Young Westmoreland footballer wants to make it to the top

first_imgWestern Bureau:National Under-15 representative Shane Ricketts is brimming with optimism after the senior Reggae Boyz fell just shy of a historic first hold on the CONCACAF Gold Cup title on Sunday.Ricketts, who plays on the right of defence for Westmoreland in the JFF Western Under-15 Parish League, told The Gleaner that his time will come as the current crop of players continues building the foundation for Jamaica’s resurgence and domination of the region over the long term.”I plan on taking on football as a career, and I want to learn as much from these players as possible,” said the Little London High School player.”It is the same with the Westmoreland team. I want to learn and achieve with all the players because we believe we can win this competition,” he continued.He added: “I want to continue in football and play for Jamaica at the senior level.”Ricketts is blessed with skill and speed and is able to play well both in defence and attack, something he said has made him a more complete player in the mould of Brazil and Barcelona’s Dani Alves and Argentinean Marcos Rojo.But while he admires those international players, his main aim is to help bring Jamaica to a level that will rival the likes of Mexico and the United States.He said his transition from the Under-15s will be an important element of his progress, or lack thereof, noting that all great footballers are able to make the right transition from youth level to the senior ranks.”I want to be able to go from being a good youth player to being a great national player for Jamaica. I have a number of years in the daCosta Cup, plus there are the national age-group levels,” said Ricketts.”Hard work and dedication I know will take me where I need to be, so right now, it’s about helping team Westmoreland win the Under-15 title.last_img read more

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Blackwood only J’can in Windies Test Squad

first_imgJamaica’s Jermaine Blackwood is the only Jamaican named in the West Indies Cricket Board’s 13-member squad for the historic 50th test match at Sabina Park against Pakistan on Friday. Blackwood last played for the West Indies in the third Test against Pakistan in Sharjah in October last year. In that game, he made 27 runs, 23 in the first innings and four in the second inning in the West Indies five wicket win. The squad also includes the uncapped Shimron Hetmyer and Vishual Singh and the returning Kieran Powell. The West Indies selectors said that they included the three for various reasons. Maturity “Shimron has shown a lot of maturity during this season of regional games and also within our ‘A’ team,’ they said in a release. Powell was selected because the panel “felt a need to fast -track him through our ‘A’ team programme last year.” “We are happy that Kieran is once again available as an option for us to open the batting. West Indies cricket has invested heavily in him over the years . Singh was noted to be a consistent batsman in the Regional Four-day tournament. “His hundred over the weekend for the WICB President’s XI against the Pakistanis helped to fortify in our minds that he has a place in our squad.” The remaining squad includes Captain Jason Holder, Devendra Bishoo, Kraigg Brathwaite, Roston Chase, Miguel Cummins, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, and Alzarri Joseph.last_img read more

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2 of 5 Test Positive for Ebola in Liberia

first_imgThe Daily Observer was informed late Sunday night by Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. (MD) Walter Traub Gwenigale that of the five blood samples sent to Lyons, France for testing, two tested positive with the Ebola virus, which has a “case fatality rate of 90 percent,” according to the World Health Organization (WHO).“Now, of the two samples, one has already died in Foya, Lofa County and the other person was the sister of the dead person. This sister was the one looking after [the deceased] when she fell sick. Blood from her, too, tested positive,” Dr. Gwenigale told the Observer.According to him, his worries are now centered on the surviving sister of the deceased (both of their names remain unknown) as she reportedly travelled from Lofa to Firestone in Margibi County and likely interacted with several persons along the way. This opens a possibility that some of the people she interacted with on her way and since her arrival in Firestone have also become infected.“We have informed Dr. Mabande who is the medical director there and they are trying to quarantine her,” Dr. Gwenigale said.The Health and Social Welfare Minister disclosed that authorities at the US Government’s Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, GA had also called him concerning the news from France, and said they (authorities at CDC) had already been briefed.With reports of the outbreak of the Ebola virus in neighboring Guinea and confirmed cases in Lofa and suspected cases in Nimba Counties, the Mano River Union (MRU) Secretariat in Monrovia presented a check of US$10,000 to the Government of Liberia, through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW).This, according to the Deputy Secretary-General of the Mano River Union Secretariat, Koffi Kouman, is part of efforts to support the Government of Liberia in responding quickly to the “emergency.”The MRU Secretariat presented the check to the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Friday, March 28.Making the presentation, Mr. Koffi Kouman said it was the MRU’s way of showing solidarity with the government and people of Liberia.Receiving the check, Health and Social Welfare Minister, Dr. Walter Gwenigale thanked the MRU Secretariat for the donation that would enable the Ministry to increase public awareness and put in place the necessary mechanisms to prevent the spread of the virus into Liberia.In a telephone interview with the Observer Sunday, March 30, Dr. Gwenigale reiterated his thanks to the MRU Secretariat, but stated that the Ministry has made a budget of US$1.2 million and that the MRU’s amount was a “drop in the bucket.” The Minister urged all of the MOH’s partners to help raise the money for the containment of the disease that is now confirmed to be in Liberia.The Health Minister disclosed that he presented the US$10,000 check to the head of the National Public Emergency Task Force (NPETF). The NPETF is coordinating efforts curtailing the spread of the Ebola virus, which, since its outbreak in neighboring Guinea, has claimed the lives of at least 65 persons in regions very close to the Liberian bordering counties of Lofa and Nimba.On the use of the US$1.2 million, of which the MRU’s donation is  part, Dr. G stated that a daily subsistence allowance (DSA) for those health workers in the suspected counties, fuel and gasoline for vehicles and generators and protective gears for the health workers, among others, would also come from the money.However, Mr. Thomas Nagbe, Director of Disease Prevention and Control at the Health Ministry, told the Observer that the task force has presently received US$60,000. He said US$50,000 of the amount was provided by the GoL and the US$10,000 from the MRU Secretariat. Nagbe also stated that other partners, including UNFPA had come forward with material support.He disclosed that beginning today, Monday March 31, the task force would dispatch re-enforcement teams to Lofa, Bong and Nimba Counties and a team would also go to Grand Cape Mount County. Though Grand Cape Mount County does not share a border with Guinea, it borders Sierra Leone; which also shares borders with Guinea and has reported suspected cases of the Ebola virus.Action(s) Taken So FarEven though the GOL had stated categorically that the Ebola virus was not anywhere in Liberia, the Health Ministry, in its Friday, March 28, update, said they and their partners have stepped up efforts and strategies to “prevent the spread of the Ebola virus from neighboring Guinea into Liberia.”“The public information campaign has been intensified and hotlines established for the public to call and get basic information about the disease. The hotline numbers are 0770198517, 0777549805, 0886530260, 0886549805.”Other ongoing efforts, according to the MOH, include the coordination of the planning and response efforts at both national and county levels, distribution of personal protective equipment sets to hospitals in Montserrado, deployment of two teams to Nimba and Bong counties to support the County Health Teams, training of clinicians to create more awareness, resource mobilization, distribution of supplies to improve hygiene, water and sanitation in counties bordering Guinea, active and passive surveillance and case management in affected areas.It also stated that its task force has printed awareness messages in various dialects and information fliers on Ebola have been produced and disseminated to the various counties as part of efforts to prevent the spread of the disease to Liberia.Safety TipsThe Health Ministry again reiterated its safety tips to the public: “Do not eat animals that are found dead in the bush, and avoid contacts with fruit bats, monkeys, chimpanzees, antelopes and porcupines. Limit as much as possible, direct contact with body fluids of infected persons or dead persons. Wash your hands with soap and water as frequently as possible. Treat your water with chlorine before drinking. EBOLA OUTBREAK TIMELINE:Monday, March 24, The Daily Observer broke the news that Liberia was threatened with possible outbreak of Ebola within its border after Guinea has lost at least 59 of its citizens to the deadly disease, which started wreaking havoc since February 7.Tuesday, March 25,­ The GoL, including the Ministries of Information, Culture and Tourism and Health and Social Welfare, along with the World Health Organization Office in Liberia, had a major press conference on March 24, in which they told the nation that Ebola has crossed over into Liberia. They further stated that as of March 24, six persons had been affected and that it had claimed at least five lives: three of which died on Liberian soil and two returned to Guinea and expired there. They said that the last of the six, a female child, was undergoing treatment at a medical facility in Zorzor, Lofa County.Wednesday, March 26, The Daily Observer Nimba County Correspondent, Ishmael Menkor, was told by Dr. Claude Monga, Acting Chief Medical Officer of Ganta Hospital, that the hospital on Monday transferred two patients suspected of contacting the Ebola virus to the JFK Medical Hospital in Monrovia. And on the evening of same day, the Observer was reliably hinted to by a credible source at the JFK that one person had been quarantined within its (JFK) facility. That person, according to our source, had shown symptoms of the Ebola virus.Thursday, March 27, The GoL, having told the nation on Monday, March 24, that Ebola had crossed over into Liberia, summersaulted on Wednesday and said that Ebola was not in Liberia. They dropped the number of fatalities to four; however, they maintained the six cases. Health and Social Welfare Minister Gwenigale also told the Observer that the report of one patient being quarantined at JFK was not true. JFK Hospital also issued a release denying reports that Ganta Hospital had transferred suspected Ebola patients to it.Friday, March 28, The Senate Chairman on Gender, Health, Social Welfare, Women and Children Affairs, Senator, Dr. (MD) Peter S. Coleman, briefed the Senate Plenary. He told his colleagues that a budget in the tune of US$1.2 million had been drawn up to help contain apparent discovery of Ebola virus within the MRU sub-region. ECOWAS also described the news of the Ebola virus outbreak in Guinea and it spread as “threat to regional security.”Meanwhile, Reuters news agency reports that Senegal has closed its southern border with Guinea to prevent the spread of the disease.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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The Best Professor Wilson Tarpeh Can Do

first_imgDear Mr. Editor,My writing is in reaction to Professor Wilson Tarpeh’s claim that his association with an opposition political party, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) is responsible for withholding funds that should come to the University of Liberia (UL) to reopen, something he says is leading to his resignation as vice president for Fiscal Affairs.Professor Tarpeh claims that serving as a campaign manager for George Weah in the 2014 special senatorial election is the main reason for withholding the funds, being VP for Fiscal Affairs.  Let me firstly remind the professor that his role as “campaign manager” did not make any impact on the election of George Weah, but Weah has his constituents already built in Monrovia. No one has to run campaign for Weah as evidently seen here, but all the deceptive intellectuals in CDC, including the Mr. Tarpeh, are just riding on Weah’s popularity to ascend to positions they dearly desire.If Professor Tarpeh can resign with clean hands, he can call on the General Auditing Commission (GAC) to audit him to clearly establish that he did not misapply any funds.  Let Professor Tarpeh state the meaning of “Other fees” stipulated on our payment slip in 2013.  Where did this money go?  Let Professor Tarpeh allow former vice president for Academic Affairs & Provost, Weade Elliot-Brownell, to reveal information about financial malpractices she mentioned when she was forced to resign in 2013, and when she appeared before the Senate following her appointment at the Foreign Ministry.  If he can do these to erase the suspicion, we will know that the withholding of funds as claimed by him is truly politically motivated.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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Pedestrian killed at Soesdyke, Cop detained

first_imgEarly morning accidents– another Cop hits utility pole; in stable condition at GPHCBy Shemuel FanfairTwo junior police ranks were involved in two separate early morning accidents that occurred less than an hour apart along the East Bank Demerara (EBD) Public Road on Sunday. The accident at Soesdyke, EBD resulted in the death of a maleThe PPP 8497 Allion motor car that struck the pedestrianpedestrian who was struck down while attempting to cross the Public Road.Police revealed that this accident occurred at 03:00h Sunday when the driver of the PPP 8497 Allion motorcar, a police constable, was reportedly taking injured constable, Gavin Gentle in his personal vehicle to the Diamond Diagnostic Centre. Gentle was also involved in an accident just moments before.It was claimed that just before the fatal accident, the PPP 8497 motor car of theThe mangled PTT 5444 motorcar in which Constable Gavin Gentle crashed into a utility pole at Timerhiimplicated constable was escorted by a police vehicle with flashing lights and the sound of its siren. According to information received, the driver of PPP 8497 allegedly swerved from the pedestrian who was said to be on the centre of the road when he was struck down by the constable’s car. The pedestrian was picked up and placed in the said motorcar and was taken to the Diamond Hospital alongPolice mark out the point of impact where the unidentified pedestrian was struckwith the injured policeman.Thereafter, the pedestrian was pronounced dead on arrival and the injured policeman was treated and transferred to the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) where he was admitted. His condition was listed as serious but stable. According to police, the driver of PPP 8497 was tested and no alcoholThe cars of the two police ranks that were involved in separate accidentswas traced on his breath.The driver of the motor car was subsequently detained and later assisted police with investigations. When Guyana Times arrived on the scene, the driver was recounting to investigators all that transpired when the accident occurred. The dead man, was up to Sunday afternoon, yet to be identified. Gentle, the injuredThe fender of the Allion motorcar, seen several feet away from the point of impactman, is attached to the Bartica Police station.Police indicated that around 02:30h Sunday, Gentle was proceeding south on the Timehri Public Road, EBD when he lost control of his PTT 5444 motorcar and crashed into a utility pole. Gentle sustained injuries as a result of the collision. It was not clear if he sustained additional injuries as result of the second accident. Investigations into both matters are continuing.last_img read more

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LFC target has stats up there with the club’s best and could sign for FREE

first_img 5 4. His pass completion rate of 83 per cent is excellent – Click the arrow for more stand-out statistics – Bettered only by Steven Gerrard among the attack-minded midfielders in Liverpool’s ranks, Milner has displayed an excellent level of ball retention for Man City this season, despite being used in a number of roles, including as a striker, by boss Manuel Pellegrini. 5 James Milner sometimes gets the raw end of the deal when it comes to opinion among English football fans. The Manchester City player may not have the star quality of Yaya Toure or the flair of Sergio Aguero, but he remains one of the most underrated stars in the Premier League and one that could prove to be a shrewd acquisition for many clubs.At the end of the season Milner will be available for nothing and is arguably an ideal signing for a club such as Liverpool, who need battle-hardened consistent performers.For those of you still uncertain, take a look at some of these reasons why he should be snapped up.Click the arrow for more.Liverpool fans, do you think James Milner would be a good signing? Comment below… 2. He’s a winner (72.2 per-cent win percentage) – Click the arrow for another stand-out statistic – This is the win percentage Man City have enjoyed with Milner on the pitch so far this season. Of his 18 league appearances this season, the England international has been on the winning side 13 times, drawing four and losing just once. Check out five stats that show James Milner would be a great free transfer for Liverpool, starting with no. 5. Man City score much more goals WITH Milner in the team – 2.3 v 1.5 goals per game. Now click the arrow above to see four more stats that show Milner would be a good signing – When Milner has been on the pitch City have been far more potent this season. While it is not just down to the England man, it is interesting to see how City compare on the attacking front with and without him. In the Premier League, they have scored on average 2.3 goals-per-game with him, compared to just 1.5 when he has not played. 3. With 35 chances created, Milner supplies plenty of opportunities to score – Click the arrow for more stand-out statistics – Gifted at creating chances wherever on the pitch he plays, Milner has presented team-mates with 35 goal scoring opportunities in the Premier League alone this season, with five resulting in goals. This is only bettered by Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling and stands far above Liverpool’s more naturally creative players. 5 5 5 1. 83 per-cent of tackles won – A statistic that underlines the all-round strength of James Milner’s game, this is a player that is not only capable of threatening in attack, but can also perform well in defensive aspects. While he may not be as busy as more defensive-minded players in this regard, his 83 per-cent success rate in tackling is very impressive and is better than Liverpool’s current midfield options.last_img read more

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Leinart falls to No. 10 spot in NFL draft; Bush picked No. 2

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event Williams went No. 1 overall to Houston, one day after the North Carolina State standout signed a six-year, $54 million contract. Bush, who teamed with Leinart at USC, next went to New Orleans. But Tennessee, the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers _ all with quarterback issues _ went a different route. The Titans went for Vince Young of Texas at No. 3, a younger, faster version of the aging Steve McNair. The Jets, who have Chad Pennington coming off his second rotator cuff injury, took Virginia left tackle D’Brickashaw Ferguson fourth. Green Bay selected Ohio State linebacker A.J. Hawk, despite its quarterback nearing retirement. That dropped Leinart out of the top five, a somewhat surprising fall considering he would have been the top overall pick last year if he left school early as a junior. San Francisco had the next pick, and took Maryland tight end Vernon Davis after selecting quarterback Alex Smith No. 1 overall in 2005. Leinart, a left-hander who has played in a pro-style offense, succeeded Pro Bowl quarterback Carson Palmer at USC and fits the classic dropback model. But there have been questions about his arm strength that might have contributed to his slide. The Cardinals also needed a quarterback to learn behind Kurt Warner. The addition of Leinart is another huge piece to the Arizona offense. The Cardinals signed Colts running back Edgerrin James as a free agent, and have the best receiver tandem in the NFL in Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Though the suspense was already gone by the time the No. 1 pick was announced _ and with the crowd booing and chanting “overrated” _ Williams proudly hugged commissioner Paul Tagliabue after his name was called at Radio City Music Hall, home to the famed Rockettes. “I came from behind. I’m an underdog, basically,” Williams said. “There’s kind of a chip on my shoulder.” Though Bush was projected as the top selection, the Texans made the surprising and bold move for Williams. The defensive disrupter got a deal worth $26.5 million guaranteed. Williams, who has been described as a cross between Julius Peppers and Lawrence Taylor, saw his stock soar after his amazing performance at the NFL combine in February. The 6-foot-6 1/2, 292-pound Williams ran the 40-yard dash in 4.73 seconds and had 35 reps on the 225-pound bench press. He becomes the first defensive end taken No. 1 overall since Courtney Brown went to the Cleveland Browns in 2000, and the 12th defensive lineman to be picked at the top of the draft. The Texans, who haven’t had a winning season in their four-year existence, got the first pick after going 2-14 this past season. “He can be another Reggie White,” Texans owner Bob McNair said. “That’s what our people think.” Throughout the college football season, Bush dazzled with his with his electrifying moves and stunning speed en route to the Heisman Trophy. Now the running back will bring his act to New Orleans, teaming with newly signed free-agent quarterback Drew Brees and running back Deuce McAllister, who is rehabilitating a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. “I’m coming in there strong, I’m coming in there to help win some games, and I’m coming in there to help the city get turned around,” Bush said, wearing a hat with the Saints’ fleur-de-lis. Bush has had more on his mind than the draft after questions were raised concerning who paid the rent for a home his parents lived in, and whether an agent was involved, which could violate NCAA rules. He’s adamantly insisted there was no wrongdoing. The 6-foot, 200-pound Bush, who wore San Diego’s 619 area code painted underneath his eyes during USC games, had 1,740 yards rushing and 2,890 all-purpose yards this past season for the Trojans as a junior. He decided to leave school early to enter the draft after USC lost to Texas in the national championship game. Bush averaged 8.9 yards per carry this season, caught 37 passes for 478 yards and led the nation in all-purpose yards with 222.3 per game. Bush shared the tailback position for three years with LenDale White, and the two combined for 99 career touchdowns to break the NCAA record of 97 set by Army’s Glenn Davis and Felix “Doc” Blanchard from 1943-46. White is expected to go later in the draft. Though Leinart played for Titans offensive coordinator Norm Chow at USC, general manager Floyd Reese was said to prefer Young, who passed for 267 yards, ran for 200 more and scrambled 8 yards on fourth down with 19 seconds left for the winning touchdown in a 41-38 win over Leinart and USC in the Rose Bowl. Though he has terrific running ability and a great arm, many are unsure how he will fit into a pro-style offense. The Titans are in messy negotiations with McNair, who was told to stay away from team headquarters until talks to reduce his salary cap number are resolved. Though Green Bay needs a replacement for Brett Favre, the Packers must be content with backup Aaron Rodgers, who was their first-round pick last year. Oakland took Texas defensive back Michael Huff at No. 7, Buffalo chose Ohio State safety Donte Whitner eighth and Detroit finally went for a defensive player, taking Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims at No. 9. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NEW YORK – Mario Williams, Reggie Bush and Vince Young all went in the top five of the NFL draft as expected. Not Matt Leinart. The 2004 Heisman Trophy winner took a slide to No. 10, finally going to Arizona after three teams in desperate need of a signal caller passed on the Southern California quarterback. “I went No. 10. There could be worse things in life, you know?” Leinart said, cracking a smile. “I think things happen for a reason, I fell to Arizona for a reason, and I look forward to going there. … I think it’s a good fit for me.” last_img read more

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Court suspends exit exam

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsState attorneys say they should have an appeal filed by the middle of next week, although they had not decided in which court to do so. O’Connell’s staff said they would keep school districts posted on their efforts to preserve the exit exam as a graduation requirement this year. “There are students who are within days of graduation. They are left with uncertainty over whether they will be granted a diploma,” O’Connell said in a teleconference. “How are these students and these schools to plan for their futures?” That sentiment was echoed by Whittier-area educators, who plan to stay in close contact with state and county education officials to determine a course of action over the next few weeks. “The key here is, will this decision hold and not be reversed prior to graduation?” said Ron Carruth, assistant superintendent of the Whittier Union High School District. WHITTIER – A court ruling Friday suspending the high school exit exam for this year’s seniors could mean about 200 Whittier-area students will not have to pass the test in order to graduate. Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert Freedman granted a preliminary injunction to suspend the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) for the Class of 2006, potentially allowing thousands of seniors who have failed the test to graduate. Shortly after that ruling, the judge also denied a request by the state to stay the injunction pending an appeal. But the legal battle is far from over, said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. “In other words, we don’t want to confuse students or parents by jumping to any conclusions about what’s going to happen,” he added. “We want our `yes’ to mean yes and our `no’ to mean no.” Freedman said he was persuaded by the arguments of the 10 plaintiffs in Valenzuela v. O’Connell, who claimed the exam discriminates against poor students and those who are learning English. “There is evidence in the record that shows that students in economically challenged communities have not had an equal opportunity to learn the materials tested,” Freedman wrote. The judge rejected the state’s argument that the decision should apply only to the six remaining plaintiffs. Four other plaintiffs have since asked to be dropped from the suit, one of them after passing the exam. Freedman said all seniors who have otherwise met the requirements for graduation but have failed the exit exam are affected. “Prospective harm to a student who is otherwise fully qualified to graduate is sufficiently clear. Remaining for a fifth or subsequent year in an already stressed district or attending community college when the student might otherwise be accepted to a four-year institution all demonstrate significant risk of harm,” Freedman wrote. Lonnie McConnell, assistant superintendent of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District, said it was “really too bad that the lawsuit was filed now – I wish they’d done it a lot earlier.” “The problem I see is that a lot of the students are going to think, `Oh gee, there’s a lawsuit and we don’t have to pass now,’ and all our efforts to get them to pass might not be as great,” McConnell said. “We need to keep encouraging the kids to do as much as they can, in the best way we can.” The ruling affects 47,000 seniors, about 11 percent of the class of 2006, who have yet to pass both the English and math sections of the exam. About 200 seniors on track to graduate in the Whittier area have yet to pass the exit exam, though some are still waiting on results from the March administration of the test. This year’s graduating class was supposed to be the first required to pass the exam to earn a diploma. Carruth said the Whittier Union district has “clearly communicated with parents and students that the exit exam is required to earn a high school diploma.” “If that is reversed, then we would simply go back to our board-approved graduation requirements for granting diplomas,” he added. McConnell said the Norwalk-La Mirada district would wait for the final court decision – “so we’ll keep going and planning as if \ is going to happen.” “But it’s putting a lot of people and school districts up in the air in terms of planning,” he added. Wire reports contributed to this story. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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WELL-KNOWN SPORTS REPORTER RECEIVES TOP BROADCAST AWARD FROM FAI

first_imgEric receives the award from Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill.Well-known Letterkenny sports reporter Eric White has landed a major award.The affable broadcaster, who works with BBC Radio Foyle in Derry, picked up the Best Broadcast Award from Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill at the FAI Awards in Sligo’s Clarion Hotel.The award was the FAI Communication Awards for Best Broadcast.Eric’s entry was a compilation of his work on Derry City in Europe last season – following the team through Wales v Aberystwyth and in Belarus v Shakytor Soligorsk.A stalwart with Letterkenny Rovers and a genuinely nice guy, Eric was inundated with well-wishers following his award.Eric joked on social media “Lucky 13 years with BBC Radio Foyle.”A truly well-deserved award for a man who knows his sport, all he has to do now is to stop supporting Spurs!Congrats Eric from all at Donegal Daily.* Meanwhile, well-known local photographer Gary Foy mad sure Eric didn’t feel alone at the awards.The Donegal Junior League PRO and acclaimed photographer won the ‘Best Photo’ prize for his picture (below) of Finn Harps midfielder Wilfried Tagbo.Well done Gary!  WELL-KNOWN SPORTS REPORTER RECEIVES TOP BROADCAST AWARD FROM FAI was last modified: July 18th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:BBC RADIO FOYLEdonegalEric Whiteletterkennylast_img read more

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DONEGAL GAA PLAYERS BACKING UFC STAR PADDY HOLOHAN IN HEADLINE FIGHT

first_imgA group of Donegal GAA players are delighted Paddy ‘The Hooligan’ Holohan has been given the opportunity to headline UFC Dublin. The talented Dubliner faces Louis Smolka at the 3Arena tomorrow night. Paul Boyle, Declan Boyle and Brian Gillespie are all huge UFC fans – and while they’re disappointed Donegal man Joseph Duffy was forced out due to injury – they’re delighted to see Holohan get the headline fight.The three Naomh Muire stars are unable to attend the event due to club commitments.The trio will be in Gary Boyle’s side to face Glenfin in a league clash on Saturday evening.However, the trio are massive fans of the Dubliner ever since they got the opportunity to meet him at a UFC event. The trio are pictured above with the affable Holohan, and have predicted he will produce the goods tomorrow night.Paul Boyle posted this picture of himself and his friends with Holohan earlier this week – when details emerged he would be the headline act.Boyle posted, “Disappointed for Joseph Duffy, he’ll be gutted he has to pull out of the main event.“However, I’m delighted to see Paddy Holohan has been chosen as the headline act on Saturday night.“I had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year, and he was an absolute gentlemen, and great company.“Would love to see him win on Saturday, and by getting the headline fight he has a real opportunity to make a name for himself by being the main event. “I’m sure the Donegal fans who were hoping to see Duffy in action, will get behind Paddy and roar him to victory.Teak tough full-back Brian Gillespie is known for terrorising defences with his no-nonsense approach.He’s also hoping for a Holohan victory on Saturday night.Gillespie said, “He’s a great fighter, and I’d be delighted to see him do the business on Saturday. “He’s a great lad, who has a stunning personality and I hope he can get a stunning KO against Louis Smolka.UFC Dublin will be screened LIVE on 3e on Saturday night with coverage beginning at 9pm.DONEGAL GAA PLAYERS BACKING UFC STAR PADDY HOLOHAN IN HEADLINE FIGHT was last modified: October 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:SportUFClast_img read more

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