Nadal makes short work of wayward Wawrinka

first_imgBy Martyn HermanRafael Nadal’s late-season resurgence continued at the ATP World Tour Finals when he beat wayward French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3 6-2 to open his account on Monday night.The Spaniard, who has climbed back to fifth in the rankings after falling to 10th in a miserable summer, took advantage of an error-strewn Wawrinka display to move level with Andy Murray at the top of Ilie Nastase Group.Nadal, back at the Tour Finals after missing out last year because of appendicitis surgery, dropped his opening service game to love but then broke Wawrinka’s as the first nine points all went the way of the receiver.Wawrinka blazed a forehand to fall 5-3 behind in the opener and Nadal wrapped up the set with an ace.Nadal failed to convert any of the seven break points Wawrinka offered up at the start of the second set and then had to save two himself in the next game, one with a stunning lob.World number four Wawrinka offered precious little resistance after that and his unforced error count climbed to 35 as Nadal raced to victory.The 14-time grand slam champion has won 14 of his 18 matches since a disappointing defeat in the US Open third round by Fabio Fognini, reaching finals in Beijing and Basel as well as the semis in Shanghai.He will face Murray on Wednesday after the Briton also won his opening match against David Ferrer earlier on Monday.last_img read more

Pochettino concerned transfer window closure could ‘create a mess’

first_imgMauricio Pochettino says the European transfer window closing two weeks later than in England has the potential to “create a mess” at Tottenham.Spurs concluded their summer business on Thursday as they added Ryan Sessegnon and Giovani Lo Celso to their squad, having already broken their transfer record on Tanguy N’Dombele, but European clubs still have until September 2 to sign players.That puts Pochettino in peril of losing a number of players, namely Christian Eriksen, Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, with Jan Vertonghen also in the last year of his contract, and being unable to replace them until January.The Argentinian did not discuss any individual situation, but criticised the Premier League’s decision to bring the deadline forward.“All the personal situation, it is not right to talk,” he said. “There is a lot of rumours. We cannot waste time talking about every rumour that appeared on the news.“That is another point to argue that we are at a disadvantage with European clubs because they have 20 days more, because I think it is a big mistake for the Premier League to allow that.“In this situation we open the door for clubs in Europe to try and create confusion in the club. The Premier League cannot give this advantage to European clubs because we are going to compete with them.“If you are not going to compete with these clubs in the Champions League then OK, but competing with European clubs, it’s a big advantage to them.“They can create a mess in a club like us.”Pochettino was otherwise in a chipper mood as he previewed the Premier League opener against Aston Villa on Saturday, given his club’s dealings in the transfer market this summer as they backed his calls for them to “act like a big club”.The arrival of Lo Celso, N’Dombele and Sessegnon has left him “happy plus” with his squad.“I am very happy, like I told you before I was happy with my squad and now to add some more players,” he said.“You are always thinking that players can bring good energy and help us achieve all that we want.“We will see what happens, but I am so happy with the way the squad is. I was happy before, I am happy plus. I am a happy man.”The future of Rose remains uncertain after he did not go on Spurs’ pre-season tour to Asia in order to arrange a move away from the club, but it looks as if he has been reintegrated into the squad after Pochettino said he was a “very important part of my plan”.He looks like initially being first-choice left-back after Pochettino put the reins on expectations over Sessegnon’s immediate impact.“Sess is so young, 19 years old. He can potentially be a very good player, still not much Premier League experience,” Pochettino added.“He was playing as a winger, not a full-back at Fulham. It’s about time. Ryan is maybe behind Lo Celso and Tanguy Ndombele, they are 23 and 22 (respectively) and have more experience playing at a high level.“Ryan is injured for maybe three or four weeks and then we’ll see how he is going to adapt. The club signed the player, like Jack Clarke, for the future. Medium to long term.last_img read more

Mark Nonoy takes spotlight, leads Hustle past Heart in NBTC All-Stars

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Mark Nonoy took the torch and led Team Hustle past Team Heart, 94-86, coming away with clutch shot after clutch shot in the Division I All-Star game of the 2019 NBTC National Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Read Next With the spotlight firmly shining on Kai Sotto and Jalen Green, Nonoy shone brighter than anyone in the field when he lit up in the fourth quarter scoring 14 straight points to finish with a game-high 23 points.Nonoy, who played for UST high school, went on a personal 14-6 run to give Team Hustle to an 89-82 lead after a booming three-pointer against two defenders with 34.7 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGreen answered back with a quick dunk but time wasn’t on Team Heart’s side.“When he started going, I told coach Alex [Cabagnot] that we want the ball in Mark’s hands to make the decisions, and be aggressive,” said Team Hustle head coach Chris Gavina. “He hit that big three and I just looked at Alex and I was like ‘good call.’” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college RJ Abarrientos added 13 points and eight boards for Team Hustle while Sotto was limited to six points, on 1-of-6 shooting, but grabbed 10 rebounds.Green had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Team Heart while Kai Ballungay had 16 points. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Jalen Green, David Carlos share NBTC slam dunk crown Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

Andy Murray makes winning return at Queen’s after hip surgery

first_imgMOST READ “I expected to be the worst player on the court and to not feel particularly good on the court which you know was probably the case in the first set,” he said.“I started to play better in the second and have zero discomfort in my hip which would not have been the case last year, I would have been aching and throbbing.”Murray, who will take to the court again on Friday as he and Lopez play the last match on center court against yet to be decided opponents, said a return to singles remains a while away.“I feel optimistic about the future,” said Murray, although he would be making history as no player has returned to singles after undergoing such an operation before.“I don’t know how long it will take to get to that level, but you know, hopefully not too long.”ADVERTISEMENT Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing View comments Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judge Andy Murray of Britain reacts, during a training session at the Queens Club tennis tournament in London, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. Andy Murray will compete in the doubles competition with Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Former world number one Andy Murray made a victorious return after what he described as “life-changing” hip surgery at a raucous Queen’s on Thursday.The three-time Grand Slam champion partnered Spain’s Feliciano Lopez to a 7-6 (7/5) 6-3 victory in his first competitive match in five months.ADVERTISEMENT Two magnificent aces followed to put them within a game of victory — and not even a warning for a time violation for taking too long over a discussion could dull their joy.They had little trouble in closing out the match with Lopez serving brilliantly, and at the end the pair hugged each other as fans in the crowd brandished the Union Jack in celebration.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Need those butterflies’Murray, who said he had tried to find a mixed doubles partner for Wimbledon, said that he had been concerned at some parts of the match.“The court can get quite slippery and when I was outside the doubles alley I felt a bit uncomfortable at times,” he said.He told the BBC immediately after the match that he felt the nerves. “I felt quite relaxed in the build-up, but we said as we were walking on to the court that we were starting to feel a bit nervous,” he said.“But you need those butterflies.”Murray sealed the first-set tie-break against top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah with an imperious forehand which clipped the net and provoked the Scotsman to raise his hand apologetically.The 32-year-old Scot was all action at the net, securing the first game on their serve in the second set with a brilliant volley which their opponents just got back, but left Murray to put the ball into an empty court.The number of slapping of hands and fist pumping increased between Lopez and Murray as they took hold of the match and the two-time Olympic champion visibly relaxed as he found his rhythm — aided no end by the whooping and hollering from his impassioned home supporters in this usually sedate part of London.He was all over the court, his confidence surging to the extent that he put them 3-2 up on serve with a stunning one-handed backhand winner. 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Celebration continues as 6 Canadians chosen in 2019 NBA draft Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay LATEST STORIES Playing on a packed center court including his wife Kim, Murray showed little fear in stretching himself despite being off the circuit since January.His friend Lopez did not show any sign either of being burdened by the allegations made against him of match-fixing in the Spanish media, which he strongly denied on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMurray said afterward he would be playing doubles at Wimbledon with Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Murray said he had learned quite a bit from the match. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia PLAY LIST 00:56Heavy 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 award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spottedlast_img read more

Why no audit of City Council?

first_imgSevere pressure has been mounting from various sections of society for the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC) Government to launch a forensic probe into the operations of the Georgetown Mayor and City Council (M&CC). At least one top official from the newly-installed Council, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan, has already expressed his desire to see a forensic audit carried out into the operations of the body saying that it was necessary for such a move.Over the past few months, there have been several letter writers, commentators and politicians calling for the Government to carry out the audit in the interest of ensuring transparency and accountability in relation to the operations of the Council. However, so far the Government has not budged; in fact, the President and his Communities Minister have largely remained silent on the issue.The Administration cannot simply dismiss these concerns or provide excuses as to why a forensic audit cannot be carried out. Not only is this unacceptable but it raises questions as to whether the Government is really serious about addressing corruption on all fronts. It could be recalled that while on the campaign trail, APNU/AFC made several promises to ensure there were transparency and accountability at every level of governance.Further, many are of the view that given the Government’s keen interest in carrying out forensic audits into several State agencies regarding their operation, more particularly during the tenure of the previous Administration, and considering the many public calls for transparency and accountability in every sector, the Georgetown City Council should by all means be included in the audits.Not so long ago, in collaboration with the M&CC, the APNU/AFC Government had embarked on a massive city-wide cleanup campaign in Georgetown and its environs. While these efforts produced fairly good results regarding the general appearance of the city and its environs, the political Opposition and other stakeholders have raised questions in relation to the contracts awarded to carry out the works, as the perception is that friends and party supporters were the main beneficiaries. To date, the relevant officials have not been very forthcoming regarding questions from the media in relation to the sums expended and the beneficiaries of the contracts.Also, the mere fact that millions of taxpayers’ dollars are regularly used to bail out the city from its financial woes is another reason for the Administration to act in the public’s interest. The Government certainly cannot keep pumping tax dollars into the operations of City Hall without putting the necessary safeguards in place to ensure that public monies are accounted for.We had stated before that there is much to be explained by past officials who were tasked with managing the affairs of the Council. For example, it is believed that millions of dollars in taxes for certain individuals were written off by the previous Council. There are also claims being made of breaches of the environmental and city bylaws resulting in serious drainage, sewerage and parking problems; the failure of the City Treasurer to collect millions of dollars in outstanding taxes; and the feckless overstaffing among other issues.One letter writer has stated that the need for a forensic audit has never been greater and must be the first order of business of the new Council with the findings being made public, which will undoubtedly identify many instances in which that entity has violated the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act of Guyana. The audit must, first of all, seek to examine the tax collecting system to determine if the allegations of dishonesty, deficiency, and discrepancies have any merit.The citizens of Georgetown are anxious to know the truth about the financial operations, alleged mismanagement and excesses that may have taken place at City Hall during the previous leadership.The Government must act in the interest of the citizens and move on with the forensic audit. Failure to do so would give substance to the many criticisms being levelled against the Government that it is very selective in the manner in which it addresses issues of transparency and accountability.last_img read more

Council delays vote on housing, sets up meeting

first_imgCOVINA – The City Council delayed a vote for the second time on a senior-housing project at Tuesday night’s meeting and proposed setting up a meeting involving concerned citizens, executives of the senior home and other local backers of the project. Their aim, said Mayor John King, would be to try to reach a compromise that would address citizens’ concerns about the project’s increased density as well as the presence of tall buildings in a residential neighborhood. Residents of the neighborhood around the Masonic Homes complex, spoke out at a hearing two weeks ago expressing concerns for a proposed expansion of the retirement home. The complex is at 1650 E. Old Badillo St. and houses seniors from the centuries-old Freemasonry organization. Other concerns raised at the hearing were the potential removal of up to 250 trees, the installation of a 27-foot retaining wall, plus traffic, noise and dust from construction. City Council members echoed these concerns and some also complained that Masonic Homes would not sign a development agreement that could end up costing it around $72,000 a year in fees to the city. Councilwoman Meline Juarez said at Tuesday night’s meeting that based on communication she had received from Masonic since the last hearing, she felt the group was not willing to budge from its plans. “We asked Masonic to look at their plans and address the community’s concerns, and I am disappointed to see from this letter that they don’t seem to do that,” said Juarez. King set a preliminary schedule for the two sides to talk next week, and the council continued hearings on the project until Nov. 13. King said he hoped that the groups would be able to compile a report on a possible compromise on the project by that time. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The 33-acre complex already has 56 units of senior housing, and the new project would add 171 units, and include four new apartment and activities buildings, eight town house and duplex structures, a skilled- nursing center, and a memory- care center. Masons hoping to move into the units came two weeks ago to speak in favor of the project. For the compromise meeting, King said he wanted Masonic Homes to bring only local supporters of the expansion. The concerns over the project have centered on two four-story buildings that would be built on a portion of the property that is now green space. last_img read more

Arsenal forward leaves club for Bundesliga side Stuttgart

first_img1 Takuma Asano signed for Arsenal in July and will join Stuttgart on loan Arsenal forward Takuma Asano has joined Stuttgart on loan for the season.The Japanese youngster signed for Arsenal in July but was unable to join straight away due to work permit issues.So the 21-year-old, who arrived from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, will instead head out to Stuttgart for the entire campaign as he looks to get further first-team football under his belt.Asano scored four goals in 14 J-League outings last term before bagging two goals in three games at this summer’s Olympics.last_img read more

Chocolatiers hunger for training

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesThe instruction for 15 supervisors at the company was conducted in English and Spanish, and lasted for four hours a day, twice a week, from June 21 to Aug. 4. Another management class is being taught at the company for 15 participants – six of them from Chocolates a la Carte and seven of them from Del West Engineering. Priscilla Vaiz has been a manager at Chocolates a la Carte for nearly 14 years, but had received no training other than the initial, informal training she got when she started the job. “My opinion is, I got a lot out of it, and not only … work-related (information) but also home-related, too, and how to keep your work at work and your home (issues) at home,” said Vaiz, who oversees a team of 12 workers who package chocolates for shipment. The company makes all kinds of chocolate creations and ships them to clients. An Eiffel Tower, a Capitol dome, a pyramid, a black piano with white keys, a baseball bat, a golf ball and even a Faberge-style urn are just some of the small chocolate objects the company can create. The Employee Training Institute at College of the Canyons has been working with companies since 1989 to train local workers. The institute is funded with state funds and money that companies pay for the educational program. VALENCIA – Chocolates a la Carte is a Valencia company that knows all about fashioning creative shapes out of the decadent brown stuff. But just like many companies, the chocolate maker is happy to get help educating its work force. College of the Canyons trained front-line supervisors at the company over the summer, and a new round of training is going on now. The college views the training it offers Chocolates a la Carte and other companies as a way to invigorate the local economy. “From my perspective, from the CEO perspective, it’s done really great things for us,” said Richard Pocrass of Chocolates a la Carte. The institute’s aim is “to work with local companies and to provide training that’s going to help them be successful and help their employees gain the skills they need for the job,” said Dena Maloney, dean of economic development. The institute uses a mix of college instructors and industry professionals it hires for the job. (661) 257-5253160Want 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

Germany should spurn the wooing Ahmadinejad

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John PhillipsA few days later, on Sept. 2, Iran’s official news agency was boasting that the letter opened a “new chapter” in German-Iranian ties, political as well as economic and cultural. “The German ambassador pointed to the great number of common traditional interests between the two sides and said that his country is prepared to expand bilateral ties and strengthen cooperation in various fields,” reported IRNA. Based on his own anti-Jewish, nationalist agenda, Ahmadinejad’s letter clearly tries to appeal to latent anti-Semitic attitudes, believing that Germany is full of bitter nationalists sick of Shoah education and hostile toward Israel and her supporters. Sadly, he could be on to something. Today’s Germany is a crossroads of the ingredients that empower the Ahmadinejads of the world. You have your traditional far-right Neo-Nazis; add that to a new victim complex regarding WWII being pushed by German historians. You have the neoliberals whose view of Israel as genocidal monsters – while conveniently dismissing Palestinian suicide attacks – blurs any distinctions between anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism. And you have a burgeoning Muslim population that has exerted its sometimes extremist influence in a nation timid of appearing xenophobic. The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were planned in Hamburg, and terror came close to home July 31 when two suitcase bombs were planted on Cologne trains but failed to explode. Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahir was banned in 2002, and Germany is feeling the strain from the culture clash of about 3 million Muslims, mainly Turkish immigrants, and dozens of “honor killings” of Muslim women in the country over the past decade. RECENTLY, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, out to write more lengthy letters than Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, penned a tome to new German Chancellor Angela Merkel, seeking to draw the country into its axis by painting Germany as a modern-day postwar victim of the vanquishing Allies. “The propaganda machinery after World War II has been so colossal that has caused some people to believe that they are the guilty party by historical accounts and must pay … for indefinite period of time,” Ahmadinejad wrote. “But just imagine where Germany would be today in terms of its eminence among the freedom-loving nations, Muslims of the world and peoples of Europe, if such a situation did not exist and the governments in power in Germany had said no to the extortions by the Zionists and had not supported the greatest enemy of mankind.” Surely any nation should dismiss the crafty alliance-building of this Holocaust denier (“I have no intention of arguing about the Holocaust,” Ahmadinejad wrote as he launched into paragraphs about why Germany shouldn’t let others make them feel bad for it), knowing there is always an ulterior motive in his olive-branch extensions. But according to Iran’s propaganda machinery, no offense was taken. “The situation in Germany is particularly telling,” Lorenzo Vidino wrote in Middle East Quarterly. “More than anywhere else in Europe, the (Munich-headquartered) Muslim Brotherhood in Germany has gained significant power and political acceptance. Islamist organizations in other European countries now consciously follow the model pioneered by their German peers.” The Muslim Brotherhood concurs with Ahmadinejad’s now-infamous statements about Israel. “I believe we and you have both been the subject of tyranny,” the Iranian president wrote. “We must make the shadow of World War II disappear … To the extent that I know of the people of Germany, they will come along and join us and want (to) restore their dignity.” Adolf Hitler appealed to Germans wanting to restore their dignity after World War I. Germany’s best response to Ahmadinejad’s letter would be three crisp words: “Return to sender.” Those who think the European Union will actually solve the Iranian nuclear crisis would consider this poor diplomacy. Those who think Germany can’t afford to sell its soul and bed with the devil again will find it just right. Last Wednesday, Germany – among the nations to decide whether Iran will face sanctions for ignoring the U.N. Security Council deadline of Aug. 31 for freezing nuclear enrichment – became the first nation involved in the nukes negotiations to vow that military force against Iran would never be an option. Amazing what a little love letter can do. Bridget Johnson writes for the Daily News. E-mail her at 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

Million Trees gets off ground

first_imgFor Song Tan, the free city tree that he scored Saturday meant far more than just shade for his Sun Valley home. It meant feng shui prosperity for him and his wife, Lawan. “The orchid is good,” said Song Tan, 70, excited to get one of 3,000 trees given away at the launch of Million Trees L.A., an ambitious plan to cloak the city in green. “I’ll put it on the south side for fame and fortune.” Million Trees L.A., spearheaded by the Department of Public Works, encourages 1 million trees to be planted at homes, schools, businesses and parks. A million trees, according to officials, will help scrub the air, cleanse urban runoff, cool homes and businesses and raise civic pride and property values across Los Angeles. The leafy canopy also is expected to save $38 million a year in energy and pollution costs. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa said public participation is vital to make Los Angeles — America’s dirtiest big city covered less than 20 percent by trees — the cleanest and greenest city in the land. The initial cost, he said, would be $70 million. Funding could come from regional bonds and a possible tree assessment district. “This campaign isn’t about forestry, it’s not about greening Los Angeles, or making it the cleanest big city in America,” Villaraigosa told more than 500 guests at a tree planting ceremony in Boyle Heights attended by such green celebrities as Ed Begley Jr., Daryl Hannah, Anjelica Houston and Ricardo Chavira. “It’s about taking responsibility … to leave this a better place.” “We are reinventing this town,” added City Council President Eric Garcetti. “We realize this city isn’t just asphalt and concrete — it’s a living green organism.” It was during the 1984 Olympics that Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley planted a million trees. But many of them died from poor placement and lack of maintenance. This time, Villaraigosa promised the million trees would survive through proper care. Some, however, cast doubt unless millions of dollars could be secured for tree maintenance. “What we’re worried about is the funding for the program,” said Jose Aguilar, secretary for the Sierra Club Central Group. “How are these trees going to be cared for and watered after they’re planted? “Where’s the beef, man, where’s the funding?” But such program supporters as North East Trees say responsibility will be shared by public partners throughout Los Angeles. In the San Fernando Valley, most of the trees will be planted in the Northeast Valley, where a satellite study found canopy cover around 13 percent. “The canopy all needs to be 25 percent or more,” said Larry Smith, executive director of North East Trees, a native of Granada Hills who will help plant up to 70,000 trees in Councilman Greig Smith’s district. “The Valley needs a lot of trees.” At Sun Valley Park and Recreation Center, city officials gave away 200 trees to anyone who’d pledge to plant them. “We would like to have everybody on the block plant trees,” said Ida Kunitsugu, 75, of North Hollywood, picking up an 8-foot purple orchid. “It’s a great program.” “It’ll be a giant tree,” said Luis Gallegos, 36, of Sun Valley, hauling off a 6-foot sycamore. “I might even put a hammock on it, if it gets big enough.” — Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 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