Eternal youth?

first_img• Photo Gallery: Feeling the burn • Video: Saburo Hori, exercise buffGLENDORA – Saburo Hori is a wiry 89-year-old, slightly stooped with a thin, almost fragile-looking frame. But any sense of fragility evaporates when the octogenarian starts doing 70-pound tricep curls with speed and ease. Hori isn’t the only 80-something working out regularly at Citrus College’s Fitness Center, but at 89 he is the oldest. More unexpectedly, he is also one of the strongest, according to those who have watched him work out. His endurance and age – and undoubtedly, his ever-present grin – have made him a symbol of long-lasting good health, and an inspiration to those who know him. The 40-minute circuit of weight machines and cycling machines that Hori completes three times a week – on top of stretches and more cycling – are daunting even to younger health nuts. “I don’t know how he does it,” said Hori’s friend, David Ponce, 53, as he made his way through the gym’s circuit Friday. “It’s hard for me.” Nadia Bautista, a 19-year-old freshman at Citrus College also doing the circuit Friday, said seeing the older crowd was encouraging, and that she hoped to be as fit as them when she reached her golden years. Physical education professor Marilyn Gunstream, who oversees the fitness center, said she tells her students about the cheerful 89-year-old. “Just the amount of energy and exercise that he puts out at 89,” she said with wonder. “He’s just a tremendous inspiration.” Her 65-year-old husband, Gary, agreed. “He’s someone we can look up to,” he said. “If he can do it, we sure can.” Exercise has always been part of his life, Hori said. The Japanese American joined community baseball and basketball teams when he was growing up in East Los Angeles, the company baseball team when he was an engineer in Michigan, and even joined competitive teams when he was taken to a Japanese internment camp in Utah during World War II. Going to the gym three times a week and playing 18 holes of golf twice a week isn’t a chore, the Glendora resident said. “I enjoy it,” Hori said. “It gives me a reason to get up in the morning … I just enjoy meeting the people, making friendships, and feeling good, too. It’s a good way to start my day.” PE instructor Maury Greer, who sometimes opens the gym in the morning, said the camaraderie is part of the draw. “For many, and for Saburo, definitely, they enjoy the social atmosphere,” Greer said. The “lifetime membership” rates are also enticing – community members pay $5 for an ID card and get into the gym for free, Greer said. He also expressed awe for Hori. “If I did his workout, it would be tough,” the 57-year-old said. “And I’m an ex-track coach.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2730 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

West Ham and Birmingham keepers linked as Warnock is said to want Kenny

first_imgLeeds United boss Neil Warnock wants to sign Paddy Kenny from QPR, who are eyeing Robert Green and Ben Foster as potential replacements, according to The People.Kenny knows Warnock well.Kenny, whose contract expires in 2013, was signed for Rangers by Warnock and also played under him at Sheffield United and Bury.Warnock’s Loftus Road successor Mark Hughes was linked with Birmingham keeper Foster before the transfer deadline and it is now claimed that West Ham’s Green is also on his radar.The People also suggest that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich is to hold face-to-face talks with Jose Mourinho about a return to Stamford Bridge for the Real Madrid boss.France coach Laurent Blanc is also said to have been sounded out, but Mourinho is apparently willing to discuss taking his old job back.But The Sun on Sunday say Abramovich has ruled out taking Mourinho back to the club.Abramovich is said to be interested in appointing Capello.It is claimed that although Mourinho has been linked with the manager’s position, Abramovich has no intention of appointing him.A Blues source is quoted as saying: “There is absolutely no way Roman will go back in for Jose — no way.“Russians never go back, they replace things rather than fix them and they never admit they are wrong.“While Roman continues to own the club people should forget about him returning.”The Sun on Sunday also say that Salomon Kalou, whose Chelsea contract expires this summer, is a target for Tottenham and Arsenal as well as Bayern Munich and clubs in France, Russia and Spain.Meanwhile, the Mail on Sunday suggest Fabio Capello is ready to return to England to manage in the Premier League, which will apparently alert Abramovich to the possibility of appointing him.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Peru agrees to eliminate trichinae testing requirements

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In a big victory for the U.S. pork industry, Peru has agreed to eliminate trichinae testing requirements on chilled U.S. pork based on a U.S. Department of Agriculture certification that the pork originated from Pork Quality Assurance Plus farms. PQA Plus is an education and training program run by the National Pork Board that certifies that hog operations are meeting their commitments related to animal well-being, food safety, worker safety and environmental protection.NPPC worked closely with U.S. and Peruvian officials for many years to eliminate the testing, which artificially raises the cost of selling chilled pork in the South American country. The risk of getting trichinae from consuming U.S. pork is less than 1 in 300,000,000. Peru’s U.S. pork imports increased significantly after the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement was implemented in 2009, jumping from just $650,000 in 2008 to more than $6.7 million in 2014. Based on analysis conducted by Iowa State University economist Dermot Hayes, National Pork Producers Council expects pork exports to Peru to grow even more now that the trichinae testing requirement has been eliminated.last_img read more

Minneapolis To Eliminate Single-Family Zoning

first_imgMinneapolis has become the first major city in the country to drop zoning regulations that allow only single-family homes, The New York Times reports. In a vote earlier this month, the City Council approved new zoning rules that will allow multifamily units with as many as three dwelling units in every neighborhood in the city. The changes, now under review by a regional policy-setting body, are expected to be put into place next year.RELATED ARTICLESCan Sustainability Be Affordable?First Look at Affordable LEED TownhomesMaking Green Affordable, Part 1Making Green Affordable, Part 2Affordable Urban Green in Philly The change is part of the city’s revised comprehensive plan, called Minneapolis 2040, that lays out objectives in a variety of categories, including housing. The document notes that the city added more than 12,000 housing units and 37,000 people between 2010 and 2016, increasing demand for housing and pushing up housing costs and rents. “As a result,” the plan says, “housing units that were once affordable no longer are, and less housing is available for low-income residents of Minneapolis.” At the same time, median income for African-American and American Indian and Alaska natives has been sinking. The city has lost some 15,000 housing units considered affordable for those earning 50% of the area’s median income. Because of that, 49% of all households in Minneapolis devote more than 30% of household income to housing — what the plan calls “cost-burdened households.” While one-third of white households are considered cost-burdened, more than 50% of black and Native American households meet that test. Forty-five percent of Hispanic households are cost-burdened. Racial discrimination in housing was encouraged by loan underwriting guidelines from the federal government during the 1930s — guidelines that were intended to make loans for single-family homes less risky. This history has continued to shape housing opportunities for people of color, the plan says. “To address these issues, the City of Minneapolis will expand opportunities to increase the housing supply in a way that meets changing needs and desires,” the plan notes. “This means allowing more housing options, especially in areas that currently lack housing choice and in areas with access to frequent and fast transit employment, and goods and services.” Not everyone likes the new approach As might be expected, the effort to increase housing density in neighborhoods that have until now been limited to single-family homes isn’t going down without a fight. A group called Minneapolis for Everyone fought the changes on the grounds that it centralizes neighborhood planning in City Hall, and would degrade quality of life and the environment. The group also argued that Minneapolis 2040 “discriminates in housing and transportation against families with children, the disabled, the elderly and people with low incomes.” The group made lawn signs available for people who opposed the plan. One of them said, “Don’t Bulldoze Our Neighborhoods.” Another said, “Developers Win! Neighborhoods Lose!” Lisa McDonald, a former City Council member, worked with Minneapolis for Everyone and said many residents who live near public transit are worried that tall apartment buildings will spring up next to their homes, according to The Times. “We’ve tried very hard to work with the city to say, ‘Let’s find a rational approach to this,’ ” she said. “And instead, what the city has basically done is say, ‘If you’re not for this plan, you’re a racist and an elitist.’ ” Efforts are underway elsewhere Other cities with a shortage of affordable housing also are weighing similar plans. In Portland, Oregon, a revised housing plan would allow more multifamily units in single-family neighborhoods, according to a report in The Oregonian. The Residential Infill Project is intended to increase housing density and reduce the cost of housing. An early version of the plan was opposed by both housing activists and neighborhood groups. A new version would create 24,000 new homes over 20 years, and allow duplexes, triplexes, and fourplexes on more residential lots, according to an analysis. The plan also would cover most of the city rather than just “high-opportunity housing areas.” City Council approval isn’t expected until 2019. A neighborhood association has asked a state court to overturn a section of the city’s comprehensive plan to block the project, the newspaper said. The Times reported that Seattle is considering a plan to rezone 6% of its single-family neighborhoods to allow more housing. But an increase in affordable housing won’t automatically follow. In an article published in The Seattle Times in May, Mike Rosenberg said that 69% of residential lots are occupied by single-family houses. Large swaths of the city are off-limits to apartments, condos, and town homes. And because single-family lots are mostly built out, only limited areas of the city are absorbing all of the city’s growth in population — 100,000 new residents in a decade. The city is slowly allowing greater density in single-family zones, but that hasn’t done much to make housing more affordable because real estate prices are so high. On average, Rosenberg said, at least seven housing units must be built on one property before each one is cheaper than the older house it replaced. “To have a real impact on affordability,” he wrote, “Seattle would need to build a lot more of these smaller homes in taller buildings – a complete overhaul to neighborhoods that existing homeowners (the majority of city voters) are likely to oppose.”last_img read more

Nehru Cup 2012: Maldives score late goal against Syria to stay afloat

first_imgMaldives toiled against Syria, rain, and a water-soaked pitch and got a just reward with a 2-1 win in a Nehru Cup match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.With this win, the former SAFF champions have six points from three matches while Syria’s hopes of reaching the final are over. Captain Ali Ashfaq and Ahmed Rasheed scored for Maldives while Alaa Alshbbli scored for the West Asian nation.The football on display was far from spectacular as the game started more than an hour late than the scheduled time.Maldives gave a better account of themselves in the challenging conditions with Ashfaq leading from the front.His dribbling skills came to the fore in the third minute itself when he got past Alaa Alshbbli and Jehad Albour but his left-footer went over the bar. Syria responded with a counter attack but Mohamed Imran safely collected Ali Ghlioum’s header.While the game mostly went on in the midfield, Syria tried to string along passes but the water-soaked pitch played a spoilsport.Amidst all this, Ahmed Alsalih fouled Ashfaq on the left of the box. The resulting free kick, taken by Ashfaq himself, was easily parried away by goalkeeper Mosad Balhous.Syria had their tale of missed chances as well when Yaser Shushara’s shot, off Mohammad Zahir Almedani’s corner, was cleared by Abdulla Asadhulla from the goal-line.Ashfaq, on the other end, continued with his onslaught on the Syrian box but Balhous stood like a wall. However, despite the Maldives player’s repeated forays, the goal eluded him.advertisementIn the second half, Syria started on a strong note with Mardek Mardkian, who came in place of Ghlioum, making in-roads. But it was far from making an impact as water on the pitch played a spoilsport on a couple of occasions. Finally, Maldives got the opener in the 59th minute when Ashafaq rose to the occasion to find the Syrian net off a free kick from Umair Mohamed.The game looked set to go Maldives’ way but Alshbbli had some other plans. The defender, who also scored against India, gave another proof of his goal-scoring abilities when in the 81st minute he shot a spectacular bicycle kick to restore parity.Both Syria and Maldives upped the ante in the dying moments. In injury time, Rasheed got a pass from Ashfaq from left and coolly shot the ball into the net. However, Maldives coach Istvan Urbanyi was sent off for his wild celebrations as he kicked a bottle on the pitch.last_img read more