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Nadal, with Marc López, returns to the doubles three years later

first_imgRafa Nadal may also compete in the doubles of the Indian Wells Masters 1,000, Will probably be held from Monday, March 9 to Sunday 22. Will probably be accomplished with Marc López. Each have been champions of this identical match in two editions (2010 and 2012), though the nice feat of this pair was the Olympic gold of Rio 2016. For Nadal, it means returning to this modality three years later. Exactly in Indian Wells, he paired with the Australian Bernard Tomic. They fell in the second spherical. Since then, not counting Davis, ATP Cup or Laver Cup, Nadal had not competed in the circuit. The duo enters the field at the invitation of the match director, former Tommy Haas. Collectively with López, Nadal gained two different titles: in Doha (2009 and 2011). In complete, eleven twisted with quite a few totally different {couples}: Pablo Carreño, Juan Monaco, Tommy Robredo, Albert Costa and Alex López. The latter was the first of them, in 2003.The opposite match invitation in doubles is for Novak Djokovic, who can have his compatriot Victor Troicki as a pair. Being the first 1,000 Masters of the match, earlier than the dizzying tempo of the calendar begins, Gamers have extra probability of alternating singles and doubles.last_img read more

Diego Carlos: “The rivals are already taking advantage of my physique”

first_imgWas it an advantage at the beginning of the year to be almost unknown? Has anything changed these months?I have noticed how some rivals have changed things in their game or have come directly to look for me to try to take advantage of my physique and that they are called for fouls or penalties in favor. The only thing I can do is be calm and focused to try to avoid those things affecting me or the team either.And how have you reacted to that?I have changed things that I used to do in France so that they do not affect me negatively in LaLiga games. Each striker has his style and I try to adapt to it.Are the hands an example of that game change?It is becoming more complicated for us. The play against Atlético I have not seen any image in which he sees that it is a hand, but it was that in the game it was clear that he hit him with his shoulder. In addition, it came from a diversion of one of their players, so it could not be voluntary. There are plays that the referees have to understand that are not voluntary. LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of March 15, 2020 How does Sevilla feel that the competition stops?We are very focused on what we have to do each game and very happy because the work is being rewarded with the results that we were lacking. The break comes at a bad time because the team was very good but we have to stay focused to return with the same force when the competition resumes.And the first year of Diego Carlos in Spain, how is it going?Everything is really going perfect for me. I feel important in the team, I always feel the love of the fans, everyone is speaking very well of my game both in Spain and in Brazil … But the goal is to continue doing it just as well.center_img Is it frustrating for a defender?We can only be patient and know that for the defenders the matter has been complicated. We have to be very careful with our hands, not to protest while reviewing the VAR no matter how long we have to wait … Likewise Jesús Navas has to focus on the rival’s hands instead of the area to look for finishers.How did the locker room pass the bad streak after Miranda de Ebro?There was no question in the locker room. We knew it was a phase of the season, that all teams go through that but we were convinced that we were doing a good job that had to give results.The break will leave you without a derby for now …I had dreamed a lot about the derby at home. I imagined the fans having a big party and all together in the field as a family. I have in my head everything that can happen inside the stadium in such an exciting match. I hope that sooner or later everything I had imagined of a derby in Sánchez Pizjuán can come true.Did you experience something similar in Ligue 1?In France the Nantes derby was against Rennes. There is a great atmosphere but I have already lived a derby in the field of Betis, I have seen what our fans did there with the few that there were and I am very excited to dream of what our people can do in a game like this in our house.Who explained to Diego Carlos what a derby is?He had not signed for Sevilla and he already knew what the derby was. Everyone who came to talk to me to sign told me. When I arrived, I was on the street in August and the people from Seville told me that too. They are games that the fans win, being together as a family is easier.You can see him looking forward to living a game like this.Every time I jump on the field and look at the stands, it makes me very happy. I am very happy to see people sing the anthem and feel how the games live. So I want it to be a boiler when we play against Betis.There were already some Brazilians like Daniel Alves, Renato or Luis Fabiano who won derbies with their goals …In my head the first thing that is is to defend my team so that they do not mark us. But when there is a corner … I will go with everything so that there is another Brazilian from Sevilla giving the victory in a derby.last_img read more

Meralco Manila repulses Kaya

first_img“The players stepped up and we are fortunate to have good subs,” said Manila coach Aris Caslib whose team faces JPV at home on Tuesday before clashing with Ceres Negros on Sunday.Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros returned to winning ways after a 5-0 drubbing of JPV Marikina. —CEDELF P. TUPASFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Substitute Jinggoy Valmayor scored in the 92nd minute as Meralco Manila subdued Kaya Makati, 1-0, Saturday night to keep top spot in the Philippines Football League.The former University of the Philippines standout headed home a cross from Daniel Gadia right at the death as the Sparks prevailed in a physical duel between the two Big City rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Team Yellow tames Blue in PVL All-Star LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

WATCH: All the spectacular throwdowns in the 2018 PBA Slam Dunk competition

first_imgPERFECT 40! REY GUEVARRA GETS HIS 4TH SLAM DUNK TITLE! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQpic.twitter.com/mXF9XDSoNn— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018Guevarra edged Palma by just one point in their dunk off as they wound up tied at 75 after their first two attempts in the finals.RELATED STORYStill got it: Rey Guevarra bags PBA Slam Dunk title anew  He brought he sweet stuff to the floor, literally, with this attempt:Sweet as ice cream! Chris Newsome with 38 for this dunk! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQ pic.twitter.com/u7vHpAXU5p— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018GlobalPort’s Lervin Flores also tried to shake things up by doing some flips before skying high for the dunk, but just fell short…way short.Shaqtin Alert! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQ pic.twitter.com/w5qstzJVPj— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Shaqtin Take 2! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQ pic.twitter.com/jPMsWObcsA— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018 Every year, the league’s high-flying players go out of their way and bring out all the tricks to give fans a good show during the PBA Slam Dunk competition, one of the most anticipated side events during the All-Star week.This edition was as entertaining as ever as the participants took the dunk-off during the Batangas leg of the All-Stars on Friday to a whole new level—with some somersaulting, motorcycle and ice cream among others.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vintage Rey Guevarra! 39 for him! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQ pic.twitter.com/NAiVm9F1i1— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018 Here are some of the memorable and the not-so dunks this year:Blackwater’s Renz Palma was a revelation in this year’s competition, impressing everyone with his mad hops—no props needed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown — INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018The young star made it to the Finals along with eventual champion Rey Guevarra and he nearly snatched the crown from one of the league’s slam legends:RENZ PALMA CAN FLY! 39 POINTS! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQpic.twitter.com/VyXVIziuqs— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018Meralco’s Chris Newsome, meanwhile, got creative with his throwdowns—really, REALLY creative—in an all-out effort to retain his Slam Dunk crown.Chris Newsome’s tinikling dunk gets him a 34! #PBAAllStar2018 pic.twitter.com/csTwsQmV4k— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) May 25, 2018 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NO PROPS NEEDED! 39 for Renz Palma! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQpic.twitter.com/K8JIHeOgr6— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018 LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Renz Palma with 37 points! #PBAAllStar2018 pic.twitter.com/UmdXPHOqEl— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) May 25, 2018 Finally! 31 for Lervin Flores! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQ pic.twitter.com/vRh0Sjm37e— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018Phoenix’s Guevarra, meanwhile, showed why he has been lording in this side-event for years and why he deserved a fourth crown, just one short of the record held by KG Canaleta.But this year, he needed to dig deep into his bag of tricks—including jumping over a motorcycle—to beat a younger competitor with fresher legs but Guevarra still managed to wow the crowd with his above the rim magic.Rey Guevarra can’t stop jumping over things! 40 points! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQ pic.twitter.com/VcgeJKEJZD— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 25, 2018 Renz Palma is putting on a show! 40 points! #PBAAllStar2018 | @RLeongsonINQ pic.twitter.com/YNJ5NY3qiJADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew La Salle nears Filoil quarterfinals, downs UE China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentslast_img read more

UAAP: La Salle clobbers UE anew, gains share of no. 3

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The Green Archers tallied their second straight win and tied Far Eastern University at no. 3 with 5-3 records.Last year’s runner-up also swept its season series against the Red Warriors after its 82-72 win in the first round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUE mounted a 10-2 run at the start of the third quarter to cut the deficit to three, 49-46, on Alvin Pasaol’s basket but it was all the fight the Red Warriors could muster.La Salle answered with a 17-3 blast with Encho Serrano tipping in his own miss for the 66-49 lead heading into the fourth. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 awardcenter_img View comments “Going into this game I told them that every win counts especially with how the standings look like right now every win counts,” said La Sallle head coach Louie Gonzalez in Filipino. “We need to respect UE because whoever we’ll face we know we have to put in the work.”“This was a big win for us.”Encho Serrano led La Salle’s offense with 18 points and six rebounds while Season 78 rookie of the year Andrei Caracut had his breakout game of the season with 16 points with six boards.Santi Santillan and Justine Baltazar patrolled La Salle’s paint and came away with a combined 25 points and 14 rebounds.Pasaol carried UE’s offense with 22 points on 10-of27 shooting while grabbing 17 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title De La Salle got a share of the third seed after dismantling University of the East, 79-59, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors get rings, then beat Thunder on NBA opening night Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Mae’s teacher adds salt to wound

first_imgDear Editor,Please allow me a space in your newspaper to vent my anger at a Mae’s Secondary School teacher who teaches Social Studies and Business Education. This teacher decided to argue in favour of his place of employment via social media on May 28th.The incident involved a nine-year-old pupil at the institution being prevented from attending class in full traditional Amerindian wear during a Culture Day.The teacher clearly has limited knowledge of the clothing of our indigenous people. Thus, absolute ignorance! I am deeply sadden by a statement made by the teacher, “…the grass skirt is the female Amerindian wear. Further I say not. Y’all come foh meh now. Cause I find it very stupid that adults thought that the child in the grass skirt would have enjoyed his day at school.” His piece of argument added more salt to the wound.Indigenous people place a great amount of importance on body decorations. Men and women would wear different decorations, including headgear, necklaces, bracelets and armbands all made from things found naturally. Most body decorations are worn during special occasions and ceremonies.It is very fitting that this teacher be disciplined at the earliest. The Amerindian presence in national culture and society is considerable, with a significant impact on national identity, in social existence, and the broad areas of culture. Amerindians must be respected.Sincerely,Michael Isaaclast_img read more

Miller ties benefit developer

first_imgThe FBI has contacted officials in Monrovia and Fontana over Miller’s land sales in those cities. The Brea Republican maintains he has acted above board and within legal and ethical boundaries in both his business and political dealings. In an interview earlier this month, Miller said he should have avoided “joint ventures” with any company he had taken contributions from, because it is “not worth being questioned.” Randall Lewis, executive vice president for Lewis Operating Corp., said in an e-mailed statement that his company’s relationship with Miller is both proper and ethical. “Lewis Group is committed to acting according to the highest ethical standards,” he said. “Our company is proud of its long record of community involvement, which includes both charitable and political contributions. For three generations, Lewis Group has set the standard for our industry and will continue to do so for many generations to come.” In February 2005, Miller requested $1.7 million in federal funds for street improvements next to a former state prison in Whittier, less than a year after the City Council there selected Lewis Operating Corp. as part of a team to redevelop the facility. In the first months of 2005, Rep. Gary Miller recommended three provisions be added to a major transportation bill moving through the House of Representatives. The three provisions had one common thread: They all would have benefited projects proposed by one of the Southland’s biggest real estate developers, Lewis Operating Corp. In those same months, Miller took $8,100 in campaign contributions from top executives at Lewis Operating Corp. for his upcoming re-election bid. Miller ran unopposed. The year before, Miller bought land from Lewis as a way to shelter millions of dollars in profits from an earlier Monrovia land deal. That same year, the congressman secured $1.28 million for upgrades next to a planned housing and retail development he co-owned with Lewis Operating Corp. in Diamond Bar. Miller sold his Diamond Bar properties in August 2005 for between $1 million and $5.5 million, according to federal financial disclosure statements. Also in 2005, Miller promoted legislation that led to the closure of the Rialto Airport, which the Lewis company is also slated to redevelop. Miller inserted language for all three projects in the $286 billion federal omnibus transportation bill then making its way through Congress. Miller, whose 42nd District includes Whittier, Rowland Heights, Diamond Bar, La Habra, La Habra Heights, Chino and Chino Hills, served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the time. The Lewis Operating Corp. plan to develop the Fred C. Nelles Youth Correctional Facility in Whittier eventually fell through, and the language in the airport closure bill was rewritten by Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Redlands. “It is understandable for a congressman to try to steer federal funds to his district,” said Ned Wigglesworth, a policy advocate with California Common Cause, which first raised concerns about Miller’s earmarks for the Diamond Bar improvements in 2005. “But when those actions financially benefit the congressman’s business partner and campaign donor, it raises questions about the integrity of the decisions made in the appropriations process.” A year before Miller worked on the Whittier and Rialto bills, he purchased several properties from Lewis Operating Corp. in Fontana. The deals allowed Miller to shield millions in potential capital gains taxes from a land sale he made in 2002, in Monrovia. Miller said he went to Lewis officials and asked if the company had any property he could buy. The company offered several parcels it had planned to sell to the city of Fontana. Miller bought them in 2004 and later sold them to the city himself for a small profit. The Lewis company was Miller’s third largest contributor in the 2004 congressional election, donating $10,000 to his campaign. The top contributor was Lytle Development, at $13,998, followed by the National Association of Mortgage Brokers at $10,400. Miller faced only token opposition. Miller has denied any wrongdoing in the sale of his Monrovia and Fontana properties and he said his work on legislation involving the Rialto Airport and the Diamond Bar street improvements was initiated at the request of those cities, not his business partners or campaign contributors. Miller spokesman Scott Toussaint denied the congressman ever requested federal money for Whittier Boulevard improvements. Whittier City Manager Stephen Helvey sent a letter to Miller in March 2004 that asked the congressman to help secure $1.5 million in federal funds for Whittier Boulevard improvements. A group of developers that included Lewis was selected to develop the Nelles property two months later. Helvey and former Miller spokesman Kevin McKee said in March 2005 that the congressman had included a request for $1.7 million for the improvements in the federal transportation bill. The money was to go to improve traffic flow and buy blighted property along the western portion of the boulevard, near Nelles, Helvey said. The relationship between the Lewis group and Miller does not appear to have played a role in the city’s decision to have the company and its partners develop the prison property, according to Whittier council members. But Councilman Owen Newcomer said the group’s broader political connections were a factor in the selection process. “It was our belief that they had good connections with the Schwarzenegger administration,” Newcomer said, adding that he does not remember Lewis’ ties to Miller ever coming up in the selection process. “I would not say it was the most important factor, but it was one of the factors.” Newcomer said he probably knew then, and certainly knows now, that Miller has had business relationships with the Lewis company. The western portion of Whittier Boulevard is not in Miller’s district. In the end, the state decided to sell the prison property to another developer, Meruelo Maddux out of Los Angeles. The deal is on hold while the state considers whether to reopen the facility as a prison. While Whittier officials insist no nexus existed between Miller and the Nelles development deal, Rialto officials have acknowledged that politics played a key role in the Rialto Airport deal. Hillwood Development Corp. – founded by H. Ross Perot Jr. – teamed with Lewis Operating Corp. to develop the Rialto Airport land. They were selected in part for their connections in government, said Rialto City Administrator Henry Garcia. Garcia said the city needed to find developers that could help get the airport closed, since the Federal Aviation Administration had already turned down Rialto’s request to shut it down. Miller said he met with Lewis and Rialto officials before working on legislation that would eventually allow the closure of the airport. He said his involvement was solely at the request of Rialto officials, even though Rialto is not in his district. “In 1985 I did the biggest development project constructed until then in Rialto, and the city was very good to work with,” Miller said. “So when they called me to help them out, I did. I never asked anyone to do anything for Lewis.” Ian Gregor, an FAA spokesman, said it is practically unheard of for an airport to be closed down through legislation. “It was such an unusual occurrence, pretty much unprecedented,” said Gregor, whose agency typically has the final say on airport closures. “It is not something we expect will happen again.” Miller’s brushes with conflict-of-interest allegations date to his days as a Diamond Bar City Council member. In 1992, the California Fair Political Practices Commission fined then-Covina Councilman Christopher Lancaster $1,750 for voting on a resolution that would have allowed Covina to annex 52 acres of unincorporated land. Miller, who held an option to buy the property, had paid Lancaster $8,000 to work on his failed campaign for the state Senate less than a year earlier. Lancaster, now an advertising executive based at the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, said he approached Miller with the resolution to annex the property. Covina never annexed the property and Miller never exercised his option on the land. “You look at the combination of stuff \ has done – from earmarks to his own real estate deals – and by any standard or ethical behavior for a legislator it does not pass the smell test,” said Norman Ornstein, a scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. “I can’t tell you that this is illegal, but what I can tell you is that this is no way for a member of Congress to behave.” Staff Writer Jason Pesick contributed to this story. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 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

Christian teens face off with Bay Area progressives

first_imgBy the tens of thousands, Christian teens poured into San Francisco on Friday for a two-day evangelical extravaganza where they would rock, pray and provoke progressives, who accused the movement of working toward a theocracy endangering “San Francisco values.” BattleCry, a cross between a rock concert and a war rally, began with a showdown on the steps of San Francisco City Hall as both sides accused the other of intolerance. “These people are no better than the Taliban – Christian soldiers,” said Joel Cook, 47, from Alameda. On the other side of the philosophical breach Eden West, a 16-year-old Christian, said of a man holding a sign proclaiming he was both gay and Christian, “If he really loved God, he wouldn’t be gay.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The dueling rallies were the first course in a two-day evangelical event known as BattleCry, where 22,000 people were expected at AT&T Park to celebrate God while rejecting aspects of pop culture. Divided by a street as well as ideology, BattleCry participants waved red banners and yelled that they were taking back their generation as progressives carried a blue banner depicting fornicating stick figures and the phrase “Sodomy Rocks.” “We only get this welcome in San Francisco,” said Ron Luce, founder of evangelical ministry Teen Mania. “It makes the culture war clear: There are different sets of values in America.”last_img read more

It all adds up

first_img“He told me about getting the Distinguished School honor, which was great. But then I asked if he could check to see if we got the \ award,” Boline said. “So he checked and said, `You saved me from making another phone call to you because you got that award as well.’ “It’s a very big honor for us, and the faculty has worked so hard in our five academies,” Boline added. The academies offer career training in automotive, business, health, culinary/hospitality and architecture/engineering, Boline said. “There are a lot of good things happening at Cal High,” he added. This year’s distinguished schools represent about 7 percent of the state’s middle and high schools, state officials said. Of the 478 eligible schools, only 279 schools completed an application, which included in-depth descriptions of curriculum, instructional program, support for students and school climate. WHITTIER – Whittier Union High School District officials had much to crow about Tuesday after two of the district’s five campuses – California and Santa Fe high schools – were among 171 schools in the state to be named California Distinguished Schools. During his announcement of this year’s distinguished schools, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell also gave special kudos to 2,960-student Cal High for its five career academies, handing it an Exemplary Career Technical Education Program award. Cal High was among three distinguished schools in the state – and the only one in Los Angeles County – to receive the career tech award, which honors schools that provide a foundation of career programs and services in which all students can participate. “It’s been great,” said Cal High Principal Rich Boline, who said he was personally notified about both honors during a phone call Monday from O’Connell. The Distinguished Schools designation lasts through 2011, officials said. For Santa Fe High, the road to becoming a California Distinguished School wasn’t easy, said Principal Monica Oviedo. The 2,700-student school was initially denied because its application didn’t score high enough. But school officials became suspicious because the areas where judges said they were lacking were among the school’s strongest points. So they appealed, Oviedo said. “We couldn’t write anything new, we just had to show them in our application where we talked about our diversity, how we prepare students for college and the kinds of support services we offer,” Oviedo said. “And one county official told us we were the only school that appealed and was granted the appeal,” Oviedo said. “So we were thrilled. “This is huge for our community, students and staff. We know how hard it is working every day, especially with the recent changes in the state and accountability,” she added. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Official: Gun-toting student no threat

first_imgLANCASTER – A Desert Winds High School student arrested Wednesday on suspicion of bringing a firearm onto school property did not pose an immediate threat to fellow students, a district official said. The Antelope Valley Union High School District official familiar with the case said student Marques Howard, 18, carried a 9mm semiautomatic firearm because he feared for his personal safety in his neighborhood – not on the Lancaster campus where he was arrested. Howard was jailed on suspicion of carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a firearm on school grounds, both misdemeanors. Bail is $50,000. District Assistant Superintendent Tim Azevedo said Howard had no history of causing significant disturbances and hadn’t made threats against students, faculty or staffers. “From what we’ve gathered, there was no intent to cause harm to anyone at the school.” Azevedo said Howard faces disciplinary action from the district, including possible expulsion. Desert Winds is a continuation school. Sheriff’s deputies from Lancaster’s Station School Safety Unit were dispatched to Desert Winds after the district notified authorities that a student was suspected of being in possession of a firearm. 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