Fleming named woman of year

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA CLARITA – Volunteer and businesswoman Cheri Fleming was named a Woman of the Year on Monday in ceremonies in Sacramento. Fleming, who owns Valencia Acura with her husband, Don, was state Sen. George Runner’s nominee. Each legislator names a top community leader for the honor in the annual celebration honoring women. “Cheri Fleming has made significant contributions for our community in the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Runner, R-Lancaster. “This was an opportunity to honor her for her leadership and her tireless efforts.” Fleming is a director and past chairwoman of the Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Health Foundation, a leader with the Soroptomist International of Santa Clarita Valley and the local Child and Family Center Foundation, and active with the American Cancer Society and its Los Angeles Regional Unit Council. last_img read more

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Report outlines changes for flawed school system

first_img“It may be that the power to dismiss teachers would allow the principal to exercise influence in the school even without dismissing teachers,” the study’s authors note. “And it is this increased influence and not the firing of substantial numbers of teachers that is particularly important for principals’ efficacy.” The report also found the state’s education finance system is flawed and haphazard, resulting in similar schools receiving different funding amounts. And it said the state needs to do a better job tracking educational data to measure student progress and track which reforms are effective. The report “Getting Down to Facts” was requested by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger; Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell; Assembly Speaker Fabian Nu ez, D-Los Angeles; and Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland. Ultimately, the cost of following all its recommendations are estimated to range from an additional $23 billion to $32 billion a year for the basic achievement goals. The state currently spends about $66 billion a year on education. SACRAMENTO – California policies that make it difficult to fire ineffective teachers and set tougher performance standards are among dozens of problems imperiling the state’s public school system, according to a landmark report aimed at overhauling education. The findings are among hundreds in the broadest report in years and paint a picture of a K-12 educational system that is failing the state’s children and needs top-to-bottom changes and billions of dollars in investment. The report – a series of 22 studies – recommends sweeping changes in school laws and structures including teacher training and new data tracking. And in one of its most politically charged proposal, the report recommends giving principals more power to spend money, run their schools and fire teachers they deem ineffective. But its proposals for teachers may draw some of the most heat, as such issues have been long debated in districts including Los Angeles Unified, where powerful unions have blocked efforts to make principals too strong. While such moves wouldn’t likely cost the state much more, the idea is likely to face strong opposition from the state’s teachers unions. Schwarzenegger felt their power in 2005 when the California Teachers Association spent tens of millions of dollars to defeat his plan to reform the state’s tenure laws. That proposal would have extended by three years the period of time before teachers earn job security afforded by tenure. But the study released Wednesday found that California teachers earn tenure more quickly than their counterparts in most other states. CTA President Barbara Kerr said the group would oppose efforts to make it easier to fire teachers. Under current law, teachers can be fired for no reason within their first two years of employment, but after that they earn tenure and a dismissal usually requires one or more hearings. “We proved \ is not a good solution,” Kerr said. “Trying to deny a teacher a hearing is not a way to improve student learning. Let’s find some real ways.” Kerr added that the tenure- change proposal was based on a survey of principals. Had the authors surveyed teachers, “They would say the best way to improve schools is fire bad administrators.” Nu ez, a longtime ally of the state’s unions, indicated he might be willing to consider giving more power to principals. “I think I speak for my entire caucus when I say all of us believe firmly we need to do more to empower administrators to make smart decisions on teacher quality and make the right assessment in terms of making sure those teachers that are not doing a good job are being dealt with appropriately,” Nu ez said. In some schools and districts, it is so difficult to fire teachers that they are just shuffled from school to school, a process derisively called “The Dance of the Lemons.” harrison.sheppard@dailynews.com (916) 446-6723 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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The Man City teen who helped tear Bayern apart – ‘mini Messi’?

first_img Jose Angel Pozo of Man City celebrates against Bayern Munich 1 Man City take on Sheffield Wednesday, with academy star Jose Angel Pozo set to feature. Here, talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter looks at the 18-year-old…Name: Jose Angel PozoDate of birth: 15/03/96Born: Malaga, SpainClub: Man CityPosition: ForwardDespite his age, Pozo has been a regular in the U21 Premier League and it’s unlikely he will be unnerved at the though of playing against the Owls. The Spanish whizz-kid finally has a chance to show those fans excited by his potential what he can really do.The nitty gritty:1) In the 2012/13 season, his first full campaign following his move from Real Madrid, Pozo was nominated for the Academy Player of the Year award. This is despite an ankle injury towards the end of his first term that required two operations slowing his progress down, however, he signed his first professional contract at City in July 2013.2) His burgeoning reputation was enhanced by his goal scoring, but he has been deployed across a front three at City, though he lead the line against Bayern in a 4-1 UEFA Youth League win. Pozo scored City’s second.3) A quick online search will see him mentioned in the same breath as Lionel Messi, but Pozo is also blessed with the vision of compatriot and City team-mate David Silva. His passing is immaculate, his pace helps him glide past opponents and the teenager is a regular fixture in Spain’s younger sides.4) His brother, Iker, also plays for the Man City academy and is a central midfielder.Video evidence:last_img read more

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LITTLE LILY PYPER’S MUM TO APPEAR ON TV3 TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY CENTRE ISSUE

first_imgSinad Desmond and Mark Cagney of TV3’s Ireland AM.The mother of Lily Pyper is to appear on TV3 to discuss her daughter’s situation of being refused access to Letterkenny Community Centre without an SNA.Amber Pyper, from Ramelton, was left bitterly disappointed after being told that her five year daughter could not enrol at a summer camp at the centre.Lily PyperShe was initially told there were places on the camp but then told she would have to provide her now SNA to take care of her during the week.Amber said Lily, who has Down Syndrome, simply want to mix with the rest of her peers but was now being denied that opportunity.A statement from Letterkenny Community Centre said they simply did not have the funding to provide an SNA to look after Lily’s needs on a one-to-one basis.The issue has created widespread debate across Donegal since it first came to light.Amber will appear on the Ireland AM show at approximately 8.30am on Friday morning.LITTLE LILY PYPER’S MUM TO APPEAR ON TV3 TO DISCUSS COMMUNITY CENTRE ISSUE was last modified: July 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:AMber PyberdonegalLETTERKENNY COMMUNITY CENTRELily Pyperlast_img read more

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Mbappe makes history as France book place in last 16 of World Cup

first_img 4 4 Peru are unlucky to be empty-handed in their World Cup campaign so far Moments later, Rafael Varane headed Antoine Griezmann’s corner wide before Griezmann’s half-volley forced Gallese into a save after the Atletico Madrid man linked up with Olivier Giroud.Paolo Guerrero then missed a huge chance to give Peru the lead on 30 minutes – the striker found a yard on Samuel Umtiti but could only shoot straight at Hugo Lloris.And Les Bleus ensured Guerrero and co would rue that miss when Mbappe broke the deadlock five minutes later after Giroud’s blocked effort fell kindly for the teenager who tapped the ball into an empty net.Ricardo Gareca’s men came out strongly after the break and Pedro Aquino was unfortunate not to get Peru an equaliser but his crisp strike from distance struck the post.STAR MAN It’s now two wins in two for Didier Deschamps’ side at the 2018 World Cup and they advance to the last 16 with a game to spare in Group C.Meanwhile, it’s the end of the road for Peru as they have lost their first two group games, putting second-placed Denmark (who have four points) out of reach.Off the back of an unfortunate defeat to the Danes in their first game, Peru came racing out the blocks at the beginning, but it was France who were better at producing more clear-cut opportunities.Paul Pogba, who scored the winning goal in France’s victory over Australia in their opening match gave Pedro Gallese something to worry about when the midfielder’s long-range effort bounced narrowly wide. Mbappe will probably not score an easier World Cup goal in his career 4center_img Kylian Mbappe made French football history as his goal saw him become the youngest player to score for Les Bleus at a major tournament as they edged to a 1-0 win over Peru.Aged just 19-years-old, the PSG starlet scored what proved to be the decisive goal in the 34th minute. Giroud kept the Peru defence occupied which brought France’s other attackers into the game well Mbappe will grab all the headlines for getting the all important France goal but Giroud was the star player in the game.He was left out of the squad for their win over Australia and Les Bleus lacked fluidity going forward but the Chelsea man’s inclusion gave France that focal point which allowed Mbappe and Griezmann to express themselves more. However, the French have yet to produce the champagne football that many are expecting from them.MOMENT OF THE MATCHMbappe’s goal is the moment of the match as it has not only sent his side cruising through to the knockout stages but it’s a nice moment of history for French football.Could it be the start of something very special for the very highly-rated forward?On 67 minutes, Luis Advincula’s fierce effort went just over the bar but Lloris had it covered as Peru began to get desperate.Jerfferson Farfan had Peru’s final opportunity but he was unable to direct a lofted ball goalbound as the French saw out the rest of the game with some degree of comfort.LINE-UPSFrance: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Lucas, Pogba (N’Zonzi 89), Kante, Mbappe (Dembele 74), Griezmann (Fekir 79), Matuidi, GiroudSubs not used: Mandanda, Kimpembe, Lemar, Tolisso, Rami, Sidibe, Thauvin, Mendy, AreolaPeru: Gallese, Advincula, Ramos, Rodriguez (Santamaria 45), Trauco, Aquino, Yotun (Farfan 45), Carrillo, Cueva (Ruidiaz 82), Flores, GuerreroSubs not used: Caceda, Corzo, Araujo, Hurtado, Tapia, Polo, Cartagena, Loyola, CarvalloGROUP C TABLE 4 talkSPORT will be with listeners all day and all night at this year’s 2018 FIFA World Cup™ with over 800 hours of World Cup content and all 64 games live across the talkSPORT network.last_img read more

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THE EVOLUTION OF DONEGAL FOOTBALL – ONE FAN’S VIEW!

first_imgWe have been inundated with pictures and comments ahead of Donegal’s historic All Ireland semi-final clash with Cork at Croke Park.From painted trucks to painted houses, it’s obvious that the county has gone GAA GAA this week. This particular take on Donegal’s rise to potential All-Ireland winners caught our eye.Thanks to Thomas Johnston.Here’s hoping Donegal will ‘evolve’ into All Ireland finalists come Sunday evening!  THE EVOLUTION OF DONEGAL FOOTBALL – ONE FAN’S VIEW! was last modified: August 22nd, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAlast_img read more

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Suns’ Stoudemire out four months

first_img The 6-foot-10, 245-pound forward was fifth in the NBA in scoring at 26 points per game last season, his third in the league. He averaged 30 points in the playoffs, 37 in the Western Conference finals against Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Carter detected the defect in an MRI exam several weeks ago and initially dealt with it through treatment and rest. Stoudemire first talked about the soreness several weeks ago. After it worsened during last week’s training camp in Tucson, he sought the opinions of three doctors before giving Carter the go-ahead for arthroscopic surgery. “Dr. Carter, in consultation with Amare, chose the best course of action in terms of treating it aggressively and taking care of it now rather than letting it become a lingering problem,’ Colangelo said. In a news release, the Suns said Carter repaired a joint surface defect roughly one centimeter in diameter on the inside of his left knee. Considered the cornerstone of the franchise, Stoudemire has improved each year and was a main component of a team that won a league-best 62 games last season. PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns will be without all-star forward Amare Stoudemire for about four months after he underwent surgery to repair damage to his injured left knee Tuesday. The extent of the injury was determined during “diagnostic’ surgery by team doctor Thomas Carter, who then proceeded with the repair, Suns president Bryan Colangelo said. center_img Stoudemire, who turns 23 next month, signed a five-year, $73 million contract extension last week, the maximum allowed under the NBA’s collective bargaining agreement with the players union. Colangelo said the team knew of Stoudemire’s knee problem during contract negotiations, but was not aware of the extent until Tuesday’s surgery. The team projects Stoudemire to return around the All-Star break Feb. 17-21. last_img read more

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Look to SA, Zuma tells small US firms

first_img26 September 2011 South Africa is open for business and is looking to explore opportunities with small and medium enterprises in the United States, President Jacob Zuma said at the SA-Houston Partnership business lunch in Texas on Friday. Zuma said South Africa was open to foreign direct investment as a means to drive economic growth as well as to improve competitiveness and to increase access to foreign markets for its exports. “With an improved business climate in Africa’s economies, we must explore opportunities for joint-venture partnerships between private sector entities on the continent and US private sector, particularly American SMMEs,” Zuma said. Zuma said South Africa saw opportunity in the US’ National Export Initiative, one of its offerings being technical and financial support to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) in the US to enable them to access international markets. “Partnerships at the level of emerging and small enterprises are the engine of economic growth in Africa,” Zuma said. One the challenges faced by the African private sector was the size of African enterprises compared to global multinational companies, something which could be overcome by exploiting genuine opportunities. “We are encouraging investments in Africa with good reason. Numerous studies have confirmed that the rate of return on investments and partnerships in Africa is higher than in any developing region,” Zuma said. “This bodes well for US entities that are enterprising enough to look towards Africa for their own growth, not only through merchandise exports but through actual direct investment and physical presence in African countries.” South Africa was also working towards a framework for extracting more value from its mineral products and on exporting higher-value added products to other countries, Zuma said. At the same time, the President encouraged South African companies to explore opportunities in the US. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Brand South Africa calls on citizens to get tested for HIV this World AIDS Day

first_imgJohannesburg, Saturday 01 December 2018 – This World AIDS Day – Brand South Africa encourages all citizens to play their part and get tested for HIV and know their status. Commemorated on 1st December each year, World AIDS Day presents an opportunity for humanity worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness.UNAIDS reports that South Africa has the biggest and most high-profile HIV epidemic in the world, with an estimated 7.2 million people living with HIV in 2017, and that the country accounts for a third of all new HIV infections in Southern Africa.Conversely, the country has also made significant strides in its mission to tackle the epidemic. According to UNAIDS data released in 2018 the country has made vast developments in getting people to test for HIV in recent years and is now almost meeting the first of the 90-90-90 targets, with 86% of people aware of their status. The country is also reported to have the largest ART programme in the world, which has undergone even more expansion in recent years with the implementation of ‘test and treat’ guidelines.“In 2017, there were 270,000 new HIV infections and 110,000 South Africans died from AIDS-related illnesses. South Africa has the largest antiretroviral treatment (ART) programme in the world and these efforts have been largely financed from its own domestic resources. In 2015, the country was investing more than $1.34 billion annually to run its HIV programmes. The success of this ART programme is evident in the increases in national life expectancy, rising from 61.2 years in 2010 to 67.7 years in 2015,” notes the UNAIDS report. South Africa was also the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to fully approve PrEP, which is now being made available to people at high risk of infection.GM for Communications at Brand South Africa Ms Thoko Modise said: “Although the country has achieved momentous milestones, we still have a long way to go. We need to strengthen out behavioural strategies – which involves applying a wide range of strategic interventions and conducting actions that modify negative behaviours and encourage positive behaviours through educational or motivational techniques.“In addition, reductions in HIV transmission need widespread and sustained efforts by all stakeholders including government, business and civil society. We collectively need to reinforce the mix of communication channels to disseminate messages to motivate people to engage in a range of options to reduce risk.”Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day to show solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV worldwide. South African citizens are called upon to show their support by wearing a red ribbon – which is the universal symbol of awareness and support for people living with HIV.“Play your part, get tested for HIV and know your status. The only way to know your HIV status for sure is to get tested. A person who is HIV positive may look and feel perfectly well, and be unaware that they are infected,” adds Modise.Brand South Africa, in collaboration with Freedom Park and its partners; Love Life, South African National AIDS Council and Africa Music Central, will host the World AIDS Day concert at Freedom Park. Activities will include a ZERO HIV/AIDS Park where HIV/AIDS prevention success stories, blood donation, voluntary testing and counseling, sharing information, updates on the latest discoveries in the treatment of HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS Dialogues which will provide a safe space to share ideas on combating AIDS. Brand South Africa will be promoting a pledge for all citizens to get involved in making decisions that will reduce new infections.Join the conversation:Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; orLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.For more information or to set up interviews, please contact:Tsabeng NthiteTel: +27 11 712 5061Mobile: +27 (0) 76 371 6810Email:tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.comVisit www.brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more

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Warning! Top 10 Valentine’s Day Scams [Infographic]

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market nick statt Tags:#cybersecurity#privacy#security Related Posts Image courtesy of Shutterstock.  Nothing says “I love you” like falling for a fake diamond ring sale and getting your identity stolen in the process. Bitdefender, an antivirus solutions provider, has sent out an alert to online Valentine’s Day gift buyers, warning of rampant scams aimed at extortion, phishing for personal information and luring unsuspecting loverbirds to malware-infected sites.Bitdefender’s Top 10 infographic (below) stresses that men are the top target of V-Day scams because they spend 75% more on gifts than women, according to CreditDonkey.com.Among the scams to watch out for are malicious Valentine’s Day cards that use blackhat SEO techniques to redirect buyers to search results that may install viruses, Valentine’s Day wallpaper downloads that contain malware, and ‘love calculator’ and other relationship-themed apps from unofficial Android app stores that infect your devices and steal personal info.With the astronomical number of fake profiles floating around social media, Bitdefender stressed the dangers of giveaways and information soliciting through phony social media profiles promising love.Some of the more blatant cons can be easy to spot, such as phony flower sales and cheap limousine offers. But the last scam on Bitdefender’s list should be a dead giveaway: “heart experts.” Specializing in healing one’s relationship wounds, these online offers sound like antivirus ads from a decade ago, but resurface every February alongside an array of these other scams.The number one rule leading up to this Thursday? Stay smart and trust your spam filter.last_img read more

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