Racing stickers pour in for casket of Iowa boy with cancer

first_imgCaleb’s got to experience racing first-hand on Saturday when he suited up in driving gear and sped around a dirt track in a stock car designed for children. A 12-year-old racer sat beside Caleb to help him learn to work the stick-shift and navigate the track.Caleb’s father, John Hammond, told The Oskaloosa Herald that the entire family had been looking forward to the racing.“A goal of his was to be able to drive a race car when he got older,” Hammond said. “It’s like a dream come true.”ADVERTISEMENT In this Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, photo, Caleb Hammond, an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia, grins before heading out in a stock car designed for children on the Southern Iowa Speedway dirt track in Oskaloosa, Iowa. His passion for racing is what prompted the request for stickers. (Angie Holland, Oskaloosa Herald via AP)OSKALOOSA, Iowa — Race drivers and others have been answering the call from an 11-year-old Iowa boy who wants racing stickers to cover his casket after he dies from leukemia.Caleb Hammond’s uncle, Chris Playle, told The Des Moines Register that his family brought him home to Oskaloosa, about 55 miles southeast of Des Moines, after determining the painful treatments he’d been undergoing at a Des Moines hospital weren’t working and other options offered little hope. Playle says Caleb’s been home for about three weeks doing things an 11-year-old normally does, but that he tires easily.ADVERTISEMENT Son scores to help South Korea advance at Asian Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Caleb has loved auto racing since the age of 2, when he started visiting his uncle at his home near the Southern Iowa Speedway in Oskaloosa. The two would watch as drivers parked their cars on the street before the track opened and then would head to the stands to see the colorful cars race around the speedway.“He’s my racing buddy. It was kind of our deal,” Playle said. “I probably had just as much fun as he did.”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’His passion for racing is what prompted the request for stickers. Playle said the stickers have been pouring in after social media appeals, helping to keep everyone’s spirits up.Playle said the family is “just trying to do as much as we can with him while he’s here.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Real Madrid fires coach Lopetegui after big loss to Barca

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Pelicans’ Davis misses 2nd straight game with sprained elbow Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I want to thank the club for the opportunity it gave me and the players for their effort,” Lopetegui told the local news agency EFE. “I wish the team the best for the rest of the season.”Madrid said in a statement it sacked 52-year-old Lopetegui to “change the team’s dynamic while all of its objectives for the season were still reachable.”The board of directors believed there was a huge difference between the quality of the squad and the results it was achieving. The board noted the team has eight players nominated for the Ballon d’Or award, something unprecedented in the club’s history. They have lost five of their last seven matches.“We know that results are important for a coach,” Madrid captain Sergio Ramos said after the Barcelona match.Lopetegui, who led the team practice on Monday morning, was hired by Madrid to replace Zinedine Zidane, who quit after leading the club to the last three Champions League titles.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Losing the clasico left Madrid ninth in the Spanish league, seven points behind leader Barcelona after 10 rounds. It hasn’t won in five straight league matches, with four losses, and recently reached its worst scoring drought ever.The club had a decent start to the season but things went sour as the squad struggled to produce goals in its first season without Cristiano Ronaldo in nearly a decade. Madrid didn’t replace the superstar; its only high-profile signing was goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.In 14 matches with Lopetegui, Madrid won six, lost six, and drew two.After the Copa match on Wednesday, Madrid hosts Valladolid in the Spanish league, and visits Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.“We have to move on as soon as possible because there is a lot of season left,” Ramos said.To make things worse, veteran left back Marcelo is expected to be out for a few weeks because of a muscle injury. Forward Mariano Diaz is also injured and is likely to be out for at least a week.Solari, aged 42, is a former Argentina midfielder who played for Real Madrid in the early 2000s and helped the team win the 2002 Champions League. He also played for Atletico Madrid and Inter Milan. He has been coaching Real Madrid B since 2016, taking over not long after Zidane left to coach the main squad.Lopetegui is the second La Liga coach to be fired. The first was Leo Franco of promoted club Huesca, currently last in the 20-team standings. View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Real coach Julen Lopetegui walks off the pitch after losing 5-1 during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — In just months, Julen Lopetegui has lost two of the most high-profile coaching jobs in the world.Lopetegui was finally fired by Real Madrid on Monday, less than five months after he was sacked by Spain before the World Cup for not telling federation officials he accepted the Madrid job.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The latest firing followed a meeting by the club’s board of directors on Monday, a day after the team was crushed by Barcelona 5-1 at Camp Nou Stadium.Santiago Solari, coach of Real Madrid B, will take charge for the Copa del Rey match against third-division club Melilla on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSpanish media speculated Solari, a former Madrid player, was in the running for the permanent job along with former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte and Belgium manager Roberto Martinez.The firing caps a horrible few months for Lopetegui and is likely to deal a significant setback to his career. After doing well with Spain’s youth teams, he had a lackluster stint with Portuguese club Porto, but gained prominence after revamping Spain and turning it into a contender entering the World Cup. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Nimba Paramount Chief Council Dissolved

first_imgNimba County Superintendent, Fong Zuagele, on July 22 dissolved the county Paramount Chief Council and also suspended the head Paramount Chief, Franklin D. Toweh, with immediate effect.In the letter addressed to Paramount Chief Toweh, a copy of which is in the possession of the Daily Observer, the superintendent said, “for your insubordination to authority as evidenced by your unilateral act of inviting all of our paramount chiefs to assemble in Sanniquellie on July 22, without our knowledge thereby causing serious embarrassment to the county administration, you are hereby suspended indefinitely with immediate effect.”The letter added that the Paramount Chief Council, which Toweh has chaired was also dissolved.The letter also directed the suspended paramount chief to turn over all government properties in his possession to the District Commissioner of Boe and Quilla, Madam Angie Dahngbay without any delay.Paramount Chief Toweh, has meanwhile decided to remain mute until he contacts the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Monrovia.The action to dissolve the paramount chief council has created a vacuum in the peace process between the citizens of the Nimba and Grand Gedeh County.Last year, the chief councils of the both counties met in Toweh Town to harmonize some differences and strengthen relationship since the end of the Liberia 14 years civil crisis in 2003.At last year’s conference in Toweh Town, Nimba County, both Nimba and Grand Gedeh counties set up a six-man panel to work together so as to share information of the location of those who went missing in either of these counties during the civil crisis at the time.The paramount chief council was launched in Saclapea few years ago with the aim to continue fostering peace between residents of the two counties.Since Superintendent Fong took over, this is the second time that he has suspended a local elected official.Last year, the superintendent dismissed the county Project Management Committee Chair, Clinton Layweh, for allegedly swindling some funds from the county account—a matter, which is yet to be investigated and findings made public.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Briefs: Beckham’s first game for Galaxy could be vs. Chelsea

first_imgHolyfield is scheduled to fight Vinny Maddalone in a March 17 heavyweight bout. SWIMMING: Stanford coach Skip Kenney faces discipline from the university for having the records of five former swimmers deleted from the team’s annual media guide. WINTER SPORTS: Olympic medalist Apolo Anton Ohno, back from nearly a year-long break, won the 1,500meters in 2 minutes, 33.793 seconds at the World Short Track Speedskating Championships in Milan, Italy. Lance Mackey was the first to reach the halfway point of the 1,100-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, putting him on course to join his father and brother as Iditarod champions 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “We still have to work through him finishing his term at Real Madrid,” said Leiweke. “We haven’t gotten that commitment.” As part ofthe tournament, Chelsea will play South Korea’s Suwon Bluewings on July 17 during a doubleheader that has the Galaxy meeting Mexico’s Tigres. The Bluewings will play the Tigres on July 21. The 31-year-old Beckham is sidelined with an injured ligament in his right knee and isn’t expected to be able to play for Real Madrid for about a month. Beckham, who agreed in January to a five-year contract with the Galaxy worth about $27.5million in base salary, initially wasn’t expected to join the MLS team until August. His contract with Real Madrid ends June 30. Carli Lloyd scored a 46th-minute goal that led the United States over Finland 1-0 at the Algarve Cup women’s tournament in Lagos, Portugal. The U.S. finishes Group B play Monday against Sweden. BOXING: Concerned about damage to his reputation, Evander Holyfield said he will conduct an inquiry to clear his name after he was linked to a nationwide investigation into the illegal sale of steroids and human growth hormone. “While I’m fairly certain I know how my name came up, I don’t want to say anything more until I have all the facts,” Holyfield said in a statement. “At that time I’ll release everything I know, no holds barred.” center_img Chelsea will play an exhibition game against the Galaxy on July 21 at Home Depot Center in Carson in what could be David Beckham’s first game for his new team. AEG president and chief executive officer Tim Leiweke said Friday the possibility is “really good” that Beckham will appear in his Galaxy debut for that game. last_img read more

B.C. Liberals layout plan to support B.C. Forestry

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Liberals have outlined what they would do to support B.C. struggling forestry sector.On June 13, the Liberals sent a letter to Premier John Horgan that outlined suggestions from the Liberal Rural Caucus to immediately support communities affected by the recent downturn in the forestry sector.The four immediate actions include a program to match employment opportunities with displaced employees and increasing social services, including mental health for workers in each community.  The Liberals also say a forest fire fuel mitigation program could employee workers immediately, and the Provincial Government must ask for Federal programs that support retirement bridging and work-sharing.- Advertisement -“In the absence of any provincial action by John Horgan and the NDP, the B.C. Liberal Rural Caucus has come up with an immediate plan of action based on what we have heard from communities directly affected by the crisis in the forest industry,” says Rural Caucus Chair and Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “If we don’t get any immediate cooperation from the provincial government, our caucus is prepared to appeal directly to the federal government.”Communities all across B.C. have been affected by mill closures or curtailments including Fort St. John, Taylor, Chetwynd, Quesnel, Mackenzie, 100 Mile House, Williams Lake, Ashcroft, Merritt, Clearwater, Prince George, Valemount, McBride, Vavenby, Canoe, Revelstoke and Cache Creek.last_img read more

Barcelona should never have bought Vermaelen! Spanish club row over ‘flop’ signing from Arsenal

first_img Thomas Vermaelen Arsenal offloaded injury prone Thomas Vermaelen to Champions League rivals Barcelona despite the Catalan club’s medical staff rallying against the deal, according to reports in Spain.The La Liga side spent £10m on the centre-back in the summer and some Arsenal fans were critical of manager Arsene Wenger for letting the Belgian leave.However, he has yet to play a competitive match for Barca and newspaper Sport – which has close ties with the club – now say the medical team at the Nou Camp did their best to block the move.The deal was apparently sealed by Barca’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta with manager Luis Enrique the driving force behind the more fruitful deal to sign Jeremy Mathieu, who has completed six league matches so far this season.Vermaelen, 28, picked up his latest injury at the World Cup on June 22, where he lasted just 31 minutes in the group match against Russia before hobbling off with a hamstring injury that he is still struggling to completely recover from.Wenger replaced Vermaelen with £16m Calum Chambers and it is now looking like wise business with the 19-year-old impressing in seven Premier League appearances so far this season. 1last_img read more


first_imgTHE CONSTRUCTION Industry Federation today called for a Government stimulus package which could create hundreds of jobs in Co Donegal and complete or start 19 projects across this county.The organisation projects are included on a “list of previously announced projects which could be advanced if the Government secures an EU stimulus package.”“Since the possibility of an EU stimulus package was first suggested, the CIF has been looking into what projects could be included, including 26 projects based in Kilkenny,” CIF director general Tom Parlon said today. “The CIF hopes that by publishing this list of potential projects it will help sharpen Government thinking on the potential stimulus package. By seeing just how many projects could be impacted by this deal, we believe it could help further the resolve of the Government to advance negotiations with their European partners,” he said.“There may be many more projects which could also be included in the deal and which would also provide jobs, investment and other benefits around the country. However, we hope this list will act as a strong flavour of what can be achieved if the stimulus package is finalised in the near future.”The announced Donegal schemes are:Bridgend Sewerage Scheme (G/ SLI)Ballybofey/ Stranorlar Sewerage SchemesBallyshannon/ Rossnowlagh Regional Water Supply SchemeSupply Scheme, Water Treatment PlantDonegal (Group B) Sewerage SchemesDonegal Town Sewerage Scheme (SLI)Glenties/ Dungloe Sewerage SchemesGweedore Sewerage SchemeNetworks, DonegalWastewater Treatment Plant, DonegalKillybegs Sewerage SchemeLetterkenny Sewerage Scheme (G)Watermains Rehabilitation Project Phase 1, DonegalN13 Stranorlar to DerryN14 Letterkenny to LiffordN15 Ballybofey/ Stranolar BypassN15 Lifford to StranolarN56 Inver to KillybegsN56 Letterkenny Relief Road  HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR DONEGAL IF GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTS STIMULUS PACKAGE – CIF was last modified: June 20th, 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:HUNDREDS OF JOBS FOR DONEGAL IF GOVERNMENT IMPLEMENTS STIMULUS PACKAGE – CIFlast_img read more


first_imgIT’S DONEGALDAILY.COM’S First Birthday this week – and we are celebrating our one million page views every month by giving away a luxury two night break.The break at Belfast’s Jury’s Hotel is our small way of saying thank you to our tens of thousands of loyal readers who are now making part of your daily routine.And we’re taking the opportunity of our Birthday Celebrations to launch our new weekly Prize Quiz. Each Wednesday, we’ll bring you 25 Prize Quiz questions.You will have until the following Monday at 6pm to come up with answers and then simply email your entry to along with your name, town where you live and a contact telephone number.We will also have a variety of prizes to give away for the quiz winners so watch this space and get quizzing!Said editor Stephen Maguire: “We are so grateful to our tens of thousands of loyal readers who have helped to turn our site into the massive success it has become. “With a million page views every month, has expanded its popularity to a fantastic level and in the past couple of weeks the number of visitors and page views have soared even higher.“We hope all of you enjoy our new weekly quiz and the fantastic hotel breaks and meals we will be giving as prizes in the coming weeks and months.”This week’s prize: A two night break with breakfast and dinner on one evening for two adults at the fabulous Jury’s Hotel right in the centre of Belfast. If you want to bring two children with you – they can stay absolutely free in one Jury’s superb family rooms.Jurys is open this Christmas! For more on Jurys Inn Belfast where deals start at £39 bed & full breakfast per room per night (subject to availability) go to Rate available on selected dates between 18th December 2011 – 8th January 2012. (Please note limited menu on Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.)The prize is subject to availability. Our quiz rules are simple. The winner will be drawn from correct entries. No cash alternative. Editor’s decision on answers and the draw winner is final. The competition is free to enter and entries should be emailed by next Monday, December 6th, at 6pm. We will have another great quiz and a great prize next Wednesday. So here you go with the questions: And good luck – send your entry to along with your name, town where you live and a contact telephone number.1. In 565 AD, St Columba is said to have seen which legendary creature?2. ‘I’ll be there for you’ is the theme song to which tv series?3. What is the Latin name for the Northern Lights?4. What is the Latin name for the Southern Lights?5. Montevideo is the capital of which country?6. What instrument records the strength of an earthquake?7. Which war of the early 1950s cost over 2 million lives?8. Whose crimes were portrayed in the film ’10 Rillington Place’?9. To which family of animals does the llama belong?10. Neighbours’ is set in a fictitious suburb of which city?11. Which body of water separates the Isle of Wight from mainland Britain?12. Christopher Cockerell invented what type of vehicle?13. Which Hebrew word is the equivalent of the word ‘Christ’?14. Who was U.S. President at the outbreak of World War 2?15. Which part was played by Bernard Lee in eleven James Bond films?16. Which English League football team are known as ‘The Hatters’?17. Which sign of the Zodiac applies to someone born on Christmas Day?18. Which gland controls metabolism?19. Which black nationalist leader was shot dead in New York in 1965?20. If James is 5, Henry is 3 and Edward is 2, who is 1?21. How much is a 700ml bottle of Smirnoff Vodka in Kelly’s Centra, Mountain Top, Letterkenny?22. In Hegarty’s & Co. of Buncrana, is the Christmas Store located at the front, back or in the middle of the shop?23. Which night is ‘Seafood Night’ in the Brewery Bar, Letterkenny?24. In what month and year did the Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town open?25. What is the postal address of Letterkenny Chamber of Commerce?CELEBRATE OUR BIRTHDAY BY WINNING A 2-NIGHT BREAK IN OUR QUIZ! was last modified: December 3rd, 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:1st birthdaydonegaldaily.comJurys Inn Belfastlast_img read more

Re-tooling a job base

first_imgFresh out of the Air Force in 1985, an enthusiastic 26-year-old named Fred Griego landed a job at Superior Industries International Inc., oiling machines on the assembly line. Griego did his share of dirty work over the next 21 years. But he also learned new technology and worked his way up to maintenance foreman, supervising a crew of 15 at the Van Nuys factory that made wheels for automobiles. The father of three loves his job – one that allowed him to buy a home in Granada Hills, raise a family and build a solid middle-class life. He’s still got a mortgage payment, two children at home and a wife who works cleaning houses and baby-sitting. But like an increasing number of San Fernando Valley factory workers, Griego faces an uncertain future. In a few weeks, Superior Industries workers will begin getting pink slips as the company prepares to send 375 jobs – more than half its local manufacturing work force – to three plants in Mexico. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant While Griego thinks he’s got a chance to stay on, he’s considering a life outside the place that’s employed him nearly half of his life. If a layoff notice comes, he figures he has six months before he’ll run into financial trouble, so he’s weighing options like selling his collections of records, Hawaiian shirts and sports jerseys on eBay to pay his bills. “It’s been so long since I had to get a job, I don’t even know what’s out there,” he said. “I asked my daughter what sort of job I should get and she told me, ‘One that feeds two kids.’ ” Jobs that provide for a family like Griego’s are getting harder to come by – and not only for factory workers. In the Chatsworth area alone over the last few months, Washington Mutual has announced 1,600 cuts, 53 percent of its local headquarters operations; the Los Angeles Times closed its printing plant; and Ronco Corp. announced plans to relocate to Simi Valley. Robinsons-May, which once ran a regional headquarters and call center in North Hollywood, will be merged out of existence when Federated Department Stores Inc. completes its takeover in coming months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Valley’s manufacturing jobs have been in decline for decades, with the disappearance of General Motors, Lockheed and other industrial powerhouses. But the latest round of job losses coincides with a coordinated effort by business groups to attract more industrial jobs to the area and preserve those that remain. The Valley Economic Development Center recently banded together with representatives from Burbank, San Fernando, Santa Clarita, Lancaster and the College of the Canyons to aggressively arrest the trend of jobs fleeing the area. The organizations hope to attract federal grants to develop manufacturing jobs and provide support for companies considering leaving the area. Though they acknowledge the days of huge plants employing thousands of workers are largely over, they think the region can remain competitive by transitioning to small, highly specialized shops. By producing either high-security items that can’t be outsourced or niche products that command high margins, the plan’s backers believe the Valley and its neighbors can retain a competitive edge. But they’ll have their work cut out for them. While Valley employment has grown more than 10 percent since 1991, manufacturing jobs have dropped by almost 35 percent. Most major manufacturers have pulled out or scaled back their local presence. Former factory sites have been turned into shopping centers and mixed-used land. No way up Among the companies that remain, their highly automated, highly efficient assembly lines have fewer positions to go around. The jobs that used to offer a way up have been outsourced to other states and countries or been replaced by machines and computers. “We’re creating a huge gap in the middle. That’s the nature of the economy right now,” said Bruce Ackerman, president and chief executive officer of the Economic Alliance of the San Fernando Valley. “If you were a middle-class family in the Valley 25 years ago, you could improve your stake in life by getting a job at GM or in aerospace. It gave someone without a college education a chance for a better life, because those were good-paying jobs.” GM pulled out in 1992, taking with it jobs that then paid up to $18 an hour. Lockheed Martin yanked its Skunk Works and other research and development programs from Burbank a year later. Rocketdyne, though still around, employs around a tenth of the people it did during its glory days. Total payroll for manufacturing workers neared $5.5 billion in 1991, according to the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge. By 2004, the most recent data available, it had slumped to $3.8 billion. Though those payrolls have slimmed, the wages have not. According to data provided by the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., the average annual pay for a manufacturing worker in the West Valley is $56,000, while an East Valley worker makes $47,400, both above the county average of $46,000 a year. For the workers who have clung onto those precious manufacturing positions, staying at the top of their game is of the utmost importance. Retrain or suffer But they find themselves temporarily deprived of a major resource, the free retraining for laid-off workers at the National Tooling and Manufacturing Association’s North Hollywood training center. The site, which helps bring workers up to speed on the latest technology, is about to be transformed into a shopping center and has suspended classes for unemployed manufacturers until it can find a new home. Sessions are still packed at Michael Avila’s manufacturing and engineering courses at Valley College, however. Avila, a professor of tool manufacturing, sees opportunities for the 50-or-so students he advises each semester in medical equipment, optical technology and Hollywood special effects. “The large manufacturers closed and left, but I still see people buying machines to work in their garages,” Avila said. “There’s not as many opportunities in mass production, but there’s still a need for quality parts in research and development.” Such is the hope of Roberto Rosillo, a 30-year-old from North Hollywood. After graduating from San Fernando High, he tried plumbing for a while before happening into an entry-level job at Davis Industries, a North Hollywood niche manufacturer that makes parts for Raytheon Co. and Lockheed-Martin Co. For the past eight years, he’s worked his way up to program the computer numerical control machines that cut aircraft and satellite parts. He’s doing pretty well, making $18 an hour and picking up 14 hours of overtime a week. He hopes to by a home this year to share with his wife, a psychology student. But at the same time, he’s mindful that his industry isn’t particularly stable and that he must make himself as versatile as possible. Twice a week, he reports to Avila’s classroom, learning the basics of milling machines and lathes so he can increase his earning potential and stay atop a constricting industry. “If you want to move up, you’ve got to learn to apply your skills,” he said. “I’ll be able to get a raise because I took these classes.” That’s the only way to survive in a business where workers used to be able to get by doing the same task for 30 years. By learning to use different machines, finding very small niches they can specialize in, workers can adapt themselves into smaller companies and new industries as the old-time manufacturers pull out. “The ones that stay have to be very competitive, so the people who are left have to be really productive,” said Dan Blake, a CSUN economics professor who directs the Valley research center. “The companies are very efficient, so even if they increase our output, we don’t anticipate they’ll add many jobs.” Good old days For decades, a high school grad with a strong grip and a little patience could find a job in a San Fernando Valley factory and build his or her own version of the American Dream. High-wage jobs punching out P-38 fighter planes during World War II at Lockheed’s Burbank plant, bolting together engines for the Apollo program at Rocketdyne or assembling sports cars at General Motors’ huge line in Van Nuys gave this community prosperity unrivaled throughout the nation. Hundreds of thousands of workers, many from humble backgrounds, bought homes, put pools in their backyards, sent their kids to college and banked on a secure retirement. While the jobs landscape has changed immeasurably, thousands of establishments still produce goods in the Valley – 2,897 at last count – and major manufacturers like brewer Anheuser-Busch, baseball bat-maker Easton Sports Inc. and wheel-supplier Superior operate locally. Even those three don’t stack up in the same way to the huge factories of the post-war era, however. The 52-year-old brewery employs 900, 150 more people than when it first opened, but down from the 1,050 workers it staffed two years ago. Easton recently announced a mega-merger with helmet-maker Riddell Bell Holdings, but has no plans to augment its local work force. And Superior, beset by a troubled auto industry and intense global competition, plans to send its jobs to three Mexican plants. It announced earlier this month that it will cut 375 jobs from its flagship factory in Van Nuys, nearly 60 percent of its manufacturing presence. Those cuts, and the vanishing way of life, loom large in the eyes of workers like Griego. Closing in on 50 years old, he doesn’t need a prestigious job – just one with some security. “We used to have a guy who had this routine,” he remembered. “His job was so repetitive that he’d do it, pull the lever and keep going. After awhile, we changed the machine, he didn’t have to pull the lever anymore. But he was in the routine, so he kept pulling it. Eventually, we had to take the lever off, so he wouldn’t pull it anymore. “I’ve had my routine for more than 20 years. I wonder what’ll happen if it all goes away, if I’ll keep reaching for that lever.” Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738 last_img read more


first_imgCounty Champs: MovilleMoville reclaim u-15 county title after 3 year absence.Moville u-16s ladies reclaimed the county title in a thrilling game vs Fanad Gaels on Tuesday in Convoy.Moville started the brighter and raced into an early 2 point lead before Fanad goaled with virtually there first attack, closely followed by a point. However, the Moville girls soon settled down after this early setback and began to play the fast running game that had carried them to this final. They cut open the Fanad defence on 3 occasions to raise the green flag with goals from Sarah Jane Mc Donald, Roma Mc Laughlin. They picked off 4 additional points but Fanad kept the scoreboard ticking at the other end and Moville held a narrow lead at half time of 3-06 to 3-03. If the first half was exciting then the second half had everything that is good about ladies football. Fanad started brightly and soon levelled the game and then went ahead. Moville responded before Fanad had a 10 period of dominance in which they moved into a 2 point lead. With about 8 minutes to go, Fanad were awarded a penalty which was brilliantly saved by Amy Canning. This seemed to spur the Moville girls on they pressurised the Fanad defence time after time. SJ Mc Donald goaled from a free on the 13m line and this was quickly followed by a couple of points to leave Moville 2 points ahead. Fanad reduced the deficit to the minimum but from the resulting kick out, Roma Mc Laughlin picked the ball on her own 45 and drive forward waltzing past 3 defenders before calmly slotting the ball over the bar form 30 m for the final score of the game to leave the final score 5-09 to 5-07.Niamh Cavanagh accepted the cup from Donegal Ladies President , Kenny Griffen. She thanked the girls for their hard work and committment everyone who had contributed to the team winning the title and especially to manager, Paul Mc Dermott and his backroom team of William Mc Elhinney, Elaine Cavanagh, Sonia Mc Laughlin and Margaret Mc Donald. This is the 7th county tile at this age group in 9 years for Moville, and many of these girls are still u-16 next year.Referee watch- well and fairly refereed. The man in the middle got all the big decision right and talked to the players throughoutTurning point- goals win games they say.. Fanad were leading entering the final 10 minutes when they were awarded a penalty. If they had scored, it may have been a bridge to far for Moville at that point- they didn’t thanks to Amy Canning and Moville responded in kind Player of the match- Niamh Cavanagh ruled the square, Rachael Mc Laughlin and Michelle Logue were superb at wing back, Nicole Mc Dermott and SJ Mc Donald covered every blade of grass at midfield and Roma Mc Laughlin tormented the Fanad defence with her speed. However this was truly an ALL ROUND TEAM performance. Moville won all games before the final and no team had really questioned them. Fanad did last night but Moville proved to be worthy county champions for 2013.  U-16 LADIES FINAL MATCH REPORT: MOVILLE 5-09, FANAD 5-07 was last modified: May 29th, 2013 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:FANAD 5-07U-16 LADIES FINAL MATCH REPORT: MOVILLE 5-09last_img read more