PlayME Announces Network With Leading Theatre Companies

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Expect Theatre’s PlayME – the podcast that transforms Canadian plays into audio dramas – announces the launch of the PlayME Network, a new broadcast arm that will partner with some of Canada’s leading theatre companies from across the country. PlayME Network will feature shows from PlayME partners’ regular seasons, transformed into audio dramas.Founding PlayME Co-Artistic Directors Laura Mullin and Chris Tolley are pleased to announce that the inaugural PlayME Network partners are Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, Factory Theatre and The Musical Stage Co.; Ottawa’s Great Canadian Theatre Company; Edmonton’s Citadel Theatre and Newfoundland’s Artistic Fraud.Since its inception in 2016, PlayME has transformed 10 independent Canadian theatre productions into audio podcasts. With close to 500,000 downloads in over 80 countries to date, PlayME is in the vanguard of facilitating international access to Canadian theatre and building an audience and appetite for it from all over the world (nine out of ten listeners is from outside Canada). Past podcasts include Nicolas Billon’s Iceland, Anna Chatterton’s Quiver and Rose Napoli’s Lo (or Dear Mr. Wells). The PlayME Network expands beyond indie theatre work to include work from theatre companies with full seasons.READ MORElast_img read more

Helena Woods story How domestic abuse can lead to child apprehension

first_imgEditor’s note: APTN News is taking a detailed look into child welfare between Feb. 20-23. This is Part 2 of a three-part series on the story of a woman in Manitoba who blames abuse suffered at home for her daughter’s death and eventual contact with child and family services. Read Part 1 here.Brittany Hobson Karyn Pugliese APTN NewsSprawling more than 7,000 acres and home to 4,500 people the community of St. Theresa Point is an isolated wilderness. The remote community is surrounded by the several tiny islands that make up Manitoba’s Island Lake region.Homes in the community are sometimes spread a part by 20 feet of trees, bush and wildlife.It seems peaceful, but some homes here know violence. And this community is not alone.According to a 2014 Statistics Canada report Aboriginal women are three times more likely to be victimized by current or former partners than non-Aboriginal women.In St. Theresa Point some women are beginning to talk about it.On Feb. 26, 2010 Helena Wood’s 15-year-old daughter Cassandra Wood died by suicide. Her body was found a day later in a garage near the high school in the community.Helena believes witnessing 15 years of family violence overwhelmed Cassandra.“I’m not losing another daughter because of domestic violence. Never again,” Helena told APTN News from her home in Steinbach, Man.“There were lots of signs. Lots of sayings but nobody heard her. Nobody heard her. Not even her friends.”Helena is the first to admit she also failed to see the signs. It’s something that she has to live with to this day. Looking back on the events leading up to Cassandra’s death she says she was in survival mode. The well-being of her children fell by the way side.“I went straight down emotionally and physically,” she said. “Physically my beat ups caught up to me, so mentally I went straight down.”“What did I do? I drank for many years. Then I became addicted.”It’s hard for Helena to talk about the abuse, addictions and the death of Cassandra. It’s taken her eight years.Helena was born and raised in St. Theresa Point. The 39-year-old met Cassandra’s father while the two were in high school. APTN has decided not to publish his name. She became pregnant with Cassandra at the age of 16. The two married once she turned 18.Helena says the beatings started early on. She says she tried to leave multiple times often seeking solace at her parent’s house in the community, but friends and family would convince her to go back.From left to right: Cassandra Wood, Helena Wood, Rose Wood (Cassandra’s grandmother), Delia Harper (Cassandra’s great-grandmother) Photo supplied by Helena Wood.Today, the community practices both traditional spirituality and Christianity, but this wasn’t always the case. In August 1909 elders living in the area now known as St. Theresa Point signed on to the Treaty 5 adhesion. In the late 1920s and early 1930s people began to move away from the area when settlers began to occupy the land, and with them they brought different religions. In 1969 the area was separated into four communities with St. Theresa Point being the largest. Much of that area practiced Roman Catholic ideology. It remains heavily engrained in daily life today. Many believe divorce is not an option.“Everybody telling me [it’s] the Native way,” said Helena. “You have to go back to your husband. You have to.”Island Lake First Nations Family Services (ILFNFS) first intervened in December 2008 according to a special investigative report commissioned by Manitoba’s Children’s Advocate Office. Cassandra told local health workers she didn’t want to go home because of the violence.Helena and Cassandra’s father met with ILFNFS and representatives from health services and justice. Helena says the agency would never meet with her alone. She says before meetings Cassandra’s father would threaten her if she spoke out about the violence.Scared for her life, Helena remained quiet.After Cassandra’s death Helena’s husband promised to change his ways. This lasted for a month. Then the beatings started again. Shortly after her second daughter Jewel began to cut herself. She was sent to Winnipeg with Helena to see a counselor. Through the counselor Helena learned about domestic violence and the resources available for women and families.In August 2010, six months after Cassandra’s death, Helena made the decision to leave the community for Winnipeg.Waiting at the other end was her cousin Judy Klassen.Klassen says victims get to a point where violence seems normal.“You don’t feel like your life is in danger. Oh, this wasn’t so bad,” she told APTN. “It’s a weird mental start that you’re in where self-preservation just doesn’t exist.”Klassen knows this first hand. She is also a victim of domestic violence. She recalled one night she was hurt so bad she feared her partner would kill her.“I had to leave my kids and that was the hardest thing. I couldn’t run with them. I couldn’t carry myself,” she said.“It felt like my arms were broken. It felt like my legs were broken. But, it really felt like I was going to be killed if I stayed there.”She was eventually able to reach help. Child and family services safely removed the kids from the home and returned them to her.Klassen is now a Liberal MLA for the Keewatinook riding, which includes her home community of St. Theresa Point.Last November she shared her experience with the Manitoba legislature using the moment to also call for more resources for women experiencing family violence.“I was six-months pregnant when my partner hit me so hard to the ground only to be found by a patrolling RCMP a little while later,” she said. “I managed to survive that episode in my life and I proudly stand here today and speak out and speak up for women [who] still can’t speak for themselves.”Klassen isn’t the only one in her family who has experienced spousal violence. Her older sister Stephanie Wood was in a long-term relationship with a partner she says abused her physically and emotionally.She says the moment to leave her abuser came when she realized she had nothing left to give.“I’d like to say that I stood up and I said no more of this and I walked out all powerful,” Wood said. “It wasn’t like that at all. It was more I was completely broken. Everything that I had it was like I had already spent it all.”Violence in the community has been a hidden issue for many years. Some call it a ‘dirty little secret.’ Women can be seen walking with black eyes or bandaged arms and there is little nurses or mental health workers can do when people won’t talk about the problem.Illa Harper is a nurse in St. Theresa Point. She often treats victims, but says there isn’t much else she can do. For example, there are no shelters in the community.“There’s no resources like [other] homes here,” she told APTN from St. Theresa Point. “I feel scared when I send them home.”Leaving the violence often means leaving the community. This is easier talked about than done. In the summer St. Theresa Point is only accessible by plane. In the winter people can drive in and out via a winter ice road.“I can’t medivac them out because they’re [at] risk for violence,” said Harper. “So what do they do if they [want to] escape out of the community and they can’t even afford plane fare? If they have five kids and themselves that’s about $2,000.”But, Helena and her kids got out. She called a Winnipeg shelter telling them her situation. The shelter paid for transportation out of the community.“I left under the rug. I just decided like that,” Helena recalls. “I called Osborne House and just told them what my situation was. I said I need to get out.”Once Helena arrived in Winnipeg she stayed at the shelter for a couple weeks before moving to Steinbach to stay with Klassen.Klassen remembers picking up the phone one day only to hear Helena on the other line with news she had left the community with the kids and needed a place to stay. Klassen drove into the city and picked them up.“It was so heart wrenching to see my nieces and nephews bewildered faces,” she said. “Trying to offer reassurance that auntie’s going to help as much as possible. It was hard for them to trust coming from a home like that where they saw violence every day.”Helena Wood.Helena learned problems don’t just go away when women leave the community. After settling in Steinbach she continued to use booze to help cope with the death of Cassandra. She needed programs but they seemed impossible to access.Helena’s drinking strained her relationship with her two children, Jewel and Austin. The kids were still reeling from the death of their sister and Helena was struggling to adapt to life as a single mother. Child and Family Services eventually apprehended the children because of the drinking.It’s been eight years since Helena left. She is on a healing journey, but some wounds remain. She was once choked so hard that to this day she can barely swallow.In her home in Steinbach Helena fries some eggs and boils some potatoes. Once the food is cooked she throws it into a blender.“I blend my food. I puree my food like baby food,” she said.“I can’t swallow solids. I can’t push it down. It feels like it’s stuck there but I can’t push it down. I don’t have the ability to push it down.”Helena says specialists have told her there is no physical damage to her throat and equate the trouble of swallowing with a symptom of post-traumatic stress disorder.Part of Helena’s healing journey includes sharing her story. She hopes shining a light on domestic violence will bring some change to her community.“Still today there is no help out there. I haven’t see any changes,” said Helena.“[The community] only acts in a crisis. If one is already too late or [there’s] a really wounded person.”Helena hopes to one day see a shelter in the St. Theresa Point, but most of all she wants women to know there are resources outside the community. And, there are people, including her, who will do their best to help women get out.“You’re not alone. There is hope. You have to get out for yourself and children. Break the silence.”bhobson@aptn.calast_img read more

Moroccan Students Boycott School, Protest Change in Timetables, GMT+1

Rabat- Students in Meknes, Sale, and Ain Borja in Casablanca chose to miss class and stand outside their schools to condemn the country staying on DST (GMT+1) and to call on the Ministry of Education to keep the traditional time-table.“We ask [the government] to remove the daylight saving, and we also ask of them to create a space for us to stay during lunch breaks because we have a hard time staying outside of school in breaktime,” a student from Sale stated in a video during the protest on Wednesday morning. Public schools usually open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. with a 2 hour-lunch break from 12 noon to 2 p.m. The ministry said in a statement that students will follow the same time-table for school for half a week starting today after the fall break. Beginning Monday, November 12, students will follow the new-time table that the government set on November 1. Schools will start at 9 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. with a two-hour lunch break between 1 and 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday.Read Also: Morocco’s #Masaktach Campaign Invites Women to Use Whistles If HarassedFor schools in rural areas, students will start at 9 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch break from Monday to Friday.For schools with two teachers sharing a classroom, the ministry gave alternate time-tables.Schools will go back to the traditional time-table in the spring.On Friday, October 26, the government adopted Draft Decree 2.18.855 moving Morocco to GMT+1 year-round. The surprise announcement came two days before Morocco was set to turn its clocks back to standard time on Sunday, October 28. read more

China to support airlines seeking compensation from Boeing

BEIJING — China’s airline industry association has thrown its support behind 13 Chinese carriers seeking compensation from Boeing for groundings of the 737 Max 8.The China Air Transport Association said in a statement Friday that the groundings and delayed deliveries of the planes were causing “serious damage” to the companies’ businesses. It estimated their losses at 4 billion yuan ($580 million) should the planes remain grounded through the end of next month.The group said it would “actively support and co-ordinate member companies to carry out their compensation work.”It was unclear if the push to penalize the American aircraft maker over losses resulting from the grounding of the aircraft was in any way linked to trade tensions between Beijing and Washington.China was among the first governments to order 737 Max jets grounded in March after crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia that killed 346 people.The Chinese airlines, including major carriers Air China, China Eastern and China Southern, have 96 Max aircraft in their fleets, with more than 30 more due to be delivered this year.Aviation officials from more 30 countries met Thursday with the FAA to hear the U.S. regulator’s approach to reviewing changes that Boeing is making.The company has not yet submitted a final, formal application for approval of its update to a flight-control system that has been implicated in the crashes. That submission will be followed by test flights to demonstrate the changes to FAA experts.The Associated Press read more

Dangers of air pollution worse than previously thought UN health agency warns

The warning came at the latest meeting of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), held in Paris, France, over the weekend, where health advocates were told that indoor air pollution had become the leading risk factor for “burden of disease” in South Asia while it was ranked second in Eastern, Central and Western Sub-Saharan Africa and third in Southeast Asia. “The estimations we have now tell us there are 3.5 million premature deaths every year caused by household air pollution, and 3.3 million death every year caused by outdoor air pollution,” Dr. Maria Neira, the WHO’s Director of Public Health and Environment, told the CCAC meeting.Ground-level ozone pollution was estimated to cause an additionally 200,000 premature deaths every year, the agency said in a press release, which notes that “burden of disease” is a calculation based on years of life lost combined with years lived at less than full health. “Air pollution is becoming one of the biggest health issues we have in front of us at the moment,” Dr. Neira said. The CCAC, whose partners include Member States and civil society health advocates, targets so-called short-lived climate pollutants, or SLCPs, as major culprits in the damage to health, as well as the cause of crop loss and climate change.SLCPs that are harmful to human health are released through numerous sources ranging from diesel engine exhaust and smoke and soot from inefficient cook stoves to leakage and flaring from oil and natural gas production and emissions from solid waste disposal. Pointing to cook stoves, for example, the UN health agency stated that many of those appliances emit carbon monoxide and other pollutants at levels up to 100 times higher than recommended limits. In a press statement marking the meeting, UNEP noted that fast action on SLCPs could “dramatically” reduce the number of annual deaths from air pollution. Efforts to lower black carbon emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and engines were receiving “particularly strong attention” from the CCAC. In addition, it added that the CCAC had already launched efforts to reduce black carbon and other pollutants from brick production through the adoption of modern technologies, which can lower the emission of pollutants by 10 to 50 per cent, while efforts to distribute clean cook stoves were already underway in Bangladesh. read more

Govt says moving ahead with plans to construct new Demerara River

…pre-qualification process for contractors to commence soon The Government has announced that it is moving ahead with its plan to construct a new Demerara River Bridge and will soon commence the process of pre-qualifying contractors for the project.Through the Ministry of Public Infrastructure, contractors will be pre-qualified for the finance, design, building, and maintenance components of the New Demerara River Bridge. These aforementioned works will be procured through public tendering, with a restricted number of bidders, according to a government release.The procurement process will be a two-phase one: the current pre-qualification phase and the bidding phase. In the pre-qualification phase, three contractors will be shortlisted and requested to submit designs and offer a fixed price lump sum bid for the design and construction of the bridge and approach roads, the Ministry of Public Infrastructure explained.The shortlisting of the bidders shall be on the basis of the profile, track record, financial capacity of the applicant as well as on the merit of the technical, cost and financing proposals presented by applicants in their pre-qualification document.Furthermore, in order to improve the funding package, applicants for shortlisting are requested to advance proposals for financing the project.The Request for Pre-Qualification Document will be available for download on the Ministry’s website,www.mopi.gov.gy, from August 21, 2017. Contractors must respond by September 4 in order to be considered for participation in the pre-qualification procedure.The proposed Demerara River Bridge is approximately 2 kilometers north of the existing floating bridge, spanning from Houston on the eastern bank of the Demerara River to Versailles on the western bank of the Demerara River. The new bridge will be an essential part of the road network and will also have a significant impact on marine traffic passing under the bridge.The project will see the construction of an approximately 1,500m long fixed bridge with a movable span and two approach roads of a total length of 600m. It is envisaged that the project will commence in 2018 and will be delivered in 2020. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLetter: Days after procurement tampering, corrupt practices unearthed Govt still mumSeptember 30, 2017In “Letters”New Demerara brige: Patterson says he unaware of coalition financier’s connectionSeptember 15, 2017In “Business”Govt still to decide on old Demerara Harbour BridgeDecember 13, 2016In “Local News” read more

FCC probing Google over Street View privacy breach

first_imgEven though it seems like it was an accident, and even though the data was slurped up on unprotected home networks, Google continues to deal with the aftermath of the Google Street View privacy controversy from earlier this year: the Federal Communications Commission has now initiated a probing of the matter.As you might recall, Google Street View cars made a splash a few months ago when Google came clean that they had “accidentally” collected far too much data from open WiFi networks as its fleet of Street View vehicles prowled the city streets of America and Europe. n Google’s defense, they started the story by copping to the matter before any accusations were raised, but that hasn’t been enough for a lot of European governments… and it looks like it might not fly with the FCC either.“Last month, Google disclosed that its Street View cars collected passwords, e-mails and other personal information wirelessly from unsuspecting people across the country,” said FCC Enforcement Bureau Chief Michele Ellison, in a statement sent to Ars Technica. “In light of their public disclosure, we can now confirm that the Enforcement Bureau is looking into whether these actions violate the Communications Act.”Of course, it’s only fair that the FCC probes the matter and makes sure that Google’s been honest about both the cause of the privacy breach and the steps they’ve taken to ensure it never happens again… but let’s hope this isn’t merely an opportunity for political grandstanding on privacy. Google messed up, but they never had to admit that screw up to begin with: being so forthcoming about having made a mistake is a good indication to me that they’re being on the up-and-up here, and are just as horrified by the error as their opponents.Read more at Ars Technicalast_img read more

Greek student sues State Government

first_imgThe mother of disabled student Christos Wade, who was separated from his classmates by a steel bar, is suing the State Government.Lamprini Wade says that her son Christos Wade, 15, was barred from attending Mildura Specialist School fulltime, and by the end of his time there, was threatening self-harm. She is suing the Department of Education for allegedly failing to protect him from bullying, failing to modify the curriculum so that he could understand it, and not providing him with adequate support. Christos, who has an autism spectrum disorder and language disorder, is now approximately seven years behind his fellow students and has battled anxiety and depression, according to Mrs Wade. Ms Wade had originally pulled him out of a local public high school and enrolled him into Mildura Specialist School in 2008 because he was being “kicked and punched” and told that “he did not belong”.“Even his psychiatrist said that Christos would be better off going to a special school,” said Ms Wade. “But after two days, I was told that he did not fit the criteria and didn’t belong. I was told if I rocked the boat and complained I would lose the funding that he’s already got.”“He was unsettled on his first day because he had broken his legs and kids wanted to draw on his plaster. He got upset because he didn’t want them to draw on him but he didn’t do anything wrong.”Ms Wade then spent the remainder of the year writing letters to the Department of Education and the school to allow Christos back into the school, with little response.Finally in Term 4, he was accepted back into the school, but only for three days a week and two hours a day.“He had to sit behind a steel fence and was not allowed to interact with the other kids,” she said. “I felt so sorry for my son. For eight weeks I kept pleading with her (the principal) but I was told there was not enough funding.”Ms Wade alleged that Christos was often shunned at the school, and prevented from attending school excursions. She claimed that her son had been required to attend a computing program off the school campus. On occasion, Christos and his aide would walk 3 km back to the school in 40C degree heat.“He has not made one friend, because they made it really difficult for him to attend the school and made him feel unwelcome,” she said. “They [the school] also had a habit of not giving slips for excursions…hoping that I would not notice.” Ms Wade recalled that Christos was refused attendance to the end of year Snakes and Ladders excursion even after she offered to pay for it.At the end of 2009, Christos took stress leave for almost a full term because he was suicidal and depressed, according to his mother. During this time Mrs Wade attempted to enrol Christos in mainstream schools, who told her that they did not have the resources and should attend the special school.Ms Wade made numerous attempts to contact the principal to formulate a transition plan, so that Christos could re-enter the school and learn in a more positive manner, however these were unsuccessful, she claimed.The Education Department refused to comment on the specifics of the case because it is currently before the courts.However a spokesperson for the Education Department said: “In ensuring every child has every opportunity to reach their full potential, the Brumby Government has invested $417 million on the Program for Students with Disabilities in 2009 – an increase of 112 per cent since 1999.“The Government is committed to improving the learning outcomes for students with disabilities and additional learning needs.”Access Law anti-discrimination consultant Julie Phillips stated, “While there is an official government policy on ‘inclusion’, most mainstream schools simply do not receive enough funding to meet the needs of children with disabilities. This inevitably results in pressure on parents to take their children to special schools. Often parents are therefore faced with two sub-standard choices in relation to the education of their child.” The matter is now before the court and should be heard later this year. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Honest opinions at Grand Turk Public Press Conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Beaches puts former Premier on blast about controversial pier Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – At least one Grand Turk attendee expressed that she believes the government has fallen short when it comes to healthcare, job opportunities for the indigenous people and upkeep of the infrastructure. Frank exchanges are a signature part of the recent Public Press Conferences being hosted by the Rufus Ewing Administration; last night was Grand Turk’s turn.The Premier was challenged by numbers published from the Country Poverty Assessment, which revealed that Haitians were with nearly 11,000 people in TCI while the British Overseas Territory citizen, and native people together were put at just over 12,000. Applause supported the woman’s position that any new immigration laws must protect and advance Turks and Caicos Islanders first.The PNP government is accused of rushing the legislation due to be debated in the House of Assembly next week. Related Items:grand turk, premier rufus ewing, public conferencelast_img read more

US is loser by abandoning Iran nuclear deal Rouhani

first_imgIran`s president Hassan Rouhani speaks at a news conference on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, US on 26 September. Photo: ReutersIran’s president boasted Sunday that the United States has lost against the Islamic republic’s “righteousness and wisdom” by walking out of the landmark nuclear deal.”Everyone knows that America has lost legally and politically by giving up on its international obligations and that we have achieved victory,” said president Hassan Rouhani in a speech at the University of Tehran to mark the beginning of the school year.”There are but a few countries in the world that would call the US withdrawal from the JCPOA (nuclear deal) a good move,” he added.”Those that are cautious express disappointment, those that are more frank say it was a mistake, and the outspoken say it was illegal.”Washington pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and six world powers in May and is reimposing punishing sanctions on the country, hoping to pressure Tehran into what president Donald Trump calls a “better deal”.The US is due to complete the reimposition of sanctions on November 5, targeting Iran’s oil sector and central bank.The other parties to the agreement — Russia, China, the UK, France and Germany — have all pledged to continue to try to make the deal work, despite their firms being vulnerable to the US sanctions if they keep doing business with Iran.Rouhani said Iran’s response had left Washington “empty-handed”.”They expected us to leave the JCPOA hours after they announced they are, and what would have happened? The case would have returned to the UN Security Council, turned against Iran and isolated us,” he said.He said Iran had lost nothing by staying in the deal and could leave “whenever” it chooses.last_img

Houstons Special Ed Enrollment Still Lags National Rate

first_img X 00:00 /00:57 Verrett said he believes those numbers don’t reflect all the students who are in the process of being evaluated for a disability or who are identified, but aren’t officially enrolled and receiving special services yet. He said that this summer, before the beginning the school year, HISD diagnosticians need to close some 300 evaluations.“I want to make sure we’re identifying kids. And as we identify kids, that percentage will increase,” Verrett said. “So for me, it’s not 7%, 8% — It could be 21%, if indeed we are identifying kids.”In May, federal administrators visited Houston and five other Texas school districts to check on the state’s progress to comply with federal law and make sure all eligible children have access to special ed. Verrett, who has been in his role at HISD for just over a year, said that they asked a lot about special ed evaluations and how they’re closing the gap.“The key is that we have to make sure that individuals understand, it’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure that if a student is struggling, that student needs to be evaluated,” Verrett said. “If a parent, if a teacher, if a student makes a request, we have to make sure we respond to that request.”Last year, an independent audit of HISD’s special ed services found a host of problems, including complex paperwork, a shortage of needed special ed staff, such as school psychologists, and a tendency to require students to undergo other interventions before they could be tested for an eligible disability. Share center_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaShannon Verrett, who oversees special education at HISD, addresses a crowd of special ed teachers and parents.Some 300 special education teachers and parents in the Houston Independent School District are gathering this week to prepare for the new school year. To kick off the conference, the district’s assistant superintendent over special ed, Shannon Verrett, roused them with some inspirational words.“Let’s not simply comply with regulations and law. Let’s comply with what we know to be right and just in our hearts and in our souls,” Verrett told the crowded auditorium in southwest Houston.Still, the U.S. Department of Education continues to monitor the Texas Education Agency to make sure it does comply with federal law and doesn’t deny any children with disabilities access to special ed services.And Houston’s enrollment in special ed still lags far behind the national average of 13%. In 2016, when the Houston Chronicle revealed that Texas had an arbitrary cap on special ed at 8.5% of all students, special ed enrollment in Houston schools was 7.3%, according to state data. Now it’s just 7.5% — or, an additional 200 students in the state’s largest school district. Listenlast_img read more

Court asks CM Sisodia AAP leaders to appear on May 15

first_imgDelhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and four other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, accused of violating prohibitory orders here and obstructing public servants in discharge of their duty during an agitation were on Monday directed to appear before a Delhi court on May 15.Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain was irked that Kejriwal and other accused had not appeared before it even on the last date of hearing and said there was “no justifiable ground” for their exemption from personal appearance. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreAdvocate Rishikesh Kumar, who appeared for the accused, assured the court that Kejriwal, Sisodia and other accused would positively appear before it on Tuesday.“Kindly give us time for tomorrow (Tuesday). They (accused) all will appear. I am giving undertaking that they will appear before the court tomorrow,” the counsel said.“It has been submitted that accused number one (Kejriwal) and accused number two (Sisodia) are Chief Minister and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi and remaining accused persons are senior members of the AAP and could not appear on Monday due to their busy schedule. Perusal of the records shows that accused persons did not appear on the last date of hearing,” the court said.“No justifiable grounds for exemption are made out….Put up for appearance of accused persons and arguments on charge on May 15,” the magistrate said.last_img read more

Benefits of facial oil in daily beauty regime

first_imgIncluding facial oil in your daily beauty regime helps to combat damage to facial skin like ageing. Facial oil can be beneficial in all aspects, says an expert.Good quality facial oil tricks the skin into thinking that it’s produced enough and therefore doesn’t need to produce more – which is one of the major reasons for the skin’s breakouts. Thus, it is ideal to use facial oils regularly as they help in rejuvenating the skin and due to the application procedure, help in relaxing the facial muscles. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFacial oils are an excellent way to massage anti-oxidants and vitamins quickly into the skin, at the same time adding a natural glow and helping to save the skin from ageing.The oils get absorbed quickly and soften the appearance of fine lines. Due to the daily massage, they also help lift the facial muscles and make them firmer. Facial oil also has the ability to reduce redness, irritation and even breakouts. Vitamin E is highly beneficial as it is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps repair cell damage. Facial oils usually have the ever nourishing vitamin E, marula oil, Argan oil, rosehip, camellia, black cumin among other things.Facial oils are best for every skin type (dry, oily or combination) as they rebalance skin and restore a naturally healthy complexion. Moisturisers, lotions or crèmes and facial oils can be used simultaneously as facial oils are great for layering. It is best to apply oil right after freshly cleansing the skin in the morning and at night before applying the moisturiser.last_img read more

Ohio man threatened to kill 85 people at a gay club on

first_imgeTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Ohio man Me’Shach Israel-Miller was arrested after threatening to kill ’85 f*****ts’ in a gay bar on Grindr (Picture: Columbus District Police) GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A man in Columbus, Ohio, was arrested after he threatened to kill scores of people at a local gay bar on social media.center_img Daniel Emerson, a manager at nearby Union Cafe said the community was on a knife edge.‘It was probably one of the scariest weekends ever knowing there was someone out there who dislike us so much that they wanted to kill us,’ he told NBC 4 News.‘It was one of the scariest weekends ever’Grindr (Image: Flickr)Police reportedly tracked Miller down using the app.Miller has been charged with inducing panic and aggravated menacing.Additionally, prosecutors are considering classifying the incident as a hate crime.Last week, a man was arrested for threatening door staff with a handgun at a gay bar in North Carolina.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . According to police reports, Me’Shach Israel-Miller, 27, was talking to Montrese Hollar, who performs in drag as Dashe Desmond Rose, on dating app Grindr.But according to Hollar, Miller then threatened he would murder ’85 faggots at a gay club’.Hollar took a screenshot of the exchange before forwarding it to the authorities.Ohio man wanted to ‘kill 85 faggots at a gay club’‘His response… was completely off the wall,’ said Hollar.‘When he mentioned 85 [people] in my community—I’ve been an activist in my community since I was a teenager, and I just couldn’t let that go by’However, Hollar said that he is far from a hero.‘I’m just a member of the community who doesn’t stand for bullying or the treat of violence.’ Woman sentenced to nine years for trying to kill men outside gay barLargest U.S. Gay Pride Los Angeles in West Hollywood under attack?Peter Tatchell in Moscow to push LGBT+ rights ahead of World CupRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/ohio-man-threats-gay-club-grindr/last_img read more

Mexico may be exempt from Trump steel tariffs says US

first_imgMexico City, Mexico — Mexico along with Canada and possibly other countries, could be exempt from import duties on steel and aluminum planned by the United States for reasons of national security, the White House said Wednesday.“We expect the president to sign something before the end of the week and there are possible exclusions for Mexico and Canada for national security, and possibly other countries for the same,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told reporters.In an interview with Bloomberg, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the administration is drafting the official documentation for tariffs and that they could be announced as early as Thursday or Friday.Mnuchin refused to discuss any specific country that may be exempt from tariffs on the basis of national security.It is expected that on Thursday, no later than Friday, President Trump will enact the law that sets tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.Earlier, President Donald Trump’s chief of trade said the administration is willing to exempt other countries besides Mexico and Canada from the planned rates for aluminum and steel that have generated concern about the start of a trade war.Ross cited a statement earlier in the week when Trump said he would be willing to exempt Mexico and Canada in exchange for cooperation in the Nafta renegotiations.The Commerce Secretary said Trump would not have indicated his willingness to exempt Mexico and Canada in exchange for cooperation to update NAFTA if he wanted to “blow up the world.”Ross spent the morning doing media rounds to counter the idea that the new tariffs would trigger a global trade battle.“The president said that if we can fix something with Canada and Mexico they will be exempt. It is not inconceivable that others can be exempt on a similar basis,” Ross said.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Growth in US services firms picked up speed last month

first_imgIn this Thursday, March 27, 2014 John Pittenger makes a pepperoni pizza at the Whole Foods Market in Woodmere Village, Ohio. The Institute for Supply Management releases its service sector index for April 2015 on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak) Sponsored Stories Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. service firms’ growth accelerated in April, fueled by more orders, rising sales and an uptick in hiring. The figures provide solid evidence that the economy is recovering from its first-quarter stumble.The Institute for Supply Management said Tuesday that its services index rose to 57.8 in April from 56.5 in March. The April reading is its highest level in five months. Any reading over 50 indicates that service providers are expanding. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top Stories Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   center_img The ISM’s report also indicates that Americans stepped up their spending in April, after cutting back and boosting savings in the first three months of the year. A measure of sales jumped 4.1 points to 61.6, also the highest in five months.Sluggish consumer spending contributed to a sharp slowdown in growth in the first quarter. The economy expanded at just a 0.2 percent annual rate, down from a 3.6 percent pace in the second half of last year.Economists blamed much of the slowdown on harsh winter weather and other temporary factors, such as a labor dispute at West Coast ports that disrupted the shipping of parts and raw materials. But some factors, such as the strong dollar, will likely persist for much of the rest of the year.The ISM is a trade group of purchasing managers. Its survey of services firms covers businesses that employ 90 percent of the American workforce, including retail, construction, health care and financial services companies.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement 4 must play golf courses in Arizona New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies The healthy showing supports analysts’ forecasts that the economy’s stumble in the first three months of the year will be temporary. Hiring slowed in March and the economy may have even shrunk in the first three months of the year. But most economists expect growth will rebound in the coming months.“The data still suggest a solid trend in overall growth as well as in employment,” Jim O’Sullivan, an economist at High Frequency Economics, said in a note to clients. “They caution against extrapolating from the weakness in GDP” in the first quarter.A measure of hiring ticked up one-tenth of a percent to 56.7, its third straight increase. That suggests the April jobs report, to be released Friday, will show greater job gains than in March, when hiring fell to 126,000, the slowest in 15 months.Service providers are mostly avoiding the hurdles that have slowed growth among manufacturers and weighed on the broader economy. Factory production has fallen as the strong dollar has made American goods more expensive overseas. A sharp fall in oil prices in the past year has also caused drilling companies to spend less on rigs and equipment, which has cut into the production of steel and industrial machinery. 3 international destinations to visit in 2019last_img read more

DJ introduces carbon surcharge

first_imgVirgin Australia has announced a carbon-pricing surcharge in response to the EU tax and Australian carbon scheme.With the Australian carbon pricing scheme kicking off 1 July this year and starting at AU$23 per tonne of carbon, effective 1 March this year the carrier said the surcharge will apply on domestic Australian flights on and after 1 July this year.The carrier noted that the average increase per sector would be roughly AU$3.00 while flights 200 kilometers away could see a surcharge of more than AU$6.00.Meanwhile in response to the EU tax, which started on the 1 January, the carrier said its codeshare flights with Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi would see a surcharge of US$3.00 per passenger for all flights into and out of Europe for flights on and after 1 March this year.“The surcharge is applicable on flights into and out of EU countries only,” the carrier said.  Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories TEMPE, Ariz. — Through four games, the Arizona Cardinals rank 16th in the NFL in both scoring and total defense. They are 21st against the pass, giving up an average of 266 yards per game, and second against the run, allowing just 75 yards per outing.The defense is coming off a game that head coach Bruce Arians called, “one of our best games,” and it appears they’re starting to get the hang of new defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ scheme. Washington said it was “brutal” to have to sit out the last four weeks, adding that he could not bring himself to watch the games live every week. He wanted to be on the field helping, and now he’ll get that chance.The former second-round pick said he believes he can put up Pro Bowl-level numbers over the final 12 games, and he’ll be thrown right into the fire as Arians called inserting Washington into the starting lineup this week is an easy decision.“I’m not surprised,” Washington said of that news, adding that he took nothing for granted. “I think with what I’ve shown over the years, I think that it only makes sense. “I’ll come back and be ready to go.”Washington did admit he may need a couple of series to shake off any rust, but there are no concerns about not being in “football shape” or being on the same page as the rest of the defense.His teammate, Calais Campbell, said adding Washington to the lineup is “huge” for a defense that has been playing pretty well already.“He’s a force to be reckoned with,” the defensive end said. “I think he’s the best player on the field, in my opinion, hands down. 0 Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img And now they’re adding a Pro Bowl linebacker to the mix.Daryl Washington will return to the team this week after serving a four-game suspension due to violating the league’s rules on substance abuse, and while the defense may not need him, his presence certainly won’t hurt.“I’m really pleased the way our guys have fought without him,” Arians said Monday. “The thing he obviously brings is great speed and the ability to play tight ends and backs man-to-man more. “He’s a devastating blitzer, so he’s going to bring a bunch more to the table. We’re playing pretty solid now, so it’s a good time to have him back.”Last season, Washington tallied career highs with 134 total tackles and nine sacks. He also intercepted one pass and forced two fumbles. The 26-year-old made his first Pro Bowl, and it appeared he was destined to become one of the game’s premier linebackers.Then his disaster of an offseason happened, and his once-promising future was put on hold. Until now.“I’m excited, I’m excited,” Washington said of getting to play again. “I just don’t want to be too anxious to play, you know, because I love the game of football.” “And that’s saying a lot because we have some pretty talented players on the field.”Washington’s return comes at a good time for the Cardinals as they prepare for Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The quarterback is capable of burning defenses with his legs as well as his arm, and given how injuries have ravaged Arizona’s linebacker corps, adding player of this caliber is a real boon to the group.Washington said he would not be shocked if he’s asked to “spy” on Newton, because the most important thing is keeping the former top pick in the pocket. Whether or not that is the plan, the important thing for the Cardinals is the option is there. While the defense may have played well without Washington, odds are things will be even better with him. Either way, he knows he’s walking into a pretty good situation.“With adding me on, I’m just a small part and hopefully a big piece of it,” Washington said. “So we’ll see how it goes.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2019 6:04 am PDT Childish Gambino, Post Malone, Cardi B to play Bonnaroo fest AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img NASHVILLE — The 2019 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature Childish Gambino, Post Malone, Cardi B, the Lumineers and multiple sets from Phish.The lineup was released Tuesday for the June 13-16 outdoor music festival held annually in Manchester, Tennessee.Other top acts include Solange, The Grand Ole Opry, The Avett Brothers, Hozier, Kacey Musgraves, Brandi Carlile and Brockhampton. Bonnaroo has a history of booking legacy rock acts like U2, Elton John and Pearl Jam, and this year jam band icons Phish will return to the stage for the first time since 2012 to perform two nights during the four-day festival.Several DJ and electronic artists such as GRiZ, RL Grime, Odesza and Illenium are also playing the festival for its 18th year.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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