Steph Curry set to grace UAAP Season 81 opening

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State’s Stephen Curry, who won three titles and two MVPs in the NBA, will make a special appearance in the opening ceremonies that will begin at 12 pm Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.JUST IN: Stephen Curry will be at the #UAAPSeason81 opening to inspire UAAP athletes and sports fans! pic.twitter.com/mRymysrRkkFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’— National-U (@NationalUPhil) September 6, 2018 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The UAAP is pulling out all the stops to start its 81st season.Host National University will showcase the 2018-2019 season both as a sporting spectacle and also as an entertainment endeavor.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIEScenter_img Kazakh steps up to challenge for world boxing presidency And Curry’s guesting is just part of the attraction.Four-time UAAP Cheerdance Competition champions NU Pepsquad will perform with fellow school-based groups NU Underdawgz and NU Chorale with the Buganda Dancers also set to be in the program.Alternative rock band Spongecola is also set to entertain the crowd with actor James Reid and K-Pop star Minzy.University of the Philippines and University of the East kick off the hoops action at 2pm with NU and University of Santo Tomas closing out the day.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentslast_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao lists the top 7 boxers he’s fought

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard June Mar Fajardo dedicates 5th PBA MVP to his family Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao had a thrilling trilogy with Morales, with him winning 2-1, a four-fight epic with Marquez, and a couple of wins against Barrera.Boxing’s only eight-division champion forced De La Hoya into retirement, knocked out a prime Hatton, pummeled Cotto, and had one of the most memorable rivalries in boxing history with Mayweather.Despite wrestling the title of best pound-for-pound boxer for almost 10 years, Mayweather and Pacquiao only fought once in a dud of a bout in 2015 that ended in a unanimous decision win for the Pretty Boy.Pacquiao is currently preparing for his defense of the WBA World welterweight title against Adrien Broner on January 19.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Pacquiao, though, narrowed down the greatest fighters he’s fought to seven names.“I think my top opponents are Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Manuel Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera, Miguel Cotto, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Erik Morales, and Ricky Hatton,” said Pacquiao in a report by BoxingNewsOnline.net.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsPacquiao (60-7-2) burst into the scene in 2001 when he beat Lehlo Ledwaba senseless for the IBF world super bantamweight title and it was, coincidentally, in the undercard of De La Hoya’s fight against Javier Castillejo for the WBC World super welterweight championship.It was the fight that catapulted a blonde-dyed Pacquiao to the American consciousness and everything that followed was history. Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES (L-R) Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez exchange blows during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPMANILA, Philippines—Manny Pacquiao has fought 69 times as a professional that spanned across three different decades.The Filipino boxing icon championed different eras and was at one point the best boxer in the world, regardless of weight class, and this longevity saw him go up against the Sweet Science’s best.ADVERTISEMENT Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBNlast_img read more

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The Current and Future Roles of the IT Department (A Repeat)

first_imgInformation Technology (IT) involves the study, design, development, implementation, and the support or management of computer-based information systems, particularly software applications and computer hardware, for the purpose of converting, storing, protecting, processing, transmitting, and securely retrieving information. Information Technology (IT) has many core components which often dictate how IT departments are structured. Some of these components include: hardware, software, networking & communications infrastructure, business intelligence (BI) & reporting, support, leadership, planning, security, governance, etc… The term information technology has mushroomed to encompass many aspects of computing, communications, and technology.Armed with the definition of IT, it is important to know the role the IT department plays in every organization. To know an IT department’s role, you need to first understand the mission, goals, and objectives of the organization. An understanding of these three aspects of the organization, paves the way to gaining important insight on the role that the IT department plays within that specific organization. Now, from my understanding, the general role of the Information Technology (IT) department is to provide Information and Communication Technology (ICT) services and support in order to enable the organization to achieve its goals and objectives. Contrary to arguments made by some who try to make the IT department appear as only a risk or cost minimizer, the IT department basically serves as an ENABLER within the organization. The IT department is responsible for three major things within the organization: governance, infrastructure, and functionality. With regard to governance, the IT department provides the operating parameters for the use of IT systems, services, architecture, network, security, etc., within the organization. The IT department’s infrastructural responsibility is to ensure that the operating network and circuitry, in addition to other equipment that constitute the IT system, work in conformity with the established operating standards and procedures. System functionality is also a responsibility of the IT department. That is, the IT department is to provide the capacity for operating applications development, storing and securing the electronic information the organization owns, and providing direct operating assistance in software use and data management to all functional areas in the organization.That being said, the role of an IT department may vary depending on the type, goals, and objective of the organization.  For example, the role of an IT department in a school or school district may be to support the educational technology needs of the school or schools, its students, faculty, and staff. In a business, the IT Department aligns IT with the business strategy to achieve the overall goals and objectives of the business. The IT department helps create value by addressing the business needs of an organization. This can vary depending on how the firm’s uses IT. The same applies to government IT departments as well.So basically, the IT department does the following and more as needed:  design, develop, and implement data processing; provide ICT hardware and maintenance support services; implement security policies to safeguard the security of organizations hardware and its data; design, develop, manage, and maintain the organization’s website; provide IT Software Support services to the organization; takes responsibility for the electronic storing and archiving of data; facilitate the storing and archiving of documentation of the organization; provide technical support for the use of ICT in the form of training and so on.The IT Department of Tomorrow Today, most IT department still have a full staff, a server room full of blade servers running to support mission-critical software and systems, websites, portals, etc…, that organizations currently leverage to meet their business goals. In a few years, this will go away. With virtualization, converged infrastructures and cloud computing, the traditional IT department model will soon be obsolete. These new technologies that have emerged are reshaping the data center landscape. The result of this will be a shrunk, or merged, and/or ultimately, a fizzled out IT department.  And if it still exists, the role and structure of the future IT department will shift significantly. IT departments will not be siloed to special verticals as they are now. The point I am trying to make is that we will not see IT departments in which there’s a network team that handles all aspects of the networks or a server team that handles all aspect of server rooms. Rather, we will see a data center manager emerge with a converged role. This person will not spend time on server installations or network upgrades, but on choosing the right applications to deploy and putting the right plans in place to help the organization streamline business processes.In Liberia, we will still maintain the current oversized, centralized IT departments for the next five to ten years. This is because our national IT initiatives are still in its infancy. We will still need folks to implement IT Systems, install Ethernet networks, email servers, websites, directory services, etc…  But as new technologies continue to emerge, most of the systems we use will continue to run themselves and will not require IT professionals to keep them running. This will make IT departments, as we currently know them, a relic. The reality on the future of IT departments is that organizations are going to keep a smaller IT team or group on staff, hire more consultants, and focus their IT resources on software, the cloud, and mobile devices. Mobile devices will eventually become our fully functioning PCs. This transition may not happen overnight, but it has long since begun.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Govt resurrecting “bogeyman” as distraction – former AG

first_imgCharges against former MinistersFormer Attorney General and Legal Affairs Minister Anil Nandlall has dismissed recent utterances coming from Government officials about looming charges against former Ministers and officials under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) regime over “Pradoville II”, saying this is a repetitive method of lashing out whenever the coalition Administration in under the heat.Former Attorney General Anil Nandlall“You will note that every time the coalition Government is on the ‘back foot’ an article appears in the press that criminal charges are imminent in relation to “Pradoville II”. The coalition Government took a beating recently on a number of issues, including, the teachers’ strike action. From all indications, they will take a sound thrashing at the upcoming Local Government Elections. So once again, to distract, they have resurrected their favourite ‘bogeyman’,” Nandlall posited in a post on his Facebook on Saturday.The former AG’s comments were in response to an article appearing in two local newspapers last week – on Saturday in the Stabroek News and on Wednesday in Kaieteur News.With regards to the later article, Nandlall made reference to comments made by Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma who said that the former AG cleared the way for charges to be filed against those fingered in the Pradoville II probe. Minister Sharma was referring to an article Nandlall wrote last month pointing out that Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson got the entire Cabinet to violate the Procurement Act by awarding the $160 million contract to a Dutch company handpicked by Patterson to carry out a feasibility study on the new Demerara River Crossing, without any resort to the procedures mandated by the Procurement Act for such transaction.According to Nandlall, Sharma’s utterances were just another of his “usually outrageous outbursts”.“Charges in relation to “Pradoville II” are being bandied about by this Administration over two years ago,” the former AG posited, while adding that the Junior Finance Minister had made a similarly bizarre statement two weeks ago about the Leader of the Opposition.In relation to Saturday’s article which speaks of looming conspiracy charges against those who benefited from house lots in ‘Pradoville II’,” Nandlall said he found this to be “interesting.”In fact, he noted “It opens the way for Cabinet members of the coalition Government to be charged in a conspiracy for giving themselves a 50 per cent increase in salaries and indeed, for a whole host of decisions, which Cabinet made or sanctioned, including, the rental of a house in Sussex Street as a drug bond for the excessive $12.5 million per month. You would recall that Minister George Norton said Cabinet approved this contract. It is also public knowledge that Cabinet reviewed the contract but has failed to terminate it thus far,” Nandlall stressed, adding that he hopes the Junior Finance Minister notes this comments of his as well.The former AG went on to note too that another interesting dimension to this situation would be whether only former Cabinet members are going to be charged, or non-Cabinet members such as the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Shalimar Ali-Hack; former Chief-of-Staff Gary Best; Dr Compton Bourne and so on will also be charged.“We have to wait and see,” he asserted.Last year, the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) had arrested and questioned a number of top officials from the previous Government. Among those arrested and questioned were former President Bharrat Jagdeo, and former Head of the Presidential Secretariat, Dr Roger Luncheon. Other former Government officials questioned included Prime Minister and President Samuel Hinds, former Ministers Priya Manickchand, Irfaan Ali, Clement Rohee, Robert Persaud and Jennifer Westford, among others in connection to their role in the “Pradoville II” scheme, where they would have purchased lands.The current Administration contends the transactions were a criminal act because of the belief that they were sold below market value. However, the PPP had argued that subsidised housing has always been a part of the legacy of the People’s Progressive Party and that countless Guyanese have benefited from lands sold below market value.last_img read more

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Bag the bags

first_imgTHOSE ubiquitous plastic shopping bags that most every retailer in the land uses as a courtesy to their customers may have seen their time come – and go. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to study a ban on petroleum-based plastic shopping bags, and in so doing join a growing trend. San Francisco County supervisors enacted a bag ban last month. New York state is considering the first statewide ban on the bags. Knowing what we do about global warming and the human hand in polluting the planet, this is a debate that Los Angeles must have. But the reality of such a ban is going to take some working out. About six billion such bags are sold in Los Angeles County. Banning them could have tremendous cost to consumers and business. Replacing the bags with biodegradable forms might not be an answer either, as some research indicates that if they are not composted properly they could clog landfills and hurt marine life. Still, it’s something that can and should be worked out. There is a growing understanding that we must start stepping lighter on this Earth. And by choosing – perhaps with just a tinge of coercion – to stop filling up our landfills with disposable, nonreusable bags is a great way to ring in Earth Day 2007. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Depth sparks quick start by Quartz Hill

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event At 6-foot-3, Kachold, a left-handed opposite hitter, has great upside, and Mottram is a good complement on the outside. Sophomore Chris McCabe and junior Travis Jaqua are consistent contributors. “We’re going to be really good next year,” Harris said. “That’s not to say we’re taking things for granted this year, though.” Jaren Harrell is a team leadership, but he doesn’t look like most volleyball players. The 6-4, 285-pound senior is heading to Hofstra next fall on a football scholarship. “He gets looks everywhere we go,” Harris said. Quartz Hill has played several quality opponents this season and participated earlier this month in the UC Santa Barbara Tournament, annually a showcase of top Southern California programs. The Rebels lost to perennial Div. I power Loyola of Los Angeles and Oaks Christian of Westlake Village, the defending Div. IV champion. Quartz Hill High’s boys’ volleyball team is fairly inexperienced, but that hasn’t prevented the Rebels from getting off to a fast start this year and climbing into the Southern Section Div. II poll, in which it is ranked 10th. The Rebels (6-1 overall, 4-0 Golden League) lost to Canyon in five games in their opener and have gone undefeated since behind the consistent play of juniors Patrick Studdert and Brooks Eggerth and freshmen Ryan Kachold and Evan Mottram. “We’re happy with where we are at right now,” Quartz Hill coach Justin Harris said. “We’re well ahead of where we should be. This team is playing at a high level, better than some teams we’ve seen with a majority of seniors.” Eggerth, a setter, is the catalyst, and more often than not his first option in the attack is Studdert, who is averaging 20 kills per match. “These are the types of teams we’re going to see in the playoffs, so it was good for us to get a look at what playing against the best is like,” Harris said. Quartz Hill defeated defending league champion Highland, its biggest rival, last week in three games to move into sole possession of first place. The Rebels resume league play Wednesday against Palmdale. “These young guys are holding their own,” Harris said. “How we play in the next couple of weeks will determine if we’re for real or not.” Sean Ceglinsky, (818) 713-3607 sean.ceglinsky@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Scotland get UEFA Nations League campaign off to winning start against Albania

first_img Latest UEFA Nations League News The Hearts striker somehow managed headed the ball onto the post from less than six yards out with the goal at his mercy.Naismith then had a goal disallowed for offside as the home crowd grew increasingly concerned.However, there concerns were lifted within a minute of the restart when Naismith turned away to celebrate Scotland’s breakthrough goal, however, his header last touched Albanian defender Djimsiti en route to the net.The visitors nearly levelled the game on 65 minutes but Bekim Balaj’s volley whistled just over the bar. It’s a winning start for Scotland in their UEFA Nations League campaign after beating Albania 2-0 at Hampden Park.Berat Djimsiti’s own goal and Steven Naismith’s header sealed the victory for Alex McLeish’s side in a game where the home side were guilty of missing a number of good opportunities. And Scotland made them pay three minutes later when Naismith capitalised on some dreadful defending to head home Callum McGregor’s looping corner.Almost straight from the restart McGregor nearly made it 3-0 but his shot was well blocked as McLeish’s men coasted to the win.GROUP C1 TABLE Ex-Liverpool star says Alexander-Arnold should play in midfield for England Switzerland vs England: Exclusive coverage of Nations League play-off match Guedes strikes as Portugal beat Netherlands 1-0 to win inaugural Nations League LISTEN NOW Euro 2020 play-offs: How it works, fixtures dates and countries involved Naismith showed great character in the game ‘WEAPON’ Portugal vs Netherlands: Exclusive coverage of Nations League final in Porto know your limits Scotland are currently top of Group C1 center_img Portugal 1 Netherlands 0 updates: Guedes fires hosts to Nations League glory explained showdown 3 Go for glory Southgate defends Stones after error, says England will not change playing style CHAMPIONS Cascarino to Stones: You’re not Bobby Moore, so don’t try to play like him my choice 3 It was comfortable in the end but for a while it looked like the game would be one of those nights for Scotland as they lacked real composure in front of goal in the first-half.Charlie Mulgrew’s third-minute free-kick was tipped over the bar as the hosts took then game to their opponents.On 16 minutes, Stephen O’Donnell’s dangerous ball across the box was missed by Johnny Russell who should have done better.And then there were shades of the Chris Iwelumo’s about the next opportunity – Naismith the unwanted victim of this comparison among Scotland fans. 3last_img read more

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Honda extends its deal with IRL

first_img Clarke said he sees some advantages to being the only engine supplier in the series. “Our desire is to be involved in a series we view as the pinnacle and the premier open-wheel racing series,” Clarke said, “and see that as maybe a priority over the need to have competition.” Barnhart said teams and drivers will be using equipment that is equally competitive, and that would be another advantage to having one engine supplier in the IRL. “If there is no competition in 2007, there are some short-term benefits to that as well,” Barnhart said. “And it certainly gives you the opportunity to equal supply, equal performance, to reduce some costs and reduce some barriers of entry into the series.” In three years of IRL competition, Honda and its drivers and teams have won the past two IRL championships (Tony Kanaan and Dan Wheldon), the past two Indianapolis 500s (Buddy Rice and Wheldon) and 27 Indy Car Series races. Honda drivers have also won the past three rookies of the year (Wheldon, Kosuke Matsura and Danica Patrick). “I am very excited about Honda’s decision today as it brings stability and continuity to a very competitive racing package,” said Tony George, chief executive officer of the IRL. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Honda. We’re encouraged by their multi-year commitment to the IRL and their willingness to assist us in growing the series both on and off the track.” Tim Haddock, (818) 713-3715 timothy.haddock@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FONTANA – Honda will be supplying engines to Indy Racing League teams through 2009, it was announced Saturday at California Speedway. Whether any other engine manufacturers will join Honda in the IRL is yet to be determined. Honda made its commitment to the IRL as Chevrolet and Toyota are preparing to leave the open-wheel racing series. Chevrolet is gone after the 2005 season. Toyota will leave after 2006. As it stands, Honda will be the sole engine supplier to the IRL when the 2007 season starts. “Clearly we have a focus on open-wheel racing,” said Robert Clarke, president of Honda Performance Development. “In this decision process, there was no other consideration. The only discussion was whether to stay or leave.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Lack of competition and the ability to supply every driver in the series with an engine are two of the main concerns for Honda Performance Development, which is based in Santa Clarita, and the IRL. But both were confident Honda would be able to meet the demands of the IRL teams. “We welcome competition,” Clarke said. “Then again, we understand that we may be the only manufacturer involved. We’re OK with that.” Brian Barnhart, president and chief operating officer of the IRL, said the series is actively pursuing other manufacturers to join the series. “We’ve been contacting all of them,” Barnhart said. “As (Clarke) stated, it’s his preference to have competition. At the same time, it’s our preference to have competition as well. “At this point in time, we don’t have any other manufacturers who have taken up the challenge of taking on Honda and their participation in the Indy Car Series.” last_img read more

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Governor to wield too much power

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Placing this much power in the hands of just one person is a clear invitation for abuse. The governor could use the budget to reward friends, punish enemies or push his personal agenda, and the Legislature would be powerless to stop him. Even if you agree with this governor, what about future governors? Do we really want to give one person almost dictatorial control over state spending, with no legislative oversight or accountability? Dictatorships may be more efficient, but they don’t make for better budget-making, not in a democracy where spending priorities need to be carefully balanced and fully debated. California governors already have sufficient power to deliver a balanced budget for taxpayers, a lesson I learned as Gov. Pete Wilson’s finance director. Sure, negotiations with the Legislature can be tough. But under the current system, the governor is first at bat and has the last hit. He submits a spending plan, negotiates the details and has the power to blue-pencil wasteful spending before the budget takes effect. The system works. The governor has plenty of power to do what’s needed. The California State PTA opposes Proposition 76 because of its crippling impact on public schools. The initiative reduces the minimum public school funding requirements approved by voters when they passed Proposition 98. The immediate effect would be to slash ongoing public school funding by about $4 billion – more than $600 per student. At a time when more money is needed for books, new teachers, after-school programs and classroom supplies, Proposition 76 cuts it. A staff analysis by the California State Association of Counties warns that Proposition 76 is poorly written and “contains serious drafting errors that will result in unintended consequences that will have a severe fiscal impact on counties.” At risk could be some $2.6 billion in voter-approved public-safety funding used by cities and counties to pay for police and fire protection, in addition to more than $450 million in funding for the juvenile probation system, emergency services and other crime-prevention programs. Also at risk is local government funding for social services, transportation and health care, including disease prevention, senior programs and child immunization. As for the governor’s claim that Proposition 76 will prevent future tax increases, even Republicans disagree. The measure “actually encourages tax increases,” says the president of the California Republican Assembly, the state’s largest GOP grass-roots organization. The Legislative Analyst agrees, saying “the state could raise taxes for either general or specific purposes” under Proposition 76. Calling Proposition 76 budget “reform” doesn’t make it so. In fact, it makes an even bigger mess. Craig Brown served as California’s director of finance under former Gov. Pete Wilson.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Despite Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s best efforts to sell Proposition 76 as the cure for what ails our state’s budget process, it isn’t. Instead, it’s a direct assault on our democratic system of checks and balances that delivers a crushing blow to our public schools, with the potential to devastate state funding for local health care, transportation and public safety. Proposition 76 makes major changes in California’s constitution, dramatically expanding the governor’s power over the state budget and giving him the authority to cut spending for schools, public safety, health care, transportation and other programs – of the governor’s choosing – without voter approval or legislative oversight. He need only declare a “fiscal emergency” to exercise this sweeping new executive power, the threshold for which is “not particularly high,” according to an independent review by the Legislative Analyst’s Office. A report by the independent California Budget Project says Proposition 76 “would significantly broaden the governor’s power and eliminate the Legislature’s ability to determine which laws should remain in force.” “The Legislature would be locked out of deliberations over future budget cuts,” says the report, warning that Proposition 76 would provide the governor with “the ability to override state laws” and grant him “broad powers to cut even in years when there is a budget surplus.” last_img read more

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DONEGAL OUTDOOR SCHOOLS IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN

first_imgThe number of parents opting to send their children to outdoor pre-schools is on the rise. That’s according to Donegal woman, Sally O’Donnell, who established Ireland’s first outdoor school in Donegal eight years ago.Located just outside Letterkenny in Glenswilly, Glen Outdoor School is now part of a trio of Early Learning Schools in Donegal where children spend 80% of their time outdoors.As well as Glen Outdoor, the Early Learning Schools incorporate Park School, located at the Mountain Top, Letterkenny and Ray Outdoor School in Ray Community Centre, situated between Rathmullan and Ramelton. A native of Churchill, O’Donnell was ahead of her time when she opened Glen Outdoor School in 2006, but is now delighted that outdoor schools are gaining popularity across Ireland and the UK.O’Donnell explains: “Parents are curious to find out more about the benefits of outdoor play, because before they visit our schools, they are sometimes concerned that outdoor play is just that – play.However, they are reassured when they realise that our schools follow the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, Aistear.“The focus of our schools is to allow children enjoy their childhood as two, three, and four year olds should, instilling in them a desire to learn by following their individual needs. In doing so we prepare them, not just for school – but for life.” O’Donnell continued: “Nature provides a variety of learning opportunities that children can really get involved in, from planting seeds to exploring the properties of water.“The outdoor environment also encourages children to explore curricular concepts using higher order thinking, problem solving, self-risk assessing and complex language.“We’ve also got great feedback from parents in terms of dramatic improvements in their children’s health and well-being since starting our outdoor schools.“That’s largely because many leading experts recommend that children get a minimum of three hours active outdoor play every day, but it appears that this is now the exception rather than the norm.” The fact that one in four children is now either overweight or obese is hugely concerning and just should not be the case.” Early Learning Schools give children the opportunity to experience the outdoors in all types of weather, while dressed in the appropriate clothing and footwear.Additional benefits include independence, resilience, self-esteem and disposition, better energy levels, better quality of sleep, agility, balance and co-ordination, stronger immune systems and lower stress levels.Early Learning Schools will host a series of information evenings this week to inform and educate parents about the positive impact outdoor activity has on children’s development.The first information evening takes place in Park School, Mountain Top, Letterkenny, (entrance via Foxhill’s Estate) on Tuesday, 24th February, followed by Ray Outdoor School (Ray Community Centre, between Rathmullan and Ramelton) on Wednesday, 25th February and finally, Glen Outdoor School on Thursday, 26th February. All sessions take place from 6.00pm – 8.00pm each evening. Visit www.earlylearningschools.ie or call Sally on 086 858 9339 or Noreen on 087 2966164 for more information.DONEGAL OUTDOOR SCHOOLS IN A CLASS OF THEIR OWN was last modified: February 23rd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:childcarechildreneducationFeaturesLearningnewsOutdoorPre-schoolschoolslast_img read more

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