Local Impacts of Raising Student Requirements in Schools

first_imgSchool district Spokeswoman Pegge Erkeneff says the idea to increase the number from ten to 20 students would affect K-12 schools in Cooper Landing, Moose Pass, and Hope. She says during the last session there was even talk about increasing the minimum student requirement to 50 and the Kenai Peninsula School District has been very involved in the conversations. Erkeneff: “Our small schools are serving these communities and there could be unintended consequences when we close those schools of costs that happen, for example, in transportation. If our school closed in Cooper Landing, we still have a responsibility to educate those students so we need to get those students to potentially Sterling, or the next closest school would be in Seward.” FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Three Kenai Peninsula schools could be closed if a proposal to increase the minimum amount of students required for a school to receive state funding is passed by the Alaskan Legislature. The School Board will be reviewing the current proposal in the coming months in order to construct a formal resolution to send to the legislature.last_img read more

Sterling Man Reported Missing, Search Organized For 10am Tuesday

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享September 14 Update: Searches in the Sterling area have been cancelled as of Wednesday evening, with family and friends of 22-year-old Garyn Troost saying they’ve been encouraged and comforted by the teams of volunteers who have helped so far. A Sterling man has been reported missing by family and friends and they’re calling on anyone available to help search Robinson Loop this morning (Tuesday) at 10am. Garyn Troost was last known to be walking in the Robinson Loop area, as he often does, but didn’t return from his 5pm outing on Sunday. His sister, Sarah Wade, says Troost’s cell phone and wallet were left at home. She describes Troost as “tall and slender” and wearing a bright green beanie. Troost’s friend Jason Patterson was spreading the word on Facebook yesterday, writing that Troost is “not a drug user, has no outdoor experience, and is not ever out of pocket. The family is extremely worried about his well being. If you have any information or could help the family look for him please contact his mother Pat (Patsy) at 209-631-1944, or his sister Sarah at 209-600-9866.” This morning’s 10am search will start at the Sterling Community Center. Searchers are urged to bring ATVs. A second search will be held at 5pm if the first is unsuccessful.last_img read more

Australia gets better of England

first_imgSYDNEY (AP) David Hussey scored an unbeaten 68 and Brad Haddin added 54 as Australia beat England by four wickets Sunday for its third consecutive win to start the seven-match limited-overs international series.Australia reached 215-6 on the last ball of the 46th over, surpassing England’s total of 214 all out from 48 overs at the Sydney Cricket Ground. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 England, which won the toss and elected to bat, was led by Jonathon Trott’s 84 not out. He was forced to bat conservatively with the tail in an attempt to stretch the innings after the top order had crumbled, leaving England at 130-6 in the 28th over.Australian fast bowler Brett Lee took three wickets and was voted man of the match. center_img GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMESlast_img

Ito squanders two-game lead against Wang in Japan Open quarterfinals defeat

first_img RELATED PHOTOS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Japan Open, Mima Ito, Miu Hirano, Koki Niwa, Jun Mizutani, Ma Long, Wang Manyu, Jeon Ji-hee Mima Ito competes against Wang Manyu in the Japan Open women’s singles quarterfinals on Saturday at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium. | KYODO KEYWORDScenter_img “This one is tough to swallow after having come this far,” Ito said. “She’s someone who has a really bright future. If I don’t beat her now, I won’t have a shot in the future so I wanted to win. But I’m sure I’ll have another chance.”Ito attacked early and left Wang chasing shadows in the first game. Wang had a brief lead in the second, but Ito roared back to stretch the lead behind her unreturnable top-spun backhand at Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium.The match began to feature long rallies and Ito had trouble placing her forehand in the third game. She won seven straight points, but dropped the game as well as the next one despite leading 8-5, both after deuce.Ito had opportunities in the fifth game, but repeatedly smashed her shots into the net that left her trailing for the first time. She failed to stop the slide in what turned out to be the sixth and final game.“She was creative, changed her serves, made it difficult for me to return and shook me around side to side,” said Ito, who won the team bronze at the Rio Games last summer.“I didn’t play well in some matches but persevered to win them. Next time, I want to win outright.”Asian champ Miu Hirano, who was third at the worlds last month in Germany, was taken to seven games against a resilient Jeon Ji-hee but downed the South Korean to book her place in the last eight.The fifth-seeded Hirano dropped the first game 15-13 before seemingly finding a way through Jeon’s fast counter to lead 2-1. But the 12th seed kept coming back to twice restore parity before Hirano sealed it.“I realized she was looking to counter my forehands and I was made to think,” Hirano said. “I played her in the doubles before and lost so I knew she was very strong. I prepared as well as I could and am glad to get the win.”Nine-time defending national champion Jun Mizutani reached the last eight in the men’s singles after rallying to win 4-1 against 15th seed Kristian Karlsson of Sweden.Rio bronze medalist Mizutani lost four straight points from 10-8 to give away the opening game, but came out on top after some spectacular rallies to take the next four games.“I made silly mistakes (in the first game) but switched my mind quickly, there was still room to relax,” Mizutani said. “I’d like to give more consistency to my play as I was making mistakes when he narrowed my lead.”Koki Niwa took the third game but was eliminated in the quarterfinals by world No. 1 Ma Long of China.“I had good serves and returns and was getting the upper hand but I couldn’t win points when it came to rallies,” said Niwa, who led 10-8 in the second game but lost the next four points and then the game.“I thought I was a match for the first three games, but he moved his feet quickly in the fourth and fifth as he took it up a notch. But it was good to be able to play Ma at full strength.”In the men’s doubles, the top-ranked pair of Masataka Morizono and Yuya Oshima, who won the bronze at the worlds, suffered a 3-1 defeat to countrymen and world silver medalists Maharu Yoshimura and Niwa.In the women’s doubles, Honoka Hashimoto and Hitomi Sato bowed out in the semifinals after losing 3-2 against China’s Chen Xingtong and Sun Yingsha. Sixteen-year-old Mima Ito relinquished a 2-0 lead against 2014 and 2015 world junior champion Wang Manyu, bowing out of the Japan Open in the women’s singles quarterfinals on Saturday.Ito made a bright start, but threw away chances to sway the match and with it the chance to beat 18-year-old Wang, who defeated third seed Kasumi Ishikawa a day earlier in the first round and someone who Ito believes will become “a beast” in the years ahead. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

Great show of unity in horse-racing circles

first_imgThe sport of racing horses is going through a period of stress as the promotion of the sport is facing some serious financial difficulties.The Government, who at one time was the sole promoter of the sport, eventually sought buyers. Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Limited stepped up to the plate and has so far injected much-needed cash in its rescue bid, as it strives to become profitable. There are different reasons being postulated in the press for the continued financial losses that dog the promoter. The bald fact, however, is that racing in Jamaica needs (a) more horses, and (b) new bettors. Last weekend, the Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Association (TOBA), in conjunction with the people that matter – the stakeholders, owners, breeders, trainers, grooms, fans, punters, and administrators – in a dramatic show of unity, joined to produce what was the most exciting weekend of racing in the history of the sport.Under the leadership of long-time owner and breeder Robert Dabdoub, the entire industry united to produce this momentous and memorable weekend. Last Thursday, the celebrations began with a Triple Champions Awards Dinner, where legendary jockeys and racing icons – George HoSang, two-time champion jockey in Jamaica and two-time champion jockey in Canada; Emilio ‘Bimbo’ Rodriquez, four-time champion jockey of Jamaica; and Winston ‘Fanna’ Griffiths, a five-time champion jockey in Jamaica – were fêted and congratulated. The video replays and interviews of these greats went down very well with the fans. The support and reminiscing of Sandy Hawley, many-time champion jockey in Canada and the USA and Hall of Famer in both racing jurisdictions, who told the attendees of his many on and off-the-track experiences with the incomparable George HoSang, was a welcomed addition to the festivities. Also honoured at this function were Triple Crown winners MARK MY WORD, SHE’S A MANEATER and SUPREME SOUL, who, incidentally, will be travelling to the Caribbean Classic, being held in Florida this year, continuing a trend that had ceased for the past couple of years. Jamaican trainers plying their trade abroad with distinction were also honoured.Laurie Silvera, Charlton Baker, José Pinchin, Rohan Crichton, Raymond Handal, and Jason DaCosta, son of many-time champion trainer here in Jamaica, Wayne DaCosta, were recognised and given plaques to record our appreciation of their continued strive for excellence in foreign jurisdictions. PRESTIGIOUS DIAMOND MILE Then it was on to Caymanas Park, where the promoter, Supreme Ventures Racing and Entertainment Ltd, put on 24 races over two days, Friday and Saturday, culminating in the rich and prestigious Diamond Mile that saw the clash between arguably the two best horses in the country, STRANGER DANGER and SHE’S A MANEATER. That the filly, SHE’S A MANEATER, demolished the field of the best horses presently in the island, ranks this filly as one of the best ever to race here in Jamaica. The weekend culminated with the Annual TOBA Yearling Sale conducted by a guest auctioneer, Richard Patterson, who has conducted sales in Canada, the United States and Puerto Rico. This successful sale saw approximately 138 horses coming under the hammer for a total nearing $178 million. A feature of this sale was the fact that although the top yearling, lot number 44, sold for $4.5 million-less than the record of $5 million for a yearling – 12 horses were sold for $3 million or more, 18 were sold for between $2 million to $3 million, 38 were sold for between $1 million and $2 million, 19 for less than $500,000. The rest being sold for essentially what it costs to bring a horse to the sale, between 500,000 and $1 million.What the stakeholders, fans, administrators and supporters hope is that this mammoth extravaganza and show of unity will result in a rebirth of a profitable sport, as long as the Government understands that it still has a part to play in the assistance necessary for the revival of the sport of kings! See you at the track this Saturday, excitement awaits!last_img read more

The wounded Hunters!

first_imgFall to fifth loss since start of season RUGBY LEAGUE BY FIDELIS SUKINA fsukina@spp.com.pg RUGBY LEAGUE The SP PNG Hunters have slumped to their fifth loss this season after going down to the South Logan Magpies 20-12 at the Oil Search National Football Stadium but not without some controversy over some of referee Michael Gordon’s rulings. Hunters coach Michael Marum was disappointed with some of the penalties against the Hunters calling them “unfair”. Marum also admitted their performance was also to blame for the loss. “I am not blaming the referee. The effort was there. All throughout (the game) we made four errors in the first half but in the second half we didn’t finish the sets. The effort was there,” he said. “It’s always been tough playing against a strong side then again the ruling we have been really given a lot of penalties since round one and for us, as a team, we have tried our best to do the right thing playing along with the rules but it has just been unfair. “Again, we trained really well for this game. They were a strong side they are number three on the ladder but we had the ball we made them work but every time we gave away the ball or got penalized we had to defend really hard.” The Hunters were held at 12-12 by the Magpies in the first half, but remained scoreless in the second half with the Magpies surging to 20-12 at fulltime. The Hunters scored first through Edene Gabbie six minutes into the game; Edene pouncing on a loose ball ran 80m to score, with skipper Ase Boas converting the two points for a 6-0 lead. The Magpies were next to score after center Marion Seve toed a kick in to the Hunters’ try line and scored after a re-gather to level at 6-6 in the ninth minute. The Hunters looked cool with good ball control and complete sets, Ase Boas and Charlie Simon made good deep kicks into the Magpies try line, holding them off and making them work hard to return the ball. The Hunters organised sets paid off when Willie Minoga crossed over for the home side’s second try. Willie taking the ball from the ruck in the 10m line and headed into three Magpie defenders muscling his way for a converted try to take them to a 12-6 lead. With just 10 minutes before half time, the Magpies found the Hunters’ lacking in defense which saw interchange Jordan Scarlet dashing 30m through open space to score a converted try tying the score at 12-12 heading into half time. The Magpies Guy Hamilton converted a penalty kick in the 62nd minute taking the Magpies to a 14-12 lead. The Hunters were left miserable after a controversial penalty call. Wartovo Puara’s tackle on Magpies Sam Scarlett saw him losing the ball forward allowing Hunters Junior Rau to dash 90m only to be called back and a penalty awarded against the Hunters. The Magpies secured the win with Jordan Scarlet scoring a converted try off dummy half in the 75th minute to end the match at 20-12 at full time.last_img read more

Watch Groves and Johnson square-up at their weigh-in

first_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 George Groves weighs in ahead of his Commonwealth super-middleweight title defence against former world champion Glen Johnson at the ExCel London. (Video courtesy of iFilm London) AdChoices广告 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebookcenter_img See also:Groves believes he can stop JohnsonWatch the Groves v Johnson pre-fight press conferenceGroves discusses Johnson and a potential clash with FrochGroves and DeGale in new war of wordsJohnson speaks ahead of his fight with George GrovesDuo weigh in ahead of title showdownslast_img read more

Manchester United make deadline offer, have been in talks for several…

first_imgAlready expected to sign Noam Emeran from Amiens, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new club are now trying to get a deal for Hannibal Mejbri over the line.The 16-year-old, who is currently at Monaco, is said to want to leave the principality club, with Manchester United pushing the most out of all the interested suitors.According to RMC Sport in France, the Premier League club have already made an offer and have been in talks for ‘several days’.The midfielder already has five France U16 caps to his name, and would be the latest of a growing list of youngsters targeted by the Red Devils this January following the aforementioned Emeran and Adrian Corral from Villarreal.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameWill You Build The Most Beautiful City?Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoCNN with DBS BankThe New Role Banks Are PlayingCNN with DBS BankUndo While there might not be many ins and outs for the first team at Manchester United this January (except for Marouane Fellaini heading to China), the Red Devils are, however, still looking to bolster their youth teams.last_img read more

Ed Reed: “I always will be a Raven”

first_img(This blog brought to you by Atlantic Remodeling. Visit www.atlanticremodeling.com to learn about their Red Cent Guarantee!)OWINGS MILLS, Md. — In typical fashion, former Ravens safety Ed Reed initially labeled his return to Baltimore as “another away game” as a member of the Houston Texans, but we all knew better.Spending more time reminiscing about his 11 years with the organization that drafted him with the 24th overall pick of the 2002 draft, the 35-year-old’s true feelings shined through to no one’s surprise. It’s impossible not to be a little sentimental as Reed prepares to potentially play in his first game with another NFL franchise after missing the start of the season recovering from offseason hip surgery.“Baltimore is family. I miss walking into ‘The Bank’ on Sunday,” Reed said in a conference call with the local media. “I have a lot of memories; I cherish that and always will be a Raven. That’s where I was raised in the NFL. I did a lot of growing; we did a lot of special things. That’s something that could never be taken away.”The reactions from former teammates have been awkward but respectful this week as the thought of Reed wearing enemy colors at M&T Bank Stadium seems foreign. Some teammates have even joked that they hope Reed won’t be ready to return to action as he acknowledges being less than 100 percent after missing the entire preseason and the Texans’ first two regular-season games.Even Reed doesn’t know exactly what to expect from the hometown fans, joking that it will depend on how the morning tailgating goes prior to Sunday’s 1 p.m. kickoff.“It’s going to be weird with him being here such a long time,” defensive tackle Haloti Ngata said. “It’s going to be weird seeing him in a different uniform. He moved on, and we moved on, and hopefully he cannot play so we don’t have to play against him.”While Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has spoken positively about Reed’s status, the veteran defensive back was noncommittal about playing Sunday after practicing on a limited basis each of the last two days. It’s expected that Reed would only play on a part-time basis against the Ravens in his first game action since Super Bowl XLVII on Feb. 3.It’s anyone’s guess what Reed will have to offer this season as he enters his 12th season and is coming off his second major hip surgery in the last four years.“I’m not confident about [anything] but going day to day the way I’ve been,” Reed said. “There’s no confidence about it if I haven’t played. You can’t be confident if you haven’t been on the field.”Even with Reed’s physical skills in decline, the Ravens are fully aware of his mental prowess in the secondary and know he is still able to take advantage of mistakes like he did when picking off an overthrown pass by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the Super Bowl. A ferocious Texans pass rush makes Reed’s stalking in the secondary even more dangerous for quarterback Joe Flacco.Facing the man who challenged him on a daily basis in practices for years, Flacco understands how significant Reed’s return is for both Baltimore fans and his organization, regardless of what kind of player Reed will be in 2013.“If he was in his fifth year, it probably wouldn’t be that big of a deal, because he wouldn’t have been here for that long,” said quarterback Joe Flacco, who teamed with Reed for five seasons. “But the fact that all the fans know him as a Baltimore Raven, and the fact that I was a fan of his at one point [before being his teammate], yeah, it probably makes it a little bit different.”Reed’s decision to depart for Houston on a three-year, $15 milllion wasn’t the storybook ending many had hoped for after he finally raised the Vince Lombardi Trophy in February, but his return to Baltimore will still be memorable as fans will inevitably recognize one of the greatest players in franchise history.The Ravens just hope Reed doesn’t make them pay with his play on the field.“It’s like playing against your brothers again while I’m out there coaching,” said Reed, who insisted he holds no hard feelings over the way his exit from the Ravens played out. “I’ve been having this feeling for a long time. It’s different being here and coming to see my guys, who I’ve been fighting with for a long time.”Lewis to speak or not to speakOnly adding to the emotion of Reed’s return to Baltimore will be the Ring of Honor induction of future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, who ended his remarkable 17-year career in February.His presence on Sunday has sparked questions over whether Lewis will address the team prior to kickoff. Truthfully, it’s an awkward proposition for an organization that spent the offseason trying to move on from the era in which Lewis and Reed were the biggest faces of the franchise.“I think we’ll leave that up to Ray, but I think he should just enjoy his moment,” Suggs said. “It’s his day. He’s going in [to the Ring of Honor], and if he feels he needs to say something to the team, he can say something. If anybody has the right of way, it’s him. If he just wants to enjoy it, take it in and be a fan of football, that’s fine, too.”It would be nearly impossible for the Ravens to deny Lewis the opportunity to speak to his former teammates if he asks, but one wonders if it would be counterproductive to the leadership-by-committee approach that continues to be a work in progress in the early stages of the season.Numerous members of the organization have made it clear throughout the offseason and summer that it’s a new era of Ravens football, so Lewis’ presence beyond the details of the halftime celebration could be considered a potential distraction.“I don’t have a philosophical position on that,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Either way would be fine. If it happened and it felt right, it would be great. And if it didn’t happen because it didn’t make sense, that’d be fine, too.”Watch out for WattCONTINUE ON NEXT PAGE >>>>>last_img read more

Come Rock Your Red with Barry Trotz in Bel Air!

first_imgAttention Washington Capitals fans: This is your chance to ROCK YOUR RED! We at WNST, in conjunction with Comcast SportsNet, are pleased to announce a live appearance with Capitals head coach Barry Trotz on Wednesday, December 10th at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air. The puck drops at 730pm! We’ll reminisce with Coach Trotz about his old days leading the Baltimore Skipjacks, and we’ll talk about his transition back to Washington D.C. as head coach of the Caps. Does he feel that the Caps are close to contending for a Stanley Cup? We’ll cover all of that and much more in a night of great food, fun, and puck talk at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air!Coach Trotz will be signing autographs and taking pictures with fans, but there will be a limit of one per person (time permitting).As has become a WNST tradition, the great folks from There Goes My Hero will be in the house swabbing anyone who has not yet been added to the bone marrow transplant database. If you are between the ages of 18-55 and have not yet “swabbed,” please visit There Goes My Hero and learn more about how you can save a life by swabbing a Q-Tip inside your mouth for 30 seconds. Seriously! We’ve swabbed over a thousand people and have raised tens of thousands of dollars since we began our #JennStrong initiative this past spring. It’s our mission here at WNST to save as many lives as humanly possible, and we thank Coach Trotz for helping us work towards that goal!As always, a special thanks to our friends at Freedmont Mortgage for presenting all of our live events here at WNST. If you’re looking to buy or refinance a home, don’t make a 30 year mistake by choosing the wrong lender – visit Freedmont Mortgage now! Also thanks to Enoch Office and Rugenix for their continued support. Rob and the gang at Buffalo Wild Wings in Bel Air will take care of making sure your food is delicious as always – all YOU have to do is show up rocking your red! See you on December 10th, Caps fans!last_img read more