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Mitchell, Clarkson push Jazz past Clippers 120-107

first_imgDecember 28, 2019 /Sports News – Local Mitchell, Clarkson push Jazz past Clippers 120-107 Tags: Donovan Mitchell/Jordan Clarkson/NBA/Utah Jazz FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailDonovan Mitchell scored 30 points and Jordan Clarkson added 19 in his second game with his new team as the Utah Jazz beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-107.Clarkson, who was acquired in a trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, came off the bench to shot 7 of 13 from the field.Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points and Paul George added 19 for the Clippers. Associated Press Written bylast_img

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STUDY SHOWS LITERACY GAINS FOR FULL DAY PRESCHO0LERS

first_img“It’s great to have a single yet expansive resource for early childhood news.” — Chalkbeat reader By Ann Schimke         [email protected] LinkEmailShare A monthly round-up of early childhood stories from around the nation.SUBSCRIBE BY ANN SCHIMKE For ChalkbeatA new study shows large literacy gains and other benefits for full-day preschoolers as they enter kindergarten compared with their half-day peers — timely findings gave the surge of new publicly funded preschool classrooms in Colorado.The new evidence gleaned from a study of students in the Westminster school district north of Denver, comes amid the rollout of two major early childhood initiatives championed by Gov. Jared Polis. They include the launch of free full-day kindergarten statewide and the expansion of free state-funded preschool for students with certain risk factors.The preschool expansion, rolling out this fall and winter, has allowed school districts across the state, including Westminster, Denver, Aurora, and Englewood, to create new full-day preschool seats. District officials say many parents want the full-day option because it aligns better with their work schedules. Plus, they say the longer day gives youngsters additional time to learn important social, emotional, and pre-academic skills.Now there’s homegrown research using the gold-standard methodology to support the shift.“From a research perspective what is so exciting here is it’s the first experimental evidence on full vs. half-day pre-K,” said Allison Atteberry, a University of Colorado Boulder researcher who co-authored the study with two researchers from the University of Virginia.Atteberry and her colleagues were able to isolate the effects of the full-day program by comparing Westminster preschoolers who won a spot in a full-day classroom with those who lost the random lottery to get in.Atteberry said previous research on the topic suffered from the “correlation is not causation” problem. In other words, what might have appeared to be positive effects from full-day preschool couldn’t be definitively tied to the longer day.The Starting Line While the new study examined one small program serving around 200 students, and can’t say whether the benefits would apply elsewhere, the results are good news for early childhood advocates.The study came out of a pilot program launched by the 9,300-student Westminster district in 2016. District leaders wanted to test a novel financing mechanism for full-day preschool, building a rigorous third-party evaluation into the project.The district, where 80% of students qualify for government-subsidized meals — a measure of poverty — relied on philanthropic dollars to launch its new full-day preschool classrooms. Little state money was available for full-day seats at the time, and Polis’ election as governor — and his ambitious early childhood agenda — was still two years away.Mat Aubuchon, Westminster’s director of elementary education, said Colorado’s early childhood landscape has shifted so much in the past few years, that the financing mechanism originally being tested — called Pay For Success — is no longer a critical piece of the funding puzzle.But the new evidence on full-day preschool outcomes is important, he said. “We’ve always thought full-day preschool was helpful … but the study was able to authenticate that.”The study released this month focuses on the 226 students who attended full and half-day preschool during the 2016-17 school year. Researchers are also tracking two additional sets of Westminster preschoolers — those who attended in 2017-18 and 2018-19.Aubuchon cautioned that since researchers plan to track all three sets of preschoolers through at least third grade to see if the early gains fade out or not, “we have a long way to go.”Prior research in Tennessee found that initial preschool gains can disappear within a couple of years, especially if students don’t have effective teachers in elementary school.The new study found that full-day preschoolers had significantly better scores on tests of receptive vocabulary — the set of words they understand and can apply to the world around them.Atteberry said such vocabulary skills represent a key building block of literacy, the foundation for learning in all subjects.Full-day preschoolers also received higher scores than their half-day peers, on two other assessments: an early literacy assessment and a broader assessment that examines a range of areas, from social and emotional skills and physical development to math and literacy.For many early childhood leaders, the latest study affirms what earlier studies and their own experience have long suggested.“We know the value of improving student outcomes with full-day programming is real,” said Suzanne Rougier, director of early childhood education for the Aurora district.But Colorado historically hasn’t allowed for many full-day preschool seats through its taxpayer-funded preschool program, which serves mostly 4-year-olds and a small number of 3-year-olds. It’s available to children who come from low-income families, have lagging language development, poor social skills, or other risk factors. Only about 9% of 27,000 students in the program attended full-day preschool in 2017-18.But this year, the state offered up 5,000 new half-day slots, which many districts are combining to create new full-day slots.Aurora, which previously had only two district-run full-day classrooms, got enough new funding from the state to create five new full-day preschool classrooms in August. It will add four more in January.“The ask from parents is always about full-day. We know the need is out there,” Rougier said. “When this opportunity came up, we didn’t even look at half-day.”The Westminster district used new preschool funding from the state expansion to create five new full-day classrooms this year, plus sustain nine others that had been funded previously by local foundations as part of the study.Aubuchon said three-quarters of district preschoolers now attend full-day classes.In the 2,600-student Englewood district south of Denver, a gleaming new preschool center opened last January, jumpstarting the shift to majority full-day programming. This fall, the district added another full-day classroom thanks to the new state funds, for a total of nine full-day classrooms.All told, about 60% of Englewood preschoolers attend full-day classes this year, and district leaders plan to add two more full-day classrooms over the next two years.Leigh Pytlinski, the district’s director of early childhood education, said she doesn’t see the district eliminating half-day preschool entirely because some children have wonderful care at home or with relatives the other half of the day.But many full-day preschool students tend to be more mature and independent when they start kindergarten, she said, better at tasks like hand-washing, putting their dishes away after eating and solving problems that crop up during play. They also get more time for lessons — or post-lesson activities — on math and science topics, cooking, and music.Half-day students get a taste of those opportunities too, Pytlinski said. “They are just more rushed because we’re trying to cram them into three hours and 15 minutes.”last_img read more

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Quiet Festival in Ocean City This Weekend

first_imgFRIDAY, NOV. 14Opening ceremonies are set for noon on Friday, Nov. 14 at the park across from City Hall (Ninth Street and Asbury Avenue).The program includes a performance by the Ocean City High School’s American Sign Language Club directed by Amy Anderson, a Yawn-Along to the Tune of “Beautiful Dreamer” with Nancy Fox, a Maple Pod Toss, the reciting of the Quiet Festival Lament, a performance by the world’s only wind chimes band, the flying of paper airplanes by Ken Thorpe, a display of giant bubbles by Doug Jewell, a leaf squeeze, pin drop and the world’s first exhibition of Maple Pod Fish.Also on November 14, there will be an open mic poetry reading at the Ocean City Library, 17th and Simpson at 7 p.m. in meeting room 116. All are invited to read their work, listen or both. SATURDAY, NOV. 15There will be a many quiet events at the Community Center Complex, 17th and Simpson Ave. from 10 a.m. till noon. A Quiet Pet Contest will include Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, White Mice, etc. and this year even a chicken. Also quiet stuffed animals like Teddy Bears. Veterinarian Lee Rubin of Margate will be head judge of the contest. He is a great feature story in himself having treated tigers and other wild animals for Cole Brother’s Circus, raised an orangutan, performed surgery on Philadelphia Police Dogs and saved wild birds in Florida by removing hooks from their wings.Also during Saturday’s program, there will be a performance by the Turtle Singers with their prize winning tortoise, Big Bart, the Snore at the Shore, a competition to honor quiet snorers, the making and flying of paper airplanes, a Yo Yo Demonstration by Doug Jewell, the Potomac Bead Company will help visitors make a bracelet or necklace to take home as a souvenir for free, Jerry Lukas will draw personalized cartoons of visitor’s favorite animal and the display of Maple Pod Fish will again be featured with free photos of the exhibit for all. What’s billed as the “world’s first exhibition of maple pod fish” will be on display at Ocean City’s Quiet Festival on Saturday at the Ocean City Community Center (17th Street and Simpson Avenue). The exhibit is the product of Ocean City Public Relations Director Mark Soifer’s imagination … and of a maple tree in his yard.Ocean City’s tribute to all things soothing, serene and silent — the annual Quiet Festival — takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday on an appropriately quiet weekend in November.center_img SUNDAY, NOV. 16On Sun., Nov. 16, you’re on your own: take a reflective walk, inspect the clouds, horizon and trees, stroll the boardwalk, watch the football game with the sound turned off, fly a kite, sniff the fresh air, give your dog a tummy rub.last_img read more

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Turn Me Loose, Starring Joe Morton, Extends Off-B’way

first_img Related Shows Turn Me Loose Turn Me Loose, headlined by Scandal’s Joe Morton, has extended off-Broadway. The new comedic drama by Gretchen Law will now play through July 17; it had been set to shutter on July 3. The production will be dark at the Westside Theatre July 4 through July 10 due to a previous commitment on Morton’s part.Turn Me Loose is a new play about 60’s comic genius Dick Gregory (Morton), the first black stand-up to make white audiences laugh at the absurdity of bigotry. The play reveals how the overwhelming power of activism enticed Gregory from one of the most successful show business careers of the postwar era into a life of sacrifice and danger alongside Martin Luther King, Medgar Evers and other Civil Rights leaders. Wielding razor-sharp wit Gregory hacked away at myths about race, poverty, war, and politics. Gregory is still championing the same messages today, at age 83.Directed by John Gould Rubin, the show co-stars John Carlin and features an original song by John Legend (who also co-produced the project). The production officially opened on May 19. Joe Morton in ‘Turn Me Loose'(Photo: Monique Carboni)center_img Show Closed This production ended its run on July 17, 2016 View Commentslast_img read more

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A square deal

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UII students disappointed at clearing of former student accused of sexual abuse

first_img“Both the UII and the University of Melbourne have shown little to no transparency in their handling of the case,” Sabiq told the Post.“As students, we will keep campaigning for a legal umbrella for sexual violence in the country.”Read also: Childhood victims struggle to report sexual abuse in Catholic ChurchThe University of Melbourne previously appointed an external investigator to examine the allegations against Ibrahim after a woman submitted a formal complaint under the University’s Student Conduct Policy process and a second woman made similar accusations against him but did not make a formal report.However, a representative of the university said on Friday that the investigator found that Ibrahim “did not breach any university policies or code of conduct and there was insufficient evidence that he acted unlawfully, following harassment allegations being made against the student that date back to 2018 and 2019.”“The allegations did not involve any physical contact.”The two women had accused Ibrahim of sexually harassing them in Melbourne, and dozens more in Indonesia have made similar allegations.Fasya Addina Teixeira – a former UII student who has kept in touch with the alleged victims in Yogyakarta – similarly expressed her disappointment regarding the University of Melbourne’s response, saying that sexual harassment that did not take physical form was nevertheless a form of abuse.“The University of Melbourne apparently only counts something as sexual harassment when it’s [physically perpetrated],” she said.“It clearly strays from the definition of sexual harassment as stipulated by UN Women [the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women].”Ibrahim, who graduated from the UII school of architecture, is currently studying for a master’s degree at the University of Melbourne under a prestigious scholarship. He was at the center of sexual abuse allegations raised by at least 30 female UII students who reported him to the Yogyakarta Legal Aid Institute.Topics : “This is partly because we lack a specific legal umbrella under which we otherwise might be able to resolve the case,” Rizaldi told The Jakarta Post during a phone interview on Sunday.He went on to say that the case served to demonstrate the urgency for the sexual violence eradication bill, which has been excluded from this year’s National Legislation Program (Prolegnas) priority list.“It’s all about bureaucracy,” Rizaldi added.Fellow UII Bergerak member Sabiq Muhammad said the women who had come forward with allegations of sexual harassment against Ibrahim were “shocked” to hear that Ibrahim had been cleared. Several students of the Indonesian Islamic University (UII) in Yogyakarta have expressed disappointment over the news that former student Ibrahim Malik, who had been accused of sexual assault at home and abroad, has been found to have not breached any policies of the University of Melbourne in Australia where he is currently pursuing his master’s degree under a prestigious scholarship.Rizaldi Ageng Wicaksono, a member of the UII Bergerak student movement, said the University of Melbourne’s response added to the pain experienced by the women who claim to have been sexually harassed by Ibrahim, both in Melbourne and Yogyakarta.He said the Melbourne finding would lead to a lack of legal impetus to further investigate the alleged crimes in Indonesia.last_img read more

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Dani Ceballos reveals Arsenal’s Premier League return date

first_imgDani Ceballos says Arsenal are working towards a return date of June 20 (Getty Images)Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos has claimed that the Premier League will officially return on June 20.England’s top flight has been halted since March 9 and all 20 clubs have been involved in extensive negotiations to discuss how the season can be completed safely.Germany’s Bundesliga was the first major league in Europe to return last weekend, while Spain’s La Liga is targeting June 12 for its comeback.And Ceballos has revealed that Arsenal, who were due to play away to Manchester City on March 11 before the match was postponed in response to the coronavirus outbreak, are working towards the Premier League’s return date of June 20.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We are going to start a week late with respect to what is being talked about in Spain, which is June 12, and we are going to start the league on the 20th,’ Ceballos said in an interview with RTVE. Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 May 2020 8:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2kShares Dani Ceballos reveals Arsenal’s Premier League return date Arsenal were due to play Manchester City in March before the match was postponed (Getty Images)Across Sunday and Monday, the Premier League carried out 748 Covid-19 tests on players and staff with six people testing positive, including three at Watford.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta contracted coronavirus in March but Ceballos has revealed that everyone at the club tested negative following the first round of mass testing this week.’48 hours ago we passed the tests and the truth is that the entire team have given a negative result,’ said the midfielder.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityCeballos is currently on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid and the midfielder reiterated his desire to challenge for a place in Zinedine Zidane’s side next season.‘I am a Real Madrid player… and any player in the world would like to play for Real Madrid,’ Ceballos told TVE on Wednesday.‘I have a contract with them for three more years and they are the ideal team to succeed.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Buying off the plan? Architect reveals how to make the most of your apartment design

first_img MORE: >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<< RELATED: Racecourse cafe strip to welcome new development More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours ago“To make the most of your space long-term, you should check high-quality materials such as stone benchtops are used, joinery customised for your interests and taste and that you can select your own appliances,” Mr Zahos said. Mr Zahos said it was important to think about your lifestyle and then ask your architect to accommodate the space to suit. An artist’s impression of the kitchen within the new SILK Ascot development.He said buyers should ask for features to suit their lifestyle such as timber floors, bookshelves for avid collectors and butler’s pantries in kitchens. “The finer points of custom-design are important to ensure the seamless integration of storage,” he said. With construction started on Silk’s new Ascot development, The Courier-Mail spoke to principal architect Con Zahos, of Loucas Zahos Architects, about making the most of your apartment design when buying off the plan.center_img Interstate downsizers migrate to Sherwood Lutwyche development succeeds off infrastructure investment An artist’s impression of the b within the new SILK Ascot development.“Thoughtful window details draw the eye to vistas beyond the room as well as bringing in natural light and providing ventilation.“Plan around trophy items such as beautiful pianos and sculptural pieces.” An artist’s impression of the street view of the new SILK Ascot development. An artist’s impression of the living spaces within the new SILK Ascot development.“For example, we’ve designed separate living spaces for a mother and daughter who were living together, to cater for their different needs,” he said.“On another occasion, we’ve integrated a glazed cellar room into the plan for a long-time wine collector.”He said a new home should be designed for a comfortable lifestyle into the future. “It’s the detailing, texture and level of finish that can make the space look and feel bigger.“Use of full-height glazing unites indoor and outdoor spaces, making the interior look and feel bigger. last_img read more

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Cardinals And Trojans Split Games

first_imgSt. Louis 7th Grade Boys Basketball Team lost to Sunman Dearborn B team Thursday by a final score of 31 to 27.For STL, Charlie Dice led the Cardinals in scoring with a game high 11 points. Jacob Deutsch & Adam Cox finished with 6 points each. Evan Vogelsang added 4.  Adam Moster & Johnathan Deal provided solid 4th quarter defense.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.The SLS 8th Grade Basketball Team traveled to Sunman Dearborn Thursday, November 20 and won by the score of 42-23.The Cardinals were led in scoring by Robert Raver and Sam Geisting. Gus Cooper played an all around good game defending and rebounding the basketball.The 8th Grade Cardinals are now 6-1 on the season.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Dale Amrhein.last_img

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Top IMCA Modified check is $1,000 at May 18 Salmon Valley show

first_imgIMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Race Cars Western Region, E3 Spark Plugs Idaho State and track points are at stake as well in the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying event. More information is available by calling 406 546-3888. Pit gates will be open all day and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps precede 7 p.m. racing. SALMON VALLEY, Idaho – A check for $1,000 waits for the winner of the Saturday, May 18 IMCA Modified feature at Salmon Valley Speedway. There’s a $35 entry fee and pit passes are $15. Grandstand admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors, military and students ages seven to 16, and free for ages six and under. last_img