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  • Priyankas arrest disturbing arbitrary application of power shows BJP govts insecurity Rahul

    first_imgNew Delhi: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Friday alleged that Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was “illegally arrested” when she was going to meet victims of the Sonbhadra clash and hit out at the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, saying this “arbitrary application of power” reveals its increasing insecurity. Congress general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh East Priyanka Gandhi was Friday stopped from proceeding towards Sonbhadra district to meet those injured in the clash that claimed 10 lives, and taken to a guesthouse by authorities after she staged a sit-in. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day The Congress claimed that Priyanka Gandhi had been taken into police custody. “The illegal arrest of Priyanka in Sonbhadra, UP, is disturbing. This arbitrary application of power, to prevent her from meeting families of the 10 Adivasi farmers brutally gunned down for refusing to vacate their own land, reveals the BJP Govt’s increasing insecurity in UP,” Rahul Gandhi said in a tweet. Other senior Congress leaders also criticised the Uttar Pradesh government over the incident and described the action as “crushing of democracy”. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat Congress general secretary in-charge Uttar Pradesh West Jyotiraditya Scindia hit out at the Yogi Adityanath government for stopping Priyanka Gandhi from proceeding to Sonbhadra, saying the action was “open disrespect” of democracy. “Meeting families of victims and expressing condolences is the responsibility of public representatives. The government has attempted to crush democracy which is highly condemnable,” he said in a tweet in Hindi. Congress’ chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala also lashed out at the government over the incident, saying the BJP dispensation has made Uttar Pradesh “apraadh pradesh” (crime state). “By arresting Priyanka Gandhi, keeping her in Chunar (guesthouse), will the UP government be able to cover up the killing of 10 people of a tribal family in Sonbhadra?” he asked in a tweet in Hindi. On Wednesday, a village head and his supporters allegedly opened fire on a rival group in a land dispute in Sonbhadra killing 10 people, including three women, and leaving several injured.last_img read more

  • Women vie for Red Road Carnivals national recognition

    first_imgKolkata: Twenty-five women who running puja committees have come under one umbrella to appeal to PrimeMinister Narendra Modi for giving national status to the Red Road Carnival in Kolkata where community puja organisers parade with the Durga idols and their entourage while a sea of people, including foreigners turn up to witness the event. “We have already been able to bring in 25 puja committees managed by women under one umbrella. The main purpose is to provide a platform for the women to showcase their skills in various activities. One of our primary duty will be to urge the Prime Minister to give national status to the Red Road Carnival. The committee will work not only during Puja but through out the year,” said Minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharjee, who is the president of Hindustan Club Durga Puja Committee in Gariahat. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBhattacharjee on Monday held a meeting with 25 puja committees run by women in the city and announced that the organisation named ‘Banglar Dugga’ will work to ensure that women associated with Durga puja like women priests, artisans or dhakis get their due recognition. “We will organize different fairs across the state so that the women get a platform to showcase their skill and creativity in various fields. They will also be felicitated for their excellence in these fields. This is just the beginning and we will bring in more and more women run puja committees across the state under this apolitical forum,” Bhattacharjee said. The committee for Banglar Dugga is expected to be constituted in the next meeting where more puja committees will join. Bhattacharjee also lashed out at the BJP (without naming the party). “The lotus which is the symbol of a particular party is an integral part of Durga Puja. The party is politicising the use of the flower. We believe that puja should be observed following rituals and there should be no politics,” she said.last_img read more

  • Most men working themselves into an early grave study finds

    first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the country marks the start of Canadian Men’s Health Week, a new study suggests most men are actually working themselves into an early grave — and many aren’t even aware they’re doing it.According to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, the majority of Canadian men are stressed at work.“What we did was a study to find out how men viewed their own health at work, and what they did or didn’t do to take care of themselves at work,” foundation President Wayne Hartrick said. “The findings were really quite surprising.”He said more than 80 per cent of respondents said they found their workplace stressful, and 60 per cent of them said that fact affected their ability to sleep well at night.“Why is that important? Because the combination of stress and not a proper night’s sleep is a big factor in some of the health conditions that men lead the stats in,” Hartrick added. “Stress and lack of proper sleep, in combination, tend to create a bit of a spiral, because, of course, you’re not as rested, you go again into the stressful workplace, you’re not able to handle it, perhaps, as well.”That includes conditions like heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, depression, mental illness, and more.The foundation points out many men don’t even realize they’re being unhealthy, with Hartrick adding some findings were “troubling.”“The guys that we were talking to, it was almost like this sort of hero mentality that a lot of working guys have,” he said. “We’re saying it’s ok, understand you’re excited about your job, but you’ve got to take care of yourself.”He noted little changes can have big impacts.Tips from the CMHF include standing while taking calls or during meetings, going for walking meetings — even around the office floor or building, giving your eyes a regular three-minute break from the computer, not drinking coffee after 3:00 p.m., and packing a healthy snack for work.Outside of the office, little changes like ordering a salad instead of fries, taking the stairs for part of your elevator ride, or even intentionally parking further away from an entrance can all play a role in men’s health, Hartrick added.“Finally, if you can, make sure you get at least seven hours sleep — your body needs the continuous seven hours to do its natural repair processes it does. You can’t make up for that by just sleeping in more the next day.”last_img read more

  • CANADIAN ARTS IMPRESARIO WALTER HOMBURGER HAS DIED AT AGE 95

    first_img Facebook Walter Homburger receives the Performing Arts Award at Rideau Hall in Ottawa on April 30, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick He also presented esteemed international artists, including Louis Armstrong, and took the company on tours to such far-flung locales as China in 1978.In a tribute to Homburger on its website, the TSO describes him as “one of the most revered artistic administrators in Canadian musical history.”“Walter represented a rare mix in one man: He was a brilliant impresario, a strategic leader, and a kind inspiration to all who knew him,” TSO chief executive officer Matthew Loden said in a statement.“This is a huge loss for the TSO family and for all those fortunate enough to have worked with him, but we are comforted in knowing Walter’s legacy survives in our collective memories and in the music we make every day.”Homburger was made a member of the Order of Canada in 1984 and received a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award for lifetime artistic achievement in 2010.The National Arts Centre in Ottawa tweeted Monday that its flag is at half-mast in honour of Homburger, who “was a driving force in the development of orchestras and classical music in Canada.”Homburger’s obituary says a private cremation will take place and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.THE CANADIAN PRESS Login/Register With: TORONTO — Canada’s arts community is mourning the death of impresario Walter Homburger.An obituary on the Mount Pleasant Funeral Centre’s website says Homburger died Thursday at Sunnybrook Veteran’s Centre in Toronto.He was 95.As managing director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra for 25 years, Homburger fostered the careers of acclaimed artists including Glenn Gould. Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

  • Changed insolvency norms by April next to speed up process

    first_imgNew Delhi: The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) is in the process of being changed to be effective from the next fiscal to accomodate the fast changing creditor-debtor scenario, according to the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board of India (IBBI). The IBBI on Saturday invited comments from stakeholders and the public on making changes to the current regulations notified under the IBC, 2016. The changes the IBBI is looking are in the regulations under Voluntary Liquidation Process, 2017, Fast Track Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process regulations, 2017, Liquidation Process, 2016, and the Insolvency Resolution Process for Corporate Persons, 2016, among others. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalRecent developments like the Supreme Court striking down the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI) circular last year on banks resolving their massive non-performing assets (NPAs or bad loans) has also made a case for review of certain criteria in the overarching laws of IBC,” the IBBI said in notice. “In a dynamic environment the stakeholders could play a more active role in making regulations. They may contemplate, at leisure, the important issues in the extant regulatory framework that hinder transactions and offer alternate solutions to address them, in addition to responding urgently to draft regulations proposed by the regulator. This is akin to crowdsourcing of ideas”, it said. “The comments received between April 20, 2019, – December 31, 2019, shall be processed together and following the due process, regulations will be modified to the extent considered necessary. It will be the endeavour of the IBBI to notify modified regulations by March 31, 2020, and bring them into force on April, 1, 2020.”last_img read more

  • 3 Steps for Building a Strong Contact Center Business Case

    What’s Trending in CX Today Blair Pleasant September 17, 2019 Organizations that truly care about customer service start with a understanding of what digital consumers really want. 3. Present Multiple OptionsOnce you’ve done your research and are ready to make your pitch, include multiple options and be ready to talk about each one in depth. For example, even if I’ve decided Software A is our dream software, I’ll also pitch Software B (and maybe even others). By providing multiple options, you’re likely to leave the meeting with approval for at least one of them. If you pitch only one, finance will often ask you to research alternatives anyway, which just delays the final decision. How to Plan a Smooth Contact Center Cloud Migration Elizabeth Magill September 24, 2019 A strategic migration plan must answer three important questions. Why You Need to Care About CX of Connected Consumers Blair Pleasant September 30, 2019 Today, enterprises are distinguishing themselves with personal, robust customer experiences. But can it be too much? If you’re like many contact center leaders, you may not be completely comfortable delivering high-stakes pitches to finance. Be prepared to justify the investment, and benchmark where you are today as compared to your vision with the recommended investment. I’ve worked in leadership roles in many contact centers, and while it wasn’t initially a strength of mine, I’ve learned—by necessity and experience—how to successfully deliver a strong business case. I’ve found the best approach is to know your audience. And when that audience is finance, numbers talk. You have to make an argument in terms of measurable ROI and how the purchase will impact specific metrics in your contact center. You might say something like: “If we switch to this software, it will save us $170,000 annually and reduce our handle time in the first six months from 120 seconds to 60 seconds. After that, we’ll see an exponential decrease in that handle time as our agents become more efficient, and our customer experience improves. Here’s how that will happen, and how long it will take to see a financial return.” Cisco Touts Webex Contact Center-Calling Integration Beth Schultz September 23, 2019 Company talks up other enhancements to cloud platform, as contact center partners make service news of their own. Download the eBookWant more ideas on how to build your leadership skills? Download the Serenova eBook, 5 Critical Actions for Successful Contact Center Leaders.Tags:News & ViewsTechnology InvestmentBusiness CaseROIfinancecustomer satisfactionSerenovaContact Center & Customer ExperienceBest PracticesCCaaSOrganization & ManagementSponsored PostVendor Perspective Articles You Might Like 2. Invest in the ResearchBuilding a business case takes time. 1. Know Your ROIFinance typically requires a compelling justification to approve capital investments. The best place to start is with return on investment (ROI). It’s essential to gather quantifiable data related to customer experience improvements (reflected in customer satisfaction metrics) as well as operational gains related to metrics like average handle time (AHT) and first contact resolution (FCR). Serenova_BusinessCase.jpg In two contact centers where I worked, we switched out the customer relationship management (CRM) software, as well as the phone and financial systems that tied to it. I planned for months before we made the pitch, including working with IT to understand current costs and with the finance team to identify potential expenses beyond the initial software investment. I conducted in-depth research on alternative solutions, and I toured other contact centers to understand how they were using the solutions I was considering. Decoding Dialogflow: Enabling Voice Brent Kelly September 16, 2019 The seventh in a multi-article series focusing on building intelligent bots using Google Dialogflow and Contact Center AI Laying the groundwork to pitch a capital investment for your contact center can be time-consuming. But it’s well worth it if it gets you the improvements your contact center — and organization — needs. See All in Contact Center & Customer Experience » Log in or register to post comments read more

  • Chase Bank wipes out all outstanding credit card debt owed by Canadian

    A U.S. bank says it is letting some Canadian consumers off the hook for credit card debt as it exits the market.  New York-based Chase Bank says it is forgiving all outstanding debt owed by users of its two Canadian credit cards.As part of its exit from the Canadian credit card market, Chase folded all Amazon and Marriott Visa accounts last year and recently opted to cut its loan losses completely.The company says users with an outstanding balance as of June will no longer see red on their statements.Chase declined to share how much debt was wiped or how many customers were affected.Chase Bank, owned by JPMorgan Chase & Co., decided to quit the Canadian credit card market in March 2018 after 13 years north of the border.The Canadian Press

  • US home prices rise at slowest pace in 7 years

    WASHINGTON — U.S. home prices rose in July from a year earlier by the smallest amount in seven years, as modest sales are forcing sellers to keep costs in check.The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index moved up 2% in July from a year ago, down from a 2.2% annual gain in June. Several formerly hot housing markets, such as Seattle and San Francisco, have noticeably cooled this year.Home sales have picked up in recent months but remain modest. Low mortgage rates have recently encouraged more Americans to take the plunge and buy homes, but sales of existing homes have increased less than 3% in the past year.Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Charlotte reported the largest price gains over the past 12 months, increasing 5.8%, 4.7%, and 4.6%, respectively.Christopher Rugaber, The Associated Press read more

  • Cleaner new cars have saved five million tonnes of CO2 in last

    SMMT economists have calculated that car makers saved nearly five million tonnes of CO2 in the last ten years – thanks to the development of cleaner, greener cars. The figures have been revealed as SMMT prepares to launch its Annual CO2 Report for the 2006 market on 6 July. To coincide with publication, SMMT will host a stakeholder breakfast briefing at Forbes House starting at 8.00 am, with presentations and panel discussions, followed by an exhibition of lower emitting cars.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Average new car CO2 has fallen by 22.6 g/km to 167.2 g/km since 1997, down by nearly 12 per cent. That equates to current annual CO2 emissions savings approaching a million tonnes. ‘Car makers have made significant progress in cutting CO2,’ commented SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan. ‘Total CO2 emissions in the UK from cars have actually fallen since 1997, down 3.2 per cent from 72.2 million to 69.9 million tonnes in 2005. That’s despite a 16.5 per cent rise in cars on the road from 26.3 to 30.7 million.’ read more

  • Police search for driver who took selfie at the wheel after he

    first_imgJust to keep everyone current on the situation > It is people like this who end up destroying people lives through their own stupidity pic.twitter.com/vdAD719IPs— Matthew Clements (@162154_VRC40) April 15, 2017  After police tweeted him, the reckless driver deleted his Twitter account.It is believed he was driving at about 50mph on a dual carriageway. The police wrote: “Please get in touch and we’ll send you your wedding present. £200 fine & 6 points.”The man, who calls himself “Geordie Aviator”, wrote in the tweet: “Last night as a single man. “Married man as of tomorrow. Scary times.” Police are on the hunt for a man who took a selfie at the wheel while driving.In the picture, which he tweeted, the steering wheel can be seen reflected in his mirrored sunglasses.An officer from Northumbria Police tweeted: “It is people like this who end up destroying people lives through their own stupidity” Twitter account holder @geordie_aviator AKA Pete Hemsley has deleted his account after he tweeted a selfie taken while he was driving at approx 50mph on a dual carriageway.Credit:Northumbria Police Twitter account holder @geordie_aviator AKA Pete Hemsley has deleted his account after he tweeted a selfie taken while he was driving at approx 50mph on a dual carriageway. 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

  • No change to Schumacher condition hospital confirms

    first_imgMICHAEL SCHUMACHER REMAINS in a “stable but critical” condition, Grenoble University Hospital confirmed this afternoon.The seven-time Formula One world champion has been receiving treatment at the hospital for eight days after suffering head trauma in a skiing incident in Meribel, France, on 29 December.Schumacher has had two operations on his injuries, and remains in an induced coma. The German’s manager Sabine Kehm stated on Friday that Schumacher’s condition remained unchanged, which has been re-iterated on Monday by the hospital.A statement from the hospital read: “The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is considered as stable and is constantly monitored by the medical treatments that are administered to him.“However, the medical team responsible underlines that they will not stop to consider Michael’s condition as critical.“The privacy of the patient demands that we are not going into details of his treatment, and this is why we do not plan any press conferences, nor give out written press releases, any more for the time being.“We again insistently ask you to respect the medical secret and to stick to the information given by the medical team in charge of the patient or his management, as this is the only valid information.”The latest update follows news from French police that a press conference will be held on Wednesday to provide an update on their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident.Here’s the 19 GAA players who were shown black cards over the weekendMurray making case for Munster’s Gloucester trip, Zebo back in training toolast_img read more

  • Dispatch From The Couch Google Trekker Lets You Hike the Chilkoot Trail

    first_imgGoogle Trekker brings Google Maps technology to the trail. Photo: Screen shot of Google Trekker homepage.A hundred years ago, to hike to the Klondike gold fields via the Chilkoot Trail meant a grueling trek carrying a required one ton of supplies, enough to last a year. Soon armchair hikers can breeze along the 33-mile trail virtually, in a few minutes, using Google’s Street View.Download Audio“Welcome to the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, home to the famous Chilkoot Trail,”  says NPS staffers Erica Francis and Elizabeth Blakeley in an informational video produced by the National Park Service. “Hiking the Chilkoot Trail can be highly rewarding; however, unlike many hikes, taking on the Chilkoot means crossing an international border and hiking 33 miles up isolated, physical challenging and potential hazardous terrain…”But soon there will be another way to experience it. For the first time Google Street View is going off-road in Alaska. This month two Parks Canada staff mapped the entire Chilkoot Trail. They used a backpack-mounted camera system called the Google Trekker.Parks Canada and Google agreed to partner a few years ago in creating virtual tours of many of Canada’s national and regional parks. The first Canadian park to appear on Google’s Street View was Nova Scotia’s Fortress of Louisbourg in 2013, and more than 100 wild Canadian places have been added since.Klondike National Park Superintendent Mike Tranel says Parks Canada approached the National Park Service last fall to see if managers here were interested in joining a project to map the Chilkoot, since the Alaskan segment of the trail is managed by the NPS, and Parks Canada manages the Canadian side. The trail starts in Dyea and snakes up the Taiya River to Crater Lake and the headwaters of the Yukon River at Lake Bennett, British Columbia.“If you can see it online, do you need to still come and do it?” asked Tranel. “You know, I think in in the end it will be good publicity for the trail and a way for people to see what it’s all about, what it looks like and I think it will spur more interest in coming to hike the trail.”Tranel said the park service mulled over whether putting the trail online would result in more or fewer visitors coming to hike the real thing.  Currently between 2500 and 3000 people hike the entire trail each year.Parks Canada spokesperson Christine Aikens says they wanted to create a virtual tour of the Chilkoot and other wild places so that people will better understand why these places are so special and encourage in-person visitation.Mapping the Chilkoot with the heavy camera equipment was a challenge for the Parks Canada team, said Tranel. It was key to keep the camera level and correctly oriented, especially on the difficult Golden Stairs section. During the first week of August,  the weather cooperated and the mapping hike was on.Tranel says he’s excited about the Street View mapping because it will pave the way for more detailed project in the works…a 1898 Street View version of the trail. Using archeological data and historical photographs and maps…“We can potentially recreate what it would look like to travel over the trail in 1898 during the Gold Rush. So that’s something I think would be really cool, so doing the Google Street View of the 2015 view of the trail can help us with the ability to do that 1898 Google Street View idea,” he said.Parks Canada’s Aikens says people can expect to see the trail on Google Maps in the coming months.last_img read more

  • Secretarys car caught on wrong side again

    first_imgSecretary’s car is caught on wrong side againA traffic police team led by Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) additional commissioner Mosleh Uddin Ahmed and deputy commissioner Rifat Shameem conducted the drive in Bangla Motor area to check traffic rule violation.The team also fined some bikes for driving on wrong side of the road.Police said the drive will continue. Rural development and co-operatives ministry secretary Mafruha Sultana’s driver was sued for the second consecutive day on Monday for driving on wrong side of the road in Bangla Motor in the capital.The secretary’s car was caught red-handed during a police drive in the area when Mafruha Sultana was returning home after her office taking the wrong side all the way from Hare road.Earlier on Sunday, the driver was sued for taking wrong side on Hare Road in the city.last_img read more

  • BNP to expel whoever from party contests UZ polls

    first_imgRuhul Kabir Rizvi AhmedBNP on Sunday warned of taking organisational action if any of its leaders and activists will take part in the upcoming upazila elections, reports UNB.Party senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi issued the warning at a press conference at the BNP’s Naya Paltan Central office.”I would like to inform our leaders and activists at all level that they cannot join the upcoming upazila elections. We will take organisational action if any one violates our decision,” Rizvi said.The BNP leader said they will take punitive action like expulsion from the party if any of its leaders and activists will participate in the upazila elections.Even, those who become the party’s primary member will not be able to participate in the upazila elections, Rizvi added.Elections to 87 upazila parishads in 12 districts under Rangpur, Mymensingh, Sylhet and Rajshahi divisions will be held in the first phase on 10 March while the second phase of the election is slated for 18 March, the third for 24 March, the fourth for 31 March and the fifth for 18 June.last_img read more

  • How To Find A School Your Kids Will Love And That You

    first_img Share LA Johnson/NPR“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status.” That’s one of the many quotes that has made Sir Ken Robinson’s 2006 lecture on rethinking the nation’s schools become one of the most popular TED talks — with more than 50 million views.Over the past two decades, Robinson, an author, consultant and former education professor, has argued, among other things, that dance might be more important than math (though, he admits, both are important). And that our system of education is more like a fast food chain — robotic, formalized and industrial.In his new book, You, Your Child, and School: Navigate Your Way to the Best Education, Robinson takes his ideas about what a school should be and translates them into specific things parents can look for. Our conversation has been edited for length and clarity.Interview HighlightsIt can be hard to connect these big ideas — like how schools should be more creative — to when you, as a parent, go on a school visit. What are a couple of the things parents should keep an eye out for when they are in a new school? There’s so much pressure for them to believe that a good school is defined by high test scores and high rates of entrance to college and university, but there’s a lot more to education than that.One of the things to look at is the balance of the curriculum — which in shorthand is what it is we want kids to learn, and learn from. You want to make sure that there is a real balance and dynamism in the school curriculum. Testing tends to focus schools, for understandable reasons, on the areas on which they themselves are going to be judged politically. So there’s been a narrowing of the curriculum in many areas. We’ve seen a reduction in things like arts programs, in recess, in practical vocational programs, because they’re not subject to these tests. The emphasis on STEM — science technology engineering and math — they’re very important. But the arts, the humanities, physical education, are just as important. So that’s the first thing. I always encourage parents to take a look at the curriculum.Also look at the quality of teaching, that’s the next thing. Assessment is important, it’s a vital part of education and testing can have some constructive and important roles in it. It’s about the balance. It’s about asking what assessment’s for, and it should ideally be there to support, encourage and inform children’s development and achievement.And then the other is the physical environment of the school. Look at what’s on the walls. Is there kids’ work on the walls? Exhibitions? That also taps into the overall culture — you know, what sort of values are school promoting and how closely does it work with parents and the broader community? I think these are all reasonable criteria for the health and vitality of a school.When looking at a school culture, there are two themes that stick out in your talks and your books. 1: Not being afraid of mistakes. 2: Experimentation to find your passion, to play around and to try new things.Trial and error, making mistakes, not getting it, is a natural part of learning and living. And it’s a great tragedy I think that the pressure of testing and certain teaching patterns makes children afraid to make mistakes. They become embarrassed if they, say, make a mistake in front of their classmates or if they get a lower grade. They think that they’re stupid or dumb for having done it. And it can be something that lives with you for a long time.We’re all of us a unique amalgam of our genetic inheritance and the experiences that we have along the way that our dispositions encourage us to have. And part of the role of parents is to understand and not be fearful of that diversity and to try and provide for it differently insofar as you can. And that’s something I’m encouraging schools to do as well.It seems to be such an obvious thing to do, that human life is as diverse and as marked by variety as the natural world around us. And if we try to homogenize our kids by offering them a single measured form of education, inevitably we’re going to marginalize the talents of most of them.The more you understand your own child, the more you can see what they need and then look for that in schools. That’s really what it is. And for parents, there’s nothing more important than their relationship with their children and vice versa. School is a major influence that can enhance it or come between them. And I think if parents can be better informed, encouraged, be given a sense of their options and choices, and also understand more about what their kids are going through — both in school and on the way to it and on the way back from it and be encouraged to think differently about that, then hopefully they’ll be able to come to a clearer understanding of the best way of handling it and in the case of their own family.I read this book almost as a little bit of a love letter to public schools. Am I off there?I think that we should be defending our public schools.Public systems of education have been deeply influential and for many people liberating experiences. I owe everything I do to having gone through the public system of education in the U.K.For the vast majority of kids — I mean the overwhelming majority of kids in Europe, the U.K., here — public education, as I say, isn’t their best shot, it’s their only shot. Many parents simply can’t afford to go private and it’s very unlikely anytime soon they would be able to. And there’s no reason why a well-funded, well-supported, properly understood system of public education shouldn’t meet all the needs that we have in mind.There’s an assumption out there that somehow charter schools are inherently better or independent schools are inherently better than well-supported public schools and they’re not. I mean there are plenty of really wonderful public schools and plenty of really rather dreary charter schools and uninspiring independent schools too.You know, there are better ways of encouraging, supporting and enabling a healthy system of public education than the ones we’ve had. All the money that gets spent on testing will be much better invested in the professional development of teachers. A lot of it would be much better invested in improving facilities at schools. A lot of it would be much better invested in creating partnerships with cultural and business organizations in local areas.Do you think we’ve seen the error of our ways? Do you feel that there is some peel-back on testing?I think yes, there are changes happening. One of the reasons that testing is being rolled back in some areas is partly because parents have organized and said that we’ve had this. And teachers, too. And that’s also part of what I’m saying about schools, is that there is more room for change in the system than people realize. It isn’t a question of lobbying Congress and not doing anything until they pass new legislation. There’s an awful lot you can get on and be doing in the interstices of the current system. A lot of things that go on in schools are not a matter of a legal requirement, they’re just habits that we fall into and they can be shifted. It’s why there are so many good schools out there already doing it.As a parent, you have an interest, and you have a role, and you have some influence and power. And like all the influence and power you need to understand what is and to use it responsibly.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

  • Rarely Loaned Van Gogh Masterpieces Will Travel to Houston

    first_img Listen – / 8 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: “The popular story of Van Gogh has tended to focus on his last few years and his death,” according to David Bomford, exhibition curator and Audrey Jones Beck curator, Department of European Art, at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston.But the major late-19th century Dutch painter, who famously struggled with mental illness, had an artistic drive that started much earlier.This spring, the MFAH will present an exhibition that will trace Van Gogh’s evolution as an artist, from early sketches to final paintings. The survey will include more than 50 portraits, landscapes, and still lifes spanning his career.Many of the rarely-traveled masterpieces will be on loan from the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and the Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, which together hold the largest Van Gogh collections in the world.Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art will open March 10, 2019 at the MFAH and run through June 27. center_img 00:00 /00:41 Sharelast_img read more

  • Ballou High School Student Shot and Killed

    first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comPolice are investigating a deadly shooting in Southeast, D.C. after 15-year-old, Jaylyn Wheeler, a Ballou High School student, was shot and killed around the 600 block Alabama Avenue.It all started a bit before 4 p.m. on May 16 when an officer from the police department’s School Security Division heard multiple gunshots near Prep Congress Heights Public Charter School.  When he went to look into the gunshots the officer saw a group of young people fleeing the scene and found the 15-year-old on the ground.D.C. Police Assistant Chief Chanel Dickerson explained that the victim had been involved in a physical altercation at Ballou earlier in the school day according to Fox 5.Now police are searching for three suspects.  Two of the suspects were identified as Black males wearing tan uniform pants.  One of the suspects is said to be about 5-feet-6 to 5-feet-7 and 130 pounds, and at the time of the incident was wearing no shirt.  The other described suspect was wearing a white polo shirt, likely part of a school uniform. There was no physical description given for the third suspect.“It was a large group of students with uniforms, so we don’t know what school they attend, but we have that lookout in reference to several individuals – Black males with white shirts and tan pants,” Dickerson told Fox 5. “It’s all we have right now. Detectives are on the scene. They are collecting evidence. They are reviewing video.”According to the Washington Post, Wheeler was the second teen fatally shot in the District this week, and the sixth person to die in 2018 between the ages of 14 and 17.In the overall homicide count, Wheeler’s death is the 56th homicide victim this year and the 28th person to have been killed in Ward 8.last_img read more

  • Will Kevin Durant Leave Golden State Next Year to Return to DC

    first_imgBy Perry Green, AFRO Sports Editor, pgreen@afro.comWhen reigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant signed his contract extension with the Golden State Warriors this summer, he negotiated a deal that would give him a player option for the 2019-2020 season, meaning he would essentially become a free agent following this coming season.The deal left Warriors fans worried if Durant maybe considering leaving the Bay Area, but it also has Washington Wizards fans hopeful about the possibility of Durant returning to his hometown in the DMV.Kevin Durant’s options are open for the 2019 NBA season. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Durant told reporters September 24 the reason he signed such a short deal was simply to keep his options open.“It was one of those things where you’re just confident in your skills, and you just kind of want to take it year by year,” said Durant at the Warriors Media Day, according to reports. “To keep my options open, it was the best thing for me. I could have easily signed a long-term [deal], but I just wanted to take it season-by-season and see where it takes me.”Keeping options open could have multiple meanings for Durant. It could mean allowing Durant to maximize the amount of money he would be eligible to make on a future deal – Durant would qualify for a super max contract with the Warriors in 2019. Or, it could mean Durant having the option to move on to a new team, should he desire a different challenge.NBA writer and radio talk host Brandon Robinson recently reported Durant is looking to join LeBron James on the L.A. Lakers next summer to create the greatest duo in NBA history. It would be the perfect way to move on from Golden State should the team go on to become the first to win three consecutive championships since the Lakers of the early 2000s.But what if Durant instead chose to go home, and help lead the Wizards to their first NBA title since the Washington Bullets won it all 1978.Durant told the Washington Post in 2017 that he “didn’t want to play at home.“I’m trying to build a second part of my life as a man living in a different part of the country, just trying to do different things,” Durant said. “I did everything I was supposed to do in the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia area, I felt.”But Durant hasn’t quite done everything at home – he hasn’t delivered his hometown a championship. He can change that, though, next summer.last_img read more

  • Costa Coffee social media account calls rainbow cup pure marketing

    first_imgCosta Coffee has launched a rainbow cup for Pride season Jones responded: ‘Then why did I have to leave my last job after being bullied because I’m gay?’Knightley then said: ‘A parade isn’t going to stop people from bullying gays.’‘It’s just pure marketing’Costa’s French account, ‘Team Costa GDL, told Knightley: ‘Thanks God finally somebody who when [sic] to school!!‘I totally agree with you, this is not event about supporting anything, it’s just pure marketing…‘And in this world either you are #pride or #homophe [sic].. And we are the narrow minded one?’The Costa account told Jones, bullied out of his job, he was fired ‘simply because your [sic] are incompetent… Not because your [sic] gay’.Costa Coffee is investigating the incidentSpeaking to Gay Star News, a Costa Coffee spokesperson said they were investigating the incident.They told us: ‘We were very disappointed to learn about this incident and have launched an immediate investigation with our franchise partner in France.‘These views do not reflect those of Costa Coffee.‘We are delighted to be celebrate Pride and our LGBTQ+ colleagues this year with our rainbow cups, which reflect our strong values of equality and diversity.’They also noted they have an internal LGBTI network with over 1,000 members. And also, they have previously launched limited edition Rainbow Lattes.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . GAYSTARNEWS- Costa Coffee, like many global companies, are using Pride month as a way to spread an equality message. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img LGBTI people have vocally praised and critiqued this effort done by corporations.Some claim it is an important step for LGBTI progress, saying that it’s positive for visibility and celebrations during Pride month.Others say it’s a shallow marketing ploy intended to cash in on a large market one month out of the year. This can be especially the case when many of these companies refuse to give money to LGBTI causes, charities or advertise with LGBTI companies.And now, Costa Coffee may have confirmed some of LGBTI people’s worst fears.Gay man called ‘incompetent’ by Costa Coffee Instagram accountSimon Jones from New Jersey said on Twitter: ‘Just been called ‘incompetent’ on Instagram by a local @CostaCoffee account because I defended #gaypride.‘The same store then said that their new rainbow cup was just marketing and not about supporting gay rights.’On the Instagram post, one homophobe Jack Knightley said ‘go away’ to the rainbow cups.‘We don’t care if you are gay,’ they said.Jones said as there is so much homophobia in the world, it’s important to ‘represent and show support’.‘There isn’t homophobia in the West,’ Knightly incorrectly said. ‘There’s as much point of straight pride than gay pride it’s that pointless’. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Disney launches Pride collectionRussia will get a LGBT Pride House for the 2018 World CupLaptop company Lenovo makes pro-LGBTI video and people think it’s got rid of the backspace keyRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/costa-coffee-social-media-account-calls-rainbow-cup-pure-marketing/last_img read more

  • Costa Rican officials detain 23 undocumented migrants near Panama border

    first_imgRelated posts:Costa Rica serves as a corridor for Asians, Africans migrating to the US Costa Rica police detain 51 migrants from Asia, Africa, Middle East Costa Rican police detain undocumented Eritrean, Somali migrants For Central America’s migrant women, life can change in a second Costa Rican National Police officers conducting a routine patrol at 3 a.m. on Monday detained a group of 23 undocumented migrants – 19 of them from Nepal – while attempting to enter the country from Panama. Of the remaining four, two are from Ghana and two are from Sri Lanka. One man fled the scene.According to an official report, police encountered the group of men walking along a road in the border community of Paso Canoas, near a customs checkpoint.The group was sent to a local Immigration Administration office for further investigation, according to the Public Security Ministry.Costa Rican police and immigration officials in October told The Tico Times they had noted an increase in the number of Asian migrants traveling though Costa Rica on their way north.Prior to Monday’s arrest, Immigration Administration records indicate that 54 Nepalese, one Pakistani and three Bangladeshi migrants were arrested while trying to enter the country. Facebook Commentslast_img read more