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State honors Quartz Hill High School

first_imgQUARTZ HILL – Quartz Hill High School was named a 2007 California Distinguished School, an award that recognizes the state’s most exemplary public schools. Quartz Hill was among 171 California middle and high schools given the honor, state education officials announced Monday. “It’s a validation of things we are doing and what our students are doing and capable of achieving,” Principal Mark Bryant said. “For us the process is trying to provide what all of our students need and being very cognizant of how Quartz Hill is changing and trying to be prepared to address those changes.” Quartz Hill is the third school in the Antelope Valley Union High School District to receive the honor. Highland High School got it in 2005 and Palmdale High received it in 1990. Quartz Hill will be honored May 18 at the Disneyland Convention Center in Anaheim. Initiated in 1985, the California Distinguished Schools Program recognizes elementary and secondary schools in alternate years. Of the nearly 2,400 middle and high schools in the state, only 478 schools were eligible to apply for the honor based on student achievement this year. A total of 279 schools chose to apply. Schools had to describe in depth their curriculum, instructional program, services for students and the school climate. The applications were evaluated by state and county education officials, and the schools were visited by an outside review team to validate the application information. (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Arsenal 1-0 Besiktas (1-0 agg): Sanchez fires Gunners into Champions League

first_imgArsenal’s star summer signing Alexis Sanchez justified, and may well have paid off, his £35million price tag after scoring the goal that sealed the Gunners’ qualification to their 17th consecutive Champions League campaign.The former Barcelona forward’s strike on the stroke of half-time sealed a 1-0 aggregate win over Turkish side Besiktas at the Emirates Stadium, as the north London side creep into Thursday’s group stage draw by the slimmest of margins.It was a tense contest between the teams, one which it descended into farce in the second-half thanks to Portuguese referee Pedro Proenca, who reduced Arsenal to ten men after showing Mathieu Debuchy a harsh second yellow and then booked substitute Calum Chambers for coming onto the field too early supposedly without his permission.And after a frantic finale, where former Chelsea striker Demba Ba more than once went close to a match-winning away goal for the visitors, the Gunners managed to hold on to ensure there will be four Premier League representatives in this year’s competition.Having barely escaped with a 0-0 draw in the away leg in Turkey, on what was admittedly a horrendous playing surface, Arsene Wenger’s men were more themselves on their snooker table-esque home turf.The hosts also coped well without the absent Aaron Ramsey, after the dynamic Welshman’s sending off in Istanbul ruled him out of the return leg, with Jack Wilshere stepping up with a bustling performance.And, after a bright start from Arsenal, the England midfielder should have given his side an early lead after breaking through of Besiktas’ back-four, but he could only slide his effort wide of the post, while Santi Cazorla also failed to find the target with a chipped effort from a good position.Arsene Wenger’s men were well on top in the early stages, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain proving a constant threat on the right wing, but they had to remain vigilant as the visitors were a real danger on the break.Besiktas did improve as the match went on but failed to really create any chances in the first-half, and while the Gunners were quick to charge on their opponents’ box when they stole possession, they lacked composure in the final third and were easily broken down.The visitors failed to land a shot on target in the first 45, and in fact the entire game, but they were screaming for a penalty after Ramon Motta, who looked certain to score after good wing play from Olcay Sahan, was felled in the box by Wilshere before he could pull the trigger.The referee waved play on, though, with replays showing the midfielder timed his lunging tackle from behind to perfection.The nerves began to creep in as the game approached the break still goalless, with both sides despirate to land the first blow, and there was finally some relief for Wenger, his side and the visiting Emirates faithful as the Gunners finally forced a breakthrough seconds before the whistle.Wilshere was again involved as he and Mesut Ozil exchanged a series of passes on the edge of the box before sending Sanchez clear, with the Chilean forward coolly slotting home for a perfectly timed first Arsenal goal.And Sanchez, playing as a lone striker in the absence of injured frontman Olivier Giroud, really should have doubled his tally and Arsenal’s lead shortly after the restart, but fired narrowly wide from close-range after being brilliantly found by a disguised dinked pass from Wilshere.Oxlade-Chamberlain and Debuchy were next to go close to increasing the deficit, the winger’s shot blocked and the defender seeing his header from a corner shake the side netting, and they were almost made to pay for their missed opportunities when Ba found the ball in the box moments later but he, too, found the wrong side of the net.A nervy final 20 minutes were made worst for Arsenal after Debuchy’s sending off, the Frenchman dealt a second booking despite appearing to win the ball with a stretched tackle, as Besiktas pushed for the vital away goal that would break the hosts’ hearts.It was Ba, again, who could have sealed it but the Gunners managed to survive, the Senegal international failing to get a touch to send the ball towards goal after a deep cross has evaded everyone in the box.Arsenal also had their chances in the final moments as they nobly refused to park the bus, but their counter-attacks again broke down after both Ozil and Sanchez dallied in possession.It meant little in the end, though, as the Premier League side prepare for yet another season in Europe’s premier competition. Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez celebrates scoring the winner against Besiktas 1last_img read more

Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, November 8

first_img1 Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Saturday’s newspapers…Liverpool are preparing to make a £30m January bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez, 28, who has 72 goals in 106 appearances and is also a target for Arsenal. (Daily Express)Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner has promised the club’s fans that he is ready to resist any offers for midfielder Fabian Delph and defender Ron Vlaar in the January transfer window. (Daily Telegraph) Manchester United have opened talks with Monaco about signing 22-year-old left-back Layvin Kurzawa – also a target for Chelsea – for £12m in January. (Daily Star) Meanwhile, centre back Nemanja Vidic, 33, could be in line for a return to United on a free transfer at the end of the season after failing to impress at Inter Milan. (Daily Express) Liverpool have joined Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon’s £37m-rated defensive midfielder William Carvalho, 22, in January. (Daily Star) Sunderland forward Connor Wickham, 21, could leave the Black Cats for nothing next summer, manager Gus Poyet has admitted. (Daily Mirror) AC Milan’s on-loan midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21, says he has decided to stay in the Italian capital, rather than head back to parent club Chelsea during January. (Daily Mirror) And here’s the latest headlines…Arsenal free to sign Benfica starlet… for £40million!Lucas hints at Liverpool exit as he confirms interest from Napoli boss BenitezMan City are NOT planning to sell Toure, insists PellegriniArsenal transfer news: The defenders Wenger has his eyes onExclusive – Lambert should start ahead of Balotelli against Chelsea, says former Liverpool strikerExclusive – QPR boss Redknapp happy for Fernandes to decide on Defoe dealExclusive – Ridgewell praises Berahino’s ‘knack for goals’ Transfer rumours and paper review – Saturday, November 8 last_img read more

‘We have to apologise for our performance’, admits Zidane

first_img0Shares0000Zidane was left frustrated as Real Madrid lost at lowly Rayo Vallecano © AFP / BENJAMIN CREMELMADRID, Spain, Apr 29 – Zinedine Zidane apologised after Real Madrid were beaten by La Liga strugglers Rayo Vallecano on Sunday and admitted he would like the season to end now.Adri Embarba’s penalty, given after consultation with VAR, was enough for a 1-0 victory for Rayo, who move to within six points of survival, with three games left to play. But Madrid’s latest setback widens the gap to 18 points between them and Barcelona, who wrapped up their fourth league title in five years by beating Levante on Saturday night.“Today we did nothing,” Zidane said.“From minute one until the end, at all levels. Sometimes you cannot score but today we did not even create chances, did not play at all.“We must be very angry. I am angry, because the image we gave off today was bad. I am responsible for this as well, not just the players. But we have to apologise for our performance today, all of us.”Zidane said it was not just the lack of creativity at Vallecas but the attitude of his players that concerned him.“It was everything, the attitude, everything. We were not committed to anything — tackles, running — anything.”Asked if he would like the season to end now, Zidane said: “Yes, but we have to play these three games and do something different. We cannot end like this. It is about me as well, today what I did in the shape of the team, it didn’t work at all. We must respect football and what this club represents.”Zidane said there was “no explanation” for the deficit behind Barcelona but insisted he does not regret returning to Madrid as coach.“Not at all, the opposite in fact,” he said. “I have to live through this, these critical moments, difficult moments like today. But we cannot play like this.”Gareth Bale started at Vallecas but, like his teammates, struggled to deliver many positive contributions. Bale is among those that could leave in the summer and Zidane was asked if he believes the Welshman’s focus is still on Real Madrid.“I don’t know,” Zidane said. “You have to ask him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more


first_imgThe bodies of Jimmy and Kathleen Cuddihy will be removed from the Chapel of Eternal Rest, Mountain Top, Letterkenny this evening.The late Kathleen and Jimmy Cuddity.They will be removed to the home of their son James in Carndonagh.The funeral of the couple, whose bodies were found in their home on Thursday morning, will take place in Carndonagh on Tuesday. On Friday night, at a special sitting of Ballyshannon court,  the couple’s sonJulian Cuddihy was charged with the murder of his parents.The 42-year-old was remanded in custody and Judge Kevin Kilraine directed that the prison authorities have him undergo a psychiatric assessed as soon as is practicable TRAGIC COUPLE TO BE REMOVED FROM LETTERKENNY HOSPITAL CHAPEL THIS EVENING was last modified: October 26th, 2014 by StephenShare 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)last_img read more

Datebook 12/01

first_img 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals The Van Nuys Airport Citizens Council will meet at 7 p.m. at the American Red Cross, 14717 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. California Lutheran University will host a series of World AIDS Day events to focus on AIDS prevention, beginning with a panel discussion on “Voices of HIV/AIDS,” at 4 p.m. at Soiland Humanities Center, Rooms 119-120, on campus at 60 W. Olsen Road, Thousand Oaks. Speakers will address the impact of HIV/AIDS on local communities at 7 p.m. The event will end with a photo exhibition and candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and a phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail TODAY: The Encino Community Center will hold a canned food drive and a holiday toy drive at 4935 Balboa Blvd., Encino. Drop-off hours are 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends. Burbank will have a mayoral Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 275 E. Olive Ave. The Sherman Oaks Galleria will have a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at 15301 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks. The Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council will hold a candidates forum for an upcoming election at 6:30 p.m. in Sunland Park’s main building, 6851 Foothill Blvd. last_img read more


first_imgSinn Fein in Co Donegal have become split on the payment of water charges with the party’s councillors and TDs now disagreeing on the issue.Sinn Fein in Donegal are now split on the water charge.Pearse Doherty TD has said he will pay the charge to save paying Irish Water further penalties and charges.However, his party colleague, Cllr Gary Doherty, has now clearly stated that he will NOT pay the levy. The Stranorlar-based county councillor said it was now up to each individual to make up their mind on the issue.He said “I am taking this stand in protest and in solidarity with the ordinary working people of Ireland. We cannot afford to pay another unjust and unfair tax on an essential natural resource. Our citizens are already so encumbered by the property tax, USC, unemployment, cuts to benefits etc, that we simply cannot take any more. To ask families to pay perhaps €500 per annum for water is rubbing salt inthe wounds. The time has come to say ‘enough is enough’.He continued “I am taking this stand in full knowledge that Irish Water will charge fees and penalties for non-payment. It is for that reason thatI cannot others to do the same. This must be a decision for each individual family to make, for the needs of their family. I will not lambast or criticise others who choose to pay, however for me, I believe this is the right decision.”Cllr Doherty also pointed to Sinn Fèin’s alternative budget released last week saying there is alternative ways of getting Ireland out of the red. “Sinn Fèin’s budget proposals proved that there is a different way. We will abolish Irish Water when in Government and end watr charges. There are more equitable ways of getting Ireland out of the red than taking the last euro from our families pockets to give to Irish Water.” DONEGAL SINN FEIN BECOME SPLIT ON WATER CHARGES was last modified: October 14th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:CLLR GARY DOHERTYDeputy Pearse DohertyIrish WaterSinn Feinwater chargeslast_img read more


first_imgSKY TV pundit Paul Earley believes Mayo’s defence remains suspect ahead of the clash with Donegal this Saturday.The former Roscommon player says the doubts are understandable.“They’re fair comments because they’ve leaked goals at crucial stages in big games over the last few years that have lost them big games,” said Earley who will be in studio for Sky’s coverage this weekend (thrw So stand out are these moments Earley doesn’t need to rack his brains to remember them.“Go back to the All Ireland final against Dublin where they were on top early on, a long ball goes in the keeper and full back go for it and Bernard Brogan gets a fist in between the two of them. That shouldn’t happen”“It’s those incidents that have highlighted to a lot of people that there’s a deficiency in the full back line when the pressure is on  and they need to sure that defence up in a big way.“I’m not sure if they have the personnel changes to do that so perhaps, and we don’t know what they’ve been doing behind closed doors in the last six months, perhaps they’re going to drop players back and put up a defensive screen against teams, I thought last week when Galway brought players back Donegal struggled to open them up,” Earley told Newstalk from the launch of the 2015 Texaco Asian Games.  PAUL EARLEY: MAYO STILL HAVE SUSPECT DEFENCE was last modified: August 5th, 2015 by John2Share 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) Tags:donegalMayoNewstalkPaul EarleySKY TVlast_img read more

Council warning as bogus callers target Donegal homes

first_imgA warning has been issued after a series of individuals have been reported pretending to be council workers in the South Donegal area. The bogus callers have claiming to be Donegal County Council staff and calling to homes in the area under the pretence of checking attics and boilers.The council is calling for extra vigilance and is asking people to look out for their neighbours: A spokesperson said: “We wish to advise that Council staff will always carry an ID card and if any member of the public is in any doubt they should check with the Council by calling 074 91 53900.“We would urge all members of the public to be extra vigilant especially older people and people living on their own.”Council warning as bogus callers target Donegal homes was last modified: May 10th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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) Tags:bogus callersDonegal County CouncilWarninglast_img read more

Will Elitist Science Lead to Mind Control?

first_img(Visited 24 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 When you can’t convince the public, try zapping or manipulating them.A disturbing paper appeared in PNAS recently: “Selectively altering belief formation in the human brain.”  Why would anyone want to do that?  The abstract explains,Humans form beliefs asymmetrically; we tend to discount bad news but embrace good news. This reduced impact of unfavorable information on belief updating may have important societal implications, including the generation of financial market bubbles, ill preparedness in the face of natural disasters, and overly aggressive medical decisions. Here, we selectively improved people’s tendency to incorporate bad news into their beliefs by disrupting the function of the left (but not right) inferior frontal gyrus using transcranial magnetic stimulation, thereby eliminating the engrained “good news/bad news effect.” Our results provide an instance of how selective disruption of regional human brain function paradoxically enhances the ability to incorporate unfavorable information into beliefs of vulnerability.  (Sharot et al., PNAS, September 24, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1205828109.)Much as altruistic people might like to help the misinformed learn to exercise better judgment in financial decisions and disaster preparedness, or to alleviate the sufferings of those with phobias or schizophrenia, this Frankenstein method of “magnetic stimulation” to alter beliefs resurrects visions of psychopolitics (think Soviet Russia or North Korea).  People with knowledge of 20th century history might be justly alarmed by scientists who come with promises, “we just want to help you.”  Why not put the magnets away and try reasoning with people as fellow human beings?A reference to “the evolution of overconfidence” reveals where these psychologists are coming from.  Evolution, they say, has left us vulnerable to bad beliefs.  Humans don’t engage in good Bayesian reasoning.  They don’t update their beliefs when presented with new information.  “The consequences of readily integrating good news into our beliefs while underweighting bad news are likely to be considerable for an individual and for society.”  This raises fearsome questions about what should be done – and by whom.  Yikes; look at what they did to their subjects, right out of Frankenstein:TMS [trans-cranial magnetic stimulation] pulses were delivered by a Magstim Rapid2 Stimulator (Magstim) at 40% of the maximum stimulator output using a small TMS coil (figure-of-eight shape, 50-mm diameter). We used an off-line continuous cTBS protocol, which consisted of three pulses at 50 Hz repeated at 200-ms intervals for a total duration of 40 s. A 5-min rest period was implemented after the termination of cTBS before participants started the task.Oh sure, they were nice to the 30 adult participants, all of whom had given informed consent.  The interviewers were undoubtedly courteous as they asked the subjects questions before and after the “treatment”   But this smells like something out of The Twilight Zone.  If “psychologists” and “neuroscientists” can find the secret to manipulate our beliefs with magnets, where will this lead?  Will politicians or a scientific oligarchy armed with this information care about “informed consent” when they decide it’s time to “fix society”?There are even scarier ways, believe it or not, to manipulate people.  One is the “nudge” tactic advocated by Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s czar  for “Information and Regulatory Affairs.”  Don’t force new ideas on people, he advises; they’ll just react.  Instead, “nudge” them bit by bit, and over time, they will come around.  (This sounds like the “frog in the pot” method.)Be very worried, then, about what’s on the minds of the Economic and Social Research Council, a group whose motto is “Shaping Society.”  In a press release echoed uncritically by PhysOrg, the council discussed the pros and cons of the “nudge” strategy vs. the “think” strategy.  Whew; they didn’t toss out the “think” strategy.  But what they decided works best could be as deceptive as a half-truth: use both!  If people think you’re making them think, when you are simultaneously nudging them, they may think you’re looking out for their best interests.They didn’t use magnetic pulses on their experimental subjects.  They didn’t have to.  They thought nudging, and nudged thinking.  Remember “community organizing”?  Here’s how they envisioned their goal: “The findings are very positive and supports the idea that a local approach using nudge and think techniques can lead to citizens getting involved in collective neighbourhood activities.”  Very nice.  Strangely, notions of individual liberty were absent from the strategizing  about “techniques.”The ESRC press release seems harmless in itself.  After all, rhetoric (the art of persuasion) has a long history.  People should want to influence other people.  But what if leaders of a society determine that its people need to be deprogrammed from “misinformation”?  People can be misinformed, can’t they?  Sure; look how many people think Justin Bieber has talent.  What’s disturbing is (1) when powerful leaders set themselves up as judges of what comprises misinformation, and (2) when the art of rhetoric turns to the science of manipulation.Look now at Science Daily‘s entry, “Misinformation: Why It Sticks and How to Fix It.”  Here’s how the article starts: “Childhood vaccines do not cause autism. Barack Obama was born in the United States. Global warming is confirmed by science. And yet, many people believe claims to the contrary.”  The concern here is not whether these statements are true or not (although regarding global warming, be sure to read yesterday’s entry).  What should raise eyebrows is that psychologists are experimenting on humans to figure out how to “fix” their erroneous beliefs.  “Misinformation is especially sticky when it conforms to our preexisting political, religious, or social point of view,” the article said, ignoring pre-existing “scientific” points of view, which by implication, are infallible (10/24/2011).  “Because of this, ideology and personal worldviews can be especially difficult obstacles to overcome.”  There’s the rub: a worldview, in the minds of these self-proclaimed experts, is an obstacle to be overcome.  Think here about how manipulators might want to nudge overcome a Christian’s views on gay marriage, abortion, or the deity of Jesus Christ.  After all, religious people have an ideological worldview, whereas scientists have none.  Scientists are objective, rational, and unbiased.  They care.  They want to help, but all those misinformed Christians with their preexisting religious worldview ideologies are hindering progress.There’s no disputing that misinformation is rampant in society.  A misinformed person, by definition, is “someone who disagrees with me.”  Who doesn’t want to win friends and influence people?  These psychologists want to do it, too, using reasoned discussion, evidence, and persuasion.  So far so good.  But the manipulation shows through in some of their methods: (1) “Provide people with a narrative” (code for “talking points”).  (2) “Focus on the facts you want to highlight, rather than the myths” (presupposing the psychologists know the difference).  Fairfax’s Law comes to mind (“Any facts which, when included in the argument, produce the desired result, are fair facts for the argument.”).  Points 3 and 4 are sound rhetorical counsel (keep your point brief, know your audience).  Point 5, though is “Strengthen your message through repetition.”  Ah yes, brainwashing.Repetition is not necessarily bad.  Every good teacher uses it; students know that practice makes perfect.  But let’s say a psychologist wants to deprogram conservatives from their opposition to gay marriage or gun control.  Or let’s say “The New Teacher” walks in the door to welcome the children to the new regime (see must-read commentary to 12/21/2005 entry).  When the speaker views himself or herself as the elite, and the listeners are the misinformed who need to be educated out of their myths, training in these manipulative arts can be powerful and dangerous tools for indoctrination (think 1984).These worries are not just fiction.  A Nature book review on Sept. 6 pointed out the dark history of eugenics.  In The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine (Yale, 2012), Nathaniel Comfort described the disturbing legacy of an “ever-evolving group of geneticists, eugenicists, psychologists, medics, public-health workers, zoologists and statisticians intent on using heredity to improve human life” over the span of a century.  Lest one think that detour is behind us, the reviewer warned, “Today’s hybridized discipline, he says, is noble in intent but rife with social and ethical questions centred on the ‘illusion of perfectibility’.”Psychologists are our friends, aren’t they?  They just want to help us, don’t they?  Just don’t let the populace know that evolutionary psychologists have an unsavory history of fraud (9/05/2012, 8/15/2012, 11/05/2011) and are overwhelmingly leftist in ideology (9/07/2012).  Ditto for evolutionary anthropologists and sociologists (2/16/2011).Maybe the take-home technique should be: Psychologist, nudge thyself.One of Rod Serling’s most memorable Twilight Zone episodes was “The Obsolete Man,” a parable about how an elitist who had eliminated others became the victim when the regime came to view him as obsolete himself.  Psychologists, suppose a time came when your opponents were in the majority.  Would you want them to use these techniques of manipulation on you?Forewarned is forearmed.  We may want four arms to combat the manipulative “techniques” that elitists desire to use on all us uncooperative sons of liberty, but one is sufficient, if it is armed with the truth – a word sadly lacking in all the above articles.last_img read more