Shore’s best senior cagers to play in All-Star Games

first_img Freehold Township hosting boys and girls games tomorrow night BY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer Marlboro and Red Bank Catholic’s senior girls will be on the same side tomorrow night. The seniors, who have dominated Shore Conference basketball during their four years, will be teammates on the North all-star team at Friday night’s Shore Basketball Coaches 2004 All-Star Game at Freehold Township starting at 6 p.m. The annual all-star game pits the best boys and girls seniors in the North Divisions against the best from the South. Chakhia Cole, Jenna Gatto and Christie Kastner, three-fourths of Marlboro’s celebrated senior class (guard Brina Pollack was the fourth member) will play together one more time on the North stars. The Mustangs won 101 games during their four years together. Included in those 101 wins are three Central Jersey Group IV titles and the 2003 Group IV state crown. This past season, the Mustangs collected their third sectional title and were beaten by Paterson Eastside in the Group IV final. Cole won the Kerwin Award (for being the top player in the Shore) for a record-tying second straight year. Red Bank Catholic won two Shore Conference Tournaments and two Parochial A state titles while Ali D’Amico, Lisa Kuchinski and Heather Westrol played together. The girls were the Parochial A champions this year and advanced to the Tournament of Champions semifinal, losing to eventual defending champion Shabazz, which went on to win a second straight crown. If that wasn’t enough, there is Rumson-Fair Haven’s Gately Golden who led the Bulldogs to the CJ II state sectional title. Rounding out the North squad are: Jamie Boyce, Keyport; Maura Burk, Freehold Township; Natashia Clackey, Long Branch; Michelle Dean, Middletown North; Ashley Healy, Howell; Kara Hertze, Raritan; Melissa Lehman, Shore Regional; and Jasmin Rodriguez, Holmdel. The South team they are facing is led by Freehold Borough’s Jen Towers, one of the best pivot players in the Shore; Colts Neck’s Meighan Kelly, who led the Shore in steals; and Christine Silvers and Ashley Reinecke of Toms River North, who sparked the Mariners to the South Jersey Group IV championship. Rounding out the South team are: Kathy Detata, Brick; Brittany Ester, Toms River East; Stephanie Longdo, Southern Regional; Samantha Hammil, St. Rose; Dana Danziger, Pt. Pleasant Boro; Stefanie Angstadt, Manasquan, Liz Imbriacco, St. Rose, Michele Fabio, St. Rose, Caitlin Burton, Colts Neck, Leslee Anderson, Manchester; and Natalie Zacharias, Monsignor Donovan. Marlboro’s Brian Nash, Howell’s Julie Hoebee and Raritan’s Erika Graham are the North coaches while Freehold Borough’s Suzanne Libro, Brick’s Mark Truhan and Manchester’s Rodney Copeland are coaching the South stars. The stars will be out on the boys’ side as well. The Shore’s leading scorer and Kerwin Award winner Manny Ubilla of Freehold Township will join the Raritan duo of Mike Nunes and Joe Reyes, who made the Rockets the Shore’s No. 1 team and the Group III state champions. The Rockets also won a game in the Tournament of Champions before falling to eventual champion St. Anthony. Rounding out the North stars are: Gerard Genevive, St. John Vianney; Corey Haskins, Red Bank Regional; Phil Hershowitz, Shore Regional; Matt Jetter, Mater Dei; Blaine Kordes, St. Rose; Ryan Kulat, Red Bank Regional; Dom Fone, Middletown North; Terrel Polk, Long Branch; Matt Presby, Manalapan; Walter Roberson, Freehold Township; D.J. Simms, Neptune; and Sarbjit Singh, Keyport. The South stars are led by one of the best pure-shooters in the Shore in Tom White of Manasquan, who led the Warriors to the Central Jersey Group IV title this winter. The South stars also have one of the year’s feel-good stories in Freehold Borough forward Sean Collier. Because of an asthma condition, Collier has done home study the last two years. The condition cleared up enough this year for him to return to school and get clearance to play basketball. He made the most of the opportunity, helping Freehold win 17 games and advance to the CJ III semifinals, and playing at a high enough level to make the all-star team. Rounding out the South stars are: Shawny Davis, Central Regional; Chris Earley, Manasquan; Todd Hampton, Colts Neck; Rick Hussey, Toms River East; Joe Maglione, Pinelands; Jason Miller, Rumson-Fair Haven; Ryan Mogila, Jackson; Pat Pryzblowski, Brick; Dan Redden, Brick; Vin Rivera, Pt. Pleasant Boro; Kenny Simms, Jackson; Ryan Tiplady, Toms River North; and Mike Zizack, Toms River East. RBR’s Scott Martin and Keyport’s Kevin Flynn will coach the North, and Freehold Borough’s Brian Donahue and Brick’s Joe Louis, the South. The boys will tip off at 8 p.m. Since all of the seniors have played their final scholastic games and college basketball is in the future for many, the all-star games will feature one significant change. Instead of four eight-minute quarters as in high school games, the all-star games will be 40 minutes (two 20-minute halves), as in college. BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Freehold Townshiphosting boys and girlsgames tomorrow night last_img read more

Torres pounces late to send Chelsea second

first_imgFernando Torres capitalised on a defensive blunder to score a last-minute winner and secure Chelsea a 2-1 Premier League victory over Manchester City at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.The Spain striker, who set up Andre Schuerrle’s first-half goal, gleefully fired into an empty net after a mix-up between City defender Matija Nastasic and Joe Hart.Sergio Aguero had levelled soon after halftime for City as victory lifted Chelsea back up to second place, level on 20 points with Liverpool and two behind leaders Arsenal.Roberto Soldado’s 80th minute penalty secured Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 home win over Hull City and moved them up to fourth, while Sunderland moved off the foot of the table after substitute Fabio Borini lashed in a superb late winner in a 2-1 derby victory over Newcastle United.Italian Borini, on loan from Liverpool, lifted the gloom at the Stadium of Light when he thundered a 25-metre rocket past a flailing Tim Krul six minutes from time.Swansea City and West Ham United drew 0-0 in Sunday’s other game.last_img read more

Britain out of Davis Cup

first_imgThe hosts’ Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau defeated Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot 7-6 5-7 7-5 7-5 in Rouen, eliminating Great Britain without the need for two scheduled singles rubbers on Sunday.Dan Evans and Kyle Edmund had previously lost singles matches on Friday, meaning Saturday’s doubles was a must-win for Great Britain but they were ultimately unable to keep the quarter-final alive into the final day.France, who haven’t won the Davis Cup in 16 years, asserted their dominance immediately on Saturday when Mahut and Benneteau snatched the opening set on a tie-break. Across the entire tie, it was France’s seventh consecutive set without Britain winning any.The rot was stopped, albeit briefly, by Britain’s doubles team when Inglot struck a majestic lob to gain control of the second set allowing Murray to serve his side onto the score-board. It would prove to be Britain’s finest moment of the quarter-final.Mahut, a former world No 1 at doubles, showed his class in the third set moments after wasting a set point by forcing another advantage for France, which they took to go 2-1 ahead.Mahut played a shot from the crowd’s side of the advertising hoardings in the stand-out moment of the final set, which France deservedly took to confirm a semi-final.last_img read more

Federer braced for Kyrgios test on sixth day of US Open

first_imgNick Kyrgios has his toughest assignment to date at this year’s US Open when he faces second seed Roger Federer in a third round encounter at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday, while Maria Sharapova takes on Jelena Ostapenko in a clash of big hitters.Five-times champion Federer eased through the opening rounds with typical Swiss precision, winning both matches in straight sets, while the hot-blooded Kyrgios was gently chided by the chair umpire to try harder before coming through his last match.The Australian has two four-setters under his belt and more than enough talent to give the evergreen 37-year-old Federer a fight — if he can contain his volatile temperament and get the most out of his potent serve.Kyrgios, who has clocked one of the fastest serves at Flushing Meadows this year, won his first-ever match against Federer in 2015, but has lost three in a row since, including one walkover.Similar to Federer, Sharapova has yet to drop a set, but that could easily change against the 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko, who can match the Russian’s raw power from the baseline but is also prone to fits of inconsistency.They face each other in the first match of the evening session on Arthur Ashe and current form suggests a contest mixing a lot of clean winners against plenty of unforced errors.Two-times champion Novak Djokovic is last up on Arthur Ashe against French 26th seed Richard Gasquet, while over at the Louis Armstrong Stadium both the men and women’s fourth seeds will attempt to reach the last 16.First up, Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber of Germany meets Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova for the 13th time in their career, having managed to edge ahead in their head-to-head with victories in both meetings this year.Alexander Zverev, who has been quietly impressive under the tutelage of Ivan Lendl, takes on fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber in the last match of the day session.Elsewhere, women’s fifth seed Petra Kvitova and men’s seventh seed Marin Cilic are also in action in the evening.last_img read more

Community-run trading posts help Amazon forest people reverse rural exodus

first_imgRiverine communities along the Xingu River basin in the Brazilian state of Pará are running their own trading posts that are significantly boosting the income of their members.By eliminating middlemen, the community-run posts are paying families up to twice as much for their Brazil nuts, rubber and other products collected in the forest.By buying in bulk, the posts are also able to sell essential household goods, such as salt, coffee, soap and boots, more cheaply to their members.These improvements mean that it is now economically viable for the families to go on living sustainably in the forest, and the rural exodus is being reversed. “We used to go into the forest to tap copaiba oil but we had no good way of selling it. The regatão [traveling river trader] paid us whatever he liked and took ages to give us the money. How could we survive like that?” asks Pedro Pereira de Castro, who lives in the Riozinho do Anfrísio Extractive Reserve, located within the Xingu River basin in the Brazilian Amazon.Today this has changed for the better. Pedro Pereira now manages the Paulo Afonso cantina, a trading post inside the reserve. Cantinas were previously controlled by the river traders, but today it is the community that runs them. Local families deliver their production of Brazil nuts, rubber and oils to the cantinas, in exchange for cash or essential household goods, such as soap, salt, coffee and boots.By running the cantinas themselves, these traditional Amazonian communities have eliminated the middlemen and greatly increased their incomes. It’s now possible for them and their children to stay in the forest, maintaining their traditional way of life, while receiving a decent income. No longer are they fleeing to Brazil’s urban areas to try and find work.Pedro Pereira de Castro runs the Paulo Afonso cantina, a trading post, in the Riozinho do Anfrísio Extractive Reserve. Image by Lilo Clareto.Derisvaldo Moreira lives in a land settlement project near Uruará, a town on the Transamazon highway. His community also collects forest products, but sells them to middlemen. He told Mongabay he was amazed at the higher prices the community-run cantinas in Riozinho do Anfrísio pay: “I got two reais a box for my Brazil nuts this year,” or about 50 U.S. cents. “The cantinas paid five.”Today there are 22 community-run cantinas in the region known as the Terra do Meio, the land that lies between the Xingu and Tapajós rivers. Eight are in indigenous territories and run by . The remaining 14 are in extractive reserves, or Resex, which were created in response to demands from traditional populations for a new kind of conservation unit that protected both the forest and their way of life. These are areas where the inhabitants have the right to practice traditional extractivism — hunting, fishing and gathering — as well as subsistence agriculture.The community association representing the 22 cantinas negotiates contracts with private companies and state bodies. It has secured long-term contracts with Swiss-based fragrance and flavor manufacturer Firmenich; Mercur, a Brazilian company promoting innovations; and Brazilian food manufacturer Wickbold. It also sells its products to the municipal governments of Altamira and Vitória do Xingu, and to a Brazilian cosmetics company, Atina, and is in advanced negotiations with the large Brazilian supermarket group Pão de Açúcar and a British cosmetics company, Lush.Together, the cantinas have a working capital of 530,000 reais ($134,000). Their Brazil nut sales from the last harvest alone brought in 1.5 million reais ($381,000).The families carry out simple processing tasks in the forest or at home, and more complex procedures in mini-plants that can be adapted for a variety of tasks. For instance, the same press used to crack Brazil nuts and cacao pods can also be used to extract oil from the andiroba almond or the babassu palm fruit, among other products.Processing babassu oil in the village of Potikro in the Trincheira-Bacajá Indigenous Territory, home to Xikrin Indians. Image by Leonardo de Moura.These new community-run cantinas have a democratic structure. The manager, chosen by the community, is in charge of financial administration and pays the families for their products, either in cash or goods, with prices fixed by the community.It’s a marked difference from previously, when the families were heavily exploited by the river traders. The new structure came about after they sought help from partners like the Socioenvironmental Institute (ISA) and the civil nonprofit Institute of Agricultural and Forest Management and Certification (IMAFLORA) to develop an alternative marketing network. They were seeking fair prices and long-term contracts that respected the way the communities functioned, and in tune with their seasonal rhythms.“The creation of a network of community cantinas and mini factories scattered across the region has driven the process by which beiradeiros [riverine families] and indigenous communities have become protagonists in the building of productive systems and the management of the territory as a whole,” Marcelo Salazar, office coordinator of the ISA in Altamira and one of the people who helped set up the network, told Mongabay.The network has helped to stem the rural exodus and reinvigorate extractivism. For instance, more than 150 long-abandoned pathways cut through the forest by rubber tappers have been reopened. “There were a lot of people who didn’t collect forest products any more, as it’s hard work and they didn’t earn much,” Pedro Pereira de Castro said. “Everyone was giving up and doing other things. But today we earn much more and people are going back to extractivism.”Dona Maria Laur, a beiradeira who manages the São Francisco cantina in the Rio Iriri Extractive Reserve, said the project had had a big impact on young people. “I’m amazed seeing young people breaking Brazil nuts because they were turning their back on the forest, staying at home,” she told Mongabay. “But today they spend all day working with their parents, they don’t want to go to the city.”Even those who left previously, she says, are coming back to the forest, drawn by the money they can earn from Brazil nuts. “If the nuts didn’t bring in money, how could we have got our children to come back and work with us?”The forest has gained prestige among young people, she says. “Something that everyone here will tell you is the change in the way youngsters view the forest. Even though people tell them they can earn good money from ranching, no one wants to fell the forest,” Dona Maria said.Dona Maria Laura in her house, which is also a cantina. The map on the wall behind her shows the locations of the other cantinas in the network. Image by Marcelo Salazar/ISA.It’s not only young people whose lives have been transformed, says Augusto Postigo, an anthropologist who is part of the ISA team working with the cantinas. “The strengthening of extractivism in the reserve has turned into a way of managing the reserve, with the reoccupation of land and the strengthening of rights over historical, traditional territory and the monitoring of protected areas,” he said. “At the same time, initiatives have been taken to improve education and health, because this is required to organize production.”Just as important as the economic benefits is the strengthening of the communities and their culture. “Everything is better because we’re all together,” Raimunda Araujo Rodrigues Nonata, who runs the Rio Novo cantina and coordinates the mini-processing plants, told Mongabay. “We’ve become one big family, with the network of cantinas.”It has become easier for communities to be in touch with each other, she says. “Now we have the extractive reserves, everyone has a radio [to communicate over long distances]. Today everyone is talking to each other and this helps us protect our territory. Everyone is paying attention to what is happening, commenting on the arrival of someone from outside.”These developments are disproving the widely held assertion that the extractivism, practiced by traditional communities occupying the Amazon forest is no longer viable in the modern world. These families have over the centuries acquired an extraordinary wealth of knowledge about the forest. But until recently it was difficult for them to use this knowledge, so valuable to efforts to conserve the forest, to make a decent living.Thanks to the families in the Terra do Meio, this is changing. They are giving the world a lesson in how to generate income sustainably from standing forest.Weighing babassu nuts in the mini factory in Potikro village in the Trincheira-Bacajá Indigenous Territory, home to Xikrin Indians. Image by Leonardo Moura. Agriculture, Amazon Agriculture, Amazon Conservation, Amazon People, Conservation, Conservation Solutions, Culture, Environment, Forests, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Indigenous Culture, Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Groups, Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Rights, Rainforests, Rivers, Saving The Amazon, Social Justice, Threats To The Amazon, Traditional People, Tropical Forests Article published by hayatcenter_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Front Runner Horse Seminar hailed a success

first_img REWARDING EXPERIENCE In a move to bring fresh ideas to the racing fraternity and to reinforce practices that were already known, Supreme Ventures Limited and Newport Mills, manufacturer of the Front Runner feed for horses, recently hosted a two-day seminar which targeted Trainers and Grooms. The seminar took place at Caymanas Track Limited and was presented by Dr Randel Raub, Vice President of Kentucky Equine Research, an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company that serves horse owners and the feed industry globally. Among the areas that the presentation focused on were the proper handling and safety around the horse; working more efficiently in the stables, and to increase safety for groom and horse; Improvement of the welfare of the horse; nutrition and feeding for speed; procedures to minimise disease spread in a barn or on a farm; breathing problems in race and performance of horses; minimising accidental drug positives. The cleaning and care of equipment, avoiding of the mucking of stalls, the wearing of dust masks, the use of safety equipment and being aware, were also highlighted during the presentation. For Raub, it was his first time in Jamaica and he found the experience a rewarding one. “I think the participants grasped a lot. There were some good questions and some very good discussions. I am happy that we had a full turnout,” he said. “We targeted the Trainers and Grooms because even if you’re doing this for years and years, sometimes you get a little complacent about what you know and what you think you know. It is good to be reaffirmed and reminded, because going to these types of presentations presents a real value. If you think you know all that there is to know, there’s a pretty good chance you don’t know all that there is to know. Winston Thomas, Technical Sales Manager, Newport Mills said that the brand’s involvement is important, because of the opportunity to see more holistic approaches to nutrition for the horse. He said that the aim is to now make the clinic an annual one. Trainer Anthony Nunes, had praises for the seminar. “I think the seminar is a fantastic move, not only by Newport Mills, but also Supreme Ventures. We need more of this, because when I started out in 1994, we use to have them more often. I think it is also beneficial to the grooms. I have 26 grooms and they were invited to attend the seminar’, Nunes said. “As far as Trainers go, the presentation about nutrition is a little more important to us, but overall, all of this has been beneficial.”last_img read more

Firefighter embraces passion for writing books

first_imgThe Stephen King of Fire Station 18 in Granada Hills can trade the fantasy world of literature for his firefighter’s yellow turnout coat and oxygen mask in less than a minute. Plenty of people have two jobs – working one by day, the other by night – but not like John Hicks. As a veteran firefighter/paramedic, he never really stops working. As a children’s author, he never totally puts books out of his mind. Between his two careers, he must simultaneously be a fireman, writer, student, businessman, publisher, promoter, husband and father of three. The trim, polite man with the well-groomed mustache and firm handshake keeps himself just about as busy as humanly possible. And whenever he finds a nice quiet moment to settle down to write, his other job yanks him back in. Hicks got into the writing game on a lark. He hadn’t written since high school and the closest he came to the literary world was reading the occasional Tom Clancy novel, but he started scribbling out ideas longhand on yellow pads after a casual conversation with a neighbor a few years ago. He didn’t specifically set out to write for kids, but most of his stories seemed to resonate best with a younger audience. Remembering the Hardy Boys books he read as a child, he made the writing punchy and filled with cliffhangers, as hard-boiled protagonists dodge gunfire and fireballs. His wife, Nancy, an attractive and exceedingly patient woman, offers a weary smile when she considers the times he’s pulled himself out of bed in the middle of the night to pound out another chapter. “Coming from a guy who didn’t like school that much, it was a surprise,” she said, as Hicks shyly looked away. “He’s worked really hard on this. Really hard.” That work led to “Divided World,” which he describes as “`Star Wars’ meets ‘Snow White.”‘ It sat on the shelf awhile as he finished “My Buddypack,” which deals with a boy’s struggle to deal with his father’s death, government agents and a mysterious knapsack. He published both in 2003, following up with “The Ghost of Fire Company 18” last year. He’s now got two more on the way and a one-man publishing company to turn his ideas into reality. “I write any time,” he said, on a rare day off in his Valencia home. “If I wake up at 2 a.m., I’ll do it for half an hour. In the afternoon, after all my work’s done, I’ll do this instead of watching TV.” This plays out to extreme lengths. When Nancy goes shopping, he waits in the car, pounding away at his laptop, stealing 20 minutes here and there to write, edit and market his books. During family functions, when the conversation ebbs and the kids head off to watch a movie, on goes the computer. Writing has consumed his life, as he not only authors novels and a soon-to-be-published humor compendium for first responders, but also serves as Quiet Man Publishing’s sole employee. He’s also the financier for the company, named for his favorite John Wayne film, and sold his Suzuki DRZ-400 motorcycle to finance his latest novel. After five years and $15,000 worth of book sales, he’s finally making a modest profit for his long hours, watching his books sell nationally in Barnes & Noble, Borders and through his Web site, He attends book signings, reads at schools, writes letters to Oprah, hopes a studio will option his work, anything to make the venture pay for the swath it’s chewed through his free time. “I don’t know how he finds the time, between studying for the captain’s exam, being a paramedic and doing all the work here,” said Don Matthews, Station 18’s engineer. “I’ve got my copy of his book tucked away for when he’s famous. No one’s touching that baby.” And that’s the strange thing about Hicks – rather than slacking off on his primary career to pursue his literary dreams, he’s actually trying to get better. After a year-and-a-half of study, he passed the two-part test and made the list to be considered for captain, a position he hopes to attain later this year. The guys who man the 1999 Pierce fire engine at the Granada Hills station that serves as his second home give Hicks a hard time, giving him his good-natured Stephen King nickname and kidding him for his slavish devotion to work. If he’s not cleaning, training or exercising, they know exactly where to find him. “Whenever there’s any downtime, he’s always on the laptop,” said Jim Hoeft, a firefighter who pulls the Sunday night shift with Hicks. “He’s real good about making the time to work.” He recently finished the first responder’s book, co-authored with a sheriff’s deputy friend, hoping to put the book out in March. His fourth novel, “The Day Billy Lost His Weirdness,” should be available in the summer. This constant push for success has not been easy as Hicks weighs the delicate balance between family life and his demanding dual careers. Though he tries to maintain the confident demeanor of an entrepreneur, he privately admits fatigue. The long nights, the constant hustle, the ceaseless promotion, they wear on him just as much as the firefighting injuries. And yet he keeps searching for a way, figuring that somehow, eventually, he’ll find his reward. “I’m always guilt-ridden, trying to juggle work and my wife and kids,” he said. “It’s so hard, but hopefully, it’ll pay off. I’ll keep writing until people notice.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 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 MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “You have an idea, then the bell rings and 60 seconds later, you’re out the door,” he said. “You learn to hit ‘save’ real quick. With this job, you never know. It could be quiet all day, then the next thing I know, I’m on a strike team headed north.” The other guys at the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Granada Hills station fill their spare time lifting weights, watching TV or trying out new recipes. The 41-year-old Hicks takes his Dell laptop into a corner and steps into his imagination. His writer’s salon consists of a square desk, four beds, two brown leather easy chairs and a television. When the calls are light and his paramedic skills aren’t needed, he holes up and hammers out tales of kids, ghosts and the fire department that’s been his job since he was just 19 years old. It’s been a taxing one, too. In his 21 years of service, the past 15 of which he’s done double duty as a paramedic, he’s had triple hernia surgery, torn his right rotator cuff, broken his ankle and suffered second-degree burns on his knees and ears. Unless his writing career blows up overnight, he’ll have at least nine more years with the department before he can retire with a pension. last_img

Transfer ALERT! Atletico Madrid to battle Liverpool and Spurs for Italian ace

first_img1 Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi is in-demand ahead of the summer transfer window Atletico Madrid have reignited their pursuit of Liverpool and Tottenham target Domenico Berardi.Reports in Italy last month claimed that the Sassuolo ace had already agreed to join Inter Milan in the summer.However, it appears as though that suggestion was wide of the mark and now the chasing pack have been given fresh hope ahead of the summer transfer window.Both Liverpool and Spurs have been extensively linked with the 22-year-old striker, who has scored 40 goals in 102 Serie A outings for the club.But, according to El Mundo Deportivo, Atletico Madrid are drawing up a second approach for Berardi.The Spanish club, who had an offer rebuffed by Sassuolo last summer, have sent scouts to watch him in action this month and are now hopeful of concluding a deal.last_img read more

Abe’s face-lift meant to thwart the dishonest

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2“We have to stay ahead of any threats we see evolving,” the director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Larry Felix, said in an interview with The Associated Press. “Currency is a trust medium. Once you lose trust, you can’t gain it back,” he said. Felix said the new colors for the $5 bill and other design changes had not been chosen, but probably will resemble the changes made for the other denominations. Those included introducing pale colors into the background of the bills and adding various features in color, such as an American eagle in blue on the $20 bill and the Statue of Liberty’s torch in red on the $10 note. Felix said Lincoln’s portrait will remain on the $5 bill, as will the Lincoln Memorial on the other side, but the presentations of both images might be updated slightly. Under the timetable, the bureau will settle on a new design for the $5 bill by the fall of 2007 and hopes to begin introducing the new notes in the first quarter of 2008. The announcement of the design change is being made now to provide time for the nation’s vending machine industry and transit companies to make the necessary changes in their equipment.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WASHINGTON – Honest Abe is going to be more colorful after all. The government said Wednesday that it had reversed course and decided to redesign the $5 bill with a splash of color to keep counterfeiters at bay. Originally, the Bureau of Engraving and Printing had planned to exempt the $5 bill and Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president, from the design makeovers introduced over the past three years for the $50, $20 and $10 bills. But officials said they changed their minds in part so they could respond to a new scam in which counterfeiters are bleaching the ink off $5 notes and then printing counterfeit $100 bills on the bleached paper. last_img read more

England Women win SheBelieves Cup with emphatic defeat of Japan

first_img shining 3 Neville guided his side to victory with two wins and a draw in their three matches Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions no dice However, the Lionesses’ success came at a cost as Izzy Christiansen limped off injured with the start of the World Cup only three months away.The Lyon midfielder was reduced to tears while receiving treatment for possible knee and ankle problems suffered during a hefty collision with Japan defender Risa Shimizu.England, after beating Brazil and drawing with world champions the United States earlier in the four-team tournament, needed victory in Tuesday’s winner-takes-all encounter to lift the trophy. REVEALED 3 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won England put the result beyond all doubt when Beth Mead added a third half-an-hour in ADVICE Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REVEALED BEST OF center_img They controlled the opening stages at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa and raced into a three-goal lead inside half an hour.Attacking midfielder Staniforth provided the 11th-minute opener, collecting a flicked pass from Jodie Taylor and advancing to the edge of the D before unleashing a low shot into the bottom right corner for her second international goal.Taylor, who had earlier been narrowly off target after turning in the box, then laid on the second for experienced winger Carney. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury MONEY LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Chelsea star Carney grabbed England’s second on 23 minutes A long throw from Lucy Bronze freed Taylor on the right and she hooked the ball back to leave Carney with a simple headed finish from inside the six-yard box.Japan have been drawn in Group D alongside England for this summer’s World Cup in France and, on this evidence, should hold little fear for Neville’s team.The side ranked eighth in the world fell further behind on the half-hour mark.After being released on the right by a superb raking pass from Keira Walsh, Mead cut inside and fired a left-footed effort past Japan goalkeeper Erina Yamane at the near post.Christiansen’s evening was then cut short in painful circumstances, before the hard-working Taylor wasted a chance to put her name on the scoresheet by producing a tame finish having broken clear. REPLY RANKED 3 Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Japan improved fractionally after the break, with Rikako Kobayashi dragging a shot off target from the edge of the box and fellow substitute Yuka Momiki later dinking wide.Kumi Yokoyama could also have reduced the deficit, before England’s Chioma Ubogagu headed over from Ellen White’s cross at the other end.Striker White then selfishly opted to shoot – a wayward finish which went well over – with two team-mates waiting to be slipped in on goal.It mattered little in the end as England, runners-up in 2018, comfortably saw the game out to win the competition for the first time. England secured an emphatic 3-0 defeat of Japan in Florida to win the 2019 SheBelieves Cup.Phil Neville’s side claimed the silverware in style with Lucy Staniforth, Karen Carney and Beth Mead all netting throughout a superb first-half performance. Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars last_img read more