Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings View comments Perlas Pilipinas routs Singapore to open SEA Games bid Beau Belga also was a positive influence for his team this time out, doing the dirty work with five points, 10 rebounds, and three assists to bounce back after being ejected in Rain or Shine’s last game against Kia.The Elasto Painters stepped on the gas pedal early, jumping to a 27-11 lead in the first quarter to set the tone for the whole game. They led by as much as 28, 62-34, courtesy of a Maverick Ahanmisi jumper at the 8:28 mark of the third quarter.Debuting import Glen Rice Jr. woke the KaTropa up out of their slumber, chopping the lead down to 12, 66-54, after an RR Garcia free throw with 3:46 left in the period, but a pair of Chris Tiu treys followed by another triple from Mark Borboran restored order for Rain or Shine and brought the lead back up to 20, 77-57.With the absence of its national team players, the KaTropa couldn’t keep up with the hot-shooting Elasto Painters and shot only 28 percent from the field.Rice scored 19 points that went with eight rebounds, and three assists in his first game with the KaTropa, as he struggled to draw support from his locals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ FILE – Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scores on a layup against Kia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMotivated to rebound from his underwhelming debut, J’Nathan Bullock responded to coach Caloy Garcia’s demands to lead Rain or Shine to a 105-73 blowout of TNT Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The 30-year-old reinforcement made sure the Elasto Painters didn’t make a mistake tapping him as replacement, as he posted 20 points, 14 rebounds, and three assists in the win.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas But it wasn’t just him. The locals also hit their mark as Rain or Shine shot 16 three-pointers to rise to a 3-2 card.Finishing the game strong, Jericho Cruz poured in eight of his 14 markers in the fourth period, alongside five boards and five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Jewel Ponferrada chipped in 12 points and eight rebounds, while Mark Borboran got 11 for the Elasto Painters.“Everybody seemed to be on the same page today and that’s why we played well,” said coach Caloy Garcia. “Basically, everybody stepped up in today’s game.” 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teen gunned down in Masbate Ranidel de Ocampo and Levi Hernandez wound up with 11 points for TNT.The scores:RAIN OR SHINE 105 – Bullock 20, Cruz 14, Ponferrada 12, Borboran 11, Yap 10, Ahanmisi 9, Trollano 7, Tiu 6, Belga 5, Robles 4, King 3, Matias 2, Daquioag 2, Maiquez 0.TNT 73 – Rice Jr. 19, De Ocampo 11, Hernandez 11, Williams 8, Lingganay 6, Tautuaa 5, Garcia 4, Reyes 3, Nuyles 3, Tamsi 2, Carey 1, Golla 0.Quarters: 30-14, 49-32, 77-58, 105-73.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
The 41-year-old Mayweather, however, is interested in adding Filipino prospects to Mayweather Promotions.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Floyd Mayweather Jr. had already come out of retirement twice, but don’t expect another comeback happening.Mayweather is in town for vacation but his trip to the Philippines also sparked intrigue of boxing fans and pundits alike that the former pound-for-pound king is meeting with Manny Pacquiao to talk about a possible rematch.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Mayweather arrives in Manila to continue ‘country hop’ The five-division world champion, however, dismissed the idea even before it could gain any traction.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’m an old man now so you know, there’s no more fighting for Floyd Mayweather,” he told ABS-CBN’s Dyan Castillejo early Tuesday morning upon his arrival in Manila aboard his private jet when asked if he’s going to fight the Filipino boxing icon again in the future. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal, Murray head strongest ever Queen’s line-up Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “But I would love to sign some upcoming talent, upcoming Filipino fighters. I would love to work with them,” Mayweather said in the same interview.READ: Money well spent: Mayweather’s retirement tour makes stop in El NidoMayweather hung up his gloves for the second time in August last year after dominating MMA star Conor McGregor in a crossover fight for his 50th win.In 2007, Mayweather announced his retirement following a 10th round stoppage of Ricky Hatton to focus on his promotional company but returned two years later to fight Mexican legend Juan Manuel Marquez.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Lawyers of a 60-year-old man, David N. Konyon, Sr., have threatened to file a lawsuit against the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare “for the production” of their client’s wife.A letter in the possession of this newspaper addressed to the Minister of Health and Social Welfare states: “On October 3, 2014, a lady by the name of Old-lady Surloe, the wife of David N. Konyon, Sr. was taken from Chea-Poo Road, New Georgia North, Caldwell, by an ambulance believed to have been driven by one Fhanbulleh. The lady was placed in said ambulance by Henry Joe and others in the presence of Henry Passaway, head of the Ambulance Team.”According to Cllr. Viama J. Blama, Trial Lawyer, National Educators Lawyers Association of Liberia (NELAL), who signed the letter, “the said ambulance took the sick patient (Old-lady Surloe) at [to] the Island Clinic.”Cllr. Blama further stated that their client, who is the vice president, North Central Region of the National Teachers Association of Liberia, was in Lofa County at the time and proceeded to Monrovia immediately upon hearing that his wife was ill.“In Monrovia, he visited the Island Clinic in search of his wife and was informed by those he met (Rev. Augustine and Brother Robert) that indeed the lady was taken to the Clinic. “However, there existed no record concerning her presence at the hospital,” the NELAL trial lawyer stated.He maintained that “whatever the case, Madam Old-lady Surloe was taken by an ambulance belonging to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, driven by its driver, identified as one Fahnbulleh, an employee of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Accordingly, we demand that the Ministry provide us information that will lead us to the whereabouts of Old-lady Surloe.”Though no time limit was given for the Ministry’s reaction, Mr. Konyon’s lawyers said if the Ministry failed to provide the “information” they need, they would be left with no alternative but to institute the appropriate legal action against the Ministry for the production of her person.It is not yet clear if the Minister has received a copy of the above mentioned letter, but Mr. Konyon came to the Daily Observer office a few days ago with copies of other letters he has written to the top MoHSW officials namely Dr. Bernice T. Dahn, Chief Medical Officer, Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Moses Massaquoi, Mr. Tolbert G. Nyenswah, Assistant Minister for Preventive Services and the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry.In the letters, all of which had similar contents, Mr. Konyon sought their “timely intervention for God and humanity,” to help him find his wife, whether alive or expired.He told this newspaper that his wife left nine children quarantined and two were taken to the “ELWA MSF-ETU” on 15 and 16 of October. He stated that one of the two died on October 22.He further stated that he had written the senior Health Ministry officials asking for their intervention because, “there has been no information from the administration of the Island Clinic ETU regarding the status of my wife (alive, expired) despite all efforts applied.”He also stated that his wife’s family and remaining children constantly question him about the absence of their mom and daughter.According to him, his wife had allegedly communicated with their church mother on the second day of her treatment at the Island Clinic, saying she was responding well to the treatment and requested their prayers.Asst. Min. Tolbert Nyenswah said he has not yet received Mr. Konyon’s letter asking for his intervention in finding his (Konyon’s) wife.Min. Nyenswah, who is one of the lead persons in the national fight against the Ebola virus, told our Health Correspondent that when he gets the letter he will do all he can to provide Mr. Konyon an answer about his wife’s whereabouts, “if she was indeed taken to the Island Clinic ETU. We have records on everyone who comes to our center alive and from which community that person was taken from. If the person dies, we also have records to that effect. So, I will sit with Mr. Konyon to help him out,” said Min. Nyenswah.Min. Nyenswah expressed regret for the loss of every Liberian to the Ebola epidemic and urged everyone alive to continue to follow the preventive instructions as the virus has not totally left Liberia.Meanwhile, there have been reports of alleged poor handling of suspected Ebola patients who go to the ETUs for treatment. Our judicial reporter, Abednego Davis, said if this case gets to the court, it could open a floodgate of legal suits against the Ministry and some of its partners, who are managing ETUs around the country.“This will be the first case of a suspected Ebola patient allegedly missing and no trace of a record,” he added. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
After a year and a half of struggle to overcome trauma Ebola and other circumstances that caused University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) to lose some of its staffer members, the association on Feb. 27 memorialized the victims and others who died during the period.The ULFA, the UL Administration and some family members converged in the UL Auditorium on Capitol Hill and reflected on the lives of those who died.In a statement during the ceremony, UL Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. S. Momolu Getaweh said, “We have come to memorialize those staff members and students who died from the man made disease, Ebola.”“During the crisis,” he said, “some people got well paid jobs and bought big cars; solicited huge amount of money and built houses; yet others fell prey to the disease, with their families left in sorrow.”“It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men,” he said, quoting a verse from the Bible.In consonance with this quotation, Dr. Getaweh said ULFA members were together that day to console families of those who died from the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) and other conditions during that period.As expected, it was an emotion moment for families and friends who paid tributes to their deceased with the hope that they would one day meet “in glory as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ.”The family members acknowledged the UL for the step taken to remember their loved ones, with one family member emphasizing that not many institutions can do such a thing after their workers died.A ULFA member said they have been working on benefits packages for the deceased, while the association was going through transition; something he said was a factor that delayed holding the memorial service.ULFA also memorized victims of Ebola and others, who died during the crisis. They included Fatu Gitthens-White, Abraham S. Borbor, Samzhomo Koleh, Taban J. Dada, Lavela S. Pewee and Fred G. S. Kpaingbeh.Others were Esther G. Mulbah, Danny Goe, Benjamin K. Johnson, R. Jarsiah Weedor, Peter W. Simujla and Vamuyan N. Abdullai.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
She was about to be released when she was notified that she wouldn’t be going anywhere, Orange County jail spokesman Allen Moore said.Chief astronaut Steve Lindsey, who flew with Nowak to the international space station last July aboard space shuttle Discovery, and fellow astronaut Chris Ferguson attended the hearing.“Our primary concern is her health and well-being and that she get through this,” Lindsey told reporters afterward. “Her status (with the astronaut corps) has not changed.”Ferguson said he was “perplexed” by Nowak’s alleged actions.Police said Nowak drove 900 miles, donned a disguise and was armed with a BB gun and pepper spray when she confronted a woman she believed was a competitor for the affections of Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, an unmarried fellow astronaut. ORLANDO, Fla. — A NASA astronaut accused of trying to kidnap a romantic rival for a space shuttle pilot’s affections will remain in jail because authorities planned to charge her with attempted first-degree murder, an official said Tuesday. Orlando police were in the process of adding the new charge against Lisa Marie Nowak, 43, spokeswoman Sgt. Barb Jones said in a statement.“The intent was there to do serious bodily injury or death,” Jones said, referring to a new steel mallet, knife, rubber tubing and large garbage bags that police found in Nowak’s possession.Nowak, a Navy captain and married mother of three, had already been charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicle burglary with battery, destruction of evidence and battery, and a judge had said Tuesday morning that she could be freed on $15,500 bail provided she stay away from the other woman and wear a monitoring device. Oefelein, 41, piloted the space shuttle Discovery in December. He and Nowak trained together but never flew a mission together.Nowak told police that her relationship with Oefelein was “more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship,” according to an arrest affidavit. Inside Nowak’s vehicle, which was parked at a nearby motel, authorities found a pepper spray package, an unused BB-gun cartridge, latex gloves and e-mails between Oefelein and Colleen Shipman.They also found a letter “that indicated how much Mrs. Nowak loved Mr. Oefelein” and Shipman’s home address, the arrest affidavit said.Police said Nowak told them that she only wanted to scare Shipman into talking to her about her relationship and didn’t want to harm her.“If you were just going to talk to someone, I don’t know that you would need a wig, a trench coat, an air cartridge BB gun and pepper spray,” Jones said. “It’s just really a very sad case.”Defense attorney Donald Lykkebak said Tuesday that he believes the attempted murder charge was filed because police were unhappy Nowak would be released on bail.“I guess they didn’t like the ruling in court this morning, did they? You think they would have done it if she was still in jail?” he said.According to authorities, Nowak believed Shipman was romantically involved with Oefelein, and when she found out Shipman was flying to Orlando from Houston, she decided to confront her early Monday, according to the arrest affidavit.Nowak raced from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers in the car so she wouldn’t have to stop to go to the bathroom, authorities said. Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.Dressed in a wig and a trench coat, she waited for Shipman’s plane to land and then boarded the same airport shuttle bus Shipman took to get to her car, police said. Shipman told police she noticed someone following her, hurried inside the car and locked the doors, according to the arrest affidavit.Nowak rapped on the window, tried to open the car door and asked for a ride. Shipman refused but rolled down the car window a few inches when Nowak started crying, the statement said. Nowak then sprayed a chemical into Shipman’s car, the affidavit said. Shipman drove to the parking lot booth and police were called.An officer reported following Nowak and watching her throw away a bag containing the wig and BB gun. Police also found a steel mallet, a 4-inch folding knife, rubber tubing, $600 and garbage bags inside a bag Nowak was carrying when she was arrested, authorities said.Oefelein and Shipman, who worked at Patrick Air Force Base near the Kennedy Space Center, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.NASA spokesman James Hartsfield in Houston said that, as of Monday, Nowak’s status with the astronaut corps remained unchanged. “What will happen beyond that, I will not speculate,” he said.Hartsfield said he couldn’t recall the last time an astronaut was arrested and said there were no rules against fraternizing among astronauts.According to NASA’s official biography, Nowak is a Naval Academy graduate who has a master’s degree in aeronautical engineering. She has a teenage son and younger twin girls.Oefelein has two children and began his aviation career as a teenager flying floatplanes in Alaska, according to a NASA biography. He studied electrical engineering at Oregon State University and later earned a master’s degree in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. He has been an astronaut since 1998.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
PICO RIVERA – No other students will be punished for an incident last week in which an American flag was hung upside down on a school flag pole during a pro-immigration protest, officials said Monday. “To the best of our knowledge, there are no other students that have been identified as being from El Rancho High School,” said El Rancho Unified School District Superintendent Norbert Genis. The district has wrapped up its investigation into last Monday’s incident, which occurred in front of Montebello High School but involved an El Rancho High student, Genis said. Last week, district officials announced that one unnamed El Rancho High student was disciplined for hanging the American flag upside down at Montebello High. However, officials refused to say how the student was disciplined. However, a photo image of upturned American flag, which appeared in the Whittier Daily News, sparked an uproar. On Monday, Genis said the lone student involved has admitted to the incident. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventOn Monday, Genis said the boy is expected to send a letter of apology to Montebello school officials. “As far as this incident is concerned, if we had identified other students as being involved in this, we would have brought them into the investigation as well,” Genis said. The incident occurred when about 1,000 students from the neighboring El Rancho Unified and Whittier Union High school districts descended on Montebello High during student walkouts protesting immigration reform legislation being debated in Congress. Montebello High officials said the protesters took over the school’s flag pole. They removed the California state flag, hung a Mexican flag and then hung an American flag below it, upside down. Montebello Unified School District officials said no Montebello High students were involved in the flag incident as the school was on lock-down at the time, and Montebello High students were being kept inside the campus.
McFadden’s Pharmacy are celebrating THIRTY years in business by offering a whole range of superb giveaways to their loyal band of customers.Management at McFadden’s have also planned a whole host of events planned to celebrate their landmark anniversary.Firstly there having an outside Broadcast with Gary Gamble this Tuesday 24th from 1:30pm – 3:30pm. Then on Thursday 26th of March they’re having a BIRTHDAY RECEPTION with promotions celebrating THIRTY years of caring for the Letterkenny community.Imedeen Promotion 10am-6pm : Imedeen Consultant in-store, free skin analysis, call to make an appointment or drop in and Imedeen range is 33% OFF(while stocks last)Birthday Reception from 5pm to 8pm*Refreshments *Goody Bags and Gift Giveaways*30% OFF EVERYTHING in-store( excludes medications and prescriptions )( 30% OFF full price products only )* Join us for the cutting of our Birthday cake at 6:00pm Thanks to all our loyal customers for their custom over the last THIRTY years.30% OFF EVERYTHING – AS MCFADDENS PHARMACY CELEBRATE THIRTY YEARS IN BUSINESS was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesMcFADDENS PHARMACYnews
A SUMMER festival in Donegal is offering a load of booze as a prize – in its wife carrying contest.The Muff Festival takes place on July 31 – with the fastest man across an obstacle course with his wife on his back getting her weight in beer.The brew will be supplied by the Muff-based micro-brewer Boghopper famous for its brew called The Hairy Bullocks! The brewery boasts: “How would you like to win your wife’s weight in beer? Not married? That’s okay, just grab the neighbour’s wife and run! If you can carry her over our short course, dodging those few tricky obstacles, in the shortest time, you can trade her in for beer at the other end.”Entry into the competition is only permitted upon agreement to the following rules and conditions:All entrants must be aged 18 or over on the day of competition (ID will be checked upon entry so bring it with you.)All teams must be made up of one male and one female with the male carrying the female. Female competitors must agree to being weighed prior to competition.The minimum female entry weight is 50kg, anyone below that weight must carry a backpack containing ballast to bring them up to the 50kg limit.The wife to be carried can be your own, or someone else’s – who are we to judge?The only equipment allowed is a belt (worn by the carrier) and a helmet (worn by the carried.)No part of the wife may touch the ground before reaching the finish line and to do so will result in immediate disqualification. Depending on the number of entrants, the race may be run in heats with a grand final to decide the ultimate winners.Each contestant is responsible for their own safety, and must ensure their medical fitness to enter- Bog Hopper Brewery accepts no responsibility for any injuries, loss of life or limb, or any unwanted pregnancies arising from this event.Contestants must follow instructions as given by the organisers.The prize weight includes beer and all packaging. WIN YOUR WIFE’S WEIGHT IN BEER AT DONEGAL WIFE-CARRYING CONTEST was last modified: June 9th, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BoghopperdrinkfeckGirlsHairy Bullocksmuffwife-carrying contest
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The history books are filled with chapter after chapter about how our leaders and industrialists made this country great with their ideas and inventions. But none of it would have worked if it wasn’t for the men and women in uniform who made sure no one took those ideas and inventions – those freedoms – away from us. A lot of tyrants tried. A lot of tyrants failed. Our veterans made sure of that. So I have no patience for Veterans Affairs officials who talk about the need to cut or consolidate veterans’ benefits because of the rising cost of medical care. The deal we made with these older veterans when they were young was pretty simple and straight-forward: Leave your loved ones and go fight a war to keep us safe and free, and we’ll take care of you when you’re old and sick. That’s if you make it home, which many didn’t. In the next few days, we’re all going to be making ourselves promises we probably won’t keep. They’re called New Year’s resolutions. And if the past is any indication, most of them won’t make it out of January alive. But there is one resolution I’m hoping we can all keep this year: to continue supporting our veterans – present and past. Some people think I write too many columns about veterans and the groups and people who support them. I don’t think I write enough. Without them, we’d be living in a different world. One where we wouldn’t be taking freedom for granted. For the government to cry poor now and say we need to cut back and consolidate services at VA hospitals, including the Sepulveda VA in North Hills, is a disgrace. What kind of message are we sending to the young men and women in uniform right now when they read stories about old vets going hat in hand to get the medical care they need? They have to be thinking, What’s it going to be like in 50 years when we’re the old vets? We shouldn’t be downsizing our VA hospitals. We should be making them state-of-the-art medical facilities, with the best care you can find anywhere. And why not? The patients being served there are this country’s VIPs. Supporting our veterans is a New Year’s resolution we should all keep. When I criticize the VA, it’s only fair to balance the story with something it’s doing right. The Smoking Cessation Clinic at the Sepulveda VA is a perfect example. Every Friday, dozens of vets show up for individual counseling with volunteer Dave Wallace, who has run the program for 12 years. “More than 90 percent of them survived Vietnam and are mostly baby boomers ranging in age from their early 50s into their 60s,” Wallace says. They’re the guys we saw on TV back in the late 1960s and early ’70s in Vietnam with a cigarette butt hanging from their lips. The guys who got spit on and cursed at when they came home. A lot of them turned their backs on anything to do with the military when they returned. Even now, they won’t step a foot inside a VA facility. And that’s the problem, Wallace says. There are literally thousands of local veterans who do not regularly use VA services and are unaware programs like his exist. So if there are any veterans out there making a New Year’s resolution to quit smoking, Wallace will be more than happy to help make sure you don’t break it. Nicotine patches and Zyban medication are provided, along with weekly counseling sessions. For more information, call the Patient Education Resource Center at (818) 895-9569. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The majestic tree is a favourite withvisitors to the area, and may now beviewed again after a 36-month hiatus.(Image: Wikimedia) MEDIA CONTACTS • Zanemvula GozongoGRNP communications manager+27 44 302 5633Janine ErasmusTsitsikamma’s Big Tree is once more open to the public – the ancient Outeniqua yellowwood, estimated to be between 600 and 800 years old, was inaccessible for 36 months because of roadworks in the area carried out by South African national Roads Agency (Sanral).Tourists to the region and local residents are again able to admire the giant specimen, which stands almost 40m high and has a girth of almost 9m.Sanral has pledged to help make the area more attractive to visitors, with the construction of a new secure public parking area that can accommodate up to 74 cars.The famed Tsitsikamma (a Khoi word meaning “place of abundant water”) Big Tree lies within the boundaries of the spectacular Garden Route National Park, on South Africa’s southern coast. The park’s manager Nomvuselelo Songelwa said that management was thrilled about the re-opening.“Sanral’s improvement of the road infrastructure has also enhanced one of the icons of the secrets of the forests that we manage in the Garden Route,” she said.“This provides us with an opportunity to plan an even better tourist product in the area in the near future. To all tourists and locals, you have not seen the Garden Route without marvelling at one of nature’s big secrets in Tsitsikamma.”Noble treeThe Outeniqua yellowwood (Podocarpus falcatus) belongs to the same family as South Africa’s national tree, the real yellowwood (Podocarpus latifolius). The Tsitsikamma forests were the centre of a thriving timber industry in the Knysna area, until the yellowwoods became threatened.The majestic tree is open to viewing all year around. Interested visitors can park their cars in the parking lot beside the N2 near the Paul Sauer bridge over the Storms River – often incorrectly called the Storms River bridge.The walk to the yellowwood is about 1km in total and takes about 10 minutes through lush indigenous bush. For the more advanced hiker there are two other trails starting from the same point, one of 2.6km and one of 4.2km.From the shadow of the Big Tree visitors can also gaze over the forest from a look-out deck, and the more energetic can wander down one of the trails that are accessible from this point.Place of abundant waterThe Garden Route National Park spans the Western and Eastern Cape provinces and is managed by South African National Parks, the organisation that oversees many of the country’s most sought-after conservation areas, including the Kruger National Park.The 121 000ha park was proclaimed in March 2009. It is one of just four national parks around the world which permit people to live within its borders, and the only one on the African continent.Eco-tourists are in their element here, as the park boasts large tracts of ancient forests, a variety of ecosystems, special marine protected areas, gorges and cliffs, hikes and walks, and the world’s highest commercial bungee jump – almost seven terrifying seconds of free falling from the 216m-high Bloukrans bridge.It encompasses the former Tsitsikamma and Wilderness parks and the Knysna lakes, making it an area of complex biodiversity. The coastal borders extend a few kilometres out to sea, protecting a variety of deep sea, reef-dwelling and inter-tidal creatures.Vegetation biomes range from Afro-montane forests, protected inter-tidal and sub-tidal zones, the Knysna estuary, lakes in the Wilderness, lowland fynbos and the mountain catchment areas.The indigenous fynbos vegetation and vast forests of Outeniqua yellowwoods are a popular tourist drawcard, with many flocking to the area to experience its green tranquillity.While adventurous types are well catered for, those who prefer a more sedate experience have not been forgotten – there are a number of top-class spas in the area, as well as several golf courses which feature beautiful scenery and a mild climate.