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Malacañang hails Filipino SEA Games medalists

first_imgMarcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Philippines’ Gilas Cadets in the Southeast Asian Games. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZMalacañang lauded on Sunday the Filipino athletes who have brought honor to the country in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) which is ongoing in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.“Congratulations to all the Filipino athletes who won and brought honor to the country in yesterday’s events in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur,” Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “The whole country cheered when Team Pilipinas Gilas Men’s Basketball Team unleashed their top form and once again asserted our basketball supremacy in Southeast Asia by clinching the gold last night,” he added.Abella said Kiyomi Watanabe and the Philippine taekwondo poomsae team composed of Rodolfo Reyes, Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Raphael Mella also got gold in the 63kg division in women’s judo and taekwondo male poomsae, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’As of August 26, 11:00 p.m., the Philippines had 18 gold, 25 silver and 47 bronze medals, the spokesman added.“Mga kababayan, patuloy po natin ibigay ang ating suporta sa mga manlalarong Pinoy.  Puso para sa bayan!” said Abella. Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img McGregor must get rough and creative to upset Mayweather National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The multi-sport event will run until August 30.  CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees MOST READlast_img read more

Almazan downplays hit, childish antics against White

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine center Raymond Almazan downplayed his late-game antics against GlobalPort import Malcolm White in a heated duel won by the Elasto Painters on Sunday.Almazan hit White in the mouth with a forearm with 40. 3 seconds left that nearly triggered another scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “That was nothing,” said Almazan, who had 12 points and eight boards. “I just did that to irk him (White) some more because they were on their way to losing. It’s on him on how we will read that situation.”But Almazan didn’t stop there as he also tried to challenge White to a fistfight at the back tunnel of the Araneta Coliseum.Good thing, GlobalPort guard Stanley Pringle led White to the exit to keep him from getting into trouble.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Curry comes alive to score 35, Warriors rout Rockets by 41 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “That’s just part of the game, of course we can’t just let our teammates get hurt like that, and of course he has to respect our league,” said Almazan, who was called for a flagrant foul, in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Almazan’s dirty play was in retaliation for White’s elbow on ROS guard Chris Tiu, who was bloodied with a busted lip.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 crownREAD: Tiu says ‘intentional’ elbow by White like ‘getting hit by Pacquiao’On his way to the bench, Almazan even resorted to a childish behavior when he put his left index finger under his nose in a gesture towards White. View commentslast_img read more

If Liberia is Getting Better, Why are Outlying Counties’ Capitals Still Undeveloped?

first_imgA week ago, I travelled to Robertsport, the capital of Grand Cape Mount – located in western part of the country, to assess its tourism potential.My expectations of Robertsport were high. I expected to see improved infrastructure, even socially and economically, since my last visit there three years ago.However, things turned out to be the opposite. Although the city has a huge potential for tourism, which still remains largely untouched or undeveloped, nothing has changed in terms of infrastructure and social and economic development.My first depression came about when the taxi I was in turned off the paved road leading to the Liberia-Sierra Leone border, and started on the road to my destination, which was unpaved and muddy.Though the country has not fully entered the rainy season, during which most of the roads are in a deplorable state, the one leading to Robertsport has started to disintegrate, and will get worse during the rainy season.Despite the rough ride to the city, when I arrived, I was delighted to experience the beauty of Robertsport and its undeveloped tourist spots, which still has lots to offer visitors.I took a canoe ride over Lake Piso, saw the bay mouth of the lake connecting the Atlantic Ocean, visited historical sites, and the famous Massatin Island,, home to monkeys and different bird species.Nevertheless, the happiness was short lived as the city is still undeveloped, and still the way it was during my previous visit there. The city’s infrastructure is old, most buildings with tourism potential lie in ruins, there are no recreation centers or parks, and day or night, the city is dead.Once a beautiful place before the civil war, Robertsport can only boast of having one bank, without an ATM, no restaurants, no supermarkets, not even an internet café. There is also no electricity.The only hotel in town is very expensive, though it lacks a bar, gym or spa.In addition, the city is filthy, as heaps of rubbish surrounds it; and worst of all, the city has a very poor internet connection; you even have to walk up a hill to get mobile internet connection.Meanwhile, Robertsport’s fishery industry has not improved; it remained stagnant like the way I left it years back. Also, half of the communities are covered in bushes, as if to say ‘nobody lives around here.’Moreover, since the city’s infrastructure has not improved, the economic wellbeing of the people looks worse than people in the Monrovia. Although the people appear happy, they are materially poor. Very Poor! Socially, the 21st century youth of Robertsport are living like it’s the 20th century.Sadly, Robertsport is not the only city facing this challenge; Tubmanburg, Bopolu, Greenville, Cestos City and Barclayville, just to name a few, fall into this same category. They are lagging behind in everything; and it is sad to say that people are still living like in the 19th and 20th centuries.The bushes surrounding half of the city’s paved roadShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

$420M fertiliser contract was “return” on political investment

first_img… says GRDB director, rubbishing GM’s claimsAmidst swirling controversy over Raphael Trotman of the AFC describing campaign contributors to the AFCAnn Narine with AFC Vice Chairman and now Prime Minister Moses Nagamootooas “investors who expect returns”, Jinnah Rahman, a director on the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) is contradicting the claims made by the General Manager (GM) of GRDB, Nizam Hassan that a now dead $400 million fertiliser deal was for the farmers’ benefit.Rahman said the $420 million fertiliser contract was entered secretly among Hassan, the Agriculture Ministry and a political supporter of the Alliance for Change (AFC), Hardat Singh.Rahman highlighted that the board of directors agreed they should give concessions to rice farmers “and one of the things we said that we were going to do was to give them relatively cheap fertiliser so that was recommended to the Minister of Agriculture.”However, Rahman said that, “we had to sign a secret document saying that we shouldn’t disclose any information or give any information to anybody, even our rice farmers. I am totally against that and I will not be stopped. I will say and disclose to the public what I feel is important for them to know or else it will conflict… with the Freedom of Information Act that was passed in this country. I am not going to abide by any secret act; they can do what they want to do, but I am going to continue to campaign that we must not have any secrecy when it comes to the public interest.”Rahman lamented that the $420 million contract was issued to “a manGuyana Rice Development Board General Manager Nizam Hassancalled Hardat Rampersaud Singh.” GRBD’s GM Hassan, in his media release outlined that the contract was given to HDM labs.Guyana Times understands that HDM labs is owned by Hardat Singh, a campaign contributor to the AFC coffers. Singh is also the co-owner of Spice Restaurant, Catering and Lounge in New York along with Ann Narine who was also photographer with Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo during a meet there.Rahman noted further that the board was not furnished with a copy of the contract even though it was agreed that all the directors would be given a copy. “I understand that the matter went to the Cabinet and the Cabinet approved of this person so the board didn’t know who this person was before, it came to us as a surprise.”General Secretary of the Rice Producers Association, Dharamkumar Seeraj had said in a press briefing months ago that Cabinet approved a contract for the procurement of $420 million in fertiliser from a known campaign financier of the AFC/APNU collation. He also pointed out that the contract was not tendered, nor advertised and government’s actions were “in direct contravention of the laws, norms and conventions applicable to the acquisition of farmers’ inputs.”GRDB’s GM Hassan broke his silence on the issue after information went public that the shady deal was in jeopardy. He said in a press release that the contract was granted to the foreign company in a move to improve farmer’s production costs and overall productivity, since their rice, no longer being supplied to Venezuela at US$760 per tonne, would now attract the world market price of US$400 per tonne.According to GRDB, one of the ways in which this could have been done was by assisting in making fertiliser available to farmers at lower prices. The price for urea fertiliser at that time was between $5500 and $6500 per bag.Hassan pointed out: “It is noteworthy, that when local suppliers became knowledgeable of GRDB’s attempt to reduce the cost of fertiliser to farmers for supply of urea, the price immediately fell from $1000 to $2000 per bag.” He also said that, “while payment for the fertiliser was by Letter of Credit established through a local commercial bank, the supplier requested that the Letter of Credit be irrevocable and transferable.”The GRDB GM said this suggested that a supply from that source was not immediately available. However, the local bank only provides the service of irrevocable Letter of Credit which is not transferrable.“GRDB continued to monitor the supply and prices of urea on the local market and has been in constant communication with HDM Labs Inc since the supply of this commodity can no longer be considered urgent and immediate” said Hassan.Rahman contends that the contract fell apart because indeed, Hardat Singh could not supply the fertiliser since he did not have the financing to do so and wanted an advance payment on the contract from the bank to be able to deliver the goods, “that’s why he asked for the Letter of Credit to be irrevocable and transferable”, but as GRDB’s GM Hassan pointed out, “the local bank only provides the service of irrevocable Letter of Credit which is not transferable.”Guyana Times understands this move by local banks to make credit not transferable is done to prevent money laundering.Rahman is calling for Hardat Singh to be investigated since he is in receipt of information which shows that Singh was convicted in the USA on charges of fraud and money laundering.“In my view I believe somebody, some political party or some group of individuals would have benefited from this deal and not the rice farmers. That needs to be further investigated, why is it that after all this talk, especially in the AFC camp about sole sourcing, tendering transparency and setting up of the Public Procurement Commission [PPC], the government did not put this contract out for tendering. There was no urgency to purchase and sign a contract with this gentleman” said Rahman.Just recently Opposition Leader Bharat Jagdeo in a press conference pointed to the credibility of the supplier that was given the contract, citing that “we saw somebody who owns a Chinese store now getting a $420 million contract to supply fertiliser to Guyana without any tender.”According to Rahman “most of the board members are extremely angry that such a deal was signed behind there back, and this is the kind of nonsense that is still going on that used to go on in the past; we have to put an end to that; we are not any longer going to allow any form of corruption, nepotism or squandermania to take place in this country. At the end of the day it’s the people who are producing the rice and paddy who are suffering and you have a group of crooked people who want to make money.”last_img read more

Trafalgar KO defending champs

first_imgBerbice Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’…-join Hopetown, Outsiders and Lichfield in semisThe West Berbice community of Trafalgar sent defending champions New Amsterdam (NA) Kings crashing out of this year’s Berbice Zone Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ competition, inflicting on them a crushing 3-0 defeat as quarter-final action concluded on Saturday night at the Old Stelling Road in New Amsterdam.Part of the quarter-final action in the Berbice Zone of the Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ CompetitionThe game was played in front of another large crowd, and Trafalgar joined Hopetown, Outsiders and Lichfield in last night’s semi-finals and final played at the same venue.Following completion of the Round of 16 play earlier in the evening, Trafalgar squared off against the reigning champs in the third quarter-final game; and even though the contest was an evenly contested one in the first period, one could sense that the visitors were gaining momentum in the final period.Their hero, Kevin McKenzie, opened his account in the 16th minute with a neat flick into an empty goal, and he was back in action three minutes later when he netted a Guinness goal to seal a well-deserved victory and a place in the last four for his team.In the first quarter-final matchup, Hopetown, another team from West Berbice, beat Mahaicony 2-0, thanks to a goal from Darren Douglas in the 13th minute and another from Akeemo Watts in the 16th.Derick Taylor’s solitary strike in the 9th minute booked Outsiders’ place in the last four over Dam Boys, while Lichfield outlasted East Bank Gunners 2-0 in a penalty shootout after their clash ended in a 0-0 stalemate.Over $700,000 in prize money and trophies are up for grabs, while a place in the national playoffs is the other incentive to be derived for winning the competition.Complete ResultsGuinness Goal-(GG)-2 GoalsQuarterfinal RoundGame-1Hopetown-2 vs Mahaicony-0Darren Douglas-13thAkeemo Watts-16thGame-2Outsiders-1 vs Dam Boys-0Derick Taylor-9thGame-3Trafalgar-3 vs NA Kings-0Kevin McKenzie-16th and (GG)-19thGame-4East Bank Gunners-0 vs Lichfield-0Lichfield won 2-0 on penalty kicksRound of 16Game-1Hopetown vs Young StrikersHopetown won via walkoverGame-2Outsiders-0 vs Street Knights-0Outsiders won 1-0 on penalty kicksGame-3Orealla Falcons-1 vs East Bank Gunners-2East Bank ScorersRonaldo August-14thQuin Hazel-16thOrealla ScorerRawlston Alpin-13thGame-4Soccer Ville-2 vs Dam Boys-3Dam Boys ScorersOrlan Hinds-9th and (GG)-18thSoccer Ville ScorerAkeem Cadogan-(GG)-19thGame-5Trafalgar-3 vs Platinum Squad-0Adrian Prince-(GG)-19thRyan Schultz-12thGame-6Tucber Giants-0 vs Mahaicony-3Jose Ali-(GG)-19thEwart Abel-5thGame-7NA Kings-3 vs Top-7:1NA ScorersJoshua Butt-5thRay Reddock-9thOwn Goal-16thTop-7 ScorerShaquille Batson-2ndGame-8Lichfield-1 vs Twenties-1Lichfield won 2-1 on penalty kicksLichfield ScorerAllan Garnett-4thTwenties ScorerRonaldo Cassiano-15thlast_img read more

France midfielder set to to disappoint Everton and make Benfica switch

first_img1 Everton target Josuha Guilavogui is set to join Benfica as part of the deal that will take Nicolas Gaitan to Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Portugal.Spanish champions Atletico, who have already drafted in Mario Mandzukic and Angel Correa, are looking to further bolster their attack after the departures of Diego Costa and David Villa.They are in advanced negotiations with Benfica over the transfer of Argentine winger Gaitan, who has previously been tracked by Manchester United and Liverpool, and they are now poised to send France international midfielder Guilavogui in the opposite direction on a season-long loan.Everton have monitored the 23-year-old, who made only one league appearance last season, while Bundesliga side Wolfsburg have also been linked with him as they could lose Brazil international Luiz Gustavo.But both sides will miss out as Atletico’s move for Gaitan is expected to be finalised in the coming days and Guilavogui is likely to be plying his trade in Portugal next season instead. Josuha Guilavogui [right] last_img read more

Sunderland to appeal bizarre Brown red card

first_img Wes Brown sent off at Old Trafford Sunderland have confirmed they will appeal the controversial red card shown to defender Wes Brown in Saturday’s 2-0 Premier League defeat at Manchester United.Brown was sent off by referee Roger East at Old Trafford when television replays showed it was team-mate John O’Shea who should have been dismissed.Sunderland confirmed their intention to appeal on their official website and have until 1pm on Monday to lodge the appeal.Brown was penalised for a foul in the area on Radamel Falcao, although the offence was committed by O’Shea. Brown was on the scene but made no contact with the United player.Wayne Rooney scored the resulting penalty to break the deadlock.The Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) released a statement after the match insisting it was not a case of mistaken identity and East did in fact mean to send Brown off.East believed he saw contact from O’Shea and Brown on Falcao and sent off the latter as in his view Brown’s foul had been the crucial one, the statement said.East came in for fierce criticism on social media and in match reports in the wake of the incident, the latest decision to come under scrutiny following a series of controversial calls in recent weeks.Sunderland boss Gus Poyet was also critical of the decision when asked about it after the match and the club have now opted to try and get Brown’s three-match ban overturned. 1last_img read more

It’s not Christmas without tamales

first_imgArndt grew up around tamales while living in San Fernando, but she generally avoided them. She had a change of heart, however, after tasting an Ortega family tamale. Now, she plans to serve tamales for Christmas dinner along with ham, a green bean casserole and scalloped potatoes. Yona Hong, 35, said that as a Korean-American, rice is always the main dish when she joins family for a big meal. But this Christmas, tamales will be a side dish, sharing the bill with turkey, shrimp and kimchi, a fermented mix of vegetables and seasoning. Hong, who lives in Koreatown, sees tamales as a delicious alternative to fried food. “Burgers and french fries, if you think about it, it’s not good for you,” Hong said. “But tamales, it’s made out of vegetables or meat and it’s cooked.” Fellow tamale fan Gloria Lusear will fly home to Arkansas with the treats also in tow to have with champagne in a light Christmas Eve dinner with her family. She says L.A. tamales are better than the Mississippi Delta variety called “hot tamales” that she grew up with – which came out of a can. For this Christmas, she is ordering her tamales from a bakery in East Los Angeles. “I love them, and I’ve never had a decent tamale in Arkansas,” Lusear said. Mexican tamales are usually filled with shredded beef or chicken and a mole sauce of chilies and spices, surrounded by a layer of dough called “masa” made from ground corn mixed with some kind of fat. The Gourmet Tamale Factory uses Country Crock spread because it has no trans fat, but in Mexico tamale makers often use lard. The whole thing is wrapped in a corn husk or banana leaf, and then steamed. The tamale has ancient roots in Mexico – the ground corn base used in masa is called “Nixtamal,” a variation of an Aztec word for it. Making tamales is labor intensive, so in today’s busy world Gourmet Tamale Factory and other eateries save customers the work. In the two years since opening California Tamale House in North Hills, Juan Gonzalez, 40, said he has also noticed the popularity of tamales among non-Latinos reach new heights. Filipino-Americans and Korean-Americans especially like them, he said. “I think it’s because Latin American culture is strong,” he said in Spanish. But the tamale is anything but new to the United States. Historians say Latino laborers brought the tamale to the Mississippi Delta decades ago. The “hot tamale” is a staple of delta cooking. The tamale also is growing in popularity in other parts of the United States because of the globalization of tastes, said Teresa Esquivel, the Phoenix-based managing editor of Food Product Design magazine. Whole Foods and other specialty stores, as well as TV’s Food Network, are introducing consumers to food from around the world, Esquivel said. “Everyone’s expectations are a little higher, and their taste buds are a little more curious,” she said. Just as the tamale has grown in popularity among non-Latinos, Monica Melgoza, 30, of Lincoln Heights, has grown less enamored of it. In the days before Christmas, she watches her aunts make tamales in their kitchen – a couple of thousand for family, friends and clients. There are some Japanese-American clients, and the aunts have even shipped tamales to Mexico. But it’s not easy. “It’s really a bonding experience because there’s so much work, you have to spend a lot of hours together,” Melgoza said. Tamales are the main dish on Christmas Eve at the Melgoza household, but Melgoza said she no longer can stand them. “Maybe because my family is so involved in tamales and I have to smell it every Christmas,” said Melgoza, who is a development officer at the Los Angeles Music Center. But others, including Sandi Romero, have not lost their taste for tamales. Romero is co-founder of a Westlake nonprofit called Mama’s Hot Tamales Cafe that is a business incubator giving struggling tamale vendors a chance to begin a career. Romero, too, has noticed the growing popularity of tamales among non-Latinos. Her tamales are organic and lard-free, and Romero said that appeals to a broad range of customers. “That’s where I see the trend growing, a lot of vegan people, a lot of people who are health conscious,” she said. Ortega at Gourmet Tamale Factory, however, has a different vision for the American tamale. He sees a tamale chain restaurant as a good business venture. “I’m almost positive,” he said, “that pretty soon someone’s going to come out with a … fast-food tamale.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN FERNANDO – With practiced hands, workers at Gourmet Tamale Factory have been turning out the tasty tidbits as fast as they can for the past few weeks as they brace for today when dozens of customers will descend on the store. For many families from Mexico and Latin America, it’s just not Christmas without tamales, and there will be plenty of folks flocking to the San Fernando eatery to get a last-minute taste of tradition. But a growing number of non-Latinos are also starting to make tamales a Christmas tradition, said Roberto Ortega, owner of the factory. “I feel like I’m doing something right, that I got hold of something, a little trend, and I need to do something more with it,” the 37-year-old Ortega said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson With grocery store shelves becoming increasingly globalized, food-industry experts say the tamale craze is one of many ways American taste buds are going cosmopolitan. And with the growing Latino population in the United States, Latin American cuisine is all the rage. A National Restaurant Association survey of chefs recently found 60percent said Latin American cuisine is hot, behind only fusion cuisine in the ethnic food category. When Ortega and his wife, Magali, opened Gourmet Tamale Factory a couple of years ago, just 30percent of customers were non-Latino. Now, that’s up to nearly 50percent, Ortega said. And in the tamale rush leading up to Christmas, non-Latino customers surge to 70percent, Ortega said. Born of German and Slavic ancestry, Peggy Arndt, 57, is one of those customers. last_img read more

Smith proves adept at getting Cougars’ best

first_imgTo be honest, Katie Smith was not the most popular choice to be Norco’s girls volleyball coach. She didn’t lack experience, but Smith wasn’t all that far removed from the program as a prep player. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Part of the concern in hiring Smith was that she would be too much of a friend to her players. Smith’s younger sister, Camille, a sophomore, already was on the team. Inland Valley Player of the Year Samantha Arriaran said rumors started early that Smith determined everyone’s role even before tryouts. So Arriaran went to Gonzalez, who tried to assuage the team’s fears. “He (Gonzalez) said, ‘You’ve got to have faith. She’s not going to do that,’ ” Arriaran said. “And I told him, ‘Mr. Gonzalez, I’m going to trust you.’ I thank God that she came. I feel like I could talk to her about anything.” But Smith was far from easy. Smith graduated from Norco in 1999, but she returned in 2005 to lead the Cougars to new heights, the CIF-Southern Section semifinals. The results came on the heels of a fifth-place Mountain View League finish the year before, earning Smith the Inland Valley Coach of the Year honors. “I caught a lot of flak for hiring her,” Norco athletic director Ben Gonzalez said. “But I knew Katie, and that really helped. And I was very impressed with her in the first meeting.” center_img Win or lose, there were no off days from practice. “I didn’t give them a day off, and you have to know where to draw the line,” Smith said. “I let them know that in my first year.” Smith isn’t a teacher by profession, but her job of organizing youth athletics in Pomona helped her organize the Norco program. Coming off a fifth-place finish, Norco’s regular-season schedule wasn’t the most challenging. But a five-game victory against Riverside King in the final nonleague contest before Mountain View League play began gave Smith an inkling as to what the team could do. “The last game we won 16-14 when we were down 14-12,” Smith said. “We just played with everything we had at the end. We knew that if we got down, we could pick ourselves back up.” Smith, who is working on her master’s degree, acknowledges she isn’t long for the Norco job. “I would really like to move on to the next level,” she said, “to a JC or a small four-year school.” No matter how long she lasts, she always will have 2005. “I felt great going back to my alma mater,” she said. “Having that sense of community that Norco has. Having my sister on the team was work to get used to, but it was nice to get back home.” Although it didn’t start out that way, the feeling quickly became mutual. 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


first_imgFormer British champion turned film stunt driver Mark Higgins is planning to return to rally action on next weekend’s Topaz Donegal International.The Wales-based Manxman will drive a WRC Mini owned by Derek McGarrity on round four of the Irish Tarmac championship.Higgins has been one of the most successful drivers for the past decade but in recent times has turned increasingly to film stunt work. He was one of the drivers in the spectacular car scenes in Quantum of Solace and has just returned from Turkey where he was working on the latest James Bond movie, Skyfall.Details for the Donegal appearance are still being worked out but it is planned that Higgins will team up with his old British championship-winning co-driver Rory Kennedy to drive a Prodrive Mini for the first time.They finished second behind Andrew Nesbitt in a Mitsubishi one-two in 2006 and were second again the following year when Sebastien Loeb took his memorable victory ahead of Rally Ireland.Indeed, Higgins led the World champion by nearly 40 seconds at the end of the first leg. “You could say Mark and I still have some unfinished business in Donegal so it would be great to get another chance to set the record straight,” said Kennedy who was a three-time winner of his home international with Bertie Fisher.McGarrity, meanwhile, will switch to last year’s Donegal winning car, the Tim McNulty S12C Subaru.Reigning Tarmac champion McNulty, who trails leader Darren Gass by 46 points in this year’s series, is now expected to sit out the rest of the season.Full details of the three-day Donegal event will be announced in Letterkenny tonight. JAMES BOND DRIVER TO COMPETE AT DONEGAL INTERNATIONAL RALLY! was last modified: June 6th, 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) Tags:donegal international rallyMARK HIGGINSlast_img read more