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Colts owner Jim Irsay on possibility of Andrew Luck returning from retirement: ‘I don’t rule it out’

first_imgAndrew Luck shocked the world when he announced his decision to retire from the NFL on Saturday, but Colts owner Jim Irsay hasn’t given up hoping he’ll see the quarterback in an Indianapolis jersey down the road.Irsay spoke with reporters following Luck’s announcement and gave his opinion on if Luck might return to the team. Andrew Luck retires, shocks social media: Top reactions from Colts quarterback news “We know we have to get on and play. We are focused on having a great season. It’s possible but no one knows and he would be the first to say it. Only time will tell.”Luck, 29, was a Pro Bowl player in four of his six pro seasons and is fresh off a 2018 NFL Comeback Player of the Year award. He led the Colts to a 10-6 record last season and into the second round of the playoffs, so he’ll certainly be hard to replace. Indianapolis is just thankful for the good times it had with him calling the shots.Coach Frank Reich only had positive things to say about what Luck brought the Colts since being selected first overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.”Being in that room with him for the last 18 months was just the experience of a lifetime,” Reich said. “You know, a true competitor in every sense of the word, a great teammate and just one of the truly unique players to ever put on an NFL uniform and certainly, to wear that horseshoe proud. So, for the coaching staff in that locker room, just getting a chance to work with this guy every day was incredible.”Now Indianapolis is focused on moving forward with Jacoby Brissett, who threw for 3,098 yards and 13 touchdowns with the Colts when Luck sat out for all of 2017 to recover from a shoulder injury. Andrew Luck retires: ‘Injuries have taken my joy of the NFL away’ “I don’t rule it out because as quickly as this thing descended on us and mysterious as it was, it could leave the same way,” Irsay said. “That’s just a fact. It’s very hard to measure sometimes our human experience and we all perceive life from our chair. I would say it’s possible.”But Irsay isn’t banking on the slim chance Luck will have a change of heart. Related News Andrew Luck retires: Five things affected by Colts quarterback stepping away in 2019 season “There’s a saying in football that everyone knows and everybody lives by, it’s next man up and even though this situation is unique, no one is exempt,” Reich said.The Colts will kick off 2019 against the Chargers in Los Angeles on Sept. 8, with Brissett under center.last_img read more

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George Clooney’s ‘Monuments Men’ pushed to 2014

first_imgNEW YORK | George Clooney’s World War II drama “The Monuments Men” is being pushed to 2014 and out of the fall awards season.This film image released by Columbia Pictures shows Matt Damon, left, and George Clooney in “The Monuments Men.” A spokesman for Sony Pictures said Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, that the film will now be released in the first quarter of next year, instead of its planned release date of Dec. 18. “Monuments Men,” which Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in, had been expected to be a top Oscar contender. (AP Photo/Columbia Pictures – Sony, Claudette Barius)A spokesman for Sony Pictures said Wednesday the movie will now be released in the first quarter of next year, instead of its planned release date of Dec. 18. “Monuments Men,” which Clooney directed, co-wrote and stars in, had been expected to be a top Oscar contender.The film could still compete for awards next year, but the early-in-the-year positioning suggests Sony doesn’t expect it to. Sony said the film is being delayed so Clooney can finish the film’s extensive visual effects.The film is about a WWII platoon whose mission is to rescue artworks from the Nazis.The Los Angeles Times first reported the release date change.last_img read more

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Campus must fill top posts

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.Young, who was not available for comment Friday, was brought on board at the school last year. Weber has worked at the school since 1995. “I’ve learned a lot, and cutting my teeth as an administrator here has been a huge help,” Weber said. Classes for the school’s 560 students will start Sept. 5. The administrative upheaval at Vasquez, a campus of portable buildings, comes as the Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District tries to attract more students to the school with promises of increased funding. Last month, the school board approved a plan to restructure its debt burden and free up about $160,000 a year. Board member Mark Distaso said the district wants to spend much of that cash on Vasquez. ACTON – With classes starting in a month, school officials need to find replacements for the two top administrators at Vasquez High. Principal Martin Young and Assistant Principal Charles “Buck” Weber are both leaving to work at Ivy Academia, a charter school in Woodland Hills. “It was a surprise for me,” said Superintendent Stan Halperin. “And it doesn’t give us a lot of time for getting familiar with the new person coming in. But we’ll be OK.” The two administrators gave Halperin notice soon after he started working at the district July 17. The administrators are leaving to advance their careers, Halperin said. “Because it’s a small high school, we haven’t been able to offer the range of curriculum that other high schools can,” he said. “And so we’re kind of embarking on that effort.” Meanwhile, the school is seeking the right to open its gym to students. The hangar-like facility with a canvas roof was deemed inappropriate for long-term use by state officials. Officials said they expect to find replacements for Young and Weber before classes start at Vasquez. “It is a little late in the season for hiring,” Distaso said. “But having said that, we’ve already advertised and we’re already starting to get back responses.” alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Why Diverse Teams are More Innovative

first_img[ii] The Innovators, Walter Isaacson, p.3. good excerpt here Tacit Knowledge Helps to Differentiate the Brightest OrganizationsWe can know more than we can tell – Michael PolanyiThe rise of the internet, advances in mobile technologies, online communications and collaboration tools have revolutionized the way we work, who we work with, and the way we serve our customers.Michael Polanyi, in his book Personal Knowledge[i], suggests that human’s intellectual superiority over animals is due to our linguistic capabilities…” What’s left he called tacit knowledge – information that’s difficult to transfer to others. Examples of tacit knowledge include things like experience, perspective, and intuition. What we consider tacit knowledge today may someday be codified. Think of the jump from cave paintings to movable type to Skype.As Walter Isaacson points out in his book, The Innovators, “Just as combining the steam engine with ingenious machinery drove the Industrial Revolution, the combination of the computer and distribute networks led to a digital revolution that allowed anyone to create, disseminate, and access any information anywhere.”[ii]We continue to learn how to organize, classify, categorize, organize and publish new thinking. We live in an amazing time in history where a device in a pocket can access generations of human knowledge, and the richness and depth grows every second.But what of the tacit knowledge? It is the tacit knowledge that will distinguish diverse teams as the creative leaders of the 21st century. One of the most important lessons from the ancient parable of the blind men and the elephant is the importance of multiple perspectives.The most successful organizations will be comprised of diverse team members. Gender, ethnic, generational, cultural and skills-based differences are important to consider to build the most inspired teams.  When snowflakes – each one unique – first hit the bare ground, they melt. Eventually, the ground cools, and the snowflakes begin to join together to alter their environment. When unique people are first immersed in a new environment, they are pressured to melt into the existing culture – change is hard and requires time – but eventually, the uniqueness starts to influence and alter the landscape. The change that is rooted in the tacit knowledge of the new participants is what makes diverse teams great.RecommendationsHere are a few recommendations for building and retaining a diverse and inclusive organization:·         Attract diverse candidates by publicly sharing the desire to build diverse teams.·         Deliberating design positions to attract diverse candidates.·         Vary the makeup of candidates in interviewing for open positions.·         Mentor new employees to teach organizational culture.·         Develop a strong culture of trust.·         Give employees freedom to experiment.·         Set goals for employee retention rates (ie: 100%).·         Encourage open sharing with others.·         Praise publicly, correct privately.·         Be transparent with plans and encourage all employees to contribute.·         Reward organizational citizenship behaviors such as altruism, courtesy, conscientiousness, civic virtue, and sportsmanship.[iii]·         Encourage storytelling and sharing anecdotes – work and non-work related.·         Socialize the desirable and undesirable attributes of the organization’s culture.·         This is a continuing look at the influence of diversity on creativity and innovation – more in Question Uniformity.  [iii] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Organizational_citizenship_behaviorcenter_img [i] Personal Knowledge: Towards a Post-Critical Philosophy, Polyani, Michael, p. 70.last_img read more

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Got Workflex Figured Out, Apply for the When Work Works Award Today

first_imgEffective and flexible work – or – workflex –is a powerful tool in today’s workplace, one which is in high demand. Not surprising given that workflex helps with improved work-life fit, improved employee health, and increased engagement and job satisfaction. Increasing workflex is an opportunity for employers to distinguish themselves as employers of choice to help them win the war for talent.Organizations across the U.S. are answering the call to greater workflex, and using effective and flexible work as a business strategy to help improve organizational and employee success.  If your workplace has workflex figured out, then step up to get the recognition you deserve. How? Apply for the When Work Works Award. Win and show current and prospective employees that workflex is an important part of your organization’s success!The When Work Works Award recognizes model U.S. organizations that excel in creating effective and flexible workplaces. All applicants receive a free, customized benchmarking report comparing their workplace practices to national data and to other Award winners. Winners also receive local and national recognition from the media, SHRM and When Work Works as well as the opportunity to be featured in a searchable database, the go-to resource on best employers for the media and prospective job candidates.Applications take 20-30 minutes and there is no fee to apply. Apply now through May 11 at whenworkworks.org.last_img read more

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Ronaldo reveals favourite goal

first_img There are bound to be some screamers among such a tally, but the one Ronaldo himself refers to as his favourite is also very well known to the Bianconeri faithful. The Portuguese striker boasts a great record in three of Europe’s five top leagues and with over 700 goals in all tournaments during an illustrious career, it might be hard to pick the best one. “At 19 or 20 years  old, I understood that football was numbers, titles and records. Not just the performance or dribbling. If you want to win something, you have to score. “At first, I dribbled, I was showing off with my footwork. I realised that it was not enough. That I had to score goals.” Ronaldo agrees that he became obsessed with statistics at a young age and developed an eye for goal through some adjustments to his game. “It’s hard to say. The last is always most important. But if you ask me to choose, I would say the goal I scored against Juventus: the overhead kick,” the 34-year-old said in an exclusive interview with France Football.center_img “Scoring is the most important thing in football, after the victory of your team. They are both linked, though, so I evolved in the way of playing and thinking about football,” the superstar added. Cristiano Ronaldo reveals his favourite of 701 goals was for Real Madrid against Juventus. “It’s one of the most beautiful overhead kicks ever scored.” “Look at the height I’ve got when I touch the ball. It’s over 2.40m. It’s incredible. For me, it’s one of the most beautiful overhead kicks ever scored and I don’t say that because I was the one who scored it.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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Sylvanvale have a ball at clinic

first_imgThe 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Junior Clinic on Friday, 16 January at Remondis Stadium, Cronulla included a number of special guests, none more important than the group from the Sylvanvale Foundation. The group comprised of adults and young adults with different forms of physical and intellectual disabilities, all of whom had a great passion for learning about Touch Football and having as much fun as possible whilst doing so. With assistance from Touch Football Australia, New South Wales Touch Association and Cronulla Sharks staff, the group were provide a unique experience, by having a run around on the home ground of the Sharks as well as going home with a number of special gifts.Steve, a mad Cronulla Sharks fan, had an amazing time, and showed off all of the skills that he had learnt as part of the clinic, including trick passes and touchdowns.The Sylvanvale Foundation’s Operations Manager, Marti Travers, said the group have not stopped raving about their time at the clinic and are looking forward to using their new found skills.The group also had a chance to meet and speak with Australian Touch Football representatives, as well as members of the Cronulla Sharks NRL side, and made sure they got plenty of gear signed to keep as a memory of this special day.The Sylvanvale Foundation works with children and adults with disabilities to provide them with experiences as well help them to successfully live in their communities.More information on the Sylvanvale Foundation can be found at – http://www.sylvanvale.com.au/index.php To view photos from the day, head to the TFA Facebook page – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia and stay tuned to the TFA YouTube channel for the highlights – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. Related LinksSylvanvale Cliniclast_img read more

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Communities, Businesses Urged to Make Use of Jamaicaeye

first_img Meanwhile, JamaicaEye Project Coordinator, Emil Holgate, said that since the roll-out of the programme “the uptake has been phenomenal with nearly 35,000 visits to the website.” The Ministry of National Security is encouraging more communities and businesses to make use of the JamaicaEye initiative.Speaking at a recent JIS Think, Senior Director of Modernisation and Strategic Projects in the Ministry, Arvel Grant, said there are various options available for persons to set up a closed circuit television (CCTV) system and contribute the feed to JamaicaEye.He noted, for example, that citizens and business associations have been pooling their resources to purchase CCTV cameras to cover specific areas.“In some communities they may have two or three main roads, so they are installing CCTV cameras along those main roads and connecting those cameras to the system. They are setting up a camera system for the community and sharing the cost with members in the community,” he said further.Launched in March, JamaicaEye is a national CCTV surveillance programme geared at improving public safety and emergency response.It is designed to network all the CCTV systems owned by the Ministry as well as accommodate feeds from privately-owned cameras.Mr. Grant said that JamaicaEye can be a major emergency tool for communities.“Say there is a major flooding in an area of Kingston; we can use the cameras to immediately assess the situation,” he pointed out.He noted that “typically what happens now is that you would send a team out, they would go and survey and take a view of what is happening on the ground and come back in to some central planning location and then deploy resources.”“What CCTV allows us to do in cases of emergency or disaster is to immediately begin that assessment and start deploying resources,” he said.Mr. Grant noted that JamaicaEye will also improve response to crimes and accidents.“We cannot have a policeman on every corner of every street 24 hours per day, but the cameras can be there,” he contended.He explained that the software can determine that an accident has happened at an intersection, allowing for quick assessment and deployment of response teams.“The software can tell when there is a crowd at a location where typically there is none, so it will bring that camera into focus and allow the security personnel to start looking at it to determine whether there is a response needed from the police,” he noted further.Mr. Grant is advising communities interested in setting up CCTV systems to visit the website jamaicaeye.gov.jm, where a range of specifications can be found at various prices.“You can take those specifications to the security companies and they can customise a suite of cameras that can fit your budget,” he said.Meanwhile, JamaicaEye Project Coordinator, Emil Holgate, said that since the roll-out of the programme “the uptake has been phenomenal with nearly 35,000 visits to the website.” Story Highlights  He noted that “typically what happens now is that you would send a team out, they would go and survey and take a view of what is happening on the ground and come back in to some central planning location and then deploy resources.” Speaking at a recent JIS Think, Senior Director of Modernisation and Strategic Projects in the Ministry, Arvel Grant, said there are various options available for persons to set up a closed circuit television (CCTV) system and contribute the feed to JamaicaEye.last_img read more

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Tents considered blessing for homeless in San Diego

first_imgSAN DIEGO – Christine Wade found a haven in the tent she shared with six children, pitched in an asphalt parking lot.It was, at least, far better than their previous home in the city, a shelter where rats ate through the family’s bags of clothes and chewed on 2-year-old Jaymason’s stroller. Roughly 50 of the encampment’s 200 residents were children, so Wade’s kids had plenty of playmates.“It’s peaceful here,” Wade, 31, who is eight months pregnant, said in an October interview. “There’s coffee first thing in the morning. We can hang out here in the daytime. I mean what more could you ask for?”A tent, of course, is not a home. But for these San Diegans, it is a blessing.Like other major cities all along the West Coast, San Diego is struggling with a homeless crisis. In a place that bills itself as “America’s Finest City,” renowned for its sunny weather, surfing and fish tacos, spiraling real estate values have contributed to spiraling homelessness, leaving more than 3,200 people living on the streets or in their cars.Most alarmingly, the explosive growth in the number of people living outdoors has contributed to a hepatitis A epidemic that has killed 20 people in the past year — the worst U.S. outbreak of its kind in 20 years. Deplorable sanitary conditions help spread the liver-damaging virus that lives in feces.“Some of the most vulnerable are dying in the streets in one of the most desirable and livable regions in America,” a San Diego County grand jury wrote in its report in June — reiterating warnings it gave the city repeatedly over the past decade to better address homelessness.San Diego has struggled to do that. Two years ago, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, a moderate Republican, closed a downtown tent shelter that operated for 29 years during winter months. He promised a “game changer” — a new, permanent facility with services to funnel people to housing.But it wasn’t enough.The result? Legions of Californians without shelter. A spreading contagion. Endless political disputes over what can and should be done — and mounting bills for taxpayers. Struggling schools and other institutions. And an extraordinary challenge to the city’s sunny identity that threatens its key tourism industry.For now, San Diego again is turning to tents. The campground where the Wades lived was only temporary; this month, officials are opening three industrial-sized tents that will house a total of 700 people.There are plans afoot to build less-makeshift housing. But to deal with the immediate emergency and operate the giant tents, the city had to take $6.5 million that had been budgeted for permanent homes.Democrat Councilman David Alvarez cast the only vote against the plan. “Had we actually invested in a homeless strategy, we would not be here today being asked to warehouse 700 people in giant tents,” he said.Republican Councilwoman Lorie Zapf’s mother was mentally ill and died homeless in Los Angeles. She agreed with Alvarez that the tents were not a perfect solution to San Diego’s crisis, but she could not in good conscience pass up a chance to get people off the streets.“We need to do anything we can to stop this tsunami of people who are ending up on our sidewalks,” she said.___“The people of San Diego need to decide what they want the city to look like,” said Gordon Walker, who took the helm this summer of the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless amid praise for his efforts in combatting chronic homelessness in Utah.“San Francisco has essentially given up its streets to the homeless,” added Walker, who served as deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Reagan administration. “It could go either way here. The real issue is we don’t have enough housing.”Last year, the number of people living outdoors in San Diego jumped 18 per cent over the previous year, according to an annual count taken in January. More than 400 makeshift shelters sprung up downtown, covering sidewalks across from new high-rise apartment buildings that have climbed in lockstep with the booming biotech-heavy economy and soaring rents, among the nation’s highest. A studio apartment goes for around $1,500 a month, on average.Most of the homeless, like the Wade family, did not migrate to San Diego to live on the streets but are local residents who became homeless in a city where rents increased nearly 8 per cent in a year. High-rise buildings have replaced discount residential buildings that offered single rooms for rent, housing people living paycheque-to-paycheque. Nearly half of the 9,000 rooms have disappeared since 2003.In October, as the hepatitis death toll climbed and the city declared a homeless emergency, Faulconer and the non-profit Alpha Project opened the Balboa Park campground where the Wades found shelter. The city installed public washing stations, opened 24-hour restrooms and scrubbed streets with a bleach solution.Police also cracked down, issuing hundreds of citations, largely for illegal lodging. Within weeks, the nearly 400 tents and tarps downtown were gone. Those who work with the homeless say they simply scattered.“It could be like a campfire when all the embers are spread out. It either dies out or it catches other areas and makes a bigger fire than we originally had,” said Dr. Jeffrey Norris, the medical director of Father Joe’s Villages, which runs a clinic that treats 2,800 homeless annually.The number of encampments hidden in the brush and bamboo along the banks of the San Diego River doubled.“It’s being used as a toilet,” said Zapf, whose council district includes the river, bays and beaches.The San Diego River Park Foundation’s mission is to preserve the river, a green ribbon that starts from snowmelt in the mountains east of San Diego and builds as it snakes through a valley of cottonwood groves and continues under freeway overpasses by shopping centres.The foundation spent $115,000 removing 250,000 pounds of trash left by the homeless camps this year. Litter is carried by the river, which feeds into the Pacific at a popular dog beach.Director Rob Hutsel said he gets asked by potential donors about the foundation’s plans to create a 52-mile-long river park and trail system: “What about the homeless? Don’t build a park. It’ll just bring in more.”“Gosh, parks are good,” he said. “There shouldn’t be any thought about building a park. That’s so unfortunate.”___Laurie Britton operates an organic coffee roasting business and coffee shop, Cafe Virtuoso, in the Barrio Logan neighbourhood. The winter shelter was nearby, and Britton was among those who supported its closure two years ago because it drew throngs of homeless people to the area.But when it closed, the problem exploded. Tents, tarps, shopping carts, needles and trash spilled into the street, making it difficult to drive to her cafe.Her customers’ cars would get bashed by bottles or sprayed with urine. People locked themselves in the bathroom to do drugs. One Saturday, Britton dressed up to give a tour but had to scrape piles of human feces off the sidewalk first. Another morning, a man flashed a knife and glared when she asked him not to put a tarp next to her cafe’s parking fence.She issued pepper spray to her 14 employees.“If it gets out of hand, the girls know to grab the pepper spray and do what you have to do,” she said. “The reality is I am here to protect my customers and employees. It’s not my job to give you a bathroom and free water. And clean up when you just peed on my door. Really? This is hard enough. I don’t need to be doing that.”Since the city started cleaning up the streets, business has increased by 20 per cent. She now welcomes the giant tents — two of which are within a block of her business — if people eventually end up in permanent housing.She’s also trying to help. Her coffee roasting lab offers job training and works with a school exclusively for homeless students.“But if it gets as bad as it was again, I’d probably move,” she said.John Long did relocate his Halcyon coffee bar and lounge in October to San Marcos, a town north of San Diego. Three years ago, the hip Austin-based chain opened to much fanfare as a sign of downtown’s gentrification, with floor-to-ceiling windows and a patio that looked onto a new park.But espresso-drinking customers ended up with a view of people sleeping on the grass.“One had to hope that with that much investments going into the area downtown, the city would keep the sidewalk clean — especially the park — but that didn’t happen,” Long said.Long kept his lease and may someday reopen a business there. First, though, “There needs to be a dramatic change and action.”___Father Joe’s Villages is working on a $531 million plan to take about 2,700 people off the streets through new construction or by refurbishing motels over the next five years. Federal, state and local funds will cover most of the cost, but the charity still must raise $120 million.“That’s truly what we need just to make a dent,” said Deacon Jim Vargas, the group’s president.The mayor has earmarked more than $80 million to reduce homelessness over the next three years. The plan includes incentives for landlords and $30 million for developers to create 300 affordable units. The goal is for 65 per cent of tent occupants to be moved into housing.“Ultimately the goal is to put everyone in a home who wants to be,” Faulconer told The Associated Press. “We need to get people off the streets now and then move forward on constructing units.”But the temporary solution is expensive. At a cost of $1,700 per person per month, $6.5 million will cover seven months, but the tents may need to remain open for up to two years, depending on the housing market, according to the San Diego Housing Commission’s head, Rick Gentry.Meanwhile, San Diego County has spent more than $4 million to cope with the hepatitis outbreak. Public health nurses carting coolers of the vaccine have administered more than 100,000 shots, including outside restrooms and libraries and under freeway overpasses.It didn’t have to come to this, said Michael McConnell, a retired businessman-turned-activist who prods the city to stop arresting the homeless.“The slogan ‘America’s Finest City’ is being tarnished day by day because the city has been turning a blind eye to its most vulnerable,” McConnell said, as crews sprayed a bleach solution along 17th Street in September after people moved bags, bicycles and overflowing grocery carts.In 2005 and in 2015, the grand jury recommended the city provide more public restrooms to its homeless population. But city officials feared they would attract drug dealers. They also balked at the $250,000 estimated installation cost and the hundreds of thousands of dollars believed needed to operate them.Then hepatitis A made it everyone’s problem.With more than 560 cases and more than 360 people hospitalized, doctors recommended vaccinations to anyone who regularly goes downtown. Members of one fire crew were inoculated after stomping through human feces.___At Perkins Elementary School, staffers have found excrement and urine outside classrooms before the school opened for the day, and some worry the hepatitis virus may be brought into the school on shoes. Perkins has a playground with a panoramic view of sleek high-rises and the shiny dome of the city’s new central library; it also has a student body that is more than a quarter homeless, up from 4 per cent three years ago.Homelessness takes a particular toll on the young. Fernando Hernandez, Perkins’ principal, said many of the homeless students are far below grade levels. Some have not attended school in years.“We have first graders who get out of bed and get to school on their own,” Hernandez said. “Some come to school after sleeping on a floor and don’t sleep well. That may be why they are not learning. So we have to recalibrate our expectations.”Shawnni Wade was a straight-A student as a third grader before her family’s troubles escalated. In all the upheaval, she left the school; now, she’s returned as a seventh grader.“It’s weird to be back,” said the girl with bright green eyes and a sly smile.But then, little about this 12-year-old girl’s life has been normal.Christine Wade’s ex-husband’s drug addiction got them booted from apartments and then a shelter. After they divorced, he let Wade care for his two daughters, whom she had raised for eight years. She moved the six children to a residential hotel, where she paid $1,200 a month for a kitchenette with two queen beds.But Wade, who is in poor health, often called in sick. She lost her job cleaning hospital rooms.A month later, she discovered she was pregnant, despite birth control. A doctor talked to her about abortion. “I didn’t have the heart to do that,” she said.Without her income, she lost the kitchenette last spring.“There’s so little help for a big family,” Wade said.She could find space only in a rat-infested shelter, where the family lived before landing in the Balboa Park campground. As the sun set on their second night there, Shawnni — oblivious to nearby freeway traffic — looked to the sky and said she liked camping. Wade smiled.Then, a few weeks ago, Wade fell ill again and was hospitalized. She could not return to the campground in her condition, so the family moved into yet another shelter.A caseworker is now helping her find a home. She hopes to have one before next month, when she expects to give birth to a son.___Follow AP’s complete coverage of the West Coast homeless crisis here: https://apnews.com/tag/HomelessCrisislast_img read more

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Crude by rail exports hit three year high as Canadian oil discounts

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – The National Energy Board says exports of Canadian crude oil by rail to the United States jumped to a three-year high in March.In a report, the federal agency says average crude-by-rail volumes reached just over 170,000 barrels per day, the highest since December 2014.The NEB says crude-by-rail exports were driven by steep discounts for Western Canadian Select heavy oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate, with the March average price difference at about US$23 per barrel. The price difference makes the higher cost of shipping by rail versus pipeline worthwhile because the barrels sell for higher prices at their destination in the U.S. than they would have in Canada.The NEB says the rising use of rail was also sparked by the fact major Canadian export pipelines operated at or near maximum capacity during the month.In the first quarter of 2018, about 75 percent of Canadian rail exports were destined for the U.S. East Coast and Gulf Coast.The Gulf Coast is the largest refining region in the U.S. and has a large capacity to process Canadian heavy crude oil.last_img read more

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