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May 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img“Kirk stated that Wotjek had nearly executed it, he even congratulated him, however his spouse, who had seen me return to Guillermo Vilas within the US Open final yr after which win the ultimate to Jimmy Connors, had one other perspective,” Keep in mind Orantes. Buydens took middle stage in that interview by saying: “Don’t throw within the towel. Final yr I noticed Orantes return to the US Open. Certainly he’ll do it once more, we should not rule him out as a result of Orantes by no means provides up.”These phrases had been heard on the 2 large screens that the group had put in on the premises. However Orantes perceived them on the identical facet. And so they took impact. “I jumped out of the chair and after profitable a level, I raised my fist, and I ended up profitable thanks to her “, recollects the Spanish champion, one of many members of the Newport Corridor of Fame, which lastly gained three and a half hours of combating for 5-7, 6-2, 0-6, 7-6 (1) and 6 -one.“His dying has left a deep mark on me. On that meal I met his household, his youngsters, after which I adopted his complete profession”, add Orantes.With kennedyRosa additionally intervenes within the dialog and factors out that tennis has given them a multitude of anecdotes and unforgettable reminiscences like this one. “Earlier than, when there was no web, all the pieces was not so programmed, and unexpected and spontaneous issues occurred. I bear in mind a yr in Washington, that once we arrived on the lodge room we discovered an invite from the Kennedy to have dinner with them. We had been in tracksuit and we modified shortly and I placed on a white mink coat, which was then worn a lot, “says Rosa.“However when he obtained off, the motive force warned us that the Kennedy didn’t just like the skins, so I had to go away him within the room and go together with a costume, I used to be freezing chilly. I keep in mind that as quickly as I entered his home I discovered a Manolo’s image and Jacqueline instructed me: “The one factor I find out about Spain is Manuel Orantes and Cordobés.” The dying of the American Kirk Douglas (103 years) has triggered a sensation in Manuel Orantes, the primary Spaniard to win a Masters (1976), which exactly this Thursday turns 71. “A tragic and delightful information on the identical day,” stated the Granada whose sports activities life was linked to the protagonist of “Spartacus”, who as soon as confessed to Manolo that his phantasm would have been to be a skilled in tennis.“I discovered on the radio. He was a nice actor and all his movies had been very stunning and his performances had been nice, Very virile and really credible. Sooner or later he confessed that his nice phantasm would have been to be a skilled in tennis, which he would have liked, to which I replied that I might have appreciated to be an actor or singer. I all the time appreciated the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and naturally Mick Jagger, “says Orantes.That dialog between Kirk Douglas and Manuel Orantes happened in 1976 on the actor’s home in Indian Wells, very shut to the place the Masters 1,000 is performed. There Douglas, a well-known tennis fan with frequent visits to Roland Garros and Open USA, wanted to know Orantes far more. “We had met a number of instances earlier than in a event that was performed over there and I accepted, and the one who talked essentially the most and requested me issues was his spouse Anne Buydens, a nice tennis fan like him,” says Manolo.He gained thanks to Kirk Douglas’s spouseBuydens then had a nice affect on Orantes’s victory over the Polish Wojtek Fibak within the Masters closing performed on the Houston Summit, the place the Granada turned the primary Spaniard to win this event, and the primary to win a title in coated monitor and carpet. Orantes recollects the anecdote, when journalist Vic Braden approached the Douglas, who had been sitting simply behind the gamers’ chairs and requested for his or her verdict. Fibak dominated in these moments the ultimate by two units to one and 4-1 within the fourth spherical.last_img read more

May 14, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgMadrid maintains its roadmap with respect to the French star. He will undertake his signing in the summer of 2021, when Mbappé has only one year left on his PSG contract and can leave it at an affordable price for the white entity. If there was any possibility that the operation had occurred this summer, the crisis caused by the coronavirus prevents it. But Mbappé is still Florentino’s big goal. It is time to recount the situation in the different teams and at PSG their fans, for lack of football, try to entertain themselves with the debates that this interrupted season has generated. One of the main websites of fans of the Parisian team, Parisfans.fr, published a survey yesterday. “PSG should stay with Mbappé when the season ends.” The result was truly amazing. 15% answered no. We are talking about the player with the most potential in international football, world champion at just 21 years old … The favorite child of French football.The protests of Mbappé to Tuchel this season have ended up taking its toll on the young star, who begins to grow a certain reputation as a divo in his country. It also doesn’t help much that, Ending his contract in 2022, he has refused to negotiate the two times that PSG has formally asked him to extend his contract. The shadow of Real Madrid flies over and is very long. What Mbappé said last summer, “perhaps he will be happy here or with a new project”, marked the beginning of a small gap between the player and the fans of his team. His change against Montpellier after which he faced Tuchel in the band already uncovered Pandora’s box and Mbappé’s discomfort with his current situation in the team. Earlier, in a match against Nantes, the situation had been reproduced. This problem forced Leonardo to take action on the matter and the coach to pull the footballer’s ears publicly: “I am the coach, this is not tennis, it is soccer.” That disagreement caused another poll, this one from France Football, which said that 72% of the fans asked to be penalized.last_img read more

January 20, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgWith female apprentice Andree Powell having scored a stunning upset aboard the 99-1 outsider SAMORA in the seventh race at Caymanas Park on Wednesday, both the pick-9 and twilight Super-6 offer carryovers. The first Super-6 from race two to seven looks tailored for the down-in-class UNBREAKABLE, who failed in his bid to win his fourth consecutive race recently on a $550,000 claiming tag. Reporting under new management, having been claimed by trainer Neive Graham for top owner O’Shaun Connection recently, UNBREAKABLE, with in-form claiming apprentice Linton Steadman aboard, is confidently expected to resume winning ways ahead of recent winner FLYING MIRACLE. DWAYNE STAR, who just failed to catch SHINING LIGHT in the recent Easter Sprint Cup over 1100 metres, should again have the measure of the speedy ACTION MAN, who was third in that race, over the straight five course, to be contested by eight overnight allowance horses. Three-time champion jockey Dane Nelson will now ride DWAYNE STAR for in-form trainer Patrick Lynch. WARTIME, the mount of the improving apprentice Jerome Innis, caught the eye in running last time out and should win the fourth race over 14000 metres for maiden three-year-olds, this for female trainer Margaret Parchment. Briefly, the next three races should be won by PRINCESS STATISTIC (Steadman up); DIYFUNCTTIONAL (Omar Walker up); and GENUINE ARTICLE (Wesley Henry) in the seventh. (2) UNBREAKABLE (3) DWAYNE STAR/ ACTION MAN (4) WARTIME/RUBY ROSE (5) PRINCESS STATISTICS/LEILANI (6) DYSFUNCTIONAL/ SEEKING THE DAWN (7) UNGENUINE ARTICLE/QUEEN OF THE TOWN FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIESlast_img read more

January 19, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgBut two hours before Saturday’s action got started, a dog on Norwegian musher Lars Monsen’s team got loose and disappeared during preparations for the 11-mile (18-kilometer) run through town. The dog, Hudson, was not immediately found, Iditarod spokesman Chas St. George said.This year’s Iditarod comes amid a plethora of troubles for race organizers, including a former winner’s dog doping scandal, the loss of a major sponsor and increasing pressure from animal rights activists following the deaths of five dogs connected to last year’s race.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut on Saturday, the focus for mushers was on the race ahead.“It’s all about the dogs now,” said defending champion Mitch Seavey, a three-time winner. “Dogs are what we focus on. I think that’s why everybody showed up down here on the streets today, it’s because we love the dogs.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michigan ends top-seeded Spartans’ 13-game winning streak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Musher Aliy Zirkle runs her team during the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Saturday, March 3, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska. Zirkle has finished as high as second in the race. (AP Photo/Michael Dinneen)ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Cheering fans lined the streets as mushers took their dog teams for a short sprint in Alaska’s largest city Saturday for the ceremonial start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.The morning trek along snow-heaped paths in downtown Anchorage gave supporters a chance to mingle with mushers and their furry teams before the competitive portion of the 1,000-mile (1,600-kilometer) race to Nome begins Sunday to the north in the community of Willow.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Also present for the parade of dog teams were members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which brought five headstones with the names of the Iditarod dogs that died in 2017, including two dogs that died after being dropped from the race. Stuffed toy dogs topped with long-stem red roses were placed in front of the gravestones.PETA, a longtime Iditarod critic, says more than 150 dogs have died in the race over the years, a number disputed by Iditarod officials who have not provided their count despite numerous requests by The Associated Press. PETA also plans to protest at Sunday’s official start of the race and at the finish in Nome.“These dogs are being treated like machines,” said spokeswoman Tricia Lebkuecher. “And they are literally being run to death.”Iditarod officials acknowledged the various problems they’ve faced over the past year have been a growing process for organizers.Perhaps the most challenging issue was the October disclosure that four dogs belonging to four-time winner Dallas Seavey, one of defending champion Mitch Seavey’s sons, tested positive for a banned substance, the opioid painkiller tramadol, after his second-place finish last year behind his father. The race’s leadership faced criticism for not releasing the information sooner.The Iditarod said it couldn’t prove Dallas Seavey administered the drugs to his dogs and didn’t punish him. Since then, the rules have been changed to hold mushers liable for any positive drug test unless they can show something beyond their control happened.Seavey has denied administering tramadol to his dogs. He is sitting out this year’s race in protest over the handling of the doping investigation. Instead, he is in Norway to participate in another sled dog race, the Finnmarkslopet, which begins next week. Mitch Seavey said Dallas called him from Norway Friday night to wish him well in the Iditarod.For this year’s Iditarod, 67 teams are vying for a total purse of $500,000. Organizers say the winner’s share of the prize money will be determined later in the race. 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MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Veteran musher Scott Janssen of Anchorage said that for now, he is letting all “the negative stuff go in one ear and out the other,” but will do everything in his power after the race to change the face of the Iditarod.“I run this race because I love the Iditarod and I love my dogs,” said Janssen, a funeral home director known as the Mushing Mortician. “My dogs have been training all year to do this and we’re going to go out there and we’re going to have a great time.”Fans also were concentrating on the race itself. Among them were sisters Liz and Jenny Ott of Bradford, England. The pair first got a desire to see the Iditarod in person after going on a sled dog ride with Iditarod veteran Ryan Redington, grandson of late race co-founder Joe Redington Sr., as part of an Alaska cruise land excursion five years ago.“It’s a bucket list thing,” Liz Ott said.“Something you have to do before you die,” her sister added.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View commentslast_img read more

January 18, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial This also happened in January when the 6-foot-3 forward failed to show up to Alaska and Gilas’ practices.Although Abueva has been suspended indefinitely, he can still play for the national team if ever he’s chosen.“Alaska, however, will allow Abueva to play for Gilas if Coach Chot Reyes chooses to use him in the line up,” added Uytengsu.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In a statement released Saturday, Aces team owner Wilfred Uytengsu said the team is aware of Abueva’s personal problems but the player’s actions do not excuse him from his responsibilities to the team.“The Alaska Aces have placed Calvin Abueva on indefinite suspension following his more than one week absence from practice and failing to advise the coaching staff and management of his whereabouts,” said Uytengsu.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 crown“While we understand Calvin may be going through some troubling personal issues, it does not obviate his responsibility to his team. The suspension is effective immediately.”Head coach Alex Compton once said that Abueva has not returned their messages and no one in the Aces’ organization could reach the forward. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Alaska has placed forward Calvin Abueva under indefinite suspension after the forward failed to report to the team for more than a week.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dub Dynasty: Warriors sweep James, Cavaliers for third NBA title in four years View commentslast_img read more

January 17, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_imgDear Editor,During the past three (3) years of this Coalition Government in office, we have witnessed a modern-day, real life enactment of George Orwell’s political allegory, Animal Farm.It must be recalled that immediately before the entry of the APNU/AFC Coalition into Government in May 2015, the then Minister of Health, Dr Bheri Ramsaran, was sacked by the PPP/C Administration after there was a ‘public outcry’ backed by the Guyana Bar Association, the Guyana Women Lawyers Association, the Justice Institute of Guyana, and the Private Sector Commission. This was supported by condemnation from the US and British envoys. It was concluded that the utterances by the minister cannot be condoned. This is despite Dr Ramsaran being charged and hauled before the courts!Let us now fast forward to July 2018, a sitting Junior Minister of Government, Simona Broomes, claimed that two security guards attached to the KGM security firm approached her vehicle as she and her driver were parking, and abused them. One of them cocked his gun in her direction and threatened her life. The two guards were arrested and locked up for 12 hours, before being released on their own recognizance.The surveillance camera, however, contradicted her version of what happened. It was the Minister and her driver who were abusive to the guards, and the Minister even went as far as hurling the ‘No Parking ’signs to the ground. It is evident that she willfully lied to the Police, which resulted in the wrongful arrest and unlawful detention of the two guards.Unfortunately, the ‘public outcry’ is now subdued, and the various organisations which were so vociferous in Dr Ramsaran’s case are among the silent majority. Can you imagine private citizens being locked up because a Minister, who is supposed to serve their interests, lied and snatched away their civil liberty? This is the same Minister who had declared that the monthly rental of $500,000 is justified, since she has made ‘great sacrifice’ and ‘commitment to her people’, and asked ‘God to keep her heart in the right place’. This is the same Minister who was reprimanded by the Speaker of the National Assembly, Dr Barton Scotland, for bringing the House to disrepute for filming a parody video in the Chambers and distributing it on the social media.This Minister is untouchable: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”It must be recalled also that it was the APNU/AFC Coalition which had said that the Code of Conduct for Ministers will be in effect before their first 100 days in office, but despite coming into effect nearly two years later, the effectiveness of the Code is questionable, since disciplinary action and penalties for the breach of this Code lie solely with President Granger and the Minister of State, Joseph Harmon.Transparency International Guyana had noted that, instead of leaving this to the will of the very people the Code would govern, specific penalties for some breaches should be laid out. This has now come to pass!The Code of Conduct for Public Officials clearly states that “a person in public life shall, in the execution of his or her official functions, conduct themselves in a manner which engenders the respect of their peers and the public.” It also states that “a person in public life owes a duty to the public, and shall consider themselves servants of the people.”It is evident that there was a breach of this Code, but the Minister of State had concluded that the Broomes case is ‘a Police matter…let the Police do their work’; while the President is silent, the Minister of Public Security offered ‘no comment’, and the Minister of Social Protection, Amna Ally, ‘got better things to do’ than addressing ‘social protection issues’. Surely, the Code does not apply to Government Ministers and officials!“Man serves the interests of no creature except himself.”? George Orwell, Animal Farm.Yours sincerely,Haseef YusufRDC Councillor —Region 6last_img read more

January 12, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img…but 41% increase in robbery with violenceThe Guyana Police Force (GPF) on Monday reported an 11 per cent decrease in serious crime up to the end of August 2017, when compared to the same period last year.This was credited to collaborative efforts among stakeholders.According to the Police Force in its monthly statistics, for the month of August there was an 18 per cent decline in reports of murder with 80 cases in 2017, compared to the same period last year when 98 cases were recorded. A breakdown of the murder figures showed that 39 of the deaths were as a result of disorderly behaviour, 15 were domestic, 12 were during the course of a robbery, eight were unknown, four were execution-style and two were listed in the ‘others’ category.Some 27 of the murders were committed in A Division (Georgetown-East Bank Demerara); 19 in B Division (Berbice); seven in C Division (East Coast Demerara); seven also in D Division (West Demerara-East Bank Essequibo); two in E Division (Linden-Kwakwani); a whopping 17 in F Division (Bartica/Interior Locations), and one in G Division (Essequibo Coast-Islands).With regard to robberies, it was disclosed that gun-related robberies saw a 16 per cent decrease with 402 cases this year compared to 481 cases last year, while there was a five per cent decline in robberies with other instruments –201 cases this year against 212 last year.The declining pattern continued with an eight per cent reduction in burglary, with 136 cases this year against 148 in 2016, and a 19 per cent decrease in break and enter and larceny, with 712 cases recorded this year compared to 881 cases last year.Additionally, the number of robberies with no instruments remained the same – 30 cases. Meanwhile, robberies with violence increased by a whopping 41 per cent with 99 cases recorded this year against 70 last year, robbery with aggravation was up by 20 per cent with 54 cases this year and 45 in 2016, and larceny from the person recorded a 27 per cent increase with 104 cases in 2017, compared to 82 last year.Nevertheless, there was a six per cent decline in rape cases, with 171 cases recorded so far compared to 181 cases last year.Furthermore, the Police Force reported that some 89 illegal firearms were seized during this period –55 pistols, 11 revolvers, 14 shotguns and nine rifles. It was reported that 40 of these illegal weapons were seized in A Division, seven in B Division, eight in both C and D Divisions, four in E Division, and a staggering 22 in F Division. No weapons were seized in G Division during this period.Last year, a total of 53 firearms were seized by the Police.On the other hand, as it relates to traffic, the Police reported that there was a 24 per cent decrease in fatal accidents at the end of August 2017. Meanwhile, serious, minor and damage accidents have also been reduced by 8.3 per cent, 15.2 per cent and 27 per cent respectively.It was noted that speeding and inattentiveness were the two leading causes of fatal accidents, followed by driving under the influence of alcohol, failing to conform to sign and pedestrian crossing in the path of approaching vehicle.According to the Force, some 48,936 cases were made out against errant road users during this period. These include: 15,335 cases for speeding; 2548 for breach of condition of road service licence/music; 1278 for driving under the influence of alcohol; 921 for using cell phone while driving; 876 for breach of traffic light signal; 1003 for tinted motor vehicle; 565 for unlicensed driver; 1060 for failing to wear seat belt; 622 for dangerous driving; 613 for careless driving; 469 for failing to wear safety helmet; 1462 for overloaded minibus; 866 for obstruction; 1255 for failing to conform to sign; 920 for crossing double yellow line; and 19,143 cases for other offences.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img“It’s unforgivable in light of the fact that it was absolutely preventable,” said Holly Stoberski, legal counsel for Heaven Can Wait Sanctuary, a group that has worked with Lied to find homes for impounded animals. “They were not properly vaccinating the dogs and cats in a timely manner.”Shelter officials vowed to adopt new policies when it reopens Friday, including euthanizing animals after 72 hours at the shelter – as the Humane Society recommends – and improving conditions for the animals, including vaccinating them when they arrive.Not all of the 1,000 animals were infected. Some were put down because they had gone unadopted for more than 120 days and were contributing to overcrowding that Humane Society officials said helped spread the diseases.Lied officials have said they did not realize animals were infected until the Humane Society team noticed animals with intestinal and respiratory problems.The foundation contracts with Clark County and the cities of Las Vegas and North Las Vegas to handle abandoned, neglected and stray animals at Lied. The shelter annually adopts more than 7,000 dogs, cats, rabbits, gerbils, guinea pigs and other animals. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! An outbreak of contagious diseases at a shelter where officials admit they kept animals for too long without destroying them has forced the killing of about 1,000 dogs and cats, officials said. Visiting inspectors from The Humane Society of the United States discovered the outbreak of the diseases – distemper and Parvovirus in dogs and panleukopenia in cats – Lied Animal Shelter spokesman Mark Fierro said.The mass culling, which began Feb. 9, is believed to be the largest in the city’s history and has prompted shelter officials to change their methods of caring for animals.Animal rights activists said they were outraged by the killings.last_img read more

January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

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January 11, 2020 | | Post a Comment

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake Tabernacle, completed in 1867 by the faithful of the fledgling Mormon religion and home of the world-famous choir, reopened over the weekend after a two-year, top-to-bottom renovation. The Mormon church has drawn criticism from preservationists for replacing the tabernacle’s original pews, which were made from pine and “grained” by artisans with paint and etchings to appear like oak, the wood favored by Brigham Young, the pioneer Mormon leader. The new pews are made of oak. The president and prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Gordon B. Hinckley, in rededicating the egg-shaped tabernacle on Saturday, said, “With this undertaking, we hope and pray that its historical features have not been destroyed.” The tabernacle’s famed acoustics, which legend has it enabled a listener to ahear a pin drop from 250 feet away, were measured before construction began, modeled on computers and then assessed again recently, said Roger P. Jackson, the project’s lead architect. He said he expected the building’s enveloping sound to be preserved. “Acoustics is a science and an art, but it’s also guesswork,” he said. “Anything you do has an impact.” Church officials declined to talk about the project’s cost, but they said the money came from members’ tithes, or 10 percent of all income. The church says it has about 12 million members, including 6 million in the United States. The church spared few expenses on the tabernacle in its seismic retrofitting, especially since seeing the project completed was a personal objective of Hinckley, 96. The wooden roof trusses have been girded with steel. The roof’s 44 stone support piers have new steel-and-concrete reinforcements. Fourteen layers of paint, including one of bird’s-egg blue, were removed from the ceiling. The rostrum, where nearly 100 top church leaders sit facing the audience during religious services, can now be lowered with a hydraulic lift and replaced with a stage for an orchestra. The 350 members of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir have new cushioned seats surrounding the freshly gilded casing of the 11,623-pipe Aeolian-Skinner organ, along with air conditioning vents beneath each singer’s chair. The church updated all its television and radio equipment inside the hall and added a recording studio in the basement. More visibly modern are dozens of large flat-screen televisions, on which audience and church leaders watched Saturday’s program. The replica pews are spaced farther apart, adding legroom but reducing seating capacity by more than a thousand, to about 3,500. The tabernacle has two rows of original pews, while hundreds more are in storage. Their future has yet to be decided, said Bishop David Burton, who oversaw the renovations. “The historicity of the building has been largely left intact,” Burton said. But Robert Charles Mitchell, a Mormon who lives in Logan, Utah, and publicly lobbied the church last year to explain why it would replace the pews, disagreed: “If you maintain historicity, you don’t rip out the pews; you maintain them.” “I knew saving them was a lost cause,” he said. “The benches were such an integral part of the building. But people are satisfied with whatever is shiny, bright and new. Preservation is a real fight, and it’s a collision of values.” During Saturday’s service, many worshippers and speakers cried. “What wonderful memories this brings back,” Linda Halverson, 65, of Ogden said as she hugged her friend, Evelyn Menchin, 84, of Calgary, Alberta. A group of girls from the Brighton High School chorus attracted attention outside the tabernacle for their floor-length fuchsia gowns. Many stood on tiptoe to watch the service or catch a glimpse through the tabernacle’s windows of Hinckley. Laura Potter, 16, a first soprano from the suburb of Cottonwood Heights, said she hoped to sing someday in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. “You can sing next to the prophet,” she said with the kind of enthusiasm others her age might feel at being in the presence of a rock star. “And in the tabernacle, the revelations are so strong.” last_img read more