Solar Cup hopes afloat Area teams make top 10

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsCanyon High School of Anaheim took first place in the endurance race, Chino High finished second, Claremont High was third and Diamond Bar was fourth. Long Beach Polytechnic finished in seventh place and Charter Oak finished in ninth place. Although many area schools did well in Saturday’s race, the competition is far from over. Overall winners will be determined today by points earned through attending meetings, race placement and visual presentations. Last year, Canyon High came in first overall, with Glendora High placing second and Nogales taking third. TEMECULA – Last-minute complications didn’t stop Nogales High School from a strong finish Saturday in the 2006 Solar Cup endurance race, where students competed with solar boats of their own design. With a six-minute delay due to a short staff during inspection, the La Puente school still managed to grab the sixth- place spot. “We qualified very high and performed well,” said physics teacher Ezekiel Chavez, who is in charge of the Nogales team. “I was upset about the delay, but they resolved the issue by giving us an extra five minutes.” Nogales was one of the 40 teams that competed in the event sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District. In today’s final race, teams will compete in a 200-meter sprint. Being the last chance for teams to earn points, students are revved up on the rivalry. “I enjoy the competition,” said Nogales senior Albert De Guzman. “It’s a chance to represent our school and change our reputation.” Not only does the experience provide competitive fun, it can also lead to the future pursuits. According Chavez, some students have expressed a desire to become engineers as a consequence of the competition. “Mostly everyone here wants to become an engineer,” said Los Altos senior Jon Reyes, who will attend Cal Poly Pomona to major in mechanical engineering. “It’s work and fun at the same time.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2471160Want 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

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World Cup visitors fall for Joburg

first_img24 June 2010It’s Ayoba! – an exuberant South African expression of delight or approval – that’s the general feeling for the City of Gold from the foreigners streaming to Johannesburg to watch the football.Joburg has been bustling and buzzing with football fervour since the World Cup kicked off, and international visitors are to be seen at almost every corner.Hanging with some foreigners in Ellis Park recently, they spoke about how well they were settling in Joburg, a city of contrasts that doesn’t get much favourable publicity internationally.Among all the World Cup tourists, the Americans are an extremely enthusiastic and gregarious bunch. Contrary to stereotypes of brash, loud-mouthed arrogant snobs, they seem to have settled in well in Joburg and have even learned about local culture.Fan feverBefore the USA-Slovenia game, Ryan Littman-Quim from Boston, Massachusetts worked up some fan fever under a tree near the west entrance to Ellis Park.He was hanging with a group of his countrymen, face painters, and having his face painted for the game. From under the tree, they played the African concord drum, sang, yelled and blew the vuvuzela, clearly drumming up support for their national side ahead of kickoff.Their jovial mood and excitement was palpable and almost every Joburger who entered the stadium from this gate stopped by to either shout “USA baby” or have their faces painted in bright USA colours. The brouhaha of drums, vuvuzelas and squeals of excitement caused a ripple effect, and everyone joined the party.Surprisingly, Littman-Quim is soaking up local culture during his stay, with his vuvuzela probably his first item of African World Cup memorabilia. He’s even tasted local cuisine and learned a few colloquial phrases, something somewhat unexpected.‘Yes, we can!’One of his compatriots, draped in USA regalia, delightedly shouted when he saw Littman-Quim’s T-shirt, which had a picture of President Barrack Obama. “We love this man,” he said, and the group broke into a euphoric scream of Obama’s famous election campaign words: “Yes, we can, yuuhuuu!”Clearly, the American lot were full of high-spirited mirth. Asked to describe Joburg in a single phrase, Littman-Quim fell silent, stepping back and forth. “Aaaah,” he said for a few seconds, and then it came to him: “Ayoba? Is that alright,” he answered in a rich American accent.Although he was staying with a friend in Pretoria, north of Joburg for the World Cup, Joburg felt more like home, he said. He compared the city, with its allure, its ambiance, picturesque landscape and skyline, ingenious and friendly people, world-class stadiums and vibey atmosphere to New York, a concrete jungle where any dream can come true.Similarly, Johannesburg is the most populous city in the country and is its economic powerhouse, where deals are sealed, dreams are realised and there is plenty of entertainment; there’s nothing you can’t do – and Littman-Quim likes this.‘This is a cool place’“[Joburg] people are very friendly and this is a cool place. I was in Soweto the other day at Elkah stadium at the Fifa Fan Fest™ for the Bafana Bafana match against Uruguay. It was cool man. The locals are friendly; it’s a nice place,” he said.He also poured scorn on international reports of Joburg being a dangerous place. “I think all that is rubbish. This is a friendly city. You just have to know your way around, just like in New York.”The American has had the hair on his abdomen and chest artistically shaved into a map of the United States, to show how patriotic he is. Draped with their country’s colours and with faces painted alike, the group managed to sway most passing locals to support their national team.Ghanaian perspectiveLoud and happy as they were, the Americans were not the only foreigners in Ellis Park. Kabwe, from Ghana, is a bulky yet humble chap. A little shy, he pointed out that his English was not good. “My English is little bit bad,” he said. “If you need, I speak in French, my home language.”Still, he was keen to speak about Jozi. “It’s not the first time to come to Johannesburg,” he pointed out. “I come every time, after six months I come, after six months I come, but now I come just for the game and next week I go home,” he said confidently, despite his broken English.Of the city of gold, or Jozi as locals prefer to call it, he said uncertainly: “The World Cup is fine, everything is fine, I’m happy,” before disappearing into the clamour of the stadium.Another visitor, George Mashigo, is a Cameroonian national who has so endeared himself to local culture, he’s even changed his surname. Looking happy, he asked for his picture to be taken with the raucous Americans. After a few snapshots, he talked incessantly about his penchant for football.Loads of match ticketsHe had bought loads of match tickets, he said – more than 18 to be precise, and he’s watching every game in a different province. “I drive to a different match every day. Yesterday I was in Bloemfontein, today I’m in Joburg,” he said in an unmistakably Cameroonian accent, his football regalia testament to his nationality.Mashigo lives in Pretoria, but works in Johannesburg.“Ellis Park is a fantastic place but not as good as Soccer City, the main place to be, hey. I’m watching [more than] 18 games, one every day. I’ll take a break and then I’ll watch the semifinals and the quarterfinals, but I’m looking for the finals ticket. Have you got the final ticket?”Despite not having any luck getting tickets to the finals, he reiterated: “Joburg is a fantastic place, I must say.”Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

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Bucks hope firing Kidd sparks club with expectations rising

first_imgConsider Kidd’s dismissal a wake-up call for a team that had been a feel-good story in the NBA over the last couple years.“A general manager in the NHL had a statement once: ‘If something is inevitable, why wait?’” Horst said at a news conference before the game.Horst added that the decision was made “relatively quickly” and was not in the works through the season. Co-owner Wes Edens said Horst had the ownership group’s support.“We just felt that we got to a point in the season where this team could do more and could perform at a different level in a different way and (we are) looking for a fresh approach and different voice in leadership for the team,” Horst said.Kidd was one of the NBA’s most dynamic guards during his playing career and a triple-double threat in his heyday. He made the unusual jump right into coaching the year after his playing career ended, guiding the Nets to a 44-win season and a trip to the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs in his one and only season in Brooklyn in 2013-14.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Without Neymar, Messi and Suarez keep Barcelona thriving NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers He was hired by Milwaukee a few months after a group led by co-owners Edens and Mark Lasry bought the team in April 2014. The Bucks traded two future second-round draft picks to the Nets as compensation.In Milwaukee, Kidd inherited a team that won 15 games in 2013-14. He was part of a fresh start for an organization that had been mired in mediocrity for years.Other than a 33-win season in 2015-16, the youthful Bucks hovered around .500 under Kidd while Antetokounmpo and Middleton developed. Malcolm Brogdon won the NBA rookie of the year award last season, and Jabari Parker has the potential to be an explosive scorer when healthy.Despite all that, Milwaukee has largely treaded water in the wide-open East, even after adding talented guard Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Suns in November. The Bucks are 8-12 since going a season-high five games over .500 on Dec. 9.Under Kidd, Milwaukee a regular-season record of 139-152.“We didn’t lose any talent. We still have all of our guys on the floor. We still have to make the playoffs our goal,” Brogdon said.The Bucks plan to conduct a coaching search after the season. It will be an important hire for a franchise celebrating its 50th anniversary and getting ready for the opening of a new downtown arena next season.“I think Jason’s done obviously a tremendous amount for the organization. He’s a good friend, he’s a soon-to-be Hall of Fame basketball player,” Edens said in an interview before the game.“But we think this team can be the best team in the East and we want to give ourselves every chance we can to do that.” Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, if and when Milwaukee does compete for NBA titles, Kidd’s influence will be clear. He led Antetokounmpo and company to two playoff appearances in three seasons — not bad for a team that won 15 games four seasons ago. Antetokounmpo has become a star, and Khris Middleton has also become a standout player.Yet the Bucks are hovering around .500 and stuck in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The perimeter defense hasn’t ever really improved, and turnovers have become a debilitating issue of late.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor Horst, there wasn’t enough progress for Kidd to keep his job. The surprise firing, hours before the Bucks beat the Phoenix Suns 109-105, sent a message to players about mounting expectations as the talented kids become veterans.“It’s not all on one person. The players have some type of responsibility,” Middleton said after scoring 35 points in the victory. “He’s the first one to go, but it could be one of us next. We have to do our job night in and night out.” Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Jason Kidd helped make the Bucks relevant again. Someone else will have to help them become champions.Despite mentoring a young, athletic core led by All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kidd was fired by Milwaukee general manager Jon Horst on Monday. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will lead the team for the rest of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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