Rosberg wins wild Chinese GP

first_imgSHANGHAI (AP):Nico Rosberg of Mercedes escaped unscathed from a wild first lap at the Chinese Grand Prix yesterday, and then showed why he’s the driver to beat this year in Formula One (F1).Rosberg started on pole position and led nearly the entire race by a wide margin to extend his perfect start to the season with a third consecutive win and his sixth straight dating back to last season.He becomes just the fourth driver in F1 history to win six straight races, joining Sebastian Vettel, Michael Schumacher, and Alberto Ascari.Vettel, who collided with Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the first corner of the chaotic opening lap, finished 37.7 seconds behind Rosberg in second place, while Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat used an aggressive race strategy to take third only the second podium of the 21-year-old’s career.36-point leadEvery driver who has started an F1 season with three straight wins has gone on to win the title that year. Rosberg now has a 36-point lead over Mercedes team-mate and reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton in the drivers’ standings, but he’s not looking too far ahead yet.”It’s the longest season in F1 history. We have 21 races, so that’s 18 to go,” Rosberg said. “Of course, I’m happy with the way it’s gone and I’m feeling good and the car is there, but I don’t want to say more than that.”Lewis is not many points behind … and he’s as focused and motivated as ever.”It was a weekend to forget for Hamilton, a four-time winner at the Shanghai circuit. First, he got a five-place grid penalty for an early gearbox change and then he was forced to start the race in the back row after an engine problem on Saturday prevented him from setting a time in qualifying.To make matters worse, he also got tangled up in the first-corner accident between Vettel and Raikkonen yesterday, losing a front wing that brought the first of an extraordinary five pit stops in the race and a seventh-place finish.creditable secondVettel worked his way through the field after the collision by running his first 16 laps on super-soft tyres to claim a creditable second.Raikkonen finished fifth after having been knocked to the back of the field by the collision with Vettel.The collision came when Kvyat made an aggressive pass on the inside of Vettel, causing the German to swerve and hit Raikkonen on the outside. An angry Vettel fumed on his radio, “Kvyat’s attack was suicidal. There was no way he could have made the corner with that speed.”Vettel exchanged angry words with Kvyat after the race, but the Russian was unapologetic.”It was a risky move, of course,” Kvyat said. “But these kinds of moves can bring you a podium, so I’m on the podium, (Vettel’s) on the podium, it’s fine. I will keep on risking like this and everyone should expect that.”last_img read more

Summer soccer coaches required to attend pre-season meeting

first_imgThe meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will run until 8 p.m.During the meeting, coaches will receive their team rosters for the upcoming outdoor season, as well as some other important coaching information.Coaches are also being asked to bring with them their criminal record checks, and if those have not been completed, are being asked to complete the process as soon as possible.- Advertisement -If unsure of how to get a criminal background check done, contact the league office for more information by emailing the meeting, coaches will be asked to head to the league’s storage facility to collect their team’s soccer equipment bag.last_img

Throwback Christians

first_img“Those things are not indications of success for us – rather, personal commitment to the Lord and life transformation.” Throwback Christians House churchers view themselves as throwback Christians. They express a nostalgia for pre-Nicean Christianity, before the canons and creeds and clergy. The most oft-cited depiction of first-century Christians comes from the New Testament book of Acts, Chapter 2: “Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Just how quickly house churches are multiplying is a source of debate. A Ventura-based Christian polling organization reported last summer that house-church attendance had grown about tenfold during the past decade, to 20 million, or 9 percent of Americans, up from about 1 percent in 1996. “More believers are going back and looking at the early church, looking at the book of Acts and seeing these people who had such a vibrant faith,” said George Barna, founder of the Barna Group. “There were no positions, there were no salary scales, there were no programs. It was just people meeting in living rooms.” The Center for Missional Research, with the help of Zogby International, followed with its own study that found that most people who attend weekly house gatherings also attend traditional churches. Only 1.4 percent of those surveyed attended house church only. Under the radar Although registered house churches are tracked by various Web sites, countless others operate under the radar. They are structured to spin off new groups as they grow beyond about 20 members. Observers agree the house-church movement is spreading, thanks largely to what they call a post-modern Christianity that has left behind the confines of church walls and traditions. “It is going to be around for a long time and may provide an example for institutional Christianity,” said Todd M. Johnson, director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Massachusetts. “But it’s not going to take over.” Long the norm in Asia, Africa and Soviet-era Russia – where Christians met in homes out of necessity – only recently has house church (also dubbed “home church” and “simple church”) become an American phenomenon. “It is about authenticity,” said Brian McLaren, a post-modern Christian leader and author of “A New Kind of Christian.” “Church services have succeeded at being more characterized by excellence, but one of the consequences of that excellence is artificiality and the feeling that everything is produced and that it is a show.” `Do your own thing’ House church is one of a number of alternatives to traditional church services. It raises questions about the long-term spiritual health of members, said Eddie Gibbs, professor of church growth at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena and co-author of “Emerging Churches.” “This kind of doing your own little thing means you are separated from Christian tradition and wisdom over the centuries,” Gibbs said. “Who is it you are gathering into these groups? Are you gathering malcontents or are you genuinely reaching out to your neighbors and friends who never got involved in the church?” There also is a lack of accountability to outside leadership, critics say. And groups are prone to implosion if leaders burn out or fail. In Simi Valley and Thousand Oaks, the groups spawned by Burton and Adam Finlay gather two Saturdays a month to remain connected and accountable and meet separately each week for church services. With a bachelor’s degree in theology from The King’s College, a small Pentecostal school in Van Nuys, Finlay planned to be a professional minister. Instead, the 27-year-old newlywed said, God guided him to installing home-entertainment systems by day and leading a house church Tuesday nights. After reading through the Gospels, the church at Finlay’s – he intentionally doesn’t call it his church – began studying Acts. Finlay led a recent discussion, but everyone was encouraged to add his or her own religious experience and theological understanding. “Um, if I can just interject something real quick,” Dickran said before drawing a parallel between God’s selection of the Apostle Paul for a specific mission and the divine calling of modern-day Christians to certain tasks. This is one of the benefits of house church. Another Barna study, published last month, reported that house churchers are dramatically more satisfied than traditional churchgoers with their group’s leadership, faith commitment, level of personal connectedness and spiritual nurturing. “I really can’t think of anything that is lacking here that a larger church has because of the intimacy and close fellowship,” said Jeff Savage, 28. “So I really couldn’t say I miss anything about a large church.” (818) 713-3634 FYI For more information about house churches, see, or local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SIMI VALLEY – The twenty-somethings trickle into the tiny apartment. They laugh loudly and share the previous week’s stories about their spiritual struggles. Two slide into the bedroom to hash out a disagreement while the host busily places snacks on the table. Then the group gathers in the living room to pray. This scene is not unlike a typical Bible study. No altar, no stained-glass windows, no pastor in a purple robe – simply the message of Christ in a small-group format. But this is not Bible study. For these eight refugees of traditional Christianity, this Tuesday night is like Sunday morning. This is their sanctuary. This is where they pray and sing and study and take Communion. This is house church. “You walk into church and people are like, `Hey, how are you? God bless, man.’ Really, inside, you could be completely dead, dying, rotting inside. But you are never going to share that because there is no authenticity about doing life with people in mainstream church,” said Mike Dickran, 25, of Camarillo. “What is so exciting about doing small-group house church is just the chance to be real.” At a time when megachurches are blooming, when the yardstick for success seems to be the fullness of pews and the weight of offering plates, a growing number of Christians are casting aside institution for intimacy and gathering weekly in homes, apartments, parks or wherever the Spirit moves them. “It’s not about where we meet or how big the sound system is or even how many seats we fill,” said Chris Burton, a former college pastor at Calvary Community Church in Westlake Village who left seven years ago to begin a Simi Valley house church that has grown into five separate gatherings, including the one Dickran attends. last_img

Around Whittier

first_imgFriends said Hall was raised in Whittier. A memorial service is planned for July 14 in Golden Valley. Retirement home resident missing MONTEBELLO – Police are seeking the public’s help in locating a 64-year-old woman who walked away from a retirement home in Montebello. Patricia Stanley was transferred from the City of Angels Hospital in Inglewood to the Golden Manor Retirement Home at 1109 W. Beverly Blvd. on May 15, said Sgt. Bob Lindmayer of the Montebello Police Department. She was reported missing from the home at 5 a.m. Thursday. Stanley takes medication for paranoid schizophrenia, according to Montebello police. When last seen, she was wearing a white, green and orange shirt, blue jeans and sported a necklace. She is 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 110 pound and has green eyes and white hair. Anyone with information about her whereabouts should call Montebello police at (323) 887-1313. Horsemanship class for children LA MIRADA – The city is offering a five-week horsemanship class, “Horse Fun for Tots,” young children and their parents, from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturdays, beginning June 2 at the Rancho del Rio Stables, 1370 S. Sanderson Ave., Anaheim. The fee is $55. A $15 materials fee is due at the first class. A bike helmet and closed-toe shoes are required. For more information, or to register, call (562) 943-7277. First aid, CPR class set Friday SANTA FE SPRINGS – The Santa Fe Springs Chamber of Commerce and the American Red Cross will hold a first aid and CPR training session, specifically for the work place, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday at the Santa Fe Springs Town Center Hall, 11740 E. Telegraph Road. The cost is $40 for chamber members, $60 for non-members. To register, complete a registration form on line at For more information, call (562) 944-1616. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Authorities Monday identified an 84-year-old driver killed in a two-car crash over the weekend. Victoria Laricella of Whittier was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, which occurred about 2:50 p.m. Saturday at Valley View Avenue and Adoree Street in La Mirada, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials said. According to sheriff’s Norwalk Station traffic Detective Jeff Tibbetts, Laricella’s car failed to make a stop at the intersection and was broad-sided by a car driven by a 17-year-old female. That driver suffered minor injuries from the air bag’s deployment, he said. Not guilty pleas given in slaying Two teens charged with murder charges in the shooting death of a former Whittier High School alumnus discovered dead in his Arizona home earlier this month have pleaded not guilty, officials said. Mark Samson Hall, reportedly a 1964 Whittier High graduate, was found May 5 by his son-in-law in Hall’s his Golden Valley, Ariz., home. Hall’s abandoned car turned up off Hidden Valley Road near Interstate 40 and Highway 93. On Friday, Travis Lee Smith, 17, and Cody Simons, 14, of Golden Valley, who were arrested May 10 in Bend, Ore., pleaded not guilty. Both will be tried as adults, the Mohave County District Attorney’s Office said. last_img read more


first_imgDDTV: It’s two years since Rory Gallagher uploaded this video to YouTube, Donegal Daily shared it on social media…and the rest is history.Well not quite…Jimmy’s Winning Matches has just past 914,000 views. Let’s see if our great county and people from this county across the globe can get the Youtube views past ONE MILLION VIEWS.Like, share and Retweet this post….Let’s Go!Come on Donegal!!!!    DDTV: GO ON, LET’S GET ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’ PAST ONE MILLION VIEWS! was last modified: August 30th, 2014 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:Donegal DailyJIMMY’S WINNING MATCHESRory GallagherYouTubelast_img read more

H-DNL All-League selections announced

first_imgThe 2018-19 Humboldt-Del Norte League All League basketball selections are in, highlighting the best players from what was a historic season of high school hoops on the North Coast.Big 5 boys Co-MVPs — Drew Gillette and Donald WillisIt should come as no surprise that the Big 5 Conference Most Valuable Player would come from the Fortuna boys’ team, program record-setters in terms of wins (30) and one of two Fortuna teams to ever win a NorCal playoff game.The only issue: How to choose just one …last_img

Congo-Brazzaville to chair AU

first_img25 January 2006Congo-Brazzaville has been elected chair of the African Union (AU) for 2006, after Sudan withdrew its bid for the post at the AU heads of state summit in Khartoum, Sudan on Monday.A special committee appointed by the summit – comprising Gabon, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Djibouti, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Egypt – has recommended that Sudan take over the presidency in 2007.Traditionally, the host of the AU summit takes over the presidency. But concerns were raised that Sudan’s human rights record, particularly in the troubled Darfur region, might taint the AU’s reputation and stall the union’s peacekeeping initiatives in the region.An official statement declared that the union’s principle of rotating leadership among regions “shall be respected when electing the president of the African Union”.A task team is to be established to ensure that the geographical rotational principle for the coming years is adhered to, and that the election processes conform to the provisions of the AU’s Constitutive Act.Congolese President Denis Sassou-Nguesso is now the chair of the AU.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Tough farm economy needs a strong safety net

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As American family farmers and ranchers navigate the most severe economic downturn since the 1980s farm crisis, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors is urging the U.S. Congress to allocate more money to the farm safety net to make it work for family agriculture.Family farmers and ranchers provide an essential service in growing high quality food, fiber, feed and fuel for the country; and agriculture serves as the backbone of America’s rural economy, the board noted in a recently passed resolution. However, it continues to be put on the chopping block.“The productivity of America’s family farmers and ranchers provides our country with national security, renewable wealth, and vibrant rural communities,” noted the NFU Board. “The farm bill is to provide the nation with a safe, affordable food system for its citizens. We should increase the dollars in the agricultural budget to make effective farm legislation.”The Board noted that the dialogue around the consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill has once again shifted to budget savings, rather than what is needed to make farm programs effective. Agriculture has already contributed $130 billion to budget savings through the 2014 Farm Bill.“The circumstances in farm country threaten the next generation of agriculture,” the NFU Board noted. “Young and beginning farmers who have lower levels of equity are quickly faltering under these economic conditions.”The board pointed to several indicators of rural economic health that suggest urgent action is needed. Median net farm income is forecast to decline for the fourth consecutive year and expected to be negative, representing a 50% decline in four years. Grain commodity prices have dropped by half and are below the cost of production. The 2017 debt-to asset ratio is the worst the agriculture industry has seen in three decades. And farm lending has dropped by 40% from just one year ago.“Unfortunately, American family farmers and ranchers are in the midst of a farm crisis and there is no end in sight,” said the NFU Board. “These are the very circumstances that farm programs were created to address. The farm safety net is failing to address these very dire farm economics.”The Board pointed to the dairy industry, where dairy farmers are suffering greatly and lack a sufficient safety net. Milk prices dropped by one third from 2014 to 2016, and they remain significantly below the cost of production. Cash receipts have dropped 31% in the same time period.The current dairy farm safety net, the Dairy Margin Protection Program, has failed to provide dairy farmers with meaningful support. “Reform efforts are underway,” the NFU Board said. “However, enactment of a meaningful dairy safety net must include farmer-led supply management to balance production with consumer demand.”“National Farmers Union urges Congress to act quickly to allocate additional resources to the safety net for all of America’s family farms and ranches,” the resolution concluded.last_img read more

‘Keep citizenship documents in order’

first_imgThe imam of a prominent city mosque has asked Muslims to ensure that documents proving their citizenship and other legal records were in order and up to date.The appeal by the imam of Nakhoda mosque, Maulana Shafique Qasmi, was made at the congregation after the Friday prayers.It comes in the wake of reports that names of 40 lakh people were left out of the final National Register of Citizens draft in Assam and statements of BJP leaders that an NRC exercise should also be undertaken in West Bengal in future.Necessary updatesThe imam said on Saturday that he has already asked the people after Friday prayers to keep the documents ready with them and get necessary updates if required. “Everyone should have the papers like voter identity card, Aadhaar card, land records, property inheritance papers, etc. — in short every single document — so that he can produce the same whenever required,” the cleric said.last_img read more