BROWARD COUNTY – As part of its ongoing recovery and relief efforts to support residents displaced by Hurricane Dorian, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has opened a Welcome Center to help students and families arriving from the Bahamas.The BCPS Welcome Center is located in the Lauderdale Manors Early Learning & Family Resource Center, at 1400 NW 14th Court in Fort Lauderdale, 754-323-1595. The Welcome Center provides families with support for student registration into District schools, and once registered, connects families to school social workers, who provide school supplies, uniforms and clothes, food, and information on local resources. In addition, the Welcome Center offers access to a variety of health services, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Broward.The Welcome Center is open during the following times:Mondays and Wednesdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.Tuesdays and Thursdays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.Fridays 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.When the Welcome Center is closed, families should contact the Family & Community Engagement Office at 754-321-1599 for assistance. As the need for support increases, the District will offer additional hours of operation.The District continues to collaborate with the Broward Education Foundation, United Way of Broward County and BrightStar Credit Union to collect and deliver donations and resources to assist with Hurricane Dorian recovery efforts in the Bahamas. For more information on the District’s Hurricane Dorian relief and recovery efforts, visit browardschools.com/hurricanerelief.
At 41 and a veteran of professional mixed martial arts for 15-plus years, Lyoto Machida still loves to train. Every single aspect of it: from packing his gym bag to making the trek to his next session and putting in the actual work.“I enjoy every single moment of the journey,” Machida told Sporting News during Wednesday’s media day for Bellator 222, where he’ll face fellow MMA veteran Chael Sonnen in the co-headlining event at Madison Square Garden on Friday, live on DAZN. In addition to his fondness of training, Machida also fuels his fighting career with another passion: cooking.The former UFC champion first fell in love with cooking while suspended 18 months — from April 2016 to October 2017 — after admitting he used a banned substance in a drug test administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).Join DAZN and watch Bellator 222 on June 14“When I stayed out of fighting for almost two years, I tried to find something that I could enjoy more than my training,” Machida said. “I think it’s a way that I found to get involved more with my kids. They love when I make sukiyaki — it’s a Japanese dish with vegetables and meat.”Over time, “The Dragon” has been able to pinpoint similarities between culinary arts and mixed martial arts, adding that the former aids his elusive, karate-based style and overall fighting in the twilight of his career. View this post on Instagram That said, Machida minces no words about what he expects if he gets his hand raised over Sonnen.“I want the belt,” Machida said, with his sights set on Bellator heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader, whom the Brazilian knocked out in the UFC back in August 2012. “I’m not here to play around. I’ve been saying that since I signed with Bellator.”With ambition like that, it’s a good thing Machida has the culinary skills to fuel his fighting fire. Hobby nada mais é que um passatempo, uma ação, uma atividade que lhe traz prazer e satisfação. Eu, por exemplo, gosto muito de cozinhar! Isso mesmo. Sempre faço algumas receitas e me divirto na cozinha. Para mim é algo prazeroso e não tenho dúvidas de que influencia na minha qualidade de vida e no meu humor. Você tem um hobby? Então ao fazê-lo com frequência, perceberá um aumento no bem-estar conforme a tensão do dia a dia reduz. Agora é a sua vez, conta pra mim nos comentários qual o seu hobby! #tbt A hobby is a pastime, an activity that brings your pleasure and satisfaction. For instance, I really like to cook! That’s right, I always cook up some recipes and have fun in the kitchen, it’s something that I enjoy and I’m sure that it has an influence on my quality of life and mood. Do you have a hobby? If you do it often, you will notice an increase in your well-being as the daily tensions will be reduced. Now it’s your turn, tell me about your hobbies in the comments!A post shared by Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) on Apr 18, 2019 at 8:01am PDT“When you cook, you kind of find yourself,” Machida says. “You have your own moments. You cut the onion, you cut the tomato, you do everything on your own and you feel more concentrated and focused in a different style.“When you train in martial arts, you’re already in this stage,” he continues. “But when you cook, it’s more peaceful and you could get the same aspects (as training).”MORE: Bellator 222: Rory MacDonald explains clarity he found to continue fighting career“More peaceful” is not how you would describe promoting and entering a fight with the ever-opinionated Sonnen. But Machida (25-8) hasn’t found Sonnen (31-16-1) to be the trash-talking, venom-spewing fighter he usually is entering scraps with past opponents.“He’s so quiet now,” Machida says. “I’m not sure why.”Perhaps it’s partly because Machida counts victories over MMA greats like Gegard Mousasi, Ryan Bader, Dan Henderson, Randy Couture, Rashad Evans and Tito Ortiz — to name a few.Machida has heard Sonnen say he wants to exact revenge on behalf of his Team Quest stablemates, Couture and Henderson — a motivational theme that “The American Gangster” continued running with on Wednesday.”I thought as a team, we got closer and closer, but that’s a tough puzzle to solve,” Sonnen told SN. “Machida’s got some very unique skills. He does stuff that other guys don’t do. If you’re one guy who runs through Team Quest, you’ve got quite the feather in your cap and he will deserve that … if he gets it done.”
1 Davide Santon in action for Inter Milan Watford have given up their pursuit of former Newcastle man Davide Santon.The left-back is back at Inter Milan but he is unlikely to feature regularly there under former Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini.That gave Watford the impetus to make a move for the Italy international but Hornets owner Gino Pozzo says the deal is dead in the water“There is no breakthrough to bring Santon to our London club,” the multi-club owner told fcinternews.it“In fact, I can say that the deal is now dead and there are no longer the conditions to continue.“I did not see much enthusiasm in the boy, despite all the time that we gave to evaluate the situation.”
VALENCIA – It started as an art project for school. It ended up as a winner in the National Congressional Art Competition. And now the portrait of Jordan Recchia’s father, Dennis, will hang for a year as part of a national exhibit in Washington, D.C. Recchia was a winner in California’s 25th Congressional District, which includes Santa Clarita. A Valencia High School junior, he is pleased that artwork portraying his father won what he considered a great contest. “I think it’s kind of funny, actually,” Dennis Recchia, 53, said. “I’m kind of a guy who likes to stay in the background, but he thrust me to the forefront.” The father, who does computer animation for a major motion picture company, has seen his son’s talent develop through the years – from elementary school projects to the work of a serious young artist. It doesn’t hurt to have artists for parents. In early childhood, Jordan often sat in his mother’s or father’s lap and watched the parent work. His mother, Janet, was a fashion artist in New York and now is an independent art teacher. But Jordan aims to carve out his own niche as an artist, separate from his parent’s careers. He hopes one day to design cars – an interest formed when he was age 4 and saw the Disney film classics about Herbie, a Volkswagen Beetle with a mind of its own. “It’s been a passion all my life,” Jordan said. firstname.lastname@example.org (661)257-5254160Want 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 MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event“I used my dad because he’s been an inspiration in my life; he’s been a mentor,” Recchia said about his choice of subjects. “What better piece to win?” Jordan originally painted his father for a project in his advanced-placement art class. The assignment was to create a series of 12 pieces of a subject from different angles and perspectives. He chose his father as the subject because he has “gotten me to where I am,” the young artist said. Sometimes he drew his father while he watched TV or sat on the living room couch, A portrait in oil pastels from this series that won honors for the son. After seeing other entries in the competition, Jordan wasn’t sure if his work was the type judges might want. Many entries depicted the Santa Clarita Valley – its mountains and skyline, not its people and especially not the head of one man. But now his painting will be displayed in the Cannon Tunnel, a pedestrian walkway leading to the U.S. Capitol. So how does Jordan’s father feel about his face being viewed by millions of people in Washington?