The teary-eyed outburst by West Indies cricket legend, Sir Garfield Sobers, has provided one of the most touching moments in the recent troubled history of West Indies cricket. The man who is widely regarded as the greatest all-round cricketer to have ever played the game was sharp, precise, and prudent with his prognosis of what is fundamentally going wrong currently with West Indies cricket. Unlike most of the region’s countless experts and analysts, Sir Garfield never sought refuge in denying the reality. He did not seek to go the easy route of blaming the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) and its succession of inept administrators for the rapid and continuous decline of West Indies cricket. Sir Garfield’s observation was much more heartfelt, honest, and on point. With the admission that the fundamental problem crippling West Indies cricket, right now, is the fact that the current players in the region are not genuinely committed to the West Indian cause, but were more interested in using the West Indies team as a stepping stone towards playing in the lucrative Indian Premier League and we assume other Twenty20 cricket leagues. In fighting back the tears, Sir Garfield made the not-so-subtle comparison between the attitude of the players when he represented the West Indies and that of the current crop of players. With his voice cracking under the emotions of the moment, Sir Garfield said: “I never made a single run for myself, I made all the runs for the West Indies.” The legend concluded that if the mindset of West Indian players doesn’t change, the regional team will continue to struggle for a long time and that many countries will surpass the West Indies. With his eyes glistening with tears, Sir Garfield said of all this: “It hurts.” Not only did it hurt Sir Garfield to utter those poignant words, I suspect it hurt many cricket fans all over the world to see the kind of pain that West Indies cricket has inflicted on this international legend and hero of the game. The passionate honesty was impressive by the man who, for many years, held the world record for the most runs scored in a Test innings (365) before it was broken by Brian Lara. He clearly was not among the emotional dreamers who continue to envisage getting back to that elusive space on the top of world cricket after eventually turning that endless corner. There was a tone of finality, a feel of painful resignation in what Sir Garfield said and how he said it. The tears suggested an acknowledgement that West Indies cricket has passed the point of no return. The 79-year-old legend provided a rational and balanced encapsulation of what is the most recent game-changer in the demise of West Indies cricket. In a context where too many people across the Caribbean maintain their emotional hold on the myth of a West Indies resurgence, based on the belief in the much-used clichÈs that if only the governance structure of the regional board should change, or the board was more transparent and administrators were more efficient, then West Indies cricket would rise again. Personally, I feel honoured to be in the same mental space as the legendary Sir Garfield Sobers as it relates to the worsening demise of our cricket. We absolutely see what has happened and is still happening to West Indies cricket and we are not afraid to face and accept it.
In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Durham said it was pure adrenaline that helped him mask the pain as he finished with 18 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists.“It’s a little tender now, you know the adrenaline of the game kind of wore off so the pain is starting to set in,” said Durham Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We [the doctors and I] will do some treatment tomorrow and get ready for Sunday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDespite limping on one leg, Durham managed to register six points, four rebounds, and one assist after the injury.“I’ll be ready for Sunday, the doctor’s already got a plan of action and we’ll get back and work in it tomorrow,” said Durham. How to help the Taal evacuees CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESAlen Durham limped his way to help Meralco close out Blackwater 104-96 in the quarterfinals of PBA Governors’ Cup, but he vowed he would be up and running against Star in the semifinals.The Bolts’ import sprained his right ankle with 7:05 left in the do-or-die game against the Elite, but he knows he will be in peak shape once the Star series starts on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH side looking to overachieve in Asian Baseball Championship 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments
…as Private Sector cries: “What we don’t want is an overtaxed sector”The Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) has not been privy to any planned reduction in the rate of Value Added Tax when the Budget for 2018 is presented in six weeks’ time.Members of the taxation panel at ‘Guyana Business Summit 2017’ during the fiery discussionThe bombshell was dropped on Thursday, the final day of ‘Business Summit 2017’, when GRA Commissioner-General Godfrey Statia formed part of a fiery discussion panel on ‘Taxation in Guyana’ and was joined by vocal social activist and Chartered Accountant Christopher Ram, the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB’s) Mark Wenner, Opposition Member of Parliament Anil Nandlall, and Private Sector Representative Deodat Indar.Statia is in fact advocating a reduction in the personal income taxes paid by workers—a measure that can in fact alleviate the inherent loss of disposable income, a result of previous increases in other taxes paid.The panel discussion followed a presentation by People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) Chief Whip Gail Teixeira, who had lamented the more than $10 billion taken out of the pockets of the average Guyanese as a result of the 2017 Budget taxation measures.The Commissioner-General, during his time in the spotlight and under interrogation from participants of the Guyana Business Summit 2017, was quick to point out that he was in no way a policy representative of the Government, but was at the summit as a technocrat.During his exchange on the panel discussion, he also criticized its content, saying he had attend the forum under the impression that “it would have been an intellectual discourse on how we go about” solving the problems that exist within the system.According to the Commissioner-General, two-thirds of the way into the allotted time for ‘taxation,’ the discussions were yet to centre on the ‘meat of the matter.’Lambasting the forum, the Commissioner General said the administration and its related agency must first be apprised of the tax-related woes that impede the Private Sector in order to be able to formulate a plan to address them. He reminded those in attendance at the Marriott Hotel that “there is no quick fix.”Turning his attention to the ever-controversial application of the Value Added Tax (VAT), the Commissioner General told participants, inclusive of business leaders and elected representatives, “As far as I have been told, there has not been any further consideration in reduction of VAT.”Statia’s comments were not contradicted by Minister within the Finance Ministry, Jaipaul Sharma, and came a short time after Teixeira had told the Business Forum of an Opposition proposal for the rate to be reduced to 12 per cent—initially promised by the Coalition Administration.Responding to the various aspersions cast as a result of the imposition of a range of new tax measures in the 2016 and 2017 budgets — which has led to the annual erosion of some $10 billion in disposable income — Statia said he would have preferred to see a reduction in the income taxes paid.The Commissioner-General told those in attendance that the benefits the administration was looking to see passed on with its reapplication of VAT on a range of commodities did not filter down to the ordinary man.“I would have preferred a decrease in personal taxation, and let the increased disposable income cover that (shortfalls)… There is a mixture of things to be done,” Statia cautioned, as ideas were bandied on which of the several taxes charged should be reduced.IDB Representative on the panel, Dave Wenner, had used his time to lament that Guyana is listed—tied with Haiti—as having the highest business taxes.Fiery discussionThe fiery discussion panel came subsequent to a presentation to the Business Summit by PPP General Secretary Gail Teixeira—on behalf of Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo—who updated the Summit on some 124 proposals that the political Opposition has submitted to Parliament for inclusion in the 2018 Budget.The proposals by the political Opposition indicated to the Business Summit that the Opposition was looking to have Government, through its parliamentary motion, ‘restore the purchasing power of the people by removing the imposition of VAT on zero-rated items, new fees and licences imposed in the 2016 and 2017 Budgets.The PPP, she said, is looking to have Government immediately remove all forms of taxes and duties on fuel for the agriculture industry; on inputs for the agriculture industry, including machinery, equipment and spares; in addition to removing the burdensome GRA administrative measures put in place.The interactive panel discussion also saw heated exchanges between panelists and participants.Local entrepreneur Captain Gerry Gouveia, present for both days of the historic confab, was against insinuations that the private sector was somehow operating in a predatory manner, like vultures, and wanted to pay less taxes in order to use the larger profits for their own purposes.Captain Gouveia, in defending the private sector, said he took offence to the insinuations and that which suggested that the private sector didn’t in fact want to pay “its fair share.”Gouveia was adamant: “What we don’t want is an overtaxed sector.”In February of this year, Government had said it will be moving to further reduce the current 14 per cent taxation come next year.“The general approach of the Government is to progressively reduce value added tax. This year, as you know, we had some challenges and rising of the revenues had to be done, (but) I’m very confident in the next budget, we will a reduction in that tax,” President Granger told reporters during ‘The Public Interest’ programme.
1 Floyd Ayite Leeds are set to miss out on Togo winger Floyd Ayite – with Rennes in pole position to land him.According to reports earlier this summer, Uwe Rosler had targeted the Bastia ace as a top summer target but he may now need to look elsewhere.Reports in France have suggested that the 26-year-old, who scored six goals in 30 Ligue 1 appearances last season, is on the verge of completing the switch across France to Rennes.Ayite, who already has two in two this term, has spent his entire career in France and it has been suggested that a move away from the country was not on his agenda.
The Boston Old State HouseDonegal will be promoted as a world-class place to live and do business, at a leading Irish-American event in Boston this week.The annual conference of Irish Networks USA, which connects Irish associations in cities across the US in order to bolster business, cultural, and community links between the United States and Ireland, is taking place between 5th and 8th November.Irish and Irish-American professionals living across the US will attend the event, to engage with the Irish diaspora and with key envoys from Irish businesses. Supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Ireland, those attending will have the opportunity to hear from speakers including the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, and Mark Redmond, Chief Executive of the American Chamber of Commerce Ireland. Additional backing for the event comes from Tourism Ireland and leading Donegal-based company, Randox Laboratories, which boasts facilities in Dungloe, as well as Co. Antrim and the Greater Washington DC area.Through reaching out to the Irish diaspora in the US, the company plans to promote the growing economy in Donegal through the creation of hundreds of new jobs over the next few years, as well as promote opportunities at the US facility near Washington DC.The event kicks off on Thursday evening with a welcome gathering for those who have travelled to Boston from across the US, before the conference begins on Friday 6th November, where attendees will engage on a range of topics including global education, transatlantic business links, and the global Irish diaspora network. Delegates are then invited to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Irish Network Boston at the historic venue of Massachusetts Old State House.Mark Campbell, Senior Manager at Randox Laboratories, is speaking at the conference. Mark said “We are delighted to promote Donegal as a world-class destination for life-science professionals. Working with the diaspora network, we can get the message out there that Donegal has exciting career opportunities, great community networks and strong infrastructure, proving it to be a highly desirable place to work and live.“Additionally, as Randox expands its operations in the US, we are keen to promote our facility in the Greater Washington DC area where there will be increasing job opportunities over the next few months.”COMPANY PUTS DONEGAL ON THE MAP FOR DIASPORA ACROSS AMERICA was last modified: November 4th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Unity Center Church of Thousand Oaks events: Yard sale, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. today and Sunday, 77 Los Vientos Drive, Newbury Park; “A Soulful Concert,” performed by Peter Shea and Stefana DadasU, 7 p.m. today, in the church sanctuary, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets: $5. Monthly meditation meeting with guest Suemary Long, 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, 1414 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. An offering will be taken. Call (805) 496-6901. “Lit Up!” performances by actors Marcia Wallace and Susan Neale, 8 p.m. today, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. Admission: $20. Also: April 8, performers Wayne Federman and Winnie Holtzman. Call (818) 763-9193. The Rev. Bob Jones, chancellor of Bob Jones University, will be the guest speaker, 8:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday, Lighthouse Bible Church, 4910 Cochran St., Simi Valley. Potluck dinner: 5 p.m. Call (805) 584-8222 or see www.similighthouse.org. “Truth and Fiction in the Da Vinci Code,” a seminar led by the Rev. Rick Talbott, a university professor and authority on early Christian history, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sundays, First Church of Christ, 606 Chatsworth Drive, San Fernando. Call (818) 361-7321. Weekly meditation service, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at 21032 Devonshire St., Suite 208, Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “The Celestine Prophecy,” a sneak preview screening, 7:30 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. April 9, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road. Tickets: $10. Call (805) 495-0105, Ext. 3, or see www.westlakecrs.org. “Sister Stories: From Egypt to Darfur,” a Shabbat service led by Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein and performers Debbie Friedman and Cindy Paley, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 8, Valley Beth Shalom, 15739 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Event is part of “Let My People Sing,” a multievent Passover-theme program held at various venues in the Los Angeles area. Free but reservations are required. Call (818) 530-4000, Ext. 1, or see www.letmypeoplesing.com. Second Night Community Passover Seder, presented by Temple Beth Torah, 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills, 6 p.m. April 13. Tickets: $35, $15 for children 12 and younger. Paid reservations due by April 10. Call (818) 831-0835. “Action: The Antidote to Despair” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bonnie Rowsell, 10 a.m. Sunday, Glendale Church of Religious Science, 2146 E. Chevy Chase Drive. Call (818) 244-8171. “Famous Alibis” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “The Christ Principle” will be the message delivered by the Revs. Sue Rubin and Jim Lockard, 10 a.m. Sunday, Westlake Church of Religious Science, 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. Call (805) 495-0105 or see www.westlakecrs.org. “A Compassionate People” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Bob McDill, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. Call (818) 894-9251. “Edge of the End” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dale Johnsen, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Heart of the Valley Community Church, 18644 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 881-3651 or see www.heartchurch.com. “Follow Me” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Lynn Enloe, 10:15 a.m. Sunday, Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 9 W. Bonita Drive, Simi Valley. Call (805) 583-0556. “God Loves You” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Evelyn Hammond, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center for Highly Effective Living, Church of Religious Science, meeting at Pacific Lodge Youth Services, 4900 Serrania Ave., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 883-1300. “Putting Women in Their Place” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “The Sin of Man” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Glenn Kirby, 8:45, 10:15 and 11:45 a.m. Sunday, West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. Call (818) 884-6480. “Spring Ahead for Christians” will be the message of the Rev. Paul N. Shafit, 10:30 a.m. Sunday, The Welcome Home Church, meeting at 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 314-3664. “Starting Over” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Lui Tran, 10 a.m. Sunday, Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Call (818) 360-8111. “Wisdom” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10 a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. Traditional English Mass, celebrated by the Rev. Scott Kingsbury, 11:15 a.m. Sunday, The Anglican Church of St. Barnabas the Apostle, meeting at All Saints Community Church, 8040 Glenoaks Blvd., Sun Valley. Call (626) 818-4721. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices appearing in the events column must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Items must be typewritten. Phone numbers must be included for contact purposes. Mail to Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365-4200. Fax (818) 713-0058 or e-mail without attachments to Holly.Andres@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Tridentine Mass, the Latin rite Mass, celebrated by Msgr. Francis J. Weber, noon Sunday, Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana, 15151 San Fernando Mission Blvd. Call (818) 361-0186. Dona Gracia Nasi, a Jewish leader during the Renaissance, will be discussed by Bruce Ullman at 3 p.m. Sunday, Temple Beth Torah, 16651 Rinaldi St., Granada Hills. Admission: $5. Call (818) 831-0835 or see www.bethtorah-sfv.org. The University: A Multi-Parish Adult Education Program, with more than 70 classes and events during Lent through Wednesday. Most classes are 7:30-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday. Catalog of classes available at participating Roman Catholic parishes in Ventura County. Admission: $7, includes one guest. “Dining with the Pharisees: Taking a Second Look at First Century Judaism,” led by the Rev. Pat Mullen, Tuesday, St. Mary Magdalen Church, 5205 Upland Road, Camarillo. Call (805) 482-6417. “A Healing Mass,” led by the Rev. John Struzzo, Wednesday, St. Paschal Baylon Church, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. Call (805) 496-0222. “Silent Prayer,” a lecture by Robert Brown, Thursday, library at St. Rose of Lima Church, 1305 Royal Ave., Simi Valley. Call (805) 526-1732. General information at (805) 496-0222. Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival: Short films, “The Night Trotsky Came to Dinner” and “From Philadelphia to the Front,” 7 p.m. Tuesday, Temple Beth Haverim, 29900 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. Admission: $10. Sponsored by The New JCC at Milkin in West Hills. Call (818) 991-7111 or see www.lajfilmfest.org. Catholic Community luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, meeting at Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Guest speaker the Rev. John Struzzo will discuss “Spiritual Warfare: Engaging the Battle.” Reservations: $15, required. Call (818) 846-3271.
FEATURES: Sheephaven Aqua Club undertake a night dive on the night of the last full moon before the equinoxAfter the excitement on Monday of going to Killybegs and diving, the Shaun Sheephaven divers followed that, with a night dive, under the Harvest Moon on Wednesdayevening.The last full moon before the September equinox is known as the Harvest Moon and along with some of the biggest tides of the year, this autumn it had a spectacular red hue. Once again PortnaBlagh provided the ideal location for a night dive, with the divers never getting below 10 metres and well defined reference points provided by the reefs that runout from the pier.Also on the night the marine life lived up to expectation, as the Shrimp and Lobsters came out once again for their nocturnal prowl.Weather conditions were near perfect, with cloud cover breaking long enough for the marvellous Moon to shine down on the dive site.In‐water conditions were also near perfect with warm water and good visibility and as would be expected afterwards a cup of tea in Dunfanghy to wind up a great evenings diving. On Saturday morning Sheephaven divers dived Memore Head, well protected against the big Atlantic swell running out to sea.Maximum dive times of over 50 minutes were recorded, to a depth of over 20 metres and good visibility of nearly 10 metres horizontally in some parts of the dive site.Sunday morning was very busy with a dive party to Melmore Head out from Mevagh, while in PortnaBlagh, Sheephaven Snorkelers welcomed the Garten Open Water Swim Group.The one boat Melmore dive party was led by Ethel Mc Granghan and thanks to Ryan Ward, who kindly gave up his dive to take the helm of dive boat Áine, the dive was conducted in one stick.The divers entered the water near Ravenney Island and followed the tide towards Melmore Head and once again marine life in the area put on a spectacular display. First up was a lovely sighting of a Pipefish, perfectly camouflaged in the Pod Weed at 18 metres, followed directly after by an observation of an exceptionally large Plaice.However these were trumped topside where the Sunfish were back and one put on a great show of breaching beside the dive boat and then stayed around long enough to allow CiaranMc Glynn take another one of his classy videos.Dive times of over 50 minutes were recorded to a maximum depth of 25 metres, with visibility so good the divers could clearly see the dive boat from the sea bed at 18 metres.Meanwhile over in PortnaBlagh the Garten Open Water Swim Group kindly donated a generous sponsorship of €700 to Sheephaven Search and Rescue fund, when they attendedthe club Sunday morning snorkel. Karen Crawford, Paddy Bond, Mark Mc Collum and Keith Mc Clean took the opportunity to recognise the support that Sheephaven SAC provided to them during the Open Water Swim from Horn Head to PortnaBlagh in July of this year.Sheephaven Aqua Club undertake a night dive was last modified: September 21st, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:night diveseptember equinoxsheephaven aqua club
The midfielder burst onto the scene as a youngster and had the world at his feet After 17 years at the club, Jack Wilshere has confirmed he will be leaving Arsenal.The 26-year-old made the revelation via his Instagram account in a wordy and emotional statement. The England international will be looking to get his international career back on track with a move 5 5 Although this may seem improbable, the Serie A side were linked with a move for Wilshere last month before his future was decided.A move to the Italian league could be perfect for Wilshere, where his dynamism could be used to great effect and where the professionalism and treatment of players could really help him later on.It is no surprise so many Italians seem to play on until their twilight years, with the 26-year-old rapidly approaching his peak years.Plus, there is the added bonus that current boss Gennaro Gattuso is already a massive fan.Back in March, he said: “I think he can play in any league.“He might not be super-fast, but he has great skills, he’s very technical. When he gets the ball he knows exactly where to send it, he gets the right pace, he can change a game.”JUVENTUS Would a move to Italy help him re-ignite his career? Wilshere chats to Hodgson during England’s preparations to face Slovenia at Euro 2016 5 Having been at the club since the age of nine, it appears as though Wilshere will be inundated with offers from clubs across Europe looking to take a chance on the central midfielder.Skilful on the ball and aggressive without it, a fully-fit Wilshere would undoubtedly be a great addition to any side.But just where should he go next?Here at talkSPORT.com, we have examined several of the possible destinations for the England international.CRYSTAL PALACE 5 Wilsher will leave Arsenal where he has spent the last 17 years During his time as England manager, Roy Hodgson made no bones about just how talented he felt Jack Wilshere was.Such was his desperation to start the midfielder, he completely changed his Three Lions formation at times to allow Wilshere to play at the base of a four-man diamond in midfield.With Ruben Loftus-Cheek set to return to parent club Chelsea after his loan spell, the Eagles will be keen to bolster their midfield options.Alongside the reliable Luka Milovoijevic, Wilshere would surely be in his element trying to find defence-splitting passes for the likes of Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend up top.WEST HAM UNITED Under Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham are trying to re-establish themselves as a good footballing side.When Dimitri Payet left, the Hammers lost a lot of their creativity and certainly were devoid of it under previous boss, David Moyes.With Manuel Lanzini injured for what appears to be a considerable amount of time, Pellegrini could see the free transfer of Wilshere as a savvy bit of business this summer.AC MILAN Another seemingly improbable move abroad? Joining Juventus is not actually as unbelievable as you may think.The Old Lady have a long tradition of completing free transfers during summer transfer windows and Wilshere could be their most shrewd signing in years.In Miralem Pjanic and Blaise Matuidi they have fantastic defensive midfielders who use the ball well, but neither are as comfortable with the ball at their feet as Wilshere. 5
Conner and Oskin had a close friendship, Wilks said. “It was getting closer as the days went by. They were pregnant together. They were helping each other out.” Andreassi said Conner hit Oskin several times with a bat Wednesday morning, then put Oskin and Oskin’s 7-year-old son in her car, dropped the boy off at a family member’s house and drove the pregnant woman about 15 miles to a secluded area. In that area, about 50 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, Conner cut Oskin about six inches to eight inches across her abdomen with a razor knife, authorities said. “She was sliced over an old (Caesarean) scar and severely bleeding,” Trooper Jonathan Bayer said. A 17-year-old boy on an ATV spotted Conner kneeling next to the pregnant woman on the ground, Bayer said. He quoted the boy as saying Conner told him they didn’t need any help and everything was OK. Andreassi said the teen saw the women about 5 p.m. and drove home to tell his father, who returned with him to the scene and found Conner and Oskin still there. The father and son left and at about 7 p.m. called police, who arrived a short time later and arrested Conner. Andreassi could not explain why Conner remained at the scene for two hours even after she was spotted, or why it took so long for the boy and his father, whose identities were not released, to alert authorities. Bayer, however, said Oskin “probably would have bled to death if this young boy had not discovered her when he did.” A call to Conner’s home went unanswered Thursday afternoon. State police said they did not know whether she had a lawyer. Last December, Bobbie Jo Stinnett, who was eight months pregnant, was strangled in her Missouri home, and her baby was cut from her womb. Prosecutors said Lisa Montgomery showed the baby off as her own before her arrest. She is awaiting trial. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PITTSBURGH – A woman clubbed her pregnant neighbor over the head with a baseball bat, drove her to the woods and cut her belly with a knife in an attempt to steal her baby, police say. Police said Wednesday’s attack on Valerie Oskin was stopped before her baby was taken because a teenager on an all-terrain vehicle had seen the women. Oskin, 30, later underwent an emergency Caesarean section at a hospital. State police on Thursday said she was in critical condition and her baby was in stable condition. She was believed to have been eight months pregnant, authorities said. Peggy Jo Conner, 38, of Ford City, was arraigned Thursday on charges of attempted homicide and aggravated assault and was jailed without bail. “It would appear from the defendant’s statement that her goal was to get the victim’s unborn child and take it as her own,” District Attorney Scott Andreassi said. Investigators found a bassinet, a baby swing and other baby-related items in Conner’s trailer, authorities said. “Clearly, she was expecting a child coming in shortly,” Andreassi said. “There’s nothing to indicate she was pregnant.” Thomas Wilks, who says he is Conner’s husband but is separated from her, called the allegations against her “impossible” and said she truly was pregnant. “I got a sonogram saying she is pregnant,” Wilks told reporters. “I felt the baby kick in her stomach.” He added that Conner is the mother of three children, ages 16, 14 and 11.
Howard Schlossberg and Mike Reust worked in sporting goods. Rebecca Johnson was a cashier. She wound up marrying Brian Springer in housewares, and they had four kids together. “We had the classic clerk/cashier romance,” he says. It was the early 1980s, and Gemco store No. 803 at Corbin Avenue and Nordhoff Street, near California State University in Northridge, was a happening place to work. “We were a tight group – all in our early 20s, going to CSUN, with our futures in front of us,” Schlossberg said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Over an evening of Mexican food and Margaritas recently, 30 members of the Gemco class of 1980 celebrated its 25th reunion. They came in from as far away as Chicago to reminisce about their years at the old Northridge Gemco, which opened in 1980 and closed in 1987 – later becoming a Target. But the Gemco name – like Zody’s, White Front and so many other long-gone retail names – still strikes a chord in the public who shopped there and the people who punched the clock waiting on them. Like the Helms Bakery man and the Good Humor ice-cream man, they’re long gone, but not forgotten. The memories linger. “The kids today have no idea what Gemco was, but their parents remember,” Springer said. “Whenever someone learns I used to work at Gemco, they tell me they bought their first toaster or barbecue there. “A few people even remember we had a full-fledged grocery store, too. But most of us didn’t hang out much with the grocery people. We were the variety people.” The variety people showed up at their reunion wearing their old Gemco name tags and bringing a lot of the store memorabilia close to their hearts – including their 1984 “On Strike” signs. “As I recall, we struck for better salary and benefits.” Springer says. “We weren’t successful.” By 1987, when Gemco closed, most of the class of 1980 – who had built the shelves and stocked the store for that opening day on Oct. 30, 1980 – had already scattered. “I wonder what happened to everyone,” Schlossberg, a local computer programmer, asked Springer, who now works in the computer division for Gelson’s. They decided to find out. “It became irresistible to me to see how people turned out after 20 years had gone by,” said Reust, the sporting-goods clerk who went on to become a geologist. So he flew in from Chicago to find out. “I wanted to see what people were doing, whether they were married and had kids. What they looked like now.” In short, all the things people want to know about their old classmates at their 20-year high school reunion. Only this was “Gemco High.” “We all were just like high school classmates at Gemco, hanging out on weekends together, going skiing on Mondays because we were closed that day,” Schlossberg said. Reust agrees. “When we all worked together, it was one of those times when things were more carefree. I was trying to figure out who I was and how I fit in the world, as we all were.” Twenty-five years later, they all liked what they saw, said Rebecca Stringer, the cashier who married the clerk and had four kids with him. “There was something special about that time and working at that store – the friendships and people. Everyone who came to the reunion agreed it helped form a lot of futures.” The Gemco Class of 1980 – doing just fine 25 years later. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!