Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Lorraine Harris-Fox played at Arkansas-Little Rock in the 1980s and holds the school record for highest free-throw percentage at .928.“She knows what she’s talking about,” De’Aaron Fox said Friday at the NBA Combine. “The one thing she stays on me is free-throw shooting. If there’s anything she criticizes me about, it’s shooting free throws.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundFox, a point guard who played one year at Kentucky, is considered a top-five pick in next month’s NBA draft. Most of the projected top picks decided not to attend the Combine — even to take physicals and meet with representatives from individual team — but Fox wouldn’t have missed it.“I just wanted to be here,” he said. “I watched the combine so many years growing up. Not necessarily playing or doing drills — I knew I didn’t have to and it wouldn’t help me — but just being here and getting to know the teams could change some minds.” End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar De’Aaron Fox, center, from Kentucky, listens to a question at the NBA draft basketball combine Friday, May 12, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — De’Aaron Fox considers himself highly competitive and doesn’t shy away from matching skills with anyone.Still, there’s one player he knows he can’t beat: his mother.ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 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 No Love lost: Cavs star accepts reduced role as champs roll View comments Fox had a simple message for the eight teams he met with: He’s the best point guard in the draft — even though Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball, projected top-two picks, play the same position.“I feel like I’m the best,” Fox said. “If they’re drafted above me, I’m cool with it. You have to play basketball at the end of the day.”Fox isn’t just talking smack. He has a performance from this year NCAA Tournament to back up his statement.Kentucky played UCLA and Ball in the Sweet 16 and the 6-foot-3 Fox had a breakout performance with a career-high 39 points (on 13-for-20 shooting), four assists, three rebounds and one turnover in an 86-75 win. Ball, who is 6-6, finished with 10 points on 4-for-10 shooting.Even Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, couldn’t find a way to sugarcoat that matchup. Besides, the elder Ball did his talking before the game. ADVERTISEMENT “Maybe a little bit, but I think you just go out there and showcase your talent,” he said. “You don’t worry about the politics, you don’t worry about the critics and all that. Everything will take care of itself. You can see with guys like Marc Gasol, Pau Gasol, Zach Randolph, Jared Sullinger. Those guys are definitely successful in the NBA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES “He’s the consensus No. 1 pick, he could be the No. 1 pick,” Fox said of Ball. “I’m just extremely competitive. That’s what I tell everybody. It didn’t matter if it was him or one of the other top picks. I’m competitive and I came out hot.“We all know what was said and that just gave not just me but the entire team fuel.”Although the order of teams picking in the draft won’t be determined until the lottery next week, Fox didn’t hesitate to address how he might fit in with a few teams that figure to be selecting high.He met with the Philadelphia 76ers and told the team’s brass he’d be a perfect complement to Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, two recent high picks.“They wanted to see how I fit in with Ben and Joel,” Fox said. “I liked it. They have a lot of pieces and a point guard, they really haven’t had a point guard in a few years, so that could be the missing piece to what they need.”He met with the Los Angeles Lakers — a group that included Hall of Famer Magic Johnson — and was impressed they asked about having a killer instinct.“That’s me,” Fox said. “I’ve always been humble, but on the court it’s an entirely different person and Magic was saying that’s how he is. I liked to work with someone who was a great point guard like Magic.“Magic, he was a great leader, just the way he carried himself. When he was on the court, he made everybody better. When he’s in a room, he lights up a room. That’s someone I feel like would be great to be a mentor to myself.”Teams picking high long favored big men, but there’s little doubt that both Fox and Ball will be selected early.Kennedy Meeks, a 6-10 senior who helped North Carolina win the national championship, was asked if big men were now overlooked with the emphasis on small ball in the NBA. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Jamaica made it through to the last eight of the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup after playing to a 1-1 draw with Curacao in their Group C game at the Banc of California Stadium on Tuesday. Jurien Gaari’s added time goal cancelled out Shamar Nicholson’s 12 minute strike, however, the Jamaicans advanced to the next round with five points, one more than Curacao. El Salvador’s 4-1 loss to the previously pointless Honduras means that despite the result, the Reggae Boyz topped the group ahead of Curacao, which ended with a better goal difference than El Salvador. Jamaica started well and had three great chances after just five minutes. The first fell to Nicholson, who did not get a clean strike and placed his shot wide. From the resulting corner Damion Lowe’s header was deflected on to the post for another corner, from which Nicholson headed down and over with the goal at his mercy. The Reggae boyz continued to raid their opponents and Nicholson and Watson missed good chances to put the team ahead. Jamaica should have taken the lead 12 minutes into the match but Nicholson hit the post with a curling shot and Andre Lewis kicked the rebound straight at goalkeeper Eloy Room. But a minute later the pair combined to give Jamaica the lead when they rushed their opponents into a hurried clearance and Nicholson turned Lewis’ off target volley home from six yards. Curacao came close to an equaliser in the 19th minute but an alert Andre Blake tipped Jurien Gaari’s goal-bound cross for a corner. Jamaica continued to create good openings despite taking their foot off the gas and Lowe missed another great chance from another Kemar Lawrence corner 38 minutes in. Jarchinio Antoni should have tied the game for Curacao but he dragged his shot wide with Andre Blake at his mercy. A minute after the interval Damion Williams almost put his name on the scoresheet but his effort, after being set up by Nicholson, was parried for a corner. Nicholson and Jamaica continued to waste chances and in the 61st minute he headed over from eight yards But Curacao who desperately hunted the equaliser, forced Blake into a save twice after 70 minutes and Nicholson, who should have had a hattrick, then shot over from 12 yards. Curacao kept at it and in time added on, Gaari, hit a scorcher from the edge of the penalty area that gave Blake no chance.
Story Links University of Toronto Varsity Blues basketball guard Iñaki Alvarez and hockey goalie Erica Fryer have been named the Varsity Blues male and female athletes of the week for the period ending January 6.Rookie goalie Erica Fryer amassed 35 saves in leading the Varsity Blues women’s hockey team to a six-point weekend on the road.The Amherstburg, Ont., native made 21 saves and earned her second shut out victory of the season as the Blues topped the Windsor Lancers 3-0 on Saturday afternoon.A first-year kinesiology major, Fryer went onto make 14 saves, while adding two in the shootout, to lead U of T to a 3-2 victory over the OUA defending champion and No. 9 nationally ranked Western Mustangs on Sunday in London, Ont.First-year guard Iñaki Alvarez totaled 30 points as the University of Toronto Varsity Blues men’s basketball team hosted two nationally ranked opponents this weekend at Goldring Centre.Alvarez led all players with a career-high 22 points as the Blues narrowly fell, 70-68, to the No. 1 nationally ranked Carleton Ravens on Sunday afternoon. The native of Altafulla, Spain added two assists and two rebounds on the day.The arts & science major also had eight points, two assists and two rebounds as the Blues dropped a 77-71 decision to the No. 7 Ottawa Gee-Gees on Saturday.For more information, scores and highlights on your favourite U of T athletes and teams, please visit www.varsityblues.ca. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, SnapChat and Facebook for the latest and greatest in Varsity Blues intercollegiate athletics. Print Friendly Version
VALENCIA – Former math teacher Erum Jones can’t hold back her smile when she talks about the last few months. It’s been a whole lot of work but a whole lot of fun. “It’s been like a dream come true,” Jones said. “I can’t tell you how often I’ve found myself excited about coming to work.” The dream started for Jones more than a year ago, when she learned she would be the head of the Hart Union High School District’s first Early College high school – a Bill Gates program designed for high school kids to concurrently work for college credits. Jones was able to assign, and purchase, summer reading for her entire freshman class and her staff of three teachers. “On the first day we will all discuss our assignment, we can all be on the same page,” Jones said. Jones also wrote her own ninth-grade course work, which has been approved by the Hart district. The Ninth Grade Seminar class will focus on getting the young teens prepared for the rigors of college courses. SOAR – Students On Academic Rise – High School, is the Antelope Valley’s early college campus. Michael Dutton, principal of the high school, explained that during his first year, he faced several hurdles including helping 13- and 14-year-olds adapt to a college campus. “We had one student who was playing Hacky Sack and happened to kick the sack onto the roof of a campus building,” Dutton said. “He decided he would climb up to get his sack. He quickly realized that climbing up a college building involved the police, not a principal, which was a great learning experience for him.” Maturity is one thing these young scholars just gain, having given up a traditional high school experience, Dutton said. Early college campuses offer perks that regular high schools don’t have, such as smaller classrooms and nontraditional lesson plans, but these teens give up high school athletics and other activities. Dutton said the first student he had drop out of the program did so to become a cheerleader at a traditional high school. “If athletics is a big reason for you to be in high school then this is not the ideal college for you,” Dutton said. Discipline is another issue Dutton does not deal with. About 15 students quit during the school’s first year, many of whom wouldn’t behave. The program doesn’t allow for the time wasted on detentions or suspensions. Despite the bumps, Dutton said the experience has been so satisfying it has moved him to delay his retirement at least three years to see his first Early College grads receive their diplomas. “This is the administrative opportunity of a lifetime,” Dutton said. Bill Thayer, a computer analyst from Castaic, is hoping the high school changes his daughter’s life. Neither Thayer nor his wife finished college. “This is an incentive for them to go on to college,” Thayer said. “We only knew about programs that got them in 11th or 12th grade, but that’s when kids usually check out. This gets them on the college track as freshmen.” Jones is excited about all the extra perks her students will receive with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, although it covers start-up costs for the first four years. “Oh, we are blinged out as far as technology goes,” Jones said. Students will have access to 30 wireless laptops that they can check out throughout the day and graphing calculators will be handed out to all students. “I have interviewed these kids extensively and we will do whatever we need to tap into their strengths,” Jones said. Jones sees her first stint as a principal as an adventure, and she can’t wait. “My 85 students are going to be the best 85 students in this district… period,” she said. “This is not about creating cookie-cutter schools. It’s about creating a school that meets the need of these students. We already know what didn’t work for them. This is about molding the program until it works.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Jones has spent months carefully hand-picking her freshman class. Her recruitment efforts got her 85 students who will start in two weeks. All of them fit the program’s guidelines of finding students who traditionally do not make it to college. These can be minority students or students who financially could not attend college. Students whose parents did not attend college also qualify. “At the end of the day the prime candidates are the students who can benefit the most from the early college model,” Jones said. The inaugural class will start classes Aug. 27 on the College of Canyons Canyon Country campus, when that facility is scheduled to open. The school’s first week of classes will be held on the college’s Valencia campus. While the Early College model has restrictions on participants, curriculum and instruction are flexible, something administrators find refreshing.
As the first pocket park in the San Fernando Valley designed by community members, the green space has already broken new ground. But Tanya Torres, an organizer for the Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust who helped spearhead the park effort, explained that the opening is just the beginning. “We won one battle by getting the park,” Torres said. “But there is still a lot of work to be done.” Nearby residents will plan classes and maintain the 8,700-square-foot park. PANORAMA CITY – Gloria Sanchez watched the lot across from her house fill up with abandoned mattresses, scrap wood and metal, and graffiti for 18 years. But on Saturday, with Aztec drums pounding and Mexican banda music blaring in the background, Sanchez stood amazed as the lot was transformed. After a ribbon-cutting ceremony, the newly inaugurated Marson Street Park filled up with dozens of neighborhood children. Sanchez knew the hard work had paid off. “There were many people who said this wouldn’t happen,” Sanchez said. “But I always believed.” Rebecca Lopez, a member of United for Marson Street who helped design and develop the park, will rotate monthly duties that include trash pick-up and opening and closing the gates. “You’ll see me out here with a broom,” said Lopez, a 20-year resident. Councilman Tony Cárdenas expressed gratitude, explaining that the grass-roots organizing proved how important locally guided projects are to Los Angeles. “We need to see 10, 20, 100 parks like these throughout the city,” he said. Joni Novosel, program director for the Valley Care Consortium, plans to organize a walking club at the park. Parks are key in the fight to eliminate certain chronic diseases, she said, especially those plaguing lower-income areas where park space is scarce. “We have seen the statistics: where there is less green space, there is a higher incidence of heart disease, diabetes and obesity,” Novosel said. “We can establish programs at places like parks because people like to congregate there and feel comfortable.” Some of the biggest supporters of the park were definitely of the pint-sized variety. Rocky, one of the tiniest park visitors, happily ran through his new play area. The black-and-tan dachshund-Chihuahua mix will now have plenty of green space to enjoy, his owner Norma Mendez said. “I am happy and excited,” said 8-year-old Kevin Gallego. His mother, Yadira Gallego, said the park would be a better option than their normal cramped quarters. “In an apartment, I can’t let him run around,” she said. “Now, he can play here and stay out of trouble.” Twelve-year old Daniela Lopez said having the park has already helped her get to know her neighbors. “This helps bring people together,” she said. email@example.com (661) 257-5254 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
You can hear live and exclusive radio commentary of Watford v Liverpool on talkSPORT on Saturday, kick off at 12:30pm.As the 2017/18 Premier League season begins, Liverpool have been handed a huge boost with the news Philippe Coutinho will not be sold this summer.Unfortunately for the Reds, it is likely he will not be fit to start their campaign opener with Watford due to a back issue.Thankfully, Jurgen Klopp should be able to welcome Jordan Henderson into the fold as he returns from injury, while Daniel Sturridge should also be able to play some part.The German boss, though, will be without Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Bogdan, Danny Ings, and Adam Lallana for the clash at Vicarage Road.So who will make the starting line-up? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Liverpool XI to face Watford in the Premier League… 11 5. Georginio Wijnaldum (central midfield) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Liverpool XI to face Watford in the Premier League… 11 22. Simon Mignolet (goalkeeper) 23. Emre Can (central midfield) 11 11 11 32. Joel Matip (centre-back) 9. Roberto Firmino (centre forward) 11 14. Jordan Henderson (central midfield) 66. Trent Alexander-Arnold (right-back) 19. Sadio Mane (left-wing) 7. James Milner (left-back) 11 11. Mohamed Salah (right-wing) 11 11 11 11 6. Dejan Lovren (centre-back)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA Sheriff s deputies responded to a robbery at In-N-Out Burger late Monday, officials said. A silent alarm was sent out about 8:30 p.m. from the restaurant, 14341 Firestone Blvd., said Norwalk sheriff s Lt. Doug Fetteroll. No desription of the suspect or suspects or the weapon they may have used was immediately available, nor was the amount of cash taken from the restaurant, said Fetteroll. No injuries were reported.
A BUS driver has told how he and a six-year-old schoolboy were just ‘millimetres’ from death in a freak incident on Wednesday.Brendan McGee was dropping home children, aged between six and 12, from An Leanbh Iosa National School in Carrigans when a plank of wood crashed through the window of his bus – narrowly missing the driver and a six-year-old boy.McGee was stopped at the roadside at Garshuey, between the border villages of Killea and Newtowncunningham, when the wooden plank and a ladder flew off a passing trailer. “It is just a miracle,” McGee said.“That plank could have killed either me or one of the children and that’s not an exaggeration.“The plank of wood was so close to my head. It came in just above the sun visor. The plank was millimetres from my head.“One minute I’m just sitting there waiting on traffic to pass and then there is this explosion. “Something must have made me duck. Where it came in and hit the roof, I either ducked or was reclined in the seat. Otherwise, it would have smashed me in the head.”The plank narrowly missed the head of a schoolboy in the seat behind McGee.The driver, who has been carrying out the same school run for 30 years, said: “If that had been a bigger person on the seat, the plank would have hit him.“The wee boy is only six and was sitting right behind me. He said to me: ‘Brendan, I saw it coming and I was trying to tell you.’ He couldn’t get the words out. It was just a split second.“It’s only later on that you think what could have happened. It was so scary. “It was all a blur. You hear of out-of-body experiences and about watching things happen. I’d never have believed stuff like that – but that’s exactly what happened.”The ladder pierced the top of McGee’s Ford Transit minibus while the horrified kids – four boys and a girl – watched the plank career through the window.McGee said: “The children were showered with glass.“The glass went right to the back of the bus. They were in total shock. You could see that by their wee faces.” The plank and ladder were held down by only a bungee cord and, with high winds in the area, came loose.McGee said: “The load wasn’t tied down properly. Another man traveling behind the van saw the plank was moving, but he didn’t get the driver’s attention.“I had just pulled in to drop off a wee boy and had the hazard lights on the bus.“I saw the van coming but I didn’t know he had a trailer on. I just heard a bang and I wasn’t sure what had happened.”The children were all back at school yesterday and McGee was back at the wheel.He said: “I must admit, I was a wee bit on edge.“People have been saying to me that someone must have been looking down on us – and they’re absolutely right. If you tried to recreate that, it would be impossible.“It’s only when you think of what could have happened that you begin to realise how lucky we were.”Bus driver and 6-year-old ‘millimetres’ from death in plank horror was last modified: January 27th, 2017 by Chris McNultyShare 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)
Share This!Disney encourages creative thinking. Certainly this vacation package deal is creative, and feels a lot like a test to see how it does by making what may be the most awkward vacation package ever.First, the details.The My First Getaway offer is good for most Sunday to Wednesday arrivals from August 11 through September 25, 2019.Package includes:a two-night stay at a standard room at a select Disney’s All-Star Resorta 2-park ticket valid for one-day only admission to Magic Kingdom and one-day-only admission to Disney’s Animal Kingdom (ticket is valid beginning date of check-in and must be used within 4 days of check-in)a stroller rental per ticket day (single or double, subject to availability)a merchandise bag that includes a plush, autograph book, pen, “My 1st Visit” Mickey ears, and reusable bag (all items subject to availability and could be replaced with a similar item)The package is being offered for two adults and one child (ages 3-9) for $999.Because this is a trip limited to a two-night stay, I doubt you’d have too many people booking a flight down to take advantage of this. So maybe it would be a good deal for locals? Unfortunately, Orange County Public Schools start on August 12 and the offer isn’t good on weekends, so not likely a winner for school-age children (which is what Disney’s targeting as the deal is geared for ages 3-9).Rack rate on the room is around $118/night plus tax, and a two-day ticket for a Sunday/Monday in mid-September would be $216 for adults and $207 for kids. If you were buying two nights of the room, two adult two-day tickets, and one child two-day ticket, that brings you to $875.So how about those extras? If you were going to pay for the stroller, that’s $15/day for a single. And the “free” plush (which you don’t appear to get a say in, so my guess is generic Mickey), autograph book, pen, Mickey ears, and reusable bag? That’s a whopping $48, give or take.Grand total: If you book Disney’s package, $999 (most likely plus tax).If you book everything separately and buy the merchandise without any sort of discount, you’re looking at $953 (plus tax).So the package deal will cost you an extra $46, will include items that you may not need or want, and have all sorts of restrictions that you’ll have to work your way through, plus it is at a wholly inconvenient time of week at a resort that may not be your first choice. And did we mention that you have to call in (or have your travel agent call in) to book this? Yep, you can’t book it online.Needless to say, our reaction was Huh??As always, it pays to ask questions and make sure you check special offers out in detail (or hand that work over to a travel agent). Our big question is who does this really appeal to: a two-night stay available only for a handful of weeks during school season in a standard room at an unspecified All-Star Resort hotel for non-weekend nights plus tickets that only will let you have a shot at visiting half the theme parks at Walt Disney World with extras that you may not want or use and at a higher price?Let us know if we’re missing something on this–is this a vacation package that you find appealing? How much of a discount would you need to make this worth your while? Comment away!