Car and bike showdown set for May 26 at Aracari Resort

first_imgThe Aracari Resort, Versailles, West Bank Demerara, will come alive on May 26 in sound and great festivity when Epic Events Entertainment again stages its “Settlement Disputes Car & Bike Show”.To be staged on the lawns and tarmac of the resort, this much anticipated events will see the ‘Clash of the Titans’ for sure, as some of the hottest and posh vehicles face off for hot prizes, as they compete in sound, colour, creativity, presentation and so much more.Fans are urged to come out and see fierce clashes as SUVs, car, bikes, buses, and other dashing automobiles takes centre stage to determine which one is indeed the hottest in the categories in which they battle.Already word is out on a few surprises to be sprung by entrants from the West Demerara District, but they will have to make way for competitors representing Georgetown, East Bank Demerara and other areas.With fantastic cash prizes and trophies to be won, fans are urged to come out in their numbers to support their favourite vehicle and crew.The event begins at 13:00h sharp.last_img read more

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Tottenham injury boost! Training return for Walker

first_img Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker A first-team return for Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker is in sight after he began training following eight months out with an abdominal injury.The 24-year-old England international has not featured for Spurs since the first leg of Europa League last-16 clash with Benfica on March 13.An abdominal issue resulted in Walker missing out on England’s World Cup squad and saw him undergo lower abdominal surgery in September – a move the north Londoners had initially hoped to avoid.But the defender is hoping to put his recent woes behind him, with Walker’s return a welcome one for the club who have struggled at the back so far this season.“It’s great to be back out there with the lads,” Walker told Tottenham’s official website.“I’m taking it one step at a time, doing things correctly as I’ve been told and I’ll see where I am in a couple of weeks.“Everything is good at the moment. I’ll be even happier when I’m back playing but that’s the final step.”It comes as a much-needed boost for Spurs, with rookies Eric Dier and Kyle Naughton filling in at right-back during Walker’s absence.There is no timescale on when Walker will again take to the field, but he believes he will do so a better player.“I think I’ve matured as a player and a person and hopefully that will take me onto the next step in my career,” he added.“From my operation to my first day back in training was a 12-week programme and I didn’t miss a day’s work.“I thought to myself ‘I’m going to put my all into this’ and hopefully that will stand me in good stead in terms of training and then working my way back into the team.“I’m taking it slowly and hopefully it won’t be too long before I’m back out there at White Hart Lane.” 1last_img read more

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Big busts shame the box office

first_imgTRYING AGAIN: Gotta get right back up on the horse after falling on your face, right? This is what I think will happen this weekend: “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer” will bring in $55 million at best. It is having a very wide opening with 3,800-plus theaters. Two years ago, the first installment of the Marvel Comics franchise had a $56 million opening weekend and snapped the movie industry’s record 19-week box office slump. NANCY WHO? Sure, their moms grew up loving the books and maybe even watched the TV show with Pamela Sue Martin. But I’m not too keen on the box office prospects for the feature film version of “Nancy Drew.” The young female audience, to whom the film is aimed, isn’t really invested in the teenage sleuth. And the film’s star, Emma Roberts, is not yet the drawing card that her aunt Julia Roberts is. Warner Bros. is opening “Drew” in 2,400 locations. If it can attract enough moms and daughters, the flick could have a decent $10 to $12 million opening. DOA WILL BE DOA: A female action flick based on a video game with no name stars opening in just more than 500 theaters. Why not just go straight to DVD? The question is, will “DOA: Dead Or Alive” even crack $1 million? APPETIZER: “Ratatouille” doesn’t debut until June29. But if you can’t wait that long, Disney is offering a sneak peek at its latest Pixar Animation flick in 800 theaters Saturday, so check your local listings. I’ve seen about 15 minutes of it and cannot wait for the main course! PARTY CRASHER: I was taking a look at the year’s top grossing flicks provided by Media By Numbers, which predictably are led by “Spider-Man 3,” “Shrek the Third” and “Pirates of the Caribbean 3.” In fourth is “300,” and rounding out the top five is … “Wild Hogs.” Yup. “Hogs” has grossed $165.2 million to date. It looks like, together at least, John Travolta, Tim Allen and Martin Lawrence still have some star power. greg.hernandez@dailynews.com (818) 713-3758160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! OK, I admit it. I was feeling like a genius a few weeks back by correctly predicting that “Knocked Up” would open at $40 million (On the nose!) and that “Mr. Brooks” would have a $10 million bow (Bingo!). But this week, I’m feasting on a heaping portion of box office crow. “Ocean’s Thirteen” debuted with a three-day gross of $36.1 million. My prediction? A jackpot of $45 million. It gets worse: I popped off that “Surf’s Up” would ride the crest of a wave to a $30million opening. How’d that one do? A measly $17.6 million. Ugh. After that record box office revenue in May, I thought the robust ticket sales would continue, uninterrupted, for the rest of the summer. But it’s time to wake up and smell the popcorn. The movie industry has now had two down weekends in a row. last_img read more

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NoHo scrapyard fire sends homeless fleeing

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD — A scrapyard fire sent some homeless squatters fleeing Saturday afternoon as their makeshift homes went up in flames, Los Angeles Fire Department officials said. The fire was reported at 1:34 p.m. in the 12200 block of Sherman Way. LAFD sent six companies of firefighters that battled their way through a space crowded with castoffs. “We’ve got a lot of dirty work,” spokeswoman d’Lisa Davies said. “It was storage and rubbish stacked up against a couple corrugated fences that took off. … When the embers flew over the fence, there was a homeless encampment on the other side, then that got going.” Davies reported no injuries or damage to permanent structures. The blaze’s proximity to railroad tracks along Sherman Way complicated cleanup efforts, as firefighters had to stretch their hoses across the rails. Metrolink and Amtrak spokeswomen said the fire didn’t interrupt light weekend service schedules and Davies said crews disconnected their hoses to permit a 3 p.m. Union Pacific train to get through.last_img read more

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A penchant for procuring loans

first_imgREDONDO BEACH: For companies in need of money, Funding 911 can be a godsend. By Muhammed El-Hasan STAFF WRITER AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityWhen a struggling business sends out the SOS, Marshall Lebovits responds with 911. The owner of Funding 911, Lebovits helps small and mid-size firms secure loans from lenders. Lebovits, 48, runs the business from his Redondo Beach home. He began the one-man company in 2002 after many years in the finance industry. He at first expected to work as a “matchmaker” for equipment financing but had enough requests for other types of loans that he broadened his scope. For more than two decades, Lebovits worked for companies that provided financing to businesses. He went out on his own to “feel I was more in charge of solutions.” Today, Lebovits calls himself a business loan matchmaker. What does your job entail? I help with introductions to the right lenders and with assistance in telling their story the right way. It saves them a lot of time and in the long run can save money. It’s just me. I have to do everything from planning to marketing to sales to screening deals. I work primarily on a success-fee basis. So I take on assignments that I have evaluated with lenders so I know I have a reasonable chance of achieving their goals. How do you do screen? The first thing I do is ask them questions, review their financial information and call lenders to pre-screen them. I tell them I have a business with these assets and collateral and they need this amount of money. And they tell me if it’s possible. The lenders like that I can cut to the chase and give them the information they need to know to give me an indication of their level of interest. How long is the screening process? I’ll get back to you hopefully within 48 hours and tell you if there’s real interest from a financier to get your deal done. How long does it take for you to secure a loan for a client? I’ve closed some deals in a matter of weeks, and some have taken six months. What happens if no lender is interested? Once a deal is pre-screened and if I tell them I can’t help them, then we’re done and they don’t owe me a dime. What happens if a lender does show interest? If I think I can help them, then we sign a contract based on a success fee. So they don’t owe me money upfront. What do you do for clients that they can’t do themselves? I help them tell their story the right way. Often a small business owner is really knowledgable about their business, but they don’t know what is important for a lender. So they may not put their best foot forward. So I help them put their best foot forward. Give me an example. I spent time with a client and reviewed their financial statements, and it turned out that their tax documents didn’t fully tell the story of the company’s finances. They had non-recurring costs. The company had great customers and the owner had invested a lot of money in the business – which wasn’t being taken into account. Once I told that story, I had banks begging to do business with this company. What size loans do you deal with? I deal with all size loans from as little as tens of thousands to tens of millions. Since I’m working on a success-fee basis, I’ll only work on a loan that I feel has a probable chance of working and is worth my time. If you come to me with a $100,000 loan request and I know it will take me a couple of phone calls to resolve, I’ll take it on. But if you come to me with a $4 million proposal, but I don’t see it having a chance of success, I won’t take it. How much do you charge? It’s usually a percentage of the funding raised. From as little as 1percent to as much as 5 percent. It varies depending on the size of the deal, degree of difficulty and the difficulty of the client. Sometimes you charge an aggravation fee. What kind of aggravation? Sometimes they are not very cooperative. They may not share the information with me that they need to. And it makes my work more difficult because without that information I can’t be the advocate they want me to be. Who are your clients? I deal with all business types as long as they have assets for collateral. Only if they have assets for collateral can I help them. If they have no collateral but good financials, they can walk into any bank and get a line of credit on their own. I often work with companies in hyper-growth situations. Often times it means that they are an early-stage company. Banks get nervous that you’re growing too fast because their infrastructure may not keep up with growth. Also companies trying to stave off financial difficulties are my clients. What the most challenging part of your job? Finding the golden nugget in the story because that’s what lenders are looking for. Lenders have a lot of money to lend, but it has to fit their profile. So I must dig into some of these deals that already have been rejected and find the golden nugget that gives the lenders comfort to give the loan. What’s the best part of your job? I get to meet a lot of interesting people or at least talk to them. I don’t get to meet all of my clients. And they have a lot of great stories. What’s the worst part of your job? I like people. Being a one-person company means sometimes you’re here at the house all by yourself. How I offset that is I’m out on a lot of networking events and I’m on the phone a lot. Otherwise, it’s just me and the cat. Is there humor in your work? Absolutely. I always tell prospective borrowers that lenders want to know that they have character as opposed to being one. In my line of work, I run across a lot of characters who don’t have any. muhammed.el-hasan@dailybreeze.com160Want 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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RIVAL BID! Napoli table £19.5m offer for Chelsea, Everton and Man United target

first_img1 Keita Balde Diao Napoli have made a £19.5million bid for Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United target Keita Balde Diao.The race for the Lazio forward is hotting up and several sides are now vying for his signature.English clubs Chelsea, Everton and Manchester United have all shown an interest, but there are also significant efforts to keep the 22-year-old in Italy.Juventus have already made an offer for Diao and now, according to Corriere dello Sport, Napoli have submitted a bid too.The Serie A side have reportedly bid £19.5m for the Senegal international and they are willing to met his wage demands.However, the offer could still prove to be too low as Lazio are said to want £27m for Diao.last_img

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These Liverpool fans are very happy to see Origi start – ‘Hat-trick coming’

first_img Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions Nice to see Origi getting a start, always puts a good shift in off the bench, serious pace up front 🏃‍♂️💨 #lfc— Oli Sproates (@OliSproatesLFC5) April 17, 2019 2 And it looks like Kopites are not sceptical about Origi starting despite his action in the first team this season being largely restricted to cameo appearances.Below you can see the best Origi tweets from these Liverpool fans. pic.twitter.com/2kGjZnAZcu— – (@AnfieldRd96) February 27, 2019 huge blow Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Decent team. Origi deserves his start. #LFC #UCL— Taylor (@TaylorBrown98) April 17, 2019 no dice Happy with that lineup, Origi is gonna have a madness, I can feel it. #LFC— Cam (@ProxyLFC) April 17, 2019 Origi has earned his start I think he’s been lively every game he’s came on #LFC— Adam Hankinson (@AdamHankLFC) April 17, 2019 The Liverpool XI warm up, among them Origi Klopp has chopped and changed his team for the Porto game REVEALED 2 Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ center_img Last season people would be fuming with Origi starting, but he’s proved himself in the chances he’s been given. We’re up two so it’s worth a go, can always change. #LFC— Stephen Robinson ⚡ (@xstex) April 17, 2019 Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card REPLY BEST OF Incoming Origi masterclass. #Legend #Hattrick #LFC #YNWA— Big Virgil (@AndyBob155) April 17, 2019 Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars REVEALED There are a few surprises in Liverpool’s starting line-up for their Champions League quarter-final second leg against Porto.Jurgen Klopp has made three changes to the team that beat Chelsea at the weekend, which sees club captain Jordan Henderson on the bench. Naby Keita and Roberto Firmino – who scored the goals in the Reds’ first leg victory over the Portuguese side at Anfield – have also been benched.In come James Milner, Georginio Wijnaldum and perhaps most surprisingly Divock Origi as Liverpool attempt to juggle their European campaign with a push for the Premier League title.On starting Origi, Liverpool boss Klopp said: “No issue, actually – just respecting the fantastic form Divock Origi is in for weeks or months already, and bringing in fresh legs. Come on the #Redmen up the reds big time tonight. Can’t wait for this one !! Origi hatrick coming tonight.. @LFC #LFC #YNWA #PORLIV #FCPLIV— Jon Pollock 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿🏀♿🌍 (@Jon_Pollock09) April 17, 2019 Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury shining Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move “That’s all, the same we do in midfield because we expect a very intense game, we expect a hard-fighting Porto side. So we need to be ready for that.“Of course Bobby is ready for that but because he never gives himself a rest, from time to time we have to do it. But it’s not a rest actually, it’s bringing in Div and having that option: speed and all that stuff. That’s what we thought.” ADVICE im glad Origi is starting tonight #LFC— Perry (@plodge82) April 17, 2019last_img read more

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ISSMA Solo and Ensemble winners earn Gold/Silver

first_imgGold Gold Gold Silver 9:00 AMLeah Scott *Group I musicians eligible for State 1:46 PMEthan Bower 10:39 AMKayla Cauble Gold Here are the results of this weekend’s ISSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival.  Salem was represented by a fine group of instrumental musicians! said SHS Band Director Bonnie Harmon.Two will be proceeding to State Solo Ensemble on March 1 at North Central HS in Indianapolis – Chase Loyd and Hunter Meadows – both on Snare Drum.Congratulations to our Lion and Cub Musicians, and Good Luck to our Vocal Performers – they will be performing at their ISSMA District this Saturday, February 8! TimeSalem Solo or Group 12:05 PMHunter Meadows * 1:41 PMChase Loyd * 1:49 PMJosh Worrall * Gold 9:30 AMBen Andis 9:55 AMBowling Clar Trio Goldcenter_img 10:00 AMJillian Smith 10:38 AMAaron Wiseman Gold 11:33 AMZack McCaslin Gold 11:34 AMRyland Sparkman Gold 9:15 AMGonzalez Trio Gold Gold Rating 9:27 AMPenelope Cannello 10:59 AMMarissa Collins Gold Gold Goldlast_img read more

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Infant Gorilla In Critical But Stable Condition, Mother Dies

first_imgA Louisville Zoo gorilla has died from complications related to giving birth via emegency cesarean section to a female baby.The infant has survived but was reported to be in critical condition.The mother, 27-year-old Mia Moja, gave birth at 12:35 p.m. Monday but was pronounced dead shortly after 8 a.m. Tuesday, March 15. Zoo officials said she died from complications related to the delivery but affirmed that a full postmortem examination will be performed to try to pinpoint the exact cause of death.The baby gorilla, although critical, was said to be in stable condition and is being monitored by zoo staff.The baby weighed 3 pounds and 9 ounces at birth and was 14 inches long – close to the average size of a full-term gorilla baby.Zoo officials and medical consultants will confer with experts in gorilla infant management to determine the best plan for the baby gorilla. She will continue to be bottle fed and monitored 24 hours a day.“It has been a very tough 24 hours for us. Welcoming a new baby is always exciting, but losing Mia is heartbreaking. These life events are even more impactful and extraordinary when we are talking about endangered species,” said Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak. “Our main focus now is caring for” the baby.She was monitored overnight and bottle-fed a special formula for premature babies every two hours by the staff.Two physicians, James W. Forrester and Robert C. Zoller of Partners in Women’s Health, performed the cesarean section assisted by Louisville Zoo veterinarians Drs. Zoli Gyimesi and Julie Ter Beest.University of Louisville neonatologist Tonya Robinson provided care for the baby immediately following the birth.The baby arrived about three weeks early, zoo officials estimated.Gyimesi said that “gorilla Mia was experiencing unusual bleeding. Her condition was considered life-threatening, and a decision was made to examine her. A surgical team was quickly assembled, and an emergency cesarean section was elected for the good of mom and baby.”This gorilla birth was part of a breeding recommendation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and its Gorilla Species Survival Plan.last_img read more

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