View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Overweight Jhack Tepora replaced, stripped of interim featherweight title ESPN has brushed off the low ratings, convinced it can offer the cross-platform exposure UFC needs to widen its fanbase. “SportsCenter.” Studio shows. Podcasts. Fights on linear TV and streaming services. Documentaries. On-demand content. UFC, which has also aired on Spike, should feel right at home in the ESPN lineup as network bedrocks such as the NFL, the NBA and baseball.“The programming that they’re going to build around the fights and the amount of money that they’re spending on advertising just shows the overall power of ESPN,” White said.ESPN kicked off the deal with a night full of classic fights and it peppered college football’s national championship game with spots for UFC’s arrival and the Brooklyn fights. It also ran a three-hour version of “Ariel Helwani’s MMA show” on ESPN2 on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2019 with the reporter giving 2018 awards and talking with fighters, including Cejudo and Dillashaw.“The entire company has really rallied behind this and has started to better understand the potential value here to us,” said Glenn Jacobs, ESPN vice president, UFC and Boxing. “We’re going to cover the sport the way we cover every sport, hopefully. We don’t want the UFC to be looked down or thought about any differently internally than we think about (other sports).”The contract comes with some risks. UFC will no longer have a free TV home and its most loyal fans are now expected to stretch their fight dollar each month to pay for a cable bill, ESPN-plus ($4.99), UFC Fight Pass ($7.99 to $9.99) and PPV (often $64.99 per fight) to access all content.ESPN is available in 86.8 million homes and ESPN-plus has hit 1 million subscribers; Fox was available in 119.9 million homes, FS1 in 83 million and FS2 in 57.5 million.“You get more bang for your buck right now,” White said. “Everybody has ESPN. We’re bringing all these great fights to ESPN linear that you get for free. And then it’s $5 for ESPN-plus. That’s affordable for everybody.”ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney Co., is set to start its own Netflix-type streaming service this year that could open more doors for UFC. Imagine a day when Ariel (The Little Mermaid) throws it over to Ariel (Helwani) before a podcast.But will fight fans flock to their devices for fight nights running almost every weekend?“It’s similar to what happened with NASCAR. NASCAR took a lot of money from the cable companies to put their events on the cable channels to help grow the channels. What happened is, NASCAR ended up losing its audience,” said Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company. “But I think the biggest risk is from ESPN putting up a lot of money to try and jump-start and grow its subscriber service. That to me is more of a risk element than anything from UFC.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title White said the time was right to shift to ESPN-plus and that streaming for Endeavor-owned UFC was “absolutely the future.”“Certainly the world wants to see if subscriber TV is going to work,” Pilson said. “ESPN is chasing the younger audience. Everyone else is. But are they going to get that audience to stay with UFC on a streaming basis and watch it on your phone for hours at a time? Wow, I don’t know.”Grab the phone or iPad, UFC will also unveil new championship belts Saturday to mark the new era. But so much else will look familiar. Jon Anik remains the play-by-play announcer and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is the color commentator. Karyn Bryant will host and Megan Olivi reports backstage. Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping will also contribute from the on-site desk team.“Any time we’re on ESPN, we’re looking to deliver the biggest and the best up-and-coming fighters,” White said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time.This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on “SportsCenter.”ADVERTISEMENT BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard PLAY LIST 03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 “I was out there all the time,” White said of his trips to ESPN’s Connecticut headquarters. “For most of the time, the last 18 years, I was battling just to get coverage. We used to fight just to try and get covered by them.”Call off the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUFC and ESPN have launched a partnership that would have seemed inconceivable even a decade ago, until stars like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar helped shake the mixed martial arts promotion from a fringe sport even banned in some states to a firm, mainstream player.White will get his highlights — and so much more. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms.“It’s our time now on ESPN,” White said. “We want to kill it this weekend.”The UFC card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will air on both ESPN and ESPN-plus and features a pay-per-view worthy main event: Henry Cejudo defends the 125-pound title and the fate of the flyweight division against T.J. Dillashaw, the current bantamweight champ looking to add a second belt. UFC’s career wins leader Donald Cerrone, crossover star Paige VanZant, and troubled former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy all fight on the debut show.“I would love to see my face all over ESPN,” VanZant said.UFC has opened a TV deal with a bang before: its first network prime-time appearance on Fox in 2011 earned 5.7 million viewers. UFC has soared on PPV over the last seven years — McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in October had nearly 2.4 million buys — while TV ratings dipped on free TV. The final UFC on Fox show in December dropped 13 percent from 2017 and netted only 1.8 million viewers.ADVERTISEMENT
The on-going President’s Cup which brought 20 teams from the 1st, 2nd and female divisions was suspended on Saturday, May 16 owing to complains about the poor condition of the Blue Field.The clubs complaint to the Liberia Football Association on Friday, May 15, said the venue of the game, BYC home ground, dubbed the Blue Field, isn’t only injurious to their players but also cost demanding as it relates to destroying teams’ materials.The letter, under the signature of three clubs, indicated that their observation dated from the just ended Coca-Cola Big 8 Tournament in which some of their players are still undergoing treatment, while players’ boots have been torn.The Secretary General of the LFA, B. Alphonso Armah in a telephone interview yesterday said a committee; headed by Technical Director Henry Brown has been set-up to investigate the complaint for further action.In the opener, Keitrace FC whipped Aries FC 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out after a 1-1 pulsating draw.In the second derby, Darling Club, IE defeated Mighty Barrolle 2-0.Meanwhile, statistics indicated that 13 players sustained injuries during the Coca-Cola Tournament from bad condition of the Blue Field. Three other players also sustained injuries from the two games on Friday.An LFA engineer told the Daily Observer that the bad condition of the Blue Field is because the groundwork under the artificial turf is concrete, instead of sand.However, if the LFA rules against the Blue Field, there would be no LFA sanctioned games there.The Blue Field and the Antoinette Tubman Stadium are two artificial turfs in Monrovia.The third artificial turf is the Kakata Sports Stadium in Margibi County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Athletes who do the Dew will be doing it in different cities and under a new name this season. The five-event ASPT Dew Tour tour will make stops at two new cities, and possibly a third. Cleveland and Salt Lake City will be new stops, and the season-opening Panasonic Open on June 21-24 will be held in either Louisville, Ky. or Baltimore, a Dew Tour official said on Monday. Louisville has been the site of the the previous openers. “We’re working out the logistics,” Tour spokeswoman Nicole Nanduso said of finalizing the series opener site. The Action Sports Pro Tour, owned and operated by NBC Universal and Live Nation, also will serve as the umbrella organization for the Dew Tour. The ASPT operates the pro Dew Tour and the amateur Free Flow Tour, which makes two stops in Southern California. Cleveland and Salt Lake City have replaced Denver and San Jose. Cleveland will hold the Right Guard Open July 19-23 in place of Denver, and Salt Lake City will hold the Toyota Challenge on Sept. 20-23, replacing San Jose. Portland’s Vans Open will be Aug. 16-19 and the PlayStation Open will be Oct. 18-21 in Orlando. “Not unlike NASCAR or the PGA Tour, we want the ASPT to be seen as the gold standard in competitive action sports,” ASPT general manager Wade Martin said of the name change. “The new ASPT mark and logo provide our property with a consistent messaging and the opportunity to expand under one umbrella. The 2006 Dew Cup winners were Nate Adams (Freestyle Motocross), Jamie Bestwick (BMX Vert), Anthony Napolitan (BMX Dirt), Daniel Dhers (BMX Park), Bucky Lasek (Skateboard Vert) and Ryan Sheckler (Skateboard Park). Women’s surfing has been added to the 2007 X Games, while BMX dirt has been eliminated. Like the men’s surfing competition, the National Surf League’s The Game again will be the focus of the event, with competition scheduled for July 5-8 at Puerto Escondido in Mexico. BMX dirt has been a part of all 12 previous X Games. Cory Bohan won his third consecutive gold medal at last year’s event at Staples Center, where he edged Ryan Nyquist. The rest of the X Games 13 schedule will take place at the Home Depot Center in Carson and the Staples Center on Aug. 3-5. Tickets for X Games 13 will be available for purchase June 14 at all Ticketmaster locations and the box offices at Staples Center and Home Depot Center. Shaun White will be seeking another national title when he competes in the 25th annual U.S. Open Snowboarding championships on March 12-18 at Stratton Mountain, Vt. Santa Barbara’s Bobby Martinez has been named 2006 Association of Surfing Professionals Rookie of the Year. Martinez scored victories at Teahupoo, Tahiti and Mundaka, Spain, a feat previously accomplished by only eight-time world champion Kelly Slater. Martinez finished fifth in the series. “I’m just really excited to get back in the water and use the experience from my rookie year to move forward and focus on this year’s tour,” he said. “My goal is to go out there and try to win every heat, and every contest I can.” email@example.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2272 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
YAOUNDE, Cameroon – A Kenya Airways jet that took off during a midnight storm crashed early Saturday with 114 on board after sending out a distress signal over remote southern Cameroon, officials said. Nearby villagers reported hearing an explosion and seeing a flash of fire. The jet bound for the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, went down near the town of Lolodorf, about 90 miles southeast of the coastal city of Douala, where it had taken off after midnight, said Alex Bayeck, a regional communications officer. There was no word on survivors, Bayeck said by telephone en route to the crash site. He said search planes were flying over the forested area where the airliner gave off a distress signal but no wreckage has been spotted. Residents in the area, which has few roads and is dotted by small villages, reported hearing a “large boom” during the night, and some described a flash of fire that looked markedly different from lightning, Bayeck said. The Boeing 737-800 was carrying 114 people, including 105 passengers from at least 23 countries, Kenyan airline officials said. A Nairobi-based Associated Press correspondent, Anthony Mitchell, was believed to be among them.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! In Lolodorf, close to a dozen ambulances stood ready and a handful of family members of passengers gathered in the city center. Some said they had traveled as far as 250 miles that day. “I don’t know what to do. I’m just terribly confused. My younger sister boarded this plane that is supposed to have crashed. I hope we can still find her alive,” said Innocent Bonu, a lawyer from the southwestern town of Buea. Jean Francois Villong, a local official who is coordinating the rescue effort, said the air search stopped with nightfall because helicopters could not operate effectively in the dark, but the ground search was continuing. “It is very difficult because this area is very mountainous and heavily forested. And we suspect the plane may have fallen into a valley,” Villong said. Much of Friday’s searching was done by volunteers from local villages, Villong added.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Dick Cheney apparently broke the No. 1 rule of hunting: Be sure of what you’re shooting at. He also violated Texas game law by failing to buy a required hunting stamp. Cheney wounded fellow hunter Harry Whittington in the face, neck and chest Saturday, apparently because he didn’t see Whittington approaching as he fired on a covey of quail in Texas. Hunting safety experts interviewed Monday agreed it would have been a good idea for Whittington to announce himself _ something he apparently didn’t do, according to a witness. But they stressed that the shooter is responsible for knowing his surroundings and avoiding hitting other people. “We always stress to anybody that before you make any kind of a shot, it’s incumbent upon the shooter to assess the situation and make sure it’s a safe shot,” said Mark Birkhauser, president-elect of the International Hunter Education Association and hunter education coordinator in New Mexico. “Once you squeeze that trigger, you can’t bring that shot back.” The Parks and Wildlife Department said Cheney and Whittington will be given warning citations for violating game law by not having an upland game bird stamp, a requirement that went into effect in September. Cheney had the required $125 nonresident hunting license, the vice president’s office said Monday night in a statement, and he has sent a $7 check to the state to cover the cost of the stamp. Cheney, an experienced hunter, has not commented publicly about the accident. He avoided reporters by leaving an Oval Office meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan before the press was escorted in. President Bush was told about Cheney’s involvement in the accident shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday – about an hour after it occurred – but the White House did not disclose the accident until Sunday afternoon, and then only in response to press questions. Press secretary Scott McClellan said he did not know until Sunday morning that Cheney had shot someone. Facing a press corps upset that news had been withheld, McClellan said, “I think you can always look back at these issues and look at how to do a better job.” Katharine Armstrong, the owner of the ranch where the shooting occurred, said she told Cheney on Sunday morning that she was going to inform the local paper, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times. She said he agreed, and the newspaper reported it on its Web site Sunday afternoon. Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said that about an hour after Cheney shot Whittington, the head of the Secret Service’s local office called the Kenedy County sheriff to report the accident. “They made arrangements at the sheriff’s request to have deputies come out and interview the vice president the following morning at 8 a.m. and that indeed did happen,” Zahren said. At least one deputy showed up at the ranch’s front gate later in the evening and asked to speak to Cheney but was turned away by the Secret Service, Zahren said. There was some miscommunication that arrangements had already been made to interview the vice president, he said. Gilbert San Miguel, chief deputy sheriff for Kenedy County, said the report had not been completed Monday and that it was being handled as a hunting accident, although he would not comment about what that meant they were investigating. He said his department’s investigation had found that alcohol was not a factor in the shooting, but he would not elaborate about how that had been determined. The Texas Parks and Wildlife hunting accident report also said neither Cheney nor Whittington appeared to be under the influence of intoxicants or drugs. The National Rifle Association, a close ally of the White House, would not comment on who was to blame in the accident. Whittington, a prominent Republican attorney in the Texas capital of Austin, was in stable condition at Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Memorial and was moved from intensive care to a “step-down unit” Monday. Doctors decided to leave several birdshot pellets lodged in his skin rather than try to remove them. Armstrong said the accident occurred as Whittington was retrieving a bird he had shot in the tall grasses on her property. Cheney and another hunter, Pamela Willeford, the U.S. ambassador to Switzerland, moved on to another covey of quail – Armstrong estimated it was roughly 100-150 yards away – and Cheney fired on a bird just as Whittington rejoined them. She said Whittington was in tall grass and thick brush about 30 yards away, which made it difficult for Cheney to see him, although both men were wearing bright-orange safety vests. “Typically when you are coming back to a line, you would say, ‘I’m coming up,’ or whatever,” Armstrong told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It was completely unbeknownst to the vice president or the other shooter that Mr. Whittington was coming back up.” Duane Harvey, president of the Wisconsin Hunter Education Instructors Association, said if Whittington had made his presence known “that would have been a polite thing to do.” But, he added, “it’s still the fault upon the shooter to identify his target and what is beyond it.” Despite all the safety tips and training, hunting accidents are an unfortunate part of the sport. In Texas, there were 30 accidents and two hunting deaths last year, according to the state Parks and Wildlife Department. National figures kept by the International Hunter Education Association show 744 shooting accidents, with 74 deaths, in 2002, the last year for which figures were available. Twenty-six accidents involving quail hunting were reported. The association estimates there are 15.7 million hunters who will spend about 250 million days hunting in the United States this year. Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal, a Democrat, said the accident wouldn’t keep him from going on a bipartisan hunt with Cheney. “I would be proud to hunt with the vice president – cautious, but proud,” he told reporters. Associated Press writers Elizabeth White in Washington, T.A. Badger in Sarita, Texas, Jim Vertuno in Austin, Lynn Brezosky in Corpus Christi and Dan Lewerenz in Cheyenne, Wyo., contributed to this report. 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Avril McMonagleThe Donegal County Childcare Census 2015 has revealed a shocking trend regarding children with special education needs across County Donegal. Out of over 170 children with special needs participating in the free pre-school year, Donegal childcare providers have reported that 63% are unsupported by any form of grant assistance or specialist support.The ratio of males to females is double and proportionally, the highest concentration of children not receiving specialist supports is in Glenties followed by Letterkenny and then the Inishowen region. Avril McMonagle, Manager of Donegal County Childcare who commissioned the census survey says ‘This means that children are not getting the specialised supports they require to enable their full participation in pre-school and to achieve their full potential. On the most basic level, this can be caused by a service not having the funding to train a member of staff in language support skills or personal handling. For children who require one to one supervision and learning support, the situation can be untenable for not only the child with special needs, but all other children in the service’.Donegal County Childcare have been informed that a report will be available next month from an interdepartmental group set up to address this situation which Government has recognised as ‘unsatisfactory’.However Ms. McMonagle comments ‘yet another report identifying the problem without immediate action will not help children with special needs starting pre-school in Donegal this September. Pre-school providers have been struggling with this issue since the introduction of the free pre-school year in 2010 and five years on – internal political wrangling between departments has resulted in children all over the county being failed year after year’.Currently there are huge deficits in mainstream pre-school provision for children with special needs – there is no specific budget available to train staff to provide specialised supports for children and special educational needs assistants are largely employed through fundraising activates. Ms. Mc Monagle concluded ‘A ringfenced SEN support fund – accessible at local level through the County Childcare Committee needs to be central to budget negotiations from the HSE, Department of Education and Department of Children and Youth Affairs. One Department needs to take lead responsibly in this area and the perpetual, shameful buck passing must end’.PRE-SCHOOL CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS BEING FAILED AGAIN – DCCC was last modified: August 24th, 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)
sODIHAOSIDHAOSIDHCOMMUNITY FEATURE: Donneyloop Community Group donned their gloves and hi-visibility vests to give their local area a good spring clean on Saturday. Brid McGrenra one of the key organisers of the event explained that 25 litter pickers aged from 9 to 70 came out to support the community in the Donegal County Council and An Taisce sponsored spring clean.“We had our clean up on Saturday the 23rd April with 25 litter pickers aged from 9 – 70.“We filled a skip to overflowing and it was sad to see so much litter along the countryside roads with full bags of household rubbish blocking roadside drains.“The main litter was high energy drink cans and bottles, wine and beer bottles and take away cartons”. “We cleared every road from Doneyloop to Ringsend to near Kilclean Border and Drumbane Border and litter picked as far as Clady Village. The local Community Group in Clady came out and cleaned the footpath at Doneyloop as a cross border gesture and we were delighted to have their support. Tea and scones was on us though!” laughed Brid.“It was a great community event, plenty of fun but we couldn’t believe the amount of rubbish that is thrown out of cars. There is without doubt a much heightened sense of pride now in the area and we are hoping to join our group ‘Doneyloop Community Group’ with ‘Clady Community Group’ in an effort to make this a bi-monthly cross border exercise”.A Clean Sweep for the Mountain Road:Meanwhile, the Mountain Road between Buncrana and Carndonagh was left spick and span on Saturday last by volunteers from the Sliabh Sneacht Centre and Buncrana Tidy Towns.Pearse McCrory, Litter Warden with Donegal County Council said “this group collected at least 150 bags of rubbish along this road on Saturday. It was a tremendous effort by local people on terrain that is not easy to access at the best of times. However, the weather stayed dry and the volunteers did a great job.“There was all types of stuff collected from old tyres, to items thrown out of car windows. It is shocking to see the amount of recyclable material dumped when this can be easily recycled free of charge at one of the Council’s 72 bring banks around the county.” Pearse also paid tribute to Noel O’Donnell the driver of the Councils Litter Van who spent the afternoon collecting the rubbish gathered by the volunteers along the route.“As always Noel went over and above the call of duty making a number of trips to collect all the rubbish bagged by the volunteers and I would like to say a special thanks to him for his hard work and commitment.”The volunteers were treated to a well earned cup of tea and refreshments in the Sliabh Sneacht Centre following the clean up.DONEYLOOP ROLLS UP ITS SLEEVES FOR CLEAN-UP – PIC SPECIAL was last modified: May 4th, 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:Community Clean-upDonegal County CouncilDoneyloopFeaturesnews
Re “City charges MTA with release of toxic substances” (Oct. 19): Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa promised new leadership and he’s delivering – but not in a good way. The city is suing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority for dumping waste into city storm drains, and the mayor heads both; therefore he is suing himself. Perhaps this mayor, who failed the bar exam four times, believes the best way to win a lawsuit is to be both plaintiff and defendant. For taxpayers, it means footing the legal bills for both sides of the litigation. Perhaps he could interrupt his busy photo op schedule long enough to spend a few hours actually running these two entities, rather than turning Los Angeles into a “lawsuit-ocracy.” Sandy Sand West Hills Regard for truckers Re “Truck deaths mount in state” (Oct. 18): Fatigue and excess highway speed are factors in truck crashes, but another issue is seldom mentioned – the blatant stupidity of so many drivers of regular-size vehicles and the foolish things they do around big-rig trucks. One is to carelessly cut too close in front of a big truck, drive merrily on their way and, in many cases, causing the big rig to jackknife. People have no regard for the drivers of big-rig trucks and fail to realize the truck drivers can’t maneuver or stop their big rigs like the driver of a small car. I know truckers are always highly alert of all motorists around them. I say to the motorists, be courteous and considerate to the truckers – let them have the extra room they need. Doris McDonald West Hills Starts with parents Re “Can U.S. manage to compete” (Their Opinions, Oct. 18): Charles Vest, former president of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is totally correct: “We need to get back to blocking and tackling. …” Yet all of this starts with the parents at home. They have to set a better example, get involved with the teachers and schools and encourage good education. The value of good education today, in the USA, is mostly emphasized by Asian and Jewish parents. A fact. Check the lists of top graduates. We do lack well-trained teachers in science and math classes. However, good teachers should be paid more and earn a lot more respect by all of us. In Europe, Japan and China, teachers are revered. They are also well-educated and demand discipline in the classroom. Frank Neumeister Sylmar Bad rap on pit bulls Re “Dog control” (Editorial, Oct. 11): To suggest that pit bulls are no more suitable as pets than tigers or alligators shows how uneducated the Daily News is about this breed. Pit bulls have been used in drug-detection work, emergency rescue, service and therapy work, and military service. There are United Kennel Club-regulated pit bull confirmation and obedience shows almost on a monthly basis throughout California. I have been a pit bull owner for 20 years and these dogs have been around since the 1920s. They were relatively unknown until the last 15 to 20 years, when they became more of a symbol of intimidation and were left untrained and mistreated. Sidney Cooke La Canada Flintridge DWP misinformation Re “DWP in fine condition despite occasional tic” (Their Opinions, Oct. 18): Richard Nemec says we don’t need an investigation every time a Department of Water and Power rate hike is looming. As I and other Neighborhood Council leaders fought to defeat the attempted 18 percent DWP rate hike last year, DWP screamed that they absolutely, positively needed the hike or all sorts of bad things, from terrorism on down the line, would happen. Turns out they were exaggerating. That kind of consistent misinformation from the DWP led me to demand an independent review prior to approval of any rate hike. Councilman Greig Smith agreed and now it is the law. Maybe as the DWP is forced into honesty, its trust level with the ratepayers will increase. Jim Alger President Northridge West Neighborhood Council Proposition mania Have you ever known a proposition that didn’t yield hidden agendas? Proposition initiatives are concocted by manipulators who could sell magic elixir to Alan Greenspan – but couldn’t get a fifth of Sacramento to buy into their schemes. These super-shrewd legalistic composers depend on gullibility and brainwashing to finagle schemes that our legislators refuse to consider. The only proposition we should ever favor is one that eliminates the proposition process. Fred Coble North Hills Win-lose situation Re “Pushing his agenda” (Your Opinions, Oct. 18): I think that Darrel Woodward may have misunderstood the governor’s pro-California TV spot. The public-employees union isn’t spending $80 million to hold this election. They are spending it in hopes of controlling this election. They hope that the voters are too stupid to recognize that this special-interest group will spend, do and say whatever it takes to maintain their powerful, political stranglehold on California. If they win, the rest of the state loses … big time. David Hall Winnetka Energy initiative Voting yes for Proposition 80 will be a high point of this special election. Not only will Proposition 80 address the growing energy crisis, it will bring more renewable energy to California. As I sit under a haze of smog, it is clear to me that Californians need clean energy. Sarah Jane Vaughan Los Angeles The ‘Laws of Nature’ Re “From God” (Your Opinions, Oct. 14): The Ohio Co. wasn’t given land grants solely (if at all) “for the support of religion,” as his letter implies. The Northwest Ordinance didn’t “specifically and intentionally (connect) schools with the promotion of religion.” (Its only reference to religion reads: “Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education, shall forever be encouraged.”) The Declaration of Independence does not say “our rights come from God.” It does talk of “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” True, “not a single framer (…) believed that rights came from the Constitution.” They clearly stated “… to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed ….” Alan Koss Studio City Bullied our city Re “Day-labor center” (Your Opinions, Oct. 16): I never said Burbank would be running the Home Depot illegal- alien day-care center. I said it was “city-sanctioned.” Yes, Catholic Charities was chosen to run the site; however, Marissa Garcia of the Park, Recreation and Community Services Department told me that’s on hold while the City Attorney’s Office creates some legal device allowing such a relationship. As for the rosy scenario Alfred Aboulsaad “thinks of” when he hears the term day-labor center, the fact is Home Depot successfully bullied our city staff and representatives into getting something no other business seems to need. This while claiming that they couldn’t run it themselves but will annually funnel money to the city for its upkeep. Disgusting. Dink O’Neal Burbank Three missing facts I’ve read dozens of articles and letters to the editor concerning the problem of sexual abuse by clergy. However, three important facts seem to have escaped the writers: The victims are boys but there is no mention of the homosexual factor in these crimes. The position of the Vatican is and has always been that men with strong homosexual orientation do not make good candidates for the priesthood. And the American Catholic Church chose to ignore the guidelines set down by Rome. What ever happened to honest journalism? Is it just another victim of the “Politically Correct Police?” Agnes Peterson Malibu AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Activity peaked in the 1996 first quarter at 59,897 transactions. “Current foreclosure levels are extremely low and this increase is a step towards more normal activity,” said DataQuick president Marshall Prentice. Prices continue to indicate that activity will remain low. But appreciation rates are moderating. For example, in the third quarter the statewide median home price increased an annual 17.6 percent to $454,000. A year ago the increase was 19.5 percent. On a loan-by-loan basis, mortgages are least likely to go into default in San Francisco and Santa Barbara counties. The likelihood is highest in the Central Valley and Inland Empire. Only about 10 percent of homeowners who find themselves in the default process actually lose their homes to foreclosure. Most are able to stop the foreclosure process by bringing their mortgage payments current, or by selling their home and paying the loan off. Jim Ezell, president of the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors, said the San Fernando Valley market remains strong and that there is not much foreclosure activity here. One thing to keep track of, though, is whether adjustable rates continue to rise, since they made up a such a big chunk of mortgages last year. “Industry-wide, we’re probably looking at the end of 2007 for more activity if it’s going to happen,” Ezell said. “That’s when the adjustables are getting their due date. That’s when the day of reckoning might come.” Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Foreclosure activity in California increased annually for the first time in more than three years during the third quarter, reflecting lower appreciation rates and riskier loans, an industry tracker said Thursday. But it is not a sign of widespread market distress because foreclosure activity is increasing off an extremely low level, said La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. During the third quarter, lenders sent default notices to 12,568 California homeowners, up 3.5 percent from the year-ago period and up 0.8 percent from the second quarter, said La Jolla-based DataQuick Information Systems. The last annual increase was a 5.2 percent jump to 30,225 notices in the 2002 first quarter. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Southern California saw a year-over-year increase in foreclosure activity of 19.9 percent, while the Bay Area saw a 13.1 percent decline and the Central Valley a 22.5 percent drop. “The numbers are so low that any change is going to be a bit of an increase,” said DataQuick analyst John Karevoll. “We’re not going to be concerned about these numbers until they are triple what they are now.” He notes that a year ago, foreclosure activity in Los Angeles County was at a record low. The numbers have have been so low that the company has not been paying as much attention to them as in the past. When the residential real estate market tanked in the 1990s, DataQuick tracked foreclosure activity on a monthly basis. But the company switched to quarterly reports when the market began booming in 2000.