Sunday marked Mother’s Day and The Caribbean Voice (TCV), in collaboration with the church and youth groups from the community of Buxton, brought cheer to a number of the village’s elderly matriarchs.TCV Managing Director Bibi Ahmad makes a presentation to one of the mothers on SundayReverend Desrey Watts of the Saint Matthias Church, was on hand on Sunday as the group of volunteers travelled throughout Buxton in search of the elderly to deliver hampers and other assorted goodies to them. She explained that the programme was launched in keeping with the church’s 30th anniversary.“All these years we [would] invite the elderly at the home or wherever we are doing a programme, like August 1st programme, we do a programme with them. But instead of just feeding them like that, the children would dance and do different things to entertain them. So we continued doing it all the years and as time goes by I started to think about other things to do.”“So it’s usually an entire programme for the whole village, like the feeding programme on 1st August. Or Diwali or Phagwah time. But this year we decided to start this programme. When it comes to our distribution, we have decided with the church that we’re going to do [it] every year, for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.”Meanwhile, TCV Managing Director Bibi Ahmad explained that her organisation is not only collaborating with the Saint Matthias Church, but also with the Buxton Fusion School of Music and the Youth Empowerment and Faith Group in order to carry out the exercise.“Wherever we can make a difference, we go,” she explained. “We not just about suicide prevention, or bringing awareness about abuse. We also partner to do humanitarian work, we have the distribution of pampers, wheelchairs, walkers and walking sticks.”“Primarily the activities were coordinated by the reverend and I collaborated with her, to supply things to give to elderly mothers. These mothers [we are visiting] are more or less the real elderly mothers, such as the shut-ins,” Ahmad added.It is understood that a total of 12 Buxtonian matriarchs were visited by the organisation. Among them were Evadney Talbot, who celebrated her 107th birthday on Friday to much fanfare, Ruby Blair, an 84-year-old senior citizen, Ms Huntley, 98 years old and Ms Francis, 95 years old.The Caribbean Voice, a Non-Governmental Organisation, has more often been associated with its work on suicide prevention and its partnership with other bodies, including the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) last year.Last year, it conducted a community mental health workshop at Yakusari, Black Bush Polder, and two students’ workshops at a high needs high school at Ash Youth Developers Education Learning Institute, Vigilance, ECD.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Artist Joseph Stoddard painting demonstration, 7 p.m., Burbank City Hall chambers, 301 E. Olive Ave., Suite 102. Cost: $3. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail email@example.com. WEDNESDAY “A Boatload of Trouble,” children’s water conservation program, 3:30 p.m., Calabasas Library, 23975 Park Sorrento. Free. Call (818) 225-7616. Chinese International Ghost Stories program, 5-6 p.m., Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Registration: Call (661) 251-2720. Support Group for Writers meeting, 6 p.m., Glendale Public Library, 3301 E. Chevy Chase. All genres and writing levels welcome. Call (818) 548-2046.
Schools that submitted applications were then randomly selected using a process that took into account statutory requirements for geographic and grade-level distribution. Most participating schools will be required to create smaller class sizes, high schools will be required to decrease the student-counselor ratio to 300-to-1 and teaching staff in all schools must participate in professional development. Schools in the program must exceed their API growth target, averaged over the first three years of full funding. Schools that continue to meet the program and achievement requirements shall be funded annually through the 2013-14 fiscal year. Mojave Elementary is in the bottom 10 percent of API rankings, but its scores have been improving. The school’s API score was 637 in 2006, up from 592 in 2005. “We are improving by leaps and bounds. We can’t fathom that we wouldn’t meet the goals,” Fowler said. Fowler said she plans to spend the money on continuing to provide teacher training and maintaining the small class size of 20 students per room. The funding will come from the Quality Education Investment Act, which was part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the state Department of Education and the California Teachers Association against the governor and state Department of Finance for failing to restore education funding as promised. firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOJAVE – Mojave Elementary School is among the 488 low-performing schools in the state that will receive a share of $2.7 billion over seven years to boost student achievement. The 338-student, K-3 school will receive about $500 per pupil over that period, and the first year’s allotment will be more than $111,900. “When someone is offering $500 per student, it’s hard to say no,” Principal Kathi Fowler said. “We talked about the loopholes and sanctions that might be involved, but again at my site, it could be up to $175,000 a year over seven years.” Schools eligible for the new funding, made possible through legislation passed last year, were schools that were in the bottom 20 percent in Academic Performance Index rankings.
0Shares0000American businessman Shahid Khan could be about to buy Wembley from the English Football Association © AFP/File / Adrian DENNISLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 27 – American businessman Shahid Khan has said he will do “everything possible” to give Chelsea the option of using Wembley as a temporary home if his Sh 69bn (£500mn) bid to buy the iconic London ground is accepted.England’s governing Football Association confirmed Thursday that Khan, the owner of Chelsea’s local London rivals Fulham, as well as the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, had made an offer to buy the national stadium. Tottenham Hotspur, like Chelsea a London-based club in the Premier League, are currently using Wembley as a temporary base while a successor ground to their White Hart Lane home is built.Chelsea want to redevelop and increase the capacity of their Stamford Bridge ground in west London.The Blues are set to vacate their home at the end of the 2019/20 season and it may be up to four years before they are able to return.Wembley’s 90,000 capacity makes it an obvious choice for Chelsea, particularly as the 82,000-seater Twickenham, the southwest London headquarters of English rugby union, has been ruled out of the running.Khan’s plan to stage even more gridiron games at Wembley, and maybe even base the Jaguars there permanently, could complicate matters for Chelsea.But Khan said he would welcome the Blues playing at Wembley — for the right price — having made it clear he has no intention of moving Fulham, pushing for promotion to the Premier League from the second-tier Championship, out of Craven Cottage.“Absolutely we would discuss it with them (Chelsea) and really encourage them because that is part of the tradition and stewardship of Wembley, just like with Spurs being there this season,” Khan told Friday’s edition of the London Evening Standard.“Chelsea would be welcome to use it“Obviously, they would be paying for it, just like Spurs did, but I think it is really important because our goal is to get the usage up and that would be part of it,” he added.“Could it happen for four years? Obviously you would have to move things but from our viewpoint, we would love that to work.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
BEST OF smart causal Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? The Red Devils, in Pot 2 this time, encountered a relatively easy group, facing CSKA Moscow, Basel, and Benfica, and winning all but one match – a defeat away to their Swiss opponents.It was very much a best-case scenario group, but what would things look like if they were drawn into a ‘group of death’?Check out talkSPORT.com’s picks below. REVEALED Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener gameday Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more 4 Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade impact highlights Jose Mourinho is under huge pressure after back-to-back defeats Manchester United will be hoping the Champions League draw will give them a distraction after a tough start to the campaign.The Red Devils were knocked out in the round of 16 last year by Sevilla, so they will hope to go further this time. England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won MONEY Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 4 RANKED Pot 3 – Monaco Manchester United have not been at their best this season and you have to worry about how a full strength Barcelona would look against them. Lionel Messi on form at the Theatre of Dreams would be the stuff of nightmares for Jose Mourinho. silverware Latest Football News Pot 1 – Barcelona Now a blend of youth and experience, Leonardo Jardim’s side have had to do more work in the transfer market this summer to build a competitive squad. They still have the likes of Radamel Falcao, Kamil Glik, and Danijel Subasic, but now they have got Pietro Pellegri in, along with World Cup star Aleksandr Golovin. 4 How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures 4 possible standings Pot 4 – Inter Milan Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions After a lengthy absence from the Champions League, Internazionale are in Pot 4 so will be the team everyone wants to avoid. Milan Skriniar and Stefan De Vrij in defence, Radja Nainggolan and Ivan Perisic in midfield, and Mauro Icardi in attack, they will be tough opponents – and then you have to try and beat Samir Handanovic between the sticks!
REDLANDS – In grade school, they just called it “keep-away.” The Redlands High School football team, run-oriented and methodical, will try to keep its mercurial opposing offense on the sideline as much as possible tonight. Junior quarterback Ronnie Fouch is the triggerman, throwing for 995 yards and 15 touchdowns with one interception. His main receivers are Isaiah Burel (345 yards), Chris Polk (247) and Lance Evbuomwan (242). “Ronnie has grown up running that offense,” Walker said. “They have all those (receiving) packages, and he’s good at hitting the open guy against different coverages. If you stay in just one coverage, he’ll tear you up.” REV has almost no running game, especially after a shoulder injury to running back Aaron Pittman, who is questionable. Redlands (2-2, 1-0) is led by running backs Antwane Almendarez and Ashton Howard. The Terriers will try to pound the ball behind offensive linemen like Joey Escobar (6-foot, 220 pounds) and Brant Martinez (6-5, 260). A boon for Redlands is that defensive back/wideout/kick returner Ryan Counce is back from his pulled groin. He will be one the best athletes on the field. REV’s defense is led by linebacker Derrell Acrey (46 tackles) and lineman Justin Marquez (6-3, 225), who has 30 tackles, including two sacks. “We’ll have to play defense well as a team, and our offensive line is going to have to come through,” REV coach Kurt Bruich said. REV’s O-line consists of Carl Wilson, Nick Wells, Josh Wallace, Chris Ratke and Josh Curry. The Smudge Pot will go to the winner, with Redlands simply retaining the object if it comes out on top. Pre-sale tickets sold briskly all week long at both schools. Tickets also will be sold at the gate tonight, with standing room only available beyond the west end zone. 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 MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 That’s not what Redlands wants in the Smudge Pot game, its annual rivalry showdown with upstart REV, which scored its only win against the Terriers in 2003, 24-16. Redlands possesses the contraption after last year’s 22-14 victory. The Terriers lead the series 7-1, having outscored REV 275-44 in that span. But REV seems to have most of the playmakers this season. The Wildcats (3-0-1 overall, 1-0 Citrus Belt League) run the spread offense and run it well. Redlands coach Jim Walker already has said that much heading into tonight’s 7:30 p.m. Smudge Pot game against Redlands East Valley at the University of Redlands. “I didn’t come up with this, and every coach who is in my situation probably says it, but their offense can’t score a point when they’re standing over there next to (coach Kurt) Bruich on the sideline,” Walker said. “We’ll take the ball and try to get first downs and move the chains. If we go three-and-out every series, it’s going to be a long night.”
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Julia D’yachenko rallied from a three-game deficit to run off six consecutive games against Alexis Yang at No. 3 singles, winning the pro-set 8-5 to secure the 4-3 match victory for host Granada Hills in a West Valley League girls’ tennis showdown Wednesday over rival El Camino Real of Woodland Hills. El Camino Real of Woodland Hills (7-2, 5-2) split the first six sets with Granada Hills (8-1, 6-0), led by Ashley Macias’ 8-4 victory over Roxanne Plata at No. 1 singles. With the match on the line, D’yachenko, a senior, shook off her sluggish start to move the Highlanders – the three-time defending City Section champions – closer to another league title. “It was definitely an interesting match,” D’yachenko said. “I don’t think our mindset was where it needed to be. But I think we’ll do a lot better the next time.” Allison Czachow won at No. 4 singles and Candance Sakamoto and Kelsey Finn were victorious at No. 1 doubles for El Camino Real, which lost to Granada Hills 4-3 in last year’s City semifinals. Jennifer To won at No. 2 singles, and Betty Liu and Monica Sirathanarun, along with Heather Cha and Nikki Hsueh won in doubles for the Highlanders, who play at Birmingham of Lake Balboa today. “ECR played a good match. (Ashley) played really well,” Granada Hills coach Simon Robertshaw said. “But this was a nice reality check for us.” – Erik Boal BOYS’ WATER POLO Oaks Christian 11, Malibu 7: For the first time in 83 matches spanning more than 11 years, the Malibu boys’ water polo team suffered a Frontier League loss to visiting Oaks Christian of Westlake Village (23-1, 2-0). Jonnie Pare led Oaks Christian with five goals, while Ryan Balikian and Mike Blanchard each added three goals for the Lions. After surrendering the first goal of the game to Malibu’s Joe Sloggy, Oaks Christian scored seven of the next nine goals for a 7-3 lead early in the second period. Malibu cut the Oaks Christian lead to 7-6 midway through the third period, but the Sharks failed to tie the score in spite of having the chance to do so on three consecutive posessions. “I guess I knew the day was coming,” Malibu coach Mike Mulligan said of the streak. “Streaks like this are there to be broken. [Oaks Christian] played very well. They are a strong team.” – Kevin Connelly Royal 8, Moorpark 4: Senior Adam Thomas had four goals and goalkeeper Matt Lewis had nine saves as Royal of Simi Valley (18-4, 7-0) defeated host Moorpark to remain undefeated in Marmonte League play. Royal finished undefeated in league last season en route to a Marmonte League title. GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL Verdugo Hills 3, Hollywood 0: Crystal Perryman had 16 kills, Yecenia Saldivar had seven kills and Chantelle Labbe had a season-high 30 assists as Verdugo Hills of Tujunga (15-1, 8-0) defeated Hollywood 25-10, 25-15, 25-3 in a Sunset Six League match. Perryman, who has drawn interest from CSUN, leads the City Section with 336 kills. Her Verdugo Hills team has won 18 consecutive league matches. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week
Teams will play 36 holes on Monday, beginning at 9 a.m. Tuesday’s shotgun start is set for 9 a.m. Following the Bradley Spring Break Invitational, the Bulldogs will compete in the Bradley Spring Invitational on April 1-2 in Peoria, Ill. Print Friendly Version Story Links The 54-hole event features 10 teams; Akron, Arkansas State, Bradley, Drake, Illinois State, Indiana State, Northern Illinois, Southern Illinois, UT-Dallas and Wichita State. The Bulldogs opened their season on Feb. 10-11 at the Ball State Sunshine Invitational and finished in 10th-place. DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s golf team is set to play at the Bradley Spring Break Invitational on Monday and Tuesday in Dallas, Texas at the Brookhaven Country Club. Sophomore Grace Dunn placed tied for 21st to lead the team with a total score of 244 (84-77-83). Freshmen Sigurlaug Jonsdottir and Aimee Gerschke recorded scores of 253 (86-84-83) and 259 (89-86-84), respectively, to round out Drake’s top-3 scorers. Junior Madison Glennie posted a team-best score in the final round 79, for a total score of 261 (90-92-79). Live Results
(Visited 845 times, 2 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 The factors that make life possible came together so beautifully, even materialists have trouble knowing why we’re here.“We are lucky to live in a universe made for us” blares a headline on PhysOrg. Written by creationists? No; Geraint Lewis on The Conversation said that, pondering how we won the cosmic lottery.There are many observational facts about our universe, such as electrons weighing almost nothing, while some of their quark cousins are thousands of times more massive. And gravity being incredibly weak compared to the immense forces that hold atomic nuclei together.Why is our universe built this way? We just don’t know….Our universe appears to balance on a knife-edge of stability. But why?For peace of mind, he escapes into the multiverse hypothesis.Some seek solace in a creator, an omnipotent being that finely-tuned the properties of the universe to allow us to be here. But the move from the scientific into the supernatural leaves many uncomfortable.There is, however, another possible solution, one guided by the murky and confused musings at the edge of science. Super-strings or M-theory (or whatever these will evolve into) suggest that the fundamental properties of the universe are not unique, but are somehow chosen by some cosmic roll of the dice when it was born.This gives us a possible explanation of the seemingly special properties of the universe in which we live.As others have pointed out, though, that’s no solution. In a multiverse, anything not only can happen, but eventually does happen (5/17/14). That spells the death of science, because it collapses into the ultimate Stuff Happens Law. It also dodges the question of where the multiverse came from, and relies on trusting in things that could never be observed even in principle.Earth, specifically, is remarkably beneficial for humans. Sarah Scoles in New Scientist writes that “earth’s composition might be unusual for a planet with life,” according to a team led by Vardan Adibekyan of the Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences in Portugal. Their survey of exoplanets showed that few in habitable zones around other stars have the heavy elements like iron needed for life. They believe the number of favorable planets increases with time, but did we just luck out?Roberto Trotta, on New Scientist, looks for a “sister world” to not feel so alone. He apparently feels uneasy if the universe is “all-there-is” and we are it as far as sentient beings go. He casts a wistful eye at Kepler 452b, the latest candidate earth-like exoplanet, but realizes it’s probably all rock. It’s too hot, and most likely has no water. “This reminds us just how hard it is to find a good world to live on,” he sighs. He trusts that the student-people (i.e., scientists) “hope to spot a world that is just like ours.” Why would that help? “Soon, we might feel less alone in the All-There-Is.” To the Saganesque materialist, the cosmos is all there is, ever was, and ever will be. But not everyone is a materialist.Remarkable CoincidencesTwo very interesting podcasts by design advocates make a compelling case for Earth being designed for life.Doug Axe on ID the Future constructs a design argument from lignin, the third most abundant biopolymer on Earth.Michael Denton describes multiple coincidences from the sun, Earth’s atmosphere, photosynthesis and oxygen that make not only plant life possible, but human life, too (ID the Future).It would seem, given this evidence, that the onus should be on materialists to explain why the universe and Earth were not designed. “Luck” is hardly a scientific explanation.Listen to the podcasts numbered above. They’re really, really interesting and unexpected from a materialist point of view, especially Denton’s. Got evidence? The power of empirical evidence is on the side of creationists. Don’t let materialists intimidate you. Fight back with facts like these. Memorize a few of the points to use as conversation starters.Intelligent design evidence is powerful, but it can only take one so far. Why is the universe so well designed? Who designed it? Can we know the Creator who designed quarks, electrons, oxygen, iron, stars, planets, and atmospheres, and arranged them on a world that permits the beneficial interactions between photosynthesis, lignin, plants, animals and human beings?“Some seek solace in a creator” Lewis says, but that leaves “many” (speak for yourself, Geraint) “uncomfortable.” He flees from the light to the darkness, because it makes him “uncomfortable.” But there’s little solace in darkness. There’s little comfort in nonsense like “stuff happens.” He kids himself thinking that science is an escape from the “supernatural.” He believes in reason and truth, doesn’t he? Those are immaterial and eternal, therefore supernatural. Everyone is a supernaturalist.Maybe he should reason that there’s solace in a creator because there really is a Creator who promises solace—and delivers. “Come unto Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest,” Jesus said. “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:28-29). This same Jesus is identified by three different New Testament authors as the Creator (John in John 1:1-3, Paul in Colossians 1:16-18, and the anonymous author of Hebrews 1:1-2). Recounting one of Francis Schaeffer’s book titles, “He is there, and He is not silent.” We can listen. We can come to the light.Exercise: Solace is an uncommon word. It was used by Joseph Scriven (a man who suffered many sorrows in life) in his uplifting hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, inspired by Jesus’ promise quoted above. Click the link, listen, and sing along. Thou wilt find a “solace” there—especially when contemplating how a mighty, omnipotent Creator can be tender and loving to his humble creatures (John 3:16).
28 January 2016. @Akon, @Shell, and the football pitch where players running keeps the lights on https://t.co/nUHyZvkE0l @Pavegen pic.twitter.com/ifZjzYsTR7— Will Nichols (@WillNicholsRisk) January 18, 2016In 2014, Senegalese-American hip-hop star Akon started a solar power initiative called Akon Lighting Africa. It aimed to bring electricity to 600 million rural AfricansNow the star has continued his philanthropic work for the continent with a smaller, but more intriguing project – powering a soccer field, floodlights and all, using solar power and the kinetic energy generated by the players on the field.Partnering with the Shell oil company and British green technology company Pavegen, Akon opened the first of the innovative fields for Africa in Lagos, Nigeria in December 2015.Pavegen developed technology housed in floor tiles that can store energy from the pressure of weight exerted on the tiles. The company tested prototype tiles in high foot-traffic spots such as London’s Heathrow Airport and Harrods department store. The pedestrian traffic helped to power LED lights and USB charging stations. Over the past two years, Pavegen streamlined the technology to almost double the output.The company collaborated with Brazilian soccer legend Pele in 2014 on an installation on a rundown community athletic field in Morro da Mineira in Rio de Janeiro. Together, they transformed it into the world’s first player-powered soccer pitch.Akon Lighting Africa joined Pavegen with financing from Shell to bring the technology to Africa.The idea of people-generated power seemed to be a natural pairing with sport activity, and as Akon told the MMN sport blog, applying it to the humble football fields found almost everywhere across Africa, was a great opportunity to educate people about the possibilities of alternative and renewable energy.After the unveiling of the first of the power-pitches at a teachers’ training college in Lagos, Akon and Pavegen will present a full demonstration of the system at the 2016 Powering Africa Summit at the end of January in Washington, DC.Don’t miss @EnergyNet_Ltd‘s Powering Africa Summit on January 27-29! Register today: https://t.co/mP35MdHmxt #PAS16 pic.twitter.com/nN2RDkFjRh— ACORE (@ACORE) January 10, 2016Governments from, among others, South Africa, Mozambique and Nigeria, will attend the summit. They will meet green technology companies and other multinational organisations to find solutions to energy and environmental concerns within the African context.Have a read of @LaurenceKC blog about Lighting up #Lagos w/ @Shell & @AKON https://t.co/PoVgYxMJCw #makethefuture pic.twitter.com/Jcc9w5HR5y— Pavegen Systems (@Pavegen) December 17, 2015The Lagos pitch consists of 100 energy-harnessing tiles hidden beneath artificial turf. The energy generated powers the field’s floodlights and illuminates the grounds at night. Energy capacity is helped by an onsite solar array, but Pavegen believes that as the technology improves, the need for solar enhancement will eventually be minimal.The long-term goal of the tile technology will be to generate enough energy from activity on the pitch to power an entire village.According to Pavegen, each time a tile is stepped on it generates 7W of power. Combined with the solar array, the battery-based system can power the pitch’s floodlights for up to 24 hours.Working with @Akon and @Shell is going to be a key way to scale @Pavegen we just launched a soccer pitch in Africa pic.twitter.com/DSkuhvpe5a— Laurence KC (@LaurenceKC) December 12, 2015Laurence Kemball-Cook, the founder of Pavegen, says the solar-powered pitch symbolises possibilities. “(It) shows how the energy mix of the future will combine kinetic and solar power to improve communities.”Siji Olusanya, the principal of the college, called the idea inspiring: “(Our teachers can) use their first-hand experience of this pitch to inspire pupils. to work towards developing bright energy ideas that could make a real difference to their community, Nigeria or even the world.”Akon, who is taking a break from his music career to concentrate on his charity work, says that new, reliable and smarter energy solutions play a major role in driving human progress in Africa. “Projects like these draw attention to the major opportunity that Nigeria as well as the whole of Africa have if we look to better harness new technologies and the continent’s abundant renewable energy resources.”Source: AFKInsider