Project in memory of missing murdered Indigenous women comes to life

first_imgAPTN National NewsLast year a Metis woman put out a call for families of missing and murdered aboriginal women to make a collection of moccasin vamps.Now she’s seeing that project come to life.The walking with our sisters exhibit has set up shop in Edmonton and has exceeded expectations.APTN’s Keith Laboucan reports.last_img

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Lanka Muslims hold subdued prayers amid tight security

first_imgColombo: Armed police and sniffer dogs guarded mosques in Sri Lanka as Muslims trickled to Friday prayers, with many staying away over fears of revenge attacks after the island’s Easter suicide blasts. Some mosques cancelled prayers, and Sri Lanka’s Muslim affairs minister called on Muslims to pray at home instead, in solidarity with churches that have closed over security fears. Other Muslims have expressed fears that they could be targeted by Islamist hardliners, after the community’s religious leadership said the attackers would not be buried at mosques in the country. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAmong mosques that did hold prayers on Friday in the capital Colombo, attendance was thin, with some of the few worshippers who did show up saying they wanted to stand up to extremists. “We are sending a message to extremists that we will not be scared or deterred,” said Reyyaz Salley, chairman of the Dawatagaha Jumma mosque in the capital Colombo. “But the main reason we are here is because we want to say a special prayer for the victims of the church bombings,” he added. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAt least 253 people died Sunday when attackers blew themselves up at three churches and three hotels in coordinated blasts that officials blame on local Islamist group National Thowheeth Jama’ath. The Islamic State group has claimed the attacks. The bombings have been condemned by leaders of Sri Lanka’s Muslim minority but some in the community still fear a backlash from other religious groups. Around two dozen police and other armed personnel guarded the Dawatagaha Jumma mosque, which has been threatened by hardline Islamists in the past because it contains a Sufi shrine, which extremists consider idolatrous. Police prevented people from walking or parking vehicles directly outside after rumours circulating on social media about possible car bomb attacks. Sniffer dogs stood guard as police checked bags and patted down worshippers and journalists before letting them inside.last_img read more

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Marrakech Husband Slashes Wifes Face with Razor

Marrakech- A man, just released from prison last Wednesday, returned home to his wife only to slash her face and other parts of her body with a razor blade, leaving her seriously injured, according to Al Akhbar daily.The husband attacked his wife, who is a minor, on Sunday morning in Marrakech after a conflict arose between the couple.The wife had been staying at her family’s house when her husband arrived in a taxi to take her to their home. On the way, the couple had an argument, and the girl demanded a divorce. Upon hearing this, the man allegedly attacked her, saying “No one else will marry you, but me,” according to the daily. The wife was taken to Ibnu Tofail Hospital, where she received treatment, including about 30 stitches, for the wounds on her face and several other parts of her body. She remains at the hospital.The husband had previously been sentenced to six months in prison on a conviction of involvement in smuggling minor girls from a Childhood Protection center.The wife was the victim of rape by her now husband one year ago, at the age of sixteen. Afterward, her rapist was forced to marry her to avoid prosecution. “We forgave him, so that he could marry her,” the daily quoted the girl’s mother.The marriage was permissible under Chapter 475 of Morocco’s penal code, which exempted a rapist from punishment if he married the victim. Article 475 was repealed earlier this year after an outcry from feminists and human rights activists.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

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Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy

by Tali Arbel, The Associated Press Posted Aug 1, 2016 12:32 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 1, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Gawker founder Nick Denton filed for personal bankruptcy Monday in the aftermath of a Florida jury’s awarding $140 million to Hulk Hogan in a privacy case revolving around a sex tape posted on Gawker.com.As a result of the verdict, which is being appealed, Gawker’s parent company has gone into bankruptcy and is up for sale.Denton’s bankruptcy filing Monday says he owes $125 million to Hogan, a former professional wrestler. Filing for bankruptcy helps him keep Hogan from collecting.Overall, Denton’s filing says he has $100 million to $500 million in liabilities and that his assets are worth $10 million to $50 million.Denton tweeted on Monday that it was a “bitter day” for him but that New York-based Gawker Media, home to blogs including women’s site Jezebel and the tech-themed Gizmodo as well as the snarky Gawker, would “thrive” under new owners. An auction is scheduled for mid-August.Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel bankrolled the lawsuit filed by Hogan, whose real name is Terry Bollea, against Gawker. That raised concerns about the wealthy using their power to bring down media outlets.“I am consoled by the fact that my colleagues will soon be freed from this tech billionaire’s vendetta,” Denton tweeted. Thiel, who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, was outed as gay by a Gawker-owned website.Hogan’s attorney David Houston said in a statement that Denton’s bankruptcy “has nothing to do with who paid Mr. Bollea’s legal bills, and everything to do with Denton’s own choices and accountability. If even one person has been spared the humiliation that Mr. Bollea suffered, this is a victory.”The case stems from Gawker posting a video of Hogan having sex with a friend’s wife. Gawker has argued that its footage was newsworthy and protected by the First Amendment.Only after Hogan won the jury verdict in March did Thiel’s role come to light. FILE – In this Wednesday, March 16, 2016, file photo, Gawker Media founder Nick Denton arrives in a courtroom in St. Petersburg, Fla. Denton filed for personal bankruptcy Monday, Aug. 1, 2016, in the aftermath of a Florida jury’s awarding $140 million to Hulk Hogan in a privacy case revolving around a sex tape posted on Gawker.com. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, Pool, File) Gawker founder Nick Denton has filed for personal bankruptcy read more

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Now is the right time for Womens IPL – Raj

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWomen’s IPL not yet feasible – RajMarch 21, 2018In “latest news”Harmanpreet, Mandhana named captains of women’s exhibition T20May 15, 2018In “latest news”ICC urges higher pay to stop women leaving cricketOctober 12, 2017In “latest news” Mithali Raj, the India captain, put down India’s nine-run loss in the World Cup final at Lord’s to nervousness and lack of experience in finishing close games. India lost seven wickets for 28 runs after looking set to clinch their maiden World Cup title. They slumped from 191 for 3 to 219 all out in chase of 229. Indian Woman’s Cricket Team captain Mithali Raj (PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak) But even in disappointment, Raj chose to focus on her team’s “special journey”. “Everybody was very nervous and I think that resulted in our defeat,” she said. “The girls are sad because they have given it their all. Its natural and it will take time. These girls have set the platform. They have opened a lot of channels for women’s cricket. They should be proud.“As a captain I am very proud. I have seen the changes the girls have made. I’ve seen the transition. The team still looks very confident they will be a team that other teams will be looking out for. That’s what I’m proud of. We started off well. We had a few matches in which we were defeated and we came back stronger. Unlike 2005, this went to the end. The girls gave their best.”Without taking any names, Raj said the middle and lower order had not been able to handle the pressure of the chase. Veda Krishnamurthy was out slogging, Sushma Verma was bowled playing a nervous sweep, Shikha Pandey was run out attempting a single that wasn’t on while Deepti Sharma, realizing the need to finish things off as she was running out of partners with India needing 11 with two wickets in hand, dragged a hoick to midwicket.The slide undid some solid groundwork laid by Punam Raut, who top-scored with 86 during a 95-run stand with Harmanpreet Kaur, who made 51.“The last four or five batters could not handle the pressure,” Raj said. “At one point, the game was in the balance. That is when we didn’t hold our nerve. Their bowling and fielding was really up. “We messed it up in the end. It was a very brave innings from Punam. It’s about experience and how composed you are. The girls weren’t experienced enough to do it. But the way they have fought all along the tournament is very heartwarming. The Indian women’s team has a very bright future.”Raj, who confirmed that this was her last World Cup game, hoped India’s performance would serve as the start of a giant leap for women’s cricket in India. “The response from the public is very positive. I’m sure BCCI is very proud of the team. When we lost the warm-up games, no one gave us the chance to reach the semi-finals,” she said. “When we lost to South Africa and Australia, no one thought we would get to the final. A team like that has come to the finals and given a good fight to the home team.“The WBBL has given exposure to the two girls who have played [Smriti Mandhana and Kaur]. If more girls participate in such leagues, it will give them experience and help them to improve their own game. If you ask me they should have IPL because now is the right time to create that base. Women’s cricket is everywhere and they have put up a much better standard than the last World Cup.” (ESPNCricinfo) read more

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First Quantum to acquire Scandinavian Minerals

first_imgFirst Quantum Minerals and Scandinavian Minerals have entered into a definitive agreement pursuant to which a wholly-owned subsidiary of First Quantum will acquire, by way of a court-approved plan of arrangement, all of the outstanding common shares of Scandinavian Minerals. The implied value of the purchase price is C$9.89 per Scandinavian Minerals share (based on the closing price of First Quantum shares on the TSE of C$89.36 on April 18, 2008), representing a 41.3% premium to the closing price of Scandinavian Minerals shares on the TSE of C$7.00 on April 18, 2008 and a 53.8% premium to the volume-weighted average trading price of the Scandinavian Minerals shares on the TSE of C$6.43 for the 20 trading days ended April 18, 2008.The Board of Directors of Scandinavian Minerals has unanimously approved the transaction and resolved to recommend to the holders of Scandinavian Minerals shares that they vote in favour of the transaction. In addition, the directors and senior officers of Scandinavian Minerals have entered into voting agreements with First Quantum, pursuant to which they have irrevocably agreed to vote their shares (including any shares issuable upon the exercise of options), representing approximately 13.6% of the issued and outstanding common shares of Scandinavian Minerals, in favour of the transaction.Commenting on the transaction, Peter Walker, President and CEO of Scandinavian Minerals said, “We believe that the transaction creates a compelling opportunity for the shareholders of Scandinavian Minerals to realise immediate and substantial value for their shares whilst also gaining exposure to profitable and fast-growing metal production through the receipt of First Quantum shares. First Quantum has the experience and track record to take the Kevitsa project through development to production smoothly and expeditiously.”Philip Pascall, Chairman and CEO of First Quantum said, “The acquisition of the Kevitsa nickel-copper-PGE deposit fits First Quantum’s strategy of developing or acquiring projects where, with our experience, we can add material value to the process of bringing them to commercial production and their subsequent efficient operation. Accordingly we look forward to lending our expertise to the development of one of the world’s major undeveloped sulphide nickel deposits and one of the largest mineral discoveries in Finland’s history. This acquisition is also consistent with our goal of diversifying our assets geographically and across commodities.”Scandinavian Minerals’ current focus is the development of its 100%-owned Kevitsa nickel-copper-PGE project in northern Finland. Kevitsa is one of the world’s major undeveloped sulphide nickel deposits and one of the largest mineral discoveries in Finland’s history. The Kevitsa deposit is easily accessible by road. Water and hydroelectric power are available nearby.In April 2007 Scandinavian Minerals commenced the Feasibility Study for the Kevitsa project. The study is being co-ordinated by St Barbara LLP of London. The metallurgical process has been developed by the Mineral Processing Laboratory of the Geological Survey of Finland. Plant engineering and design is being performed by Outotec. The study is based on an open pit operation mining approximately 5 Mt/y of ore, with production of nickel and copper concentrates for sale to local or overseas smelters and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of calendar 2008. www.scandinavianminerals.com; www.first-quantum.comlast_img read more

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Equotip greatly assists geometallurgical investigations at Bowdens silver project

first_imgAMC Consultants has been engaged by Silver Mines Ltd to complete aspects of a Value Engineering Study (VES) for the Bowdens silver mine in New South Wales, Australia. The package of work is intended to update and improve the understanding of the geological, metallurgical, geotechnical and mining engineering components of the previous project studies. The work will lead into a DFS and, ultimately, into development of the project. As part of the VES, AMC proposed to implement a geometallurgical program to improve the characterization of the processing behaviour of the ore. Ian Lipton, AMC’s Corporate Consulting Manager/Principal Geologist explains that “part of this program was a trial of the Equotip rebound hardness tester to measure the hardness of the drill core, and for comparison with the results of conventional comminution testing. The Equotip is a small, portable device that has been demonstrated to be an effective tool for orebody hardness measurement. “It consists of a pen-like impact device containing a small, spring-mounted, tungsten carbide–tipped spear. The spear is released and passes through the pen, strikes the sample and rebounds. The impelled velocity of the spear is measured when the permanent magnet, built into the spear, passes through a wire coil near the base of the pen. The device also measures the velocity of the spear as it rebounds from the test object. The hardness of the material (Leeb hardness) is calculated as the ratio of the rebound velocity and the impelled velocity, multiplied by 1,000. The method is non-destructive and individual measurements only take a few seconds.“After completing orientation tests, Equotip measurements were conducted on the core remaining from six intervals on which standard comminution tests had been carried out in 2012. The objective of the tests was to determine whether a useful correlation could be made between Equotip hardness measurements and the results of the earlier SMC and Bond work index tests. All measurements were carried out on quarter core-in-core trays positioned on a heavy wooden workbench in the core shed. The hardness of the core was measured with the Equotip at approximately 2 cm intervals over the 10 m – 15 m intervals corresponding to the 2012 comminution test samples. The hardness measurements were averaged over each metre and were relatively consistent within each intercept. Scattered very low values appeared related to small areas of alteration or imperfect contact between the instrument and the core.“The results were plotted against the comminution test results from 2012. The Leeb hardness measurements show remarkably strong correlations with Bond ball work index (BBWi) and the A x b parameter derived from SMC Tests®. The BBWi provides an estimate of specific energy consumption in a ball mill and the A x b parameter, which has no formal units, is a rock breakage parameter that is valuable for semi-autogenous grinding (SAG) mill design. An exponential model provided an excellent fit with R-squared values close to 1.“The tests demonstrated that the Equotip can be used to map hardness variations in drill core at a scale that can be correlated against comminution test data and geological logs. At a cost in the order of A$5/m, the Equotip is much less expensive than conventional comminution testing and the tests are non-destructive. Logging of all the drill core from the deposit is therefore a cost-effective option. The tool has the potential to provide a much-improved estimate of power consumption, mill throughput, and operating costs for the Bowdens project. “As well as having application in feasibility studies, hardness mapping using the Equotip, could potentially be applied to many operating mines where the milling circuit struggles to handle fluctuations in ore hardness. Variability in the quality of mill feed may reduce throughput, increase recirculating load, and increase power consumption. Equotip testing could be used to map ore hardness in sufficient detail that Bond work index or A x b could be estimated on a block-by-block basis in the mineral resource and ore reserves models. Comminution characteristics could then be included in block value estimation, and mine scheduling, resulting in reduced variability in the hardness characteristics of the run of mine ore, and consequently higher mill throughput and/or lower energy consumption.last_img read more

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Penneys helping the Irish economy since 1979

first_imgFor larger image, click here. PENNEY’S OPENED ITS first store on Mary Street in Dublin in June 1969 and since then, its parent company Primark, has expanded to the UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, France, Germany and Belgium.Yes, French people get to experience the joy of the Penney’s overspend, the not bothering to return the ill-fitting top they didn’t try on because it was only a fiver and start receiving compliments with the response, ‘Thanks, Penney’s’.Although these expansions are pretty fresh, it was way back in the 1970s that the company started making tracks to sell Irish goods abroad, government documents released recently have proven.In May 1979, Managing Director of Primark Ireland wrote to the Taoiseach to bring to his “personal attention” those efforts being made.For a larger image, click here. He explained that an Irish/Israeli export company had been formed and that they had a “full time man” promoting Irish goods with trace contacts in the Middle East.“At the moment, this is in its infancy,” he said, “And we hope to be selling whiskey, biscuits and cakes to Israel and Egypt within the next 12 months.”In a five year period, the company exported goods worth over £2.5 million to the UK and Northern Ireland, he added.Altogether now, “THANKS, PENNEY’S.”DailyEdge.ie: 5 things the French need to know about PenneysMore: “Remarkable year” for Penneys as revenue rises by 22 per centlast_img read more

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Tornade en Inde plus dune centaine de morts et des milliers de

first_imgTornade en Inde : plus d’une centaine de morts et des milliers de sans abriInde – Dans la nuit de mardi à mercredi, les États indiens du Bihar, du Bengale occidental et de l’Assam ont été balayés par des vents de plus de 120 km/h, comme le nord-ouest du Bangladesh. Le dernier bilan fait état de 129 morts, tandis que des centaines de milliers de personnes se retrouvent sans abri.Les autorités indiennes tentent d’organiser les secours, mais comme l’a expliqué le ministre de la Défense civile du gouvernement du Bengale occidental, Srikumar Mukherjee, elles sont “confrontées à une crise des opérations de secours. Il y a une pénurie de main-d’œuvre pour distribuer du riz et des soins médicaux aux victimes”.Alors qu’au moins 127 personnes sont mortes en Inde et deux au Bangladesh, “les équipes de secours sont dans une course contre la montre pour rejoindre les personnes sans abri, mais les routes bloquées par des arbres déracinés retardent leur progression” déplore le ministre.Au Bihar, l’État le plus touché, quatre-vingt-une personnes sont mortes et 40.000 maisons ont été balayées par la tornade. Au Bengale occidental, ce sont quelque 250.000 personnes dont les maisons ont été détruites tandis que quarante-et-une personnes ont trouvé la mort. En Assam, quatre morts sont à déplorer et 500 maisons se sont écroulées. Enfin, dans le petit État du Meghalaya, une personne est morte tandis qu’au Bangladesh, la tempête a détruit 13.000 habitations.Alliée à des pluies torrentielles, la tempête a également tué des milliers d’animaux tandis que les récoltes sont dévastées. Ces dernières constituaient la principale source de subsistance d’une population en grande majorité paysanne.Le 15 avril 2010 à 17:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Un homme perd 12 kilos en ne se nourissant que de junk

first_imgUn homme perd 12 kilos en ne se nourissant que de junk foodAlors que la junk food (aliments gras, fast-food, chips…) est souvent montrée du doigt concernant la montée du taux d’obésité dans les pays développés, un homme vient de faire savoir qu’il avait perdu plus de dix kilos en ne se nourrissant que de ce type de nourriture.Mark Haub est professeur de nutrition aux États-Unis, et en a eu soudainement assez de voir tous les régimes proposés aux femmes et aux hommes afin de perdre du poids. Luttant contre l’idée que la perte de poids est associée à l’élimination des nourritures très riches en calories, il a entamé un régime de dix semaines, ne se nourrissant alors que de hamburgers, de chips, de sucreries et autres aliments à très haute teneur en calories.En termes de proportions, le régime de l’universitaire était composé à 67 % de junk food mais l’homme s’est employé à ne jamais ingurgiter plus de 1.800 calories au quotidien. Résultat, en l’espace de dix semaines, l’homme a perdu 12 kilos. Il explique à Metro : “Le but est de montrer les problèmes métaboliques, mentaux et sociologiques autour de la question du poids. Le principe est simple : manger moins de calories qu’on n’en dépense.” Mais Le Monde précise que l’homme ne souhaite pas recommander son régime pour autant. Il explique qu’il s’agissait juste de démontrer que consommer de la junk food n’est pas synonyme d’obésité si chacun fait plus attention au nombre de calories, même si cela signifie manger la même chose que d’habitude, mais en moindre quantité.Le 10 novembre 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Protesters gather outside the newly opened Target in Ocean Beach

first_img KUSI Newsroom Protesters gather outside the newly opened Target in Ocean Beach 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A small-format Target opened its doors last week in Ocean Beach on Newport Ave.The new addition angered many OB residents and business owners who are worried the chain will put an end to small businesses. Others are concerned that it takes away from the unique atmosphere of OB.A group of protesters gathered outside the retailer last week to show their opposition and voice their concerns.Supporters of the store’s opening believe it will draw more people to OB, who will then feel encouraged to support the area’s local businesses, as well. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter July 28, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 28, 2019last_img read more

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World Soy Foundation Partner Futuro Vivo in Guatemala Gets Visit from Queen

first_imgThis week, Queen Sofía of Spain saw first-hand the power of soy fighting malnutrition in Guatemala when she visited World Soy Foundation (WSF) partner Futuro Vivo. As part of their nutrition program, Futuro Vivo produces soy milk, soy cereal and other soy products that the organization provides to the over 250 children it serves. The World Soy Foundation has donated soybeans to Futuro Vivo and continues to support them in their efforts to reduce malnutrition. According to the World Food Programme, Guatemala has the fourth highest rate of chronic malnutrition in the world and the highest in Latin America; 49.8% of children under five suffer from chronic undernutrition. In partnership with Rotary clubs in Guatemala, WSF is proud to support Futuro Vivo’s efforts to use soy to reduce malnutrition in the country.Queen Sofía of Spain takes a look at the various soy products produced by Futuro Vivo.To join hundreds of other farmers in reducing malnutrition through the power of soy, simply calculate the value of an acre of soybeans in your operation (yield multiplied by price) and give the gift of protein today!Make your donation by clicking the Donate Today button below, visiting www.worldsoyfoundation.org or sending your check to: World Soy Foundation; 12125 Woodcrest Executive Drive, Suite 100; St. Louis, MO 63141.The World Soy Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.last_img read more

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MatSu educators critical of AMP scores

first_imgResults of the new Alaska Measures of Progress standardization tests were made public Monday. And some school districts are not pleased with the results, nor with the testing itself.Although state education commissioner Mike Hanley says the AMP scores mark a new era and a new baseline for educational standards assessment, some educators say the scores say little about individual student achievement. One critic of the tests is Matanuska-Susitna Borough school superintendent Dr. Deena Paramo:“This assessment wholly frustrates us and our educators.”Paramo says the caveat that the AMP results are not to be used for instructional decisions runs counter to the purpose of student evaluations, because the AMP data does not indicate in what area students are failing to meet the mark.“The assessment itself shares that the data at this point should not be used for instructional decisions. So we spend a lot of class time and energy and money in the state to have an assessment for which we don’t gain information for what students are next best ready to learn.”Commissioner Mike Hanley says the spring 2015 test results are a measure of tougher state education standards. General statewide results show that less than half the students tested meet proficiency requirements in English Language Arts or mathematics, based on four scoring levels. Paramo says AMP results are too general.“Sure, it’s a baseline and will tell us that, maybe more kids in this school got fours than this school. What I want to know in our district is individually, per child, what can we do to change learning behavior, and this assessment does not do that.”Hanley says that it is possible that the AMP scores could be used to find deficiencies in curriculum. But he said the scores are are not designed to indicate individual student capabilities.“It’s not a deep enough picture of a student’s performance. The better picture is all those formative tools that inform a teacher’s practice throughout a year. ”The Commissioner also stated that the scores are not designed to rank school district performance.“It’s designed to be kind of a hopefully a confirming picture of how the student’s doing and how the school’s doing.”According to AMP information on the  state website, tests are taken at a point in the school year to get an indication of whether or not the student meets standards of learning appropriate for his/her grade level. The tests are given grades 3-10.Results released Monday show the percentage of students in each grade by district  that reached either level 4 or 3, which indicate the students met the standards. The students who finished in level 1 and 2 only partially met the standards, according to Hanley.Paramo would prefer more flexibility for school districts in assessing student growth.“Where I sit in Mat-Su and where many other in other school district’s sit around the state, we have highly valuable nationally normed assessments that we can give, that actually give us robust information on student learning. We would just prefer to allow districts to maybe have the state vet what we are doing, and then say ‘yes, this is a reliable and valid assessment, you may use this one.”In Anchorage, the scores were a few points higher than the statewide results. Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff says they are still trying to understand the new information.“So we really want to make sure we take that information and understand it then we can talk about how we’ll apply it for student learning.”Graff says the test is just another tool for measuring how students are doing.Follow this link for more information on AMP results.last_img read more

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Senate subpoenas exTrump adviser over Russia

first_imgThe US Senate Intelligence Committee issued a subpoena on Wednesday demanding documents related to Russia from president Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ramping up its monthslong investigation of Moscow’s alleged meddling in the 2016 US election.In a joint statement, Senators Richard Burr, the committee’s Republican chairman, and Mark Warner, its top Democrat, said the committee had first requested the documents from Flynn in a 28 April letter, but the retired lieutenant general had declined, through counsel, to cooperate with the committee’s request.It was the first subpoena announced by the committee in its investigation.Warner said on Tuesday that the committee has been receiving documents as it investigates allegations that Russia sought to influence the US election, something Moscow denies. But he told Reuters that some people were not complying “so we were going to take next steps.”The Trump administration denies any collusion with Russia.Flynn has been a focus of investigations into Russia and the election. He was forced to resign in February as Trump’s national security adviser for failing to disclose the content of his talks with Sergey Kislyak, Russia’s ambassador to the United States, and then misleading vice president Mike Pence about the conversations.Former acting US attorney general Sally Yates testified at a high-profile hearing on Monday that she had warned the White House in January that Flynn had been compromised and could have been vulnerable to blackmail by Russia.The subpoena was announced a day after Trump abruptly fired FBI director James Comey, who had been leading the bureau’s investigation of Russia and the election. Comey’s firing prompted a storm of criticism from Democrats, who accused the president of seeking to stall the probe.Some of Trump’s fellow Republicans, including Burr, also expressed strong doubts about the timing of Trump’s action.last_img read more

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Suu Kyi under fire at ASEAN summit

first_imgMyanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the Leaders Plenary Session of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Australia Special Summit in Sydney on 18 March, 2018. Photo: AFPMyanmar’s de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi was pressed about the Rohingya crisis at an ASEAN summit in Sydney Sunday, but the regional bloc stressed it could not intervene and “force an outcome”.Suu Kyi has been under intense global criticism for her public silence amid a brutal military crackdown that has forced nearly 700,000 of the Muslim-minority Rohingya to flee Myanmar’s Rakhine state for Bangladesh.The humanitarian crisis was one of the key topics at a three-day special summit between the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Australia.”We discussed the situation in Rakhine state at considerable length today,” Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said at the closing press conference.”Aung San Suu Kyi addressed the matter comprehensively, at some considerable length herself.”It’s certainly an issue that has been discussed and it is fair to say… very constructively, in our meeting.”Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is this year’s ASEAN chair, said Myanmar’s neighbours were concerned about the ongoing situation but could not “force an outcome”.”It is of concern for all ASEAN countries, and yet ASEAN is not able to intervene and to force an outcome,” Lee said alongside Turnbull.Both leaders said they would back efforts to reach a long-term solution to end the crisis, and were supporting humanitarian efforts to help those displaced.The 10-nation ASEAN prides itself on consensus diplomacy and non-interference in each other’s affairs.But the exodus has sparked rare tension within the association, and Muslim-majority Malaysia has called for an independent ASEAN-led investigation into allegations of army abuse.Malaysia’s leader Najib Razak increased the pressure on Suu Kyi Saturday, saying the Rohingya issue could threaten regional security as he warned those affected could fall prey to extremist groups like Islamic State.Lee said Singapore had no “specific intelligence” on whether there were terrorist groups in Rakhine state, but said “these are possibilities that you cannot rule out and which you have to keep on being on the watch out for”.Suu Kyi is due in Canberra on Monday for talks with Turnbull before an address to Sydney’s Lowy Institute on Tuesday.She has not commented publicly since arriving in Australia on Saturday for the summit, but is scheduled to take questions at Tuesday’s media event.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Australia has been a dialogue partner since 1974.last_img read more

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Experts Gathering In Houston To Discuss How Braille Is Taught – And

first_imgPixabayBraille, the writing system that allows people who are blind or have other visual impairments to read by touch, was once greatly understudied by the academic community.This began to change with new research that emerged two decades ago showing that the brain’s visual cortex lights up when people who are born blind read Braille. That revelation changed a lot of what we know about the brain.Some Rice University researchers are hoping to further expand what Braille can teach us about our minds — and to advance how the visually impaired are educated — by holding a three-day conference on Braille research and education March 8-10.Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty talks with Rice University’s Robert Englebretson, department chair and associate professor of linguistics, and Simon Fischer-Baum, assistant professor of psychology, about what scientists have learned from studying Braille’s effect on the brain and what more they hope to accomplish by bringing together Braille researchers and educators from around the world.Michael HagertyRice University’s Robert Englebretson (left), department chair and associate professor of linguistics, and Simon Fischer-Baum, assistant professor of psychology. Sharelast_img read more

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Oranges Second Job Sparks Ethics Concerns

first_imgThe expected resignation of D.C. Council member Vincent Orange as he assumes the presidency of the District of Columbia Chamber of Commerce has District residents taking sides.Current D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-large) is expected to become president of the District Chamber of Commerce. (AFRO File Photo)On July 28, D.C. Chamber of Commerce Chairman Carl Hairston announced that Orange will be the new president and chief executive officer of his organization. Orange is scheduled to start his new job on Aug. 15, but initially wanted to stay on the city council for the remainder of his term that is scheduled to end on Jan. 17, 2017.However, several D.C. residents seem conflicted about that choice. “I don’t see that as a conflict of interest,” Sandy Allen, a former D.C. Council member who represented Ward 8 from 1996-2007, told the AFRO.Philip Pannell, a well-known political and civic activist in the city, said he disagrees. “I don’t think it is appropriate for him to be on the council and be president of the chamber,” Pannell told the AFRO. “I think it is a glaring conflict of interest.”Orange has served on the D.C. Council as the Ward 5 representative from 1999-2007 and he won a special election as an at-large Democratic representative on April 26, 2011, and was elected to a full term in 2012.But, Orange was defeated for re-election on June 14 by Robert White in the Democratic Party primary.When Orange announced that he wanted to keep both positions there was talk in the John A. Wilson Building and in some quarters of the District that he shouldn’t be allowed to do that. Orange argued to his critics that he could do both and would recuse himself from any matters that appeared before him as the chairman of the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.Some people were still uncomfortable with the arrangement, so on Aug. 3 Orange announced that he would give up his chairmanship on the committee to let work presented to the committee fold into the Committee of the Whole. With resistance to his presence on the council still festering, it has been reported that Orange would step down on Aug. 15, his first day of work at the chamber.However, the AFRO has learned that as of Aug. 10 Orange has yet to submit his resignation to the Office of the Secretary of the D.C. Council or to the D.C. Board of Elections, as is required by District law.The D.C. Board of Ethics and Accountability hadn’t made a statement about the Orange matter and was prodded to do so only in light of D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s (D) recent request for a written opinion.Orange’s staff won’t comment on their boss’s status with the council to the AFRO. D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large) and D.C. Council member Elissa Silverman (I-At Large) have publicly raised questions as to whether Orange can stay on the council and hold the chamber position simultaneously. However, both Grosso’s and Silverman’s communication directors have told the AFRO that their bosses haven’t called for Orange’s resignation from the council.Orange is away from the District and won’t return until the week of Aug. 15.Allen points out that the D.C. Council member position is a part-time job and holding another job has been done before.“Charlene Drew Jarvis served on the council and was the president of Southeastern University,” Allen said of her former colleague who was the president of the District-based institution and served as the Ward 4 representative at the same time from 1996-2001.Other D.C. Council members who have held other jobs include D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) as an insurance executive for Central Benefits Mutual Insurance and from 2001-2015 was a counsel attorney at the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs and is presently counsel to the law firm of Manatt Phelps & Phillips and D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), who teaches at the George Washington University School of Law.Allen said she understands the perception that Orange “cannot serve two gods” but thinks he should stay put.“There is a thought pattern that the chamber brings so much pressure on the council to enact legislation in its favor that he possibly couldn’t be biased,” she said. “I think Orange can separate the two.”Pannell said that the chamber is a major special interest group and the sense of conflicting interests isn’t good. He also said that the council member position should be fulltime.“If a council member can’t get by on a six-figure salary [fulltime], then they need to find another line of work,” he said.last_img read more

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British University launches LGBTI student accommodation

first_imgGAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) A statement from Women’s Officer, Celeste Jones, said ‘This development has only come about as a result of the extremely hard and commendable work of the LGBT+ Committee at the Students’ Union, along with the continuous support of the Residence Life Team and University Accommodation and Commercial Services.’The University of Sheffield (Photo: The University of Sheffield)She said the initiative had been driven by the university’s LGBT+ Committee.‘It is vital that every student always feels safe within the Students’ Union, at University and especially in their own home. We strive to ensure that all University accommodation is LGBT+ inclusive; bullying and harassment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.‘However, LGBT+ students have felt that their experience in university accommodation would be improved by having the option to live in LGBT+ specific accommodation.‘By no means is this accommodation compulsory, nor do we wish to encourage segregation, but we feel it is extremely important that our students have the choice of living in LGBT+ only accommodation if they so desire.‘Even if just a tiny fraction of LGBT+ students feel this will benefit their University experience then we feel it is all entirely worthwhile.’ UK universities failing LGBTI students mental health – 4 in 5 are strugglingBoozy and cliquey LGBT+ university societies fail studentsUniversity students strike because they want more LGBTI teachersRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/university-lgbt-student-accommodation/ Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Sheffield is not the first British university to launch LGBTI accommodation. Birmingham University in the Midlands gained press attention with a similar scheme in 2016 for first-year undergraduates.A rainbow flag flies outside The University of Sheffield’s Firth Court for the UK’s LGBT History Month in February (Photo: The University of Sheffield | Facebook)‘Genuinely positive impacts on the student experience’Martin Bailey, a former Sheffield Students’ Union Sabbatical Officer, praised the initiative to Gay Star News.‘I think this is a really progressive move and demonstrates that student-led campaigns, like this by the LGBT+ committee of Sheffield Students’ Union, can make genuinely positive impacts on the student experience.‘For the vast majority of young LGBT students off to University in September, they probably won’t choose this option. I know I probably wouldn’t have either, but for a few, the choice to live in an environment, where they won’t have to worry about coming out to their brand new flatmates who they’ll be living with for the next nine months, or exploring their gender identity hidden away alone in their room, is a really great thing.’GSN has contacted the University of Sheffield for further comment.Take Our PollSee alsoOnly 1 in 4 LGBTQ teens in the United States feel safe in school Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The University of Sheffield in the north of England has announced it is to launch LGBT+ student accommodation. The accommodation will be open to students from September 2018. Would you have appreciated LGBTI accommodation at university? (Photo: © Syda Productions | Dreamstime.com)last_img read more

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Update Police officer arrested for killing pedestrian

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The deceased is 28 years old and has not yet been officially identified.Police are investigating the incident internally as well as criminally.DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! Police are investigating a case of culpable homicide after a Tactical Response Team (TRT) vehicle hit a pedestrian on Sunday.Just before 5.30pm on Sunday, Ezakheni police were alerted to the fact that a police vehicle had struck a pedestrian along the Helpmekaar Road in the St Chad’s area.On arrival, they discovered the body of a deceased man, as well as a TRT vehicle with no occupants inside. The vehicle had been stoned and set alight by members of the public.It is alleged that the suspect left the scene shortly after the collision, leaving behind the vehicle. The 31-year-old constable was traced and arrested the same day, and should be appearing in the Ezakheni Magistrate’s Court this week.last_img read more

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