Mediator to step into $600,000 gap

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The mediator will join negotiations today. District officials could not be reached for comment Thursday but have said they sought a realistic request from the union. The two sides were separated by about $600,000. The union asked for a 7.47 percent raise and district negotiators offered 6.35 percent, which would leave about half the teachers still below the county median, Allender said. Union leaders said they have accommodated smaller raises in the past when public education faced stiff cuts from the state Legislature. But with the 15,000-student district now poised to receive an estimated $4 million a year in new funding from Sacramento, teachers saw an opportunity to catch up. “We have excellent teachers, and yet we get below-average pay,” said protester Jill Sullivan, an English teacher at John Burroughs High School. “We’re cheap dates, and they’re getting a lot for their money.” eugene.tong@dailynews.com (818) 546-3304 BURBANK – On the eve of the first round of state-mediated salary talks with the Burbank Unified School District, at least 200 teachers took to the picket line Thursday outside City Hall to call attention to the drawn-out contract dispute. The group – many dressed in black and hoisting signs with messages including “Burbank: a below-average place to teach” – are seeking a raise that union leaders say would take the salaries of the district’s 800 teachers, nurses and others to at least the median for Los Angeles County teachers. “All of the teachers deserve to be at least at the county average,” said Kim Allender, co-president of the Burbank Teachers Association, saying the only options are to “do the right thing or choose to hold us below average.” But district officials have resisted, citing a need to prepare for future budget uncertainties. When the two sides could not come to terms after meeting in February, district officials got an impasse ruling from the California Public Employment Relations Board. last_img read more

Clippers: Late delivery

first_img“And that’s why I try to come across that way, and I do come across that way because I believe it.” Dunleavy’s confidence may remain high regardless of the circumstances, but that is not how it works with the players. On one end of the spectrum there is Cassell, who hasn’t met a last-second shot he didn’t like – or take – and who always looks upbeat. On the other end there is Corey Maggette, who was upset with his playing time earlier this season but has thrived since returning to the starting lineup. His confidence appears as high as ever, and he is playing the most team-oriented style of his eight-year NBA career – and therefore the best basketball of his career. A revitalized Maggette is a big reason the Clippers have turned things around, but then again everybody else, especially Elton Brand and Cuttino Mobley, is playing better as well. Earlier this season, the Clippers did not appear to be committed to being a hard-nosed defensive team. They also had no floor general. Livingston still was developing and then was injured, and Cassell has been fighting injuries all season. Enter Jason Hart. He is far from an NBA superstar, but the Clippers signed him March 5 after he was released by the Sacramento Kings, and he has become a stabilizing force at point guard. His defense is much better than the 37-year-old Cassell’s, and he is getting a lot of credit from his teammates for helping turn the team’s fortunes around. But it didn’t look that way at first. “We lost the first five with Jason, so I’m not going to give him the full turning-point credit,” Brand said. “Once he learned the system, he started playing well and really helped us.” The one thing Hart is not is a last-minute shot-taking wonder like Cassell. Without the veteran, the Clippers lack a full-fledged, go-to guy in crunch time. The Clippers frequently put Brand in that role, but he hasn’t always succeeded. Opponents usually double-team Brand close to the basket and force someone else to take the shot. “With Sam being out, E.B. is going to have to be their clutch guy or Cuttino or Corey,” Hart said. “We have to rally around the fact that Sam’s not here and somebody else is going to have to step up in that moment. & I play off those guys and let their talents come out. I let those guys do their thing, and in the meantime, I make a couple shots here or there.” The Clippers seemed to reach a turning point several times this season, but each time they eventually flopped. But by winning seven of nine games so far during arguably the most important stretch of the season, and with five of those wins coming on the road, this time the turnaround looks legitimate. Expectations may have been higher for the Clippers before the season started. But for this franchise, it would be monumental to make the playoffs for a second straight season for the first time in 14years. If they go 6-3 or better in their final nine games, they will finish above .500 in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1976, when they were the Buffalo Braves. “Considering what’s happening with Sam and Shaun and other guys missing extended time, it definitely will be a success to get to the playoffs,” Brand said. “Our mindset now is to win as many games as we can to get there. And we’re not trying to be first-round fodder, either. We’re trying to play well. “And when we play well, we feel we can play against anybody.” joe.stevens@presstelegram.com (562) 499-1338160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! EL SEGUNDO – When the Clippers sent out glossy mailers to solicit season-ticket renewals, they included a message from coach Mike Dunleavy. Under a heading titled “Today’s Clippers,” some short-term goals were mentioned, including these lines: “We’re going to start by finishing strong and making the playoffs for the second year in a row. And when we get to the playoffs, we’ll surprise people again.” Dunleavy’s signature comes at the end of the page and is preceded with “See You at the Playoffs.” While Dunleavy’s confidence might not appear surprising, the date the fliers were mailed does. They were sent out March 15, a day after the Clippers lost a fifth consecutive game and looked like a poor postseason bet. But the Clippers far from mailed in their season at that point. They have won seven of ninegames and have taken a 1 1/2-game lead over Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. They look like a good bet to make the playoffs for a second straight season for the first time since 1993. The Clippers are playing the most unselfish basketball they have all season. They are playing intense defense practically every minute, and they have learned how to cope with the season-ending injury to Shaun Livingston and Sam Cassell’s chronic back spasms that have forced him to miss seven of the past 15 games. They have taken big strides to get back in the playoff race. But how in the world could Dunleavy have been so confident when things looked so bleak? “If I don’t really believe, it’s not going to go through to my guys, and it’s not going to get done,” he said. “That’s why I work as hard as I work, to make myself believe, to know that these are the things you should do to be successful. last_img read more

WATCH: Outrageous 35-yard free-kick goal from Colombian league

first_imgCheck out this absolutely sensational free-kick from Colombian midfielder Luis Carlos Arias!From fully 35-yards out, the 31-year-old stuns the goalkeeper with this rocket-like strike right into the top corner, giving Colombian top flight side Medellin a 2-0 lead over rivals Atletico Huila.Watch the goal in the video below! 1 Hit and hope? last_img

‘I’LL BRING 700 ON-THE-RUN PEOPLE TO JUSTICE’ – JUDGE’S WARNING AT LETTERKENNY COURT

first_imgFIRST WITH THE NEWS…..DONEGALDAILY.COM EXCLUSIVE: A judge yesterday warned he will clamp down on more than 700 people who are on-the-run across Co Donegal with a New Year blitz.Judge Seamus Hughes said the situation that people were not turning up for their court cases was “getting out of hand.”And he warned that he plans to clamp down on people who are “unlawfully at large” after bench warrants were issued for their arrests.Judge Hughes told Letterkenny District Court that he had enough of people ignoring the law for whatever reason.“This is a situation which is simply getting out of hand. I think I’m right in saying that there are more than 700 bench warrants in operation across Donegal.“That is a literal translation and not a fact.“But whatever the situation is, it is not acceptable and I will be coming down heavy on people in the New Year.“There are too many people not turning up. Those who do not turn up are likely to have their liberty taken away from them,” he said.‘I’LL BRING 700 ON-THE-RUN PEOPLE TO JUSTICE’ – JUDGE’S WARNING AT LETTERKENNY COURT was last modified: December 13th, 2010 by gregShare 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)last_img read more

Picture Special: Dublin Donegal Association revisits tragic origins for Inishowen fundrasier

first_imgThe Donegal Association in Dublin hosted a fundraising table quiz last weekend to support victims of the devastating flooding in Inishowen last month.Finín Mac a Bhaird was MC for the event on Friday 8th September at Dtwo on Harcourt Street. He spoke of how the Donegal Association were glad to be able to help and host an event for the victims of the recent floods in Donegal. The event brings the association back to its grassroots as it was originally founded as a result of a tragedy – The Aranmore Disaster in1935. Donegal Person of the Year Stephen McCahill travelled from Ardara to be there on the night and said a few words about the association and their work in Dublin. Peggy Stringer from the Donegal Association Committee who hails from Inishowen spoke of the devastation the recent floods have caused in local communities with people’s livelihoods being wiped out.Joe Mullaney, Dermot McCole and John DohertyAilbhe Carpenter and Carol MahonAnn Carolan, Kathleen Sheerin and Fionnuala CoyleKatie Carr and Orla FahyMinister Eoghan Murphy, Angus Wilson, Daniel Moroney, Hugh Reiney and Eoin Connor.Karena Twohig, Finín Mac a Bhaird, Kevin Mc Fadden, Quizmaster Darragh Higgins, Sorcha Ní Ghallchóir and Elaine CaffreyNeil Caffrey, Paul Keilly, Niamh O Kane and Robert McHughCróna O Donnell, Siobhan Shovlin and Áine ReganSorcha Ní Ghallcóir, Barney McGill and Karena TwohigTony Dunlevy, Marian Caffrey, Minister Eoghan Murphy and Hugh HarkinAnthony Slowey and Eamonn DalyJohn Blake, Stephen McCahill, Jim Breslin and Peter McCahillJohnny Lynch, Des, Mary, Lisa and Jamie DohertyJoan McLaughlin and Friends Picture Special: Dublin Donegal Association revisits tragic origins for Inishowen fundrasier was last modified: September 11th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare 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)last_img read more

Booking now open for special Valentine’s Event at Oakfield Park

first_imgOakfield Park’s very own garden restaurant, Buffers, is reopening for 2018 with a Valentine’s Special.On Saturday 17th of February, the gates reopen for a very special event that’s not just for couples!Upon arrival, you will be welcomed into Buffers with a glass of complimentary prosecco and canapes. For only €35 per person, you can then choose 3 courses from our delicious new menu including one side with each main course.For the first time, there will also be live music in Buffers on what will be the first Saturday night dining experience of the year.Oakfield Park source only the finest fish, chicken, duck and lamb for their seasonal menus.Buffers serve locally sourced, freshly cooked contemporary bistro food, with a full bar and an impressive cocktail menu to boot. Many of the ingredients are organic and grown in the walled kitchen garden. Buffers’ fully licensed bar will be serving cocktails, spirits, craft beers and wine throughout the evening. It is essential to pre-book online at your preferred time (6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm, 9pm). Spaces are limited so early booking is advised.To book, simply visit their events page by following this link and select your preferred time: http://www.oakfieldpark.com/events/To keep up to date, you can follow Oakfield Park on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and www.oakfieldpark.comBooking now open for special Valentine’s Event at Oakfield Park was last modified: February 2nd, 2018 by Staff WriterShare 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:BUFFERSDatedonegalmealOakfield ParkValentines Daylast_img read more

Are Paleomagnetic Measurements Reliable?

first_imgDating of past geophysical history depends on magnetic measurements that may be in error.Geophysicists often speak confidently about when magnetic reversals occured, as in this press release from Carnegie Science:Earth’s magnetic field is generated by the motion of liquid iron in the planet’s core. This “geodynamo” occasionally reverses its polarity—the magnetic north and south poles swap places. The switch occurs over a few thousand years, and the time between reversals can vary from some tens of thousands to tens of millions of years.When magnetic polarity remains stable in one orientation for more than 10 million years the interval is dubbed a “superchron.” Within the last 540 million years—the time when animals have roamed the Earth’s land and seas—there are three known superchron periods, occurring about once every 200 million years.It’s not clear, though, why field orientation should go through long stable periods separated by reversals of varying time frames orders of magnitude faster than the superchrons. Is the behavior of the Earth’s magnetic field that irregular? Or, is it possible the data they base this on is unreliable?A recent paper in Nature Communications may give pause to geophysicists who assume they can infer past magnetic field orientations reliably. In “Microbially assisted recording of the Earth’s magnetic field in sediment,” European geophysicists examined the possibility that microbial bioturbation rotates, translates or randomizes magnetic field records in sediments.Sediments continuously record variations of the Earth’s magnetic field and thus provide an important archive for studying the geodynamo. The recording process occurs as magnetic grains partially align with the geomagnetic field during and after sediment deposition, generating a depositional remanent magnetization (DRM) or post-DRM (PDRM). (P)DRM acquisition mechanisms have been investigated for over 50 years, yet many aspects remain unclear. A key issue concerns the controversial role of bioturbation, that is, the mechanical disturbance of sediment by benthic organisms, during PDRM acquisition. A recent theory on bioturbation-driven PDRM appears to solve many inconsistencies between laboratory experiments and palaeomagnetic records, yet it lacks experimental proof. Here we fill this gap by documenting the important role of bioturbation-induced rotational diffusion for (P)DRM acquisition, including the control exerted on the recorded inclination and intensity, as determined by the equilibrium between aligning and perturbing torques acting on magnetic particles.Scientists may assume, in other words, that they are seeing a DRM (depositional remanent magnetism) signature—i.e., the record of the magnetic field at the time the rock formed—when they in fact are seeing a PDRM (post-DRM) alteration. That alteration can come about through microbes and other bioturbating animals who put a spin on the remanent magnetism or move it about similar to random Brownian motion.Regardless of the acquisition mechanism, most PDRM models assume that lock-in of magnetization only begins once substantial surface mixing has ceased, that is, below the mixed layer, so that DRM and PDRM are mutually exclusive or almost so. A different viewpoint arises from a statistical model of PDRM acquisition in the surface-mixed layer. This model considers bioturbation as a rotational diffusion process similar to that of Brownian motion, which occurs in the presence of random inter-particle forces.Sediments are assumed to take on the orientation of the magnetic field when they settle into rock layers. A figure caption in the paper, though, lists 7 “natural processes affecting sedimentary magnetizations“: “1: Marine snow, 2: flocculation, 3: settling, 4: sediment resuspension, 5: non-local mixing, for example, by polychaete worms, 6: local (diffusive) sediment mixing leading to particle reorientation and 7: burial in the consolidating layer.” The team’s experiments with sediments settling at the bottoms of vials seems to show significant “particle realignment after deposition,” giving rise to a PDRM instead of a DRM.The authors are not clear about the degree of randomization possible in the rock record, or how post-depositional alterations might render interpretations of past magnetism questionable. It appears clear, though, that geophysicists should not assume that remanent orientations and intensities they measure in sediments correspond to the true magnetic field at the time.We invite creation geologists to look at this paper carefully and consider the implications. A friend in this field has assured me that geologists are able to tell the difference between DRM and PDRM. But if this “known unknown” needed clarification, what “unknown unknowns” remain to come to light?For more on problems with the secular geodynamo theory, see “Earth’s Geodynamo: An Energy Crisis” (1/25/16), “Stuff Geologists Think They Know Till Tomorrow” (12/22/15), “Magnetic News” (8/03/15), “What You’re Not Being Told About Earth’s Magnetic Field” (4/17/15), “Earth’s Magnetic Field Less Sustainable than Thought” (5/17/12), and “Findings that Comport with Genesis” (10/27/13).(Visited 62 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

BJP, Congress candidates file nomination papers for Goa Speaker’s election

first_imgRuling BJP and Opposition Congress candidates filed their nomination papers for the election of Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, which is scheduled to be held during a one-day session summoned in Panaji by the Governor on June 4.While the ruling BJP-led coalition alliance has fielded Rajesh Patnekar, the BJP MLA from Bicholim, the Congress has nominated former Speaker and former Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane. “We have chosen Mr. Rane as he is a senior member. He is also a former Speaker and a former Chief Minister, who has completed 50 years as a legislator,” Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar told reporters after Mr. Rane filed his nomination papers. Mr. Rane also appealed to members of the treasury benches to vote for his candidature, when the election will be held on Tuesday. BJP candidate Rajesh Patnekar thanked his Party and coalition allies for giving him an opportunity to contest.“I am confident of winning it,” he said. The BJP-led ruling coalition has a strength of 24 in 40-member State Legislative Assembly, comprising 17 BJP MLAs, three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party, one Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA and three independents. The Opposition currently comprises 15 Congress MLAs and one legislator of the Nationalist Congress Party. Speaker’s election is held as the then Speaker Pramod Sawant was appointed as Chief Minister in March this year following the death of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Dy. Speaker Michael Lobo, BJP MLA is currently the acting Speaker.last_img read more

Goa Congress slams Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for Amethi visit

first_imgThe Congress in Goa on Saturday criticised Chief Minister Pramod Sawant for visiting Amethi and accused him of running away from pressing issues in the State and instead promising to undertake developmental works in Amethi constituency.Mr. Sawant on Saturday visited Baraulia village in Amethi constituency, which was formerly represented by Congress national president Rahul Gandhi, in Uttar Pradesh to pay condolences to the family of a BJP party worker who was shot dead in May.Mr. Sawant went to the village adopted by the former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, as part of a Parliamentary scheme on Saturday, along with Union Minister for Textiles Smriti Irani, who is the Lok Sabha MP from Amethi.“We definitely feel like contributing something in the areas of education or development sector, especially to do with youth… The local authorities should decide. If they allow us, we will do something in memory of the late Manohar Parrikar,” Mr. Sawant told reporters in Baraulia.Mr. Sawant also said that he had worked as a party worker in Amethi in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and had come in contact with BJP worker Surendra Singh, who was shot dead soon after the 2019 general elections.“I am glad that I could meet Surendra Singh’s family. The party lost a good worker. This loss cannot be made good. But, at least, we can condole his death. The party organisation is with its workers and their families,” Mr. Sawant said, after paying condolences to members of the late Singh’s family.The Congress, however, criticised Mr. Sawant, saying he was running away from pressing local issues, such as unemployment, contamination of fish with formalin and the mining ban.“There is unrest everywhere in Goa. The CM cannot find time for Goa and he has the time to go to Amethi to solve their problems. We want him to first focus on solving issues that are before Goa,” State Congress president Girish Chodankar said.last_img read more