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first_img“We are so appreciative, and we can make anything they give us work. I’m so excited,” said Jenny Garibay, executive director of the nonprofit corporation that will operate the program. “We fit the profile of what they needed perfectly.” Not being funded is the Girl Scouts-Joshua Tree Council, which is based in Bakersfield but oversees Girl Scouts units in Antelope Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and all of Kern County. “We are getting nothing. We are very disappointed,” said Linda Wright, the council’s chief executive officer. “All six Girl Scout councils in Los Angeles County were declined. None of us is getting an allocation.” Wright said the Joshua Tree Council had been getting United Way funding for more than two decades, averaging $25,000 to $30,000 annually. The council spends about $1 million to provide services in the region. The council will look to other sources of funding to make up for the loss of United Way monies. A Littlerock center for homeless women and their children is in and the Girl Scouts are out, the United Way said Friday in launching its new funding strategy to fight homelessness, improve education and provide child care. In a bid to strengthen services and boost its effectiveness, the region’s largest charitable group announced about $16 million for 139 agencies, down from 188 organizations. One of the new agencies is St. Joseph Manor, Antelope Valley’s first center for homeless women and their children that is set to open next week in Littlerock. St. Joseph Manor applied for $150,000 in funding from United Way, but center officials didn’t know how much the center will be getting. “We are looking at local foundations, we are looking at businesses to underwrite specific programs. We are going to parents of girls and members of the community,” Wright said. “The Girl Scouts is an important part of the community. We do a great service for girls and we help them become stronger citizens when they grow up.” Valley Oasis, an organization that provides services to domestic violence victims and the homeless, will continue to receive United Way funding. The agency has received United Way funding in the past through mini-grants and United Way’s annual fundraising campaign, but officials said the application process this year was more competitive. “This whole request-for-proposal was brand new. It was a more competitive and formal process,” Valley Oasis executive director Carol Crabson said. Antelope Valley Hospital’s Healthy Homes program, which serves high-risk pregnant women and families with newborns, has received United Way funding through donors specifically requesting their money go to it, but this year will be the first time it receives a direct grant from United Way, officials said. Other agencies on United Way’s list released Friday are headquartered elsewhere but provide services or have offices in the Antelope Valley. Those include Catholic Charities, which runs the Lancaster homeless shelter; the National Mental Health Association of Greater Los Angeles; Partners in Care Foundation, which operates the Care-a-Van mobile clinic; Child Care Resource Center; and Children’s Bureau of Southern California. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgPHOTO: After leader shows his muscles literally and figuratively, the nation is buzzing about its meaning. By Mike Eckel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS MOSCOW – When he flexes Russia’s diplomatic and military muscle, Vladimir Putin always makes headlines. But few could have predicted the squall of gossip and speculation that erupted after the president stripped off his shirt for the cameras while vacationing in the Siberian mountains last week. The resulting images, prominently enshrined on the presidential Web site, inspired admiration, criticism and some racing pulses among his admirers. The Russian media still can’t get enough. The tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda on Wednesday published a huge color photo of the bare-chested president under the headline: “Be Like Putin.” Its excuse? A guide showing exactly what exercises were required to build up a torso like the Russian leader’s. Kremlin watchers have been trying to guess what kind of political message the pictures send, given that the 54-year-old Putin has insisted he plans to step down at the end of his second term next year, as required by the constitution. One radio talk show host speculated the photos were meant to enhance Putin’s personal appeal to voters – a strong signal that he doesn’t plan to relinquish power. When the commentator, Yevgeniya Albats, went on to suggest the half-naked photo shoot was unbecoming for a Russian leader, female listeners peppered her with e-mails expressing admiration for Putin’s physique. Komsomolskaya Pravda reported that women who visited its Web site posted comments on Putin’s “vigorous torso” and said they “were screaming with delight and showering (him) with compliments.” Russian gay chat rooms and blogs were particularly intrigued by the photos: Some claimed that Putin, by stripping to his waist, was somehow pleading for more tolerance of homosexuality in Russia. The Russian president, who is married with two daughters, has long cultivated an image of machismo and manliness. Known as a downhill skier and black belt in judo, Putin has appeared on television driving a truck, operating a train, sailing on a submarine and copiloting a fighter jet. These exploits have been widely publicized, thanks to the Kremlin’s control of major Russian media. In contrast to his predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, notorious for drunken antics, Putin has established an image as serious, energetic, sober and sharp-witted. In a country that worships its athletes, he has also taken care to stay physically fit. “Sport has helped me form my own personal point of view on the world, on people and my approach to them,” he said in an interview posted on the Kremlin Web site. Some say it’s all part of the Putin mystique. “He’s cool. That’s been the image throughout the presidency, cool,” said Sergei Markov, Kremlin-connected head of Moscow’s Institute for Political Research. But Putin’s outdoor outing last week took this manly public persona to a new level. Amid the outdoor posturing, the image-handlers were careful to make sure Putin was shown staying on top of major events – a lesson he learned after he was criticized for failing to immediately interrupt his vacation after the submarine Kursk sank in August 2000. Putin’s Siberian holiday coincided with the bombing of a passenger train near St. Petersburg. This time, TV footage showed him reportedly issuing orders to top ministers by cell phone from his vacation retreat. Stanislav Belkovsky, head of the National Strategy Institute think tank, said the pictures from Tuva were nothing more than an effort to reassure Russians that Putin knows how to relax – and was preparing for retirement. Yevgeny Volk, who heads the Heritage Foundation’s Moscow office, said the political elite increasingly views Putin as a lame duck leader and that the photos only strengthen the impression that he should no longer be taken seriously.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_imgA COUNTY Donegal girl has just returned home from a dream two week holiday in Barbados after becoming the face of SpecSavers in Ireland and the UK – and now she’s landed a dream summer job with a local marketing, design, web and PR Agency.Ardara marketing student Maria Gildea is just 21 – and millions of people can see her face on the opticians’ website and advertising sites throughout these islands.And for the next year as she also pursues a career with top model agencies MOT in London and Assets in Dublin, she will also have fashion and lifestyle guru Gok Wan as her mentor. Maria, in her third year of her marketing course at LYIT, has started her marketing career with Grace Ann Consultancy based at CoLab, Letterkenny Institute of Technology.“I’m really enjoying my work with Grace Ann,” said Maria.“It’s been an incredible few months. I went along to the audition for SpecSavers with a friend and ended up being asked to model.“I won a wonderful trip to Barbados; it was five-star all the way and I’m now on the books of a modelling agency in London and Dublin.”  DONEGAL GIRL IS NEW FACE OF SPECSAVERS AND LANDS DREAM TRIP TO BARBADOS was last modified: June 29th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:DONEGAL GIRL IS NEW FACE OF SPECSAVERS AND LANDS DREAM TRIP TO BARBADOSlast_img read more

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first_img 11 24. Hector Bellerin (right-back) 11 11 11 11 7. Alexis Sanchez (forward) 11 15. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (midfield) 29. Granit Xhaka (midfield) 33. Petr Cech (goalkeeper) 11 6. Laurent Koscielny (centre-back) 11 8. Aaron Ramsey (attacking midfield) 14. Theo Walcott (attacking midfield) 20. Shkodran Mustafi (centre-back) Arsene Wenger will have a decision to make on Mesut Ozil ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Liverpool.The German playmaker was reportedly sent home from training in midweek after illness and ordered to rest. Wenger says the 28-year-old ‘should be okay’ and the Gunners boss must decide whether to start Ozil at Anfield.If he opts to leave the former Real Madrid man on the bench, Aaron Ramsey is available again.LIVE ON talkSPORT: Liverpool v Arsenal – click here for Premier League commentary at AnfieldThe Welshman has been missing for the last four games with a calf problem but is now in the running to start, as is Laurent Koscielny, who missed the FA Cup win over Sutton with a thigh injury suffered in the 5-1 defeat at Bayern Munich.Wenger also said forward Danny Welbeck is in contention to start after returning from a long-term injury but the Arsenal boss admits he has to be careful with integrating the former Manchester United man back in.Santi Cazorla [Achilles] is a long-term absentee while fellow midfielder Mohamed Elneny [ankle] is expected to be out for three weeks.Who will start on Merseyside for Arsenal? Click the right arrow, above, to see the predicted XI in squad number order…Also on talkSPORT.com…Arsenal star Mesut Ozil reveals Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho branded him ‘a coward’ in furious bust-up 11 11 9. Lucas Perez (attacking midfield) 3. Kieran Gibbs (left-back) – click the right arrow, above, to see Arsenal’s predicted XI [4-2-3-1] to face Liverpool, in squad number order… 11last_img read more

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first_img“It’s not going to happen,” Snow said. “Creating Don Rumsfeld as a bogeyman may make for good politics but would make for very lousy strategy at this time.” To make the administration’s strategy more clear, the White House on Tuesday published a 23-page booklet called “National Strategy for Combating Terrorism,” which Bush described as an unclassified version of the strategy he’s been pursuing since Sept. 11, 2001. The booklet’s conclusion: “Since the Sept. 11 attacks, America is safer, but we are not yet safe.” Democrats dismissed Bush’s actions as a public-relations strategy that avoided real solutions. “A new glossy strategy paper doesn’t take the place of real change that will make our country safer,” said Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis. “If President Bush had unleashed the American military to do the job at Tora Bora four years ago and killed Osama bin Laden, he wouldn’t have to quote this barbarian’s words today,” said Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. “Because President Bush lost focus on the killers who attacked us and instead launched a disastrous war in Iraq, today Osama bin Laden and his henchmen still find sanctuary in the no man’s land between Afghanistan and Pakistan, where they still plot attacks against America.” WASHINGTON – Quoting repeatedly from Osama bin Laden, President George W. Bush said Tuesday that pulling U.S. troops out of Iraq would fulfill the terrorist leader’s wishes and propel him into a more powerful global threat in the mold of Adolf Hitler. With two months until an Election Day that hinges largely on national security, Bush laid out bin Laden’s vision in detail, including new revelations from previously unreported documents. Voters were never more united behind the president than in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and his speech was designed to persuade Americans that the threat has not faded five years later. Democrats have been increasing their criticism of the president’s policies in Iraq as the congressional elections approach, with the latest salvo coming in a letter Monday that suggested that he fire Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. The White House rejected the idea, both in a written response from chief of staff Joshua Bolten and in a lengthy verbal rebuttal from spokesman Tony Snow. Bush’s speech was the second in a series linked to next week’s anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. It was delivered to the Military Officers Association of America in a hotel ballroom filled with U.S. troops, including several injured in the war, and with diplomatic representatives of foreign countries that have suffered terrorist attacks. Later, the White House said Bush was extending for one year the national emergency he declared following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks because the “terrorist threat continues” and measures adopted to deal with that emergency must remain in effect. Bush planned a third speech today from the White House, laying out his plan to change the law so that detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, can be tried for crimes before military commissions. The administration also was expected to brief lawmakers today on a new Army field manual that would set guidelines for the treatment of military detainees. Congress passed legislation late last year requiring military interrogators to follow the manual, which abided by Geneva Convention standards. Bush argued Tuesday that history will look favorably on his currently unpopular war strategy. “History teaches that underestimating the words of evil and ambitious men is a terrible mistake,” the president said. “Bin Laden and his terrorist allies have made their intentions as clear as Lenin and Hitler before them. The question is: Will we listen? Will we pay attention to what these evil men say?”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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first_img1 Fabinho is being tipped to leave Monaco Juventus are ready to fight with Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain for Monaco star Fabinho.The Brazilian was heavily linked with a move away from the French champions in the summer.However, a move to PSG collapsed at the 11th hour and the midfielder ended up staying with Monaco.PSG are ready to go back for Fabinho in January, though, while Manchester United are also keeping tabs on him.But, according to Calciomercato, the pair will have to beat off competition from Juventus if they want to land the 23-year-old.The Serie A champions are big fans of Fabinho and believe he could be lured to Italy with a massive offer.last_img

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first_imgLetterkenny Councillor Dessie Shields has criticized central government after it was announced that Donegal was allocated insufficient funds for children’s play and recreation projects.Donegal received just  €5,000 out of a total fund worth €250,000.On the matter Shields said: “There are five municipal districts in Donegal, when you break that down that’s just  €1,000 per municipal district and really that’s not going to go very far.” According to Shields, Donegal received the least amount of funding in the country, and was given a third of what most other counties received.  “It’s hardly worth getting,” said Shields.“It begs the question, why is Donegal always at the bottom of the queue when it comes to these funding streams?” concluded Shields.Donegal received the least funding for playgrounds in the country – Cllr Shields was last modified: May 25th, 2017 by Callum LaveryShare 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:Dessie Shieldsfundingplaygroundslast_img read more

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first_imgAdam Morgan.Sligo Rovers face Bohemians on Friday night in Dalymount Park in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division.The teams are separated by two points in the table in a big game for both sides.In team news, Caolan McAleer and Patrick McClean serve bans from accumulated yellow cards.Adam Morgan will have a number of injections on his abdominal injury who has troubled the striker for a number of weeks. A period of rest been diagnosed in the aftermath and he will miss at least six weeks. Gary Boylan is out long term.Lee Lynch has received international clearance and is available for selection as he begins a second spell with the club.New signings Mikey Drennan and Kris Twardek will be pushing for more game time after making their Bit O’ Red debuts in last Sunday’s shock 2-1 defeat to bottom side Bray Wanderers.Lee Lynch will also be in contention for his first appearance since his return to the club during the week, after he received international clearance.Despite last week’s result, Lynch says he feels there is plenty to be positive about in the club at the minute…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Lee-Lynch-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Boss Gerard Lyttle says he is frustrated by the two defeats since the mid-season break, but is focused on the bigger picture…Audio Playerhttps://www.oceanfm.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Gerard-Lyttle-Clip.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Gerard Lyttle said: “Bray wasn’t good enough. I could sit here and speak about different factors but there are no excuses. We let ourselves and a lot of people down, we didn’t show up. The responsibility is on myself and the players as I said after the game. It wasn’t acceptable.“We’ve been in every day since that match and we didn’t have to say too much immediately, the players know and they’ve been gearing some of the initial response. It has come from them and that’s what you want. I say initial because the real reaction comes on the pitch on Friday night.“I think they care, I think we’re all hurting. As I’ve said before, this is a process of trying to build something and there will be ups and downs. But we have to win games. I believe in them and they can dominate matches and they’re good enough to achieve things here.“We’ve have to be whole-hearted in our approach on Friday and all week we’ve encouraged them to take that with them.“The lads know the management believe in them and this is a game we welcome because it’s a quick turnaround and a chance for us to show we’re a lot, lot better than last Sunday.“When I took this job, I made a point of basing myself around the centre of Sligo so you get a feeling for the support and what they go through.“I know from being around the town this week what the mood is, the frustration and I understand it.“I think when team comes out on Friday that support can help them, we have a lot of young players here and they need that. The feeling we all carried this week can only be changed by the right approach on Friday and we can achieve that together.”Tomorrow’s game kicks-off in Dalymount Park at 7.45pm.It is the only game in the Premier Division this weekend because of the European fixtures.last_img read more

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first_imgFor a generation of students and their families, the annual “Ducks on the Tuck” race has provided an opportunity to make lifelong memories during the major fundraiser for New Century Scholars.This spring, the event is going virtual and offering a new generation the chance to make their own set of cherished memories – all while continuing to raise money that will help more students in Jackson, Macon and Swain Counties attain the goal of earning a college education.Utilizing technology that didn’t exist when New Century Scholars was founded in 1995, Southwestern Community College is organizing two separate “Ducks on the Tuck” contests: A duck draw raffle and a “Where’s Tucker?” duck hunt.Tickets for the virtual race are on sale now, and the duck draw raffle is Friday, May 12. Each ticket costs $5, or “Quack Packs” of six tickets sell for $25. Tickets are available from all New Century Scholars, program coordinators and the SCC Foundation.More than 30 prizes will be up for grabs, including the grand prize of a 50-inch Westinghouse smart flatscreen television donated by Custom Sound and Security of Franklin.The respective counties’ fundraising progress will be updated weekly starting April 17 at www.southwesterncc.edu/ducksonthetuck.“We’re excited about bringing Ducks on the Tuck into the digital age,” said Dr. Don Tomas, president of SCC. “This makes the race more accessible to everyone, everywhere.”A related “Where’s Tucker?” duck hunt will give participants an additional chance to win prizes via social media.For four consecutive weeks, a photo of Tucker the Duck – the official Ducks on the Tuck mascot – posing at a different location in each county with a small rubber duck (named “Little Tucker”) will be posted to SCC’s official Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. Participants will then have a week to take a selfie with “Little Tucker” at the same location, before the rubber duck moves to its next stop, and post to Social Media with the hashtag #wherestucker.Each participant who submits a selfie will be eligible for his/her county’s “Where’s Tucker” grand prize. Contestants are encouraged to have fun and use filters because the grand prize winner from each county will be selected based on creativity.“Where’s Tucker” grand prizes are Bluetooth headphones courtesy of Boyd and Lynda Sossamon of Radio Shack of Sylva.“The best part is that after all the fun and games, a whole new group of New Century Scholars is going to benefit,” said Brett Woods, director of the SCC Foundation. “The more people who participate in our virtual duck race, the more students we’re able to accept this fall.”New Century Scholars has served more than 2,200 students over the years. At present, 299 students participate in grades 7-12, and 225 attend SCC as adult students.Funding is provided through private donations, fundraisers and NCS endowments.For more info or to purchase tickets, contact Kathy Posey at 828.339.4227 or k_posey@southwesterncc.edu.last_img read more

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first_imgLast year I had the opportunity to catch my favorite golf and tennis players at tournaments less famous then the ones covered on TV each year. In Tennis and Golf there are the big four events, and at SHRM there is the Big Five (I’ll get to them in a minute). But much like my two favorite sports, there is ample opportunity to attend state and major local conferences to see great presentations by jumping in a car or taking local mass transit. In fact, this year there will be approximately 75 major SHRM events around the country. And that is not countless breakfast, lunch and dinner meetings of your local SHRM chapter.Were you wondering about the Big Five? Well, of course, the SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition is the granddaddy of HR conferences, held each June at a rotating location. There are also four other “Majors” on the schedule:In the Spring there is the Employment Law & Legislative Conference and Talent Conference & Exposition.In the Fall there is the Diversity and Inclusion Conference & Exposition and Leadership Development Forum.All rotate their locations apart from the Employment Law & Legislative conference, which is always held in Washington D.C.However, not everyone is able to get away at the exact times that each of the Big Five are scheduled. Well, there are great supplemental opportunities offered throughout the year that do not get the fanfare of the Big Five.Smaller budgets, less time, …. inconvenient scheduled times?No worries … Almost every state affiliate offers a single or multiday event through out the year. A few local and regional groups also offer similar offerings. For example, I will be speaking in September at the New York State Annual Conference. Many of my fellow speakers and one of the keynotes present regularly at the Big Five along with State and local events.At the New York State Conference this September, Cy Wakeman is key noting. Frank Canai, John Bagyi and I are doing breakout sessions. We have all presented at other regional and national SHRM conferences this past year. Many of the other speakers that will be participating have presented at SHRM events over the years as well.Some of the advantages to a local conference include a more intimate setting. You can get up close and have personal conversations with the keynote and breakout session presenters. At the New York State Conference all the break outs are done twice, too. So, there is an extra chance to catch additional presentations without comprising on choice. Vendors at the exhibition are local and able to service you directly. Most are in your backyard or major corporations with folks assigned to your geography.I have done a few local conferences the past few yrs. Including NYC, Long Island, and the Mid-Hudson Valley (All in NY and close to my home). Again, the experience is similar. As a speaker it is great to get a few extra opportunities in and it has made a big difference in improving my presentation skills over the past few years. I also get to share Big Five presentations with folks who couldn’t make it. A win-win for all.Not sure where to find a local SHRM conference?  Visit SHRM Events or your local SHRM chapter’s website …can’t wait to see you all at the next conference. Missed the Annual conference this Year? Don’t fret, catch a local SHRM conference in a city near you!last_img read more

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