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first_imgBy Patrick Olivero OCEANPORT – The Kortney Rose Foundation has raised over $2.3 million in recent years for pediatric brain tumor research. The 14th annual Kortney’s Challenge Two Mile Fun Run / Walk at Monmouth Park grows bigger every year. On Aug. 4 there was a record turnout of over 50 volunteers and 13 teams totaling 638 participants. Team “Run BFE” was the largest group totaling 72 members. Founder Kristen Gillette along with her husband Richard, CHOP researcher Jenna Lily, and Oceanport Mayor Jay Coffey offered the runners words of encouragement and thanks. Red Bank resident Antonio Meza Soriano was the top male finisher with 10:05 and Lilah Gordon of Chesterfield was the first female finisher with 11:03.5.last_img read more


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first_imgQ: I was surprised to see the car Steph Curry of the Warriors was driving pulled over to the center shoulder following his recent accident on Highway 24. It would seem to be a very dangerous place to stop, and another car ended up coming along and hitting his car after the initial crash. What should one do when in a non-injury accident is in one of the far left lanes?Mary Fran Miller, Los AltosA: Get off the road. Turn on your emergency flashers and safely make your way over to the right …last_img read more


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first_imgA Florida state representative has introduced a bill that would loosen rules adopted in 2008 and allow state agencies to choose on a project-by-project basis what green-building standards to use when constructing new offices, The Florida Current reports.The bill is an attempt to make it easier for the state’s tree growers to win green-building certification for its lumber. Rep. Halsey Beshears thinks LEED rules, which guided construction of three new office buildings in Tallahassee, favor only wood approved by the Forest Stewardship Council.Beshears says that only 200 of Florida’s 16 million acres of forest are certified under LEED rules, while a lumber industry lobbyist complains that LEED certification is so difficult for lumber growers that most won’t participate, according to the newspaper’s report.Beshears’ bill has won support from the Florida Forestry Association and the Florida Farm Bureau Federation. Its introduction follows a move last week by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant, who directed state agencies they could also consider forest products certified by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative and the American Tree Farm System, the Current said. FSC president Corey Brinkema, however, is quoted as saying locally grown lumber can already get credit under LEED requirements.The sole vote against Beshears’ measure came from Rep. Michelle Rehwinkel Vaslinda, a Democrat from Tallahassee, who said it would be better to encourage Florida tree farmers to “move towards LEED.”For more information on lumber certification controversies, see USGBC’s Wood-Certification Kerfuffle. RELATED ARTICLES LEED Challenged in North CarolinaUSGBC’s Wood-Certification KerfuffleSustainable Forestry Initiative Accused of GreenwashingFSC-Certified Wood Framing Lumber Are FSC and LEED Killing American Jobs?last_img read more


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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PBA IMAGESBlackwater took the last quarterfinals spot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup after turning back Globalport, 118-107, Sunday at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.The Elite remained at the eighth spot with a 5-5 record to clinch the last playoff seat while the Batang Pier dipped to 3-7.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Golovkin and Alvarez deliver classic middleweight fight Blackwater had a 21-point lead, 90-69, at the 3:07 mark of the third quarter after Mac Belo converted on a jumper and that was essentially the Elite’s foundation until the final buzzer.Henry Walker finished with a five-by-five to lead the Elite with 19 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists, five steals, and five blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAllein Maliksi had 22 points and Roi Sumang put up 21 points to provide the scoring punch for Blackwater.Murphy Holloway had a 20-20 game with 28 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Batang Pier. View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more


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first_imgEngland FC – Shaping up for Euro 2020by Paul Vegas24 days agoSend to a friendShare the love- the following is a sponsored articleEngland has loads of exciting football action coming up with the Euro 2020 qualifiers around the corner!Gareth Southgate is leading the team through an important year of Euro 2020 qualifiers. Thanks to a string of positive results, the nation believes ‘it’s coming home’ once again. The Three Lions enjoyed great success in 2018. They outplayed almost all of their opponents and reached the World Cup semi-finals.England have made it four wins from four in the European Qualifiers so far. But has Gareth Southgate really identified his best team? The answer might be yes following their latest results. But he still needs to solve the selection dilemmas before next summer’s tournament.The coach has labelled England’s free-scoring frontline as one of the most exciting in world football. However, their struggles in defence lately have shown there are still questions to answer elsewhere in the side.Jordan Pickford undoubtedly has the number 1 spot in the team. With a wealth of full-back options, the centre-back remains a headache for the coach. Michael Keane and Harry Maguire were largely untroubled in England’s last game against Bulgaria. But Southgate will be concerned that Kosovo, a team that is not too strong, was able to cause them so many problems at St Mary’s.Kosovo scored the first goal due to Keane’s misplaced pass. As for Maguire, he was guilty for their third goal, kicking Vedat Muriqi in the box after he failed to clear the ball. The return of John Stones might give Southgate some reassurance about the backline.The Three Lions used the same midfield three against both Bulgaria and Kosovo. Ross Barkley, Jordan Henderson and Declan Rice started both games and proved that they are up for the task. But there are many debates over England’s best midfield.Rice is having a great season so far with West Ham. The player has shown similar promise in many of his early appearances for England. But he tends to lose many balls in build-up play. Southgate does not have many replacements for the holding role either. Harry Winks can possibly count himself unlucky not to have even made it off for the last two games.The passing ability of Harry Winks can give England the kind of control they so often lack against top flight teams. Barkley and Henderson’s places are also the subject of scrutiny, especially with creative players such as James Maddison and Mason Mount.England has an all-star attack! Yes, they really do! They are currently well-stocked in attack with talents, such as Marcus Rashford, Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling. In the last two games, England were deadly in the final third. When Jadon Sancho came on to replace Rashford, he scored his first two international goals. Kane and Sterling’s places are surely guaranteed. But Sancho and Rashford have provided serious competition and make it hard for Southgate to make his team selection.Who would make your best England side for the opener at Euro 2020? Until then, why not practice your footballing skills with MagicalVegas.com. The site brings to you the likes of Supreme Football, Football Star and Football Scratch to name a few. Ready to kick off for some real entertainment? TagsSponsoredAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_imgKentucky male cheerleader appears to obstruct Ocatvius Ellis.Kentucky didn’t have a ton of trouble with Cincinnati Saturday afternoon, as the Wildcats cruised to a 12-point victory to become the first 36-0 team in history. But there was a bit of a controversial moment early in the second half, when a male cheerleader for the school appeared to impede Bearcats star Octavius Ellis from returning to the court. The cheerleader appears to hold onto Ellis as he tries to make his way back to the floor. Judge for yourself. No, it didn’t realistically matter when it comes to the outcome of the game. But it’s still a bit odd.[Lost Lettermen]last_img read more


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first_imgChris Stewart APTN National NewsJohnny Thunder is from the small northern Alberta community of Big Stone Cree Nation.Thunder says he was shamed for being different growing up.He recently started a support group in Edmonton to help two-spirited, gay, lesbian and transgender people that may find it hard finding themselves off-reservelast_img


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first_imgWALLINGFORD, Conn. — It’s 1 o’clock on a Wednesday afternoon in Wallingford, Connecticut, and about 20 children are watching a screen at the front of the room as they take turns navigating challenges and collecting virtual currency to unlock powers, outfits and pets for their characters.The game they’re playing has some similarities to the online battle game “Fortnite.” But the kids aren’t fighting one another — they’re racking up points for participation and good behaviour in their classroom at Dag Hammarskjold Middle School, where their teacher is presenting a home economics lesson with help from Classcraft, a fantasy-themed educational program.“It’s actually a lot of fun,” said 13-year-old Caiden McManus. “The pets — that’s my favourite thing to do. To train the pets, you gain as many gold pieces as possible so you can get the new outfits and stuff.”Peek inside your average classroom these days, and you’re likely to see teachers using apps, websites and software that borrow elements from video games to connect with students living technology-infused lives. By all accounts, they’re fun to use, and studies have found that some can be effective. But there is also skepticism about how often students who use them are better educated, or just better entertained.Dag Hammarskjold consumer sciences teacher Gianna Gurga said she had been looking for a way to get more out of her students. Students have been more motivated and performed better in her classes since she began using Classcraft in spring 2017, she said, and she has signed up a handful of other teachers in the school.“My kids are so addicted to it in the best way possible,” Gurga said.In one session, the classroom filled with suspenseful music as Gurga began rapid-fire questioning. With each correct answer, chosen from multiple choices on the screen, students gained points that could be used for avatar upgrades, privileges like listening to music in class, and a competition against other classrooms. The available characters — warriors, mages and healers — each have different powers and must collaborate to succeed.Points are awarded for class participation as well as good behaviour, but the kids can also be penalized, as was the case for one of Gurga’s seventh-graders who told a classmate to “shut up.”A middle school in New York City, Quest to Learn, was the first public school to fully embrace game-based learning when it opened nearly a decade ago. The Manhattan school, developed by game theorists with the Institute of Play, has been closely followed since by researchers hoping for hard evidence of results from technology-inspired gamification.In the last school year, 43 per cent of Quest to Learn’s students were up to state standards on the state English test, compared to 41 per cent citywide, and 29 per cent of its students met state standards on the state math test, compared to 33 per cent citywide. But advocates say standardized testing alone does not tell the story. Outside studies have shown growth in soft skills such as collaboration, creative thinking and empathy, according to Ross Flatt, director of programs and partnerships for the Institute of Play, a non-profit studio that uses game design principles to develop new learning experiences.To help educators identify programs with promise, the Johns Hopkins University Center for Research and Reform in Education launched a website that rates math and learning programs based on how they meet evidence standards for effectiveness under federal education law. The centre’s director, Robert Slavin, said there are some programs that have shown positive impacts but on average improvements are small.“When people talk about technology transforming everything, it may in the future, but it’s not there yet,” Slavin said.Some question whether the graphics, videos and sounds in so many programs are doing harm by teaching students to pursue the rewards.“Part of life is figuring out how to learn to love things and how to persevere in things even when it’s not extrinsically motivated,” said Christopher Devers, an education researcher at Johns Hopkins who said his review of the evidence suggests that on balance, games-based approaches tend to influence students in negative ways.One of the better known programs, DreamBox, teaches math by offering a series of problems that can grow increasingly challenging as the student enters correct answers. The program, which began as an app for consumers, entered the school market in 2011 and last year had 2.6 million student users. The company charges a fee of $7,500 per school building per year.DreamBox CEO Jessie Woolley-Wilson said the program is intended as an aid for teachers who can’t be expected to personalize learning for two dozen students simultaneously.“Let’s figure out a way to support a way to deliver the best teaching, and allow the learning guardian to get back to art of teaching,” she said. “Technology can deliver that math personalization in a way that can give the learning guardian actionable insights.”In Groton, Connecticut, early users of DreamBox reported anecdotal evidence of improved outcomes and schools are now using it district-wide. In Heather Dalton’s fifth-grade classroom at the Charles Barnum Elementary School, students spent the first half of a recent class working individually on DreamBox with headphones on. Information about their level of mastery of fractions was sent to Dalton’s laptop, but the students were most excited about the short video-game rewards they received between levels and the coins they gathered for upgrades to their avatars.“There’s a lot of learning,” Dalton said, “but it feels like a game to the kids.”Michael Melia, The Associated Presslast_img read more


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first_imgPieces of unstripped copper wire and heavy equipment tools, including bolt cutters and power tools, were found in a vehicle.Brian Tanner, who is 43, and Jonathan Paul, who is 38, face various break and enter charges.Tanner is also charged with breach of recognizance and possession of a controlled substance. CALGARY, A.B. – Two Calgary men face multiple charges after thefts of copper wire and tools at several rural oilwell sites.Police say about $300,000 in damage was caused by thieves who cut the wire out of buildings.The Calgary Police Service says it worked with RCMP to track, locate and arrest two suspects.last_img read more


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OSU redshirt sophomore center Trevor Thompson (32) during a game against Maryland on Jan. 31 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 66-61. Credit: Muyao Shen | Asst. Photo EditorOhio State redshirt junior center Trevor Thompson signed with agent Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Group on Tuesday, as first reported by Jeff Goodman.Former Ohio State big man Trevor Thompson told ESPN he has signed with Thad Foucher of the Wasserman Group.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 26, 2017The decision by Thompson to sign with an agent officially means that he will not be returning to OSU for his senior season. He had declared his intentions to enter the 2017 NBA draft on March 14.Last season with the Buckeyes, Thompson averaged 10.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. The Buckeyes will now have to find a new starting center between sophomore Micah Potter and incoming freshman Kaleb Wesson. read more


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