Allen, Nash, Kidd, Hill in lineup for basketball hall

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Joining Allen at Friday night’s induction ceremony will be Hill, Steve Nash, Jason Kidd, Maurice Cheeks; women’s stars Tina Thompson, Katie Smith and Ora Mae Washington; coach Lefty Driesell, ABA and NBA star Charlie Scott; longtime executives Rod Thorn and Rick Welts; and Croatian star Dino Radja.“This is a dream team to me,” Nash said. “As you look around and see the history of the game, it’s incredible to be standing on this podium and it’s beyond my wildest dreams.”Radja played four seasons for the Celtics but made his name in Croatia and the former Yugoslavia, winning an Olympic silver medal for each and three straight European League titles.Nash played 19 years in the NBA, earning back-to-back MVP awards in 2005-06. He is third on the league’s career assist list and holds the NBA record with a .904 career free throw percentage.Kidd, who was unable to attend Thursday’s jacket ceremony because of illness, is No. 2 on the NBA’s all-time lists for steals and assists. A two-time Olympic gold medalist, he was also a 10-time all-star and a member of Dallas’ 2011 championship team.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Hill won two NCAA titles at Duke, a gold medal at the 1996 Olympics and played 19 years in the NBA, where he was a three-time winner of the league’s Sportsmanship Award.Now an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder, Cheeks has been involved with the NBA since 1978, making four all-star teams and winning the 1983 championship with the Sixers. When he retired as a player, he was fifth in league history in both assists and steals.Smith, the New York Liberty coach, is the all-time leading scorer in women’s professional basketball history, scoring more than 7,000 points and winning four championships in the ABL and WNBA. Thompson won all four of her titles in the WNBA, where she was the first-ever draft pick; she also won two Olympic gold medals and titles in Russia, Romania and EuroLeague.Scott, who was selected by the veterans committee, was the first African-American scholarship athlete at North Carolina, where he helped the Tar Heels to back-to-back Final Four appearances. He was the ABA rookie of the year in 1971 and averaged 34.6 points in his second year in the league; he then moved to the NBA and was a member of the Celtics’ 1976 championship team.Thorn joined the NBA in 1963 and has been involved in the league for more than 50 years. He coached Julius Erving to an ABA title in 1974 and was general manager of the Chicago Bulls when they selected Michael Jordan in ’84. In 2015, he received the Hall’s Bunn Lifetime Achievement Award.Welts started as a ball boy for the Seattle SuperSonics and is now the president and COO of the Golden State Warriors. He is the league’s first openly gay executive.Washington won 11 straight Women’s Colored Basketball Championships with the Germantown Hornets and Pittsburgh Tribunes; her teams only lost six games total over 18 years, all to men’s teams. She was also a tennis champion, winning eight singles titles and 12 in doubles in the All Black American Tennis Association.Driesell is the inventor of “Midnight Madness” and the only coach in NCAA history to win at least 100 games at four different schools. His 786 career Division I victories is ninth all-time. (He also received the NCAA Award of Valor in 1974 after saving children from a house fire.)Peeking up at the rotunda where Hall of Famers are displayed, Driesell said: “I think everybody that’s ever competed in the game of basketball has a dream of being up there with all those players and coaches.” MOST READ Behave, NSAs Ray Allen, a class of 2018 inductee into the Basketball Hall of Fame, smiles as he walks off stage at the end of a news conference at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in Springfield, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Grant Hill thinks his Hall of Fame classmate Ray Allen is being undersold if he’s only remembered as a 3-point shooter.“I remember Milwaukee Ray,” Hill said, recalling Allen’s first stop in the league. “He was one of the greatest shooters of all time, but Ray would dunk on you. He would drive to the basket. I don’t think of him as (just) a shooter.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img A two-time NBA champion who predated — and set the stage for — the current proliferation of long-distance shooting, Allen will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night along with three of the league’s best point guards and a half-dozen other stars from eras before the 3-pointer came to dominate the game.Allen made 2,973 3-pointers in his career, three times leading the league in made 3s with numbers that wouldn’t crack a recent top five. He broke Reggie Miller’s all-time mark in 2011 with the Celtics and also was part of Boston’s 2008 championship team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“When I first got into the game, I was told not to shoot so many 3s because it was settling (for a shot),” Allen said on Thursday after the Hall of Fame Class of 2018 was presented with its honorary orange blazers.“So I had to work on my mid-range game, and I attacked the basket quite a bit,” he said. “I was more athletic when I was younger. I always want to make sure they don’t forget that there is a post, there is a mid-range game. There’s a hole right now.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Govt to consider appointment of junior Agriculture Minister

first_img– Granger’s Cabinet now stands at 27By Devina SamarooGovernment is willing to consider the appointment of a junior Agriculture Minister to provide assistance to Agriculture Minister Noel Holder in the management of the critical sector, once a request is made to Cabinet.Minister Holder’s performance came under public scrutiny and was up for much public discourse after an online news entity reported that the Alliance For Change (AFC) arm of the coalition Government is displeased with the direction agriculture is heading.Holder was put forward by the AFC since the agriculture portfolio was one which came under the AFC in accordance with theAgriculture Minister Noel HolderCummingsburg Accord.While admitting their dissatisfaction with the manner in which the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate was handled, the party has since clarified that its senior members never made such general pronouncements on the overall performance of the Agriculture Minister, neither did they put forward a recommendation for junior Minister.Nonetheless, sections of the public strongly believe that the Minister is not vibrant enough to take charge of the agriculture sector of the country.Minister Holder is still to meet with the sugar workers more than four months after the announcement was made and he has been heavily criticised for taking a “laid back” approach to the issue.In fact, the Action Committee of the Rice Producers Association (RPA) – an A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) aligned group – had already expressed that Holder is incapable of handling the tasks under his portfolio, and as such, declared that it has no confidence in his abilities to effectively and efficiently manage the agriculture sector.During an interview on his weekly television show ‘The Public Interest’, President David Granger indicated that he is aware of letters to the editors expressing concerns over the Minister’s performance; however, he made it clear Government’s policy is not determined by the contents of those publications.He clarified that this does not mean that his Administration does not take heed of public opinion.On the demands for an additional Minister, President Granger posited also that no formal request was ever made to him for there to be another Minister under the Agriculture Ministry.“If Minister Holder wanted assistance, he is free to approach me… Neither Mr Ramjattan, the Leader of the (AFC) party or Mr Holder has approached me on the matter. But you know, if there was a need, I would certainly give consideration to it,” he stated.“There might be a possibility of having a Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture but that need has not been articulated but it’s something that I might consider,” he further noted.Moreover, in light of the growing insecurities in the sugar industry which resulted following the closure of the Wales Sugar Estate and the shutdown of the remaining operations at the La Bonne Intention Estate, President Granger expressed willingness to meet with the disgruntled sugar workers to listen to their concerns.However, he did not indicate if there is a planned engagement in the making.Additionally, he noted that the Minister should have already devised a plan to present to the workers who were attached to the Wales Estate.“I hoped it would be ready by now but certainly by the end of the month,” he assured.Meanwhile, this consideration comes 10 months after the Head of State had defended his large Cabinet saying that he wanted a “lean” Cabinet.Granger’s Cabinet now stands at 27.last_img read more

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Council to receive report on Snow Clearing

first_imgBelow is a chart comparing Fort St. John’s snow removal to 9 other BC Communities. What do you think about the City’s snow removal?According to a report that will be presented to City Council on Monday, city staff believe they are providing a high level and efficient service for the winer conditions that we face. The report requested information from 9 different northern communities in BC.  All of the communities utilize plow trucks and graders with crews being dispatched when snow levels reach 5 cm in most municipalities or 18 cm on the high end in Dawson Creek. – Advertisement -One of the main complaints the city receives are the windrows left across residential driveways.  In all of the other surveyed cities the policy is the same as Fort St. John, windrows are left for the resident to remove. As for windrows that are created on main roads, they are hauled off once they have been created.  In Dawson Creek the city budgets to remove these windrows only 3 times a year. Mayor and Council will be able to respond to this report Monday night.  Attached at the bottom of this news story is a the full report from City Administration.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Saa Maa Centre talk heats up

first_imgJerry Lemmon says a back-up plan is certainly on the radar.[asset|aid=2852|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e1d891277a8d64d1bed04a267342169c-Lemmon 1_1_Pub.mp3] Most of the money will be generated through vigorous fundraising initiatives, and through other grants.In the end, Council voted unanimously, in principle, to support the interim business plan for the Saa Maa Centre. Councilors also voted to send Councilor Bruce Christensen to several interpretive centres across Western Canada and the U.S., before any decision is made on the project. Christensen’s travel expenses are expected to be around $5,000. By Christine Rumleskie- Advertisement – The proposed Saa Maa Centre in Fort St. John is gaining support from City Council.Earlier this year, Council voted to have a draft master plan, at a cost of $40,000, completed on the Energy Interpretive Centre.At the Committee of the Whole meeting on Monday, EWD Consulting’s Jerry Lemmon and Oker Consulting’s Garry Oker presented the plan, outlining everything from projected revenue to site plans.Oker says the name Saa Maa means “edge of the sun” in the Beaver, or Athabascan, language.[asset|aid=2851|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=e1d891277a8d64d1bed04a267342169c-Oker 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement Photo: Garry Oker (left) and Jerry Lemmon (right) present the interim business plan for the Saa Maa Energy Interpretive Centre on Monday – Christine Rumleskie/Energeticcity.cacenter_img A task force was established, where stakeholders met three times to generate ideas on the project. Members of the task force ranged from local government officials to First Nation groups.The proposed Saa Maa Centre will be the new home of the Fort St. John Visitor Information Centre, and also include information on the energy industry.But, the estimated $17 million price tag had a few councilors worried. The City plans to donate $1 million to the project, and that money will come from federal and provincial grants.Councilor Christensen suggested that a plan ‘B’ might be necessary, if not enough funds are raised to get the project off the ground.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Forgettable game for guard Collison

first_imgSEATTLE – Point guard Darren Collison turned the ball over on UCLA’s first two possessions, and Saturday afternoon deteriorated from there on for him. When it was done, No. 2 UCLA was lamenting a 61-51 setback at Washington, and Collison said all he tried to do was make up for his failings in other ways, none of which seemed to work. With Collison playing at his worst, UCLA scored a season-low in points, shot a season-worst 31.3 percent (20 of 64) from the field and had nine assists, one more than its season low. “You can’t talk about anybody’s shooting percentages because everybody has their night,” UCLA guard Arron Afflalo said. “As a point guard, he’s going to have to understand that he has to control both. A lot of our victories come because of him. “He has a lot of pressure of handling what everybody does on the team, so he has to do the best he can and not get caught up in his own percentages, and make sure everybody else has it going. That’s the point guard’s duty.” NCAA hopes: UCLA’s NCAA r sum is well-established, but Washington, which went 1-10 on the road, remains a long shot to make the NCAA Tournament even with wins against the Bruins, Oregon, Stanford and USC. In fact, the Huskies (18-12, 8-10 Pac-10) likely will need to win the Pacific-10 Tournament to gain a berth, and that will mean winning four games in four days. Seventh-place Washington meets 10th-place Arizona State on Wednesday at Staples Center. After playing a near-flawless game in Thursday’s Pacific-10 Conference crown clincher at Washington State, Collison had the worst game of his career. The sophomore missed 12 of his first 13 shots, finished 2 for 15from the field, scored fivepoints, and added five assists and three turnovers. “You want to try and get it back by getting a defensive stop and having real good ball pressure, and that’s something we didn’t do until the end of the game,” Collison said. “I was off. It was tough times. I thought I had some good looks, my shot was right there on the money, but it didn’t go in.” center_img “We’ve got to come out and bring it like we brought it (Saturday),” Washington’s Jon Brockman said. “UCLA, they’re in the tournament for sure, they’re probably a No. 1 seed. We have to bring it every single night for four days in a row, and it’s something we have to start mentally preparing for now.” Quick getaway: UCLA coach Ben Howland and assistants Donny Daniels and Kerry Keating bolted from Seattle on a private plane so they could take in the CIF Southern Section finals at Honda Center in Anaheim. Wooden candidate: Afflalo is among 22 players on the ballot for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball’s player of the year. The winner will be announced April 7 at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. 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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Gor edge New Star, earn CAF CC advantage

first_img0Shares0000Gor Mahia’s Lawrence Juma is joined in celebration by Francis Mustafa as he scored Gor’s first goal during their CAF Confederations Cup play-off round match against Cameroon’s New Star de Douala at the Kasarani Stadium on January 12, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 13 – Jacques Tuyisenge scored the winner three minutes to time as Gor Mahia earned a slim 2-1 advantage over Cameroon’s New Star de Douala in the first leg of the CAF Confederations Cup play-off round at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday evening.Gor however conceded a sticky away goal that would bring nerves heading into next weekend’s return leg in Douala, but the record Kenyan champions can assure passage into a second consecutive group stage appearance if they avoid defeat in West Africa. Benjamin Bechem scored the equalizer for the visitors in the 72nd minute after Lawrence Juma had taken the record Kenyan champions ahead in the first half.Gor started on the front foot and came close after six minutes when Francis Kahata’s well delivered cross from the right found Boniface Omondi inside the box but the pint-sized midfielder could not guide the ball home.Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata attempts to go past New Star de Douala’s Bernard Ngangue during their CAF Confederations Cup play-off round at the Kasarani Stadium on January 13, 2019.Three minutes later, Gor came ever so close when Omondi turned provider to pick out Francis Mustafa inside the box but the Burundian’s connection came off the upright.Omondi, who was a constant menace for the New Stars backline had another chance on the half hour mark when he was sent through by Kahata again, but he could not execute a shot on target.The visitors’ first chance came through after 32 minutes with Gildas Njoh trying his luck from distance, but Boniface Oluoch who was returning to the first 11 after missing the last two games collected with ease.Four minutes later, the Cameroonians had a chance off a freekick when Ayamo Soglongbe was brought down by Philemon Otieno at the edge of the area but Nelson Moukeu curved the resultant free kick wide.Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Kahata vies for the ball with New Star de Douala’s Roland Lane during their CAF Confederations Cup play-off round at the Kasarani Stadium on January 13, 2019. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaFor all their early dominance, Gor had to wait until the 41st minute to break the deadlock.Juma picked up Shafik Batambuze’s deep pass from the left flank in his stride before lifting it over his marker and curling it beautifully into an empty net after the new Star keeper had left his line.Gor continued their dominance in the second half and had more chances when Mustafa missed another glorious opportunity on 71 minutes when he was found by Omondi inside the box but couldn’t take his shot in time allowing the defense to bungle him over the ball.For the missed chances, Gor were punished a minute later when substitute Bechem, who had replaced Roland Lane equalized with a bullet header off a Bernard Ngangue corner.Gor Mahia midfielder Francis Mustafa wheels away from New Star de Douala’s Orian Jores during their CAF Confederations Cup play-off round at the Kasarani Stadium on January 13, 2019.After conceding, Gor boss Oktay switched into full attack mode, throwing into the mix Samuel Onyango and Erisa Ssekisambu for Omondi and Mustafa respectively.Gor piled the pressure and ultimately, Tuyisenge came to the rescue three minutes from time with a thumping header off another of Batambuze’s assists to ensure the Kenyan champions go into the return leg with a slight advantage. 0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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WATCH! Brazilian ‘keeper shows off stunning athleticism aged 41

first_imgDida is widely regarded as one of Brazil and AC Milan’s greatest ever goalkeepers.Capped 91 times for Brazil, he won the World Cup and Confederations Cup [twice], while he lifted a host of major honours with Milan, including two Champions Leagues, during a ten-year spell at the San Siro.But he’s not ready to retire yet and still looks in incredible shape, judging by this intense training session with Internacional.last_img

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Katie’s moment

first_img 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event It was about time the network television executives decided to try something new. The solo prime-time newscasts, headed by legendary newscasters such as Walter Cronkite and Peter Jennings, were once the main source of television news for Americans. But, as they are wont to do, the times are changing, thanks to technology that allows people more choices for everything, including news. As a result, those evening newscasts have been losing audience share for years. Then comes the first unexpected thing from the unimaginative TV news executives in a long time, naming NBC-TV personality Katie Couric as the solo anchor of “The CBS Evening News.” If any woman has TV legend-in-the-making status (besides Oprah, of course) it would be Couric, a morning staple of thousands of Americans. Too bad Katie’s moment as a pioneer comes as network TV’s star is fading. But perhaps her ascension signals more changes and innovations as network news fights back.last_img read more

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Californians priced out of home market

first_img How will they pay for that heavy mortgage? Should they move farther from work and commute? Should they wait and hope prices will fall? “I think it’s putting stress on families for a lot of reasons, especially the middle class,” said Constance Ahrons, a professor emeritus of sociology at University of Southern California and former director of its marriage and family therapy training program. “They are stretching themselves too far. So many families feel house poor,” having spent so much on a home that they have little cash left over. One in five new homeowners in California spends more than half their gross household income on a home loan. Half of new homeowners spend more than the federally recommended limit of 30 percent of household income on the mortgage. That means more new buyers have little or no financial cushion if they can’t work, develop health problems or can’t meet the rising payments on an adjustable-rate mortgage. “For many people, they can’t tolerate any loss of income. It really puts them in stress,” Ahrons said. “The stress causes more conflict. If they’re stressed about monthly bills, then they might be accusatory about spending. They end up fighting about a lot of other issues related to it.” Newlyweds Darcy and Matt Woodworth have tried to balance the financial pressures of homeownership with their eagerness to own. The two recently moved into their first home, a $267,000 two-bedroom house in Lancaster. Even though the High Desert is the most affordable region in the state, self-proclaimed worrywart Darcy, 37, agonized over whether they could afford the jump from their $650-a-month apartment to a $1,800-a-month mortgage. “I’ve never been more freaked out or stressed out. I just wanted to jump in and do this. I wanted to take a shot. If we waited until next year, who knows what the prices would be. “But I needed to be secure and know that this was doable.” The Woodworths spent several months cleaning up their credit, saving and paying bills to qualify for the home, which is just under the median price in Lancaster. They bid on the first house they saw. Matt Woodworth makes about $60,000 a year as a dispatch supervisor for a concrete company, and Darcy has a home business creating Hawaiian-themed decoupage, so they won’t be totally cash-strapped, Darcy said. They’ll cut back on travel, dining out and entertainment expenses. “We deserve it. We’re going to have privacy, a backyard. I can finally have a dog,” she said. “It’s amazing. It’s a buzz, kind of euphoric, but scared. “It’s all these emotions that I’ve never felt before.” The Woodworths are considered traditional homebuyers – insistent on buying their first home, regardless of the real estate market and regardless of predictions that prices will slow or stall. “Their motivation to buy in an increasingly expensive market is driven by concern that if they don’t buy now, then prices are only going to get higher and they may not be able to buy,” said Paul Prescott, who heads the home-building section for financial services company Deloitte & Touche. “If they can scrape together a down payment and get the loan, then they’ll buy.” Other potential homebuyers have had to lower their expectations and adjust their ideal of the American dream in the face of high prices. Barbara Gross, a marketing professor at California State University, Northridge, said homebuyers always have to struggle between what they can afford and what they want – but that tension is only exacerbated in the current market when affordability is so low. Just 13 percent of residents can afford Los Angeles County’s median-priced house at $564,000. You’d need to make $126,000 a year to buy that house. “Many people go into buying a house with a rational mind. People may have in mind a price range they can afford, but then they fall in love with the house. They picture themselves living there and the life they can have if they can buy that house,” Gross said. “They’re probably quickly getting disappointed and quickly having to adjust.” Vasquez, the aspiring homebuyer, had to lower her expectations. She’s dreamed of her own house, with a fireplace, a driveway and a backyard. But, when the single mom started shopping last year, she soon realized the $400,000 houses in her budget were selling for $20,000 and $30,000 over the asking price. Now she’s searching for a two-bedroom condominium or town house in the $335,000 range, with a master bedroom large for her 15- and 25-year old daughters to share. But even downsizing her dream hasn’t helped in her search. Median-priced condominiums in Tarzana and Woodland Hills – close to her job and her daughter’s high school – cost $373,000 to $400,000. “Because of my daughters, I’m searching for a safe neighborhood,” she said. “There are places that cost a lot less, but I want a safe building.” Vasquez probably could afford her dream house in Santa Clarita or Simi Valley, but she refuses to spend up to four hours a day on the road in traffic. “I couldn’t do that. The stress gets to me and the road rage.” While Vasquez continues her search, other folks have weighed their choices and given up the dream – at least as long as prices remain high. Jan Reck began hunting for a home in April, after rent for her two-bedroom house in La Verne jumped to $2,000 a month – an $800 increase from just three years earlier. But the housing market in the foothill communities was daunting. A two-bedroom house in Pasadena cost $567,000, far more than the eighth-grade history teacher could afford. Houses in the less-pricey Inland Empire seemed within reach, but not without a longer commute and lower living standard, she said. So Reck, 51, gave up the search and is renting a quaint, historic house in Monrovia for $1,950 a month. She loves the place, but regrets her status as a renter every day. “It was a big thing for me to think about,” she said. “Somehow there’s that sense of failure, like, ‘Haven’t I grown up yet?”‘ Staff writer Jason Newell contributed to this report. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It took just five minutes for Cleo Vasquez to size up the two-bedroom Tarzana condo: nice tile floor and fresh sage paint. But the master bedroom was too small for her two daughters to share, a bathroom sink stood in the hallway and the $334,000 price tag was at the very top of her budget. Another reject, maybe the 30th or 40th in her year-long search for her first home. Armed with an accordion file of listings, Vasquez sighs when she talks about the fear that record-high prices and rising interest rates will end her dream of home ownership. “My daughters and I try not to get depressed,” said Vasquez, 47, an office manager for a medical company. “I’m dealing with it. I know what most of the obstacles are. I’m focusing on my goal. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week “I wish it were more fair, but it’s not. So I’m realistic about it.” Vasquez is among a growing number of residents who find the American Dream of home ownership out of reach in Southern California. Since 2000, real estate prices have been hitting new highs, with prices doubling in some communities. The median price of a home in Southern California – the point between the most and least expensive – stood at $541,110 for the quarter ending Sept. 30. A household needs an income of $126,820 to afford that home. That’s nearly $75,000 more than the median for the region. Just five years ago, the median home price was $227,293, meaning a household would need an annual income of $64,689. That assumes the traditional guidelines of a 20 percent down payment with a mortgage payment of up to one-third of your income. Yet, the desire to own a home is so strong that many people are ignoring those guidelines. They find themselves making tougher choices about their finances and lifestyle than ever before. last_img read more

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Men’s Soccer and Missouri State Battle to Scoreless Draw

first_imgMissouri State (9-4-2, 5-2-1 MVC) clinched the outright MVC regular season title with the draw. Drake (5-10-2, 2-4-2 MVC) will be No. 7 seed for the upcoming MVC Tournament, Nov. 7-8-10-12 hosted by Bradley University in Peoria, Ill. The Bulldogs will play No. 6 seed, Valparaiso, on Tuesday at noon in the tournament’s play-in game. The match will be broadcast on The Valley on ESPN3. The Crusaders, who are in their first year in the MVC, rallied to beat the Bulldogs, 3-2, in double overtime on Sept. 16 at Cownie. Photo Gallery The Valley on ESPN3 Full Schedule Roster “We look forward to the conference tournament play next week against Valpo,” Smith said. “Anything can happen in tournament play so it is all up for the taking!” Next Game: vs. Valparaiso 11/7/2017 – 12 PM Story Links Against the Bears, junior Nic Jaimes (Olathe, Kan.) recorded a game-high five shots, including three on goal. Jaimes had a dangerous left-footed attempt from the top of the 18-yard box late in the second period that just missed left. In the first extra period, freshman Stafford Dowling (Hamilton, New Zealand) nearly headed in a golden goal off a corner kick by Aleksi Tuominen (Helsinki, Finland), but Missouri State goalkeeper Liam Priestly saved it. Tuominen nearly scored on a long free kick late in the first half, but Priestly made a nice save.center_img Live Stats Preview “Proud of our effort and application this evening,” said head coach Gareth Smith. “We invested a lot and created enough chances to win it, but just lacked that finishing touch to take all three points. It is a great indication of our capability and potential when you consider we have beat the league champions and probably should have taken more from the game tonight. We showed great commitment to both sides of the game tonight and displayed great desire to win the match. Congratulations to Missouri State on being league champions, they are worthy of the title and defended very well this evening.” DES MOINES, Iowa – Drake and Missouri State battled to a scoreless draw in the Missouri Valley Conference regular season finale for both teams on Saturday night at the Cownie Soccer Complex. Watch Live Missouri State outshout Drake, 18-9, in the match with Dowling’s shot the only attempt be either team in the two overtimes. Earlier this season, the Bulldogs upset the Bears, 2-1, in Springfield, Mo. As the top seed for the MVC Tournament, Missouri State receives a bye to the semifinals on Nov. 10. Drake freshman goalkeeper Caden McCullough (Evansville, Ind.), who earlier this week was named MVC Defensive Player of the Week, made five saves against the Bears.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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