Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Mongolia, which dealt the Philippines a 21-17 loss on Saturday night, clinched the No. 2 berth in Pool C after beating Russia (21-18) and Brazil (19-16).A quarterfinal clash against defending champion Serbia awaits the Mongolians.The two other quarterfinal matches will feature European teams with Latvia battling Poland and Ukraine squaring off with Slovenia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial A stinging 20-19 defeat to an experienced Canada squad hours earlier snuffed out the Filipinos’ chances of finishing in the top two of their bracket.Team PH coach Ronnie Magsanoc was apologetic after the defeat.“We will come back and try to give these people a win,” said Magsanoc.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownTwo hours later, the Filipinos gifted the fans who had stayed on with a blazing performance against the Russians who, surprisingly, did not field any player in the top 100 of the world rankings.The Canadians went on to top Pool C with an unbeaten 4-0 record, capping their assignments with an emphatic 21-4 win over Brazil to earn the right to face Pool A No. 2 The Netherlands in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Eagles, Archers renew rivalry Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETBOCAUE, BULACAN—Team Philippines made good on its promise to close out its Fiba 3×3 World Cup campaign with a victory after seeing its title hopes go up in smoke at Philippine Arena here Monday night.The Filipinos took out all their frustrations on the third-seeded Russians, 19-12, to finish third in Pool C with a 2-2 record.Still, it wasn’t enough to push them to the knockout round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight 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 Taal
Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Felipe spearheads all-Filipino podium in Stage 2 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The road to the Fiba World Cup is long and bumpy for Gilas Pilipinas. But Andray Blatche is ready for the ride—never mind if he has to cram to learn a new system.“It’s coming along great for us,” he told journalists on Thursday night shortly after the Nationals’ training at Meralco Gym. It was his last practice with coach Yeng Guiao and the national squad before having to fly back to China on Monday to reconnect with his pro league team there.ADVERTISEMENT Blatche and the Nationals are set to face Qatar on Feb. 21 before closing their campaign in the final window against Kazakhstan on Feb. 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ No worries, he said.“When we get to Qatar, we’re going to have two-a-days,” Blatche said. “We have time to catch up for it. You know, being there, being together away from everybody and having two practices a day—that’s still a lot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWith the country’s World Cup bid now hanging in the balance, Guiao recalled Blatche to boost the team’s chances against Qatar and Kazakhstan, and the naturalized big man is rushing to absorb the new system Gilas Pilipinas is running.“It’s like clockwork because I know what guys on this court are capable of doing and I know which guys are shooters, which guys are the slashers,” he said. “The more we go over the plays, the more it’s becoming natural to us—like everyone’s falling in line.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil
Mr. Momo Reads the parties’ statement yesterday in Monrovia.Opposition collaborating political parties have called on the government to arrest the Minister of Finance and Development Planning, Samuel Tweah. He is also chair of the Technical Economic Management Team (TEMT). One other person, the collaborating opposition called for his arrest is Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) Governor Nathaniel Patray as well as all other individuals connected to the scandals as contained in the Presidential Investigative Team’s (PIT) report, also the one released by the US Embassy near Monrovia.Representatives of the four opposition political parties, including Liberty Party (LP), Alternative National Congress, former ruling Unity Party (UP), and All Liberian Party (ALP), called for speedy trial of former and current government officials, who may be culpable as per the two investigations.Theodore Momo, Jr, ALP national chairman, who read the parties’ position statement, said if their calls do not heed any tangible result, where some of those directly allegedly culpable are left off the hook, “we will organize a series of mass actions across Liberia to express our dissatisfaction, and to let President George Weah, and his administration know how Liberians are growing impatient by the day.”“We want the artificial hardships imposed by this administration’s bad governance to end. The waves of looting by senior members of this administration, while ordinary citizens are struggling to survive must stop. We have analyzed and concluded that both the past, and the current governments are culpable in the brazen and shameless looting of public funds,” the statement said.Although both Tweah and Patray have distanced themselves from any wrongs, the opposition parties believe that President Weah government is liable for the US$25 million (about L$4 billion as clearly contained in the report. They added, “it was a gross misrepresentation, and even a deliberate attempt to undermine justice and misinform the people of Liberia, when Weah declared upon his return from Israel, that the PIT and the Kroll Incorporated has vindicated his government.”“How can President Weah tell the world that his government is vindicated when CBL current Deputy Governor, and other executives are being prosecuted for misuse of public funds, and economic sabotage, when the two investigative reports pointed to gross inadequacy of internal controls and systems at the CBL as well as clearly pointing to fraudulent and suspicious actions and in actions of current fiscal and monetary authorities,” the statement said.He said this hasty and prejudicial comment from President Weah only exposes the President’s intention to put a presidential shield of protection over key cronies of his political party, who have been hooked by the findings of the reports.“We demand that in addition to the arrests already made, the government should move quickly to arrest Tweah, Patray and other ranking members of the TEMT. This is in consideration of the investigations’ findings pointing to the conspicuously criminal way Minister Tweah, and Governor Patray as chair and co-chair of the TEMT managed the US$25 million through the so-called mop-up exercise,” according to the statement.Mr. Momo added, “it will be provocative for President Weah and his administration to ignore the fact that US$25 million ordered from our national reserve to facilitate a mop-up exercise last year was handled in a bizarre and criminal manner.”“We remind the president that senior members of his Economic Management Team, as revealed in the reports, designed, directed and must have exploited last year’s monetary situation to commit the crime of money laundering. PIT was unequivocal in stating that the “TEMT/CBL under the leadership and direction of both Tweah and Patray, failed to set standard criteria for the participation of businesses in terms of their legitimacy,” the statement said.According to the statement, considering the face value of the L$2.5 billion, (about US$ 12.5 million) bank notes and US$25 million one would come to the realization that US$25 million is higher in value than L$2.5 billion.“It is therefore of grave concern to us that the President Weah would move expeditiously in the direction of effectuating arrests in the L$2.5 billion (about US$12.5 million case involving former Bank Governor Weeks, his deputy Charles Sirleaf and others, while being reluctant on extending similar action to his officials,” the parties claimed in the statement.“While we appreciate USAID’s efforts in the conduct of a scoping investigation into the missing billions and the US$25 million intended to mop out excess bank notes from the market, we wish to state unequivocally that the controlling issue here is just not who overstepped the bounds in the printing of the new bank notes, but also who used the money and how they used it, or where is the money,” according to the statement.The parties: “We call on the Civil Society, Religious and Business Community, Labor and Trade Unions, the Liberia Marketing Association, Youth and Student Organizations, partisans and auxiliary groups of the four Collaborating Political Parties, all other Political Parties and all peace-loving Liberians at home and abroad to remain resolved and take concrete steps in protecting the integrity of Liberia and to hold government accountable to the people.”Accordingly, the move by the parties is deliberate and is intended to prevent the governance situation from degenerating into a crisis of cataclysmic proportions.“We cannot sit supinely as laws are broken with impunity, and innocent lives are destroyed either through fanaticism or under mysterious circumstances. This is the time to act,” the statement noted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A bus driver and his lone passenger are telling how they narrowly escaped the slide on the Sea to Sky Highway. Peter Skeels was driving the Perimeter Whistler Express bus Tuesday night when the slide hit. Company spokesman Mike Cafferky picks up the story there…. [asset|aid=147|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Cafferky-Slide_1_Pub.mp3] Transportation Minister Kevin Falcon, who toured the site yesterday said it could take five days to re-open the highway between Vancouver and Whistler. He also said this…. [asset|aid=148|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=Falcon-Slide_1_Pub.mp3] NDP leader Carole James says the slide raises red flags about the Olympic highway. Premier Gordon Campbell agrees, saying the cliffs above the highway will have to be examined, before the Olympic Games, to try to prevent future slides on the route.However, geologists say the site of the slide is in an area notorious for such collapses, with natural fractures in the rocks above the highway. They say experts try to identify the most dangerous slopes but the problem is too big to make upgrades on every slope.- Advertisement –
The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation has just announced another major donation to their CT Scanner fund–but this time, the money is coming from another city.The Fort Nelson Hospital Foundation has come forward with a $10,000 donation towards the scanner. Board Chair Laurie Dolan says having the machine in Fort St. John will save Fort Nelson residents the additional hour of travel required to get to the scanner in Dawson Creek.Fort St. John Hospital Foundation Executive Director Janice Isberg says the foundation is on track to reach their goal of 1,300,000 dollars by January 1st of next year.- Advertisement –
NEWHALL – The Newhall Community Center, with its large menu of low- and no-cost programs, has become a staple in the lives of many since opening its doors in January 2006. The $7 million facility replaced cramped quarters in a dilapidated warehouse nearby, and its popular standbys and new offerings have increased membership nearly twofold. “If it wasn’t for the center, my kids would not have opportunities to get involved in activities,” said Blanca Garcia of Castaic, whose five older kids partake year-round. “If they didn’t have it, they would be staying home – activities are so expensive, we can’t afford them.” Garcia, a special-education teacher at Van Nuys High School, chauffeurs the group – which includes three foster children – to karate classes, reading enrichment, exercise classes, mini teens and teen support groups and daylong summer programs. Trips to movies and theme parks are included. The cost: about $80 a year per child. Membership at the center has grown from 1,600 to 3,000 participants, a 40percent bump since the new building opened. Some programs are offered on a sliding fee scale. The old building housed 7,500feet in one room versus the new structure’s 17,000square feet in eight areas. It’s not enough. “We were restricted by the size of the footprint,” said Adele Macpherson, the city’s superintendent of community services. “If we’d built it three times the size, it would still be full.” Forty new programs, such as tae kwon do, healthy-living classes, citizenship workshops, cardio-salsa, computer classes, youth flag football and a family-based reading program augment the core of the in-demand after-school programs and summer camp. More than 400 youths and teens trade jabs in boxing classes, which yielded several championship belts in 2006. For the past four years, Garcia’s older kids – Jennifer, 14, Margarita, 12, Jonathan, 10, Carlos, 8, and Angel, 5 – have had fun and sharpened skills, but she’s taking her maiden voyage. “Most of us karate moms are in (Ballet) Folklorico,” Garcia said of the vibrant Mexican folk dance class that has expanded to include adults. The desire of many to improve communication skills led to offering two English as a Second Language classes on weekdays, in partnership with College of the Canyons. The college provides the teachers, and Macpherson said the room is packed every day. Bucking cultural norms that discourage seeking help for family problems and overcoming a language barrier can be tough. But discretely tucked amid the center’s bustle is a nondescript office where no-cost therapy is offered to families in turmoil. More than 60 people have been helped in individual and family sessions since the services were introduced in February 2006. For most, it was their first encounter with a mental health professional. “This program has proved it saves lives every day,” Macpherson said. Although the city would like to site a similar facility in Canyon Country, no plans are on the horizon. The Community Center is located at 22421 Market St., adjacent to the Jan Heidt Newhall Metrolink Station. For more information, call (661) 286-4006, or see www.santa-clarita.com. email@example.com (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Cue the ostrich memes…The Twittersphere imploded with outrage on Tuesday night as fans and pundits alike reacted to Leicester City’s decision to sack Nigel Pearson as manager.It’s been a whirlwind of a year for the coach. Fans called for his axe over Christmas with the Foxes rock-bottom of the Premier League and they seemed to get their wish only for the club to reportedly change their mind.Controversies – swearing at a fan, throttling a player…ostrich-gate – came and went but he ended the season a hero, as Leicester claimed seven wins from their final nine games to stay in the top flight.It didn’t seem enough for the club’s hierarchy, though, with a statement confirming his axe reading: “the working relationship between Nigel and the board is no longer viable.”See how Twitter reacted to the shock news below… 1 Axed Leicester manager Nigel Pearson
13. Manchester United – The Red Devils are still very much in the hunt for the top four, having finished fourth last season under Louis van Gaal, but in truth it’s been a poor season so far for a club used to title challenges. United had the third highest net spend in the Premier League last summer, having spent a fortune over the previous 12 months, so to find themselves in sixth place behind West Ham, nine points off top spot and playing some turgid football, is simply not good enough. For those reasons, they place a poor 13th in our power ranking after 21 games. 5. Tottenham Hotspur – Fifth is the position Tottenham dread and, while they are fourth in the Premier League, it’s fifth place for them in our power ranking at this stage of the season. Spurs have undoubtedly made progress under Mauricio Pochettino, going on a 14-match unbeaten run in the Premier League this campaign, but too many draws have put them off the title pace set by rivals Arsenal. Still, a Champions League place would be a grand return for a relatively small net spend of £5.27m last summer. 20. Chelsea – yes, in last place in our Premier League power ranking table, it’s the defending champions. Read why we’ve put the Blues bottom, below, then click the arrow above to see how the rest rank – To go from runaway Premier League champions to 14th after 21 games is unprecedented, which is largely why Chelsea are placed 20th in our Premier League power ranking at this stage of the season. Before the campaign began, it would have taken a brave person to predict Chelsea would finish outside the top four, but now it would take an even braver person to predict them finishing fourth. One of the most successful football managers ever, and a Chelsea hero, Jose Mourinho was sacked, while the controversy surrounding Dr Eva Carneiro’s departure from the club sums up a nightmare season at Stamford Bridge. And the less said about last summer’s signings, the better. 2. Watford – The Hornets have been in the Premier League twice before, and on both occasions went straight back down, but this time round they look like staying up with relative ease. Sat in 10th after 21 games, they are just two points behind Liverpool and 11 clear of the relegation zone, having managed to win just one game less than Tottenham and Man United. Not bad for a team coming up from the Championship. 19. Newcastle United – The Magpies finally showed some ambition in the transfer market last summer, splashing out over £46m net, making them the second biggest spenders in the Premier League behind Man City. And what have they had to show for it? Newcastle are second from bottom and face a big fight to save their top flight status. The fightback against Manchester United showed they are capable of showing some stomach, but after 21 games they are in big trouble. 20 18. Aston Villa – Rock bottom of the Premier League table, Villa at least lift themselves up to 18th in our power ranking. Why? Because they were always going to struggle this season, after years of poor management and lack of investment in the team, and so are arguably punching at their weight, unlike Chelsea and Newcastle. But that is where the hint of positivity ends. Last summer, the Villans sold top scorer Christian Benteke and key midfielder Fabian Delph, and their replacements just haven’t been up to scratch. It will take a minor miracle for the club to avoid relegation now and no one can say it hasn’t been coming, after progressively worse showings in recent years. 14. Southampton – Like Swansea, Saints have punched above their weight in recent seasons, despite selling over £130m-worth of talent in just over a year. Last summer, Southampton were the only Premier League club to make a profit in the transfer market, but ultimately it is results on the pitch that matter and, after finishing eighth and seventh in the past two campaigns, the club are now in danger of sliding down the table. After 21 matches, Southampton are 12th and will settle for a comfortable mid-table finish. 10. Liverpool – The Reds dream of a top four finish, but they have been too inconsistent to trouble the Champions League places so far this season. Weakened by the sale of Raheem Sterling last summer, former boss Brendan Rodgers oversaw a net spend that was only 13th highest in the division and after 21 games they are sat in ninth place, five points behind fourth-placed Tottenham. Jurgen Klopp’s appointment has undoubtedly offered hope for the future, although with the current squad he has overseen fluctuating performances, from the sublime (4-1 at Manchester City) to the abysmal (3-0 at Watford). 20 20 8. Stoke City – Perhaps Stoke’s biggest achievement this season has been to completely shed their tag as the Premier League’s anti-football side, and become known for their stylish play. Just four points off the top four, in seventh place, at the moment they are on track to beat their ninth place finishes in the past two seasons. 4. Arsenal 12. West Brom – After a few yo-yo years, this is West Bromwich Albion’s sixth successive season in the Premier League and all concerned at the Hawthorns will be happy to finish mid-table again, as they enjoy a stability that is the envy of other West Midlands clubs. After 21 games, the Baggies sit 13th in the table following a hard fought draw away to Chelsea. It’s a satisfactory return so far on last summer’s net spend of £27.5m. 20 20 20 16. Swansea City – For the past few years Swansea have been the poster boys for clubs aspiring to gain promotion to the Premier League, as solid top half finishers since coming up in 2011. Last season under Garry Monk’s management, the Swans finished eighth, but have struggled this time round and sacked their young manager before Christmas. The club were frugal with their recruitment last summer and sit just above the relegation zone after 21 games, having been thrashed 4-2 at home by struggling Sunderland, in their most recent fixture. It’s not looking good at this moment in time. With 21 games gone in a fascinating Premier League season, the table looks a little different than you would usually expect.We’ve got Leicester City battling for the title, Chelsea trying to get themselves away from the relegation zone, and several other teams either playing above or below expectation.But, lets forget about points for a minute and think about performances relative to expectation and spending. Some sides, like the fantastic Foxes and Watford, have stunned observers, while the likes of Southampton and Swansea appear to have gone off the boil.So here at talkSPORT we’ve ranked the 20 Premier League clubs on their displays compared to expectation.Click the right arrow above to see our Power Ranking of the English top-flight… 20 20 1. Leicester City – In top spot, who else could it be than the Foxes? Seemingly doomed to relegation this time last year, Leicester carried over their remarkable end of season form into this campaign and, after 21 games, are level on points with leaders Arsenal. When Claudio Ranieri was appointed as Nigel Pearson’s replacement last summer, many seasoned pundits predicted a year of struggle for the club, but the Italian and his team have confounded pretty much everyone to become the story of the season so far. So, well done Leicester City and let’s see if they can keep surprising us all. 20 20 20 11. Everton – The Toffees are 11th in the Premier League table after 21 games, and we have placed them 11th in our power ranking. In one of the most open Premier League seasons ever, it’s been something of a disappointment for Everton fans to see their side stuck in mid-table, while the likes of Crystal Palace, West Ham, Leicester and Stoke contend for the European places. Nevertheless, it could be worse for the Toffees, who finished 11th last season and whose biggest piece of summer business was keeping John Stones out of Chelsea’s clutches. 20 20 7. Manchester City – The bare minimum requirement for City is to challenge for the title, considering the amount of money they have spent in recent times. Indeed, the club’s net spend of nearly £125m in the summer means they should be crowned champions at the end of the season. That remains a distinct possibility, but for now being third behind Leicester and Arsenal is a poor return. City remain well capable of taking top spot, but are ranked just seventh in our power rankings for so far failing to take charge of the division. 15. Norwich City – The Canaries bounced back into the Premier League, via the play-offs, at the first time of asking last season. The club’s goal this season is simply to remain in the top flight and after 21 games they are five points clear of the relegation zone, so they are on track at the moment. Last summer’s investment was modest, with a net spend of just under £10m, so it could be argued Norwich deserve to be higher in our power ranking, but the jury is very much out on their season so far. A couple of good results and they could fly up the table, but a poor run and they will be slap, bang in the thick of the relegation fight. 9. Bournemouth – The Cherries are 16th in the table after 21 games, but we’ve placed them ninth in our power ranking on account of the fact it is their first ever season in the English top flight. It’s true that they weren’t shy in the transfer market last summer, with a net spend of £21.5m the ninth highest in the Premier League, but for novices at this level they have managed to stay out of the bottom three so far and picked up the notable scalp of Man United before Christmas. Things could turn very quickly, but survival is all that counts for Bournemouth this season. 6. Crystal Palace – Not since the early 1990s have Palace rode so high in the table, and despite slipping to eighth after a shock loss at struggling Villa, the Eagles remain in the hunt for a European place. For now at least, gone are the days when Palace braced themselves for a relegation battle and they are looking up the table, rather than down. Remember when people questioned Alan Pardew going from Newcastle to Selhurst Park? 20 20 17. Sunderland – The Black Cats will be delighted if they finish the season 17th in the Premier League table, and that is the position they find themselves in our power ranking. At the back end of last season they managed to escape relegation by the skin of their teeth, with Dick Advocaat at the helm. The Dutchman surprisingly stayed on and, after a summer of uninspiring recruitment, quickly realised he’d made a mistake as Sunderland struggled to get going. Sam Allardyce was duly brought in as an expert firefighter and things are slowly looking up but the club remain in a perilous, relegation zone position. 20 20 20 20 3. West Ham United – Up to fifth in the Premier League table, West Ham have proved the doubters wrong since appointing Slaven Bilic in place of Sam Allardyce last summer. The Hammers have beaten Arsenal and Man City away, Liverpool home and away, and seen off Chelsea at Upton Park, in their final season at the ground before moving to the Olympic Stadium. Those results are impressive enough, but West Ham have done it playing an attractive brand of football and maintained good form despite suffering key injuries. 20
VAN NUYS – He’s the size of a cougar and he bays at any emergency vehicle siren, but when Mary Brintnall looks into his big eyes her heart melts and her mood is uplifted. Sherman, Brintnall’s 7-year old golden retriever, will be among the many pet friends receiving a blessing on Sunday at the 10th annual Blessing of the Animals service at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. “The pets we have bless our lives every day. They help people heal. They are companions. For all the things they bless us with, I think they need a little blessing in return. They deserve it,” said Brintnall, who will usher at the service. The program has become a tradition on the Sunday closest to the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals, ecology and peace. Hull said that supporting this service from the beginning was easy because, even though there isn’t a huge emphasis on saints in the Episcopal Church, St. Francis of Assisi is revered for his empathy with nature. One prayer attributed to the saint who tradition says preached to birds, calls for animals to be seen as gifts from God and therefore should be treated with respect. This prayer also asks for prayers for animals who are suffering from neglect. “The world was given to us by God but we must be good stewards. There is a huge amount of animal abuse and neglect as we all hear,” said Hull, whose family loves Meghan, a golden retriever, and Maddie, a Welsh corgi. “This service is a chance to show that we value animals and also to celebrate our connection to the world of animals.” Water bowls are placed around the courtyard where the service will be held. A variety of household and farm animals have been blessed at St. Mark’s in past years. The congregation doesn’t know ahead of time what will show up but they wouldn’t be surprised to see a chicken, turtle or a snake. A photo of a pet will be blessed for animals who can’t attend. A representative from Pet Orphans in Van Nuys will answer questions about pet adoptions following the service. Donations of toys for a dog or cat and clean towels will be collected. “We live in a chaotic and crazy world. It’s nice to come home to relax and find a dog who’s happy to see you and looks at you with those eyes of love,” said Brintnall, who also cares for two Maine Coon cats, O’Mally and Amy. “People love this simple service. It always seems a little excitable but it runs pretty smoothly. People who don’t normally come to church come to this service. It’s a fun tradition.” Blessing of the Animals service, 10 a.m. Sunday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Call (818) 785-4251. Pet Orphans (818) 901-0190. firstname.lastname@example.org (818) 713-3708160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe feast of St. Francis of Assisi is Oct. 4. St. Francis of Assisi was the founder of the Franciscan Order and died in 1226. Diana Berrones, a longtime member at St. Mark’s and an advocate of pet therapy, is credited with the original suggestion and years of organizing this service at the Van Nuys congregation. “Holding this service reminds us of all of God’s creation. Animals are part of that creation. They are an important part of people’s lives,” said the Rev. Norman Hull from St. Mark’s. “Pets are an incredible source of comfort to people. They play a healing role to many. It is right that we recognize and celebrate them.” The outdoor service uses the regular Sunday worship format but includes prayers and songs with an animal focus. Each animal will be blessed by name. Holy Eucharist will follow the blessing.
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