2018 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year, Gray started the year with the Royals’ Single-A affiliate. He is 2-3 with a save and a 4.63 ERA in 13 games, including three starts. Adam Oller (Northwestern State) – Augusta Green JacketsThe 2016 Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year had his contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants and was assigned to the Giants’ Single-A affiliate in Augusta on May 30. He has six strikeouts in as many innings through two starts for the GreenJackets.  Mac Sceroler (Southeastern Louisiana) – Daytona TortugasThe two-time First-Team All-Southland pick was promoted to the Reds’ Advanced-A team to start the year and has a 3-0 record and 38 strikeouts in 33.2 innings. Since moving to the starting rotation, he has a 2.91 ERA with 27 strikeouts over 21.2 innings. Tate Scioneaux (Southeastern Louisiana) – Altoona CurveIn his third season with the Pirates’ Double-A squad, the 2014 Southland Conference Tournament MVP is 1-1 with 16 strikeouts over 12 innings out of the bullpen. He hit the 7-day injured list on May 16. Triple-AJonathan Davis (Central Arkansas) – Buffalo BisonsThe three-time All-Southland Conference was optioned to the Blue Jays’ Triple-A affiliate on June 5 after hitting just .143 in 17 games with Toronto. Davis hit his first career MLB home run against the Rays on May 27 – a two-run shot to put the Blue Jays on the board.Jonathan Dziedzic (Lamar) – Omaha StormchasersIn his fifth season with the Royals’ Triple-A team, Dziedzic is 1-2 with a 3.68 ERA in eight appearances, including four starts. He picked up his first win of the year after tossing 5.1 innings in a May 27 start against Oklahoma City, striking out five and allowing two runs.  Jace Peterson (McNeese) – Norfolk TidesAfter spending most of 2018 with the Orioles, Peterson started 2019 with Baltimore’s Triple-A squad. The two-time First Team All-Southland pick leads the team with 39 runs and ranks second with 54 hits.  Jose Trevino (Oral Roberts) – Nashville SoundsIn his first season with the Rangers’ Triple-A team, the two-time All-Southland pick is hitting .240 with 13 RBI, seven doubles and 14 runs scored. The No. 25 prospect in the Rangers organization hit the 7-day injured list on May 19. Carson Smith (Texas State) – Pawtucket Red SoxAfter spending all of 2018 at the major league level, the two-time Southland Conference Pitcher of the Year was assigned to Boston’s Triple-A squad and placed on the seven-day injured list on April 4.last_img read more

  • Gawilan, chessers lead last-day Pinoy charge in Jakarta

    first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In cycling, Arthur Bucay came away with the gold medal in the men’s C5 4000M individual pursuit.In Argentina, Yuka Saso’s hopes for a podium finish ended with a missed six-foot putt that relegated her to fourth place in the 2018 Youth Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES The Philippine men’s chess team bagged two more golds, a silver and four bronze medals, this time in the rapid event.Sander Severino also claimed his fourth gold medal after winning the men’s individual rapid P1 and the men’s team rapid P1 along with Jasper Rom and Henry Roger Lopez.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 ChrissThe Philippines went 1-2-3 in individual rapid P1 with Lopez taking the silver and Rom bagging the bronze.Arman Subaste (men’s individual rapid B2-B3); Francis Ching, Rodolfo Sarmiento and Cecilio Bilog (men’s team rapid chess B); and Redor Menandro, Subaste and Israel Peligro (men’s team rapid B2-B3) also won bronze medals. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ernie Gawilan and the amazing chess team continued to make waves for the Philippines Friday in the final day of the Asian Para Games in Jakarta.Gawilan, born without feet and a left hand, captured his third swimming gold when he ruled the men’s freestyle S7.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lydia, Paeng lead latest batch of Hall of Fame inductees MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

  • Cartoon: March 5, 2015

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  • ‘LRA Unshakably Committed To Fighting Corruption’

    first_imgThe Commissioner General of the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA) Mrs. Elfrieda Stewart Tamba says her administration is unshakably committed to visibly fighting corruption.She said the LRA has adopted a radical stance in battling corruption and taking actions to spur revenue generation for the good of the country and people.“We at the LRA have taken a no nonsense approach to combating corruption. For us, Zero Tolerance is the name of the game,” Mrs. Tamba declared Wednesday, December 9, in Monrovia, when she gave the keynote address at a program marking International Anti-Corruption Day.Mrs. Tamba said the war against corruption in Liberia will remain elusive, despite the many anti-corruption agencies set up by government, unless everyone from every walk of life takes concrete and sustainable actions to curtail the vice.The LRA Commissioner General said although significant progress has been made in combating corruption in the country and at the LRA, there remain many leakages within the revenue system which demand more concrete and collective actions to deal with the unwholesome practice.As a mark of institutional commitment, Mrs. Tamba stated that every employee at the LRA is compelled to sign a professional code of conduct that is being vigorously implemented to deter corruption, while robustly collecting the Liberian people’s taxes.Among other corruption fighting measures, the LRA has established a Professional Ethics Division that is actively investigating ethical transgressions, an Anti-Smuggling arm proactively combating smuggling, while its middle and back offices are being strengthened to data mine and more easily detect fraud and evasion.“We are not there yet,” the Commissioner General acknowledged to an audience of government officials, development partners and hundreds of students. There is still much more work to be done, added Mrs. Tamba. “There is still corruption but we are unshakably committed to visibly fighting corruption and to taking action.”She called on the public to join the LRA in fighting corruption by reporting bribery, collusion, seeking of ‘cold water’ among others. “If you are out there and want to fight corruption come and help us,” she urged.The LRA also has an effective whistleblower program and has recently made a recommendation to the Minister of Finance and Development Planning to increase the award to 10% of the taxes recovered. “We are cultivating alliances; we are using risk profiling to facilitate faster intervention. We are working hard at building internal strength,” she added.Mrs. Tamba said the war on corruption can be won only if everyone—teachers, the police and judiciary, legislature, the church, marketers, journalists, students, community leaders, among others—commit themselves to doing a little more.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

  • Angels report for duty

    first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. – The Angels’ off-season could best be described as a glass-half-empty, glass-half-full situation. The optimists will point to the various reviews that say the Angels might possess the best bullpen in the American League, if not in all of baseball. Now for the pessimists. Owner Arte Moreno essentially reneged on a boast to enhance the roster with an impact acquisition. It can’t be a good sign for Angels fans that management grossly underestimated the free-agent market. The Angels also have received an abundance of criticism for committing $50 million to Matthews, who will try to build off his breakout season in 2006 at age 32. First base and third base remain question marks. Pitchers and catchers report to camp today. That pitching staff might want to do some early weightlifting, just to feel what it’s like to carry the weight of the team on its shoulders. The Angels personnel breaks down as follows: The starting rotation is first-rate, consisting of John Lackey, Jered Weaver, Ervin Santana, Kel- vim Escobar and Joe Saunders. In addition, former Cy Young Award winner Bartolo Colon could be back by May if not sooner. Even more upbeat news is that the outfield of Garret Anderson, Gary Matthews Jr. and Vladimir Guerrero is considered top-notch. Nobody dared to make such a boast last season. center_img PITCHERS: Not only will one of the top rotations start things off, one of the best closers will be counted on to finish them. Francisco Rodriguez might be a notch behind the New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera for the title of best closer, but the Angels’ right-hander probably has more value considering that at age 25, he’s 12 years younger than Rivera. Rodriguez’s 92 saves over the past two seasons are the most in baseball. His 312 strikeouts over the past three seasons are the most over that span for a reliever. With Colon on the mend, Lackey inherits the role as staff ace. His mastery of the Oakland Athletics last season (3-1 with a 2.10 ERA in five starts) will be counted on again. Adding free-agent Justin Speier strengthened the middle relief corps, which leads into set-up man Scot Shields. CATCHERS: It will be a wide-open race for the Opening Day slot between Jose Molina, Mike Napoli and Jeff Mathis. The veteran Molina might be playing with some fire this season after missing out on a lucrative bonus in September. Molina was relegated to the bench in the final days of the season, costing him a games-played incentive. Napoli has the inside track at a roster spot over Mathis and anything close to his torrid stretch last June (six home runs, 17 RBIs) will net him the starting spot. Mathis made the Opening Day roster last season but lasted only a month before being sent back to the minors. INFIELD: Things are set up the middle with Orlando Cabrera at shortstop and Howie Kendrick taking over for Adam Kennedy at second. The biggest battle will take place at first, where Casey Kotchman, Kendry Morales and Shea Hillenbrand will fight it out. Third base belongs to Chone Figgins, whose lackluster on-base percentage will force him to move to the No. 9 spot in the lineup. OUTFIELD: Say what you want about Matthews’ $50 million deal but the signing instantly made the Angels better defensively. Remember, it was defense that was a big part of the team’s ultimate undoing last season. But even the best defense isn’t enough to justify $10 million per season. Matthews will be looked upon to deliver, at minimum, his 19 home runs and 79 RBIs from last season. Losing Juan Rivera to a broken leg in winter ball was costly. His status still is unknown, with an optimistic return date set for the All-Star break. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2731 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

  • Store owner, county officials reach compromise over window art

    first_img Downey said supporters managed to collect nearly 400 signatures within a few weeks, which they presented to Supervisor Gloria Molina’s field deputy at a neighborhood meeting. County officials “found a way to denote [the murals] as art, rather than signs, by having me remove the advertisements on them,” Downey, 62, said Monday. “I was more than willing to work with them.” For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When Los Angeles County officials cited local business owner Bob Downey last month for putting murals on his windows, Downey thought he’d lost the one tactic that had helped deter vandals – art. But once word got out about the citation, Downey’s neighbors near his West Whittier Paint store rallied to his defense. Now an artist hired by Downey is restoring the murals, but with some small modifications. In early March, the county gave Downey 30 days to remove the prohibited window paintings or face an initial penalty of $633 – a fee that would triple if not paid within 15 days after that, said Alex Garcia, a supervising regional planner for the county government.last_img read more

  • Building or re-decorating? The Designer Homes Exhibition continues today

    first_imgThe Designer Homes Exhibition continues today at the Halfway House in Burnfoot from 11am to 5pm.Organised by architect Breege Galbraith, the event is now in its sixth year after the huge success of the previous five, with thousands of people attending each year.Designer Homes Exhibition 2017 has a large range of products on offer with each exhibitor keen to do business and promote their products directly to you. Exhibitors put so much work and effort into each and every stand – they are not to be missed! Designer Homes Exhibition provides a service for any home owner, people building/renovation/extending or have a keen interest in home interiors or renewable energy products – a great day out for all the family!SEAI provide grants for upgrading existing houses to be more energy efficient. Many of exhibitors provide this service. The team at Michael Galbraith Associates (MGA) in Buncrana carry out BER assessments of buildings and can provide advice on any matters.MGA are also providing free consultations at DHE so don’t miss out on this fantastic offer and can give advice on the current Building Regulations. Whether you are building that dream house, redecorating your home or simply have a keen interest in home interiors and the modern development of household needs, then Designer Homes Exhibition is for you.The exhibition is only €3 entry for adults, and kids go in free! A fabulous door prize is also to be won.Building or re-decorating? The Designer Homes Exhibition continues today was last modified: March 5th, 2017 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:Burnfootdesigner homes exhibitionlast_img read more


    first_imgDDTV: A MAKEOVER in Bundoran will feature on RTE’s Dirty Old Towns weekend challenge programme tonight.The weekend before last Bundoran Tidy Towns along with hundreds of local volunteers and businesses get their cleaning gloves on and their pain brushes out for the Weekend Challenge.The action plan included art works at East End, beach clean up on Main Beach, planting of top gardens, painting of two shelters and some info signs, walls at West End playground, Bundoran Boat Quay. The RTE crew arrived down on to film the community project in action. The Weekend Challenge will air tonight, Wednesday 25th April, 8pm on RTE One.Tune in to see if the revamp got finished on time, get a sense of all the great work that was carried out and the community spirit involved.Our video shows that Bundoran is already getting ready for Sea Sessions, as Irish artists Eoin O’Connor, Tara Mc Guinness and Gavin McCrea brought Bundoran alive with surf murals painted along the main street.Click to play. DDTV: BUNDORAN GETS MAKEOVER ON TONIGHT’S ‘DIRTY OLD TOWNS’ ON RTE was last modified: April 25th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:DDTV: BUNDORAN GETS MAKEOVER ON TONIGHT’S ‘DIRTY OLD TOWNS’ ON RTElast_img read more


    first_imgAidan at his deskThis week will see the end of an era in Donegal County Council with the retirement of one of the Councils most senior engineers Aidan O’Doherty after 40 years of loyal service.While Aidan is looking forward to spending more time with his family, there is also a hint of sadness at leaving the Council.“I am looking forward to the future but I do have mixed feelings about my retirement. I have loved working in Donegal County Council. I have made wonderful friends and I have had the opportunity to work on exciting projects that have had a positive impact on people’s lives. Aidan speaking at opening of dual carriageway“On the other hand I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and I am especially looking forward to the birth of my first grandchild in the next couple of weeks in San Francisco” says Aidan.Friends, colleagues and retired colleagues paid tribute to Aidan at his retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford on Thursday last.Described by his close friend and colleague, Eamon Canney as a man of vision, Aidan’s career spans almost 40 years and he has seen many changes during this time and it is safe to say that he has had a role in shaping many of these changes.Aidan, a native of Lifford but now living in Donegal Town has taken time out this week to talk to us about his career, the changes he has seen and his plans for the future. Carmel Gallagher, NRDO making a presentation to Aidan and his partner Anne Clydesdale at the recent retirement function held in the Courthouse Lifford.“I joined the Council in 1975 just five days after I graduated from what was then known as University College Galway. I always wanted to come back to Donegal and that was one of the reasons why I chose a career in engineering.“My father was an engineer in Donegal County Council and I knew from him that there were jobs for engineers in Donegal. I was very lucky to be coming out of university at a time when the Council was recruiting.”“My first job in the Council took me to Ballyshannon and it was here that I met my wife Margaret who was just qualifying as a teacher. We married in 1981 and that day was, without a doubt, the most important day of my life. Unfortunately Margaret passed away at the age of 48 in August 2002 after a short illness and this had a profound affect on me and on our four children.”Aidan’s retirement marks the end of 120 years of service for the O’Doherty family with the Council.Aidan’s father Terry worked as an engineer from 1946 to 1987 and at 90 years of age was one of the special guests at Aidan’s retirement function. His Uncle Gerry, who died two years ago, was also an engineer in the Council from 1945 to 1985. Aidan with his brother John, his father Terry and his son Terry at his recent retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford.Speaking about the highlights of his career, Aidan recalls three things.“Firstly the design and construction by direct labour of the Laghey / Ballintra bypass. This was a 10km stretch of road and was one of the first by-passes in the country at the time and remains an important part of the roads infrastructure in the county today.“The second highlight for me was in 1993 when Donegal County Council was approached by the National Roads Authority (NRA) and asked to set up a dedicated design team for the NRA in the Council. This was very exciting and meant that we were creating excellent engineering job opportunities in Donegal. This was happening at a time following a lengthy recruitment embargo. It allowed us to create jobs for young talented engineers and technicians with fresh ideas and new ways of working. Many of these people still work in the Council today.”“This led to the third highlight which was the setting up of the National Road Design Office or NRDO in Donegal Town. In 1998 the NRA approached the Council once more and asked to set up a dedicated office to work on NRA Projects. This has evolved in to the National Roads Office or NRO. It is one of ten such offices located throughout the country. Again we saw it as a great opportunity to create high quality jobs in Donegal. It meant that engineers and technicians that might otherwise have had to relocate to one of the main cities or overseas, had an opportunity to get a good job in Donegal”. The NRO designed and continues to design national roads infrastructure including projects such as the Ballyshannon / Bundoran By-pass, the Donegal Town Bypass, the Manorcunningham to Lifford Road, the Ballybofey to Lifford road, the Ballybofey/Stranorlar By-pass and much more.When asked about the biggest changes he has seen, Aidan talks about the changes in technology that has transformed the way engineers do their jobs.“The technology we used when I first started working was not all that different to what would have been using in the 1830s when the Country was being surveyed. The advancements in technology since then is phenomenal. Today we use things like digital satellites to provide survey information. This would have been unheard of when I started out in 1975”.“When I left university in 1975, we were living in country which was only a member of the EU for two years and we were still quite poor. Most young people left school at 14. Girls would get jobs in a local factory and boys would pick up casual work here and there and it was only the privileged few that went on to university. Today that has changed and most young people have an opportunity to go to third level education and I think that this is great. It is certainly a change for the better”.Aidan with former County Engineer Jimmy McShane and retired colleagues Tom Bradley and Henry Richie at his recent retirement function in the Courthouse Lifford.AIDAN ‘ENGINEERS’ HIS WAY TO RETIREMENT AFTER 40 YEARS – SPECIAL FEATURE was last modified: March 1st, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Aidan O’DohertydonegalDonegal County CouncilLiffordretirementlast_img read more

  • Chicago still has work to do

    first_img Now the city is buzzing over a team that’s waited a long time in a baseball championship-hungry town, one with a pitching staff that dominated the Angels in the ALCS and expects to be tough against either Houston or St. Louis. “Really, you can split that thing five ways,” Paul Konerko said of his MVP award. “Those guys were unbelievable.” Chicago reliever Neal Cotts worked two-thirds of an inning in Game 1, throwing seven pitches, and that was it. Mark Buehrle, Jon Garland, Freddy Garcia and Jose Contreras did the rest — the first time since the 1956 Series that a team has pitched four straight complete games in the same series. The Yankees had five that year. “In the end our pitching was amazing,” catcher A.J. Pierzynski said. “They deserve so much credit, you can’t even describe it. … I don’t know if you’ll ever see it again.” The Angels batted just .175 and managed 11 runs and 27 hits in the five games, unable to muster much against the White Sox’s foursome. It was a staggering performance by a pitching staff that helped the White Sox win 99 games. But four complete games in one series after throwing nine all season? Come on. “They really put on a display of how to pitch,” Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy said. “It seemed like they were competing against each other, trying to one-up each other,” general manager Ken Williams said. “You hope to get one (complete game) and give your bullpen a rest, but this is ridiculous.” Manager Ozzie Guillen made it a point before Sunday’s 6-3 clincher to say he doesn’t manage with computers or necessarily with statistics, he goes by feel, by instinct. So, leaving his four starters in to go the distance four straight games was no big deal to him, even if it could leave his bullpen rusty once the Astros or Cardinals get to town. Or even if it makes some baseball analysts cringe. “If you told me in April that Jose Contreras was going to be my ace and Bobby Jenks was going to be my closer, I would tell you I don’t think we’re going to win this,” Guillen said. But that’s how it evolved in the second half of the season. While Contreras was 11-2 after the All-Star break, Buehrle and Garcia were just 6-5 and Garland 5-6. But when the White Sox needed a lift late in the season and again in the playoffs, they responded. “I think my pitching staff threw the ball well when we needed it,” Guillen said. “Boston and here. I think that’s the key.” Whether it be the Astros or the Cardinals, the starting pitching matchups are enticing. The Cardinals with Chris Carpenter, Mark Mulder and Matt Morris, or the Astros with Roger Clemens, Andy Pettitte and Roy Oswalt. For two days, the White Sox will savor what they’ve accomplished. They’ll stay away from the field and resume workouts Wednesday before hosting the first two games Saturday and Sunday. Getting to the World Series for the first time since 1959 is one thing, winning it for the first time since 1917 would be quite another. “It feels awfully good,” chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said. “As excited as I am now, I know no matter what happens, we still have work to do.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CHICAGO — What a way to head into the World Series. Rested and tested. With a remarkable stretch of four straight complete games, the Chicago White Sox starters gave their bullpen a weekend off and paved the way for the team’s first World Series appearance in 46 years. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more