SDSU receives 1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Robert DeKoven, who was an Associated Students president at San Diego State University in the late 1970s, announced Wednesday he will donate $1 million toward his alma mater’s Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program.The gift was announced at SDSU’s annual Pride flag-raising ceremony. It’ll support curricular and co-curricular activities at the university.“I can never repay SDSU for the educational experience I received here,” said DeKoven, a legal writing professor at California Western School of Law and affiliated faculty member in SDSU’s LGBT Studies Program. “Now I have the ability to give students the kind of support I needed. Today we are planting a seed that will grow and grow.”DeKoven is a longtime supporter of SDSU’s Lavender Graduation, which celebrates the achievements of graduating LGBTQ students. He co-authored the Human Dignity Ordinance passed by the San Diego City Council in 1990 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation.SDSU is the second university in the U.S. and the first in California to offer a major in LGBT studies, according to the school.The Campus Pride Index recently ranked SDSU in its 2017 Best of the Best Top 25 list of LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. SDSU has been included in the ranking for the past eight years.“Rob’s generous gift is a testament to the persistence of our students, alumni and campus partners who are committed to inclusivity on campus,” said Eric Rivera, vice president of SDSU Student Affairs. “Our Pride Center and our university LGBTQ+ initiatives provide opportunities that challenge and support our students’ personal growth and development while allowing them to connect with other students and celebrate our differences, making the SDSU experience unique and powerful.” July 11, 2018 Posted: July 11, 2018 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SDSU receives $1 million donation for Pride Center and LGBT Studies Program Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

See OK Go Dance With A Wall Of Printers In New Obsession

first_imgGetting ready for Tuesday. #TwoMoreDays— OK Go (@okgo) November 20, 2017 See OK Go Dance With A Wall Of Printers In New ‘Obsession’ Video Email The band promises donations were made to offset the massive amounts of paper used, and all materials were recycledBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 27, 2017 – 1:04 pm Indie electro-pop quartet OK Go set themselves up for a lifetime of high expectations when they appeared on the scene in 2006 with their inescapable viral hit “Here It Goes Again,” which earned them the GRAMMY Award for Best Short Form Music Video at the 49th Awards. They’ve met those expectations admirably in the 11 years since, with their latest video —in support of their new single, “Obsession” – adding to an impressive visual catalogue trading off their characteristic integration of catchy pop hooks and choreographed technology.Coming up with a fresh music video concept that has a real chance to go massively viral is near impossible enough for most people to accomplish even once, yet OK Go have built a career out of the practice.So how could they top a library of music videos that already include their famous treadmill dance routine, a four-minute Rube Goldberg device that shot them with paint cannons, a music video shot entirely in zero gravity, a theme song collaboration with the Muppets, and a complete music video built from just 4.3 seconds of slo-mo footage? Facebook Twitter Watch: OK Go’s New ‘Obsession’ Music Video see-ok-go-dance-wall-printers-new-obsession-video Finding these “wonderful” ideas is a science unto itself — so much so that the group even hosted a TED Talk on the subject this past summer — and for “Obsession,” OK Go knew they once again had to come up with something that had never been done before.So they went back to Tokyo, where’d they’d previously found success finding logistical support for the music video for “I Won’t Let You Down,” and spent several weeks working with Double A paper company choreographing a massive wall of printers to serve as their visually frenetic backdrop. News The band also revealed via Twitter that the release of the video was partially delayed because the sheer amount of visual information being displayed by the printer wall was playing havoc with YouTube’s HD compression algorithms. As for concerned fans wondering about the sustainability aspects of using such a massive volume of paper for a five-day music video shoot? The band has made abundant promises that all paper used was recycled, and even made a donation to Greenpeace to boot.See Noel Gallagher’s Spacey Stop-Motion “It’s A Beautiful World” VideoRead more This. We’re still searching for that ghost in the machine that has caused the delay with our new video. We’ll continue to keep you posted as we know more. Thank you for your continued patience.— OK Go (@okgo) November 22, 2017last_img read more

Joni Mitchell Tribute Joni 75 A Birthday Celebration Coming To Theaters

first_img Joni Mitchell Birthday Bash Hits Theaters Feb. 7 joni-mitchell-tribute-joni-75-birthday-celebration-coming-theaters Twitter The iconic folk singer celebrated her 75th birthday in style last year, and now, for one night only, you can watch how it all went downPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jan 9, 2019 – 4:06 pm Joni Mitchell’s 75th birthday celebration last year welcomed a number of GRAMMY-winning performers, including Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, Chaka Khan, Diana Krall, Kris Kristofferson, Los Lobos, Graham Nash, Seal, and James Taylor. (Not to mention the performing GRAMMY nominees: Glen Hansard, Rufus Wainwright and 61st GRAMMY Awards nominee Brandi Carlile.) Now, Trafalger Releasing is set to release a movie of the tribute concerts — The Music Center Presents Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration — to theaters on Feb. 7.Variety’s coverage of the night’s performances said, “Carlile had the bravura vocal performance of the night, effortlessly hitting the high notes of ‘Down to You’ in a casually octave-spanning fashion few others on the bill would have been down with attempting.” She also joined Kristofferson for a duet of “A Case of You.” Facebook Email Joni Mitchell Tribute ‘Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration’ Coming To Theaters News Tickets are now on sale for the Feb. 7 showings. A soundtrack album will be released via Verve on Mar. 1. A Woman Of Influence: Joni Mitchell, Looking Back From 75Read morelast_img read more

STATE REP RACE QA Pina Prinzivalli Offers Thoughts On Massachusetts Democratic Republican

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the three candidates running for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, is the response to one of this week’s questions from candidate Pina Prinzivalli (R-Tewksbury).#2) Can you point to two things in your own party’s state platform that you DISAGREE with and explain why? Can you point to two things in your opponent’s party’s state platform that you AGREE with and explain why? (Background: Democratic Platform; Republican Platform) As your next State Representative, there’s only one platform for me to work from and that’s the platform of the 19th Middlesex District.  I’ve been on the campaign trail for a year now, and have spoken with thousands of taxpayers, Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  That platform includes holding the line on taxes and making sure our tax dollars are being put to good use with what I like to call “responsible spending.”  Responsible spending is about prioritizing local aid for education, public safety, and infrastructure; prioritizing programs to battle the opioid crisis, from education and prevention to treatment and recovery; prioritizing benefits and housing for our seniors and veterans.I may be running as a Republican, but I’m running to work on behalf of the people, not a party.  If there’s proposed legislation from a Republican administration that is bad for the district, I’m not going to be afraid to say no.  And vice versa.  I look forward to the opportunity of working across the aisle to get things done for Tewksbury and Wilmington.  I’ve spoken with Democratic legislators and candidates who have expressed to me their interest in working with someone who will bring a fresh perspective to Beacon Hill.  That tells me we can work together.  If a good idea comes from the Democratic side of the aisle, lets explore it.  If it comes from the Republican side, lets explore it.  And that’s what matters to the people, that good ideas are being explored to improve our district.An idea on the Democratic platform that I support is reworking the public education formula.  Education is a priority for the taxpayers and as someone who is preparing to start a family of my own, I want the best education possible for my children.An idea on the Democratic platform that I strongly oppose is making Massachusetts a Sanctuary State for illegal immigrants.  I want local police to have the ability to work with federal agencies, including ICE.  In July, my opponent Dave Robertson said “ICE is disgraceful” and believes they “spend too much time concentrating on those who are already here.”  I couldn’t disagree more.  They’re taking dangerous criminals off of our streets and are risking their lives to do so.  We’ve seen a number of arrests of illegal immigrants over the summer in Tewksbury for drug trafficking.  When the Sanctuary State bill is refiled in January, and I’m serving as your next Representative, I will be voting “NO.”  And I’m the only candidate who has committed to do so.(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Prinzivalli Pledges To Opt Out Of Pension SystemIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Voting Records Show Prinzivalli Voted Only Once Before Launching Candidacy; Campaign DisputesIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”last_img read more

GMR denies selling stake in Hyderabad Airport Report

first_imgGMR Infrastructure, one of the biggest infra company in India, on Friday denied selling controlling stake in Hyderabad airport in a regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange. The clarification follows media reports of GMR being in talks with PE firms to sell stake in Hyderabad airport.”We completely deny sale of controlling stake in Hyderabad Airport. We wish to submit that GMR Group has been continuously exploring opportunities to raise necessary funds for the group,” GMR said in its regulatory filing to BSE on Friday.According to a report by the Economic Times, GMR Group’s business vertical GMR airport is planning to sell a controlling stake in Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi international airport. Apollo Global Management, Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund and Canada’s pension giant PSP Investments are some of the private equity firms, which are in negotiations with GMR.GMR Airport (the holding firm) owns 63 percent stake in Hyderabad International Airport Ltd.The stake sale of the Hyderabad airport is valued between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 5,500 crore, the Economic Times had earlier reported. In addition, Paris Aeroport, which owns the TAV airports and manages the Istanbul Ataturk International Airports, Georgia, Tunisia and Macedonia airports, has also shown interest in the stake stale.Last month, GMR re-entered talks with Paris Aeroport as it plans to sell 49 percent stake in GMR airports. Paris Aeroport, formally known as Aeroports de Paris, is looking at global opportunities.Sources aware of the discussion told ET that GMR plans to close one of the deals, which would give a chance to the company to recover its debt and provide exit option to its present investors.A company spokesperson quoted by the Economic Times said “there is no definitive development. However, we are in the process of raising funds for the group to create liquidity and enhance shareholder value.”GMR under pressureThe company is reportedly looking to sell the stake at the earliest since its equation with three investors namely Standard Chartered Private Equity, SBI Macquarie Infrastructure Fund and JM Financial Old lane has gone cold. The three firms had invested Rs. 1,458 crore in 2011. Now the investors are pressurising GMR to pay the outstanding amount and let them exit or face legal consequences, ET added.Some analysts quoted by the publication believe selling stake in Hyderabad airport as a standalone asset would be an easier transaction.The GMR Infrastructure’s stock was trading at Rs. 12.94 at around 12 p.m. on Friday, up 1.41 percent on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Hasina wins Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. BSS File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina was awarded ‘Lifetime Contribution for Women Empowerment Award’ on the premises of City Cube-ITB in Berlin on 7 March on the occasion of International Women’s Day, reports BSS.Bangladesh Ambassador to Germany Imtiaz Ahmed received the award given by Institute of South Asian Women (ISAW), an official release said.State minister for civil aviation and tourism Md Mahbub Ali, among others, was present at the award giving ceremony.Sheikh Hasina won the award for her outstanding contribution to the field of women empowerment as well as her dynamic leadership in South Asian region.last_img

India job crisis drives migrants on boat to NZ

first_imgA man looks on from a building at a residential area from where several people travelled illegally on a boat to New Zealand, in New Delhi, India, 23 January 2019. Photo: ReutersIn a dark alleyway no wider than arms’ length, a single ladies’ shoe is all that remains on the boarded-up doorstep of Prabhu Dhandapani, his wife and their eight-year-old daughter.Prabhu, 30, was one of around 50 residents of a refugee community in New Delhi who left the capital to attempt a 7,000-mile boat journey through some of the roughest waters in the world with the aim of landing illegally in New Zealand, relatives and police said.He is now in custody in southern India, while his wife and daughter are missing, along with everyone else who boarded the fishing boat that police say left Munambam harbour in Kerala on 12 January carrying more than 100 people.The most likely and shortest route, though the straits between Indonesia and Australia, passes through seas where storms and typhoons are common.More than a dozen relatives of passengers on board the boat, that include pregnant women and young children, told Reuters they left to escape chronic unemployment in the Madangir area on the south side of New Delhi.“They had to leave to find jobs, to eat,” said Prabhu’s mother, Sugana. “They have been promised work in New Zealand.”When asked if she knew where the country was, she shook her head.It is the first known attempt by migrants to reach New Zealand by boat from India, and their story is a reminder of the vast challenge the country faces to create jobs for the 1 million young people who enter its workforce every month.Boats have been setting out from South and Southeast Asia for Australia for a number of years but Indians making the trip have been relatively rare, based on Australian government statistics that show the largest numbers detained there to be asylum seekers from Iran and Afghanistan.Long JourneyPassengers from Delhi left the capital in stages in December and early January. They checked into guesthouses near Munambam, a busy fishing port.They appear to have boarded the boat willingly, said a senior police official in Delhi briefed on the investigation. Their local police station in the capital had not received any missing persons’ reports.Precise numbers on the boat – and who organised it – are unknown. One officer from Kerala investigating the case said around 100 people were on board. A second said it could be more than 200, with the remaining passengers coming from the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Police recovered more than 70 bags left behind by the migrants, said one of the officers, VG Ravindran.“The bags are full of dry goods and clothes, suggesting they were preparing for a long journey,” MJ Sojan, the officer leading the investigation told Reuters. “The people and boat are missing somewhere in the sea.”Some passengers, including Prabhu, did not board the boat, and police traced several back to Madangir after finding identification documents in the bags left behind. He was detained by Kerala police less than 10 minutes after arriving back in Delhi, his mother said, and taken back to the state for questioning.Sugana said she did not know why Prabhu did not board the boat with his wife, Anandi, and eight-year-old daughter Trisha. She said he was not involved in people smuggling.Hard LifeMany of the older residents of the Tamil community in Madangir fled Sri Lanka in 1983, when a civil war erupted between the majority Sinhalese Buddhist population and the minority Tamils, an ethnic group predominantly living in south India and north and east Sri Lanka.They settled in the area, a few miles from India’s parliament building and some of the country’s most expensive real estate, but which has suffered from rampant unemployment, residents said.“If we get the chance we will also go: this is a rotten place,” said Kanaga Lingam, a Sri Lankan refugee whose son, K Raghu, boarded the boat with his wife and two sons.There is anger too at prime minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in 2014 promising to create millions of new jobs for India’s young and rapidly expanding workforce.In fact, the country lost as many as 11 million jobs last year, according to a report by the Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) think-tank, putting Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under pressure before a general election due by May.While the official jobless rate is only 3.5 per cent, the last comprehensive labour bureau survey was in 2015-16, and many unofficial estimates say it is much higher, especially if the underemployed, who only work for a few months a year or a few days a week, are counted.Many of those in the Tamil enclave who do work do so as daily manual labourers, a poorly-paid and unstable living.“If I am able I will go to Modi’s house and beg at his feet to be allowed to go to another country,” said a woman called Bumi, who like many southern Indians goes by only one name.“There are a hundred problems here. We have no jobs,” said a 32-year-old man, who like many in the area declined to be named, fearing involvement in the police investigation into the boat.Crime is also an issue in the area, primarily theft, the Delhi police official said.The BJP disputes the CMIE figures on unemployment. On Thursday several cabinet minister pointed to alternative figures from Naukri, an online jobs portal, showing a pick-up in employment over the last year.Land of promiseMany of those Reuters spoke to in the community, centered around a rubble- and garbage-strewn courtyard and several densely populated alleyways, said those on board the boat had been inspired by stories of Indian migrants starting new lives abroad, particularly in Australia.More than 600,000 Indians live in Australia, according to the latest government census, the vast majority of whom arrived legally. There are 155,000 in New Zealand.“People who go to Australia get put in camps for three months,” Kanaga said. “After that they get given proper housing. Everything is taken care of.”But few of those on the boat had passports, according to several people with relatives on board, and the reality for those arriving illegally is very different.If the boat lands in Australia or is intercepted by its border force on the way to New Zealand, those on board face being sent back to India, or to controversial camps in the South Pacific for long-term detention.“If they don’t have visas they would be unlawful maritime arrivals and as such they would be prevented from making an application for a further visa,” said Melbourne-based migration lawyer David Harvey. “They would likely be diverted to an offshore processing center.”New Zealand has seen fewer arrivals than Australia, although it now is also trying to warn off illegal migrants arriving by boat.“Any attempt to reach New Zealand will put your life, and the lives of your family members, at great risk,” said Stephen Vaughan, assistant general manager of the country’s immigration department. “There is every chance you will drown at sea.”But in Madangir, residents say the warnings will do little to deter such journeys.“We know about the dangers,” Kanaga said. “But it is more dangerous to live here than it is to go.”last_img read more

State Rep Dutton Renews Uphill Fight To Abolish the Death Penalty

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:29 Andrew SchneiderState Representative Harold V. Dutton Jr. (D-Houston)Texas is set to carry out its second execution of the year this week, barring a last minute reprieve. There are another seven planned by July. The use of the death penalty has been on the decline in Texas in recent years. But one state representative from Houston has made it his mission to end it all together.Harold Dutton’s law office sits two stories above the Main Street rail line in Midtown. One morning in 2002 he was drinking a cup of coffee and reading his daily paper, “and it talked about an execution that had taken place. And it said that it did it in the name of Texas,” he says. “And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s me.’ And so they did it in my name.”The idea really bothered him. “And I said, ‘I really don’t want them doing it in my name.’”He had already tried to stop new death sentences in Texas, after seeing states like Illinois take similar steps.“The way the death penalty works in Texas now,” Dutton says, “is your case is automatically appealed from the lower trial court all the way up to our Court of Criminal Appeals, which is the highest criminal court, and if they deny your appeal, they send it back to the lower court for setting an execution date.”In 2001, Dutton proposed a bill that would keep the appeals court from sending back any death penalty cases to the lower court for two years. That one made it to the House floor.Then one of Dutton’s opponents spotted what he was doing. “He got up and went to the back mic and said, ‘Representative Dutton, this looks an awful lot like a moratorium.’ And I said, ‘That’s because it is.’ And the whole House stopped, and of course the bill died at that point.”That was before Dutton’s fateful cup of coffee. Dutton offered his first bill to abolish the death penalty in 2003. He’s filed at least one bill to that end every legislative session since.Dutton also began to bring former inmates to testify at the Capitol. Some had been sentenced to die, but were exonerated after DNA or other evidence proved their innocence. Others had pled guilty, even though they weren’t, in order to avoid a death sentence. Dutton says their stories have changed minds but rarely votes.“There are members who have said to me privately, ‘Harold, you know, I like the idea you file that bill every year, but I just can’t vote for it, because I don’t think I’d get reelected,’” he says.Dutton is not the only reason Houston and surrounding Harris County are at the epicenter of the death penalty debate. Kristin Houlé heads the Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty. She’s tracked the number of death sentences in Texas over the past four decades and broken them down by county.“At the top of that list is Harris County, which has sentenced nearly 300 people to death and accounts for 126 executions,” Houlé says. “That’s more executions than any other state except for Texas as a whole. But even in Harris County, use of the death penalty is declining. No one has been sentenced to death out of Harris County for the last two years.”There are several reasons why death sentences have been falling in Texas. The use of DNA testing, for one. Another is negative publicity over botched executions. Then there’s the cost. Because of the lengthy appeals, it often costs hundreds of thousands of dollars more to execute someone than it does to keep them in prison for life.“I think there has been more of a tendency for juries to opt for the sentencing option of life in prison without the possibility of parole when they have that opportunity,” says Jack Roady, criminal district attorney for Galveston County.Before his election, Roady was a prosecutor with the Harris County DA’s office, and worked on many death penalty appeals. He notes the state legislature only made life without parole an option in Texas in 2005. Roady says that’s fine, “but there are some cases where the sentence of death is the appropriate punishment, and juries in Texas, in fact juries in the country, need to have that ability to impose that punishment if the evidence supports it.”Roady feels most of his constituents aren’t ready to give up the death penalty as a way to punish what he calls “the worst of the worst,” though he says abolition could happen if enough Texans decide that’s what they want.Dutton is counting on that. “Now that the public is also beginning to have a clearer view of the issues related to this whole issue of capital punishment,” he says, “that has made even legislators now have to stop and take a look.”Dutton’s already filed his bill for the 2017 legislative session. He’s hoping, this year, more of his colleagues will join him. EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been edited to accurately reflect changes by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as to the number of executions in the state and the number of scheduled executions.Note: Public radio stations from across the state collaborated on this series looking at the death penalty in Texas – its history, how it’s changed, whom it affects and its future. You can hear other stories in this series on the Texas Standard.TSC X Share Listenlast_img read more

Theres A Public Meeting For HoustonArea Residents On The HighSpeed Rail Project

first_imgPhoto: Courtesy of Texas CentralPart of the high-speed rail line connecting Houston and Dallas would be built along Hempstead Road and, Texas Central, the company in charge of the project estimates it could create 1,000 permanent jobs.Paul Marrack owns about three acres in a far corner of northwest Harris County. He and his wife are restoring a historic farmhouse and they plan to retire there. Their property is also along the bullet train’s proposed route.Last year, Marrack said they started hearing from Texas Central, the private company developing the rail line.“We received a letter saying we were going to be referred to attorneys,” said Marrack. “And we were eventually sued to allow them to survey our property.”Marrack said Texas Central has since backed off on its legal action. He added the company also made an offer to buy the property but they have no desire to sell it. His concern now is that Texas Central will now try to use eminent domain authority to seize that land.Texas Central V-P Holly Reed maintains they can use eminent domain because of their status as a railroad. But critics of the project contend the company doesn’t have that authority because they’re currently not running an active rail line.As for their efforts to acquire property, Reed explained they’re now trying a more personal approach with landowners.“It would be a last resort to go through the court process,” said Reed.Texas Central is touting the high-speed train as an alternative to crowded freeways and airports. They said it will get riders between Houston and Dallas in 90 minutes with a stop midway near College Station.The company adds the rail line will be built entirely with private money while providing hundreds of new jobs. But those fighting the project fear it would eventually need taxpayer funding.Paul Marrack said he also questions whether the bullet train would to anything to help ease the region’s traffic woes.“At the present time Texas does not have the population density that will support high-speed rail,” said Marrack. “It also does not address the need for mitigation of traffic congestion in Houston or Harris County.”The Federal Railroad Administration is currently taking public comment as part of a draft environmental impact statement. They’ve been holding meetings along the train’s proposed route and they’re having one Monday night in northwest Harris County. It’s at Woodard Elementary School in Cypress and it starts at 6:00 p.m. Listen Share 00:00 /00:59 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Kappas to Host Celebrity Auction and Soul Food Feast

first_imgThe Kappa Scholarship Endowment Fund of Washington, D.C. (KSEF) will host its 31st annual Celebrity Auction and Soul Food Feast on Nov. 2 at the Blackburn Center at Howard University. The silent auction runs from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. The soul food feast begins at 3 p.m., with the liveauction immediately following the conclusion of the meal. All proceeds benefit the fund, which gives college scholarships to D.C. public schools graduates. This year’s celebrity auctioneers include, Vincent Gray, D.C. Mayor; Rosie Allen-Herring, president and CEO, United Way of the National Capital Area; Guy Lambert, WPGC-FM radio personality; and Doris E. McMillon, CEO, McMillon Communications. For more information contact Vincent Bruton at (866) 671-5295 or Michael Fauntroy at (202) 577-8048.last_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wednesday January 13

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: full recap of President Obama’s final State of the Union Address with political commentators Catalina Byrd and Sean Breeze, and Towson University political science professors John Bullock and Tony Campbell. Plus, The Mod Squad, Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on city politics and law enforcement, including thoughts on opening day of the 2016 legislative session in Annapolis.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img

DCPS Wants All Teachers Certified Before School Begins

first_imgBy Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROLast week, Washingtonians heard concerning news about the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS): 1,000 current D.C. educators do not have the proper certification to teach in the classroom. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) uncovered this information late last year.Following recent reports of lower graduation rates this June, interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander finds herself under scrutiny again. But, according to a DCPS spokesperson, a teaching certification is not the only “assessment” the District’s teachers go through.Interim DCPS Chancellor Amanda Alexander. (Courtesy Photo)“DCPS works hard to have a highly effective teacher in every classroom,” a DCPS spokesperson said in an email to the AFRO on June 26th. “Ensuring teachers have a license is one of many components we look at to determine whether teachers are meeting our high standards. We will continue to hold our teachers to high standards, and we are partnering with OSSE to ensure more teachers have active licenses or are in the process to obtain one before the start of the next school year.”In addition to a license, the DCPS selection process includes a background check, an evaluation and professional development.Research also shows that a teaching certification may not be directly correlated with high academic outcomes. After studying the relationship among applicants in DCPS’ hiring process, the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in 2016 found that selection using basic credentials such as certification and completion of graduate education is likely to yield few benefits. Further, the NBER found that “credentials have little or no power to explain variation in performance across teachers.”Despite what some may describe as a robust hiring process and research disputing some of the importance of licensure, members of the education community – including parents, practitioners, and elected officials – have voiced concerns about the newest scandal in the District’s public school system. Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large), chairperson of the Committee on Education, is one of the most prominent voices.“There remains a greater question about whether we have the appropriate requirements in place for all school staff in both our traditional public and public charter schools,” Councilmember Grasso said in a June 21 statement,  “The Committee on Education will be focused on that question over the summer as part of its work to improve school safety and will hold hearings on this matter once the Council returns from its recess in September.”The good news is plans are underway for all DCPS teachers to be certified. “We are working with the Washington Teacher’s Union to inform all current, unlicensed employees that they must have applied for an initial or standard credential with OSSE before the start of school year 2018-2019,” a DCPS spokesperson told the AFRO. “DCPS will also provide targeted supports to our educators in navigating the licensure process in collaboration with OSSE.​“New teachers will be held to similar standards. All new educators starting with DCPS in the next school year and beyond will be required to apply for a teaching credential with OSSE prior to their start date with DCPS.last_img read more

A Separate War Pioneering Black Marines Endured Prevailed

first_imgBy Tom Foreman Jr., The Associated PressIt was the dress blue uniforms that drew John Thompson to join the U.S. Marines, where Black men were not welcome, so he could defend a country that denied him the rights he wanted to fight for.“I said, ‘Wow, that’s a real pretty uniform,’” recalls Thompson, now 94.It took President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 executive order banning discrimination in government and defense industry employment because of “race, creed, color, or national origin” to give the teenage son of Black South Carolina sharecroppers a chance to serve as a Marine during World War II.In this photo taken April 3, 2019, former Montford Point Marine John Thompson talks about his training during an interview at his home in Greensboro, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)Just not alongside Whites.The first African Americans admitted to the Marine Corps after Roosevelt’s order were put in segregated units, starting with their training. At a swampy, bug-infested camp called Montford Point, adjacent to but separate from Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, they endured indignities — but they also paved the way for others who came after.Thompson, who enlisted in 1943, was among them. The Marines were the only military branch for him, after he saw their uniforms on newsreels at the Black theater where he sold popcorn and after two of his friends joined the Corps themselves.“The Marine Corps is an elite group. I wanted to belong to an elite group. That was my feeling,” said Thompson, who lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.Thompson, now a retired teacher, is one of an estimated 400 still living from among the approximately 20,000 men who trained at Montford Point.In Jim Crow-era Kannapolis, N.C., where Thompson was raised, Black men were mostly relegated to low-paying jobs at a textile mill and Black women weren’t hired at all, he recalled. Blacks had to go to a restaurant’s back door to be served.As his friends were drafted, one by one, Thompson told his father he wanted to join the service.“There had been only two Blacks in town to go to the Marine Corps, and that had been within the last five or six months before I first started talking to my dad about it,” he recalled.But racial segregation ruled out Marine training for Black recruits at Parris Island, S.C., where Whites were trained.“During that time, they didn’t want Blacks to belong to elite groups,” Thompson said. “I wanted to belong to an elite group because, at the time, I didn’t think there was a teenager anywhere in the nation any more physically fit than I was.”Thompson and the other Black would-be Marines were sent to Montford Point. Separated from Lejeune by railroad tracks that they weren’t allowed to cross, Thompson said it was like the racial separation back at home.“Mind you, I was in a segregated society,” Thompson said. “I knew nothing else. It was a way of life.”The new recruits’ fatigues weren’t folded and didn’t fit, Thompson said. When their first day’s training was done, they had no real barracks either.“We had huts to live in. The walls were one board thick, and they looked as if you could ram your fist through a wall,” Thompson said. “In the middle of the hut was one oil stove. We had to supply that stove with buckets to keep that stove going.”When their training began, the Black recruits served entirely under the command of White men.“We had white sergeants … Most of them were Southerners with heavy accents. We only had two or three sergeants from the North,” Thompson said. “It was because they wanted to treat us less than any White person who had ever been in the Marine Corps.”Thompson said the sergeants didn’t use outright racial epithets, but they would often refer to the Black recruits as “you people,” which he considered “subtle expressions” of racism.Yet in a training course notorious for weeding out all but the strongest, Thompson endured their rough tutelage and even thrived.“This training lasted for two months,” he said. “I was made a squad leader. I never did have to do any KP while I was in the service because I was a squad leader and squad leaders didn’t go to the kitchen.”He said he and his comrades helped one another stay strong in the face of challenges. When off duty, they would compete against each other on the drill field to see who was fastest.“I always tried to outdo the other guys,” Thompson said.But even a Marine uniform won a Black man no respect.“Everything was done separately. At the bus station, we would get in line to get on the bus. We had to go all the way to the back of the bus,” he said. “We never could sit up front unless the bus was completely full of Black people.”The Black Marines’ duties in World War II were confined mainly to dispensing ammunition and retrieving the wounded from the front lines. Thompson didn’t see combat, but others did.Historians say the government initially planned to discharge the Black Marines after World War II. But in 1948, President Harry Truman issued an order fully desegregating the U.S. armed forces. Today the Marine Corps is about 11 percent Black — still low among the services, but a seismic shift ahead of the World War II-era.Montford Point Camp was decommissioned on Sept. 9, 1949. On April 19, 1974, it was renamed Camp Johnson in honor of the late Sgt. Maj. Gilbert H. “Hashmark” Johnson — a Marine legend and one of the first Black men who eventually were trained as Marine drill instructors. Today it’s the only Marine Corps installation named in honor of an African American. A memorial honoring the pioneering Montford Point Marines was dedicated there in 2016.In 2011, then-President Barack Obama signed a law awarding all Montford Point Marines the Congressional Gold Medal.Some of those medals were awarded posthumously.“We went through a lot and we realized we went through a lot,” Thompson said. “This is just a small token of what we went through.”last_img read more

Casio shows off bulbless 3Dcapable projectors

first_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The line features models to meet a variety of perceived users needs. One model will be able to display images with a very high level of brightness, with projected images at up to 3,500 lumens. Another model has enhanced wireless conductivity, which allows for easy streaming of web-based presentations and video streams. The real interest here is the projectors in the line with 3D capabilities. The 3D projector must be paired with a 3D capable computer and with Casio’s proprietary 2D-3D conversion software in order to use this feature. Once that is all set up the hardware will combine a blue laser with its fluorescent element in order to create green light. Some parts of that light are then passed through the red LED’s. This allows the screen to properly shade images to appear 3D, in a style similar to the older optical lens style of 3D instead of trying to project a hologram from multiple angles, as some researchers have been demonstrating in the recent past. Currently, Casio has not given any information about when this line of projects will go on sale, or exactly how much they will cost when they do. Parties interested in making a purchase should contact the company directly for further information on the product and its potential release date. © 2010 Citation: Casio shows off bulbless 3D-capable projectors (2011, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Casio is currently showing off a line of lamp free projectors, designed for work in corporate and educational settings. The system eliminates the lamp by relying on a system that combines laser, fluorescent and LED technology in order to project the images in question. More information: press release 3D TV — Without the Glasses (w/ Video)last_img read more

Princess Best Price Guarantee rolls out fleet wide

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Princess Cruises Princess’ Best Price Guarantee rolls out fleet wide Wednesday, December 7, 2016 center_img SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises has launched its ‘Shore Excursions Best Price Guarantee’ program fleet wide, on thousands of tours in ports around the world. With the program, guests are guaranteed the assurance that if they find the same shore excursion elsewhere at a lower price, they’ll receive 110% of the difference in the form of non-refundable onboard credit.“Our new Best Price Guarantee on shore excursions gives guests satisfaction that they are receiving competitive and fair pricing while enjoying an exceptional experience ashore,” said Bruce Krumrine, vice president of shore excursions for Princess Cruises. “We find our guests rate their overall cruise vacation experience higher when they take our shore excursions because we handle every detail for them so they can easily explore the world and take home lifelong memories of the places they visit.”The new Best Price Guarantee is available to guests who book their excursions with Princess pre-cruise. If they find an equivalent shore excursion at a lower price, the request can be submitted at least seven days prior to the sailing date to for review. Within two business days, they’ll be notified if their request meets the Best Price Guarantee criteria. If it does, 110% of the price difference will be applied in the form of a non-refundable onboard credit.More news:  Virgin Voyages de-activates Quebec accounts at FirstMates agent portalThe program only applies to shore excursions that are advertised with pricing and publicly available. It applies to all shore excursions, with the exception of Asia, Southeast Asia and Japan ports, and excludes private vehicle and driver excursions. Share Posted bylast_img read more

While Americans are busy dissecting the Michelle W

first_imgWhile Americans are busy dissecting the Michelle Wolf monologue at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, Nigerians (and experts on Nigeria) are busy expressing themselves about Monday’s meeting with President Trump and their president Muhammadu Buhari. It’s the first time Trump has met with a sub-Saharan African leader.Here’s a roundup of responses, from interviews with Nigerians and other commenters and from Twitter.Some are glad the meeting took place.”I am really excited about the recent developments, and I believe it’s a way of strengthening relationship between both countries,” says writer Divine Nwoye.Others are not fans of the U.S. President, especially in light of his reported use of a vulgar term to characterize African nations in January 2018.Desmond Okon, political commentator and resident of Lagos: “He’s a controversial human being who has a reputation for offensive comments. [Our] President should be careful with the things he says to avoid selling the country out.”Some praise Trump’s sympathy for the “killings of Christians”…Osita Obeta, who just joined he National Youth Service Scheme for the one-year mandatory stint: “I’ve always loved Trump and his frankness when it comes to talking about issues, and his stance on the senseless killings in Nigeria is a good one. Leaders should not shy away from calling a spade a spade.”… but others are skeptical.Some wonder why Trump only mentioned one group that’s suffering.And some are wondering about visas to immigrate to the U.S.There’s a call for action, not just talk.Victor Ejechi, a recent graduate of the University of Benin who lives in Lagos: Trump’s remarks needs to be acted upon before we can have a full-blown celebration. Rhetoric statements on fighting human trafficking, corruption and insecurity don’t solve problems. I hope Buhari returns to Nigeria energized to take serious actions on what he discussed with Trump.”They’re glad that corruption was mentioned but aren’t certain change is coming.Ejechi says Buhari’s war against corruption has not produced “good results”: “What have we done with all the recovered money? Has anybody been jailed for corruption?”Obeta has a different perspective: “Buhari has partly tried to eliminate corruption, but the people he is working with have not made it easy for him.”They’re glad that trade was brought up:Merit Ayibe, a journalism student: “I am happy they discussed trade because Nigeria needs to attract more investment rather than aid for real development to happen.”They have mixed feeling about U.S. aid.Ayibe: “No country can develop by depending on aid. Most of the aid we’ve collected in the past were not used well, in fact they could provide basic facilities that would address issues like malaria.”Okon: “Aid is good, but the question is what is the catch? What is the motivation behind it? If the agreement is safe after all considerations then I don’t have issues with it.”They speculate about why the meeting was held in the first place.Matthew T. Page, former State Department official and associate fellow at Chatham House: “Left to his own devices, I think President Trump would have minimal interest in meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari or any other African leader. This meeting is most likely the result of efforts by diplomats and other policymakers from both countries to bring together these two leaders to reaffirm the close — if not occasionally challenging — relationship between the United States and Africa’s largest economy and most populous country. The meeting offers presidents Buhari and Trump — both of whom are politically polarizing figures in their respective countries — the opportunity to appear engaged, statesmanlike and in control.”And everybody’s having fun with a photo of Buhari signing the White House registry:Linus Unah is a freelance journalist covering global health, conflict, agriculture, and technology in Nigeria. Find him @linusunah. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit read more

Should You Launch an ICO to Raise Money for Your Startup

first_img Guest Writer Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. In the past few months, you’ve likely heard about initial coin offering (ICO) fundraising, as some startups have experienced a significant amount of funding this way. Could ICOs replace traditional venture capital?On the surface, ICOs appear to be the new, successful startup journey alternative. However, before making any hasty decisions, it is imperative that you understand how these two very different types of funding compare.Related: Basic Blockchain Lingo Every Entrepreneur Needs to KnowICOs have seen immense growth, but there are challenges.There’s been a significant amount of media coverage in relation to ICOs, especially as the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry evolves. However, taking a closer look, it appears that there are some critical gaps in the available information, which for many is misleading.Of course, there are advantages to this model, including more rapid funding and fewer regulations — which may actually be a double-edged sword. Unlike the traditional model, which requires startups to first build a company, generate revenue, and then get funding from angel investors (before landing a venture capitalist), ICOs provide somewhat of a shortcut.The growth of ICOs alone is enough to turn heads. In June of this year, ICOs surpassed $550 million in funding, which was more than what was raised through venture capital fundraising. However, these benefits are not enough to convince many partners and investors.Being an open, unregulated system, anything can happen, and when you’re dealing with millions of dollars, “anything” isn’t exactly what you want to hear. In fact, one of the primary concerns for investors is the ambiguity of utility tokens, resulting in varying rights. There are also a number of significant risks involved, including taxable proceeds.Related: 3 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own ICOICOs simply are not ready to take over traditional venture capital. Here’s why.Although many support ICOs and blockchain technology overall, it is the general consensus that the technology itself is still immature, leading to many risk factors. In some countries, such as China, ICOs have been banned due to a lack of regulation, as well as a high rate of fraudulent and illegal activity.If you are considering the ICO market to fund your startup, please consider the following in relation to traditional venture capital.Poor liquidity. Although companies are raising real capital, without enough liquidity, the participation from buyers quickly outweighs the supports of market buyers. Strict regulations and the use of multiple currencies also contribute to poor liquidity.Quality control and increased risk of scams. One review, published by The Wall Street Journal, found that after analyzing 1,450 ICOs, 20 percent contained major red flags. This included plagiarized documents, fake executive teams and guaranteed returns.Higher failure rate. As of February 2018, 46 percent of the previous year’s ICOs had already failed — despite the fact that they had raised more than $104 million. This is resulting in what’s referred to as a “digital graveyard,” as many of these ICOs appear to have been doomed from the start.At the end of the day, the majority of ICO-funded startups are poorly managed and lack the required cash flow. Since the cash raised by an ICO doesn’t technically have any legal leverage, as they are not currently regulated, this option is risky for investors, as well as your reputation.Related: Want to Invest in an ICO in 2018? Here’s All You Need to Know.Token sales and the phenomenon surrounding ICOs certainly has potential, but it’s still in its infancy. It’s the new “Wild West,” and until some of the major kinks are worked out, venture capital is still largely the most promising route, as you will attract loyal investors while building valuable connections.Regardless, this is an industry that should be watched closely, as many industry leaders, including Bill Gates and John Donahoe, support the evolution of digital currency. Based on your current business model and business plan, are you unsure which option is best? 4 min read July 18, 2018 Register Now » Image credit: Peshkova | Getty Images Rahul Varshneya Add to Queue As of February 2018, 46 percent of the previous year’s ICOs had already failed — despite the fact that they had raised more than $104 million. –shares Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Next Article Should You Launch an ICO to Raise Money for Your Startup? Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Technology Co-founder at Arkenealast_img read more

Bill Gates Says These Tech Innovations Will Change the World

first_img Register Now » February 28, 2019 The billionaire philanthropist weighed in on the scientific advances that he believes will make an impact in 2019 and beyond Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Bill Gates has made his fortune, and has given much of it away, thinking about the endeavors that will make our the world a healthier, connected and equitable place. Recently, the MIT Technology Review asked the Gates Foundation and Microsoft co-founder to share the inventions and technologies that he believes will effect real change this year and beyond.Some of the advances he offered up include projects such as Dactyl, which teaches robots how to develop fine motor skills like flipping a block in its hand, and work being done to develop machines that could pull carbon dioxide from the air to lessen the effects of climate change.Given his interest in improving conditions around the world, it’s unsurprising that most of the innovations on Gates’s list focus on wellness.Related: Bill Gates Made These 15 Predictions Back in 1999 — and It’s Scary How Accurate He WasSome of these include green toilets that can get rid of waste and treat water at the same time, plant-based meat alternatives that are developed in the lab, customized cancer vaccines tailored to an individual patient’s needs and a capsule with a mini microscope attached to it that would allow physicians to check kids and infants for gut issues without having to use anesthesia.Looking even further ahead to the future, Gates shared what we wanted to see on his potential list 20 years from now.“I would hope to see technologies that center almost entirely on well-being. I think the brilliant minds of the future will focus on more metaphysical questions: How do we make people happier? How do we create meaningful connections? How do we help everyone live a fulfilling life?” Gates wrote. “I would love to see these questions shape the 2039 list, because it would mean that we’ve successfully fought back disease (and dealt with climate change). I can’t imagine a greater sign of progress than that.” Bill Gates Says These Tech Innovations Will Change the World Bill Gates –shares Next Article center_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. 2 min read Image credit: Thierry Monasse | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Add to Queue Entrepreneur Stafflast_img read more

Iteris Announces Closing of Acquisition of Albeck Gerken

first_img AcquisitionAlbeck Gerkenintelligent transportation systemsIterisMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleNIMBL, Techedge Group and Openbravo Sign a Strategic Collaboration Agreement for the Retail SectorNext ArticleMerkle Releases Customer Experience Impact Report Iteris Announces Closing of Acquisition of Albeck Gerken Business WireJuly 5, 2019, 3:22 pmJuly 5, 2019 Iteris, Inc., the global leader in applied informatics for transportation and agriculture, announced the completion of its previously announced acquisition of Albeck Gerken, Inc., a privately held traffic operations engineering services provider headquartered in Tampa, Florida, with offices in Orlando (FL), Virginia Beach (VA) and Chadds Ford (PA).“Albeck Gerken’s extensive traffic engineering and consulting experience will continue to improve the lives of Florida citizens and travelers, as well as road users in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, through enhanced arterial traffic operations and safety.”Albeck Gerken will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Iteris, with the former Albeck Gerken employees being aligned with Iteris’ Transportation Systems business segment.“We are excited to complete this transaction and move forward with the process of integrating Albeck Gerken into the Iteris family,” said Ramin Massoumi, senior vice president and general manager, Transportation Systems at Iteris. “Albeck Gerken’s highly respected team of traffic operations engineering and consulting experts will join an equally respected team of experts in planning, signal operation, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) design, integration and data analytics. The combined teams will provide unparalleled capabilities to improve safety and mobility for road users in Florida, the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic.”Marketing Technology News: Taptica International Rebrand Reflects Video Advertising Leadership“I am thrilled to announce the completion of Albeck Gerken’s acquisition by Iteris and the start of our employees’ integration into the Iteris family,” said Jeff Gerken, president of Albeck Gerken. “Albeck Gerken’s extensive traffic engineering and consulting experience will continue to improve the lives of Florida citizens and travelers, as well as road users in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, through enhanced arterial traffic operations and safety.”Marketing Technology News: SEMI Teams with Cornell University to Accelerate Technology Development Using Machine Learning and AIThe acquisition closed for a total purchase price of $10.7 million in cash and stock, with the ability for key principals to realize an additional $2.3 million in other incentives over three years from the date of close. For the fiscal year ending December 31, 2018, Albeck Gerken’s audited GAAP revenue was $8.1 million and EBITDA was $2.0 million.Marketing Technology News: LivePerson Wins 2019 Artificial Intelligence Breakthrough Awardlast_img read more