Opponents of Trump border emergency close to Senate votes needed

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – Senate opponents of President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the Mexican border have moved very close to having enough votes to prevail, and one Republican suggested he risks a rebuff by the GOP-led chamber if he doesn’t change course.Veteran Sen. Lamar Alexander said Thursday that Trump’s move would “turn a border crisis into a constitutional crisis.” But he stopped short of saying he’d support a resolution blocking the president’s move. Had Alexander pledged his vote, it would probably be enough for the Senate to pass a measure repealing the emergency declaration.The Democratic-led House voted Tuesday to upend Trump’s declaration. Trump has promised to veto the effort to thwart him from his plan, if necessary.last_img read more

Indian Oil co-sponsors Kalinga Lancers hockey team

first_imgBhubaneswar, Jan 14 (PTI) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) today joined as the co-sponsor of Kalinga Lancers team of Hockey India League for the 2016 season. On behalf of IOCL, Ramjee Ram, Executive Director (In-Charge) of Paradip Refinery project, handed over a co-sponsorship cheque worth Rs 1 core to Sanjeev Chopra, CMD, IDCO and chairman, Odisha Sports Development Promotion Company, which manages the Kalinga Lancers team.IOCL has been a co-sponsor of Kalinga Lancers team in the previous two seasons of Hockey India League in 2014 and 2015.The oil major has the distinction of having 13 Arjuna awardees amongst its squad of sports stars.Indian Oils P Gopichand has been conferred with the Arjuna Award in 1999 and other prestigious awards like Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna (2001), Padma Shri (2005), Dronacharya Award (2009) and Padma Bhushan( 2014), an official release said.”IOCL has been championing the cause of sports development for over three decades now. In line with the sports policy it adopted in 1985, the Corporation has over the years, recruited many promising sportspersons, who have gone on to reach their peak in their chosen disciplines,” it said.Since 2006, Indian Oil has also been conferring sports scholarships to promising young sportspersons representing the state in indoor and outdoor games.The scheme, which started in 2006 with 55 scholarships in seven games/sports, has now been augmented to offer 150 scholarships for 19 games/ sports to upcoming junior players between 14-19 years of age, the release added. PTI AAM DKB PDS PDS PSlast_img read more

Government to Strengthen Relations with International Partners

first_imgDuring the 2013/14 fiscal year, the Government will continue to cement its relations with international partners, as it seeks to improve foreign policy and investment prospects.Delivering the Throne Speech at Gordon House, on Thursday, April 4, the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, said the government will continue to strengthen the country’s cherished relations with traditional partners, such as the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Japan; and also with countries, such as the Gulf States and Russia, “particularly from the perspective of sources of investment, tourists and markets for some of our products.”“The place that Jamaica occupies in the global economic space obliges us to pursue several directions in regard to our Foreign Policy,” he added.The Governor-General noted that the Government’s strategic directions will also include: advancing Jamaica’s trade and investment interests at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels; and the promotion of technical, educational and economic co-operation with developing countries in Africa and Asia.He said the Government will be seeking to enhance the framework for free movement of Jamaican nationals within the Caribbean Community; to give effect to the decisions of Heads of Government; and concluding discussions on contingent rights to ensure the portability of social benefits across borders.The Governor-General pointed out that within the Latin American and the Caribbean region, the Government will continue to focus on the country’s relations within the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), and to further strengthen ties with Venezuela and co-operation with Brazil. He said the Government will give steadfast attention to the pursuit of a range of other seminal goals, which include: the completion of negotiations on an Arms Trade Treaty; the review of the Millennium Development Goals, post 2015; and the 3rd United Nations Conference on Small Island Developing States to be held in Samoa towards the end of this calendar year, in preparation for which Jamaica will host a regional meeting in July 2013.“The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade will complete the Diaspora Policy to be presented at the Diaspora Conference, scheduled to be held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 16-19, 2013,” he added.In the meantime, he is encouraging Jamaicans to remain committed and not be daunted by the tasks before us.“These are indeed challenging times, not only for us as Jamaicans, but also for nations across the globe. Much larger countries with more resources are facing similar challenges. We all accept that the difficulties that our people face are real, but we resolve to re-double our efforts to meet their aspirations for a better today and a brighter tomorrow,” he said.He noted that Jamaicans are strong, creative and innovative.“We must apply our creative genius in our families, in our businesses and at our places of employment; and we must do so with honesty and integrity. In difficult times, we must work harder and we must work diligently,” he emphasized.The Governor-General’s speech was delivered under the theme: ‘Jamaica: Going for Growth and Development’.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

Jenny McCarthy And Donnie Wahlberg Host A Night Of Hope

first_imgFriday night, Chicago lovebirds Jenny McCarthy and Donnie Wahlberg celebrated their one-year wedding anniversary in Geneva, IL hosting Generation Rescue’s A Night of Hope event supporting families affected by autism, raising nearly $250,000.150 guests, including event co-chairs Karen and Ed French and Rowena and Joe Salas, joined together at the Oscar Swan Inn to support the cause.McCarthy tugged the heartstrings of everyone in the room, opening up about the journey she and son, Evan (13), shared in defying the odds and paying it forward. “He’s my angel,” said the actress, sharing how proud she is with how far her son, who was diagnosed with autism in 2005, has come with the help of the resources offered by Generation Rescue.Following the former TV host, Wahlberg took the stage for his first-ever solo performance accompanied by pal and music composer Rob Lewis and singing group Vocality (alumni of the Chicago Children’s Choir). Compelled by his wife’s affiliation, the New Kids On The Block member joined the board of directors for the foundation earlier this year.“I am honored to be a part of the board,” said the Blue Bloods star. “Imagine a family who has no hope… Generation Rescue offers hope. It not only offers hope; it offers results.”Wahlberg went on to aid in hosting the event’s live auction with auctioneer Keith Jones.“We’ve come along way… We were just a website,” McCarthy said, as she announced how much money was raised following the auction. Overwhelmed with emotion, the Sirius XM radio personality shared that the auction alone had grossed over $200,000, which will help Generation Rescue fund medical treatment for more autism families across the country.“We’re honored to have their support tonight and so happy to have them on our board,” said Candace McDonald, executive director of Generation Rescue.The event was sponsored by ALE Solutions, Amazing Lash Studio, Fiora’s Restaurant, French Med Spa, Hotel Baker, Jeneé L. Palaczek, Snug Vest, the Bullock Family Foundation, realty executives Christine Wilczek and Jason Bacza, The Custom Companies, Dave Foss, DC, Fox Valley Auto Group, attorney Joe Klein, and Play Again Now. Shuki Moran of Exceptional Events by Shuki produced the event. Moran also produced McCarthy and Wahlberg’s wedding in St. Charles last summer.Guests enjoyed exclusive gifts, food, and beverages provided by All Chocolate Kitchen, Angelica Collection, Avant Gardena, Balloons Chicago, Beth Quinn Designs, Blackberry Baking Company, ChicExecs, Chalkink, DJ Rich Ungos, Fox River Distilling Company, Garrett Popcorn Shops, Giordano’s, In the 6, Kenya’s Mini Donuts, Lagunitas Brewing, Medea Vodka, Mother Trucker., Pevonia, Ruggable, VooChic, U-Lace and Shakou.Generation Rescue is the leading national non-profit organization providing hope, support, and immediate treatment assistance to families affected by autism. To learn more or support the cause, visit generationrescue.org.last_img read more

Yorkville makes a surprise comeback as TIFF party destination

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement The international media moved south, too. Press conferences with stars and filmmakers went from the Sutton Place Hotel to the Lightbox. The busy press centre and interview hub decamped from the InterContinental Hotel in Yorkville to the InterContinental Hotel on Front St. W.At the same time, new luxury hotels were going up. The Ritz-Carlton Toronto opened in 2011, the Shangri-La Hotel followed the year after.It didn’t help that Yorkville’s movie houses were gone by 2012, with the exception of Cineplex’s Varsity & VIP Cinemas in the Manulife Centre, where TIFF films are no longer screened. “When the shift happened, it came down to the desire for many years to find a permanent home (for the festival),” said Briar de Lange, executive director of the Bloor-Yorkville B.I.A.King Street West would soon become Festival Street. Cheering red carpet crowds at Roy Thomson Hall, jammed sidewalks around The Princess of Wales Theatre and lineups for movie screenings at the Lightbox and Scotiabank Theatre all added to the energetic vibe. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper at Friday’s premiere of A Star Is Born at the Venice Film Festival. The coveted after-party for the film’s Toronto premiere will be held at the Concert Hall in the Yorkville area. (KIRSTY WIGGLESWORTH/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS) When TIFF Bell Lightbox opened eight years ago, Yorkville’s film fest invitation seemed abruptly lost in the mail.The chic urban pocket of Victorian houses, restaurants and boutiques north of Bloor Street was the birthplace of the Festival of Festivals in 1976, growing to become the hugely influential Toronto International Film Festival.But when the Lightbox bowed for TIFF 2010 with theatres and event spaces, you could almost see tumbleweeds blowing down Yorkville’s tony streets as the action swiftly veered to King St. W.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement But if there’s one thing movie audiences love, it’s a surprise twist.Yorkville is back as TIFF opens for its 11-day run on Sept. 6. And it’s going to be buzzing.The Concert Hall in the former Masonic Temple at Davenport Rd. and Yonge St. is hosting perhaps the hottest Gala after-party of the festival: the bash for Bradley Cooper’s directing debut A Star is Born, starring Cooper and Lady Gaga. It’s on Sept. 9. Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

Countries making progress ahead of UN development forum – Assembly President

25 November 2008Countries are reaching some consensus on the key issues ahead of this weekend’s critical United Nations conference on the need to strengthen financing for development for poor countries amid a time of global economic turmoil, General Assembly President Miguel D’Escoto said today. Mr. D’Escoto told journalists at UN Headquarters in New York that while not many specific agreements have yet been reached for the draft outcome document expected to emerge from the Conference on Financing for Development, consensus was emerging at the ambassadorial level on many issues.“Great advances – perhaps more than what some might have expected, including myself – have been achieved,” he said at a press conference that also featured the co-facilitators of the outcome document, Egypt’s Permanent Representative Maged A. Abdelaziz and Norway’s Special Envoy for Financing for Development Johan Løvald.He added that the meeting should serve as part of a “quantum move forward” in the world financial environment since the crisis began earlier this year, possibly leading to a global summit on economic issues next year.“Things cannot go on as before,” the Assembly President stressed, saying it was time for affluent nations to deal with the “time bomb” of massive poverty in developing countries worldwide.The four-day gathering in Doha, Qatar, which starts on Saturday, is a follow-up to the International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD) that took place in 2002 in Monterrey, Mexico, which resulted in the adoption of a landmark partnership agreement for global development. Known as the Monterrey Consensus, the agreement covered a number of topics, including domestic resource mobilization, foreign direct investment (FDI), trade, official development assistance (ODA), debt relief and systemic issues.The Doha conference is being attended by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN agency officials, many heads of State and senior government ministers and representatives of the private sector and civil society. It is being preceded by an advance meeting being hosted by Mr. Ban on Friday to discuss responses to the financial crisis and ensuing economic slowdown. read more

Canadian National Railway outlines 29billion spending plan for 2016 about half on

MONTREAL — Canadian National Railway says it plans to spend $2.9 billion this year to improve its efficiency, support long-term growth and strengthen safety.CN’s capital budget for 2016 includes $1.5 billion for track infrastructure.That includes rail replacement, bridge improvements and branch line upgrades.CN Rail chief Claude Mongeau returns from sick leave to announce strong earnings, outlookCanada’s railways optimistic that new transport minister Marc Garneau can thaw frigid relationsCN is also budgeting $600 million on its fleet of railcars and 90 new locomotives.The Montreal-based company also plans to spend $400 million on productivity and service improvements and a further $400 million to begin installing new technology on portions of its U.S. rail network. read more

Metro Inc sales grow in first full quarter with Jean Coutu brand

Metro Inc. saw sales grow more than 15 per cent in its first full quarter since acquiring the Jean Coutu Group pharmacy chain.“The Jean Coutu integration plan is on track,” said CEO Eric La Fleche during a conference call with analysts Wednesday.The grocery retailer acquired the pharmacy operator in May 2018 for about $4.5 billion.The acquisition helped boost Metro’s sales by 15.7 per cent to $3.74 billion for its fourth quarter, a 12-week period ending Sept. 29, compared to the same quarter the previous year, which lasted 13 weeks.Sales rose 2.5 per cent excluding Jean Coutu and the extra week. Food same-store sales, a key retail metric, increased 2.1 per cent, while pharmacy same-store sales advanced 1.8 per cent.Jean Coutu pharmacies have started to carry some of Metro’s private-label Selection and Irresistibles products, La Fleche said.Metro grocery stores will soon stock some of Jean Coutu’s private label personal care and beauty line, he said.“I think we have some time ahead of us to realize the full potential of this combination,” La Fleche said.The company is also doing some tests with offering fresh food at Jean Coutu and sees an opportunity to one day sell meal kits at its drugstores.“It positions us better than ever to service, especially Quebec customers, for their everyday needs,” he said, adding hopefully they’ll shop at Metro’s stores daily for food, as well as health and beauty needs.The company earned $145 million in the quarter, amounting to 56 cents per diluted share. That’s compared with a profit of $154.9 million or 66 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.On an adjusted basis, Metro says it earned $161 million or 63 cents per share in the quarter, up from $131.1 million or 56 cents per share a year ago.Analysts on average had expected a profit of 63 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.For the full year, the company’s net earnings surged to $1.72 billion on $14.4 billion in revenues, up from $608.4 million on $13.2 million in revenues in 2017. Adjusted profits grew 10.5 per cent to $605.9 million or $2.52 per diluted share, compared with $548.2 million or $2.31 per share a year earlier.Metro’s shares rose $1.72 or four per cent at $44.54 in midday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:MRU) read more

UN agency chief visits warravaged southern Lebanon in bid to assess relief

The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today traveled to southern Lebanon to witness the impact of the war on a town badly damaged by bombing and to review the needs of the people as they rebuild their lives after nearly five weeks of conflict.“Having followed the conflict day by day, I was determined to come to Lebanon and see for myself what people have gone through,” James Morris said. “I am saddened by their losses but also encouraged by people’s strength and resilience.”He went to Ghazieh, a farming community where 31 residents were killed in Israeli bombing raids and some 20 houses and dozens of shops destroyed, the agency said in a news release. Most of those who fled the fighting have now returned, and have started repairing and reconstructing their properties.“Over the next few weeks, many people still need food aid so their resources and energies can be devoted to the numerous other issues they face while recovering from the crisis,” said Mr. Morris, who arrived in Lebanon yesterday on a two-day visit following a trip to Egypt, where he addressed the League of Arab States. “Once commercial activities return to normal, we will be able to wind up our operations. We do not want to stay a day longer than necessary.”In line with WFP’s policy of distributing two-week rations to those in need, the people of Ghazieh are this weekend due to receive packages of wheat flour, salt, and canned meat and vegetables. WFP rations will be distributed locally to some 2,500 people by the municipal authorities.Yesterday, Mr. Morris met Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora and other senior officials.Since the beginning of the emergency operation in Lebanon, WFP has dispatched a total of 4,500 tons of food to locations in all parts of the country. The agency has reached more than 700,000 people since the start of its emergency operation in July and is now targeting some 350,000 of the worst-affected people in Lebanon. The agency is preparing to wind up its emergency food aid operation in Lebanon by the end of October. read more

Alberta back on top in small business confidence in Canada

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by News Staff Posted Mar 27, 2014 12:01 pm MDT According to the Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ Business Barometer Index, the province’s survey results in March are leading the country in optimism at 72.7.For the first time in nine months, Alberta is back in top spot when it comes to small business confidence.The national index remained unchanged in March at 64.1 because of mixed results in the country. Confidence is up in the west and down in the east.The survey finds 34 per cent of Alberta small business owners intend to hire someone in the next three months and over half are expressing positive views about their future.Amber Ruddy, a senior policy analyst with the CFIB, said one of the reasons it appears Alberta is doing well is because others are doing poorly.“Because other provinces are pulling the national average down, when you look at the Atlantic region, unfortunately they’re not going where they need to be for the economy to grow in a healthy state,” she said.Ruddy said when it comes to the ongoing challenge among entrepreneurs, one issue continues to pop up.“The shortage of skilled labour and even semi-skilled and unskilled labour continue to be top challenges for businesses; 36 per cent of businesses saying this is the case,” she said.Prairie industries that are seeing improvement include agriculture and construction, offsetting decreases in manufacturing in Ontario. Alberta back on top in small business confidence in Canada read more

UN agriculture agency and World Bank launch new initiative to avert famine

“The project will have a strong humanitarian impact in Yemen, as it will provide emergency support and help in building the resilience of the vulnerable Yemeni population,” said Abdessalam Ould Ahmed, FAO Assistant Director-General and Regional Representative for the Near East and North Africa. Yemen’s ongoing conflict has left 17 million people facing crisis levels of acute food insecurity. The fighting has also devastated agriculture sector and livelihoods, making the country the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. The grant, supported by the World Bank’s Global Agriculture Food Security Program (GAFSP), will prioritize FAO’s projects to boost productivity, income and nutrition, especially in those most famine-hit regions in the country. The initiative will also contribute to sustainable agriculture solutions in the long term, according to Salah El-Hajj Hassan, FAO Country Representative in Yemen. These solutions include “furthering rural development, providing food security, rehabilitating community water infrastructures and improving capacity development,” he said. “The implementation of the project will also allow FAO to build on previous projects, such as those empowering women to become more involved in conflict resolution issues,” he added. “Given the ongoing hostilities in Yemen, this project could also contribute to bringing stability to the country.”To date, FAO has vaccinated over one million livestock and it plans to assist over three million people who are on the brink of starvation. read more

Goodman grad returns to talk business tactics

Goodman School of Business alumnus Jeff Boichuk (BBA ’08, MSc ’10) will return to Brock this week to present his research on sales force management.The assistant professor of commerce at University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce will discuss his paper, Man on the Bench: The Power of the Stick in the Sales Force, as part of Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series. Boichuk’s research focuses on tactics, such as commission and punishment, sales leaders use to manage the performance of their sales forces and examines the effect that punishment has on employee performance.Now in its 12th year, Goodman’s Luncheon Speaker Series provides an informal and engaging opportunity to listen to and discuss recent advances in research, teaching and practices with colleagues internationally.The event is held in Sankey Chambers on Friday, Nov. 10 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Space is limited.Goodman faculty, staff and graduate students are invited to attend. Brock community members wishing to attend can email Jennifer Brisson at jbrisson@brocku.ca to reserve a seat. read more

Bolton boss reacts to Villa defeat

first_imgBolton Wanderers manager Phil Parkinson has been talking about his team’s 2-0 loss to Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday.On his assessment of the game, Parkinson told the club’s official website, saying:“I thought we had more than enough chances to get something from the game.”“I think everybody who has watched it can see that. When we have periods of pressure, like we have done of late, we have to take those opportunities.”“We’ve come to Villa Park, which is a difficult place to come to, I thought we created more than enough to get something from the game. It was so close, the width of the post or someone sliding in half a yard quicker to get a goal.”“The keeper made a great save from Nooney in the second half. Obviously, we are disappointed with conceding that early goal and we know we’ve done that a lot recently.”Keith Hill is set to protect Bolton’s young players Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 After the team’s takeover last week, the club has only relied on youth players, and manager Keith Hill wants to protect them and give them chances for the future.“Was it a lack of concentration or a good piece of play from Abraham, to put Grealish in, who we know is a top-class player.”“I still feel we could have been more switched on in that situation.”“The second goal, how the referee can give a free kick for Joe Williams’ tackle, I honestly don’t know.”“However, I do feel we need to defend it better. We know they are good at set plays and have a very good delivery. We need to back stick better than we did.”“It was a performance that typified us recently, where we have had so much good play in the game and we need to capitalise on those big moments.”last_img read more

Guardiola Burnley deserves respect

first_imgManchester City’s boss Pep Guardiola claims Burnley FC are no pushovers as he intends to show them utmost respect when they trade tackles in the FA Cup Fourth Round.The last time the Clarets were drawn against Man City in the Third Round clash last season, Guardiola’s men emerged 4-1 winners at the Etihad Stadium.While Burnley has been a shadow of themselves compared to their last season form but has managed to rediscover a turn in fortunes, Guardiola’s men have been blazing teams since the turn of the year.However, the former Barca boss is keen on fielding a strong side for the all-Premier League tie after admitting they would be fully focused on staging an upset.Quizzed by journalists at his pre-match press conference, the Blues boss replied: “When you say that the FA Cup is not top of Burnley’s agenda, does that mean 11 players are going to play at the Etihad Stadium and not want to win? I can’t believe it.“They are going to try to play the way they did last season. They finished seventh in the league, which is an incredible achievement.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“They did not start well but I think they have gone five games unbeaten. I have a lot of respect for what they have done and what they try to do.”Man City booked a date with Chelsea in the final of the Carabao Cup after beating Burton FC 10-0 on aggregate.Carabao Cup final will be lit 💯 pic.twitter.com/TcdPoc47y8— Football Digest (@FutballDigest) January 25, 2019last_img read more

Police Commissioner suspends two Police officers must formally explain actions

first_img Related Items:#Commissionersuspendstwoofficers, #magneticmedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 24, 2017 – Nassau – Commissioner Ellison Greenslade has suspended the two police officers who filmed themselves drinking alcohol, cursing and basically balling while in uniform and seemingly in a police patrol vehicle.   The video circulated on social media sparked outrage among residents who are already deeply disturbed by the number of murders this past week alone; Police are expected now more than ever to be a part of the solution to curbing crime.In a statement on Sunday, it was explained that, “…disciplinary action has commenced against two police officers of the Royal Bahamas Police Force shown in a controversial video that recently went viral on social media…. Commissioner Ellison Greenslade suspended both officers from duty and restricted their privileges.   Both officers were given fourteen (14) days to show cause letters. This allows due process and natural justice.Commissioner Greenslade will make a final decision on both officers once he receives their written responses in his hand.”    In that video, where both men are in plain view of the cell phone camera, one policeman appears to be drinking a beer and listening to music, the other is driving and filming and  with laughing and complete disregard, admit that they are not responding to a police dispatch call, they are getting drunk and ‘ridin’.The men also ask, again with giddy laughter, that those they are sending the video to, not share the video.   Well, that did not happen, as the short clip went viral in a matter of hours.#MagneticMediaNews#Commissionersuspendstwoofficers Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS Superintendent Brand Announces His 3 Major Goals For The

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At last week’s School Committee Meeting, Wilmington Superintendent of Schools Dr. Glenn Brand recommended three significant goals he hopes to achieved during his first year in the position.Brand’s first goal is to complete the Superintendent’s Entry Plan.“As previously proposed to the community, it will be my intention to complete a full report of entry findings to the School Committee and community,” wrote Brand in his memo to the School Committee. “The data collection associated with this process has begun with individual interviews and will continue through early fall with surveys as well as staff, student and community meetings. The data will be assembled into a report that will include a summary of the findings and recommendations based upon the variety of feedback gathered.”Brand’s second goal is to implement the Coordinated Program Review (C.P.R.) Corrective Action Plan.“The district recently participated in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s Coordinated Program Review,” announced Brand. “This review covered a variety of areas of the district’s programs and services that included Special Education, Civil Rights requirements, and English Language Education (ELE). The final report, along with a set of corrective actions, have been provided to the district and necessitate our full district’s attention and response that far exceeds the work of the Student Services Department alone… This proposed goal will include progress monitoring, and mid-year report and end-of-year summary of the work that has been completed in compliance with our obligations.”Brand’s third goal is to develop a new Strategic Plan for the district.“The Wilmington Public Schools’ most recent strategic planned spanned the years 2015 to 2018. As such, the former plan effectively expired at the end of the 2017-2018 school year,” explained Brand. “It is therefore timely that work begin anew as we take careful stock of where we currently are as a school district and look toward the immediate and long-term future. As a result, I am proposing that I oversee a process that will involve stakeholders throughout our community to embark upon developing our new strategic plan that will establish the foundation for our district goals and priorities.”According to Brand, the plan will be presented to the School Committee to approval prior to the end of the current school year. A call for volunteers to serve on the Committee, both from within the school district and the community, will likely take place around December 1, with the committee’s work commencing in mid-January and ending in late May/early June.These three proposed goals will be voted upon by the School Committee at a future meeting and directly tie-in to the criteria used in the Committee’s end-of-the-school-year evaluation of the Superintendent’s performance.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuperintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”Superintendent Brand Receives Positive Evaluation From School CommitteeIn “Government”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Mahatma Gandhis statue vandalised

first_imgPatancheru: Mahatma Gandhi’s idol was vandalised by unknown persons at BHEL Mac Society in Rama Chandrapuram. The statue was installed in 2016. Speaking on the issue, the residents said, ” a complaint was registered in the local police station. Police should punish the person who committed this crime.”last_img

DUs expulsion of Isha unconstitutional AL

first_imgHasan Mahmud and Iffat Jahan IshaRuling Bangladesh Awami League has protested at the expulsion of BCL activist at Dhaka University Iffat Jahan Isha by the university authorities, calling it ‘unconstitutional’ and ‘anti-rights’.The Bangladesh Chhatra League aka BCL is the student front of the ruling AL and Isha is the BCL president of DU’s Sufia Kamal hall, a dormitory for the female students.Addressing a press conference at the party president’s Dhanmondi office, its publicity secretary Hasan Mahmud said BCL should not have expelled Isha.“The way the BCL president of DU’s Sufia Kamal hall unit was relieved of her post wasn’t appropriate. The BCL has taken the right decision by withdrawing her expulsion,” said the ruling party leader.He also criticised the Dhaka University authorities for expelling Isha “with necessary investigation”.“It’s beyond my imagination that an institution like Dhaka University can verbally expel one of its students on charges of allegations even before any investigation.“This goes against fundamental rights and the constitution. Investigation is a must in every case no matter whoever is the accused. Punishment must come after investigation. [In this case] no investigation has been carried out as yet,” said Hasan Mahmud.On Tuesday night, students of Sufia Kamal hall alleged that Isha used to torture students at the university dormitory, but they could not speak up against her torture until the day fearing reprisals.In that night, Isha called in some students, who joined then ongoing quota reform demonstrations on the university campus, to her room and tortured them.Upon hearing the screaming of female students, BCL vice president of the hall unit Morsheda Khanam rushed to Isha’s room and engaged in a scuffle with her. During the scuffle, Morsheda’s leg hit a window-pan and had cut her leg badly.On information, other students rushed to the scene and beat up Isha.Hall students staged demonstrations demanding expulsion of Isha while the picture of Morsheda’s bloodied leg went viral on the social media.Several male students also staged demonstrations outside the female dormitory demanding expulsion of Isha.Students ended their demonstrations only after the university vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman made the announcement of Isha’s expulsion.last_img read more

Samuel L Jackson Is An Anime Fan Guys

first_img his shouldn’t come as as surprise to anyone, but it happens that Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson (yes, the very same one who’s currently starring in Kong: Skull Island) is actually an anime fan.Why is this fact just now circulating? Wired recently featured Jackson in its Auto-Complete Interview Series, where celebrities are tasked with Googling their own names and an “interrogative lead-in,” such as a question that fans want to know the answer to. For instance, one of the questions is if Jackson is a vegan, one is what’s actually engraved on his lightsaber, and more. Jackson has delightful responses to all of these questions.But one, in particular, is the question whether or not Jackson likes anime, to which the answer was “yes.” He also likes hentai, which as we all know is the more adult anime out there, often featuring pornographic situations. Yeah, the good stuff. Jackson is all about anime and hentai, it seems, and that makes him seem like an even more accessible guy as if we didn’t want to hang out with him the most already.Jackson has previously been involved with series like Afro Samurai, where he voiced both Afro Samurai and Ninja Ninja. He also had production credits in that series. Later in 2009, he worked on the film version of Astro Boy, and recently he starred in the 2014 live-action adaptation of the anime series Kite.Check out the entirety of the interview below from Wired. Wonder what kind of anime Jackson likes? You can be sure he’s at least seen the shows that inspired the works he’s been in or helped out with, but hey, maybe that question should have been more specific! Hopefully, we’ll see him involved with more projects going forward now that the cat’s officially out of the bag. Samuel L. Jackson Slams ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Poster Error11 Forgotten Blaxploitation Classics That Deserve Your Time Stay on targetlast_img read more

British bar installs Faraday cage to block all phone signals

first_imgIt’s becoming increasingly difficult to disconnect. The smartphone we all carry will usually find a signal, be it 3G, 4G, or WiFi meaning you’re always connected and able to receive messages, chat, or surf the web in your own insular bubble. Getting away from that is tough and most of us wouldn’t want to anyway, but one British bar is forcing the disconnect on its patrons.The Gin Tub cocktail bar in Hove is owned by Steve Tyler and he dislikes what the smartphone has done to social gatherings. So he decided to do something about it in his own bar by installing a Faraday cage that blocks all phone signals. The Gin Tub is a dead zone.A Faraday cage is basically a mesh of conductive materials that blocks electric signals passing through it. Tyler has built his mesh into the walls of the Gin Tub so you can’t see it and it doesn’t ruin the look of the bar. It’s also legal unlike the phone jammers you can buy, so nobody will be able to take action against him for installing it. Instead they can just choose to drink elsewhere.Tyler’s aim is not to upset anyone, though, it’s to get them talking and enjoying the experience of going out instead. The older readers among you may remember when going out was done without an always-connected device in your pocket. We are fast approaching an age where the youngest legal drinkers have always had a phone to pull out of their pocket, so socializing without it is an unknown.The Gin Tub experiment will be watched closely by other drinking establishments to see how well it works. I’m also hoping movie theaters take note and carry out the same experiment. If they do, I may start visiting them regularly again.last_img read more