The Achievement Learning Centre Faces Eviction

first_imgEducationLifestyleLocalNews The Achievement Learning Centre Faces Eviction by: – April 29, 2020 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Nine years ago, the Achievement Learning Centre opened to deliver education to children with special needs and it has been breaking barriers and opening doors for its students since then.Today, it faces a barrier of its own. Without support, the educational institution will be evicted for non-payment of rent.The Covid19 outbreak which has been financially squeezing governments, businesses and individuals has brought the Achievement Learning Centre to this tipping point.Director, Beverly Leblanc revealed to the press, “Unfortunately for us we ran into very serious financial difficulties. Most of our parents are unable to pay the school fee and so we were getting assistance after Hurricane Maria…which helped us to cover our rent and subsidise some of our teachers.”This support, however, ran out before the second term which began in January 2020 and the school has been unable to pay its rent since then.“Covid has plummeted us into a much deeper hole and we were asked to give up the place by May 31,” she shared.Leblanc appreciates the financial support which the institution has received in the past from government, individuals and NGOs.She hopes to access this kindness again and perhaps this time, the centre can not only keep their current home but build a permanent one to continue delivering education to children with special needs.The school started in 2011 with two boys and today has 22 students.Two have found employment after graduation and others have moved on to sit regional exams, CXC and CCSLC.“We have seen the children grow. Some from having no speech to now having basic conversations.”Leblanc quoted UNICEF and the World Health Organization as saying that children and youth with disabilities would be further marginalized during this pandemic.She says however that the dedicated and committed staff at the Achievement Learning Centre will not allow their students to miss out on any opportunity for learning and are engaging their students through online platforms such as Google Classroom, The Digicel Learning Hub and Zoom.Leblanc asserts, “Our goal has always been to build inclusive communities. Some people may wonder why invest in a child with Down syndrome or Autism but the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities outline the rights of children- all children- to education.”The centre can be reached via their Facebook page or at this email address: Share 977 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Chelsea star quashes exit rumours by extending contract until 2023

first_img France’s World Cup-winning striker Olivier Giroud also recently extended his Blues contract to remain in west London next term. The 33-year-old has fired three goals in five games since football’s resumption, reiterating his value to the Blues. Abraham broke a 10-game scoring duck in Chelsea’s 3-2 win at Crystal Palace on Tuesday, with Lampard hoping that can spur him back to his best. “Tammy in his personality is a very positive lad, he trains well, he’s good around the group and that hasn’t changed,” said Lampard. “I know beyond that there are sometimes feelings for a player, especially a goalscorer who is having a tough time in front of goal. read also:Transfer Market: Different strokes for Abraham, Tomori “We had a conversation before the Palace game, so I was particularly delighted to see him break that against them. I hope there is an uplift for him, I hope his confidence has taken a nice boost, and we’ll see.” Meanwhile, Billy Gilmour could be sidelined for as long as four months after knee surgery, Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has said FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiBig Actors Who Started Off With A Part In A Soap Opera7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Loading… center_img Tammy Abraham has quashed any concerns over his Chelsea future by signing a one-year contract extension at Stamford Bridge. The 22-year-old striker has extended his existing Blues deal until 2023, though Chelsea bosses are understood to be ready to continue talks over longer terms. Boss Frank Lampard handed Abraham the coveted number nine shirt last summer. And the England striker has fired 16 goals in 40 games in his first term leading the Blues’ line. New £53million recruit Timo Werner will boost Chelsea’s firepower next term. But the prolific Germany hitman will also add significant competition for Abraham. But Camberwell-born striker Abraham has had no qualms about extending his Stamford Bridge stay. With the club also keen to keep him for the long haul. “I don’t want to get into the clauses in contracts. It could open me up to many a question that one,” said Lampard. “But I said it before when I was asked, Tammy’s not at a critical stage in his contract. “He needs to focus on his playing and we need to finish the season as strongly as we can. There will be plenty of time to sit down after that.”Advertisementlast_img read more

ICC World Cup ICC releases official song for World Cup

first_imgLondon: The ICC on Friday released the official song of the Men’s World Cup ‘Stand By’ with LORYN and Rudimental across all streaming platforms.‘Stand By’—a collaboration between new artist LORYN and one of the UK’s most successful and influential acts, Rudimental will be played in ground and city events across the tournament when the showpiece event begins on May 30.The ICC Men’s World Cup is one of the world’s biggest global sporting events, attracting around one million sporting fans soaking up the action in the UK and a further billion fans watching world-wide across the 48-match event.‘Stand By’ will provide a common voice for fans when they show their passion for their respective teams during the month and a half long tournament which culminates on July 14. For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

World number one Pliskova survives scare to advance at U.S. Open

first_imgNEW YORK (Reuters) – Karolina Pliskova showed the steel of a world number one as she fought off a match point to claim a riveting 3-6 7-5 6-4 comeback win over Zhang Shuai in the U.S. Open third round on Saturday.Pliskova, runner-up at Flushing Meadows last year, would have lost her world number one ranking had she been beaten on Arthur Ashe Stadium but instead moved another step closer to a first career grand slam title.Chinese Zhang was the more aggressive player from the start, frequently rushing to net and stepping into the court to attack Pliskova’s second serve on an unseasonably cool day in New York.The strategy paid off as she broke Pliskova in her first two service games to take a 3-1 lead and captured the first set with an emphatic overhead smash.She continued her fiery play into the second set but on match point tightened up and hit an errant backhand, disappointing a New York crowd that had been rooting for the underdog.Pliskova won the next three games to close out the set.She was also undone by the tall Czech’s biggest weapon – her powerful serve.Pliskova finished with nine aces and just one double fault while Zhang hit two aces while committing five doubles.Pliskova needed an injury time out to attend to a sore arm between the second and third sets, which she said she hopes will not bother her when she faces either American Jennifer Brady or Monica Niculescu of Romania in the fourth round.“I will have to improve in the next one,” the 25-year-old Pliskova said in a courtside interview.“Hopefully, it’s nothing serious and I’ll be ready for my next match.”Pliskova said that while she may appear stone-faced on the court there are plenty of emotions running through her veins.“I don’t really feel calm,” she said.The contest was 25-year-old Zhang’s best showing against the tournament’s top seed but she is now winless in five matches against Pliskova.Zhang did not roll over, however, and broke Pliskova to take an early 2-0 lead in the third but Zhang’s mistakes soon started piling up.Zhang ended the contest with 46 unforced errors to Pliskova’s 38.last_img read more

FB : Seniors from 2010 season look to secure jobs in NFL

first_imgNEWPORT, R.I. – Chandler Jones receives a daily reminder to work hard. Each day he talks with teammates from the 2010 season that are now embarking on new careers in the NFL. They represent what Jones strives for.‘I talk to those guys almost every day just telling me about the whole draft process and (free agent) process,’ Jones said. ‘They’re just telling me to do hard work. Nothing is easy. I’m glad those guys are getting opportunities, and I’m excited for them.’After the player representatives agreed on and passed the new collective bargaining agreement July 25, the 2011-12 NFL season could begin. With it came the ability for former Syracuse players to finally sign with a professional team.Former SU running back Delone Carter and linebacker Doug Hogue, who were selected in the NFL Draft in April, inked deals with the Colts and Lions, respectively. They were joined in the NFL by four other members of the 2010 squad who all signed free agent contracts.Ryan Bartholomew signed with the Ravens, Jose Cruz and Derrell Smith with the Buccaneers and Andrew Lewis with the Jaguars.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPunter Rob Long remains a free agent. Jones and Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone have both been in contact with Long, who was invited to try out for the Cleveland Browns Tuesday.‘During the summer, there were a lot of players that were still training and still up at Syracuse,’ Marrone said. ‘So I was able to see them, and they all looked good.’If the aforementioned players wind up making the final roster for their respective teams, it will give Syracuse 21 players in the NFL. It’s a number that has caught Jones’ eye.  ‘Since I began my career playing at Syracuse, I’ve never seen so many guys going to an NFL team. So it’s very exciting,’ Jones said. ‘And that should get more recruits. That’s one thing a recruit looks at is how many guys went to the NFL out of Syracuse. When they see that, that’s going to jack up our quality of recruits.’Smith, Collaros enter season as far and away top quarterbacks in conferenceGeno Smith shook off the notion that he could be a candidate for some hefty individual awards this season. There is nothing else the West Virginia quarterback can do when questioned about his Heisman Trophy candidacy, really.Smith acknowledged that he does hear the talk about him, but said it doesn’t affect him in any way.‘I’ve been hearing about that, but I’m not one of those guys that really strives on the individual aspect of the game,’ Smith said. ‘I’m more about winning, and I’m here for my teammates. If we have to run the ball every down, I’m good with it.’Among a crop of Big East quarterbacks that doesn’t provide much national buzz, Smith and Cincinnati quarterback Zach Collaros stand out. Smith has gained more national attention than Collaros entering the season, in part because of West Virginia’s new head coach, Dana Holgorsen.Holgorsen was the offensive coordinator for Oklahoma State a season ago. Under his tutelage, OSU quarterback Brandon Weeden threw for 4,277 yards and 34 touchdowns.Smith led the Big East in passing efficiency last season with a 144.7 rating, throwing for 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions. But he did throw for fewer yards and touchdowns than Collaros. Smith said he’s still working to become the best quarterback in the Big East — something he’s believed he could be since he committed to WVU.‘I’m not an arrogant guy or anything, but coming in, when I was being recruited, when I picked West Virginia, I felt that I was going to be the best quarterback in the Big East,’ Smith said. ‘And that’s what I work toward every day.’Collaros threw for a Big East-best 26 touchdowns and 2,902 yards last season, but also threw 14 interceptions as his Bearcats struggled to a 4-8 season.At his second consecutive and final Big East media day, the senior said he needs to cut down on interceptions for his team’s sake. He also wasn’t one to talk about individual awards, but cutting down on turnovers would put him in the conversation.‘Obviously, you don’t want to turn the ball over as a quarterback,’ Collaros said. ‘You’re putting your defense out there and hanging them out to dry. I also want to have a higher completion percentage; 58 percent is not a great completion percentage for a quarterback. I want to be around the 64, 65 (percent) area.’Pasqualoni goes back to schoolPaul Pasqualoni insisted it didn’t feel awkward or strange to be sitting across the room from the Syracuse table at Big East Media Day. The former Orange head coach is now in the same position with the conference defending champion, Connecticut, after spending six seasons coaching in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins and Dallas Cowboys.Pasqualoni coached SU from 1991 through 2004, finishing as the program’s second-winningest coach with 107 wins. He also took the Orange to four conference titles during its final years of prominence before falling into the doldrums of the league.Now, the Connecticut native and defensive guru is taking over a team that is full of question marks heading into the first week of training camp. Pasqualoni said at this point, he doesn’t know who his starting quarterback will be, which will be determined in a few weeks as training camp progresses. With inexperience at quarterback, the new head coach plans to run the ball as UConn did under former head coach Randy Edsall.‘The University of Connecticut has done an outstanding job of running the football in the last few years,’ Pasqualoni said. ‘We’ll continue to run the football. … We don’t have a lot of experience at the quarterback position. We have to build an offensive line first.’Defensively, the Huskies are in good shape with nine of 11 starters returning.Pasqualoni, who began his career as head coach at Cheshire High School in Connecticut, said although he enjoyed his time coaching in the NFL, the opportunity to return to the collegiate ranks in his home state was too good an opportunity to pass up.Said Pasqualoni: ‘To say I’m excited is a little bit of an understatement.’ Comments Published on August 1, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Roberson sits out game with strain; Boeheim says forward looks to return in 2-3 days

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 25, 2014 at 10:18 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse Forward Tyler Roberson sat out Syracuse’s (4-1) 70-37 win over Loyola (2-3) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night, and SU head coach Jim Boeheim said the sophomore forward is looking to be back on the court in “two or three days.”“He just hasn’t been able to be effective because he’s not able to move the way he needs to,” Boeheim said after the game. “So we’re hoping that, you know, this could be something that can get better in a few days. If not, we’ll just see how long it takes. We’re just going to have to wait.”Boeheim called Roberson’s injury a “strained something” and wouldn’t go into any further detail. The Post-Standard reported it as an abdominal strain prior to the game. He was replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore forward B.J. Johnson, who finished with six points, nine rebounds and three assists in 31 minutes.Syracuse guards Kaleb Joseph and Trevor Cooney both said the starting lineup didn’t feel much different, just that Johnson is more of a perimeter threat and Roberson — who watched the game in a blue Syracuse jumpsuit — is more partial to the mid-range game. In Roberson’s absence, Boeheim’s rotation included sophomore center Chinonso Obokoh and the Orange opted for smaller lineups more than it has all season.As far as Johnson’s fill-in start went, Boeheim wasn’t particularly impressed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“He’s just, I don’t know,” Boeheim said of Johnson before laughing behind the podium. “I don’t know.”The Orange will host Holy Cross in the Carrier Dome at 7 p.m. on Friday, and Boeheim said later in his press conference that he does not know if Roberson will return for that game. Commentslast_img read more

USC has no answer for Corvallis

first_imgThere was a lot to be said about the Trojans’ impressive win against Arizona two Saturdays ago.But after a week of sub-par practices culminated in a shocking 36-7 upset loss to Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore., on Saturday, not many words remained.“I don’t know what it is. I don’t know,” senior tailback C.J. Gable said, trying to answer why USC couldn’t seem to get it together.Redshirt junior linebacker Chris Galippo failed in doing so as well.“I have no idea,” he said.Had you watched USC’s game on Saturday, you would realize how fitting this statement — or lack thereof — is.Not only were the Trojans beat in Corvallis, they were blindsided, trampled and overrun. USC, a team that came into Saturday averaging 35.2 points per game, was held scoreless in the first half and limited to just seven points for the night.In case you weren’t keeping track, neither of those things had happened to the Trojans since 2001. And in case you need reminding, this beat-down came not from a national contender, but from a team that had just fallen to Washington State at home by 17 points.The Beavers looked nothing like anyone expected them to, and the Trojans were not the least bit ready for it, despite knowing full well that they were headed to Corvallis, the place where USC hopes go to die.The win two Saturdays ago in Tucson, Ariz., was extremely promising for USC, which finally looked to be taking a step in the right direction as a program. But that victory gave the Trojans more than just some momentum and a whiff of a 10-win season — it gave them a distraction and a reason to be lackadaisical.And Oregon State knew it was coming.Chalk it up to whatever you want — poor coaching, missed opportunities, crowd noise, injuries — but at the end of the day, the Trojans suffered from a general lack of mental preparation.This is not to say that USC coach Lane Kiffin and his staff didn’t get their team ready to play football — they did. The problem was they were ready to face typical circumstances, against a typical team, with a typical stadium and a typical coach.If there is one thing the Trojans have learned in the last four years, it is that you don’t simply approach a game in the state of Oregon — where USC has now lost five years in a row — the way you approach other contests. Although there is no specific reason why this is so, historic evidence is just too overwhelming to think otherwise.USC entered the game looking potent on its first drive, but a missed fourth-down-and-one conversion gave the Beavers just enough momentum to start a run, and the Trojans were not prepared to squash it before it overcame them. Soon, it was 20-0 at half, and visions of former USC quarterback Mark Sanchez and the No. 1 Trojans of 2008 began to creep into the back of people’s minds.It didn’t help that USC was playing with backups at quarterback, tailback and linebacker for much of the second half. But at that point, it didn’t seem to matter.So what is needed to finally break the Corvallis Curse?For as much critique as I can give on the game, I have just as few answers for this curious Oregon State team. If there is one lesson to take into the Trojans’ next game there, it is to prepare to be tricked.From now on, the Trojans will need to realize the team that takes the field opposite them might be very different from the one they prepared for or watched the week before on game film. It might not run the same offense, it might not make the same mistakes and it might not look capable of losing to the worst team in the Pac-10.The team should have learned this lesson in 2008, and it certainly should now.Until someone is able to come up with an answer better than “I don’t know,” this is a test that USC will continue to fail.“One-Two Punch” ran Mondays. To comment on this article, visit or e-mail James at read more

Shafer: Syracuse will apply for 6th-year waiver for Terrel Hunt

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse has already started the process to apply for a sixth-year waiver for injured quarterback Terrel Hunt, SU head coach Scott Shafer said on his weekly teleconference Tuesday.“It will just be a wait and see with the NCAA,” Shafer said.Hunt tore his right Achilles 7:27 into Syracuse’s 47-0 win over Rhode Island on Friday night, and will be sidelined for the entire 2015 season. The injury comes after Hunt fractured his fibula and missed the last seven games of 2014. He was replaced by true freshman quarterback Eric Dungey, who is presumed to be the starting quarterback moving forward.Shafer also said that Hunt was “getting fixed as we speak” during the teleconference, but it was unclear whether that meant the surgery was happening early Tuesday afternoon.It’s the first time Shafer is going through the application for a sixth season, and said that he’s handing it over to Syracuse’s medical staff. He also couldn’t assess Hunt’s chances because of his unfamiliarity with sixth-year medical waivers, but said he will continue to learn about the process as the Orange moves forward with it.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Terrel’s a real strong young man who has overcome a lot in his life,” Shafer said. “When you look at the injury situation, just a horrible situation for a strong young man.” Comments Published on September 8, 2015 at 12:25 pm Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Jung Money: USC can redeem itself on Saturday

first_imgOllie Jung | Daily TrojanDepending on your perspective, the men’s basketball game this weekend can mean everything or nothing. Who could’ve known at the start of this season — with an FBI scandal hanging over the program before the first game even tipped off — that USC would be in a position to potentially earn a share of the regular season Pac-12 title?Even if that doesn’t materialize, the squad has still clinched its best-ever finish in the Pac-12 under head coach Andy Enfield. The feat would be even sweeter coming with a win over UCLA, and it would be a poetic way to confirm the Trojans’ rise over the last few years from conference punching bag to national force. A victory would mean everything.Then again, this game has little bearing on USC’s spot in the NCAA tournament. Sure, one last W to end the regular season may clinch a ticket to the Big Dance, but a loss won’t bury the Trojans with a second bite at the cherry waiting at the conference tourney in Las Vegas next week. In that sense, this game means almost nothing.Maybe you’re the ultimate pessimist and see the hammer of the law (or NCAA) coming down onto Heritage Hall in the near future. I can’t blame you for being paranoid — it’s not often we see this much smoke and find out there’s no fire — and if you assume that any wins from this season will ultimately not count, then in your eyes, this game really means nothing.But let’s think happy thoughts and buy into the symbolism of the moment (it’s hard to write a column about a meaningless game). When USC lost in Westwood last month, it kicked off a three-game skid that many feared would prove deadly come March. A strong response has put such doubts to rest. The Trojans will clinch the second seed in the Pac-12 tournament with a win in Saturday’s crosstown showdown.Beyond that, the team also has the opportunity to set the record straight after blowing a double-digit lead in its defeat at UCLA. Had the Trojans hung on to win at Pauley Pavilion, they would have already locked up the second seed this week and would have been fighting for a possible outright regular-season conference title. Regardless of how much turmoil it is in, Arizona is unlikely to lose to last-place Cal, so this is probably a moot point; nevertheless, it has to irk the Trojans that they are not considered the clearly superior team in Los Angeles, despite hanging near the Pac-12 summit all season while the Bruins currently sit in fourth.The perception might be different if USC had put last month’s game away. Saturday presents a chance to correct that mistake — to remind everyone that the Trojans have owned their archrivals at the Galen Center in recent years, with their last home loss against the Bruins coming in early 2015.Of course, you can never assume victory against UCLA. USC has only recently shed its perennial underdog label in the crosstown rivalry, and it would be both silly and dangerous to get so cocky so quickly. The Bruins may be coming off back-to-back losses against Utah and Colorado (the two teams USC has most recently defeated), but they also come from victories over Kentucky and Arizona this season. You don’t luck into beating both of those squads: UCLA can top anyone on its day.So can the Trojans, though. A strength of schedule higher than the likes of No. 7 Gonzaga and No. 12 Texas Tech, plus a win versus a strong Middle Tennessee squad are testaments to that fact. Returning to its fortress riding a four-game winning streak, USC has every reason to be confident and no reason to be complacent heading into the regular-season finale.The Trojans may lose — such is the nature of rivalry games — but if they do, fans can safely fall back on the pragmatist’s argument: This game will prove irrelevant with a strong showing in the Pac-12 Tournament next week.Still, no matter how indifferent you may be about Saturday’s game, it can’t truly mean nothing. We’re talking about a tilt against the Bruins here. Even if it makes no practical impact on the Trojans’ postseason resume, a victory against UCLA would still be something to be savored — and a vacated win still trumps a loss.Ollie Jung is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. His column, “Jung Money,” runs Fridays.last_img read more

Andre Cisco, Andre Szmyt named to Walter Camp All-American team

first_imgSyracuse free safety Andre Cisco and kicker Andre Szmyt were named to the Walter Camp Football Foundation’s All-American teams Thursday.Szmyt, a redshirt freshman who stormed college football and won the Lou Groza Award, was named to the first team. He led the country with 28 field goals made, also an Atlantic Coast Conference record.Cisco, a true freshman out of IMG Academy (Florida), finished the regular season tied for first in the country with seven interceptions. He also tallied 51 total tackles.The pair of freshman will travel south with SU as the No. 20 Orange (9-3, 6-2 ACC) take on No. 16 West Virginia (8-3, 6-3 Big 12) in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 in Orlando, Florida.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on December 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more