Miami-Dade County School Board approves 2018-2019 school calendars

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Miami-Dade County School Board approves 2018-2019 school calendars

first_imgThe Miami-Dade County School Board approved the 2018-2019 School Calendars at its recent monthly meeting with a start date of August 20, 2018 for students.The Elementary and Secondary School Calendar includes 180 days of instruction for students and 196 days for teachers, with 10 teacher planning days and six legal holidays in addition to the 180 days for students. The Adult/Vocational Education School Calendar includes 216 days of instruction for students and 234 days for teachers, with 12 teacher planning days and six legal holidays in addition to the 216 days for students. The Juvenile Justice School Calendar includes 240 days of instruction for students and 257 days for teachers with, 11 teacher planning days and six legal holidays in addition to the 240 days for students. The School Calendars were jointly developed by the School Calendar Ad Hoc Committee comprised of representatives from Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the United Teachers of Dade, and the Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Student Association. For more information visit, www.dadeschools.net/calendarslast_img read more

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Liverpool ‘can beat anyone’, says Mane

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Sadio Mane says Liverpool “can beat any team in the world” as Jurgen Klopp’s men chase the Premier League runners-up spot and eye the Champions League quarter-finals.Liverpool are third in the table, two points behind Manchester United after just one defeat in their past 19 Premier League matches and are virtually guaranteed progress in Europe after a 5-0 first-leg win over Porto in the last 16.Klopp’s side have scored 103 goals in all competitions this season with their forward line of Mane, 31-goal Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino tearing opposition defences apart.“I can sense that the club is moving in the right direction,” Mane told Liverpool’s official matchday programme.“There were a couple of difficult years at Liverpool a while back but those things happen to every single club in the world.“At the moment we are in a good way so everything is possible. I think we have improved a lot in the past few months. We know that on our day we can beat any team in the world.” The Senegal forward said the team spirit at Anfield was good and confidence among the players was sky-high.“Every single player is always very happy playing with each other,” he said. “We always try to help each other and we work as a team.“I think that is the team’s power and the team’s purpose. Every single player would love to play in this team.”The forward believes the arrival of club-record signing Virgil van Dijk, who became the world’s most expensive defender last month at £75 million ($104 million) has already made a difference.“He’s a great player and I know him very well because he was my teammate when I was at Southampton too,” Mane said.“He is a very good addition for us and we are very happy to have him in the team.”Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Play More Golf’ fund launched to boost participation

first_img England Golf has launched a new ‘Play More Golf’ fund, offering grants of up to £1500 for projects which encourage people to play the game more often and which promote club membership.The grants, which start at £500, are available to all affiliated clubs and to driving ranges which have been awarded the RangeMark.The money must be spent on activities, coaching programmes or offers which encourage regular participation and lead to club membership. They should include follow-on opportunities and could range from:•    Supporting new adult players or returners to golf to play regularly•    Sessions to attract women and girls, with emphasis on the social aspect of golf•    Regular, structured coaching, playing and competitive opportunities within clubs for juniors, both members and non-members•    Sessions to encourage disabled people to play golfRichard Flint, England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director, commented: “We are making a substantial investment in this fund to work with clubs and ranges to attract more players and to encourage more members and stronger golf clubs.”All activities will be promoted on the Get into golf website – www.getintogolf.org -and ‘Play More Golf’ promotional materials will be available to download.The ‘Play More Golf’ fund supports the emerging England Golf Strategic Plan which sets out to inspire people of all ages to make golf a part of their life. Its ambitions include reversing the trend of declining club membership.The fund is also supported by the England Golf Partnership, which brings together England Golf and the Professional Golfers’ Association to grow the game with the support of the Golf Foundation and Sport England National Lottery funding.The launch of the fund is part of an industry-wide drive to increase participation in golf which includes National Golf Month in May. This is a major campaign to offer opportunities to beginners and 100,000 lapsed golfers to try the game and offers in  England will be featured on the Get into golf website which directs visitors to great value coaching courses with PGA professionals. National Golf Month is an initiative from the Bauer Media Group and the British Golf Industry Association. More details at www.getintogolf.orgApplications for the ‘Play More Golf’ fund must be made by 31 May 2014. All applications will be assessed on a number of factors including value for money and overall strength of project plan. Submission of an application form does not guarantee funding. 17 Apr 2014 Play More Golf’ fund launched to boost participation last_img read more

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The Opinionated Spectator…NFL and Ravens driving away from Rice wreckage

first_imgAlexis Sara CobbWhen my father was teaching me how to drive, he would say indecisiveness will get you killed.These people are following your lead through the signals you give them. If you are indecisive with your signals, there can and will be a fatal collision. I thought he was being extreme at the time. Trying to scare me into using my turn signals but he was correct. Indecisiveness when you are driving is dangerous. I just never thought his lesson would be applicable for the NFL as well.The National Football League should be celebrating opening weekend of the regular season. We should be discussing how our fantasy leagues are doing after the first week and adjusting for injuries. We should be talking about the GAMES! Instead, we are discussing Ray Rice and the infamous elevator incident once again.TMZ sports released another video surveillance of Ray Rice and his then fiancé, Janay Palmer. When the second video of the incident surfaced, the video showed him hitting then his fiancé, people were outraged all over again. It’s repulsive and upsetting. But even though it is video footage, we already knew this incident had taken place.Ray Rice hit the female. What did you think happened in the elevator? Now that we have seen it with our own eyes, is this somehow different than before? We had seen Rice dragging the female out of the elevator in the original video. Roger Goodell had taken the initiative to suspend Ray for two games. It was a deplorable, weak decision but that was the decision Roger Goodell made.Had Goodell used proper judgment in giving Rice a harsher punishment in the first place, then seeing the video wouldn’t have bothered me. I, along with so many others, would have looked at the video and said, “That’s why you will be sitting at home for the entire first half of the season. To think about your poor decision making! You need to take lessons from Jay Z on the appropriate behavior of how to act when a female hits and lunges at you. At no point, is it okay to hit her back. No and no.” But, instead I had to acknowledge that he would be eligible to play within the next 8 days.After viewing the video, the Baltimore Ravens have fired Ray Rice and the NFL, i.e. Roger Goodell, has suspended him indefinitely. Rice had already pled down from aggravated assault. How does seeing the video make his actions different? More punishable? How? He committed the act and deserved significant punishment originally. Now the Ravens are circling back and FIRING him.So, let me get this straight. The woman he was with suffered the physical abuse, suffered the media backlash of her marrying the man that she loves, and now she has to suffer with her husband being unemployed. How is that justice? The point is to punish the man for his actions not to eliminate his opportunity to provide for his family.I understand why the Ravens would want to fire Rice. I don’t agree with it but I understand it.  It’s a business decision.  Having a prominent player on film hitting a female doesn’t make their organization look good. However, when they had gotten that soft penalty from Goodell, the organization could have suspended Rice with additional games on their own regardless of Goodell’s punishment. The Baltimore Ravens didn’t give him any additional punishment. They greedily nodded and thought about how he would help them win games. Now they are distancing themselves faster than Usain Bolt can get to a finish line. It’s hypocritical.Although his firing is bothersome, that is not what I find most at fault. Goodell just suspended Rice indefinitely from the NFL. Wait a second, how does that punishment fall in line with his new flawed personal conduct policy?  It doesn’t. Even if Roger Goodell wanted to be clever and say, in the light of the new video evidence, I am suspending Rice 6 games from the NFL. That I could have lived with. I could argue that Goodell is being consistent with his new personal conduct policy.But suspending him indefinitely? That’s unfair. Once again, the league is listening to the public outcry and acting accordingly. Give Ray Rice a timeline. Let him serve the suspension. Don’t punish Rice because you didn’t punish Rice and well now, he should be punished.Roger Goodell, when you are the person driving, if you are indecisive with your signals, there can and will be a fatal collision. In this case, Ray Rice’s career and ability to provide for his family is lying in the wreckage.(Two Sources for this story was TMZ.com and AP)Alexis Sara Cobb may be reached at:  alexiscobb@ascexec.com or (724) 561-8082  Follow her on Twitter: @alexissaralast_img read more

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