IceT Kid Rock Stevie Nicks And Others Work To House 57000 Homeless

first_imgOver a dozen celebrities and Cumulus Media have come together to help the innovative, Ohio-based Veterans Matter program kick off a campaign on Memorial Day to help house as many of the 57,000 homeless veterans as possible, as soon as possible.Video: Ice-T: Veterans Matter“Thousands of veterans are homeless and living on the streets of our nation tonight. Streets where they are being beaten, robbed, even killed. Let’s take care of our own,” says Ice-T of the Veterans Matter campaign to house veterans.The program’s growing roster of support includes: • Darius Rucker • Darryl Worley • Dusty Hill • Emerson Drive • Heart • Ice-T • Jennifer Nettles • John Fogerty • John Mellencamp • Kid Rock • Kix Brooks • Mitch Albom • Natalie Stovall+The Drive • Stevie NicksEach has voiced public services announcements now airing on Cumulus Media properties nationwide urging all Americans to help our nation’s homeless veterans get housed.Text “VETS” to 41444 and click through to donate any amount on their credit card.Or donate online at the organizations website, Veterans Matter program was started in 2012 in Toledo, Ohio, by Ken Leslie, a once homeless activist who had become aware that the primary obstacle facing many local homeless veterans eligible for long-term housing assistance was the lack of a rental deposit. Veterans Matter was created as a simple solution to that simple problem by paying the deposit directly to landlord and has expanded to help house veterans in six states.The program’s simplicity and demonstrated success rate attracted the attention of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top and John Mellencamp, who each helped raise funds to house homeless veterans in their home states, accounting for a significant portion of the almost $250,000 raised so far. 100% of the money raised goes to the program, as overhead costs are donated in-kind by Leslie’s company and other friends., a local non-profit that attained national visibility when John Mellencamp visited Toledo some years ago, is the fiscal agent for the program.“Cumulus, the artists, and all of those involved in helping Veterans Matter are here because they fought for us. Now we fight for them. Veterans Matter,” Leslie said.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

In Brexit delay, UK economy remains prisoner of uncertainty

LONDON — Brexit may be postponed once again this week, perhaps by as much as a year. The British economy, though, will remain a prisoner of a confidence-sapping uncertainty.While the merits of Brexit have been debated endlessly during Britain’s highly divisive political crisis, nobody disputes that the British economy has been hurt by the lack of clarity surrounding the country’s exit from the European Union. Last year, it grew by its lowest rate since 2012, just 1.4%.Businesses have become increasingly cautious and postponed or cancelled investment plans as they don’t know what Britain’s trading relationship with its main partner, the rest of the EU, will look like after Brexit. Foreign investment into the country has slumped, too — a worrying sign of a lack of confidence.While an extension reduces the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, which would see the country crash out of the EU on Friday with likely painful economic consequences, it prolongs the uncertainty for businesses.“There’s a big difference between an extension, even a long extension, and an agreement with a transition to a known end-stage,” Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said recently. “Wherever we’re headed, it would serve the economy well to have a transition period to that new world.”Executives have been haunted by the same questions ever since the country voted in June 2016 to leave the EU. Will tariffs be slapped on exports? What will the rules governing the hiring of staff from other EU nations look like? What happens to the future functioning of closely linked and cross-border supply chains?Many companies have sounded the alarm: Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders has warned that the company could move its wing-building operations out of Britain and has condemned the uncertainty as a “disgrace;” and Jurgen Maier, boss of German manufacturing firm Siemens, has said the Brexit impasse is turning Britain into a “laughing stock.” The list goes on, with EasyJet last week warning that summer bookings were being constrained by the ongoing uncertainty.Consumers, a mainstay of British economic growth, have also become more restrained, partly because inflation rose in the wake of the 2016 Brexit vote. That led to the pound falling by around 15 per cent against other currencies and import costs rising.According to the Centre for European Reform, the British economy is 2.5% smaller than it would have been if the country had voted to remain in the EU, largely due to higher inflation and lower investment.“The U.K. missed out on a broad-based upturn in growth among advanced economies in 2017 and early 2018 and the economic cost of the decision so far is sizeable,” said CER’s deputy director, John Springford.As Britain approached its initial Brexit deadline of March 29, later delayed to April 12, much of the focus has been on the economic risks of leaving the EU without a deal.Most British lawmakers have voted against that ‘no-deal’ scenario amid worries that it would lead to a deep recession that would see many firms go bankrupt and unemployment turn sharply higher. The Bank of England thinks the recession will be similar to the one suffered after the global financial crisis, when the economy contracted about 6 per cent.The rest of the EU would suffer, too, if Britain crashes out on Friday with no deal. Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands, for example, have close economic ties with Britain and would face sizeable economic shocks. While the direct impact would be more modest outside Europe, concerns about the ramifications of such an unprecedented situation would likely roil financial markets and weigh on an already weakening global economy.With that cliff-edge looming, EU leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, are meeting at a special summit Wednesday to discuss the idea of an extension.In light of her failure to get Parliament to back the withdrawal agreement with the EU, May has asked the EU to delay Britain’s departure date to June 30. The EU seems to want a much longer extension to give British lawmakers more time to figure out what to do next and to not have Brexit influence voting in the European Parliament elections in May.Experts are expecting an extension of between nine and 21 months. EU Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair the summit, has suggested about a year, though the U.K. could leave earlier if its parliament finally agrees on a way to leave the EU.In case of a long extension, many economists think the British economy will end up faring worse than predicted this year. Most had assumed that a deal would have been secured by now and that Britain would be in a smooth transition to a new relationship with the EU.Samuel Tombs, chief U.K. economist at research firm Pantheon Macroeconomics, says his assumption has been that Britain’s EU exit deal would have been ratified by June, “unlocking some catch-up in business investment,” and thereby driving growth.“Prolonged Brexit uncertainty likely would ensure that businesses continue to hoard cash and defer capital expenditure,” said Tombs, who expects growth this year to be around last year’s muted level in the event of a long extension.In Brexit, nothing appears to be ever resolved.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: Pylas, The Associated Press read more

Ban congratulates Iraqis on violencefree provincial elections

2 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Iraq for “strongly exercising” their right to vote in provincial elections that took place over the weekend, in an atmosphere that he called “admirably free of violence.” “He was deeply impressed by their resolve to participate in a process that should strengthen Iraq’s democracy and further the cause of national reconciliation,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, which added that the Secretary-General also commended Iraqi’s determination to ensure a credible electoral process. Saturday’s provincial, or governate, elections – the first polls held in the strife-torn country in four years – took place in 14 of Iraq’s 18 provinces, with elections for the provinces of the Kurdistan Region and the Kirkuk Governorate to take place at a later stage.Some 14,467 candidates vied for posts in 6,471 polling centres. In addition, there were 84,000 Iraqi observers, 420,000 party agents and around 400 international observers. In his statement, Mr. Ban commended Iraqi’s determination to ensure a transparent and credible process through such massive monitoring and other measures, praising the work of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and the staff involved at each step of the process. He also expressed satisfaction that the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) was “able to make helpful contributions to the process, including through its technical assistance,” and pledged UN support for further stages of the process.The next stage of the election process includes the adjudication of formal complaints before results can be certified.While noting that provisional results have yet to be announced, Staffan de Mistura, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Iraq, said that the UN is satisfied that the elections were conducted smoothly both procedurally and in terms of security The polls “mark another important step in Iraq’s recovery,” he added. “The United Nations was present in all 14 governorates and I myself visited polling centres in Anbar, Najaf and Baghdad,” he said. “I was very pleased to see Iraqis from all communities exercising their right to vote, particularly Iraqi women who turned out in large numbers.”UNAMI, which Mr. de Mistura heads, has provided the Commission with advice and assistance on a broad range of electoral issues, including a nationwide revamping of the voter registry in order to increase accuracy and reduce the potential for multiple voting.In a Newsmaker interview with the UN News Centre released today, the Special Representative said that these elections were an important test for Iraq, since they are the first conducted by the Iraqis themselves, with UN assistance, and they are the first in which Sunnis voted in substantial numbers, among other factors.In addition, he said, they are the first elections that will affect the day-to-day lives of Iraqi voters. “These elections are about real power, in the sense that they are going to nominate the people who are on the ground, in the various district councils, and will be deciding on electricity, water, budget and jobs,” he said. read more

International Bulletin – February 2010 Issue

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Bradley Roby still rehabbing from knee injury status uncertain for Orange Bowl

Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) blocks a punt during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAlready short one starter on the defensive side of the ball, the Ohio State Buckeyes could be without arguably their best defensive back for the Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson.Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, who injured his knee late in OSU’s 34-24 loss to No. 4 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7, is still working back to full strength, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Monday.“He’s still rehabbing right now,” Fickell said of Roby during a press conference. “We’re not exactly sure how he’ll be, and we kind of take it day-to-day.”Roby, a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, is tied for the team lead with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown against Illinois Nov. 16. He ranked third on the team with 69 tackles, led OSU with 16 passes defended and blocked two punts in 2013.Fickell said he was not sure if the injury Roby sustained against the Spartans was more serious than what was initially thought.“You’d have to ask the doctors. I mean, there’s — there’s a lot of injuries that — you know, it’s not an exact science,” Fickell said. “I always tell those guys, a mind is a powerful thing. A doctor can tell you one thing or a trainer can tell you one thing, but what’s in your mind and how well you can heal and what you can do is probably as powerful as anything. So we don’t really know.”The No. 12 Tigers (10-2, 7-1) sport one of the nation’s best offenses, led by redshirt-senior quarterback Tajh Boyd and junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Boyd’s favorite target in 2013, Watkins leads Clemson with 85 catches for 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns. If Roby is able to play, it is likely he would be matched up with the talented receiver a lot throughout the course of the game.However, if Roby has to sit out, and starting sophomore defensive end Noah Spence does not make the trip to Miami as he works through what OSU coach Urban Meyer called “some personal issues at home,” the Buckeyes could be without two of their best defenders on a unit that struggled late in the season.“That’s tough, but that’s why you’ve got these other guys. It’s a part of the game that you don’t always account for, but it’s a reality,” Fickell said. “It’s a part of the game. We’ve got to deal with it. We can’t dwell on it. We can’t whine and complain about it. Next man up.”Kickoff between the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) and the Tigers is set for 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3 2014 at Sun Life Stadium. read more

Simple urine test for ovarian cancer which could radically improve survival rates on the

If successful, the team hope a simple urine test will be available within the next two o three years and be given alongside other regular health checks. “Our biggest hope is that we find this protein in urine and it will provide a screening method for patients who go into a Well Woman clinic and have their breasts checked and they will do a test for ovarian cancer,” added Dr Guinn. “It will help us confirm a diagnosis of ovarian cancer at the earliest stages. We’re on the last step, we’re very close.”Chief Executive of Target Ovarian Cancer, Annwen Jones, said: “Early detection of ovarian cancer is the holy grail. Research into new biomarkers shows extreme promise and we look forward to a future where more women are diagnosed at the earliest possible stage.” Current tests for ovarian cancer also pick up other disease, such as infections and the false positive rate can be as high as 80 per cent. In tissues the new biomarker, dubbed ‘ovarian cancer protein’ was detectable in 18 per cent of stage one cancers and 36 per cent of stage two cancers which could potentially save thousands of lives.The team is currently testing the biomarker in urine samples of women with ovarian cancer to find out if they also contain the protein and are due to publish their results shortly. “And it happens at an age when most women are going into menopause so suddenly your periods aren’t working as normal then it is easy to think it is menopause rather than anything more sinister.“We wanted to look for proteins that were unique to ovarian cancer. We were hoping it would make it easier to diagnose ovarian cancer. A stage three diagnosis can mean survival rates as low as 20 per cent, but with early detection that can be increased dramatically to around 90 pr cent.”  Around 7,200 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in Britain each year and just 35 per cent will still be alive within 10 years because so many people are diagnosed too late. A simple urine test for ovarian cancer which could radically improve survival rates is on the horizon.Scientists at the University of Hull have discovered a protein which is present in the tissue of women suffering from early stage ovarian cancer when there are no symptoms.Often women do not realise they have the disease until it is too late, and are diagnosed at stage three, when just one in five will survive for five years.But the new test could spot cancer as early as stage one when there is a 90 per cent chance of survival, which charities said would be ‘the holy grail’ in prevention. Dr Barbara Guinn, Head of Biomedical Sciences at Hull University, said they had shown the test works in tissue samples and are now carrying out tests to see if it can be spotted in the urine of women suffering from cancer.  “What’s interesting about ovarian cancer is it’s like a silent cancer. It develops in the middle of your tummy, and it’s not uncommon for women as they get older to start gaining a little bit of tummy weight,” she told the British Science Festival in Hull. “The problem of having an ovary cancer is it tends to develop right in the middle of this area and it’s not very easy to see, so by the time you become aware of the problem it tends to be quite well developed. 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. read more

Xbox One wont launch across Asia for 18 months

first_imgIt looks as though Microsoft has decided the focus for Xbox One is going to be the US and Europe come November. Although the console is going to be ready to launch in November for those regions, Asia won’t be getting Xbox One until late 2014.When I say Asia, I mean Hong Kong, India, Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan. Microsoft has yet to even confirm a release date for Japan. That may be because it now views Japan as a difficult market due to the struggles it has faced there with previous console launches, and therefore plans to launch there later, possibly when the inevitably popular PS4 launch window has closed.Confirmation of a late 2014 launch comes direct from Microsoft and Alan Bowman, regional VP for sales and marketing there. It does seem strange to wait so long to release in what is a growing market, but then Microsoft has always been focused on US and Europe first with its consoles. The key role TV will play for Xbox One may also have something to do with this decision.After yesterday’s E3 events Sony has clearly come out on top in terms of winning favor with gamers ahead of the PS4’s launch. Finding out today that it will have the Japanese market to itself for a while will just be icing on the cake for the company.The Xbox One pre-order is already available on read more

Bethesda says Wii U hardware is too limited for its games

first_imgBethesda has a habit of pushing the limits when it comes to the hardware its games run on, and as a gamer I welcome that. In the case of the PS3, Skyrim looked to be a step too far as the game suffered multiple issues and didn’t receive updates at the same time as the Xbox 360 and PC, if at all.Bethesda will continue to aim for the best looking and most expansive games it can produce, though, and that’s why we won’t be seeing any of the developer’s games on the Wii U. Pete Hines, Bethesda’s vice president of PR and marketing has confirmed that the Wii U hardware is too limited to handle “the games we want to make” so Nintendo’s latest platform isn’t being supported.It isn’t just Bethesda’s in-house games that are shunning the Wii U, though. Don’t expect any id Software titles, Wolfenstein: The New Order, or The Evil Within to make an appearance on the console. It just isn’t going to happen, and anyone hoping it might be a different story for The Elder Scrolls Online MMO is also going to be disappointed.The Wii U is mainly being overlooked by other publishers and developers simply because the machine isn’t selling in great enough numbers. Bethesda is focusing on the fact the hardware isn’t good enough, but even if that wasn’t an issue, I bet they’d still have reservations about there only being 3.6 million Wii U in homes around the world after being on the market for 9 months.last_img read more

Watch Reptile Sanctuary Discovers Snake Swallowing Its Own Tail

first_imgAccording to Rothacker, kingsnakes typically eat other snakes and they’re immune to copperhead and rattlesnake venom. Rothacker said the sanctuary’s staff has spotted their kingsnakes biting themselves, but not swallowing their own tails. However, some mistake their own tails for prey, noted. A reptile sanctuary recently had to save a snake from itself after it was caught swallowing its own tail.Jesse Rothacker, of Forgotten Friend Reptile Sanctuary in Pennsylvania, told WKRG News 5 that the rescue staff was getting ready for an outreach program on Friday when they noticed the kingsnake chowing down on a strange type of “meal.” “They will sometimes see their own tail, they’ll think it’s a snake, they’ll take a bite out of it, and they’ll realize they’ve bitten themselves,” Rothacker said in the video. “They don’t usually swallow themselves. But today, we’re going to see a kingsnake that, I don’t know, might not have done very well on the SATs.” Stay on targetcenter_img Caught on Camera: Copperhead Snakes Mate on Bike TrailRare Two-Headed Timber Rattlesnake Spotted in New Jersey After prying the reptile’s mouth open, Rothacker was able to feed it some mice and get it to stop swallowing its own tail in the cage.More on Woman Finds Snake in Gas Pump’s Screen at Kansas Station Woman Wakes Up to Find Snake ‘Lounging’ on Her Arm in Hotel RoomPhotos: Venomous Snake Crashes Man’s Cicada Photo Shootlast_img read more

Bulk carrier built in Japan stops at Port of Vancouver on maiden

first_imgThe Iwagi Island, a 590-foot-long Handymax bulk carrier built in Imabari, Japan, stopped at the Port of Vancouver on Friday on its maiden voyage.The Iwagi Island departed Japan for the U.S. in January. The ship will load approximately 26,000 metric tons of copper concentrate at the Port of Vancouver USA before departing for ports in the Black Sea.The ship, commanded by Capt. Yi Hai Yu of China, is owned by Iwagi Island Limited and operated by Pacific Basin Shipping (HK) Limited. Representatives from Kinder Morgan Bulk Terminals, Cascade Marine Agencies Ltd. and General Steamship Agencies welcomed Yu and his 17-member Chinese crew to the Port of Vancouver.Handymax bulk carriers typically have a deadweight capacity of up to 60,000 metric tons and are used to transport cargoes like cement, steel, lumber and mineral ores. The Handymax bulker is a versatile vessel. Due to their size and configuration, they can be used to carry nearly any dry bulk cargo and can load or unload at a variety of ports around the world, according to the port.last_img read more

Gambian striker in Sweden trial

first_imgBy Sulayman BahStriker Kemo Darboe is in the search for a new club in Sweden having departed Finnish side AC Oulu.Kemo, slamming home six goals in a total of twenty-four matches for Oulu last campaign, is undergoing audition with Ogryte IS, a second tier in the Scandinavian country.The 23-year-old who began serious league football the previous term after moving in at Oulu on a free transfer, is determine to secure a club at least in Sweden where majority of his childhood Gambian bosoms ply their trade in.Darboe –trialed at English Premier League side Norwich City three years ago- will begin his audition Thursday in Ogryte’s pre-season test game.Powerful centre forward, Kemo from Pipeline, is tipped to grab a contract giving he’s a potent in front of goal.last_img read more

Freeport Community Clinic Top of GBHS Priority List

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 18, 2017 – Grand Bahama – The construction of the Freeport Community Clinic remains a priority for the Ministry of Health and the Public Hospitals Authority, according to Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Hon. Michael Pintard.  The Minister noted that for far too long the lack of a primary care and outpatient care hub has negatively impacted Freeport’s residents.Standing in the capacity of Acting Minister of Health, Minister Pintard represented the Minister of Health during ceremonies to commemorate the 19th annual Governor General’s visit, which took place on Wednesday, December 13, 2017, at the Rand Memorial Hospital.“With the construction of the 62,000 square foot healthcare center, the people of Freeport will have a modern health facility that will provide adequate space for residents to conveniently access general practice, specialty and family medicine clinics, maternal and child health, mental health and adolescent and school health, and emergency medical services.“We anticipate that the new healthcare center will also facilitate the housing of a rehabilitation suite and a disease surveillance unit, which will expand community health services as well as primary and specialty care.”Minister Pintard pointed out that one of the high points of 2017 in Grand Bahama was the expanded and upgraded community clinic in West End.   He noted that the Clinic in West End has become the envy of health care facilities in Grand Bahama, and also the talk of the town across the country.“In addition to increased areas for examination and treatment, improved security and waiting area, an emergency and trauma area and training room have been created at the revamped West End Clinic,” said Minister Pintard in his address.“Speaking of progress being made, I am advised that over the next two years, 24 hour emergency services will be phased in for Western Grand Bahama, inclusive of the Eight Mile Rock and West End Clinics.”Minister Pintard praised the staff of the Grand Bahama Health Services whom he said sometimes work in the unique environment of a local health system, where synchronicity and synergies between the public hospital institution and the network of public health clinics provides seamless access to care.This dynamic, he added, fosters a deep connection between GBHS staff and the communities they serve.“I believe that this connection is best displayed when communities are tested,” said Minister Pintard.   “Time and time again Grand Bahama has been tested, whether it be the fury of nature in a Hurricane Irma, or the persistent economic malaise that continues to shackle opportunity.“It is during those times of testing that the leadership and the staff of the Grand Bahama Health Services have always stood in the gap for the patients in their care and for the island they serve.   For our part in the local community of Grand Bahama, we owe you a debt of gratitude.   We thank you.”The acting Health Minister told the Governor General that her official visit provides an opportunity for not only Ministers of Government, but for supervisors, managers and heads of department and for members of the public to thank members of the staff of the GBHS in a wider capacity.By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)Header: NICE TO MEET YOU – Governor General of The Bahamas, Her Excellency Dame Marguerite Pindling shakes hands with some of the doctors and nurses during a tour of the Rand Memorial Hospital, during her official visit on Wednesday, December 13, 2017.  (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis)Insert:  BRINGS REMARKS – Acting Minister of Health, the Hon. Michael Pintard brought remarks during the 19th Annual Governor General’s visit to the Rand Memorial Hospital on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. During his address, Minister Pintard highlighted some of the achievements in health care on Grand Bahama.  (BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Candidates Vie for Two School Board Seats

first_img2014 Anchorage School Board Candidates. Photo by Alaska Public Media.Two School Board Seats are up for grabs during the April 1 Municipal election. Three candidates are running for Seat C and two are running for Seat D.The Anchorage School District is under pressure. Rising energy and healthcare costs for employees, along with no increase in per student funding from the legislature over the past four consecutive years, are taking their toll and forcing school board members to make tough decisions.Last year the board cut $25 million from the district’s approximately $800 million budget. This year they cut $23 million more.Pat Higgins. Photo by Alaska Public Media.Whoever is elected to the board will inevitably face a battle for state funding and more tough budget decisions in the years ahead.Running for Seat C is the incumbent, Pat Higgins who has held the seat for six years. He says he’s improved lots of things since he’s been on the board.“We’ve made a lot of changes that I’ve been very successful in,” Higgins said. “A lot of directives that included changes in the way we do budgeting, expansion of career technology, measuring academic outcomes in the school, changing everyday math was popular one – all came from directives that I did.”Higgins says since he was elected graduation rates have gone up and the dropout rate has gone down, but he says keeping those numbers going in the right direction will be hard to accomplish unless the base student allocation, or BSA – the per student funding the district gets from the state – goes up.Higgins has a background in management, works or an insurance company and has lived in Alaska for about 30 years. His opponent is criticizing him for taking a job outside of Alaska – he worked in the Marshall Islands in 2012.Liz Ross. Photo by Alaska Public Media.Higgins defends the decision and says he attended School Board meetings telephonically and fulfilled his responsibilities.Liz Ross is challenging Higgins. She works part time for the Air National Guard as an emergency manager. She’s lived in Eagle River for eight years. Ross says her budgeting experience could help the board.“I have a lot of years doing budgeting and planning and I think I could bring a great deal of experience to it,” Ross said. “I want make sure that the classroom sizes don’t continually increase and we get rid of teachers. I think that students and teachers need to be the number one priority when it comes to the School Board.”Dean Williams. Photo by Alaska Public Media.Ross says the most pressing issues for the School Board are funding and budgeting. She agrees with Higgins that the BSA needs to be increased significantly.Dean Williams is also running for Seat C. Williams says his work with youth for the state of Alaska for more than 30 years has prepared him for the job of School Board member.“My entire juvenile justice and department of law career have sort of prepared me for a school board seat,” Williams said. “I think the school board needs somebody with strong fiscal sensibilities.”“I led a large organization like McLaughlin Youth Center. I made strategic cuts in that organization. I maximized every dollar.”Kameron Perez-Verdia. Photo by Alaska Public Media.In addition to managing McLaughlin, Williams also spearheaded a program called “Step Up,” that gives troubled kids one more opportunity to graduate and move into successful employment. He says a modest increase in the base student allocation is needed. However, he believes the board can find more efficiencies.Running for Seat D is incumbent Kameron Perez-Verdia. He was appointed to the School Board last year to replace Gretchen Guess who resigned. Perez-Verdia has worked as CEO of a consulting company that helped rural school districts improve education. Now, he is the Senior Director of Education for United Way where he is working on their 90 percent by 2020 campaign to improve graduation rates. He says the board, the state and the community need to address money.“There are a variety of key things that we need to be talking about, whether it’s how much we’re spending on capital, how we’re investing in our schools,” Perez-Verdia said. “So that conversation is very important, but the other conversation is to make sure that we’re investing an adequate and sustainable amount of resources in our schools.”“And we’ve been experiencing flat funding for several years now and that’s making it very difficult for us to deliver the kind of quality education that I think our kids deserve.”Don Smith. Photo by Alaska Public Media.Perez-Verdia says the BSA must be increased.Don Smith is challenging Perez-Verdia for Seat D. He says he’s running for school board again because he wants to make sure schools stay strong in Anchorage. He’s running on his experience and, he says, his reputation as a fiscal conservative.“I bring an experience factor to the public arena that is different from most people in politics. I have no agenda,” Smith said. “This is a big business and it needs some people to step up and ask as some questions and demand some things to happen and I’ve done that.”Smith says the BSA should be raised modestly. Smith served on the School Board from 2010 to 2013. He’s also been a member of State Legislature and the Anchorage Assembly.last_img read more

State govt announces Rs 10 lakh job for heptathlon queen

first_imgDarjeeling/Kolkata: Congratulating Swapna Barman, India’s first-ever Asian Games gold medal winner in heptathlon, the Mamata Banerjee government has decided to give an award of Rs 10 lakh and a job to the athlete.The Chief Minister also had a telephonic conversation with Swapna’s mother, Basana, and state Tourism minister Goutam Deb visited her house in Ghoshpara, Kalyagunj in Jalpaiguri Sadar Block on Thursday. He handed over a bouquet of flowers and a box of sweets to her mother. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister tweeted: “Heartiest congratulations to @Swapna_Barman96 our heptathlon queen from India and Bangla, on winning the gold at the Asian Games. You have made us very proud.”Swapna often had a tough time finding the right competition shoes that would fit her as she was born with six toes in both feet.After visiting her house, Deb said: “Swapna has created history by fighting against such odds.”Swapna’s mother said: “The Chief Minister asked me how I felt with Swapna winning the gold. She inquired about our family. I told her that Swapna’s father, Panchanan Barman, was a van rickshaw-puller but had to give up the job as he suffered a major stroke. I too had to give up my job as a tea garden worker to look after Swapna’s bed-ridden father. The whole family runs from the meagre earnings on my son Asit, who works as a mason. The Chief Minister then said that she would definitely get in touch with me.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBasana also said that she spoke to her daughter on Wednesday night and added: “She will be returning to Kolkata on September 3.”A grand welcome awaits Swapna on her return. “We will have a three-day long celebration when she returns. People will line up on both sides of the streets till her house on the day of her return,” stated Sourav Chakraborty, chairman, Siliguri Jalpaiguri Development Authority.The golden girl’s story is already part of the physical education curriculum in Class VIII in the state government schools.last_img read more

Palestinian suspect killed during Israeli arrest raid

first_img Comments   Share   Mesa family survives lightning strike to home New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Top Stories Sponsored Stories Police ordered him to stop, and then shot him in the lower part of his body. He tried to jump to a nearby roof but fell. A police paramedic treated him but he died of his wounds.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywallcenter_img 5 ways to recognize low testosterone JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli police say a Palestinian suspected of plotting an attack in Israel was killed during an arrest raid in the Qalandia refugee camp in the Jerusalem area.He is the third Palestinian to be killed over the past week during a confrontation with Israeli forces. Relatives identified him as 20-year-old Mohammed Lafi Abu Latifeh.Israeli paramilitary border police entered the refugee camp early Monday to arrest two Palestinians suspected of plotting an attack in Israel. Police say one surrendered, but the second ran to the roof of a building. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 3 international destinations to visit in 2019 The difference between men and women when it comes to painlast_img read more

Tampa Dallas Top SingleFamily Housing List

first_img market studies Single-Family Housing 2017-04-13 Seth Welborn Looking to buy or invest in single-family housing? Tampa, Florida, is your best bet. According to the Top Single-Family Housing Markets Report released on Wednesday, the sunny city is the No. 1 single-family market in the country. Published by Ten-X, an online real estate marketplace based out of California, the quarterly list ranks the country’s 50 biggest housing metros according to their single-family market’s health—and its forecasted health going forward.At the top of the list were Tampa, Florida; Dallas; Columbus, Ohio; Las Vegas; and Jacksonville, Florida. According to a release announcing the list, each of these cities demonstrated “a vigorous combination of consistently strong demand, home price appreciation, and economic and demographic growth.”Tampa and Dallas have claimed top spots in past reports, but both jumped three spots this quarter, while Columbus rose a whopping seven. Some of the top-ranking cities were quite surprising, according to Ten-X Executive Vice President Rick Sharga.”This quarter’s housing report had a few surprises, showing how a market’s housing outlook can ebb and flow depending on changes in some of the underlying fundamentals,” Sharga said. “For example, Columbus bucked the downward trend we’re seeing in many other Midwestern markets due to population and job growth, while cities that formerly ranked highly in our analysis, like Los Angeles and San Francisco, are beginning to show signs of weakness due to prices that have risen high enough to impact affordability.”Population growth, a healthy job market, and lots of housing demand helped Tampa, Jacksonville, and Las Vegas reach the top. In fact, employment in Tampa is up 3.1 over the year and has seen similar growth for the last five years. As for Dallas, its residents can thank its “more diversified local economy—a factor that has helped strengthen its housing market, despite the uncertainty surrounding oil prices.” Home prices in Dallas are actually at an all-time high at the moment, jumping 10.6 percent over last year and rising for 20 consecutive quarters.According to Ten-X Chief Economist Peter Muoio, as jobs and wages continue to grow in these metros, the housing market should follow suit. “The U.S. economy remains in expansion, despite potential political and international turbulence,” Muoio said. “The labor market, in particular, has gotten off to a strong start in 2017, as job gains, low unemployment, and rising wages are fueling housing demand. While the housing market does face some headwinds, these top metros are performing well and have solid growth prospects thanks to great affordability and strong economic and demographic underpinnings.”  Rounding out the top 10 on the list were Nashville; Raleigh, North Carolina; Orlando; Portland, Oregon; and Salt Lake City, Utah. Share Tampa, Dallas Top Single-Family Housing Listcenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News, Origination April 13, 2017 580 Views last_img read more

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