Sloane Stephens and Venus Williams fall in Acapulco

first_imgThe Mexican Renata Zarazúa gave the second shock this Tuesday on the Mexican Tennis Open to beat por 6-4, 6-2 to the American Sloane Sthepens, first favourite of the WTA event.Zarazúa, 22, left with out complexes for being the 270 participant in the rating and going through the 35, with a title in the US Open. The Mexican got here to have a 4-1 benefit; Sloane recovered, however didn’t attain him and fell 6-4.Impressed, in the second manga the Mexican maintained her good protection and, with nice effectiveness along with her ‘drive’, He took early benefit and gained 6-2 to say an important victory of his profession in 85 minutes.The Mexican made a distinction with 13 successful pictures, 5 lower than her rival and, above all, confirmed her finest tennis in the details to entry the spherical of 16, stage in which he’ll face the American Katie Volynets, winner by 6-2, 7-6 (5) of his compatriot Shelby Rogers. Some time earlier than the 19-year-old Slovenian Kaja Juvan saved seven factors for the sport and eradicated 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 to the American Venus Williams, fifth favourite.Juvan misplaced a bonus in the primary set and fell 6-4, however he recovered, gained the “tie break” of the second and that gave him confidence to complete off an unanswered Venus, gradual and with quite a few unforced errors in the third set, together with seven double faults.Within the second spherical Juvan will face his compatriot Tamara Zidansek, winner of Russian Anna Kaliskaya on Monday 6-3, 6-4.The defeats of Sthepens and Williams joins the shock elimination this Monday of the defending champion, the Chinese language Yafan Wang, second seeded, eradicated by fellow countryman Xiyu Wang, who got here from the qualifying event and gained 6-4, 7-6 (8).In different outcomes of the ladies’s contest, this Tuesday the British Katie Boulter beat the Italian Jasmine Paolini 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, Chinese language Lin Zhu gained 7-6 (2), 6-2 to Ukrainian Katarina Zavatska and Canadian Leylan Fernández beat 6-4, 6-1 to Serbian Nina Stojanovic.last_img read more

Survey: Frustration, bureaucracy driving teachers out

first_imgSACRAMENTO (AP) — Nicolle Miller could handle the overcrowded classrooms, the lack of supplies and even the shortage of books for her seventh- and eighth-grade students at an Anaheim middle school. What she found most discouraging was the lack of support. “I wanted to make a difference, I wanted to help these kids. A lot of times I would feel that I wasn’t allowed to do certain things,” to teach her mostly poor, non-English-speaking students at South Junior High. “It was this constant, ‘If you don’t do better, you’re going to lose your job.’” Similar frustrations with administrators and unnecessary bureaucracy drive thousands of teachers out of the profession every year, according to a study of nearly 2,000 California teachers released Thursday by California State University’s Center for Teacher Quality. Those who quit overwhelmingly cited bureaucratic impediments to teaching, such as excessive paperwork, too much classroom interruption and too many restrictions on teaching. “They want bureaucratic systems to be in place, but they want them to be supportive and responsive, rather than interfering and burdensome,” said Ken Futernick, director of K-12 studies for the center and the study’s principal author. About one in five teachers typically quit within the first five years, according to national studies, a condition that has long been a source of frustration for school districts and education schools. It leaves schools with too many inexperienced teachers, who typically are concentrated in schools with the highest numbers of poor and minority students. Despite the high rate of attrition, virtually no schools have adopted the standard business practice of exit interviews to survey teachers about why they’re leaving, Futernick said. Doing exit interviews could help schools and districts pinpoint problems with administrators and school cultures at virtually no cost, he said. A third of California’s 300,000 teachers are expected to retire over the next decade, widening a teacher shortage that is expected to grow to about 33,000 by 2015. Retaining those who already are trained and in the classroom is crucial, educators say. The state spends about $455 million a year to train and retain its public school teachers, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said. Futernick and other researchers who were part of a landmark package of studies on California’s education system that was released last month recommend more funding. But he said a cash infusion that isn’t targeted toward improving school conditions won’t solve the most pressing problems. Those studies, requested by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, O’Connell and other state leaders, recommended increasing K-12 funding by as much as 40 percent. The recommendation has received a lukewarm response in a state that already devotes nearly half its budget to education. The studies also said more money alone won’t solve public education’s myriad problems. Similarly, Futernick said programs that offer financial incentives for qualified teachers to work in high-poverty or low-performing schools won’t by themselves keep teachers there. Schwarzenegger has in the past referred to such incentives as “combat pay.” “Combat pay is ill-advised, because it assumes that these schools are combat zones, that they’re hopelessly bad places to work,” rather than addressing the problems in those schools that make them hard to staff, Futernick said. “In many schools, the only teachers we can get are ones who have no preparation or experience.” Teachers want a say in making decisions, a feeling of camaraderie with staff and a sense of purpose, the study said. But those steps also have to be meaningful. At the elementary school where Manuel Carrasco used to teach in Riverside County, teacher panels were formed to review curriculum, textbooks and teaching methods. But he said they were merely window-dressing. Suggestions were ignored, he said. One committee rejected a proposal to use “whole language” to teach reading — an approach now seen as largely ineffective — but the principal adopted it, anyway. A similar decision was made with the math curriculum, he said. “There was the appearance of committees and there was lip service. … Were our meetings meaningful? No. Was our voice meaningful? No,” said Carrasco, who quit in 2000. Miller, of Anaheim, left in 2001, saying she had burned out. She now works in children’s ministries at her church and sometimes does substitute teaching at the private school her children attend. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Everton complete Mina move as Man Utd miss out on quiet deadline day

first_img0Shares0000Yerry Mina’s move from Barcelona to Everton was the biggest of a quiet transfer deadline day for the Premier League © AFP / YURI CORTEZLondon, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Everton secured the services of Colombian World Cup star Yerry Mina from Barcelona on an unusually quiet deadline day in the Premier League as Manchester United failed to satisfy manager Jose Mourinho’s desire to sign a centre-back.For the first time the Premier League deadline was moved forward to the day before the season kicks off when United host Leicester City on Friday. Unlike in England, the window for the rest of Europe’s leading leagues doesn’t close until later in August, meaning Premier League clubs have faced even more inflated prices when buying from the continent.Yet, an expected deluge of deadline day deals failed to materialise with Everton the most active after also sealing a season-long loan deal for midfielder Andre Gomes from Barcelona and the capture of Brazilian winger Bernard on a free transfer.Mina scored three times in three games at the World Cup in Russia, including against Everton’s England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford with a dramatic stoppage time header to send their last 16 tie to extra-time.Yet Mina failed to impress in making just six appearances for Barca after joining from Palmeiras in January and the Catalan giants were keen to cash in on the 23-year-old, who cost just 11.8 million euros seven months ago.After Chelsea shattered the world record fee for a goalkeeper with an 80-million euro (£71.6 million, $92 million) swoop for Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga, there was little late movement from the top six clubs with Mourinho in particular frustrated at missing out on a host of targets to bolster his defence.Harry Maguire, who could face United for Leicester on Friday, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham and Mina were all linked with United, while Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin emerged as a late target on Thursday. But Mourinho accepted early on Thursday he was unlikely to get his wish.– Liverpool steal a march –Liverpool look like the big winners of the window as they have emerged as second favourites for the title behind champions Manchester City after doing their business early in splashing over £170 million on Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson Becker and midfielders Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.Despite slashing a club record £60 million on signing Riyad Mahrez, City have enjoyed a quiet window.Wonder kid: Manchester City signed Australian teenager Daniel Arzani on Thursday © AFP / Fabrice COFFRINIAustralian teenager Daniel Arzani joined the English champions from sister club Melbourne City on Thursday will be sent out on loan to Celtic.Tottenham Hotspur became the first Premier League side since the summer window was introduced in 2003 to not make a single signing.But manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted he is happy with his squad after tying down the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min to new contracts.“We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very difficult to add players to that,” he said.Leicester arguably enjoyed the best deadline day as on top of resisting United’s interest in Maguire and tying down Jamie Vardy to a new four-year deal, they snapped up defenders Filip Benkovic and Caglar Soyuncu.Wolves’ impressive summer of dealing on their return to the top flight continued by signing versatile Belgian international Leander Dendoncker from Anderlecht.West Ham signed Spanish striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal and Colombian midfielder Carlos Sanchez to complete a near £100 million summer spend.Fulham secured season-long loan deals for Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico, Atletico Madrid striker Luciano Vietto and Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah.The promoted west Londoners also sealed a permanent deal for Bristol City defender Joe Bryan. Ghana striker Jordan Ayew has joined Crystal Palace from Swansea on a season-long loan, while Huddersfield brought in Montpellier’s Belgium Under-21 winger Isaac Mbenza on a season-long loan.Southampton made a late bid to sign Liverpool striker Danny Ings with a deal sheet submitted to the Premier League, giving Saints an extra couple of hours to get a loan move finalised0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Serie A giants line up summer swoop for Sunderland star

first_img1 Roma are eyeing up a move for Sunderland left-back Patrick van Aanholt, according to reports in Italy.The Dutch international has been a standout performer during a difficult season for the Black Cats and the north east club will struggle to keep hold of him should they be relegated to the Championship.According to Tutto Mercato, Roma want to sign on-loan full-back Lucas Digne on a permanent basis from Paris Saint-Germain this summer but will turn their attentions to landing Van Aanholt if that deal falls through.The former Chelsea man signed for Sunderland for £1.5m in 2014 and has emerged as a fans’ favourite at the Stadium of Light.The 25-year-old has made 35 appearances for club and country this season, netting on three occasions. But the defender is keeping his options open and a move to Italy, with the possibility of Champions League football next term, is likely to be enough to persuade Van Aanholt to sign on the dotted line. Patrick van Aanholt: The Netherlands left-back has made 35 appearances for club and country this season last_img read more

Ronaldinho scores five goals in the Indian Futsal League – still got it?

first_imgRonaldinho’s won the World Cup, Copa America, Champions League, Copa Libertadores, plus titles in Spain and Italy, not to mention the World Player of the Year twice.Now, at the age of 36, the Brazilian football star is plying his trade in the Indian Futsal League; a competition that has also attracted retired stars of the 11-a-side game, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes.But it’s Ronaldinho’s ‘street skills’ that have caught the eye, as he netted five goals, including some brilliant finishes, for his team Goa against Bengaulru.Take a look at the highlights in the video above.last_img read more


first_imgDonegal Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has said the large scale job losses and cutbacks at An Post and Eircom amount to yet another attack on rural Ireland.Senator Ó Domhnaill has raised serious concerns about the impact on communities in the North West of 1,500 redundancies at An Post and the 2,000 job cuts at Eircom.The Donegal Senator has said these massive cuts, along with the closure of local AIB branches, come as a major blow to communities in this region. Senator Ó Domhnaill said, “Over the past year we have seen a series of decisions made a national level that will have serious consequences for rural Ireland. The closure and downgrading of small garda stations, cuts to small schools that will result in forced amalgamations, bed closures at community hospitals and nursing homes, cuts to community health resources, cuts to rural transport links and the closure of local amenities like bank branches and post office. The list goes on.”“Now the news of large scale cuts at An Post and Eircom means more job cuts and the loss of more amenities in Donegal and across the north west. At what point will this Government start standing up for rural Ireland?” he asked.The Donegal Senator has accused Fine Gael and Labour of having ‘no strategy whatsoever’ for the protection of rural communities.He said the reality is that since coming into office, the coalition has actively pursued policies that have already had a damaging effect on communities in Donegal and across the North West of Ireland. “Over the past year, Fine Gael and Labour have shut and downgraded dozens of small rural garda stations across the country and are now planning a second attack on community garda resources that will lead to the closure of stations in this region.“They have introduced policies that will force the closure of small schools in Donegal and across the North West in the coming years, while other small schools here will suffer dramatic reductions in resources and staffing levels. They have slashed our community health services, closing beds and threatening services. They have rowed back on commitments for local transport projects and have consistently sidelined Donegal and this region in funding announcements.“Now, Fine Gael and Labour are presiding over the closure of local post offices and bank branches. This means the removal of yet more local services from and the loss of local jobs.“We need to support communities and encourage growth instead of making things even more difficult for families and local businesses. The Government’s attack on rural Ireland and the North West in particular must stop,” said Senator Ó Domhnaill.AN POST AND EIRCOM JOB CUTS WILL IMPACT ON DONEGAL SEVERELY – O DOMHNAILL was last modified: November 6th, 2012 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:An PostEircomjob losses?Senator Brian O’Domhnailllast_img read more

Three observations from A’s win over Red Sox to conclude 6-2 home stand

first_imgOAKLAND — The Athletics departed on a three-city, 11-game road trip Thursday basking in the glow of a home run and five RBIs from Stephen Piscotty, a gritty start from left-hander Brett Anderson and yet another throwing miracle from Ramon Laureano in a 7-3 win over the Boston Red Sox.The win concluded a 6-2 homestand before a crowd of 15,095 at the Coliseum, taking three of four from both the Los Angeles Angels and … CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile devicelast_img read more

53 years on, Bareilly to get its jhumka

first_imgBareilly shot to fame in 1966 when the late Bollywood actress Sadhana danced to the song Jhumka gira re, Bareilly ke bazaar mein in the movie Mera Saaya.The city, however, had no speciality in making or selling ‘jhumkas’ (ear danglers) and neither did it make any efforts to cash in on the popularity of the song. Finally, after over 53 years, Bareilly will get its ‘jhumka’, a symbolic replica of this piece of jewellery.According to sources, the Bareilly Development Authority (BDA) has sought the approval of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) to install a ‘jhumka’ at the Parsakhera zero point. The project was first conceived in the early 90s, but hit a roadblock due to paucity of funds and availability of a suitable location. The BDA had even invited designs for the ‘jhumka’. It was earlier to be installed at Delapeer trisection and then the Bara bypass but the decision was changed due to possibility of traffic congestion at these two points. The replica will now come up at the entrance of the city on the Delhi-Bareilly road at Parsakhera.According to BDA officials, they have been waiting for the NHAI approval and soon as it comes, the installation work will be taken up.BDA secretary A.K. Singh said, “The ambitious ‘jhumka’ project was in the limbo for a long. However, the project has now been worked upon and a new location near Parsakhera, at the entrance of the city. We have sought the NHAI’s approval. We hope to get it soon, and as soon as it happens, the work will commence.“Although we have selected the Parsakhera zero point for the project, there could be some changes in the previous design and the area depending on the area available. We may constrict or expand the project.”BDA sources said that the proposed jhumka will be 2.43 m in diameter and 12-14 feet in height. The landscaping around the ‘jhumka’ is estimated to cost around ₹18 lakh. There will be three surma (kohl) bottles (inspired from the word ‘surme daani’ used in the song) surrounding the structure. Surma bottles will be kept in parapet walls, which will also have colourful lights installed there. Besides, colourful stones and zari work, for which the city is famous, would be used for decoration.The entire structure will be surrounded by a rotary in such a manner that it will give the entire edifice and its surrounding area a landscape view. The silver-golden coloured ‘jhumka’ will be made up of multi-coloured stones embedded with ‘minakari’, an art form colouring and ornamenting the surface of metals by fusing over it brilliant colours that are decorated in an intricate design) design.last_img read more

Clarice Patrimonio wins silver in tennis

first_imgTennis, thus, failed to win a gold in the competition and will go home with two silvers and two bronzes.The other silver came from Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales in the men’s doubles last Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKatharina Lehnert and Denise Dy also wound up third place in women’s doubles.Dy and Gonzales settled for bronze in mixed doubles which the country ruled two years ago in Singapore through Dy and Treat Huey. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Anna Clarice Patrimonio of the Philippines competes against Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals of women’s singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games lawn tennis competition Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Kuala Lumpur. Kumkhum prevailed, 6-0, 6-1, to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Clarice Patrimonio had to settle for silver after running into a solid-steel Luksika Khumkhum of Thailand, 6-0, 6-1, Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games tennis women’s singles competition.The rain-marred finals at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex was a lopsided affair as the FIlipina could not find a way to get through the Thai, who once was ranked 85th in the world and has an Asian Games doubles gold under her belt (2014 Incheon).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble in much-hyped fight SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Slaughter doubtful for semis opener as Ginebra faces ‘monster’ SMB

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Kings took down the Beermen in the 2017 Governors’ Cup Finals, but Cone said it’s an entirely different story in the all-Filipino conference.“They’re actually a different in all-Filipino. I think they’re better all-Filipino than they are with imports. So there’s the difference.” Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Lady Warriors get newfound joy under Roque Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: 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 City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRelief hit Tim Cone just moments after Barangay Ginebra went through the wringer in sweeping Rain or Shine in their best-of-three quarterfinals series on Wednesday.But hitting a certain level of comfort won’t last long for Cone and the rest of the Gin Kings, who now face an uphill climb against defending champion San Miguel Beer in a best-of-seven semifinals showdown.ADVERTISEMENT “Wow what a relief. It’s always a big relief to get through the quarters. To me, it’s the hardest series to win, the quarter series,” Cone said after the Gin Kings held on for a 99-91 win over the Elasto Painters.“Now we face the monster. That’s San Miguel. You can refer that to San Miguel or you can refer that to June Mar,” Cone went on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEither way, it’s an apt description for the Beermen, who have won the last three all-Filipino conferences and June Mar Fajardo, who is the reigning four-time MVP.“Again, San Miguel, what can you say? They won three championships in a row in this conference for a reason,” Cone said. “You watched San Miguel-Talk ’N Text and Talk ’N Text was really playing good basketball up until that game. They were really turning a hole or a big corner and still, San Miguel, outsteadied them all the way through the game. June Mar came up with 30 plus points.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The top-seeded Beermen entered the semifinals after dumping the KaTropa, 106-93, on Tuesday with Fajardo posting 35 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds and two blocks.Making it doubly hard for the Gin Kings is that Greg Slaughter, their best defender against Fajardo, could still be out early in the series due to an ankle injury.“Our big question mark obviously is whether Greg is gonna play. I would say, if we’re gonna play a day after tomorrow, he won’t play. But if given another day or two, he may play. But we do expect him back some time in the series,” Cone said.“We just hope we don’t fall too far behind without him, whether he can make an impact. That’s the big thing for us, whether Greg can play. That would really help us equalize San Miguel. He’d be the great equalizer.”The semifinals could start as early as Friday and Saturday at the latest depending on the result of the quarterfinals matchup between NLEX and Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READlast_img read more