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Bellows Falls Union High School teacher named 2010 Teacher of the Year

first_imgSource: Vermont DOE. Sept 15, 2009 Craig Divis, a high school social studies teacher at Bellows Falls Union High School in Bellows Falls, was named by the State Board of Education as the 2010 Vermont Teacher of the Year at a ceremony held today at the school.Also honored were:Alternate Stacey Endres, a middle school social studies and English teacher at Milton Middle School in Milton.Finalist Terry Frey, a K-12 music teacher at Windsor Junior Senior High School and State Street School in Windsor.As the 2010 Teacher of the Year, Divis will travel statewide visiting schools and working with teachers. In addition, he is Vermont’s candidate for the National Teacher of the Year award, sponsored by the Council of Chief State School Officers. He will also travel to Washington, D.C. this spring for a reception at the White House. The Vermont Teacher of the Year Program is sponsored by Hannaford Bros. Co.State Board members visited Divis’ classroom this morning prior to a school-wide assembly. The lunchtime ceremony included remarks by Divis, 2009 Vermont Teacher of the Year Diane Leddy, Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca and State Board Chair Tom James. The student body was present as well. Divis was presented with SMART Board ™ equipment and software for his classroom by Brian Scofield of SMART Technologies, with software and materials going to each of the other two finalists. In addition, the Department of Education donated $2,500 towards classroom-related supplies and activities.Divis, a resident of Grafton, has been an educator at Bellows Falls for five years, the past two as Social Studies Department Coordinator. He has been a classroom teacher for six years. He received a B.S. in Education from Miami University in 2003, and spent one year as an alternative program teacher in Akron, Ohio prior to coming to Vermont. Divis has worked with the University of Vermont’s Asian Studies Outreach Program since 2005 and traveled extensively during the summer.“The rewards that I find in teaching are when students become passionate about learning and understanding the world, and want to experience it firsthand,” he wrote in his nomination packet. “My rewards don’t come from grades students get on a test, but from students coming back years after graduation to visit me and tell me about their experiences traveling the world and becoming passionate about learning.”In addition to serving as an advisor to student teachers, he has served as a member of the Windham Northeast Supervisory Union Social Studies Curriculum Committee, is the chair of the Bellows Falls Union High School Social Studies Department, serves as assistant chair to the school’s Literacy Action Plan Committee, and is a member of the faculty council.Principal Chris Hodsden wrote, “Mr. Divis will not only represent our state well as Teacher of the Year, he will represent the field of education well to the general public and the nation.”In his presentation, Commissioner Vilaseca said, “We are fortunate to have someone of Mr. Divis’ caliber working here in this state.”During his remarks, Mr. Divis made a point of acknowledging his colleagues and parents. However, he saved his greatest praise for his students, telling them, “I am inspired by you every single day. I am in awe of the accomplishments of those of you in the audience and those who came before. It is to you who I say thank you for without you this would not be possible.”The Vermont Teacher of the Year program is sponsored by Hannaford Bros.last_img read more

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Indonesia could lose coal buyers over regulation mandating use of local ships: APBI

first_imgIndonesian coal miners may lose buyers because of a regulation that requires coal exporters to only use domestic shipping companies and insurance services, experts have warned.The head of the marketing and logistics department at the Indonesian Coal Mining Association (APBI) Hendri Tan said that many overseas buyers would choose to import coal from other countries because of the shipping policy, which will take effect in May, this year.“Some of our buyers told us they would buy coal from other countries,” Hendri said in Jakarta on Feb. 20. Most of Indonesia’s coal exports are based on Free on Board (FoB), in which the buyers are responsible for shipping and insurance costs. According to Hendri, many importers feared the lack of Indonesian ships would hamper the transportation of coal to their countries.In addition, Indonesia has few ships that meet international shipping standards to ship coal overseas, he said.“If the regulation is enforced without any exceptions, then our exports could fall 99 or even 100 percent,” Hendri told The Jakarta Post.The absence of technical instructions for the regulation and a lack of clarity about how the regulation is to implemented has created more uncertainty for both coal producers and importers, the APBI argued.  The regulation, which requires coal exporters to transport coal using Indonesian flagged ships, was initially set to take effect in April 2018 but Energy and Mineral Resources Ministerial Regulation No.80/2018 delayed the implementation until May 2020.According to data compiled by the APBI, the total deadweight tonnage (DWT) of all national-flagged bulk carriers is only 3.5 million metric tons. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s exports reach between 35 and 38 million tons of t coal per month.A total of 78 out of 109 locally owned bulk carriers are also more than 15 years old, meaning they are unable to dock in countries that have strict standards on the age of vessels, the APBI’s document reads.“Importers such as Japan will not accept our ships because they are too old and unsafe. We also usually use Panamax (mid-sized cargo ships) for long hauls, and only 18 Panamax are owned by local companies,” said APBI member Tulus Sebastian Situmeang.The association’s secretary-general Hendra Sinadia said he hoped the government would withhold the regulation’s implementation, as stakeholders were wary of the uncertainty. (mpr)Topics :last_img read more

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All about ‘D’: 1st to 1 wins

first_imgEntering the stretch run of its 2006 campaign, the well-rested Wisconsin men’s soccer team seeks to capture a win against the nearly impenetrable Northern Illinois backline Sunday in DeKalb, Ill.No. 19 Northern Illinois (11-3-1, 4-0 MAC) is riding an eight-match unbeaten streak, during which the Huskies have allowed just one goal. Not to be outdone, Wisconsin is on a tier of its own. The Badgers (9-4-2, 3-1-1 Big Ten) have won five of their past six matches and have shut out six of their last seven opponents.With both teams relying so heavily on their dominant defenders, the game will likely feature more cautions from frustrated offensive players than goals scored.”It certainly has the makings of a zero-to-zero game,” Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said. “I know they’re a very tough team to score on, having played them the last few years. They are very hard to penetrate [and] very hard to get behind.”Although NIU was a sound team at the start of the season, it wasn’t until their head coach Steve Simmons made some personnel moves that they became a stingier defense.Midway through the season, Simmons elected to give seldom-used sophomore Joe Zimka a shot after his No. 1 goalie Matt Corcoran looked awful in a 5-0 shellacking versus Washington. Zimka did not disappoint. In his eight appearances (seven starts) he has allowed zero goals. His shutout streak is standing at an incredible 670:44. More importantly, his team is 6-0-1 in games that he starts.”He has done a great job for them this year,” Rohrman said. “He’s certainly claimed [the starting duties] and made the most of his opportunity. He hasn’t given up a goal yet so there’s something to be said for that. He’s putting together a great season.”While it certainly is a credit to Zimka for his remarkable run, it has been his backline that has truly stepped up.”They’re a very talented team,” Rohrman said. “They’ve got [an] unbelievable work rate and commitment to winning. They never quit, and they’re going to be a very difficult team to score on. They’ve demonstrated that the last few weeks here, so they’re going to be a big challenge for us.”Despite the overwhelming success of Zimka and NIU’s backline, Rohrman and senior goalkeeper Jake Settle both think that if Wisconsin pushes the attack early and remains patient late, they’ll be in good shape.”We have to take the rhythm and flow of the game,” Rohrman said. “I think they’re going to be a team … [that’s] going to be tough to penetrate, but [we have to] be a little patient and find those gaps or those seams that will eventually come.””It helps if we can get out and counter them, and really work to get numbers up in the attacking third because they’ll be a team that quickly gets behind the ball and quickly will be ready to defend as a group like we do,” Settle added. “And it’s so much more difficult to go at 10 guys than go at four or five guys at the back.”If Wisconsin does take an early advantage, it could be smooth sailing for the Badgers. NIU is not known for its offensive abilities, and outside of transfer forward Marcus McCarty — who has eight goals and 20 points — the Huskies lack a potent punch up front. “I know some of their players, and they at least tell me — their scores kind of prove it — that they’re just trying to get a goal and hold onto a 1-0 lead. So we’re looking to come out and score first,” Settle said. “I think if we can do that, then they’ll be in trouble.”This match may ultimately come down to which team capitalizes on their set pieces or catches a lucky break.”We’re looking to definitely [punish] them on set pieces,” Settle said. “That will be the big difference-maker because those are obviously the times when most teams are very dangerous. Just kind of throw it in there and [hope for] a bad bounce or bad hop.”last_img read more

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New Sparks coach Derek Fisher wants a title ‘as soon as possible’

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersSparks general manager Penny Toler said during a 50-minute question-and-answer session at the Luxe City Center Hotel that she and Fisher have known each other about 20 years, and that he used to attend Sparks games when he played for the Lakers.“What came to mind with Derek,” Toler said, “is here’s a guy who I’ve known and has been with us forever. … From time to time, Derek and I would have conversations to talk about the (Sparks) and I would tease him, ‘Come and coach.’“It’s all about timing,” she added. “When Brian (Agler) wanted to resign, I thought, ‘Here’s a guy who has some experience. Good or bad, it’s still experience.’”The Sparks, winners of three WNBA championships, are among the three surviving franchises from the league’s original eight in 1997. They boast a veteran roster that includes Parker, the 2008 and 2013 WNBA MVP, as well as 2016 WNBA MVP Nneka Ogwumike. Last season, they went 19-15 and placed third in the West before losing in the conference semifinals.Fisher, who played 18 NBA seasons, replaces Agler, a decorated women’s basketball coach who led the Sparks to the 2016 title, the second of his two WNBA championships. LOS ANGELES — Sparks forward Candace Parker wore her 2016 WNBA championship ring to Friday’s introductory news conference, where she sat beside her new head coach, Derek Fisher – a five-time NBA champion for the Lakers.“I want more,” Parker said, referencing her ring, and Fisher said he understood his star player’s mandate.“I’m thankful and I’m grateful and I’m going to do the best job I can possibly do to win a championship as soon as possible,” Fisher said.The Sparks job is Fisher’s second head coaching position, following a short-lived tenure with the New York Knicks, who were 17-65 in Fisher’s first season and started 23-31 in his second before he was let go by then-Knicks president and former Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Toler said his resignation “wasn’t a force-out or anything; when he wanted to resign, I accepted the resignation.” She added she didn’t ask why, because Michael Cooper – the former Lakers star and Sparks coach – used to say to “only want people who want to be here.”The Sparks announced Agler’s resignation Nov. 30 and news of Fisher’s hiring broke Wednesday, via a tweet from NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski.Toler indicated she’d had several discussions with Fisher – who asked “about 2,000 questions” – as well as members of the Sparks’ front office and Parker before she hired the 44-year-old former point guard.“All coaches get hired and fired,” Fisher said with regard to his time in New York. “What Penny said about learning through adversity, evolving and growing – the book is not finished yet. If you open a book and it’s 300 pages long, you can’t assume how it’s going to end on page 57. You’ve got to read the whole book. This is a good opportunity for me to write my coaching book.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.He said his stint in New York taught him lessons he’ll employ in L.A., including that he needs to emphasize communication. He also said his playing experience with the Lakers will help lead a team in an increasingly fluid, position-less style of game.“The championship teams I played on here in L.A. in ’09-10, even ’08, we had Lamar Odom at the four and Pau Gasol at center and (Trevor) Ariza and Kobe (Bryant) and myself,” Fisher said. “There was a versatility to the game, five players that all could make good decisions with the basketball, who all could shoot, all could defend. This roster has the framework in a very similar way.”Fisher said he had conversations with representatives of college programs and other professional teams prior to accepting the Sparks’ offer, but he said he doesn’t view his new position as a stepping stone to another NBA coaching job.“I’m here,” said Fisher, adding he and Toler have yet to begin filling out a staff that he hopes will help the team increase its pace of play. “There isn’t a future outside of what we’re here to talk about today. I’m the coach of the L.A. Sparks and that’s what it is. And I’m happy about it.”Parker said she was a proponent of Fisher’s hiring because she’s excited about his championship pedigree.“He’s won championships,” she said. “And until I won a championship with L.A., I didn’t realize how much it matters to have that experience and knowledge.”last_img read more

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