BUSY TIME FOR LEADERS OF THE SPORT

first_imgThe last week has marked a busy time for key officials, volunteers, and staff of Touch Football Australia with involvement in several conferences, workshops, and forums held in Brisbane from 21-25 March 2007.Twenty-four representatives from Touch Football Australia attended the biannual Australian Sports Commission’s Our Sporting Future Conference at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre from 21-23 March 2007.The attendees were given the opportunity to attend lectures that examined contemporary issues and explored growth opportunities in sport. Technological and cutting edge scientific advances, the future of sport as a business, and societal trends such as demographic shifts and their potential influence on the cultural, social and economic landscape for sporting organizations were discussed.Speakers included academics, media experts, innovators from the sports industry, and high profile business people. A Sports Industry exhibition was run concurrently and there were several professional development and networking opportunities provided via social engagements including a gala ball at Suncorp Stadium and a Great Sporting Debate luncheon.Touch Football Australia was one of a small number of sports that were given the opportunity to present a forum session.Acting CEO Colm Maguire and TFA Board of Management Chairman Michael Sparks spoke to a capacity audience about Structure and governance, highlighting the processes, obstacles, shortcomings, and positive outcomes of the restructuring Touch Football has undergone in the last two years.Many sports are now revising their structures to ensure their survival in a competitive market place. Touch Football is one of the first sports to re-engineer its framework and the lecture was received with interest by the captive audience.The TFA Future Directions Workshop was conducted in two distinct segments over the weekend, firstly examining the strategic plans of the organisation, then focusing on the operational endeavours of the sport.The National Strategic Forum (Saturday 24 march) and the TFA Human Resources Forum (Sunday 25 March) were held at the Dockside Central Apartment Hotel.Key Volunteers and Staff across key specialty areas of expertise relevant to the sport from around the nation participated in the National Strategic Forum led by Sport Industry Training guru, Michael Mc Laughlin.The enthusiasm, knowledge, passion and insights provided by the leaders of our game across the various disciplines highlighted an overarching desire and commitment to examine the past, learn from experiences, listen to others, make adjustments and changes as necessary, and ensure a settled, positive, and united progression towards a productive future.TFA Staff congregated in Brisbane on Sunday 25 March to participate in a Human Resources Forum aimed at uniting, understanding, and focussing all staff in a philosophical, cultural, and professional sense.Staff participated in various sessions, including organisational development segments led by Master of Organisational Psychology, Sarah Lewis.Staff were given an overview of TFA’s expectations and given the opportunity to meet and network with interstate colleagues. Outcomes and recommendations from the Future Directions Workshop have been tabulated and will be reflected in adjustments that will be made to the strategic and operational plans of the organisation in the near future.Information and any aspects of the Future Directions Workshop can be accessed by contacting the TFA office in Brisbane on 07) 32471733.last_img read more

Video: Snow Didn’t Stop 5-Star Alabama DB Signee Minkah Fitzpatrick From Hitting The Field Today

first_imgMinkah Fitzpatrick in a game against Ole Miss.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 30: Minkah Fitzpatrick #29 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after he and Isaiah Buggs #49 sack Shea Patterson #20 of the Mississippi Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 30, 2017 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The weather in New Jersey has been decidedly less than ideal this winter, and more snow is on the way tonight into tomorrow. Residents all over the Garden State are anxious for spring to finally arrive.But some residual snow didn’t deter Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep 5-star cornerback Minkah Fitzpatrick, an Alabama signee, from getting in an off-season agility workout this afternoon. Fitzpatrick hit the (covered) turf at his high school’s practice field to do some footwork drills, and he posted video of the training on his Twitter account. Nice day at the beach GET RIGHT! pic.twitter.com/S7yxv06o3J— Minkah FitzMagic (@minkfitz_21) March 4, 2015Fitzpatrick is known for his smooth style of play, good footwork and strong technique. If he can maintain those assets in the snow, just think what he might be able to do in Tuscaloosa when the weather will be nicer.last_img read more

CarPIN Calls for Limit on Lead Paint in Jamaica

first_img The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CarPIN) is calling for regulations or legislation that will place a limit on lead paint in Jamaica.This call precedes International Lead Poisoning Week, to be observed from October 22 to 26, under the theme ‘Regulating Lead Exposure: Protecting Our Children’.Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (October 16), Poison Information Coordinator at CarPIN, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, explained that the organisation has been gathering information in tandem with the International Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) Elimination Network (IPEN).“For the past three months (July to September) IPEN, which is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), and CarPIN have carried out a study in Jamaica to analyse how much lead we have in our paint,” she said.The report from the study will be released to the Government and to the public for viewing during International Lead Poisoning Week.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh pointed out that reducing and eliminating lead as one of the most hazardous chemicals is a global campaign, which also involves the United Nations Environment and the World Health Organization (WHO).“Our appeal to the Government during International Lead Poisoning Week is to ban the use of lead in paints that are manufactured locally and to restrict the importation of paints that have lead into Jamaica,” she explained.She warned that the effects of lead poisoning when it accumulates in the body are irreversible and that children are the most vulnerable.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh said that paint is most harmful when it is stripping from the wall or when it is scraped in preparation for repainting.“Ingesting paint chips that are peeling from the wall can be particularly harmful since the lead content can be higher than what is typically found in ordinary dust and soil,” she said, adding that children may pick up the paint chips and put it in their mouths or chew on toys that are painted with lead paint and directly ingest the poisonous substance.“We believe that if we can restrict lead in paint, we can protect children through different avenues, so we would no longer have lead in toys or in decorative paints being used in homes or at school or in playground areas where children are,” she said.The Poison Information Coordinator informed that based on some of the effects exposure to lead has had on children, the WHO in 2010 classified lead poisoning under mental retardation disease for children. She further explained that it has a debilitating effect on brain development in children.According to the WHO, at high levels of acute exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death, and children who survive acute lead poisoning are typically left with grossly obvious mental retardation and behavioural disruption.Mrs. Whitelocke-Ballingsingh said that the most effective way of combatting the lead-poisoning issue is to have a regulatory framework in place.In observance of International Lead Poisoning Week, a public forum will be held at the University of Technology on Thursday, October 25, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend. Speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ today (October 16), Poison Information Coordinator at CarPIN, Sherika Whitelocke-Ballingsingh, explained that the organisation has been gathering information in tandem with the International Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPS) Elimination Network (IPEN). The Caribbean Poison Information Network (CarPIN) is calling for regulations or legislation that will place a limit on lead paint in Jamaica. This call precedes International Lead Poisoning Week, to be observed from October 22 to 26, under the theme ‘Regulating Lead Exposure: Protecting Our Children’. Story Highlightslast_img read more

Inuit Broadcasting Corporation opens new Iqaluit headquarters

first_imgAPTN National NewsSince 1981, the Inuit Broadcasting Corporation has been making television in Inuktitut for Inuit.In fact, if it is in Inuktitut and broadcasted on APTN, the IBC is usually behind it.Now it has a new facility that matches its legacy.APTN’s Kent Driscoll has this story.last_img

Bakers grocers met to reach deals on bread prices competition watchdog alleges

first_imgOTTAWA – Newly released court documents related to an alleged industry-wide bread-price fixing case show the Competition Bureau believes at least seven companies, including Canada’s three major grocers, committed indictable offences under the Competition Act.The previously sealed information to obtain documents explain the Competition Bureau requested search warrants to enter and search the premises and records of seven companies because it had reasonable grounds to believe they committed multiple offences.The watchdog alleges bread wholesalers Canada Bread Company Ltd. and George Weston Ltd.’s senior officers directly communicated with one another and agreed to increase prices.It claims the suppliers met with their retail customers _ Loblaw Companies Ltd., Walmart Canada Corp., Sobeys Inc., Metro Inc. and Giant Tiger Stores Ltd. _ to get their approval for the price hike.In December, Loblaw and George Weston admitted they sparked the investigation when they approached the watchdog after becoming aware of an allegedly industry-wide arrangement to co-ordiante retail and wholesale prices of some packaged bread products from late 2001 to March 2015.The two companies received immunity in exchange for their co-operation. The remaining five companies have previously saidthey’re co-operating with the investigation, and some have outright denied any wrongdoing.last_img read more

Iconic Barbie fashion comes alive in vintage collaboration

first_imgNEW YORK — In time for her 60th birthday, Barbie has a new collaborator bringing her wide-ranging style to life for humans.One of the largest sellers of vintage-inspired clothes, Unique Vintage, is working with Barbie parent Mattel on the first women’s line to meticulously duplicate some of the doll’s most iconic early looks. In the process, the company also has taken care of the one thing critics love to hate about Barbie, her very plastic hourglass physique, by offering the outfits in sizes XS to 4X.The collaboration, Barbie x Unique Vintage, celebrates 1950s and ’60s Babs. The company that sells online and in about 500 boutiques around the world plans to go even bigger for Barbie’s big 6-0 next year, offering key fashion moments from across the rest of her decades.Until then, for fall, we caught up with all things Barbie x Unique Vintage in the swanky Jewel Suite designed by jeweler-to-the-stars Martin Katz in the Lotte New York Palace hotel on Madison Avenue. Katz paired a few of the looks with some of his own bling, from $36,000 button earrings in a rainbow of sapphires, garnets and tourmaline to a $48,000 cocktail ring of Bombay spinel cabochons and round diamonds.All of the glam pleases Katie Echeverry. She’s the founder, CEO and creative director of Unique Vintage, an 18-year-old company with 60 employees based in Burbank, California. With her long blonde locks and Barbie-esque dimensions, Echeverry said she was a Babs fan as a girl but was also a “tomboy” who loved to play softball.During a recent round of media interviews explaining how the collab came about, Echeverry donned a Kelly-green shawl dress worn by Barbie in 1962 and done by Unique Vintage in a forgiving stretch fabric. Noteworthy was Echeverry’s most definitely un-Barbie upper-arm tattoo, on proud display in the off-shoulder outfit, as she recalled her luck.“When I emailed Mattel, I didn’t think they’d actually reply back, but they did, and I was thrilled,” Echeverry told The Associated Press. “They ran with it. I couldn’t believe they hadn’t done it before.”Echeverry worked closely with Mattel but “they didn’t dictate what I chose.” Mattel opened its archives to her as she went about duplicating outfits, with adjustments to account for the real human form. She said she chose looks that “spoke to me.”Barbie, the doll, first hit store shelves in 1959. That year, she stepped out in a swirl of gold and white brocade for evening. The dress was among those Echeverry picked and sells for $118 on uniquevintage.com. The matching collar coat with three-quarter sleeves trimmed in faux fur goes for $148.Unique Vintage has brought Barbie fashion full circle, in a sense. It was a designer for actual women, Charlotte Johnson, who was hired to be the doll’s first fashion creator. A Mattel team took over soon after Barbie’s debut.Echeverry’s first Barbie go-around dropped in the spring. Social media fans of vintage and of Barbie took notice and sales have been brisk, she said. For fall, her prices range from $88 for an A-shaped Barbie flare skirt in green with a white hem to $198 for the doll’s red matinee sleeveless sheath dress and short jacket trimmed with calico-colored faux fur.It was important to Echeverry to choose looks that have remained iconic through the years but were wearable by women in the broad range of sizes she is committed to providing.“I was like a kid in a candy store,” she said. After the first season went on sale, Echeverry watched the response online, where nostalgia kicked in among fans who recalled favourite outfits, some gushing how they’d always wondered what it would be like to wear the looks themselves.That goes a long way in explaining why Echeverry was more than a little dedicated to getting the clothes right.“I went online and ordered every single vintage outfit myself. Mattel offered to lend them to me, but I was a little nervous about having some of their archives,” she said. “In our fittings, we literally had the original Barbie dress next to the model. We moved Barbie. When I sourced fabrics overseas, I had Barbie clothes in my pocket and I was making sure we got as close as possible.”She was also dedicated to the price points she knows her buyers are after.“I know our customer and she doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, and I understand that,” Echeverry said.Unique Vintage sells shoes, hats, gloves, sunglasses and jewelry to complement the Barbie outfits. The company offers a red pillbox hat, for instance, to go with Barbie’s 1962 red flare coat done in a soft felt with the same swing and puffy three-quarter sleeves and bow the doll wore, down to the white lining done in a white poly satin.Barbie wore a cloche tweed hat with a rose with her “Career Girl” tweed pencil skirt set in 1963. Unique Vintage offers a black fascinator with a rose instead, for $22.As for her afternoon of glam in the Martin Katz suite, with its shiny black grand piano and sparkling crystal ceiling decor on the 53rd floor of the Towers at Lotte, Echeverry was impressed.“This is so glamorous. It’s so much fun. The view’s incredible,” she said.While noting Barbie’s evolution as a “strong kick-ass woman” over the years, Echeverry said she was ready for a bit of her own reality after her recent promotional go-round.“It’s unusual to find me in a dress,” she said. “As soon as this interview’s over I’ll be putting on my jeans and my T-shirt and be back to the regular Katie.”Leanne Italie, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Grains Livestock mixed

first_imgCHICAGO — Grain futures were mixed Friday in early trading on the Chicago Board of Trade.Wheat for Dec. delivery was up 3 cents at $5.0760 a bushel; Dec. corn lost 4.4 cents at $3.656 a bushel; Dec. oats rose 1 cent at $2.9320 a bushel; while Jan. soybeans fell 3.2 cents at 8.8920 a bushel.Beef was lower and pork was higher on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.Dec.live cattle was off .09 cent at $1.1490 a pound; Jan. feeder cattle fell 1.73 cents at $1.4727 a pound; Dec. lean hogs was up 1.47 cents at .5915 a pound.The Associated Presslast_img

If Parliament rejects Mays Brexit deal uncertainty reigns

first_imgLONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May looks to be on a collision course with Parliament over her Brexit plan.Lawmakers are beginning five days of debate Tuesday leading up to a Dec. 11 vote on the divorce deal agreed between May’s government and the European Union.May insists the deal “delivers for the British people.” But there’s a strong chance Parliament will reject it, leaving Britain staring at a Brexit precipice: exit on March 29 with no deal in place.Here’s a look at what might happen if lawmakers vote down her deal.___RENEGOTIATE AND TRY AGAINAn EU summit is scheduled for Dec. 13-14, and Britain could go back to the bloc seeking changes to the deal. EU leaders insist it is not renegotiable, but while the 585-page withdrawal agreement is locked down, the declaration on future relations is shorter and vaguer.If that were tweaked, the government could bring the amended deal back to Parliament and hope for a different result.But British lawmakers differ on what a better deal would look like. Many Brexiteers seek a cleaner break with the bloc, and want to change the Irish border “backstop” that would bind the U.K. in a customs union with the EU. It is very unlikely the bloc would re-open this.Pro-EU lawmakers want a softer divorce — the so-called “Norway option” — that keeps Britain inside the EU single market for goods and services. The EU might be open to the idea, but it would mean accepting free movement of people from the bloc to Britain, a red line for many U.K. Brexit supporters.___CHANGE THE LEADERMay insists she has no plans to resign, but she may have no choice if she loses the vote by a wide margin.Alternately, pro-Brexit Conservative rebels who have long wanted to oust her can trigger a no-confidence vote if they amass 48 letters of support. If May lost the vote, there would be a leadership contest with the winner decided by a ballot of party members — a process that would take several weeks.May would remain prime minister in the meantime, but without much in the way of authority or a mandate, as the clock ticked down to March 29, the day Britain officially leaves the EU.___HOLD AN ELECTIONThe main opposition Labour Party says it will try to trigger an election by calling a no-confidence vote in the government.Winning it would require support from some Conservatives, who may be unwilling to support an election that could well see them ousted from power.If May’s government lost a no-confidence vote, it would have two weeks to overturn the result with a new vote by lawmakers. If that failed, there would be an election, a process that takes five to six weeks.Whatever new government emerges would have little time to solve the Brexit conundrum before March 29.___NEW REFERENDUMThe campaign to revisit Brexit in a second referendum — driven largely by supporters of the losing “remain” side last time around — has been gathering steam as the pitfalls and complexity of the divorce process become clear.But the government is firmly opposed, and it’s unclear whether a majority of lawmakers would back the idea in a parliamentary vote.And what would the question be? Many pro-EU politicians want a choice between leaving on the proposed terms and staying in the EU, but others say leaving without a deal should also be an option. There’s a strong chance any new referendum would be as divisive as the first.There also is not enough time to hold a plebiscite before March 29, so Brexit would have to be paused — and that would require agreement from the EU.___NO DEAL“No deal” is the outcome almost no one wants — but it is also the default option. If the divorce deal is not approved, altered or put on hold, Britain will cease to be an EU member at 11 p.m. London time on March 29.The Bank of England has warned that a “no-deal” exit could plunge Britain into its deepest recession in nearly a century, and businesses warn the sudden end to longstanding trading agreements with the EU could see gridlock at British ports and shortages of food and medicines.___NO BREXITThe government says stopping Brexit would betray voters’ decision to leave the bloc. But some lawmakers want it to be an option, and have asked Europe’s top court to rule on whether Britain could unilaterally change its mind about Brexit. On Tuesday the European Court of Justice’s advocate general said that in his opinion, it could. The full court ruling is due within weeks.___ALL BETS IN PLAYIt’s difficult to predict which outcome is most likely. Bookmakers certainly don’t know how the Brexit process will end, though they appear to be pretty sure that May won’t get her deal through Parliament next week. Ladbrokes, for example, is offering odds of 4 to 1 against her deal getting approved.“I would not want to bet on anything,” said Rob Ford, a professor of political science at the University of Manchester.“This is a situation of what some probability scientists would call radical uncertainty. We just don’t know what the relative chances of these options are because this is an unprecedented situation in lots of ways, and these outcomes are interacting, they’re dynamic, they’re complex. It’s like a chaotic weather system.”___See the AP’s Brexit coverage at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitJill Lawless, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fire risk forces Ford to recall FSeries pickup trucks

first_imgDETROIT — Ford is recalling more than 410,000 F-Series pickup trucks with engine block heaters in the U.S. because they can catch fire.The recall covers certain F-150s from the 2015 through 2019 model years, as well as the 2017 through 2019 F-250, 350, 450 and 550.The company says in government documents posted Friday that water and contaminants can get into the heater cable and cause corrosion. That can cause electrical shorts and possible fires.Ford has received three reports of fires in Canada, but none in the U.S. There have been no reports of injuries.Dealers will inspect and seal the cable or replace the heaters if needed. The recall is expected to start Jan. 7.F-Series pickups are the top-selling vehicle in the United States.The Associated Presslast_img

Need to keep composure under pressure Kohli

first_imgMumbai: Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli believes his side needs to keep a calm head during pressure situations and take on the half chances to secure victory in the remaining games of the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. RCB were on Monday handed their seventh defeat in the ongoing IPL as Mumbai Indians beat them by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. After winning the toss and opting to bowl, MI restricted the visitors to 171-7 and then chased down the runs in 19 overs. Speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli rued the fact that his bowlers didn’t perform well in the first six overs. “We played a pretty good game I guess. With the ball, we weren’t that great in the first six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well.” RCB pacers once again came with a below par performance. In fact such was their performance that spinner Pawan Negi was preferred over the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini, to bowl the penultimate over of the match with MI needing 22 runs of the last two overs. However, the ploy didn’t work for the RCB as the left-arm spinner was taken for a toll with star all-rounder Hardik Pandya collecting two sixes and two fours to win the match for his team. Kohli though backed his decision to hand the ball to Negi in the penultimate over. “At the end, we had to take the risk with the left-arm spinner, with two right-handed batsmen. Giving pace was risky, especially with a bit of dew. Unfortunately, it didn’t come off.” The RCB skipper was also full of praise for England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who along with AB de Villiers (75 off 51), scored a superb fifty to propel the team to 171/7. Ali also picked up two wickets and kept his side in the hunt to secure their second win of the season.last_img read more

JLEC to list on the Casablanca Stock Exchange

first_imgRabat – Jorf Lasfar Energy Company (JLEC), TAQA’s wholly owned Moroccan subsidiary, has received approval to list on the Casablanca Stock Exchange. JLEC, which operates Morocco’s largest power complex, is authorised by the Conseil Déontologique des Valeurs Mobilières (CDVM) to create a total of 2,234,638 new shares, offered at a price of MAD 447.5 with a nominal value of MAD 100. These shares represent 9.47% of JLEC and will be floated on the exchange. In addition to that, 4.74% were offered and fully subscribed through private placement to key Moroccan institutional investors prior to the initial public offering. TAQA will retain a 85.79% of JLEC.Abdelmajid Iraqui Houssaini, Chief Executive Officer of Jorf Lasfar Energy Company, said: “JLEC is the leading energy operator in Morocco and we feel that this new step will allow us to anchor our business in the Moroccan economy by opening up our capital to institutional investors.” Jorf Lasfar supplied 38 per cent of the Kingdom’s electricity in 2012, and the expansion is vital to enabling national economic growth and job creation. TAQA is also developing alternative energy projects for Morocco, including wind power.last_img read more

Alberto Downgraded To Depression Falling Tree Kills Two Journalists Reporting On Storm

first_img Share Twitter via @SpannForecasters have downgraded Alberto to a subtropical depression but say a flood threat persists as the huge system continues to dump heavy rains.The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Alberto, formerly a subtropical storm, weakened Monday evening just hours after making landfall in the Florida Panhandle. As of the 11 p.m. EDT advisory, Alberto was located about 50 miles (80 kilometers) west-northwest of Dothan, Alabama. Its top sustained winds are now down to about 35 mph (55 kph).Forecasters say the center of the depression is moving to the north near 12 mph (19 kph). The storm is expected to pick up speed in coming hours and move over Alabama later in the night and early Tuesday as it spreads storms around the South.Forecasters say rains from the far-flung system could produce flash flooding in the hours ahead.Authorities so far haven’t attributed any deaths or injuries directly to Subtropical Storm Alberto. But in North Carolina, a television news anchor and a photojournalist have died when a tree fell on their vehicle as they reported on severe weather on the fringes of the huge system.The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a large tree toppled Monday on the TV news vehicle near Tryon, North Carolina. Station WYFF-TV of Greenville, South Carolina, says one of its news anchors, Mike McCormick, and photojournalist, Aaron Smeltzer, were killed.McCormick and Smeltzer had just interviewed Tryon Fire Chief Geoffrey Tennant as they reported on fringe storms in North Carolina, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the center of Alberto. Tennant says minutes later he got a call “and it was them.”Tennant didn’t directly blame Alberto for the deaths, noting the tree became loose in ground already saturated by a week rain.last_img read more

Deal To Rebury Sugar Land 95 May Be Falling Apart

first_img Share Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaThis file photo shows archaeologists working at the discovered grave sites in Sugar Land in 2018.The proposed agreement in Fort Bend County for the reburial of the so-called “Sugar Land 95” is increasingly uncertain. Fort Bend County Judge KP George told News 88.7 the county and the Fort Bend Independent School District strongly disagree on how to carry out the reinterment of the remains of 95 African Americans who worked on a Sugar Land plantation under the Texas convict lease system in the late 1800s. George says the process should have court approval, while the school district contends they don’t need it.The remains were discovered in February 2018 by a contractor who was working on the construction site for Fort Bend ISD’s planned James Reese Career Center and Technical Center. The new facility opened Wednesday, the start of the school year for FBISD.The county and the school district have been negotiating an agreement for weeks by which the district would convey 10 acres of land to the county for the remains to be reburied and for a memorial site. The county would be in charge of maintaining the cemetery.On July 11, the district announced the principle terms of the agreement, which included paying the county $1 million “toward future costs associated with reinterment and memorialization.” On July 25 the district announced plans to carry out the reinterment, but that news release omitted the $1 million announced two weeks before.On Monday, FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre posted an online video statement saying “there is no longer a need for the district to pay the county” because the school district will carry out the reinterment and host a public memorial service.George told News 88.7 he is upset about the district acting “unilaterally” without consulting with the county and said the negotiation is going through “a lot of difficulty.”George said the sticking point isn’t the money, but the issue of court involvement. Attorneys advising the county say Fort Bend could be liable in potential lawsuits from descendants if the reburial is done without court approval. “It’s about the trust and also legal liability, that is the bottom-line,” George said. “There are relatives and even today we don’t know who they are.”George added he can’t support a process over which the county has no control.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/14155016/HPM-Red-2019-08-14-at-1.23pm.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.The litigation regarding the reburial is at a stalemate. Since the discovery of the remains, Judge James Shoemake, of Harris County’s 434th District Court, has appointed two attorneys to oversee the reinterment process but the Court of Appeals for the First District of Texas at Houston has stayed his appointments.FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre told News 88.7 the attorneys that are advising him say the district can go ahead with the reburial. Dupre said a law the Texas Legislature passed this year allowing Fort Bend County to operate the cemetery also establishes that the school district can carry out the reinterment.“It’s beginning to become undignified that this is becoming a long drawn out process,” Dupre said. “We believe the court process would make it go even longer.”In response to George’s concern about potential lawsuits, Dupre said FBISD has “multiple attorneys telling us that we are in strong legal footing.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/14161622/Charles-Dupre.mp400:0000:0000:44Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.As for the financial aspect of the process, Dupre said the district will pay for the reburial and a memorial service. Additionally, FBISD is considering providing money toward the cost of DNA testing of the remains.The superintendent also denied some claims that the district has built a part of the technical center over the site where the remains were originally discovered, as reported by the Houston Chronicle. “Fort Bend ISD did not build on and does not intend to build on any portion or part of the area that has been designated as a historic cemetery,” Dupre said in his online video statement. He said each individual will be reburied in the original space from where they were exhumed.In his interview with News 88.7, Dupre said the cemetery is fully fenced and “for anyone to say that they have photographic proof or any other evidence that we’ve built on the cemetery is simply false.”The FBISD school board plans to vote on the reburial plan at its September 23 meeting. If it’s approved, Dupre said the reburial could start 60 to 90 days after the approval of the contract.Alvaro ‘Al’ Ortiz/Houston Public Media)This June 17, 2019, file photo shows Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds (center) during an event held in Sugar Land.The reinterment of the remains and the planned memorial site has generated strong support from community members and elected officials, including Texas State Representatives Ron Reynolds and D.F. ‘Rick’ Miller, who jointly filed the bill in the state legislature to allow the county to operate the cemetery, and U.S. Representative Al Green. District Attorney Brian Middleton, the first African American to hold that position in Fort Bend County, is also in favor of an agreement for the reinterment.In addition, the issue has gained traction on Twitter with the hashtag #SugarLand95 since the discovery in February 2018.The discovery has also had repercussions for Fort Bend ISD’s curriculum. The district will have a class about the Texas convict lease system starting this school year.last_img read more

DC Drug Court Gives Graduates New Lease On Life

first_imgEllis Caudle is not ashamed to admit that he used and sold drugs on and off for most of his life—until he entered the District of Columbia Superior Court Drug Intervention Program last year. Caudle, 58, graduated from the program on Sept. 20, and the Maryland man is hopeful his story of redemption inspires others to kick their own issues with substance abuse.D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke to graduates of the District’s Superior Court Drug Intervention Program. (AFRO Photo/Lenore Adkins)“We’re all human, we’re not perfect people,” Caudle told the AFRO after the graduation ceremony. “The only perfect one is up there in heaven.” Caudle was one of five graduates from the in-house treatment program, commonly known as “drug court” and now in its 27th year of operation. The program is overseen by the Pretrial Services Agency for the District of Columbia, in association with the Superior Court for non-violent drug offenders. Attendees spend at least 24 weeks undergoing drug treatment and are periodically drug tested—those who graduate have been drug-free for 90 days, said Paul Cummings, the program’s coordinator. People who finish the program’s misdemeanor track get their cases dismissed, Cummings said. Those who complete the program on the felony track have a chance of receiving probation, he added. Drug courts offer a proven track record of success, according to the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. Nationally, 75 percent of drug court graduates remain arrest-free for at least two or more years, according to the association. Drug courts’ net cost savings range from $3,000 to $13,000 for every client. Those savings come from reduced prison costs, fewer revolving-door arrests and trials, and reduced victimization. There are more than 2,700 drug courts operating nationwide, with at least one in every state and U.S. territory, serving approximately 135,000 people a year. In D.C., 67 people graduated from the program in 2017, and 57 people in 2016.  While graduations from the D.C. drug court take place every month, the ceremony held on Sept. 20 occurred during National Recovery Month, which the drug court recognized with a barbecue at North Michigan Park Recreation Center in Northeast D.C. D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine spoke to the graduates about his own family members who have battled addiction. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham also attended the ceremony.Racine asked the graduates to call his office if there’s anything they need—the office, he said, will serve as informal assistants to help the graduates get any assistance they require. He also called on the “fab five” graduates to use their wisdom and potential to help others suffering from addiction. “You all are the living embodiment of what we all here, hope we have in us, and that is the ability for when the chips are down to really turn it around,” Racine said. Caudle said he opted for drug court after he was arrested with the intent to sell drugs. He said he had been periodically using and selling cocaine and heroin since he was 16 to cope with stress and to make extra money when work slowed down. “Sometimes the Devil can get in your head and you make the wrong decision,” he told the AFRO. Racine’s words inspired him though, and he said he plans to reach back and help others suffering from substance abuse. Caudle wants people to know there’s help and support out there, whether it’s drug court or group meetings. He added that he hopes to go back to school for computer training. “It just doesn’t stop here, I do have a plan and some things I’d like to keep doing,” Caudle said.last_img read more

Tribute to MIT Physics Prof Lewin FreeOnLine MIT Courses

first_imgThe Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering 1800 full courses on-line to the public at no charge. In part the work of Professor Walter H.G. Lewin of MIT is the reason for the popularization of higher learning in science. Citation: Tribute to MIT Physics Prof Lewin: Free-On-Line MIT Courses (2007, December 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-tribute-mit-physics-prof-lewin.html Explore further Image of dye introduced into water in motion. Credit: Prof. Marshall MIT The machine that made the Moon missions possible The International Herald Tribune reporter, Sara Rimer has written a great story on Physicist Walter H. G. Lewin of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology at Cambridge. The gist of the story is the availability of open source on-line physics courses offered by prestigious institutions of higher learning and their effect on the general public. Dr. Lewin has become a quartz star with a following that Mic Jagger would appreciate. The effect is spectacular, and has provided a real second-life to golden years professors by introducing them to the general public. Individuals who for one reason or another were unable to attend a prestigious school, but nonetheless possess an exuberance for higher learning. This article surveys various on-line opportunities for learning more about science. MIT Open Course Ware:The MIT Open Course Ware project is funded by donations and is free to the public. In addition to Dr. Lewin´s courses, there are about 1800 on-line complete courses offered by MIT. Courses are available in the undergraduate and graduate division list of courses. Many are survey courses and introductory type classes easily accessible to any one with a quest for knowledge. Examples:Do you have an interest in wireless communications or a job in communication and would like to add depth to your knowledge base? Check out a complete introduction course on the subject. This is not a teaser version. This is the entire course that MIT allows you to take for no university credits, but at no charge. All that is necessary is to download the course on your computer and point and click your way to achieve a solid foundation in wireless communications. 6.452 Principles of Wireless Communications at ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb .Are you interested in the Physics of Atmospheres and Oceans? This course was offered to students of MIT in the Fall of 2007. It is free of charge to the public and offered by MIT´s Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences with the eminent Professor John Marshall. The course lays out the laws of classical mechanics and thermodynamics. This vehicle allows you to explore how the dynamics of fluids combined with the rotating earth effect atmospheric winds, currents and climate of the earth. See: 12.003 Physics of Atmosphers and Oceans at ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Earth .Have you ever pondered the basis of how we hear and see? If you are a programmer, game developer or amateur inventor, knowing the fundamentals of the neural system is essential. MIT’s Brain and Cognitive Sciences offers a free course called, 9.04 Neural Basis of Vision and Audition. The course will give you the science behind the perception. The course may not have been in the average software engineers core curriculum, but it should have been. See: ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Brain .In conclusion, the old adage, Knowledge is Power, subsumes the most important aspect. A solid education prevents you from “knowing a whole lot of junk, that simply isn’t true.” This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

3 killed 15 injured in Bengal violence

first_imgKolkata: Three persons were killed and at least 15 injured in West Bengal as violent political clashes over the formation of the state Panchayat boards continued, police said on Wednesday. Armed clashes took place between groups allegedly belonging to the ruling Trinamool Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) in North 24 Parganas district’s Amdanga block late on Tuesday night. “The clash erupted centering around the Gram Panchayat board formation in a number of villages in the block,” an officer from Amdanga police station said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life According to local residents, two of the deceased were Trinamool Congress activists while the third person belonged to the CPI-M. Police have arrested 12 people including CPI-M district committee member Ahmed Khan, for inciting unrest in the area that was found littered with crude bombs, splinters, cartridges on Wednesday morning. The political parties blamed each other for the clash and claimed their members were stopped from forming the boards. Ten people have been allegedly killed since August 25 in political clashes over the Panchayat boards formation in different Bengal districts. The situation in several districts has been tense over the last few days over the Panchayat boards formation after the Supreme Court permitted the notification of the results of 20,159 un-contested seats in the state Panchayat polls.last_img read more