Superintendent Pineda, Board Secretary Schroder to retire

first_img RelatedPIISD committee talks budgetBy THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the PRESS The Point Isabel ISD held a Budget Committee meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 5 p.m. in the Central Administration Board Room, 101 Port Rd. The topics of discussion were the 2012-2013 Budget, and fund balance. “This meeting is the first meeting in…March 29, 2012In “News”Point Isabel ISD School Board recognizedBy THERESA VASQUEZ Special to the PRESS January 2012 was School Board Recognition Month; a time to recognize school board members, according to the National School Boards Association. As Dr. Estella R. Pineda, Point Isabel ISD Superintendent, said, “What we normally do to honor the board, on behalf of each…January 30, 2012In “News”Money Matters: School district talks financial rating, insuranceBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press editor@portisabelsouthpadre.com The Point Isabel Independent School District (PIISD) has once again received a superior rating, according to a report released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Such was the news reported by Johnny Pineda, the district’s new deputy superintendent of business and operations, in…November 30, 2018In “News” PIISD Superintendent Dr. Estella R. Pineda (left) and Board Trustee Ann Schroder plan on retiring. (Courtesy photos)By THERESA VASQUEZSpecial to the PRESSTwo major revelations were addressed during Tuesday night’s Point Isabel School District Board of Trustees meeting, which included announcements of longtime board member Ann Schroder’s decision not to run for reelection and the retirement of Superintendent Dr. Estella R. Pineda.Tears of sadness and joy welled up as Schroeder announced her difficulty with the decision not run for another term. She has served on the board for 15 years; this May will mark the end of her term as school board secretary.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Jan. 19 edition of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Sharelast_img read more

Photo gallery: Tuesday prep basketball (Haughton, Benton girls; Airline boys, Airline girls)

first_imgImages from Tuesday night’s Airline-Northwood and Haughton-Benton girls games and Airline-Northwood boys game Top Expat InsuranceExpat Living in Hong Kong without Health Insurance?Top Expat Insurance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Secret Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unblock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCelebsland.com9 Celebrity Before-And-After Plastic Surgery DisastersCelebsland.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPerfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?Perfect-Dating.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? Take A Deep Breath Before You See How She Looks NowAspireAbove.com|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

With empty new stadium, Rangers furlough about 60 employees

first_img Written By COMMENT Last Updated: 15th July, 2020 07:42 IST With Empty New Stadium, Rangers Furlough About 60 Employees The Rangers indefinitely furloughed about 60 full-time employees, a moved announced 10 days before Texas opens its new ballpark without fans due to the pandemic-delayed season Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US LIVE TVcenter_img First Published: 15th July, 2020 07:42 IST WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US The Rangers indefinitely furloughed about 60 full-time employees, a moved announced 10 days before Texas opens its new ballpark without fans due to the pandemic-delayed season.Texas owner Ray Davis said in March that he hoped to avoid furloughs. But the owner said in a statement Tuesday that severe financial consequences of the coronavirus-caused shutdown and lingering uncertainty of when fans will be allowed at games left the organization out of options. The decision was announced after four months of cost-saving measures, budget cuts and salary decreases.Employees furloughed worked in both baseball operations and on the business side, in and outside of Arlington. They made up 12% of the team’s roughly 500 full-time employees.Davis said the furloughs “reflect the realities of playing in an empty Globe Life Field, the shutdown of minor leagues baseball and other considerations related to the business challenges we face.” He said he was optimistic that the team would be able to welcome the furloughed employees back to work in the future.Rangers executives previously took pay cuts, and about half of the full-time employees had their salaries cut 10-20% in May.Construction of the $1.2 billion Globe Life Field, which has a retractable roof, was completed in time for what was supposed to be the start of the regular season in late March. The Rangers are set to open the reduced 60-game schedule at home without fans July 24 against Colorado.Furloughed employees were given two weeks of pay, and their medical benefits will be paid through October. The team previously committed to paying minor leaguers a $400 weekly stipend through the end of July.“We have spent a great deal of time trying to find another course that would be less painful,” Davis said. “I wish there was another way, but this decision is necessary for us to endure this crisis and emerge as strong as possible on the other side.”Image credits: AP last_img read more

Nicolas Hoult can’t accept ‘Mission’; Esai Morales stepping in to tangle with Tom Cruise

first_imgABC/Stewart CookBy GEORGE COSTANTINO and STEPHEN IERVOLINO, ABC News(LOS ANGELES) — Mission: Impossible 7 will have a new bad guy when it starts production in the summer, according to Deadline. Esai Morales will replace X-Men series star Nicholas Hoult, who was cast as the villain earlier this year.The latest Mission: Impossible, starring Tom Cruise in his seventh go-round as super spy Ethan Hunt, was just about to start shooting before the COVID-19 pandemic forced production to shut down, which put Hoult in conflict with another commitment. Brooklyn-born Morales has appeared on the big and small screen over the years, from 1987’s La Bamba, to a recurring role on NCIS: Los Angeles, and a four-year run on How To Get Away With Murder.The seventh installment in the Mission: Impossible franchise, which has grossed over $3.57 billion worldwide, is slated for a November 2021 release.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tiger Woods targets 2019 majors: ‘Expectations are much different’

first_img“Now it’s about trying to get everything together and peak again and do that again four more times. That’s the trick.”Look at anyone who’s played this game, that’s the most difficult thing to do in this game. That’s why most people haven’t won a lot of major championships, because it’s so hard to do.”Fortunately, I’ve been able to do it 14 times and hopefully more in the future.” Tiger Woods has the confidence to think about winning major titles once more after his stunning return to prominence in 2018.The 14-time major champion tumbled down the rankings after a series of back problems, dropping out of the top 1,000 as recently as July 2017. And each failed comeback attempt had many questioning whether the 42-year-old would ever play seriously again, let alone lift a trophy. “The best that we have seen all week.”@TigerWoods makes eagle at the short par-4.#TourVault pic.twitter.com/GmmCaWsD9o— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 27, 2018″The expectations are much different this upcoming year,” Woods, whose last major win came at the 2008 U.S. Open, told a news conference Tuesday ahead of the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas.”Going into 2018, it was about seeing if I could get through the West Coast. Now I know that I can do that, it’s about managing it and making sure I’m fresh for events, because I can win tournaments again.”With what I did in the last two major championships, I gave myself the chance to win both of them and I was right there. That’s ultimately what we want to have happen. But the start of the 2018 season saw signs of improvement and Woods gained momentum as the year progressed, finishing tied for sixth at the British Open and runner-up at the PGA Championship.Woods’ five-year wait for a tournament win finally was halted at the season-ending Tour Championship in sensational scenes at East Lake, and he believes those performances leave him in a position where he should be in regular contention to add to major tally.  Related News Tiger Woods’ ‘most rewarding’ year left him exhaustedlast_img read more

Nikki Haley warns the US is ‘prepared to do more’ in Syria

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, warned Friday that the U.S. is “prepared to do more” in Syria, one day after American warships fired a barrage of cruise missiles at a Syrian government air base.“The United States took a very measured step last night. We are prepared to do more, but we hope that will not be necessary,” Haley said Friday during a special open session of the U.N. Security Council devoted to discussing Syria.The United States launched the direct assault against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this week that killed dozens of civilians.Haley accused Assad’s regime of carrying out Tuesday’s horrific attack in northern Syria, saying this “fully justified” the U.S. government’s decision to strike the air base.“The moral stain of the Assad regime could no longer go unanswered,” she said.U.S. officials said a total 59 tomahawk missiles were launched from destroyers USS Porter and USS Ross in the Mediterranean Sea over a half-hour span beginning at 7:36 p.m. ET on Thursday. The strikes were aimed at the Shayrat Air Base in Syria’s Homs province, where an aircraft carrying the chemical weapons in Tuesday’s attack is believed to have taken off.“The intent here wasn’t just to punish; it was deter future use,” retired Vice Adm. Robert Harward, an ABC News contributor and the former deputy commander of U.S. Central Command who turned down the role of national security adviser after Michael Flynn’s resignation, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Friday.The Shayrat Air Base has been one of Russia’s main airfields in Syria, serving as a forward operating base for Russian attack helicopters to support Assad regime offensives in Homs province amid Syria’s ongoing conflict.U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the United States did not discuss the military strike with Russian President Vladimir Putin or political leadership in Moscow either before or after it occurred. But the U.S. military said it communicated with its Russian counterpart to minimize any chance of Russian causalities, particularly any Russians operating out of the targeted air base.U.S. President Donald Trump, who blamed Syria’s leader for the chemical weapons attack, said on Thursday night that the airstrikes were in the “vital national security interest” of the United States.The aftermathA U.S. official said 58 of the 59 missiles reached their intended targets, and approximately 20 aircraft were struck. The official also said that there were no Russian aircraft at the base at the time, nor was there any indication that Syria had detected incoming missiles before they struck.According to Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis, the missiles targeted aircraft, hardened aircraft shelters, petroleum and logistical storage, ammunition supply bunkers, air defense systems and radars.The time of the airstrike was chosen to minimize civilian casualties, Davis said.The Shayrat Air Base housed chemical weapons prior to 2013 but it is unclear if weapons are still stored at the facility.A U.S. official told ABC News the missiles did not target any suspected chemical weapons stockpiles at the air base because that was not the intent of the operation.Col. Steve Ganyard, an ABC News contributor and a retired Marine Corps fighter pilot who served as former deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau of Political-Military Affair, said in an interview on “GMA” Friday morning that “the message has been sent.”“We’ll just have to see how Assad reacts to this,” Ganyard added.Syria reactsThe Syrian government swiftly denounced what it described as “illegal action targeting one of our air bases against our sovereignty,” the first time the U.S. military intentionally targeted Assad’s forces since the beginning of Syria’s civil war.Al-Assad’s office said in a statement Friday that the United States “naively followed a false and lying propaganda campaign” that led it to “carry out this irresponsible recklessness.”“The presidency of the Arab Syrian republic asserts that what America carried out was an irresponsible act that only reflects short-sightedness, a narrow perspective and political and military blindness toward reality,” the statement said. “The fact that the United States of America has committed this shameful act by targeting an airport of a sovereign state clearly demonstrates, once again, what Syria has said and continues to say –- that changing administrations doesn’t change the deep policies of this government, namely, the targeting of countries, the subjugation of people and an attempt to dominate the world.”The Syrian army delivered a statement on state-run television on Friday, saying six people were killed in the U.S. airstrikes. The Syrian army went on to describe the United States as “the initiators of the ongoing dirty war against our people.”According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the death toll has increased to seven.Russia reactsRussia, a staunch ally of the Syrian government, also had harsh words for the United States, calling the military airstrike a “clear act of aggression” that would “further undermine Russo-American relations.”The presence of military personnel from the U.S. and other countries in Syria without the permission of the government “or a resolution of the U.N. Security Council is a gross, clear and in no way justified violation of international law,” the Russian foreign ministry said in a statement Friday. “If before it was explained as a mission in the battle against terrorism, now it is a clear act of aggression against a sovereign Syria. The taking of these actions by the U.S. today yet further undermines Russo-American relations.”The Russian foreign ministry said it was calling for an urgent United Nations Security Council meeting and that Moscow was suspending its current memorandum of understanding with the U.S. military that was aimed at avoiding air collisions in Syria.Both Russia and the United States have a large air presence in Syria and had established so-called “de-confliction” channels to avoid collisions of their respective aircraft.The Russian foreign ministry also suggested that the U.S. decision to strike the Syrian regime was made in advance of Tuesday’s chemical weapons attack, calling it “a pretext for a demonstration of force.”The Russian defense ministry claimed only 23 U.S. missiles hit the Syrian air base, saying it’s unclear where the others landed. The airstrikes destroyed a supply dump, a training building, the canteen, six planes that were under repair in hangars and a radar station. The ministry claimed the runways and operational Syrian aircraft were not damaged.Citing the Syrian military, the Russian defense ministry said four Syrian soldiers were killed and six suffered burns while putting out fires caused by the explosion. Two Syrian soldiers remain unaccounted for.“As such, the military effectiveness of the American massed missile strike on the Syrian airbase was extremely low,” the Russian defense ministry said in a statement Friday.What prompted the U.S. to strike?At least 86 civilians, including 30 children and 20 women, have died from a chemical weapons attack in northern Syria on Tuesday, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Harrowing footage from the scene in Idlib province showed victims gasping for air and being hosed off, as well as the lifeless faces of those who didn’t survive. It’s the worst chemical attack the war-torn country has witnessed since 2013.Trump on Wednesday firmly condemned the “heinous actions” in Syria, telling reporters that the attack “crossed a lot of lines for me.”“I do change, and I am flexible, and I’m proud of that flexibility. And I will tell you that attack on children yesterday had a big impact on me,” the U.S. president said during a press conference at the White House with Jordan’s King Abdullah II. “It’s already happened, that my attitude towards Syria and Assad has changed very much.”After conducting autopsies on victims who were brought to Turkish hospitals for treatment, Turkey’s health ministry confirmed Thursday that the patients had been exposed to sarin gas, a banned nerve agent.A U.S. official also said the symptoms exhibited by the victims pointed to sarin gas.The U.S. official told ABC News that a Syrian military fixed-wing aircraft dropped the chemical weapons on what was an underground hospital run by an al-Qaeda affiliated rebel group formerly known as Al-Nusra Front in the town of Khan Sheikhoun.Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem firmly denied that his government used chemical weapons in Tuesday’s deadly attack. He told reporters at a televised press conference in the capital of Damascus on Thursday that “the Syrian Arab Army has never used chemical weapons and will not use chemical weapons against Syrians and even against terrorists.”Moallem said rebels linked to al-Qaeda and ISIS have brought chemicals from Iraq and Turkey into the country and have been stockpiling them in residential areas.On Wednesday, Russia’s Defense Ministry blamed Syrian rebels for the attack, saying that the Syrian air force struck a warehouse where opposition militants were storing chemical weapons — a statement that contradicts testimony from residents, doctors and activists on the ground.Syria’s ongoing conflictTuesday’s chemical weapons attack is the latest atrocity in Syria’s ruinous six-year war.What started as a local protest movement in Syria’s southern city of Dara’a expanded into a full-fledged civil war by 2012. ISIS, which grew out of al-Qaeda in Iraq, took root in northern and eastern Syria in 2013 after seizing swaths of territory in neighboring Iraq. The jihadist group is fighting to overthrow Assad’s regime and establish a caliphate.The Syrian Civil War has pulled in the United States, Russia, Iran and almost all of Syria’s neighbors. It has become the largest humanitarian crisis since World War II, according to the U.N.What’s next?Nikki Haley on Friday denied a request from Bolivia for a closed session on Syria, insisting that “any country that chooses to defend the atrocities of the Syrian regime will have to do so in full public view.”During the open session, Russian deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Vladimir Safronkov, condemned the “illegitimate” U.S. military action on the Syrian airbase, calling it a “flagrant violation” of international law. Safronkov called on the U.S. to instead “work together” with Syria and Russia to combat terrorism in the country.“We call on the United States to immediately cease its aggression,” Safronkov said.Haley, who is acting as the president of the U.N. Security Council for the month of April, spoke next. She didn’t mince words in rebuking those who support Assad’s regime.“Every time Assad has crossed the line of human decency, Russia has stood beside him,” Haley said. “The world is waiting for the Russian government to act responsibly in Syria.”She also suggested that Russia may have known about Syria’s illicit chemical weapons supply and may have even had a hand in Tuesday’s attack.“Russia’s supposed to be a guarantor of the removal of chemical weapons from Syria. Think about that,” Haley said. “Russia is supposed to have removed all the chemical weapons from Syria. But obviously that has not happened.”She continued, “As innocent Syrians continue to be murdered in chemical attacks, let’s think about the possible reasons for Russia’s failure. It could be that Russia is knowingly allowing chemical weapons to remain in Syria. It could be that Russia has been incompetent in its efforts to remove the chemical weapons. Or it could be that the Assad regime is playing the Russians for fools.”Syrian ambassador to the United Nations, Bashar Jaafari, said the United States acted “illegally against the Syrian Arab Army” and “without genuine knowledge of what happened” in the chemical weapons attack, or “without identifying who was responsible.”Jaafari added that U.S. airstrikes harm counterterrorism efforts.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

U.’s offense gets its health back

first_imgThe Utah soccer team’s scoring woes from a couple of weeks ago appear to be over.Following up on a three-goal performance in their last game, the Utes scored two first-half goals and cruised to a 2-0 victory over Wyoming Thursday night at Ute Field.Freshman Adele Letro scored her seventh goal of the season in the 19th minute, and Chelsea Card added her first of the year in the 33rd minute to give the Utes all they needed for the win.The victory keeps the Utes atop the Mountain West Conference standings at 3-0 and improves their overall record to 10-5.”It’s nice to score,” said Utah coach Rich Manning, who saw his team lose four straight games without scoring a goal. “When we were going through the losing streak, we were playing very well, just not finishing.”Now we’re finding a good rhythm with our team, and I’m pleased with our offensive play.”Letro got the Utes on the board with a 10-yard shot to the lower left corner off an assist by Amanda Feigt.Manning said Feigt had a “terrific game” on the right wing and was happy to see Letro score again.”Adele’s just starting to feel comfortable with college soccer,” he said. “She’s causing teams fits.”Card put in a rebound shot off a shot by Katy Reineke to make it 2-0 at the 32:58 mark. Last week, the Utes had grabbed a 2-0 lead on New Mexico, only to see it evaporate in a 12-second span. This time Utah kept the Cowgirls out of the net.Ashley Mason made four saves on the night, and the Ute defense limited Wyoming’s chances.The Utes play Air Force Saturday at 1 p.m. in their final home game. Forward Kim Lloyd, the only senior on the team, will be playing her final home game. Saturday will also mark Utah’s first-ever Alumni Reunion Day with several Ute soccer alums being recognized and joining the 2005 team in signing autographs after the game. E-mail: sor@desnews.comlast_img read more

The end of an era?

first_imgBESR, or Ball Exit Speed Ratio, is a rule that applies to all nonwood bats used by all teams affiliated with the NCAA and by all high schools who are members of the National Federation High School Associations (NFHS). All nonwood bats used must bear the BESR certification mark. The BESR certification process, which has been conducted at the Baseball Research Center at UMass-Lowell Department of Mechanical Engineering, ensures a nonwood bat meets four criteria: 1. The maximum exit speed is similar to the performance of the best northern white ash wood bat – 97 mph. 2. The bat’s length to weight differential is no greater than minus-3 (for instance a 34-inch bat must weigh 31 ounces). 3. The barrel diameter may not exceed a maximum of 2 5/8 inches, while bats in the past were 2 3/4 inches, thus the barrel is smaller. 4. The balance point of the bat meets the moment-of-inertia requirement.last_img read more

Donis: APOEL had worst game

first_imgBy Andreas VouAPOEL suffered their third 1-0 defeat in Group F of the Champions League on Wednesday against Paris Saint-Germain, ruling out any possibility of reaching the knockout stage of the competition. The Cypriot champions were left to rue their lack of concentration in the opening minute of the match which allowed Edinson Cavani to score what would prove to be the winner.APOEL have proven to be a tough nut to crack, surprising many in this season’s competition by conceding just once in each game against some of Europe’s biggest names. However, manager Giorgos Donis felt his side played their worst game so far this European campaign.“When a game starts, it does not matter when you concede a goal. On Wednesday, we were a side with problems. We had our worst game and it showed on the pitch.”Barcelona’s win over Ajax in the group’s other game leaves APOEL just one point behind the Dutch champions who occupy third place which earns a spot in the Europa League, meaning that the final group game between the two could have a lot at stake.“However, even on our worst day, we were dignified and we will go, it seems, to Holland for a big game,” said the Greek boss.As they tend to be at home, PSG were the superior team and the stats reflected that: Laurent Blanc’s side had 68 per cent of the possession as well as 18 shots on goal. The French manager believed the narrow scoreline did not fairly depict the match.“The result does not reflect the image of the game. We missed a lot of chances and we could have scored more goals. We take the win and that we managed the game better,” said Blanc.Cillian Sheridan, who came on as a second-half substitute, was hoping APOEL would add points to the board but feels the team’s inability to convert chances is an issue. “We came here wanting to get a result this time rather than settle just for a good performance but again we leave empty-handed. We create some good chances but we don’t manage to make the most of them and that’s something we have to improve.”APOEL are not used to conceding goals quickly, and the Irish forward admits that it had a negative impact on the team.“The French team’s early goal affected us. We’re not used to being behind so early,” he concluded.Meanwhile, PSG captain Thiago Silva was content with his team’s win and alluded to the fact that APOEL were always going to be tough to get in behind.“It was better. I think we played a good match. APOEL played behind the ball and it’s hard to find space but it is a match of the Champions League, it’s never easy.” APOEL forward Gustavo Manduca was largely disappointed with the team’s performance, saying that they “did not play a good game” and that they “made several unforced errors and just had one chance,” yet the Brazilian did not rule out the possibility of a surprise in the next group game.“First, we need to look to the next game against Barcelona. Who is to say we can’t have a good game and take all three points?”APOEL take on Lionel Messi and co. on November 25 at the GSP stadium before travelling to Amsterdam to face Ajax in the final group match on December 10.last_img read more

Province shows support for Northern Gateway Pipeline

first_imgThe story notes that project critics have long cited a poll done last year, suggesting broad public opposition to the two province pipeline as a key factor in the fight to prevent its construction.The new online poll, which surveyed one thousand B.C. residents during the three day period ending December 15th, began by describing the project to build the underground twin pipeline from Brudheim, North of Edmonton, to Kitimat.With 42 percent of those surveyed claiming to be very or somewhat familiar with the proposed project, 52 percent then said they strongly or somewhat support it.- Advertisement -The Sun quotes Enbridge spokesman Paul Stanway as saying the new poll shows British Columbians are a lot more open-minded than some people would suggest and “What this says to us is that there’s an opportunity here to convince and to educate British Columbians.”last_img read more