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PICTURE SPECIAL FROM THE CRANA COLLEGE PRIZEGIVING CEREMONY was last modified: November 4th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:CRANA COLLEGEFeaturesnewsNoticesprizegiving
The mortgage deduction generates the most political passion, and convoluted reasoning. The panel’s thinking is that the current tax breaks for homeowners, like the interest deduction, encourage wealthier taxpayers to buy bigger houses and do little to help others purchase homes. Get rid of the deduction and prices will fall, putting the American Dream within reach of more buyers, or something like that. On Friday afternoon, the fax machine spit out a release from the California Mortgage Bankers Association headlined: “Cutting Mortgage Interest Deduction Would Destroy Homeownership in California.” “That’s one I think everyone in America is concerned about,” said Jim Hamilton, president of the California Association of Realtors, said of the panel’s proposal. “It flies in the face of the president’s promise to create more homeownership.” Prices rising faster than incomes and tight supplies are the biggest impediment to buying a house, especially the first one. And that interest rate deduction is a seductive carrot for just about every buyer. Congressman Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, is no fan of the panel’s proposal, noting that the deduction helps drive of the San Fernando Valley’s economy by encouraging homeownership. The median price house in the Valley now costs more than half a million bucks, but that doesn’t mean homeowners here are wealthy, the congressman said. He also noted that President Bush started his second term wanting to privatize Social Security and reform the tax code. Opposition to the former pretty much left it for dead. “This idea will be as dead as the idea of privatizing Social Security,” Sherman said of the mortgage interest deduction reform. But interest rates are heading up. And there is no doubt that each uptick shrinks the pool of potential buyers. In its latest survey, Freddie Mac found the rate on a 30-year loan averaged 6.03 percent for the week ending Oct. 13, up from 5.74 percent a year ago. For the week of March 31, it averaged 6.04 percent. The employment picture is better than anticipated, though, suggesting that economic growth will accelerate next year. Coupled with higher oil prices it adds up to higher mortgage rates in the months ahead, said Frank Nothaft, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “Still, although mortgage rates have been rising for the last several weeks, they still remain historically very affordable and home sales this year will most certainly be at record high levels,” he said. Interest rates in the 6 percent range could slow home sales, but the market is not likely to tank. That leaves inflation as the Big Unknown. It’s probably also the biggest threat of the three and something that is hard to control, said Keith T. Gumbinger, vice president of HSH Associates, the nation’s biggest tracker of interest rate information. Rising inflation would be bad news for anyone trying to buy a home. “If inflation gets a significant toe hold, interest rates will rise much higher and much longer that most market players currently estimate,” Gumbinger said. Of course, one week or one month does not made a trend. But, in matters of the economy, all trends, good or bad, can be traced back to the month they started. The real estate trend has been good for months on end. And all good trends do come to an end. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 email@example.comWant local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Some bad mojo may be converging on the real estate market horizon. Consider what rode in on the economic wind last week. The President’s Advisory Panel on Federal Tax Reform, which is cooking up a plan to uncomplicate the complicated tax code, said it would consider restricting the mortgage interest deduction. Then interest rates rose above 6 percent for the first time since March and some economists think they will stay there for a while. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Finally, consumers prices jumped by their biggest margin in a quarter century during September, reflecting the shock of high oil prices and the powerful hurricanes that decimated the Gulf Coast. At the same time, consumer confidence and industrial production plunged. Pile all this on top of what some economists say is the recession on the way, and you get a big dark cloud. Maybe. At least individually they are troubling. Maybe.
Family Nature Walk, 11 a.m.-noon, and an animal presentation, 1-2 p.m., every Saturday at Placerita Canyon Park and Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Grateful Dudes perform bluegrass music, 7:30-10:30 p.m. every Saturday at Vincenzo’s, 24504 Lyons Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-6733. Love Ride will begin in Glendale, 9 a.m. Sunday, and culminate at Castaic Lake for a barbecue lunch, trade show and concert. Call Harley-Davidson of Glendale at (818) 246-5618 or visit www.loveride.org. Sierra Club hike from East Canyon to Mission Peak will meet, 9 a.m. Sunday at the entrance to Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call Donica Wood at (661) 263-0568. Radio will perform classic rock, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday at the Santa Clarita Open Air Market at Saugus Speedway, 22500 Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus. Admission to the market: $1.50 for adults; children 11 and under are free. Call (661) 259-3886. Animal program will discuss owls, 10-11 a.m. Sunday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Santa Clarita Master Chorale will present two preview performances from its upcoming holiday concert, “Caroling, Caroling!” 2 p.m. Sunday at the Valencia Library, 23743 Valencia Blvd., Valencia, and 4 p.m. Sunday at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Call (661) 254-8886. By the Light of the Silvery Moon hike, 5-7 p.m. Sunday at Towsley Canyon, 24255 The Old Road, Newhall. Call (310) 858-7272, Ext. 115. Valentine’s Traveling Nature Class will feature creepy crawlers and other small animals for children to see, touch and learn about, 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Newhall Library, 22704 W. 9th St., Newhall. Call (661) 259-0750. “Moon Over Buffalo” will be presented, 7 p.m. Wednesday-Nov. 19 at the Valencia High School Theatre, 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia. Tickets: $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Call (661) 294-1188, Ext. 528. Tony Daniels Magic Show, 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library, 18601 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country. Call (661) 251-2720. To submit an event for the Things To Do calendar, contact Sharon Cotal two weeks prior to the event at (661) 257-5256, fax her at (661) 257-5262, e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to her at 24800 Avenue Rockefeller, Valencia, CA 91355. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Rob Sherwood and Eric Hunter will perform, 9 p.m. today and Saturday at J.R.’s Comedy Club located inside Marie Callender’s at 27630 The Old Road, Valencia. Cost: $11, or $22.99 for dinner and the show. Call (661) 259-2291. Bird Walk, 9-11 a.m. Saturday at Placerita Canyon Nature Center, 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall. Call (661) 259-7721. Harley-Davidson stunt show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday along Golden Valley Road adjacent to the new Wal-Mart shopping center in Canyon Country. Admission is free. Call (661) 286-4084. Santa Clarita Valley Quilt Guild 2005 quilt show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday in the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20870 Centre Pointe Parkway, Canyon Country. Admission: $7; $5 for seniors. Call Eddie Moore at (661) 270-0630. Arts and crafts fair will feature unique handmade items, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Old Orchard Park, 25023 Avenida Rotella, Valencia. Call (661) 286-4079. Santa Clarita Independent Film Festival will feature independent films, workshops, music and an awards ceremony, today through Sunday at the Canyon Theatre Guild, 24242 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Visit www.sciffestival.com for a complete schedule of events. “On the Town” will be presented by the Choral Department, 7 p.m. today and Saturday and Thursday-Nov. 19 at the Hart High School auditorium, 24825 N. Newhall Ave., Newhall. Call (661) 259-7575. Western and Bluegrass music concert will feature The Pearce Family, Nancy Lee and J.d. Seibert, 7 p.m. today in Hart Hall at William S. Hart Park, 24151 San Fernando Road, Newhall. Tickets: $10. Call (661) 254-4584. Sierra Hillbillies Square & Round Dance Club will hold a Veterans Day dance, 7:30 p.m. today at the SCV Senior Center, 22900 Market St., Newhall. Call (661) 257-4801 or visit sierrahillbillies.homestead.com.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Baseball commissioner Bud Selig got the tougher drug policy that he wanted and Congress demanded. Now a player who fails a steroid test will miss nearly a third of the season instead of a little more than a week. Spurred by the threat of legislation, baseball players and owners agreed Tuesday to tougher penalties for steroid use next season, including 50 games for a first offense, 100 games for a second, and a lifetime ban for a third, plus testing for amphetamines. The sport’s current penalties are a 10-day suspension for a first offense, 30 days for a second offense and 60 days for a third. The earliest a player could be banned for life is a fifth offense. The new deal, which must be ratified by both sides, is almost exactly what Selig proposed in April – one month after he and union head Donald Fehr were scolded at a House hearing. “We’ve taken, in my opinion, a giant step forward. And it’s a very, very proud day for baseball,” Selig said. “I don’t regard this as an interim step. I regard this as the completion of a long process.” Several bills that would increase steroid penalties across major U.S. pro sports are pending in Congress, and lawmakers would like to see other leagues follow baseball’s lead. But Tuesday’s news “stops the rush to move legislation through at this time,” said Rep. Tom Davis, whose House Government Reform Committee held the March 17 hearing on steroids. The witnesses that day included Rafael Palmeiro – who testified he had never used steroids, then was banned for 10 days after failing a test in May – and the parents of a high school athlete who committed suicide after using steroids. “Listening to the Donald Hooton story about how his son died because of steroids really, really got to me. And I remember that very lonely night, getting on a plane … the more I thought of that story, I cried,” Selig said. “And I made up my mind that night that this sport wasn’t going to rest until it had taken what I felt and what all of us felt was the appropriate action.” In April, he made a 50-100-lifetime proposal and suggested testing for amphetamines for the first time. In September, Fehr countered with 20 games, 75 games and, for a third offense, a penalty set by the commissioner. The players’ association appeared to pretty much capitulate to Selig’s demands, except for gaining the right to have an arbitrator review reinstatement decisions. A player can seek to return to the game two years after being banned for life. “This agreement reaffirms that major league players are committed to the elimination of performance-enhancing substances,” Fehr said in a statement. National League MVP Albert Pujols supported the tougher punishments. “If you get caught the third time, you definitely need to be thrown out of baseball,” the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman said. “If you get caught the third time, it means you’re not learning the lesson.” While boosting strength, steroids can lead to dramatic mood swings, heart disease and cancer; using most steroids without a doctor’s prescription for medical purposes has been illegal since 1991. While officials from various sports were called to a series of congressional hearings, lawmakers focused on baseball. As recently as 2002, players weren’t tested for steroids at all unless there was cause. As recently as 2004, there was no suspension for a first offense. And as recently as March, Selig could fine a player who failed a steroid test $10,000 instead of suspending him for 10 days. Under the new deal, a first positive test for amphetamines will lead to mandatory additional testing, a second offense will draw a 25-game suspension, and a third offense will get 80 games. A player will be tested during spring training and at least once in the regular season, plus could face other random tests. The old agreement called for a minimum of one test from the start of spring training through the regular season. Palmeiro and the 11 other players suspended for 10 days this year would be treated as first-time offenders should they test positive again. The new deal could run for several years, until the expiration of the sport’s next collective bargaining agreement, which won’t be negotiated until next year. Sen. Jim Bunning, R-Ky., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., introduced a Senate bill calling for a two-year ban followed by a lifetime ban. But they changed that last week to a half-season ban for a first positive test, one season for a second and a lifetime penalty for a third; it would apply to baseball’s major and minor leagues, the NFL, NBA and NHL. In new drug policies that began this year, the NBA doubled its first penalty to 10 games, and the NHL instituted steroid testing for the first time, with a 20-game ban for a first offense. “I and my colleagues will be watching very closely, and if things unravel, we still have tough legislation we can move through Congress,” Bunning said. Had there not been an agreement, Bunning predicted, the bill would have gone to a vote in the Senate on Tuesday night and passed. He said the legislation won’t be withdrawn because he wants to “see what the other major league sports do.” Bunning, a Hall of Fame pitcher, was disappointed the new policy wouldn’t erase records set with the help of performance-enhancing drugs. Davis and his committee’s ranking Democrat, Henry Waxman of California, said they have concerns about the agreement, including details of how testing would be carried out and whether designer steroids would be addressed. Representatives of owners and players held meetings Tuesday with Bunning, Davis and Waxman to tell them about the agreement. “It’s fair to say – and they told us – that if it hadn’t been for Congress looking at this issue, seriously concerned about it,” Waxman said, “there would not have been the impetus for them to come together.” AP Baseball Writer Ronald Blum in New York and Associated Press Writer Jesse J. Holland in Washington contributed to this report. AT A GLANCE A glance at Tuesday’s drug-testing agreement between baseball players and owners: STEROID PENALTIES First positive test – 50-game suspension, up from 10 days. Second positive test – 100-game suspension, up from 30 days. Third positive test – 80-game suspension. Fourth positive test – Commissioner’s discretion, with an arbitrator being able to review. TESTING FREQUENCY A player will be tested during spring training physicals and at least once during the regular season, with additional random testing. Under the previous agreement, each player was tested once from the start of spring training through the end of the regular season, with additional random testing. Both the new agreement and the previous deal provided for offseason testing. INDEPENDENT ADMINISTRATOR A person not connected to management or the union will schedule and supervise the tests, which currently are administered by a joint management-union committee. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Third positive test – Lifetime ban, with player having right to apply for reinstatement after two years and an arbitrator being able to review reinstatement decision. Under the previous agreement, the earliest a player could be suspended for life was for a fifth positive test. AMPHETAMINE PENALTIES (There was no testing for amphetamines in previous agreement) First positive test – Mandatory additional testing. Second positive test – 25-game suspension.
Chef Martin AndersonLet’s get cheesy!And before we start I’m not talking about my new found love of singing.Next March when you will see a different me when I take the stage as the part of King Herod for the Letterkenny Musical society’s production of Jesus Christ superstar, such a wonderful show and a wonderful cast but we have all that to look forward to. Cheese , love it or hate it …… no matter what colour , what flavour (or sometimes what smell it gives off ) has become a very important part of everyone’s lifestyle.It’s a great source of calcium taken in the correct quantities and even if you’re vegan or lactose intolerant there is a cheese now available for you.I’d love to meet the person that first discovered that mixing the juices from the stomach of an animal (rennet ) with milk actually produced cheese ! Yes folks that’s how real cheese is made , there is even an Italian cheese served with maggots in it , sweet and tasty they tell me !!The vegan option is made with chemicals and the lactose free version is made with soya milk so there are plenty of choices . Recently also in Italy the buffalo mozzarella cheese was withdrawn from the market as the grass was contaminated with chemicals and it tainted the milk and all the cheese had to be destroyed , that’s how fine an art it is making real cheese . If you’ve never tried buffalo mozzarella you really should it has a unique flavour not like the stuff you get on top of frozen pizzas .I’m a big fan of fresh Parmesan cheese grated on a Caesar salad , shaved over rocket leaves on simply tossed through fresh pasta so tasty , Parmesan however is not usually eaten on its own or part of a cheeseboard it can be very hard . Traditionally years ago cheese and port were served after the desert but that is a very rare thing to see now on restaurant menus .Cheese boards are another contentious issue with be , a wadge of red cheddar , grapes & stale crackers do not make a cheese board , there has to be at least four types of cheese , a hard , a soft , a blue & on some occasions a smoked , Brie or camembert no cream cheese on this one !!!At the moment we use , goats cheese , Brie , gubeen & mozzarella at The Catering Company and one of our most popular dishes at the coffee shop is a roasted tomato & herb Bruschetta, cranberry sauce , goats & gubeen cheese topped with pesto, so tasty too .Sometimes I’m confused by the price of some cheeses that are mass produced in factories, hard to believe milk can be so cheap and yet cheese so expensive. Some of these cheeses are really tasteless and with a best before date beyond comprehension , how is that possible ! So the next time you are out shopping look beyond the packets of cheese that you select by colour not flavour and discover some new cheese, you will be amazed !!This weeks recipe is for baked potato skins Baked potatoe skinsI have used grated red cheddar for this recipe just to be on the safe side , do give them a go they are fantastic.Baked potato skinsAllow 1 large baked potato per person.You will need.Large baked potatoes cooked and cooled.Seasoning.Paprika.Grated red cheddar cheese.0% fat Greek yogurtFilling of your choice.Chopped herbs of your choice.Garlic paste.Method.Pre-heat your oven to 170c. Cut your cooled potatoes in half and scoop out the centre and place into a bowl.Mash slightly and add the herbs, garlic, your choice of filling and a little yogurt.Fill the mix back into the potato and top with a little cheese and sprinkle with paprika.Place the filled potatoes onto a tray and reheat until the cheese is melted and the filling hot.Serve with tossed salad and salsa dressing.Some ideas for fillings.Tuna in brine.Bacon & cheeseChopped chicken & sweetcornChilli & coriander.Prawns & chopped tomato.Cooked Turkey mince.Quorn sausage, diced and stir fried.Mixed vegetables in your pesto.Raw egg mixed through the potato with scallions , make sure you cook these straight away though.These are an excellent starter, lunch or dinner main course.Allow 1 half for a starter or 2 as a main course, serve with a big tossed salad dressed in balsamic vinegar.LET’S GET CHEESY – WITH CHEF MARTIN ANDERSON was last modified: October 16th, 2015 by StephenShare 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)
Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device.SANTA CLARA — The NFL’s grand stage of “Sunday Night Football” returned to Levi’s Stadium for the first time since its 2014 unveiling, and, this time, the 49ers absolutely starred in a much-deserving spotlight.When their defense wasn’t dominating Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in a 37-8 rout, the 49ers offense was strutting its stuff, and none prettier than Jimmy Garoppolo’s 61-yard touchdown pass that …
Justin Trudeau is certainly no stranger to Indian wear – he has regularly worn it during official celebrations of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which is one of the most important events on the religious calendar. And as his picture from last year’s festival shows, he certainly does not shy away from donning some true Bollywood-style bling.Read it at BBC Related Items
At least four technicians are missing after a tunnel pipeline of a public sector hydroelectric project in central Assam’s Dima Hasao district burst early Monday morning.The 275 MW Kopili hydroelectric project at Umrangso was the first that the North Eastern Electric Power Corporation (NEEPCO) undertook after it was formed in 1976.District officials said the burst led to massive flooding at the power project site and in other parts of Umrangso. The damage is yet to be assessed.A NEEPCO spokesperson said there was a deafening sound as the tunnel carrying water at 12,000 litres per second from the corporation’s reservoir to the hydroelectric project site gave way leading to a water fountain more than a 100 feet high.Three of the missing technicians were identified as NEEPCO employees while the fourth was engaged by a firm engaged in tunnel repair work.“A National Disaster Response Force team has been deployed but the search has been affected by the high level of water of the Kopili river. We have also sought help from an Assam Rifles unit posted nearby,” said R. Phukan, project officer of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority.Officials of NEEPCO have been complaining about the highly acidic water of the Kopili river because of effluents from coal mines in Meghalaya upstream. The acidic water, they said, have over the years damaged machineries and pipelines.
FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have two reserves, Peter Quiel and John Carascal, we coaches voted for Peter Quiel,” said Acaylar. “After our tuneup game against a club team, us coaches voted for Peter.” Tanduay stretches win streak to five, dispatches Racal El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OUCH! Philippine team top spiker Greg Dolor suffered dislocated finger during a blocking drill in Korea training camp pic.twitter.com/sJ4J0xLJ8J— Marc Anthony Reyes (@marcreyesINQ) July 26, 2017Reserve hitter Peter John Quiel has replaced Greg Dolor in the the men’s national volleyball team line up after the coaches’ deliberation Thursday in Suwon City, South Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHead coach Sammy Acaylar and his assistants voted unanimously to slate in Quiel after Dolor injured his pinky finger on a blocking drill Wednesday at Sungkyunkwan University.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Acaylar’s team lost in four sets against Hwasung City, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19, 25-14, at Songsan High School volleyball gym and that was where Quiel impressed Acaylar and his crew.Quiel said he is motivated by his inclusion as a member of the lineup for the Southeast Asian Games.“This will be a challenge for me considering I’ve replaced Dolor,” said Quiel in Filipino. “I’ll do my best to help my team and to serve my country.”Only the Final 12 will fly to Malaysia for the Southeast Asian Games and will look to take a podium spot for the first time since Acaylar steered the country to a bronze medal finish in 1991.ADVERTISEMENT