Ex-LISCR Defender Hails Coach Pello’s 6-0 Victory

first_imgFormer LISCR FC defender Richard Pratt, popularly known as ‘Onunu’ has congratulated Coach Robert Lartey for his 6-0 convincing win over Mighty Dragons on Saturday and has expressed satisfaction of the club’s new pattern of play, describing it as “Pello Plot.”Onunu said he is convinced that LISCR FC would again pull the highest number goals in this tournament as in the recent past league, and would also clinch the title.LISCR FC is currently second on the 1st Division log with four points and eight goals.Since 1995, LISCR FC has grabbed the 1st division championship twice, 2011 and 2012.Onunu said with the inclusion of Trokon Myers and Malachi Coker from BYC and Theo Nimely from Jubilee, who have quickly adapted to Coach Pello’s plot system.It may be recalled that Coach Pella has challenged LISCR to step up their defensive efforts as they looked to achieve their first home win record against Mighty Dragons last Saturday.The Coach warned his LISCR FC defenders of Mighty Dragons’ strength on counter-attack ahead of Saturday’s encounter at ATS.“In order for players to fit the system, every good team must have competition in order to succeed,” Coach Pello said.Ahead of the encounter against Dragons the LISCR manager hoped that featuring his three new signings would help his system.The three started with Malach at the right back, Trokon in the attacking force and Theo in the midfield.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

NPSS senior girls volleyball team take down Dawson Creek

first_imgCoach Elena Schmidt says the team took a little bit to get their legs under them but when they did she was really happy with the effort put out on the court.“I thought the performance was great. I think in the first game we were getting warmed up. The thing that killed us in the second game that gave them the lead was that we weren’t making out passes,” she explains. “The serve receive errors, the passing errors and not being able to set up our offence. Once we got that and it all came together in the third game it paid off.”The service efforts of the girls in the third game was particularly impressive with pinpoint accuracy that kept Dawson Creek on their heels.- Advertisement -“I think that’s where everybody fell into their rhythm was right there and hopefully this keeps going,” she says. “One of the advantages of a three out of five match is you have the leeway to get up to speed. The thing is, is that we need to come out strong from the get-go.”One of the downsides of the tournament being cancelled surrounds the financial help it would have provided the NPSS teams for travel to zones and possibly provincials. Schmidt says the focus will now turn to attracting local sponsors to help cover the approximately $8,000 in costs.“We would have made some money off of that for fundraising our zones and hopeful provincials march so now we’ve missed out on that opportunity. The plans are now were trying to go out into the community and get companies to show their support.” she states.Advertisement The senior boys and girls teams will have their final tournament of the regular season next weekend as head down to Peace River for a two day event. Zones will take place after that with the dates and times to be determined.last_img read more

Cemex declares truce on mine

first_imgAmid strong community opposition, Los Angeles County officials rejected plans for the mine, a decision that Cemex challenged with a lawsuit filed in federal court. County supervisors ultimately granted a mining permit in June 2004 under a court-approved consent decree, which was upheld last fall by the U.S. Supreme Court. Under the temporary truce announced Tuesday, the two sides will work toward a comprise the rest of this year – and longer if it appears that progress is being made. If an agreement cannot be reached, Pulskamp said, the dispute will simply pick up where it left off. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein conveyed their support for the negotiations. The city has dismantled its campaign against the mine, which included billboards, a video, a commuter bus wrapped in anti-mine messages, a mail-in postcard drive and an extensive anti-Cemex link on its Web site. Officials also said the City Council will proceed with plans to annex 1,885 acres of city-owned land in Soledad Canyon, but will exclude the proposed mine site for now. If Cemex ultimately walks away from the Soledad Canyon project, the U.S. secretary of the interior could devise a plan for the company to mine another property, officials said. And BLM officials said they’ve been updated on the plan for Cemex and Santa Clarita to pursue a compromise. “The Cemex situation has not changed for us,” BLM spokesman John Dearing said. “We still have a contract with Cemex and they’re permitted and should be ready to go. Any activity going on now is between Cemex and the city of Santa Clarita.” judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Cemex officials said the city’s vigorous campaign convinced them to reconsider their initial plan. “The dispute had become a significant distraction toward exploring a solution,” Executive Vice President Rick Shapiro said. The plan may hinge on federal legislation introduced this year, modeled on a measure that failed in 2006. That earlier bill would have canceled Cemex’s lease to mine 56.1 million tons of sand and gravel from Soledad Canyon and limit future mining to 300,000 tons a year, while compensating the company for its expenses. The issue dates back to 1990, when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management awarded a 20-year contract to Transit Mixed Concrete Co., in return for $28 million in royalties. Cemex later bought TMC and inherited the leases in 2000. SANTA CLARITA – After an eight-year, multimillion-dollar battle with the city, Cemex officials said Tuesday they’ve called off plans to open a massive gravel mine in Soledad Canyon next year and want to negotiate a compromise instead. The city had spent roughly $8 million on a campaign to scale down the project or get it barred from the area between Canyon Country and Agua Dulce. Opponents claimed the mine would pollute the region’s air and increase heavy truck traffic on local highways and surface streets. City Manager Ken Pulskamp stopped short of calling Cemex’s announcement a victory for Santa Clarita, but said officials were optimistic about a favorable outcome. “We’re very excited to have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Cemex,” Pulskamp said. “This is a major step forward.” last_img read more

Former Enron traders placed on probation

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FRANCISCO – Two of three former Enron Corp. traders accused of driving up energy prices during California’s power crisis were each sentenced Wednesday to two years of court-supervised release in federal court. Timothy Belden, the former head of trading in Enron’s Portland, Ore., office, was sentenced after pleading guilty in October 2002 to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud. Belden’s plea was the first prosecution of anyone related to the West’s energy crisis in 2000 and 2001. He had faced up to five years in prison, and must forfeit $2.1 million. The second defendant, Jeffrey Richter, was a lower-level trading manager in charge of the so-called “short-term desk” who also pleaded guilty to two counts related to manipulating energy prices. He had faced up to five years and agreed to pay a $410,000 fine. The alleged mastermind behind the scheme, John Forney, is expected to be sentenced next month for his role in the scam that fraudulently sent California energy prices soaring, causing energy shortages and rolling blackouts. last_img read more

Deadhead auction dream

first_imgThe auction includes old music equipment and touring gear that might be considered trash if not for its connection to the band.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Shurtliff, who started as a truck driver for the Dead in 1967 and became president of the band’s board of directors when the group incorporated in the 1970s, died in 2006. The band, one of the most popular and lucrative touring acts of all time, formed in the hothouse psychedelic atmosphere of San Francisco in 1965. The auctioneers believe that baby boomer doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs – many of whom wore flowers in their hair to the Dead’s early shows – will gladly pay a premium for ordinary items touched by band members, including Jerry Garcia, a founding member who served as lead guitarist and vocalist. The auction house expects a 1975 cream-colored electric guitar played by Garcia during some of the band’s most famous shows to bring between $250,000 and $300,000. Included with the guitar is a custom leather case still containing items that Garcia, who died of a heart attack in 1995, left inside: his guitar strings, a tuning fork, a string winder and an unopened pack of his non-filtered Camel cigarettes. During their heyday, the Grateful Dead promised in their folksy lyrics to “steal your face right off your head.” But it’s their shirts that Deadheads are in danger of losing today as big bidders are expected to drive up prices during an auction of Grateful Dead memorabilia collected by the group’s longtime road manager. Some items are expected to bring in hundreds of thousands of dollars; a common mud mat containing grime from band members’ boots is expected to fetch a couple of hundred dollars. Everything from guitars to ticket stubs kept by Lawrence “Ram Rod” Shurtliff during his decades-long stint coordinating the rock band’s legendary touring operation is on the auction block. “He just really loved the band and he didn’t want to see any of their equipment or stuff thrown away,” said Margaret Barrett, director of entertainment memorabilia for Bonhams & Butterfields Auctioneers, which is staging the sale in San Francisco. “He didn’t want their legacy to go away.” last_img read more

Weight-loss cheerleader

first_imgBut for sending Parkman on a new career path – and also inspiring her to shed 38 pounds. About four and a half years ago, Parkman hated her job as a technician in a doctor’s office. She dealt with her unhappiness by eating. After gaining pound upon pound, Parkman had an epiphany. She was watching an episode of Oprah’s show featuring inspirational stories of weight loss. That led Lu to call Jenny Craig, and get a job helping others lose weight while she also slimmed down. The 32-year-old Hermosa Beach resident works as a Jenny Craig weight loss consultant at the company’s Manhattan Beach office. What does your job entail? Myself and the other weight loss consultants are kind of a cheerleading squad. Research shows that people can lose weight easier when they have support and accountability. Every week, we meet with our clients and we discuss what went right and what went wrong during the week. It’s all about evolving and learning more throughout the week. We ask them if they were able to stick with the program. If we need to make any changes, we do that during our consultation. We do sell food. And it’s convenient and portion controlled. We also help them do meals on their own, teaching them the right amounts when they’re eating meals on trips. And we teach them how to prepare food. How do you provide accountability? I’m here to give support, and people are accountable to me and the scale when they come in every week. Could you elaborate on changes you make with your clients from week to week? Some people do not like certain foods. Some people are on the go a lot and need foods that don’t need to be refrigerated. How do you come up with a weight-loss program for your clients? Jenny Craig is not a diet; it’s a lifestyle change. Along with eating foods in proper proportion, you do need to exercise, and you have to want this. When they first come in to join, we assess their current activities. If they’re not doing anything, we suggest they start walking three days a week. If they are already doing something, we help them increase their exercise. We also have workout videos and other workout tools to help them add a little bit to their routine – things that can help them perhaps on a trip. Like what? We have resistance cords that come with a DVD that they can play in their laptop. They can bend the cords into their suitcase and they’d be able to work the cords in their hotel room. How long is each session with a client? The sessions are only about 15 minutes a week. So we’ve got to move pretty quickly. We take them to the scale and chitchat about the past week, take their food order, and talk about what their plan is for the following week. I ask them if they’re going out to eat with friends, what they’re planning to eat. That way, they can stay on the program. Do some clients resist your advice? There’s always some clients who do resist advice. And in my opinion, those people may not be ready to take a full leap into this. There are people who are skeptical. There are people who have tried everything and are afraid this will not work. I try to share my own personal story with them. I tell them my strategies to say no to people at a dinner party. How do you say no at a dinner party? I don’t do that as much now that I’m on maintenance. Sometimes I’ll tell a little white lie like I’m not feeling well. I’ve found that if you tell people you’re trying to lose weight, that gives them more ammunition to try to get you to eat. How? Sometimes people who need to lose weight and are not ready to take that step, they may feel some guilt. So they want people to eat with them because it’s more reassuring. But who’s going to force food on someone who’s not feeling well? What’s the typical profile of your clients? Mostly women. However, we do have a pretty high percentage of male clients. Given that we’re in the beach cities, we have people who want to lose 5 pounds and people who want to lose 150 pounds. We have some clients who see 5, 10, 15 pounds creep on and they want to get it off. How did you get trained for this job? We have an extensive one-week program in the beginning. Then we have continuing training throughout the time we work here. What’s the best part of your job? The best part of my job is meeting with my clients. We become like a family here. Everybody knows each other. I care about these people, and it’s exciting to watch people take what you tell them and run with it. And when they get to their goal, it’s even more exciting. What’s the worst part of your job? Probably when people aren’t really ready to give in. Clients who don’t believe in themselves. It’s hard to watch some of the clients struggle; clients who’ve never been in their healthy weight range before. Would it be rude to ask your weight? I weigh 107 pounds. I got to 145 at my highest. And that’s when I shut it down and decided to make a change. I’m pretty short. I’m only 5-foot-3. Are you sensitive about your height? No. I like being short. Why? I don’t know. I guess if I fall down, it’s a shorter fall. muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER Thank you, Oprah! From Lu Parkman. Not for a car, which the host of The Oprah Winfrey Show has been known to give to studio audience members. last_img read more

Liverpool took ‘huge step’ towards top-four with Southampton win, claims Rodgers

first_imgBrendan Rodgers believes his Liverpool side took a “huge step” towards a top-four finish to the Premier League season with Sunday’s 2-0 victory at Southampton.The Reds withstood early pressure to claim a vital win at St Mary’s thanks to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling.Three points lifted the Merseysiders above Tottenham into sixth place, and just three points away from Manchester United in third.With Chelsea and Manchester City making the top two their own, it appears to be a five-horse race for the remaining two Champions League spots, with United, Arsenal, Spurs and the Saints all rivalling Rodgers’ men.And while the boss is confident his side will keep pushing for a place in Europe’s top competition, he insists his side are in for tough battle in the remaining 12 games of the season.“The victory today was a huge step for us,” said Rodgers“We’re three points away from third place now, which is a great symbol of how well the team is working at the minute.“But it’s going to be tough all the way through to the end of the season, there are still 12 games to play.“I think our experiences from last season will really help us, over the last 14 games we went on an incredible run last year and this season, from the middle of the season onwards we’ve really progressed as a group.“It’s a new team that is forming really well, the desire is there from the players and they’re showing that in the results and their performances.”Southampton manager Ronald Koeman was left to lament a series of contentious referee decisions following Sunday’s clash at St Mary’s, with the hosts having two penalty claims turned down in the opening five minutes.But Rodgers disagreed with the Dutchman about the possible penalty and hailed his side’s defending after a fifth successive clean sheet away from home in the Premier League.“With the decision, I can see why the referee didn’t give it, the guy wasn’t really in control of the ball, it was running away from him and the player has gone over far too easy,” said the Northern Irishman.“With the crowd up, of course that puts the referee under pressure but I thought Kevin was excellent. All his decisions were correct.“All in all, I thought we deserved the win,” he added.“We defended magnificently. We knew we needed to improve. At the beginning of the season we couldn’t get the right balance.“Now there is and there’s great confidence in the team. Our game still could be better but the result was important and everyone’s contributed.”last_img read more

Reports: Bayern Munich plotting summer move for Chelsea key man

first_img Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic Bayern Munich are preparing a summer swoop for Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic, according to reports in Germany.The German champions are on the hunt for a new right back this summer and have already identified a number of targets.Italy international Matteo Darmian is reportedly high on their list, while a shock move for Everton defender Seamus Coleman has also been touted.And now, according to Bild, Bayern have added Chelsea right back Ivanovic to their summer shortlist.Manager Pep Guardiola is said to be a big fan of the Serbian, who has been a regular for Chelsea this season.The 31-year-old’s current contract at Stamford Bridge runs until June 2016 and Bayern are hoping that will make him available at a cut price. 1last_img

Champions League final team news: Pirlo starts, but Xavi benched for final Barcelona game

first_img1 Andrea Pirlo will start in potentially his final game in European football, while Xavi will have to settle for a place on the Barcelona bench for the Champions League final.Pirlo, who has reportedly agreed a move to the MLS this summer, will sit at the base of a diamond in Juventus’s midfield, with Paul Pogba, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal providing the running around him.Xavi is another icon set to make his final bow after 17 sensational years at Barcelona, with the Spaniard opting for new shores with Qatari side Al-Sadd on a three year deal.Juventus team to play Barcelona: Buffon, Lichtsteiner, Barzagli, Bonucci, Evra, Marchisio, Pirlo, Pogba, Vidal, Tevez, MorataBarcelona team to play Juventus: Ter Stegen, Alves, Piqué, Mascherano, Alba, Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta, Messi, Suarez, NeymarListen to Juventus v Barcelona in the Champions League final live on talkSPORT from 7.45pm tonight.last_img

Would Chelsea be a big club without Roman Abramovich’s money? Vote here

first_img1 Roman Abramovich has transformed Chelsea into a trophy-winning machine Chelsea’s pursuit of Everton defender John Stones isn’t going down very well with fans of the Toffees.Elsewhere on talkSPORT.com, Everton supporters have been complaining that the Premier League champions are a nouveaux riche club, built on the slippery foundations of oil wealth and reliant on the whims of one man: Roman Abramovich.It’s often been said that Chelsea “have no history”, despite the club being formed 98 years before Abramovich took over, and having won four major trophies between 1995 – when Everton last picked up silverware – and 2003, when their Russian sugar daddy arrived.Chelsea fans also like to point out that they are now making history, in terms of winning titles, rather than talking about it, like Everton.But where would they be without Abramovich? Would they still be up there with traditional giants like Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool?Have your say by voting here and share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…Chelsea FC, no history? This video disputes a ‘myth’…last_img read more