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Happy Feet Dance Studio – a studio for all…

first_imgHappy Feet Dance Studio, located in the Camptown Centre, First Street, Campbellville, Georgetown, was founded on February 25, 2015. It is owned and run by Tiana Codrington.The idea of the Studio came out of the need to engage the youths from Campbellville and adjoining communities in artful and meaningful activities as well as to give the founder an opportunity to share her love of dance and impart the knowledge she possesses to others.The Studio offers different genres of dance, with specific focus on modern, African and contemporary routines, along with Zumba classes. It caters to students from as young as age four.The Studio’s creed is: “Talent is God Given, Be Humble. Fame Is Man Given, Be Grateful For Humility Is The True Key To Success.”Although the main focus is on youth development, there are a number of adult members. At present, there are 75 students enrolled at the Studio. The beginners’ class has 35 students between the ages of 4 and 12, teens and young adults class has 30 students between the ages 13 and 24, and the adult class has 10 members.In just two years, the Studio has steadily built a reputation. The students have done a number of guest performances at functions, with the most notable being those hosted by entities such as Courts (Guyana) Ltd and Sterling Products Ltd.They have also participated in the International Dance Day Concert and workshops held by the Department of Culture, Youth and Sport within the Education Ministry.These performances, however, only allow for a small group of the most accomplished dancers to showcase their talents beyond the walls of the Studio.To allow all students the exposure and excitement that come from entertaining an audience, the Studio held its first major dance production, “Unveil”, on May 28, 2017 at the Theatre Guild.The students of all age groups were given the opportunity to perform the many routines learnt for their parents, families, friends, neighbours and classmates. The production was a huge success.However, Director Codrington is no stranger to competitive dance. She began dancing competitively at the age of seven. In her teenage years, she enrolled in the Dance Fanatics Theatre, where she was educated on the technical aspects of dance.This was followed by a short stint with the Classique Dance School. In 2015, she successfully wrote Theatre Arts Dance at the CSEC level, as her first step towards a professional qualification.At Happy Feet Dance Studio, Codrington is ably assisted by two dance enthusiasts like herself – Donnette and Yonnette Holder.Together they provide a quality programme, which ensures that students learn dance in an environment that is stimulating and exciting, as well as safe and welcoming. The aim is to have fun through movement while striving for excellence and achieving each student’s potential.last_img read more

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Baraza not afraid of Ingwe crowd as Sofapaka progress

first_imgBaraza knows only too well the kind of influence the AFC supporters can have on the team especially after witnessing Bandari’s rally in the quarter finals crushed as they lost out 5-1 to the Ingwe Cubs who were taken off their feet by the loud supporters.“I have previously talked to my players and I have made them understand that it is the nature of football world over. All of them have that ambition to play in the highest level and negative crowd energy is one of the things they should expect. I know it is going to be tough but we will manage,” Baraza told Capital Sport after his side’s triumph in the quarters.Mao Ibrahim’s spectacular strike in the second half was all Sofapaka needed as they waded off a stiff challenge from Homeboyz who failed to make it to the last four for the first time this season.-Selebwa disappointed- “It is a disappointment that we have failed to progress because we have fallen short of our target which was to get to the final and probably run away with this thing. But it is football, we go back to the drawing board and hope we rise stronger in April,” Gilbert Selebwa, the Homeboyz head coach said.It was a game of limited chances, restricted to a tactical battle between the two sides. None could create a clear cut chance in the opening 45 but the game opened up a bit in the second period.Mohammed Dhukuli knocked the door first for Homeboyz with a snap shot from the edge of the box that went wide after a one-two interchange of passes with Mutinda Wambua.Kevin Moturi had an even better chance four minutes later but he blasted over his shot from the right after being sent through by the impressive Faraj Ominde. The skipper himself had a chance in the 55th minute with a shot from inside the box that went over.With Homeboyz knocking on Sofapaka’s door thrice, Batoto ba Mungu woke from their slumber and they should have punished the misfiring Homeboyz.In the 13th minute, substitute Presley Musoga won the ball deep in his own half, drove into the Homeboyz area and cut back a cross which Dodo Matano could not direct into a gaping goalmouth.-Lack of urgency-Lackluster passing from Homeboyz once again gifted Musoga with an opportunity, this time the speedy winger taking responsibility on his own shoulders, driving into the box but the Homeboyz keeper saved with his feet.Homeboyz were punished for their lack of urgency with Ibrahim striking a superb curling effort into the top left of the Homeboyz goal after doing well to turn his marker inside out.The goal ignited some sense of urgency from Homeboyz who were all along taking their sweet time to pass the ball around.Their best chance came with three minutes left on the clock, Ominde striking a superb shot from inside the box, bounced off the crossbar and appeared to have crossed the line before being cleared away by the defense. However, second assistant referee Dorcas Wanza adjudged the ball had not crossed the line.Despite concerted last minute efforts, Sofapaka managed to seal their slim lead and keep their dream of progressing to the final alive.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sofapaka’s Edmond Kwanya closely guards Kakamega Homeboyz’s Juma Bakari in a KPL U20 Championship match at Camp Toyoyo on December 27, 2016. PHOTO/COURTESYNAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 27- Sofapaka Under-20 head coach John Baraza says he is not worried of the influence of AFC Leopards’ 12th man when the two teams lock horns in the Kenyan Premier League U20 Championship on Thursday at the Camp Toyoyo ground.The junior Batoto ba Mungu booked a ticket to the last eight for the first time with a hard fought 1-0 win over April finalists Kakamega Homeboyzlast_img read more

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Mathews Park Frostival 2019

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C – The City of FSJ will be hosting the Annual Frostival at Mathews Park Skating Loop.January 5th, 2019, come celebrate winter and the return of the skating loop at Mathews Park with campfires, hot chocolate, prizes, colourful lights, s’mores and skating. This event is weather dependent.City staff will be on site from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm for prizes, skate rentals will be available on site courtesy of Hard Edge Sports Skate Shop.- Advertisement -For more information E-mail; recreation@fortstjohn.calast_img

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State’s Latino population to soar by 2050

first_imgSACRAMENTO – Almost 60 million people will live in California by 2050 – and for the first time the majority of them will be Latino, according to new state population projections released today. The projections by the state Department of Finance indicate that Latinos will comprise 52 percent of the state’s population by 2042. Whites will comprise 26 percent; Asians, 13 percent; and blacks, 5 percent. Los Angeles County’s population is expected to grow to 13 million by 2050, up from 9.6 million in 2000. That growth will be driven primarily by the county’s Hispanic population, which will double in size to 8.4 million, even as the white population decreases in half to 1.5 million. The Asian population will also almost double, overtaking whites to reach about 2.1 million. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Also, fast-growing Riverside County will become the state’s second most populous county by 2050, reaching about 4.7 million people. In 2000, Riverside ranked sixth, with 1.5 million people. The state’s Department of Finance revises its 50-year population projections every three to five years. last_img read more

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Gary Neville to Valencia: Spanish football expert excited by ‘fantastic appointment’

first_imgSpanish football expert Graham Hunter has praised Phil Neville for paving the way for his brother Gary’s appointment as the new manager of Valencia.Manchester United legend Gary surprised the football world on Wednesday by becoming the La Liga side’s head coach until the end of the season following the resignation of Nuno Espirito Santo.He will be reunited with his brother, and fellow Class of ’92 graduate, Phil in Spain, where he has been working as Valencia’s assistant coach since June.And the Nevilles’ move is no mere coincidence. Valencia owner Peter Lim is apparently infatuated with all things United, and the Singapore billionaire has already invested millions into the club the former players both part own – non-league side Salford City.La Liga correspondent Hunter admits the appointment is entirely Lim’s idea, and is one which will be a shock to fans and local media, but is no less excited by the prospect of two Englishmen working together in a foreign league.When asked about the details of Gary’s move, Hunter told the Colin Murray show: “Peter Lim decides everything at the club and he’s been enamoured with Manchester United and the Class of ’92 for a long time.“That’s the reason Phil Neville was able to make such a significant leap in his career by moving to Valencia as assistant coach.“While Phil didn’t speak Spanish, he’s learned it, worked extraordinarily hard at it and any footballer or coach who goes abroad would do very well to take a page out of Phil Neville’s book. He is liked and respected by everybody, from players to fans, members and the media.“And what Peter Lim and club president Layhoon Chan have done now is they have made their own choice about who the next manager is, and selected Gary Neville.“Is it was fans and local media expected? No. But they will know Gary Neville intimately, without any question, and he will be respected for his career as a player, as assistant coach at England and for his work at Sky.“I can say – as somebody who has been riveted by Gary’s football work, his analysis and vision for football – I think it’s a fantastic appointment for Valencia and for all of us who are watching Valencia.“It’s two British brothers in charge of a La Liga club, in charge of a foreign club, for the first time in history!”last_img read more

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‘Everything must go’ as longtime swap meet prepares to close

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonAll around the Valley Indoor Swap Meet, prices were slashed and gashed Sunday like the spirits of the nearly 400 vendors who have called the 6.5 acres where they have set up shop their home, their community, their family, since 1983. “For the first time in my life, I don’t know where I’m going to be tomorrow,” said a somber Jack Schneider, who has sold ladies’ garments out of three booths for almost as long as the swap meet was open. “I’m 83 years old,” he said. “It’s a very sad day.” After years as a San Fernando Valley landmark, the swap meet on Variel Street closed Sunday night for good. It had been the longest running swap meet of its kind in the city of Los Angeles. But the property’s owner, Ronald Simms, opted not to renew a 20-year lease on the site and instead is selling the land to a developer, where 438 condominium units are slated to be built. And so the merchants opened their booths one last time, to sell framed posters and designer jeans, children’s toys and leather jackets, men’s suits and ladies wallets. And in between, they answered questions from longtime shoppers, customers who had become friends, about where they might be moving to. CANOGA PARK – The merchants of the Valley call out sales in fevered pitches, for one last push to lure shoppers into booths that have stood for decades. “Two for $5!” one T-shirt vendor shouts. “Everything must go, go, go!” another says. Fur-lined suede boots marked down from $36 to $18. Rhinestone bangles and crystal beaded bracelets once $20, brought down to $5. Potted, freckle-faced, Hypoestes plants for $2. “This is bittersweet,” said Adele Sklamberg, owner of Fantastik Fakes, where rings and bracelets and shiny charms sold for $4 to $5 each. “In a way, it’s a happy day for me because I’m moving on to the Alley in the Valley (on Reseda Boulevard), but it’s sad, too, because this is a family.” Co-worker Phyllis Basson was such a fan of Fantastik Fakes that Sklamberg asked her to work for her three years ago. “It’s a huge loss for many people who have shopped here for so long,” she said. Shopper Barbara Kalman, who bought a pair of white, patent-leather platform heels for $10, said she would miss the convenience, the bargains and the selections that can’t be found inside the big retail malls. “There’s just no other place like this in the Valley,” she said. Down the crowd-filled aisles, where the smell of kabobs and free pizza lingered, shoppers repeated the same sentiment again and again. “Since I was born,” one customer said when asked how long she had been coming to the swap meet. “I’m going to cry.” Edie Fogel of Canoga Park shopped with her children and grandchildren at the meet every other week. “I’m very upset,” she said. “We’ve bought furniture here, clothes, jewelry, shoes. Everybody knows everybody.” Good as Gold owner Terry Tulak, who opened her jewelry shop in 1983, said she is considering continuing on in a space in Thousand Oaks. But plans have yet to be finalized. “I feel like swap meets are going the way of the drive-in theaters,” she said. “I didn’t think we were treated very fairly. Many of us signed a lease until 2011, and we thought we would be helped in finding another space. We weren’t.” Artist Andre Hampton, who has airbrushed skulls and slogans on sneakers for six years and can replicate family photographs, hip-hop singers and celebrities onto canvas and T-shirts, said he hasn’t decided where he will move. A private space is an option but not ideal, he said. “We sell better to the walk-up customers,” he said. Chiropractor David Wies didn’t bother hanging a human spine from his booth as he has done for years. He just didn’t see the point on the last day. “People have told me they would come to my office, but some people like the convenience of me being here,” he said as he worked the kinks out of Reseda resident Georgia Thompson’s neck. Stylist Rosie Bowman has been trimming, shaping and cutting hair inside her booth for 15 years. “I’m a full-service salon,” she said. “This (booth) was my first very own place.” “It’s sad to see this all leave,” Tarzana resident Carmen Gonzalez said. “This part of the Valley needs this swap meet. Now, all of us will be scattered around to try to find other places.” Some merchants said they would continue on at the Alley in the Valley. Others were planning to set up in a space on Sherman Way and Vineland Boulevard in North Hollywood, while some said they would try to open booths at the Saugus Speedway Swap Meet. Merchant Jamie Garrison, who began selling designer men’s shirts just a year ago, said taking the swap meet away from customers was “heartless.” “People are so hurt about all this,” she said. “This is taking away jobs at a time when people need jobs. It’s taking away livelihoods. “They’re going to build more apartments here, when the economy is in a downturn,” she said. “A landmark like this, you don’t just take it away out of greed.”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

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Santi shock! Arsenal playmaker Cazorla ruled out for remainder of season

first_imgArsenal’s season has been dealt another major after playmaker Santi Cazorla was ruled out for the rest of the season. The Spaniard has been absent since October after surgery to rectify an issue with his achilles tendon. But he has suffered a number of setbacks since, culminating in the fresh diagnosis that he will not return for the Gunners this term. Just last month Wenger had raised hopes of seeing Cazorla play again this season, he said: “Will he play again this season? I hope so because once you start to go outside, you have to count six weeks’ preparation. “At the moment he is not at that level. Let’s hope he can come back in the next three or four weeks on the pitch.”Cazorla has scored two goals for Arsenal this season, against Watford and Southampton. Arsenal star Cazorla has been ruled out for the remainder of the season 1last_img read more

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Premier League clubs vote to keep £30 cap on away tickets

first_img“The £30 away ticket cap was introduced in season 2016-17, following the successful implementation of the Premier League Away Supporters’ Initiative which saw clubs provide a range of measures for their away fans.“For the last four consecutive seasons, Premier League crowds have reached record levels with 96% of tickets sold. Away tickets will remain capped at £30 MONEY The £30 cap was first introduced in 2016 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS huge blow BEST OF RANKED Some clubs wanted the £30 cap abolished Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade REVEALED ADVICE Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move center_img no dice Tickets for away games in the Premier League will remain capped at £30 after top-flight clubs unanimously decided to continue the scheme.The agreement to cap prices has been in place since the start of the of 2016-17 season in a bid to make travelling to games more affordable and maintain the atmosphere at grounds. 3 Initially brought in for three seasons, top-flight clubs have now voted to extend the measures for away supporters by a further three years.In a statement, the Premier League said: “All clubs know the crucial importance of away fans in generating the best possible atmosphere at matches, and recognise the additional travel costs often involved when following a team away from home. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions 3 3 “This is testament to the compelling football and dedication of fans, and the league is committed to maintaining these high attendances.”The renewal of the measure has been welcomed by the Football Supporters’ Federation – even if they feel more can be done.FSF chief executive Kevin Miles said: “We welcome the Premier League’s recognition of the importance of the £30 away cap and back its decision to keep the cap in place for the coming seasons. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade REVEALED “We have always argued that away supporter attendance needs to be encouraged if the atmosphere and spectacle of a live football match is to be sustained.“There had been a rapid rise in away ticket costs for many supporters and the cap put a halt on that.“However, we still believe more can be done and we call on the Premier League to look at ways to further reduce concessionary ticket costs and subsidise fans’ travel costs when games are moved for TV.”last_img read more

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Road to Hampden: Looking back on the 2016/17 Scottish Cup

first_imgEast Kilbride knocked Cowdenbeath out with a 1-0 win but didn’t enjoy the same glory when they met again in the Pyramid play-offs at the end of the season. Despite drawing both legs they went out on penalties. And how else do you celebrate a Scottish Cup win but to have a dedicated rave?The Championship and League 1 sides joined the competition in round three and it was goals galore across the country. Elgin defeated Hawick 8-1, Morton beat Beith 6-0 and St Mirren put five past Spartans. Meanwhile, Alloa Athletic’s Neil Parry provided the bizarre moment of the round when he wiped out a seagull with his goal kick.We can’t promise no seagulls were harmed in the making of this video but reports do lead us to believe none were seriously injured…The competition heated up in the fourth round when the Premiership clubs entered the race.Raith Rovers forced Hearts to a replay but couldn’t see the task through at the second time of asking.Struggling St Mirren knocked Dundee out but there was no opportunity for Dundee United to revel in their city rival’s misery as they were hammered 6-2 by Ross County.But who’s focusing on the games when this happened next? Rod Stewart doing the draw for the fifth round will go down in Scottish Cup history…The fifth round had two Edinburgh derbies due to the first one going to a replay but the talking point was between Hamilton Accies and Dunfermline.Remi Matthews saved three penalties and set up a quarter final ties against Rangers.It was the first time a senior side have failed to score in a Scottish Cup penalty shootout, but considering Dunfermline’s record in taking penalties it was hardly a surprise. They had also missed three against Dundee United and two when they played Ayr in the league.Despite his historics in the previous round, Remi Matthews conceded six goals as Hamilton Accies were well and truly beaten by Rangers at Ibrox. Celtic were also high scorers, hitting four past St Mirren. The Buddies had taken the lead though and it led to high praise from Brendan Rodgers. He said they were the best side they’d come up against domestically and it clearly fired them up as they went on a strong run of form, avoiding relegation from the Championship.When it came down to just the four remaining teams, Aberdeen and Hibs battled it out in a five-goal thriller.The Dons took the lead on three occasions with the last one – an own goal by Darren McGregor – proving to be the decider. Meanwhile, Celtic saw off Rangers 2-0 the following day, overwriting the penalty heartache that ended their run at the same stage of the competition last year. Moussa Dembele went off with a hamstring injury that looked to have ruled him out of the rest of the season before he was passed fit just in time for the final. And Pedro Caixinha used the glasses on the table in his post-match media conference to explain his tactics.Celtic and Aberdeen lock horns in the final round to determine who ends this journey victorious. Let the battle commence at Hampden, but first enjoy these videos… Celtic and Aberdeen bring the 2016/17 Scottish Cup final campaign to a close when they go head-to-head at Hampden in the final showdown.The game could see Celtic round off an outstanding season by clinching only their fourth domestic treble in their history.If Aberdeen cause an upset, however, it will be the first time they have lifted the trophy since 1990.There were seven rounds of joy, heartache and drama before it got to the grand finale though and we’ve looked back on what happened up until this moment.  The opening round, where all the “wee teams” start their journey and dream of a Hollywood run to the final, saw some high scoring games. East Kilbride were on cloud nine, beating Bale of Leithen 9-1 while Beith and Buckie Thistle both won their respective ties 6-0.And do you remember the new rule that was introduced? As of the first round teams were allowed to bring on a fourth substitute inside extra time. Ayr United later used it against Queen’s Park in the fourth round.The League 2 sides sides entered the competition in the second round and the shocks results included one that would come back around at the end of the season. last_img read more

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Job is only half done, says Scotland’s Chris Martin

first_imgScotland striker Chris Martin says helping secure a 1-0 win against Slovakia was “a fantastic moment” but said the job is only half done.Martin came off the bench and played a vital role in putting Slovakia defender Martin Skrtel under pressure as he scored an own goal in the 89th minute of a tense World Cup qualifier at Hampden.The win put Scotland in second place in Group F behind England, who have already qualified.The national team should reach the play-offs if they defeat Slovenia in the final group game on Sunday. “This is only half a job as we well know,” Martin said. “There’s still a massive game in Slovenia to come up and we need to do the job there. “We need to not get too carried away with this result. It’s obviously a fantastic moment tonight. We’ll go away and assess it but we need to get ready for the game on Sunday and get three points again.”Martin scored a late winner at Hampden against Slovenia in March and played his part again on Thursday but said regardless of how dramatic the winner was, it was a fair return for Scotland after a strong performance.“It’s the second time it’s happened,” he said. “I’m obviously here to do my bit for the team and if I’m on the bench to come on and affect it. “I felt like I managed to do that today but I think we got what we deserved.“It looks a little bit fortunate in terms of how the goal went in and how late it was but I think over the course of the game we dominated, hit the bar a couple of times and were unfortunate not to go ahead before we did.”He added: “We got the job done in the end. I just always felt we were going to keep getting chances. I think the way the game was going, with them down to ten men and it was getting frustrating, when I came on I was getting involved as a striker and I felt there were chances around there.“It was a case of keeping going and I think we got our rewards in the end.”last_img read more