Funding changes coming for First Nations K12 education

first_imgAPTN/file photo.APTN NewsThe federal government and Assembly of First Nations (AFN) say they’ve reached an agreement to reform the way K-12 education is funded in First Nations.An announcement of the co-developed plan was made Monday and will take effect on April 1.It includes replacing the “outdated proposal-based programs with improved access to predictable core funding,” and bringing base funding in line with that of provincial systems across Canada while “working towards additional funding agreements based on need to better account for factors such as remoteness, school size, language, and socio-economic conditions,” according to a statement released by Indigenous Services Canada.“This new approach is an important step toward First Nations taking greater control of planning and delivering education based on real need,” said AFN’s Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald, who is also the AFN’s portfolio lead on education.“Fair and sustained funding for First Nations children and students, including languages and cultures, will lead to better outcomes for everyone,” she added. “This is a strong step, but there is a lot more to do to create equity in First Nations education and communities.”AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said the move brings communities “another step closer to the long-standing goal of First Nations control of First Nations education.”Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan said it puts First Nations “in the driver’s seat — ensuring that they are in control of First Nations education.”The changes will also provide First Nations schools with $1,500 annually per student for language and culture programming, will include resources to support full-time kindergarten for four and five-year-old students, and make special education funding more accessible.“Ultimately, this new approach is an important step toward the creation of new Treaty-based, regional and/or local education agreements that put First Nations in control of First Nations education, and will better meet the needs of students,” Monday’s new release read more

Chile orders Barrick to permanently close PascuaLama surface facilities

TORONTO — The Chilean government has ordered Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX) to permanently close all surface facilities at its troubled Pascua-Lama project high in the Andes.The government had suspended the massive project that straddles the Chile-Argentina border in 2013 over concerns of environmental damage and water contamination during development.Barrick was fined the maximum US$16 million by the government for the violations, but says that upon further review the government has reduced that to US$11.5 million.Barrick Gold’s ‘audacious’ digital reinvention taking shape in Nevada desertSanctions loom for Barrick Gold in Argentina after third cyanide spill in 18 months, judge saysThe company says that based on a preliminary review of the government’s revised sanction, it has not revoked the company’s environmental permit for the project but has ordered the closure of the existing facilities as well as certain monitoring activities.Barrick says the order fits with its current plans to study the potential of developing Pascua-Lama as an underground mining operation, rather than an open pit to reduce environmental impacts.The project, which Barrick sold a 50 per cent stake to a Chinese mining company last year, has been criticized by Indigenous communities and others for threatening water supplies and glaciers in the arid mountainous region. read more

UN agency calls for new funds to meet critical needs in Ethiopia

The $7.7 million would be in addition to the FAO’s existing support programmes, the agency said in a press release issued in Rome, and would be spent on animal health, feed, fodder and non-cereal seeds. The agency said although previous contributions from Member States had been “unprecedented,” providing cereal and cereal seeds that had adverted a large human disaster, the new funds were needed by pastoral people in the Southern Nations Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR), the nation’s poorest area.“The funding of these projects is essential to strengthen the capacity of vulnerable farmers and pastoralists, to make them more self-reliant and less dependent on food aid,” said Anne M. Bauer, FAO’s Director of Emergency Operations and Rehabilitation Division. “Providing the poorest families with a minimum of agricultural inputs is a first step for them to resume food production. Especially pastoralists are in urgent need of support.”Livestock diseases such as anthrax, black leg, bovine and ovine pasteurellosis are spreading in SNNPR and could even threaten other regions or neighbouring countries, FAO said. read more

UK Automotive achieves record turnover of £775 billion marking seventh consecutive year

UK automotive manufacturers turn over £77.5 billion in 2016 – the highest on record.Workforce productivity at a record high, with 11.8 vehicles produced per employee.Vehicle production up 8.9%, yet energy use, water use and waste to landfill reduced.1Industry calls for certainty to secure future success of the industry.The UK automotive industry continued to advance its sustainability in 2016, making gains in productivity, economic contribution and environmental impact, according to new figures released by SMMT.UK Automotive’s 18th annual Sustainability Report reveals the manufacturing sector turned over a record £77.5 billion in 2016, marking a seventh consecutive year of growth, while productivity, production output and vehicle sales also increased. At the same time, the industry improved its environmental impact, with waste to landfill falling to a new low of 0.9% of all waste produced.UK car and commercial vehicle production and new vehicle registration volumes grew to record levels in 2016, up 8.9% and 0.2% respectively.2 Meanwhile, employment in manufacturing remained stable at 169,000 jobs, resulting in productivity reaching a record high of 11.8 vehicles produced for each person employed in the industry. The average manufacturing worker generated more than £130,000 for the British economy, up 9.8% on 2015. The number of livelihoods dependent on the sector as a whole stood at 814,000 across manufacturing, retail, distribution and repair services.The record turnover by UK motor manufacturing represents a 9.0% increase on 2015, with the additional value added to the UK economy rising 7.3% to £21.5 billion. The industry also upped its investment in innovation, with R&D spend reaching £2.75 billion last year, up from £2.5 billion in 2015.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,Today’s results demonstrate how UK Automotive is delivering growth across the UK, boosting productivity and improving environmental performance. This has been driven by massive investment, in new models, plants, innovation and one of the world’s most skilled workforces. However, for UK auto manufacturing to continue to thrive, we need clarity on the future, post Brexit, to encourage ongoing investment and growth.Key to the UK automotive sector’s continued success is its highly skilled workforce. In addition to increasing productivity, industry has improved the working environment of its employees, demonstrated by the high retention rate, with staff turnover falling to just 5% in 2016 compared with the national average of 16.5%.3 At the same time, investment in skills increased, with the number of days’ training per employee up 9.1%. In addition, Sustainability Report signatories reported an intake of 870 new apprentices last year, on top of the 800 apprentices that were retained.The sector’s improved social and economic performance was achieved while simultaneously reducing the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes. In 2016, CO2 emissions per vehicle produced fell by -2.9%, energy use per vehicle fell by -3.2% and water use by -3.5%. Waste to landfill was cut by more than a third (-33.7%) to a new record low of 0.9% of all waste produced, with almost 90% recycled, while manufacturers continued to invest in onsite renewable energy production, in 2016 producing 57.7GHh of energy – enough to power 14,420 homes.Industry has continued to invest heavily in developing the latest low-emission technology to address the air quality challenge. Alternatively fuelled vehicle (AFV) registrations increased in 2016, up 22.2% to account for 3.3% of the market, making the UK the biggest market for plug-in electric cars in Europe. At the same time, average new car CO2 emissions fell for a 19th year to just 120.1g/km – 33.6% below levels in 2000.NotesReport signatories reported a fall in energy use, water use and waste to landfill per vehicle produced.1.73 million cars and 93,924 commercial vehicles were produced and 2.69 million cars and 430,694 commercial vehicles were registered in the UK in 2016.UK average staff turnover: 16.5% (CIPD, Resource and Talent Planning Report 2017)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Man accused of sharing child porn online

He was taken to the McCracken County Jail. Nathan Puckett, of Paducah, was arrested 9-24-19, accused of sharing child porn online PADUCAH, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Paducah man is accused of sharing child pornography online.Kentucky State Police say 36-year old Nathan Puckett was arrested Tuesday following an undercover Internet Crimes Against Children investigation.- Advertisement –

Losing smartphone is almost as stressful as terror threat

first_imgThe prospect of losing a smartphone stresses people out almost as much as the fear of a terror attack, a new study has shown.A report by The Physiological Society, asked 2,000 people to rate how stressful they found key events.While obvious situations such as the death of a loved one, or becoming seriously ill scored highly, so did modern concerns such as identity theft, commuter delays and even going on holiday.The threat of a terror attack came 13th on the list of stressful events, just one point above losing a smartphone, and well below planning a wedding, or moving house.The findings also showed that women report higher stress levels than men, particularly surrounding the death of a loved one, illness, losing their smartphone and Brexit. 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. Grief at the death of a loved one still tops the list of the most stressful life events  Moving house was also found to be more stressful than the fear of terrorism “Your brain, nervous and hormonal systems react to stress and it affects your heart, immune system and gastrointestinal system. When stress is prolonged, these effects on the whole body can result in illnesses such as ulcers or increased risk of heart attack.”The study was based on the Holmes and Rahe stress index which was compiled in 1967 to determine how different life events affect people. Although the death of a loved one topped both indexes, people today are far less concerned by divorce than they were in the 1960s. Grief at the death of a loved one still tops the list of the most stressful life events Credit:Johan Larson, Alamy Dr Lucy Donaldson, Chair of The Physiological Society’s Policy Committee, said: “The modern world brings with it stresses we would not have imagined 50 years ago, such as social media and smartphones.”It was striking that for every single event in this study, from money problems to Brexit, women reported greater stress levels than men. This could have a real impact on women’s health.”While many people are aware of the effect of stress on mental wellbeing, it is also important to consider the impact on the body’s systems. Moving house was also found to be more stressful than the fear of terrorismCredit:Simon Potter The findings also revealed that the most stressed area was is, while the least stressed was the South East of England. The East of England was notably upset by delays in their commutes, while Londoners were most sanguine about going on holiday.Stress levels also appear to increase with age, with older people worrying far more about illness and imprisonment than younger people.The Physiological Society said it hoped the study would raise awareness of the effect of stress on the body’s function.During stressful situations, the body prepares for action by releasing hormones into the bloodstream, which affects the heart as well as digestive and immune systems. Frequent and prolonged stress can cause long term physiological problems in the body.last_img read more

Shocking CCTV shows woman led away in Covent Garden before rape

first_imgSuspects Shocking CCTV footage has been released of the moment a woman was led by the hand to a quiet street near London’s busy Covent Garden where she was gang raped.The 34-year-old woman had been out with friends in the area popular for its bars and restaurants and was making her way home.As she walked down Greek Street around 12:15am on March 20 she was approached by three Asian men.Footage showed one holding her hand and leading her along the street with the other two following separately at a short distance behind.The men led her to a secluded area of Slingsby Place, where at least two of them raped her.The street, which runs between Jamie’s Italian and SUDA Thai Cafe, is also a busy nightlife spot, and police have released CCTV footage in a bid to catch the suspects. Detective Constable Ben Lucas, from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command, said: “This was a terrifying ordeal for the victim who naturally remains extremely distressed by what happened.”We have released footage of the suspects in Greek Street in the hope someone will recognise them or saw them that night.”If you have any information please come forward.” Police would like to trace these menCredit:Met Police 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.last_img read more

Question about Miladin Kozlina I dont want to play for Montenegro

← Previous Story Valero Rivera still believes in Iker Romero Next Story → Ratko Nikolic about SEHA: “With Slovenians and Hungarians only Bundesliga better” Handball news of the Monday in Balkans area was that Slovenian player, Miladin Kozlina (HC Metalurg Skopje) will play for the National team of Montenegro after three years of break by IHF’s rule (January 2013 – He played at EHF EURO 2010). Information was published on the Montenegrian national TV station Website (RTCG), but later left back, defense specialist, who had the best time of his career in Celje Pivovarna Lasko (won EHF CL in 2004) dissmised rumours:– I don’t think about Montenegro.  In my team came program of Slovenian NT for the next EHF week and I am just thinking about that.  I am only interested in playing for Slovenia. In any other case, it would not happened like journalist wrote – said Kozlina, which mother is from Montenegro. Miladin KozlinaMontenegro Handball read more

This Temple Bar lane is going to be turned into an openair

first_imgYOU MIGHT NOT normally seek out the laneways in Temple Bar, but a new initiative is aiming to change that.Love the Lanes, which is run by Dublin City Council and the Temple Bar Company, is trying to open up these spaces and show they don’t need to attract anti-social behaviour to the popular area.Love the artThe latest Love the Lanes project will involve Ireland’s first open-air art gallery opening in Crampton Court.Called Outvasion, it will see street and stencil artists creating their work in the city centre at 2.30pm today, with the official opening taking place at 6.30pm.Artists involved will include ADW, JMK, Morgan, Kin MX and Kemp.Outvasion was curated and conceptualised by Dublin artist Kemp, and the idea behind it is to give street and stencil artists “a more structured platform” to display their work.Instead of taking the art off the streets into a gallery environment though, the aim is to take the gallery format and bring it out on to the streets.The artists will all create the works of art live today at Crampton Court, and the resulting art will hang at the location for the duration of August.This event takes place from 3-8pm and will include live music. If you’ve ever wondered how street artists approach their urban canvas, it’s sure to be a fascinating look at the process.The project was set up Temple Bar as not only have many of the lanes fallen into disuse, but they’ve also become magnets for anti-social behaviour.The hope is that working with artists and cultural groups, the resulting projects will “reanimate the lanes and encourage positive engagement and behaviour”.This is one of a number of prototypes in Temple Bar’s lanes that will be taking place this year.What do you think of Love the Lanes?Read: Creating culture amidst the rubbish in Temple Bar’s lanes>Read: Fancy yourself as a street artist? The Temple Bar Company want to hear from you>last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly October 2 2014

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprnDownload AudioGov. Parnell Defends Against Claims That Response To National Guard Was Too SlowAlexandra Gutierrez, APRN – JuneauLast month, Gov. Sean Parnell released a brutal federal report on misconduct in the Alaska National Guard. Sexual assault reports were mishandled, and alleged perpetrators were promoted. Military aircraft were used for personal reasons. Two state officials have already resigned as a result of the abuses. Now, the governor is playing defense, too. With only a month left before Election Day, Parnell is rejecting claims that he did not respond to the problems quickly enough.Fairbanks 4 Member Granted Parole Dan Bross, KUAC – FairbanksA Fairbanks man imprisoned for murder has been granted parole. The Alaska Parole Board approved Eugene Vent’s request despite continued claims by him and other members of the so called “Fairbanks Four”, that they are innocent.Hilcorp Drilling Platform Catches Fire In Cook Inlet Shaylon Cochran, KDLL – KenaiFour people were safely evacuated from a drilling platform in Cook Inlet that caught fire this morning. The Coast Guard says the fire appeared to be out by 1 p.m. but has since flared up again.Native Leaders Say Court Ruling Will Cut Off Native Children From Community, Culture Joaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageNative leaders say a Sept. 12th Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Yup’ik child will cause higher numbers of Native children to be cut off from their families and culture. The state says the decision in Tununuk v. the State of Alaska will put kids into permanent homes more quickly, and follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling.Quinhagak Residents Hopeful Hair Samples Will Unlock More Mysteries About Ancestors Daysha Eaton, KYUK – BethelAn archeological dig near Quinhagak, in Southwest Alaska, contributed the largest set of genetic samples for a groundbreaking DNA study of Arctic indigenous people released this summer. The study answers longstanding questions about migrations of the ancient Alaska Native people, on the state’s west coast, and the local people hope to learn even more about their own ancestors.Congressional Candidates Talk Fish in Kodiak Brianna Gibbs, KMXT – KodiakAlaska’s congressional candidates descended on Kodiak Wednesday night for a debate that pinned candidates running for both the House and Senate against their opponents on a number of fisheries-related issues.A Sneak Peak Of Bethel’s New Fitness Center Charles Enoch, KYUK – BethelA new fitness center, which includes a swimming pool, is set to open in Bethel in November. The project has been in the works for decades and anticipation is building in the community, where no other such facility exists.last_img read more

Flipkart in talks to raise funds worth Rs 9200 crore Report

first_imgDomestic e-commerce giant Flipkart is reportedly in talks with investors to raise funds worth nearly $1.4 billion (Rs 9,200 crore) to strengthen its position in the fast-growing and highly competitive online retailing space.The latest round of funding will be led by US-based Sands Capital Management with an investment of $700 million, said sources close to the development.Existing investors are expected to invest a similar amount and the deal could value Flipkart between $15 billion and $18 billion, sources told The Economic Times.The Bengaluru-based online retailer had confirmed its valuation at $15.2 billion (Rs 98,800 crore) in September last year. Overall, the company has raised $2.6 billion in the past two years.Sands Capital is currently managing investments worth $47 billion with a focus on “concentrated growth” investments over the long term, according to its website. The firm has already made investments in grocery retailer Big-Basket and hyper-local logistics firm Opinio.Binny Bansal, co-founder and chief operating officer of Flipkart, had said in October last year that the company aims to turn profitable in three years. Online retailers have come under severe criticism from industry watchers for burning cash on discounts and thereby incurring losses.Flipkart’s losses escalated to Rs.2,000 crore in the fiscal year ending March 2015, up nearly 180% as compared to Rs.715 crore in the previous year, according to the company’s filing to Registrar of Companies.”The issue is that their burn rate hasn’t come down and remains at $50-60 million per month in steady state,” said an investor.Accel Partners, the first venture investor in Flipkart, had reportedly offloaded a minor part of its stake in India’s biggest online retailer for $100 million (about Rs 650 crore) recently, in a bid to book profits amid expectations of stabilisation in the valuations of domestic e-commerce firms.Indian internet companies have started witnessing “stagnation or decline” in their valuations as fund raising activity slowed from the “unprecedented” growth in the first half of 2015. The firms have also been under severe criticism for their expensive valuations.Last month, former director of Infosys T V Mohandas Pai had said that the domestic e-commerce industry may witness a shake-up in the next two years and only the top 10-20% of the start-ups will emerge as big companies.last_img read more

Former Rice Football Player Charged for Death of Another Player

first_imgHouston Police DepartmentStuart Mouchantaf.Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday that a former Rice University football player is charged with causing the death of Blain Padgett, a player he sold pills with an opioid 10,000 times more powerful than morphine.Stuart ‘Mooch’ Mouchantaf, 25, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance causing death, which carries a penalty of five to 99 years or life in prison.“Users better beware that even a spec of this drug can kill you,” Ogg said. “And dealers, you are on notice that if your product kills people, you will be prosecuted for causing a death, not just dealing drugs.”Padgett, 21, was found dead in his bedroom by fellow players after failing to show up for practice in March, 2018.Houston Police investigators determined that Padgett bought pills from Mouchantaf that Padgett believed were Hydrocodone, but actually contained Carfentanil, according to court papers filed by prosecutors.“I want to commend our homicide investigators and other personnel in our department who identified and arrested a suspect whose actions in selling this poison contributed to Blain Padgett’s death … a young man who had such a bright future ahead of him,” Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said.“We hope this arrest, thanks in large part to our strong partnership with DA Kim Ogg’s office, sends a message that if you are or are intending to sell opioids or carfentanil in the Houston-Harris County area, we will find you and bring you to justice,” Acevedo added.Carfentanil was originally made as an elephant tranquilizer and a lethal amount is so miniscule that it is invisible to the human eye.“What the public, parents and teenagers need to understand, is that it is increasingly difficult to buy pharmaceutical-grade pills on the streets,” said Assistant District Attorney Paul Fortenberry, who is chief of the Major Narcotics Division .”The purchaser of these pills,” Fortenberry added, “assumes they are legitimate, but they are actually tricked with potentially deadly consequences.”Fortenberry told News 88.7 carfentanil is causing a lot of problems around the country. “If you look at other places like West Virginia and Ohio you’ll see large, large deaths from Fentanyl and Carfentanil pills. And we haven’t had the same issues here in Harris County. But they’re coming.”Mouchantaf is set to appear in court Monday. Sharelast_img read more

Race for Education

first_imgAlpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Xi Omega Chapter in partnership with The Pearl and Ivy Educational Foundation will host the Norma E. Boyd 5K Race for Education at Rock Creek Park, 16 and 17 Streets NW, on Sept. 27 at 8 a.m. Race day packet pick up will begin at 7:15 a.m. Registration for the race, until Sept. 25, is $40. For more information or to register, visit or contact Vivian English-Washington at 202-288-4996.last_img

Onboarding Your First Digital As In Nonhuman Employee

first_img By now, you are well-acquainted with the four main processes that come with having employees in your company. Depending on the size of your company, the processes of hiring, training, compensating and firing can range from fairly simple to highly complex. But those processes can be simplified.Thanks to Natural Language Processing (NLP), the future is here. Will your next employee come in a box? Today, we are going to talk about these four processes in relation to your next employee, the digital employee.Related: This Is How to Get Started With AI When the Only Thing You Know Is the AcronymDigital vs. human.Your human employees are great. They work hard, and they are dedicated to optimum performance every day. But they have their limits. Human employees require rest, so they generally only work 40 hours per week. If you expect more, be prepared to pay a salary or overtime.Human employees also require stimulation. They become bored when dealing with monotonous tasks, and boredom slows productivity. To relieve the monotony for your human employees, hire a digital employee powered by cognitive automation. With a digital employee, the four main employment processes will be a bit different. Let’s explore each one.1. Hiring.When you are ready to hire a new human employee, you must advertise your open position and wait for the candidates to submit their applications. After you have a number of applicants, you begin scheduling interviews. These interviews may take several days to conduct, and you need time to determine which candidate is the best fit for your company. By the time you choose the right candidate, you have invested a lot of time and energy in the hiring process.Now you are thinking about hiring your first digital employee. How is the hiring process different?Much like you do for the purchase of any new computer program, you research the available AI programs to determine your company’s needs and how the programs will meet those needs. Will your digital employee handle document processing? Do you have unstructured data to sort? Your digital employee performs these duties using Natural Language Processing (NLP).After you have hired (ordered) your employee-in-a-box, the next process is training.Related: 4 Essential Business Relationships That Artificial Intelligence Is Better at Than You Are2. Training.Wait. This is a digital employee, a software program. Why are we even talking about training?Your human employees must be trained to do their jobs according to the policies and procedures of your company. Each employee is assigned duties and taught by a trainer. The employee learns a little more each day until he or she can handle the work on their own.Your trainer can also train your new digital employee. Through machine learning, your digital employee will “learn” its job. Like a human, the AI program learns from its work experience, becoming more efficient over time.3. Compensating.Now, stay with me for a moment. Your digital employee does not require the same kind of compensation that your human employee does.You compensate your human employees either through commissions for work performed or through salaries or hourly wages. Let’s not even talk about employment taxes. You might also offer stock options, cover health insurance premiums or give quarterly bonuses.None of these is necessary for your digital employee. The AI program that you choose will require an upfront investment and a maintenance subscription, but that’s about it. Your digital employee requires neither rest nor overtime pay, which can save you a ton in the long run.But what if you are unsatisfied with your employee’s work? Well, human or digital, that brings us to the last of the four processes.4. Firing.When the time comes to let your human employee go, a whole new set of problems arises. If the employee was not meeting your needs, you will need to start the hiring process again to find a replacement. If your company is eliminating the employee’s position, you might need to provide a severance package.However, if you need to fire your digital employee, you simply cancel your subscription and look for a suitable replacement. The change can even be made simultaneously to avoid a lag in company productivity.Related: 3 Ways Intelligent Automation Can Help Grow Your BusinessCollaboration.Please reassure your human employees right now — especially the one who’s reading over your shoulder — that they are still needed and will also benefit from the presence of a digital employee in your company.The boring, monotonous, tedious tasks that can be assigned to your digital employee will no longer need to be done by your human employees. Thus, they will be freed up for the more complex aspects of their jobs. They will be able to get more of the meaty work done while leaving the grunt work to AI.You have now reviewed the four employee processes and how they relate to the digital employee. The question is, are you ready to integrate intelligent automation in your company? Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. May 26, 2018 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min readlast_img read more

How Obama reversed course on federal college ratings

first_img“I think we should rate colleges based on opportunity — are they helping students from all kinds of backgrounds succeed — and on outcomes, on their value to students and parents,” Obama said. He took it a step further by proposing that Congress eventually tie a school’s eligibility for federal financial aid to its score in the new ratings system.Resistance to Obama’s plan was swift, vehement and nearly universal.Associations representing colleges with traditionally conflicting interests — such as community colleges and private universities — all lined up in opposition, warning the project was too complex, too subjective and too dependent on shoddy data to ever work fairly. As the Education Department mounted an extensive, lengthy listening tour across the country, college presidents warned of dire unintended consequences and implored the government to reconsider.On Capitol Hill, the proposal drew pushback not only from the president’s traditional Republican foes, but also some Democrats. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., a former education secretary and chair of the Senate’s education panel, took to the Senate floor to threaten an amendment blocking the ratings system. And in the House, Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Democratic Rep. Michael Capuano of Massachusetts — two states with large numbers of colleges — joined forces to sponsor a resolution opposing Obama’s plan. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Instead, the new tool will allow prospective students to decide which factors are important to them, then draw their own conclusions from the statistics. But officials couldn’t point to any new statistics the tool will offer that aren’t already available through existing government websites.Abandoning the original plan marked the latest in a series of stumbles for Obama’s education priorities. In his 2013 State of the Union address, Obama called for expanding access to pre-kindergarten to all American children, and in his 2015 address, he pushed a $60 billion plan to offer two years of free community college. Neither proposal has gained any traction.The Education Department said it’s still determining what the revised college tool will look like, but that it’s still on track to roll it out by the start of the 2015-2016 academic year, roughly two months from now.“It is anything but a retreat,” Education Department Undersecretary Ted Mitchell said in an interview. “It’s a retooling and, we think, an advance on the original concept.”Yet Obama’s goal, as he described when he announced the plan in August 2013, was to create an alternative to private rankings like U.S. News and World Report whose formulas incentivize schools to “game the numbers” and even raise costs. Instead, Obama sought a system that prioritized whether schools are enrolling and graduating poorer students and whether their graduates succeed in the workforce. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility “Do I think they would have continued if no one had pushed back? Of course I do,” Capuano said.But for nearly two years, the administration stuck to the original plan. In a blog post in December 2014, the Education Department said it was considering rating schools as high-performing, medium-performing or low-performing and outlined a few potential metrics, but disappointed many by failing to flesh out the formula it would use to assign ratings.Driving the decision to stick with a ratings system was Obama, who was dead-set on carrying out his original vision for the project, according to interviews with nearly a dozen congressional aides, administration officials and college association leaders. Many of them spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid criticizing the president publicly.From the start, career bureaucrats and data experts at the Education Department said the idea wasn’t feasible, but met continued White House resistance, those officials said. Technical experts in the education industry that the administration consulted offered similar warnings. Eventually, higher-level Education Department officials grew convinced the plan was unworkable, and persuaded the White House to allow a scaled-back approach devoid of hard-and-fast ratings. Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Top Stories “We are right where the president wanted us to be in terms of making progress toward his vision,” said James Kvaal, deputy director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council.University associations that had fought the proposal praised the Obama administration for taking their concerns seriously and eventually agreeing to abandon the initial plan, calling it a rare example of the government acknowledging its own missteps.“They really did listen on this,” said Sarah Flanagan, the top lobbyist for the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities. “The more they looked into it, they realized it wasn’t doable.”___Reach Josh Lederman on Twitter at © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.center_img Parents, stop beating yourself up WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama dearly wanted to get the government in the business of rating colleges and universities based on value and affordability, promising a new system by 2015. Now that goal is shriveling under the weight of a concerted opposition from universities, lawmakers and bureaucrats in Obama’s own administration.Nearly two years after the president, standing before a crowd of 7,000 at the University at Buffalo, unveiled the bold proposal as a way to curb soaring college costs, his administration has quietly but drastically scaled back the initiative. No longer does the federal government intend to use a formula to score schools based on factors like price, average student debt and graduation rates, as Obama had envisioned. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall President Barack Obama arrives to speak at the University of Wisconsin at La Crosse, in La Crosse, Wis., Thursday, July 2, 2015, about the economy and to promote a proposed Labor Department rule that would make more workers eligible for overtime. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Sponsored Stories Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Daylast_img read more

Canada gears up for Calgary Stampede

first_imgFrom July 3, 2015 begins the 10-day long greatest outdoor show on Earth – Calgary Stampede. Don the denim, grab a Stetson (cowboy hat) and saddle up as professional rodeo riders get bucked and thrown while trying to hold on to the first position in the richest rodeo in the world. The happening hoedown officially begins with a parade of marching bands, over 150 floats and hundreds of horses. A spot on the sidewalk enables to watch as floats, bands, riders, celebrities and hundreds of horses pass by in the ‘Calgary Stampede Parade’.The world’s best rodeo athletes go head-to-head riding wild horses and bulls, roping cattle and more with the crowd cheering as they experience an exhilarating rush of the famous chuck wagon races. The excitement is only outdone by the heart-pounding rush of watching teams of four horses charge around the track in the chuck wagon races. The incredible entertainment is taking place at the Grandstand Show-a staged spectacle featuring horses, singers, dancers and inspiring music. Before heading back to the ranch, one can also pick up an authentic cowboy keepsake from the Stampede Market.There is so much to see and do at the Stampede. The online planner helps to get organised. Advance tickets to the Stampede Park are available for one or two day packages. Dance and party hard into the wee hours of the night at some of the best cowboy-themed bars in Calgary which are located right on the Stampede grounds.last_img read more

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first_imgagentsAvalon WaterwaysDeborah HuttonEuropeRiver cruisevideos Avalon Waterways has unveiled a series of new videos to help travel agents showcase the cruise line to Australian travellers.Starring longtime Avalon ambassador Deborah Hutton, the ten videos each highlight a different aspect of Avalon’s offering and inclusions, from the staterooms with panoramic windows and beds that face the view, through to the onboard dining options and culinary cruises.Filmed last year on the rivers of France, several of the videos also feature a variety of optional French excursions, including the popular Palace of the Popes, highlighting the array of exclusive sightseeing options available through Avalon Choice.Up to 60 seconds in length, the videos are available for use on social media and agent websites, as well as in presentations and digital newsletters. They can be found on the Globus Family of Brands Australia YouTube channel, or downloaded here.last_img read more

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first_imgDouglas Coupland’s portrait of Canada is bright, optimistic and in 3D by Laura Kane, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 27, 2018 1:00 am PDT Last Updated Jun 27, 2018 at 1:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Artist Douglas Coupland smiles while organizing his latest work “The National Portrait,” a series of 3D portraits printed from hundreds of scans of Canadians’ heads, at a studio in Vancouver on Thursday November 9, 2017. The project will be on exhibition at the Ottawa Art Gallery from June 29 to August 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck center_img VANCOUVER – A shimmering golden lumberjack look-alike. A pastel paint-streaked woman staring confidently ahead. A Cree chief proudly wearing his headdress.This is Douglas Coupland’s vision of Canada: bright, optimistic, three-dimensional, and with nary a red-and-white maple leaf or Mountie in sight.“The National Portrait,” a collection of 1,000 3D-printed busts of Canadians, all brightly painted, distorted and arranged like a garden, opens at the Ottawa Art Gallery on Friday.“It’s an incredibly optimistic piece,” said Coupland in an interview inside his Vancouver studio, surrounded by the assortment of multicoloured heads.“It’s a sense of unity. Not many countries right now have unity. It’s nice to express that.”Coupland dreamed up the project more than three years ago with help from Peter Simons, co-owner and president of Simons. The “Generation X” author and visual artist was working on a different piece for the department store at the time.During a visit to Coupland’s studio, Simons saw 3D printers at work creating miniature busts, and the two started talking about using the technology to create a national portrait.“As technology it’s radically democratizing,” Coupland said. “You can be very casual and quite cavalier with the human bust, which even three years ago you couldn’t have done.“In 20 years, they’ll look back and go, ‘Oh, isn’t that quaint?’ How little they knew back then. If only they knew some big technological innovation was coming.”Coupland began travelling to Simons stores in nine cities across Canada to scan ordinary people who lined up to participate. His team ultimately scanned some 1,700 people over two years, although only 1,000 heads made it into the finished piece.After the first stop in Quebec City, Coupland learned what made for a good scan. A scarf, a cowl-neck sweater or a hoodie all helped, but interesting hair was the most important feature of all. He and his team began approaching people with dreadlocks and pompadours.“I think the thing about having cool hair is that you probably know you have cool hair. So when someone wants to scan your hair, it’s like, ‘Oh yeah, sure, happens all the time,’ ” he laughed.Finding a person with a mohawk became their “unicorn,” Coupland recalled, and the team was on “full mohawk alert” at all times.On the last day of scanning in Halifax, they finally got their chance. A woman mentioned that her boyfriend had a mohawk, but he was at home playing video games. Coupland’s team coaxed the man into pressing the pause button.“He showed up and you could see he’s really pissed off, because he’s in the middle of Grand Theft Auto or something,” Coupland chuckled. “He was the last person we scanned.”Coupland said he remembers most of the people who participated in the project. The piece captures a diverse mix of Canadians: kids, tweens, young people, seniors, moms and dads.“It’s a very heightened moment because you wait in line and you’re watching other people getting scanned. Suddenly it’s like, gasp, it’s your turn,” he said.“We couldn’t help but pick up on that excitement.”The heads have been stretched, squished, blown up, shrunk or otherwise reshaped, and splashed with bright colour, in an effort to capture and intensify those emotions, he said.But as much as he enjoyed meeting and scanning people across the country, he admitted to being a little bit tired after repeating the process 1,700 times.“I have great respect and admiration for those guys who go from school to school taking school portraits. You’re kind of trapped on a rung of hell I can’t even begin to imagine.”The Ottawa Art Gallery will feature “The National Portrait” until Aug. 19.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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