Croc Hunter’s crew coming to nab Reggie

first_img“We’re trying to get something together, maybe a little Reggie reception at the park for the beginning of summer,” Haley said of Lisa Haley and the Zydekats. “I’m getting phone calls and e-mails saying: `He’s back! He’s back!”‘ said Joeanne Valle, executive director of the Harbor City Chamber of Commerce. The news has thrilled city officials, since original news of the gator helped put Harbor City on the map. “My chamber board is jumping up and down,” Valle said. “Everybody seems to love this.” Some have speculated that this may be a different alligator, but Valle said it doesn’t really matter. “We don’t care. It’s just something to embrace.” Valle said plans are under way to bring a costumed Reggie to the May12 celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Harbor City Neighborhood Council. At Cafe Reggie on the Wilmington Harbor Park Golf Course near the lake, the $3.50 Reggie burgers are selling fast. “I was out golfing this morning, and everyone’s talking about it, `Have you seen Reggie yet?”‘ said Frank Tusieseina of Redondo Beach, marketing director of the cafe owned by his brother, Paul, of Gardena. [email protected] (310) 543-6696160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! With the re-emergence last week of Reggie the alligator, city officials are plotting the latest scheme to nab the wily critter out of Machado Lake in Harbor City. Although gator wranglers have been coming out of the woodwork to volunteer for the job, the newest plan picks up where the last one in 2005 left off – with Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn said she is working with a representative of the late Irwin and Qantas Airways to bring Irwin’s crew to Los Angeles in the next week or two to try to capture the celebrity alligator. “If we can get them a couple airline seats for the crew and cargo space for their equipment, (it looks like) everyone’s very interested in doing this,” Hahn said Friday. “They know Steve promised us that once Reggie was seen again he’d be back.” Before he was killed in a filming accident, Irwin visited Machado Lake in November 2005 and was on call until the reptile came out of hibernation in 2006. But Reggie dropped out of sight and was given up for dead. Until last week. On Monday, park visitors watched in stunned silence as an alligator that appeared to be about 7feet long swam across the southern end of the murky lake in Ken Malloy Harbor Regional Park. Several sightings – some of them photographed and filmed – have been reported since then. And the news has reignited “Reggiemania.” There are “I’m Back!” and “Reggie for President” T-shirts being hawked on the Internet, Reggie is blogging again and selling logo merchandise at www.savereggie.blogspot.com, and singer-songwriter Lisa Haley is writing a new verse for “Reggie Alligator,” a 2005 ode to the reptile. last_img
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Derelict buildings in Ramelton ‘a shame’ to see – Cllr

first_imgThe Letterkenny-Milford council is being called on to deal with the high number of derelict properties in many areas of Ramelton.Cllr Ian McGarvey said that the number of empty buildings has been a major issue for some time at The Mall, Bridge Street, Castle Street, Town Hall and the Quay.He said the problem has affected Ramelton over the years and it can also be a liability to property owners. Letterkenny-Milford Mayor John O’Donnell backed Cllr McGarvey’s motion and said: “We definitely need to take the lead on this as the local authority.”He said he thinks it’s “a shame” to see derelict properties all over the town.In response, the council said that there has been a limited application of the Derelict Sites legislation across the country due to the likely review of the legislation flagged in discussions under the Rebuilding Ireland initiative.Meanwhile, Ramelton is due to be examined under work programme of the council’s Regeneration and Development team. Derelict buildings in Ramelton ‘a shame’ to see – Cllr was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:letterkenny-milfordRameltonlast_img read more

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Guest blog from The Geocaching Junkie: Four reasons to make a muggle your valentine

first_img2. They’re good for securityAs a singleton I rarely had any qualms about going geocaching alone, but FTF runs at night in the woods on my own? Not so much. A supportive muggle will understand why you want to go look for a lunch box in a tree hollow in the dark, and will accompany you for safety. It’s also good to have someone who knows where you’re going and will be concerned if you’re not home when you say you’ll be (it’s good common sense to have such a person aware of your movements, regardless of your relationship status.) 3. They can hold stuff for youThis could be the geocaching equivalent of holding your wife’s purse while she is shopping! I won’t even comment on how many times I’ve dropped the lid of a nano while caching alone (I’ve always found it, honest!). When my muggle is with me, he now holds out his hands to me out of habit and holds the container while I sign the log. Falling in love with a fellow geocacher might just be the epitome of finding the perfect partner for many cachers, and we have all heard stories of eyes meeting across a crowd at an event, and diamond rings hidden in ammo cans – the ultimate swag! Take German cachers reality666 and annimiles for example: they met at a geocaching event in 2012 and got engaged at Europe’s First geocache (GC43) in April 2016.Unfortunately, since muggles (non geocachers—based on “muggle” from the Harry Potter series, which are non-magical people) outnumber geocachers by quite a margin, it’s unlikely that everyone can be lucky enough to be half of a geocaching pair. So what are the benefits of dating a muggle? I happen to be an expert on this subject, so here’s four reasons why having a muggle partner who supports your geocaching addiction has its own advantages!1. They make excellent lookoutsSure, they may not love poking their hands into places or generally getting their hands dirty, but their presence as lookout means that you can get stuck right in with your search without having to look over your shoulder every five seconds. SharePrint RelatedHow to throw an awesome New Year’s geocaching bash in 5 easy stepsNovember 10, 2015In “Community”GeoTea—an interview with the owners of a geocaching cafe in BelgiumFebruary 12, 2019In “Community”Geocacher of the Month Nominees – Add Your CommentsAugust 12, 2011In “Community”center_img 4. If all else fails, they will probably help you search for the cacheEven if it’s just so they can finally go home and have dinner, they are likely to help you search if you’re having trouble, and often will find it straight away—it’s amazing what a fresh pair of eyes can see, even in the same spot you’ve been searching for ten minutes!While finding another geocacher to be your partner-in-crime might seem like the perfect scenario for a dedicated cacher, having a ‘snuggle muggle’ as your significant other is really not such a bad thing. Are you coupled up with a muggle or a geocacher, or are you still looking for the first to find your heart?You can read more witty and adventurous articles from The Geocaching Junkie on her personal blog page: thegeocachingjunkie.comShare with your Friends:More We are featuring The Geocaching Junkie on our guest blog for Valentine’s Day.last_img read more

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BCCI pays Rs 7 crore to five stars for injuries

first_imgThe Indian cricket Board has made some touching gestures recently, like the one-time benefit purse to select retired Test and first-class players, including their widows, who were moved to tears on hearing the news.Now, in another praiseworthy gesture, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to compensate five players who had to forego part of their 2011 Indian Premier League (IPL) and Champions League T20 fees due to injuries sustained while representing India.The BCCI has decided to pay around Rs 7 crore as compensation to Sachin Tendulkar, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Rohit Sharma and Zaheer Khan for having missed matches in either IPL or Champions League T20 last year.The Board decided to pay compensation as it failed to insure the contracted players due to time constraint, despite promising them at a meeting in Mumbai before the February-April World Cup.The BCCI has, however, insured the 37 contracted players this year and is paying a premium of about Rs 4 crore.The then BCCI president and secretary, Shashank Manohar and N Srinivasan, respectively, had assured a group of senior players at the meeting that all the contracted players would be insured.”A few senior players – Sachin, MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, and Ashish Nehra etc. – had met Manohar and Srinivasan before the World Cup to discuss a few issues like that of the physios and players’ insurance,” a top BCCI official aware of the developments told Mail Today.”At the meeting, the players were assured that if any of the contracted players got injured while playing for India, he would get compensation for the money he would thus lose for missing matches for his IPL franchise either in the 2011 IPL or the Champions League T20,” he said.advertisementThe BCCI, however, could not get the insurance done because, as the official said, the two contracts – one between players and the Board and another between players and their franchises – were signed very late, leaving no time for the Board to complete the insurance formalities. “It so happened that Nehra got injured during the World Cup semifinals against Pakistan in Mohali and the other four players either got injured or aggravated their injuries on the tour of England, following the trip to the West Indies immediately after the World Cup,” said the official.Tendulkar missed the entire CLT20 due to a toe injury that he aggravated during the forgettable tour of England and missed the five-match ODI series after playing in the Test series.Middle order batsman Rohit was struck on the finger by a Stuart Broad delivery during the first ODI in Chester-le-Street on September 3.Munaf suffered an ankle injury when he fell on the ground while chasing the ball during the fifth ODI in Cardiff on September 16.Pace spearhead Zaheer was the biggest disappointment as he suffered a strained right hamstring on the very first day of first Test at Lord’s, London, on July 21.Left-arm pacer Nehra fractured his finger while attempting to take a catch of Shahid Afridi during the World Cup semi-finals against Pakistan and missed the entire 2011 IPL season for Pune Warriors India. He hasn’t played for India since.”Since the top BCCI official had given their word to the players, now Srinivasan, with due approval of the working committee, has decided to pay the compensation to the five players,” the official informed.”And, the Board has insured all the contracted players this year and is paying Rs 4 crore as premium.”last_img read more

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Costa Rica bring unique flavour, says S Kannan

first_imgThis is turning out to be an intense football World Cup. Almost anything you could have asked for is happening. Die-hard fans back home in India complain of being sleep-deprived and yet are glued to the television.The early demise of Spain’s Tiki-Taka has resulted in a lot of tears being shed for the defending champions, whose unbelievable run from the Euro 2008 win finally ended last week. Most of us also knew highly overrated England would never be able to get their act right. The pampered Three Lions looked as meek as a cat before being booted out.Oh, and what a way it came when Costa Rica kicked in an early goal against Italy on Friday. For those who love a rich blend of filter coffee, Costa Rica – which produces high-caffeine beans – showed they can blend it well on the field too.Costa Rica’s coach Jorge Luis Pinto (left) has been influential in the team’s success.There is nothing fancy about their football side as they do not have pin-up superstars who glare at you from Tshirts or hoardings. This Latin American country is unique in its own way. For a small country which has a fascinating 1,300km coastline with 300 exotic beaches situated between Nicaragua and Panama, one may wonder what is it that makes their football click.Indeed, coach Jorge Luis Pinto, a Colombian, has to get credit for the success in what had been termed the “Group of Death”. Pinto is a coach with immense experience. He has been coaching for almost three decades and has taken on 19 coaching jobs, this being his second stint with Costa Rica.advertisementObviously, his boys play with flair backed by a strong defence. To beat two-time world champions Uruguay and then pip four-time world champions Italy tells you the whole story about this rare democratic nation in Latin America. If one compares it with any football-playing European nation, Costa Rica looks pale. Yet, on the field, the brilliance of captain Bryan Ruiz stands out. Unlike Spain, the Costa Ricans play aggressively, so it was not surprising to see them commit 24 fouls against Italy!More important was their solid defence which made life miserable for Italy as they were caught in the off-side trap repeatedly.Such has been the dominance of Costa Rica that England must be dreading the thought of playing them in their last league match. At the same time, so forceful has been the showing from Pinto’s boys that either Italy or Uruguay is going to miss the cut for the Round of 16.In many ways, results in this World Cup have defied odds. Who would have thought that Spain, two time Euro champions and 2010 World Cup winners, would fall by the wayside in the first round. Obviously, playing with older players has done them no good and it’s about time there was a change. Sport is not about mourning but celebrating, the way Brazil has done the last 10 days. It is still early days and even as we read several negative reports about the host nation, on the field the football has been riveting.For the sheer number of goals scored, the Brazuca ball has caught the imagination of even those who are not hardcore football fans at home. Hardy, a chronic motorsport lover in the Capital, wonders why the FIFA World Cup gets so much play in the media! It’s only after watching a few matches that he realised how addictive the beautiful game is.It’s still early days for many teams and to predict who will win the World Cup is hazardous.A team like Chile has also looked refreshing and Belgium has rebuilt its side well. As a small nation with just 34 professional clubs spread over two divisions, they would be worth watching. More importantly, this European side has shown that the fluid 4-3-3 formation can work wonders on the field. The huge disappointment has been England and they need to take the blame for it. When one talks of club football, England offers huge money. Over the years, all English football has done is provide EPL fans unending excitement.Yet, when it comes to the major events like the World Cup and the European Championship, the English side looks jaded. Serious football writers mince no words when they criticise the Three Lions for their faint-hearted efforts. The lament is more about how players like Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard do not play with heart. They are definitely the under-performers in the truest sense as these super-rich players have played below par.advertisementIt is well known that since Britain wants to win medals in track and field in the Olympics at any cost, they import players, pay them a fortune and then celebrate their medals. Prime example, Mo Farah.The time has come when the English Football Association would do well to hire foreign recruits not just for their cash-rich clubs but also their national side. That seems the only way this bunch of losers can learn to [email protected]last_img read more

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Angelina Jolie Shares Her Preventive Surgery Decision

first_imgLast week the New York Times published a shocking op-ed penned by actor and activist Angelina Jolie, titled “My Medical Choice”.In it, Jolie announced that in April she had a double mastectomy even though she did not have breast cancer. The operation was preventative.Jolie lost her mother at age 56 from the disease, and Jolie herself carries the BRCA1 gene, a mutation of the BRCA gene, which she says increases a woman’s chances of getting breast cancer by 65 percent. Jolie’s doctors estimated her risk at 87 percent, and at 50 percent for ovarian cancer, which is also affected by the mutated gene.In the piece, Jolie described the procedures she underwent, including the “nipple delay” pre-treatment to increase the survival chances of the nipples, followed by the mastectomy and later the reconstructive surgery.“I wanted to write this to tell other women that the decision to have a mastectomy was not easy,” wrote Jolie. “But it is one I am very happy that I made. My chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87 percent to under 5 percent. I can tell my children that they don’t need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer.”Feeling empowered for taking action and feeling no less feminine because of the surgery, Jolie wrote, “For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options. I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices.”Copyright ©2013Look to the Starslast_img read more

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