Dodgers: Positive test not negative for Kuo

first_imgA Major League Baseball official said the commissioner’s office is looking into the matter. But that investigation appears to be merely procedural in nature, and it is highly unlikely that Kuo would face punishment by MLB for failing a drug test in a competition that took place separately from, and independently of, MLB. “Kuo did not take anything illegal or against major-league drug policy,” Chang said. Kuo did not travel with the team for Monday’s Grapefruit League game with Baltimore, but he did tell the Associated Press back in Vero Beach that, “I just play baseball. I didn’t take anything.” Chang said he has been in touch with Dodgers officials about the matter and that those officials were satisfied with the explanation. Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was traveling and unavailable for comment, but the club issued a statement. “We have spoken with Kuo and his agent, and we are aware that Major League Baseball is looking into this issue,” it read. “Given Kuo’s explanation that this was simply cold medicine, we consider it a non-issue unless new developments come to light.” FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Dodgers left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, who pitched five strong innings to help his native Chinese Taipei to victory in the first round of the Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, in December, tested positive for the banned substance ephedra before that event. But it doesn’t appear Kuo intentionally ingested the substance, nor does it appear the test will create a problem for either Kuo or the Dodgers. A Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee official told the Associated Press that Kuo and two other Taiwanese players who tested positive for ephedra had ingested the substance innocently through either a cold or pain medication. The three reportedly were then asked to clear all future medications through the team’s doctors. Kevin Chen, secretary general of CTOC, told the Associated Press that the situation is, “completely innocent.” Alan Chang, Kuo’s Chicago-based agent, said his client took an herbal medicine that “could cause the positive test result.” Chang wasn’t sure whether the medicine actually contained ephedra or another substance that might mimic ephedra in a drug test. center_img Chang also denied that the drug test was the reason Kuo didn’t pitch in the championship game, saying Kuo instead had shut himself down at the request of Dodgers officials because he felt mild pain in his pitching arm. Kuo didn’t pitch again until he arrived last month in spring training, but he appears to be healthy now and is a slight favorite to land the vacant fifth spot club’s in the starting rotation. tony.jackson@dailynews.com (818) 713-3675 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

Urgent care

first_imgThe LAUSD lacks any coherent system for spending its money wisely. The minidistrict plan that was supposed to bring decentralization and parental involvement has been a sham, delivering neither. Worst of all, there is simply no accountability within the LAUSD. As the study describes it, “directives are given but few, if any, consequences are enforced for noncompliance.” From this springs a 50 percent dropout rate, atrocious test scores, millions of wasted dollars, the incalculable squandering of young people’s opportunities, and the heroic efforts of committed, talented teachers thwarted by an indifferent and unresponsive bureaucracy. Brewer’s study has ably documented in a comprehensive, professional way what even casual observers already knew: This is a district in need of a radical overhaul. We can only hope that this documentation will make it easier for him to achieve that overhaul. But it will be a brutal, uphill battle. As the many ignored studies before it demonstrate, it’s much easier to write a report than to right the LAUSD. Brewer is going to need all the help he can get, especially from the school board, which ultimately calls the shots. That’s one more reason why San Fernando Valley voters should elect reformer Tamar Galtazan to the school board next month. She brings the sense of urgency, the commitment to priorities, that the LAUSD desperately needs.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And those key words – “not responding to priorities” and “no sense of urgency” – strike at the heart of what’s wrong. The LAUSD is an entity unto its own. It exists not so much to educate children or to serve the public, but to serve itself, which is why it’s so averse to change and to correction, and has been for so long. As the report’s authors note, if there’s one thing the LAUSD hasn’t been lacking, it’s suggestions for improvement. Over the past few years alone, there have been multiple audits, exhaustive studies and long lists of recommendations for how to turn the district around. All have been ignored. Meanwhile, the school board has micromanaged the district and failed in its real responsibility to set policy. `THE current culture in LAUSD is one typified by not responding to priorities and deadlines, and there is no sense of urgency among managers.” That damning sentence says all you need to know about the state of the Los Angeles Unified School District. It comes from an independent study commissioned by new Superintendent David Brewer III. The report is a 115-page catalog of horrors about the lack of accountability, standards, organization and competence within the bureaucratic behemoth to which we entrust the care and education of our children. It makes for scary reading. last_img

Real estate agent catered to the stars

first_imgElaine Young, the real estate agent to the stars who bought and sold so many celebrity properties that she became a celebrity herself, died Thursday. She was 71. Young died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center after a months-long battle with cancer, according to her daughter, Jennifer Young, and her brother, Tony Garber. Glamorous and ebullient, she lived a life that rivaled those of her star clients, who included Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, Warren Beatty, Burt Reynolds, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder, among others. She married six times, once to a famous film star, Gig Young, who was the father of her daughter. She appeared on television, was profiled in major publications, and drove a Rolls-Royce convertible with the license plate “Elaine 7.” She underwent 46 surgeries to try to remove the material and correct the problem. The doctor, meanwhile, committed suicide and Young never received any compensation for the medical disaster. In the end, the disease that claimed her life began with a cancerous tumor in the part of her face that had endured so many surgeries. Young’s soft voice and gentle manner belied her flossy image, and famous clients were drawn to her. Indeed, she was one of them, born and raised in the realm of Hollywood. Her father, David S. Garber, was a manager at Universal Studios and she grew up with the movie business. She graduated from North Hollywood High School and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. When she began selling wildly expensive Southern California palaces, she acknowledged that even bringing herself to tell clients the price was daunting. She listed her first million-dollar home in the 1970s and recalled showing it to a potential buyer who pointed out that it had only one bathroom. “I got up all my courage and I said, ‘Well, what do you expect for a million dollars?”‘ Young recalled.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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt was in the Rolls that she shuttled her clients to some of the most pricey properties in Southern California. One of her sales was a $25 million estate belonging to the Sultan of Brunei. Her more recent listings included the multimillion-dollar estate of rock legend Smokey Robinson. Fame and Hollywood’s glitzy lifestyle had its dark side, however, one that may have contributed to Young’s demise. In the 1970s she did what many Hollywood stars were doing, sought to improve her appearance through cosmetic surgery. It was the beginning of a horror story that would haunt her for the rest of her life. As she told it many times in interviews warning others about the pitfalls of such operations, she was maimed by a doctor who injected loose silicone into her face to accentuate her cheekbones. After a time, the silicone began to migrate, causing eye problems and disfigurement. last_img read more

TWELVE COLÁISTE AILIGH PUPILS OFF TO ST LOUIS FOR STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM

first_imgFEATURES: Twelve lucky Coláiste Ailigh Transition Year students are off to St Louis for three weeks as part of an exchange program with four private high schools.The program is in its eleventh year and the six girls will be split between Villa Duchesne and St Josephs Academy, whilst the boys will attend Priory College and Desmet High school. Its a fantastic opportunity for the students and one of the main highlights of their transition Year program.The exchange program is jointly organised by Coláiste Ailigh and the Donegal Friends of St Louis  who have been promoting economic, cultural, tourist and educational links between the two counties since 1992.The students will be accompanied on their outward journey by Príomhoide na scoile , Micheál Ó Giobúin.This years lucky participants are: ó clé: Conchúr Ó Luádhóg, Amy Ní Cheallacháin, Jenni Ní Chnaimhsí, Micheál Mac Suibhne, Eoin Mac Gaoithin, Sean Mac an Ultaigh, Aileen Nic Phaidin, Altan Ní Mhurchú, Niamh Ní Riain, Jordan De Barra, Ruairí Ó Buaidhe, Aoibhinn Ní Mhuireadhaigh (asl) TWELVE COLÁISTE AILIGH PUPILS OFF TO ST LOUIS FOR STUDENT EXCHANGE PROGRAM was last modified: March 30th, 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:Colaiste AilighExchange ProgramFeaturesnewslast_img read more

JUDGE ORDERS CLLR JOHN O’DONNELL TO APPEAR IN COURT OR FACE ARREST

first_imgA DISTRICT Judge has warned controversial politician John O’Donnell to appear in court next month or face arrest over a long-running failure to pay compensation to a woman injured on a building site.Petra Kucklick, a German native from Mill Cottage, Rooskey, Creeslough, appeared before Letterkenny District Civil Court today to press her claim against Cllr O’Donnell.The politician was at the centre of a scandal last month when he appeared on an RTE Investigates programme in which he appeared to ask for cash for political favours. He has denied the allegations. Ms Kucklick’s barrister Laura O’Reilly, representing the Legal Aid Board, said Ms Kucklick had been awarded personal injury compensation in 2008 and Mr O’Donnell had failed to pay any of the award.The 2008 judgement related to an incident in 2000 in which Mr O’Donnell had driven over the foot of Ms Kucklick at a building site in the county.Ms O’Reilly told District Judge Paul Kelly that there was now €33,000 in arrears and Mr O’Donnell, on 1 Larganreagh, Downings, had failed to make any payments despite several previous court appearances.She said the case had been adjourned in 2014 with liberty to re-enter and Ms Kucklick was now pursuing the case again.O’Donnell’s solicitor Kevin McElhinney said his client had only received papers in the case before Christmas. He had provided a statement of means in November 2014 and wasn’t in a position to pay anything to Ms Kucklick.However Ms O’Reilly said O’Donnell had consistently failed to comply with an instalment order and had failed to provide details of his Northern Ireland bank accounts.She said euro bank accounts provided to her client had shown that Mr O’Donnell was collecting substantial rents on properties.Mr McElhinney said the assets referred to in previous correspondence had debts over them, with one property worth €130,000 with a debt of €180,000.However Ms O’Reilly said Mr O’Donnell’s bank statements showed rents coming in and no mortgages on the properties going out. She asked the judge to issue a bench warrant for his arrest.District Judge Paul Kelly was told that Mr O’Donnell wasn’t in court today as he was out of the country.The judge ordered that O’Donnell provide answers to all questions raised in court today by Ms O’Reilly.He adjourned the case peremptory against Mr O’Donnell until February 3.The judge told Mr McElhinney: “Explain to Mr O’donnell if he is not in court the next time, I will issue a warrant for his arrest.”JUDGE ORDERS CLLR JOHN O’DONNELL TO APPEAR IN COURT OR FACE ARREST was last modified: January 6th, 2016 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:CouncillorJohn O’DonnellRTElast_img read more

COUNCIL BITE BACK IN ROW OVER SANDWICH BOARD SIGNS

first_imgLetterkenny Town Council is to approach traders on the town’s Main Street in relation to the ongoing stand-off over sandwich boards and signage on the footpaths.The issue was again raised by Cllr Tom Crossan who previously said the sandwich boards were unsightly and should be removed.Other councillors complained that a number of pedestrians had actually injured themselves by walking into them or tripping over them. Cllr Crossan again raised the matter at this week’s meeting of the town council and asked what was the up-to-date situation with the advertising boards.He was told that the matter is to be discussed shortly between the Chamber of Commerce, local businesses and the tidy towns committee.Cllr Crossan was assured that all stakeholders will work together to leave the town in the best possible condition for the upcoming tidy towns adjudication.Ends COUNCIL BITE BACK IN ROW OVER SANDWICH BOARD SIGNS was last modified: May 11th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Men’s Basketball Defeats Upper Iowa in Exhibition, 95-88

first_img Kennesaw State 11/7/2019 – 7 p.m. Story Links Next Game: DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University men’s basketball team defeated the Upper Iowa Peacocks, 95-88, in a high scoring exhibition Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Center. The contest was the Bulldogs’ lone exhibition and featured the Knapp Center debut of three new Bulldogs along with the veteran core.The Bulldogs were led in scoring by sophomore forward Liam Robbins (Davenport, Iowa), who walked away with 22 points and also led on the defensive end with five blocks in his appearance as the team’s go-to big man. Junior guard Roman Penn (Calumet City, Ind.) made a strong showing in his first game with Drake, leading the team at the point guard position. He finished behind Robbins in scoring with 15 points, padded with a steal and four rebounds.Filling a more prominent role, senior Anthony Murphy (Merrillville, Ind.) was the standout finishing with a double-double with 14 points, 18 rebounds and five assists. Multiple drives by Murphy later in the second half helped the Bulldogs maintain momentum and pull away from the Peacocks. Murphy also saw the most playing time with nearly 38 minutes on the court.”We’ve got a lot of things to do and things to clean up this week,” said Drake head coach Darian DeVries. “I’m excited about this group and I think we did some good things tonight, especially offensively. I thought we really moved it when we got out in transition.”The Peacocks were led by Jareese Williams, a redshirt junior at guard, with 23 points. Freshman guard Jake Hilmer led the team in assists with six, while fellow guard Travis Goede led with 10 rebounds. “Exhibition games are teachable moments and we certainly have plenty of teachable moments to go into this week with,” DeVries said. “Defensively, we were disappointing. Who we were today is not who we are from a defensive philosophy.”In a quick first half, the Bulldogs controlled the lead, only giving it up once early on when the Peacocks took over at 17-16. Drake responded with a 15-point run to reclaim that lead at 31-19. Robbins led in the paint early, scoring seven points down low and collecting four of his five blocks. The Bulldogs would hold the lead until halftime, although the Peacocks would close the gap and finish the half just behind at 46-41.The second half saw a reverse with the Bulldogs giving up the lead at 64-60 nearly seven minutes into the half. This span marked the beginning of a back-and-forth that saw both teams keeping within a possession of each other until about four minutes were left in the half. Murphy kept the ball in the Bulldogs’ hands with seven defensive rebounds to reclaim control of the game as Drake eventually pulled away.”That was really good for us to get that exposed now and clean that up this week,” DeVries said. “We will have a sense of urgency going into this week because there are no more freebies.”The Bulldogs open up the regular season at home against Kennesaw State on Nov. 7, with tip-off scheduled for 7 p.m.Print Friendly Version Full Schedule Roster center_img Watch Live Preview Buy Tickets Live Stats ESPN 1350 ESPN+ Box Score (PDF) last_img read more

MAN WAS CAUGHT SPEEDING AT 135KPH

first_imgA man caught driving at 135 kph in a 100kph speed zone has been fined €300.Daniel McConnell, of Don Glebe, Glenswilly was stopped by Gardai operating a speed check at Sharon Glebe, Manorcunningham.Gardai told Letterkenny District Court said they stopped the grey Lexus car being driven by McConnell. A fixed penalty notice had ben sent out but had not been paid.Judge Paul Kelly fined McConnell €300 and gave hi two months to pay.MAN WAS CAUGHT SPEEDING AT 135KPH was last modified: November 24th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:courtDaniel McConnelldonegalGardaiglenswillyspeedinglast_img read more

Daniel won’t splash out on big Christmas presents or do the festive shopping!

first_imgDaniel O’Donnell has revealed that he won’t be splashing out on bigChristmas presents or doing the festive shopping this year.He may be considered a Mammy’s boy.But when it comes to ordering the turkey and ham and other Christmasessentials, Daniel O’Donnell knows his place. He told fans that he stays away from shops when it comes to gettinghis house ready for the festive season.He said “As far as shopping is concerned, I’m not a great shopper. SoMajella my wife would do all of the necessary or get all of thenecessary things.“I might run out and get all the things that are not needed, likeextra sweets and things that are not good for you to eat on ChristmasDay but still very necessary to have.”And despite all his wealth, the millionaire singer said that he doesnot splash out on extravagant gifts but prefers to plan things firduring the year with his beloved wife. “As far as Christmas presents for one and other we pick something thatwe both like to do so sometimes we might pick a cruise so we knowwe’re going to do it so it’s not a big surprise.“But there’s always a little thing that we’re not expecting.It might not be something very much but and what that is it might notbe very much but it remembers this Christmas that we’re celebrating,”he said.It is not known if Daniel will be spending Christmas at home inKincasslagh as his luxury mansion is currently undergoing a majorrenovation with RTE’s architect Dermot Bannon for a celebrity versionof his About the House show.Daniel won’t splash out on big Christmas presents or do the festive shopping! was last modified: November 22nd, 2017 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:CHristmasdaniel o’donnellPresentsshoppinglast_img read more

Good news for GAA fans as road diversion lifted for Donegal’s clash with Galway

first_imgDonegal County Council has agreed to lift the proposed road closure at the N13 between Kilross & Stranorlar at Tircallen to accommodate those travelling to the game tomorrow. Donegal GAA are to welcome Galway at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny at 2:30pm for the Allianz National Football League Division 1, with huge numbers set to make their way to Letterkenny for the game.The road closure came into effect last night at 7pm, however the Council has told Donegal GAA that they are doing all they can to complete the roadworks by tomorrow. “The contractor will work around the clock to ensure that the culvert is fitted and the road is tarred prior to Sunday morning and it is hoped that the road will be fully re-opened on Sunday morning to allow for the diversions to be lifted and traffic to flow freely without restrictions on the road,” a spokesperson for Donegal GAA explains.“In a worst case scenario if the works are not completed by Sunday morning, the traffic coming from the south of the county and Galway will be permitted to travel on one lane of the road without restrictions (no traffic lights), whilst the diversion will remain in place for traffic coming from Letterkenny.“For traffic leaving the game in Letterkenny the diversion will be changed to allow traffic from the match to travel through without restriction and the diversion will be in place for traffic coming for the south of the county.”“As of now we expect a small time delay, however NO restrictions will be in place for those travelling to the game from the south of the county or Galway – the road will be open on the return journey also.” Donegal GAA will be in contact with Donegal County Council throughout the weekend.Good news for GAA fans as road diversion lifted for Donegal’s clash with Galway was last modified: February 3rd, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:Allianz National Football League Division 1.diversiondonegalDonegal County CouncilGAAGalwayROADSlast_img read more