Area trio headed for state playoffs

first_imgAfter winning Saturday’s CIF-SS Division II-AA championship with a 79-63 victory over St. Bernard at the Honda Center, the Pasadena High School boys basketball team was awarded a No. 4 seed for the CIF-State Division I playoffs, which begin on Tuesday with 16 teams from the Southern Section all hoping to advance to the March 24 final in Sacramento. The Bulldogs (30-2) will host No. 13 Clovis West (21-9) of Fresno, which lost to Clovis East 80-76 in the Central Division championship, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Wildcats potentially could meet up with top-ranked Price in the Southern California regional finals on March 17 at Cal State Fullerton. (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! La Ca ada, which nearly knocked off top-ranked Campbell Hall in the Division III-AA championship game before falling in overtime, 61-57, earned a No. 2 seed in the Division III state playoffs that consist of only eight teams from the Southern Section hoping to advance to the state finals. The Spartans (28-3) will host No. 7 Hanford West (21-10) from the Central Section in Thursday’s first-round game. If the Spartans win, they also would be at home in the regional semifinals and potentially could face CIF-SS Division I champion Artesia in the Southern California regional finals on March 17 at Pauley Pavilion. Renaissance Academy (23-2) earned a No. 3 seed in the Division V state playoffs. They also consist of eight teams from Southern California. Because the Wildcats lost their CIF-SS Division IV-A championship game to Corona del Mar, they will be on the road in the opening round against Immanuel (24-9), a Central-Section champion and No. 6 seed, on Thursday. center_img By earning the No. 4 seed, the Bulldogs are guaranteed of being at home in the second round, because state playoffs give teams with lower seeds home priority in subsequent rounds. If the Bulldogs are fortunate enough to advance to the Southern California regional semifinals, they potentially could meet up with top-seeded Fairfax (23-5), the L.A. City Section champion, on March 10. last_img read more

ARTS: Educators try out unique methods

first_imgNORWALK – In her 10 years as an educator, third-grade teacher Cindy Donahue has never gone through an entire day of staff training that focused solely on the arts. That was until Monday, when she and about 175 teachers from the Little Lake City School District gathered at the Norwalk Sports Complex to learn how to effectively use music, drama, dance/movement and the visual arts to emphasize literacy in the classroom. In a unique role switch, teachers found themselves painting and making up stories, even using choreography to bolster vocabulary and drama to increase reading comprehension. “This is something new and exciting and different,” said Donahue, who teaches at Studebaker Elementary in Norwalk. “And it’s set up in such a way that I know students are going to respond to this.” For “bouillebaisse” – a highly seasoned soup made of fish and crab – one teacher pretended to be a crab in a pot of soup while the others made large circular motions with their arms to signify the stirring of the soup. “Many times, kids might not remember the definition of words, but they might remember seeing the movement. It’s like a backup for them, a different way to learn,” she added. When the teachers return to their schools today, they’ll start incorporating what they learned into their classrooms. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Monday’s training – one of three staff development days set aside during the school year – was part of the district’s involvement in the county’s Arts for All initiative. Arts for All is a 10-year strategic plan to create, implement, fund and evaluate arts education programs for K-12 grades in each of the county’s 80 public school districts. Studebaker Principal Susan Grant, co-chairwoman of the district’s Arts for All committee, said the training included an overall view of the district’s arts plan so teachers “could see where we’re going and how it fits into our district’s Master Plan.” Teachers then broke into smaller groups to attend two of four workshops on music, visual arts, drama and dance/movement. In the dance workshop, consultant Susan McGreevy Nichols assigned groups of teachers to create “moving definitions” for vocabulary words. last_img read more

Remi Garde warns Aston Villa players to behave over Christmas period

first_img1 Manager Remi Garde has cautioned Aston Villa’s players about letting their hair down at Christmas.The Villa Park chief wants his squad to be professional and focused ahead of a key period in their survival fight.They go to Southampton on Saturday 20th in the Premier League, seven points adrift from the safety line and Jack Grealish is still in exile from the first team after he was pictured partying following last month’s 4-0 defeat at Everton.Garde refused to confirm whether rock bottom Villa will have a Christmas party but insisted whatever his players do during the festive period they must behave.He said: “You think I should be worried?“I can’t imagine when you have opportunity to play in the Premier League, in a big club, big games, that you could be disturbed by this time of parties.“Even if it is Christmas.“You can have Christmas with family and be prepared to play this game. If you speak to every European player they would like to play Boxing Day, this time to play is fantastic.“You have to know this is our job, you do it in a way that you are prepared to be 100 per cent focused. Of course, it is a party time but not for us. That is it.”When asked whether Villa were having a party Garde said it was a “private issue”.Grealish will not feature at St Mary’s but Garde hinted the 20-year-old could be back with the first team on Monday.“It could be (fair to assume he is back on Monday),” he added.“The way Jack is playing is more important for me. Now we have to look at the performance of each player and in the forthcoming weeks – I am more focused on that than what he did.”last_img read more


first_imgThe Irish Independent has broken down Census 2016 to the 8 most important things you need to know.1. The PopulationThere are now 4,757,976 people in Ireland. 2. The Biggest Change in PopulationFingal in Dublin shows the highest change in population, with the number of people living there up 8pc compared the the last count five years ago.3. The Population in the CapitalThe population of Dublin has increased to 1,345,402.4. The Biggest Drop in PopulationIn Donegal the population in the county decreased by 1.5pc. The biggest drop across the country.5. The Population per TDThe population per TD across the country has increased to 30,114. There are 25 constituencies who now have more than the constitutional limit of 30,000. The CSO said that the results are preliminary and any change to the number of TDs will have to be based on the definitive results but it is likely there will be need for at least 1 new TD.6. The Number of Vacant Houses The number of vacant houses fell  by 13.6pc and the data shows that household formation has falling behind population growth over the last five years. Households are getting bigger in Fingal and Dublin bucking the trends of previous surveys. There are currently 259,562 vacant homes around the country.7. The Number of Holiday HomesThe data also shows that while holiday homes increased slightly the number of  vacant holiday homes in Dublin city centre increased to almost 1,000 (937).8. Finally – Net Migration Meanwhile it is estimated that net migration over the five years is -28,558. Based on annual population change the CSO said it may have been underestimating emigration in recent years.THE 8 MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CENSUS 2016 was last modified: July 14th, 2016 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:8 most important thingsCensus 2016Irish Independentlast_img read more

Gardaí preserve scene of Inishowen house fire

first_imgExtensive damage was caused to a house after a blaze broke out last night in Inishowen.Gardaí and fire services attended the scene of a fire at a house at Lenamore, Muff, at 10:15pm.A spokesperson for Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service told Donegal Daily that the firefighters dealt with a fire in a roof space bedroom of a detached bungalow, and was dealt with by 00:11am. Several fire engines were deployed to control the fire, with two engines from Northland Fire Station, one from Crescent Link Fire Station, three from Strabane Fire Station, alongside Moville Fire Service.“Donegal Fire & Rescue Service were also in attendance and the incident was handed over to them,” The NIFRS spokesperson added.The source of the blaze is now yet known. It is believed that no one was injured in the fire.A Garda spokesperson told Donegal Daily that the scene is being preserved and investigations are ongoing. Gardaí preserve scene of Inishowen house fire was last modified: October 25th, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:fireGardaiInishowenmufflast_img read more

US mission helps out in rural KZN

first_imgHealth workers in KZN will receiveassistance from US specialists.(Image: Ambulance)MEDIA CONTACTS• Chris MaxonCorporate CommunicationKwaZulu-Natal Department of Health+27 83 285 0567RELATED ARTICLES• Rural health gets R9m boost• Malaria cases halved in SA• Massive HIV-testing drive for SA• Swaziland to wipe out malariaBongani NkosiAbout 50 US healthcare volunteers have arrived in KwaZulu-Natal to offer specialist services in some of the province’s disadvantaged rural areas.The group, invited by the Seventh Day Adventist Students Association (SDASA), is here for a week to help out in communities such as uThungulu, Jozini and uMkhanyakudei in the far north of the province and other areas.“They want to make a contribution to largely disadvantaged communities,” said Chris Maxon, spokesperson for KwaZulu-Natal Department of Health, in an interview.The team – which includes doctors, dentists, eye-care specialists, nurses, psychologists and physiotherapists – represents the United Hands Project, an NGO formed in 1995 that enables US healthcare professionals to travel abroad to offer free medical care to people in need.Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo, MEC for health in KwaZulu-Natal, will welcome the delegation on 26 July 2010 at a ceremony at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital. The volunteers will take up their posts the following day and work with local practitioners in state clinics and other facilities run by the health department.“They’ll be augmenting what the department is doing,” Maxon said. “They’ll be putting up tents and visiting our clinics.”The aim of the week-long mission is to reach out to as many residents as possible, the department said. “Depending on conditions, in a community where a clinic is far away, they’ll come with a mobile clinic.”‘Spreading the light’Dhlomo said the volunteers will literally and figuratively enlighten some of KwaZulu-Natal’s rural areas, because they’ll assist community members with eyesight problems.“The team of healthcare workers coming to the province will help those partially blind and awaiting cataract surgeries, to see more clearly,” said Dr Dhlomo in a statement.“There are two ways of spreading light – to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it,” he added. “They will really spread light in the rural communities of our province.”Members of SDASA and local residents will also be involved in the project. The association’s Advocate Boyce Mkhize said they will run week-long awareness programmes to promote healthy lifestyles among the rural population.They are hoping to draw many volunteers from the Seventh Day Adventist church and the community, Mkhize added.last_img read more

Pretoria revamps Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square

first_img28 July 2015The newly renovated Solomon Mahlangu Freedom Square in Mamelodi, northeast of Pretoria, in the city of Tshwane, reopened yesterday. It commemorates struggle heroes and heroines, including Mahlangu, who was born in the township.Tshwane Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa said the city spent R49-million on the first phase of renovations.“This is [in] honour of all the people who paid dearly for our democracy with their lives,” said Ramokgopa. “We have to ensure that Solomon’s death is not in vain.”Most of the renovations were concerned with earthworks, Ramokgopa said. “Perhaps by visual inspection you can’t see R49-million. The majority of the R49-million is sitting in the earthworks.”In the second phase of renovations, a museum and theatre will be added to the square.The statueThe statue of Mahlangu is now the anchor point of the square, and it faces the proposed Liberation Spine, a meandering pathway that will cross the park.The bronze statue was made by artist Angus Taylor. The first statue was unveiled in 2005, 26 years after Mahlangu was executed for being an anti-apartheid activist.Speaking on behalf of the family, Chief Lucas Mahlangu said they was honoured. He described the freedom fighter as a brave young man, who was not afraid of death.“Solomon played a role in our democracy. He fought against the injustices,” Chief Mahlangu said.About Solomon MahlanguAccording to South African History Online, Mahlangu joined the African National Congress (ANC) in September 1976. He trained as an Umkhonto weSizwe (MK) soldier in Angola and Mozambique before returning to South Africa in 1977 to assist with student protests.On 13 June of that year, Mahlangu and his companions, Mondy Johannes Motloung and George Mahlangu, were arrested for the deaths of two civilian men. Mahlangu pleaded not guilty but he was later charged with murder and terrorism, and executed. Mahlangu was buried in Atteridgeville, Tshwane.Watch Mike Terry, executive secretary of the Anti-Apartheid Movement, talk about the hanging of Solomon Mahlangu:On 6 April 1993, his body was reinterred at the Mamelodi Cemetery where his supposed last words on a plaque read: “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight.”Source: SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Football: Premier League Giants Liverpool Are All Set To Bid €90M For This Juventus…

first_imgAdvertisement(Image Courtesy: Google Images)According to reports, Premier League Giants Liverpool are looking to take advantage of Ronaldo’s move to Turin in an attempt to complete the signing of Argentine star Paulo Dybala.Following the arrival of former Los Blancos star Cristiano Ronaldo in Turin, future of Gonzalo Higuain, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic have been brought into doubt with the Protuguese star set to be in seen in a talismanic role. And now according to Argentine News Outlet TyC Sport, Liverpool are willing to take advantage of this situation by offering starlet Paulo Dybala a way out of Italy.According to reports, Liverpool are willing to do everything to bring him to Anfield and will even break their club transfer record by paying him upto €90 Million to see him in red stripes of Merseyside. Let’s see how this transfer saga unfolds.Liverpool are ready to bid £80m for Paulo Dybala after Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus. (Source: TyC Sports)— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 11, 2018Also Read: Rajon Rando is signing a one year contract with Lakers. Advertisementlast_img read more

Boxing: Carl Frampton says he will lay out Jackson cold

first_imgAdvertisementFRAMPTON will turn nasty the moment he looks across the ring and sees Luke Jackson in the opposite corner.He gets the chance to silence Jackson (16-0) when he defends his interim WBO featherweight crown against the Australian challenger at Belfast’s Windsor Park on Saturday August 18.Jackson has angered Frampton suggesting he’s over the hill as a boxer and claimed he looks overweight in training.That means an exciting night for 20,000 fans and viewers watching on BT Sport, but bad news for Jackson.Frampton (25-1) said:  “He has annoyed me a little bit, but not enough to take my mind off the game and be overly aggressive.“He has annoyed me enough to wanna flatten him and put him out cold, properly.“I haven’t knocked anybody out in a long time, but Luke Jackson is a guy who is going to get knocked out.”Jackson, 33, has also teased Frampton over his amateur career claiming his experience in the London 2012 Olympics and other major championships betters the Belfast man’s achievements in the unpaid code.Frampton added: “He keeps talking about his amateur career. Who give a f**k what he did as an amateur? He isn’t Vasyl Lomachenko.“Let’s not forget he is based in Australia. If Australia sent a ten man team to box an international against Ireland they would get beat 10-0, and that’s a fact.“His amateur career wasn’t even that good when you look at it.“The reason Australia can send almost a full team to the Olympics is because they box Fiji, Samoa and Tonga.“It is a lot easier qualifying process compared to what Ireland and GB have to go through for the Olympics.“This is professional boxing and it’s almost a different sport. He will see on the night.”Also on the BT Sport televised bill Lineal heavyweight king Tyson Fury faces a step up when he tackles two-time world title challenger Francesco Pianeta.Advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar’s PSG move makes little business sense but could spark transfer scramble

first_imgBrazil striker Neymar’s world-record move to Paris St Germain makes little business sense for the French club and could have its roots in Qatar’s political situation, experts have said.The Qatari-owned PSG paid 222 million Euros (USD 263 million) to take the Brazil striker from Barcelona to the French capital in a move that also appears to make little sense for the player from a footballing perspective.The jaw-dropping deal is the first time that a world record transfer fee has been doubled in one swoop with Paul Pogba’s move last year from Juventus to Manchester United having set the previous benchmark at 105 million euros.PSG activated a buy-out clause rather than a negotiate a typical transfer fee for Neymar and while fans of the French club will be delighted at signing one of the world’s top players, the money invested in the Brazilian is unlikely to be recouped.No amount of shirt or ticket sales can bring in the kind of money spent by PSG on activating the contract clause or on the Brazilian’s huge wages, reported by French media to be around 550,000 euros per week.”For the football club it doesn’t make any business sense,” football finance expert Rob Wilson of Sheffield Hallam University said.”No matter how many different angles we look at this from I can’t see how the football club can make any increase in revenue back that will be sufficient to cover the transfer fee, let alone the whole package. The sporting performance is a different matter but I can’t see how they can get any decent return on the investment at all,” he added.advertisementAlmost all of the previous world record fees have been for players moving to bigger or more successful clubs but in this case Neymar is joining a team with much less history and presence among soccer’s elite.Barcelona, 24-times Spanish champions and founded 117 years ago, are five-times European champions. PSG, created in 1970, have never even reached the final of the Champions League.Yet PSG, owned by the state-backed Qatari Sports Investments, have been publicly stating their goal of conquering Europe since buying the club in 2012.The club’s heavy investment has been rewarded domestically with four straight French league titles, until last year when they finished second to Monaco.POLITICAL STATEMENTIn Europe, however, success has been elusive. Last year they exited the Champions League in the round of 16 after giving up a 4-0 first-leg advantage by losing 6-1 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp with Neymar scoring two late goals.The Brazil forward should improve PSG but whether he will be good enough to transform them into a squad that can beat the likes of Barca, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is another question.The fact that Qatar is currently embroiled in a diplomatic and economic dispute with four Arab states, including Saudi Arabia, raises the question of whether there is a political aspect to the deal, according to University of Salford professor Simon Chadwick.Chadwick, who has closely followed Qatar’s ‘soft power’ approach to sport, believes the massive interest in the deal could be well-timed for the Gulf state, which has been accused by its opponents of supporting Islamism, a charge Doha denies.”Neymar’s PSG move, while beneficial to the French club, may be motivated by the political statement it makes and the soft power influence it is likely to have. At a time when the likes of Saudi Arabia want the world to be talking about Qatar in negative terms, Doha has become a focus for the biggest story of the year in the world’s favourite sport,” he stated.In more concrete terms for football fans, PSG’s willingness to pay such a sum could well lead to a series of big-money deals across the continent.Barcelona will quickly be under huge pressure from their fans to bring in a high-quality replacement and have been linked by Spanish media with another Brazilian, Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.The Anfield club will have no desire to sell their creative lynchpin, but Barcelona, flush with a huge amount of spare cash, could make an offer that would be hard to refuse.Borussia Dortmund’s French forward Ousmane Dembele is another player reported to have been on Barca’s radar but the club’s hierarchy might feel they need to bring in a bigger, more established name.Wherever Barca turn for a replacement, will leave another club with a pile of money to spend on compensating for their own loss and with less than a month left before the transfer deadline, the deals could be lucrative.advertisementlast_img read more