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Donaire wrests ‘bizarre’ WBA bantam belt from injured irish

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum In scoring the win at SSE Hydro Arena, Donaire also made it to the semifinals of the bantamweight division of the unique tournament pitting champions and contenders across all four pro boxing governing bodies—World Boxing Council (WBC), WBA, International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO).The four-division champion will next face WBO titlist Zolani Tete of South Africa early next year.Tete defeated Russian Mikhail Aloyan in their quarterfinals last month.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 ChrissEach WBSS division champion will pocket $10 million, the prestigious Muhammad Ali Trophy and the bragging rights as the unified champion.“First off, I want to acknowledge and thank God and my archangels for everything they put before me tonight,” tweeted Donaire who slid back to 118 pounds where he scored many of his most explosive conquests. Nonito Donaire Jr. became a world champion again after he scored a bizarre technical knockout win over Ireland’s Ryan Burnett in the World Boxing Super Series Saturday night in Glasgow, United Kingdom.The 35-year-old Donaire scored a career-extending win after wresting Burnett’s WBA (World Boxing Association) crown after the Belfast-born fighter appeared to have injured his back and retired.ADVERTISEMENT “Next, I would like to send prayers of healing to Ryan Burnett and thank him for sharing the ring with me. I know he’ll heal up and be back in the ring soon,” he added.Donaire and Burnett were engaged in an otherwise thrilling combat in the first four rounds before the Irish suddenly went down on his knees in pain, holding his back just before the end of the fourth round.Burnett, erstwhile undefeated, waved before the fifth round could start and was stretchered out of the ring with Donaire holding the ropes for him, drawing plaudits for his “classy act.”“Burnett is an amazing fighter. Early on he just kept coming at me,” said Donaire after the fight. “A win’s a win and it wasn’t the way I would like to win, but he’s an amazing fighter.” —MARC REYESADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Bolts make it to quarterfinals as No. 7 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments MOST READlast_img read more

Reporter nabs NBA job she’s dreamed of since age 11

first_imgShe was in seventh grade, with the whole family at an Atlanta Hawks game (her first), in great seats, thanks to a work connection of her dad’s. So it was easy for ShahAhmadi to spot the sharply dressed woman holding the microphone up to the Hawks’ head coach courtside.“In my head, I was like, ‘That has to be the coolest job ever.’”Cheryl ShahAhmadi remembers it like this: “Ashley goes, ‘Mom, that is what I want to do. I want to be a sideline reporter in the NBA.’”Cheryl didn’t think much of it at the time.Yet, she says, Ashley stayed steadfastly focused on the dream — through her father walking out her freshman year of high school; through Cheryl’s struggle to raise three kids, paycheck to paycheck, as a waitress who worked nights and weekends; through Ashley working at Chick-Fil-A all through high school and college to help pay her tuition at the University of Georgia’s broadcast journalism school.And in 2014, ShahAhmadi graduated and started looking for work. The first job she landed covering sports was in Meridian, Miss. — a city whose entire population wouldn’t fill up Spectrum Center (where the Hornets play) twice.It’s about as far away from an NBA sideline as a sports journalist could get.Starting at the bottomBut, she says, it was a fantastic opportunity for a newly minted college graduate. At WTOK-TV, she was on-air five nights a week, anchoring the 6 and 10 o’clock sports reports, and got to cover college teams at Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss (plus a fair amount of high school sports).The pay and the schedule were not so fantastic. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? (For the record, though, the traditional way to say her last name is “Shah-AHK-meh-dee,” with a throat-clearing ‘kh’ sound. “I just Americanized it to make it easier,” she says.)Her father, a native of Iran, emigrated to the United States when he was 14 and grew up to marry Cheryl Rebischke of Saint Cloud, Minn. Ashley, the middle of their three children, was born two years after her brother Aryon and seven years before her brother Brandon. She learned a bit of Persian from her grandmother, but otherwise, there wasn’t much Iranian influence on her life; if the family went to religious services, it was to Catholic church on Christmas and Easter.It’s always been a tall family — Ashley, Aryon and Brandon are 5-10, 6-3 and 6-6, respectively — and they’ve always been basketball fans. But Ashley was the one who took the game most seriously.Although she developed into a shot-blocking force as a forward at Marietta’s Kell High School, she calls a middle-school game — in which she scored half of her team’s points — her most memorable moment as a player.And it was an NBA game she attended as a middle-schooler that was the seminal moment in her life, she says.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s almost — ” he pauses, then laughs. “You know, I never want to discourage people from being happy, but I’m sometimes telling her, ‘Calm down. Not so much.’”But she does have much to be excited about.She’s no longer living paycheck to paycheck. She shares a roof again with family members, yet she also gets some space, with all the trips to Charlotte, a city she’s quickly fallen in love with. And after spending four years rarely seeing the outside of Mississippi, ShahAhmadi is about to become a very frequent flier, since her new role requires her to travel with the team.Oh, and did we mention she’s finally, really, truly in her dream job?“It’s insane. I mean, it’s insane,” ShahAhmadi says, after wrapping up her first night in her new job as an NBA sideline reporter, a Dec. 19 Hornets win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.“I’m just so grateful… I cannot believe that this is my job. I can’t believe I made it.”As she says this, she’s not literally jumping for joy — not like 11-year-old Ashley, who most certainly is — but 26-year-old ShahAhmadi is smiling a smile that viewers will be seeing a whole lot more.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47INSIDE THE WATER JEEPNEY: Manila to Cavite in 20 minutes?00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 “11-year-old Ashley is literally jumping for joy,” she tweeted on Sept. 24. “Ever since I went to a Hawks game as a kid and saw the hosts/reporters, I have dreamed of the day I would be able to cover a NBA team.”Of course, she had originally been a bit more specific than that — which makes what happened less than two months later more incredible.On Dec. 12, Ready announced that she’d be leaving for a job at Turner Sports at the end of the week, after working Hornets games almost exactly as long as ShahAhmadi had dreamed of being an NBA sideline reporter.How many NBA sideline reporting jobs are there in the world? A few dozen, maybe?Well, one was finally open, and ShahAhmadi was in the exact right place at the exact right time.A happy ending … and beginningWhether you’ve seen ShahAhmadi on TV or in person at a Hornets game (she and her on-air partners broadcast live from the pop-up booth on the Spectrum Center concourse), two things probably stood out.One, her look isn’t typical. “It’s always like, ‘You’re not from around here,’ as soon as they see my last name,” she says. “But also just ’cause I have olive skin and darker hair. No one ever guesses Persian. … So that’s a nice conversation-starter.”Two, smiling’s her favorite.“Her on-camera personality is, I think, really something that everybody enjoys,” Stephens says. “She’s always so bubbly, and so enthusiastic, in every situation. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img Her salary was $22,000 a year, and while $22,000 stretches a lot farther in Meridian, Miss., than it does in Atlanta or Charlotte, it still wound up stretching ShahAhmadi pretty thin. And with working late most nights, Monday and Tuesday as days off, and little vacation time, she rarely drove the 4-1/2 hours home to see the family.She lived like this for two years. Then: another job in Mississippi — and another two years. In 2016, she made it to a bigger market, Jackson, Miss., but now it was six hours home and … she’d about had it.Near her contract renewal date this spring, ShahAhmadi made her daily call to her mother, and unsuccessfully fought back tears. “I just kind of feel like I’ve plateaued here,” she told her mom. There was nowhere higher to go in Mississippi. She was stuck.‘Literally jumping for joy’She wasn’t going to settle for anything, she says: She really was prepared to move back home while she kept looking.But in April, she got a lead on a digital reporting job at Fox Sports South in Atlanta. She combined a short trip home (for brother Aryon’s wedding) with a meeting with Randy Stephens, executive producer at Fox Sports and its affiliates.She told him about her love of basketball and her childhood dream of working an NBA sideline as a reporter. “She was also well aware,” Stephens says, chuckling, “that that’s not (the job) we were talking about.”Still, he was impressed by her passion, initiative and stick-to-it-ness in Mississippi. So he hired her as an Atlanta-based reporter and host, focusing on Fox Sports South’s internet and social media presences.This wasn’t the job she’d dreamed of, but it felt like a dream job: In her first months, she was sent to Washington D.C. for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game and to Cooperstown for Atlanta Braves great Chipper Jones’s induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.So when Stephens asked her to start commuting to Charlotte to host Fox Sports Southeast’s pre- and post-game Hornets shows — joining analyst/sideline reporter Stephanie Ready — she had to pinch herself again. In this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018 photo, Ashley ShahAhmadi broadcasts from the baseline during a break in the Charlotte Hornets game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. ShahAhmadi is in her first season with Fox Sports South as the host of the network’s pre- and post-game coverage of Charlotte Hornets games. (David T. Foster III/The Charlotte Observer via AP)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Eight short months ago, Ashley ShahAhmadi was covering high school baseball games and track meets at the local ABC affiliate in Jackson, Miss. — and desperately working on an exit strategy.At 26, after four years of working small ones, she had to land a bigger job soon, she’d decided — or move back home to Georgia, in with her mother and younger brother, and start over.ADVERTISEMENT Kei Nishikori, Karolina Pliskova win Brisbane International titles Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ View comments Then in May, Atlanta-based Fox Sports South hired her as a digital host and producer. Four months later, she was tapped to host pre- and post-game coverage of Hornets home games. And in December, longtime Hornets sideline reporter/analyst Stephanie Ready announced she was leaving.And there it was: Her dream job, open. She’d been imagining this — not kind of this, not sort of this, but exactly this — ever since she was in the seventh grade. But was she ready?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 Chriss‘That has to be the coolest job’In case you’re wondering, she pronounces ShahAhmadi so it rhymes with comedy: “SHAH-meh-dee.”last_img read more

Health Minister Gets 72-Hour Ultimatum to Reinstate Health Workers

first_imgFollowing hours of heated and vengeful debates, all pointed at Health & Social Welfare Minister Walter Gwenigale, the Senate on Tuesday, June 3rd, ordered Gwenigale to reinstate, within 72 hours, dismissed leaders of the National Health Workers Association of Liberia (NHWAL).The Senate further mandated the Ministry to ensure that the two leaders be given all benefits enjoyed prior to their dismissal.According to the Senate, Plenary on Tuesday voted 13 for, two against, with four abstentions, to order the reinstatement of NHWAL President Joseph Tamba and his Secretary General George Williams.Minister Gwenigale, who is reportedly out of the country, is also requested to appear before the plenary of the Senate together with his lawyer immediately upon his return to the country, to show reason why he should not be held in contempt for refusing to reinstate the two officials.The Senate’s order was transmitted to the Ministry through the Deputy Minister of Administration, Matthew T.K. Flomo who is currently acting as Minister, and was prompted by the absence of the Minister proper who had earlier been cited to appear before the Senate.But appearing before that august body Tuesday, Deputy Minister Flomo was firstly confronted by Maryland County Senator H. Dan Morias who protested to his colleagues that the Minister was “not properly dressed” (attired). Flomo was wearing a coat suit and a shirt without a neck tie.However, the Senate President, Ambassador Joseph Boakai, who was initially presiding, allowed it to pass as an observation and the session continued.Then came the debate of what decision to take to help nip in the bud, rumors of plans by health workers to resort to another go-slow if their Association’s leaders are not reinstated as agreed at negotiations that led to the workers agreeing to return to work after similar nationwide go-slow early this year. Deputy Minister Flomo informed the Senators that the decision by Minister Gwenigale to reinstate 20 of the 22 dismissed health workers and leaving out the president and his secretary general was as a result of their role in the health workers’ go-slow.“The Minister of Health formally wrote the two individuals informing them of their permanent dismissal from the Ministry; a copy of that communication was served the Civil Service Agency (CSA). As I stand here now I may not be in the position to tell you exactly the reason why the Minister has not been able to reinstate the two persons in question, the Acting Minister said.”For his part, Gbarpolu County Senator Armah Jallah reminded Deputy Minister Flomo about the gentleman’s agreement with the NHWAL that ended the go-slow, and asked whether Minister Gwenigale remembers said agreement.“It seems like the Ministry is being run by one person, because if the Ministry were run by a team, probably the acting Minister would not have acted in the manner he did,” Senator Jallah stressed.Bomi County Senator Sando Dazoe Johnson referred to Minister Gwenigale as very ‘stubborn and arrogant’ person, “and that it is his arrogance that got us where we are. And we at the Senate will not tolerate that; we cannot allow one Minister to be law and gospel unto himself. The Ministry of Health was created by the National Legislature; until the Senate takes a decision and be very firm on it, this Minister of Health will continue to disrespect us.”Senator Johnson continued: “Mr. Vice President, you are the second person in command in this country, we urge you to do all you can, because the Minister has made it clear that the President (Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf) is supporting him not to reinstate these people; you have to find out from the President whether she is the one supporting Minister Gwenigale, if she is the one that is making Minister Gwenigale to be stubborn, then we must know that and take the appropriate action.”At the end of the barrage of condemnations and other suggestions, aging and outgoing Grand Kru County Senator Cletus Segbe Wotorson proffered the motion that was voted on 13 for, with two against and four abstentions to give the dismissed health workers leaders their jobs back with full benefits.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Students receive laptops, school items from NGO

first_imgChildren from various regions across Guyana were recipients of back-to-school items, which were made possible by donations through the Give Another Chance Foundation (GACF).The presentation ceremony was held at the St Joseph High School in the presence of Public Health Minister Volda Lawrence; Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green; the Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, members of the Foundation and the awardees.The majority of the recipients were outstanding achievers in the recent National Grade Six Assessment (NGSA); they received book bags and laptops.Speaking at the ceremony, the Public Health Minister noted, “We are here to celebrate something that is good, something that would add to you boys and girls to enhance our education and as a result, to enhance the type of person you willThe Director of Sport, Christopher Jones presenting the items to one of the recipientsbe in the future.”Lawrence also urged the gathering of young students to pursue their aspirations in whatever field of studies they choose to pursue and related that there would be significant growth in the children’s capabilities if these gestures continued.“In order to make those dreams a reality, you have to ensure that you are focused and you have to focus on education because that is one of the main keys that are going to unlock the door of opportunity for you so that you can blossom and grow,” the Minister said to the students.In delivering the feature address, Mayor Chase Green noted that, along with the supply of materials to enhance their education, the students must also be steered away from drugs and must not be in any environment which fostered abuse and other dangerous situations.“We have to say no to abuse at all levels. We have to say no to drugs, because I know it is reported many times of the sale of drugs outside of our prominent schools and that is something we have to look into,” the Mayor said.Meanwhile, there are plans to take this initiative which has been ongoing for the past eight years to other areas such as Wakenaam Island and other rural areas. This will be done later in the week.last_img read more

Kin Park Assault

MP are also seeking the public’s help in tracking down the perpetrator of an assault in Kin Park. On Friday night at around 8 pm, a lone female was walking through the park when she was grabbed from behind by an unidentified man. The young woman was able to fight off the man, and flee the area unharmed. The assailant is described as a tall, middle aged, white male, wearing a dark coloured shirt and pants. Constable Jackelynn Passarell explains how asking for the public’s help can yield results in such cases. [asset|aid=50|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Passarel – Kin Park Assault_1_Pub.mp3] If you have any information on this assault, you can call the local RCMP detachment at 787-8140, or you can call crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.- Advertisement – read more

Bus attacker sought

first_imgWHITTIER – A Foothill Transit bus driver was recovering Thursday from an attack by a passenger who apparently got upset when the driver woke him up, officials said. The 44-year-old driver, whose name was withheld, was treated and released Wednesday from a hospital and was in good condition Thursday, Foothill Transit officials said. She was hit in the head and kicked in the stomach at about 8:30p.m. Wednesday, shortly after stopping her bus at a stop on Norwalk Boulevard and Palm Avenue in Whittier, authorities said. “There was a passenger that fell asleep on the back of the bus, and she got to the end of the line and tried to wake him,” said Jeffrey Moore, assistant general manager for First Transit in Irwindale. “He came behind her and hit her in the face. She was trying to get back to the driver’s seat, and that’s when he kicked her,” he added. The man then got off the bus and fled. First Transit provides drivers to Foothill Transit through a contract. Whittier police Officer Diana Salazar said no arrests had been made in the attack as of Thursday. Moore described the assailant as an African-American man, about 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds. The victim is a veteran employee who primarily works as a supervisor. She recently took on added duties as a bus driver, Moore said. Foothill Transit officials said the attack was a rare event. “For something like this to happen, it’s not only unusual, it’s highly unfortunate,” said Foothill Transit spokeswoman Felicia Friesema. “It’s very unexpected. Our customers have a great relationship with our operators.” Moore said the driver is expected to return to her job, but will be assigned to light duties. “I have a feeling she’ll be back in the saddle soon,” Friesema said. Foothill Transit is in the process of installing security cameras inside its fleet of buses, officials said. All of the devices should be in place within the next few months. However, the bus on which Wednesday’s assault occurred did not have a security camera, Friesema said. “This was one of the buses that was slated for retirement,” she added. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3024160Want 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

Ruby the elephant arrives at new home

first_imgSAN ANDREAS — Ruby the elephant has arrived at her new Northern California home relaxed and at ease. After a nearly seven-hour drive from the Los Angeles Zoo to the PAWS Sanctuary east of Stockton, a big-rig carrying the 46-year-old pachyderm pulled up about 1:10 p.m. Ruby then backed out, did a three-point turn and headed inside her 20,000-square-foot barn and Jacuzzi suite, were she immediately began playing with a “boomer ball” and snacking on acacia bows. She left at dawn this morning from the zoo, where she’d been housed for nearly 20 years. She stood manacled in the back of a temperature-controlled big-rig accompanied by zoo officials, including Jeff Briscoe, the principal elephant keeper, who’s been with Ruby since she arrived at the zoo from Circus Vargas in 1987. As a baby, Ruby was taken from the African wild and shuttled to Circus Vargas. Later, at the L.A. Zoo, she bonded with Gita, an Asian elephant who died last summer. Ruby was separated from Gita in 2003 and sent to the zoo in Knoxville, Ala., where she was isolated because of her aggression toward other elephants. After 18 months, she returned to L.A., where her cause was taken up by animal rights activists, who lobbied successfully for her transfer to the sanctuary. 160Want 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

El Kaabi stars as Morocco, Nigeria reach final

first_imgEight-goal El Kaabi is the runaway leading scorer in the tournament restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth, with his nearest rivals five behind.He netted twice against Mauritania and scored a hat-trick against Guinea during the group stage before breaking the deadlock in a quarter-finals victory over Namibia.The 24-year-old striker, who was not guaranteed a starting place ahead of the Championship, found space to nod Morocco in front after 73 minutes against dogged Libya.But a moment of madness from goalkeeper Anis Zniti gifted Libya an equaliser four minutes from time to stun a near-capacity crowd at the 65,000-seat Stade Mohammed V.The dribbling shot-stopper was dispossessed inside the box and Abdulrahman Khalifa struck the loose ball into the net past a miskicking defender.El Kaabi put Morocco ahead again seven minutes into extra time with the easiest of his eight goals, tapping the ball into the net at the far post after Libya failed to clear a corner.The sharpshooter from the Renaissance Berkane club in northeastern Morocco was then substituted by coach Jamal Sellami, who introduced a third centre-back to defend the slim advantage.Morocco sealed a first final appearance in the five-edition tournament three minutes from time when fouled Walid el Karti converted the penalty.The best previous showing by the Moroccans was reaching the 2014 quarter-finals, when they surrendered a three-goal lead to be beaten 4-3 by Nigeria in South Africa.Nigerian Gabriel, who scored the extra-time winner against Angola in the quarter-finals, finished a route-one move by darting through to fire a low shot past Sudan captain Akram Elhadi.The Nigerians were reduced to 10 men when Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off for a studs-up tackle and Sudanese Bakri Bachir got his marching orders for shirt pulling.It was the first loss suffered by Sudan in the biennial tournament since they debuted 2,551 days ago as 2011 hosts.Although Europe-based professionals are ineligible for the Nations Championship, matches carry full international status and count toward the monthly FIFA rankings.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Eight-goal El Kaabi is the runaway leading scorer in the tournament restricted to footballers playing in their country of birth, with his nearest rivals five behind.CASABLANCA, Morocco, Jan 31 – Surprise 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) star Ayoub el Kaabi scored twice as hosts Morocco overcame Libya 3-1 after extra time Wednesday in a Casablanca semi-final thriller.Nigeria won the later semi-final 1-0 over Sudan in Marrakech with Okechukwu Gabriel scoring the only goal in a match where each side had a player red-carded.last_img read more

Edwards to launch cleanup

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “We know we’ll never bomb those areas again,” said Paul Schiff, the Air Force project manager. “We’ll investigate them and clean them.” The Military Munitions Response Program was created to address the cleanup of areas that, as of October 2002, are no longer in use as ranges. Nationwide, the Defense Department has identified 293 sites covering more than 280,000 acres that will be investigated. Edwards is in the initial investigation phase, reviewing historical records and interviewing people who might know about some of the early ranges. About $200,000 is being spent on the effort. The base is also using technology, including aerial photography and the use of Light Detection and Ranging, or LiDAR – radar-like aerial equipment that bounces light off a target and analyzes the light that is reflected back. The photographs and LiDAR images will be examined for signs of bombing, such as crater rings. “It takes research,” said Gary Hatch, spokesman for the base’s Environmental Management division. “Even then there’s no guarantee we’ll find everything that has gone on before. We will use this technology to supplement our research.” Later this year, the Air Force will start the next phase of the program, making closer examinations of areas identified as having possible munitions or chemical residue from munitions. That work will include geophysical surveys and soil sampling. If a site is determined to need cleanup, a remedial investigation will be done to fully characterize the extent of the problem. That work is expected to be done in 2009. Feasibility studies would then be conducted to determine the best course of cleanup work. “This is a long-term process,” Schiff said. “It’s not something that’s done in a couple of years.” Active ranges are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Cleanups of those ranges are conducted annually. Jim Skeen, (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE – In its early days, Edwards Air Force Base was an Army gunnery range. Now, the Air Force is checking to see if there any munitions from those days still laying about. The desert and dry lake beds that are now Edwards became a military base in the early 1930s, first as an Army gunnery range and later as a bomber training range before evolving in the 1940s into a flight test center. As part of a Defense Department-wide initiative, Edwards’ Environmental Management officials are looking for unexploded bombs and shells and chemical residue in areas that might have been used as target ranges but are now serving other functions. Those areas include base housing, shopping areas, the former Jet Propulsion Laboratory site at North Base, the rocket laboratory and base gates. last_img read more


first_imgMember of Letterkenny Roatary Club with Dr. John Murray head of Little Angels HostelLetterkenny Rotary Club is running a night time 5k race and walk this Thursday in Aid of the Little Angels Hostel and Rotary Charities.The Little angels hostel provides homes for 8 young adults who have no homes for themselves. Most of them have no parents. The hostel provides house parents who look after cooking and funding etc. They are presently running at a massive deficit due to cutbacks and any money raised through the winter wollie warmer is badly needed.The Charities that the Rotary Club support include the shelter box appeal which are at present doing outstanding work in Haiyan. The event will take place at 9.30pm and participants are asked to wrap up warm. Each entrant will be given a High Vis vest and registration will take place in Divers Hyundai Garage from 7pm. Entry fee is €8 ARE YOU READY FOR THE WINTER WOOLY WARMER?! was last modified: November 19th, 2013 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) Tags:Letterkenny Rotary ClubWinter Wooly Warmerlast_img read more