Local swimmers compete at sectional championships

first_imgEast Los Angeles >> Julia and Jayne Brandt traveled to East Los Angeles College over the weekend to compete at the 2016 California and Nevada Speedo Sectional Championships.This is a high level qualifying meet that featured 913 swimmers representing 90 teams.The Brandt sisters swam on the Chico Aquajet 400 Medley relay team and Jayne Brandt competed in the 100 Yard Breaststroke.The relay team finished in 36th place and Jayne Brandt went 1:08.15 to place 54th out of 85 swimmers from all over …last_img read more

Spartans fall to Shasta; Cards stay perfect

first_imgRed Bluff >> The Red Bluff Spartans boys basketball team kept pace with the visiting Shasta Wolves through much of the first period Tuesday night, but fell behind and were never able to catch up, losing 66-51.In a fast-paced, physical first period the Spartans jumped ahead early led 8-7 with 3 minutes to go, but finished down 19-13. The Spartans shooters went cold in the second and the Wolves pulled away to take a 37-20 lead into the half. It would prove too much for Red Bluff to overcome in …last_img read more

Smuggling SA into a blockbuster

first_imgSharlto Copley as arch villan Kruger in ‘Elysium’By Anne Taylor2 September 2013In an interview with Tymon Smith in the Sunday Times this weekend, actor Sharlto Copley confesses to smuggling an Afrikaans nursery rhyme into “a $100-million Hollywood popcorn film”.Copley plays the villian, Kruger, in Elysium, which is currently on circuit in South Africa. Directed by fellow South African Neill Blomkamp, Copley says the nursery rhyme scene “is the kind of scene where US audiences will all be terrified and South Africans will probably laugh or perhaps at least feel a perverse sense of pride that Neill and I smuggled it in there.”“I must say that I did get to sing an Afrikaans nursery rhyme in a $100-million Hollywood popcorn film – I won’t say which one – and I think South Africans should go and see the film for that reason alone. Do you know how difficult it was for us to pull that off? It may never happen again in our lifetime.”Copley starred as Wikus, the unlikely hero in Blomkamp’s 2010 Oscar-nominated film, District 9. “For me, at a deeper level,” Copley says, “Wikus represented what I and other white South Africans had done – doing the right thing morally and ethically for the country and giving up a position of the ultimate power with nuclear weapons.”This time around, he stars alongside Matt Damon to play the villian, Kruger. While he says he and Blomkamp joke that “we may be undoing all the goodwill we got for white South Africans around the world for through the Wikus character”, they chose the South African as it gave the role something new.“I also tried to give Kruger a kind of dark charisma and a twisted sense of humour, so hopefully people will see that and my friends from the South will forgive me that he had to be the villian in this one.”last_img read more

Southeastern Equipment Company names new executive

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Southeastern Equipment Co., Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Thor Hess to Executive Vice President. As EVP,Hess will oversee company strategy (both long term and short term), implement operating efficiencies across all 18 locations, manage manufacturer relationships, and serve as in-house legal counsel. Hess joined Southeastern Equipment in 2014 as Director of Corporate Development where he helped hone company strategy and assisted in managing corporate operations.last_img read more

Agriculture Department raids Shetkari Sanghatana leader’s house

first_imgA day after a Shetkari Sanghatana (SS) leader in Akola district of Maharashtra planted illegal Genetically Modified (GM) seeds, the officers from Agriculture Department on Tuesday searched his house and collected the seed samples to be sent to the testing. Hundreds of farmers on Monday had joined in what they termed as the ‘civil disobedience’ movement, to protest central government’s indecisiveness in approving the next generation of GM cotton, as farmer leader Lalit Patil-Bahale sowed seeds of the illegal herbicide tolerant (HT) Bt cotton and Bt Brinjal, in his field in Akoli Jahangir in Akola’s Akot tehsil.The open defiance of law was organised by SS, a farmers’ organisation which has been an advocate of open market in the field of agriculture.“Today, the officials from the Agriculture department visited my house and seized samples of seeds which were sown yesterday. I had openly announced that we will be breaking the law and was ready for any type of repercussions,” said Mr Patil-Bahale.He said that the officials told him that samples will be sent for tests to determine whether it was really a banned HTBt cotton seed. “If they had decided to wait to test on cotton crop, then they would have had to wait for two months. It seems they were in a hurry,” he said. Akola district collector Jitendra Papalkar told The Hindu that the farmers’ body has committed an illegal act. “We have sent a team of agriculture officers and will be seeking the report from them, following which necessary action would be taken,” he said.Breaking law by planting unapproved GM seed may attract imprisonment of up to five years and monetary fine worth ₹1 lakh.The anti-GM crop activists too had termed the action by SS as one similar to bio-terrorism, risking the lives of future generations.last_img read more