School construction celebrated

first_imgHe later joked that “our consultants have consultants.” The 11-acre school site is an empty plateau at the base of graded hillsides of slightly orange-colored dirt. It looks out over a tree-dotted view of hills and mountains. Three of the classroom buildings will be two-stories, which saves more than three acres for playing areas, Cutting said. The school also will be wired for technology, allowing classes to transmit audiovisual presentations to the whole school district, he said. Developers normally pay fees to school districts for school construction. But Newhall Land will pay for all the construction on West Creek Elementary, Cutting said. [email protected] (661) 257-5253 VALENCIA – On a plateau with a panoramic view, across the street from new homes being built, officials today celebrated the start of construction on a $35 million school. When it opens in 2009, West Creek Elementary will be the first school in the Santa Clarita Valley built by a developer. It also will have room to grow, with enough classroom space for 720 students, but the infrastructure and layout to accommodate 920. “If we stay focused on teamwork, integrity and the responsibility of all of us working together, I think we will get there with just the most beautiful school in the valley,” said Judy Fish, superintendent of the Saugus Union School District. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!center_img The Newhall Land and Farming Co. will manage construction of the school for the school district. The developer proposed the idea of building the school, Newhall Land spokeswoman Marlee Lauffer said. While developer-built schools are a new phenomenon, they benefit from a developer taking advantage of cost-savings from building a school as part of a housing development, instead of as a separate project, she said. West Creek Elementary is part of the new West Creek and West Hills communities, where 2,300 homes are planned. Because more California schools are being built by developers, state regulations may have to shift to ease the process, said Robert Cutting, assistant superintendent for the school district. But Cutting told the crowd at today’s ceremony that planning a school this new way was not easy. “This is probably the most complicated transaction that we’ve ever attempted at the district, and one of the most creative – and we’ve done a lot of things,” he said. last_img read more

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Warriors 130, Lakers 111: Inside Klay Thompson’s NBA-record shooting night

first_imgLOS ANGELES –– The shot felt good when it left Klay Thompson’s fingertips. Unsurprisingly, one of many Thompson’s 3-pointers went into the basket. Afterwards, Thompson pointed to boxer Floyd Mayweather at his courtside seat and flashed the money sign.The symbolism spoke for itself with the Warriors cruising to a 130-111 victory over the Lakers on Monday. Thompson finished with 44 points while shooting 17-of-20 from the field and 10-of-11 from 3. He became the first player in NBA history to …last_img read more

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10 months agoRangers boss Gerrard coy on Liverpool striker Solanke

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Rangers boss Gerrard coy on Liverpool striker Solankeby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveSteven Gerrard has played down talk Rangers could sign Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke in January. The tall forward has struggled for game time this season and has also been linked with Crystal Palace.But Gerrard remained coy on any move when asked on Wednesday.”I haven’t heard Dominic say he wants to leave Liverpool,” Gerrard told the Daily Mail. “I haven’t heard Liverpool say they want him to leave, so there’s nothing really to say about it.” last_img read more

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Barbados to Remove Visa Requirements for Haitians

first_img “Those tenets relate to non-discrimination and relate to not treating anyone outside of the community in a more favourable manner than we treat each other in the community,” she said. Story Highlights The Barbadian Government has indicated that it will remove the visa requirements for Haitians travelling to that country as it seeks to be more inclusive in its treatment of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals. This is according to Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, who said the stipulation “breaches the fundamental tenets that bind us together under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas”. The Barbadian Government has indicated that it will remove the visa requirements for Haitians travelling to that country as it seeks to be more inclusive in its treatment of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) nationals.This is according to Prime Minister of Barbados, Hon. Mia Mottley, who said the stipulation “breaches the fundamental tenets that bind us together under the revised Treaty of Chaguaramas”.“Those tenets relate to non-discrimination and relate to not treating anyone outside of the community in a more favourable manner than we treat each other in the community,” she said.Ms. Mottley was addressing the opening ceremony for the 39th Regular Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of CARICOM on Wednesday (July 4) at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James.She pointed out that this arrangement is unfair, given that persons who are not members of the community are allowed to travel freely into the Caribbean without visas, and that Haiti “took the extraordinary step of signing the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas and committing to a CARICOM single market and single economy”.The Revised Treaty establishing CARICOM, including the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), was signed in 2001.Among the objectives are improved standard of living and work in member countries; accelerated, coordinated and sustained economic development; and an organisation for increased production and productivity.The Meeting of the CARICOM Heads is being held from July 4 to 6. Among the key agenda items are crime and violence, disaster management and climate change, and the CSME.The Conference of Heads of Government, which consists of the Heads of Government of the Member States, is the supreme organ of the Caribbean Community and determines and provides its policy direction.last_img read more

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Highway 40 closed south of Grande Prairie

first_imgRCMP are advising motorists travelling in the area to expect delays as all lanes of travel are closed.  Please consider choosing an alternate route.No further details are available at this time. UPDATE – Following a motor vehicle collision on Highway 40, North of the Wapiti River, RCMP can advise that all lanes of travel are open.  RCMP Continue to investigate. All possible factors related to this collision are being considered, and the collision remains under investigation.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B – Rural RCMP and emergency services are currently on scene at a serious collision.The collision took place in the area of Highway 40, directly north of the Wapiti River. All lanes of traffic are currently closed.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP investigate theft of construction equipment

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John RCMP received a report of a stolen John Deere 35D Minihoe near the intersection at 93rd Avenue and 93rd Street.According to RCMP, the theft occurred sometime between 6:30 p.m. on June 11 and 7:30 a.m. on June 12.The minihoe is described as: 2008 John Deere model 35Dblack and yellow in colourserial number FF035DX237893The RCMP are continuing to investigate this incident.Anyone with information on this theft is being asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.last_img read more

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Game of Thrones stars crash Harington’s SNL monologue

first_imgLos Angeles: ‘Game of Thrones’ stars Emilia Clarke and John Bradley crashed Kit Harington’s ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue and demanded spoilers about the final season from him. ‘Game of Thrones’ star Harington hosted an episode of ‘Saturday Night Live’ on April 6 and had to field questions during his monologue about “who wins ‘Game of Thrones’. Some of those questions came from his own co-stars Clarke and Bradley as well as his real-life wife Rose Leslie, reports variety.com. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaClarke stood up in the audience and asked if he could at least share “a sense of how it ends”. When Harington pointed out that she already knows because she is in the show, she replied: “Well yeah but I forgot. It’s been so damn long since the last season, plus a lot of my scenes are talking to a dragon, which is just a tennis ball on a green pole. I have no idea what’s actually happening.” Bradley then stood up to ask what happened to his character, Samwell Tarly, because “they only let me see two pages of the script and all my character says is, ‘Arhhhh’.” “What did it say in the script before that?” Harington asked. “Dragon opens mouth,” Bradley replied. Season 8 will premiere internationally on April 14.last_img read more

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Ohio State womens track and field competes the Wright way

Ohio State sprinter and hurdler Letecia Wright led the OSU women’s track and field team to its first-ever outdoor championship title last weekend. “We wanted to show everyone that Ohio State women’s track team was not going to just be an over-the-night, one-time winning team,” Wright said. “We wanted to show people exactly how my coach and the team have changed the culture.” Less than three months ago, on Feb. 27, Wright helped the team clinch its first indoor Big Ten championship. When Wright arrived at OSU, the team finished 10th in the conference in the indoor season and fifth in the conference in the outdoor season. On top of helping to overcome the team’s struggles, Wright needed to grow personally. “I definitely had to grow mentally strong,” Wright said. “I knew sports were vigorous, but not to the level of college. … There are 20 of you who can do one race great — now who’s stronger mentally?” With a strenuous workout regimen and a strict diet, Wright faced a daunting lifestyle as an athlete at OSU. As she always had done when times were hard, Wright turned to her mother and sister. “They’ve always supported me in anything I do,” Wright said. “The days I’m a little upset about how I ran or how I’ve practiced landing, they’ve been there to listen to me and just tell me, you know, it gets better, just keep focus and know why you’re there.” Besides her family, Wright relied on support from her high school coach and many other people from her hometown of Baltimore, who helped guide her to her current level of success. “When I got into college, they all still root me on,” she said. “Every week, they tell me they’re proud of me. … They’ve been there.” Wright has taken the entire experience in stride. In her time at OSU, Wright has won two individual Big Ten titles as a member of the 4×100 meter relay team, set the 100 meter hurdles record at the Drake Relays and was selected All-Big Ten six times. But Wright is humble; she’d rather deflect the spotlight onto her teammates. “I’ve been successful as an individual because of the team,” Wright said. “We are surrounded by a lot of girls who want to do good and are motivated.” Wright’s love for her teammates doesn’t go unnoticed by those around her. “Tish is very humble,” said Christina Manning, a junior teammate. “Our coach spoke on that right before the day of finals and she pointed out how it seems as though Tish doesn’t know how good she is. … She doesn’t care so much about winning, but more about the team.” Wright even gives a lot of credit to all of her competitors. The better the competitors do, Wright said, the better she performs. Her positive attitude, especially with her opponents, sometimes can get her into trouble. “Sometimes my coach says I’m a little too nice in the field,” she said. Coach Karen Dennis said she knows how rare of an athlete Wright is, both as a competitor and as a person. Although Dennis appreciates Wright’s humility, she said, she wouldn’t mind seeing Wright take charge. “Sometimes I wish Letecia were a little more selfish,” Dennis said. It’s Wright’s optimism in the toughest of situations that makes her who she is. She knows the grueling workouts and the tireless effort she has put forth have helped her rise to the top of the Big Ten. But it’s not the Big Ten titles or the All-Big Ten selections that she wants to define her career at OSU. Instead, it’s the growth she’s shared with her team. “My last four years here have been really great,” Wright said. “I’ve learned a lot of things. It’s just excellent to watch the whole team change and become a stronger team.” Dennis said she likes to think of Letecia as a role player on a basketball team. She’s the special kind of athlete who not only puts up big numbers but also inspires those around her to compete at a higher level. “Great players make people around them better,” Dennis said. “She is a great athlete and she has made everybody around her better.” An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled Letecia Wright. Correction: May 18, 2011 read more

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Defense might be Ohio States blueprint for success

Trey Burke couldn’t help but smile. Michigan’s sophomore point guard had just hit a leaning, double-clutched 3-pointer that banked off the backboard and through the net. It was, perhaps, the toughest shot Burke had taken all game, and he made it. After a contest full of ill-fated attempts, something had finally fallen for the Wolverines’ Player of the Year candidate, and it brought a sense of sarcastic joy to the face of the Columbus native. The shot was irrelevant in the game’s final outcome. It came with one second left and Michigan down six. It wasn’t the shot that Burke, or the Wolverines, needed. That shot had come 15 seconds prior, with Michigan down two, and the ball in the hands of its sophomore playmaker. Burke, going one-on-one against Aaron Craft, took a step-back three over the Ohio State junior guard’s outstretched arms. It went in and out, and with it, so did the Wolverines’ chances of beating the Buckeyes. Playing in front of about 25 friends and family members clad in Maize and Blue No. 3 jerseys, Burke struggled. The former Buckeye fan and current best friend of former OSU star Jared Sullinger went 4-13 from the field, his worst shooting performance of the season. Burke wasn’t the only Wolverine that had little success in their 56-53 loss to the Buckeyes on Sunday, though. Michigan (16-1, 3-1 Big Ten) shot 38 percent as a team. OSU (13-3, 3-1 Big Ten) held the Wolverines’ big four of Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr., Nik Stauskas, and Glenn Robinson III to 35 points, 24 less than their season average. “Ohio State has a really, really good defensive team. Really good,” said Michigan coach John Beilein. “You’re watching a team that plays defense, buys into it and has very skilled defenders on the perimeter.” The Buckeyes, led by Craft, were physical with the Wolverines from the get-go. Burke opened the game with a three, but the Wolverines proceeded to go scoreless for the next seven minutes, eventually falling in a 29-8 hole. “They did beat us up a little bit,” Hardaway Jr., a junior guard, said. Michigan relies heavily on its underclassmen, with two freshmen – Stauskas and Robinson – in its starting five. Those players, Stauskas especially, were noticeably irritated by OSU’s in-your-face, deny-the-ball style of play. Stauskas, a 6-foot-6 sharpshooting guard from Canada, was held scoreless for the first time this season. After being sent to the bench midway through the first half, Stauskas couldn’t contain his anger as he yelled four-letter words not able to be repeated. “They were denying (Stauskas), so we just had to continue to play. When we got (the ball) in the paint, they wasn’t leaving him,” Burke said. “I just told him to ‘keep getting good looks, I’m going to find you, we’re all going to find you.’ Ohio State was taking him away on the perimeter.” For OSU, they need not look any further than Sunday’s game as a blueprint on how to be successful the rest of the season. Having lost their first three games against ranked opponents (Duke, Kansas, Illinois), the Buckeyes notched their first big win of the year Sunday. The Buckeyes handed Michigan its first loss of the season – thereby denying the Wolverines of their first No. 1 ranking in 21 years – and they did it with their defense. Sure, OSU shot the ball well in the first half and at one point had a shooting percentage of nearly 70 percent. But that likely won’t happen very many times again this season, if at all, as the Buckeyes proved by regressing to a 44 percent output by the end of the game. What they can rely on is their defense. It’s what makes them great, Beilein said. “This team, and (OSU coach Thad Matta’s) teams, have always been this way … the perimeter defense in particular is exceptional. Why? They’ve been doing the same shell drills for two, three, four years. They really work at this and they’re really good at it,” Beilein said emphatically. Against the Wolverines, nearly every Buckeye was solid, some playing spectacularly. Craft held Burke, a probable first-team all-American with a skill set analysts have compared to NBA great Chris Paul, to his worst outing of the season. “Craft is one of the best defenders. You have to give him credit. I love playing against him because he makes me better and he makes me work,” Burke said. “Craft is as good as there is, as I’ve ever seen. He’s tremendous,” Beilein said. OSU sophomore guard Shannon Scott blocked a Burke layup in transition, sending the sold-out Schottenstein Center crowd into a vibrating roar. Senior forward Evan Ravenel and sophomore center Amir Williams limited the Wolverines’ big men to 13 points. Even junior forward Deshaun Thomas, called “Shaun” at times last year by Matta because he “played no D,” stepped up. “I thought Deshaun played harder on defense tonight than he ever had. That is the type of defensive play we need from him to be a successful team,” Matta said. To continue to be successful, OSU, admittedly, needs to have the type of energy and effort it brought into Sunday’s contest every game. Beilein said he doesn’t think that will be a problem. “Thad’s a great defensive coach and they’ve got great defenders, that’s a great combination,” he said. OSU, ranked No. 11 in the most recent Associated Press poll, next travels to Michigan State to take on the No. 18 Spartans at 6 p.m. Saturday. Michigan is now ranked No. 5 by the AP. Lousville took hold of the No. 1 ranking. read more

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We need few changes Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri needs one or two changes to have Chelsea playing in his own way, according to Goal.Sarri believes the team will be able to follow his footballing philosophy and style of play after a few changes have been made.The newly appointed Chelsea manager has revealed his excitement about the upcoming season and he can’t wait to go toe to toe with some of the best coaches in the game.Chelsea announced Sarri as manager on Saturday after former boss Antonio Conte was relieved of his duties on Friday.The 59-year-old has already signed Jorginho from former club Napoli as he looks to bolster his squad for the upcoming challenge.Chelsea are also believed to be closing in on the signing of Russian midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow.Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“I think we’re a good team, the problem is there are five to six good teams in the Premier League.” An excited Sarri told Chelsea TV.“With one or two adjustments, I think we’ll be able to play my kind of football.”Maurizio Sarri also spoke about current City boss Pep Guardiola who’s a keen admirer of the Italian gaffer.“Guardiola is a friend of mine, I’m grateful he has spoken of me in Night regard,” Sarri said.Sarri was also quick to praise new signing Jorginho who under his tutelage at Napoli became one of the very best passing midfielders in Europe.“He’s a very technical player, his mind is very quick as well,” said Sarri.last_img read more

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