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For Gregg Popovich, finding a team quickly will be a challenge

first_imgCalm moments allow Taal folks some respite PLAY LIST 02:37Calm 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 Yu01:26Homes destroyed after Taal Volcano eruption02:48ABS-CBN franchise has ‘natural deadline,’ no need for quo warranto — Gatchalian Ben Simmons says he was ‘singled out’ trying to enter casino Sons Of Apollo releases new studio album ‘MMXX’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MRT-3 files raps vs engineer who brought ammunition to station FILE – In this July 26, 2018, file photo, head coach head coach Gregg Popovich speaks with the media during a training camp for USA Basketball, in Las Vegas. USA Basketball opened training camp Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, for the FIBA World Cup, which starts Aug. 31 in China. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS — USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich typically has a month of NBA training camp and a half-dozen or so preseason games before he picks a San Antonio team, and then gets a few more months of the regular-season grind to mold those Spurs into playoff shape.These aren’t the Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT Steaming fissures on Taal Volcano Island spotted MOST READ “They came to play,” Miami center Bam Adebayo said. “I give them respect.”It’s already clear that Popovich, entering his first tournament as the U.S. coach, doesn’t want the 12 best players. He wants the 12 best-fitting ones.So the roster is still anyone’s guess.Everything that happens on the practice floor and in scrimmages will matter in terms of evaluation, of course. But there’s also the off-the-court bonds that Popovich will be wanting to see, the ones forged over dinners and meetings and conversations. When the U.S. plane leaves Los Angeles for Australia next Saturday, bonds that might not currently exist will have to be firmly in place.“It’s about how the group fits together,” Popovich said. “You know, 12 All-Stars probably aren’t going to work great unless you have the right mix of point guards and defenders, big guys who can spread the court and shoot it. It’s how they fit together. It’s about being competitive, who the most team-oriented guys, who are the most dedicated guys. This is a long journey and it takes a hell of a commitment.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptistscenter_img LATEST STORIES The biggest U.S. names — LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, James Harden and so on — aren’t playing World Cup. There are four current All-NBA players expected in the tournament, and three of them will be aiming to beat the U.S. Nikola Jokic will lead gold-medal hopeful Serbia, NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo is playing for Greece, and Rudy Gobert is playing for France.The only American All-NBA guy in the mix is Kemba Walker, who knows team building over the next few days is vital.“On the court is pretty easy. I think we’ll get that,” Walker said. “Off the court is where we need to figure out, where we need to spend more time and communicate more, just have fun with each other. Like Pop said, just love each other. That’s the way it has to be, because it has to translate to on-the-court if we want to do something special with this team.”Even though the U.S. roster lacks the biggest stars, there’s already a clear sense of competition.Popovich brought in the select team — the younger NBA players who were invited to Las Vegas this week to push the national-teamers and potentially compete for their jobs — into practice Tuesday, and players said the intensity of play immediately ramped skyward. There’s no grace period for players to ease into camp, not with stakes this high.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: LJ Reyes, Paolo Contis celebrate 1st birthday of baby Summer These are not typical times, either.USA Basketball will finalize its World Cup team on Aug. 17 — meaning training camp, which started Monday, lasts less than two weeks. That also means there’s a real urgency in this camp in Las Vegas, since Popovich and his staff won’t have much time to decide who will fill the 12 spots on the roster that will head to China in search of a third consecutive World Cup title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We’re looking for guys who are competitive, who can handle the discipline it’s going to take to get this done, play a team game and basically fall in love with each other and have that empathy so that they feel responsible to each other and depend upon each other,” Popovich said. “That obviously means you don’t need the greatest amount of talent in the world.“Too little talent is not a good thing, but we don’t have that problem.” Benefits of township living OSG petition a ‘clear sign’ of gov’t bid to block ABS-CBN franchise renewal — solon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The effects of domestic violence

first_imgOver time, numerous cases of domestic violence have been reported in the Guyanese media. Many were brutally killed in some instances. Unfortunately, it continues, despite awareness efforts and the much-touted training of law enforcement officers who are expected to be the first step of recourse with regard to the lodging of complaints.There is more than a subtle irony in the continuance of this societal scourge in spite of the relentless efforts and the plethora of available mechanisms to inform and educate. The problem is much larger than what appears in the news, including the social media outlets, as many cases go unreported. This therefore gives much credence to the appearance of an underestimated reality.Many reasons have been made known for what can deter an abused victim from seeking the intervention of the law. Among them, in no specific order of impact, are aspects of culture, shame, dependency and its redounding lack of empowerment for some; and the lack of confidence in law enforcement itself, precipitated by the reported trivialising of the issue in some instances.One may posit that education is a primary concern. On the other hand, one can argue that education has been more profound in recent times. Pertinent would be to ask the question: do the other factors subvert the heeding of educational messaging? While the answer may be assumed, it would make for interesting and informative research.As that is contemplated, the magnitude of the impact on children cannot be underestimated. Many have cruelly been made witnesses to the horrific assaults on their mothers and, to a lesser extent, their fathers. Those ghastly images, especially for some who watched as life was snuffed out, are not only lasting, but profoundly traumatising.When young minds are so broadsided, the impact, if not managed, lingers for life. Not that the images are erasable, but with meaningful and sustained interventions, the trauma can potentially be mitigated, thereby aiding in better shaping of lives. The entire spectrum of what therefore constitutes counselling then becomes vital. This naturally raises the question of the availability of adequate intervening mechanisms.While it is always heartening to hear that surviving victims and witnesses of such horrific incidents would be counselled, it would be very informative for the benefit of all to know the extent of what is available and offered. Realistically, expectations cannot be for what obtains in the developed nations; however, there must be something tangible, in keeping with available resources, with upgrades foremost in planning.This is not in any way suggesting that there isn’t an effective mechanism. However, counselling can be an extensive process for some depending upon the circumstances. Given the plethora of incidents that unfortunately continue and which would make added demands on the system, the question of adequacy of trained staff, needed facilities and support systems, becomes more pertinent. Not too long ago, the country had the unenviable tag of the highest rate of suicide per capita. Prior to that categorizing, some aspects had made news internationally prompting a local organization to call for suicide to be made a national priority given its impact on society and the trauma it imposes on surviving relatives.It was stated that the declaration would not only bring additional focus, but would have positioned the issue to be afforded the necessary resources for its mitigation.It wasn’t going to be a panacea to stop suicide, but effectively structured, it increases the potential across the country, with the assistance of stakeholders, to maximized effectiveness of information gathering for targeted intervention. It would also increase confidence in the support system, to help break social inhibitors where necessary and to better edify.It is no different for domestic violence. While there is a disadvantage in being unable to accurately quote figures, based on extensive research if available on the amount of people lost, injured and disfigured and those scarred for life as a result of domestic violence, it must be extremely high in proportion to our population. Clearly the highest number would be those who are left traumatized.This therefore must be seen as a serious cause for concern and a compelling reason for consideration to be declared a national priority. This is an apolitical issue and is not confined to any one group thereby making it less difficult to garner national support. In such small societies, the impact permeates throughout and away from just the families.Children reading and learning about incidents through television and social media, are in many ways impacted too especially if one of their own is affected. In the context herein, the pervasiveness and impact of trauma cannot and must not be underestimated. That of road accidents must also be taken into account for too much is at stake for people and the nation.last_img read more

Rosberg wins Belgian GP but Hamilton fights back

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (C) celebrates his win next to second placed Daniel Ricciardo (L) and third placed Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa on August 28, 2016 © AFP / John ThysSpa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Aug 28 – Nico Rosberg rekindled his world championship ambitions with victory in Sunday’s chaotic crash-hit Belgian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton staged an astonishing fightback to finish third.Rosberg’s delight was reduced by his Mercedes team-mate Hamilton’s damage-limiting and thrilling drive to finish behind Daniel Ricciardo, second in a Red Bull, after starting from the back row of the grid. “I would definitely have taken that before the race,” said Hamilton.“I am so happy and proud of everyone. I was not expecting it and I had no idea what we were capable of, but I had a positive mental attitude today and it worked.”Nico Rosberg pictured crossing the finish line first at the Belgian Grand Prix on August 28, 2016 © AFP / John ThysRosberg, 31, who started from his third successive pole position, led from start to finish in a 44-laps race fractured by accidents and incidents to secure his first victory in Belgium and his sixth of the season.Hamilton, who started 21st after being handed 60 grid position penalties for taking three new power-units through the weekend, remains ahead of Rosberg in the title race with 232 points to 223, a lead of nine.“It’s been great to get the win today, but Lewis starting at the back made it easier for me,” said Rosberg. “He’ll be back at Monza, as usual, and it will be a great battle and another good weekend.”German Nico Hulkenberg finished fourth ahead of his Force India team-mate Sergio Perez, as the Silverstone-based team overhauled rivals Williams in the constructors’ championship.The cars of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel collide after the start of the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa on August 28, 2016 © AFP / John ThysFour-time world champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari recovered from a first-corner collision with his own team-mate Kimi Raikkonen to take sixth ahead of Fernando Alonso, who had started 22nd on the grid.Valtteri Bottas was eighth for Williams ahead of Raikkonen and Brazilian Felipe Massa.Hamilton’s podium finish from 21st on the grid was a record for the circuit on a day of serial incidents, accidents and collisions.The race was red-flagged after nine laps in the worst incident when Dane Kevin Magnussen crashed heavily but limped away from his wrecked Renault car with only a damaged ankle.Trouble started right from the outset, however, with Vettel and Ferrari teammate Raikkonen colliding on the first corner.A giant display shows the crash of Renault driver Kevin Magnussen of Denmark during the Belgian F1 Grand Prix in Spa on August 28, 2016 © AFP / John ThysOn lap two Spaniard Carlos Sainz’s Toro Rosso suffered a spectacular right rear tyre explosion, which triggered a Virtual Safety Car (VSC) period.Another, more alarming, accident brought out the Safety Car itself on lap nine — Magnussen losing control of his Renault as he exited Eau Rouge and smashed into the barriers at around 300 kph on the high-speed rise to Raidillon. As the debris settled, the severity of the damage to the barriers required repair and the red flag came out to halt the racing with, remarkably, back row starters Hamilton and Alonso -– with a combined total of 120 grid-place penalties -– in fifth and fourth respectively.The pause allowed the teams to pit their cars for a rolling re-start behind the Safety Car, Rosberg taking medium tyres and most others, including Alonso and Hamilton, taking softs.By the end of lap 11, Rosberg led by 1.4 seconds and Hamilton was sizing up a pass on Alonso which he completed on lap 12, sweeping by for fourth.Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (R) celebrates his victory alongside third placed teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Belgian Grand Prix in Spa on August 28, 2016 © AFP / Loic VenanceFurther back, a bruising battle between Raikkonen and Verstappen saw them bang wheels in a series of scraps, the young Dutchman’s aggression upsetting the Finn whose radio comments required constant bleeps to remove profanities directed at a rival half his age.By lap 18, Rosberg remained in control, but was aware that Hamilton had risen from 21st to third, the Englishman passing Hulkenberg on the outside on Kemmel Straight.Rosberg’s lead was 5.5 seconds at half-distance, when Hamilton pitted for a new set of softs. He rejoined ninth, his stop slowed slightly by a rear jack problem.Rosberg remained in serene control, 12 seconds ahead of Ricciardo, with eight laps to go after Hamilton had made a third stop, rejoined and passed Hulkenberg again in his chase after the leader.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Complaints against LAPD up 3%, study says

first_img Officials said the LAPD was conducting post-arrest and administrative investigations. White said the officers confronted the unidentified woman, who he estimated weighs less than 90 pounds, beat her with their batons, then doused her in pepper spray. They then hog-tied her, kicked and punched her, before carrying her by the hands and feet to a patrol car.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! According to the report, the number of LAPD employees facing complaint investigations who quit under pressure, were fired or were suspended increased from 421 in 2005 to 451 last year. Commission President John Mack said only 2.7 percent of the 2,822 complaints of “discourtesy” were sustained last year, and said he asked the department to investigate the handling of such complaints. The most frequent allegation, made 16.3 percent of the time, was “neglect of duty,” the report found. It said the department investigated 391 complaints of preventable traffic collisions and 135 complaints of discrimination. Even as the report was being released, the LAPD was investigating allegations that four of its officers punched and kicked a petite homeless woman, doused her with pepper spray, then carried her, hog-tied, to a police car, during a weekend altercation. White said the 10-minute incident occurred about 2 p.m. Sunday near Sixth and Stanford streets in downtown Los Angeles. LOS ANGELES – The number of complaints filed with the Los Angeles Police Department alleging misconduct by officers and civilian workers increased last year, a study found. There were 6,716 complaints filed in 2006, up 3 percent from the previous year, according to an annual report to the five-member Police Commission, which sets policy for the department. The increase does not account for an immigration rally last month in which officers were accused of using excessive force. Police officials said the increase showed citizens were more willing to file complaints against department employees. But a police watchdog group said it raises concerns that the department’s standards might be slipping. “The average citizen should be concerned that complaints against the police are up because it signals that something is wrong,” said Pete White of the Los Angeles Community Action Network. last_img read more

Get IN my Son! Mauricio Pochettino hails two goal hero

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed the continued emergence of Son Heung-min after the South Korean struck twice for the second time in a fortnight to sink Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium.Following up his double against Stoke earlier this month, Son put Spurs ahead after seven minutes and added his second midway through the first half before Boro reduced the deficit through Ben Gibson after the break as the visitors ran out 2-1 winners.The 24-year-old Son endured an ineffective first season in the Premier League after signing from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, to the extent that there were rumours Pochettino could seek to recoup some of his £22million fee.But Pochettino said: “It is difficult for all the players who come from outside England because the Premier League is the toughest league in the world and they need time to settle.“After one year and the summer he is a different person – he’s more mature and he knows the league and he’s settled in fantastically now. When a front player scores goals it is easy for him to settle.”With the extent of Harry Kane’s ankle injury set to be assessed this week, Pochettino admitted some concern over his side’s failure to convert their sizeable percentage of possession into a more convincing win.“I was a little disappointed because we created a lot of chances and we weren’t clinical enough in front of goal,” added Pochettino.“We have to work on our percentage and we have to work on that for the future. Two-nil is not a score you can say ‘okay it’s over’, and at 2-1 we suffered a bit but I think we deserved the victory.”Pochettino will now turn his attention to Tuesday’s Champions League trip to CSKA Moscow but must first run the rule over Moussa Sissoko, who was substituted after 70 minutes of the game with suspected concussion.Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka questioned the attitude of his players after watching them slide to their third consecutive top-flight defeat.The Spaniard was especially frustrated with the way his side more than held their own in an invigorating second period having effectively thrown away their chance of victory in a below-par first period.Karanka said: “It’s frustrating for me to work for seven days to try to show them how Tottenham play and how good they are if we let them play, then we go on the pitch and seven minutes later we are losing 1-0.“These mistakes were made last week and the week before, but the worst and most frustrating thing for me was the attitude, especially in the first half because in the second half we were completely different.”However Karanka insisted he retains belief in his current squad having pointed to their misfortune at home to Crystal Palace and a strong start against Everton at Goodison Park last week.Karanka added: “It’s not about ability because we knew Everton have more quality players than us and Tottenham have more quality players than us. It is about convincing them that they are good players.“It’s true we have lost three games in a row but the players know the problem. I was really pleased with the squad after the West Brom game and after three defeats I am really pleased with the squad.“We have one week now to decide which type of team we are – if we want to be the first half team we will have problems, but if we decide to be the team who played in the second half we will win games so it is in our hands.” Heung-min Son scored both goals in Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Middlesbrough 1last_img read more

Strong sales drive Toyota’s quarter

first_imgToyota sold 2.09 million vehicles around the world in the latest quarter, up from 1.95 million the same period a year earlier. The automaker boosted sales especially in North America, where it sold 747,300 vehicles, up more than 16 percent from 641,200 in the first quarter of last year. General Motors continues to outsell Toyota, selling 2.4 million vehicles globally in the latest quarter. Toyota kept unchanged its forecast for the full fiscal year ending March 2007, at 1.31 trillion yen ($11.4 billion) profit on 22.3 trillion yen ($194 billion) sales. It also maintained its vehicle sales forecast for fiscal 2006 at 8.45 million vehicles, up from 7.97 million Toyotas sold in the fiscal year ended March 31. In quarterly revenue, Toyota reported a 14 percent increase in Japan, 19 percent rise in North America and 24 percent surge in Europe, while revenue inched down 4 percent in Asia but leaped 25 percent for other regions during the three months.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! TOKYO – Toyota reported a 39 percent jump in profit in its fiscal first quarter, with strong vehicle sales around the world keeping the company on a pace to possibly overtake General Motors as the world’s No. 1 automaker in coming years. Toyota’s reputation for fuel-efficient cars was proving a boon at a time when drivers are balking at soaring gas prices, analysts said. Toyota Motor Corp., the world’s second biggest automaker, is among a clutch of Japanese vehicle companies reporting robust results lately in contrast to the plight of the U.S. automakers. “Everything is going well for Toyota, especially in North American sales,” said Koji Endo, auto analyst at Credit Suisse First Boston Securities in Tokyo. Endo said that in addition to robust sales of Toyota’s smaller models such as the Corolla, the company’s light trucks and Lexus luxury models – which tend to produce healthier profit margins per vehicle – have also been doing well, boosted by the perception that they’re more fuel efficient than rival offerings. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhy these photogenic dumplings are popping up in Los AngelesToyota’s profit in April-June totaled 371.5 billion yen ($3.2 billion), up from 266.9 billion yen the same period the previous year, as a weaker yen also helped earnings, adding 100 billion yen ($871 million) to operating profit. Quarterly sales surged 13 percent to 5.6 trillion yen ($49 billion) from 4.98 trillion yen a year earlier, according to the manufacturer, based in Toyota city in central Japan. Some analysts believe Toyota will overtake GM as the world’s No. 1 automaker in a few years if the current pace continues. In July, Toyota for the first time beat Ford Motor Co. in U.S. vehicle market share, outselling Ford to be No. 2 after GM, although Ford’s year-to-date sales are still ahead of Toyota’s. To keep its ambitions for growth going, Toyota is increasing production in various regions, including a plant in Texas that begins production this year, as well as in China, where Toyota recently rolled out its first Camry. Production expansions are also in the works in Canada, Thailand, Mexico and Russia. last_img read more

BIG TEN NETWORK AND RIOT GAMES TO HOST BTN INVITATIONAL: A UNIVERSITY LEAGUE OF LEGENDS EVENT

first_imgThe BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event will take place on Friday, April 22, from noon to 4 p.m. ET in the League of Legends show floor booth at PAX East.  Fans can cheer for their favorite Big Ten team via livestream available on both BTN2Go and LoLeSports.com. Viewers can also watch the event at a later date on BTN at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, April 25.“The Big Ten Network was ahead of the trend in recognizing the growing popularity ofcollegiate eSports and scholarship programs,” said Sean Haran, Director of Business Development at Riot Games. “There are over 300 University League of Legends campus clubs, including one on nearly every Big Ten school campus, so working with BTN to host an invitational event at PAX East was a no-brainer.”The PAX East weekend also includes the 2016 uLoL Campus Series Finals, the culmination of a full season tournament for the most skilled collegiate League of Legends players in the U.S. and Canada. The Campus Series Semi-Finals will take place from 10a.m. to 6 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 23, leading up to the Campus Series Finals from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 24, in the League of Legends booth.League of Legends is a fast-paced, team-oriented online game where two teams of five compete in intense 5v5 battles that require strategic thinking, lightning reflexes, and coordinated team-play. Over 67 million people play League of Legends each month, making LoL the most played PC video game in the world.About University League of Legends (uLoL):University League of Legends (uLoL) is a network of student-run clubs created to support and empower League of Legends communities on college campuses across the U.S. and Canada. The uLoL Campus Series tournament pits the top 32 League of Legends teams against one another for over a half-million dollars in scholarship money and bragging rights as the best college team in North America. CHICAGO, Ill. – April 13, 2016 – BTN and Riot Games today announced the BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Eventwhere two of the best Big Ten schools battle head-to-head in the highly-competitive online game League of Legends, the most played PC video game in the world. Ohio State will face off against Michigan State in front of a live audience at the widely popular video game event Penny Arcade Expo (PAXEast) taking place in Boston from April 22 to 24.“The Big Ten has some of the premier eSports teams in the country,” said MichaelCalderon, Vice President of Programming and Digital Media at Big Ten. “The fast-paced, high-level competition of League of Legends is a great fit for BTN’s audience and we’re excited to be the first conference-owned network to bring the intensity of collegiate eSports to a television audience.”last_img read more

Former Smoky Mountain assistant principal tapped to lead Catamount School

first_imgRobert Dinsdale, former assistant principal at Smoky Mountain High School in Sylva, has been appointed to direct the Catamount School, the new “lab school” partnership between Western Carolina University and Jackson County Public Schools.Dinsdale, currently assistant principal at Asheville High School, will be the chief administrator for the Catamount School, which will serve a maximum of 75 students from grades six through eight in space within Smoky Mountain High School beginning in August.The initiative, the result of legislation approved last year by the North Carolina General Assembly calling for the establishment of “laboratory schools” at selected institutions of the University of North Carolina system, is designed to help students in grades six through eight successfully transition into high school through a “whole school, whole community, whole child” approach.Dinsdale’s existing connections with the Jackson County school system made him an especially strong candidate for the position of Catamount School principal, said Kim Winter, associate dean of WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions.“Having worked as an assistant principal for three years, Bob has knowledge of Jackson County schools and of the North Carolina public school system in general. He understands the vision of the Catamount School and has in-depth knowledge of middle grades curriculum,” said Winter. “It is our belief that Bob Dinsdale will help us articulate the vision of the Catamount School to future students and parents, as he has strong, positive relationships with Jackson County Public School faculty and administrators, making him an effective liaison.”Assistant principal at Asheville High School for the past year, Dinsdale was assistant principal at Smoky Mountain High School from 2014 until 2016, also serving as testing coordinator at both of those high schools. He worked previously as a teacher at Pisgah Forest and Brevard elementary schools in Transylvania County from 2003 until 2014 and at Northwest Elementary School in Davidson County from 1997 until 2003.Dinsdale has experience teaching in academically and intellectually gifted classes and coaching Science Olympiad, Battle of the Books and middle school basketball. He is a 1996 graduate of Bowling Green State University and earned his master’s degree in school administration at WCU in 2008.Dinsdale said his goal for the school is to create a nurturing, family-like environment that will be responsive and flexible in meeting the needs of enrolled students.“I would like this school to be able to find ways to help improve students no matter what point they are at when they come to us, and I would like this to be a place where children feel like they have somewhere they belong,” he said. “With access to all the resources that WCU has to offer, with our small size and with our partnership with Jackson County Public Schools, I believe we can find the right methods, people and techniques that can help students as they move forward and on to high school.”The mission of the Catamount School is to provide a learning community in which all students are valued and that promotes health and wellness and a commitment to learning through experience in a caring, collaborative and inclusive environment, said Dale Carpenter, dean of WCU’s College of Education and Allied Professions.Students attending the Catamount School will benefit from the combined expertise and resources of Jackson County Public Schools and WCU, Carpenter said. The university and public school partners will work toward best practices in an effort to offer students additional attention and support to succeed, Carpenter said. The school will have the capacity to serve 25 students in each of the eligible grade levels (six through eight). All Jackson County students in grades six, seven and eight will be eligible to enroll in the school.WCU is one of eight UNC system institutions identified as candidates to establish and operate laboratory schools serving students in kindergarten through eighth grade, as required by a provision in the 2016-17 state budget enacted last July.Under the establishing legislation, the lab schools must be located in public school districts where at least 25 percent of schools have been classified as low-performing, based on student achievement data. They will operate as public schools of choice, with a mission to improve student performance and provide exposure and training for teachers and principals to successfully address challenges existing in high-needs school settings.The legislation also mandates that the school’s principal and its teachers will be employees of WCU. The university’s Board of Trustees will be the governing body for the school, with responsibility for its operation and outcomes. The school system will provide transportation and lunch for students in the school. University and school system officials are working on a memorandum of understanding that will specify other responsibilities regarding operational issues.last_img read more

ACA Repeal, Replacement Discussions Continue, Trump Says

first_imgCCH Tax Day ReportPresident Trump said in an April 2 tweet that discussions concerning the repeal and replacement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) (P.L. 111 -148) are occurring and will continue until a “deal is struck” (TAXDAY, 2017/03/27, C.1). “Anyone who thinks that Repeal and Replace of (ACA) is dead does not know the love and strength in Republican party,” Trump said in another tweet the same day.White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on April 3 told reporters that Trump continues to have conversations with lawmakers who reach out with ideas for health care replacement ideas.” I think the president has made clear that he intends to work with anyone who wants to help him get to the number of votes. He obviously had a very productive discussion this weekend with Sen. Rand Paul. R-Ky.,” Spicer said.Speaking to reporters earlier on April 3, Paul said that he pitched his idea to Trump last week to leave the ACA subsidy structure in place while rolling back the dollar amount. According to Paul, this idea could help urge more conservative Republicans to back the idea because it would not be creating a new tax credit entitlement.The White House, however, is still trying to make the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) work, Paul said. After speaking with reporters, Paul met with the House Freedom Caucus, a member base that was prepared to vote against the bill before it was pulled from a scheduled vote on the House floor.House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Tex., told reporters on April 3 that the process moving forward should not be rushed. “Rather than pushing a date that this needs to be done, let the conversations continue regardless of the weeks or months that it takes for them to get comfortable with a “yes” on health care reforms. Let the conversations continue, don’t set a deadline—would be my advice to our members,” Brady said.Meanwhile, Democrats remain critical of the GOP’s first attempt at health care reform legislation, noting the party’s internal discord. Additionally, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has said he will soon introduce his own health care legislation in acknowledgment that the ACA has “serious problems.” He has said that he is “going to introduce a Medicare-for-all single-payer program.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News Stafflast_img read more

‘I’ve waited for this’

first_imgSalzburg: Eden Hazard scored his first goal for Real Madrid in a 1-0 pre-season friendly win over Red Bull Salzburg on Wednesday. The Belgian international, who quite Chelsea in the summer in a GBP 91 million move, found the target with a left-foot finish after being set-up by Karim Benzema. Meanwhile, Gareth Bale’s stand-off with Real Madrid continued after the forward was left out of Zinedine Zidane’s squad for the game. Bale had only played in two of Real’s five previous pre-season games, coming on as a substitute against Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, but has now been left out completely for a third fixture in a row. James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz, who are both expected to be sold, were also not included for the match in Austria. Zidane has made it clear that Bale is not in his plans as he looks to rejuvenate Real Madrid following their miserable season last term. Hazard, who scored off a stunning curling effort past Salzburg goalkeeper Cican Stankovic, said he was “very pleased” to open his account for the Spanish giants. “When you’re out on the pitch, you want to win the game and being a forward, you want to score goals. I’d been waiting for this moment for the last five games and it’s happened today. I’m very pleased,” said Hazard, who has ben criticised by some for not being able to score in earlier matches against Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Fenerbahce. The striker though didn’t want to get too carried away with his effort. “It’s still pre-season, but I think we’ve got more energy now. We’ve still got another 10 days before our first competitive game, so we have to focus and keep working hard. Our aim is to be ready for next week. We can’t wait to start La Liga, so we’re training and practising hard,” he added. Madrid play Italian outfit AS Roma in their final pre-season friendly on Sunday before opening their La Liga campaign at Celta Vigo on August 17. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updateslast_img read more