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City streets to shut down for marathon

first_img Also, motorists heading to the Valencia Town Center must use Valencia Boulevard. Sunday’s events are a full marathon race, a half-marathon, a 5K run/walk and a Kid K run. All races begin at 7 a.m., except the Kid K, which starts at 8:30 a.m. The Santa Clarita Marathon is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon. Last year, more than 2,400 people participated in the various events. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – A number of Santa Clarita streets will be closed early Sunday as hundreds of runners participate in the city’s 10th annual marathon. Planned closures are: McBean Parkway from Magic Mountain Parkway to Valencia Boulevard from 6 to 7 a.m. Westbound Valencia, detour to Citrus Avenue, from 6 to 7:10 a.m. Magic Mountain and Tourney Road from 7:10 to 7:30 a.m. Sunny Creek Drive at Decoro Drive from 7:35 to 9 a.m. Delays on Avenue Scott, Avenue Hopkins and Baywood Lane from 7:45 to 10 a.m. Minor delays on Via Heraldo and Avenida Velarte from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Delays on Orchard Village Road between Mill Valley road and Wiley Canyon Road from 8:55 a.m. to 1 p.m. last_img read more

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Call for learners to study maths, science

first_img10 July 2012Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor has encouraged those learners who won the Square Kilometre Array (SKA)-MeerKat Schools Competition to study maths and science, saying South Africa needs more people with these skills.Speaking at the awards ceremony in Pretoria on Monday, Pandor told the successful learners that the country needed more scientists. “We want to invest through you.”She also encouraged learners to be innovative so they change the character of South Africa.Learners from Grades 4 to 11 from various schools throughout the country were given an opportunity to enter the SKA-MeerKat competition, and 200 000 competition forms were distributed to various schools, science centres and community centres.The department received over 36 000 entry forms in the primary and high school categories across all nine provinces, where learners had to fill out a form and complete a multiple choice questionnaire based on the SKA project.The aim of the competition was to increase awareness of one of the most exciting engineering and research projects ever undertaken. Prizes included laptops, printers, digital cameras and organised tours to their nearest astronomy observatory.Karobo Melato, a 14-year-old Grade 7 learner at Boiterelo Primary School in Potchefstroom in the North West Province, was one of the learners who won the competition; he told SANews that upon completing matric, he wanted to be a technician in the South African National Defence Force.“I want to operate the big machines in the Defence Force,” he said.South Africa and its partner countries won the bid to host most of the telescope, with 70% of the telescope to be built in Africa and 30% in Australia.Once complete, the SKA will consist of about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over an area of over 3 000km. The core of the telescope will be constructed in the Karoo region of the Northern Cape, with outlying telescope stations throughout South Africa, Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mozambique, Mauritius, Namibia and Zambia.The magnitude and sensitivity of the SKA telescope will allow scientists to explore the origins of the first galaxies, stars and planets and the evolution of the universe. It will be able to collect weak cosmic radio signals from the edges of the universe from a time before the first stars and galaxies formed.As the main host of the SKA, South Africa is expected to become a global centre for information technology, fundamental physics, astronomy and high-tech engineering. Top scientists and engineers throughout the world will be attracted to the country’s shores.Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

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Odisha rivers in spate after heavy rain

first_imgHeavy rain has lashed most parts of Odisha, especially southern districts, since Saturday sending rivers like Vansadhara and Rushikulya into spate, cutting off roads and flooding many areas.Two women died in a crop field and nine others sustained injuries when lightning struck at Mahaguda village under the Bhanjanagar sub-division of Ganjam district. A mother-daughter duo were injured in lightning strike at Rajamatu village in Nabarangpur district. One person was missing after being swept away by the swirling waters of the Nagabali river.Water level risingThe water level was steadily rising at all six river gauge sites of Vansadhara and Rushikulya. The water level in Rushikulya was rising at three river gauge sites – Sorada, Madhabarida and Purusottampur. Other rivers, Baitarani in Keonjhar and Hati in Kalahandi, were swelling due to heavy rain received during the past 24 hours. Many areas in Kalahandi, Ganjam and Rayagada districts were inundated following heavy rain.Kotraguda in Vansadhara basin received 234.8 mm of rainfall while Purusottampur in Rushikulya basin recorded 165 mm of rain. A low pressure area that formed over northwest of the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a well-marked low pressure area. “Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at a few places in southern Odisha district with extremely heavy rain at one or two places over Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nuapada and Nabarangpur districts,” said H. R. Biswas, head of Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar.last_img read more

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London Olympics: North Korea’s Om Yun Choi wins gold, sets Olympic record

first_imgNorth Korea’s Om Yun Choi took men’s 56kg weightlifting gold at the London Olympics on Sunday after joining a small group of athletes who have lifted three times their own body weight. The previously little-known Om lifted an Olympic record 168 kg in the clean and jerk, on the way to a total of 293 kg.”How can any man possibly lift 168 kg? I believe the great Kim Jong-il looked over me,” Om said, referring to the North Korean leader who died in December.”I am very happy and give thanks to our Great Leader for giving me the strength to lift this weight.”Second place went to China’s Wu Jingbiao, who lifted 133 kg in the snatch, 8 kg more than Om, but collapsed as he tried the 161 kg in the clean and jerk that would have given him gold.Wu took silver with a total of 289 kg, ahead of Azerbaijan’s Valentin Hristov, whose total of 286 kg was enough to win a duel for bronze with Vietnamese lifter Tran le Quoc Dien.last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea loanee Mount tells Hudson-Odoi: Better to be playing regularly

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea loanee Mount tells Hudson-Odoi: Better to be playing regularlyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea loanee Mason Mount has urged young players to move aboard amid Bayern Munich’s interest in Callum Hudson-Odoi.Hudson-Odoi is reportedly weighing up a move to Bayern Munich after the Bundesliga giants submitted four bids for the winger.Mount, currently with Derby, spent last season on loan with Vitesse and believes the experience of playing overseas can help young footballers.”I would say to all young players game time and experience is the most important thing,” Mount told talkSPORT.”For me to go out on loan and play in a top professional league and gain experience, rather than sitting in the Chelsea Under-23s.”I didn’t want to do that, I’d already had a year playing Under-23s and I felt that I needed to move on and test myself away from England.”It was the best decision I made because I went out there, gained so much experience and playing time, and that set me up moving on.” last_img read more

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Major NWA Patching Programme Gets Underway in Kingston

first_img The selected corridors are quite busy and motorists who use these roadways should expect delays. Patching began on Thursday, November 14, 2013 and is expected to be completed within two months. The National Works Agency (NWA) has selected 34 corridors in Kingston and St. Andrew to carry out Hot Mix patching. Patching began on Thursday, November 14, 2013 and is expected to be completed within two months.In Kingston eight corridors are being addressed, where approximately 2,150 square metres of patching is being undertaken. Included in the roads being addressed are Barry Street, Orange Street, Elleston Road, Michael Manley Boulevard, Marcus Garvey Drive and National the Heroes Circle.Twenty-nine corridors in St. Andrew have been selected for patching. Among the corridors are Balmoral Avenue, Red Hills Road, Woodglen Drive, Washington Boulevard, Grants Pen Road, Elizabeth Avenue, Duhaney Drive, Waltham Park Road, Constant Spring Road, Lady Musgrave Road, Hagley Park Road and Ken Hill Drive.Over 4,000 square metres of patching will be carried out along these roadways.Manager of Communication and Customer Services at the National Works Agency, Stephen Shaw says, the selected corridors are quite busy and motorists who use these roadways should expect delays, especially now that we are approaching the Christmas period. Mr. Shaw is advising motorists to use alternative routes of their choice.These Hot Mix patching projects are expected to be completed by the end of January 2014 as activities will be suspended during the Christmas/New Year period. The programme is expected to cost just under $19 million.Motorists are advised to obey posted warning signs and the instructions of flag persons while patching in progress. Story Highlights NWA has selected 34 corridors in Kingston and St. Andrew to carry out Hot Mix patching.last_img read more

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Leona Lewis Joins Cast Of Cirque du Soleils One Night For ONE

first_imgGRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Leona Lewis will make her honorary debut in the fourth edition of One Night for ONE DROP imagined by Cirque du Soleil on Friday, March 18 at The Smith Center for Performing Arts.Leona Lewis Rehearses For One DropCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesKnown for her many chart-topping hits including number one song “Bleeding Love,” the platinum selling recording artist will share the stage with some of the world’s greatest acrobatic performers for a one-night-only performance created by Hassan El Hajjami. Presented by MGM Resorts International, One Night for ONE DROP is an annual celebration to raise funds and awareness for critical water issues worldwide.“Access to safe water and basic sanitation is an absolute crisis for more than half the world’s population,” said Catherine Bachand, CEO of ONE DROP. “With Leona’s evident devotion to giving back, we are excited to have her join us in our effort to provide safe and sustainable water across the globe. Her participation will make for an even more spectacular evening where we celebrate life and raise awareness and funds to solve these global water issues.”“I’m so excited to be performing in this amazing production,” said Lewis. “I’m always looking for new, thrilling ways to give back to the community and can think of no other resource more precious than water. One Night for ONE DROP is going to be an unforgettable experience and I truly hope everyone joins me in making a positive impact on our world.”With her instantly recognizable mezzo-soprano voice, Lewis has earned the title of “best-selling act to emerge from The X Factor.” The record-breaking artist has garnered a total of seven BRIT Award nominations and three GRAMMY nominations, with her quadruple-platinum hit “Bleeding Love” named the “best-selling digital song of 2008.” Among her many accolades, Lewis is known for making history by becoming the first female solo artist from the UK to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in more than 20 years. I Am, her most recent album and the first to be released by Def Jam Recordings, features a special collaboration with GRAMMY Award-winning artist Diane Warren and includes stunning hit singles such as “Fire Under My Feet,” “Thunder” and “I Am.” Lewis has also contributed her voice to film, performing the GRAMMY and Golden Globe nominated theme song for James Cameron’s Avatar. In addition to her music, Lewis is an extremely passionate humanitarian and animal rights activist whose “I Am Empowered” social campaign has become known worldwide.All proceeds will benefit ONE DROP’s global initiatives, along with innovative educational programming in Nevada through a partnership with the Las Vegas Springs Preserve. Individual, tax-deductible VIP tickets, which include the post-show extravaganza and after-party, are available for $3,000, with show-only tickets starting at $100. Sponsorship packages and individual tickets are available at www.onedrop.org/onenight or by calling 1.844.33.WATER. In addition to the show, packages will include pre-and-post-show parties complete with live performances, breathtaking attractions, Cirque du Soleil artists, delectable hors d’oeuvres, celebratory cocktails and more.last_img read more

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White House gets pressure from within US to spare Canada from steel

first_imgWASHINGTON – The Trump administration is coming under political pressure at home to exclude Canada from global tariffs on steel and aluminum, and while stating its preference for holding firm it’s leaving the door open just the tiniest crack to the possibility of adjustments.Lawmakers, businesses, and hosts on the Sunday political talk-shows all challenged the logic of slapping a national-security tariff on a peaceful next-door neighbour, pushing the administration to justify its move.The administration says a final announcement is coming next week. On Sunday, it signalled that President Donald Trump is leaning toward a no-exceptions-for-anyone attitude — but then added some potential asterisks.In the midst of an internal tug-of-war within the White House the administration was represented on the talk shows by two of its most prominent trade hawks, Trump advisor Peter Navarro and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.Both appeared to suggest the decision is close to final.While no countries will be excluded, Navarro said some industries could get exemptions. This is of keen interest to Canada’s auto sector, which is a leading supplier of steel and aluminum to the U.S.: “There’ll be an exemption procedure for particular cases where we need to have exemptions so business can move forward,” Navarro said on CNN.Ross held out the slim prospect of some changes: “We shall see,” he told NBC’s “Meet The Press.”“(Trump) has made a decision at this point,” he said of the 25 per cent tariff for steel and 10 per cent tariff for aluminum. “If he for some reason should change his mind, then it’ll change. I have no reason to believe he’s going to change his mind.”The administration is being deluged with demands from its own political allies to relax its policy. The same two top Republican lawmakers who shepherded Trump’s tax-cut achievement through Congress, Kevin Brady and Orrin Hatch, have pleaded for revisions.A senator of a border state said he’s already hearing from businesses at home. Angus King, an Independent senator from Maine, compared Trump’s plan to the devastating U.S. tariffs of the 1930s. He said companies in his state fear price increases for steel.King said any trade actions should be targeted to discourage Chinese dumping — not hit the entire world.“You want to do these kinds of things with a scalpel — not a chainsaw,” King told NBC.To apply the tariffs, the U.S. is invoking a rarely used clause in a 1962 trade law that allows the president to declare tariffs if required by national security. The White House argues that the wording is broad, and that national security also could include employment and economic stability of the domestic steel industry.“I don’t think we need to block Canadian steel in the name of national security. They’re annoying. You know, they’re too nice. But we don’t fear a war with Canada,” King said.Every host of the big weekly U.S. talk shows raised the Canada angle.Fox News’s Chris Wallace asked how the White House can possibly justify using a national security excuse for imposing tariffs on a close NATO partner, and legal member of the U.S. military-industrial complex.CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Navarro to imagine how Canada might see this: “From the perspective of Canada … Canada would say, ‘National security exemption? We fight with you in every war. Our soldiers are right next to your soldiers in every conflict. What possible scenario could you envision where we wouldn’t supply you with steel and aluminum?’”But the general response from Trump officials was that everyone should prepare for tariffs. When Navarro was asked on Fox whether Trump would exclude anyone, he responded in the negative.“That’s not his decision,” Navarro replied.“As soon as he starts exempting countries he has to raise tariffs on everybody else. As soon as he exempts one country his phone starts ringing from the heads of state of other countries.”He added more details in an interview with CNN: “Canada’s 40 per cent of the (American aluminum) market. If you exempt Canada, then you have to put big, big tariffs on everybody else. So this is a measured, targeted approach.”He was repeatedly pressed on the Canada issue in these interviews. Navarro did leave out the possibility of certain industries being exempted.The issue has sparked a ferocious debate within the White House. Last week, it appeared Trump had frozen out the free-traders in his office and made this announcement with the support of hawks like Navarro.American press reports have also described the president feeling angry and isolated in recent days. His administration has been hit with resignations, infighting and conflict-of-interest allegations involving the president’s own son-in-law, Jared Kushner.A South Carolina Republican called it folly.Sen. Lindsey Graham mentioned the Volkswagen and BMW plants in his state and expressed fear of how a trade war might affect jobs there. He said there’s reason to pursue China for intellectual-property theft and product dumping, but this is hitting all the wrong targets.He addressed Trump directly in his interview on CBS’s ”Face The Nation.””You’re letting China off the hook,” Graham said.”You’re punishing the American consumer and our allies. You’re making a huge mistake here. Go after China — not the rest of the world.”last_img read more

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Visions Voices with Medium Tania Thomas

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Medium Tania Thomas will be bringing her live show, Visions & Voices to the Lido theatre, Thursday, April 4th.Thomas is an internationally known Spiritual Medium and Intuitive Life Coach. Thomas believes that each person should leave her session or live event feeling better than they did when they first walked in.Visions & Voices event will feature selected readings by Thomas alongside the music of the Sarah Smith Musical Duo. This evening is said to be uplifting, inspiring and comforting. Doors open at 6:00 pm and the show ends at 9:30 pm “Events such as these very often create a deeper sense of community. People are involved in the very personal aspects of private stories and the empathy is incredible,” said Thomas “Friendships are made, supports are discovered and people learn that it’s ok to cry, it’s ok to be honest in grief and to allow others the opportunity to offer support.”Thomas shares she is a natural born medium, with a “give it as I get it” motto allowing the words that your loved ones wish to say to come forward unfiltered and true. Thomas’s intention is to change the way that you view life following physical death.  To bring some comfort, reminders of small joys and direction to your life as you move through the grief.For a link to the FB Event Page; CLICK HERElast_img read more

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Veteran actor Chinmoy Roy no more

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Chinmoy Roy has died, family sources said Monday. He was 79. Roy died of cardiac arrest at his Salt Lake residence at around 10:20 pm Sunday, they said. Roy is survived by his son and daughter, his wife actress Jui Banerjee had died a few years back. Born in Kumilla district in present day Bangladesh in 1940, Roy had started his career in Bengali films in the 60s and became indispensable to the film makers for his portrayal of comic characters retaining the very essence of Bengaliness and a certain culture. He was equally noticed along with big names like Soumitra Chatterjee and Rabi Ghosh in a classic comedy like Basanta Bilap or in Dhonni Meye. Roy had been cast by Satyajit Ray in a small role in children’s fantasy Goopy Gyne Bagha Byne. He immortalised the character of Tenyda in the film Charmurti which became a major hit in the 1980s.last_img read more

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