Juan Gomez De Liaño owes triple-double, UP win to brother Javi, coach Perasol

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “During the halftime break we knew that we will play for coach Bo so our mindset became a different one come the second half,” said Gomez De Liaño. “He told us something in the dugout so we just wanted to make him happy and play for the community.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cansino vows to improve defense, play better after UST loss to NU Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Things, however, were a little different for Juan on Sunday when University of the Philippines took on University of the East in its second round matchup in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Older brother Javi wasn’t with the team and was serving his one-game suspension after his combination of technical and unsportsmanlike fouls in the Fighting Maroons’ previous game against Ateneo.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 ChrissJavi’s absence, though, lit up a fire in Gomez De Liaño as he notched 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, the first triple-double in the league since UP’s Marvin Cruz put up 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Fighting Maroons’ 98-88 loss to Ateneo on August 20, 2006.READ: UP ends losing spell at expense of UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Our connection wasn’t there but I know he’s supporting the team from home,” said Gomez De Liaño Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan after a 94-81 win over the Red Warriors. “We played for Javi. Big bro just told me to be aggressive.”Gomez De Liaño’s triple-double not only helped UP stop its two-game skid, it also helped the Fighting Maroons get to a fifth seed tie with University of Santo Tomas with 4-5 records.Apart from Javi’s absence, there was also another thing that went missing in UP’s second half against the Red Warriors.Head coach Bo Perasol wasn’t that pleased with how his team performed in the first half after trailing by three, 44-41, and he decided to give the Fighting Maroons the silent treatment come the third and fourth quarters.“There are times that I need to be quiet also,” said Perasol. “I needed them to think that we don’t need any voice to tell us what to do. They just did their jobs.”ADVERTISEMENT All throughout Juan Gomez De Liaño’s collegiate career, there was always older brother Javi looking out for him be it on the court or off it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Former Gold Board employees slapped with fraud charges

first_imgA former accountant of the Guyana Gold Board (GGB), Rosanna Ramnarine, 34, of Nandy Park, East Bank Demerara, and 50-year-old Deborah Forbes of Den Amstel, West Coast Demerara, a former clerk of the GGB, were on Monday arraigned before Senior Magistrate Judy Latchman in the Georgetown Magistrates Courts, each charged with three counts of fraud.Former employees of GGB, Rosanna Ramnarine and Deborah ForbesThey each pleaded not guilty to the three charges when it was read to them.The court heard that between January 1, 2017 and February 28, 2017, while they were employed at the Guyana Gold Board, located at Lot 68 Brickdam, Georgetown, they wilfully, and with intent to defraud, falsified documents (payment vouchers) in possession of the Gold Board purporting to show that Clinton Alphonso had received a payment of $436,409.Within the same period, they also allegedly worked together to wilfully, and with intent to defraud, falsify documents in possession of the Guyana Gold Board purporting to show that Brian Chase had received a payment of $436,409.The third charge stated that Ramnarine and Forbes together stole $436,409 in cash from the GGB.Defence Attorney for Rosanna Ramnarine, Nigel Hughes, in a bail application, told the court that his client was already reporting to SOCU on a weekly basis, and is cooperating fully with investigators.Police Prosecutor Quinn Harris did not object to either woman being placed on bail, but asked that conditions be applied.The women were granted bail to a total value of $450,000, and were each ordered to lodge their travel documents and to report to the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) every Friday until the conclusion of the case.The matter is expected to continue on August 27, 2018.Reports are that SOCU had launched an investigation into an alleged multi-million-dollar fraud scheme at the GGB and the duo were sent on administrative leave pending the outcome of further probes.Further, the duo, each of whom has been employed at the GGB for over 10 years, reportedly managed to skim off portions of the payments.Only recently, Ramnarine was slapped with six fraud charges, and appeared before Magistrate Fabayo Azore after she was accused of “millions of dollars” in theft through the manipulation of the gold testing system.last_img read more

Cirque du Soleil wings it at special soiree

first_imgThe invitational soiree after the opening performance of Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo was almost as surreal as the show itself. Following the final curtain call, a bevy of leggy “angels” in diaphanous gowns and marabou wings shepherded the crowd from the Grand Chapiteau (Big Top) over to the Forum. Inside, the seats were completely swathed in sky blue cloth. A winged harpist serenaded guests as they descended the steps to a fantasy heaven on the arena floor, where blue-tattooed seraphim in mini-tutus served Bombay Sapphire cocktails and cotton candy. The Little Door caterers manned food stations that included a chiffon-draped gurney, where a scantily clad angel languished among an array of shrimp canap s. Why all this heavenly hokum? The party scheme was a spin-off of the show’s theme. Corteo, which means “cortege” in Italian, is a tumultuous procession, imagined in a clown’s dreams. He envisions his own funeral taking place in a Brechtian celestial circus – somewhere between heaven and earth – watched over by soaring angels and a ringmaster who whistles Mozart. Lots of celebs were on the red carpet for the Aug. 23 opener. Among those spotted: Florence Henderson, Sharon Lawrence, Rosemarie, Michele Lee, Gina Gershon, Rikki Lake, Camryn Manheim, Doris Roberts, Donna Mills, Paula Abdul, Lindsay Wagner, Sara Ramirez, Bill Fitchner, Ross “the intern” Matthews, Carl Weathers, Ray Liotta, Criss Angel and Allison Arngrim. This production is an incredible theatrical experience, which brings together 61 artists – some are former Olympians – from 16 countries. It’s ensconced in its trademark blue and yellow tent-village in Inglewood through Oct. 14. Tickets are $55 – $90 for adults. Caveat: Bring cash. Self-parking is $22 and the popcorn is pricey too. DRIVERS FOR DOLLARS Celebrating this year’s Longest Day of Golf, the 11th annual fundraiser for Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services, participants gathered at the La Canada Flintridge home of Julie and David Battaglia for an evening garden party catered by Lawry’s Prime Rib. Jennifer Leal Gowen and Jack MacKenzie, co-chairmen of the tournament, played at Pasadena’s Brookside Golf Course, reported that 356 golfers who played 2,335 holes in one day – or an average of 64 holes of golf each – raised nearly $180,000 . Funds are raised by golfers securing pledges, and event organizers selling sponsorships, (this year’s sponsor, Fremont Investment & Loan, was joined by 40 other sponsors, a record for the event) as well as raffle tickets for a golf ball drop. For the past three years, Commander Chuck Street, KIIS-FM and KTLA-TV traffic reporter, has piloted his helicopter from which numbered golf balls are dropped near a pre-selected hole on the course on tournament day. The lucky ticket holder whose ball lands closest to the hole wins a cash prize. Since its inception in 1996, the Longest Day of Golf has raised approximately $1.8 million to send Hathaway-Sycamores youngsters to summer camp and to fund other specialized children’s programs throughout the year. AUTISM: THE MUSICAL Most of us have known someone affected by autism. The statistics are staggering. One in 150 children is diagnosed with the puzzling disability that afflicts four times more boys than girls. More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes and cancer combined. So far, little is known about it and there is no medical detection or cure for it. Those depressing facts and her long friendship with producer Janet Grillo, the mother of an autistic child, were the incentives for director Tricia Regan to tackle the subject of autism in a new film documentary, “Autism: the Musical,” which has been receiving praise from critics since its premiere at New York’s Tribeca Film Festival in April. Regan was in Pasadena last week for a weeklong run of the film at One Colorado, where I caught up with her at a pre-screening reception hosted by Autism Speaks at Il Fornaio. When first approached about the subject, Regan admitted she was a hard sell. “I told them, `No one wants to sit through an hour-and-a-half movie on autism,”‘ she said. “I think you want to make a movie about people and autism is the obstacle in the way of their accomplishing something else, which is a very basic three-act movie structure.” That’s how she was introduced to Elaine Hall, the driving force behind the Miracle Project, a live musical production featuring autistic children. Hall is one of the parents in the film along with musician Steven Sills and his wife Kristen, and Roseann Katon Walden, Playboy Magazine’s first African-American Playmate of the Month (1978). Shot entirely in Los Angeles, the film chronicles several children and their families, over a six-month period, as they create, rehearse and perform a live musical on stage, led by Hall, the determined coach. “I was blown away by the evolution of the kids during the project,” said Hall. “There are some who started out who could not walk into the room. They ended up being front and center on the day of the show!” “Autism: the Musical” will continue to play around the country in order to qualify for an Academy Award nomination with a portion of the proceeds earmarked for Autism Speaks. Regan said she was delighted with the Pasadena run. “We had a marvelous response – filling the house all week long – with absolutely no advertising dollars; relying only on word of mouth and an e-mail campaign. There is obviously a big need for this movie and a big audience.” HBO has acquired the film for an April broadcast premiere. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Benzema insists he has support of France boss Deschamps despite sextape scandal

first_imgKarim Benzema insists he is “not afraid” of missing out on Euro 2016 despite being embroiled in the ongoing blackmail case involving fellow France international Mathieu Valbuena.Real Madrid striker Benzema was interviewed by police in France on November 5 about an alleged attempt to extort money over a sex tape reportedly showing Valbuena and his partner.Benzema has denied playing a blackmail ‘game’, and his lawyers have insisted he has committed no wrongdoing.In an interview with broadcaster TF1, aired on Sunday morning, the 27-year-old said he retains the support of France boss Didier Deschamps and he “dreams of playing” in next summer’s tournament on French soil alongside Valbuena.“It is my wish and that of many people. (Valbuena) is a good player, France needs him, like me,” said Benzema.“I am not afraid (of not playing in the Euros). I got a message when (Deschamps) gave the selection. He is behind me, supporting me.” Real Madrid and France striker Karim Benzema 1last_img read more

Trojans ready to move on

first_img Without quarterback Matt Leinart, tailback Reggie Bush, offensive tackle Winston Justice and possibly tailback LenDale White, the Trojans suddenly look a lot more normal next season. “Now the question is can you be dominant three out of four years?” Carroll said, wondering if the Trojans can win a national championship next season. “We’ve done this before. I ain’t worried about it.” When USC coach Pete Carroll agreed to a five-year contract extension last week, he said, “I want to see how far we can take this.” Some might argue he found out before serving a day of his new agreement, when USC lost to Texas in the Rose Bowl and fell short in its historic chance for a third straight national title. The quarterback situation is less muddled but still a question mark. Sophomore John David Booty played in seven games this season, which is far more experience than Leinart got before he started. But will Booty beat out highly regarded freshman Mark Sanchez? Between the two, Sanchez owns the stronger arm, but Booty’s been in the program three years. Carroll wants to choose a starter in spring practice, like he did with Leinart in 2003, so everyone knows who the No. 1 quarterback is before training camp. That presents a dilemma: Booty would be a safe choice, but Sanchez possesses more potential. There won’t be any problems finding someone to throw to, because USC returns starting wide receivers Jarrett and Steve Smith, along with freshman Patrick Turner. The offensive line returns three starters (Ryan Kalil, Fred Matua, Sam Baker) although offensive tackle Winston Justice is expected to turn pro. It’s still a pretty good offense, but not the greatest in history, like the 2005 version made a claim for. And it will require a punter. But who? Tom Malone graduated, and USC only has walk-on Taylor Odegard. No recruits impressed the coaches in the summer, and USC might sign a junior-college punter as a stop-gap measure. The role of freshman kicker Troy Van Blarcom also figures to increase. Carroll said Van Blarcom would have kicked a game-tying field goal against Texas in the closing seconds, even though the freshman did not attempt a field goal all season. But next year, the Trojans are going to need a long-range kicker. Going for it on fourth down inside the 30-yard line won’t be as easy without Leinart and Bush. The lack of experience at tailback and quarterback puts the burden back on the defense, which will be considerably stronger next season. Linebacker will be the Trojans’ top position, especially at the middle (Oscar Lua, Rey Maualuga) and strong side (Dallas Sartz, Thomas Williams, Brian Cushing) spots, where five starters return for two positions. It won’t surprise anyone if Carroll finds a way to get as many of those players on the field as possible. Sartz could play safety, especially if junior Darnell Bing goes pro. That would enable Josh Pinkard to remain at cornerback, although he’s expected to return to his natural safety spot. Terrell Thomas, Kevin Thomas and Cary Harris will be the top candidates at cornerback. The defensive line remains solid, losing only senior Frostee Rucker. Defensive ends Jeff Schweiger and Kyle Moore assume far bigger roles at defensive end and make the Trojans bigger and more athletic. Defensive end Lawrence Jackson, despite being nearly invisible against Texas, will be projected as an All-American candidate next season. But more than names and faces, next year’s USC team also battles expectations. A 37-2 record the past three seasons means no one on the current roster knows what it means to lose three games in a single season. USC opens at Arkansas (where Coach Houston Nutt no doubt remembers the Trojans throwing play-action touchdown passes with a 63-17 lead) and the second game is against Alamo Bowl-winner Nebraska. Even Carroll acknowledged it’s tougher to get back to the top than staying there. “I like the burden, I haven’t had a problem with the burden,” Carroll said. “Is it harder to stay there or get there? We’ll find out now, but we didn’t have a problem staying there.” Scott Wolf, (818) 713-3607 scott.wolf@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Maybe not, but right now it’s hard to say who could replace Leinart and Bush, or if it’s even possible. If you listen to the hype, the Trojans lost two of the greatest quarterbacks and tailbacks in college history. As impressive as USC recruits these days, it’s hard to imagine another Bush turning up, and even Bush required time to develop as a freshman, which means next year the Trojans might not be able to just win on sheer athletic ability. Who is going to break off 36- and 45-yard touchdown runs against Notre Dame, like Bush did against the Irish this season? Those plays didn’t get the attention of Leinart’s fourth-and-9 pass to wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett, but they were just as important and prevented the Irish from building momentum. No one on the current roster is even close to Bush’s explosiveness and if White goes pro, tailback becomes a huge question mark. The Trojans go into next year with a committee of Hershel Dennis, Desmond Reed, Chauncey Washington and Michael Coleman at tailback. Additionally, USC will bring in at least three recruits at tailback. Emmanuel Moody (Coppell, Texas) committed Saturday, while Stafon Johnson (Dorsey High of Los Angeles) and Michael Goodson (Houston) are also expected to select USC. last_img read more

GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY THIRDS BEATEN BUT REMAIN TOP OF LEAGUE

first_imgGLENSWILLY GAA NOTES The 3rd team suffered their first defeat of the season away to Pettigo last Saturday evening. They currently sit top of the league but will be taking a break from league action for a while now with the Junior B championship due to be played on Saturday 5th July away to Robert Emmets. The Seniors and Reserves return to league action this week with an away game to near neighbours St. Eunans on Sunday 29th June. Throw in 1.30 and 3pm.The Ladies team travelled to Naomh Mhuire on Saturday evening and suffered a defeat, next up is a home game against Killybegs on Sunday 29th June, time to be confirmed. The Minor team are due to play Lifford on Monday 30th June in Glenswilly at 7.30pm in the Minor Championship.The U16 boys play Naomh Colmcille on Friday 27th June in Glenswilly at 7.30pm.The U14 boys eagerly await the Northern Board Div 3 championship final against Downings which is due to be played on the week end of 4/5/6 July.Congratulations to Michael, Neil and Cormac on their success with the Donegal Senior and Minor teams last Sunday. We are all looking forward to the Ulster Final on July 20th in Clones. Ticket orders should be sent in writing or email to Sharon McGinty before Wednesday 9th July. Email address is mcgintysharon@eircom.net. The monthly club meeting will take place on Monday 30th June at 9pm.The Kelloggs GAA summer camps are coming up on the 7th to 14th of July, Registration is available through Paddy Mc Ginty on 087 9210846.GAA NEWS: GLENSWILLY THIRDS BEATEN BUT REMAIN TOP OF LEAGUE was last modified: June 24th, 2014 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:Glenswilly GAA noteslast_img read more

Ronaldo discharged from intensive care after being diagnosed with ‘strong flu’

first_imgFootballing legend Ronaldo is set to be discharged from hospital after he was rushed to intensive care with ‘strong flu’.The former Brazilian talisman was reported to have been diagnosed with pneumonia on Friday evening after being sent to the Can Misses Hospital while holidaying in Ibiza. Latest Transfer News TOP WORK targets IN DEMAND RANKED It is understood that he asked for a transfer to a private hospital.Ronaldo confirmed the news on his own social media platforms on Sunday, posting a short update in which he explained he is now recovering well.“Friends, I had a strong flu in Ibiza and I had to be admitted on Friday but it’s all in order,” he said.“I get the discharge tomorrow and come back home. Thank you all for your love and your messages!” targets Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Cavani ‘agrees’ to join new club and will complete free transfer next summer It is known that Ronaldo owns a house in Ibiza and it is believed that he went out to the island for a summer break just a few days ago.In the latter years of his highly-decorating playing career, two World Cup winner had issues with his weight due to a thyroid issue. three-way race Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Chelsea confident of beating Man United and Liverpool to Sancho signing center_img Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father LATEST Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 1 moving on REVEALED Liverpool’s signings under Michael Edwards – will Minamino be the next big hit? LIVING THE DREAM Ronaldo participated in the draw for the 2018 World Cup Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland last_img read more

Comic Pryor prevailed against all life’s odds

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake It was as good as TV comedy got. Some scripted material, some improvised. All of it was brilliant – all of it pure Richard Pryor. What made Pryor unique, aside from his remarkably strong material, was the level of honesty in his act. He was able to take the most painful episodes from his life – his mother’s funeral, growing up in a brothel, heart attacks – and turn them into wickedly funny bits. He spilled his guts without excuses or apologies. In so doing, Pryor raised the bar for future generations of comics. The comedians who would walk in Pryor’s footsteps would need to do more than put together clever bits. To the delight and benefit of audiences everywhere, comics like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle learned from Pryor’s example that nothing was off limits. While Pryor’s comedy was always on the edge, his personal life also kept him constantly on the brink of extinction. One night in 1980, when I was 16, I heard on the radio that Pryor had suffered massive burns over most of his body while free-basing cocaine. He was not expected to live. At the height of his fame and self-destructiveness, it appeared that Pryor’s demons had won. However, after months of agonizing rehab and skin grafts, Richard Pryor was back. In his first “Tonight Show” appearance after his burning, Pryor debuted hilarious new material about his free-basing mishap. At one point, when Pryor began to light a cigarette, Johnny Carson deftly said, “You want me to get that for you, Richard?” Once again, Richard Pryor had prevailed against all odds. Pryor enjoyed a number of successful years thereafter, including a dozen or so more movies, before facing the only obstacle he could not knock down: multiple sclerosis. Little by little, those who revered Richard Pryor watched as he slowly deteriorated. A proud man, seemingly destined to go out in a ball of flame, was forced to go out slowly and painfully. His still-sharp mind was gradually betrayed by his fading body. The more Pryor suffered, the more he made us laugh. After a heart attack early Saturday morning in his San Fernando Valley home, Pryor finally succumbed. At last, his suffering has ended. Phil Perrier is a comedian and humor writer in Los Angeles. Write to him by e-mail at phil@philperrier.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The year was 1975. I was 11 years old. I cleaned out my piggy bank and hopped on a bus to go to Peaches Records and Tapes in Atlanta, then advertised itself as “The World’s Largest Record Store.” That day I bought my very first record – the self-titled “Richard Pryor.” On the cover a young Pryor squatted while clutching a spear and wearing a loin cloth. I spilled out $4.99 in change onto the record-store counter, then went home and listened to the album over and over, laughing hard every time. Richard Pryor was at the height of his powers then. He’d already been in a dozen or more movies, and that was the year he hosted “Saturday Night Live.” He also made numerous appearances on all the talk shows that mattered. “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson was my favorite place to watch this great comedian work. You could tell just by watching that Carson adored Pryor, and he knew when Pryor had the magic. Many nights, Johnny would bump other guests from the lineup when Pryor was hot, and just let Pryor go – in the way that only Pryor could. last_img read more

Smuggled dogs sold by border vendors

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TIJUANA, Mexico – Along dusty “puppy mile,” an asphalt road about a mile from the U.S. border, a man in boots and a hooded sweat shirt lifted up a fluffy white Cockapoo puppy as if he were hawking a bag of oranges to passing motorists.Behind him, dozens of tiny, 4- to 6-week-old Labradors, Chihuahuas, poodle mixes and cocker spaniels huddled inside metal cages protected by vendors waiting out the chilly day in lawn chairs.For many unsuspecting shoppers in the United States, the quest for that perfect puppy for a child’s Christmas gift begins here – where hundreds of unweaned and often sickly puppies are sold in bulk at cut-rate prices and smuggled across the checkpoint.Once here, many of the dogs end up being sold through newspaper ads to buyers unaware of the puppies’ medical conditions and poor care, typically for several hundreds of dollars, U.S. animal control officials say.Determined to curtail the practice, more than a dozen Southern California animal control agencies this month joined a two-week operation that focused on the U.S.-Mexico border checkpoints at San Ysidro and Otay Mesa.While it is not illegal to bring puppies across the border, it is illegal to sell a puppy in the United States that is fewer than 8 weeks old.Border smugglers of pups that are fewer than 3 months old also circumvent a federal law that requires any dog brought into the United States to be vaccinated for rabies and quarantined for four months, said Capt. Aaron Reyes, director of operations for the Southeast Area Animal Control Authority, which headed the Border Puppy Task Force that ended Sunday.“We see puppies packaged up together in mixed litters, under seats and in speaker boxes. That’s very taxing on their little bodies,” he said.In all, Border Puppy Task Force officials counted 1,579 dogs in 1,157 vehicles during the two-week operation, including 155 puppies that were between 3 and 6 months old and 362 puppies that were fewer than 3 months old.Seven puppies were near death and had to be impounded, Reyes said. Officials have scheduled a news conference today to announce the results of their efforts.“This was just Phase 1 of the operation,” Reyes added, explaining that officials will use contact information gathered from puppy smugglers to make follow-up inspections to ensure the animals are quarantined and cared for. If not, the smugglers – most of whom live in the United States – could face citations, Reyes said.But stemming from the puppy smuggling trade is a vexing problem fueled by high demand and big profits. Dogs that sell at the border for between $125 and $200 are resold in California for $500 to $600, officials said.The practice has exploded over the past year, said Samantha “Sam” Marsteller, western region senior manager for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, which provided funds for the Border Puppy Task Force.“The problem has been developing and taken off in the past year,” she said.Because smuggled puppies are often taken from their mothers before they are weaned, their immune systems are not fully developed and they are more susceptible to diseases, Marsteller said.“When I saw these guys, it was like a pile of white,” said Carol Suggs, 51, of San Diego, who took in four puppies from a load of 33 dogs sent by the task force to San Diego animal control shelters.The 4-week-old dogs, soiled with mud, had been hidden inside the speaker boxes of a car. Within 24 hours, one of the four dogs Suggs took in died.“He looked absolutely fine when I brought him home,” Suggs said. “The next day he was just laying there, he stopped moving. It was sad that we were able to do so much for him and he still didn’t survive.”“Puppies coming across are not cared for properly,” said Steve McNall, president of the Pasadena Humane Society, which participated in the Border Puppy Task Force.“We feel an obligation to assist because it involves the abuse of an animal,” he said.Staff Photographer Raul Roa translated and contributed to this story. sandy.mazza@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more

DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: KILCAR PRAYING FOR A ST MICHAELS WIN AS THEY HOST BUNDORAN

first_imgMark McHugh knows Kilcar need to win and possibly win well if they’re to have any chance of progressing to the last eight of the Donegal SFC.Kilcar host Bundoran this weekend in Towney, knowing a big victory over Brian McEniff’s side may not be enough to see them advance to the last eight. Glenswilly host St Michaels and if they secure a win, then John McNulty’s side would need to record a huge win over Bundoran to advance on scoring difference.Kilcar currently sit third in the group on two points, Glenswilly sit on second, but have a superior scoring difference after hammering Bundoran by 6-15 to 0-09 last Saturday. Kilcar can only concentrate on themselves on Saturday night, and will look to first secure the win before they start thinking about how much they’re going to win by.But there’s no doubt the Kilcar management will be informed of what’s going in Foxhall and there players will be aware of what’s going on throughout their match.Bundoran have suffered two heavy defeats and it’s hard to see anything other than a Kilcar win.With Kilcar knowing they may need to rack up a huge score against Bundoran, expect to see a ruthless display. With Patrick McBrearty and Ashley Carr in their forward line, Kilcar carry a serious threat inside and it could be a long hour for Brian McEniff’s men on Saturday evening.VERDICT – KILCAR  DONEGAL SFC PREVIEW: KILCAR PRAYING FOR A ST MICHAELS WIN AS THEY HOST BUNDORAN was last modified: October 9th, 2014 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:bundoranDonegal SFCGAAkilcarnewsSportlast_img read more