Day ‘D’ for Piatti in a Canada that believed to be from Espanyol

first_imgExpires this Thursday on permission granted by Espanyol to a Pablo Piatti who was looking for a destination far from Barcelona. Specifically, in the last two days Everything indicated that he was in Canada, to pass medical review and be announced as a new player of Toronto FC, of Major League Soccer (MLS), every time he had to terminate his contract with the parakeet club, five months after it ended. Interestingly, all this will happen with probability in Canada, a country where Espanyol was just three weeks ago. Specifically, based on a rumor that placed the parakeet club as a buyer of the Ottawa Fury, a football team that had ceased its activities after withdrawing the Concacaf permits, to refound it.Various North American media they pointed to Espanyol, and even cited Rastar Group, as the LaLiga club that was behind this acquisition, and which eventually turned out to be Atlético de Madrid. In fact, the resulting entity is called Atlético Ottawa and will start competing in April, but not in the MLS but in the Canada Premier League (CPL), so in no case would it be measured with Piatti. If this operation is confirmed, obviously the Espanyol will not be pocketed any amount as a transfer but will lighten the salary mass even more, which was already relieved last week with Esteban Granero, given that Piatti also came as one of the highest pieces of the template. A salary that could be faced by a Toronto FC that has three places for franchise players, and which has one left after taking over the services of Jozy Altidore (former Villarreal and Xerez) and the Spaniard Alejandro Pozuelo (Betis canterano who also passed through Rayo Vallecano).last_img read more

Stadium record in hammer throw at JII

first_imgAmerican Gwen Berry and Trinidad and Tobago’s Shakeil Waithe captured the women’s hammer throw and men’s javelin, respectively, at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet yesterday.In the first final, Berry set a National Stadium and meet record with a throw of 73.82 metres in the hammer. Another American, Jene Stephens McCall (71.06m), was second, and Britain’s Sophie Hitch (70.65m), third.Waithe had a winning throw of 76.30m in the javelin. The United States duo, Riley Dolezal (76.26m) and Cypress Hostetler (74.25m) took second and third. Jamaica’s Orlando Thomas (69.92m) was sixth.There was also early action in development events involving promising local athletes.World University Games 100 metres silver medallist Shimarya Williams and Kemarley Brown captured the women’s and men’s 100m, respectively. Williams clocked 11.39 seconds with Brown topping the men in a swift 10.03.Jody Ann Muir won the women’s 400m in 52.08 seconds, ahead of Dawnalee Loney, who ran a personal best 52.38.G.C. Foster College’s Demish Gaye maintained his great 2016 form, winning the men’s one-lap event in 45.61. Javere Bell (46.94) was second.last_img read more

Trump lauds NFL policy banning kneeling for national anthem

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I think that’s good,” Trump said in the interview that taped Wednesday. “I don’t think people should be staying in the locker rooms, but still I think it’s good. You have to stand proudly for the national anthem. Or you shouldn’t be playing, you shouldn’t be there. Maybe you shouldn’t be in the country.”Trump last fall called on team owners to fire players who followed former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s lead by kneeling during the national anthem. During a rally, he referred to an NFL player making a gesture during “The Star-Spangled Banner” as a “son of a bitch” who should be fired.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 crownThe president’s comments spurred a national conversation about patriotism and the nation’s symbols and the use of peaceful protest. Trump said in the interview that he thought “the people” pushed for the new policy.“I brought it out. I think the people pushed it forward,” Trump said. He added: “you know, that’s something ideally could have been taken care of when it first started, it would have been a lot easier, but if they did that, they did the right thing.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ PSL beach volleyball: Foton advances to playoffs at expense of Smart President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable on immigration policy at Morrelly Homeland Security Center, Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Bethpage, N.Y. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump praised an NFL policy banning kneeling during the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” saying that “maybe you shouldn’t be in the country” if you don’t stand for the anthem.Trump spoke to “Fox & Friends” in an interview that aired Thursday. The policy forbids players from sitting or taking a knee on the field during the anthem but allows them to stay in the locker room. Any violations of the new rules would result in fines against teams.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Borders Closed: Ebola Testing to Commence at Entry Points

first_imgIn an effort to address the severity of the Ebola outbreak in the country, the government of Liberia has with immediate effect closed all borders with the exception of major entry points including the Roberts International Airport (RIA), James Spriggs Payne Airport, Foya, Bo Waterside and Ganta points of entry.Though others termed the decision as belated, a release from the office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf says that at those entry points that remain open, preventive and testing centers will be established and stringent measures to be announced will be strictly adhered to. In addition, the Liberia Airport Authority is now mandated to inspect and test all incoming as well as outgoing passengers.The decision is at the top of an 11-point to-do list for the National Task Force set up and chaired by the President to support the Technical Team on Ebola (TTE).  The Task Force held its first meeting on Sunday, July 27, at the Foreign Affairs Ministry and attended by key members of the TTE, ministers and other government officials, media, political leaders, the security sector and other concerned citizens.President Sirleaf officially announced the formation of the Ebola Task Force in her Independence Day remarks at Liberia’s 167th Independence Day ceremony in Monrovia to help the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and team of medical practitioners combat the deadly Ebola virus that has invaded the country and claimed hundreds of lives.The Liberian leader said the cardinal responsibility of the Taskforce is to work with the health team headed by the Ministry of Health, and provide support and guidance to them.  The task force will also establish community outreach forces with individuals mobilized from each community to reach out to the communities to sensitize residents about the disease and provide them information as to how they can protect themselves.The taskforce is to be chaired by the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and Co-chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Morris Dukuly, who is also the chairman of the national Disaster and Relief Commission (NDRC).  It will also include representatives from Women and Youths organizations, the Inter-Religious Council, Market and Labor organizations, Political Parties leaders, Traditional leaders, and the Press Union of Liberia (PUL). “Fellow citizens,” the Liberian President said, “the hallmark of success of any nation is not the improvement in social and economic infrastructures; it is not in sound policies and law; it is the love of country. This love must make us brave in times of troubles as well as compel us to reach out to each others in times of distress.”“We must come together as never before inspite of our political, religious and social persuasions; we must show a deep sense of nationalism. We must reach across borders and join our brothers and sisters in the other neighboring countries that are also affected to show continuing common response,”“This is why today I’m establishing a national taskforce on Ebola, which I will chair. The taskforce will be co-chaired by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, in his role as the chairman of the NDRC. That commission will now be active and strengthened,” she said.“We are going to be calling upon women and youth organizations, the Inter-religious Council, market and labor organizations, political party leaders, traditional leaders, and the Press Union of Liberia to send us representatives to serve on this taskforce.”To the families of all those affected and afflicted by the virus, to our doctors, and the national health team led by Dr. Walter Gwenigale, to our dedicated and sacrificial health workers, we extend to you our deepest personal and official sympathy for your loss and commit to our obligation to respond to you in your time of need.“Given the many challenges which we have faced, we mark the 167th independence anniversary of our nation with solemn reflection. Even as we do, we must continue to give praises and thanks to the almighty for continuing to shower his bountiful blessings and kind mercies upon us,”The issue of Ebola has now claimed the attention of the international community as more people continue to die of the virus since its outbreak in the Mano River Union (MRU), firstly in Guinea where it has hit the hardest. Ivory Coast is the only member of the MRU yet to be affected so far though it claimed some lives in that country years back.As confirmed by the governments of the three MRU countries and the World Health Organization (WHO), there have been 1,093 cases recorded as of July 20, 2014 with 786 laboratory confirmed cases of the Ebola virus. The death toll in the three countries now hit 660.President Sirleaf also said that the Ebola virus has gone beyond a virus that is claiming the lives of Liberians and is becoming more dangerous to the state by some unfortunate incidents.“On Wednesday we witnessed an unfortunate incident when a man angered over the death of his sister who died of Ebola decided to revenge, by setting fire to the MOH building. This is how damaging the virus has become; this is how the risk and the danger now go beyond the virus. We understand the anger, but we cannot and will not accept burning or attacking health workers and facilities.In another event, the Liberian leader said, another Liberian met his untimely death and put to risk others across borders because of indiscipline and disrespect for the advice which have been given by health workers. While she did name the Liberian she was referring to, the Government of Nigeria reported late last week that the virus had surfaced in that country through Patrick Sawyer, a Liberian who had gone on an official government duty.So far there have been 415 cases, including 314 fatal cases and 304 laboratory confirmations of EVD, reported by the Guinean government.In Sierra Leone, WHO and that country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation reported a total of 454 suspects and confirmed cases of EHF as of July 20, 2014. Of these 454, 405 cases have been laboratory confirmed and 219 were fatal.The lead doctor, virologist Sheik Umar Khan, who has been helping to combat the virus in that country has contracted the virus and is now being treated according to reports.Liberia’s Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale, has recorded 224 clinical cases of EVD, including 77 laboratory confirmations and 127 fatal cases. All of these cases are from six counties. These include, Lofa, Montserado, Margibi, Bomi, Bong, and Nimba Counties. Montserrado and Lofa are the most affected.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

ABIC Launches ‘You Can Stop Ebola’ Campaign

first_imgThe Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC), for Women’s Empowerment, has officially launched an awareness campaign called “You Can Stop Ebola -Women Working Toward Zero Cases” in four communities in Monrovia and its environs.ABIC and its partners indicate that as complacency starts to engulf Liberians in the fight against Ebola, especially in public places, the campaign’s aim is to intensify anti-Ebola awareness in market places. It is also providing logistical support for four major markets, including Jorkpen Town Market, LBS Community Market, ELWA Community Market, and Du-Port Road Market.The campaign will ensure that these major markets that it has selected will benefit from regular collection of garbage, intense awareness and sensitization about Ebola, its prevention and control.The initiative is being undertaken by several institutions, including the Leadership Development, International Peace & Security in collaboration with the Sirleaf Market Women’s Fund (SMWF), Liberia Marketing Association (LMA), Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), and the Liberia Crusaders for Peace (LCP).A release from ABIC states that nearly five months since the outbreak of Ebola severely intensified in the country, women have been mostly affected by the virus due to their role as caregivers in homes and their vulnerability especially in market places.ABIC Establishment Coordinator, Cllr. Yevette Chesson Wureh, said that in the midst of the Ebola crisis, women are “breadwinning for their families in the shackles of economic adversity created by the Ebola virus across the country.“The prevailing evidence is that most of the market women have not been trained on the preventive measures of Ebola thus leaving them unprotected and vulnerable in market places and communities,” she added.“We cannot be complacent as our number of infected cases decreases. We must remain vigilant and continue to protect ourselves and families against Ebola. Our sponsor, the Urgent Action Fund has recognized this important ongoing need to educate and support women at this crucial time. We thank them,” Cllr. Wureh stated.The ABIC boss indicated that Liberia is still in a situation where no one can predict the outcome of Ebola; adding, “Ebola is real; it is dangerous and has no cure. It is still in Liberia.”Noting that the disease has killed over 2000 people in Liberia, with majority of the dead being women, Cllr. Wureh said “we must not neglect the preventive measures such as washing hands, keeping our distance, and avoiding personal contact especially with sick people showing the following symptoms: vomiting, running stomach, fever headache, muscle pains, rash and red eyes, no contact with dead bodies.  This must be our daily recitation,” she warned Liberians.With the erection of hygiene stations in some market places, Cllr. Wureh said, the issue of lack of training of market women and sensitization on clean and safe environment still need serious attention as the preventive measures of Ebola also demand cleanliness.She meanwhile disclosed that for Ebola to be 100% eradicated from Liberia, there should be an organized women’s sector such as the market women who must be empowered with anti-Ebola logistics, Training of Trainers (TOTs) and the creation of an enabling environment for market women’s participation in the fight against Ebola.“Until Liberia is declared Ebola free, we have to continue to sensitize and educate so as to provide a clean and safe environment for market women, who are mostly bread winners and caretakers of their children until we can stop Ebola and work towards Zero cases,” she stated.Monrovia City Mayor Clara Doe Mvogo described the awareness campaign as an initiative that will help empower market women in the fight against the deadly Ebola virus.Mayor Mvogo urged all Liberians not be complacent with the reduction in new cases but must continue to observe the preventive measures.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

L.A., Chicago near finish line in race for Olympics bid

first_imgWASHINGTON – The delegation spearheading Los Angeles’ bid to host the 2016 Olympics was keeping a tight lid Thursday on details of its final presentation to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will lead the 12-member delegation in its final, hourlong closed-door appearance Saturday that marks the city’s last chance to beat out Chicago to be America’s nominee for the games. Barry Sanders, who heads the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, sidestepped questions about whether the group will offer any last-minute surprises in its pitch. “We’ve been telling our story to (the USOC) for many months, and it hasn’t changed,” he said. The U.S. Olympic Committee will meet Saturday morning at the Washington Embassy Row Hotel in Washington, D.C., and first hear from the delegation representing Chicago. Chicago’s final pitch is expected to include a pledge from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagoievich that the state will ante up $150 million if the games end up losing money. Meanwhile, Southern California bidders are likely to tout the $250 million that the state Legislature recently agreed to underwrite if Los Angeles is chosen. Each appearance will include a 40-minute presentation and 20 minutes of questions from the USOC. Robert Livingstone, an expert on the Olympic selection process and founder of, said the 11-member committee may still have an open mind by the time the cities make their final presentations. “Final presentations in the past have won and lost bids,” Livingstone said. Livingstone noted that Paris was favored over London for the 2012 Olympics, but London’s stellar final presentation may have been a factor in its selection. And that lesson has not been lost on the Los Angeles delegation. “We’re going to put our best foot forward,” said David Simon, president of the Los Angeles Sports Council. The Olympic Committee is expected to announce its decision Saturday about 1 p.m. PDT. (202) 662-8731160Want 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

Pogba propels Man United to victory against Young Boys

first_imgThe France star also set up the third goal for compatriot Anthony Martial in the second half, as Jose Mourinho’s side safely negotiated this fixture on the synthetic surface at the Stade de Suisse.Seemingly a club in crisis at the end of August following their 3-0 home defeat against Tottenham Hotspur, this was United’s third straight win since then, all away from home.Tougher tests await in Group H, though, with Valencia due at Old Trafford in a fortnight and Juventus — who won 2-0 in Spain on Wednesday despite having Cristiano Ronaldo sent off — to come after that.There were plenty of reasons to be wary of this trip, with United having lost to Basel on their last two visits to Switzerland, while Mourinho also lost in Basel with Chelsea in 2013.Meanwhile, the surface here was deemed a sufficient hazard by Mourinho for him to leave Antonio Valencia out of his squad. That meant a debut for Portuguese teenager Diogo Dalot, signed in the close season from FC Porto.His introduction was one of five changes made by Mourinho following the weekend win at Watford, with Martial also coming in for his first start since the defeat at Brighton a month ago.This was not a fixture to take lightly. It was a huge occasion for Young Boys, Swiss champions last season for the first time since 1986 and making their Champions League group stage debut.They were driven on by an electric atmosphere generated by a crowd of over 31,000 and were the better team for 35 minutes.With Swiss starlet Kevin Mbabu a driving force from right-back, the hosts saw giant striker Guillaume Hoarau head just wide while Mohamed Ali Camara and Christian Fassnacht both tested David de Gea from range.Marcus Rashford hit the outside of the post from a Luke Shaw cross, but the visitors were largely passive, seemingly waiting to pounce on a mistake, or for a moment of magic.That is what happened 10 minutes before the interval as Pogba’s superb footwork on the edge of the box set him up to lash a shot beyond goalkeeper David Von Ballmoos and into the roof of the net.He had his first Champions League goal since returning to Old Trafford in 2016, and it deflated the buoyant home support.– Controversial penalty –Still, Young Boys would have maintained a fighting chance had they gone in just one goal behind at the interval. But the decision by German referee Deniz Aytekin to award United a penalty two minutes before the break effectively killed the game.Shaw’s cross struck the arm of Mbabu from close range. It was a harsh call and highlighted the absence of Video Assistant Referees in the Champions League.Pogba converted the spot-kick, and with the home side unable to find a way back into the game after half-time, he was also the architect of the visitors’ third goal midway through the second half.After a driving run towards the penalty box, the captain set up Martial, whose low shot beat Von Ballmoos with the aid of a slight deflection.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Paul Pogba scored a brace and got an assist in Manchester United’s win away to Young Boys© AFP Alain GROSCLAUDEBERN, Switzerland, Sep 19 – Paul Pogba was the driving force with a brace as Manchester United recovered from a shaky start to record an ultimately convincing 3-0 win away to Young Boys in their opening Champions League game in Bern on Wednesday.Skipper Pogba’s superb opening goal cut down the Swiss champions in their prime, and he then doubled the English side’s lead from a penalty just before the break.last_img read more


first_imgThe German Pointer dog which had its tail docked.A man was ordered to pay a total of €605, after pleading guilty to illegally docking the tail of a puppy.Cathal Crawford of Ballyarrell, Killygordon, was ordered to pay €355 in costs and a further donation of €250 to the ISPCA at Letterkenny District Court today. Judge Paul Kelly said he would consider imposing the probation act if both costs are paid by January 21st 2016.The case heard an investigation began in March 2015, when Crawford attempted to place an advert to sell the puppy online.The ISPCA was alerted and subsequent enquiries led to a visit to Crawford’s home by ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley and Garda Sinead McLaughlin.There they found a three-month-old German Pointer puppy with a docked tail.The puppy was later given into the care of the ISPCA and subsequently re-homed.It was established the docking of the puppy’s tail had been carried out without the involvement of a veterinary surgeon, which is contrary to the Prohibition on Tail Docking and Dew Claw Removal Regulations from March 2014.ISPCA Inspector Kevin McGinley said: “The law has changed and people need to respect that fact. What may have been standard practice in the past is no longer permissible now”.Since March 2014 it has been illegal for a lay-person to perform any procedure involving interference with the sensitive tissue or bone structure of an animal, including docking of tails and removal of dew claws.MAN FINED €605 FOR ‘DOCKING’ TAIL FROM PUPPY was last modified: November 20th, 2015 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:Cathal CrawforddockedDOGdonegalKillygordontaillast_img read more

Conejo Simi swimmers face each other

first_imgThey race against each other nearly every day in club practice, but seldom square off in high school competition, unless they happen to face each other in a dual meet or invitational. For several girls’ swimmers at Conejo Simi Aquatics, that arrangement will change Tuesday at the inaugural Southern Section Masters meet at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. Emily Bibb will be competing against Camille Duckett and Alex Sullivan in the 100-yard freestyle, Alexandra Nalevanko could be matched up with Laura DeCesare or Megan Norling-Christensen on a relay leg. After a number of outstanding performances during the four division championship meets Thursday through Saturday, CSA will have a large contingent of girls’ swimmers entered in the Masters prelims Tuesday morning, with the goal of qualifying for the top 16 and returning for the evening competition. Duckett (Thousand Oaks), Norling-Christensen (Westlake) and Sullivan (Newbury Park) had opportunities to improve upon their already impressive marks at Saturday’s Div. II championships, along with Tyler McClure of Royal of Simi Valley. Duckett and Sullivan will both compete in the girls’ 100 and 200, with McClure entered in the same events in the boys’ meet. DeCesare qualified for the Masters meet in the 200 individual medley with her second-place time (2:10.42) Thursday, but will have to wait until today to see if she made the top 24 cut in the 100 backstroke. The junior also helped La Reina defend its Div. IV titles in the 200 medley and 400 free relays, giving the Regents another opportunity to compete Tuesday. (818) 713-3607160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“It’s going to be one big party,” said Nalevanko, a senior at Camarillo, who took second Saturday in the 100-yard backstroke and fifth in the 100 butterfly in Div. III to make the Masters cut – top 24 times from the championship heats in all four divisions – in all four divisions. Bibb, a junior at La Reina of Thousand Oaks, stands the best chance of drawing the biggest reaction Tuesday following a dominant performance at Thursday’s Div. IV finals. For the second year in a row, Bibb, a Simi Valley resident, was the only female swimmer in Southern California to win five titles – both individual events, two relays and the team championship – as she helped La Reina defend its championship. Bibb is among the top three qualifiers in the 100 and 200 freestyles and will also compete on La Reina’s 200 medley and 400 free relay teams. “To represent your school is very different than representing your club. There are different components,” Bibb said. “But I’m excited about the opportunity to compete and to have a lot of (CSA swimmers) there for support.” last_img read more

Bear population is on the rise

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Wildlife officials speculated the bears captured recently came from the north through one of the wildlife corridors across the Ronald Reagan (118) Freeway. They guessed the bears were crossing in the Santa Susana Pass area or where routes 23 and 118 come together near Moorpark, Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks. Black bears were almost unheard of in the Conejo Valley until 2004, when two of them were found in the Agoura Hills-Thousand Oaks area and another was killed by a rock slide near Malibu Creek State Park. Although they are called California black bears, they are typically dark brown. Adult males usually weigh from 150 to 300 pounds, although some have been found at more than 600 pounds. In the high mountains they can hibernate for months, but in warm Southern California they don’t always need to. In Ventura County, they have moved into areas once roamed by the grizzly, which is displayed on the state flag although it was extinct in California by 1922. When wildlife officials caught a small bear last month in a Westlake Village drainage pipe, it shouldn’t have surprised anyone. Since 1985, California’s black bear population has grown from around 5,000 to nearly 35,000 today, officials estimate. That means more of them will likely be wandering through the hills in and around Simi Valley, across the Conejo Valley and into the Santa Monica Mountains. “If bears do make it into the Santa Monica Mountains, they made it on their own,” said Mike Stefanak, a warden with the state Department of Fish and Game who used bacon May 26 to catch the Westlake Village bear near the Ventura (101) Freeway. “We’re not going to respond unless it is a problem.” Both that bear and another captured April 25 in Thousand Oaks had caused concern by making their way up to Westlake High School and climbing the walls of nearby condo developments. Despite their size, they can usually find enough food in the wild, partly because they eat all kinds of stuff, including ants, berries, acorns and some grasses. “They are not hurting for natural food,” Stefanak said. But others warned that bears also have a tendency to get into garbage cans and orchards around homes. “I think it is likely a bear will wander into the Santa Monica Mountains area, given the number we have seen in the Simi Hills in the last couple of years,” said Ray Sauvajot, a research scientist with the National Parks Service. While the parks service hasn’t documented one crossing the 101, there were reports of a bear in the Calabasas area three years ago, and about two years ago the body of a bear was found in the Santa Monica Mountains, where it had been hit by a rock slide. He said the way authorities respond will depend on the behavior. “It would be great if they eat their natural food and behave as they would in a wilderness area,” he said. “We wouldn’t feel a need to respond.” But if a bear gets into the mountains and starts eating grapes out of the vineyards or breaking into cars and ice chests, it might be captured and relocated. “People live in close proximity to bears in over half the state of California,” said Doug Updike, wildlife biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game. “There are bears in the hills north of Simi Valley. But seeing bears is relatively new in Southern California. Over the next couple of decades it will become more frequent.” Updike said there is enough shelter and food in the Santa Monica Mountains to support bears but agreed the animals might face problems living close to humans, where they will be tempted to approach homes looking for garbage and pet food. “Bears kind of wander around looking for opportunities to find food, coming across a bee hive or an avocado orchard or a trash can,” Sauvajot said. “It’s fair to say if there was a bear in the Santa Monica Mountains it’s likely it wouldn’t be as well hidden as a mountain lion.” (805) 583-7602160Want 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