On this day: Born May 13, 1914: Joe Louis, American boxer

first_img..The ‘Brown Bomber’ fought 69 professional bouts and won 66, 52 by knockoutBy Alan BaldwinLONDON (Reuters) – Boxing fans and historians will always argue over the greatest heavyweight of them all but even Muhammad Ali was willing to admit he might have met his match in Joseph Louis Barrow.“I don’t know if I could have beat him, he really don’t know if he could have beat me,” Ali told wrestling writer Bill Apter in 1976.“But it’s a great possibility because Joe Louis was my idol and he was for me the greatest fighter of all time.”Before Ali came along, there was very little debate about the greatest.The ‘Brown Bomber’ fought 69 professional bouts and won 66, 52 by knockout. He defended his title for 25 successive bouts in a heavyweight record reign that started in 1937 and ended in 1949.Two of the three defeats came late on, when he was fighting mainly to pay the tax authorities, and the end came in October 1951 at the hands of Rocky Marciano.“I’m sorry Joe. I’m sorry it had to be me,” Marciano told him. “You don’t have to be sorry,” replied the fallen great. “You licked me fair and square.”When Louis died of a heart attack in Las Vegas in April 1981 aged 66, president Ronald Reagan paid tribute to a man, with some demons, who fought his way to a special place in the nation’s heart.“Joe Louis was more than a sports legend — his career was an indictment of racial bigotry and a source of pride and inspiration to millions of white and black people around the world,” he said.Louis’s demolition of Adolf Hitler’s heavyweight Max Schmeling at Yankee Stadium in June 1938, after a loss to the German two years earlier, stands out in the annals of 20th century sport.With the storm clouds of World War Two looming, the son of an Alabama sharecropper and grandson of former slaves took two minutes and four seconds to shatter the symbol of supposed Aryan racial superiority.“I had my own personal reasons and the whole damned country was depending on me,” he said.HUMAN RACE One of the first African-American athletes to achieve national hero status, Louis transcended his sport and helped break down racial barriers.“What my father did was enable white America to think of him as an American, not as a black,” his son Joe Louis Jr recalled. “By winning, he became white America’s first black hero.”Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 became the first African American to play in Major League baseball, acknowledged the debt.“I’m sure if it wasn’t for Joe Louis, the colour line in baseball would not have been broken for another 10 years,” he said.A keen amateur golfer, with a course named after him at Riverdale in suburban Chicago, Louis in 1952 became the first black player to appear in an event sanctioned by the PGA, which at the time had a ‘Caucasians only’ clause.To those who declared him “a credit to his race”, the late sportswriter Jimmy Cannon offered the famous reply: “A credit to his race, the human race.”At one point Louis fought an opponent a month for seven months — including the excellently named Johnny Paychek — in what came to be known as the ‘Bum of the Month’ tour.When Billy Conn, who came close to beating the champion in 1941, talked of a ‘hit and run strategy’, Louis replied with a quote for the ages: “He can run, but he can’t hide.”As he observed in another memorable retort: “Everyone has a plan until they’ve been hit.”last_img read more

The FA fines Jack Colback £25,000 for betting misconduct

first_img Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Related Articles Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Jack Colback has been fined £25,000 after accepting an FA misconduct charge in relation to betting. The Newcastle midfielder breached FA Rule E8 by placing a bet on a fixture that took place on March 16.While it was not a match involving his club, or in the division they were playing in at the time (Premier League), FA Rules prohibit those involved in the sport from betting, either directly or indirectly, on any match or competition that takes place anywhere in the world.The offence came just two days after Newcastle lost 1-0 at Leicester, and four days before they drew 1-1 with his former club Sunderland. Colback follows Joey Barton, Kyle Lafferty and Martin Demichelis as high-profile players to have been penalised under the regulations in 2016. The Rule E8 was brought in during the 2014/15 season.Colback, who has played over 150 times in the Premier League for Sunderland and Newcastle, has been a regular under Rafael Benitez this season, making 11 appearances in the Championship. He missed his side’s shock home defeat to Blackburn on Saturday with an eye injury, but may be fit enough to return in tonight’s EFL Cup quarter final at Hull City. StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

Senators announce four more team members have tested positive for coronavirus

first_imgThe Senators announced Wednesday that four additional members of the organization have tested positive for COVID-19. Of the four people affected, it is believed that three are players and one is a staff member. The additional positive tests come after Ottawa had already made two separate announcements, one on March 17 and the other on March 21, that players on the team had contracted the coronavirus. The two unnamed players were the first confirmed cases in the NHL.Broadcaster Gord Wilson, who is well known for doing radio commentary for Senators games on TSN 1200, tested positive last week. However, according to The Athletic’s Hailey Salvian, he’s not included in the seven positive tests announced by the team so far. The Senators completed a road trip through California prior to the March 12 “pause” of the NHL schedule due to the global COVID-19 outbreak. They faced the Sharks (March 7), Ducks (March 10) and Kings (March 11).A total of 52 people traveled with the team on its road trip with 44 showing no symptoms, according to a press release from March 21. The eight that were symptomatic were tested for the coronavirus.All of the test results had been received as of Wednesday, with seven of them coming back positive. A statement on the Senator’s website said that all those who tested positive had recovered. The team also said it had instructed everyone in the traveling group to self-quarantine starting on March 13. MORE: NHL players pitch July restart; playoffs in August and September”The Ottawa Senators’ medical team continues to monitor players and staff and are following all appropriate and professional guidelines to help ensure the health and safety of our employees and the greater community,” the statement continued.The additional positive tests bring the total number of confirmed cases among NHL players to seven, with five on the Senators and two on the Colorado Avalanche. None of the affected players have been named as of yet.last_img read more

Pitt’s Steven Adams among NBA Draft early entries

first_imgPitt center Steven Adams blocks a shot by Providence forward LaDontae Henton. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola) The Associated PressIt’s officially one and done for Pittsburgh center Steven Adams. Adams started 32 games for Pitt and averaged 7.1 and 6.3 rebounds per game. The 19-year-old led the Panthers with 65 blocks and made 57 percent of his shots while being named to the Big East All-Rookie Team. Considered a project when he signed, Adams improved as the season went on. He had 13 points and 11 rebounds in Pitt’s 73-55 loss to Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Adams said after the defeat he planned to come back but had a change of heartNBA Draft: Thursday, June 27 at The Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.Steven Adams, Pittsburgh, 7-0, freshmanC.J. Aiken, Saint Joseph’s, 6-9, juniorAnthony Bennett, UNLV, 6-8, freshmanVander Blue, Marquette, 6-4, juniorLorenzo Brown, N.C. State, 6-5, juniorReggie Bullock, North Carolina, 6-7, juniorTrey Burke, Michigan, 6-0, sophomoreKentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia, 6-5, sophomoreMichael Carter-Williams, Syracuse, 6-5, sophomoreAdrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman, 6-5, juniorAllen Crabbe, California, 6-6, juniorDewayne Dedmon, Southern Cal, 7-0, juniorGorgui Dieng, Louisville, 6-11, juniorJamaal Franklin, San Diego State, 6-5, juniorKeyondrei “Kiwi” Gardner, Midland (Texas) JC, 5-7, freshmanArchie Goodwin, Kentucky, 6-4, freshmanTim Hardaway Jr., Michigan, 6-6, juniorGrant Jerrett, Arizona, 6-10, freshmanChristian Kabongo, New Mexico State, 6-4, sophomoreMyck Kabongo, Texas, 6-1, sophomoreShane Larkin, Miami, 5-11, sophomoreRicky Ledo, Providence, 6-7, freshmanAlex Len, Maryland, 7-1, sophomoreC.J. Leslie, N.C. State, 6-9, juniorNurideen Lindsey, Rider, 6-3, juniorAmath M’Baye, Oklahoma, 6-9, juniorRay McCallum, Detroit, 6-3, juniorBen McLemore, Kansas, 6-5, freshmanTony Mitchell, North Texas, 6-8, sophomoreShabazz Muhammad, UCLA, 6-6, freshmanNerlens Noel, Kentucky, 6-10, freshmanVictor Oladipo, Indiana, 6-5, juniorKelly Olynyk, Gonzaga, 7-0, juniorOtto Porter Jr., Georgetown, 6-8, sophomoreMarshawn Powell, Arkansas, 6-7, juniorPhil Pressey, Missouri, 5-11, juniorAndre Roberson, Colorado, 6-7, juniorTrevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro, 6-4, juniorTony Snell, New Mexico, 6-7, juniorTahj Tate, Delaware State, 6-4, sophomoreJohn Taylor, Fresno Pacific, 6-1, juniorAdonis Thomas, Memphis, 6-7, sophomoreDeshaun Thomas, Ohio State, 6-7, juniorB.J. Young, Arkansas, 6-3, sophomoreCody Zeller, Indiana, 6-11, sophomoreInternationalAlejandro Abrines, Barcelona (Spain), 6-6, 1993 (birth year)Giannis Antetokounmpo, Filathlitikos (Greece), 6-9, 1994Laszlo Dobos, Zaragoza (Spain), 7-3, 1993Rudy Gobert, Cholet (France), 7-0, 1992Livio Jean-Charles, ASVEL (France), 6-8, 1993Sergey Karasev, Triumph (Russia), 6-7, 1993Raul Neto, Lagun Aro GBC (Spain), 6-1, 1992Lucas Riva Nogueira, Estudiantes (Spain), 7-0, 1992Alexandre Paranhos, Flamengo (Brazil), 6-8, 1992Bogdan Radosavljevic, Bayern Munich (Germany), 6-11, 1993Dennis Schroder, New Yorker Phantoms (Germany), 6-1, 1993Strahinja Stojacic, Smederevo (Serbia), 6-5, 1992Daniel Theis, Ratiopharm (Germany), 6-8, 1992Janis Timma, Ventspils (Latvia), 6-7, 1992Marko Todorovic, Barcelona (Spain), 6-10, 1992Note: Country indicates where team plays, not country of nationality. Players cound withdraw up to June 17.last_img read more

India’s Australian tour date tentatively revealed!

first_imgImage Courtesy: GettyAdvertisement 9mjoyupNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsg5Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E3p( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) m3gWould you ever consider trying this?😱1an22Can your students do this? 🌚21Roller skating! Powered by Firework The novel Coronavirus pandemic has not only caused a major disruption in human lives all around the world, it effectively put a complete halt to all sporting activities, including cricket. The fans of the gentleman’s game are now more than two months without any cricketing action to enjoy, and from many international tours to the 2020 Indian Premier League- a number of fixtures have met with either cancellation or postponement. However, the time has come for the fans to rejoice- as the dates of Team India’s tour of Australia has been provisional revealed!Advertisement Image Courtesy: GettyThe four-match Test series between the historical rivals has been confirmed to tentatively start on 3rd December, and Brisbane has been elected as the first venue, along with three other, confirmed by Cricket Australia.The BCCI has also confirmed the joint decision with the Australian board, and the Men in Blue will fly to face the Aussies at the end of this year, provided that the COVID-19 crisis doesn’t turn worse in the country by then.Advertisement Australia has been able to curb the spread of COVID-19, with 6553 patients having recovered out of 7131 affected till date, and a low death toll of 102.“Cricket Australia (CA) on Wednesday ticked off on the Test series beginning in Brisbane on December 3 before heading to Adelaide from December 11 and Melbourne and Sydney for the traditional Boxing Day (December 26) and New Year Tests (January 3),” Australian media outlet 7news.com.au quoted.Advertisement Even if the red ball series receives a green light to commence, the matches are speculated to be behind closed doors, as a crowded stadium would still bear a potential risk of contamination.“With Australia’s coronavirus situation easing, the series looks certain to go ahead without the need for a quarantine hub. The entire tour taking place in one city had been a possibility but the biggest question now is whether – or how many – fans will be allowed to attend the matches,” 7news.com.au added.CA is also expected to release their international schedule for 2020-21 season this Friday.If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.comAlso read-Why Mitchell Starc feels saliva ban won’t affect bowling in IndiaHere is why gold medallist boxer Anant Chopade is working in a farm! Advertisementlast_img read more

Seven behind-the-scenes problems plaguing Spurs including Poch ‘mood swings’

first_imgTHINGS are going from bad to worse for Tottenham Hotspur.They have just three wins from 11 games this season, were dumped out of the Carabao Cup to League Two Colchester and have already lost in the Premier League to Newcastle, Leicester and Brighton.3 Tottenham have hit a crisis this season, just months after reaching the Champions League finalCredit: Rex FeaturesTheir last away league win was on January 20 – the longest stretch of any of the 20 top-flight clubs.Oh, and they also got thumped 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League, two weeks after surrendering a 2-0 lead at Olympiakos.It is safe to say Mauricio Pochettino’s men are not having it all their own way and The Athletic reckons there are seven behind-the-scenes factors behind the crisis.NOT TRUSTEDOne dressing room source told The Athletic: “The place is a regime and they’re sick of him. It’s his way or nothing, there is no balance. The players don’t get the impression they are trusted at all.”No wonder some of the long-term players – the likes of Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose – have all refused to commit their futures to North London.UNDERPAIDIt is no secret Spurs do not pay the big bucks like they do elsewhere at the ‘big six’ clubs, although Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Erik Lamela have signed big long-term deals.Daniel Levy has prioritised the financial stability of the club – he is a businessman, after all – and has repeatedly refused to offer significant pay rises despite improving on-pitch results.3 Daniel Levy has always captained a tight ship at Spurs, refusing to match the big-money contracts available at other clubsCredit: Alamy Live NewsJEALOUSAccording to the article, news of Levy’s £6million annual salary “went down badly” with players who feel they should be on more than they currently are, especially when they look at their counterparts at the likes of Manchester United and even across North London at Arsenal.One source described Levy as “the Mike Ashley of the top of the league” – desperate to get as far as possible by spending as little as possible.OVERWORKEDThe report reckons five years of relentless training and drilling from Poch is beginning to take its toll.Players have complained they do not get enough days off and the intense pressing, high-energy game looks to be causing problems with a number of individual errors and collective team collapses.DEMOTIVATEDPerformances over recent weeks have been weak, drab and generally well below the standard expected and the standard set.There is a distinct lack of fight and hunger on display and Poch is desperately trying to “recover this aggressivity”.FORMATIONPoch’s determination to stick with his favoured 4-4-2 diamond midfield is also causing problems.It leaves the team exposed down the flanks at Moussa Sissoko admitted the players get tired quicker in that shape. 3 There are concerns over manager Mauricio Pochettino, his mood swings and insistence with a diamond midfieldCredit: ReutersLatest Tottenham newsHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongMOOD SWINGSThe idea that Pochettino is volatile and unpredictable has only increased this year, especially when he went straight to Barcelona after the Champions League final.His up-and-down, hot-and-cold nature, as well as the speculation linking him with a move away, have reportedly raised concerns at the club.Mauricio Pochettino speaks after Spurs are thrashed 7-2 in the Champions League by Bayern Munichlast_img read more

EFFL Re-Echoes Calls for Systemic Audit of Sirleaf’s Gov’t

first_imgCOCUBOMB and EFFL leaders in the #BRINGBACKOURMONEY protest back in September 2018, Monrovia-Says better late than neverIncessant calls for an audit of the 12-year administration of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf have gone unheeded by President George Weah, whose administration seems to be feeling the effects of what critics perceive as a gross misstep or inaction.According to the Economic Freedom Fighters of Liberia (EFFL), the alleged missing money scandal, which is having an adverse impact on the livelihood of the Liberian people, especially the impoverished masses, is the result of rampant corruption and glaring mismanagement that permeated the Sirleaf-led government.With the adage, “better late than never”, the EFFL has again called on the Weah Administration to do a forensic and systematic audit of the Sirleaf Administration, to enable the country and its international partners understand the financial activities of the previous government.The group, which seeks to stand as a force for a new Liberia, had earlier this year recommended to President Weah a complete systematic audit of the last regime which, it is believed, received billions in bilateral assistance, but has little to show for said assistance.“This country is poor, not because we lack the resources or finances, but because we continue to elect self-centered and morally bankrupt individuals to power. We have also failed to do the right thing over the years—holding past and current leaders accountable for the stewardship of the state,” EFFL Deputy Secretary General, Ernest Moibah, said in a release recently.Moibah added, “The EFFL is here to stop this entrenched business as usual attitude and advocate good governance for our people. President Weah must audit the past regime so that it gives account of how our country was governed during its 12 years in power.”Weah, a soccer legend, came to the presidency with a sermon: “Our country is broke and our economy broken”, though his predecessor later debunked such assertions, indicating that in spite of the harsh economic realities the country faced during the latter phase of the Johnson-Sirleaf government, she had left over US$100 million in the national coffers.Fast forward, reports of missing containers containing L$16 billion from the Freeport of Monrovia, the main gateway to the country’s economy, has brought to public glare what many have termed as the high level of insincerity on the part of the Weah-led Administration, who had given the public the impression that the country was really broke.But according to Moibah, the claim and counterclaims between the current and past administrations can only be settled if the Weah administration musters the courage to audit the Sirleaf Administration as well as many of her officials whose images are blemished with corruption allegations.The group urged the government to muster the courage to fight corruption if it is to succeed, though the EFFL expressed reservation that there are alarming factors of the Weah Administration’s lacking the ability to adequately run the country, let alone fight corruption.Mr. Moibah (R)“In his inaugural speech, the President promised to fight corruption, but from all indications, the government lacks the political will to fight corruption as well audit the past government, especially as it relates to the missing billions.EFFL also recommends a reawakening of the corruption scandal and other financial malpractices of former Deputy Finance Minister James Kollie. This has to do with the operation of an allegedly clandestine account by Dr. Kollie and few of his cronies at the ministry for the payment of domestic debts—an account that was used to siphon millions of dollars out of the mainstream financials programs of the government.As part of what it says are efforts aimed at ensuring a corruption-free society, the group wrote the Justice Ministry about a certain special committee report that needs to be taken seriously.“In the letter dated October 3, 2018, and addressed to Minister of Justice Cllr. Musa Dean, EFFL requested full implementation of the report on corruption, which found many guilty, including Kollie and others from the finance ministry, for opening and operating special accounts for the payments of domestic debts without using the government consolidated account,” Moibah said.According to the report, Dr. Kollie and the Finance Department of the MFDP paid millions of United Stated Dollars to unknown businesses, including US$500,000 allegedly diverted to personal accounts, though noting that it was paid to the owner of the land where the Nancy Doe Market is situated in Sinkor.“The Marshall family didn’t receive the US$500,000, but was paid to unknown individuals and said payment was sanctioned by Dr. Kollie who was then serving as acting minister. We are concerned about this report and encourage this court to prosecute all those individuals mentioned in the report and that they are made to repay said funds that were allegedly stolen,” the release said.Those at the center of the scandal were Dr. Kollie, Robert S.K. Doe, Jeremiah Jargbo, Abubarka M.S. Kiawu and Madison C. Kelgbeh. Some of those indicted are reportedly serving top positions in the Weah Administration.“We are informed that Jeremiah Jargbo is within the employ of Liberia Revenue Authority and Madison C. Kelgbeh is employed at the Ministry of Finance, while Mr. S.K Doe’s and Kiawu’s locations remained unknown.However, nothing has been done concerning this report, and it is part of the many reasons while the EFFL has called for the forensic audit of the past government.Dr. Kollie was involved in another financial scandal— the Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI). A project established in 2014 at MFDP to provide loans to Liberian-owned Small and Medium Size Enterprises (SMEs), the initiative was diverted by a few top officials, including Kollie, who was the principal administrator of the program.The loan was meant to financially strengthen Liberian-owned businesses.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

LAUSD high schools make gains in latest API rankings

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Elementary schools ranked 5 and above increased 10.8 percent since 1999; middle schools increased 3.7 percent and high schools 8.1 percent. “I think the slight decline (at elementary schools) was reflected early on when test results came out last August, because the third grade scores were flat, and I think that is reflected here,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent of planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. “Elementary schools are improving at a more rapid pace and we’re getting more up in the two highest state ranks of 9 and 10, middle schools are improving at a steady pace and for high schools between 2004-05 saw an increase, so I’m hoping the 2006 scores will show the increasing trend for high schools.” Education officials attributed the strong performance of high schools to the emphasis placed on having students pass the California High School Exit Exam. The CAHSEE results are included in API results for high schools. “For high schools to increase the state rank…shows they are making some gains. Because they’re passing the CAHSEE contributed to the scores going up,” Wong said. “I think our high schools are on the right road. They have a long way to go, but continue to improve.” Statewide, schools continued to make strides toward reaching the goal of 800 points on the state achievement test, which scores between 200 and 1,000 points. The percentage of the state’s schools at or above 800 rose from the year before, with 31.6 percent of elementary schools at or above the benchmark; 20.7 percent of middle schools and 11.8 percent of high schools. San Fernando Valley Schools continued to show impressive gains over last year. About 49 percent of the valley’s elementary schools scored 6 or above on the rankings as did 35.7 percent of middle schools and 31.8 percent of high schools. High schools showed the most impressive gains, with nearly 7 percent more schools ranked 6 or higher. The number of LAUSD elementary and middle schools that scored a 1 increased over last year. About 18 percent of the elementary schools and 37 percent of middle schools scored a 1 – both up three percentage points from last year. High schools bucked the trend, with 25 percent scoring a 1, down five percentage points from last year. There will always be schools ranked 1 and 10 because of the nature of the decile system. Ten percent of schools will always be in each decile, but the range of scores included in each decile has increased over time. In neighboring Ventura County, roughly 75 percent of schools posted APIs of 800 or better, up from 33 percent last year. Conejo Valley Unified, Moorpark Unified and Oak Park posted districtwide scores over 800. Of those 186 local schools, thirty five scored in the top 10 percent of schools statewide. Twenty-four schools are currently ranked in the top 20 percent in the state. Overall, 60 percent of schools scored in the top half of the statewide ranking. “The results show again that our schools are performing better than the average school in California,” said Charles Weis, county superintendent of schools. “I’m very pleased and proud … the schools are doing a great job.” Weis said he was particularly impressed with how the high schools are performing. Foothill Technology in Ventura, Santa Susana High School in Simi Valley and Moorpark High School in Moorpark are perfect 10, 10s. “Our high schools are doing amazingly well,” he added. In Conejo Valley, three of four middle schools – Colina, Sequoia and Redwood – posted a pair of 10s.— Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722 naush.boghossian@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reflecting statewide trends, the number of Los Angeles Unified elementary and middle schools scoring in the top half of California’s annual Academic Performance Index ranking dropped slightly, while high schools made stronger gains. The rankings released today showed that the number of elementary and middle schools that scored 6 and above on a scale of 1-10 remained steady or dipped slightly compared to last year, but more high schools were able to move into the top 40 percent of the state’s schools. The district’s schools struggled to reach the benchmark of 800, with a total of 96 schools – out of 629 schools districtwide – reaching the goal, and the majority were elementary schools. Lasat year, 69 schools had reached and exceeded 800 points. But overall, the district’s elementary schools – the target of widespread policy, resources and professional development aimed at increasing achievement – continue to show the greatest improvement in rank since the state accountability test began in 1999, district officials said.last_img read more

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first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsNORWALK – Monday is the last day to register to vote in the June 6 primary election. People wishing to register must be U.S. citizens and not in prison or on parole for conviction of a felony. Voters must also be at least 18 years old by election day. Voter registration forms are available at libraries, fire stations, post offices and city clerk offices throughout the county. To register online, log onto www.lavote.net. The Registrar-Recorder/ County Clerk’s office in Norwalk provides election information and help from 8 a.m. to 5p.m. weekdays. For more information, call (562) 466-1310. Avocado Festival slated for Saturday LA HABRA HEIGHTS – The city’s annual Avocado Festival will be held from 10a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the park, 1885 Hacienda Road. There will be food; bluegrass, pop and Hawaiian music; and a variety of games and other events. The festival also will include 20 agriculture-related exhibits and a $10 hot air balloon ride. Admission is free. For more information, call Carol Engelhardt, (562) 697-1258. Hospital guild to host fundraiser MONTEBELLO – Beverly Hospital Guild will hold a used book sale from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in at the hospital, 100 E. Harding Street. The guild will also hold a rummage sale from 8 a.m to 4 p.m. June 8 in the hospital’s guild center parking lot. There will also be a boutique and bake sale with some of the best hot dogs in town. All proceeds from guild fundraising efforts benefit Beverly Hospital’s projects. For more information, call Lillian Gaitan, (323) 721-7189. VFW post hosts fundraiser dinner LA MIRADA – Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9148, 13932 Valley View Ave., will hold a lasagna dinner fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. tonight. A donation of $7 per person is suggested. For more information, call (562) 941-4097. Women invited to free health clinic PICO RIVERA – Women are encouraged to attend “Fiesta de la Salud,” a health fair featuring the Women’s Health Mobile Clinic and sponsored by 58th District Assemblyman Ron Calderon, D-Montebello. The event, from 9 a.m. to 2p.m. Saturday at 9406 E. Washington Blvd., at the Big Saver Foods store, will offer free comprehensive health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes, as well as gynecological testing, pap tests and clinical breast exams. All tests are preformed in private rooms inside the clinic’s mobile touring centers. Although the event is free, organizers recommend making an appointment for screenings and tests. To schedule a time for testing, call (800) 793-8090. – From staff reports160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Authorities have identified a motorcyclist who died in a collision earlier this week as 25-year-old Phillip George Plasko III of Buena Park. Plasko was riding his motorcycle north on Greenleaf Avenue at about 12:20 p.m. Tuesday when he ran into the side of a pickup truck driving west on Foxley Drive. Plasko was thrown from his motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene. Monday is last day to register to vote last_img read more


first_imgThe general secretary of the Celtic Supporters’ Association Joe O’Rourke has issued a rallying call to fans to get behind the club to show that the absence of Rangers will not hit the Hoops this season.Mr O’Rourke was speaking as supporters of the remaining SPL teams new team Dundee have been behind a groundswell of sentiment towards the league with hopes that first weekend games in August will be sold out.If they are, it will more than make up from revenue lost from travelling Rangers fans. “We will do what we have always done, which is approach as many people as possible and encourage them to come and support Celtic Football Club,” he told celticfc.net.“The best way to do that is by buying a ticket and walking through the turnstiles.”The vast majority of Celtic fans wanted the club to vote against the parachuting of newco Rangers into the SPL and O’Rourke hopes those fans now turn up for games.He said: “What I would say to the Celtic support now is that you asked the club to behave in a certain way and conduct business in a certain manner. The vast majority of supporters asked the club to oppose a Newco parachuting straight into the SPL. “The club has done that, the club has fulfilled your wishes and, obviously, that means that Celtic will have to take a big financial hit from this, losing the guaranteed income that comes from the derby games.“We cannot ask the club to do that and then not support them ourselves.”Mr O’Rourke said that personally speaking he was shocked at the level of support for clubs from fans opposed to Rangers entering the SPL.“I have been very surprised and encouraged by just how many supporters from different clubs accepted and argued that we had to do what was right and I really hope it bodes well for the future,” he said.“I have been surprised by the level of opposition to the Newco and I genuinely didn’t expect it. “I think a lot of clubs were forced to take their strong positions on the matter by their supporters. I don’t think that’s how they would have voted had they not been told to do what was right.“I have been delighted with Celtic’s position on this and I think that the club has played a blinder. They have acted 100 per cent correctly, right throughout.”THE HOOPS REPORT: FANS CHIEF URGES SUPPORTERS TO GET BEHIND SPL was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: FANS CHIEF URGES SUPPORTERS TO GET BEHIND SPLlast_img read more