Community building

first_img Read Full Story As high unemployment rates and company downsizing have left many Americans discouraged and unsure of the future, community colleges across the country have experienced a tremendous surge in enrollment over the past few years, with a diverse range of students, from high school graduates to older, displaced workers, all seeking marketable skills to survive in a competitive economy.With open admissions policies, affordable tuition, flexible schedules, and remedial classes, education experts say community colleges fill a gap in the educational pipeline for many people who would otherwise be locked out of the higher education system, especially minority, low-income, and first-generation college students.In October, the White House recognized the critical role these institutions play in the higher education system by holding the first-ever Summit on Community Colleges. The event brought together college administrators, faculty, students, and business and philanthropic leaders, as well as federal and state policymakers.To read more, visit read more

Rangers Are Champions Again After 35 Years

first_imgUgonna Uzochukwu in aerial action for Rangers against Pillars today PIX KABIRU ABUBAKAR In the last 15 minutes of the epic final, Coach Gbenga Ogunbote and his wards did a turnaround that even the former Nigerian captain who the stadium is named after will be smiling in his grave.When almost everyone at the stadium was waiting for the Sai Masu Gida to be crowned champions of the 2018 edition of Nigeria’s cup final, KelvIn Itoya’s screamer in the 77th that beat Pillars goalkeeper, David Obiozo appears more of a consolation goal.But five minutes later, Chidera Ezeh made it 3-2. That goal brought hope of miracle was on the way. And it did happen when substitute Ajani Ibrahim’s diving header restored parity for Rangers at 3-3.In the ensuing shootout, effervescent Kano Pillars midfielder, Rabiu Ali, who scored the opening goal in regulation time, missed his opening penalty. And former Pillars player, Isaac Loute, handed the trophy to Rangers with his last penalty for the arena to erupt in the Holy, Holy, Holy anthem of the Enugu team.Kano Pillars had taken the lead after five minutes after they had survived an early scare by Rangers.Big striker Nwagua Nyima used his body to get into the box before he laid the ball for skipper Rabiu Ali to rifle home.Pillars doubled their lead in the 20th minute, when Flying Eagles midfielder Alassan Ibrahim scored directly from the corner kick.A third goal by Kano Pillars was cancelled in first half stoppage as television replays later showed the goal should have stood as Isaac Loute was the one who put the ball into his own net.In between these goals, Pillars star striker Junior Lokosa missed two open chances, while Rangers had at least three chances to score from free kicks in dangerous positions, but they wasted them.With this victory, Rangers earned the N25million star prize at stake and the bragging right to represent Nigeria in next year’s CAF Confederation Cup.The Flying Antelopes had two years ago ended the club’s 32 years wait for the league title.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeEnugu Rangers pulled the most remarkable feat in Nigeria’s club football history on Wednesday coming back from 3-0 down to beat Kano Pillars 4-2 in penalty shootout to win the 2018 Aiteo Cup. It is Rangers sixth FA Cup triumph.Playing the first official game at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba yesterday, the Flying Antelopes proved that a football game was not really over until the final whistle. The victory is Rangers first Cup glory since 1983.last_img read more

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Chad Billingsley could be facing more surgery

first_imgAngels pitcher Sean Burnett had surgery to repair a small tear of his left flexor tendon in August 2013. He didn’t return to pitch for the Angels until this May — only to require season-ending Tommy John surgery later.The MRI revealed that Billingsley’s transplanted ulnar collateral ligament (he had Tommy John surgery in April of last year) is healthy. However, recent history suggests that surgery on his flexor tendon virtually ensures that his season is over.That puts Billingsley in a tough spot. His contract expires at the end of the season. The Dodgers hold a club option for 2015, but at this point it seems more likely that the team will exercise its $3 million buyout clause. It’s possible, if not likely, that the Dodgers will have no room for Billingsley in their 2015 rotation. That’s a strong incentive for Billingsley to look elsewhere for work if the Dodgers choose to buy out his contract.Taken by the Dodgers in the first round of the 2003 draft, Billingsley is 81-61 with a 3.65 ERA over parts of eight major-league seasons. Chad Billingsley‘s season is in jeopardy after an MRI scan Thursday revealed a partial tear of the flexor tendon in his right elbow.Though surgery is commonly performed, Billingsley will discuss his options with team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache in the coming days before deciding on a course of action. The prognosis for recovery from the surgery varies greatly.Among the more recent cases, then-Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Ben Sheets attempted to treat a torn flexor tendon with “rest and exercise and rehab” in 2008, before ultimately electing to have surgery in February 2009. He missed that entire season.Texas Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis had surgery to repair a torn flexor tendon in July 2012, missed the remainder of that season and all of 2013 before returning this season. He has made 11 starts for the Rangers this year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img In his most recent rehab start Sunday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, he faced 10 batters and recorded five outs. Friday, Billingsley declined to speak to reporters through a club spokesperson until he’s met with ElAttrache to determine his course of action.Ellis activatedA.J. Ellis was back in the Dodgers’ lineup Friday, 19 days after he sprained his ankle celebrating Josh Beckett‘s no-hitter in Philadelphia.Ellis is batting .170/.350/.213 in a season limited by injuries to 15 games. The 33-year-old catcher missed 39 days in April and May after undergoing a procedure on the mensicus in his left knee.As a group, Dodger catchers rank near the bottom of the league in batting average (29th, .185), on-base percentage (27th, .268), slugging percentage (29th, .275) and weighted on-base average (29th, .247) this year. Tim Federowicz, who has the worst on-base percentage of any major-leaguer with at least 50 plate appearances, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Ellis.Ellis might give the Dodgers’ lineup a dimension it missed in his absence.“Over the course of last year, the last couple years, even when his average may not be jumping out at you, he’s always a guy that gives you a tough at-bat every day,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He makes a pitcher work. I think we’ll look forward to that. It just gets another ‘quality out’ when you make an out.”Ellis’ 4.37 pitches per plate appearances in 2013 were the most by any major-league player with at least 400 plate appearances.More draft picks signedFourth-round draft pick Jeff Brigham and seventh-round draft pick Trevor Oaks signed with the Dodgers. Six of the team’s first 10 draft picks are now under contract.Brigham, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Washington, signed for his assigned slot value of $396,300. Oaks, a right-hander from Division II California Baptist University, signed for just under slot ($166,600).The Dodgers are known to have signed 21 of their 40 draft picks, including their second, third, fourth, fifth, and seventh-round selections. First-round draft pick Grant Holmes headlines the list of unsigned players; the Dodgers have some wiggle room to spend more than Holmes’ assigned slot value of $1,980,500.NotableThird baseman Juan Uribe (hamstring) continued to take ground balls and batting practice. “He still hasn’t passed the baserunning-type stuff he has to do, the curves and the turns,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. … Justin Turner (tight calf muscle) was given a day off. Chone Figgins started at third base. … The Dodgers signed shortstop Angel Sanchez to a minor-league contract and assigned him to Double-A Chattanooga.last_img read more