Millions from state for schools

first_imgThis is the first time schools will receive money specially designated for physical education and the visual and performing arts, state officials said. “High-quality arts education and improved physical fitness can support academic achievement in all areas of a student’s education,” state schools Superintendent Jack O’Connell said. “With these funds, teachers can expand their content knowledge and teaching skills in physical education and visual and performing arts through professional development, and students can benefit from enhanced equipment and supplies that increase the quality of learning experiences.” Districts may bring together teachers, administrators, parents and students to assess needs and develop a plan on how to use the money. Shepard said the high school district has not come up with a plan yet. “The items can be purchased one time. It can’t be a continuing cost,” Shepard said. “Probably what we’ll do is since we have a mix of new and old schools, we will look at all the schools and needs and whether they have been receiving money for this purpose and maybe do a weighted allocation to the sites.” (661) 267-5744 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LANCASTER – For the first time, California public schools will receive state funding specifically for art, music and physical education programs, and Antelope Valley schools are in line to get more than $6.9 million. School officials said they were excited about getting extra money for areas that often are first to be cut during budget crunch times. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to make purchases in areas that we have not been able to address for some time,” said Cathy Shepard, chief financial officer for the Antelope Valley Union High School District. “The money that supports those areas comes from the general fund, and the general fund is 85 percent tied up in labor. It doesn’t leave a lot for purposes of art music, and P.E. for extras. It’s an opportunity we could not have been able to address if this special money had not come through.” The money is part of $500 million in state funding for professional development, equipment and supplies to improve instruction in the arts, music and P.E. The grants, approved as part of the 2006-07 state budget, will provide each school district, charter school, and county office of education with $83.04 per student. Each district will be required to spend at least $2,500 per school site. Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District will receive $153,301; the high school district, $1.8 million; Eastside, $224,962; Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes, $32,490; Keppel, $241,948; Lancaster, $1.2 million; Palmdale, $1.7 million; Westside, $676,000; and Wilsona, $161,858. In Kern County, Mojave Unified School District will be allotted $228,695; Muroc, $186,763; and Southern Kern, $261,300. There is no deadline on spending the funds and they can be carried over to future fiscal years. last_img read more

Dodder in western Ohio

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest We have had reports of dodder in some red clover fields. Dodder is a parasitic plant without any leaves or chlorophyll to produce its own energy. It lives by attaching to a host with small appendages (called ‘haustoria”), and extracting the host plant’s carbohydrates. The stems are yellow-orange, stringlike, twining, smooth and branching to form dense masses in infested fields. Although neither toxic nor unpalatable to some livestock, dodder can weaken host plants enough to reduce yield, quality, and stand. If infestations are severe enough, dodder may kill host plants.Dodders are annuals that spread by seed. Seed may be able to survive in the soil over 20 years. Controlling dodder with herbicides depends on the crop in which you wish to control it. Some herbicides may affect dodder, but also may affect the crop, or not be labeled for that use. In many cases, dodder control may be more effective if herbicides are applied before the plant attaches to the host. PRE applications of Kerb have provided good control of dodder in ornamentals and turf. Trifluralin and pendimethalin have also been reported to suppress dodder germination, but in most cases PRE applications will not retain enough residual activity to provide control for the rest of the season.Glyphosate has sometimes been reported to control dodder POST. It can be applied as a 1 to 2-percent spot treatment in alfalfa, but non Roundup Ready alfalfa will be injured or killed. A broadcast foliar application would be possible in Roundup Ready alfalfa. Raptor applied at 5 ounces per acre can suppress dodder when applied after dodder emergence, but before it is three inches tall. Pursuit also can suppress dodder after emergence, but as soon as dodder attaches to the host plant, becomes less effective. The Pursuit label recommends using it with COC or methylated seed oil when trying to suppress dodder.Other resources: read more

Djokovic meditates to ‘lose fear and stress’

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Djokovic said apart from tennis he has always looked at ways to improve himself, which he terms his “philosophy of life”.“It has always been, not just for tennis, but in general there’s always something that you can improve and get better at as a person and as a player,” he said.“That’s probably the most exciting thing about life, is that every day is a new opportunity for you to get better.”Djokovic faces South Korea’s “NextGen” star Chung Hyeon in Monday’s round of 16. MOST READ Djokovic has become involved in meticulous off-the-court preparation in recent years. He has a strict, gluten-free diet and is an advocate for well-being.The new year has given him the opportunity to analyse aspects of his game and preparation.“When it comes to tennis, I obviously was excited to analyze my game,” he said.“First of all, I wanted to get the right team of people around me, experts in their field, so they can contribute to the process and the journey of working on my body and my game.“Improving different aspects that are there to be worked on. Thankfully there is always something to work on.”ADVERTISEMENT The Serb former world No.1 is playing in his first tournament since Wimbledon in July and he has a brand new support team, headed by eight-time Grand Slam champion Andre Agassi as coach.   Djokovic said after reaching the fourth round of the year’s opening Grand Slam on Saturday that he now meditates on a daily basis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Yes, I do. I’ll tell you what. I don’t want to tell you what I gain with it, but I’ll tell what I lose with it,” he said.“I lose fear. I lose anxiety. I lose stress. I guess, in the end of the day, that’s what you’re looking for.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments 76ers climb to 6th in East, beat Bucks Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:57Taiwan bridge collapses, at least 14 injured; rescuers fear six trapped01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Novak Djokovic. APNovak Djokovic says meditating has helped him overcome fear and stress that comes with playing elite tennis.The 12-time Grand Slam champion, 30, says he often turned to the practice during his long spell out of the game last year with elbow trouble.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more