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Dream House

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TARZANA — A man sharpens a knife on a grindstone as a goose honks in its pen. Bogdan is almost done creating the flowers. And a young, Polish-American genius has some big ideas he’s dying to share with the world. Near Corbin Avenue and Topham Street, the majestic craziness unfolds daily. On a three-quarters of an acre lot sits a shack, a shell of a house, an intricate gazebo, a bizarre sculpture of a beautiful woman beneath a boulder — and an enigma. A tough ex-sailor built a life and this project with his own hands and his fast-talking son. It has a couple of classic cars, a rabbit and some expensive rocks. A mysterious artist who works with steel and an eye for natural beauty. And at its heart, it has a dream. “Have you seen my goat?” said Roman Manko, a burly man with a handlebar mustache and a whimsical imagination. “You’ve got to get a picture of the goat.” The goat, whose name is Goat, runs through the construction site. He will be among the first residents of Manko’s vision, along with chickens, geese, some cats and a rabbit that has a fondness for shoes. They will live on the grounds of an estate Manko purchased six years ago and began fixing up in 2004. Currently, the site is an amalgam of farm, construction odds-and-ends and a half-built guest house. That guest house will only be the small structure. The big one, when complete in several years, will occupy more than 3,000 square feet and stand more than 30 feet tall. “It’s sort of Victorian, but Victorian’s a little blah,” said Chris Manko, Roman’s 22-year-old son and prot?g?. “New Victorian, I’d say. Modern Victorian. … My dad’s house in Europe tops this easily.” The elder Manko arrived in the United States more than 20 years ago after a stint in the Merchant Marine. He was good with his hands. He started a business, General Builders & Construction Co. He got jobs rebuilding restaurants and handling a lot of far-out design. On those jobs, he developed his eye for the bizarre and his collection of odd artifacts that will make up his dream house. He found a lock from a Pullman railroad car and hung it on his gate. An old sign from a defunct state highway agency. A bunch of hand-crafted artificial boulders to surround a sculpture. An old bank vault for the front door. The jobs gave him his crew of workers, as well. There’s Frank, who is Czech and communicates in a mixture of his native tongue, Polish and English. There’s Bogdan, who transforms steel into intricately painted flowers that look almost real. He works shirtless, his worn, leathery skin contrasting with his wild, white hair. And, of course, Chris. The younger Manko designs furniture and landscape implements, along with his contracting work. He would like to live in the home one day, whenever they get it finished. Chris Manko, who is slender and steady on his feet as he scrambles up and down ladders in the unfinished guest house, grew up in construction but can’t limit himself to just one niche. Because he sees himself as so versatile, his ambition knows no bounds. “I’m an entrepreneur,” he said. “I can’t do just one thing. I’m the only person I know who has this much going. To tell you the truth, I’m going after (real-estate mogul Donald) Trump. I think I could be bigger than him. I’ve been saying that for years.” He enjoys hanging around with Roman, Frank and Bogdan. After work, sometimes they’ll set up a barbecue and cook some meat, kicking back to watch the odd little world they’re creating. “I feel like I’m a sponge,” Chris Manko said. “I take something from all these guys. I take all their energy and put it into me.” With that energy, this crew and some salvaged material, Roman Manko plans to turn the mess into beauty. He doesn’t have a particular timeline to get it done, just whenever he has the time, the materials and the manpower to get it all in order. In the meantime, he said, it’s just his playground. “This is a dream come true,” he said. “It looks like a junkyard, but believe it or not, everything has a purpose. Who else gets to play around with something like this?”— Brent Hopkins, (818) 713-3738brent.hopkins@dailynews.comlast_img read more

UEFA introduce fourth extra-time sub for next season

first_img0Shares0000Philippe Coutinho is unable to play for Barcelona in this season’s Champions League, but those rules are set to change next term © AFP/File / STRINGERLAUSANNE, Switzerland, Mar 27 – Teams will be allowed to make a fourth substitution in Champions League and Europa League matches that go to extra-time from next season, UEFA announced on Tuesday amid other changes.The fourth sub rule would be available in knockout-stage games and will also be applied by FIFA at this year’s World Cup in Russia, having previously been used for the 2016 Rio Olympics. UEFA has also changed the rules regarding cup-tied players, with January signings set to be able to play for their new clubs in European competitions even if they have already featured for another team.For example, Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has been unable to play in this year’s Champions League knockout stage after joining from Liverpool in January, but under the new rules, players in the same situation next season will not be cup-tied.UEFA said that each team can add three new players to their squads for the knockout rounds “without any restrictions”.Teams in the Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup finals will also be able to name 12 substitutes instead of seven.The kick-off times for the Champions League have been changed from the traditional 1945 GMT slot to 2000 GMT, with group-stage matchdays to have two games played at 1755 GMT in an apparent attempt to maximise income from television rights.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Sometimes, people do the right thing

first_imgALL the selfish, self-centered actions by our local politicians that seem to work against us instead of for us, and all malicious acts committed by criminals that we read about on a daily basis, make it too easy to become cynical about our neighbors. Couple that with all the rude people we run into every day at the office, the supermarket and on the road, we wonder if there are any Vals out there who really care about their fellow man (and woman). The answer is, yes, there are, and it’s a most pleasant change of pace to have an experience with a really thoughtful, go-out-of-his-way-for-you person. It reminds us that basically most people are good, and helps to cast some of the cynicism aside. That is what happened to some of my cynicism around 9 o’clock the other morning when my phone rang. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The caller I.D. came up “private caller,” but it wasn’t the private caller call I was expecting. The man on the other end of the phone line inquired if he’d reached the residence of J.R. Rather surprised, I said yes. Under normal circumstances, I would have said, “Hold on a minute, I’ll get him,” but this was a little out of the realm of normal. Now, J.R. is extremely smart. He is self-taught when it comes to opening lever-handled doors that pull inward when he thinks he’s on the wrong side of the door. But he has yet to learn how to answer a telephone by using any of his four paws, nor has he learned to speak English, being that German shepherd is his native tongue. (Although we have become quite fluent in Arf and Wagatail.) I laughed and told the man that he had, indeed, reached the residence of J.R. Sounding either like he was in a terrible hurry, or had a no-nonsense voice, he said he found J.R.’s dog tag near the West Valley park that’s down the hill and around the corner from the house. Mr. Anonymous checked the address on the tag, and because it was too dog-dirty, he got the last half of the street name wrong. I told him the name of the street, and he didn’t seem too pleased at the location of the house. He volunteered to put the tag in the mail. I told him that would be so nice of him to do, and he practically hung up on me before I had a chance to say thank you again. Such a kindness deserves more than one thank you. I managed to get out my appreciation for his thoughtfulness just before the phone went – click! Appreciated. Absolutely. We adopted J.R. when his mother was pregnant with him and his seven brothers and sisters. A “dink” dog, the product of the mating of a brother and sister, because his thoughtless owner didn’t have either of his two dogs spayed or neutered. But, he’s the sweetest dink in the world, and that tag – if nothing else – has sentimental value since it was custom-made in the tag make ’em machine at the local pet store long before J.R. was born. Of course, it really goes without saying that we always want him wearing his tag on the off-chance he gets it into his head to take himself for a walk. And if it weren’t for Mr. Anonymous, I’m not sure how long it would have been before we noticed the tag was missing. Long ago, I got used to people saying, I’ll call you, which usually holds about as much weight as a paper cup under a boulder. So, when I got the mail a few days later, I was pleasantly surprised to find an envelope addressed to J.R. with no return address. Not any envelope mind you, but one of those thick padded ones that prevents the contents from poking through. Inside was the lost tag. Our leaders would be well served to take a lesson from Mr. Anonymous. He is living, breathing proof that in spite of all the awful things bad people do that we hear about all the time, there are still people in our own San Fernando Valley who don’t lie to us, who will do what they say they’re going to do and who will take time out of their busy day to do a kindness for a stranger. And ask nothing in return. Sandy Sand is a West Valley resident and former editor of the Tolucan. 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

ANOTHER DONEGAL STAR MEETS HIS MATCH OFF THE FIELD!

first_imgThere must be something in Jim McGuinness’ tam tlaks that makes his players want to ‘bond’.Just a couple of weeks after midfielder Rory Kavanagh tied the knot, another Donegal star has walked down the aisle.Yesterday it was the turn of Ryan Bradley to say ‘I do’ when he married girlfriend Clare Sheerin from Burt. It certain was a GAA affair as Clare is a cousin of Donegal captain Michael Murphy.The couple had their reception at the An Grianan Hotel. ANOTHER DONEGAL STAR MEETS HIS MATCH OFF THE FIELD! was last modified: January 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Clare SheerinDonegal GAAmarriedryan bradleylast_img read more

DD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN AND LAGHEY PARISH NEWSLETTER

first_imgNEWSLETTER OF ST AGATHA’S AND ST PATRICK’SSt. Patrick’s Church, Donegal Town Fr. Willie Peoples 074-9721026Saturday 9th 10.00pm Patsy & Teresa Furey – Anniversary 6.00pm Tommy Hegarty – AnniversarySunday 10th 9.00am Patrick & Kathleen Hegarty – Anniversary11.30am Pat Mulrennan – AnniversaryMonday 11th 9.30am Tuesday 12th 9.30am Mary Cassidy – AnniversaryWednesday 13th 9.30am Ash Wednesday7.30pm .Thursday 14th 9.30am James Deffely – AnniversaryFriday 15th 9.30am Private Intention Saturday 16th 10.00am Seamus Caldwell – Anniversary6.00pm Winnie & Tommy Mulhern – AnniversarySunday 17th 9.00am Lorraine & Eddie Thomas – Anniversary. 11.30am Conor Sinclair – Anniversary Masses During the Week – Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 9.30am. Wednesday 9.30am & 7.30pm.Eucharistic Adoration- St. Patrick’s Church, Thursdays from 10.00am -9.00pm. All Welcome!Scoil Aodh Rua agus NualaService of Light for Confirmation Candidates – 11th February at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Confessions for Holy Communion Candidates – 11th March at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion – 11th May at 11.00am.Gaelscoil na gCeithre MaistriFirst Confession for Gaelscoil na gCeithre Maistri – 20th May at 7.00pm in St Patrick’s Church.First Holy Communion 25th May at 11.00am in St Patrick’s Church.St. Agatha’s Church, Clar Fr. Danny Mc Brearty 074-9721093Saturday 9th 6.30pm Garda Adrian Donohoe – Recent death, nephew of Bartley Cahill.Sunday 10th 10.30am Patrick Gallagher – AnniversarySaturday 16th 6.30pmSunday 17th 10.30am Brigid Meehan – AnniversaryMasses During the Week – Monday, Thursday & Friday 10.00am. Wednesday 13th Ash Wednesday – Mass at 7.00pm, ashes will be blessed and distributed.Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament – Tuesday from 3.00pm -7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.St Vincent de Paul Your local St Vincent de Paul branch is nearby at 0871918912Service of Light – For Confirmation class from St Francis School – Wednesday, 20th February at 7.00pm in St Agatha’s Church, Clar.Confirmation – St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Saturday, 2nd March at 11.00am.First Confession – For St Francis School in St Agatha’s Church, Clar on Wednesday, 6th March at 7.00pm.First Holy Communion – For St Francis School on Saturday, 18th May at 11.00am Mass.D.A.R.AOur Annual trip to the Park House Hotel, Galway is on the 26th-28th February, travelling by public transport. Names to Frances at 0749721073.A general meeting of DARA will take place on Monday 25th February at 2.45pm in the Solace Centre. New members welcome.SUPPORT GROUP FOR BEREAVEMENT AND PERSONAL LOSSOur next meeting will take place on Thursday February 14th at the Solace Support Centre, St Joseph’s Avenue.REGIONAL EMPLOYMENT OUTREACHCan help long term unemployed get back to full time employment. The outreach officer will be in attendance in The Family Resource Centre, Upper Main Street, Donegal Town on Thursday 7th February from 11.00am-1.00pm. Contact Helen or Mary 0749128010.ST FRANCIS NS BARNESMOREIs now taking enrolment for children starting school in September 2013. Please ring the school on (074) 9722109 for further details.DONEGAL SOUTH FORUM HISTORY & HERITAGE COMMITTEE PUBLIC MEETINGIn the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town, on Monday, 11th February, at 8.00pm. Regarding the preservation of the heritage in the town & district. The talk, “Heritage Groups from a Local Perspective”, will be given by Derek Vial, Chairperson of the Committee. All welcome & admission is free.BIG CHIEF RISING STAR & CHEROKEE SHOWBAND SPECIAL GUEST GRAINNE GAVIGANFundraising Dance in aid of Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin. The Mill Park Hotel, Donegal Town, Sunday 17th March 2013, from 10pm.Parish Bulletin e-mail address is dtkiltd@gmail.comDD LOCAL: DONEGAL TOWN AND LAGHEY PARISH NEWSLETTER was last modified: February 9th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:LOCAL NEWSLOCAL NEWS: ST PATRICK’S DONEGAL TOWN PARISH BULLETINST AGATHA’Slast_img read more

Tears as Church Hill closes its post office after 150 years of service

first_imgPeople in Church Hill yesterday said goodbye to their post office after more than 150 years of service.Villagers will now have to travel for up to 8 kilometres for their postal service after local post mistress Tillie Wilkin accepted the An Post voluntary retirement package.Ms Wilkin, who has been the post mistress for the past 23 years, closed the door on the premises for the last time at 4pm. It was an emotional time for the grandmother of eleven as she was joined by family and friends for tea and cake to mark her final day.Tillie, whose husband Bobby died seven years ago, is now hoping to travel and to spend some more time with her grandkids.She said her proudest moment came in 2001 and she was named as the North-West’s Postmaster of the Year.However, Tillie said she will mostly miss all the customers that come to see her in her post office on a daily basis. “I find it difficult to talk about it but I know that I will not miss it until I close the door and it actually sinks in.“This has been my life for the past 23 years and all of a sudden I will not be opening the post office come Monday morning. I think that’s when it will sink in,” she said.Tillie’s son Victor and daughter Elaine had helped their mum run the branch for the past number of years but under An Post regulations, were prevented from taking over the branch.And so ends the Wilkin family connection with the local postal services which stretches back to the 1830s when it first started in the village.Daughter Elaine is very disappointed by the closure of the post office, one of some 160 branches to be closed across the country under the scheme between now and next January. She says she has no doubt that the village will be a lot poorer as the signatory green post office sign is taken from above the white-washed gable wall of the building.She said “I honestly would have to question if the people in An Post have any elderly relatives living in rural Ireland.“If they did they would realise what impact these closures are going to have on the elderly people who use them each week.“I appreciate that they want a more automated service and they want pensions and children’s allowance paid directly into bank accounts but the reality is that many of our elderly people don’t have bank accounts let alone bank cards. “On top of that, we might be the only people that many elderly people see each week and that social aspect is going to die when these post offices close.”Post Mistress Tillie Wilkin who has been looking after the requirements of the locals in Church Hill for voer 23 yrs and who’s closing the doors this Friday. (North West Newspix)Tears as Church Hill closes its post office after 150 years of service was last modified: August 14th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chamoli District Magistrate sets example, admits son to Anganwadi centre

first_imgChamoli District Magistrate Swati S. Bhadoria has set an example for others to follow by admitting her nearly two-year-old son in an Anganwadi centre at Gopeshwar village instead of an expensive city school. The factor that motivated her to make the choice was to help her son grow up in an atmosphere which encourages sharing, she said.“Anganwadi centres have all the facilities and a holistic environment which is good for the growth of a child,” the Chamoli DM said expressing happiness at her decision.“Education, fun and food go hand in hand at these centres. My son is feeling very good there along with the rest of the children,” she said. Another reason behind her decision may have been her feeling that the general attitude towards Anganwadi centres should change, Ms. Bhadoria said.“My son had food with his classmates and was visibly happy when he returned home,” said the Chamoli DM whose husband Nitin Bhadoria too is an IAS officer currently posted as Almora’s District Magistrate.“Tuesday was Abhyuday’s first day here and he had khichdi with the rest of the children,” said Manju Bhatt, a volunteer at the Anganwadi centre.last_img read more

Govt should consider using new institutions to seed smart cities, says Sanjeev Sanyal

first_imgSanjeev SanyalIn his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley reiterated the NDA Government’s plan to build a hundred ‘smart cities’, presumably by upgrading and expanding existing towns and raising a few new urban centres. The finance minister also announced five new IITs, as many IIMs and four AIIMS-pattern institutions. Fine proposals except,Sanjeev SanyalIn his Budget speech, Arun Jaitley reiterated the NDA Government’s plan to build a hundred ‘smart cities’, presumably by upgrading and expanding existing towns and raising a few new urban centres. The finance minister also announced five new IITs, as many IIMs and four AIIMS-pattern institutions. Fine proposals except these will be seen as separate, mutually exclusive projects during implementation. That would be a pity, for these are inextricably linked. Universities, for instance, are critical to making cities successful. It is almost impossible to imagine Boston, US, without Harvard, MIT and other institutions clustered in and around the Boston-Cambridge area. In Britain, Oxford and Cambridge are vibrant towns largely because they host the two famous universities. Indeed, many global cities such as London and New York would be much diminished without LSE, LBS, Columbia University, NYU. Rather than being walled off from the rest of the two cities, these institutions are an integral part of their urban ecosystems.Newly successful cities such as Singapore too have invested heavily in universities, think tanks and research institutes, not just as centres for intellectual activity but as part of the wider urban ecosystem. Indeed, when the country’s government planned the Singapore Management University, it set it up in the middle of the city. The city benefits from the “urban buzz” brought by young people while the university profits from being close to state and corporate institutions. Contrast this with Indian planners’ idea of academic institutions: merely places for teaching students that have little direct link with the daily functioning of the city. This is so because they see town projects as mechanical silos and do not think in terms of organic ecosystems. Thus, universities built after Independence were housed in sealed-off campuses, often in remote places, that discourage interaction with the city. Modelled on a socialist-era factory township, their walls continue to isolate them socially and intellectually even where the cities have expanded to surround them. This is why Kanpur and Kharagpur benefit little from being home to a prestigious institution like an IIT. Even in Delhi and Mumbai, IITs are closed worlds. Before Independence, on the other hand, universities were seen as part of the urban fabric. The colleges of Bombay and Calcutta were built into the city much like those of London. Allahabad and Aligarh were driven largely by their vibrant universities, much like Oxford and Cambridge.advertisementWhenever I ask Indian officials and planners about ‘smart cities’, I get a laundry list of hardware infrastructure that is needed: state-of-the-art public transportation, smart power grids and so on.This is indeed important, but it overlooks the fact that cities are ultimately about people, not buildings. Successful cities are those that can cluster human capital and encourage innovation, creativity and exchange of ideas. To be ‘smart’, therefore, cities need both hardware and software. Universities are an essential part of this software. This is why great cities of the past-Athens, Florence, Constantinople, Rome, Alexandria, Ujjain, Varanasi-were almost always also great intellectual centres. They attracted talent, encouraged the churn of ideas and triggered innovation. Translated in modern terms, universities do not just attract young people to cities but provide venues for conferences, seminars, cultural and sporting events enabling human interaction that makes for lively urban clusters. Indian planners see town projects as mechanical silos and do not think in terms of organic ecosystems.Now that the Government has announced its intention to build new academic institutes, the focus will likely be on getting large tracts of land and constructing standalone buildings. If anything, success will be measured by how much land has been acquired. This is wasteful, and not just at one level. First, this approach requires unnecessary acquisition of productive farm and forest land. Why do we need hundreds of acres to educate a few thousand students? As Jaitley would know, his alma mater, Shri Ram College of Commerce, runs one of India’s top colleges on just 17 acres. There are many top-notch institutions around the world that operate from much less. Second, a standalone institute requires the creation of expensive infrastructure in isolated locations, including staff housing, convocation halls, seminar rooms and so on. But, how often will the convocation hall be used? In a city location, these facilities would have added to the overall urban infrastructure. Moreover, such remote campuses are inconsiderate of the social and career needs of the families of the faculty and staff, a major constraint to finding good faculty. We can’t envision universities as industrial-era factory townships where wives stay at home and children study in the company school. Finally, and most damagingly from an urban perspective, these isolated campuses are unable to add to the ecosystem. Students come and they leave, so human capital does not accumulate in the host city.The Government should, therefore, consider using new institutions to seed the ‘smart cities’. This would mean weaving new IITs, IIMs and AIIMSs into the surrounding urban fabric. This may look messy on a master plan drawing board but, on the ground, it would create cities that are vibrant and, indeed, smart.advertisement- Sanjeev Sanyal is an economist, writer and urban theoristlast_img read more

Sports Wrap: Watson, Zampa in awe of Kohli, Leicester receive EPL trophy and more

first_imgVirat Kohli batting like a machine, says Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa Rising Pune Supergiants leg-spinner Adam Zampa was all praise for Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli who hit his second IPL ton on Saturday.Virat Kohli one of the greatest chasers of all time, says Shane Watson Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Shane Watson said it was amazing to witness how Virat Kohli sums up the situation during big-run chases.IPL 2016: Mumbai Indians seek revenge against in-form Sunrisers Refreshed and relaxed after a week’s break, Mumbai Indians will seek revenge for their defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier this season when they meet at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy Cricket Stadium.Ranieri soaked in champagne as Leicester receive EPL trophy Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel gatecrashed the news conference with the trophy, accompanied by champagne-carrying defender Christian Fuchs and sprayed champagne on coach Claudio Ranieri.Manchester United move 1 point behind City in top-4 fightManchester United moved closer to the top four after beating Norwich while Sunderland moved out of relegation zone after beating Chelsea 3-2 on Saturday.last_img read more