The US Open will not move and criticizes Roland Garros harshly

first_imgThe USTA additionally took the chance to cost in opposition to Roland Garros and their unilateral resolution to move the match to September, and they announce that, within the occasion that the US Open is postponed, they will determine on a brand new date in settlement with the opposite tennis establishments. “At a time when everybody must be collectively, We acknowledge that this resolution ought to not be made unilaterally and due to this fact the USTA will solely accomplish that after consulting with the opposite Grand Slam tournaments, the Wta and ATP, the ITF and our sponsors, along with the Laver Cup. “ Roland Garros’ resolution to move the match to September due to measures by the Authorities of France to fight the unfold of the coronavirus maintain elevating blisters on the earth of tennis.After a number of tennis gamers have criticized this measure and the way in which it was introduced, it’s now the US Open criticizes the Parisian Grand Slam for its resolution to move the match only one week after the American match ends at Flushing Meadows.The United States Tennis Federation (USTA) issued an announcement late at evening wherein it said its resolution to maintain the US Open on schedule, from August 31 to September 13. “The United States Tennis Federation (USTA) maintains its plans for the 2020 US Open and is at the moment not contemplating altering its date on the calendar.” Nevertheless, the USTA might delay the match if the scenario continues. “These are unprecedented occasions and we’re evaluating all choices, together with the potential for deferring the match to a later date. “last_img read more

10.5-second goal sets Spurs on way to win over Man United

first_img“Unlucky is a different thing than ridiculous,” Mourinho said. “And after that Tottenham has the game in their hands.”It was a damaging defeat for Mourinho’s team, with Manchester City allowed to surge 15 points clear of its second-place neighbor by beating West Bromwich Albion 3-0.United was second-best all night in front of a Premier League record 81,978 fans at English soccer’s national stadium, which is Tottenham’s temporary home while a new venue is being built at White Hart Lane.Tottenham set the tone with its explosive start, producing the third fastest goal since the Premier League’s inception in 1992.After the kickoff, Jan Vertonghen’s high, long pass from inside his own half reached Harry Kane who headed to Dele Alli and the midfielder flicked the ball across for Eriksen to finish.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We prepare that situation,” Pochettino said, “… and give the signal to the opposition that we want to play in the opposition half and dominate the game and put pressure on them.”United should have been more alert, based on its preparations.“After kickoff is ridiculous, especially ridiculous because the players they watched it before, we analyze opponents,” Mourinho said. “The players knew the long ball, they knew Harry Kane normally he is already inside, before the kickoff, he is already inside the opponent. We knew everything and then we don’t press the ball.”Mourinho broke down United’s shortcomings in detail.“One mistake, we don’t clean the ball in the air,” he said. “Second mistake, we don’t win the second ball on the ground. Third mistake, we don’t cover the fullback inside when Eriksen comes. Four mistakes.”It was timed at only 0.1 seconds slower than Alan Shearer’s 10.4-second goal in 2003 for Newcastle against Manchester City. Tottenham does hold the record, with Ledley King netting after 9.9 seconds at Bradford in 2000.“One of the criticisms of ourselves over the last couple of weeks was our slow starts, it was something we wanted to improve on and we definitely did today,” Tottenham midfielder Eric Dier said. “We were in control of the game from beginning to end, we came out and pressed them and didn’t give them any time. They suffered under it.”For a Tottenham side that couldn’t even beat fourth-tier Newport in the FA Cup on Saturday — drawing 1-1 — beating United so convincingly reasserted its top-four credentials.Tottenham is two points outside the Champions League places in fifth, and heads to third-place Liverpool on Sunday. Liverpool felt the full force of Tottenham’s formidable counterattacking potency in October when Juergen Klopp’s side lost 4-1 at Wembley but inconsistency has proved costly.“You can win a game if you’re ready to fight,” Pochettino said, reflecting on a third successive home win over United. 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 “It feels a bit weird to score from your first touch,” Eriksen said after Tottenham’s 2-0 victory.Jose Mourinho watched aghast. “Ridiculous,” was the United manager’s assessment after his conceded for the first time since Dec. 26.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut not quite as hard to fathom as the second goal.On a night when Mourinho’s side was outrun and new recruit Alexis Sanchez struggled to make an impact, United’s pitiful performance was summed up by the own-goal that sealed Tottenham’s win. Phil Jones inadvertently turned Kieran Trippier’s cross into his own net in the 28th minute when the United defender was under no immediate pressure. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, center with back to camera, celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)ONDON — Watched by the Premier League’s biggest-ever crowd, Tottenham scored one of the competition’s fastest goals.Manchester United hadn’t even had a chance to touch the ball when Christian Eriksen put the ball in the net after 10.5 seconds at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES View comments Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was rarely troubled by one of the league’s most-expensively assembled teams, with only one save of significance required to block a shot from Romelu Lukaku.With the title appearing unattainable, United will have to settle with locking down second place for the team’s highest-place finish since Alex Ferguson won a record-extending English title in 2013 before retiring.“The distance to the leader was already considerable, even before this match,” Mourinho said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Suns guard Isaiah Canaan breaks ankle in gruesome injury OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Surging Beermen blast Painters in Fajardo’s return

first_imgPBA IMAGESJune Mar Fajardo returned from injury and San Miguel Beer beat Rain or Shine, 109-97, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.The game marked Fajardo’s debut this conference after missing San Miguel’s first nine games due to a shin injury but it was still Christian Standhardinger and Kevin Murphy who led the way for the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Standhardiner flirted with another 20-20 game after finishing with 20 points and 18 rebounds on top of four assists and a steal while Murphy led all scorers with 28 points, including 5-of-8 from downtown.Alex Cabagnot also starred with 24 points and eight rebounds off the bench.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 ChrissFajardo, the reigning four-time MVP, did not start as he played only 10 minutes and 19 seconds. He checked into the game at the 10:47 mark of the second quarter.The 28-year-old Fajardo wound up with two points, two rebounds and an assist. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal San Miguel rolled to its fourth consecutive win to improve to 6-4.Maverick Ahanmisi came away with 26 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the also-ran Elasto Painters, who fell to 2-8.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bates boosts La Salle in win over FEU View commentslast_img read more

GRA admits pharma manufacturers penalised unfairly

first_imgYears of seeking redress are coming to an end after the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) reportedly admitted that indeed, pharmaceutical manufacturing companies using extra neutral alcohol or neutral spirits are victims of paying a tax that was never intended for them on the purchase of the alcohol substrate.After an article appearing in Guyana Times on April 15 detailed reasons why these companies are being wrongfully charged the Excise Tax, a meeting was arranged between the tax body and company representatives to discuss the matter.Guyana Times understands that during the discussions, the GRA admitted that the two major pharmaceutical manufacturing companies – New Guyana Pharmaceutical Company Inc (NEW GPC INC) and Twins Manufacturing Chemists, are victims of a tax not intended for them.Moves are currently afoot to rectify the situation.According to the Excise Tax Act 2005, the tax should have only been charged on alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, petroleum products, and motor vehicles.However, since pharmaceutical manufacturers purchased alcohol of a particular category, they have been paying taxes for all those years despite the fact that they were not involved in the production of alcohol for consumption. That is, “alcoholic beverages”.Twins Manufacturing Chemists had explained to this publication that since the implementation of the Excise Tax, they have been lobbying but to no avail, or at the very least, an explanation for the inconsistency with what is stipulated in the Act and what is being practiced.“Since 2007, we’ve been behind this… the issue is the Excise Tax, it ought to be removed for local manufacturers who are not producing alcoholic beverages,” a company official had said, noting that they never received a single response.The company official had argued that the Excise Tax Act 2005 was not applicable to pharmaceutical manufacturers.“People who are not manufacturing spirits and other alcoholic products, the category Twins and NEW GPC falls into, they are not using these alcohols to make spirits and alcoholic beverages, we are using it to make medicine, we should not have to a pay the Excise Tax, that is our position on the whole matter,” he had stated. As one analyst quipped, a “sin tax” was being applied to a “virtue product”Last year, several manufacturing companies expressed concern over the alarmingly high Excise Tax charged on the neutral spirits they would usually purchase from Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL) and had consequently requested the Government’s intervention to alleviate the burden plaguing the local manufacturing sector.Instead of getting relief from paying the 40 per cent in Excise Tax, manufactures were then forced to pay an incredulous 65 per cent in Excise Tax for the neutral spirits they buy locally for use in the production of their goods and services.The alcohol purchased by manufacturers is referred to as extra-neutral alcohol or neutral spirits and is measured in Litres of Pure Alcohol (LPA). At the purchase strength of 96 per cent alcohol v/v (volume-volume percentage), it is considered only suitable for industrial use or further processing.Efforts to contact the GRA and Business Minister Dominic Gaskin for an official comment on the matter proved futile as all calls to their phones went unanswered.last_img read more

‘I just hope United’s defence fully concentrate today!’ – Former OT striker worried

first_imgLiverpool v Man United is live on talkSPORT from 1pm – click here to listen live.Former Man United striker Dion Dublin believes Man United’s defence will have to be on high alert at Anfield when Louis van Gaal’s side take on Liverpool.Two points separate the rivals and Dublin thinks the pace and movement of Philippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge, along with the midfield mastery of Steven Gerrard means the United back line are in for a tough afternoon.“When you haven’t got the ball you play at a pace and when you have got the ball you have to play at a pace but it’s more important sometimes to slow it down, start again and assess the situation,” he told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.“And there’s nobody better in Liverpool’s history at doing that than Steven Gerrard. United will find it hard when they go quick, quick slow.“I just hope United’s defence are concentrating fully today because they’ll need to.”last_img read more

Man held in slaying of woman

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Thedward Candler, 24, of Gardena was charged Monday with one count of murder with the special circumstance of murder during rape and sodomy. The District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Section is handling the case. Prosecutors will decide later whether they will seek the death penalty. Severa Madrona, who had 22 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, was killed Sept. 18 during her routine morning walk. Her body was found around 8:15 a.m. in the backyard of a home at 152nd Street and Eriel Avenue. She remained unidentified until later that night, when she was reported missing by the daughter and son-in-law who lived with her nearby. EL CAMINO VILLAGE: A Gardena resident is due in court today in the sex assault and death of a 76-year-old. By Denise Nix Staff Writer A man police believe was responsible for sexually assaulting and beating a 76-year-old El Camino Village woman to death last month is expected to be arraigned today in Torrance Superior Court. Tom and Virginia Bernard said they’re relieved Candler is off the street. “I can sleep,” Virginia Bernard said. Her husband said it seems like it’s been a long time since Madrona died and the pain had diminished a bit. But when they found out someone had been arrested in her death, all the emotions came back. “It’s almost as bad as the very first day because you relive – you relive the whole thing,” Bernard said. Sheriff’s homicide Detective Pat Nelson said Candler’s DNA matched forensic evidence recovered at the crime scene. Nelson would not comment further about where the DNA evidence was found. Investigators originally said Madrona was not sexually assaulted. Candler’s DNA was included in the state law enforcement’s database because he was convicted of a drive-by shooting, Nelson said. Details about that crime and the rest of his criminal history were not immediately available. Candler was paroled in August, Nelson said. Nelson said the sheriff’s crime lab gave Madrona’s murder high priority. Once officials identified Candler as a suspect, he was placed under surveillance. He was arrested Thursday. “The fact that this was brought to the resolution that it was, as quickly as it was, was due in part to the team effort of the crime lab, who recognized the danger that this particular predator posed and pulled out all the stops to get the evidence analyzed as quickly as they did,” Nelson said. He also said Lennox sheriff’s deputies who canvassed the neighborhood and distributed fliers with a composite sketch of the suspect were helpful. Nelson added that the composite appeared to look “very close to” Candler. denise.nix@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Clock strikes 60 years for family business

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“Maybe we’ll lower our prices to 1947 levels for about five minutes,” Jerry Vilicich said. Joking aside, the brothers are proud their business has achieved such longevity, but don’t plan on marking the anniversary with a party or special promotions for customers. “We’ll probably have a really good lunch,” Pat Vilicich said. “We’re so busy keeping things moving we don’t really stop.” The mechanisms and principles behind today’s timepieces are similar to the ones from centuries ago, so the brothers don’t necessarily need two different sets of skills to fix old or new watches and clocks. However, the Internet has created an interesting challenge for the brothers, who often have to tell customers they’ve been duped by online sellers of fake antiques. By Justina Ly Staff Writer The steady rhythm of working clocks and watches has been a familiar sound at Vilicich Watch & Clock for more than half a century. The business, which is owned by brothers Jerry and Pat Vilicich, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. Their father, Jerry Vilicich Sr., who died from cancer five years ago, started the business in 1947. “People think they’ll get a steal on the Internet,” Jerry Vilicich said. “They’ll come back and say, `Look what we bought on the Internet.’ But this is wrong and that’s wrong and that doesn’t go with this watch.” They repeatedly tell customers to trust their skills because they stand by their decades of experience in the trade. The brothers and another employee, Conrad Castrellon, each specialize in specific forms of watch and clock repair. Most of their work is for customers in the South Bay, but they have occasionally done repairs for out-of-state customers. Jerry Vilicich repairs antique clocks and makes housecalls for grandfather clocks. Pat Vilicich and Castrellon repair and restore antique and modern watches. Pat Vilicich also specializes in sales and service of Rolex watches. The 60-year history of the family business started after their father returned home from World War II. He had planned to attend dental school but found them filled with other homecoming soldiers. He changed career plans and enrolled in the now-defunct Los Angeles School of Watchmaking in downtown Los Angeles. Two years later he opened his first store The younger Jerry soon joined the family business when his father taught him how to repair clocks. “I’ve always been interested in what makes things tick,” he said. “When I was a kid I used to take my toys apart.” His natural curiosity to know how things work was a perfect fit for his new job. He is also an avid bass player and performs in several different bands. Castrellon is the youngest craftsman in the shop. He began working alongside the Vilicich’s when he was 9 years old. “I used to go to a video game store around the corner and play video games, but my dad sent me over here,” he said. One day Jerry Vilicich Jr. asked him to help pull apart a clock, and he’s never looked back since. He became an apprentice and learned the watch and clock trade from the Vilicich’s and other repairmen. Jerry Vilicich handcrafts new brass and steel parts for many of his old clocks. He said in many cases that is the only way he can make repairs because the parts for a decades- or century-old timepiece can’t be ordered from a factory. in 1947 on Pacific Avenue in downtown San Pedro. He also had stores on Sixth Street and Western Avenue. During that time, his three sons and one daughter passed through the store and learned a bit of their father’s trade. Pat Vilicich started working for his father at the tender age of 7 and continued through his college years. After he graduated from California State University, Dominiguez Hills with a degree in psychology, he decided to forgo graduate school and went into business with his father. In 1986, Jerry Vilicich Sr. and Pat Vilicich become partners and opened the store that now stands on Weymouth Avenue. “You never really stop learning because there’s always going to be something different,” .” The challenges range from fixing a clock damaged by another repairman to replacing old parts. Castrellon said. “It’s a challenge every time “A lot of what we work on is really old, so quite literally we’re using the same tools and techniques that my dad used,” Jerry Vilicich said. Many of his clocks range in price from a few hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars, but mostly the pieces are priceless because they are often family heirlooms or collectibles, he said. His dedication, patience and passion for fragile and unique timepieces are qualities he shares with his brother and Castrellon. The three men also care about their customers who own the watches and clocks. It’s an important lesson they learned from the elder Vilicich. “He would always take the time to talk with people,” Pat Vilicich said. “I think that’s what he always tried to instill in us, that you’ve got to take care of your customers.” With continued dedication to service and quality he hopes that time won’t run out on the family business. “We hope to be around another 60 years,” he said, “because that would make me 108.” local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgDonegal Bay Rowing Club has literally grown from being a ‘shell’ of an idea to a thriving club.The club is nback in full-swing and preparing for various regattas throughout the county.It has come along way in just over a year when it had no boats, no trailer – NOTHING – except the shell of a Skiff. The club is now the proud owners of two Skiffs.The Racing Skiff was completely reconstructed from the shell while the Training Skiff was located in a nearby county and was also completely refurbished during the winter months.These refurbishing were carried out by club members to a very high standard and funded by our club. Both are now berthed side by side at the pier in Donegal Town.A purpose built trailer was purchased – built locally and now ready for use. The club is now open for new members. If you think you would like to learn how to row and be part of a team sport then come along on Wednesday evenings from 7-9pm.If you like the sport and want to join – membership forms will be available on the night from existing club members. The only item you require to row is your own life jacket. All members must own their own life jacket. The cost of membership is €50.00.Any further information on the club you can call us on 087 6068401 or join us on facebook(Donegal Bay Rowing Club)    DONEGAL ‘ROWING’ IN BEHIND NEW CLUB! was last modified: May 14th, 2012 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:DONEGAL BAY ROWING CLUBlast_img read more


first_imgAs Donegal’s young people continue to flock to foreign shores, reporter Marie Duffy presents the fifth of a series of interviews speaking to those who are creating a new life abroadEmer Gallagher is 26 and from Gaoth Dobhair and is currently living in Wisconsin, USA. She moved there almost three years ago and is working as a nanny. Like almost all of her friends she has emigrated for work reasons and loves her new life abroad.“I live in Madison in Wisconsin, My best friend had moved here and it seemed like as good of a place as any to start afresh. It’s easier to move to a place where you know someone.”Emer moved abroad after feeling isolated because most young people her age had moved for work.“I was working in a job that I hated, and was one of only a few people my age who were still living at home in Gaoth Dobhair full-time. My friends were either abroad, at college or working away from home during the week.” “At the moment I am nannying, and it turns out that I’m quite good at it. I don’t have enough hours in my week to do the work people need me for which is a good complaint to have.”Despite embracing her new life abroad, Emer misses home and admits ‘it’s not the same here’.She says: “I miss my friends and family a lot. Not being around to see my nephews and niece grow up is tough but to be around my friends I sadly had to move away from home. What’s even sadder is that it appears to have gotten a lot worse at home since I left.”Like the other emigrants Donegal daily has spoken too, Emer does not miss the weather.“I don’t miss the weather that’s for sure. Even though I have moved to a state in the Midwest where we get 4months of snow it’s not as bad as the unpredictable weather back in Donegal, here there are definite seasons which is awesome.”She also enjoys living in an urban setting, and the privacy that comes with it. “I also don’t miss the gossips and the small town mentality I left behind in Gaoth Dobhair. People give the yanks stick for the way they act and talk but honestly it’s a nicer environment to live in. People like to see you succeed and they have welcomed me with open arms.“I have embraced their culture, and besides I don’t know any other baseball fans from Gaoth Dobhair.”If you have emigrated and want to share your story with please email us on info@donegaldaily.comDONEGAL ABROAD… LETTER FROM WISCONSIN was last modified: July 24th, 2011 by marieShare 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 emigrantsletter from abroadlast_img read more

Striding past stereotypes, misconceptions

first_img“I want my daughter to grow up knowing that the only real limitations in life are letting the stereotypes or misconceptions stop us from pursuing our dreams.” – Ellen Stohl Padu stands perfectly still Wednesday morning as volunteers lift Ellen Stohl from her wheelchair onto the saddle on his back. A few feet away, Zoe’s eyes never leave her 39-year-old mother and the therapy horse. At 2, she’s still at least a year away from being old enough to ride her own horse in the ring with her quadriplegic mother at Strides Therapeutic Riding Center in Northridge. Ellen was paralyzed from the waist down and has limited movement in her upper body. There’s no rush. She’s still having fun practicing on her rocking horse at home and sharing the saddle on Padu with her mom three times a week. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “Zoe knows my legs don’t work, that I have to use a wheelchair,” says Ellen, who has been a quadriplegic since a 1983 automobile accident. “She’s aware there’s a difference between me and other moms.” But not here. Not on horseback. Here, mother and daughter have four strong legs to carry them, and plenty of time to dispel the stereotypes and misconceptions about having a disability. Plenty of time together, riding Padu and pursing a dream. “Having a physical disability, I worried that I would be limited in the activities I could share with an able-bodied child,” Ellen says. “I wasn’t going to let a wheelchair put me on the sidelines of my daughter’s life growing up. “I knew we would never kick a soccer ball around the yard or play softball together. But on the back of a horse, anything is possible. I’ve already ridden horseback in Big Bear, Mount Hood, Ore., and along the Baja coastline. “As Zoe grows up, we’ll be able to climb mountains, stroll along the coastline and share things I never thought possible because of the confidence – physically, mentally and emotionally – therapeutic horseback riding has given me.” Sitting in the shade only a few yards from the riding ring, Meredith Vincent watches her 9-year-old son, Sam, ride a 22-year-old therapy horse named Chiquita. The boy has Asperger syndrome, a neurobiological disorder that causes autistic-like behavior. “Sam is extremely bright and verbal, but he doesn’t understand social nuances,” Meredith says. “He can’t relate to people on an emotional level. But when he’s out there riding Chiquita, he totally relates to that old horse. “They say horses can sense how a rider feels, and I know riding Chiquita touches something emotionally inside my son nothing else ever has.” Nora Fischback has seen plenty of stereotypes and misconceptions about disabilities destroyed in the six years she’s run Strides Therapeutic Riding Center. She started with 40 physically disabled riders and Chiquita. Today, there are 70 riders and 18 horses that have been donated over the years. “Good therapy horses are extremely responsive to emotions and the riders on their backs,” she says. “I’ve seen horses take a step sideways to get underneath a rider losing his balance, or just stop and refuse to move because they could feel the rider was out of balance. “Look at them out there,” Nora said, watching Padu carry Ellen and Zoe around the ring. “You would never know Ellen has a disability. Anything is possible on the back of a horse.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. Dennis McCarthy, (818) 713-3749 HOW TO HELP For information on Strides Therapeutic Riding Center and its next month’s ride-a-thon to raise money for a handicap-accessible bathroom at the center, call Nora Fischback at (818) 341-4737 or see 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