Nadal sets up Hamburg Open final against Fognini HAMBURG, Germany (AP): Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dismissed Andreas Seppi 6-1, 6-2 to set up a Hamburg Open final against Fabio Fognini today. The fourth-seeded Fogini beat qualifier Lucas Pouille 6-2, 7-6 (3) after saving a set point in the second set. Nadal is looking to extend his streak of having won at least one European clay court title every year since 2004. The former No. 1 has dropped to 10th in the rankings and is playing his first tournament since losing in the second round of Wimbledon. He won in Hamburg in 2008, the last time he played in the clay-court event. Nadal served a double-fault at match point in the seventh game before breaking serve in the next to win. He holds a 4-2 career edge over Fognini, the 2013 Hamburg champion. British swimmer in fight for world record ratification KAZAN, Russia (AP): Nearly a year later, British swimmer Adam Peaty’s world record in the 50-metre breaststroke isn’t ratified. Records usually take weeks to be made official, but Peaty’s mark of 26.62 seconds at the European Championships in Berlin last August hasn’t been approved by FINA because he was not tested at the time for the blood-booster EPO. It was a simple administrative error because a box was not checked on the drug-testing form, FINA honorary secretary Paolo Barelli, who is in charge of the issue, told The Associated Press. “The form for world records includes a test for EPO,” Barelli said. “The lab analysis performed in Germany didn’t do it because there wasn’t an ‘X’ on the tiny box for EPO.” Barelli suggested that British Swimming should appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. “They have every reason to,” Barelli said. “It’s not the British federation’s or the kid’s fault. It was an administrative error.” Akram: Politics should not stop Pakistan-India series ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan great Wasim Akram insisted yesterday that politics should not affect his country’s cricketing ties with India. “Sports should not be mixed with politics,” said Akram, who took 414 Test wickets with his hostile left-arm swing and also scored three test centuries. Pakistan plan to host a three-Test series against its Asian neighbours and rivals in the United Arab Emirates in December. If it takes place, that will be the two countries’ first Test matches against each other since 2007, when India won a three-match series 1-0. Anurag Thakur, secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has cast doubt on the series. Akram said the Pakistan team was treated well on a tour of India in 1999 despite restrictions. “We stayed in hotels and we were not allowed to go outside,” Akram said in Karachi. “At that time there was politics too, but it should not be mixed with sport.” Tig, Gasparyan reach first WTA final in Baku BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP): Patricia Maria Tig of Romania and Margarita Gasparyan of Russia both reached their first career WTA final yesterday after upsetting the two top-seeded players at the Baku Cup. Tig ousted No. 1-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-3, 6-2 to extend her surprising run at the tournament, while Gasparyan beat No. 2 Karin Knapp of Italy 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. The 154th-ranked Tig had never been past the second round of a WTA tournament before this week. Gasparyan had not won a WTA match this year before coming to Baku, but had not dropped a set here before the semi-finals.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE – In this Nov. 19, 2015, file photo, Japan’s starter Shohei Ohtani pitches against South Korea during the first inning of their semifinal game at the Premier12 world baseball tournament at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. A person familiar with the decision says Major League Baseball owners on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, have approved a new posting agreement with their Japanese counterparts in a move that allows bidding to start for coveted pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)NEW YORK — The Yankees and Red Sox are among the teams that pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani has ruled out, and it seems the Japanese star will likely pursue a smaller market nearer to the West Coast.New York general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to reporters Sunday night that his club was out of the running.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Butler carries Wolves in 4th to outlast Clippers View comments “I know that our presentation was excellent,” Cashman said. “The feedback from that was outstanding. But I did get a sense that I can’t change that we’re a big market and I can’t change we’re in the East.”Red Sox spokesman Kevin Gregg confirmed Boston’s elimination from the bidding. The New York Mets, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers are also among the teams told they won’t sign Ohtani.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOhtani was put up for bid Friday by the Pacific League’s Nippon Ham Fighters for the maximum $20 million posting fee. The 23-year-old has until 11:59 p.m. EST on Dec. 22 to agree to a contract with an MLB team.Ohtani is limited to a minor league contract because of restrictions imposed by the MLB collective bargaining agreement. The largest deal he could sign is with the Texas Rangers for $3,535,000, followed by the Yankees ($3.5 million), Minnesota ($3.07 million), Pittsburgh ($2,266,750), Seattle ($1,557,500), Miami ($1.49 million) and the Los Angeles Angels ($1,315,000). Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES
Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track People arrive at the Olympic Stadium ahead of the opening ceremony at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems that took place about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony.Organizing committee spokeswoman Nancy Park said the defense ministry and a cybersecurity team were investigating the outage that occurred Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Global opens AFC Cup bid vs Thanh Hoa View comments Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES The games are being held about 80 kilometers (50 miles) from the border between North and South Korea, countries that technically have been at war since an armistice in 1953.An International Olympic Committee spokesman said drones that were scheduled to be used in the opening ceremony were not deployed. Spokesman Mark Adams called it an “impromptu logistical change” and did not say whether it was related to the Wi-Fi and internet outage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It didn’t affect the opening ceremony,” Park said. “It went as planned. We just had some issue with our internal system.”Park said Saturday that the systems had been “normalized” without giving details. She earlier declined to speculate on the cause and said she did not want to call it a cyberattack.In a statement, organizers issued an apology “to all those affected. These have not disrupted any events.”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 folkSouth Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported that servers were shut down to prevent damage to technical systems, causing problems with the Pyeongchang Olympic website.The opening ceremony was attended by several heads of state and included North Korea’s ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Also on hand was U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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
Ateneo showed no remorse in handing University of Santo Tomas its third straight loss, an 85-53 destruction Saturday in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournamen at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said it was important for his big men to step up with the absence of Raffy Verano, who sprained his ankle in their previous game.“It was a good effort for the team and we all know that Raffy won’t be able to play and it was important for our bigs to step up,” said Arespacochaga who saw his team outrebound UST 50-41.Ateneo’s defense also limited the Growling Tigers to just 18 field goals in 68 attempts while the Blue Eagles had almost double that mark with a 34-of-73 clip.Angelo Koume led the Blue Eagles with 20 points, 15 rebounds, and four blocks while Thirdy Ravena had 11 points and two blocks with Isaac Go pitching in eight points and 11 boards.Renzo Subido led UST with 19 points while rookie CJ Cansino had a 15-point, 10-rebiund double-double.ADVERTISEMENT The second seeded Blue Eagles bumped their winning streak to four games and climbed to a 4-1 standing to stay half-a-game behind league leader Adamson University, which has a 5-0 card.The Blue Eagles wasted no time in establishing their command early on and limited the Growling Tigers to just eight points in the second quarter while putting up 18 of their own to head into the halftime break with a 37-18 lead.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 ChrissAteneo then drove its rule further in the third quarter taking a 27-point lead, 57-30, after SJ Belangel’s three-pointer.The loss not only sent the Growling Tigers, 1-3, falling to a three-way tie with University of the Philippines and National University at the seventh seed, it was also the worst defeat of Aldin Ayo’s coaching career. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 MOST READ View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Killer instinct sets Dave Peñalosa apart, believes uncle Gerry LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew
“The way it’s going, he’s not going to be doubtful for the tournament,” Krzyzewski said. Thursday’s workout “was pretty exciting really, to see him move and have confidence in his movements. Now we’ve got to get him into condition and have him do some work” against contact.Williamson was hurt in the opening minute of last month’s loss to the Tar Heels, complete with the far-reaching bizarre image of his left foot tearing through his shoe as he fell to the court. He has missed four games since.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWilliamson is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds along with being a walking highlight reel of jaw-dropping athleticism and high-flying dunks. He’s made himself a candidate to be national player of the year and the No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, joining freshman teammate and ACC scoring leader RJ Barrett (23.3 points) to give the Blue Devils an unstoppable 1-2 punch.Duke (26-4, 14-3 ACC) is 3-2 in the roughly five full games without Williamson. LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gennady Golovkin to return in June after signing deal with DAZN Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “He’s so team-oriented,” Krzyzewski said. “I think it bothers him that he hasn’t been with us. But we can’t let him push the process too much to where his loyalty to his team — and he hasn’t — goes against him coming back the way he should come back.”UNC coach Roy Williams said Thursday the Tar Heels (25-5, 15-2) wouldn’t focus on whether Williamson would be ready.“We’re still preparing like Zion’s going to play,” Williams said. “And at the same time, they’re going to make that decision so we have no say over it — so why worry about that part of it?”Krzyzewski said the fourth-ranked Blue Devils will announce Williamson’s status for the ACC matchup after Saturday morning’s shootaround.“We’ll put it out,” Krzyzewski said. “I’ve never liked playing that game or when someone plays that game with me. It’s disrespectful. … I don’t think they are worried about if Zion plays or not. They are worried about their own performance.”ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Duke’s Zion Williamson, second from right, watches from the bench during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Wake Forest in Durham, N.C., Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)DURHAM, N.C. — Duke’s Zion Williamson is doubtful to play Saturday against third-ranked North Carolina, though Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said the 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman is coming off his “first really good workout” as he continues his recovery from a sprained right knee.Krzyzewski said Friday that Williamson would have another workout later in the day without contact barring any setbacks following his activity Thursday. And while it sounds like Williamson is on his way to missing a fifth straight game, the Hall of Fame coach expressed optimism that he could be ready for next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament in Charlotte, North Carolina.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
Coca-Cola International, a global nonalcoholic beverage bottling company operating in the country, has announced plans for the expansion of its production by adding new varieties to its many products on the local market as well as expanding its production capacity.Coca-Cola’s vice president and, Alexander B. Cummings, who led a high-level delegation to Liberia last Friday, informed President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf that his company, having operated in Liberia for over 50 years, was pleased to announce an expansion of its production by adding pure water and canned juice components to its product lines.Coca-Cola International is an American multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups. The company has its headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. It is best known for its flagship product Coca-Cola, invented in 1886 by pharmacist John Stith Pemberton in Columbus, Georgia.The company’s vice president, who is a Liberian national, made the disclosure about the pending expansion on Friday September 26, when he and his delegation paid a courtesy call on President Sirleaf at her Foreign Affairs office in Monrovia.He used the occasion to reaffirm the company’s commitment to further invest in Liberia as its contribution to post-war reconstruction, terming its partnership as not just “a fair weather” partner.“The expansion,” Mr. Cummings disclosed, “is a result of the conducive investment climate and the long standing partnership between Coca-Cola and Liberia, which will further provide additional job opportunities for the country,” an Executive Mansion press release quotes Mr. Cummings as saying.The new products, particularly Bonaqua mineral water, Mr. Cummings indicated, is expected to come online by March 2015. He said the equipment for the company’s expansion will begin arriving in the country this month, October, 2014.Mr. Cummings stressed that the production of the Bonaqua mineral water will eventually lead to the production of canned juices in Liberia.On behalf of the company’s chief executive officer, Muhtar Kent, Mr. Cummings extended best wishes to President Sirleaf as she fights Ebola and expressed deepest sadness as he watches and listens to news on how Ebola is claiming the lives of thousands in the sub-region including Liberia.Mr. Cummings quoted Mr. Kent as saying that he has committed his company to closely working with President Sirleaf and her Mano River Union counterparts to fight the Ebola outbreak.Responding, President Sirleaf said Liberia was pleased by the announcement of the expansion as it demonstrates the company’s confidence in Liberia’s investment climate. She assured the delegation of government’s openness to seeing more investment in Liberia while also expressing optimism that direct foreign investment turns to job creation and infrastructure development.Meanwhile, Coca-Cola has joined the fight against the deadly Ebola virus in the country with a large donation including several assorted medical items to the National Task Force (NTF) on Ebola. Mr. Cummings promised to continue its assistance until a total eradication is reported.The Coca-Cola vice president said items donated included a 40-foot container of medical supplies, 50,000 cases of Bonaqua mineral water.Other items donated by the company included 30 infrared thermometers to twenty hospitals, and300 hand washing kits to communities surrounding its production site in Paynesville. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The president of the West African Action Network on Small Arms (WAANSA), Mr. Baffour Amoa, has disclosed that Liberia will “very shortly rectify” the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which has been signed by at least 130 nations, including Liberia.The ATT, which was signed on April 2, 2013 by those 130 nations, has only been rectified by 66 nations. Of that that number, 10 African nations have rectified it. Among the 10, seven are in the West Africa region.The WAANSA president, who met with journalists and civil society advocates over the weekend, said his two-man delegation had discussions with senior level Liberian government officials and was able to push for Liberia’s rectification of the treaty to which it was already a signatory.Mr. Amoa disclosed that a senior security advisor in the government had assured him that the document would be rectified anytime this week. Among those his delegation conferred with are the President, Senate officials, National Security Advisors and Defense Ministry officials. On reasons why the rectification of the document had been delayed from the Liberian government side, Mr. Amoa told the Daily Observer that officials he spoke with had cited “administrative matters” as the cause of the delay.Asked how Liberia stands to benefit when the ATT is rectified by the Legislature, the WAANSA president said, “Liberia and the rest of West Africa hope to achieve less proliferation of arms in this region.” He also stated that every arm and ammunition entering into Liberia will be marked and accounted for, beginning with the manufacturers and end-users.The Treaty, Mr. Amoa explained, requires all member states to present a list of weapons that would be regulated under the treaty. “The treaty also stipulates that states register and recognize all arms brokers within their borders,” he said warning that sanctions would be imposed on any member nation which goes against the treaty.The other ATT delegate, Mr. Amandou Musa Maigon, president, West Africa Journalists’ Network for Security, Peace and Development, stated that most times it is the ordinary people who suffer the most as a result of arms conflict.Mr. Maigon, who is the vice president for WAANSA, urged civil society representatives at the meeting to lobby with state actors to rectify the Treaty.The objectives of the Treaty are to establish the highest possible common international standards for regulating or improving the regulation of the international trade in conventional arms; prevent and eradicate the illicit trade in conventional arms and prevent their diversion.Its goals are also to contribute to international and regional peace, security and stability; reduce human suffering; and promote cooperation, transparency and responsible action by State Parties in the international trade in conventional arms, thereby building confidence among State Parties.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Several mining operations in Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) have been allegedly robbed by at least six heavily armed bandits carrying high powered rifles, in the past few days.The workers on most occasions were terrorized and beaten by the bandits during which they were relieved of raw gold and other valuables.Details will follow in the July 19, 2017 edition of the Guyana Times.
A CO DONEGAL MAN who took almost €180k off investors was “completely deluded” about his ability to turn small sums of cash into millions, donegaldaily.com has learned.Thomas Elvin, from Meencargagh outside Ballybofey, convinced a number of people that he could turn their investments into fortunes.But as he was found guilty by a jury of taking money illegally from investors yesterday, a former friend revealed that Elvin was a fantasist – and has been for many years. “It’s very simple. Thomas is simple – not the full shilling as we used to say,” said the source.“I was just shocked and surprised that anyone would give him a penny to invest on their behalf, never mind the sums of money reported in that court case.“The man is completely bonkers. You’d get more sense out of Thomas the Tank Engine.”Elvin, 50, had contested 26 charges. He will be sentenced in March next year.Our source told us: “I don’t know if kids read your website but let’s put it this way. I’d rather invest my money with Santa Claus that Thomas Elvin.“I just cannot understand how anyone could get caught by him. It’s very sad that anyone did.”© 2011 donegaldaily.com, all Rights ReservedThe copying, republication or redistribution of donegaldaily.com Content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited by law.Follow us on www.twitter.com/donegaldailyFollow us on www.facebook.com/donegaldailySell anything on www.donegaldailyclassifieds.comINVESTMENT MAN IS ‘NOT THE FULL SHILLING’ was last modified: December 22nd, 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:Ballybofeybonkers!thomas elvin
Community altar headed to center PICO RIVERA — Starting Monday, residents can begin bringing photographs and mementos to include in a community altar for the Dia De Los Muertos Iconic Mexico exhibit at the Pico Rivera Centre for the Arts, 9200 Mines Ave. The exhibit will be open from Oct. 29 to Nov. 23. It will feature the community altar and other altars by artists Sandra Gonzalez, Victor Hoare and Abel Sanchez. The arts center is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call (562) 801-4300. Bridge to remain closed for inspection PICO RIVERA — The Rosemead Boulevard bridge between Gallatin Road and San Gabriel Boulevard remained closed Wednesday and Caltrans officials said it will stay closed indefinitely. Officials need to pump out water, released from the San Gabriel River during Monday’s rainstorm, from under the bridge before they can assess damage to the footings that support the structure, officials said. Motorists were advised to use the north-south San Gabriel River (605) Freeway as an alternate route. Author Jeanne Lazo featured speaker MONTEBELLO — Jeanne Lazo, author of several books and resource guides, will speak at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Montebello Library, 1550 W. Beverly Blvd. Lazo of La Mirada is the author of “If Looks Could Kill,” written for intermediate school-age readers, and is a workshop leader for the fiction/nonfiction section of the Writers’ Club in Whittier. Her Saturday lecture will reveal the nitty gritty of how to create villains, victims and vile plots. For more information, call (562) 696-5102. Costco store holds opening in La Habra LA HABRA — The grand opening of the new Costco Warehouse store, 101 N. Beach Blvd., will be held at 8 a.m. Oct. 26. A brief ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 7:30 a.m., with comments from store manager Penny Chaussee and La Habra Mayor Steve Anderson. The new Costco will offer specialty services such as a gas station and an on-site optometrist and pharmacist. The store has also hired more than 400 employees. For more information, call (562) 905-9700. — From staff reports160Want 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week WHITTIER — The Whittier Public Library, 7344 S. Washington Ave., will hold a program explaining the Mexican tradition Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at 7 p.m. Nov. 1. Martin Espino will discuss this unique holiday, including its ancient origins, special food, traditions and language, and how it relates to people today. High school students will make traditional gourd rattles and will recreate the sounds of ancient Mexico. An alter will be available for offerings during the day. Refreshments will be served after the program. Sign language interpreters are available for library guests with 72 hours of advance notice. For more information, call the library at (562) 464-3450. NORWALK — The annual “Ghosts, Goblins & Goodies” Halloween festival will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31 on the Civic Center Lawn at Norwalk City Hall, 12700 Norwalk Blvd. Halloween Festival 2005 is the City’s alternative to door-to-door Halloween trick-or-treating. Activities will include free game booths, a Teen Frightmare area, music and crafts. Food will be sold also. For more information, call (562) 929-5702. Martin Espino to talk on Mexican tradition