Wade, Butler call out Bulls teammates, Rondo unimpressed

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Cavs slump sparks drama for NBA champions Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dwyane Wade #3 and Jimmy Butler #21 of the Chicago Bulls react near the end of a game against the Atlanta Hawks at the United Center on January 25, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. The Hawks defeated the Bulls 119-114. Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images/AFPChicago Bulls stars Dwyane Wade and Jimmy Butler blasted their teammates in the wake of an embarrassing home loss this week, but their criticism provoked a strong response Thursday from backup guard Rajon Rondo.Butler scored 40 points and Wade added 33 in a 119-114 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday in which the Hawks erased a 10-point deficit in the waning minutes.ADVERTISEMENT “We weren’t guarding anybody, doing whatever we wanted to do, and we lost,” Butler said after his fifth game with at least 40 points this season. “Story of our year. Over and over. Same thing. It’s not the first time we’ve seen this. It’s not the first time we’ve done it.”Rondo, who won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics in 2010 and joined the Bulls prior to this season, responded via an Instagram post.“My vets would never go to the media,” Rondo said in a post that included a picture of himself with former Celtics teammates Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett. “When we lost, they wouldn’t blame us. They took responsibility and got in the gym. They showed the young guys what it meant to work.”ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t know if I see enough guys who really want it,” said Wade, who won three NBA championships with the Miami Heat before joining Chicago as a free agent prior to this season.“Losses like this, it has to hurt them. I’m 35 years old, man. I got three championships. It shouldn’t hurt me more than it hurts these young guys. They have to want it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I wish that I could say that everyone in here is going to go home and not eat tonight,” Wade said. “I can’t say that. I wish I could, but I don’t know if it hurts. Games like this are supposed to hurt you. You’re not supposed to sleep. You don’t want to go up and talk to nobody. These games are supposed to hurt. I don’t know if it’s in the guys in this locker room.”Butler, 27, was no less scathing after the game. View comments Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal MOST READ Rondo said it was unfair to blame the team’s less experienced players.“The young guys work,” he wrote. “They show up. They don’t deserve blame. If anything is questionable, it’s the leadership.”The Bulls, winners of six NBA titles in the 1990s era of league legend Michael Jordan, have not made it past the second round of the playoffs since 2011.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Great expectations: Indians eye World Series title after ’16 run

first_img98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG The Indians have some unfinished business.One swing away from beating the Chicago Cubs in an epic World Series last year, the Indians, who pumped up their payroll to nearly $130 million by winning baseball’s offseason with the surprise signing of free-agent slugger Edwin Encarnacion this winter, have their sights set on a return to the postseason — and this time winning it all.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Everyone is very proud of what we accomplished last year, but everybody wants that one more run,” Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis said Sunday. “Everybody wants to get back. We finally got a taste of that fruit, and we want to be there and we want to stay there.”With one of baseball’s best starting rotations, deepest bullpens and a lineup counting on the return of All-Star Michael Brantley from injury, the Indians, who lost 94 games in 2012, are positioned to make another run at ending a World Series title drought stretching to 1948 — now the majors’ longest. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Cleveland has vaulted from powderpuff to powerhouse.The Indians are determined to erase the memory of last year’s Series when they gave away a 3-1 lead to the Cubs, who completed their comeback by winning an unforgettable Game 7 on Nov. 2 in extra innings. Chicago’s victory not only triggered a celebration on the soggy grass in Progressive Field, but a national outpouring of affection for the lovable Cubbies and their fans, who waited 108 years to sip championship champagne.There was obvious heartache in Cleveland. But also hope.By going so far in the postseason despite not having Brantley, missing starters Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar and losing starter Trevor Bauer in the AL Championship Series when he sliced open his right pinkie while repairing a drone at home, the Indians showed resiliency, confidence and a glimpse of their potential.They were one step away, and this year the Indians are better prepared to take it.ADVERTISEMENT Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown As rain showers move through the area, Cleveland Indians pitchers Perci Garner, left, Shawn Morimando, second from left, TIm Cooney, second from right, and Adam Plutko, right, run through their exercises at the Indians baseball spring training facility, Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017, in Goodyear, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)GOODYEAR, Ariz. — Above the small cactuses and flowering plants dotting the concrete-blocked plaza outside the doorway to Cleveland’s training complex is a new sign that serves as both a reminder and motivator.“American League Champions 2016,” it says.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Record All-Star: Davis scores 52, West tops East 192-182 center_img Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Kipnis pointed to the Kansas City Royals, who bounced back from losing Game 7 of the World Series in 2014 to winning it the following year, as a model for the Indians.“They knew they wanted to be right back there,” he said. “They knew what it might take or fill in the hole from what they were missing the year before and they went out and did it. We’re kind of hoping to follow that path and there are guys who now know what it takes and what they need to work on and what they need to kind of fix to get back there. It gives you that past experience that now you don’t have to ask any questions. You have that experience yourself.”With a light rain falling and the nearby Estrella Mountains shrouded in low clouds, manager Terry Francona laid out his expectations during a team meeting on Sunday. Francona said he spent the past week stressing over how to deliver the proper message — “cutting and pasting the old-fashioned way, erasing” — as he felt he owed his players a clear outlook for 2017.Francona wants his players to be proud of what they accomplished, but not to dwell upon the success or be satisfied. He reminded them not to cut corners or to take anything for granted.As great as it was, last season is over.“Our players have with their talent, and with the way they have played, people think they have a chance of doing some pretty good things,” he said. “Now you gotta go out and do it and there’s a way to do it. … if you got rewarded for last year, we would do it. Like if (baseball) said, ‘Hey, man, you went to the World Series last year, you get five extra wins.’ We’d take them. But that’s not how it’s going to be.”The Indians were attentive while Francona spoke, and Kipnis said without being disrespectful, most off the players knew the message already.“Guys were almost not like, ‘We know,’” he said. “But was like, ‘Hey, we know. Let’s get-this-going-kind-of-thing.’ It wasn’t like we’re too good for it by any means. It was we’re right there with you, and let’s get back to work — right now. You could get that sense around the room, and I think it’s a real good thing.”NOTES: Francona isn’t ready to name ace Corey Kluber his opening-day starter, and said the club is “slowing” the right-hander down early in camp. Kluber pitched 215 innings during the regular season and another 34 1/3 in the postseason, making three starts on short rest. “If he’s not ready for Game 1, we can adjust,” Francona said. “We’re more than willing to, because there’s a lot at stake over the course of the year. We know opening day is a big deal, but we want him to position himself where he’s ready to log as many innings as we need.” The Indians open at Texas on April 3.last_img read more

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Reviving a Failing Dream? Ellen Calls for Radical Approaches to Achieve AfT

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s Annual Message clearly indicates that government’s ambitious medium-term development strategy, the Agenda for Transformation (AfT), is far from being achieved in its allotted timeframe, 2012-2017, when her tenure will come to an end.The AfT sets out precise goals and objectives that Liberia will achieve in the next five years in order to take the necessary steps toward its long-term goals, which are to become a more prosperous and inclusive society.Addressing a joint session of the Legislature Monday, the Liberian leader noted that if government is to achieve goals of the AfT, radical changes are required in the structure of the Liberian economy and in the governance structure of the country.“If we are to achieve development goals outlined in the Agenda for Transformation, and reach the long-term average growth rate of 8 percent, radical changes will be required in the structure of our economy for increased investments in the productive sector and in our governance structure and processes.According to government, the AfT is an important step towards fulfilling its commitment to lift Liberians out of poverty to prosperity, terming it as a major paradigm shift in the history of Liberia’s development. But everything seems not to be on course as envisioned and planned.This, according to critics of the government, is as a result of insincere officials, especially sector heads who have failed to think harder, develop new ideas, and take deliberate actions as the AfT requires. The situation has been exacerbated by the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), which shattered the country, bringng it to a standstill.Though the AfT, which has an execution budget of US$5 Billion, appears unachievable, the President is still standing firm to ensure that a tangible legacy is left behind.There appears to be some weariness within President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf herself,  but she has thought it wise to add some vigour to ensure that something is done before she finally leaves in January  2018.The AfT intended to initiate a number of development projects, including cheap electricity, road networks, and improved sea and airport facilities, among others.Another aim was to extend the impact to ordinary citizens in the towns and villages and around the country on the path of economic transformation and inclusive growth.  Whether this is achievable in the next three years, however, is a question that doesn’t seem very optimistic to many.To answer this question in the affirmative, President Sirleaf, during her Annual Message on Monday, called for radical approaches, renewing of purpose, change of direction and commitment from her officials to ensure this.Though launched in 2012, Liberian government thought it prudent to assess its progress and challenges in the execution of the AfT in early 2014 when it convened its first AfT review meeting in the Port City of Buchanan, Grand Bassa County.Finance Minister Amara Konneh also used the occasion to brag about the ten years of sustained peace in the country rather than progress made under the infrastructure and economic components of the AfT.He noted that despite grappling with a huge infrastructure deficit, and serious institutional challenges caused by 14 years of civil war and prior decades of bad governance, the country can today boast of peace and stability, something that has been sustained for the past ten years.Providing an update on the status of the economy in her 2015 Annual Message, the President said since 2006, Liberia’s growth rate increased, reaching a level of 8.9 percent in 2012 with the potential for double-digit growth thereafter.“In 2013, growth rate fell to 8.3 percent on account of the global economic downturn and its effect on global prices of primary commodities.”She noted that in 2014, the Ebola virus struck, negatively impacting not only Liberia’s health and social systems, but also its economy. Sharp declines in domestic food production, mining activities, cross border trade, transport services and hospitality led to a dramatic decline in our growth rate: from a projected 5.9 percent to an initial -0.4 percent.“Although later revised to 1 percent, the future of economic growth is still severely challenged,” she added.The decline in economic activities resulted in reduction in domestic revenue collection and a sharp increase in Government expenditure. Original revenue was revised downwards by US$86 million (from US$559 million to US$473 million) while expenditure demand increased by US$152 million.“We introduced tight fiscal measures with expenditure cuts in discretionary activities thereby reducing the fiscal gap by US$33 million.“We also introduced mitigating measures to lessen the impact of the downturn. These included foreign exchange rate stabilization; payment of salaries and wages of civil servants on time; ensuring commercial banks’ liquidity by settling payments to road contractors and other service providers; and ensuring availability of essential commodities such as rice and petroleum,” the President said.In spite of the numerous challenges, revenues of US$517.2 million were collected representing 4 percent increase in Tax Revenue and 14 percent increase in Non-Tax Revenue. This included US$12.8 million from State-owned enterprises.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Stars draw hailed as perfect launch pad

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars head coach, Bobby Williason (left) greets captain Victor Wanyama at the team’s training camp on Thursday. PHOTO/ALEX ISABOKENAIROBI, June 15 – Harambee Stars gritty 1-1 draw away to Congo Brazzaville in their opening 2017 AFCON qualifiers was warmly received by a nation accustomed to misery on the continental front especially on their travels.Choruses of praise rang out on social media well into Monday with the man who led the team to their last appearance at the finals in 2004 as head coach, Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee, saying the hard-fought stalemate is a launch pad to a successful bid. Sunday’s match saw head coach Bobby Williamson’s charges belie their less than ideal preparations to put up an impressive away performance against a team ranked 76 places above them who are on a high of reaching 2015 AFCON quarters.The result left Group E open to all on a point apiece with Stars sharing joint leadership with Congo on goal difference ahead of 2012 champions Zambia and Guinea Bissau who opened their campaigns with a barren draw.Stars were expected back home on midnight Tuesday from their Addis Ababa connection.“It’s a good achievement. A lot of planning and preparation was done and we are ready for AFCON. The draw against Congo Brazzaville shows we are not leaving anything to chance.“As the team comes back tonight, they will head straight to camp to prepare for CHAN. We will do a lot of preparations before September,” Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president, Sam Nyamweya told Capital Sport Monday.“Our aim now is to win all our home matches,” he added.Norway’s Lillestrome keeper, Arnold Origi – the preferred first choice custodian for Stars- missed the match after the federation failed to send his release letter in time but he was among the first to congratulate the team.“Well done boys. Deserved point away from home. You did what was required, to get something from the game. You should be proud,” Origi who is seeking Norway citizenship wrote on his Twitter account.Mulee told Capital Sport its the best result the team could get bearing inadequate preparations from a match where Stars sat and waited to spring the counter.“The team is still gaining cohesion since they were playing as a team for the first time and getting a point away is a plus. Despite people saying they didn’t play well, I think what matters is the result.“They can still move forward and get better results. For the first time we have a strong squad on the bench,” Mulee, who is now a football pundit with SuperSport and presenter at Radio Jambo pointed out.The former boss is concerned Stars still could not hold on for a win while playing away after Amazulu winger Paul Were sent them ahead in the ninth minute only for AFC Leopards centre back Jackson Saleh to gift Congo the equaliser 28 minutes later when he handled the ball in the box.The last time Stars threw away a 1-0 lead was in 2013 during the FIFA World Cup qualifiers when Nnamdi Oduamadi capitalised on Kenya’s defence lapse to strike a late equaliser for Nigeria in Calabar.Williamson who faced his first competitive assignment since succeeding Belgian Adel Amrouche, started with three strikers, Allan Wanga, Noah Wafula and youngster Michael Olunga.But apart from the dangerous cross in the seventh minute he cut in, the latter was ineffective and Mulee believes his substitution could have come early.“Wafula stayed too long in the game; Ayub Timbe could have come much earlier to bring in experience. You can see Williamson also began with Were and Wanga which means he wanted more goals unlike those saying he was defending. We still have the same problem of being unable to hold for a win,” Mulee, the former Tusker and Rwanda’s APR head coach explained.Were, who is reported to be on his way back to the Kenyan Premier League, was outstanding on the left wing, tormenting Claude Le Roy’s side after Wanga was man-marked by French based centre-back Arnold Bouka Moutou.Skipper, Victor Wanyama and Gor Mahia’s Collins Okoth played defensive leaving no creative outlet for Stars which enabled the hosts command the midfield especially in the second-half.Kenya’s defence led by Al-Taawon FC centre-back David ‘Cheche’ Ochieng was solid with David ‘Calabar’ Owino standing tall on the right whilst Aboud Omar manned the left.However, having returned to the national team for the first time in two years, custodian Boniface Oluoch was unsettled and could have gifted Congo two goals after needlessly racing off his line twice.“Oluoch took time to come back to the squad so sometimes one can be naive. He was playing with a different squad from what he is used at Gor where he plays more of a sweeper and makes early decisions. He needs more time to work with the defenders and he will be good to go,” Mulee who a keeper in his playing days stated.Kenya next host the Chipolopolo of Zambia September 5 and a win could put them in pole position to return to AFCON for the first time in over a decade.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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DONEGAL MAN BECOMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AT NEWSTALK

first_imgA Co Donegal man has become the editor-in-chief at popular radio station Newstalk.Garrett HarteGarrett Harte from Raphoe takes up the new role with immediate effect.He is the son of former TD Paddy Harte and his wife Rosaleen and comes from a highly-repected background.His brothers include Senator Jimmy Harte, LYIT lecturer Paddy Harte, cameraman Emmett Harte and one of his sisters is journalist Mary Harte. As Editor in Chief, Mr Harte will be responsible for the development of the Newstalk brand and content across all platforms. The creation of this new role is in response to the continued and ongoing growth of the station which now attracts over 400,000 listeners every day.Mr Harte, who has worked in Newstalk for over 13 years, was previously the Editor of the station.Commenting on the announcement, Gervaise Slowey, CEO of Communicorp Group, said: “The Newstalk brand is continuing to grow and in order to build the brand further we have created a new role of Editor in Chief. This is a vital appointment which will allow the brand to develop across all platforms and I am delighted that Garrett has accepted this senior leadership role within the Group.“Garrett’s experience and knowledge of both the station and the industry will be vital as the station continues to evolve in response to listeners’ changing demands and preferences,” Ms Slowey added. According to the latest JNLR figures (30th April 2015), Newstalk now reaches a record 404,000 listeners daily and 711,000 listeners weekly. The station has increased its market share to 6.6%, from 5.6% last year and has seen increased listenership across the country with strong growth in Leinster, Connacht and Ulster and continued growth in Dublin.DONEGAL MAN BECOMES EDITOR-IN-CHIEF AT NEWSTALK was last modified: May 7th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGarrett HarteNewstalkRaphoelast_img read more

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O’Connell urges teacher recruiting

first_imgSACRAMENTO – With California facing dire predictions of teacher shortages, state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell called Tuesday for new efforts to recruit and train educators to help prepare students to compete in the global economy. Delivering his third annual State of Education address, O’Connell called for more funding for teacher coaches, re-establishing teacher recruitment centers and better partnerships with the business community. “When all is said and done, the single most important factor in a student’s success will always be the teacher,” O’Connell said. He noted that the state is expecting a wave of teacher retirements in the coming decade as baby boomers hit retirement age. About one-third of the state’s teacher work force, about 97,000 teachers, are expected to retire in the next 10 years. Establish partnerships among businesses, communities and schools, modeled after San Bernardino County’s Alliance for Education. The alliance is a group of more than 1,200 stakeholders from business, labor, local government and faith-based organizations who work together with the schools. Education Secretary Alan Bersin, the top education adviser to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the administration concurs with the need for better teacher recruitment. “This was a very thoughtful, far-visioning kind of approach,” Bersin said. “And, consistent with the governor’s budget, the focus on building up our teacher quality and recruiting teachers to California and recruiting students into the teaching profession have to be an important priority for all of us concerned with public education in California.” Sen. Tom Torlakson, D-Concord, a member of the Senate Education Committee, said he plans to introduce legislation to ensure that every classroom has a fully qualified teacher, including providing more money for training and recruiting. “I think we have an imperative to act on it, to take up that challenge,” said Torlakson, who is considering running for the superintendent post when O’Connell is termed out in four years. “With 100,000 teachers leaving, we could have literal chaos in the schools.” Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com 160Want 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 MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Among O’Connell’s proposals: Author legislation providing $53 million for teacher coaches in all subject areas in the “most challenging” schools. Revive and fund regional teacher recruitment centers – programs that existed in the 1990s but were cut under tight budgets. Have the Department of Education serve as “brokers of expertise” that would research and track innovative practices at local schools to share them with districts statewide. Redesign and rephrase school accountability report cards so parents can better understand how their local schools are performing. last_img read more

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Royal divorce lawyers are working the Paul McCartney split

first_imgLONDON The lawyers who represented Prince Charles and Princess Diana in their divorce are squaring off again in the split between Paul McCartney and Heather Mills McCartney. Anthony Julius, who represented Diana, was retained to work for Mills McCartney, the law firm Mishcon De Reya said Tuesday. Julius reportedly secured a $32 million settlement for Diana. The former Beatle has already retained Fiona Shackleton, who represented the prince 10 years ago. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Millions going to schools

first_imgLANCASTER – Three Antelope Valley school districts will get more than $2.5 million in grant funding this year from a federal program whose goal is to ensure all children in the United States learn to read well by the end of the third grade. This is the third year of funding under the Reading First program for Lancaster, Palmdale, and Wilsona school districts, which spend the money on teacher coaches, materials and supplies, and training. “We love the program. It’s made a big difference for our kids. We wish we could do it at more schools,” said Diane Parkins, Lancaster’s director of special programs. Funding is based on the number of teachers who are teaching in kindergarten through grade three at schools in the Reading First program. Schools are eligible based on student poverty rates and low-achieving reading scores. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’Lancaster is receiving $1.2 million, Palmdale $1.04 million, and Wilsona $279,500. At the Palmdale district, nine schools are in the program: Chaparral, Golden Poppy, Los Amigos, Manzanita, Palm Tree, Tamarisk, Tumbleweed, Summerwind, and Yucca schools. The grant money is used to pay for Reading First coaches, who help teachers with language arts instruction, training for the coaches, and supplementary materials. “These are individuals who have a background in reading and language arts. Their main job is to support and assist kindergarten-through-third grade teachers to fully implement the district’s adopted language arts series,” said Betty Stiers, Palmdale’s assistant superintendent for educational services. At the Lancaster district, six schools are part of the program: Sierra, Joshua, Lincoln, El Dorado, Mariposa, and Desert View. The grant money is used to pay for one coach at each campus, for half-day substitutes to allow teachers to meet and discuss teaching strategies, and supplies. “We do a lot of data analysis. We look at test scores on those children (at the six schools). Those children are starting to close the gap and are starting to achieve,” Parkins said. Stiers said students at the nine Palmdale school are also showing improvement on standardized testing. “Coaches are a big key in the success. They provide support and assistance to teachers in a variety of ways,” Stiers said. “They do demonstration lessons, onsite training. They do classroom observation and provide feedback to teachers. They facilitate grade-level meetings as the teachers look at data to determine where the strengths and weaknesses are and what the next steps would be,” Stiers said. Wilsona uses the funds to pay for staff development and part of the salaries for two coaches, one for each of the two elementary schools, Vista San Gabriel and Wilsona. “As our children are moving through the program, they are gaining in their abilities and language arts skills,” said Terri Grey, Wilsona’s Reading First coordinator. “We apply the principles and methodologies to the fourth and fifth grades, and the middle school is commenting that they are noticing an improvement in reading skills in the students.” Under California’s Reading First plan, the state provides subgrants to school districts to implement the state-adopted reading program in kindergarten through grade three and supply intensive professional development to teachers. Special education teachers in grades kindergarten through grade 12 are also invited to participate in the professional development. Reading First program funding comes from the federal No Child Left Behind Act. “The ability to read is the gateway to learning,” state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said. “As we continue to challenge students in California to learn at high levels, it is vital they develop reading skills early in life to meet the challenge.” karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Ten quickest goals from substitutes in Premier League history

first_img6 = Matt Derbyshire – Middlesbrough vs Blackburn, August 11, 2007 (22 seconds)Derbyshire brilliantly scored with his first touch after he picked up the ball on the edge of the area and instinctively curled a shot round Schwarzer into the corner. On Saturday, Lucas Moura proved once again why he has been a solid signing for Tottenham Hotspur.Despite having a slow start to his Spurs career, the pacy forward has proved to be a useful acquisition in Mauricio Pochettino’s squad. Ameobi in action for Newcastle Yes, he has off days, but you could not say he does not give his all for his side every time he steps onto the field.And that was no different over the weekend when he made an immediate impact off the bench in Spurs’ 2-2 draw at Man City.The visitors were being dominated throughout the match but the nifty Brazilian equalled for his side after rising highest to head home from a corner – just NINETEEN seconds after coming onto the pitch.In light of his quick-fire impact, talkSPORT.com, with help from our friends over at Opta, has identified the quickest goals scored by substitutes… LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman Deulofeu scored against Man City 6 = Shane Long, Reading vs Newcastle, August 27, 2007 (22 seconds)Royals boss Steve Coppell decided to take a punt on Long when it was all square and the Irishman didn’t disappoint after neatly controlling the ball and firing his shot past Shay Given. 11 11 FAREWELL Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship rookie error OFF Sibierski celebrates his goal deals 4 = Apostolos Vellios, Chelsea vs Everton, October 15, 2011 (18 seconds)Chelsea were 3-0 up and in control before the Greek striker came on and provided the visitors with a consolation. Matic one of two players for sale with ‘two Premier League clubs’ interested Derbyshire (right) scored a quick goal off the bench for Blackburn Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta 11 11 targets Moura has become a real weapon for Spurs 11 4 = Aiyegbeni Yakubu, Blackburn vs Everton, April 17, 2010 (18 seconds)After some brilliant link-up play with Leighton Baines, Yakubu was on hand to nod home and give his side the lead. Yakubu was a prolific Premier League scorer Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti 11center_img 2. Antoine Sibierski – Derby vs Wigan, August 12, 2008 (15 seconds)Sibierski expertly found the bottom corner of the net late on and gave Wigan a vital win in the battle against relegation. Andre ‘Amougou’ scored a quickfire goal off the bench for Reading in 2007 5 = Andre Bikey, Reading vs Chelsea, August 15, 2007 (19 seconds)Petr Cech made a rare mistake when punching the ball out and Bikey was on hand to put the home side ahead, just 19 seconds after coming on. Vellios spent three years with Everton latest 11 LATEST 3 = Andrew Johnson – Wolves vs Fulham, April 24,2011 (17 seconds)Johnson was introduced on 79 minutes and slammed home a Bobby Zamora lay-off to salvage a point for his side. 11 Johnson netted just 17 seconds after coming on as a substitute 11 Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 11 Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update Redknapp calls Son ‘petulant’, but Holloway says red card for Rudiger kick was ‘soft’ Long spent time at Reading early in his career Moura headed home the equaliser for his side against City BIG PRESENTS UP TOP 11 on target stalemate What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Saturday is GameDay on talkSPORT and talkSPORT 2 as we become your go to destination for all the Premier League action. We’ll bring you LIVE commentary of Premier League games across all three time slots on Saturday – 12.30pm, 3pm and 5.30pm. 5 = Lucas Moura, Man City vs Tottenham, August 17, 2019 (19 seconds)As we know, Moura headed home shortly after coming on to salvage an unlikely point for Spurs at Manchester City. 3 = Gerard Deulofeu – Man City vs Watford, March 9, 2019 (17 seconds)With the Hornets trailing 3-0, Deulofeu was introduced after 66 minutes and immediately fired home a consolation with his first shot. Getty Images – Getty 1. Sammy Ameobi – Newcastle vs Spurs, October 26, 2014 (8 seconds)Incredibly, after just eight seconds Ameobi eased past Eric Dier before crashing home the ball at an angle. Getty Images – Getty last_img read more

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New Rogue One-Inspired Star Wars Experiences for Disney’s Hollywood Studios

first_imgShare This!©DisneyFor Star Wars fans, Disney’s Hollywood Studios has been the place to go and that trend only continues going forward.Guests who are excited for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story will soon be able to see AWR (Advanced Weapons Research) Troopers, specialized Stormtroopers with dark armor. These new Troopers are the bodyguards of Director Krennic in the upcoming film. These AWR Troopers will appear in the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show beginning December 16.For those who want to visit the Star Wars Launch Bay, you’ll now be able to see new props from Rogue One including a Shortrooper Blaster, Director Krennic’s Imperial Shuttle, a Death Star model, a U-wing gunship and more. In addition, additional behind the scenes footage will be added to the film called “Meet the Makers” that’s shown in the Launch Bay Theater. The 10-minute film celebrates the creation of the Star Wars saga and includes exclusive interviews with the directors, writers, producers and other key players responsible for the series.If you are a fan of Star Tours – The Adventurers Continue, the attraction will once again offer up randomized ride experiences beginning in mid-December. (That means that you will not start on Jakku every time any longer.) As a reminder, new scenes from Star Wars: Episode VIII will be added to Star Tours in the coming year.If you love the Star Wars fireworks show, Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular, it will be returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios beginning December 16. Both it and Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! will occur nightly through December 31. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular will continue by itself in 2017 and the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party will once again be offered.Finally, a brand new Star Wars Guided Tour is in the works for the park. This will be a seven-hour experience that will include A Star Wars “all-in-the-know” tour guide, priority boarding for Star Tours – The Adventures Continue; an opportunity to participate in Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple (for guests age 4-12); an in-depth guided exploration of Star Wars Launch Bay, Screening of “Star Wars: Path of the Jedi”, dinner at a Backlot Express (Star Wars themed food!); the Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular Dessert Party; fireworks viewing and more. Priced at $129 per person, tours begin January 2 and will be offered on Mondays and Saturdays throughout 2017. Reservations can be made soon.Stay tuned to the blog for more Star Wars excitement!last_img read more

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