National tournament next for BCC women

first_imgBY TIM MORRIS Staff Writer BY TIM MORRISStaff Writer Brookdale’s baby program is all grown up. The women’s basketball team, the youngest of the junior college’s athletic programs at nine years, has become the school’s newest Region champion. The Blues won their first-ever Region XIX championship on March 5, beating Passaic, 60-46, in Carney’s Point, and advancing to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Tournament that begins tomorrow and runs through Saturday in Corning, N.Y. It was a particularly satisfying championship for the veteran Blues, who had advanced to the Region final last year and had built an 18-point lead on Gloucester, only to see the game and the championship slip away. The March 5 final provided the chance for the Blues to put that game behind them for good and do something no other women’s team had done in school history. “It was wonderful to see the look on their faces,” said Joanne Cobb, co-head coach of the Brookdale women along with Marianne Campacci. “It was super, especially after last year.” “They knew they could do it and they were just thrilled,” she added. “They were on a mission. They had a motto: ‘Find a way.’ They rode it into the tournament and they rode it out.” Sophomore guard Becky Piper (Colts Neck) was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player. She scored 15 points in the final, and did her usual strong job on defense and the boards. Danielle Vitalone (Middletown South) also put in 15 and pulled down 10 rebounds, while forward Amy Gaudious (Long Branch) contributed 14 points and 11 blocked shots. As the top seed, Brookdale received a bye to the semifinals, played on March 3. The Blues won their semifinal, 49-31, over Cumberland behind Tammy Wood’s 18 points, and advanced to their second straight final. Brookdale, 20-9 overall, battled through adversity and a tough schedule this year, both of which made them a better team. Back in December, Campacci and Cobb didn’t have enough healthy bodies to field a full squad for practice. Add to that, the team went to Las Vegas, where it played a trio of top Division I teams, and it made for a very difficult December. “The trip to Las Vegas was a big help,” said Cobb. Piper and Gaudious, who earned All-Region First Team honors, were the cornerstones of the team. Piper leads the team in scoring at almost 14 per game and is tops in steals (84). She also rebounds well for her position (6.0). Gaudious had 14 double-doubles during the season and two triple-doubles. The 6-foot-1 Gaudious, who has Division I schools looking at her because of her versatility on both ends of the floor, averaged 11 points and a team-high 10 rebounds a game. Defensively, she was a shot-blocking force. Maybe her biggest contribution was as a passer. The sophomore led the team in assists with 116 during the season. Vitalone (11) and Wood (13), from South River, also averaged double figures, giving Brookdale a balanced attack, inside and outside. Vitalone, Piper and point guard Stephanie Brady provided the three-point shooting, with Gaudious, Wood and freshman Ashley Healy forces in the paint. As the newest program at the school, the women’s basketball team was the only one without a Region crown. Under Cobb and Campacci, the Blues were a team on the rise with three Garden State Athletic Conference titles in the last four years. The Region title was all that was missing, and they put that behind them in Carney’s Point. “We felt we did arrive two years ago,” said Cobb. “But we were not finishing off. We decided to change things, and emphasize attacking and staying focused on certain things.” That focus translated to the team’s first trip to the junior college national championships. “This is gravy,” Cobb said of the team’s trip to the nationals. “Just to be representing the region is great.” The Blues were seeded seventh for the NJCAA championships and will play the No. 2 seed Joliet, Ill., (24-8) tomorrow night at 8 p.m. in their first game. Mohawk Valley, N.Y. (32-1), Anoka-Ramsey, Minn. (24-1), Monroe, N.Y. (30-1), Bunker Hill, Mass. (23-3), Montgomery, Md. (16-6) and Madison Area Technical, Wis. (21-7) are the other teams in this year’s tournament. Cobb said her biggest concern at this week’s championships will be her lack of depth. The Blues will be facing teams that can go 12 and 13 deep. Having gone up against top Division I teams, they are ready for any style of play, she added. It’s a question of overcoming the opposition’s depth.last_img read more

Nadal beaten in Rome by Thiem

first_imgThiem, who secured a 6-4 6-3 victory to move through to the semi-finals, was able to exact some form of revenge on Nadal who had beaten the Austrian world no 7 in both the Madrid and Barcelona finals.Nadal, 30, a former seven-time champion in the Italian capital, is hoping to secure his 10th French Open title when the second major of the year begins later this month.However, it was the 23-year-old Thiem who raced into a 5-1 lead against the world no 4, only for Nadal to reduce the deficit to 5-4 with a break of serve before Thiem closed the first set out 6-4.The second set was a tighter affair from the start before Thiem earned a break for a 4-3 lead before holding his serve. With Nadal serving at 3-5, Thiem won four straight points and clinched his first match point when his opponent mis-hit a forehand wide.Nadal, said he intends to have a free weekend before ramping up his preparations for Roland Garros from Monday.”Tomorrow I’ll be in Mallorca fishing or playing golf, or another thing. I’m going to rest a little bit, I think I deserve it,” said Nadal.”Then from Monday and Tuesday I will start to prepare for Roland Garros. It’s an important event for me.”If you do things well, you have more chances in Roland Garros. I hope to play my best tennis in Roland Garros.”Nadal, given a first round bye, played only three games of his second round match with Nicolas Almagro who retired injured on Wednesday before enjoying a 6-3, 6-4 victory over American Jack Sock on Thursday.However, the Austrian’s serve, precision and movement soon had Nadal in trouble.”I didn’t play very well,” added Nadal. “I want to congratulate him because he was better than me this afternoon.”Great, in all aspects. He played long, he played very aggressive, hitting the ball very strong with high intensity.”In general I was not able to push him back. He got a lot of points, maximum, more times than me. And that’s the key of this game. It’s obvious I didn’t play my best match.”Nadal suggested the intensity of the clay court season that has seen him play his best tennis on the surface for the past two years had been to blame.”I’ve been playing a lot. It’s difficult, every day. Madrid then Rome back-to-back, after Barcelona.”It’s not easy playing every day for the last four weeks.”Alexander Zverev produced an accomplished display to overcome Canadian fifth seed Milos Raonic 7-6 6-1 and set up a semi-final meeting with big-serving John Isner.Zverev, who was playing Raonic for the first time in his career, twice squandered a break advantage in the first set before eventually sealing the first on a tie-break.The German, who has two titles to his name in 2017, ran away with the second set securing two breaks of serve as the Canadian’s challenge fell away.The unseeded towering American Isner battled into the Rome Masters semi-finals on Friday with a 7-6 2-6 7-6 win over Croatian sixth seed Marin Cilic.Isner, ranked 24th in the world, reached the last eight on Thursday when he upset world no 3 Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 6-4.last_img read more

New species of venomous snake discovered by accident in Australia

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta While researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australia’s remote Cape York Peninsula, a team of biologists chanced upon a black and white snake that’s new to science.The venomous snake, now named Vermicella parscauda, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blindsnakes.So far, the team has found only six individuals of the new species in the Weipa area, a site with large-scale bauxite mining, which could suggest that the burrowing snake might be in trouble. A team of biologists researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australia’s remote Cape York Peninsula have accidentally discovered a venomous snake that’s new to science.The black-and-white snake, now named Vermicella parscauda or the Cape York bandy-bandy, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy-bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blind snakes. So far, scientists know of only five species of bandy bandies, all found in Australia. The hoop snake (Vermicella annulata) is the most commonly encountered bandy-bandy, the researchers report in a study published in Zootaxa.Since bandy-bandies are burrowing snakes, the sight of a small one on a concrete block by the sea surprised Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, and his colleague Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands.“We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble [that was] waiting to be loaded onto a ship,” Fry said in a statement.Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, searching for snakes near Weipa, Queensland. Image courtesy of Bryan Fry.Fry’s team found another snake of the same kind near Weipa, and spotted another dead individual that had been run over by a car near the bauxite mine. They found two more specimens of the snake in museum collections, resulting in five specimens from the same small area.“On examination by my student, Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually and genetically distinct from those found on the Australian East coast and parts of the interior,” Fry said.The team has so far found only six individuals of the Cape York bandy-bandy in the Weipa area. This site has large-scale bauxite mining that involves extensive digging, which could be affecting the naturally burrowing bandy-bandy, the researchers write. However, the team is yet to do a detailed assessment of the abundance, distribution and potential threats to the species.“Bauxite mining is a major economic activity in the region, and it may be reshaping the environment to the detriment of native plants and animals,” Fry said.“Every species is precious and we need to protect them all, since we can’t predict where the next wonder-drug will come from,” he said. “The discovery of this enigmatic little snake is symptomatic of the much more fundamental problem of how little we know about our biodiversity and how much may be lost before we even discover it.”The newly described Cape York bandy-bandy (Vermicella parscauda). Image courtesy of Bryan Fry.Citation:Chantelle M. Derez, Kevin Arbuckle, Zhiqiang Ruan, Bing Xie, Yu Huang, Lauren Dibben, Qiong Shi, Freek J. Vonk, Bryan G. Fry. A new species of bandy-bandy (Vermicella: Serpentes: Elapidae) from the Weipa region, Cape York, Australia. Zootaxa, 2018; 4446 (1): 1 DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4446.1.1 Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Herps, New Species, Reptiles, Research, Snakes, Species Discovery, Wildlife center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Irving, LeBron pace Cavs over OKC as Love’s back flares up

first_imgAll-Star forward Kevin Love is not traveling with the team on Monday to Dallas so he can undergo an MRI on his back. Love didn’t play in the second half because of back spasms that bothered him earlier this season and the Cavs want to find out what’s causing them.Love scored one point but grabbed eight rebounds in 12 minutes before leaving with 1:50 left in the second quarter. Coach Tyronn Lue said Love’s back was acting up before the game.On Jan. 16, Love was held out of the second half in a lopsided loss to Golden State with lower back soreness and he missed Cleveland’s next game.Love, who was selected as an All-Star reserve last week, has been dealing with a back issue since he arrived in Cleveland. The Cavs are already thin up front after Chris Andersen sustained a season-ending knee injury. General manager David Griffin has been looking for frontcourt depth, and he might be forced to make a major move depending on what doctors find in Love’s back.James has dealt with his own back issues and sympathized with Love.“It’s nothing to play with,” said James, who solved his back problem with stretching and strength exercises. “It’s a terrible feeling when your back is hurt. It just limits you more than anything. I know it’s very frustrating for him because he puts in a lot of work.“Hopefully things get better for him soon.”Leading by 13 at halftime, the Cavs let the Thunder get back within eight before Irving put on a show with several drives to the basket.Showing off his magnificent dribbling skills to open space and tie up defenders, Irving scored three layups in a span of 58 seconds to put Cleveland back up by 17.Oklahoma City made a run with Westbrook on the bench in the fourth, but Irving scored a pair of layups and later drained a 30-footer to give the Cavs a 98-82 lead. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Westbrook finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his 24th triple-double, but the All-Star was closely guarded by Iman Shumpert and only made 7 of 26 shots as the Thunder’s winning streak ended at three.The Cavs focused on making everything difficult for Westbrook and succeeded.“Russell’s seen every imaginable defense,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He had some good looks, both in deep and in the free-throw line area. He had some 3s. It was a game where maybe shots didn’t go down for him, but I didn’t feel he was laboring to get shots off or he was having a difficult time getting to the rim.“It was one of those games.”And while the Cavs ended a drama-filled stretch with a solid win, there could be more trouble on the horizon.ADVERTISEMENT Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “Show no mercy,” Irving said when asked to describe his mindset after halftime.TIP-INSThunder: Westbrook’s 24 triple-doubles are the most in a season since Wilt Chamberlain had 31 in 1967-68. … It was Oklahoma City’s 11th road game of 12 in January. … Played their first game without reserve center Enes Kanter, who broke his right forearm slamming a chair Thursday. He will be out at least a month. … With Victor Oladipo going 6 of 18, OKC’s starting backcourt shot a combined 13 of 44.Cavaliers: Thompson added four block and four steals. … James has scored nearly twice as many points as Cleveland’s No. 2 career scorer, Zydrunas Ilgauskas (10,616). James scored 7,919 points during his four seasons with Miami. … Cleveland is 29-6 in its last 35 home games against Western Conference teams. … Cleveland made eight 3-pointers after dropping at least 13 in five straight games.ANOTHER MILESTONEJames became the first player in Cavaliers history to score 20,000 points for the franchise. He came in needing six points to hit the plateau and reached it with a layup early in the second quarter.UP NEXTThunder: At San Antonio on Tuesday.Cavaliers: At Dallas on Monday, the first of three back-to-backs before the All-Star break. 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APCLEVELAND — LeBron James sang and danced while dressing at his locker to New Edition’s “Can You Stand The Rain” following Sunday’s win.Although the song’s theme of weathering a storm was fitting for the Cavs, James insisted the selection wasn’t intentional.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos D-League: Tanduay whips Wangs for 1st win “It has nothing to do with that,” James said, alluding to some recent self-induced drama for the NBA champions. “It’s just the groove I’m in right now.”Kyrie Irving scored 29 points, James had 25 and 14 rebounds and Cleveland played one of its best all-around games in weeks, containing Russell Westbrook and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 107-91.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs, who have won two straight after losing six of eight amid internal turmoil sparked by James criticizing the team’s roster following a recent loss. But while not forgotten, the chaos has calmed down a bit and a quality win sure helps.“We just want to play good basketball and tonight we did that,” James said. “It started with the defensive end.”last_img read more

Stars boss Kimanzi relishes Togo test

first_img0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, February 22- With a week before Harambee Stars face Togo in a 2013 Africa Nations Cup first leg knock-out round qualifier, head coach Francis Kimanzi believes his side is yet to evolve into a forceful unit due to inadequate training time.“Well, the progress has been slow since it has been a huge task for the same players to honour league matches so most of the time we have had an uneven number which makes it more difficult in tactical preparation.“But equally, we have made some progress, I don’t believe it is enough, it can never be enough, I would have preferred to have all the prayers around but it is not possible. With the few days we have been working we have managed to scored five training sessions in two weeks but it is not enough,” Kimanzi said at Nairobi’s Moi International Sports Centre, Kasarani where the team has been based in the past fortnight. “I prefer playing a team of that magnitude as opposed to playing a team you know none of the players since psychologically, you lose a lot in terms of the mental strength,” he assessed.Kimanzi who was re-appointed as head coach following public clamour at the back end of last year after being sacked in 2009 was quick to cool the high expectations placed on the team by none other by the country’s Prime Minister, Raila Odinga and Football Kenya Limited boss, Sam Nyamweya.“It is always a dream of anyone to see a team in a big tournament but what is important for me is the qualifier. My Cup of Nations, be it World Cup starts on Wednesday, that is our World Cup match , that is our Nations Cup match.”On Tuesday night during the official unveiling of the Sh110m ($1.34m) three-year sponsorship deal for the team by beer firm, Kenya Breweries, Nyamweya boldly stated the side had the means to qualify for the 2013 Nations Cup and 2014 World Cup in Brazil with the Premier echoing the same.The coach refused to be drawn into the fate of Arnold Origi, the Norway based FK Moss keeper on loan at Fredrikstad who announced his shock international retirement last month at 28 having been the first choice custodian for the side. “I prefer to talk about the players who are arriving and the preparations. We already have three keepers in camp,” he added.The coach is pleased the fulcrum of his side playing overseas, French side AJ Auxerre striker Denis Oliech, the Stars captain and the Wanyama midfield brothers of Serie A Parma AC, MacDonald Mariga and Scottish giants Celtic Victor Mugubi are getting enough game time for their sides.“They are making steps in developing themselves by having more playing time. The maturity they are getting will help a lot and the experience they will bring to the side when we play the big match at home; we need them to inject the calmness and confidence needed.”Players in camp: Duncan Ochieng, Patrick Matasi, Anthony Kimani, Mulinge Ndeto, Pascal Ochieng (assistant captain), James Situma, Dennis Odhiambo, Yusuf Juma, Osborne Monday, Peter Atsango, Bernard Mangoli, Rama Salim, Humphrey Mieno, Jamal Mohammed, Collins Okoth, Kevin Ochieng, Kelvin Serenge, Enock Agwanda, Bob Mugalia and Allan Wanga.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) Stars welcome Togo, led by in form English Premier League Tottenham striker, Emmanuel Adebayor at Nyayo National Stadium next Wednesday hoping to craft a home leg advantage to take to Lome next month with the aggregate winner qualifying for the next qualifier knock-outs in June. Thus far, the coach has had to contend with lack of his complete set of local based call-ups in camp due to domestic and continental club fixtures with the overseas players expected to start arriving on Saturday at the earliest.On Wednesday, the Kenyan Premier League ruled to defer three Sunday fixtures with players in the national team to give Kimanzi and his technical bench more time with the squad with the coach also contending the time he will spend with his overseas based call-ups before the match as insufficient.“I hope they will arrive on time since most of them are playing on the (February) 25th and 26th. It’s a busy schedule but the federation with the logistics to see whether we can fly him in on Saturday and Sunday,” he expressed.Kimanzi however, stressed limited time with his players was not his way of sending in the excuses early in case Kenya prolong their major tournament drought by failing to get a result against Togo.“It makes the game more interesting when they bring in the big players, it is very good for us when we play them at home and it is very good for the mental aspect of our players. last_img read more

Crash kills border agent, woman

first_imgBoth drivers died at the scene. The agent’s identity is being withheld until relatives are contacted. By The Associated Press SANTEE – A U.S. Border Patrol agent was was killed by a speeding, wrong-way driver in Santee. Border Patrol spokesman Richard Smith says the agent was on his way home from work in east San Diego County when a woman in a compact car driving the wrong way on Highway 52 crashed head-on into his pickup truck. Smith says a witness reported the woman was traveling at more than 100 mph. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img


first_imgDonegal builder Pat Doherty’s Harcourt Developments, which built the Park West business campus in Dublin and is behind the Titanic Quarter project in Belfast, made substantial donations to Fianna Fail, it is reported today.Harcourt Developments, and its subsidiary Airscape, gave €129,000 to Fianna Fail and €44,900 to the PDs, the Irish Independent reports.Further reading here: man who is now leading the party’s fundraising drive – mostly from small donations from private individuals – is  Darragh McShea, 26, from Ballyshannon. DONEGAL BUILDER GAVE €129,000 TO FIANNA FAIL was last modified: February 16th, 2012 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)last_img read more


first_imgFREE Profiling for Organisations Who Win An Accessibility Award Blog Post  Organisations who achieve Bronze, Silver or Gold standard in the Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility Awards will avail of a free media package from Media Box.Ahead of a FREE drop-in event at Media Box as part of Donegal County Council’s Social Inclusion Week, Joanne Sweeney-Burke talks about their involvement in the awards.Watch video here: “Backstage Access” will take place at Media Box, Unit A8, Enterprise Fund Business Centre, Ballyraine, Letterkenny on Wednesday 19th September from 11am-3pm.It will offer attendees a free Accessibility Health Check, walk them through the application process and ultimately show them how they can help increase their footfall and their bottom line by becoming more accessibility friendly.For more information call 074-9168478 or email joanne@mediabox.ieLog onto www.changealittlechangealot.con to find out more. CHANGE A LITTLE, CHANGE A LOT – UPDATE was last modified: September 12th, 2012 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:ChangeA Little Change A Lotlast_img read more

Inch, Miles find success

first_imgThe Born to Act Players close their eyes and take a few deep breaths to focus and relax before starting their journey to find success Saturday. When you are a young person with Down syndrome, the world is a pretty daunting, hectic place. Quiet moments like these help ease the way and clear the mind. “Every day, every way, I am getting better and better,” Susie Schallert, Casey Powell, Kristine Johnson and others chat in unison. “I am talented. I am creative. I am beautiful.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2And they are. No doubt about it. You couldn’t find a better ensemble on Broadway to bring alive the Pyramid of Success principles written by legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden in his children’s book “Inch and Miles: The Journey to Success.” These are all young men and women who have had to fight for every inch of respect and admiration they’ve earned because too many people in our society can’t look beyond their disability to see their talent. No one would understand this more than the greatest talent scout of all, John Wooden. His great-grandson, Cameron Trapani, 13, is a special-needs student in assistant teacher Glenn Powell’s classroom at Lull Special Education Center in Encino. About a month ago, Powell asked Cameron’s mom, Catherine, if she would ask her grandfather if he would allow the Born to Act Players to perform his book “Inch and Miles” in their upcoming show at Valley College. “She said she would ask her grandfather,” Powell said. “The next day, she came in and told me he said yes. We were absolutely thrilled.” Wooden, who is 95, was unavailable for comment this week, but watching these special-needs young adults bring alive his inspirational words at rehearsal Saturday, you just knew he’d be as proud of them as any of his national championship teams. Because if Wooden has taught us anything, it’s that success isn’t about winning or being the best athlete. It’s about effort and heart. The Born to Act Players are 100 percent effort and heart. “Coach Wooden’s family is coming to the show next Sunday and we’re hoping he’s going to feel well enough to join them,” said Powell, who portrays Wooden in the play. It is the last day before summer vacation, and Inch and Miles’ have one final assignment. The teacher – Mr. Wooden – has just written this question on the board: “What is success?” Miles the Mouse says that’s easy: “Success is winning a shiny medal or trophy for first place.” Mr. Wooden shakes his head. Inch the Inchworm says: “Success is being the most popular kid at school and having the most friends.” A frown crosses Mr. Wooden’s face. They were both wrong. “Success is happiness in your heart because you try 100 percent to be your personal best,” he says. With that, Mr. Wooden sends Inch and Miles off on an adventure to find success – along the way, meeting Axelrod the Ant, Betty the Bee, Charlie the Chimp, Silky the Spider, Louie the Lion and a dozen other lovable animal characters who each provide a step on the Pyramid of Success. Silky the Spider takes my hand and walks me across the rehearsal hall at Valley College on Saturday morning to introduce me to some of her friends – Louie the Lion and Fred the Frog. “We help Inch and Miles find success,” says Silky, aka Susie Schallert, who has been a member of the cast since 2003, playing the Little Mermaid and Juliet in previous productions. “Success is being happy and trying real hard, and that’s what we do,” says Casey Powell, aka Louie the Lion. Glenn Powell is his dad, and Mary Rings, director of the Born to Act Players, is his mom. Rings started the group with other parents of Down syndrome children in 1994 in a small studio space in North Hollywood. From a few kids, the cast has grown to more than 30 today. They meet in the auditorium at Valley College every Saturday to rehearse for their two annual fundraising performances. Starting each rehearsal with a little chant that says it all: “I am talented. I am creative. I am beautiful.” Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749 IF YOU GO To see the Born to Act Players’ summer performance of “Once Upon a Time” – which includes “Inch and Miles” – call director Mary Rings at (818) 345-5057. There are two performances next weekend: 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Valley College Horseshoe Theater, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen.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

Football Talk: Murty to remain in charge, Larsson v Ljungberg

first_imgBack in the land of football news again, Graeme Murty looks set to take charge of Rangers for the “foreseeable future”. Remi Matthews’ heroics now means Dunfermline are only the second side never to score in a Scottish Cup penalty shootout. And Henrik Larsson will go head-to-head with fellow former Celtic striker Freddie Ljungberg managing a fans’ match in Sweden. Cue Celtic fans opening Skyscanner… Roses are red, violets are blue, Valentine’s Day is over, so let’s all move on too. It may be done for another year but that doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh at some of the loved up tweets shared by fans and players alike. Our bromance chat on Twitter showed that just like a puppy at Christmas, it’s not just for Valentine’s Day. You can see the best of the replies in our social media section below. Carlton Cole held his own, posting a string of entertaining posts as well, clearly gearing up for the big night. last_img read more