12 days agoBrighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potential

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton midfielder Stephens has no doubts about Connolly potentialby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton midfielder Dale Stephens has no doubts about the potential of Aaron Connolly.he 19-year-old grabbed the headlines with a double strike against Tottenham on his first Prem start. Asked whether Connolly has the ability to get under defenders’ skins, Stephens replied: “Yes, he’s got that side to his game and he’s going to need it.“He’s not a big lad, and he has got different abilities to a big centre-forward but he can use what he has got to his advantage.“Being a pain and a pest is what he is good at and that proved good for us (against Tottenham).” last_img

MISC Berhad Earns Less in 4th Quarter

first_imgzoom Malaysia International Shipping Corporation Berhad (MISC Berhad) has seen its group profit for the fourth quarter of 2016 plunge by 33 percent mainly due to lower operating profit from LNG, petroleum and heavy engineering business segments.The company’s net profit for the quarter ended December 31 stood at MYR 499,742, down from MYR 752,389 seen in the same quarter a year earlier, while group revenue slipped by 24 percent to MYR 2.5 billion, compared to the corresponding quarter’s revenue of MYR 3.3 billion. The decrease in revenue was mainly due to lower revenue in two business segments, namely, heavy engineering and LNG.Operating profit of MYR 666.6 million was lower than the profit of MYR 1 billion seen in the same quarter a year earlier, mainly driven by lower revenue and higher depreciation by MYR 118.7 million, following the change in estimated useful life of LNG and Petroleum vessels beginning January 2016.For the full year 2016, MISC Berhad reported a net profit of MYR 2.7 billion, up from MYR 2.5 billion seen in the previous year, while group revenue decreased by 12 percent to MYR 9.5 billion from MYR 10.9 billion recorded in the respective periods.“The year 2016 saw the global shipping industry undergoing another volatile year where businesses across the Oil & Gas supply chain suffered under very difficult market conditions. Despite the prevailing challenges in 2016, MISC once again proved its resilience by turning in commendable financial and operational performances,” Yee Yang Chien, MISC President/Group Chief Executive Officer, said.He added that MISC Berhad expects “no less than another challenging year ahead.”*MYR 1 = USD 0.22last_img read more

Over the Rainbow Moving to Manulife Centre in 2018

first_img Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, May 3, 2017 – Iconic Yorkville denim and clothing retailer Over the Rainbow has announced plans to expand its Yorkville presence with the introduction of a new flagship store in the soon-to-be transformed landmark Manulife Centre located at Bay and Bloor. The new and improved store will feature a larger footprint, innovative design and provide a world class customer experience to Over the Rainbow’s loyal clientele.  Award-winning architectural design firm Giannone Petricone Associates Inc. has been commissioned by Over the Rainbow to carry out the new design for the retail project, which is slated for completion in late 2018.Founded in 1975 by Joel Carman, Over the Rainbow is an independently owned shopping destination, with over 42 years’ experience in the Bloor-Yorkville area and recognized as Canada’s largest independent specialty store for premium denim. Commenting on the re-location and expansion space Joel Carman said: “This new store has been in the making for many years! We are so excited to finally reveal our plans, and we can’t wait to deliver a bigger, modern space for our customers, in what we view to be a crown jewel of a building in the Bloor-Yorkville area.  We believe the dynamic redevelopment plans to Manulife Centre complement our store’s vision for the future. Not to mention being surrounded by great retailers in the building and having direct access to the subway and underground parking facilities. We believe the new store will be a home run for our customers while allowing us to deliver the same comfortable and friendly experience that comes with shopping at Over the Rainbow! It’s an exciting time for our family business!”About Over the Rainbow Ltd.Over the Rainbow is a family-owned business founded in 1975 by Joel Carman. Over the past 42 years, Over the Rainbow has been a landmark shopping destination in the Bloor-Yorkville area, winning the hearts of loyal customers with attentive & knowledgeable service and great product. Over the Rainbow is one the country’s largest independent premium denim destinations, becoming a leader in the constant development of denim and casual wear trends. Joel and his team shop the world for the finest products and take pride in being able to fit anyone in a great pair of jeans. Over the Rainbow also offers in-house tailoring services for denim purchases as well as a fully integrated e-commerce store. http://www.rainbowjeans.com/ | @RainbowJeans416 Login/Register With: About Giannone Petricone AssociatesGiannone Petricone Associates Inc. Architects (GPAIA) is a Toronto-based, interdisciplinary design and architecture firm led since 1995 by Ralph Giannone and Pina Petricone. Recognized internationally, GPAIA is known for award-winning life-style, retail and hospitality environments that set the stage for rich, urban experiences. These alluring spaces are fashioned with a close attention to detail, an innovative use of materials and clear cultural layers which customize each project as unique. Recent GPAIA projects include: Cumbrae’s Butcher Shops; Terroni Restaurants, Toronto and Los Angeles; Sud Forno Bakery and Retail; and Eataly Copenhagen and the upcoming Toronto flagship in the Manulife Centre. http://gpaia.comAbout Manulife CentreManulife Centre, located at 55 Bloor Street West and 44 Charles Street West, was built in 1972 as Canada’s first retail shopping centre with an attached high-rise residential building. Since then, it has turned the corner of Bay & Bloor into a landmark intersection for shopping, eating and city living. Today, Manulife Centre boasts nearly 800 rental suites, a three-floor retail concourse, a three-level parking garage and weather protected access to the Bloor & Yonge subway line. Manulife Centre’s new redevelopment, beginning in 2017, will include an additional 35,000 square feet of retail space and a new glass façade on the exterior of the building. Manulife Centre currently has over 40 retail shops, services and eateries and recently announced the addition of Eataly to the Centre. This new three-level, 50,000-square space is slated to open in 2019. http://manulifecentre.com | @ManulifeCentre Advertisement Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

TD Bank acquires Torontobased artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI

first_imgTORONTO – Toronto-Dominion Bank is acquiring artificial intelligence startup Layer 6 AI for an undisclosed amount as financial services companies increasingly look to tap the technology’s potential.Canada’s largest bank by assets has been looking to build up its capabilities in AI for some time, said Michael Rhodes, group head of innovation, technology and shared services.“The mass amounts of data with increases in computing power really give rise to the ability for machine learning, or artificial intelligence, to really play a much more prominent role,” he said.Toronto-based Layer 6, which launched in late 2016, uses AI in its platform to analyze various forms of data to learn and anticipate an individual customer’s needs.Layer 6 will retain its brand name and separate office in Toronto’s Yorkville area, but TD will become its sole client and customer, said Rhodes.TD’s acquisition comes after it announced in October 2017 an agreement with U.S.-based Kasisto to integrate its KAI Banking chatbot platform into the bank’s mobile app.This also comes as corporate interest in AI and its potential continues to mount.Canadian AI companies saw record funding in the first three quarters of 2017, receiving $191 million across 22 deals, according to PwC Canada.Royal Bank of Canada has been investing in AI research, setting up labs in Toronto and Edmonton, as well as one in Montreal in November 2017. RBC, Canada’s largest bank by market capitalization, also last January tapped AI pioneer Dr. Richard S. Sutton as an academic adviser.Meanwhile, the federal and Ontario governments have doubled down on AI, collectively investing $100 million in a Toronto-based research institute. The Vector Institute, which opened in March 2017, was also set to receive $80 million from more than 30 private sector companies.Both TD and RBC are Vector Institute partners, while Layer 6 founders Jordan Jacobs and Tomi Poutanen are Vector Institute founders.Jacobs said after the startup’s launch in late 2016, it began doing work for various clients, including TD, last spring.After Layer 6 won an international competition last August for the best recommendation system — called the RecSys Challenge — and as it began looking to raise more money from venture capital that fall, the startup began getting acquisition approaches, he said. Jacobs would not specify which companies, but said the interest came from a variety “both inside and outside of Canada.”He said the startup, which now employs 17 people, was at an “inflection point” and needed to raise money to grow and meet demand. Its decision was guided by its aim to “build a global AI ecosystem in Canada,” he said.“If we go and we raised a ton of money from foreign investors, at some point along the way we essentially stop being a Canadian company even if we’re located here,” said Jacobs. “And for us, this was an opportunity to build inside a global company that is Canadian, TD, and to help them leap to the front of the pack around the world in adopting AI.”While neither firm would detail exactly how the technology would be applied at TD, Rhodes said this could include detecting certain spending patterns that indicate a customer may be buying a house and offer a mortgage. Or, in the future, applications could include the ability to analyze call centre audio and identify disgruntled customers who make multiple calls, and offer additional measures to address their issues, he said.Given the growing number of ways customers interact with their banks, such as via smartphone apps, online, social media as well as through call centres and branches, it has become much more difficult to monitor customer needs, he said.“What we hope to gather from AI is the ability to kind of know and understand our customers, in the same way that store manager knew back in the 1970s,” Rhodes said.last_img read more

Taking stock Businesses brace for nodeal Brexit

first_imgDUNSTABLE, England — British businesses large and small are stockpiling inventory because of concerns they will be cut off from suppliers if the country leaves the European Union without an agreement on future trading relations.The risk of a no-deal Brexit is increasing after the divorce agreement Prime Minister Theresa May negotiated with the EU was crushed in Parliament on Tuesday.As companies stock up, storage space is running out and warehousing companies are enjoying a boom in revenue.Danica Kirka, The Associated Presslast_img

Alberta shrugs off BCs legal challenge on wine ban says much more

first_imgHorgan’s government has been fighting the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline – which got the green light from the federal government in late 2016 – and Notley’s government views the move as a back door way to kill the project by strangling its financial viability.Notley and Bilous have said the Trans Mountain expansion is critical because Alberta’s crude oil sells at a sharp discount on the North American market due to pipeline bottlenecks and to a lack of access to a better price on overseas markets.“The cost to the Canadian economy is significant,” said Bilous.“We have one buyer, which is the U.S., (and) the differential is somewhere around $30 (US a barrel). We’ve lost out on billions of dollars.” The Trans Mountain expansion would triple the amount of oil shipped from Alberta to a terminal in Burnaby.The $7.4-billion Kinder Morgan Canada project has faced delays despite the federal approval.In December, the National Energy Board stepped in to announce it would allow Kinder Morgan to bypass permit delays in Burnaby. Over the weekend, Horgan’s government announced it will challenge that decision in the Federal Court.Along with the wine ban, Notley has also retaliated by scuttling talks to buy $500 million worth of electricity from B.C. She has also struck a 19-member task force of politicians, academics, finance and business leaders to find other ways to put pressure on B.C.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has made it clear the project will go ahead and that Ottawa has the final say on pipelines. Federal officials have been meeting with their B.C. counterparts and Notley has promised further retaliatory measures this week if there is no progress on resolving the impasse. B.C. upped the ante Monday in its cross-boundary trade dispute with Alberta, by invoking the dispute settlement process over the wine ban under Canada’s free-trade agreement.Under the agreement, the two sides have four months to resolve the dispute before an arbitration panel kicks in.Bilous said Alberta won’t even come to the table unless B.C. reverses its decision to refuse additional oil from Alberta while it studies spill safety.“B.C. has really one option, and that is for them to smarten up (and) realize that what they’re doing is unconstitutional,” said Bilous. “A province cannot dictate what goes in a pipeline. That is a federal jurisdiction. They need to acknowledge that, recognize it and ensure that this pipeline moves forward.”The wine ban, imposed Feb. 6 by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, affects $70 million worth of wine from B.C. a year _ about 17 million bottles.The dispute began three weeks ago, when B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government announced it would not take additional levels of crude from Alberta until it could be sure there are measures in place to handle spill safety.center_img EDMONTON, A.B. — Alberta’s economic development minister is shrugging off a legal challenge filed by British Columbia over Alberta’s ban on B.C. wine.Deron Bilous says the potential fine Alberta faces for violating free trade rules is a pittance when set against the stakes of the Trans Mountain pipeline issue.“Let’s compare the (maximum) $5 million in a fine versus the billions of dollars of investment and the thousands of jobs,” Bilous told reporters at the legislature Tuesday. “We know what our priority is, and that’s getting this pipeline built.”last_img read more

Bert Bowes Teacher wins national Energy Educator award

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Grade 7 French Immersion teacher, Nicole O’Reilly has been awarded the 2019 Energy Educator of the Year prize for her ongoing commitment to environmental education. The annual prize is recognized as part of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC), funded by Shell Canada is an award-winning educational program created by Canadian Geographic Education, to improve energy literacy among Canadian students.Nicole O’Reilly’s class was one of nearly 1,400 classrooms from across Canada that participated in the Challenge this year. With 16 energy-related challenges, such as calculating your carbon footprint and going an hour without power, 27,000 students across Canada engaged in the 8th annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge. O’Reilly shares she appreciates the recognition the award brings, but she’s even more excited about what her $500 cash prize will do for her school’s eco-initiatives. “The prize money will go right back into Bert Bowes Middle School’s recycling program and green projects, such as our two grow towers,” says O’Reilly. “I also want to offer gifts and prizes to my students who have worked hard volunteering their time sifting through many undesirable things that end up in our recycling. They deserve to be rewarded.”“Students not only learn about environmental impacts, they take action. Students have taken a leadership role within the school with our recycling program, they’ve designed and implemented competitions and school-wide activities to develop a broader understanding of energy literacy,” says Wade Hart, principal at Bert Bowes Middle School, who shares he is proud of the efforts he has seen in the students because of O’Reilly’s support, which is making a difference in the school and community. Susan McGarvey, an education coordinator for Northern Environmental Action Team, shares Nicole O’Reilly is one of the rare gems that takes on projects that are above and beyond the typical classroom setting. “Nicole doesn’t just educate her students about energy literacy, she helps them understand the nature and role of energy in their daily lives, and helps them to find creative ways to solve problems,” said McGarvey. The national Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is an energy literacy program that provides K to 12 students across Canada competition that is fun to help teach students to reduce their carbon footprint and become stewards of the environment. The annual Educator of the Year prize is given out to teachers to celebrate their contributions to improving energy literacy among Canadian students.last_img read more

Just seeing reminders of coffee can stimulate us

first_imgSimply looking at something that reminds us of coffee can cause our minds to become more alert and attentive, scientists say. The study looks at an effect called priming, through which exposure to even subtle cues can influence our thoughts and behaviour. “Coffee is one of the most popular beverages and a lot is known about its physical effects,” said Sam Maglio, an associate professor at University of Toronto in Canada. “Much less is known about its psychological meaning – in other words, how even seeing reminders of it can influence how we think,” said Maglio. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain”People often encounter coffee-related cues, or think about coffee, without actually ingesting it,” he said. “We wanted to see if there was an association between coffee and arousal such that if we simply exposed people to coffee-related cues, their physiological arousal would increase, as it would if they had actually drank coffee,” he added. In this case the researchers wanted to explore how simply being exposed to things that remind us of coffee may have an effect on arousal. Across four separate studies and using a mix of participants from western and eastern cultures, they compared coffee- and tea-related cues. They found that participants exposed to coffee-related cues perceived time as shorter and thought in more concrete, precise terms. “People who experience physiological arousal see the world in more specific, detailed terms,” said Maglio.last_img read more

Patient falls off bed, dies; kin allege medical negligence

first_imgKolkata: A woman died after she fell off the bed at the newly built super-specialty hospital in Bongaon on Wednesday night.The family members of the patient have brought the charges of negligence against the hospital authorities and demanded a probe into the incident. Munmun Mondal (43), a resident of Chalki village at Gopalnagar in Bongoan was admitted to the hospital by her family members on April 23 as she complained of severe respiratory distress. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter a preliminary check up the patient was admitted to the female medicine ward of the hospital. The patient was recovering well as observed by the hospital doctors. The family members of the victim spoke to the attending doctor in the night of April 24 who told them that patient may be released from the hospital in one or two days. The incident triggered tension among the patients at the female ward of the hospital on Thursday morning. The victim’s family members said that they received a phone call from the hospital saying the patient died. The family members then rushed to the hospital and came to know that the patient fell on the floor from the bed and this led to her death. It is suspected that she suffered internal injuries after falling from the bed. The real cause of her death is yet to be ascertained. The hospital staff members however denied the allegation of negligence. They termed it as an accident. The family members met the hospital authorities and urged them to conduct a probe into the death. They also alleged that the patient died due to negligence by a section of the hospital staff members. The hospital officials assured the deceased’s family members that a probe would be conducted into the incident.last_img read more

Colin Kaepernicks Parents Truly Shocked by the Racist Hatred

Colin Kaepernick (Facebook)After Colin Kaepernick’s birth mother condemned him for protesting the national anthem in August, the San Fransisco 49ers quarterback’s adoptive parents revealed they fully support their son. Atlanta Black Star reported Heidi Russo, the athlete’s biological mother, declared Kaepernick could “make change without disrespecting and bringing shame” to the nation. But unlike Russo, Teresa and Rick Kaepernick are ending their months-long silence to back the star.According to a statement the couple issued to The Undefeated, the Kaepernicks felt compelled to publicly back the NFLer after continuing to read that they don’t support their son. The move was capped by U.S. Pacific Command Commander Adm. Harry Harris’ statements dissing Kaepernick indirectly during a ceremony commemorating the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor’s attack.“You can bet that the men and women we honor today — and those who died that fateful morning 75 years ago — never took a knee and never failed to stand whenever they heard our national anthem being played,” Harris said.Regardless, the Kaepernicks stand behind their famous son.“We want people to know that we are very proud of our son and admire his strength and courage in kneeling for the rights of others,” the statement read in part after acknowledging Kaepernick is risking his life and career in the process.“Colin has chosen to kneel for the national anthem as a protest to the continuing racial inequality in this country,” the statement continued. “He has explained his reasons for this in multiple interviews, yet it seems some people still do not understand his point. For whatever reason, there are some who want to view this as an anti-military protest or an un-American stance. These views could not be further from the truth, but we know that people will believe what they wish to believe.”Such detractors include sports commentators like Fox’s Jason Whitlock and athletes like Shaquille O’Neal. Although Kaepernick’s parents didn’t understand his protest at first and felt “overwhelmed with the public reaction and hate,” they learned a major lesson about racism in America.“We were truly shocked at the amount of racist hatred out there!” the statement said. “Until this had occurred, we had naively believed that the racial atmosphere in this country was far better than it actually is. Prayer and talks with our son gave us a much better understanding of the reason for his protest and how we should view it.” read more

Thibaut Courtois says Chelsea will always have a special place in

first_imgReal Madrid new signing Thibaut Courtois has thanked his former club Chelsea for giving him the opportunity to carve a niche for himself in professional football.Courtois pointed out earlier that his decision to leave Chelsea and join Madrid i mainly because he wants to be close to his family living in the Spanish capital.“I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude for the four fantastic years that have passed,” said the Belgian in a clip posted on social media as quoted in Football Espana.“Chelsea will always have a special place in my heart.“I was very happy to be part of one of the biggest teams in the world. I fulfilled a childhood dream of playing in the Premier League.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I want to say a huge thank you to all my teammates and the coaching staff, who I shared success and amazing moments with.“I want to thank the fans for their great support. I hope you understand that being close to my children was considerable in my decision.“I wish you all the best for the future. It was a great honour to be part of the Chelsea family.”last_img read more

Murder overnight two more couples shot – one pair in critical condition

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Police takes 10 to court for murders and other crimes, including a couple for cruelty to a child Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #RBPF, murder Bahamas, September 5th, 2017 – Nassau – The murders are not stopping, even in the face of a potentially deadly storm and when Bahamians and residents ought to be focused on preparing and helping each other to prepare, killers are killing and shooting men, women and last week, a child.  Police say an investigation is on now for yet another spree of shootings and one man is dead.  Around 9pm last night, a man and woman were sitting in their yard on Abner Street in Fox Hill when a dark coloured car rolled up, fired shots, struck both of them and they are now recuperating in stable condition at hospital.  An hour later, 10pm a man and a woman were about to make a deposit at a local bank on Madeira Street when they were approached by two men with handguns who shot and robbed them of that deposit bag, they sped off in a dark coloured vehicle.  The man was killed on the spot, the woman is in critical condition.  One hour after that, a man had just gotten home on Croton Street in Pinewood Gardens when a dark coloured vehicle pulled up, the occupants of it shot him and then sped off.  The man is now in critical condition.  The police reports reveal that three couples – man and woman – were shot in less than 24 hours in Nassau.  Police do not say if these incidents on Monday night, all involving a dark coloured vehicle, are linked. By Deandrea Hamilton Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Grand Bahama Police report on crash landing off West End Worst fears as a tourist is murdered in Providenciales; ten homicides for 2019last_img read more

GE Announces Plan To Offload Its Stake In Baker Hughes

first_imgGE made the announcement on Tuesday, June 26, for the companies plan to unload its 62.5 percent  stake in the Baker Hughes business over the next two to three years. GE owned 62.5% of the company with the rest owned by Baker Hughes’ shareholders.  According to a report from the company, GE’s stake in Baker Hughes was at about $23 billion. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享General Electric announced its plan to move out of the oil services businesses, by offloading its stake in oil services giant Baker Hughes. On October 31, 2016, GE announced that it has agreed to combine GE’s oil and gas business and Baker Hughes to create a “world-leading oilfield technology provider”.center_img The decision to get out of the oilfield services business represents an about-face from less than two years ago, when GE announced the combination of its oil business with Baker Hughes in 2016. Calls for comment from Baker Hughes on the impact this announcement will have to the locations on the Kenai Peninsula and in Alaska were not returned by deadline.last_img read more

October 3rd PFD Deposit Day

first_imgAccording to the Permanent Fund Website payment schedule:Direct Deposit Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on September 26th, 2019 will be distributed on October 3rd, 2019.**Paper Check Mass Payment**  2019 (and prior year) dividend applications that are in “Eligible-Not Paid” status on October 11th, 2019 will be distributed on October 24th, 2019. Dunleavy: “Finally, now that the budget has been addressed, the full PFD will be the focus in this next special session, the sole focus. I will not let up until the remaining funds are appropriated for the full statutory PFD. I know Alaskans understand this decision and I appreciate all of your input.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s $1,600 dividend is being direct deposited on Thursday, October 3. Lawmakers instead asked Dunleavy to consider dividends of about $1,600 this year. Last year’s capped payout amounted to $1,600 checks. Dunleavy: “While there are some that support the full statutory formula, unfortunately some do not. In this years budget the Legislature sent me a $1,600 appropriation for the PFD, again not following the statutory formula.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy campaigned on a Permanent Fund dividend for residents paid in line with a longstanding calculation that has not been followed since 2016 as the state has grappled with a budget deficit. Such a dividend would equate to checks of about $3,000 this year. Dunleavy said he considered this a ‘partial PFD payment’ and that the legislature understands their jobs are not finished and they must fix this “as soon as possible”.last_img read more

Superintendent Brand Receives Positive Evaluation From School Committee

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington School Committee recently conducted its annual evaluation of Superintendent Glenn Brand, who is about to complete his first year at the helm of the school district. Each school committee member filled out a separate evaluation form, then a subcommittee compiled all seven documents and created an evaluation representative of the entire committee.At the School Committee’s most recent meeting, Chair Julie Broussard read the committee’s evaluation into the record, which be found HERE.Brand received the second highest rating (PROFICIENT) in all four evaluation standards — Instructional Leadership, Management & Operations, Family & Community Engagement, and Professional Culture. His overall summative performance was also rated as PROFICIENT.“Superintendent Brand has quickly become a respected leader and has brought much needed stability to the district,” said Broussard. “While only in his tenth month as the Superintendent, Dr. Brand has prepared and presented a thorough entry plan, has supervised the Coordinated Review Corrective Action Plan, and spearheaded the districtwide Strategic Planning Committee. The entry plan demonstrated Dr. Brand’s high level of understanding of the community in such a short time.”“Since beginning his role as superintendent in July, Dr. Brand has worked tirelessly to build strong relationships with all faculty, students, families, school committee and community members,” continued Broussard. “His attention to detail is impressive and his ability to manage many short and long-term projects simultaneously should be commended. Dr. Brand’s judgement and experience have enabled him to make good decisions about where to prioritize his time and attention. He has acted swiftly and deliberately in areas where he perceived a need to start work immediately, such as reviewing the middle school program of studies and addressing the structure of the Office of Student Support Services. It is clear that Dr. Brand has made a positive impact on our district and we are enthusiastic about the continued development of the strategic plan. We are confident that this plan will guide our continued success and progress under Dr. Brand’s leadership.”The School Committee found that Brand MET two of his three performance goals, and MADE SIGNIFICANT PROGRESS on a third. Brand (1) completed his Superintendent’s Evaluation Plan and (2) addressed the issues surrounding the district’s Coordinated Program Review Coordinated Action Plan. Brand (3) has made significant process with the district’s new Strategic Plan, with a draft plan expected to be presented to the School Committee for approval by the end of the school year.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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSuperintendent Brand Announces His TEN Goals For The 2019-2020 School YearIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Recent School Committee MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Valve relies on Hooker to whip employees into shape

first_imgValve is both classed as an unusual and one of the best places to work in the games industry. Management structures are frowned upon, you work on the projects that interest you, or even start brand new ones, and get paid very well. But there’s another perk to working at Valve: employees have access to an Olympian for hands-on health and fitness coaching.Since 2013 Valve has been using the personal fitness and coaching company Hooker Integrated Training (HIT), created by US track star and Olympian JaWarren Hooker. Rather than offering free gym memberships or access to healthy food and drink, Valve has gone a step further and uses HIT to plan out fitness and nutritional needs for every employee in the workplace.Each employee opting to use the benefit goes through an assessment and is trained by a NASM Certified HIT trainer. The training isn’t just physical, it’s also mental. While an employee is doing some exercise, they are also asked to carry out mental tasks such as solving a Where’s Waldo challenge. Hooker says the physical training combined with mental tasks improves levels of concentration as well as improving fitness.In return for using Hooker’s program, Valve gets healthier employees that are more productive and ultimately should suffer less in terms of health-related issues, be that from simply being ill through to more serious conditions. That’s the idea, anyway.Valve CEO Gabe Newell sees it as a way of improving the quality of life of employees, and has stated it is the second most popular benefit offered by the company. It’s unlikely to ever be the most popular benefit as it is competing against an all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii.last_img read more

Brave ITS officer takes on molesters gets shot at

first_imgGoons opened fire on an Indian Telecom Servers (ITS) officer, who tried to save the girls they were harassing and molesting on the road side on Saturday night in Noida’s Sector 62. The officer posted in Delhi, was travelling with his family in a car, when he saw two girls being molested by three men. He intervened to save them.The molesters fired around half a dozen of bullets, most of which hit his car, save one that gashed his cheek. The official sustained injuries and was admitted to the Fortis hospital, while his wife and son, who were also in the car when the incident took place, escaped unhurt. The police have registered a case, but no one has been arrested yet. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreThe incident was reported late in the evening on Saturday, when DGM Sushil Kumar, with his son, Kunal and wife, were on the way from their Telephone Exchange’s residence to Shipra mall in Ghazaiabad in a Swift Dzire car. When their vehicle was somewhere between NRI and the Model town police post, Kumar saw two girls being molested by three youths. He stopped his car and warned them to let go of the girls. On being opposed, the molesters fired shots with the motive of killing them. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedKumar suffered an injury on his face as one of the bullets hit him. Four other bullets hit the car door before they escaped from the spot. The passers-by made a PCR call, after which Kumar was admitted to the hospital. “They tried to kill us for trying to stop them from molesting women! Although we chased the assailants, they managed to flee,” said Kunal. The girls also preferred to go home after witnessing scuffle and firing.The police immediately cordoned off the area, but failed to catch the accused persons. A case has been registered against the unidentified youths under various Sections of the IPC at the Sector 58 police station. “We have been scanning the CCTV footages of the area so as to identify the accused persons. We are also taking the help of surveillance to carry forward our investigation. Although the girls did not register a complaint, we have slapped molestation charges on them,” said Anoop Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police (Noida).last_img read more

PWD takes up repair work of Diamond Harbour Road after rain subsides

first_imgKolkata: The state Public Works department (PWD) has taken up the repairing work of the stretches on Diamond Harbour Road that got badly damaged due to heavy downpour.The department has started repairing the roads adjoining Taratala Flyover. Braving rains, the engineers of PWD worked throughout the night on Tuesday to complete the work.Engineers feel the Mastic Asphalt coating that has been used to repair will keep the roads protected for the next six to seven months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe road was heavily damaged due to the incessant rainfall. The top surface of the road got washed away, resulting in potholes and craters.The potholes pose a serious threat to the two-wheeler and auto rickshaw drivers as they often fail to gauge the depth of the crators. Recently, two autos overturned near Taratala intersection causing injuries to the passengers. PWD has also started covering up the potholes near Behala Chowrasta and once the sunny spell starts, through repairs will be carried out. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe engineers said the entire stretch of Diamond Harbour Road upto Joka has been damaged due to construction of BBD Joka Metro railway. The drains have been clogged resulting in waterlogging.Meanwhile, Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has started filling up the potholes on eastern Metropolitan Bypass as it has slowed down traffic movement from Monday and many airport-bound passengers have missed their flights.Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) has begun repairing roads in Sector V that got damaged due to rainfall. High-level meeting has been held between senior NDITA officials and police to chalk out the plan.In sector V and its adjoining areas, the construction of East-West Metro has resulted in waterlogging. People can now lodge complaints in respect of damaged roads, bridges, culverts and buildings belonging to PWD for early repair on Whatsapp — ‘9073362000’.last_img read more

Rolling roadblock due to accident on M6 in Cheshire A523 Traffic light

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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.  Click for Sound Video Loading Video Unavailable We Are Stoke-on-Trent Watch Next Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comWelcome to the Sentinel’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Wednesday, January 17. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the weather, traffic and travel as well as news, sport and entertainment through the day. A Met Office Yellow Weather warning is in force for snow and ice until 11am this morning – with a separate yellow weather warning in place between 9pm tonight and 1pm on Thursday afternoon. The Met Office forecast states: “Showers will turn to sleet, snow and hail late on Monday night across northern England, and then affect parts of Wales and the Midlands Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday. Delays to travel are possible, with a lower likelihood of cancellations of public transport. Some roads and pavements will turn icy, with an increased likelihood of some accidents and injuries.” The Chief Forecaster added: “2-6 cm of snow may fall in places, especially on higher ground above 100-200m. A slushy cover of 1 or 2 cm seems more likely at lower levels and closer to the western coasts, some areas seeing very little or no snow. Some drifting may occur on cross-Pennine routes in the strong to gale winds.” We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.thesentinel.co.uk . Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @ SentinelStaffs – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on www.facebook.com/sentinelstaffs – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Key EventsUpdate on traffic light failure on A52317:57Accident on A50 cleared but delays continuing17:46Terrifying moment sleeping trucker drives wrong way down motorway12:4721:01End of live reportThank you for joining us today. Live reporting will resume tomorrow morning.19:46Snow in Staffordshire MoorlandsOne of our journalists reports it is snowing heavily in the Staffordshire Moorlands this evening.19:07BREAKING: Rolling roadblock due to three vehicle accident on M6 Northbound A North West Highways spokesman said: “We on scene at J21 – J21A M6NB at at 3 vehicle RTC with our team. We have put a Rolling Road block in place whilst we deal with the vehicles involved. Matrix set.”18:24Slow traffic continues on A50Slow traffic on A50 Westbound near A521 (Blythe Bridge Roundabout / Draycot).Traffic not helped by earlier accident on A50 where one lane was closed.17:57KEY EVENTUpdate on traffic light failure on A523Slow traffic due to traffic light failure on A523 in both directions at Station Lane.Traffic lights are currently stuck on red.17:53Traffic light failure on A523 in Rushton Spencer17:46KEY EVENTAccident on A50 cleared but delays continuing Slow traffic due to earlier accident, three vehicles involved on A50 Westbound near A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean). All lanes have been re-opened.Affecting traffic between Uttoxerter and Blythe Bridge. 17:26All lanes reopen on M6All lanes have reopened on the M617:26Accident cleared in HartshillThe accident in Hartshill has been cleared.17:02Broken down vehicle on M6 NorthboundOne lane closed due to broken down vehicle on M6 Northbound between J12 A5 (Gailey) and J13 A449 (Stafford South). Traffic is coping well.Lane one (of four) is closed.17:00Accident on Hartshill RoadReports of slow traffic due to accident on A52 Hartshill Road in both directions near Queen’s Road.Affecting traffic between Stoke-on-Trent and Newcastle-under-Lyme.16:55Update: One lane blocked due to accident on A50Slow traffic and one lane blocked due to accident, three vehicles involved on A50 Westbound near A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean).Affecting traffic between Uttoxerter and Blythe Bridge.16:53Three vehicle accident on A50Reports of slow traffic and partially blocked due to accident, three vehicles involved on A50 Westbound near A522 (Uttoxeter / Upper Tean).Affecting traffic between Uttoxerter and Blythe Bridge.16:47Issue with signalling causing delays on trains near London Euston Delays of up to ten minutes on Virgin Trains West Coast Northbound between London Euston and Watford Junction due to signalling problem. A London Northwestern Railway spokesman said: “Due to a fault with the signalling system between Euston and Wembley Central, there may be some disruption between these stations.”16:38Queuing traffic on the A50016:29Five minute delays on A527Heavy traffic on A527 Brownhills Road Westbound between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 16:23Trespassers causing delays on railwayTrespassers are causing delays on the railway network between London Euston and Watford Junction – the route used by trains travelling between North Staffordshire and London. Delays of ten minutes are currently reported.16:19Slow traffic due to temporary traffic lights in Leek Slow traffic on A53 Broad Street at Junction Road / Burton Street. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights causing delays between Ladderedge and Leek town centre.16:16Two arrested following serious assault in city centreTwo people, one of them a 16-year-old boy, have been arrested following a serious assault in the city centre. More here.15:44Woman seriously burned after bedding catches fireFirefighters were called to Turnhurst Road in Chell on Monday afternoon. More here.15:03Delays on M6 NorthboundThere was delays on the M6 Northbound following an earlier accident near Junction 20 – traffic is reported as far back as junction 18.14:33Stoke-on-Trent road to be closed for three evenings for resurfacingA Stoke-on-Trent road is set to be closed for the next three evenings to allow resurfacing to take place. More here.First Potteries say a number of their bus routes will be affected14:08A527 busy but moving A527 Brownhills Road Westbound busy but moving between Pinnox Street and A500 Queensway / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank). 12:47KEY EVENTTerrifying moment sleeping trucker drives wrong way down motorwayLorry goes the wrong way down the M62. (Image: Merseyside Police)This is the terrifying moment a lorry crashed through the central reservation of the motorway – because the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel.Michael Hughes, from Longton, had been travelling on the westbound carriageway of the M62 when he fell to sleep on September 7 2016.The 63-year-old’s vehicle crossed the central reservation between junctions 8 and 7 – leading to cars being forced to swerve to avoid the oncoming vehicle.Read more here.12:19Air ambulance called out after man suffers ‘medical episode’The air ambulance at the scene in SmallthorneA man has been taken to hospital after suffering a ‘medical episode’.The ambulance service was called to a property in Brownley Road, Smallthorne, at around 9.30am this morning.Read more here.11:35Traffic lights causing delaysSlow traffic on A53 at Meadow Way. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights causing delays. 11:32Apparently it’s snowing in Longton!Snowing in Longton @SentinelStaffs pic.twitter.com/xJXV8JDLhF— Buster Pup (@BirminghamPup) January 16, 201811:28Repairs complete!Traffic easing, emergency repairs complete and held traffic released on A500 D Road Northbound at A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange). 11:26Busy traffic in LeekSlow traffic on A53 Broad Street at Junction Road / Burton Street. In the roadworks area.Temporary traffic lights causing delays between Ladderedge and Leek. 10:56Emergency repairs on the D-RoadStationary traffic due to all traffic being temporarily held and emergency repairs on A500 D Road Northbound at A34 Stone Road (Hanford Interchange).Traffic will be held while Highways fill in some pot holes on the flyover.center_img Share this video Click to playTap to play The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Video will play in last_img read more