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Asian Games Saina settles for bronze after 10th straight defeat to Tzu Ying

first_imgJakarta: Top Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal had to be content with a bronze medal after suffering her 10th straight defeat to world number one Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei in the women’s singles semifinals of the 18th Asian Games on Monday. World number 10 and Olympic medallist Saina played with good intensity but lost 17-21 14-21 to a superior Tzu Ying, who stood out with her court coverage and retrieving in the 36-minute match.Coming into this match, Saina had lost her last nine matches against Tzu Ying, including three in the 2018 season.Both Saina and PV Sindhu were assured of at least bronze medals after progressing to the semifinals.Also read | Mohammad Irfan creates T20 history with unplayable spell in Caribbean Premier LeagueBoth Saina and Tzu Ying attacked each other’s backhand but it was the Chinese Taipei player who scored more points. She raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening game.Saina changed her strategy a bit by hitting more deep returns and then looked for drop shots. It worked for her and soon it was 8-8.Tzu Ying though kept spraying smashes on Saina’s backhand and took the first break with a narrow 11-10 lead.The Chinese Taipei shuttler took four straight points to zoom to a 15-10 cushion, leaving Saina to play the catch up game.Tactically sound and supremely fit Tzu Ying retrieved almost everything thrown at her.At 19-16, Tzu Ying hit another smash on Saina’s backhand to grab her first game point and converted it when the Indian sailed over the baseline.In the second game also, Saina was again playing the catch up game. Tzu Ying never looked like losing control though Saina tried hard to breach her rival’s defense.Saina led for the first time in the match when Tzu Ying left a shuttle and it fell in at 12-12. A net chord also helped Saina take a point but Tzu Ying reclaimed lead on an unforced error from Saina.Tzu Ying cruised to win from there with Saina sending a backhand wide. For all the Latest Sports News News, Asian Games News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Thompson wins 100m, sets Rabat Diamond League Record

first_imgRABAT, Morocco, (CMC) – Olympic champion Elaine Thompson’s smooth build-up to next month’s London World Championships continued when she streaked to a new meet record in capturing the women’s 100 metres at the Rabat Diamond League here Sunday.The 24-year-old clocked 10.87 seconds to post her 17th consecutive 100m win and finish ahead of Cote d’Ivoire’s Marie-Josee Ta Lou in 10.90, with Trinidadian Michelle-Lee Ahye clinching third place in 11.02.Thompson, the heavy favourite ahead of next month’s showpiece, said she was exactly where she wanted to be in her preparation.“I’m pleased with my race. I came here last year and the organisers made a lot of effort for me,” the Jamaican said.“My races are going fine, I’m in the shape that I want to be in and I’m looking forward to the London World Championships.”Running out of lane five, Thompson was kept honest over the first 40 metres by countryman Christiania Williams in lane one and Nigerian Blessing Okagbare and Ta Lou, as they all challenged strongly.Ta Lou in lane six seemed to be getting the better of the last 40 metres but Thompson battled back superbly to pull away at the end.Bahamian Shaunae Miller-Uibo also tasted success when she raced to victory in the women’s 400 metres to clinch her 10th straight win.Miller-Uibo, the reigning Olympic champion, clocked 49.80 to force Americans Natasha Hastings into second with 50.86 seconds and Quanera Hayes into third with 51.08.“This was actually a training race for me,” Miller-Uibo said. “This time is good but it is not very important for me now. What counts are the World Championships.”Jamaicans Novlene Williams-Mills (51.18) and Shericka Jackson (51.20) finished fourth and fifth respectively.In the men’s 200m, former Anguilla star Zharnel Hughes finished third in a season-best 20.22 as Canadian Andre de Grasse took the win in a meet record 20.03.Jamaicans Rasheed Dwyer (20.43) and Warren Weir (2.48) were sixth and seventh respectively.last_img read more

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Syracuse overcomes rainy night in 3-1 win over Duke

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Puddles and mud streaked the right side of the field at Koskinen Stadium, effectively torn up from about two hours of soccer played on the wet surface.A layer of rainwater coated SU head coach Ian McIntyre’s black jacket, players’ steps splashed water and the ball halted when rolling through the grass sometimes.SU (7-2-1, 2-1-1 Atlantic Coast) used the conditions to its advantage, scoring on a pair of deflections and earning its second ACC win against Duke (4-4-2, 0-3-1), 3-1. Julian Buescher was involved on all three goals, and Hendrik Hilpert started in place of Austin Aviza at goalie. McIntyre said Hilpert has been training hard and his start was a way of getting him a game in net.“I thought we created some chances, but on a tough night tonight, for defenders and goalkeepers, you try to put quality services into the penalty area,” McIntyre said.Buescher broke the 0-0 tie with a goal 25:37 into the game, his third of the season. Less than 20 minutes later, Buescher lined up a corner kick and booted the ball into the 18-yard box. The corner knocked off a defender and flew into the net, counting as an own goal.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUp 2-0 at half, SU had a cushion. Buescher effectively put the game away when Liam Callahan’s shot from outside the box smacked off of Buescher and into the Duke net less than a minute into the second half.“That third goal allowed us to manage the game,” McIntyre said.Hilpert, a freshman from Germany, played in place of Aviza, who had started all of Syracuse’s other nine games. Hilpert dove and stopped a shot destined for the top left corner of the net for his only save of the night.The ball bounded out of the end line, setting up a corner kick. A Duke player was fouled in the box on the ensuing service, giving the Blue Devils a penalty kick. Aviza also faced a penalty kick in his first collegiate start.Duke midfielder Zach Mathers buried the penalty kick in the bottom left corner as Hilpert dove right. The sequence yielded the only shots on goal Hilpert faced.The Orange play Albany in a 7 p.m. matchup on Tuesday at SU Soccer Stadium. Comments Published on October 2, 2015 at 10:42 pm Contact Chris: cjlibona@syr.edu | @ChrisLibonatilast_img read more

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Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse men’s basketball’s 77-66 victory over Pittsburgh

first_imgSyracuse (10-6, 2-1 Atlantic Coast) exploded out to a monstrous first-half lead and cruised to a 77-66 win over Pittsburgh (12-4, 1-2) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. The Orange’s 30-2 run paved the way for its second ACC victory and gave SU its first back-to-back wins since November.Here are three takeaways from the game.Syracuse showed it can dominateThe Orange’s hot start featured everything clicking on all cylinders. During SU’s 30-2 run spanning the middle chunk of the first half, Syracuse went 11-of-16 from the field and 8-of-12 from 3. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, went 1-for-13 from the field with six turnovers. SU’s 2-3 zone was active and plugged all the gaps Pittsburgh looked to exploit. The Panthers didn’t get off any easy looks and went over 11 minutes without a field goal.While Tyler Roberson didn’t record a single point in the first half, he recorded a career-high four blocks. He subbed in for Taurean Thompson early on and the lineup that outscored Miami by 21 while it was in the game propelled Syracuse once again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPittsburgh began inching back into the game late in the first half, but the way Syracuse used its defense — a stark contrast from when it gave up 93 to St. John’s and 96 to Boston College — provided a boost it hasn’t had all year. Boeheim has his lineup — and it can play defenseThroughout the season, head coach Jim Boeheim has been searching for the right lineup combinations. He’s finally settled on one with John Gillon, Tyus Battle, Andrew White, Roberson and Tyler Lydon. He played this group for more than 34 minutes against Miami on Wednesday and when he was asked about it after the game, he said he’ll stick with it if it keeps leading SU to wins.At the beginning of the season, Boeheim said it would take time for two freshmen and two grad transfers to acclimate to the 2-3 zone. With Thompson struggling defensively, Boeheim’s narrowed that down to just one freshman. Still, after Syracuse lost to Boston College on Jan. 1, Boeheim said his team should have picked up the defense by then.Less than a week later, Syracuse has turned around its season.SU remains efficient on offenseThe Orange backed up its most offensively efficient game against a major-conference opponent with another one. Against Miami, SU shot 56.8 percent from the field and on Saturday against Pitt, the Orange shot 51.9 percent from the field. Syracuse entered the game ranked 63rd in the country in adjusted offensive efficiency, per Kenpom.com.SU also made 14 3-pointers, its most against a major-conference opponent this season. The Orange moved the ball effectively and found the open player, whether Pitt was in a man-to-man defense or in its full-court trapping press.“Offensively we were just a little more aware of what we were trying to do,” Boeheim said after the Miami game. “Get Tyler Lydon in low a couple times. Try to get Andrew some shots. Try to get John some pick and rolls where he can get in the lane.”Syracuse did it again on Saturday as it had a balanced scoring attack with 20 points from Gillon, 21 points from White, 13 points from Lydon and 15 points from Battle. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 7, 2017 at 2:03 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschwedslast_img read more

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Guy Cohen – 888casino – Live and kicking

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Guy Cohen, VP B2C Casino at 888casino.com talks about current live casino trends, and what the future holds for the vertical.The live casino sector is enjoying a major rise in popularity and play right now, with no signs of slowing down. According to H2 Gambling Capital, by the end of the decade the market will be worth more than €1.9bn per year in Europe as more players are drawn to the authentic and interactive experience it offers.In order to achieve, or even surpass this, operators and suppliers will have to work closely together to ensure the live casino experience is constantly improved. This needs to be done via innovative new games and formats, as well as operators designing more studio/gaming environments that deliver variety to players.In recent months, we have launched a number of new games including Speed Roulette as well as an entirely new game variant via Evolution Gaming’s live money wheel game, Dream Catcher. Double Ball roulette is scheduled to follow in a few weeks’ time.Suppliers have also upped the ante when it comes to mobile live dealer; games can now be played seamlessly across all devices, with no downtime or significant differences in the quality of the live experience offered whether on desktop or mobile. This has opened live casino to a new demographic of mobile-only players.In addition, it is now possible for players to play games (including blackjack) in both portrait and landscape modes. This may not sound like a major breakthrough, but it has significantly improved the mobile experience for those who are playing while doing something else. Given the size of some smartphones it is much easier to hold the device in portrait mode.When it comes to designing and developing new casino environments, we have recently pulled back the curtain on an entirely new live dealer studio setting. The 888casino Elite Lounge has been designed for the VIP player.888casino understands that in order to ensure the live casino vertical continues to grow at its current pace, it is vital to provide tailored experiences that meet the various preferences and demands of the players.Obviously it is not just new studio environments that will be key to unlocking growth. Players flock to live dealer because of the authenticity and atmosphere they offer. Studio-based environments certainly provide this, but nothing beats the real thing. As such, we now offer games streamed live from the gaming floors of three prestigious land-based casinos, including the Dragonara Palace Casino in Malta with more planned.This takes the live experience to the next level. It means players are streaming from real roulette tables, located on the floors of real casinos, with real croupiers and most importantly other players that are real. These are people who have walked through the casino door. In addition to transporting players straight to the heart of the action, it has the added benefit of strengthening their trust in the game because the tables are being run by land-based operators.Dual-Play (as it is known) is an incredible experience and showcases just how powerful and cutting-edge live technology is. The big question is where it will go next and how the player experience can be enhanced even further. Some believe augmented and virtual reality hold the key to this, but at present I am undecided.This is partly because it is still early days for VR technology and it has yet to be adopted in mainstream online gaming, let alone with live dealers. In addition, I am unsure exactly how it will improve the experience, other than perhaps immersing players deeper in the digital/real-world casino environment.For the time being, I think that the major growth is going to come from the new formats and variants being developed and from operators designing new and exciting live casino studios and environments.It is certainly a hugely exciting vertical and one 888casino believes will become substantial in its own right over the next few yearslast_img read more

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Suarez set to return at Man Utd

first_imgLuis Suarez is in line to make his return from suspension at Old Trafford after Liverpool were drawn away to Manchester United in the third round of the Capital One Cup.The match, due to be played the week of September 23, marks the first time Suarez will be available for Liverpool since biting the arm of Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic.It will be the third time the two sides have met in this competition, the first since United’s 3-1 win at Old Trafford in October 1990.Brendan Rodgers would have been hoping for a kinder draw after Liverpool required extra time to overcome League One strugglers Notts County on Tuesday.Manchester City will host Wigan in a rematch of last season’s FA Cup final, with a significantly weakened Latics side expected to offer little resistance for Manuel Pellegrini’s men.Chelsea travel to League One Swindon Town, who eliminated QPR with a 2-0 win on Tuesday, in their opening fixture of the Capital One Cup this season. Arsenal also have a tricky all-Premier League clash with West Bromwich Albion, while Tottenham have been drawn a trip to Aston Villa.West Ham are set to play Cardiff, while Fulham will meet either Everton or Stevenage.All matches will be played on September 24/25.last_img read more

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Madi Adams, Mekenna Adams, Dietra Sober, Madi Lewellen are off to state in Wellington tennis

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The sister team of Madi and Mekenna Adams as well as Dietra Sober and Madi Lewellen will be representing Wellington at the Class 4A State tennis tournament at the Vaughn Tennis Center at Winfield.  Both teams advanced after finishing in the top six of the doubles competition at the Class 4A Regional in Pratt.Overall, the Crusader team finished third in the regional. Wichita Collegiate won the event with 24 points with Andover Central placing second with 16. Circle had 6, Wichita Trinity 3, and five other teams failed to scoreSingles players Lexi Saffell and Abby Lowe did not qualify.Adams and Adams finished third and both will be going to state for the second year in a row, although they didn’t play on the same team in 2014. Sober/Lewellen will be going to state for the first time.Mekenna AdamsMadi AdamsAdams/AdamsThe Adams family started day one as the No. 3 seed and had little trouble qualifying for state on Day 1.The pair beat Kenne/Stevens from Wichita Trinity 6-0, 6-0. They followed that performance with a rather easy win against Norris/Uhlenhop from Andover Central, the No. 6 seed, 6-1, 6-1.“Those two just took care of business on Friday,” said Brian Aufdengarten, Wellington head tennis coach. “I don’t believe we coached them one time they were on today.” After their qualification, the Wellington team raced back for the homecoming coronation and made it back in plenty of time. Both Sober and Madi Adams were in the coronation celebration with Sober crowned Duchess.On Saturday, Adams/Adams started out with No. 2 seeded Little/Maddex from Andover Central and led most of the first set before giving up three straight games. They lost the first set 7-5. The second set saw Wellington get out to a decent start leading 3-1, before Andover Central came back and won 6-4.“We were a little tight in that match, but Andover Central is a pretty decent team,” Aufdengarten said.Adams/Adams then played for third plac and held nothing back defeating Nussbaum/Cody from Collegiate 6-0, 6-1.“Wow what an ending for them,” Aufdengarten said. “They justy played so steady in that last match. It was great just watching a team that needs no coaching and that can take control of a match like the last one.”Dietra SoberMadi LewellenSober/LewellenSober and Lewellen received the No. 5 seed. The pair won their opening match over Allison/Wattemath of Circle 6-4, 6-1.In their next match against the No. 4 seed Nussbaum/Cody from Collegiate, Wellington started off well and led 5-3. Then the match turned into a hostile environment with many loud cheers from the crowd. Collegiate tied it up at 5-all, then it went to a tiebreak at 6-6, but Collegiate won 7-2.In the second set, Wellington jumped out 2-0, but showed a bit of nerves and lost six straight games.“Nerves got us in this match,” Aufdengarten said. “The crowd was loud on many shots and we just lost focus on the match itself.”Sober/Lewellen were still alive on day 2 but were in a do-or-die match with Kenne/Pennington of Wichita Trinity. The Wellington pair came out ready to play and won the first set 6-0. Then all of sudden the nerves set in against and the Wellington pair found themselves down 4-1.“We lost three deuce games in a row an just fell behind,” Aufdengarten said.Sober/Lewellen fought back and took a 6-5 lead, but then it went to a tiebreak. The same result of Day 1 tiebreak took place losing another one 7-4 this time. After a 10-minute break between sets, Sober/Lewellen knew they wanted it bad enough and jumped up 5-1. Then they lost the next game but held serve to win 6-2 and advance to state.“We were so proud of them making it,” Aufdengarten said. “These two we put together about midseason or later and we just had to get them to believe in doubles.”In their final match for fifth place, Sober/Lewellen took care of Morgan/Wicks from Circle 6-0, 6-2.“Once they qualified they just had fun and played and did extremely well,” Aufdengarten said.SaffellIn singles, Saffell drew an unfortunate draw and landed the No. 1 seed Ramsey from Collegiate.  She lost the match 6-0, 6-1.“But she played pretty decent against the powerful Ramsey,” Aufdengarten said. “Lexi had several points go to deuce and even got a game off of her.”LoweLowe received the No. 7 seed and had a close match against Acosta from Ulysses. She came out on top 6-4, 6-4.  In her next match she played the No. 2 seed Lair from Collegiate.  Lowe dropped that match 6-0, 6-0 to Lair, who would be the eventual champion on day two.The first win gave Lowe the opportunity to play on Day 2 to try and qualify for state.Lowe had to play the No. 3 seed Gahagan who got upset on day 1.  Gahagan showed her power game and never let Lowe in many points.  Lowe dropped the match 6-0, 6-0.“Abby played so well for us all season especially playing No. 1 singles as a sophomore,” Aufdengarten said.Lowe finishes her season 15-15.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Sunday editorial: An open letter to the Wellington City Council

first_imgDear Wellington City Council:Cool it!Please put to rest this absurd, stupid, and absolutely unnecessary controversy surrounding council member Kip Etter and his supposed resignation, forced step down or whatever you want to call it.It is clear from the video that Etter’s verbal resignation was done in haste and in a fit of anger, with little forethought.So why not treat it as such? Ignore it and move on.It is disappointing that Etter chose to behave this way, which is not worthy of the position that is bestowed upon him. There seems to be troubling repeated behavior for a man who has progressive and forward thinking ideas. I can only hope that Etter develops a sense of humility as he moves forward. I, myself, am willing to forgive him for past transgressions, because of his leadership potential of the future.It is also disappointing that Vince Wetta, a man I admire for his years of civil service, decided to shirk protocol and take matters in his own hand by hiring at-the-time prospective city manager candidate Shane Shields without the consultation of the full city council body. It was an arrogant move.It is disappointing the council never could come up with an orderly process in the first place for this important decision of hiring a city manager.It is disappointing that Mayor Shelley Hansel took it upon herself by telling Etter to step down when it appears through research she does not have the legal authority to do so.It is disappointing that Wellington City Attorney Mike Brown could not provide a more thorough legal opinion for Hansel to act upon.It is disappointing that Hansel has allowed this controversy to manifest itself. It is her job to keep control of the meetings, and to put insignificant issues to rest before they get out of hand.It is disappointing this council can’t follow an agenda.It is disappointing that in a time in which the city council has so many issues it needs to confront — whether it be budgetary shortfalls, aging infrastructure, falling buildings, raw water, or anything else that rears its ugly head — that it would allow itself to be sidetracked by a petty insignificant squabble.It is disappointing that by continuing this irrelevant controversy, the council risks another round of humiliating coverage from outside media sources.It is disappointing no one seems to realize the removal of Etter will only result in another round of political posturing from would be candidates, which could turn into another round of Facebook babbling if the right person is not supposedly chosen.It is disappointing that you, the council, seem not to realize that your credibility is at stake when you focus on trite, trivial manners.It is disappointing that any new development in this particular issue will result in wasted energy; time better served on subjects that actually mattered.It is disappointing that this episode even occurred. It is beneath you.It is time to move on. Allow Etter back on the seat and pretend like the whole thing never happened.You have bigger issues to worry about.Sincerely yours,Tracy McCue, publisher of Sumner Newscow.Follow us on Facebook.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (26) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +21 Vote up Vote down Pride · 207 weeks ago WELL SAID !!!! Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago +13 Vote up Vote down Oh boy · 207 weeks ago #nailedit Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +55 Vote up Vote down Paul · 207 weeks ago If we hold people to their words under emotion, we should hold Hansel accountable for her own actions and words in the past. When the State chose the site of the Sumer County casino to be Mulvane in 2008. Hansel did interviews on the drive home from Topeka filled with emotion. Hansel stated she was moving to Oklahoma and hoped the new Mulvane casino burned to the ground. Hansel also once resigned from the Executive Director position of the Wellington Chamber and then went back to the job, less than a year later. She eventually resigned a second time from the Wellington, Chamber. Hansel needs to look at her own behavior and intense emotions when she was disappointed about the Sumner County casino going to Mulvane. Hansel is holding Etter Accountable for his actions and out of Control Emotions at a level, that she does not feel should be applied to her own actions and out of control emotions in the past. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Anna · 207 weeks ago Well said Tracy!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Just me · 207 weeks ago With all due respect…it is disappointing that you think someone with Mr. Etter’s immaturity should continue on the council. It is disappointing that you cannot understand that for once someone (Mr. Wetta) stood up and tried to stem the unnecessary spending of Wellington’s limited bank account. It is disappointing that you don’t think the citizens of Wellington should have a voice on Facebook. If you don’t want “blabbing”, why do you have comment sections on all your articles? Could it be that it brings traffic to your paper??? Sorry, but your article was just plain disappointing all the way through. Report Reply 1 reply · active 207 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down With Much Respect · 207 weeks ago Tracy-Outstanding journalism in editorial writing! It was complete and thought out without the “Political Correctness” of the modern times!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +19 Vote up Vote down Jeff · 207 weeks ago It’s too late for most of the council members and mayor. The damage is done – fiscal stupidity, poor judgement, cronyism, and the stranglehold they have put on Joe Citizen through the ever-nefarious utility bill – the world now knows whats what in Wellington. Once you turn a cucumber into a pickle, it cannot *ever* be a cucumber again. This mess is sure to get worse, as complaints, rumors and investigations continuer to ramp up. Mr. Etter’s “episode” is *nothing* compared to what’s behind the veil of secrecy and darkness. Mediocrity is its own reward. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down Charlotte Brooks · 207 weeks ago It is disappointing that for several months we have working with a family from California that we have urged them to move to Wellington to experience the love and joy of small town living. 4 moved here last week( hardworking may I say, one is already working, one will start the middle school and the other two are financially secure people that will add to our city) amid this discord and have had a front row seat to this through media and to be honest I have been embarrassed. They have 7 more adult children back in California with more grandkids that we are urging them to move here for a more peaceful life and that is the plan God willing in the next few months. Now as Tracy said let’s do whatever it takes put this behind us and get back to the town I moved to 17 years ago where we had patience and kindness for one another even when we don’t always agree. I am sure the wrong is shared by all to a point but who cares. There is good in every council member. A gentle answer turns away wrath. Report Reply 0 replies · active 207 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down SMACKDADDY · 207 weeks ago How can Wellington justify charging so much for our electric bills? Is there not something the state can do about it? Report Reply 0 replies · active 205 weeks ago +38 Vote up Vote down JJ Quain · 207 weeks ago I’d be curious to understand what qualities Mr. Etter has shown that would lead anyone to believe there is leadership potential, based solely on his history of deeds, actions, or statements. It’s been made fairly obvious that personal accountability is a somewhat foreign concept to Mr. Etter. Once introduced to it, he has actively run from the notion that he should be held accountable for his actions. Mr. Etter also exhibits the uncanny ability to consistently be misquoted or have his words taken out of context; he either lacks the ability to think before he speaks, has an unfortunate quality of not actually meaning anything he says, or simply does not possess the skills to clearly articulate his thoughts in a manner which can easily be understood by others. Combine that with his complete inability to check his emotional outbursts when something doesn’t go his way, he seems an overall poor representative for the city of Wellington and its people. Even so, it seems a certain segment of the population is again willing to shrug and say “Oh, that’s just Kip being Kip, he didn’t *mean* anything by it” and is perfectly content allowing the continuing cycle of Mr. Etter being completely free of any repercussions based on his actions Remember, regardless the action or outcome, it’s just not feasible or reasonable to even fathom that it could be Mr. Etter’s fault; nothing ever is. 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Volunteer coucil speaks to county

first_img“Before \ came in, we had no way to access county services, or to communicate with them,” said Chavez, 64, a South Whittier resident for more than 40 years. “Their offices are way downtown in L.A. We don’t have a city hall and all the functions that a city hall provides. So people often wouldn’t know who to call.” The idea for an unofficial governing body in unincorporated areas was in its infancy when the WCCCC was formed, said Ralph Pacheco, a former president of the group. However, the WCCCC, which originally was called the South Whittier Coordinating Council, was more “dynamic” and “more of a quasi-government” than the handful of other coordinating councils in Los Angeles County, he said. Today, the council has nearly 700 members on its mailing list and a seven-member appointed board. A board meeting and a separate general meeting for members are each held once a month. Pacheco said a field representative from the offices of county Supervisors Don Knabe and Gloria Molina – who share South Whittier – attend the meetings, as well as a sheriff’s deputy and a California Highway Patrol officer. SOUTH WHITTIER – Without the Whittier County Community Coordinating Council, unincorporated South Whittier residents would be without a vital link to county government, the council’s newly elected president said. Since 1987, the WCCCC, the area’s unofficial – and unelected – all-volunteer “city council,” has stepped in to fill a void usually occupied by a local government. Before the WCCCC was established, residents in South Whittier had little contact with the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, WCCCC President Octavio Chavez said. The county board oversees an enormous bureaucracy that can often seem remote and slow to respond to local needs, Chavez said. “There was a model in place in other parts of the county,” Pacheco said. “The concept wasn’t exactly new, but it was relatively new.” Over the 20 years since its inception, Pacheco said the council has been instrumental in attracting more than $50 million in affordable housing and infrastructure improvement for the area. “Our first task was to do a community-needs assessment,” Pacheco said. “Everything from social services, graffiti abatement, infrastructure, sewers, medians, lighting, signals, etc. Back in the day, those things didn’t exist – at all. Some corners had no stop signs or traffic lights.” Pacheco said the council’s most tangible accomplishment was the establishment of the Community Resource Center on Laurel Avenue. However, not all residents have been happy with the limits resulting from the WCCCC’s unofficial status. Resident Butch Redman said people in his Sunshine Acres neighborhood still feel their concerns have been ignored by all governing bodies. The WCCCC “stir up the pot, but don’t do anything because they’re powerless,” Redman said. “They help people get warm feelings and it settles them down, is all. But we still get ignored by the county.” But Chavez said the WCCCC was at least able to create a line of communication between county officials and residents and that didn’t exist before 1987. pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 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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Luther Burbank wins state honor

first_imgThe campus, which has about 1,000 seventh- and eighth-graders, received the recognition in 1985 and 1994. But Principal Anita Schackmann said there is more work ahead. Burbank Middle’s score on the state Academic Performance Index – 755 points – is slightly behind the Burbank Unified School District’s other two middle schools. Still, Schackmann said the school, which has a larger portion of the district’s financially disadvantaged and English-learning students, has made strides. Other local schools receiving the honor include Rosemont Middle School in Glendale, which was previously recognized in 1986, 1990, 1994 and 2003. The following schools from the Los Angeles Unified School District also received the award: Nobel Middle/Nobel Math Science Technology Magnet in Northridge; Robert Millikan Middle School & Performing Arts Magnet in Sherman Oaks; Valley Alternative Magnet in Van Nuys; George K. Porter Middle/Gifted Magnet in Granada Hills; High Tech High-Los Angeles in Lake Balboa; and Harbor Teacher Preparation Academy in Wilmington. BURBANK – For the teachers of Luther Burbank Middle School, giving up their lunch lounge to make room for a science lab was just part of the job. This act, along with improving test scores, won the campus the distinction Monday as a California Distinguished School, one of 171 middle and high schools statewide recognized with the award this year. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell broke the news before two dozen teachers in a surprise visit. “They’re making their work relevant to the real world,” he said, pointing to the school’s culinary arts program. “It’s obviously a very dedicated, hard-working staff. They’ve given up their cafeteria – their faculty lounge – so it could be science labs that can be used while the school is being modernized.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want 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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