From synagogues, churches and mosques to Quaker meeting houses, Buddhist temples and halls for spiritualists, the San Fernando Valley is home to some 650 houses of worship. Religious leaders agree that with such broad-based beliefs, there’s no better place than the Valley to hold interfaith forums, special trips and choir programs. “The Jews, the Muslims and Christians can live together, break bread together and not fear one another. We all have the same dreams,” said Barry Smedberg, president of the San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council. In the past year, dialogues and discussions have grown among the faiths, said Earl Fagin, chairman for VIC’s board of directors. Members of the New Horizon Performing Arts Club choir join the Shir Aliyah choir during a Valley Interfaith Choir Concert at Temple Aliyah.. Photo by John McCoy / Staff Photographer “I think there’s a lot more reaching out; there’s more a sense of community here,” said Fagin, also a member of Temple Ore Chadash, a Jewish conservative synagogue in Granada Hills. “There’s been a much better relationship established in the community between the Muslim community and the Jewish community and also with other faiths. We stand together more.” One example is the annual Interfaith Choir Concert, in which scores of children and adults join in to sing and bridge the Valley’s diverse faiths. “It’s sort of a common language for all faiths and cultures,” said Rhetta Alexander, a member of VIC’s Choir Concert Committee. “People can come together and enjoy the music of other faiths and celebrate together.” With a hijab over her hair, Safiya Al-Sarraf, 13, of the Children’s Chorus from the New Horizon Muslim School’s Performing Arts Club, was among dozens of Christian, Jewish and Muslim children singing together at Temple Aliyah synagogue in Woodland Hills recently. “This performance is special because you’re singing among people of other faiths and you get to listen to their songs. There’s a sense of peacefulness. “Usually, they look at us strangely because we’re Muslims,” she said. “Here, it’s all normal and peaceful and I like the feeling of that – singing songs about peace around the world.” Galia Backal, 11, a member of Shir Aliyah Children’s Choir, sang the finale number, “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” beside Al-Sarraf’s group. “The best part of the concert is that no matter our religion, we can be together without fights or disagreements,” Backal said. Her choir director, Hazzan Michael Stein, couldn’t agree more. “There’s a sense of wonder in how children and their innocence can really poignantly express harmony through music,” Stein said. “Children in a Muslim headdress and a child in a yarmulke – what a beautiful juxtaposition. If we fought wars through singing, we’d do a lot better.” For a weekly listing of religious services, see Saturday’s Daily News or go to dailynews.com/religion160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Bormann is a forward from Amana, Iowa who has lettered in each of her first three seasons at Clear Creek Amana High School. Entering her senior season, she has been selected first all-conference, all-district and all-state every season of her high school career and has won two conference championships. Bormann is a member of the Iowa City Alliance Soccer Club, who has helped the club capture back-to-back state cup championships in 2016 and 2017. “Our 2017 recruiting class is composed of young women with a lot of potential,” said Horner. “They bring talent, experience, athleticism and depth to our roster. Most importantly, they are student-athletes of character that will push us to be our best on-and-off the field. Our team is looking forward to welcoming these seven student-athletes and their families to our Bulldog soccer family.” Abby Stephenson”Abby personifies the meaning of teammate. She is relentless in her pursuit for perfection while making others better with the positive attitude and work ethic she demonstrates during practice and games. Her high school team benefited from her leadership, selflessness, enthusiasm and skills on and off the field. I believe that Drake will benefit as well.” – Randy Davis – Head Coach Nevada High School Nosler, a center back, from Westfield, Ind., was a four-year letterwinner for Westfield High School. She was a team captain each of her final two seasons. Nosler garnered two honorable mention all-state honors and was all-conference four times in her career. She is a member of the Indiana Fire Juniors ECNL club who has won two Mid Atlantic Conference Championships and finished as a ECNL regional finalist twice. Corbett is a local member of the class from Waukee High School. Heading into her senior season, she has lettered each of her first three seasons for the Warriors and helped the team qualify for the Iowa Class 3A State Tournament every year with two semifinal appearances. Corbett is a center midfielder/forward who scored 13 goals and handed out 10 assists as a junior and earned second team all-state accolades. She is a member of Sporting Iowa. Jamie Intihar”Jamie is an extremely versatile player. With her technical ability and game understanding, she can make an impact at pretty much any position in the back line or midfield. I look forward to seeing her excel at the college level.” – Theodore Zingman – Head Coach, Minnesota ODP Intihar is a midfielder from Lake Elmo, Minn. who played four seasons for Mahtomedi High School. She is a member of Rev Academy and helped the club win three Minnesota State Cup Championships. Abby Stephenson”I chose to commit to Drake because after a couple of visits I knew this was where I wanted to be. The campus and schooling sounded great and the soccer team seemed like a lot of fun and competitive, which was just what I wanted!” Jamie Intihar”I chose to attend Drake because the opportunities it has to offer academically and athletically are irrefutable. The overall atmosphere throughout the campus and on the soccer team was something I knew I wanted to be a part of from the beginning!” Kelsie Stone”Kelsie is a story of determination, grit, and perseverance. She is the story we all love to tell as coaches because of where she started and where she has worked incredibly hard to get to. She will be the perfect fit for Drake because of her, which isn’t to even talk about her athleticism. But she is never satisfied mentality, has a great work rate and add the technical skill onto that and you have not only a great goalkeeper but an incredible young woman.” – Doug Cardosi – Director of Goalkeeping, Palatine Celtic SC Print Friendly Version DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s soccer program has added seven student-athletes for the 2017 season, head coach Lindsey Horner announced. Joining the Bulldogs next year are Hannah Bormann (Amana, Iowa), Olivia Bruce (Lakeville, Minn.), Rebecca Corbett (Urbandale, Iowa), Jamie Intihar (Lake Elmo, Minn.), Sam Nosler (Westfield, Ind.), Abby Stephenson (Nevada, Iowa) and Kelsie Stone (Hoffman Estates, Ill.). Rounding out the class is Stone, who hails from Hoffman Estates, Ill. She is a goalkeeper for William Fremd High School who helped the team win a regional championship her junior season. Stone is a four-year letterwinner who was selected all-conference, all-area, all-sectional, all-state and her team’s most valuable player her junior campaign. 2017 Drake University Women’s Soccer Class on Why They Chose DrakeHannah Bormann”I chose Drake because I knew the university would not only challenge me on the soccer field but in the classroom, as well. The location of Drake is superb and when I got the chance to meet with the team and coaches, they made it feel like home. I’m extremely excited to be a Bulldog!” Sam Nosler”I chose to commit to Drake because of all the opportunities I will have while I am here, both academically and athletically. I felt like the classroom atmosphere was one at which I could have meaningful conversations in and the team chemistry I saw was something I really wanted to be a part of. I cannot wait to be a part of the Drake family!” Rebecca Corbett”Rebecca is a determined player that has focused on her strength and quickness over the last 1-2 years. Expect Rebecca to be the most competitive player on the pitch, eager to capitalize on opponents’ errors. Rebecca’s athleticism and physical nature will play a key role in her success as a Bulldog.” – Tony Gabriel – Head Coach, Waukee High School What They Are Saying About the 2017 Drake University Women’s Soccer ClassHannah Bormann”Hannah is that rare player that combines both strength of will and superior technical ability. She impacts the game through her ability to find passes to teammates in dangerous positions. Her love of the game fuels her to push herself and I look forward to cheering her on at Drake in the fall!” – Matt Harding – Head Coach, Clear Creek Amana High School Kelsie Stone”I chose to commit to Drake because as soon as I visited it felt like home and the perfect place for me. The size of the school and the atmosphere was exactly what I was looking for. I love the attitude of the team and feel that Drake is a place where I can succeed.” Olivia Bruce”Olivia played a key role in the attack of a team that was four-time State Cup champions. She moves well off the ball to create chances for herself and she finishes them well. She also has great vision which allows her to create goal scoring opportunities for her teammates. Drake is lucky to have her.” – Joe Hartwell – Head Coach, Rev Soccer Club Sam Nosler”Sam is playing the best soccer of her life while playing on the national stage in the ECNL. She is sharp, powerful, agile and super motivated to be better every day and to help lead our team to a very special season. I expect great things from her moving forward and I am convinced she will be one of the best centerbacks in the college game in a couple of years!” – Mark Castro – Head Coach, Indiana Fire Juniors Bruce, another forward in the class for the Bulldogs, hails from Lakeville, Minn. Bruce was a four-year letterwinnner for Lakeville North High School and helped the Panthers qualify for the Minnesota 2A State Tournament four times, including a runner-up finish and a third place showing. A prolific scorer, Bruce scored 32 goals to go with 17 assists in her high school career. As a senior, she garnered first team all-state honors and earned an Academic Excellence Gold Award. Bruce is a member of the Rev Academy. Olivia Bruce”I knew I wanted to be a student-athlete at Drake because of how strong the level of academics is as well as the Division I level of athletics. I love how Drake seems to have chemistry and school spirit not only on the campus, but over the whole city of Des Moines. I liked the coaches and team right away, and could definitely see myself at Drake and Des Moines. I’m very excited to be a Bulldog!” Stephenson is a talented multi-sport athlete from Nevada, Iowa. She lettered in five sports (volleyball, basketball, soccer, track and field and softball) as a freshman and sophomore at Nevada High School. As a junior, Stephenson competed in volleyball, basketball, soccer and track and field and earned first team all-state honors in soccer and volleyball and third team all-state accolades in basketball. As a sophomore on the soccer field, she set the Nevada single season record for goals (32) and assists (17). Rebecca Corbett”I committed to Drake because the atmosphere was right for me. The campus felt like home to me from the moment I stepped on campus. Growing up close to Drake helped me know what to expect when I am here. The team welcomed me on my visit and made me feel like this is a university that I could see myself at in the future. When I watched the team, the style of play really fits my personality and their positivity is something I am looking forward to being a part of.”
16 April 2012 The new Independent Police Investigative Directorate (Ipid) will focus more on tackling corruption and human rights abuses involving the police than its predecessor, while making itself more accessible to the public, says the unit’s director, Francois Beukman. The new unit replaced the Independent Complaints Directorate (ICD) this month. Ipid is backed by a bigger budget, will recruit more investigators, open more offices, and put in place improved case management and performance management tools.Police oversight strengthened The Ipid Act strengthens police oversight in South Africa, requiring the national commissioner to move on Ipid’s findings by initiating disciplinary proceedings, and to report regularly on the progress of matters referred to police management. Under the new Act, the police must also report to Ipid any matter falling under the scope of investigation of the directorate. Speaking ahead of a presentation to Parliament’s portfolio committee on police in Cape Town on Monday, Beukman said the ICD’s shortcoming was that it had “tried to be a jack of all trades” on a limited budget, which often meant that it could not pay enough attention to human rights abuses and corruption. The additional R36-million allocated to Ipid for the next financial year brings its total budget to R196-million. The directorate currently has 139 investigators, who will also undergo training in areas such as DNA analysis, the investigation of sexual offences and torture, and forensic and ballistic evidence collection.More accessible to the public The new directorate will provide investigation advisory services and legal and litigation support, while ensuring that its investigations are properly measured on an ongoing basis. It will also run various community awareness programmes and media campaigns, and set up nine more satellite offices in order to increase its accessibility to the public. In addition to the current seven offices, three new ones will be set up 2013/14, in Ladysmith in the Free State, Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, and KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga province. In 2014/15, a further six offices will be set up in Worcester, Vereeniging, Klerksdorp, Kroonstad, Bela Bela and Springbok. Source: BuaNews
Sporting CP midfielder Nani: Mourinho right manager for Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSporting CP midfielder Nani insists Jose Mourinho is the right manager for Manchester United.Nani won everything in the game at United.“Obviously the goal is to be Premier League champions, but the competition is fierce,” Nani told Goal.“Although last year United managed to finish in second place, this year isn’t going as expected. I’m sure though that if there is a coach able to turn things around and put the club on the right path it’s José.“Like Sir Alex, he has charisma and a very strong character. Those elements are key for success.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Martinez offers transfer advice to Chelsea ace Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBelgium coach Roberto Martinez says Chelsea ace Eden Hazard needs to trust his “intuition” over the prospect of leaving for Real Madrid. With Real circling, Hazard has postponed new contract talks until the end of the season.Martinez has weighed into the debate, stating: “Hazard? He is a person who is always guided by his intuition. He is a realistic player. “He left Belgium very young because he wanted to be a footballer, and from there, he managed things with his clubs that are not normal. He is a person who is prepared to arrive in any project at the global level. “My advice is that he be happy and follow his intuition.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say Sevilla make Man Utd defender Bailly number one targetby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla are chasing Manchester United defender Eric Bailly.The Ivory Coast international has struggled to find form and regular game time this season.He was sent off in his most recent appearance at home against Bournemouth.And Marca reports he is wanted by Sevilla.Their boss Pablo Manchin sees him as the man to bolster the team’s back line.Ivan Marcano, Diego Carlos and Fernando Calero are possible backups should United refuse to sell.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say SACKED! Stoke City fire Rowett after eight monthsby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveStoke City have parted ways with manager Gary Rowett.The Potters had appointed Rowett and given him a good transfer budget in the hopes of challenging for promotion.But the team are struggling to remain in the Championship, which was not the intended target at the start of the season. Rowett and his staff are sacked immediately.Per a Stoke statement: “Rory Delap, Kevin Russell and Andy Quy will take charge of first-team affairs” until a permanent boss is appointed.Rowett only lasted in the job for eight months.
Norwich defender Klose provides positive injury updateby Freddie Taylor14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTimm Klose has provided a positive update for Norwich City supporters.The German says he is recovering well from a knee injury sustained in late August.”It feels very good,” Klose said. “I don’t want to fool anyone here, it’s still going to be a long recovery time but I am not too sure how long it is going to take, it would be wrong for me to say anything about the timeline or to give hope to the fans.”That’s why I’m going day by day and hoping for the best.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
North Carolina held off 1-seed Virginia in tonight’s ACC semifinal, and if Duke can take care of business against Notre Dame later on, the two in-state rivals will meet for the league’s tournament title on Saturday. If so, Blue Devils AD Kevin White may want to find another seat.White, sitting on press row at the Greensboro Coliseum, was completely taken out by North Carolina big man Brice Johnson near the end of the game. Johnson was chasing down a loose ball and somehow wound up jumping onto the table and accidentally tackling the Duke AD.UNC’s Brice Johnson Tackles Duke AD Chasing Loose Ball #LifeComesAtYouFast http://t.co/qPDeUegWEk— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) March 14, 2015We have a feeling that North Carolina fans are going to enjoy sharing this one.
MONTREAL – The Montreal area’s construction boom is threatening to permanently evict Quebec’s “most urban” species of snake, according to a biologist working to protect the population in the province.The brown snake is found in only one place in the province, and that’s the Greater Montreal area, according to Pierre-Alexandre Bourgeois.“Scientists can’t find the reason,” he said in a phone interview.“The other populations are found in Ontario, Vermont, and New York state. But in between, there are no brown snakes.”Since 2015, Bourgeois and his team at the Ecomuseum Zoo in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Que. have been working to protect and enhance the snakes’ habitat, which is increasingly threatened by development.The snake, which reaches 25 to 35 cm in length, thrives in areas with long grass where it feeds mainly on slugs, snails and earthworms.Unfortunately, those open areas are usually the first to be developed, Bourgeois says.“We protect the forests first, and of course the wetlands,” he said. “But open areas are the ones we tend to destroy more rapidly, and right now there’s a very rapid decline.”While the ideal solution would be to preserve open fields — which are also important to other species such as birds and monarch butterflies — Bourgeois acknowledges that’s not always realistic.So for now, he and his team are focusing on adding some infrastructure to existing conservation areas to make them more hospitable to the reptiles.They’ll use a grant from Hydro-Quebec’s environmental foundation to install underground hibernation sites in three nature parks in the Montreal area, as well as adding rocks where the snakes can bask in the sun and hide from predators.Bourgeois says the Quebec government is evaluating whether the brown snake should be put on the endangered species list.He says the brown snake’s shy nature and habitat make it difficult to count exactly how many are left, but biologists believe the species is already endangered.Part of the grant money will also go to education, in a bid to help the public understand the importance of preserving a species that isn’t fluffy or cute.Bourgeois says brown snakes aren’t venomous and they serve an important role in urban ecosystems by feeding on common garden pests.In turn, the snakes become prey for other species, including foxes, raccoons and birds of prey.“Brown snakes are brown, it’s not the most charismatic colour,” he said. “But if you look closely, it’s a very beautiful and useful species.”