AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita “Past experience has shown us that attendance starts thinning out before the 5 o’clock ending we had before,” said Baker. “With that in mind, we decided that a stand down concentrated into a few less hours, but providing all of the major services as before, would be more productive in the long run.” Legal aid, food, medical and dental care, counseling, clothing, blankets and other emergency services will be provided. “With each event, we just get more efficient and better able to accomplish what we set out to do – offer a hand up, not a handout,” said George Palermo, committee secretary and leader of the Vietnam veterans organization Point Man Antelope Valley. Morning “chow call” will be at 8 a.m. and general services will be offered from 9 a.m. to noon. The noon meal will be followed from 1 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. by entertainment. Sack dinners will be handed out at 3:15 p.m., after retreat is sounded by the Highland High School Junior ROTC. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition site in Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. The Antelope Valley Senior Center, at 777 W. Jackman St. in Lancaster, will be closed Monday through Friday for the annual refinishing of the hardwood floor in the multipurpose room. Meals will still be available at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12, and home-delivered meals will continue as usual. Monday: Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Tuesday: Beef stew, corn bread, spinach, soup, garden salad, apple. Wednesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, Normandy vegetables,minestrone soup, cottage cheese, cookies. Thursday: Hot turkey sandwich, juice, mashed potatoes, parsleyed carrots, tossed salad, gelatin with fruit. Friday: Macaroni and cheese with ham, corn, coleslaw, pineapple juice, pears. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages can be left at the Daily News’ Antelope Valley Bureau office, (661) 267-5742. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER -A USO-type show will be featured Saturday during a Veterans Stand Down that will help local veterans troubled by homelessness, unemployment, health issues and other problems. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Grace Chapel, 44648 15th St. W. Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. for registration, followed by the flag-raising and opening ceremonies, according to Steve Baker, committee chairman. In times of war, a stand down is the term used for pulling front- line soldiers back to a safe and secure area where they can rest and recover from combat. Though aimed at veterans coping with problems, the local events are open to all veterans, and their families are welcome to attend. Similar events have been conducted regularly since 2003.
BREAKING NEWS: DONEGAL Gardaí have tonight issued a Community Alert after organised crime gangs targeted Jeep vehicles – particularly Toyota Land Cruiser Jeeps.Sgt Paul Wallace says owners of jeeps in the County are urged to be vigilant in relation to the parking and securing of their jeeps overnight.This warning comes after the theft of a number of Toyota Land cruiser jeeps in County Monaghan and along the border with Northern Ireland in recent nights. “People in the community are urged to keep a sharp eye out for movement of vehicles late at night and early in the morning as well-organised criminal gangs are targeting Toyota jeeps in particular,” he said.Simple Precautions Sgt Wallace advises include:Park in an area with good lighting or cctv cover which may deter the thief.Ensure the keys are not easily accessed. Installation of a tracking device in high end vehicles should be considered.Report to Gardaí anything arousing your suspicion, movement of vehicles etc.Get involved in your local Community / Text Alert,Sgt Wallace continued: “Owners of jeeps /prestige cars should put them in the Garage over night if practicable.“Place keys in a secure place, and consider fitting a tracking device. Always remove the keys each time you alight from the vehicle. Otherwise insurance cover may be compromised. “Always remember no matter how valuable your car is or how cherished it is not worth personal injury to you or your family.”Sgt Wallace continued – ‘ We are aware of the targeting and theft of jeeps along the border in recent nights so we are urging the public to be vigilant and proactive. It is acknowledged that communities are playing their part by being more ‘Crime Aware’ and the taking of advise regarding door locking mechanisms, the installation and use of intruder alarm systems and prompt reporting to local Gardai of activities arousing suspicion.“The revigouration and reorganisation of Community / Text Alert particularly in rural areas is to be welcomed in an effort to defeat the criminal. In the coming week meetings have been arranged for Monday Night 24th November at Burtonport Community Centre at 8pm & Wednesday 3rd of December at Ballyare Football Clubhouse at 7.30pm.“Check your door locks review your security get your alarm / CCTV serviced and use it. Visit your local registered locksmith and educate yourself in the products available to beat the criminal – they do work’. Check on your elderly neighbours.” Garda Stations providing a 24/7 service are:Letterkenny on 91-67100Milford on 91-53060Buncrana on 93 – 20540Ballyshannon 071-98 51002.Remember 999/112 in cases of emergency & www.garda.ie/crime prevention for further information.COMMUNITY ALERT: ORGANISED CRIME GANG STEALING JEEPS was last modified: November 20th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:alertCommunitycrimethieves
Former Eurovision song contest winner and Ballyshannon man Charlie McGettigan is to be awarded the Freedom of Donegal award. McGettigan won the Eurovision for Ireland in 1994 with Paul Harrington and the song Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids.The proposal was made by councillors in south Donegal last week, to honour Mr McGettigan with the freedom of Donegal to coincide with the 25th anniversary of Ireland’s sixth victory in the competition on April 30. The 68-year-old, who now lives in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim with his family, recently called for a boycott of this year’s contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.Former Eurovision winner to receive Freedom of Donegal award was last modified: March 20th, 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) Tags:Charlie McGettiganEurovision Song Contest
Crescent City >> Dennise Horton scored a game-high 15 points, as the Del Norte Warriors secured the No. 2 seed in the Big 5 portion of the Dick Niclai postseason tournament with a 49-35 victory over the Eureka Loggers at Crescent City Wednesday evening.At the outset, it appeared that the contest would be a contrast in styles, with the Warriors (16-6 overall and 5-3 Big 5) determined to play at a deliberate pace with the goal of getting the ball into the paint, while the Loggers (13-9, 3-4 Big …
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South Africa’s 2014 matric students achieved a pass rate of 75.8%, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced at the SABC in Johannesburg on Monday.(Image: Department of Basic Education)Brand South Africa reporterWhile the 75.8% pass rate represents a 2.4 percentage point drop from the 2013 pass rate of 78.2%, Motshekga said the bar had been raised to improve the quality of the examination outcome and enhance the quality and standard of Grade 12 graduates.“At the beginning of the exams, I did announce much more stringent marking criteria. Marker appointments were also audited and a tighter moderation process was put in place,” Motshekga said.The National Senior Certificate exam was written by 550 127 full-time and 1387nbsp;533 part-time candidates. This is the first year the new national Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) programme has been tested at matric level.Of the total number of learners who wrote the NSC exam, 150 752 (28.3%) qualified for admission to bachelor studies.The class of 2014 will be able to access their results on Tuesday.Motshekga said the 135 943 learners who qualified to write supplementary exams in February and March would will be given special support to prepare.“After receiving their results, they should start immediately to prepare for their supplementary exams,” she said.There has been an increase in achievements by distinction in some subjects, the minister said. History increased from 3.3% to 4.1%; Mathematical Literacy increased from 1.8% to 2.4%; and Physical Science increased from 3.0% to 3.3%.How SA’s provinces fared“All provincial education departments have worked tirelessly and consistently hard,” Motshekga said. “Preparations for grade 12 start at grade R and therefore there is no grade less important than the other.”Gauteng was the most successful province, recording a 84.7% pass rate – down 2.3 percentage points from 87% in 2013.Gauteng contributed the highest number of candidates qualifying for bachelor studies at 36 843, followed by KwaZulu-Natal with 35 724 and Western Cape at 18 524.The North West was the second best performing province, with a pass rate of 84.6% – down from 87.2% in 2013.The Free State, which was the top province in 2013, came in third with 82.8%, down from 87.4% in 2013.The Eastern Cape had the poorest results, achieved 65.4%. This, however, is an increase of 0.5 percentage points from 64.9% in 2013.KwaZulu-Natal achieved 69.7%, a decline from 77.4% in 2013, and a drop of 7.7 percentage points. It is the steepest decline of all the provinces.“We need to look seriously into the factors affecting KZN’s performance,” Motshekga said.The Western Cape achieved 82.2%, down from 85.1% in 2013, a decline of 2.9 percentage points.ImprovementsLimpopo achieved 72.9% in 2014, a 1.1 percentage point increase from 71.8% last year.“Limpopo needs to be congratulated for sustaining the upward trend in the midst of many challenges bearing in mind that this group of learners was the group that was affected by delays in the delivery of books in 2012,” said Motshekga.The number of bachelor passes in the province is also notable at 16 325.The Northern Cape improved its pass rate by almost 2 percentage points, achieving 76.4%, up from 74.5% in 2013. This is the highest improvement in 2014.Mpumalanga achieved 79%, up by 1.4 percent from 77.6% in 2013.District performanceMotshekga said none of the 81 education districts in the country had performed below 50%. Last year, one district in the Eastern Cape had performed below 50%.“In the Eastern Cape, the eight districts that performed between 50% and 59% have been reduced to five, with two districts from KwaZulu-Natal joining this category. Twelve districts from the Eastern Cape performed under 69%, four from KwaZulu-Natal and one from Limpopo,” Motshekga said.She said four out of five districts in the Free State performed above 80%, with the fifth district achieving between 70% and 79%.“In Gauteng, 13 out of 15 districts performed above 80% and the other two performed between 70% and 79%. In Limpopo, one out five performed above 80%, while in Mpumalanga one out of four.“In the Northern Cape, one out of four performed above 80% and in the Western Cape all districts performed above 80%,” Motshekga said.The top six performing districts are:Gauteng West at 92.7%;Sedibeng East District at 90.7%;Ekurhuleni North at 88.7%;West Coast in the Western Cape 88.4%; andOverberg in the Western Cape and Johannesburg South both at 88.1%.InitiativesMotshekga said the focus in 2014 was on improving performance in key gateway subjects and supporting under-performing schools and their principals.“These initiatives have yielded results. However, there is much more work that needs to be done and it starts on the first day of school for all grades,” she said.For the past four years, the pass rate has increased from 60.6% in 2009 to 78.2% in 2013.Motshekga said the quality of education of any system is predicated on the quality of its teachers.She said the qualification profile of teachers in the sector has improved from 53% in 1990 to 97% in 2013.“Going forward, we will work hard to sustain improvement in learner performance, enhanced accountability at all levels of the system, greater focus on basic functionality of schools, and protecting time for teaching and learning,” Motshekga said.Read Minister Angie Motshekga’s speech in full: Announcement of the 2014 NSC examination resultsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
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MOST READ Aside from his candid commentary, the former NBA player is notorious for bringing out the Philippines’ famed cleaning tool during playoff times—which perfectly signifies going winless in a best-of-seven playoff series.Speaking alongside fellow analysts Heather Cox, Michael Wibon and Chauncey Billups prior to tip-off of Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs on Monday (Tuesday in Manila), the 2000 NBA Most Improved Player once again brought out the broom to signify the Spurs’ demise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I have as much respect for the Spurs as anybody, that’s why I’m not gonna wave it very high,” Rose said referring to the “walis tambo,” which he wrongly identified as its outside counterpart, the “walis tingting.”“But I have to get out the walis-walis, tingting tambo, because the Spurs will be getting swept this evening.” The 2017 NBA Playoffs have been filled with landslide victories or “sweeps,” and ESPN analyst Jalen Rose has surely taken notice.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments His comical gesture was warranted, as the Warriors indeed swept the Spurs, catapulting themselves to a 12-0 post-season record and into their third straight NBA Finals appearance.READ: Warriors set 12-0 record for 3rd straight trip to NBA FinalsCome post-game, Rose once again proudly waved the “walis tambo.”“My Filipino family, fans, and friends wanted me to bring out the walis, walis, tingting,” he said. Khristian Ibarrola /raJalen Rose calls the GSW sweep tonight! Where the Filipino homies at! Lol. pic.twitter.com/XFP3ecK4JiADVERTISEMENT Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 athletes Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder — Warriors Talk (@JaeAzizi) May 23, 2017 Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors ready for third straight NBA Finals appearance
The Oscar envelopes and announcement cards that contain names of winners of the most coveted honour in movie industry are getting a facelift.Breaking away from a 70-year routine, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will this year use a glamourous gold envelope at the 83rd Academy Awards instead of the plain, white paper envelope, the kind available at any office supply store.”The envelopes are such an integral part of the Academy Awards, yet there has never been a dramatic, specially designed envelope and card to announce the Oscar recipients,” telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer said in a statement.The new custom-designed, handcrafted keepsake envelopes and announcement cards have been made by Los Angeles-based custom stationer Marc Friedland. The envelopes are made of “iridescent” gold paper watermarked with little images of Oscar. It is lined with shiny red paper embossed with gold Oscars.The winner’s name appears on a heavy piece of lacquered red paper inside, with the category listed on front and back. The envelope will be sealed with a shiny red sticker adorned with two strips of red ribbon.”The Art Deco-inspired satin gold envelope will contain a heavyweight ecru card featuring gold foil accents and a gold leaf-embossed Oscar statuette along with the phrase – ‘And the Oscar goes to…’,” the statement said.The winner’s name on the announcement card would be printed in charcoal ink and mounted onto a matching, red lacquer hand-wrapped frame. The back of the card will be printed with the award category.advertisementTill now, the envelopes were printed on heavy cream-coloured stock, with plain block letters sporting the name of the category and, inside, the phrase ‘And the Oscar goes to’ and the winner’s name and film.The Academy has been using sealed envelopes for the last 70 years after a winner’s name had leaked out early once.Friedland, whose company Marc Friedland Couture Communications has designed high-end invitations for the past 25 years, said in spite of the Oscar envelope being the most “iconic” and “symbolic” envelope in the world, “it was funny that it was the most non-descript, office supply store bought” till now.”At the end of the day, the event is a celebration of an amazing accomplishment. We wanted to bring back the elegance and glamour. The design concept was to be timeless, regal and rich and luxe… the envelope serves as an iconic symbol of that moment,” Friedland added.Friedland got the envelope assignment two weeks ago.He took design cues from the look of this year’s Oscar set. He will prepare cards bearing the names of each of this year’s nominees. After the ballots are tabulated, partners at PricewaterhouseCoopers will prepare two complete sets of correct envelopes, and destroy the remaining cards.This year, the Academy is also returning to the phrase ‘And the Oscar goes to…’ after a one-year experiment with ‘And the winner is…’ to announce who wins the award.