first_imgThe seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Los Angeles County held steady at 5 percent in April, state officials reported Friday. The April unemployment rate was above the 4.8 percent rate in the same month last year, according to the Employment Development Department. Statewide, employers added a modest 7,400 jobs last month, with government payrolls posting more than two-thirds of that gain, the state reported Friday. The April increase followed a revised gain of 17,000 jobs in March, a decline of 1,500 jobs from the previously reported total. The increases in California reflected slower payroll employment growth throughout the nation. U.S. payrolls grew by just 88,000 jobs last month, according to the Labor Department. In California, the number of people looking for work climbed during the month to 934,000, up 58,000 from March and 41,000 from the year-ago month, according to the Employment Development Department. Of those looking for work, 362,100 were laid off, 85,600 left their jobs voluntarily and the rest were new to the labor market, the state agency said. The state unemployment rate edged up to 5.1 percent from 4.8 percent in March. It was 5 percent in April 2006. About 15.3 million people held payroll jobs in California in April. The government sector added 5,800 jobs during the period. The biggest decline came in the information sector, which lost 6,800 jobs. The construction sector saw a decrease of 3,000 jobs. Over the 12-month period ended in April, California employers added 266,300 jobs, a 1.8 percent increase.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgArsenal are putting the finishing touches to the signing of Villarreal’s Gabriel Paulista after the Brazilian defender was granted a work permit.Gabriel has received formal approval from the Home Office and will undergo a medical at the Gunners’ London Colney training ground on Monday while waiting for a visa application to be processed.There are still formalities to be completed, in what is a complicated transfer, but Arsenal expect to confirm the move in the next 24 hours, most likely on Tuesday.There were concerns Gabriel might not secure a work permit given he is uncapped for Brazil and rules state a player must have played in 75 per cent of his national team’s matches in the last two years.The Gunners, however, successfully argued the 24-year-old is an exceptional talent who will benefit the top level of English football.The athletic centre-back will boost Arsene Wenger’s defensive options, which have often been stretched this season due to injuries.Villarreal announced on Saturday that Arsenal striker Joel Campbell would move to the Yellow Submarines on loan until the end of the season as part of the deal.Campbell impressed while playing for Costa Rica at last summer’s World Cup but the 22-year-old is yet to start a Barclays Premier League match for the Gunners this season. 1 Gabriel Paulista in action for Villarreal last_img read more

first_imgLeo is surrounded by family and good friends at St Catherine’s clubhouse during his emotional return.There were tears shed and stories told when the last surviving member of the Killybegs soccer team which played in the FAI Junior Cup final against Drumcondra in 1939 made an emotional visit to the St Catherine’s Football Club clubhouse.The visit, on the eve of Leo McGinley’s 98th birthday, was organised by his nephew, Sean Mc Ginley, while holidaying in his native Kilcar.Accompanied by his son, John and daughter, Antoinette, he was greeted by officers and members of the club and by the sons, daughters and grand-children of his former club-mates from those far off days. Leo with his family.Leo has lived most of his life in Ballysheedy, Co Limerick, where he ran his own business.Leo, played right-half forward for Killybegs Emeralds, as the team was then known, But he recalled: “That was my position but I could shift over to the left, either, because I had two good feet.”He added: “I remember the last game I played, I was coming off the field when two fellows came down beside me and asked me was I Leo McGinley. I said I was and they asked me would I be interested in going over to England for a trial with Southend United.”He smiled as he remembered what he replied to their offer: “I told them that I wasn’t a soccer player at all; I was a Gaelic player.” The offer came to nothing, anyway, as World War II broke out shortly afterwards. “Then it was all over the papers that if any Irish fellow wanted, he could go over to England to work and that he wouldn’t be called up. Myself and a mate of mine, John Byrne, went to England and worked all through the war.”During his time there, Leo worked as a machine operator in Scotland, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Farnborough, Reading. Nottingham and Derby County. “I was there nine years”, he said, “and I came home every year except one year there was no boat when the War was on.”But it was Limerick he came back to after his time in Britain. “They had a GAA Club in Nottingham when I was there and I used to play. I was on the pitch one day when two big fellows came up to me and asked me would I like to go back to Ireland, driving a machine for them. I said I would. They were the Sheehy brothers and they had a business in Limerick.”However, Leo only stayed 18 months with them. “I found out that what I could do for them I could do for myself, so I bought a machine of my own and set up my own business.”It was while staying in digs in Limerick at that time that Leo met Mary Consodine. The couple married and had eight children. Mary died eight years ago. The children are Bernadette, now living in Brighton; Mary, in Cork; Eamonn and Colette, both living in Dublin, Geraldine, Claire, John and Antoinette, all in Limerick. Leo was greeted by several people who were related to the team mates he played with 76 years ago, including three sisters of the late Peadar Molloy, Moira Mallon, Esther and Mary Goretti, whose father, Willie Joe Molloy, purchased the field which is still the home ground of the club, Eithne White, whose father, Joe Cunningham was chairman of the club when Leo McGinley played and whose grand-son, Daniel Breslin, is currently first team manager.Other well-wishers included Joey Murrin, whose father played with Leo, and who himself was a player and referee, Brian McGilloway and Aideen Morrow, whose father, John McGilloway, played on the 1939 team, and several Dorrians, whose family have been stalwarts of the club since its foundation.St Catherine’s FC club chairman, Martin Murrin, presented Leo with a club jersey, scarf and hat, as a memento of his visit, along with a copy of the book, “St Catherine’s FC – A Celebration of 100 Years of Soccer in Killybegs”, which was published by the club in 1996. He was also presented with a number of framed photographs of the famous 1939 team.EMOTIONAL RETURN BY LAST SURVIVING MEMBER OF FAMOUS DONEGAL TEAM was last modified: August 10th, 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)Tags:KillybegsLeo McGinleySt Catherineslast_img read more

first_imgDONEGAL have been drawn to play either Wexford or Laois in Round 4 of the All-Ireland – if they lose this weekendJim McGuinness’s side face Monaghan in the Ulster final this Sunday in Clones.The losers of the game will play the winners of the Wexford/Laois match. Kildare will welcome Tyrone to Newbridge.The visit of Mickey Harte’s men to the Lillywhites is the pick of the third round and the eventual winners of that tie will be handed another tough task in the next round as they will take on Meath.The third round also threw up an all-Ulster clash as Derry will host Cavan.Armagh face a trip to Galway in the round’s other game and Cork lie in wait for the winner of that game at a neutral venue in the fourth round. The Round 3 games will take place on Saturday and Round 4 games a week later.All-Ireland SFC Round 3 QualifiersGalway * v ArmaghWexford * v LaoisKildare * v Tyrone Derry * v Cavan* Denotes home advantageAll-Ireland SFC Round 4 QualifiersGalway or Armagh v Cork Wexford or Laois v Donegal or MonaghanKildare or Tyrone v MeathDerry or Cavan v Mayo or LondonAll fourth round ties to be played at a neutral venueDONEGAL DRAWN TO PLAY WEXFORD OR LAOIS IN ALL-IRELAND QUALIFIERS IF THEY LOSE ULSTER CROWN was last modified: July 15th, 2013 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)last_img read more

first_imgTwo people had to be rescued off the Donegal coast after their boat’s engine lost power.Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat  was called to aid a small pleasure craft, following a mayday call to Malin Head Coast Guard on Saturday evening.The 18 foot craft, with two people on board who were both wearing lifejackets, suffered engine failure and immediately deployed two emergency flares. These were spotted by the nearby Prospector One who issued a mayday relay to the Coast Guard at Malin Head who in turn issued a page to the crew of Bundoran Lifeboat.Within minutes, the Atlantic 85 lifeboat William Henry Liddington launched and the volunteer crew were on the scene.The craft had received an initial tow from Prospector One as it was floating dangerously close to rocks.The Killybegs coastguard unit were also tasked to the scene and arrived shortly afterwards whilst the Sligo based Rescue 118 helicopter who were en route, were stood down. The Bundoran Lifeboat then proceeded to take the vessel under tow to Mullaghmore Harbour. Volunteer lifeboat helm Brian Gillespie said ‘engine failure is a common cause of lifeboat callouts’.“Luckily the two persons on board were prepared and had emergency flares and were able to raise the alarm. Importantly they were also both wearing lifejackets. Being prepared is the key and we would always advise boaters to have basic safety equipment on board,” he said. TWO RESCUED AS BOAT DRIFTS TOWARDS ROCKS was last modified: April 16th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Bundoran RNLIrescuelast_img read more

first_img “The city of Simi Valley and its residents have been awaiting this day for years, and this night of entertainment is especially our gift for the community to celebrate Simi Valley’s first regional center,” said Greg Lenners, the Town Center general manager. The show is open to the public in the shopping center’s center court. The entertainment is designed for the whole family. Although the opening ceremony is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., festivities continue throughout the evening. Gordon Goodwin’s 18-piece Big Phat Band, lead by Emmy-award-winning composer Gordon Goodwin, is the main musical attraction. Ellis Hall, a former lead vocalist and keyboardist of the band Tower of Power, is scheduled to open the ceremony with the national anthem. The celebration also will include dozens of elaborately costumed and masked performers who will parade and dance throughout center court. The costumes, an array of brightly colored sequin and satin ensembles with matching masks, will resemble a 19th-century Venetian masquerade reflecting the night’s “Carnivale Grande” theme. Flashes of theatrical lighting, including pyrotechnic blasts, will conclude the show. Radio station KOST 103.5 FM will be broadcasting live from Simi Valley Town Center, offering a number of contest giveaways and prizes. When it opens it will includes Macy’s and Robinsons-May department stores, but because of the merger between Federated Department stores Inc. and the May Department Stores Co. the Robinsons-May is expected to be eventually converted to a Macy’s. Then the original Macy’s site is expected to be converted to another anchor. The mall will also include more than 100 other retailers, including Anthropologie, BombayKids, Brighton Collectibles, California Pizza Kitchen, Coach, Urban Outfitters, White House Black Market and Z Gallerie. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com ON THE WEB For more information, visit www.simivalleytc.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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Workers are completing freeway ramps, entry roads, landscaping and interiors for scores of stores and restaurants throughout the 600,000-square-foot open-air center. It is expected to generate more than $3.6 million in new retail sales tax, property tax and business license taxes annually. Shopping center officials say the opening festivities are designed to reflect the community’s excitement and the center’s Italian Mediterranean village style. There are tile roofs, Romeo and Juliet-style balconies, stone facades, fountains, sculptures and ornamental lighting, with olive and oak trees. Because it is situated in the hills on the city’s north side, the shopping center offers panoramic views across the valley to the south. SIMI VALLEY – Hundreds of people are scrambling to prepare for Simi Valley Town Center’s grand opening – a community celebration with the theme of a Venetian masquerade carnival. The city’s first regional shopping mall north of the Ronald Reagan Freeway between First Street and Erringer Road will open the morning of Oct. 27 and shoppers will be there throughout the day before the “Carnivale Grande” festivities begin in the evening with musicians, costumed dancers and pyrotechnics. The $300 million Town Center is the first regional shopping center built in Ventura County in more than 25 years, and its opening represents a goal Simi Valley civic leaders have worked decades to attain. “I’m going to have my party hat and my dancing shoes on, and I’m going to welcome the mall with open arms,” said Simi Valley City Councilwoman Barbra Williamson. “I am going to thoroughly enjoy myself. This has been a long time coming.” last_img read more

first_imgATLANTA – Teammates Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) of the Drake University women’s basketball team have each been selected to the “Wade Watch” list of candidates for the 2020 Wade Trophy presented to the best player in college women’s basketball, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced Thursday, Nov. 7. Janelle Bailey North Carolina Center 6-4 Jr. Ruthy Hebard Oregon Forward 6-4 Sr. The Wade Trophy honor adds to an impressive list for Hittner, who is also on the Ann Meyers Drysdale and Wooden award preseason lists. Last month, Rhine was chosen to the Katrina McClain award preseason list for the second consecutive year. The duo joins Oregon State and Stanford, which have two honorees each while Oregon and UConn each have three student-athletes on the national list. The “Wade Watch” list of candidates for the Wade Trophy is composed of players selected by the WBCA NCAA Division I Coaches’ All-America Selection Committee. Ae’Rianna Harris Purdue Forward 6-1 Sr. Becca Hittner Drake Guard 6-0 Sr. Aari McDonald Arizona Guard 5-6 Jr. Drake open the 2019-20 season Friday at the Knapp Center against 2019 Sweet 16 participant, South Dakota State.Here is the list: Bella Alarie Princeton Forward 6-4 Sr. DiJonai Carrington Stanford Guard 5-11 Sr. MiKayla Pivec Oregon State Guard 5-10 Sr. Name Institution Position Height Current Year Michaela Onyenwere UCLA Forward 6-0 Jr. Tyasha Harris South Carolina Guard 5-10 Sr. Kiah Gillespie Florida State Forward 6-2 RS Sr. Chelsea Dungee Arkansas Guard 5-11 RS Jr. Megan Walker UConn Forward 6-1 Jr. Haley Gorecki Duke Guard 6-0 Grad. Last season, Hittner was a WBCA All-America nominee. She is the back-to-back Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Player of the Year, and led the MVC in scoring each of the past two seasons, including a career-high 19.7 points per game in 2018-19. She was named to the All-MVC First Team for the third-consecutive season. Hittner had 15 20-plus scoring performances and four 30-plus games last season. Tynice Martin West Virginia Guard 5-11 RS Sr.center_img Beatrice Mompremier Miami (FL) Forward 6-4 RS Sr. Rhine is coming off another banner season in 2018-19. She averaged 18.3 points per game which was just behind Hittner for tops in the conference and pulled down 8.3 rebounds while shooting a league-best 61.2 percent from the floor. Rhine was selected to the All-MVC First Team for the second consecutive season. She recorded a team-high 13 double-doubles and 14 20-plus scoring performances. Destiny Slocum Oregon State Guard 5-7 RS Jr. Rhyne Howard Kentucky Guard 6-2 So. The Wade Trophy — now in its 43nd year — is the oldest and most prestigious national player of the year award in college women’s basketball. It is named in honor of the late, legendary Delta State University head coach Lily Margaret Wade, who won three consecutive national championships with the Lady Statesmen. Crystal Dangerfield UConn Guard 5-5 Sr. Destiny Pitts Minnesota Guard 5-10 Jr. Sabrina Ionescu Oregon Guard 5-11 Sr. Lauren Cox Baylor Forward 6-4 Sr. Kalia Charles Maryland Guard 6-1 Sr. Sara Rhine Drake Forward 6-1 RS Sr. Satou Sabally Oregon Forward 6-4 Jr. Rennia Davis Tennessee Guard 6-2 Jr. Kiana Williams Stanford Guard 5-8 Jr. Christyn Williams UConn Guard 5-11 So. Peyton Williams Kansas State Forward 6-4 Sr. Chennedy Carter Texas A&M Guard 5-7 Jr. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

first_imgTwo articles in the popular press tried to make the case that monkeys have humanlike characteristics.  Maybe they proved the converse, at least for some humans.Does this add up?  Reporting on experiments suggesting monkeys have the rudiments of math skills, at least in the ability to compare sizes of things, MSNBC News writer Bjorn Carey wanted to emphasize how similar they are to us.  He said, “This finding is the most recent in a series of discoveries that indicate our primate cousins display humanlike characteristics.  Monkeys like to gamble and enjoy looking at other monkeys’ bottoms.  Chimpanzees have been found to crack under social pressures.”On the Origin of Humor by Sexual Selection, or the Preservation of Favored Jokes in the Struggle for a Wife:  Science Now laughed with, but not at, a study that showed differences in the way men and women respond to humor.  There must be a Darwinian angle in here somewhere:  “There are a variety of ways to interpret the findings, says neuroscientist Gregory Berns of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the more politically incorrect being that women are more easily entertained than men.  Another is that women find humor more important in behavior than men do, consistent with ideas that humor evolved differently between the sexes as a mating strategy–men act the comics and women respond by laughing at them. Er, with them.”  But ScienceNow left us hanging without a punch line for the title, “Y Did the Chromosome Cross the Road?”Are humans still evolving?  Reporting on a comparative genomics study between humans and chimpanzees, Ker Than on Live Science started by praising the power of natural selection:  “The evolutionary process that Charles Darwin discovered almost 150 years ago, responsible for transforming dinosaurs into birds and allowing the walking ancestors of whales to take to the seas, is still quietly at work in humans today.”  In the next paragraph he called DNA the “software of life.”While supporting natural selection, Ker Than managed to include his usual dig against the creationists: “The validity of Darwin’s natural selection has been attacked lately by a small but vocal group who argue that it cannot explain all the complexity seen in nature.  They advocate a concept called ‘intelligent design,’ in which a higher being is responsible for the variety of life.  Scientists dismiss intelligent design as cloaked creationism and say that there are no significant problems with the widely accepted theory of evolution.”  (Emphasis added in quotes.)So if you are a gambling butt-gazer with a nervous breakdown, you can take comfort in the fact that macaques empathize with you.  Supposedly if the macaques keep up such antics they will become philosophers in due time.  Didn’t Kipling say that to be a man requires keeping your head while all around you are losing theirs?  Macaque antics reveal no special human propensities.  Parrots and dolphins exhibit better intellectual skills than monkeys, but no Darwinist considers either of them our “closest living relative.”  Why not turn the idea around, and say that any man who dwells on derriere jokes is devolving into a macaque, or any human who swims is devolving into a whale?  After all, Michael Ruse has forcefully warned against embedding any ideas of progress into Darwinian theory.    Ker Than has been a malicious demagogue against intelligent design throughout the Dover trial, worse than Antonio Lazcano (see 11/04/2005 entry).  These two quotes show that nothing he says about Darwinism or ID can be trusted.  In promoting Darwinism, he erred with his definition of natural selection: “Darwin’s natural selection is the process by which nature rewards those individuals better adapted to their environments with survival and reproductive success.”  In addition to slipping an embedded personification fallacy about rewards into his definition, he blindly slipped into the tautology trap: if fitness is defined in terms of reproductive success, it loses all independent meaning: the fit survive because the survivors are fit.    In attacking ID, Ker Than linked it to belief in a “higher being”.  ID makes no claims about the nature or source of the designing intelligence, but only that the effects of intelligent causes are detectable.  But then he also borrowed ID vocabulary in defining DNA as software, which always has an intelligent cause.  He also erred historically in giving Charlie credit for “discovering” natural selection.  If he can’t even define the most basic terms right or keep his concepts consistent, how can his opinions be worth anything?  Such reporting is better suited to a job at LieScience.com.(Visited 90 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgSouth African spirits and winemaker KWV’s Laborie Alambic brandy was voted the best in the world at the 2010 International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. Two other KWV brandies, the KWV 15 Year Old and the KWV Imoya VSOP, also received gold medals at the competition this year. “We are extremely honoured and excited to have Laborie Alambic recognised as the best brandy in the world,” Gelderblom said in a recent statement. “I believe that the greatest key to our success lies in the source; good grapes make good wine, and good wine makes great brandy.” SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material 2 September 2010 The International Wine and Spirits Competition is regarded as the premier competition of its kind on the international stage. It is also unique in that all medal winners are subject to technical analysis before the results are released.center_img “Unique to Laborie Alambic is the combination of grapes used in the blending, which includes Pinotage and Chardonnay,” Gelderblom said. “Every aspect of the distillation process is handled with the greatest care to produce a world-class end product.” “This award highlights the changes and investments that have been happening around the Laborie brand – both from a wine and destination perspective,” said Laborie brand director Jeff Gradwell. “It signifies our commitment to delivering a total premium quality brand experience.” This is the sixth time that KWV has achieved the top award for one of its brandies at the International Wine and Spirits Competition, which was founded in 1969 and is regarded as the premier competition of its kind on the international stage. Distilled on site at the scenic Laborie estate in Paarl, the Laborie Alambic brandy is a rich, full brandy with lots of dried fruit apricot and raisin flavours – a brandy “made for relaxed, gentle sipping” by brandy master Kobus Gelderblom.last_img read more

first_imgCrystal Palace F.C. will not rush injured winger Wilfried Zaha back into action and have not put a timeframe on the Ivory Coast international’s return, the Premier League club’s manager Frank de Boer has said.The 24-year-old, who scored seven league goals and provided 11 assists to win Palace’s Player of the Year last season, sustained a knee injury during their 3-0 defeat to Huddersfield Town F.C. in the opening league game of the season.”Wilf is a very robust player, the first couple of days (after the injury) are very important to have a rest and, from now on, I think he’s going to start rehab,” De Boer said after Wednesday’s 2-1 win over Ipswich Town F.C. in the League Cup. Reuters Photo”We don’t know how long it will take. The risk is that you start too early, that he can have a setback, so we are going to see and don’t put a time on it right now.”Palace, who will play Huddersfield Town F.C. again in the third round of the League Cup in September, host Swansea City F.C. in the league on Saturday.last_img read more