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Catfest: agents and suppliers join the stars at ‘property’s Glastonbury’ to raise £52,607

first_imgHome » Charity » Catfest: agents and suppliers join the stars at ‘property’s Glastonbury’ to raise £52,607 Catfest: agents and suppliers join the stars at ‘property’s Glastonbury’ to raise £52,60722nd July 20190496 Views Catfest is the property industry’s version of Glastonbury, presented by the well known trainer and consultant Julian O’Dell and his wife Cat, who held their annual fundraising music festival on July 13th in their garden near Milton Keynes.Their twelve months of planning and hard work culminated in a brilliant day raising a new record of £52,607 for the charity Action Against Cancer.Julian said, “I’m so proud of Catfest – this was the fifth event – widely regarded as the best ever. The weather was perfect and the feedback we’ve had from attendees saying what a great time they had makes the effort all worthwhile.“Obviously the main objective is to raise money so to beat our record was a nice bonus!”The O’Dells’ chosen charity Action Against Cancer helps to fund cutting edge research to save lives. Cat has been living with cancer for over nine years and recognises that research creates hope for victims of the disease.Catfest sponsors included TM training & development, The Negotiator, Kerfuffle, Rightmove, Elevation Estate Agents, Driver and Norris, JNP Estate Agents, Acaboom, Reapit, Myhomemove, Agency Express, Manning Stainton, Land and New Homes Network and many more. The event was attended by many of the sponsors, their guests and numerous estate agency folk.MUSIC, DANCING AND BIDDING!Top quality live music over ten hours provided by – Elizabeth & Jameson, Gareth Nugent, The Brethryn, Poke, Fred’s House, ABBA Arrival and The Alice Band had the crowd singing, smiling and dancing from first note to last.The revenues were boosted by auction lots including an England rugby shirt signed by Martin Johnson and holiday packages in London and Norfolk. A collection of Julian’s drawings of music stars, many signed by the subjects, fetched almost £2,500. A selection of guitars, signed by the great artists including Brian May, Mark Knopfler, Robert Fripp, Steve Harley, and Midge Ure, boosted the total.Julian said, “Cat and I cannot thank enough all those people who helped before, during and after Catfest, our suppliers, bands, sponsors, attendees, raffle ticket buyers, auction bidders, my pictures by and so on. We are thrilled to have beaten last year’s record.”2020 BECKONS“Each year we deliberate over whether to “do a Glastonbury” and have a fallow year to give us and the garden a break, but when we see all the smiles on the day, read all the fabulous messages from those who attended and loved it, when we sit and calculate the massive amount of money we are passing to charity, we think to heck with it, let’s go again.“We have new and existing sponsors confirmed for next year but welcome more. Numerous bands and singers are offering their services, volunteers are queuing up, which is great, but we always need help in terms of some standout auction lots.“I am particularly keen to be connected with anyone in the music world who can help me get some more renowned musicians to sign our fundraiser guitars. I drive the guitars anywhere in the country to get the deed done. Any help is appreciated!”To support Catfest 2020 in any way, contact Julian on 07718 634235 or [email protected]  festival Catfest 2019 julian o’dell Action Against Cancer Cat O’Dell Catfest 2019-07-22The NegotiatorAny comments? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

News story: Moderation of teacher assessments

first_img Securing consistent judgements in non-examined assessments is challenging. Our research shows that a range of different approaches are taken internationally to address this question. The approach to moderation taken in the UK, both in secondary qualifications and in statutory primary assessment, is similar to approaches taken in many other countries. Our key stage 2 research discusses some of the particular challenges in using moderation to secure consistency and sets out what the Standards and Testing Agency is doing to address these. We will continue to monitor this area. Ofqual has today (29 March 2018) published two pieces of research related to the moderation of teacher assessments.The first is an international literature review of secondary assessments in 23 English-speaking jurisdictions, including in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore and South Africa. The review finds that a range of different approaches are taken to moderation, providing a variety of levels of assurance in relation to the complex question of how to secure the consistency of teacher judgements.The second is an observational study of local authority moderation of key stage 2 writing assessments in 2017. It identifies factors that may have affected the consistency of moderation in 2017 and sets out the steps being taken by the Standards and Testing Agency to address these factors.Dr Michelle Meadows, Deputy Chief Regulator, said:last_img read more

Second Quarter GDP: Better than anticipated

first_imgIn a clear sign that the recession may be easing, commercial and industrial investment in the second quarter fell 8.9 percent, according to the July 31 gross domestic product (GDP) report by the U.S. Department of Commerce. This represents a stark improvement over the first quarter nonresidential construction decline of 39 percent.Compared to the change in GDP last quarter, most of the components within the category of fixed investment fell, but by a moderate degree. Among various components within the nation’s GDP, the biggest decline was in residential construction which fell by 29.3 percent. Investment in equipment and software was down by 9 percent during the quarter, after having fallen 36.4 percent the previous quarter.”Based on ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI), infrastructure-related construction is set to accelerate significantly over the next several months.” —ABC Chief Economist Anirban BasuOverall, consumer spending fell by 1.2 percent, lead by a 7.1 percent decline in consumption of durable goods. Consumption of services was up by 0.1 percent after having fallen 0.3 percent. Exports were down, but to a much lesser degree than the estimated 7 percent, while imports were down by 15.1 percent. The decline in the nation’s imports compared to exports indicates a contraction of the trade deficit. Government spending was up 5.6 percent; this important component contributed greatly to the softening in the decline of GDP growth.In all, real gross domestic product fell 1 percent during the second quarter of 2009 following a decline of 6.4 percent during the previous quarter. The second quarter of 2009 marks the fourth consecutive quarterly decline of GDP.What This Means“As predicted, the pace at which the U.S. economy is shrinking slowed significantly during the second quarter of 2009. It is important to note, however, that construction activities were not found to be an important factor in this improvement,” said Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “The moderation in the economic downturn was largely attributable to other factors, including a shrinking trade deficit and government spending.“Many nonresidential construction activities continue to be in sharp decline. This is particularly true within the commercial construction segments of the industry, which include construction related to office building, retail space, hotel, and other sectors particularly susceptible to business cycles,” said Basu.“However, certain nonresidential construction activities will help bring the economy out of recession over the next several months,” said Basu. “Based on ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI), infrastructure-related construction is set to accelerate significantly over the next several months.”Source: Associated Builders & Contractors. July 31, 2009last_img read more

Dead Fish Piling Up on Long Island’s Shores Are a Warning Shot for Our County Execs

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Island’s water quality crisis was on display in a very public way throughout the month of June, when tens of thousands of fish began washing ashore from Port Washington on the North Shore of Nassau County to the Peconic Bay on the East End of Suffolk.“Vast numbers of dead and dying fish were bobbing in the water and stretching to the opposite bank, like a silvery floating bridge,” as The New York Times described the carnage. “Carcasses were piled at the river’s edge and clumped in the marsh grass.”An estimated 300,000 to 400,000 bunker fish have died since the fish kills started, according to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. The grim scene was compounded by the hot summer weather, with observers saying that the fish were “throwing themselves up on the boat ramp of the Riverhead Yacht Club in a desperate bid to get oxygen.”It was a gruesome display. But will it be enough to get policymakers to take serious action to protect LI’s waters?Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone’s recent pitch for federal assistance was a good start. Although the county’s planning priorities have been imperfect, the current administration is shrewd, proving very capable at getting funding for their initiatives. If those efforts can be put to work for additional wastewater infrastructure in the Peconic watershed area and its environs, the region would be better off as a whole. The economic impact of the Island’s tourism and fishing industries is too significant to let it go fallow, while recreational usage of the coast affects the residents’ quality of life.To support Bellone’s pleas for funding, we need more effort from Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano as well as from state and local policymakers to collectively support improvements that will curb nitrogen contamination in the waters off LI and prevent future fish kills. While the proposed Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant outfall pipe is much needed in Nassau, Mangano should go further. According to the Long Island Press: “The outfall pipe, which would redirect treated waste many miles into the Atlantic Ocean instead of being dumped in the vulnerable Western Bays, is needed in order for the new plant to meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water regulatory standards. According to the governor’s office, the Bay Park plant currently treats about 50 million gallons of sewage a day, discharging the treated water into the back bay north of Long Beach.”The lack of a Bay Park outfall pipe and Suffolk’s nitrogen woes are one in the same. LI needs fiscal help addressing its water quality crisis, and it’s time both Nassau and Suffolk pushed hard together for action.In largely unsewered Suffolk, the front line of the war on nitrogen, policymakers must realize that pristine water quality cannot be won with sewers alone. Bellone would be wise to continue Suffolk’s widely praised historical efforts to preserve open space. In particular, the Pine Barrens Joint Planning and Policy Commission, the entity tasked with ensuring the integrity of the 100,000-acre preserve, should seek to find a renewed life under Suffolk County’s stewardship. The Pine Barrens Commission has faced many challenges regarding development pressures in the area, and strong leadership and representation from the county is needed in order to maintain protected nature of the “compatible growth” areas.Governmental actions such as the preservation of the Pine Barrens maximize the effectiveness of hard infrastructure solutions like sewers, and policymakers would be wise to put whatever funding is available towards both efforts. As the Pine Barrens act, which was passed in 1993 in order to protect the Island’s aquifer by preventing development in the pristine, geologically sensitive woodlands, ages, the institutional memory of its importance fades. The entire fragile preservation act hinges on the integrity of its zoning boundaries, and localities are not up to the task of continued preservation, despite their zoning powers. Suffolk must curb the towns’ addiction to variances and hold the line on the strict zoning that preserves the integrity of the region.What it comes down to is dollars and sense: what is the true environmental benefit of sewering versus preserving pricey tracts of open space? Compared to a mile of sewer pipe, it might be more cost effective to purchase additional large open space parcels for aquifer recharge. And, just as important, whose answer should guide policymakers’ hands and what is more beneficial to the environment in the long run?An important concern must also be addressed: Are the sewers purely for protecting the environment, or for promoting more growth? Philosophically, the sewer efforts should be focused on targeted areas where the environmental impact will be the greatest, not where additional development is desired but improper infrastructure in place is an obstacle. We must address our water quality issues, not create more of them.The fish kills were a tangible example of what will continue to happen if Long Island as a whole fails to protect the sole source aquifer system, and the surface waters that surround our region.Whether you live in Glen Cove or Mattituck, we all drink the same water. It’s time to start acting like it.Rich Murdocco writes about Long Island’s land use and real estate development issues. He received his Master’s in Public Policy at Stony Brook University, where he studied regional planning under Dr. Lee Koppelman, Long Island’s veteran master planner. Murdocco is a regular contributor to the Long Island Press. More of his views can be found on www.TheFoggiestIdea.org or follow him on Twitter @TheFoggiestIdea.last_img read more

Talented quartet target European Young Masters

first_img15 Jul 2015 Talented quartet target European Young Masters Four talented players will head to Switzerland later this month to represent England in the European Young Masters. Sammy Fuller of Surrey (Image © Leaderboard Photography), Hollie Muse of Lancashire, Toby Briggs of Norfolk and Charlie Strickland of Sussex will tee up in the 54-hole event at Golf Club Domaine Imperial from July 23-25. England’s most successful year was in 2013, when Bradley Moore (Kedleston Park) won the boys’ title and also led the mixed team to victory. This will be the second time both Fuller and Muse have played in the championship and they will seek England’s first win in the girls’ event. Both players have just represented England in the European girls’ team championship. The players Sammy Fuller, 16, (Roehampton) returned from injury this season to tie for the Irish U18 stroke play, but lost a title play-off. She has represented England in the girls’ Home Internationals and GB&I in the junior Vagliano. Hollie Muse, 15, (West Lancashire) helped England beat Spain in the 2015 mixed international and this season has won the Scottish U16 championship and The Leveret and was third in the St Rule Trophy. She was in the winning teams at last year’s girls’ and women’s Home Internationals. Toby Briggs, 15, (Dunston Hall) was runner-up at the Fairhaven Trophies and helped England to win the Nations Cup. He was also in the teams which came second at the German boys’ open and third at the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. He was unbeaten in the recent U16 international against Spain. Charlie Strickland, 16, (Ham Manor) was third in the South Eastern junior championship, fifth in the Peter McEvoy Trophy and sixth in the 2014 Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters. He also played in this year’s U16 international against Spain, winning both his matches on the second day.last_img read more

It was the Williamson & Maida Show as Leafs rock Rockets 8-0

first_imgIt was the Dylan Williamson & Adam Maida Show Saturday night at the NDCC Arena.Dylan Williamson scored four times and Adam Maida stopped all 20 shots to power the Nelson Leafs to an 8-0 shellacking of the Golden Rockets in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action.The win was the fourth straight, and sixth in the past seven games, for a Leafs team that has been hampered of late with the flu.Nelson, 11-3-2-1, continues to hold a four-point lead over Beaver Valley Nitehawks in Murdoch Standings.“Everyone right now is kind of suffering with (flu), myself included, and it just shows the group we have in that room right now and resiliency we have to just keep going no matter what happens,” Maida explained.After outlasting Grand Forks 8-6 Friday night, Nelson made this game a laugher 23 minutes into the contest.After Jay Sidhu gave Nelson a 1-0 lead, rookie Dylan Williamson went to work.The Calgary native scored twice on the same shift, one of the markers coming on the power play, to give Nelson a 3-0 lead after one period. “It was a lot of fun getting those first two on the same shift was a real momentum builder for me,” said the 6-foot, 160-pound Williamson.“I was thinking maybe then I could get three after that.”In the second, Nelson scored twice in less than a minute to take a 5-0 lead.Leaf captain Aaron Dunlap and magic hands Williamson then finished off the period with two power play goals to give Nelson a commanding 7-0 lead after 40 minutes.Williamson scored his fourth of the game in the third, flipping a shot from the corner that somehow found its way into the net.“On the third I just wacked at it and it went top shelf but on the fourth, I think someone was looking down on me on the fourth because I just flipped it at the net and it went in,” said Williamson, scoring two of Nelson three power play goals.Leading by eight, Nelson played out the rest of the game allowing Maida to register the shutout.“It’s huge (winning four in a row) on any level of hockey,” Maida exclaimed.“We’re just focusing on right now on playing our game trying to get all the points we can get,” Maida added.Nelson out shot the Rockets 32-20 in the contest with Williamson being named the Home Star in the contest.Next home game for Nelson is Saturday against the Columbia Valley Rockies.LEAF NOTES: Nelson lost the services of Patrick Croome in the third period after the burley defenceman came to the aid of Dylan Williamson during an altercation neat the Golden player’s bench. . . .Nelson finished the month of October with a 7-2-1 record. . . . Matt MacDonald had four assists to take over the lead in Leafs scoring with 21 points. Robson Cramer, who had three points, is second with 19 points. Michael Crawford also finished with three points. . . . Dylan Williamson has registered 11 points (six goals and five assists) in five games with Nelson.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SATURDAY, MARCH 11, 2017

first_imgNorberto Arroyo, Jr.951910920%40%$819,486 Luis Contreras8910102311%48%$487,537 NEW PILOTS IN SANTA MARGARITA FOR FINEST CITY, VALE DORIWith regular rider of both Finest City and Vale Dori Mike Smith out of town next Saturday, each will have a new pilot in the Grade I, $400,000 Santa Margarita Stakes for fillies and mares, four and up, at a mile and an eighth on the main track.Finest City, Eclipse Award winner as older female sprint champion of 2016, was ridden by Smith in her last two outings, victories in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita last Nov. 5, and the Grade II Santa Monica Stakes on Jan. 21.Smith also has ridden Vale Dori to victories in her last three races, all Grade II events, the Bayakoa Handicap, the La Canada Stakes and the Santa Maria Stakes.The 51-year-old Hall of Fame jockey rides Sham Stakes runner-up American Anthem for Bob Baffert next Saturday in the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. Ian Kruljac, trainer of Finest City, has engaged Tyler Baze for the Santa Margarita, while Baffert, trainer of the Argentine-bred mare Vale Dori, has called on Rafael Bejarano.Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White may have to beckon all his skills deciding on which mare to make favorite, but for sure, either Finest City or Vale Dori will be the betting choice.With 16 wins from just 47 mounts, the selective Smith is winning at a remarkable 34 percent at the Winter Meet, but those mounts have earned $1,438,547. That’s why Smith has the deserving reputation as a “money rider.”Also probable for the Santa Margarita are Autumn Flower, no rider; Lady Tapit, Mario Gutierrez; Wild At Heart, Flavien Prat, and possibly Show Stealer, Stewart Elliott. Peter Miller912821931%64%$1,353,516 Philip D’Amato7515101320%51%$910,490 Tyler Baze21535422616%48%$1,664,739 Kent Desormeaux12527151322%44%$1,513,087 TrainerMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Flavien Prat20046313823%58%$2,887,489 WITH GORMLEY ‘HOME’ FOR SAN FELIPE, ROYAL MO WORKS FOR REBEL             With stablemate Gormley staying home at Santa Anita to run in today’s Grade II San Felipe Stakes, Robert B. Lewis Stakes winner Royal Mo worked six furlongs in company Saturday morning in 1:13.40 under regular rider Victor Espinoza for the Rebel Stakes at Oaklawn Park next Saturday.Workmate Guggenheim was clocked in 1:14 flat.“I got him (Royal Mo) in 13 and change,” said John Shirreffs, who trains the son of Uncle Mo for Jerry and Ann Moss. “He looked very good. Victor was happy with him, so if he comes out of the work well, we’re on our way. He’ll ship on the 14th.” Joseph Talamo13519131814%37%$638,073 Richard Baltas11319201817%50%$1,030,778 Doug O’Neill12517252014%50%$1,218,196 Kristin Mulhall3176323%52%$213,230 Stewart Elliott13414161910%37%$696,903 Rafael Bejarano11419182117%51%$1,093,648 Santiago Gonzalez11412181511%39%$586,819 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Mike Smith471651334%72%$1,438,547 BAZE, BEJARANO ON PRIME MOUNTS SANS SMITH EURTON: ‘HAVEN’T SEEN THE BEST OF MILKY WAY’LEWIS WINNER ROYAL MO WORKS FOR SHIRREFFSBAFFERT BREEZES TRIO SATURDAY AT SANTA ANITA ‘HONEST’ SHEEZA MILKY WAY IN SUNDAY’S SANTA ANASheeza Milky Way has been flirting with graded stakes status during her 12-race career and trainer Peter Eurton hopes the four-year-old Sidney’s Candy filly achieves that level in Sunday’s Grade II Santa Ana Stakes for older fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf.“She’s an honest filly, she’s doing very well and if she gets the trip, she’s going to give you everything she has,” Eurton said. “She might be a notch below (the top ones), but I think you haven’t seen the best of her yet.”The Santa Ana: Pretty Girl, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Do the Dance, Tyler Baze, 12-1; Goodyearforroses, Corey Nakatani, 5-2; Sheeza Milky Way, Jamie Theriot, 6-1; Sweet Charity, Flavien Prat, 4-1; Kenriya, Rafael Bejarano, 4-1; Evo Campo, Brice Blanc, 8-1; and Responsibleforlove, Norberto Arroyo Jr., 6-1. Edwin Maldonado63117917%43%$336,985 William Spawr27104337%63%$303,251 John Sadler509101018%58%$525,394 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won (Current Through Friday, March 10) Mark Glatt70911913%41%$421,485 Vladimir Cerin47910719%55%$337,504 Bob Baffert53108919%51%$990,731 Corey Nakatani67117616%36%$608,717 Tiago Pereira9711111411%37%$383,995 Martin Pedroza10514201913%50%$592,933 Victor Espinoza55913716%53%$664,237 FINISH LINES:  Bob Baffert supervised workouts Saturday morning for Sham Stakes runner-up American Anthem, San Antonio Stakes winner Hoppertunity and Mor Spirit, winner of the Grade I Los Alamitos Futurity in 2015, each going six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.60. American Anthem had Martin Garcia up and  worked with Mor Spirit. Hoppertunity, ticketed for the Dubai World Cup on March 25, went with workmate Dr. Dorr who got a five furlong clocking of 59.80 . . . Corey Nakatani rides It Tiz Well for Jerry Hollendorfer in today’s Grade III Honeybee Stakes at Oaklawn Park . . . Mike McCarthy reports Illuminant in good shape following her impressive comeback win in Friday’s Wishing Well Stakes. McCarthy has her ticketed for Keeneland’s Grade I Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf April 15 . . . With his game victory aboard 6-1 shot Classic Ruler in today’s first race, it marked the fifth win for apprentice Evin Roman, who lost three pounds from his weight allowance and now rides as a seven-pound ‘bug.’ . . . On Saturday, March 18, Santa Anita offers the St. Paddy’s Day Pitch, with the person who tosses a ringer winning $1 million! It’s free to enter. Just get on track, fill out a contest entry card and you could be one of four entries selected to participate, or sign up online at santaanita.com/events before March 18, as one online entry also will be chosen . . . Daylight Saving Time begins Sunday. Turn your clocks forward one hour Saturday night. Trainer Standings Peter Eurton50115622%44%$547,152 J. Keith Desormeaux3683522%44%$479,505 Steven Miyadi57814614%49%$379,961 Jerry Hollendorfer10621142120%53%$1,495,524 (Current Through Friday, March 10, 2017 Inclusive) Jeff Bonde2173233%57%$261,585last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather Toughs Out Championship

The sight of blood seeping out of the nose and mouth of Floyd Mayweather Jr. Saturday night in Las Vegas was an unfamiliar one, but it just might be the image that catapults the new WBA Junior Middleweight champion into conversations about boxing’s all-time great champions, even among his detractors.For sure, at 43-0 now, after dominating a tough and determined Miguel Cotto for a 12-round unanimous decsion at the MGM Grand, no one can deny his overall brilliance as a fighter, nor his will to prevail in a nontraditional fashion for him. This victory for the 35-year-old may have been his toughest, but he handled it with aplomb, and it featured a willingness to trade punches more than ever before.Consider that Cotto, from Puerto Rico, controlled the pace of the middle rounds with tough inside punches while Mayweather was on the ropes. At times, Mayweather inflicted damage from there, but it also was where Cotto was most effective.When asked afterward about the in-fighting, Mayweather, almost untouchable in the center of the ring, intimated he stood there uncharacteristically to please fans.“When fights are on pay-per-view, you want to give the fans what they paid for and that’s excitement,” Mayweather said. “[The bloody nose and mouth] comes with the territory when you fight a future Hall of Famer like Miguel Cotto. I had to fight hard, suck it up. He’s a tough competitor. I knew I’d have to come in the ring, fight hard and execute the game plan.“Cotto is a future Hall of Famer. He’s no pushover, and he came to fight. He didn’t come just to survive, he came to fight. I dug down and fought him back.”Mayweather would have been foolish to stay on the ropes, even as his deft defense minimized Cotto’s assaults. Mayweather is a smart tactician who maneuvered most of the fight in the center of the ring, where he pounded Cotto with an assortment of punches, even as blood trickled down his face. He located a weakness in Cotto’s defense and repeatedly rained looping right hooks to the side of his head, outside of his gloves that were held up to protect him.Neither fighter went down, but a vicious combination in the 12th round—right hook and left uppercut—wobbled Cotto. Mayweather did not follow up with much after that, instead using the ring to display his footwork in a coronation of sorts until the final bell.Mayweather, who is now 20-0 in championship bouts, earned a boxing record $32 million (plus some of the pay-per-view take), Cotto $8 million (plus some of the pay-per-view take). This historic payday for Mayweather came with a prison stint hanging over his shiny bald head. In less than a month, on  June 1, he starts an 87-day stint at Clark County Detention Center for domestic violence and harassment stemming from a 2010 incident involving his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris. That prospect did not deter him from a fantastic effort in the ring.Rapper and close Mayweather friend 50 Cent said the time away “can be a therapeutic kind of thing for him. It can clear his mind and he will come back from it even better. Spending one day in jail is two days too long.”“You deprive a man of his liberty,” 50 Cents added, “and it is such a powerful thing. It is a test of character and resilience. But here is the thing about Floyd; he has all the character that you could ever want. He knows how to fight in life. His whole life is a fight and I’m not just talking about boxing. He has come through that. That’s why he is the greatest.”Mayweather insists he wants next to fight champion Manny Pacquiao, who reportedly has refused to take a blood and urine test to prove he is not on performance-enhancing steroids. Certainly Pacquiao saw in Mayweather a fighter many had not seen before Saturday—one willing to exchange punches more than ever before. And if that meant losing some of his blood, so be it. It only showed the depth of his boxing character. read more

Former San Diego school teacher sentenced for receipt of child pornography

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Former San Diego school teacher sentenced for receipt of child pornography Posted: February 11, 2019 KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Former San Diego Unified School District teacher David Gordon Weaks was sentenced today to 70 months in prison following his guilty plea to one count of receipt of images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.Weaks was a fifth-grade teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School up until the time of his arrest. He has been in custody since federal agents executed a search warrant at his home and arrested him on April 19, 2018. Weaks’ term of custody will be followed by an eight-year term of supervised release, including restrictions on his use of the internet.Weaks, 60, came to the attention of agents from Homeland Security Investigations in early April 2018, when agents found that a computer associated with Weaks’ residence was making files of child pornography available for downloading by others through a publicly available peer to peer file sharing network. Analysis of the devices seized from Weaks’ residence at the time of the April 19, 2018, search warrant, revealed that child pornography files were found on a desktop computer, two laptop computers and a backup hard drive. February 11, 2019last_img read more