Kia import Johnson goes back to drawing board after subpar debut

first_imgBritain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles “It wasn’t the way I wanted to start, so I’m trying to get the film and I got to go back to the drawing board,” said Johnson at Ynares Sports Center here in Antipolo. “It’s just showing that I got to come more prepared for Philippine basketball.”Compounding Johnson’s worries was the Picanto’s miserable 0-8 record, a statistic he only knew about when he talked to the reporters after the game.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’Johnson replaced Markeith Cummings who played for Kia for the first seven games of the conference.“It’s my first game so I’d definitely see what I have to do,” said Johnson. “I will come out harder next game.” LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 View comments Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia diescenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Fernandez enjoys coaching players from other schools in NCAA All-Star MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Kia reinforcement Geron Johnson said he will reevaluate his mistakes after putting up a disappointing performance in their 118-97 loss to Blackwater in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday.Johnson, who played first game in the PBA, finished with 28 points on 12-of-26 shooting, only had four rebounds and turned the ball over nine times.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

F1 team Red Bull confirms expected switch to Honda engines

first_imgDaniel Ricciardo of Australia driving the (3) Aston Martin Red Bull Racing RB14 TAG Heuer makes a pitstop for new tires during the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on June 10, 2018 in Montreal, Canada. Getty Images/Getty Images/AFPHonda will become Red Bull’s engine supplier from next season after the Formula One team confirmed its anticipated split with Renault on Tuesday.The Japanese manufacturer will supply engines for 2019 and 2020, and Red Bull team principal Christian Horner hailed the deal as “an exciting new phase” in the bid to return to the top of F1.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda opens NCAA 3-peat bid vs Perpetual Help, old coach In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Red Bull showed good speed toward the end of last season when Max Verstappen won two races, and teammate Daniel Ricciardo won this season’s Chinese GP with a brilliant drive. The difference in speed between Red Bull and Mercedes appears less than before, although Ferrari remains noticeably quicker.Verstappen’s form has picked up after a poor start to 2018, marred by crashes, and he has taken third place in two of the past three races.Meanwhile, McLaren’s partnership with Renault has not been as successful as they anticipated after dropping Honda following three fruitless seasons together.Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso has failed to finish the past two races and has yet to place higher than fifth. Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg has a best finish of fourth place.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The deal brings to an end Red Bull’s 12-year partnership with Renault.Although relations became increasingly strained between the two parties in recent years, it was once a dream partnership as Red Bull and Renault won four straight drivers’ and constructors’ championships with Sebastian Vettel behind the wheel from 2010-13.During that glory era, Vettel and teammate Mark Webber won 47 grand prix. Since 2013, results have somewhat dried up and there have been only 10 race wins.“We have sometimes had our differences but Renault has always worked tirelessly and to the best of its ability to provide us with a competitive power unit,” Horner said.He was not always quite so complimentary about Renault. He has regularly and publicly criticized Renault’s reliability in recent years — although it has been hard to judge sometimes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial “After careful consideration and evaluation, we are certain this partnership with Honda is the right direction for the team,” Horner said in a team statement. “We have been impressed by Honda’s commitment to F1, by the rapid steps they have made in recent times with our (feeder) team Toro Rosso.”It is a boost for Honda, which was unceremoniously dumped by McLaren at the end of last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHonda has started this season brightly as engine provider for Toro Rosso, and this may have been a key factor in Red Bull finally ditching Renault.“Honda’s alignment with both Red Bull Formula One teams provides enormous potential,” Horner said. “Honda will have access to a wealth of data from both outfits, with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing leading the way, and the opportunities for faster, more effective and more competitive development are doubled.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Cannot be trusted to tell the truth

first_imgDear Editor,In full disclosure, whenever I write a letter to the press, I always identify myself as a PPP/C Member of Parliament. That way, the readers know with which political party I am associated with and can judge whether or not my opinions or criticism of the Government are credible. Full disclosure not only acknowledges possible conflicts of interest, but it is meant to keep the writer honest. Failure to do so compromises one’s integrity and exposes their biasness.Mark DaCosta is a paid PNC/APNU Campaign Manager whose main task is to discredit the PPP/C using gutter-politics, misinformation, and propaganda. His failure to disclose his association with the PNC/APNU is a deliberate attempt to hide his true identity and to mislead the Guyanese people into believing his lies and deception. But as the campaign manager, writer, and columnist for the PNC/APNU, Mark DaCosta cannot be trusted to tell the truth.It is ironic that in his letter, “Irfaan Ali and the PPP Cannot Be Trusted”, published in the Guyana Chronicle on July 9, DaCosta accused the PPP/C of doing exactly what the APNU/AFC has done over the past four years they were in office. But as always, this Government blames the PPP/C for everything that goes wrong in the country although the PPP/C have not been in office since 2015.  Let me, therefore, remind the dishonest Mark DaCosta, whose memory is as short as he is, that it was the APNU/AFC who destroyed the sugar industry and put over 7,000 sugar workers on the breadline. It is this Government, under the incompetent Minister of Public Security, that caused crime to increase significantly, despite the blatant lies being parroted by Mark DaCosta that “major crimes have been reduced by 50 per cent”. How can anyone be such a bold-faced liar when Guyanese are murdered almost daily during some senseless robbery that is covered daily in the media, except the Government-propaganda newspaper that carries his letters?It is the Government he protects, that is wreaking havoc in the education system since they took office. Despite spending over $172 Billion over the last four years in the sector, President Granger, himself, admitted that he was “not happy with the results in English, Science and Social Studies”, while commenting on the recent NGSA results. Based on figures provided by the Ministry of Education, 61 per cent or 8,723 of the candidates were unable to pass Social Studies. The failure rate for Science and Mathematics stood at 57.6 per cent and 58 per cent respectively. Further, the figures translate to 8,294 and 8,236 candidates being unable to pass Mathematics and Science respectively.It is the APNU/AFC Government that placed a heavy financial burden on UG students by raising tuition by over 35 per cent, and the entire population by raking in $88 Billion more in taxes than what the GRA raked in under the PPP/C by the end of 2014.And it was this APNU/AFC Government that fired 1,972 young Amerindians enrolled in the CSO Programme, depriving those hinterland communities of over $720 Million per year, which continues to push our Indigenous People to the point of destitution. By comparison, APNU/AFC ministers and Vice President paid themselves over $245 Million annually, mere weeks after they gained office in 2015.And now for the mother of all lies. In his letter, Mark DaCosta deliberately misrepresented a recent report published by a Nasdaq Contributor, Prableen Bajpai, stating that, “…under the APNU/AFC coalition, Guyana now has the fastest growing economy in the world.” The truth is, under the APNU/AFC, Guyana’s Growth Rate Projection (GDP) grew by 3 per cent in 2015. In 2016, our GDP grew by only 2.6 per cent and by a dismal 2.1 per cent in 2017 ( In 2018, our GDP improved to 4.1 per cent, and it is projected to grow by 4.6 per cent this year. So how is it possible for Guyana to have the “fastest growing economy in the world”? What the Nasdaq Contributor, Prableen Bajpai, actually said in his report, is that the “Guyana’s economy is ***expected*** to grow by 33.5 per cent and 22.9 per cent in 2020 and 2021 respectively.” ( is, of course, after oil production would have started next year.I feel sorry for men like Mark DaCosta and the attorney who represented GECOM at the CCJ hearing. It is a hard sell trying to convince anyone except some PNC hard-core supporters, that this APNU/AFC Government has any morality and decency left, and so they give baskets to a faithful few to fetch water, knowing fully well that an unscrupulous character would do, say, and write anything for money.Sincerely,Harry GillPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

Emancipation exhibition hosted at Stabroek Square

first_imgThe New Guyana Marketing Corporation (New GMC) hosted its fifth annual Emancipation Agro-processors Street Fair and Exhibition at the Stabroek Market Square, Georgetown on Tuesday.Some enthused persons browsing through the products on display and interacting with exhibitorsThe aim of the annual event is to bring local agro-processors together in a central location to promote the sale and use of locally-produced merchandises at affordable prices.The public was invited and had a first-hand opportunity to sample all the local products that were on sale which included an array of herbal wines, tonic wines for males, coconut oil products, and spices.More than 15 local manufacturers showcased their products made and packaged in Guyana.According to GMC representative Shevon Nedd, the goal of the exhibition is to get local products on the shelves of local and international supermarkets.Further, Nedd noted that the GMC was working along with several supermarkets throughout Guyana to showcase the locally-produced items.One of the exhibitors who operates the East to Live company displayed a wide array of achars, including her signature golden apple achar as well as peppers, tamarind balls, and carambola fruits for cakes.“Most of these products have in ginger, turmeric, and cayenne pepper so most of these things that I’m promoting are for persons to start adaption to eating healthy. If you check up on the ingredients, you will see that most of them are healthy,” proprietor Yonette Mc Pherson explained.Michael Moore, the owner of Da Real Products, showcased a variety of tonic wines made from different roots, including the “Devil Doer”. Moore says he has been in the business for more than 10 years, but notes that it is sometimes difficult to get sales up, since “money isn’t stirring for the customers”.The exhibition will continue today, but at the National Park.last_img read more

Former Region 3 hospital administrator appeals non-reinstatement decision

first_imgActing Chief Justice Roxane GeorgeFormer acting hospital administrator of the West Demerara Regional Hospital in Region Three, Sanjah Persaud has appealed the April 10 decision by acting Chief Justice Roxane George, which ruled that he was not qualified for that respective position and, therefore, should not be reinstated.The appeal was filed on Friday by Attorney-at-Law, Anil Nandlall and listed the Public Service Commission and the Regional Executive Officer of Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara) as the respondents.In her decision, the Chief Justice had ruled that the applicant only served in the acting position and was not qualified for the position due to the fact that he could not supply sufficient evidence. During his probation period, George affirmed that Persaud did not qualify himself to suit his role. For this, she stated that the Commission could not confirm the applicant to the post of hospital administrator.The appeal was filed on the grounds that the decision of the judge is contrary to the law, erroneous and against the weight of evidence; that the presiding judge also misdirected herself on law by ruling that the applicant did not present evidence that he acted in the capacity of hospital administrator of the West Demerara Hospital; and that the judge misdirected herself in law by failing to appreciate that the legal challenge was for the decision-making process and not the decision of the respondents.Persaud is also challenging the case on the grounds that the judge misapplied or failed to apply the legal principles in respect to the burden of proof when an order nisi is granted, calling upon the respondent to now show cause; and the appellant had a legitimate expectation that he would have been confirmed in that respective post since 2013.The applicant is seeking to have the decision reversed or a writ of certiorari to the Public Service Commission, quashing its letter which rescinded his appointment as hospital administrator and further reverting his position of accounts clerk II, with immediate effect.That conclusion is based on the fact that the decision “is contrary to the rules of natural justice, arbitrary, whimsical, capricious, in excess of and without jurisdiction, unconstitutional, unfair, unlawful, null, void and of no effect”.In Persaud’s affidavit, it was stated that the Regional Executive Officer at that time, Dennis Jaikaran, had notified him via a letter that approval was granted by the PSC for him to hold the position of hospital administrator. He had been acting in that capacity since March 2013.However, Jaikaran wrote another letter in September 2017, rescinding the appointment and furthermore, rescinding him to the position of accounts clerk II.last_img read more

FSJ’s Grimes Well Servicing gets honorable mention at CAODC awards

first_imgA Fort St. John company received two honorable mentions at the Canadian Association of Oil well Drilling Contractors, Service Rig Safety Awards in Edmonton. Grimes Well Servicing was second to Silverstar Well Servicing Limited, in the Class B category. There are three categories, Class A, B, and C.- Advertisement -Class A awards contractors that worked over 170,000 man-hours in 2008. To qualify for Class B, contractors must put in 70,000 to 170,000 hours and class three, contractors work up to 70,000 man-hours in ’08. The Chairman of Board’s Shield is awarded to the service rig contractor who achieved a better than average Total Recordable Incident Frequency for the 2008 year. Silverstar also won that award and Grimes Well Servicing also got an honorable mention.Over 1,384 awards were handed out at the ceremony on April 18th, 2009Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Parish: Warnock will decide who Crystal Palace sign

first_imgCrystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish claims Neil Warnock has unfinished business at the club – and insists the returning manager will have full control of transfer activities.The 65-year-old has come out of retirement to agree a two-year deal at Selhurst Park, following Tony Pulis’ departure earlier this month.Warnock has already coached the Eagles, when the club were in the Championship during the late 00s, and Parish believes the ex-Sheffield United chief will relish the chance to lead the club in the top flight.“Neil Warnock left last time, when we were in administration, to help the club really,” he told Hawksbee and Jacobs.“It was a great offer from QPR and the administrator needed him off the wage bill. They then got compensation from QPR as well.“There is a lot of unfinished business for Neil at Crystal Palace. He says that Palace rejuvenated his interest in football when he was here first time around.“There are a lot of fond memories for Neil at Palace. He wants to keep the club in the Premier League. He’s got this tag, somewhat unfairly, as a Championship manager.“He’s done well in the Premier League before.”Warnock’s predecessor, Tony Pulis, reportedly fell out with board over transfer targets but Parish has rubbished those claims and insists managers under his tenure can sign who they like.“The manager decides which players come to the football club,” he said, “That was always the case and that will be the case with Neil.“We’ll have a conversation with Keith Miller, and the scouts, and they’ll go through where we are [with various targets]. There are a few who are knocked into shape.“Neil has got some people in mind who he wants to bring in. He might have done one already, which will be pretty exciting for everyone. He’s already working on two or three more.“He’s actually changed a few that we were working on and he’s got some ideas of his own.“He’s the manager, he picks the team and brings the players in, we are just here to facilitate that. It’s very good to have the right man in place to do that. “Warnock will be 67 when his two-year contract at Selhurst Park expires and Parish claims the ex-Leeds man will help the club find the man to fill his boots.  “Neil has lots of experience,” he said. “He will work with us on succession. We want to build continuity at the club. Now, instead of locking ourselves into a huge deal and committing in this hugely pressurised situation, we can get Neil in to steady the ship and work on succession before the end of the season.“He’s signed a two-year deal and the intention is that he stays for the whole time. I don’t think he’ll want to manage beyond that, so it’s about working out when, and who, we want to bring in. Neil will work with us on that.”last_img read more

Sterling sparkles as Man City see off Villa

first_imgCity’s second successive league victory lifted them above Leicester into second place and put pressure on Liverpool to beat Tottenham in Sunday’s clash at Anfield.Fernandinho was dismissed after earning a second booking when the City star tugged at Keinan Davis in the 87th minute.Guardiola conceded the champions had been below their best at the start, but he was delighted with the way they took control after the interval.“Aston Villa played very well in the first half and we played not so good. They are newly-promoted and played with real spirit, attacking the channels well,” Guardiola said.“But the second half, I don’t know if we played good because we scored early or it was because we played differently, but we won. It was a special second half, we were another level.”City were upset by Wolves in their last league fixture at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola had never lost back-to-back home league games as a manager and Sterling was key to ensuring that impressive record wasn’t ruined.Sterling’s latest virtuoso display came just days after his second hat-trick of the campaign in City’s Champions League demolition of Atalanta.The England winger has made a convincing case to be regarded as genuine superstar over the last 18 months and Villa had no answer to his intelligent movement, sublime skills and predatory finishing.City have scored 32 league goals this season, 11 more than Liverpool, and their firepower was clear to see as they saw off Villa with their record scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench.Gabriel Jesus made consecutive Premier League starts for the first time since December, but he squandered a chance to put City ahead when he dragged his close-range shot wide from Sterling’s pass.No fewer than 11 City stars have suffered injuries this season, with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri the latest to be sidelined for several weeks.– Route one City –Guardiola admitted he was “a little bit concerned” about how City would cope, yet with Sterling in his side, anything is possible.Sterling appealed for a penalty when his shot cannoned off Bjorn Engels’ arm, then glanced a header just wide.John Stones gifted possession to Villa and Douglas Luiz almost took advantage when he tangled with City keeper Ederson, who narrowly avoided conceding a penalty in the melee.Despite their lack of rhythm in the first half, City should have been ahead at the break when Sterling teed up Silva, only for the Spanish midfielder to shoot inches wide of the far post.Usually firmly dedicated to Guardiola’s passing principles, City finally broke Villa’s stubborn resistence with a goal straight from the route one handbook.A huge punt forward by Ederson was flicked on by Jesus into the path of the unmarked Sterling, who took one touch before shooting under Tom Heaton for his 13th goal in 14 appearances in all competitions this term.City should have doubled their lead when Engels gave the ball away to Sterling and he picked out Jesus, but the Brazilian’s shot was brilliantly cleared off the line by Tyrone Mings.It made no difference as Guardiola’s side were in the groove and they killed off Villa with two goals in five minutes.In the 65th minute, Kevin De Bruyne swung in a cross that Silva flicked into the net despite a long VAR review followed to check for offside against Sterling.Gundogan put the result beyond doubt in the 70th minute with a clinical finish after Villa failed to clear.0Shares0000(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling put Manchester City on course for a comfortable win over Aston Villa © AFP / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Oct 26 – Pep Guardiola was relieved Manchester City found their rhythm in time to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to three points as Raheem Sterling inspired a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.Guardiola’s side survived a tame opening period as second half goals from Sterling, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan put Villa to the sword.last_img read more

13 brilliant pictures of managers as players with Di Matteo, Fergie and Hughes

first_img 26 26 26 Sir Alex Ferguson is looking pretty dapper now as he enjoys retirement – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… Luis Enrique now – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… 26 26 26 Roberto Mancini now – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… 26 Sir Alex Ferguson during his playing days at Glasgow Rangers – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… 26 26 Mark Hughes had quite the bouffant hair do when he played for Barcelona – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… 26 26 He now seems to be a little haggard after a managerial spell with Schalke – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… 26 Tim Sherwood making his name at Watford – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… 26 26 Alan Pardew during his time with Crystal Palace – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… 26 26 26 26 26 Managers then and now: Fabio Capello struts his stuff during his playing days – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… David Moyes now – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… 26 26 Mark Hughes’ wild hair is a bit tamer these days – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… Diego Simeone these days is looking like mafia boss on the touchline at Atletico Madrid – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood loves a gilet these days… Diego Simeone was once a fresh-faced youngster – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… 26 Roberto Di Matteo looks pretty relaxed upon signing for Chelsea – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… 26 David Moyes sported ginger curls during his time at Celtic – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… Luis Enrique back in his younger days – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… After talkSPORT took a look at some of the stunning transformations made by players, we decided it would be a good idea to see how managers looked then and now.10 STUNNING FOOTBALLER TRANSFORMATIONSFor some, managerial careers have taken their toll but other look fit as fiddle and is if they could slip on their boots and play at the top level.So to see how a selection of bosses have changed over the years, click the right arrow above.Check out talkSPORT on YouTubeOn FacebookOn Twitter Pep Guardiola has lost that thick head of hair but makes up for it with trophy cabinet fit to burst – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… 26 26 Harry Redknapp now – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… 26 Alan Pardew is a bit of a silver fox these days – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… Joachim Low had an interesting moustache going on when he was at Eintracht Frankfurt – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… Pep Guardiola back during his playing days with Barcelona – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… Fabio Capello now – Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… Harry Redknapp during his time as a West Ham player – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… Roberto Mancini during his playing days – Click the right arrow above to see how he looks now… Joachim Low is now the super stylish coach of World Cup winners Germany, quite the transformation! Click the arrow above to see more managers then and now… last_img read more

L.A. homeless dying at rate of one a day

first_imgThe study – which also lists all of the names of those who have died – was based on coroner’s records and is being formally released today, designated as National Homeless Memorial Day. The report comes as county efforts to institute a wide-ranging and comprehensive homeless shelter program have moved slowly amid funding and other complicating factors. On average, one homeless person dies every day in the county, according to the report. While the majority of those who have died have been in central Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley communities had a number of homeless deaths. The average age among those found dead was 48, about 36 percent younger than the average lifespan. The cause of nearly half the deaths was cardiovascular disease coupled with substance abuse. Nearly one in five were killed violently as victims of homicide, suicide or other trauma. “The human cost of the tragedy of homelessness in the richest country in the history of the planet is illustrated by these statistics,” said Torie Osborn, senior adviser to Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “And it’s heartbreaking. I think it just shows we have a long way to go to step up and take care of our most vulnerable citizens. I mean to die alone and on the streets – what could be a sadder Christmas?” The report notes Los Angeles County is the “homeless capital of the nation,” with an estimated 73,000 homeless. Yet only 17 percent of the county’s homeless are able to find shelter, the lowest percentage of any major metropolitan area in the nation. The report contains seven major recommendations for the city and county to improve services to the homeless, but its major recommendation is to make permanent housing options for the homeless a regional priority. “A number of these deaths are preventable,” said Bob Erlenbusch, executive director of the coalition. “With no resources and forced to live outside, in their cars and in abandoned buildings, it’s no wonder that hundreds of homeless people die without dignity in our community every year. “This is just shameful.” 213-974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Virgil Brown served his country in the Vietnam War and afterward, even though he suffered post-traumatic stress disorder, he worked a variety of jobs, married and had children. But he battled addictions throughout his life and wound up homeless. A few years ago, Brown sought help at the New Directions Regional Opportunity Center in West Los Angeles. He sobered up and volunteered there, helping other veterans battle their inner demons, said Anthony Belcher, outreach supervisor at New Directions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“He had a very special smile,” Belcher said Thursday as he recalled Brown. “He had one of those deep baritone voices that was full of joy. But underneath, his eyes were sad, like many of us that can’t seem to get out of this cycle.” Brown eventually relapsed into his addictions and was discovered dead in early 2005 on the streets of Skid Row, a victim of an overdose. “Was it despair, hopelessness? Maybe things didn’t work out with his kids. I know these guys are tormented by nightmares,” Belcher said. “He always had problems sleeping. He fought for his country at a time when nobody was sure we were doing the right thing. When he came home, he couldn’t find any relief. “Yes, he had demons. But we as a nation failed him.” Brown is just one of 2,815 homeless people who have died in Los Angeles County since 2000, many alone and forgotten, according to the first study of its kind by the Los Angeles Coalition to End Hunger & Homelessness. last_img read more