BWI Principal Outlines Achievements, Challenges

first_imgMr. Alexander M. Massey, Interim Principal of the Booker Washington Institute (BWI), has outlined what he described as the “existing state of affairs and accomplishments report” of the institute in recent years.In his remarks during a program marking the institute’s 86th Founders Day anniversary on Saturday, June 28, Mr. Massey said BWI’s current enrollment stands at 1139, down from a population of 1361 last school year in spite of “our best efforts to narrow this gap.”“We are of the opinion that the total enrolment is still a little too large because it exceeds our targeted student to teacher ratio of 35/40 to one and therefore impacts our ability to provide a premium learning environment for each of our students,” he asserted.The equal percentages of day and boarding students occurring last school year has changed to 60 percent boarding and 40 percent day students this academic year.The reason for this change, in part, can be attributed to the policy of returning BWI to the tradition of a boarding school where it was mandatory starting last school year for each freshman student to live on campus, Massey explained.Upgrades to the dormitories along with much needed improvements in the quality of the food served in the dining hall may have served to promote the policy to return BWI to an exclusively boarding institution, said Massey.In academic performance, BWI experienced a modest increase in the number of students making the honor roll last school year over the previous year. “We still had about 26 percent of our total enrollment failing one or more subjects,” reported Massey.The slight increase in the number of students making the honor roll last year, Massey said, was perhaps due to his administration establishing remedial classes for the students run by instructors three evenings a week.In addition to the evening classes, BWI has also introduced this year a four days a week “peer-on-peer” tutoring program utilizing a portion of the institute’s two hour lunch period in an attempt to provide additional remedial help and support for the students. The high failing rate continues to be an issue of outmost concern for his administration, Massey emphasized. “We have come to the realization that if we are going to reverse this trend and return BWI to the tradition of a Center of Excellence we are going to accomplish it in several significant ways.”He said BWI must adopt more rigorous standards and require higher expectations from its students, disclosing that his administration has begun to put in place some of the necessary measures in an effort to help elevate standards at BWI.Those measures include the recruitment and attraction of a better quality of students from across the country and the hiring of better qualified academic and trade instructors, Massey said.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cultivating interest

first_imgThat was part of the motivation behind Friday’s visit to the farmers market, said Hoover kindergarten teacher Letty Mendoza, who coordinated the trip with fellow teachers Kathy Anderson and Catherine Miyagishima. The youngsters also just completed a unit on farms that included a field trip to a working farm in Ontario last week, Mendoza said. “In class, we are chicken farmers – we kept our eggs in an incubator and they hatched, and now we have chicks in our classroom,” Mendoza said. “And by bringing them to the farmer’s market, they get to see the produce that comes from a farm,” she added. “And we also thought it was a great way to involve the local community in our lesson.” With the help of the three teachers and more than a dozen parent volunteers, the children waded through the produce stands Friday morning, wondering whether they had enough money to buy a basket of plump, red strawberries as well as a small bag of kettle corn. “I liked how we got to buy stuff,” said kindergartner Maleah Ammada, 6. “The strawberries tasted wonderful, they were very sweet. And we got to pet a cute little puppy, too.” On their way to buy kettle corn from the “popcorn farmer,” one student gasped as he laid eyes on a food stand that had fresh pineapples on a table with huge glass jars of fruit juice. “Ms. Mendoza, look – there’s a Hawaiian farmer!” the boy said excitedly as he pointed at the pineapples. “Oh my goodness, a Hawaiian farmer,” Mendoza replied good-naturedly. “Wow, that is something, isn’t it?” (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! WHITTIER – Local farmer Catherine Smith is very clear on the importance of children eating more fruits and vegetables – not only is it good for them, but it ensures the survival of farmers like herself for at least another generation. That’s why she was delighted Friday when a group of about 60 kindergartners from nearby Hoover Elementary School descended on her booth at the Uptown Whittier Certified Farmers’ Market, asking questions about her plants and taking time to pet her beloved puppy, Becky. “Without these kids, there is no farmer in the future,” said Smith, who grows herbs and vegetables on her Whittier farm. “Kids need to have little gardens of their own at school,” she added. “You’ve got to get them interested in this while they’re still young.” last_img read more

Maringo’s Cinema hits Githurai, win Koth Biro

first_imgFormer Gor Mahia FC duo of Amos Nondi who is now based in Georgia and Eric ‘Marcelo’ Ouma who plays in Sweden were among the stars who lined up for Githurai in the decider.“We are grateful to have won our first trophy in this tournament. It is also the first time that we were reaching the final after so many unsuccessful attempts.We will be back to defend this cup next year,” Cinema captain, Wayne Odhiambo, underlined.-Reach the finalDespite the loss Githurai captain Fredrich Kimondo was glad that they also managed to reach the final for the first time.“We were motivated from the start but team work and unity helped us to make it this far,” Kimondo underscored.Githurai took charge of the game in the first 20 minutes before Cinema  gained ground to attack.Opuku showed his intention very early when his goal was  cancelled by the centre referee in the 14th after he was adjudged to  have handled the ball before  finding the back of the net.Ouma’s thunderous shots were successfully blocked by  hawk-eyed Cinema custodian, Erick Ogwade, in the 25th and 34th.Kimondo also missed the target narrowly after his two beautiful curves,taken  just outside the Cinema’s box, went over the bar in the 44th and 45th before the rivals proceeded for half time with the latter on the lead.Githurai ran the show on resumption with Ouma hitting woodwork in the 49th and 54th. Cinema absorbed the force piled by the opponents with support from the crowd who had thronged the venue to cheer them in the tough encounter.The only great move that was made by the winners in the second half was in the  90th when their forward, Kennedy Otieno picked a lose ball in the midfield, sped with it before squandering the open chance by hitting the ball wide.-Bundes win third placeThird place play-off was bagged by Dagoretti based Bundes FC who edged Kingstone FC from Shaurimoyo 2-0 on post match penalties after a 1-1 stalemate in regulation.Pumwani Wazee FC  also beat  Mashteam FC from Ziwani 4-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw in normal time to lift the veteran category that also acted as a curtain raiser for the final.Golden Gloves award went to Vincent Khatili of Bundes FC who was outstanding between the posts. He received two pair of gloves donated by Harambee Stars and Norway based goalkeeper, Arnold Origi.Ali Abubakar of Bundes emerged Most Valuable Player of the tournament   while Fredrick Ilinga of Shaurimoyo Sportive FC went home with the Top Scorer Award after finding the back of the net nine times in the competition.Makadara Member of Parliament, George Aladwa, presented the winners with the prizes.-Courtesy SportPesa News0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Makadara MP George Aladwa hands over the trophy to 2018 Koth Biro tournament champions, Cinema FC at Ziwani Grounds in Nairobi on January 5, 2019. PHOTO/SPNNAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 6 – Cinema FC from Maringo stunned star-studded Githurai United FC 1-0 to clinch the 40th edition of Koth Biro football tournament at Umeme Grounds in Ziwani, Nairobi on Saturday afternoon.The solitary goal was scored by Steve Opuku who drilled in on the rebound to give his side a 1-0 lead in the 19th minute after Githurai custodian,Boniface Maundu punched the ball back into play.last_img read more

RB, Time Warner working to settle

first_imgThe letter states that Time Warner will reimburse the city for half of its cost to defend the lawsuit, to a cap of $12,500. And the city, in turn, will temporarily suspend the fines during discussions and withdraw them if an agreement is reached. The letter also says Time Warner could refile its case if both sides are unable to resolve their differences. Time Warner spokeswoman Patti Rockenwagner said in a statement Thursday the company is “pleased with the progress we’ve made in working with the city of Redondo Beach” and “committed to providing our customers with excellent customer service.” kristin.agostoni@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champAfter an appeal to the City Council was ruled out by city staff, Time Warner took the issue to Los Angeles Superior Court, where both sides were scheduled to appear Thursday. But days earlier, Time Warner had agreed to withdraw the suit so both sides could work out a firm settlement. “We worked real hard in the days before we were supposed to be in court to come up with some sort of a framework to resolve those differences,” City Manager Bill Workman said. “Both Time Warner and the city believe customer service is the highest priority.” According to the Dec. 18 letter signed by Workman and Ron Boyer, a Time Warner network engineer, the company has agreed to turn over regular customer service reports and establish a process in which it shares financial information. The city of Redondo Beach and its cable provider have agreed to try to resolve a legal dispute over tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines. The city billed Time Warner Cable for roughly $61,000 in damages this year after concluding the company failed to meet customer service mandates. Since Redondo transferred its franchise in 2006 from Adelphia Communications to Time Warner, city officials said the company skipped submitting monthly records on call volumes and wait times. When officials released the data last month, it showed Time Warner repeatedly fell short of a mandate that 90 percent of the calls are answered within a 30-second time frame. last_img read more


first_imgTV REVIEW: Jimmy’s Winnin’ Matches: RTE1What a triumph.CocoTV’s production for RTE1 took Donegal GAA fans through an emotional roller-coaster with 60 minutes of pure indulgence.Even though we knew how this documentary would end, somehow the nerves jangled again, the hairs were raised on the back of the neck and the heart filled once more with pride. Kevin Cassidy’s glorious point against Kildare in the 2011 All-Ireland quarter-final had us standing up again willing the ball over the bar (just in case).The stomach-churning butterflies of the 2012 quarter-final win over Kerry – and then that win over Cork when 40,000 descended on Croker.All before, of course, the third Sunday in September and bringing Sam home.Jim McGuinness’ vision of Sam at the front of the bus would come true.This documentary had it all, punctuated by the razor-sharp analysis of Joe Brolly.And that’s saying something about a programme that brought no new revelations. We’d all watched from the stands as Jimmy’s men did it.But the journey from no-hopers to the best in the country was wrapped up in a wonderful yet simple documentary full of passion and pride.If this show was a dinner, it was 5-star culinary feast. And the ingredients were Jim McGuinness, his players and their support staff. All topped off with the greatest GAA song ever written.It was a summer we’ll never forget and tonight’s programme made us all realise it did happen.And how brilliant it was. Again.TV REVIEW: JIMMY’S WINNIN’ MATCHES HITS THE RIGHT NOTES was last modified: January 4th, 2013 by BrendaShare 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:TV REVIEW: JIMMY’S WINNIN’ MATCHES HITS THE RIGHT NOTESlast_img read more


first_imgThe home leg of Champions League last 16 v Juventus on February 12th. is fully booked out.All money for trip to be paid by Wednesday 6th February. Contact Stephen on 0876256107 or 0868275143.There is outstanding money owed for a number games including Hearts on the 7th October and St Mirren on the 20th October.This needs to be paid urgently to the club treasurer.TTCSC have a limited edition oil painting of Michael Murphy lifting Sam Maguire ( see attachment) as a fantastic prize for some luckyperson.Lines are €2 each and are available in McKelveys Bar,Ballybofeywhere the picture is on display.Draw will be held on the Easter weekend. Upcoming home games are February 16th v Dundee Utd,February 24th v Dundee and March 16th v Aberdeen.For these or any games contact Stephen onthe numbers above.Next club meeting is February 7th at 9pm sharp in McKelveys Bar TWIN TOWNS CELTIC SUPPORTERS CLUB NOTES was last modified: February 2nd, 2013 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:Twin Town Celtic Supporters Club noteslast_img read more


first_imgThe two men hospitalised after inhaling fumes on a trawler in Killybegs today are now fighting for their lives.Letterkenny General HospitalThe men were cleaning the tanks of the Galway-registered vessel at Killybegs when one fell unconscious.The second man went to help him and was also overcome by the fumes. Local councillor Niamh Kennedy said it is believed the fumes came from stagnant water, with hydrogen sulphide and ammonia being emitted from the dead fish matter on board.“I just hope that they’re both going to be okay. Earlier today they were both critical and one was worse than the other so I’m just waiting for news now,” she said.The men were rushed to Letterkenny General Hospital by a fleet of ambulances under Garda escort.One of the men is understood to be originally from Galway and the other is from outside Ireland – possibly the Philippines. A spokesperson for the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) confirmed it is investigating the incident.TWO MEN NOW FIGHTING FOR LIVES AFTER KILLYBEGS TRAWLER ACCIDENT was last modified: August 25th, 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)last_img read more

Uganda off to mixed start in 3*3 World Cup

first_imgJamila Nansikombi (9) throws down a layup against Romania on Thursday afternoonFIBA 3*3 World Cup 2018Xi’an, ChinaThursday, 04-10-2018-Uganda 17-11 Romania-Hungary 14-08 UgandaThe Uganda Women’s 3*3 national team got off to a mixed start at the FIBA World Cup in Xi’an, China.Uganda was in action on the second day (Thursday) of the games, first defeating Romania 17-11 in the early tip-off.JKL Dolphins forward Akello was the top contributor with 8 points, Nansikombi scored 3, Asinde the youngest player on the team scored 3 points while Imanishimwe scored a point.In their second game of the day, the Ugandans took on a tougher and high-ranked Hungary. Uganda lost the game 14-8.Asinde top-scored for Uganda with 3 points, Imanishimwe and Nansikombi who missed many from two-point range contributed 2 points each while Akello scored just a single point.Uganda returns to action on Saturday, October 6 to complete their pool schedule with matches against German and hosts China.The FIBA 3×3 World Cup is the largest tournament for 3*3 basketball organized by FIBA to help make basketball a more versatile sport.About the 3*3 World Cup:The debut of the tournament then named as the FIBA 3×3 World Championship was held in August 2012 in Athens, Greece.The current champions are Serbia in the men’s division and Italy in the women’s division.There are two events in the tournament; one for men and another for women. Each team has 4 players (3 on court, 1 bench).In the first edition, there was a mixed event where each team composed of 2 men and 2 women. The match is played on a half court and every rule applies as well as a 12-second shot clock and clearance needed on a new possession. 3*3 basketball received Olympic status in 2017.Saturday Fixtures-October 6: German vs. Uganda-October 6: Uganda vs. ChinaComments Tags: 3*3 World Cup 2018toplast_img read more

Meet Zakumi, the 2010 mascot

first_imgZakumi, the 2010 Mascot was revealedto  hundreds of guests in Johannesburg. Fifa 2010 LOC CEO Danny Jordaan And SABC group executive Mvuso Mbebe hanging out with Zakumi at the launch. Soccer Legend Mark Fish and Zakumi Enjoying themselves at the launch. Zakumi showing off his soccer skills. Khanyi Magubane “He’s young, vibrant, energetic, enthusiastic, sociable, self-confident and ambitious.” That’s how Danny Jordaan, head of the 2010 Fifa World Cup Local Organising Committee, described Zakumi, the football tournament’s mascot.Introduced to the world at a lavish event at the South African Broadcasting Corporation headquarters in Johannesburg yesterday, Zakumi is a fluffy young leopard with green dreadlocks and a wide smile.Until the launch his identity was a closely guarded secret, to build up the hype and excitement around the tournament.South African football star Mark Fish introduced the mascot in an exclusive media briefing, after which the two showed off their football skills in front of the crowd by kicking a ball around the stage.“Zakumi represents the people, geography and spirit of South Africa, personifying the essence the 2010 Fifa World Cup,” Fifa general-secretary Jerome Valcke said at the event.“We are certain we will have a lot of fun with him in the lead-up to and during the Fifa Confederations Cup and the Fifa World Cup.” The creation processZakumi was designed and his costume produced exclusively in South Africa. His name is a combination of “ZA”, South Africa’s domain name, and “Kumi”, which means “10” in a number of African languages.A number of South African companies were asked to design a mascot for the 2010 World Cup, one that would represent both South Africa and Africa as a whole. The mascot had to be easily identifiable and had to represent the World Cup in a way that would leave a lasting impression.After a long process of elimination, Fifa decided on a design by Cape Town designer Andries Odendaal.The costume itself was produced by Cora’s Costumes of Boksburg, east of Johannesburg. Owned by Cora Simpson, the company has 22 years of experience in costume making, and has made other high-profile costumes, such as the US cartoon figures Bugs Bunny and Tweety the bird.The man behind the actual creation of the figure is David Mbewe, who has worked with Cora’s Costumes for over 20 years. After meticulously choosing the right mix of fabrics and colours, Mbewe and his assistants assembled the costume, sewing the leopard spots by hand – no easy task, Simpson said.Who is Zakumi?Fifa have given their mascot a distinct personality and personal history. Zakumi was born on 16 June 1994, a day and a year of great significance in South Africa.The 16th of June 1976 saw the beginning of the Soweto youth uprising, when schoolchildren took to the streets to protest against apartheid, many of them cut down by police gunfire.And 1994 was the year that South Africans of all races cast their votes for the first time to elect a new post-apartheid democratic government.With the slogan “Zakumi: the mascot with an attitude”, Fifa describe Zakumi’s personality as lively, outgoing, adventurous and spontaneous – a “shrewd little fellow”They say he loves to perform and always follows his instinct and intuition, and has the tendency to exaggerate.But, say Fifa, there is one thing that’s undeniable about Zakumi: he loves football. He sees it as a great way connect with others and break down language barriers.As a sign of his undying passion for the game, he always carries his football around which he will use to invite people to play with him.“He wants to create a good mood for the fans and raise the excitement for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first on African soil,” said South African soccer legend Lucas Radebe.“He is a proud South African and wants to ensure that the world will come together in South Africa.”For 40 years each Fifa World Cup tournament has had its own unique mascot. The first was World Cup Willie, the mascot for the 1966 event, hosted by England.Added benefit for 2010 buildersMeanwhile, Fifa is two award two free World Cup tickets to every construction worker involved in building the tournament stadiums, some of which are expected to be completed in time for the Confederations Cup in 2009.The ticket bounty was announced by Fifa president Sepp Blatter during a four-day visit to South Africa in mid-September.“I have good news for the workers,” Blatter said. “We have decided, with the Local Organising Committee, to offer about 20 000 workers two free tickets to the stadiums where they are working.“It’s a merit to the workers in recognition of their work in preparing for 2010.”Tickets for the confederations cup will go on sale on 23 November, a day after the draw for the competition. Tickets for the World Cup go on sale from January 2009.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Email Khanyi Magubane at articlesWorld Cup 2010: fast facts Fifa World Cup host citiesTen stadiums for the 2010 World CupFootball in South Africa Useful linksThe Zakumi page Fifa South Africa 2010 Planet World Cup Cora’s Costumeslast_img read more

Elegant Coiled Net & Feather Fascinator On Narrow Alice Head Band Royal Ref: 4000 – Excellent quality, colour as shown

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