CHATSWORTH – They dressed as Cinderella, Snow White and Superman, but behind the masks on Saturday stood about 300 kids battling cancer. And they came ready to party. Dancing to the snappy “Macarena,” holding hands through a haunted house and creating works of art at a crafts table, they gathered for the eighth annual Halloween Boo-Nanza at the Spooky House 18 Haunted Theme Park in Chatsworth. “This has helped my daughter be a child again,” said Edna Cerritos, 37, of Los Angeles whose 11-year-old child with the same name recently had two surgeries to remove a malignant tumor from her brain stem. But four years in remission, Yelea was completely decked out Saturday as Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” complete with long, braided hair, a blue-and-white dress and the legendary, sparkling ruby slippers. The costume, however, was the girl’s second pick. Known as the family poser, Yelea wanted to dress as a supermodel. After losing her hair in treatment, she’s since grown it down to her waist, the fashionable way many models wear it. But supermodel costumes at the stores were simply too large for her naturally tiny frame. Compared to the rough times Yelea and her mother have faced, problems with Halloween costumes are good problems, she said. “I don’t think I could go through half of what she went through with a smile on her face,” said her mother, Yolanda Chenier, 25, of La Puente. Gluing red, pink and blue beads on masks at an arts-and-crafts table, children talked of the Disney Channel, lunch and their costumes. Among them stood, Edna Cerritos, 11, sporting large green wings on her back for her fairy outfit. After surviving two surgeries to remove a malignant tumor on her brain stem two years ago, the articulate Edna has made a name for herself on the children’s cancer circuit. She’s headed to the White House to represent Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the Children’s Miracle Network. And recently she met superstars Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Paris Hilton and comedian George Lopez at cancer fundraising events. “I feel like a celebrity,” said the beaming Los Angeles girl. [email protected] (818) 713-3746160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The day was hosted by PADRES Contra El C ncer. For 22 years, the nonprofit group has provided support to 7,500 families grappling with cancer from diagnosis through remission and connects them with volunteers and survivors so they don’t feel alone during the journey. “I tell them to have a lot of hope,” said Alyssa Mendoza, 10, who watched her 2-year-old niece overcome a rare blood disease. “I tell them to believe in their dreams, and that they will get through this.” Dressed as a pirate, the fourth-grader has cut off her dark locks and donated clothes and stuffed animals to help other kids with cancer. Her niece, 7-year-old Yelea Bueno, was diagnosed in 2002 with hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, a rare and often fatal disease that strikes one in a million, usually young kids. Blasted with massive chemotherapy, she was not expected to survive.
COUNTRYWIDE: The mortgage giant is down $1.2 billion for quarter. Forecast sends stock up. By Gregory J. Wilcox STAFF WRITER CALABASAS – Countrywide Financial Corp. lost $1.2 billion in the third quarter as its mortgage business took a huge hit from the credit crisis and home sales slump, the company said Friday. During the quarter, the company integrated its mortgage lending operations into Countrywide Bank, and during September it accounted for about 90 percent of loan fundings. Countrywide’s loss amounted to $2.85 a share, down from a profit of $648 million, or $1.03 a share, in the year-ago period. The company reported a revenue figure of negative $50 million for the July through September period due to charges and writedowns compared with $2.82 billion during the same period a year ago. “Countrywide’s results for the third quarter of 2007 reflect the impact of unprecedented disruptions in the U.S. mortgage market and the global capital markets, as well as continued weakening in the housing market,” Mozilo said. And that causes it to suffer proportionately, said Bart Narter, senior analyst with Celent, a Boston-based financial research and consulting firm. “While they have mildly expanded their offerings with Countrywide Bank to help fund their loans, they lack the diversity of a Washington Mutual or JPMorgan Chase,” Narter said in an e-mail. He also said Countrywide will have to change its business model to reflect the fact it may need to fund its own originations for the upcoming months. “This should continue to be a drag on earnings well into 2008,” Narater said. During the quarter Countrywide funded $96 million in loans, down from $118 million a year ago. To deal with rising late payments and defaults, the company also boosted reserves to $934 million in the quarter, up from $38 million during the year-ago period. Mozilo also defended his slew of stock trades and confirmed an informal probe of his actions by the Securities and Exchange Commission. These automatic trading plans were set up in 2004 because at that time he planned to retire in 2006, Mozilo said. “I’d like to state categorically that at no time did I make any trading decisions based on any material non-public information, and I fully complied with all company policies,” Mozilo said during the call. “I am confident that this will demonstrate that I’ve complied with all protocols.” [email protected] 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.It was the first quarterly loss in 25 years for the Calabasas-based Countrywide – and the company claimed it would be the last by predicting a return to profitability in the fourth quarter and next year. The optimistic forecast sent the company’s stock price soaring 32.3 percent to $17.30, after hitting a a 52-week low on Thursday. The share price is 64 percent under the 52-week high of $45.26. “We continue to be bullish about the long-term prospects for both Countrywide and our industry,” company chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo said during a lengthy conference call. “I firmly believe that we will be as successful in the future as we have been in the past.” David Sambol, the company’s president and chief operating officer, blamed the lousy quarter on three factors: losses and writedowns on loans totaling $1 billion, increased credit costs and charges related to cost reductions. Countrywide, the nation’s biggest mortgage lender, said last month that it was cutting up to 12,000 jobs.
1 Inaki WIlliams in action for Athletic Bilbao Everton are ready to join Manchester City in the race to land Spanish ace Inaki Williams.The 21-year-old signed a new five-and-a-half-year deal at Athletic Bilbao in January but it has done little to dampen speculation surrounding his future.City scouts have watched the forward over the past 12 months and have been linked with a move this summer once Pep Guardiola takes over.But Real Madrid are also hot on his heels and desperately want to keep him in Spain this summer.And now sources in Spain have claimed that Everton are the latest club to express an interest in Williams, who has scored seven goals in 18 La Liga outings this term.The Spain Under-21 international has a minimum fee release clause set at £39m but it has been suggested that Bilbao would consider selling for around half of that.
LAKE ELSINORE – Seven Highland High of Palmdale wrestlers went undefeated Friday, and so did the No. 4-ranked Bulldogs, who went 4-0 to win their pool in the first California Duals, at Elsinore High. The four-time Southern Section champions defeated Murrieta Valley 60-7, Cypress 51-24, Great Oaks of Temecula 45-22 and perennial section power Hemet 37-30 to improve their record to 19-4 in a successful rebuilding season. “Our junior varsity program is starting to pay dividends,” said Highland coach Mike Young, whose depth in past seasons was such that Bulldogs junior varsity teams competed well in varsity tournaments “A lot of kids have been waiting for a chance to start,” said Young, who offered plenty of those opportunities on a 2005-06 team that had just four returning starters in the 14-man lineup at Elsinore. Dave Shelburne, (818) 713-3609 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Three of those former JVs – Randy Wellerstein (3-0 at 140 pounds), John Vaughn (3-0 at 119) and Mike Larkin (4-0 at 160) went undefeated Friday to help the Bulldogs earn No. 2 seeding for today’s final round. Dos Pueblos of Goleta (5-0) is seeded seeded first going into today’s competition, which could have Highland playing as many as five matches, starting at 9 a.m. Elsinore (4-1), Hemet (4-1), Ayala (3-2), Great Oaks (3-2), Ramona (2-3), Murrieta Valley (2-3), Calvary Chapel Downey (1-4), Cypress (1-4), Colton (0-4) complete today’s. Vaughn turned in one of the biggest Highland wins Friday, securing the final-match victory over Hemet in the Bulldogs’ closing bout of the day. That was one of our best wins of the season,” Young said of the victory over Hemet. We’re doing great. We’re way ahead of schedule for such a young team.
What about this for a view? This is the stunning Shandon Hotel and they’ve launched their Sparkling Sunday’s at The Shandon.FEATURES: Due to increasing demand the fabulous Shandon Hotel and Spa have decided to open their 120-seater dining room for Sunday lunch. The demand for bar food has been unprecedented and many have lodged their interest in some ‘fine dining’ for Sunday lunch.The Shandon dining room overlooks the beautiful Sheephaven bay and is lead by Restaurant Head Chef Lee Vambeck who produces his menu’s with creativity and flair. Lee told Donegal Daily, “I want to create a sophisticated Sunday lunch, Carvery lunches are popular in Donegal, however, we can all cook a roast at home, which is why I committed to a menu that was not something anyone can re-create at home, it is a higher level of food in terms of taste, presentation and of course service’.”On arrival, guests will be welcomed by a glass of bubbly and presented with a lunch menu which boasts the freshest of locally sourced ingredients and each dish being prepared fresh in house by our team of talented Chefs.After lunch, GM Carolynne recommends that you take in the view from ourterrace, if the weather is nice, it is the perfect place to sit, relax and perhaps even indulge in one of their popular ‘Shandon G&Ts’.Isn’t that what Sundays are made for?! The Shandon Leisure Centre is no available to non-members, swimmers can pay as they go or join for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months.For more information contact hotel on 0749136137 or email [email protected]
For the first time in history eleven main car dealerships here in Donegal have come together as one team namely “Donegal Motor Trade” to participate in the first ever “Donegal International Car Push 2017” for Relay for Life.Thursday April 20th is a date that will be forever engraved in the annals of the motoring world not just here in the North-West but throughout the island of Ireland when eleven main players sat down together in Arena 7, Letterkenny to discuss the possibility of holding this event for this most worthy of causes.Generations of motoring politics were set aside when the i’s were dotted and the t’s crossed as a framework was agreed and signed off on to raise funds for Relay for Life Donegal. All money raised for this year’s Relay will go to the extensive research programme presently underway at Letterkenny University Hospital for Cancer survivors. Costing in the region of €100,000 the car dealerships are hoping to raise a substantial amount with the car push.The first ever ‘Donegal International Car Push 2017’ will take place on Thursday night 25th. May, starting at Mulroy’s Lane, Canal Road, Letterkenny.Tensions were slightly frayed prior to proceedings getting under way which resulted in Manager Seamus ‘Barney’ O’Donnell keeping all the dealers seated in the main bar where they could be observed until the dust settled. When this did happen they were escorted into the back room, where a very mature meeting took place.Talk of No.1’s, PCP’s, Brexit, and much more were put on the back burner however the constant bleeping of mobile phones did suggest that the majority of the dealers were being influenced by outside advisors during the proceedings. This ‘Good Thursday’ agreement did go a long way to heal old wounds, set up new friendships and two arch rivals were referred to as ‘The Chuckle Brothers’ by the majority of those present….afterwards!It was unanimously agreed that ‘’Winning doesn’t matter’’ however it was very obvious from body language that the leaner dealers who are gym friendly did tell on themselves by displaying that little smirk when the those who ordered a Double XL Relay for Life T-Shirt to wear at the event struggled with opinions in relation to finish times and fitness levels – enough said.Cheating seemed to be a major item on the agenda but when one prominent dealer quipped : “we are all mature adults’’, it was moved from the first item on the list to the second!!All agreed that Relay for Life Donegal will be the only winners and that statement did receive a rapturous round of applause. The first ever ‘Donegal International Car Push 2017’’ will take place on Thursday night 25th. May, starting at Mulroy’s Lane, Canal Road, Letterkenny.Each dealership will get a Rally driver past or present to steer the car around the 3k course and the various garages will have their own in-house fundraisers as well as many suppliers etc having already agreed to provide sponsorship for the event. So keep this a date for your Diary – Thursday 25th. May at 7.00pm. ( Relay for Life Donegal takes place on Saturday 27th/Sunday 28th. May at Letterkenny LYIT)The official launch for the event took place on Tuesday of this week at Uptown Café and a sincere thanks was made to Manus Kelly for providing tea, coffee and sandwiches to everyone who attended.When all funds have been collected one cheque from ‘Donegal Motor Trade’ will be presented to Relay for Life Donegal.Yes, this is indeed will be an historic occasion for car dealerships in Donegal so make sure come along and support this unique event. Those taking part are Divers Hyundai: DMG Motors: Donaghey Fiat: Hegartys Ford: Highland Motors: Inishowen Motors: JJ Reids Motors: Kellys Toyota: Manor Motors: Mc Ginley Motors: S&R Motors. History made as Motor Trade unite for ‘Donegal International Car Push 2017’ was last modified: May 3rd, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Donegal International Car Push 2017Donegal Motor TradeRelay for Life
From the author of hit comedy A History of the Troubles (according to my Da) comes yet another box office hit – The Chronicles of Long Kesh.Brilliant Belfast playwright Martin Lynch’s painful, shocking and hilarious story of Northern Ireland’s infamous prison – Long Kesh – told through the eyes of prison officers, Republicans and Loyalists, is a rich assortment of patriots, chancers, leaders, wives, escapers and hypochondriacs!A huge crowd-pleaser, The Chronicles of Long Kesh is full of 1960’s Motown songs and wild, irreverent humour. It comes to An Grianán Theatre from Thurs 24 to Sat 26 Feb at 8pm. First performed in Belfast in January 2009, the play has gone on to celebrated runs at the Edinburgh Festival (Winner Best Ensemble, Stage Awards 2009) and London’s Tricyle Theatre.Played out at breakneck speed, and with tremendous energy, passion and wit, it tells the story of the Long Kesh/The Maze Prison from its opening in 1971 to closure in 2000. Time is marked with Motown classics, prison breaks are conducted under the cover of Smokey Robinson, and the stories are angry, devastating and, at times, hilarious.As part of the writing process Lynch interviewed over 40 ex-prisoners, prison officers, welfare workers and families who had been affected either directly or indirectly by life in Long Kesh. It was a subject that Lynch has long being fascinated with:“Long Kesh is something that’s always been bubbling away in my head for a long, long time. In the ’70s I was involved in the official republican movement, so a lot of the people who were in jail I would have known. Everybody around you was going into jail and coming out with these stories.“A prison like Long Kesh… when you look at it in the wider context in terms of its impact on this community, over 20,000 prisoners saw the inside of it, from both backgrounds, Catholic and Protestant.“Then you had something like 5,000 warders who worked in the prison, and when you add up all the numbers of family members who visited the prison, you’re probably talking upwards of 80,000 people who have all been inside the confines of Long Kesh.”The play includes many of the major events at the prison including the 1974 burning of the camp, the Dirty Protest, The Hunger Strike and The Great Escape but concentrates mainly on the individual experiences of the inmates.“The interview process, for me, was an extraordinary experience,” Lynch continues. “I saw a side of these men that I hadn’t read about in any of the books written so far. I heard stories that had me close to tears and others that had me doubled over with laughter. Long Kesh seemed to be that kind of experience. I hope I’ve done the story justice.” “The other thing I wanted to do was use loads of music, so I have a guy who’s a Smokey Robinson fanatic, he has the guys doing all the Temptations routines and Tamla Motown stuff, because the prisoners survived with song and story.”The Chronicles of Long Kesh is at An Grianán Theatre from Thurs 24 to Sat 26 Feb at 8pm. Tickets only €10 (€8 concession). Project supported by PEACE III Programme managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by Donegal County Council. Tickets available at www.angrianan.com or call the box office on 074 912 0777.ENDSBRILLIANT BELFAST PLAYWRIGHT BRINGS THE CHRONICLES OF LONG KESH TO AN GRIANAN was last modified: February 21st, 2011 by StephenShare 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)
More great pictures from our readers have been coming in.And here’s two more from John Douglas.They were taken looking towards the Blue Stack Mountains last Monday, 2nd May, from Carn, overlooking Ballybofey. Stunning!This is YOUR website, so you can send pictures anytime to [email protected] Whether it’s a news picture, just a great shot like John’s, a family celebration like a confirmation or a wedding, or anything you want. We welcome all contributions.Tell your friends about www.donegaldaily.com and join our 35,000 readers! AFTER THE FIRES: DONEGAL AT DUSK was last modified: May 5th, 2011 by gregShare 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:Ballybofey
Approximately 8256 number of children in County Donegal are to benefit from the roll-out of free GP care, which was announced in this week’s Budget, according to Senator Jimmy Harte.Senator Jimmy Harte with Minister Alex White.He said all these children in Donegal will be eligible for free GP care when it is rolled out, based on the latest Census data.“This is a historic and significant initiative which means that local families with children aged five and under no longer have to give a second’s thought about visiting the doctor when their child gets sick. “After years of making sacrifices to help stabilise the country, it is only fair that hard-pressed families in Donegal get something back from this Government. The roll-out of free GP care, along with other initiatives such as book rental schemes for every primary school in Ireland, is a shining example of how the Government is trying to make a tangible difference to people’s lives and circumstances.”The Letterkenny Senator said he commended Labour Minister Alex White for championing this particular issue at the Cabinet table for many months and hopes families in the locality can reap the benefits when the measure comes into effect in the second half of next year.“There is clear evidence that people delay or avoid visiting their GP where a fee is required. Removing this cost barrier will mean that local families will be far more likely to address medical problems at an earlier stage, leading to better outcomes and treatment that is of less cost to the State.“The Labour Party has long been campaigning for the principle of universal access to GP care and this is the first step. I am pleased that Labour Minister has delivered this historic public health initiative which not only reforms our health service but also gives back to families.” 8,256 CHILDREN TO BENEFIT FROM FREE GP CARE IN DONEGAL – HARTE was last modified: October 18th, 2013 by StephenShare 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:Budget 2014GP carejimmy harte