Local food bank survives national crunch

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “We only had four Scouts participate in the annual Scouting for Food collection,” she said. “Some people donated through their churches and, really, people’s pockets are only so deep.” While supplies have stabilized, the number of people needing assistance has increased. In 2004, the pantry served 3,200 people. Now 3,427 – half of them children – actively rely on the pantry. Even though lines have been forming in front of the Railroad Avenue building early on pickup days, Crawford is concerned that people who need food are coming in less frequently because of transportation costs. “We polled the people who used to come in twice a month and now only come in once a month, and they all said it was because of the cost of gas,” she said. “They might combine trips to the pantry with doctor visits or whenever they can get a ride from the neighbor. If they depend on the bus, you can only take so much onboard. But if they don’t have the gas, we don’t see them, and that worries us.” The pantry recently started a new outreach program in the Acton-Agua Dulce area, where food is distributed the second Thursday of each month. Crawford said there have been fewer people from the Castaic and Val Verde areas, and she suspects the higher cost of gas is the culprit. SANTA CLARITA – Recent dips in Southern California food bank donations, brought about by relief efforts for Hurricane Katrina that diverted supplies and cash, had a limited effect locally. “Our donations were down a bit the week after the hurricane, but we fully expected that,” said Belinda Crawford, executive director of the Santa Clarita Valley Food Pantry. Crawford said there also was a local reduction in the variety available from the federal Emergency Food Assistance Program. “We usually can choose from 12 to 15 items; our choices went down to dried macaroni and dried lima beans,” she said. Crawford said limited donations have been on the minds of local nonprofit groups’ leaders and evident in smaller numbers of volunteers conducting food drives since the hurricane. `’We’re looking for some partners to help in those areas,” Crawford said, adding that the organization just needs a place to hold the periodic distributions. “I’ve been busy on the phone.” Pantry sponsors also are busy with the program Hunger Doesn’t Take A Holiday, which replaces the annual Adopt A Family campaign. Individuals, families, clubs and other groups are asked to donate gift cards from grocers and local variety stores to the pantry, rather than purchase gifts for children and food for a particular low-income family. “Who knows the children better than their parents?” Crawford said. “This brings the parents back into the giving role and makes them active participants, which is more dignified. I think it’s going to be so much more effective.” To donate gift cards to the pantry, mail or drop them off to 24133 Railroad Ave. in Newhall. For information or to volunteer at the pantry, call Crawford at (661) 255-9078. Food Pantry hours are 9 a.m. to noon Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to noon the first Saturday of each month. Senior Friday is the third Friday of each month. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.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

Why three former Marys are searching for lonely Donegal men

first_imgA new TV series is about to be filmed in Donegal to help local men who are unlucky in love.The BBC show stars three former Mary from Dungloe contestants who are on the hunt for single men in the hope of helping them find a partner.Courtney Boyle from Dungloe, Rosie Mc Nally from Belfast and Caoimhe Breathnach from Gaoth Dobhair are the Gael Marys who will star in the series. The Irish-language programme will follow the trio as they meet bachelors who want to get back on the dating scene. The young women will offer their advice to ensure the men are ready to woo a love interest.DoubleBand Films, who are behind the show, are calling out for men who want to avail of the service of Na Gael Marys to help them overcome personal obstacles like shyness or baggage from previous relationships. Do you need advice on how to craft an effective dating profile that will get responses, how to talk to a potential love interest over text or in person, what to wear on a date or how to sustain a relationship? Na Gael Marys want to help you.Assessing personality, style, habits and grooming, the Gael Marys will get to work to come up with personalised practical advice and style or hair makeovers to increase confidence and help would-be Casanovas attract their soulmates.  The series doesn’t yet have an air date, but it promises to be a fun and warm show that will help men, young and old, to solve the issues they feel might be holding them back from finding love.If you are interested in appearing on the series, or would like more information, contact Órfhlaith at DoubleBand Films on info@doublebandfilms.com, or call 0044 2890 243331. Why three former Marys are searching for lonely Donegal men was last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:BBCdatingna Gael MarysTVlast_img read more

Perhaps needing insurance, 49ers re-sign veteran DB

first_imgSANTA CLARA — A day after being cut, defensive back Antone Exum Jr. was resigned by the 49ers on Sunday to a one-year deal after defensive lineman Kentavius Street was officially placed on the injured reserve list.Street, a fourth round draft choice by the 49ers last year when he spent his entire rookie season on the reserve/non-football injury list, is eligible to return to practice in Week 6 and can be activated after Week 8.Already on the 49ers injured reserve list are running back Jerick …last_img

Tata chooses South Africa

first_img11 April 2006The Tata Group, one of India’s top two corporations, has identified South Africa as a major growth area in its plans to increase the contribution of its non-Indian businesses worldwide from 25 to 35% within five years.The group is poised to pump billions of rands into a range of South African industries, spurred by chairman Ratan Tata’s admission to having “lost my heart to South Africa”.Tata Africa Holdings, the group’s dedicated enterprise in Johannesburg, acts as the headquarters for all Tata operations in Africa. “Success in South Africa is a benchmark for the African continent,” says Tata Africa Holdings MD Raman Dhawan. “If a product sells here, it will sell in the rest of Africa.”Tata’s computer arm, TCS, has already been performing well in South Africa for the past decade, and chief executive S Ramadorai has said the company has plans to upscale the brand’s presence in the country.Tata Motors takes offTata Motors has been in South Africa almost as long as TCS, initially selling its trucks independently and, from late 2004, selling its cars and light commercial vehicles (“bakkies”) through a joint venture with the local Imperial Group.The car maker sold around 11 000 units in 2005 – double the number it expected – and hopes to double that number again in 2006, helped by the planned introduction of about five new models in the country.Based partly on its success in South Africa, Tata Motors has opened dealerships in neighbouring Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia, and aims to increase its southern African dealerships from about 45 to 65 by the end of 2006.R1.2-billion telecoms investmentMeanwhile, VSNL, the former Indian state-owned telecoms business in which Tata has a 26% stake and management control, is expected to make a US$200-million (R1.2-billion) seed investment in South Africa’s second fixed-line operator, which is due to start offering the first real competition to state-owned provider Telkom by the end of 2006.Also poised to enter South Africa is Indian Hotels, Tata’s hospitality wing, which is reportedly keen to bring its luxury Taj chain of hotels to the country in order to capitalise on growing numbers of tourists from India.India’s Business Standard reports that Indian Hotels has recently held talks with both the KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape provincial governments, and is weighing the options of entering South Africa either through an acquisition or by setting up a new hotel.R600-million ferrochrome plantAnd most recently – last month – the South African government gave Tata Steel the green light to start construction on its US$103-million (R600-million) ferrochrome steel plant at Richards Bay in KwaZulu-Natal.Tata Steel has also expressed an interest in buying a controlling stake in South African steelmaker Highveld Steel and Vanadium, after Anglo American said in October 2005 that it planned to sell its 79% stake in Highveld.Last month, Highveld announced that “several interested parties” had started due diligence investigations in respect of Highveld, but would not confirm reports that Tata Steel, Mittal Steel, and a consortium led by the South African arm of UK-based Kermas Group, were among the bidders.In November, Ratan Tata confirmed that his group was trying to convince Anglo American to separate its steel and vanadium operations, with Tata Steel chief executive B Muthuraman saying: “We are very interested, as South Africa is one of only six places in the world where it makes sense to produce steel … But as it now stands, Highveld is a vanadium producer that has steel as a by-product.”Following Tata’s leadTata is not the only major Indian player waking up to the potential of the South African market.Lakshmi Mittal’s LNM Group took over former state-owned steel maker Iscor in 2004, renaming the company Mittal Steel SA.And a number of other Indian companies, including pharmaceutical group Lupin, automotive and farm equipment manufacturer Mahindra & Mahindra, and ICICI Bank, are reportedly eyeing South Africa as a base for their African operations.“There is a big pharma company. Mahindra is also coming in. There are a number of other companies that are beginning to find their feet,” Minister in the Presidency Essop Pahad told Indian journalists recently. “One of your biggest banks is now having a discussion to open a branch in South Africa.”SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

South African career women disrupt their industries

first_imgWomen spoke about seeking opportunities in their pursuit of turning their dreams into realities – and encourage women to help each other.Clare Vale says she was doing a BMW advanced driving course in 2003 when she asked about racing. “I asked my driving instructor if he thought that I could ever be a racing driver. He said: ‘You can but it would take a lot of practice.’” That comment planted a seed in her mind, says Vale. (Image Melissa Javan)Melissa Javan“Crash, fix and repeat.” This may be the motto in the motor racing industry but, said drifter Clare Vale, it could also apply to the business world. Vale was one of the speakers who shared her story at the Leading Women Summit held at Montecasino in Johannesburg.The summit coincided with International Women’s Day on 8 March 2017. The second annual Leading Women Summit was hosted in collaboration with MTN Business South Africa and Forbes Woman Africa. The theme this year was “Disrupting the norm”.Women who were seen as disruptors in their industries shared their journeys. Speakers included Caroline Wöstmann, the winner of the 2015 Comrades and Two Oceans marathons, and 17-year-old Kiara Nirghin, the South African schoolgirl who won the Google Science Fair in the US in 2016.Seek opportunitiesVale, who is known as the First Lady in Racing, said she started training to become a racing driver in 2003, when she was 41 years old. Before then she had never been to a motorsport event, even though she loved cars.“I don’t think talent is the most important thing. Opportunity is very important. We need to seek out opportunity,” she said. “Where we see other women seeking opportunity, we should reach out to help them.”Vale uses social media to promote her love for drifting. Other women who have an interest in the sport connect with Vale online.Motor racing was a masculine industry, she said. “Within any male-dominated industry, you have to work harder to prove yourself. The truck industry is the same as the racing industry.” Vale owns a truck-hiring business.She is also the ambassador of Continental Tyre South Africa’s global road safety project. All women should do a defensive driving course, Vale said. “If you learn the skills, you’ll know what to do when someone drives in front of you.”And she had some advice: “Remember to do things like checking your tyre pressures regularly.”Watch Clare Vale show how drifting is done:The power of social mediaNomndeni Mdakhi, founder of the public relations and events company Edits Communications, spoke about how she used Instagram to send positive messages to young women. “My signature says I’m a change agent.”In 2016, Mdakhi said she started a challenge on Instagram called #30DaysOfAwakening. She chose this platform over other social media options because she loved visuals. “I use this platform to communicate with girls daily. My platforms are where girls will get positivity.“A lot of girls need your advice,” she said. “They need some kind of access to you. The power is in social media.”Through this initiative she decided to host an #EditsTalks workshop to meet some of the young women who engaged with her online. She posted about it on 1 March 2016, and got 100 emails in return. Mdakhi had not expected such an overwhelming response.Her campaign led to an invitation to join a panel discussion on the opportunities that existed in Africa.Watch Nomndeni Mdakhi talk about her first workshop:Changing the African child’s narrativeSibahle Mtongana said she enjoyed a challenge. “I love to take a different route that has not been taken by anyone else.” She grew up with a love for British television chefs, such as Jamie Oliver. “I found that there is a world of food available through television.”Known as Siba, Mtongana said her mother did not like the idea of her doing home cooking as a profession. “They (her parents) gave me a year to decide on what I wanted to do (something other than being a chef).”At the time, Mtongana said, there were no local cooking shows on television.She set off to study food and consumer sciences in Cape Town and nine months after graduating, she applied for a job as an assistant food editor at Drum magazine. Mtongana said she later asked the magazine’s management if she could move to Johannesburg, because she had a fresh angle for her cooking pages: she wanted to showcase recipes made by celebrities.The idea was a hit and was followed by Drum’s television cooking show. Through this, Mtongana and her talent caught the eye of the Food Network Channel, which offered her a job.Mtongana’s cookbook, My Table, was published in December 2015. She told the audience that her cookbook was the best sold cookbook in history at Woolworths. “I had no publisher that helped me. I did the cookbook by myself.”Recently appointed global impact ambassador for Stop Hunger Now, she uses her social media platforms to talk about this campaign.“I feel like I’m changing the narrative of the African child – that we are not takers, we are contributors,” Mtongana concluded.Watch Siba Mtongana on the Food Network Channel:Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Green and Cool Roofs Provide Relief for Hot Cities

first_img RELATED ARTICLES Why cities are getting hotterThe world’s urban areas are rapidly expanding, and the density of city populations is increasing as they grow. In 1950, 746 million people lived in cities; in 2014, that number had risen to 3.9 billion. By 2045 more than 6 billion people may live in urban areas.Urban heating is caused by many factors. They include the properties of building materials, such as thermal conductivity, thermal mass, and thermal resistance; air emissions produced by building heating and cooling systems and motor vehicles; urban designs that trap heat in street canyons, preventing it from radiating back to the atmosphere at night; and body heat produced by residents themselves. Do Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat?Vegetated RoofsDesign a Green or Living Roof SystemDefining Habitable TemperaturesCan Rural Living Be As Green As Urban Living? Cities in a warming worldIn the words of John Wilmoth, director of the United Nations Population Division, “Managing urban areas has become one of the most important development challenges of the 21st century.” The world’s urban population is growing, and climate change will add to urban heating.Unless societies act to mitigate UHIs, rising urban temperatures will threaten human health, strain energy resources, and reduce economic productivity. Green and cool roofs are excellent choices to mitigate urban heat island effects, and can be applied at a city-wide scale or block by block. Together with other strategies — such as adding more parks, lawns, ponds, trees and other green infrastructure — they can help to keep temperatures in the world’s cities livable. We found that these roofing strategies did reduce the urban heat island effect, but their impacts were not uniform within the city. They also reduced breezes from Lake Michigan and altered regional air circulation in ways that could offset some of their cooling and air quality benefits. While the roofs still had a net cooling impact, urban planners will need to understand impacts on energy consumption and air quality to maximize benefits from installing green and cool roofs. How green and cool roofs can helpOur research showed that green and cool roofs helped to reduce UHI effects in Chicago. But we also observed important regional- and local-scale effects that affected how well these systems performed.First, the impacts of green and cool roofs on UHIs varied at different locations. We found that green and cool roofing strategies reduced daytime peak urban roof temperatures across the Chicago metropolitan area by about 2-3° Celsius. However, in downtown Chicago they lowered roof surface temperatures by 7-8° Celsius. This dramatic difference indicates that green and cool roofs are most efficient in highly urbanized areas.Infrared image showing buildings radiating heat in downtown Chicago.Second, because green and cool roofs lowered rooftop temperatures in the city, they reduced the relative temperature difference between air over Chicago and air over adjoining Lake Michigan, which is typically 4-5° Celsius cooler than air over the city during daytime in summer. By doing so, they weakened the strength of breezes that blow from the lake to the shore in warm weather and help to cool shoreline neighborhoods. Urban planners can offset this effect by designing streets so that they channel air easily instead of blocking natural flow patterns.Third, we found that these rooftop surfaces did not just reduce temperatures immediately above the urban rooftops. Their impact extended into the lower atmosphere, up to altitudes of about 2.5 kilometers. This affected regional weather patterns by reducing local convection — a process in which warm air rises into the atmosphere, removing heat from earth’s surface.Overall, our analysis suggested that large-scale installation of green and cool roofs could actually decrease wind flow in Chicago by lowering horizontal wind speeds and reducing vertical air mixing during daytime. This may lead to air stagnation near ground level, and potentially could reduce air quality. We are investigating these possibilities now. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities, and the United Nations projects that this share will rise to 70% by 2050. During the daytime, these expanding urban areas absorb more solar energy than the surrounding countryside. At night they radiate the heat back to the atmosphere. Higher temperatures in cities compared to the areas around them create what are known as urban heat islands (UHIs).Urban heat islands threaten urban sustainability and public health in cities. The heat island effect raises death rates, increases energy demand for cooling, and makes life uncomfortable even for healthy residents. It affects various communities differently: poor and elderly residents and small children are most vulnerable, followed by people who live in highly industrialized areas.In a recent study conducted by the University of Notre Dame’s Environmental Change Initiative, we examined whether green roofs, which are covered with plants, and cool roofs, which are surfaced with reflective materials, could reduce UHI effects in Chicago. These roofing strategies are widely used across Europe and have recently been adopted in multiple U.S. cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Portland, Oregon. Developing cities in Asia, such as Indore in India are also implementing cool roofs to mitigate UHIs. Choosing between green and cool roofsGreen and cool roofs each offer advantages and disadvantages. Installed on a large scale, green roofs could add a substantial amount of green space to cities and provide habitat for plants and insects across urban areas. Additionally, plants can improve urban air quality by removing solid and gaseous pollutants from the air.On the other hand, cool roofs do not require watering and cost less than green roofs to install and maintain. Green roofs also increase local humidity: moisture is released when plants are watered, and plants release more water to the atmosphere from their leaves.Many other issues will also influence decisions about where to install green and cool roofs. One important consideration is environmental justice. Low-income and minority neighborhoods are disproportionately vulnerable to negative health impacts from extremely hot weather, so planners may choose to focus heat reduction strategies on these areas.It is also important to note that human thermal comfort is governed by many variables, including time spent outdoors, social and economic behavior, and access to cooling resources, such as air conditioning and swimming pools. Planners should consider these factors as they apply heat mitigation strategies at the local scale.Getting more insight into the effects of green and cool roofs can inform city planning initiatives, such as the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure 2040 Vision, by identifying where green and cool roofs will work most effectively. Cities in northern latitudes, such as New York, Portland, and Toronto, can benefit from green roofs because they have adequate water to irrigate them. In contrast, cool roofs are more appropriate for cities in arid and semi-arid environments such as the southwestern United States. Ashish Sharma is a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Notre Dame. This post originally appeared at The Conversation.last_img read more

Sales Through Influence and Storytelling with Craig Wortmann – Episode 22

first_imgOur Sponsors:Jeffrey Gitomer Sales Seminars – use the code “Anthony” to receive your discount.Sales Gravy University – tell Jeb that Anthony sent you.Resources & Links mentioned in this episodeConnect with Craig on TwitterSales Engine – Craig’s businessCraig Wortman Ebook: How To Communicate With InfluenceDan Pink0985325305 The theme song “Into the Arena” is written and produced by Chris Sernel. You can find it on SoundcloudConnect with AnthonyWebsite: www.TheSalesBlog.comYoutube: www.Youtube.com/IannarinoFacebook: https://www.facebook.com/iannarinoTwitter: https://twitter.com/iannarinoGoogle Plus: https://plus.google.com/+SAnthonyIannarinoLinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/iannarinoTweets you can use to share this episodeOftentimes we have too much knowledge ~ Sales pro Craig WortmannClick To TweetDiscipline is the cornerstone difference between influencers and those who are notClick To TweetSubscribe toIn the ArenaApple PodcastsGoogle PodcastsAndroidby EmailRSSOr subscribe with your favorite app by using the address below Podcast: Play in new window | Download (57.3MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Podcasts | RSSWhen you think of a professor at a business school, you may instantly think of dry, boring lectures. But that’s the last thing you’ll get when speaking with Craig Wortmann. He’s a very sharp sales professional who trains business people how to use the opportunities that sales provides to care for people in a way that serves their needs best. In that, he has come to see that the power of listening and telling stories are two of the most effective ways to do that. On this episode you’re going to hear how Craig has come to those conclusions and how you can learn to use both more effectively in your sales career.How the power of story can increase your sales success, on this episodeClick To TweetIf you’re going to be successful in sales, you need these three things.Through his experiences as a sales professional and as a professor in a prestigious business school, Craig Wortmann has discovered that there are three primary things that salespeople need to be equipped for success: Knowledge, skill, and discipline. Too often the focus is on the knowledge with too little emphasis on skill and the discipline it takes to implement it effectively. Craig unpacks this powerful observation in this chat with Anthony, revealing how you can apply all three to achieve greater success in your sales career.Most things that lead to success are not that hard, we simply don’t do them.Craig Wortmann doesn’t think that success is really all that difficult to achieve because the things that bring success have been demonstrated over and over. The problem is not typically a lack of knowledge, it’s a lack of action. On this episode Craig chats with Anthony about the ways he challenges his students to implement the things they learn and to do so consistently. He believes (and has seen) that consistency in the little things that bring success have massive repercussions on your outcomes. Find out more on this episode.Many things that bring success are not hard, we just don’t do them ~ Craig WortmannClick To TweetThe pause after a prospect’s response is invaluable.One of the important aspects of a sales professional’s personality is the ability to talk. It’s a good thing, but not always the best thing in every situation. For example, when a question has been asked and the prospect answers, it’s imperative that sales pros learn to pause before breaking the silence. In that pause most of the time the prospect will begin to speak again, revealing even more information about their need that would not have been uncovered otherwise. Craig Wortmann talks about the power of the pause and how you can learn to use it to meet your prospect’s needs more effectively, on this episode.You’ll be more successful in sales as you learn to be more human.When Craig Wortmann says that salespeople need to learn how to be “more human,” he means that we need to think less like a salesperson and more like a feeling, caring human being. The basis of all sales is providing solutions to the very real needs and problems of customers. Compassion and care have to be at the root of that if we are going to build the trust needed in order to provide those solutions effectively and consistently. Craig advises that sales professionals stop thinking about “getting the sale” and start thinking about “caring for the person.” The difference that little shift will make is monumental. Find out more about Craig and his philosophies surrounding sales on this episode.We gain access to more actionable information if we keep our mouths shut ~ Craig WortmannClick To TweetOutline of this great episode Who is Craig Wortmann? Why did Craig start his book with the topic of discipline? The power and significance of a handwritten thank you note, and what actually doing it says about you. The framework of knowledge, skill, and discipline. Why listening is so important and how do you do it effectively. The power of the pause for a sales professional. What Craig means by being human as a salesperson. The 4 significant types of stories and why they fuel your sales career. The best way to connect with Craig.last_img read more

Margielyn Didal gets ‘unexpected’ recognition as PSA Athlete of the Year

first_imgAFC CUP: Ceres scrapes past Shan United “Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWeightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat. It was only in August when Didal bagged the gold in the women’s street skate event and pocketed P6 million as cash incentive for her feat.Winning in the Asian Games was no doubt her biggest accomplishment to date and she’s more than ready to ollie her way to another.The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. The 19-year-old Didal, however, has to qualify for the Olympics first before anything else, which is something she believes she’d be able to do.“I’m 100 percent confident because I have the full support of my friends, family and sponsors,” said the bubbly Didal. “I have been getting a lot of support.”Didal is preparing for her next Olympic qualifying tournament which fires off three months from now in London.She said most of her training is done in Hong Kong where there’s an abundance of skateparks. Margielyn Didal. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines–From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From skating in the streets of Cebu to the grand stage of the Asian Games in Jakarta, where she came out of nowhere to snag the gold medal just six months ago, and now the red carpet, Margielyn Didal is still trying to wrap her head around the whirlwind of events that completely changed her life.Didal on Tuesday was one of five Filipina Asian Games gold medalists bestowed with the highest honor as Athlete of the Year by the Philippine Sportswriters Association during its annual PSA Awards Night at Manila Hotel.“Unexpected,” Didal said of her recognition. “Unexpected because before, people don’t give any attention to skateboarders but now, they’re not only giving us attention but also an award.”“I’m very grateful for the honor to be awarded as Athlete of the Year.”Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz and golfers Yuka Saso, Bianca Pagdanganan and Lois Kaye Go were the other four given the Athlete of the Year award.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Bahamians Celebrate National Labour Day

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #magneticmedianews#nationallabourday#sirrandolfawkes Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #nationallabourday, #sirrandolfawkescenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamians, June 2, 2017 – Nassau – The week of May 28 – June 3 is being observed as Labour Week in The Bahamas, with the official Randol Fawkes Labour Day being celebrated on June 2.As part of the holiday tradition, members of the labor unions from different organizations, as well as political parties and Bahamians will participate in the annual 2017 Sir Randol Fawkes Labour Day Parade that have started in Nassau this morning. Local bands and a few Junkanooers will lead the parades, providing lively music for the marchers and spectators. The parade will end at the Southern Recreation Grounds, where union leaders will deliver speeches.National Labour Day in the Bahamas was established in 1961 by late Trade Unionist and Politician, Sir Randol Fawkes. In 2013, then Government Leader in the Senate, Attorney General and Minister ofLegal Affairs the Hon. Allyson Maynard Gibson introduced the renaming of the holiday to honour the man who fought for justice and safety of workers.last_img read more

Time to think about the best watch for back to school

first_img Sarah Tew/CNET Apple Watch Series 4 reading • Time to think about the best watch for back to school Apple revamped the whole feel of its watch a year ago, adding a larger screen and some extras like ECG to spot-check your heart rhythm, or fall detection. You could also just get the older Series 3 and still have GPS, music, on-wrist Apple Pay and speakerphone functions. Apple Watch is absolutely the best way to stay connected on your wrist, and it’s a fun fitness companion. But its limited battery life and higher price, and need for an iPhone to use, might not fit everyone. (And again, you should wait to see what Apple announces in September!)A note on pricing: For the Series 4, don’t pay more than $350 for the 40mm version, or $380 for the 44mm (with standard bands and no cellular). That’s $50 off the Apple Store price, and the general “street price” for these models. For the Series 3, you want to get the 38mm for $200 or less, the 42mm for $230 or less — that’s $80 off list price. See at Amazon 1 Fitbit Versa Lite Read about the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Comment Aug 30 • Hate subscription software? Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements are on sale for $60 each Read about Fitbit’s latest trackers Read the Amazfit Bip review Aug 29 • Best college laptops for 2019 If you’re a serious runner who wants something with longer battery life for GPS, Garmin’s smartwatch might be for you. It lasts about 13 hours on standalone GPS, or a week for everyday on-wrist use. A step-up model offers music, if you think you’d want that. Aug 29 • Our favorite back-to-school picks for 2019 Fitbit’s attempt at a smartwatch works best as a casual way to track stats and load a variety of crazy watch faces. It can be worn while swimming (but only the step-up regular Versa can do swim tracking), has a longer battery life (lasting four days) so it can track sleep, gets phone notifications, and tracks heart rate, but it doesn’t have GPS (you can use your phone’s GPS to track runs, though). Still, for everyday fitness, it’s an excellent budget choice at around $160. But again, you can also wait to see if any price drops or updates come in the fall. Amazfit Bip Read the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active review Josh Miller/CNET See at Amazon Wearable Tech Angela Lang/CNET Fitbit Fitness Apple Share your voice See at Amazon Aug 29 • Save up to $500 on Microsoft Surface laptops and tablets Samsung may also have a new watch soon, so let’s see what happens. But the version that arrived in the spring is a great, affordable, full-featured $200 watch that can do almost anything, and pairs well with Android phones. Samsung’s fitness tracking features are also a lot better than you might think. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active Samsung Galaxy Watch Active and Apple Watch Series 4. Angela Lang/CNET School is closer than you think, and odds are, you’ll be running around a lot once you’re back. Something useful on your wrist could help, as long as you know what you want to use it for. Smartwatches and fitness trackers can be fantastic companions for a busy campus life, from the obviously popular Apple Watch to social fitness companions like Fitbit. Whether you value staying connected to your phone, high-performance fitness tracking, or a little helpful motivation on a budget, here are some solid picks.These all come with one giant caveat, however: Students may wish to ask for an IOU for now. That’s because Apple is expected to release its newest watches in the fall — and other brands may well follow. That said, if you need something now, here are our top picks.Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.   See at Amazon Back-to-School Tech Gift Guide Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Garmin Vivoactive 3 The Bip is affordable, and its battery life and always-on screen are great. It’s almost like a modern version of a Casio watch. The phone app feels a little off-brand compared to Samsung, Fitbit, Google and Apple’s apps, but it’s fine. The best part of Bip is how long the battery life is (weeks), and how it can be worn anywhere, even swimming. The Bip can do some basic fitness tracking, but it’s great as a casual watch that can also get phone notifications. And it’s usually $80 or less.Read: Apple Watch vs. Amazfit Bip See All • See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Andrew Hoyle/CNET Read the Apple Watch Series 4 reviewlast_img read more