Miami-Dade School board renames school after civil rights leader

first_imgGeorgia Jones-Ayers  School name to be changed to Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle SchoolOn Saturday, August 29, a ceremony was held to rename Allapattah Middle School to Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School.The festivities kicked off at 10:00 a.m. with a parade starting at Charles Hadley Park, and concluded in front of Georgia Jones-Ayers Middle School.The ceremony featured prominent community leaders, the unveiling of the new school sign, as well as a walk-through of the newly designated Georgia Jones-Ayers legacy room where students, teachers, and the community can learn about history of both Georgia Jones-Ayers and the Railroad Shop Colored Addition neighborhood.Jones-Ayers grew up in the Railroad Shop Colored Addition neighborhood, now Allapattah, originally built for black railroad employees. In 1947, families were evicted from their homes in order to erect a school and park to serve the surrounding white families. On June 17, 2015, the Miami-Dade School Board unanimously voted to rename Allapattah Middle School after civil rights leader and community activist, Georgia Jones-Ayers.last_img read more

Lampard: It’s not just about systems

first_imgEmbed from Getty Images Frank Lampard has played down the significance of his decision to start with three centre-backs against Southampton.Chelsea were beaten 2-0 by the Saints – the third defeat Lampard’s side have suffered in their past three home league matches.Lampard stuck with the 3-4-3 system which worked so well in the recent win at Spurs.AdChoices广告This time he changed at half-time, reverting to a 4-2-3-1 set-up, but the Blues boss insisted the loss could not be simply put down to his choice of formation.Lampard said: “We can hone in on systems and what difference they make – and they clearly do, but some things don’t.“We played with a three in the first half and controlled the game. We didn’t do enough in an offensive way.“Second half we looked brighter for a bit but at the same time possibly more open to the counter-attack. So it’s not just about systems.”Lampard also backed Callum Hudson-Odoi, who gave the ball away in the build up to the opening goal and was generally poor before being taken off midway through the second half.Embed from Getty Images Lampard said: “I thought he put a lot of effort in. He was trying things, making runs and it wasn’t quite coming off for him in the first half.“He’s come off the back of a big injury and there’s certainly a period where we have to stick with him through that.“He’s very young. There was a lot of talk last year about a contract and would he or wouldn’t he (sign it) and now he has.“He’s in a period now where he needs to get his head down and work – and he knows that – to show what he can be for this club. It’s down to him now.“I showed the faith in him by playing him today and I’ll continue to do that. We have to go with him a little bit.“I saw an effort and a desire that I’ve seen in training these last couple of weeks.” Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook See also:Chelsea v Southampton player ratingsLampard defends Hudson-Odoi after Chelsea defeatlast_img read more

U. survives scare

first_img Langvad gives Utes spark off the bench E-mail: [email protected] DENVER — So much for all this talk about Utah not being able to get off to a quick start.The Utes solved that problem Friday night against UNLV by jumping out to a 22-point lead. The problem was the Utes almost forgot to finish the deal.Although they improved to 27-4 on the season, the Utes had to hold on for dear life against the hard-charging Rebels to escape with a 73-67 victory at the Pepsi Center.The victory moved the Utes into the finals of the Mountain West Conference tournament for the second straight year against the winner of Friday night’s late game between New Mexico and San Diego State.For the fourth straight year, the Utes played the Rebels in the MWC tourney, the third time in the semifinals. But just when it appeared the Utes were going to cruise to victory and have a chance to rest their starters for Saturday’s final, the Rebels put on a furious rally by scoring as many points in the second half (49) as Colorado State managed the whole game the day before.Behind hot-shooting Romel Beck, the Rebels nearly erased Utah’s 22-point lead and cut the margin to three points three times in the final six minutes, However, the Utes found enough composure to hold on for the scary victory.”We were able to find a way to get it done,” said Utah coach Ray Giacoletti. “It sounds crazy, but we haven’t had to be in that situation a whole heckuva lot this year. But this time of year it doesn’t matter how pretty is as long as you have one more point on the scoreboard than the other team does.”The Utes have made a habit all year of playing a close first half and then going on a couple of second-half runs to win by a comfortable margin. This time they jumped out of the games quickly and went into halftime with a 14-point lead.”We got off to a good start,” said Andrew Bogut, who had his 21st double-double of the season with 25 points and 12 rebounds. “The media has been on us for three months about our first halves. We did this for you.”Thanks Andrew.But the second half the Utes came up with a new twist. Instead of expanding a small lead, they let a large lead dwindle to almost nothing.”In the second half we kind of relaxed and kind of got on our back foot and they came back,” Bogut said. “We had to scramble for that win at the end.”The Utes quickly expanded their 32-18 halftime lead to 22 points at 42-20 with 16:31 left in the game. The Rebels looked like they had already packed it in as they started off the second half with five turnovers, a missed shot and one make on their first seven possessions.But just like that, the Rebels couldn’t miss, scoring on six straight possessions, including three 3-pointers, over the next three minutes. That made it 50-35, but the Utes still didn’t seem too worried as Giacoletti left four of his starters on the bench.The coach acknowledged afterward that he was trying to rest his starters for tonight’s game.When Beck hit still another 3-pointer to make it 52-40 with 9:38 left, Giacoletti decided enough was enough and inserted Bogut, Marc Jackson, Hawkins and Markson back into the game, joining Tim Drisdom.However, the starters didn’t improve things much.Drisdom lost the ball, Markson missed a 3-pointer and Bogut missed the front end of a 1-and-1. Then Bogut missed an inside shot and was tied up and Hawkins had a short shot blocked. When Ricky Morgan scored inside, the Ute lead was down to 52-46 with 8:25 left.The Utes briefly pushed the lead to nine at 57-48, but the Rebels scored six straight points to cut it to 57-54 and it could have been two if Beck hadn’t missed a free throw after scoring inside.That’s when Giacoletti tried some odd strategy. He put his team in a 2-3 zone to keep the Rebels from beating the Utes one-on-one near the basket. When UNLV missed 3-pointers on three of their next four possessions, it looked like brilliant strategy as the Utes moved back to a 63-56 lead.”Certainly that had an effect,” said UNLV coach Lon Kruger.During the last two minutes, the Utes hit eight of 10 free throws and added a layup by Hawkins when he was left alone by the pressing Rebels and the Utes secured the win.”They panicked a little bit, but Utah’s a great team. We lost to the better team,” said UNLV’s Odartey Blankson, who scored 13 points.”They played 40 minutes of great basketball and we played about 12,” said Beck, who led his team with 19 points.Besides Bogut’s 25 points, Hawkins scored 14 points, Bryant Markson chipped in 12 and Jonas Langvad added 10. Langvad hit back-to-back 3-pointers in the first half to help the Utes to a double-digit lead. “You just can’t afford to dig yourselves that big of a hole against a team like Utah,” said Kruger. “I hope they play for a long time.” Related Lobos dispatch Aztecs, await matchup with Utes Utah-UNLV game at a glance Utes outshoot Cougars, reach women’s finalslast_img read more