DES MOINES — Officials in Iowa’s largest school district are adding two more days onto this month’s break for students and will have school facilities thoroughly cleaned due to concerns about the coronavirus. Des Moines Public Schools Superintendent Thomas Ahart says there are no known cases of COVID-19 among staff or students.“We think we’re being very proactive as opposed to being in a panic situation,” Ahart says. “Once we have identified cases in our schools, it’s really too late to do meaningful mitigation.”Students were already scheduled to be off through March 26th for next week’s spring break, followed by teacher-only training days and conferences. Teachers will do that work online. Ahart says the district’s buildings will undergo a deep cleaning as students and staff are absent.“We know that with 5000 staff and about 33,000 students, we impact every community in the greater metro area and so it’s incumbent upon us to do what we can to stem the tide,” Ahart says.Classes will be held in Des Moines Public Schools today. After a 17-day break, classes are now scheduled to resume March 30th.
Madrid, Spain | XINHUA | Former Spain and Real Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas officially announced his retirement on Tuesday, after 725 games for Real Madrid, 156 for Porto and a record 167 caps for the Spanish national team.The 39-year-old confirmed in an open letter that he had hung up his boots after his contract with Porto expired.“Today is one of the most important, and at the same time, difficult days in my sporting career. The time has come to say goodbye,” wrote Casillas.“My career in the world of football began 30 years ago. It has been a long road and like all roads, it has had good moments and less good ones. It has had moments of happiness and also sadness, but at this time in my life, and with perspective, I can say there is no doubt it has been worthwhile,” he continued.Casillas made his Real Madrid debut in 1999, and made his first appearance for his country the following year. He was captain for Spain’s 2010 FIFA World Cup triumph and their Euro 2008 and 2012 wins, but a breakdown in relations with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez resulted in his move to Porto in 2015. He was a regular for the Portuguese club until he suffered a heart attack in training on May 1, 2019. Although he returned to training, Casillas did not play a competitive match again.The legendary goalkeeper’s future now looks to be in the administrative side of football, having earlier this year declared his interest in running for president of the Spanish Football Federation.*****XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp
One-Mile Females 10 and Under1 Danee Charles (Liguanea Prep) 7:502 Markiha Bryan (Special Olympics) 8:393 Shantoya Ryan (Special Olympics) 10:44One-Mile Males 10 and Under1 Aaron Henry (Liguanea Prep) 7:452. Kalel Casserly (St Hugh’s Prep) 8:143. Karl Wolfe (Special Olympics) 9:32One-Mile Females 11-121 Tashana Thomas (Camperdown ) 5:142 Melia Davis (Wolmer’s Girls) 5:543 Shante Myrie (Wolmer’s Girls) 5:54One-Mile Males 11-121 Mitri Moore (AISK) 4:572 Tajah Taffe (KC) 4:573 Kabeal Duncan (JC) 4:57Two-Mile Females1 Lian Sharpe (St Andrew) 6:152 Ikeda Stewart 6:283 Ristana Facey 6:30Two-Mile Males1 Danvare Robinson (KC) 5:112 Kristoffe Darby (KC) 5:133 Leron Bowden (KC) 5:19. LENFORD Adams and Samantha James ruled supreme, capturing the respective male and female titles at yesterday’s 28th staging of the Hugo Chambers Memorial 5K Road Race, which started at the United States Embassy and ended at Jamaica College (JC).Running attached, Adams clocked 16 minutes, 18 seconds for top spot among the men, as Garfield Gordon of Mavis Bank High finished second in 16:19, with third going to Kingston College schoolboy, Shane Buchanan, in 16 minutes, 32 seconds.James, formerly of the University of Technology (UTech) and who now attends The Mico University College, had an easy win among the females where she stopped the clock at 18 minutes, 37 seconds. Mavis Bank High School duo of Crystal Brown (21:04) and Shantai Chamberlain (21:35) finished second and third, respectively.Both winners were pleased with their success a 5K event.”It was not a hard race despite the rain. The heavy shower throughout the race did not affect me and I was able to pull through despite good competition from Gordon, who is very regular in these races,” said Adams, a past student of Claude McKay High.According to James, it was part of her early season training regimen.”For me it was a part of my training and it was quite easy for me. The only problem I had was water splashing up in my face due to the heavy shower before and during the race,” she admitted.Meet organiser Ian Forbes was very pleased with the turnout.”The objective for this year’s staging was once again met as all four races went through okay. The turnout was very good despite the rain. The main event was a bit challenging due to the heavy showers earlier, but this also helped with the cool conditions,” observed Forbes.”It is one of the longest road races in Jamaica and the resources from this event goes back into the sports programme at Jamaica College,” he noted.Other Results (top three)
LATEST STORIES SILVER WATCHESNBA Commissioner Adam Silver watched the game from the stands. He’s in Miami for league marketing meetings scheduled for this week.BOTH SIDESWhiteside had tip-ins on consecutive possessions in the first quarter, 22 seconds apart, which sounds great — until realizing it happened on both ends of the floor. Favors was credited with the basket when Whiteside accidentally deflected the ball in for two Utah points, and on the ensuing Miami possession the Heat center tipped in a miss by Dragic.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Washington on Wednesday night, as their trip continues.Heat: Visit Toronto on Tuesday night, then visit Indiana on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Utah played a very good basketball game,” Spoelstra said. “In many ways, they deserved to win this one. But we’ve got to make up some ground. We’ve given up some games that we wish we could have had back, so quite frankly we need to steal some.”Tyler Johnson and Goran Dragic each scored 16 points for Miami. Richardson and Hassan Whiteside each had 14, James Johnson 13 and Kelly Olynyk had 12.Mitchell scored 19 of his 27 points in the second half, but couldn’t save Utah from dropping its seventh straight on the road. He went into the backcourt to take the final inbounds pass and wound up taking a jumper from the right side that missed as time expired.Mitchell kicked himself afterward, realizing too late Rodney Hood might have been open.“I should have made the right read instead of shooting it,” Mitchell said.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Olympic champ Shiffrin dominates slalom for 40th career win Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It was the right call.Richardson’s layup with 5.1 seconds left capped a Miami rally from eight points down in the fourth, Donovan Mitchell missed a jumper for Utah at the buzzer and the Heat simply stole one in the final moments to beat the Utah Jazz 103-102 on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“He drew it up for me and I was kind of surprised,” Richardson said.So surprised, in fact, that Richardson emerged from that huddle telling Wayne Ellington and Tyler Johnson to get ready for his pass. But a lane opened to the rim, Richardson laid the ball home and the Heat won their fourth straight — all by single digits, Miami’s longest stretch of such wins since November 2012. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood (5) dribbles against Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)MIAMI — The last Miami play was designed by Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to put the ball in Josh Richardson’s hands, and with it came the right to decide who would take his team’s biggest shot of the game.He chose himself.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hood scored 17 points, Thabo Sefolosha added 13 and Derrick Favors 11 for the Jazz, who fell to 3-17 on the road.“We obviously did a few things right,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “It doesn’t feel like it right now.”Miami improved to 2-14 when trailing after three quarters.The Heat led for 20 of the 24 first-half minutes, but their lead was only 49-47 at the break.Mitchell was 3 for 12 in the opening half, after going 5 for 14 against the Heat when the teams met in November. It was like he was due to break out — and did just that, needing only 3 minutes to score Utah’s first 11 points of the second half.He made his first five shots of the third, ended up 6-for-8 for 13 points in the quarter and Utah took a 75-74 lead into the fourth. Mitchell put the Jazz up 93-85 with 6:28 left, but Miami finished on a 18-9 spurt.“Find a way at the end,” Spoelstra said.TIP-INSJazz: The 3:30 p.m. EST tip is the earliest for Utah this season. … The Jazz scored 74 points in the teams’ first meeting this season; Joe Johnson’s jumper with 1:09 left in the third gave Utah 75 on Sunday. … Utah is off until Wednesday, which means the Jazz — who had time for exactly one non-gameday practice in December — will get one during this trip.Heat: Miami plays seven of its next eight, and 11 of its next 14, on the road. … There’s been no change yet in the status of Dion Waiters, who sought a second opinion on his sprained left ankle last week. Waiters missed his sixth consecutive game. … The Heat sent Derrick Walton Jr. to Sioux Falls of the G League over the weekend, after he appeared in 12 games with Miami.
…another feared deadThe body of a man was on Sunday afternoon recovered from the Cuyuni River and a search is ongoing to locate the body of another after the boat in which the two were travelling sunk in Makari Backdam, Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) on Saturday.The body of “Dougla” being recovered from the Cuyuni RiverThe body of “Dougla” (only name given) was discovered at around 17:00h on Sunday following a search.Guyana Times understands that “Dougla” and the other missing man, identified only as “Fineman”, were employed to assist with the transporting of a dredge belonging to a man named “Tony” from the said backdam.However, 37-year-old Suban Hussain of Bidrabu, Bartica, reported that he and the missing men along with two others left the backdam in a small boat headed to the landing in Bartica.The 15 horsepowered boat encountered technical difficulties and sunk. Hussain and two others were able to swim to shore; however, “Dougla” and “Fineman” could not be found.After the matter was reported, a massive search was launched. The search is still ongoing to located “Fineman”.
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! When “Mex 2 the Max” tapes, the line outside a West Los Angeles soundstage starts early. The bubbly, pumped-up crowd of Hispanic youths waits excitedly to be part of the audience for one of the most unusual and lively music shows on local TV. The idea behind “Mex 2 the Max” is a timely one. So perfectly in tune with current entertainment trends and census data that its home — the six-year-old bilingual youth culture programmer LATV — is about to take the show national. “Mex 2 the Max,” hosted by Los Angeles-born ex-model Patricia Lopez in that ubiquitous mix of Spanish and English called Spanglish that’s heard around town, delivers the biggest international and national Hispanic music acts (Jaguares, Daddy Yankee, Cafe Tacuba, Pitbull) alongside up-and-coming local bands (Los Abandoned, Go Betty Go, Malverde) for an audience that can’t get enough. Especially now that MTV hardly screens videos at all. “Sometimes we’re the very first stop for big-name musicians that come to the U.S. on tour,” said Lopez, whose profile was raised higher when she signed on as Rick Dees’ radio co-host on the Movin’ 93.9 morning show last September. “It’s just a fun, fast-paced presentation and it seems to be speaking to a large number of people.” The Lopez-hosted “Mex 2 the Max” and its companion “LATV Live” are part of LATV’s menu of shows (such as “LATV en Concierto,” “LATV Does Hollywood” and “Rokamole”) that deliver bilingual music/entertainment programming with interactive segments utilizing telephone, e-mail, Internet chat and text. LATV programming is aired on various channels, including KJLA. The target audience is Hispanic Americans 12 to 34, says Rick Najera, head of current programming and development. “What impressed me about LATV is that, even though until now they could only be seen in Southern California, they had created a national brand,” said Najera, an award-winning writer/producer who has worked on “MADtv” and “In Living Color,” and written and directed “Latinologues,” a compilation of monologues that ran for four months on Broadway. “This is entertaining television with young Hispanics behind and in front of the camera.” LATV’s national rollout begins next month with affiliates in Fresno, Las Vegas, Houston, San Antonio, Miami and elsewhere. On recent occasions, “Mex 2 the Max” was No. 1 among viewers 18 to 49 during its time slot as compared to Mun2, VH1, MTV, MTV2 and Fox Sports, according to Nielsen Media Research, the leading provider of television ratings data. The company places LATV in consistently high rankings among Hispanic cable viewers during prime time. One loyal viewer is Daniela Nuno, 23, of East Los Angeles, who has attended a handful of “M2M” tapings and also watches at home. Among Hispanic viewers in Los Angeles, “Mex 2 the Max” pulled in 38,000 viewers, more than quadruple the viewers for MTV in English and more than 10 times the viewers for Mun2, a bilingual youth network based on the LATV model. With its national launch, LATV will reach approximately 8 million cable and broadcast homes in four of the top 10 U.S. Hispanic markets, said LATV president Danny Crowe. “We’re multicasting to today’s Latino youth,” he said. “It reflects the American experience, and the audience is young and assimilated.” The 6-foot-tall Lopez — known as Patti Longlegs — is the ideal reflection of that audience. Born in Venice, Calif., she started her career as a model for the Elite Modeling Agency, later working as an entertainment reporter for the “CBS Evening News” and landing parts in a variety of TV series. With very little experience, she was hired in 2001 by LATV for “M2M.” Lopez and the show were featured in the 2005 PBS series “Do You Speak American?” hosted by Robert MacNeil. In it she talked about Spanglish and about how some immigrants are sometimes hesitant to speak English. “We have all these Latin people that are coming over to the States,” she told MacNeil, “and (they) might not feel comfortable speaking English. They should catch on to it. And we are … putting it out there for them.” Along with the show and the Dees morning show, Lopez makes time to work with charities involving children and abused women, and hosts benefits, fundraisers and events that target and support the Latino community. “It’s important to be part of the community,” said Lopez, who has a strong online presence, as does LATV’s programming, on MySpace and other sites. “It means a great deal to me to present a positive influence for kids and show that hard, honest work can lead somewhere. I love what I do.” Besides its popularity, “M2M” is an important place to break new Hispanic acts. In recent years, the show helped kick-start the career of the popular Univision Music duo Akwid, which has since gone on to gold sales. It’s for this and other reasons that lines of eager fans wait to enter the LATV studios to meet Lopez and see their favorite show taped for broadcast. “It’s just very down to earth, and I love how it’s done in Spanglish, which is how my friends and I talk to each other all the time,” Nuno said. “Patti is very sweet and friendly, and she talks to all of us before the cameras start. And you don’t hear this music on mainstream radio or anywhere else. It gives a lot of people a chance.” Typical of fan comments on the “M2M” MySpace page was this one from the singular Big Chech from Glendale: “Que onda, M2M. You have one of the greatest shows in TV. Keep up the good work. Just keep on bringing the good guests.” MEX 2 THE MAX What: Current Hispanic regional music with live acts and music videos. Patricia Lopez is VJ. Where: LATV (found on station KJLA, listed on channels 33 or 57 on most cable lineups). When: 9 p.m. Tuesdays. — Fred Shuster, (818) 713-3676 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracy Foster, Drew’s widow, told the court about the events that led up to the explosion, including her husband’s decision to become a millwright and move across the country.“Drew was the rock of our family. No amount of time will heal what we’ve lost,” she said.Crown prosecutor Alana Elliot read a statement from Dave Williams’ mother, who wrote that her living room has become a shrine to her late son.Williams’ father, Michael, wrote that he sometimes visits the cemetery several times a day.“Day after day. Surgery after surgery for 10 days we hoped and prayed David would be able to fight this, but the condition worsened.”Advertisement FORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – The company formerly known as Nexen Energy has been fined $450,000 after pleading guilty to charges in the deaths of two oilsands workers in northern Alberta.The two men died from an explosion at the Long Lake facility near Anzac on Jan. 15, 2016.Drew Foster, 52, of Niagara Falls, Ont., was pronounced dead at the scene and David Williams, 30, of Scotchtown, N.S., later died in hospital.- Advertisement -Nexen Energy was charged in 2017 with workplace offences under Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Act.Some of the charges related to ensuring a compressor was properly serviced and that staff in charge of the machine had read its operating manual and safety rules.The company, which is now called CNOOC Petroleum North America, pleaded guilty in Fort McMurray provincial court to failing to ensure the health and safety of the men.Advertisement Quinn Wilson, CEO of the company, said it has been working on its safety practices to make sure that something similar never happens again.“Drew Foster, David Williams were strong contributors to our company. They were valued and they were working overtime to help us,” he said Thursday outside court.“As an operator we take full responsibility for what happened to those two men that day.”Court heard 16 victim impact statements from family members and a friend of the men.Advertisement Other charges related to their deaths were withdrawn.
This is the moment when Four Masters player Paul Durcan stepped off the bus in Donegal Town to an unforgettable welcome from 20,000 fansIt may have been raining cats and dogs but nobody cared. Thanks to our friends at Wallace Media for this short, yet absorbing clip from last night’s homecoming.Simply click on the video to play. DDTV – THE MOMENT SAM SHONE IN THE DIAMOND was last modified: September 26th, 2012 by StephenShare 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)
PARTS of Donegal will get pounded with up to 40mm of rain this afternoon and into the evening as Met Eireann issued an Orange Weather Alert for the county.Power cuts and satellite TV outages are accompanying the heavy downpours which come after an earlier warning about slippery roads.Met Eireann’s rainfall warning is in effect until midnight tonight, with the north and east of the county getting the worst of the downpours. The south of the county will escape the worst of the weather. It said it had issued an ORANGE level weather warnings is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas.The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.Below is the full warning from Met Eireann:Rainfall Warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Longford, Louth, Westmeath and Meath Very heavy, thundery showers in the areas of Ulster and North Leinster (including Dublin) will continue this afternoon and evening bringing rainfall amounts in excess of 30mm in a six hour period. Issued:Thursday 25 July 2013 13:00Valid:Thursday 25 July 2013 13:00 to Thursday 25 July 2013 23:59ORANGE WEATHER ALERT FOR DONEGAL AS COUNTY POUNDED BY THUNDER STORMS was last modified: July 25th, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegal daily weatherheavy rainOrange Warningthunder stormsweather warning