Charles Lafitte Foundation Invites Students to Participate in 2014-2015 Winter…

first_imgNational essay contest will award three winners with $1,000 for their school library and a Kindle FireThe Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) Kid’s Corner is hosting a special winter essay contest to encourage students to read during winter vacation.Students in grades 3-12 attending a public or private school in the U.S. are invited to participate in the contest. To enter, students must read a book listed under their corresponding grade level and tell CLF through their essay how the main character grows and changes from the beginning to the end of the story.Winning essay-writers will receive $1,000 for his or her school library and a Kindle Fire for themselves.“There’s no better way to spend winter vacation than reading a good book outside of your regular school work,” said Kyra Citron, director of Kid’s Corner. “We’re excited to receive many insightful and talented essays from students around the country.”Reading for grades 3-5 includes:“The City of Ember” by Jeanne DuPrau“The Invention of Hugo Cabret” by Brian SelznickReading for grades 6-8 includes:“The House of the Scorpion” by Nancy Farmer“Eragon, Book 1” by Christopher PaoliniReading for high school students includes:“Legend, Book 1” by Marie Lu“The Maze Runner, Book 1” by James DashnerCLF’s Kid’s Corner strives to encourage kids not only have a voice, but a role in helping better their community. Kid’s Corner is run by kids for kids, placing the power of change directly in their capable hands. Every child is invited to join with CLF and become a grant maker by telling the organization which nonprofit organizations are important to them and how CLF can help.Eligible students must be in grades 3-12 in the 2014-2015 school year. Essays must be typed and emailed to kidscorner@charleslafitte.org by Jan. 30, 2015. More information is available at www.charleslafitte.org/kids-corner.The Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF) supports innovative and effective ways of helping people help themselves and others around them to achieve healthy, satisfying and enriched lives. The foundation supports organizations working in four main areas: education, children’s advocacy, medical research and issues, and the arts. The foundation underwrites programs that can become self-sustaining with long-term commitment and measurable impact.  In determining grants, CLF looks for solutions that lead to independence and self-empowerment for individuals, and to the establishment of effective, long-standing programs and organizations. For more information about the Charles Lafitte Foundation visit www.charleslafitte.org.last_img read more

Almeria divides its fans with a controversial video

first_imgSince the beginning of August the sale of the UD Almería took place, it has gone from going almost unnoticed to generate controversy in the networks with the ideas of Turki Al-Sheikh: the most popular, the question of changing the shield and the kits . Now the Saudi sheikh wants fans to sing a song that has come to light on Twitter before games. A song that has divided the rojiblancos followers, since some denounce elements that are not characteristic of the province, as well as that the owner himself appears in the lyrics.In the video, whose title is ‘Leones de Almería we will win’, you can see images of the two promotions to First Division that the UDA has starred (2007 and 2013), both of the players of those two templates and of fans cheering or celebrating. All with the figure of the lion by flag, a Rozam that is the new pet since the arrival of the new property. What he has not finished liking among the red and white fans is the lyrics. While Some followers find it catchy, others have complained arguing that symbols appear that are not typical of the province of Almeria, in the case of the lion itself. The last ones also argue that Turki’s name appears in the song’s lyrics..The video will be screened on the video markers of the Stadium of the Mediterranean Games before the start of each match with the intention that the local fans sing the new lyrics to cheer on their team. If you have felt the first sensations in social networks, it will be tomorrow in the match against Fuenlabrada (4:00 p.m.) when it is really verified if the letter has been successful or falls into oblivion Like so many previous ones.last_img read more

Stay hungry, Chot urges PH

first_imgChristian Standhardinger and Carl Cruz, Gilas Pilipinas rookies both, can now bury ugly memories of the first time they got to play Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas And the Philippines, which started out underdogs in the Fiba Asia tournament, can now gun for a sweep of the preliminary round.Standhardinger and Cruz came up with superb performances in an 84-68 dismantling of Iraq Friday night (Manila time), just three weeks after locking horns with the rugged Iraqis just three weeks before in the Jones Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’That win put the Philippines up in Group B with a 2-0 slate after Gilas Pilipinas opened the tournament with a rousing victory over defending champion China.The Philippines takes on Qatar Sunday eveing at 9 p.m. (Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon, with practically nothing at stake. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ BaliPure stuns Pocari Sweat in Game 1 LATEST STORIES Reyes sent Standhardinger to the locker room and froze Cruz on the bench after both threw cheap shots in retaliation to the physical plays of the Iraqis.It was a pity for Cruz, who was playing the best game of his Gilas career only to ride the bench when the others were busy with the mop-up job of an 84-75 win.The two players eventually apologized for their actions.This time, in Lebanon, Standhardinger joined hands with the amazing Terrence Romeo in helping Gilas Pilipinas peel away from a tight first half and set the stage for a potential sweep of their group.Cruz, on the other hand, was a steady presence off the bench, knocking down all of his three attempts from three-point territory and finishing with 11 points for Gilas Pilipinas.It was the best way for the duo to get back at all the cheap shots they and the rest of the team took in that game, and the good thing about it is that they won’t have to apologize for it anymore.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano But Reyes doesn’t want the Filipinos easing up the pressure on the gas pedal.“We have to keep the low-key attitude and have the hunger in us,” Reyes told Fiba.com.Locking up the top spot means Gilas Pilipinas can steer clear of the favorites in the quarterfinals.Tempestuous showdownStandhardinger and Cruz were both banished from the game—in the 6-foot-7 Filipino-German’s case, the court—for losing their heads in a tempestuous showdown with the Iraqis.ADVERTISEMENT 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Houston’s Harden wins NBA MVP over James and Davis

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments He averaged 23.1 points in his first season with the Pacers while nabbing his first All-Star berth. He also led the league in steals for the first time.The Defensive Player of the Year went to center Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz.He was the leading vote-getter for the league’s All-Defensive first team while anchoring a Jazz defense that ranked second in the NBA in defensive rating.Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers took Sixth Man honors.The guard became the first player to average at least 20 points for the first time in his 13th season or later. He led the league in fourth-quarter points and scoring average.Williams kissed his two young daughters on his way to the stage after becoming the Clippers’ third winner in the last five years.Dwane Casey was chosen Coach of the Year for his work with the Toronto Raptors, who fired him last month. He has since become coach of the Detroit Pistons.“Can’t look in the rear view mirror,” Casey said backstage. “Winston Churchill said success is measured by failure, failure, and then come back with enthusiasm, and that’s what I’ve done.”Casey led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the East for the first time in franchise history after winning a team-record 59 games. Casey coached the East in the All-Star Game for the first time.Casey won over Quin Snyder of Utah and Brad Stevens of Boston. Robertson received the Lifetime Achievement Award from presenters Charles Barkley and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.After Barkley mentioned last year’s recipient Bill Russell, Boston’s Hall of Fame center flipped his middle finger in Barkley’s direction.Robertson is the career leader in triple-doubles and was the first player to average one for a season. His antitrust case against the NBA also ushered in free agency for players, which Robertson said was his most important assist.Backstage, Robertson commended the activism of today’s players, although he wondered why more white athletes aren’t speaking out.“The only thing that really bothers me is where are the white athletes when this is happening?” he said. “This is not a black athlete problem. You see injustice in the world. It’s all around.”Robertson went on to say he hopes “the whites and the blacks get together, even with the football,” a reference to NFL players who have taken a knee or sat in silence during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 He led the league in scoring, 3-pointers and 50-point games with four while helping the Rockets to an NBA-leading 65 wins.James didn’t attend the show in Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport amid speculation about his future. He has until Friday to tell the Cavaliers if he will pick up his $35.6 million option for next season or opt for free agency.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHarden, who is from Los Angeles, led his mother on stage before he accepted the trophy from Commissioner Adam Silver.“I’m not going to get emotional,” he said from behind dark sunglasses. “She’s my backbone in good times and bad times.” MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Clippers’ Lou Williams is NBA Sixth Man of the Year LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers won Rookie of the Year.The guard averaged 15 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, joining Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to post those numbers in a season.Simmons helped Philadelphia to a 52-30 record, including ending the season with a 16-game winning streak.He beat out finalists Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Jayson Tatum of Boston.Guard Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers earned Most Improved Player.ADVERTISEMENT NBA player James Harden, of the Houston Rockets, left, accepts the most valuable player award as his mother, Monja Willis, looks on at the NBA Awards on Monday, June 25, 2018, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)SANTA MONICA, Calif. — James Harden of the Houston Rockets was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans at the NBA Awards on Monday night.Harden joined Michael Jordan as the only players to average at least 20 points, eight assists, five rebounds and 1.7 steals in a season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nannan, La Fleur share seven wickets…

first_imgFormer Guyana youth skipper Eugene La Fleur and former Guyana youth cricketer Raj Nannan shared seven wickets between them to help Vikings Cricket Club beat 4C Mississauga Dolphins by 108 runs last Saturday at the Maple Leaf ground.Action in the 2018 Toronto and District Cricket Association’s Elite Super 50-Over competition continued in King City withthe left-arm spinner Nannan finishing with four wickets for five runs from 5.1 overs, as Dolphins were skittled out for a paltry 73 in 21.1 overs, replying to Vikings’ respectable 181 all out off 44.3 overs. La Fleur claimed three wickets for 38 runs from ten overs to support Nannan.When Vikings batted, Trinidadian Kamil Khan hit 56, while Rodney Lawrence scored a supportive 33 not out, and 19 came from Canadian opening batsman Rodrigo Thomas.The Vikings, led by former Guyana and West Indies player Royston Crandon, have now won 10 of their 13 matches. They are the defending champions and title sharers with the Centurions, who have eight victories from 13 matches as well.Vikings will be back in action at the same facility on Saturday, taking on Toronto Cricket Club.last_img read more

Super Cup: Wounded KCCA FC eyes redemption against Proline

first_imgKCCA FC lost to Vipers in the Super 8 this past Sunday. (PHOTOS/File)FUFA Super Cup 2019KCCA FC vs Proline FCStarTimes Stadium, Lugogo Wednesday, 28-08-2019 @3:30pmLUGOGO – KCCA FC will be hoping to bounce back from Sunday’s defeat against Vipers SC when they take on Proline in the Super Cup.The Kasasiros lost 2-0 to the Venoms in the Super 8 final played at Wankulukuku, denying them a chance to win three trophies before the season starts.Having secured the CECAFA Kagame Cup in July, KCCA FC were eyeing similar outcomes in the Super 8 and Super Cup but that would not be.However, they have a chance of making it two out of three when they take on a Proline side full of confidence.Proline earned their ticket for this game after winning the Uganda Cup last season, becoming the first none top-flight side to do so in the competitions history.Proline are the current Uganda Cup holders.After that achievement, they have gone on to take part in their maiden CECAFA Kagame and despite not making it out of the group, it was much needed experience and exposure for them.Lately, they have also beaten the odds as they eliminated Malawi’s Master Securities from the CAF Confederations Cup, their first ever appearance in the competition.With the Kasasiros also having progressed to the next round in the Champions League, this promises to be an intriguing contest.What the managers are sayingMike Mutebi, KCCA FC“We are glad that we will be facing a side (Proline) that loves to play football.“They are the Cup holders and are in the Confederations cup which is not a mistake by any means.“I am anticipating a good game of football and hopefully by the end of it, everyone goes home with plenty to talk about.Matia Lule, Proline FC“KCCA FC are coming off a loss in the Super 8 and will be eager to win again.“We will not take them for granted because of that loss and we will be hoping to defeat them and win another trophy.Team newsKCCA FC are expected to still be without the injured Julius Poloto. Poloto has been out for a while and is currently under going rehabilitation. Mutebi is also expected to make several changes in an attempt to freshen up his squad which will be playing their 3rd game in five days. Captain Charles Lukwago is tipped to start in goal, ahead of Jamil Malyamungu who featured in the Super 8 final loss to Vipers.For Proline, they will be without the duo of goalkeeper Hassan Matovu and defender Bernard Muwanga. Both of them are on-loan from KCCA FC and ineligible for the match. Lule is also expected to ring the changes with the league starting this weekend and continental football just around the corner.Match FactsThe two last faced off in the 2017/18 season, the same campaign that saw Proline relegated back to the Big League.In that particular meeting, KCCA defeated Proline 2-0, getting revenge for their 2-1 earlier loss in the season.Proline and KCCA FC have drawn only two of their last eight meetings with the later winning four of them. The two draws between them came in the 2012/13 season.KCCA FC have scored at least a goal in each of their last five games against Proline, racking up 12 goals in the process.Comments Tags: Julius polotoKCCA FCmatia luleMike Mutebiproline fcSuper Cuptoplast_img read more

Patrol car to be out of action following criminal damage incident in Newton

first_imgAn appeal has been made following a criminal damage incident to a patrol car outside a local Garda station in Donegal. It is understood in the early hours of Saturday morning last, between 1:40am and 2:10am, considerable damaged was caused to a parked patrol vehicle outside Newtoncunningham’s Garda station.The car’s wing mirror was ripped off, causing serious damage to the driver’s door. Gardaí said one person, who has been recorded with CCTV, was involved in the incident.Anyone with information is asked to contact Letterkenny Garda Station on 0749167100 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.Patrol car to be out of action following criminal damage incident in Newton was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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

SA, Russia eye fisheries cooperation

first_img27 March 2013 South Africa and Russia have signed a statement of intent on cooperation in fisheries. The agreement was one of nine signed between ministers from the two countries in a ceremony in Durban on Tuesday marking Russian President Vladimir Putin’s second official visit to South Africa. Putin is in South Africa to attend the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, which got under way on Tuesday. “As South Africa hosts the 5th Brics summit, there is mounting pressure on us to not just have a talk shop,” said Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. “We have to gear our energy towards ensuring that the agreements that we sign among our partners will be converted into action.” Joemat-Pettersson said the fisheries agreement would benefit South Africa in a number of ways, including building the country’s human capital through training, and combating poaching, which has “major repercussions for the sustainability of our resources”. The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries said the statement of intent “recognises the importance of technical and economic cooperation among developing countries through the exchange of information, experience and research in the field of fisheries”. Currently, South Africa exports no fisheries products to Russia, despite fisheries being a major contributor to the country’s economy. Addressing the media following his meeting with President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, Putin noted that intra-trade between South Africa and Russia had increased by 66.3 percent in 2012. In 2011, total trade turnover between South Africa and the Russian Federation increased by 6.42% in 2009, from US$484-million to $517-million. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

Homo naledi finds its home at Wits vault

first_imgThe Homo naledi fossils have been carefully placed in the highly secure Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory, which houses most of the world’s information on human evolution. We take you on an exclusive tour. Homo naledi fossils has been relocated to the Phillip V. Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory where further tests will be done. (Images: Shamin Chibba) The gallery • Local researchers honoured at their ‘Oscars’ • Space science can solve socio-economic problems• Hanli Prinsloo: ‘Fall in love with the ocean, to save it’ • New push for careers in science and innovation • DNA detective work could end poaching  Shamin Chibba The Homo naledi fossils, which were recently discovered in the Dinaledi Cave in Gauteng, have been given a new home at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.The fossils are now housed in the vault at the Phillip V Tobias Fossil Primate and Hominid Laboratory on campus, after spending a month on display at the Cradle of Humankind in neighbouring Mogale City.The new species, Homo naledi, was named after the chamber in which it was discovered, in the Rising Star caves. The underground room where the fossils were found was called the Dinaledi Chamber, which means “chamber of stars” in SeSotho.At a recent Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) media tour hosted by Brand South Africa, local and foreign journalists were given exclusive access to the vault.Archaeologist Lee Berger, an American based at Wits’ world-renowned centre, said the vault was home to almost 60% of the world’s fossils, including the recently discovered Homo naledi. Berger and his team of excavators were on hand to show and explain their experiences during their discovery of the Homo naledi fossils.At its opening in July, Berger said the vault held more scientific information on how humans evolved and where we came from than any other facility worldwide. “Right here in this vault, this word-class vault, is the majority of their assemblage. It’s held in high security because this is all of human heritage.”“This is a very special place,” he told the journalists on the FOCAC tour earlier this month. “We don’t allow anyone other than scientists to enter here.”But the press members were given a chance to view the Homo naledi remains up close.And now, we present to you exclusive pictures from the vault taken during that media tour.  Pictured is the inside of the vault at Wits University. Berger said there was an “extraordinary spike in discoveries across Africa over the last decade” and that there is still more to find on the continent. Berger believes that this young woman’s curved hand could have been shaped that way for climbing. What startled Berger and his colleagues is that the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found was just 1.5-kilometres away from Sterkfontein, a site that is rich in hominid fossils. Homo naledi had the ability to move its arms and legs like modern humans. The homo naledi fossils were on display at the Cradle of Humankind between September and October this year. Schoolchildren were given the chance to view the remains of the homo naledi when it was kept at the Cradle of Humankind earlier this year. The bones showed no traces of their being in fights with carnivores or other hominins. This suggests that the Dinaledi Cave was where the homo naledi disposed of their dead, a sort of burial site. This is an indication of their sophistication and what Berger said was a recognition of their own mortality. “It is what separated us from the animal kingdom.” Berger said fossils of 15 individuals of various ages were found 12 metres into the Dinaledi Chamber. Taung Child, pictured above, which is a fossilised skull of a young Australopithecus africanus, is also housed in the vault at Wits University. It was discovered in 1924 by quarrymen working for the Northern Lime Company in Taung, North-West province. An illustrated representation of the Dinaledi Cave where the homo naledi fossils were found. (Image: Wits University)last_img read more

Lance Armstrong’s 44th birthday: Some unknown facts that you must know

first_imgLance Edward Armstrong, the former professional road racing cyclist was born 44 years ago on September 18, 1971. He was known for his return to the sporting career after suffering from cancer. He broke and made many records which were later stripped off him due to the doping charges which were proved by US Anti-Doping Agency.Some unknown facts that you must know about him:Lance Armstrong was born on September 18, 1971 in Plano, TexasAt the age of 12, Lance Armstrong started his career in sports. He participated in City of Plano Swim Club and he finished fourth in 1,500 metre freestyleAt the age of 13, Lance won his first triathlon which was the Iron Kids TriathlonAt the age of 16, Lance Armstrong was ranked first in the under 19 group of triathletes. Lance Armstrong became a triathlete and he participated in many tournaments since thenIn 1992, at the age of 21, Lance Armstrong won many events in Motorala Cycling Team and the win in Tour de France and UNI Road World Championship marked his breakthrough victoriesIn 1996, Armstrong was diagnosed with stage three testicular cancer. He went through chemotherapy and even had an orchitectomy.Later, in 1997, Lance Armstrong bounced back and fought against cancer and was announced as cancer freeFrom 1999 to 2005, Armstrong won seven consecutive titles in Tour de France which is considered as one of the major international cycling eventsLance Armstrong created a video in 2007 with former President George H. W. Bush which was about a $ 3.3 billion taxpayer bond to the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of TexasIn 1997, Lance Armstrong founded Lance Armstrong Foundation which supported the people who were affected from cancer. Since then, he has been a part of many charitable causes and inspired athletes and patients, all around the worldThe sports brand, Nike,  started a line of clothing which was named after Lance ArmstrongLance Armstrong launched a NGO called, Wonders and Worries which caters to providing counselling and support to children with parents who have life threatening diseasesAfter his win in Tour de France in 1999, Lance Armstrong became a subject of doping allegations. Later in 2012, USADA  proved that he had used drugs throughout his career and was therefore banned from participating in any kind of sports.Lance Armstrong’s downfall began after 2012 as he was stripped off his achievements which came to him after 1998.last_img read more