Keeping Procession on the Street

first_imgFacebook319Tweet0Pin1 Procession Generation Gala Dinner at Red Lion on Saturday, April 4, 2015.  Tickets are available $50.00 per person.   Click here to purchase your tickets.DONATEMake a donation on the gofundme website here.COME JOINLuminary Procession, evening of April 24, 2015Procession of the Species Celebration, April 25, 2015Illuminated Ball tentatively planned for May 30, 2015 at Eagles BallroomJoin your community in keeping this tradition alive for another generation!Diana Yu, community healthy living advocate, local Zumba instructor, and organizer of Latin Heat Submitted by Dr. Diana YuThe annual Procession of the Species Celebration is an Olympia tradition for over 20 years.  Grandparents, parents and kids, families and friends gather at the end of April each year to witness the splendor and diversity of earth’s inhabitants.  Animals, large and small, flora and fauna of all shapes and sizes, the earth, wind, water and fire are all celebrated equally.  This year’s procession is on April 25, 2015.  Come and enjoy.  Don’t miss it.After 20 years, organizers and supporters are looking at different ways to sustain the efforts of putting the Procession together.  A notable change is that the Community art Studio is no longer available.  Many folks in our community support the Procession and have been working to help raise funds to keep this tradition going.  Here are the many ways you can help.Attend fundraising events:Latin Heat, Zumba fundraiser on March 28, 2015 from 6-9 pm at Eagles Ballroom on 4th and Plum.   $25.00 suggested donation.  Feel free to give more.  Volunteer licensed Zumba instructors will lead the dances to hot and spicy Latin music.  Participants are encouraged to dress in festive attire because it is a party for Procession.last_img read more

Increasing numbers of homeless LAUSD students face challenges

first_imgZella Knight and her 15-year-old daughter were evicted from their Sun Valley apartment last year as the condo-conversion craze swept the San Fernando Valley. Anastassia helped her mother hunt long and hard for an affordable place to live, and they finally settled in an L.A. Family Housing shelter in North Hollywood. The situation is far from ideal, however, and their struggles continue: Zella to find support services and Anastassia to find a quiet place to study so she can maintain her high grades. “It’s been taxing on my daughter. She has the world on her shoulders and yet is striving to obtain academic excellence,” said Knight, 44. “So it’s probably going to be more of a money problem for the community than it will be for us. But we are definitely going to collaborate with the community in identifying them and getting them services for those children.” But district officials say the shortage of affordable housing in the Valley and the tough economy will likely result in more families doubling up, moving into garages and living in cars. They also note that Los Angeles County officials – and others – need to significantly expand services and funding for the growing number of homeless. Earlier this year, Hope Gardens opened in the Northeast Valley as one of only a handful of long-term shelters for growing numbers of homeless women and children in the Valley. “I expect the numbers to go higher and higher,” said Melissa Schoonmaker, pupil services and attendance coordinator for LAUSD’s homeless education and teen parent programs. She said she believes there already are many more than the known 13,521. “The numbers are probably higher, first because of our data collection in itself being a difficult system, and we’re trying to make it clean-cut. We still think these numbers are low.” Knight notes that many parents and students don’t want to report being homeless because of the stigma. “This is an epidemic that has been longstanding for many years, and it’s going to continue. Let’s face it, we can’t talk about prevention; we can talk about assisting folks and providing tools so it doesn’t get to a critical level,” she said. “I firmly believe we’re going to have to utilize … more resources and more stringent partnerships with the city, county, state and federal governments.” According to a 2005 report, there are about 88,300 homeless in the county. A new report by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority is expected to be released soon. But Rebecca Isaacs, executive director of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, said services remain a problem. “There are not enough services and housing for homeless people in Los Angeles – city and county,” she said. And as demand grows, the LAUSD homeless services department remains wary of any potential budget cuts during difficult fiscal times. The district’s four homeless-education counselors drive around their portions of the farflung district, taking bus tokens to children to try to get them to come to school. And they hand out everything from backpacks and emergency clothing to retail vouchers. Still, the battle is an uphill one with homeless students facing unique academic, social and health problems. Homeless students often fall behind academically because they relocate often. They tend to have unstable living environments that can cause behavioral issues at school. They also face many health issues from residing in inadequate housing. “We need to address the whole child, the whole situation, because being homeless and the needs of that child are so complex and complicated. It’s not just let’s get them to school,” said Angela Chandler, LAUSD homeless-education counselor for the Valley. Chandler is the only counselor and advocate for about 3,300 students identified as homeless in the Valley. She said the homeless students she sees require intense case management that’s “almost impossible for one person to provide.” A typical day for Chandler included dropping off tokens for a student at Sylmar Elementary and returning to the Reseda office to take referrals or requests from schools. She’s then off to the Motel 6 at Roscoe and Sepulveda to get a mother – who doesn’t have a car – to sign and complete a questionnaire that identifies her as homeless so she can qualify for services. Chandler gives the parent clothing vouchers, then goes to Sepulveda and Magnolia to meet a parent at work. “It’s so much to do and so little manpower; it becomes overwhelming,” Chandler said. What would help, she said, is if all school staff were trained to identify and provide services to homeless students. “We’re already in a budget crunch. The idea of them actually taking on more people for this cause, to do what I do, it’s probably not going to happen right now,” she said. School board member Tamar Galatzan, who represents part of the Valley, said the lack of adequate services citywide makes it a challenge. The district must work with all community partners to get services for students, she said, and partnerships with local organizations have helped by providing clothing, eye exams and some other necessities. “The lack of services definitely is a crisis, but also the teachers and staff might need school-based services to help those kids, and many schools don’t have the budget to pay for social workers and nurses,” Galatzan said. “There are a lot of wonderful organizations out there providing services to needy kids, and we have to be very aggressive in finding them.” For her part, Knight said she has found temporary housing for 24 months, is getting a heart condition under control and wants to get a job and her own place. Currently a parent volunteer for LAUSD, Knight wants a job as a parent resource liaison. “The best experience this gave me is walking in somebody else’s shoes. It gave me an opportunity to advocate for the homeless, but particularly for the homeless parent and student,” she said. “I know the experience that they go through. I’ve experienced the stigmas that are labeled with homelessness, and it’s my desire to be the voice to let everyone know the importance of homeless parents and students and what they have endured.” (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! And their plight is playing out across Los Angeles Unified School District, where the number of homeless students has soared more than 35 percent in just one year to 13,521. Even as enrollment declines in the 708,000-student district, figures show the number of homeless students in the San Fernando Valley has risen 24 percent to more than 3,000. The escalating numbers are straining the nation’s second-largest district, which has just four homeless-education counselors – including just one to cover the Valley’s sprawling expanse. To help deal with the problem, Superintendent David Brewer has vowed to form more partnerships with community groups and boost training to make sure school officials know how to refer students to appropriate services. “It’s more of a staff development issue for us. We don’t necessarily need more money, but clearly the community needs to provide more resources,” Brewer said. last_img read more

You can’t tell a politician without a score card

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Assemblywoman Judy Chu loves to point out her 100 percent rating on women, children and seniors.Assemblyman Bob Huff, R-Diamond Bar, is equally proud of a similar rating from four business groups.What both are talking about are score cards put out by interest groups – from the California Chamber of Commerce to the Sierra Club – that rank legislators on their votes.While the public doesn’t always see these ratings, they often are used in election campaigns by the candidates or opponents, said Barbara Stone, professor of political science at Cal State Fullerton.“I don’t think any Republican can risk a bad rating from the California Taxpayers Association,” Stone said. “There are a number of Democrats in the tree-hugging north who better not come up with a bad one from the Sierra Club.”Officials from the special interest groups that put out the ratings say they do it to try to influence legislators.“We basically want to send a message to the Capitol that members will be held accountable for their votes,” said Ron Roach, director of communications for the California Taxpayers Association.“We’re going to publicize their pro-taxpayer or anti-taxpayer bent whatever it is.”Coming up with the score card can take all year.The Congress of California Seniors has a committee that follows legislation and then selects key bills for its score card, said Gary Passmore, its director.“We have a committee of volunteers who meet every month throughout the year to develop a list of priorities,” Passmore said. “Near the end of the legislative session, we refine our list and try to keep it to a manageable number.”The group chose 12 bills on which to rate the legislators.Legislators say their votes aren’t affected by the rankings.“I don’t know that it has an affect on me,” Huff said. “When I go through the year voting, I’m not thinking of how it’s going to rate. I vote on the best policies.”Still, Huff, like others, is happy to point out the groups that gave him good ratings.“I wear those as a badge of honor,” he said of his 100 percent ratings from four business groups.State Sen. Bob Margett, R-Glendora, said the ratings can be unfair.“I don’t know that they tell a complete story,” he said.“I don’t know that I rank high with the Sierra Club but I do a lot of environmental stuff in my district,” Margett said. “I’m trying to preserve the corridor in the Puente Hills and provide a sanctuary in the San Gabriel Mountains.” (Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, said the numbers also can be misleading because all it takes is one or two votes to change them.“I’m not as conserative as people think,” said Calderon, who had scores of 50 from the California Taxpayers Association, Chamber of Commerce and Sierra Club.Chu, D-Monterey Park, also likes her positive ratings and doesn’t like her negative ratings, but concedes they can be meaningful.“It tells your constituents in shorthand what you’re all about,” she said. “There are many people who respect the Congress of California Seniors and Sierra Club and I have a 100 percent lifetime voting record.”The groups also believe their names resonate with the public.“Our organization has a prominent name,” said Jodi Hicks, legislative director for California National Organization for Women. “(The rating) is an easy check to see who voted for and against women’s issues.” Margett’s Sierra Club ranking is 0.) 698-0955, Ext. 3022last_img read more


first_imgVIEWPOINT: By Kei Patterson(In response to this: just want to have my cents on this subject (ESB workers strike threat). I am utterly disgusted that this comparatively small, an already severely overly paid, group of people should be allowed to hold the entire country to ransom. I have no doubt that the people of Donegal will suffer considerably more as a result of this strike compared to those in cities and particularly in the Dublin area. Donegal is the “forgotten county” and there is no reason to believe that that will be any different this time. People will suffer, and horrible as the thought may be, people may die.I do not know of a single person old or young who does not rely on electricity for every aspect of their daily lives. As Bord Gáis are an almost nonexistent entity in this county this strike will leave people without means of heating their homes, cooking food, or even communicating with the outside world.To any ESB employs who may see this post and who are behind this strike, through your actions you are creating nothing but animosity between you and your fellow man. Your selfish demands are causing undue stress and worry at a time when people are already feeling the pressure of Christmas.Should anyone suffer unduly or god forbid lose their lives as a result of this strike I hold you responsible. You deserve nothing but to join the rest of us in the dole queue. Like them or not those are my views on the strike, I just hope that in the end the unions are put in their place and none of this even happens. VIEWPOINT: WHY ESB WORKERS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO STRIKE was last modified: December 8th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalESBstrikeVIEWPOINT: WHY ESB WORKERS MUST NOT BE ALLOWED TO STRIKElast_img read more

Germany B team sees off Chile to win Confederations Cup

first_img“Now we can all go on holiday — and even take the trophy with us,” he added with a grin.This is the first time Germany, the defending world champions, have won the Confederations Cup in the eighth edition of the pre-World Cup tournament.“There was not much difference between the two teams,” said Chile captain Claudio Bravo, voted the tournament’s best goalkeeper.“We are sad not to have won, but we played against a world-class team and must learn from our mistakes.”The video assistant referee (VAR) again came into the spotlight as Chile’s Gonzalo Jara was lucky not to be sent off in the second half.Despite his elbow in the face of Werner being reviewed by the VAR, the defender was only booked on 65 minutes.Werner, Stindl and Leon Goretzka all finished with three goals but RB Leipzig striker Werner took the top scorer’s prize by virtue of also supplying two assists.Despite dominating for long spells, Chile failed to turn 61 percent possession and 20 shots — compared to the Germans’ eight — into goals.The South Americans kept the same team which squeezed past Portugal 3-0 on a penalty shoot out after a goalless draw in the semifinals.Meanwhile, Germany’s only change from the team which beat Mexico 4-1 in the last four saw defender Shkodran Mustafi replace Benjamin Henrichs.Merciless pressingChilean fans turned the Saint Petersburg Stadium into a sea of red and merciless pressing by La Roja early on saw Charles Aranguiz and Arturo Vidal cause havoc in the Germany defence.Eduardo Vargas had the first clear shot on 11 minutes which flew into the grateful arms of Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.The South Americans then wasted a golden chance when Vidal’s shot was blocked by Ter Stegen and Alexis Sanchez could not connect with the loose ball.It proved costly as Diaz’s calamitous mistake and Werner’s quick thinking led to Stindl’s match-winner.Diaz dithered on the ball on the edge of his own box, allowing Werner to pounce. He then drew the lunging Bravo and squared to Stindl, who tapped home.Having fallen behind, Chile upped the pressure to force an equaliser which left space at the back for Germany to counter-attack.Draxler fired wide of the post, then Goretzka, who scored twice in the 4-1 semi-final win over Mexico, wasted a great chance by firing straight at Bravo just before the break.Chilean tempers started to fray, and approaching the hour mark Joshua Kimmich squared up to Vidal, who pushed the German away. The Bayern Munich team-mates were both booked.Then Werner was left clutching his jaw after an elbow in the face from Jara near the touchline, the Serbian referee deciding to award a yellow card to the defender after reviewing the incident.The South Americans battered the German goal in the final 20 minutes but Sanchez’s shot was blocked and Ter Stegen then saved from Vargas.With time running out, both Vidal and substitute Angelo Sagal fired over the bar, as the German defence held firm.AgenciesComments Tags: Confederations CupGermany FOOTBALL. Lars Stindl’s simple tap-in following a costly first-half blunder by Marcelo Diaz was enough to give Germany a 1-0 win over Chile in the Confederations Cup final on Sunday.Diaz’s momentary lapse in concentration let Timo Werner rob him of possession draw the goalkeeper and pass to Stindl, who scored into an empty net on 20 minutes in Saint Petersburg.“Unbelievable,” beamed Germany captain Julian Draxler, who won the Golden Ball for the tournament’s best player.“We fought well and deserved this win. We hadn’t played together before the tournament, which makes it even more valuable.“Every title is special, but with this young team, it’s even more so.Stindl taps home from an empty netlast_img read more

FUBA NBL: Rampant Warriors knot Oilers series

first_imgAction between Warriors and City Oilers at YMCA on Monday. (PHOTO/FUBA)FUBA National Basketball League – Playoff Semi-finalsWarriors 68-56 City Oilers YMCA Court, WandegeyaMonday, 18-112019WANDEGEYA – Warriors produced an inspired performance as they leveled their playoff semi-finals’ series with City Oilers at 1-1 at YMCA Court on Monday night.Having lost game one on Friday, Ronnie Mutebi’s side knew that there was no room for error and took the contest to Oilers from the word go.Michael Buzangu put the first points on the board, converting two free-throws to see Warriors 2-0 up inside the first two minutes.Despite Oilers leveling moments later through Landry Ndikumana’s jump-shot, Warriors would take the first quarter 14-6.They continued on the same round in the second quarter, winning it 18-14 and in the process take a 12 point lead into halftime.Once again, Warriors took the third 19-17 and improve their advantage to 14 points going into the last 10 minutes.Gatwech Kutai scored the first three points of the fourth quarter and ensured Warriors led by 17.However, Oilers tried to mount a late surge as they scored 19 points in the last 7 minutes and restricted Warriors to 14 but the damage had already been done and would lose the contest 56-68.Warriors’ victory means that the series are tied at 1-1 going into game three on Wednesday at the MTN Arena in Lugogo.Warriors had three players reach double figures in terms of scoring on Monday with Mark Opio managing 12 points, Saidi Amisi 10 and Kutai 11. Their bench came up with an impressive 27 points en route to victory.For Oilers, they had only two players in double figures in terms of scoring with James Okello and Captain Jimmy Enabu both managing 11 points each.In the other game played on Monday, UCU Lady Canons also levelled their series with KCCA Leopards in the Ladies division at 1-1 thanks to a hard-fought 59-57 victory.With the game tied at 57 all, Rose Akon won it with a jump shot inside the last 24 seconds.Akon was in inspired form on the night as she registered a double double of 15 points and 12 boards.The FUBA NBL Upcoming fixtures-Tuesday, 19-11-2019-JKL Lady Dolphins vs KIU Rangers @6:30pm-Betway Power vs UCU Canons @8:30pmComments Tags: city oilersFUBA NBL 2019James OkelloJimmy EnabuLandry NdikumanaMark OpioRonnie MutebiSaidi AmisWarriorslast_img read more

Donegal Fire Station is so cold that equipment cannot be dried in it – claim

first_imgA report into the facilities at the fire station on Arranmore Island has found that it “does not fulfil minimum functional requirements.”The report, commissioned by the Donegal Firefighters Association, pointed to a number of ways in which the fire station did not meet minimum standards and was potentially putting fire fighters and the wider community at risk.The station – which was built in 2003 – is located adjacent to a pub and has been reported that parking at Neily’s Bar has resulted in delays in deploying the fire engine on a number of occasions. RTE reports that because the station is so cold, the report found that fire kit and other equipment could not be sufficiently dried.It states: “damp fire kit conducts heat more than dry kit and is therefore less proactive in a fire situation as well as being less comfortable.”There is also no proper storage for communications equipment, which leaves it susceptible to damp and dust, according to the report.The cold also impacts on the ability of firefighters to shower, and “the lack of a kitchen prevents staff from accessing basic welfare facilities.” The station – which is poorly insulated and built from steel and a mixture of glass fibre and metal panels – is not weather proof.The building measures 7.9 metres long and 6.2m wide and apart from a small separate toilet/shower room, everything else is undivided and takes place in one room.Normally, fire stations include an engine room, an area for cleaning breathing apparatus sets, a watch room, a drying room or laundry facilities, gear storage, a lecture room, kitchen, stores, an office and toilets and showers.In the Árainn Mhór fire station – which serves the 500-strong island population – everything is kept in one cold, damp room.The report states: “The lack of a lecture room means that learning is carried out in poor conditions, i.e. alongside the appliance in poorly heated conditions. Safety cannot be achieved without effective training.” The report recommends that a new station be built on a new site so that conditions can be brought up to the standard of other fire stations.It stated: “The existing station does not fulfil minimal functional requirements nor provide firefighters with facilities conducive to safety, health and welfare as required under law. The provision to the firefighters and residents of Árainn Mhór should be no less than any other station… A new build station on a new site would be an opportunity to provide good facilities not only for firefighters but also for the wider community.”Donegal County Council has been contacted for comment on the report.Separately, a leaked email from a crew member of the Árainn Mhór fire station expressed the frustration at how they are treated differently to stations on the mainland. He wrote: “We’re requesting parity and equality with mainland stations. Headquarters are insistent that all island communities are not treated as a blue light nationally (but) it’s our belief that Inis Mór, Co Galway has a fully retained fire service.“(On Árainn Mhór) there are only two paid members on retainer, who are not paid for any callouts. We have currently four volunteer members who carry pagers and have a text alert system. One member has emigrated for work purposes. We are unable to recruit members for upcoming recruits course as the incentives are not there.”The leaked email continues: “Station Officer and Substation Officers positions do not exist, but roles of responsibility lie solely on the driver. There are no procedures in place for leave or rosters. Two members also provide volunteer cover for the ambulance. This service is used very frequently to ferry patients to the lifeboat and helicopter.”“We’ve been informed that we have not the same risks and equipment on the island as the mainland. We are not permitted three hour drills. We do two hour drills twice a month and get no instruction from headquarters on what content. The station officer from Dungloe provides extra drills during the summer months.”Donegal Fire Station is so cold that equipment cannot be dried in it – claim was last modified: September 23rd, 2017 by StephenShare 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:Arranmore Islandcolddonegalfire stationfitreportlast_img read more

Artifact Found from Biblical Time of Judges

first_imgA chariot linchpin has been found in Israel that appears to date from the time of the book of Judges.  The linchpin (a cover over the axle) contains a carved image of a woman, and is being dated at around 1200 BC.  The discoverer believes the location is the site of ancient Harosheth Haggoyim, the home town of Sisera, as mentioned in the story of Deborah and Barak in Judges 4-5.  For picture and background, see PhysOrg; for interpretation and more links, see Bible Places Blog.It’s always exciting to see artifacts emerge from the sites where Bible stories took place.  Many of us learned these stories as children.  Artifacts bring details to life and illuminate the setting of the accounts.  Archaeology cannot confirm the stories, but can help validate them by showing that they are consistent with independent physical evidence.  They also illustrate that the Biblical stories are not myths in a historical void, but took place in space and time.  They occurred at named sites that can be visited and checked.  This one chariot linchpin says little on its own, but the sum total of artifacts and inscriptions found that are consistent with the Biblical record is compelling, providing added confidence to the reader of Scripture that the Lord has spoken and acted on behalf of those who trust His word.(Visited 54 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Solo US show for Bitterkomix artist

first_img7 January 2004Conrad Botes, the South African artist internationally known as one of the founders of the irreverent comic publication Bitterkomix, is holding his first solo exhibition in the United States.The Big White Sleep, at the The Scene Gallery in New York City, also features a collaboration with New York artist Stephanie Diamond. It runs until 31 January 2004.Bitterkomix is something of a cultural institution in South Africa. The publication is characterised by its sexually and racially charged imagery and its acerbic debunking of everything held dear by the Afrikaner establishment.The iconoclastic sensibility and bold graphic style of Bitterkomix reverberates throughout Botes’s versatile artistic production.Whether it is in his canvases, in his delicate paintings on glass, or mixed media installations, Botes’s works are distinguished by a pop sensibility, bright colours and a dark, sometimes outright cruel, sense of humour.At the core of Botes’s work is a relentless examination of the unspeakable trauma inflicted to generations of South Africans by the legacy of the apartheid.As Botes says: “Since I grew up as a white male under apartheid it makes sense to make art about hierarchy, abuse of power, domination, suppression and so forth. Self criticism, subversion and confrontation are important elements that I want to pursue in my work.”For his collaboration with Diamond, Botes has painted onto a series of Diamond’s photographs.“Botes’s direct iconography painted on top of my subtle imagery works as if someone was painting my private thoughts,” says Diamond.Botes was born in Ladysmith in the Western Cape in 1969. He studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Stellenbosch. Here, he met Anton “Joe Dog” Kannemeyer with whom he founded Bitterkomix in 1992.Botes has exhibited widely in South Africa and Europe. His recent exhibitions include “Passport to South Africa”, Centro Culturale Trevi, Bolzano, Italy; “In Fumo”, Galleria of Modern Art, Bergamo, Italy and “Comix 2000”, Institute Français de Bastica, Corsica, reporterlast_img read more