Kawhi Leonard sits out Toronto’s preseason home debut

first_imgWIZARDS: John Wall had nine points and nine assists in 24 minutes, and missed all five of his 3-point tries. … Dwight Howard (back) did not play. … Washington fouled 3-point shooters twice in a 17-second span early in the fourth quarter, leading to six Heat points — a four-point play by Duncan Robinson and two free throws by Malik Newman.UP NEXT: Miami (0-3) hosts Orlando on Monday. Washington (0-2) visits New York on Monday.KNICKS 106, PELICANS 100Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Enes Kanter added 20 points and 15 rebounds for New York, which has played three down-to-the-wire games in as many outings so far in this preseason.Kevin Knox (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (10 points, 11 rebounds) also had double-doubles for the Knicks.Ashley Moyer-Gleich, one of two women selected by the NBA as non-staff referees to start this season, was part of the crew on the game.PELICANS: Nikola Mirotic had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans. But combined, Mirotic and Davis shot 12 for 37, 2 for 15 from 3-point range. … Darius Miller added 15 points for the Pelicans.KNICKS: New York has won its three preseason games by an average of 4.7 points. … The game was the Madison Square Garden debut for Knicks coach David Fizdale. … New York scored 93 points through three quarters, and won despite adding only 13 to that total in the fourth.UP NEXT: New Orleans (0-3) visits Miami on Wednesday. New York (3-0) hosts Washington on Monday.GRIZZLIES 120, HAWKS 110 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum RAPTORS: Norman Powell led the winners with 21 points, and Pascal Siakam added 19. … Siakam was plus-50 in 27 minutes and Delon Wright, who finished with 15 points, was plus-49 in 26 minutes. … Besides Leonard and Lowry, the Raptors were also missing C.J. Miles (rest), Fred VanVleet (stiff hamstring), Chris Boucher (back spasms), and OG Anunoby (personal reasons).UP NEXT: Toronto (2-1) faces Brooklyn in Montreal on Wednesday.76ERS 120, MAVERICKS 114JJ Redick was 10 for 10 from the field, 7 for 7 from 3-point range, and led all scorers with 28 points off the bench for Philadelphia in the opener of the China Games.Joel Embiid finished with 22 points for Philadelphia (3-0). Dennis Smith Jr. scored 20 for Dallas (1-1).ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor makes long-awaited cage return at UFC 229 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 36ERS: Sobey made 6 of 8 shots in the first half for 18 points, and he finished 8 of 15. … Ramone Moore scored 13 of his 16 points by halftime.JAZZ: Aussie Joe Ingles scored three points in 16 minutes against his hometown club. … Rookie Grayson Allen made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points. … Ricky Rubio had 13 points and five assists. … The Jazz bench combined for 87 points. … Rudy Gobert rested.UP NEXT: Utah (3-0) plays at Portland on Sunday.TRAIL BLAZERS 115, SUNS 93Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and nine rebounds for Portland in a battle with No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton.Ayton led Phoenix with 19 points and 14 rebounds in 23 minutes.TRAIL BLAZERS: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each played 21 minutes. McCollum had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists and Lillard scored eight points. … Jake Layman made all four of his field goals for 13 points. … Former Blazer Brandon Roy sat courtside.SUNS: Devin Booker and No. 10 selection Mikal Bridges did not play.UP NEXT: Portland (1-1) hosts Utah on Sunday. Phoenix (1-2) plays at Golden State on Monday. The Blazers and Suns will meet again in Portland on Wednesday.WARRIORS 122, KINGS 94 UP NEXT: Detroit (1-1) hosts Brooklyn on Monday. San Antonio (2-0) hosts Houston on Sunday.NUGGETS 96, WILDCATS 88Rookie Monte Morris had 15 points and nine assists, Malik Beasley added 14 points with four 3-pointers and the Denver Nuggets avoided becoming the first NBA team to lose to an international squad since 2016.Bryce Cotton kept the Perth Wildcats in it with five 3-pointers and 33 points. His 3-pointer with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter pulled Perth to 66-63. The Wildcats got as close as 69-68 in the second half.WILDCATS: Cotton scored 17 of Perth’s opening 28 points, but the Wildcats trailed by 17 points. He had 28 through three quarters on 10-of-17 shooting. … Jesse Wagstaff added 18 points.NUGGETS: Nikola Jokic had three points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Paul Millsap added five points and nine boards.UP NEXT: Denver (3-0) plays at the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.JAZZ 129, 36ERS 99Donovan Mitchell was 7 of 14 from the floor for 18 points — all in the first half — and Utah cruised in its final preseason home game.Nathan Sobey led the Adelaide 36ers with 25 points as all five starters had at least nine points. Marc Gasol scored 21 points and MarShon Brooks scored 18 off the bench for Memphis, which scored 29 points off Atlanta turnovers.Memphis led 113-84 with 7:54 left, before the Hawks outscored the Grizzlies 26-7 the rest of the way and got within nine points in the final minute. Tyler Dorsey led the Hawks with 18 points.HAWKS: Trae Young scored 15 for Atlanta. … The Hawks outscored Memphis by 16 points when rookie guard Kevin Huerter was on the floor, and was outscored by 26 points when he was on the bench.GRIZZLIES: Mike Conley scored 11 points. … Japan’s Yuta Watanabe, who played his college ball at George Washington, made his preseason debut with 7:20 left. … Memphis used 18 players.UP NEXT: Atlanta (1-1) faces Oklahoma City in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday. Memphis (1-1) hosts Indiana on Saturday.SPURS 117, PISTONS 91Dejounte Murray scored 16 points for San Antonio, and Rudy Gay scored seven points in a 14-0 first-quarter run that put the Spurs in control.LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 points for the Spurs. Andre Drummond led Detroit with 18 points and 10 rebounds.PISTONS: Henry Ellenson and Stanley Johnson each scored 11 points. … The Pistons tried 39 3-pointers, compared with only 14 attempts from deep by the Spurs.SPURS: Pau Gasol had a perfect shooting night — 4 for 4 from the field, 4 for 4 from the line, 1 for 1 from 3-point range for 13 points. … DeMar DeRozan scored six points in 20 minutes. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Klay Thompson made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points and Kevin Durant had 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in his first game in Seattle since 2008.It was a star-studded affair at KeyArena. Seattle-area resident and Celtics legend Bill Russell was in attendance, as well as former Sonics Spencer Haywood, Gary Payton and Detlef Schrempf. Rapper Macklemore sat courtside.Durant addressed the crowd before the game wearing a retro Shawn Kemp jersey. He congratulated the WNBA champion Seattle Storm — with Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart in attendance.Harry Giles scored 17 points for Sacramento.KINGS: Former King DeMarcus Cousins did not play for the Warriors.WARRIORS: Thompson made two 3-pointers during Golden State’s game-opening 10-0 run. He had five 3s in the first nine minutes, and the Warriors led 39-15 after the first quarter. The Warriors extended it to 74-44 by halftime with 25 points from Thompson. Durant had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. … Stephen Curry did not make the trip for personal reasons.UP NEXT: Sacramento (1-2) hosts Haifa on Monday. Golden State (1-1) hosts Phoenix on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MAVERICKS: Dallas was without Dirk Nowitzki (recovering from ankle surgery), DeAndre Jordan (death in family) and Harrison Barnes (right hamstring strain). … This is Dallas’ first preseason trip abroad since playing games in Germany and Spain in 2012. … Maxi Kleber scored 17 points and rookie Luka Doncic was one of three Mavs to score 11.76ERS: Ben Simmons nearly had a triple-double, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. … Landry Shamet scored 18 for the 76ers, who committed 35 fouls. 76ers coach Brett Brown used 13 players and all 13 had at least one foul, and three players — Embiid, Robert Covington and Markelle Fultz — all finished with five fouls, despite none playing more than 24 minutes.UP NEXT: The teams play again Monday in Shenzhen, China.MAGIC 119, FLAMENGO 82Aaron Gordon scored 29 points and grabbed eight assists in 24 minutes, shooting 10 for 12 from the field and leading Orlando to an easy win over the Brazilian club Flamengo.Flamengo had a pair of notable former NBA players; Anderson Varejao finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Leandro Barbosa scored eight points.The teams made a combined 91 percent of their free throws — 21 of 22 by the Magic, 21 of 24 by Flamengo.FLAMENGO: Marcus Vinicius Souza led the Brazilians with 19 points. … Flamengo had 11 shots blocked, and didn’t block any of Orlando’s 81 attempts.MAGIC: Nikola Vucevic finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. … Rookie Mo Bamba played 19 minutes, piling up 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Bamba shot 5 for 7, and the Magic shot 54 percent as a team, compared with 31 percent by Flamengo.UP NEXT: Orlando (1-1) is at Miami on Monday. LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Kyle Lowry also got the night off for the Raptors, who don’t play again in Toronto until the season-opener Oct. 17 against Cleveland.“You bring 20 guys to camp, it’s a little difficult to get all of them a decent look,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “There’s also a chance now to give some long extended minutes to some other guys.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissMelbourne stayed with Toronto for much of the first half. After 18 minutes, Toronto’s lead was 34-31. Over the next 18 minutes, the Raptors outscored their Australian guests 67-27 and took a 101-58 lead into the fourth quarter.UNITED: Casper Ware and Chris Goulding led Melbourne with 17 points apiece. … Peter Hooley, whose 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in the 2015 America East final gave Albany a 51-50 win over Stony Brook — and made headlines because Hooley was still grieving the loss of his mother, who died that season — had five points in 17 minutes. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard, left, and Danny Green look at a stats sheet during the second half of an NBA basketball exhibition game against Melbourne on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Kawhi Leonard’s debut in his new home arena will have to wait.Leonard was one of the regulars who rested Friday night, when the Toronto Raptors defeated Melbourne United 120-82. The Raptors scheduled five preseason games this season, but Friday’s was the only one that’ll be played in Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT THUNDER 113, TIMBERWOLVES 101Paul George made his preseason debut and scored 13 of his 23 points in the first quarter, and Oklahoma City never trailed.Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points for Minnesota. But Andrew Wiggins struggled, scoring four points on 2 for 9 shooting in 28 minutes.THUNDER: Steven Adams had 14 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. … Oklahoma City outrebounded the hosts 57-39, and led by as many as 22 points. … Dennis Schroder, Nerlens Noel and Jerami Grant each had 12 points for the Thunder.TIMBERWOLVES: This was Minnesota’s only preseason appearance at its home arena, and fans booed coach Tom Thibodeau during introductions — clearly unhappy about the unresolved Jimmy Butler situation. … Jeff Teague scored 17 points and Derrick Rose added 11 for Minnesota.UP NEXT: Oklahoma City (1-1) faces Atlanta in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday. Minnesota (1-2) faces Milwaukee in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday.WIZARDS 121, HEAT 114Bradley Beal led six Washington players in double figures with 20 points, and the Wizards outscored Miami 70-55 in the second half.Jeff Green scored 15 points and Markieff Morris added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Washington. Yante Maten and Justise Winslow each scored 17 points for Miami.HEAT: Miami held eight players — Josh Richardson (thigh), Tyler Johnson (migraine), James Johnson (surgery rehab), Wayne Ellington (ankle), Derrick Jones Jr. (shoulder), Bam Adebayo (shoulder), Dion Waiters (surgery rehab) and Marcus Lee (knee) — out with injuries or illness, and then kept Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic out after halftime. … Wade had all 10 of his points in a 9-minute stretch of the first quarter.last_img read more

Meetings 3/5

first_imgReseda Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 19, Canoas Banquet Hall, 18136 Sherman Way, Reseda. Call (818) 832-7540 or see www.resedacouncil.org. Studio City Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 21 in the Edit Building, Suite 6, CBS Studios, 4024 Radford Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 655-5400 or see www.scnc.info. Panorama Neighborhood Council (forming), 6:30 p.m. March 22 in the second-floor meeting room at the Mission Community Hospital medical building, 14860 Roscoe Blvd., Panorama City. Call (818) 374-9895. Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council will hold board elections, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. March 24, Van Gogh Elementary School, 17160 Van Gogh St., Granada Hills. Board meeting at 7 p.m. March 26 at same location. Call (818) 360-4346 or see www.ghnnc.org. Canoga Park Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 28, Canoga Park Community Center, 7248 Owensmouth Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 346-4892. Notices of neighborhood council meetings are published every Monday. Information is due two weeks in advance. Mail time, date, location and contact number to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail dnmetro@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Porter Ranch Neighborhood Council, 6 p.m. Tuesday in Room 201 at Shepherd of the Hills Church, 19700 Rinaldi St., Porter Ranch. A presentation on earthquake preparedness is scheduled. Call (818) 718-9498 or see www.prnc.org. Chatsworth Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Lawrence Middle School, 10100 Variel Ave., Chatsworth. Call (818) 464-3511 or see www.chatsworthcouncil.org. North Hills West Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Wednesday in Building 22 at the Sepulveda VA, 16111 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 893-8613 or see www.northhillswest.org. West Van Nuys-Lake Balboa Neighborhood Council, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 7412 Balboa Blvd., Van Nuys. Call (818) 374-9883 or see www.wvnlbnc.org. North Hollywood North East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. Thursday in the recreation room at the Park Plaza Apartments, 6755 Rhodes Ave., North Hollywood. Call (818) 982-2174. Sylmar Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Hubbard Street Elementary School, 13325 Hubbard St., Sylmar. Call (818) 833-8737. North Hills East Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 12 in the library at Sepulveda Middle School, 15339 Plummer St., North Hills. Call (818) 891-0060. Sun Valley Area Neighborhood Council, 6:30 p.m. March 13 in the assembly room at Villa Scalabrini Retirement Center, 10631 Vinedale St., Sun Valley. Call (818) 767-6766. Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, 7 p.m. March 14, Mount Gleason Middle School, 10965 Mount Gleason Ave., Sunland. Call (818) 951-7411. last_img read more

Columnist runs for the border

first_imgIf that makes me patriotically confused, I can’t see how. Indeed, I don’t think there’s a better way that I can express my Americanness. If there’s one thing that characterizes the American spirit like nothing else, it’s our traditional of exploiting every possible opportunity to better our lot in life – no matter the disapproving looks. Besides, now when grumpy readers write in and tell me to go back to Mexico, I actually can. Mariel Garza is a columnist and editorial writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. Write to her by e-mail at mariel.garza@dailynews.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WITH little fanfare, something momentous occurred the other day. This thoroughly American girl became a Mexican-American in the truest sense. For the cost of $13 and several official documents, I applied for and was granted Mexican nationality. I didn’t do it as a political statement. I didn’t do it because I want to rid myself of my United States nationality. I didn’t do it because I love my father’s native land more than my own. Rather, I did it for the same reason that generations of Americans have done crazy, risky, and brazenly glorious things: I did it because I could. And I could because it’s not only Americans who are worried about the sheer number of Mexicans settling on this side of the border. Many Mexicans are worried about it too. When a good chunk of your population suddenly ups and takes off for another land, and when your economy depends on these expats sending billions of dollars back, you’d be stupid not to be at least a little concerned. And to maybe think up ways to lure some of them back, especially the prosperous ones. To that end, the Mexican government decided about a decade ago to make it easy for expats and their offspring who had made lives – legally – in the U.S. to “reclaim” their nationality. At that time, Mexicans who became U.S. citizens lost both their Mexican citizenship and their nationality. (Mexico differentiates between nationality and citizenship, though the former essentially guarantees the granting of the latter, should one want it.) What was most remarkable about the law change is that it applied not just to former Mexicans, but also to their kids – no matter if they were born in Guadalajara or, like me, in Indianapolis. I don’t know how many people have exercised this option. I only know one other person who’s done it – an architect friend who doesn’t use it in any practical sense. It just appeals to the jet-setter in him to have dual nationality. But I can tell you that the Mexican consulate in Los Angeles has an entire Nacionalidad department for processing applications such as mine. On my numerous trips to the departments I waited among handfuls of other Americanized offspring of Mexican-born parents. No doubt many will call me un-American for this. No doubt many will see in this solid proof that Mexico is trying to take over the southwest United States. In fact, many have already weighed in on the perils of the dual-citizenship phenomenon, most notably Stanley A. Renshon, author of “The 50% American: Immigration And National Identity in an Age of Terror.” In his book and for previous reports he’s done as a fellow for the Center for Immigration Studies, Renshon argues that the rise in dual citizenship (it is rising, though no one seems to know exact numbers) could seriously undermine America’s national identity. Especially troubling to him is the prospect of Mexican dual nationality because, curiously, of the propensity of the offspring of Mexicans to self-identify as Chicano or Mexican-American. Apparently that signifies an ambivalence in loyalty. But how does that jibe with other indicators of patriotism among immigrants and their offspring, such as military service? To me, the amount of Chicanos or Mexican-Americans fighting and dying to spread American-style democracy makes a very different point. All that aside, what no one is considering here is that this is not so much about helping Mexico to take over the United States, but my taking over a small part of Mexico. Ideally, one with ocean views. I can’t vote with my dual nationality, but I can buy property along the Baja California coastline. Non-Mexicans can’t buy Mexican land within 30 miles of the beach, which is, not coincidentally, the part of Mexico that Americans care about most. last_img read more

Video: Watch Erik Lamela’s amazing ‘rabona’ goal for Tottenham against Asteras Tripolis

first_imgTake a bow son!Tottenham’s routine Europa League victory against Asteras Tripolis was brought to life when Erik Lamela scored a wonderful ‘rabona’ goal at White Hart Lane.Leading 1-0 at the time, the Argentine pounced on a loose ball on the edge of the area and hit it first-time with an unorthodox finish, wrapping his left foot behind his right and curling the ball into the top corner to send the north London faithful into raptures.Watch the video above and leave your thoughts on the effort below…last_img read more

I left Sharks for a bigger challenge-Omwenga

first_img0Shares0000New KCB signing Bolton Omwenga in full flight action during a training session at the Stima Club in Nairobi on November 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 22 – A Kenyan Premier League transfer that has probably got everyone’s tongue wagging is the move by Kariobangi Sharks left back Bolton Omwenga to newly promoted KCB FC.Omwenga has been enjoying his football at Sharks and played a vital role in helping them secure the Football Kenya Federation Shield title and a consecutive top eight finish in only their second year in top flight. The left-back who joined Sharks from Nzoia Sugar at the beginning of the 2017 season has told Capital Sport that his decision to leave was purely because of football reasons.“It is not that we were in bad terms with anyone at Sharks or anything. I just left because I needed a new challenge and somewhere where I could push myself to grow. Football is all about challenges and I think coming to KCB will be a platform for me to improve,” Omwenga told Capital Sport.His first season at Sharks was a tough one as he had to endure a long spell on the sidelines with injury, but his second saw him amass more playing time and was even a constant face in national team call ups.New KCB signing Bolton Omwenga prepares to take a set piece during a training session at the Stima Club in Nairobi on November 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluAt KCB, he hopes he can improve further and help the club win titles, just like he had done at previous clubs.“At Nzoia we won the NSL title and with Sharks I have won the FKF Shield. To me that is good success and I want to continue winning trophies and hopefully with KCB I can. Personally, I am ready to play my part if called upon,” Omwenga added.He will be faced with tough competition for a starting role with current full back Dennis Ng’ang’a holding on to the position having played well and scoring crucial goals for the bankers in their run up to earn promotion to the KPL.Omwenga says he is ready to fight for a starting role.-Manyika eyeing Taifa Stars callNew KCB signing Peter Manyika Jr. during a training session at the Stima Club in Nairobi on November 20, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluMeanwhile, newly signed Tanzanian keeper Peter Manyika is hopeful that the opportunity of playing at KCB will help him elevate his status as he eyes a slot in the Tanzanian national team.Manyika joined KCB from Singida United having played there for a season, previously coming from giants Simba SC.“I am really thankful for getting this chance to play in Kenya. It gives me a lot of motivation to work hard because the Kenyan league is not an easy one. For me, I made this decision because it is a tougher league and it will be like a stepping stone for me to move higher in my career,” Manyika noted.He is livid of the targets set to him by the club and notes he is ready for the challenge, adding he wants to do his best to help the team attain a good finish this season and fight for a title in their second year.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Smaller, more efficient cars more attractive to buyers

first_img “The last three weeks have been horrible,” he said. “Did people call each other and say, ‘Don’t buy a car this month?’ I don’t know.” It wasn’t unexpected. Oliff said the aggressive summer discounts had likely cut into the fall buyer pool. “That took a lot of business from these coming months,” he said. “People that would buy cars now have already bought.” While Oliff expects sales to stabilize before year’s end, these lean months are taxing times – sales people need to be paid, and a wrong move could mean more problems. “If the dealerships continue to spend money on advertising … it’s going to be even worse,” he said. “We have to wait out the storm. “But it’s good for customers to buy cars right now. We’re going to be really aggressive to make a deal.” As for any perceived impact on consumer behavior from high gas prices, Oliff believes SUVs are still king in Santa Clarita. “People are not buying cars based on economy or gas prices,” he said. “A few are, but most people, they don’t think that way. You think minivan sales would be up in Valencia, but they’re buying Hummers.” Despite seeing subtle changes at his auto fair, Shaw agreed. “People are more likely to buy what they’ll get away with than think about the full potential of something,” he said. “In the used car market, people buy what they need. The families need a big SUV, the younger people need a smaller car. “The demographics in the community are mostly families. The necessity for an SUV still exists.” Eugene Tong, (661) 257-5253 eugene.tong@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Persistent high gasoline prices may have dented some car buyers on the prowl – rather than a big, bad ride, many are considering smaller engines or even smaller cars. At the Santa Clarita Auto Fair, a weekend community display in a College of the Canyons parking lot, organizer Tyler Shaw noticed a trend: Passenger cars are fetching better prices, while large sport utility vehicles and trucks require a trim to unload. “People are getting better prices for smaller cars,” said Shaw, who has staged the direct buyer-to-seller market since 1999. “To sell the bigger SUVs, the sellers have to price them more aggressively.” A large truck or SUV could sell for $8,000 to $16,000 a year ago – now it’s closer to $6,000 to $15,000, depending on condition, Shaw said. For passenger cars, a 1992 to 1996 Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla could now fetch $3,000 to $5,000, compared to about $2,000 the same time last year. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “It seems more of an issue whether a car is a four, six or eight cylinders – that relates more to the gas prices than what’s on people’s mind when they’re buying,” Shaw said. Though fuel prices have taken a dip – a gallon of regular unleaded averaged $2.89 Friday in Los Angeles/Long Beach compared to $2.95 a month ago, according to the Automobile Club of Southern California – it’s still 44 cents higher than the $2.45 recorded a year ago. Some industry analysts have identified changes in consumer behavior as both Ford and General Motors reported sales decreases in September of 20 percent and 24 percent respectively for the 2005 model-year vehicles. Especially hard-hit were large SUVs and pickups, though GM had a strong summer when it offered employee-pricing discounts. Meantime, Japanese automakers reported double-digit percentage growth in September: 12 percent for Honda, 16 percent for Nissan, 10 percent for Toyota. In Santa Clarita, new car sales slipped at some lots by as much as 40 percent, said Kevin Oliff, president of the Santa Clarita Auto Dealers Association and general manager at Power Chrysler Jeep in Valencia. last_img read more

Soil Provides Library of Antibiotic Resistance

first_imgThe “evolution of antibiotic resistance” is a staple in the creation-evolution debates, providing evolutionists with a living illustration of evolution taking place right before our eyes.  What if all the information for antibiotic resistance, however, already exists in a library from which bacteria can find it?  That seems to be the implication of a study by D’Carlo et al. in Science.1  A Canadian biochemical research team decided to survey the techniques of antibiotic resistance already present in soil bacteria.  They were astonished.  Every antimicrobial medicine, including some only recently developed, had a defensive weapon ready for it:This study provides an analysis of the antibiotic resistance potential of soil microorganisms.  The frequency of high-level resistance seen in the study to antibiotics that have for decades served as gold-standard treatments, as well as those only recently approved for human use, is remarkable.  No class of antibiotic was spared with respect to bacterial target or natural or synthetic origin.  Although this study does not provide evidence for the direct transfer of resistance elements from the soil resistome to pathogenic bacteria, it identifies a previously underappreciated density and concentration of environmental antibiotic resistance. (Emphasis added in all quotes.)The authors could not determine whether “The presence of antibiotics in the environment has promoted the acquisition or independent evolution of highly specific resistance elements in the absence of innate antibiotic production,” and are not sure whether today’s resistant pathogens acquired their resistance from soil organisms.  They could not rule it out, however: “The soil could thus serve as an underrecognized reservoir for resistance that has already emerged or has the potential to emerge in clinically important bacteria.”  A frightening implication is that no matter what agents we throw at them, bacteria may be able to check out a defense from this “environmental resistome.”    Alexander Tomasz commented on this study in the same issue of Science.2  He said that, “Actually, the majority of the most effective antibiotic-resistance mechanisms in human pathogens are acquired,” or gained not by evolution but by lateral gene transfer.  The acquired resistance, he says, is superior to that gained by mutations:The superiority of such acquired mechanisms is illustrated by the contrast between Staphylococcus aureus strains that have decreased susceptibility to vancomycin through mutations (so-called VISA strains) as compared to VRSA strains, S. aureus that acquired a complete vancomycin-resistance gene complex via the transposon Tn1546.  The VISA strains have low-level resistance (the minimal inhibitory concentration of vancomycin is 6 to 12 g/ml), are often associated with reduced oxacillin resistance, and show abnormal cell wall synthesis; the multiple transcriptional changes documented by DNA microarray analysis reflect the complexity of this mechanism.  In contrast, in VRSA strains, the Tn1546-based mechanism produces high-level vancomycin resistance (with a minimal inhibitory concentration of more than 500 g/ml) that does not interfere with oxacillin resistance, and cell wall synthesis proceeds with a depsipeptide cell wall precursor specific to these strains.Though the transfer mechanism is not known, “Clearly, mobilization of a resistance mechanism must involve ‘packaging’ into a plasmid, phage, or some transposable element,” he believes.  Tomasz called the sheer variety of resistance mechanisms catalogued by D’Carlo et al. “remarkable”.  It appears that microorganisms might not only make antibiotic weapons in profusion, but also make a plethora of defenses against them.1D’Costa et al., “Sampling the Antibiotic Resistome,” Science, 20 January 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5759, pp. 374 – 377, DOI: 10.1126/science.1120800.2Alexander Tomasz, “Weapons of Microbial Drug Resistance Abound in Soil Flora,” Science, 20 January 2006: Vol. 311. no. 5759, pp. 342 – 343, DOI: 10.1126/science.1123982.Neither of these papers ruled out that the resistance mechanisms have always been present in the gene pool.  If so, then the claim that bacteria “evolve” resistance to antibiotics is negated.  Bacteria may simply find access to an existing library of information, a “resistome” that, coupled with a packaging and delivery mechanism (plasmids and transposons), confers the resistance that previously appeared to evolve out of thin air.    Notice that the resistance conferred by mutations harms the organism.  The case cited by Tomasz reduced the fitness of the organism by weakening its cell wall.  Mutationally-gained resistance is like the illustration Lee Spetner gave: cutting off a man’s arms makes him resistant to handcuffs.  In a population of prisoners being handcuffed, this person would be the fittest, but only in a specific environment and at the cost of overall fitness.  In the wild, he would be at a disadvantage.  Scott Minnich also illustrated this type of bacterial resistance in the film Icons of Evolution with cultures of bacteria exposed to antibiotics.  The kind of resistance conferred by specialized enzymes able to disable the agent, however, require specific genetic information that appears designed.    Too little is known at this point, but these articles uncover the possibility that genetic information that confers antibiotic resistance is already present in the environmental resistome.  If so, this undermines a commonly-used evidence for evolution.(Visited 11 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

LoveLife to empower SA youth

first_imgFrom left: DED’s Jürgen Wilhelm, loveLife CEO Grace Matlhape, and Khanyisile Kweyama, Barloworld’s group executive for human resources and transformation, listen to a youngster relating his loveLifeexperience. (Image: Janine Erasmus) MEDIA CONTACTS• Fareed MohammedLoveLife public relationsTel +27 11 523 1000• Rebecca Morgan Barloworld media relationsTel +27 11 445 1333 USEFUL LINKS • LoveLife • Barloworld • Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst • Volunteer Service Enquiry Southern Africa RELATED ARTICLES• Loving life, fighting Aids • HIV-Aids in South Africa • Social development in South AfricaJanine ErasmusNational youth HIV prevention programme loveLife has signed a new partnership with the German Development Service (Deutscher Entwicklungsdienst or DED) and major South African corporate Barloworld.Lovelife’s new initiative named Connected! will be the main beneficiary of the partnership.Connected! is a strategy aimed at the thousands of young South Africans who possess leadership potential but have no chance to develop it.Barloworld has given a grant of US$120 000 (R1-million), to be spread over three years. DED will match the first year’s portion.DED director-general Jürgen Wilhelm, present at the signing with several other dignitaries, applauded the new initiative and the opportunities for development that it presented.“The DED believes that our support of innovative approaches to HIV prevention, such as this one, is key to halting the spread of the disease,” said Wilhelm. He added that the organisation was delighted to be able to contribute, through its association with loveLife, to this exciting new national strategy.Since it seeks to groom a new generation with a new outlook on life and renewed sense of responsibility, said Wilhelm, Connected! would serve as an example to the international community, especially within the Southern African region.Local innovatorsDr David Harrison, former loveLife CEO and now consultant and Connected! project manager, was confident that the initiative would fulfil its five-year goal of building bridges between mainstream South African society and the country’s poor communities.Explaining the three-part Connected! strategy, Harrison said the first step is the establishment of the network that will provide a platform for youth to make their ideas known. “Let their voices be heard, but in a way that is constructive and problem-solving, instead of just angry,” he commented.The second task is to change the mindsets of the youth so they see themselves less as recipients of public redress, and more as local innovators among their people.Lastly, the young innovators will be linked to opportunities. This, said Harrison, is what differentiates Connected! from a number of other leadership programmes, which often only benefit those who already have access to opportunities.“In this way they will show their peers that corruption and graft are not the only ways to get ahead,” said Harrison, “and that a risky lifestyle is simply not acceptable”.LoveLife CEO Grace Matlhape agreed, saying that many young people put themselves at risk not because they are ignorant, but because they feel they have little reason to protect themselves.“We hope to contribute to building leaders who will be inspired to work towards their dream, but will also serve the community and go on to find their place in the world,” said Matlhape.Breaking new groundConnected! will draw on youth who have participated in loveLife’s two volunteer leadership programmes, groundBREAKER and mpintshi (isiZulu, meaning friend), explained Harrison.GroundBREAKERs are the 18- to 25-year-olds who are already familiar with the loveLife mission and vision, have experience in mobilising their communities for good, and in many cases have become local leaders.To date, almost 10 000 youth have graduated from the one-year service programme.In addition, more than 20 000 youngsters between the ages of 12 and 25 have completed training as mpintshis, assisting their groundBREAKER team leader in implementing programmes in schools, clinics and community-based organisations.According to a 2008 survey conducted by Volunteer Service Enquiry Southern Africa, groundBREAKER graduates are powerful advocates for change, are tremendously positive about working with their communities, and often go on to hold leadership roles in community organisations.Furthermore, the survey revealed that groundBREAKERs have better prospects of education and employment. About 60% have found employment or started their own businesses. And almost 50% have enrolled in tertiary studies, compared with the national average of 30% of young people who study after matriculation.With careful nurturing, the partners believe, these will be the leaders of the future. By putting them in touch with an ever-growing country-wide network of similar-minded people, Connected! aims to encourage about 5 000 of these potential young leaders, located mainly in marginalised communities, to become public innovators.At the same time the programme will boost their management, analytical and innovation skills, giving them the tools to address pressing issues in their communities.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Puppetry used to tackle abuse

first_imgUbuntu Puppets uses puppetry and storytelling to address social issues affecting children who do not have easy access to professional support and counselling.Ubuntu Puppets uses puppetry and storytelling to address social issues affecting children who do not have easy access to professional support and counselling.Ray MaotaPuppetry is being used as a therapy, to help empower victims and as a violence prevention intervention, all of which help young people to deal better with situations that affect them negatively.Lawrence “Lonny” Mongalo, the man behind Ubuntu Puppets, was a volunteer telephone counsellor with Childline Free State, screening calls and providing counselling on its 24-hour crisis line.This experience drove him to start bereavement and grief support groups as well as therapy sessions for orphaned and vulnerable children using adventure-based therapy.Later, he started a drug abuse support group to help young people faced with issues such as teen sexuality, HIV/Aids, cyber safety, sexual exploitation, peer pressure, substance abuse and bullying.In 2014, Mongalo set up Ubuntu Puppets, which uses puppetry and storytelling to address social issues that affect children. He started in his hometown of Mangaung, Bloemfontein in the Free State.He said: “The problem is that most children don’t even know they are experiencing abuse, because the same person abusing them could be the person they trust.”Making and selling puppetsMongalo uses his work to advocate for children’s rights and the values of ubuntu, which means having compassion and empathy for all humans.He not only makes a living by performing at schools, but he also sells the puppets to the schools and trains the teachers how to use them.When he came second last year in the Engine Pitch and Polish competition, a national workshop and competition programme that teaches entrepreneurs how to pitch their business ideas, he injected the money back into the business so he could create more puppets.“I used that money to buy the machinery to make the puppets, and it made it easier for me to make diverse puppets for different lessons and in turn make my shows more interesting,” said Mongalo.In need of fundingMongalo’s goal is to take his puppetry to schools in rural and marginalised areas where many children do not have easy access to professional support and counselling.But to do this, he wants to raise R100 000 towards buying a small vehicle and sound equipment to use when he speaks at community gatherings.He has started a Thundafund crowdfunding campaign to get people to donate money towards this dream. Each donor will be rewarded for their contribution.For the first donation over R5 000, Mongalo will make a puppet named after the donor and use this in his upcoming shows. For the second, he will hold a special performance at a school of their choosing in the Free State and provide a letter signed by the children thanking them for their contribution.Others contributing over R5 000 will get a replica of his Mongalo’s Uhuru puppet.Those donating between R1 000 and R4 999 will get a set of mini-puppets and a special mention in his shows this year as a thank you. Donors giving less than R1 000 will get a small puppet and a thank you letter with illustrations of all the show characters.last_img read more

DNA recovered from old parchment

first_imgIt’s not easy to find ancient DNA. Weathering and bacterial contamination of fossils, for example, can make it tough to recover enough pure, intact genetic material. Now, researchers have tapped a new source of ancient DNA: parchment. Genetic material obtained from two pieces of parchment, one from the 1600s and one from the 1700s, show that sheep provided the paper’s starting material and that over that century, a big shift occurred in the breed of sheep used in that part of the United Kingdom—from a scrappier, highlands, black-faced variety to a meatier, lowland breed. For centuries, civilizations have relied on the stretched, dried, and scraped hides of goats, sheep, pigs, and cows as “paper” to record their goings-on. Previous attempts to get DNA from parchment did not work well, but by using modern sequencing techniques, researchers can now get abundant livestock DNA from parchment, such as the 16th century deed from Lancashire, U.K., shown above, the team reports online today in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B. Not only is parchment plentiful, but as a legal document, it also has been carefully stored and often dated, making it a more readily available source of ancient DNA than bones. True, genetic material from parchment isn’t going to shed much light on human evolution, but the scientists say it could reveal the history of agriculture over the past 700 years as well as eventually inform historians about where and when a particular parchment document was made, the researchers note.last_img read more