Creamline sweeps Ateneo for PVL Open Conference title

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lomachenko not interested in Pacquiao, ready for unification bout vs Pedrazacenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE PHOTO – Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Creamline brandished its mettle and swept Ateneo-Motolite, 25-20, 25-20, 25-15, in the finals of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Batangas Coliseum.The Cool Smashers, who are the reigning Reinforced Conference champions, secured their first title in the Open Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Alyssa Valdez led all scorers with 13 points for the Cool Smashers while Michele Gumabao and Risa Sato added 12 and 10 points, respectively, in their final game under head coach Tai Bundit, who will go back to Thailand on Dec. 14 to be with his family.“I think we played today to win and for coach Tai, he deserves a great exit,” said captain Valdez. “He deserves nothing but the best, to always win games, so that’s what we thought before we entered.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s really for coach Tai and we want to give this championship to him.”Creamline had the Lady Eagles on the ropes throughout the whole match and it registered a 49-28 advantage in spikes and also a 6-3 edge in service aces. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Bea De Leon and Kat Tolentino had 10 points apiece for the Lady Eagles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Leaders hail commodity’s contribution to country’s development

first_imgBauxite centennial observancesLeaders in the bauxite rich community of Linden, in Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) have hailed the contributions of the commodity to the development of the country as a whole, as the celebrations to mark aRegion 10 Chairman Renis MorianLinden Mayor Carwyn Hollandhundred years of bauxite mining in the town begins to unfold.Against the backdrop of the centennial (1916-2016) activities, a recent programme was launched in the mining town. In delivering remarks, Linden Mayor Carwyn Holland and Region 10 Regional Chairman Renis Morian reminisced on the significant strides made by the community in the bauxite industry, while calling on the nation to pay tribute to the town.Holland made calls for development in the area of education, citing that a mining school should be established in Linden, as patronage to the century old activity, which started by George Bain Mackenzie in the community in 1916. He said there are several things which the community can make calls for given its contribution.“Bauxite is indeed an institution… We need to preserve that institution. Bauxite has made significant contributions to Guyana in 100 years. It was the sector with the largest amount of employees… We need a section of the University of Guyana in Linden to look into this sector and train persons in bauxite mining, mining as a whole, etcetera”, the Mayor reiterated. Holland added that all beneficiaries should play a part at this time in the upgrading of Linden, stating that the community needs all the assistance it can get in an effort to reshape, restructure and upgrade.Looking towards diversification, Holland said he believes that other means of expanding the economy of Linden may be added in addition to bauxite mining.Morian, a former employee within the industry, also made mention of major contributions, which he said Linden has made to the country in the area of bauxite mining, while noting that it has been the foundation of many things. He also made calls for those who would have served to be remembered through writing. In making calls for repatriation, the Regional Chairman said there should be tangible memoirs to those who have dedicated their lives to serving in the industry.“The contribution of bauxite to the development of Guyana, I would like to see our historians write something about that. I would also like to see us write about the people,” he said.The Regional Chairman also hailed the industry’s contribution to sport, noting “It’s very important for us to remember those who would have served as we celebrate 100 years…”More importantly, Morian said this generation should be made aware of the contributions of the bauxite industry.last_img read more

Young people will be front and centre in PPP Govt – Jagdeo

first_img– points to party’s track record of promoting young talentContrary to the coalition Government, which is dominated by senior citizens at the top of the hierarchy, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo is assuring that his party, if elected into Government, will propel youths into positions that will allow their dynamism to bring about real change.Jagdeo was at the time being interviewed on the radio show “Hot Seat” by radio host Curtis Armstrong, popularly known as “DJ Casual” when it was pointed out that the majority of the voting population are youths.“We have always kept our promise to young people. I started off in the PPP as a Minister in my 20s. I became President at 35 years old. I’m still in the party. When I was President, over 60 per cent of my Cabinet was in their 20s, 30s and 40s. You had young Permanent Secretaries. You had young people representing us everywhere.”Opposition LeaderBharrat Jagdeo“It’s the same with the party leadership now. If you look at it, it’s a combination of young people and older people. Look at our representation in Parliament. And most importantly, we chose a Presidential Candidate who is now 39 years old. And he came into Government when he was in his 20s. He has experience.”In fact, Jagdeo noted that the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) Presidential Candidate, Irfaan Ali, has more experience in Government than President Granger himself. And he pointed to the fact that the older generation even dominates the narrative being spun by the A Partnership for National Unity/Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC).“He [Irfaan Ali] has experience, unlike President Granger himself. He [David Granger] didn’t have governmental experience when he came into office. And so this is why they are lost, visionless, floundering at sea. So to us, young people are important, not just for sports or culture,” he said.President David Granger’s original Cabinet“You cannot be burdened by the past generation. Every time you open the papers, it’s Lincoln Lewis, people who are in their 60s, 70s already, trying to define our future. Where are the young people? We want to get past all this stuff. The young people of this country want to move forward.”Jagdeo noted that under the coalition Government, housing has slowed and jobs have dried up. These things, he said, are issues that youths care about. It was earlier this year that Minister of Social Cohesion, Dr George Norton had revealed that youth unemployment was at 40 per cent.PPP/C Presidential Candidate, Dr Irfaan AliIn April of this year, hundreds of young people who were unemployed had crowded the National Sports Hall, Homestretch Avenue, Georgetown, where the Department of Youth held its first job fair to address the scourge of unemployment.Senior Research, Planning and Development Officer within the Department, Adeti De Jesus told Guyana Times that the unemployed youths turned up to the Sports Hall before 07:00h to be interviewed.According to her, when the officials arrived to open the doors, youths were already lined up outside. In fact, youths who had become desperate for employment after being at home for a number of years took the opportunity to apply online for the job fair prior to Friday’s event.Some 701 online applications were received, De Jesus said, while other youths showed up to the event without being registered. Those persons were referred to the Central Recruitment and Manpower Agency where they were interviewed for future employment.last_img read more

Portugal v France: Euro 2016 final live stream commentary on talkSPORT

first_imgEvery Goal, Every Game, Every DayThe final of Euro 2016 is here at last, with hosts France taking on Portugal at the Stade de France.Les Bleus overcame Germany at the semi-final stage, winning 2-0, whilst Portugal beat Wales courtesy of goals from Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani.The hosts are favourites to win the entire competition, and while Portugal have yet to seriously impress during the tournament, they have shown a resilience no other side have.LIVE on talkSPORT: Portugal v France at Euro 2016 – click here for live commentary from the Stade de France in Saint-Denis at 8pm (BST) on July 10, 2016.Confirmed team news:Portugal XI: Rui Patricio, Cedric, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, William Carvalho, Renato Sanches, Adrien Silva, Joao Mario, Nani, RonaldoSubstitutes: Lopes, Bruno Alves, Carvalho, Joao Moutinho, Eder, Vieirinha, Andre Gomes, Rafa, Eliseu, Quaresma, Eduardo, Danilo PereiraFrance XI: Lloris, Sagna, Koscielny, Umtiti, Evra, Matuidi, Pogba, Sissoko, Griezmann, Payet, GiroudSubstitutes: Mandanda, Jallet, Rami, Kante, Cabaye, Gignac, Martial, Schneiderlin, Mangala, Digne, Coman, Costil 1last_img read more

UNIQUE BOOK TO RECALL TIMES SPENT BEHIND A DONEGAL SHOP COUNTER

first_imgAuthor Pearl HutchinsonLocal storyteller, Pearl Hutchinson has announced the launch of her latest book: ‘Behind The Wooden Counter’, regaling tales from her father’s country shop and reminiscing of times in Co Donegal.The book will be launched locally Stranorlar, Co. Donegal on the 17th November.Going all the way back to 1890, when her father’s shop was first opened, Pearl Hutchinson details how her father’s uncle built the shop and called it “Paradise House”, as it was his dream come true. Pearl also has a penchant for local history having been involved in some way or other for over 30 years. She is Chairperson of Kilrea local history group and has been instrumental in recording and publishing six books on the history of Kilrea in Co. Derry. On top of all this, Pearl is also Vice Chairman of the Coleraine branch of the North of Ireland Family History Society, and enjoys helping people retrace their family steps.Pearl goes on to explain: “Writing the book has been an incredibly nostalgic and emotional experience, I’m really happy I did it. I remember when calling into our shop to get the groceries was a more social experience, like when local men gathered in the shop on a Saturday night, getting groceries for the week ahead for their families.“I give talks right across the country from Bangor, Dungannon, Derry to Donegal and regale to various groups about times gone by. We chat about their local country shop and the goings on. These occasions don’t happen anymore, we have lost the personal touch of the local shop now that large supermarkets dominate town centres.“I wanted to hark back to days of old, when the local shop was a place to meet, talk and laugh. It has really taken me back to when I was a young girl. I just loved helping my father in the shop. I can still see him standing behind the wooden counter, behind him were rows and rows of sweetie jars and the bins that held the tea and sugar, in front of him stood the weighbridge on the counter. My father enjoyed talking and story telling but customer confidentiality was always paramount. I know he would be very happy to see this story being told today. “It’s also amazing when I tell my story, how others decide to journey down memory lane and tell their story. They do so with a big smile on their face,” adds Pearl.The book contains an incredible amount of detail about the locals, with a full list of the shop’s customers in the 1950s and 60s, which has been taken from the ledgers, which Pearl still owns. Pearl continues: “I’ve also included the list of shop suppliers, which ranges from Donegal, Sligo, Dublin, Derry to Limerick.”“The book focuses on the shop as the social hub of the area. If you think about it, many people didn’t have cars, and our customers were all country folk. Everyone knew each other, so bumping into someone at the shop sometimes turned into an hour-long chinwag! In the book, I’ve even discussed the introduction of electricity into the local area, which I remember created quite a buzz, excuse the pun!”The book, ‘Behind The Wooden Counter’ launches in Windmill Cottage at Hutchinson Engineering, 58 A Drumagarner Road, Kilrea, County Derry, on the 10th November 2014 at 7:30pm. It will be launched in County Donegal at the Kee’s Hotel Stranorlar, Co. Donegal on the 17th November at 7.30pm.To find out more information about ‘Behind The Wooden Counter’, search for the official Facebook page, which will contain more information about the Book Launch and where to buy the book. You can also contact Pearl Hutchinson on +44 (0) 28 2954 0517 or email Pearl at pearlhutchy@gmail.com. All profit from the sales of the book will be in aid of Helping Hands and Healing Hearts in the Philippines www.helpinghandsministries.com. A member of Pearl’s extended family is an accident and emergency doctor and when possible he contributes his free time to this charity. It is hoped the monies will contribute to a new and much needed ambulance service.UNIQUE BOOK TO RECALL TIMES SPENT BEHIND A DONEGAL SHOP COUNTER was last modified: October 30th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bookdonegalPearl Hutchinsonlast_img read more

COUPLE BANNED FROM LETTERKENNY AFTER ALLEGED ROBBERY SPREE

first_imgA couple have been banned from Letterkenny after allegedly going on a robbery spree.The couple stand accused of stealing a car in Bridgend and handling stolen designer glasses worth more than €1,000.Amy Beattie, 21, with an address of The Simon Community, Bonds Hill, Derry, and Cavan Whyte, 24, of 63 Rossnagalliagh, Derry, both faced a number of charges when they were brought before Carndonagh District Court yesterday. The duo were both charged with the alleged theft of a car at Bunnamayne, Bridgend on November 22, last, while Beattie also faced charges of handling stolen property including Elizabeth Arden Red Door perfume and a student ID card.The pair, who did not speak throughout the brief hearing, were brought to Carn Court in handcuffs after they were arrested in Letterkenny on Monday night.Beattie and Whyte were also charged with allegedly leaving Oasis Bar in Letterkenny without paying a bill of €80.50 and holding stolen goods, namely ten pairs of designer glasses worth €1,090 on February 15.Whyte faces a separate charge of possession an adapted Stanley/flick knife, with intent to cause injury.The pair were arrested around 9.10pm on Monday night at Letterkenny Bus Station.Their defence solicitor Frank Dorrian indicated that his clients would be pleading guilty to all of the charges and applied for bail.Inspector Denis Joyce said he wanted a number of conditions attached to the bail before releasing the pair, as they had previously not appeared in Buncrana Court to face charges relating to the car theft in Bridgend.He ordered that Beattie and Whyte sign on every Monday and Friday at Buncrana Garda Station and that they stay out of Letterkenny, except for court appearances.Judge Paul Kelly asked Mr. Dorrian why they had not appeared before him in Buncrana in January.The Buncrana solicitor said Ms. Beattie’s home had burnt down and her children had been taken into care. He said she was ‘a very bad way’ and not in a position to attend court at that time.Judge Kelly released both defendants on their own bail bonds of €100 under the conditions that Insp. Joyce outlined. They are due before Buncrana Court on March 10, next.COUPLE BANNED FROM LETTERKENNY AFTER ALLEGED ROBBERY SPREE was last modified: February 16th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGLASSESJudge Paul Kellyletterkennystolen goodslast_img read more

Napoli offer Wojciech Szczesny three-year contract as they look to complete deal

first_img1 Napoli want Wojciech Szczesny to stay in Italy Napoli have offered Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny a three-year deal to stay with them, reports in Italy have claimed.The 27-year-old is coming to the end of a two season-long loan spell at Roma, and has recently stated that his time in Italy has inspired the best form of his career.He will return to Arsenal this summer and it has been suggested that he will battle Petr Cech to get his No.1 spot back.But, according to Sport Italia, the Poland international has an offer on the table to stay in Serie A.They claim that Szczesny’s representatives held a meeting with Napoli’s director of sport who has told the goalkeeper he has a lucrative three-year deal on the table from them.With a year left on his contract at Arsenal, any move would require a fee, with Napoli set to begin discussions with the Gunners when the window opens.last_img read more

GAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS REACH COUNTY FINAL FOR THIRD YEAR RUNNING

first_imgTir Chonaill Gaels Club Notes:Seniors:Last Sunday our senior team reached the championship final for the third year in succession after a hard earned victory over St Kiernans. Played in difficult conditions with a blustery wind throughout the game the Kiernans had the advantage in the opening half and went in at the break leading by 1-6 to 1-4.A Benny O’Reilly goal in the later stages of the half kept us in touch in what was never going to be an easy game.Cathal Magee who had a quiet half for his standards came to the fore in the 2nd half scoring the opening four points to edge us in front, still the Kiernans refused to throw in the towel until midway through the half a converted penalty from Magee opened up daylight between the sides.The introduction of five sides in the final 15 minutes showed our strength in depth with Cathal O’Neill scoring another goal to cap a fine effort. Best on the day were Marty McCoy, Mark Gottsche, Johnny McNicholas, Joe Feeney and Cathal Magee. Final score TCG 3-13, St Kiernans 1-10.Scorers, C Magee1P-5, B O’Reilly 1-1, J Feeney 0-3, J McNicholas 0-3, C O’Neill 1-0 & M McCoy 0-1:Juniors:The junior team live to fight another day after coming from 3 points down in the final 7 minutes to draw against Thomas McCurtains in last Sunday’s semi final.Not at their best the young guns showed great determination to battle back when we looked to be heading for the exit door. Again a strong wind with a few showers made playing conditions difficult and scoring opportunities few as both teams battled to get a stronghold on the game.Best on the day were Jack Elliot, Patrick O’Connor and Ryan Elliot. Final score TCG 1-7 Thomas McCurtains 1-7: Scorers, Kevin Browne 1-4f, Ryan Elliot 0-2 & Tommy Moriarty 0-1:Fixtures:On Saturday the juniors will play in the Championship semi final replay against Thomas McCurtains at Ruislip with a 3pm throw-in.(Extra time to be played if required) All support much appreciated for this vital match.Wedding Belles:This Saturday long serving club stalwart JP O’Donnell ties the knot with fiancée Paula Reid in County Clare, a large number of club members are travelling back for the big day.All players, members and staff at the club pass on our best wishes to the happy couple and wish them all the best for the future.Return of the Legends:At last Sunday’s championship match in Ruislip, club members had the pleasure to meet up with two of our former greats, ex player Timmy McBride (Dungloe) and former manager Tommy McFadden (Kilcar) called over to see if we were still keeping up the high standards that they set many years ago.Great to see you lads and don’t leave it as long the next time.Vintage Day:The ever popular London Irish Vintage Day returns to Berkeley Avenue on Sunday 31st August with the convoy leaving Cricklewood at 12 noon and arriving at Greenford 12.45pm.Lottery:Lotto results for 14/08/14 Jackpot £2,600.Numbers drawn 1-5-13-23 No jackpot winners, £25 Lucky dip winners, Declan O’Grady, Danny Gallagher, Aaron Bradley and Kevin McMenimin.This week’s draw takes place on Thursday 21st August at the clubhouse with a jackpot of £2,650. Play online at www.tirchonaillgaels.comGAA NEWS: TIR CHONAILL GAELS REACH COUNTY FINAL FOR THIRD YEAR RUNNING was last modified: August 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:GAANoticesSportTir Chonail Gaelslast_img read more

COUNTY MASTERS AND INTERMEDIATE CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS NAMED

first_imgIvan TonerThe County Donegal teams for the National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships being held in Dunboyne, Co Meath next Sunday 23rd February.Donegal Master and Intermediate CC Teams; Intermediate Men; Master Men 35+;Gerard Gallagher,       Finn Valley.        Pauric Mc Kinney,       Inishowen.James Speight,            Finn Valley.        Ivan Toner,                  Letterkenny.Mark Hoy,                    Finn Valley.        Shane Mc Nulty,          Finn Valley. Dermot Brennan,         Finn Valley.        Kieran Carlin,              Finn Valley.Colin Watson,             Finn Valley.        Paul Mc Glinchey,       Letterkenny.Martin Mooney,          Inishowen.          Paul Ward,                           Tir Chonaill.Andrew Friel,               Finn Valley.        James Flanagan,                  Tir Chonaill.Gabriel O Leary,          Finn Valley.        Ciaran Doherty,           Letterkenny.Raymond Birch,           Letterkenny.       PJ Boyce,                     Cranford. Eoghan Mc Ginley,      Rathfarnan.        Mark Connolly,            Finn Valley.Brian Mc Crea,            Finn Valley.        Dominic Boner,           Finn Valley.Paul Leck,                    Finn Valley.        Kevin Ferry,                 Letterkenny.Master Women 35+;  Master Men 50+; Natasha Adams,          Lifford,                Dominic Boner,           Finn Valley.Catriona Devine,                  Finn Valley.        Drew Doherty,             Finn Valley.Kay Byrne,                   Finn Valley.        James Mc Mahon,       Finn Valley.Fionnuala Diver,          Letterkenny.       Mark Connolly,            Finn Valley.Donna Evans,              Finn Valley.        Paddy Ward,                Letterkenny.Catherine Dooher,       Finn Valley.        Tony Gallagher,           Finn Valley.Helen Stockdale,         Finn Valley.        Pat Mc Crudden,         Finn Valley.Theresa Doherty,        Inishowen.Master Women50+;Kay Byrne,                  Finn Valley.        Gloria Donaghey,        Finn Valley.Noreen Bonner,           Finn Valley.        Nancy Mc Namee,       Finn Valley.Mary Bond,                  Finn Valley.        Marie T Speight,          Finn Valley.Antoinette Coyle,        Finn Valley.        Mary Martin,               Finn Valley. COUNTY MASTERS AND INTERMEDIATE CROSS COUNTRY TEAMS NAMED was last modified: February 18th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Co Meath next Sunday 23rd February.The County Donegal teams for the National Masters and Intermediate Cross Country Championships been held in Dunboynelast_img read more

War games

first_img It would behoove Romer and the school board members to put their egos aside and consider what’s best for the future of education in the LAUSD. Villaraigosa has the will of the people on his side, while school district governance has a tarnished image in the public’s eye. Romer and LAUSD officials can either help and guide the reformation of the district, or they can force a fight. But, in the end, war is not the answer to school reform.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After months of mustering their forces, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the City Council and City Controller Laura Chick this week drew the battle lines in their bid to exert some oversight on governance of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The challenge issued to LAUSD Superintendent Roy Romer and the school board was to accept a city audit of the district – or expect city leaders to go over school officials’ heads to state lawmakers. The “or else” proved a real threat on Wednesday, when state Assemblyman Keith Richman, R-Granada Hills, said he would sponsor LAUSD-reorganization legislation next year that would give the mayor more authority over schools. Not surprisingly, LAUSD’s Romer reacted with a challenge of his own: Go ahead and try. This first skirmish in what is sure to be a political war over control of Los Angeles’ failing schools has been long in coming. During his mayoral campaign early in the year, Villaraigosa made it clear that school reform would be at the top of his agenda, despite the fact that the city has no authority over how the school district is run. Villaraigosa’s position was good news to parents unhappy with years of the bloated bureaucracy that has a stranglehold on teacher energy and parental involvement. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Romer’s pugilistic reaction – and his feigned surprise at action by Villaraigosa and Chick – will serve only to inflame the fight. Romer is right to tout his accomplishments so far – a massive school building project and improvements in student test scores. But the district still has a dreary list of persistent problems: a 50 percent dropout rate, test scores still below state and national standards, a joke of an oversight committee that can’t be trusted to make sure the $18 billion for the school-construction plan is spent wisely, and serious questions about management and contracting. Nor does it help the LAUSD’s credibility that district officials forced their only publicly credible person, Inspector General Don Mullinax, out of his muckraking position. Nobody has faith in the district anymore. Romer’s defensiveness, while understandable, is a mistake. First of all, fighting city leaders to prevent an audit by Chick appears to be a losing battle that creates an impression that district officials have something to hide. More importantly, a full-blown political war between school and city governments won’t serve anyone. Besides, considering the relationship Romer has had with the LAUSD board in recent years, one would think he might secretly favor an arrangement that gives the city oversight in how the district operates.last_img read more