Forth described as a big talent at funeral

first_imgFormer Olympic Gardens and Tivoli Gardens High striker Okeem Forth was described as a big talent during a thanksgiving service for his life at the Olympic Way Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Olympic Gardens yesterday. Forth died on the same night that he was struck in the neck during a Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA)/Magnum Major League semi-final game between Molynes United and Olympic Gardens on April 28 at the Constant Spring field. President of Molynes United Eurado Cornwall said that Forth was a wonderful talent that was on his way to big thing when his life was cut short. “We are sorry for what happened. We are not boasting about his death. I saw him play and was coming after him to join Molynes United,” Cornwall said during a tribute. “He was on my radar. It is sad that he had to go this way. He was one for the future. I wish Olympic Gardens the best in the future,” he added before receiving a huge applause at the end. Davian Anderson, who read the eulogy, said that Forth was a top striker who had great character. “He was a top-notch striker. He will always be remembered for his bright smile. We all know him as Chu Chu. He was never disrespectful to anyone,” Anderson said. “Okeem had manners and was looking to make a career out of the game that he loved in order to help his family. Football was his passion,” he added. Kimani Morgan, a member of the Olympic Gardens’ Major League team, described his former teammate and close friend as a determined leader. “He was a big inspiration and motivator for others and had talent. Okeem was the white flag on the battle field, always want peace. Why did you have to go so soon? Life will never be the same without your presence,” Morgan said. “I remember he told me that football is not just a game, it is about heart,” he added. The 18-year-old was later laid to rest at the Meadowrest Memorial Gardens in St Catherine.last_img read more

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Red Sox part ways with baseball boss Dave Dombrowski

first_imgPhivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study PLAY LIST 01:52Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash LOOK: Kryz Uy, Slater Young expecting first son Right-hander Rick Porcello’s career has been tied to Dombrowski’s as much as any player. Dombrowski was the general manager of the Detroit Tigers when they drafted Porcello in the first round (27th overall pick) in 2007. Dombrowski traded Porcello to Boston in 2014, before following him in 2015.Porcello, who took the loss against the Yankees on Sunday, and his teammates learned of the move as the game ended.“I’m still processing everything, processing myself, too,” Porcello said. “It’s really hard to reflect on it right now. I’ll have potentially a better answer in a couple days but, yeah, you never like to see anybody lose their job over what we’re doing on the field. And unfortunately that’s the case right here.“You take lots of guilt with you as a player because you’re the one that can make or break things and that’s the part that hurts me.”Gregg said Boston’s assistant general managers would share Dombrowski’s duties for the final few weeks of the season. No other team officials were made available to the media. A formal announcement is expected on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT A veteran baseball executive who built a World Series champion in Miami and helped the Tigers win two AL pennants, the 63-year-old Dombrowski was brought in to steady the Red Sox front office in 2015 with the team in the middle of back-to-back last-place finishes.The Red Sox followed with three straight AL East titles — a first in franchise history, winning a club-record 108 games last season and their fourth World Series since 2004. From the start of Dombrowski’s tenure on Aug. 18, 2015, through the beginning of this season, the Red Sox had posted a major-league best 320-210 (.604) record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4But this year’s team — with largely the same roster as last year’s — has gone 76-67, losing five of their first six games and never really getting back into contention in the division. While Dombrowski stood pat at the trade deadline, with a wild-card berth still in reach, the ballclub reeled off an eight-game losing streak.“I just found out, so, surprised and shocked obviously,” said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who was hired as a rookie manager by Dombrowksi before the 2018 season. “Right now, not too much to say. We’ll talk a little bit more tomorrow. But, he gave me a chance to come here and be a big league manager. It’s one of those that they just told me so, I’m not ready to talk about it.” Nadal wants long time near the top, not most Grand Slams or No. 1 LATEST STORIES Robredo to visit Batangas families displaced by Taal erruption No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Teen dead, another hurt in vehicular collision in Santiago City View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Residents rescue horses, farm animals left on volcano island Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down FILE – This March 30, 2018, file photo shows Dave Dombrowski, President of Baseball Operations for the Boston Red Sox, before a baseball game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Red Sox in St. Petersburg, Fla. The Red Sox have parted ways with Dombrowski. Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg made the announcement Sunday night, Sept. 8, 2019, shortly after the New York Yankees beat Boston 10-5. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara, File)BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox parted ways Sunday with president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski less than a year after winning the World Series.Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg made the announcement following a 10-5 loss to the New York Yankees that dropped the defending champions 17½ games behind their longtime AL East rivals. Boston, which had won three straight AL East titles, would be eliminated from the division race with a loss in the series finale on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Heart Evangelista, Kim Chiu, more celebs appeal for animal rescue after Taal eruptionlast_img read more

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Things to Do

first_imgClassic Wine Benefit for the Senior Center Home-Delivered Meals and other programs that serve the homebound, 11 a.m. Saturday at Le Chene French Cuisine, 12625 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Tickets: $60. Call (661) 259-9444. Night Hike, 7-9 Saturday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (661) 255-3606. Adult Comedy Concert to benefit families and soldiers, 7-10 p.m. Saturday at VFW Post 6885, 16208 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 1/2 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Campfire program, 8-9 p.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. “Proof” will be presented, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 28 at the Repertory East Playhouse, 24266 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $16 for adults and $14 for students and seniors. Call (661) 288-0000. Native American Heritage Pow-wow will feature story-telling through dance performed by 50 different American Indian Nations in their respective costumes, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at William S. Hart Park, 24251 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Admission is free. Call Maryline Schultz at (661) 255-9295. Tesoro Adobe Historic Park is open to the public, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. every Saturday with guided tours of the Harry Carey/Farmer John Ranch House, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Call (661) 702-8953. Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Berlin will perform, 8 p.m. Saturday in the Performing Arts Center at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-5304. Ranger-led nature hike, 11 a.m. the second, third and fourth Sundays of each month at Vasquez Rocks Natural Area, 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Road, Agua Dulce. Call (661) 268-0840. Blues Ride will benefit the Deputy Hagop “Jake” Kuredjian Memorial Garden beginning between 9 and 11 a.m. Sunday at Harley-Davidson Glendale and culminating with a party from noon to 4 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Cost: $25. Call (661) 298-1494. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262 or e-mail her at sharon.cotal@dailynews.com.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

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Valencia: Don’t count us out yet

first_imgVALENCIA – Is Valencia High’s football team still in it to win it? After losing five of its first six games while allowing 35 points or more four times, the Vikings opened Foothill League competition last week with a 51-point victory over Golden Valley. Valencia (2-5, 1-0) looks to parlay the momentum against visiting Saugus (3-3, 0-0) at 7 tonight in its latest step to reclaim respectability. No longer mentioned in the same breath with league powers Canyon (4-2, 1-0) and Hart (3-4, 0-1,) Valencia can ill afford a slip against Saugus; otherwise, a Foothill League title, and perhaps even a playoff berth, might not be possible. Such a situation would be quite a shock for a powerful program that’s advanced to the section semifinals or better five times over the past eight seasons. The good news is Valencia, no longer ranked in the Northern Division top 10, might have lost a lot of football games but not its confidence. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “This is a hump game but we’re still out to win the whole league,” defensive back Richard Castro said. “We’re not ready to give up. We just have to do our jobs and not play down to the other teams’ level.” Few programs have as many offensive weapons. Cal-bound Shane Vereen (793 yards, 20 TDs) who rushed for a league-record 359 yards and six TDs on just 14 carries against Golden Valley, is among California’s fastest teenagers after finishing seventh in the 100 meters in the state track finals last spring. Teammate Graham Wilbert, a 6-foot-5 junior, has passed for 1,496 yards and 16 touchdowns. “If we just come out play our game, we can beat anyone,” receiver Sean Mulligan said. “So don’t count us out just yet.” Perhaps Valencia can complain about a tough nonleague schedule – three of its losses have come against opponents that are currently undefeated – but the most significant matchups lie ahead against defending section finalist Hart next week, followed by reigning section champion Canyon in the finale. “You can’t give us a loss against either one of those two because we haven’t played them yet,” Mulligan said. “We’ll see what happens.” The bottom line is, it’s too early to count out Valencia. “Our goals haven’t changed,” coach Larry Muir said. “Yes, we’ve struggled but we’re still trying to win the Foothill League title.” gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want 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

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A little off the sides

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECalifornia’s bungled $1 billion accounting system “I try to impress upon them not to rush,” she said. “When they’re shaving a dog for the first time, the legs get twisty and the dogs turn when you don’t expect it. They’re a moving target.” The program is one of several educational programs offered to the inmates. They can learn skills in a plant nursery, woodworking, laundry, sewing center (where all inmate clothing is made,) painting and a graphic arts/printing program that produces all the publications for the Sheriff’s Department. In the salon area equipped with six grooming tables, inmates also learn from videos and American Kennel Club guidebooks. Their work week is 30 hours long. “The pit bull is the inmates’ favorite dog, but they work with all kinds,” Icenogle said. As she spoke, Simon barked and wagged his tail through a shave while Grizz quietly stood, turning right and left for his buzz cut, both happy for the attention. Simon’s groomer, who had a bit more experience, moved quickly to keep up with the dog’s exuberance; Grizz seemed to sense that his groomer was a little newer at the job, patiently waiting when the inmates conferred on technique. CASTAIC – A hand-drawn cartoon greets visitors to one of the loudest areas at the Pitchess Detention Center. “Do not be intimidated by extra-fuzzy dogs,” the caption reads. “Remember, there’s a dog in there somewhere, and it’s your job to find it.” On Thursday, Simon, an enthusiastic yellow Labrador, and Grizz, a quiet collie-husky mix, were ready for a little attention, sitting at the feet of two men in yellow county-issue pants. Barking customers alert visitors to the small white cottage classroom, run by Hacienda La Puente Unified School District instructor Debbie Icenogle. For the last 12 years, she’s been coaching inmates on the right way to clip, bathe, brush, manicure and groom the canine companions of deputies and support staff on the ranch-like jail grounds. Inmates come to the program from a variety of sources; they might have previous grooming or barbering experience or the inmate grapevine has “approved” them. “We’ll hear that a guy wants to be in the program, so the custody deputies will look at their background and say yea or nay,” Icenogle said. She acknowledges there have been problems at the jail complex, which has been the site of several race-related lockdowns this year. “They try to follow the rules from in there,” she said, gesturing toward the cell blocks. “But when they’re in here, I tell them they have to work together, and they do.” The men in the program are sometimes taunted by other inmates, who bark at them or break into a chorus of `Who Let the Dogs Out’ when they walk by, she said. “I think they’re jealous. Those guys are out cracking concrete in 115-degree temperatures and my guys are inside in the air conditioning.” The fluctuating jail population is a challenge for Icenogle, who never knows how many groomers she will have to serve the clients that come in. Daily clients also vary, from two to eight dogs a day, more just before family holidays. “I usually have two to four guys normally, but some guys come in one day and they’re gone because their sentence is up or they get transferred.” She hears about “alumni” success in a variety of ways; either she gets a call or hears through the grapevine that a groomer has hired one of her students. And she also sees many return to the program when they return to the jail. What she swears by is the calming effect the dogs seem to have on their groomers, a “softening” she sees every day. While Simon ran around the enclosure outside, Grizz’s groomer finished and cleaned up his table. Even though he knew his friend was outside, he gave a quiet whine and looked hopefully at the man standing above him. The canine charm worked. Getting down on his knees, the groomer gave Grizz a tummy-rub that sent the dog’s paws in the air and put an ear-to-ear smile on both their faces. carol.rock@dailynews.com (661)257-5252 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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Transfer Talk: Chelsea return for Gordon, Rangers seal keeper

first_imgElsewhere, Hearts are closing in on Alexandros Tziolis after signing former Barcelona winger Moha El Ouriachi Choulay on loan at the weekend.German outfit RB Leipzig deny they are after Celtic target Henry Onyekuru and sticking with deals across Europe, Marseille have confirmed the signing of Dimitri Payet. Two days to go. Clubs have less than 48 hours to complete their transfer business before the window slams shut and it could be the story of the goalkeepers today.Celtic are said to be considering a new and improved bid from Chelsea for Craig Gordon after initially rejecting their £2.5m offer last week.Across the city Rangers look set to bring a keeper in. STV revealed on Friday they were close to signing Port Vale stopper Jak Alnwick and it appears that move will go through today.He travelled north after his side’s 3-2 defeat at the weekend and will undergo a medical with just one day to spare before the deadline.last_img read more

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People Are Obsessed With a Secret Drink at Starbucks Called “Pink Drink”

first_imgStarbucks recently added a drink called the Strawberry Acai Refresher to their menu.  It’s basically strawberry juice, and it didn’t make a particularly big impact . . . UNTIL NOW.Some barista figured out that if you mix it with coconut milk instead of water, and add pieces of strawberries, it’s fantastic . . . and it became an unofficial SECRET MENU item called “Pink Drink.”Well, the Internet just found out about Pink Drink, and now people are going crazy for it.If you try to order it and the barista doesn’t know what you’re talking about, just ask for the Strawberry Acai Refresher with coconut milk, and either strawberries or blackberries.It’ll probably wind up costing you about $5.last_img read more

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Jane Fonda Says the “9 to 5” Sequel is Happening

first_imgThe original came out in 1980, and grossed $103.3 million.  That’d be $356 million in today’s dollars after adjusting for inflation. Jane says, quote, “My role is as an executive producer, and I’m working with the writers, with Lily, and talking to the writers.  Right now, Dolly, Lily and I are all intending to be in it.” There hasn’t been much said about the “9 to 5” sequel lately, but JANE FONDA says it’s still happening . . . and DOLLY PARTON and LILY TOMLIN are involved.  Of course this is Hollywood, so things can change.last_img read more

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Netball star named Laureus SA ambassador

first_img20 March 2014 The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Trust South Africa announced the inclusion of netballer Zanele Mdodana in its elite group of sports star ambassadors at a media conference in Centurion on Monday. Mdodana also participated in coaching youngsters from the Laureus “Sport for All” programme in Atteridgeville, who were hosted by Mercedes Benz South Africa at their 2014 Employee Volunteer Week activities. Laureus has a long and distinguished history of using the power of sport to nurture the young South African leaders of tomorrow. ‘Passion and dedication’ Morne du Plessis, the chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Trust South Africa, said at the media conference: “The passion and dedication of the Laureus ambassadors is a major driver of the success of our social upliftment programmes. We thank Zanele for accepting the nomination to join our ambassadors, and look forward to a long and successful association with her.” Joining Du Plessis to welcome Mdodana to the fold were fellow Laureus ambassadors mountaineer Deshun Deysel, former rugby international and radio talk show host John Robbie, and Paralympian Natalie du Toit. Mdodana is a leading sports coordinator at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. She has represented South Africa at the Commonwealth Games and is again in contention for the Games, which take place in Glasgow in July this year. A role model for girls in South Africa, Mdodana is one of the senior players in the Proteas’ team and has served as both captain and vice-captain. ‘It takes hard work to achieve anything worthwhile’ “It takes hard work to achieve anything worthwhile and you really need to persevere. It’s very important to get an education and I’d like to encourage every young person to make sure that they give their best in the classroom. This philosophy is something I will pursue as an ambassador for Laureus,” she said. The Laureus Sport for Good Foundation Trust South Africa supports 15 sports-based community programmes nationally. Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than R80-million for projects which have helped to improve the lives of more than 78 000 young people. Netball South Africa President Mimi Mthethwa welcomed the accolade for Mdodana, saying she deserved it for her commitment and service to the national team over several years. “Zanele is a wonderful role model and leader and will certainly appeal to sports people across boundaries,” Mthethwa said. “We are delighted that she has been chosen to be an ambassador for such a prestigious organisation and we know that she will fly the Netball SA flag high in carrying out her duties. “Netball reaches every level of society and this award is an important recognition for all women in the sport that enriches so many lives every day.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

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Cloud Computing Panel at Web 2.0 Summit

first_imgfrederic lardinois Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Yesterday, an all-star panel at the TechWeb/O’Reilly’s Web 2.0 Summit took a closer look at the implications of the current shift towards cloud computing and discussed the possible business models around it. The panel featured Adobe’s CTO Kevin Lynch, Salesfore.com’s CEO Marc Benioff, Google’s Dave Girouard, and VMware’s CEO Paul Maritz. The panel was moderated by Tim O’Reilly.Moderator Tim O’Reilly asked the panelists about their companies’ stake in cloud computing and how they thought about it in their specific businesses. VMware’s President and CEO Paul Maritz sees his company’s role as supplying businesses with the “underlying plumping” that will allow them to become more ‘cloud-like’ internally, and, through this, allowing them to leverage the external cloud as well. Adobe’s Kevin Lynch considers it his company’s role to enable the “fourth generation of software” that will bring a fusion of cloud computing and rich desktop applications to users (by using Adobe Air, of course). At the same time, though, he also acknowledged that Adobe is looking at purely web-based applications with Photoshop.com and Acrobat.com, though he sees Adobe’s focus as being on enabling technologies.In contrast to this, Dave Girouard, who manages Google’s enterprise business, sees it as Google’s mission to bring users “entirely into the cloud” and not just to create a “cloud-like” experience. Girouard also used this opportunity to chastise the enterprise computing world as ‘stagnant’ and ‘unenlightened’ when it comes to considering the user experience for its clients and employees.Saleforce.com’s CEO Marc Benioff mostly talked about the importance of developers in building applications on top of Salesforce.com.In the second part of the interview, the panelists spent most of the time talking about delivering value in the cloud and possible business models around cloud computing. Comparing his company to Oracle and SAP, Benioff said they were “dying models” and comparing Salesforce.com to them would not even be fair.Most of the panelists agreed that Microsoft’s entry into the cloud computing business validated the market and, maybe unsurprisingly, argued that developers should look at the different options that are available to them now and decide which one would work best for the apps they are building. Tags:#news#web Related Posts last_img read more

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