Photos of bygone cinema stars conjure memories for residents of Aurora…

first_img Helen Cook dances during a vintage Hollywood photo exhibit on Friday Oct. 14, 2016 at Chelsea Place. Ken Gustafson, executive chef at Chelsea Place, brought photos from his wife’s Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas for the residents. The staff made a party out of the occasion.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel Joan Silar dances with her husband, Jim Silar, who is a resident at Chelsea Place, during a vintage Hollywood photo exhibit on Friday Oct. 14, 2016 at Chelsea Place. Ken Gustafson, executive chef at Chelsea Place, brought photos from his wife’s Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas for the residents. The staff made a party out of the occasion.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinel AURORA | For 95-year-old Warren Cateron, the recognition is almost instant. “That looks like Bob Hope,” Cateron, a World War II veteran and former U.S. Army mechanic, says when presented with a black-and-white photo of the indelible entertainer. Jenni Seaman, life engagement director at local memory care facility Chelsea Place, confirms Cateron’s tentative recognition. “That does look a lot like Bob Hope,” she says with a proud smile, unfurling from a crouch beside Cateron’s wheelchair. Seaman’s awe is palpable as she explains that Cateron’s faculties, especially those pertaining to recognizing and identifying people, aren’t typically so sharp.“If I asked him his daughter’s name, he couldn’t tell me,” she says. “But he could look at that photo and immediately know what’s up. It’s so cool.” Gwen Sowell sings during a vintage Hollywood photo exhibit on Friday Oct. 14, 2016 at Chelsea Place. Ken Gustafson, executive chef at Chelsea Place, brought photos from his wife’s Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas for the residents. The staff made a party out of the occasion.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinelcenter_img Moments like those have become regular, but fleeting occurrences at Chelsea Place in recent months thanks to a newly uncovered trove of monochromatic images that hearken back to an erstwhile age of cinema. Seaman has been using a collection of more than 40 autographed photos of 1940s film stars to jog the memories of the some 50 residents who live at the facility on East Quincy Avenue.“You’re able to see how they’re able to recall these things from their long-term memory,” she says of the photos. “Even someone who can’t recognize a son or daughter can recognize these stars.”The series of framed photos, which feature enduring celebrities like Rita Hayworth, Bette Davis and John Wayne, came to Chelsea Place by way of the facility’s dietary director and chef, Ken Gustafson. The cook’s wife, Gwen Writer, had procured the photos from her father, who, along with a business partner, owned and operated The Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas, for several decades. Once a beacon of midwest entertainment, actors and actresses visiting The Dream, which was recently renovated by Russell Historical Society, would almost always leave behind an autographed headshot, according to Gustafson. Gustafson said, while he and Writer displayed many of the photos in a now-closed restaurant they ran for nearly 20 years in Georgetown, called Raven Hill Mining Company, the images have not been exhibited as a complete set in several decades.That changed last Friday, when the photos were presented as a collection during a small exhibition and community outreach event at Chelsea Place.Seaman said, for residents like 90-year-old Ruth Updike, the gathering offered more than a chance to fawn over the faces of the silver screen; it brought out memories of a faded lifetime that can often be elusive to retrieve.“With Ruth seeing John Wayne, it was not just, ‘I remember a movie star,’” Seaman said. “It’s ‘I remember watching westerns with my husband on our ranch, and I remember riding my horse, and my horse’s name was Whiskey.’“It’s drawing all of those things out by just standing in front of the room and literally holding a photo.”Updike, a native of Craig, glowed when shown the photo of Wayne.“Oh my heavens,” the nonagenarian said. “He’s one of my favorites.”The photo exhibition has taken on additional, sobering meaning for Seaman, who said the collection has provided her extra opportunities to learn about the public history of Alzheimer’s disease. The first photo Seaman showed some of the Chelsea Place residents was of actress Rita Hayworth, who died in 1987 at the age of 68 of complications tied to Alzheimer’s. Hayworth is widely credited with bringing much-needed public awareness to the disease, which currently affects about 5.4 million Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. About 11 percent of Americans over the age of 65, and about 32 percent over the age of 85 have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the organization.Seaman said she supports public figures like Hayworth disclosing their struggles with the illness in an effort to bring further recognition and, hopefully, additional funding for research.“I just think (public acknowledgement) does so much good; to not hide it away and to not keep it from the world,” she said. “We rely on public figures and private citizens to be open about their journey, what that looks like and that it’s still a life worth living.” Joan Silar and her husband, Jim Silar, who is a resident at Chelsea Place, look at some of the photos during a vintage Hollywood photo exhibit on Friday Oct. 14, 2016 at Chelsea Place. Ken Gustafson, executive chef at Chelsea Place, brought photos from his wife’s Dream Theater in Russell, Kansas for the residents. The staff made a party out of the occasion.Photo by Gabriel Christus/Aurora Sentinellast_img read more

‘Emma’ brings matchmaking play to Aurora

first_imgYou know that one kind yet ultimately misguided person in the group that plays ‘The Game of Life’ with their friends? Well, Harriet Smith knows just about that. No, she’s not on the latest ‘Dr. Phil,’ she’s the focus of Emma Woodhouse’s machinations of love in the aptly titled musical ‘Emma.’ An adaption of Jane Austen’s book, Emma is all witty, beautiful, and spoiled. Naturally, she sets her meddling mind to matchmake for others, vowing to never fall in love herself.Of course, this only leads to her falling in love.Shows are Friday and Saturday, 7:30 P.M. and Sunday at 2:30 P.M., now until Aug. 18. Monday show at 7:30 P.M., July 29. Tickets range from $16-$32. Vintage Theatre,1468 Dayton St. 303-856-7830.last_img read more

Blacky wins three in a row and inaugural Monthly Mug

first_imgEveryone was running early so we departed the G.S. in 2 minivans 10 minutes ahead of schedule at 8.20 am and after an excellent run through Pattaya Monday morning traffic we arrived at the course just 55 minutes later.  The course was, yes – you guessed it, almost deserted and after a relaxing preparation time and putting practice for some we sent our first group, once more a Gosnells Golf Club four-ball away 18 minutes early at 9.42 am. PSC golf from The Growling SwanMonday, June 25, Royal Lakeside – StablefordA good low season contingent of 14 golfers assembled at The Growling Swan in readiness for the longish road trip to the challenging Royal Lakeside and we welcomed first timers Ebrahim & Bernie McCart.  We also welcomed back Frank Donnelly from his 3 week stint as a tourist guide showing family from Australia around.  A hearty “Bon Voyage” was afforded to Dick Braimbridge who will shortly be returning to Queensland, Australia for about 3 months and also Dr Brian Vale & Wayne Harman who are off back to Perth, Western Australia in the next couple of days. Monday Compass winner Brian (Doc) Vale, Deefa the Dog & winner Peter Blackburn.The new caddies’ uniforms looked very smart and we teed off into a very stiff breeze which indicated it was going to be a tough day for some and indeed that’s the way in turned out.  The golf course was in fantastic shape with the greens as good as I’ve ever seen them and to top it off our caddies were disciplined, informative whilst being lots of fun at the same time.The breeze did cool things down somewhat although at times it did seem fairly hot and after a sub 2 hour front nine we continued at a cracking pace and finished our round in three hours & fifty minutes.With the smallish field we had just the one flight with five podium spots and there were rewards for long putts on holes nine & eighteen with sponsorship help from Mike “Hunter” Gosden.As mentioned previously the going was quite tough with not one golfer able to play to their handicap or better.  After a last start win your writer managed to continue his good form and finished in first place with 35 points, one ahead of Bo Cardwell in second place with Jerry Dobbs third one point further back.A count back was necessary to determine fourth & fifth places with Ken “let’s hear it for” Bernek (14 point back nine, 10 points on last 6 holes & 6 points on last 3 holes) edging out Alain “Inspector Clouseau” Taddei (14 point back nine, 10 points on last 6 holes & 5 points on last 3 holes).  Both of them had 31 points.1st Peter Blackburn (12) 35pts2nd Bo Cardwell (23) 34pts3rd Jerry Dobbs (22) 33pts4th Ken Bernek (16) 31pts5th Alain Taddei (18) 31ptsLong Putts:  9th – Wayne Harman; 18th – Wayne HarmanDr Brian Vale also had back to back wins but alas, it was the Compass Cap (awarded to the golfer with the worst score on the day) so at least he finished his stay with us on a winning note!  Deefa the Dog was of course present and paraded by Hunter resulting in many donations to charity from our generous Growling Swan group.Ken Cornwall, Jerry Dobbs & Peter Blackburn.Back at The Growling Swan afterwards the main topic of conversation was the upcoming inaugural Monthly Mug which was in 3 days time.  Even as we sat there drinking we had two more golfers sign up which left us with just one spot to fill.  Dick rang the bell due to his imminent departure which was appreciated by all.Thursday, June 28, Treasure Hill – Monthly Mug/StrokeThere was a terrific buzz in the air on this morning as we assembled at The Growling Swan, all keen to compete for the very first Growling Swan Monthly Mug.  Peter Grey’s complimentary tea & coffee was flowing and we had many old and new faces in the record field of 25.We welcomed first timers Rhys Allen (son of Andrew) from Melbourne, Noel Moore from Philippines/Australia, and Aussies Peter Starr, Tony Olcorn & Vince Romeo along with Dave Norman from the A Team Bar here in Pattaya.  It was also great to have back for another 6 weeks Talkeshi Hakozaki from Japan, Hugh O’Donnell from Spain, Don Richardson from Ireland and of course Graham Buckingham after his trip to Bangkok to compete in an International Scrabble Tournament.Several people elected to drive to the Treasure Hill course and the rest piled into 2 minivans as we departed the G.S. right on our scheduled departure time of 8.30 am.  After a 48 minute drive we arrived at the course to find that despite being a Sport’s Day with a 500 baht green fee the course was practically deserted.  We were in no hurry as we prepared for this special occasion and our first four-ball consisting of myself, Mashi, Hunter & Buckers teed off 5 minutes ahead of our scheduled 10.00 am tee time.The weather was terrific although a bit overcast at first but we knew that nothing was going to put a damper on this special day.  I must once more mention the improvement in this golf course as it was in terrific condition with the greens absolutely superb and a credit to the green keeper & his staff.  It was of course a Monthly Mug which meant playing a stroke round and sure enough this tough layout caught one or two golfers out.Buckers was going great guns until the 12th hole where he got into all sorts of trouble and ended up with an eleven which effectively put paid to his chances of winning the Mug.  Hunter & I were travelling quite well and neck & neck down the home stretch while Mashi, although fairly consistent was not having one of his better days.  We proceeded at a very good pace considering it was a stroke round and even with 2 drinks breaks we completed our full round in four hours & ten minutes.A terrific day’s golf at a lovely though challenging course with very good company.  It was very pleasing to hear the comments from all after that the day was an outstanding success and everyone was looking forward to the next Monthly Mug at Mountain Shadow in July.With the 25 starters we were able to have 2 flights and there were rewards for nearest the pins on the four par threes plus nearest first putts on the ninth & eighteenth greens.  As we had nine players who not yet had handicaps they were put in the second flight which we named the Callaway Grade & their scores were calculated using the Callaway Scoring System.Your humble organizer & correspondent continued his form of the last 2 outings and managed to win the very first Growling Swan Monthly Mug on a count back from Mike (Hunter) Gosden.  We both had a net 73 but my net 33 on the back nine got me home as Hunter had net 35.In third spot came Takeshi Hakozaki with a net 74 and the luckless Graham Buckingham finished fourth with a net 75.  In a count back for fifth & sixth Don Richardson (net 77 with net 36 on the back nine) edged out Bo Cardwell (net 77 with net 39 on the back nine).In the Callaway Grade the winner of the Growling Swan Monthly Glass was Ken Cornwall with a net 73, one better than runner up Bernie McCart.  In a count back for third place with both golfers on net 76, Vincent Romeo (51 back nine) took the honors with Fred Dineley (53 back nine) just missing out.Monthly Mug1st Peter Blackburn (12) net 732nd Mike Gosden (11) net 733rd Takeshi Hakozaki (13) net 744th Grahsm Buckingham (24) net 755th Don Richardson (13) net 776th Bo Cardwell (23) net 77Callaway Comp1st Ken Cornwall net 732nd Bernie McCart net 743rd Vincent Romeo net 76Near Pins:  2nd – Mike Allidi; 6th – Peter Starr; 13th – Ebrahim; 17th – Stu RifkinLong Putts:  9th – Ken Cornwall; 18th – Mashi KanetaThe winner of the Compass Cap (awarded for the worst score of the day) went to Aussie Jerry Dobbs and Hunter paraded Deefa the Dog who of course collected many donations to charity from our very generous Growling Swan crew.Presentations of course were back at The Growling Swan on this occasion and many thanks go to Peter Grey for sponsoring this event and providing a delicious chicken meal for everyone.  Yours truly took advantage of the “I won the mug, you fill it up” rule and along with most of the others stayed for several hours of fun and merriment.Note:  Growling Swan Golf welcomes golfers of any persuasion – low & high handicappers alike, female golfers and beginners.  We generally play Mondays & Thursdays, meeting at The Growling Swan (formerly The Bunker Bar) in Soi Chaiyapoon at 8.00 am with transport departing at 8.30 am.  For bookings or more information please contact Peter on 0806 351 386 or email to read more

Standardbred Fund Series replaces Sire Stakes’ Green Acres Division

first_imgThe deadline for registering mares to New Jersey’s new Standardbred Development Fund Series is Jan. 15.Beginning with the foal crop of 2014, the Standardbred Development Fund (SDF) Series will replace the Green Acres Division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. The first of the new stakes races will be contested in 2016.“The SDF will be open to the traditional New Jersey-sired horses, plus horses whose dam resided in New Jersey for a minimum of 150 consecutive days prior to and including foaling,” said Chris Castens, executive director of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, which administers the program, in a press release. “These events will be open to the eligible foals without regard to the location of the sire. So a horse by a New York or Pennsylvaniabased sire would be eligible to the SDF if the broodmare resides in New Jersey for the required number of days and foals in-state.“If the offspring is by a New Jersey-based stallion, no registration is necessary,” Castens added. “However, for matings involving out-of-state stallions and New Jersey-resident mares, a mare nomination form must be submitted along with a fee of $100. And it must be postmarked by January 15, 2014.”Subsequent payments to continue eligibility include yearling nominations and sustaining payments during a horse’s 2- and 3-year-old seasons.“The dates of the races will not be established until the fall of 2015,” Castens said. “We expect that races will be held at the Meadowlands and/or Freehold Raceway. Purses will be established by the New Jersey Sire Stakes Board of Trustees at a later date, but should at least approximate what is offered in the Green Acres. If there are a large number of participants, I expect the purses will be greater than those of the current Green Acres.”The full rules and registration form are available at further information, contact Chris Castens at or by calling 609-292-8830.last_img read more

Diones resets PH mark, beats SEAG champ

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. But erasing the national mark wasn’t the only milestone that Diones accomplished on a cool Saturday morning at the Ilagan Sports Complex.His record-setting 16.70-meter jump on the sixth and last try also broke the heart of Malaysian Muhammad Hakimi Ismail, the current Southeast Asian Games champion and record-holder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I’m really looking at breaking the SEA Games record,’’ said Diones in Filipino. “I’m happy with the result, but I guess I have to train more to achieve it,’’ added the 24-year-old national team mainstay from Libmanan, Camarines Sur.Ismail, who holds the 16.76m SEAG standard with a golden effort in the 2015 Singapore SEAG, faulted in his first five attempts and registered 16.06m on the final jump for the silver medal. Sanjaya Sandaruwan Jayasir of Sri Lanka placed third with 15.69m. After landing fourth and missing the medal ceremony two years ago in Singapore, Diones is now in the conversation for the gold with the vast improvement he’s been showing the past six months.Back in November last year, he broke the seven-year 16.12m record of Joebert Delicano with a 16.29m leap during the weekly relay at Philsports organized by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association.Diones will now train for three months in Perth, Australia for a golden push to the SEAG on Aug. 19-31.“Our main target is for Harry to jump 17 meters, so expect him to improve some more in the coming months,’’ said national coach Jojo Posadas. “No Filipino has ever gone to that mark.’’Diones’ feat overshadowed the record-breaker of the PH men’s 4x100m relay team composed of Eric Shauwn Cray, Trenten Beram, Anfernee Lopena and Jomar Udtohan.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Generika-Ayala salvages fourth place View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely New Philippine record in men’s triple jump by Harry Diones (left). Photo by June NavarroILAGAN CITY—-Count Mark Harry Diones as a sure-fire bet for the Philippines in the medal podium of the coming Southeast Asian Games.The country’s premier triple-jump specialist shattered his own national record anew with a golden performance in the 2017 Ayala Philippine National Open Invitational Athletics Championships.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town LATEST STORIES The quartet’s 40.29-second run for the gold eclipsed the old mark of 40.55 set by Arnold Villarube, Ralph Waldy Soguilon, Albert Salcedo and Henry Dagmil during the 2005 Manila SEAG.Other winners on the penultimate day of competition were Cesar Castaneto (5000m run), Arniel Ferrera (hammer throw), Mary Angelie Arano (girls’ 800m), Gideon Arellano (boys’ shot put), Mariano Masano (boys’ 800m), Vincent Vianmar Dela Cruz (boys’ 5000m walk), Johnrey Magallanes (boys’ pole vault) and Lopena (men’s 100m).Christabel Martes secured her second gold in the women’s 5000m after winning the 10,000m run on Thursday while middle-distance runner Marco Vilog topped the men’s 800m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Guyana urged to take lessons from oil-producing nations

first_imgGuyana’s management of its oil resources came up for discussion at the opening of the XXVI La Jolla Energy Conference in California with Director of Energy at the Inter-American Dialogue, Lisa Viscidi, saying that the major issue for the country was to avoid the problems other countries have experienced in its quest to takeThe panel discussion on “Trump Administration and Hemispheric Energy Police: Surveying US Energy Policymaking, Executive Orders, Boarder Adjustment Taxes and Regional Energy Trade” at Hilton Hotel, La Jolla, Californiaadvantage of the new find.Speaking on a panel discussion entitled, “Trump Administration and Hemispheric Energy Police: Surveying US Energy Policymaking, Executive Orders, Boarder Adjustment Taxes and Regional Energy Trade”, Viscidi noted that Guyana should take lessons from oil-producing countries.“I think the major issue is how they (Guyana) will manage the revenue. How are they going to manage the local industry (and) avoid some of the problems that other countries (experienced) and trying to take advantage of this new find without kind of messing it up.”She also noted that she was unaware if the United States has a position on the border controversy with Guyana and Venezuela, but conceded that the issue has gotten more attention from the US Congress.Viscidi told the conference that there were some members of the Western Hemisphere Sub-Committee that travel to South America and take an interest in energy issues.“So, there might be some interest from that point of view. But for now, it’s not really clear what the US will do in terms of energy cooperation.”According to the US State Department’ website, “Under the Energy Governance and Capacity Initiative (EGCI), the United States Government provides a range of technical and capacity building assistance as Guyana seeks to develop financial and regulatory regimes and address capacity issues that would maximise the development potential from offshore oil and gas resources.”Added to the issue of oil and its management, Professor David Victor from the University of California, San Diego, noted that unresolved border issues can be a huge political problem and could be an area where the US Government can play a “very helpful role”.“The key problem is how to manage the revenue from the oil,” Professor Victor said.The XXVI La Jolla Energy Conference got underway on Wednesday in San Diego and brokered dialogue and debate on key energy and sustainability trends in the Americas. The conference brings together under one roof thought leaders, investors, Government officials together with leading industry players in intense dialogue and policy debate.This year, a number of pressing issues on energy affecting Latin America were discussed. Among the major topics highlighted during discussions were “Latin America’s Upstream Prospects and Outlook”, “Latin America’s Renewable Energy Wave: Alternative Energy is No Longer Alternative”, “Brazil’s Energy and Political Reset”, “United States?Latin American Energy Cooperation”, “Stakeholder Engagement and the Exercise of Regulation: Balancing Oversight and Investment and the Social License to Operate”. (Tusika Martin)last_img read more

Gambler on bail for damaging SUPERBET property

first_imgA 23-year-old youth of Norton Street, Lodge, Georgetown was released on ,000 bail after he pleaded not guilty to unlawfully damaging one HP computer at Durban Street, Georgetown, valued at 9,000, property of SUPERBET, on July 31, 2017.Mandani Bhoodoo appeared in a rumpled state before Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday morning and initially admitted to the offence as he explained that on the day of the incident, he was gambling at SUPERBET when he had indicated to the cashier that she had given him the wrong bet.A fight would soon ensue between himself and another patron during which they reportedly knocked over a computer monitor. The defendant claimed he thought the matter was resolved after the parties agreed to split the damage costs in half at the Police Station.After hearing this explanation, the court entered a not guilty plea on behalf of the defendant. According to the accused, he operates a horse cart and has no previous or pending matters before the courts.Police Prosecutor Shawn Gonsalves disclosed that on the day of the incident, around 21:45h, Bhoodoo arrived at SUPERBET and an argument ensued between the accused and another party shortly after. Gonsalves related that the defendant started to throw bricks; one of which hit the monitor, damaging it. The accused was subsequently arrested and charged with the present offence.Magistrate Latchman instructed Bhoodoo to return to court on August 28 for statements.last_img read more

Miss Quincy bringing the party back to Fort St. John

first_img The women’s music is described as raunchy electric roots and blues, and every show is meant to be a party with dancing and drinking. June 21’s show will start with an unusual treat of cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on the roof of the Cultural Centre, followed by the opening act of acclaimed Canadian songwriter Corin Raymond. Far from being just about the music, the show will also feature photography from Peace Country artist Jodie Ponto and Miss Quincy’s travelling boutique, with merchandise like clothing and canned preserves made by Miss Q herself. “We don’t really like to do anything normal or play by the rules very much,” she says, which is evident as much of the crowd will be sitting on stage with the band. To join in on the fun, tickets are available online at or at the NPCC box office for $30. Miss Quincy grew up on the banks of the Peace River, before leaving for school as a teenager. Since then, her debut album Your Mama Don’t Like Me was awarded Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year at the 2011 BC Indie Awards and she’s had the opportunity to play around the world. Miss Quincy and her all-girl trio The Showdown will be at the North Peace Cultural Centre June 21 for the release party of her second full-length album, Like The Devil Does. “It’s always nice to come home,” she told Moose FM/ “It will be nice to share a little bit of the music that I’ve been playing all over the world, and then come back home and actually share it with the people where I’m from.”- Advertisement – Miss Quincy and The Showdown don’t seem to take a break, playing shows almost every night and staying with old friends and new friends across the country in between. That’s why it’s nice to come back to Fort St. John, the only place Miss Quincy can really call home due to her hectic touring schedule. It doesn’t hurt that it’s also a great place for the arts. “It’s a really supportive music community in Fort St. John,” she argues. “It’s a great example of how a small community can get together and actually support a music community.”Advertisementlast_img read more

Pogba furore dogs France ahead of Swiss test

first_img0Shares0000France’s Paul Pogba (L) and Antoine Griezmann warm up during a training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on June 17, two days ahead of their Euro 2016 Group A match against Switzerland.LILLE, France, June 18 – Juventus star Paul Pogba finds himself at the eye of a storm as Euro 2016 hosts France prepare to face Switzerland in their final Group A game in Lille on Sunday.Dropped for Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille, Pogba came on at half-time and helped set up the second goal for Dimtri Payet deep into stoppage time with a trademark crossfield pass. But his reaction — an explicit pump of the arm, apparently directed at the press box — caused a scandal and, despite the 23-year-old apologising, it has placed him squarely in the media crosshairs.The France players who have faced the press since have done their best to dilute the controversy, Pogba’s midfield colleague N’Golo Kante saying: “I didn’t see this gesture that everyone’s talking about. I was celebrating the second goal.”Centre-back Samuel Umtiti, meanwhile, protested: “I’m not someone who looks at the press.”Nevertheless, with France already assured of a last 16 place, coach Didier Deschamps can expect the matter to be at the top of the agenda when he sits down to address the media in Saturday’s pre-match press conference at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.Broadcasters beIN Sports elected not to show footage of the incident out of a desire to avoid controversy, but video images quickly circulated on social media, undermining Pogba’s explanation, in a statement sent to AFP, that he was just doing his “usual dance”.“In his statement, Paul Pogba found the imagination that he’s been looking for since the beginning of the Euro,” Vincent Duluc observed drily in French sports daily L’Equipe.The newspaper had splashed Pogba across its front page on the first day of the tournament, urging him to emulate Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane by leading France to glory on home soil as they did at Euro ’84 and World Cup ’98 respectively.Instead his antics in Marseille have brought to mind less savoury incidents from France’s recent football past, such as the sight of Samir Nasri screaming “Shut your mouth!” towards the media tribune after scoring against England at Euro 2012.– World Cup spark –Pogba can at least look forward to a return to the starting XI against Switzerland, along with Antoine Griezmann, who came off the bench to score the crucial opening goal against Albania.With Kante and Olivier Giroud both at risk of suspension, Yohan Cabaye and Andre-Pierre Gignac could come into the team as well, with Deschamps expected to revert to a 4-3-3 formation.Deschamps will be keen for France to avoid a repeat of the fate that befell them at Euro 2012, when, under Laurent Blanc, a 2-0 loss to Sweden in their last group game condemned ‘Les Bleus’ to a quarter-final encounter with eventual champions Spain.With France two points clear of second-place Switzerland, a draw will guarantee them top spot in the group and with it a last 16 tie against the third-place team in Group C, D or E.France won 5-2 when the teams last met in the Brazilian city of Salvador during the 2014 World Cup, a victory that sparked their tournament into life, and Deschamps will hope Sunday’s game proves a similar catalyst.Having had to wait until the 89th minute to take the lead against Romania and the 90th minute to go in front against Albania, France are yet to produce a display worthy of their pre-tournament status as potential champions.Seizing on the Pogba controversy, Switzerland’s official Twitter account wrote on Friday: “Hey France, Pogba’s not your problem. WE are your problem!”Vladimir Petkovic’s side beat Albania 1-0 in their opening game before drawing 1-1 with Romania and require only a point to secure one of the two automatic qualifying positions.But Admir Mehmedi, who scored Switzerland’s equaliser against Romania in Paris, said: “We want to win, that’s clear. We won’t be happy just to play for a draw.”Influential Watford midfielder Valon Behrami could miss out, though, as he is nursing a knee problem.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Economic relief

first_img“Our very hardworking members need to raise $35,000 just to pay for the uniforms and shoes” every year, said Operation School Bell co-chairwoman RoDonna Diggs. “And I’m sure that if I felt the need to go before our board and request more money for it because people needed it, they would give it to us.” Families are referred for Operation School Bell by their schools, Diggs said, and schools have their own forms to determine eligibility. If families qualify, they’re eligible to receive $40 Mervyns uniform vouchers for each child, plus $15 vouchers for Payless Shoesource. In addition, Mervyns takes $5 off the total purchase if parents with vouchers spend an additional $10 at the store, said Maryann Smith, department supervisor of store support. “Mervyns is all about community,” Smith said. “This is a great program, and it’s nice to see the community come together to help families in need.” Now that Mervyns has signed on for Operation School Bell, they will stock school uniforms in their Whittwood store all year long. Before, uniforms were more of a seasonal item. “We’d hate to give out these vouchers and not have them here for families when they show up,” Smith said. For Medina’s family, the vouchers paid for five uniform shirts and two pairs of pants for her children, with promises from store workers to call other stores to help find an extra skirt or pants for her daughter. “This really has helped us out and I’m very grateful,” Medina said. “Sometimes, you just don’t have enough money to buy everything your kids need.” Assistance League also provides local schools with head-lice medication and offers emergency funds for needy students. For information on the league, call (562) 693-6533. (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas City“She said they would help me buy clothes and shoes, and they did,” Medina said last week as she shopped for her children’s school uniforms at Mervyns with $40 vouchers given to her by the Assistance League. “It’s a good program. And it’s helped us out a lot,” said Medina, 42, of South Whittier. By the end of the school year, Medina’s children will be among 700 local youngsters with new uniforms and 400 with new shoes provided by Operation School Bell, a nationwide program that started up in Whittier more than a decade ago. It was in 1996 that the local chapter of the Assistance League realized there was a need for such a program, officials said. And it’s been going strong ever since, serving students in the East Whittier City, South Whittier and Whittier City school districts this year. WHITTIER – Maria Medina is a married, stay-at-home mom of three children who, like many one-income families, has found it difficult to stretch household dollars to cover all expenses. It got worse when school started last month, as Medina was faced with a possibly hefty bill to buy new mandatory uniforms for her son and daughter – not to mention regular clothes for her high-schooler. “I went to the school secretary and told her I couldn’t do it. My children weren’t going to wear uniforms because I couldn’t afford to buy them,” Medina said. And that was that – or so Medina thought, just before the secretary told her about Operation School Bell, a program for needy families organized by the nonprofit Assistance League of Whittier. last_img read more