Christian Minchola, Atlético’s child player, dies

first_imgAtlético de Madrid announced on Saturday the death of Christian Minchola (02/19/2006), 14 years old, Infantil C forward. Club sources confirmed that his death is not due to the coronavirus.Minchola he joined the club in 2013, at pre-baby age, and faced his sixth season as rojiblanco. Enrique Cerezo, president of the club, added his condolences: “We are shocked by the sad news of the death of our player and deeply regret his loss. Atlético de Madrid and the entire athletic family will be next to Christian’s family and friends in these moments of immense pain ”. For his part, Miguel Ángel Gil, CEO, assured on the club’s website: “The feeling of powerlessness generated in situations like this is horrible. In recent days, people very close to me have died, some due to coronaviruses and others due to other diseases, and the feeling of not being able to say goodbye to them as they deserve, just as, in the case of Christian, the feeling of injustice so great, they leave your heart broken. Christian was only 14 years old. From here a very strong kiss for all his family and for all those of the great athletic family who are suffering similar situations. From today our flag will fly at half-staff for Christian and for all the athletes who have died in recent weeks. ”Koke, captain of the first team and youth squad, also expressed his condolences: “Anger and pain at having to say goodbye to Christian Minchola. Life is very unfair. Proud that you have dressed this shirt. Much encouragement to colleagues, family and friends. Rest in peace”.For its part, Real Madrid, through its social networks, also showed its regret for the death of Minchola: “Real Madrid deeply regrets the death of the Atlético child player Christian Minchola. Our club wants to show its condolences to his club, his family and friends, and all the fans of Atlético de Madrid. “last_img read more

US Open fashion: Crystals, shapes and knee-high socks

first_imgHotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Alexander Zverev, of Germany, returns as shot to Darian King, of Barbados, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Crystals, shapes and knee-high socks.Some players at this year’s U.S. Open are making daring fashion choices that scream everything from shimmering sophistication to retro dorky. And in the age of social media, the reaction — good and bad — can come in as fast as a 120-mph serve.ADVERTISEMENT Zverev himself acknowledged after his match ended early Tuesday that he was thinking about doing the same, but was mindful Williams was sitting in his spectator box.“Obviously I didn’t want to disappoint him and put them down a little while he’s watching me,” he said.Maria Sharapova got a much different reaction when she took the court Monday under the lights at Ashe, her first Grand Slam appearance after serving a 15-month ban from the game for doping. The Russian sported a black Nike mini dress that featured lace in the sleeveless top and shimmering Swarovski crystals dotting the skirt.“She’s got lace AND sequins,” Chris Evert commented during the ESPN broadcast. “She’s all sparkly.”Sharapova said in an interview with Vogue that she and designer Riccardo Tisci chose black for her night matches because it is the same color she wore on her way to her lone U.S. Open title in 2006 and because it evokes the image of “Audrey Hepburn and her classic Givenchy dress.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Take the Twitter backlash to No. 4-seeded Alexander Zverev’s getup for his first-round match: a pinstriped shirt and striped headband that evoked Bjorn Borg, and striped knee-high socks that some fans compared to Will Ferrell’s 1970s basketball player look from the movie “Semi-Pro.”It was part of a line designed for Adidas by Pharrell Williams, the musical artist behind the hit “Happy.” Critics of his Zverev ensemble were more “Snarky.”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’“Zverev’s socks make me want to vomit,” said one Twitter critic. Added others: “Preoccupied with Zverev’s schoolgirl-meets-Borg look.” … “He was moving slow because he was wearing an extra 10 pounds of socks.”Even the Adidas store a few steps away from Arthur Ashe Stadium seemed to downplay the $35 knee-highs in its picture-window displays. Mannequins wore them scrunched down around their ankles. Nadal says it’s noisy under US Open roof, despite changes National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After her first-round upset of No. 2-seeded Simona Halep, a triumphant Sharapova even gave her fashion choices a little plug.“Behind all these Swarovski crystals and little black dresses, this girl has a lot of grit,” she said.But for those seeking to get Sharapova’s dress to make the ultimate tennis club entrance, it won’t come cheap. Nike stores sell them for $500 — $700 for the matching warm-up jacket.The prevailing fashion theme at Flushing Meadows seemed to be designs with geometric shapes of color, bold but more understated than last year’s fluorescent reds, oranges and yellows. (Rafael Nadal bucked that trend with a bright pink shirt).Rising star Dominic Thiem led a slew of players wearing Adidas’ most ubiquitous kit, also designed by Williams, featuring big rectangles of red, blue and yellow. Top-seeded woman Karolina Pliskova wore a Fila skirt made up of tiny triangles of blue and red.And then there was tour rebel Fabio Fognini, whose rain-delayed match Tuesday was expected to feature him in one of the most daring designs of all: a mostly black outfit from Hydrogen emblazoned on the back with a huge tattoo-like design of a snarling rattlesnake ready to strike.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasaylast_img read more

LeBron gets triple-double as Cavs beat Bucks without Lue

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, from Greece, knocks the ball loose from Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND— LeBron James scored 40 points as part of his third triple-double in four games and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 124-117 on Monday night as coach Tyronn Lue began his leave of absence to address health issues.Lue said Monday in a statement he been dealing with chest pains and loss of sleep, and that tests have offered no conclusion about what the issue is. Associate head coach Larry Drew will run the team in Lue’s absence.ADVERTISEMENT GOING OUT ON A HIGH NOTEThe Cavaliers honored former Browns tackle Joe Thomas, who attended the game after holding a retirement press conference Monday. James embraced Thomas, who received a standing ovation in an on-court tribute during a timeout.TIP-INSBucks: Antetokounmpo picked up his second foul at the 5:58 mark of the first quarter and went to the bench. He scored 10 points in the second, including a one-handed dunk off an alley-oop pass from Eric Bledsoe. … C Tyler Zeller (sore ribs) missed his second straight game.Cavaliers: G Kyle Korver scored 12 points after missing Saturday’s game because of a family matter. He’s also been dealing with a sore right foot. … Drew hopes F Tristan Thompson, who hasn’t played since March 3 because of a sprained right ankle will return this week. … Larry Nance Jr. (sore right hamstring), Rodney Hood (strained lower back) and Cedi Osman (strained left hip flexor) are also out.UP NEXTBucks: Host Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Host Toronto on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Embiid, Simmons lead 76ers past Hornets Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Giannis Antetokounmpo had 37 points and went 11 for 11 at the foul line for Milwaukee, which is seventh in the Eastern Conference. Khris Middleton had 30 points, making 11 of 16 from the field.Milwaukee guard Jason Terry was given a Flagrant-1 foul for hitting Ante Zizic in the face with an open hand while the rookie center was putting up a shot in the lane. Zizic made both free throws, helping spark a run that built a double-figure lead.Lue, 40, led Cleveland to the 2016 NBA championship after taking over for David Blatt midway through that season.The Cavaliers (41-29) are third in the Eastern Conference and have endured roster shake-ups, injuries and other distractions as they try to reach the NBA Finals for the fourth straight time.No timetable has been given for when Lue will return. He missed the second half Saturday, the second time this season he left a game because he wasn’t feeling well. Lue also sat out a game against Chicago at home in December.ADVERTISEMENT James scored 17 points in the third quarter and finished with 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 16th triple-double this season and 71st of his career.The four-time MVP took over in the third beginning with back-to-back 3-pointers. After not getting a foul called on a third attempt, he finished Cleveland’s next possession with a massive dunk. He was fouled attempting another dunk and made both free throws the following time down.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMilwaukee cut a 17-point lead to 117-109, but James drove the length of the floor for a dunk with just over a minute left.Cavaliers All-Star forward Kevin Love returned after missing six weeks because of a broken left hand and scored 18 points in 25 minutes. He sparked a 10-0 run in the second quarter with two 3-pointers 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 LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READlast_img read more

Several Persons to Survive Ebola, Ugandan Doctor Discloses

first_imgA Ugandan doctor is tirelessly working to ensure that several of those being afflicted by the deadly Ebola virus disease (ECD) across the country survive despite the challenges. In the coming weeks, according to Dr. Atai Omoruto, more persons who became afflicted by the Ebola will walk out of the various treatment centers alive. “This is because doctors attending to them have now dedicated more efforts since they mustered renewed courage and momentum to fearlessly battle the disease.”Dr. Omoruto works in Liberia as a WHO consultant on Ebola Case Management. She is currently assigned at the refurbished Island Clinic in Monrovia, where she made the statement Tuesday.  She spoke yesterday at the daily Ebola news briefing held at the Ministry of Information.Saving the lives of every Ebola patient who comes into the treatment units remains her top priority, she declared.Dr. Omoruto: “Reopening of the Island Clinic facility is a major boost to Liberia’s Ebola fight. Nevertheless, the need for the construction of additional treatment facilities across the country to accommodate incoming patients cannot be emphasized.”According to her, early treatment is important for a patient to survive the Ebola disease.Based on that observation, she called on the government to intensify its sensitization and awareness messages in the various communities throughout the country so that those afflicted by the EVD will come in for early treatment upon suspecting the virus.She also observed that living with the virus for a protracted period outside of treatment facilities was largely responsible for most of the deaths recorded so far.“Many people like to wait until they are acutely ill before they are taken to treatment centers. This is bad, but again, let the response unit exert further efforts to become proactive.”“If you walk early into a treatment center upon noticing the virus, you will walk out healthy and safe.  But when you come in lying on stretchers, there is a very limited possibility to survive the virus,” she warned.Meanwhile, Dr. Omoruto has disclosed that Liberia is facing “a very dangerous strain” of the EVD since the disease was discovered several years ago. This trend of progression, she believes, is due to the disease fastness in replication.She noted that supportive treatment has proven effective against the virus, thereby motivating doctors to respond swiftly by providing intensive supportive care to patients which account for their recovery.In a related development, WHO Technical Assistant to the Bomi County Health Team, Dr. Richard Louise, has appealed to the international community and friendly nations for more medical support to Liberia’s fight against the Ebola virus.Dr. Louise said in the absence of medical support and the cooperation from the international community, Liberian Government’s effort to contain the Ebola disease would be elusive.Dr. Louise made the appeal over the weekend in Tubmanburg, Bomi County when Plan International’s Program Unit in the county presented preventive materials valued over US$12,000 to the Bomi County Health Team.According to him, friendly nations and international organizations, including the European Union, African Union, ECOWAS and the United Nations, should join forces with the Government of Liberia to eradicate the EVD that is already claiming lives daily in the country.Also speaking during the presentation ceremony, the president of the Bomi County Rural Women, Mary Varney, expressed concern about the continuous denial of the existence of the Ebola virus by some people in the county.Madam Varney said given the reports from the county health team about infected, suspected and confirmed cases and deaths from Ebola, it is clear that the disease is real and is in the county.She urged the people of the county and its environs to always listen to the health workers and observe the preventive measures that have been outlined to save lives. Meanwhile, the government has warned landlords and house owners against evicting health workers currently working at Ebola Treatment Units (ETUs) from their buildings.The government warning comes in the wake of reports that that landlords and house owners are giving notices to tenants who are health workers, especially those  assigned at ETUs, to leave their premises for fear that they will contaminate other tenants and their family members.The Government’s warning was contained in a statement released recently through Deputy Information Minister, Isaac Jackson.Min. Jackson noted that the government will not take kindly such act as it has the propensity to promote the spread of the virus.  He called on landlords and house owners involved in this practice to desist immediately from kind of behavior.He then announced that government would not hesitate to take strong action against any landlord caught in such an act “because it contravenes Chapter 13 and 14.6 of the Public Health Law of Liberia.”According to Chapter 14.6 of the Public Health Law, an attempt on the part of any citizen to willfully promote the spread of a disease to the detriment of others, such person will be prosecuted, and when found guilty, will be sentenced for up to 30 days, and or subsequently pay a fine of US$200.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

IBIS Graduates 110 Youth in Industrial Training

first_imgGrand Gedeh County Chief Education Officer (CCEO) has underscored the importance of industrial education as a means to obtaining better paying jobs in Liberia.CEO Harrison Darwolor made the remark recently at program that marked the graduation of 110 youth in Grand Gedeh County with skills in carpentry, masonry and cosmetology. They included 16 carpenters, 18 masons, 26 cosmetologists.The graduation exercise is the conclusion of an initiative by IBIS-Liberia, aimed at empowering young people by providing job skills with focus on adolescent girls particularly in the Southeastern region.“Today is another remarkable day for young people who have acquired industrial skills to be more efficient to our society. We have come to witness their entry into the global society from their past performance. For that, we want to express gratitude to IBIS-Liberia,” Mr. Darwolor said.He said it is important for Liberians to study industrial and vocational courses, because the country is in need of professionals in those areas to support development initiatives.“We have come to recognize the importance of much needed skills to develop the country, an idea which IBIS-Liberia has made possible,” said CEO Darwolor.He challenged the graduates to undertake the task of nation building, adding, “We wholeheartedly depend on you to use the skills you acquired for the betterment of the country. “Industrial education,” he said, “is one of the policies that bring development to any nation.” Mr. Darwolor, further urged the graduates to set good examples to motivate and become role models for others who would want to follow their fine examples by taking up courses in the industrial education.IBIS-Liberia Education for Youth Empowerment (EYE) program manager, Eusebio Rincon, said in his remarks that education and youth empowerment are IBIS’s key priorities.The EYE project is a 10-month non-formal education program with three equally important components including literacy and numeracy with life skills training for disadvantaged youth. EYE aims at responding to the education and training needs of illiterate and semi-literate youth. Mr. Rincon said that back in 2005, IBIS together with partners WHH and Medica started to implement the Reintegration and Recovery Program in the Southeast with funding from the German government through KFW. Morris W. Gbessagee, IBIS Governance Program Director, said the issue of youth development and employment was one of the critical components to education development.He said IBIS-Liberia and partners including the government realized the need to address the challenge of youth underdevelopment and unemployment, and will continue to train and equip young people with employable skills. He lauded the graduates for taking advantage of the opportunity IBIS-Liberia has provided to acquire knowledge and skills that would make them productive citizens.IBIS, he said has worked in the country for a little over 11 years through its joint education and governance thematic programs. He said it will continue to support the development of the country in partnership with local and national civil society organizations to encourage and promote active citizens’ participation, representation and decision-making. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Around Whittier

first_imgThe pursuit continued on side streets until the vehicle stopped in Norwalk at 2:45a.m., and the two occupants of the SUV were taken into custody, Girgle said. Officers did not find a gun in the vehicle but were searching for one, he said, adding that five shell casings were discovered where the pursuit began. Robbers sought in home invasion HACIENDA HEIGHTS – A Hacienda Heights family woke up to find two robbers in their home who demanded money and jewelry, Sheriff’s Department officials said Thursday. EL MONTE – Two people were arrested Thursday morning after leading officers on a zig-zagging high-speed pursuit that began in El Monte and ended in Norwalk, authorities said. El Monte police Officer Adam Girgle said he heard about six gunshots in the area of Garvey Avenue and New Deal Avenue around 2a.m., then saw a large white sport-utility vehicle drive away from the area. Girgle said he followed the vehicle in his patrol car and tried to pull it over, but the driver would not stop, triggering a pursuit that reached speeds of more than 130mph on the Pomona (60) Freeway. As the pursuit went through Montebello, officers saw the driver holding an object out of the window, Girgle said. The driver led officers onto the southbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway, then the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway before exiting in Whittier, he said. The robbery occurred at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday at a home in the 2300 block of Hacienda Boulevard, said sheriff’s Industry Station Lt. Jaime Baltazar. The two intruders pointed a gun at the family and demanded their valuables. No one was injured and it was not immediately known what was taken, he said. VFW post to host dinner fundraiser LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will host a fish dinner fundraiser at 6 p.m. today. The suggested donation is $8 per person. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Wheelchair access grants available WHITTIER – Low- income residents who need wheelchair access and other modifications to their homes are encouraged to apply for a Home Modification Grant through the city. Grants up to $3,500 are available for the improvements, said Barbara Nichols, chairwoman of the Whittier Accessibility Committee. To qualify, you must meet income guidelines and own a single-family residence within the city. Townhouses and condominiums qualify. Renters also can tap into the program, with the written permission of their landlord. For applications, or for more information, call (562) 464-3380. Arts Commission offers internships PICO RIVERA – Pico Rivera has received funding from the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to fund paid summer internships for college students, the commission has announced. The grants, worth $530,000 and provided to 90 cities and groups, will fund 130 internships for undergraduates who either live or attend school in Los Angeles County. Interns will be paid $350 a week for 10 weeks and must take part in educational and arts networking activities. A complete list of internships is available at – From staff reportslast_img read more

Registered Hereford found butchered in local field

first_imgPugh is urging neighbours to be steadfast and keep an eye out for vehicles in rural areas that are not familiar. Pay attention, and if something does not feel right, don’t be quick to pass it off. Pugh says, “ask questions and take pictures of licence plates if you need to.” Pugh shares being raised as a farmer you don’t turn people away, it is something that is taught to you, sharing if someone showed up on her property saying they were hungry, she would exchange work for food.“You don’t turn anyone away, you just don’t,” said PughIt’s absolutely heartbreaking something like this would happen, shared Pugh. She goes on to express that these cows are more than just animals and that they encompass all parts of her family and family’s way of life. Pugh’s children have expressed their interest in growing up to continue to raise beef.“Our cows are everything to us,” said PughAdvertisement CECIL LAKE, B.C. – This past weekend a Hereford cow was found butchered in her field with her calf at her side amongst the rest of the herd.Ashley Pugh shares she cannot make sense of why someone would do this to her best cow, she was a big cow who’s family line had been with Pugh’s for 15 – 20 years. She was quiet, gentle, friendly and would produce the best calves for her family.- Advertisement -Saturday, October 5th, 2019, Pugh’s husband and son would stop by the field in which their herd of cows were turned out to graze in. Alerted by a group of coyotes gathered in the area, the two would go closer to discover the remains of their beloved cow.Pugh says her cow was on her back with her hide stretched out, her gut pile at the side of her remains and her back legs opened with her meat cleanly removed with visible knife marks. She was clearly deboned in the middle of the field, shared Pugh.The alarming part for Pugh is that her cow’s ear was removed that had the tag and identification tattoo on it as well as the brand was removed from her hide.“They took the meat, I don’t understand, taking the meat is awful in itself, but why take the ear and the brand, this is a whole new level of sick,” said Pugh.Advertisementlast_img read more

Criticism unfair on ‘whipping boy’ Balotelli, claims Hull boss Bruce

first_img1 Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli Hull City manager Steve Bruce has sympathy for under-fire Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, claiming he has been treated as a “whipping boy” and doesn’t deserve the criticism currently being directed at him.Balotelli has been a divisive figure wherever he has plied his trade, from Manchester to Milan, and that is no different now in Merseyside.The 24-year-old has endured a slow start to his Reds career, scoring just once in ten appearances following his £16million summer move.And he was thrust under an even greater spotlight after the 3-0 Champions League defeat against Real Madrid, with manager Brendan Rodgers among those unimpressed with his decision to swap shirts with Pepe at half-time.With Hull heading Anfield on Saturday, Bruce believes the striker may not have been too far wrong with his famous ‘Why always me?’ statement.“It’s not for me to comment on other people’s players but from the outside he seems to be the whipping boy at the moment,” said the Tigers boss.“That’s always a bit unfair. There’s always a scapegoat and he seems to be the one at the minute that the media are on to, and everyone else too.“I think it’s a bit unfair on the lad.“There’s always one that people pick on. I suppose the changing of the strip (didn’t help) but I thought he did okay in that game.“There’s lots been made of the changing of shirts but we’ve seen it for years haven’t we?“It’s maybe not in our DNA in the English leagues but abroad they all do it and they think it’s nothing.”last_img read more

Morningside shows Animo no mercy

first_imgNONLEAGUE: Nam and Harvey lead the Monarchs’ offense to an easy victory. By Christian Vasquez CORRESPONDENT Morningside overwhelmed winless Animo, 75-0, Friday night in a nonleague game at Hawthorne High. Morningside’s players were not expecting such an easy win. “We were not underestimating them,” Harvey said. “But we thought they would be a lot better.” Despite a comfortable 55-0 lead at halftime, Morningside came out just as strong for the second half. “Coach told us to just keep working hard,” Morningside cornerback Darren Smith said. “He said the game is not over until it’s over.” Smith, who had an interception, felt the Monarchs were ready for the game because of the team’s attitude and the week of practice they had. Harvey said the team uses every game to send a message to its rivals. “We want to let them know we are coming out to play,” Harvey said. “They need to know we’re not going light on anyone.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Running back Brian Nam scored on touchdown runs of 4 and 28 yards and quarterback Travis Harvey completed 6 of 8 passes for five touchdowns and 148 yards as the Monarchs (2-1) had their way with Animo (0-3). Morningside’s running game produced 295 of its 443 yards of total offense. Morningside’s defense held Animo to just 118 total offensive yards. The Monarchs registered eight sacks for a total of 76 yards in losses. They also had four interceptions for 83 yards in return yardage. Animo’s best opportunity to score came in the second quarter when linebacker Kevin Williams recovered a Morningside fumble and ran it back in what looked like a touchdown until defensive back Joshua Smith knocked the ball out of his hand at the 10-yard line. “I got off the ground and he had the ball in the air celebrating,” Smith said. “I just got up and smacked it off his hand. We made sure they got no points.” last_img read more

Zoning change ‘off the table’

first_imgPICO RIVERA – Business owners concerned about the rezoning of their properties were offered an olive branch by the Planning Commission last week. City staff reported to the commission that a change of zoning, from Commercial General and Commercial Manufacturing to Commercial Planned Development, will likely not be necessary to create more openness and transparency about building projects. “The zone change option will be taken off the table,” Community Development Director Jeff Brauckmann said. Zone change consideration in November by the City Council and later the Planning Commission would have changed zoning at Rosemead and Beverly boulevards and at Rosemead Boulevard and Slauson Avenue to require a public hearing for all new construction in those areas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonNew plans would affect Commercial General zones citywide, and would require all builders in those areas with projects more than 2,000 square feet to have a public hearing and city approval for their work. “Under the current conditions, nobody would have a say,” Commissioner Ruben Garcia said. City staff will now research their rough plan, and will create an amendment for the zoning code, to be approved by the Planning Commission and City Council. Raul Murga, director of the Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics, said he hopes that the changes will be a good compromise for the city, but he is waiting to see a final version of the amendment. “I’m elated that they responded to the community and the businesspeople in the community and took appropriate actions,” Murga said. Murga distributed fliers warning business owners that their properties could be subject to eminent domain — the taking of private property for the public good — when the zoning change was under consideration. While eminent domain was outlawed in 1998, some business owners still attended the first Planning Commission meeting on the changes to ask questions and express concerns about potential actions. Some worried that their property would be subject to forced change or remodeling might become impossible. “This item has gotten a lot of attention lately,” Brauckmann said. According to Brauckmann, the change was never meant to adversely affect small businesses, but was intended to better regulate the activities of new developers. Agoura Realty and Investment, Inc. is in escrow to purchase the lot on the corner of Beverly and Rosemead boulevards, where the vacant Big Lots building stands. Brauckmann said the changes were meant to force more transparency from developers of that site. “They are proposing a significant site there, upwards of 40,000 square feet,” Brauckmann said. Mayor Rob Beilke said he did not know the details of the change that would be made to all Commercial General zoning, but expected the decision would offer a way to appease business owners’ fears and accomplish the city’s goal. “I haven’t heard anything about it yet, but it sounds like a prudent decision,” Beilke said. “It was simply about improving the appearance of the community as a whole.” Beilke said he does not believe the decision constitutes a compromise to cater to Murga and others concerned about the zoning change. “I don’t think the change came from Murga, because he is ineffective,” Beilke said. “He’ll just find another way to spin this into a panic.” (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want 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