Jordan Clarkson not with Gilas–here’s why

first_imgThe top two teams from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia/Oceania will be guaranteed a place along with host Japan in the men’s basketball event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Not in the lineup for Gilas in the Asia/Oceania zonal is Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, who would have been a likely starter for coach Chot Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneClarkson, who gets paid $11.5 million this season, has been connecting with his roots.Granting that Clarkson had resolved eligibility problems, the NBA’s season schedule in direct conflict with the Fiba qualifiers would have prevented him from playing anyway. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Fiba, basketball’s international governing body, has decided to follow a qualifying model similar to the one Fifa, its soccer counterpart, employs to establish the cast of teams for soccer’s World Cup.But there’s a huge twist.While the Fifa has “windows” of time to allow national teams to call up players for qualifying matches, the Fiba has no authority to compel NBA or EuroLeague teams to release players for a similar purpose.In the past, Fiba had relied on summer qualifiers for its own major international competitions—thus ensuring that players of the world’s premier basketball leagues are available to their national teams.Now national squads will have to rely on less heralded players to get the job done in the qualifiers. Many of these players would then be asked to step aside for the stars for the actual championship in China.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Codiñera reminds PBA-bound Flores: Train hard, develop your game Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The new format does not affect the Philippine Basketball Association.While the Gilas team is composed mostly of PBA superstars, Team USA, coached by former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, will send 11 players from the NBA’s developmental league and one free agent to the AmeriCup tournament.We’d like to ask Alison Bogli, the Lakers’ media relations director about Clarkson’s current visibility in LA’s historic Filipino town and why the team should nurture ties with the largest Fil-Am basketball fan base in America.But Bogli has not been as responsive as her former boss John Black, the team’s long time media guy until Magic Johnson became director of basketball operations.According to the Asian Journal weekly newspaper run by the husband and wife team of Roger and Cora Oriel, Clarkson has been doing the rounds of LA’s Fil-Am organizations and businesses.“This is a cool experience for me,” Clarkson told the Journal. “I’m going to keep representing LA, the Filipino community, as well as the Lakers.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ FILE – Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA—Gilas Pilipinas faces Japan in Tokyo on Friday at the start of qualifying play for the 2019 Fiba World Cup.A field of 80 countries from four geographical zones are vying for 31 open slots in the tournament alongside host China.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UG staff threatens industrial action over salary increase

first_img– demands Administration abandons 10% increase for top officialsAmere few days following the installation of its ninth chancellor, the University of Guyana (UG) is again facing challenges, as its academic and non-academic staff have threatened a series of industrial action today, Friday 20, if the administration does not concede to their demands.The University of Guyana Senior Staff Association (UGSSA) and the University of Guyana Workers Union (UGWU) said if the fairly new administration does not adhere to their calls for increases in salaries, the situation could become harsh.They are also demanding that the planned 10 per cent increase for senior officials of the institution be abandoned.In a release Wednesday afternoon, the two unions said faculty and staff at the university will be launching a protest calling for increased salaries and benefits as talks between the unions and the administration hit a roadblock.They said UG’s administration and council have already been warned that if their demands are not met some form of industrial action could begin as early as today.The two unions are demanding, among other things, that academic and non-academic staff receive 23 per cent and 25 per cent increase in their salaries respectively, retroactive to January 2016 along with all benefits submitted to the university’s administration on April 20, 2016. This they require to be paid in their May 2016 salaries.The unions said the administration has not been keeping the promises it made on April 18, 2016, to stop the across-the-board increase for the statutory officers. Among the key demands is for the council to rescind its decision to pay statutory officers—two deputy vice chancellors, the registrar and the bursar—a 10 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January, 2015, until it can offer adequate justification for such actions.They said it is the very administration which claimed it had no monies to pay benefits including 10 bursaries for their children who performed with distinction at national exams, yet the administration found over $8 million to increase the salaries of statutory officers who had just joined the university, a mere 8 months ago, and all others within the last two years. “Some of whose take-home pay amounts to approximately $1 million per month.”“If the University of Guyana’s administration and Council go ahead and pay the 10 per cent increase to the statutory officers, the unions say they will “reassert their previous demand of a 60 per cent increase in salaries retroactive to January 2016 and all submitted demands contained in our Memorandum of Demands dated February 16, 2015.”The new development by the two unions has come one year after a similar exercise of this nature came up, where under the leadership of former Vice Chancellor Dr Jacob Opadeyi, the two unions protested for nearly five weeks, demanding better working conditions and salary increases.The series of protests had caused massive disruption of classes, much to the annoyance of the UGSS which also took to protesting for the resumption of classes.The protests finally ended following the signing of a Terms of Resumption Agreement.The Terms of Resumption Agreement stated that upon the recommencement of classes, there would be no victimisation or harassment by either side such as dismissals, demotions, transfers, among others.The first issues that were to be addressed, as outlined in the agreement, were allowances and other conditions of work.The UG Administration was also expected to broker agreements with the Guyana Revenue Authority; National Insurance Scheme; credit unions; and all other loan agencies paid through the university to prevent penalties to staff for outstanding payments.Some of the other demands made by the unions were for projectors to be installed in all large classrooms, well-refurbished blackboards and whiteboards to be available in all classrooms; sufficient markers, chalk, erasers, among other teaching materials, as well as an adequate internet supply, and for computers to be supplied for the desks of all Deans, Directors, Heads of Departments, Heads of Sections and Coordinators.The unions had said a few days later that the administration had violated those terms of resumption.last_img read more

FOFHA Members Asked to Ensure Unity

first_imgThe Managing Editor of the Inquirer newspaper, Philip N. Wisseh, has called on the newly installed officers of the Friends of the Friends Haitai Association {FOFHA} to exemplify good leadership in their undertakings. Speaking on Saturday at a program marking the induction of the officers, Mr. Wisseh told the new leaders to see their new positions as a way forward to share ideas with respect and without violence.The Inquirer boss said in every part of the country, there are several Haitai shops where people meet to discuss political issues.“I’m asking you to be accountable to your members,” Wisseh told them, “that way you will grow unity among your people because there is strength in unity.” He called on the new leaders to continue from where the past leadership ended, and cautioned them to accept criticism because that is the only way they will progress as leaders.For his part the chairman elect Atty. Allen F. Gweh noted that his administration will improve on its organization to make unity a primary focus.Mr. Joseph Willie, the Secretary General of the Liberia National Olympic Committee Association {LNOC} made a cash donation of US$200 on behalf of the LNOC.Officers installed were Allen F. Gweh chairman, Nathaniel B. Brown co- chair for administration, J. Otis Loyah co-chair for operations, Jacob S, Tubman secretary general, Victor Larmine, financial secretary and Jacob Blamo treasurer.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Works undertaken to revitalise Linden airstrip

first_imgWhile the Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) Democratic Council (RDC) has recently managed to solicit $2 million from the Finance Ministry in an effort to revitalise the once abandoned airstrip at Linden, Regional Chairman Renis Morian said it would cost approximately $68 million to get the facility back up and running.The RDC had since 2016 embarked on an initiative to revitalise the abandoned facility, which, according to the Regional Chairman, was ranked among the best airstrips in the country. On Monday, a group consisting of 60 persons contracted by the RDC began clearing unwanted vegetation on and around the airstrip.Speaking at the location at Mackenzie, Morian stressed the economic potential of the Linden airstrip once it comes back on stream.  “We’re working to preserve this airstrip … We’re clearing almost a mile on both sides,” the regional chairman noted, as he pointed out that vegetation was now attempting to grow underneathWorkers clearing vegetation around the airstripthe airstrip and this could result in more structural faults and damage.“We did a survey, and to bring this thing back up and running… (it) is $68 million … Our job is to make certain that this airstrip is in readiness for the next stage when the Government comes in … So, we want to preserve it,” he said.Engineers  have visited the site had asserted that it is one of the best structures that they have seen and the Council had expressed interest in bringing the abandoned airstrip back on stream, as a means to drive economic development in the Region.Officials also discussed future collaboration with investors and prepared a proposal which was sent to the Public Infrastructure Ministry in an effort to revitalise the facility.“We recognise, not just the potential for residents of Region 10 (but) nationally. Do you know how many persons from Linden have to travel to Georgetown to charter a plane or board a plane to go where they’re going? This airstrip gonna do great. The impact of this airstrip – think in terms of oil and gas, the movement of materials, people, etcetera. This airstrip – once it’s up and running – is gonna be a buzz of activities,” Morian noted on Monday. He also pointed to the possibilities when the Linden to Lethem road is developed.last_img read more

Sci-Tech North

first_imgThe number to call is 250-785-9600. Local area residents and business leaders have the opportunity this week, to hear an award winning business communicator.Ellen Parsons is accredited by the International Association of Business Communicators, having achieved their globally accepted standard of excellance.She currently works in the corporate communication department of Farm Credit Canada and, will be making two presentations this week in Fort St.John at the Quality Inn.- Advertisement -At a noon hour luncheon tomorrow she will speak on corporate social responsibility and, Wednesday night at 6.30 on creative communication.Sponsored by Sci-Tech North, the registration fees are 25 dollars and 40 dollars respectively but, you can register for both presentations for 60 dollars.You can also register two participants for the Wednesday night presentation for 65 dollars.Advertisementlast_img read more

Butcher insists the signs are positive for England under Hodgson

first_imgTerry Butcher joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Friday to reflect on England’s performance against San Marino.The Three Lions eased to a 5-0 victory against the minnows to maintain their 100% start to the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, and Butcher was encouraged by the performance.“I enjoyed some of the football, some of the one-touch football. They got down the flanks, they made chances. Overall, I was very pleased,” said the legendary former defender.“What excited me most was the substitutes coming on and really showing a desire to do well.“It is exciting because there is good pace all around. The energy of the England team was good. When they lost the ball, they won it back.“They showed a willingness to do well. Confidence is high.”last_img read more

Lewandowski eyes more accolades with Aubameyang gone

first_img0Shares0000Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski scores a goal during their German first division Bundesliga match against Hoffenheim, in Munich, on January 27, 2018 © AFP/File / Gunter SCHIFFMANNBERLIN, Germany, Feb 2 – With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang now at Arsenal, Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is poised to earn more goal-scoring accolades in Germany.Aubameyang was the Bundesliga’s top-scorer last season with 31 goals — one more than Lewandowski — but Arsenal paid Borussia Dortmund a club-record £56 million ($79.2m, 63.7m euros) for the Gabon striker on Wednesday. That leaves Lewandowski in pole-position to finish as the Bundesliga’s top-scorer for the third time having won the trophy in 2014 and 2016.Bayern face Mainz away on Saturday, holding a 16-point lead in the Bundesliga, and the Poland striker is on fire with 18 goals in 19 league games.With Aubameyang gone, Lewandowski is miles ahead of his nearest rival, Augsburg’s Iceland striker Alded Finnbogason, who has 11 goals.Bayern’s main injury concern as they chase a tenth straight win in all competitions is Lewandowski’s back-up Sandro Wagner, who limped out of training after turning his ankle.Mainz’ Yoshinori Muto celebrates after scoring a goal during their German first division Bundesliga match against Stuttgart, in Mainz, on January 20, 2018 © DPA/AFP/File / Thomas FreyMainz are just above the relegation places and have two wins in their last nine league games.However, their ex-Germany goalkeeper Rene Adler could return after recovering from a thigh injury he first suffered October.“We don’t have to talk about the quality of Bayern, they are outstanding in all positions,” said Mainz coach Sandro Schwarz.Bayern start a busy run of three games in eight days.They play second-division Paderborn away on Tuesday in the German Cup’s quarter-finals before hosting second-placed Schalke next Saturday, when Lewandowski could claim another record.He has scored in each of Bayern’s last ten home league games and can equal the Bundesliga record – set by current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes in 1972-73 – by netting against Schalke.“He won’t play at home next weekend – no, I’m just joking and, of course, I hope he scores against Schalke and adds to his run,” said Heynckes.– Tough test at Freiburg –Things remain tight in the group chasing Bayern.Only three points separate second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Moenchengladbach, who are seventh.Heiko Herrlich’s Leverkusen have a tough away match at Freiburg, who are unbeaten in their last eight league games.Freiburg, under head coach Christian Streich, have fared well against top six teams in recent weeks — drawing with Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Dortmund and beating RB Leipzig and their Schwarzwald Stadion is a tough place to win.Werder Bremen, third from bottom, are set to unveil new attacking midfielder Milot Rashica, who cost them 7.5 million euros from Dutch side Vitesse Arnheim, in their starting side against third-placed Schalke 04.“He is in the squad and a good option for the starting team,” said Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt.Also in January’s transfer window, RB Leipzig signed England Under-21 international Ademola Lookman, 20, on loan from Everton for the rest of the season.Leipzig, fifth, have just one win in their last seven league games.They are at Moenchengladbach in Saturday’s top game with Lookman and Brazilian Bernardo vying to start on the left.Lookman, a winger, has been signed as back up for Swedish playmaker Emil Forsberg, who has been sidelined by a stomach muscle injury.Fixtures (all times 1430 GMT unless stated)Playing FridayCologne v Borussia Dortmund (1930)SaturdayHertha Berlin v Hoffenheim, Freiburg v Bayer Leverkusen, Schalke v Werder Bremen, Mainz v Bayern Munich, Wolfsburg v Stuttgart, Borussia Moenchengladbach v RB Leipzig (1730)SundayAugsburg v Eintracht Frankfurt, Hamburg v Hanover 96 (1700)0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Injured Ozil to miss Germany’s final World Cup warm-up

first_img“I didn’t take part in final team training today, but some running exercises were possible again,” he wrote on his official Twitter account.The midfielder, who picked up the injury in Saturday’s shock 2-1 defeat away to Austria, has not taken part in full training over the last four days at Germany’s pre-World Cup camp in Eppan, north Italy.“It’s nothing dramatic, we just don’t want to take any risk and he was able to sprint in training. I assume he will be okay for the World Cup,” said Germany’s team director Oliver Bierhoff.Ozil, who finished the 2017/18 season with a back injury, faces a race to get his knee ready for Germany’s first World Cup game against Mexico in Moscow on June 17 having also drawn South Korea and Sweden in Group F.Germany, who are winless in their last five games, are set to name a full strength side against Saudi Arabia, who play hosts Russia in the World Cup opener next Thursday.Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng could play his first game since suffering a groin injury in April, “we assume that Jerome is now 100 percent fit”, said Bierhoff, but a final decision has not been taken.With Ozil out, Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler is set to fill the attacking midfield role with Chelsea’s Antonio Ruediger stepping in for Boateng if needed.World Cup winners Toni Kroos, Mats Hummels and Thomas Mueller are all set to return having sat out the Austria defeat with Timo Werner as the lone striker.Germany’s national football defender Jonas Hector attends a press conference in the media centre of the Rungghof training centre on June 7, 2018 in Eppan, northern Italy, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. © AFP / Christof STACHEHaving thrown away the lead against Austria, who enjoyed their first victory over their neighbours for 32 years, world champions Germany know they need to produce a good performance in their final game before flying to Russia on Tuesday.“We’ve worked through the defeat, taken our mistakes to heart — tomorrow we want to do a much better job,” said left-back Jonas Hector.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany’s midfielder Mesut Ozil is an injury concern before the World Cup with a knee injury and will miss Friday’s warm-up match against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen. © AFP / Christof STACHEBerlin, Germany, Jun 7 – Arsenal star Mesut Ozil will miss Germany’s final warm-up match on Friday with a knee injury, but the attacking midfielder’s participation in the World Cup is not in danger, according to the German Football Association (DFB).Ozil, 29, will sit out the friendly against Saudi Arabia in Leverkusen with light bruising to his left knee, but was able to run in training on Thursday.last_img read more

Uruguay finish top, Salah, Egypt leave empty

first_imgIn the other group fixture, Saudi Arabia winger Salem Al-Dawsari scored a last-gasp winner as Mohamed Salah’s Egypt suffered a 2-1 loss in their Group A dead rubber in Volgograd.The 45-year-old Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary became the oldest player in World Cup history and saved the first of two controversial penalties after Salah had opened the scoring, with Salman Al-Faraj equalising from the second spot-kick, before Al-Dawsari had the final say.In Samara, Russia were reduced to 10 men after 36 minutes when right-back Igor Smolnikov was sent off for two yellow cards in a match that will be a reality check for a team that easily won its first two matches.This is the first time Uruguay have won all three group games at a World Cup finals.The South Americans will play their last-16 tie in Sochi this Saturday against the Group B runners-up, either Spain, Portugal or Iran.Russia, who had sealed their spot for the last 16 before the match, will have the consolation of a day’s extra rest and huge support at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium when they face the Group B winners on Sunday.Uruguay stamped their authority early in the group decider.When Russian midfielder Iury Gazinsky fouled Rodrigo Bentancur on the edge of the area, Suarez expertly placed the direct free-kick in the gap between the out-stretched glove of Russia’s goalkeeper and the post on 10 minutes.Uruguay doubled their lead when Diego Laxalt’s shot took a wicked deflection off the leg of defender Cheryshev and flew past the despairing Akinfeev on 23 minutes.Uruguay’s forward Luis Suarez (L) celebrates and Russia’s goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev (R) reacts after Uruguay’s second goal scored by Uruguay’s defender Diego Laxalt during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group A football match between Uruguay and Russia at the Samara Arena in Samara on June 25, 2018.It was heart-breaking for Cheryshev, who scored twice in the 5-0 trouncing of Saudi Arabia in the opening game.– Russia kept battling –To compound Russia’s problems, Smolnikov was sent off after scything down Laxalt just eight minutes after his first booking.Smolnikov, one of three changes from the team which enjoyed a 3-1 win over Egypt, was on the verge of tears as he trudged off with the home crowd stunned into near silence.Russia coach Stanislav Cherchesov responded by taking Cheryshev off and slotting Brazilian-born Mario Fernandes into the vacant right-back berth.Despite the numerical disadvantage, Russia had opportunities to get back in the game as they kept battling.With 20 minutes remaining, the video assistant referee turned down Russian appeals for a penalty after Artem Dzyuba appeared to be elbowed in the face by Diego Godin.Moments later, a badly-hit clearance kick by Uruguay goalkeeper Fernando Muslera was snapped up by the Russians and Dzyuba fired just over the bar from 14 metres out.Cavani sealed the win on 90 minutes by tapping home the rebound, after Akinfeev had parried Godin’s header.-Saudi break Egyptian heartsThings didn’t go too well for Salah and Egypt in Volgograd as  Saudi Arabia scored deep into stoppage time in both halves, with Salem Al-Dawsari’s last-gasp winner securing their first World Cup victory since a run to the last 16 in 1994.Egypt still have not recorded a World Cup finals win in three appearances, despite the Liverpool talisman’s superb opening goal.El Hadary, 45, made an incredible penalty save but was powerless to keep out a second spot-kickEl Hadary was 45 years and 161 days old when he took to the field as the two already-eliminated teams in Group A played only for pride.He smashed the age record set by Colombia goalkeeper Faryd Mondragon, who was aged 43 years and three days when he played against Japan in Brazil in 2014.Salah was named in the starting line-up as expected and thrilled an Egyptian-dominated crowd of 36,823 by opening the scoring in trademark fashion after 22 minutes.The 26-year-old controlled a long ball over the top with one touch of his left boot at pace and did not break stride before lobbing a deft finish with the same foot over the onrushing goalkeeper Yasser Al-Mosailem.Salah at least had the consolation of scoring Egypt’s first goal from open play at the World Cup since May 27, 1934, when Abdulrahman Fawzi netted in a 4-2 defeat by Hungary.The Egyptians were still clinging onto their lead when the Saudis were awarded a controversial second penalty deep into first-half stoppage time as Fahad appeared to pull the shirt of the covering Ali Gabr before going down in a heap.But after a VAR-induced review that took almost five minutes to complete, Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan decided to stick with his original decision.It was second time lucky from the spot as Salman Al-Faraj took responsibilty from 12 yards and El Hadary could not repeat his heroics as the first-half clock ticked past 51 minutes.El Hadary made his debut for Egypt in 1996, a year before his Egyptian teammate Ramadan Sobhi was born.He is older than three coaches at Russia 2018 — Roberto Martinez of Belgium, Serbia’s Mladen Krstajic and Aliou Cisse of Senegal.The Pharoahs captain lived up to his nickname of “High Dam” with two stunning saves from headers in the second half.But in the fifth minute of second-half injury-time, Al-Dawsari popped up in the box to beat El Hadary with the last kick of the match and secure a famous Saudi win.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani and Diego Godin celebrate one of their goals against hosts Russia in a Group A match in Samara on June 25, 20`8. PHOTO/FIFASAMARA, Russia, Jun 25- Uruguay beat 10-man Russia 3-0 on Monday to top World Cup Group A with three wins out of three as the host nation qualified for the next round in second place.Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the 10th minute and the South Americans extended their lead with the help of a Denis Cheryshev own goal midway through the first half. Edinson Cavani added a late third.last_img

From Frisbees to Barbie, a state of firsts

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – She had an avid interest in state and local history, and after years working as an editor in the publishing field she figured she could write better books than many of those that landed with a thud on her desk. So when the ad seeking an author to pen a book on California “firsts” called out, Teri Davis Greenberg answered with “California Firsts: The Famous, Infamous, and Quirky of the Golden State.” Some of the inventions she describes were once trademarked but have since become generic. “It has the origin of the Frisbee, Barbie, the yo-yo, Hula-Hoops and bags of sealed potato chips,” Greenberg said. “When they were first sold, they were in a barrel, people would go in, take a scoop and put it in a bag. Laura Scudder decided this was not hygienic.” So the woman who most people probably think was a figment of some ad man’s imagination stuffed the chips between two pieces of waxed paper and ironed the edges, and voila. Quirkiness. The list includes such California staples as skateboards, video arcade games, Popsicles, McDonald’s hamburgers, hard hats, martinis, the Jacuzzi, canned tuna fish and fortune cookies. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “There was a big ruckus about that,” Greenberg said of the cookies. “There was a trial to decide who would get recognized, San Francisco or Los Angeles.” The Golden Gate city, which also had the first designated hard hat area at the Golden Gate bridge, won. The book is heavy on aviation firsts, noting the first woman to walk in space and first American woman in space hailed from the San Fernando Valley. Another first happened after Greenberg wrote the book in 2000, which briefly delayed publication of the lighthearted tome. “9-11,” Greenberg said. “Everybody was so concerned, (so) preoccupied with what happened, they were not interested in the book.” But its time came again, and publisher Edward Jutkowitz of Camino Press, a small independent publisher in Philadelphia, published the 192-page illustrated book as part of a small series on “very educational trivia,” he said. The local chapter of the The American Association of University Women has invited Greenberg to discuss the book, her experiences in publishing and her life at a 30-minute talk today. A question-and-answer session will follow. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 IF YOU GO Author Teri Davis Greenberg will speak at a meeting of the American Association of University Woman at 6:30 tonight at Mimi’s Cafe, 24021 Magic Mountain Parkway. The cost is $17, which includes dinner. 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