News story: Government to consult on ban on 10-year-old tyres to boost road safety

first_imgThe government will consult on options to ban older tyres from use on buses, coaches, heavy goods vehicles and mini-buses to help keep road users safe.The Department for Transport has today (26 February 2019) announced that it will consult on legislation to make it illegal for these vehicles to run with a tyre aged 10 years or over.This follows a research project, launched by the government last year, to look at whether the age of a tyre has a direct impact on its safety.Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: I want to pay tribute to Frances Molloy and the Tyred campaign for their brilliant campaign to ban older tyres on buses and coaches. I believe the changes we are consulting on will save lives. And I hope it will be welcomed by everyone who shares a commitment to making our roads safer, for the benefit of all. Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Switchboard 0300 330 3000 The move follows a series of measures on tyre safety put in place by the government.In 2013, the DfT issued guidance advising bus operators against fitting older tyres to the front axles of their vehicles.This has been reinforced through inspections by the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency. Since June 2017, they have inspected 136,263 buses and coaches and have found 0.06% to breach the guidance.Then in November last year (2018), the DVSA guidance on maintaining roadworthiness was updated to say that tyres of 10 years of age or older should not be used on the front axles of heavy goods vehicles as well as buses and coaches.In addition, the government commissioned world-leading research in 2018 to establish the effect age has on the integrity of road vehicle tyres.As part of this research, the UK’s Transport Research Laboratory has worked with a leading laboratory in the United States to carry out testing and analysis. The outcome of this research will be published later in the spring. Keeping people safe on our roads is our priority, and we have been working hard to understand the link between tyre age and road safety. Emerging evidence and leading expert testimony shows us that we need to ban tyres over the age of 10 years from larger vehicles based upon the ‘precautionary principle’ – a move that will make our roads safer for everyone. It follows the ‘Tyred’ campaign, led by Frances Molloy, whose 18-year-old son Michael was among 3 people killed in a coach crash on the A3 in 2012. The collision was caused by the failure of a 19-year-old tyre on the front axle of the coach.Roads Minister Jesse Norman said: Roads media enquiries Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292last_img read more

A quest for happiness

first_imgA gift to Harvard’s public health School will fund a new center to find out exactly how being happier can help make people healthier.At a signing ceremony in Hong Kong today, the Lee Kum Kee family announced a gift of more than $21 million to establish the Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.The center will help to identify the psychological, social, and emotional strengths and assets that may protect people against some diseases and enable them to enjoy longer, happier, and healthier lives.The donors, the Lee Kum Kee family, will name the center after Lee Kum Sheung, who in 1888 invented oyster sauce in the southern Chinese city of Nanshui and established the Lee Kum Kee businesses. In the years since, the Lee Kum Kee Sauce Group and LKK Health Products Group have grown into two multinational companies headquartered in Hong Kong.Science is still limited in its ability to understand whether and how positive aspects of the social environment — such as close relationships with family and friends, meaningful jobs, regular healthy exercise, relaxing leisure activities, and positive mindsets — may enhance psychological and physical well-being, thereby increasing healthy lifespans. The emerging center will work to understand these relationships better.Additionally, scientists hope to better understand negative social circumstances, such as poverty, food and energy insecurity, and lack of meaningful jobs or social relationships, that also have a significant impact on how long people live and how they age.The faculty who will lead the center see the gift as an opportunity to broaden the focus of public health and medical research beyond work focused primarily on deficits or risk factors that lead to disease and the treatments needed to cure or slow disease progression. The center will focus on the positive aspects of health and illuminate factors that promote attaining and maintaining high levels of well-being, while protecting against conditions such as cardiovascular diseases.The goal of the center is to make discoveries that can inform personal behaviors, medical care, public health programs, and wide-ranging public policies not traditionally associated with health care and medicine.The center will focus on both new research and assembling what is already known about the role of happiness and other components of well-being in relation to physical health. Much of that research knowledge is scattered across studies conducted in a broad range of disciplines.The center also will coordinate work among faculty, researchers, and students from across Harvard, spanning disciplines including health communications, psychology, nutrition, exercise physiology, basic biology, medicine, epidemiology, and population sciences.Initial efforts will focus on several areas:Identifying and developing a measurement instrument—a positive psychological well-being index, or “happiness index” — that can assess psychological well-being in a systematic and scientifically sound manner.Understanding the relationship between psychological well-being and cardiovascular health, healthy aging, and longevity.Determining the effects of interventions promoting psychological well-being, such as mindfulness-based practices on health and happiness. This research will look at the potential of these practices to influence diseases such as diabetes, cancer, and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, and bipolar disease.Examining the role of communications — ranging from television programming to social media — on engagement, health, and happiness.“‘Si Li Ji Ren’ (considering others’ interests) is Lee Kum Kee’s core value, so we are very proud to support scientific advancement for the good of people around the globe,” said Sammy Lee, chairman and managing director of LKK Health Products Group. “This new center is dedicated to the science of health and happiness, which is a fitting tribute to my great-grandfather, Lee Kum Sheung. Through the center’s efforts in the field of health and happiness, we hope more people can increase their awareness, take more preventive measures, and eventually become healthier and happier.”“Would you rather live a long, happy, and healthy life, or a life that is merely without disease?” asked Laura Kubzansky, the Lee Kum Kee Professor of Social and Behavioral Health at the Harvard Chan School and co-director of the new center. “Medical and psychological practice and research have traditionally focused on the diseases and deficits that cause poor health. But there is real value in focusing on the positive side as well — the assets that keep us healthy or help us recover more quickly from disease and injury. More rigorous research is urgently needed to understand these positive assets and how to promote them for millions of people around the world.”“Happiness is often talked about as if it were a cute catchphrase,” said K. “Vish” Viswanath, Lee Kum Kee Professor of Health Communication at the Harvard Chan School and co-director of the center. “But in fact happiness is a product of how one is engaged with the world. If one is being treated inequitably in society or lives in poverty, there may be physical factors that influence your health such as limited access to nutritious food or health care. In addition, one’s opportunities for engagement with the world and with other people may be limited. This center will enable us to investigate in a systematic and rigorous way the factors that promote engagement, communication, community, and connection with others, and how engagement or lack of engagement can influence happiness and ultimately health.”“By leveraging what is known together with new research discoveries, we believe the new center will develop evidence-based recommendations and interventions that can demonstrably improve the health and well-being of individuals and entire populations,” said David Hunter, acting dean of the Harvard Chan School. “Our goal is to bring about enlightened public policies and public health programs that can affect the health of large numbers of people, as well as set new priorities in medical practice and personal behaviors that can help individuals live longer, healthier lives.”last_img read more

College announces Commencement speaker

first_imgEditor’s Note: A version of this story was published April 25.Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke will address 2017 graduates at this year’s Commencement ceremony on May 20, according to a College press release.Burke will receive Saint Mary’s highest honor, an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree, at the ceremony, according to the release. She has advocated for children and the disabled throughout her career, pursuing reforms to law enforcement procedures and social service programs.“Justice Burke’s distinguished legal career and demonstrated care for the most vulnerable members of our society is a testament to her commitment to justice,” Saint Mary’s President Jan Cervelli said in the release. “A leader in her chosen profession and in the service of others, she represents the qualities we seek to instill in Saint Mary’s students.”Burke was the first woman appointed to the Illinois Court of Claims, and she earned a position on the Illinois Appellate Court in 1995. Burke was appointed to the state Supreme Court in 2006 after Chief Justice Mary Ann McMorrow retired, and she was elected to a ten year term in 2008, according to the release.Burke played an integral role in initiating the Chicago Special Olympics, which she later helped develop into the International Special Olympics, according to the release.“The common theme in Justice Burke’s life and career is dedication to advancing the common good for all people,” Cervelli said in the press release. “She will send our newest graduates into the world with an inspirational message and an example that reflects the essence of their Saint Mary’s education.”The College will also award two additional honorary degrees at this year’s ceremony, according to the release.Sr. Maura Brannick will earn recognition for extending care to uninsured residents of St. Joseph County. Brannick, a registered nurse, established a clinic to provide basic services to patients without access to Medicaid, Medicare or private insurance, according to the release. Because of her dedication to caring for the local community, she has received various honors, including a 1991 Points of Light Award from then-President George H. W. Bush.Dorothy M. Feigl, a College chemistry professor, will also be recognized for her long-term commitment to Saint Mary’s. According to the release, she served as a Board of Trustees member from 1976-1982 and as vice president and dean of faculty from 1985-1999. “Sr. Maura and Professor Feigl embody the spirit of Saint Mary’s,” Cervelli said in the release. “Through their expertise and their example, they have shown us the ideal of servant leadership.”Tags: Anne M. Burke, Commencement, Illinois Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Ask this one simple question for world-class call center service

first_imgThe best and most accurate question that your credit union can ask to receive honest feedback about the quality of your call center’s service is also one of the simplest: “If you owned a customer service company, would you hire the last agent you spoke with?” This single question is the only one that a major US airline uses to survey its callers. They’ve found that it’s clear, direct and cuts through the clutter like a hot knife through butter. Implementing such a quick, straightforward after-call survey process is the best way for your credit union to know if your call center agents are delivering the finest possible member service.You Can’t Manage What You Can’t MeasureSadly though, the survey process at most credit union call centers I review is the opposite of simple and straightforward. The scenarios I see vary all over the map but they share two common themes: They’re inefficient for management and frustrating to members. For example, I see branch surveys retrofitted for use in the call center or member satisfaction surveys that get sent out to random members through e-mail or even snail mail. Often I find no survey process at all.What few credit unions seem to realize is that unless they solicit feedback immediately post call, the feedback they do receive will be minimal, outdated and ultimately useless. Effective corrective action cannot possibly be taken on months-old data that doesn’t accurately narrow down service glitches or identify those agents who are performing poorly. Mission: Impossible to Figure OutMore importantly, imprecise, delayed feedback jeopardizes the most critical call center mission—member service delivery—by leaving agent performance up for interpretation and dispute. Inevitably though, a subjective “feeling” will emerge about whether a call center is or is not doing a good job.Based on these vague feelings, your management will then be forced to spin its wheels chasing issues that may not exist—or even worse—overlooking gaps in service that truly are happening. With an average agent handling 1,400+ calls per month, that uncertainty can translate to a lot of downside for a credit union’s brand if agents are handling calls poorly.Ambiguity Is the Enemy of EmpowermentThat’s why I strongly advocate for 100% objectivity when evaluating agent performance. Armed with the robust system metrics available today, there is no reason why management cannot review agents based solely on objective outcomes. Supplementing that evaluation process with a consistent and collaborative quality assurance program that includes qualitative after-call survey scores and mystery shopping will further drive high performance in your call center.But remember that qualitative is not the same thing as subjective! In fact, whenever subjective measures are allowed to creep into your agent evaluation process, it won’t be long before negative but predictable consequences will follow:There’s no quicker route to agent disengagement than some agents feeling that they aren’t being treated equally. When that perception is left to fester, it quickly affects the whole call center. Unlike the movie Fight Club, everyone talks about everything in a call center. A cautionary quote I will always remember came from a senior manager who had taken over such a center – “I never knew 12 people could create so much chaos.” Setting clear, unambiguous expectations for each agent and sticking to them, day in – day out is also vital. When I encounter troubled call centers, many of the issues lead back to mixed messages being sent to agents by disengaged or distracted management and/or a breakdown in communications from senior management down through the command chain. One of the most common complaints from agents centers on the failure to uniformly enforce schedule adherence and usually gets expressed as some form of “Why does so & so get to take breaks whenever and come in late and I don’t?” Sound familiar?Employees Who Know Where They Stand Will DeliverAll employees want to understand what is expected of them. They want to do a good job but they need to know what it will take to succeed. The responsibility to clearly communicate to each employee what is expected of them rests squarely with your credit union’s call center manager. Even more important is spelling out the WHY behind those expectations. In the example below, which approach do you think would work better?“It’s your job to be on the phone.”“It’s critical that you follow your schedule because the impact of your not being on the phone could double the amount of time our members wait on hold.” Providing the “why” helps build a solid team that pulls together when the queues fill up.The Simple Answer to World-Class Member ServiceViewing your call center’s service through the eyes of your members and objectively measuring that service with an after-call survey program will help your credit union take its service performance to the next level. And there’s no question that delivering world-class service to your members every time—all the time —will always be the right answer. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Frank A. Kovach Frank A. Kovach is Director of Contact Center & Operations Consulting for Advisors Plus, where his group works with credit unions to identify cost savings and improve operational efficiencies through … Web: www.advisorsplus.com Detailslast_img read more

Heisler: Lakers have hopes, but Clippers are seeing dreams come true

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers1. Lakers.2. Clippers.As it turned out when No. 1 played No. 2, it was no contest. The opener was a Clippers home game – and one of the most eagerly awaited in franchise history – but so many Lakers fans bought up the place, TNT’s Reggie Miller guessed they made up two-thirds of the crowd.When the Clippers brought Kawhi Leonard out before tipoff to welcome the crowd, there were audible jeers.Leonard already knew the deal here. When he was shown on the Jumbotron at a recent Rams game, he was booed a lot more loudly there. We’re off and running in the capital of professional basketball.It’s not just local fans who think that way with the Lakers back … they hope … and the Clippers at unprecedented heights of expectation.All NBA metrics point this way. So many media outlets have moved correspondents here, the Wall Street Journal’s Jason Gay called Los Angeles “the Hemingway’s Paris of NBA dorks.”Meanwhile, StubHub listed the league’s most in-demand teams, which started with: Not that hurt feelings proved a problem. Kawhi outscored the supposed prince of the city, LeBron James, 30-18, as the Clippers eased to a 112-102 victory.James sniffed afterward, “It’s not a rivalry,” which is correct. The teams are playing for an NBA title, not local bragging rights, which are soon forgotten, even if it wasn’t the most gracious thing LeBron could have said under the circumstances.Of course, it’s a good thing for the Lakers it’s not a rivalry because they’d be losing it, having gone 5-24 against their crosstown, uh, neighbors since the start of the 2012-13 season – so long ago that Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard were here.Last week’s handful of games is, of course, only that, offering no proof.Nevertheless, however mixed the portents, they sum up the local teams’ relative positions.The Lakers have reason to hope again with Anthony Davis’ arrival confirming their status as a destination for stars.They retain their place as local darlings after decades of excellence, above not only the ugly duckling Clippers but the market’s old-time faves, the Dodgers and Rams.The Clippers have most of the advantages that have been earned lately, starting with a managerial mismatch.From an afterthought run by Coach Doc Rivers doing double duty, the Clippers have built the NBA’s hottest front office with GM Lawrence Frank and consultant Jerry West, with a deep staff of highly regarded young officials like Michael Winger and Trent Redden who turned down offers from other teams.Meanwhile, the Lakers have to show they’re past last spring’s meltdown when Magic Johnson fled and Jeanie Buss and her friends and family took over.Lakers fans still wince at the thought of West yearning to return in 2017, being left out in the cold and going, instead, to the Clippers.Suggesting that unrest continued to bubble last summer, Jerry’s son, Ryan, another highly regarded young Lakers staffer, joined the Clippers.Oh, and Ty Lue, the Lakers’ top coaching candidate before turning them down, is now an assistant on Rivers’ staff.The Clippers are deeper than the Lakers … and perhaps everyone else … with everyone solid in their roles from Patrick Beverley, Landry Shamet and Ivica Zubac to Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell.Leonard slides seamlessly into his role as the starters’ missing No. 1 option, able to create shots out of nothing.The injured Paul George, another two-way star, will add his own dimension upon his return with voluminous 3-point shooting – he was No. 3 in 3-pointers made last season, behind James Harden and Steph Curry – that will keep the floor spread wide open.At the end of halves and fourth quarters, Kawhi and PG will meld with the crack second unit led by Sweet Lou and Trez.Old dynamics are changing in the Western Conference. Five-time defending conference champion Golden State had dominated the Clippers, but that’s over as the Clips showed, routing the Warriors 141-122 in the opening of sparkling, stunned Chase Arena.“This is not a one-off,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “This is the reality.”The Lakers, meanwhile, will need time with a new coaching staff and nine new players, experimenting with James at point guard while awaiting the return of key pieces Kyle Kuzma and Rajon Rondo.This means showing the necessary poise, although they couldn’t have set the bar much lower.It was a year ago at this time that they started 1-4 and Johnson called then-Coach Luke Walton in for a loud reproach that the press reported, decibel by decibel, turning Luke into a lame duck.We still don’t know the whole story, but LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, was already criticizing Walton privately but widely, including to Commissioner Adam Silver, who acknowledged it (“I think he said something along the lines that ‘Luke Walton is not the right guy to coach LeBron.’”)This almost certainly came from James and was conveyed to Johnson, which is presumably what tripped out Magic into airing out Luke, and there went their season.In other words, Frank Vogel had better not take his time to get this working, or do stuff LeBron doesn’t like.Everywhere but here, the rise of the underdog Clippers is as big a story as the saga of the once-majestic Lakers – or bigger.Eight New York Times writers, asked to make predictions, all picked the Clippers to come out of the West.Four of the eight picked the Clippers to win the title, with three picking the 76ers.Five picked Frank to be Executive of the Year.Five picked Williams to win his fourth Sixth Man of the Year award and one picked Harrell.With all the local star power, the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, The Athletic, Fox and NBA.com have moved correspondents here. ESPN has an entire bureau on the beat.“These days, almost every shoe meeting happens in L.A.,” The Ringer’s Bryan Curtis wrote. “Nearly every free-agent courtship is conducted in L.A., whether the team is based here or not. In June, the Timberwolves’ unsuccessful wooing of D’Angelo Russell included a helicopter flight over the city.”For sure, this is where it’s happening.Now, to see what “it” is.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Hazard does it for Chelsea

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP |  Eden Hazard fired Chelsea into the FA Cup final as the Belgian’s blistering strike ensured Antonio Conte’s selection gamble paid off in his side’s dramatic 4-2 win over Tottenham on Saturday.Blues boss Conte sprang a major surprise by starting with Hazard and Diego Costa on the bench in the Wembley semi-final as he looked ahead to the Premier League leaders’ vital fixture against Southampton on Tuesday.But Conte’s bold moves proved inspired as Hazard’s replacement Willian put Chelsea ahead early on and then restored their lead in the second half after Harry Kane’s equaliser.Dele Alli levelled again for Tottenham, but Conte had all the answers and, when he sent on Hazard, the Belgian blasted Chelsea back into the lead.Nemanja Matic’s thunderous long-range effort sealed a final date against Arsenal or Manchester City, who meet in the second semi-final on Sunday.Having seen their lead at the top of the league cut to four points by second placed Tottenham last weekend and looking vulnerable following a limp defeat at Manchester United, this should be a huge psychological boost for Conte’s men.They rode their luck at times but showed a decisive killer instinct while their London rivals came up short in crunch time. Tottenham, losers yet again at Wembley and still without an FA Cup final appearance since 1991, need an immediate response in their midweek trip to Crystal Palace if they are to get revenge by pipping Chelsea to the title.Conte’s decision to pick Willian and Michy Batshuayi instead of Hazard and Costa triggered a round of second guessing, but it took just five minutes for the former Juventus coach to be vindicated.Breaking at pace, Chelsea worked the ball towards Batshuayi and his deft backheel sent Pedro surging clear.When the Spaniard was sent sprawling by Toby Alderweireld’s lunge, Chelsea were hoping for a more severe punishment than the yellow card shown by referee Martin Atkinson.But their frustration was short-lived as Willian stepped up to exact retribution from the free-kick, the Brazilian’s superb 20-yard strike eluding Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris before nestling into the far corner.center_img Kane has been the spearhead of Tottenham’s impressive run this season and the England striker’s typically predatory finish drew them level in the 18th minute.– Exposed –As Christian Eriksen prepared to whip over a cross, Kane was already on the move and his awareness gave him a valuable extra yard of space on Chelsea defender Nathan Ake as he stooped to guide a delicate header past Thibaut Courtois.But, despite controlling possession for long periods, Pochettino’s side still ended the half behind as his decision to play Son Heung-Min out of position at left wingback was exposed in the 43rd minute.Kante slipped a pass to Victor Moses and when the Nigerian’s surge into the penalty area was halted by Son’s rash tackle Atkinson gave the penalty on the advice of his linesman.Batshuayi wanted to take it, but Conte demanded Willian step up and he stroked home the spot-kick in confident style.It could have been a major momentum changer, yet Tottenham were level again in the 52nd minute.Barely looking up as he received the ball, Eriksen unfurled a majestic pass towards Alli, who timed his run perfectly to slide in front of Luiz and direct a close-range finish past Courtois.Conte responded by sending for the cavalry as Costa and Hazard came on for Willian and Batshuayi in the 61st minute, while Cesc Fabregas was introduced soon after.Once again, Conte’s instincts were spot on and the Italian’s changes brought the winner in the 75th minute.Fabregas’s corner was only partially cleared and Hazard seized the ball just inside the area before drilling a blistering finish beyond Lloris.If that was a memorable strike, there was even better to come five minutes later when Hazard teed up Matic and Serb’s thunderous 30-yard rocket sent Chelsea into raptures.last_img read more

Nonpublic Schools Brace for Cuts in State Funding

first_imgProposed Spending Plan Includes Decrease In Security, Nursing Services And TechnologyBy John BurtonGov. Chris Christie’s proposed 2017 state budget seemed to have something for everyone to dislike. And that includes nonpublic schools which are seeing decreases or continued flat spending on what little state aid they get.“We understand you make a choice to send your son or daughter to a nonpublic school,” said Brother Frank Byrne, president of Christian Brothers Academy, a private all-boys Catholic school in Lincroft. But, he said, he was struck by the disparity these cuts seem to underline.“While our parents send our kids here, they’re also paying taxes to the (public) school district,” Byrne said.Christie’s $34.8 billion budget, released on Feb. 16, laid out the financial prospect for what many already knew of the state’s deep fiscal difficulties, with Christie calling upon “fiscal restraint.” “He’s trying to balance the budget. We get it,” Byrne said.For private schools, this document calls for reductions in allocations toward school nursing costs, technologies and – particularly chafing for private school administrators – subsidies for student busing to remain the same as they’ve been for the last nine years. “It’s getting harder and harder to get bus companies to keep a route based upon that amount,” said Frances Koukotas, director for the Network Catholic School Families for the Diocese of Trenton. Koukotas explained that while the money private schools receive remains flat, transportation company expenses, especially for employees, continue to rise, making it more complicated and less desirable to get the companies to include nonpublic schools as part of the greater public school routes.This budget proposes to keep the transportation assistance at $884 per student.“Bus runs are more crowded. Students are leaving earlier in the day,” because of difficulties with transportation, said James Hauenstein, principal/president of Mater Dei Prep, a Catholic high school in Middletown. “All these things impact their ability to learn.”Mater Dei Prep and Christian Brothers Academy are independent Catholic schools, which receive no financial support from the Diocese of Trenton. Trinity Hall High School operates in the same way, and Head of School Mary Sciarrillo said her school community was waiting to see how the issue evolves.But what all private school administrators and others expressed is their most concern is the possible loss of security funding. The fiscal year 2017 budget zeroes out that expenditure.State legislators last year included a budget line item allocating $25 per student for security improvements. “And that was across the board, for all nonpublic schools,” Koukotas said.“I got to tell you,” said Red Bank Catholic High School Principal Robert Abatemarco, “we used every dime of it to create a safer space, more protection for our kids.” The school used the money to treat some windows, making them shatterproof and upgrades to entrance lock systems.On average the state provides $140 per student per year for public school security measures. “The lack of the security funding creates a clear inequity between what’s done for the public school kids and nonpublic school kids,” believed George Corwell, director of the office of Education for New Jersey Catholic Conference, which represents the bishops on all public policy issues.“In the minds of the people who’ve constructed the governor’s budget, there’s a lesser degree of importance for the nonpublic school kids in terms of getting funding for security,” Corwell charged.The state Department of Education makes available to qualifying nonpublic schools, both religious and secular schools, for such things as textbooks, nursing costs and technology services. In addition, schools can get aid for transportation and for last year for security improvements. The state provides the funding to local public school districts, which distributes it to the private schools within the district boundaries.With the exception of transportation, which is expected to remain the same, and the proposed elimination of the security subsidies, the other areas are being cut. Koukotas pointed out that technology funding was $40 per student per year when introduced in 1997 and now it’s proposed to be $20. “So, we’re back to a downward spiral,” she said.Over the last four years, private school enrollment has declined 8 percent statewide, down to 147,119, which reflects some of the funding cuts, with the exception of transportation, explained Richard Vespucci, a state education spokesman. In Monmouth County that enrollment number is 11,474, as of October 2015.The security funding, was a legislative addition last year and “those items are typically addressed through the upcoming budget negotiations,” said Vespucci, who also noted Christie had provided an additional $1 million in nonpublic aid over the last few years.But any shortfall these cuts may cause with school budgets means schools will have to either cut their budgets or ask parents for additional support, or raising tuition. And some parents, who continue to pay taxes to support public education, it is a sacrifice to send their children to these schools, whether seeking religious instruction, academic rigor or family tradition, administrators, school representatives noted.“As a whole, we certainly understand public taxes are paying for public school systems,” Hauenstein said. “But there are certain areas where supporting parents and the students of nonpublic schools are critical.”Koukotas has reached out to the 38 diocesan and five independent schools pursuing a letter writing campaign to encourage local legislators to re-examine the numbers. At a future date the letters will be presented to elected officials in Trenton.last_img read more

Nitros score twice in the third to double Leafs 4-2

first_imgTyler Garcia tied the game in the second period on the power play before Rayce Miller once again restored Nelson’s lead.Jason Richter tied the game before the period ended with a the second power play goal of the game for Kimberley.Nelson out shot the Nitros 35-20 in the contest but ran into a red-hot Tyson Brouwer in the Kimberley nets. Nelson goalie Brett Soles lost for the first time this season in the Leaf nets.Eric Buckley and Jonas Gordon each had two assists for Kimberley.The Leafs, dropping to 3-1-1-1 on the season hosts Sicamous Eagles at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the NDCC Arena.Kimberley returns home to host the Castlegar Rebels Saturday at the Civic Centre. Former Kootenay Ice forward Coy Prevost scored twice in the third period to spark the Kimberley Dynamiters to a 4-2 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League victory over the Nelson Leafs Friday at the NDCC Arena.Prevost, who led the BC Major Midget Hockey League Ice last season with 11 goals and 25 assists for 36 points, snapped a 2-2 tie with his first of two in the game two minutes into the third period before adding an empty-net marker late in the contest.Nelson twice took one-goal leads in the first and second periods.Branden Chow opened the scoring for Nelson in the first period.last_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Beef tenderloin with blue cheese topping

first_img2 teaspoons minced onionDash ground white pepperCombine topping ingredients in small bowl. Rub beef steaks with garlicPlace … This recipe for beef tenderloin with blue cheese topping is from the Beefitswhatsfordinner.com recipe collection.4 beef tenderloin steaks, cut 1 inch thick, about 1 pound1 large clove garlic, halved1/2 teasoon salt 2 teaspoons chopped fresh parsleyTopping:2 tablespoons cream cheese4 teaspoons crumbled blue cheese4 teaspoons plain yogurtlast_img

Belangel stars as Ateneo completes UAAP juniors sweep

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises He finished with 31 points, seven rebounds, and three steals to carry Ateneo to an outright Finals berth.Dave Ildefonso chipped in 16 markers and six boards, while Kai Sotto posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds on top of three blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiguel Oczon led NU with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Rhayyan Amsali added 13 points and nine boards in the defeat.The Bullpups remain in second place with an 11-3 record as they will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals. Meanwhile, University of Santo Tomas stayed in the semifinals hunt after taking down defending champion and third-running Far Eastern University-Diliman, 64-62, while Adamson beat La Salle-Zobel, 75-51.Finishing the elimination round with similar 7-7 slates, UST and Adamson will dispute the last Final Four spot.MVP frontrunner CJ Cansino didn’t want his final year to end in a whimper, collecting 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists.University of the East also stunned UP Integrated School, 94-85 to cap off its campaign with a victory.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Earthquake, wind and fire: extreme conditions hit Olympics SJ Belangel. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSJ Belangel took charge when it mattered the most to lift Ateneo over Nazareth School of National University, 78-68, for a perfect 14-0 sweep in the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym.The 19-year-old point guard fired 12 points in the last three minutes as the Blue Eagles held off a late fightback by the Bullpups.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more