Palm Beach County Schools to Provide Every Student Access to a Computer

first_imgWith virtual learning a potential done deal, Palm Beach County is giving the district $10,000,000 to establish critical infrastructure to allow all students to have internet access.Initially one computer was provided per household, but sharing was not an option for large families. Now the district will ensure every student has a laptop providing a 1:1 computer ratio that gives every student the access to a computer with a camera.So far, 61,000 student Chromebooks have been loaned out to families for distance learning and the district has ordered 82,000 additional devices to be delivered on August 17.The district is also working on a connectivity plan to provide internet service to families who do not currently have a reliable connection.The district hopes to provide free Wi-Fi to 7,500 students in the Glades and Lake Worth Beach regions. Students without internet access will be provided a password for free internet.Parents will be able to log into an individualized education program meeting via Google Meet where a distance learning plan will then be laid out for those students.The plan the board approved also includes guidelines for when students will return to school. Traditional classes can resume in Palm Beach County when the county enters phase 2 of reopening.The school board meets again Wednesday, July 22. to determine a start date for the school year which will likely be August 31 rather than August 10th.Palm Beach County School Board Chairman Frank Barbieri will join The South Florida Morning Show Wednesday at 8:05 to talk about the upcoming virtual school year and how many students will or won’t be able to participate.last_img read more

USC ranks as a top contributing university to Teach for America

first_imgThis year, 70 members of USC’s class of 2013 opted to teach for two years in low-income school districts across the country through Teach for America.  USC is now the second largest contributor to the program in the country, according to rankings released last week.“USC has a perfect storm for Teach for America corps members,” USC Recruitment Manager Carrington Bester said. “It’s already one of America’s top institutions, and then you add that they are being educated in South Central Los Angeles, one of the poorest communities in the state. You have this interesting dichotomy of wealth and privilege and academia and surrounded by kids who are just blocks away who will never be able to enroll in ’SC for no other reason than their zip code and tax bracket.”Throughout Teach For America’s 23-year history, more than 465 USC alumni have taught as corps members, and about 5 percent of USC’s 2013 graduating class applied to the program. USC has ranked as a top contributing university for the past six years.“Students are interested in playing a role in the movement to reform,” Shawnee Cohn, manager of regional communications for Teach for America, said. “Over 60 million children grow up in poverty, a majority not getting the education they deserve. Where the child is born changes their educational destiny. I think the ranking is a testament to the fact that [USC] students are really looking to have an immediate impact on future generations.”More than 57,000 people in total applied to Teach For America this past year, and 5,200 were accepted to work as corps members for at least two years. Corps members are full-time employees at high-needs schools.“There is no ideal applicant except for one that believes they can make an impact and really enjoy leadership and a challenge,” Bester said. “We recognize that the problem is so complex that we literally only want the best and brightest and nothing less. We seek to engage young people who are going to make a transformative impact around the world and are really making sure they’re making that impact in the classroom and the life of kids.”The application process involves a written statement, several rounds of interviews and the creation of sample lesson plans. They receive one-on-one coaching through an instructional adviser. Two-thirds of Teach For America alumni work in the educational field at the conclusion of their two-year contract.Teach For America accepts students from across all majors. Rikiesha Pierce, an alumna who majored in sociology at USC and began her first year with Teach for America this fall, said her major relates to her work as a teacher, even though she teaches other subjects.“Sociology is not directly related to teaching but it does help me understand my surroundings,” Pierce said. “Having the sociological environment helps me understand the people that I interact with. I am able to view my community from a sociological lens, which gives me an advantage.”Pierce is teaching third and fourth grade self-contained special education students. She said she never considered teaching as a career, though she volunteered at schools in Downtown Los Angeles before considering joining Teach for America. The pull of the highly competitive program, Pierce said, is that it gives corps members the opportunity to get paid to positively impact underserved communities.“She painted a picture of the opportunity to give back in one of the most real ways, being on the front lines of the education,” Pierce said.Founded in 1990, Teach for America’s goal is to end education inequity. Today, more than 11,000 corps members teach in rural and urban areas throughout the country.Erik White, a business entrepreneurship and Spanish double major who graduated in 2013, said he identifies with the children he now teaches.“I grew up in a single-parent household in a low-income community,” White said. “I always thought that education was a place to do well, no matter what my situation might be like — it’s a great equalizer. Even though these kids might have the same potential that someone saw in me, no one is there to see that. The kids will have at least one more advocate, one more person who knows what they can achieve and knows that they can do that.”White teaches at Camino Nuevo High School, a new charter school minutes from the USC campus.“The first day of teaching is very intense,” he said. “It’s a lot of learning on the go. I’m trying things for the first time. It might go well, it might go badly.”Because this is the school’s first year, there is no established curriculum or lesson plans. Therefore, White has more personal control over the education of his students.White says he plans to stay on as a teacher at Camino Nuevo for at least four years.“I want to see my freshmen this year go to college,” he said. “Even if I don’t do education forever, given my socio-economic background, I understand.”Pierce said that she sees a common thread throughout the students that entered the corps.“The people that I know from USC who went on with Teach For America were the most active people on campus in terms of service and leadership in the community,” Pierce said. “These are the people that want to innovate and invigorate in societies and communities.” Follow Camille on Twitter @camilleshooshlast_img read more

Defense prepares to face a freshman quarterback

first_imgUSC’s defense looked excited Monday, as they prepare to “rattle” freshman quarterback Jake Browning. But no player more so than fellow freshman  and friend, Cameron Smith.“I definitely will see him after the game just to say congrats, wondering how he’s doing,” Smith said after practice. “I’ve watched a couple of games. He’s doing a great job so far. So I’ll talk to him and wish him luck.”Smith played Browning, the quarterback for nearby Folsom High School, his junior and senior year at Granite Bay High School. But it’s hard to fathom that the players ever imagined they would be facing each other this soon in their college careers and possibly have consequential impacts on the outcome of the game.“You hope for that. You hope to see him do well. But seeing him like this is going to be cool,” Smith said. “He’s a great player who really works hard, and I’m excited to see what he does in the future.”Both Granite Bay products have made remarkable accomplishments as true freshmen at their universities. Smith leads the Trojan defense in tackles, and Browning is the first freshman quarterback to ever start a season for the University of Washington. Though Smith admitted that making the transition from high school might be especially hard for a quarterback, he believes that what he’s seen from Browning already will make him a successful player in the future.“He has the arm strength and the accuracy to reach everywhere,” Smith said. When asked if he has any particular insight into stopping Browning, Smith added, “We’ll need to get into his head and get him rattled a little bit. But, he’s a great player. He’s not going to move around to move, but he is going to get the ball out quick.”Head coach Sarkisian, who coached Washington for five years, also knows Browning from his play at Folsom High School.“I like Jake a lot. I recruited him when I was up there, and Jake has got a good feel for the game,” Sarkisian said. “He’s a tough kid. He is heady. He’s played a lot of football in high school. So, he’s gotten better from week to week to week. He’s going to be a heck of a player in our conference.”Browning has thrown five touchdowns and four interceptions this season. defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox said that setting edges, striking blocks, finishing tackles and getting a lot of bodies by the ball as things the defense is working on being more consistent in. The Trojans’ defense is coming off a clinical performance against Arizona State forcing four turnovers for 28 points and three sacks. They’re looking to bring similar pressure Thursday night in hopes of making the Washington freshman quarterback uncomfortable.“We definitely want to rattle his cage as Coach Sark mentioned to us earlier [to] make him nervous,” linebacker Jabari Ruffin said. “We realized that he has a lack of experience on this level, and I’ll do the most I can to make him uncomfortable back there and disrupt their offense.”Ruffin said that his leg feels more comfortable each day after being sidelined all last season after tearing left knee ligaments in 2014 fall camp. He said, “I can feel myself making the progression, be it trusting my leg or getting into the rhythm I missed being out the past year.”Ruffin added that on defense, bringing five-man and seven-man pressures throughout the game is something really fun for him as a linebacker.“Practice was very spirited,” Sarkisian said. “A lot of game plan work. I thought the guys came out focused, and it will be really key that we have student meetings this evening to really polish things up so we can come out tomorrow morning, and we can clean this game plan up and get right on point to what we’d like to do.”last_img read more

NBA Summer League 2019: Zion vs. RJ, Tacko takes Vegas and other interesting debuts

first_imgFall was not one of the 60 players selected in the draft, but on Friday he signed with the Celtics, giving him an opportunity to make Boston’s G League affiliate.Tacko Fall will sign an Exhibit 10 contract with the Boston Celtics, a source told ESPN. Pencil in July 8th at 430 at Thomas and Mack for your first TACKO Vegas Summer League fix.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 21, 2019Thunder vs. Trail Blazers, July 11Darius Bazley didn’t rise to fame in college last year. The former Syracuse commit instead signed a $14 million contract with New Balance and participated in an internship that paid him $1 million.The No. 23 pick in the 2019 draft (by Utah, rights traded to Oklahoma City) will finally play competitive basketball this summer. He’ll likely be matched against former North Carolina forward Nassir Little, who experienced one of the biggest slides in the first round, from potential lottery pick to No. 25 overall. With the 2019 NBA Draft officially in the books, it’s time for rising stars and rookies to show their respective organizations just how well their college games translate to the pros in the NBA Summer League.While many of the top picks, such as Zion Williamson or Ja Morant, don’t need to dazzle with highlights — Morant won’t even suit up for the Grizzlies as he recovers from knee surgery — the 10-day tournament in Las Vegas serves as a last chance for many former college standouts to make an NBA team or sign a G League contract. NBA DRAFT TEAM GRADES: Who passed with flying colors?The Summer League begins July 5 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Vegas and Cox Pavilion on the campus of the University of Nevada. It will feature all 30 NBA teams along with the Chinese and Croatian national teams. The 32 teams play a minimum of four games each before the top eight are seeded in a tournament that culminates in a championship game July 15.While the games don’t count for anything, there are compelling matchups:Pelicans vs. Knicks, July 5Former Duke standouts Zion Williamson and RJ Barrett — the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in the draft, respectively — will have to wait precisely zero games for a reunion on the hardwood. The Pelicans and Knicks face off on the opening day of the tournament in a game that will be broadcast on ESPN.Fellow Blue Devil Cam Reddish, who was taken 10th overall by the Hawks, will sit out the Summer League with a core injury.Nuggets vs. Suns, July 5This game is less about this year’s rookies and more about the debut of a 2018 lottery pick. The Nuggets’ Michael Porter Jr. — the No. 14 overall pick last year — was the former top recruit in the Class of 2017 and was a potential No. 1 overall draft pick before a back injury limited his career at Missouri to three games.Porter sat out the entire 2018-19 NBA season after back surgery but told The Denver Post in May that he has been cleared to play in the Summer League.Celtics vs. Cavaliers, July 8Who could forget 7-6 Tacko Fall, one of the darlings of this year’s NCAA Tournament? Fall rose to fame guarding Williamson in UCF’s one-point loss to Duke in the second round.last_img read more

Ask the Mayor — February 12, 2020 — Clear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb

first_imgClear Lake mayor Nelson Crabb was our guest on the “Ask the Mayor” program on KGLO on February 12th. Listen back to the program belowlast_img

Kangaroos don’t buy Bennett’s mind games

first_imgBennett made the statement after England’s narrow 20-18 semi-final win over Tonga but Kangaroos prop David Klemmer said those kind of mind games won’t engender any complacency in the Australian squad.Klemmer insisted Bennett would instil belief in the England squad that they could upset the host nation. “That’s just how Wayne is,” Klemmer said when asked about Bennett’s remarks.“He is probably trying to take the heat off England at the moment, but we know what they are capable of.“They have attacking strike across the park, big bodies and they are very passionate about representing their country. “Wayne Bennett is one of the greatest coaches in rugby league and he will probably have some sort of plan for us this week and he’ll be telling the England fellas how to beat Australia. We know we are up for an almighty fight.”Bench forward Wade Graham expects a better England performance than in the opening pool clash where Australia put the game to bed late to win 18-4.Graham said Bennett had “seen and done it all” and did not believe his defeatist remarks.“I don’t read too much into that,” Graham said.“We are expecting a better version of them and they are expecting a better version of us [than the first World Cup clash].“It was our first game together in the tournament when we met each other and both teams have no doubt improved in a lot of areas.”Klemmer said losing Josh Hodgson to a knee injury was “massive” for England but added that replacement James Roby would be up to the task.He knows the class of NRL stars James Graham and Sam Burgess in the forward pack only too well.“I versed them in that first game and it was tough in the middle. They are both fierce competitors and love playing for England so we will have to be on our game,” Klemmer said.“England had a bit of a scare against Tonga last week but they are a world class outfit.“That first Test against them was pretty tough and we knew the back end of the tournament we’d be versing them somewhere.”Meanwhile, Graham said the opportunity to play in a World Cup final was not on his radar at the start of 2017.“It has definitely gone beyond the goals I set at the start of the year,” he said.“After the Origin period there was a down part there with the loss [by NSW], and Origin takes a lot out of you physically and mentally.“Then my focus was on the Sharkies and we bowed out not where we wanted to.“To get an opportunity to be in this Australian squad and play as many games as I have, I am over the moon.“Mal names the team Tuesday and to potentially be in position to play a World Cup final is something I never would have dreamed of.”last_img read more

Fire in the Senate: Where is Liberian Maintenance?

first_imgPerhaps one of the first things the new Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration should have done, coming into office for the first time was to do a thorough assessment—architectural, electrical, plumbing, structural and environmental—of the Executive Mansion into which it (the new administration) was moving for the first time.Alas! In the euphoria of taking and setting up office, that was not done. Barely five months later there was a fire that resulted in the forced transfer of the President and her entire Executive Mansion staff to the Foreign Ministry Building, where they have been ever since. The fire incident also led to the resignation of Ellen’s Minister of State, Morris Dukuly. (He is back in the Cabinet as Internal Affairs Minister).Last Friday, in our editorial on China’s friendship, we recalled the renovation work it and the United States had done on some of Liberia’s public facilities. Among them was the renovation by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on the Capitol Building as well as on the Public Works Ministry. Not long thereafter, we further remembered, the same Capitol Building was forced to close all bathrooms due to water problems, and we wondered what condition that building and that of Public Works were in.Little did we know that before that editorial was even published—as it was written in advance—a serious fire would strike the Capitol, causing Senators to abruptly suspend their debates. This means that the 53rd Legislature, before it entered the Capitol, also failed to have it thoroughly checked out. And now the fire, which last Tuesday, of course, took them by complete surprise! This immediately leads us to the more general and most probably urgent question—what is the condition of all the other buildings, those owned by the GOL and those being leased? The two closely related issues here are the safety of GOL’s assets and records in these facilities and the cost of renovation. The Senate and the House of Representatives must now hang heads and decide what to do. But surely they need to make an immediate assessment of what might have been lost and then see how they can muster the resources for immediate renovations to allow then to continue their work. This we believe they must do while they await the coming of the Chinese technicians to undertake the promised renovations.It seems to us that GOL may now need to undertake an immediate assessment of all its facilities. But where will the money come from in this post-Ebola era with all the demands for the reconstruction of the country’s entire healthcare delivery system? For months we have been urging the government to create a comprehensive strategy or roadmap for thorough and complete over haul of the healthcare delivery system, which several of our development partners, especially China, the United States,European Union and some other nations have pledged. So in this sense, if the GOL can act quickly and decisively in the presentation of such a road map, the partners may come forth with funding for that. GOL may then determine where the resources will come from for a thorough rehabilitation of all its facilities, beginning with the current seat of the presidency, the Foreign Ministry Building.What immediately comes to mind here is the Executive Mansion itself. It has been nearly 10 years since that fire and attempts have been made to renovate the building. But until now the public is in the dark as to what is going on. People are asking whether renovations will be complete in time for the President to spend at least her last two years there. That would be a good thing, for many, we are sure, including the Chiefs and other traditional leaders and people from all the counties, are longing to come see their Mansion again in exquisite form. We pray that something will be done by Christmas. After all, Ebola is gone, and that would be one more time for Liberians to celebrate. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Citizens’ Bank opens $2.6B headquarters

first_imgCitizens Bank on Friday commissioned a spanking new structure at the corners of Camp Street and South Road, Georgetown, to the tune of .6 billion. According to President David Granger, it is indicative of how stable the economy is.The $2.6B structureHowever, the Head of State also reminded indigenous banks of the importance of ensuring that their policies are designed with Guyana’s economy and small enterprises in mind.“Indigenous banks have a vital role to play to ensure that financial services become more inclusive. Banks have an obligation to be responsive to the needs of all sectors of society and they have a duty to micro and small-scale enterprises.”He stated that these groups have traditionally felt excluded and marginalised by banking systems. He stated that when these groups are excluded financially, this creates social exclusion and increases poverty.”He commended Citizens’ Bank for being different; noting that when it started it extended its services to geographic areas that previously had no access to financial services.“Today, Guyana’s indigenous banks ought not to try to become clones of foreign banks. They should seek to transform the character of their operations by aligning their services to meet the needs of local businesses.”The building, which sits at the corner of Camp Street and South road, was reportedly constructed with a 90 per cent local work force. It will serve as the bank’s new headquarters.Some of the bank’s features include state of the art alarm systems, sprinklers and elevators. It has a drive through Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) and features LED lights throughout the building.Some of the local companies who were contracted to assist were Cummings Electrical (electrical installation) and MMC Security Services (alarm systems). Industrial Fabrication supplied the steel used to construct the bank.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson was also commended for his input as a Quantity Surveyor. In addition, Sheldon Williams was cited as the Chief Architect.With concrete piles in its foundation and a 60 per cent composition of reinforced glass and concrete, this imposing structure will serve as the new headquarters for Citizens Bank.Guyana Times understands that the structure took three years to design and construct. The branch reportedly has an employee base of 75, though Citizens’ Bank collectively employs 147 persons.last_img read more

‘We must reject poisonous politics of the past’

first_img– President in New Year’s message to GuyanesePresident David Granger, in his New Year’s message to the nation, said “Guyana is changing for good”, and his Government is “promoting the good life for all”.“We are reducing divisions and maximising cohesion. We are protecting our patrimony, pursuing economic prosperity, promoting respect for national institutions, and providing better public services and improved human safety. We are building a country of which everyone can be proud,” the President said in his message.President David Granger“We shall continue to work with all sectors and strata of society to improve our political culture and promote inclusiveness. We must repudiate vulgarity. We must rebuke those who abuse our public institutions, and reject the poisonous politics of the past,” he posited.According to Mr Granger, Guyanese greet the dawn of 2018 feeling good about themselves, their children, their communities, and their country.“Guyanese have inherited and inhabit a beautiful, bountiful, and blissful country – a land that is celebrated in the words of our beloved National Anthem as the “Green Land’:…of rivers and plains; made rich by the sunshine, and lush by the rains; set gem-like and fair, between mountains and sea.”Guyana, indeed, is a gem-like, luxuriant land – of grasslands, highlands, islands, wetlands, lakes, mangroves, mudflats, rainforests, rivers and waterfalls. We are happy in our homeland.“We shall protect our heritage, which is every citizen’s birthright, and bequeath this endowment to future generations,” the President said.“We signified in the year 2016 that the year 2017 would be spent in setting the settlement of the unlawful and unreasonable claims to our country’s territory on a definite course. The United Nations Secretary General, in 2018, is expected to discharge his commitment to setting that course in a manner consistent with justice and international law. We shall continue to defend every ‘blade of grass’ of our homeland. We shall never cede a centimetre of territory, or compromise (our) sovereignty.”The President further stated: “We shall continue to work to eradicate the inequalities and disabilities which foster destitution and discrimination. We are creating a more equal society – one with greater opportunities and a higher quality of life for all. We extend open arms of friendship to all political parties, social organisations and religious groups to collaborate in order to contribute to creating a more cohesive society. We shall continue to work to provide greater social protection for everyone, particularly our women, children, the elderly, and persons in difficult circumstances.”The President also noted that his Administration increased the minimum wage for the lowest-paid State employees by nearly 50 percent.“…we increased old-age pensions by almost 50 per cent; we increased social assistance by 27 per cent, all in only thirty months. We will ensure that the disadvantaged are protected,” he said.“We shall continue to work to empower local government organs, so that they can bring improvements to communities. Local democracy will be renewed in local and municipal elections in 2018,” the President added.We declared three new ‘capital towns’ last year, to expedite enterprise and economic development in their respective regions by increasing investment and generating employment.The surge in agro-processing, artisanal manufacturing and cottage industries seen in the regional agricultural and commercial exhibitions is evidence of the green shoots of healthy grass-root economic growth.“We shall continue to work towards making the country safer for all by improving citizens’ security. Security sector reform, being undertaken with support from our international partners, aims at creating safer communities and protecting the people from transnational threats, such as illegal narcotics, firearms, and people-trafficking. We are building a country in which everyone can be safe,” he stated.“Life is getting better year by year. Guyanese have lots of reasons to feel good about their homeland in 2018! A happy New Year to all!” the President concluded in his New Year’s message.last_img read more

NPSS volleyball teams off to Prince George for weekend tournament

first_imgGirls Coach Elena Schmidt says the team has made big strides in their serves. She notes that having a strong service game is the biggest step when it comes to winning on the court.“The absolute biggest improvement was serving consistency and getting our serves in,” she says. “That in the end is what wins games. The games that we were ahead and winning, that’s what we were being strong at.”Schmidt credits practice, as well as the team being more experienced in playing together as the main reasons behind the improvement.- Advertisement -“We put a lot more focus in practice on it and put it into the girls’ heads how important that is,” she says. “I think the girls just stepped up and brought their game in that area.”Despite the improvements in the serving game, there are areas where the team would like to get things cleaned up when it comes to generating offence during games. “I want to get our offence running,” Schmidt states. “That means good passes so we can run our offence because we’re hitting really well and the setters and hitters are connecting. We just need that first pass to set it up.”Advertisement Be sure to keep tabs on the progress of both the senior boys and girls teams over the weekend on as scores will be posted from both teams.last_img read more