first_img Twitter Pinterest Twitter Local NewsCrime Brandon Lee Grogan Odessa police arrested a man Sunday after his grandparents were injured during a domestic disturbance.Brandon Lee Grogan, 23, was arrested around 11 p.m. Sunday and charged with injury to an elderly person, a third-degree felony, and assault family violence, a misdemeanor.An Odessa police release stated that officers were told by a 67-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman, identifying Grogan as their grandson, that Grogan pushed the woman with an open hand on the shoulder causing her pain, then pushed the man down to pavement, causing injuries to his knees and elbow.The release stated the incident started as an argument about Grogan smoking cigarettes in the residence. Grogan was charged, arrested and taken to the Ector County Law Enforcement Center, with bonds totaling $15,371. Records indicated Grogan was still in custody as of Tuesday morning. Facebook WhatsApp Facebook By admin – March 27, 2018 Pinterest Man arrested after grandparents injured WhatsApp Previous articleMan arrested on family violence charges involving wife, childNext articleDAILY OIL PRICE: March 27 adminlast_img read more

first_imgThe Vermont Department of Education released 2009 school accountability determinations as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLBA) today. The department determines whether schools meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Those that do not meet AYP enter School Improvement.Results show:One school exited School Improvement.Seventy-seven schools, or 25 percent, are now in School Improvement.Thirty-one of those schools are now in Corrective Action.Eighty-eight schools, or 29 percent, did not make AYP this year.Twelve of those schools did not make AYP for the first time. “Schools are targeting instruction to ensure all students make adequate yearly progress,” said Commissioner Armando Vilaseca. “Challenges still remain, especially for students in poverty and English language learners. The department will continue to provide outreach to identified schools to ensure the needs of all our children are addressed.”A school makes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) by meeting targets set by the state as required by NCLBA. These targets increase every three years with the goal of 100 percent proficiency by 2014. A school that does not make AYP for two consecutive years enters School Improvement, which requires schools to take specific actions designed to improve student achievement in the area(s) designated as not making AYP. A school that does not make AYP for four consecutive years enters Corrective Action, and the commissioner recommends to the State Board of Education actions specific to that school. If an identified school makes AYP two years in a row, it exits School Improvement.A school must make adequate yearly progress for all students, as well as for students in several sub-groups. AYP determinations are made for sub-groups of students by race, socio-economic status, English language learners and students with disabilities. Schools must have at least 40 students in a given sub-group in order for a decision to be made for that group.“Over 200 schools met all requirements of the state’s accountability system for 2009,” said Director of Standards and Assessment Gail Taylor. “Of the 36 schools on the school improvement list, Colchester Middle School exited school improvement, and Burke School met all of the requirements this year. If it meets all the requirements next year, it too will exit school improvement.”More than one-third of the remaining schools in School Improvement increased either the number of content areas or the number of student groups for which they met the accountability requirement. Of the 42 schools entering school improvement this year, 11 (more than one-fourth) made similar progress since last year. AYP determinations are based on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) assessments and the Vermont Alternate Assessments given to Vermont public school students in grades three through eight and 11. The NECAP was given to students in grades three through eight and grade 11 in October 2008. This is the fourth year these exams have been given in the elementary and middle grades, and the second time they were given to students in grade 11.More information on school and district performance can be found on the department’s Web site at is external).View the entire press release packet here:…(link is external).###last_img read more

first_imgThe 80 seventh- and eighth-grade students on the Navigator team at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington solve problems on one of four touchscreen SMART Boards in math class, measure and record temperature fluctuations with high tech probeware in science, participate in international Skype sessions in social studies via a large computer screen, and use their laptops to do Web-based writing assignment in language arts.What’s just as impressive as the team’s wall-to-wall technology, though, is the way teachers have incorporated it seamlessly into their lesson plans to powerfully engage students in their learning.Thanks to a $5 million gift to the University of Vermont from the Richard E. & Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation in 2009, many more Vermont middle school students will enjoy Navigator-style learning in the future. The gift, the largest in the foundation’s history, will be used to establish the Tarrant Institute for Innovative Education at UVM. The institute’s mission is to put programs like the one at Edmunds, called I-LEAP — the Learning and Engaging Adolescents Project — in place at middle schools around the state over the next 10 years.”Today’s young people are immersed in technology everywhere but in school,” said technology entrepreneur Richard Tarrant. “Instead of asking students to power down the moment the school day starts, we need to bring technology into the classroom where, combined with good teaching, it can be a powerful tool for engaging young minds.” Deborah Tarrant of the Richard E. and Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation shows the difference between the technologies students use inside and outside of school at a December 21, 2009, press conference. (Photo: Raj Chawla)”Our goal for the I-LEAP program,” said Deborah Tarrant, “is to help schools bridge to the 21st century with a strategy designed specifically to attract, engage, and inspire tech savvy youth in their classrooms.””This important gift from the Tarrant Foundation will greatly improve educational outcomes in Vermont,” said UVM president Daniel Mark Fogel. “We couldn’t be more grateful for the foundation’s generosity.”Roots in MiltonI-LEAP was developed at UVM five years ago with funding from the Tarrant Foundation in partnership with teachers and administrators at Milton Middle School, where the program was piloted and is now in its fourth academic year. The second I-LEAP site was launched at Edmunds in September.Focused on the middle school years, a crucial developmental period when success or failure can have lasting consequences, I-LEAP has two major components.Schools receive both a substantial suite of hardware and software and extensive professional development for teachers and administrators on how to teach effectively, employing best middle-school practices, in a tech-rich setting.The professional development component of I-LEAP consists of an intensive graduate course at UVM for teachers and administrators, and, of critical importance, frequent, in-school follow-up visits over a period of years by institute staff to support teachers in embedding student-centered, technology-rich strategies into curricula. A website with further resources is also under development.The I-LEAP program targets one team of students and teachers in a school, laying the groundwork for other teams to experience and embrace the model later. At Milton nearly all teachers have taken the professional development course, and the school has invested in 30 netbook computers for each of the other three teams at the middle school.More than a “technology drop”The emphasis I-LEAP places on professional development distinguishes it from what had been the norm in the past: “technology drops” that brought equipment to schools but gave teachers little support on how to use it.”I-LEAP is the polar opposite of that approach,” said Tarrant Institute director Penny Bishop, an associate professor in UVM’s College of Education and Social Services, who directs the university’s Middle Level Teacher Education Program. “The institute’s goal is to not only foster widespread use of technology in Vermont schools, but also to create a cadre of teachers who confidently employ it in service of what we know to be exemplary middle school teaching practices.”I-LEAP’s focus on professional development is timely: falling prices and growing federal, state and community support mean that more new technology is entering schools every year. Vermont will receive $5.6 million in federal funds for K-12 technology investment in the next three years.Podcasts and SMART Board competitionsStudent projects at both Milton and Edmunds demonstrate how technology can be used to foster what research shows are the best ways to engage middle school students, from personalizing learning to bringing real world problems into the classroom to promoting peer-to-peer exchanges.Students in a social studies class at Milton visited a senior center, for instance, then created podcasts featuring narration, interviews, and music that were posted on the Web. The Edmunds math class uses its four SMART Boards to get teams of students out of their seats competing with one another to solve math puzzles and problems.Evidence of successWhile it is too early to have statistically valid quantitative measures of the program’s effectiveness, qualitative evidence that the program is engaging students, including disaffiliated students who are most at risk, is abundant.According to surveys Bishop and her colleagues have conducted, students in I-LEAP say learning is more interesting, meaningful, and relevant to their lives compared with their earlier school experiences, an evaluation shared by many parents.”There’s a point to what we’re learning,” one Milton student said.”My daughter’s grades have improved since being involved in this program,” said an Edmunds parent. “She has always had a problem with focusing, but now with the laptop, I have seen her sit, focused, completing her work. I really see the advantages of bringing our teaching methods current with technology.”Students are also better able to express their own voice, they say.Teachers report having engaged, alert students in their classes who take more pride in their work and personal responsibility for it.Edmunds language arts teacher Kathy Gallagher said all students are now turning in their homework, compared with an average of about three-quarters in the past. Edmunds social studies teacher Brent Truchon reported a marked change in classroom participation. “For the first time in the history of my teaching career, every student’s hand was raised,” in a recent class, he said.Growing reachAs technology prices drop, and school districts share in technology costs, the institute should be able to focus more on professional development and spread its resources to more schools in the future.It will also look to partner with others to extend its reach. The Tarrant Foundation and UVM recently formed a consortium with the Vermont Principals Association and VITA-Learn, a statewide organization supporting technology in education, to deliver the I-LEAP professional development program to six schools throughout Vermont with $200,000 in funding from the Department of Education. Those schools will in turn train other teachers in their regions.”We want to reach as many Vermont middle school students as possible with this innovative program,” said Richard Tarrant. “We think it’s a game-changer.”Read more about why middle school is a crucial stage for intervention.Source: University of Vermont.last_img read more

first_imgVermont Technical College,Dr Philip A Conroy, Jr this week will begin his tenure as President of Vermont Technical College. He was appointed by the Vermont State College’s Board of Trustees earlier this year following a nationwide presidential search. Conroy comes to Vermont Tech from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts, where he served as vice president of enrollment management and marketing.But while he and his wife, Dr Jan Conroy, have yet to move into the president’s house, Conroy is no stranger to Vermont Tech. Following his appointment December 9th, he quickly formed a 20-plus member presidential transition team representing all areas of the college with which he’s been working to identify the college’s needs and priorities, as well as establish new directions the college will take under his guidance and leadership.Traditionally a two-year technical school offering a handful of baccalaureate degrees, Conroy’s long-term vision is to transform Vermont Tech into a ‘destination’ school offering primarily bachelor’s and, in time, even a few master’s degrees.‘I am intrigued by the vast potential Vermont Tech has to evolve into an ‘applied university’,” he said. ‘Through partnerships statewide with businesses, community leaders, and other institutions, I see the college evolving from its roots as an associate degree institution to a recognized and well-respected bachelor’s degree institution serving both Vermont and the greater New England region. I believe there are some exciting and intriguing times ahead for Vermont Tech.’Conroy, who has served in a variety of roles at Mount Ida since 1997, is an internationally recognized expert on higher education management, particularly in the areas of strategic enrollment management and institutional advancement ‘ specialties that will serve him well given Vermont’s current economic climate and plummeting high school enrollments.‘The challenges posed by the declining numbers of high school students graduating from northern New England high schools are many,’ Conroy said, ‘as are the financial realities of operating a public college in a state with limited financial resources. As I look ahead, however, I see Vermont Tech becoming an example of how strong an institution can be with a profound commitment to its public mission despite limited public funding.’Among Conroy’s first priorities will be rebuilding the college’s alumni and development offices and improving the quality of on-campus student life. He will also be working with his transition team to plan a statewide event this fall, where he will begin reaching out to business and community leaders to discuss the potential roles Vermont Tech could play in helping to build, support, and assist the state on a number of levels.‘Clearly we have our work cut out for us,’ Conroy said. ‘But the pieces are in place. We have the people, programs, and expertise to get it done. Now starts the difficult but extremely rewarding process of raising the college’s profile and enhancing its reputation throughout Vermont and across the region.’last_img read more

first_imgIt’s not all about moneyMillennials know what is a fair wage for their work before they step in the door for the first interview. However, it’s not always the size of the paycheck, the most important thing to young prospects is the ability to grow within a company and for that company have an interest in growing them into a more successful person.Increase your online presenceYou spend so much time appealing to potential clients online, you need to think about appealing to potential employees as well. Without a positive online presence millennial may think twice about apply as it could imply an unwillingness to evolve. The last thing a young employee wants to do is move backwards when they take a job.Be upfront and openJust like when marketing to millennials, you have to understand that very few of them have never known a world without the internet. Armed with super computers in their pockets tapped into an endless streams of answers, they have grown accustom to being able to know everything they want. For this reason, you have to be more transparent on why decisions are being made to foster trust and a feeling of value amongst your younger workers.Give immediate feedbackBeing somewhat the pioneers of the internet space, where everything moves as fast as your strongest internet connection millennials don’t like to waste time. If they are not doing something correctly or are not suited for something address it immediately and get them back on track. On the flip side of that coin, treat their input as a unique asset, and ask for their immediate feedback.Have set plans to attain career bettermentMore so than any generation before, millennials are discouraged by seeing others promoted based on seniority. Every business should value performance over tenure, but that isn’t enough. Millennials like to be able to see their progress to a promotion. Having well defined requirements for each position and offering the tools anyone become eligible will see those roles filled with eager youthful workers. 35SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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first_imgLuhut called on small and medium enterprises to develop the island, while rejecting the idea of having big companies carve up Papua for palm oil plantations. The investments, Luhut said, were reserved for other crops such as cacao, coffee, nutmeg, sago and kelp.West Papua Governor Dominggus Mandacan said that his administration was committed to maintaining at least 70 percent of the island’s forest cover.Pablo Acosta, one of the researchers who conducted the study, said that while he was glad there was a sense of urgency about preventing deforestation in Papua, he thought switching to other cash crops was the wrong solution.“Planting any other type of crops in forested land should be avoided altogether; actually, the level of emissions for low carbon storage crops such as coffee, nutmeg, rice, etc. would raise the emissions due to land use change even more than palm oil plantations, as their carbon storage is lower than palm oil,” Acosta told The Jakarta Post in an email last week.Instead, he said that the sustainable use of forest cover should be considered, as it would benefit communities, and if managed properly, could provide even more value from agroforestry products and ecotourism.Official figures on the total area of oil palm concessions in Papua remain unclear, as the Agrarian and Spatial Planning Ministry has yet to disclose any maps despite an order in February by the Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) to release the data.A report from Forest Watch Indonesia (FWI), based on bits of data available from the ministry website that were quickly taken down, places the total area of concessions in Papua at 2.9 million hectares, with only 323,000 ha, about 11 percent, certified with the right to cultivate (HGU).In West Papua, some 139,000 ha (29 percent) of the total 485,000 ha of concessions are HGU-certified. According to 2019 Agriculture Ministry data, there are about 14.6 million hectares of oil palm plantations in the country.In response to the international study, FWI researcher Mufti Ode noted the continued prevalence of deforestation in investors’ plans for Papua, even as the civil society group supported plans to improve the economy on the island without reducing critical forest cover.“Up until today we haven’t seen any clear plan on what a green investment in Papua constitutes. Based on existing policies, natural forests can still be converted, albeit using different methods,” Mufti said.He said that developing human resources capacity among native Papuans should instead be the sector’s main priority, as the current development model rarely took into account the specific local contexts and heritages of indigenous peoples, risking a possible clash of cultures.Unlike FWI, Aiesh Rumbekwan of the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) said his group was unconvinced that the green investments scheme would respect any commitment to protect Papuan forest cover. Aiesh said it was just another ploy to continue with extractive business practices.“Walhi still sees no change in the paradigm; it is still capitalism. The nature [of the investment] has also not changed because vast stretches of land will continue to be used up, whereas local communities have yet to benefit from the long history of investment,” Aiesh said, noting that investments have only managed to create conflict and inhibit local ways of life.The government, too, has yet to find an effective way to make the most of existing legal frameworks to guarantee the province’s special autonomy status, the Walhi executive director told the Post last week.Law No. 21/2001 grants Papua special autonomy, which at the time of its passing covered the entirety of the island as well as its surrounding islets. The law stipulates that native Papuans must be taken into account and prioritized in economic activities in the region.He said the government should translate local community values into development instead of relying on extractive sectors, so that indigenous land would be respected and the ecosystem preserved at the same time.“Even today there is no way for locals to properly manage the products of their own forests, whether timber or otherwise, and yet [the government] promotes monoculture crops to reduce palm oil use,” Aiesh said. “They are better off giving the indigenous people better access instead.”Topics : While international researchers have backed a government decision made in February to halt the development of new oil palm plantations in Papua in favor of “greener” cash crops, activists fear that the shift in policy will have no effect on the lives of poor, indigenous Papuans and may also have little effect on deforestation.In a study titled Understanding the expansion of oil palm cultivation: A case study in Papua published in the Journal of Cleaner Production, researchers from the Madrid Polytechnic University argued that preventing forest cover from being turned into more plantations might indeed be more beneficial than cashing in on Indonesia’s most lucrative export commodity.The investigation, based on a study of a PT Rimba Matoa Lestari oil palm plantation in Jayapura regency, found that the economic benefits of keeping forest cover outweighed those of cutting down the forests and turning the land into plantations. The research also conducted a survey of people who worked on the plantation and residents from nearby villages in December 2016.While plantations may improve the local standard of living, increase life expectancy and provide access to education, the government stands to gain greater economic benefits in the form of food, water, wood and materials for medicines, the study found. These benefits are in addition to those of maintaining biodiversity and slowing the pace of climate change—both results of keeping forests intact.According to the study, while the Indonesian government could expect to gain US$2,153 per hectare per year from turning Papuan forests into oil palm plantations, it would actually gain approximately $3,795.44 per hectare per year if the forest cover was maintained.In late February, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Panjaitan, along with the governors of Papua and West Papua, announced that the government was looking for “green investments” of up to Rp 2.8 trillion (US$169.7 million) to help develop the region.last_img read more

first_img“I’d expect a lot of party people to go [to Post-Fest],” said Joel Jimenez, a freshman majoring in industrial and systems engineering. “We’re a party school.” Post-Fest will include a DJ, arcade with classic games, complimentary snacks and drinks and cocktails and beers for purchase. Though the event will admit students 18 and over, they will be required to show ID to purchase alcoholic beverages. Stiers said the committee works closely with the Department of Public Safety, Contemporary Services Corporation and Apex -— a crowd management and security company — to ensure the event is safe for all students. “The Post-Fest is kind of like a place for you to go after Springfest if you don’t want to turn in for the evening,” said Concerts Committee Director Kira Stiers, a senior majoring in international relations and political science. “Our shows end kind of early … and a lot of kids like to go out afterward.”   USC Concerts Committee announced Post-Fest, the first-ever official after-party for Springfest. The event will admit students ages 18 and up and will sell alcohol to students who are at least 21 years old. (Daily Trojan file photo) Some students said they anticipate the after-party will be a success. “We have been working closely to ensure that it will appeal to the students and incentivize to come by after the event, such as the complimentary snacks buffet, entry and a DJ spinning,” Free Play wrote. “[Free Play is] a unique fun location with arcade and classic games to add to the experience.” “We will double our security personnel for the evening to help prevent and monitor potential underage drinking, as well as ensure that the venue is safe for all students,” Free Play wrote. “We have doubled our staff and operations team for the evening to help promote safe conduct, monitor all guests activity and ensure all students are in a safe environment.” center_img “If you’re not 21, a lot of the bars around here you can’t get into,” Stiers said. “I think it’s great that [Post-Fest] is all ages; we want people to have options other than just going back to their apartment or heading back to their dorm if they’re under 21.”   USC Concerts Committee is organizing Post-Fest, the first-ever official after-party to Springfest, which will take place at Free Play, a bar in Exposition Park on March 30. The event will serve alcohol and admit students ages 18 and up, according to the official Facebook event page. In an email to the Daily Trojan, Free Play addressed concerns regarding the presence of alcohol at Post-Fest. Free Play wrote that it will offer other amenities to encourage a variety of students to attend. Because Post-Fest is the first event of its kind, Stiers said it was organized at the last minute. “We had reached out to some other local venues and bars and we didn’t get anyone interested and then Free Play DTLA actually came along like two weeks ago maybe and offered their venue,” Stiers said. “So it’s been kind of a quick turn-around but they’ve been really accommodating.”last_img read more

first_imgRio de Janeiro, Brazil | AFP | The Rio Olympics ended in a blaze of colour with an exuberant closing ceremony on Sunday as Tokyo took up the baton promising to host the best Games yet in 2020.After a rollercoaster fortnight which mixed off-field hitches with compelling sporting drama, Olympics chief Thomas Bach hailed a “marvellous” Games in the Brazilian city.“These were marvellous Olympic Games in the marvellous city!” said Bach, as he declared the Games closed and the Olympic flame was extinguished.“These Olympic Games are leaving a unique legacy for generations to come. History will talk about a Rio de Janeiro before and a much better Rio de Janeiro after the Olympic Games.” ‘Sporting superpowers’ On a sodden final day, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge, 31, shone with his seventh win in eight marathons, timing 2hr 8min 44sec to win by more than a minute.The USA’s basketball ‘Dream Team’ of NBA stars claimed the 306th and final gold of the Games with a crushing 96-66 win over Serbia.With the basketball win, America matched its tally of 46 golds from London four years ago to lead the medals table from Britain, who sealed surprise second place ahead of China with 27 golds to 26.“We are one of those sporting superpowers now,” beamed UK Sport chief executive Liz Nicholl.For China, the world’s most populous country, it was the worst Olympics for 20 years — especially sobering after topping the standings at Beijing 2008 and finishing second in 2012.China brought to Rio a youthful team with an average age of 24, the lowest of the last three Olympics.This points to a rebuilding phase ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the capital of China’s war-time rival and former colonial power which still evokes bitter resentment among many Chinese.A string of below-par performances saw India win just two medals, fewer than the six clinched during their best-ever performance in London four years earlier.There was also controversy as Mongolia’s Chagnaadorj Usukhbayar became the sixth weightlifter in Rio to fail a drugs test.And police seized passports, phones and computers in a raid on the Irish Olympic office, following the arrest of Irish International Olympic Committee member Patrick Hickey over an alleged black market tickets scam.Brazil added a final flourish as they beat Italy 3-0 to win the men’s title in volleyball, one of the country’s most popular sports.French fighter Tony Yoka won a split-decision against Britain’s Joe Joyce to take the super-heavyweight title in boxing.Switzerland’s world champion Nino Schurter, third in Beijing and second in London, competed his ascent of the podium by winning the men’s mountain bike competition.And there were furious scenes when a Mongolian coach stripped down to his underwear to protest a decision against wrestler Ganzorig Mandakhnaran. Just a few hours earlier, the United States basketball squad won the last gold of the Games, boosting their country’s place on top of the medals table.At the closing ceremony, thousands of fans and athletes donned ponchos on a wet and windy night for a colourful festival of Brazilian culture and music with bursts of spectacular fireworks.Smiling and waving athletes danced into the Maracana stadium taking selfies as Rio’s 16-day Summer Games closed ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a comical cameo as Nintendo video game character Super Mario as Tokyo set out its stall for 2020.“The Japanese government will… work hard so it will be the best Olympics ever,” Abe said as he met Japanese medal-winners earlier. Security scares and logistical problems were a feature of South America’s first Olympics, held against the backdrop of Brazil’s political and economic crisis.Swathes of empty seats caused disquiet but the Games also witnessed the last hurrahs of both Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps, who both lived up to their billing.center_img Share on: WhatsApp Bolt sealed the sprint “triple triple” in his final Games, reaching a record-equalling nine gold medals with his third consecutive 100m, 200m and 4x100m sweep.Swim legend Phelps took his unmatched career haul to 23 gold medals with another five in Rio — plus a silver, after his loss to former childhood fan Joseph Schooling.Brazil came late to the party but the country celebrated long and loud when Neymar won a gold-medal penalty shoot-out against Germany to erase memories of their 7-1 World Cup semi-final humiliation in 2014.last_img read more

first_imgBoca trainingMadrid, Spain | AFP | Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez conceded playing a Libertadores Cup final in Madrid on Sunday will be “weird” but rejected suggestions River Plate have been put at a disadvantage.The second leg was moved to Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu after the original fixture at River’s El Monumental stadium was postponed last month, following an attack by their fans on Boca’s team bus.South America’s football federation, CONMEBOL, ruled River should lose the chance to play at home, with the game moved abroad amid fears of further fan violence.“It is a weird final,” Tevez said Thursday after Boca had trained at Las Rozas, the base of the Spanish national team.“To play a match between Boca and River in Madrid, it’s weird. But as a player, it is important to stay focused on the match.”Argentina’s two greatest football rivals competing for South America’s most prestigious club prize out of the country, and in Spain, has proven controversial, with both clubs expressing their disapproval.Boca believe the chaos caused by River’s fans means they should be awarded the trophy while River have protested against the loss of home advantage enjoyed by their opponents in the first leg, which finished 2-2.“We would have liked to have played the game at home,” said River goalkeeper Franco Armani on Thursday. “On our pitch, in front of our fans, who deserve it, but the decision is already made. We have to make the best of it.”Both sets of supporters have been allowed an equal allocation of 25,000 tickets for the match in Madrid, despite away fans being banned at Boca’s Bombonera ground, as they would have been at El Monumental.Asked if River’s chances had been damaged, Tevez said: “I don’t think so. River have a lot more pressure playing at home and now it is 50-50. To play at home, sometimes it goes against you in a Libertadores final.”– Boca fan sent home –Security remains high on the agenda after River’s fans smashed the windows of Boca’s bus and left some of their players injured.“After Sunday there will be a champion and no more talk,” Armani said. “The only thing I can say is that what happened in Argentina cannot ever happen again.”One of Boca’s most radical supporters was sent back to Argentina on Thursday after he had arrived at Madrid’s Barajas Airport. “He is one of the most important and dangerous Boca ultras,” a spokesman for the Spanish police told AFP.Tevez also called for calm around the match.“I think people are smart,” he said. “They know they can’t mess around here so the truth is everything should happen peacefully, as it should do.“I think it’s important for everyone involved to know that while it is a final, of course, it is a football match. We feel good because we’re here and we thank the Spanish people for welcoming us.”Both teams appeared in good spirits as they trained in Madrid for the first time on Thursday.Boca’s players were put through a light session at Las Rozas in the morning before River trained in the evening at Real Madrid’s Valdebebas. River had landed at Madrid’s Barajas Airport early on Thursday morning.Attending both sessions were more than 150 journalists while a small number of fans were also seen waiting outside.Former Boca idol Juan Roman Riquelme voiced his disapproval of the relocated fixture earlier this week, saying it would make it “the most expensive friendly in history”.“It won’t be the same. No matter how much I want Boca to win it, I think the final has to be played in our country,” Riquelme said.“The way it is, makes it the most expensive friendly in history.”jed/clv/jd/ta/nrShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more