New Directions program may rescue kids from gangs, drugs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Yeah, Trevino knows the stare. It used to be his. He doesn’t have to imagine anything. The 44-year-old program director at New Directions for Youth in Van Nuys smiles, pulls the kid aside and gives him a little dose of reality. “Let me tell you what’s up, son,” he says. “I know that stare. It used to be mine. It doesn’t intimidate me.” His own story is a carbon copy of most of theirs. He ran with a gang, did drugs and alcohol, dealt a little on the side, spent time in county jail. He wasn’t raised in the Brady Bunch, either. His parents also separated and split on him. His mother left, but his gang never did. Bart Trevino knows the stare. He’s seen it a thousand times working with at-risk teenage kids in the San Fernando Valley. The dead eyes looking through you like you don’t exist. The body language that says, “Hey, man, you’ve got nothing to tell me so why don’t you just walk on down the street and find someone else to preach to?” The cold, hard looks warning you not to mess with them. They’ve seen things, been places you can’t even imagine. He was handed off to an extended, dysfunctional family growing up – from relative to relative until none of them had room for him anymore. So the county gave him a roof over his head until he turned 18. Trevino’s future was as clear as a beautiful, sunny day after the Santa Anas blow through L.A. He’d either be dead by 25 or in prison with his uncle and his cousins. “You’re trying to claim a street, die for a street that doesn’t even belong to you,” he tells the gang members. “Why?” So save the hard stare and let’s talk, kid, he says. Real talk, none of that street jive. What’s really going on? “Once they know where I’ve been, they can relate and open up,” Trevino says. “That’s when you find out that for most of them there’s nothing behind that stare but a lot of pain and hurt – a kid looking for a safe place and somebody who cares.” New Directions for Youth is that safe place where somebody cares. For the past 31 years in the Valley, thousands of at-risk kids heading toward possible early deaths or prison got a reprieve at this nonprofit organization. They met Bart Trevino or one of the other counselors at New Directions who know exactly what’s behind those hard stares. “They build a trust with you, and you know they’ve been in your shoes,” Roderick Warren says. “You realize, hey, if he can make it out, I can, too. That hits home.” Roderick was a kid born to two drug-addicted parents. The county took the kids away. One was adopted by another family, and two are still in foster care. “I was lucky,” he says. “I moved in with my aunt and her family.” He grew up around the gang life, but before he could be drawn into its web, he caught another lucky break. His worried aunt took him with her one day to volunteer at a place called New Directions for Youth. “It opened my eyes to what life and responsibility was all about,” Roderick says. “I learned that all people, no matter how they grew up, deserved a chance at life. New Directions gave me that chance.” In a few weeks, the 20-year-old junior at California State University, Northridge, majoring in business and financial services, will stand in front of 400 people in a ballroom at Skirball Cultural Center and repeat many of these same words at the organization’s 31st annual Spirit of Hope Awards Gala. Trevino and his wife, Linda, will be there. He owes his life to this woman he met at 25, when he was headed toward an early death or prison, he says. “Change your life or lose me,” she told him. He changed his life. He got that high school diploma he thought he’d never need and enrolled at UCLA, where he earned a degree as a licensed counselor in substance abuse. And now, Trevino will be sitting in a fancy ballroom surrounded by New Directions supporters and dozens of young men and women who have returned to volunteer at the program that saved their lives. Kids who gave Bart Trevino a stare he’s seen a thousand times. His old stare. For more information on New Directions for Youth, call executive director Monica Austin-Jackson at (818) 375-1000 or log on to Dennis McCarthy’s column appears Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. (818) 713-3749160Want 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

Achieve toned midriff with right food and exercise

first_imgCelebrities always inspire the commoners with their flat, toned stomachs. One can achieve that perfect midriff if one follows right exercise regime and diet, says an expert.Personal trainer and outdoor fitness expert Rob Jones shares five tips to achieve the toned stomach, reports you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you’re in for a rude awakeningIt’s not all about sit-upsSit-ups and ab crunches work your six-pack. But for better defined abs, spend the majority of your workout on exercises that burn more calories and shift body fat.Be consistentDedicate time every day to focus on your training and make abs an integral part of each and every workout.There’s probably no body part women obsess over more than their midsectionsHone your dietYou eat your way to a six pack, so watch what you munch and focus on foods and sports supplements high in protein that help muscle growth and keep body fat low.Vary your workoutsVary your ab workouts daily to work the different muscles that run across that area of the body for the perfect balance.Core and moreInclude both isometric exercises (holding exercises such as a plank or side plank) with dynamic exercises (where you contract the muscles such as an ab crunch) in every workout.last_img read more

Google Pixel 3a XL likely India price revealed ahead of official release

first_imgGoogle is all set to bring “affordable” Pixels for consumers who can’t afford flagships like the Pixel 3 or the Pixel 3XL. The company is all set to launch two affordable Pixels — the Pixel 3a and the Pixel 3a XL on May 7 at Google I/O 2019 developer conference. The two Pixels are going to hit the Indian market the next day — that is on May 8. With just a few hours to go for the launch, the full specs and the India price of the bigger version or Pixel 3a XL have been revealed by a new leak.Sadly the new and the old leak don’t go in line as far as the price of the Pixel is concerned. The new leak coming from Slashleaks suggests that the India price of the Pixel 3a XL will start at Rs 44,999. This price is for the 6GB RAM and 64GB storage variant of the Pixel 3a XL. On the contrary, last week another leak revealed that the starting price of Pixel 3a could be $399 – that approx comes around Rs 27,800. The same leak had revealed that the price of the Pixel 3a XL may start at $479 – translates to Rs 33,300.In addition to the India price, the new leak also reveals the specs of the Pixel 3a XL. Well, this isn’t the first time that the specifications of the upcoming Pixel have been leaked. In the new leak, the Pixel 3a is listed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 chipset. In contrary past leaks had suggested that the Pixel 3a XL will come with Snapdragon 670 chipset.advertisementThe new leak further reveals that the Pixel 3a XL will come with a single sensor on the back and also on the front. On the rear panel, the phone is listed with a 12.2-megapixel camera sensor while on the front it is said to sport an 8-megapixel AI-powered camera sensor for clicking selfies. In addition, the leak suggests that the Pixel 3a XL will sport a 6-inch display with full HD+ resolution.Coming to the younger brother aka the Pixel 3a – this Google phone is expected to be a toned down version of the Pixel 3a XL. The Pixel 3a is expected to come with a 5.6-inch full-HD+ display with 1080×2220 pixels resolution, and 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Leaks, rumours and reports also suggest that the Pixel 3a will pack a small 3,000mAh battery with an 18W fast-charging support. In comparison, the Pixel 3a XL is said to be backed by a big 3,700mAh battery.ALSO READ | Redmi flagship with Snapdragon 855 may be called Redmi K20 ProALSO READ | Xiaomi Snapdragon 855 phone with codename Hercules could be Mi MIX 4ALSO READ | Vivo V15 Pro 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant coming to India soonlast_img read more

Pique pokes fun at ‘Espanyol de Cornella’

first_imgBarcelona Pique pokes fun at ‘Espanyol de Cornella’ after Barcelona’s Copa victory Alex Fisher 20:44 1/26/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) gerardpique - cropped Getty Images Barcelona Espanyol Copa del Rey Primera División Barcelona v Espanyol The Spain international offered local rivals a cheekily reworked moniker after Ernesto Valverde’s side beat their neighbours in knockout competition Gerard Pique poked fun at Espanyol after Barcelona’s Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg, suggesting Quique Sanchez Flores’ side should not be classed as their city rivals.After losing the first leg 1-0 at the RCDE Stadium on January 17, Barca turned the tie around on Thursday with a 2-0 victory courtesy of goals from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.Ernesto Valverde’s men join Sevilla, Valencia and Leganes – who knocked out Real Madrid – in the last four. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And Pique could not resist a jibe at their Catalan rivals as Barca celebrated progression at Camp Nou, naming them Espanyol de Cornella – a suburb of the Barcelona metropolitan area – rather than Espanyol de Barcelona.”It isn’t that we suffered so much in this game, but Espanyol de Cornella always make it difficult for us,” he said, as quoted by Marca.”We started very well with the two goals and it is a result that pleases us.”When questioned on the new name he had given Flores’ side, the Spain international added: “Yes, Espanyol de Cornella, they’re from Cornella right?”Thursday’s victory also saw the debut of record signing Philippe Coutinho, a substitute performance that impressed central defender Pique.”He [Coutinho] has a very ‘Barca’ style,” added the 30-year-old. “In many ways he looks like Andres [Iniesta] and he can help us a lot.”last_img read more


first_img Facebook Advertisement The Academy is pressing forwarded without a host for this year’s Oscars.The Oscars will air with no host for the first time in 30 years, according to Variety. The Academy Awards have had a host for every awards show since 1990, but this year marks a significant change.This year’s host-selection process was complete and utter chaos. The Academy took a suspiciously long time selecting a host. When Kevin Hart was finally handed the duties, old homophobic tweets by the comedian resurfaced and a significant social media backlash quickly forced him to resign.  READ MORE AFTER KEVIN HART DEBACLE, OSCARS FORGE AHEAD HOSTLESSThe Oscars are poised to embark on one of the most radical reinventions in the awards show’s long history. For the first time in nearly three decades, the biggest night in movies plans to go without a host, individuals with knowledge of the plans told Variety.Producers will select a crop of A-listers to introduce various segments instead of relying on one marquee name to kick things off in a monologue filled with Trump zingers, said the insiders. The producers and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the group behind the Oscars, are scrambling to line up top talent needed to carry the telecast, which is just six weeks from airing live — on Feb. 24 — from Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre. Hand-wringing at the Academy has been palpable.As it stands, no new offers are out, nor are any expected to be made to a single potential host to fill the void left by Kevin Hart, who dropped out within hours of being selected when he refused to apologize for his past homophobic remarks that had resurfaced on Twitter. READ MOREKEVIN HART DEFINITELY WON’T BE OSCARS HOST — SO THE ACADEMY IS PUSHING AHEAD WITHOUT ONEThe Academy Awards will be host-less for the first time in three decades.After several weeks of controversy and debate, Kevin Hart has made it official, again: He’s definitely not hosting the Academy Awards — and as a result, the Oscars will reportedly proceed without a host at all.The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced in December that Hart would host the 2019 Oscars, but the news was immediately met with a social media firestorm concerning homophobic jokes and tweets that Hart made years ago. In the wake of round one of the controversy, Hart apologized to the queer community and stepped down from the hosting gig. READ MORE Twitter Advertisementcenter_img Jim Smeal/BEI/REX/Shutterstock Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

Experts meet in Thunder Bay to talk education

first_imgAPTN National NewsExperts in the field of education gathered in Thunder Bay Tuesday to talk about education.And the people who have the power to make things happen showed up to listen in.APTN’s Wayne Rivers reports.wrivers@aptn.calast_img

Ft McPherson Sale to Filmmaker to Close Shortly

first_imgThe LRA for the former Fort McPherson is expected to close on the sale of 330 acres, about two-thirds of the 475-acre post located on the southwest edge of Atlanta, to filmmaker Tyler Perry for $30 million by the end of the month, reported the Wall Street Journal.The McPherson Implementing Local Redevelopment Authority plans to acquire the installation from the Army for $26 million. The property has been appraised for as much as $75 million.Perry, best known as the creator of the “Madea” film franchise, would purchase the property for $30 million to build up to 16 sound stages for a movie and television production complex. The redevelopment authority will retain more than 144 acres that it intends to remake into a mix of shops, offices, apartments and open space.Some local residents and lawmakers have opposed the deal since the city of Atlanta announced it a year ago. Critics point to the reuse plan crafted by the community — which called for a bioscience campus and a mix of housing and retail — as a superior alternative because it would have more successfully connected the former post to the surrounding neighborhood.Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed defended the sale to Perry, noting that the filmmaker was the first organization to make a serious offer for the property.“We have been working at securing a major tenant for Fort McPherson for seven years, and we have not had an offer from another currently operating business entity,” Reed said. “Tyler Perry Studios is certainly the most successful business to express interest in the base.”The sale will provide some cash for the redevelopment authority and allow it to retain a large parcel for redevelopment. If the LRA opted to purchase the property from the Army and act as its master developer, it would have been forced to assume millions of dollars in debt and upkeep costs for the property, he said.“The reality right now is that this plan for film studios and [related] retail is the best chance to start the redevelopment and to catalyze other redevelopment in the surrounding area,” Brian Hooker, the LRA’s executive director, told the Journal. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Virtual reality game Beat Saber reaches licensing deal with Imagine Dragons

first_img Oculus Virtual Reality Review • Oculus Quest is amazing, even months later Gaming Culture Tags The 10-track Imagine Dragons Music Pack will be available across major platforms like Oculus Quest and Rift.  Beat Saber Imagine Dragons fans and VR gaming nerds could soon be attending the same parties.Beat Saber, an award-winning virtual reality game, will get an Imagine Dragons music pack, Beat Games said Monday. The fast-paced music rhythm game is currently available on major VR platforms, such as Facebook’s Oculus Quest and Rift devices.The announcement of the expansion pack comes as the Electronic Entertainment Expo, or E3, gets underway in Los Angeles. The conference is the video game industry’s biggest event of the year, with updates on major game franchises and consoles. Oculus will demonstrate a new 360-degree level that features the Imagine Dragon’s hit “Believer.” A 360-degree level allows the user to look in all directions of their simulated environment as they would in real life. The 10-track music pack includes songs from the Grammy-winning band’s Night Visions, Smoke + Mirrors, Evolve and Origins albums. The addition of Imagine Dragons songs marks the first time major labels have partnered on an expansion pack for the VR game. Imagine Dragons is on the KIDinaKORNER and Interscope Records labels. Players can buy songs individually for $1.99 apiece or purchase the entire package for $12.99. The pack, which goes on sale Monday at 9:15 a.m. PT, will be available on all major VR platforms.  CNET may get a commission from retail offers. In the game, players wear VR controllers and slash beats that zoom towards them. A VR headset uses two small lenses to focus images for players and immerse them in the game experience. Players slash red blocks with their left hands and blue ones with their right hands. The game uses music and visual effects to build excitement and has been compared to the VR versions of Guitar Hero or Just Dance. $398 News • Oculus Quest may have its first killer app with Beat Saber See it 0 Oculus Quest Post a comment Mentioned Above Oculus Quest Share your voicelast_img read more

Bank official killed in road crash

first_imgA senior bank official was killed and two others injured as a speeding bus hit a CNG-run auto-rickshaw carrying them at Dewanhat area under Double Mooring police station in the port city of Chattogram on Wednesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Anwarul Azim, 56, assistant vice-president of Islami Bank Khatunganj branch and a resident of Haitkandi area in Mirsharai upazila.The accident took place when Anwarul along with one of his colleague was going to his office around 10am, said sub-inspector Alauddin Talukdar of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) police outpost quoting family members.The bus hit the auto-rickshaw while crossing the Dewanhat flyover, leaving them critically injured.Physicians declared Anwarul dead at noon when he was taken to CMCH while his colleague Shaidul Islam, 45, and CNG driver Jahir Uddin,40, are undergoing treatment at the hospital, the SI added.last_img read more