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Baccus’ eight goals powers Whittier over Dons

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first_img “We probably were overmatched,” El Rancho coach Joel Francisco said. “We tend to struggle against physical teams, and they are very physical. They did a good job of taking away what we wanted to do on offense.” Sprague cited his players for their good decision-making and creating opportunities to score. “Seventeen goals are a lot of offense against a defense that was designed (dropping back in the middle) to stop us from scoring a lot of goals,” Sprague said. Callerous and John Schmidtbauer each had three goals for Whittier, while A.J. Abrego and Jose Navarro each had two goals for El Rancho. Whittier outshot El Rancho, 27-25, and Birkenbach recorded five saves to Whittier goalkeeper Cameron Boulter’s eight. — Roger Murray can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3046, or by e-mail at roger.murray@sgvn.com. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — El Rancho High School stacked its defense to stop Whittier High School’s Cory Baccus, but the talented Cardinals water polo player still managed to score eight goals and lead Whittier to a 17-7 victory over visiting El Rancho in a Del Rio League game Tuesday. “They made us adjust because they ran a different defense to stop Cory,” Whittier coach Todd Sprague said. “I thought our kids did a really good job of handling their speed. (El Rancho) played very aggressively, and that was good for our kids because they tend to be a little complacent at times.” center_img Miguel Villalobos and Baccus scored in the first minute and, less than three minutes into the game, Baccus had three goals and Whittier led 4-0. A pair of goals by Cody Callerous in the second quarter led the Cardinals to a 9-2 halftime advantage. Two more goals by Baccus in the third quarter, one a quick backhanded throw from inside 4 meters that caught goalkeeper Matt Birkenbach by surprise, made it 12-3 after three quarters. last_img read more

Where do Raiders still need the most help?

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first_imgExactly one month stands between Monday and the 2019 NFL Draft, in which the Raiders hold four of the first 35 picks and a league-high three on opening night.They were among the most active teams in the first two weeks of free agency, with the signings of Antonio Brown and Trent Brown highlighting a bevy of moves on both sides of the ball, yet plenty of work remains for Oakland to return to relevance in a division topped by two of the best teams in the NFL.Assuming the Raiders don’t send more …last_img

Giants finally score after 17 innings, suffer second straight loss to open season

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first_imgSAN DIEGO–In the 136-year history of the franchise, the Giants had never been shut out twice in a row to start a season.History was nearly made at Petco Park on Friday, and the Giants were oh-so-close to being on the wrong side of it.After 17 scoreless innings to open the season, third baseman Evan Longoria finally put the team on the board in 2019 with a solo home run to left field in the top of the ninth. Longoria’s homer was much-needed for a discouraged Giants’ offense, but it was a rare …last_img

Would Warriors deal Kevin Durant in a sign-and-trade? It’s complicated

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first_imgThe Warriors could not convince Kevin Durant to stay. Could they convince Durant, however, to accept a sign-and-trade?The answer to that question remains both open-ended and complicated because of various team motives and salary cap rules. Durant announced that he would join the Brooklyn Nets on his Instagram account of The Boardroom, his company-owned sports business network. Though the Nets have the cap space to … Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.last_img

Guide to the history and importance of Robben Island

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first_imgAs a symbol of the brutality of South Africa’s apartheid past and of the immense courage of those who fought for the country’s freedom, Robben Island, about 12km offshore from Cape Town, is a pivotal beacon in the history of South Africa.(Image: The Robben Island Museum)Brand South Africa reporterThe island was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) in 1999.In its description of the site, Unesco writes: “The buildings of Robben Island bear eloquent testimony to its sombre history, and at the same time symbolise the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression.”‘Unwanted’ peopleAlthough people lived on Robben Island thousands of years before the sea separated it from the Cape mainland, it was used as a place to house “unwanted” people – mostly prisoners – from the mid-1600s, when the Dutch colonised the Cape, to the late 20th century. It was also used as a military base during the Second World War.Those who fought against Dutch colonisation in southern and eastern Africa, religious Muslim leaders, opponents of British empire building in Africa, prisoners of war, criminals, leprosy sufferers, mentally ill patients, and more recently opponents of the apartheid government, were all packed off to Robben Island.As author Lawrence Green wrote: Robben Island was “an island of exiles”.The windswept island, with its astounding legacy of confinement and brutality for those exiled there – and its paradoxical existence as a sanctuary for bird and animal life – is a place of mystery and amazement to the many who visit it.Memories of brutalityFor the many freedom fighters imprisoned there, including Nelson Mandela, who was incarcerated for 27 years, and Pan Africanist Congress leader Robert Sobukwe, who was housed there in solitary confinement, Robben Island holds less mystery and more torrid memories of brutality, isolation and victimisation.But the island is remembered just as much as the site where anti-apartheid activists honed their principles of non-racialism and human rights, where they educated themselves – and their prison warders – and strengthened their resolve to attain freedom.As African National Congress (ANC) stalwart and former Robben Island prisoner Ahmed Kathrada remarked around the time of Mandela’s release from prison: “While we will not forget the brutality of apartheid, we will not want Robben Island to be a monument to our hardship and suffering. We would want Robben Island to be a monument . reflecting the triumph of the human spirit against the forces of evil. A triumph of non-racialism over bigotry and intolerance. A triumph of a new South Africa over the old.”Kathrada’s wish has been realised. On 1 January 1997, Robben Island became the home to the Robben Island Museum, a national museum and monument that displays its astounding history to the many tourists who flock there in search of more information and understanding about South Africa’s past.Website: www.robben-island.org.zaA place to learn about SA’s democracyThe museum is also a place of learning, with workshops, tours and camps for children and adults keen to learn about both historical and modern-day South Africa and its embracing of a culture of human rights and respect for ethnic, cultural and religious diversity.Daily tours are offered, weather permitting, leaving from the Nelson Mandela Gateway at the V&A Waterfront. The tour is three-and-a-half hours long, including the two half-hour ferry rides. It is a good idea to pre-book your ticket through the website.Visitors can expect an enriching experience. There’s plenty to see on the island: from the maximum security prison that held political prisoners, to the memorabilia of prisoners incarcerated there, to the quarry mines where prisoners were forced to dig, to the church, to the many buildings dating back to the Second World War. There’s a small village where the island’s main centre is located.Bird sanctuaryRobben Island generates its own electricity and is involved in a research initiative to draw electricity from the strong waves that pound its shores. It also gets its water from nine boreholes.The island is a natural sanctuary for bird life – the northern part is a bird sanctuary – and has about 132 bird species, some of which are endangered.Many birds use the island for breeding purposes, including the Crowned Cormorant and Black-crowned Night Herons that flock to the island in numbers. The African Penguin, once close to extinction, also breeds prolifically on the island.Plant life also thrives on Robben Island, but farming and the introduction of exotic species have upset the natural fauna to some extent. The spectacular veld flowers typical of the West Coast also occur on the Island during spring.There are 23 species of mammals, including small herds of bontebok, springbok, steenbok, fallow deer and eland. Ostrich, lizards, geckos, snakes and tortoises also call the island home.Marine life around Robben Island is also rich, and the ferry trip offers tourists a chance to spot Cape fur seals, southern right whales and dusky and heavyside dolphins.Source: South African History OnlineWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Blinka.me: If Craigslist’s Missed Connections Got Its Own Website

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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Duncan Shand, Blinka’s CEO, wrote us in an email, “The core difference with our site over other ‘missed connection’ sites is that we’re not a classified listings site. On Blinka.me you put in your moment. If the other person does too, then our system will register a match based on location and time and automatically send an email notification.“In fact we have a patent pending around the matching method, so if this goes through, things could get interesting.”Shand has been working on Blinka for the past year. The site has been live for 12 weeks and is halfway through its beta testing period.So far, the majority of data is geographically centered in New Zealand and Australia, but more users in the U.S. and other countries would generate more data, add more hot spots, create more moments, and ultimately expand the site’s reach. Blinka has a bright, simple UI that makes the site a pleasure to use. This startup’s success comes down to gaining a critical mass of users who frequent the same pubs or attend the same conferences. We can see the site going over well through a lobbycon campaign at tech conferences, getting inebriated early adopters to sign up, post moments, and reconnect with one another.Check out this video from Blinka, and let us know what you think of this service in the comments. Tags:#start#startups 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts center_img Whether the venue is a local bar or a professional conference, we all meet people whose identities and contact information slip away before we can establish a more meaningful connection.Although missed connections sections in personals and classifieds make for great reading on a boring Tuesday night, some kind of more powerful tool – with a greater share of the market – is needed to act as a beacon between social and professional ships passing in the night. One site among several devoted to this cause is the shiny, new Blinka.me, a very 2.0 version of your local alternative weekly’s back pages.On this site, users are invited to create accounts using Facebook Connect or a manual signup process. They then can share “moments” of various types or browse “hot spots” to find out where locals are meeting and connecting – or missing connections – in a given area. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… jolie odell A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

‘GST revenue at an all-time low’

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first_imgThe revenue from the Goods and Services Tax has slipped by over ₹2,500 crore — to a 19-month low in September — and is showing no signs of recovery due to a massive tax fraud and overall “flaws in the system”, indicated West Bengal Finance and Industry Minister Amit Mitra in a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Mr. Mitra wrote the letter on Monday.The GST revenue slipped from ₹94,442 crore in September 2018 to ₹91,916 crore in September, 2019 — a drop of ₹2,526 crore. Highlighting the drop, Mr. Mitra argued that this “probably is the first time that monthly collections have been at an all-time low”. This collection, Mr. Mitra noted, is “even lower than the collection for July 2017, which was ₹92,283 crore”.“Though it has picked up slightly in October with ₹95,380 crore, it is still 5.29% below the collection of October 2018 which was ₹1,00,710 crore,” Mr. Mitra said. He underscored that despite his repeated warnings about “GST fraud and the flaws in the system… no discussion was held on this issue in the last GST Council meeting”. In his two-page letter, Mr. Mitra pointed at the problem of fake input tax credit that manufacturers and in turn dealers are entitled to for paying input taxes. He indicated that a network of fake ITC was snowballing in the country and yet “we continue to work in silos”.“A few days ago, Odisha SGST authorities detected a fraud worth ₹138 crore”, while in September searches carried out “in 336 locations across 15 States detected fake ITC worth ₹740 crore”. One person in Mumbai with credit of ₹93 crore and another person in a case worth ₹127 crore were arrested since September, Mr. Mitra noted. “Each and every State and the Central GST authorities are continually detecting fake invoices and absentee registered tax payers,” he wrote.No task force Since fake ITC means a loss of tax as it is “not backed by transaction in goods or services in reality”, such leakages are contributing to the “falling revenue trend,” Mr. Mitra noted. He regretted that “no task force [was] set up” to deal with the fraud as suggested by him earlier.last_img read more