The elves over at Johnson’s Popcorn and JASM Consulting are working hard to give the boys and girls of the International Academy of Atlantic City Charter School a very merry Christmas. They are more than halfway to filling close to 300 Johnson’s Popcorn buckets with toys and treats for the school’s kindergarten through third graders.The International Academy of Atlantic City Charter School (IAAC) has about 365 students between kindergarten and third grade. IAAC was built to be a beacon for urban education. Many of these students, while being at risk, come to school every day ready to learn and achieve, and excel in doing so.Donations will be accepted until Friday, Dec. 18.JASM Consulting and Johnson’s Popcorn are asking for others to pitch in by:Requesting delivery of an empty Johnson’s Popcorn bucket (call 609-840-6173 or email [email protected]) or by picking up a bucket: at Johnson’s Popcorn (14th Street and Boardwalk) or at JASM (701 West Avenue).Filling the bucket with age-appropriate clothing (socks, scarfs, sweaters, hats, gloves, shirts etc.), school supplies, food store gift cards, toys (cards, games, stuffed animals), food (nothing with peanuts).Or placing any amount of money inside of your bucket (if it’s easier for you).The buckets should be filled with things that would fun to receive in a stocking or as a present.Dropping off buckets to JASM Consulting or Johnson’s Popcorn (14th Street location) by Dec. 18. If you need JASM or Johnson’s to pick up your bucket, please allow a few days’ notice.These students are pushed every single day to be at the best level (behavior, attendance, academics etc.) that they can be. IAAC closes the gap for students who would most likely be left behind and gives them the opportunity to reach university level schooling.“We are thrilled to reach out beyond our borders and help children who are trying to help themselves,” JASM Consulting owner Aimee Schultz said. “We hope that we can share the joy that we feel here in Ocean City with children that truly need our assistance.”— News release from Johnson’s Popcorn and JASM Consulting
Jose Mourinho hailed match-winner Branislav Ivanovic and claimed the Chelsea defender is one of the club’s best ever signings. The right-back smashed in the decisive goal at Aston Villa on Saturday to clinch a crucial 2-1 victory which sent the Blues seven points clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League. Manchester City’s 1-1 draw with Hull handed Mourinho’s side the advantage in the race for the title. Ivanovic arrived from Lokomotiv Moscow for £9.7million in 2008 and, after his fifth goal in his last six starts against Villa, Mourinho believes he is one of Chelsea’s top captures. He said: “He came immediately after I left and after that he made a fantastic contribution for this club. He is a competitive animal. A big heart. “What really matters more is what we as a club feel for him and people like John (Terry) and (Gary) Cahill, guys that without them – you cannot do anything. A team is an artist like (Eden) Hazard, it is a defender like Branislav. The mix and combination of talent makes a team. “Every striker in the world would be proud to score that magnificent goal, it is an amazing goal. When he scores that goal and it is three or four nil it is a different feeling. He is a great guy, what he is doing for us is unbelievable.” Mourinho and Villa boss Paul Lambert failed to shake hands at the end and, while the Stamford Bridge chief did not name him, he issued what could be taken as a veiled dig at his opposite number. He said: “If they go down it is not because of the quality of their players for sure. I believe they are not going down. I wish that because this is a big club. An historical club. I wish they stay in the Premier League. I wish and I believe.” When asked if it was the manager’s fault he said: ” I am saying nothing. I am saying that’s football. They have more than enough.” Jores Okore cancelled out Eden Hazard’s early opener to end Villa’s 11-hour wait for a goal but they have won just twice in their last 20 league games. They go to Hull, who occupy the final relegation spot, on Tuesday just two points above the drop zone but Okore is relieved to have ended their goal drought. “When you score goals you get a positive energy that you can use on the pitch,” said the defender. “So when you don’t score it can become frustrating. “It is really positive that we can now go out there and not have to talk about not scoring – at least for the next couple of games if we don’t score again. “At least now we can forget about that and avoid any more frustration. “That’s the really nice thing, but most importantly we showed we can compete with Chelsea.” Press Association
Algeria beat Senegal to clinch a place in the Africa Cup of Nations last 16. The match was billed as a showdown between Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, of Manchester City, and Senegal’s Liverpool forward Sadio Mane – but both players had quiet games. Youcef Belaili blasted home the only goal of the game from the edge of box from Sofiane Feghouli’s cross. Senegal almost equalised with the final action of the game, with Mane heading over from close range. Africa’s highest ranked team need to beat Kenya in their final group game to be guaranteed a place in the knockout stages. Mane was unfortunate not to win a penalty when he was sandwiched by Adlene Guedioura and Ramy Bensebaini with 20 minutes to go. The video assistant referee system does not come in until the quarter-final stage. The game did not live up to the hype, with Senegal not having a shot on target until the 78th minute when Youssouf Sabaly’s 20-yard shot was parried by Rais M’Bolhi and Mbaye Diagne put the rebound wide from close range. There was no action of note in the first half at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo, with former West Ham winger Feghouli curling wide moments before setting up the only goal. Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye blazed a shot over for Senegal just after the hour-mark and Mahrez, in a rare moment of magic, lashed an effort just wide from long range. Group C’s other teams, Kenya and Tanzania, meet at 21:00 BST in the same stadium as both sides look to pick up their first points of the tournament.