High school, 2 years of college end

first_img“I can count on one hand how many kids have done this,” Principal Jill Shenberger said. “We expect our students to earn anywhere from 22 to 44 units during their two years here. Earning 68 units is above and beyond.” School wasn’t always easy for Nordstrom. Growing up as an overweight child, she was teased in middle school and high school. But now, as she prepares to transfer to California State University, Northridge, this fall, those painful memories of school are far behind her. She’ll major in deaf studies, something she said will bring her closer to a community that has fascinated her. “Signing is like knowing a secret language,” Nordstrom said with a smile. As she sat by the blue bleachers on the quad of her small school she said she didn’t understand why others were making such a big deal of her accomplishments. “Everyone is talking about me finishing all this, but the reality of all of this hasn’t really hit me,” she said. “I am just nervous about getting lost on the first day of college.” connie.llanos@dailynews.com (661) 257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “She is not the kind of girl you put into a cookie-cutter mold,” said Robert Walker, a social science teacher at Academy of the Canyons. The academy is a middle college high school, where kids earn college and high school credits at the same time. Walker, who has taught Nordstrom for two years at the academy, remembers meeting her during her enrollment interview. “She came in with no egotism, but with a strong desire to try something new,” Walker said. Ultimately Nordstrom thrived in the academy’s intimate environment. VALENCIA – Catie Nordstrom’s standard outfit includes a dog collar and spiked bracelets. From head to toe, the 17-year-old sports black, starting with her smudged black eyeliner. She knows she doesn’t look like the average high school student. But despite her singularly dark taste in clothing, her music preferences are vastly varied. “I listen to everything from death metal to Barry Manilow,” Nordstrom said. Nordstrom is no regular teenager. How many students can say they graduated from both high school and community college at the same time? last_img read more

Wenger confirms new Arsenal contract for Giroud

first_imgArsene Wenger has confirmed Olivier Giroud has agreed an extension to his current Arsenal contract.The French striker, currently sidelined with an ankle injury, was reported to have penned fresh terms keeping him at the club until 2018.And Wenger confirmed that was the case on Tuesday, telling reporters: “It is done”.He added: “We want stability and to keep the core of our team together. Giroud is an important player here.“It is agreed. When it is completely done, we will announce it.”Wenger, speaking ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Galatasaray, also had a fitness update on Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey.The former has a calf problem and the latter a hamstring strain, and they are expected to miss four weeks each.“To be generous with time, four weeks. If all goes well, three. Arteta is the same, maybe a bit quicker. It will be after the international break,” he said. 1 Olivier Giroud last_img read more

Jose contacts one of his Man United favourites as Spurs eye January signing

first_imgMarouane Fellaini could be set for a shock January move to Tottenham as Jose Mourinho has allegedly made contact with his former Manchester United midfielder.Fellaini ended his five-and-a-half-year spell at Old Trafford and joined Chinese Super League club Shandong Luneng at the beginning of the year – shortly after Mourinho was fired by the Red Devils.During his time at United, the towering Belgian managed to carve himself a niche as an impact player, and he became one of Mourinho’s favourites at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese frequently deploying him in attack when chasing a goal. Getty – Contributor 1 Red Bull Salzburg vs Liverpool (Tuesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Leeds vs Hull (Tuesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Dinamo Zagreb vs Man City (Wednesday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Derby vs Sheffield Wednesday (Wednesday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Bayern Munich vs Tottenham (Wednesday, 8pm) – talkSPORTStandard Liege vs Arsenal (Thursday, 5:55pm) – talkSPORT 2Charlton vs Hull (Friday, 7:45pm) – talkSPORT 2Liverpool vs Watford (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORTBirmingham vs West Brom (Saturday, 12:30pm) – talkSPORT 2Chelsea vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm) – talkSPORT 2Southampton vs West Ham (Saturday, 5:30pm) – talkSPORT And Belgian outlet DHNet now report that Mourinho, who took over from Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs last month, is keen on a reunion with Fellaini, whose versatility would offer the north London outfit a plan B.Fellaini has scored 12 goals in 34 games since leaving the Premier League for China, and he has a contract with Shandong until December 2021.One of Tottenham’s current midfielders, Eric Dier, has said playing under Mourinho is special and it helps that they can speak the same language.“Of course you start from scratch with someone,” Dier explained. “It is very different. There is no history and a freedom in that.“I am really enjoying it, enjoying playing and feel with every game I am feeling better and better. Check out all the live commentaries coming up across our network this week… LIVE on talkSPORT Fellaini was one of Jose Mourinho’s favourites and left Man United shortly after the Portuguese was fired “We have spoken a lot – both in English and Portuguese! His mentality appeals to me and it is very special.“Having grown up in Portugal to go from what he was doing at the time to now be playing under him is very special.“I was a kid at the time but he was a very big thing so it is special to be working for him.“It is natural that we have that connection but it is nothing more than that and up to me to perform. I know that if I do perform, like I know I can, I will be able to play.”last_img read more

Dress to Impress for Galaxy’s Edge with a Darth Vader Dress

first_imgAnd with a purse, you need a dress. Here’s the latest Disney dress, with a black and white Darth Vader motif on the skirt. Share This!Without a doubt, this is the season of Star Wars. Everywhere you turn, Star Wars is on almost everything. Recently, we spotted this dress and purse combo that would be perfect for an evening on the town, Star Wars style.First, the Darth Vader purse. It reminds me of a smaller version of the Vader case used to hold Kenner action figures back in the 80s. The purse is $70 and the dress is $128, on par with other purse and dress options at Walt Disney World.What do you think of this combo–classy or creepy? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Big Data: Cornerstone for the Next Wave of Change

first_imgIt hasn’t even been 20 years since the Mosaix web browser ushered in dramatic change that consumerized the Internet and reshaped many industries.  In the 90’s rapid changes in software and technology were described as being done in ‘Internet Time’.  The Internet hasn’t fully run its course, but the wave of change brought on by the Internet is being augmented by other advances in technology.Faster, denser and cheaper hardware is enabling users to create and store incredibly more data than has ever been possible.  Currently, the amount of business data is doubling every 1.2 years.  As of 2010, global enterprises in total stored more than 7 exabytes of business data.  A McKinsey report (McKinsey Global Institute) identifies all this data as being at the source of another upcoming wave of change.  The technology that is bringing about this data-based revolution is being referred to as ‘big data’ and it focuses on creating analytical tools that can extract meaning from all the masses of data that we are collecting.The McKinsey report gushes with hype over how Big Data Analytics (BDA) could positively transform our lives.  When applied to applying collected shopper information, big data would give retailers the potential to increase their operating margins by more than 60 percent says the McKinsey report.  When BDA is applied to health care information, the quality of health care could dramatically improve, efficiencies in the health care delivery system would increase, and health care costs could drop as much as 8 percent, creating as much as $300 billion in value annually.The report says that “the use of data has long been part of the impact of information and communication technology, but the scale and scope of changes that big data are bringing about is today at an inflection point as a number of trends converge. The increasing volume and detail of information captured by enterprises, together with the rise of multimedia, social media, and the Internet of Things will fuel exponential growth in data for the foreseeable future.  Data have now reached every sector in the economy.”last_img read more

Inter crush Torino in the rain

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter were clinical and made the most of Torino errors with Lautaro Martinez, Stefan de Vrij and Romelu Lukaku to win 3-0, but Andrea Belotti and Nicolò Barella went off injured. Click here for the full match report. OR Follow all the action as it happens and give your views on the LIVEBLOG.last_img

Tata reveals specs of compact SUV Nexon at Geneva Motor Show

first_imgTata Motors is lighting up the Geneva Motor Show with multiple launches (including their very own sports car) and the Indian carmaker has now gone ahead and revealed the specifications of the Nexon, their first compact SUV. Under the hood, the Nexon has 1.2-litre Revotron motor and a 1.5-litre Revotorq mill, both of which will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. It will also feature Tata’s Superdrive driving modes that debuted in the recently launched Hexa.Also Read:Tata Motors unveils all new RaceMo sportscar at Geneva Motor Show The Nexon looks stunning with its quirky design but what really makes the car stand out is the dual-tone paint scheme, outside and inside. Another highlight of the Nexon is the dash-mounted touchscreen infotainment system that is similar to the system present in Audi’s. The Nexon will be launched in India by the end of the year and it will compete against the Hyundai Creta, Ford EcoSport and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza.Also Read:All new Tata Tigor unveiled at Geneva Motor Show ahead of India launchlast_img read more

At times I’ve let my emotions slip, I apologise: Steve Smith

first_imgAustralia captain Steven Smith was left to rue the mistakes his team made in the deciding Test match against India in Dharmasala but he can hold his head up high for the way the visitors competed throughout the series. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL UPDATES)India hammered the Aussies by 8 wickets on Day 4 of the fourth Test to clinch the series 2-1 and reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. (Rahane’s captaincy draws high praise from Clarke, Ganguly)Watch: Biggest takeaways from India vs Australia Test seriesSmith was the best batsman on display from either side and ended up as the highest run-scorer with 499 runs in eight innings at an average of 71.28 with three hundreds to his name. But the No. 1 ranked batsman in the world still ended up on the losing end. (Great win, great summer for India: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Smith though conceded that this was one of the best series that he has been a part of and praised his team for their performances. (Told myself to take a few hits for the team: KL Rahul)”Magnificent series. One of the best I have been a part of. Credit to India, they are a fantastic cricket side, particularly in their backyard. If you give them a sniff, they will take that. For Australia, this is the toughest conditions for us. To challenge them so much, I am proud,” Smith said at the post-match presentation. (Ravindra Jadeja and I’ve been hand-in-glove all season: Ravichandran Ashwin)”The middle session yesterday, when you lose five for 70, you put yourself behind. Credit to India. Umesh was fantastic. They have all been fantastic. A lot of people wrote us off. They said it was going to be a 4-0 whitewash. I am proud of the way we have competed. We have probably let a few moments slip. Against India you can’t do that,” he added.advertisementSmith, who was involved in the DRS controversy and was found guilty of seeking advice from his dressing room during the Bengaluru Test, apologised for his actions once again for what he had already termed as a ‘brain fade’ moment.”I have been pretty intense throughout this series. I really wanted to do well for the team. At times I have been in my own bubble and have let my emotions slip. I apologise for that,” Smith ended on a positive note.last_img read more

‘Bayern defenders are scared of Sancho!’

first_imgAxel Witsel says even the Bayern Munich defenders were scared of “technically strong” and “complete” winger Jadon Sancho as he fired Borussia Dortmund to DFL-Supercup victory on Saturday.The 19-year-old notched a goal and an assist as his side beat the Bundesliga champions 2-0 to lift the first piece of silverware of the season.Sancho scored an impressive 13 goals and set up a further 15 in 43 appearances for Dortmund last season and the England international is expected to shine in the Bundesliga again this year. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Team-mate Witsel is convinced Sancho will play a key role again after striking fear into the team they hope to beat to the Bundesliga title in 2019-20. “Jadon is damned talented,” Witsel told reporters. “Even Bayern’s defenders are scared when he has the ball. But that’s normal because Jadon just has a lot of quality. He is fast, technically strong and he can score goals as well as put his team-mates in the spotlight. He is really a complete player.”Dortmund were leading the Bundesliga for most of last season before Bayern jumped ahead of them in March and finished two points clear.Coach Lucien Favre has brought defender Mats Hummels back to the club from Bayern this summer, while Thorgan Hazard, Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt have all been signed and Paco Alcacer’s loan from Barcelona was made permanent.While the club have been working hard in the transfer market, Witsel says things are coming together in training and is confident the extra competition in the squad will help them.”We work very hard on defending in training because last season we just conceded too many goals,” he added. “Especially with set piece situations we had problems. I think we’ve already improved because we work on it every day. “The coach is doing a very good job. We have done well against Bayern. We will do everything to make sure that the title ends up with us in the end.”It is a relatively large group, but also with a lot of quality. That’s why everyone has to go full throttle in training. It’s true that we could set up two good teams and I think we missed that last season.”The competition is good for us all. Everyone has to be careful not to let up, but we can stay fresher that way. “Sometimes, I don’t want to say in easy games, but if you lead maybe 3-0, it is possible to change things earlier and give some players a rest.”last_img read more

Alabama Assistant Named Candidate For Kansas Job

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 13: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide leads his team on the field to face the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 13, 2014 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Kansas is eager to get a slam-dunk coaching candidate to replace outgoing head coach David Beaty. Les Miles and Dave Doeren are popular names connected to the job, and now Alabama assistant coach has emerged: Dan Enos.According to FootballScoop.com, the Alabama quarterbacks coach Enos has emerged as a candidate for the job. He has helped develop Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa into the Heisman trophy favorite this year.Enos is in his first year as QBs coach for the Crimson Tide after spending the last three years as offensive coordinator at Arkansas, where new Kansas athletic director Jeff Long previously held the same position.Prior to his stint in Arkansas, Enos served as head coach of Central Michigan from 2010 to 2014.Report: Alabama QBs coach Dan Enos a candidate for Kansas job #collegefootball https://t.co/SiRTEzFzYY— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) November 7, 2018During his time as head coach of Central Michigan, Enos led the Chippewas to two bowl games.Kansas recently announced that it would be parting ways with David Beaty at the end of the year.Beaty is 6-39 as head coach of the Jayhawks as of Week 10. He is 2-31 in the Big 12 in the same span.[FootballScoop.com]last_img read more