State Supervisors Association Back Portantino

first_imgGovernment State Supervisors Association Back Portantino Published on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 | 4:57 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Business News Subscribe Community News Top of the News center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it The Anthony Portantino for State Senate campaign announced the endorsement of the Association of California State Supervisors (ACSS).ACSS is one of the largest labor organizations in California representing state supervisors, managers and confidential employees.“I am honored to have received the trust of my friends at ACSS. ACSS members know and understand our great state and earning the respect of ACSS members and leadership is very important to me,” Portantino said.Portantino has received a number of endorsements from a wide range of groups throughout California.Portantino is a Visiting Fellow at USC. He is the father of two daughters, Sofia who completed her K-12 education in the district and Bella, a middle school student. Ellen Portantino is currently serving as the PTA President for Bella’s middle school and is an executive at Warner Brothers. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Duff: City win changes nothing

first_img Despite the unexpected 1-0 win – their first in eight Premier League matches – against the defending champions the Clarets remain a point from safety, although they are now only three points away from 15th-placed Hull. “It maybe sucked a few other teams closer to us but it’s just one game,” Duff told “Nothing has changed since day one and it won’t change in the next nine games but there is definitely a belief that we can achieve something this year. “We know from the outside that nobody has given us a prayer but we are still there or thereabouts with nine games to go. “I think we have surprised a few people along the way and it’s just having that belief now. “There is a real energy in this team and a hunger too. Not many of us have played at this level for much of our career, so the lads are desperate to stay where we are.” Burnley defender Michael Duff insists their surprise victory over Manchester City changes little in the battle to avoid relegation. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

DD Motoring: Electric Leaf runs out of road!

first_imgOver this St. Patricks weekend while most were celebrating with our famous national Shamrock, our motoring columnist Brian McDaid was celebrating the success of a leaf of a different type, that of the all-electric car the Nissan Leaf and his unique journey.Survey Survey Survey I’m getting a bit fed up with surveys of what people think of electric cars that never have sat behind the wheel, so in roaming reporter mode, I went in search of real people that actually own and drive all-electric cars.To do this, Inishowen Motor kindly supplied us with the late 191 Nissan Leaf for the Bank Holiday weekend.The Nissan Leaf that I drove was the latest 40 KW version with a range of 280kms between recharges.And with that limited piece of info, a fully charged Nissan Leaf and an app installed from the ESB on my phone, I was on my way. Following footstepsI headed in the direction of Inishowen to start my journey. I did this to follow in my father’s footsteps as he was the first person to represent the ESB to put the pegs in the ground for the locations to place the poles that would carry electricity to this peninsula of Donegal for the first time in the mid-1950s.I wonder what he would think now if he was about a car was able to make a journey to Letterkenny and back on a single charge.Starting up in Malin Head and making my way over Glengad, I took advantage of the steep hill into Malin Town to harvest power through the different types braking on the car that recharges the batteries.My app let me know that a basic public charger was located in Carndonagh.And even though I didn’t need it, the knowledge that it was there help to build my confidence in these all-electric cars or (EVs as they are known). At the startThere is always someone visiting Malin Head no matter when you drive there, and that was the case the day that I arrived and because the car has signage in saying it was 100% Electric it wasn’t long before the sightseeing German tourists were overlooking around the Nissan.The Nissan Leaf down at the waters edge at Malin Head before departing on the journey at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.Donegal at the start of our journey from Malin Head to Mizen in the Electric Nissan Leaf. Photo Brian McDaid.After a few selfies, the journey proper began.Lily’s in Malin On my way through Malin, I stopped off at lily’s where my late father would have stayed in digs there when he was pegging out where the first electricity lines for the ESB and thought of stories he told about all the great people he got to know around that area.The White Paddy’s, Hudi Dykes, Harvey Stewart, Willie Joe McClean, Paddy Logue to name but a few and not forgetting the Henrys long before they were a household name as famous singers.Park up outside Lily’s in Malin on it electric journey from Malin Head to Mizen. Photo Brian McDaidToday its another member of the Henry family from, Seamus “Henry” Mc Laughlin from Malin who supplied us with this electric Leaf from his Nissan Agency based in Malin and in Drumkeen to embark on this journey.SnowPlanning the journey is a priority when considering an electric car.Armed with a great onboard navigation system on the Nissan I also downloaded an app from the ESB who are the providers of the public charging locations. What we didn’t plan for was snow which we were greeted by on the morning we set off.Snow in Donegal at the start of our journey from Malin Head to Mizen in the Electric Nissan Leaf. Photo Brian McDaid.If anything the snow just added to the adventure which the Nissan ploughed its way through with ease.A quick top-up of the battery at Tobin’s in Letterkenny on their quick charging unit to the same amount of time as it took for us to get something to eat in their deli.Range anxietyAt the start of this journey, I must admit that I did worry a little about running out of battery power so I found myself topping up the batteries a lot even when it was over 60% mainly because I wasn’t really trusting the navigation system or the app on my phone.The Nissan Leaf parked up at the charging point in Bantry Co. Cork with some fine local artwork keeping an eye on the environment Photo Brian McDaidThe Nissan at one of the Charging points in Letterkenny Photo Brian McDaid.A top up at Londas in Grange, Co. Sligo and a conversation with a fellow Nissan Leaf owner who was charging his 191 Leaf there put a lot of my worries to rest.ConfidenceWith the valuable first-hand knowledge passed on from this fellow electric motorist, I was on my journey proper and tested the range of the car as I travelled through Co Sligo, Mayo and Galway before topping up before I headed into Co. Clare.A view of the driving range and the locations of charging point on the onboard navigation system. Photo Brian McDaid.Darkness was falling as I joined the motorway to head for Limerick City and then passed under the river Shannon.By this time, I realised that the quick chargers were the best option to keep moving so now I was heading to Newcastle West for my next charging point.Elder LeafIn Newcastle West, I met another electric car owner at the charging point who had one of the earlier models which had a lower range.He told me that buying an electric car was one of the best decisions he ever made.He done a lot of research before his family car of choice was going to be electric and has never looked back.If you are prepared to be part of the team and make adjustments to planned things out electric cars are a brilliant idea both for a family and for the bigger picture.With more valuable advice including the fact that most of the electric charging points are available 24-hours, my talk with this man built my confidence for the road ahead.In Killarney, I decided to top up the batteries for this leg of the journey ahead where I had to make a change of plan and divert from heading up over Molls Gap because of the freezing temperatures that were flashing up on the dash of the Nissan.So, I headed inland a bit and eventually ended up in Bantry at 2am in the morning.Slow FoxtrotIn Bantry, all that was available was a slower charger so I plugged in and took a much-needed rest.Early on Sunday morning, I headed out of Bantry in search of the final part of the journey, which didn’t have an electric charging point on its peninsula.The road looped back and forth along with the most southern part of Ireland and I was lucky enough to see the sunrise shortly after 7am.Then another couple of kilometres down the way and the road came to a complete end at the visitors’ centre at Mizen Head.We had made it from Malin Head, the most Northerly Point in Ireland to Mizen Head the most southern point.The Leaf never failed us or did the charging points along the journey and I never ran out of electricity – we just run out of road!CelebrationsA couple of photos of the Nissan leaf beside the the big reg Buoy and the centre and a couple of photos of the the car on the finishing line and beside the propeller of the 1909 steamship that went aground in heavy seas and the event was celebrated with a makeshift breakfast which consisted of a half carton of Centra’s own milk and a few hot cross buns.The Nissan Leaf pictured at Mizen Head at the weekend after completing the journey from Malin Head in Co Donegal. Photo Brian McDaid.The Nissan did well on its journey.Starting all over againIt wasn’t long to the car was turned around in the carpark on the visitor centre and the same journey had to be repeated again in order to get the Nissan Leaf back to Donegal.The journey down from Donegal had learned us a lot about electric cars and the network of charging points in Ireland.Then on the way down the car was driven very easy and the E-braking was used most of the time to harvest as much energy back into the batteries.The Nissan making it way through Molls Gap on the return journey at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.One the way home we pushed the car on a bit were able to gauge the charging points better sometimes even missing every second one.We managed to include a trip through the beautiful Molls Gap on the way home and were soon through Killarney and Newcastle West an on to the motorway through Limerick and under the river Shannon again.Back to the futureWhen we arrived at our charging point in Ennis a beautiful 4×4 Tesla was charging in the bay where I stopped and soon I got chatting to the owner of this beautiful piece of engineering as we waited for power to charge both our batteries.I didn’t want to ask him how much his Tesla cost but I Google the price of it when I was sitting in my own wee Nissan Leaf.The futuristic-looking Tesla 4×4 sitting at the electric charging point in Ennis at the weekend. Photo Brian McDaid.OMG- €200,000 for the top of the range of this model Tesla which was beautiful and completely silent as it sat in the charging bay with it back to the future looking gull wing doors popped up to the opening position.GasAs I made my way up through the middle of Ireland, a stop off in Ballindine had a funny experience from someone who seemed to be enjoying the St. Patricks Day celebrations but was trying to make out they were a lot soberer than they actually were.Standing out in the carpark of the filling station away from all harm and enjoying a smoke they spotted me plugging the car in above the front bumper.Heading out of Bantry before sunrise to get to the end of the road in Mizen Head. Photo Brian McDaid.Stepping over and giving me a friendly wave they proceeded to the charging point to have a closer look at it.They carefully held their lite cigarette at arms length away from the unit thinking I was filling the car with gas or something other than petrol.HomecomingBefore I knew it I was crossing the border from Leitrim back into Co Donegal on St Patrick’s Day eve, less than 24 hrs the day before.We were now on the home straight and our journey would end in Letterkenny.1,200 km on free light!Summing up our Journey over the St Patricks Day weekend from Malin to Mizen by electric car.This was both exciting and very enjoyable and possibly will never be done again the way we did it.Our Journey from the tip-top of Ireland in the North of Co Donegal to the most southerly point of Ireland, Mizen Head in Co Cork, which is 599 Kms one way and then back, cost us zero euros and zeros cents.This is because from the start of the introduction of electric cars in Ireland the network of public charging points were free of charge.Catching the sun rise in Mizen Head after a drive from the other end of Ireland Photo Brian McDaid.This may change in the future but even charging the car from a power point at home cost a lot less than the cost to run an engine powered car of any type.The Nissan Leaf has been the bench for electric car and did not disappoint us on our journey over the weekend.At some stages of the journey, I have to remind myself that I was still driving an electric car as it is so quick away from a set of traffic lights especially when you are in the wrong lane and want to change over while the driver beside you is struggling for gears.The drivers that I met were all a wealth of information on the cars. some of them said they could do with more quick charging points in their area.One off the bucket listMizen to Malin has been on my bucket list for the longest time since the day. My father and the four of us boys joined his fellow ESB workmate, Michael Casey for a couple on miles on his walk from Malin Head to Mizen Head back in the 1970s.Journeys end in Mizen Head after driving the Nissan Leaf from the top of Ireland to the bottom to Mizen Head on St Patrick’s weekend.Last weekend I got my chance to drive from one end of Ireland to the other in the latest type of motoring electric cars in what may become the future in motoring for everyone.Happy Motoring Folks.DD Motoring: Electric Leaf runs out of road! was last modified: March 20th, 2019 by Brian McDaidShare 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)last_img read more

China Southern signals further expansion in Australia

first_imgChina Southern Airlines has signalled further expansion in the Australian market as it inked a deal with Tourism Australia on Tuesday aimed at boosting marketing activities in China.A three-year memorandum of understanding was signed on Tuesday in of Adelaide shortly after the arrival of China Southern Airlines flight CZ663 from Guangzhou, the first direct commercial passenger flight between China and South Australia. Officials present at the ceremony included Tourism Australia managing director John O’Sullivan and China Southern chief executive and president Tan Wan Geng.Tan said he had great confidence in the Australian market. “Australia is a market we value highly where we still see opportunities to expand our operations further, as demonstrated by our decision to add Adelaide to our global network,” he said.The comments come less than two weeks after governments of both countries signed an open skies agreement lifting restrictions on operations between major cities. Expansion and new services by Chinese carriers have already helped make China Australia’s most valuable inbound market with almost 1.2 million visitor arrivals now worth about $A9billion a year. China Southern has increased capacity to Australia by 35 per cent in the past year, with 56 weekly services now operating between Guangzhou and Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide, as well as Shenzhen to Sydney. “China Southern continues to invest significantly in its Australian network and in Australian tourism, O’Sullivan said in a statement. “The airline now carries a fifth of all Chinese arrivals into Australia, more than any other international carrier. As we approach 2017, the designated ‘Australia-China Year of Tourism’, we look forward to building upon this important partnership.’’Qantas, which has a partnership with China Southern,  and Virgin Australia, which is 40 per cent Chinese owned,  are also moving to increase services to China and take advantage of a growing cadre of Chinese  tourists  looking to travel overseas.Tourism Australia estimates  that spending by Chinese visitors to Australia could rise to A$13 billion annually by 2020.  It says Chinese visitors currently spend an average of $8,000 each on every visit to Australia, more than any other source market.last_img read more

SA to take the final frontier

first_imgAn artist’s impression of the SumbandilaSAT observation satellite. (Image: Department of Science and Technology) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nhlanhla Nyide Communications: Department of Science and Technology +27 12 843 6793 +27 82 871 6767 • Department of Science and Technology contacts • SunSpace +27 21 880 8100 • South African Astronomical Observatory +27 21 447 0025 • South African Space Portal RELATED ARTICLES • African eyes on the universe • South Africa takes to space • Predicting storms in space • SA astronomer unveils the stars • SA’s aerospace industry takes offWilma den HartighSouth Africa is set to lead Africa in space technology, thanks to a the government’s broad-reaching investment drive.The Department of Science and Technology’s significant investments in satellite and telescope projects, such as the SumbandilaSAT observation satellite, is not only likely to boost infrastructure development and the economy, but also swell the ranks of science and engineering graduates.According to Peter Martinez of the South African Astronomical Observatory, international interest in South African space technology is growing. The country is bidding against Australia to host the massive Square Kilometre Array telescope installation, and in 2011 the International Astronautical Congress will be hosted in South Africa for the first time.“It shows that the country’s efforts are being noticed and that it’s really becoming a player in this industry,” Martinez said.New Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is strongly backing these developments. Pandor plans to make South Africa a regional centre of space technology, particularly satellite construction, astronomy and infrastructure such as launch facilities.South Africa’s satellitesSouth Africa isn’t entirely new to space. In 1999 SunSpace, the country’s only satellite-construction company, partnered with the University of Stellenbosch to produce SunSat, a satellite launched into a low level sun-synchronous orbit from the Van den Bergh Air Force Base in the US.On 15 September this year SumbandilaSAT, South Africa’s micro earth-observation satellite, is due to be launched at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Russia.Bart Cilliers, managing director of SunSpace, said the satellite will orbit about 500km to 600km above the earth. Carrying high-resolution cameras, it will produce images to be used agriculture, mapping of infrastructure and land use, population measurement and the monitoring of dam levels, to name but a few applications.Ron Olivier, executive director of business development at SunSpace, told Reuters in early August that the international market for very high-resolution remote-sensing data is expanding. He estimated the annual global market value for this type of data at R1.2-billion (US$154-million).The demand for satellite images is also growing in other African countries; SumbandilaSAT will be able to provide these with higher-quality images.Cilliers said images for planning purposes can currently only be bought from commercial satellites, a costly and time-consuming process. The images are therefore often outdated – images of rural areas in particular can be between three months and a year old.“With South Africa having its own satellite set up for national priorities, this process could be simplified,” he said.Future satellite developmentAccording to Cilliers, South Africa plans to develop both earth observation satellites – such as SumbandilaSAT – and geostationary satellites.Geostationary satellites orbit at the same rate as the earth rotates, keeping above the same spot on the equator. This makes them ideal for telecommunications.If included in South Africa’s space programme, these would improve the country’s telecommunications infrastructure, even allowing it to sell bandwidth to other countries. South Africa currently uses only a single transponder on a commercial satellite for satellite bandwidth.But Olivier added that with the country’s space programme still in its infancy, the South African government would still have to decide on the number of satellites to be constructed.“Continued development and significant improvements can only be achieved if two further satellites are launched within the next five years, and at least one satellite for years six to eight,” he said.Cilliers added that there is also the potential for countries to share satellites. South Africa, Algeria, Nigeria and Kenya already have this kind of collaboration, with a memorandum of understanding signed in June 2008.The countries have committed their national satellites to the African Resources Management Constellation project, which aims to give advanced warnings of natural and environmental disasters such as floods.Steaming ahead in astronomySouth Africa is already known for its advanced developments in the field of astronomy. The Southern African Large Telescope near the town of Sutherland in the Karoo is the largest optical telescope in the southern hemisphere.South Africa is also in the running against Australia to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. This R17-billion ($2.2-billion) cluster of telescopes will be 50 times more sensitive than any other radio instrument on earth, powerful enough to improve scientists’ understanding of the origin and evolution of the universe.Cilliers explained that South Africa made the SKA shortlist because its proposed location for the telescope, in the dry and deserted Northern Cape province, is one of the few places on earth offering large unpopulated areas free of human-created radio interference. The final decision on which country will host the telescope will be made in 2011.Benefits for South AfricaMartinez said any development in telescope technology would be good for South Africa’s economy. “The technology that underpins the modern space science industry – such as computing and electronics – will be introduced to the country,” he said. He firmly believes that South Africa is more than ready to become a full participant in this industry.Traditionally there has always been a focus on developing infrastructure such as roads, railways and bridges, but telescopes will introduce new technology to the country, technology crucial for the development of what he calls an “information society”.A space industry could support a community of people pursuing careers in science, technology and engineering. Furthermore, it will also spur research and the development of related industries.Cilliers said that one of the most important benefits of a space programme, and more specifically the satellite component, is a growing interest in science-related careers. “The inspirational value of a space programme is so significant. Science is often perceived as being boring, but this will get young people excited about careers in this field,” he said.Developments in satellite technology, astronomy and other related industries would therefore help to address South Africa’s skills shortage. The country has a significant shortage of maths, science and technology expertise.In January, at South Africa’s launch of the International Year of Astronomy 2009, then Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena highlighted the country’s shortage of maths, science and technology graduates, adding that ignorance of the importance of these fields contributed to the deficit.Cilliers added that as more people begin to show interest in these careers, the country would be able to grow its human capacity in this field. Without this, innovation and associated industrial development cannot take off, he said.What the future holdsThere have recently been some encouraging signs that government is serious about its participation in the space industry.In January the National Space Agency Act (PDF), which lays down provisions for establishing such an agency by 2011, was signed into law. Both Nasa and the Russian Federation’s space agency have reportedly been showing more interest in South Africa.In his speech, Mangena noted that legislation had been passed to protect areas that are well suited to optical and radio astronomy. He added that South Africa is Africa’s technological leader and has a responsibility to use its position to the continent’s benefit.Pandor has also expressed interest in investing in infrastructure such as launch facilities. According to Cilliers, South Africa currently has a basic launch pad and related facilities at a site in the Northern Cape, near Bredasdorp, and a number of test launches have already taken place there.This technology could potentially be developed further to enable the launching of satellites, which would place South Africa among the few countries capable of sending their own rockets into orbit.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Mary Alexander at [email protected]last_img read more

Naomi Osaka wins Madrid opener, Garbine Muguruza loses in 1st round

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Nuggets bounce back in Game 4 to even series with Blazers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Martic will next face fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber, who broke Lesia Tsurenko six times to earn a 6-3, 6-2 victory.Third-seeded Simona Halep, who has won twice in Madrid, brushed off Russian qualifier Margarita Gasparyan 6-0, 6-4.Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova had to fight back from a set down to fend off 18-year-old Ukrainian Dayana Yastremska 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-3.Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka also advanced, while Madison Keys lost to Sorana Cirstea in three sets.NADAL NEXTADVERTISEMENT Japan’s Naomi Osaka returns the ball during her match against Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova during the Madrid Open tennis tournament, Sunday, May 5, 2019, in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — Naomi Osaka won her opening match at the Madrid Open, Caroline Wozniacki withdrew due to injury and Garbine Muguruza was upset by Petra Martic in straight sets on Sunday.Top-ranked Osaka, the reigning U.S. Open and Australian Open champion, hit 43 winners, including eight aces, on the outdoor red clay to beat 2016 finalist Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 7-6 (6).ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated “For me, I’m just happy to get through it,” Osaka said. “I feel the most nervous during the first round and to play against Cibulkova was kind of tough for me, especially on clay.”Osaka will face Sara Sorribes in the second round after she got past fellow Spanish wild card Lara Arruabarrena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsA lower back injury forced Wozniacki to retire from her match with Alizé Cornet when she was losing 0-3 in the first set.Martic ousted two-time grand slam winner Muguruza 7-5, 7-6 (2), a week after the Croat won her first career title in Istanbul. MOST READ Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments On the men’s side, Rafael Nadal knows who his first opponent will be after Felix Auger-Aliassime beat fellow Canadian Denis Shapovalov, a semifinalist last year, 6-2, 7-6 (7).The 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime has reached the final in Rio and the semifinals in Miami already this year.Jan-Lennard Struff beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (4), 6-4 in a match that saw a combined 21 aces.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

Monday Cheat Sheet: Everything That’s Gone Viral The Past 24 Hours (2/23/15)

first_imgScreen Shot 2015-02-21 at 10.09.04 PMTwitter/MiaKhalifaHere’s everything that has gone viral in college sports over the past 24 hours.1. Former Oregon player Kyle Long explained why he didn’t have to watch quarterback Marcus Mariota in the NFL combine over the weekend.2. Porn star Mia Khalifa poked fun at quarterback Jameis Winston for his slow 40-yard dash time.3. Louisville announced senior guard Chris Jones was dismissed from the team.4. Penn State’s Football team dropped an incredible dance routine at THON on Saturday.5. Ohio State football players reminded Michigan of the Buckeyes’ domination on the gridiron following its basketball loss.6. Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones made it clear over Twitter that he’s not impressed with the Knicks.7. Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford skipped practice and went on a Twitter rant.8. Nebraska students wore protective goggles at its basketball game to mock notorious Iowa eye poker Adam Woodbury.9. Detroit Lions’ Ndamukong Suh was at the Ohio State-Michigan game yesterday.10. Ohio State outside linebacker Jamarco Jones was disgusted with its performance and loss to Michigan.Video of the Day: Miami’s Phillip Dorsett Ran 4.33 40-Yard-Dash At Combine. Tweet of the Day: 4-Star Ohio State Commit JaQuan Lyle Was Very Excited To See Thad Matta On His TV.Turn on the TV and see this guy..makes me excited to be apart of something special..#BuckeyeNation ⭕️— JaQuan Lyle (@JMamba5) February 22, 2015Girlfriend of the Day: Michigan’s Spike Albrecht, who once tweeted at Kate Upton, hasn’t lowered his standards. He’s isn’t dating Charlotte McKinney, but he clearly wishes he was.Check Out Friday’s Cheat Sheetlast_img read more

Win The Ultimate Lady Gaga VIP Experience By Donating To Charity

first_imgGrammy Award-winning artist and international music superstar Lady Gaga has announced via exclusive video that she has launched a campaign on the celebrity charity-fundraising digital platform to raise awareness and funds for Born This Way Foundation.Video: Win An Intimate Family Dinner With Lady Gaga!Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, founded Born This Way Foundation in 2011 to foster a more accepting society, where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.“I have some of the most amazing, creative, inspiring, and brave fans in the world,” said Lady Gaga. “I wanted to do something that would include my fans in our work to create more bravery and more kindness, so I’m doing something that I’ve never done before.”Fans can participate by going to Those who contribute to Gaga’s campaign will be entered into a drawing to win the ultimate Lady Gaga VIP experience: One grand-prize winner and a guest will be flown from wherever they are in the world to New York City to attend one of Lady Gaga’s seven sold-out shows at Roseland Ballroom. But that’s not all: Lady Gaga will also welcome the winner and guest to her hometown by hosting them at a Germanotta family meal at their Manhattan restaurant, Joanne Trattoria.Those who donate at specific price points are also eligible for exclusive rewards, including an exclusive “Born to Be Brave” foundation t-shirt or poster, an autographed Gaga discography — even a personal item from Gaga’s own wardrobe! A full list of campaign rewards is available HERE.The grand-prize winner will be chosen at random and notified shortly after the campaign closes. For full contest rules, click here.Prizeo enables stars to maximize the benefits of their social-media platforms on behalf of charities. Recent Prizeo campaigns featuring celebrities like Will Ferrell, Samuel L. Jackson, Kristen Bell, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran, Mariah Carey, and Kobe Bryant have shown the immense power of social media to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. A 2013 campaign featuring One Direction’s Harry Styles and Liam Payne raised nearly $800,000 for cancer research and prevention programs. Prizeo’s micro-donation model allows fans to donate for chances to win once-in-a-lifetime experiences with their favorite celebrities whose charities benefit from the online campaigns that run live on the site.last_img read more

Ottawa churches playing hardball over residential school historical documents TRC charges

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA-The commission created to delve into the dark history of Indian residential schools in Canada says it can’t afford to execute its full mandate to collect historical records because the federal government and the churches won’t pay for the costs.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) also says it is having difficulty prying the historical records from the hands of churches and the federal government.The TRC was created as part of the federal government’s massive billion dollar court settlement with residential school students.In total, Parliament approved $66 million for the TRC to use.About 150,000 children were forced to attend residential schools. Many were taken from their homes with the help of the RCMP. There, children suffered physical and sexual abuse and many died from disease and violence.The schools aimed to purge Indigenous culture from the children by forcing them to lose their language and adopt European ways.Some academic research has found that the aims and tactics of the residential school system fit the definition of being an act of genocide.The TRC, however, believes its budget may not be enough to meet its mandate to compile the brutal history of residential schools in Canada.The TRC says it needs more money, in part because of the added costs it foresees associated with gathering historical records, according to a performance report it submitted to the federal government’s Treasury Board Secretariat.The TRC was also tasked in 2007, without receiving additional funding, to research the fate of children who never returned home from residential schools and were buried in unmarked graves.“The overall TRC budget was developed without full costing of the program activities,” said the report. “The commission is in the process of identifying the anticipated costs and impacts on the commission’s budget that these requests are creating.”The TRC was mandated to record the over century-long history of residential schools through the stories of those who attended and also to gather historical documents about and from the schools.It was also mandated to create a national research centre containing these historical records but it will need extra money for that.The churches and the federal government plan to bill the commission for the costs of copying, scanning, digitizing and reproducing historical documents, said the commission.“This is now perhaps the most serious risk faced by the commission,” said the report. “The commission’s budget is not sufficient to cover the costs associated with reproducing the documents, including the costs associated with recording the details and locations of each original record.”The TRC says the federal government has been throwing up “administrative barriers” preventing it from accessing historical documents. The government is refusing to deal as a single entity with the TRC and instead insists the commission deal separately with each department that holds or stored residential school documents.Library and Archives Canada also told the TRC it can’t give the commission any records unless they get specific approval from each department that deposited the records.“These are administrative barriers and delays to the production of records which is a legal obligation under the settlement agreement,” said the report.Some church archivists are also posing problems, demanding that the commission agree to conditions, including trying to control how the TRC labels photos in its own reports, how many times the photos can be used or whether the commission can keep the records as part of its national research centre, which it was mandated to create, according to the commission’s report.“In some cases, individual archives and archivists of the churches demand that the commission agree to certain conditions before those archivists will produce records to the commission,” said the report.last_img read more