The Acapulco Match is introduced as an amazing event for Rafa Nadal in the struggle for the number 1 rating. If the Balearic is proclaimed champion, he would add 500 factors to stand at 9,850 (defends 45 final 12 months), so he would surpass Djokovic in the standings … though he should wait to see what the Serbian does in the Dubai Obligation Free Tennis Championship, the place he’ll compete subsequent week. Rafa Nadal is already in Mexico to compete subsequent week at the Mexican Open in Acapulco (February 24-29), in a ordinary match in the calendar of the tennis participant manacorí in current years.Nadal, winner of the match in 2005 and 2013, will search for his third title in the Mexican match, the place final 12 months he fell in the spherical of 16 in opposition to Nick Kyrgios and in 2017 he misplaced in the closing in opposition to Sam Querrey.
Oh Se Keun helps Korea shoot down Japan and is expected to be a major obstacle to Gilas Pilipinas’ bid to reach the semifinals. —FIBA.COMThe stage is set for another emotional match that could end in either heartbreak or triumph.Gilas Pilipinas battles South Korea again Wednesday and, unlike the last time these two countries met just over three weeks ago, their quarterfinal clash in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon has a lot at stake.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Water polo team sinks Thailand So much so that the game will be a guaranteed tearjerker.The Koreans sealed their clash with the gung-ho Filipinos after ripping Japan, 81-68, on Monday night. They will be the first of three huge roadblocks Gilas has to hurdle to regain Asian cage supremacy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Getting back to the top of Asia in the sport the Philippines treats like religion became an achievable dream a week ago when the Filipinos upset the balance of power in the biennial conclave. Undersized as usual and with less than two weeks practicing together, they brought down defending champion China.The game is set at 11:30 p.m. (Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in the Lebanese capital of Beirut and the Filipinos would like nothing less than a repeat of their 2013 triumph in the Final Four of this event in Manila. That victory was the first after a series of heartrending defeats in major international events, and it left the packed Mall of Asia Arena crowd shedding tears of joy as the Filipinos entered the title game. They eventually lost to Hamed Haddadi and Iran the following day.But it wasn’t the gold-medal loss that remained in the minds of the Filipino fans.Up until this day, when Jimmy Alapag, the retired former Gilas captain, anchored Team Philippines’ swashbuckling finish with huge triples, the game this country remembers most is the one against Korea.Of that Gilas squad, only Gabe Norwood, Jason Castro and the injured June Mar Fajardo are in Lebanon.Korea also has a new look, with the veteran Oh Se Keun leading this young squad that dealt the Philippines an 83-72 defeat in the Jones Cup in Taipei more than three weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate But that loss didn’t hurt, it was actually just a pinch.Knowing the rivalry of these two teams, defeating the resilient Koreans could matter more than the Filipinos’ upset of the Chinese.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments
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Amb. George Weah is being sworn in as President of the Republic of Liberia today.The story of George Weah’s rise from poverty and hopelessness to soccer stardom and up to becoming president of Liberia is well documented throughout the world as an inspiration for those at the lower rungs of the ladder to ponder the popular expression that “Wonders shall never end.” Weah’s search for the Liberian leadership commenced in 2005 when he lost to the proverbial ‘iron lady’ Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.George Weah of AC Milan is presented the ‘European Footballer of the Year’ award in 1996But previous to that he had exhibited some level of interest in the presidency, even during the administration of jailed former president Charles Taylor, who had once pointed out Weah’s intention for the country’s top job. Though people’s reaction to Taylor’s revelation was rather shocking, in the end Taylor proved prophetic.Of course, keen observers of Weah’s meteoric rise to leadership may remember when he (Weah) assumed the leadership of the National Football Team but might not have realized or foreseen a role for him in national politics. After all Liberian footballers in the 60’s and 70’s were described as ‘grona,’ a pejorative expression.This was largely so because most soccer players at the time were generally perceived as uneducated since they hailed from poor families in the slum communities around the country with no future to look forward to after their careers. Discouraging reports of footballers dying in poverty abound – too depressing to recount in this article.The pinnacle of Weah’s career came with Paris Saint Germain, with whom he won the Ballon D’orTruth be told, many talented footballers in the 60’s and 70’s died unsung and unrecognized, including goalkeeper David Momoh, who was reported to have turned down offers to play professional football in England.It is said because of widely held perceptions at the time that such a move to the UK would be considered unpatriotic, Momoh opted to remain with the national football team. In later years, according to reports, he became an alcoholic and met his untimely end in an inglorious fashion right on Broad Street. It was some sympathizers, according to reports, that gathered his remains for burial.Another player was Jackson Weah, famous for his scissors kick, who had been encouraged to return from Ghana, to where his parents had emigrated. He played sterling roles on the national football team. He later died as a pauper virtually unrecognized by the Government of Liberia for his patriotism and service to country.Former footballer George Weah, 51, is pictured for the first time since being announced president-elect of LiberiaUntil Weah’s emergence on the soccer scene (the 80’s upwards), majority of Liberian footballers did not possess high academic credentials, and therefore at the end of their football playing days, and finding little else to do, ended up as indigents.Some of such players included Sylvester Weah (popularly known as “St. Joseph Ray”) of St. Joseph Warriors, whose funeral Ambassador George Weah was reported to have attended and made the remark: “That’s how footballers die in Liberia.”His poignant observation came after Ambassador Weah was told that there was no official from the government; that is, the Ministry of Youth & Sports, at the funeral program, besides a wreath sent from the ministry to honor his memory. Sylvester Weah had been sick, and had cried out for help that did not materialize.Another former player, still alive, is goalkeeper William Wleh, formerly of St. Joseph Warriors and Lone Star. Wleh, now an amputee, begs for survival in New Kru Town.Growing up in New Kru Town and later in Clara Town, a similar fate might have awaited George Weah if Providence had not intervened.Additionally, there were many prominent Liberians who were then interested in soccer and were prepared to assist in many ways to develop Weah’s generation of footballers, which included James Salinsa Debbah, Jonathan Sogbie, among others. Those prominent men also used their connections and contacts to provide means to make the players more appreciated.Weah grew up in Clara Town, a tiny slum on Bushrod Island in MonroviaAmong such persons were Sam Burnette (SB), Christopher Neyor, Paul E. Mulbah, Lawrence M. Doe, Archie F. Bernard, among others. Either by accident or fate, the 80s saw the emergence of popular support to footballers, particularly when Master Sergeant Samuel Kanyon Doe took over the country in a military coup d’état and later assuming the leadership of the Liberia Football Association as its chairman.It must be pointed out that while there are rules against officials meddling in a country’s football association’s leadership, President Samuel Doe though served as chairman but stayed in the background and allowed sports administrators to run the show; and as a result, he did not draw any negative attention from either CAF or FIFA.Willis D. Knuckles, Jr. was then appointed as vice chairman of the LFA; Paul E. Mulbah as Chief of Operations; and Marcel E. Bertin, Secretary-General, among many others. Until Doe’s assumption as chairman of the LFA, there was no regular league season for many of the teams that were in the country.Putting his organizational skills to work, Willis D. Knuckles, Jr., a master organizer, brought to life the regular league that in the end produced winners and their most talented players. It was during the execution of the league that George Oppong Weah and his contemporaries were identified. Through President Doe, the national team, Lone Star, including Weah, visited Brazil on a training tour.Heading the 3rd division’s Union of the Liberia Football Association Sub-committee (ULFASCOM) was Mr. Assamady Kabba of the then Central Monrovia LFA Sub-Committee. Other members included M. La-Marks Kerdoe of the Logan LFA Sub-Committee and representatives from the West-Clara LFA Sub-Committee and other sub-committees across Monrovia.Young Survivors FC participated in the 3rd Division at the West Clara LFA Sub-committee where a lanky striker, known in the community as George Oppong Weah, and teammate Joe Nagbe emerged. In fact, Edwin Volawuo of Bong Range United (BRU) in his persistent search for players had stumbled upon George Oppong Weah that led Weah to play for the club. It was N’daborlor Saingbe, now secretary to the Liberian Senate, who signed his official transfer from Bong Range United to Invincible Eleven(IE).Weah won countless awards during a sensational footballing career, including being named the World Player of the Year in 1995Weah was always available to play for his team (Bong Range United FC) whenever he came to Bong Mines, Volawuo said. At the time, young footballers traveled across the country to play friendly matches to earn honorariums and sometimes to play for free and for the love of the game.Of course, the annual County Sports Meet which was initiated in 1956 by President William Tubman as his unification strategy to bring the country together was one of the effective means to identify young talented footballers from the countryside. Players like Ezekiel Doe (Zico) of Invincible Eleven fame who played in the 80’s, and another Invincible Eleven player, known then as ‘Break Dancer’ (Robert Clarke), emerged onto the national scene from a County Meet engagement.From Young Survivors FC, Weah decided to join Mighty Barrolle but because there was fierce competition among the players, he chose instead to join their rivals, the Invincible Eleven Majesty Sports Association. With Willis D. Knuckles, Jr., supported by President Samuel Doe, the organization of association football began in earnest and successful leagues were held.Regrettably, Knuckles would resign his position as vice chairman of the LFA because of “Policy differences” with President Doe who later appointed Cletus S. Wotorson to replace him. Wotorson had been running effective leagues as chairman of the Liberia Basketball Federation.As head of the new LFA executive committee, Wotorson decided to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the LFA in 1986. The LFA was organized in 1936. Wotorson’s LFA invited Fisheries of Sierra Leone and Tonnerre Klara of Yaounde, Cameroon to join Invincible Eleven and Mighty Barrolle for the celebration.The LFA decided to invite the Cameroonian club simply because Mohammed Konneh, a Liberian who was living in that country wanted Liberian players to play in that league. Cameroon football was also at its peak, following Roger Miller’s impressive performance at the World Cup in 1982, when they drew all three group games and finished in the 17th position.The celebration of the LFA’s 50th Anniversary, held sometime in 1997, was a blessing for George Weah, who was ever ready to play all their scheduled games. The Cameroonians at the end of the competition were convinced of what Mohammed Konneh had told them about Weah’s exceptional talent.They were nevertheless disappointed not have seen at the time, Liberia’s Most Celebrated Player, James Debbah, in action. What was wrong with The Celebrated? “Well, he could not play the games because of injury,” admitted a long time follower of the game, a Barrolle fan.So as injury kept Debbah out of the games, Weah took advantage of the situation and played his best. The Cameroonians afterward could not leave Weah back when they left for Yaounde. Weah had played for two seasons with Invincible Eleven in Liberia: 1985-86, 1986-87.Weah played for clubs including Paris Saint Germain, Milan and Monaco during his glittering careerIn Cameroon was Claude de Roy, the Frenchman who was the head coach of the Cameroonian national soccer team, the Indomitable Lions. He saw George Weah’s extraordinary skills and within a short time, recommended him to Arsene Wenger, who was then coaching AS Monaco in the French first division.Weah played five seasons with AS Monaco (1987–92) and scored 57 goals. With Weah, Monaco won the French Cup in 1991. Weah’s ability to dribble and shoot the ball endeared him to the crowd wherever he played. In the end, he earned what was described as a ‘lucrative’ contract with Paris Saint-Germain (PSG).Weah led PSG to the French Cup, to the league title, and to the semi-finals of the 1995 European Champions League. He later transferred to AC Milan (1995–2000) in Italy’s Serie A, helping the club win their 1996 and 1999 league titles.In January 2000, AC Milan loaned him to Chelsea of London, where he contributed to that team’s FA Cup victory. As his career drew to a close, he played for Manchester City and Marseilles in France. Weah is credited for scoring more goals and playing in more matches than any other African professional player in Europe.Weah, pictured during a rally in 2016, faced a tough start to politics, with many saying he did not have enough education to run for officeAmong his achievements in Europe included helping AC Milan to reach the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup (1992-93), the Cup Winners’ Cup (1993-94) and the Champions League (1994-95). It was in 1995 that Weah enjoyed a real ‘Golden’ year when Milan took him to Serie A and growing from strength-to-strength under Fabio Capello.A change in the rules to the Ballon d’Or voting meant that non-European players could be nominated for the first time and Weah defeated Jurgen Klinsmann and Jari Litmanen into first place. He finished ahead of Paolo Maldini to win the Fifa World Player of the Year award.Admirably, Weah dedicated the award to Coach Arsene Wenger, claiming it was the Frenchman who made him into a world-class player. When the Liberian civil-war raged on, Weah made periodic visits to Liberian refugee communities across the West African sub-region and provided relief to thousands.Weah showed interest to run for president of the LFA but was frustrated because he was not a president of any local club, as the rules indicated. It was later that he decided to run for the president of Liberia by organizing the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC). In 2014, he stood for the Senatorial Race and won overwhelmingly to represent Montserrado County.Now that Weah is elected President of Liberia, it can be said that success in life depends on an enabling environment, with corresponding support, individual determination and a little bit of luck to make all the difference.And it is hoped that lessons of Weah’s life story could serve as a force to influence behavioral change among many of the youths, especially those at risk, at the very bottom of society who are called by a pejorative – ‘zogos.’Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A TOP restaurant once run by on-the-run crook Francois de Dietrich is back on the market for rent – and comes complete with everything including the knives and forks!Donegaldaily understands de Dietrich walked out of the Bastille Bistro in Letterkenny still owing landlord and local businessman Conor McMenamin rent.Now the entire premises are back on the market to anyone who fancies opening it as a new restaurant/cafe. It comes complete with furnishings, including 95 tables and chairs, fully fitted and working kitchens and even the kitchen utensils.Even the cutlery for the top eatierie are included!Mr McMenamin refused to discuss French crook de Dietrich who is wanted by police in the North and faces 18 months in prison if he’s caught.He took in millions of euro from more than 200 Donegal investors into a bogus investment scheme. The Bastille Bistro did have a great reputation for good food, although prices for wine were seen by many as very expensive.Mr McMenamin said it is a ‘ready-to-go’ premises.“It could be up and running again in a few days,” he told donegaldaily.com.“The former tenant is no longer involved with the premises. It is furnished, has room for 95 covers and comes with a fully equipped kitchen. Even the utensils and cutlery are there.“Ideally I’d like to rent it out again so if anyone is interested they can give me a ring.” CROOK’S FORMER RESTAURANT PUT UP FOR RENT was last modified: April 30th, 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:Bastille BistroFrancois de Dietrichletterkennyrent
A CO Donegal man whose son took on Gardaí in court after his car was seized and won says more motorists need to legally challenge the practice.John Doherty spoke out after both Customs and Gardaí seized a total of 60 vehicles across the county in the past three weeks.The Customs seizures related to UK-registered vehicles which hadn’t Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) paid. The Garda seizures related mainly to non-payment of road tax. But despite losing a court case five years ago over the practice, Gardaí are continuing to seize vehicles.John’s son John Jnr had his car seized in Letterkenny five years ago. It was registered in Northern Ireland at the time.“The garda in the case said he was seizing John’s car under Section 139 of the 1992 Finance Act,” said John Snr who is part of the Irish Drivers Association lobby group.“John replied that by taking his car the garda was in breach of his rights under European Law, specifically articles 25 and 39 of the Treaty of Rome; that gardai would be in breach of his rights on freedom of movement as well as in breach of diue process under the Irish Constitution.“This effectively says that seizure of goods more than the amount allegedly owed to the State is illegal.”John Snr also confronted Gardai who said his son had a Republic of Ireland drivers’ license. But he responded that it was a European-wide license, which allows him to hire a car whilst abroad – without breaking any laws.It took more than two years for the case to get to court where John Jnr rejected a plea bargain offer on charges of resisting arrest and possession of a foreign-registered vehicle.“The Gardai regretted taking the case to court and offered to drop the resisting arrest charges if the VRT charge was pleaded to but we rejected this,” said John Snr.“In court we told Judge Kevin Kilrane that John had told the garda on the night that failure to deal with the matter by summons was breaching his rights and the judge agreed.“He told the garda that in future he should follow due process. The cases were thrown out of court.”He says the Irish Drivers Association is now advising motorists how to handle a situation where a car is being seized.“What the association are advising people when confronted by customs or Gardai about car seizures in relation to road tax or customs duties/VRT is simply to inform the respective officer that he/she must follow due process and issue them with a summons,” said John.“Every officer has a duty of care to uphold that person’s Constitutional rights.That way they get a fair trial by a court. No roadside penalties should be paid in lieu of going to court. No seizure fee should be paid. By enforcing any of these penalties the State denies you your constitutional right to a fair trial in court.“This is now a fact and has been proven in Letterkenny Court in the case of DPP v John Doherty. Judge Kilrane told the Garda that it was a draconian measure to lift anyone’s car on the roadside. Striking out the case, the judge told the Garda ‘in future guard, follow due process’.”Due Process – the lawThis is the guidance given to motorists from the Irish Drivers Association:Irish constitutional law1. The 3rd amendment to the constitution. Ireland’s accession to Europe. Known as the 1972 European Communities Act. This is where the Gov of 1992 signed up to the terms of the treaty of Rome.2. Constitutional lawThe constitution is the highest law in the land and no other acts of law introduced by governments shall supersede same. The constitution can only be changed or amended by the people by means of a referendum.3. The 1992 Finance Act is an introduction of law which supposedly gives Gardai and Customs the powers of seizure which is contrary to article 15.which states “The Oireachtas shall not enact any law which is in any way repugnant to the constitution or any part thereof.”4. Article 38 The right to a Fair TrialArticle 38 the right to a fair trial in court by a Judge/ jury. If Gardai and customs start to act as judge jury and executioner on the roadside then we no longer need the courts.5. Article 37Every person appointed a judge shall swear an oath to uphold the constitution. And should bring it to the attention of the court where summons are been issued under the 1992 finance act giving powers of seizure is contrary to constitutional law.6. Article 43 property rightsYour property is yours and can not be seized detained or otherwise unless on foot of a court order signed by a Judge not a ( court clerk ) in other words if it’s not signed by a judge it’s not Valid.………………………………………………………European law. Treaty of RomeEuropean principles of proportionalityA court order can not be issued to collect revenue if the property exceeds that which is due to the state. In short they can only lift to the value of, but not above.Treaty article 10Member states shall take appropriate measures to ensure fulfilment of the obligations arising out of the treaty.Article 14The community shall adopt measuresWith the aim of establishing the internal Market over a period expiring on the 31.12.92Article 25Customs duties on imports and exports and (charges having equivalent effect) /VRT shall be prohibited between member states.Article 39. Free movement.The free movement of goods. Persons. And capital.‘WE WON COURT CASE WHEN GARDAÍ SEIZED CAR – YOU CAN DO THE SAME’ – CAMPAIGNER was last modified: April 12th, 2014 by John2Share 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:CUSTOMSGardaiIrish Drivers AssociationJohn DohertyprotestRevenueroad taxVRT
Bradley Lowery, the football mascot whose beaming smile touched thousands of people around the world, has died after a battle with a rare cancer, his family said.The six-year-old Sunderland fan struck up a close friendship with star striker Jermain Defoe after he was diagnosed with neuroblastoma.In a statement on the family’s Facebook page, Bradley’s mother Gemma Lowery said: “My brave boy has went with the angels today 07/07/17 at 13:35, in mammy and daddies arms surrounded by his family.“He was our little superhero and put the biggest fight up but he was needed else where.“There are no words to describe how heart broken we are.“Thank you everyone for all your support and kind words. Sleep tight baby boy and fly high with them angel.”Bradley and Defoe were pictured snuggled up together at the youngster’s home in Blackhall, County Durham last week after the little boy had a party in bed as a way of saying goodbye.As Bradley continued to fight for life, Defoe broke down in tears on Thursday at a press conference with his new club, Bournemouth, when he was asked about their special bond.The Premier League star said: “There is not a day that goes past where I do not wake up in the morning and check my phone or think about little Bradley because his love is genuine and I can see it in his eyes.“It is special.”Bradley was a mascot for Sunderland several times last season and found a place in the hearts of thousands of football fans around the world.Supporters of different clubs made banners and chanted his name at games.He was an England mascot at Wembley when Defoe scored on his return to the Three Lions side.And Defoe was guest of honour at a huge party thrown for Bradley’s sixth birthday in May.Supporters had hoped a massive fundraising effort last year could get him to the US for pioneering treatment, but his heartbroken family announced at Christmas that his cancer was terminal.They kept his many well-wishers around the world up to date by using social media and in his final days, his mother, Gemma, revealed that Bradley’s health was deteriorating quickly. Bradley Lowery with Jermain Defoe 1
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Particulate matter is created from the exhaust of gasoline- and diesel-fueled vehicles and from fires and industrial pollution. Composed of microscopic bits of acids, chemicals, metals, dusts and allergens, it can reach deep into the lungs, enter the bloodstream and even damage cells. With its grant, the Environmental Protection Agency hopes to understand which pollution sources and which kinds of particulate matter may be responsible for unhealthy air, said Stacey Katz, assistant director of the agency’s National Center for Environmental Research. “We’ve made great strides from the early days with epidemiology studies showing particulate matter and premature death but nobody could understand biologically how that could happen.” One of the center’s projects will examine how particulate matter can cause asthma, which has been a big concern for public health officials who struggle to understand why cases of the respiratory ailment have tripled over the last 20 years. Researchers can’t prove with 100 percent certainty that air pollution causes asthma, although researchers recently determined that Southern California children who play sports in areas with high air pollution are at greater risk of asthma and children who live near freeways are more likely to develop the disease. Hoping to show how microscopic particles in air pollution can cause asthma, heart disease, low birth weight and other conditions, the EPA has awarded an $8 million grant to a Southern California research team. The money will allow the the Southern California Particle Center to continue its groundbreaking work, funding four new investigations into the health impacts of particles that are 1/100 the diameter of a human hair. “What we’ve shown in the last five years is the scope of the problem and how many different health end points exist, at current (pollution) levels,” said Dr. John Froines, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Public Health and the principal investigator at the particle center. “We’re now trying to answer the question of what is it about particles that causes these effects and what do we have to do to improve the situation.” The Southern California team also placed allergic mice near busy freeways and found the animals closest to traffic had the worst airway inflammation and stronger allergic responses. For the new study, Froines wants to follow the path of particles in the body and understand the biological reactions they spur in the body that can cause asthma. “If you think about it, there’s a process between exposure and the ultimate disease and there’s a series of steps between them,” Froines explained. “We’re trying to define those steps.” Another team will study impacts of pollution and particulates on nursing home residents with cardiovascular disease. Their work expands on research that links particulate matter pollution with an increased number of hospital admissions and heart-related deaths. The Southern California Particle Center’s work could eventually affect regulations on tail pipe emissions, diesel truck pollution and increased port traffic, which are under the jurisdiction of the EPA. The center includes researchers from the University of Southern California and University of California, Irvine. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!