Under-pressure AVB remains defiant

first_imgUnder-pressure Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions he could work alongside a more experienced coach.Guus Hiddink, a friend of Blues owner Roman Abramovich and a popular figure at Stamford Bridge from his brief spell as manager, is available after leaving his job with the Turkish national team.That has led to speculation the Dutchman could return to the club, if not to replace Villas-Boas then even to work with him.AdChoices广告But Villas-Boas, 34, insists his relative lack of experience is not a factor in Chelsea’s recent poor run.He said: “I don’t agree with that. I solve problems with my group of people and my players.”Chelsea’s defeat against Bayer Levekusen on Wednesday was their fourth loss in seven matches and left them in serious danger of missing out on a place in the knockout stage of the Champions League.But Villas-Boas is adamant he retains the support of his players – and Abramovich – and can turn things around.“The spotlight is something that doesn’t disturb me whatsoever,” he declared.“We need to find the right emotional stimulus and the right balance in terms of what we do to get results we want. We have no doubts whatsoever regarding what we are doing.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

Kyle Seager injury update: Mariners third baseman to undergo hand surgery

first_imgKyle Seager will not be on the field for opening day.The 31-year old Mariners third baseman will undergo surgery Tuesday on a tendon in his left hand. He is expected to be out through April and there is no definitive timetable for his return. Mariners’ Felix Hernandez upset he won’t start Opening Day Related News “It sucks, but we’ll deal with it and get through it,” Seager told reporters Monday, via MLB.com.Seager will have surgery tomorrow, but says doesn’t know timeline of how long recovery will take. First time he’s gone on the DL in his career. “It sucks, but we’ll deal with it and get through it.” https://t.co/T1imwlg7Qp— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) March 11, 2019Seager originally suffered the injury while diving for a ball during a Mariners’ spring training game last week.  Seager slashed .221/.273/.400 in 155 games for Seattle last season. He also hit 22 home runs and tallied 78 RBIs.The eight-year veteran has spent his entire career with the Mariners. He made the All-Star team and won a Gold Glove award in 2014.last_img read more

Poor schools score textbooks

first_imgLetsibogo’s grade 12 learner Mathapelo Mothapo will have access to various books at the school’s library. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Letsibogo Girls High School in Meadowlands, Soweto, has scored about 600 books through a groundbreaking project that’s set to benefit 100 government schools in South Africa.A partnership between the Telkom Foundation and Molteno Institute for Language and Literacy, the project is providing mobile wagons filled with study books to disadvantaged schools in the Eastern Cape, Limpopo, the North West and Gauteng provinces. A total of 56 high schools and 44 primary schools have been chosen as beneficiaries.The schools were selected from across the country, according to Molteno’s CEO Masennya Dikotla. “The schools have been identified on the basis of need and are located in some of the country’s most impoverished areas,” he said.Each wagon contains about 300 books, according to a Molteno official. Letsibogo Girls High received two wagons, as will all the other beneficiary schools.“The book wagon concept is a mobile library that can be provided to needy schools very quickly,” added Dikotla. “A special focus is placed on subject matter such as science and mathematics, giving pupils rapid access to information. This allows them to build their knowledge and improve their chances of a brighter future.“Additionally, the learning materials provided in the book wagons include reference books, novels, readers and mobile science laboratories to enable teachers and pupils to apply science and laboratory techniques in their learning environments.”About 70% of the books have been distributed to beneficiary schools in the four provinces, said Molteno’s Brenda Ramokgadi. By the end of April all selected schools would have received their books.“This, for us, is creating opportunities for our girls. I’m actually happy that the girls can have these resources without having to go out of the school,” said Letsibogo Girls High principal Ellen Kondowe.Enhancing literacy at LetsibogoLetsibogo, offering grades from eight to 12, received its book delivery during the first week of March. School librarian Cecilia Padi has already done a good job of inscribing the Letsibogo stamp on them. Pupils at the school would have access to their new books from 14 April, said Padi.The school has an established library with more than 3 000 books.  “[The project] has helped us a lot. There are books with information we didn’t have before,” Padi said.Padi, who’s full of praise for the project, believes the new books will be critical in helping the pupils enhance their literacy skills, while also helping them in their studies, which include science, mathematics and economics, among others.Padi leads a school literacy project in the library, focusing on pupils in grades eight and nine, while they are fresh from primary. “I group them and choose a leader to guide them,” she said. “I develop them… not that I don’t care about other grades but these are children [grades 8 and 9] with problems on reading, spelling and writing.”Attendance to the library project has been good, according to Padi. “They enjoy reading novels and that’s useful because reading does help them,” she said.“What’s important is exposing children to reading, and to test their level of comprehension,” said Kondowe.The mobile wagons will make it even easier for her to grow the study programme, Padi noted. “I will even visit classes with these.”Molteno seeks to reach outMolteno, founded in 1974, is an organisation seeking to improve literacy skills among learners. It has run projects all over South Africa and by 2008 had reached Angola, Botswana, Ghana, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Uganda and Zambia.The organization established South Africa’s first ever national literacy campaign, the Yvonne Chaka Chaka-Molteno Institute Literacy Campaign, in partnership with the renowned local musician Chaka-Chaka, in June 2009.The books project adds to other programmes Molteno runs or is involved in. “We feel privileged to form part of a project like this which reaches out to schools in need in our country,” Dikotla said.“With this material and training, teachers can substantially improve the transfer of knowledge and provide a learning experience, giving more South African children better opportunities in the modern world.”last_img read more

Diski Dance videos

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Tragedy sparks heroism in rural Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Featured on the news, far too often, are horrifying glimpses of evil at work in the world, but even so, the relative safety of day-to-day life can be easily taken for granted. So it was in the rural west-central Ohio community of West Liberty where residents never expected something so bad to happen so close to home. But the community got a ghastly reminder of the fragility of life the morning of Jan. 20, 2017.According to the WPKO-WBLL website peakofohio.com, the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office reported the following, students were preparing for class at West Liberty-Salem schools, about an hour’s drive west of Columbus when at just after 7:30 a.m., 17-year-old Ely Serna allegedly snuck a disassembled Mossberg 500 12-gauge, pump action shotgun into the high school. Serna reassembled the gun, firing several shots, including shooting fellow student Logan Cole, 16, twice at random in the bathroom.The official report said Serna apologized to Cole and asked him to kill him in return, handing him the gun. As he was lying on the floor bleeding from two shotgun wounds, Cole was pleading with the shooter to not cause further injury to anyone at the school or to himself. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Cole refused to pull the trigger, with Serna then being restrained by staff members shortly thereafter.In the weeks since the incident, the community has rallied to support its young people and the Cole family, which posted regular updates on social media of their son’s recovery.Just under a month later, the cheers of the West Liberty-Salem students and staff were heard echoing through the hallways as Cole, who was nearly killed, returned to school on Feb. 13. Though he still sported evidence of his ordeal, including a neck brace, he continued to work to make a full recovery.Though the community can hardly begin to understand the reasoning behind such things, what happened can be examined and lessons can be learned. The school staff had participated in an Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate (ALICE) program with the ALICE Training Institute and recently had drills for the students. The training has been credited with helping students and staff to properly respond to the situation.“Although we never thought it would happen at WL-S, we began ALICE training about 3 years ago,” said Kraig Hissong, WL-S superintendent. “This training was very intense and our staff and students learned important active shooter responses depending on the situation that could occur. I remember staff actually breaking door handles, etc. during the training. At the time I thought it might have been a little too much, but looking at it now, it prepared our staff to respond as needed. We have continued to update ALICE each year, however, with shorter training. In the future, we will continue to make ALICE training an important part of our emergency action plans.“Another important take away was the importance of building relationships with your first responders. During the actual shooting, the first responders that arrived on the seen were some of the same law enforcement officers that led us through our ALICE training or come to athletic events. This allowed for a better level of trust and communication and made organizing the response to the shooting and reunification with families operate more smoothly.”Preparing the facilities is also important.“From the event, we realized how important it is to be able to escape from classrooms without having to enter the hallway where a shooter is likely located,” Hisson said. “Escape from our current windows was difficult and could have resulted in the loss of precious time to evacuate the building. We have already researched and found a suitable solution that will provide one emergency egress window per classroom. This window will easily fully open with one motion in an emergency situation. All schools in the state of Ohio should have an emergency egress window that is quick to operate in each classroom or student occupied area. Also, doors need to be able to be locked from the inside of the classroom without a key. This would allow a student or any adult to lock the door in the event of an emergency. Each lock should have an indicator that tells the people inside that the door is locked and secured.”Cooperation with local authorities also proved very valuable.“Involving first responders and law enforcement in safety planning helps when it becomes time to implement a safety plan including reunification of students and parents offsite,” Hissong said. “Make sure that families understand that it is best not to come to the school when an emergency situation occurs. This can make movement for first responders more difficult and slow down their arrival on the school site. We were very pleased with how patiently our families waited at Lions Park until we could reunite them with their children.”Mallary Caudill was an OCJ/OAN student reporter for the 2016 Ohio FFA Convention and is currently a student at West Liberty-Salem High School. She agreed to share with us her thoughts from that fateful day.—————What seemed to be a normal Friday for most WL-S students quickly changed to a scary reality, which we never thought would hit our small town.I was fortunate enough to not be too close to the incident. In fact I didn’t even hear the shots. Many, and most of my friends, were in the high school wing, and were alerted more quickly by the actual gunshots. Our K-12 campus is all in one building, and my first period class, French, was in the middle school wing. I walked to class just like normal, sat down at my desk, and got ready to start the day as I waited for the bell.Due to the construction at our school our PA system often doesn’t work in certain areas of the building. So it wasn’t a surprise that our morning announcements never came on, my teacher simply opened the class with a statement, which was quickly interrupted by the PA system clicking on.What we thought would be the Pledge of Allegiance, were actually the words, “Lockdown, active shooter in the high school wing.” We commenced our ALICE (alert, lockdown, inform, counter and evacuate) training procedure: turning off the lights, pulling the blinds, and barricading the door with desks and chairs.We thought that it was just a drill, seeing as in drill situations the same announcement is made. I had a sort of eerie feeling about this though, since we had no bell, but we started the day with this announcement.After about two minutes of sitting in the corner of the classroom, another announcement came on, “This is not a drill, there is an active shooter in the high school wing.” After about 30 seconds, a teacher’s voice shouted in the hallway for us to run. My classmates quickly tore away the desks and chairs that barricaded the door, and we ran down the hallway out the door toward our land lab, and through the land lab, to nearby houses, about a mile. We then waited at nearby houses, scared for our lives and classmates, as we watched police cars surround our school.We had no idea that the shooter had been shooting in the high school wing, where my sister, who was two classrooms down from the incident, heard the first two shots. Again because of construction, she simply thought that it was a construction worker dropping something. Her teacher walked out into the hallway to see what it was. He saw one of the other teachers running and shouting “shooter” out of the restroom. He came back into his classroom and told the kids to break windows and get out. Kids kicked and threw objects at the windows to break them; some cranked them open and wedged themselves out, and got all the students out. My sister ran through a muddy corn field for about a mile, and because of the mud, literally ran out of her shoes. She ran the rest of the way barefoot to another nearby farmhouse. She called my mom as she ran and my mom got there as quickly as she could.As scary as the situation was I am so happy that all of my fellow classmates are OK. Even Logan, the victim who was shot in the bathroom is healing and it is hoped he will make a full recovery.West Liberty- Salem is so fortunate to have the staff, students, and the law-enforcement we do. God was evident during this day, as many miracles were performed in sparing the lives of the students and staff. Our small, rural community of less than 2,000 has been blessed by support from surrounding communities all over the state of Ohio, as well as other communities in other states.—————Schools around the area have taken assembly pictures wearing Tiger colors to show their support.Many schools wore orange and black to support us on their days back to school (after the event). Many FFA chapters reached out in support as well. We have a long road of emotional healing ahead of us, but one thing is for sure — we are a community, a family, and we will get through this together.One of those miracles was that the first responders on the scene, though not as familiar with gunshot wound victims as other more urban districts, found themselves thankful for new gunshot kits that they had been equipped with just weeks before. The head paramedic on scene said that Cole would surely not be alive today if it weren’t for that blessing.Shortly after the incident, a number of Go Fund Me accounts were set up in Logan Cole’s name, in an effort to help fund various expenses from the tragedy. Here’s a quote from the webpage set up by the family: “Many people have asked how they can support Logan in a tangible way. We have started this Go Fund Me page in response to that. One third of the money will go a college fund for Logan, one third of the money will go to WLS high school for a yet to be determined project, and one third of the money will go to support the Serna family.”The Serna family refers to that of the shooter — it’s not a typo. The Cole family has astounded the community with their message of forgiveness following the shooting that left their son with a number of surgeries left to undergo.Courts are currently deciding whether or not to try shooter Ely Serna — an honor roll student that was involved in wrestling — as an adult. He is facing 13 charges, including two counts of attempted murder. No motive has been described.The Cole family and the students of West Liberty-Salem have also gotten broad support from around the area. Though the surrounding communities are highly territorial by which team they root for on Friday nights, numerous schools left their individual colors behind to don black and orange, the colors of the West Liberty-Salem Tigers, to basketball games. Schools around the area have taken assembly pictures wearing Tiger colors to show their support, with a number of local businesses sending profits from certain nights to benefit those harmed.Shortly after the shooting, Logan’s father Ryan Cole posted this update on Facebook:“He remembers the event and one of the first things he asked Julie and I was to pray for the other student involved.”On what started as a normal day in rural Ohio, Logan Cole ended up with around 70 or 80 shot pellets in his body with two in his spinal canal. He suffered multiple breaks and fractures in his backbone, three broken teeth from his fall to the floor after being shot, and damage to his right lung. And for many in the community, a hero was born.last_img read more

Cotto punishes Kamegai to win sixth world title

first_imgOnyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CARSON, CA – AUGUST 26: Miguel Cotto punches Yoshihiro Kamegai, as Cotto goes on to win in a 12 round unanimous decision during the WBO Junior Middleweight title fight at StubHub Center on August 26, 2017 in Carson, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPPuerto Rican great Miguel Cotto battered back the determined challenge of Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai on Saturday to claim the vacant World Boxing organization junior middleweight world title.In an action-packed bout in an outdoor ring at the StubHub Center in suburban Los Angeles, Cotto emerged with a unanimous decision, winning it by scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.ADVERTISEMENT Abatayo adds to PH’s haul in lawn bowls with bronze Read Next Cotto hadn’t fought since November 2015, when he lost the middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez, who later vacated the title to take on Gennady Golovkin on September 16.But the 36-year-old, who says he’ll retire after one more fight in December, was dominant as he improved to 45-1 with 33 wins inside the distance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKamegai came right at Cotto from the opening bell, backing him into the ropes and sneaking in rights.But Cotto landed the harder punches, nailing him with a big left hook to end the first round. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension It was just one of many punishing blows Kamegai would absorb on the night.Cotto landed a huge right hand to start the fifth that snapped Kamegai’s head back — even then the Japanese kept coming.“He’s a tough fighter, tough opponent,” Cotto said. Since round number five, six, I already knew I’m not going to stop him.”Despite his heart, Kamegai didn’t have the power to hurt Cotto, who insisted he would stick to his plan to retire after one more fight this year.“I’m 36 already. I’m going to be 37 on october 29 and I think it’s enough. It’s enough boxing for me,” Cotto said. “One more in December and that will be all.”ADVERTISEMENT Asked who he’d pick for an opponent in his final bout, Cotto deferred to trainer Freddy Roach.Roach mentioned the possibility of getting the winner of the Golovkin-Alvarez bout.“We’re not going to duck anybody,” Roach said. “We’re going to go out with a bang.” LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

10 months agoHazard insists Chelsea still in the title race

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hazard insists Chelsea still in the title raceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea ace Eden Hazard insists they’re still in the title race.Hazard struck in victory at Brighton yesterday.He said, “I like scoring, but it’s not important to me, the most important thing is winning the games. “That’s why I’m on the field, we knew before the match that we had to score a third goal, when you’re 3-0 it’s harder for the teams to come back, but we did not concede the goal and the pressure came up. “We managed the game well. We want to be at the top of the standings at the end of the season, we know that Man City and Liverpool are good teams but we do not want the gap to be big.” last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool striker Firmino: I play at Christmas for the fans

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino: I play at Christmas for the fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino is happy playing through the Christmas period.Firmino admits he wants to do it for the fans.He told the Mirror: “For me, Christmas in England is very different from the one I lived in Brazil, for lots of reasons – on the pitch and off it.“But I’ve been here since 2015 and I’ve already got used to playing on these dates.“When I played in Germany the league stopped, but here it is played so the fans can enjoy Christmas better.“I don’t mind that at all it because we play for them.” last_img

10 months agoMan Utd legend Neville excited to see Rashford at top of his game

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd legend Neville excited to see Rashford at top of his gameby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville is delighted seeing Marcus Rashford at the top of his game for victory at Newcastle.Rashford, 21, took his tally to three goals in four games with Solskjaer in charge against Newcastle and Neville said his improvement comes from replicating United teammate Anthony Martial in front of goal.Rashford has held his position as United’s first-choice striker since Jose Mourinho’s dismissal and Neville says watching the forward is a delight.”Rashford playing up front has been fantastic,” he told Sky Sports. “I love him to bits.”150 games nearly at the age of 21; the potential is enormous.”It’s actually now stepping up beyond potential, to where he will be a top-class player.” last_img read more