In class, kids first, disabilities second

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – Colleagues say Antelope Valley High School special education teacher Kathleen Astourian has a passion for teaching, motivates her students to learn, and serves as a mentor for fellow teachers and staff. Astourian has developed specialized programs for her students, works on their weaknesses and encourages their strengths, and sets their goals high enough so they are adequately challenged while remaining cognizant of their abilities. Astourian, who has worked five years in the Antelope Valley Union High School District and teaches students with moderate to severe disabilities, was named the district’s 2006 Teacher of the Year on Monday at the district’s employee recognition ceremony at the Essex House. “I think what I enjoy most are my students and them seeing their achievement,” said Astourian, 28. “I love them and knowing they will be members of society like everyone else.” A graduate of Quartz Hill High School, Astourian is the daughter of a Northrop Grumman aeronautical engineer and a mother who worked in accounting and then stayed home when she entered high school. Astourian obtained her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts studies with emphasis on special education from San Diego State University. She received a master’s degree in special education from California State University, Bakersfield. Astourian said she had intended to become an elementary school teacher but changed her mind after working as an aide at a private special education school while in college. “That’s where I found my love for special education students. My heart went, ‘This is where I want to be,’” Astourian said. “A small stride for them, what we would equate to a degree, to them is monumental. That was exciting to me that I had a part in achieving that.” At the employee ceremony, Astourian was described as abiding by the special education adage of “students first, disability second” and balancing fun with learning. “She’s just fabulous,” said Mary Allen, one of Astourian’s instructional aides. “She’s very calm. Everything that happens in the classroom she relates to life. She transitions kids to college. We take them out to work.” Allen added, “Her room is the first room where I heard a kid say, ‘inappropriate.’ They knew what it meant.” Another aide, Karla Smallwood, said, “She raises that bar, and they come up to it.” Astourian lives in Littlerock with her husband, Eric, and their two children, a 7-year-old daughter and a 3-year-old son. [email protected] (661) 267-5744last_img read more

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Water outage strikes Letterkenny businesses

first_imgA number of Letterkenny homes and businesses have been hit with low water levels this Friday morning due to a burst water main.The outage is affecting areas around the Ramelton Road and Port Road.Supply may not be fully restored until Saturday afternoon, according to a notice from Irish Water. The service update has said that repairs are underway and the works have an estimated completion time of 2pm on 6th July. Water outage strikes Letterkenny businesses was last modified: July 5th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

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Twist brings stories to stage

first_imgThe theatre groups get the opportunity to work with experts on 10 events every year, such as the Play-Making programme. On this programme, Twist groups work with professionals to develop their own stories that are performed at festivals later in the year. (Image: Twist Theatre Development Projects)Theatre is a powerful, visceral way of telling stories. Twist Theatre Development Projects taps into this power to bring to the fore South Africa’s diverse cultures and its multitude of experiences.Twist projects works to fast-track the development of local theatre groups throughout KwaZulu-Natal, as well as to create sustainable relationships and networks in theatre locally and abroad.By working with established theatre groups, the organisation focuses its efforts on those already committed to theatre and performance arts. It draws on their dedication and passion to help others find their way into the industry.PARTNERS AND PROJECTSThe organisation has worked with a number of promising talents from more than 12 theatre groups in underprivileged communities throughout the province, such as the Izwi Youth Theatre Group in Howick, as well as Sinethemba Arts and Umsindo in Ulundi.Twist projects connects these theatre groups with the professional industry in a number of ways. It builds relationships with mentors who are professionals in the theatre world as well as gets access to events such as festivals and professional performances.The theatre groups get the opportunity to work with experts on 10 events every year, such as the Play-Making programme. On this programme, Twist groups work with professionals to develop their own stories that are performed at festivals later in the year.It is also partnered with established theatrical organisations such as the Ekhaya Multi-Arts Centre in KwaMashu and the ASSITEJ Theatre for Youth. These partnerships were forged to align their collective efforts in developing theatre in South Africa and help reach those who would usually not have been exposed to the magic of performance art.Watch a production staged by the groups involved with Twist Theatre Development Projects:TEAM EFFORTTheatre and performance arts allow artistic expression and build team work among the cast and the backstage crew.However, the cost of running theatre productions is a challenge, including as they do the need for equipment such as lighting, props and a space to rehearse and perform. To overcome these challenges, Twist projects calls on corporations and the public for assistance.Any people or organisations looking to play a part in the development of South African theatre at a grassroots level are asked to visit the Twist Theatre Development Projects’ support page for more details on how they can do so.Options regarding how to assist the organisation range from volunteering in business management and advertising to governance, lighting design and improving the computer skills of the facilitators of the programme.Donations of funds as well as infrastructure and equipment such as computers, modems, props, transportation, refreshments and venues for their performances will go a long way in ensuring the sustainability of the projects.Wathc one of the productions staged by groups in early 2015:Watch one of the productions staged in the early stages of the Theatre Development ProjectsPLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part in developing South Africa and its citizens? If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

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San Beda sticks with Noah, Tankoua for NCAA Season 93

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera What ‘missteps’? For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Racela on inadvertent whistle from ref: If you’re wrong, correct the issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena “After hours of deliberation, we decided that Tankoua and Noah should stay as San Beda’s foreign players for Season 93,” said Roque in the statement.Tankoua was the starting center for San Beda in Season 92 but suffered a season-ending injury late in the tournament after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNoah was then thrust into the starting position for the Red Lions, who got their record 21st championship in the NCAA, and won the Finals MVP in the process.Roque said Noah will still get the bulk of the minutes at the center position in the first round as they expect Tankoua to fully recover in time for the second round. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning NCAA basketball champions San Beda is set to field Cameroonian big men Donald Tankoua and Arnaud Noah for the upcoming Season 93.Team Manager Jude Roque said team officials decided to stick with Noah and Tankoua, keeping Toba Eugene out of the lineup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “Donald will play minimal minutes at the start of the first round because we expect him to be in full strength in the second round,” said Roque. MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong View commentslast_img read more

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Super Trans Tasman Day Six Results

first_imgAustralia has taken all three wins on day six of the 2013 Super Trans Tasman Series. Mixed OpenAustralia 7 defeated New Zealand 5New Zealand wins the Mixed Open series 2-1Stay tuned to the website for the full match report. Women’s Open Australia 6 defeated New Zealand 4Australia wins the Women’s Open series 3-0Men’s OpenAustralia 9 defeated New Zealand 5New Zealand wins the Men’s Open series 2-1Stay tuned to the website for the full match report and highlights. Related LinksDay Six Resultslast_img

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Katie Melua Skydives For Royal British Legion

first_imgDaring singer Katie Melua recently jumped 13,000 feet for an airborne picnic in support of The Royal British Legion’s new summer fundraising campaign Poppy Picnics.Katie Melua Goes Skydiving For CharityKatie performed the daredevil stunt in support of the Legion’s vital work for the Armed Forces and their families. The jump with the Legion’s extreme human flight team, Jump4Heroes, took place at Netheravon, the home of the Army Parachute Association.Katie said: “It was an incredible experience. Even though it wasn’t my first ever jump, it’s certainly my first ever picnic in the sky! I still find it really scary before jumping but love overcoming that fear.“I’m proud to be supporting Poppy Picnics for our Armed Forces and their families. With this fantastic weather, what better way to make a contribution than by turning your summer event into a Poppy Picnic to be proud of.”While Katie, who was joined by her husband, former World Superbike champion James Toseland, opted for the sky-high setting to have her picnic, the Legion is calling on people to hold a Poppy Picnic in any kind of setting to celebrate the invaluable contribution made by our Armed Forces community, and to raise money for the Legion.Whether it’s a games day, a themed event or just an opportunity to show off some serious baking skills, a Poppy Picnic is the perfect way to make any get-together more meaningful this summer.A Poppy Picnic is not only an opportunity to celebrate and honour those who serve; it’s also a chance to show solidarity with Armed Forces families, who hold the fort until their loved ones return home.Charles Byrne, the Legion’s Director of Fundraising said: “Armed Forces families are a key focus for the Legion this year, whether it is employment support, crisis grants or benefits and money advice, we care for people in desperate need.“The fundraising from our new Poppy Picnics campaign is vitally important, and will make a real impact on the lives of those we help.“We spend £1.6 million each week providing social, emotional and financial care to the whole Armed Forces community – serving, ex-Service people, and their dependents too.”To register an event, order a Poppy Picnic pack and get inspiring picnic ideas, please visit www.poppypicnic.org.uk.last_img read more

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Ryan Fitzpatrick Is Only As Good As Brandon Marshall And Eric Decker

Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 32San Diego Chargers4,8551,48030.5 45.7 14Arizona Cardinals4,7752,21846.5 2Denver Broncos4,2162,43957.9 29Minnesota Vikings3,2461,21537.4 11Oakland Raiders4,1291,99248.2 21Philadelphia Eagles4,3411,85042.6 27St. Louis Rams2,9311,16239.6 25Washington Redskins4,2941,72940.3 23Tennessee Titans3,8931,63742.0 8Cincinnati Bengals4,1042,11351.5 6Pittsburgh Steelers4,8222,59953.9 24New Orleans Saints5,2052,12240.8 12Carolina Panthers3,8731,84347.6 7Houston Texans4,0792,17953.4 28New England Patriots4,8121,86838.8 15Detroit Lions4,4632,02745.4 26San Francisco 49ers3,6461,45239.8 League average Which teams got the most out of their top two receivers in 2015? 16Green Bay Packers3,8251,71944.9 10Cleveland Browns4,1562,00948.3 13Indianapolis Colts3,9281,85747.3 22Dallas Cowboys3,6781,55342.2 YARDS BY TOP 2 RECEIVERS 9New York Giants4,5042,24749.9 19Seattle Seahawks4,0611,75443.2 30Baltimore Ravens4,4491,61436.3 31Chicago Bears3,8431,27133.1 5Jacksonville Jaguars4,4282,43154.9 RANKTEAMTOTAL RECEIVING YARDSTOTALPERCENTAGE 1New York Jets4,1702,52960.6% The Gang Green contract dispute is over: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has re-signed with the New York Jets, on a one-year, $12 million contract with up to $3 million in additional incentives. Casual fans may wonder why it took so long for Fitzpatrick to re-sign — for months, it was clear that Fitzpatrick had no other suitors and the Jets had no exciting alternative. And, after all, Fitzpatrick was coming off of a strong statistical season. He threw for 3,905 yards last year — the highest single-season total by a Jets quarterback since Joe Namath in 1967 — and 31 passing touchdowns, a franchise record.Perhaps most importantly, Fitzpatrick’s statistical output was far ahead of what Jets fans have come to expect from the position. Fitzpatrick averaged 6.46 adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A) last season, more than a yard better than any of the Jets’ starting quarterbacks over the previous decade. The chart below shows New York’s main QB each season from 2005 through 2015 and his average ANY/A. Fitzpatrick’s 2015 sticks out in a very good way:On the heels of six Mark Sanchez and Geno Smith seasons, Fitzpatrick’s competent play represented a vast improvement. But Fitzpatrick’s numbers really only look great relative to the poor passers of Jets history and thanks to the rising tide that is lifting passing numbers leaguewide.Before Fitzpatrick, the Jets hadn’t experienced above-average quarterbacking since 2006, and Jets passers had been far below average in each of the four seasons leading into 2015. Against that backdrop, Fitzpatrick’s ever-so-slightly-above-average numbers painted the picture of a bearded savior. But although Fitzpatrick deserves credit for the strong season (along with, perhaps, offensive coordinator Chan Gailey), his top two receivers were just as responsible for the big year.The Jets signed Eric Decker before the 2014 season, and he had a productive year, but he couldn’t save New York’s passing attack by himself. After New York traded for Brandon Marshall in 2015, though, the duo quickly turned into one of the best one-two receiving punches in the NFL. Together, Marshall and Decker combined for 2,529 receiving yards, second-most in the NFL behind Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant. Perhaps more importantly, Marshall and Decker also combined for 60.6 percent of all Jets receiving yards, easily the highest rate in the league for any pair of receivers:1Defining a team’s top receiving duo as its two leading players in receiving yards. 18Tampa Bay Buccaneers4,0421,76743.7 20Miami Dolphins4,2311,81943.0 4Atlanta Falcons4,6022,52854.9 17Buffalo Bills3,6001,59944.4 3Kansas City Chiefs3,4931,96356.2 Marshall and Decker were also touchdown machines. In nine of the Jets’ 16 games last season, both Marshall and Decker reached the end zone: That made them the first pair of wide-receiver teammates to each score in nine games (and only the second pair of teammates, period, joining former Cowboys Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin). Incredibly, Marshall and Decker by themselves caught 25 of Fitzpatrick’s 31 total touchdown throws, or 81 percent.Thought of another way, Marshall and Decker saw 305 targets last year, with all other Jets players combining for nearly an equal number: 297. Yet Marshall/Decker combined for 2,529 receiving yards and 26 touchdowns, and all other Jets combined for 1,641 receiving yards and just seven receiving touchdowns. Marshall and Decker together averaged 8.3 yards per target; all other Jets averaged only 5.5 yards per target.That difference of 2.8 yards per target between the Jets’ top two receivers and the rest of the team ranked third-largest in the NFL, behind two other teams that had star receivers doing most of the heavy lifting: Jacksonville (with Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns, at +3.7) and the New York Giants (thanks mostly to Odell Beckham Jr., at +2.9). Marshall/Decker’s rate of 11.7 targets for every touchdown also ranked fourth-best among top receiving pairings,2Behind the top duos of Seattle (9.0), Jacksonville (10.7) and New England (11.6). but the rest of the Jets were targeted 42.4 times for every touchdown pass, the fourth-worst rate in the league for receiving groups outside a team’s top two targets.3That ranked ahead of only Cleveland (56.8), Minnesota (57.2) and San Francisco (44.0). In other words, Fitzpatrick was putting up great numbers only when throwing to Marshall and Decker — not anyone else. It’s fair to say, then, that no passing game in 2015 was as reliant on its top two receivers as the Jets’ was.Granted, the Jets’ other targets weren’t very good,4Bilal Powell, Quincy Enunwa, Chris Ivory and Kenbrell Thompkins were the only other Jets with at least 30 targets. so you would expect a large chasm in production between Marshall/Decker and the rest of the team. But that makes it more difficult to determine how much of Fitzpatrick’s numbers were the product of his own play, and how much was due to his top two targets. And that’s probably what caused such a disconnect between the Jets and Fitzpatrick’s camp during negotiations.Ultimately, Fitzpatrick signed a reasonable one-year contract, so we may be revisiting the same scenario next offseason, with the Jets having to ascertain their QB’s true worth once more. read more

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Luka Modric rejects Real Madrid offer – Report

first_imgCroatian midfielder Luka Modric has reportedly rejected a new contract offer from Real Madrid and is said to be considering an approach from Inter.Diario AS cite a report in local TV station Telemadrid and carried by Football Italia claiming the Ballon d’Or winner has turned down Madrid’s initial offer and there are strong indications that the interest from Inter is huge.Modric has been instrumental in both club and country as he helped Real Madrid to a third consecutive Champions League title and his nation Croatia to their first ever World Cup final.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.Modric is believed to be influenced by the fact that his fellow compatriots Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Perisic and Marcelo Brozovic all play at the Nerazzurri.The midfielder’s current deal at the Bernabeu runs through until 2020 but he is said to be holding out for an improved offer, one which would match or exceed that offered by Inter.last_img read more

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