Host families sought for Indian teens

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – Families are needed to host a group of students from India who will be visiting the Santa Clarita Valley in January. Aditya is a 14-year-old boy who enjoys swimming. Amit, 16, enjoys soccer and basketball and loves dogs and computer games. Bhopesh is 14 and plays chess. Burkaran is a 13-year-old boy who plays in a band, enjoys movies and needs a home without dogs. Pragalbha is a friendly 12-year-old girl who enjoys basketball and tennis. Ashta, 16, enjoys arts and crafts and reading. Harnur is 14 and enjoys dancing, debate and reading. Kanishka is 12, enjoys swimming, pingpong and art, and needs a home without pets. Kirat, 15, loves games and pranks, watching soccer and playing basketball. What all of these students have in common is a desire to visit the United States – a wish that will come true when they spend three weeks in the Santa Clarita Valley in January as part of an exchange visit organized by Cultural Bridges. The committee currently is seeking host families who will share their homes with these visiting teens – preferably families with American “brothers” and “sisters” who will share common interests with their guests. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleThe full group of 18 students ranges in age from 12 to 16 and includes 11 boys and seven girls. Some are vegetarians, and in addition to the interests listed above, they enjoy computer games, listening to music, surfing the Internet, badminton, nature, hockey, drawing and painting and reading. Pranav, 15, described himself as very quiet, but helpful, and 16-year-old Rudra admits to a love of chocolate fudge. Host families open their homes to the visiting youngsters each evening and weekends, providing room and board and transportation to the gathering spot at the Boys & Girls Club in Newhall for weekday field trips. While their host parents work and their host siblings go to school, the Indian teens will travel to such spots as the beach, Hollywood and Edwards Air Force Base. Weekends are free to enjoy activities with the host family. Cultural Bridges volunteers will organize orientation for host families to acquaint them with the culture of India and provide some helpful hints on making the host family experience enjoyable. The group also will organize a welcoming reception and farewell party for the students. This is the second visit to Santa Clarita for students at Pinegrove School, a private boarding school in the mountains north of New Delhi. The Cultural Bridges committee also is working on a return trip for local teens to stay with Indian families for a short exchange visit sometime in the future. Cultural Bridges is a committee of volunteers that operates under the umbrella of the Santa Clarita International Program. Interested families can obtain more information or request a host family application by calling (661) 259-3845 or sending an e-mail to [email protected] 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


first_imgHOPES ARE growing of a petrol and diesel price war in Donegal – after one filling station slashed its prices.Whilst most petrol stations in the county were charging €1.44 for a litre of diesel and €1.48 for a litre petrol last night (with some nearer the border asking for €1.53 for petrol), one operator in Letterkenny was slashing back the price.Sweeney’s EuroSpar at Ballyraine in Letterkenny is charging €1.41 for diesel and €1.46 for petrol. The diesel price was up to 10 cents per litre less than one Bridgend petrol station last night.The move comes after a growing number of consumer groups and politicians urged consumers to shop around for the best prices.The average price nationally on today is 145.9 per litre for petrol and 149.9 per litre for diesel.PETROL PRICE WAR HOPE AS LETTERKENNY FILLING STATION SLASHES PRICES was last modified: March 24th, 2011 by gregShare 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

Donegal school launches WW1 CD at poignant event – Picture Special

first_imgA World War One commemorative CD created by Finn Valley College was officially launched last Friday by Minister for Education Joe McHugh TD.The CD entitled ‘To the Fallen’ was released at a special event in the Stranorlar secondary school ahead of Armistice Day. Staff and students of the school recorded 20 poems and songs for the collection to mark 100 years since the end of WW1 and to pay tribute to the Irish lives lost in battle.Up to 50,000 Irish men and women, 1,200 from Donegal, lost their lives on the battlefields of Europe during the Great War.The FVC commemorative project was the brainchild of Mr Shaun Byrne, a history teacher in the school, to help ensure that those lives will not be forgotten.Mr Shaun Byrne at the launch of ‘To The Fallen’ CD at Finn Valley CollegeMr Bryne was Master of Ceremonies at the launch event. In his address, he read a passage from the Donegal Roll of Honour kindly donated by Ms Mary Harte whose father, the late Mr Paddy Harte TD, was the driving force behind the book that recalls the details of those men from the county who died in WW1. As serendipity would have it, when Mr Byrne was looking for inspiration as to how he would begin his speech, he opened the book to find out that the last Donegal man killed was a Joseph McHugh, namesake of our guest of honour.Mr Byrne described the shocking loss of life from the war, listing many local Finn Valley names.The assembled audience of invited guests, staff and students were then treated to a couple of performances from some of the students who appeared on the album.Former FVC Principal Frank Dooley, Chief Executive Donegal ETB Anne McHugh and FVC Principal Alan ThompsonMinister Joe McHugh at the launch of ‘To The Fallen’ CD at Finn Valley College Over 40 members of the school community took part in the making of the CD, which includes a song adapted from Patrick McGill war poems. The Glenties man documented his war years in his writings and his haunting imagery coupled with his longing for home was arranged for the CD into the composition – I Wish the Sea was not so Wide – to the air of The Parting Glass.Caitlin McBride sings ‘I Wish the Sea was not so Wide’ at the launch of ‘To The Fallen’ CD at Finn Valley CollegeMinister McHugh commended everyone involved in the project in remembering such an important event of history so well. He spoke of his delight in seeing the way that history is valued so much in Finn Valley College and Donegal ETB and stated that he would certainly be drawing on the inspiration that he would take away from the day.To the Fallen CDs are available to buy from Finn Valley College for a donation of €10 to the Donegal Hospice. Donegal school launches WW1 CD at poignant event – Picture Special was last modified: November 12th, 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:Armistice DayFinn Valley Collegeto the fallenWorld War Onelast_img read more

Last-minute touchdown earns Marshfield VFA title

first_imgMarshfield’s Matt Donovan looks down the field as he returns the opening kick off ball during the Oct. 11 game against D.C. Everest. Hub City Times staff photo.By Hub City Times staffMARSHFIELD – A 20-19 win against D.C. Everest, on Oct. 11 at Heiting Community Stadium, earned Marshfield another title in the Valley Football Association West.Everest got on the board first, with an 85-yard touchdown run and an extra point in the first quarter, to begin a lead Everest maintained until the final minute of the game.The Evergreens earned nine more points in the second quarter, before Marshfield got on the board with a Joey Goettl touchdown run and a Kyle Tremelling kick, putting the score at 16-7 to end the first half.A field goal by Everest produced the only points, by either team, in the third quarter, with the Evergreens maintaining its lead at 19-7.Marshfield was determined to stay alive in the VFA contest and began their push early in the fourth quarter with Goettl securing another touchdown run, secured with a Tremelling extra point.At 19-14, Marshfield still trailed as the final minute started ticking down, but a Goettl pass to Simon Slade pulled Marshfield ahead, squeaking out a 20-19 win.With the win, Marshfield finishes 5-3 in the VFA, earning a place in the playoffs.The Tigers end their regular season play on Oct. 18 against Sparta at Heiting Community Stadium.last_img read more

UK launches biggest peacetime operation after Thomas Cook collapse

first_imgLondon: The UK government on Monday launched Operation Matterhorn, its biggest peacetime repatriation in British history, after the collapse of tour giant Thomas Cook that left tens of thousands of tourists stranded abroad. UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps announced that the government and UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has hired dozens of charter planes to fly nearly 150,000 customers home free of charge after the 178-year-old travel firm went into compulsory liquidation and all its flights stood cancelled. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report The government said all travellers abroad with Thomas Cook who are booked to return to the UK over the next two weeks will be brought home as close as possible to their booked return date. Thomas Cook’s collapse is very sad news for staff and holidaymakers. The government and UK CAA is working round the clock to help people. Our contingency planning has helped acquire planes from across the world some from as far away as Malaysia and we have put hundreds of people in call centres and at airports, said Shapps. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests But the task is enormous, the biggest peacetime repatriation in UK history. So, there are bound to be problems and delays. Please try to be understanding with the staff who are trying to assist in what is likely to be a very difficult time for them as well, he said. Peter Fankhauser, Thomas Cook’s chief executive, apologised as he said the firm’s collapse was a “matter of profound regret”. The tour operator’s failure to secure a rescue deal puts 22,000 jobs at risk worldwide, including 9,000 in the UK. Speaking to reporters on his plane heading to the UN General Assembly in New York, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted at possible government action against directors of travel firms who presided over bankruptcies as he said it was time to reflect on whether the directors of these companies are properly incentivised to sort such matters out . UK Business Secretary Andrea Leadsom said she will write to the UK’s Insolvency Service to ask them to prioritise and fast-track their investigation into the circumstances surrounding Thomas Cook going into liquidation. The investigation will also consider the conduct of the directors. This will be a hugely worrying time for employees of Thomas Cook, as well as their customers. Government will do all it can to support them, she said. Meanwhile, the UK CAA said it aims to fly people as close as possible to their booked return date so travellers are being strongly advised not to cut short their holiday or go to the airport without checking the official website for information about their return journey. The UK CAA is also contacting hotels accommodating Thomas Cook customers, who have booked as part of a package, to tell them that the cost of their accommodation will also be covered by the government, through the Air Travel Trust Fund/ATOL cover. It said that all Thomas Cook customers, wherever they are around the world, will be brought back to the UK on special free flights or booked onto another scheduled airline at no extra cost. A dedicated website will provide all the information customers need to access these flights. A small number of passengers may need to book their own flight home and reclaim the costs. For flights back to the UK, it does not matter what nationality the traveller is, the UK CAA clarified, adding that hundreds of staff from many government departments and agencies, including the UK CAA, the Department for Transport (DfT), and the UK Foreign Office (FCO), will be deployed in call centres and at airports to help people. The operation, which has been code-named Operation Matterhorn, is modelled on the successful repatriation of passengers after the collapse of Monarch Airways in 2017. The final cost of that operation to taxpayers was about GBP 50 million. The repatriation effort with Thomas Cook is about twice the size, the UK government said. “The nature and scale of the operation means that unfortunately some disruption will be inevitable. We ask customers to bear with us as we work around the clock to bring them home, said Richard Moriarty, chief executive of the UK CAA. Thomas Cook was founded in 1841 by a Derbyshire-based cabinet-maker named Thomas Cook and the first holiday took customers 12 miles by train from Leicester to a meeting in Loughborough. In 1928 the family sold up to the Belgian owners of the Orient Express, but the World War II saw it become part of the nationalised British Railways and returned to private ownership in 1972 and has seen a series of mergers and takeovers since. Thomas Cook (India) Group had already issued a statement last week stressing that it was not affected by the UK-headquartered company, being an entirely different entity since August 2012 when it was acquired by Canada’s Fairfax Financial Holdings (Fairfax).last_img read more

Mukul Roy fails to appear before CBI

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior BJP leader Mukul Roy on Friday failed to appear before CBI officials in Kolkata in connection with the Narada tapes corruption case, officials here said.However, sources in the know said that Roy cited personal preoccupations and asked to appear another day for questioning in the case, to which he has been asked to appear before agency officials on Saturday afternoon. Roy’s summons in the Narada case came on the day the agency made its first arrest, taking senior IPS officer SMH Meerza into custody. According to sources in the know, Meerza was not cooperating with the agency and not deliberately not divulging details he is aware of. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThey added that Meerza was unable to explain expecting a wad of cash from sting operator Mathew Samuel. The case came to light after covertly recorded videos of several senior ruling party leader in West Bengal was released before the 2016 Assembly polls in the state. The videos purportedly showed the leaders accepting cash from Samuel, the Editor of Narada News, where the footage was first released, in exchange for extending favours to his fictitious company. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadAccording to the CBI’s preliminary enquiry, the videos show Roy asking Samuel to hand over cash meant for himself to Meerza and even shows him to say that he would not be accepting it himself. Shortly, another clip shows Meerza accepting a wad of Rs 5 lakh in cash. The CBI’s probe into Roy had interestingly died down after he joined the BJP within four months of the FIR being registered. In fact, the agency also sought prosecution sanction for four other accused in the case but not Roy.last_img read more