Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Debut New Song During Surprise Sunday Show [Audio/Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 8/13/2017 | Photo: Gary Sheer On Sunday, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong previously was scheduled to perform at Red Rocks Amphitheatre along with moe. and Twiddle. Following Rob Derhak’s diagnosis with cancer and the start of moe.’s sudden hiatus as their bassist seeks treatment, the highly anticipated Red Rocks show was canceled. However, while the circumstances of the show’s cancellation are somber, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong still made good use of their time in Colorado, keeping the good vibes going with a joint show with Twiddle on Saturday and a surprise two-set performance on Sunday at Denver’s Globe Hall—the latter marking Pigeons’ first headlining two-set show in Colorado’s Front Range for the first time in years.moe. And Twiddle To Auction Signed Red Rocks Flag For CharityPigeons’ surprise Sunday performance was announced on Friday afternoon, with the band quickly selling out Globe Hall, which has a capacity of around 200 people. The intimate show was a jubilant affair, with its end at midnight also marking the start of drummer Alex “Gator” Petropulos’s birthday. Coming off a high from their performance at the Boulder Theatre with Twiddle the night before, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong shredded through their show, offering the debut of a new song, “Sail On,” in addition to two sets of their patented funk-infused jams.Watch Pigeons Playing Ping Pong Tear Through “Sunny Day” In Boulder [Pro-Shot]Ahead of their first song, “Live Life,” vocalist and guitarist Greg Ormont opened the show with a quip about sunscreen being sold at the merch stand, joking that he had been practicing the line for their debut Red Rocks performance. “Live Life” served as laidback set opener, with the crowd coasting on the mellow and dubby groove as Ormont hilariously providing his own echoing vocal reverb. By way of a rhythmic break, the song abruptly dropped into the funk tune “Bad For You”, welcoming in the slinky and heavy melody. As “Bad For You” entered its jam segment, guitarist Jeremy Schon was fully locked in, leading the song to an accelerated peak ahead of an abrupt return to refrain and shredding over the steady backbone laid down by Petropulos and bassist Ben Carrey.“Poseidon” offered a change of pace initially, with the lyric instrumental opening to the number serving as a palette cleanser before landing in the feel-good and bubbly main theme of the song. With three-part harmonies accenting the lead vocals during the opening verses, Pigeons made their way into the jam, driving the crowd into a frenzy as they teased the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica”—an appropriate choice considering the group was also coming off their Friday performance at The Peach Festival, an event that has become a gathering for the extended musical family of the Allman Brothers Band since its inception in 2012. With the jam continuing to work off the Allman Brothers classic, the improvisation eventually loosened up into a more spacious jam, eventually reaching a soaring climax before returning to “Poseidon” bouncing main theme.The bass-heavy rock number “King Kong” was up next. Particularly in contrast to the show’s opening tunes, the percussive lyrics and weight of song showcased Pigeons’ mastery of their diverse catalog. Ormont offered powerful and gravely vocals, and Schon’s frenetic soloing showed a guitarist fully dialed in. However, the MVPs of “King Kong” were the band’s rhythm section, with both Carrey and Petropulos taking extended solos and sounding particularly tight across its duration. As the song came to an aggressive and abrupt end, the band started in on “Couldn’t We All,” carrying over some of the heaviness of King Kong into the slinky melody.With Ormont front and center with the spoken word-esque vocals, “Couldn’t We All” dropped into a dark jam, with Schon fully taking advantage of the solid rhythmic base as his frenzied guitar built the song to of multiple dramatic peaks. At time quick and propulsive and at others more ambient and spacious, a tremendous bridge back to the refrain showed the band firing on all cylinders. From there, Pigeons moved into the more straight-forward funk stylings of “Upfunk,” with Carrey and Ormont jumping to punctuate the end of each phrase. A psychedelic transition led to a slower, sexy jam with varying speed and style but cohesive in their somewhat darker tone. Closing out the song, Gator laid down a huge extended drum solo, eliciting huge cheers from the crowd as he worked the kit. As the group wrapped up the first set, they offered a sandwich of “Burning Up My Time,” with the song eventually transitioning through “Sir Real” before landing back in its joyful refrain and making for a triumphant finish.Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned after set break with “Landing.” During the song, Schon stepped to the front of the stage and offered a roaring guitar solo to properly kick off the second set. From there, the band added layers of complexity on top of an initially minimal and percussive funk jam that paved the way into “Something For Ya.” The crowd grooved off the carefree riff of the song, eventually harshly dropping into a shreddy guitar solo, with the contrast driving the crowd into a frenzy before the main melody of “Something For Ya” kicked back in.At the center of Pigeons’ second set was a “Time To Ride” sandwich housing “Kiwi.” The bass led the charge into “Time To Ride,” which featured theatrical antics from Ormont as he provided the vocal, heavily stylized guitar work, a quick bass solo from Carrey. Parallel guitar riffs led into a brief, more ambient jam and a return to the steady funk groove of the song before the band dropped into “Kiwi.” Cascading and precise guitar characterized Pigeons’ quick detour through “Kiwi” ahead of their triumphant return to “Time To Ride,” closing out the combo with a sultry jam that galloped then sprinted toward its shreddy and climactic resolution.Ahead of the next song, Greg took a moment to make some special announcements, hyping their upcoming “Flocktoberfest” show at the Boulder Theatre as well as their new album due out in the fall. Ormont’s vocals were particularly pristine during “Henrietta,” with the band easily sliding into the catchy feel-good number and its subsequent syncopated jam. As the complex bass line intertwined with the crisp staccato guitar, the song made its way to its rapid yet melodic climax ahead of its finger-wagging close.“Fun In Funk” featured more gritty vocals for Ormont and saw the band showcase their tightness, frequently pausing throughout its build to the delight of the audience. From there, the group debuted a brand-new and never-heard tune, “Sail On.” This latest addition to the Pigeons catalog was characterized by soaring vocals from Greg and delightful, bouncing instrumental melody with somewhat darker undertones to punctuate the end of certain phrases. With the show charging toward its close, the band next laid out a patient and masterful rendition of “Whirled” featuring dramatic pauses, harmonic guitars, and a propulsive locked-in rhythm section.For the second to last song of the night, Pigeons offered the triumphant and decisive “Fade Fast,” with Greg again shining on vocals before Jeremy took over the lead with a commanding solo that segued through to an airy and light jam reminiscent of Lotus’ “Sunrain.” After dropping back into the chorus of “Fade Fast,” the song hit is energized climax, with Schon leading the charge as he shredded through to the close of the song ahead of the final number of the set, the space-disco crowd pleaser, “Schwanthem.” After a brief break, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong returned for their encore, with the crowd still amped to keep the show going and yelling out “One more set.” For their final song of the night, Pigeons played a dynamic rendition of “Too Long,” which, much to the delight of the audience, housed a cover of the “Imperial March” from Star Wars. To cap off the show, Pigeons announced that it was the birthday of their drummer, Gator, then lead the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday,” marking a celebratory end to a special Sunday night.You can check out the setlist from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong’s two-set extravaganza below. Also, you can enjoy full audio from the night, courtesy of The Space Fish, and peep a gallery of photos from Globe Hall last night, courtesy of Gary Sheer.Setlist: Pigeons Playing Ping Pong | Globe Hall | Denver, CO | 8/13/2017Set One: Live Life > Bad For You, Poseidon*, King Kong, Couldn’t We All > Upfunk, Burning Up My Time > Sir Real > Burning Up My TimeSet Two: Landing > Jam > Something For Ya, Time To Ride > Kiwi > Time To Ride, Henrietta, Fun In Funk, Sail On, Whirled, Fade Fast, SchwanthemEncore: Too Long > Imperial March > Too Long* with tease of the Allman Brothers Band’s “Jessica”last_img read more

Stage Adaptation of The Hunger Games In The Works

first_img The best-selling Hunger Games trilogy of novels, penned by Suzanne Collins, has sold more than 80 million copies. In a dystopian future, the totalitarian nation of Panem is divided between 12 districts and the Capitol. Each year two children from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games, a televised death match. The books are currently being developed into a series of films, with the first two in the franchise having already grossed more than $1.5 billion at the box office. The latest installment, Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, will be released worldwide on November 21, starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and featuring Tony winner Patina Miller. Apparently the stage adaptation will use innovative and immersive staging techniques. All this excitement is brought to you by Lionsgate, Imagine Nation and Triangular Entertainment. Who volunteers as tribute? The Hunger Games is coming to the stage (and we’re hyperventilating). According to PRNewswire, The Hunger Games theatrical experience will begin performances in summer 2016 in a new purpose-built theater adjacent to London’s Wembley Stadium.center_img View Commentslast_img read more

Toshiba withdrawal kills major U.K. nuclear project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:Plans for a new nuclear power station in Cumbria have been scrapped after the Japanese conglomerate Toshiba announced it was winding up the UK unit behind the project. Toshiba said it would take a 18.8bn Japanese yen (£125m) hit from closing its NuGeneration subsidiary, which had already been cut to a skeleton staff, after it failed to find a buyer for the scheme.The decision represents a major blow to the government’s ambitions for new nuclear and leaves a huge hole in energy policy. The plant would have provided about 7% of UK electricity.After a board meeting of Toshiba on Thursday, the company said it was winding up NuGeneration because of its inability to find a buyer and the ongoing costs it was incurring. The firm has already spent more than £400m on the project. “Toshiba recognises that the economically rational decision is to withdraw from the UK nuclear power plant construction project, and has resolved to take steps to wind-up NuGen,” the firm said in a statement.Some industry watchers said the collapse of the scheme should be seen as an opportunity rather than a risk, for the UK to prioritise renewables instead.Jonathan Marshall, an analyst at the ECIU thinktank, said: “Shifting away from expensive, complicated technology towards cheaper and easier to build renewables gives the UK the opportunity to build an electricity system that will keep bills for homes and businesses down for years to come.”More: U.K. nuclear power station plans scrapped as Toshiba pulls out Toshiba withdrawal kills major U.K. nuclear projectlast_img read more

United States Provides Ventilators to Saves Lives in Ecuador in Response to COVID-19 Crisis

first_imgBy United States Embassy in Ecuador July 16, 2020 On July 3, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), donated a first shipment of 50 brand-new, state of the art ventilators to Ecuador to assist its fight against COVID-19.The LTV 1200 ventilators, produced in the United States, have leading edge and in demand technology. They are compact, deployable, and provide Ecuador with flexibility in treating patients affected by the virus. For patients whose lungs are not working adequately despite receiving oxygen, this vital resource may prove lifesaving. The Ministry of Public Health has determined that these machines will be used initially to treat COVID-19 patients in 10 provinces.U.S. Ambassador Michael Fitzpatrick said, “This shipment of state of the art ventilators is the result of the commitment made by President [Donald] Trump to President [Lenín] Moreno in recognition of the partnership between our countries, especially in times of need. Even as the people of the United States suffer from the COVID-19 pandemic, they extend their hand in solidarity to the people of Ecuador. These ventilators will save countless Ecuadorean lives in the months and years ahead.”In addition to the ventilators, USAID is funding a package of additional support, which includes accompanying equipment, service plans, and technical assistance. This donation adds to the $14 million the U.S. government has committed to Ecuador in response to the pandemic. This support includes emergency food assistance; assistance to the health sector; personal protective equipment for first line responders in hospitals, clinics, and municipalities; COVID-19 test kits; and technical assistance in areas of emergency response.For decades, the United States has been the world’s largest provider of bilateral assistance in health. Since 2009, American taxpayers have generously funded more than $100 billion in international health assistance and nearly $70 billion in humanitarian assistance.last_img read more

On the road to resilience

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » In 2004, a sleepy little credit union on the white, sandy shores of the Gulf of Mexico woke up.The two preceding years were hard for the then $80 million NCSC Federal Credit Union, which was experiencing negative loan and membership growth, as well as declining employee morale. The credit union’s name at the time — in reference to its founding sponsor, the Naval Coastal Systems Center — did it no favors in attracting new members. Overall, a lack of strategic vision left the credit union in a bad place financially.“You could see it on the horizon,” says current CEO David Southall. “This credit union was not going to survive.”Southall would know. He joined the credit union in 1987 as a teller and had worked his way up to the head of lending. In 2000, he’d read the writing on the wall and took a position with CUNA Mutual, a post he’d hold for the next four years. Then his phone rang with a call from the credit union’s board chair who asked if he was interested in taking the reins of the credit union he knew well.He was. On four conditions.last_img read more

Do-It-Yourself holiday gifts, Michaels employee shows us how

first_img“They pull it out, put it on their tree, they see it and they think to themselves ‘wow my kid made that for me’ or ‘my grandson made that for me’ and it just really is touching. It’s something that will forever just keep that memory alive,” Miller said. She said there are many gift ideas, from gingerbread houses to canvas paintings to designing your own ornaments. Michaels offers classes for all ages to make holiday gifts, such as a snowman shirt. Miller said crafts like this make the perfect holiday gift. Miller said children can put their own taste into the gift and make it their own way. She also said homemade crafts will make anyone smile and they are for all ages. “It wasn’t something they picked up off the shelf,” Miller said. “They sat there, put thought behind it, then built you this beautiful creative gift that you can just keep forever.” “It’s not just the ornament itself, but also the memory of that ornament,” Miller said. The first step is to pick out a design and heat up an iron. She says to cut out your shapes from iron-on heat transfer vinyl. Then, lay out the design and place a thin sheet beneath the shirt and iron to avoid burning the shirt. Finally, peel off the plastic from the vinyl and your shirt is complete.center_img It’s more than just a holiday shirt or ornament. VESTAL (WBNG) — Instead of buying a gift, you can get into the holiday spirit by making one yourself. On Wednesday, a local Michaels Arts and Crafts employee said do-it-yourself crafts are personalized gifts that come from the heart. On Michaels’ website, you can find the directions to all of the holiday crafts they make in their classes so you can do them in your own home. Their classes vary each month, but they have events most Saturdays from 11a.m.-12p.m. “You give that to a person and it’s something that they’re going to put up on a display for everybody else to see,” she said. Employee Amanda Miller said gift giving should be about the love behind the present and doesn’t have to break the bank.last_img read more

WHO declares pandemic of novel H1N1 virus

first_imgJun 11, 2009 (CIDRAP News) – After delaying action for weeks as the novel H1N1 influenza virus took hold in far-flung parts of the globe, the World Health Organization (WHO) today declared a full-fledged pandemic, formally recognizing that the virus is becoming a global contagion.WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan announced the long-expected move to pandemic alert phase 6, meaning that the virus has caused sustained community outbreaks in more than one global region. The move comes amid growing signs of community transmission in Australia, Chile, and the United Kingdom—far from the epidemic’s birthplace in Mexico and the United States.”The scientific criteria for a pandemic have been met,” Chan said at a press conference. “I have therefore decided to raise the level of influenza pandemic alert from phase 5 to phase 6. The world is now at the start of the 2009 influenza pandemic.”The announcement came as the WHO’s global H1N1 count rose to 28,774 confirmed cases in 74 countries. The United States, Mexico, and Canada account for the vast majority of those, but cases have been mounting in Australia (with 1,307), Chile (1,694), and the United Kingdom (822), among others.”Spread in several countries can no longer be traced to clearly defined chains of human-to-human transmission,” Chan said. “Further spread is considered inevitable.”She said there was unanimous agreement among WHO member countries and the agency’s emergency committee that “we have indisputable evidence that we are at the beginning of a pandemic caused by a new H1N1 virus.”In making the announcement to a world conditioned by the H5N1 avian influenza virus to think that a pandemic means the global spread of an often-lethal virus, Chan explained that the virus causes mild illness in the vast majority of patients. But she also noted that it differs from seasonal flu in significant ways.In areas with large outbreaks, most cases have occurred in people younger than 25, and in some of these areas, about 2% of cases have been severe, Chan said. She added that most of the severe and fatal infections have involved people between 30 and 50, and about a third to half of those people were previously healthy.”Although the pandemic appears to have moderate severity in comparatively well-off countries, it is prudent to anticipate a bleaker picture as the virus spreads to areas with limited resources, poor health care, and a high prevalence of underlying medical problems,” Chan stated.Seven weeks since emergenceThe pandemic declaration comes a little more than 7 weeks after the novel virus first reached public attention with a report of US cases on Apr 21 and 44 days after the WHO moved from pandemic alert phase 4 to phase 5 on Apr 29. That signaled that the virus was spreading in more than one country in one WHO region.The pandemic is the first since the worldwide spread of an H3N2 flu virus in 1968-69, when the tools for tracking and identifying influenza viruses were far less sophisticated than today. Yet the H1N1 virus surprised the world by emerging in North America instead of Asia and causing mild illness in most people, instead of the severe disease associated with the H5N1 virus. But experts warn that it could evolve into a more threatening form.The WHO had hesitated to move to phase 6 out of concern that it would cause undue alarm and lead to unnecessary and harmful measures such as trade embargoes, travel restrictions, and a flood of worried but healthy people into hospitals. Last week the agency promised to couple its pandemic announcement with an assessment of the severity of the threat in an effort to prevent overreactions.In her prepared statement today, Chan repeated the WHO’s recommendations against travel restrictions and border closures. In a question period afterward, she seemed to downplay the concern that the pandemic declaration would lead to new travel and trade restrictions.Noting that some countries did impose various restrictions in the early weeks of the epidemic, she said they have been lifting them since then. “We must recognize that with a new disease . . . it’s not unusual to have a degree of overreaction. I think this is understandable,” she said.The meaning of ‘moderate’In assessing the pandemic as “moderate” in severity, the WHO did not offer a formal definition of the term or present a severity scale, something that had been talked about earlier.When reporters asked what “moderate” meant, Dr. Keiji Fukuda, the WHO’s assistant director-general for health security and environment, repeated the general clinical profile of H1N1 cases: mild illness in most cases, younger people most affected, some severe cases and deaths.”Health systems have been stressed, but in general they are able to cope. . . . This makes it moderate,” Fukuda said.As for what the world should do now that the pandemic has officially arrived, the general answer from Chan and Fukuda was essentially, “Stay vigilant.””Countries should prepare to see cases, or the further spread of cases, in the near future,” Chan said in her statement. “Countries where outbreaks appear to have peaked should prepare for a second wave of infection.” She added that the WHO has sent guidance on specific measures to all health ministries.In response to questions, Chan said the epidemic in Mexico “is coming to a steady state,” with sporadic cases and outbreaks. “In the event that Mexico is coming out of the first wave, it doesn’t mean that Mexico should let down its guard. Mexico should prepare to continue and keep up its vigilance because the virus can come back in a second wave.”Chan also reminded reporters that the H5N1 virus is still lurking. “We should never forget it as we’re talking about H1N1, we still have H5N1 in [pandemic alert] phase 3, and this is the first time we have two new viruses coexisting at the same time in pandemic alert,” she said.Antivirals distributedConcerning antiviral drugs, the WHO has sent doses of oseltamivir (Tamiflu) to 121 countries, disbursing all 5 million doses initially donated by Roche, Chan reported. She said the agency has received a second donation of 5.6 million doses, some of which are the pediatric formulation, and those will be sent to other countries.On the vaccine front, Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the WHO said all vaccine manufactures have received the vaccine virus. She said a few have already started making a vaccine, and others will begin in the next week or two.Kieny predicted that the first doses will become available sometime in September, depending on how production goes and how long it takes to get regulatory approval. Chan said the WHO will urge regulatory agencies to “fast track” the vaccines.As for who will get the first doses, Kieny said, “When enough is available in the coming weeks, we’ll make a policy recommendation on which groups, which populations should be prioritized for the first vaccine doses.”In recent interviews in anticipation of the pandemic declaration, public health experts said they would welcome the move and downplayed the risk of panic and overreactions.”It’ll potentially raise awareness again in the country,” said Dr. Paul Jarris, executive director of the (US) Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). “There seems to be a sentiment among some policymakers that this thing is gone and the response was an overreaction. It’s still in the US, it’s still spreading, it’s not just another seasonal flu. Seasonal flu doesn’t put 23-year-olds in intensive care. . . . It’s still here, and we need to plan for a resurgence in the fall.”Jarris said he doesn’t expect panic in the wake of the announcement. “I don’t think it’s going to trigger panic; people are sometimes smarter than we give them credit for,” he said.”If we let them know that it means that a new virus has traveled around the world, people will understand it,” Jarris added. “We need to reinforce the hygiene and hand washing, but also reinforce that this is the time for planning.”At the same time, Jarris voiced concern about science’s capability to accurately assess the threat posed by the new virus.”Right now I think we still are unable to accurately portray the transmissibility or severity of this virus,” he said. “We don’t really know how many have been ill, how many have been exposed. We don’t have the lab capacity to test everyone.”Another preparedness expert, Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, also welcomed the pandemic declaration, seeing it as a needed antidote to complacency.Like Jarris, Osterholm said he wasn’t concerned about overreactions to the WHO move. “If anything, one of the real problems we have is that the world has basically hit the pause button. I think the real concern is we just continue to get more and more comfortable with this situation, which is a problem because we don’t know where it’ll go or what it’ll do.”Osterholm, who is director of the University of Minnesota Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, publisher of CIDRAP News, also said the WHO needed to make today’s announcement to save its own credibility.”It’ll basically bring back the credibility of the WHO,” he said. “It’ll actually mean that the global status of the pandemic matches up with what the public health surveillance information from the different countries is. That’s very critical.”See also: Jun 11 statement from WHO Director-General ChanWHO Q & A: “What is phase 6?”last_img read more

Gov. Wolf Stresses Need for Stronger Charter School Accountability

first_imgGov. Wolf Stresses Need for Stronger Charter School Accountability SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Press Release Logan Township, PA – Governor Tom Wolf visited Logan Elementary School in the Altoona Area School District today to discuss his three-part plan to fix Pennsylvania’s outdated and flawed charter school law. The governor also announced the Department of Education has reached an agreement with Achieving Community Transformation Academy, the state’s lowest performing cyber charter school, for it to close by the end of December.“Pennsylvania’s charter school law is the worst in the nation and is failing students, teachers, school districts and taxpayers,” said Gov. Wolf. “There are high-quality charter schools, but some of them, especially some cyber charter schools, are underperforming. We must ensure that charter school students are getting a quality education they need and that charter schools are accountable to parents and taxpayers.”The annual cost of charter schools has skyrocketed to $1.8 billion, but the schools have little public oversight and no publicly elected school board. Adding to the limited accountability, for-profit companies that manage many charter schools are not required to have independent financial audits. The lack of accountability combined with rising costs is draining funding from traditional public schools and forcing school districts to raise property taxes.“My commonsense plan preserves school choice while holding charters to the same standards as traditional neighborhood public schools, protects taxpayers, and strengthens education,” said Gov. Wolf. “We must ensure that all students get the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life. It’s important to the future of all children and their communities.”A Stanford University report released in June found overwhelmingly negative results from Pennsylvania’s cyber schools and urged reform. Eleven of the 15 cyber schools in the state are on the Department of Education’s (PDE) improvement plan for low performing schools. PDE, which authorizes cyber charter schools, and school districts, which authorize brick-and-mortar charter schools, need stronger tools to hold other low performing charter schools accountable.Fee-For-ServiceWith a three-part plan, the governor is taking executive action, overhauling regulations, and will propose legislation to comprehensively reform the Charter School Law. At the governor’s direction, PDE last month began a fee-for-service model to recoup the costs of thousands of hours of staff time incurred from implementing the Charter School Law.Overhauling RegulationsThe Department of Education is also developing new regulations for charter schools. The regulations will include:• Providing school districts with the tools to hold charter schools accountable to provide a quality education.• Increasing transparency of charter school admission and enrollment policies to prevent discrimination.• Holding charter schools and the for-profit management companies to the same transparency standards as public schools.• Establishing the same ethical standards for charter school Boards of Trustees and management companies that apply to public schools.• Requiring regular financial audits and public contract bidding.• Establishing requirements for charters to document costs to prevent school districts and taxpayers from being overcharged.Charter School Accountability LegislationThe governor will propose comprehensive legislation to improve charter school accountability that would:• Establish performance standards that hold charter schools accountable for the educational outcomes of students and a moratorium on new cyber charter schools.• Cap student enrollment in low performing cyber charter schools until outcomes improve.• Require charter management companies be subject to the Right to Know Law, State Ethics Act, and post employee salaries on a public website, similar to requirements already in place for public school districts.• Create fair, predictable, and equitable funding for school districts, including in the areas of special education funding and cyber charter tuition payments.“Altoona’s students represent the future of this region and their academic success is the backbone of the local economy,” said Charles Prijatelj, superintendent, Altoona Area School District. “Since studies show many cyber charter schools in Pennsylvania are underperforming, it doesn’t make sense for district taxpayers to pay 400 percent more for students to attend a cyber charter school when students in the district’s own cyber academy are thriving.”“Despite cyber schools costing Greater Johnstown School District taxpayers $2.3 million last year, the school board has zero oversight of the spending,” said Amy Arcurio, superintendent, Greater Johnstown School District. “By improving accountability, we could better control costs and invest the savings in hiring more elementary teachers to lower class sizes and better prepare students in our neighborhoods to get a good education, be college or career ready and thrive in our community.”“In 2018-19, the Penns Valley Area School District spent over 10 percent of our local real estate tax money for approximately 80 charter students comprising 5.2 percent of our student population,” said Brian Griffith, superintendent, Penns Valley Area School District. “We could welcome all 80 charter school students back into our schools at no additional cost. Charter school tuition creates an incredibly inefficient system.”Many education community leaders are supporting the governor’s charter school accountability plan including the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, Pennsylvania Association of School Business Officials, Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators, Education Voters of Pennsylvania, Research for Action, American Federation of Teachers Pennsylvania, and Pennsylvania State Education Association, as well as numerous superintendents and school board members.Comments about the proposed charter school regulations can be submitted to: Office of the Secretary, 333 Market Street, 10th Floor, Harrisburg, PA 17126.center_img October 01, 2019last_img read more

Archibald leaps into action today at IAAF World Athletics Championship

first_img… Hutson confident of team doing Guyana proud QUAMEL Prince, Aliyah Abrams and Emmanuel Archibald, according to AAG president Aubrey Hutson, are all set to compete at this year’s IAAF World Athletics Championships, which will start today in Doha, Qatar, at the Khalifa International Stadium. The biennial championship, which will run this time around from September 27 to October 6, will see Prince compete in the 800 metres, while Abrams and Archibald will do action in the women’s 400 metres and men’s long jump respectively.“I’m very confident in these athletes; actually very optimistic that they can pull it off,” stressed the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) boss, who is currently in Qatar, where he attended the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) congress and played a part in Sebastian Coe being re-elected as president and Ximena Restrepo being voted in as the Federation’s first female vice-president.  Quamel PrinceGuyana have never won a medal at the IAAF’s marquee championship, but this time around, Hutson said those medal hopes lie on the shoulders of 25-year-old Prince, whose personal best of one minute, 45.58 seconds (1:45.58), at the time when it was clocked (May 17), was one of the top times in the world this year.“Athletes like Quamel are what people around the world shop for. He’s a 1:45 seconds 800m athlete and with the right athletes and competition around him, especially at this stage, you can never tell what could happen because he has the ability and potential to run faster,” Hutson told Chronicle Sport in an exclusive interview.France’s Pierre-Ambroise Bosse is the 800 metres world champion, having won the event at the last championship with a time of 1:44.67. Prince will face off with Bosse on Saturday, September 28. Meanwhile, in the case of Abrams, Hutson said the 22-year-old US-based athlete is working hard to show that she has been warranting her place on Guyana’s Track and Field team at several high-profile events including the Olympic Games.Abrams, who clocked a personal best 51.13 seconds in June of this year, will be on the track in Qatar on Monday, September 30. Aliyah AbramsIn the case of Archibald, the country’s National Record Holder in the long jump (8.12 metres), the AAG president believes that the Lindener, who is now based in Jamaica, competing for the University of the West Indies, is also in a point-proving mood, especially after a horrid performance in Peru last month.“I think Archibald will want to also show people that his performance in Peru was simply due to his not adapting to the weather. He jumps over eight metres, which is a big deal at this level. He qualified because of his position in the world at a certain time this year and I think that should tell people of his how good he really is,” said Hutson.Archibald will be in ‘Group A’ in today’s qualifiers. Of 27 athletes, Archibald’s 8.12 metres jump this year is better than only Australia’s Henry Smith (8.06 metres).last_img read more

MBB : Bench players pace Orange throughout win over Wolfpack

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on December 17, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: [email protected] | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img RALEIGH, N.C. — In order to find the Syracuse starting five, Jim Boeheim said to look at the minutes played. Don’t look at the group who stood on the court for the opening tip.After a game in which the Syracuse bench outscored the five who started the game, the Orange head coach declared that as a better indicator of who SU’s key players are.‘These guys have all bought in,’ Boeheim said. ‘I’ve never had a team play this kind of minutes in my 36 years of coaching. I’ve never done this and we’ve really split the minutes up.’No. 1 Syracuse dominated the bench scoring category on Saturday, as SU’s reserves outscored North Carolina State’s bench players 46-4. For the third straight game, sixth man Dion Waiters led the Orange (11-0) in scoring, upping the ante with a career-high 22 points in Syracuse’s 88-72 win over NC State (6-4) at the RBC Center. The bench was especially key in the first half, as Waiters and forward James Southerland were two-thirds of a three player 3-point shooting brigade. The two, along with starting forward Kris Joseph, spurred a 23-0 run late in the first half and combined for 24 first-half points off the bench.‘James came in huge off the bench,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said. ‘Like I said, this team is so dangerous because we can all have six, eight points across the board but when you look up, we got a win.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBoeheim credited Waiters with really getting the Orange going after a sluggish start to the first half. The sophomore entered with SU trailing 14-7 early and went in hard for a left-handed layup for his first bucket to pull SU within 16-13.Waiters hit 6-of-9 first-half shots and led SU with 15 at the break. But it was Southerland who really sparked a huge momentum shift in the first half as part of a 23-0 run to put the Orange up big.‘I think Dion got going, Kris had been going and he kept it going and Dion got going big time,’ Boeheim said. ‘And James came in and hit two 3s, so between those three guys I think it was pretty much those three guys that probably scored most of those 23.’Boeheim was right. The trio combined to score 19 of SU’s 23 points in its major move. Waiters started the rally when, down 29-23, he penetrated and threw up a one-handed layup over NC State forward Tyler Harris.Joseph drained a 3 from the right wing, forcing the Wolfpack to call a timeout, now down 30-29. Once SU grabbed the lead, Southerland got hot.Brandon Triche found him on the right wing the first time, and he drilled a 3 to push SU’s lead to four. On SU’s next possession, Waiters commanded the offense with confidence, finding Southerland on the right wing again. NC State coach Mark Gottfried called another timeout, and Southerland came off the court, hailed by Jardine and SU assistant coach Mike Hopkins for his efforts.‘That’s the one thing about this team this year. You never know who’s going to be out there,’ Waiters said. ‘If you got it going coach is going to leave you out there.’Meanwhile, the Wolfpack got next-to-zero production from its bench. Four of NC State’s five starters played 31 minutes or more, and no bench player scored more than two points.It may have played a role down the stretch, as Syracuse could continue to throw rested bodies on the floor while NC State forward Scott Wood played 39 minutes.‘We need more from the bench, and it’s not just offensively,’ Gottfried said after the game. ‘We need to get better on defense when we look to the bench.’Syracuse looked to its bench and found both defense and offense. The stat lines can tell the story: In addition to the points from the bench, Baye Keita delivered two blocks and SU’s second five combined for just two turnovers.C.J. Fair played 29 minutes, 27 more than starting forward Rakeem Christmas. Waiters played 32 minutes, 15 more than starting guard Triche. And the Orange’s second five outscored its first five 46-42.‘Everyone in Syracuse thinks I should be starting those guys,’ Boeheim said of his bench players. ‘… All you got to do is look at the minutes and then you can tell who the starters are. If you look at the minutes, you’ll see who’s starting the game. The rest is just standing out there for the first tip.’[email protected]last_img read more