Florida schools to promote career training options

first_imgFlorida students will now be made fully aware of all of their options when it comes to educational advancements after high school now that Governor Ron DeSantis has passed a new educational bill. The bill, that was unanimously passed by the House and Senate, will require schools to began paying greater attention to vocational, technical training, and apprenticeships programs instead of just the four-year college degree option.Under the bill, middle schools will be required to offer some courses in career and education training in areas that are seen as well-paying, high demand options. Schools will also be required to teach a financial literacy class, and offer computer science courses to help meet math and science graduation requirements.  In order to provide the best course options, the state will continue to track well-paying jobs that are in high demand so that schools know which programs to offer. For those who have chosen the four-year degree option but did not complete their degree program, the bill also offers the Last Mile College Completion Program. Under this program, the state will pick up the cost of in-state tuition for those who dropped out of college just short of earning a degree (12 credits or less).last_img read more

Alpena Man Could Face Time Behind Bars for Child Abuse

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAn Alpena man could be facing up to two years in prison and or five years of probation after pleading guilty to child abuse. 29 Year-Old Merlin Pardike will be sentenced next month after he admitted to hitting his step daughter in the head back in November 2016.Pardike pleaded guilty in court this week to a single count of child abuse in the third-degree. Other charges of second-degree child abuse and lying to a police officer were dropped in exchange for Pardike’s guilty plea. Pardike’s sentencing is scheduled for July 24th at the Alpena County Circuit Court.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, Child Abuse, Merlin Aaron Shane Pardike, Merlin PardikeContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena’s Shipwreck Rollers Recognized by FacebookNext Field Trip Friday Heads To Mackinac Islandlast_img read more

NHL reportedly scrambling to ease tensions between Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames

first_imgIn addition, Parros — once a noted NHL enforcer himself — will reportedly be in attendance at Rogers Place in Edmonton for the rivalry’s next edition to ensure cooler heads prevail amid a war of words between the two teams.MORE: Zack Kassian on Matthew Tkachuk: ‘He messed with the wrong guy’Kassian was suspended on Monday for instigating a fight with Tkachuk after the Flames’ chief antagonist riled him up with two controversial hits on Jan. 11. Since the original hit, the forward has implied multiple times he will seek retribution on Tkachuk in the future.”I’m not crying about the hits, it’s hockey. It’s a game of hockey. It’s rough,” Kassian told reporters on Tuesday. “You play with fire, eventually you’re going to get burned. He messed with the wrong guy and I don’t think he realizes that we are in the same division and [I] have a great memory.”Oilers star Leon Draisaitl backed Kassian this week when he told reporters he would “probably get off the ice” if he finds himself playing with Tkachuk at the upcoming All-Star game, during which the two division rivals with perform — for once — as teammates.Tkachuk, for his part, opted not to comment on the situation ahead of Calgary’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday and suggested reporters ask him and his teammates again about the still-tense rivalry closer to the rematch at the end of the month. Flames general manager Brad Treliving told reporters Thursday that his organization has no qualms with how Tkachuk conducts himself on or off the ice and that they want him to continue to play the same way.“What’s bothered me about a lot of [it], I’m not a big fan of the talk in the media and all the rest of it, some of comments that have been made towards Matthew,” Treliving told Sportsnet. “Number one, we’ve got his back. I think there’s 30 other teams other than ours who would take him on their team in a New York second. And some of the crap, I guess would be the best way to put it, written or tweeted or talked about, I think is just that.”The Oilers and Flames meet again on Jan. 29 in Edmonton — and the hockey world will be watching. Zack Kassian and Matthew Tkachuk’s feud has the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and the NHL itself eyeing the teams’ next meeting with significant anticipation.According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the league has taken significant steps this week to calm the tensions between both sides before Kassian’s suspension ends just in time for him to play in the next ‘Battle of Alberta’. LeBrun reported that NHL Department of Player Safety head George Parros and the league’s director of hockey operations, Colin Campbell, held separate phone calls with the general managers of both teams this week expressing the need for both sides to calm down ahead of the next game.last_img read more

Injury-hit Storm to have depth tested

first_imgAsofa-Solomona tore his Posterior Cruciate Ligament in Sunday’s win over the Wests Tigers and now joins fellow big man Tim Glasby on the club’s growing injury list.”We knew he’d done something, but we weren’t quite sure how bad it was. It’s not great, but that’s the news so hopefully it won’t be any longer than first thought,” Bellamy said.”I can’t remember the last time we had such a bad injury run as we’ve had this year. We were untouched in the forwards and now we’ve lost Tim and Nelson who have been tremendous for us.”With Asofa-Solomona and Glasby facing extended periods on the sidelines, the Storm are hopeful that Cameron Munster and Blake Green will recover from their injuries in time to take the field on Friday night.Munster has missed the previous two matches with an ankle injury and Green the past three through a calf problem, but Bellamy has admitted he’ll look to take a more careful approach in welcoming them back to the first grade.”We’re probably more hopeful than confident [that they’ll play this week]. With the five-day turnaround it’s a bit hard, if we were to play a couple of days later they could be a better chance,” Bellamy said.”At the end of the day we’d like them to be ready, especially because they would get the weekend off after, but having said that if they aren’t ready I don’t want to take the chance. Unless they’re 100 per cent ready to go, we’ll probably stick with the guys we had last week.”We don’t want to take the chance of them being out for another 3-4 weeks, we’re stretched without them now so we don’t want to be stretched especially after the Origin period, so we’ll take the conservative route there.”With all of the injuries ahead of the Storm’s clash with the Broncos at Suncorp stadium on Friday night, it opens the door for a club debut for prop Matt White.The 32-year-old joined the Storm in the off-season after playing 153 first grade games with the Titans and the Knights, and Bellamy believes that White has done enough to deserve the call-up.”He’s been really unlucky, but with Nelson’s injury he’ll be a really good chance of coming in. Hopefully for Matt’s sake he’ll get a run this week, he’s been really good in our feeder teams and he trains hard, so it’ll be nice to see him get a start soon at some stage,” Bellamy said.last_img read more

Zidane only has the casualties of Asensio and Mariano to receive the Royal Society

first_imgThe other big question is the presence of Bale. The Welshman has fallen from the call in the last three games due to a sprained ankle produced in the cupbearer match against the Unionists of Salamanca (January 22, 1-3), missing duels against Valladolid, Zaragoza and Atlético de Madrid . The player has been training normally with the rest of his teammates. It will be Zidane who decides if the eleven Madridista returns to a call or remains off the list of summoned.If you want to go to Santiago Bernabéu and enjoy the game live here you can see the available tickets: Check tickets. Third and final training of the Madrid squad before measuring to Real Sociedad (Thursday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. DAZN) in search of a position in the semifinals of the Copa del Rey. As in the penultimate training, Zidane did not count on Mariano, who continues with discomfort. The striker has not trained with his teammates for 10 days because of that. Yes, there were Carvajal, Casemiro and Lucas Vázquez. The first one is already recovered from the blow he suffered against Atlético de Madrid last Saturday, while the second and third have overcome two febrile processes, which made them stay in the gym on Tuesday. Marco Asensio will also be low for this meeting, which continues with his recovery. So Zidane has 23 players for this match. Surely he will pull players like Areola, Nacho, Vinicius, Rodrygo, Isco, Jovic … they could be the game against the Blue and Whites in order to reserve some headlines for the meeting before Osasuna next Sunday, February 9 (4:00 p.m., Movistar LaLiga). Who will be available and will have minutes before those of Imanol Alguacil will be Eden Hazard. The Belgian player will play again with the white shirt after being injured on November 26 against PSG. The Belgian suffered (during his process of evolution of a perimaleolar contusion injury in the right leg) an incomplete external microfissure in said area. That injury has kept him 14 games off the pitch. It will also be his debut in the cupper tournament with the Real Madrid shirt. Hazard will not start from the beginning, but he will enjoy minutes of play for him to take minutes of competition with views especially to the first leg of the round of 16 against Manchester City in the Champions League (February 26, 21: 00 hours). So far, the Belgian player has participated in 13 games (one goal, against Granada), but has only completed four (30.77%). Interestingly, the last meeting in which he played the 90 minutes was before the txuri-urdin in the League, last November 23 (Madrid victory 3-1).last_img read more

RCMP crack down on dangerous driving this weekend with Operation Impact

first_imgThis Thanksgiving weekend, RCMP are reminding the public of the importance of safe driving through Operation Impact, a national initiative to make Canada’s roads the safest in the world.Locally, RCMP say there have been 12 deaths and numerous significant injuries on our roads over the last year. They feel that number is “unnacceptable,” and they’re asking the public to be extra cautious when driving this long weekend.In particular, police want drivers to use their seat belts, avoid drinking and driving, and use courtesy on the road.- Advertisement –last_img read more

After a seven-year run, Pico swap meet closes

first_imgAlthough he has managed to secure weekday spots at flea markets in Industry and Santa Fe Springs, without a coveted Sunday slot his income will be reduced by half, he said. “We’ve been doing the Pico swap meet for eight years,” said Solis, who lives in Pomona. “This is supposed to help me for college next year. Now I may not have enough for books and stuff.” Before the swap meet moved to the Sports Arena in 1999, it operated for 25 years at the corner of Whittier and Paramount boulevards in Pico Rivera. But officials from the Army Corps of Engineers, which owns the Fiesta Swap Meet property, earlier this year informed city officials that the swap meet had to go. According to the city’s contract with the agency, only “recreational activities” are allowed on the site. Apart from that, the city’s 15-year contract with Sports Arena concessionaire Ventura Productions ended Thursday. The city has approved a new, three-year, $750,000 contract with LEBA Inc. to run the arena. The swap meet was a once-a-week money generator for Christine and Dale Robertson, owners of Imperial Tire in South Gate. The couple sold sets of tires and offered discounted services and installation at their swap meet booth for three years – a practice that boosted their business by about 10 percent, Christine Robertson said. “We don’t sell a lot \ here but is helps bring in a lot of business,” she said. “I hate to see it end. This was a good year for us with the swap meet.” She said the company would try to obtain a space at the Industry swap meet but was afraid customers wouldn’t be willing to drive the extra distance. The Fiesta Swap Meet had attracted up to 15,000 shoppers a week, swap meet officials have said. But shopper Alfonso Guzman of La Mirada said he would be willing to travel further to find the kind of deals he found at the Fiesta, which he attended about twice a month. “I’ve been coming here for 10 years,” said Guzman, who often found cheap coffee beans in bulk and DVDs. “It’s always good. I know these vendors now. I’ll miss it.” pam.wight@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Affording college may be more difficult now for Antonio Solis, who made his last sale at the Fiesta Swap Meet on Thursday. For seven years, swap meet vendors set up shop every Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the dusty parking lot of the Pico Rivera Sports Arena in Bicentennial Park, just west of the rumbling southbound lanes of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway. But Thursday was the swap meet’s last day. Now, some 600 merchants will have to find other swap meets at which to make their livings. Solis, 19, helped run his family’s swap meet business, Tony’s Socks and Underwear. last_img read more

Sprint king Bolt scores first goals in f’ball bid

first_img0Shares0000It was Bolt’s first start since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial © AFP / PETER PARKSSYDNEY, Australia, Oct 12 – Sprint legend Usain Bolt made his case for becoming a professional footballer Friday when he scored his first goals after starting up front in a pre-season game for Australia’s Central Coast Mariners.The 100 metres world record-holder, who has been bidding for a professional contract since he retired last year, recovered from a painful kick in the groin to grab a double against Macarthur South West United in Sydney. Bolt, 32, finished with his left foot after some slack marking on 55 minutes, celebrating with his trademark ‘Lightning Bolt’ pose in front of more than 5,000 fans — a rare turnout for a pre-season game.The Jamaican, wearing number 95 on his shirt in a nod to his 100m world record time of 9.58secs, then capitalised on a defensive mix-up to score his second on 69 minutes before being substituted six minutes later with the score at 4-0.Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract © AFP / PETER PARKSIt was the first game Bolt has started since joining the A-League club in August for an indefinite trial.“I’m just happy that I got a chance and I’m proud of myself,” Bolt told host broadcaster Fox Sports after the game.“It was a big deal… first start and scoring two goals. It was a good feeling. This is what I worked towards. I try to get better and I am on the way to doing that.”Bolt said he had a “lot more to learn” and was keen to join the Mariners on a professional contract.“I’m keen, that’s why I’m here to play my best and to try and get into the team,” he added.The superstar, a massive Manchester United fan, was handed a chance to train with the A-League side for an indefinite period in order to pursue his boyhood dream of becoming a professional footballer.Whether he signs for the Mariners appears still up in the air, but the brace bolstered his case after a difficult first-half where he missed chances and appeared to struggle with the pace and movement of the game.“They’ve seen me in training, they’ve seen what I’m capable of and so, they need to analyse and say, ‘Is he good enough for this club?’ and they will tell me that,” Bolt told reporters after the game.“I just did what I had to do and that’s as far as I can go.”Recently installed coach Mike Mulvey said he was focused on the first game of the season for the Mariners, who finished bottom of the table last season, but heaped praised on the eight-time Olympic champion for his goals.“You’ve got to be so happy for the guy, haven’t you?” Mulvey told reporters.Bolt appeared to appeal for game time, saying he would improve as he gained more understanding of his teammates and what they wanted.He has previously tried out with clubs in Germany, South Africa and Norway to no avail.The Mariners have been giving him one-on-one sessions on top of the squad’s training in a bid to turn him into A-League material for when the season starts a week from now.The Mariners will face Brisbane Roar, the club Mulvey was sacked from in 2014, in their first game next Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Key pair ruled out of Arsenal v Spurs: ‘My heart can’t take another bottle job!’

first_img Petr Cech will not feature in the north London derby this weekend Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Petr Cech and Laurent Koscielny will not recover in time to face Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.Koscielny picked up an injury in the warm-up prior to Arsenal’s defeat to Swansea City at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday night, while Cech pulled up with a muscle problem after running to defend a late corner.And, predictably, Arsenal fans cannot believe their misfortune as the title slips further out of their reach. Have a read of their reaction to the news that Cech and Koscileny will not feature in the north London derby… 1last_img read more