Lowell Joint teachers rally for pay raise

first_img“It’s an insult,” Palmer said. Superintendent Patricia Howell said the current offer gives teachers a 4 percent increase in total compensation. That includes – for most teachers – a 2 percent pay hike already rolled into the salary schedule, and a 1 percent increase in the cost of health and welfare benefits. Coupled with the one-time 1percent bonus, the district is offering a 4 percent bump in pay, Howell said. But Palmer said there is a “freeze” in the pay schedule that occurs in the 11th year, and some teachers “don’t move for five years.” “Plus, the district eliminated 13 teaching positions this year from last year, and when you take both of those things into account, the district actually broke even on the pay schedule,” Palmer said. “It didn’t cost them anything.” The 3,220-student district hit financially rough waters in the fall of 2005, when county education officials failed to approve Lowell Joint’s budget because it overestimated revenues, among other issues. Initially, the district said it was selling its Grovedale Elementary site to shore up a $710,000 gap in the 2005-06 budget. But, in order to avoid about $650,000 in state penalties for using the proceeds of the school sale, Howell said the district just ended up using extra state money they received this year to backfill last year’s negative balance. And that’s a problem for teachers, who say the Grovedale sale was intended to shore up last year’s budget – and if it wasn’t used for that purpose, then it shouldn’t have been sold. “We are teachers. We are in the business of teaching children, not vouching for the district or taking more than what we feel is fair,” Palmer said. “They are lessening the allure of staying in Lowell Joint by not offering a fair and competitive salary.” The next bargaining session is scheduled March 28. “We’ll see where we go from there,” Howell said. “It’s really important to remember we care about all of our staff. But at the same time, we are responsible for making sure the district is fiscally responsible.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955 Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – Teachers in the Lowell Joint School District turned up the heat on contract negotiations Monday, taking their demands for a 5.92 percent pay raise to the streets in protest of the district’s current offer. Waving signs that read, “We want what’s right, not what’s left over,” dozens of teachers walked back and forth Monday evening from the front of the district office to Leffingwell Road before the regular school board meeting, urging passing motorists to honk in their support. Teachers and administrators have been to the bargaining table nine times since talks began in November – “but once the money was brought up, \ have not been amicable since,” said Margaret Palmer, co-president of the Lowell Joint Education Association that represents the teachers. The main point of contention is a teacher pay hike. Teachers want a 5.92 percent raise, while the district has offered a one-time, 1 percent bonus only through the end of this school year. last_img read more

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South Africa, China seal new deals

first_img30 September 2011 South Africa and China have signed two deals, on geology and mineral resources and on financial cooperation, on the sidelines of Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe’s working visit to China. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) on geology and mineral resources cooperation, and an agreement for the development of financial cooperation, were signed after talks between Motlanthe and Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Wednesday. According to the MoU, the cooperation will focus on geology and sustainable mineral resources management, use and development in both countries on the basis of mutual benefit. With regards to the agreement signed by China Development Bank and Development Bank of South Africa, the two banks will provide financial support for bilateral cooperation in infrastructure construction, transportation, water resources utilisation, housing, health and education. Cooperation in the two areas is a priority for the two countries, and both sides have pledged greater efforts in the future.‘Better, faster development’ In addition to the deals, China proposed that South Africa give full play to their advantages and strengthen trade cooperation. Calling the development of bilateral relations in the past 10 years “a great leap forward,” Xi said China and South Africa should join hands and promote their comprehensive strategic partnership for “better and faster” development in the next 10 years. China and South Africa established a comprehensive strategic partnership in August last year. “Our cooperation in all areas scored many new achievements in one year,” Xi said. “The two countries witnessed closer high-level exchanges, greater strategic mutual trust, a more consolidated political foundation for bilateral ties, expanded trade cooperation, increased active cultural exchanges and closer cooperation in international affairs.”‘Model of developing country cooperation’ Motlanthe called on the two countries to deepen political mutual trust and make their partnership a model of cooperation between developing countries. The two sides should expand exchanges between political parties and exchange governing experience. The Deputy President committed South Africa to work with China to further expand cooperation in trade, investment, aviation, mineral resources and international affairs. He also called for more bilateral cooperation in human resources training, education, technology and media, as well as cooperation within various mechanisms, including the United Nations, World Trade Organisation, G20 and the BRICS group of countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa).‘We recognise China’s contribution’ On Tuesday, Motlanthe held a meeting with Party Secretary of Shanghai Municipality Committee of the Communist Party, Yu Zhengsheng, in Shanghai. He was later hosted by Zhengsheng at a dinner. He also delivered a public lecture at the China Executive Leadership Academy, where he hyped China’s contribution to South Africa’s development in the past decade. “Africa has grown well in the past 10 years, and we recognise China’s contribution made both through direct foreign investment and in support of infrastructure development programmes,” Motlanthe said. He noted that despite the progress, Africa still had a massive infrastructure gap, with inadequate and unreliable energy being the most acute problem, holding back investment and improvement in the quality of life. Given its abundant resources, Motlanthe said, what Africa needed at the moment was massive investment in infrastructure to unlock its development potential. In this regard, he said, a strategic partner like China could play a leading role in benefiting people in both countries.Diversification of production ‘critical’ Motlanthe said that diversification of production in Africa was critical. “Therefore, South Africa will wholeheartedly support Chinese investment in the productive sector and encourage Chinese companies to continue seeking suitable partners in the country.” South Africa and China enjoy cordial bilateral political and economic relations. At the political level, South Africa regards China as a key player in the global debates that characterise the shift to multi-polarity. China’s developing country status, its identification as a member of the Global South, BRICS and the G77 in the UN are elements that carry significance for South Africa. For China, South Africa is a major player in Africa and thus an important partner in its broader African engagement strategy. Motlanthe will meet Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday, the final day of his visit. Motlanthe is being accompanied on his trip by Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, Deputy Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene and Deputy International Relations Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Anthony became one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by playing mostly isolation ball, but coach Billy Donovan has asked him to become more of a catch-and-shoot scorer. It worked in this one — the 33-year-old forward made 10 of 15 shots overall and shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers in one of his best performances of the season.“Once you accept something, regardless of what it is, you become comfortable with it,” he said. “I think you start putting your all into it and you start working on that role and on that acceptance and it’s becomes fun. I think right now, I accepted that role early in December and the game is starting to become fun again. Fun for me and fun for us as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSteven Adams had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who won their third straight. The Thunder shot 48 percent overall and outrebounded the Lakers 54-30.“They just big-boyed us,” rookie Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Steven Adams, we couldn’t stop him from getting rebounds today. He was the head of the snake in that department.” The Lakers host the Pacers on Friday.The Thunder play at Cleveland on Saturday. Read Next Whiteside leads Heat to 106-101 win over Bucks Julius Randle scored all 16 of his points in the first half for the Lakers.The Thunder led 60-54 at halftime behind 16 points from Anthony and 14 from Adams. Westbrook had just two points until scoring eight in the final three minutes of the second quarter.Oklahoma City started strong in the second half. A 3-pointer by George bumped the lead to 11, and a 3-point play by Westbrook midway through the quarter pushed the margin to 14.Westbrook got Corey Brewer off balance with multiple crossover dribbles before blowing by him for a layup that gave the Thunder an 86-70 lead. A 3-pointer by Anthony made it 91-70 and forced the Lakers to call timeout late in the third quarter. The Thunder controlled the game the rest of the way.“They just hit shots,” Kuzma said. “We didn’t really defend them too well. They’ve got a lot of good players.”TIP-INSLakers: F Brandon Ingram returned after missing a game with a mild left ankle sprain. He had eight points in 26 minutes. … Shot 55 percent from the field in the first half, but just 47 percent in the game. … Caldwell-Pope scored 10 points in 15 minutes. He was one of two Lakers to score in double figures.Thunder: Boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather attended the game. … G Andre Roberson returned after missing eight games with left patellar tendinitis. He finished with four points and three steals in 17 minutes.STAT LINESThe Thunder committed just one turnover in the third quarter and outrebounded the Lakers 16-7. Oklahoma City took six more shots than Los Angeles in the period and outscored the Lakers 33-18.QUOTABLEGeorge, on Oklahoma City’s defense: “It always comes down to defense. We got stops. We turned those stops into baskets. When we are scoring, it slows the other team down.”UP NEXT LATEST STORIES Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony is getting comfortable in his new role.He scored 27 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-90 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee. The Lakers are 0-8 when he doesn’t play, and they have scored fewer than 100 points in six of those games.The injury news got worse for the Lakers. Kuzma left with a finger joint sprain and did not return, and forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left with a right Achilles tendon strain and did not return.“Just play as a team defensively, just be solid,” Kuzma said. “There’s got to be a lot of team basketball.”Seven of Adams’ rebounds were on the offensive end. The Thunder have gotten used to him bailing them out.“We can take any shot that we want because he will go get it,” Thunder forward Paul George said. “We feel that. Russ feels that, Melo feels that. It puts us in a better rhythm knowing there is a guy that, whether it is a good or bad shot that we take, it’s possible to get an offensive basket anyways by Steven. It allows us to be more aggressive. There is not many guys that physically can match him. 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