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Firm hired to design school


first_imgLANCASTER – Projecting an enrollment increase of nearly 7,000 students in the next five years, Antelope Valley Union High School District trustees have hired an architecture firm to design the district’s ninth high school. The school, which could cost $120 million to $130 million, is planned for 65 acres in southeast Palmdale at Pearblosssom Highway, Avenue T-8 and 47th Street East. “We need to move ahead on site nine,” trustee Al Beattie said. “We are six months to a year behind schedule. If the projected enrollment keeps increasing like it is, we are behind right now.” The board at last Wednesday’s meeting approved hiring Glendora-based NTD Stichler to design the school. The board will hold a special meeting Nov. 22 to hear a design presentation by the firm. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The cost of hiring the firm will be about $4.9 million, which will be paid with funds from a 2002 voter-approved high school district bond issue and state funds, a district staff report said. The school’s preliminary target opening date is summer 2010, and the building will be designed to hold between 2,500 and 3,000 students, the report said. To pay for construction of the school and another high school that will be in either southwest Palmdale or northwest Lancaster, the district is considering placing another bond measure on the November 2006 ballot. Like Eastside High School, the district’s latest campus under construction, this ninth high school will not have a stadium or a small gym. The school’s football games will probably be played at either Knight High School, where the district plans to construct a stadium, or Littlerock High School, officials said. “The Antelope Valley continues to show strong patterns of population growth demonstrating a need for additional school construction projects,” the report said. The design and construction of a comprehensive high school takes a minimum of five to six years from inception to occupancy by students, the report said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want 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


‘Free and united in diversity’


first_img“From the ruins of a racially polarisedorder, we have built a nation driven by astrong commitment to the values of justiceand equality,” President Jacob Zuma saidon Freedom Day.(Image: Chris Kirchhoff,MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more freephotos, visit the image library.)MEDIA CONTACTS• Vincent MagwenyaPresidential spokesperson+27 72 715 0024RELATED ARTICLES• Zuma speech in UK parliament• State of the Nation 2010• Zuma welcomes world at Davos• Jacob Zuma on World Aids Day• Medium-term budget: full textFreedom Day on 27 April 2010 marked 16 years since South Africans of all races went to the polls to vote in the country’s first democratic elections, in 1994. This is the full text of President Jacob Zuma’s speech to the nation at celebrations marking the event at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.I am deeply honoured to address the nation on this historic day, on which South Africans buried racial oppression, and ushered in new non-racial democratic order.On this day we remember all the brave men and women whose struggle and sacrifices made it possible for us to enjoy the benefits of democracy today.It is a day to reflect on how far we have advanced in building a new, united and democratic nation.Importantly, it is also a time to consider the extent to which the freedoms articulated in our Bill of Rights find expression in the daily lives of our people.From the ruins of a racially polarised order, we have built a nation driven by a strong commitment to the values of justice and equality.As taught by our icon, President Nelson Mandela, we must remain steadfast in our determination that never, never and never again shall it be that this beautiful land will again experience the oppression of one by another.And so with freedom, came the responsibility of building a non-racial, united and reconciled nation.And we learned from the greatest, our national heroes Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Ahmed Kathrada, Walter Sisulu and many others.We recall the wise words of our icon, Oliver Reginald Tambo who said:“It is our responsibility to break down barriers of division and create a country where there will be neither whites nor blacks, just South Africans, free and united in diversity.”This powerful vision can be achieved, in line with the preamble of our Constitution which states clearly that: “South Africa belongs to all those who live in it”.Compatriots,When celebrating the notion of a country that now belongs to all who live in it, we recall that on this day, sixty years ago, the apartheid government introduced the Group Areas Act.This marked the institutionalizing the racial partition of our cities and towns.That law and the impact it had on our society, illustrates the legacy we have to deal with. And there are many others.Sixty years later, and nearly 20 years after it was repealed, our people still have to daily confront the impact of that law. Many still live in areas once designated for black people on the periphery of our towns, far away from economic opportunity and civic services.The cost of transport alone takes a heavy toll on the lives of the poor. This is only one example among many of the work we still need to do to ensure that our people enjoy the fruits of freedom.These laws may have disappeared from the statute books, but their effects are still felt across the country. Freedom imposes on us a responsibility to work together in the process of changing such conditions.And we must do this fast, because in four year’s time we will have been free for 20 years. We will not have much sympathy for any reasons advanced to explain the failure to make a difference in the lives of our people.When I spoke in Parliament earlier this year I stated that we are entering a new era, an era of doing things differently. It is an era of ensuring that our work is determined by clear outcomes.It is an era of increasing the pace and form of service delivery.That is what we have begun to do during this term of government. We are changing the way government works to improve the lives of our people.As we work to increase the pace and quality of delivery, we must also together acknowledge the progress we have made thus far as a nation, working together as government and the people.We must note that despite numerous challenges and backlog, South Africa has provided over 2.8 million housing opportunities since 1994.We are currently on target in terms of delivery of new housing stock in the various provinces.We must still work further to get our human settlement model entrenched, as we now do not see housing in isolation in this administration. The provision of social services in the communities in which we provide housing is also critical.In this regard, I have convened a special Presidential Coordinating Council meeting on the 18th of May, to discuss with all nine provincial premiers, the need for habitable human settlements throughout the country.Together as national and provincial governments we should find lasting solutions.In extending social services we are building on current successes.Over 91% of households had access to piped water. South Africa has passed the Millennium Development Goal of halving the proportion of people without sustainable water.We are likely to achieve the 2014 goal of universal access to potable water, despite the challenge of ever-increasing number of households.As of March 2009, more than 10 million households had access to sanitation compared to about 5 million in 1994. South Africa has moved closer to the target date for universal access to sanitation which is 2014.We do not deny that there is still much more to be done, but a lot has also been achieved already.Fellow South Africans,If we are to make a difference in the lives of future generations, we must pay special attention on the development of our youth.According to Stats SA, nearly 70% of all South Africans are under the age of 35, making South Africa a youthful country.For any developing country, animportant step towards reducing poverty and inequality is to invest in education.We want an education system that will provide opportunities for children from poor backgrounds to advance economically and socially.The good news is that we are getting somewhere.More South Africans are being educated, and that is because South Africa has one of the highest rates of government investment in education in the world.Our plan is to improve the output and the pass rates through increasing efficiency and accountability in our schools.That is why we say our teachers should be in school, in class, on time, teaching for at least six and half hours a day. If they do that, the results will speak for themselves.Fellow South Africans,We reiterate that a defining feature of this administration will be its closeness to the people it serves. As you are aware, I established the Presidential Hotline last year. It has opened our world to a host of issues that are affecting our people.I know that thousands of South Africans have battled to get through to the hotline due to the high volume of calls.I know too that the response rate from many government departments has been very slow, and that while many callers have been assisted, many others are frustrated.We are working hard to improve the service. You should not battle to talk to your own government. That should be corrected.We will make formal announcements soon on how to improve your access to the Hotline, and how to ensure quicker responses from government departments, nationally and provincially.Compatriots,Earlier this week we launched our new upscaled HIV and Aids prevention and treatment plan.This is an integral part of our broader campaign to improve the health profile of South Africans. I urge all of you to heed prevention messages, and to get tested for HIV.Through testing, you will know your status and adjust your lifestyle accordingly. Testing also helps us to deal with the stigma attached to the epidemic.Together we must eradicate the silence and the shame that is associated with HIV and Aids. This epidemic can be beaten if we all decide to play our part and work hard.Ladies and Gentlemen;Freedom Day reminds us that we should all work hard to defend the freedom for which so many have fought and lost their lives.We must work together to build our country and shape its future. We must all work for unity, true reconciliation and cohesion.In February this year, I indicated that there was a need for us to have a dialogue to remind ourselves why our country’s founding fathers and mothers declared us one nation united in diversity.I suggested at the time that we needed to reach out to all South Africans across the class, racial, ethnic, gender, religious and political divides. I said we must engage in a conversation about the true values that underpin our common identity and destiny.My suggestion was motivated by my deep belief and conviction that as a nation, we should yet again draw on the collective South African wisdom to understand one another.I think such a dialogue would help us to live better with one another as South Africans.It will help us to find a common perspective through which we can view the various backgrounds, habits, traditions, customs, cultures and religions that define who we are.It is a modest addition to many other mechanisms we must devise as a nation to arrive at a common understanding over many issues.It will enable us to arrive at a common perspective around the following amongst others:The changing of certain geographical names.The transformation in the workplace and in sport.The songs we sing and the symbols we embrace.Our desire to determine language policy at our schools and universities.The slaughtering of animals to appease an ancestor which is practiced in some cultures.It will assist us with the task we face as a country, to breathe a new life to our nation building efforts.This national dialogue will capture the attention of all our people. Like the 2010 FIFA Soccer World, you will feel it!We will share further information once the initial consultation phase has been concluded.Compatriots,We are just 44 days away from hosting the 2010 Fifa World Cup.We have been offered a significant opportunity to share our humanity, heritage and the beauty of this country with the world.We will display the rich tapestry of our culture in dance and music to show that this is a truly African World Cup.We do not spend enough time celebrating our country, and this is an opportunity to show off. South Africa is rich in its cultural diversity. We have produced music that has earned international accolades.We have a varied landscape with tropical, temperate and Mediterranean climate. We grow a variety of food, fruit and flowers.Our mineral wealth is legendary. We have people who are inventors and innovators.Our country boasts eight world heritage sites, and we must familiarize ourselves with them so that we can all become ambassadors and effective tour guides during the World Cup!These are:iSimangaliso Wetland ParkRobben IslandCradle of HumankinduKhahlamba Drakensberg ParkMapungubwe Cultural LandscapeCape Floral RegionVredefort DomeRichtersveld Cultural and Botanical LandscapeThese sites are a source of pride and identity that should unite all of us. Let us make the 2010 World Cup a memorable event. Let us rally behind Bafana Bafana.Let us celebrate our national symbols; and let us show the world that we are one nation, united in our colourful diversity.Ladies and gentlemen before concluding let me extend our heartfelt condolences to the families of the 16 people who died in a road crash in the South Coast of KwaZulu-Natal.Pain suffered by any South African affects all of us. We are one nation, one people.We extend a special happy Freedom Day to the families of four South African peacekeepers who were released after being held captive in Sudan. They are in good health and good spirit.We thank the United Nations and the Sudanese government for working with us to secure their release.Happy Freedom Day and a happy Soccer World Cup to you all!I thank you.last_img read more


Too much in kitty


first_imgBJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad, who was recently elevated as deputy leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha and is also the party’s general secretary, has offered to quit one of the posts.Sources said Prasad has informed party president Nitin Gadkari that as he is already the BJP’s general secretary and chief spokesperson, he is ready to relinquish charge of one. The matter is now in Gadkari’s court.last_img


Lack of funds remains a roadblock for R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium


first_imgIn the case of tennis, the popularity of the game in the metros, coupled with the success of Leander Paes, Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Somdev Devvarman has ensured a steady flow of young hopefuls taking up the game. The hosting of the CWG meant a massive makeover of the R.K. Khanna Tennis Stadium in the Capital. The stadium has 14 fields of play and the courts are utilised for approximately 10 hours.Nearly 500-600 youngsters practice every day and after the CWG, more than 20 tournaments, including Challengers and Nationals have been held here. The ‘Come and Play’ scheme of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) will also be implemented and 50 children have already been shortlisted for the programme. But the going has not been smooth for the stadium authorities as they do not get any funding from the government for the maintenance, and getting sponsors for the ITF tournaments is also an uphill task.”The maintenance of the stadium entails a lot of money and we do face some teething problems. But with players from Iran and Nepal also utilising the facilities with our national teams , we somehow manage to keep things going,” said R. Chauhan, Executive Director – Development and Marketing, All India Tennis Association.He also stressed the importance of conducting more tournaments. “We should conduct more ITF and Challenger tournaments. But funds are an issue. We are planning to submit a plan to the government and apprise them of the benefits of more tournaments. Our players will immensely benefit from it and their rankings will also improve if they play more Challenger tournaments in home conditions,” he added.advertisementlast_img read more


Bulls add to Heat woes at home with 105-89 win


first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Tyler Johnson scored 15 points for Miami, which got 14 from Justise Winslow and 13 apiece from Bam Adebayo and Wayne Ellington. The Heat shot 38 percent, including 12 of 42 from 3-point range.The Heat fell to 11-14 at home — and the Bulls, who snapped a four-game slide, moved to 7-20 on the road. Portis had 15 points in the fourth, while Miami’s entire roster managed 21 in the final 12 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBoth teams were without key pieces.Miami — which will be without Derrick Jones until mid-March at least and isn’t planning to have point guard Goran Dragic back until at least the All-Star break — held out Dwyane Wade with right knee soreness, with the belief that it isn’t terribly serious. Chicago was without Zach LaVine because of a sprained right ankle, making that determination after he tested it out and experienced pain before the game. MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Celtics overcome Kyrie Irving’s absence to rout Hornets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) is fouled by Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)MIAMI — Bobby Portis scored 22 of his 26 points in the second half, Wayne Selden added 20 and the Chicago Bulls ran away in the second half to beat the Miami Heat 105-89 on Wednesday night.Lauri Markkanen had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Bulls, who finished January with a 2-13 record — the franchise’s second-worst mark ever in that month. Kris Dunn scored 14 and Robin Lopez added 13 for Chicago, which shot 51 percent.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Heat: Miami won the season series 2-1. The Heat have swept the Bulls only twice in 31 seasons. … Hassan Whiteside got a technical foul in the third quarter for pulling himself up on the rim after a dunk. He argued that Markkanen was in his landing vicinity, to no avail. … Josh Richardson scored 12 points.WADE DEALWade was announced Wednesday as an ambassador for BallerTV, a site streaming live amateur sports such as high school basketball. Wade — who has used it to follow his son’s games — said part of the appeal for him is that students do much of the announcing and camera-operating. “They get a chance to get a camera from BallerTV and go do this themselves. It helps youth get to their dreams. I liked that,” Wade said.BIG DIFFERENCEThe temperature at tip-off in Miami was 68 degrees, a bit cool for South Florida. Factor in the wind chill in polar-vortex-stricken Chicago, and the air there at game time felt like minus-34 — a mere 102-degree difference between the two cities.UP NEXTBulls: Visit the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday.Heat: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday. The Bulls led by 10 after the first quarter, took a two-point lead into halftime and then found themselves trailing by six early in the third. But they answered with an 18-5 run over the next five minutes, and led by three when Dion Waiters tried a 3-pointer with 1:38 left for the tie.It missed, and with that the Bulls were off and running.Chicago finished the quarter on a 7-0 run, taking a 78-68 lead into the fourth. Miami never got closer than seven again.TIP-INSBulls: Carmelo Anthony still appears on Chicago’s roster. The official reason for him not playing is listed as “trade pending.” … Chicago has reached 100 points in 14 consecutive games, the team’s longest streak since the 1991-92 season. … Selden added eight assists.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View commentslast_img read more


Polish pay TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat is adding ch


first_imgPolish pay TV provider Cyfrowy Polsat is adding channels from A+E Networks UK to its line-up as part of a wide-ranging deal.Cyfrowy Polsat will add History, History HD and Crime & Investigation Network to its line-up. The broadcaster is airing History and Crime & Investigation immediately, with History HD scheduled for launch early next year. Crime & Investigation is being offered as part of its Mini and Family packages, while History will be offered as part of the Family and Family HD packages.Tom Davidson, managing director of A+E Networks UK said: “Poland is a key TV market in Central and Eastern Europe and Cyfrowy Polsat is a major platform and channel provider. We expect this deal to have a significant impact on our business, and together with Cyfrowy Polsat we believe we can build on the success of A+E Network UK’s portfolio of channels in this market place.’’last_img read more


French telco Orange and telecomstoconstruction c


first_imgFrench telco Orange and telecoms-to-construction conglomerate Bouygues are open to including the latter’s 44% interest in leading commercial broadcaster TF1 in any deal between the pair, according to French newspaper Le Monde.Orange and Bouygues have confirmed that they are in talks over the future of the latter’s telecom unit, Bouygues Telecom, but have not mentioned Bouygues stake in TF1.According to Le Monde, citing unnamed sources, Orange and Bouygues are open to the idea of Orange taking a stake in TF1 of around 10%.Orange CEO Stéphane Richard told TV station RTL that convergence between telecoms and content in general was again coming to the fore. He said that while there was a need “to leave the door open” on this topic, it was not on the agenda “for the moment”.A deal over TF1 could be controversial because the French state retains a 24% stake in Orange.French economy minister Emmanuel Macron told journalists earlier this week that the French state plans to remain a key shareholders in the telco and will assess a deal over Bouygues Telecom with consumer protection, jobs and investment in mind.last_img read more


Middle East and North African SVOD provider Icfli


first_imgMiddle East and North African SVOD provider, Icflix, has partnered with digital rights management (DRM) and content security services firm BuyDRM.Icflix has deployed BuyDRM’s KeyOS MultiKey DRM service to secure its streaming platform, which offers a mixture of Hollywood, Bollywood and Jazzwood (Arabic) content.“Icflix is on the march in the MENA marketplace with the most diverse content offering available. The studios we license content from have strict requirements for securing their IP and BuyDRM’s KeyOS Platform meets those requirements,” said Carlos Tibi, CEO and founder of Icflix.BuyDRM CEO and founder, Christopher Levy, said: “KeyOS manages content in 141 countries around the world with industry-leading content security. We are truly inspired by the Icflix content offering and will provide the highest levels of DRM service to their users throughout their operating regions.”last_img read more