1 Liverpool midfielder Jordon Ibe cannot wait to continue his education under new manager Jurgen Klopp.Ibe made his big breakthrough under previous boss Brendan Rodgers and admits he was disappointed to see the Northern Irishman leave Anfield.But the 19-year-old is relishing the chance to work under Klopp, twice a Bundesliga winner with Borussia Dortmund.Ibe is currently on England Under-21 duty ahead of their clash with Kazakhstan on Tuesday and is yet to meet the charismatic German.“I can’t wait to get back and start working with him now,” he said.“I can only try to get better with the help he’s hopefully going to provide for me, and there’s a lot of other young players, so working around him should be great and also for the senior players in the squad.“It’s a shame [about Brendan Rodgers], because he was an important man in my career. But that’s how football is. There are no promises in football and I wish him all the best for the future.“I now need to focus and work under the new manager. He’s got good experience and did some great stuff with Borussia Dortmund.” Jordon Ibe
Others who have signed the guest book have included testaments to the tea lady’s power to heal. “I was depressed yesterday and now I feel great – thank you,” wrote Mary Torres. “I had so much pain in my heart then you slipped into my room for a tea party and the pain went away,” wrote Lilli Bonner. Cindy Damboise, nurse manager on the fourth floor, has seen the same scene, heard the same words dozens of times. The tea lady has no medical degree, no physical therapy training whatsoever, but Damboise thinks these tea parties are having a big impact on the physical health of these women. “Emotionally, I know they do. But I’ve also seen patients start breathing easier and feeling so much better physically after she leaves,” she said. “These tea parties definitely have a healing effect.” Because she takes her time and does not want to rush the women in hospital gowns sipping her tea, Smidderks can do only two or three parties every Friday afternoon. She started them in February after the death of her dog, Snuggles. For seven years, Smidderks had been bringing her little Shih Tzu dog to the hospital every Friday to let the patients hold and play with him. “I could do six or seven visits in an afternoon with him, and he always lifted their spirits,” the Granada Hills woman said. “After he died at 16, I wanted to continue volunteering, but I didn’t seem to be a fit for the gift shop or sitting at the front information desk. “I’ve had tea parties my entire life, so I asked if it was OK to have them here because I knew a real connection is made with someone over a cup of tea. “For an hour or two, you can make them forget about the pain and remember the good times.” Sipping tea from fine china on embroidered tablecloths with a red rose in a vase because women heal better when they have beauty around them. Men, she isn’t so sure about. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. [email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Just ask Dolores Bork, who sat down to a cup of hot mint tea with Mary on Friday afternoon. Bork, 85, considered herself lucky to be alive after suffering a massive heart attack last week. Her heart stopped three times – twice on the way to the hospital from her Ridgecrest home and once on the operating table. But Bork didn’t dwell on that during her visit with the tea lady. Instead, they talked about their childhoods, their loved ones, their pets and favorite things about life. Then Bork autographed the tea lady’s guest book, adding her name to the dozens of other women who have recovered from surgery in these rooms. “This is so very, very special. Thank you,” she said. “I’m not in the hospital now. I’m at a beautiful tea party.” For a few precious hours every Friday afternoon, pain and fear take a back seat to smiles and warm memories in the fourth-floor recovery rooms at Providence Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills. That’s when Mary Smidderks, the tea lady, comes to visit. Bringing her best china, embroidered tablecloths and a vase with a red rose, she transforms drab hospital rooms into warm, intimate tea parties for female patients whose spirits need a lift. “Women heal faster when they have beauty around them,” said Smidderks, a retired vice principal at Los Angeles Baptist High School. “I don’t know about men, but women respond to beauty.”
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Orange County fire officials estimated this morning firefighters could have the fire fully contained by Sunday. A reward of $250,000 has been offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of whoever started the fire. Anyone with information about the fire’s origins was urged to call (800) 540-8282. Orange County Fire Authority Chief Chip Prather has asked that an estimated 30-40 people who were in Black Star Canyon shooting still photos and video of the fire between 5:55 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. on Oct. 21 — around the time officials believe it was deliberately set — submit their pictures and footage to investigators. The photos or video may contain images that could help investigators catch whoever started the blaze at two ignition points. Authorities, who said they are investigating some 700 tips about the fire, have also asked for help in tracking down a pickup truck seen in the area when the fire started. The driver of the truck — described as a 1998-2004 white Ford F-150 pickup with chrome tubular running boards — is a “person of interest,” Prather said earlier. SANTA ANA – The arson-set Santiago fire continued to threaten 200 homes today and mandatory evacuations remained in effect in the canyon areas of Silverado, Black Star and Baker, authorities said. But more than 3,000 residents have been allowed to return to their homes in the canyon areas of Modjeska, Trabuco, Glen Ranch, Live Oak and Santiago, state fire officials said. As of this morning, firefighters estimated 75 percent containment on the 28,445-acre blaze. But there was concern that the weather, which helped firefighters over the weekend, could turn threatening once more with a return to windy conditions, officials said. In addition to pressing forward in the arson investigation, authorities are also bracing for potentially devastating post-fire erosion, Prather said. “Be patient with us because part of what we’re trying to do is make sure that after this fire is out, the mudslides don’t come,” Prather said. “And so we’re trying to save as much of the vegetation on those hillsides as possible to keep that community safe for the long term.” Prather told reporters his crews had been in a sprint since the fire broke out a week ago Sunday east of Irvine, fueled by fierce Santa Ana winds, and “now we’re in the marathon.” Prather said “that marathon includes trying to prepare the community for the next emergency. And that will be to rehabilitate that area and limit to any extent we possibly can the potential of a mudslide, and threat and risk to people and property in the future.” Meanwhile, firefighters continued trying to block the blaze from crossing a mountain ridge into Riverside County. Now in its tenth day, the fire has blackened 28,445 acres of foothills, canyons and mountains, destroyed 15 homes and eight outbuildings, damaged nine residential structures and 12 outbuildings, and forced scores from their homes. Eight firefighters have been reported injured in the Santiago Fire. There are 1,833 fire personnel assigned to the fire, which so far has cost an estimated $9 million to fight. Crews were being aided by “forgiving” weather, as one fire authority spokeswoman put it, but remain concerned that winds could whip up again to rekindle the flames. Over the past few days, firefighters have worried that coastal winds could blow the fire downhill into the Corona area if it crossed the ridge, which also marks the line between Orange and Riverside counties. Hand crews and bulldozers have carved a pair of parallel fire breaks both on the ridge and at the fire’s northeast edge, generally a mile southwest of the ridge. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
As Donegal’s four hundred dairy farmers count the cost of falling milk prices it is estimated that the county will suffer a decline of €15 million in the business for 2015.And there is no immediate expectation for an early recovery according to sources in the industry.One Ramelton dairy farm has reported losses of €56,000 in the first half of this year alone. The farmer said that he expects to take a hit of at least €80,000 for the whole year and this kind of loss is not sustainable should it work through into 2016. It is feared the milk price collapse could see as much as one billion Euros removed from a very fragile rural economy this year.Ironically consumer prices have not come down even though prices being paid to farmers have dropped 30% amid more transparency in the food supply chain.Milk has dropped by ten cents a litre since this time last year and the euphoria about quotas being abolished has been dampened greatly due to the harsh reality of supply and demand.Meanwhile the IFA has warned one-third of dairy farmers could find themselves selling at negative margins for 2015 as a whole. Milk production figures for April and May were 12% higher than for the same period last yearNew figures from the Central Statistics Office show the price farmers are receiving for milk is down 24% compared to this time last year.The reduction is being driven by lower milk prices in the global market place.Despite the drop in prices, the amount of milk being produced is at an all-time high as farmers have increased their output in response to the abolition of EU milk quotas at the start of April.Milk production figures for April and May were 12% higher than for the same period last year.The President of the Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association John Comer said there is a lot of anxiety among his members, particularly those who have a lot of borrowings, who are finding themselves constrained because of a lack of profitability.“That has a serious effect not only on the members but also on the economy,” he said.Every one once cent drop in the milk price paid to farmers takes €60m out of the economy. Mr. McMahon says that the fact that Donegal milk is processed in Killygordon has been a big help and costs have been consequently reduced to a minimum and the industry has got a good spin off with the sale of Donegal Creameries to Connacht Gold in 2012 was a major plus for the Donegal farmers.In July, 185 new tractors were licensed – down from 198 in the corresponding month in 2014 and 246 in 2013.To date in 2015, 1,358 in tractors were licensed, according to the CSO figurers. This compares to 1,551 licensed over the same period last year.The CSO figures are represent a 12% fall in the number of tractors licensed for the first time in 2015 compared to 2014. There has also been a substantial fall in the number of imported tractors this year, the CSO figures show. DONEGAL DAIRYMEN HIT FOR €15M was last modified: August 13th, 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:dairy farmersdonegalmilk
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic believes Dimitri Payet’s stunning free-kicks this season have put him in the same league as David Beckham.French star Payet has delighted fans with a series of sensational set piece strikes this season, and have scored three from outside the area in the last month alone.The 29-year-old followed up a 30-yard free-kick at Manchester United in the FA Cup with a carbon copy for France against Russia.And Payet arguably topped the lot with his looping, dipping shot into the opposite corner in the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace last weekend.Beckham made his name as a free-kick specialist with United and England, his most famous effort coming against Greece to fire the Three Lions to the 2002 World Cup.And Hammers boss Bilic feels his £10.7million signing from Marseille is now in the same league as ‘Goldenballs’ himself.“They are both great free-kick takers,” said Bilic. “You can’t say that anyone was better than Beckham at taking free-kicks.“But then again you can say the same thing about Dimitri this season. In no time we can name five or six great ones.“The last one was unbelievable. Then for France at Old Trafford and then against Blackburn and Bournemouth. It all happened in a couple of months.“The tempo he is putting them in is amazing.”Payet is certain to take aim again if given the chance when Arsenal visit Upton Park on Saturday.But Bilic says the midfielder’s only problem now is that every time he steps up to take one he is expected to score – even in training.“A couple of days ago he put the ball down and now everybody – even the groundsman – is expecting every time he shoots to put it in the top corner,” revealed Bilic.“And if it isn’t in the top corner then all of us are quite disappointed.“He is not one of those players who is always practising them for 20 minutes after training, but every time he has a chance in a small break between the exercises he likes to try to bend them.” Payet has wowed fans with his stunning free-kicks this season 1
Middlesbrough have opened talks with Valencia for Alvaro Negrado Middlesbrough are set to offer Alvaro Negredo a return to the Premier League, according to reports in Spain.Boro boss Aitor Karanka has reportedly spoken to his compatriot about a switch to the Riverside and the north east club have now begun talks with Valencia.According to Mundo Deportivo, Negredo feels he has unfinished business in the Premier League after he was shipped off on loan to Valencia from Manchester City in 2014 before signing permanently for the La Liga club a year later.Negredo made a stunning start to his City career, scoring 23 goals in his first season, but he fell out of favour with manager Manuel Pellegrini in the following campaign and was swiftly moved on.Boro have made signing a striker with Premier League pedigree their top priority this summer and have been linked with a shock move for Robin van Persie in recent days.However, it now appears the newly-promoted club are fully focused on securing Negredo and hope to complete a deal by the end of next week.Boro are looking to add experience to their ranks after winning promotion to the top-flight and are also looking to land Neven Subotic.The Serbian centre-back announced last month that he will leave Dortmund this summer and could be set for an £8m move to the Riverside. 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe first wrongful death trial in the case, stemming from a 2002 lawsuit, ended in a mistrial when it emerged that city lawyers withheld evidence from the plaintiffs. Last week, attorneys on both sides of the family’s still-active wrongful death lawsuit agreed to enter into mediation presided over by a magistrate judge. The second trial in that case, set for February, has been delayed indefinitely as a result. The family of slain rapper Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. “Notorious B.I.G.,” was dealt a legal setback this week when a judge dismissed its secondary wrongful-death lawsuit against the Los Angeles and a disgraced LAPD Officer, officials said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Florence-Marie Cooper granted the city and Rafael Perez’s request to dismiss the case yesterday, ruling that Wallace’s family did not file a claim against the city within the necessary time frame in an ancillary wrongful-death lawsuit, filed in April. Perez was a central figure in the Rampart division corruption scandal that hit the LAPD in the late 1990s. Wallace was shot to death on March 9, 1997, as he left a party at the Petersen Automotive Museum on Wilshire Boulevard. His family claims that rogue LAPD officers were involved in his murder. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
There’s a cure for the anxiety of the season – the hectic shopping, messy baking and the rush, rush, rush to get everything finished by Christmas Eve. And it’s so obvious. There is nothing so calming for the faithful than spending a quiet moment – perhaps your child’s hand in yours – and gazing upon the Nativity scene. It all comes down to the newborn baby, the humble surroundings and the sheer wonder of the event. “It’s quite moving for very many people. It brings a realism of what happened. That is a special time, a special moment,” said Brian Morehead, missions director for Church at Rocky Peak in Chatsworth, which closes its 12th “Back to Bethlehem” live pageant tonight. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe single most enduring and endearing symbol of Christmastime is the Nativity scene, whether performed live or created from materials ranging from delicate porcelain to brittle plastic. It so simply puts the Christ back in Christmas, even for the less-than-enthusiastic believer. In Manhattan Beach earlier this month, about 8,500 people witnessed Journey of Faith Church’s extravagant Bethlehem production, a 40,000-square-foot re-creation of the city where Christ was born. More than 170 amateur actors participated in the production, portraying the Biblical events of 2,000 years ago. “The thing we really find special is that it’s a gift to our community, there’s not even a donation box at the end,” church spokesman Jon Crowe said. “We literally want people to come have a great time with their families – a great Christmas memory – and find out the real reason for Christmas. “People for the most part are blown away seeing the entire scene played out before their eyes.” Mary and Joseph ride in on a donkey, she suffering through labor pains as he begs the innkeeper for a place to stay. “People are literally following them into the stable where the baby is born and in Mary’s hands,” Crowe said. “They’re coming out crying. Little kids are drawing pictures and leaving them for Jesus. People leave flowers, all sorts of little tokens.” At a similar pageant in Santa Clarita, Bruce Walker played one of three wise men at “Follow the Star to Bethlehem,” a live drive- through pageant portraying Christ’s life that’s held each year at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. The Nativity scene is unquestionably a favorite. “It’s so spiritually fulfilling,” Walker said. “It’s what Christmas and Christian life are all about. These were real-life people.” Fifteen-year-old AJ Ehrle played Joseph, father of the Christ child. “I feel really honored to re-enact something that’s such an amazing thing that really happened,” Ehrle said. “What you feel … wow!” added angel Kailey Letz, 11. Bill Fox, another of the wise men, and wife Linda have been involved in the pageant since the first staging 14 years ago. Linda also owns 200 Nativity sets and keeps two dozen or so about the house year-round. Among her treasures is a creche from the Caribbean, made of egg shells. Another, from Eastern Europe, is made of red yarn. She finds them on her travels and her friends do the same, bringing her creches from all over the world. “I see them and can’t resist,” Linda Fox said. “For one thing Jesus is the main reason for Christmas and people tend to forget that. As a Christian, I want to emphasize that. I kind of do it quietly with my decorations.” At Rocky Peak, spectators walk the streets of Bethlehem and interact with some of the 240 volunteers portraying everything from the town craftsmen to the Roman soldiers. There are dancers, shepherds and the angel who announces the holy birth. And then a few visitors at a time leave the bustling town scene and visit the stable, talking with the actors portraying Mary and Joseph, and viewing the live baby in the role of Jesus. “A lot of people are moved by the baby and by Mary and Joseph telling their story,” Morehead said. “It’s very quiet. You’re seeing Jesus. That’s the special moment. That’s the Nativity.” The Church of Rocky Peak will present “Bethlehem” at 7 tonight at 22601 Santa Susana Pass Road, Chatsworth. [email protected] 661 257-5251160Want 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 MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonRest stops have a long history in California – nearly as old as the state itself. The state’s earliest rest areas began popping up along highways in 1868 as wayside stations to provide water and shade to travelers and livestock. Although times have changed, the need for rest stops has not. Feeling drowsy while on the road remains a top reason to pull over and take a break, said Montgomery. In fact, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in 2002 estimated that 100,000 police-reported crashes annually are the direct result of driver fatigue. These crashes cause more than 1,550 deaths and 71,000 injuries, as well as $12.5billion in productivity and property losses. “The big thing is making sure there’s a parking area where people can feel safe taking naps,” said Montgomery. “You find that restaurants don’t like you doing that, so it’s good to have public parking space where you can sleep.” By 2009, all 87 state-run rest stops should be in compliance with the federal disability act, bathrooms expanded, sidewalks repaired and lighting improved, according to Caltrans officials. If you’re one of the 7.1million Californians hitting the highway this holiday season, you may get a nice surprise: Cleaner, brighter and more accessible rest stops. At a cost of about $13million a year, nearly half of the state’s 87 rest stops have gotten makeovers since 2000 and all are supposed to be up to federal Americans with Disabilities Act standards by 2009. “You need to have good rest stops on the road. They are valuable,” said Marie Montgomery, Automobile Club of Southern California spokeswoman. “If people have this idea that they will be grungy, then there’s a reluctance to stop.” Visited by more than 100 million people each year, the state’s rest areas were largely built during the 1960s and 1970s during the heyday of new freeway construction. In fact, the last rest stop to be built in California was back in 1984, said Caltrans spokeswoman Cassandra Hockenson. Eighty more rest stops are needed in California, according to a plan developed in 2000 by the Office of State Landscape Architecture. Caltrans is first looking to build three new rest areas on the Golden State Freeway between Kern and San Joaquin counties. An additional four are under consideration for Southern California deserts. David Rizzo, Fullerton-based transportation expert, argues that the state does not need any additional rest stops, because today’s highways are no longer isolated from cities and people, as they were during the 1960s and 1970s. “There are hardly any desolate places in California anymore,” said Rizzo. “The suburbs have encroached.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!