Business News Community News More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday As part of the 2015 One City, One Story program, Pasadena Public Library held an art and short story contest for Pasadena children and teens inspired by this year’s selection, The Book of Unknown Americans.Pasadena Public Library received over 50 entries. Choosing among them was tough. The winners were announced and showcased during a reception at One City, One Story Day. Here are the winning art contest entries.“My Family Story” Art ContestGuidelines: Submit a single frame illustration depicting your family story or what it means to be an American. Entries were judged on creativity, technical skill and execution. First place winners received a free class at Art Center College of Design (either for a class with Art Center for Kids or Saturday High). Runner ups received gift cards to Blicks Art Store. Special thanks to Art Center College of Design for their generous donation of the grand prizes!1st Place Winner – Grades 4–8 Caeden Becker, Grade 7Medium: PenTitle: “United Under One Nation, We Stand Together”The image of the face directly matches the cover of The Book of Unknown Americans. The drawing uniquely encompasses the essence of the melting pot concept. The face represents all ethnicities. differentiating not with the color of skin, but with textures. There are different textures of hair, eye shapes, eye color and facial markings, such as moles, freckles and whiskers. Some may initially think the lines are distracting, but one could view it as puzzle pieces composing a true American face.2nd Place Winner – Grades 4–8 Nicole Kwan, Grade 5Medium: Paint & GlitterTitle: “Freedom”This piece is striking in color. The juxtaposition of the shackles against the flag with the glittery waters of Earth represents both a dark and magical view of America. Not everyone’s story is the same. There is a dark history there that can’t be forgotten. This is a great piece for discussion. What does it mean to be an American? Is everyone free and equal?3rd Place Winner- Grades 4–8 Kaylee Gunnoe, Grade 4Medium: Water ColorTitle: “Hands Across America”This piece depicts the ideal American dream in lovely colors — soft and positive. It’s what America could be: a safe haven, land of opportunities and acceptance. This is what people (and the characters in The Book of Unknown Americans) hoped for when they came to America. It is also the subject of many of the stories from the Writing Contest. In contrast to Nicole Kwan’s “Freedom” and even Caeden Becker’s “United Under One Nation, We Stand Together,” the people in this image all look the same and are presumably free and happy.1st Place Winner – Grades 9-12 Julia See, Grade 11Medium: Colored pencils, acrylicTitle: “Yin and Yang”Breathtaking. It’s a piece of See’s own dual heritage story. The colors of the American flag are represented in the flower; the golden baby asleep within it gives birth to a new life in a new land. Added to that are the iconic image of the Statue of Liberty along with the Chinese dragon, all cupped into a pair of hands shows a precious holding. They’re very strong images, yet fragile in how they’re held together, as if they could slip through the fingers.2nd Place Winner – Grades 9-12 Angel Gomez, Grade 12Medium: Ink & PenTitle: “No Solid Soil”Gomez put together an interesting and surreal concept. The umbrella, which serves as protection in lands of both rain and sun, is either suspended or traveling between two places, somewhere on the shores of Mexico and sunny California. The title indicates that she doesn’t belong or stand still in just one world, but two, or many.“Tell Your Story” Writing ContestGuidelines: Submit an original short story of how you or a family member came to America. Stories can depict a family tale (true or fictionalized) or explore the topic of what it means to be an American. Judges were asked to consider themes of family, being an American and immigration. First place winners received $100 Visa gift cards, second place winners received $50 Visa gift cards and third place winners received $25 Visa gift cards. First place winning short stories are listed on this link, along with excerpts of the second and third place winners. To read all the complete winning short stories visit http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2015/ocos.Winners for grades 3-51st place Evelyn Chen, Grade 3Title: “Where I Belong”Summary: A young Japanese-American girl, whose been adopted by an American family, ponders her mixed heritage.2nd place Gwendolyn Lopez, Grade 4 Title: “The Letter”Summary: In Mexico, a story about a grandfather and great-uncle dreamed of the American Dream and lay in suspense as they wait for an important letter that could make that dream come true.3rd place Andrew Smithwick, Grade 5Title: “My Family’s American Story”Summary: A glimpse into several of Smithwick’s ancestors while marking significant moments in history, starting from 1642, the moment one of his ancestors set sail to America.Winners for grades 6-81st place Kaitlyn Chiu, Grade 6Title: “The Cost of Freedom”Summary: The harsh adventures of a 14 year old boy as he encounters communist soldiers, pirates, and generous strangers during his flight to freedom.2nd place Uriah Foster, Grade 7“Jaol Esgo”Summary: In the 1840s, a story of a young man from Ghana named Jaol Esgo, who journeys to America, sold as a slave, and finally joins the Underground Railroad.3rd place Eva Lindholm, Grade 6Title: “A Young Girl’s Journey: Mexico to America”Summary: A young Latina girl moves to America, but even in a different country, she still struggles with the same injustices and emotions.Winners for grades 9-121st place Judah Foster, Grade 9Title: “Land of the Free”Summary: A thirteen year old African boy is kidnapped and subjected through the stages of being sold as a slave.2nd place Julia Nail, Grade 9Title: “Anyone Can Be Successful”Summary: After moving from Japan to America to seek help for her sister’s illness, Kira finds success in something she didn’t think of before.3rd place Elizabeth Nail, Grade 9Title: “Coming to America”Summary: A dual narrative of two immigrant girls, Eleanor from France and Patricia from Mexico, who are both afraid of being ostracized at the new school.For more information, visit http://pasadena-library.net/kids/2015/ocos-contest/. 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Pep Guardiola vs Jurgen KloppLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City this weekend over his fitness but manager Jurgen Klopp said the Brazilian did nothing “unforgivable” during Barcelona’s pursuit of him.The playmaker, who returned from international duty this week, was linked with a move to the Catalan giants following the departure of his compatriot Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain but Liverpool refused to budge.Coutinho has not yet played for Liverpool this season, with the club citing a back injury, but he joined up with his national side for World Cup qualifiers and made two substitute appearances against Ecuador and Colombia, scoring against the former.That, however, has not been enough to prove his fitness to Klopp, who stressed that fitness was the only reason why the 25-year-old would not be lining up at the Etihad on Saturday.“I can explain it a little — maybe a few of you have had a split in a good relationship, with your wife or whatever, and it is not good to think about the time you were split,” said Klopp.“It was not the most easy time, but that is the transfer window. It is not the first time and it won’t be the last time in history when similar things will happen.”Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool’s squad to face Manchester City“I really think we handled it really well,” Klopp added. “Not all the things in newspapers were 100 percent right but it is normal a lot of things were coming up in a situation like this.“But nothing I am aware of was unforgivable. The most important thing is no one told me anything where I thought ‘Oh, that is too much’. “He came in yesterday, accepted 100 percent the situation — I didn’t even have to say anything about it.”Klopp praised Coutinho’s attitude, saying he was in a good mood and training had been positive.“Before he went to Brazil he couldn’t train for about three weeks so that means we need to try to prepare him for the rest of the season and that is quite difficult with our schedule,” said Klopp.“So I decided to leave him out of the squad for City so we can use these four or five days for proper training.”Liverpool, who thumped Arsenal 4-0 in their last match before the international break, are second in the Premier League after three matches, with two wins and a draw.Pep Guardiola’s big-spending City have the same number of points but trail Liverpool on goal difference.Share on: WhatsApp
Middletown, with nearly 70,000 residents spread out over 58.7 square miles, is one of the largest towns in Monmouth County and, like many other municipalities, the township employs maintenance, department of public works operations and recreational workers at minimum wage. “Though an exemption would have helped us financially, it would’ve put us in a tough spot because it wouldn’t have allowed us to compete for quality workers,” Mercantante said. “Many of our minimum wage workers are in our DPW. It’s hard work. If someone can make more by working a less physically strenuous job at Burger King or Kohl’s, that’s where they’re going to go.” In Two River towns like Middletown, Highlands and Fair Haven, township administrators are grappling with the numbers. For example, Gonzalez pointed out that many municipalities employ crossing guards. Cerra said the League of Municipalities hoped the bill would exempt local governments from the minimum wage hikes, but Mercantante did not agree with that view. Fair Haven administrator Theresa S. Casagrande said the wage increase will impact municipalities differently, but it could also serve as a benefit to some. Under the landmark minimum wage bill recently signed by Gov. Phil Murphy, municipalities will now have to pay workers $10 an hour beginning July 1, up from $8.85. That wage will gradually increase to $15 by 2024. Middletown Township administrator Anthony P. Mercantante said he has done a study of the township’s work- force and determined that the minimum wage boost will affect 17 workers in July. But that number will grow as the rate gradually increases and more workers must receive pay increases. By 2024 when the minimum wage reaches $15 an hour, the number of employees af fected by the bill will be 112. Mercantante called the bill “misleading.” Both Perry and Gonzalez said they wish there had been more communication between legislators and municipalities before Murphy signed the bill, a sentiment shared by state Sens. Vin Gopal (D-11) and Declan O’Scanlon (R-13). Both voted against the bill. “It’s a ‘ripple up’ effect that wasn’t considered,” Mercantante said Wednesday. “Some of our contracted workers have mandatory separations between levels of workers. This is seen a lot in the police department. If a minimum wage worker is required to make $15, by contract their super visor is going to have to receive a raise, too, and so on.” Middletown Mayor Tony S. Perry said if all services and programs remain the same, taxpayers can expect that raise to increase its annual township budget by approximately $750,000. Gopal agreed some groups should have been exempt from the bill. “While there may be merit to increasing the minimum wage, legislators did not look at the other cost drivers connected to it,” said Cerra. “Municipalities are not private sector. We operate under a 2 percent cap. Because of these other cost drivers, this bill is like death by a thousand cuts.” The increase will immediately affect municipal budget planning in towns large and small, said Michael F. Cerra, executive director of the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. In coming days, the League will release a comprehensive guide to help its 565 member municipalities absorb and adjust to the new law. It has expressed its opposition to the wage law, fearing it could force some towns to either increase fees or reduce or eliminate services. “If raising wages can help you attract and retain high quality part-time employees it’s going to be a benefit to your town. And it’s beneficial to hire these types of quality part-time workers, because most do not qualify for benefits and it’s not as expensive for a town.” “A lot of people question that number, that it doesn’t sound right, and think it’s an impossibility. What they’re not considering, and what hasn’t been clearly explained by legislators, is the total compensation and the downhill rolling effect it has on taxpayers,” Perry said. Highlands Borough administrator Kim Gonzalez said, in the case of her town, with a population of about 5,000 on 1.4 square miles, and others like it, smaller size means a smaller budget with maneuvering needed and little wiggle room to spare. “Guards don’t usually start above $10 an hour, let alone $15. It’s something all towns need to watch and it can make a big impact on a community,” she said. Seasonal workers are not included in the bill. “We’re hoping to not have to cut services or programming, but I am reviewing our budget right now and decreases in certain areas are needed,” Gonzalez told The Two River Times Feb. 12. “We do have to see if we need to get rid of some expenses. Whether it be a small service to residents or something else. It’s unavoidable. This (bill) is going to impact us. When you’re a smaller town, working with a smaller budget, the dollars and cents add up.” “Municipalities are calculating their new budgets and preparing for the effects of this bill as we speak,” Cerra told The Two River Times in a Feb. 13 interview. “We all want people to make as much money as they can and there is room for a wage hike, but a lot more work needed to go into this bill.” O’Scanlon said to The Two River Times in a Feb. 11 interview. “No one can predict what will happen five years down the line or one year down the line. And now that it was signed I honestly don’t think we’ll revisit the bill five years from now if the economy is in bad shape,” O’Scanlon added. O’Scanlon believes the bill should have included a “pause button” of sorts, in which small businesses, nonprofit groups and even municipalities could increase wages immediately, but in a year’s time adjust those wages up or down based on the strength of weakness of the economy. “This is a terribly written bill that is going to hurt non-profits, hurt small businesses and hurt municipalities,” Gopal told The Two River Times Monday afternoon. “The ones who will benefit most are the big corporations because they can absorb costs. This is a dangerous piece of legislation.”
Despite scoring a 3-1 victory over El Salvador Tuesday night in Vancouver, Canada finished third in its semifinal qualifying group for the CONCACAF region, behind Mexico and Honduras, and ahead of El Salvador.The top two teams in the group advance to the final round of the qualifiers in CONCACAF.Cyle Larin gave Canada a 1-0 lead, scoring in the 11th minute. Nik Ledgerwood made it 2-0 at the 54th minute before El Salvador’s Nelson Bonilla scored in the 78th minute. David Edgar added a goal for Canada in injury time.Canada, which in its only World Cup — 1986 in Mexico — now looks in from the sidelines as the rest of the world attempts to qualify for Russia.Next up is qualifying for 2022. There’s no joy in Canadaville as the Men’s National Team struck out in their bid to reach the next stage of qualifying for 2018 World Cup in Russia.
RUBEN ALBARADO, ASSISTANT TO PETER MILLER, POSHKY, WINNER: “He was back with Cal-breds and I think that was the key. He likes this track and we knew there was speed in the race, so we just told him (Fernando Perez) to sit back and he’ll run big.“He rode the horse perfect. No questions asked. Poshky has always been a nice horse. He tries. We knew we had a good shot.” TYLER BAZE, ALERT BAY, SECOND: “I was sitting right where I wanted until Bejarano (Rafael on Ashleyluvssugar) moved at the five-eighths pole and when he moved, he made me move. You can’t make a five-eighths mile move and go on to win. I tried to give him a little breather around the turn but . . .“He ran hard, he’s such a nice horse. He always gives it to you and we’re proud of him.” JOCKEY QUOTES Albarado has been with Miller the past six years and before that was with Don Warren for 27 years. TRAINER QUOTES FERNANDO PEREZ, POSHSKY, WINNER: “Peter said there is a couple of speed horses but just try to relax, don’t fight him too much. I knew we would be in trouble if I couldn’t get him to relax. I had a really good trip, we broke well and I was able to have him relax, sit behind the speed, I went to the outside and we made it.” NOTES: The winning owners are Gary Barber of Los Angeles, Leonard Friedman (Silver Ranch Stable) and Adam Wachtel.
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Drake University senior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) completed his remarkable cross country season with a 50th place finish at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 19 in Terre Haute, Ind. Fischer, the reigning Missouri Valley Conference champion, completed the challenging 10-kilometer course in 30:33.4. The 251-runner field faced cool conditions and steady 20 mph winds with gusts of 40 mph. “This caps a fantastic fall season and I know he’s already looking forward to leaving his mark on the upcoming track season,” Hostager added. “He beat some very talented runners and All-Americans who had beaten him earlier in the year.” With the conclusion of the cross country season, Fischer will turn his attention to the indoor track season set to begin in early December for members of the Drake track and field teams. Print Friendly Version Saturday’s NCAA Championship performance comes just eight days after Fischer finished seventh in his first 10k of the season at the NCAA Midwest Regional. Prior to that, he became the 13th Drake Bulldog to win the MVC Championship. Additionally, Fischer was named the MVC Elite 18 Award winner and has been recognized as the MVC Cross Country Athlete of the Week three times this season and the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week twice. “Reed ran a fantastic race, he got stuck near the back at the start, but didn’t lose faith and moved up well throughout the race,” said Drake head coach Dan Hostager. “While he’s disappointed in just missing out on All-America honors, a top-50 finish in this deep field is truly amazing. Most years, his time would have been in the top-20 which is a testament to how deep and talented the field was this year.”
Finn Harps have been handed a blow with the news that Brian McGroary and Darragh Black are heading to the USA. Black played a handful of games towards the end of the 2014 season and impressed.However, he hasn’t kicked a ball in anger this term and is heading to America to play GAA for the remainder of the summer. Black is only 18 and is a talented player who will be a key player for Joe Boyle’s U19 side upon his return from the USA.Former Wolves and Derry City midfielder Brian McGroary has been plagued with injuries since joining the club.However, in the games he featured in McGroary was very impressive and was popular with the club’s supporters.McGroary was last seen in action against Shelbourne in April but hobbled off after just thirty minutes. The news he will be leaving the club will come as a huge blow to Ollie Horgan who is already resigned to losing Sligo Rovers duo Ruairi Keating and Regan Donelon.With Adam Clarke already departing the club and Gerard O’Callaghan expected to depart the Harps squad is looking threadbare and Horgan will be busy trying to acquire players to strengthen the squad for the second-half of the season.Harps players are currently enjoying their week off before meeting collectively again for a pre-season friendly against Carrowmeena FC on Sunday.FINN HARPS HIT WITH BLOW AS BLACK AND MCGROARY HEAD STATESIDE was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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:brian mcgroaryDarragh BlackFinn Harps FCnewssoccerSportUSA
Much as astrobiologists would like to see the birth of a new planet, the ones we observe seem to be dying, not being born.“Newly found planet may turn into dust,” reads a headline on NASA’s Astrobiology Net. This does not bode well for any inhabitants the astrobiologists would like to meet. Echoing a press release from MIT, the article described how a planet around a star 1,500 light-years away appears to have a comet-like tail, evidence of a cloud of dust following the planet as it disintegrates. The press release includes a 40-second animation of how the “doomed world” is shedding its material, and ends with this statement:“This might be another way in which planets are eventually doomed,” says Fabrycky, who was not involved in the research. “A lot of research has come to the conclusion that planets are not eternal objects, they can die extraordinary deaths, and this might be a case where the planet might evaporate entirely in the future.”PhysOrg today described another place where planets are doomed. Too remote to be observed directly, this system’s dust disk appears to be tugged at by a black hole at the galactic center. No need to worry about the inhabitants there; there aren’t any. “Yet, even if planets do form, living near a supermassive black hole is still not a hospitable place for life,” the article said. “The extreme amounts of UV radiation emitted as the black hole devours gas and dust is likely to sterilize the region.”As referenced in the May 14 entry, New Scientist warned that dust disks around stars can no longer be assumed as planet maternity wards. “Dust rings not ‘smoking gun’ for planets after all,” wrote Maggie McKee. (Sorry for the unfortunate mixed metaphors; the thought of a smoking gun in a maternity ward may be disturbing – unless nothing was being born there in the first place.) The dust surrounding a star can form sharply-defined rings without congealing into a paradise for aliens.Astrobiologists and planet hunters have a new worry announced in Nature today:1 “Startling superflares.” Bradley Schaefer, referencing a study done by the Kepler Spacecraft team published in the same issue of Nature,2 said, “Stars that are just like our Sun have flares more than a million times more energetic than the biggest flare ever seen on the Sun.” A couple of minutes of exposure to one of these flares would doom the Earth, but some of these flares from other sun-like stars can last for half a day or several days. The astronomers found no correlation of superflares with hot Jupiters or with rotation rates, leaving them clueless about the causes of the flares.Statistically, superflares are not common on sun-like stars. Nevertheless, our sun is special, as Schaefer explained:The possibility that the Sun has superflares is not realized. Historical and geophysical records show that the Sun has not had any superflares in the past two millennia, and no superflares with more than roughly 1036 erg for perhaps a billion years. Maehara et al. show that only 0.2% of Sun-like stars have superflares, so it is unlikely that the Sun has such events. With their average rate of occurrence (once every 100 days for 1035-erg flares) and their observed size distribution (with a power-law index of roughly −2.0), the expected frequency of 1032-erg flares on all superflare stars should be very high. In stark contrast to this, the Sun has one 1032-erg event roughly every 450 years and so is completely different from superflare stars.While recognizing the deadly force of a superflare, Schaefer exercised a vivid imagination by thinking of ways they might be good for evolution:Superflares have implications far beyond being just a challenge for stellar physics. If a superflare’s energy is linked to the orbital energy of a hot Jupiter, then three events a year on the star would make its planetary companion spiral in towards it on a timescale of a billion years. The huge energy output of superflares could make any planets around the star uninhabitable for far-future human colonization, and astrobiologists will have to consider the effect of the superflares on possible alien life. Superflares might provide the high-energy radiation required to create organic molecules, so perhaps superflare systems are a good place to look for alien life that has evolved to avoid the effects of the huge flares.1. Bradley Schaefer, “Startling superflares,” Nature 485 (24 May 2012), pp. 456–457, doi:10.1038/nature11194.2. Maehera et al., “Superflares on solar-type stars,” Nature 485 (24 May 2012), doi:10.1038/nature11063.Preach it, Bradley; Darwin comes to the rescue to create aliens that evolve the ability to avoid being fried to a crisp. Why not test your idea by looking for imaginary friends on Venus or the Sun?The findings do not support the bottom-up view that everything emerges from nothing. Instead, they are consistent with the top-down view of the universe: the universe, stars and planets were created perfect and are degenerating under entropy. Planets and stars are not being formed now; they are disrupting and getting fried. Were it not for providential design of our star and planet, it could happen to us, too.The findings are also consistent with the Privileged Planet hypothesis of Jay Richards and Guillermo Gonzalez, that our planet was designed for life and for scientific discovery. The only place in the universe we know about where sentient beings can observe distant stars and see that they have superflares is Earth. Those same beings can notice that our sun is remarkably stable and life-sustaining.Intelligent design, of course, is not at all surprising to Biblical creationists who read the words of Isaiah, revealing God’s purpose in making the Earth:For thus saith the Lord that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the Lord; and there is none else. (Isaiah 45:18)With great privilege comes great responsibility, as the Lord, speaking through Isaiah, continued in the next verses (referring back to Genesis 1 as His revelation):Tell ye, and bring them near; yea, let them take counsel together: who hath declared this from ancient time? who hath told it from that time? have not I the Lord? and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Saviour; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. (Isaiah 45:21-24) (Visited 21 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0