Palmdale soldier killed in Baghdad roadside blast

first_imgAllen’s military awards and decorations include a Navy Unit Commendation Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and a Navy Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Army officials said. Also killed in the incident were Sgt. Ed Santini, 25, of Toa Baja, Puerto Rico; Pfc. William N. Davis, 26, of Adrian, Mich; and Pfc. John F. Landry Jr., 20, of Lowell, Mass. All four soldiers were posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. Fort Bliss will be holding a memorial service for the four soldiers April 21. The soldiers were deployed overseas in late October to provide stability and security operations, Army officials said. (661) 267-5743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PALMDALE – A Palmdale man was among the four soldiers killed in combat Saturday in Baghdad, Defense Department officials said Tuesday. Sgt. John E. Allen, 25, and the three others died when a roadside bomb detonated near their vehicle. All four soldiers were assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Bliss, Texas. Allen was a health care specialist who joined the Army in July 2001. Allen is survived by his wife, Army officials said. last_img read more

‘An act of betrayal!’ Chelsea fans SLAM Hazard after half-time shirt swap

first_img The Belgium playmaker limped off with a knock in the second half Eden Hazard did not do himself any favours in the Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. The out-of-sorts Chelsea playmaker – who has been linked with a move to the Parisians on multiple occasions this season – swapped shirts with Angel Di Maria at half-time. Hazard’s performances have already come under scrutiny this season and he limped off the pitch with a knock in the second half. Chelsea’s European campaign came to an end as they lost 4-2 on aggregate to the Ligue 1 side – read the report here. Fans were not pleased with his antics at the interval – see below! 1last_img

Saugus makes its case

first_imgIt’s easy to overlook Saugus High’s boys’ volleyball team when powerful Valencia and Canyon are the big names in the Foothill League. At least it was. The Centurions (20-7 overall, 3-5 Foothill) opened some eyes last weekend by winning the 18th annual Sylmar tournament, beating Taft of Woodland Hills 25-18 in the final. It was solid preparation for their regular-season finale Thursday against Hart and the Southern Section playoffs. “Yes, our league is difficult,” Saugus coach Zach Ambrose said. “Our record doesn’t look very good because we’re playing some very tough teams. But, hey, we’re playing some of our best volleyball right now.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventThe Centurions’ attack runs through setter Matt Terwall, a three-year varsity player who plans to walk on at UC San Diego. “He knows how to run the system to perfection,” Ambrose said. Steve Heinemann has developed into a reliable target after moving from the right side to the opposite six matches ago. The 5-foot-10 senior ranks among the team leaders in kills, hitting percentage and digs. “He’s exploded since the position change,” Ambrose said. “He’s quick, a great leaper and just a good all-around player.” Andy Farrell is the perfect complement in the middle, where his 6-3 frame poses problems for the opponent. He leads the team in kills, and Ambrose calls him “a true team player.” “They’re having good year. I’ve been impressed,” Valencia coach Mark Knudsen said. “They don`t play like a team that has seven losses. They`re tough. They never hang their heads. They could make a run in the playoffs.” Saugus is hoping for an at-large playoff berth, and its chances increased with the Sylmar triumph. All of its losses have come against teams ranked in their divisions. “We’re not 100 percent sure we’ve made the postseason, but we think we’ve done enough,” Ambrose said. “We’d be surprised if we didn’t make it.” (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgFianna Fail Deputy Charlie McConlaogue has claimed Donegal Families have been hit with delays of up to 6 weeks in getting Back-to-School Allowance payments.The Donegal North East TD has said the situation has caused serious distress to many young families, who are struggling to budget the new school year.“I have been contacted by many parents who simply cannot cope with the costs associated with the new school year without the help of the Back-to-School Allowance. Donegal families are experiencing waiting times of up to six weeks, meaning many will not receive this vital financial support from the State until well after the school year has begun. In the meantime, they are struggling to pay for new school books, uniforms, stationery and other essential school items. “Fianna Fáil has written to the Minister Joan Burton to ask her to temporarily reassign staff within her department to speed up the processing of applications over the number few weeks. I believe this is a reasonable step that the Minister can take to ensure more parents receive financial support in advance of the new school year.“There are still tens of thousands of applications which have to be processed by the Department of Social Protection. Immediate temporary measures are needed to ease the current burden on families in Donegal and across the country who are waiting anxiously for the payment.“This is an extremely expensive time for families and we cannot have a situation where many are forced to wait several more weeks before they get the support that is available to them. I believe the waiting time can be reduced significantly if the Government takes action now.”ENDS DONEGAL PARENTS COULD WAIT UP TO SIX WEEKS FOR BACK-TO-SCHOOL ALLOWANCES was last modified: August 25th, 2011 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


first_imgA man from Northern Ireland has died in hospital in Sligo after a diving accident off Glencolmcille at the weekend.The 41-year-old, believed to be from Co Antrim, was taken to Sligo General Hospital by helicopter where he was later pronounced dead.Gardai say they are investigating the incident.  ANTRIM MAN DIES AFTER DIVING ACCIDENT NEAR GLENCOLMCILLE was last modified: April 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:ANTRIM MAN DIES AFTER DIVING ACCIDENT NEAR GLENCOLMCILLElast_img read more

Gergen Named MVC Volleyball Freshman of the Week

first_imgGergen had 11 total blocks over the weekend to lead the Bulldogs to split in its matches against MVC leader Missouri State and SIU. She also added 16 kills on 41 attempts and seven digs in the two matches. The weekly MVC honor marks the fourth for the Bulldogs this season and second Freshman of the Week honor. Previously, Emily Plock (Altoona, Iowa) was named the Freshman of the Week (Aug. 28.), Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa) the Player of the Week (Oct. 2) and Kylee Macke (Ankeny, Iowa) the Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 9). Gergen is currently leading the MVC in blocks in conference games with 1.33 per set and has had three or more blocks in every MVC match this season. Gergen and the Bulldogs return to action Tuesday evening with a contest at No. 25 UNI. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at the McLeod Center. Print Friendly Version Against Missouri State, she helped hold off the Bears with an impressive fourth set that included four kills on 10 attempts and five blocks to force a fifth set. Three of those blocks helped stave off set point in the set and she clinched the set with a kill to give Drake a 32-30 win and force a fifth set. ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Drake University’s Gillian Gergen (Janesville, Iowa) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Volleyball Freshman of the Week, the league announced Monday, Oct. 16. In the five-set loss to Missouri State, she nearly recorded a double-double with a career-high 10 kills on 25 attempts (.360) and a career-high eight blocks. That performance was followed by six kills on 16 attempts with a team-high three blocks in four sets against SIU.last_img read more

SETI: Shut Up and Keep Looking

first_imgOn, Seth Shostak of the SETI Institute answered the critics who think they’re “barking up the wrong tree.”  Well-meaning people send him emails explaining why there is “still no confirmed chitter from the cosmos” after 46 years of looking.  The top four include: (1) aliens use more advanced technology, (2) the Fermi Paradox means nobody’s there (see 06/30/2006), (3) the aliens aren’t interested in us warlike primitives, and (4) the real aliens are in the Zeta Reticuli system.    His basic answer: we’ve only begun the search.  Unless you can come up with better strategy that works, pitch in and help.  We’ve got a lot of stars to go.Maybe there’s a bright side to this SETI business.  It keeps a lot of pesky Darwinians occupied and out of trouble.  This is fine as long as their acronym S.E.T.I. employs another: O.P.M.*(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Credit Crunch Derails Zero-Energy Home Project

first_imgBanks No Longer Willing to Provide Construction LoansISSAQUAH, WA — Construction of the Z-Home project, a ten-unit zero-energy housing development in Issaquah, Washington, has been halted by the credit crunch, according to the Issaquah Press. The project’s two main developers are the City of Issaquah and Howland Homes of Shoreline, Washington, with further help from Puget Sound Energy, King County Built Green, and the Washington State University Energy Program.Among the planned features of the Z-Home buildings are 11-inch-thick cellulose-filled double-stud walls, ground-source heat pumps, rooftop photovoltaic arrays, and real-time energy monitors with living-room displays. Construction of the Z-Home townhouse project, touted as “the first multi-unit zero-energy project in the country,” was announced last fall before all of the necessary financing had been secured.“The day the stock market dropped 800 points was the day of our groundbreaking,” said Brad Liljequist, the Zero Energy Project Manager for the city of Issaquah. “It was stunning. Within a two-week period, we went from a number of banks saying, ‘Yes, we’re on board and we’re interested,’ to banks saying, ‘No, we can’t do it.’ ” Liljequist says that the planned October 2009 completion date for the Z-Home townhouses now “looks doubtful.”The Issaquah Press story quoted David Fujimoto, Issaquah’s resource conservation office manager. “The Bank of America is not doing any lending for home construction on the West Coast,” Fujimoto said. “It’s a volatile time.” For more information on Issaquah’s zero-energy project, visit read more

Venus Williams reaches Wimbledon semifinals for 10th time

first_imgEl Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Williams, who is 37 years old, made her Wimbledon debut a few months before Ostapenko was born. She last won the title in 2008, but reached the semifinals last year and the Australian Open final this year.Williams will next face either second-seeded Simona Halep or Johanna Konta on Thursday. In the other women’s semifinal match, Garbine Muguruza will play either CoCo Vandeweghe or Magdalena Rybarikova. Muguruza beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-3, 6-4 on No. 1 Court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsKonta was next to play on Centre Court against Halep. On Court No. 1, Rybarikova was playing Vandeweghe.On the men’s side, Novak Djokovic advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Adrian Mannarino 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4. That match, the first to be played under the roof on Centre Court at this year’s tournament, was postponed from Monday. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Mannarino has never before reached the quarterfinals at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments. He also lost in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2013. Last year, he lost to Djokovic in the second round at Wimbledon, also in straight sets.Djokovic will face 2010 Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych, a man he has beaten 25 times in 27 matches, on Wednesday in the quarterfinals.The men traditionally have Tuesday off at Wimbledon, but Rafael Nadal’s five-set loss to Gilles Muller on Monday forced Djokovic’s match to be pushed back a day.The rain then started at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The opening match on Centre Court was due to start at noon, so the roof was closed for the first time this year. The rain came and went into the afternoon, forcing the delay of the first women’s quarterfinal match on No. 1 Court.There was a brief rain delay on the opening day of the tournament, but the roof stayed open and the rain went away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Perpetual girls star Solomon commits to NU MOST READcenter_img Williams went up a break early in both sets against Ostapenko, the French Open champion. But the 20-year-old Latvian broke back in the second set and pushed the score to 5-5. A few unforced errors later, though, and Williams broke again for a 6-5 lead before serving out the match.Williams ended up with eight aces and only 13 winners. Ostapenko had one ace and 20 winners.In the first match, Djokovic was up a break in the third set when he asked for a medical timeout and a trainer examined and stretched his right shoulder. The second-seeded Serb appeared to grimace in pain a couple of times as his shoulder was being checked.“It’s been something that I’ve been dragging back and forth for a while now,” Djokovic said. “But I’m still managing to play, which is the most important thing.”Djokovic was broken only once, in the second set. But the 12-time major champion, who won the Wimbledon title in 2011, ’14 and ’15, broke Mannarino early in the third and advanced to the quarterfinals at the All England Club for the ninth time.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after beating Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko at the end of their Women’s Quarterfinal Singles Match on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Playing at Wimbledon for the 20th time, Venus Williams is in the semifinals for the 10th time.The five-time champion at the All England Club advanced to the last four for the second year in a row by beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 7-5 Tuesday under a closed roof on Centre Court.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

IPL is passe! Get ready for star-studded Indian Super League

first_imgFormer batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among team owners in the ISLRetired batting great Sachin Tendulkar will lead a clutch of former cricketers and movie stars in promoting the start of the Indian football league.Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly are among team owners in the Indian Super League, which will have its draft for foreign players in Mumbai on Thursday when 49 big names will be available for eight franchise teams.Former Arsenal midfielder Fredrik Ljungberg and ex-Newcastle United striker Michael Chopra, who is of Indian origin, will be among the top names featuring in the draft for the October-December tournament.The tournament schedule has not yet been announced.A similar process for Indian players was completed last month and the teams are allowed to contract two international players directly and five each from the draft in their squads of 22.Tendulkar and Ganguly have been part of promotional events for their franchises Kerala Blasters and Atletico de Kolkata, which are based in two of the more football-crazy parts of the country.Former India football captain IM Vijayan feels the likes of Tendulkar are not just cosmetic additions but take keen interest.”I have had discussions with him (Tendulkar),” Vijayan said ahead of the draft. “I’ve been impressed by his knowledge of soccer, his ideas about the game, and eagerness to know more about it.Tendulkar is a co-owner along with business group PVP ventures while Ganguly co-owns the Kolkata team as part of a consortium that also includes Spanish league team Atletico Madrid.advertisementBollywood actors Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor and John Abraham are among the other co-owners of teams in Pune, Mumbai and Shillong, respectively.The tournament, featuring mostly semi-retired stars, might be easier to market in India due to the presence of cricketers and actors, but how will it change the standard of the game in a country which is ranked 150th in the world?”I can’t say that ISL has come in and it will change Indian football and we are going to qualify for the World Cup,” retired star Bhaichung Bhutia said. “But it definitely is not going to damage Indian football.”Noted Indian football writer Jaydeep Basu feels the only benefits of the tournament will be getting spectators to the ground and improvement of infrastructure at the eight venues.”How can you improve the standard of the game with an 11-week league?” Basu said. “People have been working on the game for years around the world and if only money could help improve the game, countries of the middle-east would have been multiple world champions.”The ISL is being organized by IMG-Reliance, which is also the main sponsor of the All India Football Federation after agreeing a 15-year marketing contract in 2010.The Super League is an additional tournament after a national I-League tournament run by the AIFF which features several foreign players but no big names.last_img read more