2007 VAWDON CUP OPENING ROUND WRAP

first_imgThe 32nd Annual New South Wales Touch Association Vawdon Cup commenced Friday night 20 July 2007 at the Tempe and Bankstown venues across 10 highly competitive divisions.The action in the Men’s and Women’s Premier League was fast and furious with some high quality clashes punctuating opening night in Sydney’s elite affiliate based competition.In the Men’s Premier League, Easts Roosters and the Parramatta Eels played out a gritty 1-1 draw at Bankstown at 7.00pm.Both teams were understandably rusty with the combatants trading blows without being able to land the knockout punch to swing the game in their favour.The return of Troy Malcolm was a big boost to the Eels and the gifted playmaker was Paramatta’s best along with Daniel Barton.Chris Hill gave his all for Easts who settled for a share of the competition points with a promise of better things to come.In the 7.50pm clash, 2006 Vawdon Cup Grand finalists the Canterbury Bulldogs flexed their muscles in a 6-3 victory over a committed Manly Sea Eagles combination that never stopped trying.The Doggies raced to a 2-0 lead at half time and kicked on to go 4-0 up midway through the second half before Manly got on the board.Harry Berryman and veteran Brett Gillard were best for a Manly side that found some late combination to breath respectability back into the scoreline.2007 Australian World Cup Men’s Open star Joel Willoughby was in cracking form for the Dogs having a hand in four touchdowns, whilst winger Nick Athas, and debutant Michael Petrie set a great foundation for Canterbury’s victory.In the match-up of the round at 8.40pm, new kids on the block the Hornsby Lions, got their season off to the best possible start with a 6-4 win, shocking 2006 Vawdon Cup premiers Penrith Panthers at Bankstown.The experienced Dave Roberts guided the Lions around the park and the mercurial Dylan Hennessey provided the knockout blows, terrorizing the Panthers’ defence close to the line. In the nightcap game at 9.30pm, 2006 NSWTA State Cup champions Wests Magpies got home with a hard fought 6-4 triumph over a very willing Cronulla Sharks outfit at Tempe.The two clubs battle annually for the Mc Donald-Russell Shield and there was a lot of emotion surrounding the season opener. The game was preceded by a minute’s silence for former Lebanon, Mets, and Wests Manager Matthew Essey who lost a brave battle with cancer in May 2007. The inspired Magpies came out on fire, crossing for a touchdown after only 35 seconds for a 1-0 lead.Both sides struggled to find rhythm, but settled down to business and traded touchdowns without either team really consolidating decisively.Cronulla hit the front 4-3 midway through the second half, courtesy of some great work from Australian Mixed Open general Matt Tope who was leaving it all out on the park for the Sharkies. With an upset looming, Wests’ Australian Men’s Open World Cup aces Daniel Rushworth and Jason Stanton stepped up their game and combined to put on 3 unanswered touchdowns, providing Wests with a 6-4 victory, the McDonald-Russell shield, and a fitting tribute to Matthew Essey.In opening round action in the Women’s Premier League, perennial big guns the Canterbury Bulldogs sent an ominous warning out to the rest of the competition with a 9-1 pasting of Manly Sea Eagles at 7.00pm at Tempe.Bulldogs Australian Women’s Open star Kelly Woods began the Vawdon Cup season with three slashing touchdowns for the 2006 State Cup champions.Louise Winchester showed the sort of form that swept her to the 2006 NSWTA Women’s Player of the Year at the Blues Dinner on Saturday night, and kid sister Clare and Kate Fitzsimmons chimed in to help engineer the 9-1 demolition.2006 Premiers Easts Roosters opened their title defence with a comfortable 5-2 win over competition newcomers, the Wollongong Devils.Easts were wary of the worthy challenge that the speedy Wollongong young guns would provide and were on their game to avert the potential threat.The Tri-colours produced a solid team effort punctuated by some star turns from 4-time World Cup winners Amanda and Kristy Judd who controlled the game as only they can.2007 Australian Mixed Open gun Stephanie Sorrensen and Nadina Teskera also performed well for Easts, whilst Mel Mc Call and Rachael Beck showed the way for the Devils. The young pups from Wollongong had their opportunities and acquitted themselves well against the benchmark team of the competition and will give the competition a real nudge when they find their feet and adjust to the step up of speed and standard as the season unfolds.In the 8.40pm clash at Tempe, Wests Magpies got their season off to a flyer with a comfortable 6-1 win over Cronulla Sharks.Jess Howe tried hard to lift a rusty Cronulla, but Wests had too much fire power with standout Australian 20 Years Women’s squad member Nicky Albery carving up the Sharkies to spearhead her team to a comfortable victory.In the 9.30pm battle at Bankstown, the Central Coast Dolphins had a tidy 3-0 win over Penrith Panthers to complete the first round of games in season 2007.This week in the Men’s Premier League, Cronulla will take on a chastened defending premiers Penrith at 7.50pm at Bankstown, whilst Easts Roosters will battle with Wests Magpies at 7.50pm at Tempe.Hornsby Lions will look to continue on their winning way against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 8.40pm, and the Canterbury Bulldogs will square off against the Parramatta Eels at Tempe at 9.30pm.In Women’s Premier League games Cronulla, looking for a better second up performance meet Penrith at 7.00pm at Bankstown. Premiers Easts Roosters will clash with Wests Magpies at Tempe at 7.00pm.The red hot Canterbury Bulldogs will have a tougher time against the young Wollongong Devils line-up at Tempe at 8.40pm, and the Central Coast Dolphins will test their mettle against the Manly Sea Eagles at Bankstown at 9.30pm.Second round action in Division 1 and 2 Men’s and Women’s, Mixed 1 and 2, and Men’s Seniors and Masters will continue as teams look to shake off opening night jitters and settle into the ten week competition which promises to increase in quality right across the board as the season progresses.TFA will bring you all the news and views from Round Two of the 2007 Vawdon Cup.last_img read more

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10 months agoSpurs, Bayern Munich keen as Gladbach coach Hecking fights to keep Hazard

first_imgSpurs, Bayern Munich keen as Gladbach coach Hecking fights to keep Hazardby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBorussia Monchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking has made it clear he doesn’t want Thorgan Hazard sold next month.The younger brother of Chelsea star Eden Hazard, Thorgan is a target for Tottenham, Bayern Munich and Sevilla as he enjoys career best form this season. Chelsea also boast a buy-back option.But Hecking has told Gladbach chief Max Eberl he doesn’t want to lose the midfielder in January.The coach stated: “Max knows exactly how I think with this question …”Hazard is tied to Gladbach until 2020. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Refs Absolutely Botch Late Call In Syracuse vs. Gonzaga

first_imgA close up of Trevor Cooney not out of bounds.trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.last_img read more

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FS1’s Tim Brando: Notre Dame Will Eventually Join ACC Football, Is Key To Conference Launching Network

first_imgA Notre Dame cheerleader holding pompoms with the Notre Dame flag in the background.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 30: A Notre Dame Fighting Irish cheerleader performs during a game against the Miami (Oh) Redhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on Seotember 30, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Miami (OH) 52-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)This week, there has been a lot of noise made about the future of a possible ACC Network, which has been long discussed as a possibility for the league with ESPN. In a column on Campus Rush, Sports Illustrated‘s Pete Thamel called the network “imminent.” FOX Sports 1’s Tim Brando, who also calls ACC basketball games for Raycom Sports, doesn’t quite believe that we’ll see an ACC Network all that soon, but he does think it is coming, and the lynchpin to a launch is Notre Dame joining as a full conference member. That, he believes, will happen.Brando previously discussed Notre Dame’s role in the eventuality of the ACC Network on Twitter, and cleared things up a bit on “The Audible” podcast with Bruce Feldman and Stewart Mandel. Notre Dame/ACC talk starts around the 18-minute mark.On the ACC Network:“I do believe it’s going to happen, and I believe it’s going to happen when Notre Dame understands that it’s in their financial best interest to be in a conference, because they cannot command the same dollar from NBC or any other network by simply having seven home games televised. If you look at the revenues generated by both the Big Ten, the SEC, and the ACC without a network, as a conference member full time, they would, not only right now but certainly in the future, do much better than they are doing with their current arrangement. And I think that’s where we sit.”Brando says that if Notre Dame joins a conference in the next 10 years, the ACC is the only option:“No, Notre Dame cannot have a wandering eye. They not only signed a grant of rights with the ACC, but they signed an additional contract, which mandates that if they do become a conference member in football, there is no other place they can do that other than the Atlantic Coast Conference. And that’s through the year 2025. So (ACC commissioner) John Swofford and his people did a remarkable job when they brought Notre Dame in, to secure that when the Irish blue bloods decided ‘you know what, maybe it’s time to join a conference,’ they need to do that.”Perhaps most surprisingly, he predicts that this will unfold in the next three years.“I really believe that as we move forward, it’s a little early to be thinking about starting a linear network now, given the economics… It may not be the time in a year or two years, but in three years I believe you’ll be looking right down the pipe at an ACC Network, and I think the reason will be Notre Dame elected to become a full-time member.”The ACC is often viewed as the weakest of the Power 5 conferences, although with the Big 12’s issues, and the recent success of Clemson and Florida State, as well as a slew of strong hires this year, the league appears to be on solid ground. If it does, in fact, bring Notre Dame into the fold as a full member, it would be a massive coup for Swofford and company.[FOX Sports]last_img read more

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Lawyers in Oland case say there are some matters we need to

first_imgSAINT JOHN, N.B. – Crown prosecutors and lawyers for Dennis Oland say there are details they need to finalize before asking the New Brunswick courts to set a date for a new second-degree murder trial.“There are some matters we need to iron out,” prosecutor P.J. Veniot told the Court of Queen’s Bench Tuesday morning in Saint John.He said lawyers for both sides would be in a better position to address those matters later in the month.“Hopefully we’ll be much better prepared for the next court appearance,” Veniot said.A judge agreed to the request — bumping the scheduling hearing to Sept. 5.Dennis Oland — a financial planner and scion of one of the Maritimes’ most prominent families, the founders of Moosehead Breweries — was not in court Tuesday, but was represented by lawyer Bill Teed.Oland is charged in the 2011 bludgeoning death of his multimillionaire father, Richard Oland, who was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011.An autopsy showed he suffered 45 sharp and blunt force blows to his head, neck and hands. A murder weapon was never found.During Dennis Oland’s trial, the court heard he had visited his father’s office the night before and was the last known person to see him alive.Oland was convicted in 2015, but was released on bail last October when the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, citing an error in the judge’s instructions to the jury.Dennis Oland had told police he was wearing a navy blazer when he visited his father that evening, but witnesses and video evidence showed him wearing a brown Hugo Boss jacket that was later found to have tiny traces of blood and DNA that matched his father’s profile.The Crown portrayed Oland’s original statement about the jacket as an intentional lie, while the defence said it was an honest mistake. The appeal court said the trial judge did not properly instruct the jurors as to the probative value of that statement.Last month, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application by the Crown to restore the conviction, and a cross-appeal seeking an acquittal.Veniot said he is “hopeful” the retrial will be heard sometime in 2018.Crown prosecutors Derek Weaver and Jill Knee will also handle the retrial along with Veniot.Court documents indicate the retrial is expected to last up to 65 days — the same as the original trial.Outside court, Veniot wouldn’t comment on the trial length, saying that will be set on Sept. 5.Judge Terrence Morrison of Fredericton is slated to hear the retrial.last_img read more

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Four more captains named for OSU football

An OSU helmet sits on the field before the 45th annual BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe naming of junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, redshirt senior center Pat Elflein and junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan as captains came as little surprise to Buckeye fans.However, OSU coach Urban Meyer announced Friday that four more names would be added to the list of captains for the season. Fifth-year senior linebacker Joe Burger, redshirt junior offensive lineman Billy Price, redshirt junior cornerback Gareon Conley and junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis were given the honor.Lewis, alongside redshirt sophomore Sam Hubbard, will be starting this season for the Buckeyes at defensive end. Last season, Lewis led the team in sacks with eight, as well as racking up 54 total tackles.Set to start for his third straight season along the offensive line for OSU, Price earned freshman All-American honors in 2014 and picked up third-team all-Big Ten recognition last season.Replacing the departed Eli Apple as the No. 1 cornerback, Conley has appeared in 28 games in his career for OSU. Meyer and cornerbacks coach Kerry Coombs have turned to Conley this season to mentor the upcoming players in the secondary, since he is the only player with extensive experience at the position.Once only a walk-on with the program, Burger is looking to finish his career with the Scarlet and Gray on a high note. After earning a scholarship with the team last season, Burger played extensively on special teams, and has appeared in 34 games as a Buckeye.Each of the four players was chosen through a team vote. read more

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Pochettino The time is right for Spurs to challenge for the

first_imgAfter finishing in the top three of the Premier League for the past three years, Mauricio Pochettino insists that Tottenham can no longer be satisfied with such an outcome and that the time to challenge for the title is nowSpurs finished fended off competition from the likes of Liverpool and Chelsea to secure Champions League football for the third season in succession with a respectable 77 points in the Premier League table.“Of course it is a massive success for the club to be in the Champions League for the third year in a row. But maybe that is not enough, maybe we need to change certain things. For me, it is not enough,” said Pochettino, according to RTE.This season will mark the first time that Spurs will play in their new £850m stadium after spending the last term at Wembley.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Although the lack of signings this summer has been a troubling sight for the North Londoners.“If some people believe the manager of Tottenham does not want trophies they are not right in their minds. I am here to win,” continued Pochettino.“Can we win something this season? In football, all can happen. It will be tough because our opponents are at a level where every year they improve … we are competing in the same race but with a different car.”Tottenham will begin their Premier League campaign this Saturday against Newcastle United.last_img read more

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Ronaldo questions Salahs award win

first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has questioned FIFA’s decision to give the Puskas award to Mohamed Salah.The Portuguese captain believes he was wrongly overlooked for the FIFA goal of the year award and claims his goal was better than Salah’s.The former Real Madrid star was shortlisted for the Puskas Award for his beautiful overhead kick against the current club, Juventus in the UEFA Champions League last season alongside Gareth Bale’s own bicycle kick in the Champions League final against Liverpool and Mohamed Salah’s curling effort against Everton.Salah would eventually claim the award to much surprise during a ceremony in London in which Luka Modric also beat Ronaldo to the Men’s player of the year award.Ronaldo was absent from the awards ceremony that night but during a question and answer session via his Instagram account, he reacted to being snubbed by world football’s governing body.“Salah deserved to win the Puskas Prize, he scored a nice goal,” the 33-year-old said, according to Goal.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“But let’s be honest, do not lie to us, my goal was the most beautiful.“I’m not disappointed, it’s life, sometimes we win and others lose.“What interests me is that in fifteen years of career I managed to maintain the same level of performance.”However, despite being nominated for the FIFA’s The Best player of the year award and winning the Puskas award, Salah missed out on the FIFPro selection for the team of the year honours.last_img read more

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Ancelotti tips PSG for Champions League success

first_imgCarlo Ancelotti has tipped former side Paris Saint-Germain for Champions League glory but Napoli can end those ambitions early.The first tie ended in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Parc des Princes, where PSG fought back twice to scrape a point.“It’s an important game and can be decisive for both teams,” Ancelotti told Telefoot via Football Italia.“We ended up in a very difficult group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool. The result can be decisive for the future of our side in the competition, but the same goes for Paris.“We need an extraordinary performance in order to get the victory because we don’t have the kind of exceptional players they do throughout the squad.”PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Ancelotti effectively started Paris Saint-Germain’s domination of French football, but they have never been able to match it with Champions League results.“They’ve lacked experience in the important moments of the Champions League, but the team is stronger this season and the players have more belief in themselves. They know that they can win the Champions League this term.“This is a game that can decide the destinies of these two teams,” continued Ancelotti.“I think Kylian Mbappé and Neymar can succeed Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi on the global football landscape. If Kylian doesn’t win the Ballon d’Or this year, he certainly will over the next few seasons.“Neymar has a new position and is at the heart of the team now. His new placement allows him to be more dangerous and effective for his team.”last_img read more

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Eight women detained at South Dock holding facility

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, June 17, 2016 – At the South Dock Road Detention Center there is still mystery surrounding why eight women are being held at the facility.  The women who spoke to Magnetic Media through the opened but barred up windows and confirmed that there are six Venezuelans and two Dominicans in the group has been held for four days now.No fans or A/c, hot or caliente as they put it, and lots mosquitoes explained the women who spoke only Spanish.  One woman was escorted by Immigration Officers off site; the officers had no comment for media on the scene.The women, could be seen clad in underwear, showed us the flimsy foam they’ve been forced to sleep on and said there is nothing in the holding area.  The eight did say though they are being fed on time.  This situation not only raises concern about conditions at the holding center but questions about human trafficking. Related Items:last_img read more

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Gardiner smashes own Natl record for gold in Grenada

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrenada, April 11, 2017 – St. George’s – Abaco’s Steven Gardiner gave stellar showing at the inaugural Grenada invitational track and field meet over the weekend; Gardiner beat his own national record set in 2015 and wowed audiences by significantly outpacing his contenders from the US who got second and Trinidad and Tobago, which was third in that 400m B event. Gardiner ran 44.26, which is a qualifying time for the IAAF World Games, set for London in August and the time was faster than hometown sports hero, Kirani James who ran the 400m A event and finished in 45.44.Gardiner told media that he felt good, is in great shape and that he is very satisfied with his first run of the season.  Gardiner was somewhat disappointed that he was not able to race against James, the golden medal winning Olympian, but he said that day is coming and he is preparing for it.#MagneticMediaNews#Gardinersmashesrecord#StevenGardiner Recommended for you Related Items:#Gardinersmashesrecord, #magneticmedianews, #StevenGardiner Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Team places 30th at 2017 IAAF Championshipslast_img read more

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Woman charged for threatening an Easter church service with gun

first_img Updated: 10:41 PM Posted: April 24, 2019 April 24, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Woman charged for threatening an Easter church service with guncenter_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A woman who walked into a church service in Clairemont on Easter Sunday and allegedly made violent threats while carrying a gun and her 10-month-old baby was charged today with nine felony and misdemeanor counts.Anna Conkey, 31, is accused of bringing an unloaded gun into Easter Sunday services at the Mt. Everest Academy, which is leased by the non-denominational Church Tsidkenu.Dispatchers received a call at 12:02 p.m. Sunday from a person reporting the armed woman at an auditorium on the campus grounds, according to San Diego police Lt. Shawn Takeuchi.Conkey allegedly walked onto the stage during the service and “made threats that she was going to blow up the church” while waving a handgun around, the lieutenant said.Deputy District Attorney Matthew Greco said that before the service, she contacted San Diego police and a former employer and reported that a woman with a gun was going to “blow up the foundation of the church.” She then walked into the service and told the entire congregation that they were going to die, Greco alleged.Before police arrived, churchgoers were able to disarm her, but as bystanders were handing the pistol to the officers, Conkey lunged forward to grab the gun without success and was restrained by multiple police officers, Greco said.In light of the bomb threat, police used bomb-sniffing dogs to conduct a sweep of the area where the church services were being held, as well as Conkey’s car, the prosecutor said. No explosives were found, but ammunition matching the gun — which was registered to her — was located at her home, authorities said.Conkey brought her youngest child with her to the church service, and officers later located her 5-year-old daughter, Takeuchi said, adding that both children were found to be healthy and unhurt.He did not disclose where the 5-year-old was found.The children were taken into protective custody after their mother’s arrest, but Greco said they have since been released into the custody of family members.He said protective orders were filed Wednesday to prevent Conkey from coming into contact with either child, the church’s pastor and the church itself.Speaking to a potential motive, the prosecutor said, “It appears her actions are tied to some of her interpretations of her religious beliefs,” but he did not elaborate.Defense attorney Stephen Cline said Conkey’s family and friends have stated that the entire incident was “highly out of character.”The defendant’s mental health will likely play a role in future court proceedings, but attorneys stated it was too early to say to what degree.Greco said, “It’s clear that mental issues will play a role in this case. In terms of the extent and the scope, at this point, it is speculative to say.”Conkey, who’s being held in lieu of $1 million bail, faces more than 23 years in state prison if convicted of child cruelty, making criminal threats, possession of a firearm in a school zone, and a misdemeanor count of interfering with a religious service.She pleaded not guilty and is slated to return to court May 3 for a readiness conference. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Old Dhaka warehouse fire under control

first_imgThe fire originated in a paper warehouse in Lalbagh of Old Dhaka on Saturday night has been brought under control.According to the Fire Service Central Control Room, the fire originated at the warehouse at Shahidnagar Amligola around 9:40pm.On information, seven firefighting units rushed in and brought the fire under control around 10:30pm, said duty officer at the control room Ataur Rahman.However, there was no report of any casualty, he said.What actually caused the fire is still not clear.last_img read more

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How One Houston School Says Its Changing Course

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /04:00 Listen Laura Isensee | Houston Public MediaShundra Mosley is the instructional specialist at Kashmere Gardens Elementary. In the school’s “war room,” they use a data board to see how students are doing in different subjects.At Kashmere Gardens Elementary, principal Reginald Bush finishes up a coat of primer on classroom doors, just one of many things on his to-do list to for back-to-school.He and his team are gearing up for the new year with extra enthusiasm and pride. They believe they’ve figured out how to beat the odds — and change the state’s rating for their campus from “improvement required” to “met standards.”“What it means for us — I’m more excited for the kids, you know, to be coming back to school, knowing that they’re coming back to a school that’s not considered in the media as a ‘low-performing school,’” Bush said. “And if it’s still in the media, the kids here at Kashmere are wired to beat the odds. That’s how we program our students.”The stakes are high not only for his students, but for the entire Houston Independent School District, with more than 200,000 students and the biggest in the state.HISD is at risk of losing its elected school board and getting a state-appointed board of managers in their place if the district has even one chronically low-performing school in 2018.It’s one of dozens of Texas districts that could face a state take-over as early as next year, because of tougher sanctions passed by state lawmakers in 2015.Progress at Kashmere Gardens Elementary could show other struggling schools some lessons on how to improve.The campus in Northeast Houston, where 88 percent of children are economically disadvantaged, has missed state standards for the last four years.Bush said that their in-house data indicates that the school will get a passing grade when the Texas Education Agency releases the 2017 ratings this week.The difference, Bush said, is that this past year, they focused on making sure all students had their social and emotional needs – say counseling or medication – in addition to high academic expectations.And that has been the missing link for campuses like his, Bush said.“When you make a comparison, a school with the services versus the school without, one is going to be a higher-performing school, one is going to be a lower-performing school,” Bush said. “And every time when you can address all the needs of children — and this middle section of social expectations is the one that never gets addressed and it got addressed this past year.”Bush said that his most vulnerable students – the ones who struggle with poverty and mental health issues – received the most social support services this past year. And they’re the ones who made the most progress in class.Laura IsenseePrincipal Reggie Bush and assistant principal Marques Collins said that they coach teachers on what they control, so that they can help students grow and be creative.The way his student got that support is through a recent partnership with a nonprofit called ProUnitas.Former HISD teacher Adeeb Barqawi launched that nonprofit after his own experience teaching physics at Kashmere High School, just a mile and half down the road from Kashmere Gardens.He recounted how one student, Anayah, would keep her head down all day.“And so I approached Anayah and I asked her what’s wrong and she said that my mom died and, you know, I came to school to eat and I don’t really know where I’m going to go today,” Barqawi said.Barqawi said that he felt prepared to teach, but didn’t know how to deal with crises like  death, hunger, homelessness. And the help he did find felt “haphazard.” Barqawi started to wonder.“What if I had a system? Like, what if there was a blueprint or a framework for me to access when such situations happen?” he said.“What if we use data that is available to us to easily visualize and proactively use when students need support. And how does that look within an academic setting?”Laura IsenseeAfter teaching at Kashmere High School for three years, Adeeb Barqawi launched a nonprofit, called ProUnitas, to link students with more wrap-around social services on campus.Fast forward five years and his nonprofit does just that at Kashmere Gardens Elementary and six other schools in the neighborhood. The nonprofit has received funding from  groups like the Menninger Clinic.ProUnitas uses data to catch early warning signs, like when kids start missing school. It displays it on a color-coded dashboard: green for on-track, yellow for needs attention and red for crisis.Plus it has a personal touch. A ProUnitas case manager works on campus at Kashmere Gardens and connects kids with dozens of outside agencies, like counselors, and meets with teachers so kids can catch up in class.Barqawi is quick to note that ProUnitas is not meant to replace teachers or be a “turnaround” agency itself.“It does not substitute for great teaching and school design. It is that piece of how do we support our students beyond that academic piece or the wheel house of a teacher, within a school setting and in an institution,” he said.Even so, leaders at Kashmere Gardens credit the ProUnitas system with making a huge difference this past year.“All, A-L-L, it made all the difference in the world because teachers were able to now teach. They were able to plan. They had systems in place how to address particular students,” Bush said.Shundra Mosley, the school’s instructional specialist, echoed that, comparing the elementary school to a “hospital.”“You know these kids lives are in our hands,” she said. “So we have to carefully prescribe the right prescription for their learning. We have to look at the social emotional and make sure we are prescribing them the right medicine. You don’t give a cancer patient diabetes medicine. And that takes careful planning.”HISD’s plan for its struggling schools, called Achieve 180, includes some social supports.However, Kashmere Gardens Elementary’s official turnaround plan submitted to the state focuses on teacher quality.HISD Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, who represents the Kashmere feeder pattern, said that social support has often been overlooked for struggling schools in HISD.“We know that the primary function for the school district is to educate our kids in their core curriculum and extracurricular services and activities,” Skillern-Jones said. “But we can’t ignore the fact that kids that come from poverty situations bring to school a lot of baggage with them that prevents them from learning. And so until we address those barriers individually with kids – because they’re not all the same – then that’s going to be a hindrance to their achievement. And so if we’re going to do the job correctly we have to deal with the whole child.” Sharelast_img read more

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UPDATE Fort Bend Driver With AntiTrump Message Released From Jail After Being

first_img Share Photo via Sheriff Troy Nehls’ Facebook page Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls said on November 15th, 2017 that he was hoping to have a “meaningful dialogue” with the driver about the expletives and the confrontational tone of the message of the truck.The driver of a truck displaying an expletive filled message against President Donald Trump was arrested for an outstanding warrant from August, according to KHOU. She has since been released, and said the circumstances of her arrest are suspicious to her.“People abuse the badge, in my opinion, and money talks,” Fonseca told a gaggle of reporters, after her release from the county jail. “Money on that end, and people with money, on the other end.”“The arrest of Karen Fonseca was for an outstanding Felony Warrant arising out of an investigation conducted by the Rosenberg Police Department. The only connection between her arrest and her decision to drive around with an obscenity displayed on her vehicle was the fact that it lead us to her name which in turn revealed the existence of this Felony warrant. Once this connection was made, personnel did their job in a professional and appropriate manner by serving this Felony warrant,” said via email Caitilin Espinosa, PIO Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office.Karen Fonseca said she’d been stopped by law officers, but that they had no grounds to issue a citation.“It’s not to cause hate or animosity,” the 46-year-old Fonseca told the Houston Chronicle. “It’s just our freedom of speech and we’re exercising it.”Fort Bend County Sheriff’s OfficeKaren Fonseca, 46, was arrested for an outstanding warrant, related to fraud.Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls on Wednesday posted a photo of the truck message on Facebook alongside a request to speak with the driver.A Texas sheriff is concerned a truck displaying an expletive-filled, anti-Trump message could lead to confrontations: https://t.co/B5IREOIAiw pic.twitter.com/1jeJ0mI1jF— CBS News (@CBSNews) November 16, 2017Nehls in his post said that a county prosecutor told him the message could warrant a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct. But at a news conference later Wednesday, he seemed to back away from that idea. Nehls said he supports freedom of speech but worried that profane messages could incite others and lead to confrontations that would disturb the peace he’s pledged to keep. A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office said Thursday that Nehls’ post was removed once the pickup driver was identified. “Due to the hate messages he has been receiving toward his wife and children, the sheriff will not be commenting on the matter further,” spokeswoman Caitilin Espinosa said by email. The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas posted on Facebook that Fonseca’s message is protected speech and urged her to reach out to the organization. The ACLU noted a 1971 U.S. Supreme Court case that overturned the conviction of a man for disturbing the peace for wearing a jacket with an expletive as part of an effort to protest the military draft and the Vietnam War. A woman who raised her middle finger in October to Trump’s motorcade as it passed her in Virginia was fired from a government contracting firm for violating the “code of conduct policy.” But the Texas case differs in that a government entity threatened punitive action for vulgar material directed at the president. Lynne Rambo, a law professor at Texas A&M University specializing in the First Amendment, said Thursday that the 1971 Supreme Court case made two points clear: the state’s attempt to regulate profanity or civil discourse is not a sufficient reason to justify restricting speech, and profane language directed at a specific person is different from vulgar content that’s broadly disseminated. “It’s state action to threaten as (Nehls) did and he really ought to know First Amendment law better than that,” Rambo said. Fonseca says the message has been on the rear window of the pickup for nearly a year and it’ll stay there for the time-being. “There’s no law against freedom of speech, nothing in the law book here in Texas,” she told KHOU-TV in Houston. “I’ve been stopped numerous times, but they can’t write me a ticket.”last_img read more

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W Baltimores Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary Seeks Alumni

first_imgThe Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School #122, located in West Baltimore on Preston St., is celebrating its 90th year and an alumni committee of the school is looking for additional alumni and supporters to join in the celebration.(From left to right): The Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School Alumni Committee is made up of: Dr. Iantha Lake Tucker, Janet Powell Hopkins, Josephine Locklear Alston, Rose Grant Howell, Dr. Jannette Lake Dates, Dr. Mabel Lake Murray and P.S. #122 Principal Bettye Adams. (Courtesy photo)Samuel Coleridge Taylor Elementary School was opened in 1927 as one of the first elementary schools built to educate colored children in the state of Maryland. Many of the school’s graduates have earned doctorates, master’s and bachelor’s degrees and have carved out stellar careers for themselves and their children.On June 2 and June 3 the school will celebrate its historic contributions to the city and state with events for alumni, current students, former and current teachers and parents at the Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys. For more information call 443-963-6815.last_img read more

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Block Health Centre at Mirik to get upgraded

first_imgDarjeeling: Block Health Centre at Mirik is all set to get upgraded to a Sub-Divisional Hospital. Incidentally, Mirik was upgraded to a full-fledged sub-division from a block in Darjeeling on March 30, 2017. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had recently stated that Mirik hospital wouldsoon be upgraded. The Health department has already given a go-ahead to the upgradation of the existing hospital to a Sub-Divisional hospital. “This is to ensure that people of the sub-division get proper medical assistance without having to go outside. A new building will be constructed in the vacant land behind the existing hospital,” stated Dr Pralay Acharya, CMOH, Darjeeling. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe existing three-storey building will be renovated and a new four-storey building will come up. Estimates are being prepared for civil and electrical works. After we get the sanctions we will float tenders for the construction,” stated the CMOH. Sanctions will also be required for human resource. “The existing building will house the Out Patient department and have diagnostic facilities. The new building will house the In Patient department including Male and female medical wards; Male and female surgical wards; Obstetric ward; Paediatric ward; SNSU and a 6-bed HDU. A blood bank is also on the anvil,” stated Doctor Acharya. Currently, Block Health Centre is 30-bed and consists of five doctors and 15 nursing staff. “With the upgrade, there will be 100 beds with 20 doctors. The nursing staff strength will also be increased” added the CMOH.last_img read more

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Infant killed by her father at South Port

first_imgKolkata: A three and a half month old girl was allegedly killed by her own father at Coal Berth Road in South Port area. The accused, identified as Md Raju, has been arrested.According to sources, Raju was married to a woman six years ago. After a few years his wife gave birth to a girl child and died due to some illness three years later. Following his wife’s death, Raju married another woman identified as Afsari Begum. After marrying her, he reportedly said that he wants her to give birth to a boy, as he did not want another girl child. The issue led to altercations on several occasions. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataApproximately three and a half months ago, Begum gave birth to a girl child, after which Raju got angry and started torturing her. Raju even told her that he hated their newborn girl. Sensing danger, Begum used to keep the baby girl with her always. On Wednesday morning, Raju started beating Begum over the same issue and all of a sudden, he picked up the baby from her bed and threw her on the same place where she was sleeping. Despite Begum trying to protect her baby, Raju pushed her aside and kept on throwing the three and a half month old baby. He even broke all her limbs and left the baby on the bed. Hearing her scream, Raju’s mother Anwara Begum ran to her and saw the baby. Immediately, both Anwara and Afsari rushed the baby to SSKM Hospital, where the girl was declared brought dead. In the evening, Afsari lodged a complaint at South Port police station against Raju. Later, police went to his house and arrested him.last_img read more

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Santas sleigh gets a major upgrade in new Hertz holiday video

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — No one is immune to travel delays, not even Santa.In Hertz’s new holiday video, Santa finds himself in a bit of a jam when his “red-nose” flight from Greenland is delayed due to snow. Finally arriving late at night at the airport, he approaches the Hertz rental car desk to request an upgrade because the Compact car he had previously booked would, in no way, fit all his bags of toys.Leaning over the counter, tired and jet-lagged, Santa looks dejected and not at all hopeful. But Sabrina, the customer service agent, essentially saves Christmas, giving Santa an “upgrade” so that he can deliver toys on time.The upgrade turns out to be a tricked-out sleigh complete with heated seats and “1500 reindeer under the hood”.Let’s hope Santa returns the rental in pristine condition because we’d love to take it out for a spin ourselves! Share Santa’s sleigh gets a major upgrade in new Hertz holiday videocenter_img Posted by Tags: Hertz, LOL, Video Friday, December 22, 2017 last_img read more

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first_img Top Stories – / 24 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Cardinals starting running back David Johnson did not play. Chris Johnson had six carries for 31 yards with a fumble that was recovered by guard Evan Boehm.There were 70,237 tickets distributed. The capacity for the new stadium is 71,000. It appeared at least one-third of the seats were empty.QUARTERBACK COMPARISONRyan, sharp in limited playing time in the first two preseason games for the Falcons (0-3), completed only 4 of 11 passes for 36 yards. Palmer completed 8 of 13 passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.Stanton, who beat out Blaine Gabbert to be Arizona’s backup, completed 4 of 6 passes for 53 yards and a touchdown. ATLANTA (AP) — John Brown made a strong statement his lingering quadriceps injury is no concern as he caught two touchdown passes to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 24-14 preseason win over the Atlanta Falcons on Saturday night.Brown showed off his speed when he caught a 28-yard scoring pass from Carson Palmer and a 21-yarder from Drew Stanton, each in the second quarter.The game was the first event held at the new $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium. There are ongoing issues with the stadium’s complicated retractable roof, which is expected to remain closed indefinitely. There were no glitches in the stadium’s other bragging points, including a big halo video board. Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) moves as Atlanta Falcons outside linebacker Duke Riley (42) makes the tackle during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Brown’s explosive showing confirmed his status as the Cardinals’ top downfield threat after he had been slowed by the injury. Last week, coach Bruce Arians said if Brown “can’t run long enough, we’ve got to replace him.”Brown’s ability to recover quickly from injuries is affected by his 2016 diagnosis with sickle cell trait. He also left camp this week for a funeral in Miami and rejoined the team Friday night in Atlanta.The Atlanta offense fell flat in the stadium unveiling. Matt Ryan’s pass on the Falcons’ first play was intercepted by Tyrann Mathieu.In the second quarter, Falcons backup Matt Schaub lost a fumble on his first snap when hit by linebacker Markus Golden. Chandler Jones recovered for Arizona (2-2), and one play later Brown made an over-the-shoulder grab for his 21-yard TD.Arizona rookie James Summers had a 5-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones made his preseason debut but did not have a catch. He has made a full recovery from offseason foot surgery and was targeted on a long pass from Ryan in the first quarter.Atlanta’s No. 3 quarterback Matt Simms threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to rookie Josh Magee late in the game.last_img read more

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