LAPS News:The LAPS School Board voted Tuesday night to open schools with 100 percent remote learning for all students.Any change to the hybrid model will include a 4-week lead time and be based upon meeting criteria developed by LAPS staff and approved by the School Board, subject to PED requirements and Health Orders. “Even though this was a very challenging decision, the safety and well-being of our students and staff take priority,” Board President Ellen Ben-Naim said. “By implementing a fully remote model for all students, we are ensuring that our students receive quality learning while preventing the potential spread of COVID-19.” School begins Thursday, Aug. 13 for all students registered with LAPS. Teachers will report Aug. 5.The School Board had considered a hybrid model, which would limit the number of students present in the building at any given time, but members agreed that it is important to make a decision that is the safest for staff and students and enables teachers to have time to prepare. Teachers and staff will have opportunities to develop their remote learning skills through professional development and access to tools and resources to enhance online learning.The Safe Start Task Force has been working on a plan for the start of the 2020-2021 school year. Click here to see the report.“We extend thanks and appreciation to the Safe-Start Task Force which is highly representative of our diverse community,” Superintendent Kurt Steinhaus said. “They have diligently taken into account all considerations on this topic.”LAPS has solicited feedback from staff, parents, students and community members on the safe start of school, which has been considered in making this decision. “We are confident that high quality teaching and learning will still occur, but we need to work together to make it possible,” Steinhaus said.LAPS staff will begin planning this morning for the 100 percent remote learning. More information will be sent to parents to help with preparing students for the start of school.
“I’m looking to establish myself as a top player in the BCIHL and play a role in building a winning team, while also having good marks in school.”As an 18-year old, he saw action with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos and compiled a record of 3-4-1 with a 3.14 goals-against average and .870 save percentage in nine games.He went on to play two-plus seasons of Junior A hockey, primarily with the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Melville Millionaires.He was named the Mills’ Playoff MVP in 2011 following a first-round series loss to the Estevan Bruins, who he held to 11 goals on 172 shots over five games. Sirard split the 2011/12 season between the University of Regina and the Prairie Junior Hockey League’s Pilot Butte Storm, who he helped to a league championship following his late season addition.He concluded his junior career with a record of 29 wins, 27 losses and sevven ties. “Alex is a talented netminder whose experience in Major Junior and Junior A hockey has prepared him well to take the next step at the college level,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”With a largely new group coming in this fall, getting solid and steady goaltending will be crucial to team success early in the season.”Alex is coming off a championship run last season and he’s highly motivated to be a key piece of another winning team at Selkirk College.” The 21-year old has shown an ability to step up his game in the playoffs, where he has posted a 2.68 goals-against average and .927 save percentage over the past two seasons. Sirard is the second goaltender to commit to the Saints this offseason, joining former KIJHL and VIJHL stand-out Stephen Wolff. Also committed to the Saints for the 2012/13 season are forwards Logan Proulx (Cowichan Valley, BCHL), Thomas Hardy (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jackson Garrett (Comox Valley, VIJHL), Stephen Saretsky (Wellington, OJHL), Cole Thomson (Kerry Park, VIJHL), Scott Swiston (Creston, KIJHL), Connor McLaughlin (Fernie, KIJHL), Kyle Golz (Grandview, PIJHL), Cody Fidgett (Delta, PIJHL), John Proctor (Delta, PIJHL), Matthew Luongo (Aldergrove, PIJHL), Jared Seutter (Chase, KIJHL) and Brodie Gibbon (Oceanside, VIJHL) and defencemen Brett Kipling (Melville, SJHL), Dylan Smith (Richmond, PIJHL), Mark Strachan (Kimberley, KIJHL) and Lucas Hildebrand (Revelstoke, KIJHL). Forget about the nice summer weather.The movers and shakers from the Selkirk College Men’s Hockey Team are doing their best to dream of success on ice after inking a major cog in next season’s team — former Western Hockey League netminder Alexandre Sirard of Calgary.Sirard joins the Saints for the 2012/13 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League season following three seasons of junior hockey spent in the WHL, AJHL and SJHL.”I’m excited to be coming to Selkirk College and joining the Saints,” said Sirard, who describes himself as a quick, athletic goaltender with a good foot work in a team press release.
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TOTTENHAM are braced for bitter rivals Chelsea to bid for Toby Alderweireld.The £45million-rated Belgium centre-back is wanted at Stamford Bridge in a summer move after failing to agree a new deal at Spurs.6 Toby Alderweireld could be set to swap Spurs for fellow London giants ChelseaCredit: PA:Empics SportAnd the two clubs must put aside years of bad blood, which started when Frank Arnesen left White Hart Lane in 2005, to get a deal done.Alderweireld, 29, is firmly on the radar at Stamford Bridge despite the history meaning the rivals rarely do business.The ex-Atletico Madrid star only has a season left on his deal at Spurs.Alderweireld is still regarded as one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League and viewed as a bargain at his price.6 Toby Alderweireld is rated by many as the best centre-back in the Premier LeagueCredit: REUTERS6 Belgian Toby Alderweireld has also been on the radar of Manchester City and UtdCredit: REUTERS6 Antonio Conte may have Toby Alderweireld in his ranks if he is still Chelsea boss next seasonCredit: AFP or licensors AFP or licensorsManchester City were tracking him before moving for Aymeric Laporte in January – and Manchester United have looked at him too.But Chelsea will compete for him too and offer make him the cornerstone of their defence as they look to rebuild next season.Swansea 0-1 Chelsea: Cesc Fabregas scores early goal as Blues still hope for Champions League placeMASS-IVE BLOW Arsenal blow as Massimiliano Allegri reveals he is staying at Juventus for one more seasonAlderweireld’s current deal, as revealed by Football Leaks, has a £25m release clause active for 14 days if Spurs activate a one-year extension option at the end of next season.And that could leave Spurs with a dilemma over whether to try to get maximum value for him earlier.Spurs are lining up a £45m swoop for Dutch teen sensation Matthijs de Ligt as a replacement.6 Toby Alderweireld could be the most-wanted defender in the Premier LeagueCredit: REUTERSBoss Mauricio Pochettino sees the Ajax centre-back, 18, as the long-term replacement for Alderweireld.He has already played more than 50 times for the Amsterdam giants, and his fifth cap for the Netherlands senior team was in last month’s 1-0 friendly defeat at home to England.Full Sunday Premier League preview including Manchester United v Arsenal and West Ham v Manchester CityArsenal and Barcelona scouts have both watched De Ligt in action in recent months – although SunSport understands Barca’s interest has now cooled.The Gunners are still keen but it appears their North London rivals are now the front-runners to land the youngster, who saw his pal Davinson Sanchez leave Ajax for Tottenham for £42m last summer.6 World Cup glory might not be the only thing on Toby Alderweireld’s mind this summerCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Checkpoint Systems has recently announced that its StrapLok solution is helping the largest DIY retailer in Benelux (Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg) to protect its high-end range of faucets and tools.Praxis, part of the Maxeda retail group, operates a diverse range of outlets, including superstores and small high street stores, and has an online presence. In total, the company runs more than 370 stores, with chains such as Plan-it by Praxis and Formido in the Netherlands, and Brico and Plan-it in Belgium and Luxembourg.The retailer sells a wide range of merchandise, including power tools and luxury bathroom faucets. Unfortunately, these desirable products are also very popular with shoplifters and susceptible to theft. As a result, Checkpoint conferred with managers at two of its stores—Praxis Apeldoorn (franchiser) and Praxis Drunen (branch)—to find out how they reduced shrink on two specific product categories.- Sponsor – ApeldoornPraxis was experiencing a number of issues with the availability of luxury bathroom faucets. Despite its order system indicating that these products were in stock, the reality was there were none available. On further examination, the retailer found that the Grohe brand was particularly affected with shoplifters targeting its easy-to-conceal range of products.Having identified the problem, the team implemented a solution from another vendor. However, the results were not as positive as they had hoped. Primarily, this was because the device alarmed every time a customer touched the merchandise. Although dishonest customers were deterred from stealing the products, customers were also put off and were unable to interact with the range and view the product information. Not only that, it was also very labor intensive for store staff who had to constantly turn off the alarm, using the appropriate key/detacher.As a result, Checkpoint presented Praxis with its StrapLok™ solution. Many high-theft products received by retailers arrive with nylon straps around the box to protect inside contents. StrapLok quickly attaches onto the existing nylon straps. Because of dynamic tension adjustment, it is compatible with low-quality, loose straps found on boxes already pre-strapped from manufacturing. StrapLok actively monitors the strap’s tension and will only alarm if the strap is being cut. This is one of the key advantages of the StrapLok as it will not generate false alarms. After a short trial, the retailer immediately placed an order.Remon Bonte, who has worked at the company for over 19 years, commented: “The StrapLok instantly minimized false alarms, which made a huge difference for the customer. For store staff, it also meant that we could deal with every alarm effectively as we knew it was a legitimate issue. It is a perfect solution because it’s easy to apply, allows customers to interact with the product and protects merchandise.”Praxis has been using the StrapLok across its stores for over four months and has steadily increased the number in use. At first, the solution was used to protect products with a value of $175 or more, but that has now been brought down to under $100.DrunenPraxis’ store in Drunen had similar challenges. It found that shoplifters were removing luxury faucets and power tools from their packaging and leaving empty boxes on the shelves. As a result, a three-month trial was ordered by head office, with StrapLok tags applied to products across a range of product categories.Jos van Lith, who manages the Drunen store and has worked at Praxis since 1990, said, “Since implementing the StrapLok, we no longer find empty packaging on our shelves. It has been highly successful because it is reliable and easy to use. We do not suffer from false alarms and can deal with each problem very effectively. Ultimately, this solution has reduced shrink of Grohe faucets and hand tool boxes from Makita, Bosch and Worx.”According to Stuart Rosenthal, vice president of sales and marketing for Checkpoint’s Alpha High-Theft Solutions, “The StrapLok is a direct result of customer feedback combined with our deep and longstanding knowledge of the retail industry.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
Data is important for the organization and it is important to develop methodologies to use data efficiently and cost effectively. 451 Research analyst Henry Baltazar proposed four different approaches for getting better control on data managed by the organization:Audit. Know what you have. Audit the current usage of data to understand the frequency and urgency that different data is being used within the organization.Metadata and usage reports can be reviewed to see the frequency of access of data and which groups are using which data.It’s important that the right data is being stored on the right resource.Centralization. While there are exceptions, a rule of thumb is to simplify data management by consolidating data into fewer systems.It is too easy for data to become sprawled across many different storage systems.Efficient Cloud Storage. Moving data to the cloud can often save money and simplify storage management.But cloud data is best used when it can be granularly accessed. Without that, it may be necessary to recover a large block of data from the cloud to retrieve some piece of data. Retrieving large blocks of data can incur data transfer costs that are expensive and require a large amount of time to make the transfer.Automated Data Management. Metadata and data usage patterns derived from machine learning can help automate the use of data.Automation and process management tools can help data be used more efficiently and intelligently.
What if your favorite fruit and nut bar was not just a midday snack, but was also a meal for a hungry child across the globe? Well now, it can be!Video: Celebrity Kristen Bell Creates ‘This Bar Saves Lives’ to End World HungerWhen Hollywood actors Todd Grinnell, Ryan Devlin and Ravi Patel visited Liberia, they were heartbroken by the poverty they encountered. In fact, the epidemic is so severe that one child dies of malnourishment once every 12 seconds. Upon their return, they knew they had to take action. They decided to jump on the ‘buy one, give one’ band wagon and create a healthy, nutritious fruit and nut bar.With the purchase of this new snack, a child in need on the other side of the world receives a food bar, jam packed full of the nutrients required to nurse them back to health. This Bar Saves Lives eventually attracted the attention of A-list celebrities like Kristen Bell. By the end of the year, the co-founders hope to sell one million bars, giving helpless families across the world a chance at life!
Copies of this report are available on the city’s website; CLICK HERE or in person from City Hall at 10631-100th StreetAny inquiries regarding this public meeting can be directed to David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services at [email protected] or call (250) 794-3300 FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A public meeting is being held to present the 2018 Annual Municipal Report on Monday, June 24th, 2019.The presentation starts at 6 pm at City Hall in the Council chambers and is being presented by David Joy, General Manager of Corporate Services.The presentation will go over the details of the report including the 2019 goals and objectives, updates to the 2018 goals and objectives, the 2018 audited financial statements and report on permissive property tax exemptions.
New Delhi: With an aim to bolster its information-gathering mechanism and fast-track its probe, market regulator Sebi has sought direct powers to grant immunity in select cases and to impose lesser penalty if the accused agrees to provide assistance against other wrongdoers. In two separate proposals for the government, the Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has opined that such provisions would help it in establishing and securing stronger findings and orders against defaulters against whom sufficient evidence may not be available otherwise, officials said. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe new powers can be crucial for Sebi in some ongoing cases, including one involving a large bank and several high-profile names, officials added. At present, any immunity for securities law violations can be granted only by the central government. Citing similar powers available with the fair trade watchdog Competition Commission of India (CCI), Sebi has proposed to impose a lesser penalty on a person who may have violated securities laws but provides assistance to the regulator in proceedings against other accused before completion of investigation, inquiry, inspection or audit ordered by it. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsResponding to Sebi’s proposal, the Finance Ministry has opined any such powers should remain with the central government and a provision for that can be made by suitable amendments to the Sebi Act and the Securities Contracts Regulation Act (SCRA). Clarifying that the proposal to impose a lesser penalty is different from granting immunity, Sebi has said the conduct of a person in an actionable proceeding may be considered as a mitigating factor and the regulator or its adjudicating officer should be empowered to impose a smaller fine against an individual providing help in probe. This would, however, depend on the person having made a full and true disclosure in respect of his or her alleged violations and the disclosure should be vital for the regulator. Also, the penalty cannot be reduced in cases where the disclosure is made after receipt of report of inspection, inquiry, audit or investigation. In cases where the informant stops cooperating with the regulator before completion of the proceedings would also not qualify for the leniency. Besides, Sebi can act against such an informant at a later stage if it finds that the person has failed to comply with the necessary conditions for the leniency, had given false evidence or the disclosure was not vital or to the satisfaction of the regulator or its adjudicating officer. On the proposal regarding power to grant immunity , the regulator is of the view that such powers currently lies only with the central government. However, the Committee on Fair Market Conduct has recommended that such a power can also be exercisable by Sebi. The Committee has also suggested necessary amendment to the Section 24B of the Sebi Act to give power to Sebi to impose lesser penalty along the lines of a similar provision in the Competition Act. This Section provides for power to grant immunity to the central government to a person who is alleged to have violated any of the provisions of the Sebi Act or rule or regulations the immunity from prosecution or from imposition of any penalty. It has been now proposed that such powers should be available to the government as well as to Sebi, officials said. Sebi has also proposed to remove the reference in the current provision that any recommendation from the regulator for grant of immunity should not be binding on the government. Any such immunity, however, cannot be granted in cases where the proceedings for the prosecution for any offence has been instituted before the receipt of application for granting immunity. Also, an immunity can be withdrawn by the government or Sebi at a later stage if it is found that the person has failed to comply with necessary conditions or the evidence provided by him or her is found to be false. Subsequently, the person can be tried for the offence and also become liable to imposition of a penalty for the offence for which the immunity was granted.