Boy Scout project evolves into friendship

first_imgTwo Saturdays a month, he met with them at the AbilityFirst/Paul Weston Center in Woodland Hills. Spend a few hours helping them with their Cub Scout projects and earn the credits he needed for his merit badge. At least that was the plan. “We knew something special was happening when Christopher kept coming home every Saturday telling us he was really having a great time with them,” said his dad, Peter. “He wound up volunteering to be their den chief, their Boy Scout mentor, which is a big commitment. “He’s also starting to bring Scouts from other troops to meet them. “It’s gone well beyond trying to earn a merit badge.” Christopher DeVries searched the sea of blue Cub Scout shirts in the 5K run/walk portion of Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon, looking for his buddy Sam Bashe. The 12-year-old Boy Scout from Thousand Oaks had promised the 10-year-old Cub Scout with cerebral palsy that he would push him across the finish line in his wheelchair. But he was having trouble finding Sam in the crowd, and the finish line was only a mile away. A few months ago, the 14 Cub Scouts in Woodland Hills Pack 88 – all physically disabled – were only a project to Christopher – a way for him to earn his Boy Scout merit badge in disability awareness. This is exactly what he was hoping would happen when he started Troop 88 in January, says Jeff Richards, director of the Woodland Hills center that helps people with disabilities reach their full potential. It’s all about inclusion, he says, getting able-bodied and disabled Scouts mingling and learning from each other. Knocking down some of those stupid stereotypes and fears. “We have 14 boys now, but next year I’m sure we’ll have 30 or 40 as word spreads in the disabilities community that we’re here waiting for them with open arms,” Richards said. For more information on the Weston Centers programs, call Richards at (818) 884-6612, Ext. 102. Christopher found Sam with less than a mile to go Sunday, taking over pushing his wheelchair from Sam’s mom, Jo. Her son had been up since 4:30 a.m., dressed and ready to go, she said. She hadn’t seen him this excited since the day he got his Cub Scout shirt and cap a few months ago. “He wore them to bed, refusing to take them off,” she said, laughing. “You just don’t know how important something like this is, to be included. “Normal kids don’t like being around Sam because he can’t do what they can. He gets left out of everything. “Now he’s so happy, and has something to look forward to – his Cub Scout meetings and being with Chris, his best buddy.” That was them a hundred yards ahead, smiling as they crossed the finish line and had a gold medal placed around their necks. Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. dennis[email protected] (818) 713-3749160Want 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

Santa Clarita Calendar

first_imgOpen casting call for a new reality show featuring Santa Clarita residents, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at Santa Clarita Studios, 25149 Anza Drive, Valencia. Junior Rangers will meet, 2-4 p.m. at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for marathon training, 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Granary Square, 25930 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Bingo will be played, 10:30 a.m. at Mint Canyon Moose Lodge, 18000 W. Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Call (661) 252-7222. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Saugus train station will be open, 1-4 p.m. at Heritage Junction in William S. Hart Park, 24151 Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 254-1275. Music jam session, 2 p.m. at Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6885, 16208 Sierra Highway, Canyon Country. Local musicians welcome. Call (661) 252-6885. MONDAY Los Angeles County Sanitation Districts meeting, 9 a.m. at City Hall, 23920 Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-2489. Kickoff Reception for the Advanced Technology Business Incubator program, 4-6:30 p.m. in the foyer of the Vital Express Center for the Performing Arts at College of the Canyons, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Call (661) 362-3305. Special Olympics offers golf lessons to athletes with learning disabilities, evenings at Vista Valencia Golf Course, 24700 W. Trevino Drive, Valencia. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. TUESDAY State of the Newhall School District and Comprehensive Plan meeting, 4-8:45 p.m. at Oak Hills School, Westridge. Call (661) 286-2200. Santa Clarita Valley Macintosh Users Group will meet, 7 p.m. at Rogers Systems, 25030 W. Avenue Tibbetts, Valencia. Call (661) 250-4149. Lions Club-Castaic will meet, 7:15 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-8677. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 9 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Runners Club will work out, 6:15 p.m. at the College of the Canyons track, 26455 N. Rockwell Road, Valencia. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit Sierra Hillbillies Square Dance Club will offer an intermediate class, 7-9 p.m. in Rooms A1 and 2 at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 252-2210 or (661) 255-0463. Barbershop Harmony Singers will rehearse, 7:30-10 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Valley Oaks Village Apartments, 24700 Valley St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6109 for security-door information. WEDNESDAY Free business loan workshop, 10-11:30 a.m. at the Women’s Business Center, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Call (661) 702-9049 to reserve a spot. Kids Around the World story hour, 2 p.m. at the Valencia Library, 23743 W. Valencia Blvd., Valencia. Call (661) 259-8942. Free business workshop on disaster recovery preparedness for small businesses, 6-8 p.m. at the Women’s Business Center, 28460 Avenue Stanford, Suite 100, Valencia. Call (661) 702-9049 to reserve a spot. Kids Around the World pajama story time, 6:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. Terrence Roberts will speak on his experience as one of the first black students to be admitted to Little Rock High School, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Vista Boys & Girls Club, 19301 Pleasantdale St., Canyon Country. Call (661) 255-4918. Parents Without Partners will hold an orientation, 7-7:30 p.m., and a discussion, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 25352 Via Palacio, Valencia. Call (661) 253-1301. Santa Clarita Sunrise Rotary Club will meet, 7:10 a.m. at IHOP, 24737 W. Pico Canyon Road, Stevenson Ranch. Call (661) 250-1023. Santa Clarita Valley Rotary Club will meet, 12:10 p.m. at Marie Callender’s, 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Call (661) 259-7701. Santa Clarita Valley-Newhall Optimist Club will meet, 7 p.m. at La Rumba, 27600 Bouquet Canyon Road, Saugus. Call (661) 252-7313. Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. at the Sierra Hills clubhouse, 28616 Kenroy Ave., Canyon Country. Call Desiree Nascimento at (800) 858-4749, Ext. 114. Valencia Toastmasters will meet, 7 p.m. Call Kim Dickens at (661) 259-8567 or visit for location. Basic & Advanced Coastal Navigation class will be presented, 7-9 p.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 298-8725 or (661) 259-7201. SCV Underwater Hockey group will play, 8-9 p.m. at the Santa Clarita Aquatics Center, 20850 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Cost: $3. Call Ben Jarvis at (661) 510-2665. Special Olympics offers athletic training and competition for athletes with learning disabilities during the evenings at various locations in Santa Clarita. New athletes or volunteer coaches can call (661) 253-2121. THURSDAY Children’s Bureau will hold an information meeting for those interested in becoming adoptive or foster parents, 6:30-8 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 27265 Luther Drive, Canyon Country. Call (800) 730-3933, Ext. 203. Democratic Alliance for Action will meet, 7 p.m. at Vincenzo’s Pizza, 24504 Lyons Avenue, Newhall. Call (661) 877-2775 or visit Parents Without Partners will offer salsa dance lessons, 7:30-8:30 p.m. at 25352 Via Palacio, Valencia. Call (661) 253-1301. Nonaerobic workout in a heated pool for joint and muscle conditioning, 9 a.m. at the Santa Clarita Valley Family YMCA, 26147 McBean Parkway, Valencia. Call (661) 253-3593. Santa Clarita Noon Kiwanis Club will meet, noon-1:30 p.m. at El Torito, 27510 The Old Road, Valencia. Call Janie Choate at (661) 296-8260. Old Town Farmers Market, 4-8 p.m. at 29222 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Call Jenny Aurit at (661) 255-4347. Youth Chess Club will meet, 5:30-8 p.m. at 25864-G Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Jay Stallings at (661) 288-1705. Evening Kiwanis Club will meet, 6:15 p.m. at Mulligan’s, 25848 Tournament Road, Valencia. Call Amy Spencer at (661) 255-6714. Santa Clarita Runners Club will meet for tempo runs, 6:15 p.m. Call (661) 294-0821 or visit for location. FRIDAY Karaoke night, 6:30-9:30 at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. To submit an event for the Daily News calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at [email protected] or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 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

Sour Kittles: In loss, 49ers have never looked more reliant on their star TE

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Even when George Kittle doesn’t touch the ball, even in the rare instance where he’s on the losing end of a game this season, he’s the one making the most impressive plays on the field.Just ask Falcons safety Ricardo Allen.While running back Raheem Mostert barreled into the end zone for the 49ers’ first score in Sunday’s 29-22 loss to the Falcons, Kittle was eight yards deep in the end zone, laying on top of Allen like maple syrup, laughing his head off. Or at least that’s how …last_img read more

Follow the journey of Nelson Mandela

first_img1 April 2015Follow in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps across South Africa guided by a handy new mobile app, launched on 1 April by South African Tourism and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.Madiba’s Journey is available for free on iTunes and Google Play.It features 27 Madiba-inspired tourist attractions and sites of memory, one for each year he spent behind bars as a political prisoner. Users can view the attractions on a map, build their own itineraries and share their journeys on social media.The foundation explains that “the Madiba’s Journey app will enrich your quest as you walk in the footsteps of one of the world’s greatest icons, Nelson Mandela”.There are plenty of user-friendly aspects: read about how each location helped to shape Mandela’s inspiring journey; find each location on your phone’s mapping system; get directions to the site. Visitor details are included, such as operating hours, tours, ticket prices and contact information.There is audio allowing you to “immerse yourself in narratives about the poignant moments that have secured these sites their place in South Africa’s history”.Included are contact details for each site for more details and bookings; you can create and customise your itinerary before you take your journey through history; visit the gallery of images to get an idea of what you will see; as well as share “your thoughts, feelings and selfies with the world”.Users are also invited to check in at each site – they unlock rewards according to the number of sites at which they check in.The app is in English. For Apple devices, it is 45.1 MB in size and needs iOS 6.0 or later. It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and is optimised for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus. For Android devices, it is 43MB in size, and requires Android 4.0.3 and up.It also offers real-time weather information at each location, how far away you are from each location and details of nearby attractions.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Always Be Testing: 8 Services For Usability Feedback

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… dana oshiro Tags:#Software Guides#start#Startup Reviews Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Over the weekend we had a chance to highlight – a company that opted to release early (and imperfectly) in exchange for valuable user feedback. As companies look to their peers and audiences to help define product features, there’s a greater need for scalable testing platforms. Here’s a summary of eight useful services that will help put you on the path to product greatness. 1. UserVoice: In 2008 we wrote an article entitled, Why We Love UserVoice in praise of the Digg-like customer feedback platform. Rather than hiring an on-site focus group, UserVoice gives test participants 10 votes to use as they see fit. From here, audience members vote on priority features while the finite number of votes for each person limits the influence of the vocal minority. The service is priced depending on the number of voters you’d like to engage and offers a 15-day free trial for all premium services. 2. Silverback: Silverback is a usability testing software that allows startups to record both the screen as well as the test participant’s facial reactions and voice. Startups follow a subject’s eyes and cursor movements while also controlling the service via an Apple remote. Once a subject’s session is over, the startup can export the recording to a basic Quicktime video. The service offers a 30 day trial and costs $50 dollars flat rate after that. While it’s primarily meant to test site design, it can also double as a great screen capture software for quick demos. 3. Feedback Army: Feedback Army rallies its own community of testers to do your bidding. For $10 dollars you get 10 people to browse your site and offer feedback. The service offers quick turnaround on your projects and received favorable reviews on Hacker News. 4. UserTesting: UserTesting offers on-demand testers priced at $29 dollars per person. For each test session you receive a recorded video of your tester’s actions as well as a list of detailed notes. Some of the companies who’ve tested with UserTesting include Twitter and CNN Money. 5 & 6. IdeaScale and Crowdsound: IdeaScale and Crowdsound are almost interchangeable. Both offer a Digg-style interface for voting where users decide their favorite features and what they’d like to see happen with your site. Crowdsound is priced at $10 per month for customizable widgets, iPhone interface and private suggestions. IdeaScale is priced at $15 per month and includes Twitter/email integration. 7.GetSatisfaction: Similar to IdeaScale and Crowdsound, GetSatisfaction offers a Digg-style interface for product ideas, issues and solutions. Companies tend to moderate questions and feedback themselves and users vote up and down the answers. This community has received praise from a number of media outlets and costs as little as $19 dollars per month. Earlier this year ReadWriteWeb named GetSatisfaction the leading idea aggregator. 8. UTest: UTest offers testing on a subscription and package basis. With packages, clients purchase a set number of test cycles in exchange for a dedicated project manager and feedback from 20-30 professional software testers. The company works with clients on mobile, web, gaming and desktop applications and the idea is that for about $1,500 per month or for a set package of test cycles, you get to outsource your entire testing department. Photo Credit: Dean Shareski 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Keeping Score of What You Are Getting Right

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Business is not difficult for you. Business is difficult for everyone. There are systemic challenges in every industry that challenge the best of people in the best of companies without ever being fully resolved. These systemic challenged treat all companies the same, the airlines being the best example, as none of them are free from delays caused weather, unexpected maintenance, or poor dining experiences. Your business has it’s own set of challenges, and it’s easy to believe you are not doing as well as others.You are getting an A. Maybe a B.Even though there are problems every day, you are probably not broken. It’s more likely you are an A or a B. Maybe 97% of what you do every day works perfectly fine, with 3% of what you are doing being woefully inadequate or failing completely. A 92% is still an A. An 85% is a B, which leaves plenty of room for improvement, but isn’t a failing grade.Businesses that get a failing grade don’t tend to last long because there are far too many choices available to customers and clients. That low of a grade will cause people to walk across the street.Leaders Deal with ProblemsThe reason so many leaders and managers and supervisors tend to see things worse than they are is because their days are consumed with the 3% or 8% or 12% of the things that are problems. They don’t have to work on what’s going well because it doesn’t require their attention. In some cases, that makes successes something close to invisible; you don’t see them, so they don’t capture your attention.If you are going to keep score, you need to do so in a way that is fair and honest and not something that is going to make you or others negative or cynical. Take credit for what’s working well and remember that every business has some percentage of their work that is subject to error, much of it due to the systemic challenges in their business—just like you.last_img read more


first_imgHot favourites to spice up the season. A designer’s sit downFashion, food and design, a headier melange does not exist. And this winsome combination is the brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his restaurant Fifteen. The British gourmand’s Better Food Foundation, a charity,Hot favourites to spice up the season.A designer’s sit downFashion, food and design, a headier melange does not exist. And this winsome combination is the brainchild of celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who is celebrating the 10th anniversary of his restaurant Fifteen. The British gourmand’s Better Food Foundation, a charity which trains disenfranchised young people to become chefs, received a donation of twenty iconic ANT chairs from the Danish furniture brand Republic of Fritz Hansen. These were distributed among creative talents such as Alexander Mc Queen’s creative director Sarah Burton, artist Tracey Emin and Paul Smith who were given the carte blanche to stamp their seal of food-inspired design on these seats. Oliver too has worked his magic on a classic EGG chair and footstool, also donated by Fritz Hansen, besides designing an ANT chair in collaboration with renowned photographer David Loftus. Six of these seats will be a part of a lottery which will be held in October while the rest are to be auctioned online. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Better Food Foundation. So if you want to donate to a good cause or grab one of the chairs visit Puttin’ on the RitzThe Ritz Carlton Hotel company recently announced the opening of its 80th hotel across the globe; its ninth in Europe and its first luxury resort in the the Austrian capital. The Ritz-Carlton, Vienna, is composed of four historic palaces that date back to the 19th century and is located on Vienna’s Schubertring Boulevard. The resort features 202 guestrooms, including 43 suites and the Dstrikt restaurant, offering authentic Austrian cuisine from the kitchen of Chef Wini Brugge. The luxury hotel group plans to double its properties in Europe by 2015 and the Vienna opening is part of this strategy. Vienna’s historic pedigree and status as the leading destination for international congresses and conventions make this just the first of many new sights.Accessories: GoldfingerCelebrating 50 years of James Bond at the movies, cuticle care company OPI has launched a special edition nail polish containing real 18-carat gold leaf. Just a few specks will add a dramatic shine to any Bond girl’s digits. The Man With the Golden Gun paint launches in October, in time to shake the bottle, stir the brush and paint Ms. Moneypenny’s magical manicure in Skyfall.Gadget: Aural fixationUK-based Hart Audio has come out with speakers for the super rich. Cast in 18-carat gold, the ultra high-end boomboxes weigh approximately 50 kg and come bolted to an adjustable chrome stand. A three-driver design also enables the D&W aural pleasure to output richer sound for golden moments. Only one pair will be manufactured, while sterling silver and phosphor bronze versions are available in larger numbers.Fashion: No kiddingGiorgio Armani has opened its first Armani Junior showroom in India at DLF Emporio in the capital with designer Suneet Varma as its franchise partner. The 2,000 sq ft store will retail collections as varied as the lives of the children for whom it is designed. The stylish clothes and accessories will cater to boys and girls in the age group of 0-16 years. From basic pieces-shirts, sweatshirts and jeans-to more fashionable items-jackets, dresses and skirts, the label hopes to meet the suiting up demands for school, leisure time, sports, and formal occasions. The brand favours natural fabrics and offers a contemporary look.Jewellery: Bringing Gatsby backLegendary jeweller Faberge’s latest collection evokes the decadence of the 20s and the glamour of the lavish parties celebrated in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The range includes pieces such as the dramatic Imperial necklace which has layers of precious Akoya pearls and fine white diamonds and is finished with an aristocratic crest from which hangs an exuberant pearl tassel. Another design which is reminiscent of Gatsby-esque heroines is the Collier Pur, a modern interpretation of the popular lariat necklace.Perfume: Scent of a womanNina Ricci has always endorsed the idea of effortless, classic femininity. When the label was established in 1932, Nina herself had the goal of simply creating very pretty, wearable clothes. The latest addition to the house’s line of luxury fragrances takes its name from one of its fashion collections launched in the 1960s, and has the sole purpose of embodying love in a bottle. Everlasting declaration of love just got the right scent this wedding season.Watch: Fly sky highOne of the most enduring partnerships in the watch industry is the eight-year collaboration between Breitling aviation-themed watches and qualified pilot John Travolta. This year, Breitling marks the 60th anniversary of its flagship flight piece Navitimer, the world’s oldest mechanical chronograph still in production, with a limited edition of 500 individually numbered pieces of its Navitimer Blue Sky, one of which now sits wrapped around Travolta’s wrist. “The watch does everything an aviation watch should do,” says the star. Considering that he holds 11 pilot licenses and five planes, we can safely assume he knows what he’s talking about.CalendaradvertisementadvertisementDates that mean something.Tod’s presents the India inspired photographs of Maimouna Guerresi, one of Europe’s leading photographers, at the Italian Cultural Centre in New Delhi.Spooky Goings On is a fun event held in Beaumaris Castle in Wales. The palace comes alive on Halloween with ghouls, ghosts and haunting tricks and games for the family.The Venice Architecture Biennale 2012 will showcase the work of major protagonists of contemporary architecture. The theme for this year’s fair is ‘Common Ground’.Here comes the brideThe three most expensive wedding gowns of all time.$12 Million-The most expensive wedding gown in history was created by Martin Katz Jewellers and Renee Strauss, a bridal couture designer and owner of a successful bridal salon in Beverly Hills. The magnificent dress featured 150 carats worth of diamonds woven throughout the dress. The diamond wedding gown was made to celebrate the spectacular bridal show at The Ritz-Carlton on Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles.$8.5 Million-The world’s second most expensive wedding dress was created by Japanese designer Yumi Katsura. The sparkling wedding dress featured 1000 pearls and a rare 5-carat white gold diamond.$1.5 Million-The Peacock wedding dress was fashioned out of 2,009 pieces of peacock feathers. The expensive wedding dress was unveiled in 2009 at the wedding expo held in Nanjing, capital of east Chinas Jiangsu Province. The peacock wedding dress took eight craftsmen two months to finish by hand.TalkStay up to date with the latest.Berry gets the bootAn unhealthy obsession with shoes is a common affliction in the glitzy corridors of Hollywood but Halle Berry, who once turned up at a red carpet event in flip flops, is not one of them. So, the news of her collaboration with German footwear brand Deichmann came as a surprise to many. The Oscar-winning stunner is designing a range named Fifth Avenue by Halle Berry for the label, and was recently in Berlin shooting for its advertising campaign. Unfortunately for the 46-year-old, online commentators have not taken kindly to the footwear, with dowdy being a common adjective used to describe her creations.Water babyAcclaimed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid and American art dealer Kenny Schachter go a long way. He commissioned her to design the three-wheeled Z-Car in 2005 and now the Pritzker prize winning designer is creating the Z-Boat, an all black, 7.5-metre-long fibreglass vessel, for her loyal client. The knighted designer will create 12 boats and four prototypes which will be ready to hit the waves in early 2013. French manufacturers Shoreteam have been roped in to bring Hadid’s half-a-million dollar handiwork to life.Riding high and lowWith a unique, hand polished metal paint finish and explosive power, the only thing low about Harley-Davidson’s 2013 offering, the CVO Breakout, is its silhouette. This shiny declaration of independence has a lowered, raked front end, a chopped fender that enhances its long, slammed custom look, and a powerful, wide-standing wheel and set of forks that guarantee a solid stance on the road. Besides the perfect storm of engineering and style you’ll only find that this machine will spoil you with a wide choice of fun accessories.Wow welliesMatthew Williamson’s signature peacock feather print is all over his latest offering: rain boots deigned in collaboration with the footwear brand Havaianas. Though the label is better know for its bright flip flops, Williamson wanted to design a range of Wellington boots, as an ode to his English roots.Haute bagThe world of fashion thrives on the audacious and now a paper bag is pushing it to a whole new level of cheeky. When German designer Jil Sander sent her models down the runway with lunch bags made of paper, it was seen as a quirky statement in hard times. But now the label is retailing the Vasari bag for a cool $ 290 (16,000) and it has reportedly sold out. Here is one paper bag that will not hit the recycle bin anytime soon.Talking shopFrom a small 19th century raincoat shop to a well established global leader in fashion, Burberry has had a long and rewarding journey. The British brand commemorates its rise with a flagship store in Regent Street, London. The label integrated its physical and digital worlds to showcase its rich heritage through best-in-class craftsmanship and design. Innovative technology delivers digital experiences that bring all facets of the brand to life, using the tall indoor 6.9m high/ 38m2 laser phosphor display screen and over 420 speakers. The brand also introduced the Orchard bag this fall. The must-have accessory is inspired by vintage luggage and the British countryside.Indian by designSotheby’s in London recently held India Fantastique, an exhibit to celebrate 25 years of the creativity of the country’s couturier duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla. Their partnership has dressed actors and delivered costumes for numerous Bollywood films and created exuberant, maximalist interiors as well. Bravo!Zero calorie cartoonsWalt Disney may not have realised this, but the iconic characters created by him were a tad on the overweight side. Luxury retailers Barneys stepped in to give Minnie, Mickey, Goofy and Daisy, a makeover and they have emerged supermodel-skinny after the preening. session.The spice cellar: For sake’s sakeadvertisementAkiko TomodaIs it just a drink or a full on tradition? Undoubtedly, the Japanese take their drinking seriously; especially when it comes to sake, a tradition perfected by centuries of devotion across the length and breadth of the country.Devoted traditionMade from two basic components-water and rice-this traditional Japanese rice wine has been enthusiastically brewed in regions with abundant spring water and excellent rice. Take Nada in Hyogo prefecture, for example, one of the best sake-producing regions since the Edo period, the town is blessed with miya-mizu-divine quality water, top notch local rice, and a convenient location for transportation by sea. As the characteristics of local water and rice have strong ties with the regions climate and food culture, sake also attains unique regional characteristics that complement best with local dishes and delicacies. In Hokkaido, sake is prepared with extremely cold water which gives it a distinctively fragrant character that is best accompanied by local fresh seafood.But these are just the obvious parameters. Excellent ingredients demand excellent toji, the master brewer, to direct and manage the complex brewing processes, where rice undergoes a series of microbial fermentation. These skillful masters continue to find a way to brew more perfect sake, and some even play Mozart to uplift and relax the bacteria during the fermentation process.Cool and sakeliciousJustifiably, there are equally innovative ways to enjoy sake, from traditional “chilled, to room temperature or warm” to fashionable “cool sake style”: try sake on the rocks or a glass of sparkling sake with cheese.Having seafood for dinner? Try the more exotic green tea and sake cocktail: fill a rock glass with ice and pour equal parts of sake and green tea and stir gently (use genshu or undiluted sake for the recipe if possible). Half a teaspoon of powdered green tea further deepens the flavour. It cleanses the aftertaste and even works as a wonderful digestive.To chill with “Samurai Rock”, pour in sake over a generous amount of ice in a rock glass and twist lime to bring out the sweetness of the sake. It is just perfect to wash your palate after rich dishes like tempura.Sake can be mixed into creamy concoction as well. Unconvinced? Fill half a glass with nigorizake (unfiltered sake) and milk and stir gently; top up the concoction with ice. Add soda water or a twist of lemon if you like. Reminiscent of a yogurt drink or makgeolli (Korean rice wine) it pairs beautifully with spicy dishes. Nothing beats summer heat like a glass of delicious sake in “cool sake style”!The author is a sake sommelier.last_img read more

18YearOld Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Drugs and Undocumented Immigrants

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Illegal Immigrant FacebookTwitter July 16, 2018 18-Year-Old Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Drugs and Undocumented Immigrants KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An 18-year-old man pleaded guilty in federal court Monday to recruiting classmates at Castle Park High School in Chula Vista to smuggle narcotics into the United States from Mexico.Phillip Junior Webb of Tijuana admitted that he arranged for juvenile couriers to smuggle a total of 6.18 kilograms of methamphetamine and 1.2 kilograms of fentanyl across the international border on four occasions between July and October 2017.In each instance, the juveniles had drugs strapped to their bodies as they attempted to enter the United States through customs facilities in Otay Mesa or San Ysidro, according to prosecutors.Webb also admitted to trying to sneak two undocumented immigrants into the United States for financial gain.Webb was arrested May 4 after being caught at San Ysidro Port of Entry with two foreigners — a Chinese citizen and a Mexican national — in the trunk of his car.In light of his guilty pleas, Webb faces 13 years to life in prison and fines totaling $1.25 million. He is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 9.During the 2016 fiscal year, law enforcement tracked a 153-percent spike in drug seizures involving minors — from 39 to 99 cases — in the U.S. Southern District of California, according to federal authorities.“As law enforcers and as parents, we are tremendously concerned about our youth being exploited by drug cartels,” San Diego-area U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman said. “Juveniles need to know that consequences are real and dramatic.”During a one-week span in March, five minors were arrested at the San Ysidro Port of Entry while trying to smuggle fentanyl into the country, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.Many of the youthful perpetrators are recruited into the drug underworld at their high schools, government officials report.In response to the trend, federal and state law enforcement agencies have begun a publicity campaign in a bid to dissuade minors from becoming so- called “drug mules” for cartels.Newly installed billboards in San Diego and Imperial counties and Tijuana feature stark warnings that smuggling drugs could cost minors their futures.Prosecutors and federal agents also are holding educational programs in South Bay high schools to impress upon students the extreme hazards of handling deadly drugs like fentanyl and working with ruthless violent criminals, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San Diego. Posted: July 16, 2018last_img read more