Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has backed protests over Anfield ticket prices, telling talkSPORT the proposed rise is ‘extortionate’ for the club’s faithful fans.Thousands of supporters walked out in the 77th minute of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Sunderland, in complaint of rises which could see Main Stand tickets cost £77 next season, up from £59, with season tickets increasing from £869 to £1,029.Liverpool latest: Reds fans claim Anfield walkout is ‘just the start’ of ticket price protestsA number of club legends have joined the Reds faithful in their dispute, including former defender Jamie Carragher who was pictured [see below!] among the throng of fans leaving the stadium at the weekend.And now FA Cup winning midfielder Murphy has thrown his weight into the row, telling the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Liverpool supporters historically make their points known. They do something about it when they feel hard done by, they don’t just talk.“Are they hard done by here? Yeah, I think so. I know the stadium development has to be funded somehow, but the amount of money coming in from TV deals and the Premier League now is so huge, so the extra hike on the tickets was too much. It was extortionate.“They made their point well. It was a good way of doing it and we’re hearing this morning that the club are looking at reviewing it, which is fantastic.”Reports on Monday morning confirmed Murphy’s claims. Owners Fenway Sports Group were thought to have held talks with club chiefs on Sunday following the protest, which may have sparked the possibility of a review of their controversial ticket rise.The mass exodus against Sunderland meant many fans didn’t watch as their team capitulated in the closing stages, letting their 2-0 lead slip to draw 2-2 with the basement battlers.The Reds appeared to have a healthy lead following goals from Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, but two goals in the final ten minutes from Adam Johnson and Jermain Defoe earnt a point for the battling Black Cats.But Murphy insists the protest was not to blame for the late slump.“I don’t think it was anything to do with the fans walking out,” he added. “I don’t think you can hide behind that.” 2 Liverpool fans protest ticket price rise 2
Public school districts are required by federal law to provide information to independent schools about the programs. The No Child Left Behind Act requires public districts to provide “timely, meaningful consultation.” Usually, districts send letters to private schools informing them about the 12 categories of funding available. Los Angeles Unified sends information to schools on a list provided by the California Department of Education. Private schools must complete an affidavit allowing them to receive federal funds, said Chris Downing, LAUSD’s coordinator for specially funded programs. The district also hosts an informational fair in the spring for the schools and works closely with consortiums representing Catholic and Baptist institutions, he added. “Every private school that signs up on the state’s Web site receives a letter from us,” Downing said. “We ensure that every eligible party does receive the opportunity to participate.” Public districts receive federal funding for eligible children living within their attendance boundaries and usually reimburse private schools for eligible expenses. The Redondo Beach Unified School District has paid invoices for early literacy curriculum, instructional materials and professional development. The district has also reimbursed private schools for computer software and other technology, said Annette Alpern, assistant superintendent of instructional services. “A school would be eligible based on the number of students who qualify in the Redondo Beach attendance area,” Alpern said. “In Redondo Beach, they are made aware” of the programs. Teachers from St. Lawrence Martyr Parish School in Redondo Beach have attended training workshops with their public peers, Principal Shannon Gomez said. “We tap into that every year,” Gomez said. Private schools also shy away from federal funds because they fear additional regulation. “We have an overall concern that participating in these programs could lead to more unnecessary government intrusion in our schools,” said Amy Sechler, a lobbyist for the National Association of Independent Schools. “Our independent schools love to be independent.” They don’t participate in the academic accountability program set up by No Child Left Behind that all students reach proficiency in English-language arts and mathematics by 2014. The dilemma isn’t a strictly local one. A study released in September by the Urban Institute reveals a nationwide trend of independent schools declining federal reimbursements. More than 5 million students attend more than 28,000 private elementary and secondary schools in the country, representing more than 10 percent of all K-12 students, according to the study. Catholic schools, which make up roughly 28 percent of private operators, are the exception to the rule, said Gayle Christensen, the study’s lead author and a Georgetown University researcher. That reason dates back to Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society reforms of the 1960s. In 1965, lobbyists for Catholic institutions were able to secure a provision in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (renamed as No Child Left Behind in 1994) retaining eligibility for private schools as long as funding isn’t given directly. Direct funding would likely violate the legal doctrine requiring the separation of church and state, Christensen said. The Catholic schools made the argument that underprivileged private school students shouldn’t be deprived of federal assistance, she said. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BAY: Educators say private institutions may think they don’t qualify or are just unaware of aid. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Federal funds to raise English-language proficiency, improve teacher quality, enhance school safety and boost academic performance often go unclaimed by local private schools, educators say. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityContacted by the Daily Breeze, independent schools in the South Bay said they either didn’t believe they qualify for the funds or weren’t aware of the programs. “We’re a small school,” said Debbie Schwartz, admissions director at Peninsula Heritage School in Rolling Hills Estates. “So we really haven’t tapped into it. I have looked at it and they really don’t pertain to us because our small size.” At Carson Christian School near California State University, Dominguez Hills, Principal Marian Alexander receives materials from Los Angeles Unified about the programs but hasn’t pursued funds. “If I’m reading them correctly, they are for students in areas that are underprivileged,” Alexander said. “Our students in the area don’t really qualify for that.” Both schools likely would be eligible for funding under multiple programs.
MILWAUKEE – They’re off again, and flying. For a seventh year, young whooping cranes took off from a Wisconsin wildlife refuge, led by ultralight aircraft on a 1,250-mile journey to Florida. This time, the project to establish a second migratory flock of the endangered birds in North America is recovering from a Florida storm last winter that killed all but one of the 18 young cranes. The survivor died later, and with several other deaths from various causes, the adult flock in the wild now numbers about 52 cranes. “The population is not safe. We could lose the entire species to storms or oil spills or some sort of catastrophic event,” he said. “So it shows just how important this work really is to get them to the point where they’re self-sustaining and kind of build an insurance flock against this kind of situation.” The whooping crane, which at 5 feet tall is the tallest bird in North America, was near extinction in 1941, with only about 15 left. The other wild whooping crane flock in North America has about 200 birds and migrates from Canada to the Texas Gulf Coast. A non-migratory flock in Florida has about 60 birds.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.The 17 birds that left Saturday from the Necedah National Wildlife Refuge were hatched in captivity and raised there by researchers wearing crane-like costumes to keep the birds from becoming familiar with humans. The ultralight pilots wear the same costumes and lead the birds on a trip that takes about two months, with many stops where the young birds are kept in portable pens along the way. After that, the birds migrate in spring and fall on their own. Pilot Joe Duff, co-founder of Operation Migration, the nonprofit that developed the concept of ultralight-led migration, told The Associated Press in a recent interview that last winter’s tragedy has been difficult to overcome. “That whole loss came at the worst possible time,” he said. “Everything was done, all the funds were raised and all the bills were paid and all the work was done – and then you lose the birds.” But it also has broadened the message about saving cranes and other species, and about conserving resources, he said.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.And if he wins one of the two open spots on East Whittier’s school board, Gallardo says he’ll focus on getting teachers all the materials and resources they need to provide a “quality education.” “I decided this would be a good opportunity to provide some of my knowledge and skills to the school board, and be active and progressive in assisting the community,” Gallardo said. “I’m so impressed with the quality of education already being delivered here. But yes, there are areas where we can improve,” he said. “We need to do more to maintain our programs and retain school staff.” Both Elbling, 43, and Aparicio, 28, are middle-school teachers. But for Elbling, his motivation to run for the board is the same as his reason for becoming an educator. “Bottom line: I’m here to make a difference,” said Elbling, who teaches at Corvallis Middle in Norwalk. “I want to make a difference in individual student’s lives, and promote positive things for the cause of education in this district, and all districts in general.” EAST WHITTIER – It’s a race of the challengers at the East Whittier City School District on Nov. 6, when voters go to the polls to decide which two candidates get to serve the next four years on the district’s governing panel. Each of the four candidates – Carlos Aparicio, Michael A. Cirasole, Dimitri C. Elbling and Angel E. Gallardo – has at least a few years of professional experience in public schools under his belt. And with issues like declining enrollment and rising educational standards set by the federal No Child Left Behind Act, all four candidates say their knowledge and skills would be beneficial if elected. Gallardo, 45, a career and technical education coordinator at the Pomona Unified School District, has spent the past 22 years in education, holding titles ranging from teacher to high school principal. Elbling and Gallardo are endorsed by the East Whittier Education Association. Aparicio, who graduated from El Rancho High in Pico Rivera, said education has always been a big priority in his family. “Every child has the ability to succeed and just to move on and better themselves by focusing on education,” he said. “What’s most important, for myself, is that my children come to this district and I want to be involved in their education,” he said. “And working as a teacher has given me skills and experience that I can bring to the school board.” Cirasole, 59, has spent the last 26 years with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, overseeing school budgets to make sure districts remain fiscally sound. “I understand school-district budgets and the consequences of poor planning,” said Cirasole, a 55-year resident of Whittier. “More needs to be done to prevent the funding loss. And I believe having a safe and secure learning environment is the most important thing a school can provide.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“It’s just a shame that so much money is spent on these elections,” Schneider said. “I’ve spent what I can afford.” Pacheco agrees that campaigns are expensive. “It costs money to get mail out,” he said. “If the money isn’t in the account, the post office doesn’t take IOUs.” South Whittier School District This race among four candidates appeared to be a low-spending affair until incumbent Jan Baird loaned her campaign $8,000. She has spent $5,810 so far. “I didn’t feel like bugging all my friends, relatives and associates asking them for contributions,” Baird said on why she decided to use her own money. However, her three opponents are spending little cash. Incumbent Sharon Stys and Josue Alvarado have filed a form stating they will spend less than $1,000. Challenger Ivan Tafoya has raised $1,430 and spent most of that. East Whittier School District Challenger Dimitri Elbling is the only candidate not to file the form stating he will spend less than $1,000. Elbling has raised $5,429, including a $1,000 loan from himself, and spent $3,397. The other candidates are Carlos Aparicio, Michael Cirasole and Angel Gallardo Rio Hondo College In this race, challenger Alma Martinez has raised three times as much as incumbent Gary Mendez, thanks in part to a $5,500 donation from the Rio Hondo College Faculty Association. Still, both candidates also have gone into debt – not to themselves but vendors. Mendez owes $6,248 to A&M Direct Mail Service and $1,299 to Visual Concepts, while Martinez owes $4,015 to Magic Color Inc., Digital Imaging and Design. “I’m fortunate to have relationships with vendors,” said Mendez, whose total contributions include only a $1,000 loan from Rio Hondo College trustee Garry Couso-Vasquez and $2,400 in postage and a forgiven bill from two others. Martinez has raised $11,211. She said the large contribution from the faculty doesn’t make her beholden to the group. “I told them I’m going to look at all sides of an issue when it comes up,” she said. Mendez called Martinez a faculty association-sponsored candidate. “This has turned into a campaign between Gary Mendez and the faculty association,” he said. [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Incumbency and deep pockets are paying off for incumbent Ralph Pacheco and business owner Harry Jacobs in the Whittier Union High School District School Board race. Election day is Tuesday. Pacheco and Jacobs have raised more money – a combined $33,005 – than teacher Tim Schneider and Jesse Carmona, founder of the nonprofit Whittier Baseball Club, according to campaign finance reports filed with the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder’s Office. But much of their money has come from their own checkbook. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“You have to find the money by either getting it donated or you loan it to your campaign,” said Jacobs, who has loaned his campaign $7,744 of the $13,883 he has raised. “I’m really committed to make this campaign a success,” Jacobs said. “You’ve got to do whatever is legally necessary to make it happen.” Pacheco has raised $19,122, $4,200 of which his wife, Deborah, loaned to the campaign. Schneider has raised $7,355, but only $800 of that came from him. Carmona filed a form stating he would spend less than $1,000.
VALENCIA – At a roadside stand in one of Los Angeles County’s fastest-growing suburbs, Nancy Roatcap sells lifelong memories like those of bygone days. On a 9-acre plot under high-tech power lines, the 60-year-old owner of Nancy’s Ranch grows the pumpkins and Christmas trees that families seek out as a respite from their fast-food world. “Nothing says Halloween like a pumpkin,” Kevin Miller of Burbank said during a recent visit to the farm. “This is the closest you are going to get to country in Los Angeles.” After surveying the myriad offerings in the pumpkin patch, Miller’s 8-year-old son, Jacob, placed his selection in one of the red wagons provided at the front entrance for just this purpose. Five-year-old daughter Morgan picked one, too, making a sensible choice. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s not really that heavy,” she said. Fall and winter are Roatcap’s favorite seasons. “You don’t have to work in the heat anymore,” Roatcap says. “You see all these happy people.” Roatcap farms six acres of Monterey Pine Christmas trees and a half-acre on land leased from The Newhall Land & Farming Co. Her crops were not affected by the recent wildfires. “It’s like a little oasis,” Roatcap said. “It’s like downtown Valencia has a Christmas tree farm and a pumpkin patch.” Although she farms under power lines, she doesn’t have electricity. She uses a small generator to charge the batteries that run the cash register and credit card machine. Another generator runs the lights. After the pumpkin season, she brings in an industrial generator to run lights so she can sell Christmas trees until 9 p.m. She knows that one day her oasis will dry up. “For me, the noise is the one thing that is going to drive me out of here sooner or later,” she said about the whir from Magic Mountain Parkway and nearby Interstate 5. In the meantime, Roatcap will keep farming. This year she had a boom crop of watermelon, thanks to the coyotes who planted them. The animals roam around the land at night, eat watermelons and then “plant” the seeds when they poop. Watermelons are now growing sporadically next to some of Roatcap’s 2,500 baby Christmas trees. Farming is in Roatcap’s blood. Her father, Ralph Roatcap, farmed produce – mainly tomatoes – throughout Ventura County. He died last year at age 87. She keeps one of his tractors and trucks on the property. “He really taught me about being honest and happy,” Roatcap said. “He thought it didn’t make sense to be any other way.” Roatcap farmed with her father, but then branched out on her own. She sold her first trees in 1997 and her first pumpkins in 1999. On a recent Saturday, Nancy and Darrin Miller bought 11 of Roatcap’s pumpkins. It’s become an annual tradition for the Canyon Country couple since their 3-year-old son, Sean, was born. “We do it for him,” said Nancy Miller, 38, as she gestured toward her son wearing a Disneyland sweat shirt. “It is family.” The Millers take their fall family photos at the ranch and this year they will be back for their Christmas tree. “It’s fun,” said Darrin Miller, 42. “We try to get into the spirit.” WANT TO GO? NANCY’S RANCH: 25039 Magic Mountain Parkway, is open 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays. Beginning Nov. 23, it will be open from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends. Call (661) 255-6943 or go to nancysranch.com.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Donegal’s two enterprising schoolboy brothers Ronan, 14, and Conor Mc Garvey, 11, of Loughanure have been invited to speak at this year’s ECO-UNESCO’s National Youth ECO-Forum in Dublin this coming Thursday.The brothers set up their wooden pen making enterprise Donegal Pens just over two years ago after taking an interest in woodturning and have reported a steady growth in trade with their pens now in use all over the world. ECO-UNESCO is Ireland’s environmental education and youth organisation affiliated to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations (WFUCA).Each year ECO-UNESCO’s National Youth ECO-Forum brings together young people aged 15 – 18 years from all over Ireland to speak directly with experts and policy-makers, develop youth-led plans for action in their schools and communities and above all, make their voices heard on the issues that are important to them.This year the focus is on entrepreneurship in young people, in particular focusing on green or social entrepreneurship.The forum is aimed at 15-18 year olds and provides a space for them to learn, to debate and discuss ideas. Young people involved come from all over the country and groups are normally affiliated to ECO-UNESCO.The Mc Garvey brothers have been asked to give a presentation on their enterprise at this year’s event that will be attended by around seventy students from various locations across the country.The brothers will explain how they set up their enterprise, how they promoted it and give an overall talk on how the business has succeeded for them.The range of handmade pens produced by the brothers from their garden shed can be viewed at www.donegalpens.comWRITE ON – YOUNG DONEGAL BROTHERS TO SPEAK AT NATIONAL ECO-FORUM was last modified: November 13th, 2011 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) Tags:DONEGAL PENSNational Youth ECO Forum
RTE man Aengus MacGriannaWell known RTE newsreader Aengus MacGrianna will perform the master of ceremonies at this year’s Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award.Aengus, who has longstanding connections with Donegal, is best known as one of the most popular anchor newsreaders on RTÉ One’s Six One and 9 O’Clock News bulletins.This year’s award ceremony will take place at a gala function in the Inishowen Gateway Hotel on Friday 25 September which will be the centre piece in a weekend of events marking the life and times of the late Tip O’Neill. This year’s ceremony will also be attended by Minister for Diaspora Affairs Mr. Jimmy Deenihan T.D. who will present the 2015 Irish Diaspora Award to US based philanthropist Ms. Loretta Brennan Glucksman.Ms. Glucksman, has been involved in philanthropic endeavours for more than two decades, focusing on education, the arts, healthcare and peace initiatives in both the United States and Ireland, a passion she shared with her late husband Lew Glucksman. Her grandfather, David Brennan, hailed from Inishowen fishing port, Greencastle and her grandmother was Alice Moore from Co Leitrim.Ms Glucksman is the Chairman Emeritus of the American Ireland Fund (AIF), where she served as its Chairman for 18 years before stepping down in December 2013.The Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award was initiated in 2012 as a means of commemorating the centenary of the birth of the late Tip O’Neill an illustrious grandson of Donegal emigrants and an eminent member of the Irish Diaspora. This award has gained momentum since the inaugural ceremony in 2012 and has become a highlight of the Donegal calendar. Previous recipients include journalist and publisher Niall O’Dowd, former Governor of Montana Brian Schweitzer and Senator Therese Murray former president of the Massachusetts Senate.Cllr. Nicholas Crossan chair of the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award Committee believes that commemorating Tip O’Neill in this way is a fitting tribute to a man who contributed greatly not only to political life in the US but also in Ireland.“Tip O’Neill’s contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of Ireland has been well documented. His role in bringing peace to our island and advocating on behalf of the Irish people on the international stage makes him one of the most well known and loved members of the Irish Diaspora. I think this award is a fitting tribute to a man who made such a remarkable contribution to our country”.Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council, Cllr Ciaran Brogan said “Donegal County Council has been to the fore in reaching out to our global community especially through our Donegal Diaspora project and the Tip O’Neill Irish Diaspora Award is one way of recognising the massive contribution that members of the Irish Diaspora has made throughout the world”.Other events over the weekend will include the Tip O’Neill Diaspora Lecture with Prof Rónan Fanning at 11am on Saturday, September 26 in the Sliabh Sneacht Centre, Drumfries and the Inishowen Schools Diaspora competition. RTE BROADCASTER TO HOST TIP O’NEILL IRISH DIASPORA AWARDS was last modified: September 10th, 2015 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)
1 St Totteringham’s Day, Arsenal’s special moment in the season, may not happen this year.It’s the moment in the campaign when Tottenham are mathmatically unable to finish above them and in recent years it has been right up there alongside qualifying for the Champions League as things to celebrate.But given north London rivals Spurs are still in contention to win the Premier League – a long shot given Leicester’s form – St Totteringham’s Day could be cancelled.Tottenham have not finished above Arsenal since the 1994/95 season when Spurs were seventh, with the Gunners in twelfth place. Arsenal fans may not even be able to celebrate St Totteringham’s Day this year
Slaven Bilic has told his West Ham players to embrace the emotion of their final match at Upton Park.The Hammers will run out at a packed Boleyn Ground for the last time when they host Manchester United on Tuesday night.To add extra spice to what is already a momentous occasion for the club, they also need a victory to keep their bid to qualify for the Europa League on track.And their visitors will be in no mood to roll over as Louis van Gaal’s side are right back in the chase for a top-four finish and Champions League qualification.Yet Bilic is counting on his players to rise to the occasion, rather than be overawed by it.“It’s impossible to lose the emotion,” said the Hammers boss.“Let’s say if the game didn’t mean a lot to us or to Manchester United, in the sense of this season, it would be big anyway because it’s the last game at Upton Park.“But it means a lot to them and to us – both things have clicked, so it’s big, big. It can’t be bigger.“If they beat us they are very close to fourth place and for us, if we want to secure a Europa League slot, we need to beat them. It’s massive.“So the players would be emotional even if just one of those couple of things were involved. But there’s nothing wrong with being emotional.” West Ham boss Slaven Bilic (pictured) wants his side to ‘secure a Europa League spot’ 1