‘Ghost of Mira Loma’ at rest

first_imgLANCASTER – Somewhere up there, Meyer Bernard Himelstaub must be smiling. The man entrenched in Antelope Valley lore as the “Ghost of Mira Loma” was given a proper funeral nearly 65 years to the day of his horrifying death. Himelstaub was a 22-year-old British Royal Air Force cadet assigned to the Antelope Valley’s War Eagle Field – now the site of Mira Loma county detention center on 60th Street West and Avenue I – when he was decapitated by a taxiing plane he accidentally walked into on Feb. 13, 1942. Himelstaub was a Jew who escaped Nazi-dominated Poland as a child. He was an aspiring military pilot who historians say was determined to fight the Nazis in World War II. Among those who spoke at the event was Rabbi David Hoffman. Tears streamed across the faces of several Hillview students during the ceremony. The students’ study of Himelstaub’s life compelled them to become involved in the ceremony. “He’s become like family,” Hillview student Dulcie Adhiambo said. “His legacy was that he was going for his dream of going to fight Hitler, even though he didn’t really fullfil it. We just wanted everyone to know what really happened.” The ceremony concluded with missing-man formation flyover used by the Royal Air Force to honor dead pilots. The flyover featured vintage Steerman and AT-6 planes. Antelope Valley military historian Bob Alvis said Himelstaub likely flew a Steerman, an aviation classic that features two stacked wings. “You never want to forget our fallen, and this was a nice gesture to show the English that we appreciate your fallen,” said Alvis, who helped organize the event. “The ghost of War Eagle Field is not a great legacy for a fallen cadet … it’s kind of become a carnival sideshow,” Alvis said. “It is part of his history and we will live with that, but as far as honoring his legacy, this is what we want to remember, not his terrorizing kids on Halloween.” [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He was buried at Lancaster cemetery three days after his death, thousands of miles away from family. Sheriff’s deputies and inmates have reported inexplicable events over the years, fueling speculation that Himelstaub’s restless spirit was haunting the Antelope Valley. On Friday, the Antelope Valley attempted to make peace with Himelstaub’s spirit, honoring the man’s life in a ceremony in which a new headstone was unveiled at his burial site. Several prominent civic and community leaders including mayors from Lancaster and Palmdale, a representative from the British Commonwealth War Graves Commission and an eighth-grade Hillview Middle School history class instrumental in organizing the event were among about 200 people who attended the ceremony. A War Graves Commission request that Himelstaub be given a new headstone provided the impetus for the ceremony. last_img read more

Turtles Hurtle Through the Sea Magnetically

first_imgExperiments on sea turtles have shown that they follow the earth’s magnetic field to the exact beach where they were born to lay their eggs.  “It is almost as if they were equipped with a compass pointing towards the beach in question,” says an article on EurekAlert.  “So they can correct any deflection they are subject to: transport by boat, ocean currents…”  Like a guiding beacon, the field keeps them on track even when ocean currents carry them far off course.  The researchers feel that other cues, like smell, may also guide them home.    The film Life’s Story 2 from Exploration Films shows footage of sea turtles laying their eggs and the young finding their way to the water.The sea is a mighty big place to get lost.  One beach on a coastline is a mere speck from hundreds of miles out in the ocean.  Who put a compass in a turtle’s head?  Who gave them all the hardware and software to transport their bulky bodies thousands of miles to home base?  Who gave them the ability to dig and lay eggs?  Who taught the babies when to hatch at high tide, and make their way to the water?  How many trillions of turtles had to sink to the bottom or die of beach sunburn while mutations did their random walk through possibility space?  The marine biologists are looking for a few good minds.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Pork exports up, beef exports struggling

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest U.S. pork exports showed modest improvement in September while beef exports endured the most difficult month in some time, according to statistics released by USDA and compiled by the U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF).September pork export volume was up 6% from a year ago to 172,012 metric tons (mt). Export value was $456.1 million, down 11% year-over-year but the highest since May. Pork exports through the first nine months of the year declined 4% in volume (1.58 million mt) and 17% in value ($4.21 billion) compared to January-September 2014.Beef export volume fell 21% from a year ago in September to 79,474 metric tons (mt) and value was down 28% to $456.6 million — the lowest since January. For the first nine months of 2015, exports were down 12% in volume (782,705 mt) and 8% in value ($4.8 billion).Pork export value per head slaughtered was $46.90 in September, down $11.21 from last year. For January through September, per head value was down $15 to $49.45. January through September exports accounted for just over 24% of total pork production and nearly 21% for muscle cuts only — down from 27% and 23%, respectively, during the first nine months of 2014.Exports to Mexico, the leading volume destination for U.S. pork, fell slightly in volume in September but climbed 5% through the first nine months of the year to 529,798 mt, while export value fell 20% to $932.6 million.Beef export value in September equated to $233.80 per head of fed slaughter — down nearly $80 from a year ago. For January through September, per-head value was $280.46 — down $6.36 from the same period last year. Exports equated to 13% of total beef production and 10% for muscle cuts only — both down 1% from the first nine months of last year.September exports to leading market Japan fell 34% in volume (15,386 mt) and 36% in value ($99.7 million) from a year ago. For the first nine months of the year, exports to Japan were down 12% in volume (161,961 mt) and 14% in value (just over $1 billion).last_img read more

Australian Teams In Camp This Weekend

first_imgWhile most of us are winding down from a busy 2012 and getting into the festive season, our Australian teams are still busy training in the lead up to the Super Trans Tasman in early February. This weekend will see the Australian Men’s and Mixed Open teams travel to Parkes, New South Wales as they prepare to defend their Trans Tasman titles they claimed in April this year. The Parkes Touch Association has once a year hosted the Men’s Open team in recent times and is excited to this year accommodate the inclusion of the Mixed team to the area as well. The camp will also include clinics with Parkes junior Touch Football representatives as has been done in previous years. The Women’s Open team will be holding their training camp in Brisbane on Saturday and the Sunshine Coast on Sunday as they aim to continue their dominance over New Zealand. Stay tuned to the website next week to read training camp diaries from a representative of each the Australian Open teams. Related LinksAussie Teams In Camplast_img read more

a month agoRangers boss Gerrard: I don’t bother with Heskey interviews

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard: I don’t bother with Heskey interviewsby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRangers boss Steven Gerrard is unhappy with former Liverpool teammate Emile Heskey after comments on his managerial credentials.Heskey suggested this week that it was easier for Gerrard and fellow managers to land a top job because of his skin colour.Ahead of his side’s Europa League clash with Feyenoord, Gerrard delivered a withering response to his former teammate.“I don’t have anything to say on that. I don’t really look out for any interviews that Emile Heskey does,” the Rangers boss said.Gerrard and Heskey played together for club and country and were part of the Liverpool side that won the treble in 2001. last_img read more

Freshmen shine on the mats for Ohio State wrestling

Freshman Kyle Snyder (second from left), redshirt-freshman Bo Jordan (middle) and redshirt-freshman Nathan Tomasello were named co-captains for the Buckeyes dispite being in their first years of collegiate competition.Credit: Patrick Kalista / Lantern reporterDespite seeing an early exit at the National Duals in Iowa City over the weekend, the Ohio State wrestling team might have discovered the future of its program.Freshman Kyle Snyder and redshirt-freshmen Bo Jordan and Nathan Tomasello are ranked No. 3, No. 5 and No. 7, respectively, in their weight classes, and have been a staple in the team’s success. All three were named co-captains along with redshirt-senior Logan Stieber, even though they are wrestling in their first competitive year at OSU.Tomasello said he is grateful for the opportunity to help lead the team toward its goals.“Getting voted as captains was very humbling, I feel we have done a good job of being supportive, helping the team improve each week and have come together to make a run at a title at the end of the year,” the redshirt-freshman said. “We’ve learned a lot and the coaches have gotten us prepared and it’s been a great experience so far.”Jordan (16-0), a redshirt-freshman, has been called upon to not only win his 165-pound matches, but to do so by getting bonus points to increase the team’s chances of winning. Jordan said he doesn’t focus on the extra points as much as the coaches do, but added he wants to do whatever he can to help the team win.“I’m not really thinking about getting the extra points, but if I go out and wrestle to the best of my ability and stay where I’m good at, I know I can throw up a lot of points and I’ll see what happens from there,” Jordan said.Throughout the season, Jordan has been known to hit a point in his matches where a whole new level of intensity is shown. He said he can feel when it’s time for that to turn on.“There’s a point in every match where my lungs feel like they are on fire, and when I start to feel tired and things are starting to get tough. I know my opponent is feeling the same thing, so I know it’s time to click and throw it into the next gear,” Jordan said.Jordan also credited Tomasello (24-4) when it comes to being motivated to go out and give it his all.“(He’s) the guy who starts the fire in everyone at the beginning of each match,” Jordan said.“I don’t think there is anyone else in the nation that I would rather have starting off our matches at 125 pounds besides Nathan Tomasello,” Jordan said. “He gets after it for seven minutes and he gets the team fired up.”As for starting out first each night, the 125 pounder said he wouldn’t want it any other way.“I want to be first on the mat every time,” Tomasello said. “I want to bring the intensity and go at it for the full seven minutes and then I get the rest of the dual to cheer on my teammates.”Snyder (24-2), a favorite to win the Big Ten Championship in two weeks, credited his co-captains and teammates for keeping him focused.“It helps when everyone is doing their part, and when you have Nate and Bo who are both freaks in the sport of wrestling, it helps in preparing for big matches,” Snyder said. “Nate always gets the ball rolling when he starts the match, and it gets our heads in the right direction, and when Bo goes out and gets bonus points, it motivates me to do the same.”Snyder said preparation has taken its course and now it’s about proving who’s the best in the sport.“This is the time in the season where you have to just go out and win matches,” he said. “It’s fun just competing and practicing to get better, but now it’s all about getting your hand raised.”OSU had everything going for it, including victories in nine straight dual meets. All of that came to an end when the No. 3 Buckeyes were upset by the No. 11 Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 21-18, on Saturday.The Buckeyes managed just four victories over the Mountain Hawks.The trio of freshmen continued to put up big numbers in their individual matches and their efforts haven’t gone unnoticed, coach Tom Ryan said.“We have four bright spots right now, and three of them are freshmen,” Ryan said. “Other guys are going to have to figure out who and what they want to be in this sport in the next two weeks.”The Buckeyes are set to host the Big Ten Championships March 7-8 at St. John Arena, and as long as they follow Stieber’s and the coaches’ lead, they should be successful, Jordan said.“Logan’s leading the way so we just have to follow him and listen to the coaches and go out and wrestle our best,” Jordan said. “We have what it takes to win it all and it’s time to go out and prove it.” read more

Jose Mourinho on Ronaldos mega move to Juventus

first_imgJose Mourinho has weighed in on Cristiano Ronaldo’s €105 million move to Serie A with Juventus, congratulating the club for the ‘complete transfer’.Mourinho, who worked with his fellow countryman Ronaldo during his time as Real Madrid boss, believes that the Italian league will benefit greatly from acquiring one of the two best players in the world.As reported by Give Me Sport, the former Chelsea boss said: “In England, the Premier League is the most competitive championship with top players. Now there are three dimensions to look at.”“Now everyone looks at Italy for Ronaldo, the Premier League because it’s the best league and Spain for Messi.”“Serie A has become one of the most important championships in the world. In football, everything can change.”Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Juventus have dominated the top division in Italy, winning 7 consecutive league titles on a run which has included securing the last 4 as part of a domestic double and their success looks likely to continue with the arrival of Ronaldo.Mourinho, however, continued by saying his arrival could galvanise the rest of the competition.“If it changes the perspectives of teams like Inter, Milan and Roma, if they don’t passively accept Juve with Cristiano become stronger, that they will win again and again and can also find the right motivations from this deal, it can change Serie A in terms of quality, emotions and exposure,” he added.“For this reason, I congratulate to Juventus for this coup, which involves football, marketing and merchandising. It’s the complete transfer.”last_img read more

Benjamin Mendy named in Man City squad for Carabao Cup clash

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola confirmed that Benjamin Mendy has been included in the squad for Wednesday’s Carabao Cup semi-final second leg.The French full-back has been sidelined since November after he underwent knee surgery in Barcelona.It was an unwelcome blow for Mendy after missing most of his debut campaign at City due to an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee following his reported £52m move from AS Monaco in 2017.Nearly two weeks after announcing Mendy had returned to training, however, Guardiola has now named him in his squad that will travel to Burton Albion on Wednesday.“[Mendy is] in the squad for tomorrow,” said Guardiola on the club website. “He will travel with us. Maybe on the bench.“I would say with the results we have done last two years, we have not missed him too much but I would say we have missed him a lot.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“My feeling is he can give something extra. Hopefully, in the last part of the season and in the future we can use him.“He pushes from the outside on the left, he is unstoppable. Especially in the last third, he is so clever. He is clever when he does those kinds of actions.“In two seasons he played few and when we talk, practice he is not there. We will need some time to adjust his quality for what we need.”But City captain Vincent Kompany will not be available due to a “little injury”, although Guardiola did reveal that Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden will start in midfield.The Catalan coach also added that there will be a number of youngsters in the squad with City boasting a 9-0 aggregate lead over Burton for a place in next month’s final.The semi-final second leg between Burton and City will begin at 20:45 (CET) on Wednesday.last_img read more