Nicholls’ Fourcade, SHSU’s See, HBU’s Girdy Brito Garner Weekly Football Honors

first_imgOffensive Player of the Week: Chase Fourcade, Nicholls – Sr. – Quarterback – Metairie, La.Fourcade was 24-of-29 for 327 yards and a touchdown through the air and rushed for 48 yards and another score on 11 carries in the 34-14 win over the Bears, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the series. With 375 total offensive yards, he passed Texas State’s Bradley George for seventh on the conference’s career total offense list and moved to within 26 of former Sam Houston State quarterback Brian Bell at No. 6. For the second time in his career, Fourcade is the Offensive Player of the Week after becoming the seventh player in league history to eclipse 10,000 career yards of total offense. The senior quarterback racked up 375 yards of total offense to lead the No. No. 15/16 Colonels (3-2, 2-0 SLC) to a 34-14 win over No. 10/11 Central Arkansas in Nicholls’ home opener. The Colonels remain at home this week and play host to Northwestern State at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday. Honorable Mention: David Crosley, Lamar; Sully Laiche, Nicholls; Cory McCoy, McNeese; Louis Otis, UIW. Defensive Player of the Week: Royce See, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Linebacker – Shepherd, TexasSee posted a team-high nine tackles along with two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble as Sam Houston State recorded the most takeaways in the rivalry since 2013. The picks were his first since he had two as a sophomore in 2017 and marked the second straight year a Bearkat had two picks in the Piney Woods game. In the final period, See snagged the loose ball on a strip sack of Joseph Wallace to set up the Kats’ final score. One possession later, he picked off Trae Self for the second time to seal the game. Honorable Mention: Jon Copeland, UIW; Jordan Hoy, Lamar; Cody Orgeron, McNeese. See, a senior linebacker, earns Defensive Player of the Week recognition for turning in a career performance to lead the Bearkats’ (4-2, 3-0 SLC) to their ninth-straight Battle of the Piney Woods victory by a score of 31-20. The Shepherd, Texas, native played a part in four of Sam Houston State’s six takeaways, including two in the final quarter. The Bearkats face Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday in Huntsville. Girdy Brito picks up his first Special Teams Player of the Week award after returning three kickoffs for 127 yards in the Huskies’ (4-2, 1-1 SLC) 36-38 loss to UIW.  The senior specialist overtook Tennessee Tech’s Metrius Fleming as the nation’s leader in kick return average (37.0) with an average of 42.3 yards on Saturday. HBU looks to rebound with a road matchup against Abilene Christian at 6 p.m. Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Chase Fourcade, Sam Houston State’s Royce See and Houston Baptist’s Gamar Girdy Brito earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Special Teams Player of the Week: Gamar Girdy Brito, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Wide Receiver – Victoria, TexasNow the FCS leader in kick return average (37.0), Girdy Brito averaged 42.3 yards on three returns in the tight loss to the Cardinals. After UIW scored the opening touchdown of the game, he took the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. He returned the second half opening kickoff to the HBU 42, with the drive resulting in a field goal. Girdy Brito also made seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, which pulled the Huskies within 38-36 with 3:14 remaining in the game. Honorable Mention: Bailey Giffen, Lamar; Bailey Raborn, McNeese. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more

Women’s basketball teams honor cancer survivors

first_imgSEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:14Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ “I can walk and am pain free. But I’m not strong enough yet,” he said. “You don’t know how weak your legs are until the therapist pushes you.”NEARLY PERFECT OFFENSE: Villanova lit up the scoreboard in the third quarter against Georgetown on Friday. The Wildcats scored 39 points, going 17 for 18 from the field. Kelly Joket made all seven of her shots, and Mary Gedaka was 5 for 5. The team scored on all 17 possessions it had in the quarter and won the game 91-43.ROUGH WEEK TO BE RANKED: A dozen of the Top 25 teams lost games this week, including No. 2 Louisville, No. 5 Mississippi State and No. 8 Marquette. The Lady Bulldogs and Golden Eagles fell to unranked teams in Missouri and St. John’s.SNAPPED: Illinois State ended a 13-game winning streak for Missouri State on Friday. The Lady Bears had won 17 consecutive Missouri Valley Conference games (371 days) and 13 straight home league games (404 days). Aggies coach Gary Blair had a jersey with the name of ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe on the back for the team’s game Thursday against LSU. Rowe, who fought desmoplastic melanoma, a skin cancer, was the first to interview Blair on the court in Indianapolis after A&M won the NCAA championship in 2011.“Coach Blair and I have shared some special moments, like when his team won the national championship and he did the ‘Dougie Dance,’” Rowe said in an email to The Associated Press. “He has done so much for women’s basketball. When I heard he was honoring me as a survivor, of course I cried. I haven’t really processed yet that I am a survivor because I feel like I am still fighting. But maybe that is what surviving is, thriving, living and loving through the worst of cancer. Coach Blair honoring me does make me feel strong. I will work hard to keep making him proud and help, honor and uplift survivors everywhere.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe game had special meaning for Texas A&M assistant coach Bob Starkey. His wife, Sherie, is a breast cancer survivor. He and his wife donated $1,000 to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund in honor of the 1,000 students who came to the game Thursday.Iowa also had its players don special jerseys for its game Sunday against Maryland. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “We always talk about as a team, even before the season starts, that we’re playing for the name on the front of our jerseys. But it’s really special that we get to put the name on the back of our jerseys, someone in our life that’s been affected by cancer,” Iowa’s Kathleen Doyle said. “It’s a really powerful feeling. I’ve got my grandma on the back, and I never got to meet her, but I know that she’s watching and that she’s really proud. It’s really special.”All the games across the country are inspired by former N.C. State coach Kay Yow, who died 10 years ago after a 22-year fight against breast cancer.FEELING BETTER: DePaul coach Doug Bruno is counting his blessings every day. It’s been nine weeks since he had spinal fusion surgery and he’s still on the mend.“I was afraid I wouldn’t walk or coach again,” Bruno said after his team beat St. John’s on Sunday at Madison Square Garden. “Thank God it went well and it released the pressure on my spine.”Bruno started rehab three weeks ago and his legs are getting stronger.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In France, the Force is strong with lightsaber dueling Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Iowa forward Megan Gustafson (10) celebrates with teammates after an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Iowa City, Iowa. Gustafson scored 31 points as Iowa won 86-73. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)NEW YORK — Women’s basketball teams across the country found many different ways to honor cancer survivors this week as part of the Play4Kay initiative.Texas A&M and Iowa had their players wear names on their jerseys of people who had touched their lives and battled cancer.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

LRC Wants Speedy Passage of Commercial Code

first_imgThe Law Reform Commission (LRC) is opting for a timely passage of the draft Insolvency and Restructuring Act in order to protect creditors and debtors in Liberia.The Insolvency and Restructuring Act is a proposed legislation introduced to repeal the “outdated” Fraudulent Conveyance Act that had been in existence for many years.Addressing a hearing called by members of the House’s Committee on Judiciary on the draft law, LRC through its Chairman, Dr. Jallah A. Barbu, recommended the “timely pass of the bill as its passage will provide many critical benefits to business people and even individuals.”Dr. Barbu noted that the draft legislation received the endorsement of not only the foregoing important stakeholders who are the end users, but also the key relevant agencies of government, especially, the LRC and the Ministry of Justice, and as such, he expressed the need for the Legislature to play its part.He described the current status of the bill as an instrument that gives “an easy task to legislators in further deliberations in order to pass the bill.”Cllr. Barbu informed the public that all relevant stakeholders have agreed to the structure and general contents of the Insolvency Bill, adding; “The business community, bankers including the Central Bank of Liberia have all endorsed this bill.”Providing benefits of the draft legislation, Cllr. Barbu indicated that the bill provides detail legal procedures by which businesses having financial trouble and/or that have become insolvent may still manage to rebound.Dr. Barbu: “For the first time, this law will give Liberian businesses the opportunity to enjoy relief from creditor in a more formal and structured way that is comparable to the Chapter 7 and/or Chapter 11 protection business enjoyed in the United States. The central feature of these protections and all insolvency laws (including this bill) is the establishment, recognition and adherence to a systematic process of deciding whether a business is ‘broke’ partially or completely, and if so, whether it can be revived if its creditors are told to defer for a given period the collection of all debts owed them by the so-called ‘broke’ business.Because of the natural tendency for everyone to rush to get what is owed him or her by a person facing financial trouble, this law provides the details measures that will be in place to encourage and assure everyone about the benefit of seeing that every business that has a chance to make it is given some time to work it out, while those that do not have any prospect of turning the corner are immediately subjected to liquidation.Another key benefit of this law is that it provides detailed procedures of how to divide the few assets that may remain with a business that has failed. The law also provides means by which a business that is not able to pay its debts cannot keep operating perpetually and thereby incurring more debts that it cannot pay.”Also in speech, the Chairman of the House’s Committee on Judiciary Representative Garya Karmo reminded the audience of two critical perimeters, practical and legal, that should be considered when enacting a law.As for practical, the Bomi County lawmaker intoned that timing, especially the mood of the public on the issues and content of the proposed law and the relevance of the laws whether to create a new law or modify an existing law with a clear legislative intent to strengthen an existing law, express an approval or disapproval or certain circumstances in the public domain.He praised the drafters, however, stressing that the process is on and his committee will make report to plenary before the bill is passed or rejected.The forum brought together several lawmakers, business representatives and renowned lawyers including Cllr. Negbalee Warner.The program was held upon the request of Margibi County Representative Ben Fofana, who is also a member of the Judiciary Committee.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Recklessly hurtling Guyana towards constitutional crisis

first_imgDear Editor,Since the successful no-confidence motion on December 21, 2018, Guyana was given 90 days within which the Government was obligated to resign, dissolve Parliament and schedule General and Regional Elections. The Constitution is unambiguous and clearly outlines the requirements in Article 106 (6) and 106 (7). While constitutions can sometimes be confusing, this Article is not confusing and does not need lawyers and judges for interpretation. Ordinary citizens who can read know the meaning. Even citizens who cannot read know the meaning once it is read to them. Yet David Granger and APNU/AFC have chosen to deliberately ignore the Constitution and the law, ignore Parliament and the majority of MPs, ignore the High Court and the Chief Justice, ignore the pleas of citizens and civil society, ignore investors and businesses, and deliberately, knowingly, unconscionably hurl Guyana towards a constitutional crisis.This is how dictators behave. This is how power-hungry people behave. This is how bullies behave. This is how people who do not care for the welfare of their country and their sisters and brothers behave. President Granger and APNU/AFC are proving to all that they are comfortable as dictators, totally in their comfort zone as power-hungry people, bullies who simply do not care for their country or their people. All that matters is to hold on to power at all cost. Granger is the leader of the pack. But complicit in this recklessness and travesty is Moses Nagamootoo who exults in his title as Prime Minister. Equally complicit are the Ministers who claim they are champions for the people, who claim they are patriots, who claim they stand with the working class.By March 21, when the 90 days expire, Guyana has no Government. Everything that Granger and APNU/AFC do will be illegal. The Chief Justice confirmed that the Cabinet was resigned by the no-confidence motion on December 21 but there is no provision in the Constitution to recognise a President or a “caretaker” Government, after the 90 days. We will be in “la la” land, with an illegal Government. All money spent by the “Government” will be illegal expenditures. All contracts will be illegal, all agreements will be illegal, all appointments will be illegal. As of February 2, forty-three of the 90 days have elapsed. There are 47 more days, which will expire on March 21.The only way to prevent an expiration is for Parliament to meet and pass a resolution agreeing to an extension, but that will require a mature, responsible approach where the Granger-led APNU/AFC and the Bharat Jagdeo-led PPP/C meet immediately to make such an agreement and pass that resolution with a two-thirds majority. Bharat Jagdeo and the PPP have expressed a willingness to meet to finalise arrangements for elections. Granger and the APNU/AFC seem to think they can simply carry on. The difference is that Bharat Jagdeo and the PPP are deeply rooted in freedom and democracy and act within those constraints. Granger and the APNU/AFC come from deep within the belly of dictatorship, authoritarianism and bullyism.With direct leadership from Granger, the APNU/AFC has tried and continue to try all means to delay and prevent the inevitable. They wanted their own Speaker to reverse a valid decision. He refused, and they expended 13 valuable days. They went to court and another 28 days have elapsed. The court refused. They now will go to the Appeals Court and then to the Caribbean Courts of Justice (CCJ). By the time the Guyana Courts of Appeal is likely to address the matter, the 90 days will be about to expire. Granger and APNU/AFC are carrying on as if it is business as usual, behaving as if their approach to the court can suspend the countdown. But the Chief Justice has unequivocally told them the Constitution began the countdown since December 21.The President unequivocally stated just a few days ago, addressing the national media and, therefore, addressing the nation, that if the judiciary says yes, it is yes, if the judiciary says no, it is no. Well, the judiciary has said yes, Parliament validly passed the no-confidence motion on December 21. The Judiciary has said yes, MP Charrandas validly cast a vote on December 21. The Judiciary said yes, 33 is the majority of 65. The Judiciary said yes, the Cabinet was resigned on December 21. The Judiciary said yes, elections must be held within 90 days. Will David Granger now be an honourable man and stand on his word and the law? Will he live up to the DNA of his party and act as a dictator, act like a bully, as the head of a power-hungry group? Will he ignore the cries of his country, the wailing of his people? Will he allow Guyana at this pivotal moment to regress into dictatorship?Sincerely,Dr Leslie Ramsammylast_img read more

Teen accused of stealing motorbike walks free

first_imgA teenager who was months ago accused of stealing a woman’s motorcycle walked out of court a free man after he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts on Wednesday.Akeem WilliamsMagistrate Faith McGusty told the court that the prosecution failed to provide sufficient evidence in the matter and as such, 19-year-old Akeem Williams of Rasville Housing Scheme, Georgetown was free to go.It was alleged that on January 19, 2019, at Rasville Housing Scheme, while being armed with a gun, Williams robbed Akisha Moore of one motorcycle valued $285,000, property of Shaheed Mohammed.The Virtual Complainant (VC) and the defendant are known to each other. On the day in question, the VC reportedly borrowed the motorcycle from Mohammed and while riding along the Rasville road, she was confronted by Williams and others who relieved her of the motorcycle.They then fled the scene.On February 5, 2019, Williams was at East La Penitence Police Station for an assault matter involving his girlfriend, and it was while there he was positively identified by Moore as the person who robbed her.A confrontation was held between them, and he was later charged.last_img read more

Pensioner succumbs to injuries

first_imgAnns Grove robberyLess than two weeks after he was beaten and robbed at his Anns Grove, East Coast Demerara (ECD) home, 82-year-old Leroy Peters succumbed to his injuries.Leroy PetersGuyana Times understands that the elderly man was unconscious ever since the brutal attack, which occurred between the evening of September 10 and morning of September 12.Initial reports were that Peters was found unconscious at his home by relatives after he was badly beaten and robbed.He was found in an unconscious state in a pool of blood a 10-year-old relative and villagers. Family members deduced that he was robbed, since the house was ransacked.His older son, Leroy Smith, had detailed that he was making a routine visit to his father’s house when a large crowd of persons was seen at the man’s property. It was at that time that he was made aware of the fact that something was wrong. The elderly man was discovered just five minutes prior and his house was ransacked.After the startling discovery, the injured Peters was picked up and rushed to a city hospital, where he was given medical attention and underwent one surgery on Thursday evening. Owing to the extent of his injuries, he was scheduled to undergo other operations.Smith told Guyana Times that his father is a citizen of the United States and lived alone. Peters was taken to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of a private facility since his injuries were severe.“He lived alone so the son just went to visit as usual. He’s pretty agile. He moves around and is able bodied,” the son had related.last_img read more

Germany v Italy: Euro 2016 live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_img Kick-off is at 8pm in Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux Euro 2016: Every Goal, Every Game, Every Day on talkSPORTThe most eye-catching tie of the Euro 2016 quarter-finals takes place on Saturday evening as world champions Germany face Italy – and it is LIVE on talkSPORT!Joachim Low’s side will be aiming to book their place in the last four of the competition, to keep their hopes alive of a first European Championship success since 1996. Meanwhile Antonio Conte will be hoping to continue the Azzurri’s impressive campaign before he takes the reins at Chelsea later this month. The Italians have won the competition just once before – in 1968 – but they are well-placed to go far as they have kept three clean sheets out of four.This sort of line-up looks like it should be a meeting in the final, not for a place in the last four. The winner will join Portugal and Wales in the semis, along with the winner of France v Iceland on Sunday. So far, the Germans have beaten Ukraine, Northern Ireland and Slovakia, drawing with Poland in the group stages. Italy, meanwhile, have been impressive, beating Belgium, Sweden and Spain, losing to the Republic of Ireland in the final group match after making a number of changes. Germany v Italy is live on talkSPORT from 7pm (8pm kick-off) – check here for the various ways to follow the game.Conte, whose side lost 4-1 in a friendly against Joachim Low’s side earlier this year, told a pre-match press conference:“We started with very low expectations. We’re showing we can overcome insurmountable obstacles.“We’ve improved since the March friendly. It was a resounding defeat and it will motivate us to see if the gap has closed.“Germany are the best team in the world but no-one is beaten at the start of a game.“They can hurt you when they attack; they’ve quality, talent and a great team ethic. It’s a potent mix.”Meanwhile, Low accepts Saturday’s quarter-final could well provide the eventual winner of the tournament, such is the quality on their side of the draw.The Germany coach said:“Tomorrow’s winner may be European champions – all teams that make it into the semi-finals have the goal to reach the final.“Both teams have the quality but the title is still far off.“We have the next game to contest, then comes the semi-final, probably against the hosts, which is also no picnic.“There is still a long way. The team that wins tomorrow is one of the favourites for the title.”Confirmed Germany XI: Neuer; Höwedes, Boateng, Hummels; Kimmich, Khedira, Kroos, Hector; Özil; Müller, Gomez.Confirmed Italy XI: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Florenzi, Sturaro, Parolo, Giaccherini, De Sciglio; Pelle, Eder. 1last_img read more

Nagin narrowly wins re-election in New Orleans

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNagin, a former cable television executive first elected to public office in 2002, argued the city could ill-afford to change course just as rebuilding gathered steam. His second term begins a day before the June 1 start of the next hurricane season in a city where streets are still strewn with rusting, mud-covered cars and entire neighborhoods consist of homes that are empty shells. With little disagreement on the major issues – the right of residents to rebuild in all areas and the urgent need for federal aid for recovery and top-notch levees – the race came down to a referendum on leadership styles. Nagin, a janitor’s son from a black, working-class neighborhood, is known for his improvisational, some say impulsive, rhetoric. After Katrina plunged his city into chaos, Nagin was both scorned and praised for a tearful plea for the federal government to “get off their (behinds) and do something” and his now-famous remark that God intended New Orleans to be a “chocolate” city. In his concession speech, he reached out to his former enemies, thanking President George W. Bush for keeping his commitment to rebuild New Orleans and Gov. Kathleen Blanco for “what she is getting ready to do.” Landrieu, who served 16 years in the state House before being elected to his current post of lieutenant governor two years ago, touted his ability to bring people together and get things done. NEW ORLEANS – Mayor Ray Nagin, whose shoot-from-the-hip style was both praised and scorned after Hurricane Katrina, narrowly won re-election over Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu on Saturday in the race to oversee one of the biggest rebuilding projects in U.S. history. “I greet you all in the spirit of unity because if we are unified there is nothing we cannot do,” Nagin said in a joyful victory speech that took on the tone of Sunday sermon. “We are ready to take off. We have citizens around the country who want to come back to the city of New Orleans, and we’re going to get them all back,” he said. “It’s time for us to stop the bickering. It’s time for us to stop measuring things in black and white and yellow and Asian. It’s time for us to be one New Orleans.” With all 442 precincts reporting, Nagin had 52.3 percent, or 59,460 votes, to Landrieu’s 47.7 percent, or 54,131 votes. The scion of a political dynasty known as Louisiana’s version of the Kennedys, he’s the brother of Sen. Mary Landrieu and had hoped to be the first white mayor in a generation, since his father, Moon Landrieu, left office in 1978. Landrieu echoed the theme of his campaign – a call for unity – as he conceded to Nagin. “One thing is for sure – that we as a people have got to come together so we can speak with one voice and one purpose,” he said. “Join with me in supporting Mayor Nagin.” Fewer than half of New Orleans’ 455,000 pre-Katrina residents are living in the city, and a large number of blacks scattered by the storm have yet to return. Evacuees arrived by bus from as far as Atlanta and Houston to vote. More than 25,000 ballots were cast early by mail or fax or at satellite polling places set up around Louisiana earlier in the month – 5,000 more than were cast early in the primary. Nagin, who had widespread support from white voters four years ago, lost much of that support in last month’s primary but predicted a stronger showing this time. Results from Louisiana’s Secretary of State’s Office showed that he got it. Absentee and early votes went slightly for Nagin. And while the results showed Nagin carrying majority black precincts and Landrieu winning in majority white ones, Nagin pulled a significant crossover vote in some heavily populated predominantly white precincts in Uptown New Orleans. Turnout appeared to be on-par with the April 22 primary, when about 37 percent of eligible voters cast ballots.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

When Memorial Day is every day

first_imgMemorial Day is every day for Martha Smalley and Ethel Nolet, too. The two widows throw the cake and ice cream birthday parties at the nursing home. Their late husbands, Cliff Smalley and Gordon Nolet, spent a lot of time volunteering at the VA. The least they can do is carry on for them, their widows said. “We know our husbands would be proud of us,” Martha says. “It was important to them that veterans who had no family had someone visit them every week. “It’s an incredible feeling seeing the smiles on the faces of these men in the nursing home when you sing `Happy Birthday’ to them – let them know someone still cares and is thinking about them.” Memorial Day is every day for Dom Agatiello, 84, a World War II veteran wounded in combat. Proudly, he will tell you he never rose past the rank of private first class in the four years he served. “I never wanted to be the guy giving the orders,” he said, laughing. “Look at me now. I’m still taking orders more than 60 years later as the gofer around here.” But he wouldn’t have it any other way, Dom said, turning serious. There’s something special about being a VA volunteer, something he’s missed a lot since his wife passed away seven years ago. “All of us have lost someone we loved,” he said. “This is our family now. Right here.” Up the back stairs of the old, brick VA building where every day is Memorial Day. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (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 MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2So, five days a week, she climbs the back stairs at Building 20 at Sepulveda VA to work as a volunteer – in her own small way making good on a promise she made to young widows 36 years ago. She’ll pass Nate Elbaum and his wife, Rose, in the hallway of this old brick building where it’s Memorial Day every day. At 92, Nate is the oldest volunteer here and one of the most active. On Mondays, he deals poker in the nursing home, and on Wednesdays, he and Rose run the bingo games. The rest of the week, the Jewish war veteran who was a Navy radio man in World War II makes the rounds of the nursing home just sitting and talking to old vets on their last stop – making sure they’re getting what they need. “Life is more than just taking care of yourself,” Nate said, getting ready to make the rounds with Rose. “It’s about serving others. I’m not through serving my country yet.” They all have their own reasons for climbing these back stairs to work in the old, brick building where every day is Memorial Day. For Becky James, it’s a promise she made to Vietnam War widows in 1973 and 1974 as she handed them a folded flag at their husbands’ grave sites. “Almost all the women were young wives with children,” she said, climbing the stairs. “I cried at every one.” James was a young Air Force honor guard sergeant at March Air Force Base near Riverside. With each folded flag came the promise the country would never forget their husband, their dad. last_img


first_imgThe Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham.Gardai have launched an investigation after the Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham was destroyed by fire early this morning.The hall was recently renovated and was used as late as last Friday night to host a local birthday party.The alarm was raised just after 7am when flames were spotted coming from the building. Sections of the fire service and the Gardai rushed to the scene.However, extensive damage has been caused to the hall’s roof while countless artifacts inside were also destroyed.The Orange Hall in Newtowncunningham after is was badly damaged by fire this morning. Pic by Denis Hutton.A full investigation into what started the fire has been launched by Gardai.The hall was the scene of an arson attack back in 2010 when the doors and outside of the building was scorched. However it is suspected that an electrical fault could be the reason for the latest blaze.Local county councillor Paul Canning said there was nothing to suggest the fire was started intentionally.“Arson has not been mentioned but obviously we won’t know what caused the fire until the forensic examination is completed.“It is such a shame to see such a historic building destroyed like this.“The local community spent a lot of time renovating this building recently and that makes it even worse,” he said. ORANGE HALL GUTTED IN MYSTERY BLAZE was last modified: September 14th, 2014 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:Clr Paul CanningdonegalfireGardaiNewtowncunninghamOrange Halllast_img read more