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David Eckstein Jersey Outlet

France is one of the most exposed countries in the world to the risks of extreme weather, a new report has found, with nearly 20,000 deaths linked to heatwaves, floods and storms in the last 20 years.
The report from the global climate charity Germanwatch ranked 183 countries around the world according to how exposed they are to extreme weather events – such as heatwaves, storms and flooding – linked to climate change.

France was ranked in the top 20 most exposed countries in the world, in the same bracket as India and Madagascar.

Almost 20,000 people have died in France since 1999 because of extreme weather such as flooding, heatwaves and violent storms. France was ranked 8th in the world for the number of deaths caused by extreme weather events per 100,000 inhabitants.

Last weekend saw six people die in flash floods in south eastern France.

READ ALSO IN MAPS: The parts of France most at risk from flooding

In total the Germanwatch report estimates that 500,000 people have died around the globe as a result of 12,000 extreme weather events since 1999.

The worst affected countries in the world were Puerto Rico, Honduras, Myanmar and Haiti.

France was ranked highly due to a combination of several severe heatwaves that have proved deadly for many and major flooding along the Mediterranean coast that has claimed dozens of lives.

The worst of these was the heatwave of 2003 during which 15,000 people died – many of them elderly or isolated people in Paris. Further heatwaves killed 1,800 people in 2006 in 1,500 people in 2018.

The figures only go up to 2018 so do not include the summer of 2019, when towns all over France saw their highest ever recorded temperature – Paris broke all records with 42.6C – and 1,500 people died.

Although the temperatures in summer 2019 were hotter than the summer of 2003 the death toll was considerably lower, probably because local authorities were better prepared and put in extensive measures to protect the elderly and vulnerable.

On top of the heatwaves there have also been several major floods in France since 1999, the majority of them along the Mediterranean coast.

Flash flooding in Aude in 1999 caused 35 deaths, while coastal flooding in Gard in 2002 killed 27 people.

Hurricane Xynthia in 2010 left 53 people dead.

Each year flooding causes fatalities, particularly in the south of France.

Again this total does not take into account floods that hit south east France over the last fortnight, killing seven people including three rescue workers who died then their helicopter crashed.

“Over the past twenty years, France has experienced many storms and floods, but also very deadly heat waves because, like many European countries, it is not adapted to the occurrence of these exceptional heat waves,” says David Eckstein, one of the authors of the German study.

The NGO estimates that extreme heat periods in Europe are up to 100 times more likely than a century ago.

“That is why European countries must adapt by reviewing the materials used for construction and considering the design of buildings that are better protected from heat,” says David Esckstein.

Meteorologist Guillaume Séchet, author of the book Météo extrême, told French newspaper Le Parisien: “Because of global warming, it is estimated that by 2100, France will experience about 20% more Mediterranean episodes.”

As the summers continue to get more extreme, cities like Paris are looking at urban design that can reduce the ‘heat sink’ effect of cities, from planting more trees to using different building materials.

Jimmy Stewart Jersey Outlet

For a good portion of the 20th century, actor James Maitland “Jimmy” Stewart (1908-1997) was one of Hollywood’s most popular leading men. Stewart, who was often called upon to embody characters who exhibited a strong moral center, won acclaim for films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Vertigo (1958), and It’s a Wonderful Life (1946). In all, he made more than 80 movies. Take a look at some things you might not know about Stewart’s personal and professional lives.

Acting was not James Stewart’s only area of expertise. Growing up in Indiana, Pennsylvania, where his father owned a hardware store, Stewart had an artistic bent with an interest in music and earned his way into his father’s alma mater, Princeton University. There, he received a degree in architecture in 1932. But pursuing that career seemed tenuous, as the country was in the midst of the Great Depression. Instead, Stewart decided to follow his interest in acting, joining a theater group in Falmouth, Massachusetts after graduating and rooming with fellow aspiring actor Henry Fonda. After a brief turn on Broadway, he landed a contract with MGM for motion picture work. His film debut, as a cub reporter in The Murder Man, was released in 1935.

Colonel James Stewart leaves Southampton on board the Cunard liner Queen Elizabeth, bound for home in 1945.
Stewart was already established in Hollywood when the United States began preparing to enter World War II. After the draft was introduced in 1940, Stewart received notice that he was number 310 out of a pool of 900,000 annual citizens selected for service. The problem? Stewart was six foot, three inches and a trim 138 pounds—five pounds under the minimum weight for enlistment. So he went home, ate everything he could, and came back to weigh in again. It worked, and Stewart joined the Army Air Corps, later known as the Air Force.

Thanks to his interest in aviation, Stewart was already a pilot when he went to war; he received additional flight training but wound up being sidelined for two years stateside even though he kept insisting he be sent overseas to fight. (He filmed a recruitment short film, Winning Your Wings, in 1942, which was screened in theaters in the hopes it could drive enlistment.) Finally, in November 1943, he was dispatched to England, where he participated in more than 20 combat missions over Germany. His accomplishments earned him the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf clusters, among other honors, making him the most decorated actor to participate in the conflict. After the war ended, he returned to a welcome reception in his hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania, where his father had decorated the courthouse to recognize his son’s service. His next major film role was It’s a Wonderful Life.

After winning an Academy Award for The Philadelphia Story in 1940, Stewart heard from his father, Alex Stewart. “I hear you won some kind of award,” he told his son. “What was it, a plaque or something?” The elder Stewart suggested he bring it back home to display in the hardware store. The actor did as suggested, and the Oscar remained there for 25 years.

Actor James Stewart is pictured in uniform
After a long career in film through the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, Stewart turned to television. In 1971, he played a college anthropology professor in The Jimmy Stewart Show. The series failed to find an audience, however, so was short-lived. He tried again with Hawkins in 1973, playing a defense lawyer, but that show was also canceled. (Stewart also performed in commercials, including spots for Firestone tires and Campbell’s Soup.)

While Stewart had just as much affection for It’s a Wonderful Life as audiences, one alternate version of the film annoyed him. In 1987, he sent a letter to Congress protesting the practice of colorizing It’s a Wonderful Life and other films on the premise that it violated what directors like Frank Capra had intended. He described the tinted version as “a bath of Easter egg dye.” Putting a character named Violet in violet-colored costumes, he wrote, was “the kind of obvious visual pun that Frank Capra never would have considered.” Stewart later lobbied against the practice in person.

In 1989, Stewart authored Jimmy Stewart and His Poems, a slim volume collecting several of the actor’s verses. Stewart also included anecdotes about how each one was composed. His best known might be “Beau,” about his late dog, which Stewart read to Johnny Carson during a Tonight Show appearance in 1981. By the end, both Stewart and Carson were teary-eyed.

A statue of James Stewart outside the Indiana County Courthouse, Indiana, Pennsylvania
For Stewart’s 75th birthday in 1983, his hometown of Indiana, Pennsylvania honored him with a 9-foot-tall bronze statue. Unfortunately, the statue wasn’t totally ready in time for Stewart’s visit, so they presented him with the fiberglass version instead. The bronze statue currently stands in front of the county courthouse, while the fiberglass version was moved into the nearby Jimmy Stewart Museum.

Ted Sullivan Jersey Outlet

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim Langevin received the National Council for Adoption’s Friend of Adoption Award during National Adoption Month in November and honored a RI man named a 2019 Angel in Adoption.

Ted Sullivan of Lincoln, Rhode Island, received the Angel in Adoption award in a ceremony at Langevin’s Washington, DC, office after being nominated by Langevin.

The Angels in Adoption Program allows Members of Congress to honor the work of individuals, couples, and organizations who have made important contributions in the areas of adoption, foster care, and child welfare. Sullivan works as the Senior Director of Mission Advancement for Bethany Christian Services in Cumberland. He began his relationship with Bethany as an adoptive father in 1997 and has since served the organization as a devoted supporter, volunteer, and board member.

“Ted Sullivan is a trusted leader in the community, and has served in a variety of roles to help the team at Bethany Christian Services achieve its mission locally, nationally, and globally,” said Langevin. “I am incredibly grateful for Ted’s work on behalf of adoptive children and families in Rhode Island. He is undoubtedly an Angel in Adoption.”

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Langevin was also presented with the Friend of Adoption Award by the National Council for Adoption, which recognized Langevin as “one of Congress’s most consistent champions for youth in adoption and foster care.” The Friend of Adoption Award is given annually in recognition of significant contributions made to the field of adoption by an individual or an organization.

“Throughout my time in Congress, I’ve been committed to advocating for our foster children and the families that open their hearts and homes to them,” said Langevin, who serves as a co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth. “I thank the entire National Council for Adoption team for this incredible honor. I will keep fighting in Congress to ensure every child in America knows the security and comfort of a loving home.”

Jumbo McGinnis Jersey Outlet

The last day of January is an epic day, in terms of baseball birthdays.

Jackie Robinson was born Jan. 31. So was Ernie Banks. So was Nolan Ryan. Pretty impressive top of the list. That got us wondering what other days looked like, so here’s a list of the best players born on each day in February.

Some days are top-heavy — look at Feb. 5 — and others are, well, lighter.

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Let’s take a look at the best players born every day in February, shall we? We’ll do this again in March.

Feb. 1: Paul Blair, 1944. The center-field anchor for Baltimore’s outfield for more than a decade, Blair helped the Orioles reach the World Series four times and win twice. In the 1976 Fall Classic for the Yankees, he hit .474 in five games against the Reds.
Notables: Austin Jackson, Tim Naehring, Kent Mercker, Carl Reynolds, Brian Anderson

Feb. 2: Red Schoendienst, 1923. A baseball man lifer if ever there has been a baseball lifer, Schoendienst died last summer at 95 years old; he spent 76 years of his life as a player, manager, coach or front office type, and 67 of those were with the Cardinals.
Notables: Wes Ferrell, John Tudor, Melvin Mora, Scott Erickson, Jason Vargas, Orval Overall

Feb. 3: Fred Lynn, 1952. Random stat: Lynn hit exactly 21, 22 or 23 home runs in EIGHT different seasons of his career.
Notables: Bake McBride, Slim Sallee, Joe Coleman, Roughned Odor, Skip Schumaker

Feb. 4: Dan Plesac, 1962. The lefty’s days as a full-time closer might have been done by his Age 28 season (124 saves in five years), but he pitched another 13 years as a reliable bullpen piece.
Notables: Doug Fister, Possum Whitted, Germany Schaefer, Chris Bando, Pat Perry

Feb. 5: Hank Aaron, 1934. Hammerin’ Hank led the league in doubles four times, homers four times (zero overlap) and total bases eight times.
Notables: Roberto Alomar, Roger Peckinpaugh, Mike Heath, Eric O’Flaherty, Don Hoak

Feb. 6: Babe Ruth, 1895. The Sultan of Swat only won one MVP award in his career. How is that possible? Well, he won his in 1923 and until 1931 (his Age 36 season), previous winners were ineligible.
Notables: Smoky Burgess, Richie Zisk, Glenn Wright, Bob Wickman, Pedro Alvarez

Feb. 7: Carney Lansford, 1957. Lansford hit exactly .336 in two seasons (1981 and 1989); in his other 13 years in the bigs, his average was .283.
Notables: Dan Quisenberry, Burt Hooten, Earl Whitehill, Scott Feldman, Tom Daly

Feb. 8: Fritz Peterson, 1942. Yep, the wife-swapping Yankee. On the field, the lefty led the AL in fewest walks per nine innings five years in a row (1968-72)
Notables: Aaron Cook, Bug Holliday, Willard Marshall, Hoot Evers, Matt Bush

Feb. 9: Vladimir Guerrero, 1975. Vlad was elected to the Hall of Fame as part as the class of 2018, and his son is the top prospect in all of baseball in 2019. Solid.
Notables: Clete Boyer, Heinie Zimmerman, Vic Wertz, John Kruk, Mookie Wilson

Feb. 10: Lance Berkman, 1976. In 50 career World Series plate appearances, Berkman hit .410 with a .520 on-base percentage and 11 RBIs in 11 games.
Notables: Herb Pennock, Lenny Dykstra, Alex Gordon, Allie Reynolds, Hiroki Kuroda

Feb. 11: Jimmy Ryan, 1863. A great player in the late 1800s, Ryan topped 2,500 hits, 400 stolen bases and a .300 average.
Notables: Ben Oglivie, Ray Collins, Brian Daubach, Dansby Swanson, Todd Benzinger

Feb. 12: Chet Lemon, 1955. Lemon was a model of consistent excellence, posting a bWAR of at least 4.0 eight different seasons in his career (though, of course, bWAR didn’t exist during his time on the field).
Notables: Dom DiMaggio, Chick Hafey, Todd Frazier, Don Wilson, Joe Garagiola

Feb. 13: Sal Bando, 1944. Bando was the starting catcher for the A’s in the 1970s, and he was behind the plate for every World Series game of Oakland’s titles in 1972, 1973 and 1974.
Notables: Hal Chase, Nathan Eovaldi, Eddie Foster, Donnie Moore, Luke Voit, Bill Bradley

Feb. 14: Dave Dravecky, 1956. For some Giants fans, the sight of Dravecky’s arm breaking during a pitch to Tim Raines in 1989 is one they can’t forget, even if they want to.
Notables: Pretzels Getzien, Tyler Clippard, Candy LaChance, Arthur Irwin, Takaski Saito

this guy was always thirsty, probably

— Ryan Fagan (@ryanfagan) January 31, 2019
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Feb. 15: Billy Hamilton, 1866. No, not the speedster who stole a bunch of bases for Cincinnati the past few years. This Billy Hamilton was the original speedster, topping 100 stolen bases four times in his career and holding the career record of 914 from his retirement in 1901 until Lou Brock passed him in 1978.
Notables: Russell Martin, Ron Cey, Johnny Cueto, Ugeth Urbina, George Earnshaw

Feb. 16: Ben Sanders, 1865. His was a short but productive career. Sanders pitched 1,385 innings and had 1,001 plate appearances
Notables: Eric Byrnes, Carl Lundgren, Bill Pecota, Jerry Hairston, Creepy Crespi

Feb. 17: Wally Pipp, 1893. Famously lost his job as the starting first baseman to Lou Gehrig, of course. He led the AL in homers in 1916 and 1917, and then Babe Ruth took over that category in 1918.
Notables: Ed Brandt, Josh Willingham, Stump Weidman, Alan Wiggins, Roger Craig

Feb. 18: Joe Gordon, 1915. The Yankees legend had the type of power not often seen from second basemen in his era (six years with 24 or more) and was part of five World Series-winning teams (four with New York, one with Cleveland).
Notables: Didi Gregorius, John Valentin, Kevin Tapani, Alex Rios, Dal Maxvill, Marc Hill

Feb. 19: Dave Stewart, 1957. An intense competitor, Stewart was named a postseason series MVP three times (1989 World Series, 1990 ALCS, 1993 ALCS).
Notables: Josh Reddick, Miguel Batista, Daniel Mengden, Tim Burke, John Morrill

Feb. 20: Justin Verlander, 1983. He’ll be in the Hall of Fame one day, if he ever retires.
Notables: Sam Rice, Brian McCann, Tommy Henrich, Livan Hernandez, Luis Severino

Feb. 21: Alan Trammell, 1958. Trammell made it to just one World Series, but he made the most of it. The longtime Detroit shortstop hit .450 with two homers and six RBIs in five games and was named the series MVP.
Notables: Dummy Taylor, Franklin Gutierrez, John Titus, Devin Travis, Jouett Meekin

Feb. 22: Sparky Anderson, 1934. He wasn’t much of a player (one year, minus-1.2 bWAR), but he was one hell of a manager. Anderson won two World Series titles with the Reds (1975-76) and one with the Tigers (1984).
Notables: Clarence Mitchell, Kelly Johnson, J.J. Putz, Jumbo McGinnis, Daniel Nava

Feb. 23: Bobby Bonilla, 1963. His birthday is Feb. 23, but Bobby Bonilla Day is July 1, as every baseball fan knows.
Notables: Ron Hunt, Rondell White, Elston Howard, John Shelby, Roy Johnson

Feb. 24: Honus Wagner, 1874. The Flying Dutchman — what an awesome nickname — was an easy choice for the inaugural Hall of Fame class (1936).
Notables: Eddie Murray, Wilbur Cooper, Mike Lowell, Bronson Arroyo, Stubby Clapp

Feb. 25: Ron Santo, 1940. Fun fact: Santo is one of only six players ever to play in at least 164 games in a season. The 1965 Cubs had two ties, and Santo (and his teammate Billy Williams) played every single game that year.
Notables: Monte Irvin, Cesar Cedeno, Paul O’Neill, Andy Pafko, Bob Brenly, Ed Lynch

Feb. 26: Grover Cleveland Alexander, 1887. Ol’ Pete didn’t reach the bigs until he was 24 years old, but still played 20 seasons and threw more than 5,000 innings in his Hall of Fame career. His most famous moment came in the 1926 World Series, when the 39-year-old right-hander ambled out of the bullpen in Game 7 and struck out Tony Lazzeri with the bases loaded in the seventh inning, then shut out the Yankees in the eighth and ninth to preserve the 3-2 win and give the Cardinals the championship.
Notables: Preacher Roe, Kelly Gruber, J.T. Snow, Marc DeRosa, Rip Collins, Scott Service

Feb. 27: Johnny Pesky, 1919. Yep, the guy with a Fenway Park foul pole named after him. He led the AL in hits as a 23-year-old rookie in 1942, then spent three years in the service, then led the AL in hits in 1946 and 1947.
Notables: Denard Span, Anibal Sanchez, Yovani Gallardo, Matt Stairs, Ron Hassey

Feb. 28: Terry Turner, 1881. Turner was a star infielder for more than a decade for the Cleveland Naps, the team named after star player Nap Lajoie. Imagine that happening these days, eh?
Notables: Aroldis Chapman Frank Malzone, Moose McCormick, Lil Stoner, Niko Goodrum

Feb. 29: Al Rosen, 1924. From 1950 to 1954, Rosen averaged 31 homers, 114 RBIs and a 151 OPS+, but injuries and insults — he was asked to take pay cuts two years in a row — led to him retiring after the 1956 season, at only 32 years old.
Notables: Pepper Martin, Terrence Long, Sadie Houck, Steven Mingori, Dickey Pearce

Mike Fiers Jersey Outlet

Tiger Woods has reportedly jumped back into the dating pool and is seeing a 22-year-old student who looks just like his ex-wife Elin Nordegren.

But Alyse Lahti Johnston who is 13 years younger than the golfer also has a checkered past – she was arrested on suspicion of DUI last year.

The University student and budding golfer has been been spending a lot of time with Woods in recent weeks.

Johnston’s father is an executive at IMG which is the sports agency that represents Woods.

A source told TerezOwens, a leading sports blog, that the the two have been seeing each other for a few months now and have been spotted on Woods’ yacht.

They were apparently there with another couple and he is said to be smitten with her.

But it seems that Woods’ new girl is a class act like the stream of mistresses that came out of the woodwork two years ago leading to the implosion of his marriage.

A mug shot of Johnston stemming from her DUI arrest on October 9 last year by police in Orlando, Florida shows she looked a bit worse for wear on the date she was pulled over.

However, a lesser charge of Reckless Driving, a first degree misdemeanor, was brought against her on December 10. She was represented by a high-profile Florida attorney.

She pleaded no contest to the charge and an adjudication was pending until she met several condition.

Moved on: Tiger Woods’s reported new girlfriend Alyse Lahtin Johnston is a 22-year-old blonde beauty with more than a striking resemblance to his ex-wife
Moved on: Tiger Woods’s reported new girlfriend Alyse Lahtin Johnston is a 22-year-old blonde beauty with more than a striking resemblance to his ex-wife

Johnston was ordered to undertake a DUI Counter Attack Schoool and a Victims Awareness Program.

She was also obligated to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and report to probation.

Her final charge was Improper Change of Lane when she went back to court on January 21 and the case has now been closed.

The blonde beauty is originally from Cleveland, Ohio but is now living in Florida.

Art Kenney Jersey Outlet

Au Simmenthal Milan, Art Kenney Arthur Kenney était connu comme le « Great Red » mais tout le monde l’appelait simplement Arturo… C’est d’ailleurs ainsi qu’il se nomme sur son adresse e-mail. Arturo était très apprécié de ses équipiers et des supporters italiens. Durant ses trois saisons en Italie, il a été le meilleur rebondeur de l’équipe, en 1972 son meilleur marqueur et il était l’antidote de Dino Meneghin, le pivot emblématique de Varèse, le club surpuissant en Europe dans les années 70 avec qui il s’est ensuite lié d’amitié. Il a disputé un total de 71 matches avec le Simmenthal.

« J’avais un accord verbal avec M. Gasnal. Si on avait gagné la Coupe de France en 1970 contre la Jeanne d’Arc Vichy, je serais resté car on aurait fait la Coupe des Coupes, mais on a perdu de quatre points. C’est comme ça que je suis allé à Milan et j’ai fait un test contre Bob Lienhard. Ça s’est bien passé et lui n’était pas le bon joueur, alors ils l’ont envoyé à Cantu et c’était l’homme parfait pour eux alors que ça n’aurait pas été le cas pour moi. »

Un face à face avec Dino Meneghin.

Les deux anciens rivaux… Quelques années plus tard.

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« La première fois que j’ai vu Bill Bradley c’était pour un match sur terrain neutre à… Bologne. Bologne, terrain neutre ! (rires) C’était la finale de la Coupe des Champions contre les Tchèques du Slavia de Prague. Ils ont gagné de cinq points et Bradley n’était pas le meilleur marqueur. C’était (Gabriele) Vianello avec 18 points. J’ai vu ce premier match avec Bradley à la World Wide Sport quand j’étais à Fairfield University. C’était en différé. A l’époque, ce sont les jets qui emmenaient les bobines de film d’un côté à l’autre de l’Atlantique. Nous avions un salon et nous étions deux à regarder ce match, mon camarade de chambre et moi. Je me suis dit « cette équipe, ce n’est pas seulement Bradley ».

George Seward Jersey Outlet

George Seward, the founding partner of law firm Seward & Kissel LLP and the honorary life president of the International Bar Association, has died. He was 101.

Seward died today at his home in Scarsdale, New York, the firm said in a statement.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our mentor and friend George Seward,” John Tavss, the firm’s managing partner, said in the statement.

Seward was a business lawyer who served in leadership positions in the American Bar Association, according to the statement. He led the committee to develop a model corporation act, was chairman of the ABA’s section on business law and was a 14-year member of its governing body, the House of Delegates, the firm said. In the 1960s, on behalf of the ABA, he became involved with the London-based International Bar Association, helping to develop the individual member side of the organization, according to the firm.

In 1953, Seward became a partner at Meyer, Kidder, Matz & Kissel, the firm that would become Seward & Kissel. He was an active partner until December 1983 and had been senior counsel since then. He worked at the firm several days a week through the end of 2011, the firm said.

Unusual Education
George Chester Seward was born Aug. 4, 1910, in Omaha, Nebraska. He wrote of his unusual elementary education in his 1987 book “Seward and Related Families,” noting that he transferred frequently among schools in Nebraska, Oklahoma, Illinois and Indiana because of his father’s business, the firm said.

He graduated from the University of Virginia, where he received undergraduate and law degrees, according to the firm. He was a Phi Beta Kappa, Order of the Coif and a member of the university’s Raven Society, the firm said.

Seward was a distant relative of William H. Seward, President Abraham Lincoln’s secretary of state, according to the firm.

Seward is survived by his two sons, Gordon and James, and two daughters, Patricia and Deborah, according to the statement. His wife of 54 years, Carroll, died in 1991, the firm said.

Matt Howard Jersey Outlet

It has been 29 years since Paramount High played for a CIF Southern Section football championship, 30 since the Pirates won a championship. They took Division III titles in 1988 and 1989 and lost in the Division II championship game in 1990.

That’s the first thing I said to Paramount coach Matt Howard during a Monday afternoon conversation.

“I mean, it’s exciting to be in the position to maybe end that drought,” he said. “It’s a school that takes a lot of pride in athletics and it’d be good for us to possibly get there.”

Paramount is one victory away from getting an opportunity to get back to the promised land that is a CIF championship game. The top-seeded Pirates (11-1) on Friday will host fourth-seeded San Juan Hills (9-3) in the Division 4 semifinals. The winner will advance to the championship game.

Howard is having a blast coaching this group.

“These kids are a lot of fun,” he said.

It’s a selfless bunch.

“The good thing about them is they’re really team guys,” Howard said.

They don’t care how the job gets done, as long as it does.

“You kind of see week to week there’s different guys that have success, different guys scoring touchdowns and different guys running back kicks,” Howard said. “They are all for the ultimate goal of us succeeding as a team and winning.”

Indeed, this is Howard’s kind of team.

“When you don’t have kids that are upset because they aren’t getting their touches or they don’t get their scores – (because) that kind of makes it harder to coach – these kids are definitely not that way,” Howard said.

“It’s a lot easier to deal with and it does make it more of a positive atmosphere.”

Howard mentioned there being different guys coming through from week to week. Make no mistake, quarterback Kingston Hala and his band of fine wide receivers, led by Anthony Williams, have been terrific all season.

But something happened in Friday’s 41-17 quarterfinals win at Eastvale Roosevelt that makes one wonder if perhaps Paramount is a team of destiny.

Senior running back Ahmad Parker pulled a quad on the first day of conditioning and missed the first two games of the season. Upon his return, he separated a shoulder during a kickoff return at Bakersfield on Sept. 6.

Parker had only three carries in that game, then just nine more combined over the next six. He carried six times for 54 yards and two touchdowns in a 60-10 first-round victory over El Toro and then had 133 yards and two TDs on just eight carries in the win over Roosevelt.

Good story? You bet.

“It’s kind of a sad situation for him – he’s been kind of snakebit and injured all year,” Howard said. “But he’s kept working and remained positive and ended up really leading us to victory on Friday. Had a couple of really big runs and a couple of touchdowns that helped seal it for us.”

Sure, it’s a bummer Parker has had to spend his senior season this way. But it’s doubtful he was thinking about that after Friday’s victory.

And if Paramount eventually wins the title, that is all that will matter to this group of 43 players and their coach.


Long Beach Poly is a better team than it showed in Friday’s 21-7 Division 2 quarterfinals loss at fourth-seeded Rancho Cucamonga. The Jackrabbits just had one of those nights where so much went awry with their offense once it got into scoring position. …

Color me impressed that Downey came painfully close to upsetting No. 2 seed Camarillo in the Division 4 quarterfinals before falling 28-27. The Scorpions (11-1) have been a terrific team all season. Downey (5-7) became darn good by season’s end. …

Wow, Bruce Walker of St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy is taking care of business for the top-seeded team in Division 14. Walker caught two touchdown passes, had two interceptions – one he returned for a TD – made 11 tackles (two for losses) and forced a fumble during his team’s 58-0 quarterfinals victory at Ganesha. Other than that, he didn’t do a thing. Show-off. …

With everything St. John Bosco quarterback DJ Uiagalelei has done this season – 3,177 passing yards, 35 TDs, just two picks – sometimes what others are doing gets lost in the shuffle. Take wide receiver Kris Hutson. He caught six passes for 119 yards and a TD and ran back a kickoff 85 yards for a score during the second-seeded Braves’ 63-7 victory over visiting Calabasas in the Division 1 quarterfinals on Friday. Hutson, an Oregon commit, has 1,048 yards receiving with 12 TDs this season. He’s exciting to watch.

Paul Martin Jersey Outlet

Paul Martin Siefried – one of the world’s foremost bowmakers and a founder member of the American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers – has died. He was 69.

Born in January 1950 and raised in Southern California, Siefried grew up in an artistic household: his mother was an amateur pianist and his father was a painter, designer and art teacher, who liked to collect fine paintings and furniture. The house was always well supplied with drawing materials, and, together with his sisters, the young Siefried liked to make use of them.

Academically though, his progress was erratic. Seeing no need to do homework between exams, he went through 12 years of schooling without once handing any in, and consequently achieved average results. After leaving school he intermittently attended an art institute and at the age of seventeen he left home, becoming an order clerk at a large music house in San Francisco.

Tiring of this, Siefried found work with a leather goods manufacturer, where he quickly learnt how to design and make objects such as gun holsters for the police, and camera case straps. ‘If you have good hands and a good eye you can make almost anything,’ he later said. But the monotony of factory life eventually led him to branch out on his own, selling his own leather creations.

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It made him a comfortable income, but still he craved a more artistic vocation. So when he made an amazing discovery – namely that some violins were handmade – he decided that this would be it. At twenty he applied to enter the violin making school at Mittenwald. When he was rejected, a professional violinist friend approached the violin shop she patronised and requested an interview for Siefried. Eventually the proprietor – a Mr MonDragon – agreed to look at one of Paul’s handbags. He later said: ’I took one look at the handbag and could not help noticing the design, choice of material and meticulous detail of workmanship. ’I told myself that if he can make that, he can make a fiddle.’ The next week Siefried became an apprentice at Cremona Violin Makers & Dealers.

Paul Martin Siefried

Paul Martin Siefried

For a while, he swept floors and cleaned up the work areas. But he was also taught how to take apart, clean, polish and rehair a bow. It planted a seed; by the end of the second year Siefried knew that his heart was in bow making. He resigned and moved to a small community where he immersed himself in intense study and experimentation with bow making.

He also caught the attention of Hans Weisshaar – a maker whose seminars he had attended, and whom he greatly admired. When Weisshaar heard that Siefried was no longer employed he invited him to join his atelier in Los Angeles. It was there that Siefried was led to understand matters of style and taste, and to comprehend the nuances of elegant bow making. It was there too, that he had the opportunity to study the bows of great masters. ‘It was an absolutely humbling experience for me,’ Siefried said. ‘I didn’t make a bow for two years. I listened and just kept my mouth shut.’

In 1978 he entered an international competition in La Joya, California, sponsored by the Violin Society of America. Discovering that he was ‘a voracious competitor’, he threw himself into the task of crafting matching bows to enter in all four categories: violin, viola, cello and bass.

To his surprise, Siefried won three gold medals and one silver – then repeated the feat two years later. By the third competition, held in 1982, he was invited to become a judge.

After 10 years with Weisshaar, he opened his own shop in Los Angeles. It flourished, but he resented how little time he had for making bows himself. So in 1991, he moved with his wife and two children to Port Townsend, a place he called ‘mecca’. He set up shop in his backyard, making and restoring bows on his own schedule and serving as a coach to emerging bow makers in the area.

‘I have an open shop policy,’ he said. ‘I have zero secrets from everybody. I’m willing to help them out.’

One of the few living bowmakers to be featured on a cover of The Strad (in July 1985), he was much admired for his products, which were in the genre of Peccatte and Maire, but with the vibrancy, sensitivity and resilience of bows by Tourte and Voirin. He was also known as a master copyist and restorer – his development in these areas guided by Weisshaar, who would hand him an ‘impossible’ repair and tell him to ‘fix it.’

MonDragon once described seeing a beautiful Maire bow in Weisshaar’s shop: the ebony frog was decorated with intricately inlaid floral designs of gold and mother or pearl. He thought it was original and it was not until months later that he found out the frog was the work of Siefried.

But despite his commitment to his craft, Siefried still devoted much energy to his family and friends. ‘As you all know, my father was well loved by many people all over the world,’ wrote his son, Nik Siefried on social media last week. Self-taught and unconventional though he was, Siefried will be remembered as a heavyweight among the world’s bow makers.

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