Vets’ Stand Down a success

first_imgLANCASTER – Fifty-seven veterans at the first 2006 Antelope Valley Stand Down were treated to a USO-type show, health services, new clothing and many other perks. “Stand down” is a military term for sending combat troops away from the front lines to a safe place for rest and recuperation. The Jan. 21 event, the latest in a series conducted since 2003, was aimed at veterans coping with problems, though it was open to all veterans and their families. “It was a whole community showing its veterans how much they care for and appreciate them,” said Steve Baker, executive director of the Grace Resource Center food bank in Lancaster and Stand Down co-chairman. “To us, it’s a heartwarming feeling, to say the least.” For the first time, the event was held at Grace Chapel, 44645 15th St. W. It was also the first time USO-style entertainment was offered and for the first time, dental services included on-site fillings and extractions. Alexis Jobe and Charmayne Zegan from the San Fernando Beauty Academy in Lancaster gave haircuts to veterans. The Lion’s Club Eyemobile, under the administration of Wayne Hoffmeyer, provided vision screenings. The Lancaster Rotary Club served breakfast, lunch and sack dinners after retreat sounded at 3:30 p.m. Arch Shifflett of Acton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10606 manned the clothing tables where new and good used clothing and blankets could be obtained. Employment counseling was offered, as was assistance in finding shelter or taking care of missed court appearances and other legal problems. When veteran Jim Harris was asked what services he liked most, he doffed his knit cap to show his new haircut. One of the younger vets to show up was Dirk Ortega, who came in a wheelchair, his left foot and leg in a plaster cast from what he said was a service-related injury. “I broke it on Parris Island when I jumped off a truck,” Ortega said. Marcus David Rich got some counseling from Hulofton “James” Robinson, a worker from the U.S. Veterans Affairs West Los Angeles Veterans Outreach program. When they were finished, Rich sat down at the piano and pounded out a tune. Lancaster High School Junior ROTC cadets raised the flag in the morning and Highland High School cadets sounded retreat in the afternoon. Other teens helped serve food and distributed sodas and bottles of water throughout the day. “I think these one-day events are far more effective than the longer ones,” said the other Stand Down co-chairman, retired naval officer Tom Craft. “Our vets get just as much attention and it isn’t dragged out so long that they get bored.” “It’s also easier on our volunteers,” agreed George Palermo, head of the Point Man of Antelope Valley Vietnam veterans organization and committee secretary. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster and Palmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine and coffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Chili egg puff, chili beans, spinach, vegetable soup, coleslaw, apple. Tuesday: Baked ziti, baked vegetables, garden salad, apple juice, vanilla ice cream. Wednesday: Cranberry chicken, wild rice, juice, green beans, carrot salad, gelatin with fruit. Thursday: Roast turkey sandwich, mashed potatoes, stewed tomatoes, tossed salad, cheesecake. Friday: Barbecued pork sandwich or fish fillet, soup, scalloped potatoes, corn, marinated salad, citrus cup. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5742. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card The facility’s layout, with a stage at one end, lent itself well to the USO show. There was no Bob Hope, of course, but headliners Edd Freeman of Chico Vega’s Drifters, and his wife, Sharon, made up for that. Performing as well were teenage vocalists Jacob Nelson and Lindsay Jordan. Lisa Pittmon, Barbara Adams, the group of Shea Dittman & Wayne Perry with Pam, Erin and Kendra; Joan Swindlehurst and Chris Bostwick got applause as well. Mario Rosales, disc jockey and stand-up comedian, added humor to the day and sang a few Sinatra tunes. In the past, Stand Down dental care consisted of consultations and referrals. This time, dentists Neil Greene and Richard Rojas, members of a dental missionary group from Quartz Hill Foursquare Church, set up the equipment they use in their globe-trotting ministry. last_img read more

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Your Bacteria Ancestors

first_imgDr. Peter Antonelli thinks he has mathematically proven that all multicellular organisms, including plants and animals and human beings, came from two ancient bacteria that met and formed a stable, consistent relationship.  His boast is explained on a University of Alberta press release.  He thinks most biologists don’t comprehend his mathematical models yet, but EurekAlert thinks it all adds up.  Next, Antonelli is working on a unified mathematical model of ecological evolution.Antonelli seems to be a member of the Margulis sect of the Darwin Party.  The Woese sect will probably respond with their champion.  Numbers will crunch, but will the truth come out?  Don’t count on it.  Math could also distinguish which of any two mythologies are more likely.  We have a mathematical model that trumps all evolutionary myths with a sober reality check: click here.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Ramaphosa in South Sudan for mediation

first_img5 March 2014 Cyril Ramaphosa, the deputy president of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC), is in South Sudan to start mediation efforts aimed at finding a lasting political solution to the conflict in the war-torn country in northeastern Africa. Ramaphosa, who is also the deputy chairperson of South Africa’s National Planning Commission, was named the country’s special envoy to South Sudan during President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation address last month. He will also visit some countries belonging to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development, an organisation of six eastern African countries focused on drought control and development initiatives. The grouping comprises Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. He is expected to be back in South Africa by next week Thursday. Ramaphosa’s appointment to the post came at the request of President Salva Kiir Mayardit for assistance in bringing about peace and reconciliation in South Sudan. Since fighting broke out in December between the forces of President Kiir and former Deputy President Riek Machar, thousands of people are believed to have been killed and some 870 000 others have fled their homes – 145 000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75 000 to United Nations bases within the country. South Sudan gained its independence from Sudan in 2011. Since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, South Africa has been actively supporting the African Union’s (AU’s) post-conflict reconstruction and development projects in Sudan, under the umbrella of an AU ministerial committee which South Africa currently chairs. To date, South Africa has trained more than 1 600 officials from the government of South Sudan in areas such as policing, diplomacy, public service, justice, education, mineral affairs and correctional services. Last year, South Africa and Sudan signed an agreement establishing bilateral relations between the two countries. They have also upgraded their diplomatic missions to ambassadorial level. Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

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How reliable will this year’s test plot data be?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Ohio’s corn and soybean crops experienced exceptional growing conditions in 2015, including record rainfall in June and July followed by a drier than normal August conditions in many areas. The persistent rains saturated soils and caused localized ponding and flooding. These conditions resulted in root damage and N loss that led to uneven crop growth and development between and within fields. Agronomists often question the value of test plot data when adverse growing conditions severely limit yield potential.The validity of test plot results depends primarily on whether effects of the varied stress conditions are uniform across test plots. If not, test plot data may be questionable. To be certain that effects of stress were fairly uniform, it would be necessary to monitor test plots on a regular basis to determine crop response to the various stresses as they occurred; however, such monitoring was probably unlikely in many test plot fields.Another problem with test plot results is that the various yield limiting factors may accentuate the natural “variability” already existing in the field, and may thereby further “mask” the true treatment effects that are being compared. Stress conditions like the ponding and saturated soils this year coupled with slight differences in soil organic matter, drainage, weed control, etc. across a field may magnify differences in crop performance.If one assumes that the varied stress conditions affected test plots uniformly within a field, then interpretation of test plot data becomes an issue. This issue can be especially relevant when evaluating results of hybrid and cultivar performance trials affected by excessive soil moisture. Did a hybrid or cultivar yield well under saturated soils because it genuinely possessed some flooding tolerance or because it was planted in better drained areas of the field? This year we have more than a 100 bushels per acre difference in plot yield between hybrid entries planted at different locations within a field that are related to soil drainage and N loss. Usually there are striking visual differences between such plots associated with plant height and overall plant health but differences are not always pronounced.Test plot information this year can still be very useful but take precautions. Results from single on-farm strip tests should not be used to make a decision on adoption of a treatment or variety. Even replicated data from a single test site should be avoided, especially if the site was characterized by abnormal growing conditions. Use test plot data from multiple sites (and preferably from at least two years of testing) and inquire about the weather patterns and conditions associated with the results. Look for consistency in a product or cultivar’s performance across a range of environmental conditions.last_img read more

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OBAMA VISIT: One-on-one meet precedes dinner

first_imgUS President Barack Obama greets Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s (right) dinner on Sunday.A day before the elaborate banquet by President Pratibha Patil, on the lawns of Rashtrapati Bhavan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hosted a lavish dinner for US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle at his 7, Race Course residence. Attended by as many as 80 guests – they included India’s who’s who – the dinner was preceded by a 40-minute one-on-one meeting between Singh and Obama.They reportedly discussed key bilateral issues, including economic cooperation, outsourcing, terror and the Af-Pak situation. The exercise was aimed at ironing out differences before the restricted and delegation-level talks at the Hyderabad House here on Monday.The Obamas drove down to the Prime Minister’s residence from ITC Maurya where they are staying. They were welcomed by Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur. On their arrival, the Obamas were welcomed by a band of Indian Navy and 30 camelmounted BSF personnel playing bugles and trumpets. The tunes played included Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite bhajan Vaishnav jan to and all-time Bollywood hit O meri zohra jabeen, tujhe maloom nahin.Though earlier expected to be a ‘private dinner’ for a select group, the guest list at Sunday’s do included key personalities from the area of politics, business, sports and cinema.The high-powered group included Congress president Sonia Gandhi – she was dressed in a dark blue silk sari – finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, home minister P. Chidambaram, defence minister A.K. Antony, foreign minister S.M. Krishna, agriculture minister Sharad Pawar, commerce minister Anand Sharma, HRD minister Kapil Sibal MoS in PMO Prithviraj Chauhan, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, national security adviser Shiv Shankar Menon, foreign secretary Nirupama Rao, Indian Envoy to US Meera Shankar, Jamia Milia University vice-chancellor Najeeb Jung and Sam Pitroda, advisor to the Prime Minister on public information infrastructure and innovations.advertisementBJP leaders L.K. Advani and Arun Jaitley were also present on the occasion. Business honchos gracing the event included Azim Premji, Ratan Tata, Swati Piramal and N.R. Narayanamurthy. Bollywood personalities Aamir Khan, Shabana Azmi and Javed Akthar added more glamour to the occasion. Chess wizard Viswanathan Anand and environment activist Sunita Narain were also among the guests.FINE DININGIt was Awadhi platter for the Obamas at the private dinner hosted by the PM. Following are some of the items that were served:SOUPS: Shorba & mulligatawnyMAIN COURSE: Fish, lamb with green chillies, kakori kabab, mughlai chicken, gobi, dal dampukht, rice pulao, variety of Indian breadsDESSERT: Kesar phirni, mava potilast_img read more

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Sargent: USMNT hungry to ‘make America proud’

first_imgUnited States Sargent and young USMNT looking to ‘make America proud’ Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 08:49 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) USA Ireland international friendly 2018 Dan Mullan United States Republic of Ireland v United States Republic of Ireland Friendlies The Werder Bremen forward believes the current U.S. squad is full of hungry players trying to prove they belong at the top Josh Sargent wasn’t in the starting side for the U.S. national team on Saturday, but he was on the pitch by the time Dave Sarachan’s outfit conceded a late goal to the Republic of Ireland to drop a 2-1 result in an international friendly. It was the first loss under Sarachan, who has turned to a very young group of players since taking over for Bruce Arena as the USA’s head coach. Saturday’s starting team had an average age of  23 years, 73 days, a bit up from the average age of the team from Monday’s 3-0 win vs. Bolivia (22 years, 160 days) in large part because the 18-year-old Sargent was replaced in the lineup by Bobby Wood.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Despite the youth movement, the USA has managed to be competitive, with Saturday’s clash against an experienced European opponent providing the first stumbling block, and Sargent believes there is a hunger in the team to prove that they can compete at the highest level. “I mean we’re all coming in here in the same position,” he told Goal after the match. “We’re all young kids hungry for a chance and to prove that we can compete with this guys.”We want to prove we deserve a spot on this team. We’re all hungry to play as hard as we can to make America proud.”While Sarachan has been handed the reigns on an interim basis, the future of the U.S. national team is still very much up in the air as the search for a full-time boss continues. But midfielder Weston McKennie, another of the teenagers in the team, is confident that the current crop of players will be able to deal well with whatever is thrown at them moving forward. 🗣Bobbbb🗣Beeeee🗣Wooood@MattMiazga3 with the flick on, @BobbyS_Wood with the finish! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/trvEGb0nkM— U.S. Soccer MNT (@ussoccer_mnt) June 2, 2018 “We go into the games with a clear head. If you go into the games with a lot on your mind, it’s never healthy for your game and for your personal growth whenever you want to try new ideas,” the Schalke midfielder told Goal. “We don’t know what the situation is with the coaching staff, or how the future is going to look, but we’ll go with the flow and take what’s thrown at us.”We don’t know if the coach is going to be here after. If he is, then everyone is comfortable with him. If not, we’ll have to adjust and see where the next coach takes us. Right now, we’re just thinking about these games coming up next against France.”The match against a France squad in its final warmup ahead of the World Cup will likely provide the sternest test yet for Sarachan’s side. Les Bleus made easy work of Ireland on Monday and topped Italy 3-1 on Friday. The USA will have a week to prepare for the clash in Lyon, and Sargent is confident the team will show up ready to go against one of the world’s best teams. “It’s going to be a really tough challenge for us. We’re going to come out like it’s any other game and compete as hard as we can.”last_img read more

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