Unbeaten Keppel gets first road test

first_img ”I’m worried about our guys playing a Saturday afternoon game,” Riggio said. ”When you’ve played night games your entire life, it’s a completely different preparation. Fortunately, our assistant principal coached college football, so he can help us get prepared.” The Aztecs are unbeaten, but they’re not exactly sending shock waves to Division VII pollsters. They’ve beaten three teams, Workman, Blair and Mountain View, which have a combined 0-9-1 record. La Salle (2-2), on the other hand, is battle-tested and proven. They will provide the Aztecs with their toughest test of the season. Lancers quarterback George Colton is speedy in the backfield, but also has thrown for 568 yards and six touchdowns. Running back Dexter Bryant is second only to Rosemead’s Deon Sumler in the chase for the area rushing title, with 414 yards and eight touchdowns. And defensively, the Lancers will make Keppel quarterback Paul Lee and running back Mike Edwards work for everything they get. But when the 3-0 Aztecs leave home for the first time to take on La Salle High School this afternoon at 1:30 p.m., Riggio’s Aztecs are one of only seven area teams left undefeated. And like any undefeated coach having success, Riggio’s concerns seem minor. Oh, the problems coach Jimmy Riggio faces at Keppel High School these days. There was a day when Riggio wondered when that first win would ever come. He entered his third season at the school with an 0-20 record, and with the Aztecs having the longest losing streak in the CIF-Southern Section at 38 games. center_img ”We know this is going to be our toughest game of the year, but we’re excited about it,” Riggio said. ”It’s a different feeling when you start winning, and I have a lot of faith in these guys. They’re battling so hard, and they want to keep this going.” Oxnard Santa Clara (1-2) at Maranatha (3-0), 3 p.m. After a week off, the Minutemen hope to remain unbeaten under first-year coach Dwayne Cantrell, and there should be a lot of excitement playing their first home game on their new campus. The Minutemen have been flawless so far, beating Arrowhead Christian (20-6), Lakeside (44-6), and area foe Flintridge Prep (20-0). They’ve been doing it with a balanced attack led by quarterback Eric Schultz and running back Nick Soash. Schultz is averaging 135 yards per game, and the Minutemen rushing attack is providing 126 yards an outing. Fred J. Robledo can be reached at (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4485, or by e-mail at fred.robledo@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

49ers at Vikings: Five steps to an upset win in Minnesota

first_imgGet 49ers news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free 49ers HQ newsletter.MINNESOTA – Chants of “Skol!” roared through the Vikings’ state-of-the-art stadium as fans celebrated the “Minneapolis Miracle,” a playoff comeback against the New Orleans Saints.That was the last time the Vikings played high-stakes football at home. They missed out on truly hosting the Super Bowl there last February.Entering that intimidating cauldron Sunday is a 49ers team determined to make its own playoff noise …last_img read more

Sari for Change recycles saris into new jobs and businesses

first_imgSari for Change is an incubation project, where intern designers, seamstresses and beaders use fabric from donated saris to create exquisite new handmade garments (Images: Sari for Change Facebook page)Entrepreneurial warrior Rayana Edwards is training unemployed women through her Sari for Change project.In a bid to promote job creation, Edwards is using her skills to fuse clothing, coaching and culture to boost South Africa’s ailing clothing manufacturing industry.Sari for Change is an incubation project, where intern designers, seamstresses and beaders use fabric from donated saris to create exquisite new handmade garments.Using beadwork, hand embroidery, crochet trim and other techniques, they are encouraged to incorporate traditional African elements into their designs.This project employs women who are able to use a sewing machine but may lack knowledge of market forces and requirements, and provides them with on-the-job training for several months.Professional garment makers teach the trainees through master classes, with Edwards imparting entrepreneurial skills.These women are then encouraged to launch their own businesses closer to where they live, while still receiving mentoring. The women are also given the opportunity to produce clothing for Harem Clothing stores, Edwards’s business.“This ensures they have a steady income and a client in the first few months of starting up. They, in turn, have to replicate what they were taught – paying it forward,” Edwards explains.The Johannesburg-based designer is eager to impart much-needed creative and business skills. Edwards and her team are playing their own small part in promoting the manufacture and consumption of vibrant and proudly local women’s wear.Using beadwork, hand embroidery, crochet trim and other techniques, designers are encouraged to incorporate traditional African elements into their designsSACRED ECONOMYShe refers to women supporting each other in launching small business as the “sacred economy”. “It’s about beating all the evils and wrongs done to women by ensuring we have healthy bank balances,” she explains.“That way, we can make better decisions for ourselves and our loved ones. It’s about sacredly investing in each other as humans first. The intention, simply, is to channel abundance towards a creative purpose.”Edwards is the founder and director of Harem Clothing, and runs a retail store at Northcliff Corner shopping centre. She fuses her love for traditional and Western garments by creating beautiful kaftans and tunics of all lengths, designs and fabrics.The clothing – ranging from wedding dresses and outfits for special occasions to everyday wear – is layered and comfortable.“Being a Muslim, we subscribe to a certain dress code, which is to dress modestly. Most of our products are produced in this way, yet appeal to many other women,” says Edwards.“For example, the kaftan is worn by countless communities worldwide. Working with the sari, we are also catering for non-Indian women out there who wish to wear them – so why not have an Indian sari with traditional African beading? We are living in a global village, so our clothes should reflect that.”She says: “We have just had our first intern designer launching her label online, and yet she still does work for us. We encourage collaborations and long-term partnerships.”LOVE FOR FASHIONEdwards previously worked largely in property development, before embracing her love for fashion and clothing and opening her first high-end ladies’ boutique while living in Nairobi.Passionate about Africa and its creative potential, she has since been at the forefront of merging the informal sector of indigenous fashion and handcrafts with mainstream business principles.Upon moving back to South Africa, she imported sandals from Kenya that were snapped up by fashion house Sun Goddess for its participation in SA Fashion Week.Edwards opened Harem Clothing in 2007 and set about creating an empowerment structure to support women in reaching their full economic potential.Edwards continues to dream big: “The bigger vision is to have a central place where we have all the indigenous crafts of Africa collected and designed in products that feed into Africa,” she says.“We’d also love to roll out 10 Harem stores countrywide within the next 18 months, incorporating our Sari for Change project, and for the owners of these stores to be located closer to their homes. Studies have shown that when women travel long distances to their workplace, it infringes on their [time with their] children and quality of life. This is a huge challenge in this country and it breaks my heart when an employee has to leave their home at 5am in the middle of winter to ensure they reach their place of work at 8.30am.”Until then, Edwards and her team of emerging women entrepreneurs will continue their quest to build the sacred economy – building, supporting, sharing and celebrating successes together.last_img read more

Keep COOL NFU says

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Trump Administration this week released a list of 24 trade practices, including Country-of-Origin Labeling (COOL), that trade negotiators should prioritize in future negotiations. National Farmers Union (NFU) is urging the administration to keep COOL on the list, and to ensure a reinstatement of COOL would be allowable under any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).“For thirty years, NFU has championed Country-of-Origin Labeling, and we strongly believe the issue is important to American producers and consumers alike,” said Roger Johnson, NFU president. “American producers raise the best beef and pork in the world, and they believe consumers should be able to know where the meat at the grocery store came from. The President should stick up for American consumers and producers by ensuring COOL is a priority for his administration’s trade negotiations.”Mandatory COOL, first passed in 2002 and then again in 2008, required that muscle cuts of meat and some vegetables, nuts and fruits sold at retail must contain a label informing consumers about the country where the product was sourced. A May 2013 opinion poll showed more than 90% of consumers supported the law.“COOL provided consumers with information they care about, and it allowed American family farmers and ranchers to differentiate their product,” Johnson said.The COOL law was repealed by Congress in December 2015 after a lengthy World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute with Canada and Mexico and pressure from multinational meatpackers. Faced with either making the law compliant by switching it to a voluntary system, paying more than $1 billion in retaliatory tariffs, or repealing the law, Congress chose to repeal the law. And when doing so, they even removed COOL labels from meats like ground beef and ground pork that were never at issue with the WTO.“The U.S. Congress kowtowed to threats from an international tribunal and foreign governments, even as one of those foreign governments maintained a country-of-origin labeling system in their own country,” Johnson said. “The current administration has an opportunity to right an important consumer right to know and serious sovereignty issue here, and that is the ability of foreign governments or institutions to dictate the laws of our land.”The administration’s priority list came just days after Brazil’s largest food-processing giants JBS and BRF were raided by government authorities for allowing rotten meat to be distributed in Brazil and exported to Europe.“Without Country-of-Origin Labeling, cases such as this Brazilian rotten meat scandal can affect consumer confidence in the entire beef industry, harming American producers’ bottom line,” Johnson said. “American consumers prefer meat from the U.S., and they used and preferred COOL to draw inferences related to a food product’s safety, taste and freshness. We’re hopeful Trump stands with American consumers, family farmers and ranchers, and negotiates a path forward for Country-of-Origin Labeling in the U.S.”last_img read more

Designing an Effective Contact Us Page For Your Company’s Site

first_imgThe contact page. It’s a mainstay in the footer navigation of just about any website, especially those run by companies for whom a well-designed contact page can be mission critical. For some smaller companies it can mean the difference between making a profit and losing money. Follow these essential guidelines to ensure your current and prospective customers can stay in touch without a hassle.Make It a FormWhile it’s temptingly easy to just put a traditional email link on the contact page, this doesn’t lend itself to the best user experience. When clicked, such a link will open the default email client on the user’s machine, which may or may not be what they actually use. If I’m a Gmail or Yahoo Mail user, I don’t want to fire up my as-yet-unconfigured copy of Outlook Express when I click a link to email somebody. While savvier Web users know to copy the email address and paste it into their email service of choice – or may even have their browser set up to do it for them – you can’t count on all of your prospective customers being Firefox plugin-slingin’ uber-geeks. Instead, use a Web form. Whether you use a third-party product like Wufoo or FormSite or have your Web guru build it themselves, a clean, easy-to-use form is going to get more of a response than a simple email link. Keep It SimpleAs with all things in Web design, simplicity is key. Your contact form should only ask your would-be customers for the information you absolutely need to know. In most cases, it’s as simple as name, email and a description or body field. Only ask for the user’s phone number if it’s absolutely critical to your business to do so. Avoid asking for their mailing address unless you plan on mailing them something (with their consent, of course). The more fields a form has, the fewer responses it’s likely to have. In some organizations, there are several different departments, each with a different contact person. Perhaps some inquiries would best be directed to a sales contact, whereas others would be more appropriate for a technical person. Keep the process clean by working these options into a simple drop-down menu labeled something like “How can we help you?” or “Topic:”.While the form should be the focus of your contact page, don’t hesitate to offer alternative methods of communication in a sidebar. A call-out box containing a phone number and social media profile links would be a nice touch.Note: A contact form is a great way to collect email addresses for your mailing list, but it’s best to give the person filling it out the option to sign up for email via a check box. Get Creative, But Don’t Go CrazyThe contact page is a great opportunity for a designer to come up with something truly inventive and beautiful to look at. But as Web usability guru Jakob Neilsen always warns, if it’s not immediately intuitive how to navigate or use any part of a site, users will leave in a hearbeat. The average user should be able to immediately locate and fill out each field on the form and click submit. At that point, they should receive a clearly-worded confirmation that their message went through and they can be on their way. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#biz#How To A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Kansas City likes sharing its smart city data so other cities benefit too

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#Big Data#IoT#Kansas City#Smart Cities#smart city Surveillance at the Heart of Smart Cities For Self-Driving Systems, Infrastructure and In… Donal Powercenter_img How IoT Will Play an Important Role in Traffic … How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi… Not only is Kansas City on the cutting edge of urban technology improvements, but it’s now sharing its insights to help improve other smart cities around the world.In a press release, Kansas City announced that it is now opening up the gates on its smart city data. In its first batch of data, it will share smart city insights with leaders from 18 cities, two countries and five federal agencies.The city says sharing the information will enable big data analysis by its partners that will hopefully improve their smart city initiatives, and Kansas City’s as well.Kansas City chose to publish the data while co-hosting a national workshop with the National Institute of Standards and Technology and Think Big Partners. This follows a report which revealed that mid-sized U.S. cities are leading the charge for smart city projects over their mega-city brethren.The data was generated by the city’s smart city initiative rolled out nine months ago. That $15 million initiative included 125 smart streetlights, free public Wi-Fi across 50 downtown blocks and interactive kiosks to engage citizens.Better infrastructure through dataThis connected infrastructure has been using sensors to collect real-time data to help the city operate more efficiently. Kansas City plans to use this smart city data for decision-making that enables more efficient repairs and maintenance of such infrastructure as streets and water lines.“The smart city sensors and digital tools are cool, but understanding how to use these tools – and the data that they generate – bridges the gap between cool and smart,” said Sly James, Mayor of Kansas City.This data will soon be migrated to the city’s open data catalog and will displayed via a platform operated by technology firm Xaqt.The real-time visualization of the data is available for the public on a map that shows streetcars, pedestrian hotspots, available parking and traffic flow.“We’ve been testing the quality of the data collected through our Smart City infrastructure,” said Bob Bennett, the city’s Chief Innovation Officer. “Now we will put it to work to benefit Kansas City residents.”last_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Sania-Elena crash out in semis

first_imgIndian ace Sania Mirza and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina crashed out of the women’s doubles semi-finals at Wimbledon after going down in straight sets to Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik in London on Friday.The fourth seeded Indo-Russian due went down 3-6, 1-6 to the second seeds Peschke of the Czech Republic and Srebotnik of Slovakia in a match that lasted for an hour and five minutes.Sania, who lost to Virginie Razzano of France in the first round of women’s singles, entered the quarter-finals of the mixed doubles with Rohan Bopanna.Sania and Vesnina committed as many as five unforced errors compared to their opponents’ two and that proved to be their undoing. To add to their troubles, Venina failed to return well and Sania struggled on her serve. The second set was a horrific experience for the duo as their rivals totally dominated and finished it off in 27 minutes.In the pre- quarterfinals, sixth seeded Sania and Bopanna downed unseeded Czech Republic’s Martin Damm and Renata Voracova 6- 3, 6- 0. They will next meet Australian Paul Hanley and Su- Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei in the quarter- finals.Result:Katarina Srebotnik/Kveta Peschke (SLO/CZE x2) bt Sania Mirza/Elena Vesnina (IND/RUS x4) 6-3, 6-1last_img read more

‘Mourinho risks custard pie with Alexis gamble’

first_imgTransfers ‘Mourinho risks custard pie with Alexis gamble’ – Merson sounds Man Utd transfer warning Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 23:19 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Bournemouth Getty Transfers Manchester United Arsenal Manchester City Premier League A. Sánchez José Mourinho The Red Devils have joined arch-rivals City in pursuit of the Arsenal forward, with a big risk being taken as they seek to pull off a remarkable coup Manchester United’s “gamble” on Alexis Sanchez surprises Paul Merson, who feels Jose Mourinho is risking a “custard pie” if the player ends up at arch-rivals Manchester City.Those at the Etihad Stadium have made most of the running in a protracted pursuit of the Arsenal forward, with Goal revealing on Friday that they still head the queue.United, though, have made a late bid to pip their neighbours to the post, sparking a scramble for a much sought-after signature. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Merson understands why the Red Devils have joined the chase, but feels failure to secure Sanchez could end up doing serious damage to the reputation of both the club and their manager.The former Arsenal forward told Sky Sports: “It’s a big gamble what Jose’s done with Alexis Sanchez, by going ‘I want Sanchez’.Alexis Sanchez Manchester United gamble custard pie“Because if Sanchez chooses to go to Man City, that’s a real custard pie to Man United. “He surely wouldn’t just say it for the sake of saying it, there’s got to be something going on.“Man United, there’s no about it, are still the biggest football club by a million miles. “But that would be a custard pie if Mourinho goes ’I want Sanchez’ and he goes ‘no, I’m going to go to Man City’.”Sanchez hit the 30-goal mark for the first time in his career last season, with those efforts helping to underline his value to any given cause.He has managed just eight strikes in 22 outings this season, but the uncertainty surrounding his future has provided an unwelcome distraction while he has also been shifted back to a more familiar wide attacking role following the arrival at Emirates Stadium of Alexandre Lacazette.last_img read more

a month agoLiverpool fullback Robertson quits Twitter after Napoli backlash

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool fullback Robertson quits Twitter after Napoli backlashby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool left-back Andrew Robertson may have deactivated his Twitter account.The decision could be connected to the Reds’ 2-0 defeat at Napoli on Tuesday.The Scot gave away a late penalty when he was adjudged to have fouled Jose Callejon in the box, with Dries Mertens slotting home from the spot.Fernando Llorente then nipped in ahead of Robertson to seal victory for the home side in stoppage time.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp hit out at the decision to award the the penalty – and the failure to overturn it through VAR – after the game, although former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg has claimed it was the right decision.The Mirror reports a search for his Twitter account ‘@andrewrobertso5’ shows up no results, although his Instagram account is still online at the time of writing. last_img read more

Hour of Twilight

first_imgHaving a conversation with John Bentley Mays, who died suddenly while on a walk with friends in High Park in Toronto last Friday, could be a disorienting experience. First of all, his bald head was unusually large and bulbous, as though made to be chiseled from marble, and his eyes, gazing out from behind glasses with thick black rims, had a fixed, unblinking attentiveness that rarely betrayed where his singular mind was roaming.But despite his seemingly imperious—if not impenetrable—presence, his voice was disarmingly gentle and had a distinctive drawl. Though by the end he had spent more than half his life in Toronto, a city he loved and explored deeply, Bentley Mays never lost the quality of being a southern gentlemen, an enduring trace of a complicated childhood on a crumbling cotton plantation in America’s deep south. “When I first read Faulkner,” he once told me, “I really thought I was reading about my childhood.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more