HomeFeaturedSamohi looks to secure spot in field championships Oct. 30, 2019 at 6:00 amFeaturedHigh SchoolNewsSportsStudentsSamohi looks to secure spot in field championshipsBrennon Dixson2 years agoArnold WagnerchampionshipsDivision 5AfieldSamohiSanta Clarita Valley After finding success in the first few competitions of the year, members of the Santa Monica High School Marching Band and Color Guard are eager to make a return to the field for a pair of upcoming tournaments in the Santa Clarita Valley.Since its establishment in 1915 under the direction of Arnold Wagner, the Samohi marching band and color guard has been no stranger to success, according to the team’s website. “The band is one of the oldest high school bands in California and has a rich heritage due to outstanding instruction, a long history of community support and its location in proximity to the entertainment industry and premier west coast artistic community.”This is the first year the band has competed in Division 5A in some time, according to team officials, but the move to a larger division hasn’t impacted the teenage musicians as the team secured an overall music effect sweepstakes award and placed first in the 5A division for both its band and color guard routine earlier this month during the Baldwin Park Field Show Competition.The team also secured a first-place finish in the 51st annual Simi Valley Band Spectacular, according to Samohi’s Director of Bands Kevin McKeown, who said the two tournaments were a nice start to the beginning of the year but there’s plenty more work to do before the team can call itself a champion.“We’re excited and we’re also showing we can compete in a larger division, which is really great,” McKeown said in an interview Monday. “This is something that only works if everybody buys in and I think our first few finishes show that the group has bought in — and that goes for students, parents and directors.”McKeown said he and his students will be on campus this week at 7 a.m. preparing for the three field shows that will occur within the next two weeks because the Vikings are expecting some stiff opposition during the coming competitions.More than 35 marching band and color guard teams have been invited to showcase their skills during the 36th annual Rampage tournament, which is the first of two field shows occurring in the Santa Clarita Valley that Samohi will participate in beginning this Saturday.“Every week teams are adding effects to their shows and routines,” McKeown said. “We started later than most bands so we are still adding to our routine and I’d be confident saying we still have more to add than most in terms of content.”Santa Clarita is where some of the best bands are, the band director added, before mentioning how students like to compete up north because they have some of the best backdrops. “And it’s just a really nice place that is close enough for travel but far enough for the kids to feel like they’re going somewhere different.”The Vikings will only have 48 hours to recover from a show in Valencia before they head to the Savanna High School Field Tournament at Glover Stadium in Anaheim with rifles, sabers and props in hand.By the end of the first full week in November, the team will have competed against more than a thousand performers from various Southern California high schools, but McKeown said if his team has done well up to that point, the group can secure one of the 12 available spots at the SCSBOA Field Show Championships in Downey on Saturday, Nov. 16.The team doesn’t have to win each of the remaining competitions, McKeown said, “but we have three more tournaments and we’re looking for three high qualifying scores to put us in a position to compete for a medal at the SCSBOA field championships.“So every tournament matters,” he [email protected] :Arnold WagnerchampionshipsDivision 5AfieldSamohiSanta Clarita Valleyshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentEdison says it may have sparked Woolsey FireHomeless deaths soar both locally and countywideYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours ago
ABC News(NEW YORK) — The wife of a former Navy SEAL, now on trial for the murder of a teenage member of ISIS while he served in Iraq in 2017, said she believes the government’s prosecution is finally being revealed as “vile and corrupt.”Two days after a shocking twist in the trial of former Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, his wife, brother and lawyer sat down with Good Morning America to say they anticipate Eddie Gallagher will be found completely innocent.“I feel great after a week of listening to the government’s witnesses,” Andrea Gallagher told GMA. “I feel more confident than ever that my husband will finally get his day in court and get the ability to prove his innocence.”On Thursday, Special Operator 1st Class Corey Scott revealed for the first time that he saw Gallagher stab the ISIS prisoner in 2017, but said it was himself who suffocated the teen to death, describing it as an act of mercy.Gallagher’s wife downplayed Scott’s admission and said her husband would be found innocent regardless.“The witnesses’ inconsistencies to me were as powerful as Corey Scott taking responsibility,” she said. “I felt like that every single witness they brought forward was pretty inconsistent.”But the prosecution has presented text messages sent by Gallagher to his platoon, where he admitted to the crime, including one that allegedly read, “I’ve got a cool story when I get back, I got him with my hunting knife.”Eddie Gallagher, 39, spent nine months in prison, but was released on May 30, exactly two months after President Donald Trump interjected in the case and said the SEAL would be “moved to less restrictive confinement.”Andrea Gallagher said she’s enjoyed having her husband home — as she maintains should have been the case all along.“He’s confident. My husband has always maintained his innocence from the beginning; he has been confident,” she said. “He’s wanted to go to trial. We have waited so long for this opportunity.”Gallagher was reportedly considered for a pardon by Trump in May, a request his wife said did not come at her request, saying she didn’t “really have too much thought on the pardon issue.”“In regard to the pardon, no one was ever asking for a pardon,” she told GMA. “We were asking for fairness in this process and that’s what we have been crying out this whole time.”She did leave the door open for more presidential intervention in the future, though.“What we’re seeing right now is just playing out what we’ve always known, which is my husband will be vindicated at face value,” Andrea Gallagher said. “But we’re thankful for the president’s intervention and if something were to go south, but we’re not anticipating that.”Gallagher’s charges was triggered by an interview conducted by Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Special Agent Joseph Warpinski in April 2018 with a fellow soldier, Craig Miller, after he allegedly saw Gallagher stab the ISIS prisoner. He testified on Wednesday and repeated that claim, also admitting they posed for a photo with the body.Andrea Gallagher lashed out at the prosecution and said they should be ashamed for arresting her husband — a decorated combat veteran who spent 19 years in the Navy — while he was being treated at Camp Pendleton on Sept. 11, 2018.“The [Uniform Code of Military Justice] UCMJ is really struggling in this matter, and also the fact that the NCIS investigator lead agent, Joe Warpinski — we will really get a chance to deem all of the things he did as completely vile and corrupt,” Andrea Gallagher told ABC News. “We believe that this case never would have gotten to this point if a real investigation had been done. The fairness aspect is what we’d always been going for.”“I say to you that this case, as unique as it seems, it’s not. It’s not the first time that this has been done to one of our war fighters,” Gallagher’s lawyer, Tim Parlatore, said. “There are several prior cases that this has happened to. The difference here is two things. One, they arrested a Navy SEAL, which builds media attention just by the name recognition. And two, they arrested Andrea Gallagher’s husband. This is not something that anybody expected for a family to come out and shine the light the way they have.”Gallagher had been transitioning to a role out of combat when he was arrested.“The thought of Eddie in jail, unjustly,” his brother, Sean Gallagher, told GMA, trailing off. “There are two motivating factors in this: love and truth. We love our brother, we love our husband, we love our dad, we love our son. And then, the fear of this travesty of justice perpetuating beyond what it already has. It’s gone on for too long.”In addition to the charge of murder, Gallagher is accused of firing on civilians in Iraq. Three government witnesses testified to that fact during the first week of trial.“My husband stayed on target the whole time,” Andrea Gallagher said. “He is an aggressive operator. He is an aggressive leader. And I don’t think that he’s ever apologized for that.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
A once-faint comet has made a sudden leap from obscurity tocenter stage. Comet 17P Holmes, now visible to northern hemisphereresidents, increased its brightness by a factor of one million this week,going from magnitude 17 to 2. This makes it visible to the unaided eye aswell as binoculars and telescopes, offering a unique viewing opportunity forsky watchers.“This is a terrific outburst,” said Brian Marsden, director emeritus of theMinor Planet Center of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), which tracks known comets and asteroids. “And since itdoesn’t have a tail right now, some observers have confused it with a nova.We’ve had at least two reports of a new star.”Comet Holmes is located in the constellation Perseus and is visible for mostof the night. In fact, for observers at the latitude of Boston, the comet iscircumpolar, never setting below the horizon. In appearance, it resembles afuzzy, yellowish star.The comet could fade in a matter of days or weeks, so astronomers recommendthat viewers take a look now. Sky charts showing where to look for the cometare online at skyandtelescope.com and at space.com.Amateur astronomer Edwin Holmes, who was looking at the Andromeda galaxy atthe time, discovered Comet Holmes in 1892. The comet has presented a mysteryto astronomers ever since. It likely was undergoing a similar outburst whendiscovered, since it reached 4th magnitude and was faintly visible to theunaided eye. After fading, it brightened again by a factor of 100 in January1893 before fading again for good.The comet orbits the Sun once every 7 years at a distance of about 200million miles (compared to Earth’s 93-million-mile orbit). As a result, itwas re-observed in 1899 and 1906 before being lost for nearly six decades.Based on a prediction by Marsden, the comet was recovered in 1964.“Since then, it’s been behaving well – until now,” says Marsden.On October 23rd, the comet was a dim 17th magnitude, 25,000 times too faintto be seen with the unaided eye. One day later, it had brightened to 7thmagnitude, and the most recent observations peg it at magnitude 2 to 3: anincrease of a factor of one million. (The magnitude scale used byastronomers is logarithmic.)“When the Deep Impact probe hit Comet 9P Tempel, there was almost no changein brightness,” says Marsden. “This outburst by Comet Holmes is extreme!”Indeed, the outburst has left experts scratching their heads. How could atiny comet, whose nucleus is no more than two miles across, grow so brightso fast? Perhaps a crack opened in the comet’s surface, exposing fresh iceto the sun and causing an explosive eruption of dust and gas. No one knowsfor sure. Undoubtedly, professional astronomers will be studying it closelyin the weeks to come.Sky coordinates for Comet 17P Holmes can be found on the Minor Planet Centerwebsite.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreFerris Bueller is getting three days off in Chicago this spring.The city is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film that told an epic story of teenagers skipping school — “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.”The 1986 comedy directed by John Hughes, and starring Matthew Broderick in the title role, follows Ferris, his girlfriend Sloane, and best friend Cameron, as they play hooky from school, steal Cameron’s father’s Ferrari, and cavort around downtown Chicago.GET OUR NEW GOOD NEWS APP—> Download FREE for Android and iOSAt one point, they hijack a parade float so Ferris can lead the crowd in a rendition of The Beatles’ “Twist and Shout.”“Ferris Fest” scheduled to run May 20 through 22, promises a recreation of the parade scene, along with screenings of the movie, and bus tours to locations used in its filming including the Willis Tower and Cameron’s house.(WATCH the video from WGN News below, and READ more at the Chicago Tribune)Tell Your Friends to Take the Day Off…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
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A woman who was verbally and physically abused after giving birth on the floor of a state-run hospital in Kenya won a landmark 2.5 million shillings ($24,789) in damages on Thursday.Josephine Majani delivered her baby on the floor of Bungoma District Hospital in 2013 because all the beds were occupied. When nurses found her lying on the ground, she said she was slapped and insulted for dirtying the hospital floor.Bungoma High Court Judge Abida Ali Aroni said the hospital had violated her right to health and dignity, adding that the authorities have failed to dedicate adequate resources for maternal healthcare across the country.“I was neglected, abused, and shamed during my time at Bungoma District Hospital,” said Majani in a statement.“I’m hopeful that the court’s judgment today will force the government to do the right thing and ensure that all women can get the maternal healthcare they need with respect and dignity.”Kenya is one of the world’s 10 most dangerous countries for a woman to give birth, with 488 women dying of pregnancy-related causes per 100,000 live births, says the United Nations.About 8,000 Kenyan women die from pregnancy-related complications each year, largely due to a lack of funding for maternal health, inadequate training and supervision of health workers, negligence and unethical practices, it says.Campaigners say there are many cases like Majani’s where government hospitals are ill-equipped to provide women with free maternal services and, as a result, deny them quality health care, and sometimes subject them to severe abuse.The court’s decision is historic and should help prevent such abuse in the future, the New York-based the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) said, adding that it would also pressure the government to prioritise maternal care.“This is a landmark case for Kenyan women,” the CRR’s Africa director, Evelyne Opondo, said in a statement.“It sends a very clear message to Kenyan health providers, and to the government … that neglect of Kenyan women in health care settings will no longer be tolerated – nor will it be without consequences for those responsible.”
File photo: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, a group of desert locusts mate on the ground in Nasuulu Conservancy, northern Kenya. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis). Gregarious locusts congregate on some ground vegetation at Larisoro village near Archers Post. (Photo by TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images)The World Bank on Thursday said it had approved 4.6 billion shillings (43 million U.S. dollars) credit to help Kenya respond to the threat posed by the desert locust outbreak and to strengthen the government’s system for preparedness.Felipe Jaramillo, World Bank country director for Kenya said the locust attack could worsen food security later this year and a possible rise in food prices without immediate intervention.“We are working with other development partners to provide, restore and enhance the livelihoods of affected farmers, pastoralists and vulnerable households that have been affected by the locust attack and are food insecure,” he said in a statement issued in Nairobi.The East Africa nation has suffered from the worst desert locust invasion in 70 years that has affected the already vulnerable northern region of the country.The locust swarms, which crossed into Kenya from Ethiopia and Somalia in December 2019 and have since spread to 28 counties, pose a severe food security threat to about three million people.The World Bank said the emergency locust response project will provide immediate surveillance and locust management measures to halt the spread of the pests.Vinay Kumar Vutukuru, World Bank Task Team Leader for Kenya said the project will further strengthen the ministry of agriculture’s ongoing efforts in managing the locust attack.Related Kenya gets $50 million World Bank credit for coronavirus fight Kenya negotiating for $750 million loan from World Bank World Bank approves record $500 million to battle locust swarms
Sharing is caring! Share Wednesday 2nd December 2015 – Kingston, Jamaica. Digicel Group has acquired a controlling interest in financial services powerhouse, Prism Holdings, for an undisclosed sum, it was announced today.Established in 1993 in Barbados by Edward Ince and Mike Parris, Prism Holdings is a privately held business to business company operating in 22 countries with regional headquarters in Barbados, and offices in The Bahamas, Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago. Prism provides payment systems, information management, data centre services, loyalty processing and financial transactional processing. Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, said; “As we continue to expand our range of products and services consistent with the convergence of digital communications, we are delighted to welcome Prism to the Digicel family. Edward and Mike have done a tremendous job in making Prism a highly successful pan-Caribbean business and we look forward to working with them and their team to grow the business and expand the range of products and services.”Expressing their delight at the deal, co-Managing Directors of Prism Holdings, Edward Ince and Mike Parris, who will be staying in their positions, commented; “This move means accelerated growth for our business and gives us the ability to take advantage of bigger opportunities coming down the track. Digicel is the right strategic partner for us and we are looking forward to growing together.” Share Tweet BusinessNewsRegional Digicel acquires controlling interest in Prism Holdings by: – December 2, 2015 141 Views no discussions Share
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