Madrid already know that there is no signed clause that forces the young midfielder to stay one more year in Rennes if he qualifies for the Champions League, as published in France. After the cancellation of the French championship, being third in Rennes, he has entered the preliminary phase of the great continental competition. But that does not affect Camavinga’s situation. There is not even a verbal pact for him to continue there for that reason, sources familiar with his situation report to this newspaper.The player.As for the player, as AS has learned, Camavinga is seriously considering the possibility of leaving Rennes this summer. It renewed only a few months ago, but it did until 2022. He believes that it is time to make the leap to a great after having been the great sensation of the championship (36 games this year, one goal, two assists), included, despite his youth, in the ideal eleven drawn up by Internet users from France Football. In the player’s environment, however, they prefer to be cautious, aware that in order for Camavinga to come out, the buyer has to negotiate the price with Rennes, owned by tycoon François Pinault. Sources close to Camavinga assured AS that before the outbreak of the crisis caused by the coronavirus, a price for Camavinga of around 50 million had been established. “But now it would be very difficult to know”, they tell us, “because of the instability of the market due to the crisis itself and because of the interest of the main European teams in it.” PSG and Juventus have also been formally interested in the midfielder.Your club.Rennes begins to feel the pressure of having the jewel of European football, the biggest irruption of a young man after Mbappé. Not surprisingly, Camavinga was the first born in 2002 to debut in any of the five major leagues in Europe. A record. But under that pressure, the French entity is guarding the player, trying to make him speak only for the club’s official media. After these first contacts with the player, Madrid learned, for example, that Camavinga obtained French nationality a few months ago, in November. That helps a lot with your hiring, since there are currently an excess of non-community members in the white template: Militao, Reinier, Vinicius, Rodrygo … Only the coronavirus crisis cut the projection of the medium, which He was going to be called with France by Deschamps when he was only 17 years old. Real Madrid have already moved to Camavinga. There is a first approach of the white club with the environment of the 17-year-old footballer of Angolan origin. The manager has been Juni Calafat, who has more and more weight in the international transfer scene of Real Madrid. It was only a first contact. A poll to find out the situation of the fashionable midfielder. Any negotiation with Rennes is settled for the summer and Madrid would do it officially with Rennes himself. It is the policy of the white club to go face to face with the entities that a player wants to buy, But it is also logical that you try to be clear, first, the scenario in which you have to work.
The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick, reporting from Le Bourget, France on Sunday, said negotiators from 196 countries adopted a landmark climate accord that seeks to dramatically reduce emissions of greenhouse gases blamed for the dangerous warming of the planet. The agreement, reached after 13 days of hectic bargaining, urges nations to fundamentally change the way energy is produced and consumed, gradually reducing reliance on fossil fuels in favor of cleaner forms of energy.The deal, said Warrick, “was struck in a rare show of near-universal accord, as the poor and wealthy from across the political and geographical spectrum expressed support for measures that require all to take steps to battle climate change. The agreement binds together pledges by individual nations to cut or limit emissions from fossil-fuels within a framework of rules that provide for monitoring and verification as well as financial and technical assistance for developing countries.”Fossil fuels are natural fuels, such as coal or gas, formed in the geological past from the remains of living organisms of plants or animals. So carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases are considered to be one of primary causes of global warming.One of the most visible signs of global warming is climate change, such as we have seen in Liberia, where rainfall lasts longer than expected. In the greater Washington, D.C. area of the United States, too, December is supposed be one of the coldest months, but last week and throughout the weekend in many places the temperature has risen above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, enabling people to go outdoors in their T-shirts. Another sign of global warming is the rising of the sea levels in many countries. Remember the tsunami that devastated Indonesia and other Asian and African nations in 2004? Up to five million people were affected. It destroyed thousands of lives, buildings and other properties. We in Liberia, with 350 miles of Atlantic coastline, are vulnerable, too. See how close the Executive Mansion, Foreign Ministry and so many other homes and offices are to the Atlantic? And the ocean also washes so many capitals and towns in the various counties.Another aspect of climate change concerns our forests. God has given us rich forests, which allow us great precipitation (rainfall). Cut down all our trees for the lumber or charcoal trades and expose Liberia to drought. See what is happening right now in Ethiopia, one of the continent’s most progressive countries? They are currently afflicted by a serious drought that has exposed hundreds of thousands of people—and animals—to famine. That is a warning for all Africa, including Liberia.What is our response to the Paris Agreement? By the grace of God we still have the largest rainforest in West Africa, if not the whole of Africa. We should do everything possible to conserve and preserve our rainforests by seriously limiting commercial logging and charcoal production, which will definitely lead to deforestation.How can we stop charcoal usage that has been destroying our trees for so long? We must accelerate our efforts to produce electricity through the rehabilitation of the Mount Coffee Hydro-electric Plant, and by making use of our many rivers by constructing mini hydros throughout the country. These mini hydros would give the rural people electricity by which they can cook and fulfill their other needs for hot water.About a year ago Liberia entered an agreement with Norway for funding—US$15 million per year, we recall – in return for limiting lumber production and keeping our forests safe. What is the status of that agreement and what is happening to the money? The government has not told us how it is to be or being used. We could surely use some of it to construct the mini hydros. In order to limit or eliminate the charcoal business and thereby save our trees, we need to introduce our people also to the use of cooking gas. The GOL should challenge the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) to produce or import cooking gas and make it cheaply available to the public. This immediately tells us that LPRC needs to start planning the building of a new oil refinery now, such as we had before the war.Finally, we need to engage our various universities, beginning with the University of Liberia and Cuttington, to start thinking and studying, in concert with the Liberian government, how our country can most effectively relate to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and bring the findings to the people.All of us should be involved in this discussion, for all of us are affected, one way or another.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– security fees, passenger service charges increasedAs of April 1, arriving and departing passengers at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) will have to pay an additional US$35… all to support the ongoing CJIA expansion project.An artist’s impression of the expanded CJIAThis was confirmed by Caribbean Airlines, one of the major airline carriers at the airport. According to the airline, both the airport security fee and the airport passenger service charge will be increased.“The total cost of the new fees to all travellers for a return trip is US$35 or $7315. For departing passengers, US$17 and US$15 for arriving passengers payable in Guyana dollars at the prevailing foreign exchange rate.”According to Caribbean Airlines, CJIA had advised all airlines that these increases were to support improvements at the airport. According to the airline, it will be facilitating the collection of the new fees at the check-in counters and arrival hall for departing and arriving customers respectively, from April 15.“For tickets purchased after July 1, 2019, the fees will automatically be included in the cost of the ticket at the time of purchase,” Caribbean Airlines added in its statement.CJIA expansionFor some time, the Public Infrastructure Ministry has faced questions over the CJIA expansion project costs and delayed construction. The project was initially supposed to have been completed within 32 months.But by January, with the project still not completed, Government said that China Harbour Engineering Company Ltd (CHEC) will have to complete the expansion project, which was set for March 31.Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson had warned that CHEC would be fined more than U$200,000 or US$7000 per day if it missed the latest deadline to complete the project.At the time, outstanding works to be completed had included the southwest runway, extension pavement works and sections of the departure terminal – namely immigration, security screening, and duty-free concession areas.The project got underway in 2012, under the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration when Guyana secured a US$138 million loan from the China Exim (Export-Import) Bank to fund the expansion and modernisation project, for which the Guyana Government was to contribute some US$12 million.The A Partnership for National Unity and Alliance For Change (APNU/AFC), when in Opposition, had cut the funds the then Government – People’s Progressive Party (PPP) – had allocated for the CJIA expansion.When the coalition Government came in to power in 2015, the project was put on hold, but after some discussions, it was later announced that the project would be continued but several aspects were cut from the original design.After the 32-month projection had passed, officials had been optimistic of the project being completed by 2017. However, the extension of works into 2019 comes in disparity to an earlier commitment by Government where it committed that the works associated with the expansion would have been completed by the last quarter of 2018.Upon completion, the airport is expected to have four air passenger boarding bridges for arrivals and departures; a 450-seat departure area, escalators and elevators in addition to an extended runway catering for larger categories of aircraft.
Where: Sands Bowl, 43323 Sierra Highway, Lancaster Wednesday Meetings: EyeOpeners Toastmasters What: You can order a great breakfast and enjoy a great Toastmasters meeting! A great way to improve your speaking and listening skills as well as leadership skills. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (661) 948-1979. When: 7-8:30 a.m. Tuesday Clubs: League bowling What: J&J Social and Travel Club weekly league bowling. For information, call (661) 267-2586. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: Crazy Otto’s, 1228 W. Ave I, Lancaster Meetings: Grief support meeting What: Hoffmann Hospice offers free weekly grief support meetings to all in need. The meetings provide the necessary tools to aid individuals throughout the grieving process. For inquires, please call (661) 272-2355. When: 5:30-7 p.m. Where: 1543 E. Palmdale Blvd., Suite N, Palmdale Thursday General: Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast What: Former Montana Gov. Judy Martz will be the guest speaker at the 16th annual Lancaster Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast. Tickets are $15 each and may be obtained by calling (661) 951-0400. When: 6:30-8:30 a.m. Where: Poppy Pavillion, Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, 2551 W. Ave. H, Lancaster Friday Health: Bereavement support group What: Bereavement support groups for adults are available at the Lancaster Presbyterian Church. The groups, which are open to the public, are sponsored by Kaiser Permanente and meet weekly. For information, call (661) 951-2988. When: 10-11:30 a.m. Where: 1661 W. Lancaster Blvd., Lancaster Government: Peace Vigil What: Join us for a candlelight peace vigil every Friday. Bring candles/flashlights/signs. We start with daylight and end without. For more information, contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. When: 5-6 p.m. Where: Corner of 30th St West and Ave I, site of the future Veterans Hospital Music: Gospel Jubilee What: The Palmdale Playhouse presents an evening of gospel music with its annual Gospel Jubilee celebration. The concert features “Elder John P. Crocker Jr. and Friends” performing a soulful musical journey including “Come And Let Us Sing,” Andre Crouch’s “Through It All,” Bill Withers’ “Grandma’s Hands” and a lineup of praise and worship performances. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors, military, students and youth. For information, contact the box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.thepalmdaleplayhouse.com. When: 8 p.m. Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale Saturday Music: Cinco de Mayo event What: The Palmdale Playhouse celebrates Cinco de Mayo with Mexico Vivo, a group of dancers, singers and musicians who will perform musical styles from every region in Mexico, including Azteca, La Bamba and Folkloric. The event is produced in partnership with the Antelope Valley Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Tickets are available at $16 for adults and $12 for seniors, military, students and youth. For more information, or to order tickets, contact the box office at (661) 267-5685 or visit www.thepalmdaleplayhouse.com. When: 8 p.m. Where: The Palmdale Playhouse, 38334 10th Street East, Palmdale 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Seeking to quell growing gang crime in California, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled a statewide plan Friday that would boost punishment for violent gang members, create a California anti-gang czar and identify key counties for priority funding. The governor’s plan would be the state’s first comprehensive effort to coordinate anti-gang efforts and comes as cities throughout the state have pleaded for assistance with the problem. In Los Angeles, gang-related crimes rose 14 percent last year. “We are basically telling the criminals that the crackdown on them will not stop anymore at the city limits or the county line,” Schwarzenegger said at a press conference in Oakland. “We will continue to do it statewide. We are stepping up our effort. We will go after them with full force.” The governor’s plan sets aside $48 million in state and federal funds and grants even as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa had lobbied Schwarzenegger and the Legislature for $30 million to help L.A. alone. While the plan does not grant that request, it would allow counties with a high number of gang-related homicides – including L.A. – to apply for more funding. “I think it’s a start,” Villaraigosa said of the plan while at a separate press event at Griffith Park. “I welcome \ and will work well with the governor and we hope to work well with the Legislature to get the funds that we need to make it work for L.A.” Lawmaker criticism Still, it was unclear Friday how much of the plan would be put into place because many of the key elements need legislative approval. Some Democratic lawmakers said the plan places too much emphasis on suppression, while Republicans said it does not go far enough. “It’s great, but it is very heavy on suppression,” said Assemblywoman Anna Caballero, D-Salinas, chairwoman of the Select Committee on Youth Violence Prevention. “It’s got some intervention and not any prevention.” The governor’s plan includes designating a state anti-gang coordinator in the Office of Emergency Services. It also would require some convicted gang members to wear global positioning system devices and register with local police after their release from prison. And it targets new prevention and intervention programs and job training for former gang members. It also would provide more assistance to areas that have the most gang problems. The state would identify such communities from a list of 25 counties with the highest gang-related homicide rates. While such figures were not immediately available, the governor noted that L.A., San Bernardino, Riverside and Sacramento counties would be among those that would qualify and be eligible to apply for more state grants. Those counties also would be eligible to apply for any new federal money available under pending legislation authored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. The governor’s plan received support from Los Angeles civil-rights attorney Connie Rice and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David Brewer III. Rice, co-director of the Advancement Project Los Angeles, praised the governor for including an emphasis on prevention programs such as job opportunities for former gang members. “These efforts, if successful, will serve as building blocks toward comprehensive prevention systems that remove the neighborhood conditions fueling gangs,” Rice wrote in a letter of support. More suppression Brewer praised the plan’s boost for summer youth programs, career technical education and after-school programs. “This is a positive step towards a much-needed conversation on how we can finally solve the gang problem in its entirety,” Brewer wrote in his letter of support. But Republican lawmakers have introduced their own anti-gang measures in the Legislature and would like to see Schwarzenegger go even further in suppression efforts. Sen. George Runner, R-Lancaster, the Republican caucus chairman, said Republicans want to target first-time gang offenders to prevent them from becoming hardened criminals. “Our difference with the governor’s plan is we have a bigger emphasis on juveniles and trying to break the tie between the juvenile and the adult gang member,” Runner said. Staff Writer Dana Bartholomew contributed to this story. email@example.com (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele is a target for Barcelona © AFP/File / FRANCK FIFEBERLIN, Germany, Aug 10 – Borussia Dortmund on Thursday said they had rejected an offer from Barcelona for Ousmane Dembele, as the wantaway forward was suspended for missing training.Dortmund said a move by Dembele to the Camp Nou, where he is being lined up as a replacement for Neymar, was unlikely, after they turned down an offer that did not reflect the young winger’s “extraordinary” value or the current state of the transfer market. “As there is no other offer on the table, a transfer by the player to FC Barcelona is not at this time expected, nor currently very likely,” said a club statement.Dembele, who at the age of just 20 is considered one of the top talents in Europe, has been hotly pursued to fill the void left by Neymar’s move to Paris Saint-Germain for a world-record 222 million euros ($260 million) last week.German tabloid Bild reported that Dortmund want an eye-watering 150 million euros ($175 million) for their rising star, a price Barca appear unwilling to pay.Dembele, who has made no secret of his desire to play for Barcelona, failed to show up for practice on Thursday.“We don’t know why. We tried to reach him but we were unable to,” Dortmund coach Peter Bosz told reporters.Unimpressed, Dortmund promptly suspended the Frenchman for his unexplained absence.“We will of course sanction this misconduct,” Dortmund’s sporting director Michael Zorc said in a statement, adding that Dembele was suspended until after this weekend’s Cup match.Bild suggested that Dembele may have been trying to break the deadlock in the negotiations with his no-show.“Dembele really wants to go to Barcelona but yesterday he had to swallow the fact that the two clubs could not agree on a transfer fee,” it wrote.Speculation about Dembele’s possible move to the Camp Nou reached fever-pitch in recent days after the French international deleted the words “Borussia Dortmund” and the team’s slogan “true love” from his Twitter and Instagram profiles.Dembele himself told Gol TV last week that it was “a pleasure” to see his name on Barca’s wish list.– Couthino also ‘not for sale’-Neymar’s stunning departure to PSG has sent Barca scrambling for replacements before the transfer window closes.They are looking for someone to slot into the famed attacking line-up alongside the world-class talents of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.The Catalan giants have also approached Liverpool about signing Philippe Coutinho — though here too there has been no sign of a deal.The Spanish club were reported to have increased their bid for Coutinho to £90 million (100 million euros, $115 million) on Wednesday after two previous offers were rejected by the Premier League side.But Liverpool manager Klopp remains adamant the 25-year-old will stay at Anfield no matter what Barca are prepared to pay.“We want to have the best possible team. This means keeping the guys we have,” Klopp told Sky in Germany on Thursday.“Liverpool is not a club that needs to sell. That is set in stone. So what they pay in the end doesn’t matter.”Precocious forward Dembele joined Dortmund last summer from French side Rennes for just 15 million euros.He went on to enjoy a promising first season in the Bundesliga, scoring six goals in 32 appearances.Dembele’s skills on the pitch, including a series of dazzling assists, quickly impressed and earned him ‘wunderkind’ headlines in the German press, though he has been criticised at times for lacking discipline.“I’m not a phenomenon, I’m just trying to be decisive for my team-mates, there are a lot of talented young people in football,” a modest Dembele said last March.Dembele was already courted by Barcelona last year, but opted for a five-year deal with Dortmund to improve his game and gain more first-team experience.According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo at the time, the youngster however left Barca sporting director Robert Fernandez in no doubt about his true ambitions.“One day I will play for Barca,” he said.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Before you go any further, head on over to the Oddsshark website, find your favourite betting agency and get your account up and running using your credit card. As a new customer and with the new Premier League season already underway, there should be a whole host of promotions and offers available to you.Where can I win money in this tie?These two teams have met 162 times previously, with Arsenal boasting the better head to head record. The Gunners have won 62 games with Chelsea only winning 51, with Arsenal scoring 226 goals to Chelsea’s 209.But while history may point to Arsenal, more recent history has most certainly been with Chelsea. The Stamford Bridge club have won three Premier League titles since Arsenal’s last win back in the 2003/04 season.And it is Chelsea who come into this game as the favourites to make it two wins in two at the start of the new campaign. The Blues comprehensively beat Huddersfield 3-0 on the opening day and are at just 1.80 to take all three points against Arsenal as well.For Arsenal fans, there was a horrible sense of déjà vu this past Sunday as they saw their side comfortably outplayed by current champions Manchester City, who comfortably won 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium. And the odds are against the Gunners once again in this one, with Arsenal out at 4.50 to record an away victory.Chelsea looked composed across the back line last week, with new goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga making his debut. And while it is never easy trying to predict the exact score of a game – particularly so early on in a new season – a 2-0 win for Chelsea is priced competitively at 10.00, offering a ten-fold return on any investment.Arsenal failed to make much impact against City and could have just as much trouble at Stamford Bridge. You can more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals at 2.15 – this may not be one for the annals.Emery’s best ploy may well be trying to absorb pressure and then hit Chelsea on the counter attack. If that ploy is to work then the lightning pace of Gabon forward Pierre Emerick Aubameyang will be crucial, and you can back the striker to get on the score sheet at2.25, while he is at 5.25 to score either the first or last goal of the game.Only Belgian ace Eden Hazard is at shorter odds than Aubameyang. The Chelsea playmaker is at 1.95 to score at any time and you can also back him at 4.50 to open the scoring.Chelsea took a bit of time to get going against Huddersfield and, after a disappointing showing in the Community Shield against Manchester City, things look like they might just be beginning to click. You can back Chelsea to win this game to nil (without Arsenal scoring a goal) at a price of 3.40, giving you the chance to potentially more than triple your money.Arsenal won just four out of 19 away games last season and there doesn’t look to be much cause for optimism here either. Chelsea, meanwhile, are at 5.00 to win both halves and just 2.50 to score in both halves.As ever, remember the golden rule of betting – the more specific your bets, the higher the potential rewards. You can bet on a Chelsea win with under 2.5 goals also at 5.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$25 pay out.The exact number of goals in the game could also be a money spinner. Two goals at Stamford Bridge on Saturday is priced at 3.75, while three goals rises slightly to 4.00, with four goals at 5.00.It is also worth pointing out that five of the last six meetings between these two teams have ended in a stalemate. You can back a draw here at a price of 3.75, while a 1-1 draw comes in at 7.50 – both teams to score is priced low at just 1.61.Premier League round 2 fixtures:Saturday, 18 August(3.25) Cardiff x Newcastle (2.55); draw (3.10)(1.90) Everton x Southampton (4.75); draw (3.50)(2.05) Leicester City x Wolves (3.90); draw (3.50)(1.28) Tottenham x Fulham (12.00); draw (6.00)(2.10) West Ham x Bournemouth (3.70); draw (3.60)(1.80) Chelsea x Arsenal (4.50); draw (4.00)Sunday, 19 August(2.45) Burnley x Watford (3.40); draw (3.10)(1.10) Manchester City x Huddersfield (26.00); draw (13.00)(5.50) Brighton x Manchester United (1.75); draw (3.60)Monday, 20 August (7.50) Crystal Palace x Liverpool (1.44); draw (5.00)0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The opening weekend of the new FA Premier League season threw up plenty of goals and drama, and the second round shows no sign of abating. This coming Saturday (18 August) Chelsea and Arsenal meet at Stamford Bridge, with new coaches Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery given their first taste of a London derby.Maurizio Sarri and Unai Emery will get their first taste of a fierce local derby at Stamford Bridge this weekendFirst things first
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA – Funeral services for former Norwalk-La Mirada school board member Lucille Colln, 81, of Norwalk, will be held at 9 a.m. Friday at St. John of God Church, 13819 Pioneer Blvd., Norwalk. Viewing will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Chapel of Memories, 12626 Woods Ave., Norwalk. Colln, who served on the board for 13 years and was president twice, died Saturday. Born in Oak Park, Ill., she moved to California in 1946. She and her late husband, Howard, were married in 1943. In addition to serving on the school board, Colln was active in the PTA. She served for six terms as president at four schools, plus two terms as PTA Council President. She was a founding member of the Grass Roots Alcohol and Drug Education program. Colln also served on the Norwalk Cable Television Advisory Commission for 20 years, the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee and on the Personnel Appeals Board for 16 years. She was a member of the Norwalk Coordinating Council, helped establish Project ALERT (A Local Effort to Reduce Truancy) and had been a member of the Norwalk Woman’s Club since 1968. The plaques and certificates from her volunteer efforts are too numerous to list completely. Some of the awards that Colln also earned included Norwalk Citizen of the Year, the state Legislature Woman of the Year and the state PTA Golden Oaks Service Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Superintendent’s Community, and Mayor’s Local Heroes awards. She is survived by sons Kenneth and James; sister Corinne Scheltens and grandchildren Chris, Justine, Katie and Christy. Memorial donations can be made in Lucille’s name to Lucille Colln Education Foundation, c/o Norwalk Chamber of Commerce, 12040 Foster Road, Norwalk, CA, 90650 or the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022
SANTA CLARITA – As the number of children diagnosed with autism continues to climb nationwide, public school districts are finding it hard to keep keep pace with some of their classroom needs, in particular with providing enough speech pathologists to serve them. Today autistic children make up more than one-third of the special education population, according to the California Department of Education. California guarantees special education services for autistic children, who traditionally have communication troubles that can range from being completely nonverbal to other limited language usage. But even as school officials search from New York to New Mexico for hires, they’re finding it extremely challenging to meet classroom demands. Many are wondering why. “We have been recruiting everywhere, and we’re having a difficult time recruiting speech pathologists,” said Beverly Knutson, assistant superintendent of personnel for the Newhall School District. “The demand is so high. I don’t know if the universities are producing as many as the need is.” But in these cases, the symptoms are not enough for a formal diagnosis of autism, said Allan Lloyd-Jones, special education consultant for the California Department of Education. Still, these two additional diagnoses inflate the numbers representing children with autism even more, because they are part of the spectrum, Lloyd-Jones said. Before 1990, autism wasn’t even a category in the department’s database. At the time, some of these children were labeled as mentally retarded. Others that were higher functioning could have been seen as having a social disorder. “It’s a spectrum of disorders. Autism has three areas that are affected: language, behavior and social relationships,” Lloyd-Jones said. “If you think of those three areas, any child may be affected to a greater or less degree in those areas.” That also means more children needing special education in schools. One theory is that there’s an overdiagnosis of children within the autism spectrum because the therapeutic services are then funded by the state. About 21,950 students identified as autistic were enrolled in the public school system during the 2003 to 2004 school year, according to the California Department of Education. In 1995, there were about 4,394. That increase has led to a much higher demand for speech pathologists in public schools than in the past. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 27 percent increase in job openings for speech pathologists between 2002 and 2012, and foresees about 49,000 of these job openings from growth and replacement of retirees. Still, school districts such as Newhall, are scratching their heads, wondering where the recruits are and how they can best meet students needs without overloading their own speech pathologists. “I think that as long as the disability of autism continues to climb, we’re going to be challenged to provide alternative services and develop new programs,” said Todd Fine, director of pupil services at Newhall School District. “It’ll continue to be an issue.” In Santa Clarita, there were about 422 autistic students as of December 2005 in the area’s five public school districts. In 2000, there were 101, said Margaret Cherene, director of the Santa Clarita Valley Special Education Local Plan Area that helps coordinate special services for the area’s five local school districts. Cherene said her agencies tries to keep caseloads low for speech pathologists who assist an average of 55 students, including those with hearing and articulation problems and learning disabilities as well as autism. “When we can’t find speech pathologists, case loads get higher,” she said. “It’s very frustrating for speech pathologists. They get overworked and burnt out.” Cherene wondered if there weren’t enough speech pathologists graduating in the field these days, and if those who did pursue the career were choosing to work in private practices where salaries are higher than in public schools. About half of speech pathology graduates from California State University, Northridge, where local districts recruit from, go to work in private practices, said Ed Hall, professor in the college’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Graduates can earn about $45,000 annually in private practice versus about an average $34,000 in public schools. However, schools offer more holidays and consistent work loads than private practice does. Hall said graduates can get turned off from working for public schools because of the heavy paperwork involved and heavy litigation with parents suing school districts for special education services. He said the Cal State system is turning out as many speech pathologists as possible, but that the college education system has its own problems that can also affect the number of graduates. His department alone is down three professors and is having problems recruiting from out of state because of California’s high cost of living. In addition, there isn’t a doctorate program in the state for speech pathology, forcing many pursue their doctorates out of state. It all affects students in need of these services. “It’s a national problem, but is particularly hard in California,” he said. Nationally, there are more college programs for speech pathologists today than in the past. In 2000 there were about 244 college programs compared with 223 in 1994, according to the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, a nonprofit professional organization. At the same time, about 62 percent of public schools responding to a 2004 survey from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association reported more job openings for speech pathologists than job seekers. Speech language pathologist Susan Kasdorf said one advantage to having her Newhall-based private practice is the flexibility it brings, from scheduling to deciding who she will take on as a client. She said her client base has grown as more children have been diagnosed with autism, but at the same time some of these parents have chosen to have their children treated in the public school system where costs don’t come from their own pocketbooks. As the demands increase in public schools, some districts are finding other ways to patch the shortcomings by hiring assistants to shoulder some of the work required of speech pathologists. Kathleen Whitmire, director of social services for the American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, said they are keeping close watch on how school districts are patching these shortcomings together and that in some cases, there are concerns about some unqualified employees being hired to fill job openings. “They’re hiring anybody to provide slots. It’s a mandated service. Schools have to provide the service or get sued,” she said. “We don’t want to see independent work handed over to individuals who are not prepared to meet the needs of students with disabilities.” Sue Doyle,(661) email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson Some parents and educators today wonder if there are more children diagnosed with autism than there are the necessary number of professionals in public school systems to serve them. At least 1 million people today are living in the U.S. with autism. Ten years ago, there were an estimated 400,000, said Peter Bell, CEO of Cure Autism Now, an organization founded by parents in 1995 that funds autism research. While there isn’t one solid reason to explain the significant leap in autism among children during the last 10 years, some have theories about its triggers, such as heavy immunization of infants or other biological factors. Others say better early identification of the disability has contributed to its growth, whereas before some were labeled with other conditions. In addition, the definition of autism has broadened during the last decade and encompasses other peripheral conditions such as Asperger’s disorder and pervasive developmental disorder. With both conditions, children have impaired social interactions and unusual language usage and behaviors – all characteristics of autism.