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Cavs’ Colin Sexton, WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro lead Jr NBA PH national training camp

Cavs’ Colin Sexton, WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro lead Jr NBA PH national training camp

first_imgFILE – Colin Sexton #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers watches the action against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on December 18, 2018 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—A women’s basketball legend and an NBA upstart is set to hold a camp for the Jr. NBA Philippines later this month.WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro and Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Colin Sexton will help coach the top youth players aged 13 to 14-years-old in the National Training Camp at Don Bosco Technical Institute from May 17-18.ADVERTISEMENT The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Penicheiro and Sexton will then select the top five boys and top five girls from the 80 finalists who will be named 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars and they will also serve as assistant coaches in the Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game.Sexton was selected eighth overall in the 2018 NBA Draft and averaged 16.6 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists for the Cavaliers.Penicheiro, meanwhile, was the second overall pick in the 1998 WNBA Draft with the Sacramento Monarchs and was a one-time WNBA champion and four-time All-Star.She’s also set to be enshrined in the 2019 class of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame this June.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The most outstanding athletes from that group will then compete in the boys and girls exhibition game at SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 19.“I’m excited to work with aspiring young athletes and help contribute to their basketball development,” said Sexton. “The Jr. NBA is a perfect program for them to learn essential skills and values that will help elevate their game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFILE – Ticha Penicheiro #21 of the Los Angeles Sparks handles the ball under pressure from Diana Taurasi #3 of the Phoenix Mercury during the WNBA game at US Airways Center on July 5, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPenicheiro, the second all-time assists leader in the WNBA, is thankful for the opportunity to teach young children the importance of holistic growth for budding basketball players.“I’m grateful for the opportunity to nurture their holistic growth and put them in a position to succeed in basketball and in life,”  said Penicheiro. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption PBA D-League: Che’Lu sends AMA packing to boost playoff bid Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption PLAY LIST 02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guardlast_img read more

The drug treatment court

The drug treatment court

first_imgThe issue of how best to treat and deal with drug addicts has always been a major challenge for regional governments; especially here in Guyana, where many abusers of illegal drugs have taken up the streets as their permanent homes, thereby creating an additional burden on the health sector and the society as a whole. A walk around Georgetown and other towns and commercial areas in the country would show the extent of the problem we currently face.While some regional governments have been dealing with the matter from a legal standpoint — which focuses more on using the courts to punish offenders, and so on — some countries are still yet to holistically address the matter of treatment of drug addicts.Drug dependence is partly regarded as a disease, and should be treated as such. Treatment of the disease is important, since leaving it untreated almost guarantees that the drug-dependent person would relapse into drug use. Further, not only would it result in the drug-dependent offenders re-offending, it would certainly lead them to commit other crimes in order to feed their drug habits.In Guyana, there is need for better strategies and programmes to deal with the rising numbers of victims of substance abuse; this includes alcohol addicts. At the moment, opportunities for treatment, counselling and other forms of assistance are very few. Added to this, of the few that are available, their services are also costly.It is important that strategies aimed at reducing the social and health consequences of persons, particularly those living on the streets — who suffer from substance abuse disorder — be put in place.The cost of drug abuse and related problems to our society is very significant at a time when many economies in the region are faltering. These costs lie in law enforcement actions against drug traffickers and street dealers. While the costs to the health and welfare systems are only now being quantified, various studies on the subject show that drug abuse places significant additional strains on already overburdened health care systems.Perhaps regional governments who have not yet explored the concept of having Drug Treatment Courts could explore this option. Court-supervised treatment of certain types of drug-dependent offenders as an alternative to incarceration is a concept that has proven its value across different cultures as a means of reducing crime, reducing repeat offences, reducing relapse into drug use, and reducing the prison population.Jamaica recognised this in 1999 with the passage of the Drug Court (Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders) Act, and the establishment of two drug treatment courts in the country, which have proven to be effective. It is encouraging to see that Guyana will now be moving in this direction. Certainly, this new system will provide rehabilitative services to offenders, rather than have them incarcerated. Many experts have concluded that jailing offenders does not help them in any way, but rather pushes them to graduate into “bigger things”.In many Caribbean territories, especially Guyana, there is a high proportion of prisoners incarcerated for drug-related crimes. While it is still difficult to quantify the drugs/crime relationship, there is sufficient evidence to connect drug users to crime and lack of citizen security.It should be mentioned that the heart of success of drug treatment courts is the combination of treatment with judicial supervision and oversight. Without treatment, there is no drug treatment court. And without the power of the bench, the offender’s adherence to an often lengthy course of drug treatment would probably be much harder. Drug treatment and the justice system therefore go hand in hand.We are not saying that drug treatment courts are the magic bullet that would help all drug-dependent offenders, but certainly they offer a way out of the cycle of drugs and crime, since they are one sure way of addressing drug addiction and crime in our communities. The courts and the law can be more than instruments of deterrence or retribution; they can also help to improve the lives of offenders, since the society as a whole is more than likely to reap the benefits.The authorities here must therefore move with haste in setting up the drug treatment court, as promised.last_img read more

GECOM being run like old-time cake shop (Pt 2)

GECOM being run like old-time cake shop (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,In relation to matters of expenditure of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) — and in particular the queries regarding voters’ education activities, which are woefully inadequate — a proposal should have been submitted to GECOM for approval.Further, the CEO, Mr. Lowenfield, MUST be able to provide timely information in respect to the execution of tenders and who were the evaluators. He should also provide copies of the evaluation report, substantiate the position of the National Procurement & Tender Administration Board (NPTAB) or Cabinet, and state whether mobilisation was paid in advance and a performance bond was established.The Auditor General’s report made reference, and there were serious questions in respect to the millions of dollars that were spent on voters’ education. Some of the questions were related to where, when and how the public relations company receive the contract. It is more serious that when the issue was raised about voters’ education, Lowenfield first claimed ignorance and pretended that he was unaware of what is happening. However, he admitted that he “instructed that this be done, especially in the hinterland and far-flung areas, but that he had no knowledge if had been done”. This is indeed a very serious matter!The fact is that the Commissioners are part of the overall management of GECOM, and the law and procedures of the organisation allow for establishment of a Finance Sub-Committee, approved by the Chairman, which must report at the meetings of the Commission. Relative, therefore, are the following queries: Who are the Commissioners that currently constitute this Sub-Committee? And why is what are required and necessary so difficult to be obtained by Commissioners?Unequivocally, if the management is not submitting financial information, the Commissioners should not sign off on any request for approval. It is recalled that, only recently, ‘selected’ members of the Board of Directors of the Guyana Development Board were charged and placed before the courts for issues related to the activities of the organisation. It cannot be that the system is designed to work in one way for a particular set of people, and blatantly discriminate against another.The fact is that there are serious questions for many Returning Officers and GECOM Commissioners to answer regarding what took place on Nomination Day. It is therefore very worrying that Lowenfield refuses to share the list of duties and responsibilities of the ROs and Presiding Officers. It is imperative that the GECOM Commissioners demand the list of duties of all the GECOM staff members, and a proper account from the public relations firm that is hired to do what is supposed to be done.While there are serious concerns about how staff members are being employed at GECOM, concerned citizens are more interested in the lavish spending and high life of some GECOM staff members. It is time the Auditor General tell the public what is happening at GECOM in respect to the questionable hundreds of millions of dollars of excessive spending.Further, what is the DPP doing about the matter? Were the documents forwarded to the DPP’s Chambers?In view of the attitude and behaviour of the Chief Elections Officer and his accommodation by the ‘big four’ in the Secretariat, there absolutely is neither trust nor confidence in what GECOM is doing. The time is most opportune for the nation to rise up against this blatant disregard by GECOM, and its lack of accountability and transparency in implementing policies.While this is a constitutional agency, there must be public accountability for taxpayers’ money, and to the people. Every action must be taken to ensure that the rights of citizens are not trampled upon via Lowenfield’s Town Clerk’s approach, and apparent eroding grey matter of the Chairman.Sincerely,Neil Kumarlast_img read more

Giants slugger Barry Bonds not a hit with fans

Giants slugger Barry Bonds not a hit with fans

first_imgIf America has created a religion uniquely its own that stands as a distinctive symbol of its culture, it is a faith placed in a seasonal ritual where immortals are enshrined like saints and the numerology of achievement is sacred. So is it any wonder that a mortal about to break baseball’s most sacred record would be viewed not as just an anti-hero, but almost an anti-Christ – especially since it’s Barry Bonds, central figure in a steroids scandal that has plagued America’s pastime. Poised to splinter the home-run record, Bonds also has shattered for many the illusion that baseball – like a national hologram – reflects only the pure and wholesome qualities Americans want to see in themselves. “Anybody but Barry Bonds,” said longtime fan Tony Czarnecki of Canoga Park, as the San Francisco Giants slugger approached the record held by Hank Aaron. “He’s an idiot. He’s egotistical. He’s not a good teammate. “If it was someone who was gracious and who doesn’t have that steroids halo over him. Someone like Alex Rodriguez. Someone who is clean, even though they haven’t proven Bonds isn’t.” Czarnecki’s views are restrained compared with the animosity voiced by many fans as Bonds first topped icon Babe Ruth’s former record of 714 career home runs and now is creeping up on Aaron’s mark of 755. “God, can you smite Barry Bonds before he breaks Major League Baseball’s all-time home-run record?” begged ESPN.com columnist Jemele Hill as the countdown of home runs took on a litany of its own. Hill’s comment is arguably even more notable because Hill is African-American, like Bonds, whose defenders have occasionally tried to paint the hostility swirling around Bonds as racism. They recount how Aaron endured racial epithets and even death threats before endearing himself as one of the worthy immortals enshrined into baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. “There are probably a slew of fans and sportswriters who hate the idea of a big, rich, famous, surly, blunt-talking black superstar who routinely thumbs his nose at the media getting such prominent play,” said Earl Ofari Hutchinson, a Los Angeles author and civil-rights advocate. “It’s no stretch to see a double standard in the hits against Bonds. “Outspoken blacks – especially black superstars, and especially those that engage in bad-boy behavior – are often slammed harder than white superstars who are outspoken and engage in bad behavior.” Is it race and a double standard that have robbed Bonds of the acclaim and adoration that breaking the home-run record should accord? Or has the steroids scandal clouded what once was Ruth’s distinctive signature – the home run? Evidence of Bonds’ steroid use was overwhelming in leaked grand jury testimony and documents reported by the San Francisco Chronicle in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) investigation and later in the book “Game of Shadows.” The case against Bonds includes affidavits filed by government investigators, evidence seized from BALCO, and memos detailing statements of BALCO founder Victor Conte and Bonds’ trainer and friend, Greg Anderson, to the Internal Revenue Service. Bonds was never charged, nor has he ever failed a steroids test administered by the league, which until recently had taken a condoning attitude toward the performance-enhancing drugs. Cloud of suspicion But the cloud of suspicion has had a lasting impact. The celebration of Bonds’ impending achievement has been muted compared with other previous highs – such as when Baltimore Orioles legend Cal Ripken Jr. surpassed Lou Gehrig’s 56-year-old consecutive-game playing streak Sept. 6, 1995. Aaron has said he will not attend the game at which Bonds is expected to break his record. Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig for weeks sidestepped making any commitment to be present, although he recently indicated he would make an appearance. But there also have been no national television-advertising promotions of Bonds. Industry leader Nike did not renew Bonds’ contract after 1999, and Bonds has toiled as the uncelebrated spokesman for tiny Fila. Even more telling, Bonds’ rookie baseball card has been selling for only about half of its $60 high market price. Bonds also has taken a beating on sports radio talk shows, where many times his only defenders have been African-American callers. But perhaps something more lies behind the deep dislike of Bonds – something that reaches beyond race and steroids, and even beyond baseball. Dr. Carole Lieberman, a Beverly Hills psychiatrist who has studied the national psyche, believes fans’ feelings about Bonds are linked to the American work ethic that cherishes hard-earned achievement over inherited gains. “The outcry will be worse than if Sanjaya had won `American Idol!”‘ Lieberman said in the final weeks of the countdown. “Why? Because it just doesn’t seem fair. “Barry has had an unfair advantage from before he could hold a bat, as the son of baseball star Bobby Bonds and the godson of Hall of Famer Willie Mays.” Add to that what Lieberman calls Bonds’ “half-hearted attempt to dispel the cloud of suspicion over him for taking steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs.” Then mix in the fact that Bonds isn’t a particularly friendly person who has never endeared himself to fans or sportswriters. And that has left Bonds often portrayed as a selfish player with such team privileges as a clubhouse entourage and four-locker spread that includes a massive Barcalounger. In the spotlight But at festivities surrounding this year’s All-Star game at San Francisco’s AT&T Park, Bonds appeared in chipper spirits – almost basking in the spotlight of being the host star, with baseball’s greatest record within his grasp, and some vindication in being voted onto this year’s National League All-Star team. Bonds went so far as to say he’d forgiven Aaron for not wanting to attend his milestone game. “I really admire Hank Aaron,” Bonds told reporters. “No one can determine when (the record game is) going to happen. Hank has a life, too. It could go weeks. You expect this man to travel all over the continent for weeks? It’s not fair to him. “… Hank’s a great ballplayer. He’s the home-run king. He will always be the home-run king in our hearts. We respect him and we love him. Hank, if you want to stay home, stay home.” Bonds also had the chance to honor his godfather, Mays, in a pregame ceremony under the uncritical eye of loving hometown fans who forgive almost any transgression from their own. Looking forward It may have been a prelude for the kind of celebration Bonds hopes he, too, can have on the fateful night when he breaks the record. “There’s too many emotions to be able to explain it,” he said. “This is my family who I grew up with for a lot of years. All I can do is say, `Thank you.”‘ And yet as that day nears, it almost is as if baseball, like that crooner, has left its heart in San Francisco. Too much has come before. Too much of the old Barry Bonds. Too much of his unflattering image. Or too much reluctance on Bonds’ part to nurture his public image. The seed for contempt among many fans has long ago been sown. “It especially doesn’t seem fair (to fans) to take the record from Hank Aaron, a man who lifted himself up from poverty and didn’t have a baseball-star father or godfather to mentor him,” Lieberman said. “I think fans feel that every day we have to struggle with life being unfair, and we don’t want to see someone getting away with something, especially when that person has been in a charmed position and abused his charmed life and his privilege and his opportunities that put him way above anyone else by taking steroids and making life even less fair. “But cheating in baseball is worse than putting fake ingredients in apple pie. It is downright un-American.” tony.castro@dailynews.com (818) 713-3761160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
Palyoffs put rusty Canyons back in the swing

Palyoffs put rusty Canyons back in the swing

first_imgCollege of the Canyons won the Western State Conference softball title for the seventh time in eight years, but by the time the playoffs start, the Cougars will have been idle for 16 days – the longest stretch of inactivity in coach Ray Whitten’s 20-year career. Canyons (26-15-1) last played April 20, and the 16-team Southern California Regionals begin Saturday. Canyons, seeded eighth, opens at 2 p.m. against Pasadena (29-11) at Cypress. “I don’t like such a long break, but there’s nothing I can do about it,” Whitten said. Canyons was supposed to play Santa Monica in a doubleheader April 25 to end the regular season, but the Corsairs canceled. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl eventIt doesn’t figure to be an easy playoff venture for Canyons, which must get past top-seeded Cypress (46-4) to reach the eight-team state finals. Canyons is coping without key pitcher Tori Rocco, who is out for the season while recovering from injuries suffered in a car accident last month. Right-handers Ashley Kirk (13-10, four saves, 2.83 ERA) and Megan Harrison (11-4, 2.64 ERA) are the primary starters, and Janette Galindo (.353, 5 home runs, 27 RBIs) is a top hitter. Canyons baseball player Mike Scripture and football standout Travis Gibb have committed to four-year colleges. Scripture, a catcher who played high school baseball at Valencia and Saugus, is headed to first-year NAIA program Cal State San Marcos. He’ll join former Canyons teammate Mike Alvarado (Hart), who committed to San Marcos after taking a year off from baseball. Gibb, a tight end, signed with Division II Humboldt State. Fellow football players Marcel Marquez (quarterback) and Marcus Mercer (linebacker) are closing in on scholarships. Marquez is weighing an offer from Division I-AA Stony Brook, and Mercer has an offer from Division II Sacramento State. Defensive lineman Chad Curry, safety Mike Carr and linebacker Wes Anderson are walking on at BYU. Hart High offensive lineman Jackson Smith also plans to join BYU as a walk-on. Neither Hart nor Saugus fared particularly well during a football tug-of-war contest before an Avengers Arena Football game April 7 at Staples Center. Both lost to Alhambra. “Alhambra was sick. They just killed both of us,” Saugus coach Jason Bornn said. “I think we lasted about eight seconds against them, and a couple of Hart kids actually got dragged. But half of our kids were running backs, and you could tell all of the Alhambra kids were lineman-type guys.” Saugus’ 2-0 upset victory over Valencia in softball Thursday makes things interesting heading into the final 10-day stretch in the Foothill League. Valencia (21-4 overall, 4-1 Foothill), Saugus (15-9, 4-2) and Hart (13-8, 4-2) are separated by a half-game. “That was a big victory for us,” Saugus coach Rich Perez said. “Valencia is tough, but I guess our kids just get up to play them. It’s a good rivalry.” Saugus has defeated Valencia ace Jordan Taylor twice in two seasons – no small feat considering all-state prospect Taylor has a career record of 38-7 and hasn’t lost to another opponent more than once – and no other Foothill League teams has beaten her. Valencia is in the driver’s seat with a victory today over Hart – the Vikings finish with a two-game series against Canyon (8-8, 2-3) followed by games against Burroughs of Burbank (11-7, 2-4) and Burbank (12-6, 1-5). Perhaps Hart shouldn’t be considered an outsider, considering three of its losses have been by one run, and the injury-plagued Indians have played a grueling schedule. “We’ve got a lot of young kids who have grown up a lot,” coach Steve Calendo said. “Pitching and defense have been key for us, and I feel like we can beat anyone when we’re on our game.” Gerry Gittelson’s column appears in the Daily News three times a week gerry.gittelson@dailynews.com (661) 257-5218160Want 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

Confirmed teams! Chelsea v Brentford – Nathan Ake gets first start since return

Confirmed teams! Chelsea v Brentford – Nathan Ake gets first start since return

first_img Nathan Ake starts for the first time since his return FA Cup special offer: Get a price boost on PL club winsChelsea host Brentford in the fourth round of the FA Cup this afternoon and the teams have been confirmed.Antonio Conte has handed Nathan Ake his first start since returning early from his loan spell at Bournemouth, while fringe players Cesc Fabregas, Michy Batshuayi and Nathaniel Chalobah also get the nod.For the Bees, meanwhile, Josh McEachran faces his boyhood club, whom he left in July 2015.Take a look at the confirmed teams below…Chelsea XI: Begovic, Azpilicueta, Terry, Zouma, Loftus-Cheek, Chalobah, Fabregas, Ake, Pedro, Batshuayi, Willian Subs: Ivanovic, Hazard, Moses, Costa, Matic, Eduardo, KenedyBrentford XI: Bentley, Dean, Egan, Barbet, Colin, McEachran, Yennaris, Woods, Bjelland, Sawyers, Vibe.Subs: Hogan, Hofmann, Bonham, Kerschbaumer, Clarke, Jota, Field 1last_img read more

Cop recalls bloody crime scene

Cop recalls bloody crime scene

first_imgBURBANK – Mary Cortez lay on the living-room floor as life slowly drained from her head. “I saw blood everywhere,” said Burbank police Officer Edmundo Zepeda as he testified Wednesday in the murder trial of Manuel Castenado Banos, 35, the mechanic suspected in the April 2004 beating death of Cortez, his former live-in girlfriend. “Her head was completely covered in blood, as well as her upper body,” Zepeda said. “I asked her exactly where she was hurt. … All she could do was moan. She pointed to the back of her head.” Cortez, 43, died from her injuries four days later. “He told me to kill him,” Hawver said. Banos had abused Cortez before April 2004. They lived together in a small Burbank duplex on Harvard until June 2003, when he was arrested on suspicion of beating her, according to court documents. In that incident, Cortez’s face was bruised and scratched and her neck was red. Banos pleaded no contest to felony domestic abuse and threatening her, and was sentenced in July 2003 to a year in jail and three years’ probation. With 69 days’ credit for time served and good behavior, he was released in September 2003. But he was arrested by Burbank police again in December 2003 at Cortez’s home after she called police and said she wanted him to leave. Banos was sentenced in January 2004 to 90 days in jail for violating probation, but was released a month later. Two months later, Cortez was dead. Testimony was expected to continue today. eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Banos, who was arrested at a downtown parking garage after fleeing her Harvard Road apartment, is charged with murder and two counts of burglary. He is being held at Men’s Central Jail without bail. As testimony began in Burbank Superior Court, defense attorney Jeff Graves conceded that Banos had killed the woman, but disputed whether he had committed murder. “Our position is this was not premeditated murder,” he said while court was in recess. “It was (a) killing in the heat of passion.” Meanwhile, Deputy District Attorney Natalie Adomian continued recounting the police’s version of the night’s events. Sgt. Jay Hawver, who chased Banos at the parking garage, testified that Banos suddenly slowed down, put his hand down to his waist and gestured as if pulling something out, then extended his thumb and index finger to look like a gun. last_img read more

Classes bursting at the seams

Classes bursting at the seams

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“It makes me want to stop working because it makes me feel I’m supporting something that is bad for kids.” Gussin’s complaint is common among teachers in California, who average 40percent more students than their counterparts nationwide. Officials fear the high student-to-teacher ratios will dramatically affect performance, especially in high schools, where students have to take college-preparatory classes and pass achievement tests to graduate. Officials locally and nationally blame overcrowding on a lack of money to build and staff more classrooms. And crowding is even more critical in Los Angeles Unified, where a multibillion-dollar school construction program is finally beginning to ease a critical shortage of classroom space. “In California education, the broad climate is framed by a climate of scarcity – when there just aren’t enough resources to go around. That creates a context in which well-meaning educators have to engage in these triage responses, which directly contradict state and federal policies, which are calling for more attention to students who have greater needs,” said John Rogers, associate director of UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education and Access. Jay Gussin is an idealistic, passionate teacher who, for more than two decades, has believed his is a noble profession and that educators can shape students’ lives. Until this year. With nearly 40 students crowded into each of his science classes at Robert Frost Middle School in Granada Hills, Gussin fears he can do no better than perform “educational triage” – focusing only on the students with the best chance of success. “What you have to do is make perfectly terrible choices on how you run the classroom and on who gets educated and who doesn’t. I can’t save everybody, so I just have to plow along,” he said. “I think it’s the responsibility of every elected official and every educator to speak truth in a system that is upholding high stakes for students,” he said. “They need to name the fact that there’s just not enough resources.” Set to take greater control over Los Angeles Unified beginning Jan.1, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa sees class size as one of his greatest challenges in trying to improve achievement for the district’s 727,000 students. And while he will do what he can by reorganizing the nation’s second-largest district, he also plans to turn to state lawmakers for help. “It’s one of the most important things we can do to raise achievement in our schools, and yet we have one of the largest class sizes in America,” he said. “Our hope is to focus on cutting bureaucratic waste and redirecting that money to teachers and classrooms. But ultimately, if you want to fundamentally impact the issue of class size, we’ve got to go to the Legislature for the funding to do that.” Nightmarish task For now, the challenge of maintaining district-imposed class-size averages falls to assistant principals at each campus. It’s a nightmarish task because the averages vary widely, depending on type of school, grade level and even the subject. The district’s 11th and 12th grades have the largest classes, with academic classes averaged or “normed” at 40.5 students in most schools. Campuses in which racial minorities comprise more than 70percent of the student body generally have smaller classes than those in what the district calls “desegregated” schools, budget director Roger Rasmussen said. For instance, elementary classes are normed at 30.5 students in heavily minority schools and 36 in desegregated campuses. The state mandates that grades first through third have an average of 20 students. “I think that the board and the district would prefer to be able to reduce class sizes, but it depends on two things – space and cost,” Rasmussen said. “We have to have enough classrooms built to reduce class sizes further, and class size competes with other issues in the budget for how we spend our money.” Los Angeles Unified is wrapping up a $19.2billion construction program. When it’s completed in 2012, there will be enough additional space to reduce class size by two students in grades four through 12. Gussin recalls when the district increased the middle school “norm” to 38.5 students in 2001 because the size of his classes spiked dramatically. “Nobody wants to talk about that. It’s the dirty little secret,” Gussin said. “I want to see classes of 36. Thirty-six is a lot different from 39 and 40. It’s the difference between being able to run a class and being able to handle a class.” Mayor has plans Villaraigosa said that even though he’s going to be held accountable for turning around the district’s lowest-performing schools, he also has plans for those that fall in the middle of the pack. Parents send their children to successful public elementary schools such as Colfax, Carpenter and Studio City, but then they put them in private schools or move from the area once they reach middle school because the quality of the secondary schools diminishes dramatically, Villaraigosa said. “The schools in the middle – that’s where this war’s going to get fought. The lower-decile schools and higher-achieving schools we’re going to put a lot of focus and effort on, but the real battle’s going to get fought in the middle,” he said. “I want to put a plan together to reclaim the middle and high schools for these kids. We’ve got to bring middle-class students back.” But for now, teachers in the trenches are trying to achieve a modicum of success with more than three dozen students in each classroom. Eric Gallagher, who teaches seventh-grade English at Reed Middle School in North Hollywood, said he has to plan every minute or his 38-student classes will spin out of control. He also spends as much time as possible working with individual students during nutrition and lunch breaks and after school to compensate for the lack of one-on-one time in class. But Gallagher said if the administration did not support him, giving him resources when needed, his job would be impossible. “If I didn’t have that, I wouldn’t be able to operate at all,” he said. A first-year teacher at Hamilton Middle School in Los Angeles, Sara-Jean Lipmen has 34 students in most of her history classes – although one has 37 – and two Spanish classes of 40 students each. “It’s impossible for me to keep track of which ones are the special-needs students, who’re the seniors and the freshmen. I probably have dozens of kids who are having issues, and I haven’t had time to sit down and talk to them about it,” said Lipmen, 23, of Sherman Oaks. “I’ve got 10 months to get to know 200 people really well, and I don’t know if I’ll be able to do it.” Not surprised Lipmen wasn’t surprised when she saw the size of the classes she had to teach because she’s a product of LAUSD. She remembers being in a calculus class with 54 other students at Van Nuys High – the only semester she ever failed a class, which she blamed on the class size. Large classes affect how teachers provide instruction and assess student learning and development – everything from grading papers to providing a shoulder to lean on. “The difference between 36 and 40 students may not sound like a lot, but that’s an extra 11percent students, and hence each student is losing direct time with the teacher,” said Rogers, the UCLA education expert. “And when you have huge class sizes, you make it difficult for new teachers and you undercut the ability of really outstanding teachers to have a powerful impact.” Rogers said he thinks the mayor may be able to leverage additional resources from philanthropic foundations, as well as the state Legislature. “What’s critical is to document how these additional resources are used and, hopefully, demonstrate those additional resources can make an impact on young people,” Rogers said. “The mayor has special relationships in Sacramento that gives him a sense of efficacy members of the school board may not have.” Gussin is looking forward to the mayor’s expanded role as spelled out under Assembly Bill 1381, which was signed into law two weeks ago. But he thinks the class-size numbers will change only if the district is pressured to do so. “It’s going to be parents who change this. Even if they drop the norm by one, you would find teachers who’d be ecstatic about it. “It would be a great way to change things,” he said. “But nobody’s talking about it.” naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want 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

How Leeds could line-up next season with four signings – a fifth to follow?

How Leeds could line-up next season with four signings – a fifth to follow?

first_imgBen WhitePontus Jansson and Liam Cooper formed a formidable centre-back partnership last season in the Championship’s third best defence.Jansson has been linked with a move away from Elland Road this summer with Fulham reportedly chasing the 28-year-old.His relationship with Bielsa may have soured following the Aston Villa calamity towards the end of last season. Arsenal transfer news LIVE: Ndidi bid, targets named, Ozil is ‘skiving little git’ TROPHY Liverpool news live: Klopp reveals when Minamino will play and issues injury update boost deals He is clearly highly thought of at the club and his former New York City manager, Patrick Vieira, once said of him: “He’s a good player, technically he’s really good, he understands the game, he can come and link with our No.9, he can run behind the back four, his football brain is fantastic.”Helder CostaCosta had two excellent seasons in the Championship with Wolves but the Portuguese ace wasn’t able to make the step up the Premier League and as a result is set to be shipped out of Molineux.In the second tier he got 15 goals and 14 assists in 71 appearances so could add a plenty to Bielsa’s side on the right flank.Reports have alleged the player has told friends he wants to move to Elland Road, which should speed up any deal which might take place.How Leeds could look next season Buildlineup.com Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielder Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January latest 3 Getty Getty Images – Getty Liverpool update ‘Champions Wall’ after ending 2019 as European and world champions 3 Tottenham issue immediate ban to supporter who threw cup at Kepa Lampard appears to aim dig at Mourinho for handling of Salah and De Bruyne at Chelsea ✍ | #LUFC are delighted to announce the signings of Jack Harrison and Ben White on season-long loan deals— Leeds United (@LUFC) July 1, 2019The manager instructed his players to let Villa score, a decision Jansson did not agree with and even tried to stop them scoring.White may have been signed with this situation in mind but he is also a versatile player who can play as a central defender or a right-back.He is still only 21 and yet to play in the Championship so Bielsa may not want to throw him in at the deep end right away.Jack HarrisonThe winger played an important part of Leeds’ success last season and Bielsa will no doubt be glad they were able to re-sign him.Leeds wanted Harrison on a permanent deal but secured the loan with an option to sign him permanently at the end of the season. LATEST Francesco Totti linked with sensational move to Leeds United after ending 30-year association with RomaMeanwhile, you can also expect more deals to be made by the club in the coming weeks with Leeds linked to several players.Jack Clarke has completed his transfer to Tottenham for an undisclosed fee, believed to be £8.5million, but has been immediately loaned back.So, here at talkSPORT.com, we have taken a look at how White, Harrison and other transfer targets could fit into Bielsa’s side. Manchester City have allowed winger Jack Harrison to return to Elland Road after a good season with Marcelo Bielsa’s side in 2018/19.He made 42 appearances as Leeds reached the Championship play-offs where they lost to Derby in the semi-final.Bielsa will want his side to push on further next season and secure that promotion to the Premier League after coming agonisingly close last campaign.The Whites have also signed teenage winger Liam McCarron from Carlisle for an undisclosed fee from Carlisle but do not expect to see him in the first team just yet as the 18-year-old has joined their development squad. punished JIBE How Leeds could line-up next season under Marcelo Bielsa The biggest market value losers in 2019, including Bale and ex-Liverpool star Jack Harrison has returned to Leeds on loan REVEALED Jack Clarke made 24 appearances for Leeds last season LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:45Loaded: 21.85%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:45 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Holders Tourlestrane to meet Harps in county final

Holders Tourlestrane to meet Harps in county final

first_imgReigning champions Tourlestrane proved too strong for neighbours Tubbercurry as they booked their place in this year’s Belfry Sligo Senior Championship final.The team managed by Eamonn O’Hara and Gerry McGowan won by 1-15 to 0-9 in the replay at Markievicz Park, with the crucial goal finished to the net by Gary Gaughan midway through the second half, following a superb pass from Brian Egan.Tourlestrane led by 0-8 to 0-4 at the break, with Egan, Liam Gaughan and Cathal Henry all landing points from frees, and Egan, Gaughan and Pat Harte scoring from play.David Kelly, Stephen Gilmartin, Rory Ryan and Gerard Perry got the Tubber scores.Tourlestrane started the second half well, with Alan Dunne clipping over two scores and Egan adding another off his left boot, before Gaughan got through for the three-pointer.Adrian McIntyre pointed soon after when another goal looked a possibility.At the other end, Brian Curran, Kelly and Darragh Kilcoyne pointed for Tubber as the clock ticked down, but Tourlestrane were dominant, and ran out nine-point winners to set up a final against Shane King’s Eastern Harps next Sunday back in Markievicz Park.last_img read more