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Former England rugby player jailed

first_imgThe 39-year-old plead guilty to two counts of robbery as well as carrying a bladed article in Wigan on October 31, 2017.He was sentenced at Bolton Crown Court on Friday. Alker will be eligible for parole on January 12, 2020.The former hooker played more than 350 games for Salford City Reds between 1997 and 2010.Alker, who won two caps for England, was also a coach at the Super League side, but left in 2011.He captained the side for nearly a decade, but was stripped of the role in 2009 after a breach of club discipline during a training camp in the USA.last_img read more

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Senate Defenders rule UNTV Cup

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sen. Sonny Angara gets a celebratory lift from his teammates.From last place to champion.That’s what the Senate Defenders accomplished Monday when they swept the Malacañang-Philippine Sports Commission Kamao, 84-64, in the 6th UNTV Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Game 4 ‘make or break’ for NLEX, admits Guiao Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The troika of Gary Sevilla, Jeff Sanders and Marlon Legaspi dominated Malacañang with their inside plays on the way to winning their first title. Sanders and Legaspi finished with 20 and 17 points, respectively.Senators Sonny Angara and Joel Villanueva credited the team’s success to discipline and teamwork.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We played as a team and I think that was the key,” said Angara, “Perseverance and persistence did it for us.” LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Kevin Shaw wins 3rd cyclo cross in a row

first_imgKevin Shaw is tearing up the cyclo cross circuit winning his third race in a row on Thursday.Shaw led the field with a time of 37:57 minutes over four laps at the North Peace circuit. Gary Hilderman just managed to edge George Gamble at the finish line to capture second place with a time of 39:18. Roger St. Jean finished fourth at 39:35.- Advertisement -Coming up on Sunday is a cyclo cross double header. Races are at 10am and 2pm.last_img

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Trio of painters share “Life’s Mosaic’

first_imgJackson met Kelly when Kelly moved to Tumbler Ridge two years ago and joined a local arts club that meets weekly. Kelly has been friends with Butters since the two were in high school together, and they were also in arts club in Cochrane, Alta.The two share a background in agriculture, and enjoy many of the same outdoor pursuits such as hiking. Kelly is now semi-retired in Tumbler Ridge, while Butters and her husband run a guide-outfitting company in Hinton, Alta., where she now resides.Having lived in or near the mountains her whole life, Butters said she has found a lot of remote places to reflect and find inspiration from.“There’s a lot of time to contemplate life,” she said.The two said while they prefer the freshness of painting outdoor scenes right where they see them, for logistical reasons, and in order to remember the small but important details, they rely on a lot of the photographs they take.Advertisement Their exhibit is open at the gallery until Sept. 10. Kelly pointed out one particular piece – an oil painting called “Trail to the Lake” – that depicts a very special day for her when she was travelling with her husband along the Banff-Jasper Highway.“For me, it’s just a memory of a perfect day as much as anything,” she said.Butters added her paintings can often invoke a flood of memories back of a particular feeling or moment she experienced.“When you look at your picture after you’ve painted it you can feel the sun on your face when you were hiking, or if it was cold or fresh, or maybe you saw a wolf over on this hill, and just remember all those things.”The two admitted preparing for the show over the last year-and-a-half was a bit stressful, but also fun and it gave them a goal and a purpose to drive them. All three artists said painting has added richness to their lives and is something they will continue to do.Advertisement The trio had about 140 pieces on display when they opened their exhibit last night at the Dawson Creek Art Gallery. The scenes were as broad and diverse as one might expect a life’s mosaic to be, and they explained the exhibit was meant to capture some of the important moments and memories in each of their lives.“For me, it’s all those incidents in life that add up to be my picture of my life, and the picture of Jane’s life and of Wendy’s life, and it was interesting to see how much there was in common,” said Jackson. “It’s quite apparent that life is a blend of highs and lows, and in the end, it still makes a great picture.”“I think when we looked back on our lives we realized we’ve all done more things then we really thought we had, and there was a common theme in that all those different components that made us who we are today,” added Kelly. “We just all realized that being this age is a good thing because you do have a lot of tiles to put in that mosaic.”- Advertisement -Jackson said the three of them share a lot of common experiences, such as raising families and the joys and struggles that come with that. She said they are also quite different in some respects in that Kelly and Butters prefer to paint the outdoors where she enjoys painting people.“I’ve always been a portrait artist of children, and that’s kind of my primary focus,” she said, adding her passion for painting really began after she had her first child.It was obvious her Christian faith also plays a big influence on her art as she had many pieces on display with religious themes. Jackson said it was fitting that the show was called Life’s Mosaic because around the same time they decided on the title she was working on completing a mosaic made from paintings she had done over the last 20 years, arranged to resemble the likeness of Jesus Christ.Advertisement She added the people and scenery of Tumbler Ridge also offer great inspiration.“Tumbler Ridge is a special place,” she said, adding that she moved there 11 years ago. “As soon as I saw Tumbler Ridge I felt like I had come. It’s a beautiful town.”Jackson works as a part-time swim instructor/lifeguard at the local pool, and she said that has given her the freedom to pursue her passion.“Now that the momentum is here, I’m just picking up my paintbrush every day like this is it, this is what I want to do.”Advertisementlast_img read more

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Success for English-learners

first_img“But in practice it takes a great deal of sustained, intense focus at the school, a great deal of leadership from the district office and school principal, and a willingness to all work together at the school to stay with the implementation of all four of these practices over time.” The study is based on the release last year of API scores for English-language learners. Researchers analyzed the scores against a set of survey responses from 4,700 teachers and 237 principals in 137 school districts. Among the 237 schools sampled, Williams said, those in the Los Angeles Unified School District had some of the highest scores. However, EdSource did not identify which LAUSD schools were surveyed or how many were included in the study. According to the 2006 release of Academic Performance Index scores, English-language learners in Los Angeles Unified averaged 611 out of a possible 1,000 points, compared with 649 for all students. Ronnie Ephraim, LAUSD’s chief instructional officer, said the scores show the district is using its resources effectively. Schools that focus resources on their English-language learners average higher scores on academic achievement tests, a study released Friday says. The study by EdSource was designed to provide direction about the strategies that help improve performance among students whose primary language is not English. Researchers said four practices resulted in higher student performance: hiring good teachers; teaching a curriculum aligned with state standards; closely analyzing assessment data; and setting measurable goals for improving achievement. “On the surface, these four broad practices seem pretty basic,” said Trish Williams, executive director of EdSource, the 30-year-old nonprofit group that conducted the study. Teachers collaborate and analyze tests and other assessment data to ensure they’re on the right track, she said. In addition, the district spent $19 million more this year than the state allocated on textbooks and other classroom materials. In addition, the district uses the highly scripted Open Court curriculum, which is closely aligned with state standards, she said. The only practice in the study that district officials feel they need to improve is setting measurable goals for student achievement, Ephraim said. “One of my guiding principles is to use data and analysis to drive decisions and use measurable goals to drive instruction,” LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer III said. “We have to have standards and teachers teaching to the standards and establish measurable goals for them to achieve.” There are about 1.6 million English-language learners in California public schools, officials said. About 290,000 – or 41 percent – of Los Angeles Unified’s 708,000 students are in this group. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Exclusive – Nobody does it better! Chelsea goalkeeper hails defensive duo

first_imgJohn Terry and Gary Cahill are the best central defensive partnership in the Premier League, according to Chelsea team-mate Mark Schwarzer.The English duo’s double act has been integral to the Blues since the start of last season, with ex-Bolton defender Cahill forcing Brazil star David Luiz out of the side – and club – to join forces with his compatriot and captain.And with the west London side only conceding ten goals so far in the league this campaign, their colleague was happy to hand them the plaudits.Schwarzer told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “When you look at the likes of John Terry and Gary Cahill and if you look across the Premier League, consistently over the last 18 months, I don’t think there has been a better pairing than those two.“Then add Branislav Ivanovic and either Cesar Azpilicueta or Filipe Luis, or last season Ashley Cole, and you’ve got a formidable backline there.”last_img read more

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Lakers’ Buss gets probation for DUI

first_imgCOURTS: Basketball team’s owner pleads guilty and is fined $1,900 for May incident. By The Associated Press VISTA – Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss pleaded guilty Tuesday to misdemeanor drunken driving. Buss was sentenced to five years’ probation and fined $1,900. He was not required to appear in court. The 74-year-old Lakers owner entered his plea in state court through defense attorney David Manning Chodos. Chodos declined to comment after the hearing. Buss released a statement through the team after his arrest saying he drove only a short distance but recognized it was a bad decision. “I was wrong to do it. It was a mistake I will not make again,” he said in the statement. Judge Martin Staven ordered Buss to take part in a first-conviction program and attend a program administered by Mothers Against Drunk Driving. A telephone message left for a Lakers spokesman was not immediately returned.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! He also admitted he drove with a blood-alcohol level of .13 percent, above the state limit of .08 percent. Buss owns a home in northern San Diego County and was arrested in nearby Carlsbad in May after being stopped for driving his gold Mercedes-Benz on the wrong side of the road. Buss was under the influence of alcohol or an unspecified drug but refused to take a chemical test, according to a criminal complaint filed by the district attorney’s office. He was arrested after failing a field sobriety test. Prosecutor William Wood said Tuesday there was no evidence that Buss had used any drugs. last_img read more

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El Segundo tops Torrance

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityGirls volleyball Kristiana Tuaniga had 28 kills, three blocks, four aces and 10 digs in host Carson’s 22-25, 18-25, 25-14, 25-12, 17-15 win over King Drew (5-3, 3-3). Stefanie Mahaley had eight kills, four aces and 10 digs for Carson (7-1, 5-1). In another Marine League match . . . Narbonne 3, Banning 0: Robyn Ruelas had 10 assists and an ace as host Narbonne (5-2, 4-2) won, 25-6, 25-14, 25-10. Also in the Marine League . . . From staff reports Junior Nic Curcio and sophomore Beau Blacksten scored three goals each for defending CIF Division VI finalist El Segundo, which beat host Torrance, 11-7, in an Ocean League water polo match. Matt Kubeck had 15 saves for El Segundo (8-5, 2-1). In the Vellakamp Tournament … Palos Verdes 17, Crescenta Valley 1; Palos Verdes 8, Buena Park 7: Mike Katzer scored a combined nine goals as Palos Verdes (8-3) won its first two games at Whittier. San Pedro 3, Washington 0: Shannon Miller had 24 aces as San Pedro (6-0 in league) beat the winless visitors, 25-4, 25-3, 25-13. Girls tennis Palos Verdes defeated visiting Brentwood (6-5), 16-2. Kathryn Webb and Morgan Thomas swept in singles for Palos Verdes (9-2, 2-0). In the Western League . . . Westchester 5, LACES 2: Host Westchester (6-3, 4-3) swept in doubles, including an 8-7 (10) win by Allison Knox-Elize Biop.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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Reynolds, Virginia surprise Tar Heels

first_imgJ.R. Reynolds scored 10 of his 16 points in the last 11 minutes when Virginia used a big run to go ahead for good and the Cavaliers held on to beat No. 24 North Carolina 72-68 on Thursday night. The surprising Cavaliers (9-6, 3-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) won their second straight in league play, following up a victory at Virginia Tech on Sunday. North Carolina (10-4, 2-2) lost its second straight. The Tar Heels were stunned 81-70 at home by Miami on Saturday, ending a four-game winning streak. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card No. 10 Washington 69, Oregon St. 65: Bobby Jones made two key baskets down the stretch and sank two free throws with 16.5 seconds to go, finishing with 16 points to lead the Huskies over the Beavers. Washington (15-2, 4-2 Pac-10) ended a two-game conference losing streak at home after they had a 32-game home winning streak broken. They won their third straight league game. Women No. 1 Tennessee 80, No. 19 Vanderbilt: Shanna Zolman led five Lady Vols in double figures with 16 points, and top-ranked Volunteers rallied from its biggest deficit this season in beating the Commodores, giving Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt her 900th win in her first shot at the milestone. No. 2 Duke 77, N.C. State 57 : Monique Currie scored 20 points to lead second-ranked Blue Devils. Chante Black added 11 points Duke (18-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference). Sean Singletary led Virginia with 18 points, but had only two down the stretch when Reynolds, freshman Laurynas Mikalauskas and Jason Cain all made big plays. Mikalauskas twice scored on putbacks and grabbed several key rebounds, and Cain finished with just seven points and five rebounds, but added five blocks, several in the final minutes as the Tar Heels tried to get the ball inside to Tyler Hansbrough. center_img No. 3 LSU 79, Alabama 43 : Seimone Augustus scored 20 points, leading LSU over Alabama. Augustus shot 9-for-16 from the field and scored at least 20 points for the 11th time in 16 games this season. No. 7 Ohio St. 60, Indiana 50 : Debbie Merrill had nine points and 10 rebounds and patrolled the inside on defense to lead Ohio State over Indiana. No. 21 Temple 48, No. 9 Rutgers 47 : Candice Dupree scored 14 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:48 to play and No. 21 Temple upset Rutgers. No. 11 Purdue 70, Penn St 56 : Katie Gearlds tied a season-high with 28 points to lead Purdue to its 10th straight win. No. 12 Michigan St. 72, Illinois 61 : Lindsay Bowen scored 16 points, including the first eight of the game, and Michigan State held off a late surge to beat Illinois. No. 13 Georgia 81, Mississippi State 42 : Sherill Baker had 15 points and 10 of Georgia’s season-high 21 steals, leading the Bulldogs over Mississippi State. No. 16 Minnesota 85, Michigan 57 : Jamie Broback and Shannon Bolden scored 12 points apiece and Minnesota cruised past Michigan. Wake Forest 77, No. 18 Virginia Tech 71 (OT ): Wake Forest overcame a slow start in the first half and beat Virginia Tech in overtime for its first win over a ranked opponent in more than a year. Miami 82, No. 22 Boston College 68 : Tamara James scored 25 points to lead Miami over Boston College. The Hurricanes put together a 25-3 run over the last part of the first half and the start of the second. 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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WEST DONEGAL SCHOOL USING THE MESSAGE OF BARACK OBAMA TO SURVIVE

first_imgONE of the country’s smallest primary schools is invoking the message of US President Barack Obama to make the case for its survival.Just seven pupils, all girls, attend the 100 year old Scoil Mhin na Manrach, in the Rosses Gaeltacht in West Donegal.The decline in enrolement will result in the school, which once boasted numbers in excess of 100, losing one of its two teachers at the end of this school year. by Anita GuideraThis will edge it ever closer to permanent closure against a backdrop of and ongoing Value for Money Review of small primary schools by the Department of Education and Science.But parents, principal and Board of Management at the tiny school in the Derryveagh mountains, argue passionately that the estimated €30,000 savings from the closures of such schools was nothing compared to the loss it would represent to the Gaeltacht community.“It is a small school and I can see that people are trying to save money. “But Barack Obama when he was here spoke about our identity and looking after our heritage and not forgetting it,” said parish priest and chairman of the Board of Management, Nigel O’ Gallachoir.“This school is one of the jewels of the Rosses Parish. It is unique in the sense that it is 100 per cent ‘as Gaeilge’. The teaching is wonderful. The children are literally getting a one to one education.“They have all the technology they could ever want and yet it still is immersed in the old tradition.“It would be awful to lose that link,” he said.He added that rather than lose such a resource, the Department should consider providing transport from other areas where classes are overcrowded. The McCarthy recommendation for the amalgamation of the 600 or so schools with enrolment of 50 pupils or less, estimated €18 million, has prompted the Value for Money Review.But Minister, Ruairi Quinn has emphasised that the study, due to be completed at the end of the year, is simply about ascertaining the facts to inform future decisions and no policy decision has been taken.Parents of the pupils at Scoil Mhin na Manrach, fear, however that the threat of closure is stopping other parents sending their children there.Noreen Ni Dhomhnaill, whose seven-year-old daughter Sara is the fourth of her children to attend the school, said that the education on offer is second to none. “They are so advantaged in every subject. Their Irish is perfect and I think they get very grounded here. They get such individual attention that it really helps them later on,” she said.Seven year old German twins, Nele and Tanya Ni Shimoin, who moved to the area five years ago, speak English with a German accent but their Irish has the lilting fluency of a native Gaeltacht child.Their mum, Cora, who learns Irish at evening classes in the school said she is delighted with her daughters’ multilingualism.The parents have held open days for local play groups to try to encourage other parents to send their children there so the school can remain open.Principal Bernadette Ni Dhuibhir pointed out that the school had undergone a €250,000 renovation programme just three years ago and has five part time staff.“Our argument is that we should be preserved because we are such a strong Irish teaching school,” she said.-end-WEST DONEGAL SCHOOL USING THE MESSAGE OF BARACK OBAMA TO SURVIVE was last modified: May 30th, 2011 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)last_img read more

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