first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It’s really nice to get to see a different culture and try new things here. And we’re really growing not only as players but also as individuals.”Valdez, who suited up for 3BB Nakornnont in the Women’s Volleyball Thailand League earlier this year, practiced with her new team on Thursday.The Filipino volleyball star will also be playing with a familiar face in Thuy as they competed against each other in the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship here.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nambatac takes on a bigger challenge, applies for PBA Draft Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Attackline Volleyball Team 💕 pic.twitter.com/v14ZlZKfDk— Alyssa Valdez (@AlyssaValdez2) October 6, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary PHOTO from Team Alyssa V’s Facebook account.Alyssa Valdez was officially introduced as the newest member of Chinese Taipei volleyball club Attack Line on Friday along with Vietnamese star Tran Thi Thanh Thuy.Valdez, who is playing for second club team outside of the Philippines, will suit up for Attack Line in the Chinese-Taipei Volleyball League from October to December.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next “I’m really thankful to be here for this opportunity and I’m really excited playing with them and learning a lot of things from them,” said Valdez during the presser on Friday as posted on her Facebook account. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentslast_img read more

first_imgA former Ghana football coach said the country’s football was ‘going nowhere’ because the players were ‘having too much sex,’ according to a local news report.”A lot of today’s players cannot play 90 minutes because they get so tired easily. And you know why? Because they don’t sleep enough and don’t train enough and they engage in too much sex. There are beautiful young girls in Ghana and they won’t leave them alone.” Malik Jabir said, speaking to a national radio station.Currently the under-23 coach, 71-year-old Jabir represented the Black Stars at the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games and coached Ghana in 2003. “There is time for sex and time for football, but if you mix the two, you will never reach the top,” he said according to a report in Diario AS.The Black Stars’ are slated to play in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Uganda on Friday.Health experts have widely discredited claims that sex can affect athletic performances, but coaches don’t necessarily believe that. In a run-up to FIFA in 2014, a survey showd that Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chile and Mexico had imposed explicit bans on sex for their players.”There will be no sex in Brazil. They can find another solution, they can even masturbate if they want. I am not interested what the other coaches do, this is not a holiday trip, we are there to play football at the World Cup,” Bosnia-Herzegovina’s soccer coach had famously told reporters two months before the tournament.Even late boxer Muhammad Ali abstained for six weeks before fights.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgiowa tight end noah fant goes for a catch against illinoisCHAMPAIGN, IL – NOVEMBER 17: Noah Fant #87 of the Iowa Hawkeyes scores a touchdown as Tony Adams #6 and Dele Harding #9 of the Illinois Fighting Illini try to make the stop at Memorial Stadium on November 17, 2018 in Champaign, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)Iowa ended a three-game losing streak in a big way on Saturday, blowing out Illinois. The Hawkeyes posted their second shutout win of the year, emerging with a 63-0 win.With the win, Iowa is now 7-4 on the season and in better position when it comes to its bowl resume. The Hawkeyes still have Nebraska left on the schedule, and given the way that Scott Frost has turned that team around in recent weeks, it should be a good contest.Sunday, ESPN updated its bowl projections for Iowa. Both analysts have the Hawkeyes in the same game – but with different opponents.Kyle Bonagura has Iowa in the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl against Washington.Mitch Sherman has the Hawkeyes in the same game, but against Utah. Either would be a good matchup.This wouldn’t be an ideal location for Iowa fans, but they do travel well. They’d still probably be well-represented.Iowa’s final game of the season – a rivalry matchup with Nebraska – will be played this Friday at Noon on FOX.last_img read more

first_imgMicro, small and medium-size enterprises (MSMEs) are being encouraged to utilise the variety of business support services offered under the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ) Voucher for Technical Assistance (VTA) programme.“Persons are able to access grant funding, where DBJ pays up to 70 per cent of the cost,” said General Manager, Loan Origination and Portfolio Management at the DBJ, Edison Galbraith.“We have caps for each level, where if persons need a business plan to be done to improve their business, they can actually go on our website http://www.dbjvoucher.com, subscribe, apply for that voucher and receive that support,” he noted further.Mr. Galbraith was speaking recently on the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) ‘Issues and Answers’ television programme.Under the VTA, MSMEs that operate in the productive sectors may receive vouchers, in various denominations, to be used to access business support services provided by accredited business development organisations.Entrepreneurs who operate businesses in the traditional industries, as well as those operating in emerging sectors, qualify for assistance under the programme.The traditional areas include agriculture, agro-processing, tourism, energy, manufacturing, mining, and services, while emerging industries include animation and information technology (IT).Mr. Galbraith explained that funding for the MSMEs is dependent on the service required.“The cap is about $500,000 (from a minimum of $100,000). So, small businesses are able to get financial statements prepared, they are able to get accounting software, mentorship and patents done,” he pointed out.“It is not only for those who are seeking loan financing. If you have a small business and you simply want to improve your operations, then you can access that voucher at the DBJ,” he added.The DBJ has, so far, approved more than 800 such vouchers under the VTA programme.last_img read more

first_imgThe province is investing in a Dartmouth program that helps persons with disabilities build confidence and realize their individual potential. Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse announced today, Dec. 6, that the province will provide $500,000 to the Dartmouth Adult Service Centre’s (DASC) capital campaign to help it improve and expand its program. “DASC provides adults with disabilities wonderful opportunities for meaningful work and activity,” said Ms. Peterson-Rafuse. “We’re happy to contribute to DASC’s capital campaign. This investment will allow for a new and improved facility that will make life better for current and future participants.” The Dartmouth Adult Service Centre provides a variety of activities for adults with disabilities, including supportive employment, skills training and vocational programming. The capital campaign will help the centre build an improved facility that will better serve current participants and allow them to expand to help more people with disabilities in the future. “The province’s investment brings us one step closer to our new building, which will be customized for DASC’s current and future clients,” said Cathy Deagle-Gammon, executive director of DASC. “I’m so grateful for the partnership we’ve developed with all three levels of government, and that people with disabilities will feel the benefit of that partnership.” This investment is one of several in a series of recent improvements to expand services for Nova Scotians with disabilities. Government has increased investments in such programs by nearly $20 million since 2009.last_img read more

first_imgMAIDSTONE, Sask. – For a small group of American black families escaping racist Jim Crow laws a century ago, building a church in their new home in Saskatchewan was a priority.Completed in 1912, Shiloh Baptist Church, about 30 kilometres northwest of Maidstone, provided a place of worship and communal space for the homesteaders who had arrived only two years before.The little building is made from poplar logs on a foundation of field stones. The pews are just benches, many also hewn from logs.“The first time I walked in there it’s almost like I got hit in the gut with a fist. And I’m not a spiritual or a religious person by any means,” says Leander Lane, whose great-grandfather Julius Caesar Lane was among the community’s original families.The church and its cemetery have just been awarded heritage property designation by the Saskatchewan’s Culture Ministry who say it is the only remaining building from the first African-American farming community in the province.Lane said Oklahoma, where the families originated, had been a destination for slaves from the U.S. South who were freed after the Civil War. But that changed when Oklahoma was granted statehood in 1907 and elected a segregationist government.Looking to move again, Lane says he believes his great-grandfather, who was born a slave in Virginia, visited Saskatchewan in 1909 with another man and scouted locations. They applied for homesteads in the Maidstone area and, in the spring of 1910, a dozen families packed up and left Oklahoma. Others went to Alberta to homestead at places like Amber Valley.Canada was looking for immigrants to settle the West at the time, but the welcome wasn’t particularly warm for those who were black.The Canadian Encyclopedia website says an order-in-council that was approved in August 1911 by Prime Minister Sir Wilfrid Laurier’s cabinet was intended to ban black persons from entering Canada for a period of one year. It never became law, but stated, “the Negro race … is deemed unsuitable to the climate and requirements of Canada.”“It was tough. A lot of them were very poor. They had a hard time making it,” says Lane, who lives in Edmonton.Julius Caesar Lane was among the first to be buried in the church’s cemetery, dying in 1913. The graves are marked with stones at both the head and foot of each plot, which the province says is the only known place in Saskatchewan that illustrates the African-American burial custom of the late 19th century.“In the early 20th century, African-American families seeking freedom from discrimination made this small farming community in Saskatchewan their home,” Parks, Culture and Sport Minister Gene Makowsky said in a news release that proclaimed the heritage status.“Our government recognizes the importance of this site and the significant impact it has had in shaping the identity and culture of our province.”Lane says some of the community’s settlers prospered. But the Great Depression hit them hard. He says jobs were scarce and marriage prospects were limited. American blacks sought new homes in places like Oregon and California instead of Canada, so the community petered out.Over the years, the church’s foundation of field stones sunk, the log walls started to rot and the structure began leaning.Twenty years ago, Lane mobilized an effort to preserve the site and he now heads the Shiloh Baptist Church and Cemetery Restoration Society.The new designation from the province makes Shiloh the province’s 53rd heritage property and prevents anyone from changing the crucial aspects of the building.“We did everything to make sure it’s going to last for 100 years or more,” Lane says.—By Rob Drinkwater in Edmontonlast_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — A shortage of sailors is making it hard for the Royal Canadian Navy to operate its ships and work on replacing them at the same time, according to a senior naval officer.The revelation by Commodore Steve Waddell, head of naval strategic readiness, follow similar concerns from the Royal Canadian Air Force about the difficult choices it is facing thanks to a shortage of experienced pilots.Taken together, they underscore the severe personnel challenges facing some parts of the Canadian Forces, which tend to be overshadowed by the numerous problems facing the military procurement system.In fact, Waddell indicated during a presentation to a defence conference this week that the navy’s personnel shortages could threaten the Trudeau government’s “ambitious” defence policy.That policy — entitled Strong, Secure, Engaged — says the military must be able to conduct several missions at the same time. It also sets aside billions of dollars for upgrades to the navy, including new warships and modernized submarines.Some of those projects have already been delayed, such as the construction of new support ships, though the blame for many of those delays rests outside of the navy and with private shipyards or other federal departments.The navy nonetheless has its work cut out for it, including imminent talks with U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin and Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax to decide the final design for its new $60-billion fleet of warships.“In terms of delivering on Strong, Secure, Engaged, what I think is going to really fundamentally be a constraint in the next little while is the reality of the workforce,” Waddell said.While the navy is at least 10 per cent short of trained sailors, he said it is facing a shortfall of up to 40 per cent in some places when sailors it does have are unavailable because of training, medical problems or other reasons.“So when you’re trying to deploy and have a forward presence … while at the same time trying to account for the institutional needs of delivering on Strong, Secure, and Engaged, you can imagine the bit of a dance that’s in front of us.”The navy’s problem is different from the air force’s: the navy is struggling to simply recruit people while the air force is losing experienced pilots to civilian jobs.Yet there are also parallels, as Waddell said the navy, like much of the rest of the military, is fighting industry for employees at a time when unemployment is low, demographics are changing and there are other opportunities for people.Not that the navy is completely without a plan. Waddell and others have talked about using technology, particularly in its new ships, to ease the navy’s personnel requirements as well as attract a new generation of recruits.In a recent interview with The Canadian Press, navy commander Vice-Admiral Ron Lloyd talked about using artificial intelligence to ease workload and the addition of wireless networks to ships as areas where change is coming.“What does it mean to be a digital navy is what we’re focused on,” he said. “I think that’s going to be key to our ability to attract (people) and then recruit them and then hopefully retain them.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rabat – According to Moroccan newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, Morocco seeks to strengthen cooperation with the three EU countries through regular information exchanges on human and drug trafficking and terrorism.The public prosecutor-general at Rabat’s Court of Appeals, Moulay Hassan Daki, voiced Morocco’s intention to improve cooperation with EU countries during a meeting November 14-15 in Valencia, eastern Spain.The meeting served as a platform to discuss tools to fight terrorism. During the symposium, Daki and European officials emphasized the need to increase cooperation between the two countries through exchange of information and experience to combat all international crime. The officials also called for strong judicial cooperation and the use of intelligence data from friendly countries to counter the danger posed by terrorism.Ever since the Marrakech terror attack in 2011, Morocco has modernized and upgraded its security system to fight radicalization and organized crime.Read Also: US Congresswoman: US Sides with Morocco on CounterterrorismMorocco introduced the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) in 2015, which has monitored security threats across the country and assisted foreign security agencies to fight terrorism.Morocco’s international security cooperation is well recognized. In a recent report, the US Department of State said that Morocco has a “comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation.”On November 15, Morocco’s Minister of the Interior Abdelouafi Laftit and his French counterpart Christophe Castaner discussed on migration and security cooperation.Castaner told the press that he discussed the most important issues for both countries with Laftit, especially counterterrorism and information exchange.Both officials also discussed efforts by Morocco, Spain, and France to fight the trafficking of narcotics and migrants.“The smuggling of migrants is a matter on which we must cooperate even more, given what Morocco is undergoing as a transit country, hence the need to support it and to be mobilized along with Spain on the side of Europe as well as of Morocco,” he said. read more

TORONTO — The chief executives of Canada’s biggest banks say they are expecting muted economic growth, a slower spring housing market and have concerns about the country’s future prosperity, but also expressed confidence in their ability to navigate any rough patches ahead.Toronto-Dominion Bank CEO says that it foresees “constrained” growth in 2019, amid trade tensions and strains in the energy market, but Canada is benefiting from U.S. strength and the lender will be able to adapt to any environment.Bharat Masrani also told reporters after its annual meeting of shareholders in Toronto he expected spring mortgage demand to “moderate” amid “nervousness” among consumers, but if job numbers remain strong, the nervous sentiment shall pass.The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce’s chief executive told its shareholders meeting in Montreal today that amid growing commentary about being late in the credit cycle, Canada and the bank are both “very well positioned” for the cycle’s end.Victor Dodig also says he expects the key spring housing market to be “more muted” than in the past, reflecting tighter lending guidelines and the new interest rate environment.Royal Bank of Canada’s chief executive Dave McKay, meanwhile, told its annual meeting in Halifax today that Canada’s capacity to grow and advance the economy is “stalling” and urged, among other things, investment in energy to ensure present and future prosperity.  The Canadian Press read more

“I want to see for myself the humanitarian situation on the ground and to understand where we need to take our aid efforts in the future so that we reach people in need in all parts of Kenya,” John Holmes said at the start of his three-day visit.Mr. Holmes, who is also Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, stressed that the political crisis sparked by last December’s disputed elections must be solved through negotiation, and voiced his support to the mediation efforts led by former Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The two men met today in Nairobi to discuss how humanitarian assistance can contribute to ending the current political crisis.The Coordinator also met with UN staff, as well as Kenyan officials dealing with the relief operations, and with the head of the Kenya Red Cross Society, a key humanitarian partner of the UN.He will travel tomorrow to the cities of Kakuru and Molo in the west, where he will meet those who have been affected by the recent violence.More than 310,000 people have become internally displaced in the six weeks since the elections in which President Mwai Kibaki was declared the winner over opposition leader Raila Odinga. In addition, some 12,000 Kenyans have fled to neighbouring Uganda.The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed food to 212,000 people in Kenya’s Rift Valley and the west, as well as 160,000 people in Nairobi. Food rations are being distributed in all the main sites for internally displaced persons (IDPs).WFP, the Kenya Red Cross Society and other partners are also setting up transition shelters in Kisumu to offer essential services, including a one-week food ration, to displaced people in transit.Meanwhile, a fact-finding mission deployed by High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour is continuing its investigation into allegations of grave rights violations in the post-election period.In addition, staff from the office of the UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide are on the ground to examine the ethnic dimension of the conflict, as well as the extent to which this ethnic violence was organized.”They’re going out into the field where violence has taken place to see exactly what is going on or has gone on and to give us a picture of whether there has been incitement, by whom and where responsibility lies,” Special Adviser Francis Deng told the UN News Service.The team, which is expected to conclude their visit in a few days, will also look at “the extent to which there can be said to be responsibility in terms of incitement, as well as crimes committed for which people should be held accountable, both domestically and internationally,” Mr. Deng said. 8 February 2008The United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator arrived in Kenya today to assess the humanitarian crisis resulting from the recent post-election violence that has claimed some 1,000 lives and forced over 300,000 people to flee their homes. read more

“There cannot be real peace without justice,” Mr. Annan told a ministerial meeting of the Security Council on the role of the United Nations in justice and the rule of law, stressing that people lose faith in the peace process in the face of impunity for past grievous crimes and without a restoration of justice in rebuilding shattered societies. He said Liberia – where the UN will embark on a new mission to bring peace to a country that has been devastated by 12 years of civil war, murder, rape and excesses by both adult and child soldiers – would be a test case for the world body in this area. “Ending the climate of impunity is vital to restoring public confidence and building international support to implement peace agreements,” he said, but noted that there was also a need to achieve national reconciliation. “There should be no amnesties for war crimes, genocide, crimes against humanity or other serious violations of international human rights,” he added. “Yet the relentless pursuit of justice may sometimes be an obstacle to peace. If we insist at all times and in all places on punishing those who are guilty of extreme violations of human rights, it may be difficult or even impossible to stop the bloodshed and save innocent civilians. If we always and everywhere insist on uncompromising standards of justice, a delicate peace may not survive.” Mr. Annan mentioned various mechanisms, including the establishment of truth and reconciliation commissions, to respond to the dilemma. But he also said: “We have learned that the rule of law delayed is lasting peace denied, and that justice is the handmaiden of true peace. Implementing these lessons is a tremendous challenge.” read more

first_imgWhen Captain Hugo Webb introduces his co-pilot to passengers over the intercom at the start of their BA flight he leaves out one crucial detail.The First Officer sitting alongside him is his wife Hannah.”Although I introduce Hannah at the beginning of the flight, I have never mentioned she is my wife,” said Mr Webb. “I suppose some customers may guess.”Not that the couple are at all ashamed of their working arrangement. In fact, they say flying together helps them with the ups and downs experienced by every working parent.”It certainly helps that we can discuss and understand each other’s jobs,” said Mr Webb. “We both appreciate the demands of the flying lifestyle.” Hugo and Hannah, who have two young children, say it is "great fun" to fly side by side Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Hugo and Hannah, who have two young children, say it is “great fun” to fly side by sideCredit:Stuart Bailey/British Airways/PA The couple, who yesterday flew together on the London Heathrow to Milan route, are one of a handful of BA pilots married to each other, and because they are both trained to fly the airline’s Airbus A320 they find themselves rostered together every few months.Mr Webb, 32, said: “We are both short-haul pilots and try to get home most nights of the month, although a few nights away can be a nice break from the daily commute.”The couple, from Alresford, Hampshire, both joined BA in 2011 and married the following year. They say being a short-haul pilot is “a great profession to have as a working parent”.Mrs Webb, 34, said: “The shift patterns allow us to see our children both during the week and on the weekends.”We have taken our children on a few work trips. Our son came to Milan and our daughter joined us in Lisbon for a couple of nights.”Naturally there might be one question that would spring to passenger’s mind should they realise the people in charge of their flight are married – what if they had an argument the night before?BA dismisses fears that any ensuing tension amid the close proximity of the cockpit might lead to turbulence.“They are extremely professional, just like any of our other highly trained pilots,” said a spokesman for the airline.For his part Mr Webb said: “On an operational level, it’s no different from flying with anyone else.”last_img read more

first_imgUPDATE: our Bomb Squad & K9 have completed the search and everyone is being allowed back into the @AAarena Traffic has reopened. pic.twitter.com/e8P7xUsQVl — Miami PD (@MiamiPD) April 8, 2017Traffic along Biscayne Boulevard was temporarily affected but has since returned to normal.Another running of “Disney on Ice,” originally scheduled for 7 p.m., was delayed for nearly an hour before it got underway.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Police gave the all-clear at the American Airlines Arena after, they said, a 911 call from a man claiming he had a bomb at the venue prompted an evacuation, Saturday evening.Miami Police responded to the arena, located along Biscayne Boulevard in Downtown Miami and evacuated the premises. They searched the building to ensure the subject was not inside.The police department’s bomb squad and K-9 units also responded to the scene.The evacuation happened as a performance of “Disney on Ice” was ending.Witnesses who attended the show said officers suddenly started ushering everyone out and away from the building. We were waiting for valet, and they started telling us cross the street, then cross the part over here and then cross the street again,” said event goer Gresly Sarjonse.Bomb squads and K-9 units swept the building and gave the all-clear. Police then allowed employees and guests back inside.last_img read more

first_imgAsifabad: District Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu instructed the officials concerned to identify forest lands and to upload the details on Dharani website.He enquired about the development of revenue and forest lands during a review meeting with Tahsildars and officials of land survey department held on the development of revenue and forest lands, here at the Collector’s conference hall on Friday. Also Read – Vemulawada school seized after road accident Advertise With Us He said that so far 1,32,793.39 hectares land has been surveyed and of this, 80,592.27 hectares is identified as forest land. The Collector instructed the officials to clear pending Dharani related issues within ten days. Joint Collector P Rambabu, forest officer Laxman Ranjeet Naik, RDOs Sidam Dattu and Shivakumar, tahsildars, forest staff and others were present at the meeting.last_img read more

first_imgDonald TrumpA US federal judge on Saturday lifted Trump administration restrictions that barred some refugees from the country, the latest in a series of immigration-related legal setbacks for the president.The United States said in October that it would resume accepting refugees after a 120-day ban ordered by President Donald Trump expired, but some-including those from 11 “high-risk” countries, most of which are Muslim majority-were still barred from entering.In his ruling on Saturday, Judge James Robart ordered American authorities to resume processing and admitting so-called “follow-to-join” refugees, which would once again allow the spouse and unmarried children of a refugee already in the country to be admitted.And he also ordered that “follow-to-join” refugees and “other refugees with a bona fide relationship to a person or entity within the United States” from the 11 “high-risk” countries be processed and admitted as well.The ruling is in response to motions for preliminary injunctions filed in two separate cases.“Plaintiffs in both cases are refugees, who find themselves in dire circumstances, their family members who yearn to be reunited with them, and humanitarian organizations whose fundamental mission is to help these vulnerable refugees resettle in the United States,” Robart wrote in his ruling.“Plaintiffs in both cases present compelling circumstances of irreparable harm inflicted by the federal agencies’ action at issue here.”Trump’s attempts at banning travelers from several mainly Muslim nations have been met with successive legal challenges this year.Critics say the president’s measures target Muslims, while the Trump administration has sought to cast the restrictions as being aimed at shoring up security.last_img read more

first_imgLaura Isensee/Houston Public MediaParent and activist Travis McGee addressed a crowd of people at the HISD meeting while the board was in closed session and before a scuffle erupted with police officers.Months ago in May, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner announced that he wanted the city to get directly involved in local schools.Now that desire has evolved into a new nonprofit, created by Turner’s education office.It’s the latest effort to address problems with Houston’s chronically under-performing schools and the threat of a state take-over, but already it’s drawing protests and push-back from parents and education advocates.“I recognize there needs to be a collaborative effort and shouldn’t be something I should do by myself, but collaboratively, there should be no low-performing schools in my city,” Turner said earlier this year.The city-related nonprofit is called the Coalition for Educational Excellence and Equity in Houston. News 88.7 obtained state records that show Turner’s education chief Juliet Stipeche and three civic leaders are heading up the coalition. Listen About half a dozen people protested the idea at City Hall. Bobbie Cohen called it an effort to privatize public education.“I don’t know why the city has decided to involve itself in a nonprofit coalition with three board members none of whom seem to have any real expertise in education, unless, of course, you count lobbying for ALEC which is an organization that has never met a government entity it did not want to privatize,” Cohen said. Still, Turner defended the effort: “It is an offer, it is up to HISD. No one here is trying to force HISD to do anything. No one.”HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones told News 88.7 that the board will vote on issuing an RFP (meaning a Request for Proposal) on Thursday. “After then we will know how to move forward,” said Skillern-Jones.Earlier this year, when the HISD board considered approving an outside partnership for struggling schools, the controversial measure sparked protests and arrests at the public meeting.EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been updated to include the comment by HISD Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones. Share X Under the state law known as SB 1882, the Houston Independent School District could give the nonprofit temporary control of some Houston schools. That in turn would give the district a two-year pause on steep sanctions, including a potential state takeover.The board has to decide by early February if it wants to pursue this effort or any other partnership for struggling schools. This week, the HISD board added a new agenda item for its meeting Thursday to decide if they want to request any outside partnerships.On Tuesday, Turner issued new details on the objectives of the coalition and defended it at City Hall.He outlined in a statement that the nonprofit aims to administer 15 HISD schools. They would include struggling schools that could trigger state sanctions and their related schools in their neighborhoods, or feeder patterns. Turner also said that he plans to appoint six more board members to the nonprofit. So far, three business executives are the only voting members: Corbin J. Robertson Jr.; Trinidad “Trini” Vasquez-Mendenhall; and Stephanie Nellons-Paige. Xcenter_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:57 00:00 /00:54 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

first_imgBambu “is another very important step in our bilateral content-distribution strategy for China and North America,” Bill Sondheim, president of Cinedigm Entertainment Group. In addition, he said, Bambu will provide audience feedback to Chinese producers working to produce movies and TV series for a global audience.Cindeigm currently operates six other niche-oriented OTT streaming networks: mixed-martial arts channel CombatGO; CONtv, geared around pop-culture and fandom; documentary service Docurama; the faith-and-family Dove Channel, HallyPop, and esports channel Wham.The move by Cinedigm to expand its specialty OTT services comes amid a pullback on the niche-SVOD front by AT&T’s WarnerMedia, which in the last two weeks pulled the plug on K-drama service DramaFever and FilmStruck, catering to fans of classic, arthouse and indie films.Programming available on Bambu will include action epics, serial dramas, romantic comedies, sci-fi, horror, and fantasy adventure sagas, as well as music and reality series and educational programming like instructional Chinese-language courses and cultural cooking shows.Film titles eyed for Bambu include bomb-squad thriller “Shock Wave,” starring Andy Lau; sci-fi epic “Kung Fu Traveler”; and “The Monkey King: Havoc In Heaven’s Palace,” starring Donnie Yen and Chow Yun-Fat. TV series slated for distribution on Bambu include “Journey to the West,” billed as the most-watched show in Chinese TV history; historical drama “Nirvana in Fire”; thriller “Lost in Translation”; food/cooking documentary series “A Bite of China”; fantasy crime show “The Four”; and new hits such as “The Advisors Alliance” and “Diamond Lover.”“Young Americans are incredibly culturally savvy, and proudly receptive to the latest global trends,” Erick Opeka, Cinedigm’s president of digital networks, said in a statement. “Bambu allows these modern tastemakers to stay at the cultural forefront, introducing them to a roster of new series and up-and-coming artists that they can discover and show their friends.” Cinedigm is prepping a new internet-streaming service designed for American fans of Chinese entertainment.The company plans to launch of Bambu in the first quarter of 2019, with a package of content aimed at Gen Z and millennial audiences in the U.S. Bambu will be available as both a free ad-supported VOD service and an ad-free subscription-based service for $3.99 per month.Bambu will offer thousands of hours of Chinese film and TV shows, according to Cinedigm. The company, and independent content aggregator and distributor, will procure content for Bambu from licensor partners, including top Chinese licensors and distributors.The upcoming launch of Bambu comes after Cinedigm last year sold a majority stake in the company to Bison Capital, a Hong Kong-based investment firm. It subsequently inked deals with Chinese entertainment companies including Starrise Media and Youku Pictures. Cindeigm also has a partnership with state-run broadcaster Central China Television. Popular on Variety center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgHoly cow!!! Delhi this weekend made this expression towards a philanthropic cause (which was saving our Indian desi cow). How? By organising an exhibition plus fest centered on a conscious awakening towards going back to nature and preserving nature for our own happy and healthy future.Organised at Select City Walk, Saket, the Ahimsa Bazar or Holy Cow Music Fest, was organised by Holy Cow Foundation.  It had stalls opened from 11 am till 10 pm aimed at promoting products made from cowdung (manure, dhoopbati, agnihotra samidha, air purifier kit etc) and urine (ark, pesticide, phenyel etc.); the foundation is working towards enabling sustainability of the cow and creating awareness about apathetic condition of our domestic animals. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Visitors could select from a sumptuous menu consisting of vegetarian and vegan food and vegan ice-cream. Also, there was choice of organic vegetables and products as well as ayurveda and Holy Cow panchgavya health products. For the nature conscious, there were stalls on home composting units and organic compost and for those with literary interest, there were books on display by Indological book store. The festival also had some entertainment value to it with scintillating performances by the snake charmers sans the live snakes and kajri sangeet. For the classically attuned, there were breathtaking jugalbandi on table and the lion dance of the north east. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe music extravaganza continued till late in the evening with rock Kirtan by Vraj Vadhu group of ISKON, including street plays and several other performances.Covered with glee and fun, the event had an underlying message which highlighted the following points- Stop cow slaughter. Stop any kind of animal slaughter for food and pleasure and respect all forms of life and live with nature. Encourage farmers to produce organic products by creating a demand for them and use cow milk, curd and ghee in your homes since these are ambrosia for humans amongst others The major concern marked was indiscriminate slaughter of cows to export meat (in our country everyday 50,000 cows are being slaughtered) and excessive use of chemical fertilizers in agriculture (today Punjab is known as the cancer  capital of India) have become the major cause of growing instance of women becoming barren and men becoming impotent, rising graphs of diseases, mental stress and disorders, disorientation of youth and growing aggression in our society.This is the second time the festival is being held and the response was quite heartening.last_img read more

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