Book on the life of G.C. Foster launched

first_imgOther than the fact that Jamaica’s only sports college was named after him, not much is known about Gerald Claude Eugene Foster. For many, Jamaica’s track and field history began in 1948 at the London Olympic Games, where Jamaicans like Arthur Wint, Herb McKinley, and George Rhoden began to write their own significant legacies, but in reality, it could easily be argued that G. C. Foster was actually the man who started it all, first as an athlete in the early 1900s; later, as a coach who played a key part in Jamaica’s schoolboy sports; and even later, as coach and physiotherapist at the British Empire Games in 1934 and the Olympic Games in 1948. In comparison to others, history has been unkind to Foster, whose work has gone relatively unrecognised. “In some ways, I don’t think he was valued enough at that time, and when we look back now at his role in coaching schoolboy athletes – whichever school he coached had a very good chance at winning Champs that year – maybe he wasn’t valued enough,” said Diane Shaw, Foster’s granddaughter, who, on Wednesday, launched a book on her grandfather’s life at the Football Factory on Olivier Road in Kingston. The book is called Remembering G. C. Foster and was edited by Arnold Bertram, who has written several books on Jamaica’s rich track and field history. Shaw is the last grandchild of Foster, who unsuccessfully bid to represent Jamaica at the 1908 Olympic Games because Jamaica was not yet a member of the Olympic charter. She began research for the book decades ago, interviewing persons like the late Barclay Ewart, who benefitted from Foster’s tutelage while he was a student at Jamaica College back in the 1950s. She also interviewed the late Keith Gardner, another of Foster’s early protegÈs, as well as Mauricio Ventura. Shaw also spent time discussing her grandfather’s contributions with coaches Glen Mills and Freddie Green, as well as modern stars like Yohan Blake. She said she did not get the opportunity to speak with Usain Bolt. She recalls that each of the persons she interviewed for the book had nothing but glowing recollections of Foster, who died in 1966 at the age of 80. “Most of the people that I interviewed just loved him because he was such a positive influence,” she said. Shaw admitted that while she knew her grandfather well while growing up, she discovered new things about him during her years of research. “He had a passion for excellence, and he was a very endearing man. He also had a great sense of humour. There was a lot of laughter. After the athletes had their sessions, there was a lot of laughter after. He never tired. He could go on into the night massaging people until sweat poured down his face,” she said. “He had endless energy for coaching, massaging, and prompting them to be the very best they could be.” All this work, he did for free. The book is available at the Football Factory as distribution deals are still being worked out.last_img read more

Pollard fireworks take shine off Badree hat-trick

first_img RUN CHASE Mumbai’s run chase started dismally when Englishman Jos Buttler was caught at mid-wicket by Gayle off pacer Stuart Binny for two with the score on seven in the second over. Badree then stunned RCB in the following over. The West Indies star claimed Parthiv chipping a catch to Gayle at cover, had New Zealander McClenaghan taken at long-on next ball off a low full toss and completed his hat-trick when he bowled Rohit with a googly. However, Pollard hit back for Mumbai, engineering a match-winning 93-run, fifth wicket stand with Krunal Pandya (37 not out), which broke RCB’s spirit. Pollard’s first 20 balls yielded just 18 runs but he then steadily upped the tempo to reach his fifty off 41 balls, hitting left-arm spinner Pawan Negi for a straight six to bring up the landmark. By the time, he holed out to AB de Villiers in the deep off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in the 18th over, Mumbai were well on their way to victory. BANGALORE, India (CMC): Kieron Pollard joined the 7,000-run club with a stunning Man-of-the-Match half-century, trumping a brilliant hat-trick from fellow Trinidadian Samuel Badree to propel Mumbai Indians to a rollicking four-wicket victory over Chris Gayle’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League here yesterday. Set 143 for victory at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Mumbai were tottering on seven runs for four wickets in the third over after leg-spinner Badree removed Parthiv Patel (3), Mitchell McClenaghan (0) and captain Rohit Sharma (0) in successive deliveries. But veteran Pollard arrived to play a blinder, lashing a top score of 70 off 47 deliveries to rescue the run chase and steer the visitors to their third win in four outings with seven balls to spare. The right-hander blasted three fours and five sixes to mark his 32nd half-century in T20s and become only the fifth batsman to pass 7,000 runs in the shortest format. He now has 7,048 runs and sits fourth on the list headed by Gayle who ironically missed out on becoming the first player to reach 10, 000 runs in T20s when he was dismissed for 22. Sent in, RCB got a handy start as Gayle put on 63 with captain Virat Kohli who top-scored with 62 off 47 deliveries. The left-handed Gayle was uncharacteristically slow, facing 27 balls and hitting two fours and a six before edging a pull at a short ball to fall to a catch at the wicket off seamer Hardik Pandya. Gayle tops the list of T20 run-getters with 9,997 runs, well ahead of New Zealander Brendon McCullum on 7,411 and third placed Brad Hodge with 7,338. Australian David Warner is the other batsman in the elite club with 7,011.last_img read more

UAAP beach volleyball: Tigresses open 3-peat bid with rout of Lady Maroons

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas’ Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon handily beat University of the Philippines’ Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, 21-12, 21-12, at the start of the UAAP Season 81 beach volleyball tournaments Monday at Sands SM By The Bay.Rondina, the three-time MVP who is in her final year, worked hand in glove with her new partner Barbon to open the Tigresses’ bid for a third consecutive crown on a winning note.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Tab Baldwin sorry for Dave Ildefonso comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img It was a double victory for UST with its pair of Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton also making work of  Ateneo’s Kurt Aguilar and Abai Llenos, 21-11, 21-14, in the men’s division.The reigning men’s champion National University, however, wasn’t as fortunate as Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad dropped a 25-23, 21-17, decision to Far Eastern University’s Jude Garcia and Kevin Hadlocon.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 ChrissIn the other women’s duels, La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and Michelle Morente, the former Lady Eagle, recovered from a second set meltdown to beat FEU’s Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan, 21-14, 20-22, 15-10 while NU’s Klymince Orilleneda and Antonnete Landicho crushed Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, 21-11, 21-14, and Adamson University’s Hannah Nicole Infante and Gracelchen Ave downed University of the East’s Rhea Manalo and Lyen Shan Ritual, 21-14, 21-15     Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Spurs to beat Liverpool to £20m-rated Argentina international?

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly eyeing Benfica’s £20m-rated Argentine winger, Eduardo Salvio.The former Southampton boss sent scouts to Portugal on the weekend to compile a dossier on the 24-year-old after a series of eye-catching performances.Pochettino is thought to be keen to freshen up his attacking options in wide areas this summer and ex-Atletico Madrid man Salvio has emerged as a potential target.Is Salvio what Spurs need to catapult them into the top four? talkSPORT takes a look…Eduardo SalvioDate of birth: 13 July 1990 (age 24)Born: Avellaneda, ArgentinaClub: BenficaHonours: Europa League (2010, 2012), Primeira Liga (2014), Portuguese Cup (2014), Portuguese League Cup (2011, 2014)Salvio is a pacy and tricky winger who operates down the right-hand side. He is predominantly right-footed, but adept at cutting inside on to his left foot.The 24-year-old, who has won five caps for Argentina, first moved to Europe in January 2010 joining Atletico Madrid for around £7.5m from Lanus.The Argentine moved to Benfica in 2012 – after a previous loan spell with the Portuguese club – for £10m and has developed into one of Europe’s most sought-after wide men.What’s the latest?Liverpool are reportedly interested in bringing the Argentine to Anfield in the summer. The Reds signed Lazar Markovic from Benfica last season and Brendan Rodgers is thought to be a fan of Salvio.Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is a notoriously hard negotiator and will likely only spend such a sum of money if Spurs recoup funds from transfers away from White Hart Lane first – Etienne Capoue, Younes Kaboul and Emmanuel Adebayor to name a few.Morever, at present, any English club will have to apply for a work permit to secure Salvio and that would require a change in the law.Currently, players arriving from outside the EU must meet strict criteria based on international appearances, and the winger has only played a handful of times for Argentina.However, FA Chairman Greg Dyke is keen to see the rules change allowing a player with a value over £10m to be given a work permit, thus potential suitors should not be deterred.Did you know?Salvio has scored eight goals in 24 appearances in all competitions this season.See highlights of Salvio below:Spurs fans, do you think the club needs a wide man and should Mauricio Pochettino make a move for Eduardo Salvio? Comment below… 1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly eyeing Benfica’s £20m-rated Argentine winger Eduardo Salvio. last_img read more

What’s really `Sicko’ is Moore’s fact distortion

first_imgHe is even more critical of the money-grubbing, cheating insurance companies, exemplified by an insurance doctor who said she was rated and rewarded by how many procedure requests she denied. But Moore does not acknowledge existing government programs like Medicare, Medicaid and others. He fails to note that emergency rooms must treat patients regardless of insurance or ability to pay, or of the extensive pro-bono work many doctors, nurses and other medical personnel regularly do for poor and low-income families. He ignores the price reductions provided by many pharmaceutical companies for the poor or the group Partnership for Prescription Assistance, which helps several million each year. After spending half his film on deficiencies in the U.S. health-care system, Moore extols four examples of government-run socialized medicine in Canada, Great Britain, France and Cuba. He emphasizes that all provide universally available free health care, making no mention of these nations’ high taxes or any existing health-care system financial problems. Moore shows a young woman with cervical cancer who goes to Canada and feigns being a common-law wife of a Canadian citizen to get free treatment and low-cost medication. He claims many people go from U.S. northern cities to Canada for health care that they cannot get or cannot afford in the United States, especially lower-cost medicines. This is contradictory to numerous articles on how seriously ill Canadians come to the United States for treatment they cannot get or cannot wait their turn for at home. A recent Washington Times article headlined “In reversal, Canada dabbles with health care privatization” says Canada is increasingly allowing citizens to purchase health care from spreading private clinics. The article lists the Canadian health care system median waiting times in weeks (published by the Frazer Institute): gynecology, 14.3; ophthalmology, 27.2; general surgery, 10.1; neurosurgery, 31.7; orthopedic surgery, 40.3; urology, 11.5; and internal medicine, 11.5. Next Moore visits Great Britain where everyone is entitled to “free” health care and low standard-cost drugs. A U.S. tourist injures his shoulder and is provided with examination and treatment free. Moore points out the hospital cashier’s window is where patients do not pay but are paid for transportation home. He omits a news item that an estimated 20,000 Britons die needlessly each year waiting for treatment or that the British National Health Care System is nearly bankrupt and is considering privatization. Then he meets with a group of Americans living in Paris and enjoying “free” universal health care. The group extols not only excellent health care but also the very liberal sick leave and vacation allowances of French employment. No mention is made of high taxes, long waiting times or a recent report that the French health-care system is nearly $200 million in the red. There are some clips of congressional testimony about “Hillarycare” and how the American Medical Association, the HMO Association and the pharmaceutical industry lobbied mostly Republicans to vote down Clinton’s socialized medical plan (with no mention that even Democrats agreed it was a multilayered bureaucratic nightmare). After a few scenes at Ground Zero and volunteer 9-11 rescue workers denied free medical treatment because they were not official, there is testimony by the military on the excellent health care the Guantanamo detainees receive that, Moore says, is much better than millions of Americans receive and is “free” (not to U.S. taxpayers). So Moore takes three volunteers from New York to Guantanamo to get the same free health care, but they are denied access. Then they go to Havana where the Cuban universal health-care system provides needed examinations and treatments during several days of private-room hospitalization. This is represented as typical Cuban services, but knowledgeable experts say it is pure Cuban propaganda. For the conclusion to his one-sided expose, socialist Michael Moore poses the question, “Why can’t the United States have the same kind of universal free health care as Canada, Britain, France and Cuba?” Apparently, Moore doesn’t admit that even socialist governments levy taxes and fees to fund their “not-so-free” services. Stan Katten is a former RAND Corp. analysis and a San Pedro resident.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One of the worst examples was a wife’s story of her husband’s unnecessary death due to their insurance company refusing an available bone marrow transplant that it said was experimental. Another was a mother taking her 2-year-old with a 104-degree temperature to Martin Luther King-Drew Medical Center. Because she belonged to the Kaiser health plan, the hospital refused treatment and forced her to go to Kaiser, by which time it was too late and the child died. An elderly husband and wife went bankrupt, lost their home and were forced to move into a spare basement of one of their children’s homes because of the extreme costs of their medication. Another man lost the tips of two fingers in a saw accident, and the hospital indicated it would cost $60,000 to put back his middle finger and $12,000 to put back his index finger, but he could only afford the less costly finger. Moore’s commentary emphasizes that money-hungry doctors and greedy hospitals are the problems. By Stan Katten (First of two parts) In terms of box office draw, Michael Moore’s “Sicko” was among the summer’s top-performing independent films. Unfortunately, this very negative portrayal of the U.S. health-care industry also gave its audience a dishonestly favorable view of socialized medicine. Moore states that nearly 50million Americans lack health insurance, implying they have little or no health care, because it is too expensive, even for middle-income families. In Moore’s film, when insurance companies, HMOs and hospitals deny care, it’s proof that even those who have insurance don’t get adequate or affordable care. Individuals and couples describe how insurance companies denied treatment recommended by their doctors, how the co-payments and costs of medicine were not affordable, how their insurance was canceled because minor prior conditions were omitted on their applications and how their insurance application was rejected due to an earlier but now cured illness. last_img read more

DELIGHT AS UROLOGY SERVICES RETURN TO LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL

first_imgLetterkenny General HospitalIt has been confirmed that the Urology Service at Letterkenny Hospital is being re-instated this week.Clinics will restart in the coming weeks.Donegal Action for Cancer Care say they are delighted with the news. “This is great news as DACC have worked tirelessly on this since Mr Moran retired early in the new year. While we were awre of this for the last few weeks waiting on the official news was starting to give us some concern.We have kept this issue to the fore & feel strongly that our ongoing work has contributed to this result.” said DACC spokesperson Betty Holmes.An operating list is taking place this Friday (November 13th) and OPD clinics are restarting in the coming weeks.All GP referral letters are and have been triaged by a consultant urologist. “We have been told that this is an interim arrangement whilst The Saolta Group finalise a group wide strategy for urology services – end of 2015.“For us in DACC we did raise our concerns that the group wide strategy for Urology Services does not mean taking them from Letterkenny Hospital to Galway…..this would not be acceptable to us in DACC at all. We will keep a close eye on how these really urgent & important services go” said Betty.The Saolta Group reassure us that they are committed to maintaining a urology service in Letterkenny for the patients of Donegal.DELIGHT AS UROLOGY SERVICES RETURN TO LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL was last modified: November 12th, 2015 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)last_img read more

DD LOCAL: RAPHOE BOXING CLUB CELEBRATES 25 YEARS

first_imgRaphoe NotesRaphoe Family Resource Centre Afterschool Programme Time TableTuesday: 3rd & 4th class 3.00-4.00pm 5th & 6th class 4.00-5.00pmWednesday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.00pmComputer Club 3.00- 5.00 p.m. (7 – 12 years olds) Homework Support 5.30 – 6.30 p.m.Youth Café 7.00-9.00pmThursday: Junior & Senior Infants 2.00-3.00pm1st & 2nd class 3.00-4.00pmCommunity Consultation: Following a successful site visit by the Family Support Agency the Family Resource Centre has been invited to submit a strategic work plan for the period 2014-2016. As part of developing the work plan we will be carrying out a consultation, in survey format, with young people, families and the wider community to hear what the main issues of concern are in the area. We would welcome your support with the consultation, which will take place over the next few weeks.Counselling Services:The Family Resource Centre is pleased to announce that funding has been accessed from the Family Support Agency’s Scheme of Grants for Marriage, Child and Bereavement Counselling Services to continue with the Counselling Service provided at the Centre.The service which is free and confidential is by appointment only by telephoning 086 3601718. RAPHOE WALKING GROUP:The Raphoe Walking Group meets every Thursday at 10.30am in the Family Resource Centre. Everyone Welcome. This is a brilliant opportunity to get fit (ter) and meet new people in your Community.Little Smiles with Big DreamsLittle Smile’s is a local parent and toddler group that meets in the Family Resource Centre on Wednesday morning from 10.30 -12 noon. The group is also open to grandparents/ Aunts/Uncles and childminders. This is a great opportunity for pre-school children to meet other children, enjoy messy play, story time and music. Light lunch is provides.RAPHOE BOXING CLUBThe Raphoe Club has now reopened after the Summer break and training takes place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights from 6.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. when all new and former members will be very welcome alongClub boxers will be in action at the Donegal Novice Championship that will be staged in the Letterkenny Club-house on Saturday 5th October and club boxers will take part in the Donegal Open Championships to take place in the Buncrana Youth Club on Sunday 3rd November.Details of the clubs “25 years of boxing in Raphoe” will appear in the local press in the coming weeks as the club will stage a presentation, dinner and dance in Jacksons Hotel Saturday 16th November and anyone wishing to place an advertisement in the souvenir programme can contact Gary Mc Cullagh, 087 6620824 or Peter O’ Donnell 087 7703116The Raphoe club will celebrate 25years of boxing on Saturday 16th November with a dinner, presentation, and dance in Jackson’s Hotel and more details will appear in the local press in the coming weeks.DD LOCAL: RAPHOE BOXING CLUB CELEBRATES 25 YEARS was last modified: August 31st, 2013 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:Raphoe Community noteslast_img read more

All in the Orange Line of duty

first_imgLike a lot of people, I haven’t gotten on an L.A. bus in the last two decades. But I couldn’t pass up the free ride Sunday on the opening weekend of the Orange Line busway, which runs from Warner Center, where I work, past my house near Winnetka Avenue and Victory Boulevard, through Sepulveda Basin and on to the North Hollywood subway station. It was the basin connection that mattered on Sunday. That’s where I play golf every weekend, and this Sunday was no exception. So there I was at 5:20 a.m., schlepping my golf clubs to the Winnetka Station, where the electronic sign proclaimed the next eastbound bus was coming at 5:23. Right on time, driver Andy Beckerman arrived with bus 007, which made me wonder if my adventure in public transit would turn into some kind of spy story. Andy, the bus driver, was happy to have found a spot on the Orange Line. The double-length bus takes some getting used to, he said, “but you don’t have to worry about traffic and the passengers with their passes and all.” We chatted as we raced through the darkness along Oxnard, past Tampa and Reseda and White Oak before jogging north to Balboa and Victory, where I got off. It took 12 minutes. My golfing partner, who is so hung up on nostalgia for the long-lost Red Cars that he won’t even try the busway, wasn’t there yet to take me the rest of the way to the Encino Golf Course on Burbank so I crossed the street to Stop In Donuts, where I ordered my usual: coffee, croissant and a banana. “Mr. Lucky,” the Cambodian immigrant who runs the place in the morning, was even cheerier than usual. Business, he said, had been terrific Saturday because of all the people jamming on the buses and coming over for a snack. That shouldn’t be too surprising since there aren’t many other places to get something to eat or drink anywhere along the busway route. America is a great place, he declared. “Over there (in Cambodia), they treat you like an animal and they kill you like an animal.” Then he laughed as he added: “Here, you’re free to work like a dog and they leave you alone.” I knew what he meant, about America at least. My ride arrived and we headed off to the golf course. Four hours later, I was back at Balboa and Victory, waiting at the station with about 20 other passengers, mostly families with kids. The parking lot was nearly full. A dozen or so orange-jerseyed transit workers were passing out maps and schedules and free passes and showing people how to buy tickets from the ATM-like machines and explaining the origins and operations of the busway. Four minutes later, the westbound bus arrived. People streamed off, including a father and son going fishing at Lake Balboa. It was standing-room only so I had to squeeze in with my golf clubs, but no one stared at me like I was crazy. They were all chatting animatedly, craning their necks as we zipped past the sod farm, the cornfield and the Little League field. There was a festive feeling to the ride. It reminded me of when I was in Fairbanks, Alaska, 40 years ago and J.C. Penney opened a two-story store with an escalator, the first ever that close to the Arctic Circle. People rode up and down in wonderment. It was that way on the Orange Line. There was the same sense of wonder: Something good had happened in the Valley and people wanted to know what it was like, whether it was good for them. Personally, I was wondering if I’d ever ride it again – probably not to golf. That was a stunt. But the two miles to the office? To the NoHo entertainment district? To the subway and Hollywood or downtown? I’m not sure if I’ll ever be even an infrequent rider. But I do know for sure I’ll give it one more try. They gave me a free pass, and I can’t pass up a free ride. 160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Michael, one of the two other passengers on 007, added to my sense of intrigue when he declared he couldn’t give me his last name because it might compromise his position as a security guard. I nodded knowingly and asked what he thought of the Orange Line. Michael was ecstatic. He was used to taking Route 158 to the 163 to the 150, if I heard him right, and the busway collapsed that into a simpler trip that shaved a half-hour or more from his commuting time. He was worried about others, though, concerned that too many routes were cut because of the busway and there aren’t enough Metro Rapid buses and other good connections to make it as useful to others as it is to him. I asked Tony, the other passenger, what his mission was this morning. Like me, he couldn’t pass up a free ride and wanted “to see what the big deal was” about the Orange Line. So he was taking the opportunity to go to Sitton’s in North Hollywood for breakfast even though it was a bit of a hike from the busway stop to the restaurant on Magnolia. last_img read more

Council appoints new manager

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – A clearly divided City Council voted 3-2 Tuesday night to appoint Chuck Fuentes as city manager, ending a long, controversial selection process.The council majority that came to power in last March’s elections – Mayor David Armenta and councilmen Ron Beilke and Pete Ramirez – voted to hire Fuentes. Councilmembers Gregory Salcido and Carlos Garcia cast the dissenting votes.Following the firing in April of longtime City Manager Dennis Courtmarche, Debbie Lopez has served as interim city manager. Fuentes was appointed by the same council as executive city consultant in May.“I’m deeply grateful for the opportunity and humbled at the charge to lead the city,” Fuentes said. “And I will do my best to address the many serious challenges we face in this city.”Beilke is a friend and longtime supporter of Fuentes. He said he selected Fuentes from a field of six finalists because he is uniquely qualified to serve as Pico Rivera’s city manager.“What we need is a city manager with established relationships at the county, state and federal level to find new funding sources for our city,” Beilke said. “Chuck is the right person at the right time because he has worked in Sacramento and Washington, D.C., and has deep alliances and good contacts.”Fuentes, 53, will take the position immediately. His salary will be $145,000 per year. He will have a one-year contract, and will be subject to a review in six months, said Beilke.Salcido said he opposed the hiring because Fuentes is unqualified and a political ally of the majority council.“All concerned residents and law enforcement officials should recognize that this individual, aside from possessing no relevant professional experience or education, participated in the campaigns of councilmembers in which the termination of the city manager was an objective,” he said. “This individual has now been awarded a position he worked to make available.”Several members of a community activist group opposed to the hiring of Fuentes because of his lack of a bachelor’s degree and city management experience, also spoke out at Tuesday’s meeting.“All of the other candidates have exceptional educations and hold good positions, so I cannot understand how he would excel,” said Miguel Meraz, a member of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics. “It seems to me that this whole process was a big facade and he was selected because of his friendship with some council members.”The other five finalists, selected from a field of 31 candidates, all hold bachelor’s degrees. Several also hold master’s degrees.Fuentes has taken classes at UC Berkeley and Cal State Fullerton but has not earned a bachelor’s degree.He worked as chief administrative officer for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office, where he served as a political advisor to former Los Angeles Mayor James K. Hahn, according to his resume.He also worked as chief of staff for Rep. Grace Napolitano, D-Santa Fe Springs, and served for 26 years on the Democratic State Central Committee. debbie.pfeiffer@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028last_img read more

Roadshow to drive clear message home to Donegal students

first_imgOver 3,000 young people from Donegal, Derry and Tyrone will attend this week’s Road Safe Road show in the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny.The Road Safe Road Show is a unique partnership between Donegal County Council and members of the Donegal Road Safety Working Group which provides a platform to positively influence the driving behaviour of young students as they commence their driving careers.The show will be seen by over 3,000 students from the County’s twenty-seven post-primary schools and six Youthreach centres. The show continues to receive excellent support from schools in Northern Ireland with the Police Service of Northern Ireland assisting with the registration of over 900 students to attend from Derry and Tyrone. To date 118 people have lost their lives as result of a road traffic collisions in Ireland in 2017, 5 of these on Donegal’s roads.Brian O’Donnell Road Safety Officer with Donegal County Council said: “It is a sad fact that almost everyone in this county knows someone who was killed or seriously injured in road traffic collisions in Donegal. This show offers our young people the opportunity to learn about the consequences of poor driving behaviour on our roads. Our hope is that this show will have a positive influence on them and help to keep them safe on our roads in the future.”He adds “we are delighted that so many schools support the Road Safe Show concept. This show gives us an incredible opportunity to deliver a challenging message which graphically illustrates the dangers young motorists can face, how quickly things can go wrong and how lives can be shattered. “We believe that showing realistically what happens on our roads has a strong impact on the students who attend.“I hope that after seeing the show, they realise that they are not indestructible, that they are more vulnerable on the roads and that they must respect the roads and other road users. I would like to express our sincere thanks to all the speakers involved for their continued commitment to the Road Safe Show,” Mr O’Donnell said.Oisin Kelly at the Donegal Road Safe Show – 10 Years delivering the message‘- Remember, the next time it could be you’ in the Aura Leisure Centre. Photo Clive WassonCathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Gerry McMonagle says that “this is a very important event in our Road Safety Programme, and its value is in the positive and lasting impression it leaves on the young people who attend the show. They can see clearly that road traffic collisions affect many people, from the immediate family and friends to the emergency services who have to attend the horrific scenes. It is through educating our young people about the dangers that they can face on the roads that we can make a difference.“We need to get the message to our young people, that before they get into a car with a driver who exceeds the speed limit, or someone who may be under the influence of drink, or who has taken drugs, or by not wearing their seatbelts, or who use their mobile phone while driving; to stop and think, because the trauma and devastation that is brought on your family and on the local community as a result of a road traffic collision is totally avoidable, no family should have to suffer the pain and loss of a loved one as a result of a road traffic collision”.The Road Safe Show road safety message is being delivered to Donegal, Derry & Tyrone students in the Aura Leisure Centre Letterkenny on Tuesday 10th October at 11.00am & 1.30pm with a further show on Wednesday 11th October at 11.00am.Roadshow to drive clear message home to Donegal students was last modified: October 9th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Brian O’DonnellDONEGAL ROAD SAFETY GROUProad safe road showlast_img read more