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Farmington Schools officials to interview superintendent finalists

first_imgFinalists for the position of Farmington Public Schools superintendent will tour the district on Wednesday, May 29, before a second round of interviews that evening.Trustees will talk with Dr. Robert Herrera, CEO of Benton Harbor Area Schools, at 6:30 p.m., and Dr. Sarena Shivers, superintendent of Redford Union Schools, at 8:15 p.m.While officials will deliberate following the interviews, the selection process includes a second date in June if they are unable to reach consensus.Herrera was recruited by the Michigan Department of Education’s School Reform Office to lead turnaround efforts in Benton Harbor. He has also served as superintendent in South Haven Public Schools and Onsted Community Schools, and as assistant superintendent at Lenawee Intermediate School District and Adrian Public Schools. During his roughly 25 years in public education, he has also been a principal, teacher, coach, and classroom advisor.Shivers holds a doctorate degree from Indiana University and has nearly two decades of school administration experience, including five as Assistant Superintendent of Achievement for Washtenaw Intermediate School District and three as Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment for Southfield Public Schools. She has six years of teaching experience in Baltimore City, the United Kingdom, and Indiana.The interviews will be held at the Schulman Administrative Center, 32500 Shiawassee in Farmington, broadcast live on TV-10, and live-streamed at https://farmington.vod.castus.tv/vod.  Reported by Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Big guns gear up for Central Champs fight

first_imgFour of the most powerful high-school female athletics programmes in the island, Edwin Allen, St Jago, Holmwood and Hydel, will square off over the next two days as the Central Athletics Championships gets started today at the GC Foster College of Physical Education and Sport, starting at 8:45 a.m. The finals of the girls’ 2000m steeplechase will get things started at 8:45 a.m., with the boys to follow some 15 minutes later at 9:00 a.m. The Michael Dyke-coached Edwin Allen are the defending girls’ champions and are favourites to win another title, but with big performances so far this season from the other three top outfits, ‘any number can play’. With the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships some four weeks away, fans will get an idea of where that title will go, and it will also be a big psychological boost for the team that comes out on top as usually, the team that wins here, tends to go on to take the big title. All four coaches are cautiously optimistic going into today’s event, with eyes clearly focussed on the main show – Champs 2019. Dyke says while he will not be taking any unnecessary risks, he approaching the championships with confidence. “I am going with high expectations, knowing that we are the defending champions. We still want to remain champions at the end of the meet but we are not going to take any unnecessary risks to defend our title and we will be very conservative in terms of personnel, where there are niggles and injuries. I think the team has enough depth to still hold off the challenges of the likes of Hydel, St Jago and Holmwood. We are going there to do our best and see how it works out in the end,” said Dyke. Last year’s runners-up, Hydel, did not seem themselves at the Gibson McCook Relays, where they only won the 4x400m relays. However, head coach Corey Bennett is not perturbed and is looking forward to good results over the next two days. “We are fairly confident going into Central Championships, knowing that we are trying to use it as a stepping stone towards our goals at Girls Championships. We are about 85 per cent ready for Champs and hopefully Central Champs can push us closer to our targets. It is going to be two crazy days of ferocious competition, but we still have to bear in mind what our goals are,” said Bennett. Meanwhile, many-time Central champions Holmwood Technical have looked dangerous this season, bringing back memories of their former years of dominance, and head coach Dave Anderson says he will be using Central Champs as a dress rehearsal and to help him make some decisions concerning his Champs line-up. “This will give us a chance to look at other persons in some events in a Championships situation in order to make some final decision for Champs,” said Anderson. Keilando Goburn’s St Jago unit has shown signs of rejuvenation and the coach says they are not losing sight of the bigger picture. “We will be treating Central Champs just like another development meet. We do take it serious as right now, it’s all about man management. We had a very rough weekend at the Gibson McCook Relays, where the athletes had to go through rounds, and it will be pretty much the same (at Central Champs), so we are going to do everything in our power to preserve our athletes. We will just go there and try to compete and definitely, we will be trying for a top three spot, but if that is not forthcoming, we will be comfortable just the same,” said Goburn. On the male side, it should be another St Jago High dominance as since competing at these Championships, the Spanish Town-based team has never lost, and after scoring 346 points last year – more than double the tally registered by second-place team Edwin Allen, who finished on 162 points – they look safe for another title. Eighteen finals are down to be contested on today’s opening day of competition, two on the track and 16 in the field. Unperturbedlast_img read more

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Crazy or not, Ravens striking right chord after bye week

first_imgAn 8-0 finish?Playoffs?Seriously?The chatter among players began moments after the win over San Diego and has only been amplified with a bye week to rest their bodies and minds. Despite a 2-6 record that has them standing 13th out of 16 teams in the AFC entering Week 10, the Ravens still have their sights set on the playoffs as they trail current No. 6 seed Pittsburgh by 2 1/2 games.Few outside the Baltimore locker room think qualifying for the postseason is anything but crazy talk, but that’s perfectly fine with the Ravens.“That’s why it’s going to feel so much greater when we finally make it,” cornerback Jimmy Smith said. “Coming back from this type of record and this season and the first eight [games], it’s going to feel that much greater when we make the playoffs. Let’s make some history.”Unrealistic? Absolutely. Insane? Perhaps.But I still like it.Recent Ravens teams haven’t exactly oozed swagger like those from yesteryear, and that was even before they lost their two most demonstrative leaders — Terrell Suggs and Steve Smith — to season-ending injuries in the first half. Players know the odds are wildly against them, but believing you’re good enough fits into that winning equation — whether you actually are or not in the end.Doubting talent and coaching is fair, but questioning the effort of these Ravens doesn’t mesh with all six of their losses coming by just one possession and a combined 30 points. A team that’s mailed it in doesn’t compete on a weekly basis, making the post-bye confidence an encouraging sign for better results with a more favorable schedule in the second half.Of course, how much better is the real question, and that can only be answered on the field.“We have to earn our way to have that conversation for sure,” head coach John Harbaugh said. “But I expect our guys to have high expectations. The standard here has been high. We’ve set a high bar here for a long time, and we’re proud of that. We have high expectations, so we’re not going to let those expectations go. We’re not pleased with where we are — just like the fans aren’t pleased, coaches aren’t pleased, players aren’t pleased. Nobody in the organization is pleased with where we are, and we’re very determined to turn it around.”We’ve all heard how the Ravens could be better than their 2-6 record. Given the small margin of defeat in those six losses, it’s fair to acknowledge the possibility, but let’s not forget those two victories could have easily turned into defeats as well. The eternal optimist would be stretching further to say the Ravens could be 6-2 or better than the pessimist would be in pointing to the possibility of a winless record through eight games.Even if you believe that the Ravens were unlucky in the first half of the season, that doesn’t mean a run of good fortune is on the way. With Baltimore having a poor defense and an average offense lacking reliable pass-catchers — even before Smith’s Achilles injury — for Joe Flacco, predicting much better than a .500 record in the second half of the season would be based more on blind optimism than what we watched in the first half of 2015.But players and coaches certainly don’t have to feel that way.“The mindset is 1-0. Take care of what we have to take care of this week,” said running back Justin Forsett, who “definitely” thinks the Ravens can still make the playoffs. “We’ll just do our part and control what we control. Hopefully, at the end, we’ll be where we want to be.”Even if the Ravens were to somehow run the table to finish 10-6, there’s no guarantee of even that being good enough as they needed help in Week 17 a year ago to make the playoffs with that same record. Rebounding from 2-6 is an incredible long shot, but who said the Ravens or their fans need to be grounded in reality, especially with eight games to go?Does Harbaugh think the Ravens can make history as the first team to start 1-6 and make the NFL playoffs under the current format?“Of course we can. We’re planning on it,” Harbaugh said. “We’re very optimistic about what’s in front of us, our future. We love our players, love the way they work, love the enthusiasm that they had today coming back and getting ready for Jacksonville.“We’ll take it one day at a time, one game at a time.”That’s all the Ravens can do, but some extra bravado can only help their near-impossible cause.last_img read more

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Woods’ foundation to run PGA Tour event at Riviera

first_imgTiger Woods watches his chip to the fourth hole, during the first round of the Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament, Thursday, July 31, 2014, in Akron, Ohio. (AP Photo/Phil Long)Tiger Woods is going back to the PGA Tour event at Riviera for the first time since 2006.The Tiger Woods Foundation will become the host organization that runs the tournament, which has Hyundai Motor America as the new title sponsor. The PGA Tour said Tuesday that Woods will be the tournament host and become actively involved in the tournament.Riviera is where Woods, who grew up about 45 minutes away, made his PGA Tour debut as a 16-year-old amateur. He missed the cut with rounds of 72-75. “This is a fantastic opportunity for my foundation,” Woods said in a statement.“This is the first PGA Tour event I ever played, and it means a lot to contribute to a community that has supported me and my foundation for more than 20 years. I’m committed to playing in my foundation’s events, and it will be exciting to return to Riviera.” Hyundai previously was the title sponsor at the winners-only event at Kapalua that starts the year (Hyundai Tournament of Champions). It takes over in Los Angeles after Northern Trust moved its title sponsorship to the New York area for the opening FedEx Cup playoff event.“Recognizing Tiger’s ongoing connection to his home state through his foundation, we saw an opportunity to correspond the transition of the tournament operation with the new long-term sponsorship by Hyundai,” PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said.Hyundai Motor America has headquarters in southern California.The question is when Woods will play. Because of two back surgeries late last year, he has not competed since August and has not indicated when he will return. Riviera has become the anchor of the West Coast Swing toward the end of February.Woods has never missed one of his foundation events except for injury. Along with playing, he donates all his earnings to the foundation.He last played what was then the Nissan Open at Riviera in 2006 when he narrowly made the cut and withdrew the next day with the flu.Taking over at Riviera means the Tiger Woods Foundation still has three PGA Tour events it runs — the Quicken Loans National in the Washington, D.C., area, and the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.It previously had the Deutsche Bank Championship outside Boston. The tour said its management would take over Boston in 2017, and that the foundation will keep its charitable commitment to the New England area through the Earl Woods Scholarship Program. There are 15 scholars from the New England region, with five more scheduled for the next school year. Still to be determined is the name of the tournament.last_img read more

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Maroons, only just

first_imgTWO batsmen with limited exposure to the middle of the ground this season were summoned to pluck victory from the…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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All hail hurdler Tasha

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS “WATCH out Sally Pearson, Bunyip Primary School has its own hurdling star in the making.” The school’s…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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You snooze you lose

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice Police located drug paraphernalia, a baseball bat and a sleeping man inside a stolen vehicle in a McDonalds carpark. Casey…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Cregmore/Claregalway U16’s Out To Make History

first_imghttps://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/sports.podcast/DERMOTT+COLL+OTL+FRIDAY.mp3print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Cregmore/Claregalway will hope to make it an historic three from three in WFAI National Cups Finals when their U16 team take on Shelbourne in the Semi-Final at the AUL complex on Sunday at 2pm. Already, their U14 and 18 sides have reached national finals on the 26th of March so the hope is that history will be made as no side has ever had three age groups in WFAI Finals in the same year. Dermot Coll is the team manager and he spoke to John Mulliganlast_img read more

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Galway GAA Fixtures

first_imgAbbeyknockmoy V Michael Cusacks 14:30, Ref: Paul FahySun 11 Feb U21 B Hurling ChampionshipVenue: Killimor, (1/4 Final )Padraig Pearses V Killimor 12:00, Ref: Derek KellyMon 12 Feb U21 A Hurling ChampionshipVenue: Connacht COE, Ballyhaunis, (Round 2a)Liam Mellows V Kilnadeema-Leitrim 19:30, Ref: Alan Kellyprint WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Venue: Carnmore, (1/4 Final ) Sat 10 Feb U21 B Hurling Championshiplast_img

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Stratford girls basketball beats Northland Lutheran for fourth-straight win

first_imgTigers open Marawood South schedule with 16-point victoryBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterKRONENWETTER — Savannah Schillinger made 9 of 11 free throws and scored 15 points to help the Stratford girls basketball team to its fourth-straight win, a 48-32 victory over Northland Lutheran on Friday night at Northland Lutheran High School.Macie Frueh added 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists, and Kaylee Hollatz and Andie Zuelke each had 10 rebounds for Stratford (4-0, 1-0 Marawood Conference South Division).Northland Lutheran is now 2-2 and 0-1 in the conference.Stratford ended up 21 of 36 at the free throw line, while the Wildcats made just six shots from the field and was 20 of 29 on free throws as the two teams combined for 50 fouls.Stratford plays at Wausau Newman Catholic on Tuesday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com)Tigers 48, Wildcats 32Stratford 21 27 – 48Northland Lutheran 11 21 – 32STRATFORD (48): Savannah Schillinger 3-12 9-11 15, Taya Nett 0-2 0-0 0, Sammy Griesbach 3-6 4-6 10, Macie Frueh 4-15 5-8 14, Chelsey Gliniecki 1-4 1-4 3, Anna Goldbach 0-0 0-0 0, Kaylee Hollatz 0-1 0-0 0, Andie Zuelke 2-6 2-7 6. FG: 13-46. FT: 21-36. 3-pointers: 1-11 (Frueh 1-7, Schillinger 0-4). Rebounds: 40 (Hollatz 10, Zuelke 10). Assists: 11 (Frueh 5). Fouls: 22. Fouled out: Frueh. Record: 4-0, 1-0 Marawood Conference South Division.NORTHLAND LUTHERAN (32): Beka Edelburg 2 6-10 10, Hannah Kloehn 0 4-4 4, Mesa Haag 0 0-0 0, Sidney Moore 0 0-0 0, Halley Engelbrecht 1 4-8 6, Erin Gast 1 2-2 4, Hailey Russ 0 0-0 0, Melissa Neumann 2 4-7 8. FG: 6. FT: 20-31. 3-pointers: none. Fouls: 28. Fouled out: Edelburg, Haag, Engelbrecht. Record: 2-2, 0-1 Marawood South.last_img read more

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Spotify Gets A Music Recommendation Engine (Sort of) With Echofi

first_img12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout john paul titlow 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe Appcenter_img Tags:#music#news#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… For many users of Spotify, the feature that’s most painfully absent from the music streaming service is a recommendation engine for songs and artists. After all, listeners have come to expect this feature after years of it being available in Internet radio products like Pandora and Last.fm. Echofi is a new Web app that hopes to solve this problem. It takes Spotify’s music library and mashes it up with the API from The Echo Nest, a powerful music intelligence platform that contains data about more than 30 million songs. The result is a Pandora-style radio station based on your musical tastes and fueled by tracks from Spotify. Enter an artist’s name and hit the “play” button to launch Spotify and songs by similar artists will begin playing. Like on Pandora, you can even vote songs up or down to help train Echofi to better understand what you’re truly into. The Echo Nest, a Massachusetts-based company founded in 2005, uses acoustic analysis, data-mining, natural language processing and machine learning to listen to and understand music, learning about its characteristics and defining relationships between various songs and artists. It’s like Pandora’s Music Genome Project, but on a much bigger scale. Whereas Pandora boasted 800,000 songs in its database at the time of its IPO, The Echo Nest has analyzed over 30 million. The Echo Nest platform powers nearly 200 music apps, including from some notable players like MOG, the BBC and MTV. Spotify, which launched in the United States this summer, does not have a built-in recommendation engine of any kind, even though similar services like Rdio offer the feature. With Echofi, Spotify is as close as it’s ever come to offering decent music recommendations. Its sure to be a welcome addition to the service, but it’s not without its limitations. For one, users can only create a radio station based on an artist’s name. Last.fm lets you do so using artist name or genre, while Pandora gets even more granular by offering stations based on individual songs. There are also a few minor user experience issues. For one thing, the Spotify desktop application has a tendency to un-minimize itself when each new song beings, a slightly annoying flaw that creator Andy Smith acknowledges in the FAQ. We found it strange that hitting the “love” button on a song resulting in Echofi skipping to the next song. That behavior makes sense if we vote a song down, but if we say we like it, that should imply that we’d like to keep listening. The Echofi Web app itself is nicely-designed with an interface about as simple as they come. If you’re accustomed to using the audio controls on your keyboard to play, pause and skip tracks in Spotify, you’ll have to get out of that habit to use Echofi. Since it’s browser-based, it doesn’t use those keys, and the actual song order originates from the Web app, not from the Spotify desktop app. Overall, we found the experience of using Echofi to be pretty fluid and enjoyable, despite a few minor issues. We’d love to see this kind of functionality built right into the Spotify app, whether by integrating Echofi or something like it. Whatever Spotify may have been planning (if anything) for a recommendation engine, the developers behind Echofi have already made a considerable head start. last_img read more

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Lakshya Sen wins the Dutch Open, wins maiden World Tour title

first_imgAdvertisementIndian Shuttler Lakshya Sen won his maiden BWF world tour title after he defeated the Japanese Yusuke Onodera in the summit clash on Sunday. Where the 18-year old , youth Olympic silver medalist defeated his rival by 15-21 21-14 21-15 in a final that lasted 63 minutes.In the opening game, Lakshya fell behind early on and could not erase the deficit, despite coming as close as 10-11 and 13-14. Onodera managed to keep his nose ahead and pocketed the opening game to earn the bragging rights.The second game started on a competitive note with the pair trying to outwit each other. The Indian grabbed a 8-5 lead at one stage but the Japanese clawed his way back.Lakhsya again managed to move to 12-8 with four straight points. Onodera narrowed it down to 11-12 but Lakshya jumped to 18-11 and then roared back into the contest.In the decider, Lakshya came up with a clear strategy and managed to keep his rival at a distance. He led 9-4 before making it 11-8 at the break.After the interval, Lakshya continued to move ahead and slowly marched ahead to shut the door on Onodera.Lakshya, currently ranked 72nd, had won the Belgian Open last month and reached the finals of Polish Open this year. He had also won the Asian Junior Championships, a silver at Youth Olympic Games and a bronze medal at World Junior Championships last year.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Three American women busted for 100000 in cocaine in Freeport Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 19, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Twenty-five thousand dollars in illicit drugs was taken off a Grandmother at the Freeport Harbour last Friday; the 60 year old American woman had the 2.5lbs of cocaine, taped to her waistline when she was arrested at the security check point.   One day later, around 5pm on Saturday, also in Grand Bahama, two more American women of Pompano Beach, Florida were arrested at the same security check point at Freeport Harbour with $75,000 in cocaine strapped to their bodies.The drug mules were readying to board a go fast ferry to Ft Lauderdale when they were busted – nearly 10lbs between the two were detected by security officers.   Both women are 39 years old and will appear before Magistrate this week in Grand Bahama.#MagneticMediaNews#3Americanwomenbustedfordrugs Related Items:#3Americanwomenbustedfordrugs, #magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Caitlin Rother on verdict in Rebecca Zahau wrongful death lawsuit

first_img April 5, 2018 Caitlin Rother on verdict in Rebecca Zahau wrongful death lawsuit KUSI Newsroom, Posted: April 5, 2018 KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAdam Shacknai, the man found liable for the death of Rebecca Zahau, spoke to reporters one day after a jury decided he was responsible for her death. Jurors also awarded Zahau’s mother more than $5 million in damages for loss of financial support and companionship.KUSI was joined by author and journalist, Caitlin Rother, with more on the verdict and what happens next. Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Adam Shacknai, Caitlin Rother, Coronado, Rebecca Zahau, Zahau FacebookTwitterlast_img read more