Australia lets woman travel to see dying sister

first_imgBANGKOK – A New Zealand woman has been reunited with her dying sister in Australia after gaining an exemption from pandemic travel restrictions on compassionate grounds. Australia had rejected Christine Archer’s request for permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story attracted media attention. Christine Archer, right, and her sister Gail Baker cry as they are reunited in Bowraville, Australia Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Australia had rejected Archer’s request for permission to fly from New Zealand four times before her story attracted media attention. Her only sister Baker was diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer in late March after both countries stopped international travel. Baker has perhaps weeks to live. Archer was eventually allowed to fly to Sydney and spent only a week in hotel quarantine before testing negative for the coronavirus. (AuBC via AP) Her only sister Gail Baker was diagnosed with incurable ovarian cancer in late March after both countries stopped international travel. Archer was eventually allowed to fly to Sydney and spent only a week in hotel quarantine before testing negative for the coronavirus. International travelers are usually quarantined for two weeks. (AP)last_img read more

2,000-foot drug smuggling tunnel discovered beneath U.S.-Mexico border

first_imgFederal agents discovered a drug smuggling tunnel that leads from Tijuana, Mexico, to a warehouse in Otay Mesa.The investigation started after officials suspected smuggling of narcotics into the U.S. via a cross-border tunnel. The U.S. exit point was discovered after the execution of the warrant, the San Diego Tunnel Task Force said.The tunnel is about 2,000 feet long, has an average depth of 31 feet and is three-feet wide through most of the passageway, according to authorities. Authorities estimate the tunnel to have been in existence for several months.Authorities seized five different types of drugs including, 1,300 pounds of cocaine, 86 pounds of methamphetamine, 17 pounds of heroin, 3,000 pounds of marijuana and more than two pounds of fentanyl, for a total of  $29.6 million in mixed drugs.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports — Rayjon Tucker scored 18 points as the Jazz beat the Spurs 118-112, ending San Antonio string of playoff appearances at 23. Keldon Johnson scored 24 points to lead seven Spurs in double figures. — Buddy Hield (heeld) nailed a 3-pointer that capped Sacramento’s streak of 11 consecutive baskets made in the third period of a 136-122 win over the Lakers. Hield finished with 28 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich) had 27 for the Kings, who made 21 3-pointers. Most Lakers starters were held out, but LeBron James played the first half and had 17 points in 15 minutes.— The Wizards picked up their lone win in the restart as Thomas Bryant had 26 points and nine rebounds lead a 96-90 decision over the Celtics. Troy Brown Jr. added 17 points and eight rebounds against Boston, which rested its starters after clinching the third seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. MLB-SCHEDULEMets win is quite Nido August 13, 2020 — The Cardinals’ series opener against the White Sox has been postponed to Saturday, giving the Redbirds an extra day to recover from a coronavirus outbreak. The Cards, who haven’t played since July 29 and were set to resume their season Friday night in Chicago. NFL-NEWSAP source: Kittle agrees to 5-year extension with 49ersUNDATED (AP) — All-Pro George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers, a record for tight ends. According to, the previous high for annual value on a multiyear contract for a tight end was the four-year, $42 million deal Austin Hooper signed this offseason in Cleveland. In other Stanley Cup first-round action:— The Golden Knights squandered leads of 2-0 and 3-2 before Reilly Smith scored 7:13 into overtime to give them a 4-3 win over the Blackhawks. The Knights wasted leads of 2-0 and 3-2 in the second period before taking a 2-0 lead in the series. Paul Stastny (STAS’-nee), Tomas Nosek (tah-MAHS’ NOH’-shehk) and Mark Stone also tallied for Vegas.NHL-CANADIENS-JULIENCanadiens coach hospitalized with chest painsTORONTO (AP) — Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin (BERZH’-eh-vin) says coach Claude Julien was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital after experiencing chest pains Wednesday night. The 60-year-old Julien remained in the hospital Thursday afternoon while more tests were being conducted to determine the cause of his condition. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUNDATED (AP) — Major college football will be the only championship decided by the NCAA, and the prospect of holding that still hangs in the balance.The NCAA has called off all fall championship events except for major college football because of the limited number of schools competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball during the first semester.NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in a video posted on Twitter, although it has been clear this was coming as conferences canceled fall sports seasons because of the coronvirus pandemic. Elsewhere on the major league schedule:— Yu Darvish carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning and Kyle Schwarber belted a solo homer as the Cubs downed the Brewers, 4-2. Darvish struck out 11 over seven innings and didn’t allow a hit until Justin Smoak led off the seventh with a homer. The Cubs are 13-3 for the first time since 1907.— The Rays have a six-game winning streak after Mike Zunino belted a three-run homer and collected four RBIs in a 17-8 dismantling of the Red Sox. Hunter Renfroe homered twice and drove in three, while Brandon Lowe had three ribbies.— The Orioles completed a three-game sweep as Pedro Severino and Rio Ruiz homered in an 11-4 blasting of the Phillies. Thomas Eshelman allowed two runs and four hits in five innings to earn his second career win. — Solo homers by Adam Frazier, Colin Moran and Gregory Polanco helped the Pirates beat the Reds, 9-5 and end a three-game skid. Polanco homered and walked with the bases loaded while Pittsburgh erupted for seven runs in the second inning to take a 9-0 lead. NHL-SCHEDULEKopisalo, Jackets tie seriesUNDATED (AP) — It took the Columbus Jackets a while to get going following their five-overtime loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fortunately for the Jackets, netminder Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh) was just as sharp as he performed while making a playoff-record 85 saves two days earlier.The Stanley Cup first-round series is tied at a game apiece after Korpisalo stopped 36 shots to lead Columbus to a 3-1 win over the Lightning. He blanked the Bolts after Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahf) scored 5:26 after the opening faceoff to give Tampa Bay a brief lead.Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand provided first-period goals to put the Blue Jackets ahead to stay. Bjorkstrand’s goal came on a power play with 1:25 left in the period. Bergevin said the situation is not COVID-19 related. The 60-year-old coach is not expected to be back behind the bench for the rest of the team’s first-round series against Philadelphia. Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over Julien’s role in an interim basis. NBA-SCHEDULESuns finish with perfect record after restartLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns had the worst record among all Western Conference playoff hopefuls going into the NBA restart. They are now on the verge of earning a spot in the play-in game after going 7-0 in the restart. UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) says he will enter the U.S. Open and the hard-court tuneup tournament preceding it in New York this month. Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu (an-dree-EHS’-koo) has pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament. She says the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition. NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSenators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rightsWASHINGTON (AP) — A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill of rights. It calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions.” center_img Associated Press Devin Booker scored 23 of his 27 points while the Suns dominated the first half of a 128-102 trouncing of the Mavericks. Phoenix shot 66% in the opening half to take a 76-57 lead.Dario Saric scored 16 points for Phoenix, which will qualify for Saturday’s Western Conference play-in game if the Trail Blazers lose to the Nets tonight.Memphis wrapped up a spot in the play-in game with a 119-106 victory over the Bucks. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH’-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO’-nuhs) and Ja (jah) Morant each had triple-doubles, while Dillon Brooks added 31 points in the Grizzlies’ second wire-to-wire win of the season.Valanciunas had 26 points, 19 rebounds and 12 assists for his first triple-double in 559 NBA games. Morant had 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.In other NBA action: Emmert said the NCAA would prioritize staging championships in winter and spring sports because those — including the NCAA basketball tournaments— were canceled when COVID-19 first spiked across the United States in March.The decision comes after The Big Sky, West Coast and Southern conferences announced Thursday that they are the latest Division I leagues to postpone its fall sports schedule. New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions. The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring.Moving fall sports to the spring still must go through the Division I Council, which is comprised of representatives of all 32 conferences. It also would need approval by the DI Board of Directors. The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. The NCAA is in the process of changing its rules to permit athletes to earn money off their names, images and likenesses for things like endorsements and appearances. The association has asked for help from Congress to relieve pressure from state lawmakers. PGA-WYNDHAM CHAMPIONSHIP3-way tie for clubhouse leadGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Harold Varner III, Tom Hoge and Roger Sloan share the clubhouse lead after shooting 8-under 62 in the first round of the PGA’s Wyndham Championship in North Carolina. Serena beats Venus to take 31st meetingLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams came back and won the last four games to beat her older sister, Venus, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a hard-hitting, back-and-forth, second-round matchup at the Top Seed Open on Thursday. It was the 31st meeting of their careers and it came 22½ years after the first.Venus is 40, and Serena turns 39 next month, making their combined age the highest in a WTA match since 2004, when Martina Navratilova, 47, played Amy Frazier, 31.TENNIS-US OPENNo. 1 Novak Djokovic says he’ll play at US Open, after all UNDATED (AP) — New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (TOH’-mahs NEE’-doh) carried a career .193 batting average into Thursday’s game against the Washington Nationals, hitting five home runs in 93 games. Nido broke out in the Mets’ 8-2 romp over the Nats, hitting a two-run homer in the fourth inning and a grand slam in the fifth. He is just the fifth catcher in Mets history to hit at least two homers and collect at least six RBIs in a game.Rookie David Peterson improved to 3-1, allowing an unearned run and one hit over five innings to help New York gain a four-game split.But Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off with a left knee injury after crashing into the wall to rob Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit. Manager Luis Rojas says McNeile is day to day after X-rays and an MRI were negative.Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections in the third inning. Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season when he began to complain loudly about a ball-and-strike call. Last year’s World Series MVP was tossed moments later, although it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed. Kittle had been one of the NFL’s biggest bargains after being drafted in the fifth round in 2017.In other NFL news:— The Chiefs and star tight end Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see) have agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million contract extension that will keep him with the Super Bowl champions through 2025. That’s according to a person familiar with the contract. The move to secure the two-time All-Pro tight end is the latest in a string of big-money deals negotiated by general manager Brett Veach to keep the core of the Chiefs intact this offseason. — The Bills are protecting quarterback Josh Allen’s blindside for the long term after signing left tackle Dion Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million contract extension. The team announced the signing, while a person with direct knowledge of the contract provided the value of the deal to The Associated Press. Dawkins has been a starter in Buffalo since being selected in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Temple.TENNIS-LEXINGTON Hoge looked like he might have a shot at 59 after he went eagle-birdie on the 15th and 16th holes to reach 9 under. There were 33 players on the course when the round was suspended due to bad weather.last_img read more

Flowers, Badgers quelch Phoenix’s fire

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald photoIt may have taken six games and a first half, but things are finally starting to click for the Wisconsin men’s basketball team.The Badgers (6-1) have been trying to find a rhythm most of the season, and they may have finally found it after a tenacious first half of play against UW-Green Bay (2-4).Wisconsin was able to find momentum during the last 10 minutes of play to overcome Green Bay 82-62 Wednesday at the Kohl Center.Senior Ray Nixon started the night for the Badgers by hitting two consecutive 3-pointers. The Badgers would lead by as much as 10 twice in the half until UW-Green Bay’s Ryan Evanochko scored six points toward the end of the half, bringing the score to 40-37 at half time. Evanochko tallied 15 points in the first 20 minutes and 22 for the game to lead all scorers.”I just thought we were dead for a while,” junior forward Alando Tucker said. “I told the guys at one point, ‘If you give me the ball, I’m going to score for you.'”UW-Green Bay started the second half on a 10-6 run to take the lead for the second time in the contest.The Badgers responded with a 22-5 run to control the rest of the game. During that span, Tucker scored eight points for the Badgers, while junior guard Michael Flowers had four of his six steals.”That was the story of the game,” UW-Green Bay head coach Tom Kowalczyk said. “It has kind of been a pattern with our team this year. I felt during that run we had some good looks, but didn’t make some shots. [Ryan] Tillema had some looks, [Evanochko] had some looks … during that run, we didn’t convert. But, on the defensive end, when you’re not making shots, you’d better make some stops. And that’s when I thought Tucker’s athleticism took over. I think it was mostly him, penetrating, posting up and we didn’t do a good job guarding him during that stretch.”Added UW head coach Bo Ryan, “The way it started out in the second half, you thought it was going to be 98-90, one team or the other. Then things settled in a little bit and I thought once we just stuck with our rules and just kept battling each possession that overall we could get into them and get a stretch where we could get a lead, make them do some things a little differently and play off of that. That’s the way it happened to work out. It was a good, hard-fought basketball game. That game will help us, I’ll tell you that.”Tucker would lead the Badgers in points for the fourth time this season with 18. Not to be overshadowed, Flowers had a career-high 12 points.”Michael is one of those guys who is always working on PHD — he is poor, hungry and driven — and I want guys to stay that way. I don’t want him to change. I don’t coach pretty boys,” Ryan said.With Flowers’ guidance, Wisconsin’s defense was once again able to tame UW-Green Bay’s starting lineup.Flowers guarded forward Tillema most of the night and held the freshman to zero points. Tillema went 0-for-8 on the night and appeared to be battling a thumb injury.”[Tillema] hurt it in practice yesterday and we thought he would play, but we didn’t know,” Kowalczyk said. “He got some treatment at 7:30 this morning. He had a hard time catching. Most of the pain was from catching. I don’t think it was from shooting. Despite going 0-for-8, he took some big steps forward. He battled defensively better than he has in a while and rebounded the ball very well. He started to become a more complete player.”Green Bay was able to stay in the contest due to a lackluster free-throw shooting performance from the Badgers.Wisconsin went 18-for-29 on the night, shooting 62.1 percent from the charity stripe. Tucker hit only one-of-seven from the line, as his facemask appeared to hinder his effort.”I’m just trying to imagine that [the mask] is not there,” Tucker said. “I had to sleep in it a couple of times. It’s one of those things where the more I keep it on, the more I’ll get used to it.”Despite the second half, the youthful Phoenix put up a tough fight. The fourth-youngest college team in the country marched off the court with an extra bout of confidence, knowing they kept up with the Badgers for a solid 30 minutes.”When you have a chance to play in-state games, when you have a chance to play against a Big Ten team in the Kohl Center, I would have to be very naíve to think that our players don’t look at this as a special game,” Kowalczyk said. “I know as a coach, you try to make every game a big game. But when you play against Wisconsin, I would have to be really naíve to think that the players don’t look at it with a different attitude.”last_img read more

Women’s water polo finds success but cannot close

first_imgDespite winning each of their first 10 matches, USC women’s water polo lost for the first time this season. Falling 9-3 to No. 1 Stanford in the championship match of the Barbara Kalbus Invitational, the Women of Troy found a disappointing end to what was an otherwise strong showing for the squad.Sophomore driver Kelsey McIntosh has scored 14 goals in the 2018 season, the third most on the Trojans’ squad. Daily Trojan file photo.“By the end, recovery played a huge role,” head coach Jovan Vavic said. “We were definitely worn out.”To start out the tournament, action was business as usual for USC. After dismantling No. 18 San Jose State by a 17-1 margin on Friday, the Trojans were off and running. Against the Spartans, nine different players found the back of the net, six managed to score twice, and two (drivers freshman Paige Hauschild and sophomore Denise Mammolito) notched hat tricks. As a team, USC opened up the match with a massive 16-0 run only conceding a late goal in the final seven minutes of play.On Saturday, USC faced a tough pair of opponents standing between them and a shot at winning a third consecutive Barbara Kalbus title. In the first match of the day, the Trojans took down No. 6 Arizona State 8-6 in a hard fought, back-and-forth affair. Taking a 5-5 tie into the fourth period, USC stepped up when it mattered most, striking three more times to secure the victory before the Sun Devils could find any footing. Senior utility player Annika Jensen became the third Trojan to pick up a hat trick over the course of two games while Hauschild netted her fourth and fifth goals of the tournament.Moving on to the semi-finals, No. 2 Cal. represented the toughest test the Women of Troy had faced thus far in the 2018 season. Early in the match, the Golden Bears were proving just why they are such a difficult squad to overcome. California came out firing, pinning down USC 3-1 within the first few minutes of the game. The Trojan defense tightened up in the second period and by halftime, the score was knotted up 3-3.Continuing momentum off a strong end to the half, junior goaltender Amanda Longan dominated the final half of play. In a career-best performance of 18 saves, Longan repelled shot after shot from the dangerous Cal team. Her performance completely shut down Cal for yet another period in the third, allowing USC to take a 5-3 lead into the fourth off goals from senior drivers Brianna Daboub and Jensen. Despite conceding their 2-goal lead, USC found a late spark as Jensen completed her second consecutive hat trick with a clutch score that came with just 18 seconds left in regulation time. “[Jensen] stepped up and that’s what you do as a senior,” Vavic said. “I’m excited to see what she can do.”All that remained for USC to secure a third-straight title was a championship match against No. 1 Stanford. As it turned out, the Trojans’ long stretch of success would finally come to an end. After turning in a number of dominant offensive performances throughout the early season and the first few matches of the tournament, the goal scoring faltered Sunday against Stanford as the Women of Troy fell 9-3 to the Cardinal.Despite failures to convert on key chances early in the match, USC was down only 3-2 in the second period. At this point, the floodgates opened and Stanford managed to score four consecutive goals until a last-minute score from Trojan freshman driver Verica Bakoc closed the Trojans’ deficit to 7-3 heading into the half. While this margin is certainly within striking range, USC was unable to close the gap as the Cardinal completely shut down the Trojans’ attack for the remainder of the game to take home the title.Looking ahead, the squad will have a few weeks off before taking on No. 7 UC Irvine on March 7.last_img read more

Neymar Sets Brazil Record as Teranga Lions Hold Brazil

first_imgNeymar sets Brazil record as youngest player to be capped 100 times Famara Diedhiou levelled from the penalty spot just before halftime after Sadio Mane was dragged down in the area.Neymar, who was not in the side that won the Copa America in June, had a relatively quiet game but went close with a 67th minute free-kick.He then teed up Richarlison whose shot from the edge of the box flashed wide.Ismaila Sarr and Mane both had chances to snatch the game for the Lions of Teranga.Although he failed to get on the scoresheet, it was still a big day for the 27-year-old, who became one of seven Brazilians to reach 100 caps.He has scored 61 goals for the Selecao, making him the third highest scorer in the history of his national team.Neymar is one behind Ronaldo but needs 16 to catch Pele who only played 92 matches. He has also provided 41 assists.He won an Olympic gold medal in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 but has experienced many disappointments for his national team, particularly at the World Cup.In 2014, in Brazil, a back injury in the quarterfinals against Colombia prevented him from being on the field for the 7-1 semifinal thrashing from Germany.He scored twice during the tournament in Russia four years later, but Brazil were dumped out at the quarterfinal stage by Belgium.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Neymar became the youngest player to make 100 appearances for Brazil on Thursday but the Paris Saint-Germain forward had to settle for a 1-1 draw as he failed to score in a friendly with Senegal in Singapore.Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for the Copa America champions with a stunning lob after a Coutinho lay-off in the eighth minute.As the half progressed, the livelier Senegal became, driven on by their captain Cheikhou Kouyate.last_img read more

Indiana’s Paul George credits Kobe Bryant for support through recent injury

first_img“Second of all, I want to write my own chapter and be a player to come into my own,” George said. “As great it would be to team up with a guy like Kobe, he’s still built his legacy and has paved the way for himself. I want to do the same thing he did with sticking with one franchise and riding it out.”George said he has cemented that mind-set because of Bryant. Well before he became a two-time NBA All-Star, George grew up watching Bryant while playing for Knight High in Palmdale. George would work on nearly all of Bryant’s moves. They ranged from Bryant’s X’s and O’s approach with his patented fadeaways and footwork to his mannerisms that entailed his glaring eyes and his clenched jaw. Once Brian Shaw became the Pacers’ associate coach in 2011, George peppered him about his time playing with Bryant (1999-2003) and coaching him as a Lakers assistant (2005-2011). “Paul wanted to know everything,” said Shaw, the Denver Nuggets’ head coach. “I told him it’s not an accident Kobe’s as good as he is. He didn’t cut corners. His work ethic and those kind of things were unmatched by anyone. That’s why he could produce the way he could produce.” George experienced that first-hand. In a Lakers’ 98-96 loss to Indiana on Jan. 22, 2012, Bryant scored 33 points on 14-of-30 shooting as Paul recounted the Lakers’ star beating him on a series of post-moves and fadeaways. “As he’s coming back down at our bench after one play, he’s looking at Brian Shaw and he tells him, ‘Check the young fella for feathers,’” Paul said. “I always remember that moment.”Bryant does, too. “B. Shaw let me know this kid has a lot of talent,” Bryant said. “He said, ‘I’d greatly appreciated it if you took it to him a little bit and show him what it’s like.’ That’s what I did.”George did not have a chance for any rebuttal on Monday against the Lakers. But he has tried to make the best of circumstances. That includes marveling on film how Bryant has averaged 25.4 points albeit on a career-low 38.6 percent shooting in his 19th season. “He still looks good,” George said. “Father Time has got him a little bit. But he’s so creative that he always finds a way to add something new and bring something new that he’s still so effective and efficient on the offensive end.”And just like he did during his childhood, George plans to imitate those moves whenever he returns to the hardwood. George gladly returned the message. “What I took away from him reaching out is that you have to become the best teammate, be a student and observe the game,” Paul said in an interview with Los Angeles News Group. “Being out, you have to take it as a positive and sit back and learn.”George gushed plenty about Bryant, praising the Lakers’ star for his work ethic, his recent play and his feedback. That partly explains why George found it surprising a recent article reported that he represented one of many potential free agents that did not want to join the Lakers because of Bryant’s demanding leadership style. George strongly disputed that notion.George said “there wasn’t even a chance for me to look at going to L.A.” He resigned with the Pacers in the fall of 2013 to a five-year extension worth around $90 million. Because he would have become a restricted free agent had he not signed his extension, the Pacers would have matched any offer George received from any other team. INDIANAPOLIS >> With the frustration still raw and the pain still overwhelming, Indiana Pacers forward Paul George received a phone call from someone who could relate to his circumstances.Kobe Bryant. George had just fractured his lower right leg during an intrasquad scrimmage in August with the U.S. national team in Las Vegas, an injury that has still sidelined him through the Lakers’ 110-91 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Bryant immediately called George, offering both sympathy and perspective after playing only six games last season with injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. “I just wanted to check on him and let him know I was here to support him,” Bryant said. “Having been through these types of situations myself, I wanted him to know if he needed some advice on how I tried to work on my game, even though I wasn’t playing, to give me a call. I’d like to talk to him a little bit.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

USD 353 food services coordinators resign; Superintendent could be hired in February…

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — At its regular monthly meeting Thursday, the USD 353 School Board accepted the resignation of longtime Wellington Food Services Coordinator Sandy Clift and Wellington Middle School Food Service Manager Doris Watts, who will both be retiring at the end of the school year.Clift has received great praise throughout the years by board members and administrators because the few food service program is one of the few in the state that is self sufficient and no money is taken out of the general fund.“These are two positions that will be very difficult to replace,” said Angie Ratcliff, Wellington school board member. “We are losing two very, very good people.”•••••Superintendent searchThe date of naming a replacement for Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss could come as early as Feb. 19.The board is currently selecting a group of 21 or so people from various parts of the community to attend a Superintendent Characteristics Committee meeting on noon on Jan. 26.This committee will provide input about what they would like from the new superintendent.Then Monday, Feb. 8 will be the closing date for receiving applications.On Feb. 11, 2016, a three-person screening team will review all the applications during the day and make recommendations at a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. in executive session. Three to five candidates will be selected for interviews .On Feb. 15-19, one interview will be scheduled per day with the selected candidates. At the conclusion of the interview,  consensus could be reached on the first and second choices.At Thursday’s meeting, it was the consensus of the board to adopt this schedule and proceed in a timely fashion. There is currently a significant number of Superintendent openings across the state of Kansas and Wellington wants to hire early.•••••Change orders  The Wellington construction bond project had been $1.7 million under budget. But that has been shaved to $660,584 after the board approved three change orders.The first change order, valued at $246,447, will replace existing lights with LED at Eisenhower and Kennedy Elementary schools as well as other electrical issues. Also, the new sound systems in the old and new gymnasiums at the Wellington Middle Schools were approved.The second change order will replace the HVAC unit at $750,000 at the WMS cafeteria, theater, kitchen and music rooms as well as changing out the boiler.The third change order, at $50,000, will add additional security cameras at all buildings including 10 new camera servers for the district.Construction, other than camera installation, appears to be near or at completion at both the Wellington High School and Washington Elementary. The goal is to complete all bond projects by this August before the start of the 2016-17 school year.•••••Crusader headThe board received a request to move the Crusader head which is currently on the Wellington Middle School building and place it on the current high school. David Carroll, representing the WHS Class of 1964, told Weiss that the class funded the sign when the WMS was WHS in the 1960s. The class would like to move it to the current high school.Wellington High School principal Adam Hatfield said he has yet to be contacted on the matter and does not know where to put the sign. The board took no action with the consensus being that the Class of 1964 representatives need to talk to Hatfield first and hammer out the details.•••••Parking issues During the administrative report, board member Larry Mangan inquired about parking issues at Wellington High School in which people are parking on the grass in front instead of driving around to the back parking lot.Hatfield said it is an ongoing problem, especially during community events such as the youth basketball games on Saturday. He said because there is so little parking space out front, people would rather park on the grass instead of parking out back.“If one person decides to park on the grass, then others think it is OK,” Hatfield said. “It is usually an issue on events that is not under my watch.”A couple of board members suggested more signage needs to be in front and more law enforcement. The distance from the front door to the gymnasium is not that much further than the parking lot in the back.•••••In other business, the board:•Postponed the long range school planning session to a later date due to the number of activities occurring on Jan. 26;•Took no action on a request by Kennedy Elementary Principal Randy Fox to change the layout of the office area;•Had two executive sessions for non-elected personnel. No action was taken thereafter.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Honestly I have even been through all of the KSDE certifications and have a wealth of knowledge in all of this as I have managed the food service for the Juvenile Detention Facility in Wichita, KS Report Reply 0 replies · active 238 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down Restaurant Guro · 238 weeks ago What is the pay for the Food Service Coordinator position? I for sure have the qualifications and have managed multi kitchen facilities for the Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facilities part of USD 259 and KSDE regulated so I am very familiar with all of this. Let me know! Report Reply 1 reply · active 238 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Restaurant Guro · 238 weeks ago So when a highly qualified individual shows interest in a position that helps ensure your children are able to have healthy and delicious meals while gaining an education the community reacts negatively? Someone who grew up in this very community who wants to ACTUALLY contribute gets thumbs down. No wonder the community is struggling. You drive talented professionals away for egotistical, childish gossipy reasons. Do any of you who gave me a thumbs down have any remote idea how to preform the job of Food Service Director? I will wait. Report Reply 6 replies · active 238 weeks ago -3 Vote up Vote down jason · 238 weeks ago Ya they pay you 10 hr an hour to have you order things to which you just open the frozen box of food and cook it, The school lunches suck compared to smaller schools with excellent salad bars and other things. Just saying Report Reply 0 replies · active 238 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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Historic Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to take place this weekend

first_imgSinn Féin Dáil Deputy Leader Pearse Doherty TD has this morning published the Clár for his party’s Ard Fheis which takes place in the Waterfront in Belfast this weekend.More than 3,000 people are expected to be in attendance over the two days of debate on more than 170 motions.Speaking in Dublin this morning, Doherty said: “This year’s Ard Fheis will be a historic event as it is the first under the new leadership elected by the party earlier this year. “It is our first opportunity to talk about our priorities and to set out our vision for a New Ireland.“Rights and accountability in public life are two issues that will dominate throughout the weekend.“Women’s rights, marriage equality rights, Irish language rights and the rights of those with a British identity in a United Ireland will all be discussed.“Sinn Féin wants to be the voice of a new generation that is demanding change and which sees Irish Unity, not only as desirable but essential to the future prosperity of the island and to delivering their rights. “We will also be setting out how we intend to build on the reconciliation work of Martin McGuinness and the outgoing President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, Rev Dr Laurence Graham will address the Ard Fheis during our live session on Saturday.“With the European Council Summit taking place in just a few weeks’ time there will be a key discussion on Brexit just before the Presidential Address on Saturday evening.“We will robustly reject the British Government’s time limited version of a backstop agreement and continue to support Special Status for the North.  Irish citizens in the North must continue to have access to the same rights and benefits that they currently enjoy.“Also on Saturday afternoon Michelle O’Neill will open a new, ‘Standing with Women’ section at the Ard Fheis, which is about demanding a step change in how society views and treats women.“This is about delivering a new Ireland where women have their voices heard and are paid equally, treated equally and where the same abortion rights exist for women North and South. “In the wake of a series of scandals including RHI, the HSE including cervical check, An Garda Síochana and beyond, the party will set out a range of measures to ensure that those who hold positions of power are held to account for their decision and actions.“The section on ‘Securing Your Future’ on Saturday afternoon sets out an extensive platform based on ‘a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work’, sorting out the housing crisis and delivering decent public services.”Historic Sinn Féin Ard Fheis to take place this weekend was last modified: June 13th, 2018 by Chris CannonShare 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:ard fheisdailPearse DohertySinn Feinlast_img read more