Not so Pleasant Valley

first_imgThe day was expertly marshalled by John Mason for whom Rudyard Kipling undoubtedly penned “If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you, If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you…etc.” But, again, Kipling never played Pleasant Valley as it was this day.John PreddyMemorial TournamentOn Wednesday, 23rd November the Pattaya Golf Society hosted the annual John Preddy Memorial Tournament.  John was a lifelong PGS member (the group formerly known fifteen years ago as the “Bunker Boys”).  This day would have been John’s 78th birthday and his memory was certainly honoured with a fine golf tournament at Khao Kheow, on the A and B nines off the yellow tees.The format was the usual “best three from four” stableford team event and there was also an individual trophy for the holder of the best stableford score of the day.  The course was in splendid condition and a quality field went off on time.During the day many references were also made to other good friends of the PGS and other Pattaya golf groups who sadly are now no longer with us – friends like Jack Robertson, Jean Morel, Don Nellis and George Robinson – and most golfers had a special moment for the memory of one or more of the absent friends.The team event was won by the Danish-Thai fourball of Christian Boysen, New Satita, Torben Lingaard and Mogens Melander with 121 points, with the runners-up being the team of Steve Truelove, Gerd Riedler, John Fenwick and Roger Rees with 116 points.The individual event was won with an excellent score of 41 points by John Coetzee, Roger Rees coming second with 38.  In all, five of the golfers broke par and most also won one or more of the eighteen technical prizes sponsored by Mr Len and the PGS.Mike Firkin sponsored the consolation prize and this was presented to the team of Gary Bolger, Wayne Peppernell, Ken Page and the unfortunate Stu Thompson who had to withdraw after the first hole with a hip/side injury.The presentation was a special affair with a superb buffet provided by the team at the Links Bar, the PGS “clubhouse”, and the guests of honour were Jim and Donald Preddy, brothers of John and they presented the prizes for the event as well as sponsoring the winners’ trophies.Every Pattaya golfer has a particular memory of a dear Pattaya friend who no longer walks the fairways of the province and in future the event will be an opportunity for golfers to come together to share fond memories and thoughts of their friends.  In golf you can lose form, touch and even shots but in life special friends are there forever.Cooper’s coup at EmeraldFriday at Emerald is always a popular Pattaya Golf Society fixture and on the 25th November a large group of PGS regulars visited to play a stableford round on the course which was in presentable condition with fairways soft in places.It was good to have a number of old friends back, especially Austrian golfer Peter Ditz who has not played for many, many months since enduring a painful back condition.  Peter was joined by John Holmes and Terry Pipe also back for their annual golf “fix”.As always Emerald tested patience and skill and when Lady Luck is with you scores can be good.  In fourth place on 30 points was Wichai Tananusorn, deserting his Chiang Mai fruit farm for more pleasurable pursuits and two points better was Tony O’Neill in third with 32 points.  John Holmes returned in style with a second place 35 points, leaving Mark Cooper the top spot with 37.  The ‘2’s pot was shared by Mark and Ken Page. IPGC Pattaya Golf SocietyA cloudless sky dawned over Pattaya on Monday, 21st November as the Pattaya Golf Society took to the road to play a stableford competition from the blue tees at Pleasant Valley.  How disappointing it was to find a course undergoing green maintenance!  Full marks to the management team however as they charged the full amount, so as not to drain the company’s coffers.  “Customer service” is obviously way down their list of concerns.The John Preddy Memorial trophy.The PGS group viewed the situation stoically and proceeded to bite the bullet and as a result some more than reasonable scores emerged.  In third place was the consistent Peter Wilson with 33 points, again recording the best gross of the day, 80 shots.  He found himself three points behind the joint winners Stuart Thompson and Richard Dobson on 36 points.Liverpool golfer Dave Heyes, playing his first return round found his rhythm on the fifth hole to record a birdie ‘2’, as did Peter Wilson and the lucky man to emerge from the non-winners’ draw was Huw Phillips, currently grossly out of touch with his game.last_img read more

Ready for landing

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‘Thank you’: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami

first_imgMOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Bosh immersed himself in Miami’s rich Latino culture. He knew some Spanish when he joined the Heat, and he’s learned quite a bit more since, he said — noting that the language skills will be a tool he can use the rest of his life.“Learning how to order a cafe con leche o ropa vieja on Calle Ocho has become natural to me,” Bosh wrote.Bosh has played in 13 NBA seasons, seven with Toronto and then six with Miami. He was part of Miami’s massive free-agent haul in 2010, in which the Heat not only kept Dwyane Wade but landed LeBron James to form the core of a superteam. Bosh has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his career, and the Heat announced they are retiring his No. 1 jersey.Bosh did not mention blood clots in his letter, but discussed how his six-day hospital stay for the clot and other issues in 2015 still affects his overall perspective.“And then came not being able to play the game I love, the game that I’ve spent a lifetime working to master and evolve with and find success in,” Bosh wrote. “I was very upset for a long time. They say you just have to play the cards that you’re dealt and that’s another lesson I truly understand now. Learning that information about my health during All-Star Weekend was extremely tough.”ADVERTISEMENT Amanda Nunes cites sinusitis for skipping fight at UFC 213 Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis LATEST STORIES Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Bosh returned to the game as an analyst for Turner Sports late last season, and there have been talks about him continuing to work in television. He will be paid the remaining $52.1 million from the last two years of his contract, but that money will no longer count against Miami’s salary-cap obligations — and that enabled the team to sign other players to free-agent deals last week.Even though he has been deemed to have a career-ending condition, Bosh could play again if he chooses to and if a team gives him medical clearance. Getting such clearance would be, at best, daunting.“I’ve learned how to dream again,” Bosh wrote. “I’ve learned how to appreciate the game of basketball and all the things I’ve experienced even more now. … We went through life together, Miami. You showed me how to stay strong and push through in the toughest moments. And although I didn’t like it at the time, it made all the difference in the long run. It made me a better man, the person I am today. Thank you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Bosh has written an open letter to Miami, thanking the city for supporting him for the past seven years. Bosh published the letter on Sunday, July 9, 2017, without any mention of his current health status or any plans for his basketball future. He was waived by the Heat last week, and hasn’t been able to play in an NBA game since February 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)MIAMI — Chris Bosh has written an open letter to Miami, thanking the city for supporting him for the past seven years.Bosh published the letter on Sunday, without any mention of his current health or plans for his future. He was waived by the Heat last week, and hasn’t been able to play in an NBA game since February 2016.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop View comments Bosh’s career has been interrupted by blood clots; one shut him down at the All-Star break in the 2014-15 season, another shut him down at the All-Star break again a year later. He failed his preseason physical with the Heat last September and missed all of last season, and it is unclear if he will pursue a return to the court elsewhere.Under league rules , he cannot play for the Heat again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But in his letter, Bosh chose to reflect more on the good times he had since joining the Heat in 2010 and playing such a huge role in the team going to the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons and winning two championships.“I’ve been reflecting on my time in this great city and want to thank you for being a constant during a period of change in my life,” Bosh wrote. “I’ve experienced a few finals appearances, a couple of championships, several weddings (including my own), the birth of four kids, bonding with an entire community and a ton of ups and downs along the way.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Justin Brownlee, Stanley Pringle power Ginebra past NLEX

first_imgPBA IMAGESBATANGAS — Flaunting a new weapon, Barangay Ginebra cruised past NLEX, 100-85, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday night at Batangas City Coliseum here. Beloved import Justin Brownlee and latest acquisition Stanley Pingle figure served as the defending champion’s one-two punch in the thumping of the Road Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks “You got two guys like that—it’s like you have Steph Curry and Kevin Durant,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone told reporters after the contest.Brownlee and Pringle accounted for 37 and 16 points, respectively to lead the Gin Kings attack that hiked their record to 4-3 and added to the woes of the Road Warriors in the midseason conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“That third quarter revolved around Stanley and Justin feeding off of each other,” the decorated mentor said.But his praises came after a sigh of relief. “Tough conditions tonight, playing a second game,” he added, noting of the humid state of the venue. “The game gets worse and worse as it progresses. The more the guys sweat, the more drops are on the floor. One little drop makes a guy fly.“I was frightening for our players. As much as we wanted to thrill the fans as they are paramount to us, we got to remember that the players are the assets. And without those assets, we couldn’t put out a good product for the fans,” Cone added.Pringle and NLEX import Tony Mitchell both suffered a slip and a bad fall midway through the contest.“The last thing you want is a key guy falling down on a slip … but to the credit of the ‘punas’ guys, they really came out every moment they could,” Cone said. “I’m glad we got through it and we got through it with a win.”NLEX leaned on Poy Erram, who had 20 points and 14 rebounds. Mitchell tossed in 17 and eight, while Kenneth Ighalo and Jericho Cruz both posted twin-digit scores.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img LATEST STORIES Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge MOST READ Stanley Pringle dazzles in Ginebra debut 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Ginebra faces Phoenix this Friday, while NLEX will try to cram wins in its last three games beginning against Rain or Shine on the same day. The matches are slated at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruptionlast_img read more

UP rallies past Adamson anew, tightens grip of 2nd spot

first_imgThe scores:UP 81 — Paras 21, Manzo 17, Ju. Gomez de Liano 15, Akhuetie 12, Rivero 7, Ja. Gomez de Liano 5, Tungcab 3, Webb 1, Mantilla 0, Murrell 0, Prado 0, Spencer 0.ADAMSON 77 — Chauca 19, Ahanmisi 13, Camacho 11, Lastimosa 9, Manlapaz 5, Douanga 4, Magbuhos 4, Fermin 3, Mojica 3, Sabandal 3, Yerro 3.Quarters: 11-19, 36-37, 57-66, 81-77. “Although this is a big win for us, we need to focus on the next, because this will all be for naught if don’t win our next games,” said UP coach Bo Perasol, whose team faces National University on Wednesday.The Maroons still have to play fellow Final Four contender De La Salle on Sunday, before their rematch with Ateneo on Oct. 30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Kobe Paras scattered 21 points, Jun Manzo finished with 17 points and Juan Gomez De Liaño posted a season-high 15 points for the Maroons, who once again dealt the Falcons another heartbreaking defeat.UP also beat Adamson, 83-82, in overtime in their first round meeting last month. Manzo scored five points in the last 4:02, while Paras drained a triple to shatter a 76-all deadlock with 1:25 left. Bright Akhuetie helped seal the victory, 81-76, with two foul shots time down to 1:08 remaining.Adamson seemed to find a response each time UP came alive in the game with Joem Sabandal answering De Liaño’s triple with one of his own for a 72-60 advantage with 7:10 left.But there was no stopping UP’s onslaught from there.Ricci Rivero hit a corner triple and De Liaño scored on a fallaway jumper to trigger the comeback. Paras’ short stab tied the game at 74 before Manzo completed a steal and finished an uncontested layup forthe go-ahead basket.The loss left the Falcons teetering at the brink of elimination after dropping to 4-7 for sixth spot.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist ‘Gago’ MOST READ Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Photo from UAAPANTIPOLO—University of the Philippines unleashed another furious rally in the fourth quarter as it overcame Adamson, 81-77, Sunday night to firm up its hold of second spot in UAAP Season 82 basketball tournament at Ynares Center.The Fighting Maroons crawled out of a 12-point hole in the last seven minutes to secure their seventh victory in 11 games and stay half a game ahead of University of Santo Tomas in the race for the secondsemifinal bonus.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruptioncenter_img 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel escapes Columbian behind Dez Wells LATEST STORIES ‘People evacuated on their own’ DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bustlast_img read more

United and City keep Premier League pack at bay

first_img0Shares0000LONDON, England November 29 – Robin van Persie scored the fastest goal of the English Premier League season as Manchester United stayed a point clear at the top with a 1-0 win over West Ham at Old Trafford on Wednesday.The Dutch forward needed just 33 seconds to give United the lead when, after receiving the ball from Michael Carrick, his first touch eluded Winston Reid before his finish deflected off James Collins and looped over Hammers goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen. Van Persie’s goal was all the more extraordinary as, prior to Wednesday’s match, United had conceded the first goal 13 times already this season.“We’ve got the three points and are still ahead in the league,” United manager Alex Ferguson told MUTV.“It was a hard night and we played a lot of good football but we never quite finished them off. West Ham fought really hard and made it difficult for us.”United remained just a point in front after reigning champions and local rivals Manchester City, who won 2-0 away to Wigan.City, the only unbeaten side in the top flight, looked like they might be held to a frustrating draw before striker Mario Balotelli scored his first league goal of the season in the 69th minute.And three minutes later England midfielder James Milner made it 2-0 with a powerful shot.“It was important because it’s always a difficult game because they play very well,” City manager Roberto Mancini told Sky Sports.“I think Mario can do better. He scored one important goal but can continue to improve. For me, he did not play very well.”European champions Chelsea suffered their second straight home goalless draw, under interim manager Rafael Benitez, a derby stalemate with Fulham doing little for his approval rating with the sceptical Stamford Bridge faithful.Chelsea moved up one place to third but, more significantly, they are now seven points behind United.“I am a little frustrated,” said Benitez. “The team is well organised and created chances against a team that works hard, so you can see us going forward, but still we have to improve.”Van Persie’s effort trumped that in an earlier kick-off match of his former Arsenal team-mate Theo Walcott, who took a comparatively sedate 52 seconds to give the Gunners the lead at Everton.But Everton equalised through Marouane Fellaini 20-yard strike in the 28th minute at Goodison Park.The draw left Arsenal, searching for their first major trophy since 2005, 12 points off the lead.Tottenham moved into fifth with a 2-1 win at home to Liverpool.Aaron Lennon put Spurs ahead in the seventh minute at White Hart Lane after good work by Gareth Bale before the Welshman doubled their advantage in the 22nd minute with a deflected free-kick.Bale, however, gave Liverpool hope with a 72nd minute own-goal although there was little he could do when Lennon, trying to clear Steven Gerrard’s goalbound header, smashed the ball into the winger’s face.West Bromwich Albion kicked off in a lofty third place but soon found themselves brought back down to earth as they conceded three goals in half an hour during a 3-1 defeat at Swansea.Michu and Wayne Routledge (twice) got on the end of Pablo Hernandez crosses before the Baggies pulled a goal back before half-time through Romelu Lukaku.At the Britannia Stadium, Stoke came from behind to beat Newcastle 2-1.Newcastle’s Papiss Cisse opened the scoring in the 47th minute before the hosts hit back with two goals inside the final nine minutes from Jonathan Walters and Cameron Jerome as the Magpies suffered their fourth successive league defeat.Southampton remained in the relegation zone after a 1-1 draw at home to Norwich in referee Mark Clattenburg’s first match in charge since being cleared of racially abusing Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel.Rickie Lambert gave the hosts the lead at St Mary’s before Saints keeper Paulo Gazzaniga somehow allowed Robert Snodgrass’s free-kick to squirm under his body as Norwich levelled.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

This is an INCREDIBLE Juventus Champions League line up!

first_imgWith the French maestro sitting behind strikers Filippo Inzaghi and Alessandro Del Piero – who replaced Fabrizio Ravanelli and Gianluca Vialli from the 1996 Champions League-winning side – the Juve attack would torment defences at home and abroad over the next few seasons.Marshalling the midfield in those years was a mixture of future Juve manager Antonio Conte, Dutch star Edgar Davids and France’s 1998 World Cup-winning captain Didier Deschamps, with a tough as nails back line usually consisting of Paolo Montero, Mark Iuliano and Ciro Ferrara in defence and highly rated Angelo Peruzzi in goal.Patrolling the flanks, Gianluca Pessotto and Angelo Di Livio provided a ferocious work-rate and tenacity in defence and attack, to make up a team that combined sumptuous football with traditional Italian solidity.This team would evolve into Lippi’s 2002 and 2003 Serie A winners; a side that returned to Europe’s grandest stage only to agonisingly lose the 2003 Champions League final on penalties to Milan.For that 2003 final at Old Trafford, Davids, Del Piero, Montero and Ferrara were still in the starting XI, but had been joined by goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, France’s Euro 200 hero David Trezeguet in attack, the indomitable Lilian Thuram in defence and the maestro Pavel Nedved in midfield, though suspension ruled him out of the final.Fast forward to 2015 and Juve have not been a force in Europe for some time, but with a quarter-final against Monaco – who they beat to reach the ’98 final – they will feel the time is ripe to set that record straight, especially as Massimo Allegri’s men are 12 points clear at the top of Serie A to leave them with few distractions.Until they can translate their domestic dominance to continental glory, the Juventus faithful will be left looking back at their magnificent 1990s team for a reminder of what it feels like to be the best… Juventus may be cruising to a fourth Serie A title in a row – and an Italian record 33rd overall – but the Italian champions have found Europe harder to conquer down the years. The present team are aiming to reach the club’s first Champions League semi-final since 2003, but in the second half of the 1990s they were permanent fixtures in the last four, reaching three Champions League finals in a row.In that period Juve were undoubtedly the best club side in Europe, although sadly for the Italian giants they won just one final – the 1996 clash against Ajax where they triumphed 4-2 on penalties.Defeats to Borussia Dortmund in 1997 and Real Madrid in 1998 put a stop to any hopes of a league and European double in 1997 and 1998, while it took a Herculean effort from Man United’s all-conquering 1999 side to deny Juventus a place in a fourth consecutive showpiece, when they were beaten 3-2 in a titanic semi-final.Despite these defeats, Juventus had achieved their aim of unseating AC Milan as not only Italian football’s top dogs, but also Europe’s most feared club side.In the early 1980s Juventus could boast one of the best teams in the world, with French star Michel Platini the key man in a team that won the club’s first European Cup.But that victory was achieved in tragic circumstances at Heysel Stadium in Belgium, where 39 mostly Italian supporters lost their lives.After clinching the league in 1986, Juventus then endured a barren spell in Serie A and had to watch as rivals Milan stepped up to claim four league titles and three European Cups/Champions Leagues in the late 1980s and early 1990s, reaching two more European finals to boot. Two UEFA Cups (in 1990 and 1993) kept Juventus in silverware, but it wasn’t until Marcello Lippi arrived as manager in 1994 that they truly emerged from the shadow of a great Milan team.Lippi claimed Juventus’ first Serie A title in nine years in his first season at the helm, as well as the Coppa Italia, with more titles following in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2003 as the Turin club reasserted their claim to be Italy’s best.But it was the 1996 Champions League victory over the holders, Ajax, that showed Europe just how good Lippi’s team was. They soon added the UEFA Super Cup and the Intercontinental ‘World Club’ Cup to their 1996 trophy haul, having added a certain Zinedine Zidane to the ranks. Juventus lift the 1996 Champions League trophy 2 2last_img read more

Home sale prices mixed

first_imgTehachapi’s July median was $300,000, down from the record $329,000 set the month before. The Tehachapi July median was up 14.2 percent from a year earlier. Los Angeles County’s July median was a record $522,500, up from $520,000 in June and 7.7 percent ahead of a year earlier. Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the highest median home prices in California during July 2006 were: Los Altos, $1,652,000; Manhattan Beach, $1,457,750; Burlingame, $1,425,000; Newport Beach, $1,375,000; Rancho Palos Verdes, $1,200,000; Mill Valley, $1,198,000; Lafayette, $1,170,000; Calabasas, $1,138,750; Santa Barbara, $1,047,500; Los Gatos, $1,030,000. Statewide, the 10 cities and communities with the greatest median home price increases in July 2006 compared with the same period a year ago were: Taft, 58.1 percent; Hercules, 35.1 percent; Morgan Hill, 33 percent; Barstow, 32.1 percent; Mill Valley, 31.3 percent; San Juan Capistrano, 29.7 percent; Loma Linda, 28.3 percent; Lodi, 24.9 percent; Compton, 24.8 percent; Laguna Niguel, 24.8 percent; Inglewood, 24.3 percent.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Lancaster home sale prices in July fell to their lowest price since February, while Palmdale prices rebounded to equal the record set there that same month. Lancaster’s median July price for both new and resale homes dipped to $325,000, down $10,000 from the month before, and Palmdale’s rose $10,000 to $375,000. Both cities’ median prices were the same as in February. Lancaster’s July median was 12.1 percent ahead of July 2005 prices, and Palmdale’s was 15.4 percent ahead, according to sales statistics released by the California Association of Realtors. Lancaster prices peaked at $340,000 in April. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesStatewide, home sales decreased 29.9 percent in July compared with the same period a year ago, while the median price of an existing home decreased from to $567,360 from the record $575,800 set the previous month. July’s statewide price was 5.1 percent ahead of July 2005. “Today’s market is slowing as sellers maintain often unrealistic pricing expectations and buyers have more properties to choose from,” said CAR President Vince Malta said of the statewide situation. “In addition, unlike the slowdown we experienced in the 1990s, homeowners today are not under duress to sell due to job losses. The urgency that characterized the market for the last few years is now gone for all but well-priced properties.” With California’s homes-for-sale inventory levels double that of a year ago, annual price appreciation for the state slowed from the double-digit rates of 2005 to less than 10 percent this year, he said. However, the 7.5-month supply of homes for sale in July remains far below the peak of February 1991 – the worst of the 1990s home-sales slump – when there was an 18-month supply on the market. In Rosamond, the July median was $285,000, down from $295,000 in June and the record $297,500 set in April. Rosamond’s July median was 4.8 percent ahead of prices a year earlier. last_img read more

At least $1 billion needed to get on this list

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsGates has held the No. 1 spot for the last 13 years while Buffett has been No. 2 every year since 1994 except 2000, when Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp. held that spot. Adelson’s expanding net worth is related in no small part to his decision to open a casino two years ago on the island of Macau, an emerging gambling haven off the southeastern coast of China. Profits are growing rapidly thanks to the Las Vegas Sands Corp.’s Macau casino. Adelson personally and through family trusts controls 70 percent of the company, Las Vegas Sands spokesman Ron Reese said. Forbes estimates Adelson earned about $1 million an hour over the past two years. In the second quarter alone, the Sands Macau property saw net revenue jump to $310.4 million, up from $205.1 million a year ago. To tap the demand from gamblers in Asia going forward, the Sands Corp. plans a second property on Macau and a casino in Singapore. The two Google Inc. founders were also big earners. Sergey Brin and Larry Page gained about $13 million a day over the last two years, according to Forbes. That puts them in 12th and 13th place, up from a tie at 16th place last year. NEW YORK – These days, it takes a billion – at least. For the first time, Forbes magazine’s list of the 400 richest Americans consists exclusively of people worth $1 billion or more. As a group, the people who made the rankings released Thursday are worth a record $1.25 trillion, compared with $1.13 trillion last year. In the billionaire-athon, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson pole-vaulted to No. 3 from 15 in last year’s ranking, finishing behind the mainstays at Nos. 1 and 2: Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Adelson is now estimated to have $20.5 billion, Buffett $46 billion and Gates $53 billion. Page and Brin also share the distinction of being, at 33 years old, the two youngest people on the list and two of only eight who are younger than 40. The list was led off by technologists, such as Gates, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Dell Inc.’s Michael Dell and Ellison, and rounded out by five members of the Walton clan who have fortunes amassed from sales by the world’s largest retailer. Ellison, with $19.5 billion, moved to fourth place from fifth, while Allen, last year’s No. 3, was fifth this year with $16 billion. Dell fell to a tie at ninth place from fourth in last year’s list; he is worth $15.5 billion Adelson’s ascension knocks Helen Walton, the wife of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. founder Sam Walton, into 11th place with a net worth of $15.3 billion. Her children ranked in the bottom half of the top 10 this year. Each was worth between $15.5 billion and $15.7 billion, Forbes reported. Martha Stewart, founder of the eponymous Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc., fell off the list completely.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

Red Cross Remembers 9/11 With Blood Drives in French Lick/Bloomington

first_imgThe American Red Cross supports 9/11 Day by offering the community an opportunity to honor those who lost their lives and the heroes who responded following the tragic events of Sept.11.Two ways to participate in 9/11 Day are to volunteer or donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross and help ensure blood is available for patients in need. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Each year tens of millions of Americans and people around the world observe the anniversary of 9/11 by performing good deeds that help people and communities in need.9/11 Day was launched in 2002 as an annual day of service to honor the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. Since then, the observance has evolved into the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the U.S. and was designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance by the U.S. Congress in 2009.Jay S. Winuk, co-founder of 9/11 Day, lost his brother Glenn in the Sept. 11 attacks. Glenn J. Winuk, an attorney with the law firm Holland & Knight in downtown Manhattan, served as a volunteer firefighter and EMT for almost 20 years. After helping evacuate the Holland & Knight offices where he was a partner, he raced to the nearby World Trade Center’s south tower to participate in the rescue efforts. He died in the line of duty when that tower collapsed – a first response medical kit was found by his side.“The growth of this observance from a grassroots initiative into the nation’s largest day of charitable engagement speaks directly to the true compassionate nature of millions of Americans and our shared desire to focus on our common humanity,” said Jay S. Winuk. “With its engagement in 9/11 Day, the Red Cross will make a significant impact, and we’re confident that blood donors, volunteers and organizations from coast-to-coast will answer this call for help while honoring the heroes of 9/11.”Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood, so regular donations are needed. Blood and platelet donors of all types are urged to give.“The Red Cross is proud to support 9/11 Day and empower members of our communities to give blood and volunteer to commemorate this anniversary while making a profound contribution to community preparedness,” said Donna M. Morrissey, director of national partnerships, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Giving the gift of life to someone else is a way to continue the healing process in the face of tragic circumstances most Americans couldn’t imagine before that day.”Those who would like to observe 9/11 Day by donating blood or platelets are encouraged to make an appointment to give at one of the following locations:Central Christian Church, 303 Buchanan Drive Lawrenceville, IL 624399/8/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Dr. Columbus, IN 472019/9/2016: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.Ivy Tech Community College, 4475 Central Ave. Columbus, IN 472039/8/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Hope Moravian Church, 202 Main St. Hope, IN 472469/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.Johnson County Public Library, 401 State St. Franklin, IN 461319/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.Walmart Greenwood, 1133 N. Emerson Rd. Greenwood, IN 461439/10/2016: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.9/7/2016: noon – 6 p.m.9/8/2016: noon – 6 p.m.9/9/2016: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.9/10/2016: 8 a.m. – noon9/15/2016: noon – 6 p.m.Stonecroft Health Campus, 363 South Fieldstone Dr. Bloomington, IN 474049/6/2016: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.Ivy Tech Community College, 200 Daniels Way Bloomington, IN 474049/7/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Sam’s Club Bloomington, 3205 State Road 45 Bloomington, IN 474039/9/2016: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.Alpha Phi, 908 East Third St. Bloomington, IN 474069/12/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.Indiana University Cyberinfrastructure Building, 2709 East 10th St. Bloomington, IN 474089/14/2016: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.Indiana University Health Bloomington, 601 West Second Street Bloomington, IN 474039/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.Beechwood Christian, 8535 West Highway 56 French Lick, IN 474329/7/2016: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.How to donate bloodSimply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit and follow the instructions on the site.About the American Red Cross:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.About 9/11 Day9/11 Day is the largest annual day of charitable engagement in the United States. Each year tens of millions of Americans and countless others throughout the world observe September 11 by performing good deeds that help others. The goal of 9/11 Day is to keep alive the spirit of unity and compassion that arose in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, providing a positive, helpful way for people to annually remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those that rose up in service in response to the attacks. The organizers of 9/11 Day encourage everyone to observe 9/11 this year by putting aside their differences, if any, joining together to help those most in need, and working more closely to make our world better and more peaceful. 911day.orglast_img read more