first_img“Both (Lauren Biggs of Salmo and Mogan Flynn of Castlegar) played well leading up to the break and our team defense is very good largely riding good goal tending,” Fisher said taking an optimistic look at the second half of the season.”We have the second fewest goals against average in the league.”Fisher said that defence was bolstered during the weekend with the return of Golden’s Danica Dahlin back from a knee injury. Dahlin will be a deference maker once she is back in shape and able to play to her standard. Last weekend the coaching staffl monitored Dahlin’s minutes to ensure she eases into game shape.To get the Kootenay offence going, Fisher is looking for speedy winger Jesse Cooper (Nelson) and hard working winger Jenna Wheeldon (Nelson) to be more consistent with their new centre Kimberley Huisman. “This is a highly skilled first-year line that needs to contribute,” Fisher said.”They all bring grit and competiveness but with any first year player they need to find their way in the league.  Stay tuned for big things from them.”The Cats play the second game against Prince George Sunday at 8:45 a.m. in the NDCC Arena. The inability to score goals continues to haunt the Kootenay Wildcats.The Cats dropped a pair of games, albeit to the front-runners of the B.C. Female Midget AA League, Fraser Valley Phantom last weekend at the Langley Events Centre in the Fraser Valley.Kootenay lost 3-0 and 2-0 to fall to 6-10-2 on the season.”A coach doesn’t want to labour over a lack of scoring but we have an issue with that,” said Kootenay head coach Cary Fisher prior to last weekend’s series against Fraser Valley Phantom.”The good news is we are getting scoring from a variety of players at the right time to win games.”Despite the two setbacks, Kootenay remains out of second place in league standings behind Thompson-Okanagan Rockets.Kootenay hosts the Prince George Cougars in a pair of weekend games in Nelson, beginning Saturday at 3:30 p.m. in the Civic Centre Arena.last_img read more

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Raptors: Host Washington on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nets: Brooklyn shot 20 for 41 from 3-point range, matching their season high for made 3-pointers. … F DeMarre Carroll (left knee) was not available. Atkinson said Carroll should return Wednesday at Cleveland.Raptors: Toronto has won five straight. … This was the first of six consecutive home games for the Raptors, who don’t play on the road against until March 3 at Detroit. … Musician Sting attended the game.CHANGING OF THE GUARDSRaptors guard Fred VanVleet was not available. Before the game, the Raptors said VanVleet will miss at least three weeks because of a ligament injury in his left thumb. VanVleet was hurt in the second quarter of Saturday’s win at New York.Toronto acquired some insurance at the point guard position Monday when they agreed to sign veteran Jeremy Lin, who is being waived by the Atlanta Hawks. Lin will sign with Toronto later this week, said Jim Tanner, one of his agents.NOT CLICKING YETIn his second game since missing 42 with a right foot injury, Caris LeVert shot 3 for 11 and scored six points.“Is he clicking on all cylinders? No, but I don’t care, quite honestly,” Atkinson said.UP NEXTNets: Visit Cleveland on Wednesday night. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shots as Brooklyn Nets guard Treveon Graham (21) defends and Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) looks on during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Marc Gasol was a winner in his first home game with the Toronto Raptors — thanks to a sweet shot by Kawhi Leonard.Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining and the Raptors edged the Brooklyn Nets 127-125 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Russell hit a tiebreaking 3 with 50 seconds to go, but Danny Green answered with a 3 for the Raptors.With the teams tied at 92 to begin the fourth, Gasol scored 11 of Toronto’s first 13 points in the final quarter.“It was a heck of a stretch for him,” Nurse said. “Really fun, really impressive.”Nets coach Kenny Atkinson had praise for Gasol, too.“I thought he commanded in the post,” Atkinson said. “I could really see him anchoring that second unit and making them very dangerous.”Gasol received a standing ovation when he replaced Ibaka at 3:03 of the first.“It gives you the butterflies in your stomach,” Gasol said of the rousing welcome. “It made you feel like a rookie again. It’s a great feeling to have.”Harris made five of six from 3-point range in the first quarter and Brooklyn led 29-21 after one. The five 3-pointers are the most Harris has made in a single quarter, and matched his season high for an entire game.The Nets led 60-56 at halftime.TIP-INS View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA looking into 76ers’ Ben Simmons talk with Lakers MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points and had a career-high 14 assists for Brooklyn. Joe Harris scored 24 points and made a career-best seven 3-pointers, but the Nets lost for the fifth time in six games.The Nets gave the ball to Russell on their final possession, but his long shot bounced off the rim and into Kyle Lowry’s hands.Lowry and Patrick McCaw each scored 13 for the Raptors, who have won 14 of 15 against Brooklyn.Allen Crabbe made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, while Jarret Allen scored 15 for the Nets.Toronto led 120-114 on a 3 by Lowry at 2:45 of the fourth but Crabbe replied with back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it at 120 at 1:34.ADVERTISEMENT “I asked if he called ‘bank,’” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He said he called ‘game.’”Leonard scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Pascal Siakam scored 17 for the Raptors, who have won eight straight home meetings with the Nets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGasol scored 16 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, in his home debut after being acquired from Memphis last Thursday.“I definitely got more comfortable,” Gasol said of his big quarter. 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first_imgWe are today calling on all Liberians, between the ages of 16 and 40, who want to start their own businesses, to come forward. To do what? To apply to the Entrepreneurship Program of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF). The TEF has pledged to train you in realizing your ambition to start and grow your own businesses.Our Business Reporter David Yates, who wrote the story about this challenge in Monday’s edition, said the aim of the Program is to enhance and materialize Tony Emelelu’s philosophy and vision of africapitalism, aimed at “positioning Africa’s private sector and most importantly entrepreneurs as the catalyst for the socioeconomic development of the African continent.”But first, let us explain what an entrepreneur is. An entrepreneur is one who, according to the wealthy Nigerian business tycoon, Tony Elumelu, “wishes to grow his own business in order to realize his ambition and vision. We are,” Mr. Elumelu continued, “showing what the African private sector can achieve, how hard work and enterprise can catalyze real, sustainable development.” Mr. Elumelu is a major investor in United Bank Africa (UBA). Reporter Yates also quoted TEF Chief Executive Officer Parminder Vir Obe as saying, “The program will continue to surpass the expectations of entrepreneurs and its success is palpable (real, profound).”The TEF journey, she said, “begins when you make the decision to complete the application. We are seeking real entrepreneurs, people who can take risk and reap rewards, not just for themselves, but their communities and countries.”Reporter Yates named three successful entrepreneurs who have successfully gone through the program. One is a Gambian, Mass Taal, who turned his US$5,000 seed capital into US$1.2 million in revenues.Another is Tanzania’s Bukhary Kibonajoro, who used the TEF mentorship to create within a year 34 new jobs in education and training for over 100 new local businesses.A third successful entrepreneur is Chioma Okonu, whose waste management business has created ancillary revenue for over 6,000 households, creating 40 jobs and a US$50,000 profit.The Daily Observer is today calling on Liberians between the ages of 16 and 40 to apply to the TEF Entrepreneurial Training Program for fellowships to enter its mentoring program. You may apply by using the website www.tonyelumelufoundation.org/teep/faqs. We at this newspaper have long been calling on our people, Liberians, to plunge into business by choosing a business sector, be it a grocery shop, a building materials store, an agricultural enterprise such as poultry and eggs or a vegetable or flower garden, or whatever. Plunge out into the deep, take a risk and start a business of your own, no matter how young you may be.We need, at this time, to tell you how the Daily Observer newspaper got started. When Kenneth & Mae Gene Best resigned their jobs in Nairobi, Kenya, he from the All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and she from a philanthropic organization, they returned home with the aim of starting Liberia’s first independent daily newspaper.The couple had no money, except for US$4,000, which was all they had been able to save after working six and a half years in Kenya. That was the seed money we used to start the newspaper. We were also able to convince a few Liberians to take shares in the business, valued at US$10 per share, with shareholders averaging US$75 to US$150. We were also able to obtain a loan from the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), which was approved on October 30, 1980.The newspaper was launched on February 16, 1981. But it was scarcely six weeks before we ran into serious trouble with Justice Minister Chea Cheapoo who, angry at a story we had carried on him, threatened to hunt down the newspaper publisher, Mr. Best, and shoot him! TheMinister also deported three of the staff back to Ghana and Nigeria, demanded that the newspaper, an entirely new business, cough up US$3,000 to pay fines he had levied against the three deportees and also to pay their transport fares back home. Three months later, in June1981, the military junta shut down the newspaper, arrested Mr. Best, Mrs. Best and several of their staff, including three other female employees, and imprisoned them; the men in the Post Stockade and the women at the CID cell. The newspaper suffered three more closures, in August 1983, January 1984 and January 1985, this time for nearly two years.But that was not all. In 1987 President Doe, who though having been elected President was still behaving like a military dictator, ordered his Defense Minister Gray D. Allison, who was also Chair of the board of the Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC), to cut the Observer’s electricity!In addition to all this, three times the government attempted to burn the newspaper’s office. At the third attempt, they burnt the building to the ground, and we lost everything!By that time the war was on and Mr. Best and family were in The Gambia trying to establish another newspaper, which they did successfully—until the new military head of state Yaya Jammeh, deported Mr. Best in August 1994.But despite all of these trials and tribulations, the Daily Observer was able to maintain a staff of 40 full time staff and employed over 400 newspaper vendors, most of whom paid their own way through night school and many built their own houses and supported their families. The Daily Observer management was also able to pay back its LBDI loan.We wish to assure all young entrepreneurs that you will NOT suffer the same fate as befell the Daily Observer. The political and business climate has dramatically and positively changed; and we have and will continue to have for the foreseeable future, a democratic and a very business-friendly government. So we urge our young people to go forward and apply to the TEF, become entrepreneurs and create your own businesses. One day you will succeed, become your own boss, and be able to employ others and make a constructive and meaningful contribution to national development. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgBut there are many Americans who think they don’t have even $5 to spare. Find money to save Bach says they’ve got it; they just need to find it. “It’s what some people spend in a day on coffee or bottled water or cigarettes,” Bach points out. He’s dubbed it “the latte factor” and argues that if people cut back on their spending just a bit – that is, forgo a latte a day – they can get on a savings track. The America Saves campaign, a program backed by more than 1,000 nonprofit, government and corporate groups, each February renews its efforts to get more people to save, especially low- and middle-income families. The goal, said Nancy Register of the Washington, D.C.-based Consumer Federation of America, is to convince families “that you don’t have to be rich to build wealth.” To that end, the campaign’s Web site at www.americasaves.org has strategies to build an emergency fund, buy a car or accumulate the down payment for a home. It’s OK to start small America Saves makes it clear that it’s OK to start small. Among its “found money” tips are: Cutting soda consumption by a liter a week saves $6 a month, or $72 a year. Bringing lunch to work saves $3 a day, or $720 a year. Eating out two fewer times a month saves $30 a month, or $360 a year. Paying credit card bills on time to avoid late fees saves $25 a month, or $300 a year. Ronald W. Roge, who heads a wealth management company in Bohemia, N.Y., says people often overlook the obvious when they’re trying to start saving. “I throw my change at night into a jar, an old pipe tobacco jar,” he said. “By the end of the month, it’s often filled up – and there’s $40 to $60 in there.” Or, people living paycheck to paycheck might try to get a savings program going when they get their next raise, Roge said. “Say you get a 5percent raise, so you’re going to get an extra $100 at the end of the month,” he said. “Put at least half of that into savings.” If it doesn’t sound like a lot, he points out that it’s $50 you weren’t saving before – and $600 a year toward that nest egg. Easier if it’s automated Both Roge and Bach emphasize that saving is easier if it’s automated – that is, if people automatically have money taken out of their paychecks or checking accounts every month and put into a savings account. “It’s a habit not to save,” Roge said. “Try putting the money aside for three or four weeks, and it will become a habit to save.” Bach encourages people to “pay yourself first.” That is, transfer money into your savings account at the beginning of the month, not at the end, when there may be nothing left to save. If it’s for retirement, have it automatically transferred into a company-sponsored plan, such as a 401(k), Bach said. If it’s for other purposes, have it moved regularly into one of the high-interest online accounts, such as those run by EmigrantDirect.com or INGDirect.com, he said. And Bach emphasizes that people shouldn’t let debt keep them from starting to save. “If you pay down debt only, it’s a negative thing,” Bach said. “People get disillusioned, and they stop.” Instead, he suggests, people should take the money they free up each month and put half toward debt and half toward savings. “As you start building savings, you get to take advantage of compound interest, so it starts to grow sooner,” he said. “And you also get the psychological boost of seeing yourself make progress.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – The nation’s savings rate has fallen to the lowest level since the Great Depression, a negative 1percent last year. That means many Americans are spending more than they take home in wages from their jobs. For many, the problem might be not knowing how to get started saving – and not understanding that putting just a bit of money away now can go a long way toward making sure a family has an emergency fund, will be able to buy a home and can fund a comfortable retirement. “I have always argued that saving just $5 a day can change your life,” said David Bach, a financial adviser who is author of “The Automatic Millionaire” and other investment books. Put $5 a day – about $150 a month – into an account that yields a 10percent annual return, and after 40 years, you’ve got more than $940,000, Bach said. Put away $10 a day, and the nest egg can grow to nearly $1.9million. last_img read more

first_imgProvincial SPCA spokeswoman, Marcie Moriarty says charges are being recommended after the video, which was taken undercover, showed 8 employees whipping, punching, kicking and beating dairy cows with their feet and fists, chains, canes and rakes.Dairy Farmers of Canada representatives say the video shows reprehensible, unacceptable activities.David Taylor, a long time dairy farmer and the Chair of the BC Dairy Association, says while there’s no agency enforcing it, there’s a national code of conduct for dairy farmers.- Advertisement -“We encourage it (national code of conduct); we teach it, demonstrate it all the time to our farmers, but there is not an outside party that reviews that, or at least not an outside person that goes into farms,” explains Taylor. “I grew up on a farm…I’ve always been proud to be a dairy farmer, I wear that everyday and today I’m ashamed.”At the centre of the scandal is Jeff Kooyman, the owner of Chilliwack Cattle Sales, which runs the Fraser Valley dairy farm with a herd of more than 35-hundred animals.However, Kooyman sounds just as frustrated and mystified as Taylor.Advertisement “We obviously have failed to instill the passion and love that we have from these animals into the employees, I guess you just expect that,” says Kooyman. “Why would anyone hit a cow like that? It’s just unacceptable; we have a zero tolerance for animal abuse on this farm.”  Kooyman later confirmed the eight accused workers have been fired and a new training program is being prepared for remaining staff.However, officials with the Vancouver Humane Society say the industry should make video surveillance mandatory at all livestock operations.last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Italy’s forward Mario Balotelli (L) celebrates with Italy’s forward Lorenzo Insigne after scoring his team’s first goal during the friendly football match between Italy and Saudi Arabia at Kybunpark stadium in St Gallen on May 28, 2018. © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIST. GALLEN, Switzerland, May 29 – Mario Balotelli got new Italy coach Roberto Mancini off to a winning start by scoring the opener in a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia in a pre-World Cup friendly in Saint Gallen on Monday.Saudi Arabia face hosts Russia in the opening match of the tournament on June 14 while four-time champions Italy stay home following their failure to qualify for the first time in 60 years. Made the scapegoat for Italy’s first-round exit from the 2014 World Cup, Balotelli’s four-year Azzurri hiatus ended when he was recalled by Mancini, appointed six months after Italy’s shock failure to qualify for Russia following a playoff defeat to Sweden.It took the 27-year-old Nice striker just 21 minutes to get on the scoreboard with his first goal for Italy since netting the winner against England at the 2014 World Cup.Substitute Andrea Belotti added a second midway through the second half before Yahya Al-Shehri pulled one back for the Saudis following Italian defensive blunders.“I’m satisfied with the first half-performance. The difficulties of the second half were down to tiredness due to the extra fitness training we’ve been doing over the last few days,” said Mancini.“Saudi Arabia are approaching peak form because they are going to the World Cup. I wasn’t angry about the goal we conceded. I thought it was down to fatigue.”Mancini said Balotelli’s performance was “pretty good”.“Balotelli can do better, much better, but I thought he did pretty good in the first half. He scored a goal, which is important for a striker, but of course he can do more.”Italy have dropped to their lowest ever world ranking of 20th, but were in control against the 67th-ranked Saudis.Mancini opted for a 4-3-3 formation with Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal and Sassuolo winger Matteo Politano handed his full debut.Balotelli came out firing early with the Nice striker heading just wide off a Leonardo Bonucci cross.He finally found a way through with a low drive under the outstretched arms of Saudi goalkeeper Mohammed Al Owais for his 14th goal in 34 appearances.Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne nearly added a second minutes later after picking up a pin perfect cross but defender Yasir Al Shahrani blocked.An Alessio Romagnoli bicycle kick flew just wide with Domenico Criscito rattling the the crossbar.– ‘Open wound’ –Both Mancini and Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi made substitutions in the second half with Balotelli making way for Belotti after 58 minutes.Italy’s head coach Roberto Mancini (R) looks on next to Italy’s forward Andrea Belotti during the friendly football match between Italy and Saudi Arabia at Kybunpark stadium in St Gallen on May 28, 2018. © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIAnd the 24-year-old Torino striker scored the second when he turned in a rebound ten minutes later.Al-Shehri pulled Saudi Arabia back into the game four minutes later taking advantage of defensive error by Davide Zappacosta.Leganes winger Al-Shehri picked up a Salem Al Dawsari flick and fired past the outrushing Donnarumma into an empty net.After Donnarumma denied Fahad Al Muwallad a late equaliser Italy held on for their first win since their 1-0 World Cup qualifier away to Albania on October 9, which was followed by two draws and two defeats.“In the second half we held our own against one of the best teams in the world,” said Saudi coach Pizzi. “Although they are not in the World Cup, they have a great coach, an unparalleled history.”Belotti added: “The failure to reach the World Cup is something that continues to hurt, it’s an open wound.“We must start again and build our self-confidence, which I think is what we saw tonight.”Italy play two more friendlies, against France on June 1 in Nice and the Netherlands on June 4 in Turin.The Saudis play two more warm-up games, against Peru on June 3 and Germany on June 8 before kicking off their World Cup campaign.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Jamie Vardy (left) has rediscovered his goalscoring form under Brendan Rodgers © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 4 – Jamie Vardy is playing with a smile on his face after “little adjustments” helped him rocket to the top of the Premier League goalscoring charts, according to Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers.The 32-year-old former England marksman took his tally to 10 league goals with the Foxes’ second goal in their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Sunday which took them back into third place in the Premier League. Leicester are ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and six points clear of fifth-placed Arsenal, whom they host next weekend, in the early battle for a place in next season’s Champions League.Vardy’s goal was an ideal response to taunts from the Palace fans over his wife Rebekah’s public falling-out with former friend Coleen Rooney, wife of former England captain Wayne.“Jamie is so thick-skinned and is just one of those boys — that makes him better,” said Rodgers.“He knows he has taken a wee bit of stick over a couple of games but he is very concentrated on his game and very focused in the game.”Rodgers, who left Celtic after a successful spell to take over at Leicester after Claude Puel was sacked last season, said Vardy’s form had improved due to minor changes.“Firstly from a defensive perspective he is not having to press the whole back four,” said Rodgers.“He is a guy who will run all day for you. Now it is a lot more synchronised in how we want him to press and he is doing short bursts of pressing, which he is very good at.“He is so clever at setting traps to press so he is a real focal point in that aspect.“He is a really top striker at this level and we have done some little adjustments which have helped him, but he is playing with a smile and really enjoying his football and that is always important as a player.”0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

first_img1 England captain Wayne Rooney has admitted he is another who has been caught up in the euphoria surrounding Harry Kane and can’t wait to link up with the Spurs striker against Italy on Tuesday.Roy Hodgson confirmed on Monday that the 21-year-old sensation would make his full debut in Turin alongside Rooney after taking just 79 seconds to open his international account against Lithuania on Friday.Rooney, who is three goals away from becoming England’s record goalscorer, has monitored the Spurs striker’s meteoric rise to stardom this season and is relishing the opportunity to link up in attack against the Azzurri.“I’m as excited as everyone in the country [about Kane],” said Rooney.“He’s had an unbelievable season. It’s exciting for this group of players to train with him. After getting his goal on Friday, I bet he can’t wait to get out on the pitch and try and get another goal.”“It’s great for English football to have someone scoring so regularly in the Premier League and getting a goal on debut at international level. It’s an exciting time for him and all of us.”Kane earned his first England call up last week after taking the footballing world by storm so far this season with 29 goals in all competitions, and Rooney is impressed by the way he has taken his chance.The England skipper said: “Going into the season there were questions whether he would start for Tottenham. He was starting the Europa League games, but not the league games.“But he gave his manager no option but to play him and he’s not looked back, scoring goals every week.”Kane is expected to partner Rooney up front at the Juventus Stadium, with England down to the bare minimum with only 17 players at Hodgson’s disposal following a series of injuries. Wayne Rooney last_img read more

first_img1 Hatem Ben Arfa: The Frenchman is available on a free transfer this summer Chelsea have joined Liverpool in the race for former Newcastle United flop Hatem Ben Arfa.The playmaker left St. James’ Park in January 2015, but he has been a huge success for Nice this season.The Frenchman has 17 goals to his name and he has earned a recall to the France squad ahead of Euro 2016.Liverpool are interested in Ben Arfa but, according to L’Equipe, they now face competition from Chelsea.Both clubs have been alerted to the fact that the 29-year-old is available for free in the summer, with his contract due to expire at the end of the season.However, Chelsea and Liverpool are likely to also face strong competition from Paris Saint-Germain.last_img

first_imgPALMDALE – A 14-passenger school bus equipped with lap and shoulder safety belts is going into service hauling students from the Antelope Valley Union High School District, and Lancaster, Keppel and Westside elementary school districts. The Corbeil bus equipped with padded high-back seats and belts was won by Antelope Valley Union School District through a drawing sponsored by seat manufacturer IMMI SafeGuard. “It could be used for small athletic teams, special trips, post-season trips,” Superintendent David Vierra said. The high school district won the bus after chief financial officer Ken Scott attended a school bus safety presentation last summer hosted by Palmdale School District. Scott dropped his business card in the drawing, which SafeGuard sponsored for all California public and private schools who attended its sales presentations. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant A state law that took effect last year requires all school buses bought after July 1, 2005, to be equipped with lap and shoulder belts. The bus will be operated by the Antelope Valley Schools Transportation Agency, which buses pupils for the high school district as well as for Lancaster, Keppel and Westside elementary school districts. The school bus agency already has 14-passenger buses with lap belts, mainly used for special education pupils and other youngsters with special needs, said chief executive officer Jene Jansen. This will be the school bus agency’s first bus with shoulder belts, Jansen said. To replace aging full-size vehicles, the school bus agency expects to buy about 10 buses a year, with delivery starting probably next winter or spring, that will carry lap and shoulder belts under the new state law. “It’s exciting. It’s a change,” Jansen said. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 chuck.bostwick@dailynews.com 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