As an incentive to improve the sanitary conditions of Paynesville City, the Paynesville City Corporation (PCC), has announced to community leaders that a special prize will be awarded to the “cleanest community” at the end of the Paynesville beautification project. Over the past few days, teenagers, young men and women between the ages of 15 and 25, have been seen brushing parts of Paynesville along the Roberts International Airport (RIA) highway and cleaning clogged drainages.Overseeing the entire effort is Paynesville City Mayor Cyvette Gibson. Even on Broad Street, in the heart of Monrovia, young men, who are working to beautify that part of the Capitol, have removed old and worn out iron rails, which served as fences around flowers and trees planted in the middle of the street. The men can also be seen digging to install new and strong rails around the decorations.Recently President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf set up a special taskforce for the beautification of Monrovia and other surrounding cities in Montserrado County. The special taskforce is headed by former Monrovia City Corporation (MCC) Mayor now Director-General of the General Services Agency (GSA), Madam Mary T. Broh. It is co-chaired by the Ministry of Internal Affairs, with various city authorities as members. Following her appointment, Madam Broh said she and her team will move in various communities “like a hurricane, sweeping and cleaning up all and everything that looks like debris.” She dubbed herself “Hurricane Mary Broh.”After the formation of the taskforce, Madam Broh called a general meeting in which she met with mayors of all the cities. The meeting, which took place in the GSA compound, was held on October 15. It was aimed at defining the role of each taskforce member.It was agreed at the meeting that the various municipalities of Montserrado County recruit a combined total of 1,000 students and youths, who will carry out the clean up exercise, while the authorities of those municipalities monitor the work. Speaking to journalists over the weekend, PCC Director of Communications, Press and Public Affairs, Jani K. Jallah, said PCC will task community leaders to carry out the recruitment of students, while PCC will monitor and evaluate them.According to her, community chairpersons will be tasked with recruiting students and others from their communities to carry out the day-to-day clean up process. “What we have decided as a city is to give our community leaders the responsibility to lead the beautification exercise. We will support them with the necessary technical expertise, and at the same time play the monitoring and evaluation role. We want this to be done and owned by the communities. In other words, we want residents of Paynesville, through their local leaderships, to take ownership of the entire process,” Ms. Jallah said. She stated that the process will officially kick off on November 15 and will run until December 15, 2015. She pointed out that at the end of the project, PCC will present a “cleanest community in Paynesville City” award. “The entire project will be climaxed with the presentation of the award. We are doing this to encourage competition in the city.” She disclosed that the City Corporation, along with the NGO community in the city, will make up a special panel that will do the selection of the cleanest community at the end of the month-long exercise. Ms. Jallah bragged: “Paynesville has over the years been the best city in terms of organization and governance and we want to remain the best forever.” Director Jallah stated that the birth of this project will lead to what she described as “establishments of Community Based Enterprises (CBEs)” and the CBEs will be spearheaded by young people in various communities.She explained that the idea is to ensure that the beauty and cleanliness of the city is sustained by residents of various communities making up the city. Ms. Jallah did not say what the award to the cleanest community would be.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Public Service Union (GPSU) believes that the large sums of money that have been identified lying idle in various bank accounts and available for Government use should be utilised to pay public servants a liveable wage.The Union has also said that it was not unmindful of the immediate implications of implementing a living wage and was prepared to support a multi-year approach to achieve this goal, suggesting a three-year period.Moreover, the GPSU blasted successive Governments’ resort to employing persons on contract. “We believe that successive Governments recognised the impossibility of attracting quality labour and skills by their continuing use of high-value contract employees,” the Union said in a release on Tuesday.GPSU President Patrick YardeAccording to the GPSU, this has led to a situation where the Public Service, at least in relation to wages, salaries and allowances, can reasonably be accused of practising discrimination if not outright ‘apartheid’. The Union has since demanded that this practice be halted, saying “it would be insensitive, uncaring and anti-working class to do otherwise”.The missive released by the GPSU further outlined, “We believe that, to use the words of Prof Clive Thomas, ‘the democratic dividend must immediately begin to reflect in a just wage for those who toil’.“We further believe that once the compensation pay for those at the bottom of the scale is taken care of consequential increases and adjustments will satisfy the need for those at the top,” the GPSU added.The Union, in its proposal to Government, has also called for a flat increase of $7500 per month, which should be added to the salary at December 31, 2015 of each person employed in the Public Service, as well as to the amount payable at the minimum and maximum of each band.The GPSU suggested too that next year a 25 per cent increase be given across the board and in 2018, a 20 per cent increase be paid across the board.To this end, the GPSU asserted its commitment to an objective organisational restructuring in the Public Service, accompanied by a job evaluation exercise of relevant positions; the need to provide for rewarding additional and special responsibilities; and the reduction of overlap, more consistency and logic in the number and spread among bands and their de-bunching where necessary.“In this regard, it is the GPSU’s position that the findings and recommendations of all previous and current reports of committees, arbitration tribunals and the Commission of Inquiry into the Public Service of Guyana should form an adequate basis for the determination and completion of this exercise within the three-year period of the above proposal,” the release stated.According to the GPSU, no fulltime worker whether in the Public or Private Sector should be forced by their employer to have to go hungry, without reasonable shelter, basic clothing and adequate leisure.“One of the duties of the employer is to ensure that the worker’s self- esteem and dignity are always preserved and protected…Wages which dooms the worker to poverty deprives the employer of a motivated worker and correspondingly the quality and service which the public expects and deserves. Poverty robs the worker and his/her family of their self-esteem, right to dignity and a decent life,” the Union highlighted.The GPSU said too that its argument in the struggle for a living wage for decades was that it helped to protect the workers at the lowest level of the socio-economic structure.According to the GPSU, “Our economy has for too long been constructed/regulated/structured on a paradigm of low wage…This explains why Guyanese continue to migrate in large numbers and why the paradox of job vacancies and high unemployment persist simultaneously.”
– wife, daughter taken into Police custodyA rice farmer was on Monday evening shot and killed in his West Berbice home after gunmen allegedly invaded the property.Dead: Gregory ReynoldsDead is 60-year-old Gregory Reynolds, also called “Bermine”, of Lot 131 Number 8 Village, West Coast Berbice, Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice). It is believed that he was shot sometime between 20:00h and 22:00h.According to reports, Reynolds, his wife and daughter were at home when the gunmen struck. The man was later found lying in a pool of blood in the lower flat of the building and an alarm was raised. At the time, he had close to $400,000 in his pants pocket.While the details of what took place were not forthcoming, Guyana Times understands that the now dead man would normally give his wife and two children money when he sells his paddy at the end of each crop.The dead man’s sister,Barbra Pluck-KingIt has been reported that on Monday, the rice farmer collected his money to purchase two new wheels for his tractor. This, however, might have angered the man’s wife and an argument erupted between them.The dead man’s sister, Barbra Pluck-King, related that although Reynolds lived among four of his siblings, none of them were informed when the alleged bandits attacked nor after they left.The woman added that she was informed that the Police arrived at the scene and found her sister-in-law sitting next to her brother’s motionless body. However, she did not relate any information to the family about what transpired.“I didn’t see any doors or windows broken so I turned around and asked, Kuntie what really happen? And she said ‘me na know. Me bin sit down in the hammock and me na know happen’”.According to the man’s sister, the woman was wearing several gold chains, bangles and rings when she arrived at the scene.“Now if somebody come to rob, they will be looking for jewellery and money,” she noted. With little help coming from her sister-in-law, she turned to her niece for information.However, she got no vital information from the 25-year-old. In fact, according to the grieving sister, she was verbally abused hence, she became suspicious.“No windows were broken; it is just like a door kicked from the inside. If someone break and enter, there would kick from the outside. When I looked at the blood on the ground and I see the gel on the ground, I know that my brother was not just murdered. In know that he was dead for a little while,” the sister who is a registered nurse revealed.Both the woman and her daughter were taken into Police custody as they continue their investigations.Meanwhile, the couple had been married for more that 30-years and their union brought forth two children. The woman has two other children from her previous marriage.An autopsy performed on the body on Tuesday gave the cause of death as shock and haemorrhage as a result of multiple gunshot injuries.
“Tuesday Table Talk,” satellite TV seminars, 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley. Choice of “Making Your Marriage Top Priority” or “Healing is a Choice.” Potluck dinner, 6:30p.m. Free. Call (818) 767-4488. Religion and violence conference, 3-5:30p.m. Wednesday and Friday in the Oviatt Library at California State University, Northridge, 18111 Nordhoff St., Northridge. Free. Parking $4; use lots B3, B4 and B5 on Darby Avenue or G4 on Zelzah Avenue. Call (818) 677-4854. “Be Still and Know,” a prayer, meditation and healing service led by the Rev. Jefferson Beeker, 6:30p.m. Wednesdays through April 4, First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave. Call (818) 763-8218. Lenten speaker series: “Evangelism in the Wesleyan Tradition” will be the topic of the Rev. Jon MacFarland, 7p.m. Wednesday, Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. Light supper, 6p.m. Call (818) 360-8111. “And Then I Heard My Savior Say,” a series of Lenten services, 7p.m. Wednesday, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Soup supper, 6:30p.m. Call (818) 788-2653. “Stray Sheep” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Elroy Reimnitz at a Lenten service, 7p.m. Wednesday, Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. Call (818) 348-5714. “Obsession: Radical Islam’s War Against the West” screening and a talk by Nonie Darwish, founder of ArabsforIsrael.com, 7p.m. Wednesday at the New JCC at Milken, 22622 Vanowen St., West Hills. Admission $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Call (818) 337-4544 or see www.ChabadofWestHills.com. Equal civil marriage rights for gays and lesbians will be the topic of guest speaker, Steve Krantz, at Adat Chaverim Congregation for Humanistic Judaism’s Shabbat service 7:30p.m. Friday, meeting at Woodcrest School, 6043 Tampa Ave., Tarzana. Call (818) 623-7363. African Shabbat, with Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, from Uganda, and Hazzan Mike Stein, from Temple Aliyah, 8:15p.m. Friday, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. Call (818) 346-3545. Lenten Morning of Quiet Meditations, with the theme “Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane,” 8:30a.m. March 17, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Holy Eucharist, 11:30a.m. followed by lunch. Call (818) 785-4251. Women’s Seder, presented by the Women of Kol Tikvah, 6:30p.m. March 28, 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Reservations due by March 21; $25; students 11 and older, $20; and children 10 and under, $10. Call (818) 348-0670, Ext. 219. “How Do I Tap Into the Joy Body?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Maureen Hoyt, 10a.m. Sunday, Granada Hills Church of Religious Science, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. Call (818) 363-8136. “Good Shepherd or Easter Bunny?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Dave Wilkinson, 8:15 and 10:45a.m. Sunday, Moorpark Presbyterian Church, 13950 Peach Hill Road. Call (805) 529-8422. “Standing in Conviction” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Carrie Lauer, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Center of Spiritual Awakening, meeting at the Radisson Hotel, 9777 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth. Call (818) 709-1451. “What Difference Does It Make?” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Anne Felton Hines, 10:30a.m. Sunday, Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Call (818) 887-6101. “Everyone a Minister” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Thomas E. Witherspoon, 10a.m. Sunday, Unity Church of the Valley, 2817 Montrose Ave., La Crescenta. Call (818) 249-4396. “Keep Your Eyes on the Ball” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Jim Lee, 9:15a.m. Sunday, Bethel Lutheran Church, 17500 Burbank Blvd., Encino. Call (818) 788-2653. “Spiritual Immunity” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Beverly Craig, 10a.m. Sunday, La Crescenta Church of Religious Science, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. Call (818) 249-1045. “When Life is a Pass or Fail Proposition” will be the message delivered by the Rev. Joey K. McDonald, 10:30a.m. Sunday, First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. Call (818) 763-8231. Religion events are compiled by Staff Writer Holly Andres. Notices must reach the Daily News two weeks before the Saturday on which they are to run. Mail entries, with time, date, location and contact number, to Daily News Religion Calendar, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Let My People Sing” events to benefit Jewish World Watch projects in Darfur and elsewhere: “Voices of Hope,” the organization’s primary fundraiser, 7:30p.m. today, The Brandeis-Bardin Institute, 101 Peppertree Lane, Brandeis. Tickets $75-$100; (818) 501-1836 or see www.jewishworldwatch.org. “Let My People Sing … Along!” 4p.m. Sunday, Stephen S. Wise Temple, 15500 Stephen S. Wise Drive, Los Angeles. Limited seating. (818) 766-9426. “Songs of a New World,” a play by Jason Robert Brown performed by ELATE, a ministry of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of North Hollywood, 8p.m. today, 6020 Radford Ave. Tickets $10, $8 seniors and students. Also, 2 p.m. Sunday; 8 p.m. Friday and other dates in March. Call (818) 509-0882. “Beginnings and Basics of Islam: Sunni and Shi’a Traditions,” discussed by Amir Hussain, associate professor of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, 9:30a.m. Sunday, St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, 3646 Coldwater Canyon Ave., Studio City. Call (818) 763-9193 or see www.stmikessc.org. “Parenting and Parenting Parents: Life in a Mortality Sandwich,” a talk by author Noah benShea, 10:15a.m.-12:30p.m. Sunday, Temple Sinai of Glendale, 1212 N. Pacific Ave. Call (818) 246-8101. New member orientation, led by the Rev. Frank Nausin, 12:15-2:30p.m. Sunday, Holy Trinity Evangelical Church, 1 W. Avenida de los Arboles, Thousand Oaks. Lunch will be served during the meeting. Call (805) 492-1234. “Splendor of Indian Dance,” performed by the Rangoli Dance Company, 4p.m. Sunday, St. James Presbyterian Church, 19414 Ventura Blvd., Tarzana. Call (818) 345-2057. West Valley Christian Women Connection, affiliated with Stonecroft Ministries, 11:30a.m. Thursday, Holiday Inn, 21101 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. Reservations required by Monday; $20. Call (818) 348-5247 or (818) 341-8684. “The University,” an annual adult education program offered by Roman Catholic parishes in Ventura County: All classes, 7:30-9p.m.; Fee: $7, includes a guest. This week’s classes include: “Tickle Your Soul,” Monday, St. Paschal Baylon, 155 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks; “What Exactly are the Eastern Catholic Churches?” Monday, St. Julie Billiart, 2475 Borchard Road, Newbury Park; “Silent Prayer,” Tuesday, Holy Cross, 13955 Peach Hill Road, Moorpark; “Hollywood and Faith: Enemies or Partners?” Wednesday, St. Maximilian Kolbe, 5801 Kanan Road, Westlake Village; “The Human Face of Mary,” Wednesday, St. Mary Magdalen, 2532 Ventura Blvd., Camarillo; “Sharing Your Faith in Mixed Company,” with Janice Daurio, a Roman Catholic, and Rabbi Michael Lotker, Thursday, St. Maximilian Kolbe. Call St. Paschal Baylon, (805) 496-0222 or see www.stpaschal.org. Holy Spirit Retreat Center activities: 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. “Food for the Soul,” a cooking class with Maria Simental and Sister Jennifer Gaeta, 5-9p.m. March 20. Fee: $30; deposit $10 by Wednesday. Vernal equinox labyrinth walk, 7p.m. March 21. Call (818) 784-4515.
West Ham new boy Nene in action for Paris Saint-Germain 1 Nene will not make his West Ham debut this weekend as he is not yet fit enough, according to Hammers boss Sam Allardyce.The Brazilian joined West Ham on Wednesday, arriving on a free transfer from Qatari club Al-Gharafa until the end of the season.The 33-year-old is still awaiting international clearance, but Allardyce has revealed that even with it the former Paris Saint-Germain forward is not ready to make his Hammers bow.“Whether it did come through or didn’t he wouldn’t be part of the squad this weekend on the basis of his physical condition,” said Allardyce.“As naturally fit as he is, he hasn’t been training with a team on a regular basis.“We envisage [him making his debut] in two weeks, we will assess that after seven to 10 days. We will see what he is like for Crystal Palace next week.“It is nice to have him here with the CV he has got.”
Exactly a year ago today, Germany silenced hosts Brazil in the World Cup with an incredible performance. Relive it above.
Paul Devine.Conor Gallagher.Conor Sharkey.Conal Creagh.Christy Murray.ATHLETICS: Donegal athletes completed the SSE Dublin half-marathon in Phoenix Park over the weekend – but the event was marred by tragedy.23 year-old John McHugh from Belvedere, Dublin collapsed and died during the race which took place on Saturday.The talented sportsman and artist had only recently graduated from NUI Maynooth with a First Class Honours in BSc Industrial and Product design. Sadly, despite the valiant efforts of the St John’s Ambulance Service who attended to Mr McHugh at the scene – he was then transferred to Connolly Hospital but was pronounced dead shorty after arrival.It is believed he suffered a ‘cardiac event’ close to the finishing line.The Donegal athletes pictured above completed the half-marathon and eagle eyed photographer Joe Boland was on hand to capture them in action.Conal Creagh, Christy Murray, Conor Gallagher, Conor Sharkey and Paul Devine all performed superbly at the event. DONEGAL ATHLETES COMPLETE DUBLIN HALF MARATHON WHICH WAS MARRED BY TRAGEDY was last modified: September 21st, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:athleticsSport
The Atleti frontman has been lethal in Russia Getty 2 Diego Costa didn’t take long to make his mark on the 2018 World Cup.The Atletico Madrid frontman was in on the act from the first game, netting twice against Portugal and is hoping to fire Spain to their first final since winning the trophy in 2010. Granted Spanish citizenship in 2013, the SFA moved fast to try and switch the Brazilian’s allegiance.Costa wrote a letter in which he expressed a desire to play for Spain – which was received badly by then-Brazil boss Luis Scholari.He said: “A Brazilian player who refuses to wear the shirt of the Brazilian national team and compete in a World Cup in your country is automatically withdrawn.“He is turning his back on a dream of millions, to represent our national team, the five-time champions in a World Cup in Brazil.”As a result of his appeal, Costa’s application was accepted and he made his debut for Spain on March 5, 2014.Has he ever played for Brazil?Yes, Costa has two caps for Brazil.He picked up the two appearances in 2013 against Italy and Russia, but failed to score.Both of these games were friendlies, so he was able to switch his allegiance under Fifa rules.talkSPORT are with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network. Why does Diego Costa play for Spain?Costa was born in Logarto, Brazil in 1988.He tried a number of local clubs but was unsuccessful at trials – before being spotted by super-agent Jorge Mendes.That chance meeting resulted in a move to Europe, where Costa joined Portuguese side Braga.The forward moved around clubs in Portugal and then Spain, before bursting onto the scene at Atletico Madrid – which led to his eventual Premier League stint with Chelsea. 2 Getty Costa made his debut for Spain in 2014
Sharon Higgins proves she really is a cut above the rest.Sharon is pictured with her local model Trina McGarvey and some staff members from Patrick Gildea Hairdressing at Dublin’s Mansion House.No, they weren’t on a sightseeing tour of Dublin! The group attended a very glamorous night attended by some of Ireland’s top hairdressers at the Trend Vision Hairdressing Competition.Sharon was selected to represent Ireland in the Wella Trend Vision Awards in London in October. WELLA I NEVER! SHARON PROVES SHE IS A CUT ABOVE THE REST was last modified: September 5th, 2012 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:Patrick Gildea HairdressersSharon Higgins
CANYON COUNTRY – Kindly pardon Richie Wirthlin for a taking an extra moment to count his blessings on Thanksgiving weekend. The Canyon High senior has overcome five major injuries during his four-year prep football career – broken wrist, broken foot, two broken hips (left and right) and broken hand – but he’s emerged into the area’s most dependable receiver entering Saturday’s 7 p.m. Southern Section Div. II semifinal against visiting Valencia (9-3). Wirthlin has 54 receptions this season – 20 in two playoff victories – for 830 yards and seven touchdowns for second-seeded Canyon (11-1), and he also has a league-best six interceptions despite missing one month while recovering from the hand injury. “When I broke my hand this last time, I kind of asked, ‘Why me?’ ” Wirthin said. “I’m just so glad I had one more chance to come back and be a part of this great team. It’s good to be back. I can’t think about injuries anymore. I just have to keep playing my heart out without caution. I just play as hard as I can, and whatever happens, happens.” Prior to his first game as a freshman four years ago, Wirthlin broke his wrist, then his foot. “Actually, when I broke my wrist I didn’t tell anyone, because it didn’t seem that bad,” he said. “I just did push-ups with my fist. Then I stepped in hole during practice and broke my foot, and the doctor said, ‘Hey, let me look at that wrist, too.’ It turned out my wrist had been broken for three weeks. “I ended up walking out of that hospital on crutches and with my hand in a cast. Everyone looked at me and thought I’d been a car accident.” Wirthlin missed nearly two months, then scored three touchdowns against Burbank in his second game on the frosh team. The following season, he was the Foothill League’s top junior-varsity breakaway threat, averaging more than 25 yards per catch and scoring 12 touchdowns, three of them on returns. As a junior, Wirthlin’s first varsity season was a disaster. During the first summer passing tournament, Wirthlin suffered an avulsion fracture on his hip – caused when a ligament or tendon tears a piece of bone – and underwent four hours of surgery to reattach the bone. “I went to run a route, turned, and it felt like a torn muscle, but I heard a pop,” Wirthlin said. “The doctors told me it was a pretty rare injury, because instead of the muscle tearing, it ripped off part of the bone.” Just a few weeks later, Wirthlin began working out again and was close to being cleared when he broke the other hip because he was overcompensating. “By that time, I was doing well and was almost full-speed, but it was still hurting, and I didn’t tell anyone,” he said. “My other hip just popped out. We tried to pop it back but it turned out the hip was broken. I pushed too hard.” This time, Wirthlin was placed in a wheelchair, but he again healed quickly and saw limited action at the end of the season as a defensive back and receiver. Then Wirthlin, finally 100 percent healthy, dominated offensively and defensively last summer during passing tournaments, and it was clear he was primed for a huge senior season. After a strong start the first two weeks of the season, he broke his hand during a collision with an opponent’s helmet at Simi Valley, and a team doctor immediately told Wirthlin the hand was broken. Wirthlin, in tears, responded by kicking a locker, and Canyon ended up losing 34-27 to break a streak of 19 consecutive nonleague victories. “I kind of lost it, because my hand is so important when you play wide receiver and defensive back,” Wirthlin said. “I’m just happy it healed so quickly.” Everyone at Canyon shares the feeling. Wirthlin is a star player who undoubtedly appreciates the Friday night lights more than anyone. Wirthlin, who said he would love to attend Brigham Young, isn’t sure if football will be in his plans, so he has no option but to play every game as if it could be his last. The family legacy will live on because his brother Stephen is a talented sophomore receiver who starred on Canyon’s JV team this season, and his youngest brother, Chris, is a talented youth-football receiver. “Chris is going to be a good little player,” Wirthlin said. Wirthlin can provide plenty of tips – not just about catching a football, but about catching a break. Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week. He can be reached at (661) 257-5218 or firstname.lastname@example.orgWant 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Listed at 5-foot-10, 151 pounds – an inch taller and a few pounds heavier than his true measurements, he said – Wirthlin usually is the smallest player on the field – but perhaps the bravest. “You can’t measure courage and heart by someone’s physical stature,” Canyon coach Harry Welch said. “Richie Wirthlin is the least-heralded big-time player in Div. II. Without him, we’re not getting ready to play on Saturday night, and I’m very cognizant of that.” Among the attributes that set Wirthlin apart are blazing speed (4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash), dependable hands and natural instincts on defense. He also bench-presses 240, nearly 100 pounds more than his body weight. In a 28-21 quarterfinal victory Friday at San Clemente, Wirthlin caught nine passes, scored two touchdowns and made two interceptions. His most impressive moment might have been an open-field tackle on San Clemente’s 240-pound fullback, Josh Ferrell. That Wirthlin remains an impact player on a team that is one victory shy of a section-championship appearance (Dec. 9 against Mission Viejo or Hart at Home Depot Center) is amazing in itself.