Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption US boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr (L) knocks down Kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa of Japan (C) during their exhibition match at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama on December 31, 2018. – Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knock-out in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement. (Photo by Toshifumi KITAMURA / AFP)Floyd Mayweather beat Japanese kickboxing phenomenon Tenshin Nasukawa by a technical knockout on Monday in the first round of a New Year’s Eve “exhibition” bout that brought the US boxing superstar out of retirement.Mayweather floored Nasukawa, a kickboxer less than half his age, three times in the first round of the three-round contest before the Japanese fighter’s trainer rushed in to stop the fight.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO PLAY LIST 01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:11For relaxed Mayweather, Japan fight ‘all about entertainment’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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The American boxer at first appeared not to be taking the fight seriously, grinning at his opponent and aiming only soft punches at him.But he then demonstrated his power, launching a series of jabs and hooks to the head of the 20-year-old Japanese fighter, sending him to the canvas after just one minute.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 ChrissSensing his opponent was struggling, Mayweather stepped in for the kill, unleashing a flurry of punches that left Nasukawa reeling again within just two minutes of the bout and facing his second standing count.With the Japanese fighter clearly struggling to stay on his feet, the trainer rushed in and stopped the fight with just one minute of the first round remaining. The 41-year-old Mayweather carried a more than 4kg (9lb) weight advantage into the ring.The rules were very strictly defined: three, three minute bouts and boxing only — kickboxer Nasukawa was reportedly facing a $5 million fine if he aimed a kick at Mayweather.There were no judges, with only a knockout or technical knockout considered a victory in the bout, promoted as a pure exhibition match.Crucially, the match did not feature on the record of either man, allowing them both to retain a cherished unbeaten record.ADVERTISEMENT Donnie Nietes captures 4th world title after split decision win
The measures taken by California schools to improve student scores on standardized tests work just as well for English learners, according to a report released Friday. The report by EdSource, a nonprofit educational research organization, examined 237 California elementary schools of similar size and socioeconomic makeup. EdSource’s researchers found that despite the similarities between the schools, Academic Performance Index (API) scores for their English learner students differed by more than 250 points. Using student assessment data like standardized tests, aligning the school’s curriculum to state standards and setting measurable goals for student achievement were among the practices used by schools with higher-scoring English language learners, said Trish Williams, EdSource executive director. Those were the same factors differentiating overall school API scores that EdSource found during a previous study in 2005. “We happen to consider this good news from the standpoint that for schools that want to do the hard work, English-learner students will benefit as well as non-English-learning students,” said Williams, who was also the study’s project director. “It is a two for one.” Other factors the study found helped English learners perform better on the API were the use of English-immersion techniques in math instruction, and taking students out of class for intensive English as a second language (ESL) classes with a resource teacher. “Our theory is that the quality of English-language development instruction matters more than the number of minutes spent doing it,” said Williams, noting schools that spent more time on English-language development did not benefit as much as those that removed the students from class for more one-on-one instruction. California mandates at least 30 minutes of English Language Development (ELD) instruction, the state’s term for ESL, every day. Garvey School District in Rosemead has some of the higher-performing English- learner students in the San Gabriel Valley, among smaller districts with a majority of low-income students. Its English learners scored on average a 721 on the API, 29 points behind the overall district score of 750. The average gap between English learners and overall scores at similar Valley districts is about 45.3. District Superintendent Virginia Peterson said the district generally places the responsibility of ELD education on regular classroom teachers, though the school does have some pull-out programs where students are taken out of the classroom for more intensive instruction. “We certainly use \ in teaching math,” said Peterson, adding that teachers are well-versed in using “manipulative” techniques – in addition to language techniques – to help make math as concrete as possible. The Pasadena Unified School District separates English learners in grades one through three and places them in English- immersion classrooms as opposed to mainstream classrooms, said Joan Morris, the district’s coordinator for English learner programs. “So we do not have much need for pullout programs except for first-time students in grades four through six,” said Morris, adding that in those cases English learners are pulled out of the classroom to work with a resource teacher. Pasadena’s English learners scored 641 on the API, as opposed to 701 for the entire district. The study’s results showing a correlation between English immersion programs and higher test scores heartened Ron Unz, chairman of English for the Children. “It is nice that the numbers are pointing in our direction,” said Unz, whose group led the drive for Proposition 227, which mandated English immersion as opposed to bilingual education for the state’s students. Unz said that test results showed English-learner scores doubled in four years after passage of Proposition 227. There are more than 1 million English language learners in Southern California, according to state figures. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!