Casilla: “Bielsa is a crack, but there are days that you would kill him”

first_imgDoor closed: “In the end, sport is a spectacle for people and to enjoy it we all have to be well. There has been talk of the possibility of playing behind closed doors and whether it should be to end the season as I can understand it, but for the next course you have to understand that the amateur is essential in all this. “Leeds: “Here I have found the possibility of playing in a spectacular league, with high-level footballers, full stadiums … it is second division but it does not seem like it, it could be compared to many first league, without a doubt. It is a club which, being in second, makes you feel like a great team. Our stadium is full every game. The passion for Leeds makes you feel it from the first moment. “Bielsa: “Bielsa is a crack. He knows a lot about soccer and, although his method is very demanding, all of us in Leeds have improved a lot with him. But there are days when he wants to kill him, speaking affectionately. All of us who are in Leeds have improved a lot with him ”.Workouts at home: “Each player has a weekly planning of what they have to do, with the GPS to pass the data of their activity. They also control the weight, they have sent us material at home and for example the goalkeepers have a kind of ramp to bounce the ball and that we can continue working on the issue of reflexes, ball blocks, falls … “. Stop due to coronavirus: “In the hope that it will end soon and locked up at home, although here in England the confinement is not so demanding. We can go to the park, if it is family, they can go out together respecting the distance with the rest of the people.”Assemble the competition: “The only thing they have told us is that until May 16 we will not be able to train again and it is a date that will depend a lot on how the virus evolves.” Kiko Casilla he has been playing for almost a year Leeds United. Undisputed headline for Marcelo Bielsa, technician of the English club, that militates in the Championship (second English). He has had to deal in the past few weeks with the accusations of racist after an encounter with the soccer player Leko. Casilla was sanctioned with eight games by the English Federation. Now, with the break required by COVID-19, he granted an interview to L’Esportiu.last_img read more

Fast-forward to Penn with Edwin Allen’s 4×800

first_imgSome of our high-school coaches are already thinking ahead to the 123rd staging of the world-renowned Penn Relays. In fact, Michael Dyke of Edwin Allen Comprehensive High School has been planning for the Penn 4×800 metres since the start of the year. After a fine run by his team last Saturday, his plans may have to be upgraded. Ashanni Robb, Kara Grant, Kayann Green and Cemore Donald won the eight-lap event at the Gibson McCook Relays in eight minutes 47.71 seconds over a stubborn Holmwood Technical High School team. The runner-up school harried Edwin Allen past a meet record set by Holmwood in 2006. The reward for the 2017 Holmwood girls was a fine time of 8 minutes 49.71 seconds. In an interview in January after a loss to Holmwood at the Central Hurdles and Relays, Dyke revealed that he is programming his team to peak at Penn. Met with the suggestion that his 4×800 team could speed this season, he said, “I definitely think so and I’d be disappointed if we don’t win the 4×8 this year, especially at the Penn Relays”, said the soft-spoken Dyke, “because that’s what we are gearing towards; and the sort of experience and quality that we have, there’s no reason that we should not.” The Gibson McCook victory snapped a two-meet losing streak Holmwood had over Edwin Allen. While he acknowledges that his rivals are very good, Dyke reported, “I normally start the season like that, especially in the 4×8 – touch and go and feel out persons – but I know the complete four that will eventually mature into the top team when it’s necessary.” Holmwood had beaten Dyke’s team at the Central meet and the Western Relays with nearly identical times of 8.57.50 and 8.57.54. At Gibson McCook, Holmwood improved their season’s best by approximately eight seconds but lost. Grant keyed the Edwin Allen success with her strong second-leg run of two minutes 09.1 seconds. If Dyke’s January projections are anything to go by, his team’s performance at Gibson McCook would have been a surprise. Asked then if his 2017 unit could challenge the Penn Relay record of 8 minutes 37.71 seconds set by Vere Technical in 1991, he said, “I don’t think it will be that easy to run that fast with this team.” He added, “but I’m optimistic, and anything is possible.” He was right. Asked in January how fast the team would run at the 41st staging of the venerable Jamaican relay event, he said, “Well, we are in about 8.50, thereabouts, based on our preparations and where we’re at.” “So I think 8.50 would be a good time for us at the Gibson McCook Relays,” he concluded. Vere, Edwin Allen and Holmwood are the fastest three schools in Penn 4×800 history. In addition to the record held by Vere, a Ristananna Tracey-anchored 2011 Edwin Allen team completed the journey in 8 minutes 39.22 seconds, with Holmwood clocking 8.41.92 in 2008. – H.L. Losing streaklast_img read more

CANU raids Charlestown house; large quantity of cocaine, ganja unearthed

first_imgRanks of the Customs Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU) on Tuesday morning swooped down on a Charlestown, Georgetown, house where they unearthed a large quantity of cocaine and marijuana carrying in excess of $40 million in street value.Some of the parcelled narco found at the Charlestown residence during Tuesday’s operationThe intelligence-led operation was carried out at the St Stephen Street, Charlestown, home and lasted some seven hours. So far two persons – a male and female – were arrested, as CANU hunts for another suspect whom they believe might have a big role in the illegal trade.Guyana Times understands that CANU ranks responded to intelligence of the “possibility of narcotics being stored at this location” and staked out the residence until they caught the suspect red-handed.“…We would have conducted our own surveillance and what we saw was the person that we currently have in custody, he arrived this morning in the motorcar – PPP 3008. Shortly after, we saw a 42 minibus arrive as well. The suspect went into the house and came out back with a black plastic bag, which he handed over to the driver of the minibus. Then (he) returned to the house and came out with another bag which he placed in the back seat of the car. Then he walked away up the street. Basically, the ranks intercepted him then,” Deputy Head of CANU Leslie Ramlall told reporters at the scene on Tuesday afternoon.According to Ramlall, after intercepting the suspect, he was taken back to his motorcar where he opened the vehicle for the ranks to conduct a search, during which they unearthed a black plastic bag containing cannabis.The two suspects being escorted out of the Charlestown house on TuesdayThat discovery, the Deputy CANU Head noted, caused the ranks to search the premises. However, this newspaper understands that they had to await the necessary documentation to carry out the search hence, the operation went on for hours.“[We] conduct a search of the house and currently, we have a large quantity of suspected cannabis and maybe cocaine as well. What we’ve gathered as well this is narcotics that came out of Columbia…and this would’ve probably come within the last 48 hours, it arriving at this location,” Ramlall stated.The narcotics were packaged off into small parcels. By the end of the operation, the anti-narco officers drove off with the tray of a pick-up vehicle loaded with the illegal drug. At the time, Ramlall could not say the quantity of the narcotics found. However, unconfirmed reports suggested there are about 15 pounds of cocaine and approximately 100 pounds of cannabisMoreover, the CANU official could not say at the time whether the male suspect was living at the Charlestown residence. However, he did reveal that the female was in the house all along. Both have since been taken into custody and are assisting with further investigations.Meanwhile, with regards to the minibus, Ramlall told reporters that checks were made but no one was arrested.“[We] found the bus at home and conducted a search of that minibus and we didn’t find anything. Apparently, that person might have delivered whatever he had… [He] could be a delivery man [or] could be somebody bigger than the delivery man, which we suspected so we’ll have to continue our investigations,” the Deputy CANU Head stated.Nevertheless, Ramlall lauded the successful collaboration between members of the public and the anti-narcotics body.“It confirms that we continue to rely heavily on the support of members of the public as well as our intel-capabilities. And we’re thankful that we continue to get this kind of support from the members of public and the intel-community as well,” he stated.Investigations into the major narco-find will continue.Positioned on the South American continent with strong ties to the Caribbean region, Guyana has long been identified as a transhipment point for major drug trafficking activities as well other transnational crimes, which local authorities have been tirelessly trying to curb.last_img read more

Iraq’s Basra banks on football revenues after FIFA ends ban

first_imgThe news was especially welcome for businesses in Basra, one of three locations now allowed to stage the matches along with Shiite holy city Karbala and Kurdish capital Arbil.The southern city lies at the heart of a key oil-producing region but it is now looking to kick start its tourism sector — and hoping football could help turn it into a winner.The signs are already promising.Football fans arrive at Basra Sports City stadium in the southern Iraqi city on March 21, 2018 to attend the international friendly match between Iraq and Qatar © AFP / HAIDAR MOHAMMED ALILate last month Basra saw fans pack out its 65,000-seater stadium for a friendly against Saudi Arabia, and now the city is hosting a mini-tournament with Qatar and Syria.Hotel manager Tony Dib says every match day brings a flood of bookings — with packed establishments in the city even forced to refuse clients.“Business increases dramatically,” Dib, who runs the Basra Sheraton, told AFP.“Investors need to start thinking about building new hotels as the current capacity is not enough.”– Making space for fans –Up until recently the vast bulk of people checking into Basra’s hotels have been businessmen, mostly from the oil industry.An Iraqi fan cheers on her team during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBut with the Qatar and Syrian national teams now in town they are having to make way for another clientele — football-mad fans from at home and abroad.“It was necessary to relocate customers who came for business to make space for those who came for the matches,” said vice president of the Basra chamber of commerce Qassem al-Saadi.Governor Assaad al-Aydani says the matches are having a “positive impact on the economy” of the city, over 500 kilometres south of Baghdad on the borders with Iran and Kuwait.He is hoping the uptick in economic activity will push local and national authorities to start “supporting more investment projects”.Already businesses have been rejigging their offerings to cater for the increased demand.Iraq’s national carrier has put on two additional flights during the week that the tournament is being held and the railway bolstered capacity for the estimated 7,000 supporters who came Baghdad.“Ahead of each match the national railway puts on three extra trains for 1,500 people from Baghdad to Basra,” said regional rail boss Hadi Shallal.Iraq’s Ahmed Yassin Gheni celebrates after scoring a goal during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARTickets cost some six dollars.Officials are hoping that the recent matches are just the starting whistle.Now Iraq has returned to the full international fold they are pitching for Basra to host the regional 2024 Arabian Gulf Cup.But for that to happen local businessmen say there will need to be a lot of money ploughed into the city.“We are struggling to cope with holding just a small tournament,” said Saadi from the chamber of commerce.“How could we deal with something on the scale of the Arabian Gulf Cup?”0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Iraq fans cheer on their team during the international friendly football match between Iraq and Qatar at the Basra Sports City Stadium in Basra on March 21, 2018 © AFP / KARIM JAAFARBASRA, Iraq, Mar 27 – Boasting an ultra-modern stadium, the southern Iraqi city of Basra is hoping to cash in on football fans starved of international matches after the lifting of a three-decade ban.Earlier this month world governing body FIFA finally lifted its prohibition on Iraq hosting competitive internationals — sparking jubilation in the violence-wracked nation.last_img read more

Man’s side is heard in polygamist’s trial

first_imgCOURTS: “I wanted the marriage to last forever,” he says, adding that he never forced his former wife into sex. By Jennifer Dobner THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ST. GEORGE, Utah – The two people at the center of a criminal case against a polygamous-sect leader have painted dramatically different pictures of their arranged marriage. The woman, now 21, said Jeffs, president of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, commanded her to obediently give herself to her husband “mind, body and soul.” Steed, however, said Jeffs simply counseled patience, prayer and love. The defense team called 10 witnesses over nearly two days, but it was Steed’s testimony that clearly captured the jury’s attention. Closing arguments were set for Friday. Jeffs could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. Like the couple’s own stories, other witnesses on both sides offered different views of the FLDS culture and religious beliefs. Testifying for prosecution, the woman’s two sisters said FLDS members, who number 10,000 on the Arizona-Utah border, live in a rigid, patriarchal society where obedience is expected and wives cannot question or refuse their husbands. Nine FLDS members, however, said just the opposite, describing a church where men are taught to lead with love and wives are treated as partners, not servants. In telling his story Wednesday, Steed, now 26, contradicted the words of his former wife, saying there was never a time in their 31/2-year relationship that he forced sex on her. He wanted the marriage “to last forever.” Steed has not been charged in the case.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! A young woman said she tearfully objected and was forced to have sex against her will when she was just 14. Her tears? Her husband didn’t recall any during the 2001 wedding ceremony and insisted it was the teen bride who snuggled up to him to have her back scratched before their first sexual encounter. “I believe that every story needs two sides for the truth to come out,” Allen Steed said Wednesday as he testified for the defense. Warren Jeffs, 51, is charged with two felony counts of rape as an accomplice for his role in the ceremonial marriage between the girl and Steed, a cousin who was 19 at the time. Washington County prosecutors contend Jeffs used his authority as a feared and respected church leader to force the religious and sexual union of Steed and the 14-year-old bride. last_img read more

Porto set to complete dramatic deal for Tottenham and Southampton target

first_img Giannelli Imbula in action for France Under-21s Porto are set to complete a dramatic deal for Tottenham and Southampton target Giannelli Imbula after a late change of heart.It looked like the Marseille star was on his way to Inter Milan after choosing the Serie A side over his two Premier League admirers.However L’Equipe have revealed that the gifted 22-year-old has decided to join Porto, who will pay around £17.5m to sign him.Despite being on the verge of agreeing a four-year deal at Inter, with personal terms agreed, he asked for more time to consider his future and reportedly made up his mind to join Porto late on Sunday night.That leaves Spurs and Saints – and Inter – all looking elsewhere for midfield reinforcements with the new season fast approaching. 1last_img read more

Educators find creative freedom at schools

first_img “There are some phenomenally awesome, great things going on at L.A. Unified,” she said. “L.A. Unified could be brilliant if we could embrace our entrepreneurs – entrepreneur teachers and parents. “People inside the schools are thinking outside the box, but they’re not getting the support they need. It’s when the entrepreneur is crushed they want to leave.” Los Angeles Unified officials conceded that teachers might leave because they feel frustrated by a mandated curriculum that reduces autonomy, but said the system still allows for creativity. “When you’re responsible for a district with 460 elementary schools and the achievement of a very diverse student population, it’s important that you have a common curriculum,” said Ronni Ephraim, LAUSD’s chief instructional officer. “I know that the district’s theory of action does not equate to giving up creativity. We see throughout the district that thousands of teachers bring creativity to the classroom.” Of the nearly 36,000 teachers in LAUSD, 327 have asked to go on charter leave, Ephraim said. They can return within 39 months with no loss of benefits. While public school districts are required to work within the guidelines set by the state, charter schools – the administrators, teachers and even parents and students – have greater freedom of choice: Teachers choose to work at a charter based on its mission statement, which is crafted by the administration. Parents and students choose the schools they will attend. “The schools draw the people who are pioneers, or as we called them in one study, ‘outlaws,”‘ said Penny Wohlstetter, a USC professor and co-director of the Center on Educational Governance at University of Southern California. “These (are) rebels of the public system and they find that through charter schools they not only get a lot more respect and decision-making authority, but they look around and there are people of like minds who are their colleagues.” Charter educators say LAUSD’s top-down hierarchy leaves individual teacher performance at the mercy of individual administrators. One principal might be receptive to a teacher’s creativity, while another might want to quash it. Kelly Jean Hanock, an English language arts teacher at James Monroe High School who was named a California Teacher of the Year in 2005, said she’s still able to be creative within the LAUSD system because of a “really forward-thinking principal.” In Hanock’s case, the principal encouraged her to take the lead in breaking up the 4,700-student school into smaller learning communities of 500 students each. “Within the small, we have a lot of freedom to do different kinds of things because the principal encourages us to take chances,” she said. Despite its growing popularity, the charter movement faces criticism that there could be greater social pressures and more limited extracurricular activities at smaller schools. Teachers union President A.J. Duffy said he believes LAUSD should cap the number of charters allowed, and the state should limit its funding to the charters, which he fears could “destroy” public schools by draining the district’s general fund, which pays for teacher salaries and benefits. “The more money charters drain from the general fund, the less money there is for things like salaries and benefits, which attracts good teachers,” said Duffy, who heads United Teachers Los Angeles. He also accused charter schools of getting rid of disruptive students – an allegation that charter administrators deny – and said there is a problem with high teacher turnover. “They take young, inexperienced teachers, expect them to work 10 hours per day, and they willingly do it because they’re excited, but the problem is they’re gone within five years.” But charter supporters say the schools attract more qualified teachers and students are achieving at a quicker rate. More than one-third of full-time L.A. charter school teachers have advanced degrees or doctorates. Charter teachers insist it’s the freedom to veer from the standards that make kids learn at a higher level. Chapel teaches his seventh-graders about biochemical processes in the cell, protein synthesis, atoms and elements – eighth-grade standards – because that’s what the kids need to know. “Charters say go for it. Public schools would have said they’re not part of the standards and I would have spent more time arguing and reasoning with district officials than teaching,” Chapel said. Susan Cornell is another longtime LAUSD teacher who resigned from the district – and gave up her lifetime benefits – to teach third grade at Fenton Avenue Elementary, a charter that opened in 1993. “I worked with wonderful, innovative teachers and principals at LAUSD, but they didn’t have the ability to be what Fenton is,” she said. “We were told what we had to do from downtown. Our hands were tied by the rules and regulations of being in a big district, and we didn’t have the freedom. “Fenton offers the chance to be innovative and give kids what they need.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Los Angeles Unified, the nation’s second-largest school district with 727,000 students, has 86 charter campuses serving about 38,100 kids, with thousands more on waiting lists. Enrollment is dropping about 2 percent a year in LAUSD while its charter enrollment is booming, with charter students expected to account for 10 percent of the district’s population by 2012. While Los Angeles’ charter schools have hired rookie teachers and even retirees, the greatest number of their educators are coming from LAUSD itself. The California Charter Schools Association – the membership and professional organization serving the 574 charter schools in the state – surveyed 890 teachers and found that 42 percent of those at Los Angeles charter schools came from LAUSD or a nearby district, and 10 campuses had at least half their staff from LAUSD, spokesman Gary Larson said. Caprice Young, a former Los Angeles Unified board president who now runs the association, said the district is working to improve but doesn’t do enough to support creativity or innovation. After teaching nearly two decades at Los Angeles Unified schools, Fred Chapel felt stifled by a system that told him what to teach and how to teach it. So he left LAUSD in 2001 and went to work for a charter school, where he not only gets to decide his own curriculum and select the textbooks, but has input on the campus’ staffing and budgets. “I could never really go back to a traditional public school now after having tasted this,” said Chapel, who teaches seventh-grade science at CALS Charter Middle School in northeast Los Angeles. “I’m back to working with kids, listening to what they have to say, getting to know them and knowing the material in a much more rigorous way.” The burgeoning charter school movement has allowed Chapel and hundreds of teachers like him to work in what they say is a more supportive climate – one that not only encourages but expects its educators to experiment and implement new ideas. last_img read more


first_imgDaniel and Late Late host Ryan Tubridy.Daniel O’Donnell reckons Ireland needs a “good ballad” to win the Eurovision.And the Kincasslagh star thinks the competition has changed since the country’s glory days.He said: “I love the Eurovision and I want it to get better again but I just don’t think it’s the same kind of Eurovision that it was when Ireland were winning it with good songs. “We need a good ballad. Nothing up tempo.”Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne had the hopes of Ireland in his hands as he belted out Sunlight in the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, at the semi-final of the competition on Thursday night.But he failed to make Saturday’s final.Daniel told Galway Bay FM: “I think Nicky Byrne did a great job, he sang well and his performance was great. “I don’t think him not being in the final was correct.”DANIEL – WE NEED A GOOD BALLAD TO WIN EUROVISION AGAIN was last modified: May 16th, 2016 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:daniel o’donnelldonegalEurovisionNICKY BYRNElast_img read more


first_imgUPDATED 5pm: The standoff between the staff of a Letterkenny bakery and the Revenue Commissioners has ended – for now.Workers acting on behalf of the tax sheriff have left the scene and the workers who had baracaded themselves into the Highland Bakery premises have left the building.Another shift of workers have now moved in to work in the premises. Earlier today businessman Kevin Bradley told that he is trying his best to keep the company afloat and the 28 full-time jobs at the Letterkenny bakery.Mr Bradley was speaking after officials acting on behalf of the Revenue Commissioners tried to enter the Killyclug premises earlier today.However more than 20 staff inside have barricaded themselves inside and are refusing to come out.“Mr Bradley told us “I know I owe them money – that is no secret but I am trying my best. “I am trying to keep these people in jobs. I do not want to walk away form this. Some of these people have been with me for 12 years.“I would appeal to the Revenue to allow me more grace and to try and get things sorted,” he said.It is believed a number of men acting on behalf of the tax sheriff have tried to gain entry to the building to remove machinery.Gardai also arrived at the scene of the stand-off in the Glencar area of the town, but have since left.Mr Bradley, who is currently in hospital, says he had 48 employees up until last year but had to let staff go. “You show me business people who aren’t finding things tight. The funny thing is that we are trading well at the moment but we need time to get out of this,” he said.Donegal Daily visited the scene of the stand-off but found all doors locked.Two staff from the Revenue Commissioner’s office sat inside a car outside but declined to make any comment.A recovery truck parked nearby had also been brought onto the site by staff acting on behalf of the Revenue. Later Padraig MacLochlainn tried to raise the stand-off in the Dail, but he was prevented from doing so because it was a breach of procedures.BAKERY STAND-OFF COMES TO AN END AS TAX OFFICIALS LEAVE THE SCENE was last modified: May 22nd, 2012 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:GardaiHighland BakeryKevin Bradleytax sherifflast_img read more

Gas prices mean school’s out for many teachers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Some teachers are even thinking twice about purchasing classroom supplies – unless they’re absolutely necessary – because finances are tight and they don’t have the funds to wait for reimbursement. Sepulveda Middle School teacher Reza Rustamzadeh said he’s skipping professional development classes and workshops that will enhance his teaching skills and increase his salary, because he can’t afford the high gasoline prices to drive to the classes, which are usually far from home. “Lately, because of the high gas prices, I have been skipping some of the classes for which I had to drive all the way to say, South Gate,” said the 50-year-old Stevenson Ranch resident. Some of the workshops are required while others are voluntary. “Even for the ones that are close by, I try to carpool.” Some music teachers and specialized teachers who work with special-education students, are required to drive to and from homes and hospitals – as opposed to the same school every day – but they say the constant filling up is becoming a strain even though the district offers mileage reimbursement. “Obviously I’m impacted like everyone else, but we are being reimbursed and our schools are in a cluster so there’s generally no more than three to five miles between schools. It’s not much tougher than someone going to work and home,” said Grant Shultz, an adapted physical education teacher who works with special-education students and travels to no more than three schools a day. “The district and our department are very good about keeping our schools in a cluster.” Substitute teacher Wendy Goldman has two master’s degrees and would prefer to take her experience to struggling schools. But when she gets an early-morning call to go to an inner-city school 15 miles away, she reluctantly says no. The high gas prices have forced the West Hollywood resident to stay closer to home as much as possible. “Due to the increase in price, I have started to decline work at the farthest schools,” said Goldman, a substitute teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District. “My income has fallen as travel expenses have risen. My disposable income is down to zero, leaving me wondering if I need a second job.” Substitutes are turning down jobs at far away schools, teachers are skipping professional development classes and workshops and traveling teachers are feeling the squeeze from the high gas prices, all of which are inadvertently affecting classrooms. Marcee Seegan, director of related services, which provides services to special-education students, said they are cognizant of the increasing gas prices and are making geographic considerations when they assign teachers to schools and hospitals. The 900 special education itinerant providers in the district, including speech and language therapists and occupational and physical therapists, generally don’t drive around, but for those who do, the district considers the difficulties a commute would cause and are open to re-evaluating assignments. “It’s in my best interest to make sure that they’re comfortable and happy and working,” Seegan said. L.A. Unified has avoided directly impacting classrooms by adding $2 million this year to its transportation budget to cover the increase in gas-related costs, so students will go on field trips as usual and the district’s buses will operate no less than before. But teachers are increasingly being put in positions where they have to make difficult decisions on what to buy, said the president of the teachers union. “Traditionally, teachers pour their monetary hearts out for their students and their classroom, but now they’re hit with a double whammy – their tax credit was taken away a couple of years ago and now, the enormous price of gas will influence the decision-making process for which supplies or rewards to buy,” said United Teachers Los Angeles President A.J. Duffy, referring to recent changes in tax rules that reduced the amount of money teachers can deduct for classroom-item purchases. Duffy also believes that the gas prices will also have the long-range effect of making hiring teachers more difficult, since they will be less likely to be flexible in traveling long distances to go to work. “It could be a further drain in that instead of teachers who live in Highland Park or Eagle Rock going to Harbor or South Central, they may start looking closer to districts near them,” Duffy said. “So, it can have a potentially devastating effect on future hiring because gas prices aren’t going down.” Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 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

Tourism Ireland takes a trip to Donegal

first_imgThe board members of Tourism Ireland visited Donegal on Wednesday to hold the September board meeting at The Mill Park Hotel.The board members took the opportunity to meet with local tourism operators in the Harbour Restaurant prior to the meeting, to discuss overseas tourism so far this year and the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland is undertaking to highlight Donegal, the Wild Atlantic Way and the island of Ireland around the world this year.Co Donegal, its spectacular scenery, visitor attractions and events, as well as many other aspects of this part of Ireland, feature prominently in Tourism Ireland’s promotions around the world. Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland; Joan O’Shaughnessy, Chairman of Tourism Ireland; Pauline Sweeney, Donegal Airport; and James Doherty, Sliabh Liag Distillery, before the Tourism Ireland board meeting at the Mill Park Hotel in Donegal.Pic – John McConnellSpeaking after the board meeting, Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We were delighted to be in Donegal for this month’s board meeting and to have the chance to meet with representatives of the local tourism industry and to hear directly how their business is doing.“It also afforded us the opportunity to discuss the extensive promotional programme which Tourism Ireland is undertaking around the world this year, to build on the success of 2016 and continue to grow overseas visitor numbers to the island of Ireland in 2017.”Tourism Ireland profiles Donegal and the Wild Atlantic Way extensively on its global suite of websites,, which attracted more than 19.37 million unique visitors in 2016. Donegal is also highlighted through Tourism Ireland’s social media platforms – to its 4 million active Facebook fans and 411,000 followers on Twitter.In 2016, Tourism Ireland helped generate over €35 million worth of positive publicity for Donegal in key markets around the world, through press releases, press visits, e-newsletters and various media events. Tourism Ireland takes a trip to Donegal was last modified: September 14th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Invisible RSS Technology in Visual Feed Readers: RSS for the Rest of Us

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Collections are shareable and linkable, and Spectives offers their own curated collections for popular verticals such as humor and gadgets.But be warned: Only sites and feeds where Spectives can find images will be added to a user’s collection. So it might not work for some types of feeds. And with this stipulation comes a couple bugs.We were beyond disappointed and slightly confused that the site couldn’t find images on Penny Arcade and for some reason, the site bugged out once when we tried to add Questionable Content to our collection and once again when we tried Awkward Family Photos.ReadfreshOne thing we love about Readfresh is that it doesn’t rely on RSS feeds to serve updated content at all. Users simply enter the URL of the websites they want to track, and content is served, with a thumbnail of each website gliding to the top of the stack when the site shows new content.According to the developer, Emil Schutte, Readfresh “uses a combination of text and image analysis to decide when a site has changed. That’s where most of the interesting work happens. It attempts to zoom in on new content in the thumbnail image when a site updates. The results right now are usually pretty good, but it depends on the site.“It also has some smarts to discover changes as quickly as possible without flooding sites with pings all the time.”Indeed, Readfresh seemed to do really well at serving timely content. However, users will see one thumbnail per website as opposed to one thumbnail per post, and each thumb links to the site itself, not to an individual post.Also, we can’t figure out a way to share our Readfresh collections, which is a disappointment, indeed. Could a more eye-catching approach to syndication make RSS more accesible to mainstream users outside the geekosphere? Two new websites have just launched that rely on such a strategy gaining traction.Spectives and Readfresh are the sites in question, and both offer thumbnail images and a limited amount of text. Readfresh monitors sites and brings the most recently updated sites to the top of a user’s page, allowing users to see what’s new at a glance. Spectives, on the other hand, gives users “one page, a lot of pictures, updating constantly” from RSS feeds and websites. Read on for a side-by-side comparison and our assessment.These sites did remind us a bit of or Lazyfeed. The major difference, however, is that users are content curators rather than being served pre-packaged feeds based on topics and keywords, which is something we’d wanted in the first place.In other words, if you already know what sites you want to read, but Google Reader makes you cross-eyed and/or frustrated, either one of these sites might be great for you to try.SpectivesOne thing we love about Spectives is that it takes the tech out of subscribing to RSS feeds. Users can add a feed or type in a web address and click a link for the feed or feeds for that page. The content then appears in a user’s “collection” of feeds with no futher fuss.Content consists of a post title as well as a thumbnail of an image pulled from the post.Here’s a quick, one-minute demo video: Tags:#RSS & Feeds#Visualization#web Related Posts jolie odell And here’s what our collection looks like: Who Wins in a Sudden Death Round?As of now, each site offers unique benefits. We like Readfresh’s implementation of non-visual content and sites without RSS feeds. We also like Spectives’ post-by-post updates, which will surely make content easier to keep track of. Both offerings need work, as newly launched products, and Spectives seems particularly buggy.So which site wins you over, readers? Let us know what you think about these two products and visual RSS in general in the comments. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Navjot Singh Sidhu accepts invite for Imran Khan’s swearing-in ceremony as Pakistan PM

first_imgPunjab cabinet minister Navjot Singh Sidhu has said that he would be attending the swearing-in ceremony of Imran Khan as Pakistan’s Prime Minister, slated for August 11Terming the invite by Imran Khan’s party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf as a great honour for him, Mr. Sidhu said that he will accept the invitation.“It’s an honour and I accept the invitation. Men of genius are admired, men of power are feared, but men of character are trusted. Khan Sahab is a man of character and can be trusted,” Mr. Sidhu said in a statement.Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party had on Wednesday said it will send formal invitations to former Indian cricketers Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Navjot Singh Sidhu and Bollywood actor Aamir Khan for the ceremony.last_img read more


first_imgEven though the losing side tomorrow will have another Even though the losing side tomorrow will have another chance to make it to the final by locking horns against the winner of the Eliminator between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, both RCB and Gujarat will be hoping for a direct berth in Sundays final. Teams (from): Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, KL Rahul, Sachin Baby, Varun Aaron, Abu Nechim, Sreenath Aravind, Stuart Binny, Yuzvendra Chahal, Travis Head, Iqbal Abdullah, Kedar Jadhav, Chris Jordan, David Wiese, Akshay Karnewar, Sarfaraz Khan, Vikramjeet Malik, Mandeep Singh, Parveez Rasool, Harshal Patel, Kane Richardson, Tabraiz Shamshi, Vikas Tokas, Praveen Dubey. Gujarat Lions: Suresh Raina (C), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Dale Steyn, James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik, Dwayne Bravo, Sarabjit Ladda, Amit Mishra, Akashdeep Nath, Paras Dogra, Eklavya Dwivedi, Shadab Jakati, Pradeep Sangwan, Jaydev Shah, Umang Sharma, Pravin Tambe, Andrew Tye. Match starts at 8pm. PTI BDN SSC PM PMlast_img read more

Chongson says UE needs change in management as Final 4 drought continues

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ The Red Warriors have had six coaches from Season 72 to 82 with the likes of Chongson, Jerry Codiñera, Boysie Zamar, Derrick Pumaren, Joe Silva, and Bong Tan getting their crack at UE’s helm.Of those names, Codiñera and Silva had only had one-year tenures, Zamar and Chongson stayed for a couple of seasons, and Pumaren called the shots for the Red Warriors for three years.This constant changing of coaches prevented UE from forming a culture and each replacement was seen as a stopgap measure.“Everybody’s acting in good faith, but it’s just that sometimes, when you put the steering wheel on the wrong driver, chances are they’d drive you off a cliff,” said Chongson.ADVERTISEMENT Photo from UAAPANTIPOLO—University of the East’s Final Four drought will continue for another year and active consultant Lawrence Chongson said the school needs to change the way it handles the Red Warriors.Chongson said that instead of changing coaches on a whim, UE should change the management in charge of the men’s basketball team.ADVERTISEMENT DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View comments LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architect MOST READ Val Chauca takes blame for latest Adamson meltdown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Red Warriors lost badly to Ateneo, 84-50, Sunday at Ynares Center here, eliminating them from Final Four contention after their record dropped to 3-9.“One thing you have to give to them [UE] is they don’t stop trying. Perhaps, this is personally my opinion, they should try changing the management instead of changing the coaches,” said Chongson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceUE last made the Final Four in Season 72 when Chongson was still the team’s head coach with Paul Lee leading the way.The closest UE got to the Final Four was in Season 77 when it finished with a 9-5 record but lost to eventual champion National University in a playoff for the fourth seed. Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin PLAY LIST 01:08Palace: No need to release Duterte medical bulletin00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own manlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Ziva spotted at The Oval as India overwhelm Australia

first_imgZiva Dhoni had a field day at The Oval in London as India registered 36-run win over Australia in their second match of World Cup 2019 on Sunday. The little bundle of cuteness was present at the London to cheer for our team and her expressions made her go viral on the internet.The picture was shared on Ziva’s official Instagram handle. As Ziva enjoyed herself in the stands, Men in blue registered their 4th win over Australia in a World Cup. Virat Kohli finished with 82 to become the 7th Indian batsman with 50 half-centuries in ODIs while MS Dhoni scored a fluent 27. After Shikhar Dhawan (117) and Virat Kohli (82) led a power-packed batting performance, India’s bowlers produced an exceptional show against the defending champions.Ziva Dhoni was also present at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton as India stormed to victory over South Africa in their opening match of World Cup 2019. She is a constant feature in Chennai Super Kings matches in the Indian Premier League. Last year, she was seen dancing and pleading for her father to come to her even as he played one of the greatest IPL knocks in history.In 2019, as CSK reached the final yet again, Ziva was all over social media with her sweet videos. Recently, Ziva Dhoni traveled to England with her mother to watch the Indian cricket team in action in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. India arrived in England later than other teams and was the last of them to play in this World Cup.advertisementAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and bowlers shine as India wallop AustraliaAlso Watch:last_img read more