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email@example.com (661) 267-5743 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Each year, tournaments at the Lancaster National Soccer Center pump about $6 million into the region’s economy, according to city officials. Cal South holds about nine or 10 tournaments at the center each year, accounting for about $3 million to $4 million of that total. Topping a schedule of more 30 softball tournaments will be a pair of national championships – the Amateur Softball Association of America’s girls 18-and-under Class A Western National Championship, to be held July 29 through Aug. 5, and the ASA’s Men’s Class D Western National Championship, scheduled for Aug. 30-Sept. 2. The girls tournament is expected to draw 70 teams and pump $850,000 in economic impact to the region; the shorter mens tournament will draw about 60 teams and bring $250,000, city officials said. Every year, the Big 8 usually attracts 800 tournament teams and provides close to $2 million in economic impact, said Jeff Campbell, the manager of the complex. “With the addition of these two national championships we should exceed that $2 million figure,” Campbell said. LANCASTER – The city of Lancaster continues to push sports tournaments to attract tourism, lining up a softball event this year estimated to pump $850,000 into the region’s economy and securing the rights to host a 2009 soccer tournament that could attract as many as 15,000 visitors and bring in as much as $13 million. In a partnership with Cal South, the governing body for U.S. Youth Soccer in Southern California, the city secured the rights to host the 2009 Youth Soccer Far West Regional Championships – an event that will attract 256 teams from 14 states. The event, to be held in June 2009, is expected to draw 10,000 to 15,000 visitors. The soccer tournament could pump as much as $13 million into the region’s economy and fill up hotel rooms all the way into the Santa Clarita and San Fernando valleys. “The dollars that people bring in are really a helpful thing for us because they not only allow us to maintain the (recreation) facilities they also help with the city’s general fund,” said Bob Greene, the city’s assistant director of Parks, Recreation and Arts. “It’s our little help to the tourism industry and to economic development.”
SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri said the tour will give Gor Mahia players a chance to play with the best and sample one of the oldest and best stadiums in the world – Goodison Park.Karauri added that the friendly will be a good exposure platform for the Gor Mahia players whom he said have given their best to put Kenya on the global and regional map in matters football.Gor earned a chance to play Everton after emerging the winner of the second edition of the Super Cup held between June 3 and 10 in Nakuru, Kenya, featuring eight teams from East Africa.“This is an amazing opportunity for the players and Kenyan football because it is worth more than anybody could offer money for,” an elated Gor Mahia coach Dylan Kerr said.Gor Mahia forward Jacques Tuyisenge scores against Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg in a friendly match at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“I am very excited. It is an opportunity for Gor Mahia to put Kenya on the global football map by playing one of the most established clubs in the UK,” added Kerr.This will be the second time that Gor Mahia face Everton, after meeting for the first time at the National Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in July last year losing 2-1 with former England captain Wayne Rooney scoring a wonder goal on his first match for the toffees after returning to the club from Manchester United.This year however, Rooney will not be in as he has sealed a move to the Major League Soccer (MLS) in the United States where he is playing for DC United.However, Gor will still have an opportunity of playing against world class players including England’s World Cup star Jordan Pickford, Colombia’s Yerry Mina and ex-Barcelona man Andre Gomes.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kenneth Muguna and teammate Ernest Wendo close down on Everton FC forward Wayne Rooney during a friendly match in Tanzania in July 2017NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 16 – Gor’s highly anticipated friendly match against English Premier League side Everton FC will be played in November, after being pushed from the initial anticipated date early this month.According to match organizers SportPesa who sponsor both teams, the game will be played at Goodison Park either on November 6 or 7.
0Shares0000Ben Lampert is a coach with England’s deaf football team and Brentford FC Community Sports Trust © AFP / Isabel INFANTESLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 3 – Ben Lampert is not a stereotypical football coach. Instead of yelling from the touchline, the deaf trainer issues his instructions in sign language.The 34-year-old, who is a coach with Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, is proving to be an inspirational mentor to both deaf and hearing children and has been nominated in one of the categories at the UK Coaching Awards on Thursday. Lampert, a member of the British football squad that won the 2005 Deaflympics title in Australia, ultimately wants to coach a professional team.“The dream of mine is just to be coaching at the highest level of football, whether it be the academies or the club side,” he told AFP before taking a session with a group of 10-year-old boys.“Just to be that sort of living embodiment that these barriers can be broken down and can be overcome. The age group would not matter.“I don’t know whether up to 18 or older. It’s a matter of sort of achieving and becoming an example where deaf people can look up and say ‘Ben’s done it, why can’t I?’”Deaf football coach Ben Lampert takes a training session in west London © AFP / Isabel INFANTESLampert, a father of two boys, said there is a perception that it is difficult for deaf people to get their message across but he believes this is misplaced.“They think that it’s impossible for me to do it or any deaf person to do it,” he said, speaking through an interpreter, who also helped him during the session in west London.“You know, they think it’s not something that can happen, but it is possible. When I have the opportunity to speak with these people, they realise this.“It’s all just about communication. At the end of the day, there’s other methods for communication, it’s not just a one-way thing.”Lampert, who took part in the 2012 Olympics torch relay, said communicating in sign language was a similar challenge to that faced by managers for whom English is not their native tongue.“They have the skills or the requisite skills to be a top manager. It’s just the language barrier,” said Lampert, who is nominated for an award in the Changing Lives category.“You know, that’s the only thing getting in the way. There’s no difference, in my view, to a deaf person in that sense.”Lampert, who is also a coach with England’s deaf football team, said his deafness is not an impediment to how he sees the game, describing it as a “very visual thing”.“As a deaf person it is absolutely perfect for me and thinking about people’s positions on the pitch and tactics, where to place players.”– ‘Fight for equality’ –Jamie Tompkins, football development manager for the trust at Brentford, who play in England’s second-tier Championship, says Lampert’s dream to coach professionally is realistic.“There’s no reason why it cannot work in mainstream football as well, because he’s still communicating with players in the right way,” he said.“He is still getting his message across to support them in their development and ultimately support the teams he’s working with as well.”Lampert believes Britain is lagging behind the United States when it comes to the awareness of deaf issues.He cites the case of NFL fullback Derrick Coleman, who overcame deafness to win a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks.Kuba Zygmunt trains under deaf coach Ben Lampert © AFP / Isabel INFANTES“It’s hats off to America for me as far as I’m concerned, because their awareness is outstanding in that respect,” he said.“In England, I think we should have it the same. If that can be done in the Super Bowl, then why can we not do it here? Awareness is the key thing here.”A group of boys who were experiencing Lampert’s coaching for the first time — a mix of showing them what he wants done by playing with the ball or through his interpreter — largely gave him a thumbs up.Kuba Zygmunt admitted: “I would never understand sign language in 100 years” but he added there was plenty of scope for the relationship to develop.“As a community, it is really impressive,” he said. “It’s really impressive that we can communicate with this new coach and maybe learn about something new.”Lampert believes succeeding is all about being positive.“It’s important to be confident and to be assertive and to fight for equality,” he said.“You know, I want to get the message out there that deaf people can do anything and I am an example myself.”0Shares0000(Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)
Mamadou Sakho with Jurgen Klopp 1 Jurgen Klopp has revealed Mamadou Sakho is in line to return for Liverpool against Watford next weekend.The defender has been sidelined since a suffering knee injury during the 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace at Anfield on November 8.It was initially feared Sakho, who has been among the Reds’ most impressive performers this season, would be out until the New Year.But the injury was not as serious as first thought and the 25-year-old returned to training on Friday.The Frenchman will not be considered for selection against West Brom on Sunday but is expected to be available for the trip to Watford on December 20.Klopp, speaking at a press conference ahead of the Baggies’ visit to Anfield, said: “Mama has trained now. He had his first session with the team yesterday and if nothing happens, he has to go on and carry on with training. That’s what he needs now.“There are no more issues with the knee and everything is okay, now he has to work to be a real option for us. Next week for sure, he will be available if nothing more happens.”
On the flight, Tyra briefs them that this is a War on Terror – not terriers. Due to a translation error, the CIA had made that mistake earlier and rounded up all small dogs in Pakistan. Tyra then challenges the ladies to analyze the motivation behind Osama Bin Laden’s latest audio communication. One suspects that he was sick of the camera adding 10 pounds. Unimpressed, Tyra suits her up with a parachute pack, and pushes her and her Louis Vuitton luggage from the plane. That leaves two beautiful, fierce contestants, but only one can become America’s Next Top Model in the War on Terror. The winner will get her own satellite photo shoot and a one-year contract as an air marshal. “Whether at an airport or a fashion show, a runway would be lucky to have either of you,” Tyra says. The final challenge: To date, thousands of troops haven’t been able to lure the 6-foot-5 bin Laden from his caves. But a Tyra-girl who is tall and fierce just might disarm him with her smile, long enough for a stroll on the jagged rocks. With a “go girl” sendoff, Tyra airdrops the contestants near Tora Bora to start their search. Thinking it was Bora Bora, one is dressed in a string bikini and starts looking for the ocean. Her confusion pays off, as the tall terrorist spots this vision of fierceness, and emerges from hiding. Her height intrigues him – finally, an American with whom he can see eye to eye. She smiles coyly as he approaches her, knowing once they are alone, she’ll show him what a holy terror she can be. It’s like a fiercer “Where’s Waldo,” with all Americans as winners. When asked if he had any interest in Tyra Banks, President Bush said he didn’t have an account there. Seems the War on Terror will continue without models. That’s a shame – it would be awfully cool to see such fierce beauties gathering intelligence under Tyra’s tutelage. Amy Tenowich is a freelance writer and graduate student of journalism at University of Southern California. Write to her by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.orgWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Now more than ever, America needs to give a fresh face to homeland security. Tyra Banks, known for her fierce presence on the catwalk, resigned from modeling last year after discovering a new dimple near her buttocks. But she has quickly moved into a television career. On “America’s Next Top Model,” Tyra puts aspiring fashionistas through a series of challenging photo shoots, like being suspended from a building in superhero outfits and posing with constricting snakes – all geared to help young women embrace their own inner fierceness. Banks is a born leader. If only she could channel her supermodel savvy into running a competition of more gravity, like one involving national security. What if she were contracted to find the next top model to fight the War on Terror? That’s fierce. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card We need some pretty faces to reverse the current Ugly American stereotype. Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld just don’t have the goods for the gig. The competition begins with Q and A. Tyra asks the models how they would locate al-Qaida. One eager contestant suggests calling information to find out where Al lives. She’d also Google other members of the Qaida family, then scan Internet dating sites to see if any have profiles posted by area. Tyra dismisses her, saying this strategy had already been tried by the administration on 9-12, and failed. The first task addresses a key aspect of homeland security – border patrol. It’s the perfect job for models, who are not only tall enough to scan long distances, but who are also accomplished in walking with fierce authority. Tyra drops them in the Yuma desert. It’s rough terrain, but she reminds the girls that working a smoky runway in heels is equally treacherous, especially with other models trying to trip you. The ladies strut along the border, and one pins a coyote (smuggler) to the sand with her stilettos while body-waxing him. Tyra disqualifies her for using cruel and inhumane treatment. A top model must also be a role model. In another test, the girls must demonstrate their diplomacy skills in response to the government’s new rules allowing passengers to once again bring scissors and tools on commercial flights. A top model has to assure Americans of their safety, even when it seems compromised by policy. A feisty competitor proposes a public raffle for rides with the president on Air Force One, adding that the safety of the new carry-on provisions could be tested during those flights. Before Tyra can respond, government agents appear suddenly and escort the model to a secret prison in Eastern Europe, where she will be condemned to a mirror-less cell. Once the contest is whittled down on the current “Top Model,” the girls are sent to Paris or another fashion mecca. In this version, the girls are deployed to the Middle East.
The Diocese of Clogher will celebrate the Golden jubilee of the Ordination to the Priesthood of Bishop Liam McDaid on Sunday, July 14 at 8pm. Bishop McDaid is a native of Bundoran, Co Donegal, born in the south of the county on 19 July 1945.Having completed his studies at St Macartan’s College, Monaghan, and at St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, he was ordained to the Priesthood by the then Archbishop of Dublin, Dr John Charles McQuaid on 15 June 1969. He joined the teaching staff of St Macartan’s College, Monaghan in 1970 and was President of the college from 1981 until 1989.From 1990 until 1993 he served in the parish of Aghavea and Aghintaine (Fivemiletown and Brookeboro) in Counties Tyrone and Fermanagh before being appointed Diocesan Secretary and Chancellor of the Diocese.Bishop McDaid was at the same time Administrator of the parish of Tyholland in County Monaghan from 1993 until 2010.Bishop MacDaid was appointed Bishop of Clogher by Pope Benedict XVI in May 2010 and ordained bishop on 25 July 2010 in St Macartan’s Cathedral, Monaghan. He led the diocese with great diligence for over six years until his retirement on health grounds was accepted by Pope Francis on 1 October 2016.Bishop McDaid is a lifelong member of the GAA and played with the now-former St Joseph’s club (Bundoran and Ballyshannon) with which he won several Donegal Senior Football Championship titles and an All-Ireland club title (then an unofficial competition) in 1968.He also won an Ulster Under 21 Championship medal with Donegal in 1966.Bishop Liam McDaid to celebrate golden jubilee of his priesthood was last modified: July 13th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare 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)
25 May 2012 In South Africa scientists and engineers have been hard at work for a number of years in preparation for the SKA. An extensive bursary programme has seen hundreds of university students becoming interested in space science and engineering as a career, and, said Pandor, even more encouraging is that many of these are black students and women. “The SKA will bring advancements of astro-sciences to both countries and facilitate knowledge sharing between young and older astronomy and cosmology experts. The opportunity to share the SKA with Australia will also highlight the benefits of partnerships on a global scale, and will improve industry cohesion and co-development in astronomy and other related fields.” Brand South Africa CEO Miller Matola says that South Africa is thrilled with the opportunity to share the hosting of the SKA as the partnership with Australia will open up new avenues for skills development as well as ideas and cultural exchange. South Africa will be the majority partner in the project, however, and will host 2/3rd of the antennae technologies of the SKA, while the remaining third will be built in Australia and New Zealand. First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. “We have decided on a dual site approach,” said SKA board chairperson John Wommersley at a press conference held at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport, following a meeting of the SKA organisation’s members in the Dutch capital. The instrument, which will be the world’s largest radio telescope, is expected to be complete in 2024. This follows a meeting of the members at Schiphol Airport in the Netherlands, after weeks of waiting and speculation regarding the final outcome of the hosting bid, which came down to two rivals, South Africa and Australia. Driving scientific development in Southern Africa YouTube: SKA bid announcement media briefing The SKA in South Africa will be located mainly in the Northern Cape province, in an area protected by legislation from development that could interfere with the reception of radio waves from space. To date, R55-million has been spent on developing the skills needed for SKA, with 398 postdoctoral fellowships, PhD, MSc and undergraduate bursaries given to deserving candidates. Members of the SKA Organisation then agreed that it was necessary to set up a small scientific working group to explore various implementation options that would ensure that there was an inclusive approach to SKA, as well as maximise the value from the investments made by both candidate host regions. Already an array of seven radio telescopes, the KAT-7, is online at the Northern Cape site and bringing in valuable imagery from far-flung corners of the universe. The KAT-7 is the MeerKAT precursor. When complete, MeerKAT will be the biggest radio telescope in the southern hemisphere. Although it’s only due to become operational in 2012, the first five years of MeerKAT research time are fully booked, with astronomers queuing up to work on this important instrument The team’s goal is to complete 15 MeerKAT antennae by 2015. The announcement was initially expected early in April but was delayed. Various reasons were given for the delay, such as a number of objections raised by the Australian organisation that had to be resolved. After weeks of speculation, members of the Square Kilometre Array Organisation have announced that South Africa and Australia will jointly host the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). It will comprise about 3 000 dish-shaped antennae spread over many thousands of square kilometres. The core of the telescope will lie in the Northern Cape’s Karoo region, with outlying stations spread throughout South Africa, and in Namibia, Botswana, Ghana, Mozambique, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius.
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