Arcata >> League is over for the Del Norte and Arcata volleyball teams and both shared the Big 5 championship.However, there was still some volleyball to be played between the rivals however, only this time it was for home-court advantage in the playoffs. The team that will host a to-be-determined team — as North Coast Section seeding brackets come out Sunday — will be the Warriors (21-5 overall, 7-1 Big 5) after they beat the Tigers (19-8, 7-1) Friday night in a four-set showdown at 25-20, …
Since Monday night’s spat during a game against the Clippers, there’s been a foreboding energy floating over the Warriors that’s impossible to mistranslate:This is the end.Green’s first on-the-record, public comments Thursday didn’t clear that air, either.“Kevin and I spoke. We’re moving forward,” Green said. “Nobody in this organization — not myself, not Kevin, not anybody else — is going to beat us. If you’re one of those 29 other teams, you’ve got to beat us. We’re not going to beat us. …
The children of Wings of Hope enjoy a swim. (Image: Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation)The Kgosi Neighbourhood Foundation (KNF) believes pre-school is one of the most important elements in a child’s education, and its offering to this age group is a beacon of hope for families with small children in Johannesburg’s inner city suburb of Jeppestown.Global engineering design and project management group DRA shares the same sentiment and decided to join forces with KNF and help the people of the impoverished area. Community development is part of South Africa’s National Development Plan or Vision 2030, which seeks to build sustainable human settlements and improved quality of household life.DRA engineer Mark Cresswell joined the organisation as chairman of the committee in 2005. “Most of the original members are still trustees of KNF, which was formed to run a school and other outreach projects with the aim of helping to uplift the whole area,” he told SA Goodnews.WINGS OF HOPEMore than 80 children attend the foundation’s Wings of Hope school in Jeppestown, where they are cared for and given a free foundation level education to prepare them for their years to follow at primary school.They come from disadvantaged homes where there are few opportunities to play with something as simple as a toy. Most of these children arrive not knowing how to colour in with crayons or even read a picture book.KNF provides all of this and more to the pre-schoolers so that when they join Grade 1 they have the foundation to help them succeed.“These little ones receive a high quality education from KNF. They also get two hot meals and a decent snack every day plus medical care if necessary and loads of love, care and support,” Cresswell said. “Ultimately, I have seen our past graduates go into Grade 1 with confidence and knowledge.”Since Wings of Hope opened, it has grown from two classes of 20 pupils to four classes of 25 pupils. The enrolment has been steady at 100 pupils for the last few years, which means a large portion of the disadvantaged Jeppestown children are being given the opportunity of a better education.HOW IT STARTEDKNF was founded in 2000 by Sister Natalie Kuhn, a Dominican nun who was nearing retirement from her position as headmistress of the Dominican Convent School (DCS) in Jeppestown.She had been working in the area for years and had noticed the growing numbers of young children idly sitting on the street corners. She realised that she was witnessing the future’s potential street children and decided to do something about it.Having always had a passion for pre-school education, she came up with the idea to turn one of the houses surrounding the core buildings at DCS into a pre-primary school. A fellow nun helped set up the school with inheritance money. In 2005, a committee was formed that included Cresswell as the chairman.Sister Natalie died in 2013 but her good work continues with the help of companies like DRA.With the pre-primary filled quickly, Cresswell and his fellow committee members began to recognise it was not enough to only provide a strong educational foundation to the children in their care.“Once they graduate from pre-school and enter government schools, the children face uncertainty at home. Often there is not enough to eat and the children have to move from one home to another because their parents cannot afford to pay the rapidly rising rent,” he said.“Without stability and adequate nutrition the children struggle to concentrate and progress with their studies.”KNF HELPS FAMILIESIn response, KNF started sending the parents to accredited cooking, home-based care and cleaning courses. “Unfortunately, the courses are costly, so we are not able to assist every family.”Those who have received training have been able to find employment, which has greatly increased the chances of stability in their homes.KNF has also provided training and skills development to nine employees. “Six parents are now fully qualified pre-school teachers and three others work as support staff, cooking for 100 people each day and caring for the environment around them,” said Cresswell.Through a monthly donation that started in 2008, DRA has invested more than R1.3-million in the organisation.PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? Do you know anybody who is going out of their way to participate in the development of South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.
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Arsene Wenger left Arsenal back in May, after 22 years in charge. But the Frencheman may be back on the touchline sooner than expected.He recetly told the German newspaper Bild, that he expects to be back in work in the New Year and has fielded enquiries from all over the world.He said did not know what his next job would be but he felt rested and am ready to work again.”I believe (I will) start again on Jan. 1. I don’t know (where) yet,” the Frenchman told German newspaper Bild in an interview published on Wednesday.”There are associations, national teams, it could be also in Japan,” added the 68-year-old who coached Japanese club Nagoya Grampus Eight before joining Arsenal.”From my 22 years at Arsenal, I have big experience on different levels. There are enquiries from all over the world.”Wenger won three Premier League titles at Arsenal but his final years at the north London club were more turbulent.He endured a barrage of criticism from fans and pundits in the latter part of his reign for his tactical approach and perceived failings in the transfer market as the London club went 14 seasons without lifting the Premier League trophy.Wenger also said that Germany need Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil to come out of international retirement. Ozil announced the end of his Germany career shortly after returning from the World Cup in Russia.He had been widely criticised for posing alongside Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a photograph in May which also featured Germany team mate Ilkay Gundogan.advertisementOzil, a member of the 2014 World Cup-winning team, said he had faced “racism and disrespect” because of his Turkish roots.”I believe that Germany needs Ozil. I hope that (manager) Joachim Loew can convince him that he will come back,” Wenger said.”Ozil is a super football player, was not the worst in the World Cup. I did not love that he left the German national team.”I love it when the players are as good as possible. He loses a bit if he does not play at an international level.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Four stories in the news for Tuesday, Feb. 19———SNC-LAVALIN STORM AWAITS RETURNING MPSThe opposition parties are charging back into the House of Commons today, loaded with questions for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about what his office did to try to help the embattled Montreal engineering company SNC-Lavalin in its corruption case. Before MPs left for a week in their ridings, Jody Wilson-Raybould was veterans affairs minister and Gerald Butts was Trudeau’s principal secretary, his closest adviser. Now they’ve both quit and it’s still not clear what Butts or anyone else in the Prime Minister’s Office might have done to push Wilson-Raybould on SNC-Lavalin when she was attorney general and had a say over the charges the company faces.———WILSON-RAYBOULD SUPPORTED BY MANY RIDING RESIDENTSCommunity leaders in MP Jody Wilson-Raybould’s Vancouver Granville riding say they’re disappointed she’s no longer in cabinet, but they respect her decision to resign. Reverend Steven Epperson says many members of his Unitarian Church of Vancouver are more left-wing than the governing Liberals, but they deeply admire Wilson-Raybould. He says they think what’s happened is a tragedy and they hope she remains in politics and continues to represent the riding as an MP. Wilson-Raybould resigned from cabinet last week amid allegations the Prime Minister’s Office pressured her when she was attorney general to drop criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.———PRO-PIPELINE PROTEST CONVOY NEARING OTTAWAA convoy of angry Albertans and other westerners rolls into Ottawa today for a mass protest against federal energy and environmental policies that has also become a magnet for extremist, anti-immigrant elements. A couple of hundred vehicles are expected on Parliament Hill as part of the United We Roll convoy, which began in Red Deer, Alta., on Thursday and made its way east over four days with stops for rallies along the way. The protesters want the Liberal government to scrap the carbon tax and two bills that overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects and ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia.———MAN SEEKS PAROLE IN MANSLAUGHTER OF WIFEA man who strangled his wife and concealed her body in the family home after enduring what he described as years of domestic abuse is scheduled for his first parole hearing today. Allan Shyback was convicted in 2017 of manslaughter and indignity to a body in the 2012 death of Lisa Mitchell in the Calgary home they shared with their children. His original seven-year prison term was appealed and last October the Alberta Court of Appeal added an additional three years to the sentence, saying that the judge made sentencing errors. Shyback has been in custody since 2014.———ALSO IN THE NEWS:— Lawyers are expected to be in a Toronto court today arguing for a new trial for Raed Jaser and Chiheb Esseghaier. The two men convicted of plotting to derail a passenger train.— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will provide an update today on the crude-by-rail negotiations.— A coroner’s inquest is held into the death of Gurwinder Singh Mann, who was injured in 2013 in the custody of Correctional Services Canada.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsA healing gathering took place near Fort McMurray, Alberta this weekend.One of its goals was to help raise awareness of the impact the oil industry is having on the environment.APTN’s Chris Stewart was there and has this story.
MILAN — Chinese consumers will remain the driving force for luxury goods market, according to a new study by Bain consultancy released Thursday that shows they will fuel nearly half of global high-end sales by 2025.Chinese shoppers will account for 46 per cent of global luxury sales of an estimated 365 billion euros ($412 billion) in just six years, Bain said in the study, which was prepared for Italy’s Altagamma association of high-end producers. That’s up from one third of all sales of luxury apparel, accessories and cosmetics last year.Bain partner Claudia D’Arpizio says half of those purchases will be made in China, as price differences between countries fade and brands improve the customer experience in China.Bain said luxury sales this year are forecast to grow 2 per cent to 260 billion euros, in figures restated to exclude luxury art, design and decor. Taking into account both luxury goods and experiences, the market is expected to grow by 5 per cent to 1.2 trillion euros globally.Luxury goods sales in China this year are forecast to be up 18 per cent to 23 billion euros. Europe and the Americas, still the two largest markets, remain flat due to strong currencies, totalling 84 billion euros and 80 billion euros, respectively.D’Arpizio said that Bain identifies five different generations of luxury goods consumers in the current market, from those born before 1945 whose spending focuses more on experiences than hard luxury, to current teenagers who favour casual wear like expensive sneakers.“This is an opportunity for brands to cheery pick the customer. Loro Piana and Balenciaga have different customer bases, while Gucci or Louis Vuitton can be relevant for teen-agers or older customers,” she said.“That is why we are very positive on the market going forward,” she said, with annual growth of 3 per cent to 5 per cent.Colleen Barry, The Associated Press
Beijing: Researchers said Monday they have discovered more than 7,000 new microbial species from the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian oceans, enhancing our understanding of biodiversity in the world seas. The scientists at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) discovered the microbial species, including Acidobacteria — a natural medicinal phylum containing the CRISPR gene editing system found at sea for the first time. Over a span of eight years, the team developed biofilms with the water samples on different materials, eventually discovering the new biofilm-forming species and 10 new bacterial phyla. The finding, published in the journal Nature Communications, contradicts the existing belief that the world has only 35,000 marine microbial species and 80 bacterial phyla. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingIt enhances our knowledge in microbial biodiversity of the oceans, bringing hope for the development of new drugs, researchers said. Acidobacteria — one of the new marine phyla identified in this research only exist in terrestrial soils, and has been used for developing novel antibiotics and anti-tumour drugs due to its high level of biosynthetic gene clusters. This marine phylum not only shares functions of its terrestrial counterpart, but is also the first ocean species found to contain the CRISPR gene-editing system, researchers said.