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Outdoor Track and Field: NCAA Regional Recap (Day 3)

first_img 50.17/6th 20.58/4th Stephen F. Austin men’s 4×400-meter relay broke a school record at the NCAA West regional to earn their bid to Eugene. The Lumberjacks quartet of Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Josh Taylor and Cass Brown-Stewart finished third in their heat and fifth overall with a time of 3:05.65. 200-meter dash The Southland will send nine athletes in nine events including a relay to the NCAA Championships June 11-14 at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. Stephen F. Austin has qualified six athletes in five events; Northwestern State has qualified one athlete in two events while Oral Roberts and New Orleans have both qualified one athlete in one event apiece.Saturday 17-3/9th School Name Colton Ross 25-0/6th Long jump Justin Walker 400-meter dash Oral Roberts Josh Taylor Event Madison Reynolds *Karl Saluri 45.95/9th 4×400-meter relay Cass Brown-Stewart Stephen F. Austincenter_img *Stephen F. Austin NCAA West Preliminary Round (Results) | NCAA East Preliminary Round (Results) Justin Walker Northwestern St. Stephen F. Austin at NCAA West Preliminary Round FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Stephen F. Austin track and field closed the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds with another stellar performance on Saturday night as the men’s 4×400 meter relay team broke the school record to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. | Read MoreSam Houston State at NCAA West Preliminary Round FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Charles White complete Sam Houston’s stay at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Fayetteville, Arkansas Saturday with a 24th place finish in the triple jump. White posted a mark of 49’ 7.75” in the event. | Read MoreNorthwestern State at NCAA East Preliminary Round JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Justin Walker put aside the frustration of an earlier failed 4×100 meter relay qualifying effort and overcame his sore Achilles’ heel Saturday evening to win his heat in the 200 meter dash at the NCAA East Preliminary Round track and field meet, earning the Northwestern State sprint star a second berth in the national championships June 11-14 in Oregon. | Read MoreSoutheastern Louisiana at NCAA East Preliminary Round JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Ten members of the Southeastern Louisiana University track and field teams finished competition in the 2014 NCAA Track and Field East Preliminaries in Jacksonville, Florida. Junior Brett Olsen and senior Jeffrey Milliron finished in the top 30 in the men’s discus event. Olsen, throwing for 175 feet, .39 inches, placed 26th. Milliron came in at #30, tossing for a distance of 173 feet, .77 inches. | Read MoreNew Orleans at NCAA East Preliminary Round JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Darius Roy finished a successful freshman campaign in the quarterfinals of the 200-meter dash on the final day of the NCAA East Regional’s held on the campus of the University of North Florida. Roy got in as the final qualifier on Friday, and wound up 18th overall out of 24 quarterfinalists. Roy ran a 21.16 in the first heat and wound up placing sixth in his heat. | Read More Decathlon 100-meter dash 3:05.65/5th 7,497 points 10.31/11th Northwestern State senior Justin Walker won his heat in the 200-meter dash (20.58) and finished fourth overall at the NCAA East regional to advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. Walker also qualified Friday in the 100-meter dash and will be the only Southland Conference athlete to compete in two individual events at the NCAA Championships. New Orleans Pole vault 53.02/10th 400-meter dash 400-meter hurdles Jamal Peden Southland Conference Qualifiers for the NCAA Championships:  Mark/Reg. Finish *Stephen F. Austin – (Hampton Hawkins, Torin Crowder, Josh Taylor, Cass Brown-Stewart)*New Orleans Karl Saluri has qualified directly to the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the decathlon based on his personal-best score of 7,497 points, set at the 2014 Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays in March. Saluri score ranks 14th in the country. The decathlon is the only men’s event to not be contested at the preliminary round sites.last_img read more

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LeBron James, Kobe Bryant offer words of support for Ronda Rousey

first_imgSuper Bowl a tossup at legal sports books ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member After losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals the following year, the Ohio native bounced back to lead the Miami Heat to back-to-back NBA titles in 2012 and 2013. James described his ascension to “the mountaintop” and believes that Rousey could still do the same.“You don’t know her mindset. You don’t know the drive, is the drive still there? You don’t know,” James added. “But you can tell that it’s built and built and built and built and built, they always make the teardown story more important than how long it took for her to actually get to the mountaintop.”Meanwhile, another NBA great, Kobe Bryant, shared James’ feelings for Rousey and reminded everyone of her contribution to the sport, particularly for putting Women’s MMA in the mainstream.“Instead of clapping for @RondaRousey defeat give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map,” the Black Mamba tweeted, along with the hashtags #pioneer and #muse.Instead of clapping for @RondaRousey defeat give her a standing O for putting the sport on the map #pioneer #museADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ronda Rousey stands in the cage after Amanda Nunes forced a stoppage in the first round of their women’s bantamweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 207, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. APNBA superstar LeBron James has endured his fair share of backlash and animosity throughout his storied sports career, and he offered some kind words for another athlete in badly need of one, UFC fighter Ronda Rousey.In the wake of a shocking 48-second beatdown of Rousey against Amanda Nunes at UFC 207 over the weekend, the former women’s bantamweight champion has been the subject of several cruel depictions online, after being completely annihilated in her much anticipated comeback fight.ADVERTISEMENT Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) December 31, 2016Retirement talks have also been rampant after Rousey’s loss, and it still remains unclear if she’ll return to fighting anytime soon. Khristian IbarrolaRELATED STORYRetire or fight back? UFC stars offer advice to Ronda RouseySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next READ: Rousey stopped by Nunes 48 seconds into comeback at UFC 207Despite another setback for the Olympian judoka—her second straight loss following another devastating knockout defeat last year—the Cleveland Cavaliers’ franchise player displayed sympathy and encouragement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“In sports, in general, they build you up as high as they can, put you on the highest mountain in the world, just to tear you down. That’s coming from somebody who has experienced it. And that’s exactly what she’s going through right now,” James told the Akron Beacon Journal. “That’s a fact. I know exactly how she feels because I was that athlete. I went through that.”James is believed to be directly referring to ‘The Decision’, a live broadcast of his move from Cleveland to Miami in 2010, which received public outrage and turned the game’s brightest star into a full-blown villain. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos NBA: James leads depleted Cavs to win over Pelicans View commentslast_img read more

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David Hinds’s jaundiced views in conflict with reality (Pt 2)

first_imgDear Editor,Like his pal Freddie Kissoon, David Hinds continuously propagates the notion that the People’s Progressive Party “ruined Guyana”. They are shamelessly trying to rewrite the economic and rights history of this country, when those two in particular lived and suffered through the perilous dictatorship of the Burnham era. The second President of the United States, John Adams, is credited with the famous quote, “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”It was thanks to the prudent management of our resources by the PPP that Guyana had grown from bankruptcy in 1992 to the vibrant economy that the APNU/AFC coalition inherited in 2015. And I fear this government is determined to take us back to those dark, perilous times.Perhaps David Hinds is influenced by his friend Freddie, for he has conveniently overlooked the positive changes that the PPP has made to our Constitution; to Parliament; to the Judiciary; and to the economy. The PPP reduced the massive debt burden and recorded years of sustained GDP growth. There were more investments, both local and foreign, that led to prosperity and job creation; and the housing sector exploded with the distribution of over 100,000 house-lots to Guyanese of all ethnic and political affiliations. The PPP built new schools and health-care facilities in every region, and expand welfare to our citizens. Yet none of this progress they see.How sad that David Hinds has now been reduced to being the mouthpiece of the same corrupt political legacy he once despised.And in another recent article in the media, “PPP has left Guyana in an ethnic trap” (April 24), Hinds wrote that the PPP’s political domination during its term in office translates into ethnic dominance, which “ensured that African Guyanese developed a very deep fear and hatred for that party”. According to the article, Hinds said that “the consequence is that attempts to reform governance will be seen by most PPP supporters as ethnic revenge on the part of the current government”. He then went on to justify the political witch-hunt and ethnic cleansing of those perceived to be PPP supporters in the Public Sector as an “ethnic imbalance that needs to be corrected”.Space does not permit an appropriate response to the erroneously racist views the learned Professor advocates, and to do so may very well put me in trouble. But I will say this: When the PPP/C took office in 1992, the Public Sector was made up of 90-95 per cent Afro-Guyanese. Even after 23 years the composition of the Public Sector was still about 75-80 per cent Blacks in a country that has a significant Indian majority. On August 30, the Guyana Chronicle carried a photograph of the Attorney General posing with the staff of the AG Chamber. They were all Afro-Guyanese. Of the 60 to 70 employees of the Ministry of Legal Affairs (professional staff included), only about two Indo-Guyanese now work there. The others have either been dismissed or forced to resign. Since Independence 50 years ago, there was only ONE Indian Head of the Army, Major General Joseph Singh. And in the 23 years of PPP rule, there was only one Commissioner of Police, Seelall Persaud.At the recent Carifesta Games held in Barbados, someone asked: “Why such a huge delegation only had approximately four persons of Indo-Guyanese origin in their midst, given that demographically Indo-Guyanese are the biggest ethnicity in Guyana? Because of the small number of Indo-Guyanese in the delegation, it was then left to other ethnicities to depict Indo-Guyanese culture in dance routines on stage.” (Stabroek News, September 2). And recently, the REO of Region Five employed 17 persons, all of whom are Afro-Guyanese in a region that is predominantly Indian.During the 23 years of PPP rule, there was only ONE Indo-Guyanese Chief Justice, Carl Singh, who later became the only Indo-Guyanese Acting Chancellor of the Judiciary. And readers may recall that the PNC never gave Justice Singh the agreement that would have confirmed him as Chancellor.There is no doubt that Afro-Guyanese fared much more under the PPP than at any time during the entire 28 years of PNC dominance. Some would readily admit that had it not been for the PPP, they would never be able to own a car, a bus or a home of their own. The evidence is everywhere. Ulrick Leacock, a vendor and APNU supporter, said, “If I vote back I would vote for the PPP because they were doing quite well. Which in, when they were in power for 23 years, I build a house and I was working for less money and now in APNU time, I cannot buy a bicycle.” The PPP stands prepared and committed to a public fact-based debate anytime with the likes of David Hinds and Eric Phillips to debunk this racist rhetoric they have been peddling for years to prevent more Afro-Guyanese from supporting the PPP. But don’t expect them to turn up, facts are stubborn things!HARRY GILLPPP/C Member ofParliamentlast_img read more

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‘Extremely close’ in China as Hamilton edges Raikkonen in practice

first_img0Shares0000Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton finished four tenths of a second faster than Finland’s Kimi Raikkonen driving for arch-rivals Ferrari in the opening free practice at the Chinese Grand Prix © AFP / GREG BAKERShanghai, China, Apr 13 – Lewis Hamilton set the pace for Mercedes in free practice on Friday at the Chinese Grand Prix but fierce rivals Ferrari were just a whisker behind as the teams headed for another clash in this weekend’s race.The British reigning world champion topped the time sheet with a best lap of one minute and 33.482 seconds in Shanghai, just .007 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen in windy, moist conditions. Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, followed by season points leader Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.The annual battle between the sport’s two giants has taken on an unexpected complexion, with Mercedes anxious for a win in Shanghai on Sunday after Vettel stunned the champions with wins in both Australia and Bahrain.A mere 0.108 seconds separated the top four in Friday’s practice.Hamilton said it was “good to see all the times so close.”“But it means that we really need to bring our A game. We need everyone in the team to be on it throughout the weekend because it’s a joint effort.”Added Bottas: “It’s looking extremely close again with them (Ferrari) so I think tomorrow is going to be a close qualifying and for sure Sunday as well.”Both Vettel and Hamilton are chasing a fifth world title this year.Mercedes are hopeful they can get things back on track on a Shanghai circuit where Hamilton is tough to beat.The Englishman is easily the most successful driver in the 14-year history of the Chinese race with five wins, and he buoyed Mercedes hopes of a fightback by leading the pack in both of Friday’s sessions.Max Verstappen of Red Bull had to settle for fifth-fastest in practice, followed by Nico Hulkenberg driving for Renault.Kevin Magnusson was seventh for Haas, ahead of Renault’s Carlos Sainz and Verstappen’s teammate Daniel Ricciardo.Ricciardo said: “Overall, we aren’t looking too bad and I hope we can be in the fight with Ferrari and Mercedes.”Two-time former world champion Fernando Alonso of McLaren rounded out the top 10.Vettel raced to victory in Australia to open the Formula One season, following up with a tense triumph over Mercedes last weekend in Bahrain.Ferrari have capitalised on a range of problems afflicting the champions, from software bugs to communication problems and grid penalties, but team principal Toto Wolff has vowed Mercedes will bring their “A game” in Shanghai.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Kenya Open in Sh15m Coca-Cola boost

first_imgSpeaking Thursday during the presentation of Coca-Cola East Africa sponsorship worth Sh15m ($150,000), tournament sponsorship director Kathleen Kihanya said the course is in good condition and all is set for the European Challenge Tour.“We would like to thank Coca Cola for their generous contribution as one of our key sponsors for the Kenya Open 2016. They have been one of our strategic partners for the past four years which we are truly grateful.“Things to look out for this year are the Kenya open village that will have a new concept where we will have a lot of activations and we are inviting people who don’t know anything about golf so we can have the opportunity to teach them about the sport,” Kihanya said.Coca Cola Marketing Manager Mona Karingi was hopeful the sponsorship will motivate local pros to go ahead and claim the maiden victory.“We are sponsoring this with our full portfolio of beverages lead by brand Coke, supported by our water Dasani and our Minute Maid Juice, giving the players and spectators a wide array of choice in what they want to consume over the duration of the open.“We are proud to be associated with sports and its development in Kenya and we are here for the pleasure of the players and spectators with this being our contribution to the society for this very noble cause. It’s our hope that a Kenyan wins it for the first time.”The 22 pros from Kenya include Dismas Indiza and Greg Snow who qualified by virtue of making cuts at last year’s Kenya Open.With less than a week to tee off, the tournament has reached the penultimate stage of planning, with organisers and tournament officials putting on the final touches on what promises to be a grueling and competitive event.This year, the tournament will once again attract players from around the globe; with competitors expected from the East Africa region, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Coca Cola marketing manager Mona Karingi when presenting the cheque to Kenya Open sponsorship director Kathleen Kihanya.NAIROBI, March 10 – 2013 champion Jordi García Pinto is among top players entered for 2016 Barclays Kenya Open Golf Championship to be held at Karen Country Club from March 17-20.This year’s Open will feature players from 26 countries with pro golfers coming from as far afield as Chile, Australia and the largest chunk from Europe.last_img read more

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Egypt, Ivory Coast, Tunisia in play-offs

first_img0Shares0000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, June 16 – Egypt, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Tunisia Sunday became the first countries to reach the play-offs in the Africa zone of the 2014 World Cup qualifiers.A spectacular own goal by Bernard Parker gifted lowest Group A seeds Ethiopia a 2-1 triumph over 2010 World Cup hosts South Africa in Addis Ababa and an unassailable five-point lead with one round left. Mohamed Salah followed up a hat-trick against Zimbabwe last weekend by scoring the goal that earned Egypt a 1-0 win over Mozambique in Maputo and created an eight-point Group G gap over Guinea.Reigning African Footballer of the Year Yaya Toure netted twice in Dar es Salaam as Ivory Coast recovered from conceding a second-minute goal to defeat Tanzania 4-2 in Group C and they cannot be overtaken.Tunisia needed a point in Equatorial Guinea to secure first place in Group B and that is what they got from a 1-1 draw with Oussama Darragi equalising for the ‘Carthage Eagles’.Ghana, who were quarter-finalists the last World Cup, took a significant step toward reaching the play-offs with a 2-0 win over Lesotho in Maseru thanks to goals from Christian Atsu and captain Asamoah Gyan.The ‘Black Stars’ moved one point ahead of Zambia in Group D and host the shock 2012 Africa Cup of Nations champions in the final series of mini-league fixtures during September.South Africa took on Ethiopia before a sell-out 25,000 crowd needing at least a point to stay in contention and an attacking approach paid off on 34 minutes when Parker cracked a half-volley wide of Jemal Tassew into the far corner.But the ‘Walyas Antelopes’ — 19 places below ‘Bafana Bafana’ (The Boys) on the African rankings — levelled just before half-time when Getaneh Kebede rifled the ball into the net from close range after a scramble.The decisive goal came after 70 minutes when Parker fluffed an attempted clearance off an Ethiopian free kick, sending a flying header past goalkeeper and captain Itumeleng Khune into his sown net.South Africa had several late half-chances but it was Ethiopia, who returned to the Africa Cup of Nations tournament this year after three decades in the doldrums, who came closest to scoring.Salah helped Swiss club Basel reach the Europa League semi-finals this year and he was once again the star for Egypt, scoring the only goal in the Mozambican capital five minutes before half-time.The ‘Pharaohs’ maintained the only perfect record in the African qualifying competition with a fifth consecutive victory and finish their schedule at home to second-place Guinea.A stoppage-time goal from substitute Wilfried Bony sealed victory for Ivory Coast, who recovered from conceding an early goal to lead 3-2 at half-time in a thriller at Benjamin Mkapa Stadium.Toure bagged a first-half brace after Lacina Traore had equalised while Amri Kiemba and Thomas Ulimwengu scored for the ‘Taifa Stars’, who stayed third behind Ivory Coast and Morocco.Democratic Republic of Congo and six-time World Cup qualifiers Cameroon drew 0-0 in Kinshasa — a result that eliminated the Congolese and left Libya with a two-point Group I lead.While new ‘Indomitable Lions’ coach Volker Finke will be relieved at avoiding a second loss in as many weeks after a 2-0 defeat by Togo, the absence of injured striker Samuel Eto’o was sorely felt.Saphir Taider scored early in the second half as Algeria triumphed 1-0 in Rwanda and Mali must beat Benin in Bamako later Sunday to prevent the ‘Desert Foxes’ making the play-offsJuvenal Edjogo converted a first-half penalty for the Equatoguineans in Malabo — his fourth goal of the qualifying campaign — and Darragi brought Tunisia level on 64 minutes from another spot kick.RESULTS SUMMARYGroup AAt Addis AbabaEthiopia 2 (Kebede 42, Parker 70-og) South Africa 1 (Parker 34)Note: Ethiopia qualify for play-offsGroup BAt MalaboEquatorial Guinea 1 (Juvenal 36-pen) Tunisia 1 (Darragi 64-pen)Note: Tunisia qualify for play-offsGroup CAt Dar es SalaamTanzania 2 (Kiemba 2, Ulimwengu 35) Ivory Coast 4 (Traore 13, Toure 23, 44-pen, Bony 90+3)Note: Ivory Coast qualify for play-offsGroup DAt MaseruLesotho 0 Ghana 2 (Atsu 44, Gyan 75)Group GAt MaputoMozambique 0 Egypt 1 (Salah 40)Note: Egypt qualify for play-offsGroup HAt KigaliRwanda 0 Algeria 1 (Taider 52)Group IAt KinshasaDemocratic Republic of Congo 0 Cameroon 00Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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Slayer bring 2017 tour to Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Slayer will bring their 2017 Tour to Dawson Creek and the Encana Events Centre.There are many perilous ways one can spend time off – Volcano-boarding down Cerro Negro, Nicaragua’s active volcano, or maybe bungee jumping from a helicopter over the bubbling crater of Chile’s Villarrica volcano.  How about a visit to Sao Paulo’s Snake Island, home of some 4000 golden lancehead vipers whose venom can melt human flesh, or shark diving without a cage in South Africa.  But nothing is quite as hazardous or risky as a night in the pit at a Slayer concert.  Add to that the ferociousness of Lamb of God and Behemoth, and you’ve got a Satan-approved triple bill of Biblical proportions.The six-week expedition will rage across North America beginning July 12 in Bemidji, MN, winding up in Phoenix, AZ on August 20.  Slayer and Lamb of God will also play Wisconsin’s Rock Fest 2017 (7/13) and Rock USA 2017 (7/15), and then meet up with Behemoth at the Chicago Open Air Festival on July 16.  They will stop in Dawson Creek, BC on Monday, August 14 at the Encana Events Centre. Tickets go on sale this Friday, March 3; log on to www.slayer.net/tour for all purchasing details.- Advertisement -Tickets will be available for purchase on Friday, March 3 at 10 a.m. MST.  Tickets are priced at $89.00 and $79.00 plus applicable fees.  Tickets may be purchased online at www.tigerboxofficeplus.ca by phone at 1-877-339-8499, and in person at the Tiger Box Office Plus locations at the Encana Events Centre.last_img read more

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Her heart says NYU, but her brain says skip the AP world history class

first_imgMy daughter wants to go to NYU. The question is not, can we afford it? Based on previous experience, Erin’s parents would beg, borrow, liquidate, dress in Bush One-era fashions and sell time shares on street corners to fund whatever horizon-broadening erudition stirs our hopes and dreams. If you’re in the market for a slightly used not-cheap violin, cheap, call us. As for the private instruction side of the equation, you’re on your own. Karate, ballet, piano, gymnastics, voice, acting, swimming with dolphins, volleyball – even while jettisoning lawn service and cable TV, we wrote the checks. The common thread throughout is that I unfailingly imagine my children excelling in each and every new venture attempted. Have you ever seen a kid execute the petting of dolphins quite so skillfully? We must buy the Vacation Memories video for posterity! When, midway through the recent summer, Erin, who had not picked up a racket in months, suddenly acquired a burning desire to try out for the high school tennis team, I said, as usual, well, OK, Most Precious Girl on Earth. But (to paraphrase George Harrison) it’s gonna take money, a whole lotta spending money, to do it right. Thank heavens she made the team. So that we could fork out half a mortgage payment on cool tennis attire. To get back to the original question: No, it is not about Erin’s parents. It is about Erin. Did our super student, even before turning 15, already blow her reputation with university admissions boards? Erin’s downfall may prove to be this: She chose not to take a college course during her sophomore year of high school. The phrase “AP world history” has been uttered with grave concern in our house, mostly by me, since last spring. That’s when I first learned about the opportunity at a meeting for freshman parents. Relatively new at our high school, the class requires two to three hours of reading and outlining per night. I immediately went into reporter mode, interviewing veterans of the program and their parents. Parents worried about their kids burning the midnight oil to keep up. Many students complained that it hogged so much time other classes got neglected. Those accustomed to seeing only As didn’t like earning B’s in a class that rarely bestows anything higher. Yet, it is a weighted B. Yet, to colleges, a weighted B is still a B, or so the saying goes. Yet, colleges prefer a weighted B to a skinny A. Yet, yet, yet. How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? If there were AP options for sophomores in my day, no one told me about them. Of course, back then, you just signed up for college like you were signing up for a parks and rec cooking class. At the end of last school year, Erin enrolled in AP world history – with a little prodding. “I’m taking four honors classes and an AP class,” she reminded me. “Are you happy now?” Then she proceeded to dread 10th grade. Two days before the start of school, Erin plaintively asked, “Can I please, please not take AP world history?” Basking in relief that the tennis experiment succeeded, I said, as though I’d expressed such wisdom all along, “It’s totally up to you. I trust you to make the right decisions.” She visited her counselor that afternoon and dropped down to “regular” world history. “I feel like I’ve come out of a dark cloud,” Erin happily sighed. Oh, well. We can’t afford NYU, anyway. Susan Christian Goulding’s column appears Saturdays. She is an award-winning writer and freelance journalist. She can be contacted by e-mail at susangoulding@aol.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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Redevelopment agency needs work

first_img Giving loans to develop market-rate projects but not requiring developers to share the profits if the project is sold. The CRA could generate more money for redevelopment by using profit-sharing agreements. Still giving the majority of CRA loans to a small number of developers. The CRA needs to attract a larger pool of viable developers. Not checking all affordable-housing projects funded by the CRA to ensure they’re maintained as affordable. That finding comes even as Los Angeles voters are being asked to consider a measure on the November ballot that would raise their property taxes to pay for a $1 billion bond to build more affordable housing. “Is there room for improvement? Absolutely,” Chick said. “We continue to look for improvements in how the city uses its resources and how to make sure that we are in both cost-effective ways producing and maintaining affordable housing.” Culp said a new housing director has committed to reviewing all 1,400 units built under the CRA’s affordable housing program. kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The agency charged with revitalizing Los Angeles’ blighted neighborhoods has fixed some of its financial problems but hasn’t acted quickly enough on reforms that could save redevelopment money, an audit released Thursday says. City Controller Laura Chick said the Community Redevelopment Agency still needs to make fundamental changes in the way it does business. “The issues are a remaining symbol of the good ol’ boy days of how the CRA used to operate,” Chick said during a press conference in her City Hall office. “Looking the other way and forgiving loans when there is ability to pay, we don’t have to do giveaways or look the other way to attract businesses to our redevelopment areas. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“It should be competitive. People should be clamoring to come to the table.” But Chick also praised the CRA for enacting 57 of 92 recommendations she made in a scathing audit released in 2004 that detailed sloppy management and lax oversight of loans. CRA Chief Financial Officer Brence Culp said the agency was reorganized after Chick’s earlier audit and strengthened its oversight of its loans and affordable-housing projects. “A year from now we’re going to see the intent of these audits will have been fully realized. We’re almost there now,” said Culp, who recently joined the department, along with new General Manager Cecilia Estolano. Chick’s audit also found that the CRA was: last_img read more

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