The Gates Foundation has been hesitant in the past to award grants to Los Angeles Unified because it questioned the district’s commitment to reform. Officials said Monday they will consider future investments depending on the district’s use of the new grant. “We will continue to have these conversations with the key players down here … and we will look for opportunities where there might be overlap,” said Carol Rava Treat, spokeswoman for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Nadia Santamaria, a Belmont High senior who has been accepted to UCLA, said students can easily get lost in overcrowded schools, so they need the district’s support and resources. “With a school of 5,000 and only two college counselors, I believe that it is important that we receive all the help that we can get in the community,” she said. naush.boghossian@ dailynews.com (818) 713-3722 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Real reform starts in communities, it starts with parents and students and teachers coming together, rolling up their sleeves to make a difference,” he said during a news conference at Belmont High School. “This grant is an important investment in the empowerment that’s so essential to transform a school district.” In the five communities, the alliance will work to inform parents, students and teachers about the importance of the so-called A-G curriculum and how to get the resources they need to complete the college-prep course work. Superintendent David Brewer III said the grant, along with the district’s efforts to increase parental involvement and provide a tougher curriculum, will help change academic outcomes for all Los Angeles Unified School District students. “You can tell Bill and Melinda and James Irvine we don’t want to put them on the spot, but we’re going to need some more money out here because we’re going to really take this thing to another level,” Brewer said. “What we need to do is make sure our children are college prepared and career ready, and in order to do that we need to empower our parents.” Los Angeles Unified – which struggles with one of the nation’s highest dropout rates – will get a $2 million grant to help provide college-prep classes to at-risk students, officials announced Monday. The money from the Bill & Melinda Gates and The James Irvine foundations will target low-income and minority students in five Los Angeles communities, including one in the San Fernando Valley. “It will allow us to support our students, our families, our schools in the district toward setting and achieving a higher level of learning,” said Veronica Melvin, executive director of the Alliance for a Better Community, a coalition of outreach groups. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who has criticized the district for a dropout rate he claims is close to 50 percent, said the money will be a vital tool in helping raise student achievement.
0Shares0000Here I come: Wayne Rooney arrives at Dulles International Airport on Thursday © AFP/File / ZACH GIBSONWASHINGTON, United States, Jun 28 – England record goalscorer Wayne Rooney left boyhood club Everton for D.C. United of Major League Soccer on Thursday, saying he hungers for American success to fulfill a career goal.The US club and English Premier League outfit announced the agreement on a permanent transfer as Rooney was on a flight to Washington. Rooney will complete his move when the MLS transfer window opens on July 10 and should be in the squad four days later when beleaguered United plays host to the Vancouver Whitecaps in the opening game at the US club’s new stadium.“It is fantastic to be joining D.C. United at such an exciting time in the club’s history with the new stadium opening in just a few weeks,” Rooney said in a statement.“Moving to America and MLS fulfills another career ambition for me. I have the hunger to be a success here and will give D.C. 100 percent — as I have always done for every team I have ever played for.”Rooney, 32, signed a three and a half year deal said to be worth $13 million. His 208 goals in 16 Premier League seasons ranks second on the all-time list.“When I visited earlier this summer I was really impressed with everyone I met connected with the club, and of course the new Audi Field,” Rooney said. “Now I can’t wait to get on the pitch in a United shirt and join my new teammates to bring success to this club.”The former Manchester United maestro posted a video on his Twitter account with him wearing a United jersey with him saying, “Hi DC, at work.”Upon his afternoon arrival at Dulles Airport, Rooney was greeted by a large crowd of supporters. With a DC United scarf around his neck, Rooney posed for selfies and signed autographs on jerseys.Rooney, wearing a grey baseball cap and accompanied by a small entourage, was later spotted at a beer garden in the city where fans watched Belgium’s 1-0 win over England in the World Cup.A chant of “Rooney, Rooney, Rooney” went up from the England fans, but the former England striker stayed only briefly before being hustled away.Rooney departed with the best wishes of his former club, the same Everton side where he began his career at age 16 in 2002.“From everyone at Everton, we thank Wayne for his service to the club and wish him every success in the next 3 1/2 years with DC United,” the club statement said.United couldn’t be happier to see Rooney, needing a big-name drawing card for its new stadium and a talent boost to revamp a club at the bottom of the MLS Eastern Conference.“This is a seminal moment for our fans and organization. Wayne is a global soccer icon and his presence at DC United will elevate our product on the pitch and soccer as a whole in our city and in this country,” said United chief executive Jason Levien.Welcome: Fans watch as Wayne Rooney arrives © AFP / ZACH GIBSON“Wayne has thrived when competing at the most elite levels of soccer and we’re thrilled to have his leadership as we enter this new era.”– Beckham says great move –David Beckham, who paved the way for aging European superstars to extend their careers in North American with his 2007 transfer to LA Galaxy, said Rooney’s move was the right one.“It’s great for Wayne and I also think it’s great for the league,” Beckham said. “It’s the right move for him. It’s exciting for fans. I think he’ll do really well. I think DC is the right club for him.”Rooney also follows in the footsteps of the likes of Thierry Henry, Andrea Pirlo, David Villa, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and fellow Merseyside native Steven Gerrard.England’s youngest-ever goalscorer, Rooney displayed a star turn at the 2004 European Championships and later that year joined another teen star, Cristiano Ronaldo, at Manchester United for the first of 13 seasons at the club, during which he racked up 253 goals in all competitions until returning to Everton last year.– ‘We’re beyond excited’ –Last August saw Rooney step down from international duties, with 119 England caps and 53 goals to his name.“Wayne is undoubtedly one of the best players in Premier League history and his goal scoring record for club and country speaks for itself,” United general manager Dave Kasper said.“He is a world-class player and he elevates those around him, both through his work-ethic and winning mentality. We’re beyond excited to add someone of Rooney’s caliber and we are thrilled to welcome him.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Rivalries. The intense battles of two legendary warriors. The drama of closely matched combatants going toe-to-toe, giving their best, and bringing out the best in each other. Russell-Chamberlain. Ali-Frazier. Bird-Magic. Red Sox-Yankees. With these things in mind, the Shaq-Kobe rivalry doesn’t really stack up. Different positions, twice-yearly meetings, no championship battles (yet), make this much to do about very little. Is it becoming? If rivalries are blue suits, this is a pair of brown shoes. Since this was mostly a one-sided affair, with Shaq yakking and Kobe ignoring, the end of this thing went as it should have. Taking his cues from Pat Riley and Bill Russell, Shaq stepped to Kobe and extended the olive branch. Kobe responded in kind. Now, with all of the garbage out of the way, these two megastars can get to work creating a rivalry where it counts: on the court. Not in the newspapers, not in the magazines, but on the hardwood, where legends are made and legendary battles are won. Is it becoming? The old girl never looked better. The anticipation of things to come? The endless hype, no matter how unnecessary? The intense battles between two mighty adversaries? Or is it the end of aggressions; the forging of peaceful relations? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ever since The Trade, the Shaq/Kobe has been on the front burner during nearly every discussion of the NBA season. Who’s going to say what; what’s going to happen when they meet; how will they react? With all that drama taking place, it’s no wonder that everybody drooled like newborns whenever the subject arose. Buzz, however, does not make a great rivalry. Is it becoming? Well, it might make the main course, but it’s only potatoes, not the steak. The media, searching for the Next Big Story, jumped on this like a pack of wolves. Shaq, fully stocked with cute quotes and witty one-liners, kept the hype machine fueled up and ready to roll over anything (including good sense). It is a measure of the hype when seemingly half of all of the stories about Kobe or Shaq included something about their counterpart. The problem here is that this was mostly media driven, with reporters continuing to broach the subject despite its irrelevance. Is it becoming? In an Oscar night ensemble, this isn’t even the borrowed diamond necklace. It’s the fancy hairdo, not the Versace gown.
DONEGALDAILY.COM….FIRST WITH THE NEWS: EXCLUSIVE: A man castrated his neighbour’s dog after it tried to mate with his pedigree pooch.Eddie Flood used a lamb ring to cut the testicles off the little cross terrier dog after claiming his three dogs were being pestered by the dog.Flood, 43, of Carnasaull, Termon, Co Donegal, claimed the dog was allowed to roam freely and that he had been forced to remove it from his house more than 20 times.After becoming ‘sick’ of the dog, he put a rubber lambing ring on it – the kind which is normally used to cut the tails off lambs.Flood used a set of pliers to put on the ring and after a few days the dog was unwell and lethargic.It was only then that it was noticed that the dog had lost its testicles.The dog’s owner, Frank McGettigan told LetterkennyDistrict Court, that he was distraught when he discovered what had happened to his three year old pet dog Rusty.He didn’t know who had done such a thing and mentioned it to Flood but he denied having anything to do with the attack.Inspector for the ISPCA, Kevin McGinley, approached Flood on September 11th of 2009 and put it to him that he had placed the ring on the dog.Flood’s solicitor Ms Sinead Bradley told the court that the lambing ring was a common procedure used on lambs which did cause some discomfort.She said her client now admitted the offence but said his three dogs had been pestered by the little terrier.Flood had a pedigree border collie which he was afraid for as the terrier dog was trying to interfere with it.He claimed he had been forced to lock the dogs into a shed as the terrier had been constantly calling around to the house and trying to interfere with his dogs.He also claimed he had to return the terrrier to its owner on numerous occasions.Flood also claimed his three children had become frightened of the dog – a claim which the dog’s owner completely denied.Ms Bradley said all the neighbours in the area were aware that Mr.McGettigan’s dog was a ‘nuiscance’.But even after he was castrated it was revealed that Rusty the dog returned to Flood’s home and mate with Flood’s three dogs.Mr.McGettigan told the court that he had been forced to give away the dog after the incident after spending more than €200 on vet fees for the injured animal.He said he found the dog a new home because he was afraid for its safety.Ms Bradley said she had been told by neighbours with female dogs that Rusty had been a pest and that no dog was safe from the attentions of the terrier.Judge Seamus Hughes asked if wandering males aorund Termon were also safe from Mr Flood.He fined the unemployed father of four a total of €730 – €230 for the vet bills and a further €500 compensation to be paid to Mr McGettigan for the loss of his dog.He also adjourned the case until March 14th to see if the compensation has been paid to the injured party.Speaking after the case, Inspector Kevin McGinley of the ISPCA said he was satsfied at the outcome of the case.He also revealed that this is the THIRD such case in which a lambing ring has been used to castrate a dog because it had tried to mate with another dog.“We are very pleased at the outcome of the case. Hopefully this will show people that they cannot take the law into their own hands.“We would ask people whose dogs are being worried by other dogs to contact us and we will investigate each case,” he said.EXCLUSIVE: DONEGAL MAN FINED FOR CASTRATING NEIGHBOUR’S ‘RANDY’ DOG RUSTY was last modified: December 14th, 2010 by gregShare 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)
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has said that his party will be seeking legal advice on TDs’ voting rights after Deputy Padraig Mac Lochlainn was blocked from voting on the Social Welfare Bill.The Donegal North East Deputy planned to vote against cuts today – but was prevented from doing so after his row in the Dail yesterday in which he accused the Ceann Comhairle of bias.Teachta Adams said: “Padraig MacLochlainn TD was suspended on Wednesday from the Dáil. However he was quite rightly permitted to vote against the Social Welfare Bill earlier today but was then subsequently denied his right to vote at a later stage. “The Ceann Comhairle’s defence for this is that this is the traditional way it has always been done in the Dáil. That’s not good enough. There are lots of traditions in the Dáil and Seanad that are archaic, anti-democratic and stifle proper debate.“The denial of Teachta MacLochlainn’s constitutional right to represent his constituents and to vote against the government’s punitive Social Welfare Bill is wrong. Sinn Féin will be taking legal advice on this matter.”SINN FEIN TAKING LEGAL ADVICE OVER BLOCK ON DONEGAL TD’S VOTE was last modified: December 13th, 2012 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:SINN FEIN TAKING LEGAL ADVICE OVER BLOCK ON DONEGAL TD’S VOTE
DONEGAL Deputy Pearse Doherty has again called for a tax on Ireland’s richest people in a bid to tackle the unemployment crisis.The Sinn Fein finance spokesman made his call on RTE’s ‘Prime Time’ programme last night during a debate with Jobs Minister Richard Bruton.“I would love to see this Government reduce the tax burden on people on low and middle incomes but what we have seen has been the opposite,” Doherty told Pat Kenny. The Donegal TD said a whole raft of new taxes including the home tax, water charges and higher VAT were hitting the vulnerable.Mr Bruton argued that bringing in higher taxes for high earners – especially for high earners who might want to bring jobs to Ireland – had the potential to put them off.But a member of the audience challenged this view, saying countries like Germany, Holland and Finland had 10% higher taxes on high income earners yet they didn’t have the same unemployment levels.The Donegal TD said there is scope for higher taxes on those earning more than €100k. Meanwhile Doherty will publish his submission to the review of the code of conduct for mortgage arrears today at Leinster House. PEARSE DOHERTY CALLS FOR WEALTH TAX IN ‘PRIME TIME’ DEBATE WITH JOBS MINISTER was last modified: April 10th, 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:PEARSE DOHERTY CALLS FOR WEALTH TAX IN ‘PRIME TIME’ DEBATE WITH JOBS MINISTER
NEW LOOKStone Buckle Block Heel Boots€34,99KICK YOUR STYLE INTO TOUCH WITH AN ANKLE BOOTAutumn brings a return of the ankle boot this season but offering a wide spectrum of looks from the grungy buckled biker-style, to flat, boho suede bootie, to a splash of animal print and the return of firm favourite, the Western.It’s easy to go from edgy or sophisticated boho to preppy chic whether worn with skinny jeans, leggings, a flippy, floral skirt or kilt-style dress. They’re also the perfect fashion item for in-between seasons. Here’s a few to inspire you.AWEARLondon Rebel Tan Slouch Boot with Silver Stud Detail€50.00 OASISWinnie Western Boot€85.00 RIVER ISLANDBROWN PONY HAIR LEOPARD PRINT CHELSEA BOOTS€65.00 H&MBiker boots€ 39.95 DUNNESLeopard Ankle Boot€20.00 NEXTClean Sludge Boots€87 LIFESTYLE: KICK YOUR STYLE INTO TOUCH WITH AN ANKLE BOOT was last modified: August 29th, 2013 by John2Share 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:dunnesH&MLIFESTYLE: KICK YOUR STYLE INTO TOUCH WITH AN ANKLE BOOTNextRiver Island
A Donegal county councillor has called on the Government to accept the demands for equal pay from the ASTI teachers union and bring about an end to the present industrial dispute.Independent Councillor Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig has been on the picket lines this morning talking with teachers and said it was important for public representatives to show solidarity with the striking teachers.He said, “I have been talking with teachers and fully agree with their position. I admire their determination and principled position in going out on strike for fair treatment for the future generation of teachers. “We need to remember it wasn’t teachers who caused the financial crash but bankers, greedy developers and incompetent and corrupt politicians. Young teachers should not be made to pay the price.“I fully support calls for equal pay for equal work to be written into law. In 2016 the idea that people are on different pay scales for the same work is just wrong.”Donegal councillor calls on Govt to accept demands of teachers was last modified: November 8th, 2016 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)
A search for a ‘missing surfer’ has been stood down.Earlier this afternoon an alert was sparked when a surfer was reported to have gone missing off Mullaghderg near Kincasslagh.Bunbeg Coast Guard, as well as the rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo, was scrambled to the scene. They were assisted in the search, which was coordinated by the Malin Head Radio Coastguard, by a number of local boatsHowever, a short time ago the search was stood down and all search vessels returned to their respective bases.Search for ‘missing surfer’ called off was last modified: June 12th, 2019 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:donegalMullaghdergRESCUE 118surfer