first_imgBayshore Little League will be hosting a clinic for all players Oct. 27 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Scholer Park Fields. They will also be taking registration for the spring 2008 season. Save $10 per family by signing up early. Bayshore Little League is for all players from Union Beach, Keyport, Hazlet (From Bay to Route 35), and Keansburg. Please bring a photocopy of their birth certificate. Registration fees are as follows: T-ball through Majors (ages 5-12) one player $80 plus $25 fundraiser (raffle); two players $105 (per family) plus $25 fundraiser; three or more players (per family) $140 plus $25 fundraiser. There is a $100 work bond per family at the minor and major levels ($50 at the T-ball level). Senior League (ages 13-18) is $125 per player, plus $25 fundraiser and $75 work bond. For more information, visit the Web site, or contact President Jesse Olivera (732) 241- 7077 or John Hila (732) 599-6108.last_img read more

Hamilton fastest as Ericsson has fiery crash in France

first_imgFormula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest for Mercedes in the first French Grand Prix practice in a decade on Friday with the session halted after Swedish driver Marcus Ericsson suffered a fiery crash.Hamilton, a point behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel after seven races, complained about his car’s handling over the radio but still put in a best time of one minute 32.231 seconds.His Finnish team mate Valtteri Bottas, also with a new Mercedes engine in his car, was second fastest in 1:32.371 as France made its return to the F1 calendar for the first time since 2008.The 90 minute session was red-flagged with a minute remaining when Ericsson lost control at the Beausset corner, spun and hit the barriers hard, with the Sauber car then catching fire.The Swede worryingly remained in the car, with flames licking the airbox, before marshals arrived with an extinguisher and he clambered out from underneath the halo head-protection system.Video images later showed extensive scorching to the rear of the car.Australian Daniel Ricciardo, winner of two races this season and still mulling his future options, was third fastest for Red Bull in 1:32.527.Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen was fourth on the timesheets with Vettel fifth.Romain Grosjean, in the Haas, was the highest-placed French driver in sixth place and ahead of Dutch 20-year-old Max Verstappen.Frenchman Pierre Gasly was eighth for Honda-powered Toro Rosso.There was further misery for Williams and McLaren, two of the sport’s most successful teams who are going through difficult times, with their drivers filling four of the bottom five places.Spain’s double world champion Fernando Alonso, winner at the Le Mans 24 Hours with Toyota last weekend, came down to earth with a bump in 16th place with McLaren team mate Stoffel Vandoorne 19th.Sunday’s race will be Formula One’s first at Le Castellet’s Paul Ricard circuit since 1990.last_img read more

Martial penalty gives Man United 1-0 win at Partizan

first_imgManchester United ground out a 1-0 win at Partizan Belgrade in a tense Europa League Group L clash on Thursday as Anthony Martial’s 43rd-minute penalty put his side in a commanding position to reach the knockout stages.The match was played under tight security amid fears of crowd trouble but it produced a cracking atmosphere as Partizan coach Savo Milosevic’s appeals to home fans to refrain from offensive chants proved successful.United top of the group on seven points from three games, two ahead of Dutch side AZ Alkmaar who thrashed Kazakhstan’s Astana 6-0 at home. Partizan have four points and Astana none.The first two chances fell to United as left back Brandon Williams glanced a close-range header wide at the far post after Juan Mata floated in a free kick before Jesse Lingard hit the post as he picked up a loose ball on the edge of the area.Partizan striker Umar Sadiq rattled the woodwork with a fierce shot from 25 metres and Japanese winger Takuma Asano fired just wide as the home side came to life, only to fall behind just before halftime.Williams was fouled by Nemanja Miletic as he raced down the left flank and Martial coolly converted the spot-kick when he sent Partizan keeper Vladimir Stojkovic the wrong way.Partizan came out with renewed purpose after the break and Bebras Natcho fired inches wide from a free kick before Seydouba Soumah forced a good save from Sergio Romero following a dazzling solo run through the middle.The home side had two penalty claims waved away by Spanish referee Xavier Fernandez midway through the second half and United were forced to defend in numbers as Partizan threw men forward in search of an equaliser.Roared on by their fervent fans, the Serbian side launched a late onslaught and Romero rescued United in the 83rd minute when he kept out Asano’s close-range header with a superb reflex save.Four minutes from time, Natcho shot narrowly over the bar from 20 metres as the decibel levels in the terraces reached fever pitch and United held on desperately in stoppage time to delight around 2,000 away fans in the Serbian capital.last_img read more

Bucks finish with a flourish, rally to beat Raptors in East Finals game 1

first_imgSolon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Lopez had a dunk with 2:20 left to put the Bucks ahead for good, added a 3-pointer on the next Milwaukee possession to push the lead to four and the Bucks — after trailing for the overwhelming majority of the game — did just enough in the final minutes to grab the series lead.“I think this game definitely made us better,” Antetokounmpo said.Malcolm Brogdon scored 15 and Nikola Mirotic had 13 for Milwaukee, which closed the game on a 10-0 run.“We just did a great job of sticking with what we’ve been doing all postseason long,” Lopez said.Kawhi Leonard scored 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 30 for the Raptors, who led by as many as 13 early and took an 83-76 lead into the final quarter. Lowry was 5 for 7 in the fourth — and his teammates were 0 for 15.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) ditches the ball under pressure from Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7), Pascal Siakam (43) and Marc Gasol (33 during the first half in Game 1 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference final in Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)MILWAUKEE— Down for most of the game, clearly rusty at times after nearly a full week off, the Milwaukee Bucks looked very much like a team in trouble.Until the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Leonard became the 14th player in NBA history to score 400 points in his team’s first 13 games of a postseason run. He now has 413 so far in these playoffs.UP NEXTGame 2 is Friday in Milwaukee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Magic Johnson, Larry Bird to get Lifetime Achievement Award The team with the NBA’s best record this season found its stride at the perfect time.Brook Lopez scored 13 of his career playoff-high 29 points in the fourth quarter, Giannis Antetokounmpo added 24 points and the Bucks closed the game on a 10-0 run to beat the Toronto Raptors 108-100 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMilwaukee forced Toronto to miss its final eight shots and outscored the Raptors 32-17 in the fourth.“I think it speaks a little bit to the character of the group,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “They just stick with it. I think it’s become a little bit of a theme in the playoffs: I think eventually, hopefully, we feel like if we stick with what we’re doing good things will happen for us.” The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Fourth quarter killed us, 32-17,” Lowry said. “They outplayed us in that fourth quarter. They got a little bit more aggressive. They made some big shots, made some big plays. It sucks when you lose like that. But we had our chance and we’ve got to learn from it.”Lopez added 11 rebounds for the Bucks, who had three players post double-doubles. Antetokounmpo had 14 rebounds and Khris Middleton finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which is now 9-1 in this postseason.The Bucks trailed for 37 of the game’s 48 minutes.Didn’t matter. They stayed just close enough until they could finish with a serious kick.“The way guys competed and just got after it … stands out to me,” Budenholzer said.Pascal Siakam scored 15 for Toronto, including a 3-pointer over Antetokounmpo to end the third quarter and give the Raptors a seven-point lead with 12 minutes left.It unraveled quickly from there. And now the Raptors, who came in on the high of winning a second-round Game 7 on a buzzer-beater by Leonard, have two days to regroup.“The game is over,” Toronto’s Marc Gasol said. “We got to look back at it and learn but we can’t think too much about it. You come out Game 2 and try to win. You can’t replay this one.”With the chants of Milwaukee’s motto — “Fear the deer! Fear the deer!” — bouncing throughout the building, the Bucks predictably came out flying.The flurry was brief. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. 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Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Bucks missed seven consecutive shots, the Raptors made four 3-pointers in a span of three minutes, and that all helped become a 16-0 run by Toronto that turned an early 8-3 deficit into a 19-8 edge. The lead got as big as 13 later in the quarter on a fadeaway jumper by Leonard, and the Raptors held the lead the rest of the half.Milwaukee had a chance to take its first lead since the opening minutes when Antetokounmpo went to the line for a pair of free throws with 8:17 left in the third and the Bucks down by one. He missed both and the Raptors peeled off the next nine points to rebuild a 10-point lead again.But Toronto shot 5 for 22 in the fourth, the Bucks finally reclaimed the lead, and the Raptors’ chance to steal home-court went awry.“We gave ourselves a chance to win on the road in an Eastern Conference final,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “And it didn’t turn out.”TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto is now 3-15 in Game 1s. … The Raptors fell to 8-1 in these playoffs when leading at halftime. … Lowry’s seven 3-pointers were a season high, a playoff career high and one off his career high. … Leonard, who made the already-immortal four-bounce-off-the-rim jumper to win Game 7 of the second round against Philadelphia, got a friendly bounce in the third quarter — when a jumper hit the iron three times before falling.Bucks: Oscar Robertson, part of Milwaukee’s lone NBA title team, was recognized in the first quarter and held the 1971 championship trophy — a large silver bowl atop a wooden base, not the golden Larry O’Brien Trophy of now — for the fans to see. … Antetokounmpo started super-fast with two baskets, a steal, a rebound and a blocked shot, all in the first 85 seconds. … Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament was courtside.EXPERIENCEWith Pau Gasol injured, George Hill is the only Milwaukee player who had appeared in a conference finals game before Wednesday. The Raptors have seven players who had been in at least one previously: Leonard, Danny Green and Serge Ibaka are all in this round for the fifth time, while Lowry, Marc Gasol, Norman Powell and Patrick McCaw have also been in this round before.MR. 400last_img read more

Real may smash transfer record for Bale

first_img0Shares0000MADRID, Spain, June 10- Real Madrid adviser Zinedine Zidane has hinted that his club may be tempted to break the transfer record in their bid to lure Gareth Bale away from Tottenham.Zidane has spoken of his admiration of Welsh forward Bale on numerous occasions in recent weeks, fuelling speculation that Real Madrid are ready to tempt Spurs with a huge offer for their star turn this summer. Now the French legend has admitted it may take “record-breaking money” to lure Bale to the Spanish capital, admitting his club may be ready to eclipse the £80 million landmark fee they paid to sign Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United in 2009.“The talk about Gareth Bale is not a surprise,” Zidane in quoted in the Daily Mail. “It is impossible to have the season he just had and not be linked with the biggest clubs in Europe.“If any club is going to tempt Spurs, then it will take big money – maybe even record-breaking money. There are four or five clubs at the moment who have the finances not to be put off by a record-breaking fee like that.”Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has stated consistently that he expects Bale to remain at the club next season despite their failure to qualify for next season’s Champions League, yet talks over a lucrative new contract for the PFA and Football Writers’ Player of the Year appear to have stalled in the last month.A transfer bid of magnitude Zidane is hinting at for the 23-year old would test the resolve of the north London club to the full, in what looks set to be a transfer story that will run and run throughout the summer.– Soccernet.com0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Barry Wilkinson looks to give back to Fort St. John as City Councillor

first_img“I have a lot of friends from various ethnic communities here in the city. I have a lot of Indian friends, a lot of Aboriginal friends and a lot of Filipino friends I’ve met through my business and I would really like to bring forward more equality in the city. There is definitely acceptance in the city, it has changed over the years but I would like to see more multiculturalism in the city.”He adds the city is doing a great job with responsible spending, he said he wants to be part of the team reaching that goal. Perhaps his biggest item he is looking forward to if elected is giving back to the community of Fort St. John.“This has been my home for the last 21 years and it probably will be until I retire. When I moved here and came up here in my younger years, I hardly had a penny to my name and nothing to do and the community took me in and gave me a place to stay, gave me work, gave me education and has always treated me really well and I find that is one of the biggest benefits of this community. It is a very giving, caring community and I want to take that forward in a position as a City Councillor.”Wilkinson says he is familiar the councillors and Mayor Lori Ackerman. His wife also works for Peace River North MLA Dan Davies, who is the one who gave up his seat to focus on his provincial position.Advertisement FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Barry Wilkinson says his love for politics goes back to his high school days but commitments to his business made it hard for him to run in recent municipal elections.Now that his company, Safety First Professional Driving Training, is doing well, he has more time to devote to his community.“With running our own business and how busy we were, I just couldn’t commit the time to it properly and I felt I would be letting people down. Now that the business is running smoothly with the staff we have, it’s time to do it.”Wilkinson says he doesn’t really have a ‘platform’, he wants to make it clear that it is a team of people making decisions, not just one person.“I don’t really want to elude people that I have a real platform. I find when it comes to a city election there’s lots of promises made that are impossible to keep. I could tell you I’ll pave every road in the city but that is not realistic, I know it’s not my decision solely, it’s a team of people that make decisions.”- Advertisement -Wilkinson adds that there is one subject he would like to bring forward if given the opportunity: more diversity.Advertisement “It wouldn’t be a strange environment for me and I would look forward to stepping into that.”last_img read more

Carlos Bacca’s agent responds to reports of £15m West Ham bid

first_imgNo deal is yet in place between West Ham and Carlos Bacca, according to the player’s agent.talkSPORT told you earlier this week that the Hammers had slapped down a £15m offer for the AC Milan striker following failed bids for Callum Wilson and Alexandre Lacazette.The forward, who bagged 20 goals for the Italian giants last season, is being watched by a number of clubs across Europe but West Ham were thought to be at an advanced stage in negotiations.But Bacca’s representative, Sergio Barila, cooled talk of the Colombian being on the verge of a switch to the Olympic StadiumHe told Tutto Mercato: “I have been waiting for hours, but nothing has been decided at the moment, as we are evaluating more than one option.“There are many important clubs who have contacted us, and it is normal as Bacca guarantees you many goals during the season.“And he is definitely a valuable player in the market.” 1 Carlos Bacca in action for AC Milan last_img read more

Aitor Karanka delighted Middlesbrough beat ‘direct opponent’ Hull City

first_img1 Aitor Karanka Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka hailed a “massive” three points for his side after Gaston Ramirez headed the only goal of the game to sink Hull at the Riverside Stadium.The Uruguayan’s close-range finish capped a dominant performance by Boro, who were still forced to cling on for a point after Adama Diomande missed two golden chances in injury time.The home side’s first win in four games steered them clear of the relegation zone and Karanka said: “It’s massive because they are a direct opponent and apart from the score we showed we are better than them.“For 70 or 75 minutes we had the possession and the chances and we controlled the game. We don’t have the experience that other teams have and for us every single point is really important.“I can imagine how the players felt on the pitch so I think it is a really good win because adding more points onto the table will add the experience.”Karanka refused to single out Ramirez for special praise despite his match-winning display before he had to be substituted late on with what the Boro boss dismissed as a suspected case of cramps.He added: “I don’t want to say anything about one player because I don’t need to say how good Gaston is and how important he is for the team. Today has been a team victory because all the players have come with a really good attitude.”last_img read more

Father knows best

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Ubaldo Ordaz Jr., 29, North Hills, aspiring Los Angeles Police Department officer.His father, Ubaldo Ordaz, is a 51-year-old carpenter in Lancaster.Advice from Dad: “Don’t take your father for granted.”“I want to do things with my son, so he remembers me,” said Ordaz, clutching the hand of his 14-month-old son, Justin, at a neighborhood park. “It doesn’t have to be big Disneyland. It’s the little things, the silly things, that count. That’s what you remember your father for.”Zee Hamith, 24, of Canoga Park. Father Hamith Cham is a retired business owner from Cambodia.Advice from Dad: “To always have your family in mind they’re No. 1. To never forget about your family.”Hamith said his stern but loving father explained the importance of family since he was 3.“With the Asian culture, it’s all about discipline.”Lina Berghoudian, 19, Encino, physical education teacher.Her father, 54-year-old Zaven Berghoudian, is a jeweler.Advice from Dad: “Stay away from pigs all men are pigs.”“The advice has sheltered me; I don’t know if it’s helped me,” said Berghoudian, who lives with her parents. “I have stayed away from pigs. I have never dated, actually.”Ted Midstokke, 51, Newbury Park, business consultant.His dad, 76-year-old Merlyn Midstokke, is a retired plumber in Westchester.Advice from Dad: “Respect your peers.”“What was important to him is to make sure you treat people properly,” Midstokke said. “It is what I live by and what I try to instill in my kids. It’s the most important thing. My belief is that it drives many of our basic values in life.”Steve Whitmore, 55, of Simi Valley, spokesman for Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca.His father, 84-year-old director and actor James Whitmore of Malibu, stars in “Tuesdays with Morrie,” at the Peterborough (N.H.) Players Professional Theatre.Advice from Dad: “It is not important what others think of you. It is important what you think of you.”“In my darkest days, in 1977,” Whitmore said, “I decided to quit drinking, to seek a different way of life because (my father) instilled in me a belief that I was worth the effort required to live.”Linda Adams, 50, of Oak Park, sales director for Mary Kay cosmetics.Her late father, Alan Best, was a Los Angeles businessman.Advice from Dad: “My dad was very generous. He said, Never arrive anywhere empty-handed.’”As a result of her dad’s counsel, Adams always arrives at friends’ with a bouquet or bottle of wine.“When you are able to receive someone’s hospitality, you feel like you are participating,” Adams said, “being thankful and being a gracious recipient of their hospitality.”GGPaul Petersen, 60, of Gardena, child actor and former Mouseketeer who recorded the song “My Dad.”His late father, “Doc” Quimby, worked as a hydraulic engineer at the Lockheed “Skunk Works” in Burbank.Advice from Dad: “Paul, you were born with two ears and one tongue, so you ought to listen twice as much as you talk.”“In my mid-40s, when I finally came to my long-term sobriety, I learned to not think that my opinions of things were always right,” said Petersen, raised in Burbank.Petersen, best known as Jeff Stone on “The Donna Reed Show” (1958-66), founded A Minor Consideration, an advocacy group for child actors. He has also authored 16 books and hosts “Aging in Los Angeles,” a cable TV talk show.The Rev. Zedar E. Broadous, 58, Pacoima, pastor of social concerns at the Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima.His father, the late Rev. Dr. Hillery T. Broadous, founded Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima and was the father of 10 children.Advice from Dad: “One of the things he said, out of the blue while we were driving down the street, You have to support your brother.’”“Over the years,” said the younger Broadous, “I’ve taken it to mean Support those people around me’ my brothers and sisters who are trying to do the right thing.”Broadous is past president of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the NAACP and serves on the Los Angeles County Commission on Human Relationships.Army Cpl. Wes Pennington, 28, Van Nuys.Father Jerry Pennington, 60, of Van Nuys, is a retired high school athletic coach.Advice from Dad: “Keep your head down, keep your powder dry and keep smiling, because it’s always going to get worse.”Pennington said his father has repeated the advice since he enlisted three years ago in the 4th Infantry Division. On Friday, he embarked on a third overseas tour with the 101st Airborne Division in Afghanistan.Vahe Berberian, 50, Sherman Oaks, writer, actor, comedian.Berberian’s father, 93-year-old Raffi Berberian, is a retired draftsman, book editor and bibliophile in Sherman Oaks.Advice from Dad: “Always mix the beneficial what’s good for you and the pleasurable.”The advice, given to him since he was a boy, was resented at first, then became accepted wisdom.“If you’re doing something just for pleasure, think of what you’re going to gain from it,” Berberian said. “And if you’re doing something for pleasure reading a book, traveling, painting, writing think of what you can learn from it.”Maribel De La Torre, 35, San Fernando, City Council member.Father Manuel Monta?ez, 59, is an electrical contractor in San Fernando.Advice from Dad: “To always be responsible in what we do to know right from wrong because the decisions we make don’t just impact us, but those around us.”“So we always looked (to buy) the worst house in San Fernando,” De La Torre said, “so that we could fix it up and create a better community.”De La Torre, whose sister is state Assemblywoman Cindy Monta?ez, said her father also counseled his six children that before you can learn to love anybody, you must learn to love yourself., 25, Canoga Park, father.Father Yahya Dody, 46, is a nurse in Indonesia.Advice from Dad: “Respect others, especially your elders.”“I always say, Mister,’ or Missus,’ or Sir’ or Ma’am, excuse me,’ a lot, and Thank you,’” Dody said. “You know what? It’s all about respect you gotta give it. My dad gave me that.”Aram Mardikian, 43, Valencia, software consultant.His father, 73-year-old Mardoun Mardikian, is a retired auto mechanic in Glendale.Advice from Dad: “Stay in school.”Mardikian was a freshman at California State University, Northridge, when his father told him not to drop out.“He always wanted us to get an education,” Mardikian said, “Without education, you can’t do anything. I’m very grateful to my dad.“My kids are going to get the same advice.”Roy Romer, 77, Los Angeles, superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District and former three-term governor of Colorado.His father, the late Irvin Romer, was a rancher and elevator operator in Holly, Colo.Advice from Dad: “That was good, but you can do better. Try again.”Although his father’s advice has served him well, he said he prefers to advise his children and grandchildren not with words, but by example.“It held me to a higher standard of performance with every act that I did,” said Romer, the father of seven children and 18 grandchildren. “It wasn’t harsh. It was, You don’t know what you can do yet; keep trying.’”Annie G. Reed, Glendale, associate dean of extension and outreach for Valley College.Her late father, Jack Goldman of Atlantic City, N.J., was a Pearl Harbor veteran and piano teacher famous for his “Bumble Boogie.”Advice from Dad: “Always have an alibi.”“I’m like, Why, Daddy?’ He said, Because you never know when the police may call you and you need a witness,’” Reed said. “He never did anything wrong in his life I think he watched too much (Alfred) Hitchcock.”Reed said she still makes sure someone knows where she is at all times.And “I’m always looking at the ground for money, because he taught me that, too.”Rabbi Steven Jacobs, 67, Woodland Hills, retiring this month from Kol Tikva in Woodland Hills.His late father, Israel “I.J.” Jacobs, was an insurance salesman in Boston.Advice from Dad: “Find a woman to share your life. Become a father, and become a grandfather. It’s the ultimate.”Jacobs grew up in Boston, where he mostly saw his Orthodox Jewish father in temple on the Sabbath and at baseball games at Fenway Park. He now takes his own grandchildren to services and baseball games.“Every day should be a Father’s Day; this should not be an exclusive holiday,” said Jacobs, mindful of those with bad or abusive fathers as well as the fathers of 2,500 servicemen and women killed in Iraq. “This should not be an exclusive holiday. There are people on this Father’s Day who are suffering beyond belief.”Alan Rivas, 35, Woodland Hills, clerk at Circle K.Father Douglas Rivas, 58, lives in Costa Rica.Advice from Dad: “He said to laugh. I laugh at myself, and that’s the best.”“It’s easy,” Rivas said. “I always see the positive. Even if I see something wrong, I laugh. It makes life lighter, and easier. When you laugh, you break the ice.”Hamad Naghshbandi, 18, Northridge, Pierce College student.His father, 56-year-old Ali Naghshbandi, is a businessman and accountant in Valencia.Advice from Dad: “Follow your heart; don’t let other people influence you. Don’t let people bring down your hopes and dreams.”“My dad has probably been my worst critic,” Naghshbandi said. “But I’ve the fire of his advice to make me succeed. I’ve always strived to be better than my father. My father is a great man. I want to be better than that.”Zima Pakzad, 26, Henderson, Nev., studying for her medical boards in Woodland Hills.Her father, 55-year-old Ali Pakzad, owns a business in Henderson.Advice from Dad: “Never give up, because life is always a challenge.”“I think it guides you in the right direction,” Pakzad said over a medical textbook. “Always think positive, shoot for the moon, so you’ll end up amongst the stars.”A good person, he told her, is someone who has two P’s and two R’s politeness, punctuality, respect and responsibility. 713-3730160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Dads.Their words of wisdom can last a lifetime. Their advice can also lead to some odd, if not comic, mistakes.Father’s Day pays tribute to dear old Dad, the progenitor and patriarch. The right man. The wrong man. The man who, in the best of families, always wanted the very best for his sons and daughters.Today, we pay tribute to that rich legacy of fatherhood, with some of the best advice from Dad:last_img read more

Donegal painter brushes up on business at LYIT

first_imgBallyshannon painting contractor Donald Hannigan has taken on new challenges in education since finding the perfect course at Letterkenny Institute of Technology.Now studying for a Masters, Donald’s first step into third level education began with an Honours Business degree with a difference.LYIT have a unique degree programme for mature learners that is part-time and specifically adapted for people who are returning to education after many years. Donald had worked for his father’s painting and decorating company from the age of 19. Times were good during the construction boom, so he put off his desire to get a degree. “We had 8 mighty years, and then the recession hit. Literally overnight everything changed,” Donald said. Donald took over the family business in 2010 and, being self-employed, decided it was the right time to go back to education. The Lifelong Learning route at LYIT seemed like the perfect alternative to traditional full-time courses. “The part-time layout suited me because I could still run the business during the day,” Donald said. LYIT graduate and MBS student Donald Hannigan. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinThe three and a half year degree was taught on two evenings per week, covering modules in IT, Accounting, Marketing, Economics, Management, Law, and more.“I had an idea of business from school and working in the family business. I knew that anything I learned in the degree I could apply back to the business,” Donald said.“It was definitely intense in that I was out of the education system for 14 years. But I went in with a very open mind and I worked hard at every direction I was given.”With induction sessions and introductory lectures, the part-time class got a good grasp of the college learning process and the online learning support facility.Donald managed the workload by knuckling down to study at the weekends and evenings. He enjoyed the theory, practical and group learning and applied the work-based learning to his own business to analyse and reflect on his tactics. “When you’re self-employed, you can make things work for you,” he said.Along with in-depth learning across different module, Donald counts self-development as a key element of the degree. He said: “I felt a bit inferior at the start because everyone else came from a background of office jobs and business and I was working in manual labour all my life. That couldn’t be further from the truth, I was just the same as the rest in every way. You have to start somewhere. “The lecturers from the off were fantastic. “I have the confidence now to stand up and make a presentation. It develops you so much in your own personal skills.“Not only has it developed me as a person, in that it’s given me the courage to go on and do the Masters, I think it’s great for anybody that is looking for a degree that you can bring to any business. The knowledge you get from it is fantastic.”Graduating was a fantastic feeling, he recalled. Achieving the Honours degree gave him the inspiration to not stop at an undergrad level.Donald then decided to progress onto a Masters course a year after he and his wife welcomed their first-born. He hopes to eventually change his career following the MBS in Leadership and Innovation in LYIT.Donald Hannigan. Photo: Rachel McLaughlinDonald won’t be stopping the painting-decorating business completely, but plans to go into something that challenges him more.He is keen to recommend the part-time Business Degree to other people who want to upskill/reskill as a mature learner.Donald said: “I have recommended this course to so many people, some of whom have applied and are getting on great.“The hardest step is going in the first night. Once you go in, the lecturers put you at ease straight away. They can’t do enough for you. Their message is that there is hard work to be done, but it’s doable. Once I did the work it all paid off. “If it’s something you want to do, do it. Take the first step and apply. It doesn’t matter that you haven’t been at school in a number of years, I wasn’t at school in 14 years before I did it. As long as you’re willing to work hard and be open-minded, you’ll get on great.”If you wish to apply for the Business (Hons) Part-time Degree , visit for further information.Contact Patricia Doherty Head of Department of Business Studies, Letterkenny Institute of Technology by:E- Mail: Patricia.Doherty@lyit.ieTelephone: (074) 9186202Facebook: painter brushes up on business at LYIT was last modified: September 17th, 2018 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:Businesscareersdegreedonald hanniganeducationLetterkenny Institute of Technologylifelong learningLYITmature studentlast_img read more