Hillsides Education Center Receives Accreditation

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Hillsides is pleased to announce that the Hillsides Education Center (HEC) has received accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACS WASC). The accreditation is the result of a four-year process during which the Education Center established a WASC leadership team to ensure that the school met certain goals and criteria. HEC received a six-year accreditation – the longest time frame available.“WASC accreditation speaks to the quality of the school and the delivery of our mission,” said HEC Director Ryan Eisenberg. “It is a testament to our teaching and education staff and speaks to the hard work they put in every day.”HEC is a non-public therapeutic residential and day school in Pasadena offering individualized education for students in kindergarten through 12th grade with social-emotional, learning and/or behavioral challenges. The school is dedicated to enriching students through academic, social, and emotional growth, enabling students to create lasting changeHEC applied for WASC accreditation in 2011, which was followed by a site visit in 2012. The school spent the next three years improving on-campus systems and policies, which culminated in a 267-page report. WASC granted accreditation to HEC this spring after a three-day site visit.WASC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States. It fosters excellence in elementary, secondary, and adult education by encouraging school improvement. WASC accreditation recognizes schools that meet an acceptable level of quality, in accordance with established, research-based WASC criteria.HEC is one of four core programs of Hillsides. Hillsides provides quality care, advocacy, and innovative services that promote safe, permanent environments where young people can thrive. Headquarted in Pasadena, the agency serves more than 8.900 children and families in Los Angeles County, including Pomona, Baldwin Park, South Pasadena, and Echo Park. For more information on HEC, please visit www.hillsideseducation.org. For more information on Hillsides, please visit www.hillsides.org. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business Newscenter_img Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Education Hillsides Education Center Receives Accreditation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, July 31, 2015 | 11:25 am Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe HerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Curious Incident Will Launch National Tour in 2016

first_img View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time His name is Christopher John Francis Boone, he knows all the countries of the world and he’s going to be touring this one next fall. The 2015 Tony-nominated play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time will launch a national tour in October 2016. The tour route, which will include cities throughout North America, is still being finalized, but an opening city has been set and will be announced soon. Casting and official dates will also be announced shortly.Based on the novel by Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time follows Christopher—a fifteen-year-old who is exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor’s dog, he sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.Adapted by Simon Stephens and directed by Marianne Elliott, the Broadway production stars Tony nominee Alex Sharp in his Broadway debut as Christopher, Ian Barford as Ed, Helen Carey as Mrs. Alexander, Francesca Faridany as Siobhan and Enid Graham as Judy.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has been nominated for six 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play (Stephens), Best Leading Actor in a Play (Sharp), Best Scenic Design of a Play, Best Lighting Design of a Play, Best Direction of a Play (Elliott) and Best Choreography.last_img read more

Britain insists on fiscal responsibility from the Cayman Islands

first_imgLifestyleMoney Britain insists on fiscal responsibility from the Cayman Islands by: – November 16, 2011 Share 148 Views   no discussions Flag of the Cayman Islands. Image via: flags.netGEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands — The United Kingdom government has asked the government of the Cayman Islands to sign a mutually agreed framework for fiscal responsibility (FFR).Economists in Britain’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have developed the FFR and it has been presented to the Cayman government for review, discussion and eventual signature.The FFR was developed on the basis of four fundamental tenets, or principles:• Government should undertake effective medium-term planning to ensure that the full impact of fiscal decisions is understood;• Government should put value for money considerations at the heart of the decision-making process;• Government should demonstrate effective management of risk; and• Government should drive the delivery of improved accountability in all public sector operations.According to Cayman Islands Premier McKeeva Bush, such an agreement has the potential to impact not only the government’s financial policy-making, but the territory’s broader economic status, and the government’s overall performance in terms of good governance.“This policy document, which we are negotiating with the UK, therefore has the ability to affect the quality of life and the standard of living in these Islands,” he said.Bush said that he is in favour of signing such an agreement and that it is understandable that Britain has seen the need to restrict its exposure in such circumstances as there is no guarantee as to what kind of spendthrift government will be elected in the future.However, Bush expressed reservations about some of the important methods put forward in the FFR as the means by which these principles are to be achieved.As an example, in order to achieve effective management of risk, the FFR states that the government should borrow only to fund capital expenditures which will yield sufficient revenues to meet debt services costs.This is interpreted to mean, as an example, that separate juvenile remand facilities which are required in order to comply with the Islands’ Bill of Rights — scheduled to come into effect in 2013 — could not be constructed, using borrowed funds, because such a facility will not generate a revenue stream to fund debt service costs. Further, under the Bill of Rights, the government must build and maintain schools to provide primary and secondary education, free of charge. If in the future the government needed to borrow funds to finance additional educational facilities, it would appear that the FFR would disallow such borrowing — simply because such facilities would be unlikely to yield sufficient revenues to meet its associated debt service costs. As another example, in order to achieve effective management of risk, the FFR indicates that the entire debt servicing costs — which consist of repayments of principal, as well as interest payments — by government and all its statutory authorities and government companies, cannot exceed 10% of government’s revenues. The revenues of statutory authorities and government companies are excluded in this computation but their debt servicing costs are included. “It is government’s view that this definition is overly restrictive,” Bush said.Cayman Islands senior civil servants have accordingly reviewed the FFR and provided suggested changes to the document, which will be taken up with the FCO and reviewed in discussions this week between Bush and Britain’s minister with responsibility for the Overseas Territories, Henry Bellingham,.Caribbean News Now Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

‘Blue alert’ status up in Bacolod City

first_img“Precautionary measures should be takenas the typhoon could cause flooding, landslides, storm surges, and accidentsthat could endanger lives and property” said Mayor Evelio Leonardia. Leonardia issued a memorandum directingthe City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC), especiallyits implementing arm City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office, all villageofficials, and allied agencies to heighten their preparation for theapproaching typhoon. Last week, Negros Occidental Gov.Eugenio Jose “Bong” Lacson also issued order to the DRRMO of theprovince to go on “blue alert” status./PN Although this city is not along the typhoon’s projected path, outer rain bands may bring scattered rains and thunderstorms, thestate weather bureau added. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysicaland Astronomical Services Administration said the typhoon, which entered thePhilippine Area of Responsibility over the weekend, is expected to cause moderateto heavy rainfall in this city and some parts of Negros Occidental. He said that the need for contingencyplans to be in place, such as the identification of possible evacuationcenters, and the preparation of rescue equipment, personnel, food and medicine. BACOLOD City – This capital city wasplaced under a “blue alert” status to heighten preparedness, measures andprecautionary actions following the upcoming landfall of typhoon Tisoy  (international name: “Kammuri”). last_img read more

Investing in commercial property

first_img17 December 2003Foreign investors, mainly from the UK, Ireland and Germany, are increasingly buying South African commercial property as a medium- to long-term investment, according to business information service I-Net Bridge.According to Peter Golding, chief executive officer of Golding Commercial Properties (GCP), a subsidiary of the Pam Golding Properties group, GCP has been receiving ongoing inquiries for commercial property investments of late.Golding told I-Net Bridge that investors are currently looking for commercial properties in South Africa with capital ranging from about R10-million to R200-million to invest.A notable example cited by Golding is that of a “big German financial institution” wanting to invest $20-million (about R128-million) in prime commercial property for a closed end fund.Golding says investors are seeking quality stock and tenant credibility, with a preference for a single, prime commercial A-grade property with a 10-year lease with a branded corporate.And, says Golding, it’s Cape Town which is attracting the most interest.“With its high appeal and tremendous international exposure, Cape Town continues to be seen in an extremely positive light by potential offshore investors who perceive tremendous capital growth in the property market”, Golding told I-Net Bridge.What about the costs? Put simply, that is “not the issue”, he says.Chris Immelman, the head of Golding Commercial Properties’ leasing and sales division, told I-Net Bridge that the demand for quality commercial stock in Cape Town “presents an opportunity for corporates who own their own buildings to consider the benefits of undertaking a corporate sale and leaseback, thereby unlocking capital which can then potentially be better utilised in business.”Golding says that while the national market is currently characterised by a lack of available, quality stock opportunities also exist in centres such as Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban and Port Elizabeth.The high demand for residential property in the Boland and Overberg region of the Western Cape is also having a positive impact on the commercial property market in the area.Immelman says the surge in demand for homes in the Helderberg Basin in areas such as Stellenbosch, Gordon’s Bay, Somerset West and Paarl is boosting the demand for commercial property, particularly for the lease and sale of office and retail space.Eugene Muntingh, GCP regional sales manager, says overseas investors are also expressing an interest in this area, with UK and German buyers wishing to invest in fully tenanted property from R5-million upwards.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

NU, Ateneo spikers collide with Final 4 berth at stake; UP tests Arellano

first_imgJuvic fires 69, grabs clubhouse lead MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National U and Ateneo dispute the first Final Four berth in Group A, while University of the Philippines and Arellano U clash for the second semifinals seat in Group B in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president National U hopes to cash in on its solid roster led by national player Jaja Santiago and ace playmaker Jasmine Nabor.But the Lady Eagles are going all-out to stop the Bulldogs and boost their bid for the top semis slot behind Kat Tolentino, Jhoana Maraguinot, and Bea de Leon. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Lady Bulldogs will go for a sweep of their group side against a surging Lady Eagles (3-1) at 6:30 p.m.Focus will also be on the 1 p.m. faceoff between the Lady Maroons and the Lady Chiefs with the winner joining the unbeaten Adamson Lady Falcons (4-0) in the crossover semifinals of the event backed by Mikasa and Asics.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 shutoutOusted St. Benilde and Technological Institute of the Philippines, both winless in four games, cap the rare triple-bill at 4 p.m.All matches can be viewed live via streaming on www.sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/pvl. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

23 days agoBournemouth boss Howe plans lesson for booking-prone Jefferson Lerma

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Bournemouth boss Howe plans lesson for booking-prone Jefferson Lermaby Freddie Taylor23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBournemouth boss Eddie Howe insists he will teach Jefferson Lerma to avoid “needless bookings”.The Colombian grabbed his fourth booking out of seven Premier League games in Saturday’s draw with West Ham United.He told the Daily Echo: “Saturday’s (foul) he probably didn’t need to do. I think the majority of his tackles I’m with him on the pitch and he might be a split second late and it’s a yellow card. That’s the way he plays.”You wouldn’t want him to change that competitive style. Obviously we don’t want to lose him to suspensions and it would be a big blow if we did lose him.”It’s the needless ones (bookings). It’s the ones at the end of the game that he’ll probably look back at and think ‘I didn’t need to do that’. They’re the ones that you want to try and eradicate from his game.”Howe added: “It was well-documented, Harry Arter and our relationship with Harry and how many yellow cards he picked up. But you wouldn’t want to change Harry’s instincts and the way that he played because he wouldn’t be the player that made him what he was.”It’s the same with Jeff. That’s why we signed him. You don’t want to take that away, a lot of the attributes that he shows but it’s trying to educate him and show him maybe a different way at times will be key – talk to him and show him some things.”We want to keep him on the pitch for as long as we can.” last_img read more

After 56 Years, It is Time for Jamaica to Reinvent Itself – PM Holness

first_img “If it is that we are looking to have order in society, order in public affairs, public order in public spaces then let’s start with ordering how we have our buildings looking and feeling. After 56 years, I think it is time that we reinvent ourselves. The rest of the world is moving ahead, and we are living on past glory,” said Prime Minister Holness. Story Highlights Speaking at the opening of Houses of Parliament Design Exhibition at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) yesterday (October 10), Prime Minister Holness underscored the need for an improvement in Jamaica’s infrastructure, buildings and public spaces. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it is time for transformative action within Jamaica after 56 years of Independence. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says it is time for transformative action within Jamaica after 56 years of Independence.Speaking at the opening of Houses of Parliament Design Exhibition at the Jamaica Conference Centre (JCC) yesterday (October 10), Prime Minister Holness underscored the need for an improvement in Jamaica’s infrastructure, buildings and public spaces.“If it is that we are looking to have order in society, order in public affairs, public order in public spaces then let’s start with ordering how we have our buildings looking and feeling. After 56 years, I think it is time that we reinvent ourselves. The rest of the world is moving ahead, and we are living on past glory,” said Prime Minister Holness.The Prime Minister pointed out that in order for transformation to take place, each citizen must develop a sense of appreciation for change.Highlighting the need for a new purpose built Parliamentary building; Prime Minister Holness explained that the ongoing design competition was a creative methodology to help determine how the Houses of Parliament building will represent Jamaica’s rich heritage.“The look, role and function of the Parliament building will provide beacon of leadership that we think is prudent to encourage, nationalism and signal the sovereignty of our people and the empowering of our State to exercise the will of the people of Jamaica,” explained Prime Minister HolnessThe Prime Minister further stated that Jamaica must be forward thinking especially in an age of globalization.“Jamaica needs a purpose designed and built Parliament building that will inure to our posterity. It is not for the comfort of the Parliamentarians, it is about making the Jamaican State more effective. This movement is about making the Jamaican State stronger, not to become a prey on the people,” stated Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, the top five designs selected in the competition were announced during the launch of the exhibition.The five selected conceptual designs for the final stage were submitted by teams led by Jamaican registered architects. Each team was awarded J$2 million for advancing to stage two of the competition, the ultimate winner will be awarded a further cash prize of JA$5 million when selected by the judges in February 2019.A total of 24 designs from 178 team members comprising local Jamaican interests and Jamaicans living in the UK, Trinidad, Guyana, America, Argentina, Italy, Canada, Serbia, Turkey and Iran were submitted for judging by the Competition’s panel.The 24 architectural designs are currently on display at the Jamaica Conference Centre through to October 24th. The exhibition will be open between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, Mondays to Fridays. The public can also view all the entries via the Competition’s website and join the online conversation by using the hashtag: #ourjaparliament.The competition is being managed by the Urban Development Corporation.last_img read more

2015 Indspire recipients announced at ceremony on Parliament Hill

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN National NewsThe annual Indspire awards were announced Tuesday in a special ceremony on Parliament HillThe 14 Metis, First Nation, and Inuit recipients of the awards were hosted by Andrew Scheer, Speaker of the House of Commons.Paulette Tremblay, a Mohawk from Six Nations is the recipient of the education award.  Tremblay has worked for the past 40 years in the public sector, an author of many education reports and the associate professor with the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic.Tremblay said she’s delighted to be acknowledged for the work she’s done and continues to do to encourage youth to achieve their goals.“I’m now working with administrators and financial managers and certification programs across the country, educating them to help them become better leaders in their communities and I think youth are the people who are going to lead the knowledge and skills to make a difference in this world,” said Tremblay.Brenda LaRose, a Metis from Manitoba is the winner of the business and commerce award.LaRose runs Higgins International, an executive search firm she owns that has been recognized for its success in placing Indigenous executives at senior management positions across Canada.She said she’s honoured and privileged to receive the award.“There’s so many opportunities now. Our communities have a lot of support, a lot of mentors from Indspire in the last 10 years,” she said. “You can reach out and you can ask people for help or for advice or mentorship and I know all the award winners would be willing to do that.”The awards will be presented at a gala in February at in Alberta.For a complete list of the recipients click [email protected]last_img read more

Has Mike Trout Already Peaked

Mike Trout has put up an amazing couple of seasons in Major League Baseball, not just for someone as young as he is, 22, but for anyone. His 19.62 wins above replacement (WAR) over his first two full seasons ranks as the 36th best two-year stretch for any batter ever. Only nine batters have had a better stretch by the age of 25, and they’re essentially a who’s who of Hall of Famers: Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Lou Gehrig, Rogers Hornsby, Eddie Collins, Jimmie Foxx and Willie Mays. The list of players who put up better numbers at an earlier age doesn’t have any names on it.Conventional wisdom seems to be that Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, is only going to get better. Much of that analysis relies explicitly on the traditional aging curve or on similar logic: MLB players and prospects typically improve rapidly through their late teens and early 20s, peaking around age 27. Trout was 21 last season, ergo, he has several years of improvement in his future.But regression to the mean dictates that the better the performance you’re looking at, the less likely it is to be duplicated. Players who put up huge numbers like Trout’s (or anywhere close) this early in their careers have a very high likelihood of having All Star- and/or Hall of Fame-quality careers. But how often do they improve on these initial breakout performances?I’ve taken all the players who put up more than 15 WAR over a two-year period at any point in their careers and broken them down by the age when they first accomplished the feat. Then I asked a simple question: Did they ever manage a better two-year period?The size of the bubbles represent how many players accomplished the “15 WAR in two years” milestone, and the y value of the bubbles show the percentage of those players who surpassed that milestone.As you can see, the odds of someone Trout’s age improving are ostensibly 100 percent, but that bubble represents a single data point: Alex Rodriguez. If you move to the much larger group of players between ages 22 and 24, the odds drop into the 50 percent range.On the other hand, some players who never managed a stronger two-year stretch still managed a strong third season immediately after their initial two-year breakout. In such cases, they may set a new two-year “peak” that overlaps the original. Thus, while never replicating their original two-year performance, they end up with a better two years on the books. This is the most likely time for a player to establish a new “peak,” because pulling it off only takes one well-timed season instead of two.Of the 75 players who achieved 15-plus WAR over two seasons, only 22 managed to replicate or exceed the feat later in their career. But an additional 15 improved their benchmark the following season. Counting these cases, the odds of a player’s two-year performance being his two-year peak drop substantially. Factoring this in and cleaning up the data a bit (I put the players in rolling 3-year age groups) gives us a result like this:For Trout’s case, there are a few other factors to consider:Cutting both ways: Trout’s numbers are higher than average in his age group. This makes it more likely that he’s a uniquely great player, but it also makes the numbers inherently less likely to be surpassed.Cutting in his favor: Trout was 21 last season, and his group covers players age 21 to 23. This gives him a slightly longer career ahead, and thus more chances to put up better seasons. Further, having pulled off such great numbers at such an early age probably increases the chances that he’s truly special. But there’s not really enough data to demonstrate this effect.Cutting against him: Trout is probably less likely to achieve a new two-year peak this year, because the strongest of the two seasons in this run was the first. Improving on his peak will require him posting better than 10.8 WAR — a feat which has happened only 22 times before, six of which were by Babe Ruth. (Also, though outside the scope of this post, it’s possible that the aging curve is no longer as favorable as it used to be).All things considered, the answer to whether Trout has peaked yet is “probably not,” though I think it’s far from being as much of a certainty as many people seem to think. Even some of the Hall of Famers mentioned above peaked early, and Trout’s start has been so strong that he could potentially do the same and still end up joining them. read more