A night without shelter

first_img• Video: Experiencing Homelessness WHITTIER – They slept in cardboard boxes out in the cold, took their chances by eating unmarked cans of food and were brusquely awakened in the middle of the night by sheriff’s deputies. Middle school students at Palm View Christian Church School endured those hardships Tuesday night and Wednesday morning for a lesson on what it feels like to be homeless. But even after all that, some students said the experience wasn’t quite real enough for them. “The only thing different about today is that we’re wearing the same clothes we had on yesterday,” seventh-grader Daniel Rodriguez, 13, said Wednesday morning, after spending the night sleeping out on the school’s playground. But seventh-grader Jasmine Rodriguez, 13, said the experience made her realize that “being homeless is something we don’t want to be when we grow up.” Teacher Katy Loyko said she organized the simulation to give her students a glimpse of the challenges homeless people face every day. “Earlier in the year, we donated our \ offerings to First Day Whittier, the homeless organization, and now we’re doing Habitat for Humanity,” Loyko said. “But if students don’t know why they’re giving, then they miss out on the whole other side of the lesson.” Like real homeless people, the students faced the challenge of finding shelter for the night. Before the sun went down Tuesday, the students earned extra cardboard boxes to sleep in by doing random tasks, like collecting garbage. For dinner, they each ate a single hot dog, plus the contents of an unlabeled can of food of their choice. Bedtime was 10:30 p.m. But two hours later, the students were abruptly awakened by deputies, who gave them a half-hour lecture on homelessness. A 6:30 a.m. wake-up call was followed by a breakfast of oatmeal. Then the 19 students headed off to class at 8 a.m. Some were unable to brush their teeth and all of them wore the same clothes as the night before. “The idea is that this will be an annual thing, but this is the first time we’ve done it,” Loyko said. She and another teacher were with the students throughout the night. One parent, unbeknownst to the students, slept in his car in the parking lot, just in case, Loyko said. Students were allowed to bring a pillow and a sleeping bag – two comforts that slightly lessened the reality of the experience for eighth- grader Rebecca Marti, 14, she said. “But I’ll always remember this night and how it felt,” she added. “So when life gets tough when we’re older, and maybe we’re thinking about quitting a job, we won’t because we don’t want to end up living in a box.” tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051160Want 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

Council approves plan to help solve poverty

first_img Councilman Bill Rosendahl said the panel needs to do more than talk about the issue, but come up with concrete proposals that can be use to spur a national debate. “We have all these presidential candidates coming out for the primary election next February and I would like us to have something we can use to hold their feet to the fire on these issues,” Rosendahl said. Alarcon said he hopes the panel will be able to develop a master plan on a variety of issues _ from pay to health care and housing that affect the poor. “The fact is, in Los Angeles, it costs $54,000 for a family of four,” Alarcon said. “We need to address the whole concept of who is poor and how we identify them.” Alarcon said the traditional formula for determining poverty levels is three times the cost of food. An effort to look at the causes and potential solutions with poverty in the city was approved today by the Los Angeles City Council, with the goal of developing proposals before next year’s presidential primary election. Councilman Richard Alarcon, who chaired a similar panel when he served in the state Senate, won council approval for creating an Ad Hoc Committee on Poverty, which will draft proposals to address the issues affecting the poor. “What I hope to see is us working with the business community, the faith-based community and others to address the issue of poverty and what we can do to help people,” Alarcon said. “This is not about the poor against the rich. I am not against people getting richer. What I want is to see it not at the expense of the poor.” “That is fine for rural areas, but it doesn’t apply to a city like Los Angeles where the costs are so much higher,” Alarcon said.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

NewsLite: Broken nose no shaggy dog tale

first_img – Associated Press Gehry is sued over Tiffany line World-renowned architect Frank Gehry is being sued over a line of jewelry he designed for Tiffany & Co. that incorporates his trademark fish shapes and free-form aesthetics. Circa Publishing Enterprises LLC of Culver City contends that it had a deal with Gehry for the exclusive rights to produce, distribute and sell Gehry-trademarked jewelry and gift items. The suit involves the Frank Gehry Collection, unveiled last year. Most of the jewelry, including earrings, rings and other items, range in price from a few hundred to thousands of dollars. Gehry was out of the office and not immediately available for comment Tuesday, according to an e-mail from his representatives. – Associated Press160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Talk about bad timing. Paula Abdul broke her nose this weekend – just days before the season finale of “American Idol” – when she fell while trying to avoid stepping on her Chihuahua. Abdul was recovering from the mishap and appeared on Tuesday night’s show. She plans on being on tonight’s show, her publicist, David Brokaw, said Monday. (Two “Idol” contestants remain – Blake Lewis and Jordin Sparks.) “She’s a little sore, but is doing fine,” Brokaw said. Abdul, 44, told syndicated entertainment TV show “Extra” that she tore cartilage in her nose and fractured a toe. “I took a nasty fall … trying not to hurt my dog. I bruised myself on my arm … my chest, my waist all the way down to my hip. All from my little chubby Tulip,” she said. The dog wasn’t hurt, Brokaw said. This wasn’t Abdul’s first injury while judging the competition on the hit Fox network show. She wore a sling in 2004 after surgery on her thumb, which was infected by a flesh-killing fungus after an unsanitary manicure at a Los Angeles nail salon. (She testified in California a year later, urging tougher safety standards for salons.) “Being a professional dancer, I’m no stranger to pain, but this time the pain was so excruciating that even my hair touching my thumb caused me to scream,” Abdul has said of the yearlong ordeal. last_img read more

Fire department determines cause of fire at Green Glenn apartment complex

first_img– Advertisement – Fire fighters say the candle was either knocked over by wind or the blinds and fell onto the bed.The department is reminding the public to never leave a lit candle unattended, especially near pets or curtains/blinds, as they both can cause it to be easily knocked over.last_img

Nigeria on the brink of World Cup

first_img0Shares0000Nigeria fans cheer during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying football match between Nigeria and Cameroon at Godswill Akpabio International Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria, on September 1, 2017 © AFP/File / PIUS UTOMI EKPEIABUJA, Nigeria, Oct 4 – Nigeria host Zambia in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday knowing that victory would secure a sixth finals appearance since first qualifying in 1994.The 2-1 win in the reverse fixture in Ndola 12 months ago helped get the country behind a team who had failed to feature at back-to-back Africa Cup of Nations. It set the tone for the Super Eagles’ excellent campaign in a tough Group B, with Nigeria not dropping points until matchday four in Yaounde.The 1-1 draw in Cameroon, combined with Zambia winning in Algeria last month, have meant the Chipolopolo are now the only team between Nigeria and next year’s tournament in Russia.Head coach Gernot Rohr will take much of the credit for the progress the team has made since he took charge in July 2016.The German is now only 90 minutes away from his biggest accomplishment of a career that has taken him to French club Bordeaux, Etoile du Sahel of Tunisia as well as the national teams of Niger, Burkina Faso and Gabon.He said: “It will be an interesting but difficult game against Zambia, who we beat 2-1 in Ndola (last year), but they have changed (since).“It’s an important game and we have it in our hands to win. If we have our players fit, we will be at the World Cup.“I hope we repeat what we did against Cameroon (4-0 win in Uyo).”The backroom staff have praised Rohr for bringing self-belief to the side, both on and off the pitch, halfway through his two-year contract.“He has done well, bringing the German mentality and organisation to bear on the whole team,” saluted former Nigeria striker Benedict Akwuegbu.“The Eagles now play together, are tactically disciplined and they work very hard for each other.“And he has played his best team always.”“Rohr has got the team to deliver,” added sports journalist Arafat Aliu.“He understands some of the politics in Nigeria and this has helped him in his team selection.”On the pitch, skipper John Obi Mikel has led by example, Chelsea star Victor Moses has risen to the occasion and Leon Balogun has been nicknamed by an appreciative Rohr as ‘our German machine’.Several young players, like Leicester City pair Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi and Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi, have stepped up to the full international game after gaining first-team experience in the English Premier League.Winger Moses’ class has never been in doubt, but many previously questioned his commitment to the national cause, with some suggestions that he picked which matches to play.But he is the Eagles’ leading scorer on the road to Russia with three goals ahead of Mikel and Iheanacho, who have netted two each.The confidence in the team once derided as “Super Chickens” has now gone beyond qualification, with some predicting Nigeria will surpass their previous best World Cup effort of reaching the last 16 in 1994 and 2014.“In Brazil (2014), the Super Eagles were poor,” remarked Dutch coach Jo Bonfrere, who led Nigeria to a historic Olympic title in Atlanta 21 years ago.“Now there is organisation in the team because the coach has put a good Super Eagles team together.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

I’m no saviour, Mbappe warns ahead of Bulgaria trip

first_imgCoach Didier Deschamps was part of a France side that — needing just a point at home to qualify for the 1994 World Cup — was stunned by Emil Kostadinov’s 90th-minute winner that sent Bulgaria to the finals at Les Bleus’ expense.Deschamps’s current crop of players require victories in Sofia this weekend and at home to Belarus on October 10 to guarantee their place at next year’s World Cup in Russia.But the Euro 2016 runners-up have little margin for error following an embarrassing 0-0 draw against minnows Luxembourg in Toulouse in their most recent outing.“It’s a really important match, we have to go to Russia. It’s more than a goal, it’s a fact,” said Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe, who wasn’t born until five years after the Bulgaria fiasco.“No that means nothing to me. I don’t know,” the 18-year-old grinned when asked if the name Kostadinov was of any significance to him.“Mentally we’re getting ourselves ready to go to war,” he added. “Along with that of PSG against Bayern, it’s the most important match. It’s even more important because it’s an entire country, so yes it’s the most important match since the start of the season.”But Mbappe, who scored his first international goal in August’s 4-0 demolition of the Netherlands, insisted he was merely a part of the puzzle for a French squad brimming with youthful talent.“(I’m) not a saviour because there will be 11 of us on the pitch. That people expect more of me is normal. When you have good players, it’s normal that to expect us to make the difference.“We have a quality group with lots of players. There’s no one player who makes the difference. The pressure is something I love. It gets me going, it’s a source of huge pride to be able to rise to tougher and tougher challenges.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000France’s Kylian Mbappe speaks during a press conference in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines on October 5, 2017, as part of the team’s preparation for the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match against Bulgaria and Belarus © AFP / FRANCK FIFEPARIS, France, Oct 5 – Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe warned he is “not a saviour” ahead of France’s crucial trip to Bulgaria in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.The 1998 world champions lead Sweden by one point in Group A with two matches to play, but France need little reminding of the pain inflicted upon them by the Bulgarians in one of the national team’s darkest hours.last_img read more

Burger King to hold Whopper Drive as part of Mr. Mikes challenge to support Women’s Resource Society

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As part of a campaign to help raise funds to support the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society, Mr. Mikes of Fort St. John recently raised over $2,000 to help stock the Society’s shelves.Since raising over $2,000 for the Women’s Resource Society, Mr. Mikes is now challenging other local restaurants to do the same and take part in the challenge.One restaurant to accept the challenge is Burger King, where they will be holding a Whopper Drive in support of the Society to raise a goal of $2,000.- Advertisement -For every Whopper Combo sold on Whopper Wednesday, the FSJ Burger King will donate funds towards the Society.The Women’s Resource Society Whopper Drive is taking place Wednesday, August 14, at the Burger King in Fort St. John.For more information, you can visit Fort St. John Burger King’s Facebook page.Advertisementlast_img read more

Exclusive – Arsenal will miss out on top four spot next season, claims Owen

first_imgMichael Owen believes Arsenal will miss out on a top four spot next season – despite signing Alexis Sanchez.The Gunners finished fourth last term, seven points behind winners Manchester City, and are expected to launch a title challenge this season.Arsene Wenger has taken the Barcelona man to the Emirates, and is expected to tie up a deal with Newcastle defender Mathieu Debuchy in the coming days.But they are set to miss out on a Champions League qualification place next season, according to ex-Liverpool and Man United striker Owen.“I have been really impressed with Arsenal’s signing of Sanchez,” he told talkSPORT. “They have been missing a bit of quality but [they’ll miss out].“The signing of Sanchez has made everyone sit up and take note. I really do rate him, he’s a top player and it’s a big step in the right direction.“But, in no particular order, my top four for next season would be Chelsea, Man City, Man United and Liverpool.“Arsenal haven’t had any real stand out players in the last few years, like Thierry Henry. They have just lagged a step behind.”last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, August 24

first_img1 Transfer rumours and paper review – Sunday, August 24 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Sunday’s newspapers…Manchester City have dropped their interest in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 20, after being told he will cost a minimum of £50m. (Sunday Mirror) Manchester United are close to signing Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria, 26, for a British-record transfer fee that could be worth up to £56m. (Sky Sports) United have made a second bid for Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal, 27, which also includes an unnamed player going the other way. (Daily Star Sunday) Mario Balotelli, 24, could become a Liverpool player in a £16m deal on Monday – but the Reds have ended their interest in former Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o, 33. (Liverpool Echo) Eto’o is thought to have demanded £100,000 a week to join Liverpool but is now understood to be in talks with Everton, although the Toffees could face competition for his services from the Middle East. (Sunday Mirror) Balotelli will not sign a special code of conduct clause at Anfield. The striker’s representative Mino Raiola claims the contract will be no different to any other future Liverpool deals and says Balotelli’s move should be finalised before Tuesday. (Sunday Express) Arsenal are considering Atletico Madrid’s Toby Alderweireld, 25, as replacement for Thomas Vermaelen, who was recently sold to Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday) The Gunners are also tracking Olympiakos defender Kostas Manolas, 23, who featured for Greece at this summer’s World Cup and is also interesting Manchester United. (Sunday Express) Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech, 33, is set to leave the club after losing his place to Thibaut Courtois. (Mail on Sunday) Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini wants England international James Milner to sign a new deal but the 28-year-old winger will make City wait. (Sun on Sunday)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…Exclusive – Balotelli will give Liverpool ‘completely new dimension’, says former Reds aceExclusive – Redknapp reveals remarkable Balotelli taleExclusive – Former Liverpool star admits fears over Balotelli dealTransfer Insider: Liverpool plan second striker swoop and Madrid star to reject Man United moveExclusive: Federico Fazio ‘practically a Tottenham player’Ex-Manchester United midfielder set to snub Premier League duoArsenal transfer boost: Blanc admits PSG starlet could leaveSwansea face fresh competition in fight for FrenchmanReal Madrid plot shock loan move for Man United defenderWest Ham target set for Swansea switchWest Ham and Sunderland target keen on moveNapoli to land West Ham targetlast_img read more

Why is it called a ‘rabona’? You’ll find the answer here!

first_imgAfter Tottenham’s Erik Lamela scored an amazing ‘rabona’ goal against Asteras Tripolis in the Europa League last night, talkSPORT explains why this football trick is so named.What is a ‘rabona’?The move is effectively kicking the ball with your legs crossed, with the kicking leg wrapped around the standing one.It might be used when a player is not confident at crossing with his weaker foot, to confuse a defender, or quite simply to show off one’s ability.Where did the ‘rabona’ originate from?The ‘rabona’ was popularised by Italian Giovanni Roccotelli in the 1970s, but its origins reportedly date back to 1948 and a match between Argentinean teams Estudiantes de la Plata and Rosario Central.Estudiantes player Ricardo Infante scored from 35 yards using the move and an Argentine football magazine El Grafico came up with the term ‘rabona’ for it.The expression comes from ‘hacerse le rabona’, which in Argentina means to skip school without your parent’s permission.El Grafico produced a front cover with the headline ‘El infante que se hizo la rabona’ (the child plays hooky), in reference to Infante ‘skipping’ the use of his weaker foot with the move.On the 50th anniversary of the goal in 1998, Infante said the move didn’t get the recognition it deserved due to the lack of television and media coverage at the time, thus Roccotelli was credited with its invention in 1978 when he used it to set up his Ascoli team-mate Giacomo Tafuro against Modena.No matter who truly is the inventor, the ‘rabona’ is now common within the modern game, popularised by the likes of Paul Gascoigne to Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard, and it’s now a feature in school playgrounds and parks across the world.See the video below for the top ten ‘rabona’ goals of all time:Football fans, is Erik Lamela’s goal one of the best of all-time? Comment below… talkSPORT looks at the origins of the ‘rabona’ goal 1last_img read more