Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson has moved leaps and bounds in the UAAP this Season 80.The Pep Squad shook up the cheerdance landscape after winning their first title and the Soaring Falcons almost pulled off the unthinkable in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT The Adamson Pep Squad shocked the UAAP viewing public when they dethroned the five-peat seeking National University Pep Squad, while the Soaring Falcons almost dashed to the Finals and nearly eliminating De La Salle.Those moments of brilliance are what Adamson school officials are now looking for from the Lady Falcons, after all the girls in navy blue won six straight in the PVL Collegiate Conference before an injury to skipper Jema Galanza saw their fortunes crumble. The Lady Falcons still finished at a respectable fourth place in the offseason tournament.Padda knows the pressure from the bosses is another way of telling them that they can stun the competition in the women’s volleyball tournament.“Pressure’s a privilege, it’s a privilege to be in this position because if no one’s pressuring us to do well then it’s a dead giveaway that they don’t believe you can do it,” said Padda.“It’s different when you’re pressuring somebody to know what they can do, than when they’re pressuring somebody that doesn’t stand a chance. We know we stand a chance so it’s a privilege to be in this position and we want to make the school proud.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Set for UST return, Renzo Subido soaks in D-League experience MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases With such accomplishments from the first two competitors in the UAAP Grand Slam, all eyes are now on the Lady Falcons.Adamson finished dead last in Season 79 winning just one game and losing 13, but a strong showing in the collegiate conference of the Premier Volleyball League became a beacon of hope for Adamson’s women’s volleyball team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHead coach Airess Padda, though, is not shying away from the pressure for a breakthrough this season which starts February 3“Yes they have been pressuring us and they’ve put a lot of pressure on us,” said Padda Thursday during the team’s practice. “They want to keep it going and they don’t want it to stop with basketball and the Pep Squad.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments
Here’s a look at the teams in our preseason Top 10 heading into Friday’s season openers: 1. Monrovia “Maybe I’m naive because I’ve never been in this situation, but to me, it’s more of a challenge than pressure,” said Dave Moore, who is Monrovia’s co-head coach, along with Brad Blackmore. “It’s a challenge because everybody’s going to want to beat the defending CIF champs. It’s going to make things more exciting this year.” Having the Division V and 2006 Star-News Player of the Year, pitcher Eddie McKiernan, returning should ease the pressure for Monrovia, which finished 26-3 in 2006. McKiernan, who has committed to UNLV, led the Wildcats with a .473 batting average, four home runs and 33 runs batted in. Winning a CIF-Southern Section baseball championship is never an easy task. It usually boils down to one thing – heat. As in hot bats and even hotter pitching. “He really is a tremendous leader and understands the ins and outs of the game of baseball,” Moore said. “He really is a baseball person and the kids respect him.” The Wildcats lost six players to graduation, including five starters: catcher Arnold Aguirre, DH/No. 2 pitcher Michael Oeser, first baseman Andy Silverman, center fielder Brandon Simpson and third baseman Manny Gutierrez. Perhaps the toughest graduate to replace will be first-team All-CIF catcher Aguirre, who was fourth on the team in hitting with a .391 batting average. Senior Nick Fabanish will get the call behind the plate and Moore expects him to step up. “We’re definitely looking for him to make some kind of impact both offensively and (behind the plate),” Moore said. “He’s got big shoes to fill and his job’s not going to be easy, that’s for sure.” Monrovia’s No. 2 hitter last season, junior Curtis Cowell, a second-team All-CIF selection (.404 with 18 RBIs) will move to center field and should provide the 1-2 punch in hitting along with returning second baseman Rocky Tavera, who batted .391 with 13 RBIs. With Oeser, a first-team All-CIF selection, who was 8-1 with a 2.34 earned run average, out of the fold, Moore is looking to sophomore Richard Kilbury (4-0, 1.29 ERA) to assume the No. 2 spot on the mound along with Vince Vega. 2. St. Francis Despite losing five players to graduation, including first-team All-CIF selections Christian Bergman and Taylor Smale, the Golden Knights believe they have what it takes to make another run at a CIF title after finishing 25-5 and reaching the Division II title game a year ago. Second-team All-CIF selections Evan Simonitsch and Joe De Pinto top a list of 14 returnees, including seven starters, for the Golden Knights. De Pinto, who is headed to USC next season, batted .454 with two home runs and 27 RBIs, and Simonitsch hit .406 with two homers and 21 RBIs. “I don’t know if we can replace those kinds of numbers with what (Bergman and Smale) did,” St. Francis coach Mike Solar said. Seniors Luke Collis, 7-2 with a 1.70 ERA, and Andrew Sember (2-0, 2.83 ERA) will be the workhorses on the mound for the Golden Knights, and juniors Ramiro Carreon and Austin Heyworth could see quite a few innings. Solar’s key to getting back to the title game involves another element. “You need a lot of luck,” Solar said. 3. Pasadena Poly Pasadena Poly enjoyed an 18-5 campaign, winning the Prep League title and reaching the Division VI quarterfinals last season. With eight returning starters, including 2005 Prep League MVP and first-team All-CIF Division VI pitcher Rob Rasmussen healthy for his senior season, the Panthers are excited about the 2007 campaign. Rasmussen was 4-0 with a 0.56 ERA a year ago after leading the CIF with 147 strikeouts as a sophomore. He suffered from a stress fracture in the lower back and was forced to sit out the final two months of the season. “He’s back at 100 percent now and raring to go,” Panthers coach Wayne Ellis said of Rasmussen, who is 27-2 in his high school career. Senior Tim Feess was 10-3 with a 2.73 ERA and 93 strikeouts en route to first-team All-CIF Division VI honors. He also led the Panthers at the plate with a .500 batting average, four home runs and 32 RBIs. “Tim is the one who carried us through at the end last year, and most years he would, by far, be the No. 1 pitcher,” Ellis said. The Panthers will get an immediate idea of where they stand when they put Rasmussen on the mound Friday at Monrovia. 4. Alhambra The Moors enjoyed a 22-5 season in 2006, including an Almont League title and an appearance in the second round of the CIF-Southern Section Division II playoffs. The Moors lost All-CIF first-team selection and Almont League Co-Most Valuable Player Joey Blanco, who batted .438 and was 6-0 with a 1.48 ERA. They also have a void to fill with the departure of two-time Almont League Pitcher of the Year Cesar Martinez, who was 10-0 with a 1.25 ERA to earn second-team All-CIF honors. “We lost two All-CIF guys and 16 wins on the mound, so we need to absorb that,” Moors coach Steve Gerwecke said. Junior Noe Ramirez could pick up some of the slack on the hill if he can recover from elbow problems. “Knock on wood, it looks like he’s healthy, so that will really help us on the mound,” Gerwecke said of Ramirez, who was 7-3 with five shutouts as a freshman in 2004. “We expect him to be the guy he was his freshman year. He’s definitely the most recruited player I’ve had here at Alhambra.” 5. Temple City Despite finishing 11-13 a year ago, the Rams have high expectations heading into the 2007 season. Rams coach Barry Bacon has a strong squad of returning players, including the entire pitching staff, led by all-league selections Brian Dearth and Kyle MacDonald. Dearth was 4-2 with a 1.37 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 35
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Renters are not catching much of a break across the San Fernando Valley. The vacancy rate from Glendale to Calabasas inched up to 5.4 percent at the end of 2006 from 3.7 percent a year ago, according to the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. Last year, rents increased to $1,503, up from $1,396 in 2005. And 49 percent of Valley wage earners are renters, according to the center. It’s not hard to figure out why. Blame the housing market. Even though home sales in the Valley fell by the largest margin – 24.7 percent — in 17 years, the median price still increased 6.4 percent to a record $605,917 for the whole year, according to the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. In January, the most recent month for which numbers are available, the median price increased an annual 1.3 percent to $613,000, even though single-family home sales fell 29 percent. Meanwhile, lenders tightened their credit standards as some subprime loans soured. That is combining to keep people in apartments. The center tracks more than 100 buildings that have 100 units or more and the average rent includes the entire mix of stock. And it is almost impossible now to rent an apartment in a big complex for less than $900. And while there has been a surge in multifamily construction in the past several years, most are luxury complexes and condominiums. For example, last year developers in Los Angeles County pulled permits for 16,227 apartments and condos, up from 13,736 in 2005, according to the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. But it is not possible to say how many are apartments or condos. And demand still outstrips supply in the county by about 290,000 housing units. That makes it challenging to find affordable housing, especially in high-priced areas such as the Valley. “It makes it very difficult. You are dealing with the issue of finding the land, buying the land and getting all the permits,” said Jack Kyser, the Los Angeles Economic Development Corp.’s vice president and chief economist. Most of the building is taking place in Warner Center and North Hollywood. But with the Valley’s population increasing by about 19,000 residents a year, rental housing is not coming close to meeting demand.
On Sunday, excitement built as Monday’s Group G encounter between England and Tunisia approached.There had been concern that Volgograd could be a flashpoint because of its historical importance to Russia and the risk of potentially provocative behaviour by England fans.Two years ago at Euro 2016 there were violent clashes involving England supporters sparked by Russian fans in the French city of Marseille.Most of the 5,000 England fans expected for the match were thought to be arriving early Monday morning.Only a handful emerged from Volgograd station on Sunday afternoon from the Moscow train after its 20-hour journey south.“Officially through the FA (Football Association), England fans have bought 2,200 tickets for this game. But we expect a few more have got some in the neutral sections,” Thomas Concannon of England’s Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF) told AFP.“I doubt if anyone will come here without a ticket because they were still on sale and England hadn’t sold out their allocation.”– Low turnout –He played down fears of trouble, with the England fan turnout expected to be much lower than during the European Championship in France two years ago, and security tight.“In comparison to previous tournaments it is quite a light turnout because England always travel well, take 10,000, 20,000, 30,000 to a tournament,” said Concannon.“This is quite low. They’ve been put off by the prices. It is not a cheap trip. And it is not an easy place to get to.”England manager Gareth Southgate believes the game will pass off peacefully. Twenty years ago in Marseille, there were running battles between fans when these two teams last met in the World Cup.“There have been a lot of stories leading into the tournament which have put people off coming,” Southgate said Sunday. “We don’t see any dangers, everyone can see the security around the tournament.”And Southgate paid tribute to the fans who had made the long, expensive journey to the city, which now takes its name from the Volga river.“We’re really grateful to those who are travelling. It gives us a huge lift to see the fans in the stadium.“I’ve met many of them and lots have stories from tournaments going way back. Sometimes those good people following us are overlooked at the expense of some of the guys who have caused problems in the past.“I don’t expect that to be an issue this time.”The new Volgograd Arena, where Monday’s match will take place, is overlooked by the famous 85-metre-high Mamayev Kurgan, or “Motherland Calls” monument, the tallest statue in Europe.“We are hoping it does go as smoothly as it should and the world’s press will write about a great football tournament and nothing negative,” said FSF spokesman Luc Jones.The mayor of Volgograd, Andrei Kosalapov, said: “We have had no trouble from England fans and we do not expect any. Volgograd is a city of peace.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000“The Motherland Calls” statue in Volgograd © AFP / PHILIPPE DESMAZESVOLGOGRAD, Russian Federation, Jun 17 – England fans began to trickle into Volgograd on Sunday as the Russian city that bears the weight of World War II history offered a warm welcome before hosting its first World Cup match.The Volgograd Arena stands on one of the major battlefields of the war — two million people died in the battle named after the city’s former title of Stalingrad.
1 QPR boss Chris Ramsey needs to sign or loan in a couple of defenders to firm up his side’s porous backline.A number of late goals conceded contributed to the club’s Premier League relegation in May and the Hoops head coach admits they still need reinforcements with the opening day of the season just hours away.“That is something we are definitely looking at,” he said when asked about a need for more defensive cover.“Clint Hill is here as a utility player all along the back-four but we know we have to strengthen that area.“One of the things I felt last season was that, as much as we played well and created chances in certain games, we were very soft towards the end of matches from 80 minutes onwards, we lost or drew matches that we should have won.” Chris Ramsey
BY EAMON HARVEY: The Cara Bundoran 10 mile Challenge, on this Saturday 10th March, is building up to be a huge success. Entries from near and far continue to pour in ; two charities will benifit from the race; local groups across the North West continue to train and prepare for the event.If you have not yet entered take a quick look at www.carabundoranrun.com and fill out in an entry form- you won’t regret it. You can watch a video of the route here: http://vimeo.com/user10611123The race will have Chip Timing, Mile Markers – Split Times given at Every Mile, Water Stations, Souvenir Technical Fabric T-Shirt for all finishers, High Quality Goodie Bag for ALL Finishers, Course Accurately measured using the Jones M. plus €2,000 in prize money.I hope to see you there, EamonDDTV VIDEO: GET READY FOR THE BUNDORAN 10-MILE RUN WITH THIS VIDEO GUIDE was last modified: March 7th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:bundoran 10 mile run
Malin GAA News: Mr & MrsMalin GAA presents Mr & Mrs on Saturday 29th October, upstairs in our Clubhouse. Doors open at 8.30pm with the show starting at 9pm sharp. It’s always a brilliant nights entertainment and only €10. MC on the night is the fantastic Kevin Gallagher. This is a ticket only event with tickets now available from Maria 087 7763679, Linda 086 3452769, Margaret 087 2352823, Denise 086 3724378, Marty 086 2938634, Danny 086 8988180 or John 086 2507380. Check out clubs Facebook page to meet the couples. ScorScór na nÓg will take place in Muff on Friday November 11th at 7.00pm. We are looking for competitors in the following competitions:1) Céilí dancing2) Solo singing3) Storytelling4) Grúpa Ceoil5) Historical Presentation6) Ballad Group7) Set Dancing8) Tráth na gCeist (Quiz). Competitors must be under 17 on 1st of January 2017 to be eligible to take part. If you are interested in taking part in one of the competitions, please contact Winnie on 086 3428385 or Maura on 087 9031863.UnderageThe Minors beat Naomh Brid-Pettigo last Saturday in the county semi-final on a scoreline of 3-11 to 0-08. Best on the day for Malin were Conor Kelly, Conor McColgan, Joseph Doherty (PM), Joe Doherty & Ronan Lafferty. They now face Glenfin next Sunday at 2:00 in Convoy. They narrowly beat this side in the Northern Board Division 2 Shield final but know it will be a difficult game and the club would urge as much support as possible for this final and would like to wish Patrick Collins and his side the very best of luck. The boys under 13 team lost out to Buncrana in the Division 1 shield final on Monday night. The boys under 6 training starts back again on Sunday the 23rd of October and will continue every Sunday at 10:00-11:15am, new members welcome. The primary schools parish leagues start next Sunday at 11:15am for girls and boys. The club would ask for as much help from all club coaches and as many parents as possible to ensure the smooth running of these leagues. The under 12 girls continue training every Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00pm, All girls are reminded to bring runners, football boots, €2 and a gum shield, new members welcome. LottoThere was no winner of this week’s jackpot of €1100. The numbers drawn were 3-7-1-4-6-2-5. The €50 winner was Seamus McLaughlin, Bunn, Glengad. Next week’s jackpot is €1150.Club Pool RoomThe pool room is now open every Saturday and Sunday evenings from 8:00pm to 11:00pm in the clubhouse for anyone looking to play a game of pool.Jiving LessonsJiving Lessons continue in the clubhouse every Monday from 9pm to 10pm with Josie & Catriona. €5 per person. Everyone Welcome. Irish DancingThere will be Irish dancing lessons upstairs in the clubhouse every Wednesday from 4:00 to 5:15pm and every Friday 4:00 to 5:30 for boys and girls from age 3 and upwards. All beginners welcome, competitive and non-competitive dancers. Contact Donna for more details 0862615755.Club ShopIf anyone is looking to buy club gear for Christmas, it must be ordered before Sunday the 23rd of October to guarantee it will be here as items such as the tight bottomed tracksuit bottoms take at least7-8 weeks to arrive. Our Club Shop is open every Saturday from 12.00pm to 2pm and Sunday from 11.20am to 2pm or alternatively contact Susan Byrne on 9370638 or 0867832242. The shop stocks a great range of in all sizes including coats, jackets, hoodies, tracksuits, socks, shorts, hats, gear bags and much more club merchandise. The club facebook page has a picture of some of the many items available along with a pricelist. Items for Notes If anyone has any items that they would like included in the Malin Gaa notes they are reminded to contact Brendan on 0863777015 and email@example.com or Linda on 0863452769 or firstname.lastname@example.org or private message the Facebook page.Malin minors reach county final after victory over Naomh Bríd was last modified: October 17th, 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:GAAMalinSport
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The funding for the Nixon project will be used to ship 46 million pages of records to California, as well as help build a 10,000-square-foot National Archives facility in Yorba Linda. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Pasadena, who obtained the Metrolink funding, also demanded the Federal Railroad Administration study safety practices that were called into question after a January commuter train crash in Glendale that killed 11. The new safety measures will include median separators and locked gates to limit vehicle access to the rails. Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, called the hybrid shuttle buses at Burbank Airport “one more step toward keeping California on the cutting edge of the drive to cut air pollution.” He also obtained $200,000 to relieve congestion at Burbank and Sepulveda boulevards; and the money for the Valley Alliance of the Arts, which aims to build an 1,800-seat concert hall. WASHINGTON – The House approved $4 million Friday to begin transporting President Richard Nixon’s White House records from Washington, D.C., to their new home in Yorba Linda. The money was part of a $137.6 billion federal spending bill that will fund everything from transportation to performing arts programs. It passed 492-31 and an identical version is expected to pass the Senate. The Southland scored some big-ticket items in the bill, including $4.2 million to alleviate freight rail congestion; $500,000 to make safety improvements to the Metrolink commuter line; and $500,000 for low-emission shuttle buses at Bob Hope Airport in Burbank. Smaller community programs also got funding, including $200,000 to the Valley Alliance of the Arts for a performance venue. In the Santa Clarita Valley, Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, a Republican, secured $1 million for the Cross Valley Connector, linking I-5 and state Route 14; $545,000 to widen Rancho Vista Boulevard; $250,000 to help Lancaster build a youth baseball center; $150,000 to expand the Mammoth Lakes Library; and $100,000 for the Antelope Valley Boys and Girls Club. Lisa Friedman, (202) 662-8731 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Nature program will teach Animal Survival Strategies in Winter, 10-11 a.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Hanukkah Boutique will feature unique gifts, Judaica items, jewelry and art, noon-4 p.m. at Chabad of SCV, 23120 Lyons Ave., No. 19, Newhall. Call Naomi at (661) 296-4566. Fiction Light Book Group will discuss “The Undomestic Goddess” by Sophie Kinsella, 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free lecture, titled “Putting the Joy Back into Holidays,” 1-2 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-9444. Fantasy Book Club will discuss “Eldest,” 6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Santa Clarita Valley PC Group will meet, 6 p.m. at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call Judy Taylour at (661) 252-8852. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit www.valenciatoastmasters.org for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Blood drive, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in front of the Santa Clarita sheriff’s station, 23740 W. Magic Mountain Parkway, Valencia. Call Deputy Mike Lorenzi at (661) 799-5804. Tyke Hike for siblings of newborns, 3-5 p.m. at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, 23845 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-8060. Santa Clarita Corvette Club social meeting, 6:30 p.m. at Route 66 Classic Grill, 18730 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 298-1494. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 10:30 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org for location. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TODAY Local Author Day, 5-8 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 23630 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 254-6604. Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. SATURDAY Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for a morning run, 7 o’clock in the parking lot at Starbucks, 26415 Bouquet Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit www.scrunners.org. Free wellness workshop will present research about stubborn weight, fatigue and hormone imbalance, 10-11:30 a.m. at the office of Dr. Larry Cart, 24868 Apple St., Suite 101, Newhall. Call (661) 284-6233. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave. Call (661) 254-1275. Animal show, 1 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Free. Call (661) 259-7721. Karaoke night, 8 o’clock at VFW Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-6885. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities throughout the day at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. SUNDAY
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Donegal Town yesterday to say a fond farewell to the 109th Battalion who will embark on peace-keeping duty with UNIFIL.The soldiers were addressed by Minister Paul Kehoe, the Minister with Responsibility for defence.Special tribute was paid to Corporal Gavin Carey who life tragically in a drowning accident in Bundoran recently. Below the picture special is the full speech of Minister Kehoe. Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen. It is a great pleasure for me to be here in Donegal today to review personnel of the 109th Infantry Battalion, who will travel to Lebanon shortly for service with the United Nations Interim Force. You are all very welcome to this important event.May I begin today by remembering the late Corporal Gavin Carey who tragically lost his life in a drowning incident in August while on pre-deployment training in Finner Camp, while preparing for this mission. Corporal Carey was your colleague and friend and should have been with us here today but sadly that was not to be. I would like to extend my deepest sympathies and that of the Government to his family, his many friends and to all of you. Occasions such as this remind us of the great pride we can take, in the work which the Defence Forces have done, and continue to do, as peacekeepers throughout the world, often in very challenging environments. You the men and women of the 109th Infantry Battalion are the latest to continue this tradition.Ireland’s participation in UN and UN mandated missions demonstrate the very positive and practical difference that small countries, like Ireland, can make in the world’s trouble spots.Tomorrow I will travel to Mali, accompanied by the Secretary General of my Department and the Chief of Staff, to witness at firsthand the work of your colleagues, involved in the European Union Training Mission in Mali.Currently, just under 500 members of the Defence Forces are serving overseas. UNIFIL represents Ireland’s largest overseas deployment, with some 220 personnel currently serving in Lebanon as part of a Finnish/Irish Battalion. With your deployment, Ireland will take over command from Finland and bring Ireland’s contribution to UNIFIL to some 370 personnel, our largest contingent since November 2013.The UNIFIL mission comprises over 10,000 troops from 40 countries. It is supported by 848 international and local civilian staff. It focuses on the restoration of peace and security in the region, through observing, monitoring and reporting on developments in its area of operation.The mission is a force for stability, thanks to the great work of the military and civilian personnel, and cooperation with UNIFIL’s main strategic partner, the Lebanese Armed Forces. Since the mission was first established in 1978, Ireland has a long and proud tradition of contributing to UNIFIL, whether by way of major infantry deployments, force protection elements, or staff officers.Our participation in this mission is part and parcel of the DNA of our Defence Forces participation in overseas missions.When in the Lebanon you will serve alongside troops from Finland and Estonia. Partnership with other like-minded States is an important element of our peacekeeping operations. It allows us to take on a greater range of operations in support of the United Nations than we might not otherwise undertake.In addition to working alongside your Finnish and Estonian counterparts you will also be working with soldiers from countries such as Spain, Italy, Fiji and Nepal. I have had the opportunity of visiting our troops in UNIFIL on a number of occasions and most recently in July of this year, for the transfer of the Head of Mission and Force Commander to Major General Beary, who is supported by additional personnel from Ireland. This was and remains a very proud event for Ireland.While I was there I was able to witness, at first hand, the dedication, professionalism and tremendous work of our colleagues.I understand that personnel from 24 counties around Ireland are represented here today. The main contributing unit is the 28th Infantry Battalion based in Finner Camp with 59 personnel. Among those deploying are two sets of brothers, Corporals Ronan and Glen Matthews and Privates Ronan and Brian Corry. Also deploying are brothers from 1 Brigade, Corporals Robert and Aidan Webster. The youngest person deploying is a 20 year old, Private Oisin Redican from No. 1 Platoon, B Company.I note also that for 95 of you, this is your first tour of duty overseas. Other members of the Group, of course, are quite experienced and have had many tours of duty overseas. Sgt Declan Higgins has the most overseas deployments and this will be his 12th mission overseas. He is followed closely by Regimental Sergeant Major Mick Dillon who has served ten tours of duty overseas. I congratulate you both on your on-going commitment to international peacekeeping. I know that your previous experience will be a source of inspiration and guidance for those deploying for the first time.A small number of you are deploying on Family Friendly Appointments, and you will be in Lebanon for a 3 month tour of duty and your counterpart will work the following 3 months. I am delighted to see the positive take-up of these opportunities; I hope to see more of it into the future.There are also a total of 21 female personnel here today. I really believe that the deployment of female peacekeepers significantly contributes to the achievement of sustainable peace. The presence of women contributes greatly to the sense of security of local populations. It broadens the skills set available within a peacekeeping mission and importantly provides role models for women, both at home and abroad.The promotion of a strong gender perspective is a key element of all our peacekeeping operations. The further development of female participation in peacekeeping contingents is one of the projects which I will continue to advance.I know service with the United Nations demands a wide variety of skills and personal qualities. Throughout the years, Defence Forces personnel serving with the UNIFIL battalions and other overseas missions such as the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights, have worked hard to enhance Ireland’s reputation as a peacekeeping nation. You now have the opportunity to play your part. I have no doubt that you will all endeavour to maintain Ireland’s reputation abroad and contribute to the high regard in which Ireland is held throughout the world.The decision by Government to send troops overseas is not taken lightly. Your safety and the safety of all Irish Defence Forces personnel serving on all overseas missions is always the primary concern for me, my Government colleagues and the military authorities. Our ability to protect your health and safety is of paramount concern when considering any mission.The Defence Forces have assured me that all appropriate security measures are in place to ensure the safety of all Defence Forces personnel serving with UNIFIL.Your pre-deployment training began in Finner Camp when this Unit was formally established in early September. You have all now completed robust training exercises designed to prepare you for the scenarios which you may encounter while serving overseas with UNIFIL. This intensive training was necessary to ensure that all of you are well prepared to discharge your duties effectively in the mission area in Southern Lebanon.I commend, and thank each and every one of you on your decision to take on this mission. It is important to acknowledge that Ireland’s substantial contribution to international peace support operations cannot happen without your ongoing commitment to serve overseas in often difficult and dangerous circumstances.You have a difficult job ahead but be assured that the Government and the public at large fully support you. The members of Oglaigh na hEireann have always stepped up to the challenges set before them, just as you are doing today. I have no doubt that as members of the 109th Infantry Battalion you will carry out your duties with compassion and demonstrate the professionalism we have come to expect from our Defence Forces. By your participation in this mission you have an opportunity to make a tangible difference to the lives of many disadvantaged and vulnerable people.I am delighted to see so many of your families and friends here today to bid you farewell and wish you a safe tour of duty and return home. Their support and encouragement is deeply valued. I thank them for this, as it enables you to serve abroad and thereby help to protect and save the lives of countless numbers of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable.I know a lot of good work is also achieved through agricultural and sporting activities. This type of work is extremely valuable in terms of building relationships of trust with the local communities. It contributes to the acceptance of your presence in Lebanon, thereby making it a safer place to live.Finally, I want to wish each and every member of 109th Infantry Battalion UNIFIL, under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Howard, a safe and successful mission. You are travelling to Lebanon with my best wishes and those of the rest of the nation.Large crowds turn out to see off soldiers on peace-keeping duties – pic special was last modified: October 25th, 2016 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)