787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Blackwater import Henry Walker against three Phoenix defenders. PBA IMAGESReturning import Henry Walker and Mike DiGregorio teamed up to lead Blackwater to its first win at the expense of Phoenix, 92-86, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Walker, who is in his third tour of duty in the league after playing for Alaska in 2014 and NLEX last year, battled through cramps in the fourth quarter to post 32 points and 15 rebounds while DiGregorio came up big with a career-high 28 points.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “Finally, we’re able to get the win. Special thanks to our new import Henry Walker,” said Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac, whose squad improved to 1-3.“Going into the ninth minute of the fourth quarter he was complaining of cramps and he was challenging his teammates to be on the top of the situation. But still, he was able to hit shots and grabbed rebounds and we’re very happy that we have an import like Walker,” Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The two combined for 24 of their team’s 26 points in the final frame with Walker scoring the Elite’s last eight points in the final two minutes and 24 seconds.Blackwater put the clamps down on Phoenix’s explosive import Eugene Phelps, who scored just 13 points on 5-of-13 shooting from the field, in 40 minutes. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Thistleton finishes 2nd in elite female despite bike crash Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas RJ Jazul also had 13 points on top of seven rebounds and three steals for the Fuel Masters, who turned the ball over 23 times, slipped to 2-3.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES
Gina Gooding, a representative of Simi Valley Girls Softball, told the parks board Thursday about a 9-year-old asthmatic boy who was watching a game when a man lit up a cigarette next to him. When he asked the man to stop smoking, the child got a lecture about showing more respect to adults, and he had to get up and move to get away from the smoke, Gooding said. “There is nothing more annoying and discouraging than to have a parent in a lawn chair light up a cigarette next to children,” she said. Gooding said a ban would not only protect children and help avoid conflicts, but help prevent fires that might start around parks due to cigarette smoking. When another speaker said he couldn’t recall a fire started by a cigarette in a park, another woman in the audience said, “How about Griffith Park?” referring to the Los Angeles fire earlier this month. Investigators are looking into whether that fire was started accidentally by a smoker. “If we are going to (ban smoking), it should be in every park,” said district board member Gene Hostetler, a police detective who said “No Smoking” signs would provide a useful tool for law enforcement. He and other board members said illegal smoking in the parks should be an infraction rather than a misdemeanor. “I don’t want to put anybody in jail because of smoking,” board President Kate O’Brien said. Violators could be fined $100 for the first offense and $250 for subsequent violations. But board members expressed hope it wouldn’t come to that. “We’re not trying to cite anyone. We’re just trying to get them to be courteous to others,” said Doug Gale, the district’s recreation administrator. Several people at Thursday’s meeting spoke against the ban, including Doug Schwartz of Simi Valley, who said he didn’t smoke himself. “There is a bigger issue at hand, and that is people’s rights,” said Schwartz, who also expressed concern about using police time to enforce smoking rules. Besides speaking at the meeting, Schwartz sent an e-mail to the district. “I could understand if the proposal was just in the sports areas, but a general ban in the entire park seems ludicrous,” Schwartz wrote. “What would be next, no barbecuing(?) Barbecues omit tons of smoke and if inhaled can be hazardous to one’s health. … Why does this lunacy continue?” District officials said the ban was based on health concerns about secondhand smoke, which the California Air Resources Board has classified as a toxic air contaminant. Simi Valley would follow a trend in other California communities that have banned smoking at parks and other outdoor areas where people regularly congregate. California state law already bans smoking in parks near children’s play areas, but the Simi Valley park district had been receiving complaints from youth sports groups about people smoking near dugouts and in the bleachers. Gooding and other adult youth-league leaders said the players and spectators felt trapped and uncomfortable confronting the smokers. The Simi Valley Historical Society also requested that Strathearn Historical Park be included in the ban, except by permit when requested for private social gatherings. Letters and e-mails to the district from Simi Youth Baseball, Simi Valley Girls Softball and Santa Susana Boys Baseball expressed support for the ban at their facilities. email@example.com (805) 583-7602160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – No more lighting up while watching your kid’s Little League game – or while hanging out at any local park, for that matter. After a contentious meeting Thursday night, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District’s board voted unanimously to ask the district staff to put up “No Smoking” signs in all the district’s Simi Valley-area parks, not just the large regional parks and those used by youth groups, as originally proposed. The ban, which takes effect as soon as the signs go up, doesn’t include golf courses. The district is considering expanding the ban to Oak Park facilities, which it oversees. Residents there will have a chance to weigh in at future meetings before a decision is made.