End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working GlobalPort guard Terrence Romeo during the Batang Pier’s game against the Alaska Aces on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo is often criticized for his hero-ball mentality, but with GlobalPort’s season on the line, it was the super scorer’s score-first mindset that won it for the Batang Pier on Sunday night.With GlobalPort down by a point, Romeo took matters into his own hands and drilled a killer trey to beat Alaska for the last quarterfinals berth in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead “My thinking was I know we have to play one more game. It didn’t cross my mind that we’re going to lose,” he said. “Every time I shot the ball, even though I was missing, I was reminding myself that I have to make it and I want to contribute to the team.”Romeo scored 26 points on 9-of-20 from the field that went with five rebounds and three assists.However, the Batang Pier would need more than that from Romeo against top seed Ginebra, which enjoys a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.“I still haven’t thought about Ginebra. All I want is to go on practice tomorrow (Monday) and prepare. Whatever happens on Tuesday, all I want is for us to be prepared,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “It’s a gutsy move. It takes one great player to be willing to take that shot. That’s why he’s Terrence Romeo. In short, makapal talaga ang mukha niya (he’s never shy in taking the shot),” Batang Pier head coach Franz Pumaren said with a smile after his team escaped the Aces, 107-106.Romeo joked that he just did what Pumaren used to do during his heyday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I told him in the dugout that perhaps, back in his heyday, he’d end up doing what I did. He’s also not scared when it comes to taking the big shots so I just did what he’d do,” Romeo said in Filipinio.Romeo shared his will to win roots from his desire to carry GlobalPort into the playoffs. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Batang Pier brace for series vs Kings View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES
The Leap initiative enables hundreds of high school pupils to achieve better marks in science and mathematics.(Image: Leap Science and Maths School) Paul Ilunga, a mathematics and physics teacher from the DRC, helps a Grade 11pupil with geometry. (Image: Pippa Ehrlich) Student teachers gain confidence andare able to better interact with theirpupils after graduating from the five-yearLeap teacher training course.(Image: Leap Science and Maths School) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sammy NtumbaHead, Leap Learning Centres+27 21 531 9715 0r +27 79 589 3284 RELATED ARTICLES • SA prioritises quality education • Education focus of Mandela Day 2010 • Teacher laptops to enhance education • Poor schools score textbooks• Safe social portal for scholarsPippa EhrlichEducated African refugees are helping hundreds of children in Cape Town’s underprivileged communities to learn science and mathematics, thanks to an educational initiative called Leap.Every Saturday morning about 800 pupils from Grades 10 to 12 travel to the southern suburb of Pinelands for tutoring in these subjects. On weekday afternoons, tutors travel to Leap Learning Centres in the townships to work with up to 840 Grade 8 and 9 children from 12 schools in Cape Town’s disadvantaged suburbs.These centres are an outreach project run by the Leap Science and Maths School, which aims to transform educationally disadvantaged communities. There are 58 tutors working at the centres, 10% of whom are South African. Others are a diverse mix from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Burundi, Botswana and Zimbabwe.The project and Leap School were established simultaneously in 2004.Originally tutors joined the program on an unpaid voluntary basis. Within in a few months Leap founder John Gilmour was overwhelmed by the tutors’ commitment and competency, and set out to source appropriate funding. The tutors now earn a small daily stipend of R110 (US$16).As mathematics and science are often perceived as difficult, pupils often choose easier subjects to avoid jeopardising their matric exemptions. But without these subjects, pupils’ opportunities for tertiary study are severely limited.Students attending the Saturday morning session are grateful for the extra support.“They explain better than our normal teachers. If you don’t understand, they ask you what you are struggling with,” said Asemahle Mlanga, a 17-year-old pupil from the nearby seaside resort town of Strand.Phaphama Maoblo, also in Grade 11, remarked, “My test marks have improved well. I think they are a big help to South African children.”“I find it fascinating that there are this many students who are desperate for a quality education, and will spend their own money to come here on Saturday,” said Mark Medema, president of Washington DC-based NGO EdVillage, as he observed a Saturday class. “I don’t think this happens in the US.”Benefits for allSouth Africa’s public education system is hampered by a lack of qualified teachers, which makes the contribution of these educated foreigners extremely valuable.The tutoring program has not only benefited pupils but has also been essential in helping refugees to integrate into South Africa.Sammy Ntumba, head of the Leap Learning Centre Project, left the DRC in 2003 to come to South Africa. He arrived with a degree in chemical engineering and metallurgy, but his qualification was not recognised in this country.Ntumba started postgraduate studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT), but needed to find a way of supporting himself, as well as funding his studies. His first job was handing out advertising flyers at a traffic light. Later, he worked as a night security guard in an affluent Cape Town suburb. It was exhausting work and he was becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of stimulation.In 2004, he saw an advert at UCT for volunteer tutors in township learning centres. Seven years later, the programme has taken his life in a new direction. He has been able to bring his wife and son to live with him in South Africa, and has decided to pursue a career in social development, rather than engineering.According to Ntumba, “We are educated. It’s very important to transfer that to others. If I don’t do it, I will die with that knowledge. It is not costing us gold and silver, it costs nothing, but it is a big thing that we are doing.”Ntumba’s story reflects that of many of his colleagues at Leap. Most have been able to leave their security jobs, complete their studies and begin working for South African companies, and in many cases, educational institutions.Dr Zelo Mangombo, also from the DRC, came to South Africa in 2000 with a degree in education, and honours in chemistry. In 2010 he completed his doctorate in chemistry at the University of the Western Cape.Even with his new qualifications, Mangombo continues to teach at Leap. “Since I have been here I have seen great improvements,” he said. “The children are open and willing to learn. They are dedicated to their work.”Quality education for disadvantaged pupilsWhen Leap first opened its doors in 2004, it welcomed 72 Grade 11 and 12 pupils. It now has four campuses, two in the Western Cape in Langa and Gugulethu, and two in Gauteng in Alexandra and Diepsloot. Each school has 170 pupils, of whom 69% are girls.In 2010 South Africa achieved a national matric pass rate of 67.8%. Of those pupils, 23.5% obtained a university entrance. The national pass rate for science was 48%, and 47% for mathematics.Leap is making a significant contribution to quality education in South Africa. In 2003 only 55 African language-speaking Western Cape pupils achieved university entrance levels in mathematics and science. Last year, Leap’s 107 Grade 12 pupils achieved a 98% overall pass rate. All of these children wrote mathematics and science, achieving a 98% and 90% pass rate in these subjects respectively. Six pupils earned distinctions in mathematics, and for the first time, three distinctions were received for science.Three quarters of Leap’s graduates are now pursuing tertiary studies.There is also a teacher training module for students taking their teaching degrees through correspondence. The five-year programme aims to give Leap teachers the advantage of a thorough knowledge of their chosen subjects, and enhanced communication skills so that they can better interact with their pupils.http://www.leapschool.org.za/
27 January 2014The school terms of state schools in South Africa are set by the Department of Basic Education. This year, all government schools in South Africa have the same school calendar, which includes an extended break at the end of April. In addition to the official public holidays on 27 April (Freedom Day) and 1 May (Workers Day), the department has granted 29, 30 April and 2 May as extra school holidays.SCHOOL TERMSNote: these dates are applicable to both primary and high schools in South Africa.TERM ONE: 15 January to 28 MarchThere are 52 days of school and one public holiday in the first term:Friday, 21 March – Human Rights DayTERM TWO: 7 April to 27 JuneAlthough at 60 days this looks like a long term, the Department of Education has included an extra three school holidays, reducing the number of actual school days to 52. The second term looks like this:Friday, 18 April – Good FridayMonday, 21 April – Easter Monday/ Family DaySunday, 27 April – Freedom DayMonday 28 April – Public holiday (Freedom Day rolled over to Monday. In South Africa, if a public holiday falls on a Sunday, the Monday following becomes a public holiday.)Tuesday, 29 April – School holidayWednesday, 30 April – School holidayThursday, 1 May – Worker’s DayFriday, 2 May – School holidayMonday, 16 June – Youth DayTERM THREE: 21 July to 3 OctoberThere are 54 school days and two public holiday in the third term, although only one falls within the school week:Saturday, 9 August – Women’s DayWednesday, 24 September – Heritage DayTERM FOUR: 13 October – 4 DecemberAt 43 actual school days, this is the shortest term of the year. There are no public holidays that fall within the fourth term.STATE SCHOOL TERMS First term 15 January – 28 March Second term 7 April – 27 June Third term 21 July – 3 October Fourth term 13 October – 10 DecemberPUBLIC AND SCHOOL HOLIDAYS 1 January New Year’s Day 21 March Human Rights Day 18 April Good Friday 21 April Family Day27 AprilFreedom Day 28 April Public Holiday 29 April School Holiday30 April School Holiday1 May Workers’ Day 2 May School Holiday 16 June Youth Day 9 August Women’s Day24 September Heritage Day 16 December Day of Reconciliation25 December Christmas Day 26 December Day of GoodwillINDEPENDENT SCHOOL TERMSAccording to the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa, only the provinces that fall under the “central region” grouping – ie Gauteng, Free State, North West and Northern Cape – publish a term date calendar. Schools in the other regions either follow the provincial state calendar or their own specific calendars. Contact the school for details.Website: www.isasa.orgDownload a copy of the 2014 Central Regional CalendarSource: National Education Policy Act: 2014 school calendar for public schools [PDF] and the Independent Schools Association of Southern Africa
There are some lessons that HR professionals can draw from the saga of Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as head of the CIA after an FBI investigation found that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The importance of choosing leaders with integrity–and the realization that there is virtually no privacy when it comes to electronic communications–jump out as key takeaways for HR. However, how HR staffs can apply these principles in their day-to-day work isn’t cut and dried. And the scandal illuminates aspects of human nature that will challenge HR professionals for decades, researchers warn. Once being discussed as a potential presidential candidate, Petraeus managed military battles, his career and the news media astutely. Some have labeled him a narcissist, particularly in light of the Broadwell affair. Did Broadwell’s intense interest in Petraeus blind the general to his duties—his duties to his country, to his family, and even to his own best interests? Only he can answer. His departure from public service is unfortunate, given his talent. His damage to his family, and Broadwell’s damage to hers, are more significant and more lasting, I suspect. Had Petraeus worked for the private sector, and had the investigation begun with a tip to HR instead of a call to the FBI, how would the situation have played out? A lot differently, I believe. Broadwell wasn’t working for Petraeus or his organization, though she was an Army Reserve officer. All indications are that it was a consensual relationship free from harassment. When the affair was discovered, according to news reports, neither party denied it or tried to cover it up. This is not a Penn State or Catholic Church scandal. Reportedly, by leaving personal messages in the drafts folder of a Gmail account, the pair thought that their communications would remain anonymous. They didn’t. Even if Petraeus used a government computer to access the drafts folder, it’s not the most massive violation of HR rules—unless evidence shows that he revealed classified information. If you were the HR chief dealing with these discoveries in the private sector, what would you do? Fire Petraeus? For showing poor moral judgment? That might be a decision for the Board of Directors. For misusing e-mail? You’d probably give him a warning or make him take more training. The paramount takeaway for HR is that we need to understand a leader’s character before we hire him or her. Unfortunately, we often overlook character flaws because they can be embedded in otherwise desirable skill sets. Some of the most effective leaders in terms of business performance are narcissists—narcissists who often get themselves and their organizations into trouble, according to researchers Arijit Chatterjee and Donald Hambrick. They found that narcissism in CEOs is correlated with “strategic dynamism.” Two more researchers, Joris Lammers and Adam Galinsky, came up with another disturbing finding about power seekers: People with power break rules not just because they think that they can get away with doing so, but also because they believe that they are entitled to do so. Finally, researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia assessed more than 100 graduate students and concluded that the level of narcissism in the United States is increasing. Taken together, these studies suggest that preventing situations such as that of Petraeus and Broadwell won’t be easy. Men and women are going to cheat. They’re going to try to hide their affairs. The only “bright” side is that they’re going to find it ever more difficult to conceal the electronic evidence. How effectively HR manages situations such as the Petraeus affair will help demonstrate just how strategic the profession has become. Steve Bates is a freelance journalist and former writer and editor for SHRM. Any investigation of his e-mails would reveal many pages of discussion of baseball, gardening and troublesome editors. [Links to research noted above:]http://www.economist.com/node/15328544http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112461751/expensive-egos-narcissism/http://archive.sciencewatch.com/dr/fmf/2011/11julfmf/11julfmfChatET/
Will Development Eventually Make Itself Obsolete? Tags:#Airbnb#Freelance#Hillary Clinton#Policiticans#policy#Politicians#Presidential Campaign#sharing economy#Shyp#Uber Related Posts How OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture gregory ferenstein Tips for Selling Smart Supply Chain Solutions This post appears courtesy of the Ferenstein Wire, a syndicated news service. Publishing partners may edit posts. For inquiries, please email author and publisher Gregory Ferenstein.Today, at a speech at the New School in New York City, Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton just laid out her economic vision—sort of. Her remarks included statements that could have implications for companies like Uber and Airbnb, but their ambiguity may leave the entire “sharing economy” industry scratching its head. Clinton said she “vows to crack down on employers who misclassify workers as independent contractors,” calling the behavior “wage theft.” She also noted that the “so-called ‘gig economy’ offers exciting opportunities but raises hard questions about workplace protections and what a good job will look like in the future.” See also: A Silicon Valley Startup Explains Why It’s Ditching FreelancersShe was referring to businesses powered by legions of independent contractors, a work model popular among some tech companies. Clinton didn’t offer specifics, so it’s not clear whether she’ll be a friend or foe to such companies. That could make it hard for both startups and investors to plan for the future. Betting on businesses that hinge on the freelance model could be especially tough, if they’re met with resistance at the presidential level. Policy MattersA California commission recently ruled that Uber must pay employee-like benefits to a driver who worked what amounted to full-time hours for the company. If used as precedent, the decision could put the contractor model in jeopardy. Already, some companies, like Shyp, have begun to reexamine their workforce policies. (Though Shyp denies it has anything to do with the ruling.) The matter’s complexity belies the simplified rhetoric it seems to have taken on. On one hand, treating all full-time workers equally—with the same benefits and protections—sounds only fair. Then again, if such businesses are on the hook for expensive benefits, like health insurance and overtime pay, those challenges could prevent them from hiring as many people, or allowing for the flexible arrangements that some freelancers rely on. See also: What Google Got Right With Its Carpooling ServiceLike with so many areas of technology, startups and those who would fund them need to pay attention to policy, as well as those who would make it. This is not likely to be the last time the freelance workforce becomes a talking point in a campaign trail increasingly focused on the economy and its effects on the middle class. Well, on the flip side, there’s at least one candidate whose position on the “gig economy” seems clear: According to Politico’s Mike Allen, Republican candidate Jeb Bush is planning to ride an Uber during a San Francisco trip to showcase his support for Silicon Valley startups. It’s a transparent gimmick, but at the very least, there’s no confusion over which side he supports. Clinton better offer specifics soon, lest she be branded an enemy of innovation. For more stories like this, subscribe to the Ferenstein Wire newsletter here. Lead photo by Marc Nozell End-of-Life Software: Keep it, Update it, or Fi…
Workstation users are the creative and technical heart of many successful businesses. Their demanding workloads drive the need for increased workstation performance from generation to generation. Aging workstations that cannot cope with today’s workloads become impediments to business intelligence, productivity, and creativity. These power-users need tools and technology that will help them do their best work.In September 2017, we announced the breakthrough performance of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors for dual-socket expert workstations alongside the new Intel® Xeon® W processor, delivering optimized performance for mainstream workstations. We are continuing the momentum with today’s launch.Introducing the new Intel® Xeon® E ProcessorToday, we are pleased to introduce the new Intel® Xeon® E processor. Intel is committed to delivering the ultimate workstation performance for creative professionals worldwide. The Intel® Xeon® E processor, successor to the Intel® Xeon® E3 processors, is designed for entry workstations, where CAD and digital content creators need powerful single-threaded application performance with a platform optimized for reliability and affordability. It joins our portfolio of workstation-specific solutions including Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors for expert and Intel® Xeon® W processors for mainstream workstation professionals.The new Intel® Xeon® E processor delivers the enhanced performance and built-in visuals demanded by industry professionals. Compared to its predecessor, the new processor offers enhancements in processor speed, memory capabilities, security and reliability features. The Intel® Xeon® E processor is available with Intel® UHD graphics supported by a broad set of workstation applications.Step Up to Professional Workstation PerformanceThe new Intel® Xeon® E processor supports the increasing demands and workflows of professional CAD, media, and content creation. With improvements in processor speed, enhanced memory capabilities, advanced hardware-enhanced security, and reliability features available with support for 4K UHD Intel® graphics technology. The new Intel® Xeon® E processor now features up to 6 cores, with up to 4.7 GHz Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 performance and up to 64GB of DDR4 2666 MHz ECC memory support, delivering up to 1.71X improved performance compared to a four-year-old entry workstation2, and up to 1.36X improved performance compared to a prior generation1 entry workstation. When combined with a VR-ready professional GPU, the new Intel® Xeon® E processor exceeds the minimum processor requirements from the leading VR headset manufacturers, delivering an outstanding professional quality VR design experience.Putting the Processors to WorkOur partners are now shipping the new Intel® Xeon® E processors in their workstation offerings. Dell, HP, and Lenovo are among the first companies shipping with today’s launch. Equip your technical and creative teams with the latest tools to power your business.“At Dell we are committed to offering customers of all sizes a range of solutions to suit their individual needs and budgets,” said Rahul Tikoo, Vice President and General Manager, Dell Precision workstations. “Featuring the new Intel® Xeon® E processors, our Dell 3000 series entry-level workstation towers and 1U rack are designed to power through intensive workloads—all have a substantially smaller footprint and are available at an impressively affordable price point.”“HP Z Workstations customers are some of the most power-hungry customers on the planet,” said Carol Hess, Vice President Worldwide Product Management for HP Workstations, HP Inc. “New Intel® processors will help HP deliver superb performance for the rapidly changing and increasingly schedule-driven workflows customer face today.”“At Lenovo, our goal is to equip our workstation users with hardware that will deliver next-level performance and reliability,” said Rob Herman, General Manager of Lenovo Workstations. “The addition of the new Intel® Xeon® E processors to our ThinkStation* P330 family of workstations delivers outstanding performance, reliability and visuals our customers need and shows Intel’s unwavering commitment to delivering trusted, professional-grade solutions.”To learn more about Intel® Xeon® E processors and our other solutions for workstations, visit www.intel.com/workstations or check out our Ultimate Workstation Performance Product Brief and Comparison Guide. 1 Up to 1.71X performance improvement on a 4 year refresh. Config : 1x Intel® Xeon® E-2186G Processor, Platform: Moss Beach, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 ECC(32GB 2666MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic) ,Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_fp_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC 188.8.131.52,BIOS: CNLSE2R1.R00.X119.B54.1803131307, 03/13/2018 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 35.3 compared to 1x Intel® Xeon® E3-1286v3 Processor Platform: S1200RP, 4 x 8GB DDR4 1600 (32GB 1600MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic), Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_fp_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC 184.108.40.206,BIOS: S1200RP.86B.03.04.0006.030520181328, 03/05/2018 (uCode:0x24), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 20.3, measured as of june 20182 Up to 1.36X performance improvement gen on gen. Config : 1x Intel® Xeon® E-2186G Processor, Platform: Moss Beach, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2666 ECC(32GB 2666MHz ) ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic) ,Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_int_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC 220.127.116.11,BIOS: CNLSE2R1.R00.X119.B54.1803131307, 03/13/2018 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, score: 41.9 compared to 1x Intel® Xeon® Processor E3-1285v6 Platform: S1200SP, 4 x 8GB DDR4 2400MHz ,OS: Ubuntu 17.10 (Kernel 4.13.0-35-generic), Benchmark: SPECrate*2017_int_base (Estimated), Compiler: ICC 18.104.22.168,BIOS: S1200SP.86B.03.01.1029.012520180838 (uCode:0x84), Storage: SSD S3710 Series 800GB, Score: 30.7, measured as of june 2018
His Worship the Mayor of Kingston, Senator Councillor Delroy Williams, says a proposal to relocate the bus terminus at Parade, downtown Kingston, is part of plans to facilitate the establishment of a recreational area.Speaking with JIS News, Mayor Williams informed that the beautification of the area, which will be undertaken as part of the redevelopment of downtown Kingston, will complement the numerous historical buildings in the area.“It will add value to the tourism product… and will also increase commerce and add value to the rich history in the space,” he said.Some of the historical buildings downtown include Ward Theatre, Simón Bolίvar Cultural Centre, Coke Memorial Methodist Church, Kingston Parish Church, and the Saint William Grant Park. Other areas include Liberty Hall and the Houses of Parliament.Mayor Williams told JIS News that possible areas for the relocation of the bus terminus include the Darling Street and Pechon Street bus termini.He said the Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation is now seeking funding for the project.“I believe we can make that into one very good transport centre and make the parade a space for pedestrians,” Mayor Williams shared.He is also encouraging the Ministries of Transport and Mining, and Tourism, “and all the agencies, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the church to come on board and push the idea of removing the buses from the space”.
Habitat For Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will celebrate its 25th Anniversary at the Los Angeles Builders Ball.Habitat LA will honor its construction and real estate counterparts for their shared commitment to building a greater Los Angeles. Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be recognized for the transformative impact he has made on the landscape of Los Angeles through his work with Canyon Johnson Urban Funds, Magic Johnson Enterprises and Guggenheim Partners. Other confirmed honorees include Bank of America, Bernards, and Gary and Sarah Siegel Magness.The LA Builders Ball will take place on Wednesday, October 14 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel from 6pm-9pm. Sponsorships are available now here.Los Angeles is one of the least affordable cities for housing in the U.S. resulting in too many hardworking, low-income Angelenos living in unhealthy, substandard housing. Habitat LA is partnering with families and individuals to help them purchase homes with affordable mortgages. Over the past six years, Habitat LA has invested more than $100 million into neighborhoods across greater Los Angeles to improve housing stock, increase the local tax base and provide a stable environment for children, which research indicates leads to higher academic achievement.“It is an honor to be recognized by Habitat LA, an organization that is doing great work addressing a critical need in Los Angeles,” says Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. “Habitat LA is building stronger communities and hope for a brighter future.”“With the support of sponsors, volunteers and our homeowners we have helped nearly 4,000 Angelenos improve their lives through affordable housing over the past 25 years,” says Erin Rank, Habitat LA President and CEO. “We believe the time is right to build on this momentum by joining forces with like-minded partners such as Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson, Bank of America, Bernards and The Gary D. Magness Foundation to make an even greater impact over the next five years.”Over the next five years Habitat LA plans to invest an additional $100 million to build, rehabilitate and repair hundreds of more homes for families, children, veterans and people with disabilities. Proceeds from the LA Builders Ball will support an exciting vision to revitalize neighborhoods and communities in order to create better educational opportunities for children and help break the cycle of poverty.Find out more here