CPS board considers extension for Supt. Stiepleman

first_imgThe Columbia Public Schools board on Monday night was set to consider a contract extension and a raise for Superintendent Peter Stiepleman.The new deal would give him more money starting in July, and keep him with the district through the 2021-22 school year.Stiepleman has been Columbia’s superintendent since July 1, 2014.last_img

a month agoSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Slow start cost us

first_imgSouthampton boss Hasenhuttl: Slow start cost usby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl felt a slow start wrecked their chances in defeat to Bournemouth.Nathan Ake and Harry Wilson scored first-half goals with Callum Wilson clinching the win late on after James Ward-Prowse gave the Saints hope.“The first half was too bad to get a point,” said Hasenhüttl.“We lost this game in the first half. We haven’t showed a few of the qualities we showed in the last games.“The second half was completely different. We really tried to stress them, we won nearly every second ball and 26 shots on goal in 90 minutes is also not so bad, but these stats are not so interesting.“What’s interesting is the goals, but we couldn’t score more today, so it was not the result we wanted.”The Saints boss continued: “We knew it would be a difficult game today and we knew Bournemouth are strong in counter-attacks.“They didn’t have that many chances, but for the first one from the corner, we lost one duel in the centre and it’s a goal.“We invested a lot. I think everybody saw that we tried until the last minute to turn the table, but in the end we didn’t. We have to keep our heads up and move forward.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

MidSize Tankers to Experience Recovery from 2018

first_imgzoom The mid-size tanker market is heading toward a potential recovery from 2018 onwards on the back of the next burst of US exports through infrastructure build outs.“While the increase in US seaborne exports is positive for tankers, the volume of exports isn’t likely to materially move the freight market. For now…,” according to tanker shipping firm Teekay.Given the robust delivery schedule for large tankers in the first half of 2017, which is likely to put downside pressure on freight rates, the positive demand fundamentals resulting from increased US exports could offset some of the burden of fleet growth.US crude exports out of the US Gulf are set to continue increasing, while the build out of a new export-capable Aframax terminal in the US Gulf will make it easier to ship barrels out, showing positive signs for the mid-sized tanker market.Prior to lifting the crude oil export ban in 2015, US crude exports went almost entirely to Canada. However, movements to global markets, particularly to Asia and Europe, increased significantly in the second quarter of 2016. Movements to Asia have increased 83 kb/d from the first quarter of 2015, while volumes to Europe have increased 55 kb/d during the same period. These increases have largely offset exports to Canada, which have decreased by 145 kb/d.last_img read more

A giant step forward new 10 bill featuring Viola Desmond to enter

first_imgThe new banknote featuring a picture of Viola Desmond will go into circulation tomorrow, and the civil rights activist’s sister will be the first person to use it.Wanda Robson will make the first official purchase with the new $10 bill during a ceremony tomorrow at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg.The 91-year-old is set to buy a book that she co-wrote with Cape Breton University professor Graham Reynolds about Demond’s life and legacy.Robson says she’ll give the book to give to her 12-year-old granddaughter so she can learn more about her great-aunt’s story.Desmond will be the first black woman to be featured on a Canadian banknote.She was arrested in 1946 after she refused to leave the whites-only area of the Roseland Theatre in New Glasgow, N.S., which has since become one of the most high-profile incidents of racial discrimination in Canadian history.But it was only after Desmond died in 1965 that her story was widely told.She has since received numerous accolades, including having a Halifax Transit ferry named after her and recieving a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.Robson hopes the new bill will bring even more awareness to her sister’s story and will be a “giant step forward” in terms of continuing Desmond’s work toward equality.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Boats being used to help evacuees from the Old Fort

first_imgA bus will meet the boat at the Taylor Boat launch to take them to the reception center in Fort St. John FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Boats have arrived and will help to move residents who wish to evacuate from the Old Fort.The PRRD has co-ordinated the transportation for people who want to leave the area affected by the evacuation alert.   Boats will leave from the beach behind the house at 8711 Old Fort Loop.The Boats will continue to come to the community until all the people that want to leave have left.last_img read more

Ministry broadens hiring credentials for new frontline workers

first_imgWhile this change allows hiring managers to draw from a larger pool of applicants, the Ministry says potential employees are still required to meet the same core competencies as before and must demonstrate equivalent skills and experience before they can be hired.Once hired, employees must take additional training not covered by degree programs. On-the-job training is under the direct supervision of a senior social worker and a supervisor. Employees must complete a six-month probation period that tests classroom teaching in the real world.Implementation of Grand Chief Ed John’s report is a priority in the minister’s mandate letter. This is the first change to frontline worker entry-level qualifications in 20 years.The move is expected to help address ongoing challenges in recruiting and retaining frontline staff.It is intended to give the Ministry more flexibility to identify community-specific needs, particularly for Indigenous and remote communities, and hire appropriately by considering an applicant’s combination of education and experience in relevant fields beyond social work.The revised criteria align with hiring practices in most jurisdictions in Canada. VICTORIA, B.C. – The Ministry of Children and Family Development has expanded the educational and experiential requirements for new frontline workers, in line with recommendations from Grand Chief Ed John’s report on Indigenous child welfare, to better respond to the evolving needs of vulnerable children and families.According to MCFD, preference will continue to be given to applicants with a degree in social work or child and youth care. With this expansion, however, hiring managers are now also able to consider the combination of a related degree, post-graduate diploma or post-graduate certificate in a human services field, along with a minimum two years of post-degree work experience.The Ministry says this will enable more diversity in the workforce and a greater number of skilled applicants for positions in hard-to-recruit areas of the province.last_img read more

Rahul slams BJP again over JeM chiefs release Rafale

first_imgChennai: Congress president Rahul Gandhi Wednesday reiterated that the BJP government had released JeM chief Masood Azhar and asked what the Narendra Modi regime had done to protect the 40 CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama attack. Addressing a press conference here, the Gandhi scion said: “The BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) needs to explain why they sent that criminal (Azhar) back to Pakistan.” Attacking National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval, yet again, Gandhi stressed that he was involved in the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) chief’s release. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Gandhi had earlier ridiculed Doval by saying that he had “escorted” Azhar — who was in an Indian jail and released due to the IC 814 hijacking episode — to Kandahar in a “special aircraft” in 1999. “Why was Azhar released… National Security advisor is involved in that (in his release),” Gandhi said. “What did the government do to protect the CRPF personnel…” he further asked. Targeting the Union government on the Rafale aircraft deal, Gandhi alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi ran a “parallel negotiation”. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed Gandhi said while there was no question about the jet’s capability, the issue was about corruption and there was a need to probe it. Asked if the party would scrap the deal if voted to power, Gandhi said: “That is a technical decision… We do not have information on that.” But the question of corruption is crystal clear… The prime minister is a “corrupt” man, bypassed negotiations, ran parallel negotiations on the Rafale deal, he said. “The only question we are raising is that Mr Narendra Modi and Mr Anil Ambani have stolen Rs 30,000 crore… We will have investigation and (I am) 100 per cent certain… on the back of that investigation, they will be convicted,” he added. The charge has been repeatedly denied by the Modi government and the Reliance group. The BJP has described Rahul Gandhi’s allegations against Modi in the Rafale deal as “yet another lie from his lie-manufacturing factory”.last_img read more

US PE giant Blackstone swallows Essel Propack for Rs 3211 cr

first_imgMumbai: American buyout major Blackstone has agreed to acquire a controlling stake in Essel Propack, one of the largest manufacturers of laminated tubes used mostly by the FMCG and pharma companies, for $462 million or around Rs 3,211 crore. The two-legged deal involves Blackstone buying 51 percent stake from promoter Ashok Goel Trust, which owns 57 percent in Essel Propack for Rs 2,157 crore or $310 million, apart from an open offer for an additional 26 percent stake Rs 139.19 a share, which will be worth $152 million, taking the total deal consideration to $462 million or Rs 3,211 crore, the companies said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalGoel, who also runs Essel World, the first amusement park in Mumbai, is the younger brother of Subash Chandra, the promoter of the financially troubled Essel group that has an indebtedness of Rs 17,174 crore. Goel was very vocal to deny any business relationship with his elder brother Subash Chandra’s Essel group, which is passing through financial troubles for some time now. “I have no debt and I am not leveraged,” Goel said, adding “as a family we are one, and care about each other. But there is no financial or commercial relationships with each other and there is no cross-holdings whatsoever between the two groups,” Goel said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostGiving a breakup of the deal, Amit Dixit, senior managing director and head of private equity at Blackstone India told reporters in a concall Monday evening that “based on the open offer subscription, the purchase price will vary between Rs 2,157 crore and Rs 3,211 crore ($310 million to $462 million).” The sale expected to be completed in the coming few months, subject to customary closing conditions and approvals. The private equity fund will pay Rs 134 a share to acquire a 51 percent stake from Ashok Goel Trust, and will launch an open offer for an additional 26 percent at Rs 139.19 a share, Essel Propack said. Dixit said the discussions were on for months between the two parties. After the deal, Goel, who is currently the managing director, will retain 6 percent in the company and become an advisor, but the rest of the senior management will continue under the new owner. Besides, Goel will get Rs 16 crore each for the next five years or Rs 80 crore cumulatively as an advisor to the company and Blackstone. It can be noted that Goel’s elder brother Chandra is passing through financial difficulties due to some bets taken on asset-heavy new businesses have gone awry, and is also looking at selling a part of his flagship business to pay lenders and has a consolidated debt of Rs 17,174 crore. When asked if the proceeds would be utilised to reduce the debt of the group company, he categorically said,” Essel Propack, Ashok Goel Trust are not financially, commercially part of the Essel group.”last_img read more

Morocco condemns heinous execution of two French journalists in Mali

first_imgRabat – Morocco condemned Sunday the abduction and killing of two journalists from Radio France International (RFI) in Mali and expressed solidarity with France.In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, said that Morocco has learned with deep sorrow and regret the news of the kidnapping and execution of two French journalists in Kidal in northern Mali.While condemning this criminal act, the statement continued, Morocco expresses its solidarity with the French republic, government and people. The Kingdom f Morocco also offers its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of this heinous act, the statement said.While reiterating its position of rejecting terrorism regardless of the motives and justifications, Morocco, the statement said, calls on the international community to intensify efforts and coordination in order to eradicate this scourge, which is, more than ever, a threat to stability and security in many parts of the world, particularly in the Sahel-Saharan region.The statement also reaffirms the commitment of Morocco to continuing to support the efforts of the Mali for the final and permanent restoration of the authority of the state and peace and security throughout its territory.With MAPlast_img read more

Griezmann congratulates young fan

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann has congratulated a youngster with disabilities who is a big fan of the French striker and was captured practicicing athletics in an online video.Manu has not let his physical handicap get him down and has practicised other sports as well. When journalist Joaquin Finat put the video online, Griezmann shared it and added words of encouragement.Griezmann posted a message on his Twitter account which read: “Bravo my friend,” in relation to the video of the nine-year-old physically challenged young boy practicing sports.The French forward who opted to stay with Atletico Madrid this summer despite being heavily linked with a move to Barcelona has become a fan’s favorite at the Wanda Metropolitano.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Griezmann who joined the Los Colcheneros in the summer of 2014 helped the club win the UEFA Europa League at the end of last season after a disappointing penalty shootout loss to rivals Real Madrid in the 2016 UEFA Champions League final.The former Real Sociedad striker was given the Bronze Ball award (third best player of the tournament) at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia where he helped France become world champions for only the second time in their history.Atletico Madrid have already won the UEFA Super Cup this season, defeating rivals and European champions Real Madrid 4-2 to make Diego Simeone the most successful manager in the club’s history.The club will be hoping to take their trophy winning form to the Spanish league as they seek to win their first title since 2014.last_img read more