FOOTBALL THURSDAY’S RESULT NONLEAGUE Whittier Christian 65, Animo 20 Whittier Christian 14 22 23 6 65 Animo 6 6 8 0 20 WC: Scott Whittet 19 run (kick failed) WC: Esteban Camarillo 75 run (Whittet run) A: Darnell Harrison 28 pass from Michael Lyles (pass failed) A: Lyles 12 run (pass failed) WC: Whittet 24 run (kick blocked) WC: Camarillo 30 run (Whittet run) WC: Taylor Redmond 35 pass from Joe Villa (Whittet run) WC: Whittet 16 run (Camarillo run) A: Jamal Howard 65 pass from Lyles (Lyles run) WC: Villa 60 run (Camarillo run) WC: Camarillo 41 run (Robert Dominguez kick) WC: Derek Gersch 36 run (kick failed) Records: Whittier Christian 6-0; Animo 1-6. BOYS WATER POLO PREP LEAGUE Pasadena Poly 11, La Salle 9 Pasadena 1 1 2 7 11 La Salle 2 2 3 2 9 Pasadena scoring: Filip Svitek 4, Tommy Gilfillan 4, Rusty Morris 3. La Salle scoring: Mike Don 2, Ben David 2, Brian McSweeney 2, Colton Marikian 2, Alex Plumb. Shots: Pasadena 29; La Salle 27. Goalie saves: Brandon Rho (PP) 10; Hank Brady (LS) 10. Records (overall, league): Pasadena 10-5, 4-2; La Salle 4-3. RIO HONDO LEAGUE La Canada 23, Temple City 7 La Canada 7 4 9 3 23 Temple City 2 1 0 4 7 La Canada scoring: Gamal Rady 5, Jordan Thompson 4, Devin Borisoff 4, Cody Walker 2, Taylor Greig 2, Max Scott, Michael Scott, Nathaniel Vail, Jeff Boss, Dante Morley-Montes, Wes Lewis. Temple City scoring: Justin Coy 3, Jason Jen 3, Darren Sayphraraj. Shots: La Canada 35, Temple City 21. Goalie saves: Daniel Kwan (LC) 12; Darren Sayphraraj (TC) 8. Records (overall, league): La Canada 16-5, 3-0; Temple City 10-9, 3-2. GIRLS TENNIS MIRAMONTE LEAGUE Charter Oak 10, Los Altos 8 At Los Altos HS Singles: Charter Oak — Sara Napolitano 2-1, Olivia Graham 3-0, Kelsey Cooper 1-2. Los Altos — Amanda Alvarez 2-1, Diane Choi 1-2, Jomie Liu 0-3. Doubles: Charter Oak — Lindsay Vogel-Afrielle Fondevilla 2-1, Jamie Teragawa-Wendy Luong 2-1, Libby De La Pena-Ivy Xin 0-3. Los Altos –Altynai Fung-Nicole Tse 2-1, Diana Khuu-Ann Chong 2-1, Ashley Evans-Jennifer Liu 1-2. Records: Charter Oak 7-6, 4-3; Los Altos 4-7, 1-4. PREP LEAGUE Pasadena Poly 10, Westridge 8 At Pasadena Poly HS Singles: Pasadena Poly — Tshema Nash 3-0, Claire Lis 3-0, Jamie Morrison 0-3. Westridge — Mara Leong 1-2, Christie Kim 1-2, Alyson Kil 1-2. Doubles: Pasadena Poly — Jamie Quinn-Jessica Tsai 1-2, Amy Lifland-Jacqui Gurevitch 0-3, Breanna Bartley-Leslie Brian 3-0. Westridge — Sara Kingston-Tori Marsh 2-1, Shauna Mok-Rachel Miller 1-2, Shruti Modi-Gibson Banta 2-1. Records: Pasadena Poly 6-6, 5-2; Westridge 5-4, 2-4. GIRLS VOLLEYBALL MISSION VALLEY LEAGUE At Gabrielino HS Gabrielino def. South El Monte 25-16, 25-23, 30-28. Records (overall, league): South El Monte 4-7, 2-4; Gabrielino 12-4, 6-0. Notes: Kelsey Duling (G) 10 kills, 14 aces. PREP LEAGUE At Westridge HS Westridge def. Webb 19-25, 25-15, 25-18, 25-15. Records (overall, league): Westridge 16-2, 6-2. Notes: Kelly McCall (WR) 11 kills. At Rio Hondo HS Chadwick def. Rio Hondo 23-25, 25-18, 26-24, 25-18. Records: Chadwick 7-0; Rio Hondo 2-7. RIO HONDO LEAGUE At La Canada HS La Canada def. South Pasadena 25-17, 25-5, 25-15. Records (overall, league): La Canada 10-8, 6-0. Notes: Morgan Anderson (LC) 10 kills. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Who is your passenger from hell?The seat recliner, the passenger who lets their children run riot, the chatterbox or the lurking smelly traveler, who you wish would travel somewhere else?The smelly passenger, who we’ve dubbed ‘Smellus Maximus’ has soared up to be the number two hate of air travelers. This “hell” passenger comes in just behind those who recline their seat, affectionately known by us as ‘Reclinus Maximus’.According to the annual AirlineRatings.com “Passengers Who Make Your Flight Hell” survey of air travelers, almost 35.4 per cent of the more than 1550 respondents put the passenger who reclines their seat as their number one nightmare.However, with 25.5 per cent naming Smellus Maximus as the most despised, it raises the question, has hygiene slipped?According to AirlineRatings.com editor, Geoffrey Thomas, while it was expected that Reclinus Maximus would rate highly, the level of frustration for the smelly passenger reflects a decline in hygiene standards.“There has been a significant shift in passengers’ gripes about their fellow travelers, who are either not conscious of their odour or don’t care,” said Mr Thomas.“With online or cell phone check-in now widespread, offending passengers are slipping through the traditional checks and only coming into contact with airline agents at the boarding gate. The agents, under pressure to get the flight away, let offenders slip through.”Mr Thomas continues, “Dress standards have declined on planes and so has appearance and hygiene. We have noticed an increase in people complaining about these issues.”Commenting on the survey Australian Business Traveller’s founder David Flynn “it doesn’t surprise me that “passenger pong” is a hate of travellers.”“A lot of people tell me eye-rolling nose-holding tales of whiffy seatmates,” said Mr Flynn.“After all, you’ve got several hundred people crammed together in this tin can – and it’s especially tight quarters in economy – with plenty of recirculated air.”Mr Flynn adds that you’ve got passengers who’ve been rushing to the airport or dashing between flights to make a connection, and people who take their shoes and socks off during the flight.“Stir in some hot humid sticky summer weather, or pretty much any day in an equatorial city like Singapore, and it’s a perfect storm of bad smells.”This year, two passengers made global headlines because of their odour and were kicked off planes in Canada. In the past month, three US domestic flights have been diverted over arguments related to knee defenders, which prevent seats reclining.Authorities in the US have not banned knee defenders but have instead left it up to the airlines to regulate. However in Australia, both Qantas and Virgin Australia have banned these devices.In the AirlineRatings.com survey, the parent who let their children run riot ‘Parentus Slapdashi’ came in third with 20.1 per cent while fourth went to ‘Armrest Grabbis’ at 13.5 per cent and the non-stop talker ‘Chatterbox Majorus’ came in fifth with just 5.54 per cent.(e) email@example.comFollow Geoffrey on twitter
Global celebrities help raise awareness of otherwise ignored causes and can secure pledges from policymakers. Yet their simplified advocacy messages, often divorced from issues of power, can lead to ineffective or even harmful policies.Hollywood star Ben Affleck championed legislation requiring companies reporting to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose their use of “conflict minerals” mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. (Image: Erin Lassahn) Georgia Cole, Ben Radley and Jean-Benoit FalisseCelebrity activism and support for African humanitarian causes – such as the Enough Project, Akon’s Lighting Africa and Kony 2012 – has become mainstream. But what are the consequences, and is this something we necessarily want to promote?Celebrity activism is nothing new. At the turn of the 20th century, prominent British journalist, author and politician Edmund Dene Morel and Anglo-Irish diplomat and human rights activist Roger Casement successfully challenged Belgian King Leopold’s violent and autocratic rule of the Congo Free State. They did so with the help of notable friends: Sherlock Holmes author Arthur Conan Doyle, Cadbury’s Chocolates founder William Cadbury, and literary great Joseph Conrad, author of Heart of Darkness. In the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, suffragette Sylvia Pankhurst lobbied hard for a fascist-free and, later, independent Ethiopia. A few decades after that Bob Geldof and Band Aid raised US$150 million for famine victims in Ethiopia.Although some of the most famous campaigns sought to provide a palliative solution to one-off disasters such as famine or Ebola, most modern-day celebrities are not content with fundraising or short-lived remedial goals.They have chosen to champion socioeconomic causes that have more expansive and lasting pretensions. The latest generation of American celebrity activists has most commonly knocked at the doors of Congress, demanding changes in US policy towards their cause célèbre.Celebrity activism has grown more powerful in the past decades. The spread of internet and communications technologies has broken down the oligopoly on news, opening many new stages for celebrities and their causes.In the 1980s Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof and his Band Aid initiative raised US$150-million for famine victims in Ethiopia. Unfortunately the effort not only ignored the causes of the famine, but warped popular perceptions of Africa as a whole, with long-term repercussions for trade, investment and prosperity. (Image: Harry Potts) Just causes versus personal brandsShould we question the motives of these celebrities, who hire expensive PR experts to “sell” their convictions? As Daniel Drezner writes, engaging in causes clearly benefits these individuals too. It provides them with access to new outlets such as political talk shows or international forums and helps polish their personal brands.Causes are to celebrities what corporate social responsibility is to business. Every established name seems to require, at least, one. In 2010, with the headline “Dr Clooney, I Presume?”, the online US magazine Mother Jones published an interactive satirical map of Africa allowing users to explore the “celebrity recolonization of Africa”.Celebrities undoubtedly help make causes known to a larger audience. They are often effective in obtaining pledges from governments, policymakers and businesses. The problem is that they are often much less effective in transforming these commitments into appropriate and effective policies.Darrel West writes that the fascination for celebrities raises the risk that there will be “more superficiality and less substance in our political process”.As West points out, it:… drains attention from experts with detailed knowledge, and risks the skewing of civil discourse toward solutions which may not represent effective long-term remedies for complex policy problemsBeyond ‘celebrityhood’A stark example of this is provided in the new documentary, We Will Win Peace, which tracks the impact of Section 1502 of the US’s Dodd Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.Championed by celebrities from Ben Affleck to Nicole Richie, this section required companies reporting to the US Securities and Exchange Commission to disclose their use of “conflict minerals” originating in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, or an adjoining country.This stipulation was presented by the Enough Project as an essential precursor to preventing conflict, and thus sexual violence, in the DRC. The project is an international advocacy organisation replete with celebrity frontmen and women who campaign against genocide and crimes against humanity.The documentary, alongside other important research, shows the implications on the ground of this simplified rendering of the facts.With de facto international boycotts on minerals from the DRC, and a government ban on artisanal mining, tens of thousands of miners and businesses ended up unable to make a living. This pushed many individuals either towards the illicit mining industry or a rebel group, thus paradoxically exacerbating the very violence it set out to reduce.We Will Win Peace from Seth Chase on Vimeo.Three pillars of ethical activismAlex de Waal, in an article for the World Peace Foundation in 2013, outlined three fundamental pillars on which ethically driven activism could be based.First, it should respond to and collaborate with local people, rather than impose agendas developed outside the place they live; where they experience the “cause” first-hand, in their lives. The Dodd-Frank Act campaign should have asked local activists, populations and mining experts in the eastern DRC about mineral supply chains coming from the region and whether those could be altered to improve the situation. Evidence suggests this consultation failed to take place beyond a narrow segment of civil society – the church.In Maniema, Democratic Republic of Congo, artisanal miners dig the mineral wolframite out of a mine that has become the centre of a functional and thriving community. Sections of the US Dodd-Frank Act, the authors say, would have been better drafted in consultation with the people who actually live in the eastern DRC. (Image: Julien Harneis)Second, activism should be fact-driven, reflexive and responsive, and open to the fact that it must change with changing contexts.Third, it should speak to power but also firmly against it. Ethical activism should never presume that all change is possible from within existing political systems.The final point is particularly pertinent. It raises a question. Would celebrity activism be more relevant if it were decoupled from the belief that change was best achieved only through shifts in Western government policy?As research has shown, the problem with celebrity causes is that they tend to depoliticise policy and activism. They too often obfuscate the complex dynamics of power and socioeconomic relations in favour of a simple, catch-all solution. Celebrities can improve this situation by bringing back into the debate more stakeholders, researchers and local voices.Celebrities speaking truth to power, rather than half-truths that may inadvertently serve the interests of power, may be a more promising way forward if celebrity advocacy relating to Africa is to lead to meaningful socioeconomic change.The celebrity advocacy circuit for change in Africa lacks celebrity participation in bottom-up movements, as opposed to top-down advocacy. But if the cycle of simplified celebrity advocacy messages leading to ineffective – even harmful – African policy is to be broken, genuine engagement with, and commitment to, the people they advocate on behalf of is critical. It may provide a welcome step forward.Georgia Cole is Researcher in the Department of International Development at University of Oxford.Ben Radley is PHD Researcher at the International Institute of Social Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam.Jean-Benoit Falisse is DPhil candidate at University of Oxford.This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.Photo research and editing for Media Club South Africa by Mary Alexander.
Related Posts mike melanson Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… All across the country, newspapers are shuttering and those that remain are closing down bureaus and pulling correspondents left and right. More and more, media outlets are relying on fewer sources for their information because of a lack of funding, but a number of websites have appeared to solve this problem. One such crowd-funded website, Spot.Us, has released a series of new features today in its efforts to save us all from the closed-minded future we’re currently facing.First, here is how it works. Spot.Us gives freelance journalists a space to pitch their story idea, which the website’s users can then invest in. Then, if the story is purchased by a news organization, the donations are reimbursed. It’s like a micro loan service for journalism.The changes to the site include a widget, which allows individuals to show their support for a specific story on third-party websites, social networking connections for Twitter and Facebook, new organization of stories, and a progress blog for each story on the site, to make it easier to keep track. Spot.Us has also said it is open to suggestions for other cities to be a part of, as it only operates in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay area, currently. Most importantly, we think, Spot.Us has released a new feature concerning how “community funded” journalism operates on a base level.In an interesting twist, Spot.Us has recognized that there may be more to funding journalism than money itself, and now its users can pledge talent instead of cash. According to the press release on today’s new features, “Citizens who may not have financial resources or want to participate more actively, can now collaborate on a story through an assignment agreed upon by the primary journalist and the citizen.”In addition to the widget, Spot.Us is looking to make an open API in the near future “that would further enable journalists and communities to realize journalism through technology.” We think this could be a great addition, as the project could expand geographically according to where users would support it, in much the same organic fashion as stories are funded.So far, the project has raised over $70,000 and funded 50 stories from more than 700 contributors. We hope these new features will only help to further the cause of community-sourced and -funded journalism. If we aren’t willing to pay after the fact, maybe we will be more willing to pay beforehand, since we’ll know what we’re buying. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Kazakhstan’s teenage prodigy Zulfiya Chinshanlo powered her way to a weightlifting gold in the 53kg category on Sunday, breaking her own world record in the clean and jerk. The 19-year-old posted a snatch of 95kg before making history with 131kg in the clean and jerk, one kilogram more than her effort at last year’s world championships.The total of 226kg gave a seven-kilo winning margin ahead of Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei, who took the silver, and Moldova’s Cristina Iovu, who won the bronze.Hsu was awarded the silver over Iovu due to a lesser bodyweight.China’s 17-year-old prodigy Zhou Jun, one of the favourites for gold, was a surprise early casualty, failing to snatch 95kg.Another contender, Yuderqui Contreras of the Dominican Republic, also crashed out in the snatch after dropping all three attempts at 94kg.