Districts seek new teachers

first_imgOne applicant, Jane Yun, 29, said that any teaching job was fine after seeing her expectations lessened after viewing the hundreds of teaching candidates vying for a handful of jobs. Yun’s journey to teaching was delayed – she aspired to be a probations officer and even passed the entrance exam only to get a letter that budget cuts restricted new hiring. “I went into substitute teaching and I really enjoyed it,” Yun said. Dominique Betancourt, 25, said that her priorities changed and said she is willing to teach middle school students to broaden her job search. The duo spent the morning looking at district brochures in the “Candidates Lounge” area before heading down to the interview floor. Betancourt’s interview with West Covina Unified went well, and she expects a phone call from the district for a second interview. Yun interviewed with Bonita Unified for nearly 30 minutes, answering questions about class management and how to introduce new concepts such as fractions to elementary school students. “I think it went pretty smoothly,” Yun said. Recruiters who participated in previous years have hired candidates, but they also doled out advice and a little dose of reality. caroline.an@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2108160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! • Video: Prospective teachersAZUSA – For the hundreds of aspiring teachers pacing the cavernous main floor of the Felix Event Center, their goal was to stay composed – even if the interview was falling apart. On Thursday, the auditorium on the Azusa Pacific University campus was transformed into a version of speed job interviews – rows and tables and chairs filled with job seekers and school district officials looking to inject their schools with new talent. Lynn Pearson, director of the university’s annual “Teacher Interview Day” now in its 13th year, said that 62 school districts from Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties registered; local area districts included Arcadia, Azusa, Baldwin Park, Hacienda La Puente, Pasadena, South Pasadena and West Covina. Open teaching jobs ranged from five in Claremont to 12 in Hacienda La Puente. Last year, some students were offered jobs during the day, but the focus is allowing students to access school officials during their job search, Pearson said. Otherwise, the students have to be aggressive on their own, she added. “They usually just drop their resumes off at the district offices,” Pearson said. Even in the tight job market – most recruiters said they were looking to hire science, math and special education teachers – potential employees still have a preference. With more growth in the desert communities, especially in San Bernardino County, prospective teachers want to stay in Los Angeles County, Pearson said. last_img read more

Delta joins American in deferring A350s

first_imgDelta Air Lines has joined competitor American Airlines in deferring deliveries of widebody Airbus A350 jets but it still expects to be flying the fuel-efficient aircraft later this year.Delta announced it would defer 10 of its 25 A350-900 deliveries set for 2019-20 by two to three years with an option of “additional flexible delivery’’.The deferral is part of a deal which saw it place an expanded order for 30 additional conventional engine option Airbus A321-200 single-aisle aircraft.The Atlanta, Georgia-based airline announced its schedule for its first A350-900 aircraft remained in place and it expected to take five of the aircraft in 2107. It planned to operate the first A350 revenue flight in the fourth quarter, featuring its Delta One suite and Premium Select cabin.  “These agreements better align our widebody and narrowbody order books with our fleet replacement needs,” said Delta chief operating officer Gil West.Delta currently operates 19 A321s and the additional planes will see it take 112 of the aircraft by 2021, primarily to replace older aircraft on US domestic routes.Its decision to defer the 10 A350s comes after American decided to delay delivery of its first A350-900 from spring this year to late 2018.American said deliveries would continue through to 2022, two years later than originally scheduled, with two A350s due in 2018 and five each in 2019 and 2020.The deferral would reduce capital expenditures in 2017 and 2018 and provide “capacity flexibility”, it said.Airbus chief operating officer John Leahy said the order for the additional A321ceos, powered by CFM56 engines and equipped with fuel-saving wing tip devices called sharklets, was a vote of confidence in the aircraft and demonstrated the aircraft’s operator, investor and passenger appeal.The manufacturer will deliver many of Delta’s A321s from its Us manufacturing facility in Mobile, Alabama.Airbus says the Mobile plant is expected to produce four aircraft per month by the end of this year with most going to US customers.last_img read more

Women in science are honoured

first_imgMaths and Science have been earmarked in South Africa’s National Development Plan as the subjects of the future and that will make a difference in the country. (Image: My Science Work)Maths and science have been singled out in South Africa’s National Development Plan, or Vision 2030, as subjects that will take the country forward.The Department of Science and Technology (DST) is playing its part in making sure that women excelling in these subjects and careers relating to them are highlighted and celebrated. Female scientist and researchers were honoured at the 2015 South African Women in Science Awards (WISA).Under the theme this year, “Science for a sustainable future”, the awards were handed out on 13 August, in the middle of Women’s Month, in Sandton, Johannesburg.“The Women in Science Awards, which take place every year in Women’s Month, recognise women who have excelled in research and profile them as role models for younger women,” explained Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor.“Apart from rewarding outstanding research work in areas aligned to the attainment of Millennium Development Goals, the 2015 WISA also recognised excellence in early career research by awarding scholarships and fellowships to masters and doctoral students.”The women’s admirable achievements provided inspiration and encouragement to many more young women to pursue science-related careers, she added.“We are very excited as a nation to witness women performing so well and displaying a high degree of excellence in the fields of science and technology as well as research,” President Jacob Zuma said.“It is therefore my pleasure to congratulate, on behalf of government and all the people of South Africa, the winners of the 2015 Women in Science Awards which were held this past week to recognise women who have made a remarkable contribution in this very important industry for our country’s development.”The government, he added, would continue to support initiatives led by women to ensure total empowerment and emancipation of women.THE WINNERSThe winners of the 2015 Women in Science Awards are:Professor Maureen Coetzee – winner of the Distinguished Woman Researcher in Life Sciences Award was recognised for her outstanding work in the field of medical entomology. Her research interests include insecticide resistance in the major African malaria vector mosquitoes, biodiversity within the genus Anopheles, novel methods for controlling malaria vectors, and vector-parasite interactions.Professor Marla Trindade – winner of the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher in Life Sciences Award is the director of the Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics, an internationally recognised research centre in the department of biotechnology at the University of Western Cape. It comprises a team of over 45 researchers and staff and is leading the country in the area of mining microbial genomes for novel biotechnologically relevant enzymes and products. Trindade is also the vice-president of the South African Society for Microbiology.Professor Lindiwe Zungu – winner of the Distinguished Woman Researcher in Humanities and Sciences Award, Zungu is a full professor of health studies at the University of South Africa. Her research outputs have contributed to workers’ health and safety, for instance, guidelines for the redesign of safety clothing for women in mining. Her guidelines have been accepted as a national standard for the mining sector, and she continues to receive invitations to make presentations on the guidelines to stakeholders such as the Safety in Mines Research Advisory Committee and the Chamber of Mines.Dr Gina Ziervogel – winner of the Distinguished Young Woman Researcher in Humanities and Sciences Award, Ziervogel has contributed to Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 7 that ensures environmental sustainability. She has situated environmental concerns within the broader development paradigm, helping to address MDG 1 that involves eradicating poverty and hunger as well. Her work has focused on adaptation to the impacts of climate change, from household level up to village and municipal level. Ziervogel is a senior lecturer in the department of environmental and geographical science and a research fellow in the African Climate and Development Initiative at the University of Cape Town (UCT).MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALSAccording to The Millennium Development Goals Report 2015, the 15-year effort to achieve the eight aspirational goals set out in the Millennium Declaration in 2000 was largely successful across the globe, while acknowledging shortfalls that remain. The data and analysis presented in the report show that with targeted interventions, sound strategies, adequate resources and political will, even the poorest can make progress.In 2000, eight millennium goals were highlighted to be reached by 2015, these were:Eradicating extreme hunger and povertyAchieving universal primary educationPromoting gender equality and empowering womenReducing child mortalityImproving maternal healthCombating HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseasesEnsuring environmental sustainabilityDeveloping a global partnership for developmentUnited Nations secretary-general Ban Ki-moon said: “Following profound and consistent gains, we now know that extreme poverty can be eradicated within one more generation. The MDGs have greatly contributed to this progress and have taught us how governments, business and civil society can work together to achieve transformational breakthroughs.”last_img read more

2G scam: BJP turns heat on Chidambaram

first_imgBJP president Nitin Gadkari has gone hard on Home Minister P. Chidambaram. Firing on all cylinders, Gadkari has challenged Chidambaram to come clean on the 2G issue. In an interview to India Today Editorial Director M.J. Akbar on Aaj Tak’s Seedhi Baat, Gadkari claims to have proof that could embarrass Chidambaram. “Chidambaramji ko 2G spectrum ko clear karne ke liye bohot Lakshmi darshan hua hai (Chidambaramji’s palms have been greased in order to get the 2G spectrum nod.),” Gadkari told Aaj Tak, adding, the BJP MPs will soon provide the CBI evidence against him, seeking a probe. “Soon our MPs will go to the CBI and show them the evidence against Chidambaram, ask for an inquiry, lodge an FIR and take action against him,” Gadkari said. Gadkari alleged former telecom minister A. Raja and other corporate honchos currently in jail are not the sole beneficiaries of the 2G scam. Chidambaram too has a stake in it, the BJP chief says. “Chidambaram has signed at least 10 papers, relating to the clearances in the 2G spectrum, which shows he got money,” Gadkari says. Ironically, the allegation coincides with the Reliance Industries Limited or RIL’s apology for an employee’s remark against Chidambaram.  RIL’s K.R. Raja, in a taped conversation with corporate lobbyist Niira Radia, had suggested that Chidambaram was a beneficiary in the 2G spectrum scam.  Chidambaram had dismissed the allegations saying, the statements attributed to K. Ramachandran Raja are totally false and defamatory. The conversation between him and Ms Radia is reckless and malicious gossip, he had said. Chidambaram had sent a legal notice to the company.  The Home minister is facing heat from all corners. Earlier this week, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa demanded his resignation on charges that he won his 2009 parliamentary election by fraudulent means and now the BJP is dragging him into the 2G scam. The Congress has stood by the minister, terming the allegations as baseless. But for BJP, the latest from the Radia tapes has given it new ammunition to target the UPA. For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.advertisementlast_img read more

Ginebra, TNT kick off season of chasing San Miguel Beer

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOBarangay Ginebra battles TNT on Sunday at the cavernous Philippine Arena to formally open the PBA’s 44th season, but coach Tim Cone said that the Gin Kings’ crosshairs remain focused at San Miguel Beer.“I don’t think there are teams to beat, I think there’s a team to beat and that’s [the Beermen],” the decorated mentor said. “Until someone knocks them off their stretch of four [Philippine Cup titles] in a row, I don’t think you can look at it as ‘teams’ [to beat] at this point. It’s just one team right now.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There’s all kind of reasons to make them favorites, and it’s up to us—the rest of the teams—to improve and go out there and get them,” Cone added. “We were able to get them in the second conference. Of course we got Justin Brownlee at that point, but I think we can hold our own.”But Cone, the grizzled tactician behind two Grand Slams and owner of the most championships for a coach in the league, knows that the rest of the PBA is catching up.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“No doubt, teams have improved. Teams improve every year—through the draft, through experience or knowledge of each other, getting guys back off injury,” he said.And Cone believes that the Kings are at the forefront of that movement. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Team keeps Pacman from training burnout Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “At this point so far, we’re healthy, which we haven’t been for a while,” he said. “Art dela Cruz is coming  to lineup. I think he’s going to  make a huge impact. He’s really playing under the radar.  Nobody’s talking about him but I think you’ll be talking about him months from now.”Aside from Dela Cruz, Ginebra is looking to make the most out of rookie Teytey Teodoro.“I hope he can help us,” LA Tenorio told the Inquirer in Filipino. “I can see he’s ready for the PBA. He’s like a veteran; a shooter, too.“So I think he’s one of the key players we need in the team considering the kind of system we’re running.”TNT, for its part, will be drawing boosts from its old reliables when they take on the crowd darlings in the curtain-raiser that will feature the usual parade of teams’ muses.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The festivities will start at 4 p.m.KaTropa will be fielding a squad now devoid of star guard Terrence Romeo but one with newcomers like Brian Heruela, and big men David Semerad and Mike Miranda.The event will also feature performances by Parokya ni Edgar, rapper Shanti Dope, and the TNT Boys.Also scheduled is the annual Leo Awards, where the league are set to name the past season’s top individual performers.June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer is the favorite to win a fifth straight MVP trophy, with NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle providing the challenge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more