In Your Neighbourhood

first_img Despite being held to a 1-1 draw by last-placed Tafari Lions, the Black River-based Black Star hold a seven-point lead on nearest challengers Real Treasure Beach in the Magnum/Charley JB St Elizabeth Major League. Having completed seven league games, Black Star are on 19 points, with Real Treasure Beach (12) and the pair of St Bess FC and Super Action in hot pursuit on 10 points each. Black Star’s record includes six wins and they enjoy a plus-10 goal differential. In another remarkable result, Real Treasure Beach edged Super Action 1-0. At present, the goalscoring standings see three players with four goals each. They are Turnesta Stewart and Romario Smith of Super Action and Davian Ash of Black Star. Today’s matches: Newell United vs Tafari Lions FC at Hounslow, Holland PYC vs Black Star FC at Holland. Tomorrow’s matches: Real Treasure Beach FC vs Vineyard YC at Treasure Beach Sports Park, Haughton United vs Appleton Estate FC at Elim, Super Action YC vs St Bess FC at Holland. Following the ninth round of matches in the Manchester FA Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Major League, defending champions Hillstars are back on top of the standings. Hillstars’ 1-0 win over Land Settlement, which came courtesy of a 90th minute strike by Thorn Simpson, pushed them to 22 points, one more than Ricam Academy. Ricam, who were the previous leaders, were pegged back by a 2-2 draw. Another team, Downs, also profited from Ricam’s loss, jumping to 21 points with a 2-1 win over Greenvale. The league’s golden boot winner last year, Gary McDonald, scored both goals for Downs. Interestingly, all four goals in that game were scored in the first half. Alligator Pond stayed fourth with 18 points despite being held 0-0 by Georges Valley. Eight teams have already advanced to the second round of the South St Elizabeth six-a-side night football competition now on at Treasure Beach Sports Park. They are Gunner FC, Eyes Burning, Wild Onion, Ghetto Youth, Great Bay, Untouchable, Tennant and Longwood. Earlier in the week, Untouchable eliminated Police National 2-1, Tennant crushed Middle East 4-0, while Longwood sent Seaview All Star packing with a 3-0 defeat. The competition continues tonight with the following games: Rio Striker vs Hopewell Masters, Round Hill vs Edusport and Jakes FC vs Boom 11. Treasure Beach night football heats up High Mountain 10K fever hit Williamsfieldcenter_img High Mountain Coffee Road Race fever appears at high pitch 24 hours before the event hit its Williamsfield home in Manchester. There was a beehive of activity at the old Williamsfield round-a-bout, with stalls being erected on every possible land space in proximity. Organisers also anticipate a record amount of entries. Proceeds this year will go to the Mandeville Hospital. The event features the very popular 10K road race, but there will be strong interest around competition in the 5K run and 5K walk. The main route will be the same as previous years, taking participants from the new Williamsfield round-a-bout up the Winston Jones Highway, then through Kendal, around Kirkvine, before ending at the old Williamsfield community park. The current best of local long distance racing will be there, but additional spice will come from specially invited international competitors. Black Star on top in St Elizabeth Major League Hillstars back on top in Manchesterlast_img read more

‘Ompong’ delays Team Pilipinas’ Manila flight ahead of Qatar game

first_imgGroin injury forces Haddadi to limited minutes vs Gilas After its disappointing 81-73 loss to Iran, Gilas Pilipinas will still have to endure nearly half a day wait in Dubai International Airport after the team’s flight home got delayed for 12 hours due to typhoon OmpongADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Taking a connecting flight from Tehran to Manila, the team’s original arrival time in the Philippines was at 8:30 pm on Friday.With the delay, they are now expected to return to the country Saturday morning, leaving them with barely two days to prepare for their game against Qatar Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe loss to Iran puts the Filipinos in a must-win situation against the Qataris if they want to keep their advantage in the top half of Group F standings.Currently, Gilas Pilipinas is at no. 3 with a 4-3 record with Japan and Kazakhstan trailing by a game. View commentslast_img read more

A Tribute to a Patriot in his adopted country- Liberia: The late AL…

first_imgThe beloved family, friends loved ones, fellow Liberians ladies and gentlemen. It is with deepest sympathy that I stand here in the midst of this memorial service to pay tribute to the late Al Brown Sr. – the African-American businessman who, in his life, manifested nothing short of a devotion to the African Continent and an upliftment of its peoples, through the insurance business, whether in Liberia, Cameroon, Togo or elsewhere on the continent, as far back as the 1960’s.My tribute today is in my capacity as former Minister of Commerce and Industry of the Republic of Liberia over the period of April 2006-2007 September when the Administration of the new Government of Africa’s first democratically elected female President Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was faced with a major crisis that threatened to derail the security of the state- that crisis is referred to as the “Rice Saga”In Liberia, as we all know, our staple food rice, was what led to the fall of the first Republic and mutated into a civil war that lasted some 14 years, destroying in its wake the social fabric of our country’; let alone some 250,000 deaths; destruction of basic infrastructure and services as well as the flight of our human resources in the wake of the carnage that ensued.Nature of the Crisis• Upon assumption of my portfolio as Minister of Commerce and Industry on 6 April 2006, I met with the major Suppliers of rice in the country-primarily foreign traders.• Only 1/3 of the normal monthly requirements of 350,000 bags of rice needed in first half of the year had been ordered by Suppliers.• There were also no pending orders, i.e. no orders in the pipeline.• The implications were that there would be people in the streets of Monrovia by August or September, as there would be shortages of rice.• The traditional Suppliers wanted to increase the price of rice (at the time $22.00 per bag for the popular butter rice) but we refused. It would have been suicidal.• We needed urgent action to source critical supplies in order to avert the looming crisis.• I met with Liberians in Washington, D.C. in July 2006 where I lead the Liberian delegation to the AGOA conference, at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, D.C.• I also met with Al Brown, the African-American businessman, who was able to meet the capital requirements necessary to respond to our needs under certain conditions and made us an offer.That we were able to weather the storm- nothing short of economic sabotage against the interest of the nation- what I call “commerce under siege” by the foreign traders that basically controlled the economy and in particular rice, a strategic commodity, was due to the implementation of the offer from the late Al Brown, through his company Sinkor Trading!Ladies and Gentlemen the late Al Brown saved the day; He provided us 6 months supply of rice at a stable price when the major importers were holding GOL hostage for an increase in the price of rice with no orders, in the pipeline, he provided us two months’ strategic reserves of rice, that had never happened before; under the arrangement we had a unique opportunity that was not only 100% Liberian owned but arrangements were worked out for other Liberians to participate for the first time in the rice market under new modalities. Above all we were able to make available rice to the southeastern part of the country with the assistance of the UNMIL vessel Katarina at affordable price as never before, during a period of heavy rains when there were severe shortages of food in the Southeast, i.e. Cape Palmas and Sinoe.At the end of the day, this entire experience that I have just related represents an act of Patriotism by Al to his adopted country (Liberia). This act avoided a crisis that would have taken the country back almost 30 years. Indeed not only did he genuinely believe in putting the economy back in hands of Liberians; in Liberians regaining our pride and dignity, but he took concrete action (that cost him) to make this a reality in a strategic sector of the economy. We believe then and still believe that is was and remains unacceptable that a strategic commodity like rice remains in the hands of powerful non-Liberian interest. In this regard, when I left the Ministry of Commerce in September of 2007, there were 6 importers of rice, 5 of whom were Liberians – a first in the history of our nation!As I close, I want to say to Al, “thank you Al” – thank you plenty for what you did for our country – Liberia- your adopted country. To the bereaved family, we say “never mind yah”- To Al, our nation owes you! May God rest your soul and may light perpetual shine on you!I ask the congregation to stand and Salute this fallen Patriot by singing twice the refrain of our foremost patriotic song “The Lone Star Forever” by the late Edwin J. Barclay, the 18th President of Liberia!Refrain:The Lone Star forever,The Lone Star forever!O Long may it floatOver land and o’er seas!Desert it! No Never!Uphold it, forever!O shout for the lone starr’d banner-all hail!Tribute by:Olubanke King-AkereleFormer Minister of Commerce and Industry,Former Minister of Foreign Affairs,Republic of Liberia11 April 2015Reston, Virginia, 2015Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Consultancy contract to be awarded in coming weeks – Trotman

first_imgRestructuring of GGMCGGMC Deputy Commissioner Dianne McDonald; GGMC Board Chairman Stanley Ming; Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and GGMC Commissioner DennisonThe Guyana Geology and Mines CommissionGovernment is forging ahead with plans to restructure the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and the consultancy contract for this major move will be awarded in the upcoming week.This was confirmed by Natural Resources Minister, Raphael Trotman, while addressing the gathering at the entity’s 40th anniversary celebrations on Wednesday evening.He stated that the restructuring initiative is to “realign” the Commission with its core functions while preparing it for a future where the environment, conservation and sustainable extraction of the country’s mineral resources have to be “carefully balanced”.The decision to restructure the GGMC is a decision that was made by the Cabinet sometime last year and is now being implemented.It is expected that the person/agency that is awarded the consultancy contract will examine the functionality of the GGMC in view of its evolving role, particularly in the area of the green agenda, complaints about mining, and because of the emerging petroleum sector.Last month, when asked about staff changes, the Minister said he could not preempt the outcome of the review.“This is why we have called for proposals to advise us. This is not about personnel; it’s about the vision for the entity in the future. I believe once we get the vision then the second step would be the personalities or the personnel to fulfil that vision. It has to do with the role of the Minister, the role of the Board, the role of the management and average worker,” Trotman had earlier explained.Shortly before the 2015 General Elections, GGMC announced a revamp of its systems in the mining sector following numerous complaints, particularly as it relates to mining claims which were secured by Chinese firm, Bai Shan Lin.The Minister had explained that GGMC has faced numerous challenges and obstacles in executing its duties and authorities are still grappling with strengthening the “internal” efficiency at the Commission.According to Trotman, through the utilisation of Information Technology (IT), tools will aid in the Commission’s continued progress through digitising the process of making applications and managing the grant prospecting and mining permits.“This will make for a more efficient and transparent process of land management…these contributions have not materialised without challenges and obstacles but, we have seen, the GGMC overcame them and we remain confident that it will continue to do so… I believe that the gains we have made so far are important pillars that ensure that a firm foundation is set for the growth and development we envision in the industry over the next forty years.”Additionally, he noted in light of a request by the GGMC Commissioner, Newell Dennison, staffers attached to the GGMC will be receiving an increase in their salaries retroactive to January 1, 2019.last_img read more

Missing Man on the Sikanni River

first_imgView Larger MapThis map shows the location of the Sikanni River.The Fort Nelson RCMP confirmed today the search of the Sikanni River, for a 36 year old unidentified resident of Prophet River has been suspended.- Advertisement -It says he fell out of his kayak, while trying to negotiate an extremely dangerous set of rapids and whirlpools, with two friends on Friday afternoon.The incident occurred about three hours southeast of Fort Nelson on the Sikanni, and all three men were thrown from their inflatable kayaks. Two of them made it to shore and then hiked about two kilometers to the Sikanni River Outfitters camp, from where the RCMP got the missing person call at about 5pm Friday.After searching all day Saturday and Sunday, police and search and rescue personnel failed to locate the body and called off the search on Sunday night. The Fort Nelson RCMP confirmed on Monday it has determined the missing man was not wearing an approved flotation device, nor a helmet and apparently had no white water kayaking experience.Advertisementlast_img read more

Three things Man United need to fix as Solskjaer takes temporary charge

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is the bookmakers’ favourite for the permanent role, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane also tipped for the job.But Solskjaer — and whoever eventually fills Mourinho’s shoes — has an enormous task to restore the club to its former glories.AFP Sports looks at three issues that need to be fixed:Mend broken relationshipsQuestioned about Paul Pogba’s influential role in France’s World Cup triumph earlier this year, Mourinho’s sharp response that he needed to try harder for United set in motion a chain of events that contributed to his downfall.Paul Pogba was among the Manchester United stars who fell out with Jose Mourinho © AFP/File / Lindsey PARNABYMourinho was already frustrated by Pogba’s apparent unfocused attitude and perceived lack of effort in a United shirt, so when his club’s record signing was transformed into a rampaging figure in midfield for France, his manager tried to shame him into action with his acerbic assessment.Pogba’s relationship with Mourinho was destined to get even worse as he was stripped of the vice-captaincy and feuded with the boss on the training ground.With several of United’s younger players looking up to Pogba, Mourinho had caused a huge rift in the squad and there were also palpable tensions with Alexis Sanchez, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial.Morale in United’s dressing room is at a low ebb after such a divisive period and healing those wounds is essential.Restore United traditionMarcus Rashford and his fellow Manchester United forwards were not helped by Jose Mourinho’s tactics © AFP/File / JOSE JORDANThe final whistle on a dour 0-0 draw at Liverpool had barely been blown before Mourinho felt the backlash from his decision to ignore United’s tradition as English football’s great entertainers.From Matt Busby’s “holy trinity” of George Best, Bobby Charlton and Denis Law to Alex Ferguson’s swashbuckling sides, United have a commitment to attacking play that failed to resonate with Mourinho.Having made his reputation by using cautious tactics to stifle opponents, Mourinho felt he could bend United to his will but the scathing reaction from fans and club legends to his negative approach in the goalless draw at Anfield last season should have been a warning that he needed to adapt to a different culture.Instead, Mourinho stuck stubbornly to his guns, alienating sections of the Old Trafford faithful with a series of cautious game-plans even in home matches.Erasing the memories of Mourinho’s conservatism by recreating the thrilling style that made United so exciting to watch under Ferguson is high on the to-do list.Build a solid foundationMourinho complained long and loud about the failure of United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to land the transfer targets he wanted in the close-season and his fears were not unfounded.United felt Mourinho had been backed sufficiently during a spree of around £400 million ($506 million) over two-and-a-half years, so Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld failed to arrive as defensive ballast.Manchester United’s defence has been a major problem under Jose Mourinho © AFP/File / JOSE JORDANMourinho had been desperate to bolster his leaky defence but instead he had to make do with a unit that was hamstrung by the error-prone performances of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Eric Bailly.The result was a woeful 29 league goals conceded in 17 games this season — more than any other side outside the bottom five.In contrast, leaders Liverpool have benefited hugely from the expensive signing of Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk last season, while Manchester City and Tottenham have also thrived with solid rearguards.Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin are all reported to have interested United and could be targeted in the January transfer window.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s next manager has problems to fix after the troubled reign of Jose Mourinho © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 19 – Manchester United’s decision to sack Jose Mourinho brought an abrupt end to his troubled reign but the fallout at Old Trafford will linger for months to come.United have appointed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as caretaker manager to see them through to the end of the season before hiring a long-term successor to Mourinho.last_img read more

LAUSD’s top-dollar hack jobs are a symptom of an American sickness

first_imgStill, I have to wonder how extra-special communicators Victor Abalos and Michael Bustamante plan to convince even the dimmest audience member that the payroll system is working and that students aren’t leaving school on a one-way ticket to public assistance. But here’s the great thing about public relations consulting. If it doesn’t work, you get paid anyway. LAUSD isn’t, of course, alone in this glib approach to failure. The U.S. government has, since 9-11, gone through a few high-powered PR people – the last one being Bush insider Karen Hughes. Somehow the woman sent to “win over the hearts and minds of the world” as the State Department’s goodwill ambassador failed to convince the part of the world that hates us that they are wrong to feel that way. And so what if she told an Egyptian leader that our Constitution cites “one nation under God” before reproaching Saudi women for not having a right to drive. These, as one wag described them, were just “misunderspinnings.” Meanwhile, our president (in an August 2006 NBC News interview) recognized that, “We are great with TV, but we are getting crushed on the PR front.” A month later Donald Rumsfeld mused, “The enemy is so much better at communicating.” Great. Now we can’t even lie right. This in a nation that used to put together vast operations like the Marshall Plan, real things that actually worked. But somehow, somewhere along the once-bright line we replaced competency under pressure with a belief that we can talk our way past any error, past any disaster, man-made or not. From endless post-news-conference spinning (where you’re told ahead of time that you’re being spun) to the Katrina spin to the always-evolving war spin, this is just us, the way we do things in America now. I don’t, for instance, see the French trying to convince anyone that they aren’t irritating or the Mafia hiring consultants to position themselves as misunderstood Italian-American businessmen. But Abalos, the LAUSD’s $170,000-a-year man (sans college degree) is already explaining to reporters that his hiring was necessary because the daily newspapers of Los Angeles “love to focus on all the negative going on in the district.” Oh, it’s because of daily newspapers that kids drop out and there’s gas in the basement at Belmont! And the truly stunning thing about that idiot line is how it works for every flag-wrapped crook who comes down the line. But why blame LAUSD for following a trail cut a century ago by Ivy Lee, a man hired to brush up the image of the unbrushable John D. Rockefeller, creator of Standard Oil and sanctimonious creep who – when he wasn’t destroying unions and ruining his own brother – prowled his estate searching for shirkers among the landscape crew. In 1914, to improve a dismal image made monstrous by the killing of three strikers and the accidental deaths of 11 women and children during a strike at a Rockefeller-owned mine in Colorado, he hired Lee, the father (along with Edward Bernays) of public relations. Lee did a lot of good and a good amount of what is now seen as routinely bad in a career that saw him raise millions for the Red Cross before helping IG Farben at the start of the Nazi era. He also performed a feat of magic with Rockefeller. This he did by showing the man conducting his private church choir and handing out dimes to children on the street. And gosh darn if it didn’t work! It’s just that we used to temper such bull with American know-how and ingenuity. Rockefeller did, after all, build something real. But what does it say about us and our future when we allow the people in charge to take us all tap dancing on thin air? I want to hear your comments. Connect with me at, call 310-543-6681 or send a letter to Daily Breeze/John Bogert, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsOnly nobody figured, and they built anyway despite warnings from the California Department of Oil and Gas that the 35-acre site is a giant toxic hazard. But why dwell on what has been called the most expensive (and still unopened) high school in the nation? Let’s think instead about a system with a dropout rate ranging somewhere between 25 percent and 50 percent. And that nutty payroll computer! Still, it’s a dumb idea to bring in people who might be able to fix the actual problems. I mean, why bother when you can hire communications specialists to tell semi-comatose taxpayers that the problems don’t exist. Not if you look at them in just the right way. Naturally, glossing over such things takes talent, and talent costs money, which is why the district is paying two consultants $178,000 and $90,000 to rescue the existing six-person communications staff that is already scraping by on $1.4 million a year. “We don’t do as good a job of communicating with all the audiences we need to talk to – our teachers, students, parents and the general public,” school Superintendent David Brewer III said. Hammered by a busload of bad publicity, the Los Angeles Unified School District last week did what just about every screw-up since John D. Rockefeller has done when things go bad. No, they didn’t fix the problems that include an appalling dropout rate and a computer system that has been underpaying or overpaying its teachers for nearly a year. The fact of the matter is this. The mammoth LAUSD does a lot of stupid stuff. Like building a half-billion-dollar school complex directly over Edward Doheny’s Los Angeles oil field in downtown L.A. When I heard about the proposed Belmont Learning Center in 1990, I figured that somebody had taken into consideration the possible presence of hydrogen sulfide and methane gas in a field so shallow Doheny tapped it with a shovel. last_img read more

You may have forgotten who Ramsey, Ozil, Pochettino and Zouma have played with

first_img 12. Arturo Vidal and Toni Kroos were team-mates at Bayer Leverkusen 7. Alan Smith and Dele Alli played together at MK Dons 17 17 2. Ivan Rakitic and Mesut Ozil played at Schalke together 17 3. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kurt Zouma were at Saint-Etienne together 15. Aaron Ramsey and Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink shared a changing room at Cardiff 17 17 5. Shaun-Wright Phillips and George Weah played together at Man City 17 6. Pep Guardiola and Francesco Totti were at Roma together 11. Manuel Neuer and Raul played at Schalke together 17 13. Kaka and Adel Taarabt were at Milan together 10. Marouane Chamakh and Mauricio Pochettino were team-mates at Bordeaux 17 17 17. David Moyes and David Beckham were at Preston together 1. Marco Reus and Josh King played at Borussia Monchengladbach together – click the arrow above, right, to see other players you didn’t know were team-mates 17 17 Apart from the stattos among us, not many people are probably aware that Bournemouth’s Josh King has shared a changing room with Marco Reus, the Borussia Dortmund and Germany ace.The pair were at Borussia Monchengladbach together in 2011 before Reus moved to Dortmund a year later and King, who was on loan in Germany, later joined Hull and Blackburn on loan before his deal at Rovers was made permanent in 2013. The Cherries snapped him up in 2015.Have a look at the picture gallery above to see other players you didn’t know played together including Ivan Rakitic and Mesut Ozil plus George Weah and Shaun-Wright Phillips.This feature first appeared as a video on the talkSPORT YouTube channel, which you can subscribe for free to. 4. Zinedine Zidane and Thomas Gravesen were at Real Madrid together 17 8. Nicola Zigic was a team-mate of David Silva’s at Valencia 16. Dimitri Payet and Joe Cole played together at Lille 14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic was a team-mate of Steven Pienaar’s at Ajax 17 17 17 17 9. Roberto Mancini and Robbie Savage shared a changing room at Leicester 17last_img read more

Bronze stolen from graves

first_imgWHITTIER – Deputies say that for more than a month, a man pried 85 bronze markers off graves at Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary and sold them as scrap metal to a recycling center. Detectives said the markers were valued at $100,000. To explain why he kept showing up with the markers, detectives said the man allegedly told the recycling center he works for the cemetery, which supposedly was undergoing remodeling. It wasn’t. Nor was he an employee of Rose Hills. The suspect, 47-year-old David Torres, will be arraigned Tuesday at Norwalk Superior Court on 25 felony counts that include grand theft of personal property, petty theft, cemetery vandalism and receiving stolen property. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champHe was charged for crimes that happened between Sept. 18 and Oct. 25. Torres pleaded not guilty at an earlier arraignment, according to Sandi Gibbons, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Torres is being held at the Pitchess Detention Center East Facility in Castaic in lieu of $170,000 bail. Authorities didn’t say how much selling the grave markers could fetch. But all agreed it was a rare case. “Oh absolutely. Very unusual,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Al Leyva. “We have not encountered any (like) this. A new form of thievery.” Olivia Rosales, the head deputy district attorney for Whittier Superior Court where Torres had his preliminary hearing, said she’s never heard of anything like this before. “It’s very sick,” she said. Leyva said the thefts occurred between August and October and happened in the daytime when the park was open. Rose Hills reported the incidents to the sheriff’s Pico Rivera station. The markers were taken from the older section of the cemetery, according to Nick Clark, director of marketing and communications for Rose Hills. He said it is part of the park that was opened in 1914. “It’s not a highly visited area,” he added. Clark said all missing markers have been returned and will be reset in concrete and put back on the graves early next year. Rose Hills has not notified the relatives about the thefts. “It is our intent,” Clark said. “We’re putting together a plan.” While he declined to divulge the additional security measures Rose Hills implemented after the thefts, Clark did say they have increased patrol in the park, which sits on 1,400 to 1,500 acres and houses about 400,000 graves. The markers ranged in size, but the average was 16 inches by 28 inches. They weigh between 4 and 6 pounds, Clark said. He didn’t know how much the markers sold for in 1914 or other years. Today, he said a bronze plaque like that sells for $557 to $968. Deputies said Torres allegedly worked alone. “He was prying them from the ground, breaking the concrete and taking the markers to a recycling center,” Leyva said. “As far as we know he only hit Rose Hills.” Leyva declined to name the recycling center where deputies found the markers shortly after Torres’ Nov. 1 arrest. Nov. 1 is All Saints’ Day. A break in the case came when a cemetery employee spotted the alleged thief and jotted down a license plate number, Leyva said. He said the car didn’t belong to Torres but deputies collected information that led them to the Lancer Motel on Rosemead Boulevard in Pico Rivera where Torres was staying. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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_imgBUSINESS: The Kitchen has quickly established itself as one of the most popular local cafes in Donegal. However, they’ve now added to their long list of services, so if you can’t stand the heat this summer, bring in ‘The Kitchen’. The mobile BBQ trailer will come to you, and sort your BBQ, party or whatever event your hosting this summer.To take the stress out of preparing food, the skilled and professional team at The Kitchen will take all that hassle away.One of their chefs will be in the BBQ trailer, and all food will be freshly prepared by them to ensure you get the best of what we offer!For many years, Pat and his wife Amanda operated a bagel bar franchise, but they branched out in 2013, and opened two successful cafes in Letterkenny. One is located on Letterkenny Main Street, and the other is based at the busy Letterkenny Retail Park – opposite the new Dunnes Stores.Their diverse menu, coupled with delicious food and first-class customer service have ensured its popularity.Owner Pat Brady, is not one to rest on his laurels, and that is why he has now launched the mobile catering service.So if you can’t stand the heat, get in ‘The Kitchen.’IF YOU CAN’T STAND THE HEAT, BRING IN ‘THE KITCHEN’! was last modified: May 26th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:BusinessCafesMobile CateringnewsThe Kitchenlast_img read more