Jonathan Walters was the hero as his double at the Aviva Stadium was enough to beat Bosnia and confirm the Republic of Ireland’s place at Euro 2016.Despite a nervous start, Walters calmed the capacity crowd when he slotted a first-half penalty past Asmir Begovic in the Bosnian goal.He doubled the score on the night – and made it 3-1 on aggregate after the 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture last Friday – with a brilliantly-taken 70th minute volley.It was far from comfortable for the Irish, but Martin O’Neill’s side will now join England, Wales and Northern Ireland in France next summer.Both sides began the game with a very edgy look to them in front of a raucous emerald crowd, with Ireland struggling to carve out a chance of any significance to calm the nerves.Walters – restored to the line-up after missing the first leg through suspension – came the closest to an early goal after a great run and low cross by Robbie Brady, only for the Stoke forward’s stabbed effort to be blocked by Begovic.However, Bosnia’s discipline let them down after 20 minutes as they conceded two free kicks in dangerous areas which eventually led to Senad Lulic handling in the box to give Ireland a penalty.Walters stepped up against Begovic and sent his former teammate the wrong way from the spot to push the Boys in Green one step closer to Euro 2016.The goal seemed to spark Bosnia into life with Eden Dzeko going close while Mirelam Pjanic began to dictate proceedings from the middle of the park.The visitors came out after the break like a different team as they seemed to secure a monopoly on possession and chances, with only the head of Ciaran Clark keeping Ireland ahead after Pjanic’s curling effort.The Aviva Stadium was audibly becoming more tense as Ireland relied on counter-attacking football to relieve the huge amount of pressure generated by Bosnia.Lulic then wasted a golden chance to equalise when Edin Visca pulled the ball back inside the Ireland area, but the Lazio man could only manage a fresh air shot.However, all the tension was lifted in the 70th minute when Walters volleyed in Brady’s free kick at the far post to all but book Ireland’s place in France next summer.Substitute Shane Long almost added a third as he broke away into the Bosnia penalty area but miskicked his shot at the vital moment as Begovic rushed down at his feet.Bosnia struck the bar late on through substitute Vedad Ibiševi?, but Ireland hung on to qualify for their second consecutive European Championship finals, having only qualified once prior to 2012. 1 Jonathan Walters
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Carousel is an equestrian therapy program for disabled children where the boy’s father is caretaker, Tomey said. The child admitted playing with matches behind the ranch, inadvertently igniting a fire that burned for days, Los Angeles County sheriff’s investigators said.District Attorney Steve Cooley’s office delivered this terse message, refusing further comment because of the child’s age:“The evidence presented by Sheriff’s investigators was that the fire was caused by the 10-year-old boy playing with matches and accidentally igniting the brush. There is no evidence of intent on the part of the minor.”Officials say the child is 10, but Tomey, who knows the family well, insisted he is 9.While there will be no charges, the matter will be referred to the county Department of Children and Family Services for evaluation, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Criminal charges will not be filed against the 9-year-old boy who accidentally set the massive Buckweed Fire that destroyed 21 homes and severely injured one man, the District Attorney’s Office said Tuesday.Prosecutors determined there was no intent on the boy’s part to ignite the fire, one that was propelled by gale-force winds across 38,000 acres from Agua Dulce to Saugus.“I think that’s a very good thing – he’s just a child who made a mistake,” said Denise Tomey, executive director of Carousel Ranch, located near the starting point of the fire.“In reality, a lot of damage has been done, but nothing can really make it right.” The fire started Oct. 21, one of several in Southern California that burned for days under high winds and hot, dry conditions. The following day, the boy admitted to investigators he had started the fire and he and another person tried to stomp it out.Ironically, the only person seriously injured in the fire was the caretaker at another therapeutic equestrian ranch, Heads Up – Therapy With Horses, who was burned after staying behind to help save that organization’s 12 horsesFour others, including two firefighters, were burned, and 63 structures, including the 21 homes in Agua Dulce and Canyon Country, were destroyed. Thirty more structures were damaged.Firefighting costs topped $7 million.Meanwhile, the boy is staying elsewhere in the area with his mother, Tomey said.Tomey said people she’s heard from for the most part didn’t think the child should be charged.“I hear both ways, but most people have been very supportive,” she said. “It certainly affected a lot of people – we can’t make light of that – but he’s a 9-year-old boy. He had no malicious intent. It was a terrible mistake.“It’s so sad on so many different email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“Term limits (do) limit corruption, and lobbyists don’t like it,” said Spillane, referring to two of the study’s findings. “Lobbyists hate term limits because it prevents them from establishing long-term relationships. I was pleased with the report because it acknowledged the benefits of term limits more than most academic studies do. That’s significant to have that third-party validation.” The report said it did not find California’s term-limits law to be “significantly dysfunctional,” but that a 12-year plan would “improve some of its structural weaknesses.” The study also noted how rarely legislators serve the full 14 years – only 19 have done so since 1990. Often, the study’s author Sasha Horwitz said, legislators serve two or four years in the Assembly before jumping to the Senate; or, they serve just six years in the Assembly, unable – or often unwilling to even try – to unseat an incumbent senator. “It’s a myth,” Horwitz said, “that they’re serving the full 14 years.” Among the more interesting findings in the report is that the term-limits law has changed the face of the Capitol. From 1990 through 2008, 369 legislators will have served, compared to 296 in the previous 18-year period – an increase of 25 percent. More women and minorities have been elected, though the report acknowledges the shift in minority representation was just as influenced by demographics as term limits. The strongest gains among minorities are in Latino representation, up from 5.8 percent in 1991-1992 to 23.3 percent now. During that time, Latino population grew from 24 percent of the state’s population to 35 percent. Redistricting in 1991, which created more districts where minority groups were an electoral majority, was also influential. White representation has dropped from 87 percent to 63 percent – just as the white population in California has dipped from 57 percent to 44 percent. The idea of more citizen-legislators, however, was debunked in the study. The Legislature now includes more members who had previously served in local government than there were before term limits. And legislators are likely to continue to seek political office once termed out. “It’s always been people more politically involved and politically minded that tend to go into the Legislature,” Horwitz said. “There are not as many people as advocates had hoped who would return to civilian life.” But, there have been changes in the types of people running for the Legislature. There are fewer lawyers, farmers and ranchers and more business people and educators. The only professional area that has stayed consistent among legislators is in the health-care field. The good thing about shorter terms, the report says, is that legislators have less time to be corruptible. Newly arrived members are more skeptical of lobbyists and “lack the knowledge to exploit the political process for personal gain.” Longer tenures give legislators more time to understand where the perks are, establish deeper ties with lobbyists, and greater access to government resources, the report said, that “may lead to the appearance or actuality of corruption.” Or, put another way, the report concludes the best and worst of politicians: Loosening term limits would give lawmakers more time to understand complicated issues – and more time to take advantage of the system. firstname.lastname@example.org (916) 441-2101160Want 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsIn other words, the report, “Termed Out: Reforming California’s Legislative Term Limits,” comes down squarely on both sides of Proposition 93. “Some of these changes are good for the state,” the report said. “Most are neutral; and a few are harmful.” The report ultimately did not take a position on Proposition 93, which voters will decide in February, although it left plenty of ammunition for both sides. “The core principle of Prop. 93 is to make the Legislature more effective and efficient by having the most experienced legislators,” said Richard Stapler, a spokesman for “Yes on 93.” “And Prop. 93 retains what’s good about term limits. We applaud the study’s findings.” Kevin Spillane, spokesman for the “No on 93” campaign, countered that the study affirms term limits’ benefits and debunks some claims made by proponents. SACRAMENTO – An expansive new report by the Center for Governmental Studies on term limits concludes that Proposition 93 is a mixed bag. So much so, in fact, that both sides of the ballot fight over loosening term limits claim the report supports their view. On one hand, the report likes that the measure will allow lawmakers to spend up to 12 years in either the Assembly or Senate – instead of the 6-year limit in the Assembly and the 8-year limit in the Senate. Loosening that restriction, the report says, will increase legislative experience, expertise and oversight. On the other hand, the report expresses reservations over a loophole in the proposition that would allow 41 of the 120 incumbent legislators to stay in office beyond the current 14-year limit. Those lawmakers are mostly senators who previously termed out in the Assembly but haven’t yet served 12 years in the Senate.
PROMOTED POST:Two well known Donegal Farms are hosting the first of a series of nationwide open days in conjunction with EASYFIX. The first two of this year’s events will be held in Donegal on the 17th and 18th June, where the EASYFIX Team will be on hand to offer advice on modern livestock housing options for beef and dairy farming.Donal Callaghan a well known Dairy Farmer in Killygordon will host the first on Farm Open Day on Wednesday 17th June from 11am to 3pm.Donal milks 50 cows and also finishes 15 bulls on the farm.He constructed a new dairy shed in 2014 and installed the NEW Easyfix Cubicle with rubber loop together with their single foam mattresses. The Callaghan’s completed the installation themselves and are extremely happy with the outcome.The cows have adapted very well to the flexible cubicles where they lie for longer periods, showing no nervousness and no injuries.Critical to the animals comfort is the mattress mat that they lie on, the interlocking mat features a 12 mm rubber skin and a very strong interlock on the perimeter.The single foam mattress features 25mm high quality latex foam which is covered in a 500 micron sealed envelope.This open day will provide existing dairy farmers and new entrants with a chance to see products at work and speak with Donal Callaghan and his son Donal.The Easyfix Team will also be present to answer any questions and advise farmers who are thinking of expanding their existing dairy facilities or building new ones. The Woods Family outside Raphoe is delighted to host an open evening on Thursday the 18th June from 3pm to 9pm.The Woods family run a bull beef enterprise in conjunction with sheep and potatoes. They finish approximately 1,200 continental type bulls and have housing for 750.They installed Easyfix rubber on their slats seven years ago with a second installation completed two years later.John and his family will be able to comment on all aspects of beef bull production in terms of animal type, bought in weights, finishing weights and general performance. They will also have over seven years’ experience of Easyfix Slat Rubber and the role it plays in animal production and finishing.A visit to this farm will provide an opportunity to see good shed design and layout and a chance to speak with the operators of a really well run bull beef, sheep and tillage enterprises.Easyfix personnel will also be present to answer any questions on their products and advise any farmers who are planning beef or suckler house extensions.All farmers in the surrounding areas and counties are invited to attend one or both open days.Further information is available on www.easyfix.ieTWO WELL-KNOWN DONEGAL FARMS LAUNCH DAIRY AND BEEF OPEN DAYS was last modified: June 15th, 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:Businessnews
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Jose Mourinho wants Chelsea’s Willian to join his Manchester United revolution. Mourinho signed Willian from Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala for £30million three years ago and knows he will have to double that fee if he is to attract the player to Old Trafford. It is understood Willian, 27, would be keen to link up with his former boss again. (The Sun)Zlatan Ibrahimovic has told Manchester United he is keen to join them but wants €15m (£11.3m) per season to do so. José Mourinho is considering making a concrete offer for the out-of-contract 34-year-old but has not made a final decision yet. (Guardian)Mourinho is also eyeing Atletico Madrid ace Saul Niguez. The exciting 21-year-old Spaniard, who is uncapped for the national side but included in their Euro 2016 squad, has been one of the standout stars this season in La Liga. And Manchester United boss Mourinho is keen to tempt the versatile midfielder to Old Trafford this summer as part of a £54million deal. (Daily Mirror)Antoine Griezmann could leave Atletico Madrid this summer after his agent said he was considering offers from a number of clubs. Atletico have offered the 25-year-old a new contract as they look to keep him from the clutches of Manchester United and Chelsea, but Eric Olhats said that his client’s future was far from certain. (Daily Mail)Arsene Wenger is determined to carry on spending now he has completed a £30million deal for Granit Xhaka. Arsenal boss Wenger is keen on Napoli’s Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly as he looks for a top-class centre-half. The Gunners have also identified Juventus forward Alvaro Morata as their No1 striker target this summer and are preparing to take their spending this close-season towards the £80m mark. (Daily Mirror)And Real Madrid are ready to sell striker Alvaro Morata to Arsenal — but want at least £38million. Real, who sold Morata to the Juventus for £16m two years ago, retained the right to re-sign the player for a guaranteed £24m. They are planning to bring him back, but will then sell him on to an English club for a huge profit. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are closing in on a £20million deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan. Gundogan will become the first signing under new City boss Pep Guardiola – despite being out with a dislocated knee. (Daily Mirror)Yaya Toure has turned down TWO mega-bucks offers to move to China. The Manchester City midfielder will also snub the chance to go to Italian giants Inter Milan, led by his ex-Blues manager Roberto Mancini, this summer. Toure, who has one year left on his current £230,000-a-week deal at City, is determined to stay in the Premier League and does not want to leave English football. (Daily Mirror)Liverpool have joined the race to sign West Ham’s teenage talent Reece Oxford. The starlet is available for around £10million after rejecting West Ham’s offer of a new contract. The Reds face stiff competition from both Manchester clubs. But Jurgen Klopp is hoping that his reputation for putting his trust in young players will persuade Oxford to opt for Anfield. (Daily Mirror)Martin Skrtel’s agent has confirmed the Liverpool defender is almost certain to leave the club in the summer. (Daily Express)Liverpool are likely to receive a number of offers for Jordon Ibe this summer. The winger’s Anfield future remains in doubt after a difficult campaign and while the Reds are understood to not be actively looking to sell the youngster, the likes of Watford and Southampton are thought to be interested. (Liverpool Echo)West Ham have beaten a host of European clubs to complete the signing of highly-rated teenage forward Domingos Quina. (London Evening Standard)Leicester have made a fresh bid of £22million to land CSKA Moscow striker Ahmed Musa. (Daily Mirror)Claudio Ranieri wants £12million Nice star Nampalys Mendy to replace N’Golo Kante. The Leicester boss had an £8m bid for the holding midfielder rejected last summer — even before swooping on another French club, Caen, for Kante. Now, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Paris Saint-Germain all battling to land prize asset Kante, Ranieri is planning for life without him. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Stoke City transfer news: Potters launch £11m move for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder Axel WitselEverton and Swansea monitoring 24-year-old Montpellier midfielder Bryan DaboTransfer report: Arsenal and Manchester United told ‘new Bergkamp’ Davy Klaassen will cost £20m to prise from AjaxLeicester transfer report: Paris Saint-Germain to hold talks over £20m deal for Leicester star N’Golo KanteWest Ham chief David Gold tells Middlesbrough to ‘dream on’ over Michail Antonio linksTransfer report: Deportivo La Coruna want £15m for Leicester strike target Lucas PerezTransfer news: Arsenal and Tottenham both eyeing Villarreal playmaker Denis Suarez
1 Ozan Tufal scored Turkey’s second goal Northern Ireland have qualified for the last 16 of Euro 2016 after Turkey beat Czech Republic in Lens.Turkey needed to win by four goals to guarantee themselves one of the four best third-place finishes and Burak Yilmaz got an early goal towards that target.Ozan Tufal doubled the lead in the second half to seal third in Group D but they face a nervous wait as Groups E and F conclude on Wednesday.They will need one of third-placed teams in either of those two groups to finish with a record worse than three points and a minus two goal difference.Czech Republic got on the front foot immediately, winning an early corner, and retained possession well in the opening exchanges.However, it was Turkey who broke the dead lock in the 10th minute as Barcelona’s Arda Turan fed Emre Mor on the right before Borussia Dortmund’s new signing pulled the ball back for Yilmaz to hit home at the near post.The Czech’s tried to hit back and nearly did six minutes later but Tomas Sivok’s back post header rebounded against the post before being cleared by Turkey.The goal was the only touch Turkey had managed in the Czech penalty area by the half-hour mark as the game descended into a number of niggly fouls preventing the flow of play.After the break it was more of the same as the game continued to have a scrappy feel to it, but Mor had a good chance when he ran at the Czech defence and fired the ball just over Petr Cech’s crossbar.And immediately down the other end Vladimir Darida had an opportunity to level the scores but his low, right-footed drive was held well by Volkan Babacan.Turkey’s second goal came after 65 minutes when a Turan free kick landed at the feet of Mehmet Topal who, with his back to goal, layed the ball back to Tufal who in turn lashed the ball into the roof of the net.The second goal sent Turkey above Albania in the third place table meaning they are relying on one of Group E and F providing a third-placed team with a worse record.
10 10 4. Ilkay Gundogan (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester City for £21m) – With the Citizens ageing midfield, Gundogan should slot straight into Guardiolas side. There have been question marks over Yaya Toure and Fernando, suggesting signing a central midfielder would be a priority for the clubs new manager. The Germany international is likely to miss the start of the new season through injury, but with a full pre-season under his belt, he could settle quickly upon his return to fitness. 10 10 2. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (Borussia Dortmund to Manchester United for £26.3m) – Its so far, so good for Mourinho. The Portuguese coach quickly followed the excitement of Ibrahimovics arrival by concluding a deal for Mkhitaryan. The Armenian recorded 15 assists in the Bundesliga last season only Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil recorded more in their respective leagues. Is it game over for Juan Mata at Old Trafford? 10 9. Andros Townsend (Newcastle United to Crystal Palace for £13m) – With Townsend still hoping to make a mark on the England squad, the winger wasnt expected to remain at St James Park in the Championship. The Eagles pounced on his signature and after such a poor second half of the campaign where goals proved hard to come by Townsend could prove to be a great signing from Alan Pardew. 5. Sadio Mane (Southampton to Liverpool for £34m) – Some were surprised by Jurgen Klopps decision to splash the cash on Mane with so many attacking options already at his disposal, but the German clearly has plans for the attacking midfielder. At £34m, the Senegal international will need to hit the ground running, particularly as so many of Liverpools recent, pricey signings have struggled to adapt to life under the Anfield spotlight. This aside, though, an attack featuring Coutinho, Mane and Firmino could one of the most formidable next season. 10 3. Granit Xhaka (Borussia Monchengladbach to Arsenal for £30m) – Xhaka had been linked with Arsenal throughout last season before finally completing his move at the end of May. Its a pricey transfer fee for a player with limited experience, but his performances at Euro 2016 for Switzerland provided him with the platform to demonstrate his quality as millions of eyes watched. Gunners supporters were left impressed by his displays in a Swiss shirt. 7. Victor Wanyama (Southampton to Tottenham Hotspur for £11m) – After coming so close to clinching the Premier League title last term, Spurs transfer activity over the next couple of months will be interesting. Mauricio Pochettino has got his summer off to a good start, sealing an £11m deal for Wanyama. With Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele enjoying an excellent campaign last season, add Wanyama to the fold and Pochettino is nurturing one of the toughest of midfields in England. 10 8. Joel Matip (Schalke to Liverpool on a free transfer) – Liverpools defence has been a problem area for the past few seasons, something Jurgen Klopp seemed to quickly understand upon his arrival at Anfield. The manager snapped up Matip, who has been one of the standout players in the Bundesliga for the last three years, on a free transfer and this deal could prove to be one of the best pieces of business ahead of the 2016/17 season. 10. Victor Valdes (Manchester United to Middlesbrough on a free transfer) – check out the top 10 Premier League signings of the summer so far in full by clicking the arrow above, right – This was a move few saw coming. Boro, newly-promoted to the Premier League, have sent out a major message of intent ahead of their return by snapping up the experienced stopper. While his time at Manchester United was a miserable affair, quality isnt lost overnight. The Spaniard could prove to be a superb addition to Aitor Karankas side and what a boost he will be to the dressing room. 6. Michy Batshuayi (Olympique Marseille to Chelsea for £33m) – The Belgium international starred for Marseille last season, scoring 17 goals and registering nine assists in Ligue 1, and Chelseas scouts were clearly left impressed by his performances. It would be a surprise if he has been signed as a replacement to Diego Costa, but Blues supporters are nonetheless excited by Antonio Contes first signing. 1. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain to Manchester United on a free transfer) – This summers worst kept secret was confirmed at the beginning of July, as the centre forward took to social media to confirm he would be moving to Old Trafford. There have been some questioning Jose Mourinhos decision to sign a player aged 34 with no Premier League experience, but if anyone knows how to silence his critics, its Ibrahimovic. Itll be difficult to top the excitement of the former Paris Saint-Germain strikers arrival in the Premier League. 10 The transfer window may officially have been opened only 10 days ago, but there’s still been plenty of business to talk about.Jose Mourinho has made three signings at Manchester United, Arsene Wenger has spent £30m on a new midfielder and Chelsea have splashed the cash on a young centre forward.With so much going on in the market already, which signings have got us excited ahead of the new Premier League season?Check out the 10 best deals of the Premier League, so far, this summer by viewing the slideshow above. 10 10
Liverpool have made a move for Benfica midfielder Talisca, according to reports in Portugal.The Brazilian is reportedly the subject of a £21m bid from the Merseysiders after catching the eye of club scouts.Talisca joined Benfica from Bahia in 2014 and made an immediate impression, scoring nine goals in 20 league starts for the Portuguese giants.He struggled to replicate that form last season but Liverpool believe they can nurture his talent under Jurgen Klopp.According to O Jogo, Liverpool have agreed a fee with Benfica and are in advanced talks with the player, although a move to Anfield could take some time to complete due to visa applications. Talisca in action for Benfica 1
Conte admitted during the conference that his English wasn’t quite up to scratch and is still learning the language, but, in truth, he spoke well in his first official appearance at Stamford Bridge.This is the former Italy and Juventus boss’ first experience of English football, and he expressed his pride and excitement at what awaits him in the Premier League with Chelsea.He also acknowledged the challenge ahead at a club which won the 2014-15 Premier League title, but finished a lowly 10th last term, but insisted the pressure does not faze him.“The pressure for me is not important,” Conte added. “I was born with pressure. It’s normal.“When you are a player, a footballer, or a manager of a great club like Chelsea you must play to win the title or to fight at the end to compete with the other teams, to win the title, to reach your targets.“I know this league is very, very difficult, because there are six, seven teams that can win the title.“We know that this year it won’t be easy for us because if we think the last season 10th position, last season was a bad season. We know. Me, the players, the club.“But I think we must think to the present, to work very hard every day, every week, every month, to build something important for the club.“The fans need to find a team ready to fight until the end to compete with the other teams.“There is only one team to win the title, but we must stay there till the end of the season.“Chelsea belongs to Champions League and we must stay there.” Antonio Conte was unveiled as the new Chelsea manager on Thursday New Chelsea manager Antonio Conte began his reign at the club by insisting John Terry will remain the club’s captain – whether or not the defender plays.The 35-year-old signed a one-year contract extension – his third such deal – in May, despite having declared in January that he expected to leave the club this summer.Terry, who has made more than 700 appearances for the Blues, endured a frustrating bit-part role at times during Jose Mourinho’s second spell at the club, but has been reassured about his position at Stamford Bridge.And, speaking at a press conference for the first time since becoming the Chelsea manager back in April, Conte insisted he values the former England international’s influence and experience.“Yes, John Terry is the captain of Chelsea when he plays, when he doesn’t play. You are always the captain,” Conte said as he was unveiled as the Blues’ new head coach on Thursday.“He’s captain of this team, he’s a great player, with a great personality, with great charisma.“I like to speak to him because he knows the club, the right spirit to play in this club and for me he’s an important player.“When a player deserves to play, with me, they play.” Welcome to Chelsea, Antonio Conte! pic.twitter.com/8SFTyjPU1T— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) July 14, 2016 1
LANCASTER – Three young women from Lancaster won the California-Hawaii Elks Association’s Scouting Gold Essay Contest. Danielle Pederson, Sharon Bowers and Virginia Pederson finished first, second and third, respectively, in the contest. All three are lifetime members of Girl Scouts USA and holders of Gold Awards, the highest Girl Scout award. All have been Girl Scouts since kindergarten. The three received savings bonds, plaques and certificates for winning the state essay contest. Previously, they earned savings bonds by winning the Lancaster Elks Lodge and Elks Inland District essay contests. 160Want 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 MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita The Pedersons both attend Antelope Valley College. Bowers attends the University of Hawaii at Monoa. They were members of Girl Scout Troop 116, which is sponsored by the Lancaster Elks Lodge and which helps the lodge with flag ceremonies, its annual Halloween party and its annual Youth Olympics track meet.