Day of deja vu for 300 parents

first_imgSTEVENSON RANCH – First period for Moji Azamian on Thursday was P.E., where she dodged the teacher at first to avoid changing into a gym uniform. And when she heard that a game of volleyball was in store, she gasped. “I hope they don’t make me play,” she said teasingly as she glanced at her sandals and blue-painted toenails. The 42-year-old Azamian was one of about 300 parents sitting in algebra, Spanish, art and other classes along with their freshman and sophomore teens at West Ranch High School. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week During Parent Shadow Day, mom and dad experienced a few hours in the life of their kids, following their daily schedules, taking math quizzes, writing English essays. It was the premiere of such a day at the school where doors first opened this fall. For 58-year-old Edwin Biggs, it meant stepping onto a soggy playing field at 8:30 a.m. with son Adon, 14, for marching band practice – usually a two-hour feat, but because it was a minimum day, class was 70 minutes. Trombone, saxophone and flute-playing students darted around the grass in choreographed moves, avoiding collisions with parents trying to keep up. As hard as they tried, though, parents were told to hustle and to move with their kids. Taking a breather from practice, Biggs said he’s watching his son mature from the boy he was just two years ago. “It’s fun to see him be disciplined and show us what to do,” Biggs said. “He’s correcting us: ‘No, Mom; no Dad, that’s not the way you do it.”‘ Standing on the sidelines, K.J. Biggs watched her ninth-grade son, who plays with the same trumpet that his father used for his high school marching band. She was enticed to come to school that day, in part to learn more about the school’s block schedule. With the schedule, students attend three 95-minute classes with courses alternating each day. So students could have math on Monday, Wednesday and Friday one week, then on Tuesday and Thursday the following week. The schedule allows for in-depth learning that doesn’t happen in the usual class period of about 55 minutes, said Debra Warren, assistant principal. West Ranch High School and Golden Valley High School are the only facilities using the block schedule in the William S. Hart Union High School District. For some parents, the day brought back memories from their teenage years. Many compared differences between high school then and now, such as the armed Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy strolling around on campus. Others asked why the school has no lockers. And what about the smoking area? Monica Schmidt, 40, recalled that an area by the bleachers at her former high school was where smokers hung out. Her parents didn’t know about her habit at the time. Because of her secret, the Castaic woman said she never would have wanted her parents to come to school for a day like this. “My daughter asked me if I’d bring my mother if I was in high school,” Schmidt said. “I said, ‘No way.”‘ Schmidt realized how times have changed when she asked her freshman daughter Taylor-Rae if West Ranch had a smoking area. The 13-year-old told her that if one ever existed, she’d petition to get rid of it. Sitting with friends during brunch, Christy Grajeda, 14, had mixed feelings about bringing her mom and dad to class this year. But next year, she’ll probably invite them. “They think that school is really easy, and it’s not that easy,” she said. “I want them to see that.” West Ranch started last year with only a freshman class. Students were taught inside portable classrooms on the Rancho Pico Junior High campus until construction for the new high school finished. Doors officially opened to the new building on Valencia Boulevard this school year, and a new freshman class was added to the campus. Sue Doyle,(661) [email protected] 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

Dunfanaghy ready for bumper Jazz & Blues Festival 2019

first_imgIn just over a weeks’ time the seaside village of Dunfanaghy will be dancing to the beat of some of the best live acts around at the annual Jazz & Blues Festival.Now in its 12th year, the popular event will see over 70 free gigs take place over five nights and days from Thursday, September 12th to Monday 16th. For the first time this year, a return bus has been organised for music fans travelling from Letterkenny on Friday and Sunday.The event has grown to become one of the most celebrated live music events in the region with its perfect mix of top-quality music, lively atmosphere and scenic backdrop. George Kelly and Mark BlackDunfanaghy Jazz & Blues FestivalAmong this year’s acts are top blues man Shawn Jones, who is travelling from the USA for the event that is not to be missed, local heroes In Their Thousands fresh from the success of their new album ‘Acrasia’ that launched recent, the ever popular Grainne Duffy, Mirenda Rosenberg, Crow Black Chicken, Mark Black, 2 Time Polka, the Unholy Gospel Band and many, many more, including a few new faces in the line-up will have the town rocking all weekend long!Shawn Jones BandGrainne DuffyDaylight wobblies Donald Craig, Goerge Kelly, Pat MuldowneyThis year sees a newly formed committee taking over the reins from the festival founders who did an amazing job in creating what is now a landmark event on the Irish music calendar.A festival spokesperson said: “We are so grateful to festival founder Donald Craig, as well as Sian and Colin McCann, for all they did in making the festival such a popular event. It has now been handed over to us and we are really looking forward to keeping the ‘blues in the bay’ for years to come.“The event is all about the great acts we have and the great crowds that come to enjoy them. Given that this is the first year of the new committee we are very happy to have received so much goodwill and support from the local community and main sponsor Diageo to keep the festival going and we look forward to welcoming everybody to the town next week. It’s a great line-up and there is something for everyone.” Crowd enjoying the Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues FestivalMusic fans at the Dunfanaghy Jazz & Blues FestivalThis year sees a festival first with a return bus being organised from Letterkenny on Friday evening at 7pm returning at 2am and on Sunday afternoon departing at 2pm and returning at 11pm so music fans can enjoy a carefree trip there and back for just €10 return. To book your place call Conor on 087 2677074.The festival programme and timetable, which is one of the few ways the organisers have of raising money to support the festival, is now on sale in local bars and outlets around Dunfanaghy priced just €2 and your support in buying one over the festival weekend is really appreciated.Find out more on the Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Facebook page.Dunfanaghy ready for bumper Jazz & Blues Festival 2019 was last modified: September 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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:Dunfanaghy Jazz and Blues Festivaleventslive MusicMUSICWeekendWhat’s on?last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Episode 9 | Rain, planting progress, and goat crossfit

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Episode #9 of the Ohio Ag Net Podcast courtesy of the good folks at AgriGold. Visit them at www.agrigold.com.This week, the crew talks rain around Ohio and where it puts planting progress. Ty Higgins takes a look at a very unique idea from out west — goat crossfit with DaNelle Wolford. Matt Reese, though absent from the roundtable discussion as he chases down turkeys, was at the No Show Lamb Show this weekend put on by the Ohio Sheep Improvement Association. He’s joined by event co-chair Lisa Shearer. We wrap up the podcast hearing from the new Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as he visited USDA offices in Kansas City.last_img read more

Making the case for API neutrality

first_imgAPI Economy Business Drivers: #2 – ReachThe State of API Integration: SOAP vs. REST, public APIs and moreWhat is API Throttling, Quota, Rate Limiting and Burst? Related Posts Websockets and IoT: Why don’t the two go together? A judge just obliged Linkedin to allow third-party companies to copy public LinkedIn profile data. Of course, Linkedin appealed this decision but this can be a precedent in the space — and for good, contrary to what first commentators are saying.This is typically what I call an API neutrality case.First, let’s agree that an API is a remote access to your digital assets, so you should have total control to license this asset to anyone you choose, for business reasons or otherwise but you get to decide.See also: What open APIs will mean for the future of direct paymentsBut in the context of public user-generated data, things may be different. This data was entered by Linkedin users, working for free to fill their public profile and leverage the platform. Linkedin uses this data to leverage the critical mass of users to be the main business social network. On top of that, Linkedin can generate private intelligent and data based on the dynamic relations of the people and companies on the network. And this is where there is the value.Linkedin scaled their platform thanks to this free work, so it should not be their choice but the users’ choice to decide it they allow third party startups to access it to build a new generation of apps. Some will argue that Linkedin users have signed Linkedin terms of service, but in a context of such big monopolistic platform, not allowing public profile user-generated data to be publicly accessible by 3rd parties is, in my opinion, abusive and not in the best interest of the users.They could do like Facebook is doing with OAuth protocol via the “Connect with Facebook” buttons in the context of their platform “reciprocity” rule. Even users permissions like the “friends_list” disappeared over time, but they are a lot more open on that.Just like AirbnbThis is like the story of Airbnb. They scraped Craigslist to bootstrap their platform at the beginning, but which now no longer allows third parties to scrape their website to find renters. This is unfair if we want fair competition and a free market. Startups, at the beginning, avoid legal or moral barriers — and when they become bigger they favor of barriers to entry on their market? Really? Have we no memory? Are we so greedy that we want to avoid others to benefits from what made us successful?More open data is good for innovation and benefits the platform economy. In the best interest of users, it should be users’ decisions, not the platform’s decision. I will sum this up in one sentence from the French priest Lacordaire: “For the strong and the weak, for the rich and the poor, between the master and the slave, sometimes the freedom is the oppression and the law is the protection.”For users, the law should oblige platforms to give them the choice about fair third party access to their user-generated data. I hope the judgment will be confirmed and that will make that case.Some key stories on the business of APIs: Building a Predictive Analytics Model From Scratch How APIs and Machine Learning are Evolving The Fast Pace of Facial Recognition Innovation Mehdi Medjaoui Tags:#api#featured#Internet of Things#Internet of Thng#IoT#net neutrality#top last_img read more

Only Action Moves You Forward

first_img Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Now “I am going to focus on prospecting” is not the same as “I am going to make 100 dials.”“I am going to work on nurturing my dream clients” is not the same as “I am going to communicate a message of value to 15 of my dream clients this week.”“I am going to be a better coach for my people,” is not the same as “I am going to spend 4 hours a week coaching my people using a non-directive approach.”Your intentions, while important, are not what produces results. The actions you take are what produce results. In fact, taking action without intellectualizing what you are doing will produce better results than getting these the other way around.It’s possible that you don’t know what you need to do to produce better results, but it isn’t likely. It’s more likely that you resist doing what you need to do because it is difficult, because you are afraid, or because you lack the discipline to do the things you know you need to do.Talking the talk is not the same as walking the walk. One of the reasons some people produce more and better results than others in the same period of time is that they do so much more. These people have built up a capacity for work that exceeds their peers, and they are simply outworking them.Some people may have more talent than you. Some may have resources that you don’t have. But the decision to do the work is the great leveler. The capacity to do hard work in great volumes equalizes. That capacity is available to any and all who decide to take relentless action in pursuit of what they want, even if some who have experienced adversity seem to have it in great quantities.You never need to ask for permission to work hard, and you never benefit from doing less than is really necessary. Action is the only thing that moves you forward, and massive action moves you further faster.last_img read more

Nissan sues India over outstanding dues; seeks over $770 million

first_imgJapanese automaker Nissan Motor has begun international arbitration against India to seek more than $770 million in a dispute over unpaid state incentives, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by Reuters.In a legal notice sent to Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year, Nissan sought payment of incentives due from the Tamil Nadu government as part of a 2008 agreement to set up a car manufacturing plant in the southern state.According to the notice, Nissan said repeated requests to state officials for the payment, due in 2015, were overlooked and even a plea by the company’s chairman, Carlos Ghosn, to Modi in March of last year seeking federal assistance did not yield any results.The notice, sent by Nissan’s lawyers in July 2016, was followed by more than a dozen meetings between federal and state officials and Nissan executives, said the person familiar with the matter, who did not want to be named as it is not public.The federal officials, from several ministries, assured Nissan the payment would be made, and it should not bring a legal case. But, in August, Nissan gave India an ultimatum to appoint an arbitrator, the person said, adding the first arbitration hearing will be in mid-December.A Nissan spokesman said the company was “committed to working with the government of India toward a resolution,” but did not elaborate.A senior Tamil Nadu state official said the government hoped to resolve the dispute without having to go to international arbitration. “There is no discrepancy with regard to the amount due, and we are trying hard to resolve the issue,” the official told Reuters.advertisementModi’s office did not respond to an email seeking comment.The case, brought against India for alleged violations of its Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan, is the latest in a string of international arbitration proceedings against the country by investors concerned about issues ranging from retrospective taxation to payments disputes.There are over 20 cases pending against India, among the highest against any single nation.The dispute between Nissan and the Tamil Nadu government also shows the challenges companies face in India and how local disputes could undermine the Modi government’s efforts to attract foreign investment and create new jobs.GROWING LOSSESSeveral automakers, including Ford and Hyundai Motor, have set up production hubs in Tamil Nadu, giving state capital Chennai the nickname; the ‘Detroit of South Asia’.In 2008, when Nissan and its global alliance partner, French carmaker Renault, agreed to invest in setting up a car plant in Chennai, the state government promised several incentives including some tax refunds.Over seven years, Nissan and Renault invested 61 billion rupees ($946 million) and set up a plant with annual production capacity of 480,000 vehicles, which entitled them to receive the incentives in 2015, according to the legal notice.In that notice, Nissan’s lawyers said the state government’s decision to not pay was “arbitrary”, and Nissan has “incurred significant and increasing losses”.Nissan did not specify the business impact in the 8-page notice, but said in 2008 that state incentives were critical to the project’s viability and sustainability.The carmaker, in its notice, is claiming 29 billion rupees in unpaid incentives and 21 billion rupees in damages, plus interest and other costs.Nissan, which has less than a 2 percent share of India’s passenger car market, builds and sells the Micra hatchback, Sunny sedan and Terrano sport-utility vehicle. It also sells low-cost cars under its Datsun brand.The company spokesman said Nissan has created more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs in India.last_img read more

a month agoReal Madrid hero Guti: Mourinho return? Why not?

first_imgReal Madrid hero Guti: Mourinho return? Why not?by Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid hero Guti would be happy to see former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho in charge.While insisting Zinedine Zidane is doing a good job, Guti says he’d also be happy if Mourinho was to return.Guti told Cadena SER: “I believe that Real Madrid has a very great coach with Zidane who, if I’m not mistaken, did something that no one will ever be able to repeat (the Champions League treble). “Mourinho? Why not?! I believe that Mourinho did good things at Real Madrid, while the club was going through a bad time in Spain as in Europe. It was a time when FC Barcelona reigned everywhere and it started a revolution that changed things. I think he’s a very great coach.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Report Evan Lisle transferring from Ohio State football

Ohio State will be losing some offensive line depth next season, as fourth-year junior offensive lineman Evan Lisle will reportedly transfer to Duke University next season.Bucknuts of 247Sports was the first to report. Duke Athletics confirmed that Lisle had joined the program officially on Jan. 11.Lisle, a 6-foot-7, 308 pound native of Centerville, Ohio, backed up multiple positions this year on the line. Last season, the junior saw playing time on special teams, including extended time on the offensive line against Rutgers.Even with the praise of the backup offensive line from OSU by coach Greg Studrawa in the preseason, Lisle had limited time in the trenches for the Buckeyes this year. Lisle is a graduate transfer, and will be available immediately for the Blue Devils next season. While the departure might hurt the depth of the offensive line, it aids in OSU meeting the scholarship limit of 85. The Buckeyes currently have 91 players on scholarship, which includes the incoming 2017 recruiting class, with that number likely to grow as more members of the commit to OSU for 2017.Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with confirmation from Duke Athletics read more

Mens basketball Musa Jallow commits to Ohio State will play in 201718

Ohio State men’s basketball 2017-18 roster receives immediate help in the form of Musa Jallow.The four-star shooting guard committed to coach Chris Holtmann and the Buckeyes Friday night and will reclassify to the 2017 class making him immediately eligible.The prospect was originally a member of the 2018 recruiting class, but Adam Jardy of the Columbus Dispatch tweeted that he had reclassified to the 2017 class just before his announcement. The Bloomington, Indiana, native received offers from Virginia, Vanderbilt and Indiana, as well as an offer from Butler while Holtmann was the coach. The initial offer from Ohio State came in May during former Ohio State coach Thad Matta’s tenure.The 6-foot-5, 200-pound Jallow is the eighth-ranked prospect in the state of Indiana and 120th overall, according to 247Sports composite rankings. The scouting site also pegs the Bloomington North product as the 31st-best shooting guard. Jallow is the second recruit to announce his intention to play for Holtmann at Ohio State, following 2017 forward Kyle Young who flipped from Butler to Ohio State a week after the Holtmann was hired. The Buckeyes had lost all three previous commitments to the 2018 class — each were considered four-star prospects by 247Sports composite rankings. Small forward Darius Bazley decommitted prior to Matta’s exit on April 6, and small forward Justin Ahrens and shooting guard Dane Goodwin both re-opened their recruitments on June 6 and June 21, respectively, after it was announced Matta would be leaving.Bazley verbally committed to Syracuse on Monday while Goodwin gave his word to Notre Dame on Wednesday. read more