WHITTIER FOUNDERS DAY

first_imgThe Whittier High band and youngsters from Claylee’s Dance Studio in Uptown entertained the audience gathered around the park’s gazebo, while visitors snacked on bratwurst, strawberry shortcake and thick pieces of soft bread slathered with fresh butter and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. Guests were also drawn to the antique cars and farm equipment, as well as booths with information on the Whittier Historical Society, the Friends of the Whittier Hills and the Whittier Conservancy. Although the event was meant to celebrate the city’s founding, Whittier was actually established 120 years ago – but the first Founder’s Day event didn’t take place until 1894, city employee Stacy Gonzales said. “This is put together as a sort of remembrance of things that people used to do,” Gonzales added. “We think the actual date \ is May 10, but this is Whittier’s 120th year of existence.” The parade’s grand marshals were Charles and Mary Hanson, longtime community activists. WHITTIER – It was back to the 1800s in Uptown Whittier on Saturday, where hundreds of residents and visitors savored the taste of freshly churned butter and lined the streets for a hometown parade at the 113th annual Founders Day Celebration. “It’s so nice seeing everybody in a brighter mood today with the music and performances and the young people,” said Farida Ali, 68, who attended the event with friends from the Whittier Senior Center. “This is the second time I’ve attended, and I just love this place,” Ali added. “It makes us seniors happy to be able to see all these young people around, having a good time.” The event began at City Hall at 9:30 a.m., with a small parade led by the Whittier High School band that made its way north on Friends Avenue for three blocks. It ended at Central Park, where dozens of organizations and agencies dotted the area with information and vendor booths. “Thank you all for the honor of being named grand marshals for Whittier’s 120th anniversary,” Mary Hanson told the crowd. “When we arrived here in 1951, we decided Whittier was going to be our home because we figured that a city named after a poet couldn’t be that bad,” she added. “Today, it is still home to wonderful people like yourselves – so thank you for this honor.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 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

Limits on pesticides mean higher costs

first_imgFRESNO – State regulators proposed new rules Friday to meet a court-ordered deadline for cutting air pollution from chemicals used to kill pests, weeds and diseases in some of the nation’s most productive farmland. The proposed rules make California the first state to dictate how and where several widely used fumigants can be applied on fields statewide, said Glenn Brank, spokesman for the state Department of Pesticide Regulation. The restrictions would require any grower who uses fumigants to hire licensed people to inject them at a cost of as much as $40 million a year. The use of certain chemicals would be capped in areas in Southern California and the San Joaquin Valley with especially dirty air. The directive, which the agency has the authority to set, centers on fumigants – gases that fruit and vegetable growers use to kill pests in the soil before planting. The chemicals have long been blamed for being part of the state’s air-pollution problem because they cause smog-forming gases when they evaporate from fields. In 1997, the state pesticide agency promised to adopt a plan for reducing fumigant emissions by 20 percent. The target went unmet, however, and several environmental groups sued in 2004, claiming the state violated national health standards for smog. Ruling in that case last year, a U.S. District Court judge in Sacramento made the voluntary reduction goal mandatory. The state has appealed the court order, but the regulations will go through with or without an appeal, Brank said. If they take effect as proposed, the required changes in their operations would cost growers $10 million to $40 million a year, making it the most costly pesticide regulation in state history, Brank said. The rules would hurt some growers more than others because some rely more heavily on fumigants. The additional costs could force the state’s strawberry growers – who provide about 88 percent of the nation’s strawberries – to take one-third of their land out of production, said Mary DeGroat, a spokeswoman for the 700-member California Strawberry Commission. “Air, water, soil – that’s our livelihood,” DeGroat said. “We’ve been trying our best to be responsible while still trying to make a living.” Many carrot, tomato and grape farmers also use the chemicals and would face high costs. Environmental groups objected Friday to a provision that would let chemical manufacturers monitor what they are supplying to the three restricted regions and allow the head of the state pesticide agency to let growers reduce emissions by methods besides the ones stipulated in the proposed rules, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Other industries, such as oil refineries, automakers and paint manufacturers, have limits on smog-making gases called volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, but this is the first time across-the-board limits were set for fumigant emissions, Brank said. The new rules would require farmers using fumigants to hire special commercial applicators and to incorporate low-emission techniques such as injecting the gases deeper into moist soil and covering fields with heavier tarps. The restrictions would also set caps on how much of the chemicals can be applied in the San Joaquin Valley, Ventura County and the Mojave Desert area – three of the growing regions with the worst air pollution. Nearly 36 million pounds of seven fumigants were used on California farms in 2005, according to the state. If adopted, the new regulations would reduce pesticide emissions by 30 percent to 40 percent, regulators said. They were immediately met with criticism both from growers, who said implementing them would cost them millions, and environmentalists, who said the rules are too lax. last_img read more

BC Civil Liberties Association to hold workshop on protester’s rights at Northern Lights College

first_imgThe BC Civil Liberties Association is heading north to host a workshop aimed at teaching protesters their rights.BCCLA’s Laura Track is leading the workshop, and says it is to insure that people know how to keep themselves safe when they’re participating in a protest, and so that they know their legal rights.“99% of the time, protests go really well,” Track said. “Everything is just fine, everything is safe, the police are there keeping people safe. But everyone once in a while, things go sideways, and the contact protesters have with police can turn negative.”- Advertisement -Track says the Peace Valley Landowners Association invited the BCCLA up to Fort St. John, having done the workshop in various communities across BC before.One thing that protesters should be wary of is legal boundaries. Criminal contempt of court for disobeying a court order is one, as seen on Burnaby Mountain last fall. Protesters can also be charged with obstructing a police officer if they don’t stand back, she says.But protesting is also a protected right in Canada, and it is lawful to take photos, and video of the protest and police officers.Advertisement Track says that the BCCLA has a neutral position on the issues that protesters are vocal about, and wishes to team them their rights so they can stay safe during a protest.The workshop will be held in Room 202 at Northern Lights College (9820 120 Avenue, Fort St. John) on September 16th, from 7-9 PM.last_img read more

Mbappe joins Paris Saint-Germain from Monaco

first_img0Shares0000Monaco’s teen sensation Kylian Mbappe is expected to complete a stunning move to PSG when he flies into the French capital on August 28, 2017, according to widespread media reportsPARIS, France, Aug 31 – Paris Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Kylian Mbappe from Monaco.The 18-year-old striker joins on an initial season-long loan deal and will sign a permanent four-year contract next July, when PSG have an option to make the transfer permanent for a fee understood to be worth £166m. The structuring of the deal, more expensive than any bar the Qatari-owned club’s world-record purchase of Neymar earlier this month, has been agreed with an eye on UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules.Mbappe has been pursued by most of Europe’s top clubs this summer after his goals helped Monaco win the French title and reach the last four of the Champions League last season.The Parisian has chosen the club he supports, and he told the PSG website: “It is with great joy and pride that I join Paris Saint-Germain.“For any young person from the Paris region, it is often a dream to wear the red and blue jersey and experience the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes.“I really wanted to be a part of the club’s project, which is one of the most ambitious in Europe. Alongside my new team-mates, I intend to continue my progression while helping the team achieve the very big objectives it has set itself.”PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi said: “It was essential for French football that we keep and help develop such a great talent in our championship.“Among players of his age, he is without doubt the most promising in the world due to his immense technical, physical and mental qualities.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Ronaldo eyes more FIFA success as Real dominate awards

first_imgThe Portuguese ace has scored 44 goals in just 48 games for club and country so far this calendar year, including two in a 4-1 Champions League final win over Juventus in Cardiff on June 3.Ronaldo saw off competition from longstanding Barcelona rival Lionel Messi and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, the world’s most expensive player.Cristiano Ronaldo, FIFA Player of the Year © AFP / Gal ROMA, Laurence CHU , Vincent LEFAI, Sophie RAMISBut, typical of a footballer who has enjoyed huge success at both Manchester United and Real, Ronaldo was not satisfied.“I want seven. Five is good but seven is my lucky number so seven would be great.”Real boss Zinedine Zidane took the corresponding manager of the year award, with the Spanish giants providing five players in the FIFPro team of the year.Ronaldo won the inaugural Best FIFA men’s player of the year award last year following the end of a six-year merger between the FIFA honour and France Football’s Ballon D’Or.The 32-year-old previously won the FIFA World Player of the Year award, the precursor to the Best FIFA award, in 2008.Real Madrid’s French coach Zinedine Zidane (R) shakes hands with Italian manager of Nantes, Claudio Ranieri after winning the Best FIFA men’s coach of 2017 award © AFP / Ben STANSALLHe has now won the last two FIFA men’s trophies as well as three of the last four Ballon D’Or awards.“Thanks a lot for voting for me,” said Ronaldo after receiving his trophy from Argentina great Diego Maradona and Brazil’s Ronaldo at the London Palladium theatre.“I mention Leo and Neymar, great to be here. Real Madrid supporters, my team-mates, my coach, they all support me all year.“We are in England for the first time and I win consecutive awards,” he added. “This is a great moment for me. I have fans all over the world.”Zidane won out ahead of Chelsea’s Antonio Conte and Juventus’s Massimiliano Allegri to be crowned men’s coach of the year after becoming the first man to oversee a successful defence of the European Cup in the Champions League era.“I’d like to thank all of the players for making this possible,” said Zidane. “This is a very special prize.”By video-link, Netherlands midfielder Lieke Martens holds her trophy for The Best FIFA women’s player of 2017 © AFP / Ben STANSALLReal’s superb campaign was recognised in a FIFPro team that featured Ronaldo and club-mates Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Marcelo and Sergio Ramos.The XI also included FIFA’s goalkeeper of the year, Gianluigi Buffon.AC Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci and PSG’s Dani Alves were in the defence, with Barcelona playmaker Andres Iniesta in a side also featuring Messi and Neymar.– Giroud wins best goal –Juventus and Italy shot-stopper Buffon topped a three-strong shortlist for the goalkeeper award ahead of Real’s Keylor Navas and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.Monday also saw the Puskas Award for the best goal of 2017 go to Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud.The France striker received the award named in honour of Hungary great Ferenc Puskas for a spectacular ‘scorpion-kick’ against Crystal Palace in January.The Frenchman’s flicked volley with his left foot that went in off the crossbar won ahead of goals from Venezuela’s Deyna Castellanos, 18, and South African goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke.Juventus and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (L) wins The Best FIFA goalkeeper of 2017 award © AFP / Ben STANSALLMeanwhile tournament hosts the Netherlands’ achievement in winning their first major female football title, the 2017 Women’s European Championship, was recognised with Women’s Coach of the Year and Player of the Year awards for Sarina Wiegman and Lieke Martens respectively.Supporters of Celtic won the Fan Award for the way they marked the 50th anniversary of the Glasgow club’s European Cup triumph.The Fair Play award went to Francis Kone for saving the life of goalkeeper Martin Berkovec, who nearly suffocated as a result of swallowing his tongue during a Czech league match in February.Voting for the bulk of the awards was equally weighted between national team captains and coaches, media and fans.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Real Madrid and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo stands with the trophy after winning The Best FIFA men’s player of 2017 award on October 23, 2017 in London © AFP / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 23 – Cristiano Ronaldo has set his sights on a “lucky seventh” piece of FIFA silverware after collecting his fifth Men’s Player of the Year award on Monday.Ronaldo’s Real Madrid side, who won both La Liga and the Champions League last season, dominated the 2017 Best FIFA football awards at a star-studded ceremony in London on Monday.last_img read more

Wanyama scores thunderbolt as Spurs, Liverpool draw

first_img0Shares0000Victor Wanyama scores a thunderbolt from 30 yards/Premier LeagueLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Feb 4 – Harambee Stars Captain Victor Wanyama stepped off the bench to score barely two minutes on the pitch as Liverpool and Tottenham played to a 2-2 draw at Anfield on Sunday.Wanyama’s thunderbolt from 30 yards cancelled out Mohammed Salah’s third minute goal but there was to be plenty of drama in the final five minutes. Harry Kane missed a penalty just after Wanyama’s goal and on the other end, Salah scored his second, but Spurs had a late penalty this time converted by Kane for a two-all scoreline.Liverpool were leading 1-0 with 12 minutes left after Mohamed Salah’s opener but Victor Wanyama thumped Spurs level before Kane won a penalty on 85 minutes.However, the England international spurned the opportunity and Salah sensationally put Liverpool in front in injury time with an exquisite solo effort.That looked the end of the drama but Spurs won a second penalty with their final attack when the linesman overruled referee Jon Moss for a Virgil van Dijk challenge on Erik Lamela.In front of a disgruntled home crowd, Kane made no mistake to become the player to reach 100 Premier League goals in the second-shortest time.Harry Kane missed one penalty but buried another to earn Spurs a pointWith just three minutes gone, Liverpool’s high press forced Eric Dier into a horrendous back-pass which was seized upon by Salah, who was presented with an easy finish past Hugo Lloris from 10 yards out.Tottenham looked rocked by the early goal as Liverpool continued to play with energy through Jordan Henderson and James Milner in midfield – however, the second goal evaded them with Milner and Roberto Firmino skewing shots wide after some creative play by Trent Alexander-Arnold.After the break Spurs started to find their rhythm and ask questions of Liverpool defensively.Jurgen Klopp made two changes after the win at Huddersfield, and they were both defensive. Virgil van Dijk came in for Joel Matip and Trent Alexander-Arnold replaced Joe Gomez.Spurs were unchanged following the 2-0 win against Manchester United.The atmosphere around Anfield was becoming nervy with their team dropping deeper and Klopp switched to a back five for the final 10 minutes in order to see the game out.Salah has scored 21 goals in 25 Premier League games for LiverpoolHis defensive tactic didn’t reap the required effect as Spurs levelled in spectacular fashion.Eriksen’s cross from the left was palmed clear by Karius into the path of Wanyama, who struck a quite breath-taking half-volley into the top corner.The drama wasn’t done there as Spurs won a penalty in the 85th minute as Kane nipped through and went down under minimal contact from Karius.The script seemed set for the England international to net his 100th Premier League goal but his penalty was straight down the middle and Karius blocked it away.Liverpool then thought they’d won it when Salah somehow twisted and turned in the box, beating two Spurs defenders, and poked a fine finish into the net.With Anfield rocking, the home fans’ joy quickly turned to anger when Lamela was felled by Van Dijk inside the area. The referee originally waved away the appeals but the linesman flagged and Moss brought the play back to award the penalty.This time Kane stayed cool and quite a bonkers match ended all square.“I am not allowed to go in their room until half an hour after the game, do you think the first thingJurgen Klopp was unimpressed with the two penalties awarded to Tottenham, saying ‘it’s hard to accept the decisions’.–Courtesy Sky Sports0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Arsenal can turn it around, says Wenger

first_img0Shares0000When asked if the season can still be salvaged, Wenger told Sky Sports: “Yes. We want to focus on the next game and continue to put in the effort we put in tonight.LONDON, United Kingdom, Mar 2 – Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has backed his side to turn their season around, despite suffering another heavy defeat against Manchester City.The Gunners hosted City at the Emirates Stadium for a Premier League clash on Thursday night, and were handed a 3-0 defeat, the same scoreline by which Pep Guardiola’s charges beat Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final. Bernardo Silva, David Silva, and Leroy Sane all scored for the visitors in the first half to extend City’s lead at the top of the standings to 16 points, while Arsenal, who were denied a way back into the tie as Ederson saved a second-half penalty from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, are in sixth position, 10 points adrift of the top four.When asked if the season can still be salvaged, Wenger told Sky Sports: “Yes. We want to focus on the next game and continue to put in the effort we put in tonight.“We played twice against certainly the best side in the country at the moment and that was of course difficult for us because we didn’t have a good performance in the first game.“But we have quality and we want to show that.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Liverpool fan fighting for his life after assault by Roma fans

first_img0Shares0000Mounted police escort a coach carrying the Liverpool team to the Champions League first leg semi-final against Roma at Anfield stadium © AFP / Oli SCARFFLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Apr 25 – A Liverpool fan was fighting for his life on Wednesday after suffering a serious head injury in a “vile” assault by Roma fans before the club’s Champions League semi-final first-leg clash with the Italian club.The man is being treated for his injuries at a neurological centre, where his condition is described as critical, Merseyside Police said. Two men — aged 25 and 26 — have been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after attacking the 53-year-old man, who had reportedly travelled from Ireland for the match.“We believe the victim was in Liverpool with his brother for the Liverpool v Roma semi-final and was assaulted during an altercation between Roma and Liverpool fans near to the Albert pub at about 7:35 pm (1835 GMT),” said detective inspector Paul Speight.“Witnesses report that the victim was hit with a belt and then fell to the ground.“Paramedics treated him at the scene and he was taken by ambulance to Walton neurological centre, where he is being treated for a head injury.“His condition is currently described as critical and his next of kin have been informed.”Liverpool, who won the match 5-2, said they were “shocked and appalled” by the incident.“Our thoughts, in the first instance, are with the victim and his family at this very traumatic time. We will be offering them our full support,” the club added in a statement.Serie A side Roma said there was no room in football for the “vile behaviour”.“AS Roma condemns in the strongest possible terms the abhorrent behaviour of a small minority of traveling fans who brought shame on the club and the vast majority of Roma’s well-behaved supporters at Anfield after getting involved in clashes with Liverpool supporters before last night’s fixture,” the club said.European football’s governing body UEFA said it was “deeply shocked by the vile attack”, adding it was waiting to receive full reports before deciding on potential disciplinary charges.The alleged assailants were among a total of nine men, aged between 20 and 43, who were arrested for various offences before and after the match.The offences included affray, assault, possession of offensive weapons, possession of a controlled drug, criminal damage and being drunk and disorderly.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Former African champions play Cup of Nations catch-up

first_imgNigeria, too, should collect maximum points without undue difficulty away to the Seychelles, one of the weakest African national teams.It could be tougher for the Ivorians and Zambians, though, to collect their first points as Rwanda and Namibia respectively can be stubborn hosts.AFP Sport looks at five of the most eye-catching match-ups among the 24 scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday.EgyptEgypt’s forward Mohamed Salah looks on during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd on June 25, 2018A war of words over image rights and security between Egypt and Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and the national association has overshadowed the clash with Niger in Alexandria.Salah and the national football body are contracted to different mobile phone companies and the striker also complained about sleepless nights because fans got access to hotels.After an away loss to Tunisia, Egypt must win under new Mexican coach Javier Aguirre to get back into contention and put a three-defeat 2018 World Cup campaign behind them.Ivory CoastIvory Coast star Wilfried Zaha boosted Crystal Palace by signing a new contract which ties him to them till the end of the 2022/23 season.New coach Ibrahim Kamara must have wished for a gentler introduction to one of the most demanding coaching posts in Africa than facing Rwanda away after a shock home loss to Guinea.Kamara, a surprise choice with many Ivorians anticipating a ‘big name’, must do without Crystal Palace flier Wilfried Zaha, an absentee for undisclosed “personal reasons”.Rwanda will also have a new coach with local Vincent Mashami succeeding German Antoine Hey, who quit after a first-round exit from the 2018 African Nations Championship last January.MoroccoMorocco now know they will be going home at the end of the group phase after two defeats in their first two outingsDefensive general Mehdi Benatia, who criticised Moroccan officials after a winless 2018 World Cup campaign, is a notable absentee for the visit of Malawi to Casablanca.But most of the action is likely to be at the other end of the pitch with Malawi trying to repulse attacks from opponents keen to make up for a 1-0 away defeat by Cameroon.Malawi appear to be on a hiding to nothing given that Belgian coach Ronny van Geneugden has managed just two victories in 15 matches since taking charge.NigeriaNigeria’s forward Alex Iwobi (L) fights for the ball with Zambia’s midfielder Simon Silwimba during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match October 7, 2017Not fully-fit John Obi Mikel and retired Victor Moses miss out as Nigeria seek to build after coming within four minutes of a World Cup last-16 place before conceding to Argentina.Coach Gernot Rohr also had to contend with several late withdrawals, including Arsenal striker Alex Iwobi and Serie A defenders Ola Aina and William Troost-Ekong.However, after being shocked 2-0 at home by South Africa during matchday 1, Nigeria should win convincingly ahead of tougher home and away tests against Libya next month.ZambiaZambia fans. Photo/COURTESYBelgian Sven Vandenbroeck has opted to go it alone as Zambia coach after assisting compatriot Hugo Broos when they guided Cameroon to a surprise 2017 Cup of Nations title.He succeeds Wedson Nyirenda, who oversaw a shock 1-0 home defeat by Mozambique, the first time the Chipolopolo (Copper Bullets) had fallen to their fellow southern Africans.Vandenbroeck has recalled several of the 2012 African title-winning team, including former captain Rainford Kalaba, for a clash with unpredictable Namibia in Windhoek.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nigeria’s main kit won the plenty of fans, and the one game in which they wore itJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Sep 7 – Former champions Egypt, the Ivory Coast, Morocco, Nigeria and Zambia are among teams needing to catch up after losses when 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying resumes this weekend.It will be easier for some than others during matchday 2 with home advantage almost guaranteeing Egypt and Morocco maximum points against Niger and Malawi respectively.last_img read more

UEFA orders ‘further investigation’ of PSG over financial fairplay

first_imgWithin weeks the club had also agreed a deal to sign teenage striker Kylian Mbappe from Monaco for 180 million euros. He has since become one of world football’s hottest properties.In June, UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body (CFCB) closed its investigation into PSG’s spending only to re-open it just a month later.UEFA said on Monday the case had now been referred “back to the CFCB Investigatory Chamber for further investigation”.UEFA rules mandate that clubs cannot spend more than they earn in any given season and deficits must fall within a 30-million-euro limit over three seasons.PSG’s case is complicated by its lucrative sponsorship deals with Qatar National Bank and the Gulf state’s tourism authority.If eventually found guilty PSG could face exclusion from European competition for one or more seasons, a huge blow to the club’s Qatari owners who have made winning the Champions League their key goal.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000UEFA initially opened an investigation into Paris Saint-Germain’s spending in September 2017 © AFP/File / GEOFFROY VAN DER HASSELTPARIS, France, Sep 24 – UEFA said Monday it had ordered accusations that Paris Saint-Germain has broken its financial fair play rules to be referred to its financial unit “for further investigation”.European football’s governing body initially opened an investigation into the Qatari-owned club’s spending in September 2017 under pressure from some of Europe’s biggest clubs after the French club signed Brazilian midfielder Neymar for a world-record 222 million euros ($261 million).last_img read more