La Mirada soccer group wins independence

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre If this didn’t happen, there were threats that La Mirada residents would have to find another national organization to sanction soccer for youngsters. “We’re thrilled,” said John Schneider, regional commissioner for the La Mirada AYSO district. “No other region in the history of AYSO has been allowed to operate in this capacity.” About 1,100 kids play soccer in La Mirada. It is the largest youth athletic organization in the city. Alejandro Ponce, president of the La Mirada Athletic Council, called the announcement good news. “The way they were set up before (residents) weren’t an owner of anything they bought with their money,” Ponce said. “AYSO owned all of the goal posts, soccer balls and equipment.” LA MIRADA – The national board of the American Youth Soccer Organization has agreed to allow its La Mirada district to form its own nonprofit corporation. This change is expected to solve a dispute between AYSO and the city, which has rules requiring local control, including a La Mirada address on its charter and tax status, to use city fields for practice and play. Historically, AYSO consists of one national nonprofit corporation based in Hawthorne. The La Mirada City Council in September set a Jan. 1 deadline for AYSO to comply with city rules over its nonprofit status. This way, La Mirada residents will have control, he said. “Even if AYSO fees go up, at least now we know where the money is going,” Ponce said. Burton Haimes, chairman of the national AYSO board, said the new local nonprofit corporation will be created next week. “We really don’t think it was necessary, but the city in their field usage agreement says (the organization) it must be nonprofit and must have a local address,” Haimes said. He called concerns about national AYSO swooping in to commandeer soccer equipment in La Mirada “silly.” “The equipment and program belongs to the local community,” Haimes said. “We’re a service organization providing insurance, training and guidance,” he said. “That’s the propaganda people want to justify what I consider to be some kind of dispute going on in the leadership.” Scott Monzingo was the La Mirada AYSO commissioner from February to August. He was removed by the national organization and then replaced by Schneider. Haimes said he also sees the change as an experiment. With the La Mirada district getting its own nonprofit corporation, the change will give it more flexibility, Schneider said. “It gives us the ability to register our players with AYSO or with another organization as we deem appropriate,” he said. “We’ll be the face of soccer in La Mirada.” For example, AYSO only offers recreational soccer, but some youngsters want a more competitive brand. As its own nonprofit, the La Mirada group could also join with another organization for those youngsters, he said. mike.sprague@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 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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Significant Health Coverage Gains for Latino Children Since Affordable Care Act Took Effect

first_imgThe number of uninsured Latino children declined sharply as major provisions of the health reform law took effect, according to a new report by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NCLR (National Council of La Raza). The uninsurance rate among Latino children dropped from 11.5 percent in 2013 to 7.5 percent in 2015—the sharpest decline on record for Latino children. Coverage rates for Latino children reached a historic high of 92.5 percent in the two years after major provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) went into effect. However, the uninsured rate for Latino children continues to be higher than the rate of all children who are uninsured (4.8 percent).“One of the great success stories of the past two decades has been the progress our nation has achieved in confronting the untenable problem of children going without health coverage,” said Georgetown University CCF Executive Director Joan Alker. “Just as the United States approaches the point where all kids would have the health coverage they need to succeed, Congress is poised to make a U-turn on this path to progress.”The improvement in the rate of health coverage for Latino children follows the positive trend in the overall children’s health coverage rate. The trend started with the expansion of Medicaid to benefit more children more than two decades ago, and the creation of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in 1997, with subsequent improvements to both programs. The ACA, which maintained and enhanced Medicaid and CHIP coverage for children, accelerated these positive trends.Despite these improvements, Latino children still make up a disproportionate share of the remaining uninsured children. They account for 25 percent of the child population, but 39 percent of uninsured children. More than two-thirds of all uninsured Latino children lived in just six states: there are more than 800,000 who lack insurance residing in Texas, California, Florida, Arizona, Georgia and New Jersey. Yet, all of these states had a statistically significant decline in both the number and rate of uninsured Latino children from 2013 to 2015.“Today’s report demonstrates the positive, collective impact that the Affordable Care Act, along with programs such as Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, have had on increasing the number of Latino children who have access to health coverage,” said Steven T. Lopez, Manager, NCLR Health Policy Project, and one of the authors of the report. “We cannot allow these gains to disappear because of efforts in Congress to undermine the policies that have allowed millions to live healthier lives and be better positioned for brighter futures.”The 50-state report on uninsured Latino children is based on U.S. Census American Community Survey data. The full report is available at http://ccf.georgetown.edu/2016/12/13/latino-childrens-coverage-reaches-historic-high-but-too-many-remain-uninsured.last_img read more

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Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort: Part 2 + Video

first_imgShare This!I’m back with Part 2 of Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!In this video, I’ll talk (and sing) about the pools, dining, recreation and amenities.Enjoy!Like these videos? Subscribe to our Youtube page for more!last_img

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Shooting the Bang Bang Club

first_img9 April 2009 Cape Town is usually the scene of many international film crews and A-list celebrities, but Johannesburg is catching up. Recently, the crew and actors of a new movie, The Bang Bang Club, arrived in the city to start filming. The indie movie revolves around a group of four friends, all photojournalists, who recorded the violent, dying days of apartheid in and around the townships of Johannesburg in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The four friends – Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva – became known as the Bang Bang Club. The film’s director, South African-born Steven Silver, starting filming a week ago, and anticipates calling it a wrap by the end of the year. So far, he is happy with the way things are going. “I am extremely pleased with the filming – I couldn’t be happier.” He describes the South African crew as “the best in the world”. Silver is primarily a documentary maker who has a law degree from Wits University. His first film experience was working on the six-part documentary series called Soweto. He then wrote and directed a short drama, Blink, which won an award at the Weekly Mail Film Festival. In 1997 he directed Gerrie & Louise, a documentary based on the truth commission, which won an Emmy Award. Silver moved to Toronto, Canada, and directed several documentaries namely Boxcar Rebellion, Doctor’s Strike and The Anglo Boer War. His three-part series Machine Gun: History Down the Barrel of a Gun was aired on the Discovery Channel. His feature documentary The Last Just Man, was based on the experience of Canadian General Romeo Dallaire during the 1994 Rwanda genocide. It won several international awards. He then wrote and directed Inside Information, a feature documentary about a journalist covering the conflict in the Middle East, and The Soul of India, a documentary on the rise of Hindu fascism in India. His recent work includes the feature documentary Diameter of a Bomb, Killer Flu, and The Dark Years, an innovative three-part animated documentary. Hollywood actors The Bang Bang Club stars Hollywood actors Ryan Phillippe, Malin Akerman and Taylor Kitsch. Phillippe plays Marinovich, Akerman plays a photo editor, and Kitsch plays Carter. Silva is played by South African actor Neels van Jaarsveld and Oosterbroek is played by South African-born actor, Frank Rauthenbach. The movie is based on the book of the same name, written by Marinovich and Silva, the two surviving photojournalists of the Bang Bang Club. Marinovich describes a scene in the first chapter of the book: “Earlier that morning we had been working the back streets and alleys of Thokoza township’s devastated no-man’s-land that we – Ken Oosterbroek, Kevin Carter, Joao and I – had become so familiar with over the years of chasing confrontations between police, soldiers, modern-day Zulu warriors and Kalashnikov-toting youngsters as apartheid came to its bloody end.” Marinovich describes how he got shot in the chest, but also how Oosterbroek was fatally shot in the same township confrontation. “The boys were no longer untouchable, and, before the bloodstains faded from the concrete beside the wall, another of us would be dead.” Silver identifies with the story. He said in a recent interview; “I identify with people who journey to unusual destinations and who return with unusual stories. That’s their job and it’s a service I provide as well.” Silver has been working on the script for the six to seven years, and has written 18 drafts of the script. The movie is to be a feature film not a documentary. Death of Oosterbroek and Carter Two of the Bang Bang Club members died shortly after the transition to democracy. Oosterbroek was shot dead in Thokoza township in Ekurhuleni in 1994, while filming a bloody encounter between hostel dwellers and the National Peacekeeping Force. He died on 18 April, nine days before the country’s first democratic elections. Oosterbroek was the chief photographer of The Star, and won the World Press Award in 1993, the SA Press Photographer of the Year award in 1989, 1991 and 1994. “Ken was a larger than life presence, an intricate personality and a wonderful talent,” wrote fellow journalist Louise Marsland of a 10th anniversary exhibition of his work in Johannesburg in 2004. “His untimely death in the crossfire between hostel dwellers and a South African peacekeeping force was a great tragedy.” Some 16 people died in Ekurhuleni townships at the same time as Oosterbroek was killed. Marinovich was wounded in the crossfire. Carter committed suicide in July 1994, after winning the Pulitzer Prize in March 1993. The winning, iconic picture was taken in Sudan, and recorded a vulture sitting ominously behind a painfully thin child. There has been speculation about whether the photograph and the questions raised by it led to his suicide. Silva and Marinovich Silva, who has been working in Afghanistan and Iraq for the past six years, now works for the New York Times, while Marinovich does social documentary work, and is working on two books. Marinovich won the Pulitzer Prize for his 1990 Soweto picture of a man hacking at the burning, crouching figure of another man, with a panga. Both have been called in to consult on the making of the film, and so far both are happy with the production. Marinovich says Silver is doing “an amazing job”. “He is trying to keep many of the scenes as close as possible to the original,” adds Marinovich. Being on the set, which includes Nancefield Hostel in Soweto, brings back a lot of memories of the time for Marinovich. Silva says that 15 years later, the memory is still raw. “It is not traumatic, but I feel very flat and somewhat depressed.” Marinovich says that film extras include people who lived in the hostels at the time, and newcomers. Scenes have to be re-shot to capture the violence and drama because the extras often burst out laughing, perhaps in disbelief of the times. Silva says that, as a photojournalist, there are times when he wants to burst into tears. “It won’t make a difference – it is always an emotion that won’t go away.” Marinovich recalls taking photographs of the hostel men at the time, who wanted to pose with their weapons, in a “bizarre studio shoot”. “It was amazing theatre,” he says. The book was published in 2000, and the contract for the film was signed in 2002. The club didn’t exist as a formal club, says Silvo. It was labelled the Bang Bang Club by Time magazine, who picked it up as The Bang Bang Paparazzi from an article in another publication. Filming will be taking place in Johannesburg’s central business district, Soweto, Sandton, Melville, the Magaliesberg mountains, and in the Ekurhuleni township of Thokoza. The first scenes are being filmed in The Blues Room cigar bar in the Village Walk shopping centre in Sandton, which has been transformed into Jameson’s, a popular bar in Commissioner Street frequented by journalists in the 1980s. Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Mzansi Soul Search

first_img“We are a people who are proudly defined by Ubuntu, diversity, innovation and creativity. It was the South African ‘can do’ attitude and commitment that was at the heart of the World Cup success. There is no turning back, as we continue to define and showcase who we are as a nation to the world. Our ‘South Africanness’ opens up a lifetime of possibilities for us all.” – Miller Matola, CEO: Brand South AfricaClick here to submit your story.last_img

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Equality, Outcomes and the Absence of Leadership

first_imgI have been thinking about the importance of our beliefs, especially beliefs regarding equality.This is the scenario I threw out in my last post:  I once worked for an organization that was close to 50% male and 50% female. As you worked your way up the organizational chart there was less and less gender balance, and by the time you got to the senior leadership team there was not a single woman to be found. How would you explain this?Is there anything wrong with this outcome?Is this unacceptable, or no big deal?If you believe there is something wrong, where is the wrong to be found?Is there something wrong to be found in the values, culture or practices of the organization?Is there something wrong to be found in the beliefs and behaviors of men?Is there something wrong to be found in the beliefs and behaviors of women?I encounter demographic outcomes like this all the time (because they are everywhere), and when I sit in conversation with the H.R. and/or management folks the conversations are remarkably similar. In most organizations, it’s no big deal. Beyond a small handful of folks, there is not an ongoing conversation about it, specifically among senior leadership. There has usually been no effort made to understand what kind of things might be causing this outcome…no focus groups, no review of exit interview data, no surveys, no exploration of related research.Since there has been no effort to fully understand the situation, belief comes into play again through the explanations that are given for this outcome. I generally hear one of, or some combination of, two answers.1.       Talent! “We do not really get wrapped up in race and gender, we really try to put the best person in the job.”Sound familiar? This is what the absence of leadership sounds like. If you ever hear yourself saying that you do not care about race and gender (or whatever), while a group of the same gender and the same race (or whatever) continue to select folks of the same gender and same race for senior leadership roles, please stop talking and take a long walk. Race and gender are real things, worthy of being cared about, and beyond that, “talent,” comes in a lot of different packages. If you are not willing and able to find and acquire talent in different packages, you are choosing to compete for a small and shrinking portion of the talent pie.2.       You know…women! From the politically correct (“research shows that men apply for jobs they are not qualified for far more often than women do, so women just need to apply for more stuff, step up to the plate ladies!”), to the less politically correct, women are often believed to be the cause of this kind of outcome.Sound familiar? This also, is an absence of leadership. Anytime that you are faced with a skewed or non-inclusive outcome and you justify it with something that you believe you know about the group that is not being included, you are demonstrating zero leadership. Absolutely zero.Is there leadership in your organization?Be good to each other.To read the original post on The Value of Difference, please click here.last_img read more

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Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more

first_img HomeDigital MarketingMarketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more Recent Headlines From MarTech Today, Our Sister Site Dedicated To Marketing Technology:As addressable TV becomes more pervasive, here’s how to find your audienceJul 16, 2018 by Justin FreidContributor Justin Freid suggests a variety of data sources that you can employ to improve TV advertising results.Connect with passionate marketers — rates increase next week!Jul 16, 2018 by MarTech TodayThere are others like you. We’ve met tens of thousands of them. People who share your passion for harnessing the potential of modern marketing and marketing technologies. People who implement best practices… and occasionally color outside the lines to get results.YouTube’s Copyright Match Tool finds videos uploaded without the creator’s permissionJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesThe first batch of creators to get access to the new tool will be limited to channels with more than 100,000 subscribers.Online Marketing News From Around The Web:How to Build a Browse Abandonment Email Series, SalesforceHow to Maximize Your Instagram Advertising Efforts Using Video, Clix MarketingThe ROI of Social Media [Infographic], Infographic JournalYour Editorial Calendar is Not Your Content Marketing Strategy, Content Marketing InstituteThe post Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more appeared first on Marketing Land.From our sponsors: Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & more Marketing Day: Facebook Ads Manager, B2B influencers & moreYou are here: Here’s our recap of what happened in online marketing today, as reported on Marketing Land and other places across the web.From Marketing Land:Activating B2B influencers across earned, owned, shared & paid mediaJul 16, 2018 by Michael BritoThere are lots of ways to involve influencers in your B2B marketing. Contributor Michael Brito explores a few key options.Facebook says ‘tens of thousands’ of people opt in to take its user surveys every weekJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesA team of more than 100 user researchers collect and analyze feedback to help inform product decisions.Webinar: Close the Online/Offline Data Gap with AI-driven Call IntelligenceJul 16, 2018 by Digital Marketing DepotWith mobile search and voice interactions on the rise, it’s more important than ever to make phone calls a critical part of your data-driven marketing strategy. And thanks to recent advances in artificial intelligence (AI), you can now derive valuable real-time insights from inbound phone conversations.New features in the Facebook Ads Manager app make building ads on mobile easierJul 16, 2018 by Amy GesenhuesThe ad-creation tool has five new features, including the ability to include overlays, stickers, logos and more.center_img Related postsThe California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019Lytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 2019 Posted on 17th July 2018Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+sharelast_img read more

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Help on way for shooters’ minds

first_imgTop Indian shooters like Manavjit Singh Sandhu (left) and Ronjan Sodhi have sometimes struggled due to a lack of professional mental training.Individual sport can be a lonely vocation, which is why athletes need to be in top mental condition to tackle its pressures and challenges.This is especially true of Olympic sports which generally don’t have a year-round calendar where players can keep bumping into each other and form personal bonds.And when one speaks of sports like shooting and archery, which require precision and immense concentration rather than a lot of physical activity, a single outof-place thought can upset the athlete’s rhythm and spoil their prospects.This is where mental trainers come in. Professional help is always welcome and, for the first time, the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) seems to be giving this aspect the seriousness it deserves.It took the underwhelming performances of Indian shooters at three major back-to-back events – the Commonwealth Games, the World Championships and the Asian Games – for the NRAI to wake up. Although the body officially proclaims its satisfaction with the shooters’ performances, some top officials have privately admitted that the athletes need a push to take them from the threshold of greatness to greatness itself.According to sources within the NRAI, the body is set to send a proposal to the sports ministry and the Sports Authority of India to enlist the help of an American professional. What’s more, the expert happens to be a hypnotherapist, who counts among his clients the likes of double Olympic skeet gold medallist shooter Vincent Hancock, Olympic double trap gold medallist Glenn Eller and has also worked with one of the all-time greats of golf, Tiger Woods.advertisementAccording to the plan, Daniel Vitchoff, a renowned practitioner of hypnotherapy from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, will hold a monthlong camp with selected Indian athletes, to help condition their minds on the road to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.”We zeroed in on Dan after a long process of consultation with our senior shooters, the foreign coaches and the international shooting community. Apart from the obvious pull of someone who has worked with a legend like Tiger Woods, Dan has worked with some of the most successful American shooters and we feel his guidance will go a long way towards preparing our athletes for the Rio Games,” an NRAI official told MAIL TODAY on the condition of anonymity, since this proposal is yet to go to the ministry and SAI.”In fact, we will also try to involve archers in the plan, so that more top Indian sportspersons can benefit from his expertise.”Hypnotherapy is seen with suspicion by a lot of people, but the official said the NRAI had done its homework on its positives.”We’ve seen how much the athletes who have trained with Dan have appreciated his methods, in particular the ’33 Method’, which includes hypnosis, visualisation and neuro-linguistic programming. This helps improve focus and minimise distractions,” the official said.Currently, the Indian team regularly features a blend of experienced shooters and up-and-coming stars, and for them to get mental training will be a boon.For a while now, Indians have been reaching finals at the World Cup level, but the medal count has been disproportionately low.Maybe with Vitchoff’s help, the shooters (and archers) will be able to get over the hump.last_img read more

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Shastris advice to flex my knees while batting helped my batting Vihari

first_imgKingston: Hanuma Vihari has credited his success in the second Test against the West Indies here to Ravi Shastri, saying the India head coach’s advice not to stay upright but flex the knee while batting helped him notch up his maiden century. Vihari (53 not out and 111) was adjudged the Man of the Match in India’s 257-run win over the hosts in the second Test on Monday. Asked what did Shastri tell him after his first innings, Vihari said: “He (Shastri) was talking about flexing my knees a little bit, I was a little upright in the first innings, so flexing my knees meant I could move my foot both on front and back foot. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “It worked out very well and a lot of credit should go to him,” Vihari told India fielding coach R Sridhar during an interview, the video of which was posted by BCCI on its website. The 25-year-old emerged as India’s top run-getter against the West Indies in the two-match Test series with 289 runs. “I relish batting under pressure because that is the challenge you have to accept as a batsman and these situations brings the best out of me,” said the Andhra batsman, who had scored a 93 in the first Test in North Sound. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “I feel I try to focus on what the situation is, and have a certain game plan and I was fortunate enough to have good partnerships with Jinx (Ajinkya Rahane). He batted beautifully as well.” Vihari said he was confident of a good outing during the two-match Test series against the West Indies as he had spent enough time on these pitches during the last two months with the India A team. “I was in really good space. I have been in Caribbean for last two months, I have been practicing and playing matches on this wicket,” he said. “So I was really confident and I think I played well in the practice match and it gave me that extra boost. I was looking forward to this series and I am happy it went well.” In his first year in international cricket, Vihari has played six Tests but he seemed to have lost a bit of hair, got married and has also scored 6000 plus first class runs despite being just 25 years of age. “I started my first class cricket quite early and that’s why I could score 6000 runs. I don’t know about the hair, may be too much batting from childhood,” he said with a laugh. “… That experience will count, batting for nine years in first class cricket, and it helped me in pressure situation.”last_img read more

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If Tom Arnold Were President

first_imgIf he were President of the United States, comedian Tom Arnold says the first thing he’d do is head down Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with members of Congress.Tom Arnold and TakePartAnd then he’d point out just how much the rest of the country absolutely hates Washington D.C. these days.“Listen guys, people aren’t really digging me, and they f——— really hate you guys,” Arnold tells TakePart he’d say to Congress. “Let’s build something, man. Let’s put some s#*t together for the people out there who can’t stand us.”Arnold spoke to TakePart as the kickoff entertainer in their 2012 “Why I Vote” video series featuring celebs talking about the issues that are motivating them to head to the polls this election series.Check out the full video here, and look for future episodes featuring celebrity fitness expert Jillian Michaels, MTV star Ashley Rickards, and many more.And for the latest election news about issues that really matter — like education, the environment and social justice — check out TakePart’s elections hub page at TakePart.com/Elections.Full video here.Source:TakePart.comlast_img read more

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