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Merrill leads Utah State past NAIA Eastern Oregon, 84-57

first_imgDecember 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local Merrill leads Utah State past NAIA Eastern Oregon, 84-57 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah (AP) — Sam Merrill scored 28 points and Utah State closed out its nonconference schedule by walloping NAIA-member Eastern Oregon, 84-57 on Friday night.The Aggies (10-3) open Mountain West Conference play Wednesday at Nevada.Utah State built a 19-point advantage in the first half, taking a 45-26 lead at the break.Merrill hit 9 of his 14 field goal attempts and was 4 of 7 from distance. Neemias Queta and Justin Bean added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Collectively, the Aggies were 30 of 67 from the field, including 7 of 24 from behind the arc.The Mountaineers got 16 points from Jordan May and 10 from Jarek Schetzle.Utah State is now 2-0 all-time against Eastern Oregon, with the first win coming in the 1941-42 season. The Aggies have never lost to a regular season game to a non-Division I opponent and they are 26-0 against teams from the NAIA. Associated Press Tags: Sam Merrill/Utah State Aggies Basketball Written bylast_img read more

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Measuring effective teaching

first_imgTom Kane’s 6-year-old son recently offered the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) professor insight into the tricky nuances of assessing complex educational data. The boy’s teaching tool: popular superheroes.He showed me that “if you are going to have a team of superheroes, you don’t want three supermen, you want three people each with different superpowers.”The lesson, Kane said, directly applies to his work aimed at measuring effective teaching. “You shouldn’t be looking for the most super of the supermen, you should be looking for different measures that have different strengths.”The superman metaphor applies to classroom observations, student surveys of teachers, and student achievement on state tests, three measures that are core parts of the “Measures of Effective Teaching” project, an ongoing study aimed at finding out exactly what good teaching looks like. While each measure has its own strengths, none individually can fully predict teacher effectiveness. But combining them, said Kane, balances out their weaknesses, while capitalizing on their strengths.Kane was at HGSE  for an Askwith Forum on Jan. 26 to discuss the most recent findings from the initiative. Launched in 2009, the project, backed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by Kane, is the largest effort of its kind to collect video observations, student perceptions, and assessments of student achievement and teacher knowledge.The recent findings focus largely on classroom observations.Classroom observations have the “highest potential for diagnostic insights,” said Kane, HGSE professor of education and economics. For such observations to be successful, raters need to be given a clear set of standards of effective teaching and carefully trained to identify such standards. Teachers also need to be observed multiple times, Kane said, to help account for discrepancies in scoring that may be attributable to a certain rater’s judgment, a particular lesson, or even a certain group of students.One important approach, said Kane, “is to get multiple observations” and average them.The recent findings also reveal that the combination of the researchers’ three key measures did better than “master’s degrees and years of experience in predicting which teachers would have large gains with another group of students.”The project includes 3,000 teachers from seven urban school districts: Charlotte, N.C.; Dallas; Denver; Memphis, Tenn.; New York City; Pittsburgh; and Hillsborough County, Fla.Kane conducted his work with the help of Harvard’s Center for Education Policy Research. Ronald Ferguson, a senior lecturer in education and public policy at HGSE and the Harvard Kennedy School, helped to develop the student questionnaires for the research.last_img read more

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Palm Beach considers options as Trump remains at Mar-a-Lago

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Town of Palm Beach, Florida, is considering its legal options as former President Donald Trump is still living at his Mar-a-Lago club, a possible violation of a 1993 agreement. Town Manager Kirk Blouin said in a brief email Thursday that Palm Beach is examining its options and the matter might be discussed at the town council’s February meeting. Trump and the town agreed nearly 30 years ago when he turned the estate into a club that he would not live there more than seven days consecutively or more than 21 days a year. Trump’s office disputes that there’s an agreement, saying nothing prevents him from living there.last_img

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Governor Clarifies Essential Services Not Impacted By Staffing Levels

first_imglogisticstechnology support for online serviceschild care programs and servicesgovernment owned or leased buildingsessential government servicesIf the function of businesses are not listed above, but owners believe that it is essential or it is an entity providing essential services or functions, they may request designation as an essential business. Houses of worship are not ordered closed however it is strongly recommended no congregate services be held and social distance maintained. Businesses and entities that provide other essential services must implement rules that help facilitate social distancing of at least six feet. Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described above, should only be made if they are NOT covered by the guidance.Any business that only has a single occupant/employee (i.e. gas station) has been deemed exempt and need not submit a request to be designated as an essential business.Businesses ordered to close on Monday, March 15, 2020 under the restrictions on any gathering with 50 or more participants, including but not limited to, bars, restaurants, gyms, movie theaters, casinos, auditoriums, concerts, conferences, worship services, sporting events, and physical fitness centers, are presumed to be compliant with NYS issued restrictions and must remain closed and are not eligible for designation as an essential business for purposes of this guidance. Providers of Basic Necessities to Economically Disadvantaged Populations, Including: MGN ImageALBANY – New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office has now released an extended list of service that will not be impacted by his “PAUSE New York” staffing requirements.In a press release Friday afternoon, the Governor’s office says essential businesses or entities, including any for profit or non-profit, regardless of the nature of the service, the function they perform, or its corporate or entity structure, are not subject to the in-person restriction announced earlier Friday.The Governor says “Essential Business” means the following:Essential Health Care Operations, Including: trash and recycling collection, processing and disposalmail and shipping serviceslaundromatsbuilding cleaning and maintenancechild care servicesauto repairwarehouse/distribution and fulfillmentfuneral homes, crematoriums and cemeteriesstorage for essential businessesanimal shelters law enforcementfire prevention and responsebuilding code enforcementsecurityemergency management and responsebuilding cleaners or janitorsgeneral maintenance whether employed by the entity directly or a vendorautomotive repairdisinfection Essential Manufacturing, Including: Essential Retail, Including: Essential Infrastructure, Including: research and laboratory serviceshospitalswalk-in-care health facilitiesemergency veterinary and livestock serviceselder caremedical wholesale and distributionhome health care workers or aides for the elderlydoctor and emergency dentalnursing homes, or residential health care facilities or congregate care facilitiesmedical supplies and equipment manufacturers and providers Vendors that Provide Essential Services or Products, Including Logistics and Technology Support, Child Care and Services: defense and national security-related operations supporting the U.S. Government or a contractor to the US government grocery stores including all food and beverage storespharmaciesconvenience storesfarmer’s marketsgas stationsrestaurants/bars (but only for take-out/delivery)hardware and building material stores Defense Essential Services, Including: Construction, Including: skilled trades such as electricians, plumbersother related construction firms and professionals for essential infrastructure or for emergency repair and safety purposes homeless shelters and congregate care facilitiesfood bankshuman services providers whose function includes the direct care of patients in state-licensed or funded voluntary programs; the care, protection, custody and oversight of individuals both in the community and in state-licensed residential facilities; those operating community shelters and other critical human services agencies providing direct care or support banksinsurancepayrollaccountingservices related to financial markets News MediaFinancial Institutions, Including: food processing, manufacturing agents, including all foods and beverageschemicalsmedical equipment/instrumentspharmaceuticalssanitary productstelecommunicationsmicroelectronics/semi-conductoragriculture/farmshousehold paper products utilities including power generation, fuel supply and transmissionpublic water and wastewatertelecommunications and data centersairports/airlinestransportation infrastructure such as bus, rail, or for-hire vehicles, garageshotels, and places of accommodation Essential Services Necessary to Maintain the Safety, Sanitation and Essential Operations of Residences or Other Essential Businesses, Including: Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Governor Cuomo is the best!!! We New Yorkers are so lucky to have him as our governor! His TV updates during this coronavirus crisis are invaluable.,You need to close down full service gas stations my fiance works at a gas station pumping gas it exposes him to a lot of people.last_img read more

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