the Wash: Dunbar High School teacher changing lives one bike ride at a time

first_imgThe pandemic has presented many challenges for kids, from adapting to online classes to taking away extra-curricular activities that may have kept them out of trouble.Alex Clark, physical education teacher at Dunbar High School and founder of Prime Ability, an organization using mentoring and sports training to reach young people of all ages, realized the dilemma kids were facing and went on a hunt to find bikes and funding to start his Stay Prime biking program. “Just staying in the house and thinking that you’re going to stay out the way and not get in trouble is easier said than done when you have so many distractions in your face,” Clark said.Alex Clark (far right), said one take away from the Stay Prime program is that you are totally in control of what your path is and that the bike rides are used as examples of life. (Courtesy of Prime Ability)Through the program, every Monday and Wednesday afternoon since Sept. 14., kids in the Petworth community and surrounding areas meet up at Dunbar high school to cycle to different locations in the District. Sky Mabry,17, junior at DHS, said riding with her Stay Prime family is more than just riding bikes — it has given her a new perspective on life.“It’s actually really fun, and it’s basically like an escape from reality, just riding a bike and feeling the wind blow past you,” Mabry said. “It’s eye-opening and life-changing.”Student Sky Mabry, on how the program has impacted her:Audio Playerhttp://thewash.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Stay-Prime-Sky-_mixdown.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Every week Clark creates a new route for the high schoolers to bike, and recently they biked their longest trail from Dunbar to Anacostia Park and back. Clark also encourages an overall philosophy for the cyclists called H.E.A.R.T., which stands for humility, effort, ambition, respect and teamwork. At each meetup, he focuses instruction on one of those five words, coaching the students through what it means and how to apply it to their daily lives.“The kids are not just learning about cycling and about themselves but learning valid communication skills and networking skills that are going to help them propel as they journey throughout high school and into their professional lives,” Clark said.Clark also said the program helps improve their fitness and physical ability, but the kids look at it as an opportunity to be better. Eighteen-year-old student-athlete Chris Mateo agrees.“It helps me stay in shape but actually coming to this program makes you feel motivated like I can do anything and it keeps me busy,” Mateo said.According to the Metropolitan Police Department, since 2019, there has been a 20% increase in homicides and a 5% increase in assaults with a dangerous weapon in the District. After two kids from DHS were killed last year, Clark said he knew he had to do something within his organization, specifically for kids at DHS and in high-crime and -poverty neighborhoods surrounding Dunbar, such as Sursum Corda and Saratoga.“One kid had just graduated, and he got shot on a Monday and he was leaving to go to Temple University on Thursday,” Clark said. “Two days later, we had another kid who got shot and killed. He was going to be a senior this year and worked his butt off to get back on the football field because he was ineligible last year. He was just trying to make the best of his life.”On their first bike ride 15 kids showed up, and in just two months participation increased to about 40-50 kids per ride. (Courtesy of Prime Ability)Clark began his program by introducing it to his students as extra credit. In just a short time, Stay Prime has increased its cycling participation by at least 30% and now has a total of 120 kids in the biking program. Clark’s success may be due to his character. “He’s courageous to start a program like this, not knowing if people will show up or not,” Mabry said about Clark. “He’s persistent. He tries to get people to come out just to experience it no matter what.”Clark said he had received a great deal of support from volunteers and created partnerships with organizations such as We Ride DC and Perfect Timing Multisport to teach kids about bike safety and how to fix bikes. But Clark said his most prominent supporter has been Dunbar High School Principal Nadine Smith. “My principal has been monumental in this whole process. I’ve never dealt with a leader in my entire career that has supported me as much as she has,” Clark said. “She texts and emails me all the time to see how we can make this better.”Stay Prime wrapped up its first cycling season on Nov. 18 with a socially distant end of season celebration at DHS. The program will resume on March 15. The next step for the organization is to get more exposure, engage with city officials and get funding to expand the program.“The next challenge for our program is to make it bigger and be into more schools,” Clark said. “So that we can challenge more students.”Student-athlete Chris Mateo, on how he views Prime Ability mentor Alex Clark:Audio Playerhttp://thewash.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Stay-Prime-Mateo_mixdown.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.,Fear growing in ICE detention centers as COVID-19 cases steadily climb this winter. Immigration organizations and lawyers are fighting for better health care but are afraid it’s…,Families must wait longer than usual to set up funerals for lost loved ones in another grim consequence of the enduring pandemic.,Black Lives Matter activists and community organizers march outside the L.A. mayor’s…last_img read more

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Single-family home sales hit highest level since 2008

first_imgIn December, new single-family home sales had their best month since 2008, with $514 million worth of sales, according to the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University greater Phoenix housing report.Permits for new construction also attained their highest levels since 2008 with 16,768 permits issued in 2015, according to the report, which was written by Michael Orr at the Center for Real Estate theory and Practice.“As 2016 starts, the market is in much better shape than it was at the start of 2015,” Orr said. “Every measure is looking better for sellers than it was in January 2015, except for the appreciation rate, which has eased slightly but remains about 10 times higher than the overall economy’s official rate of inflation, the Consumer Price Index.”The Phoenix housing market has gained strength from February to July. There is still tight supply for homes prices below $250,000 and healthy demand for homes priced between $250,000 and $500,000, according to the report.Last year was a good year for home developers in the valley. Orr’s report released the top developers ranked by closed revenue in 2015, with local developers Taylor Morrison and Meritage Homes ranking high on the list:Taylor Morrison – $318M (891 units)Pulte Homes – $286M (936 units)Meritage Homes – $278M (836 units)CalAtlantic Homes – $247M (648 units)Lennar – $179M (551 units)Shea Homes – $178M (511 units)Toll Brothers – $177M (234 units)K Hovnanian – $172M (468 units)Richmond American – $163M (520 units)Maracay – $154M (420 units)last_img read more

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Timeline Set for CINGSA Debate

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Regulatory Commission of Alaska has set a timeline to decide the fate of 14.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas found underground in Kenai. The parties have until May 26th to exchange information on CINGSA’s request to keep the profits from the gas. The state will file a response June 5th, at which time CINGSA and members of the public will again have another chance to comment. A pre-hearing conference is scheduled for August 14th, 2015. Hobson: “Much like if a building owner that found a bag of gold in the basement, the profit from selling that would stay with the owner of that building.” But the State argues the $30 million asset should benefit ratepayers. Steven DeVries with the Attorney General’s Office referenced previous cases where the RCA decided that unexpected benefits from utility sales should go to ratepayers… CINGSA’s Lindsay Hobson says the reservoir and its contents belong to the stakeholders who purchased the asset from Marathon Oil in 2011…. DeVries: “There’s significant sums that are involved and if the evidence shows that it’s appropriate that ratepayers share in that gain, then they should not be shut out from that gain by the Commission acting without any opportunity to consider alternatives that would be supported by the facts that we pointed out in our filing.” Since the reservoir was thought to be empty at the time of sale, the ownership of the gas wasn’t clearly defined.last_img read more

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Novak Djokovic Fights Back To Win 8th Australian Open Title

first_imgNovak Djokovic produced a fantastic comeback to win a record-extending 8th Australian Open title on Sunday as he became the first man in the Open Era to win a grand slam title in three different decades.The Serbian second seed dug deep to prevail in five sets 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 against Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem at the Rod Laver Arena.Djokovic who has won all eight finals he’s contested in Melbourne will now return to number one in the world in place of great rival Rafa Nadal when the next rankings are released on Monday.The victory puts him on 17 career grand slam titles and within three of Swiss Roger Federer’s all-time leading tally of 20 men’s singles titles, with Spain’s Rafael Nadal now only two ahead on 19. The Serb’s triumph ensured the wait continues for somebody to break the stranglehold of the old guard, with Djokovic, Nadal and Federer having won the past 13 Grand Slam titles.No other player has won a men’s major title since Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka won the US Open title in September 2016.For Dominic Thiem, a wait for a first major continues as he has now lost a third straight grand slam final following defeats in the 2018 and 2019 French Open finals to Rafa Nadal.The Austrian will, however, take great pride in his display in his first-ever Melbourne final and first grand slam final outside Roland Garros. He showed steely resolve to recover from losing the opening set and took the next two sets but appeared to run out of steam later on as Djokovic, who twice called for the doctor, found his rhythm to end Thiem’s challenge and took the title when Thiem shanked a forehand wide on the first of two championship points. Related2020 US Open: Thiem Downs Medvedev To Set Up Zverev FinalSeptember 12, 2020In “Featured”Australian Open: Djokovic, Nadal, Williams Get Tricky DrawsJanuary 16, 2020In “Tennis”Australian Open: Rafael Nadal Crushes Tsitsipas to Advance to Fifth Final Against Novak DjokovicJanuary 24, 2019In “Tennis”last_img read more

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Barnes tips ‘sensational’ Gyan to impress

first_imgGhana striker, Asamoah Gyan is being tipped by Liverpool legend John Barnes to enjoy a successful second season in England.Barnes is backing Gyan to improve on his first season’s performance because of his attitude.Barnes, who is on a trip to Accra in an interview, to be aired on Thursday on Oti Adjei Report on TV3, explains that even though the Ghanaian is yet to reach his full potential, Gyan epitomises the good attitude to build on his debut performance.“He has been fantastic and he has had a good career, he is a very good player and adjusted straight away. He scored goals and showed his quality and that has a lot to do with his attitude.“A lot of the Ghanaian players have good attitude, good determination, good spirit. There are certain African countries with better individual players, but for me the Ghanaian players play with the right spirit, the right attitude, which are all part of the qualities you need to be a good footballer, because he works very hard.“You may say there are better players technically but in terms of what he gives to the team he has been sensational,” Barnes says. After managing double figures in his first season in England, following his £13-million move from Stade Rennes in England, Barnes thinks Gyan can impress again.“It will be a bigger challenge but I think he is up to the challenge because of his commitment and desire. I know from watching him play for Ghana that he gives 100 % when he plays.“If you rest on your laurels after a first season, the second season will be a big challenge and he doesn’t seem to be the kind of player to do that. He seems to be the kind of player who still has the desire to do what he has done and do it again.”Source: Ghanafa.orglast_img read more

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