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Man vs Machine

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose after weigh-ins in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, July 14, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao are scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR—For so long, Manny Pacquiao has been The Man in boxing circles. And nowadays, he may be very well compared to an ageing rockstar on a greatest hits tour.Lucas Matthysse, however, refuses to be a mere spliced footage in the Pacman’s career highlight reel.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West SMB draws first blood “I am hungry to fight after one year of rest; I trained very hard and pushed myself to the limit,” said Pacquiao. “Kung wala na ang desire siguro hindi ko na papahirapan ang sarili ko (I would not have punished myself in training if there’s no desire left in me).”He has lost two of his previous four fights, including a shocking unanimous decision defeat last year at the hands of Australian Jeff Horn, who didn’t hesitate to use his height and heft to rough Pacquiao up.Pacquiao said he picked Matthysse as his opponent because “he brings action to the ring,” which only means plenty of opportunities for him to strike and, possibly, score a victory convincing enough for him to lay down a few more fights down the road before retiring.The last time Pacquiao scored a knockout was almost a decade ago when he defeated the stocky raging bull Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in 2009.He he has had plenty of strong wins over the years after that—including a sound beating of Timothy Bradley (2016) and Chris Algieri (2014).Three years back, Pacquiao shared the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr., in the mother of all megafights that reportedly earned both fighters a combined $300 million in purse.Oscar De La Hoya, here as Matthysse’s promotional manager, predicted that it could either be Pacquiao by decision, or Matthysse by knockout—noting that the distractions surrounding Pacquiao could be telling.“Let’s see after this fight if Manny Pacquiao can still continue to fight or just focus as a public servant,” said Pacquiao, who is on his first term as senator. 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On the tailend of a long, glorious boxing career marked by fame, big money and extravagance, Pacquiao has reached  a point where he has to implore boxing fans to watch his fight and make pleading guarantees that there will be a lot of thrill and excitement.“I hope all Filipinos will watch the fight,” said the 39-year-old Pacquiao on the eve of his WBA welterweight title fight against champion Lucas Matthysse, a fringe boxer known for his strong punches and propensity to fight moving forward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Matthysse’s attack mentality fits perfectly into Pacquiao’s fighting style, but the Argentine is out to prove he should be breathing the same rarefied air as his opponent and other legends of the sport.“We are out for glory,” has been the common refrain of the camp of Matthysse, who goes by the moniker “Machine” because of his relentlessness.center_img Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fight time is 11 a.m. on Sunday at Axiata Arena inside the sprawling Bukit Jalil Sports Complex here before a crowd that is expected to include Philippine President Duterte.Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad was also invited by Pacquiao to watch the bout and his attendance could very well be a first in all of boxing.Mr. Duterte’s expected presence could mark the first time a sitting Philippine President watched a boxing fight since former President Ferdinand Marcos witnessed the Jan. 16, 1982 slugfest between Filipino legend Rolando Navarette and Korean Choi Chung-il.Malaysia, meanwhile, is all prepared to host its the biggest fight since Muhammad Ali fought Joe Bugner in 1975—albeit under the shadow of the World Cup finale, an event that is expected to preoccupy the football-mad country at least early on in the day.Pacquiao made the weight Saturday at 146 pounds, while Matthysse tipped the scales at 146.7 lb during the weigh-in at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibit Center.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

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LWSC Inaugurates First Ebola Waste Storage

first_imgThe Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) and its support partners last week inaugurated the first Ebola virus waste site at a symbolic ceremony held at the water agency’s Fiamah facility in Sinkor, Monrovia.Ensuring the eradication of the deadly Ebola virus and preventing its renewed outbreak in Liberia is now the major focus of the Liberian Government. To safeguard the gains in the fight to defeat the virus, the identification of a site or facility for the disposal of Ebola wastes from various Ebola Treatment Units was, from the onset, one of the crucial concerns of government and other stakeholders.LWSC, a member of the WASH Consortium in Liberia, said its facility in Fiamah, has been selected after several consultations with experts from the World Health Organization and other major support partners in the country. These partners included the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Ministry of Health (MOH), UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC).They suggested that the LWSC storage tank in Sinkor be used for the treatment of Ebola wastes until a more appropriate arrangement could be identified for such disposals.“We were asked where to store the disinfected wastes. WHO, CDC, EPA, UNICEF, IRC and other partners and ourselves had continued to discuss and assess the facility and we came to the understanding that it was possible to inspect and prepare to store the treated Ebola wastes here for now, until it becomes harmless to society before disposing of it,” Frankie Cassell, LWSC Deputy Managing Director for Technical Services said.According to him, the storage tank that has been identified to store treated Ebola wastes has the capacity to contain 2.4 million gallons of liquid substances.He further noted that every step that requires ensuring maximum protection in the process of the storage would be followed to the letter.  The time for transporting the treated Ebola wastes from ETUs falls between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Liberia National Police is aware of the process to provide security and free passage.Mr. Cassell also indicated that each ETU has a route through which the treated Ebola wastes will be collected and transported to the storage site in Sinkor.  He disclosed that the LWSC crew is responsible to carry out the storage as they are already trained to perform the task.Residents in the neighbourhood of the facility had initially expressed concern about their safety during the period of storage.The LWSC deputy boss said it may be for seven months or more until CDC can declare the wastes harmless. There is a social mobilization component of the process of intervention that deals with those concerns emanating from the community dwellers.This component, he noted, is headed by the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC), which is charged with creating public awareness to allay fears and apprehensions among those residing around the premises of the storage tank.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Turkey Gives 20 Buses to MCC

first_imgThe Turkish government through its development arm, the Turkey Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), has donated 20 buses to the Monrovia City Corporation (MCC).Two of the buses are ambulances to be used in the health sector. TIKA West African Director, Onur Gez made the disclosure on Monday when he hosted the president and secretary of Liberian students in Turkey, Momolu Dorley and Sam Sumo, along with Bilgi University Scholar Alexander Mulbah.Director Gez said the buses will be in Liberia in mid-August, but noted that three personnel from the MCC have already undergone training in Istanbul on the handling and maintenance of the buses.TIKA’s assistance to Liberia comes on the heels of its US$200,000 worth of medical supplies donated in January as contribution to combat the scourge of Ebola.TIKA’s Ebola assistance was prompted after the president of the Liberian students in Turkey, Momolu Dorley and fellow students, Edna Peterson, and Varlee Sesay, wrote the Turkish Government pleading for assistance to the Government of Liberia in combating the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD).Gez affirmed the Turkish Government’s commitment to Liberia’s recovery from the Ebola crisis and to its post Ebola rehabilitation.Meanwhile, Liberian students in Turkey will be hosting this year’s Independence Day celebrations under the theme, “Building Bridge between Turkey and Liberia.” The students are gathering in Ankara for this year’s festival. The itinerary includes, a ball night on Friday – which will be graced by other Africans in Turkey.According to the itinerary, Sylivan Boakai, Jo Robester Yengbe, and Chukudihno Browne, will lead the Liberian team in soccer encounter with their Nigerian counterparts on Sunday, at 6 p.m., Turkish time.On Monday, 27 July, the formal program will be held and attended by prominent figures in Turkey. Turkey head for West African Affairs, Mustafa Cumhur Ozkan, will serve as keynote speaker.Moise Kerekou, Benin Ambassador to Turkey, Enor Wilson, head of Nigerians in Turkey, and Ali Kurt, representative of the Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities, are expected to grace the occasion.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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BlueCrest University College Ends TEDx Club Open Seminar

first_imgThe BlueCrest University College on February 21-22 ended a two-day intellectual seminar to make university students and community residents be in cognizant of the significance of TEDx (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) talks.TEDx are independently organized discussion forums where individuals present innovative ideas in the form of short speeches regarding education, business, Science, technology, creative arts, etcetera, live to a cross-section of influential professionals as well as curious members of society. These idea symposiums are organized in order to explore social, professional, and environmental issues shaping the world around us. The aim of these ideas’ worth sharing will spark constructive dialog and influence appropriate action within local communities across the globe.The two-day program was structured as a training seminar on how to orally convey innovative ideas that would benefit society as a whole. Each day concluded with a three-hour open call of ideas from members of the cross section of business professionals, journalists, academicians, policy makers, and university students. BlueCrest University College President, Dr. Gajendra Singh in his welcome remarks stated that Liberia has the potential to become the tech-hub of West Africa. He further noted that in the spirit of fostering ideas through information exchange, university students are encouraged to fully utilize the TEDx Platform.Former director general of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), Dr. Michael Slawon, commended the audience for taking part in idea development workshops such as TEDx. He challenged the audience, especially the students, to actively pursue new paths to improving their social and economic environments. The Centre Manager of NIIT, Mr. Pankaj Kumar Singh congratulated the TEDx club students for this achievement during his interaction with the audience.During the Open Call, speakers from different professions and organizations presented innovative ideas ranging from Artificial Intelligence, Network Integration, Internet of things (IoT), Mobile Computing, Subsistence agriculture and several other key issues affecting society. The open call of ideas was highlighted by one of the speakers, Mr. Togba G. Ngangana, III, BlueCrest University College Adjunct Instructor. He proposed an immediate call to action from Liberia’s stakeholders to make concrete plans to adopt the Cloud Computing Networking System to effectively and efficiently address the vast majority of the nation’s digital data problems.TEDx Monrovia representative, Mr. Logan Campbell, an digital multimedia and communications entrepreneur, along with Mr. D. Othniel Forte, an author and Director of Monrovia Reads, a Philanthropic literacy organization, served as facilitators, trainers, and curators. Following his closing remarks and a question and answer (Q&A) session, Mr. Logan briefed the audience of the upcoming TEDx Monrovia event in the month of May 2019.During the vote of thanks, Mr. Kamal Kant Hiran, Academics Head and TEDx BlueCrest University Club Coordinator, thanked all participating speakers and attendees from various organizations for taking part in such a landmark socio-technical event.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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The lights will go out tonight

first_imgThey also say that if all residents who had participated in last year’s Earth Hour continued their power saving for an hour every day, the power authority would save enough electricity to be able to provide power to an additional 2,200 homes over a year.Earth Hour began in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Last year, around 1.3 billion people in 128 countries participated in the event.For more information about Earth Hour, visit www.EarthHourCanada.orgIf you’re doing anything for Earth Hour that you think should shine, let Energeticcity.ca know by emailing contact@energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.com Advertisement Everything just might look better in the dark.Tonight, British Columbians are being encouraged to switch off their lights for an hour, joining millions of Canadians and more than one billion people around the world for the fifth annual Earth Hour.- Advertisement -The worldwide event is hosted by the World Wildlife Federation and supported by B.C. Hydro within the province. This year’s theme is “Beyond the Hour.”The event begins at 8:30 p.m. in every time zone around the world. Residents are encouraged to turn off all unnecessary lights and appliances for an hour.In Fort St. John, the Northern Environmental Action Team will be hosting an event at Whole Wheat & Honey Café. Residents can listen to live music while celebrating Earth Hour. Tickets for the event are available for $15 at the door and the event will run from 7 until 10 p.m.In 2010, B.C. Hydro officials say they measured a more than one per cent drop in consumption across the province throughout the hour.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Several minor earthquakes in Peace Region within a week

first_imgTheir epicentres were all at a depth of one, five, or 10 kilometres, and none were felt at the surface. Before that, there was a magnitude 2.6 quake 17 kilometres south-south west of Fort St. John at 11:42 a.m. on August 16 at a depth of 1.4 kilometres, and one 98 kilometres southwest of Dawson Creek past Tumbler Ridge at 6:01 p.m. August 15 at a depth of 7.1 kilometres. 56 kilometres west of Fort St. John was the first of the recent string of quakes, with one registering 2.1 on the Richter scale at 4:14 p.m. on August 13 at the earth’s surface. – Advertisement -None of those earthquakes were felt at the surface either.last_img read more

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Dream comes true for a Bruin

first_imgJohn David Booty is the model for every high school quarterback in the nation – prep star to USC star on the way to the NFL with a possible stop in New York to pick up a Heisman Trophy. As difficult as it may be for high school heroes to accept, they relate more to McLeod Bethel-Thompson. As a senior at San Francisco’s Balboa High, Bethel-Thompson could only wish he might be on a recruiting list. There are 119 NCAA Division 1A football teams. Did one of 119 offer him a scholarship? “No,” he said. What happened is the thing of dreams. Bethel-Thompson sent game tapes to coaches, hoping someone out there would call. Amazingly, UCLA did. The Bruins did not offer a scholarship. That doesn’t happen. Not when you’re three deep at quarterback with former high school phenom Ben Olson, a charismatic leader you like in Patrick Cowan and another former prep hotshot in Osaar Rasshan. UCLA was kind enough to say Bethel-Thompson could walk on. A walk-on is at school on his own dime. He pays for tuition, room, board and books. And, as any parent of any college student can testify, it costs more than a dime. Much more. The alternative to walking on at UCLA? Oakland’s Laney College or City College of San Francisco. Bethel-Thompson threw (a word no longer in his vocabulary) caution to the wind and became a Bruin. College football is the dream. “As a kid, playing in the sandlots or whatever, you always think about that,” Bethel-Thompson said. It’s a nice dream. It also is an impossible dream for the vast majority, for centers and receivers and linebackers and most high school players. Strange things happen under the midnight sun and on football fields. The addition of freshman Chris Forcier, a prep All-American, gives UCLA four scholarship quarterbacks. And Bethel-Thompson. Except. It was decided Rasshan would play wide receiver. He never took a snap during camp. The UCLA staff put Forcier on ice to give him a year to adjust to the speed of college football, college academics and college social life. Suddenly, Bethel-Thompson, who appeared solidly entrenched as the fifth quarterback, was No. 3. Cowan suffered a partial tear of his hamstring, forcing him to miss the first three games, making Bethel-Thompson the No. 2 QB. He unexpectedly remained the backup last week when Cowan returned because Olson was unavailable due to what has been called concussion-like symptoms. Cowan sprained his right knee one minute into the fourth quarter Saturday against Washington. Bethel-Thompson took over with 13:04 remaining and nervous UCLA holding a 24-17 lead in what would become a 44-31 victory. Nervous? Try to imagine what was going on in Bethel-Thompson’s head, not to mention his stomach, as he entered the huddle for the first time. “I reminded myself to play with confidence,” he said. Tailback Kahlil Bell threw the only pass (incomplete) for the Bruins the rest of the game. “I wanted to sling it around,” Bethel-Thompson admitted after a little gentle prodding. “But with our lead what we needed to do was run the clock out.” His assignment was not complicated. Just get the ball to the running backs, which he did flawlessly, as when Chris Markey ran 72 yards for a touchdown. “It was fun,” he said. “It was really exciting. It was great to see Markey running down the field and to know I handed that ball off.” Don’t snicker. There are a number of ways the 19-year-old could have gummed up the works. By turning the wrong way after the snap from center. By fumbling the snap. By fumbling the handoff to Markey. By making the wrong play call. None of which happened. Bethel-Thompson went in two directions when asked about the moment he knew he was going to play with the outcome on the line. “It’s football,” he said. “That’s what you do. All week long, as the second quarterback, you prepare as if you’re going to start. You pay attention to everything.” And still? “It’s kind of a surreal experience when they say, `Go get your helmet,”‘ he admitted. Imagine how surreal it would be to be the starting quarterback. Olson has been cleared to play again. He’ll start Saturday at Oregon State. Cowan is out. Bethel-Thompson remains the backup, a twisted knee or a headache away from the starting lineup. The thought takes him back to childhood dreams. “You think, `Aw, it’s never possible,”‘ he said. He could not help himself. He smiled. “It would be an amazing dream,” Bethel-Thompson said. An impossible dream. Right? mwsptcol@aol.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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THERE ARE NO ‘DUMMIES’ IN RAMELTON AT RALLY TIME!

first_imgThe fake Garda complete with ‘speed gun’ outside Ramelton!The people of Ramelton are known for never allowing grass to grow under their feet.And this weekend some locals came up with an ingenious way of ensuring motorists slowed down coming into the town during rally weekend.Not only did they dress up a mannequin with a hi-viz vest and Garda hat, they even gave her a speed gun! Motorists have noticeably slowed down coming past the decoy.THERE ARE NO ‘DUMMIES’ IN RAMELTON AT RALLY TIME! was last modified: June 18th, 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) Tags:donegalGardairallyRameltonspeed gunlast_img read more

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GORTAHORK’S LINK WITH DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SPARKS WEEKEND OF CELEBRATIONS

first_imgWhen Brian O’Nolan (Myles na gCopaleen, Flann O’ Brien) finished his degree exams in University College Dublin it wasn’t to Maguluf he headed with his with his friends but to Gortahork.There was a good reason that he chose Gortahork and this year, for the first time, we are celebrating the connection that the small Gaeltacht town has with one of the most celebrated writers of the last century. This is the man who wrote An Béal Bocht, The Third Policeman and The Dalkey Archive. It would be hard to quantify the extent of the influence of Gortahork and its inhabitants on the imagination, language and comic understanding of the writer.It was in Gortahork that Micheál, his father, learnt his Irish, it was to Gortahork that they came on their family holidays and it was from Gortahork their parents employed the help needed to raise the large family and to maintain Irish as the spoken language of the household regardless of where they happened to live.On Saturday the 28th & Sunday the 29th of June 2014 the last surviving member of Brian’s family, his brother Micheál, the celebrated artist, will be present to kickstart the events.There will be a cycling trip following the route of the original cycling tour that Myles/Brian/Flann took, where stopping for ‘a pint of plain’ will be compulsory. Dr Nollaig Mac Congáil, an authority on the work of Myles na gCopaleen will be among the speakers and local performers will read from the authors work. Former RTÉ and Ros na Rún actor Diarmuid de Faoite will read from An Béal Bocht. There will be, without doubt, a Feis Ghaelach where Belfast reggae group, Bréag, will headline proceedings.Join us for this historical weekend – there will never be its like again. Further infomation from Deirdre Learmont ag 087 6222204.   GORTAHORK’S LINK WITH DISTINGUISHED AUTHOR SPARKS WEEKEND OF CELEBRATIONS was last modified: June 17th, 2014 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:BRIAN O’NOLANdonegalFLANN O’BRIENgortahorkTHE THIRD POLICEMANlast_img read more

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Little effect foreseen in L.A. from teacher-status ruling

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week In the lawsuit, Californians for Justice, an advocacy group for poor and minority students, said the state’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing created a new internship credential in 2003 so that certain teachers working with only emergency credentials could be reclassified and considered “highly qualified.” Hirsch said the LAUSD has reduced its number of provisional or emergency teachers from 5,000 to 250 over the past three years. The district has a total of about 35,000 teachers. The ruling might affect 467 teachers who had passed their subject-matter test and completed all of their training except for student teaching, Hirsch said. Most of these teachers will be fully qualified within the year. “We were considering them highly qualified because all they had left to do was their student teaching,” Hirsch said. “That’s a lot further along than your typical emergency credential.” In his ruling, San Francisco Superior Court Judge James L. Warren did not address the teachers’ qualifications but said the commission skirted a state law that requires new rules to be subjected to public review. Since the lawsuit was filed in August, the credentialing commission has been working to meet the regulatory requirement. It has scheduled public hearings in December on the two-year teaching permits, commission attorney Mary Armstrong said. The commission created the new internship category in 2003 and has issued 4,000 permits under it. Some teachers have since earned their full credential. Today, between 1,700 and 2,000 teachers are still working under the internship credentials, Armstrong said. “I don’t think we should see the state as trying to do anything underhanded,” said Mary Bergan, president of the California Federation of Teachers. “I think they were trying to comply in a good-faith effort.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A Superior Court judge on Wednesday ruled that the state erred when it created a new classification for thousands of teachers working on emergency credentials to meet a provision of the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Deborah Hirsch, chief human resources officer for the Los Angeles Unified School District, said the ruling was not likely to have much effect on the district. State officials said the decision would not jeopardize the state’s status under the law, which requires that all core classes – such as English, math and science – be taught by teachers who are “highly qualified” by the end of this school year. Schools that fail to meet the standard face sanctions, including loss of federal funding. California intends to ask for an extension of the deadline. last_img read more

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