VP Pence exits NFL game after anthem protest

first_imgTrump took credit for the departure of Pence and his wife from the stadium in a later tweet, saying, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”San Francisco safety Eric Reid, one of the players to embrace the anthem protest after it was initiated by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, said Pence’s walk-out looked like a publicity stunt.“With the information I have, the last time he went to a Colts game was three years ago, so this looks like a PR stunt to me,” said Reid, noting that the picture Pence had tweeted of himself and his wife in Colts apparel appeared to be the same as one taken at a game three years ago.The vice president also tweeted a picture of himself, clad in a button-down shirt and blazer, and his wife standing for the anthem on Sunday.“He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew we were probably going to do it again,” Reid said.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel for the National Anthem before the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. FILE PHOTO/Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPUS Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Sunday when some players kneeled for the national anthem, the latest twist in a running saga over the controversial protests against racial injustice.Pence said that he departed after seeing players kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the clash between his home team the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.ADVERTISEMENT “And so this is what systemic oppression looks like — a man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts.”Pence, who flew to Indianapolis from Las Vegas and was scheduled to head back west to California, was criticized in other quarters as well.“After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt?” US congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said in a tweet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter.While Colts players stood arm-in-arm at their home game in Indianapolis, more than 20 of the opposition San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the song.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt was a less organized gesture than the team’s demonstration last week, when 30 players kneeled with hands on hearts while teammates stood behind them, but it should have come as little shock to Pence, an Indiana native who tweeted his photo in Colts cap and shirt before the game.“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted. “I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Curry scores 40, Warriors rout Wolves in Shanghai Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Tamed Eagles aim to fly high

first_imgBaldwin said his team shot “abysmally” in contrast to the Tamaraws, whom he described as “sharper on both ends of the floor.”Ateneo shot just 36 percent from the field, including 31 percent from beyond the arc.For a team that hardly showed any weakness in the elimination round, the sputtering performance by the Eagles came as a surprise.“I think FEU played real well,” he said. “They had a good game plan, we shot the ball just abysmally. We had open shots particularly in the first half, and we didn’t hit them. I think our confidence kind of went down, and I hate to see that because with young kids, you don’t ever want to see their confidence sort of erode a little bit.”Baldwin feels this type of adversity will only strengthen his players, saying he can already feel the urgency within the team.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Two weeks ago, Ateneo was flirting with a perfect UAAP Season 80 elimination round and an outright finals berth.But two successive losses, including a 67-80 defeat to Far Eastern U in the Final Four, has put the Blue Eagles’ impressive campaign in peril, a scenario which coach Tab Baldwin said is humbling for his team.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cash incentive, more allowance await world champ Tabora Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We just have to play a lot better and play much closer to what we’re capable of,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “We have to accept the humility of the scenario, we have to get back to understanding what we do well, and sort of rediscover who we are,” said Baldwin, moments after emerging from the Ateneo dugout at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night.“It’s there, there’s no question that it’s still there. But today I thought we played like a young team, and we shouldn’t. Yes, there’s youth there, but we’ve been together long enough and we shouldn’t play like a young team. We have to figure it out.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Tamaraws seemed to have the Eagles all figured out as they started strong and finished even stronger to send their Final Four matchup to a do-or-die affair this Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.While Baldwin acknowledged FEU’s brilliance, the American coach said the defeat was also due to his players lacking confidence with their shots. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “It feels good just to be able to play for another game,” James said. “Like I’ve always said, Game 7 is the best two words in sports. … We should relish the opportunity and have fun with it.”This series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a fitting conclusion Sunday at TD Center, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason.“We have one game to be able to compete for a championship, and what more could you ask for?” James said. “If I’d have told you at the beginning of the season we only needed one game to make the NBA Finals, we’d take it.”George Hill added 20 points, and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs, who lost Love in the first quarter after he banged heads with Boston’s Jayson Tatum.Terry Rozier paced the Celtics with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat Boston 109-99 on Friday night to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series.James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, delivered another sensational performance — he added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he’ll continue his remarkable career next season.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“Greatness,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “Gave it his all. We needed that, especially with Kevin going down. He delivered. He carried us home as usual.”The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals. Cavs All-Star Love sustains head injury in Game 6 LATEST STORIES As Love stayed down, the Cavs huddled around him. He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation.The Cavs announced an hour later at halftime that Love wouldn’t return. His status for Game 7 is uncertain.The real possibility that James was playing his last game in Cleveland hung over the game — and this city — in the hours leading to tip-off. Everyone had an opinion on what James will do next and that discussion filled the sports talk radio airwaves, bars and barber shops.The 33-year-old has said several times since coming home in 2014 that he wants to retire with the Cavaliers, but fans are uneasy because he can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and test free agency.And, of course, he left once before in 2010, bolting for Miami.James has said he’ll sit down with his family after the season ends to plot his next move, and he’s already being courted in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York who can only dream about adding him to their rosters.For now, though, he’s only going to Boston.TIP-INSCeltics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. … Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons. … Coach Brad Stevens praised James for his consistency, and ability to exceed expectations. “Nobody else has what he has on his shoulders playing the game,” he said. “I think that the way in which he’s done that and all of the years now that he’s made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it’s unbelievable.”Cavaliers: Improved to 6-2 in elimination game since 2015. … James’ teams are 5-2 in Game 7s. … This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. Michael Jordan also had seven, one off Jerry West’s record set in 1965. … James passed Karl Malone (2,062) for sixth place on the career postseason rebounds list. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Celtics were still within seven in the final three minutes before James made consecutive 3-pointers, punctuating the second by pounding his chest with both fists and screaming along with 20,562 others.Just for good measure, he added a three-point play and then was taken out of the game to a rousing ovation and chants of “Cavs in 7!”“Just a lot of heart, a lot of grit, being resilient,” James said.Boston’s improbable run through the postseason without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will now take the Celtics back home, where they play with more intensity, togetherness and before fans hungry to see an 18th title banner raised to their arena’s rafters.Love went out with a head injury in the first quarter, forcing Lue to juggle his rotations and keep James on the floor longer than he wanted to. The three-time champion played the first 35 minutes without a break and then endured the final eight while nursing a sore lower leg.Backed by a sea of towel-waving fans wearing white “Cleveland Whatever It Takes” T-shirts, James did just that to push the series to Boston, where he has had some of his biggest moments on the renowned parquet floor.In 2014, he had 45 points, 15 rebounds and five assists in Game 6 for Miami, which went on to win Game 7 and the NBA title. He also scored 45 in a Game 7 loss for Cleveland in 2008, and now has a chance to boost his stunning resume further if he can get the Cavs to a fourth consecutive Finals.James has also had some bitter memories in Boston. He lost Game 6 in the East semifinals in 2010 to the Celtics and was soon on his way to joining the Heat.The game began ominously for the Cavs as Love was forced to leave following his violent collision with Tatum.Love and Tatum were away from the ball and didn’t see each other until it was too late. They banged heads and both immediately dropped to the floor with Love raising his left arm as if to signal he needed help. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives as Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) defends during the second half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals Friday, May 25, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he’ll play next.Game 7 is on. And any talk about James’ future is on hold.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Boys’ basketball notes: Campbell Hall keeps on rolling

first_imgThe Eagles have defeated some quality programs this season, but none as deep and talented as the Vikings (27-1), who are ranked No. 20 in the nation by USA Today – up three spots from last week – and haven’t lost a game in two months. “We don’t really look at the rankings or worry about beating teams by 20, 30 or 40 points, but if it happens, so be it,” Campbell Hall junior Dallas Rutherford said. “Honestly, we’re more concerned with just going out and playing ball. Having fun.” If Oak Park hopes to stay close, it must figure out a way to contain the numerous weapons Kelly has at his disposal. Jrue Holiday, a 6-foot-4 junior, averages 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 6.8assists and 4.6 steals per game. His brother, Justin, a 6-6 senior bound for Washington, averages 19.7 points, 9.1rebounds, 3.8 steals and 2.4blocks. Point guard Robert Ford is a heady floor leader, averaging 3.6 assists and slightly less than two turnovers per game. Keegan Hornbuckle and Deuce Johnson do the dirty work inside and Rutherford appears to be getting closer to being fully recovered from a bothersome knee injury. “Campbell Hall is obviously a really good team,” Oak Park coach Ed Chevalier said. “We’ve talked to the guys and told them to be prepared to see some different things in this game, things they’re not used to seeing.” “Our guys are Oak Park guys. We’re proud, but we’re also realistic. “We are who we are and they are who they are, and that’s a very good. “Campbell Hall is a unique team and we’re going to give it a shot.” Oak Park relies heavily on Kareem Maddox, who’s one of three area players averaging more than 20 points and 10 rebounds per game. The senior must try to at least duplicate those numbers if the Eagles are going to remain competitive in the fourth quarter. “We’re not going to overlook Oak Park, that wouldn’t be very smart on our part because they’re a good team,” Kelly said. “They like to slow it down and we want to get out and run.” “We have to come out, dictate the pace and impose our will on them. “We’re ready. The kids are focused.” Vested interest: La Canada figures to keep a watchful eye on the outcome of the Campbell Hall and Oak Park game, considering the third-seeded Spartans (27-2) are on the other side of the bracket and could end up in the finals March 3 with a victory over second-seeded Price of Los Angeles (26-4) tonight at LACES High in Los Angeles. “If we get by Price, we’ll worry about Campbell Hall, but we’re only focused on this semifinal game right now,” said the Spartans Adam Malik, a 6-7 senior who averages 23.6 points and 10.1 rebounds and is being recruited by several West Coast Conference programs. sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com (818) 713-3607 SOUTHERN SECTION PLAYOFFS Games at 7:30 p.m. DIV. II-A: Camarillo vs. Centennia/C at Corona High DIV. III-AA: Campbell Hall vs. Oak Park at Crespi High La Canada vs. Price at LACES High 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Campbell Hall of North Hollywood is playing some of its best basketball at the most opportune time, defeating Southern Section playoff opponents by an average of 57 points per game heading into tonight’s Div. III-AA semifinal against Oak Park (23-6) at Crespi High in Encino. “We have some high standards around here so it’s nice to see that we’re starting to put everything together,” Campbell Hall coach Terry Kelly said. “This is another opportunity for us to showcase some of the talent we have here and move a step closer to winning a title.” last_img read more

Neymar accepts pay-cut in ‘verbal agreement’ with Barca – reports

first_img0Shares0000Brazil’s Neymar to take pay cut to rejoin Barcelona, according to Spanish reports © AFP / EVARISTO SAMADRID, Spain, Jun 25 – Neymar is ready to cut his salary by 12 million euros to leave Paris Saint-Germain as part of a “verbal agreement” reached between the Brazilian and Barcelona, according to reports in the Spanish press.PSG are yet to sanction the sale of their star striker, who they paid a world record 222 million euros to sign from Barca only two years ago. But Neymar is reportedly eager to return to Spain and Barcelona are prepared to take him back, with Spanish sports newspaper Diario Sport claiming a five-year contract has been agreed.The newspaper says the terms include Neymar reducing his salary from around 36 million euros at PSG to the 24 million euros he received at Barca in 2017, while also dropping his 26-million euro court case against the Catalan club.Neymar claims he was due the amount before leaving as a loyalty bonus.Barcelona sports newspaper Mundo Deportivo has reported Neymar will also have to make a public apology to the club’s fans for the manner of his departure.The 27-year-old had spent four years at Camp Nou, winning the Champions League in 2015 and two La Liga titles. He had formed a brilliant attacking trio alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.Any return for Neymar would likely require Barca to raise funds through sales. Antoine Griezmann is expected to join from Atletico Madrid for 120 million euros while Frenkie de Jong has already signed for 75 million euros from Ajax.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Turkeys don’t stay for dinner

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! GREENLAWN, N.Y. – Fifteen wild turkeys strutted into a suburban hamlet on Thanksgiving Day and then left just in time to avoid dinner. The turkeys showed up Thursday morning, drawing crowds of spectators, but left – marching in single file – about 1 p.m. Suffolk County police were called because the turkeys created a traffic hazard while crossing a road. But the officers didn’t have to intervene because the birds kept walking – and hadn’t been seen or heard from since, residents said Friday. Resident Joyce Logan said there was no practical joke involved and the turkeys could have wandered into the Long Island neighborhood about 40 miles east of Manhattan from a nearby wooded area, where she had been hearing gobbles since summer. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLogan said the birds walked away in a straight line between her house and her neighbor’s, and she went back inside to prepare a store-bought turkey dinner for her family.last_img read more


first_imgA Donegal-based crook exposed by donegaldaily.com as the mastermind of a multi-million euro scam will try to overturn a jail sentence by claiming an order to fully disclose all his assets was draconian!Fugitive Francois de Dietrich has been given a date in January for his appeal against an 18-month term imposed on him for contempt of court.With a warrant out for his arrest, he was last seen in France. People on both sides of the border fear they may have lost millions in investments in liquidated stock.Members of the business community, sporting figures and even travellers handed over money to de Dietrich, but the scam began to unravel when donegaldaily.com began investigating him last year.Court proceedings launched by the Financial Services Authority led to an injunction banning de Dietrich and his company ETIC Solutions from taking any more deposits.The regulatory body also obtained an initial order freezing more than Stg£20m in assets linked to the businessman. De Dietrich, a Frenchman formerly based in Ballybofey, was then held to be in contempt of an order to disclose his global financial affairs in full to the FSA.He is now preparing to contest that finding on the basis that there is no allegation of wrong-doing outside of the North and the Republic of Ireland!!!!It will be contended that he has complied with requirements to reveal all his business interests on both sides of the order. (Though the order related to outside the jurisdictions!)On that basis his legal team are expected to argue that imprisoning him was an excessively draconian outcome.De Dietrich has denied any fraudulent behaviour and, in a statement through his lawyers, claimed to operate legitimate businesses which have been unable to trade due to the legal action. The Court of Appeal was told on Thursday that his challenge has been listed for a one-day hearing on 9 January.CROOK FRANCOIS: ‘I DON’T WANT TO GO TO JAIL’ was last modified: October 7th, 2011 by BrendaShare 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:crookFrancois de Dietrichfraudsterthieflast_img read more


first_imgBOYDThe death has taken place of Gladys Boyd, Doonan, Donegal Town and formerly of Dunkineely, Co Donegal. Removal from Letterkenny General Hospital today at 3pm to Donegal Methodist Church. Funeral Service tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1pm, followed by burial in Glebe Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. House private, please.DOHERTY The death has taken place of Larry Doherty, Station Road, Ballyshannon. Removal from the Shiel Hospital Mortuary today, Monday, at 12 noon, to his late residence to repose from 1pm.  Removal tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11.15am St. Joseph’s Church, The Rock, Ballyshannon, for 12 noon funeral mass. Burial afterwards in the Abbey Assaroe Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to The North West Hospice.SMITHThe death has taken place of Colm Smith, 5 Rockfield Terrace, Buncrana. His remains are reposing at his daughter Denise and son-in-law Donal Bradley’s residence at 9 Burwood, Buncrana. Funeral from there on Wednesday at 9.30am for Requiem Mass at 10am in St Mary’s Oratory, Buncrana, followed by interment in Cockhill Cemetery.McLAUGHLIN The death has taken place at her late residence of Anna-Rita Mc Laughlin, Chapel Street, Carndonagh. Removal from her late residence tomorrow, Tuesday, at 8pm going to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Carndonagh, to repose overnight. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11am  followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery.JOHNSTONThe death has occurred of Catherine Johnston, Derryfad, Creeslough. Removal from Letterkenny General Hospital today at 6pm going to her home. Funeral arrangements later.McLAUGHLINThe death has taken place of Susan McLaughlin Fahan Malin. Her remains are reposing at her son Peter’s residence at Fahan Malin. Funeral from there tomorrow, Tuesday at 10.30am going to St Patrick’s Church Aughyclay, Malin for Requiem Mass at 11am. Interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. McCANDLESSThe death has taken place at the Foyle Hospice Derry of Bertie McCandless, Straths Bridge, Carndonagh. Funeral from his home tomorrow, Tuesday, at 1.45pm going to Donagh Parish Church, Carndonagh for Service at 2pm. Burial afterwards in the adjoining Cemetery.RUDDYThe death has taken place in Donegal Hospice of James Ruddy, Keadue. His remains are reposing at his late residence. Removal from there tomorrow, Tuesday, at 11.30am going to St Mary’s Church Kincasslagh for Requiem Mass at 12 midday. Interment afterwards in Cruit Cemetery. House private please from 11pm to 10am. Family flowers only donations in lieu if desired to Donegal Hospice c/o Shaun McGlynn Funeral Director or any family member. DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012 was last modified: January 23rd, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:2012DONEGAL DEATH NOTICES FOR MONDAYJANUARY 23last_img read more

End of a VW era

first_img 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 switch marks the last hurrah for the simple engine developed in the 1930s by famed German engineer Ferdinand Porsche, his key element of a “Volkswagen,” or “People’s Car” that anyone could afford. “It’s the end of a very long era,” said Ivan McCutcheon, editor of Britain’s VolksWorld magazine for fans of the vans and now-out-of-production VW traditional beetles. “The VW air-cooled engine has been perhaps the greatest produced engine in numbers the world has seen.” The move comes three years after Volkswagen’s Mexican division stopped production of the minivan, and churned out its last two-door bug sedan with an air-cooled motor. All told, about 6 million of the minivans were built with the air-cooled engine worldwide, adding to the more than 20 million beetles manufactured. Volkswagen Brasil says Kombi production is actually expected to increase next year from about 10,000 minivans annually to 12,000, because the new engine can run on either gasoline or pure alcohol – widely used as fuel in Brazil, where it costs about half the price of gas. The body of the minivan won’t change, however, and Volkswagen’s Sao Paulo factory will churn out Kombis in keeping with tradition, minus the high-tech robots that do most of the work in modern car factories. The Kombi, by contrast, is made by workers who shove the windows into place by hand, use mallets to tap out imperfections in the vehicle’s body and do a final quality check on the doors by slamming them shut while listening to make sure they sound right. Volkswagen isn’t concerned about losing market share with the new engine because executives believe the vehicle still has several advantages the competition can’t match: A list price of about $15,400 and capacity to carry a metric ton of goods. Although the liquid-cooled motor could technically handle air conditioning, there are no plans to list it as an option. Brazilian Kombi buyers, market research shows, wouldn’t pay the extra cost. It will have a little more power, with a top speed of 81 miles per hour, as opposed to the 75 mph maximum with the air-cooled engine. “There’s just no cheaper way to transport a ton of cargo,” said Hans-Cristian Maergner, president of VW’s Brazilian division. To mark the engine changeover, VW is churning out about 200 Kombi “Silver Edition” models for collectors. They are outfitted with the old engine, but painted silver, instead of the classic Brazilian white – so owners can then paint them with brightly colored logos advertising their businesses. “I never thought about getting one before because I thought they’d be around forever,” said Lucio Calixto, a photo services store owner who already has a 1994 Brazilian-made VW bug. With his wife snapping pictures of him picking up the Silver Edition minivan at a VW dealership and receiving the keys from a manager, Calixto explained that he loves the engine because it’s easy to work on, can be rebuilt cheaply and lasts for decades if cared for properly. “Ever since I was a kid I was fascinated with it,” Calixto said. Unlike most Brazilian Kombi owners, Calixto will use the minivan for weekend outings – easily fitting his family of five into a vehicle that can take seven passengers. Although VW produces the minivan for sale only in Brazil, about 30 of the special editions are expected to make their way across the Atlantic Ocean via British importers, said McCutcheon, the editor of VolksWorld. After being shipped and modified to meet British vehicle standards, the minivans end up costing $23,300 for a basic model to $30,400 for a version decked with special extras for camping trips. “Here, you would only buy one as a luxury item,” McCutcheon said. “This would be bought by somebody who has done quite well for themselves and wants the retro ’70s look for the weekend.” AP-WS-12-21-05 1535EST 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAO PAULO, Brazil – With their unique air-cooled engines sputtering to life, brand-new classic Volkswagen minivans chug off the assembly line after a manufacturing ritual barely changed since hippies turned the boxy vehicle into a counterculture icon. Instead of heading on long, strange trips across Latin America’s largest country, these minivans go straight to work on the streets of Brazil’s largest cities for deliveries of all kinds, as ambulances, mobile convenience stores and even troop transports for soldiers. But Friday, a long chapter in the history of Volkswagen AG will end when the last air-cooled motor will be hoisted into a vehicle seen as a museum piece almost everywhere else across the planet. VW is being forced to change the minivan’s historic rear-mounted engine because of a new Brazilian emissions law to reduce pollution that goes into effect in 2006. Production will continue next year, but the van known here as the “Kombi” will get a new water-cooled motor and a radiator for the first time. last_img read more

Women’s Soccer Defeats Navy, 2-0

first_img ANNAPOLIS, Md. – Juniors Rachel Wanninger (Johnston, Iowa) and Hannah Wilder (Wheatfield, Ind.) each scored one goal for the Drake University women’s soccer team to help defeat Navy, 2-0, Friday night at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility on the campus of the United States Naval Academy. Story Links Wilder’s goal was scored in the 80th minute (80:16) after a failed clear by the Midshipmen. Wilder headed the ball past Navy goalkeeper Dayton Whetherby for her second career goal and first this season. Next Game: Wanninger’s goal was scored first as it occurred in the 24th minute (24:54) of the first half. Wanninger’s first goal of the season came off a cross from sophomore Linda Fiorito (Overland Park, Kan.) who passed it from right to left as Wanninger blasted it in the net from 15 yards out. HTML Box Score “We have traveled enough to know that when we are on the road we will face portions of the game where we are on our heels,” Horner said as her team who improved to 3-0-1 on the road. “I’m really proud of how we handled ourselves under pressure and that the players off the bench maintained a high level when they stepped on the field. Right now our team continues to be hungry to improve and every player in our program is pushing us to get better.” PDF Box Score Live Statscenter_img After the game on Sunday against Towson, Drake returns to Des Moines to host Western Illinois Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. Print Friendly Version Preview Full Schedule Roster “Defensively, we were very sound,” said Drake head coach Lindsey Horner. “Our center backs Sarah Grace (Nicholson), Ali (Smith) (Lenexa, Kan.) and Carling (Goold) (Oakville, Ontario), were fantastic in the air and our back four did a great job of forcing difficult shots. We were very efficient with our chances tonight.” Navy outshot Drake, 19-5, in the game as the Bulldogs’ only shot in the first half came on Wanninger’s goal. Senior goalie Brooke Dennis (Wauconda, Ill.) was outstanding in between the posts for the Bulldogs. Dennis finished with five saves. at Towson 9/11/2016 – 11 AM Drake improved to 5-0-1 with the victory over Navy who dropped to 2-5-1 with the loss. The Bulldogs are playing two games at the Navy Invitational with a Sunday matinee against Towson at 11 a.m. to close the Bulldogs’ trip to Annapolis, Md.last_img read more