Regular season finales on Eleven Sports, ESPN3

first_imgStephen F. Austin at Sam Houston StateWomen’s Basketball: Saturday 4:30 pm CTMen’s Basketball: Saturday 7 pm CTLIVE Stream:ESPN3Women – http://sland.social/JacksKatsWMen – http://sland.social/JacksKatsMWatchESPN and ESPN appsTalent:Lincoln Rose, play-by-playVan Chancellor, analyst Nicholls at Southeastern Louisiana Men’s Basketball: Saturday 5 pm CTLIVE National TV Coverage:Eleven Sports DirecTV 623AT&T U-verse 1665Verizon FiOS 597Full channel listings – http://sland.social/find11?LIVE Stream:Southland DIgital NetworkSouthland.org/liveSouthland Conference appsDELAYED Regional TV Coverage:Cox Sports TV (Saturday 7 pm CT)Thibodaux Charter Spectrum 324/815Hammond Charter Spectrum 324/815New Orleans Cox 37/1037Full channel listings – http://sland.social/cox?Talent:Jeff Palermo, play-by-playJordy Hultberg, analyst FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference basketball regular season concludes Saturday night. The Southeastern Louisiana men host Nicholls front of a national television audience on Eleven Sports, wtih streaming available via the Southland Conference Digital Network. Meanwhile, the Southland ESPN3 Game of the Week package features women’s and men’s action between Stephen F. Austin and Sam Houston State.center_img NOTE: For links to additional streams, including school productions, visit the Southland scoreboard page.last_img read more

PACE Management and O’Hara the right fit

first_imgTop international athlete management firm, PACE Sports Management, has revealed that new recruit, Jamaica’s Michael O’Hara, fits well into their philosophy of working with the best current and upcoming athletes, and tipped the ace youth sprinter to go on to become a world beater. PACE’s confirmation follows last Wednesday’s announcement that the teen had signed a professional long-term contract with German sports apparel manufacturer, Puma, and PACE Sports Management, respectively. PACE is headed by Ricky Simms and Marion Steininger. It currently works with some of track and field’s biggest names, including six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt. The firm has been instrumental in developing the iconic Jamaican into a global superstar, on and off the track. “PACE Sports Management likes to work with the top talents in track and field, and Michael (O’Hara) is certainly one of the world’s top young sprint talents,” Simms told The Sunday Gleaner. “We will now aim to help him make the transition to professional over the next few years,” he added, while noting that no pressure will be on the teenager to prove his worth too quickly. golden boy O’Hara is a recent ISSA/ GraceKennedy Boys Championships golden boy, with four gold medals from this year’s staging. He is also a 2013 World Youth 200 metres champion. He will be working alongside legendary sprint coach Glen Mills and Bolt’s personal manager, Nugent Walker. “He (O’Hara) will be under no immediate pressure. The next few years are about his progression and build-up to peak at the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games,” Simms stressed. Simms, also a worldwide commercial and competition agent, added: “We are happy to welcome Michael to PACE Sports Management. He has been very successful so far in his career at the school, youth and junior levels.” O’Hara said he does not know how soon he will begin working with Racers Track Club. “I can’t say how soon I will start working with Racers, but I am very elated. I mean, it is a dream come true, so I am happy,” he underlined, while referring other questions to his management team. Other Olympic and World Champions stars from PACE include Britain’s Mo Farah, Christine Ohuruogu and Phillips Idowu, and Kenya’s Vivian Cheruiyot.last_img read more

Sports Briefs

first_imgWebb removed GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Island (CMC): Jeffrey Webb, the disgraced former president of CONCACAF, has finally been removed as president of the Cayman Islands Football Association (CIFA). CIFA made the announcement in a statement issued after an emergency meeting of its executive Monday night which followed Webb’s guilty plea in a probe into corruption in international football. Webb initially pleaded not guilty to the charges but US Department of Justice officials revealed last week that he has switched his plea and agreed to forfeit more than US$6 million of ill-gotten gains. Putin moves to end WCup 2018 delays MOSCOW (AP): President Vladimir Putin has demanded delays in construction of 2018 World Cup projects be quickly overcome. After chairing a meeting on Russia’s preparations yesterday, Putin says there have been “certain difficulties” at various facilities, and he highlighted the Baltic port of Kaliningrad, where “delays there should be fixed as quickly as possible.”last_img read more

Plans for GuySuCo’s land now being developed – President

first_imgEven as thousands of sugar workers are being made redundant, President David Granger is seeking to assure that the Special Purpose Unit’s negotiations with investors will bear fruit and a plan for the Guyana Sugar Corporation’s (GuySuCo’s) massive land holdings will be developed.Granger gave the assurance on Friday during his first press conference in two years. When asked why there were no plans in place for workers before the divestment, Granger noted that Government, the unions, and the corporation itself must be factored in.“There are four major institutions to be considered. One is the corporation itself, which has not been dissolved, and it still has responsibility for the industry. The other is the Government, and the Ministry of Agriculture is responsible for reporting to Cabinet and the National Assembly. Third, you have the workers and their representatives, particularly GAWU and NAACIE”; and, of course, you have civil society and other agencies who are concerned with providing services to the sugar workers.“But as far as retrenchment or termination benefits are concerned, the Government is responsible for ensuring that the sugar corporation fulfils its obligations to the workers,” the President explained.He emphasised that the Special Purpose Unit (SPU), which is under the Finance Ministry, has recently engaged an internationally rated accounting firm — PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) — to value the land it will sell.“As far as the plan is concerned, there needs to be a lot more work from the fourth agency — what you can call the Special Purpose Unit, which comes under the Finance Ministry. That is the agency that will ensure the smooth transition of those parts of the industry which will not remain in production,” he explained.“So I would say that the work of the SPU is still being done. They are in negotiation, not only with the sugar corporation, but also with foreign investors. And I expect that, before too long, we will have a plan which will explain in greater detail how the land will be disposed of,” he detailed.Out of the three firms that had made submissions to the SPU, the United Kingdom-based PwC was selected to valuate GuySuCo. This is as Government moves ahead with efforts to privatise and diversify the sugar industry.According to the SPU when it announced the selection, all negotiations with PwC have been completed, and a contract is expected to be signed by December 18, 2017.Following the valuation exercise, PwC is expected to develop an investment prospectus which, through the SPU, would be distributed to all interested investors.The Opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic had previously called the move by the SPU to select the firm for the valuation process a vehicle for corruption that completely bypasses the established privatisation procedures and the sale of State assets.In order for the process to be underway, almost 4,000 sugar workers have had to be fired from the Skeldon, Enmore and Rose Hall operations of GuySuCo. This move by the Government have been slammed by the Opposition as a “callous decision”.Still viableDuring a meeting with the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU), SPU Head Colvin Heath-London informed the delegation that, following his assessment of the estates identified for closure and sell out, he is of the opinion that the estates are viable.He outlined that when certain costs are excluded from the estates’ overall expenditure, the overhead of their production is generally in keeping with international norms.In fact, the SPU Head has described the Skeldon sugar estate as a ‘gold mine’, a term which is far different from the phrases used by GuySuCo to describe the facility.last_img read more

Arsenal’s Champions League hopes go to final day following win over Sunderland

first_img Alexis Sanchez scored both goals as Arsenal beat Sunderland 1 Alexis Sanchez hit a brace as Arsenal secured victory over relegated Sunderland in front of a sparsely populated Emirates Stadium to keep alive their dwindling hopes of Champions League qualification.The Gunners needed to beat David Moyes’ men to take the battle to finish in the top four of the Premier League down to the last day of the campaign.They made heavy weather of their task, with Sanchez scoring a close-range double inside the final 17 minutes to secure the points with a 2-0 win.Under-fire Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has never finished outside of the top four in a full season at the helm but despite this win, and even though it remains mathematically possible, the club look set for a Europa League campaign next year.Manchester City’s victory over West Brom means Arsenal need to beat Everton on Sunday and hope Liverpool slip up at home to Middlesbrough to gate-crash the top four.Wenger’s own position still remains a mystery as he has yet to announce if he will sign a new deal to remain at the club beyond the FA Cup final meeting with Chelsea in two weeks’ time.A lot of the home fans who stayed away from this clash did so in protest against Wenger remaining in charge – those who opted to attend were left short-changed.Some supporters opted to stay away for other reasons but the official attendance of 59,510 was certainly wide of the mark, with Arsenal recording tickets sold rather than the figure who attended.Arsenal thought they were ahead early on but saw a goal correctly chalked off as a Sanchez shot hit Giroud on the arm as it flew past Jordan Pickford in the visitors’ goal.Moments later the young Black Cats goalkeeper, who has been linked with a move to the Emirates, did well to keep out a genuine Giroud strike as the France striker found himself free in front of goal.Despite camping out in the Sunderland half, Wenger’s side had few clear-cut chances after his early save from Giroud and it was his counterpart Petr Cech who had to dive low to stop Didier N’Gong scoring against the run of play.Hector Bellerin hit the side-netting after bursting into the box and the half ended with Pickford tipping an Aaron Ramsey strike behind.The second half began in farce for Arsenal as Nacho Monreal’s overhit backpass was scrambled behind by a back-tracking Cech, resulting in an indirect free-kick for Sunderland.Shkodran Mustafi saw a header hacked off the line as Arsenal reached the hour-mark without breaking through, with Giroud glancing a header wide as the game wore on.Wenger threw on Danny Welbeck and Alex Iwobi but the former was again kept at bay by Pickford, who turned a low strike behind.Sanchez finally opened the scoring soon after, converting an easy chance from in front of goal as Ozil crossed from a pinpoint Xhaka pass.The Chilean had been on the periphery but hit the crossbar with a cheeky lobbed effort, with Pickford again on hand to deny Xhaka and Iwobi in spectacular fashion.Pickford was powerless to prevent Sanchez doubling the lead with nine minutes remaining, parrying Giroud’s flick into the path of the former Barcelona man, who headed in to seal the victory.Mustafi had a late header brilliantly turned on to the bar by Pickford but Sanchez had once again provided the heroics to keep Arsenal’s league campaign alive until the final day.last_img read more

RESULTS: FINN VALLEY NOVICE COLIN CROWNED CROSS COUNTRY MASTERS CHAMP

first_imgNoleen Porter on her way to third in the women’s raceColin Watson who had won the county novice title just seven days ago returned to the track to win the Masters title at Castlefinn after an exciting battle with Inishowen athlete Pauric Mc Kinney who led his team to victory over Valley.Lifford’s Natasha Adams took the honours in the women’s race.Finn Valley and Omagh dominated the underage section Master Cross Country Championships 2013Men Venue -Castlefinn 13/10/2013Pos. No. First Name Surname Club Time1 435 Colin Watson Finn Valley A.C. 16.11 2 428 Pauric Mc Kinney Inishowen A.C. 16.163 417 Shane Mc Nulty Finn Valley A.C. 16.544 407 Paul Mc Glinchey Letterkeny A.C. 17.035 406 Ivan Toner Letterkeny A.C. 17.286 449 Paul Ward Tír Chonaill A.C. 17.35 7 425 Joe Mc Kinney Inishowen A.C. 17.398 411 Martin Irwin Finn Valley A.C. 17.519 450 Sean Mc Fadden Letterkeny A.C. 18.0210 412 Dominic Bonner Finn Valley A.C. 18.12 11 402 Marcus Mc Clintock Letterkeny A.C. 18.2112 409 Eddie Kelly Lifford A.C. 18.2213 453 P.J. Boyce Cranford A.C. 18.2514 403 John Daly Letterkeny A.C. 18.2915 408 Bill Duncan Lifford A.C. 18.3816 414 Mark Connolly Finn Valley A.C. 18.4317 433 Niall Mc Gee Inishowen A.C. 18.5018 424 Brendan Irwin Finn Valley A.C. 19.1119 446 Richard Mc Carthy Tír Chonaill A.C. 19.1520 444 Gary Gallagher Lifford A.C. 19.1621 401 Aidan Mc Kenna Letterkeny A.C. 19.1722 404 Ciaran O’ Donnell Letterkeny A.C. 19.1823 432 Pat Gallagher Inishowen A.C. 19.2324 436 Derek Callaghan Finn Valley A.C. 19.3125 419 Raymond Doherty Finn Valley A.C. 19.3826 427 Philip Callaghan Inishowen A.C. 19.4827 431 Gerard Doyle Inishowen A.C. 19.5128 421 Michael Gallagher Finn Valley A.C. 19.5229 413 Michael Penrose Finn Valley A.C. 19.5530 448 John Cannon Tír Chonaill A.C. 20.0131 429 Finbar Gallagher Inishowen A.C. 20.2432 440 Paddy Gallagher Lifford A.C. 20.3033 434 Vinney Hegarty Inishowen A.C. 20.4434 437 Declan Carlin Finn Valley A.C. 20.4935 438 Brian Breslin Lifford A.C. 20.5936 426 Michael Collins Inishowen A.C. 21.0837 447 Donal Haughey Tír Chonaill A.C. 21.1438 445 Drew Doherty Finn Valley A.C. 21.2339 420 Sean O’ Leary Finn Valley A.C. 21.3440 418 Martin Anderson Finn Valley A.C. 21.3441 415 Anthony Murray Finn Valley A.C. 21.5242 451 Joe Gavin Lifford A.C. 22.0343 454 Brian Mc Bride Letterkeny A.C. 22.1244 416 Pat Mc Crudden Finn Valley A.C. 22.3645 422 Tony Gallagher Finn Valley A.C. 23.2446 410 Mark Donaghey Lifford A.C. 23.2647 430 Damien Downey Inishowen A.C. 23.4048 452 Cathal Roarty Letterkeny A.C. 23.5649 441 Joe Mc Nulty Lifford A.C. 24.2650 439 Frankie Murray Individual51 443 Clemant Clarke Lifford A.C.423 Barry Irwin Finn Valley A.C. DNF442 Iggy Houston Lifford A.C. DNFWOMEN Venue – Castlefinn13/10/2013Pos. No. First Name Surname Club Time1 381 Natasha Adams Lifford A.C. 10.502 373 Catroina Devine Finn Valley A.C. 11.183 380 Noleen Porter Finn Valley A.C. 11.284 372 Kay Byrne Finn Valley A.C. 11.315 375 Donna Evans Finn Valley A.C. 11.336 376 Helen Stockdale Finn Valley A.C. 11.417 361 Ita Boyle Rosses A.C. 12.008 362 Eimear Mc Gee Rosses A.C. 12.049 378 Catherine Brogan Finn Valley A.C. 12.2010 371 Irene Mc Fadden Letterkenny A.C. 12.2811 383 Tracey Harley Inishowen A.C. 12.3012 366 Noreen Mc Gee Rosses A.C. 12.3413 377 Marie Harper Finn Valley A.C. 12.3514 374 Noreen Bonner Finn Valley A.C. 12.5315 368 Dara Dunne Letterkenny A.C. 13.0016 382 Henreita Elves Inishowen A.C. 13.1317 388 Ruth Doherty Inishowen A.C. 13.2118 370 Fin Begley Letterkenny A.C. 13.3319 395 Amanda Barr Lifford A.C. 13.3920 369 Marrian Kerr Letterkenny A.C. 13.3921 384 Breege Collins Inishowen A.C. 13.4422 386 Johanne Mc Clogan Inishowen A.C. 14.0023 367 Pat Mc Kenna Letterkenny A.C. 14.1424 391 Sharon Carlin Lifford A.C. 14.1925 392 Ursla Coyle Lifford A.C. 14.2226 379 Gloria Donaghey Finn Valley A.C. 14.2827 390 Andrea Mc Gavigan Lifford A.C. 14.4328 385 Joanne Whoriskey Inishowen A.C. 15.1129 363 Maureen Doherty Rosses A.C. 15.1430 389 Isobel Bresslin Lifford A.C. 15.2331 387 Sonia Lynch Inishowen A.C. 15.3532 365 Sinead Diver Rosses A.C. 15.4133 393 Roisin Friel Mc Ginley Lifford A.C. 15.5934 396 Orla Moore Lifford A.C. 16.0935 364 Brid Doherty Rosses A.C. 17.21Team:Master Women 2013Castlfinn Date 13/10/2013Position Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total1 Finn Valley A.C. 3 4 5 6 182 Inishowen A.C. 11 16 21 28 763 Rosses A.C. 7 8 29 32 764 Lifford A.C. 19 24 25 27 95Team:Master Men 2013Castlefinn Date 13/10/2013Position Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total1 Inishowen A.C. 2 7 17 26 522 Finn Valley A.C. 8 10 16 25 593 Letterkenny A.C. 11 14 21 22 684 Tír Chonail A.C. 6 19 30 37 925 Lifford A.C. 12 15 32 35 94RESULTS: FINN VALLEY NOVICE COLIN CROWNED CROSS COUNTRY MASTERS CHAMP was last modified: October 14th, 2013 by John2Share 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:Donegal Cross Country chamlast_img read more

“A county title would mean as much to me as an All-Ireland” – McBrearty

first_imgPatrick McBrearty has admitted that landing a Donegal SFC title would mean as much to him as winning an All-Ireland.McBrearty helped Donegal win the All-Ireland title in 2012, which bridged a 20-year gap.Now he’s tasked with the job of firing Kilcar to their first Donegal SFC title in 23 years. Kilcar have been knocking on the door for the last number of years, but have lost a number of semi-finals.However, under the tutelage of Martin McHugh, then men from Towney are back in a county final, and McBrearty says it would mean just as much to him to win a county title as an All-Ireland.McBrearty said, “It would be up there with the All-Ireland in 2012 definitely,” he says. “Kilcar has 900 people or whatever living in it and football is the only thing there, so there’s a great buzz around. It would definitely be up there but as I said there’s nothing won as of yet but hopefully.“I think 23 years is too long for Kilcar to not even be in a final, never mind win one. For a lot of our players it’s about winning the first one and then see what happens after that. “But Glenswilly have been there and done that, I think it’s their fifth or sixth final now since 2007 so they are not going to be easy. They have a lot of experience players like Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and Gary McFadden so it’s a big test for us.” “A county title would mean as much to me as an All-Ireland” – McBrearty was last modified: October 16th, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare 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:Donegal SFCGAAnewspatrick mcbreartySportlast_img read more

Nuggets 105, Lakers 94

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Carmelo Anthony had 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Kenyon Martin added 16 points to lead the Denver Nuggets to a 105-94 exhibition victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night. Kwame Brown led Los Angeles with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Kobe Bryant had 15 points and three assists in 30 minutes and was 6-for-16 from the field for the Lakers, who shot 42.5 percent, including 3-for-17 from 3-point range. Denver opened the game with a 16-3 run that included six of Anthony’s 20 first-half points. His 3-pointer gave the Nuggets a 63-53 halftime lead. DerMarr Johnson’s three-point play capped an 11-2 spurt that gave Denver an 81-61 lead with 5:08 left in the third quarter. Less than 1 1/2 minutes later, Martin slammed home a perfect alley-oop feed from Anthony, and the Lakers got no closer than 11 points after that as Greg Buckner and Anthony Miller contributed the bulk of Denver’s offense in the fourth quarter. Phil Jackson, coaching the Lakers at Staples Center for the first time since the 2004 playoffs, got a standing ovation when he took his place on the sidelines toward the end of the pregame shootaround. He acknowledged the crowd with a nod of his head and a wide grin that he usually reserves for championship clinchers. Nuggets coach George Karl, who has been suspended for the first three games of the regular season, allowed assistant Scott Brooks to coach this game and get a taste of what will be required of him when the Nuggets open the season at San Antonio and then take on the Lakers and Portland at home. Karl was not on the bench, but he was in the arena. Karl violated NBA policy last May when he attended a workout at Milwaukee that was run by Rick Majerus, the former coach at the University of Utah. He went there to watch his son Cody play, but two players who were not yet draft eligible also were working out _ including Illinois point guard Deron Williams, who eventually was drafted third overall by the Utah Jazz. Karl was also fined $20,000. 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Weeklast_img read more

2 more nations see bird flu

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The EU’s executive office said Croatian veterinary authorities had told them the H5 bird flu virus had been isolated in samples taken from wild swans found dead near a pond and a fish farm in the eastern part of the country. About 1,500 migratory swans arrived in the area a few days ago and a fish farmer then found about 15 of them dead, the EU said. Tests carried out by Croatian experts on samples from six of the birds led to the discovery of the virus. Croats had feared the arrival of bird flu in their country – a major migratory route for various bird species. Britain’s chief veterinarian, Debby Reynolds, said Friday the diseased parrot, which had been imported from Suriname and held in a quarantine unit with a shipment of birds from Taiwan, had tested positive for a “highly pathogenic” form of bird flu. Further tests were being carried out to see if the bird carried the H5N1 strain, which is easily transmitted between birds, but is hard for humans to contract. Experts are closely watching the disease, however, for fear it could mutate into a form easily transmitted between humans. The EU, which has also taken measures to restrict the import of live birds and feathers from Russia after the spread of bird flu there, said its vets were continuing to carry out tests on samples from suspect birds found in Greece. Norway on Friday joined other European countries in ordering poultry farmers to keep their flocks indoors as a precaution against the disease. In Latin America, meanwhile, top health officials from six Andean nations made plans to prevent a pandemic as Venezuela closed its border with Colombia over concerns about a milder strain not fatal to humans. Top regional health officials held a hastily arranged meeting Friday in Peru’s capital of Lima, downplaying the risk of bird flu hitting Latin America because it is largely isolated from migratory bird routes thought to be responsible for carrying the disease recently to Turkey and Romania. But Peruvian Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said the six nations did agree to negotiate as a bloc to obtain Tamiflu, the drug thought to be most effective in treating the disease in humans. The Andean officials also agreed to establish a group to develop “a proposal to permit confronting jointly an eventual flu pandemic that would affect our region,” according to a statement. Honduras and Panama also said Friday they are monitoring their borders, had prohibited importation of birds from affected nations and would keep an eye on migratory birds, which officials fear could carry the disease to the Americas from Asia. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LONDON – Britain and Croatia confirmed cases of bird flu on Friday as countries around the world scrambled to put in place measures to prevent the spread of the virus. In Croatia, the Agriculture Ministry said the country’s first cases of bird flu were confirmed in six swans found dead in a national park. British officials said a parrot that had been imported from South America died of bird flu in quarantine. In both cases, authorities did not know whether the birds had the deadly H5N1 strain that has devastated poultry stocks across Asia and killed 60 people in the past two years. The strain has recently been found in birds in Russia, Turkey and Romania. The European Union said Friday it was preparing a ban on all poultry imports from Croatia. EU officials have previously ordered restrictions on bird markets and shows, and urged nations to present a program of vaccination for zoo birds as part of measures to head off the spread of the disease. last_img read more

Chick gets tough with LAUSD, may be state candidate

first_imgIf the Los Angeles Unified School District was worried about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and his attacks on it, they haven’t seen anything yet. With Controller Laura Chick announcing last week that she wants to oversee a management audit of the school system, the district will learn that the pit bull of City Hall will not be easily put off. Some school officials privately voiced concerns that Chick is acting as a stalking-horse for Villaraigosa in his criticism of the district, but aides to the mayor said he was as surprised as everyone by her announcement. Once engaged, Chick is not likely to back away – even with the district reluctant to pay the $750,000 to $800,000 price tag she estimates an audit would cost. The district had budgeted $200,000 for a review. Included in this is a recent two-week trip to Guatemala, where Chick took a refresher course in Spanish as part of an immersion program. Villaraigosa has become a master of bilingualism at his various news events, always making sure to include some remarks in Spanish for the local Spanish-language television stations. If Chick really wants to emulate the mayor, her next language lessons will be in Tagalog, Korean and Mandarin. It’s not taking long for new Councilmen Herb Wesson and Jose Huizar to get into the swing of things at City Hall. Their swearing-in ceremonies started nearly a half-hour late last week because of the time it took to form a quorum to certify their election. Then, as noted by the L.A. Weekly, the two vanished from the council meeting during the public-comments section to take pictures in a back room with supporters. And they get a perk almost immediately. After participating in just three meetings, the new council members get a break this week when the council recesses so members can attend the National League of Cities meetings. After that, it will be back to work for two grueling weeks, before the council takes its annual two-week holiday recess. Have a little extra cash lying around this holiday season? If so, Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, has a gift idea for you: Why not contribute to the Keith Richman for Treasurer campaign? Richman sent an e-mail last week asking for financial help “before we head into the holiday season and politics fades in importance for us all. “December 31st is the cutoff date for the last campaign finance report before candidates take out their nomination papers,” Richman wrote in the appeal. “It is important to maximize my ‘cash-on-hand’ because many observers use that figure as a measure of a campaign’s health and a candidate’s determination.” Rick Orlov, (213) 978-0390 rick.orlov@dailynews.com 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Some school officials have been talking to Chick aides, urging her office to look at another long-standing issue – the $100 million suit the district is part of against the Department of Water and Power on accusations of overbilling. “If she wanted to help the district, she could force the DWP to give us that money, or some portion of it, and let us use it for L.A.’S BEST or something like that,” one official said. “`That would help children, the district and the mayor.” The controller’s own political ambitions also are getting scrutiny. A while back, Chick said she had been encouraged to consider a run for state controller in the upcoming election. While she has not gotten past the exploratory stage, some are seeing political overtones in everything she does. last_img