Alpena Public Schools Starting 2017-2018 School Year Before Labor Day

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena Public Schools will be starting their 2017–2018 school year before the Labor Day holiday. The decision was made following a waiver that was approved last year by the Michigan Department of Education.This year Alpena Public Schools started on September 6th, which was after Labor Day. Alpena High School Principal, Matthew Poli said the change will be good because students are ready to come back, and sports has already started.“I think we’ve kind of reached that happy median where we will have these three or four day weekend over Labor Day weekend where the kids still have the opportunity to come in. But really, sports at that point has already started, and extra circulars have started and a lot of times they start the first week in August. So for those kids, it gets them back in the groove, but when June comes there are pretty much checked out, it’s pretty hard to keep them engaged,” he explained.The APS Board of Education voted to start the 2017–2018 school year on, Monday August 28th, making the first week of school a 4 day week period for students before taking off for Labor Day weekend.Alpena Community College will also follow the same start date. School will also start before Labor Day during the 2018–2019 school year, before APS has to reapply for another waiver.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, APSContinue ReadingPrevious Former Alpena Mayor Receives Honorary AwardNext Michigan Convoys Rally Together to Help With Donations for South Midwest Wildfires (GRAPHIC)last_img

Shosholoza does SA proud

first_img11 May 2007South Africa’s Team Shosholoza completed her America’s Cup campaign with a win over France’s Areva Challenge in the Louis Vuitton Cup to finish as the most successful first-timer in the history of the event. Victory in her final race, ensured Shosholoza of a seventh place finish in the competition.Upon returning to the dock, the entire crew, along with team founder and managing director Captain Salvatore Sarno were wildly cheered and then thrown into the harbour.What South Africa is capable ofSarno had wanted to use the America’s Cup to show the world what South Africa is capable of. He saw the event as “a perfect opportunity for showcasing South Africa’s technology, incredible human initiative, skills and expertise in a way that few other international campaigns can.”Clearly, his assessment was right on the money.Although the crew missed out on reaching the semi-finals, from which the challenger to the defending champion, Alinghi, will be decided, they captured the hearts of sailing fans around the world.The spirit and determination of the competition rookies, and the manner in which they embraced the challenge, which included the crew making themselves and their Valencia base accessible to fans, captured the imagination.A new vibrant energyIt brought a new vibrant energy to the tradition-laden event, and that approach made Shosholoza one of the most popular drawcards in Valencia.Not only did the South African challengers earn the respect of fans, but, just as importantly, they earned the respect of the rest of the crews competing for a place in the America’s Cup.Race commentators could often be heard marveling at the incredible strides Shosholoza had made from her first outing as a greenhorn crew to one that was able to beat any yacht on any given day.In a sport in which big bucks play a massive role in a team’s success, Shosholoza performed brilliantly against opposition that in some instances had access to budgets of over $100-million. The South Africans had $25-million at their disposal.Exceeded expectationsCertainly, Shosholoza punched above her weight and exceeded expectations. “For us to have started as newcomers at the bottom of the leaderboard and come so far is incredible,” said Captain Sarno.To add some perspective to the difference funding makes, big budget teams are able to use two boats, one for testing and one for racing. The second boat can be employed to try out new ideas and equipment, to find out what works and will give the yacht better performance. Team Shosholoza didn’t have that luxury.In fact, led by principal designer Jason Ker, the RSA 83 hull was the first boat built according the Version 5 rules for the America’s Cup. It was launched a full seven months ahead of the next new boat.Later, it was decided against building a second boat – which had been the plan – because of the constrictions of tight funding.Significant changesWhen MSC Crociere added a significant sponsorship to that of T-Systems at the eleventh hour, Team Shosholoza was able to make some significant changes ahead of the Louis Vuitton Cup, but still using the original RSA 83 hull, which enabled the boat to put in a strong performance off Valencia.The changes included making the hull finer, “so it goes through waves rather than over them,” said Ker, adding a bowsprit to enable the spinnaker to be attached as far forward as possible, making some minor adjustments to the keel fin, and then adding a new rudder, a new bulb, and new sail designs.The result of the improvements was a boat with faster straight-line speed, as well as better maneuverability.One thing that didn’t change was the beautiful graphics, inspired by Ndebele and Zulu beadwork, which were painted onto the boat’s hull. They made the boat amongst the most recognisable and eye-catching in the America’s Cup fleet.An unqualified successFor Captain Sarno, Shosholoza’s campaign was an unqualified success. Summing it up, he said he might not have had the corporate backing that other teams received, but fans, both South African and international, got firmly behind the team.He pointed to South Africa’s colourful national flag and said it had now become one of the better-known flags in the world. “That is what makes it worthwhile,” he said.Now, said Sarno, he wants South African corporations to get behind South Africa’s next America’s Cup challenge. He believes Shosholoza’s success on the water and the tremendous international media interest she generated makes her an attractive sponsorship possibility.The next campaignThe SA syndicate’s three-and-a-half year challenge for the America’s Cup is over, but Sarno is already focused on the next campaign and he wants to take it on with two boats.There is talk that if the Switzerland’s Alinghi is successful in her defence of the America’s Cup, the competition will again be held in Valencia, but in two year’s time and not the usual four. If read more

Hero’s welcome for Nat Nakasa

first_img20 August 2014He called himself a “native of nowhere”. But on Tuesday, 49 years after his death in exile in New York, the remains of anti-apartheid writer and journalist Nat Nakasa were given a hero’s homecoming welcome at King Shaka International Airport outside Durban.“Today marks the reunification of Nat Nakasa with his people,” Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa told the large gathering, which included government and political party representatives and retired journalists.“We are proud to say to the world Nat Nakasa has returned to his ancestral land not as a native of nowhere, but as a true South African patriot, an African, and as a citizen of the world.”Buried near Malcolm XMthethwa was at the head of a delegation including family members that travelled to the United States last week, first to visit Nakasa’s gravesite at Ferncliff cemetery in upstate New York, where he was buried a few metres away from human rights activist Malcolm X, with whom he had become friends and who died only months before he did.Following the exhumation of Nakasa’s remains on Friday, a moving memorial service was held at Broadway Presbyterian Church in New York.“The last few days offered us an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and impact of Nat Nakasa’s life,” Mthethwa said on Tuesday, standing on a podium beside the flag-draped coffin bearing Nakasa’s remains.“This is a life that has touched many people in a variety of ways. There is no doubt in our mind that Nakasa was a complex figure, an articulate journalist and a highly gifted writer. In fact he was a man who defined his time though his lived experiences and writings.”Mthethwa reminded his audience that the repatriation of Nakasa’s body and spirit to his ancestral land came just over a month after the passing away of his friend, colleague and fellow writer, Nadine Gordimer – the last person to see him off at the then Jan Smuts Airport in Johannesburg when, 50 years ago, he left the country on a one-way ticket.A pioneer in South African journalismNakasa was born in Chesterville outside Durban in 1937. He worked for the isiZulu newspaper ILanga Lase Natal before moving to Johannesburg to join Drum magazine, joining a long line of famous Drum writers that included Henry Nxumalo, Can Themba, Lewis Nkosi and Casey Motsisi.He also worked for the Golden City Post, and was the first black columnist to write for the Rand Daily Mail, providing a black perspective for the newspaper’s predominantly white readership.In 1963 he founded The Classic, the first black-owned literary journal in South Africa.Death in exileHe was awarded a Nieman Fellowship in 1964 to study journalism at Harvard College in the US. However, the apartheid government rejected his application for a passport. As a result, he was forced to leave South Africa on an exit permit, which meant that he could not return.Nakasa soon found that racism existed in America as well, albeit in a more subtle form. He did not like New York and soon moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he spent his time at Harvard steeped in the sombre business of education, battling with isolation and homesickness.He wrote articles for several newspapers after leaving Harvard, appeared in the television film The Fruit of Fear, and was planning to write a biography of Miriam Makeba. But two days before his death, he told a friend: “I can’t laugh any more, and when I can’t laugh, I can’t write.”On 14 July 1965, Nathaniel Ndazana Nakasa plummeted from a seventh-storey window on Central Park West and 102nd Street in Manhattan. He was pronounced dead on arrival at Knickerbocker Hospital in Harlem, having suffered multiple fractures and internal injuries.The apartheid government would not allow his body to return home, so South African musicians Miriam Makeba and Hugh Masekela, New York residents at the time, and photographer Peter Magubane, raised money from South African exiles to have Nakasa interred at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale.Hero’s return“Today Nakasa returns to a South Africa that is remarkably different from the one that he left 50 years ago,” Mthethwa said. “He would be pleased to know that this year we celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the freedom that he fought for so courageously.”As part of a progamme celebrating Nakasa’s life and legacy, an exhibition will run at the Oral History Museum in Durban for the rest of the year.The Department of Arts and Culture has also partnered with Drum magazine and the SA National Editors’ Forum in running the Nat Nakasa Essay Competition for second-year university journalism students, with three journalism internships as prizes.And a series of debates, panel discussions and public lectures will take place in the week leading up to Nakasa’s final reburial at Heroes’ Acre in Chesterville, Durban on 13 September.SAinfo reporterlast_img

Balse enjoys playing with young stars, vows to play better next game

first_imgPhoto by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERReturning volleyball icon Mary Jean Balse vowed to give a better showing in Creamline’s next game in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.Balse returned to volleyball action after missing the sport for almost two years due to her pregnancy, but in her first game, she only played sparingly in the second period of the Cool Smashers’ four-set win over Adamson University, 25-17, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “I promise to play better in our next game,” said the 34-year-old Balse-Pabayo. “I think my muscles were kind of shocked because it’s been so long since I’ve played.”Balse-Pabayo said she tried to force her body to get into volleyball shape in a span of two months but she accidentally hurt her back during weight training on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’m still adjusting, and I’m trying to put myself into proper condition,” said Balse-Pabayo. “And yesterday, my back gave up on me so I couldn’t move properly during the game and that must be why coach Tai [Bundit] gave me limited minutes today.”And though she’s now the elder stateswoman in her team, Balse-Pabayo said she’s fine with the label. What ‘missteps’? Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena PVL: Air Force subdues Perlas She added that playing with 20-somethings actually gives her a breath of energy after being away from the sport for a time.“We’re getting older and you just can’t back to your younger self in one game,” said Balse-Pabayo. “And it’s great playing with younger players and it’s fun because I get to take some rest during games.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gameslast_img

IPL 2011: Rajasthan Royals vs Chennai Super Kings- CSK win by 63 runs

first_imgChennai thrashed hosts Rajasthan a massive 63-run margin during their IPL match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur on Monday. Score | PhotosBatting first Chennai put on board a mammoth 196 runs on board with all their batsmen performing in the middle. Opener Murali Vijay was the most impressive with 53 runs on board.A 197-run target was never going to be an easy one for the hosts and that’s what happened. The Rajasthan batsmen were already under pressure and it got multiplied when they lost their opener Rahul Dravid in the fourth over of the innings when the total was 27.Shane Watson too didn’t last long and fell in the sixth over after scoring a scanty 11. While Doug Bollinger drew first blood for Chennai, R Ashwin claimed the second wicket to reduce Rajasthan to 48/2.Rajasthan’s hopes were shattered when their Kiwi import Ross Taylor too walked back with a scanty total on board. And it was South African Albie Morkel who sent him back to reduce Rajasthan to 63/3 in the 8th over.Ashok Menaria was the next to take a walk back to the Rajasthan dugout, with Ashwin sending him back on two in the 10th over and the Rajasthan scoreboard read 70/4.Finally, Ajinkya Rahane and Johan Botha tired to do the unthinkable – bat against a charged up Chennai attack. They even helped Rajasthan cross 100-run mark at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.Rahane batted and scored a dogged 52, but the target was too steep and Chennai bowlers were bowling a good line. Chennai’s West Indian recruit Dwayne Bravo scalped him on the first ball of the 15th over with Suresh Raina performing the final honours in the deep. Rajasthan were reduced to 105/5.advertisementThe rest of the Rajasthan batsmen merely paid quick visits to the crease as Chennai bowled the hosts out for 133 with nine ball to spare.Chennai inningsChennai batsmen smashed Rajasthan bowlers all across the park as they posted a mammoth 196/3 against the hosts during the 52nd IPL match on Monday.Opener Murali Vijay was especially impressive scoring a quick-fire 53.Earlier, Rajasthan captain Shane Warne won the toss and elected to bowl against Chennai in the 52nd IPL match of the season and 11th for both teams. The match was also one of the last few games for Rajasthan captain Shane Warne, who will stop playing pro cricket post IPL-4.Chennai openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay got off to a good start against Rajasthan scoring more than eight runs an over. Both scored at decent pace and would have carried on further had a Johan Botha ball not broken their stand in the 10th over.The offie tried variation and bowled a yorker that took away Hussey’s leg stump when he was batting on 46 and the Chennai total was 77.But that hardly made a difference to Chennai’s tempo as soon Murali Vijay and Suresh Raina got on with a fine partnership putting 58 runs on board. It was only in the 15th over that Rajasthan were able to break their partnership.A mix-up in Shane Warne’s over saw Vijay get run on 53 when the team total was 135. His 40-ball innings was decorated with two fours and three sixes.Post Vijay’s fall Suresh Raina and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni further increased the run rate even as the Rajasthan bowlers struggled on home surface.The reason could have been that Rajasthan were playing on a different track in this match, adjacent to the one that was used in the last 10 games. Whatever be the reason, Chennai clearly benefited off it as their batsmen were enjoying batting on the surface.Raina and Dhoni had added 44 runs for the third wicket before Rajasthan pacer Amit Singh struck to despatch him in the 19th over on 43. Chennai were 179/3 at the stage.Finally, Dhoni, who scored an unbeaten 41, and Albie Morkel batted on for the remaining overs to help Chennai to an impressive 196/3.last_img

10 months agoReal Madrid ace Modric blasts Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or snub

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid ace Modric blasts Messi, Ronaldo for Ballon d’Or snubby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid ace Luka Modric has hit out at Leo Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.Barcelona star Messi and Juventus striker Ronaldo refused to attend Modric’s Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris earlier this month.Asked about the snub, Modric told Sportske Novosti, “I do not know why they did not come. It’s their choice, is it logical? “Obviously, these trophies only matter if they win them. It’s not fair to other players, for those who have voted for them for the last ten years, or for football and fans. “But everyone is free to act as he wishes.” last_img

Video: Crying, Young Arkansas Fan Never Wants To Go To Another Game Because “The Razorbacks Always Lose”

first_imgArkansas basketball fan wearing Razorbacks hats.FAYETTEVILLE, AK – JANUARY 29: Fans of the Arkansas Razorbacks chant during the second half against the Kentucky Wildcats on January 29, 2005 at Bud Walton Arena in Fayetteville, Arkasas. Kentucky defeated Arkansas 68-67. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)Arkansas’ three-game losing streak is taking its toll on the fan base, even the younger generations.This week, this video surfaced of a young, crying Arkansas fan saying he never wants to go to another game because “the Razorbacks always lose.”Cheer up, kid. There’s always next week.last_img

Malaysia Sends 11 Indonesian Pirates to Prison

first_imgzoom Malaysian authorities have sentenced eleven Indonesian pirates each to sixteen years in prison following their failed hijacking attempt, the Jakarta Post cited undisclosed officials.The men attempted to hijack a Thai-flagged oil tanker while it was sailing off the coast of Malaysia in early September.The group of 13 perpetrators managed to board the tanker MGT 1 and force the crew to transfer one million litres of diesel oil (out of 2.2 million litres contained in the tanker) to a mother ship.Ten of the pirates were captured and sentenced to jail, while the search was launched for the remaining three. A Malaysian court sent another individual, who led the operation from land, to prison.At the time, the vessel was underway from Rayong port, Thailand to the Andaman Sea.Asia’s piracy watchdog ReCAAP earlier said that the crew managed to activate the SSAS alarm and the tanker was soon rescued by the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA), which dispatched two ships and a helicopter to the location.World Maritime News Stafflast_img

Carly Rae Jepsen And Cody Simpson Help Fight Child Hunger

first_imgMore than one in five children and more than one in three Latino children in this country may not know where their next meal is coming from. Children who experience even intermittent struggles with hunger may suffer serious, long-term consequences to their health, well-being and educational achievement.ConAgra Foods is building a community of people to make a difference, from top musical artists, to parents, kids, employees and more to help donate up to 3 million meals. For each 8-digit code found on specially marked ConAgra Foods products and entered at or, ConAgra Foods will donate the monetary equivalent of one meal to Feeding America. This effort complements the ConAgra Foods Foundation’s $10 million, five-year commitment to Feeding America, the leader in the fight against hunger nationwide.The 2013 Child Hunger Ends Here campaign will be supported by Carly Rae Jepsen, Tori Kelly, Amber Riley and Cody Simpson, who will lend their voices to spread awareness for child hunger while asking consumers to take action by entering a code found on participating ConAgra Foods products. The campaign will be supported with an original song, online concerts and retail promotions alongside a social media campaign involving top online influencers. This is the first time a major food company has partnered with a management company in this capacity, channeling the influence and talent of artists in order to impact real change.“For 20 years, ConAgra Foods has provided funds, expertise and food to fight child hunger, and while there’s been progress, child hunger continues to be a problem across America. We created the Child Hunger Ends Here program to raise more awareness of this serious issue, and we’ve made it simple for consumers to get involved by starting with a code entry,” said Gary Rodkin , CEO of ConAgra Foods. “Now, by partnering with these talented performers, we hope to have an even bigger impact and encourage more consumers to help us end child hunger in the U.S.”Written by recording artist Tori Kelly, the original song, “Fill a Heart,” brings the story of hunger to life, drawing awareness for the nearly 17 million children who are food insecure in the U.S., while motivating parents and kids to learn how they can help end child hunger. Kelly premiered her acoustic version of “Fill a Heart” during a February 18 Stageit concert, where she broadcasted live via this online concert venue with viewers watching from their laptops. Riley and Simpson will also record versions of Kelly’s song, in their own unique styles, which will be available for download at March 1. Exclusive behind-the-scenes video content from Kelly, Riley and Simpson will be available on the website and at, and other surprises in the campaign are also on the way.“It’s important for me to be actively involved in causes that affect children, and I love how easy it is for people to participate in this program,” said Tori Kelly. “It’s heartbreaking to know there are so many children in this country who are hungry, so when I set out to create a new song for the Child Hunger Ends Here program, I wanted to bring awareness and provide a hopeful message that by working together, child hunger can be solved.”Consumers can easily participate by looking for the red pushpin in grocery stores and purchasing specially-marked packages of 19 select ConAgra Foods brands, including Banquet, Chef Boyardee, Healthy Choice, Hunt’s, Marie Callender ’s, Manwich, Orville Redenbacher ’s, Peter Pan and Snack Pack, then visit or to enter the eight-digit code found on the package. For each code entered, the equivalent of one meal will be donated to Feeding America. Codes can be entered through August 2013. Additionally, consumers can start with a code and do more. While entering codes, consumers will be able to submit their zip codes to support the local Feeding America food bank serving their community. Up to ten local food banks with the highest number of zip codes entered within their service area will receive the monetary donation of an 80,000-meal donation ($10,000), provided that the total number of codes entered exceeds 2 million. Local food bank grant recipients will be determined at the conclusion of the code-entry campaign on August 31, 2013.Cody Simpson added, “It’s so easy to make a difference, all you have to do is look for the red pushpin on participating ConAgra Foods packages, enter a code on the website and you’ve just donated a meal to Feeding America, how awesome is that! Recording the ‘Fill a Heart’ song and learning about child hunger really opened my eyes. I hope people will join us to help end child hunger.”“Child hunger is a problem we cannot ignore, and it is a privilege to work with ConAgra Foods to make a real read more

Annual Bell Lets Talk event makes a big impression

first_img Facebook Let’s talk!That was the prompt from Bell Canada on Jan. 25, promoting Bell Let’s Talk Day, an annual event that has been fostering awareness and fundraising for mental health initiatives since 2010.“We’re not done yet,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of the Bell Let’s Talk mental health initiative. “We count all the activity right up until midnight on the west coast. It’s more than a 24-hour day.” Advertisement Billing itself as the country’s largest corporate initiative dedicated to mental health, Bell Canada has supported over 700 organizations since 2011, according to Deacon. Login/Register With: Advertisementcenter_img For every text, call, tweet and Instagram post, Facebook video view and use of Snapchat geofilter, Bell will contribute $0.05 to mental health initiatives.Deacon said the organization was feeling confident that they will exceed last year’s numbers. As of Wednesday evening, the campaign had reached more than 91,623,313 interactions. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitterlast_img