Host families are needed for the 2014-2015 school year. Students are available from many different countries and families choose their student based on common interests, religious preferences, gender, or other characteristics.To become a host family, one only needs to be able to provide room and board and transportation to school, including the school bus. On-line applications are available at Council for Education Travel website or by contacting local coordinator Betty Bourquein at 934-4454.Students come with a proficiency in English, their own insurance, and their own spending money. They are to become a member of your family responsible for following the house rules, maintaining grades at school, doing light chores, and participating in family activities.“One needs to think globally but act locally to enjoy the benefits of this lifelong relationship with someone from another part of the world,” Bourquein said.
Tony Pulis’ seven-year reign as Stoke manager has come to an end after he and the club agreed to part company by mutual consent. Press Association Widespread speculation had suggested the 55-year-old’s time was up after a meeting with chairman Peter Coates on Tuesday morning. However, it took the Potters several hours to finalise the details of his departure, with confirmation finally coming at shortly before 9.30pm on Tuesday night. In a brief statement, the Barclays Premier League club said: “Stoke City and Tony Pulis confirm that they have mutually agreed that Tony will leave the Club with immediate effect.” Pulis, who following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes’ move into the Manchester United hotseat was the second-longest serving manager in the country, leaves Stoke in a far better position than he found them. Within two years of taking over for his second spell in charge in 2006 he won promotion to the Premier League, where they have never finished below 14th. He also led them to their first FA Cup final and consequently into the Europa League, but a poor run in the second half of this season – during which the Potters won just three of their last 19 league matches and briefly diced with relegation – saw them finish with their lowest Premier League points tally. Pulis’ style of football was also singled out for criticism, with his critics saying his sides were over-physical and too reliant on the long ball. That criticism began to spread to fans, many of whom became disenchanted amid the club’s poor end to the season. Many started to question Pulis’ future and although that has now been resolved, winger Matt Etherington has warned supporters to be careful what they wish for. “I’ve spoken to a few of the other boys and they’re shocked as well, it’s hit us,” he said of Pulis’ dismissal on talkSPORT. “You have to be careful what you wish for in football sometimes. You look at Charlton under Alan Curbishley and look where they are now. “Hopefully it won’t go that way for us, hopefully we’ll get someone in who will push us on and make us into a top-10 team. If you look at where Stoke were when he first came in – mid-table in the Championship – you can’t argue he’s done a fantastic job.” Outgoing Chelsea boss Rafael Benitez is the early bookmakers’ favourite for the job, having overtaken the man he succeeded at Stamford Bridge, Roberto Di Matteo, in the running.
Alan Pardew will attempt to succeed where three other managers have already failed this season at Watford on Sunday. The newly-promoted Hornets have yet to concede a goal at home this term, keeping clean sheets against West Brom, Southampton and Swansea. Crystal Palace are next to have a crack, having ended their recent goal drought by thumping south London rivals Charlton 4-1 in the Capital One Cup in midweek. Deeney has yet to get off the mark this season but played a big role in Ighalo’s four goals and Pardew rates the duo as one of the best partnerships in the Premier League. “I’m a big fan of Troy,” he added. “I tried to sign him in the past and him and Ighalo up front are as good as any pair at the moment, so we need to be ready for that, and we need to find a way to score at Vicarage Road. “They are very dangerous, with Ighalo coming off the left. They are two strikers in form, there is chemistry between the two and in the Premier League there is not a lot of that. But they have it, which is very fortunate Watford, they handle the division very well.” Pardew is hopeful defender Damien Delaney will be fit despite limping off against Charlton, but striker Connor Wickham is still out injured. Dwight Gayle’s hat-trick against the Addicks has put him in the frame for a first Premier League start of the season as Pardew plots a way past the Watford defence. “We hadn’t scored in two games and we need strikers who score goals,” said the Eagles boss. “Sometimes you have to experiment as a manager, we’ve got a good idea for this game that we think will work for us. “Charlton was a difficult fixture, a local derby, and we were in control from start to finish and scored some good goals. Now we need to take that on to Watford. “Watford have a good feeling at the moment, like us, so it’s going to be a tough game. “We have got good emphasis on delivering away from home, with a lot of pace in the team. But Watford haven’t conceded a goal at home which is impressive in my book. “The crowd there is fantastic, I was there for the West Brom game. It’s a very tricky fixture for us. “It’s an important game for both teams; the winners will be on 12 points and in a good position in the league.” Palace will come up against Hornets skipper Troy Deeney, a player he knows well, and his in-form fellow striker Odion Ighalo. Press Association