TRIO OF BLUES ALUMNA TO REPRESENT CANADA AT IAAF CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgBrown will race on Canada’s women’s 4×400 relay and mixed 4×400 relay teams, while DeBues-Stafford is set to race in both the 1500m and 5000m. Gollish will take on the world in the women’s marathon in a month from now. DeBues-Stafford is fresh off of becoming the first Canadian woman to break the four-minute mark in the 1500m yesterday in Switzerland. The 2016 Olympian is on one of the hottest record-breaking streaks in Canadian history, now holding the Canadian records in the outdoor 1500m and 5000m, as well as the indoor mile and 5000m. The recent U of T grad is a four-time OUA all-star and U SPORTS all-Canadian was named the national track and field athlete of the year in 2015-16. University of Toronto Varsity Blues track and field alumnae Alicia Brown, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford and Sasha Gollish have been selected to represent Canada at the 2019 IAAF World Championships taking place in Doha, Qatar, from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6. Story Links Since claiming the 2015 Pan Am Games 1500m bronze medal, Gollish won the 2017 U SPORTS cross country individual title, was crowned the Canadian half marathon champion in 2018 and was the top Canadian at the 2018 world half marathon championships. She was U of T’s T-Holders’ female athlete of the year in 2014-15, while also earning the prestigious Clara Benson Honour Award in 2017-18. Brown helped Canada to a fourth-place finish in the 4×400 relay at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and also finished 28th overall in the women’s 400m. She was awarded the Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy as the top Canadian university athlete of the year and was named U of T’s T-Holder’s female athlete of the year in 2012-13. Full ReleaseFor more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Cellphone thief jailed for 12 months

first_imgA fisherman was on Wednesday jailed for 12 months when he appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with robbery under arms.Asid Mohammed, 31, of Soesdyke, East Bank Demerara, accepted that he robbed Dominic Etwaro and Daniel Gray.He admitted to the charges which alleged that the he robbed Etwaro of one cellphone and other items; a total value of $64,000 and Gray of items with a total value of $29,000.Police Prosecutor Simone Payne told the court that the two victims were relaxing at the Kingston seawall when they were approached by the defendant from behind.He reportedly accosted the Virtual Complainant’s with a cutlass and proceeded to relieve them of their belongings.An alarm was raised and the accused was apprehended by ranks as he attempted to escape with the stolen items on his person.As such, the father of one was jailed for 12 months.last_img read more

Selfie, hair gel stars derailing Gunners- Keane

first_img0Shares0000Olivier Giroud celebrates scoring against Manchester City last season. Some Arsenal stars came under fire from former Manchester United captain, Roy Keane. PHOTO/FileLONDON, Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane has hit out at a section of Arsenal players who he believes are letting the team down by focusing too much on their hair.The Irishman, currently assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland national team, says that the Gunners have players capable of winning the Premier League title, but will never do so unless they drop the narcissism to focus on football. “Arsenal have some really good players,” Keane told the Mail on Sunday. “Some good characters who roll their sleeves up.“But they also have one or two players who are more interested in selfies and six-packs, guys who are trying to get their pictures taken every day of the week.“Every year we hear the same thing about Arsenal being contenders. Instead of focusing on the Premier League, it’s all about how their bodies look, how their hair is, more so than winning football matches.”The former Sunderland boss also weighed in on the 2015-16 title race, saying that the Blues should retain the trophy if they can retain their competitive edge.“For me, Chelsea remain the team to beat,” he added. “Their team is the one with the strongest spine – John Terry, their goalkeeper [Thibault Courtois], Eden Hazard – and if they can add [Everton defender] John Stones to their team then they will be even harder to beat.“The bottom line is that if Chelsea’s players show the same hunger and desire that they did last year then they’ll win the league. They will only be in trouble if they are complacent.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

‘James Bond of burglars’ convicted in string of heists

first_img To read the previous story, click here. For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Caveda’s attorney Mark Bledstein said he plans to file an appeal. “There are some issues of mental health which we expect will have some importance to the judge in the sentencing,” Bledstein said. “There were no injuries to anyone. No weapons were used. They were burglaries but fortunately no one was harmed in any.” Police described him as a Spaniard from a well-to-do family. He looted up to $15 million in jewelry, guns and artwork from dozens of Los Angeles homes, eluding detectives on a “one-man crime spree.” Police said the impressive haul – including a Degas painting of two ballerinas valued at $10.5 million and an LAPD officer’s service pistol – could make Caveda L.A.’s most prolific home burglar. Caveda evaded detection in at least 28 burglaries – and possibly as many as 80 – over a 17-month period by using fake IDs, sophisticated tactics and imaginative methods of unloading the loot, prosecutors say. Rather than simply “fencing” the stolen goods, authorities said, he melted down precious metals into ingots, which he then sold to local jewelers. VAN NUYS – A man police dubbed the “James Bond” of home burglaries was found guilty Tuesday in connection with a string of heists stretching from Pasadena, Brentwood and the San Fernando Valley. After deliberating for just about a day, a Van Nuys Superior Court jury found Ignacio Del Rio, 31, who also went by the name Roberto Caveda, guilty of three counts each of first degree burglary and attempted first degree burglary, two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of attempting to escape from custody. He faces up to 15 years in prison. Sentencing is set for Aug. 16. “I’m happy,” said Deputy District Attorney Theryn Gibbons. “Some people lost heirooms that are irreplacable. Some victims had en emotional response. Most people were thankful that something had been done and that this guy was caught.”last_img read more

3 arrested in Hicks slaying

first_imgLopez was being held without bail at the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station and is scheduled for a Friday arraignment at Whittier Court. Rothans said the 16-year-old boy was taken to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey. Tafolla was being held at the station without bail and is scheduled to appear today at Norwalk Superior Court. Rothans said detectives are still looking for two men in their late teens, a late-model blue Lincoln Continental and a handgun used in the shooting. Detectives from the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau, the Pico Rivera Station and deputies from Operation Safe Streets, the Narcotics Bureau and the Community Oriented Policing Services Bureau went to different locations in Pico Rivera to find and arrest the suspects, Rothans said. The county probation department was also involved, he added. About 120 neighbors, friends, and family members gathered in front of Hicks’ home on Miguel Avenue for a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening. PICO RIVERA – Three people were arrested Tuesday in connection with the fatal shooting of a Pico Rivera grandmother who confronted a suspected tagger, officials said. Cesar Lopez, 19, was booked on suspicion of murder, said sheriff’s Capt. Mike Rothans. Jennifer Tafolla, 19, and a 16-year-old boy were arrested on suspicion of probation violation, he said. He said the three suspects, who all live in Pico Rivera, were arrested Tuesday afternoon. On Friday, Maria Hicks was on her way home when she saw a man spray-painting a wall on San Gabriel River Parkway and Woodford Street. She flashed her car lights, honked her horn and followed the man when he walked away. Deputies said a car followed her and someone inside fired several shots at the 57-year-old Hicks who was struck once in the upper body. She died Monday at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Hicks’ daughter Melinda Wall tearfully thanked the community for the outpouring of support. Belinda Valli, a neighbor of Hicks for 45 years, read a poem in Hicks’ honor. Family members then led the large gathering in a precession to the intersection of Woodford Street and San Gabriel Parkway, about a block away, where Hicks first spotted the tagger the night of the shooting. Wall said her mother lived in Pico Rivera her whole life and was very proud of her community. “She was a very special woman,” she said. “She has touched so many people’s lives in such a short time.” Hicks was also not the type to stand by idly while she witnessed wrongdoing, Wall said. “My mother spoke her mind,” she said. Hicks’ autopsy was completed Wednesday and the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the head, according to Coroner’s spokesman Craig Harvey. He said the death was ruled a homicide. Hicks’ brother, Ruben Quintero, was glad to hear arrests had been made, but that the family was more concerned with funeral arrangements for their loved one. “Our immediate concern is putting our dear sister, mother, grandmother and daughter underground and at rest,” Quintero said. “That’s the first and most important thing for us.” “Nothing can bring my mother back,” said Wall, “though it will be easier to lay her to rest knowing the people who committed this atrocity will have to face the consequences.” Both Quintero and Wall expressed gratitude to the deputies of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station for their swift work in the investigation. Quintero said the outpouring of support from the community has been overwhelming. The family said a wake will be held today at Funeraria del Angel on East Washington Boulevard in Pico Rivera. A Mass is planned for Friday at St. Francis Xavier Church, with burial to follow that day. A reception will later be held at St. Francis. Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke said the community is reeling from the crime, especially after several months of consistent decrease in the number of graffiti-related incidents. “Let’s hope this was an extremely isolated incident and it never happens in this city or in any other city again,” he said. Beilke added that Neighborhood Watch programs recommend that those who see taggers should not confront them, but should call the Sheriff’s Department. Correspondent Brian Day contributed to this story. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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

MTA’s newest plan

first_img– Bernard Lehrer Ventura Foley scandal Re “Foley scandal stokes furor” (Oct. 4): So Mark Foley, congressman from Florida, has resigned in disgrace. It just breaks my heart. Exposing this high-level pervert is the second-best thing that can happen. The best thing is to put him away for a long time after he leaves the rehab center. People like him are never truly sorry for their perversions. They are only sorry that they got caught. If they can’t put him away, let’s hope his district puts out the unwelcome mat when he is released. – Bob Tanabe La Ca¤ada Flintridge Why can’t we? How is it that we have 300 million people in the USA, the third-largest population in the world, and we have a problem with Social Security? Can’t that number of people support the Social Security system to keep it from failing? Why? Why not? We are the third-most-populous country. Only populations of China and India, respectively, are larger. Are we becoming a Third World country? What is going on? – Maxine Abarbara Winnetka Double standard Talk is stirring again about privatizing the Social Security system. I’ve got a better idea. Instead of having the taxpayers foot the bill for the lucrative pensions that Washington elected officials get, let’s have these pensions stopped and have the elected officials pay into and draw only Social Security – no separate government pension plan. By doing so, they would see how the American people actually have to live on a daily basis, and their contributions would boost the Social Security reserves. It will also cause the folks in Congress to think twice about using earmarked retirement funds for some pet project. – Carolyn Whitehead Canyon Country Double jeopardy Re “Forced retirement accounts” (Sept. 17): Is this law mandating forced 401(k)s an underhanded way of slip-sliding into privatizing Social Security? When was it passed, and who voted for it? President Franklin D. Roosevelt initiated the Federal Insurance Contributions Act or FICA part of the Social Security Act because people were saving for their old age. The government as administrator has grossly mismanaged this insurance plan. The government has taken our money by changing the rules and defaulting on the bonds in which our insurance funds are “invested.” Workers are now in double jeopardy. Why would anyone think that the private sector would not “Enron” us? – Julia L. Richardson Burbank Humane interrogation Re “Gitmo, in many ways, is U.S. at its best” (Their Opinions, Oct. 2): Rich Lowry’s insulting article about the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reminded me of propaganda reports from Berlin in World War II. He implied detainees are guilty because they were “screened in Afghanistan” and “examined” by a tribunal. If there was any evidence against them they would have been convicted. And torture? This Bush administration puppet wrote that detainees are treated “humanely” and “sit in a La-Z-Boy (with) beverages and movies.” Three Brits, two Frenchman and one Australian claimed torture. An FBI agent witnessed prisoners chained, without food and water, 18 to 24 hours. Lowry wrote, “The most effective interrogator is … an older woman who adopts a nurturing attitude.” Then why does the president need torture? Shouldn’t he just get Aunt Bee and Auntie Em to do the job? – Denis Feehan Simi Valley Close the border Re “Border fence not quick fix” (Their Opinions, Sept. 26): Andres Oppenheimer is an optimist in saying that illegal immigrants already in the U.S. will be able to encourage their families to join them. The ones now residing in our country can leave anytime. My feeling is they should not be allowed to return to the U.S. Oppenheimer’s eyes would be opened if he lived in Los Angeles County, where 40 percent of all workers are working for cash. Two-thirds of all births are to illegal immigrant Mexicans on Medi-Cal whose births are paid for by taxpayers. Good people of L.A., it is time to close and defend our borders. – Kenneth Grissom La Crescenta Defending Ivy Re “Favoring school” (Your Opinions, Oct. 2): The Ivy Academia school is a school five days a week, no weekends. The Ivy school is giving a very good education to a small group of young boys and girls. The small group opposing the school must have a private agenda; otherwise their actions do not make sense. – Elaine Flans Studio City Playing with fire Re “Work it out” (Our Opinion, Sept. 29): Even accepting for the moment your unfounded assumption that Ivy Academia test scores result from the brief time students have attended the upstart charter, it is irresponsible to contend that high scores excuse noncompliance with regulations adopted to ensure students’ safety and to protect the surrounding environment. Ivy Academia operates in a 60-year-old, wood-framed house. It has been cited by the fire marshal for violations, which are exacerbated by the deliberate over-enrollment. If the city will not protect children from parents who place them in firetraps and from proprietors who have every financial incentive to exceed enrollment caps, perhaps only “angry villagers” are left as the voice of reason. Witness a few blocks away on Califa Street what a fire can do in a matter of minutes. – Donna Schuele Acting president Walnut Acres Neighborhood Association Stupid ads Regarding Phil Angelides’ campaign ads: We close our ears at the mention of George W. Bush. Instead, show Californians how Arnold is insulting our intelligence. He wines and dines the rich and puts out propositions for his party all year. For things that would benefit the elderly, people of color, the working class and the fence riders, he waits until the 12th hour and wants their votes. Yo, put anything through. He went to a dinner or lunch in Bush’s house, but sent a note to the Martin Luther King-Drew Medical Center. There’s plenty you can say about Arnold without using Bush. Bush is out; let him go. – Mary Duberry Los Angeles160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsLos Angeles Deadly love affair Re “Gunman executes Amish schoolgirls” (Oct. 2): Why in the schools? It’s a lot safer to round up and shoot frightened and compliant school kids than to go into an Army mess hall and try it. Why all the shootings, anyway? Maybe it has something to do with America’s love affair with guns. Americans buy even 13-year-old kids guns as birthday gifts and then are shocked when the kids shoot their classmates, teachers and principals for the fun of it. It will only get worse, and we will have to re-examine our gun laws. Re “MTA plans to redraw transit map” (Sept. 25): A serious public transit agency would alleviate our traffic nightmare, but instead, Los Angeles suffers the ineptitude of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which fails those who are dependent on public transit and discourages those who want an alternative to driving and parking. MTA officials’ latest “efficiency” plan follows their typical scenario of reducing service and eliminating lines. Meanwhile, city bus lines, such as the Culver City and Long Beach bus lines and the Santa Monica Big Blue Bus, continually outperform the wasteful and unaccountable MTA service. Those city buses are less crowded, with lower fares and better frequency and dependability. The difference is simple. For the Big Blue Bus, the mission is the design and operation of a system that best serves the passengers. The MTA priority has always been a system that is convenient for the MTA. – Chuck Levin last_img read more

LISTEN: Joey Barton explains why Liverpool will be BETTER for selling Coutinho

first_imgJoey Barton says Liverpool should sell Philippe Coutinho – as it will allow Jurgen Klopp to build a stronger squad.The Reds have rejected a £114million bid from Barcelona for their Brazilian playmaker, who handed in a transfer request last week.Liverpool are adamant they will not accept any offers for Coutinho this summer, but Barton fully expects a deal to be done with Barca.And he reckons Klopp and the Merseyside club could end up benefiting hugely from the 25-year-old’s departure.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Monday, Barton said: “I think they should sell Coutinho.“There is talk of getting Julian Draxler from PSG, there is talk of Riyad Mahrez and Virgil van Dijk… if they can get rid of Coutinho and buy two of three players, it no doubt improves them as a squad.“Coutinho on his own, yes he makes a massive difference to Liverpool, but they need to strengthen in other areas. They can’t be all about Coutinho.“If [Adam] Lallana was fit, I think this deal would have happened.”Barton is convinced Liverpool will sell Coutinho despite publicly stating he is going nowhere. Read more from him on that here.last_img read more

‘Aubameyang can’t be blamed for ending Arsenal contract talks – he wants trophies’

first_imgClinton Morrison insists Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can’t be expected to stay at Arsenal with the club in disarray under manager Unai Emery.Reports emerged on Wednesday to suggest the star striker has pulled out of contract talks, refusing to commit his future to the Gunners in their current state.The Mail suggested earlier this week that some players are not overly keen on Emery and could even leave the club if he remains in charge. 2 Aubameyang is reportedly frustrated at Arsenal “He’s gone there to win trophies, but what will they win this season?“He’s gone there to play Champions League football and he might not even do that!“He’s delivering on the pitch, he’s scoring goals week-in week-out, but the club is not living up to his expectations.“I think Arsenal are at a standstill. They haven’t progressed and are still doing what they were doing under Arsene Wenger. LIVE on talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty Check out all the live commentaries coming up across the talkSPORT network this week Astana vs Manchester United (Thursday, 3:50pm) – talkSPORT 2Braga vs Wolves (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Swansea vs Fulham (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Newcastle vs Manchester City (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTCharlton vs Sheffield Wednesday (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Tottenham vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs Watford (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT Getty Images – Getty Pressure is growing on Unai Emery after just two wins in 11 at Arsenal One of these players is reportedly Aubameyang,  who has scrapped negotiations over a new deal, according to The Times.And former Premier League striker Morrison says he can understand the 30-year-old’s frustrations.Speaking to Jim White and Natalie Sawyer, Morrison said: “Do you blame him?“He’s gone to Arsenal thinking they’re going to challenge for the title, but they’re not challenging for the title – I think they’ll struggle to finish in the top four! 2 “A lot of people were moaning, ‘get Wenger out’, but he was successful, he was a winner!“Can Unai Emery really motivate these players? He has not convinced me so far at Arsenal.”Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT. We’ll bring you THREE live Premier League commentaries across our network this Saturdaylast_img read more

Sligo Minor League semi-finals down for decision this evening

first_imgThe Expert Electrical Sligo Minor League semi-finals are all down for decision this evening.The Division One semi-finals will see St Molaise Gaels host Curry and Shamrock Gaels travelling to Gurteen to face Eastern Harps.The shield semi-finals see Ballymote/Bunninadden take on Tubbercurry/Cloonacool in Bunninadden, while Owenmore Gaels host Easkey/Enniscrone/Kilglass.The Division Two semi-finals are Coolera/Strandhill at home to Coolaney/Mullinabreena, while Tourlestrane take on St Farnan’s.And the Division Two Shield semi-finals see Geevagh/St Michael’s journey to St Pat’s, and St Mary’s host Calry/St Joseph’s.All of tonight’s games throw-in at 7pm.In Donegal, Naomh Muire can overtake St Naul’s at the top of Division Three of the Senior League with a win away to Red Hughs.Aodh Ruadh host Dungloe in Ballyshannon in the U16 Hurling League at 8.30pm; while in the U12 Hurling League, Four Masters are away to Burt and Aodh Ruadh travel to St Eunan’s.There are eight games in the Leitrim U13 Football Championship tonight as well.Among them, Glen Gaels host Drumkeerin in Glencar and Dromahair travel to Fenagh/St Caillin’s for 7pm throw-ins, while Melvin Gaels host St Joseph’s from 8pm.last_img read more

Facebook Targets Chinese Market

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#news#social networks#web Related Posts The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro…center_img frederic lardinois Social networking site Facebook has launched a Chinese-language version of its web site. Users logging into the site from the Chinese mainland are now being redirected to zh-cn.facebook.com, where users can choose between a version in simplified or traditional Chinese. Facebook has already launched a fair number of internationalized versions of its service, including a German, French and Spanish edition. Given that most of Facebook’s growth at this point is coming from outside of the United States, it only makes sense for Facebook to target the rapidly growing Chinese Internet market, which now boasts a larger online population than the US.There was a flurry of rumors in November 2007 that Facebook was looking into acquiring Zhanzuo.com, one of a number of mid-sized Chinese social networks with about seven million users. That acquisition, however, never materialized. Currently, the largest social network in China is 51.com with over 60 million users.Facebook’s largest competitor, MySpace already launched a Chinese-language version of its site in 2006. Besides the translation, it doesn’t look as if Facebook made any changes to its layout to cater to the Chinese speaking market. Facebook is entering an already crowded market in China and it remains to be seen if it can establish itself against the bevy of clones and original services such as Xiaonei, Zhanzuo, 51.com, and Xiaoyou that have already established themselves there by now. It will also be interesting to see if Facebook will try to pursue a different monetization strategy for the Chinese market similar to what Twitter is doing for its Japanese version. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more