Cancer takes back seat to Sunshine Kids

first_imgThey’d already met Jay Leno, visited Disneyland, seen the hit musical “Wicked.” On Thursday, it was time to be sworn in as honorary police officers and cruise Code 3 in two dozen police cars from Sheraton Universal Hotel to Raleigh Studios in Hollywood, where actress Kyra Sedgwick films the TV police drama “The Closer.” “I feel like a movie star,” 13-year-old Ashli Cooper said to her new friend, 17-year-old Hope Schalberg, leaning close so she could be heard over the sirens. Ashli lives in Colorado City in West Texas – population 4,000 – a town so small, she said, there isn’t even a Starbucks. “Heck, you guys have a Starbucks on just about every corner out here,” she said, waving to a group of tourists on Hollywood Boulevard who were taking pictures of the police caravan, figuring somebody important must be going by. There are only two VIPs who get the LAPD’s Code 3 treatment – lights flashing, sirens blaring – when they’re in town on business. The president and the governor. The Los Angeles Police Department added one more to the list on Thursday: the Sunshine Kids. They’re a great group of teenagers from all over the country who are in L.A. for a week of fun after undergoing months of hospital stays and painful chemotherapy treatments to battle the cancer trying to take their young lives. “We love you,” Ashli shouted to them. She lost her right eye to cancer but not her sense of humor. Every time she opened her mouth she said something that had everyone in the police car laughing. “You’re so silly, Ashli, you crack me up,” said Hope, who lives in St. Charles, Mo. This is exactly what volunteers with the nonprofit Sunshine Kids Foundation, which pays for these trips, want for these teens. You can’t put it any better than one Louisiana mother, who wrote the group after her son returned from this same trip last year. “Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving my son the opportunity to have something that was taken away by cancer – some plain old fun.” Hope’s chemotherapy left her gaunt and bald, but she’s still beautiful when she smiles. And she smiled a lot on Thursday. The girls didn’t know each other before this week, but they quickly developed a close friendship. All 30 kids from different parts of the country did. Having cancer is a powerful bond. “There are only two people who get this kind of treatment – the president and the governor,” LAPD Officer Sean Lewis told them, blowing through another red light as motorcycle officers held up traffic. “Really?” Hope and Ashli said at the same time. “Yeah, really,” Lewis said, smiling as he looked in his rearview mirror and saw the girls high-fiving each other. “Hey, did you see that?” Ashli said, as we drove by a gas station where a limousine was stopped waiting for the police caravan to pass. “That limo driver just flipped us off. That’s not very nice.” Ashli and Hope tried to persuade Lewis to break off from the caravan and take them to the beach, but he didn’t think that would be a good idea. When the Sunshine Kids arrived at the studio, they got out of their police cars, thanked the LAPD reserve officers for the ride, and took pictures with them. “Man, that was so cool,” said Cody Bunnell, 16, from Iowa. “My first airplane ride coming out here and now my first time in a police car, and I wasn’t even in any trouble.” The kids were heading into the studio to see an episode of “The Closer” before lunch when Kimberly Clark, also from Iowa, walked up to Ashli and Hope. “Hey, did you see what that limo driver did?” she asked them. The girls nodded and laughed. And then they laughed some more. For one beautiful week in L.A., cancer was taking a back seat to some plain, old fun for the Sunshine Kids. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis.mccarthy@dailynews.com (818) 713-3749160Want 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

‘We won’t give up!’ – Manuel Pellegrini says Man City will keep fighting

first_img1 Manuel Pellegrini’s side have fallen ten points behind leaders Leicester Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists his side will not give up in the title race.City have fallen ten points behind Premier League leaders Leicester and slipped to fourth – albeit with a game in hand – after losing their last three games. Prior to that sequence they had been regarded as title favourites.With City closing in on a place in the Champions League quarter-finals, there has been a suggestion the club could prioritise the European competition but Pellegrini is still determined to reclaim the domestic crown.The Chilean said: “We are not going to give up. Ten points is a lot but we have one game (in hand) and in the Premier League you never know when you are going to lose points.“I don’t see why the players would be in a negative mind. I think they try to win every time they play.“We have just had a bad moment in the league but we have another 33 points to try to reach it.”The maximum points City can now attain is 80 and Pellegrini thinks that could be more than enough to win the title in such an unpredictable season.He said: “I said a couple of months ago, before we ended the first round of fixtures, that for me maybe winner will have less than 80 points. It is impossible to know but I am sure we will have a champion of around 75 points or more.”But that would still require City to embark on a seriously strong run of form at a time when concerns might be growing about the challenge from clubs beneath them.Manchester United and West Ham have taken advantage of City’s poor form in recent weeks and are now challenging for their top-four place.Missing out on Champions League qualification is certainly not in City’s script but it is something Pellegrini, who will hand over to Pep Guardiola in the summer, is not even considering.He said: “Don’t ask me about thinking in a negative way because I never do it. It’s not in my mind, thinking about that at this moment.“It’s important to improve our performance to try to continue fighting first for the title of the Premier League.”last_img read more

Saugus High club is harmonizing on production of CD

first_img Natalia Sookias, 16, and Brie Pearlman, 15, showed off a pile of iPod “beanies” – crocheted holders for the popular music players they are selling at fundraisers. “This came from our own hobbies,” said Pearlman, who plays guitar and is learning the harmonica. “I learned to crochet at church camp.” “Then we all joined together,” Sookias said, chiming in. “We have beanie hats and backpacks too.” The girls have been selling both kinds of beanies to a few students, but hope to do better at the merchandise booth at the concert, where they will have forms for custom orders. A rainbow of T-shirts was posted on the back wall of the classroom, imprinted with a simple logo “iDIA” – the brainchild of junior Lynne Cook, 16. “We made 100 shirts and we’ve sold about seven,” she said. “Ten,” corrected Koroshec, holding out money collected from a recent sale. “We really haven’t pushed them yet; we’re planning on doing that next week.” “I like it because I’m interested in the whole arts spectrum,” Cook said. “It’s an art club, but it’s not just about sketching or painting.” Andria Crescioni, 17, and Ashley Fye, 17, made customized vintage shirts last year to help raise money for the club’s CD. They bought shirts from secondhand stores and embroidered “DIA” on the pockets, selling them to interested students for $5 to $10. The group’s goal is to raise $2,500, which would cover the mastering costs, which will be done at Capitol Records. That amount would also allow musicians to include video clips from their performances. Koroshec said the 2006 CD will be a little less edgy than last year’s to reflect changing musical tastes and to reach a broader spectrum of the listening public. He’s also seen an attitude shift from school administrators, who were initially cautious, but are now wholehearted groupies. “Last year, they were a little nervous,” he said. “Now they’re definitely supportive. They see the departments working together and the teachers helping out and they’re completely behind us.” The concert, which will take place on two outdoor stages in the school quad, will start at 4:30 p.m. and end by 9 p.m. Tickets are $7 per person or $10 with a CD. Carol Rock, (661) 257-5252 carol.rock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAUGUS – English teacher Frank Koroshec spends his free time advising students with an ear for music. On Tuesday, he listed a series of committees on the white board – “Food” “Tickets” “CD Sales” “Stage Crew.” His advice? Sign up for the team and help everyone else succeed. His audience was a gathering of DIA – Developing Independent Artists – a club for students interested in music that was started last year at Saugus High School by Koroshec and fellow instructor Tammy Kornfeld. The club will host its second annual concert March 3 in the school’s outdoor amphitheater. Featured bands include Amarinth in Agony, This Dying Breed, Mic City Sons, Household Discards, Chugga Chugga Nee, Fentruck, The Uprising, Oceans for Urchins and Bringing Back Valentine. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “If you’re playing in a band, you’re only playing for a half-hour,” Koroshec told the students perched on desks in his classroom. “You have plenty of time to work one of these booths. And plan on staying until 10 p.m. to help with cleanup. If everybody helps, we’ll be out of there by 9:15.” “In DIA, you see a side of kids you don’t see in class,” said Kornfeld, who has since transferred to West Ranch High, where she has started another DIA club. “Kids who normally wouldn’t be friends are helping each other record songs or design CD artwork.” Kornfeld’s students have chosen to work on a compilation CD of their favorite music. She is teaching them the ropes of copyright, making them contact the groups for permission before adding their music to the CD. “We’re encouraging them to use local bands,” she said. “Obviously if they pick U2 or the Rolling Stones, they might not hear back.” To Koroshec, DIA is a way to give students hands-on experience without worrying about grades. Club members include musicians as well as students with other talents essential to the big picture – management, money handling, promotion, video, marketing and creative types that make DIA merchandise. last_img read more

Picture Special: Shay Given honoured as Donegal Person of the Year 2017

first_imgProud Lifford man and international football star Shay Given has been named Donegal Person of the Year for 2017.The announcement took place in The Black Door Piano Bar on Harcourt Street in Dublin on Friday, and he will be inaugurated as the Donegal Person of the Year at a lavish gala on the 3rd of March at the Ballsbridge Hotel.Shay says that he is delighted with the title, and vows to spend the next twelve months promoting his home county in any way he can. “This is such a huge honour. I’ve always been so proud of my roots and my home county, my family, my friends and all of the wonderful people from Donegal,” he says. Pictures by Dublin Donegal Association.Committee members with Shay Given and his partner Rebecca GibsonCróna NiDhonaill, Elaine Caffrey, Shay Given, Siobhan Shovlin, Marian Caffrey and Peggy StringerElaine Caffrey, Shay Given and Hugh HarkinHugh Harkin, Liam McDermott and Finín Mac a BhairdHugh Harkin, Shay Given and Stephen McCahillHugh Harkin, Shay Given, Rebecca Gibson, Marietta and Stephen McCahill and Elaine CaffreyHugh Harkin, Shay Given, Rebecca Gibson, Stephen McCahill and Elaine CaffreyJames Breslin and Brian KennyJamesie O Donnell and friends enjoying the nightKevin McFadden, Marian Caffrey, Paddy McGill and Lochlainn HarteMarian Caffey, Martin McGettigan, Kathleen Sheerin and Mark McGettiganNeil Kelly, Paddy McGlynn and Eddie BoylePaul Shovlin and Neil KellySeamus Neely, Shay Given and Mayor of Donegal Gerry McMonagleShay Given with Áine and Michael ReganShay Given with the Mayor of Donegal Gerry McMonagleShay with his partner Rebecca and his dad Seamus2017 Donegal Person of the Year Shay GivenAdmiring the scroll…Aine Ní Chuireann and Cróna Ní DhonaillBrian McGill and Shay GivenShay Given with his partner Rebecca GibsonPicture Special: Shay Given honoured as Donegal Person of the Year 2017 was last modified: January 21st, 2018 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal Person of the YearShay Givenlast_img read more

Participation in broadband survey encouraged

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Connected Nation Ohio is gathering data and input from communities across the state to identify the areas that lack access to affordable, high-speed internet and to find solutions to expand that access. This 10-minute survey will be used to develop a new plan of action for improving internet across the state.Click here to take the survey: https://www.myconnectedcommunity.org/.last_img

Online Journalism Honorees Announced: Meet the Newseum’s Latest Members

first_imgFor the overworked, underpaid masses of highly competitive journalists, there is no salve for the battered ego that can match the healing power of the official, professional accolade. At San Francisco’s Online Journalism Awards tonight, a select few received their hero’s laurels.Although the “literature on a deadline” aesthetic of journalism is not hard-wired for nostalgia and hasn’t often the leisure for back-patting, several individuals, stories, and websites stand out for their achievements in the field and their contributions to our collective knowledge and engagement this year. Read on for the list of honorees and our assessment of their contributions.The full list of award-winning organizations is here. Many of the honorees will be inducted into the Washington, D.C.-based Newseum, a sort of journalistic Hall of Fame.Journo/reader collaboration site Publish 2, which focuses on news curation, received $5,000 as the first Gannett Foundation Award winner for technical innovation in the service of digital journalism. The Gannett Company, an undisputed titan of news media, aims to use foundation funds to ensure the future of journalism and contribute to other charitable causes.The Gotham Gazette, an NYC-focused civic resource, was recognized with a Creative Use Award in 2004. This year, the outlet was given an award for its contributions to the microsite category. Well known for its hyperlocal focus, it’s essentially the Batman of the Internet, an arm of the Citizens Union Foundation of the City of New York, which itself is an NYC-focused government watchdog group.In a coup of navel-gazing, the organization awarded a project entirely devoted to investigating the death of a journalist. The Chauncey Bailey Project was an investigation by more than 24 journalists into the murder of an Oakland Post reporter. The project took home two awards, receiving $5,000 for the Knight Award for Public Service and OJA’s award for investigative journalism in the small site category.Also of interest is the Guantanamo: Beyond the Law endeavor. Spearheaded by McClatchy journalists Tom Lasseter and Matt Schofield, the project was honored by ONA for investigative journalism for a large site.As large sites of general excellence, ProPublica, the Las Vegas Sun, and The New York Times were also honored.Of course, we can’t wait to hear your personal picks. We were disappointed that journo-source matchmaker site HARO was left out. What was your favorite news site this year, and why? 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#NYT#web jolie odelllast_img read more

Heavy rains in Nepal and Seemanchal cause floods in four Bihar districts

first_imgIncessant rains in the last 72 hours in neighbouring Nepal, coupled with heavy rains in the last 24 hours in the Seemanchal area, have caused floods in Kishanganj, Purnea, Araria and Katihar districts of Bihar.An Information and Public Relations Department (IPRD) release quoted Chief Minister Nitish Kumar as saying that due to rains in the catchment areas of Nepal and the Seemanchal districts, rivers like Mahananda and Kankai had swelled, causing floods in the four districts.It added that the most affected district was Kishanganj, where the flood waters had entered the town.“I have talked to the Prime Minister, Union Home Minister and Defence Minister over phone, apprised them of the flood situation in these districts and requested them to help the state deal with the situation. They have assured me of all possible help,” the release quoted Mr. Kumar as saying.The CM also demanded an additional deployment of 10 companies of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) in the state, besides deployment of the Indian Air Force’s helicopters to carry out relief-and-rescue operations, it added.Mr. Kumar said the NDRF and SDRF teams, which were stationed in the state, had been dispatched to the affected areas to carry out the relief—and—rescue operations.As per the East Central Rail (ECR) chief public relations officer (CPRO), eight trains had been cancelled due to waterlogging at the Narkatiaganj yard.last_img read more

Does the Sky Have a Faulty Filter?

first_imgJust when scientists thought the ozone layer’s worst days were behind it, it turns out they may have been missing a big threat to its health. Soon-to-be-published findings suggest that a natural mechanism that filters air rising to the top of the sky may not work as well as previously thought. If subsequent studies confirm the findings, the faulty filter could also have big implications for global climate.The sky is divided into two major layers: the troposphere close to Earth’s surface and the stratosphere, which in the tropics begins 17,000 meters above it. In addition to providing the air we breathe and the weather we experience, the troposphere is laced with a compound called the hydroxyl radical—abbreviated OH—which bonds to pollutants like bromines and droplets of sulfates called aerosols. It neutralizes most of them before they can reach the stratosphere, preventing them from damaging the ozone layer and wreaking havoc on global climate.But new work led by scientists at the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI) in Potsdam, Germany, suggests that the OH filter may not be as reliable as previously thought. In 2009, AWI scientists conducted a research cruise in the west Pacific, where strong thunderstorms push air from the troposphere up to the stratosphere, serving as a main source of air for the upper layer. Because ozone in the troposphere is a precursor to OH, they deployed weather balloons equipped with measuring devices known as sondes to measure the amount of ozone in the air from the surface to the stratosphere. 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But the researchers, led by AWI atmospheric scientist Markus Rex, found levels in the west Pacific below 10 ozone particles per billion—so low their instruments couldn’t even get a precise count. “The first sonde I really thought was malfunctioning,” Rex says. “We didn’t expect to see such a deep and wide hole in terms of ozone.” But measurements over a 3000-km-wide swath, and up to an altitude of 15 km, showed that the dearth of ozone reached all the way up to the lower stratosphere. This indicates that OH levels in the troposphere may be much lower than previously thought, and their filtering effect less pronounced, the team will report in an upcoming issue of Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics.The finding could have broad impacts on our understanding of how the stratosphere works, says James Anderson, an atmospheric chemist at Harvard University. If the troposphere’s OH filter is indeed less effective than scientists thought, he says, the west Pacific would provide “a potentially very important avenue for the injection” of pollutants that could damage the ozone layer. And it could explain why past studies measured higher than expected levels of ozone-damaging chemicals in the stratosphere, Rex says. For example, “we always knew there is more bromine in the stratosphere than we could account for.” A miscalculation of the OH filter’s strength may explain the discrepancy.The climate implications could be broad as well. Sulfur aerosol pollution, created via coal burning, is skyrocketing in Southeast Asia. In the stratosphere, sulfates provide a temporary cooling mask that spreads globally and lasts a few years. If Rex is right, it could mean that cooling pollutants have an easier route to the stratosphere than previously thought, though his study doesn’t calculate the specific climate impacts of the faulty filter.Other researchers are unconvinced. Atmospheric scientist Laura Pan of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, says the ozone measurements are just a suggestion of OH levels in the troposphere, not proof. More data, including measurements of other gases that affect OH levels, can confirm the OH levels, she says. She recently completed a field campaign in the same west Pacific region using aircraft that will give more data on the issue, but results are not yet available. The team from AWI, meanwhile, will soon begin a €5 million project off Palau in the west Pacific, funded by the European Union, to take more measurements of atmospheric chemicals that will help it estimate OH levels better.*Correction, 28 April, 12:43 p.m.: This item incorrectly asserted that Laura Pan stated that measuring OH directly was required to confirm low levels of the chemical. The item has been updated.last_img read more

WTA signs lucrative 10-year deal to move finals to China

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic (L) and Timea Babos of Hungary (R) play against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Johanna Larsson of Sweden during the women’s doubles final at the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on October 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANMELBOURNE, Australia — The WTA has signed a long-term deal to move its season-ending WTA Finals to Shenzhen, China, in 2019 and will increase total prize money to $14 million, double the previous purse.The move represents a significant investment in the China market at a time when the sport is aggressively expanding its reach in the country, with the addition of a number of new tournaments in recent years. The WTA signed a 10-year deal to stage the finals in Shenzhen — double the length of the current commitment in Singapore, the host since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT The prize money for the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams is also a major upgrade from the current purse of $7 million and is nearly double the $8 million in total prize money on offer at the ATP Finals in London.The WTA said the Chinese real estate developer Gemdale Corporation submitted the winning bid and will build a 12,000-seat stadium in downtown Shenzhen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are very excited about the opportunity I think that Shenzhen brings,” Steve Simon, the CEO of the WTA Tour, said at the Australian Open on Thursday. “With the new arena that’s being built, it will be built in the downtown district, which hasn’t been done. Most of the time it’s on the outskirts, and now it’s there.”Attendance has been a concern at ATP and WTA events in China in recent years, particularly at tournaments in cities such as Wuhan and Tianjin, but Simon believes the WTA Finals will attract a sizable audience in a major metropolitan region like the Pearl River Delta. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities NCAA volleyball: Letran sneaks into fifth spot after brushing off Lyceum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We have created a good market down there, and I would hate to see it get vacated,” he said. “I don’t have one to put there today, but it’s something we will certainly look at.”Shenzhen already hosts a WTA tournament in early January, one of the tune-up tournaments for the Australian Open.Maria Sharapova, who played in the Shenzhen Open at the start of this season, said the WTA was making a good strategic move to partner with “a place that’s willing to invest in women’s tennis.”“They were the ones that put the money on the line,” Sharapova said. “They are willing to grow our sport. They’re willing to build a stadium, willing to accept the game and its level and the players.” “When you have 20 million people in that downtown district, plus 68 million in the entire delta region,” he said, “we feel confident we’re going to be able to fill (the arena).”The 10-year commitment is also far longer than the WTA has signed in previous host cities, a cause for possible concern if attendance figures don’t reach initial expectations.Simon said, however, that time is needed to build a successful event in a new market. He spoke in 2016 of finding a more permanent home for the finals, saying at the time that Singapore was a city “we’d be very proud to call home.”In a statement on Wednesday, the Singapore Tourism Board said it had evaluated a possible extension of the WTA Finals hosting agreement with the national agency Sport Singapore and “decided not to pursue this.” It did not elaborate on the reasons.Simon said the WTA would evaluate whether it could bring another tournament to Singapore in the future.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Greece’s Tsitsipas Beats Kyle Edmund at Queen’s Club

first_imgTweetPinShare33 Shares LONDON (AP) — Top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas ensured he would play two matches in one day at the rain-hit event by beating Kyle Edmund 6-3, 7-5.Tsitsipas faces Jeremy Chardy later Thursday, while Andy Murray makes his return after a six-month absence because of injury in a doubles match partnering Feliciano Lopez.Defending champion Marin Cilic, former winner Grigor Dimitrov and 2018 Wimbledon finalist Kevin Anderson all lost at the Queen’s Club grass-court tournament on Thursday.Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece returns to Jeremy Chardy of France during their singles match at the Queens Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 20, 2019.(AP Photo/Frank Augstein)Cilic and Anderson were knocked out in the second round, while Dimitrov didn’t make it past the first round having waited four days to play his opening match.Diego Schwartzman of Argentina beat the fifth-seeded Cilic 6-4, 6-4 and Anderson, the second seed, was defeated 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 by Gilles Simon.Dimitrov followed Anderson on Court 1 and fell 6-4, 6-4 to Felix Auger-Aliassime.last_img read more