Fire repercussions undermine athletics at Malibu High School

first_imgHomeNewsEducationFire repercussions undermine athletics at Malibu High School Feb. 09, 2019 at 4:50 amEducationFeaturedNewsPublicFire repercussions undermine athletics at Malibu High SchoolAngel Carreras2 years agosmmusdMalibu High School (File photo) Rain and mud may be a bothersome at best to most but it can be downright devastating to many. Just ask the students involved in athletics at Malibu High School. In an un-agendized opening to a Thursday, February 7 SMMUSD board meeting, several public speakers took to the dais to express their frustrations to the board about unusable athletic fields at Malibu High School. Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati opened the evening with statements seemingly prepared for the frustration that would follow. Drati thanked athletes from Malibu High, expressing his regret for the continued challenges the school continues to face in the aftermath of the Woolsey Fire. After cleaning the school’s facilities and assuring communities the sites were safe, a rainy season caused heavy mudflow. This mudflow engulfed much of the school’s baseball field, tennis courts and track field, with cleaning efforts momentarily halted. Drati explained that when cleaning the mud, rain would cause more mudflow, wiping out previous cleaning attempts. To curtail this and solve the problem, Drati says he’s held talks with engineers and the City of Malibu to create a long-term plan to prevent mudslide damage in the future and create short-term plans to get kids playing sports on their respective sports’ fields. “Direction has been given,” Darti said. “I can’t tell you when it’s going to open up, but you’ll be apart of the conversation. Our commitment is to get [the sports fields] opened up as fast as possible.”Drati said that in the meantime if games are scheduled and the school site is still struggling with mud, the district will “do what we can to get you a place to play.”Though polite in their comments, students and coaches alike were understandably upset. Speaking in front of a sea of Malibu High shirts and jerseys, public speaker Melanie Goudzwaard thanked Drati for his words — noting she was told that the district was just halting mud clean up — and expressed her concerns. “The softball girls are practicing on the football field. Our next game is next Tuesday. We have no infield, they can do nothing more than throw the ball and run around the track. This is absolutely unacceptable when we play in a league that is competitive. Our students have gone through too much already … athletics are important for stability right now … we don’t want athletics to be ignored.” She went on to thank the district for certain measures during Woolsey such as therapy dogs and later proposed sandbags to divert mudflow. She expressed confusion as to where the teams should go to play or practice, noting Samohi or other SMMUSD schools are too far to practice. “There’s no easy fix and we understand it’s no one’s fault but a solution needs to be found.” Amelia Goudzwaard spoke next, discussing how important softball had been to her life, even through the Woolsey Fire. She expressed how upsetting conditions were, practicing softball on “just a grassy area”, urging SMMUSD board to do what they can. Billy Ashley, MHS baseball coach, said it took two storms before precautions were being taken to prevent mud. “To see that, it shows me there was no professional consultation … two more storms and we’re right back to where we are now.”Many public speakers followed, expressing the same frustrations. Board member Jon Kean wondered aloud if SMMUSD could work with Pepperdine, private schools, or nearby sites to “help a community that needs help. This is about letting students get their season in.” Kean also questioned when a timeline could be set. “Let’s do what we can. When to expect short term plans, long term, there’s got to be something out there.” Several board members offered to personally volunteer with moving sandbags to divert mudflow.Board members echoed Kean’s remarks with Craig Foster asked if the district’s highest priority is getting the fields clean and keeping them clear right away due to difficulties in finding off-site practice and playing fields. Drati answered, “Yes.”Drati told board members he’d release a full report of previous prevention efforts and what will happen moving [email protected] Tags :smmusdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentRetailers are shopping for ways to get rid of checkout linesSetting the Record Straight in Pico Neighborhood Association and Maria Loya vs. the City of Santa MonicaYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agolast_img read more

Vodafone appoints Egypt CEO as IoT head

first_img Author AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 19 DEC 2017 Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Previous ArticleFrance hits out at WhatsApp over data sharingNext ArticleSamsung takes flagship features to Galaxy A line Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence Tags Home Vodafone appoints Egypt CEO as IoT head Vodafone Group named Stefano Gastaut, current CEO of its Egyptian business, as the new global director of its IoT unit.In a statement, Vodafone said the appointment will be effective from 1 January 2018, with Gastaut replacing Ivo Rook who left the role to join Sprint’s IoT team in June.Gastaut will take on the role at a time when the company continues to accelerates its IoT strategy following the launch of V by Vodafone (its consumer IoT offering) in November, as well as an intensified focus on its enterprise offering.The new IoT director spent two years as head of Vodafone Egypt, a period during which the operator launched 4G and grew its market share from 40 per cent to 45 per cent, the company stated.Prior to his role in Egypt, Gastaut was CEO of Vodafone’s Partner Markets business.Commenting on his appointment, Gastaut said IoT will play a significant role in many businesses globally: “I am confident that Vodafone will be the first choice partner to help customers use IoT to succeed in a digital world.”Vodafone stated its IoT segment generates more than €700 million in revenue, manages 62 million IoT SIMs and supports services in more than 190 countries. Kavit joined Mobile World Live in May 2015 as Content Editor. He started his journalism career at the Press Association before joining Euromoney’s graduate scheme in April 2010. Read More >> Read more Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Kavit Majithia Related EgyptIoTVodafonelast_img read more

Monday Scramble: Golf changes, Langer persists

first_imgPat Perez shrugs off an injury, Bernhard Langer collects more hardware, Alex Noren joins the OWGR top-10, the rules undergo a makeover and more in this week’s edition of the Monday Scramble: Perez underwent shoulder surgery in March. It was his first break he had taken – physically, mentally, emotionally – in 18 years as a pro. “I’m so stubborn,” he said, “that I needed a forced break.” And so a guy who is known mostly for his on-course outbursts returned to the Tour with a new dose of perspective. “I just try to stay aggressive and try to think of the right shot and a good shot and not worry about what happens,” he said. It worked – he won in just his third start since coming back. The grind of a 30-event season doesn’t offer much time for self-reflection, so it’s possible Perez wouldn’t have discovered that new attitude without being sidelined. Now 40, he’s in the midst of a career resurgence.  1. Perez was playing this season on a major medical extension, after missing the last six months of the 2015-16 season with a shoulder injury. He needed to make $670,050 in 15 starts to retain his card for next season. He earned $1.26 million in Mexico. 2. Perez was on such a heater that he played his last 10 holes in 1 over par – and STILL won by two shots. Over the weekend, he played a 26-hole span in 14 under. That allowed him to surge past third-round leader Gary Woodland and coast to his first victory since 2009.  3. Woodland, meanwhile, dropped to 1-for-6 with the 54-hole lead after posting a final-round 70 at Mayakoba. He had a one-shot lead heading into Sunday, but he got off to a rocky start, bogeying two of his first three holes in what was going to be a final-day shootout. He birdied the last two holes just to shoot 70, which matched the highest Sunday score of anyone in the top 14.  4. They can change the format. They can add a playoff system that, in theory, creates some unpredictability. But each PGA Tour Champions season still ends the same way – with Langer holding the most important trophy. For the third consecutive year, and the fourth time overall, he claimed the Charles Schwab Cup title.  Remarkably, he has never won the season finale (he does have three runners-up), but he never has needed to. Paul Goydos won this year’s event, in wire-to-wire fashion.  5. This was supposed to be the beginning of the end for Langer. He wasn’t supposed to survive without his trusty anchored putter. All he did this year was win four times and finish in the top 10 in all but three of his 21 starts. All he did was contend at the Masters. All he did was top the money list, at $3,016,959. All he did was finish second in putting average, even while moving the long wand a few inches from his sternum. (Oh, by the way: He has finished second or better in that category every year since 2012.)  6. In EACH of the past three years, Langer has been ranked No. 1 in the following categories: Schwab Cup points Scoring average Earnings Greens in regulation Ball-striking Birdie average Par breakers Par-3 scoring At 59, he continues to defy the odds.  7. Of this year’s many breakout stars, perhaps none has been as meteoric as Noren.  The 34-year-old Swede, who was ranked 108th in the world as recently as the U.S. Open in June, just won for a European Tour-best fourth time this season. Now, when he checks his world ranking, he’ll notice he’s above Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler and Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson – at No. 9 in the world.  His most recent victory, at the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa, had his peers begging for mercy. Starting the final round six shots back, he won by the same margin after a closing 63 – the best round of the day by four shots.  8. By the way, Darren Clarke’s captain’s picks for the Ryder Cup look even worse now.  Gotta love hindsight.  Thomas Pieters is an absolute star, but Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were disasters, combining to go 1-6. It’s foolish to speculate how Paul Casey, Russell Knox and Noren would have fared at Hazeltine, but it’s clear (as Rory McIlroy and others have stated) that the Europeans should put politics aside and have the best 12 players, period.  9. Henrik Stenson finished eighth in Sun City to create even more of a cushion at the top of the Race to Dubai standings. He is nearly 300,000 points ahead of Danny Willett, who finally showed signs of life, going 67-69 on the weekend to tie for 11th. Noren is now third in the standings, followed by Rory McIlroy. All four players have a mathematical chance to win the big prize this week in Dubai. 10. Might we see wholesale changes to the golf calendar in 2020 and beyond? Here’s hoping. PGA CEO Pete Bevacqua said last week that “to make sure golf is in the Olympics for the next century, the whole schedule needs to be adjusted.” What that likely means is that, in four years, The Players would move to March, the PGA to May and the Tour season would end on Labor Day. This revamped schedule could pose a few issues. After all, The Players was pushed from March to May because the weather is more unpredictable in the spring, it was too close to the Masters and it competed against college basketball. And putting the PGA in May might impact some of the northern courses, like Rochester’s Oak Hill, which could struggle to get ready in time after a harsh winter.  But this move would be praised by almost everyone, especially the players. Most importantly, it would alleviate the logjam that occurred this summer, with some players forced to choose which events they’d skip in order to survive the marathon stretch.  11. For the first time since 1981, the PGA Tour will have a team event on the schedule, with the Zurich Classic of New Orleans changing from a regular 72-hole stroke-play tournament to a two-man team competition. No complaints here.  The only thing memorable about the past few editions has been the weather. That could still be a problem next year, regardless of format, but it’s cool that the Tour is willing to shake things up in what is otherwise a third-tier tour event that struggles to attract a deep field. Partnerships of Rickie Fowler-Jason Day and Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson already have added some buzz. For our money, charbroiled oysters and crawfish remain the favorites. 12. The LPGA season ends this week at the CME Group Tour Championship in Florida – and there is still plenty at stake. After a rousing battle this year, Ariya Jutanugarn, Lydia Ko and Brooke Henderson all can capture the season-long prize with a victory this week at Tiburon.  As for Rolex Player of the Year honors, Ko needs a victory to overtake Jutanugarn. The money title (Jutanugarn leads by $17,305) and Vare Trophy (at 69.611, Ko has a slim lead over In Gee Chun) are also up for grabs.  A new draft of the Rules of Golf – one that, thankfully, is “simpler,” in “plain English” and “easier to apply” – is set for release next year. Sure, we’re still skeptical – this is the USGA, after all – but any attempt to bring more common sense back into golf should be considered a step in the right direction. Enough is enough.  Still on Fire: Hideki Matsuyama. He won again in Japan over the weekend. These are his last five results: 5-1-2-1-1. He is also 72 under over his last 14 rounds.  Random Thought of the Week: Why isn’t the Charles Schwab Cup Championship a four-round event? The entire season comes down to this event, and they can’t even trot out the seniors for a fourth round, like the majors? Weak.  Not What He Had in Mind: Ollie Schniederjans. This scribe’s pick for Rookie of the Year, Ollie is off to a rough start this season, missing his third consecutive cut while shooting a combined 20 over par.  Feel-Good Story: Aditi Ashok. Fans might remember the name, after she briefly took the second-round lead at the Olympics. On Sunday, the 18-year-old became the first player from India to win a Ladies European Tour event.  This Will Cheer Up Your Girlfriend: Adam Blyth. After starting 65-63 at the New South Wales Open, he “fired” his girlfriend/caddie at the halfway point of the tournament, opting for his usual looper, his dad. The move didn’t cost him the victory – he still won by four shots, at 24 under par for the week – and they’ll all enjoy the first-place check.  Do You Even Lift?: Greg Norman. Dude’s seriously jacked. And he’s 61! Makin’ It Rain: John Peterson. For the first time in 54 weeks, he cashed a PGA Tour paycheck, with a tie for 15th in Mexico. He missed all of last season because of a hand injury.  Where’s Golf Channel Cameras When You Need Them?: Charley Hoffman, going HAM on his golf bag. Blown Fantasy Pick of the Week: Harris English. A former winner here (2013) … the owner of the tournament record (21 under) … coming in off 13 consecutive made cuts … including a T-4 in Vegas … and then he missed the cut. Sigh.last_img read more

Judges cautioned about attending holiday gatherings

first_img Judges cautioned about attending holiday gatherings It’s being done for the noble reasons of “promoting public trust and confidence in the judiciary,” but may inspire a few grumbles of “Bah humbug!”Eleventh Circuit Chief Judge Joseph Farina issued the following October 25 memo to bar association presidents about holiday gifts and parties and asked that it be included in bar publications and newsletters:“Promoting public trust and confidence in the judiciary and legal process is important during the holiday season and throughout the year. Toward that end, it is the policy of the 11th Judicial Circuit, in accord with the Code of Judicial Conduct, that:“A. Neither judges, magistrate judges, nor their staff are permitted or encouraged to accept gifts or favors from lawyers or their firms if they have come or are likely to come before the judge or general master.“B. Neither judges nor magistrate judges should attend holiday parties hosted by a law firm if a member of that law firm is counsel of record in a case assigned to that judge or general master.” November 15, 2006 Regular Newscenter_img Judges cautioned about attending holiday gatheringslast_img read more

US embassy in Havana marks ‘new chapter’ in Cuba ties

first_img Share Share 46 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet InternationalNewsPrintRegional US embassy in Havana marks ‘new chapter’ in Cuba ties by: Associated Press – July 1, 2015 President Barack Obama, accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden, speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, July 1, 2015. (Photo: AP)WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the US and Cuba will reopen their embassies in Havana and Washington, heralding a “new chapter” in relations after a half-century of hostility.“We don’t have to be imprisoned by the past,” Obama said from White House Rose Garden. “Americans and Cubans alike are ready to move forward.”Cuban television broadcast Obama’s statement live, underscoring the new spirit.The embassy agreement marks the biggest tangible step toward normalizing relations since the surprise announcement in December that the US and Cuba were restarting diplomatic ties. The posts in Washington and Havana are scheduled to open July 20, Cuba’s Foreign Ministry said.Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Cuba for the opening of the US Embassy.For Obama, ending the US freeze with Cuba is central to his foreign policy legacy as he nears the end of his presidency. Obama has long touted the value of direct engagement with global foes and has argued that the US economic embargo on the communist island just 90 miles south of Florida was ineffective.The president on Wednesday reiterated his call for Congress to lift the embargo, which he said has failed to bring political change in Cuba. However, he faces stiff resistance from Republicans, as well as some Democrats, who say he is prematurely rewarding a government that engages in serious human rights abuses.Rep Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla, said in a statement that opening a US Embassy in Cuba “will do nothing to help the Cuban people and is just another trivial attempt for President Obama to go legacy shopping.”The president also will face strong opposition in Congress to spending any taxpayer dollars for building or refurbishing an embassy in Havana. Congress would have to approve any administration request to spend money on an embassy.The U.S. cut off diplomatic relations with Cuba in 1961 after Fidel Castro’s revolution. The U.S. spent decades trying to either actively overthrow the Cuban government or isolate the island, including toughening the economic embargo first imposed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower.Since the late 1970s, the United States and Cuba have operated diplomatic missions called interests sections in each other’s capitals. The missions are technically under the protection of Switzerland, and do not enjoy the same status as embassies.Ahead of Obama’s remarks, the top US diplomat in Havana delivered a letter from the White House to Cuba about restoring embassies in the countries’ respective capitals. U.S. Interests Section chief Jeffrey DeLaurentis arrived at the Cuban Foreign Ministry in Havana on Wednesday morning to hand-deliver the message.In a highly unusual move, Cuban state television broadcast Obama’s remarks live with translation in Spanish.While the opening of embassies marks a major milestone in the thaw between the US and Cuba, significant issues remain as the countries look to normalize relations. Among them: talks on human rights; demands for compensation for confiscated American properties in Havana and damages to Cuba from the embargo; and possible cooperation on law enforcement, including the touchy topic of US fugitives sheltering in Havana.Sen Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the opening of embassies was part of the administration’s “common sense approach to Cuba.” However, he called for Cuba to recognize that it is out of step with the international community on human rights.“Arrests and detentions of dissidents must cease and genuine political pluralism is long overdue,” Cardin said in a statement.Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro met in April during a regional summit, marking the first time US and Cuban leaders have met in person since 1958.For Obama, the embassy announcements come amid what the White House sees as one of the strongest stretches of his second term. He scored major legislative and legal victories last week, with Congress giving him fast-track authority for an Asia-Pacific free trade deal and the Supreme Court upholding a key provision of his health care law.The court also ruled in favor of gay marriage nationwide, an outcome Obama supported.last_img read more