Senior center executive a beacon for change

first_imgMONTEREY PARK – Doctors recently told 83-year- old Beth Ryan that it looks like she could live to be 100. And if it is up to the Monterey Park resident, she’ll continue to spend that time as director at the Langley Senior Center. Ryan started working at the center in 1967 in the parks and recreation division, but eventually switched her interests to senior citizens. Forty years later, Ryan is the leading lady at the senior center, which now sees nearly 1,000 people per day. But now Ryan is set to retire – though she hasn’t decided on a date. Her house is on the market, and she has plans to move to Palos Verdes, where her daughter lives. Ryan said she will have a hard time letting go of a place that she calls home. “This is my family here,” she said as her dog, Princess Elizabeth, laid by her side at her office. “I don’t feel like retiring.” To many, Ryan is the face of the successful center. “This is the best senior center in the San Gabriel Valley,” said Maureen Wong, a volunteer. “This is Beth’s place.” Through the years, Ryan has seen the center change. She raised more than $500,000 for five expansions, increasing the former 12,000-square-foot facility to 17,500 square feet. But the biggest shift came when the demographics changed in Monterey Park in the 1980s from mostly white to Asian. The center now has a Japanese garden, offers an American and a Chinese lunch, and began teaching English classes. Ryan also introduced things needed for all seniors, such as a computer lab, barber shop, nail salon and a fitness room. “Whatever helps keep people off the street,” she joked. In 1984, she got a Private Sector Initiative Commendation from President Ronald Reagan, and in 2005, she received President George Bush’s Call to Service Award. “She’s fabulous. She put her soul in here,” said Iris LaBeach, who has volunteered at the center for 15 years. “She talks about retiring,” Wong said, “but I don’t think she could pull herself away.” jennifer.mclain@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want 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

Rangers say public supports Old Oak plans

first_imgQPR say thousands of local people have backed their plans to regenerate Old Oak.The club’s Malaysian owners, fronted by chairman Tony Fernandes, have long been keen to develop the area between Scrubs Lane and Willesden Junction, which would be known as New Queens Park and include a new home for Rangers as part of a sporting and leisure complex.In September the club held a consultation which involved a six-day public exhibition, meetings with local groups, 50,000 newsletters being distributed and a project website being set up.Rangers say there were almost 3,000 responses and that 2,524 (89%) of people agree with their vision for Old Oak, while only 302 (11%) said they disagreed.QPR also report that 2,484 (88%) supported Old Oak as the location for a new stadium and 332 (12%) said they disagree with the idea.QPR have said they hope to move to a new stadium in 2018“We want to thank everyone who responded to our consultation and shared their thoughts with us,” said Fernandes.“This is only the first stage of consultation and we will continue to work with the community as we develop our plans in more detail.“QPR have been in the area for over 100 years and have a loyal fan base.“We need to move on from Loftus Road if we are to sustain a top-flight football club and Old Oak Common is the only realistic place for us to move – close to our fans and our roots, with great transport links, and the opportunity to be at the heart of the most exciting new development in west London for years.“Old Oak is the biggest regeneration since the Olympics and we have a responsibility to future generations to get it right.“We need a comprehensive planned approach with a stadium as its beating heart, led by a football club with a stronger interest in the local community than any other kind of business.““The choice at Old Oak is between a stadium-led regeneration, generating activity, passion and publicity in a new district with a beating heat, or a dormitory town of buy-to-let flats, driven by housing developers leaving little for the local community.”QPR say they will now be working with the three relevant London boroughs – Hammersmith & Fulham, Ealing and Brent – as well as the Greater London Authority and local groups to ensure the community will benefit from the club’s proposals.Fernandes added: “It is important we don’t let this opportunity go to waste.“Local people have told us that they want QPR to stay in Hammersmith & Fulham. We hope the local boroughs and GLA will support us.“Let’s work together to deliver a thriving new city quarter that keeps QPR in west London and delivers real community benefits to the wider area.”See also:QPR owners stay committed because their eyes are on the prizeQPR confirm Old Oak regeneration projectThe Old Oak project that would totally transform the face of QPRChief executive Beard sets out QPR’s vision for Old OakOld Oak plan ‘speculative & presumptuous’The battle for Old Oak will be a huge opportunity for QPR fansQPR step up their pursuit of Old Oak site’More than 80%’ back QPR’s Old Oak plansOld Oak regeneration ‘requires everyone to work together’ say QPRWhat’s going on at QPR? Some answers to key questions being askedQPR stadium ‘is just not going to happen’Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

H-DNL football week 1 wrap-up and awards: Omey, Thrap combine for big night on the road

first_imgSt. Bernard’s (1-0) 36 El Molino (0-1) 7The third consecutive year St. Bernard’s has opened with a win over El Molino.Del Norte (1-0) 20 Moreau Catholic (0-1) 19A quality win for Del Norte over the No. 1 ranked team in North Coast Section D-VI and a top-20 ranked team in the NCS overall.Placer (1-0) 40 Eureka (0-1) 27Eureka’s 21-game regular season win streak comes to a close.Cardinal Newman (1-0) 38 Fortuna (0-1) 0Fortuna was blown out by Cardinal Newman in each of the previous two …last_img

Video: Muay Thai Fight Night, Cape Town

first_imgMartial arts fans gathered at Cape town’s Grand West Casino recently for the African Muay Thai Qualifier and Mixed Martial Arts Fight Night, where two African champions were selected to represent the continent at the first SportAccord Combat Games in Beijing, China in August-September 2010.Click arrow to play video.Published on SouthAfrica.info on 1 April 2010.last_img

South Africa, France in cultural exchange

first_imgThe Giant Match was a collaborationbetween The French Institute and theWits School of Fine Art, as part of the2010 Fifa World Cup festivities. (Image: French Institute)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sigrid Hueber Communications: Saisons, French Institute +27 82 332 3398 or +43 676 378 3125 • Guy de la Chevalerie Cultural adviser, French Embassy in SA +27 12 425 1711 RELATED ARTICLES • SA, France toast to wine exchange • Zuma in France to strengthen ties • Festival to showcase Franschhoek • SA-China trade ties to strengthenEmily van RijswijckThe long-standing relationship between France and South Africa will be further strengthened over the next two years when the Saisons croisées France-Afrique du Sud 2012/2013 formally kicks off in June this year.The exchange programme was set up at the instigation of presidents Jacob Zuma and Nicolas Sarkozy, who met in France in March 2011.It follows from successful Saisons croisées which have already taken place between France and India, Russia and Brazil.Engagements between South Africa and France will be reciprocal in nature and involve a range of cultural and artistic activities, and also touching on commerce, investment, science and technology, tourism, sport and education.Alain Juppé, the French foreign affairs minister, shared details of the programme with South Africans during his visit to the country in November 2011, when he attended the inauguration of the new premises of the French Institute of South Africa in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.After many years of renting facilities, the French Institute finally decided to acquire permanent premises, a testimony to France’s “desire to make cultural and scientific cooperation part of a long term vision”, said Juppé.Programme so farThe French Saisons croisées will run from June to November 2012 throughout South Africa, particularly in the bigger cities of Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.Popular cultural events such as the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, Johannesburg’s Art Fair and Food Wine Design Fair, and the Durban International Film Festival will benefit from the collaboration.Galleries and theatres, among them the South African National Gallery in Cape Town, the Standard Bank Gallery in Johannesburg, the State Theatre in Pretoria, and the Soweto Theatre will work with French delegations during this time.“For France, it will be an opportunity to show the South African public the modernity, creativity and diversity of the French language and culture,” said Juppé, “and will show decision-makers and students that our country is an attractive, reliable and committed partner.”Private and public projects by institutions or individuals wishing to participate in the Saisons can contact the French Institute for more information.In turn South Africa will be given the chance to show off its cultural diversity and advancement in many different fields at the Saisons croisées Afrique du Sud from June to November 2013 in France.Major French cities like Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Bordeaux and Toulouse will benefit from the exchange.Clegg and MakebaSouth African artists are no strangers to French audiences. The ever-popular Johnny Clegg and the late Miriam Makeba successfully conquered the hearts of the French with their African musical styles.Known as Le Zoulou Blanc (the White Zulu), Clegg is a regular visitor to the country – he last toured France in 2011 – while Makeba was an honorary French citizen.The late Gerard Sekoto, an artist who was much revered by French art lovers and who spent 40 years in exile in that country, was honoured by the French government on several occasions.More recently, in June 2011, South African artist Nicolaas Maritz was one of five winners chosen by French NGO Dessine l’espoir for his HIV awareness poster Love the one you’re with. The NGO’s poster competition sought artwork to use in an Aids awareness campaign.Juppé said the exchange will let South Africa prove to the French that the traditional image they have of this country is a thing of the past, and show off the new South Africa, a modern and dynamic democratic state, which plays a role in world stability.France in South AfricaIn 2012 the International Federation of Teachers of French (FIPF) meets for the first time on South African soil, and for that matter in the southern hemisphere.More than 2 000 delegates are expected to attend the 13th FIPF Congress, taking place at the International Convention Centre in Durban from 23 to 27 July.FIPF president Jean-Pierre Cuq said on the IntoFrench website that the decision to hold the congress in Durban was unanimous. The city’s enthusiastic and professional presentation showed that “they were the best candidate”.France made its first formal institutional commitment to South Africa with the opening of the French Institute a year after the country’s first democratic elections in 1994. Its mandate to promote cultural and intellectual links with South Africa remains firm, said Juppé.It’s easy to learn French in South Africa, with 14 Alliances Françaises and three French schools – the Lycée Jules Verne in Johannesburg and its Miriam Makeba satellite in Pretoria, and Ecole François le Vaillant in Cape Town.Alliance Française also operates in Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, while the Campus France South Africa helps students of the French language to continue their studies in France.“French culture wants to be present wherever the vibrant South Africa is transforming and modernising,” said Juppé.last_img read more

Reinventing the Thermostat

first_imgIt might seem odd that two former Apple executives who helped lead development of the iPod and iPhone would, upon venturing out on their own, choose to focus on developing a better thermostat. On the other hand, their thermostat – the Nest Learning Thermosat – incorporates a lot the features that Apple’s fan favorites do, including user friendliness; slick, updateable software; modest installation requirements; easy operating instructions; and a simple overall design.The product was Tony Fadell’s idea. In 2009, Fadell discussed it with engineering expert Matt Rogers. By May 2010, Fadell and Rogers, who both had extensive product-development experience at Apple, had co-founded Nest Labs, based in Palo Alto, California, and focused their attention on making the thermostat as nifty a consumer product as a thermostat can be.“I loved my job at Apple, and had a great team,” Rogers told the New York Times. “But in essence, we were building toys. At Nest, you can build a product that could have a huge impact on a big problem.”Teaching a new fixture new tricksThe problem Rogers refers to is, of course, excessive energy use, and the potential positive impact of the Nest Learning Thermostat, which can be ordered for $250 through the company and Best Buy and will begin shipping next month, is tied entirely to how it might help the occupants of a home operate their HVAC system as efficiently and easily as possible.Many thermostats on the market feature touch screens that offer homeowners plenty of programming options pegged to time and temperature, and many are remotely controllable via computer or smartphone. The Nest thermostat gives users the option to not program the device at all – or at least not in the usual fashion. Rather, as users turn Nest’s simple, circular dial to set the temperature to their liking as each day progresses, the device “learns” the settings. After a week, the thermostat, which also includes a motion sensor that detects when the house is unoccupied, has stored enough data to keep replicating the first week’s operating schedule, which remains constant until the occupants alter the schedule to accommodate a sudden weather change or a change in season.Nest also indicates, with a green leaf that appears on the dial, when a thermostat adjustment will save energy: lowering the temperature one degree, Nest’s developers say, can reduce energy use about 5%. The company estimates that heeding Nest’s energy-saving indicator and operating an HVAC system on a set schedule can reduce an annual energy bill of $2,200 by about $173 over 12 months.Seeking favor with consumersThere’s evidence that many consumers are not motivated to diligently track home energy use, no matter how user-friendly the monitoring gadget or detailed its tracking – though the consumers who do use these devices tend to see significant savings. The Nest thermostat requires relatively little sustained attention. The trick will be to convince prospective customers that it is worth spending the $250 on a Nest thermostat when competing devices can be had for half that. Nest Labs is aiming its thermostat at customers who like stylish products – even if it’s a thermostat – and want something that is intuitive, easy to operate, and does most of the learning for them.last_img read more

Davis thinks his foul woes ‘cost’ Taipei the game vs Gilas

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ LATEST STORIES “Towards the end, my last foul was a guard driving to the basket with nobody guarding him,” Davis said after finishing with 20 points and nine rebounds.It was a sorry defeat for Chinese Taipei, which shot 9-of-24 from downtown.“Gilas is very strong with their guard play, so we knew this was gonna happen. That’s just something we gotta work at,” said Davis.Chinese Taipei are now 0-2 after getting blown out by reigning Fiba Asia champion Australia to begin its campaign but Davis said that his team shouldn’t be discouraged and instead, look at its current situation as a reason to get better.“Gilas played their heart out. But I’m very proud of us because we never did give up. We really kept it close, we gave up some late 3-point shots in the end, but overall, we gotta let this be learning lesson for us, and hopefully, we’ll prepare to get them back when they come to Taipei,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas Pilipinas’ Kiefer Ravena drives and draws Chinese Taipei’s Quincy Davis’ fifth foul. Davis fouled out with still 1:59 remaining in the game. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERChinese Taipei center Quincy Davis III said that one of the keys to Gilas Pilipinas win over the Taiwanese was the performance of its guards.“The Gilas guard play, the way they attack the basket was very tough for us,” Davis said.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Antetokounmpo downplays spat with assistant coach Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Taipei gets another crack at the Philippines sometime in June next year. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Davis was instrumental in the visitors jumping to an early 17-3 lead that silenced the crowd inside Smart Araneta Coliseum, He poured in 10 points in the opening frame alone.But Davis got into early foul trouble and he wasn’t as dominating since with Gilas center June Mar Fajardo and guard Jayson Castro playing aggressive throughout the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I got in foul trouble early, just major mistakes that really hurt us. I think my defensive fouls really cost me and the team,” said Davis, who sat on the bench for the majority of the third period after picking up his fourth foul when he tried to spin around Fajardo.Davis was then whistled for his fifth and final foul while trying to stop a driving Kiefer Ravena with still 1:59 left. View commentslast_img read more

Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann of AAP

first_imgSangrur MP Bhagwant Mann of AAP. Photo by Rajwant Rawat.Bhagwant Mann, 41Constituency: SangrurDefeated: Shiromani Akali Dal veteran and former union minister Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa by 2,11,721 votes.He joined Anna Hazare’s movement against corruption with 400 other young men sporting basanti pagris (yellow turbans) in 2011. “We went there to mark Bhagat Singh’s attendance,” says forty-one-year-old Bhagwant Mann who has just completed a seamless transition from being Punjab’s most loved comedian and satirist to becoming the new kid on the block who recorded a slam-dunk victory over one the Shiromani Akali Dal’s tallest stalwarts S.S. Dhindsa in Sangrur.Mann, who made his political debut as a nominee of Manpreet Badal’s Peoples Party of Punjab (PPP) against former Congress CM Rajinder Kaur Bhattal from Lehra (Sangrur) in February 2012, chose to go with Aam Aadmi Party in Lok Sabha 2014.This after Manpreet tied up with the Congress and subsequently even contested the Bathinda seat against Harsimrat Badal on a Congress ticket. “Bhagat Singh opposed the Congress so how can his followers join them in an election,” Mann says not in the least trying to mask his aversion for the path his former mentor chose.Employing his full repertoire – his ever-ready repartee, incredulous wit and decidedly deft turn of vernacular phrase, the comedian, a household name and face in Punjab, captured the collective imagination of Sangrur’s electorate.Using the invariable presence of young people at his poll rallies he would routinely crack a joke or two but always end on a serious note that struck many raw nerves: “Why are there so many young people here.. do they expect that I will give them tickets to contest the coming assembly elections? They are here because they don’t have jobs,” Mann would say. And the youth. They loved him.advertisementAnd they loved it even more when he took on the Badals – chief minister Parkash Singh and his son Sukhbir. Village women at his nukkad sabhas were in fits when he suggested that they “scrub hard” to erase the CM’s image from the utensils being distributed by the SAD-BJP government at a pre-poll freebie. “Comedy is very serious business because it is much easier to make people weep than get them to smile or laugh,” Mann says happily elaborating on the “boundless capacity of politicians to bring tears to people through price rise, unemployment, pollution, corruption.” And now that he will be in Parliament, all of us can expect a good measure of cheer around the Lok Sabha sessions.last_img read more