Crystal Palace set asking price for Arsenal and Man Utd to sign Wilfried Zaha

first_img Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave (Picture: Getty)Crystal Palace will demand a fee of £100million if they are forced to sell Wilfried Zaha this summer, according to reports.Ivory Coast international Zaha enjoyed another productive season for Crystal Palace, scoring ten goals and making five assists to help the Eagles finish 12th in the Premier League.Zaha left Selhurst Park six years ago to join Manchester United but returned to Palace in 2015 following a disastrous spell at Old Trafford.The 26-year-old is a fan favourite at Crystal Palace but has reportedly told the south London club he wants to move to a Champions League club now the 2018-19 season has finished.ADVERTISEMENT Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Advertisement Read More by Metro Top articles Advertisement 1/1 Crystal Palace set asking price for Arsenal and Man Utd to sign Wilfried Zaha About Connatix V67539 SPONSORED Read More Palace are reluctant to lose their star player, however, and The Telegraph say they want £100m on the table before they consider selling.AdvertisementAdvertisementPremier League giants Manchester United and Arsenal have both expressed interest in signing Zaha but will not be able to meet Palace’s requirements if they push for a deal.It is also claimed that Zaha would seriously consider joining a European club if the right opportunity presented itself.Borussia Dortmund are said to be keeping tabs on the forward and could see him as a direct replacement for Jadon Sancho, who has been linked with a number of elite teams.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man Citycenter_img Skip Ad Read More Read More Skip Video Settings 1 min. story Read More Coming Next Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 May 2019 4:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.3kShares Manchester United captain Harry Maguire / PLAY last_img read more

BLOG: Failure to Fund Schools Would Result in the Loss of 23,000 Educators

first_imgBLOG: Failure to Fund Schools Would Result in the Loss of 23,000 Educators By: Megan Healey, Deputy Press Secretary SHARE Email Facebook Twitter February 22, 2016center_img Budget News,  Education,  Schools That Teach,  The Blog Pennsylvania is at a crossroads. We can fund our schools and fix our deficit or we will be faced with an additional $1 billion in cuts to education funding. This $1 billion cut will lead to the immediate layoff of 23,000 educators in Pennsylvania.In January of 2011, Gov. Corbett was inaugurated. Around this time, schools began to plan for the coming 2011/2012 school year, not anticipating there would be a budget cut. Governor Corbett’s budget cuts passed in late June of 2011 – after many schools had passed their 2011 budgets. They had prior year appropriations and were budgeting for the next school year. For the 2012 school year, they had to account for the new appropriations and cuts. Between July of 2011 and December of 2012, 23,000 educators were lost in Pennsylvania. For budgeting purposes, this is immediate. They were baked into the next school budget cycle – the cycle when the appropriation cut hit. A 2014 survey by PASA and PASBO says “data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics documents the loss of more than 23,000 education jobs in Pennsylvania through the end of 2012.”Most importantly, while it is very useful to have a historic comparison to make when we estimate the impact of a $1 billion cut to education, that estimation and its impact – whether by size of the layoffs or timing – is much different today than it was in 2011.There are three areas where local school districts can make decisions. They can cut programs. They can raise property taxes. They can reduce personnel. But the environment is significantly different today than 2011/2012.First:There are fewer programs to cut today than there were in 2011 and 2012. Since 2010/11, there have been 783 programs eliminated at schools in addition to 370 academic programs schools slated to eliminate according to a 2014 survey by PASA and PASBO. According to the survey, “the cumulative number of program eliminations and reductions is estimated to be well over 1,100 within the next school year.” Further, schools said 220 sports or extracurricular programs would either be eliminated or face a fee. This survey even adds that they might have underestimated the program cuts in schools, “This analysis may understate the depth of academic program cuts and reductions in two ways. First, substantial impacts were felt in the immediate aftermath of the financial crisis and in the first years of the recession, while this report documents program reductions only since 2010. Second, districts were asked to indicate cuts at the ‘program’ or category level—for example, ‘music/theater programs.’ Since a district could have made multiple cuts within a single program—such as marching band AND jazz band AND chorus for this example—the number of eliminations and reductions should be treated as a floor, not a ceiling.”Schools are cut to the bone and there are fewer available options for schools to cut programs in order to make up for an additional $1 billion state education cut.Second:Legislation restricted local school districts’ ability to raise property taxes to make up for cuts. This means that state level cuts are more harmful today than five years ago. There simply is not the ability to compensate. School districts that were able to replace revenue and keep teachers in 2011 and 2012 do not have that option.Act 25 of 2011 made several changes to the Taxpayer Relief Act, including reducing the number of referendum exceptions that could be requested from PDE. Exceptions that were removed were for new construction projects (academic and nonacademic projects), maintenance of local and state tax revenues, school improvement plans and health care-related benefits.In 2011-12, there were seven referendum exception. Now, there are only three – pensions, special ed and school construction. (For this, all the school construction categories are counted as one.)Third:Even before these changes, schools identified staff reductions as a preferred means – of their limited means – of balancing their budgets. According to the 2014 survey, “ninety percent of responding school districts have reduced staff, and more than 40 percent of districts have, or will, furlough classroom teachers. Reductions continue to occur among all categories of school employees.” In 2014, with balanced funding – never mind a $1 billion cut – more than one quarter of districts anticipated furloughs.Fourth:The financial environment for schools is significantly different than 2011-2012. Pennsylvania’s credit has been downgraded many times, and the school district intercept program has faced similar downgrades. This limits a school’s ability to go to the market and issue debt to make up shortfalls.July 17, 2012 – The programmatic rating of the Pennsylvania Act 150 School District Intercept Program was downgraded to A1 with a stable outlook from Aa3 with a negative outlook; the programmatic rating of the Pennsylvania School District Fiscal Agent Agreement Intercept Program was downgraded to Aa3 with a stable outlook from Aa2 with a negative outlook; and the programmatic rating on the Pennsylvania State Public School Building Authority Lease Revenue Intercept Program was downgraded to Aa3 with a stable outlook from Aa2 with a negative outlook.November 4, 2015 – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s (Aa3 negative) pre-default intercept programs for school districts to A3 from A2. This action affects the State Public School Building Authority Lease Revenue Intercept Program (Sec. 785) and the Pennsylvania School District Fiscal Agent Agreement Intercept Program (Sec. 633). For districts enhanced by the commonwealth’s post-default intercept program (Pennsylvania Act 150 Program), Moody’s confirms the cap, or the highest rating districts can receive due to the post-default enhancement, at A3.December 22, 2015 – Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded the school district enhancement programs of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (Aa3 negative) to Baa1, and changed our approach to rating pre-default enhancement programs in the commonwealth. All enhanced ratings in Pennsylvania carry a negative outlook. The negative outlook is based both on the outlook for the commonwealth and the ongoing uncertainty surrounding its ability to fund the intercept programs during budget stalemates.After years of harsh and disproportionate cuts, there are districts that may be forced to close their doors before the end of this school year without the additional funding provided for in the bipartisan budget agreement and the 2016/17 proposed budget.For example, the Erie school district is facing bankruptcy right now.Put simply, 23,000 educators were lost the last time there was a $1 billion cut to education and this time there are far fewer tools in schools’ toolboxes to stave off those cuts for even an additional school year budgeting cycle.Schools – already stretched thin by years of underfunding – are at their limits. You can find updates and behind-the-scenes content on the 2016-2017 budget announcement on our Facebook and Twitter.Read more posts about Governor Wolf’s 2016-17 budget.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: read more

Students ask USC to ‘Do Better’ for environment

first_imgThe Environmental Core hosted the “Do Better” rally at Tommy Trojan Friday asking the University to increase its efforts regarding sustainability.The Environmental Core hosted a rally Friday calling for increased sustainability on campus. Students chanted phrases like “Hey Nikias, buy a Prius,” and waved signs with similar messages. Autria Mashian | Daily TrojanECore, one of USC’s student clubs focused on environmental advocacy, called for President C. L. Max Nikias to sign a commitment to sustainability on campus. Dozens of students rallied for two hours, chanting phrases like “Hey Nikias, buy a Prius” and “High tuition, no green ambitions, all we have is hella emissions.” The ralliers marched around campus and walked onto USC Village, where they spotted Nikias and followed him.Nikias left USC Village and the ralliers were asked to leave by USC Department of Public Safety.The club also set up a table at Tommy Trojan, where they asked passersby to sign a petition urging Nikias to sign the Second Nature Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which promotes sustainable living on campus. The club sent Nikias a letter asking him to sign it. Nearly 600 universities have signed the commitment and reported on their sustainability, including New York University, California State schools and the University of California system.ECore director Tianna Shaw-Wakeman said Nikias signing would hold the University accountable. “[The commitment] has increments for different years so if he signs it, it’s not something that doesn’t have any teeth,” Shaw-Wakeman said. “This is something that’s long term and it’s also something that students can stay a part of.” However, Mark Ewalt, the executive director of administrative operations for USC, said some of the points in the letter sent to Nikias are already included in sustainability plans and said that the University has made an effort to increase sustainability with the Sustainability 2020 plan and Sustainability 2030 proposal. The Sustainability 2020 plan aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from the levels in 2014, as well as decrease potable water use by 10 percent in 2020. The last update for the plan came last April and showed funding approved for several projects. The Sustainability 2030 proposal was prepared by the Academic Senate Sustainability Committee Task Force and calls for a “zero-waste” campus and reducing water usage by 50 percent, among other goals. Undergraduate Student Government Sustainability Advocacy Director Philine Qian said the rally was a strategic shift for the club. After winning a few smaller victories, such as the removal of plastic straws from dining halls earlier this month, Qian said students can only do so much in terms of sustainability. “It’s more effective for us to rally together for a bigger long-term goal,” Qian said. “Students shouldn’t have the responsibility and the pressure and the stress of coming up with creative ways for the University to reduce their carbon, water and waste footprint.”last_img read more

Takeaways from Syracuse’s Orange Madness preseason showcase

first_imgElijah Hughes, though he didn’t handle the ball as much, seemed to be the Orange’s best player Friday. He was limited to a few attempts from three, but made two of them from deep past the line. Boeheim said at media day Friday afternoon that Hughes will handle the ball a good amount this year, but will be doing so from the small forward spot. Comments As pop music droned through the Carrier Dome, central New York got its first look at the 2019-20 SU men’s basketball team in the annual Orange Madness preseason showcase. Team White defeated Team Orange, 60-53, after a 40-minute scrimmage on Friday night. Here are some takeaways from the event.Buddy’s developmentEarly on in the first period, Buddy Boeheim spotted up on the right elbow. He had already knocked down two shots from beyond the arc, so Joe Girard III crashed toward the 3-point line. Buddy waited, faked and strode into the paint for an uncontested layup.Boeheim, who limited his opportunities dribbling the ball in extended run toward the end of last season, flashed a new ball-handling acumen in small doses Friday night. Buddy occasionally created some space for others as a lead ball handler at the top of the key, but mainly looked for his own shot off of dribble moves.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTo knock down his second 3-pointer of the scrimmage, Buddy performed an in-and-out dribble and hopped to his right, knocking down a contested jumper on the perimeter. Buddy did most of his damage on spot ups, but his ability to put the ball on the floor made him more than a one-dimensional threat.New Faces Earlier Friday afternoon in the Carmelo K. Anthony Center, SU head coach Jim Boeheim lauded his veterans, but also praised the freshman group that will need to fill the rotation. In the Dome, the Orange faithful caught a first glimpse at some of the faces Boeheim alluded to.Quincy Guerrier displayed his athleticism in and out of the paint, including three 3s. New York state’s all-time leading high school scorer, Joe Girard III, netted a three from the left wing in the second half. And Jesse Edwards, a 6-foot-11 Dutch center, rebounded on both ends. Edwards brought the crowd to its feet in the first half with an alley-oop dunk off a feed from Marek Dolezaj.44Seated in his usual spot on the sidelines, Boeheim looked out at the Carrier Dome’s new court — which now features Boeheim’s name written in cursive — and unofficially kicked off his 44th season as Syracuse’s head coach.For most of Friday night’s Orange Madness event, which featured fan giveaways and skills competitions before an intrasquad scrimmage, Boeheim stayed in his seat. He ceded coaching duties to assistants Gerry McNamara (Team Orange) and Adrian Autry (Team White). During halftime, Boeheim popped into both huddles and offered advice. The results didn’t matter, not yet anyway.Before the scrimmage tipped off, Boeheim reminded those in attendance that this scrimmage was one step toward the season’s real start — Nov. 6 against the reigning champion Virginia Cavaliers in the Dome.Best of the rest Two “best-of” monikers were handed out on Friday night. Sophomore Jalen Carey edged John Bol Ajak, Dolezaj and Guerrier in a skills contest. Carey dotted through the makeshift course and swished a 3-pointer to end the event. Then, freshman Brycen Goodine (12-of-15) bested Buddy for the title of Syracuse’s best 3-point shooter.   Published on October 11, 2019 at 11:20 pm Contact Nick: | @nick_a_alvarezcenter_img Dolezaj showed off slick passing skills Friday. Several times he fired passes — including a lob to Edwards — without having come down from his jump to receive the pass into him. He threw no-look passes, turned quick on outlets and picked up a few assists passing out to the wing from the paint.  Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more