Hurricane Iota Becomes a Category 5 Storm

first_img– Advertisement – The storm was 100 miles southeast of Cabo Gracias Dios on the border of Nicaragua and Honduras with maximum sustained winds of 160 miles per hour, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said on Monday morning. The storm was moving west at 9 m.p.h. Iota was expected to make landfall in the area on Monday night.A hurricane warning was in effect for several cities along the coast of both countries, where the storm was expected to produce up to 30 inches of rain in some areas through Friday. The intense rainfall could lead to significant flash flooding and mudslides in higher elevations, the center said, and that Iota was forecast to make landfall in northeastern Nicaragua and eastern Honduras on Monday night. Forecasters warned that damage from Hurricane Iota could compound the destruction caused by Hurricane Eta in Central America. As Hurricane Iota intensified and inched closer to the coastline of Nicaragua and Honduras, it appeared that there would be no reprieve for Ms. Rodríguez and many others weary residents of the region.The storm, which was upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane Monday morning, was expected to make landfall by Monday night, according to the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Those in the path of Hurricane Iota were not the only ones comparing it to Hurricane Eta.“It’s eerie that it’s similar in wind speed and also in the same area that Eta hit,” said Dennis Feltgen, a spokesman and meteorologist with the National Hurricane Center.The storm’s impact will be felt “well before the center makes landfall,” Mr. Feltgen said.- Advertisement – “I am afraid of the sea level,” Ms. Rodríguez said. “You can see the water coming up and up every minute, so I guess we will have to evacuate.”- Advertisement – The 2020 Atlantic hurricane season, which is set to end on Nov. 30, has seen 30 named storms and 13 hurricanes. Meteorologists exhausted the 21-name list that is used each season, turning to the Greek alphabet to name systems. The last time the Greek alphabet was used was in 2005, which saw 28 storms strong enough to be named.Scientists have found that climate change affects how hurricanes form and strengthen; rising ocean temperatures linked to global warming can cause storms to weaken more slowly and remain destructive for longer. In a recent study, scientists found that 50 years ago a typical storm would have lost more than three-quarters of its intensity in the first 24 hours, when it might travel several hundred miles inland, but now it would only lose about half.Alfonso Flores Bermúdez reported from Puerto Cabezas, Derrick Taylor from London, Allyson Waller from Texas and Neil Vigdor from New York. Johnny Diaz contributed reporting from Miami. More than 60 deaths were confirmed throughout Central America from Hurricane Eta. In Guatemala, rescuers feared that more than 100 people had been killed in the village of Quejá after the storm chopped off part of a mountain slope.Many people in the region were left homeless after a number of structures were damaged or destroyed. “Shelter is going to be a problem,” Mr. Feltgen said.Dozens of Indigenous communities were evacuated starting on Saturday night in Nicaragua and Honduras. In Puerto Cabezas, families were sleeping amid the rubble left from the previous hurricane.Elsewhere in the country, it was not immediately clear how many people had been transferred to shelters, but photos taken by residents showed hundreds of people being evacuated in Cabo Gracias a Dios and other remote villages.SINAPRED, the National System for the Prevention, Mitigation and Attention of Disasters in Nicaragua, had also suspended sailing and fishing in nearby waters.Sadam Vinicius, a father of three, decided to stay with his family at their home near the coast. Afraid of losing his roof, he tried to save it from damage by tying it up with ropes he uses for his work as a fisherman. “We have not received any aid from the government yet,” Mr. Vinicius said. “I am afraid of losing my roof.” PUERTO CABEZAS, Nicaragua — The situation was all too familiar for Marina Rodríguez: A destructive storm in what has been a record-setting Atlantic hurricane season was bearing down on the Mosquito Coast.The previous storm, Hurricane Eta, washed away her home less than two weeks ago, said Ms. Rodríguez, 47, whose children were helping her build a temporary shelter on Sunday.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Opinion: flexibility here to stay

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Canada’s Conservatives pick O’Toole to challenge PM Trudeau

first_imgCanada’s main opposition Conservative Party on Monday elected Erin O’Toole, a former cabinet minister and armed forces veteran, to be its new leader and the primary challenger to Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.O’Toole replaces Andrew Scheer, who failed to unseat Trudeau in an election last year.In the leadership race, O’Toole beat out the better known Peter MacKay, who co-founded the Conservative Party in 2003 and was a high-profile member of former Conservative prime minister Stephen Harper’s government, and two other candidates. A member of parliament from the most populous province of Ontario, O’Toole had twice before lost bids to lead the party. He takes over as Trudeau’s Liberals lead in national polls.Support for the Liberals surged as the government spent hundreds of billions of dollars in emergency aid during the pandemic, but they have lost ground in recent weeks amid an ethics scandal involving Trudeau and his former finance minister, Bill Morneau.Liberals would get 36.4% of the votes if an election were held today, while the Conservatives would win 29.9%, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp’s poll tracker, an aggregate of recent surveys.One of O’Toole’s challenges will be to lure back voters in urban centers such as Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal that have more parliamentary seats than rural areas. They were Liberal strongholds in the past two national elections.O’Toole must “make inroads into the urban ridings and suburban ridings” and “be able to appeal to swing voters who held their noses and voted for the Liberals” last year, said Shachi Kurl, executive director of non-profit polling group the Angus Reid Institute.In his acceptance speech, O’Toole reached out to left-leaning voters, saying there was room for them in the Conservative Party.The son of a retired Ontario politician, O’Toole was first elected in 2012 in a by-election and served briefly as veterans affairs minister in Harper’s cabinet from February to November 2015.O’Toole joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at 18, working as a helicopter navigator before transferring to the Canadian Forces reserves in 2000.He then pursued a law degree at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, returning to Ontario upon graduation and working as a corporate lawyer.He and his wife Rebecca have two children.  The campaign was overshadowed by the coronavirus pandemic. The results, announced in a virtual convention broadcast from Ottawa, were delayed at least five hours by mechanical problems with the machines opening nearly 175,000 ballot envelopes.While there is no vote looming, Trudeau needs the support of at least one of three opposition parties to stay in power, and a crucial confidence vote on the government’s COVID-19 economic recovery plan is expected in late September.”The Conservative Party will be ready for the next election and we will win the next election,” O’Toole said in his acceptance speech, delivered after 1 a.m. ET (0500 GMT).O’Toole, a 47-year-old father of two, describes himself as a “true blue Conservative” and has vowed to “put Canada first” while helping families and the economy recover from the coronavirus crisis.center_img Topics :last_img read more

From Street Footballer to Record-breaker

first_imgNeymar da Silva Santos Junior could surely never have foreseen the unfathomable riches that lay ahead when he first started kicking a ball with bare feet on the streets of Brazil I t would not have taken long for the realisation to hit because, by the age of 11, Neymar was the worst-kept secret in Brazil was hounded by scouts from all the country’s top teams and his four-year stay with first club- Portuguesa Santista was coming to a swift end.Fast forward 14 years and he is now the world’s most expensive player after Paris Saint-Germain agreed to pay Barcelona £199million – the amount in his release clause. After four seasons at Camp Nou, Neymar’s Barcelona career is over after a world-record €222million switch to Paris Saint-Germain. Barca won the race to sign the Brazilian from Santos in 2013 and, alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, he has since established himself as one third of one of the greatest attacking trios in the history of football. PSG triggered the €222m release clause in Neymar’s contract on Thursday to make him the leading man in Paris, ending a scintillating on-field relationship with the Catalan club. Below are the stand-out figures that have encouraged the Ligue 1 giants to part with a record-breaking sum and take the 25-year-old to the Parc des Princes. The fee is more than double the previous world record of £89m that Manchester United paid Juventus for Paul Pogba last summer and, according to some, is a deal we will not see the likes of in the next 50 years, let alone the next two or three. He will earn about £650,000 every seven days.The only son of Neymar Santos Sr – a former professional footballer himself  and Nadine da Silva was born on February 5, 1992 in Mogi das Cruzes, a small city 40 kilometres east of Sao Paulo.He has a younger sister, Rafaella and the family ties are extremely close. Neymar Sr has been both a mentor and coach to his son – he continues to work as the player’s agent while Neymar Jr has a tattoo of his sister’s face on his right arm and she has her brother’s eyes inked on to her left arm.Neymar inherited his father’s footballing skills but it was his movement which set him apart from the other boys at his local club.He had already fallen in love with his boyhood club Santos and Brazil great Zico had little trouble persuading him to sign for them in 2003.Neymar dazzled through the age groups at Santos and talk of his talent soon reached Europe, with Real Madrid offering him the chance to join their academy when he was 14 – but he turned them down after Santos offered him more money.Santos handed Neymar his senior debut aged 17 in 2009 and over the next four years he scored a total of 54 goals in 103 appearances for the club.He helped them win successive Campeonato Paulista titles, the Copa do Brasil and the 2011 Copa Libertadores – Santos’ first continental title since 1963 – and was voted South American footballer of the year in both 2011 and 2012.Neymar was a phenomenon. He cut his own hair Mohawk-style when he was 18, which set a new trend throughout Brazil and, when left out of the squad for 2010 World Cup finals, 14,000 fans signed a petition in a bid to get him included.He was 19 when his ex-girlfriend Carol Dantas gave birth to his son, David Lucca, and they both moved to Barcelona to be closer to Neymar when the inevitable move to Europe was completed in 2013.He has never been shy about cashing in on his stardom and endorses more than a dozen products, including a bank, a car manufacturer and perfume and this year he was placed third on Forbes magazine’s list of the highest-paid footballers behind Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.And Messi paid tribute to his team-mate yesterday, saying: “I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life.”Neymar responded by saying: “Thank you brother. I will miss you uncle!”But it has not been all sweetness and light at Barcelona. Neymar’s father is owed more than £23m by the club for helping to persuade his son to sign a new contract last October. But the Catalan club insists that “contract extension bonus” will not be paid until they get exactly what they want from PSG in the deal. PSG want their man, so that is not in any doubt.In his three seasons in Catalunya, Neymar has helped Barca win La Liga twice, the Champions League once, the Copa del Rey on three occasions and the FIFA Club World Cup. And in March, Neymar inspired Barcelona to the 6-1 victory they needed to overturn a 4-0 first-leg defeat by PSG to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.So should he replicate that haul for PSG, can it really be considered money well spent?Football Most Expensive TransfersNeymar: Barcelona to PSG £200 2017Paul Pogba: Juventus to Man Utd £89.3 2016Gareth Bale : Tottenham to Real Madrid £85.3 2013Cristiano Ronaldo: Man Utd to Real Madrid £80 2009Gonzalo Higuain: Napoli to Juventus £75.3 2016Romelu Lukaku: Everton to Man Utd £75 2017Luis Suarez: Liverpool to Barcelona £75 2014James Rodrigue: AS Monaco to Real Madrid £63 2014Angel Di Maria: Real Madrid to Man Utd £59.7 2014Zinedine Zidane: Juventus to Real Madrid £46.6 2001How Neymar Compares with Messi, Ronaldo  105 – Neymar’s goal tally for Barcelona, by stark comparison Messi has scored 194 in the same timeframe and Ronaldo has found the net 205 times.39 – He scored 39 times in his best season with Barca as they won the treble in 2014-15. That number still saw him fall some way short of the standard set by Messi and Ronaldo, though. Messi had 58 goals to his name while Ronaldo registered 61.20 – Neymar scored just 20 goals in all competitions last season. Messi, meanwhile, hit home 54 times and Ronaldo was on target on 42 occasions to help Madrid to a LaLiga and Champions League double.21 – The Brazilian did, however, top Messi and Ronaldo for assists in 2016-17. His 21 assists superior to the 16 produced by Messi and the 11 laid on by Ronaldo.59 – But Neymar’s assist tally of 59 in four seasons was below that of Messi (77) and Ronaldo (61).741 – Neymar’s number of dribbles completed was significantly more than that of Ronaldo (281) but still pales in comparison to Messi (880).288 – In his first two seasons at Barca Neymar created 288 chances. In the same period Messi created 238 and Ronaldo just 168.138 – However, in his last two campaigns, Neymar has created just 138 chances, still more than Ronaldo (131) but he was comfortably surpassed by Messi, who created 227.Breakdown of Neymar’s Barcelona Career Much of Neymar’s motivation to leave Camp Nou reportedly stems from a desire to step out from the shadow of Lionel Messi and make his own push to win the Ballon d’Or. That honour has been claimed by ex-Barca team-mate, Messi and Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo for each of the past nine years. So, with Neymar blazing his own trail in the French capital in a bid to end their dominance, here is a  look at how his four seasons in Spain stack up with Messi and Ronaldo’s performances in all competitions over the same period. 105 – The number of times Neymar hit the back of the net in all competitions during his Barcelona career. Rivaldo is the only Brazilian to have scored more for the club (130).59 – Add in this impressive number of assists and the 25-year-old was involved in 164 goals in his 186 appearances for the club.7 – The amount of goals Neymar has scored against PSG. He has only converted more against Athletic Bilbao (8) and Villarreal (9).6 – Villarreal’s Sergio Asenjo, formerly of Atletico Madrid, was beaten by Neymar more times than any other goalkeeper.2 – Since his arrival at Barca ahead of the 2013-14 season, only Lionel Messi (204) and Sergio Busquets (196) have featured more times for the club.15 – Neymar won a total of 15 penalties for Barca during his LaLiga career; only Cristiano Ronaldo (17) has earned more spot-kicks in the competition.21 – The amount of assists supplied by the former Santos star in 2016-17, more than any other player based in LaLiga.22 – Neymar set up more goals for Messi than any other team-mate during his time at the club.6 – The Vicente Calderon was the away stadium at which the Brazilian proved most prolific, scoring six goals, including his first for the club in the 2013 Supercopa de Espana, away against Atletico Madrid.41 – Suarez (21) and Messi (20) assisted 41 of the Brazilian’s goals for Barca, equivalent to 39.05 per cent.431 – No individual has been fouled more times than Neymar across the top five European leagues since his arrival at Barca. Preparim Hetemaj (410) is the only other player to have drawn the referee’s whistle over 400 times in that span.39 – Barca’s treble-winning 2014-15 season proved Neymar’s most prolific at Barcelona. The only other time he passed the 30-goal mark in four campaigns with the Catalan giants was 2015-16.8 – With three Copa del Rey triumphs, two LaLiga wins, a Supercopa de Espana, one Champions League and Club World Cup glory in 2015, the 25-year-old won eight trophies across his Barca career.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Bet King Gives Reasons for Partnering GOtv Boxing Night

first_imgThere will also be an international light middleweight challenge duel featuring Nigeria’s Akeem “Dodo” Sadiku and Franc Houanvoegbe of the Republic of Benin. African Boxing Union light welterweight champion, Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, will equally be in action when takes on Kazeem “Iberu” Ariyo in a national challenge duel. Idowu “ID Cabasa” Okusote will take on Michael “Lion Heart” Godwin in a cruiserweight challenge bout, while Prince “Lion” Nwoye will fight Ridwan “Scorpion” Oyekola in a lightweight challenge duel.The light welterweight division will equally see Vincent “Dada” Essien face Segun “Showboy” Olalehin, while Daniel “Big Shark” Emeka and Sulaimon “Olags” Adeosun will lock horns in a heavyweight clash.The event, sponsored by GOtv and Bet King, is supported by MultiChoice, Paragonis Multimedia Limited, KSquare Security, Brila FM, Bond FM, Complete Sports and Newsbreak.ngIt will be beamed live on SuperSport in 47 African countries. The best boxer at the event will win a cash prize of N1million along with the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Top betting firm, Bet King, has explained why it teamed up with pay television service provider, GOtv, to sponsor GOtv Boxing Night. Speaking at a press conference to announce the 15th edition of the event on Tuesday, Mr. Neil Bothma, Chief Operating Officer of Bet King, said the company took the decision to support the event because boxing is a non-discriminating sport that has the potential to take young people off the streets and teaches them discipline.“Boxing is an equalizer in the sporting world. Anybody can win on any day. It is the same at Bet King; anybody can win on any day. By supporting boxing, Bet King can take the sport to many homes and teach young people discipline,” he said.GOtv Boxing Night 15 will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the Obafemi Awolowo (formerly Liberty) Stadium, Ibadan, on 29 July. The event will feature seven fights, including an African Boxing Union (ABU) lightweight title defence between Nigeria’s Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph and Ghana’s Nathaniel Nukpe.last_img read more

Kyle Busch eyeing trifecta for second time this season

first_img2️⃣0️⃣3️⃣@KyleBusch wins #XfinitySeries at @TXMotorSpeedway!— Xfinity Racing (@XfinityRacing) March 30, 2019Busch will get a chance to achieve the trifecta on Sunday at the O’Reilly Auto Parts 500 at Texas.The race can be seen on Fox at 3 p.m. ET.Busch will start 16th. This is just Kyle Busch’s year.The 33-year-old driver took home a win at the My Bariatric Solutions 300 Xfinity Series event Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, giving him wins in each of the weekend’s first two races. Busch won the Vankor 350 as part of the Gander Outdoors Truck Series on Friday and now is in line for the trifecta — which is when a driver sweeps the truck, Xfinity and Cup series races — for the second time this season.The JGR driver had a chance to take home the trifecta in his hometown of Las Vegas, but thanks to a speeding violation on pit road, he was unable to take home the Cup series win.Busch is the only driver in NASCAR history to achieve the trifecta, and at this point in this season, it kind of seems inevitable that he’ll do it eventually.He has nine total wins after his victory on Saturday, with four in the truck series, three in Xfinity and two in Cup racing.He has won all but five of the races he has entered (64.2 percent) and has finished in the top five in every race but one and he has yet to finish outside the top six.On top of that he is now just separating even more from Richard Petty as he has 203 career wins in NASCAR’s three national series, the most all time. Petty had 200 wins, all in the Cup series.last_img read more

Anthony Rizzo gives his condolences to three men who lost cancer battle

first_imgChicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo took to Twitter to express his condolences to three men he met that all lost their battles to cancer this week.The men were all diagnosed with cancer around the same age as Rizzo, who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 18.  3 men diagnosed with cancer around the same age I was when I was told I had cancer died this week. Evan, Jack & Justin it was a pleasure getting to meet. I’m sorry we couldn’t do better for u. I’m sorry ur families are having to go through this. Thoughts & prayers aren’t enough.— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) July 13, 2019Ever since his triumph over cancer, Rizzo has made an effort to raise money for cancer research and provide support to children and families battling cancer. The World Series champion started his own non-profit organization called the  Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation . Some major events the foundation hosts include the “Cook-Off for Cancer,” where Cubs players and coaches wait on the guests, and the “Walk-Off for Cancer.”Thank you to everyone who made this night such a success! #AllForTheKids @PWolf_Events , @PiccoloSogno , @gtprimechi , @steak48 , @MastrosOfficial , @tao_chicago , @DaisiesChicago , @joeschicago , @CarsonsRibs , @BuonaBeef , @GibsonsItalia , @SienaTavern , @Bokagrp , @bellemorechi ,— A. Rizzo Foundation (@RizzoFoundation) May 28, 2019Rizzo is a frequent visitor at Chicago’s Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital; Whenever he visits patients, the kids can’t help but light up with a smile. This kid did it! Benjamin rang the bell symbolizing the end of his 3 1/2 year Cancer treatment. The Cancer Journey is never truly over but so proud of this guy for getting through this huge step. Thank you for including me in your day.— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) April 11, 2019Another great morning with our friends at @LurieChildrens— A. Rizzo Foundation (@RizzoFoundation) May 7, 2019 MORE: SN’s MLB Midseason Awardslast_img read more

Thursday January 17th Local Sports

first_imgCEDAR FALLS, Iowa (AP) — Spencer Haldeman scored 21 points, Trae Berhow made 3 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 19 seconds and Northern Iowa defeated Indiana State 69-64 on Wednesday night.Berhow made the second of two free throws for a three-point lead, 67-64, with 19 seconds remaining. Indiana State’s Cooper Neese missed a 3-pointer and the Sycamores (10-7, 2-3 Missouri Valley) sent Berhow to the line again. He made both to seal the win.The game was last tied, 53-53, with 4:41 remaining. UNI (8-10, 3-2) led the rest of the way but Indiana State was twice within two points in the final minute and a half.Haldeman made 4 of 8 3-point tries for Northern Iowa, while his teammates went 2 for 15.Berhow made one 3-pointer and went 3 for 4 from the line for six points.Jordan Barnes had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Indiana State. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have traded reliever John Curtiss to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league infielder Daniel Ozoria. Curtiss pitched in 17 games for the Twins over the past two seasons, going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in 15 innings. BOONE — The NIACC women’s and men’s basketball teams picked up road wins at DMACC in Boone last night. In the women’s game, Jada Buford led the Lady Trojans with 39 points in a 110-86 victory. Mandy Willems added 24 points, Autam Mendez had 14 while Lexi Jones chipped in 10. NIACC led 61-44 at the half. The Lady Trojans are now 12-4 overall and 3-0 in the conference. The NIACC men won their 11th straight game with a 106-100 victory over DMACC. The 11-game winning streak is tied for the third longest in school history, and the longest since the 1984-85 team also won 11 straight. Quentin Hardict led the Trojans with 37 points, while Deundra Roberson and James Harris both scored 21. The NIACC men are now 12-2 overall and 3-0 in the conference. Both NIACC teams travel to Kirkwood on Saturday. IOWA CITY — The 22nd ranked Iowa Hawkeye women host Michigan Thursday night. The Hawkeyes are coming off a win at 23rd ranked Minnesota, a game in which they outscored the Gophers 49-23 in the second half.Iowa coach Lisa Bluder says a key for the Hawkeyes is perimeter scoring.Iowa is 3-2 in the Big Ten. You can hear the Iowa-Michigan game on AM-1300 KGLO starting at 6:45 tonight. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired former Minnesota offensive coordinator John DeFilippo to the same position. The Jaguars also filled five other staff positions. DeFilippo replaces Nathaniel Hackett, who was fired in late November and landed in Green Bay. The Vikings parted way with the 40-year-old DeFilippo in mid-December. He previously spent two seasons as quarterbacks coach in Philadelphia and was praised for his work with Nick Foles and Carson Wentz. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Iowa women vs. Michigan — 6:45 STATE COLLEGE, PENNSYLVANIA — The 23rd ranked Iowa Hawkeyes rallied for a win at Penn State. A late three pointer by Jordan Bohannon was a dagger in an 89-82 win. The Hawkeyes finished the game on a 10-2 run after the Nittany Lions had used an 8-0 run to erase a seven point Iowa advantage. Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.Iowa played without leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cook who warmed up but was unable to play on his injured ankle.McCaffery hopes he will play Sunday against Illinois.Sunday’s game starts at noon, with an 11 o’clock pre-game on KGLO PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Nick McGlynn had 19 points and 11 rebounds and Drake built a big first-half lead to beat Bradley 69-52 on Wednesday night.Drake (13-5, 2-3 Missouri Valley Conference) has defeated the Braves (8-10, 0-5) in three of the last four meetings.The Bulldogs closed the first half on a 26-6 run for a 33-15 advantage at the break. Brady Ellingson made three 3-pointers during the surge.Tremell Murphy scored eight of his 11 points in the first half and finished with a career-high 11 rebounds. Ellingson had 15 points and D.J. Wilkins chipped in with 10.Elijah Childs had 15 points and a career-best 13 rebounds to lead Bradley. The Braves shot just 19 of 61 (31 percent) from the field that included 12 missed 3-pointers while Drake was 26-of-50 shooting (52 percent).Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye added 13 points and Luqman Lundy had 10 for the Braves. LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Marial Shayok scored 20 points, Michael Jacobson had 14 points and 10 rebounds and Iowa State beat No. 8 Texas Tech 68-64 on Wednesday night, handing the Red Raiders their first Big 12 loss.The Cyclones (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) stopped a two-game losing streak coming off a 17-point win over No. 7 Kansas that gave them a 2-0 start in conference. Iowa State matched its win total from last season, the school’s lowest in 16 years.The Red Raiders (15-2, 4-1) were the last team without a conference loss and missed on a chance for their first 5-0 start in the Big 12, going back to 1996-97. The Red Raiders, whose only other loss was to No. 1 Duke, and Jayhawks are tied for the Big 12 lead.Nick Weiler-Babb and Lindell Winnington scored 11 points apiece, including a bucket for each after the Red Raiders had pulled even at 61-all with less than two minutes remaining.Weiler-Babb hit a tiebreaking jumper, and Winnington added an alley-oop layup from Tyrese Haliburton after Jacobson blocked Jarrett Culver’s layup attempt.Culver had 20 points and 16 rebounds for his second double-double of the season. Davide Moretti scored 10 points.Jacobson’s double-double was his third of the season.last_img read more

A Valley great

first_imgWith the passing of former Los Angeles City Councilman Ernani Bernardi on Wednesday, the San Fernando Valley has lost one of its all-time great leaders and local heroes. Bernardi was a populist in the truest sense of the word, a captive of neither ideology nor partisanship, but determined to do the best for those he served. He was a champion of taxpayers as well as the poor, a wonk as well as an artist, the rare politician who took the time to listen to his constituents’ concerns. His life story is vintage Valley. A native of Illinois, Bernardi was forced to drop out of college during the Great Depression. He became a professional musician, playing with the likes of Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey, a career that ultimately brought him out to California in 1939, with his family settling in Van Nuys in 1942. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE After music, he went into contracting and eventually politics. In 1961, he was first elected to the council, where, before the era of term limits, he stayed until 1993. As a councilman, Bernardi refused to go along to get along, becoming famous among his colleagues for his dissenting “no” votes. He opposed wasteful spending in city government and had a special commitment to helping the poor. In one year, he even opened the doors of City Hall to the homeless when local shelters ran out of room. But perhaps his biggest battle and victory came in 1977 when Bernardi went to court to fight city leaders’ plans to use the Community Redevelopment Agency to funnel limitless taxpayer money into building up downtown. The resulting “Bernardi cap,” which limits the tax dollars that can be locked into downtown development, continues to protect other L.A. neighborhoods to this day. In this era of political cynicism, it does us all well to remember leaders like Bernardi, who was actually in public service to serve, and who took seriously his obligations to the people who elected him. Throughout the Valley and all L.A., he will be missed. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more