Category: hcdeiclo

Poll split on schedule

first_imgOf that number, 2,887 said they had children of high-school age, and 5,374 said they didn’t. The district decided to survey parents after receiving letters, phone calls, and e-mails over the past several years from parents requesting that change. Palmdale switched four years ago from a three-track, year-round school calendar to a traditional one where school starts after Labor Day and ends in June. The high school district, however, has gone the opposite direction, moving the start date of classes from after Labor Day to mid-August and ending the year in late May. The changes have left some families with difficulty in planning holiday getaways and vacations. PALMDALE – A survey of parents in the Palmdale School District shows them slightly in favor of aligning the school calendar with the high school district’s. Forty-eight percent of parents said they would like Palmdale schools to have the same schedule as Antelope Valley Union High School District schools, 38 percent opposed the idea and nearly 14 percent had no opinion. “Clearly it’s not an overwhelming majority,” interim Superintendent Roger Gallizzi said. Surveys were sent home with all pupils in the 22,700-student district, and more than 10,700 parents responded. Palmdale’s board at tonight’s meeting will hear from staff about the financial impact should the district decide to alter its calendar. A change would raise issues having to do with employee work schedules. Currently, some Palmdale staff work 10 months out of the year and would have to be changed to 11- or 12-month employees, officials said. In addition, hourly employees would not get paid during a three-week winter break. High school district officials said they wanted to start school earlier so the first semester ends before the winter break. Resuming classes after the holidays often meant review and repeating lessons already covered. The change also would provide more time for teachers to grade tests and for students to prepare for standardized testing in the spring, officials said. The schedule shift was done in consultation with teachers and after surveys were done, high school district officials said. The change, however, bumped up against the Antelope Valley Fair, during which hundreds of teens exhibit farm animals in the last week of August. karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com (661) 267-5744160Want 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

Read More Poll split on schedule

Grande Prairie suspicious death, victim identified.

first_imgOn arrival, the RCMP discovered the body of an adult male.RCMP Major Crimes has taken carriage of the investigationIf you have any information regarding this matter, please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700 or call your local police detachment.If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS)Advertisement GRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – The RCMP have released the name of the adult male victim found by police in the early hours of Sunday, October 13th, 2019.RCMP have identified Cody Michaloski (28) of Grande Prairie. Michaloski’s family has been notified.- Advertisement -The Edmonton medical examiner completed an autopsy and determined the death to be a homicide.Edmonton Major Crimes Unit continues to investigate this incident.No further information is available at this time.In the early morning hours of October 13, 2019, Grande Prairie RCMP responded to a residence in an apartment building on Poplar Drive.Advertisementlast_img read more

Read More Grande Prairie suspicious death, victim identified.

Ighalo boosts Golden Boot hopes as Nigeria finish third

first_img0Shares0000Odion Ighalo celebrates his goal for Nigeria against Tunisia in the Africa Cup of Nations third place play-off in Cairo WednesdayCAIRO, Egypt, Jul 18 – Odion Ighalo boosted his chances of winning the Golden Boot at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday after he netted Nigeria’s winner to ensure his side third place in the tournament with a 1-0 victory over Tunisia.The 30-year-old Shanghai Shenhua forward struck the only goal of the match just 130 seconds after the kick-off before a small crowd at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo. Ighalo pounced from close range when Jamilu Collins’ cross led to a mix-up between Tunisia goalkeeper Moez Ben Cherifia and defender Yassine Meriah.It was his fifth goal at the tournament and pu5s him two ahead of closest rivals Riyad Mahrez, Adam Ounas, Cedric Bakambu and Sadio Mane, who have three goals each.Algerians Mahrez and Ounas and Senegal’s Mane have a chance to increase their totals when the two countries face off in Friday’s final at the Cairo International Stadium.Ighalo, who was the leading scorer in the 2019 qualifying competition with seven goals, left the field just before half-time with a pulled hamstring.Tunisia had little to offer in attack and it took 57 minutes before they had a goal attempt on target.Nigeria maintained their perfect record in third place playoffs at the Cup of Nations having won six other matches between the beaten semi-finalists.The first of those successes came in 1978 against Tunisia in a match abandoned just before half-time when the north Africans stormed off to protest a disputed Nigerian equaliser.Nigeria were awarded a 2-0 victory in Ghana and have now won six other playoffs, including three in a row between 2002 and 2006.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Read More Ighalo boosts Golden Boot hopes as Nigeria finish third

Sunderland blow! Roma legend tells club NOT to sell Edin Dzeko to Black Cats

first_img1 Roma should avoid selling Edin Dzeko to Sunderland, according to club legend Sebastiano Nela.The former Manchester City forward managed to find the net just ten times in his first season for Roma, sparking rumours over his future in the Italian capital.Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce is keen on luring Dzeko to the Stadium of Light to partner Jermain Defoe next season and contact between the two clubs has reportedly been made.But ex-Roma full-back Nela, who made over 250 appearances for the club, has urged manager Luciano Spalletti to persist with the Bosnian.He told Tutto Mercato: “I think Spalletti is the man to give him a second chance.“Historically it is always a struggle in the first year and in the season just ended he suffered a bit in his relationship with [Francesco] Totti.“To fumble with him is the wrong move, indeed, because to find a player of that level is really complicated.” Former Man City striker Edin Dzeko scored ten goals for Roma last season last_img read more

Read More Sunderland blow! Roma legend tells club NOT to sell Edin Dzeko to Black Cats

‘The ideal signing to lift Man United back to where they belong – top spot’

first_imgThe Old Lady will be keen to retain the services of her prized asset, but with a host of teams across the continent showing their interest, it will become increasingly difficult to hold onto the 23-year-old this summer. Those close to United can already testify to his ability as Pogba came through the ranks before departing to Juventus in 2012. They will have been watching his development with their head in the hands having witnessed the youngster go from strength to strength in the years following his exit. Football stats experts WhoScored.com assess what could be the biggest transfer of the summer…On July 5, Jose Mourinho re-announced himself to the Premier League with his first press conference as Manchester United manager. The Portuguese was brought in as Louis van Gaal’s replacement and he quickly went about his business in front of the assembled media, dropping soundbite after soundbite for the press. There was one snippet that will have had Red Devils supporters salivating, though. With regards to the club’s summer transfer targets, he said: “From these targets we have three, until we have the fourth we are working hard on that.” With Ibrahimovic acquired and Mkhitaryan expected to follow suit, United boast the offensive options required to hurt any team. With Pogba operating in a deeper role, the duo would thrive in the final third. An average of 1.5 key passes per game was one of the better returns in Italy’s top tier last term, while no player registered more Serie A assists than Pogba (12). He would be able to at least match that return in the Premier League given the offensive personnel that would operate ahead of him for United. Scoring also comes as no problem to Pogba, particularly if he is able to break forward as he so regularly does for Juventus. Once he gains a head of steam, he’s immensely difficult to stop and if the opportunity presents itself, chances are the France international will try his luck at goal, particularly from distance. Only Napoli pair Gonzalo Higuain (5.2) and Lorenzo Insigne (3.6) had more shots per Serie A game last term than Pogba (3.5), a figure that was again more than any United player. However, he could be about to go full circle if reports are to be believed and it goes without saying that Pogba would provide the necessary drive from midfield that United currently lack. Indeed, only Franco Vazquez (3.5) and Bruno Peres (3.1) completed more successful dribbles per game than Pogba (2.9) in Serie A last season, reinforcing his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘dribbling’.  Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic have already been confirmed, while the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan is widely expected this week. The fourth player, though, remains to be seen. Reports this week strongly suggest Paul Pogba is on the verge of a sensational return to Old Trafford. The France international, who gained a better WhoScored.com rating (7.81) than any other player in Serie A last season, has been strongly linked with a move away from Juventus for the best part of 12 months now.center_img 1 Seven goals from outside the box in the last two Serie A seasons was second only to Miralem Pjanic (8) in that period. When taking into account United scored just 12 goals from outside the penalty area in the same period a direct threat from deep is somewhat essential. All in all, Pogba is considered the ideal midfield player required to help United back to the summit of England’s top tier.  A world record £100m bid is supposedly in the pipeline, but United have to spend big in order to re-establish themselves as the Premier League’s best side and the capture of Pogba would go a long way to ensuring they find themselves back atop England’s top tier for the foreseeable future.For more stats on Paul Pogba, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page Comparatively, that was more than any other player for Manchester United in the Premier League last season, though that in part was due to Louis van Gaal’s possession focused demands, thus limiting the creative personnel in the squad. With Mourinho at the helm, the players should be freed from the regimented approach that made United so monotonous to watch in the last two seasons. As such, a player of Pogba’s ilk would greatly improve United’s chances of rediscovering their best form.last_img read more

Read More ‘The ideal signing to lift Man United back to where they belong – top spot’

West Nile Season Begins With Discovery of First Virus-Positive Mosquitos

first_imgWearing plastic goggles and rubber gloves, vector control specialist Tina Smith dropped a few chemical briquettes that stunt the growth of mosquito pupae into a green backyard swimming pool in Downey. She stared into the murky water teaming with swimming mosquito pupae. “This chemical floods mosquitoes with an overdose of their own hormones,” she said as thousands of pupae floated on the surface. “They can’t develop into adults.” With the first discovery of West Nile-positive mosquitoes this week in Los Angeles County, the season for the virus has officially begun. That, along with warming temperatures and more people outdoors this holiday weekend, means it’s once again time to take up precautions, vector control and health officials said. “Memorial Day is the first weekend people are outside,” said Mark Hall, a supervisor at the Greater Los Angeles Vector Control District in Santa Fe Springs. “They’re more prone to mosquito attacks.” The discovery of mosquitoes carrying the virus came much earlier this year than last year, when positive mosquitoes were not found until July, officials said. It means that everything you might have learned last year about protecting yourself against the virus could be put to the test this weekend. For the complete story, pick up a copy of tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Read More West Nile Season Begins With Discovery of First Virus-Positive Mosquitos

Kern County: L.A. to weigh options after voters ban imported sludge

first_imgKern County residents overwhelmingly voted to bar Los Angeles from sending its sewage sludge north for use as a fertilizer. Approval of the measure, which was passed by 85 percent of voters Tuesday, disappointed but did not surprise Los Angeles officials. Most rural Kern County residents abhor the thought of metropolitan Los Angeles spreading 750 tons per day of treated human waste on farmland, and Measure E was expected to pass with overwhelming support. The ban should to take effect in six months. Los Angeles now spends $7 million a year to truck its sludge to Kern County. It could cost the city up to $21 million more per year to truck its sludge to Arizona. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Los Angeles is evaluating its options, according to the Department of Public Works, which had defended the use of treated sewage sludge, or biosolids, as safe and responsible. California Senator Dean Florez, who led the campaign to ban L.A. biosolids, said the Kern vote was common sense. “Voters here came to the correct conclusion that if sludge was good for people, Southern California communities wouldn’t be clamoring to send it north to us.” kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390 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

Read More Kern County: L.A. to weigh options after voters ban imported sludge

GOLF NEWS: GERARD DUFFY ELECTED AS THE NEW LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB CAPTAIN

first_imgCONGRATULATIONS to newly elected 2015 Letterkenny Golf Club Captain GERARD DUFFY, who took the reins at the club’s very well attended and informative A.G.M. on Thursday evening. Duffy told Donegal Daily, “I would like to thank outgoing captain Tom Mc Donagh for choosing me as his vice-captain for 2014 and I am looking forward to my role as Club Captain for 2015.“I have had the privilege of working voluntarily under the past number of captains of Letterkenny Golf Club and I hope to reiterate their philosophy of working as hard [and as many hours] as possible to develop this club further both on and off the course. “Those Captain’s and their committees have been vibrant, foreseeing and unceasing in their ideals of making the course one of the best parkland courses not only in Donegal but in the country, as proven by our selection to the top one hundred courses in Ireland.“I hope to follow in such auspicious footsteps and retain the highest standard of club stewardship throughout the year, for which I am deeply honoured, and look forward to working with the 2015 mens’, ladies’ and parent committees.All members would like to wish Gerard and his committee every success in 2015.GOLF NEWS: GERARD DUFFY ELECTED AS THE NEW LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB CAPTAIN was last modified: December 12th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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:golfletterkennyNoticesSportlast_img read more

Read More GOLF NEWS: GERARD DUFFY ELECTED AS THE NEW LETTERKENNY GOLF CLUB CAPTAIN

Photo library: Tourism and leisure 15

first_img{loadposition tc}Click on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Tourism & Leisure contact sheet (1.1MB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail Balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopo province: Otter Trail Balloon flight. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Limpopo province: Game farms and hotels cater for the needs of tourists and local holidaymakers. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open-cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: A new bridge has been built to allow tourists a spectacular view of the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: The new viewing deck at the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world. Photo: Graeme Williams, MediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image Kimberley, Northern Cape province: A new bridge has been built to allow tourists a spectacular view of the famous Big Hole, a former diamond mine and the largest hand-dug open- cast mine in the world.Photo: Graeme WilliamsMediaClubSouthAfrica.com » Download high-res image TOURISM AND LEISURE 15:{loadposition tourism}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about using the image library? Email Mary Alexander at marya@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

Read More Photo library: Tourism and leisure 15

Team SA to debate at Model UN

first_imgParticipants at the 2008 SA Model UNconference in the Cape Town MetropolitanCouncil debating chamber.(Image: SA Model UN) The imposing headquarters of the UnitedNations in New York.(Image: United Nations) The Johannesburg Model UnitedNations gets underway. (Image: AmericanInternational School of Johannesburg)Janine ErasmusAt the end of March a team of young South Africans heads to the US to represent their country at an international Model United Nations debate hosted by Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The South African participation is organised by South African Model United Nations and Education Africa.The silver-tongued team has come through a series of testing events on both a provincial and national level, to claim their place in one of the world’s foremost schools debating competitions. From 2 to 5 April 2009 Team South Africa will face up to 2 500 other pupils from all over the world.The Model United Nations (UN) authentically simulates specific UN organs or conferences, such as the General Assembly, Security Council, World Bank, International Court of Justice or the Human Rights Council. Conferences may also replicate intergovernmental organisations such as the European and African Unions, or the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation.Model UN programmes are run in schools and universities all around the world. In Africa there are programmes operating the length and breadth of the continent, including the Cairo International Model UN, the East African Model UN, the Johannesburg Model UN, the Nigerian International Model UN, and the Zambia Model UN at the International School of Lusaka.Stepping into diplomatic shoesDebates are modelled on those held in the UN General Assembly and, to further recreate the atmosphere of that hallowed chamber, pupils are required to step into the shoes of international diplomats of UN member countries.Each team is assigned a country to represent, and must convincingly embody the policies of their allocated country in various spheres, such as relevant international issues, debate and consultation, and development of solutions to world problems. Teams must therefore research and thoroughly understand their allocated country’s political, economic, social and cultural policies.The 2009 conference will feature a number of key committees including the UN Development Programme, the 2007 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Bali, The UN Human Rights Council, and South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.Crisis committees include Iraq 2003, the UN Security Council, the World Health Organisation, and the Peloponnesian War of 431-404 BC.All these structures are designed to give participating pupils an in-depth experience and understanding of global issues through investigation, communication and diplomacy.Debating their way to the topThe Model UN programme was established in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. For pupils, the first step to debating on the international stage is participation in training workshops at provincial level. Schools are briefed on rules and procedures, as well as the topics of debate. Each team of four – two from an under-privileged school and two from an advantaged school – is allocated a country to represent in the debate.These teams then go forward to the provincial competition, where both topics and adjudicators are selected with the assistance of the UN. The winning team from each province becomes eligible to take part in the national event, and is assisted by a university tutor, usually from a political science or international relations background, in their preparations.The stakes are high as this is the stage during which the national team is selected. The national team comprises 12 members – the four from the winning team and one each from the other eight provinces.The finals for the 2009 international event took place in Pretoria in October 2008, with debate focusing on two hot topics; humanitarian intervention versus sovereignty in the case of Myanmar following Cyclone Nargis; and the indictment of Sudanese President Omar Hassan Al-Bashir to the International Criminal Court. KwaZulu-Natal walked away with top honours, and a further eight pupils were selected to complete the team.Education Africa, a Johannesburg-based non-profit organisation, co-ordinates the programme while the United Nations Information Centre assists with policy direction and adjudication.  The South African Model United Nations provides tutoring and topic selection, and chairs the debates.South Africa’s young public speakers have done the country proud in previous years, and it is expected that the 2009 event will be no exception. In 2006 the team walked off with nine out of the 12 international awards, taking two Outstanding Delegate awards, three Honourable Mention awards and four Mentions for their representation of Nigeria.In 2008 Team South Africa, representing Tanzania, brought home the award for Best Delegation as well as two Honourable Mentions. And nine of the 12 students won individual awards for outstanding performances in their individual committees.Stuart Meyer, chair of the schools development programme of the South African Institute of International Affairs, commented, “It was a wonderful time to be South African. Seeing our pupils walk down the aisle of the mighty hall of the General Assembly, two small dots to thunderous applause as they received their prizes, was a truly emotional moment marking a great achievement.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesFraser-Moleketi takes top UN jobEducation in South AfricaUseful linksSouth African Model United NationsUnited Nations in South AfricaEducation AfricaCornell Model UN Conference 2009South African Institute of International AffairsUnited Nations Information CentresModel United NationsGlobal issues on the UN agendaDepartment of Educationlast_img read more

Read More Team SA to debate at Model UN