Elephant known for painting gets a new shoe

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Gita’s new wardrobe addition is 53 inches around, 19 inches in diameter, and is composed mostly of half-inch-thick brown leather. A wide nylon strap will secure the shoe at her ankle. Lua, owner of Novis Orthopedic Shoes on Colorado Boulevard, spent about 12 hours working on the $450 shoe. “It’s different in that the base of the elephant foot is much larger than the ankle. I needed to cinch (the shoe) up near the ankle … to get around the bottom of the foot,’ he said. The shoe was modeled only from pictures and measurements of the elephant’s foot Lua received from the zoo. He first built a cardboard template and then started on the shoe itself. Gita tried on the shoe Saturday, and Lua picked it up Sunday to do some final touches. Lua was up until midnight last Thursday designing the shoe. Since it was needed immediately to help prevent infection, he was given only two days. Gita is still under daily veterinary care, though a zoo official reports she is doing “extremely well.’ Gita, at the L.A. Zoo since 1959, has made the news before. She and longtime companion Ruby, an African elephant, were the center of a flurry of lawsuits in 2003 filed to stop Ruby’s being moved to a zoo in Knoxville, Tenn. And Gita has also starred as an artist painter Charles Bragg has collaborated with Gita and other L.A. Zoo elephants for fund-raisers, giving them a canvas and paint brushes they hold in their trunks and auctioning off the results. @tagline columnist:Correspondent Zach Fox contributed to this story. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA — Shoe size: Quite large. Width: Oh, about EEEEEEEEE. Fitting: Personal. Client cannot make it inside the store. Specialist shoemaker Cesar Lua takes most orders in stride. But Lua admits he first thought it was a prank when he was asked to make an orthopedic shoe for a Los Angeles Zoo elephant who ha s just had surgery to remove what amounts to a mammoth bunion. “They called asking if I could do an orthopedic shoe for an elephant, and I said, `Sure, I can do it,’ thinking it was a joke,’ Lua said. “And then later I thought, `If I can do human shoes, I could do an elephant shoe.’ ‘ The special shoe, which will have its final fitting today, is for the zoo’s 47-year-old Asian elephant, Gita, who had portions of a small, non-weight- bearing toe removed from her left front foot about two weeks ago. She needs the shoe to prevent infection as the wound heals, a zoo official said. last_img

Darren Bravo taking legal action against WICB after sacking

first_imgWest Indies batsman Darren Bravo is taking legal action against the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) after he was dropped from the squad before their recent One-Day International (ODI) tri-series in Zimbabwe.Bravo is claiming unlawful dismissal after he was sent home by the on-tour management committee for blasting WICB president Dave Cameron in a row over contracts, reports CMC.The Guardian newspaper has reported that Bravo’s lawyer has sent a pre-action protocol letter to the WICB last week which has been received by the board.Bravo, the most consistent batsman for the Caribbean side in the longest format, was overlooked for the top tier and offered a Grade C contract.The row between the stylish Trinidadian batsman and Cameron erupted after the WICB chief gave an explanation for the omission, stating that Bravo’s performance was not consistent enough to merit a higher grade of pay.Bravo lashed out at Cameron on social media platform Twitter, accusing him and the board officials of never offering him a Grade A contract in the first place despite his consistency.In the tweet, Bravo was alleged to have referred to the WICB President as “a big idiot”.last_img read more

Feds launch tourism strategy designed to boost sector 25 per cent by

first_imgOTTAWA — Tourism Minister Melanie Joly says a federal new tourism strategy can boost international visits to Canada during non-peak seasons by more than a million people.The strategy includes $58.5 in funding to help communities create or improve tourism facilities and experiences.The fund is supposed to back experiences that show off Canada’s strengths and expand tourism beyond major cities in summertime.Joly says the new tourism measures are tooled to help tourism revenues grow by 25 per cent — to $128 billion —by 2025.The government also hopes to create 54,000 new jobs directly related to tourism.Joly says the federal government knows that tourism helps every part of the country, adding it has seen many examples of communities transforming and diversifying their economies by attracting visitors.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

SMU And Louisville Are Two Of The Best Teams Ever Banned From

2016Louisville238+19.65 YEARTEAMWINSLOSSESRATING 2003Georgia198+18.94 2016SMU255+19.65 SMU and Louisville are among the best teams to be banned 1992UNLV262+20.74 Any shining moments for Louisville and Southern Methodist will come and go before the NCAA Tournament begins. Although the Cardinals and Mustangs each rank among the nation’s top 20 teams according to Ken Pomeroy and others, both were barred from the 2016 postseason amid scandal.(SMU’s ban, for academic fraud, came from the NCAA; Louisville banned itself in an attempt to avoid harsher sentencing when the NCAA finishes investigating allegations that the team used strippers and prostitutes in its recruiting efforts.)By the numbers, these are two of the best teams ever to be banished from postseason play. Since the NCAA tourney expanded its field to 64 teams in 1984-85, only one banned team has had a better statistical profile, the 1991-92 Runnin’ Rebels from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (We used adjusted differential between offensive and defensive Pomeroy ratings for seasons since 2001 and estimated the differential for earlier teams using Daniel Myers’s research on schedule-adjusted historical team ratings.) 1991Kentucky226+18.87 Sources: Kenpom.com, Daniel Myers, Sports Reference That UNLV squad wasn’t at quite the same level as the version that went 69-6 over the previous two years under the leadership of future NBA talent such as Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon and Greg Anthony. But its best player was J.R. Rider, a future NBA 20 PPG scorer,1Granted, also a chucker and anti-glue guy. and a few of his teammates had brief stints in the pros. Louisville and SMU, by contrast, each carry only one top-100 NBA prospect apiece — Chinanu Onuaku (No. 56) and Shake Milton (No. 87), respectively — and even those guys are at the fringes of the mock draft universe. (The Cardinals’ fifth-year senior transfers Damion Lee and Trey Lewis may eventually get a shot at the NBA but are by no means locks.) Rick Pitino and Larry Brown can punch weight with the towel-chomping Jerry Tarkanian, but in terms of record, efficiency and roster, the ’92 Rebels were probably the best of the three.Still, it’s a relatively close contest. And let’s emphasize again that two of the top three banned squads in recent memory both hail from the 2015-16 season. In what seems destined to be a wide-open NCAA field this year, the Mustangs and Cardinals could have seized upon that opportunity and produced deep tournament runs. But by running afoul of the NCAA, they’re here instead, hypothetically runnin’ with the ’92 Rebels rather than taking the court against present-day teams in the real-life tourney. read more

25 of San Diego property owners paid bills early to avoid new

first_img KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom January 4, 2018 Posted: January 4, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In a ”mad dash” to take advantage of uncapped property tax deductions before the new tax law went into effect this year, 25 percent of San Diego County property owners paid their bills early, the county treasurer’s office said Thursday.The office of Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister received almost 72,000 more second installment property tax payments than this time last year. Some 41,000 of those payments were made in the last three days of 2018, McAllister said.The office received 255,407 second installment payments before Jan. 1, compared to 183,808 by the same time last year, according to the treasurer’s office.Property tax payments are due in two installments, on Nov. 1 and April 10.Many people who paid their second installment before the beginning of this year were looking to take advantage of the unlimited property tax dedications for federal income tax under the old set of rules, McAllister said.Under the new system signed into law by President Trump in December, people can only deduct up to $10,000 in property, state and local tax payments from their federal tax burden.Prepaying property taxes could be advantageous for those who itemize their taxes, usually pay more than $10,000 in state and local taxes and are not subject to the Alternative Minimum Tax, tax experts told various media outlets. 25% of San Diego property owners paid bills early to avoid new tax laws Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

SDSU Athletic Director says proposed Mission Valley stadium could accommodate a future

first_img April 26, 2018 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — San Diego State University Athletic Director John David Wicker said Thursday the university’s proposed 35,000-seat Mission Valley stadium could expand to 55,000 seats to accommodate a future NFL franchise.The stadium would include 82 suites located among the field level, lower bowl sideline, upper sideline and five club sections. It would also feature 50 loge boxes with lounges.A perforated aluminum panel exterior “influenced by the sailboats found in San Diego Harbor” would change colors throughout the day, Wicker said.The site would also feature about 90,000 square feet of retail space, located near the stadium, which would serve residents, employees, students and visitors during non-game days.The proposed stadium is being designed by Populous, a global architecture and design firm that has designed more than 2,000 projects over the last 30 years, including Yankee Stadium. KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 26, 2018 SDSU Athletic Director says proposed Mission Valley stadium could accommodate a future NFL franchise Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more