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Bad start for Scorpions

first_imgThe Jamaica Scorpions made a disastrous start to their 2016 NAGICO Super50 campaign at Queen’s Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday. Hosts Trinidad and Tobago Red Force crushed the Scorpions by 84 runs in their Group B match. Scores: Red Force 221 all out off 47.2 overs; Scorpions 137 all out in 42.5 overs. The Scorpions’ innings was undermined by fast-medium bowler Marlon Richards, who bagged five for 36 in his allotted 10 overs. He got good support from left-arm bowler Yannick Ottley, who took two for 16 in 4.5 overs. Top batsman for Jamaica was Brandon King with 26. Earlier Evin Lewis slammed 74 with six fours and three mighty sixes to lift the Red Force to their match winning score. Other useful contributions came from Rayad Emrit (43) and Richards 31. Damion Jacobs (three for 40), Nikita Miller (two for 27) and Tamar Lambert (two for 34) were the leading bowlers for Jamaica. In St Kitts, the Windward Islands Volcanoes defeated Guyana Jaguars by one run under the Duckworth/Lewis Method in their rain-affected match. Scores: Volcanoes 214 all out off 50 overs (Devon Smith 91, Sunil Ambris 47, Liam Sebastian 27; Gudakesh Motie 3-32, Steven Jacobs 3-40). Jaguars 122 for four off 26 overs (Assad Fudadin 44 not out). In St Augustine, Trinidad, Barbados Pride defeated ICC Americas by four wickets. Scores: Americas 183 all out off 43.1 overs (Alex Amsterdam 73, Nitish Kumar 25; Sulieman Benn 4-40, Ashley Nurse 3-23). Pride 184 for six off 42.5 overs (Jonathan Carter 51 not out, Kevin Stoute 40, Justin Greaves 22 not out; Timil Patel 2-30, Timroy Allen 2-36).last_img read more

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After 4-0 start, surging NLEX going for more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Yeng Guiao may have his reservations when it comes to NLEX’s 4-0 start, but Carlo Lastimosa is convinced that the Road Warriors are no fluke.But he wouldn’t deny that even he is surprised with how cohesive NLEX has been so far in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments “Of course, I think all of us were surprised. But maybe, it shows that our hard work is paying off,” Lastimosa said in Filipino. “We’ve been adjusting in the past two conferences, but with the veterans coming in, we’re slowly getting our groove.”The changes have been evident, especially on Sunday when NLEX fought back from a 10-point deficit with eight minutes to play and pulled off a 95-91 squeaker over Phoenix to stay unbeaten.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’Lastimosa is one of the big reasons for the Road Warriors’ come-from-behind victory, triggering the late push as he poured in 11 of his 14 points in the payoff period.The 26-year-old slasher said the team is imbibing Guiao’s no-quit attitude. MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans “Our attitude comes from coach Yeng, that we won’t give up. Fortunately, we had a good showing in the fourth quarter and we’re able to get the win,” he said.And that may really be the biggest takeaway from this scintillating stretch for NLEX that after two conferences, the team is finally forming in the same mold as the old Guiao teams in the past.But Lastimosa would rather not get too far ahead of himself as the Road Warriors seek to achieve more than just match their total wins in the past two conferences.“We’re not yet satisfied. We still have to prove ourselves to the stronger teams. There’s still a lot of games and we can still get eliminated early. So it’s important that we sustain this,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Creamline rallies past Perlas to sweep PVL elims 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


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Corentyne residents benefit from NEW GPC medical outreach

first_img…promotions on cancer awareness bearing fruit – GRPABerbicians are being urged to reduce their salt intake. This is one of the recommendations of Endocrinologist Dr Yaquelin Gonalea Ricardo, who during a NEW GPC medial outreach in Berbice, Region Six, found that a lot of persons in the area are hypertensive.More than 200 persons visited the medical outreach at Port Mourant on Saturday, and were seen by the several doctors.According to Dr Ricardo, most of the persons seen were suffering from high blood pressure and diabetes. “When we ask those with high blood pressure why they did not take their medication, they say that they forget to take it only for today. But the truth is that sometimes they forget to take the tablets, and so the blood pressure is high,” Dr Ricardo told this publication.She explained that the team observed a similar trend with those who are diabetic.Expressing alarm at the high number of persons with high blood pressure, Dr Ricardo attributed this phenomenon to persons’ salt intake. She is of the opinion that many Berbicians use too much salt.She also noted that some of those who visited the outreach, held in front of Spready’s Supermarket at Port Mourant, took the medication which they were using to control their blood pressure.She, however, warned that persons need to monitor their salt intake if they are to control their blood pressure.Meanwhile, relative to diabetes, many persons were unaware that they are victims of the ailment.“The problem in Guyana is that many people don’t have good eating habits…they need to eat properly and to check their blood sugar twice a year,” she declared.Several persons were also treated for various other ailments and conditions, among them being back pain, flu and fever.The NEW GPC INC was able to provide locally manufactured medication to all the persons who visited the outreach.The outreach also facilitated diabetic eye screening.Breast cancerMeanwhile, as Guyana joined the rest of the world in observing Breast Cancer Awareness Month, approximately two dozen persons took advantage of the breast cancer screening during the outreach.According to Dr Calena Clohisy of the Guyana Responsible Parenthood Association (GRPA), there were also breast examinations done at the outreach, and VIA testing for cervical cancer.The VIA survey of character strengths is a simple self-assessment that takes less than 15 minutes and provides a wealth of information to help persons understand their core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the VIA Survey focuses on a person’s best qualities.According to Dr Clochisy, all of the VIA tests and breast examinations were negative. “A lot of them, when I spoke to them, it was their first time being tested for VIA. A lot of them did not know what the VIA test was, but most of them have had a breast examination already, and were just coming back for another checkup,” she explained.She is of the opinion that promotions on cancer awareness are bearing fruit, and persons understand the importance of having regular breast checkups.This has been the fourth medical outreach hosted by the NEW GPC for the year. Outreaches have already been held in Linden, on the West Coast of Demerara, on the West Bank of Demerara, and on the Essequibo Coast.last_img read more


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Defense helps Trojans pull away late

first_imgQuinn smiled a bit, then nodded at Murphy. It was the least Murphy could do for her longtime friend after her Trojans defeated Quinn’s Bruins for the fifthstraight time, 62-55 in front of a program-record 9,749 fans Saturday afternoon at Galen Center. “As a competitor, you can’t think like that in a game, that somebody is your friend. You just want to win,” said Murphy, who finished with a team-high 13 points. “But I have a ton of respect for her. I can’t wait until she’s the No. 1 draft pick in the WNBA next season. I’m going to be the first one buying her jersey.” Murphy isn’t far off in that analysis. Most WNBA experts expect Quinn to be among the first three players selected in the draft this spring. But for all of her accomplishments at UCLA, she hasn’t had much success against the Trojans. USC has beaten UCLA in different ways during its five-game winning streak in the series. Saturday, the Trojans’ balanced offense and physical defense were the difference. Nine players scored for USC (15-9,9-5 Pacific-10 Conference) in Saturday’s game. Murphy (13 points, 11 rebounds) and seniors Jamie Funn (10 points, sevenrebounds) and Jamie Hagiya (10points, five assists) led the way. USC’s bench outscored UCLA’s 15-0. “Our bench usually does some damage for us,” UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said. “Today, they didn’t. “Every time Noelle caught the ball, she was swarmed. That’s what’s happened all year. We need other people to step up when that happens.” Quinn finished with a game-high 18points, 14 of which came in the second half. Lindsey Pluimer added 14points, scoring 12 in the first half. UCLA (13-13, 7-7) led for all but 30seconds of the first half and took a 29-28 lead into halftime. The Trojans ramped up their defense and took the lead for good on Hagiya’s 3-pointer a few minutes into the second half. The Trojans had chances to put UCLA away, but never led by more than four points until the final minute of the game. That’s when the record crowd became a factor, as USC greats Cheryl Miller, Rhonda Windham and Lisa Leslie led cheers from the sideline. With the score tied 55-55 with 3:53remaining, the Trojans went into a full-court press and forced UCLA into five turnovers. The Bruins did not score another point. “Our defense was really good the last three minutes,” USC coach Mark Trakh said. “Our pressing was very effective. … It was that grind it out, gut it out kind of game.” It was the first time in seven meetings that a game between USC and UCLA had been decided by more than four points. “I think it’s just two teams playing hard,” USC senior Chloe Kerr said when asked why all the recent games have been so close. “Even it if was open gym, we’d be going hard against the Bruins.” down the stretch ramona.shelburne@dailynews.com (818) 713-3617 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img It was probably somebody else’s job, but Eshaya Murphy insisted on doing it herself. She grabbed the glass of water from a USC staffer, walked in front of the group of media assembled for UCLA’s news conference and set it down in front of Bruins senior guard Noelle Quinn. last_img read more


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Arsenal set to give up pursuit of ‘£66m-rated’ striker target

first_img Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain 1 Arsenal will have to pay more than £42m if they are to prise Gonzalo Higuain away from Napoli this summer.According to reports in Italy, the Gunners, who were close to signing the Argentine forward two seasons ago, have discussed an initial bid with Napoli.But Gazzetta.it claim Arsenal remain reluctant to increase their first offer of around £42m and are prepared to pursue other options.Higuain, who has just finished competing in the Copa America, wants to play Champions League football next year, something his current club cannot offer him.But the Italian side are staying firm on their steep valuation, insisting the striker will not leave for a penny less than his €94.7m [£66m] buyout clauselast_img


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Going high-tech after death hasn’t really caught on yet

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe panel mounts to the front of the gravestone and pays tribute to the deceased in pictures, words, music and even videos. It’s all from a small memory chip inside a device that opens like the front cover of a book. Vidstone LLC, a company with offices in Florida and Colorado, developed the serenity panel about two years ago. Cheri Lucking, Vidstone’s national sales director in Aurora, Colo., said the company has about 100 dealers across the country, including two in Minnesota, four in Illinois and seven in Michigan, and one in the United Kingdom. Ellis is the only one in Wisconsin. “We don’t release our sales figures,” she said. “It is not a huge number at the moment.” Maria Schlitzberger, office manager of Schlitzberger and Daughters Monument Co. in Houston, said her company has sold one serenity panel in a year. “That is a big step, putting electronics on your headstone,” she said. “People are used to sandblasted, granite and marble and things like that.” WAUSAU, Wis. – No one would set a scrapbook filled with pictures and memories on the tombstone of a loved one. But what about a high-tech, weatherproof version, with digital images powered by a solar cell? That innovation is available now – but finding customers so far has proved slow going. “I haven’t sold any,” said Doug Ellis of Riverview Monuments, who has been offering the so-called “serenity panel” system for about $2,000 since February. Many customers tell him “That is not for me,” he said, adding, “I think the Wausau area is a little more conservative yet.” Lucking likened the concept of putting a digital video scrapbook on a tombstone to when cell phones first came out and people said they would never own one. “We all have one now,” she said. Ways of honoring the dead are changing because of technology, Lucking said. More funeral homes use state-of-the-art visuals and put LCD screens in their chapels to do multimedia presentations, she said. “Five or six years ago, they weren’t even doing video tributes.” Four hours of sun provides enough juice to play the video with up to a 10-minute tribute on a 7-inch LCD screen about six times. There are headphone jacks to listen to the audio. “I thought it was a neat thing to bring into the industry. Something unique, something a little above and beyond just the standard engraving and pictures that end up on a monument,” Ellis said. Chuck Summers, retail sales manager for Moore Monument and Granite Co. in Sterling, Ill., has had the device for about three months and is awaiting his first sale, too. He’s got two good prospects but no signed deal. “We range from $5,000 to $8,000 on a typical stone. When you tack on another $2,000 for the Vidstone, it gets pricey for the people in the area,” he said. But there are other issues besides the price – like which way will the tombstone face, since the player is solar powered. “If the stone is under a tree, it is not going to work very well. If the stone is faced to the west instead of the east or north instead of the south, it is not going to charge as well,” Summers said. Sue Pergolski, owner of Wausau Monuments in Wausau, which has sold tombstones since 1909, has heard of the device, too, but is skeptical about the market for it, given its price and 15-year expected life. “I can’t imagine that they could make it so it would last forever,” said Pergolski, who is hesitant to sell etchings on tombstones, wary of how long they will last. “We kind of have the old-fashioned ideas. We want it to look the same in 50 years and 100 years,” she said. Still, she added: “With baby boomers starting to look at monuments, maybe the electronics will be more attractive.” Ellis, 54, said maybe 15 potential customers have spent time looking and listening to the gravestone player he displays in his store. One woman asked him to mail her pricing information. But nobody has been serious about buying one. Some people spend as much as $1,000 to put etchings on tombstones, so Ellis doesn’t think the cost of the video tribute is the problem. It will just take time for the change to be accepted, he said.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


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Metro will offer free Gold Line rides to Pasadena

first_imgIn anticipation of streets and freeways leading to Pasadena being clogged with New Year’s Eve traffic, Metro is again offering visitors an alternative way to travel to see the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game. Metro will offer free Metro Gold Line service to Pasadena on Monday night and early Tuesday, free shuttle service to the Rose Bowl, and shuttle service to view the floats after the parade. The New Year’s Eve free fare program will be in effect from 9 p.m. Monday to 2 a.m. Tuesday. It applies to all Metro buses, including the Metro Orange and Metro Red lines. It also applies to the Purple, Blue, Green and Gold rail lines. Metro is offering the free rides to promote safety during the holiday season. Metro also will provide shuttle service for visitors viewing floats after Tuesday’s parade. The cost will be a regular fare plus a transfer. Shuttles will run from the Sierra Madre Villa Gold Line Station to Victory Park from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Shuttles taking visitors back to the station will run until 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, shuttles taking seniors and the disabled to the post-parade venue will begin service at 7 a.m. and run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Shuttles taking visitors to the station will run until 5:30 p.m. For more information, call Metro information at (800) 266-6883.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson“The Metro Gold Line is now in its fifth official year of parade service and we’re quite proud to now be an important part of the tournament tradition,” said Roger Snoble, Metro CEO. “We’re hoping a brand new, international audience discovers the ease and convenience of Los Angeles’ growing public-transit network while they’re in town for these parade events.” Paradegoers will have acess to four Pasadena train stations: Memorial Park, Del Mar, Lake Avenue and Allen Avenue. All the stations are within walking distance of the parade route on Colorado Boulevard. Free parking also is available at several Gold Line stations. Sierra Madre Villa has 950 spaces, Fillmore has 131, Mission 122, Heritage Square/Arroyo 145 and Lincoln Heights/Cypress 91. The Del Mar station has 600 paid spaces and Union Station in Los Angeles has more than 2,000 paid spaces. last_img read more


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DEELE COLLEGE GIRLS SCOOP JUNK KOUTURE ULSTER GONG!

first_imgDeele College Raphoe are today celebrating the success of their Junk Kouture entry “Short Circut” which was selected in the Europa hotel Belfast last night to go forward to the 2012 Grand Final in Dublin on April 20th.The outfit which was designed & made by Clodagh Barry, Catherine Donnelly and Leona Burns beat off stiff competition of designs from all over Ulster.The creation was modelled by Darlene Burns. The girls were accompanied and supported by their teacher Mrs Patrice Gallagher, teachers, parents and friends.  DEELE COLLEGE GIRLS SCOOP JUNK KOUTURE ULSTER GONG! was last modified: March 12th, 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:DEELE COLLEGE GIRLS SCOOP JUNK KOUTURE ULSTER GONG!last_img read more


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COPS IN NORTH MISSED VITAL CLUES IN DONEGAL MURDER INQUIRY – CLAIM

first_imgA BBC programme has aired claims that the PSNI missed clues in the hunt for the murderers of IRA informer Denis Donaldson, shot dead in Co Donegal five years ago.Former northern Police Ombudsman official Sam Pollock said he was unhappy with the approach taken in controversial cases involving informers.He has spoken exclusively to the BBC Northern Ireland Spotlight programme. Mr Pollock was chief executive of the office of the Police Ombudsman for more than 10 years.The programme has also uncovered failings in a number of investigations by the ombudsman, including a complaint from the family of murdered republican informer Denis Donaldson.Mr Pollock announced his resignation in March, claiming the independence of the office has been lowered.He told the Spotlight programme why he felt he had to leave his job. “I sensed in the end a dilemma or a conflict in terms of dealing with the whole issue of informants, said Mr Pollock.“To speak about the involvement of an informant either directly or indirectly in murder, the loss of life, some atrocities, you cannot fudge that.”Al Hutchison has said he will step down as Police Ombudsman next June.The programme also reveals details of a complaint to the ombudsman by the family of self-confessed republican informer Donaldson, who was shot dead at this remote cottage in Donegal in April 2006.But the ombudsman declared the case closed last year with a finding of ‘no misconduct’ by the police. Spotlight has established that investigators were not aware of a potentially vital piece of information that may shed light on what happened in Donegal.However, the ombudsman rejected claims that his office has gone soft on the police.“I can assure everybody that we do deliver independent, impartial, evidence based reports,” said Mr Hutchison.“And whether that is perceived by the public or is not is certainly a matter of debate.” Mr Donaldson was shot dead by the Real IRA at a family cottage near Doochary in 2006.COPS IN NORTH MISSED VITAL CLUES IN DONEGAL MURDER INQUIRY – CLAIM was last modified: October 19th, 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:Denis DonaldsonDoocharylast_img read more


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Forest plan sparks debate

first_imgBy Eric Leach, Staff Writer Facing controversy over oil drilling, roads in wilderness areas and heightened brush fire concerns, the U.S. Forest Service is revising plans for the Los Padres National Forest in Ventura County. Because the Los Padres is home to the California condor, the plans are of particular interest to environmentalists who say protecting the endangered bird should be a top priority. Some say they are concerned that Forest Service officials are using growing fears about brush fires in Southern California as an excuse for building roads in what should be wilderness areas. Forest Service officials scheduled an open house for Monday in Ventura to help people learn about their recently completed land management plan for the Los Padres area, including ideas for protecting housing developments near the forest from catastrophic wildfires. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Environmental groups and political leaders, including members of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, have voiced opposition recently to Forest Service plans to expand oil drilling in the Los Padres area, and a lawsuit was filed this month to block wilderness road construction nationwide. Although the oil drilling proposal and lawsuit over road building are separate from the new Los Padres plan, they all relate to the same issues regarding how the forest will be used. Kathy Good, a spokeswoman for the Los Padres forest said new plans for all Southern California forests have been under development since 2001 and the open houses this month will give the public a chance to learn about and discuss the conclusions. “These are the final plans. These plans will provide for over-arching strategic guidance for the next 10 to 15 years,” Good said. “The oil and gas study was a separate study. It began about 10 yers ago and concluded this year. The oil and gas decision is an amendment to our existing forest plan and it will be rolled over into the new forest plan.” There are now about 4,900 acres leased for oil and gas development in the Los Padres National Forest, and under a decision this summer by Los Padres Supervisor Gloria Brown an additional 52,000 acres of the forest would be open to oil and gas development. But the new surface drilling, power lines and roads would be limited to 4,000 acres, and the remaining 48,000 would be open only for underground directional or slant drilling. Even if all the new acres are leased, only about 21 acres would be disturbed through the construction of well pads, drills, access roads and pipelines, Forest Service officials said. “I reached this decision after a great deal of thought and careful consideration of public input,” Brown said. “I feel that it provides for the protection of ecological values that are so important to the American public, while still offering a portion of our oil and gas potential to the nation.” She said the disturbance would decrease over time and the land would be rehabilitated when the oil and gas activities cease. But environmentalists are skeptical and oppose new oil and gas development, particularly near the sanctuary areas for the endangered California condor. The new areas open to oil and gas leasing are primarily hills to the north of the Santa Clara River Valley and in the Sierra Madre foothills south of Cuyama, where the Sisquoc Condor Sanctuary was once used as a site for releasing the birds back into the wild. Defenders of Wildlife, Los Padres ForestWatch of Santa Barbara, and the Tucson, Ariz.-based Center for Biological Diversity filed the appeal. They say forest officials relied on outdated reports to assess the potential harm to the environment from more oil development. The three conservation groups said forest drilling would threaten pristine creeks, spoil scenic vistas and harm wildlife. “The agency’s plan requires a vast network of roads, pipelines and transmission wires that will cut through the heart of some of the most sensitive areas of the forest, including key habitat for the critically endangered California condor,” said Defenders of Wildlife spokeswoman Kim Delfino. Good said the Los Padres National Forest, extending from the Big Sur coast down to the Los Angeles County line, contains about 1.76 million acres. She said Forest Service officials would not endanger the California condor with any of their new plans, which stress the endangered bird’s protection and protection of urban areas from wildfires. “Protecting the condors is very, very high on our list of priorities, and we work very closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to make sure the condors and other endangered species are protected,” she said. The plan recommends that many areas be restricted from motorized access, but officials also want to maintain their options for accessing parts of the forest to prevent catastrophic wildfires, they said. “We may need to have road access, but the emphasis would be on temporary access. We don’t anticipate any aggressive road building in any of the forests,” Good said. Jeff Kuyper, executive director of Los Padres Forest Watch, said the new Forest Service plan does not provide for enough new wilderness areas. “We see the Forest Service using public fear surrounding fire as a scapegoat instead of providing true wilderness protection,” Kuyper said. “I think it is important for people concerned about our forest to attend these open houses. We were hoping that with the new plan the forests would have been better protected, but it appears the Forest Service is going in the opposite direction.” The group’s biggest criticism is it sees the new forest plans as vague, failing to set clear guidelines. Members believe it will be difficult for the Forest Service to follow the plan and difficult for the public to determine whether the agency is following it. “We were hoping the new plan would provide more protection for the condor,” Kuyper said. “It remains to be seen how the new plan will affect the condor, but the agency fell far short of our expectations. Protection of the condor habitat should be the utmost priority. Instead it’s taking the back seat to oil drilling and other activities.” The Associated Press contributed to this story. Eric Leach, (805) 583-7602 eric.leach@dailynews.com IF YOU GO Open houses to provide information on the new long-range plan for the Los Padres National Forest are scheduled at the following locations: Ventura: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday at the Avenue Adult Center, 550 N. Ventura Ave. Goleta: 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Los Padres National Forest headquarters conference room, 6755 Hollister Ave., Raytheon Building, Suite 150. Frazier Park: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Community Center, 300 Park Drive. The plan can be viewed at www.fs.fed.us/r5/scfpr. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more