Kudarat teen leads Pacman Cup q’fiers

first_imgGENERAL SANTOS CITY—Reymar Brillo of Sultan Kudarat made sure Zaldy Ricopuerto of Malungon, Sarangani, was gone in 14 seconds during the Mindanao leg of the Philippine Sports Commission-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup at Robinsons Place here.Brillo, 18, viciously pummeled his 56-kg opponent with solid combinations to the head right from the opening bell,forcing the referee to stop the carnage after Ricopuerto dropped to the canvas.ADVERTISEMENT “My coach told me to knock him out immediately if I can,’’ said Brillo, who had already fought close to a hundred bouts.Fighting in the ring since he was 9, Brillo has received offers to turn professional.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’ll think about it,’’ said Brillo. “My focus now is to train hard.”He will move to the Mindanao quarterfinals with eight others in Kidapawan City in February next year. MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jimmy Cubay, Brillo’s coach, said his protege could fight in international meets.One of Cubay’s wards, Carolyn Calungsod, is already with the women’s national squad.“Reymar is brave and has the strength,” said Cubay.The Philippine Sports Institute and Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines also backed the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Read Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers over Nets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Career night by Rivers leads Clippers over Rockets

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson This game lacked much of the intrigue it could have had with Chris Paul sitting out in the first meeting with his former team because of a groin injury. The nine-time All-Star spent the last six seasons with the Clippers before a blockbuster trade brought him to the Rockets this summer. Patrick Beverley, who was the highest-profile Rocket involved in the trade, also missed the game while recovering from knee surgery.The Rockets were without two starters, with center Clint Capela missing a second straight game because of a bruised left heel. The Clippers have been dealing with injuries all season after losing Beverley for the season in November and playing without All-Star Blake Griffin for the last 12 games because of a knee injury.The Clippers, who trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half, were up by nine after a dunk by Sam Dekker with about seven minutes remaining. Harden led Houston with five points during a 10-3 run to cut the lead to 108-106 with about 4 1/2 minutes left.Los Angeles led by two entering the fourth quarter, and Lou Williams made three 3-pointers in just over a minute to power a 9-2 run that 101-93 with about eight minutes left.Houston led by 12 early in the third quarter before the Clippers used a 10-2 run, with the last five points from Rivers, to cut the lead to 71-67 with 8 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Eric Gordon made a 3-pointer after that before Los Angeles made the next seven points. Rivers led the team in that span, too, scoring the last five points to tie it at 74 with about five minutes left in the third.Houston had the next six points before the Clippers used a 10-2 spurt, capped by consecutive 3s from Williams to take their first lead of the game, 84-82.Harden made all of his free throws after being fouled on a 3-pointer to put Houston back out front, but C.J. Williams added a 3 for the Clippers at the buzzer to leave them up 87-85 entering the fourth quarter.Houston led 65-52 at halftime after Harden made a 3-pointer at the buzzer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Los Angeles Clippers DeAndre Jordan dunks against the Houston Rockets in the first half of an NBA basketball game. APHOUSTON — Austin Rivers scored a career-high 36 points with six 3-pointers, and the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers withstood James Harden’s second straight 51-point performance to beat the Houston Rockets 128-118 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).The Rockets, who had a 14-game winning streak snapped by the Lakers on Wednesday, lost consecutive games for just the second time this season and the first since Oct. 28 and 30.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ellington ties career-best with 28 as Heat top Mavs Rivers made a 3-pointer with just under three minutes to play that pushed the lead to 117-111. Ryan Anderson made two free throws for Houston before C.J. Williams added a layup for the Clippers.Former Rocket Lou Williams, who had 32 points off the bench, then made his fourth 3-pointer of the quarter after that to make it 122-113 before a turnover by Harden spurred coach Mike D’Antoni to call a timeout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRivers made another 3-pointer after the timeout and Harden made a layup before fouling out a few seconds later. He received a technical for arguing about the call and was ejected from the game.It was Harden’s third 50-point game this season. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

Magic edge Celtics for 2nd time

first_imgAgeless Roger Federer sounds confident warning on eve of Australian Open defense Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Vucevic and Ross scored nine points apiece in the period and Ross hit a 3-pointer in the final second to help Orlando cut the deficit to five.Ross and Gordon then combined for 14 points in a 19-4 fourth-quarter run that regained a seven-point lead for Orlando with 5:57 remaining.TIP-INSCeltics: F-C Aron Baynes missed an 11th straight game with a fractured finger on his left hand. … Hayward, an 88 percent free-throw shooter, missed his first three attempts.Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba, who missed a second game with a sore left foot, hopes to return by Wednesday. … Orlando won the season series for the first time since 2009-10.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Maguindanao massacre case: Mangudadatu upbeat on conviction of perpetratotrs PLAY LIST 01:04Maguindanao massacre case: Mangudadatu upbeat on conviction of perpetratotrs00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics02:14Carpio 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 UP NEXTCeltics: At Brooklyn on Monday night.Magic: At home against Houston on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrie Irving scored 25 points for the Celtics, 10 of them from the foul line in the final 4:31 as Boston made its late charge. He appeared frustrated afterward with Gordon Hayward, who inbounded the ball on Boston’s final possession.Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 13 rebounds for Orlando, which broke a four-game losing streak. Terrence Ross came off the bench with 25 points, 18 in the second half.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 ChrissBoston fell behind 29-21 early in the second quarter after going 5 minutes, 45 seconds between field goals. But Jaylen Brown hit a couple of 3-pointers, and Tatum and Marcus Smart each hit one as the Celtics took command with a 23-5 run and led 51-41 at halftime.Boston led 61-53 when Tatum went to the bench with four fouls midway through the third quarter. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic makes an uncontested dunk against the Boston Celtics during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — Aaron Gordon had 28 points and 12 rebounds, and the Orlando Magic held off a late rally to beat the Boston Celtics 105-103 on Saturday night.Jayson Tatum missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have tied it for the Celtics, who charged back from a nine-point deficit in the final 1:43 before losing to the Magic for the second time this season.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Transportation Fares Sky Rocket Again in Monrovia

first_imgIn spite of the reductions in the pump prices of petroleum products, transportation fares continue to sky rocket, to the detriment of commuters and businesspeople in Monrovia.The Ministries of Commerce and Industry and Transport continue to remain mute as the economic hardship continues to plague Liberians and businesspeople week after week.Regrettably, commercial drivers and other public transport providers continue to exhibit the highest degree of defiance and transport fares have spiraled beyond the reach of ordinary Liberians in the country.Each day of the week public transport providers continue to announce new fares to various destinations in and around Monrovia.In spite of the persistent public outcries, in some instances against the Liberian Government, by commuters and businesspeople, the situation remains very worrisome and complex.On many occasions, commuters and businesspeople are heard saying, the suffering and severe economic hardships of Liberians are cause for celebration for some Government officials.Many of them riding in their big official cars over the years in Monrovia and other parts of the country, seem to have taken solace in the hardships of the Liberian people, they said.Unfortunately, every day at many street corners, ordinary Liberians and businesspeople are seen stranded, frustrated and sad, enduring the hardships of acute shortage of transportation and fare hikes.Ironically, the 52 buses donated to the GOL by the Indian Government, remain parked at the National Transit Authority (NTA) compound for reasons best known to the authorities.Some commuters and businesspeople travelling from the business district of Paynesville say they are still paying triple in transport fares to come to central Monrovia.At the same time those trekking from the commercial district of Duala on Bushrod Island, encounter similar hardships at the hands of unscrupulous commercial drivers.Businesspeople and commuters board buses and taxis from the commercial district of Waterside for the Red-light and Duala Markets experiencing the same increased fares.“Our socio-economic hardships and frustrating encounters with commercial drivers are squarely and the collective responsibilities of law enforcement officers in Monrovia,” Duala businessman John B. Bestman lamented.For his part, Red-light Market businessman Samuel B. Harrison during the weekend told the Daily Observer that over the years the Liberian Government has placed no premium on the provision of sustained commercial transport vehicles in Monrovia and its environs.“It is my hope and expectation that in 2015 our government will place serious priority on the provision of adequate transport vehicles in Monrovia and other parts of our country,” Mr. Harrison pleaded.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

WCD braces for flooding during high tides

first_img…as sections of sea defence remains unrepairedOne year ago, the seawall structure along the West Coast of Demerara was hit by massive waves during a period of high tide which caused mass flooding. Presently, residents are concerned since some sections of the structure remains unrepaired, posing an imminent danger should the water rise further.Guyana Times visited the area on Sunday where many individuals complained of the lengthy period which these works have taken. Karamchand Singh explained that these works should have been completed immediately after the surge last April.Boulders placed at the site to contain the wavesViolent waves rush over the Uitvlugt seawall“Last year, the flood was a serious thing and the seawall was in a better shape then. They just put boulder there to hold off the water and we know what kinda waves does come over when the tide raise. We don’t know how long more we got to wait and wait,” he explained.Singh added, “They fix some of the other parts but in Uitvlugt, the seawall is in our backyard. That water coming straight into we houses. I see some people already block off the doors cause they know what could happen.”During the past month, the area has experienced significant rainfall in addition to spring tides. Boulders that were placed last year to keep out the water continue to serve as the main barrier. During that encounter, some of the waves caused destruction to properties after moving over the sea defence at some 20 feet.An assessment of the flooding last year pegged the damages at some $100 million. Earlier this year, it was reported that works had commenced at several locations. However, it was indicated that the equipment has been stationed at these locations and is only operational for days at a time.“We see people coming to work for a couple days and then they gone for a week. This is why the repair taking over a year. Over one year and they still can’t finish,” Bibi Haniff lamented.For Leonora, a contract was awarded to the sum of $175 million to address a gap of 325 metres while at Uitvlugt, a sum of $130 million was allocated to address 250 metres of sea defence. For Stewartville, $107 million was awarded for 200 metres of work.For De Willem, the works were pegged at $107 million and at Anna Catherina, two projects were tendered at $104 and $106 million, which will be executed simultaneously. Sluices were also on the rehabilitation list and were treated as a separate project.However, earlier this month, the Cinderella Park Koker at Zeelugt suffered a breach after one of its components failed, allowing water to enter at a rapid rate. Regional officials were later dispatched to normalise the situation. It is unclear whether this issue was permanently fixed.last_img read more

Peace River Regional District declares state of emergency for agriculture

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At a Peace River Regional District meeting on Thursday, Board Directors made the decision to call a state of emergency for agriculture.Since the weather is making it difficult for farmers to harvest their crops, Director for Electoral Area B, Karen Goodings, made the recommendation to the Board that advocates for more support for farmers affected by the weather.According to Goodings, this is a situation that will not just affect the remainder of 2019 but will also carry over into 2020, which will have large impacts on the local economy.- Advertisement -Goodings says a number of producers have contacted her asking for support beyond crop insurance, as crop insurance only covers a certain amount.Directors voted to send a letter to the Province asking for support and will be inviting local producers to speak about the issues they are facing at an upcoming emergency Board meeting.last_img read more

UCLA rises from the ashes

first_imgAnd in the win UCLA traded a possible quarterback controversy for a serious quarterback dilemma as backup Patrick Cowan, starting in place of injured Ben Olson, sprained his right knee early in the fourth quarter. Cowan spent the rest of the game sitting on the bench and icing his knee. Olson did not dress after experiencing headaches all week after taking a beating at Utah. “I was cleared by the doctors and (today) is my first day of exertion after dealing with the headaches,” Olson said. “I am headache free. I better be (practicing Tuesday).” Cowan’s long-term status was in question, too, although it appears he will be out next week at Oregon State. He declined comment after the game, but his injury left walk-on redshirt freshman McLeod Bethel-Thompson running UCLA’s offense. “The quarterback situation is, there is no situation until we get to talk about the situation,” UCLA coach Karl Dorrell said. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Bruins defeat Washington, but they lose quarterback Cowan to a knee injury. By Brian Dohn STAFF WRITER With a renewed vigor in their running game and an inspired-again defense, UCLA again breathed life into its season with a 44-31 defeat of the Washington Huskies in front of 72,124 on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl. Even with the injuries, UCLA (3-1, 2-0 Pacific-10) responded from its 38-point disaster at Utah by beating the Huskies (2-2, 0-1) for the ninth time in the last 11 meetings. Maligned tailback Chris Markey played an enormous role, surpassing his season rushing total by carrying 14 times for 193 yards. His 72-yard touchdown run, which came on Bethel-Thompson’s first series, gave the Bruins a huge lift after Washington pulled within a touchdown early in the fourth quarter. Markey sprang through the right side of the line and raced untouched as the Bruins went ahead, 31-17, with 11:14 to play. “We definitely had a big chip on our shoulder, like a boulder,” UCLA center Chris Joseph said. “We had something to prove, and it’s a Pac-10 game. It’s another win on the road to a Pac-10 championship.” Markey’s backfield mate, Kahlil Bell, ran for 109 yards as the Bruins churned out 333 rushing yards. “Kahlil is a great back and I feel like I’m a pretty good back,” Markey said. “When we both get cooking, I feel it’s going to be hard to stop us.” The Huskies responded with a quick-strike, 63-yard touchdown pass from Jake Locker to Anthony Russo to make it 31-24, but Matt Slater returned the ensuing kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown and a 38-24 lead with 9:33 to play. “All the credit goes to the blockers,” Slater said. “They blocked their butts off, and I just did the rest.” Before Cowan as injured on a play in which he was intercepted, which led to Washington’s second touchdown, a budding quarterback controversy was developing. Perhaps the biggest difference between Cowan and Olson is their abilities under duress. Olson is a pure pocket passer, and when playing well is more suited reading defenses and picking them apart. Cowan, even noticeably hampered by the hamstring injury that kept him in street clothes the first three games, was able to utilize his athleticism to avoid the rush, and his creativity to make a big play. When UCLA took a 17-10 lead with a 71-yard drive to open the second half, Cowan made one big play with his legs, and another with an spur-of-the-moment flip pass. His 8-yard scramble on third-and-4 extended the drive early, and his ability to avoid the rush and slip the ball to receiver Brandon Breazell for 8 yards on third-and-6 kept it going late. Bell finished the drive on the next play with a powerful run through the middle. But along with Cowan’s creativity comes the question of accuracy. He was 17-for-30 for 147 yards, and missed several open receivers. UCLA also got a big play from the defense, which limited the Huskies to 124 yards rushing and held Locker to 17-for-36 passing, although he connected for four touchdowns, but he was limited to 92 yards rushing out of the spread offense. Two of the drives came after turnovers and were less than 30 yards. Locker was also intercepted by free safety Dennis Keyes, who returned it 60 yards for a touchdown in third quarter. “We found way to keep (Locker) in the pocket,” UCLA linebacker Reggie Carter said. “The game plan was to force him to throw and away from the run because we knew he was better with his legs. He hit a couple of long passes at the end, but we did a pretty good job.” brian.dohn@dailynews.com160Want 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

Killings of journalists on rise in Americas

first_imgJournalists in Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Haiti, Paraguay, Peru and the United States also were killed. Originally, the IAPA put the number at eight. In the U.S., police said Oakland Post Editor Chauncey Bailey was killed walking to work in August by a man who reportedly told authorities he was concerned about Bailey’s investigation into the finances of his employer. Though the press association focuses on the Western Hemisphere, Iraq has been the world’s most dangerous country for journalists in recent years. About 160 journalists and media support workers have been killed there since the war began in March 2003, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Mexico, meanwhile, has become one of the most dangerous countries in the hemisphere for journalists, said Gonzalo Marroquin, head of the IAPA’s committee on press freedom, during the group’s 63rd General Assembly in Miami. “The situation is not improving in general. We are seeing that in some countries it is becoming considerably worse,” Marroquin said. Final reports will be issued Tuesday. Some advances have been made, the group said. The U.S. House and Senate Judiciary committees have approved bills that would shield reporters from being forced to reveal their sources in federal court. Argentina’s Supreme Court ruled a local government could not withdraw advertising from a newspaper simply because of its critical coverage. The Mexican senate decriminalized libel and defamation on a federal level. But in Mexico, three journalists and three delivery workers were killed, the IAPA reported. Two other reporters disappeared. By Laura Wides-Munoz THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MIAMI – At least 13 employees of media organizations were killed and two disappeared in the past six months in the Western Hemisphere, according to preliminary reports presented Sunday by members of a press association that promotes free expression in the Americas. The Inter American Press Association said media freedom is increasingly under attack in the Western Hemisphere, especially in countries such as Venezuela and Colombia. last_img read more

Jewish students must choose between Seder, state debate

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings“I would compare it to scheduling the tournament on Easter.” He said an alternative proposal broached by Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, to host a Seder at the site of the tournament would also conflict with the debate competition. Debate organizers discovered in May that the second night of the tournament inadvertently fell on the night of the Passover Seder, a family feast commemorating the Jews’ escape from slavery in Egypt. The nonprofit CHSSA, which has some Jewish board members, said changing the date of its 50th annual tournament would void university and hotel contracts worth $17,000. More than 1,000 students, parents and coaches are expected to attend the April 18-20 competition at Santa Clara University in San Jose. About 800 students will compete, many of whom are believed to be Jewish. Winners would qualify for a national debate tournament. When it comes to Jews arguing during Passover, there’s no debate. Jewish students enrolled in high school debate teams say they won’t be able to compete in a statewide tournament scheduled during the first day of Passover, one of the holiest of Jewish holidays. For six months, Jewish leaders have lobbied the California High School Speech Association to alter its April 19 tournament date, to no avail. Los Angeles school and city officials also have appealed for the change. “I’m very much outraged,” said Doug Lasken, a Jewish coach of the Taft High School debate team in Woodland Hills. “I can’t go to the tournament. At least half my class can’t go. Debate officials declined to speak with the Daily News but did issue a lengthy written statement. Some events are simply too large and complicated to move even when it appears “it is not too late,” Sharon Prefontaine, president of the CHSSA, wrote in an e-mail to the Daily News. Scheduling any three-day event during the last two weeks of April, as required by the association’s bylaws, would have conflicted with some group’s religious calender, she said. Students, she said, must learn to choose between personal beliefs and other activities. “Renowned pitcher Sandy Koufax never played on Rosh Hashanah and chose not to pitch during the World Series because it conflicted with Yom Kippur – the World Series was not moved,” Prefontaine said. “Hank Greenberg, on the other hand, played on Rosh Hashanah but not on Yom Kippur. “As much as we might want to protect them from it, we understand that our students will have to make some difficult choices, at times, relative to their personal beliefs.” She said that the association – including its Jewish members – had not been aware of the conflict between its tournament and Passover. “Non-Jews may not know the dates of Passover – apparently, some practicing Jews do not either, as those on the council did not mention the dates as a problem,” Prefontaine said. Others, however, say the CHSSA has been especially reluctant to accommodate its Jewish debaters, or even discuss the issue, 10 months before the tournament. For months leading up to its September council board meeting, letters from many Jewish groups, including the Anti-Defamation League and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, garnered no response from the association, officials said. A motion at the meeting by Lasken and others to conduct a feasibility study to change the tournament date – at no cost to debate organizers – was turned down. And the council voted not to apologize to the Jewish community lest it “open us up for litigation,” said CHSSA council member Sal Tinajero, according to meeting minutes. “As far as we know, they weren’t even willing to explore alternative possibilities,” said Alison Mayersohn, associate director of the Anti-Defamation League, Pacific Southwest Region. “The Jewish community essentially gave them a lifeline to explore other alternatives and they turned it down.” Last month, the Los Angeles Unified School District wrote a letter of concern to the association, stating the district may host an alternative state speech tournament this spring. District officials said they received no response. The city also passed a resolution presented by Jewish City Council members Jan Perry, Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel, calling for a tournament date change. “The dates of Passover are known years in advance. Event officials should have at least checked a calendar before organizing the tournament,” Greuel said in a prepared statement. “The CHSSA cannot, in good conscience, deprive these students (of) the opportunity to attend a tournament that they have worked hard all year to reach.” “It’s a shame,” added Caron Spector, government relations director for the local Jewish Federation. “The kids worked really hard for this all year long (and) they’re forced to choose between a religious observance and an academic activity. “It’s ironic that an organization that fosters debate and discussion is not open to debate and discussion.” Meanwhile, some debaters at Taft who verbally joust at 7 a.m. each day are disappointed. “I’m losing my motivation,” said Avi Siani, 16, who is Jewish and will spend the Passover Seder with his family. “Because you work all year long and there’s no prize at the end. “We’re working for nothing.” dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com 818-713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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TICKET ALERT FOR LETTERKENNY GAELS’ ‘WIDOWS’ PARADISE’!

first_imgTickets are flying out the door for the Letterkenny Gaels production of the Sam Cree play Widows’ Paradise?Two nights SOLD OUT and limited availability on the other nights. This hilarious comedy will run for 5 nights from Wednesday 21st October to Sunday 25th October in the Letterkenny Gaels Club Room”.Ticket information in the attached photo. Doors open at 7:30pm for an 8:00pm curtain.TICKET ALERT FOR LETTERKENNY GAELS’ ‘WIDOWS’ PARADISE’! was last modified: October 21st, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more