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first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaWith getting children ready for school, feeding them a healthy breakfast, making sure they get home safely and taking them to practices, today’s parents have a lot on their plates.Actual schoolwork can get lost in the rush. A key to children’s success is paying attention to what goes on during the eight hours they spend at school.“I came across a recent survey in one state that said fewer than 20 percent of parents are in regular contact with their child’s school and teacher,” said Don Bower, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension human development specialist. “Nobody is happy with that.”As teachers and schools search for ways to engage their students, sometimes the one missing element is parental involvement. Eighth-grade teacher Julie Crow said the best way a parent can connect with a child’s teachers is to show up at parent-teacher conferences.“We make a lot of appointments, and I bet about 60 percent of them don’t show up,” she said.Crow teaches mathematics at East Jackson Middle School in Commerce, Ga. Parents there can also meet with teachers when they pick up their child’s report card.“It seems like a lot of parents come when their child is in sixth grade,” she said. “But by the time they get to eighth grade, not as many parents come.”When students reach middle school, Bower said, many parents tend to believe their student is more independent and responsible. In fact, parents may need to be in closer contact with their child’s teacher during these challenging years, he said.“In middle school and high school, students have issues of bigger crowds and less one-to-one contact,” he said. “Typically at the middle school level, many parents are overwhelmed with trying to meet all the teachers and keep up with what’s going on in all those classes.”Bower said a solution to the teacher overload would be for a parent to find someone at the school who knows the child and to talk to that person regularly.“The most effective systems are where both the school and the parent understand the learning goals of the student and work together to achieve those goals,” he said. “That’s done in an environment where responsibility and power are shared between the school and the parents.”Sometimes, parents doubt the necessity of parent-teacher conferences, he said.“For some, it informs them of a situation to begin with,” Crow said. “So many parents don’t know what’s happening in their kids’ lives. For some parents, the conference doesn’t do anything. For others, it goes home and lights a fire.”Bower and Crow offer these tips on what parents can do to communicate with their child’s teachers.1. Use the Web. “More than 95 percent of schools now have their own Web sites,” Bower said. “Using the Web also makes it much easier, especially for parents gone during traditional hours.” Web use could include something as common as e-mail. However, many schools now post a student’s password-protected grades and homework online.2. Call. “The old standby is telephone contact between the parent and teacher,” Bower said. “Make sure to call during the teacher’s free period if the teacher has one. Parents need to understand when it’s a good time to reach the teacher.” Teachers generally only have about an hour and a half per day to call a parent back as well as complete other projects, Crow said.3. Ask the child about homework assignments, tests and notes from the teacher. Talk to your student. “I think parents need to do more than just meet with their student’s teachers at conferences,” Crow said, “even if it’s not necessarily to talk to me more, but talking to their kids more.”last_img read more

‘Unmissable’ Match: Master Dribbler, Okocha, Takes on Ace Defender Puyol

first_imgThat is the setting when Okocha leads the ‘Shine Shine Bobo’ squad, depicting the Star Lager Beer, to face a Puyol “The Wall” -inspired team, tagged The Chairman Team.The ‘Chairman Team’ depicts Heineken, the Chairman of International Premium Beers and official partner of UEFA and UEFA Champions League since 1994.The ‘Unmissable’ Match is part of the UEFA Champions League Tour. Football fans will be the major beneficiaries when both brands from the stable of Nigeria Breweries line out iconic stars to feature in ‘Unmissable’ Match on April 16 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.The match will feature 20 minutes each half, with a mixture of footballers from Akwa United Football club, selected Heineken consumers and ex-Nigerian international footballers such as Mutiu Adepoju, Daniel Amokachi, Austin Eguavoen and Uche Okechukwu playing for either side of ‘Unmissable’ Match.Carlos Puyol will captain the Chairman team of Heineken while former Super Eagles captain, Okocha will captain the Shine Shine Bobo team of Star.Already, in a trending video on social media, Okocha is calling on the public to be part of the excitement. Tickets, are already in distribution to fans via outlets in Uyo and environs, just as listeners have been engaged on radio programmes with several tickets already won and some lucky fans have won the right to be at the Consumers’ later in the evening.The ‘Unmissable’ Match is a complimentary moment to the visit of the UEFA Champions League Trophy for the third time since 2009 and 2014. It is the first time the tour would be held outside Lagos and it will give teeming football fans the unique opportunity to come close to the iconic trophy and have photo opportunity to it and its ambassador, Carlos Puyol courtesy of Heineken, the International premium lager beer.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram It promises a thrill of epic proportion when two global iconic footballers featuring in contrasting positions clash. This is the setting at the ‘Unmissable’ Match holding in Uyo on April 16.Austin Jay Jay Okocha, a master dribbler, will be leading an array of stars who will attempt to break a defensive wall marshalled by former FC Barcelona central defender, Carles Puyol Saforcada who is better known as Puyol.He was a three-time winner of the UEFA Champions League trophy with FC Barcelona in 2006, 2009 and 2011. On the other hand, Okocha featured in three straight World Cup competitions for Nigeria in 1994, 1998 and 2002 and was one of the top 125 living footballers in the world named by the legendary Brazilian football icon, Pelé some years ago. Significantly, only five players from Africa made the list. Austin Okochalast_img read more

Pacers offseason preview: Free agency could shake up Indiana’s roster

first_imgHe’s got some talent, but if the Pacers bring back Young and make no moves on Sabonis or Turner, it’ll be tough for Leaf to find a consistent role with this team.Wait till next year: The Pacers will get Oladipo back, and it might take some time for him to get comfortable trusting his body. But once he returns to full capacity, this will again be an exciting team that belongs with, or at least near, the top contenders in the East.How seriously they can be taken as contenders depends largely on how their free-agency situations turn out this summer. Indiana has difficult decisions ahead, but if the Pacers fill the roles around Oladipo wisely, they can be a 50-win team next season. Big issue 1: Whatever happens with the Pacers in terms of personnel changes, the near future hinges on Victor Oladipo recovering from the torn quad tendon he suffered in January. He’s been making progress and posted an Instagram video in late March showing him walking without a brace. There is some confidence he can return to the floor in time for the start of next season.That’s a necessity. Oladipo suffered with a sore knee early in the season and played only 36 games this season, never quite getting into his usual groove, averaging 18.8 points on 42.3 percent shooting (down from 23.1 points on 47.7 percent shooting). Even with that reduced production, the Pacers were 25-11 when he played and 23-23 without him. In clutch situations, without Oladipo, the Pacers simply had no shot creation. Before his injury, Indiana was the top NBA team in clutch-situation efficiency (score within five points with five minutes or fewer to play), with a net rating of plus-29.5. After his injury, they were 21st, at minus-7.3.That showed up in the playoff sweep to the Celtics, with three games featuring clutch situations. The Pacers lost all three, with a net rating of minus-74.4. Godspeed, Victor.OFFSEASON PREVIEWS:Lakers | Knicks | Bulls | Pelicans | MavericksBig issue 2: The Pacers’ two most promising players beyond Oladipo are center Myles Turner and Domantas Sabonis, who also happens to be a center. At an NBA moment when small lineups are must-haves, having your No. 2 and 3 players both occupy the 5-spot is tricky business.The Pacers got around that by using Sabonis as a sixth man, limiting the time he spent on the floor with Turner. But Sabonis was excellent this year, averaging 14.1 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 59.0 percent from the field.Turner (13.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, a league-best 2.7 blocks) was very good as well and has developed into a top-tier rim protector while making 38.8 percent of his 3-point shots. Turner signed a contract extension last year that will pay him $72 million over four years, starting next season.Sabonis is eligible for a similar extension this summer, and if a deal is not reached, he could be a restricted free agent next year.The Pacers have a few choices, then. They can anticipate the problem and trade either Turner or Sabonis this summer. They could give the two a chance at coexisting next season and, if the experiment fails, look to make a trade — of either Turner or Sabonis — at the deadline. Or they could keep Sabonis in his sixth-man role.Each choice has its benefits and risks. But the Pacers have two very talented young players and need to figure out how to maximize them.Free-agent outlook: Four of the players in the starting five for the Pacers in the playoffs will be free agents this summer — Thad Young, Bojan Bogdanovic, Darren Collison and Oladipo’s fill-in, Wes Matthews. Their seventh and eighth men, Cory Joseph and Tyreke Evans, are also free agents.That’s six major free agents on the market for Indiana. Oladipo, Turner and Sabonis are the only regulars under contract for next year.That’s a pretty good trio, and it would make sense for the Pacers to seek out a max-level free agent to lure to Indiana. But for guys like Kevin Durant, Jimmy Butler, Kyrie Irving and Kawhi Leonard, the Pacers just do not figure to be major players.So which players will we be back? The Pacers could keep one of Matthews or Evans at a reasonable price. Neither was exceptional in Indiana, but they’re decent veteran pieces. Certainly, the Pacers don’t need both and could look to fill the bench-scorer’s role with someone else entirely.The Pacers will also have decisions to make at point guard. There was a sense that Aaron Holiday would take over the starting role by the end of the season, but he was not ready for the job, and Collison played very well. Cory Joseph is a so-so backup option.Collison turns 32 this summer, but his performance warrants a decent contract, and perhaps even a starting role somewhere. How much would Indiana be willing to commit to him, knowing that the team wants to transition to Holiday? And would Collison be willing to accept a role that is built around that transition?  NBA PLAYOFFS 2019:Full schedule | Picks from first round to FinalsOr do the Pacers take a swing at a local guy who will be on the move this summer — Memphis’ Mike Conley? Conley started at Lawrence North High School and could be had for minimal return. But the Pacers would have to take on the remaining two years and $67 million of his contract, a tough pill to swallow for a guy who has had injury issues.The two forward spots will present the Pacers with their biggest challenge. Both Young and Bogdanovic have been critical parts of the Pacers’ rise the past two seasons, with Young as the gritty glue guy and Bogdanovic as the X-factor wing scorer who complements Oladipo.But both are 30. Young can probably be had at a reasonable price, and it would be a surprise if the Pacers let him walk. Even if starting Sabonis means moving Young to the bench, he is still a terrific role player.Bogdanovic, though, had a career year, averaging 18.0 points on 49.7 percent shooting, making 42.5 percent of his 3s. He will be a commodity on the market this summer, especially for those teams flush with cap space who miss out on the top free agents.He could get an overpay offer in the three-year, $70 million range, and it’s hard to imagine the Pacers doling out that kind of money for a 30-year-old whose best season happened to come ahead of free agency.Much will depend on the market, of course. The Pacers won’t bring back all six free agents. Two or three should return, which might give some opportunities to the team’s younger guys.The young folks: We’ve covered the Sabonis-Turner dilemma, and both will be 23 to start next season. There’s some youth to be excited about there.Holiday averaged 5.9 points and 1.7 assists in 12.9 minutes this season, getting erratic playing time. His name came up in trade rumors in February, and though the Pacers were never close to moving him, the rumors were a reflection on how other teams valued him.But coach Nate McMillan was trying to maximize this season for the Pacers, and that meant Holiday just didn’t see the floor much. He played 20-plus minutes only 14 times this year. It’s an open question as to whether that was just McMillan being typically tough on a rookie or if he saw something he didn’t like from Holiday.MORE: McMillan says Pacers could “look different next season”It’s a safe bet Holliday will get a chance at the starting job next season, unless the team does pursue a top-line point guard like Conley.The Pacers also got some decent signs from second-year forward T.J. Leaf, though it’s difficult to say what, exactly, Leaf will be as an NBA player. He entered the league as a stretch-4, having made 46.6 percent of his 3s in one year at UCLA, but here in his second NBA year, the Pacers wanted him to focus on his post-up game — 31 percent of his shots were 3s as a rookie, but only 17 percent in Year 2.last_img read more

David Ortiz’s condition upgraded to ‘good;’ prosecutors set to reveal motive, plot behind shooting

first_img“We remain grateful to everyone who has helped David through this ordeal, both in the Dominican Republic and here in Boston. David’s journey to good health has been bolstered by the many expressions of love that have come to us from across the globe. Your support has lifted his spirits tremendously during this challenging time.”The #RedSox today issued the following statement on behalf of Tiffany Ortiz: pic.twitter.com/WRTQJD9KLq— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) June 18, 2019The retired Red Sox star had been listed in “guarded” condition in recent days. He underwent surgery in the Dominican Republic following the shooting, and doctors removed his gallbladder and part of his intestines. He was then transported to Boston. David Ortiz’s condition has been upgraded to “good,” his wife Tiffany reported Wednesday, nine days after he was shot in his native Dominican Republic.“This morning, David’s condition was upgraded to ‘good’ by his doctors and he continues to make progress with his recovery in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital,” Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement released by the Red Sox. The 43-year-old Ortiz was at a Santo Domingo bar the night of June 9 when a suspect shot him at close range. Thus far, 11 people have been taken into custody in connection with the shooting. Boston’s WCVB TV reports that prosecutors are expected to reveal the motive and plot behind the shooting Wednesday.Ortiz, affectionately known as “Big Papi,” was a 10-time All-Star who led the Red Sox to three World Series titles.last_img read more

Today’s news: Argonia basketball, WMS wrestling, Mulvane update and league standings

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Argonia splits, Wellington Middle School wrestlers opened play, Mulvane Wildcat Classic update and updated league standings…SCBL play…With the South-Central Border League Tournament having just been played, most Sumner County teams elected not to play the Tuesday after. Argonia and Udall were the exceptions.Argonia girls beat Udall 40-34 (despite what the Wichita Eagle says). The Red Raiders are still without one of their leading scorers, Jaci Peetom, who was injured over the holidays.Udall opened with a 12-9 first quarter lead, but Argonia used a 15-4 output in the second quarter to lead 24-16 at the half. The Red Raiders doubled Udall in the third with a 10-5 output to lead 32-21 in the fourth. The Eagles made a furious comeback in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Red Raiders 19-12, but the comeback fell short.Haylea Hessman was the leading scorer with 17 points. Faith Gaddie had 14.The Argonia boys had no luck with Udall in the follow-up game. SCBL Girls Belle Plaine01029.182 Udall124519—40 13.25068.429 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Conway Springs101.00073.700 WL TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. LeagueOverall Flinthills Over-all Argonia Udall Central Plains League Boys Chaparral101.00036.333 Augusta05028.200 Updated league basketball standings:Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail-Division IV – Boys Garden Plain000101.909 Belle Plaine030211.154 Argonia99125—35 WL Wellington32.60073.700 04.000210.167 Elk Valley South Haven30.100085.615 Clearwater32.60063.667 Wichita Collegiate14.20035.375 West Elk Argonia: Fitch 8, Gaddie 14, Drouhard 2, Hessman 17, Allen 5.Udall: SHach 3, Loos 5, Perez 9, Benvin 5, D. Holmes 10, A. Hoffman 2, K. Hoffman 6.Boys: Udall 78, Argonia 35 30.100092.818 Cheney21.667103.769 Douglass11.50074.636 Garden Plain01058.385 Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail-Division IV – Girls Conway Springs11.50067.462 13.250311.273 30.100094.692 31.667103.769 22.50058.385 Central Plains League – Girls LeagueOverall TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Wichita Trinity201.00075.583 Udall2722138—70  Bluestem00038.273 Flinthills Argonia9151012—44 Chaparral11.500310.231 Sedan 31.75094.692 12.333111.083 SCBLBoys  30.100075.583 Argonia: Dickerson 3, Tracy 3, Dolley 1, Thompson 6, Harsh 2, Swart 1.Udall: BProbst 35, Satterlee 5, Williams 10, Loos 3, C. Perez 4, A. Perez 4, Weber 11, Houdeshel 3, Turner 2.Mulvane Tournament update: With the Wellington girls advancing to the second round of the Mulvane Wildcat Tournament, they were idle Tuesday. The scores for the tournament were:Clearwater 42 Winfield 33, and Mulvane 51 Campus 34. Wellington battles Garden Plain at 7:15 p.m. Clearwater and Mulvane follows. Wichita Independent010103.769 Central WL South Haven30.1000112.846 Wellington Middle School: The WMS wrestlers opened their season Tuesday. They lost to Hutchinson 65-39 and 66-33 to Arkansas City. Wellington Middle School basketball teams will play Thursday against Goddard Eisenhower. Boys are at home and girls are on the road. Circle32.60064.600 Girls: Argonia 44 Udall 40 21.66777.500 Wichita Independent00029.182 Wellington14.20057.417 Central LeagueOverall Augusta23.40058.385 Bluestem010310.231 Argonia 13.25058.385 TeamWinsLossPct.WinsLossPct. Elk Valley West Elk Oxford 03.00048.250 Medicine Lodge21.66758.385 13.25048.333 Douglass21.66767.462 30.100084.667 WL Circle14.200210.167 Clearwater32.60083.727 Sedan Caldwell Cheney01055.500 Wichita Collegiate32.60084.667 Andale501.0001001.000 LeagueOverall CVDX CVDX Oxford 03.00039.250 Andale501.000111.917 Medicine Lodge02019.100 Udall Caldwell League Wichita Trinity301.00085.615 31.750121.923 03.00058.385 12.33358.385 04.000210.167last_img read more