first_imgDaniel Azar was very elated after winning his first major regional title at the Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation (COTECC) championship that ended earlier this month. The All Jamaica 12-and-under champion dominated the recently concluded COTECC 12 and Under Junior Invitational Championships held in Antigua and Barbuda April 29-May 1 by capturing both the singles and doubles titles. Azar did not lose a set throughout the four-day tournament, defeating players from St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Antigua and Barbuda, the United States of America, and the British Virgin Islands on his way to capturing his first major singles and doubles titles on the COTECC calendar. “The competition was tough but I had prepared well and am super happy. After a few days off, I will get back to work and I am looking forward to even bigger and better things,” Azar said. In the semi-finals, Azar defeated St Lucia’s Arden Rosemond 4-2, 4-1, before going on to defeat Jaiden Julien of the USA 4-2, 5-4 in a keenly contested final. Azar then teamed with Trinidadian Tim Pasea to win the doubles title defeating the pair Trinidad and Tobago pair Daniel Jeary and Beckham Sylvester 4-1, 4-1. Azar attends Campion College and is coached by former national representative Matthew Rodriquez and current national champion Damion Johnson. Azar dedicated his victories to his former coach and uncle, former national champion Eddie Smatt, who died last year while en route to the same tournament. Equally dominant in the girls’ division was Antiguan Sybley Charles who won both the singles and doubles titles. The tournament, which was being held for the fifth consecutive year, attracted 30 players from nine countries.last_img read more


first_img“I don’t want to change again.” Several players shared Kirksey’s point of view and would like to see interim coach Michelle Fortier return. Longtime coach Paul Thomas left the school to coach NCAA Division I Saint Mary’s in August. He led the Gaels to a 14-14 overall record and a fourth-place finish in the West Coast Conference this season. Initially, after four finalists were brought to campus to meet with the team and administrators, high school coach Kevin Kiernan was selected as Thomas’ successor. But mere days after arriving on campus, Kiernan had a change of heart, sending Cal Poly into Plan B in early October. POMONA – Six months ago, the Cal Poly Pomona women’s basketball program was in search of a coach. The team hoped by now it would have finished up a successful season, the first of many under a new coach. Instead, uncertainty continues as Cal Poly will undergo its second head coaching search in the last year. “I’m not looking forward to going through this,” said Cal Poly junior Porsche’ Kirksey. “But it’s something you have to do. center_img Because of time considerations, Fortier, one of the other finalists, was named interim coach. She arrived on campus in October less than a week before the first day of practice, knowing the position would be opened again at the end of the season. Britt Sumida, a former Cal Poly player who was an assistant for Thomas last year, managed the program in the absence of a head coach and remained on Fortier’s staff. Adam Rotar joined the staff shortly after Fortier’s arrival, and helped with on-court coaching and handled many of the video duties. “I think they did an outstanding job,” said Rachel Gatdula, the only senior on the team. “Britt made it a lot smoother transition. I tried to help, and coach (Fortier) asked for my opinion. I think it took a little while to get used to the style of play. “If they get a new coach, it would be a lot more to get used to. We did improve, and if we keep the same coach, we’ll be a lot better next year.” Cal Poly finished 9-18 overall, 8-14 in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, finishing in eighth place in the 12-team conference. The Broncos were hampered by two major injuries: junior guard Unique Anderson sustained a stress fracture in her leg and was done for the season after playing in the team’s first six games, averaging 6.0 points per game. Junior transfer forward Danah Smith was forced to redshirt to rehabilitate an ailing knee. “We were without a lot of time to prepare, and we did a good job with the hand we were dealt,” Fortier said. Cal Poly athletic director Brian Swanson agreed that Fortier did a good job considering the situation, but made it clear a national search for a coach would continue. The position already has been posted on the NCAA Web site, and a review of applications will begin March 15. The targeted start date for a coach is April16. Fortier will be considered among other candidates. “They competed well against some good teams beating Sonoma State and (Cal State) San Bernardino. I thought the team played very hard, and they were also very young,” Swanson said. “This coaching job is more difficult to evaluate because these are players the coach didn’t recruit and they didn’t have an offseason.” What they don’t want to occur is a repeat of last year’s plight. “A couple of my teammates said they know the exact questions they will ask (the candidates),” Kirksey said. Like they did six months ago, the finalists will go to Cal Poly to meet with administrators and the team before a final decision is made. “I think it’s a good chance to meet the coaches,” junior forward Vanessa Dominguez said. 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


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“My name is Nathan,” he began. “For a whole year I have been fighting cancer. On Tuesday, April 11, I will go for my last round of chemo. I want to thank all the people who helped my family and me through this hard year. They all helped me see another day.” What he knew about cancer was this, Nathan said: There was no cure and people died from it. “I thought I would die, but I didn’t cry. My mom was really sad, though,” he said Thursday after returning home to Valencia from his last two-day chemo session at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. I wanted to talk to him because a letter to the editor didn’t seem like enough. The kid deserved a column for realizing at such a young age that you don’t beat something like cancer alone. It takes a team, and he had a heck of a team, the kid says. While his mom sat at the family computer last week waiting, 12-year-old Nathan Crookston searched for the right words to tell her. He had to write a newspaper “letter to the editor” to earn his Boy Scout merit badge in communications, and the rules said it really didn’t matter what the letter was about. But after the year the kid had been through, he wanted this letter to count for something, so he was taking his time. He had a lot of people to thank for still being alive. There were his pals, Jackson Stallings and Chris Todd at Meadow Elementary School in Valencia, who never turned their backs on him, no matter how sick he got or how long he was out of school recovering from his chemo treatments. “When I told them I only had a few more chemo sessions left, they started cheering for me – jumping up and down and yelling, `Yeah, yeah!’ We were all laughing.” There are his sixth-grade teachers, Kim Beausejour and Heather Foss, who came to his house on Saturdays or sometimes drove all the way down to Childrens Hospital to help him catch up on missed school work. “They didn’t have to help me get caught up, but they did,” Nathan says. Teamwork. There were the nurses and doctors at the hospital, especially Dr. David Tishler, who right from the start developed a strong bond with her son, Kymmer Crookston says. “The first time we met him he asked Nathan a question, and my son started to get off track answering him. My husband and I tried to steer him back, but Dr. Tishler stopped us. “He said, `No, let him talk. I want to hear what he has to say.’ He was that way the whole time through chemo treatments, explaining every little thing he was doing with Nathan, encouraging him and listening to him.” The doc was “a neat guy,” Nathan says. A big member of his team. There were all the people from the family’s church who prayed for them and brought dinners over when they knew Kymmer and her husband, Kim, were dog-tired from taking shifts with Nathan in the hospital. There were family friends, like Bonnie Baca, who spent the night in the hospital with Nathan when an emergency arose. “Nathan was finishing up his treatments, and we waited until the last minute to make sure it was OK to go on a cruise we had planned for our 25th wedding anniversary,” Kymmer said. “We called home every night for three days, and on the fourth night, Nathan’s older sister, Kera, answered the phone crying. Nathan had run a fever and the doctors wanted him in the hospital immediately. “My daughter was so upset, and Bonnie called to tell me not to worry, she was going to the hospital to spend the night with Nathan.” Teamwork. And there were all the other kids with cancer who Nathan met through the Michael Hoefflin Foundation, which offers support services to families with children battling cancer. “They took us out to do special things, like bowling or picking pumpkins last Halloween. We became friends, helping each other.” More teamwork. And, of course, there is his family, Nathan says. His mom and dad, sister Kera and brothers Brian, Kevin and Daryl. The backbone of his team. Nathan ends his letter by asking everyone to support Childrens Hospital and the American Cancer Society. “They helped me see another day,” he wrote. “Please support them so they can help other kids. Thank you for reading my letter. Sincerely, Nathan Crookston, age 12.” If that letter to the editor doesn’t get the kid his Boy Scout merit badge in communications, I don’t know what will. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

first_imgCounties Donegal, Cork and Galway  has failed to provide adequate sewage treatment facilities to meet EU standards, says the EPA.Raw sewage in a Donegal streamUntreated sewage is now being discharged at 45 urban areas with over half of these are in the three counties Donegal, Cork and Galway.The EPA Urban Waste Water Treatment Report for 2014, released today, highlights the need for investment in waste water infrastructure to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from urban areas and to meet European Union standards intended to prevent the adverse environmental and public health effects associated with sewage. Commenting on the report Mr Gerard O’Leary, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement said “Sewage discharges continue to impact on our environment with counties Cork, Donegal and Galway the worst affected areas. A reversal of the decline in capital expenditure seen in recent years is needed to eliminate the discharge of raw sewage from our environment and allow Ireland to meet EU standards.”Some key findings of the report on infrastructure and effluent quality:143 out of the 174 large urban areas (82%) achieve the mandatory EU quality standards. This figure is up 8% in two years.45 areas had no waste water treatment and discharged raw sewage. Twelve large urban areas did not meet the Directive’s requirement to provide secondary treatment.Seven large urban areas did not meet the Directive’s requirement to provide infrastructure to reduce nutrients and did not meet nutrient quality standards.Some key findings on the management and operation of plants:Operational improvements are required at 57 urban areas, which have sufficient treatment capacity but failed to meet the effluent quality standards.21% of incidents at waste water plants were attributed to issues surrounding operation and maintenance. And some key findings in relation to the receiving environment:Waste water discharges contributed to poor bathing water quality at seven designated bathing waters in 2014, including Youghal and Rush.There is just one seriously polluted river site (Bredagh, Moville) where pollution is caused by urban waste water discharges. This is down from six in 2013.Mr David Flynn, Programme Manager of the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement commented that “As well as investing in capital works, the operation and management of existing waste water plants needs to improve. Audits of sewage plants undertaken by the EPA had found in some cases inadequate maintenance and operation of plant and equipment.” Concluding Mr Flynn said that “One fifth of all pollution incidents at sewage plants could be prevented by better management and operation of treatment plants.”The report is now available on the EPA Website at: http://www.epa.ie/pubs/reports/water/wastewater/DONEGAL’S RAW SEWAGE SHAME AS WE ARE NAMED IN TOP THREE OFFENDERS was last modified: November 25th, 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)Tags:donegalEPAsewagelast_img read more


first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON (AP) – The Pentagon on Tuesday released the first video images of American Airlines Flight 77 crashing into the military headquarters building and killing 189 people in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The images, recorded by Pentagon security cameras outside the building, were made public in response to a December 2004 Freedom of Information Act request by Judicial Watch, a public interest group. Some still images from the video had previously been leaked and publicly circulated, but this was the first official release. The airplane is a thin white blur on the video as it slams into the Pentagon at ground level. Almost instantly a white flash and a huge orange fireball appear on the video, followed by a tower of gray-black smoke. One of the videos shows a Pentagon police car driving in the direction of the impact point shortly after the plane hit. Traveling at an estimated 350 mph, the hijacked American Airlines plane plowed into the southwest side of the Pentagon at 9:38 a.m. EDT, shortly after two other hijacked airlines were flown into the twin towers at the World Trade Center in New York. The attack set off fires in a portion of the Pentagon and killed 125 people inside, in addition to the 59 passengers and crew and the five men who hijacked the plane at Dulles International Airport. The Pentagon had previously refused to release the videos, saying they had been provided to the Justice Department as evidence in any criminal proceedings. “We fought hard to obtain this video because we felt that it was very important to complete the public record with respect to the terrorist attacks of September 11,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. Cheryl Irwin, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said families of the victims of the Pentagon attack were not consulted before the videos were released on the Pentagon’s Web site.last_img read more


first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has spoken of the bravery of all cancer survivors and those who unfortunately did not win their battle as he helped launch Donegal’s Relay for Life today.The singer today launched a special CD for the event which is taking place at the LYIT in Letterkenny.Hundreds of people are already gathering at the venue for the official launch which takes place this evening. Organisers say that more than €100,000 has already been raised for cancer research with 70 teams taking part in the 24 hour relay.The event will also be a celebration of people who have survived cancer with many doing a lap of honour this evening.There will also be a candlelit vigil of hope around the track at 10.30pm this evening.Daniel paid tribute all involved and especially all those who had been touched by cancer in any way. “It pays tribute to everyone who has survived cancer, those who have supported them on their journey and it also pays tribute to those who fought a battle but unfortunately did not win that battle.“It gives an opportunity for so many people to remember, to praise and to give thanks,” he said.Daniel said his song ‘I’ll See This Journey Through’ came to him while he was resting in bed.“I had been asked to write an anthem for the event. A few nights later I was in bed and started to think about it. I wasn’t sleeping but these words came into my head and I wrote them down.“Majella said “what are you doing?” and I told her I was writing the words to the cancer song. “I then sent the words to Mark and he put the polish on it and here we are,” he said.All proceeds from the song will go to cancer research.DANIEL PAYS TRIBUTE TO ALL TOUCHED BY CANCER AS ‘RELAY FOR LIFE’ IS LAUNCHED was last modified: May 27th, 2012 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:DanielRelay for Lifelast_img read more


first_imgNobody needs to be told was a huge success the Donegal Relay for Life 2013 was last weekend.But one of the most touching moments during the marathon fundraiser was the Luminarie Candlelight Ceremony on Saturday night. This is the official video kindly sent to us by www.pmcmedias.com who have done a fantastic job on capturing the emotion of the night.Simply CLICK on the video to view.   DDTV – THE OFFICIAL LUMINAIRE CANDLELIGHT CEREMONY AT RELAY FOR LIFE 2013 was last modified: May 28th, 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:DDTVRELAY FOR LIFE 2013last_img read more


first_imgUNI (10-6, 3-1 MVC) is on a three-game winning streak since it was edged in its league opener on Jan. 4 at Illinois State by just two points. In addition, the Panthers have won seven consecutive games at home. Sophomore Karli Rucker is UNI’s top scorer at 15.3 points per game. CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Drake University women’s basketball team stays inside the state for its only game this week when it visits UNI Friday night. Tipoff at the McLeod Center is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the in-state Missouri Valley Conference contest will be streamed on ESPN3. The series started in 1975 and Friday’s game will be the 87th all-time meeting between the longtime in-state rivals who have played at least twice every season since the 1984-85 campaign. Drake leads the all-time series, 63-24, and holds a 7-3 advantage in the past 10 meetings. Drake (12-4, 4-0 MVC) makes the trip to Cedar Falls coming off wins over Loyola and Valparaiso in the team’s only home games in January. The Bulldogs controlled the paint and dominated the boards as they played all 12 players in each win. No Bulldog played more than 25 minutes in either victory. The duo of Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) provided a 1-2 scoring punch as they averaged 18.0 and 17.5 points, respectively, in the victories. Story Links Following Friday’s game, Drake stays on the road as it closes the month at Indiana State and Evansville, Jan. 25 and 27. Both games in Indiana will be streamed on ESPN3. Print Friendly Version Live Stats ESPN3 Drake Game Notes last_img read more


first_imgCOMMUNITY Alert: People living in Stranorlar should be on alert for three people acting suspiciously in the Ard McCool area.They may have been attempting to break into homes in the area but were disturbed.   COMMUNITY ALERT: SUSPECTED THIEVES CHECKING HOMES IN STRANORLAR was last modified: July 14th, 2014 by John2Share 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


first_imgEureka >> It’s the diagnosis no parent wants to hear, but on August 5, St. Bernard’s athletic director and head coach Matt Tomlin and his wife, Oriana, faced the brutal reality of just that — their daughter, Reve, had cancer.“There are no words to describe it,” Matt Tomlin said, recounting the moments of a day that changed his life forever. “We had a family friend who was a doctor and she took a look at the CAT scan. She called and she’s crying on the phone. She said her body was full of that. …last_img