‘Paradigm shift’ in Valencia pool

By on December 27, 2019

first_imgAt this time last year, Kasey Hartsock was living in North Carolina, Megan Machynia was still developing her skills in the pool after years of playing soccer, and Kaitlyn Salovich was largely unaware of the magnitude of the rivalry between Valencia and Hart highs. With Valencia losing only Sara Peever to graduation from last year’s second-place girls’ swimming team, the stage was set for the Vikings to challenge the Indians this season for the Foothill League title. Then Valencia coach Kathleen Perdisatt learned about Hartsock – a junior transfer from Southern Pines, N.C. – and two of the Santa Clarita Valley’s most promising freshmen. A “paradigm shift,” in Perdisatt’s words, was about to take place. No longer would the Vikings be competing in Hart’s shadow. No longer would it be only the Indians and Saugus battling it out for Foothill supremacy. And no longer would Valencia be content to simply qualify for the Southern Section Div. I prelims. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“I heard that Hart was the thing, and it made me a little nervous, but I thought we had a good chance this year,” said Hartsock, a junior who moved to California when her father got a job in Northridge. “There are a lot of good swimmers at Valencia right now.” Hartsock had heard of the Indians’ impressive tradition – the Indians have won 25 league titles – and first considered Hart before settling on Valencia. “Obviously, Hart was the best team,” said Hartsock, who will compete in the 50-yard freestyle tonight at the Southern Section Div. I finals at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach. “But I liked the people that my parents met, and I thought Valencia would be a good fit. “I don’t understand the Hart rivalry, and it will probably take me years to understand. But I was really confident throughout the season. I thought it was going to be our year.” Hartsock was one of the catalysts in the Vikings’ 91-79 dual meet victory over the Indians, which helped snare a share the league title. Valencia emerged as an elite team this year with the addition of strong sprint freestyler Hartsock, butterfly specialist Machynia and versatile Salovich to a group that returned Michelle Kroll, Katie Boring, Lexy Graham, Erin Donnelly, Tracy Harada and sisters Jasmine and Stephanie Henderson. Their arrival help Perdisatt address needs in individual events and strengthened the Vikings’ 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relays. “It feels good to know that I’ve chipped in,” said Machynia, who will team tonight with Jasmine Henderson, Graham and Hartsock in the 200 medley relay. “It’s been a whole team effort the entire way.” Machynia, who gave up soccer for swimming when she was 12, has made remarkable progress. The 14-year-old freshman has accelerated her learning curve and has been able fast to compete against the top swimmers in Southern California. “I’m a late bloomer, so it’s all still kind of new to me,” said Machnyia, who led Valencia over Hart in the annual Santa Clarita Relays, rallying the Vikings to win the 200 butterfly relay. “I just try to keep up with all of it. It’s kind of overwhelming, so I’m taking it day by day.” The nucleus of this year’s team returns next season, when the Foothill League will return to Div. II following four seasons in Div. I. The Vikings could immediately become a contender for a divisional title. “We’re just all getting better with each race and gaining more confidence,” said Salovich, who teamed with Hartsock, Kroll and Machynia to finish 17th in the 400 free relay in Wednesday’s prelims, missing the final qualifying spot by 11-hundredths of a second. “Since this was my first year, I didn’t know what to expect. But we have a great team and I’m really excited about (the future).” (818) 713-3607160Want 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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Upcoming Back Surgery Ends Arian Fosters Season

By on September 30, 2019

Houston Texans’ running back Arian Foster’s season is officially over as plaguing back issues will force the star player under the knife.Foster sought the advice of multiple doctors who all recommend surgery to repair a bulging disc.Foster has been experiencing chronic injuries since he hurt his calf muscle earlier in training camp. He also had hamstring issues, which led to his back problems. Arian Foster will have surgery to repair a herniated disk on Thursday in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins.In the last two Texans’ games, Foster was involved in only 10 plays, all during the first drives of the games.  He was immediately taken out due to pain and couldn’t return.  This season Foster has 121 rushes for 542 yards with 22 receptions and two total touchdowns.His absence is a major blow for a Texans team that has lost six games in a row. The team will have to fall back on Ben Tate, Deji Karim and rookie Dennis Johnson for replacements for the remainder of the season.The Houston Texans are currently 2-7 and have no chance of going to the playoffs.  They play the Oakland Raiders next Sunday, November 17, 1:00 p.m. (ET) on CBS. read more

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San Diego Chamber of Commerce flexes their political muscle in 2018

By on September 17, 2019

first_img July 17, 2018 Steve Bosh 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce has traditionally worked behind the scenes to support candidates who are business friendly.The Chamber is stepping up its game now that it has built up a chunk of money in their Political Action Committee.RELATED STORY: San Diego Chamber of Commerce extends contract for President Jerry SandersUnder Jerry Sanders, The Chamber has become the largest Chamber of Commerce on the west coast representing 2500 employers, with 300,000 employees, and they are flexing their political muscle. Posted: July 17, 2018 Updated: 7:30 PMcenter_img Steve Bosh, San Diego Chamber of Commerce flexes their political muscle in 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Special forces to become deadlier as India decides to buy American assault

By on September 5, 2019

first_imgSources further added saying, “The meeting is likely to discuss an array of equipment including assault rifles ammunition and combat free fall parachutes for the Special Forces units of the Parachute Regiment of the Army. If the proposal goes through, the equipment would be acquired from the United States in a government-to-government deal under the Foreign Military Sales route.”Additionally, Indian Army is planning to buy more carbines in the form of Belgian rifles for its elite forces particularly for the Special Protection Group (SPG) guarding the Prime Minister, which are easier to carry. The Indian Army is desperately trying to modernize its Army including its special forces which have been eliminating terrorists in the northeast and J&K region of the country. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:05/3:21Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-3:16?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Indian Army special forces exhibit their skills during a training exercise.AFPThe elite force of the Indian Army is set to become deadlier as India has decided to procure assault rifles, ammunition, and several other specialised equipments from the United States. Para (SF), Marcos and Garud commandos are the special forces of India Army, Navy and Air force respectively. Presently, India Army is already using American M4A1 assault rifles. Moreover, the VZ. 58 Pi, PM Md.90 and Tavor are also being used by the special forces for counterterrorist operations in India. These are manufactured and imported from countries such as Russia, Israel and Czechoslovakia.”Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is going to chair an important meeting where the proposal to buy the equipment worth over Rs 1,000 crore from the American Department of Defence is expected to be discussed,” military sources have told News Agency ANI. Para SF. [Representational Image]ReutersThe development comes even as India is looking towards the US for its defence needs in recent times. Interestingly, since 2008, the US has bagged more than $18 billion in arms contracts from India including the C-17 Globemaster and C-130J transport planes, P-8 (I) maritime reconnaissance aircraft, M777 light-weight howitzer, Harpoon missiles and Apache and Chinook helicopters.It is to be noted that only last month India signed a fast-tracked contract for procurement of 72,400 assault rifles from a US-based company Sig Sauer. The entire quantity of 72,400 rifles will be delivered within 12 months of the date of signing of the contract. Close Major boost to Army’s firepower will enhance surveillance along LoC: General Bipin Rawatlast_img read more

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Bisexuality is no crime but it might affect your sex life in

By on August 31, 2019

first_imgI’m living in a hostel. I have got physically involved with my room mate. I’m not gay but I find him attractive. What should I do!Name withheld, New DelhiYou could be bisexual. And if you feel uneasy about that, you really have to sit back and understand your sexual preference. Nobody can do that for you! In the long run, you need clarity about your own self! Bisexuality is no crime but this might affect your sex life in the future. Please take all necessary precautions and don’t have unprotected sex with anyone. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m 40 years old and the only daughter of my parents. My father expired 5 yeas back and my mom is too dependent on me. I want to get married but nobody seems interested in that! What do I do?Rekha, Madhya PradeshWell, this is sad but the reality is you, yourself need to initiate the process of marriage. If there’s no prospective groom, you surely can register on online matrimonial sites or resort to newspaper ads. Keep in mind that the man you choose is someone who will understand your situation and help you take care of your mother. I understand, this situation is definitely a bit depressing and demanding, but you have to help yourself and look out for your ideal partner. All the best Rekha! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI have developed this habit of visiting red-light areas and having sex with prostitutes. I’m a student and feel addicted towards this. How can I come out of it?Name and location withheldYou have to come out of this for your own good! Life is no film and this has to get over NOW! We all fantasise about various things and I’m sure you’ve lived your quota of sexual fantasy. It’s time to end this and look for a perfect girl for you who will help cool your mind, soul and body. Hope that you have been sexually safe. Sincerely request you to go through the required tests for STD (Sexually transmitted disease) checks. Play safe boy.  My daughter has developed the ugly habit of smoking. I’m very upset. What can I do to help her come out of it?Ragini Sharma, New DelhiYou can directly tell her how you feel towards her habit. Make her conscious about your feelings. We all know the dark truth about smoking but quitting it is one’s own decision. This could be just a phase but you as a parent should insist so that she quits soon. Be firm, don’t nag. Leave reading materials on quitting techniques on her desk/room. Emotional blackmail work wonders on kids and I’m sure she will soon realise and make you a happy parent!I stammer. I feel conscious. What should I do to overcome this?Dilip, HaryanaJust start by not getting conscious. Forget that you have a difficulty in speech. Initially try to participate in conversations with small sentences or just words. Develop this gradually and every morning look into the mirror and say – I’m GOOD…I try to be perfect!!! Trust me, you’ll soon overcome. You can and you will!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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Burglars loot valuables worth Rs 15 lakh from home of Balurghat resident

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first_imgBALURGHAT: A retired high school teacher, Tapan Kundu, residing in Duck-Bungalow area of Balurghat, has lodged an official complaint on Friday morning, claiming that burglars had broken into his house by breaking the windowpanes of the kitchen and left with cash and ornaments amounting to nearly Rs 1.5 lakh, as learnt through preliminary inspection.The incident has led to tension in the entire locality, as several cases of theft and burglary have already been reported at Balurghat police station over the past six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the burglars managed to break the kitchen’s windowpanes and entered the house easily. They went on to break open the almirah, looted the ornaments and cash and fled from the spot. On Friday morning, Kundu found himself locked from outside in the room he slept in and when he raised an alarm, his wife and daughter opened the door and rescued him.”A gang of burglars had broken into my house. They locked me from outside and ransacked my bedroom, looting cash and ornaments. When I screamed, my wife and daughter rescued me by unlocking the bedroom in the morning. We are panic-stricken. Police must act soon to find out the culprits,” said Kundu.Police inquiry in the case has not made much headway, as no concrete clues are available yet.Police sources said that among the gold articles stolen were a necklace, chains and rings. Cash amounting to Rs 12,000 was also looted.last_img read more

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4 Reasons Not to Hire a Full Stack Developer for Your Startup

By on August 30, 2019

first_img 4 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now » The idea of a “full stack” developer has been around since the early 2000s, and it’s steadily gaining momentum as a standard in the startup sphere.With nearly a third of developers considering themselves full stackers, the term has become one of the most popular hiring buzzwords of the decade. But does your startup really need one? Probably not.1. It’s a nebulous concept.There are no exact definitions for a full stack developer. The consensus, however, is that full stack developers are skilled in front-end/UI, back end language and database. While this seems like a simple enough characterization, it doesn’t really describe any particular skill set.Related: Successful Startups Know How to Motivate Top Software DevelopersFor starters, “full stack” it doesn’t specify which stack someone is proficient in. Are we talking about LAMP, MEAN/MERN or Laravel stacks? Does the stack include web-based applications such as JavaScript, CSS, HTML and SQL Server, or is it more mobile-focused with iOS Swift, MySQL and Java?“Full stack developer” is an excellent keyword for connecting job seekers and recruiters, but it does a poor job of actually describing a meaningful position in your company.2. Your startup has specific needs.Startups are unique beasts in the business world, often serving — or even inventing — distinctive niches. This specificity, along with budgetary and business constraints, means that most startups can’t afford to have the wrong personnel on their team.Companies that push and update tech often will benefit from an integration engineer. On the flip side, companies such as financial or global organizations that don’t make too many changes, but require a high level of stability, will likely require a performance expert. Even more helpful is recruiting people who have the exact skill set your business needs. If your startup is app-based, a full-stack developer without expert knowledge of Android or iOS will be of little use.Related: Do You Have Too Much Tech or Not Enough? 5 Ways to Find Out.Leading with terms like “mobile application developer,” “web application developer” or “UX developer” will draw candidates that have the specific skills you need while any additional required skills can be detailed within the job description.3. Technology is becoming too complex.Early applications required little more than basic if-then-else statements, so acquiring a full stack of knowledge wasn’t as daunting a task for avid developers. As technology becomes increasingly labyrinthine, however, professionals with deeper knowledge of a smaller subset may be a better bet.Ideally, your IT team will consist of at least one person with a broad understanding of the relevant stacks as well as specialists in each component. This generalist serves as a hub that connects the experts to ensure comprehensive integration.4. Full stack developers are unicorns.The main reason that you shouldn’t hire a full stack developer for your startup is that they likely do not exist. With the increasing complexity of today’s technology comes the simple truth that being an expert in every facet is simply not possible.The rise of mobile applications, predictive machine intelligence, intricate data analytics, cloud database services and a multitude of JavaScript frameworks has made maintaining deep knowledge of a full stack of front end tools, back end architecture and everything in between implausible to the point of fatuity.Related: Looking for a Tech Job? Then Learn How to Recognize Early Stage UnicornsHowever trendy, hiring a full stack developer may not be the best course of action for your startup. Instead, your search for a ”full stack” developer should be less about a jack-of-all-trades skill set and more about the suite of skills that matches your startup’s specific needs coupled with a high-level understanding of the various concepts that make up a particular stack. Your startup is unique. Make sure that the tech team behind it is as well. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals September 11, 2018 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

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