3 incumbents will keep their seats at City Hall

first_imgVoter turnout was 10.3 percent. Dames, 69, and Malkin, 62, were elected to fourth terms, while Jones, 59, was elected to his third term. This should be Malkin’s last four years on the council. During the campaign, he said he doesn’t plan to run again. The results were not a surprise, Dames said. “It’s very difficult to beat an incumbent,” he said. “An incumbent would almost have to screw up.” In addition to win, you need to be visible and contribute to the community.” The last incumbent to lose in La Mirada was Ken Jones in 1986. Jones had some advice for Del Pino. “If he’s really serious \, he needs to do some volunteer work or apply for a commission,” he said. Challengers also have it difficult because things are going well in La Mirada, Jones said. “Our challenge is to remain vigilant to make sure things keep going well.” Malkin said the goal during the next four years will be to complete projects, such as the aquatic center, move of Home Depot and a new residential project on Alondra Boulevard. “We’ve got a lot of stuff on the plate,” Dames said. The three incumbents each spent between $1,500 and $1,800, choosing not to raise any money. Instead, they relied on money left over from past campaigns. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Concluding a no-frills campaign, voters Tuesday returned incumbents Pete Dames, Steve Jones and Hal Malkin to the City Council, where each will serve another four years. The three defeated 28-year-old substitute teacher Mark Del Pino, who ran a youth-oriented campaign. He had called for more diversity on the La Mirada City Council and said his youth would have brought a different perspective to the body. He also had hoped to overcome a lack of name identity through use of his MySpace Web site, some signs and word of mouth. He favored creating more park space and new recreational programs for youngsters not into sports. Malkin received 2,098 votes and 31.4 percent of the vote, Jones, 2,037 and 30.4 percent, and Dames, 1,951 votes and 29.1percent. Meanwhile, Del Pino was limited to 591 votes and 8.9 percent, according to unofficial results Tuesday. last_img read more

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Bank of Ireland issues leave thousands without services

first_imgThousands of Bank of Ireland customer have been left without key services today following an IT outage.Online banking, the 365 app, some card services and Bank of Ireland ATMs are reportedly out of action.Bank of Ireland has apologised to customers for the inconvenience and said urgent repairs are underway. A statement said: “BOI is aware that some channels are currently out of service. We’re working to rectify this ASAP and will provide further updates as soon as we can. Credit cards are working as normal and point-of-sale transactions are an option too. Apologies for the inconvenience caused.”This is the second day that BOI customers have reported issues with their accounts and services, with some complaining that the problems began on Wednesday night. Bank of Ireland issues leave thousands without services was last modified: November 28th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Boost for mother tongue reading

first_img11 September 2007South African mother tongue education received a multi-million rand boost this week, in the form of a partnership between South Africa and the United States that will see more than R21-million spent on developing children’s books in local languages over the next three years.The Innovative Texts in Home Languages Uniquely Based in Africa (Ithuba) project, a partnership between the Education Department and the United States President’s Africa Education Initiative (AEI), was launched at the Mathole Motshekga Primary School in Midrand, Johannesburg on Monday.Ithuba – an IsiZulu word meaning “opportunities” – is being piloted in the Gauteng, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces, where 120 books written by South Africans will be made available in SiSwati, Ndebele, Tshivenda and Xitsonga.The project is turning participating South African teachers into authors on topics involving science, mathematics and life orientation.According to SABCNews, the first 16 books, all authored by local teachers and targeting children in grades 3, 4 and 5, have already been completed.Speaking at Monday’s launch, Education Minister Naledi Pandor said it was a concern that the majority of South African children were poor readers, often reading at well below their age-appropriate level.According to a recent survey by the South African Book Development Council, only one in seven South Africans reads books.“This is a challenge for us in education, because we know that reading is critical for learning,” Pandor said.SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Protecting girls against cervical cancer

first_imgSouth Africa is doing its bit to protect girls from cervical cancer. Now in its second round, the government is rolling out the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine in schools. HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer. The second dose of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is being rolled out to girls in South Africa’s Gauteng province, in August 2016. (Image: Gauteng Provincial Department of Health, Facebook)Compiled by Priya PitamberA year ago, the South African government started rolling out the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine. The second round of vaccines is now being distributed in Gauteng, in South Africa to all Grade 4 girls in public primary and special schools.HPV is a major cause of cervical cancer, which is responsible for the deaths of over 3 000 women in South Africa every year.According to Marie Stopes South Africa, the non-profit provider of sexual and reproductive health care services, cervical cancer progresses slowly and it may not show obvious symptoms. It is usually diagnosed by doing a pap smear.“The HPV is most effective when given to young girls who have not yet engaged in sexual activities as it works only as prevention rather than a cure,” said the Gauteng departments of health and education, which are collaborating on the initiative.The bi-annual campaign is part of the school health programme. The first phase ran from February to March 2016. The second phase had been running since 2 August and would continue until 6 September, said the departments. Parents must sign consent forms before a child can have the vaccination.The Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa) said it was grateful for the campaign. “Cansa is proud to stand with the government in educating all young women about the dangers of HPV and cervical cancer, and offer an opportunity to take their health in their own hands as cervical cancer can be effectively treated if detected and diagnosed early,” said Cansa CEO Elize Joubert.See more information on cervical cancer below. Click on the infographic from Cansa for a larger view.last_img read more

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India win men’s doubles gold in tables tennis

first_imgIn a historic first, India’s men’s doubles team won the Commonwealth Games gold, beating Singapore in a hotly contested five-game final.Achanta Sharath Kamal and Subhajit Saha had conceded the first game before rallying hard to win three out of the next four games.Ning Gao and Zi Yang let the match slip in the third game, which they lost 11-4 after being down 7-0 just a few minutes into the game.The Singaporeans fought back, winning the next game 11-5 and taking the match into the decider. It was a closely contested one.India, trailing by two points, levelled up at 8-8 before sealing the win.The two Singaporeans had beaten Sharath and Saha in the men’s singles semis.Yang had beaten Sharath in a see-saw semifinal that was decided in the seventh game.Sharath led 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7 and needed to win just one more game before Yang bounced back to win two consecutive games.Ning had proved too powerful for Saha, who couldn’t win a single game in the semis, losing 2-11, 2-11, 9-11 and 7-11.last_img read more

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UTT to kick start in Chennai on July 13

first_imgChennai, Jun 26 (PTI) The inaugural Ultimate Table Tennis, the countrys first-ever professional table tennis league, will kick off with the first leg here from July 13 to 20. The six-team leagues opening game would see RP-SG Mavericks featuring Indias top paddler Achanta Sharath Kamal, taking on Falcons TTC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor Stadium here. A total of eight ties would be played in the city, a press note said. After the first leg, the League would move to New Delhi, where the second leg would be held from July 21 to 25 at the Thyagaraj Stadium. The final leg of the league would be held in Mumbai starting July 26 with the semifinals and final to be played at the NSCI. While the semifinals would be held on July 28 and July 29, the final will be played on July 30. Each franchise would be a combination of overseas and Indian players – four men and four women, along with one Indian and one international coach each. The franchises are club-based instead of city-based unlike other popular leagues in the country and features Maharashtra United, Oilmax-Stag Yoddhas, Dabbang Smashers TTC, iProspect Challengers, Falcons TTC (Bayside Spinners) and RP-SG Mavericks. The League features 24 players from abroad including mens World No. 7 Wong Chun Ting and womens World No. 9 Han Ying. An equal number of Indians including Sharath Kamal and Manika Batra would be part of the first edition of UTT. Apart from foreign players, coaches from abroad would also be part of the league, with each team having an international coach apart from one Indian. The league would be played in a format wherein each team will play nine matches in a tie with each tie comprising three games. Ultimate Table Tennis aims to benefit the development of Indian players by allowing them to play alongside some of the worlds best, said Vita Dani, owner and co-promoter of Ultimate Table Tennis. The league would be telecast live on the Star Sports network, Hotstar and Jio TV, the release said. PTI SS SSC AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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