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Summer program feeds kids healthy meals

first_img• Video: Summer lunch program SOUTH WHITTIER – School is out, so who is feeding the children? Beginning this week, thousands of youngsters are being served nutritious meals at nearly 60 parks this summer through the Los Angeles County’s 2007 Summer Lunch and Summer Snack Program. County officials said the program provides meals for children who would otherwise go without lunch during the summer months. Specially prepared menus are designed to help reverse the growing trend toward obesity among U.S. children, officials said. “It’s actually good because they get exercise and they get to eat,” he said. “The community looks forward to it every year. As far back as a month ago, I had parents asking me when it was starting this year.” Parents or guardians interested in signing up their children for the free meals should contact their local participating park, or they can call (310) 965-8249 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For Leticia Miranda, a local mom and day-care provider, the program’s benefits are obvious. As she watched over her four children and a friend’s 5-year-old daughter at Adventure County Park in South Whittier on Tuesday, Miranda said the lunch program is perfectly suited for her children, who attend summer school at nearby Mulberry Elementary. “The kids like to come because there are more kids here, so they have fun,” said Miranda. “And for me, I’ve noticed the kids eat more when they see other kids eat, so they’re set for the afternoon. “It’s on the way home from school, and it’s just helps me out so much,” she added. “If I don’t have food at home, I can just come here and the lunch is all ready to go.” Alberto Gonzalez, who coordinates Adventure Park’s meals program, said the program typically serves between 50 and 60 lunches every weekday. At about 3 p.m., officials also hand out free snacks to children under 18 as part of the same program, he added. last_img read more

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Sheriff’s Office Makes 51 Arrests in Shoplifting Crackdown

first_imgThroughout August, the sheriff’s office in Sarasota County monitored the area’s retail corridors to crack down on shoplifters. In all, 51 people were arrested and 103 charges were filed.“Retail theft increases the cost of doing business for stores, which also affects us as consumers,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Based on crime analysis, we can look at hotspots and deploy resources during these maintenance-type initiatives. Our hope is by saturating heavily populated retail areas, we are sending a strong message that criminal behavior is not welcome or tolerated in this community.” One of the arrests involved a… My Sun Coast Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Google+ Gets Video Status Updates

first_imgGoogle+ just got a feature that takes a bite out of YouTube. Google+ users can now post video recordings as updates to their circles. In the video sharing menu, there’s now a ‘Record video’ option that turns on the webcam. After recording, the video can be shared as an attachment to a post.This kind of personal broadcasting is something YouTube is known for, but now informal video updates can be shared straight to Google+ circles. The Google+ stream allows all kinds of in-your-face content, including animated GIFs and Google Music players, and now it adds impromptu video updates to the mix. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Tags:#Google#web These video status updates bypass YouTube and go straight to the stream. Google+ Hangouts, the live video chat feature, uses YouTube for recording and also allows group watching of YouTube videos. Google began integrating YouTube and Google+ last October, and YouTube’s new homepage now features Google+ prominently. There’s also a floating YouTube tab on the right side of Google+ pages allowing for quick video searches.Would you post a video update to your circles? jon mitchell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Michael Schumacher showing small signs of progress, says spokeswoman Sabine Kehm

first_imgAnd last month, Schumacher’s family said they were confident that the racing legend who defied death more than once on the track would pull through.Michael Schumacher is “showing small signs of progress”, his spokeswoman has said, with the Formula One legend slowly recovering from devastating brain injuries suffered in a ski accident.”There are short moments of consciousness and he is showing small signs of progress,” Schumacher’s manager Sabine Kehm told German broadcaster ARD on Sunday.”There are moments when he is awake and moments when he is conscious, which make us happy and give us great courage.”Of course I am not a doctor, but medically, there is a distinction between being awake and being conscious, the latter meaning there is an ability to interact with his surroundings.”I don’t want to disclose details out of respect for the family, but we have no doubt at all in the abilities of the doctors treating Michael, they are experts in their field.”Kehm stressed that any interaction with Schumacher is “on a very limited basis” and added that “a medical prognosis is not possible” due to the nature of his brain injury.Schumacher has been in a medically induced coma in Grenoble, France, since being badly injured in a ski accident on December 29 in the French resort of Meribel with his son and friends.Kehm said Schumacher’s family have been touched by a deluge of tributes and support from fans of the racing driver, but constant media speculation, particularly in German newspapers, has caused the family some anguish.advertisement”What upsets the family most is media quoting doctors who are not treating Michael and untruths are constructed from these,” said Kehm, who has been in Grenoble nearly every day since the accident.”It has been a problem when outsiders comment and it means we have to set the record straight, even when we don’t want to.”The 45-year-old Schumacher underwent two operations in the days after the accident to remove life-threatening blood clots before being placed into a coma.The family announced at the end of January that drugs used to keep him in his deep sleep were being reduced with a view to bringing him back to consciousness.In February, his friend and former Ferrari teammate Felipe Massa was quoted as saying that Schumacher seemed to respond to him during a visit.”He is sleeping, he looks normal and he showed a few responses with his mouth,” Massa told German tabloid Bild.And last month, Schumacher’s family said they were confident that the racing legend who defied death more than once on the track would pull through.Schumacher survived a motorbike accident in Spain in 2009, during which he suffered head and neck injuries but was released from hospital after just five hours.Kehm once again asked that the privacy of Schumacher’s wife Corinna and their two children be respected, while thanking well-wishers for their support.last_img read more

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10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri admits he may persist with Hazard as false 9

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri admits he may persist with Hazard as false 9by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits he may persist with Eden Hazard as a false number nine.Hazard scored again for victory at Brighton on Sunday.He did not name a traditional striker in his starting XI for the second game in a row, with Hazard deployed as a false nine at the Amex Stadium.”In Napoli I was used to playing with a solution like this (without a traditional number nine),” Sarri said.“This is very important for us, to have continuity or it is impossible to stay in the top four.”It is important to stay very close to the top four. I want to see continuity from the mental point of view and the tactical point of view.“We need to get 80 points to get into the top four.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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It Looks Like The Baseball Is Behind MLBs Power Surge

The great home run mystery of 2015-17 has been solved. Maybe.Yesterday, former FiveThirtyEight writer Ben Lindbergh and prominent sabermetrician Mitchel Lichtman published a piece at the Ringer with evidence showing that alterations to the ball might partially explain the spike in home runs over the past two seasons. By physically testing the balls, they found that in addition to changes that make the ball come off the bat faster, the seams were made flatter in a way that could affect the ball’s aerodynamics. With their findings in mind, I examined the rate of home runs per fly ball and found further evidence suggesting that the ball itself may be the culprit.Just after the All-Star Break in 2015, MLB’s home run rate increased without warning or explanation. Since then, it has continued rising, and it now threatens the all-time record set in the heart of the steroid era. In a series of articles at FiveThirtyEight, Lindbergh and I ruled out various explanations for the home run surge, including weather, a wave of young talent, and steroids, leaving alterations to the ball as the most likely answer. It’s either that, or 750 MLB players woke up one morning in 2015 with more pop in their bats. Despite MLB’s repeated denials, Lindbergh and Lichtman reveal that the 2016-17 baseballs have different physical properties — and those changes could explain the record-breaking home run rates. The primary alteration to the ball affected its bounciness, making it come off the bat faster. But Lindbergh and Lichtman also uncovered evidence that the ball’s seams are lower and that its circumference has decreased. Those changes should decrease the ball’s air resistance, so that a new ball should go farther than an old ball that leaves the bat at the same speed.And it turns out the new balls do tend to travel farther. I built a model to predict whether a given fly ball would go over the fence in 2015, based on the launch angle, exit velocity and stadium.1I defined a fly ball as one hit with launch angle greater than 20 degrees. Then I used that model to predict how many home runs there were in 2016.2I used a random forest to produce the results discussed in this article. I also ran a logistic regression, which produced similar findings.If the ball stayed the same, the model should be able to forecast the right number of homers. Instead, the league hit about four percent (201 total) more home runs hit than expected in 2016, even accounting for the higher exit velocities and better launch angles. That’s significantly more than you’d see by chance.3The p value was less than 0.01. The changes can also be seen in the trends of the last few years: If you focus on balls hit with launch angles of between 20 and 40 degrees and exit velocities higher than 100 miles per hour (roughly corresponding to the league’s definition of “barreled balls”), 72.9 percent of those flies ended up over the fence in 2015, compared to 74.7 percent in 2016 and 76.4 percent so far this year. Of course, another possibility is that MLB recalibrated Statcast, the radar tracking system that maps the trajectory of every batted ball, which could cause the same ball to be listed with different exit velocities in 2016 to and 2015. But even if that did happen, it would not resolve the mystery, it would only shift responsibility for the home run spike to inexplicably harder hitting, instead of more favorable ball aerodynamics.It’s possible that weather (temperature, wind or humidity) could be affecting home run rates, but when I examined only domed stadiums, I found the same increase in dingers. I asked baseball physicist Alan Nathan to calculate what effect the new balls could have, and he found that the changes in the seam height and circumference would increase average batted-ball distance something like 1 or 2 feet, raising home run rates by approximately 4 percent — identical to what I observed.Reached for comment, Major League Baseball noted that the league regularly tests baseballs to ensure that they meet established standards, and that recent tests have found that the balls are within those standards. MLB also said that an outside consultant has examined their results and found no reason to suspect that the baseballs in use today would cause an increase in offense.To be sure, the league-wide impact of tweaking the ball’s aerodynamics is small. According to Lindbergh and Lichtman, who note that their experiments are not definitive, the seam height and circumference changes only appeared in 2016, well after the midyear adjustment in 2015 that kicked off the home run surge (that part of the increase is likely attributable to increases in the balls’ bounciness). It’s likely that many factors are contributing to the ongoing spike in home run rates, including hitters adjusting their approaches and favorable weather conditions, but we now have a compelling explanation for the bulk of the spike. read more

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Silva confident of a good outing against Chelsea

first_imgDavid Silva is optimistic of a successful outing when Manchester City face Chelsea in Sunday’s Carabao Cup final.Silva, widely renowned as City’s greatest-ever player, will be looking to win his eighth major domestic trophy since he joined from Valencia in the summer of 2010.And although he reckoned Sarri’s men will be hard to crack, the Spaniard is keen on winning another trophy.“It’s another chance to win a title,” he says. “And it’s always beautiful to play a final at Wembley, for our fans as well. Hopefully, we can win it.“A final is always difficult, whether you play Chelsea or any other team.“It’ll be tough. They have a lot of quality players up front, so we should take care.”Silva, now 33, has been pivotal to City’s attacking play this season, scoring nine and assisting 10, with Guardiola recently describing him as “one of the best players I have trained”.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…The Spaniard’s deal runs out in the summer of 2020, by which time he will have spent a decade at the Club.55. David Silva 🆚 West Ham United – Premier League (24/11/18) #MCFC #Silva @21LVA pic.twitter.com/mYp2h57PUE— Scott (@scottb1894) February 22, 2019Silva says he feels fresh, despite his advancing years, but admits he is finding new strategies to keep himself in top condition.“I feel good, to be honest,” he told the club website. “I feel good and I know every day it gets tougher because there’s a lot of games and a high level.“But I feel fine. I have to take more care, but that’s what I’m doing and I’m feeling good.”last_img read more

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