If your affiliate is looking to grow its junior numbers, why not take inspiration from the Cairns Pirates Touch Football Association (CPTFA), who were a successful applicant in the 2012/13 Targeted Growth Program.The Targeted Growth Program has helped the CPTFA grow junior Touch Football in Cairns and in turn strengthen senior participation into the future. As well as junior growth, CPTFA are hoping to further develop relationships with schools, further educate and assist parents and help young talented players to contribute to the development of the junior program, as Kev Dwan explains. “The funding from TFA has been gratefully received by CPTFA in their endeavour to grow junior Touch in Cairns and thereby also strengthen the future senior program,” Dwan said. “Funding has already assisted with the purchase of equipment for the conduct of the program and particularly with equipment that will be used by coaches involved in the delivery of Touch in select school (after schools).” “Funding has also been used to enable coaches to deliver these Touch programs after school in nominated primary schools with a high proportion of indigenous students. These children love having the opportunity to learn the sport.”Dwan said that the funding will also help CPTFA to promote the junior competition within the Cairns community and the school sector.Applications for the 2013/14 Targeted Growth Program (TGP) are now open and all affiliates are encouraged to apply. For more information, please click on the link below:http://austouch.com.au/index.php?id=13&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=3893&cHash=ddf3ad2ae2Related LinksTargeted Growth Program
PSG coach Tuchel: We can’t underestimate Man Utdby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePSG coach Thomas Tuchel insists they won’t be underestimating Champions League opponents PSG.The two teams have been drawn for the round of 16 clash.Tuchel said: “I don’t think we are favourites.“It’s a challenge yet I have confidence in my side. We need to show respect to United — but we believe in ourselves.” About the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say
Liverpool boss Klopp: Napoli can win Champions Leagueby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp believes Napoli are good enough to win the Champions League.The Reds and defending champions suffered a humbling 2-0 loss to the Italian outfit in Naples.Goals from Dries Mertens and Fernando Llorente were enough to give Napoli the win.Speaking about the game and Napoli, Klopp said to the club’s official website: “They can win the competition, that’s how it is. “If you have a good plan, if you have good players, which is what they obviously have, then they can win the competition. “We experienced that you don’t have to be the best team in the world to win the Champions League. “You have to be in the right moment, you need to be lucky in some situations and when there’s only two guys in the room that think it’s a penalty you still have to accept that’s a penalty, but that’s all. “They can win the competition, of course.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
ESPN PlayoffThe college football preview of ESPN The Magazine has been released. In the magazine are a number of predictions for the 2016 season. Twitter/Playoff.Among them: a College Football Playoff forecast. ESPN college football expert Brad Edwards has made his prediction for the playoff and the New Year’s Six bowls. Here’s ESPN The Magazine‘s College Football Playoff:No. 1 Oklahoma vs. No. 4 WashingtonNo. 2 LSU vs. No. 3 ClemsonHere’s ESPN The Magazine‘s national championship:No. 1 Oklahoma over No. 3 Clemson. The rest of the New Year’s Six bowls:Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic: Houston vs. Notre DameCapital One Orange Bowl: Florida State vs. AlabamaRose Bowl: Michigan vs. USCAllstate Sugar Bowl: Tennessee vs. TCUThe full magazine is on newsstands now. [ESPN]
Chinese entity, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO), plans to invest more than US$3 billion to develop the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone in Nain, St. Elizabeth, where it operates the Alpart alumina refinery. The park, which is expected to generate approximately 60,000 jobs, is pivotal to Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI), development of which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA). Chinese entity, Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO), plans to invest more than US$3 billion to develop the Gansu Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone in Nain, St. Elizabeth, where it operates the Alpart alumina refinery.The park, which is expected to generate approximately 60,000 jobs, is pivotal to Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative (LHI), development of which is being spearheaded by the Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority (JSEZA).It is one of the three largest being developed by the Authority. The others are the Caymanas Special Economic Zone in St. Catherine, and Vernamfield Aerotropolis in Clarendon.Work on the park’s development is expected to get under way by year end.Chairman of the JSEZA, Metry Seaga, provided details during a media briefing at the Authority, Waterloo Road, St. Andrew, on Wednesday (June 20).Mr. Seaga said the park’s phased development will involve the establishment of a bauxite/alumina refinery and an electricity plant to power this and other businesses that are set up; and a smelter that will underpin JISCO’s focus on manufacturing aluminium and its by-products locally.“I think it is important that we, as Jamaicans, understand the game changer that this is going to be. It is going to transform, not only St. Elizabeth, but all the towns around it. Most importantly, this has the backing of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. This is real and we are going to make it happen,” the Chairman said.Meanwhile, Mr. Seaga, who indicated that this is part of a wider project targeting housing developments, said JISCO has given an undertaking that liquefied natural gas (LNG) will be utilised to generate power.“(They) made it very clear that this is not going to be a concrete jungle… and that they are going to make sure that this is ecologically friendly… with lots of green space. So, that’s encouraging,” he added.Meanwhile, JSEZA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Eric Deans, said the key summary findings of the Logistics Hub Initiative Master Plan, which was recently endorsed by Cabinet, articulate the creation of three new towns around these SEZs that will impact 75,000 households and 220,000 residents, “but, more importantly, a market reach of 80 million persons”. It is one of the three largest being developed by the Authority. The others are the Caymanas Special Economic Zone in St. Catherine, and Vernamfield Aerotropolis in Clarendon. Story Highlights
Arden appears to have been caught off guard by the quote in the book, titled “A Higher Loyalty: Truth, Lies & Leadership.”Responding to a tweet about the news, she posted on her Twitter account in her signature humour: “The world’s gone mad.”Hey @jannarden you appear to have made it into James Comey’s book. So that’s a thing that happened. pic.twitter.com/JZs78mEEJ9— Rosemary Barton (@RosieBarton) April 16, 2018 Facebook She’s also written three books, had various TV stints and produced two documentaries. Advertisement TORONTO — Words of wisdom attributed to Canadian singer-songwriter Jann Arden have made it into the new book by former FBI Director James Comey.The book’s first chapter, titled “The Life,” begins with a quote attributed to the eight-time Juno Award-winning artist.It reads: “To not think of dying, is to not think of living.” The world’s gone mad…. https://t.co/geoE0nic44— jann arden (@jannarden) April 17, 2018When a Twitter user speculated that Arden might be bothered by the news, she responded: “Not at all — I’m very touched.”Not at all- I’m very touched— jann arden (@jannarden) April 17, 2018 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Jann Arden poses for a portrait in Toronto on Thursday, March 3, 2016. Words of wisdom attributed to Canadian singer-songwriter Arden have made it into the new book by former FBI Director James Comey.Christopher Katsarov / THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: Twitter
The fleeting public outrage was enough to force the NFL to reconsider its personal conduct policy, but the league hasn’t yet codified many policies. Public pressure to do so, meanwhile, along with the media spotlight, has largely disappeared. In early September, the story of Ray Rice assaulting his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City casino exploded in the media, sparking a debate about how to prevent — and respond to — domestic violence in the NFL and society at large. But why September? The actual assault happened in February, and yet it took almost seven months for media coverage to reach its height, according to a search of Lexis-Nexis.The answer is simple: On Sept. 8, TMZ released the video of the assault, which brought the story back into the news. But even then, our attention spans — perhaps unsurprisingly — are short. Here’s a more detailed look at the media coverage that Rice, as well as the overall issue of domestic violence in the NFL, has received since the beginning of September.For the week following the video’s release, articles mentioning “Ray Rice” averaged about 1,900 per day, according to Lexis-Nexis; articles mentioning both “domestic violence” and “NFL” averaged nearly 1,120 per day. The past week, however, pales in comparison: “Ray Rice” has been written about 37 times per day, and “domestic violence” and “NFL” have been mentioned in 44 articles per day. This is despite news that Rice could be reinstated as soon as next month.Rather, NFL news is back to covering on-the-field events. For example, Google Trends shows news about Peyton Manning has been chugging along at about the same rate (not including the recent surge in coverage of his breaking the career touchdown record) and has overtaken headlines about Rice.
When athletes on the Ohio State baseball team step up to the plate next season, they’ll be gripping a new and relatively unfamiliar type of bat. Beginning Jan. 1, all NCAA teams must use bats that are aluminum — like the bats they have used in the past — but are designed to knock the ball slower, at the same speeds as wooden bats. “It’s definitely going to change our game,” OSU coach Greg Beals said. “It’s not going to be as offensive.” The new regulation is a response to rising offensive statistics by college baseball teams. Some say the aluminum bats are to blame for the offensive outburst and hope the new bats will level the playing field. “The teams that are going to be successful are teams that get ahead of the curve,” Beals said. “You don’t want to play 15 to 20 games and realize, ‘Oh hey, the games are going to be different.’“ Players also have to adjust to using the new bat. “A well-struck ball that sometimes might go for a double or even a home run, stays in the yard or is cut down to a single,” senior infielder Tyler Engle said. Although teams aren’t required to use the new bats until January, OSU has been practicing with them all fall. “We’ve seen enough in our scrimmage games here in the fall that we know the games are going to be different,” Beals said. “We’ve got to value each base runner and each base that we can get.” Athletes said the Jan. 1 deadline to switch over to new bats won’t be a problem. “Nike is our bat manufacturer and Nike has supplied us with a full line of the new bats for our guys to use,” Beals said. The new regulation also aims to protect pitchers, who have taken more hits from fast-flying balls in recent years. But Engle said he doesn’t think pitchers will be much safer. “They are such a short distance away and the force (of the ball) coming off the bat, I don’t think they have enough time to react anyway,” he said. Some athletes have said the new bats have a smaller “sweet spot,” but the bats aren’t expected to stump batters who have been successful in the past. “Good hitters are still going to get hits, and good teams are still going to score runs,” Beals said. Using an aluminum bat similar to their wooden counterparts might help college players prepare for using wooden bats at the professional level. “It definitely will prepare our guys a little bit more for playing at the professional level,” Beals said. The Buckeyes won’t be the only ones getting used to the new bats, but Engle said to expect lower-scoring games next spring. “I think everybody in the country is going to have to (change) because the balls aren’t leaving the yard,” Engle said. “You won’t see too many double-digit run games.”
Sophomore infielder Jacob Bosiokovic (17) throws to 1st base during a game against Toledo April 2 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 7-2.Credit: Elliot Schall / Lantern photographerWhen the Big Ten announced the 2014 Big Ten Baseball Tournament was expanding to an eight-team field for the first time in conference history after previously having just six eligible teams, the Ohio State baseball team believed it could show up to Omaha, Neb., as the No. 1-seed.Now three weeks into its conference schedule, the Buckeyes might soon be thankful for that expansion.The Buckeyes (19-14, 2-7) currently sit 10th in the Big Ten standings heading into their weekend series at home against Penn State (16-14, 4-1, third in the Big Ten) Friday, a series some players are calling a must-win.Last year, OSU swept Penn State in a three-game series at Bill Davis Stadium.After the Buckeyes were swept in back-to-back weekends at home against Indiana and at Nebraska, they defeated Eastern Michigan, 8-1, Tuesday, and then were tripped up against Dayton the following day, losing 8-5.OSU’s closer and preseason All-American junior pitcher Trace Dempsey got a rare start against the Flyers in the hopes of building confidence after a lackluster start to the season. Dempsey has recorded a 6.23 ERA, four saves, given up 15 earned runs while tallying a 1-3 record in 21.2 innings pitched so far this year.After the loss to Dayton, Dempsey said the team cannot dwell on the past couple weeks and only look forward to its series against the Nittany Lions.“Clean slate from here on out. You can’t look back on the last two weekends or even today, you’ve got to move on to tomorrow,” Dempsey said. “All three of those games at Nebraska, it’s in the past. Nothing really to hang our heads on, just a couple plays here and there. It’s not like we could have won just one of those games, we easily should have won all three of those games.”The first pitcher OSU is set to send out to the mound against PSU is freshman Tanner Tully who has started the season with a 3-1 record and 1.91 ERA.With a 2-7 in-conference record, junior catcher Aaron Gretz said it is imperative the team comes out hot against PSU Friday.“It’s simple — we’ve got to win a series,” Gretz said. “It’s a must-win series. Our goal is to win all three games. Obviously that’s the goal for every weekend, but it’s magnified this weekend. We need to get some wins.”The opener against Penn State is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. Friday at Bill Davis Stadium.
Click to enlargeThrough the first six months of 2014, the Ohio State football program self-reported six NCAA or Big Ten rules violations. In the following two months and 20 days, it reported none.In fact — through at least Sept. 20 — the football team hasn’t had a self-reported violation since April 22, or a span of nearly five months.Within that time span, junior defensive lineman Noah Spence reportedly failed a drug test — resulting in a violation of OSU and Big Ten rules — and was declared ineligible by the university for the Buckeyes’ Sept. 13 game against Kent State. Spence — who had not played this season because of a three-game suspension after a separate failed drug test — practiced once after the Kent State game, coach Urban Meyer said, but no further update on his status has been released.Since the most recent football violation, all of OSU athletics has self-reported 18 different violations, just one of which involved the men’s basketball program. In total, OSU has self-reported 30 NCAA or Big Ten rules violations this year up until Sept. 20.This information is the result of two separate public records requests submitted by The Lantern. The first was submitted July 8 and filled Aug. 11, while the second was requested Sept. 23 and filled Tuesday evening. The requests span the dates of Jan. 1 through Sept. 20.Despite lower numbers in recent months, the football program still has the most self-reported rules violations so far in 2014 with six. In total, 18 different athletic programs at OSU had self-reported violations listed among the records, with the institution being listed on a pair of violations.Seven of the teams had multiple violations listed, but only football and women’s rowing had more than two. The rowing team was named on four of the violations, two of which came on the more recent records request that spanned from July 1 through Sept. 20.Women’s rowing is the only OSU program to have self-reported multiple violations since July.Responses to the violations from OSU included issuing letters of education to the coaching staff for teams involved with the incidents, a restriction to one program’s financial aid capacity for the 2014-15 academic year and the repayment of $28 worth of “impermissible per diem” for multiple student-athletes.Regardless of punishment, the 30 violations all count as minor NCAA or Big Ten violations. But those 30 infractions still put OSU on track to hit about 40 for the year.OSU athletic director Gene Smith — who is know also the school’s vice president — said the athletics department usually has about 40 self-reported rules violations every year during an interview with The Lantern on May 15, 2012.“On an annual basis, we have about 40,” Smith said in the interview. “It ranges in that area we’re sitting at. In that 40 range is where we always hang.”Smith added that a lower number wouldn’t necessarily be a good thing for OSU.“Our whole thing is if we have 10 (violations), I’d have a problem,” he said. “I mean, I really would because people are going to make mistakes. And that means if I only have 10 out of 350 employees, 1,000 athletes — something’s not right.”While OSU does have one of the largest athletic departments in the nation, its number of violations comes in higher than some other programs. In the second half of 2013, the school self-reported around double the number of NCAA or Big Ten violations than five other schools in the conference.OSU has already self-reported more than double the violations that at least one other school with a major college football program reported during the 2013-14 year. According an Aug. 5 The Oregonian article, University of Oregon athletics self-reported just 14 violations in that academic year.
Manchester United’ own Darren Fletcher, revealed what it was like to play with two of the best forwards in the club’s history: Rooney and Ronaldo.The generation that won the last Champions League at Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson was truly brilliant, it was filled with talented players like Wayne Rooney or Cristiano Ronaldo and people like Darren Fletcher had the honor of playing alongside both players.The former Scottish player was able to give a better insight into his career with the Red Devils, he talked about many topics but he was especially excited to mention both of the best players in the modern era who also happened to play alongside him at Manchester United.When Fletcher spoke about Cristiano Ronaldo, the Scotsman revealed that there was a sensation he would become the best player in the world from the very start of his career as the Portuguese forward was a very dedicated athlete.Fletcher first confessed that a lot of people doubted Cristiano Ronaldo’s resolve and determination, but somehow he felt that the star would get to where he wanted sooner rather than later.Out of all the players he shared a locker room with, Darren feels like Ronaldo was the biggest example of how to be a professional and he always followed that example as a player.The brilliant nickname that Cristiano Ronaldo gave Wayne Rooney at Manchester United… https://t.co/vGRHinpEPq pic.twitter.com/EC1QGVpY28— SPORTbible (@sportbible) November 6, 2018It was quite evident that Cristiano was a winner from the very first day he arrived in Manchester United from Sporting Lisbon, Fletcher was there almost from the very start and he recalled the first years of Ronaldo’s career on Monday Night Football for Sky Sports.“He had a mindset that he was going to be the best player in the world from the day when he came into the club,” said Fletcher during the interview.“He took training to another level. At first, people loved the desire but he did get stick for it with people saying: ‘It’s easier said than done.’ But people respected it and liked that mentality of wanting to be the best.”“There were times when he was putting ankle weights on for training and doing fast feet. The lads were laughing at him but he didn’t care and it didn’t deter him.”“Ultimately people respected it. The lads saw it as a bit of banter but deep down they respect that work rate, that desire, and that sheer determination to be the best player in the world, and he went on to achieve it,” added Darren Fletcher on the Sky Sports program.Ronaldo on Wayne RooneyLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“I miss him. The future, nobody knows, maybe we’ll play one day together again.” pic.twitter.com/eCp5WAevJM— Sánchez (@OMDItsme) November 5, 2018During the long interview about his career at Manchester United, Darren Fletcher also remembered Wayne Rooney and how both players were the youngest on the squad.Being the newcomers on Sir Alex Ferguson’s team meant that both players developed a unique connection: “Wayne was fantastic,” said Darren.“We were two of the youngest in the dressing room and we built up a good relationship very early. There were a lot of experienced winners in the dressing room and me and Wayne were close in age with similar backgrounds and we just got on and clicked.”“You could tell Wayne was going to go on and be a Manchester United great. The only worry was would a Real Madrid or someone like that come in for him, because that was quite possible.”“But there was no doubt that he was going to go on and win everything, go on and be club captain and end up England and Manchester United’s leading goal scorer – what an achievement.”“I don’t think he gets the appreciation he deserves. Still, people don’t realize how good Wayne Rooney was, and always was, at Manchester United. And again, he was a team player. He sacrificed himself at times for the good of the team,” he concluded.With 80 caps for @ScotlandNT and over 200 appearances for @ManUtd, Darren Fletcher has played alongside and against some of the best around! 💫🗣 Got a question for him?Tweet it to us using #MNF and it could feature on the show! pic.twitter.com/H3kbNmZNhF— Sky Sports MNF (@SkySportsMNF) November 5, 2018What do you think about Darren Fletcher’s take on Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney during his days at Manchester United? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Currently BBA is critical for two blood types, O Negative and O Positive due to current use at local area hospitals. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Blood Bank of Alaska will have their mobile team in Kenai on Thursday and Friday this week. BBA reminds you to:Eat wellDrink plenty of fluids before donatingBring photo ID (with Birthday or SSN) The LIFEmobile will be at located between the Kenai Library and the Kenai Fire Department on Thursday, March 22, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm. The will also be here on Friday, March 23, at the Kenai Peninsula College Kenai River Campus from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm. In a statement from BBA: “BBA remains focused on supporting local area hospitals in Alaska. On average 100 donations are required every day to assist and save the lives of patients in the local area.” Schedule to save a life: 907-222-5630 or www.bloodbankofalaska.org
The water of the Someshwari River has been flowing 150 centimetres over the danger mark due to the incessant rainfall for the last couple of days and onrush of water from the upstream, leaving more than 30 villages in Durgapur upazila of Netrakona inundated.Residents of those areas have been passing measurable lives as roads have gone under water, reports news agency UNB.All educational institutions of the affected areas have been submerged while several fisheries have washed away by the floodwaters.Durgapur upazila agriculture officer Omar Faruk said around 500 hectares of paddy field will be damaged if the water level increases.The district administration has already taken all necessary initiatives to combat the flood situation, said upazila nirbahi officer M Mamunur Rashid.
Myanmar President U Htin KyawMyanmar’s president Htin Kyaw resigned suddenly on Wednesday leaving the country’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi without a close confidant and political ally as she faces rising international opprobrium over the Rakhine crisis.The president, an old school friend of Suu Kyi, served as her proxy in an office she was barred from occupying under Myanmar’s military-drafted constitution.His role was largely ceremonial with Suu Kyi calling the shots within her civilian administration, under the self-appointed title of State Counsellor.But he was nonetheless the country’s head of state and a key domestic ally for Suu Kyi within her party.Myanmar’s vice president Myint Swe, a retired general close to the former junta leader Than Shwe, will temporarily move into the role until a new president is in place, according to the constitution.Observers say this will likely make some inside Suu Kyi’s ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) party queasy as, in theory, decisions could be pushed through – or held back – in this time.Speculation had swirled for months about the health of Htin Kyaw, 72, who had recently lost weight and has had heart problems in the past.“Myanmar president U Htin Kyaw resigned on 21March 2018,” a statement on the president’s official Facebook page said.His office did not give many details for why he resigned Wednesday, only saying that “he wanted to take a rest from his current duty”.It added that a new leader will be selected “within seven working days”.Shortly after the announcement, speaker of the lower house and Suu Kyi ally Win Myint resigned from his position, narrowing his odds of taking up Myanmar’s top civilian office.“Anyone she selects as president will be someone she has complete trust in,” said independent analyst Richard Horsey.“That trust is the basis of her being the seat of power in Myanmar. She has no power under the constitution. Any power comes from that relationship with the president.”Loyal school friendHtin Kyaw, the country’s first civilian president since 1962, was widely respected and seen as unerringly devoted to Suu Kyi, who said she would rule “above” him after he was elected in 2016.He has stood firmly by her side even as as her reputation has been shredded internationally for not speaking up on behalf of the persecuted Rohingya Muslim community.A violent military crackdown has forced some 700,000 Rohingya to flee over the border into squalid camps in Bangladesh, in what the UN has branded “ethnic cleansing” with possible “hallmarks of genocide”.The military justifies its campaign as a legitimate response to Rohingya militant attacks against police posts in August.The civilian government is in a transitional power-sharing arrangement with the army which still retains huge political and economic power.The army controls three key ministries-home affairs, borders and defence-effectively giving it a carte blanche to conduct any security operations it chooses.It also has a quarter of legislative seats reserved for officers, giving the military a de facto veto over any constitutional change.Defenders of Suu Kyi say her government’s hands are tied by the military but critics maintain it could and should have done more to speak up against alleged army atrocities, particularly in Rakhine state.Domestically Suu Kyi still enjoys broad popular support but, two years into government, her party has disappointed sky-high expectations of rapid development and economic growth, while the Rakhine crisis has recast the international narrative of the country.Htin Kyaw is the son of a revered poet and helped run Suu Kyi’s charitable foundation before taking over the presidency.According to an official biography, he studied at the University of London’s Institute of Computer Science from 1971 to 1972.In a varied career he worked as a university teacher and also held positions in the finance and national planning and foreign affairs ministries in the late 1970s and 80s before retiring from government service as the military tightened its grip.
Chancellor Kaya Henderson will be leaving her job on Oct. 1. (Courtesy Photo)District classes are scheduled to start in less than three weeks while at the same time there is a nationwide search for a new public school chancellor. Current Chancellor Kaya Henderson is set to step down on Oct. 1 after five years on the job. Mayor Muriel Bowser will name her replacement following the search.As summer heads into its remaining weeks, District of Columbia Public School (DCPS) officials are preparing for the 2016-2017 academic year. For the traditional schools, new teacher orientation will begin on Aug. 10-11 and the first day of school is Aug. 22. In the schools with the new extended-school year, which is nearly year-round with frequent breaks, students return to school on Aug. 8.While D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson has said publicly that DCPS is the “fastest improving school district in the country,” a recently released study by WalletHub titled 2016’s Best & Worst Schools Systems, said that the District as a state ranks 47th among 51.The school system’s rank for quality was 50th out of 51 and its safety rank was 24 out of 51.The study said the District had the highest dropout rate and the lowest math, reading, and SAT scores. One positive note in the report said that the District had the lowest rate of bullying in schools.In face of the report and Henderson’s assessment of her district, parents, and community members spoke out on what needs to be done to make the upcoming academic term a success.Marvin Tucker, executive director of the One City All-Star Extravaganza (OCASE) Foundation, a nonprofit that promotes education through athletics, told the AFRO that in many cases, students don’t have the proper supplies to learn in class. He said that even though the District’s economy is “doing great and the unemployment rate is down, there are families that are struggling to get by.”“There are some students who don’t have school supplies to have a productive year,” Tucker said. “These students need extra help and we do that by providing backpacks and the other things that they need.”Douglas Sloan, a Democratic political commentator and an advisory neighborhood commissioner for 4B09 in Ward 4 said he is looking forward to his six-year-old attending Shepherd Elementary School for first grade. “The school and the atrium has just been renovated and that is pretty exciting,” Sloan told the AFRO. “They need to complete the cafeteria and make other renovations but I am pleased with what they have done.”However, Sloan said that he has concerns about his child’s school day. “There needs to be more recess at the schools,” he said. “Right now, they are getting about 30 minutes a day and it really should be about 60 minutes daily. More recess will fight childhood obesity and physical activity should be just as important as music and art in the curriculum.”Sloan said that he has the financial means to send his child to a private school but has opted for DCPS. “DCPS is doing well in preK-5th grade,” he said. “There are some great elementary schools with innovative programs. The real impact is when parents and the community are involved in the schools. That is when the schools will get better.”On July 29, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced a 17-member DCPS Rising Leadership Committee that will provide her with recommendations during the process to select a new chancellor. “We are moving full steam ahead in our search for the next DCPS chancellor,” Bowser said. “The DCPS Rising Leadership Committee is composed of principals, teachers, students, parents, and community members and is truly representative of our diverse city. I look forward to working with them and thank them for their dedication to our students.”The committee is co-chaired by Patricia McGuire, president of Trinity Washington University, and Gina Adams, a Ballou High School graduate who is the senior vice president of government affairs for FedEx. Other noted members of the commission include Thomas Penny, general manager of the Courtyard Marriot Convention Center; Ward 8 parent Tara Brown; H.D. Woodson High School student Kevin Dilliard; Ed Fisher, director of community affairs at Carefirst BlueCross/BlueShield; and a DCPS parent Jonte Lee, a Wilson High School teacher.The committee is scheduled to meet three times during the chancellor selection process to gather and synthesize information about the candidates before making its recommendation to Bowser.The committee will hold three community forums so that the public can provide their input into the process. The forums will be at Roosevelt High School on Aug. 30 from 6:30-8 p.m., Eastern High School on Sept. 7, and Savoy Elementary School on Sept. 14 from 6:30-8 p.m.
August 10, 2007 The back of the East Crescent shows us four completed Light Scoops. Each has a finished and occupied studio apartment on the second level. From the left, behind the three cypresses we see the back of the S.O.T. Building. Next to that is the back of Unit 10, Unit 9, the round stair-case tower of Unit 8, Unit 7 and Unit 6. The back of the East Crescent shows us four completed Light Scoops. Each has a finished and occupied studio apartment on the second level. From the left, behind the three cypresses we see the back of the S.O.T. Building. Next to that is the back of Unit 10, Unit 9, the round stair-case tower of Unit 8, Unit 7 and Unit 6. [Photo & text: sa] On the first floor of Unit 10 is an apartment with the living room in the Light Scoop space. On the first floor of Unit 9, the apartment has been designed for handicapped access. [Photo & text: sa] Construction team of volunteers and workshop participants is currently working on interior finishing of both apartments. This report continues on 8/22 and 8/24. [Photo & text: sa]
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