Saints and Sinners: The weekend’s talking points

first_img The SaintsChiefs duo shine at the StoopHenry Slade had a cracking game for Exeter Chiefs in their 62-24 demolition of Harlequins at the Twickenham Stoop in the last round of Aviva Premiership matches, but Jack Nowell stole all the headlines with his hat-trick of tries.The wing created tries for others as well as scoring his own. His outstanding break from his own half set up a first-half score for James Short, and later Nowell accepted a pass from Phil Dollman, who had in turn been fed deftly by Slade, and strode over the line for his first try.Slade was also critical to Nowell’s second try, sending a long pass over Dollman’s head to find the wing in space and after Nowell had claimed his hat-trick following some sleepy defending by Harlequins, Slade scored one of his own, finishing a great move up the right.Nowell did his share in defence too, stopping Danny Care from burrowing over the line when Quins trailed 17-3 – or at least doing enough to make the referee refer the attempted try to the TMO, who could find no proof the scrum-half had scored. Hat-trick hero: Jack Nowell scores one of his trio of tries against Harlequins. (Photo: Getty Images) Losing his headGlasgow Warriors needed to win at Connacht to earn the right to a home semi-final in the Guinness Pro12 and with half an hour to go the game was poised at 7-7. Then a moment of madness from Sila Puafisi left the Warriors a man down for the remainder of the match and Connacht went on to win 14-7.Silly Sila: Warriors prop Puafisi heads for the stand after being sent off. (Photo: Inpho)The referee had blown for a penalty at a ruck but as Connacht scrum-half Kieran Marmion bent down to pick up the ball which was at his feet, the Glasgow tighthead came diving round the side of the breakdown head first and banged his head into Marmion’s.Referee Ian Davies decided a red card was the appropriate punishment for Puafisi and it’s hard to argue with that. Young star shines to the endOspreys fly-half Sam Davies capped a fine season with another good display off the bench for his region, then picked up the Guinness Pro12 Young Player of the Year award at Sunday’s dinner.In Saturday’s Ospreys v Ulster clash, which Ulster won 46-26, Davies set up a try for another replacement, Tom Grabham with a great break from 40 metres out and a long pass to Grabham as he scorched into the 22. Paddy Jackson covered across to try to prevent the try but Grabham still dived in and turned over to touch the ball down. Treble for LatuNili Latu had the rare distinction – for a No 8 – of scoring all his team’s points in Newcastle Falcons’ 21-15 loss to Sale Sharks. He scored a hat-trick of tries from driving mauls – twice breaking from the back of a maul a few metres out and trundling unopposed round the blindside. Wood fires Saints into EuropeTom Wood played a crucial role in attack and defence as Northampton came from 20-8 down to beat Gloucester 28-20 in the Aviva Premiership and secure a place in next season’s European Champions Cup.The back row set up George North’s second try by realising Gloucester had left the back of a ruck totally unprotected, and he strode over and through it, charged on into the 22 and fed North. That try put the Saints 22-20 up and they kicked on to win from there.Wood made nine carries in all, while in defence his total of 11 tackles beat any of his team-mates. This was a game that mattered for Northampton and Wood was rightly named Man of the Match. What happened? Jack Clifford and Marland Yarde of Harlequins take in the loss. (Photo: Getty Images)The SinnersHarlequins’ horror showIt should have been a fond farewell for Harlequins DoR Conor O’Shea after six mostly happy years at the Stoop, but instead it turned into a horror show for the home side as Exeter trounced them 62-24 and extinguished their hopes of qualifying for the European Champions Cup via a top six Premiership finish.Quins can still get into Europe’s top competition next season if they win the second tier Challenge Cup final on Friday, but they will need to put this awful performance quickly behind them and bring their A game to play Montpellier in Lyon.Danny Care called Saturday “a pretty sour day” and O’Shea said “that will take some getting over”. Quins were poor in all departments and the lead-up to Jack Nowell’s hat-trick try encapsulated everything that was wrong with their game. They overthrew a lineout near their own 22, Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie gratefully gathered the ball at the tail as if it was a planned move and barrelled up towards the line. The ball squirted out at the side of the ensuing ruck and Quins prop Kyle Sinckler just stood and looked at it on the floor, leaving it for Chiefs scrum-half Will Chudley to pick up and pass out to the right, where Nowell scored.Quins missed a shocking total of 23 tackles and although they occasionally sparkled in attack, they were utterly outmuscled by the Chiefs. O’Shea’s coaching mettle will be tested to the full this week as Harlequins attempt to bounce back and win on Friday. Webb’s wobblesThe Ospreys needed a home win against Ulster to earn a place in next season’s European Champions Cup and to help the Scarlets step over Ulster and into the Pro12 playoffs, but too many errors from the men in black helped the visitors to win 46-26.Weak defending at close quarters allowed Rory Best to score a try and just before half-time Rhys Webb kicked straight to Andrew Trimble, who counter-attacked and put in a return kick of his own. A wicked bounce took the ball away from Webb – who might perhaps have tracked back with more determination – and Trimble was through for a try.Webb was at fault for another try later in the game, when he had the ball at his feet at the back of a ruck inches from his own line, but left it unguarded a fraction too long and Chris Henry reached through from the Ulster side of the ruck and touched it down for a try. Pulling the strings: Kieran Marmion (left) starred for Connacht. (Photo: Inpho)West is bestKieran Marmion was named Man of the Match as Connacht sealed a top-two finish in the Guinness Pro12 with a 14-7 win over Glasgow Warriors in a winner-takes-all match.But Marmion was by no means the only one at Connacht with something to celebrate as the province more or less swept the board at Sunday’s Pro12 annual awards. Bundee Aki was named Player of the Season, Pat Lam Coach of the Season, skipper John Muldoon received the Chairman’s Award in recognition of his 13 years of service and no less than seven Connacht players were named in the Pro12 dream team – Aki, Matt Healy, Marmion, Denis Buckley, Tom McCartney, Finlay Bealham and Ultan Dillane. Saturday brought the last round of matches in the regular season of the Aviva Premiership and the Guinness Pro12. It turned into something of a try-fest, but who contributed to the crucial wins and who fell at the final hurdle? TAGS: ConnachtHighlightSaracens Ash crash: Chris Ashton dives over to help Saracens on their way to a big win. (Photo: Getty Images)Great from Goode, hot stuff from AshChris Ashton scored a hat-trick of tries in Saracens’ 43-19 win over Worcester Warriors, showing all his finishing skills and capitalising on some outstanding play from full-back Alex Goode.Goode created Ashton’s first try when he took a high ball and sidestepped the first line of defence then broke clear and passed to the wing to score in the corner.Ashton collected an awkwardly bouncing ball after a brilliant chip from Goode for his second and replacement Ben Ransom provided the kick for Ashton to chase for his hat-trick touchdown after Goode had gone off early in the second half to rest for next Saturday’s Champions Cup final.An offload from Ashton then set up a try for Ransom, as Saracens showed they are in fine form as the true business end of the season begins. Remember the nameEllis Genge – a former England U20 prop who is on loan at Leicester Tigers from Bristol – made his Premiership debut on Saturday and showed he has what it takes to succeed at the highest level.Leicester lost 38-27 at Bath but it was not for the want of trying on Genge’s part as he excelled in attack and defence. He helped create two tries – one for the excellent Peter Betham and one for Mathew Tait, making a total of 45m with ten carries beating five defenders, and he did his share of defensive work too.If Bristol secure promotion to the Premiership by beating Doncaster Knights in the Greene King IPA Championship playoff final, Genge might be a key figure for them next season. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Brown the try-poacherEdinburgh wing Tom Brown might not be in Matt Scott’s good books after pinching a try from right under the nose of his team-mate. Scott kicked through the Cardiff Blues defence from just outside the 22 and chased the ball to the line, but Brown popped up at his shoulder and dived on the ball first. Scott gave a rueful grin to his team-mate as they got up but might not be entirely impressed with Brown’s cheeky move.last_img read more

The Allendale Branch Library Presents The Disneyland Story

first_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Literary Arts The Allendale Branch Library Presents The Disneyland Story Discussion and Book signing with Author Sam Gennawey From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 12:12 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Signs Your Perfectionism Has Gotten Out Of ControlHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCouples Who Stuck With Each Other Despite The Cheating ScandalHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things Every Guy Wants To Hear From The Woman He LovesHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Subscribe 9 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img Business News Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News The Allendale Branch Library presents “The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream,” discussion and book signing with author Sam Gennawey on Saturday, July 12, 2014, 2:00 p.m.A historian and urban planner with a not-unhealthy obsession for theme parks, Sam Gennawey will discuss and sign copies of The Disneyland Story: The Unofficial Guide to the Evolution of Walt Disney’s Dream (2014, Keen Communications), a scrupulously researched chronology of the activities and events involved in the creation and operation of the so-called Happiest Place on Earth. Gennawey’s comprehensive and entertaining book nurtured, and grew into a source of joy and inspiration for generations of visitors, and it is layered with important context, including key personalities, and contemporary historical and cultural issues. “A trip to Disneyland would become a rite of passage for many Americans,” writes Gennawey, and he describes how the theme park’s success is rooted in its ability to constantly reinvent itself while staying true to Walt Disney’s founding principles.A senior associate at the Pasadena urban planning firm of Katherine Padilla & Associates, Sam Gennawey is the author of Walt and the Promise of Progress City (2011), a columnist of the popular MiceChat Web Site, and a featured speaker on them park history and design at many venues including the Walt Disney Family Museum, the American Planning Association, the California Preservation Foundation, and the California League of Cities. The discussion will be moderated by Allendale Branch Librarian Veronica Fuentes. Books will be available for purchase for $19.00 per copy.The Allendale Branch Library is located at 1130 S. Marengo Avenue, in Pasadena.For more information, contact (626) 744-7260 or visit Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

After the hit: How Jack Jablonski is living life to the fullest despite paralysis

first_imgIt’s mid-afternoon on a Friday in the courtyard of the Troy East apartment complex — a block away from the USC campus — and Jack Jablonski is standing up.He’s in the middle of a rehabilitation session and is strapped into equipment at his chest, waist and ankles, his arms resting on a tray protruding from a chest plate.Getting to this point takes a lot of effort for Jablonski and his two trainers, Alicia Villarreal and Brent Brayshaw. They’ve moved him from his wheelchair to a massage table and stretched every part of his body from his shoulders to his Achilles vigorously for half an hour. Always sitting in a wheelchair means Jablonski’s muscles are tense.They do this three times a week, two hours each session. Each day is a different focus, which can include standing, stretching, biking and core workouts. Today is Friday, so they stretch him, and they stretch him well.“Today is ‘make everything hurt’ day,” Jablonski says, laying on the table while Brayshaw stretches his shoulders and Villarreal works on his knees, trying to stimulate blood flow. Vigorous is no hyperbole.“Ready? One, two, three,” Brayshaw says as he moves Jablonski onto a seat on the equipment. He repeats it twice more, carefully shuffling the 6-foot-2-inch former hockey player’s body.Finally, Jablonski’s there, standing on his own two feet. Still, he has to wait while they take his heart rate and blood pressure. If either is too high and he begins to feel lightheaded, he has to sit back down.Today, everything’s fine, and Jablonski’s in his usual good mood.“It feels nice to be taller than everybody,” Jablonski says. “I am 6-foot-2.”***Once upon a time, Jablonski was flying around hockey rinks.Jack Jablonski as a boy with his father, Mike. Jablonski learned to skate when he was three years old – Photo courtesy of the Jablonski family.Growing up in Minnesota, Jablonski did what most kids did and learned how to skate at a young age. His dad, Mike, taught him when he was three, and then he picked up sports. He played baseball, tennis and golf — but nothing could beat hockey, the “bread-and-butter” sport of the state.And he was good at it too, at the top of his class. He had a 50-goal season the year before high school for his Bantam-A team — an under-15 league — in a state that routinely produces the best young hockey players in the country. He dreamed of playing in the NHL and was on course to play for a Division I team in college.“I had a passion for scoring goals,” Jablonski said. “And I was very good at it when I played.”When he played. The use of past tense is striking and disheartening, a realization that the game he loved was tragically ripped away from him.The date was Dec. 30, 2011. Jablonski was a sophomore in high school at Benilde-St. Margaret’s in St. Louis Park, Minn., playing in the championship game of a holiday tournament against rival Wayzata High School. His parents were in the stands.The game was tied 2-2 with 14 minutes left in regulation. Jablonski had already scored a goal, and now it was getting intense.“We were playing our rivals,” Jablonski said. “There was a lot on the line.”Stepping out onto the ice, Jablonski took the puck in his defensive zone and skated up ice on a two-on-two. He moved past a defender and tried to head to the net but was cut off. So Jablonski turned away toward the boards, looking to pass. As he did, the player he just passed hit him in his right shoulder. Simultaneously, another defender who Jablonski didn’t see jammed his elbow into Jablonski’s neck, sending Jablonski face-first into the boards.As Jablonski laid on the ice, his mom, Leslie, waited for him to get up. She hated seeing her son crash into the boards, but he always stood back up.Jablonski plays in a high school game. His hockey career was tragically ended by a hit that paralyzed him – Photo courtesy of the Jablonski family.“You start counting,” she said. “Get up; get up.”But this time would be different. The arena fell silent. Panic settled in on everyone’s faces. Leslie was in shock. While Mike went to check on their son, she stayed behind, afraid of what she would find out. Finally, she went to him, and she heard the words that devastated her.“He looked at me and said, ‘Mom, I can’t feel my legs,’” she said. “I almost keeled over on top of him.”She remembers the desperation of the hours that followed: the trip to the hospital as she hung on to her son on a gurney, hearing that he might be paralyzed, that he might be a quadriplegic.And she remembers when reality set in a couple of days later, standing next to her son’s bed at 2 a.m. as he turned to her.“I’m paralyzed, aren’t I?” he asked his mom.The question crushed her, as did her answer.“Yes, Jack,” she said. “You are.”The injury — a “complete injury” to Jablonski’s C5 and C6 vertebrae — severed everything in his neck vital for mobility and motion. All feeling below the level of injury was lost.“You’ll be lucky to bend your right arm,” doctors told Jablonski. “Your left arm’s not going to move, really.”“We told you that,” they added. “Prove us wrong.”***Within a week, Jablonski had already done it, able to attempt to slap his brother, Max. But there was so much more to that week, to the initial days that Jablonski laid in the hospital bed, his life forever altered.Former hockey star Jeremy Roenick visits Jablonski in the hospital in the days following his injury. Roenick was just one of many visitors who lent their support to Jablonski. – Photo courtesy of the Jablonski family.In Minnesota and across the country, his story blew up. He was all over the news, on the front page of Yahoo. A nonstop stream of family and friends stopped by to see him. Players from the Minnesota Wild — his hometown team — visited, as did other NHL teams when they stopped by to play against the Wild. His story even reached the upper echelon of hockey legends. Wayne Gretzky called. So did Bobby Orr. Jeremy Roenick changed his plans to fly to Minnesota.The hockey community is very tightly knit, where everyone knows each other. And they united around the Jablonskis almost immediately, helping to fundraise to renovate the family’s house and purchase a van to accommodate Jablonski’s condition.“A lot of hockey parents realized it could’ve been their child,” Leslie said. “Everyone just rallied around us.”In turn, Jablonski remained upbeat. Strapped in a halo — a metal ring fixated around his head — he greeted every visitor with a smile, still making sure they were comfortable. He worried about how the guy who delivered the hit was feeling even though he was the one who was paralyzed (the player did visit Jablonski and received his forgiveness).And as devastated as Leslie may have felt, she had no choice but to embrace her son’s attitude.“To see your child laying in a hospital bed with a halo around head — he could’ve been so mad, but he wasn’t,” Leslie said. “The only thing we could do was join him and be positive. That became contagious. That’s why he is where he is today.”The summer after his injury, Jablonski began setting goals for himself, for his recovery. His first one? Going back to high school as a junior. That summer, on top of four to five hours of intensive therapy a day for four to five days a week, Jablonski worked to catch up on all the classes he missed — and he did.“That was a huge stepping stone, getting back to normality,” Jablonski said.***In 1981, former USC All-American swimmer Mike Nyeholt broke his neck in a motorcycle accident, leaving him a quadriplegic. That inspired Nyeholt’s former college roommate, Ron Orr, to start Swim With Mike, a scholarship program for physically challenged athletes. To date, the program, which pays full tuition, has raised more than $18 million and granted nearly 200 scholarships to students at 97 different universities.And Swim With Mike found Jablonski, who learned about the scholarship when the Anaheim Ducks visited him in the hospital. From there, Orr met with Jablonski and his father and was sold by Jablonski’s character.“Jack exemplifies what the scholarship was set up for,” Orr said. “The way he’s accepted his situation and lived with it and owned it. He’s mature beyond his age.”Today, Jablonski is a sophomore at USC, majoring in communication and minoring in sports media studies. He is one of 12 Swim With Mike scholars at the University.He chose USC after visiting his senior year of high school and falling in love with it. He loved the warm climate — Jablonski’s body can’t regulate body temperature, so his muscles would tighten up in the cold Minnesota winter. He loved the strong academics USC offered and the chance to live in the media capital of the world as a communication major.And he’s taking advantage of these aspects. It’s been more than five years since the injury, and despite the crippling diagnosis, Jablonski is living college life to the fullest.He goes to class like everyone else, getting around on a motorized wheelchair on his own. He can use his pinky finger to send texts, his hands to high-five or shake hands.Still, there are limits the injury places on him: the mundane actions that can turn into challenges, whether it is opening doors, eating on his own, getting dressed or getting ready for bed.“Spasms can kick my shoe off, or my foot can fall and I can’t always kick it up and put it up on my footrest,” Jablonski said. “My pants need adjusting or my shirt does. Whatever it is — daily, day-to-day living. Ninety-five percent of what the normal human does, I can’t do.”Jablonski with his fraternity brothers – Photo courtesy of the Jablonski family.Which is why Jablonski is grateful for the support system he has. A caretaker lives with him 24/7, catering to his needs. His second semester, Jablonski pledged the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, linking him with 130 brothers to form a friend group and help him get through his days.“If it wasn’t for TKE, I don’t know where I’d be,” he said. “I don’t know if I’d still be here just because of the friend group that I’ve developed.”But Jablonski’s routine goes beyond his class and his fraternity. He just wrapped up his second season interning for the Los Angeles Kings — last year as a public relations intern and this year working for their communications team by hosting a postgame podcast. He is credentialed for every home game, watching from the press box.“Never once did I want to leave the game after I was injured,” Jablonski said. “It just made me want to be with it more.”Jablonski with Roenick. The two have bonded since Jablonski’s injury – Photo courtesy of the Jablonski family.He also dedicates time to his foundation, the Jack Jablonski Bel13ve in Miracles Foundation (13 was his jersey number), a charity set up to support spinal cord injury recovery. Launched on the one-year anniversary of his injury, the foundation partners with the Mayo Clinic, one of the most reputable hospitals in the country. Last November, at a fundraising event during a Wild game, the foundation raised more than $350,000.The money is being spent on research and studies by the Mayo Clinic that Jablonski hopes will one day cure spinal cord injuries. One possibility is what is called “epidural stimulation,” which Jablonski said is yielding results.He is on a mission to see this through, much to his mom’s appreciation.“Here he is, a college student, trying to stay in the game of hockey, going to school and class halfway across the country and still trying to stay involved to raise studies,” Leslie said. “It’s mind-boggling.”If life were fair, Jack Jablonski would be playing hockey for a Division I program right now. If bad things didn’t happen to good people, Jablonski would still be flying around hockey rinks, scoring goals and celebrating with his teammates.That’s the thing, though. Sometimes, your story is altered for some unknown reason, and how you write the rest is up to you.For Leslie, not a day goes by that she wishes this had never happened to her son.“You always wonder what life would be like otherwise,” she said.But Jablonski has embraced what life has given him, and he’s not just putting on an act. He is honest about the journey he has taken and willing to discuss his traumatic injury to the point where he’s made jokes about it, according to Amy MacRae, a close friend.“He’s very straightforward,” said MacRae, a sophomore majoring in journalism. “He knows his situation, and he doesn’t try to sugarcoat it.”MacRae thinks Jablonski’s openness is one of his best attributes, allowing others in similar situations to look to connect with him and gain inspiration from him.“He knows it’s horrible, but his life is still going to go on,” MacRae said. “His life’s not over. He’s still alive.”Jablonski on a specialized bike as his trainers, Alicia Villarreal and Brent Brayshaw, look on – Katie Chin | Daily TrojanOh, he’s alive alright — more than just alive — and anyone who spends enough time with him can see the evidence. You see it in his determination, in his everglowing positivity that began from day one of the injury and is still emanating, bright as ever. You see it in his desire to remain invested in the game of hockey, in his foundation where he is using the fame and media attention to help not just himself, but also everyone affected by spinal cord injury. And you see it during his thrice-a-week rehab sessions, in the effort he puts in just to stand up and move his arms.His arms have gotten stronger, his trainers say. And every time Leslie sees him, he looks “stronger and stronger.” Jablonski doesn’t doubt that he will walk again, but he knows the chances are slim. And yet, here he is, still fighting, still living, still dreaming. The blindside hit in a holiday tournament hockey game may have taken away Jablonski’s mobility, but it’s brought out the best in him.“If there’s a good side to a tragedy,” Leslie said, “we’ve seen it.”last_img read more