Stoddart returns to Bird’s Nest

first_img “I’m very thankful for this accomplishment. It’s always a honour to represent your country, especially on this level and I’ve worked very hard to do this,” said Stoddart, who listed a new diet and increased treatments as reasons behind her return to form. “The 2008 Olympics was the last time I represented Jamaica. I got injured after the Games and it has been a battle to return. It took a long time to get where I am today, but I kept my faith and believed in my abilities,” Stoddart added, before pointing to her objectives. “My target is to leave it all on the track and compete the best I can,” Stoddart said. “Running a personal best is definitely something I want to achieve here at this Championships. I don’t know exactly what time will make it to the finals, I will just be making sure I am one of those finalists.” – Andre Lowe BEIJING, China: It has been seven years since Shevon Stoddart last wore the national colours at a major international event. Still, the 32-year-old 400m hurdler told The Gleaner that she never lost courage or self-belief and with the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China, just a few days away, Stoddart is looking to show her worth in the place where she last competed at this level, the Bird’s Nest. Stoddart crossed the line in second place at the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA)/Supreme Ventures Limited National Senior Championships in 55.29 seconds, her fastest time this year and the best she has posted since going 54.71 in 2008. That mark is only bettered by her 54.47 personal best recorded in 2005. Still, Stoddart, who has also made a name for herself as a model, is some way down on the performance list in the event this year, with 70 faster times already posted in 2015. Nonetheless, the athlete, who said that she is honoured to be back on the Jamaica team, is also looking to improve her time in Beijing and is far from ready to count herself out despite her ranking on the top list. “I’ve never doubted myself. It has not been hard because I believe in my talent and I love what I do. I’m thankful for the career I’ve had so far. I’ve learned a lot and at the end of the day, nothing that is worth it comes easy,” said Stoddart. Grateful to returnlast_img read more

Without Embiid, 76ers roll past Heat in playoff opener

first_imgOhtani’s electrifying start to MLB career a big hit in Japan Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The Sixers crowd roared as Embiid, the self-proclaimed “Phantom of the Process,” waved his arms toward the crowd and exhorted them to get louder. Sixers fans started tailgating in the sports complex about seven hours before tipoff and one group posted a sign on their tent that read “Saturdays Are For The Process.” The Sixers had a blue-out and gave away free T-shirts in preparation of their first playoff game since 2012.“There is a gratitude that I have, we have. Finally, here we are and our fans genuinely have something to be proud of with us,” Brown said.The Game 1 victory sure didn’t surprise Embiid.He had already mapped out the 76ers’ road to an NBA championship on his Instagram feed.“It’s about that time!!! #Playoffs #PhantomofTheProcessADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Game 2 is Monday in Philadelphia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMCcenter_img LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid comes out in a “Phantom of the Opera” mask as he rings a Liberty Bell replica before Game 1 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Miami Heat, Saturday, April 14, 2018, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Ben Simmons had 17 points, 14 assists and nine rebounds in his playoff debut, and the Philadelphia 76ers romped again without Joel Embiid, beating the Miami Heat 130-103 on Saturday night for their 17th straight win.Embiid was a spectator in Game 1 of the first-round series because of a broken orbital bone around his left eye. The All-Star center has been hopeful he can return early in the series. The Sixers could end this one early with Embiid back in the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Simmons dished and dazzled in the paint and the Heat had no answer for Sixers reserves Marco Belinelli and Ersan Ilyasova. Belinelli and Ilyasova combined to hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter that helped shift the tone from physical and foul-filled to a long-distance game that allowed the Sixers to put away this one. They used a 15-0 run in the third in their first postseason game in five seasons under coach Brett Brown to get the rout rolling.Brown won 47 games his first three seasons as the Sixers underwent the Process — and 52, plus Game 1 this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJJ Redick scored 28 points to lead the Sixers, who host Game 2 on Monday. Belinelli had 25 and Ilyasova 17.Embiid ditched the black mask he’s been wearing in light shooting drills for a white “Phantom of the Opera” mask to ring the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. Embiid posted a photo burst of teams in order of a potential road toward a Process title. He started with the Heat, followed by Boston, then a picture of him hugging Cleveland’s LeBron James, and ending with Embiid looking at Golden State’s Draymond Green.The Heat would swipe left on the collage.For a half, the Heat got what they needed against one of the NBA’s toughest teams and James Johnson and Kelly Olynyk helped them take a 60-56 lead at the break. Olynyk led the Heat with 26 points.The Sixers, who set an NBA record with 16 straight wins to end the season, got the rout in full swing with a raucous crowd behind them. The Heat shot 26 percent in the third and were outscored 34-18.Simmons assisted on Ilyasova’s 3 and then hit a jumper for a 66-63 lead. Dario Saric, who the Sixers waited for two years to come over while he played overseas, also buried a 3 off an assist from Simmons. Simmons made a statue out of Olynyk, crossing him up and busting through for a two-handed slam that brought down the house.All that was left was the “Trust the Process!” chants and they rang out inside the Wells Fargo Center once Saric buried a 3 in the fourth for a 109-87 lead.TIP-INSHeat: G Goran Dragic was back in the starting lineup after missing the season finale with a sore knee. … Embiid’s bell ringing made him more of a factor in the game than Hassan Whiteside. Whiteside had just two points and he didn’t seem pleased at one point with coach Erik Spoelstra.76ers: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was at the game. … Hall of Famer Allen Iverson received a roaring standing ovation and former Eagles star running back LeSean McCoy was at the game.UP NEXT View commentslast_img read more

Changing GoL’s ICT Environment: The Road Ahead

first_imgLast week’s article provided some much needed insight on the Chief Information Office, Republic of Liberia, the CIO Regime and the current Chief Information Officer-RL. Based on the number of calls and emails received after that article was published, I can safely say that there were a lot of folks who were totally oblivious to the existence of that office. This week, my intent is to identify and delineate some of the issues and challenges that have been strangulating efforts to achieve a robust Government of Liberia’s (GoL’s) ICT environment. I also use this medium to acquaint you with efforts that are and will be taken to ameliorate the Government’s ICT environment.  Just as many people were not cognizant of the existence of the CIO-RL, so too do many citizens, residents and our international partners not know who decides, plans or implements GoL ICT projects. Worst yet, ask a few of the ICT professionals who work in GoL ministries, agencies, corporation/commissions (MACs), about how Government’s ICT resources (software, Hardware, network equipment, training, services, etc) are purchased; who makes the decisions; how are those decisions made; and based on what standards? That ICT professional might likely tell you that purchases are made without his/her knowledge. All he/she knows is that when ICT resources are made available, his job is to ensure that they are deployed and operational and sometimes maintained. There are no standard hardware or software platforms (dell or HP, Microsoft Windows or Linux) or no standards at all, no warranties, no comprehensive training programs, and worst of all, no due diligence (in procurement) that subsumes total cost of ownership (TCO).Web and Software contracts are signed without the ICT (tech folks) or the legal department’s involvement. As I write this article, we currently have Government entities that have their websites temporarily shut down or “hijacked” (as it is locally termed) because egregious contracts are/were not honored. Oftentimes, when this happens, the MAC loses its web presence (including content). More importantly, it loses its “customers” (citizens, residents, businesses, global partners). Should this be happening at all?Software contracts are signed and implemented with little or no documentation and nothing that resembles a Service Level Agreement (SLA). In such a situation, when there is a fault in the use of the software, and there is no technical support, the ICT/IT department simply discontinues its use and reverts to the manual way of doing things. This is without a doubt, a waste of tax payers’ money.  Then we also have Government institutions that are on the Web using “.Com” and “.Org” top level and second level domains when they should be using  the “.Gov.Lr” second level domain name. Worst yet, there are official documentations that carry the “@Yahoo” or “@Gmail” email accounts, when the official email address should follow this format: GoLpersonnel@GoLinstitution.Gov.LrOther issues such as the individuals bringing their own computers to do “Government’s work”; taking home Government laptops without proper “check-out and check-in” procedures; employees installing their own software on Government’s computers totally ignoring license agreements; watching movies on Government computers during work hours are just a few that need to be addressed. What’s even worrisome is the use of pirated software on Government computers, an act which is not only ubiquitous, but is often perpetrated by ICT professionals who might not understand the implications of their actions. This often happens because someone might have previously recommended and implemented a solution (software, system) that the MAC (entity) could not sustain but forced its implementation because it satisfied the need at the time. Meanwhile, someone got paid and left!   And now, the fight against Ebola has brought multiple international donors to Liberia who are building their systems to provide assistance. That’s very good and we are grateful for the help being provided. But we will not revert to the past, where partners and other donors provided solutions that the Government could never sustain, but were implemented because they(systems) helped serve their needs at the time. When they left, those programs and systems died because the GoL could not sustain them. For example, a donor or NGO provides $20,000 in assistance and that money is spent on the purchase of a Microsoft Windows Server and other proprietary software that require yearly licensing fees. The question is, who pays the licensing fees when that NGO or donor leaves? Total Cost of Ownership must be subsumed and understood before accepting and implementing solutions.Now that I have said all of the above and could say more had it not been for space limitations, let me tell you what the road ahead looks like for GoL’s ICT environment. The Ebola Crisis has given us a chance to build those things we were lacking and fix all that we did faultily. We should take advantage of this opportunity to leapfrog into modern paradigms; something that the GoL has been making significant efforts to achieve.Through the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, USAID-GEMS, the World Bank (WARCIP-Liberia Project), and other funding partners, the GoL has begun several initiatives that are geared toward bringing “sanity” to GoL’s ICT environment. An e-Government program has begun that will lead to a fully functional, robust, efficient and effective GoL ICT environment based on standards and best practices. In addition to a bespoke e-Government strategy, policies governing the use of GoL ICTs have been developed and gradually disseminated among MACs. GoL’s online presence is in the process of experiencing a “total reboot.” In addition, communications, collaboration and information sharing will be optimized, modernized, and fully realized, while many of our traditional processes will soon be automated.  The primary goal of all of these initiatives is to provide information and services to citizens, residents businesses and global partners in a seamless, transparent, effective way; ensure operational efficiency and effectiveness within GoL MACs, reduce costs and achieve economic development through ICTs.To succeed in doing all of what I just mentioned, we will need an “ALL HANDS ON DECK” approach. For starters, every MAC needs to or MUST consult the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications through the Chief Information Office for standards, types of purchases, SLAs, etc. New projects must involve the Chief Information Office and the Project Management Office. MAC’s heads or their deputies responsible for signing ICT purchases and contracts MUST ensure that they garner the technical expertise of the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications through the CIO, their internal CIO or IT Director/Manager, and their legal departments. More importantly, MAC’s heads MUST ensure that they fully support and enforce the GoL e-Government and ICT policies.Finally, we have been given an opportunity to build/fix or contribute to the building and fixing of our ICT environment through various means. Our contribution will determine the future of the sector. Introducing new and ambitious approaches to reduce costs and waste in government ICT procurement and improve operational efficiency may not be an easy task but it is doable. The challenges involved in achieving our goals are infinite. But all of us must do what we can to ensure that what was said to be impossible becomes a possibility. If we fail to do so, then we would have failed our motherland.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Taxi driver succumbs after ingesting poison

first_img… parents discovered suicide noteA taxi driver on Sunday morning took his last breath after consuming a lethal dose of poison three days before.Lakeram Kewlachand called ‘Raj’, 23, of Fourth Street, Gangaram, East Canje, Berbice, died at the New Amsterdam Hospital, where he had been a patient since Thursday.Dead. Lakeram Kewlachand called ‘Raj’On Thursday, Kewlachand’s sister had just cleaned his room and was returning to collect the broom when she found the door locked. When she asked her brother to open it he told her to wait. After a while, the door was opened and Kewlachand was seen drinking the contents of a bottle.His sister immediately alerted other family members and the young man was rushed to the hospital.According to his father Mahindra, his son and his 21-year-old girlfriend had been in a relationship for some time, but a few months ago, the girlfriend left for the USA and subsequently broke things off. Guyana Times understands that Thursday was the second time that Kewlachand tried to take his life. His family and others tried to provide counselling, but the father said, “is just like throwing water on a duck back. Everything going through one ear and coming through the next side; you know when somebody make up their mind to do something…”Guyana Times was told that on Saturday the young man confided in his uncle, Timothy Ramsammy, that he purchased the poison from a store in New Amsterdam.The uncle told this newspaper that the poison his nephew consumed is used to kill weeds. “If you need two ounces of this chemical to spray half an acre of grass, then they suppose to premix it at the store before they deliver it to the customer. I think if they do that it will ease up suicide,” Ramsammy said.last_img read more

Blaine Richter wins both Challenge Cup Races

first_img-submitted    Blaine Richter of Grande Prairie won both Challenge Cup races in Grande Prairie, on Sunday.  The Blizzards and G.P. both battled it out to a tie of 63 points for both of the races with Dawson Creek getting 17 points. Francis Plum won the 50 km with 1:40:20, Ken Nix second at 1:47:53, Dave Jaeger 1:47:53 and Bill Lindsay 2:29:41. Steve Magusin won the 30 km with 1:05:00.     Advertisement The afternoon event was the 70 km Highway 40 road race. Blaine Richter pulled away early with Kent Pedersen and Pat Ferris to force a big lead. Ferris dropped back to the chasing group after 25 km’s with the duo pulling away for good. Richter won the 70 km event with 1:51:58 hours. Kent Pedersen was second at 1:52:15. Pat Ferris won a wild sprint finish for third spot from Gary Hilderman, Geoff McDonald, Richard Wood, Dave Kay and Barb Polehoykie, all with a time of 1:59:40. Gord Harris edged out Kathryn Fairweather, both with 2:06:31. Ken Perry did 2:10:57 and Jamie Maxwell 2:15:48. Coming up:-Tuesday Duathlon #2 at Baldonnel School at 7 PM-Thursday Baldonnel time trial: Sign on 6:45 pm-Sunday 40 K time trial on the Peejay road at 10:00 am.Wednesday: Blizzard Annual General Meeting and elections May 6 at Northern Light College at 7:30 pm.www.ferrisfastcycles.com The Blizzards lead the series to date with 215 points. GP has 110 and Dawson Creek third at 51.- Advertisement -The first race was the Grovedale hill climb in the morning. Blaine Richter won the 3 km race with a time of 5:48 minutes. Geoff McDonald was next at 6:48 and Pat Ferris third at 6:56. Other times were Kent Pedersen 7:00, Gord Harris 7:20, Ken Perry 7:55, Kathryn Fairweather 8:10, Dave Kay 8:15, Dave Jaeger 8:18, Barb Polehoykie 8:41 James Maxwell 8:56 and Francis Plum 9:30.last_img read more

Nothing happening yet

first_img“The second unit was using him a lot more,” Jackson said, referring to using Bynum’s passing skills out of the post. “They did a lot of good things with him when our second unit was helping us out a lot at that time.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the NBA trade deadline arriving at noon, Lakers coach Phil Jackson did not express optimism Wednesday about acquiring a player, be it All-Star guard Jason Kidd or anybody else. “I spent a couple hours with (general manager Mitch Kupchak) this afternoon and things are still happening,” Jackson said. “I don’t see a lot of momentum that’s going to create anything right now, to be honest with you. But we still have our hopes that something will be accomplished.” Jackson said he was content to move forward after the deadline with the same roster as before. The Lakers are hopeful Luke Walton can return from a sprained ankle in the next week and Kwame Brown sooner than his mid-March timetable. But Jackson also conceded that the Lakers, who returned from the All-Star break with a 30-24 record and in sixth place in the Western Conference standings, weren’t about to take their place alongside Dallas and Phoenix as the conference’s top teams. “We still have other things that we can do and we’ll keep looking at that as we go through the season, if we can help the team,” Jackson said. “We think we have players – and when players get healthy – that can do some things in this league.” today Middle man: Although Bynum will have started for twomonths or more once Brown returns, Jackson suggested that his 19-year-old center eventually will be moving back to the bench. Specifically, Jackson said he believes that Bynum could be equally productive in splitting time with Brown. Jackson described Bynum as being unassertive and “an active body” whenever he has to play more than 24 minutes. center_img Jackson had framed Wednesday as being the crucial day for getting any potential deal done. The Lakers last made a deadline trade in March 1999 when they acquired Glen Rice and J.R.Reid from Charlotte for Eddie Jones and Elden Campbell. The Lakers have expressed interest in Kidd, who is owed another $41 million on his contract, but the question is whether New Jersey would accept a package that did not include Andrew Bynum or Lamar Odom, the Lakers’ top two assets after Kobe Bryant. last_img read more

Defaults take toll on local lender

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CALABASAS — Countrywide Financial Corp., the biggest independent U.S. mortgage bank, reported a 37 percent decline in first-quarter profits Thursday, as the company was forced to set aside money for bad-debt losses amid rising payment defaults from subprime borrowers. The Calabasas-based company said net income for the quarter ended March 31 was $434 million, or 72 cents per share, compared with a profit of $683.5 million, or $1.10 per share, in the year-ago period. Revenue shrank 15 percent to $2.41 billion from $2.84 billion. The results missed the expectation of analysts polled by Thomson Financial, who forecast a profit of 77 cents per share on $2.58 billion in revenue. Chief Executive Angelo R. Mozilo said in a statement that deteriorating credit in the “subprime” market — an area of mortgage banking catering to people with low credit scores — ate into profit. A spike in payment defaults among the riskiest types of borrowers and softer home prices forced the mortgage bank to prepare for more payment defaults. Bad credit cost Countrywide $132 million, or 14 cents per share, during the quarter, the company said. It set aside $81 million, anticipating losses from unpaid loans, and recorded a $119 million accounting charge because its stake in prime-quality home equity loans lost value. The company said its mortgage banking revenues from subprime loan production and investments fell about $400 million from the previous quarter. Countrywide said that while “turbulent mortgage conditions had an adverse impact” on the first quarter, the mortgage bank is optimistic about long-term prospects and expects its subprime loan production to be profitable in the future. “We believe that considerable risks remain in the mortgage marketplace,” Mozilo said during a conference call with Wall Street analysts. “While the balance of 2007 is expected to be challenging, we continue to believe that current market conditions will result in opportunities in the form of further industry consolidation.” Mozilo also said he does not think new laws are needed to address the subprime problems. Many of the weaker mortgage lenders are going out of business, leaving the market to the bigger players. Countrywide expects a “rationalization” of the credit concerns now scaring investors away from buying mortgage debt. The company adjusted its earnings per share guidance downward for the year to between $3.50 and $4.30. Earlier this year, the company had projected earnings per share to range from $3.80 to $4.80. More than two dozen subprime mortgage lenders have gone out of business or filed for bankruptcy protection this year amid a rise in defaults. Like other lenders stung by the subprime mortgage sector fallout, Countrywide has taken steps to cut back its exposure to future subprime losses. The company said it has cut out subprime loans for first-time homebuyers and for 100 percent financing, and cut back on reduced or no-documentation loans. Management said it expects its slice of subprime loan volume to fall to between 4 percent and 6 percent. It was 8 percent in the fourth quarter of 2006. Countrywide has also adjusted its underwriting guidelines for Alt-A loans, which are extended to borrowers with credit score of at least 700 who may not qualify for prime loans. While some mortgage lenders have said they are having trouble selling Alt-A loans, Countrywide said the troubles that led to the subprime mortgage sector crisis have not had a “material impact or spillover to date” on the company’s Alt-A or prime loan business. Countrywide shares closed up $1.20, or 3.18 percent, to $39.92 Thursday on the New York Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Zone for minority fans at Russia World Cup forced to move

first_img0Shares0000British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was arrested after staging a one-man protest in Moscow © AFP / Maxim ZMEYEVSAINT PETERSBURG, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – A space for gay and ethnic minority football fans in Saint Petersburg during the World Cup was forced to relocate at the last minute in a move activists believe was politically motivated.The owners of the building that was set to host Diversity House, where fans could meet and watch matches, told organisers days ahead of the opening that they were withdrawing their co-operation. Piara Powar, director of the international anti-discrimination network FARE that is overseeing the project, said the move was “familiar” to rights groups in Saint Petersburg.“They recognise it as the method through which the city authorities shut down activities which do not conform to their political outlook,” he said in a statement Saturday.He said the last-minute pull-out appeared to be a “political attack of the kind that shows how debates about human rights are curtailed by powerful conservative political forces in Russia.”Powar told AFP last month the network had sought assurances from Russian authorities that Diversity Houses in both Moscow and Saint Petersburg would be allowed to go ahead during the World Cup.Local organiser Elena Belokurova told AFP the group had found a new location in the centre of Saint Petersburg and it was already open.She said there had been no threats from the owners of the building where the project was originally planned, near the city’s main fan zone.The Moscow Diversity House opened last week and has been hosting events in the city centre.British gay rights activist Peter Tatchell was briefly arrested last week for a one-man protest near Red Square against President Vladimir Putin’s record on gay rights.Violence against gays and homophobic rhetoric in Russia regularly make global headlines.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

JUST THE TICKET

first_imgPICO RIVERA – The lights were down and the audience was ready for the grand opening of the Pico Rivera Village Walk 15 Krikorian Premiere Theatre on Friday. The cineplex opened to a crowd of 200 at 11 a.m. Friday for a first round of shows after eight years of planning and building. “It far surpassed anyone’s expectation,” Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke said. “It is so grand. This is a theater you would expect to see in Hollywood, Westwood or Pasadena.” The new theater was built on land purchased and cleared by the city eight years ago. Relocating the businesses and residents who were on the land, and cleaning up the property, cost the city about $12 million. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The land was later sold to George Krikorian, entrepreneur and founder of the chain of Krikorian Premiere Theatres, for $4 million. The opening of the movie theater, the first in Pico Rivera since an old drive-in left the city a decade ago, began with a gala celebration and ribbon-cutting for VIP’s on Wednesday night. Five movies were shown to Krikorian and city representatives, as well as vendors and other guests. “It was a true movie-going experience, and it was a good trial run for the staff,” Beilke said. “The staff is so wonderful, very professional.” At the gala, George Krikorian announced he would donate $2,000 to the Maria Hicks Scholarship Fund, founded in honor of a shooting victim who was killed on Aug. 10 trying to stop vandals from tagging a wall near her home. Krikorian also said he plans to give all proceeds from the sale of popcorn and drinks from opening weekend to a city program that provides scholarships for teens, as a show of good will and commitment to the community. Assistant Manager Esthela Hernandez said the theater’s first day open to the public was busy, with 200 guests for the first round of movies, beginning at 11 a.m. “For being a brand-new theater, it’s pretty good,” Hernandez said. “We’ve been pretty busy.” Hernandez, 26, said she has been with Krikorian for six years, and transferred from the Downey location to Pico Rivera. She said there was excitement in the community about the theater. “We had people stopping by at 8 a.m., asking when we would open,” Hernandez said. Hernandez predicted shows would begin selling out in the evening on Friday. A few finishing touches will be added to the theater in the new year, including the completion of a fifteenth screen and mural paintings in the lobby. For Friday’s attendees, however, the theater was already meeting expectations. The theater is offering $1 popcorn and sodas for opening weekend, as well as free giveaways and promotions to draw crowds. Joe Arquita, 27, a film student from Montebello, attended one of the shows on Friday. He came for the specials on food and drinks for the opening, and was impressed by the grandeur of the building. “It’s a helluva lot bigger than AMC, that’s for sure,” Arquita said. Beilke said he expects that residents will support the theater for the opening and into the future. “Just come, and keep coming,” Beilke said. “You’ll love it. It’s worth every cent.” airan.scruby@sgvn.com (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

RALLY TO CONTINUE DESPITE CANCELLATION OF STAGE AFTER TRACTOR PROTEST

first_imgThe Donegal International Rally will resume again this morning after organisers were forced to cancel the last stage of the event yesterday.The cancellation came after a protester blocked a roadway in the Knockalla area with a tractor.It is understood the man was interviewed by Gardai at the scene. A stand-off developed and organisers decided it was best to cancel stage 14 duirng yesterday’s second day of rallying.Hundreds of disappointed spectators were forced to abandon the stage at Knockalla which is one of the most popular of the three day event.The Knockalla stage was the scene of one of the most tragic incidents in the rally’s history two years ago when Meath navigator Thomas Maguire was killed.  RALLY TO CONTINUE DESPITE CANCELLATION OF STAGE AFTER TRACTOR PROTEST was last modified: June 17th, 2012 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