The global covenant between the parties reaches further. After the constructive conversations of the Viana Palace, it was agreed to draft a code of conduct for football, applicable to all its managers, managers and agents, that can serve as a reference for other professional sports, and that allows strengthening an honest and sincere dialogue and facilitating good relations between the different football institutions.L The Higher Sports Council (CSD), LaLiga and the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) have agreed to return to professional football training, a fact that is subject, in any case, to the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic and the decisions adopted by the Ministry of Health. Thus, it will occur as long as sanitary circumstances allow it and under strict health protocols.After the meeting of more than eight hours that took place last Saturday at the Palacio de Viana (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, EU and Cooperation), the president of the Council, Irene Lozano; the president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas; and the president of the RFEF, Luis Rubiales, also pledged to dedicate part of the resources generated by the audiovisual rights of football to a rescue of the rest of the federated, Olympic and Paralympic sports. Further, the presidents of LaLiga and the Federation signed a commitment to create a contingency fund of 10 million euros – to which other entities such as the Association of Footballers AFE will invite to participate – to help the most vulnerable athletes. The parties also undertake to work together and in a coordinated manner abroad, to contribute to the reputation of Spain and to the strengthening of our image as a country of safe sport. In this context, the Iberian candidacy for the 2030 soccer world cup takes on special importance, an event to which the Government will lend its full support, understanding that understanding in soccer is essential for the possibilities of our country.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Test captain Jason Holder says that one of his main goals is to transform the Caribbean side into a tightly knit unit, and he believes that this will be the catalyst for any turnaround in the team’s fortunes. The Caribbean side has endured a torrid time in Test and One-Day International cricket over the last decade and currently ranks eighth and ninth, respectively, in either format. Holder said that with West Indies bringing together players from several nations, the challenge was always to get them playing as a collective. “Cricket is played on the park so I always stress for guys to share as much information as possible. Communicate with one another and make sure that whenever we step on the park, we step as 11 unified players,” Holder told CBC Radio’s cricket show Mid-Wicket, here. The 25-year-old Holder has led West Indies in 12 of his 20 Tests and 28 of his 49 ODIs but has overseen a tough period for the Caribbean side during which they have struggled to find extensive success. He has also presided over a young, inexperienced team and has been charged with moulding a winning unit. Holder, who is preparing to lead Barbados Pride in the Regional Super50 starting next week, said that his hope was to create the same level of unity in the West Indies side that exists in regional sides. ALWAYS A CHALLENGE “You would get such camaraderie for instance in a Trinidad team or in a Barbados team where they are all Barbadians or all Trinidadians, but when you are mixing the countries up in terms of players coming out of the Leewards, the Windwards, Barbados, Guyana, it’s always a challenge,” Holder explained. “You haven’t spent that much time around certain players. You’re just basically getting to know them.” Holder was one of the youngest-ever Test captains of West Indies at age 23 and the 15th youngest captain of any Test team.
Brooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ST. LOUIS — The roars were unlike anything Brooks Koepka had ever heard, and he knew exactly what they meant.They got louder for each birdie by Tiger Woods that moved him closer to the lead Sunday in the PGA Championship, and Koepka could hear a ripple effect of noise. First, real time. Seconds later, another burst from patrons watching on TV in chalets. Then, distant cheers from every corner of Bellerive when the score was posted.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “We knew what was going on,” he said. “It’s pretty obvious when Tiger makes a birdie. Everybody on the golf course cheers for him.”Koepka knew exactly what to do.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Amid relentless pandemonium, Koepka ran off three straight birdies to end the front nine and seize control. When he was tied with Adam Scott through 14 holes, with Woods one shot behind, he delivered back-to-back birdies.The last one was a laser of a 4-iron from 248 yards that settled 6 feet away, sending him to a dream finish of a year that began with the 28-year-old Floridian wondering if a wrist injury that kept him out four months would ever allow him to compete again. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And now this.The only downer is having to wait eight months for the Masters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA: No go Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Even with two bogeys, Woods shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major. He finished at 266, beating by three shots his best 72-hole score in a major.At this major, it wasn’t enough.“I played hard,” Woods said. “I made a bit of a run. It looks like I’m going to come up a little short.”Koepka was responsible for that.After wasting one chance to put it away by missing consecutive birdie chances from 7 feet, Koepka kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No. 15 and 7 feet on No. 16 to end the drama. He tapped in for par on the final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264. It also tied the major championship record that Henrik Stenson set at Royal Troon two years ago in the British Open.He also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.“Three majors at 28 — it’s a cool feeling,” said Koepka, who five years ago was toiling in Europe’s minor leagues.Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka’s birdies. Scott missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have pulled him to within one shot — right after Koepka missed from the same range — and then made bogey on the 18th for a 67 to finish alone in third.The only knock on Koepka is that he doesn’t win enough elsewhere — the Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour, the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and two victories at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour.“He’s won three majors now, so he’s definitely winning the right ones,” Scott said. “If I was him, I wouldn’t change much at the moment. I’d just keep doing what he’s doing because he’s showing up at the right moments in the biggest events. There’s something inside his brain that makes him believe that that’s what he’s destined to do.” The St. Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods — he last was at Bellerive when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks canceled a World Golf Championship — and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time.Thomas Bjorn might have seen it coming. Earlier in the week, as he was cleaning out his locker after withdrawing with an injury, he thought back to Woods getting into contention at Carnoustie last month at the British Open. “He recognized who that guy was that day,” Bjorn said.Woods was relentless, pumping fists, raising the putter in his left hand, making birdies and charging toward a finish that caused pure pandemonium among one of the largest and noisiest crowds at a major.Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two.Dialed in on the back nine, he dropped an approach into 4 feet on No. 12, got within one shot with a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 13th and, after a bad drive led to bogey, he answered with another approach that hit a foot from the hole.That was as good as it got.Facing the most important drive of the day on the par-5 17th, Woods sent it sailing to the right and it embedded in a hazard along the banks of a creek. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker. Behind him, Koepka holed his two birdie putts.Woods and Koepka played nine holes of a practice round Wednesday, and the 14-time major champion knew what he was up against.“It’s tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle,” Woods said. “What he did at Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he’s doing the same thing here. … And when a guy’s doing that and hitting it straight, and as good a putter as he is, it’s tough to beat.”Koepka never imagined a year like this. He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters. He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years. “That will probably go down as probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit under pressure,” he said.He closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory over Woods and took his place among the elite in golf. Koepka became the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year, joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.It will be impossible to overlook him now, not with the Wanamaker Trophy to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Koepka won two of the three majors he played this year, and three of his last six. Not since Woods won four in a row through the 2001 Masters has anyone won majors at such an alarming rate.And yet it still felt — and certainly sounded — as though he played second billing to Woods.The crowd was enormous, louder than anything in golf this side of Augusta National or a Ryder Cup, and Woods looked closer than ever to capping his comeback from four back surgeries with another major.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments
Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, and Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier (10) go after the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic threw about everything they had at Houston’s James Harden and the strategy worked. Barely.Orlando rallied in the fourth quarter to squeeze out a 116-109 win over Houston on Sunday behind 22 points apiece from Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon, and 17 points from Evan Fournier.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray lead Nuggets past Trail Blazers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Houston led much of the game and was up 105-98 when Harden made a pair of free throws with 4:34 left.From there, however, he was 1 for 5 from the field, including three misses on step-back 3-pointers. His teammates were 0 for 3 during that span, giving him no help when the game was being decided.“The problem is you can’t rely on (Harden) to be super human every night,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We have to have some contribution from other guys. I thought they came in with a lack of focus on the defensive end and it carried over on the offensive end. We didn’t play well.”Harden agreed with his coach.“We scored enough points to win,” Harden said. “We didn’t have our focus defensively, like we have the last few weeks. We gave them 70 points or something in the second half (actually, 64). You give a team like this some confidence and open shots and they made them. It’s pretty simple.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30-point games to 16, but at a high price. Harden was just 1 for 17 on 3-point attempts. He did get fouled three times shooting from beyond the arc and was 9 for 9 from the free throw line on those occasions (15 of 16 overall), but it was never enough to give the Rockets a comfortable advantage.“I thought we did well against him, except for the fouls,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “It’s not easy to guard him without fouling and yet it’s necessary, but he also was 11 for 32, 1 for 17 and we didn’t make a lot of mistakes, except that.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Magic outscored Harden and Houston 14-4 in the final four minutes of the game to win their second straight game.“That was exhausting,” said Fournier, who spent most of the game chasing Harden around pick-and-rolls. “The guy is terrific. I thought overall, we did a pretty good job, but the guy still had 38.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Austin Rivers scored 25 points and Clint Capela 17 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, which lost for only the fourth time in its last 17 games.Terrence Ross had 17 points for Orlando, including six straight in the late-game run when the Magic put away Houston.With Harden on the bench for a brief rest, the Rockets used a 10-2 run to start the fourth period and grab a 98-88 lead, but the Magic passed them when Ross followed a three-point play with a 3-pointer to make it 106-105 with 3:11 left.Fournier and D.J. Augustin followed with back-to-back 3-pointers and Vucevic hit a short jump hook that finished the run that sealed the game.TIP-INSRockets: Brandon Knight (knee) and Nene (rested because of back-to-back) joined Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee) on Houston’s injured list. … Houston is averaging nearly 10 points more in its last 16 games than it did in its first 16 games. (116.2 vs. 106.6) . … Harden had his string of five or more 3-pointers in a game end at 12.Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba missed his third straight game with a foot injury. … Orlando is 10-8 in back-to-back situations, but only 3-7 in the second game.UP NEXT:Rockets: Houston heads home to play Memphis in the second game of a back-to-back.Magic: Travel to Detroit Wednesday to play the Pistons. 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The truth has come out at last, and President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf’s positive support to the national Amputee Lone Star should bring the message home to all.The message is: she celebrates with the victors and not those who continue to embarrass her with disappointing results. President Sirleaf recently made a donation of a 22-seater bus to the Amputee Lone Star.It was the president’s appreciation for the team’s numerous victories against other countries in football competitions.In her last address to the nation, President Sirleaf chose, watch my word, deliberately chose to ignore the national team.However, she commended the Amputee Lone Star for winning its version of the African Cup of Nations in Kenya.So this Sunday, at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium, the national soccer team, Lone Star will host The Crocodiles of Lesotho, in their first leg encounter and if successful after the second leg in Maseru, will join Group C of the Afcon 2015 qualifying rounds sometime in September.Though Lesotho is not known much in the African football, the team cannot be overlooked. Sadly, it seems that while Lone Star had 11 days to prepare, and while ‘lack of funds’ has been the culprit to have helped to bring home several of our professional players abroad, FA Boss Musa Bility cried on national radio about the Liberian government’s lack of interest in the national team.Interestingly, Bility should have known it the moment President Sirleaf ignored the national team in her last annual message to the nation.It is correct to state here that if the national team wants the president’s support in every way, then this Sunday should be the beginning of a new direction.It means that on this Sunday against The Crocodiles of Lesotho, the Lone Star must win.I am convinced that President Sirleaf has not ignored the national team because she does not believe in the players. She is unhappy because previous efforts to help the team to soar did not go as expected, and the team’s losses may have affected the president’s national transformation agenda.If that is not the case, how else the president’s cold shoulder towards the national team should be understood.But for eleven days and a team that has not played any test match to sharpen its winning edges against Lesotho, it makes it a total challenge for the handlers, as well as the players of the national team to, maybe find their way through.Excitedly, Jr. Lone Star went through the same experience and managed to come up with flying colors, though narrowly. It is a record that the senior Lone Star must follow.But my last question is: what can crocodiles do to the stars on the moon? Let Lone Star show Lesotho the answer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
…refuses to renew contract of former GMThe Guyana Gold Board (GGB) has a new General Manager, with the announcement being made on Tuesday that acting General Manager Eondrene Thompson has been elevated to the substantive position at the entity.Thompson, who acted in the position for some eight months, is the former substantive Finance Manager of the Gold Board. Her appointment is effective January 1, 2018. A statement from the GGB said the Board of Directors took a unanimous decision that the organisation needed to proceed in a new direction, under new leadership.New General Manager of the Guyana Gold Board, Eondrene Thompson“The Board holds in high regard the integrity, skills, and commitment of Miss Thompson to positioning and leading the organisation forward,” the release said.According to the Gold Board, Thompson has been at the Gold Board since March 2010 after a 15-year-stint at the Bank of Guyana.Non-renewalThompson takes over the position held by former General Manager, Lisaveta Ramotar, who along with her assistant Andrea Seelochan and legal officer Suzanne Bullen, were sent off on administrative leave in April 2017 to facilitate a Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) probe.While no charges for Ramotar ever came out of that probe, the release stated that the contracts for all three officers were left in an expired state.“In keeping with its visions of new direction and new leadership, the Board of Directors decided not to renew the contractual relationships,” the Board’s statement noted.Former GM Lisaveta RamotarRamotar had always professed her innocence in the fiasco. In a letter to SOCU, she had denied being involved in the alleged corruption in her entity.In the letter, Ramotar said: “I wish to assert strongly that I am absolutely innocent of any wrongdoings. I have discharged my duties at the Guyana Gold Board professionally and based on the important metric of declaration, it was under my tenure that the Cooperative Republic of Guyana obtained its highest ever declaration to date.”AllegationsShe also sought to clear up a number of issues that were influencing the probe. One such allegation was that embattled gold dealer Saddiqui Rasul sold gold several times per day using his mining company, indicating a washdown several times per day. However, Ramotar explained that the Guyana Gold Board was required to buy all gold presented to the organisation, not to verify production.As it relates to allegations that Rasul’s company did not pay the two per cent tax, Ramotar said under a regulation which she has seen, mining companies are not required to pay the two per cent Withholding Tax.Rasul was himself charged with six counts of obtaining money by false pretence. He was accused of defrauding the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry $956 million.
Six offenders wanted on outstanding warrants have now been arrested in the past week, by the Fort St. John RCMP Crime Reduction Team.The latest case involved a 24 year old Fort St. John resident and, their search for him led the Mounties yesterday, to an address near Farmington.There, a suspect jumped out of a second storey window and escaped but, he was later located and arrested in a Fort St. John apartment building.- Advertisement -Police also recovered a missing 2007, Chevy Silverado crewcab, near the scene of the arrest.However, to date they have not laid any charges against the suspect in connection with that theft.He’s expected to appear in court later today. Advertisement
Gurrola is a 2004 graduate of Westchester High School, Los Angeles. Army Pvt. Hans A. Ng has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area. He is the son of Rianne Tjhin and stepson of Colin Campbell of Arcadia. Army Pvt. Toribio A. Gurrola has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area. He is the son of Maria Gurrola of Alhambra. Ng is a 2006 graduate of Arcadia High School. Army Pvt. Cong X. Ly has graduated from One Station Unit Training (OSUT) at Fort Knox, Ky., which included basic combat training and advanced individual training (AIT). During the first nine weeks of initial entry training (IET), the trainee completed basic combat training which included instruction in drill and ceremony, weapons, marksmanship and bayonet training, chemical warfare, field training and tactical exercises, marches, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, traditions, and core values. During AIT, the soldier completed the armor crewman course to receive skill training in conducting tank unit defensive and offensive combat operations. The soldier was trained to operate, service and maintain armor tracked and wheeled vehicles, load and fire tank weapon systems, perform ammunition handling and supply duties, and assist in target detection and identification. Ly is the brother of Mi Xay Ly of West Covina. Army Pfc. Thomas A. Hare has graduated from the Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. The training consists of Basic Infantry Training and Advanced Individual Training. During the nine weeks of basic combat training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons employment, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid skills, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experienced use of various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. The Advanced Individual Training course is designed to train infantry soldiers to perform reconnaissance operations; employ, fire and recover anti-personnel and anti-tank mines; locate and neutralize land mines and operate target and sight equipment; operate and maintain communications equipment and radio networks; construct field firing aids for infantry weapons; and perform infantry combat exercises and dismounted battle drills, which includes survival procedures in a nuclear, biological or chemical contaminated area. Hare is the son of Darlene Hare of La Habra. He graduated in 2004 from La Habra High School, and received an associate degree in 2006 from the Universal Technical Institute, Phoenix, Ariz. Air Force Airman 1st Class Cherice I. Bryant has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. Bryant is a 2000 graduate of Gladstone High School in Azusa. Air Force Airman Mario J. Bautista has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. In addition, airmen who complete basic training earn credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Mario and Amelita Bautista of La Puente. Bautista is a 2005 graduate of Nogales High School. Army Pvt. Arnold A. Terrazas has graduated from the Plumber Utilities Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. The course is designed to train students to install, maintain and repair exterior and interior pipe systems, which include water, steam, gas and waste lines as plumbers and pipe fitters. Students are trained to read, interpret and plan layouts of pipe systems using blueprints; bend, cut and thread lead, copper, and plastic pipes; install connectors, fittings, joints, and appropriate plumbing fixtures; and proper use of maintenance tools, equipment and materials. He is the son of Maria Perez of West Covina. Terrazas is a 2006 graduate of Bryman College, City of Industry. Air Force Airman Michelle R. Garcia has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. During the six weeks of training, the airman studied the Air Force mission, organization, and military customs and courtesies; performed drill and ceremony marches, and received physical training, rifle marksmanship, field training exercises, and special training in human relations. She is the daughter of Elsa Asencio of La Puente. Garcia is a 2003 graduate of William Workman High School. Compiled by Linda Fields Gold 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The New York Times reported Thursday that none of her claims had been verified. She has described her 9-11 experiences at speaking engagements and led Tribute WTC Visitor Center tours, and her account has appeared, among other places, on the Web site of the World Trade Center Survivors Network. The board of the nonprofit organization removed her as president and director this week. “Tania Head is no longer associated with the World Trade Center Survivors’ Network,” according to a statement on the group’s Web site. Head also is no longer giving tours at the Tribute center. “At this time, we are unable to confirm the veracity of Tania Head’s connection to the events of Sept. 11,” said the center’s CEO, Jennifer Adams. The Times said Merrill Lynch & Company, where Head told people she had worked, had no record of her employment. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! By The Associated Press NEW YORK – A nonprofit organization for 9-11 survivors removed its president after questions were raised about her harrowing account of how she survived but lost a loved one in the World Trade Center attack. Tania Head has said that she was badly burned on the 78th floor of the south tower, that she was saved by a man who died trying to save others, and that a dying man handed her his inscribed wedding ring, which she later returned to his widow. She also said her husband, or fiance, died in the north tower.
None could be reached for comment Thursday. Among the plaintiffs are Redondo Beach resident Rhonda Castillo, who was out $16,000 to Ivy House and was forced to scramble to find another location for her Sept. 22 nuptials. A local catering company ultimately threw Castillo a gratis reception at Redondo Beach’s historic library, but, nearly two months later, she’s still seething. “We got robbed,” the 46-year-old day-care provider said. “I still didn’t end up with so many things we’d planned for at the Ivy House.” None of Lebow’s clients has received a refund on their deposit or an explanation from Reyna or Crawford, she said. The complaint alleged that Ivy House owners failed for months to notify its clients, with whom they had signed contracts, that the city of Inglewood would not renew the facility’s business license. Even after they closed the business, proprietors still did not notify clients, the suit charged. Many brides, some of whom had paid deposits just days before, heard of the closure only through word-of-mouth and media reports, the complaint stated. After long providing decorations at the Ivy House, Reyna apparently took control of the business in October 2006 as a means of settling a debt with longtime owner Crawford. But a change of ownership jeopardized the facility’s status as an existing nonconforming business, thereby threatening its eligibility for a business license, the suit claimed. The squabbling Ivy House owners and ensuing debacle have cast a pall over what jilted bride Aja White expected to be a blissful time as a newlywed. After losing $21,000, she managed to reschedule her Sept. 15 wedding, but it wasn’t the same, White said. “It’s weird,” the Long Beach resident said. “It’s kind of like, you’re happy because you’re married, but at the same time you’re not happy because you’re still hurting.” firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 60 years, the Ivy House abruptly closed Sept.11, leaving dozens of brides-to-be without a wedding venue, an explanation or a refund on their deposits. Lebow believed its proprietors left up to 100 couples without an altar and made off with nearly $1 million in deposits. “Many of the brides had gone into debt or handed over their life savings in order to have their wedding at the Ivy House Gardens,” her complaint stated. On behalf of five named plaintiffs, the suit seeks compensation for their deposits, reimbursement for the costs to hold their weddings elsewhere, compensation for emotional distress, and punitive damages, Lebow said. Named in the suit are Ivy House owner Christel Reyna, as well as her husband, her father, and John Crawford, the facility’s longtime previous owner. Brides who lost thousands of dollars when an Inglewood wedding facility abruptly closed two months ago have filed a lawsuit against its owners. Los Angeles attorney Cynthia Lebow filed the suit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking class-action status against proprietors of the Ivy House Gardens. The suit claims breach of contract and fraud, among other allegations. After hosting weddings at the renovated Victorian-style home for nearly