By the time the Rebels got settled, it was too late in a 57-42 loss to the Hawks. “We’ve never played in a place so big with so many people,” said guard Courtney Robinson, who led the Rebels with 17 points. “After the first quarter, we got in the flow of things and started playing together.” LONG BEACH – In the biggest game in the program’s history, the Flintridge Prep girls basketball team found itself busy making adjustments during Saturday’s CIF-Southern Section Division IV-A contest against No. 1-ranked Laguna Hills. The Rebels first needed to adjust to the shooting background at Long Beach State’s spacious Pyramid. They also had to fight off the nerves of playing on a big stage in a large venue. Rebels coach Kenny Fisher’s initial plan to get his second-ranked team into the flow – pound the ball inside – seemed simple. Easier said than done. Laguna Hills (25-4) used its size advantage and a 2-3 zone defense to force Flintridge Prep (24-4) to the outside, where the Rebels struggled for most of the quarter. The Hawks shut down Flintridge Prep’s post tandem of forwards Laurel Myers and Christina Watson en route to their third title and first since 2000. Myers managed just six points and Watson had 12. “Laurel Myers and Christina are a big part of our team, and when we couldn’t get them the ball, we knew that us guards needed to do it all and play our best,” Robinson said. Added Myers, “Christina and I didn’t necessarily show our best in the post today, but we tried hard. Their posts were definitely strong.” The Rebels failed to contain the Laguna Hills duo of freshman Lauren Engeln and Nicki Nakhaie. Engeln scored 17 points and Nakhaie had 16. Flintridge Prep scored nine consecutive points, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Jordan Toyama, who scored 13 points, and a putback by Myers to pull within three points at 32-29 with 1:15 to go in the third quarter. The Rebels got no closer as Laguna Hills countered with a 12-0 run. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 4456 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
2 May 2014The accreditation of over 100 Imams as marriage officers has paved the way for the official recognition of the marriages of Muslim couples in South Africa, allowing them to be recorded on the National Population Register and so to receive the full legal status afforded by the country’s Constitution.Speaking at a graduation ceremony for Imams qualifying as marriage officers in Cape Town on Wednesday, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said: “Today, in partnership with the Muslim community, government has been able to accredit over 100 Imams as marriage officers under the 1961 Marriage Act.“This will enable the legal official recognition of the unions of Muslim couples. Out of this initial step we will be able to push back the frontiers of exclusion that have so long been visited on the Muslim community.”Motlanthe said the graduation marked the start of a new chapter in the history of the Muslim community in the country, adding that, as South Africa celebrated 20 years of democracy, its vision of unity, non-racialism and non-sexism was gradually becoming a reality.“As a result of the Imams being designated as marriage officers in terms of the Marriages Act (25) of 1961, the registration of Muslim unions will accord Muslim marriages legal status and with that, the protective instruments of the secular state may be accessed to ensure that these Qur’anic values are realised and complied with within the Constitutional state.”Congratulating the Imams on their graduation, Motlanthe added: “Impressively, we are advised that to pass the two hour exam set by the Learning Academy of the Department of Home Affairs, candidates had to obtain a mark of no less than 70%, and many were able to exceed that requirement.“Let me take this opportunity to wish you all the very best as you begin your new responsibility in the service of our people.”Source: SAnews.gov