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first_imgThe MYAA 9/10-year-old girls’ softball All-Stars took second place in the Little League Section 3 Tournament. Middle-town was the District 19 winner to advance to the Section 3 tournament. “We had solid pitching performances and timely hitting in our winning games,” manager Frank Miceli said. Kristi Miceli threw a no-hitter with 16 strikeouts and hit a two-run homer in Middletown’s game one win. Elizabeth Gulino led the team in hitting during the series. Nikki Alfano and Nicolette Scheinhartz each drove in three runs in Middletown’s second win. The team played solid defensively in the series with strong glove work by Amanda Kanski, Payleigh Behan and Alexandra Raguseo. Also contributing to the team’s successful run with key hits and solid pitching were Kendall Keelen, Julia McCarthy, Samantha Politano, and Sinead Slade. Nick Alfano was the coach for the team. “Middletown is very proud of how these girls came together in a short period of time and played as a team,” said Miceli. “We are also proud of the direction our program is heading, having won the District title three straight years in this age group.” Middletown also won the Little League (11/12) District 19 title this season. The Hazlet Hawks 12U girls fastpitch travel softball team concluded their successful season by winning their hometown tournament on Aug. 3 at HYAL Fields. The team’s combined record for the Hazlet Township tournament was 4-0, including a 10-6 win over the Holmdel Hornets to clinch first place for the six-team event. During their impressive run throughout the tournament, Hazlet outscored their opponents by a combined score of 37-10. The team won two of the five tournaments they entered during their travel season, also winning the Bergen Blast tournament in Allendale the weekend of June 30-July 1. The girls tournament team consists of the following players from Hazlet Township: Casey Bossert, Nicolette Bou, Taylor Buonocore, Tiffany Dahlquist, Jackie Dickenman, Nicole Ennis, Laura Gesario, Jessica Helmstetter, Erica Lencsak, Christina Marzelli and Jill McDonald. The team is lead by head coach Gerard Gesario, with assistance from Lou Buonocore and Joe Marzelli. Eileen and Sarah Marzelli handle score keeping and cheerleading.last_img read more

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No sentiment as Murray beats fellow Brit Broady

first_imgSecond seed Andy Murray showed no mercy to fellow Britain Liam Broady as he launched his Wimbledon challenge with a straightforward 6-2 6-3 6-4 victory on Tuesday.The day after British qualifier Marcus Willis, the world number 772, made the front and back pages by reaching the second round, 235th-ranked Broady was given the Centre Court spotlight but played a subservient role as Murray gave a masterclass.Murray, the 2013 champion, had not faced a fellow Britain in 56 previous Wimbledon matches while two home players had not squared off at the All England Club for 15 years.Murray admitted beforehand that it had felt “weird” but it was business as usual once play began as he broke twice to pocket the opening set in 25 minutes.Broady, still sporting the beard that caused a stir when he won a round last year, contributed to some eye-catching rallies but landed few telling blows as Murray raced away.Casting his eye skywards as dark clouds closed in, Murray was keen to finish the match off and he did so with a cute dropshot.“He got better as the match went on,” Murray told the BBC. “It was different, the atmosphere, but I just wanted to win.”Murray next faces Lu Yen-Hsun of Taiwan.last_img read more

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Coutinho presented to Barcelona fans at Camp Nou

first_imgPhoto Getty Images. Caption: Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho The Brazil international completed his move from Liverpool to Barca earlier in the day by undergoing a medical and signing a five-and-a-half-year contract.Coutinho then ventured out onto the playing surface for the first time and, despite the thigh injury that is set to keep him out for three weeks, performed kick-ups to the delight of the thousands of fans in attendance.”I’m happy to be here because of the history of the club and the players that have played here through history,” he said.Welcome to your new home, @Phil_Coutinho !#CoutinhoDay pic.twitter.com/fylm4JGdsW— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2018″I want to thank everybody for the great welcome, especially on social media.”I hope to be able to play soon and live up to the high expectations.”Coutinho, who will address the media later on Monday, has reportedly cost Barca a club-record fee of €160million, making him the third most expensive player in history, behind €222m compatriot Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, who will move to Paris Saint-Germain on a permanent deal from Monaco at the end of the season for €180m.Camp Nou@Phil_Coutinho#CoutinhoDay pic.twitter.com/cOts8TT6MJ— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona_cat) January 8, 2018last_img read more

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Sweden 1-2 Chile: Alexis Sanchez captains Chile and plays all 90 minutes

first_imgEarlier this week, Sanchez admitted to struggling with mental exhaustionafter a disappointing start to life at Old Trafford, and even considered pulling out of Chile’s friendlies with Sweden and Denmark.”The change of club was something that was very abrupt – it was the first time I’ve changed clubs in January – but many things have happened in my life that are difficult,” Sanchez told Chilean media on Thursday.”As I am self-demanding, I expected something better. After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly. I even hesitated to come here [to Sweden].”The 29-year-old opted to join up with the squad after talking with compatriot and Manchester City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo – and went on to play all 90 minutes as captain in Stockholm.Chile took the lead at the Friends Arena through Arturo Vidal, with the Bayern Munich midfielder volleying superbly into the top corner after Sweden failed to clear Sanchez’s corner.Their lead lasted just one minute however, with Ola Toivonen rounding off a superb team move, littered with one-touch passes, to level up for the hosts.With the game heading for a draw, Sanchez found himself through on goal in the 90th minute, and though his attempt from a narrow angle was saved by Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Bolados tapped home the rebound to hand Chile the victory.last_img read more

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Study suggests MPAs and fisheries closures can benefit highly migratory marine species

first_imgArticle published by Mike Gaworecki Conventional wisdom holds that marine protected areas don’t offer much in the way of protections to highly migratory species of marine life, given that those species are unaware of the imaginary borders humans draw on maps to delineate such areas.New research finds that, to the contrary, large MPAs can confer benefits on migratory marine species — but only when they are carefully designed, strictly enforced, and integrated with sustainable fisheries management.The study, published last month in the journal Marine Policy, explores whether or not there are any benefits of “targeted spatial protection” measures, including large-scale fisheries closures and marine protected areas (MPAs), for highly migratory species like billfishes (such as swordfish and marlins), pelagic sharks (such as blue, great white, mako, silky, and thresher sharks), and tuna — and highlights ways that spatial protection for migratory pelagic species can be improved. Conventional wisdom holds that marine protected areas don’t offer much in the way of protections to highly migratory species of marine life, given that those species are unaware of the imaginary borders humans draw on maps to delineate such areas. New research finds that, to the contrary, large MPAs can confer benefits on migratory marine species — but only when they are carefully designed, strictly enforced, and integrated with sustainable fisheries management.The study, published last month in the journal Marine Policy, explores whether or not there are any benefits of “targeted spatial protection” measures, including large-scale fisheries closures and marine protected areas (MPAs), for highly migratory species like billfishes (such as swordfish and marlins), pelagic sharks (such as blue, great white, mako, silky, and thresher sharks), and tuna — and highlights ways that spatial protection for migratory pelagic species can be improved.“It is a fairly common belief that protection fixed in space cannot benefit highly migratory species,” Dr. Kristina Boerder of Canada’s Dalhousie University, lead author of the study, said in a statement. “However, if spatial closures such as marine protected areas or fisheries closures are strategically placed and complemented by adapted fisheries management, even those who wander thousands of miles can benefit.”All of the species included in the study “are highly mobile, undertake long-distance horizontal movements through the pelagic environment, are currently exploited by commercial fisheries, and are collectively managed” through the 18 Regional Fisheries Management Organizations (RFMOs) that exist around the globe, according to the study. “Ecological and economic benefits from spatial protection have been demonstrated for many reef and demersal species, but remain debated and understudied for highly migratory fishes, such as tunas, billfishes, and pelagic sharks,” Boerder and co-authors write in the study.Many large pelagic species are of high commercial value, but their long life spans and the higher ages at which they reach maturity makes them particularly vulnerable to overexploitation by fishing fleets. A number of populations of large tuna species, for instance, have declined by 10 to 25 percent of their original spawning biomass, according to the study. Some species, such as Pacific bluefin tuna, have populations facing “extreme depletion” of more than 95 percent.In response to these declines and the conservation targets adopted under multilateral international agreements like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), the amount of ocean area placed under some form of spatial protection has increased dramatically over the last two decades.Skipjack tuna in a Philippine fish market. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.“According to our analysis, unilaterally established MPAs and RFMO fishery closures targeting large pelagic fishes now cover nearly 15% of global ocean surface, in approximately equal proportions,” Boerder and colleagues write. At the start of 2019, about 7.6 percent of Earth’s ocean surface area was covered by MPAs. Seasonal and permanent fisheries closures covered another 7.4 percent. “This means that collectively more than 50 million [square kilometers] of ocean area are under some spatial management that could potentially benefit large pelagic fish stocks.”Boerder and team consulted peer-reviewed and grey literature in order to determine the suitability of highly migratory species for these types of spatial protections. “Multiple modeling studies have suggested that highly mobile fish stocks within a system that includes closed areas appear more resilient to collapse, and fisheries yields are higher over time, when contrasted with a scenario that lacks spatial protection,” the researchers found. “These benefits are predicted to be especially pronounced where fishing mortality is difficult to control, [Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU)] fishing prevails, or fisheries are mismanaged,” they write.While closed areas and MPAs can serve as buffers against overexploitation, the authors of the study determined that all species are not equally suited for spatial protection, “mainly due to variation in their distribution and behavior, including philopatric behavior and site fidelity, migration along fixed pathways, and aggregation for spawning.”Philopatry, the tendency of members of a species to repeatedly return to specific areas throughout their life cycles, is one of the most important characteristics in determining which species will benefit from spatial protection, the researchers found. In other words, species whose movement and aggregation habits are predictable in space and time benefit the most from spatial protections. For instance, Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) return to the same spawning and feeding grounds every year using well-known migratory routes. “For predictablecases like these, ‘targeted’ closures such as a closure in the Gulf of Mexico for Atlantic bluefin tuna, may be effective in protecting vulnerable life stages in defined areas such as spawning sites,” the researchers write.But that same strategy would not work as well for species like skipjack tuna (Katsuwonus pelamis) that do not routinely migrate to particular spawning or feeding grounds. “A modeling study of the Chagos MPA in the Western Indian Ocean demonstrated the importance of design and scale of spatial protection for such ‘unpredictable’ fish species,” according to the study. “This MPA was found to have little effect on skipjack tuna stocks due to strong seasonal variations of habitat conditions that drive stocks into and out of the MPA. In contrast, a much larger hypothetical fisheries closure covering large parts of favorable habitat for skipjack tuna was predicted to stabilize spawning stock biomass (SSB) and yield higher catches over a 20-year [timeframe] especially compared to a contrasting scenario without any closure.”The researchers say their findings bolster the call for protecting at least 30 percent of Earth’s oceans by 2030 through a network of MPAs and other effective conservation measures made by members of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2016.“This study will help us to better design large marine protected areas and understand under what conditions they will benefit large highly migratory species like sharks, turtles, and whales,” Angelo O’Connor Villagomez, senior officer with the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project, said in a statement.Referencing a recent report issued by the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Villagomez added: “These species benefit most when we integrate well-designed and enforced marine protected areas with sustainable fisheries management. The recent UN Biodiversity report estimating that 1 million species are threatened with extinction strengthens the case for protecting 30 percent of every ocean habitat by 2030.”Pacific bluefin tuna at Kasai Rinkai Park, Tokyo, Japan. Photo via Wikimedia Commons, licensed under CC BY 2.1 JP.CITATION• Boerder, K., Schiller, L., & Worm, B. (2019). Not all who wander are lost: Improving spatial protection for large pelagic fishes. Marine Policy 105, 80-90. doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2019.04.013 Animals, Conservation, Environment, Fish, Fishing, Illegal Fishing, Marine Animals, Marine Biodiversity, Marine Conservation, Marine Protected Areas, Overfishing, Protected Areas, Research, Sharks, Tuna, Wildlife, Wildlife Conservation center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

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Kings’ De’Aaron Fox withdraws from Team USA

first_imgONE: Gina Iniong eager to showcase her best in 1st fight of 2020 MOST READ WATCH: Robredo repacks relief goods with ‘mocha’ behind her Read Next BREAKING: DOJ indicts ex-PNP chief Albayalde for graft Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian03:06Tahimik, Mapanganib | Jong Manlapaz00:49Sweet! Indian bakers make world’s ‘longest’ cake Robredo hits Mocha over false post: Why let gov’t pay a fake news purveyor? View comments Roger Federer: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic ‘will win more’ Lacson on Albayalde, ‘ninja cops’ indictment: The law has a ‘very long memory’center_img Fox played a team-low six minutes in the Americans’ 90-81 win over Spain in a pre-World Cup exhibition at Anaheim, California, on Friday night. He had two points and one assist, and the U.S. outscored Spain by 10 points in his brief stints on the floor.After the game, he gave no indication he was thinking about leaving the team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAllen Durham chews out Meralco: Everybody played like sh*tSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s playing for your country and at the highest level,” Fox told the Los Angeles Times. “It’s us growing together as we try and take the next step in our careers.”Hours later, Fox was headed in a different direction. Fox was picked last month to be on USA Basketball’s select team — the young players brought in to scrimmage during training camp in Las Vegas against the national-team candidates, with the understanding that any of the select squad members could be elevated to the varsity.Fox never even made it to the select team. He was pulled into practice with the national team from the outset of camp, and had 12 points, three rebounds and three assists in the intrasquad scrimmage Aug. 9.“He has incredible speed,” USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich said during training camp. “I’m thinking and hoping that people have a hard time staying in front of him. He’s got a high intelligence level, he shoots it well enough and he wanted to be here. So all those things came together in us inviting him and he’s played well.”Then Fox changed ultimately changed his mind, and became the latest player to pull out of World Cup consideration.ADVERTISEMENT Same mighty Beermen LATEST STORIES OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team White guard Derrick White (46) dribbles the ball past Team Blue guard De’Aaron Fox (20) during the first half of the U.S. men’s basketball team’s scrimmage in Las Vegas, Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. (Erik Verduzco/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)LOS ANGELES — De’Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball’s national team Saturday, meaning the Americans now have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster.Fox told USA Basketball of his choice a few hours before the team was to fly to Australia for final preparations for this month’s tournament in China. Fox was in the team’s plans for the Australia trip, and it was believed he would have been a strong candidate for the World Cup squad.ADVERTISEMENT Coco Gauff vs. Venus Williams in 1st round of Australian Openlast_img read more

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GECOM cannot change elections timeframe

first_imgThe Constitution is clear on dissolution of Parliament and elections. There are three scenarios. First, Parliament stands dissolved on the last day of a full five-year term and elections must be held within three months. Second, Parliament stands dissolved on a date named by the President before the full five-year and elections are required within three months. Third, Parliament stands dissolved upon a successful No-Confidence Motion (NCM) and elections are due within three months. There is nothing ambiguous in any of these circumstances. Guyana’s constitution also provides for a full-time elections commission, the purpose of which is continuous elections-readiness to cater for the above circumstances.No amount of double-speak by Guyana’s Attorney General (AG) can change any of these scenario provided for by the Constitution. Unfortunately, on the AG’s advice and his strategising, the Government has rendered the constitution nothing more than a piece of paper, held up the judiciary as a toothless poodle and shamelessly uses GECOM as a party instrument.On Monday, August 5, 2019, the AG told an audience, including prominent professionals, business people and diplomats from the ABCE countries, the David Granger-led APNU+AFC will abide by the decision of GECOM, if GECOM says elections before September 18.Outside of the political sycophants, not a soul believe the AG. APNU+AFC has already set the condition, defying the September 18th timeframe, by demanding an illegal house-to-house registration. The AG did not say they will give up this demand. Whenever in a situation demanding reasonableness, they setup a mine field to blowup all reasonableness.The AG’s minefield insists GECOM must set the time for elections. The constitution says the President chooses a specific election date. But the constitution does not permit either the President or GECOM, nor does the constitution allows anyone else to determine the timeline for an election. The dates for an election are always determined by a timeline established by the constitution. It is always within three-months of the dissolution of Parliament which happens automatically on the last day of a full five-year term, or on a date chosen by the President anytime before the last day of a full-five-year term or automatically upon a successful NCM.On a successful NCM, Parliament stands dissolved on the date of the NCM and elections MUST be held within three-months. For those who have not read or refuse to understand the constitution, the CCJ affirms this fact. On December 21, 2018, this is exactly what happened in Guyana and, therefore, elections were due on or before March 21st, 2019. The date had to be chosen by the President, but not any date, at his whims and fancies, it had to be a date on or before March 21st. While he could have sought advice from GECOM, GECOM was bound to be prepared for elections and advice on a date within that timeframe. It is now water under the bridge, elections were not held and, because of the involvement of the judiciary, a pause was enforced. The CCJ made it clear, however, the three-month timeline is the law and, in effect, restarted a new countdown, beginning June 18th and ending September 18. The President had to choose a date within that timeframe, not any date he wants. Seeking GECOM’s advice is legitimate, but whatever date GECOM proffered to the President, it had to be within that timeframe.Recklessly, in promising APNU+AFC will accept GECOM’s advice, the AG also insists GECOM is not constrained by the three-month deadline. In fact, the constitution is not ambiguous, it does not subscribe to the double-speak of the AG, it is clear as crystal. The constitution demands the President chooses a date within the strict timeline. Which date within that strict deadline he chooses could be informed by GECOM’s advice, but GECOM does not have any role or any power to change the timeframe, nor does anyone else.GECOM, in fact, stated categorically on December 27th it was prepared to conduct elections within the three-month timeframe that ended on March 21st. GECOM has also stated it can refresh the electoral list available under the mandatory claims and objections process for elections to be held by September 18th. Nothing can change that date, unless the President, with assurances, obtain the agreement of the Leader of the Opposition to extend the date. While we await the ruling of the Chief Justice next Wednesday, the new Chair of GECOM should proceed with an election preparation that adheres to the constitutional timeline. i.e., on or before September 18th. The clock is ticking and there is no room for dilly-dallying.last_img read more

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Goodwill inspires change via work

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Next, job training specialists need to find out what the job seekers’ interests and abilities are. People and jobs need to be matched. Some people need to earn a paycheck while they are training. Others need child care in order to attend classes. Some need transportation. Sometimes people need to sharpen school skills. How did this organization get started? Goodwill was founded in 1902 in Boston by the Rev. Edgar J. Helms, a Methodist minister and early social innovator. Helms collected used household goods and clothing from the wealthier areas of the city, then trained and hired those who were poor to mend and repair the used goods. The goods were then resold, the system worked, and the motto of “a hand up, not a hand out” was born. Goodwill Industries is all about people working. “Work transforms lives by building self-confidence, independence, creativity, trust and friendships. Everyone deserves a chance to have these.” These words are part of the mission statement of Goodwill Industries. And last year, local Goodwills provided employment and training to more than 930,000 people. Skills taught included information technology, health care, retail and food service. People learn office and computer skills. Local Goodwills find out from nearby businesses what kinds of training their workers need to have, and then tailor programs. There are Goodwill stores spread widely in our newspaper coverage areas: Arcadia, Azusa, Glendora, La Mirada, Pasadena, Pomona, West Covina and Whittier. Stores are important in several ways: sales people learn retail skills, goods are sorted and sold raising money which goes back into additional training and salaries for those in the stores, and, of course, the people who have made (tax deductible in some cases) room in their closets and homes, are happy, too. Not to mention the shoppers who find cool things at great prices. The local headquarters for Goodwill Industries of Southern California is located at 342 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles. (It is off the Pasadena Freeway, about two blocks from where the old Lawry’s Center was located.) The volunteers are called GIVS, which stands for Goodwill Industries Volunteer Services. They have formed a group that goes around Southern California, doing fashion shows called “Vintage Wrapsody” as fundraisers. There are fashion items and clothes, dating from the 1850s to the present, that are chosen for various themed shows. Some people are needed to “model,” but others are needed who can sew and mend, do alterations, hair and makeup and help put shows together. Men would be especially appreciated as possible recruits. Age is not a factor, as long as the volunteer is an adult and has transportation. If this sounds like something you would like to do, please call Darlene McMillan at (323) 223-1211, Ext. 2329. Send information about your organization to linda.gold@sgvn.com, (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2252; or fax to (626) 856-2758.160Want 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

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Video-game publisher Electronic Arts to close Chicago office

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre EA spokesman Jeff Brown, who was in Chicago on Tuesday, said the company was not planning closures other than in Chicago and England. EA’s Chicago workers developed Fight Night and Def Jam games. Investors have criticized EA for not investing enough in games for the Nintendo Wii, which debuted late last year and has become a runaway hit. Electronic Arts Inc. said Tuesday that it would close its 150-employee office in downtown Chicago as part of a companywide cost-cutting initiative. Redwood City-based EA, the world’s largest independent video-game publisher, said last week that it would trim its global work force about 4percent, laying off about 350 employees. The company plans to consolidate two development studios in England. EA Games President Frank Gibeau wrote in a memo to employees Tuesday that executives had wanted to announce the Chicago closure last week but postponed it when a staff member there died. “We’re willing to take risks, make long-term investments, and to support teams and individuals between launches. But each team is responsible for staying on a reasonable path to profitability,” wrote Gibeau, who presides over one of the company’s four main divisions. “Unfortunately, EA Chicago hasn’t been able to meet that standard.” last_img read more

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Clock reminds city of a past time

first_imgAmong the many glass-encased artifacts on display in the Whittier City Hall lobby, there is one not easy to spot, ticking silently above the reception desk. The polished silver-and-black clock with tiny glossy black hands has its own story to tell. It once told time inside the former Kodak building in Whittier, formerly an important player in the local economy with more than 300employees. From 1959 until the building was torn down five years ago, the Kodak building on Rivera Road had been recognized for its architecture. Before it was razed, former Kodak employee Phil Wintner, 89, of Whittier, saved the clock and two others like it for historic value. “Kodak made quite a contribution to the history of Whittier,” Wintner, a member of the Whittier Historical Society, said “It was a major factor for several years.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2After Wintner recovered the three clocks, he gave one to a friend, kept another for himself and donated the third to Whittier City Hall. “I wanted something that could memorialize that building,” he said. Wintner donated the clock to the city about five years ago, but it had rested, damaged and broken, in an upstairs room in City Hall. That’s where city engineer Leon Yehula, 56, discovered it and took a shine to its hand-made quality. “When I looked at the clock, I recognized it was a very custom-made clock,” Yehula said. “It wasn’t something manufactured or fabricated in mass production. It was customized for some purpose.” Yehula feared that the clock would be discarded, so he asked city officials for permission to save it for future restoration. “By nature, I don’t throw things away, so I said we should save it and try to fix it later on,” Yehula said. The electric clock would only run from an electrical outlet, which presented a problem. About six months ago, Yehula solved it when he found a mechanism that allowed the clock to operate on battery power. “I’m glad to see it up there,” Yehula said.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

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