AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ“There aren’t many crowds there on Christmas,” the Canoga Park man said with a grin. “It’s pretty sparse.” At least 65.2 million Americans nationwide are revving up for getaways between Christmas Day and Jan. 1 – with about 53 million getting there by car. Although holiday travel hit an all-time record last year – jumping 1.6 percent from the previous year – there’s been little growth since then, said Marie Montgomery, Auto Club spokeswoman. About 0.2 percent more people are expected to travel this season than last – another record-setter – although just a slight increase, said Montgomery. That’s partly because consumers are feeling the pinch on their travel budgets as airfares have increased 16 percent from last year and gasoline prices hover at more than $3 a gallon. Nearly 5.6 million Southern California residents are packing up and heading out of town for the holidays – with most starting their travels today, according to an Automobile Club of Southern California survey. And despite gasoline prices 70 cents higher than a year ago, at least 80 percent of the region’s travelers will be strapping on their seat belts and driving to their celebrations, according to the survey. For Len Taylor, the holiday season means a fishing trip on the Owens River where the trout are plentiful. But it’s a 260-mile trip, so to avoid the madness of Los Angeles traffic the 61-year-old is hitting the road at 4 a.m. Christmas Eve and not looking back. “We’re seeing more people traveling than ever – it’s just not a huge amount of growth,” said Montgomery. Nationwide, 8.9million travelers will hit the skies to head for their holiday celebrations, with the heaviest air travel through Sunday and again Thursday-Dec. 30, according to travel Web site Expedia.com. About 840,000 passengers from Southern California will head to Hawaii, but if you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, you can see a dusting of snow at 3,000 feet above sea level in local mountains. Die-hard snow enthusiasts can head to 8,000 feet above sea level where 6 inches have piled onto hilltops, said Stuart Seto, weather specialist in the Oxnard office of the National Weather Service. For this season’s travelers, local weather shouldn’t be a problem – unlike delays last month when heavy morning fog prevented some flights from leaving Burbank Airport around Thanksgiving. Rain that has sporadically showered the region should clear up by today, although winds out of the north could gust up to 40 mph, said Seto. In addition, chilly temperatures will hang over the San Fernando Valley today and Saturday with highs hovering in the 60-degree range and lows at night dropping to the 40s. Come Sunday, the sun will heat the area up again, with highs through Tuesday expected in a comfortable 70-degree range with nighttime lows around 40 degrees, Seto said. But while millions head out of town for the holidays, the mere thought of staying close to home brings a smile to Anna Khacheryan. The 38-year-old has only a few miles to drive to relatives’ nearby homes for festivities Dec. 31 – the day she and her family celebrate Christmas. “We cook and have a big family feast for the holidays,” said the Canoga Park woman. “We do our big travels during the summer.” firstname.lastname@example.org 818-713-3746 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Larissa Muldoon, centre, with Relay for Life’s Siobhan Diver and Laura Bennett.Donegal’s Relay for Life has gone all hi-tech in advance of this year’s event after releasing a special phone App.The app was officially launched by Larissa Muldoon, a member of the Irish Rugby team.You can see Larissa endorsing the app on the Relay for Life Donegal Facebook page and on Youtube. The Relay for Life Donegal App can be found at Windows, Android and Apple Stores. The App is free to download. The app is extremely user friendly with social media integration. Relay for Life Donegal Twitter and Facebook pages feed directly to the app.The app facilitates users to sign up a team, register as a Volunteer/Survivor, etc. Details of fundraisers being held can be viewed via the app; thus enabling anyone wishing to attend a Relay for Life Donegal fundraiser to view a schedule of events.Photos of any Relay for Life Donegal function/event or fundraiser can be uploaded directly to the app.The app is constantly updated by Laura Barrett, Marketing Support, Relay for Life Donegal. Donations can also be made through the app. When the Relay for Life Donegal event kicks off on the 31/5/14 – 1/6/14, watch it live from the app! On the clip Larissa also asks the question “WHO WILL YOU RELAY FOR?” and informs anyone considering entering a team for Relay for Life Donegal 2014 to “contact Nicola Mc Bride on 086 8880399 or email email@example.com” RUGBY STAR LARISSA HELPS RELAY FOR LIFE GET ‘APPY’! was last modified: April 25th, 2014 by StephenShare 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:AppdonegalLarissa MuldoonRelay for Life
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE A company vying to develop a new military satellite launch system dropped a 72,000-pound dummy booster rocket from a C-17 transport plane this week, moving the effort closer to a real launch. The dummy booster was dropped Wednesday over Edwards as part of AirLaunch LLC’s efforts to develop a launch vehicle called QuickReach rocket, intended to be able to put small surveillance and communication satellites into space more quickly and for significantly less money than conventional rockets. At just under 66 feet in length and weighing 36 tons, the dummy booster matches the characteristics of an operational rocket. The C-17A aircraft released the dummy at the operational launch altitude of 32,000 feet, the company said. The drop was third in a series of tests to verify the ability of the C-17 to safely deliver AirLaunch’s QuickReach rocket to its operational launch altitude. Each test set a new C-17 record for the longest and heaviest single items dropped from the aircraft. “The team has now flown three drop tests, using three separate C-17 aircraft, demonstrating that any C-17 can be used for AirLaunch drops and ultimately for our QuickReach launches,” said Debra Facktor Lepore, president of AirLaunch LLC. “This test also leads to a new spacelift role for the C-17 the aircraft can deliver troops and humanitarian aid one day and launch a satellite the next.” The QuickReach rocket would be carried aloft by an airplane to its launch area, then dropped to fire its rocket motor and fly into space carrying a satellite. The Kirkland, Wash., company is looking to launch a live QuickReach rocket in 2008. AirLaunch wants to create a system capable of launching a 1,000-pound satellite into space within 24 hours of getting an order, and doing it for a cost under $5 million. Now it costs about $20 million to launch a satellite of that size and it can take months to prepare a launch. The test was part of a program that is exploring a new way of launching small satellites into space called the Falcon Small Launch Vehicle program, administered by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and the Air Force. “Having a quick reaction launch system that can launch specialized small satellites will provide the warfighter with real-time data and communication during time-urgent situations,” said Steve Walker, DARPA program manager. “This test demonstrates that small companies can successfully work with government agencies to produce low cost, innovative solutions for the warfighter.” AirLaunch’s QuickReach rocket would carry satellites equipped with communications, camera and sensor payloads that allow special-purpose support for military activities, hurricanes and forest fires, as well as enable time-urgent communications in remote areas, the company said. AirLaunch’s industry team includes three Mojave companies Scaled Composites, which provided a data acquisition system and truck-mounted model testing; Protoflight, which provided instrumentation, testing, and integration services; and Fiberset, which built the nose cone. The flight testing is being supported by the Air Force Flight Test at Edwards Air Force Base. james.skeen@dailynews (661) 267-5743
6. Paul Pogba (centre midfield) 17. Daley Blind (left-back) 11 11 3. Eric Bailly (centre-back) 11 1. David De Gea (goalkeeper) – Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Manchester United XI to face Stoke, in squad number order… 11 11 Stoke City v Manchester United is live on talkSPORT at 17:30 (BST) on Saturday 9 September.A perfect start to the season for the Red Devils has seen them win all three of their matches, scoring 10 goals, and conceding none. It’s pretty damn impressive.No more major incomings mean Jose Mourinho has a nicely settled squad and the group is also free of any new injuries.This means only long-term absentees, Luke Shaw, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are out of the game against the Potters.So who will Mourinho pick? Click the right arrow above to see our predicted Manchester United XI to face Stoke, in squad number order…For more match stats, click here, or stream Stoke v Man United here. 11 4. Phil Jones (centre-back) 11 11 11 9. Romelu Lukaku (centre forward) 19. Marcus Rashford (left-wing) 11 25. Antonio Valencia (right-back) 11 8. Juan Mata (right-wing) 31. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 22. Henrikh Mkhitaryan (attacking midfield)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The show is on display indefinitely, at the American Cancer Society, 20655 Soledad Canyon Road, Suite 170. The artists wrote testimonials to accompany their works. The testimonial beside Karen Kaufman’s “Wish Box” describes how the sculpture reflects her “lighthearted intention” to remain close to love and gratitude for her life, and reflects on how cancer might be her adversary, yet it does not define her life. Cyndi Lingua, who displays three watercolors in the show, taught many grades during her 25 years in the Newhall School District. For nearly 12 of those years she used one motif, included in the show – a rose – as a lesson for students to paint roses as Mother’s Day gifts. “Art is the most loving piece of productivity I can create, because I’m putting my whole heart into it and giving it away to be enjoyed by another person or family,” she said. “In kind of a way, it’s like leaving a legacy behind. I’m working hard to beat this cancer, but you never know.” CANYON COUNTRY – Art might not be stocked on the drugstore shelf, but for some who have cancer, it can be balm for what ails them. Heather Warrick, 37, who has had seven relapses since she was diagnosed with breast cancer a decade ago, is not an artist, but has always wanted to be one. “As a survivor, I feel I need to express myself in some way,” she said. “I (wrote) poetry, and always wanted to try art, and thought maybe others did as well.” Warrick organized an art show displaying five of her works plus 46 in various media from 30 other cancer patients at the American Cancer Society’s office in Canyon Country. Warrick, manager of health programs for the American Cancer Society’s Santa Clarita Valley unit, has been in constant treatment for the past three years, having been diagnosed with Stage 4 metastatic cancer, for which she says there is no cure. Cancer has spread to her lymph nodes, her chest wall, her bones, her brain, her clavicle and one of her eyes. “But I look at it as having a chronic disease,” Warrick said. “I’m living with cancer, but with the latest advances it’s becoming more of a chronic disease than a deadly one.” Katherine Spangle, a spokeswoman for the American Cancer Society, said Warrick and her husband, Chad – who were in the same elementary school classes, and attended the same junior high and high schools in Canyon Country but did not meet until five years after graduating from high school – have embraced Heather’s health as something to champion for the rest of their lives. “She has always refused to be a victim of her diagnosis,” Spangle said. “I think at this point she actually celebrates her cancer because, being a cancer patient herself, she can reach other cancer patients in a way no one who hasn’t suffered from the disease can.” Therapists who are not specifically trained in art therapy use it, primarily with children, to help them express thoughts and feelings they might not be able to verbalize. Certified art therapists use art as the primary treatment tool with all ages. Warrick’s idea to use art as a bridge works, her husband says. “I think it’s therapy for cancer patients and people battling the disease,” said Chad Warrick. “For people looking at the art, they realize the battle these people are going through and it helps them understand the disease more and the challenges these people are facing.” His wife’s photo collage pokes some humor at one of the challenges. Years of cancer treatments have rendered her unable to bear children, but she and Chad are the proud parents of Farley, 3, Archie, 7, and Gus, 9 – all pugs. “They are our children, our love, our life,” Warrick said with a chuckle. “Like kids, they are high-maintenance, but they’re worth every bit of it.” firstname.lastname@example.org (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers hailed a “brilliant” result for his side as they defeated Rangers 2-1 at Ibrox to further stretch their lead at the the top.The manager praised his players for their ability to find a solution after they fell behind to a Kenny Miller goal, with Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair scoring to take three points.“I thought it was a brilliant result for us,” he said. “It was a real, great advert for Scottish football. I thought both sets of players did very, very well considering the conditions. It was very blustery and rained.“I thought we thoroughly deserved it. First half, we didn’t start so well and didn’t pass the ball so well but we were always a threat on the counter-attack, trying to exploit the space. “We needed to adjust one or two things at half-time and I thought second half we were brilliant. We looked a real threat every time we went forward. We looked like we could score, we created opportunities. I’m disappointed probably just to have two goals.”Rodgers revealed that he had spoken with his players about the possibility of having to come from behind to win and that he was impressed by their ability to handle the occasion and find a way to win.“Probably the most pleasing thing was that we talked before the match about if we went behind in the game, about dealing with pressure and finding solutions for that,” he said. “We stayed very calm and then once we got the goal I thought we played our way back into the game again.“So an outstanding performance for us, particularly in the second half and it was a really good result.” Rodgers paid tribute to the opposition, saying that Rangers had asked different questions than some teams who just set out to frustrate the league leaders. That openness had given his players an opportunity to show another side to their game.“You can see why Rangers haven’t lost here for 15 months and Mark is just building his team here,” he said. “I thought they played very well today. At stages I thought our quality and the intensity of our game and fitness really came through but we still have to find solutions in every game.“It doesn’t matter who we play. There was a bit more space today and Rangers obviously opened up a wee bit more, playing 3-5-2. “They’re a big team so they want to take responsibility with the ball. Lots of games we’ve played recently teams have suffocated the space so it limits you a little bit. “But I think this team are finding solutions all the time so there’s immense character today to come here to a team that is confident playing at home and perform like that.”
Johannesburg, Thursday 3 October 2013 – As the One Young World Summit, the world’s largest youth forum, enters its second day, Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola will participate in a panel discussion on Sustainable Development, later in the day. Mr Matola is one of the counsellors to the Summit and also participated in the opening ceremony on Wednesday night.Reflecting on the significance of the One Young World Summit, Mr Matola said, “The young leaders we are seeing coming to the fore are the ones who will drive this country’s developmental agenda. They are the ones who will sustain our democracy and ensure that a mirror is always held up to the leadership of our nation.”“The vibrancy, vitality and positive spirit of young people will be critical as South Africa moves towards implementing the National Development Plan, or Vision 2030. It is also very exciting that South Africa is preparing to celebrate 20 years of democracy in 2014. This will coincide with the country’s 5th democratic elections. Young people are urged to participate in safeguarding and strengthening our democracy by voting in these elections,” Mr Matola concluded.As part of its support to the young people of this country, Brand South Africa has sponsored five young people to attend the Summit, namely, Zanele Mabaso, Luvuyo Mandela, Raelene Rorke, Thembi Graham and Aslam Levy.The Brand South Africa delegates will join the approximately 1500 young people from over 180 countries in deliberating on the issues of education, global business, human rights, leadership and government, sustainable development and youth unemployment. These discussions have particular relevance for the world at large since the Millennium Development Goals, adopted by the world’s leaders in 2000 must be achieved by 2015. These goals have at their heart the issues of education, health and sustainability.The youth who will become the leaders of tomorrow will have a great responsibility in ensuring that the peoples of this world live in a world that is better than today. The deliberations that will shape this future are therefore very significant.Former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, delivering the opening address at the Summit at Soccer City Stadium in Johannesburg yesterday evening reiterated this message saying, “There are no limits to what you can achieve. You are the smartest generation that we’ve ever had. Through this summit, we have the opportunity to showcase Africa’s greatest resource – you the young people. Together with your One Young World colleagues from around the world, you embody the talent and energy that has driven change, evolution and creativity around the world.“You are after all the first generation that can genuinely call yourselves citizens of the world. You inhabit a planet where – far more than any previous time – our futures and fortunes are closely connected. You know more about your counterparts in other parts of the world, than ever before. The technology you use to communicate and share information allows you to bridge frontiers. National borders no longer contain you. You have wider horizons,” Mr Annan told the young leaders.Brand South Africa to host a One Young World Breakout SessionAs part of Brand South Africa’s support of the One Young World Summit and the development of youth as leaders of the future, Brand South Africa will on Friday, 4 October 2013, host a breakout session of the One Young World Summit.The session will be held under the banner of Youth’s Role in Long-Term Planning and will focus on South Africa’s National Development Plan. It will include an information-sharing platform, on best practice models from the delegates’ countries.Media are invited to attend this session as follows:Date Friday, 4 October 2013Time 14h00 to 18h00 (the formal session will be followed by a dinner networking session)Venue The Open, Maboneng Precinct, 4th floor, Mainchange20 Kruger Street,City and SuburbanJohannesburgGPS co-ordinates: 26°12’16.2″ S; 28°3’33.3″ ERSVP Nadia Samie-Jacobs on 072 777 9399 or email email@example.comAbout Brand South AfricaBrand South Africa is the official marketing agency of South Africa, with a mandate to build the country’s brand reputation, in order to improve its global competitiveness abroad. Its aim is also to build pride and patriotism among South Africans, in order to contribute to social cohesion and nation brand ambassadorship.Further resources from Brand South AfricaMedia are invited to visit http://www.southafrica.info/ for further resources which can be reproduced without any copyright infringement. Kindly attribute to Brand South Africa.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Nadia Samie-JacobsPublic Relations DomesticTel: +27 11 712 5007 Mobile: +27 (0)72 777 9399Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comEnds
6 January 2014 About 40 000 minstrels – or Kaapse Klopse as they are popularly known – took over the streets of Cape Town on Saturday as part of the annual Tweede Nuwejaar (second New Year) street parade, one of the city’s largest and most historic cultural events. In an event lasting around 10 hours, the 75 colourful groups of musicians, dancers and troupe members danced their way from Zonnebloem to the city centre. Around 60 000 of the Cape Town’s residents and visitors cheeredon the performers on a sweltering day in the city’s centre. While the 200-year-old event is usually held on 2 January – the one day Cape slaves were given off every year – it was moved to Saturday this year at the request of the minstrels to allow more people to attend.Glamour A stage was set up at the Grand Parade, where entertainers selected by the minstrels to represent Cape Town’s rich cultural diversity performed before the formal programme began. The event attracts entire communities, including young children, all kitted out in glamorous outfits. “The various brightly clad teams carry a rainbow of umbrellas and some are armed with musical instruments, dazzling onlookers with toe-tapping songs and beautifully choreographed dances, preserving a custom that began in the mid- 1800s,” the city explains on its website. “The Tweede Nuwe Jaar Parade is so ingrained in local society that some performers have been taking part in the parade for over 30 years, and are not only joined by their children but even their grandchildren for this extravagant event.” The annual ‘Tweede Nuwe Jaar’ parade and the Cape Minstrels were part of the rich cultural heritage of Cape Town, Grant Pascoe, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for tourism, events and marketing said in a statement on the city’s website. “It is more fitting than ever to ring in the New Year a second time, as we enter the 20th year of South Africa’s democracy. Embracing our cultural diversity is an integral part of our commitment to building an inclusive city.” City of Cape Town and SAinfo reporter
This week is Facebook Week on Read/WriteWeb. Here we’ll re-cap the week so far and see what else is happening on other blogs.Firstly the Read/WriteWeb Facebook Group already has over 400 members, after just a few days. It’s open to anyone and you can join here. We’re currently looking at what apps to implement to make the group compelling – if you have any suggestions, please comment here or on the group’s ‘wall’.Top Facebook Apps The highlight of Facebook Week has been Josh Catone’s Top 10 posts. With nearly 1800 apps, the platform has been a runaway success for Facebook, and the most popular ten applications reach over 46 million users. Josh has picked his favorite 50 apps, across 5 categories. He’s doing one Top 10 every day. Here are his posts so far:Top 10 Facebook Apps: Work – can Facebook be used as an online office? You can but try, using these ten apps!Top 10 Facebook Apps: Play – proving that he’s a dedicated reviewer, Josh told me this morning on IM that he’s been playing a game of facebook scrabble for 3 days now! What else can you play on Facebook? Check this post to find out 🙂Top 10 Facebook Apps: Media – today’s list showcases apps that let users watch, display, look at, and remix video, audio, and photo content.Facebook AnalysisEarlier this week I looked at how open Facebook is, really. Good comments to this post, including one from Omar Ismail who rightly asks: “is it possible to get data OUT of Facebook using REST APIs? If so, then I’d say that is quite open.” Another commenter, William, answered that as follows:“The Data and content that members own cannot be easily exported out, or used with many other existing internet applications. The flow of data and information is one way. The Open platform is in fact open for developers, but closed to the rest of the internet.”There’s a lot of great Facebook analysis going on elsewhere too. Robert Scoble has a post entitled Why Microsoft doesnÄôt deserve Facebook. Dave McClure is possibly the most obsessed Facebook geek currently! He has loads of FB posts on his blog. Not forgetting the excellent Inside facebook, a blog devoted full-time to this topic.Poll: How many Facebook friends do you have?Don’t forget to vote in our current poll: Tags:#Facebook#web Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification richard macmanus A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Learn it: Netflix has been rolling out some really exciting new content lately; I’m finding it both educational and entertaining. If you haven’t watched it yet, Beyonce’s Homecoming is a feat of human ingenuity. Its sheer scale is stunning, but what I loved most were the background moments where you see the intense hours, the eye for detail and the constant practice over the course of eight months that lead to producing something so beautiful. Two films I’m excited to check out soon are Brene Brown’s Call to Courage and the new documentary out May 1st, Knock Down the House, about 4 Democrat women who ran in the 2018 election. Though I don’t agree with their politics, I certainly agree with some of the challenges America faces, and there is a lot to be learned from those who have the courage to stand up and fight to make a change.Finally, I love what the guys over at Freethink are doing through storytelling, last week was criminal justice week and the issues they raise through individual stories is amazing and so important. If we are to boast with pride about “America, the Free” we need to be bold enough to look at areas where we fall short and work tirelessly to ensure our institutions are built to preserve freedom, not power. Live it: From the list above, you’d think I’d be spending all of my time indoors watching TV, but on the contrary! I have every intention of getting out and enjoying the best season to be in Washington, pollen be damned! Next weekend is one of my favorite events of the year, The Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival. It’s got great local talent (don’t miss Oh He Dead and Yasmin Williams), a beautiful natural setting and supports nature education programs. Tickets aren’t too pricey, and it’s always a fun time, even if it rains (mud pit anyone?). Maybe I’ll see you by the s’mores pit! Love it: This week, the AFF team has been reviewing nominations for the 2019 Buckley Awards. It has been amazingly inspiring and gratifying to see the talent and dedication that young people across the country bring to advancing liberty and opportunity for all.We’ll be celebrating this year’s winners at the AFF Gala & Buckley Awards on May 23, but really, this event is a celebration of all the young people working to make this country a better, freer, more prosperous place. Here’s to you, and thank you!