No plans yet as Andre Paras focused on honing skills

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans The 21-year-old center is willing to take the long route to improve on his game while trying to help the Titans to a better campaign the next season.“I’m not hiding anything. We need to work on a lot of things especially on offense and defense,” he said. “For those out there who understands basketball, we’ve had so many lapses, and as a player and as someone who loves the game, we really lack execution and defense. We need to develop our individual skills too, so that when you combine all of those, it will look fluid in the game.”Paras said it’s a challenge he and the team must face head-on as they hope to rebound from this woeful 1-9 campaign.“It’s growing pains. The chemistry is there, but I think in the court, we need to mature as players . When it comes to the game, everyone should have one mindset,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Tennis star’s father pleads not guilty to molesting girls 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next PLAY LIST 01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Paras is averaging 8.67 points, 13.33 rebounds, and 1.56 assists this conference in a promising showing with the Titans.But the second-generation baller knows his efforts are still not enough if he decides to take the leap now so he wants to focus on honing his game first.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’“To be honest, I don’t really have plans with anything. So I guess what I can work on is on my individual game,” he said.“I need to work on strength because as you can see, I’ve been playing pretty much the whole game. For me, it’s not enough that I get 10 rebounds. I need to have timing, speed, and strength. You can always say you gave your heart and you gave it your all, but you really need to do it.” Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return MOST READ Andre Paras. PBA IMAGESIt may have been a confidence-building first season for Andre Paras in the PBA D-League, but he knows that there’s still a lot to learn before he thinks about making the jump to the pros.“I still need to work on a lot of things,” he admitted as he and the rest of AMA Online Education bowed out of the 2017 Foundation Cup on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Changing of the Guard

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Thursday, February 13, 2014 issued a new round of appointees to positions in Government, pending confirmation hearing where applicable, a press release from the Executive Mansion says. Key among them is Frank O. Nyekan, the new director of the Executive Protection Services, replacing Othello Warrick who spent the better part of 2013 nursing infamy from utterances threats issued the Liberian media. Warrick maintains his words were “misconstrued”.  Also key in this round of appointments is the new board of the Liberia Telecommunications Corporation (Libtelco), in which only two were saved from the President’s axe, following the infamous deal earlier this year with K3 Telecom which the previous board unilaterally signed, completely ignoring the public procurement law. The appointees and their respective new posts include:Ms. Kou Joseph, Deputy Minister for Road and Rail, Ministry of Transport, (replacing Mr. Charles Nelson who is being reassigned) and Mr. Augustine Williams, Deputy Minister for Administration, Ministry of Labor.Several appointments to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs include: Atty. Jeddi M. Armah, Assistant Minister for Legal Affairs (replacing Atty. David Kolleh); Mr. Dehpue Y. Zuo, Assistant Minister for International Cooperation (replacing Mr. Chris W. Moore who is being called into Diplomatic Service); Mr. Rufus Neufville, Chief of Protocol, Republic of Liberia. At the Ministry of Commerce & Industry, the President appointed Mr. Alphaiour Ahmed Bah, III, Deputy Minister for Industry & Inspector General and Ms. Makeda Gurley, Deputy Inspector General for Enforcement.At the Ministry of Internal Affairs, Mr. Fong Zuagele becomes the new Superintendent of Nimba County. The Executive Protection Services is now under the leadership of Mr. Frank O. Nyekan, Director (replacing Mr. Othello Warrick who is being reassigned) and Mr. Darlington George, Assistant Director.President Sirleaf also constituted (and reconstituted) a few boards including the Bomi Community College Board of Directors; Libtelco Board of Directors and the Monrovia City Corporation Council. Bomi Community College Board of Directors includes Rev. Dr. Kortu K. Browne, Chairman; the Chairman, Bomi Legislative Caucus; the County Superintendent, Bomi County; the County Superintendent, Gbarpolu County; the City Mayor, Tubmanburg City Corporation; Women Representative, Hon. Hajai Washington; Business Representative; Dr. John S. David; Dr. Daniel B. Edwards; Mr. Robert B. Kennedy; Cllr. William Sando; Dr. Michael Abou Jones; The President, Bomi Community College, Secretary to the Board; and the Minister of Education – Ex-Officio.On the Monrovia City Corporation Council, President Sirleaf appointed Ms. Clara Doe Mvogo, Chair; Cllr. Henry Reed Cooper, Member; Ms. Marthalene Nyankun, Member (replacing Mr. Blama Gaye); Ms. Massa Roberts, Member (replacing Madam Grace Kpaan); Ms. Elizabeth Jones, Member (replacing Ms. Elizabeth Mulbah); Mr. Diallo Bella, Member (replacing Mr. William Findley); Ms. Melvana Vetkeh, Member (replacing Mr. Matthias Korpu); and Mr. Garrison Bailey, Member (replacing Mr. Abel Voker).President Sirleaf reconstituted the Libtelco Board of Directors in the persons of Mr. Fredrick Norkeh, Chairman (Minister of Post & Telecommunications, replacing Mr. Francis Horton); Mr. Thomas Yaya Nimley, Member (replacing Mr. Jackson E. Doe); Mr. Pierre King, Member (replacing Mr. Floyd Thomas); Ms. Ciatta Victor, Member; and Mr. James P. Cooper, MemberShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Greaves, Orogun Deaths ‘Suspicious’

first_imgAs the reality of Mr. Harry Greaves’ mysterious death and the discovery of his stark naked corpse on a beach early Sunday shock and alarm the public, Justice Minister Benedict F. Sannoh yesterday described the death as suspicions, also mentioning the death of Dan Orogun, former Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Limited.Mr. Greaves, former Managing Director of Liberia Petroleum Refinery Corporation, of late has been a vehement critic of government policy on several issues.Mr. Greaves had advocated for the passage of the New Electricity Law to privatize electricity to lower the cost for ordinary Liberians. However, he was unhappy when the law was passed because “it allowed the independent regulator to be the Ministry of Lands, Mines, & Energy…”Cllr. Sannoh, speaking at the regular MICAT press briefing on Capitol Hill, said “These two deaths are suspicious. Under our law and practice, we are required as a government to conduct a comprehensive forensic examination with the view to ascertaining the cause of death.”He said the government is interested to examine the circumstances surrounding Greaves’ death, and to bring to justice, where warranted and appropriate, those suspected of being responsible directly or indirectly. “This is a sovereign responsibility and I have come to inform you that this government has taken all the necessary steps and actions, and in a timely manner, in furtherance of the effective discharge of this responsibility,” he said.Minister Sannoh said in the case of the late Orogun, he appointed and authorized Professor John Obafunwa, a forensic pathologist from Nigeria, on Thursday, January 28 to conduct a comprehensive examination on the body for and on behalf of the Government of Liberia and to submit the findings to his office as soon as possible.“This examination was conducted promptly on the same day, Thursday, January 28 at the John F. Kennedy Medical Center with representatives of the Liberia National Police, and family members present. Professor Obafunwa returned to Nigeria on Saturday January 30, and the findings are expected soon,” Minister Sannoh said.In the case of Mr. Greaves, Minister Sannoh said an arrangement has been made with Professor Obafunwa to return to Liberia to conduct the forensic examination.He said Mr. Obafunwa is expected to arrive in Liberia today, February 2, and will be accompanied by another forensic pathologist who will assist him in the examination.“While the government is doing everything possible to investigate these deaths, we note with concern that some Liberians here and abroad, with gross insensitivity and callous disregard for the agony of the bereaved families during this difficult period, and of the consequences on the country, have already reached conclusions as to the cause of death, especially of Mr. Greaves,” said Minister Sannoh.He assured the public that the death of Mr. Orogun and Mr. Greaves will be thoroughly investigated and if it is determined that any one was responsible directly or indirectly, the government will promptly charge, arrest, and prosecute any such person or persons without fear or favor.“Ours is a responsible government committed to the rule of law and to the protection of human rights. This government will not, under any circumstances, condone impunity. We therefore encourage all citizens and foreign residents in our midst to desist from making conclusions on these deaths until forensic examination results are provided,” he said.Meanwhile, the Government of Liberia has expressed profound regret over the deaths of Mr. Greaves and Mr. Orogun and urged their families to take heart.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Simi Valley Calendar

first_imgJazzercise Aerobics, 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Alternative Recreation Program: Yoga Club, 6:45-7:45 p.m. at Houghton Park, 4333 Township Ave., Simi Valley. Parents can register and participate with their child. Monthly fee: $24. Call (805) 584-4400. New Hope for breast-cancer survivors, 7-8:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Free. Registration required. Call (805) 527-5360, Option 3. Aqua Fit, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Peggers Cribbage Club, 7 p.m., at Simi Country Mobile Home Park Clubhouse, 1550 Rory Lane, Simi Valley. Call (805) 527-8164. Water Exercise, 7-8 p.m. at Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Fee: $40. Call (805) 584-4400. Simi Valley Boots and Slippers Square Dance Club, 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Fee: $5. Call (805) 583-3055 or e-mail Deep Water Workout, 8-9 p.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1692 Sycamore Drive. Monthly fee: $45. Call (805) 584-4400. Women’s Anger Management class, 7:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Counseling Center, 1633 Erringer Road, No. 203-B, Simi Valley. Call (805) 582-2619. TUESDAY Family planning clinic, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Ventura County Public Health, 660 E. Los Angeles Ave., Suite B2, Simi Valley. For an appointment, call (805) 578-3677. Jazzercise Aerobics, 9-10 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. Rotary of Simi Valley will meet at noon at Grand Vista Hotel, 999 Enchanted Way. Call (805) 583-4825. Videos in the Lounge, 1 p.m. at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi. Call (805) 583-6363. Bowling, 4-5:30 p.m. at Brunswick Valley Bowl, 5255 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Fee: $5 per week. Call (805) 584-4400. Tuesday Evening Hike, 6:30, meet at the Long Canyon parking lot at Long Canyon Road and Wood Ranch Parkway. Call (805) 529-5581. Story time, 7 p.m. at Simi Valley Library, 2969 Tapo Canyon Road. Call (805) 526-1735. Simi Solos Toastmasters will meet, 7:30 p.m., Simi Valley YMCA, 3200 Cochran St. Call (805) 990-4950. Overeaters Anonymous, 8 p.m. at Church of Christ, 1554 Sinaloa Road, Simi Valley. Call (805) 581-4717 or (805) 529-8183. Open Gym Basketball, 6-9 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. WEDNESDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $40/month; 65 and older, $20/month. Call (805) 379-2378. Kiwanis Club of Simi Valley will meet, 7 a.m. at Paul’s Italian Villa, 2585 Cochran St. Call (805) 583-2857. Chair Exercise, 12:30 p.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Calendar events are compiled each week. Items must reach the Daily News one week before the Sunday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be attached for contact purposes. Mail to Simi Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (805) 583-0880. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Power Walking, 8-9 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $30. Call (805) 584-4400. Muscle Sculpting, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Sycamore Drive Community Center, 1692 Sycamore Drive, Room B1, Simi Valley. Call (805) 584-4400. Studio Art Workshop, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Moorpark Active Adult Center, 799 Moorpark Ave. Call (805) 517-6261. Open Gym Basketball, 1:30-6:30 p.m. at Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave., Simi Valley. Fee: $2, or $10 a month. Call (805) 584-4400. Step Aerobics, 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Susana Community Center, 5005-C Los Angeles Ave. Fee: $5, or $25 a month. Call (805) 584-4456. TODAY Sunday evening hike, 4 o’clock at the Rocky Peak Trailhead at the end of Rocky Peak Road off Santa Susana Pass. Call (805) 584-4400. MONDAY Swim and Stay Fit, 6-8 a.m. at the Rancho Simi Community Park pool, 1765 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Monthly fee: $40, or $20 for 65 and older. Call (805) 379-2378. last_img read more

Neymar arrives at hospital for foot operation

first_imgThe procedure was due to take place Saturday, led by Brazilian national team surgeon Rodrigo Lasmar.Lasmar says the fracture of the fifth metatarsal will put Neymar out of action for two and a half to three months. He suffered the injury on February 25 during PSG’s 3-0 defeat of Marseille in Ligue 1.This leaves PSG without the prolific striker — whose transfer from Barcelona cost the club a record 222 million-euro ($264 million) last August — when they face Real Madrid in a make-or-break Champions League clash next Tuesday.There are also jitters in Brazil, where Neymar is a key part in the national side’s hopes of glory at the World Cup in Russia starting in June.Jose Luiz Runco, a former chief medical officer for the Brazilian team, told AFP that the surgery itself “is not difficult.”“It should take about an hour, or 90 minutes maximum,” he said.– Pre-surgery cuddles –Neymar, 26, struck a relaxed pose ahead of his arrival in Belo Horizonte, putting up a picture on Instagram of himself in a wheelchair with his actress girlfriend Bruna Marquezine sitting on his lap and kissing him.The image-conscious PSG star also posted a close-up of his hand, tattooed with a small cross, holding Marquezine’s hand.In the heated atmosphere around the operation, Brazil’s Globoesporte website claimed that Neymar was expected to come by helicopter and had booked a whole wing of the Mater Dei hospital. But a local newspaper reported that he would take a more modest suite measuring around 80 by 40 feet (24 x 12 meters).Staff at the hospital, a tall building with mirrored windows, were put on paparazzi lockdown, with a ban on using their cellphones anywhere near the star. However, an AFP photographer was given access to a room similar to the one Neymar was due to take — a small suite with basic furniture and a second room for the patient.– Silver lining –Neymar arrived in Rio de Janeiro ahead of his Saturday operation © Twitter/AFP / Claire Dornald ClauzelNeymar has scored 28 goals in 30 appearances in all competitions for PSG since arriving. But last Sunday he looked to be in tears as he was stretchered off the field at the Parc des Princes.On Thursday, he arrived back in Brazil, accompanied by Lasmar, who broke the news that the surgery would require a longer than previously expected recovery time.“It’s not a simple fracture, but a fracture in an important bone in the middle of the foot,” Lasmar said.Now Neymar will feel the weight of a nation’s expectations as he races to recuperate in time for the World Cup, where Brazil are seen as having a good chance for winning a sixth title — and eradicating bitter memories of a 7-1 defeat to Germany in the 2014 semi-finals.He’s already sure to miss two warm-up friendlies against Russia and Germany in March.There may, however, be a silver lining in Neymar’s forced absence from competitive games, says Cristiano Nunes, the physio for Brazilian first division club Internacional in Porto Alegre.“When you think how exhausting the European season is, he could even arrive fresher than the others, both physically and emotionally,” Nunes told AFP.“He’ll return with a real desire to play football and to show his potential.”Runco said Neymar will likely be allowed to walk with crutches after two to three weeks, then exercise while putting weight on his repaired foot after 60 to 75 days.The UOL sports website reported that Neymar may recuperate at his residence in Mangaratiba, on the coast of Rio state. The luxury residence has the facilities that would allow the star’s medical team to run a full physiotherapy program, the report said.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Neymar is helped to his feet by Adrien Rabiot during PSG’s win over Marseille on Sunday, in which he suffered a twisted ankle and a hairline metatarsal fracture © AFP/File / GERARD JULIENBelo Horizonte, Brazil, Mar 1 – Brazilian superstar Neymar arrived in hospital Friday for an operation to mend the broken bone in his right foot that has ended his season at Paris Saint-Germain and overshadowed Brazil’s World Cup preparations.The world’s most expensive football player landed late in the evening at Belo Horizonte’s airport, then immediately drove with his entourage to the Mater Dei hospital, AFP reporters said.last_img read more

Ferdinand named director of football at QPR as Ramsey and Bond handed caretaker roles

first_img Les Ferdinand during his time at Tottenham QPR have announced a restructuring of their coaching set-up following the departure of Harry Redknapp as manager, with Les Ferdinand named director of football.Ferdinand, who returned to Loftus Road last October as head of football operations, was on Monday placed in caretaker charge of the first team, alongside Chris Ramsey and Kevin Bond, when Redknapp resigned.Now Ferdinand’s role has been redefined, with responsibility for the whole football department, chairman Tony Fernandes announced on Tuesday.Former Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood, who worked alongside Ferdinand and Ramsey at White Hart Lane, is the hot favourite to succeed Redknapp.Ferdinand has “already made significant improvements to the footballing philosophy of the club since his return – and the board are now keen for him to have more of a hands-on role at all levels, particularly in the field of recruitment, working closely with the first team,” QPR said in a statement.Fernandes told “I’ve been really impressed with the job Les has done in his short time here and as such I am keen for his role to evolve, with the clear mandate of assisting us in developing and evolving the footballing department, from the academy to the first team.“This is a new strategy for us. Our recruitment policy at QPR is changing.“We want to develop a philosophy of buying young, hungry players, who can go on to forge decent careers with us.“Premier League survival is our priority in the short term, but in the medium and long term we want to make sure everything is in place, from the academy upwards, to create a culture and philosophy within the club that QPR fans can be proud of.“Les bleeds blue and white and working closely with the first team and academy management, particularly in recruitment, he is going to play a key role in moving us forward over the coming months and years.”Former England, QPR, Tottenham and Newcastle striker Ferdinand is relishing his latest challenge.“Everyone knows what this club means to me and if anything the last few months have only enhanced the feelings I have for QPR,” the 48-year-old said.“Working closely with Tony and the Board, I can assure QPR fans that they are desperate to create a lasting legacy at Loftus Road and the role of Director of Football will be hugely important in terms of where we want to take this club in the future.“Some of the management courses I’ve taken over the last few years were with a role like this in mind, so I couldn’t be more delighted.”Redknapp’s departure was attributed to a need for knee surgery, despite rumours of conflict over transfers.Fernandes has revealed changes to QPR’s strategy were necessary and wants the club to nurture young talent, rather than buy in players.He added: “I’ve had many messages from supporters, of all ages, who aren’t – for one reason or another – satisfied with what’s going on at QPR at the moment, but I can reassure all Rangers fans that we are putting the building blocks in place to move things in the right direction for the future.“We’ve made a number of mistakes in the transfer market over the last few years and it’s something we want to change.“We don’t want to be a buying club – we want to nurture young talent and build a young, ambitious team.”Ferdinand named director of football as Ramsey and Bond handed caretaker roles. 1last_img read more

Some take extreme commutes

first_imgFor Sparky Cohen of Simi Valley, at least once a week the daily commute means climbing aboard his mountain bike before dawn to pedal his way to his job at Calabasas City Hall. In charge of building safety and code enforcement, the 45-year-old Cohen pushes his way up and down steep trails through Las Virgenes Canyon for almost two hours before even getting to work. Using a portable camping shower that he props on the roof of his car – which he typically leaves parked overnight at work – Cohen cleans up and dons slacks and a tie for work. “I don’t mind to stop and smell the roses when I do my commutes,” said Cohen. “I see foxes, deer, coyote, bobcats, roadrunners. I see it all.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsCohen is among 3.4 million Americans who the U.S. Census Bureau says endure “extreme” commutes of 90 minutes or more. But he also falls into an even more unusual category, previously unidentified by transportation statisticians: those who take on extreme commuting because they love it. Breathtaking commute For Bill Halstead, that means a commute that starts about 4:30 every morning when he pulls out of his driveway at 5,600 feet above sea level in the middle of Los Padres National Forest. By any measure, Halstead’s 87-mile commute to Beverly Hills is a long haul. But it’s still shorter than his wife Zandra’s commute: a 95-mile trek to Pasadena for her management job in accounting. “When I tell people how far I commute, they think I’m nuts. Sometimes I have to agree with them,” said Bill Halstead, a stockbroker. “But then I show them pictures of where I live – the snow, the icicles and the spring. And then they say, `Oh, I see why.”‘ Living in the quaint, woodsy, private community of Pine Mountain Club for 17 years, the Halsteads have considered moving closer to work to save time and money. Zandra’s car is two months old and already has logged 10,000 miles. Their combined gasoline bill is about $1,000 a month. But they’ve found nothing as spectacular as the 1.75million-acre national forest that surrounds them and supports their love for the outdoors. Sy Cohn, a Claremont-based driving therapist, said those who intentionally shoulder long commutes generally lead less-conventional lives and don’t see the world – or lengthy commutes – in rigid terms of good vs. bad. “There’s a hell of a lot of gray between the black and white,” he said. “Whatever things people can carve out of their lives, when people are open to it, they’re so much happier.” Living away from all the people Extreme commutes also speak to the desire some people have to live farther from the city, said Paul Mason Fotsch, a professor at California State University, Northridge, and the author of “Watching the Traffic Go By: Transportation and Isolation in Urban America.” But most people still depend on urban economic hubs for jobs, creating a long-standing contradiction embedded in the U.S. history of urbanization, Fotsch said. “These people are exceptional that they have the resources to do these types of extreme commutes,” Fotsch said. “It’s not like others don’t desire these same things. Many people desire these lifestyles.” Experts said voluntary extreme commuters are realizing intangible emotional and psychological benefits from their adventures. Their methods of getting to work reflect what they like to do rather than an imposition of what they have to do, said Tim Lomax, research engineer for the Texas Transportation Institute. “Commuting isn’t necessarily about the hour you spend on the road,” said Lomax. “It’s about where you live, where you work or where you get to play on the weekends.” And with Angelenos, whether in cars or on public transit, spending extra time stuck in gridlock – an estimated 72 hours a year – some have taken their extreme commutes to the skies. From plane to skateboard to car After piloting his aircraft into Whiteman Airport from Fullerton each day, Jason Vivo then jumps onto a skateboard to ride about 150 feet through the parking lot to his car that he leaves parked there overnight. From there, it’s a five-mile drive to his job at United Parcel Service of America, where he delivers packages all day long on a 50-mile route between Sylmar and Burbank. At the end of the workday, he reverses the entire 45-mile routine back to his home in Cypress. “I just love looking down and flying over rush-hour traffic and going 125 mph,” Vivo said. “It feels great.” Flying to work is helping the 30-year-old accumulate the 700 hours of time he needs to log to fly jets professionally. But recently his plane needed engine repairs, and Vivo was forced to return to his old commuting ways – driving through rush hour on the Golden State Freeway, motoring along at 15 mph. Sitting in the sea of brake lights night after night made Vivo appreciate his freedom in the air even more. And it gave him time to ponder another change to his commute. “There’s a plane that I want to get that goes twice as fast,” Vivo said. “So my commute would be 10 minutes instead of 20.” 818-713-3746160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Lionel Messi reverses decision to retire from international football

first_imgLionel Messi has reversed his decision to retire from international football, saying he loves Argentina “too much”.The Barcelona playmaker announced immediately after Argentina’s penalty shoot-out loss to Chile in the Copa America final in June that he was calling time on his Albiceleste career.However, having this week met with new Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza, the 29-year-old has now confirmed he will be available for selection again.Messi, Argentina’s captain and all-time record goalscorer with 55 goals, said in a statement reproduced by Argentinian newspaper La Nacion: “I see there are many problems in Argentinian football and I don’t intend to create another one.“I don’t want to cause any damage, I’ve always tried to do just the opposite, to help all that I can.“We need to fix many things in Argentinian football, but I prefer to do this from inside and not criticise from outside.”Messi said he was quitting international football after missing a penalty in the Copa America final shoot-out at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, USA.That would have left Messi – one of the most decorated players in history at club level with Barca – having never won a major trophy with Argentina,As well as June’s defeat to Chile, the reigning FIFA Ballon d’Or also tasted defeat in the 2007 and 2015 Copa America finals, as well as the World Cup final in 2014.He added: “Many things went through my head the day of the last final and I seriously thought of leaving, but I love this country and this shirt too much. “I’m grateful to all the people who wanted me to continue playing with Argentina, hopefully we can give them something to cheer about soon.” Lionel Messi 1last_img read more

Make Watson Hire your one stop shop for de-icing salt, snow shovels, and much more!

first_imgWith the weather set to get colder, slippery streets are going to become a common problem we’ll all experience.To help combat this, you can buy a massive 25kg bag of de-icing salt from Watson Hire at Lisnenan Industrial Park for just €6.95, or you can nab 4 bags for €20.00!Concrete friendly de-icing granules are also in stock in the lead up to the cooler months. Watson Hire stock everything you’ll need this winter with a wide range of torches, gloves, anti-freeze, screenwash, snow shovels, de-icers/scrapers, heavy coats, wellies, and much more!For more check out their Facebook page and website.Make Watson Hire your one stop shop for de-icing salt, snow shovels, and much more! was last modified: November 26th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:anti freezedeicingicesaltSlippyWatson Hirelast_img read more

Deportivo La Coruna defender to have Newcastle medical ahead of move

first_img The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ LIVING THE DREAM Rafa Benitez was clearly impressed with the Switzerland defender at thew World Cup, after he started all three of the group stage games in Russia.According to the Daily Mail, Schar is expected after a number of outgoings at St James’ Park.With Chancel Mbemba joining Porto and Matz Sels set to sign for Strasbourg, the Magpies have a little more room to manoeuvre with in their squad. Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father Schar is set to sign with the St James Park outfit Latest transfer stories from Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January IN DEMAND Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer center_img RANKED moving on targets 1 Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti REVEALED targets LATEST Fabian Schar is set to undergo a medical with Newcastle United on Wednesday.The Deportivo La Coruna defender is due to fly to the city to complete the necessary procedures ahead of a £3.5 million move. Aleksandr Mitrovic however, is still waiting on his impending move to Fulham.The clubs are around £2 million apart in their valuations of the Serbia striker.last_img read more