1,024 stolen bridal gowns recovered

first_imgShe and Hansen repeated that sentiment Tuesday. “Our next event is April 27 and 28 in Chicago,” Hansen said. “We are going to hold the biggest gown sale you have ever seen.” brad.greenberg@dailynews.com (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It was an early Christmas miracle that turned the November theft of $3 million in wedding dresses headed to West Hollywood into a nationwide outpouring that helped grant the wishes of dying women. But last week, Making Memories Breast Cancer Foundation got a late Christmas gift when Border Patrol agents found the missing trailer – with half of the 2,000 stolen gowns still inside. “I am beside myself and overwhelmed with the recovery,” said Fran Hansen, co-founder and national director of the Oregon-based charity. “Everybody else sees gowns. I see wishes. These dresses are wishes.” The 40-foot trailer was discovered Thursday by Customs and Border Protection officers in Nogales, Ariz. The driver had been refused entry into Mexico by customs officials there, and when he turned around to go through U.S. Customs, officials became suspicious when they noticed masking tape covering the Making Memories logo on the side of the trailer. Inside, they found 1,024 gowns. The unidentified driver was arrested and the case turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which declined to discuss details. When the trailer was stolen in November from a Scottsdale, Ariz., parking lot, Hansen had been en route to a bridal sale in West Hollywood. The event was going to finance 20 Christmas wishes for women dying of breast cancer, but five days before the bridal sale, Making Memories had nothing to sell. Individuals and designers responded to the story by donating more than 4,000 dresses, and Wal-Mart donated a new trailer. “We are almost in a better position than we were before,” local chairwoman Suzanne Appel said at the time. last_img read more

Klopp willing to let Liverpool’s fringe players leave

first_img0Shares0000Jurgen Klopp is ready to do transfer business before the end of August © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 17 – Jurgen Klopp admits he is willing to allow some of Liverpool’s fringe players to leave before the end of the August.Reds boss Klopp splashed out £160 million ($203.8 million) on Naby Keita, Fabinho, Alisson Becker and Xherdan Shaqiri before the Premier League transfer window closed last week. Those deals mean Liverpool are open to off-loading players likely to be squeezed out of the match-day squad on a regular basis.Estonia defender Ragnar Klavan is expected to join Cagliari, while Simon Mignolet, Lazar Markovic, Sheyi Ojo, Marko Grujic and Dominic Solanke might all attract interest.Although English teams can’t buy players until January, they can still sell to European clubs for the rest of August and Klopp says business could be done at Anfield — but only at the right price.“I said before, in general, that it’s possible players could leave the club and that will happen if it’s good for everyone,” Klopp told reporters on Friday.“The transfer window closed in England and the whole of the world — the whole of Europe at least — was waiting for that moment and they start now trying, dumping (lower) prices to get good football players.“That will not happen. We are not in a financial need. No player would leave the club if I would not allow it. First the situation is, ‘How is the offer, how is the need for us?’.“I really think we could give a few players the opportunity but we have to see how many. I have no number in my mind at the moment.”Liverpool are regarded as the team most likely to challenge champions Manchester City.They kicked off their campaign with a 4-0 win against West Ham, but Klopp is not getting carried away.“People are still not used to enough good football from us, because if we are good we are ‘unbelievably good’. But we didn’t get anything for it so far,” he said.“We need to stay positive, very good, but stay angry as well. Don’t celebrate the whole week until Monday and then fall hard.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Jordan Ayew signs for Crystal Palace

first_imgThe fee was reported to be £2.5 million ($3.1 million).Ayew scored one goal in 20 Premier League games for Palace last season and is looking forward to playing for the club again as the season approaches.“I am very happy, I really enjoyed myself last season,” he told cpfc.co.uk.“I enjoyed the stadium, the fans, the boys — they were really good to me — everything here was positive and that’s why I decided to continue with Crystal Palace.”Manager Roy Hodgson said Ayew “certainly played his part in the club securing its highest-ever Premier League points tally in the last campaign”.Ayew, who scored two goals in the recent Africa Cup of Nations, is Palace’s second new recruit of the summer after the signing of goalkeeper Stephen Henderson from Nottingham Forest.The club have lost full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United and there are questions over the future of star man Wilfried Zaha, who continues to be linked with a move to Arsenal or Everton.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Jordan Ayew has signed a permanent deal with Crystal Palace © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Jul 25 – Crystal Palace have completed the permanent signing of Ghana forward Jordan Ayew from Swansea, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.Ayew, 27, spent last season on loan at the Eagles and will return to Selhurst Park after agreeing a three-year deal with the club.last_img read more

Blow for Liverpool? Sevilla agree deal to sign Borussia Dortmund striker on season-long loan

first_img Ciro Immobile 1 Liverpool have been dealt a blow after attacking target Ciro Immobile agreed to join Sevilla on a season-long loan.The Borussia Dortmund striker struggled in his debut Bundesliga season after joining the German outfit from Torino for £12.6million in July 2014.The 25-year-old made just seven league starts in a disappointing campaign, although he mustered an impressive four goals in his five Champions League appearances.The Reds were reportedly monitoring his progress, particularly with attacking reinforcements topping Brendan Rodgers’ transfer wishlist, but it appears Immobile has opted for a season in La Liga instead.The likes of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini are all expected to leave Anfield this summer after amassing just four league goals between them last season.last_img read more

Pay increases

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThanks, officials Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): Watch what you vote for! Voters more than a decade ago agreed to automatic pay raises for the City Council. I just knew those of us on Social Security should not have accepted our $2-a-year raise. Now, the City Council wants to keep up with us by accepting a slightly larger “windfall” raise. Thanks, “City Fathers.” – Beverly Triggs Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): Automatic pay raises for all elected officials is a joke. The City Council is a sneaky bunch. They sneaked in a third term in the last election. Now they get a raise along with the Superior Court judges. Are they holding court on the side? They will more than likely refuse this raise now. Next year when they get another increase they will automatically receive the one they turned down and any other increases in between. They should get increases based on their performance as is done in the private sector. If this was done, there would be some who would not get one. – Richard Laborico Lake View Terrace Granada Hills Their option Re “Salaries still soaring for L.A. officials” (Nov. 16): We’ve all heard it said that “Politicians work for us.” If that be the case, elected officials should be awarded raises only by a vote of the people. If politicians object to this process, then they have the option of resigning. – Clovis Kerr Castaic Five people Regarding your Nov. 15 story about the LAPD dropping plans to map Muslims, it occurs to me that Michael Downing, the head of the department’s counterterrorism unit, may better spend his time honing his math skills. He says there are a half-million Muslims in L.A., Orange, and Riverside counties and he believes that “99.999 percent of our Muslim population are integrated and healthy and spirited and align with us in protecting American values.” He certainly put an elaborate plan together to locate only five people – none of whom, perhaps, lives in this city. – Ronald Guilbert Tarzana Spinning Re “Good people must take stand against `Redacted”‘ (Viewpoint, Nov. 18): Bill O’Reilly … chairman of the New Film Review Board, the hypocritical arbiter of what’s right and wrong. Now he’s telling us, based on hearsay (since he hasn’t actually seen the film) that we “good people” must actively picket showings of “Redacted,” in order to “take a stand.” Then what do you know! What shows up on his TV show, “The O’Reilly Factor,” but a commercial for what? “Redacted”! Outrageous. “No Spin Zone,” huh? – Arnie Moore Sherman Oaks Britney In order to protect Britney Spears’ children, a judge has ordered her not to drive with her kids in the car. But what about protecting my children, and the children of all parents in our community from this irresponsible and dangerous driver? Britney should not be allowed to drive. Period. – Michael Wiener Encino Two good things Two good things happened in Reseda this last week. The first one was seeing that the beautiful holiday decorations now grace downtown Reseda thanks to the Reseda Neighborhood Council and Revitalize Reseda. They even got the trees trimmed so the decorations would be visible. The second good thing was that horrible mural on Rainbow Liquor was painted over. A mural there would be nice if it were pleasing to all who could see it, but that mural made one feel that gangs and taggers were being idolized. The artists could have showcased their talents by painting a mural that would be a positive thing for the community. – Jo Ann Okelberry Reseda160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

THE HOOPS REPORT: WE MUST KEEP WINNING, SAYS FORREST

first_imgThe Celtic squad are preparing for the harsh reality of Scottish Cup football – an away trip to face the ‘wee Rangers’ of Berwick.Confidence is naturally high in the Hoops squad following their 2-0 victory at Ibrox, and for James Forrest, who made his derby debut on Sunday, the cup-tie can’t come soon enough.And the 19-year-old showed maturity beyond his years in realising that the good result last weekend will be quickly forgotten if Celtic don’t get a good result this Sunday.“We’re going to need to start the way we started against Rangers and just take it from there,” he said, speaking exclusively to the official Celtic website. “Hopefully we can get a win because it would be disappointing to go out so soon after getting such a good victory against Rangers.“If we go out on Sunday then everybody instantly forgets about the Rangers game and talks about that one so we have to treat this game the same way.“I’ve seen some bad Scottish Cup games through the years, when we went out to Clyde and Inverness Caley Thistle, so hopefully this won’t be one that goes into the history books for the wrong reasons.”Berwick v Celtic is at 15.30 this Sunday. THE HOOPS REPORT: WE MUST KEEP WINNING, SAYS FORREST was last modified: January 6th, 2011 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Women’s Basketball Goes Undefeated in MVC for Second-Straight Season with 85-53 Victory at Valparaiso

first_imgFollowing Saturday’s game, the Bulldogs are the No. 1 seed for the MVC Tournament, March 8-11, at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. where they start defense of their 2017 MVC Tournament title on March 9 at 12 p.m. versus the winner of the Loyola vs. Valparaiso play in game the night before on March 8. Print Friendly Version Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.) was one of four Bulldogs in double figure points. Rhine poured in a game-high 25 points on an impressive 10-of-13 shooting performance. Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) scored 15 points. Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) recorded her second double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) filled the stat sheet with 10 points, four assists and four rebounds. In the third quarter, the Bulldogs limited the Crusaders to just six points on 15.4 percent shooting. Drake, led by Rhine’s eight points, extended its advantage to 71-38 after three periods. Drake built its advantage to 38 points at one point in the fourth quarter. HTML Box Score Brenni Rose (Shawnee, Kan.), who returned to action after missing the Loyola game Thursday, scored the game’s first points on a layup off a great assist by Maddie Monahan (Silver Lake, Minn.). Valpo answered, but Drake countered with an 11-0 run as the Crusaders quickly called timeout at the 6:40 mark, trailing 13-2. The Bulldogs led by 24 points late in the opening period, and held a 35-13 lead after one quarter. Hittner had eight points while Jonas and Rhine added seven points each. Valparaiso (12-17, 5-13 MVC) was led in scoring by senior and Cedar Rapids, Iowa native, Dani Franklin, who tallied a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Box Score VALPARAISO, Ind. – The Drake University women’s basketball team never trailed in an 85-53 victory at Valparaiso Saturday afternoon at the ARC Center. With the road win, Drake (23-7, 18-0 MVC) went undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference play for the second-straight season.center_img PDF Box Score Story Links The Bulldogs, who are the first MVC program to go undefeated in a regular season after its historic 2016-17 season, are the first Valley program to ever accomplish the feat twice. They have won 40-consecutive Valley regular season contests which is a league record for the Gateway/MVC era. Drake handed out 25 assists on 29 field goals. Monahan tallied six while Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) tallied five. Rose scored four points and had four assists. Dean had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists. Valpo outscored Drake, 19-16, in the second quarter, but the Bulldogs led 51-32 at the halftime break. Rhine scored 14 points while Hittner tallied 10 points.last_img read more

Urban organic agriculture in downtown Joburg

first_imgTurning upmarket bowling greens into food gardens … Volunteers at work tilling the soil to plant organic fruit and vegetables for the Bambanani Food and Herb Garden in Bertrams.Working on the food garden helps build a sense of community among the people living in Bertrams. Many of them, people who have moved to Johannesburg from rural areas, have the skills and knowledge to work the land.(Images: Bambanani Food and Herb Garden)MEDIA CONTACTS• Amon Maluleke076 873 9886• Maria Maseko082 464 9507Bambanani Food and Herb GardenRELATED ARTICLES• AgriHUB helps small-scale KwaZulu-Natal farmers• Africa can produce the food it needs• Kilimo Salama farmers’ safety • Rewarding efforts to save the planet • Farming in the heart of Joburg Discussions about the regeneration of Johannesburg’s inner city usually revolve around refurbishment of buildings and attracting business and residents into the city. But an award-winning project in downtown Johannesburg with the ambitious long-term aim of feeding poor people in the inner city is changing the conversation.Urban farming has taken root in the run-down suburb of Betrams, as part of a municipal programme to revitalise the city. The Bambanani Food and Herb Garden has reclaimed the abandoned bowling greens of the old Bertrams Bowling Club, once a recreation centre reserved for white people during the apartheid era. Now, the lawns have been turned over, furrows tilled, soil fertilised, and vegetables planted and harvested.Earlier in November 2013 the project won the Mma Tshepo Khumbane Award, from the Gauteng Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, for the best community-based natural resources management project in the province. Khumbane is a grassroots activist and the founder of the Water for Food Movement, which works in rural Gauteng. For 40 years she has tried to fight malnutrition and hunger by encouraging small-scale farming.‘No need to go hungry’The brim of Maria Maseko’s hat shades her eyes from the afternoon sun: it’s cloudless summer day with temperatures pushing into the 30s. One of the original volunteers at the Bambanani project, she takes in the familiar view of the dramatic Johannesburg skyline, with the iconic concrete tube of the Ponte Tower, and Ellis Park Stadium. “There is no need for anyone to ever go to bed hungry in Betrams, not when there is access to healthy affordable food right on their doorstep,” she says.Bambanani is just one of a number of art, sport and agriculture projects in downtown Johannesburg that are changing the way Joburgers experience their city. The garden is part of what is called Hope Village, a redevelopment project that includes a cricket oval and recreation centre for the kids of Bertrams and Hillbrow.Started with a R21 000 grant from the city in 2006 for seed and tools and the efforts of a group of 10 volunteers, the garden supplies cheap organic vegetables to the local community, and sells to street hawkers and the Bertrams Spar supermarket. The generosity of sponsors such as Talborne Organics and Jojo Tanks and the passion of people like Maseko and fellow volunteer Amon Maluleke has kept the project growing.Food and memory“We dug up the lawn and planted our first crop by hand,” says Maseko, who recently retired from Johannesburg’s Department of Social Development. “It was hard, backbreaking work but it’s a crucial part of the creation of a diverse ecosystem and an important bonding tool for the local community.”The gardeners use the companion planting method and their harvests are Participatory Guarantee Systems certified as organic. This allows the cooperative to also sell their products at local organic markets.“We grow our tomatoes next to our basil. This gives the tomatoes a rich taste, but more importantly the basil protects the plants from insects,” Maseko explains. She pulls a head of kale, known as shiyama to most Africans, out of the ground. It is a deep green and fills both her palms. It sells at the garden for R15 a head; at a supermarket it’s R30.As the suburb declined over the years, the Bertrams Bowling Club, the site of the garden, fell into disuse. The City of Johannesburg decided its two bowling greens would be better used to grow vegetables. The gardeners now produce an astonishing variety of vegetables, potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbage, chillies, spinach, kale, onions and butternut. The once-fallow plot is now a bright green space, filled with activity and colour.“This Congolese man brought us seeds indigenous to the Congo,” Maseko says. “He wanted us to plant them so he could he have a taste of home here. Those are the memories food can evoke.”‘They know how to work the land’Bertrams, and Johannesburg, offers a collection of stunning architecture and museums but to a transplant like Amon Maluleke, from rural Limpopo, the city lacked green space that would allow people with the skills to farm vegetables. “People come to the city and want to work in a job where they wear a tie but they don’t have the skills,” he says. “Like me they know how to work the land, they can feed themselves, they can feed their neighbours if they were given the space and the opportunity.”Maluleke came upon the inner city farm in July 2007 after he had been retrenched. He is now assistant groundskeeper at the adjacent cricket oval, home to the Johannesburg Cricket Club, and is studying towards a degree in ornamental horticulture.Bambanani also serves as a gardening academy, training nursery school staff from across the city in the art of vegetable gardening. Across Bertrams school grounds that would have been planted with flowers are now being turned into fertile corners bursting with freshly grown fruit and vegetables. These are, in part, driven by need, but spurred on by the efforts of the volunteers at Bambanani.“In the beginning the idea behind Bambanani was regeneration of the neighbourhood and to improve the health of its residents by making fresh organic fruit and vegetables available to them,” says Maluleke. “It’s taken hold of people’s imaginations. They see the importance of fresh, healthy food and the need for green, working space in the city.”Garden suburb, then and nowOriginally built as a suburb for the professional classes, Bertrams abuts Old Doornfontein, the preferred neighbourhood for the city’s wealthy entrepreneurial classes in the early days of Johannesburg. Today it’s a suburb in transition with a multicultural population of South Africans and African refugees building a vibrant community of small businesses and sports clubs.Bertrams can lay claim to some famous past residents. Robert Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, and colonial magnate Cecil John Rhodes lived on the ridge that today overlooks Ellis Park Stadium. Infamous serial poisoner Daisy de Melker did her misdeeds in the suburb. When it was incorporated into the city in 1897 Bertrams was known for its gardens and stables housing thoroughbred horses. Today it’s a part of the city most people race through with car windows closed and doors locked.What they miss as they speed through the neighbourhood is how the area is becoming a place of fecundity again. On the surface it seems to be on the brink of ecological and social collapse, but if you look closely you will see the green shoots of abundance.last_img read more

Nov. 8 report negative for soybeans and wheat

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileWith rains across the Midwest during the last half of October delaying harvest, a common thread of anticipation for this report suggested both U.S. corn and soybean yields would be reduced. The Nov. 8 report was negative for soybeans and wheat. Early gains in corn of 7 cents quickly evaporated.Many traders had also expected China’s soybean imports to be reduced. Various reports in recent weeks have suggested that China would be reducing the amount of protein used in their hog rations. This potential ration change has been discussed for months, it is not new news. USDA put their soybean imports with this report at 90 million tons. Last month it was 94 million tons. The June report estimated China’s soybean imports at 103 million tons.Soybean production was 4.60 billion bushels, the yield was 52.1 bushels per acre, and ending stocks were 955 million bushels. Last month the soybean production was 4.690 billion bushels with a yield of 53.1 bushels. Soybean exports were cut 160 million bushels. Ending stocks were up 70 million bushels.USDA’s corn production was 14.626 billion bushels with a yield at 178.9. Last month it was 14.778 billion bushels and a yield of 180.7 per acre. Corn ending stocks were 1.736 billion bushels. Ending stocks last month were 1.813 billion bushels.Just prior to the noon report, corn was up 3 cents, soybeans down 3 cents, and wheat was up 1 cent. Following the report, corn was down 2 cents, soybeans down 14 cents, and wheat was down 5 cents.Ohio producers continue to fight to get their remaining corn and soybean acres harvested. Rains that came on Monday for many were heavier than expected, already adding to high frustration levels with harvest not yet wrapped up. Across Ohio more rain is expected.Earlier this week USDA estimated the U.S. corn harvest at 76%. The 5-year average is 77% completed. Last year, corn harvested was just 68%. Soybean harvest this week was 83% while the 5-year average is 89%. Last year the soybean harvest was 89% complete.While not report day driven, farmers and many others want the U.S. Farm Bill to get wrapped up as soon as possible. In this fashion, producers can know what to expect. The goal has to be for this session of Congress to complete the Farm Bill. Otherwise, you have a crop of dozens of brand new legislators to be educated on this process. That scenario only drags out the process by months and into next spring.On trade it has already been suggested that with the U.S. House of Representatives now in the hands of the Democrats, they will be equally tough on the trade issues with China.last_img read more

Debt-ridden farmer’s body found in U.P.

first_imgBody of a 52-year-old farmer, who was allegedly upset over the non-payment of loans, was on Sunday fished out of a pond in Khalilpur village of Dhanari area in the district, police said.Ompal’s body was found in the pond near the village, the police said, adding that it has been sent for post-mortem.The deceased farmer’s son, Sachin told the police that his father was upset due to the non-payment of loans taken by him from different financial institutions. An investigation has been initiated, the police said.last_img