Heineken back for CANS

first_imgHeineken has confirmed that it will continue to support the Caribbean Association of Neurosurgeons (CANS) MedGolf Classic.The 2017 staging of the competition is scheduled for today in Montego Bay at the Cinnamon Hill Golf Course, Rose Hall.This year marks the premium beer brand’s fourth year as a sponsor of the event. The tournament has enabled CANS to hand over medical equipment to the University Hospital of the West, including Lead Jackets for use in intra-operative surgical X-rays, Radiolucent Wilson Table Frame (for intra-operative X-rays in spine surgery), and Lumbar Surgical Instrumentation (for back surgery).”From the proceeds of the CANS 2017 Charity Golf Tournament, we are aiming to purchase a neuroendoscopic device. This piece of equipment is expected to have a major impact on our ability to treat tumours,” said Dr Carl Bruce, consultant neurosurgeon at the University Hospital of the West Indies. euroendoscopy is a minimally invasive surgical procedure in which tumours are removed through small holes in the skull or through the mouth or nose.GIVING BACK”We are happy to support this initiative and see this as an excellent opportunity to give back. CANS is using golf as a medium to promote the need for world-class health care in the Caribbean and we endorse their efforts wholeheartedly,” said Suwannee Stewart, brand manager for Heineken.The golf tournament will be held in conjunction with the Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the University Hospital of the West Indies.last_img read more

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Halep in line for No. 1 after Cincinnati semifinal win

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Favorites to win, PH triathletes reminded not to be complacent Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The final Sunday will be the first on American soil for Muguruza, who lost to Pliskova in last year’s W&S semifinals after losing to Serena Williams in the 2015 finals. The Spaniard had lost six straight matches against Pliskova since winning their first in 2013.“I was very precise with my shots,” said Muguruza, who is 2-1 in her career against Halep, though the two haven’t played since 2015. “I wanted to be more aggressive and take my shots. I felt pretty good out there – under control. Everything went my way.”Muguruza won when Pliskova sailed a forehand long on the fifth match point. Pliskova, who played part of one match and all of another Friday after rain forced postponements Thursday, had 28 unforced errors to Muguruza’s 13.Muguruza was coming off playing the tournament’s longest match, a 2-hour, 45-minute three-set win over Svetlana Kuznetsova on Friday. That followed a 2-hour, 18-minute win over Madison Keys on Thursday, when she fought off three match points.“I don’t think I played my best tennis today,” Pliskova said. “I think the energy was pretty low from my side. Obviously, a tough schedule for me the last two days – three matches in about not even 24 hours.ADVERTISEMENT “I think she played very solid, not missing much and obviously serving well. Everything started, I think, in the first game of the first set.”Muguruza took charge early, breaking Pliskova in the first and last games of the first set.She gained a second-set edge with a backhand winner on break point for a 4-2 lead before closing it out in 1 hour, 19 minutes.Stephens, playing her fourth tournament since returning from January foot surgery, also was playing a third match in a span of 24 hours.“That’s never easy,” she said. “I’m going to go with that. I didn’t play that badly. She was a little fresher. It was just not a great day.”The 11th-ranked Dimitrov, who lost in the last year’s semifinal to eventual champion Marin Cilic, had just one double fault and finished with nine unforced errors to No. 19 Isner’s 28 in the 2-hour, 3-minute match. The Bulgarian will play the winner of the semifinal between Nick Kyrgios, who knocked out second-ranked Rafael Nadal in straight sets in a Friday quarterfinal, and David Ferrer.“Today was, I think, one of those matches that I really had to just be patient,” Dimitrov said. “I think that that was the key. I knew I’m not going to have that many rallies against John. I knew that he’s going to serve big, bold serves. I just had to be very composed and use every opportunity that I had. I think in the end of the match, it was just a few points that made the biggest difference for me. I’m just happy obviously with the win, but I’m just happy with the way I kept myself together throughout the whole match. Just remained calm in those tough moments. I mean, I know it’s nerve-wracking from outside, but it’s even tougher when you’re in there and have to receive a serve that comes 141 mph.”Dimitrov’s composure was the key, according to Isner.“The difference was he was a lot more decisive at the big moments,” Isner said. “He was a little calmer as well — a little more free-flowing in big moments. I thought he played a high-level match. He certainly is in good form. I played well enough to beat a lot of players today — just not him.”Kyrgios and Ferrer displayed remarkably efficient serving in their nightcap. They combined for six break points, converting none. The fourth-ranked Muguruza reached her first W&S final with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over defending champion Pliskova.The men’s final will feature two first-timers. Grigor Dimitrov outlasted John Isner 7-6 (4), 7-6 (10) in the first men’s semifinal. Nick Kyrgios beat David Ferrer 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Halep, seeking her first No. 1 ranking, has yet to drop a set in the tournament and appears to be peaking at just the right time.“I think I played my best match on hardcourt so far,” said Halep, who can become the first Romanian woman to be ranked No. 1. “It felt great. I moved very well today. From the first point, I felt like I was going to play good tennis.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal MASON, OH – AUGUST 19: Simona Halep of Romania returns a shot to Sloane Stephens during Day 8 of the Western and Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 19, 2017 in Mason, Ohio. Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPMASON, Ohio — Simona Halep moved within a victory of the No. 1 ranking.The second-ranked Halep needed just 54 minutes to cruise past Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-1 on Saturday in the Western & Southern Open semifinals, and can displace Karolina Pliskova as the top of the ranking with a victory over Garbine Muguruza on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View commentslast_img read more

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China Kashgar ousts Chooks-to-Go from title contention with 16-point beatdown

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide “Proud of the guys’ effort, pero hanggang doon lang talaga,” tweeted coach Chot Reyes after the game.Chooks-to-Go has been relegated to the classification phase, where it meets Shabab Al-Ahli Dubai of UAE on Friday with a chance to finish as high as fifth place in the continental club championship.Adams caught fire early for China Kashgar, dropping 21 of his 23 points in the first half, to go with his nine rebounds, four assists, and two steals, before Xi Re Li Jiang picked up the slack in the third quarter, unfurling eight of his 20 markers in the frame as the Chinese ran away from the Filipinos.Yu Tang Cai added 11 points in the win, as China Kashgar advanced to the semifinals where it meets Kazakh side BC Astana.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas faced an uphill battle early as Adams waxed hot and helped China Kashgar opened the game with a 17-4 start.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Though the Filipinos got their bearings back behind Ravena, who tied the game at 39-all with 2:00 left in the second quarter, they were just outmatched on the other side of the halftime break before Makan Kelanbaike gave the Chinese a commanding 21-point lead, 84-63, with 5:25 to play.Blatche did not play against his fellow Filipinos as coach Li Qiuping sat him out for the game after playing against Al Riyadi on Tuesday.The Scores:CHINA KASHGAR 86 – Adams 23, Xi Re Li Jiang 20, Yu 11, Wang 8, Makan 7, Sun M 6, Li 4, Tang 3, Liu 2, Sun T 2.CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 70 – Austin 16, Ravena 16, Cruz 10, Manuel 10, Jose 5, Torres 5, Jero. Teng 4, Tamsi 2, Vosotros 2, Revilla 0, Jeri. Teng 0.Quarters: 24-17, 45-39, 68-57, 86-70.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 DAY6 is for everybody Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene China Kashgar was afforded the luxury to rest Andray Blatche in the tiff as it was the duo of Darius Adams and Xi Re Li Jiang Mugedaer who did the damage and dashed Chooks’ aspirations.Kiefer Ravena fought valiantly for Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas, firing 16 points, three rebounds, and two assists, but was largely checked by the taller opposition in the second half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIsaiah Austin also added 16 markers, but shot 5-of-12 from the field, to go with 11 boards and two dimes, while Carl Bryan Cruz and Jett Manuel got 10 points apiece in the losing effort.Chooks shot a horrific 5-of-23 clip from three against China Kashgar’s 14-of-35 shooting from beyond the arc. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Fiba.comChooks-to-Go Pilipinas’ dream of reigning supreme in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup came to a screeching halt at the hands of China Kashgar.The Chinese crew, made up of the core of Xinjiang Flying Tigers, imposed their will in the second half to blowout the Philippine side, 86-70, in their quarterfinals duel at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhen, China on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco averts disaster, ousts Blackwaterlast_img read more

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3 Names for Health Min. Post?

first_imgDaily Observer has credibly learned that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf now has at least three names on her desk pending her final choice as the next Minister of Health.The three names, according to a source who was embedded with a committee that scouted for the replacement of outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Walter Traub Gwenigale, are Dr. Robert Kpoto, Dr. Vuyu Golakai and Dr. Francis Kateh.Dr. Gwenigale, who joined President Sirleaf’s Cabinet in 2006, submitted his request for retirement to President Sirleaf on November 3, 2014, asking for her permission for him to retire in February 2015, which is also the month in which he takes his deferred annual leave. He also turns 80 this February.In a special address to the nation November 16, President Sirleaf nominated Mr. George K. Werner as Liberia’s next Minister of Health with, but he was subsequently rejected by the Liberian Senate when he went for confirmation.Since Mr. Werner’s rejection by the Senate, the President is yet to submit another name to the Senate for confirmation.Our Health Correspondent takes a look at the three, one of whom will have the blessing of the President for the post since she has the appointing power. The President also has the prerogative to give the post to anyone other than a medical doctor, a choice the Senate confirmation committee did not take kindly in the case of Mr. Werner, who is not a medical doctor.Dr. Vuyu Kanda GolakaiDr. Golakai is presently the Dean of the University of Liberia’s A. M. Diogliotti Medical College. He is probably the only Liberian Medical Doctor, who does not mince his words when he is speaking at any forum. He is very critical of this regime’s handling of the health sector.Dr. Golakai joined his Cuttington classmate, Dr. Emmet Dennis, president of the UL, few years ago to help run the institution that was failing and needed to be revived.Dr. Golakai, a UL vice president for Health Sciences, has demonstrated his extraordinary surgical talent across the African continent, including his native Liberia, Togo, Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa; as well as Israel and Europe.He once described the health sector under this regime as an “18th century health system” with Liberians only surviving through goodwill gesture of foreign partners. He had stressed in a power point presentation during Liberia’s observation of the 21st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) that, for people to feel the impact of a good healthcare system, government needs to generate a condition that will bring to realization such impact. He noted that availability of healthcare, accessibility, acceptability and quality make the impact of healthcare felt. Dr. Golakai, who is a fearless and outspoken Liberian medical doctor has always said the health system of Liberia has remained vulnerable as a result of failure and unfairness on the part of government to invest therein.At the UDHR celebration he asked, “Do you know why Ebola continues to be present in Monrovia?  It is because Monrovia is very dirty with garbage and human waste spread all over. You do not expect the ‘city’ to be free of disease when dirt is all over.” He had also blamed the bad health system on the government and the system that has been created, noting that because people are not punished for their wrong doing, they take advantage of it to continuously exhibit unethical behavior. Dr. Robert KpotoDr. Robert Kpoto is the nation’s only in-country Orthopedic Surgeon (bone doctor). He once ran on the presidential ticket of Union of Liberian Democrats (ULD) in the October 11, 2005 presidential and general elections, which President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf won. He placed 19th out of 22 candidates and received 0.4 percent of the vote.Dr. Kpoto, who is a businessman running a medical insurance company, once served as Chief Medical Officer of Liberia.  He is a former Chairman of the Liberian Medical and Dental Council (LMDC).A young medical doctor who asked not to be named, described Dr. Kpoto as being “passionate for the adequate training of Liberian doctors.”“He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, Great Britain, a Fellow of the College of Surgeons, West Africa and has very good organizational skills,” this doctor told our Health Correspondent.Sometime last year, Dr. Kpoto came to the rescue of outgoing Health Minister, Dr. Gwenigale. He had told the Senators, when they got angry with Dr. Gwenigale and threatened him with “contempt”, that his client’s (Dr. Gwenigale) blood pressure had increased to 197/90, and that he needed rest and medication for 14 days and therefore could not appear for a hearing before that body. The Senators eventually decided to just let the matter to lay low and had written the President asking her to retire him.Dr. Francis KatehDr. Kateh, the youngest of the three, was born on July 12, 1965 in Maryland County. He is a physician and an academician. He presently serves as Deputy National Incident Manager with responsibilities over all medical interventions of the Ebola Response. The National Incident Management System (NIMS) manages Liberia’s Ebola response.He is also presently the Medical Director/CEO for the Jackson F. Doe Memorial Hospital in Tappita, Nimba County. The hospital, according to another young Medical Doctor, has remained stable under the “able leadership of Dr. Kateh.”Kateh began his doctoral training in medicine when he volunteered at the Ganta United Methodist Hospital. He obtained his doctoral degree in Medicine from the Spartan University School of Medicine, USA.He has also earned a Master’s of Health Administration from the Governors State University, University Park, IL.Being touched by the devastation in New Orleans, due to Hurricane Katrina, Kateh decided to pursue a Master of Professional Studies in Homeland Security with emphasis in Public Health Disaster Preparedness, which he completed in May, 2008.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Police nab Essequibo Coast ganja farmer

first_imgPolice ‘G’ Division ranks (Essequibo Coast and Islands) have arrested a 29-year-old man after stumbling upon several ganja farms along with two camps in the Onderneeming Backlands of Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam).The bottle with the ammunitionThe bust was made at about 16:45h on Friday, when a party of Policemen on foot patrol in the Onderneeming Backlands in search of a wanted man observed a camp with a group of men therein. The ranks approached the men, but came under fire. The suspects then fled into the nearby bushes, but were pursued by the ranks, during which the 29-year-old resident of Onderneeming was apprehended.The officers also observed that there were two camps with about 15 kilograms of dried cannabis and a quantity of groceries, kitchen utensils, two hammocks, and clothing therein. A bottle containing two live cartridges and five .38 spent shells was also found in one of the camps.The camps were surrounded by six fields — about 8 1/4 acres — of marijuana plants, approximately 11,700 in total, ranging in height from six inches to seven feet. There was also a nursery with about 700 seedlings therein.Everything was photographed before the camps and their contents were destroyed by fire. The 29-year-old suspect remains in custody assisting with ongoing investigationslast_img read more

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Region 2 farmers affected by low rainfall

first_img…NDIA working to restore irrigation to the Coast…farmers urged to exercise restraint given limited water supplyRice farmers on the Essequibo Coast are being advised to be judicious in the use of irrigation water over the next few weeks as the water level of the Tapacuma Conservancy has dropped significantly as a result of minimum rainfall during this rainy season.The level of irrigation water is insufficientA release from the Agriculture Ministry stated that the National Drainage and Irrigation Authority (NDIA) has said that despite its pumps working beyond the scheduled operating hours, the level of irrigation water in the main canal continued to be insufficient to adequately service all rice fields in both the front and backlands areas.NDIA Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Engineer Nanram Narine said that the low level of rainfall this rainy season has significantly affected the Authority’s irrigation water supplies.“As a result, the water level in the Tapacuma Conservancy is very low. We are utilising the Dawa Pump Station to pump water from the Pomeroon River into the Tapacuma Conservancy. We have also extended the pumping hours and, should the need arise, we will have to extend those hours further,” Narine said.While the Authority is working towards ensuring that farmers in the front lands – who are the ones mainly affected – receive sufficient irrigation water despite the cost, NDIA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Frederick Flatts is urging farmers to be responsible with their water usage.“We are cognisant of the additional cost this will incur to a system already constrained at this time of the year, but, at the same time, we are aware that the livelihoods of many rice farmers would be affected if their fields are not properly irrigated and we are working to ensure that does not occur,” Flatts said.This year, NDIA has been awarded a budgetary allocation of $7.5 billion to be used to execute its capital and recurrent projects.In this regard, vulnerable areas such as Pomeroon and Friendship, East Bank Demerara will receive $30 million each for rehabilitation work to reduce flooding in 2019.The NDIA continues to plan and implement systems to adapt the highly-vulnerable and high-risk areas of the country to the effects of climate change while developing new areas for agriculture purposes.The Authority currently oversees the operation of 134 drainage pumps in Guyana. In 2019, the NDIA will add 11 new fixed pumps and three new mobile pumps, and rehabilitate eight pump stations in the D&I network. This will benefit approximately 39,000 acres of rice and cash crop cultivation, and cattle, in addition to the nearby villages. Residents in Hampton Court and Devonshire Castle in Region Two, Den Amstel in Region Three, Hope and Nooten Zuil in Region Four, Trafalgar and Mora Point in Region Five and Rose Hall in Region Six will soon benefit from the placement of the fixed pumps within their communities which will help to restrict flooding.last_img read more

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New food-safety rules are voluntary

first_imgLast fall, an E. coli outbreak in California spinach killed three people and sickened nearly 200, and an outbreak of salmonella in tomatoes sickened more than 180 people. At a field hearing Monday in Wisconsin, Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisc., said outbreaks are on the rise for many reasons – growing imports, more widespread distribution, lack of inspection and growing consumption. During the hearing, Tom Stenzel, president of the United Fresh Produce Association, pledged to see the guidelines followed in every processing operation in the country. Fresh-cut produce includes shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, salad mixes, peeled baby carrots, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets, cut celery stalks, shredded cabbage, cut melons, sliced pineapple and sectioned grapefruit. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The difference is that controls in the meat industry are mandatory. Slaughter and processing plants are required to take a scientific look at vulnerable places in the production chain and do constant monitoring of those points. And the Agriculture Department inspects the plants daily. Food-safety advocates and the produce industry are calling for greater government oversight of fruits and vegetables. The new guidance is “totally unenforceable,” said Caroline Smith DeWaal, director of food safety at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, an advocacy group. “While a grower or processor may chose to use the guidance one week, they could choose not to use it the next, and there’s nothing the government can do if the grower or processor chooses not to use the standards,” she said. Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Connecticut Democrat who heads a subcommittee on food and farm spending, said the FDA guidance “merely tells growers what they already know.” WASHINGTON – The government has new rules for preventing food poisoning in fresh-cut produce, but companies don’t have to follow them. Fruit- and vegetable-related outbreaks of food poisoning are on the rise and in recent months have struck in spinach, tomatoes, lettuce and cantaloupes. In the new, voluntary rules, announced Monday by the Food and Drug Administration, fruit and vegetable processors are urged to adopt food-safety plans similar to those in the meat industry. “We’ve never before formally recommended that the industry adopt regulations such as” the meat industry’s, said Nega Beru, director of the FDA’s Office of Food Safety. “So this is a first.” last_img read more

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Nielsen selected Hart High principal

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEWHALL – A new principal has been selected to guide Hart High as it continues to deal with its impending modernization and increasing diversity. Collyn Nielsen, an assistant principal at Saugus High School, was chosen Wednesday night by the Hart Union High School District board from a pool of three candidates. Nielsen will replace Gary Fuller, who is retiring at the end of this year after 10 years in the top post. “I am very excited with the appointment,” Fuller said in a prepared statement Thursday. “He is very capable of providing leadership to the Hart High family in the future years.” Nielsen was assistant principal at Hart for six years before a transfer a year ago to Saugus High. “Nielsen is familiar with the Hart community, and we know he will work hard to do a good job,” Hart board member Gloria Mercado-Fortine said. Rob Gapper, Hart’s chief operations officer, said Nielsen’s knowledge of the Hart campus and management of renovations at Saugus will help him deal with the planned modernization at the 60-year-old Hart campus.last_img read more

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Exclusive – Everton legend fears Toffees will sell Barkley to Man City for £50m

first_imgAndy Gray fears a £50million bid from Manchester City will tempt Everton to sell Ross Barkley.City have reportedly identified the 20-year-old midfielder as their top transfer target and are planning to launch a big-money move to sign the England international next summer.Like Stuart Pearce, Gray believes that Barkley would be better off staying at Goodison Park under the guidance of Roberto Martinez, but he reckons the Toffees would have no choice but to cash-in if City met their sky-high valuation.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, the former Blues star said: “There’s no rush for Ross. He is 20 years of age, he is getting a fabulous education at a wonderful club.“This is a top six team, not a team playing in the bottom six. He is at a fabulous football club and he has got a great manager who will teach him the right things.“I don’t think there is any rush for Ross himself to leave and I don’t think the young man will be knocking on Roberto’s door saying, ‘ I want to go’.“I think he is probably quite happy where he is but, if City were to knock on the door and say, ‘here’s £50million’, it would be very, very difficult for Everton to keep him.“I’m hoping City think £50 million is in excess of what he is worth and don’t come knocking but, if it [a £50m bid] does come in, Everton will have to consider it.“last_img read more

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Woman dies as car hits stalled SUV

first_imgWhenever the laminating machine broke at Sylmar Elementary School, school officials turned to Zenaida Gutierrez, their expert. Gutierrez, who worked in the school’s parents center until a year and a half ago, was the only one who could fix the machine. “When she left, we bought a new one,” Sylmar Elementary School Principal Yolanda Guerra said. “She’d go out of her way to help whoever needed help, and she was very resourceful.” Gutierrez was killed this morning when her car stalled on the Hollywood (170) Freeway and then was hit by a drunken-driver. The force of the collision sent her car over the side of an embankment and onto the Golden State (5) Freeway, authorities said. “We’re looking at a 70-mph rear-end collision,” CHP Officer Leland Tang said. “That’s pretty hard. There was no brake application. It’s an unfortunate circumstance.” Michael Lavoie, 23, of Northridge was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and felony driving under the influence. Gutierrez’s sport-utility vehicle broke down about 2:40 a.m. on the 170’s northbound lanes approaching the 5, police said. She parked on the side of the road, but with a narrow shoulder, most of her car was in the fast lane, Tang said. Four minutes later, Lavoie’s black sedan smashed into Gutierrez’s vehicle, sending her down the embankment and onto the Golden State Freeway below, Tang said. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Lavoie fled on foot, running across all northbound lanes of the 5. Police checked the registration of his abandoned car and arrested him in his home about 5:15 a.m. Gutierrez worked two jobs to care for her two children and her husband, who is nearly blind, Guerra said. At Sylmar Elementary, she helped build up the parents center from a small one-room operation into a larger center with its own bungalo. She’d arrange parenting classes and collect clothes for needy parents from a local church. “She’s going to be missed, I’ll tell you that,” Guerra said. “She was just a wonderful mother and very supportive to the parents. She’s going to be missed deeply.” — Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 546-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want 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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