Wellington Council makes financial moves for revenue bonds; delays bulldozer purchase

first_imgby James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington City Council made some financial moves with revenue bonds designed to save money on interest payments, and put off the purchase of a bulldozer for the landfill at its meeting Tuesday. The simplest was the refinancing of general obligation bonds from 2008 and 2009, rolling them into a new single bond issue. The city should save around $52,000 in interest, financial consultant, said Wellington City Financial advisor John Haas. The second one was a proposal to get bids for a $4.8 million utility bond issue to help pay for the electric substation north of the city. This has been talked about for more than a year, and would make electricity more reliable for the city. It would also prevent short term outages that cause problems for industries like GKN on the north end of town. When creating the substation was first considered in 2013 the price tag was around $5.5 million. Haas was proposing the city allow him to take bids for the financing of the bonds. The city still has the option of either accepting the bids or doing nothing. The money to actually pay off this project will come from the utilities, and some from the recent rate increases. The recent rate increase was to replenish reserves as well. Haas said he would return at a meeting in January to recommend an underwriter for the bonds. At that point the city council will make the official decision of whether to proceed. This station was part of the rate increase talks that went on for more than a year. Councilman Jim Valentine questioned the project because of the city’s financial condition. Haas and other councilmen said the city had spent a lot of time talking about that while they talked about rates over the past year. Council member Kelly Green said the project “is an expansion that is a huge improvement to our infrastructure. This will benefit everyone in the city,” she said. “We have discussed this for hours and hours. We already have a lot invested in this.” Council member Vince Wetta said when GKN has a glitch out there with a power outage, it costs them $100,000. He wants to prevent that, and he believes it will make power more reliable throughout the city. “We have talked about this a lot,” he said. “This will close the loop. We have come this far and it is in the budget. We thought it was a good idea when we started it in 2013 and this is one more step.” The council then took up considering a bulldozer for the landfill at a cost of $374,000. Public Works Director Jeremy Jones explained that the current bulldozer was not made for the landfill type environment which is too rough for the terrain. The engine has major problems. They have spent more than $35,000 on repairs this year, and it is not running now. To get it running they will have to spend at least another $50,000. Vendors from Caterpillar and John Deere were at the meeting and talked about their products. They said a lease type arrangement might be a possibility, but it is hard to do because this is a very specialized application even for a bulldozer. Both of them said they were not interested in offering any trade for the machine the city has now, and one of them said it was not even worth towing to Wichita because of all its problems. It could be auctioned, and perhaps a farmer could use it on a farm to move dirt for a long time, but it is not fit for other types of work, Jones said. Currently, the city is renting a dozer and based on hours of use, costs $8,000 to $12,000 per month. Valentine questioned whether it might be better to just try to fix the old machine to save money. Councilman Kip Etter liked the lease idea, and wanted to hear more from the dealers about options in that area. Wetta said the dozer has become a money pit for the city and was interested in moving on to a new piece of machinery. “What we have to decide is whether to spend $100,000 to fix an old machine until something else goes wrong, or spend our own money and pay off the rest of it,” he said. Council members said they wanted to hear more about leasing options and to have more solid numbers before making a decision. That could happen at the next meeting this month.In other matters: •Wellington citizen Dianna Paige asked about a work session where a comment was unbecoming to a city employee. She also said private financial information on council members should be available to the public. We will have more information available on the story. •The council announced a work session for 5:30 p.m next Monday to talk about the golf course. The course has a fungus on the greens an the city needs to help the golf course figure out what to do about the problem and how to pay for it. The bulldozer may also be discussed. •There will be another work session at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 with members of the Kansas Power Pool. The KPP is having its convention in the next week or so, and some council members will attend. Officials of the KPP will come to the work session to give the city a presentation on how power rates are set, and other electrical issues. •The city also passed a resolution continuing an agreement with Union Pacific Railroad for the use of the land at Century Park. It was just a renewing of an old agreement at no cost to the city. •Mayor Shelley Hansel read a proclamation for Veterans Day which is Nov. 11. Also on that day the VFW and American Legion will have a program at the high school starting at 10 a.m.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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He is so focused on not spending any money today, that he’s completely satisfied risking the cost of increasing expenses down the road. Kicking the can is exactly what has left us in such dire straight throughout the City infrastructure. These project simply don’t get less expensive the longer you wait, that’s been proven time and time again. With his mindset, the City will never escape this cycle. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down Anne · 249 weeks ago My hope is that he will keep it up until our council stops spending money on projects like paving a parking lot at a seasonally used facility that you have to travel on a dirt road to access and filling unnecessary positions at the City of Wellington. Yes, kicking the can is what has gotten us in this mess. However, we as a city have got to be smarter about prioritizing the items that money is spent on or we will never dig out. You can’t ask for more money and keep spending as we currently are. There have got to be cuts made. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down SuCo Pride · 249 weeks ago You’re right Anne, those projects absolutely need to be questioned and scrutinized. What I see from him though is simply a No attitude that is getting in the way of progress. Items like the dozer and electric facilities are part of that progress, and to simply dismiss them without the appearance of much thought does us all a disservice. Spending $50k on a dying piece of equipment is a bad decision. Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Sue · 249 weeks ago Arkansas city commission approved a used dozer at the cost of $129,000. What was the cost of the dozer the city wanted to buy? Report Reply 0 replies · active 249 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down no name · 248 weeks ago Jim wants to be the Martyr and make the appearance that he is the city do gooder. Most fail to realize that Jim was on the council when all this spending occurred. Mist of the time voting yes along with the others. Most of these voted have been discussed in work sessions so the outcome is usy not a surprise. Easy to be a martyr when you already know the outcome d. What is sad is we have a council member proclaiming or comparing city employees to the BTK and a mayor that needs to learn that less is more. God blessed her with two ears and one mouth for a reason. Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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first_imgMike Smith11422221719%$2,546,971 Jeff Bonde38102426%$381,976 MITCHELL MEMORIAL MONDAY AT SANTA ANITAA public memorial for longtime Southern California trainer Mike Mitchell will take place Monday, April 20 at Santa Anita. The service, which is to start at 1:30 p.m. and run until 3 p.m., will be held in the track’s Chandelier Room.Mitchell, who passed away following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66 on Tuesday, trained in California for nearly 40 years and is survived by his wife, Denise and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux). Additional surviving family includes his four siblings; a twin sister, Cheryl, and three brothers, Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey.The Mitchell family has arranged for their pastor and the choir from their church, Fellowship Monrovia, to address those attending. There will also be a few other short speeches from designated speakers.At the request of the family, donations may be made in Mike Mitchell’s name to the Southern California Race Track Chaplaincy of America (RTCA). The family has also requested that light refreshments be served at the memorial. Guests should enter by car through Gate 5 and follow signage to the Mitchell Memorial in the Chandelier Room. Mario Gutierrez1161116109%$586,302 Drayden Van Dyke22623282610%$1,507,553 OPPORTUNE TIME FOR FANTICOLA TO TRY 10 FURLONGSFanticola runs in her longest race yet when she goes in Saturday’s Grade III, $150,000Santa Barbara Handicap for older fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf, but trainer Phil D’Amato feels she’s up to the task.“She’s trained in the morning like she can run longer,” D’Amato said of the 5-year-old mare, whose longest race in 14 career starts has been at a mile and a sixteenth. She won that race on the front end at Hollywood Park in December of 2013.“She’s doing really good right now, so I just thought this was the opportune time to see if she can go a mile and a quarter,” D’Amato said. “She’s really shown a lot of strong gallop-outs in her last couple drills, which leads me to believe she can run longer, and we’re going to give it a shot.”The field for the Santa Barbara: Three Hearts, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Tangelo, Mario Gutierrez, 20-1; Fanticola, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Queen of the Sand, Drayden Van Dyke, 9-2; Walk Close, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Diversy Harbor, Gary Stevens, 3-1; Industrial Policy, Brice Blanc, 8-1; Habibi, Flavien Prat, 6-1; and Arethusa, Kent Desormeaux, 12-1. Flavien Prat16318192111%$1,010,914 Eddie Truman2574228%$349,170 Martin Pedroza18218272410%$784,894 Jack Carava55710813%$223,370 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Tyler Baze33650443615%$2,787,538 Tiago Pereira1321891514%$516,612 Ron Ellis651551023%$605,440 Edwin Maldonado13318151414%$637,454 Kent Desormeaux21334382816%$2,100,220 Gonzalo Nicolas997557%$208,616 Gary Stevens10518151817%$1,607,488 A. C. Avila2572328%$208,298 Santiago Gonzalez14719172113%$865,164 Richard Baltas851716720%$760,585 Michael Pender5589615%$222,200 Elvis Trujillo24227352611%$1,568,498 Steven Miyadi46106622%$338,670 O’NEILL SENDS OUT TWO IN LA PUENTE STAKESDoug O’Neill has no delusions of winning the Kentucky Derby with Ernest Shackleton and Perfect Temptation this year, but he does expect them to run well in Saturday’s $75,000 La Puente Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf.“Ernest is already proven on turf, so we’re excited about him,” said O’Neill, who saddled 2012 Santa Anita Derby winner I’ll Have Another to win the Run for the Roses that year. “Ernest was fourth in his last start (the Pasadena Stakes at a mile on grass March 21) but he bobbled at the start.“That was his first race with (Felipe) Valdez, and he’s come back and worked the horse, so we’re looking for a big effort from him.“Perfect Temptation is a big, good-looking gelding we always thought had potential, so hopefully he can repeat his win last out, even though this is a step up.”Perfect Temptation, owned in part by University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, broke his maiden on the lead in a $75,000 maiden claiming race at one mile on March 8.The La Puente field: Anytime Anyplace, Kent Desormeaux, 4-1; Papacoolpapacool, Gary Stevens, 9-5; Perfect Temptation, Flavien Prat, 8-1; Hero Ten All, Tyler Baze, 7-2; Rockin Robin, Joe Talamo, 6-1; Pretentious, Santiago Gonzalez, 15-1; Ernest Shackleton, Felipe Valdez, 12-1; and Ride Hard Kowboy, Drayden Van Dyke, 4-1. John Sadler14323201916%$1,533,220 Rafael Bejarano30572484224%$3,592,248 Felipe Valdez10113121613%$431,237 Corey Nakatani11419111617%$933,348 Aaron Gryder9171188%$448,170 Martin Garcia15430201719%$2,761,970 Brice Blanc6473611%$352,638 Doug O’Neill19224182513%$1,161,832 Philip D’Amato8420121524%$940,050 Victor Espinoza18937352820%$2,531,716 Joseph Talamo25527274311%$1,875,618 DOMINANT SO-CAL TRAINING GREAT MIKE MITCHELL DEAD AT 66Trainer Mike Mitchell, an iconic and dominant figure on the Southern California racing landscape for nearly 40 years passed away Tuesday at his home in Monrovia following a lengthy battle with brain cancer at age 66.Born April 25, 1948 in Bakersfield and the son of a trainer, Earl Mitchell, Mike Mitchell worked for legendary trainers Farrell Jones and Willard Proctor prior to taking out his first trainer’s license in 1974. Married in 1982 to the former Denise Weaver, Mitchell is survived by his wife and their two daughters, McCall (Rounsefell) and Shea (Leparoux).Known primarily as a wizard at the claim box, Mitchell had a finely tuned ability to analyze the way races would be run and the ability to communicate pertinent pre-race information to those in his employ.“The thing about Mike that I loved was he had so much faith in himself, so much confidence,” said retired Hall of Fame jockey Laffit Pincay, Jr. “He was one of my biggest supporters and we had a lot of success together. He knew his horses and every time he told me a horse was doing well, they ran that way. When I rode for Mike, he never gave me instructions and when I rode for him, I had a lot of confidence. He was a great trainer with claiming horses and with stakes horses. He was one of the best I ever rode for.”Santa Anita’s leading Winter Meet trainer in 1992-93, and again in 2007-08, he handed his stable over to his longtime assistant, Phil D’Amato on April 21, 2014 and retired due to his illness as Santa Anita’s fifth all-time leading trainer with 659 wins, behind only Bobby Frankel, Charlie Whittingham, Bob Baffert and Ron McAnally.Mitchell’s first Santa Anita stakes winner was Johnny’s Image, who won the 1978 Santa Catalina Stakes (now run as the Robert B. Lewis), and he saddled a total of 20 overall stakes winners at The Great Race Place, his final added money win here coming with Egg Drop in the Grade II Goldikova Stakes in 2013.“Mike was a very aggressive guy when it came to where he was placing his horses,” said veteran jockey agent, Scotty McClellan, who represented several top riders during Mitchell’s career, including Darrel McHargue, Chris McCarron, Alex Solis, Corey Nakatani and Joe Talamo. “He always ran them in live spots. There were a lot of times a horse would run good and I’d be looking for a race for $40,000 (claiming), and he’s looking for a race for 25 or 32 (thousand). He did phenomenal with his claims over the years and if he said he had a runner, believe me, it was a runner.”McClellan also touched upon the kind of person Mitchell was.“As competitive as he was, Mike loved to laugh,” he said. “He just loved to laugh and hear new jokes–and play practical jokes. He was a great trainer and a great person as well–one of the best I’ve ever been around.”Mitchell, who won his first race at Bay Meadows in 1974, won 21 overall training titles in Southern California. In addition to his two Santa Anita Winter Meet titles, he won four training titles at Santa Anita’s Oak Tree Meeting; in 1983, 1995, 1996 and 2004. He also took seven overall Hollywood Park titles that included the 1982, 1985, 1993 and 1997 Spring/Summer Meets, and Hollywood Park Fall Meets in 1983, 1996 and 2011.Del Mar’s all-time leading trainer with 476 wins, Mitchell won seven Del Mar titles; 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1995, 1996 and 2011. He was also leading trainer at Fairplex Park in 2008.“I haven’t seen too many guys that were ever better with a condition book than Mike,” said TVG’s Kurt Hoover. “He knew where to place his horses and when to run ’em. In addition to that, I’ve known several people that had great success with Mike as their trainer, but they all say that along with racing success, the fun they had with both Mike and Denise was just as important.“On top of all of his professional achievements is the fact that he had a great family. You could see that they all genuinely enjoyed being together. He was an all-around good man.”Although known (and feared) as one of the top claiming trainers of all-time, Mitchell also developed a number of stakes winners, including the top sprinter Kela, who provided him with his first Grade I win, in the 2004 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar.His greatest stakes success came late in his career with Irish-bred Obviously, who won five graded stakes, including the Grade I Shoemaker Mile, between August, 2012 and August, 2013. Obviously also finished third for Mitchell, behind eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan, in the 2012 Breeders’ Cup Mile at Santa Anita.In addition to his wife and two daughters, Mitchell is survived by a twin sister, Cheryl, and brothers Earl, Jr., Guy and Casey. Funeral services are pending. Peter Miller16631292119%$1,513,176 Thomas Proctor5887314%$582,328 STEVENS SEEKS FOURTH DERBY VICTORYGary Stevens knows his way around Churchill Downs as well as anybody, having wonthe Kentucky Derby three times, with the filly Winning Colors in 1988, Thunder Gulch in 1995 and Silver Charm in 1997.The 52-year-old Hall of Fame rider hopes to make it four on May 2 when he rides Sunland Derby winner Firing Line in the mile and a quarter classic for Simon Callaghan, who trains the son of Line of David for owner Arnold Zetcher.Stevens knows it won’t be easy, this year especially.“This is the best group of 3-year-olds as a whole that I can remember, dating back to when I was a little kid,” Stevens said. “This will be my 21st or 22nd Derby, but as far as depth goes, it’s there, with American Pharoah, Carpe Diem, Dortmund, Firing Line, Frosted–even Far Right, El Kabeir and the colt that won the Lexington Saturday, Divining Rod.“It’s going to be an interesting Derby, and I’m excited about it, not just for my horse, but to see so many other good ones. It’s fun to be a part of it.” Mark Casse63106916%$810,186 J. Eric Kruljac6287913%$379,140 Peter Eurton9215131516%$884,196 Fernando Perez2151825278%$894,418 Mike Puype11014161513%$613,146 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won William Spawr5176614%$208,940 Bob Baffert11426191523%$2,961,772 BEHOLDER’S OWNER LOOKS FORWARD TO GRADE I VANITYB. Wayne Hughes, a successful fixture in Southern California before moving to Kentucky where his Spendthrift Farm is one of the world’s major breeding facilities, was a visitor at Clockers’ Corner Thursday morning.Hughes was expected to be on hand to see a colt he owns a share of, Cyrus Alexander, run in today’s third race. Hughes also owns two-time Eclipse Award winner Beholder, ticketed for the Grade I Vanity Stakes on May 9 and a possible meeting with streaking California-bred stakes winner Warren’s Veneda.“I actually came out to see Melvin (Stute) and Henry (Moreno) and friends here,” Hughes said. “Beholder’s race in the Santa Lucia (April 10) was as good as we could have hoped for.“I know there’s another really good mare out here in Warren’s Veneda, so May 9 is going to be a good day for racing. It could be a bad day for us, but overall I think we’ve got a nice horse and I think we’ll be very competitive.”Cyrus Alexander, a Medaglia d’Oro colt also owned by Stonestreet and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, has been favored in each of his six starts, three times at odds-on. He is the 9-5 morning line favorite in today’s one mile test.FINISH LINES: Agent Scotty McClellan has Joe Talamo booked to ride Louisiana Derby third-place finisher War Story for trainer Tom Amoss in the May 2 Kentucky Derby . . . Bob Baffert will ship Santa Anita Derby runner-up One Lucky Dane to Louisville for the Run for Roses on April 26, along with unbeaten Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund . . . Cozmic One, the first foal from 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta, makes his long-awaited debut in Friday’s second race at one mile for John Shirreffs, who trains the 3-year-old colt by Bernardini for owner/breeders Jerry and Ann Moss. Jon White, who makes the morning line at Santa Anita, notes that the race will be a rematch of sorts. Also entered is Volume, whose sire is Blame. Volume will be racing on dirt for the first time after finishing 10th on the grass in his career debut on March 28. It was Blame who edged Zenyatta by a head in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Churchill Downs, the only loss in Zenyatta’s 20-race career . . . With his 3 ¾-length victory aboard My Monet for trainer Ricky Agarie in Sunday’s sixth race, apprentice Gonzalo Nicolas posted his 40th career victory, thus losing two pounds from his weight allowance. The 24-year-old native of Guatemala represented by agent Vince DeGregory now rides with a five-pound advantage . . . Santa Anita Handicap winner Shared Belief is the 2-5 morning line favorite against eight rivals to win Saturday’s $1.5 million Charles Town Classic . . . Kudos to Eclipse Award-winning writer Joe Clancy for giving a shout out to California Chrome trainer Art Sherman and his aides on the announcement that Clancy will receive the David F. Woods Memorial Award for excellence in journalism at the May 14 Alibi Breakfast at Pimlico. Clancy said in part, “The California Chrome story was a great one to tell and really couldn’t have been told so well without the cooperation of trainer Art Sherman and the whole team.” . . . Condolences to family and friends of Paul “Biff” Lowry, 87, a racing publicist and executive for more than 50 years, who passed away April 9 in St. George, Utah. Lowry, reared in Los Angeles, started his career in 1947 at Hollywood Park and retired in January 2001, when the racing community held a luncheon in his honor at Santa Anita. FOND MEMORIES OF MIKE MITCHELL, DEAD AT 66D’AMATO REMEMEMBERS MENTOR MITCHELLLONGEST TRY FOR FANTICOLA IN SANTA BARBARASTEVENS: DEEPEST KENTUCKY DERBY IN MEMORYDOUG O’NEILL ENTERS PAIR IN LA PUENTE STAKESWAYNE HUGHES ON HAND TO SEE COLT RUN TODAY Mark Glatt8715181217%$675,802 Jerry Hollendorfer17330222717%$3,333,138 (Current Through Sunday, April 12) Hector Palma3875318%$195,440 D’AMATO CREDITS SUCCESS TO FATHER FIGURE MITCHELLTrainer Phil D’Amato understandably had nothing but fond memories of Mike Mitchell,who died Tuesday.“He was more than just my boss for a decade,” D’Amato said on a picturesque Thursday at Clockers’ Corner.“He was my mentor and he was a father figure to me. The reason for my success so far has everything to do with Mike Mitchell. It’s everything I’ve learned from him.” Richard Mandella7317101323%$1,031,476 James M. Cassidy761081313%$444,160 Steve Knapp4172317%$289,447last_img read more

Beermen off to fiery start

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—Showing no signs of a championship hangover, San Miguel Beer put its Grand Slam bid into high gear right in its first game in the PBA Governors’ Cup by routing Blackwater, 118-93, on Saturday at Ynares Center.The result made coach Leo Austria say something he had never said before.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Meanwhile, the Road Warriors collide with Phoenix Petroleum at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday as action returns to Smart Araneta Coliseum.NLEX is coming off a win over the Elasto Painters, who are now at 1-2. Yeng Guiao and his rejuvenated Road Warriors are shooting to extend a five-game winning streak dating back to their last two games in the Commissioner’s Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 2 PH riders join London cycling fest “I think this is our best start (coming off a championship),” a satisfied Austria said after his Beermen held the short-handed Elite to 36 first-half points. “I’m so proud of my players (because) despite the long break, they were very sharp.”Wendell McKines scored 19 points and had 12 rebounds and five assists while four locals also finished in twin digits. McKines, Marcio Lassiter and June Mar Fajardo combined for 32 points in the first half and almost outscored Blackwater, which fell to its third straight loss.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’Overshadowed by the Beermen’s explosive debut was Meralco’s 89-73 ripping of Rain or Shine in the second game that gave the Bolts a piece of the early lead with NLEX.Allen Durham scattered 23 points, had as many rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists. Jared Dillinger backed him up with 19 points built around four triples. View commentscenter_img Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Exclusive – Tottenham legend behind Carroll’s prolific form, says West Ham boss Allardyce

first_imgSam Allardyce has praised West Ham United striker Andy Carroll for his current fine form and believes a Tottenham Hotspur legend is behind it.The England striker has been beset by injury problems during his time at Upton Park and only managed two goals in 15 appearances last year.But the 26-year-old has now hit a purple patch in the Premier League and scored his second goal in three matches during the Hammers’ 3-0 victory over Hull.And Allardyce reckons it’s thanks to help of attacking coach Teddy Sheringham, who spent seven seasons at White Hart Lane across two spells.“Andy has now scored five in the last eight league games so he’s starting to become more prolific with his goalscoring ability,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show. “It was a very good goalscorer’s goal against Hull City.“He followed the shot in from Enner Valencia. It was spilled by the keeper and he has got that little tap in.“It shows he’s building his awareness and, probably, the sort of stuff Teddy [Sheringham] is talking to him about is helping.”last_img read more

Two hurt on set of Adam Sandler comedy

first_img 160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe injuries occurred during the filming of a scene for “You Don’t Mess with The Zohan,” said a spokesman for Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group, which is distributing the movie. “Our thoughts right now are with the stuntmen and their families and we hope that each recovers swiftly from their injuries,” Steve Elzer said in a statement. Sandler visited the hospital Monday evening to check on the stuntmen, KCAL-TV reported. Two stuntmen suffered burns during an accident on the set of Adam Sandler’s latest comedy, officials said Monday. One person was burned on the hands and legs and another on the back during filming on the Universal Studios back lot, said Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla. Both victims, whose identities were not released, were taken to a hospital, he said. One was listed in serious but stable condition, and the other in stable condition at Grossman Burn Center in Sherman Oaks, said hospital spokeswoman Debbie Groveman. No fire was reported, and officials were investigating what caused the injuries, Padilla said. last_img read more

Three injured in Woodland Hills house fire

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WOODLAND HILLS – Three men suffered smoke inhalation early today in a fire that destroyed their two-story apartment, officials said. The blaze was reported at 7:19 a.m. in an apartment in the 20500 block of Ventura Boulevard. It was doused in 20 minutes by 86 firefighters, said Ron Myers, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department. Two 19-year-old men and a 25-year-old resident were treated at nearby hospitals for smoke inhalation, he said. Flames were confined to one unit, which sustained an estimated $125,000 in damage and $40,000 in damages in belongings.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Pet Rescue is to close because of a lack of volunteers.The animal charity, which was set up 15 years ago, has helped to re-home literally thousands of cats and dogs across the county.The decision has been met with shock by the many people the charity has helped with many messages of support and disappointment on social media. A spokesman for the charity said they have tried to replace their animal foster co-ordinator but have failed to do so.“Now with the increasing demand put on our services and the decrease in committed foster homes our committee have been left with the decision to begin winding down our services,” said a statement.The charity currently has a number of animals in its care and over the next number of months they will continue to rehabilitate and re-home the animals.“We will begin the process of contacting all our creditors and affiliated organisation to inform them of our decision. We will continue to advertise lost and found pets on our Facebook page,” added the statement. A final message from the charity said poignantly: “It is with great sadness that we have come to this decision and we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has helped us succeed over the years. Special thanks go out to everyone that has adopted and helped the charity in any way.”SHOCK AS DONEGAL PET RESCUE CONFIRM THEY ARE TO CLOSE DOWN was last modified: February 1st, 2016 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:catsclosuredog founddogsdonegalDonegal Pet RescueShocklast_img read more


first_imgThe first Rundonegal Women’s 5k takes place in the stunning surroundings of Glenveagh this Sunday.The event will take place around the Castle and the adjoining National Park with an 11 am start. The new running/walking initiative is the first of what is hoped will be an annual affair.It is being organised with the backing of Donegal County Council and supported by the goodwill of the local residents in the Glenveagh area. The idea for the women’s event came from the current Council Mayor Cora Harvey.She hopes that in the years ahead each new Mayor will make the Rundonegal Women’s 5k an annual event for selected charities.This year, Mayor Harvey has chosen the Diabetes Federation and the local Strengthening Families programme as the benefitting charities.The entry fee is €10 and the run and walk will be under the direction of a very experienced organising group including Grace Boyle, Bridgeen Doherty, Neil Martin, Danny McDaid and Patsy McGonagle. Behind them is another very strong support group many of whom were involved in the North West 10k which was such a success.In the past fortnight between the 10k and the Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge, over 3200 people have taken part in these recent runs and walks. Entrants have done the events not only for their own benefit but for a range of very worthwhile causes.Never was there more awareness and participation in healthy outdoor exercise. That is clearly demonstrated on a daily basis by the huge volumes of people out walking and jogging along with those engaged in the more competitive running sector.The Rundonegal 5k organisers are inviting all women regardless of age to come along and enjoy a fun event while supporting Mayor Harvey’s two nominated charities.Runners and walkers can register next Sunday morning from 9 am in the Visitors Centre. And bring along an extra couple of euro….the buns at the Castle cafe are particularly delicious!The weather forecast for Sunday morning is looking good too; so get along and enjoy!EndsHUNDREDS GET READY FOR GREAT GLENVEAGH RUN (AND TREAT YOURSELF TO CREAM BUNS AFTERWARDS!) was last modified: May 13th, 2011 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)last_img read more

QuickBooks tips and tricks to cut your bookkeeping time in half

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAsIt is not uncommon for business owners to find themselves knee-deep in the daunting task of “catching up on the books.” At our firm, we often see clients spending more time than is required doing so because they are not aware of some very handy features of the accounting software. There are several tips and functions within QuickBooks — a popular choice for many business owners — that can save hours when preparing financials and performing bookkeeping functions. Some of the most common and most time saving functions are listed below. Memorized transactionsFor transactions that occur every month and are the same amount, QuickBooks can memorize these transactions and book them automatically on a certain day of the week, month, or year, saving a significant amount of time entering the same information over and over. For transactions that vary in amount every month, there is an option to memorize the transaction for when you want to use it. Even though it’s not automatically created, it saves time required in selecting the vendor, customer, or accounts in a journal entry. The entry and all of its information is saved in the memorized transaction list. When selected, amounts can be changed before booking. Bank feedsSetting up your bank account to feed any activity into QuickBooks is a huge time saver. When set up correctly, QuickBooks pulls activity from your bank account into the file, where you then review it. When reviewing, a vendor or customer is selected along with the correlating account to which it is coded. By using bank feeds, the time spent manually entering each individual transaction is eliminated. It also ensures that all activity from the bank statement is imported, making the bank reconciliation process less time consuming. Keyboard shortcutsEven though keyboard shortcuts may only save a couple of seconds when they are used, those couple of seconds can add up to minutes, saving valuable time in doing the bookkeeping. Some of the most common keyboard shortcuts are listed below.Pull up Chart of Accounts — Ctrl + ACreate an Invoice — Ctrl + IPull up Customer List — Ctrl + JCreate Journal Entry — Ctrl + YWrite a Check — Ctrl + WDelete the selected line in a transaction — Ctrl + DelInsert a Blank Line — Ctrl + InsSave Transaction — Alt + SPrint — Ctrl + P Search featureUsing the search feature of QuickBooks can save hours and hours of time looking for a transaction that may have occurred several months or years ago. If you know some of the information about a transaction you are looking for, then the search feature is the way to go. After pressing Ctrl + F a box will appear that allows you to search in various different ways. Whether searching for a bill, check, invoice, payment, vendor, customer, or journal entry, this feature can find it all, no matter when the transaction occurred. There is also the option to search by the dollar amount of the transaction. This feature has saved not only my client’s time, but I also find it very useful and a huge time saver myself.For those business owners who want to minimize the amount of time needed to keep up their books, these tips and tricks can make the process a lot less tedious. For more information on QuickBooks or QuickBooks training, contact us today. Brian E. Ravencraft, CPA, CGMA is a Principal with Holbrook & Manter, CPAs. Brian has been with Holbrook & Manter since 1995, primarily focusing on the areas of Tax Consulting and Management Advisory Services within several firm service areas, focusing on agri-business and closely held businesses and their owners. Holbrook & Manter is a professional services firm founded in 1919 and we are unique in that we offer the resources of a large firm without compromising the focused and responsive personal attention that each client deserves. You can reach Brian through www.HolbrookManter.com or at BRavencraft@HolbrookManter.com.last_img read more

Caregiver Mini Series: 444 Days in the First Year (Part 2)

first_imgThe Waiting RoomThere I sat on the cool leather couch staring out of the large panoramic glass window that looked out into the hallway of the waiting room.Occasionally the door would open with a nurse, volunteer, or a fellow waiting room family member coming in or out.  Quiet conversation could be heard throughout the waiting room, as I continued to sit in my new ‘home away from home.’I would watch a little T.V. or watch the hands of the clock continuously chase each other around and around.  “Is this room getting smaller?”  I asked myself.   I would pray, “God please give me strength because I don’t know how much longer I can possibly sit here.”Some days I just wanted to leave, I needed a break, a walk, anything to get some fresh air.  I just wanted to be anywhere but within the confines of that waiting room.Caregiver’s Advice to Professionals and Military FamiliesThe “waiting game” is something most military families are accustomed to.  We become numb to the geographical separations we endure, and learn to hope for the best while expecting the worst.  Or so we think, or so I thought…I am not sure I could have ever prepared myself for what would prove to be the wait of my life–the unknown of whether or not I would get to see my service member today or if he would even make it to a new day. I was trapped in a waiting game.I can distinctly recall the myriad of conflicting feelings I felt as I sat day-in and day-out, trying my best to patiently wait for the next time I would be allowed to go back and see my service member.  Watching others pass through the halls, the changing shifts of doctors, nurses and volunteer workers.  I remember thinking on more then one occasion, “I just want to leave”.  I had no real plans of truly going anywhere, I just wanted to be anywhere but right there in that moment.  Of course those feelings were always quickly replaced by feelings of guilt, shame, and embarrassment.  “How selfish”, I remember thinking. How dare I wish to be anywhere else other than there waiting on my Soldier?No one ever told me these feelings were okay.  No one ever told me that I could leave, take “a breather”, a break from it all, and not have to feel guilty.  Sure, people would say, “you have to take care of yourself,” but what did that even mean?  So there I would sit, embarrassed, scared and extremely anxious as I continued to wait.  Watching the clock until the minutes turned to hours and the hours into days.It seems as if these types of feelings are seldom spoke of, and I cannot help but to reflect upon my own personal experience and wonder why as professionals we are not more aware of how it is not just the service member who suffers.  Expectations of recovery should at least in some ways revolve around the wounded family as a whole.  Just as the wounded service member begins immediate treatment, perhaps the family as a whole could benefit from some type of immediate, hands on (i.e., outside of online or web-based groups or forums) family therapy, or support group, or at the very least information on where to find such support.I was fortunate enough to have an amazing support group.  I had family with me at all times, and I became very close to another wounded family who arrived only a few weeks before us.  The waiting room volunteer’s whom we were blessed with were amazing, and the doctors and nurses who worked with my husband everyday were more than willing to listen to any concerns I had.  However my worry is that not every family will be this fortunate, not every family will have such a strong support group.   As professionals, I think it is our duty to educate ourselves on how to help wounded service members in the most holistic way possible, beginning with the family members who wait.Missed Part I of the series? Go to ‘The Phone Call’ for read the first installment of the series. The caregiving mini-series, 444 Days in the First Year, was written by Tabitha McCoy. Tabitha is a contributor to the MFLN–Military Caregiving concentration team and is a former military caregiver to her husband, SGT Steve McCoy. In this mini-series, Tabitha shares her personal story of caregiving, loss, grieving, and transitioning, as well as insight and advice for both professionals and family caregivers as she recounts the 444 days following her husband’s injuries and then unfortunately his death in June 2008.Tabitha holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and is currently a graduate student at Valdosta State University where she is pursuing her Masters degree in Marriage and Family.last_img read more