Palm Beach district’s community and family involvement programs win top state…

first_imgBoth of the Palm Beach School District’s nominee for the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and Florida Parent Teacher Association’s (PTA) Community Involvement Awards have been honored as top programs.South Olive Elementary School’s Latino Community Cares program and the Congress Middle School Boys and Blue were recently honored at Florida’s Parent Teachers Association leadership conference in Palm Harbor, Florida.Language for families programThe South Olive Elementary School Latino Community Cares program stemmed from the desire for the school’s parents to feel included without a language barrier to prevent their involvement. With 37 percent of the school’s population classified Spanish-speaking English Language Learners, the need to connect with e parents in their language is imperative. The program was also created to inspire l families to work together for the betterment of the community and, most importantly, its students.Monitoring programThe Boys and Blue program at Congress Middle School is a police mentoring program. It pairs officers from the Boynton Beach Police Department with young male adolescents in grades 6 through 8. The program was designed to build relationships between community police officers who the students would see and interact with outside of school.“It is an honor to recognize these schools with the Family and Community Involvement Award,” said Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart. “As a former teacher and principal, I have seen firsthand the importance of positive family impact and community involvement. I have seen the effect it can have on the lives of our students. I applaud these schools for going above and beyond by proactively developing meaningful engagement with family and community members.”last_img read more

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Manny Pacquiao beats Keith Thurman on points to take WBA Super welterweight title

first_img Source: BBC Manny Pacquiao said he had “fun” as he became the oldest welterweight champion in history by beating WBA Super champion Keith Thurman in a split decision in Las Vegas.Thurman – previously undefeated – had promised to send the 40-year-old Fillipino into retirement, but was knocked down in the first round before a thrilling fight went the distance.“I knew it was too close,” said American Thurman. “He got the knockdown so he had momentum in round one. This was a beautiful night of boxing.”The 30-year-old had been looking for his 30th straight win.Two judges scored it 115-112 to Pacquiao, while the other gave it 114-113 to Thurman.Pacquiao – a world champion at eight weights – was fighting for the 71st time in a stellar career that has seen seven defeats, but with four of those losses coming in his past 11 fights before the meeting with Thurman.Afterwards, Pacquiao said he felt “blessed” and he will return to the Philippines to resume his work as a senator before deciding his next move.“I think I will fight next year,” he added.Thurman had a height, reach, weight and age advantage over Pacquiao, but was chasing the fight from the beginning and started to bleed from his nose in the fifth round.He recovered in the middle of the contest, but Pacquiao stormed back to take the last few rounds.The Filipino could now face Britain’s Amir Khan, though last week he denied claims that an agreement for a bout in Saudi Arabia was a already in place for November.Khan claims the fight will take place in Riyadh on 8 November.“I wish I had a little bit more output to go toe to toe,” Thurman told US broadcasters. “I felt like he was getting a little bit tired, but he did have experience in the ring. My conditioning, my output, was just behind Manny Pacquiao. It was a great night of boxing. I’d love a rematch.“I want to thank the fans. I want to thank everybody for coming out. Manny Pacquiao is a great, truly great champion.”last_img read more

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In Your Neighbourhood

first_imgcompetitionsDefending champions Jamalco are kings of Business House cricket once again,having beaten W.B. Foundation by six wickets in the recent Western Sports/Reggae Jammin 50-over final at the Red Stripe Oval to retain the trophy.Jamalco, with exciting young players such as Pete Salmon and Tino Osbourne in their line-up, dismissed W.B. Foundation for 100 in 36 overs. Errol Thomas took four wickets for 11 runs as JDF Senior Cup player Rasheed Ottar top-scored with 43.Jamalco replied with 103 for four as Thomas capped a fine all-round performance with 44.Earlier, Jamalco defeated NHT in the limited overs KO final at the Red Stripe Oval to retain the first of their two titles. The team is captained by all-rounder Kirk Gordon.Lamey’s hat-trick leads Scotia to Champion of Champions titleA hat-trick by former national striker Kevin Lamey piloted league champions Scotiabank to a resounding 6-0 win over KO champions NCB in the Western Sports/JNBS Norman Goodison Inter-Bank Champion of Champions final at Winchester Park, St George’s College, last Sunday.Lamey opened the scoring in the 19th minute, having latched on to a cross from Kenroy Howell and shot past goalkeeper Levor Williams.The former Waterhouse striker made it 2 – just two minutes later – and completed the hat-trick early in the second half, while the rout continued with Howell scoring in the 75th minute, Kemar Cummings in the 86th and Raymond Williamson joined the party a minute later. Lamey capped the Man of the Match Award.Spit Fyah, Classic finalRed-hot Spit Fyah go into the Jamaica Domino Council Association final full of confidence as they face arch-rivals Caribbean Classic at Portmore HEART College of Construction Services in Portmore tomorrow, starting at 11 a.m.Spit Fyah, captained by Javlin James, the former captain of multiple champions Caribbean Classic, have beaten Classic twice this season; once in League action and the other in the mid-season final. The Classic team is captained by Rupert Pryce.In semi-final action, last Sunday. Spit Fyah turned back Waterhouse United 300-253, while Caribbean Classic trampled Giants 300-196.Braeton outshoot Edgewater 4-3Braeton United outshot Edgewater 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller as action got under way in the York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Knock-out football competition last Sunday.In other games, Racing United eliminated Daytona 1-0, Cedar Grove had a similar 1-0 win over Waterford, while Cumberland booted out Southborough 7-6 on penalties after regulation and extra time couldn’t break the 2-2 deadlock.Portmore Division Two League returnsThe York Pharmacy-sponsored Portmore Division Two Football League returns with four matches between today and tomorrow.At Racing Field today, newcomers Portmore United’s Under-20 squad take on Racing United at 3 p.m. There is a scheduled double-header at the Cedar Grove Sports Complex. At 1 p.m. Braeton United oppose Daytona and at 3 p.m. Cedar Grove tackle Southborough.The league had been paused to facilitate the knockout competition.South East St Catherine Netball LeagueThe constituency of South East St Catherine (SES) is again buzzing after the launch of a netball league, which is a collaborative effort between the member of parliament for SES and the Social Development Commission.In recent games, Westchester humbled Pro-Santos A 27-6 and Pro-Santos B rolled over Express All-Stars 18-8. Games continue today and tomorrow.Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland KOThe St Catherine FA Lincoln ‘Happy’ Sutherland Knockout football competition’s first round continues today with five matches. Dunbeholden host Watson Grove in an all-Portmore clash at Dunbeholden, Portsmouth welcome De La Vega City at Portsmouth Primary, Christian Pen entertain Hellshire United at Christian Pen; Royal Lakes await East Portmore Portals at Lime Tree Oval and McCooks Pen battle Bodles at McCooks Pen. All games begin at 3 p.m.Rivoli United are the defending champions for the competition, which was launched on Thursday night. The competition is named in honour of ‘Happy’ Sutherland, a former president of the St Catherine Football Association. Passagefort United wins fifth titlePassagefort United retained their title – their fifth overall – in the final of the Colin Fagan-sponsored South East St Catherine Constituency Domino League, at Edgewater Community Centre, last Sunday. Passagefort defeated arch-rivals Ken’s Wildflower 250-233 in an exciting encounter.Passagefort, which led by 21 points (127-106) at half-time, survived a couple of mini runs by their opponents in second-half action before cruising to victory in the latter stages of the match. At the end of the match, Member of Parliament for South East St Catherine, Fagan, handed over the winners’ trophy and a cheque for $60,000.Second-place Ken’s Wildflower pocketed $30,000, third-place Waterford $15,000; while fourth-place Westchester Rising Stars collected $10,000.Fagan said the competition affords him a forum where he can speak one-on-one with some members of his constituency. He also said that persons from different social and political backgrounds are able to interact thus unearthing lasting friendshipsRed Stripe pooltourney on todayRed Stripe will this weekend sponsor the two-day Ultimate B & C class (Handicap) pool tournament at the Hot Shots Sports Bar and Grill, 120 Constant Spring Road, today and tomorrow, starting at 4:00 p.m. on both days.The tournament offers a first prize of $50,000 and trophy, second $16,000 and trophy, third $8,000 and trophy and fourth $4,000.Players finishing from fifth to eighth place will each receive $2,500 and from ninth to 16th place, $1,500.Registration and the draw close today at 3:00 p.m. Entry fee is $1,800 male, $1,200 for female players, and late entry for men $2,000. One re-entry will be allowed, conditions apply. Contact Leslie ‘Toothpick’ Puranda at 279-4543.Jamalco dominate BH cricketlast_img read more

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Inconnu announces winners for Fall Raffle

first_imgCorporate sponsors for the raffle included Central Mountain Air, Everflo Compression Ltd, Northern Vision Care and Sugar Ray’s Pilot and Hotshot Services. Advertisement Through their Fall Raffle, the Inconnu Swim Club was able to sell 3,464 tickets for a profit of $16,320. All proceeds from this raffle went to support members of the Club for costs associated with swim meets and travel as the Inconnu Swim Club as Inconnu is a non-profit organization. – Advertisement -Winning first prize was Michelle Lindley for two Return CMA Tickets + $500.00 Cash. Heather Malcolm won second prize of $1,000 cash and Carly Firesen was drawn for third prize for $500 cash. Inconnu thanks the community and its various sponsors for their continued, generous support. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Inconnu Swim Club was selling tickets for their Fall Raffle and announced the winners on Friday, December 20, at the North Peace Leisure Pool.last_img read more

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