Barkley determined to remain in the England setup

first_imgAfter making his return back to the England national team, Ross Barkley is determined to work hard at Chelsea to keep his place in the squad.The 24-year-old who had not featured for England since 2016 started the UEFA Nations League game against Croatia on Friday night.Asked whether the match felt like a second England debut, Barkley told Sky Sports, as quoted by FourFourTwo:“No, because I’ve been here before, so I know what it’s like to play for England and how much it means to everyone and myself.”“Over the years I’ve worked hard and where I’m at right now, I feel fresh, I feel strong. I’m sure I’ll continue to get fitter and continue to improve.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I’ll work hard at club level and hopefully that will take care of itself.”The game was played in an empty stadium as Croatia served their punishment for an incident in a Euro 2016 qualifier against Italy when a swastika was marked on the pitch.“It was odd but we’ve played in situations like this before in our youth days,” added Barkley.“I thought in the second half we had our fair share of chances and any other day I feel we would have come away with the three points and possibly won 3-0. I thought we should have been a bit more ruthless today.”“We had the best chances and I can’t remember them really having many chances other than a couple of shots from the edge of the box. It’s disappointing that we didn’t win the game.”last_img read more

Police Man raped Vancouver girl 14

first_imgA 25-year-old Portland man has been indicted on allegations of rape and sexual abuse after police say he had sex with a Vancouver girl he’d met on an online dating website who maintained she was 19 when she was really 14.Vancouver police located the girl with Jonathan Michael Lapp at his Southeast Portland apartment on Oct. 10, according to court records.Lapp told police they communicated online and agreed to meet at Jantzen Beach. From there, they took a bus to his Portland apartment, according to court records.Lapp on Tuesday morning pleaded not guilty to three counts of third-degree rape, three counts of second-degree sexual abuse, and one count of third-degree sodomy.Lapp has no prior criminal convictions. Court records indicate he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety and receives counseling.He’s being held at the Multnomah County Detention Center.last_img read more

JPD finds explosive device in impounded car being prepped for auction

first_imgJuneau police found an explosive inside an impounded car being prepared for auction.Listen Now Police spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said a disposal team destroyed the explosive on Tuesday.“We’re not sure exactly who the property in the vehicle belonged to, but there doesn’t appear to be any nefarious attempts or anything of significance we need to be concerned about with that particular device,” she said.The device consisted of a seal bomb and other homemade explosive materials, she said.Kalwara would not disclose who owned the impounded car.She said the department typically only discloses names when someone is arrested or given a citation.last_img read more

Badminton tourney inaugurated MLA Jakkampudi Raja

first_imgRajamahendravaram: Rajanagaram MLA Jakkampudi Raja has said that steps will be taken to bring past glory to the city in sports sector, as the city produced many sportsmen earlier. Inaugurating a four-day badminton junior ranking tournament at corportion’s city badminton court on Thursday, he said tournaments will increase competitive spirit and also help to tap the hidden talent of the candidates in sports. Necessary help will be extended to develop badminton and said various stadiums are coming up in the city shortly. He asked badminton associations to conduct tournaments regularly. Andhra Pradesh Badminton Association in association with East Godavari Badminton Association is organising the tournament. The tournament will be held till August 11. District Association president K Tanuja, organizing secretary DVV Trinadh and others were present.last_img read more

Is Hardik Pandya serious about Natasa Stankovic Introduces her to family

first_imgHardik Pandya who has had a roller-coaster journey so far this year has again been making news. The all-rounder, who grabbed some major headlines for his infamous episode and statements on Koffee with Karan, earlier this year, gave it back to everyone who criticised him by performing his career-best in this year’s IPL and the World Cup 2019.And, it has just begun for Hardik Pandya, who has created an even bigger fanbase by walking the ramp at the Lakme Fashion Week 2019 recently. Pandya, who has been in news for his numerous link-ups and flings, is now allegedly seeing Natasa Stankovic. If a Spotboye report is to be believed, Hardik has introduced her to his family as his ‘girlfriend’. The duo has been spotted in an about the city quite a lot these days and has no qualms in getting clicked together either. Natasa was earlier dating TV actor Aly Goni. Not just this, the report states that at a recently held cricketers’ get-together Hardik had invited Natasa too.Pandya was earlier linked with Urvashi Rautela. As per a report in TOI, Urvashi Rautela and Hardik Pandya met at a gathering where his brother, Krunal was also present. However, after having a conversation with both the cricketers, Urvashi only had eyes for Hardik. And not just that, onlookers from the party even vouched for flirtatious looks and smiles being exchanged between the two. The duo was spotted at several events and parties together post that. However, Urvashi has always maintained that they were just friends and nothing more. Esha Gupta, who was once rumoured to be dating Hardik Pandya, and continues to be good friends with him was named as one of his relationships by Karan Johar on his chat show. However, on being asked about the entire Hardik Pandya fiasco recently, Esha Gupta lost her cool at the reporters and denied even being Hardik Pandya’s friend.last_img read more

New Developments in Cure for Sickle Cell Disease from NIH

first_imgBy Akira Kyles, Special to the AFROThe National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced, Sept. 13, the launch of an initiative to speed up the development of a better cure for sickle cell disease.NIH is the nation’s medical research agency that provides money to scientists to conduct studies to reduce illness and disabilities. The initiative is being led by NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).Sickle cell is a disease caused by a single genetic mutation that causes a person’s red blood cells to form an abnormal, sickle shape. The sickled cells can clog the blood vessels and deprive cells of oxygen, according to NIH’s press release.The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a new initiative to speed up the research in finding a cure to sickle cell led by NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).“Our scientific investments have brought us to a point where we have many tools available to correct or compensate for the defective gene that causes sickle cell disease. We are now ready to use these tools to speed up our quest for a cure,” said Gary H. Gibbons, M.D., director of NIH’s NHLBI in a press release.The current focuses of the initiative are gene therapies for sickle cell patients to create genetic-based cures. “That’s when you correct the gene that makes the sickle red cell but there are many other treatments,” said Traci Mondoro, Ph.D., chief of the Transitional Blood Science and Resources Branch. “So, the gene therapies, genetic-based cures for instance, wouldn’t be great for an older person who has sickle cell because they might not be able to tolerate the therapy. So, what this initiative is doing is trying to help scientists who are still developing things in the lab, that haven’t gotten into humans yet, [to] move them further along.”According to Morondo, the NIH has a five to 10-year goal for the initiative.  “That doesn’t sound very fast, however, if people were doing this without the initiative, it would take them that long to raise the money or get the kind of team together that they would need to pay for studies and work with the FDA to move it forward,” said Mondoro. “So, we’re providing, not just money to people, but we’re providing expertise and other things like cells or chemicals that they might otherwise have to pay for to move this forward.”Currently the only known cure for sickle cell is a bone marrow transplant, which is rare for patients to find a sibling match. A different cure would open a wider net for sickle cell patients. There is treatment such as hydroxyurea and pain medicine.Hydroxyurea increases fetal hemoglobin, the protein within the red blood cells that people make as fetuses, in the body and decreases the stickiness of the red blood cells to the blood vessels.“Fetal hemoglobin is protective, it decreases the sickling of the red blood cells, so they can move easily through the blood vessels,” said Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D., Lasker Clinical Research Scholar.Due to the pain that sickle cell anemia causes, patients are given strong pain medication which can be hard for them to get. “Sickle cell is a public health crisis because a lot of people can’t get the pain medication that they need,” said Mondoro. “You have to take some pretty strong pain meds and sometimes their doctor or the emergency room doctor may tell them that they look fine and don’t need opioids or other strong pain medications.  People with sickle cell aren’t addicted to drugs, they need them for pain control.”With strides in medicine and research, the future for sickle cell patients looks optimistic. “I have been taking care of patients with sickle cell disease since 1997 and there has been so much excitement over the last few years.” said Fitzhugh. “There are a lot of new drugs that are being studied. This is a very good time, there’s a lot more research going to sickle cell disease. So, there’s a lot of hope for the future for patients that have sickle cell disease.”last_img read more

Sovan opens up about personal issues after resigning row deepens

first_imgKolkata: Breaking silence after resigning as minister of two crucial departments, Sovan Chatterjee said he is facing a tough time answering questions of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with his wife’s acts.This comes at a time when he has claimed that the investigating agency has nothing against him in connection with the Narada case. In connection with his resignation from the post of Kolkata Municipal Corporation’s Mayor, he said that he has always followed the instructions of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and will send the resignation at the suitable time. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDuring an interview to vernacular channel ABP Ananda on Wednesday, Chatterjee said: “If Baishakhi Banerjee had not come forward to organise and prepare legal documents for the CBI and ED cases, then the person who would have been in trouble is none other than Sovan Chatterjee.” In the same breath, he said: “There is nothing against me with connection to the Narada case. But I am facing challenges in answering questions related to my wife.” In reply to another question, he said: “It had not always become possible for me to focus on household developments, due to me remaining busy with my work. But I later realised that there were developments in my house beyond my knowledge…My wife (Ratna) had formed a company called GCR, that stands for ‘Gopal Chiku Ratna’. I later came to know that Chiku is one Avijit Ganguly and got to know from family members that he often used to visit my house. Later, I enquired about it from Ratna after going through telephone call books and records and tourism-related documents and she said that I can go for divorce if I didn’t like it. This is the reason behind putting forward the name of Baishakhi Banerjee into the mix.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee further said: “There was a female security guard in my house. I removed her after the controversy. I had received a phone call after a few days and came to know that a supari killer had been engaged to ‘hurt’ Baishakhi and her daughter. This would sound like a story, but it’s true.” He further alleged that attempts were made to take security guards under confidence to send him poisoned cake on his birthday. Kolkata Police has recorded statements in both the connections. Meanwhile, his wife Ratna Chatterjee said in this connection: “Avijit Ganguly is known to all my family members and he is 15 years younger to me.” The former minister said it is not the right time to answer irrelevant questions on whether he would quit politics. He also ruled out the possibility of him joining BJP. When asked whether he is tensed, Chatterjee said: “I am very much relaxed. But I condemn the way Baishakhi has been dragged into a controversy for no reason at all.”last_img read more

Iraq still in disarray 1 year after Islamic State took Mosul

first_img Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   “We thought it wouldn’t take longer than one week or one month,” said Ayad Mohammed, 35, who fled Mosul last year. “But the military leaders with their big salaries and bank accounts abroad and their nice cars and who took their families outside, they never cared about us. And the politicians we voted for, I wish I chopped of my finger and not voted for them because they are responsible for me and my children being here, along with all these people.”___Associated Press writers Bram Janssen in Irbil, Iraq and Nedra Pickler and Robert Burns in Washington contributed to this report.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Men’s health affects baby’s health too 5 ways to recognize low testosterone “We have no choice,” Ahmad Chalabi, a former deputy prime minister and chairman of parliament’s finance committee, told the AP in February. “What will this say about the loyalty of the Iraqi government if we stop paying our citizens, regardless of where they live?”Pressure is mounting on the Iraqi government to stabilize the country and preventing further discontent, particularly among Sunnis living in militant-held areas and Kurds living in semi-autonomous northern Iraq. Some fear the country could be split into three parts otherwise, including a Shiite-dominated south.Meanwhile, nearly 3 million Iraqis like Hussein now live in refugee camps or squat in unofficial shelters. According to the United Nations, 8.2 million Iraqis — about a quarter of the country’s population — will need humanitarian assistance this year.And as the war grinds on, authorities acknowledge many refugees may never return — with towns destroyed in the fighting and infrastructure severely damaged.“We will be lucky if we get half of them back to their original homes,” said Mowaffak al-Rubaie, Iraq’s former national security adviser.All the while, anger simmers. “We have made significant progress in pushing back ISIL … but we’ve also seen areas like in Ramadi where they’re displaced in one place and then they come back in in another,” Obama said Monday, referring to the Islamic State group by an alternate acronym. “And they’re nimble, and they’re aggressive, and they’re opportunistic.”Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad told The Associated Press that any real solution in Iraq will require greater involvement from neighboring countries.“Without the involvement of Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey, working together, it will be difficult — if not impossible — to achieve any realistic solutions,” Khalilzad said.Economically, Iraq also finds itself unable to pay for the war it needs to fight. Plummeting oil prices — down 43 percent from a year ago — have dealt a major shock to Iraq, which relies on oil for 90 percent of its revenues. Unemployment stands at 25 percent.At least 40 percent of the country’s workforce — about 5 million people — is employed by the government, which is struggling to pay salaries. That includes civil servants in Islamic State-held areas, who still receive salaries which are then taxed by the militants, according to residents in Mosul and Fallujah who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution. Top Stories While Shiite militias advised by Iran and Iraqi forces have recaptured Tikrit, Saddam’s hometown, the battle on the ground appears at the least locked in stalemate — or at the worst, not in Iraq’s favor. Former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, a Shiite who stepped down in August amid calls for his resignation, is widely blamed for the corruption and incompetence in Iraq’s armed forces after he replaced top Sunni commanders with his own loyalists. The Islamic State group’s advance merely exposed the rot, as entire units collapsed and soldiers stripped off their uniforms as they fled, leaving behind large caches of U.S.-supplied weapons.Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has vowed to empower Sunni tribesmen through the formation of a national guard, which would oversee security in the Sunni heartland — areas predominantly under Islamic State control today. But the force has failed to get off the ground and many remain suspicious of the Shiite-led government in Baghdad.Meanwhile, the U.S. remains hesitant to become too involved in the war after U.S. President Barack Obama withdrew all American ground forces at the end of 2011. There now are slightly fewer than 3,100 U.S. troops in Iraq training and advising local forces, but they are not fighting on the front line. The White House said Wednesday the U.S. will send up to 450 more troops to Iraq to boost the training of local forces. Sponsored Stories FILE – In this Monday, June 16, 2014 file photo, demonstrators chant pro-Islamic State group slogans as they wave the group’s flags in front of the provincial government headquarters in Mosul, Iraq. A year after the Islamic State group seized the city of Mosul and spread south, effectively dividing the country and plunging it into chaos, Iraq is struggling with a staggering political, economic and humanitarian crisis it may take generations to recover from. (AP Photo, File) BAGHDAD (AP) — The Islamic State group gave only three options for the soldiers and police officers guarding Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, when they neared it a year ago: Repent, run or die.Many ran. Those who resisted died, often gruesomely in mass killings filmed and uploaded to the Internet, only fueling fear of the extremists.The collapse of Iraqi security forces, which received billions of dollars in aid and training from the U.S. during its occupation, haunts this divided country today, a year after the Islamic State group seized Mosul and a third of the country. Its sectarian divides grow deeper as millions remain displaced, military gains have seen militant counterattacks and a U.S.-led campaign of airstrikes appears not to have changed the stalemate. Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies What can change the situation is unclear, as lower oil prices sap the Iraqi economy, the U.S. limits its involvement on the ground and the Iraqi people as a whole continue to suffer.“There’s no salary, no job, no life,” said a 31-year-old former soldier named after the country’s former dictator Saddam Hussein, who saw his young son killed as his family fled Mosul for Irbil in Iraq’s Kurdish region. “And if you have a child and he gets sick, you can’t treat him.”On June 10, 2014, the Islamic State group took full control of Mosul, part of its lightning sweep from its territory in war-ravaged Syria and Iraq’s Anbar province. Videos quickly emerged of the extremists waving their trademark black flags in parades down Mosul’s streets or driving Iraqi forces’ U.S.-made Humvees, as darker films of their massing killings followed.Weeks later, Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi purportedly spoke at Mosul’s main mosque and the group declared a “caliphate” over territory it controlled, demanding the loyalty of the world’s Muslims. A U.S.-led air campaign began in August targeting the group, the number of strikes now numbering around 1,900. Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 4 sleep positions for men and what they meanlast_img read more

Publishing the final notice is one of several last

first_imgPublishing the final notice is one of several last steps that must be completed before Morocco may begin shipping the fruit to the U.S., the department explained.APHIS and its Moroccan counterparts will also need to finalize and implement the operational conditions Morocco must meet for every U.S.-bound raspberry shipment.The service published the proposed rule to allow the imports prior to a final rule effective October 15, 2018. This new rule has changed the import approval process.Previously, APHIS required proposed and final rules before it would grant a new commodity access to the U.S. market.Under the new system, however, APHIS must make a PRA and risk management document detailing pest mitigation measures; it then needs to make this available for public comment in the Federal Register. Peruvian avocados: Export value grew to record US$ … You might also be interested in New organic fruit company launched by former Purit … The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) today announced its decision to authorize the importation of fresh raspberries from Morocco.APHIS published a proposed rule in August 2016 to allow raspberry imports from the North African country. It paired the rule with a pest risk analysis (PRA) and a risk management document.Afterward, the USDA reviewed the comments it received during the 60-day comment period, and etermined that the phytosanitary measures outlined in the proposed rule and PRA would minimize the risk of introducing plant pests into the U.S.center_img Pioneering South African dragon fruit venture buil … July 24 , 2019 Inaugural Global Grape Summit draws large internat …last_img read more

Rep Marino reads to 1000 students for March is Reading Month promotes

first_img13Apr Rep. Marino reads to 1,000 students for March is Reading Month, promotes building strong literacy foundation for students At the conclusion of March is Reading Month, state Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township visited over a dozen classrooms and read to approximately 1,000 students throughout the community. In addition to improving vocabulary, reading also enhances memory and reduces stress levels. Research shows that there is a direct correlation between a student’s reading ability and their success in school.“Numerous studies have shown that a strong education starts with strong reading skills,” Marino said. “I was thrilled to see all the students engaged and excited. As county commissioner, I always enjoyed sharing my passion for reading with students in our community and am happy to continue that tradition as state representative.”March is Reading Month is an annual event designed to recognize the importance of reading in children’s future success. To celebrate, Rep. Marino was a guest reader at Reading Night at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library and visited classrooms at Mohawk Elementary, Cherokee Elementary and Graham Elementary to read to students and answer their many questions.Each year, Marino visits local schools to further promote the importance of reading. “My ultimate goal is to encourage students to continue reading, not just in March, but every day both in and out of the classroom,” Marino said. Categories: Marino News,Marino Photoscenter_img Photo Information: (Above) State Rep. Steve Marino reading to students at Mohawk Elementary to promote reading during March is Reading Month. (Below) State Rep. Steve Marino visits Cherokee Elementary to promote reading during March is Reading Month.last_img read more

Rep Bellino House checks off priorities during first half of session

first_img Categories: Bellino News,News ##### Still much work to do to improve life in MichiganState Rep. Joe Bellino today said the Michigan House has made significant progress in addressing issues important to people in Monroe and Wayne counties, but there is still a great deal of work to be done to improve life for families locally and throughout the state.Bellino, of Monroe, said the House set priorities at the beginning of the current legislative session with its Action Plan, which outlined issues important to people in Michigan.“I think one of our most pressing concerns that we have begun to address is the opioid abuse epidemic that affects families not only in Michigan, but across the United States,” Bellino said. “I introduced a bill as part of a legislative package to proactively fight opioid abuse and help safeguard people from addiction to the painkillers. This rampant misuse of opioids is tearing families apart, and we must work to protect children and adults from addiction.”Bellino also introduced legislation in February as part of an 11-bill package to make state government more transparent and accountable.“The governor and Legislature are currently not answerable to the people because they are not subject to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and that’s simply wrong,” Bellino said. “Our legislation places the governor and lieutenant governor under the provisions of FOIA and creates a similar transparency law for the Legislature, while retaining the confidentiality between private individuals and legislators.”Bellino also made tax relief a priority, particularly for people on fixed income. The first bill he introduced in January offers senior citizens a tax deduction on their retirement or pension benefits. Another bill, which passed in the House in June, provides income tax relief to younger retired police and firefighters not covered by Social Security.Other achievements in the House include:Helping local communities and counties by increasing spending to local governments that enables them to provide vital services to families. Continued investment in our education with an additional $27 million in K-12 per-pupil funding, and $25 more in funding per high school student.Approving legislation to expand career opportunity education by widening K-12 graduation requirements to include course options in computer coding, statistics and other 21st Century Skills.center_img 03Aug Rep. Bellino: House checks off priorities during first half of session Approving record funding for roads, including $450 million during the upcoming budget year to help address state transportation needs.last_img read more

Reps Maturen Cochran introduce bipartisan plan to protect pollinators

first_img State Reps. David Maturen and Tom Cochran today introduced a bipartisan plan to help protect bees and other pollinators vital to Michigan’s agricultural industry.Maturen said many of Michigan’s food crops – including apples, cherries, blueberries and alfalfa – depend on pollinators, but bees and other pollinator populations are in rapid decline.“Michigan honey bees have been dying off at alarming rates since 2006,” said Maturen, R-Vicksburg. “If this trend continues for too much longer, it’s going to have a negative impact on our economy. Between honey production and the role they play in crop production, pollinators contribute an estimated $1 billion in value to Michigan’s agricultural economy each year. We clearly cannot afford to lose this vital resource.”The plan laid out in House Bill 5904, sponsored by Maturen, creates a Pollinator Health Advisory Council that would advise the Michigan Department of Natural Resources on improving pollinator health. Cochran’s legislation, HB 5903, sets up a Pollinator Preservation Fund controlled by the DNR that would issue grants for projects supporting pollinator habitat development.“It’s easy to take bees or butterflies for granted, but our food system and economy is largely dependent on their survival,” said Cochran, D-Mason. “Research is becoming increasingly clear that populations are crashing and we need to do what we can as a legislature to stop their declining numbers. By doing so, we won’t only be saving pollinators, but supporting one of Michigan’s largest industries.”The legislation was referred to the House Agriculture Committee for consideration.### Categories: Maturen News 01May Reps. Maturen, Cochran introduce bipartisan plan to protect pollinatorslast_img read more

TFA Faces Limits to Growth Syndrome

first_imgShare16TweetShare1Email17 SharesBig Gulp / section215March 21, 2016; Washington Post and The AtlanticTeach for America is finding, as most organizations must, that growing or even sustaining success year after year is very hard to do. In the 25 years since it was founded, TFA has grown massively to become a major provider of public school teachers and has created a track that shortens the traditional 4+ years of teacher training to only a few weeks. While there are critics of TFA who see its approach as weakening public education by undermining the teaching profession, its supporters include the major foundations that provide TFA with hundreds of millions of dollars and the many educational leaders at the local, state, and national level who think that teachers and their unions are the source of the major weaknesses they see in public education.After a period of rapid growth, the going got tougher for TFA two years ago. The number of new members of TFA’s teaching corps dropped by more than 10 percent, ending a 15-year growth spurt. Another double-digit drop was experienced this school year. For a program that expects most of its members to teach for just a few years, a declining level of recruitment is a serious problem. And earlier this week, TFA announced that for the second consecutive year, it was significantly reducing the size of its central staff. In a letter to current and past TFA corps members, TFA CEO Elisa Beard described the staff reduction as part of a strategy to refocus resources closer to where TFA’ers do their teaching and not as a sign of a troubled organization.Our regions will have more autonomy to adapt and innovate on our program in ways that meet the unique and varied contexts in which we work. Our center will become leaner and more nimble, oriented toward learning from the real progress we see in classrooms, schools, and communities in order to accelerate change across our entire network.Included in the list to be eliminated are several positions of particular interest because they touch an area where TFA has faced significant criticism: the diversity of its teaching corps members. As of this fall, TFA is eliminating its Office of the Chief Diversity Officer. Over the past two recruiting cycles, TFA has been successful in increasing the diversity of their corps members dramatically. In response to an inquiry from the Atlantic’s Emily Deruy about how this change would affect the organization’s effort to build diversity, TFA said, “For us, this work needs to live on every team and in every region with clarity of accountability. This shift will ensure that diversity and inclusiveness is integrated throughout our work and sits squarely with those closest to the work.”But the challenges that TFA faces now that it’s a mature, established organization may be difficult to respond to without a significant change in its overall strategy. It has become a big enough player in the school systems it partners with that its impact goes beyond effectiveness in the classrooms its corps members teach in.Blogster Jennifer Berkshire of Edushyster recently interviewed TFA alum and scholar Terrenda White about TFA’s overall impact on the diversity of America’s teachers. Discussing a recently published paper, “Teach For America’s Paradoxical Diversity Initiative: Race, Policy, and Black Teacher Displacement in Urban Public Schools,” White said:When I was first writing about TFA, I was complaining about the lack of diversity in the corps, especially when I was there in the early 2000s. And so a part of me is really happy that TFA seems to care about diversity and improving their numbers, and I think I’m fair in my piece about acknowledging that. But while TFA may be improving their diversity numbers, that improvement has coincided with a drastic decline in the number of teachers of color, and Black teachers in particular, in the very cities where TFA has expanded. I don’t see them making a connection between their own diversity goals and the hits closures where teachers of color disproportionately work, charter school expansion, teacher layoffs as schools are turned around.If the impact of the overall reform strategy that TFA is central to is to reduce the diversity of public school teaching staff, is it enough for TFA to be worried only about how diverse its own corps members are? If diversity matters to TFA, it becomes important to look at how their ability to bring thousands of new, short-term teachers into the systems they work just pushes out existing, career teachers of color. Isn’t it important, if diversity is important, to support a model of teaching that sees it as a long-term career, to increase recruitment of teachers overall?—Martin LevineShare16TweetShare1Email17 Shareslast_img read more

Content delivery networks specialist Broadpeak is

first_imgContent delivery networks specialist Broadpeak is launching a new industry initiative called the Broadpeak Open Alliance (BOA) at IBC. By encouraging interoperability amongst third-party technology providers, Broadpeak aims to improve and accelerate OTT rollouts.The BOA aims to enable operators to select the best technology available for each component of the delivery chain, from the headend equipment to the home network systems. BOA will create a technical framework, enabling Broadpeak to test its solutions with other technologies from strategic partners to ensure interoperability. The testing process will initially involve home network components such as broadband home gateways, set-top boxes and middleware. The second phase will target other components of the OTT delivery ecosystem, including video headend equipment, conditional access systems and service platforms.“Given the increase in OTT video offerings, pay TV operators are challenged to build a compelling service to differentiate themselves within the market,” said Jacques Le Mancq, CEO and president, Broadpeak. “We believe the most successful OTT video solutions rely on best-of-breed technologies because they give operators the freedom to change any piece of equipment within their video infrastructure if a better solution is available. In launching the Broadpeak Open Alliance, our goal is to create an open environment so that cable and telecom operators can deliver a more competitive and differentiated service offering.”Broadpeak will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 4.B72last_img read more

Digital TV Labs which provides independent receiv

first_imgDigital TV Labs, which provides independent receiver conformance products and services, has announced that it has become an official licensee of Dolby Laboratories. The licence enables Digital TV Labs to offer CE manufacturers and middleware vendors a new streamlined service for Dolby pre-testing. In addition, manufacturers will have access to a dedicated team of technical experts that will host and aid in the debugging of devices, prior to Dolby submission.The new service offering follows a history of collaboration projects between the two companies that have already worked on emerging technologies such as HbbTV, MPEG-DASH and TNT2.0.Jeffrey Eid, vice-president of global support programmes for Dolby Laboratories, said, “We are delighted that Digital TV Labs is now able to offer Dolby testing as part of its test services offering. As Dolby Digital Plus is a mandated requirement in so many of the world’s broadcast and OTT standards, it is important that manufacturers can turn to experts like DTV Labs to help them resolve any issues prior to Dolby Approval.”Digital TV Labs will be exhibiting at IBC on Stand 2.C30last_img read more

Intels forthcoming TV service will reportedly lau

first_imgIntel’s forthcoming TV service will reportedly launch under the name OnCue after applying for brand trademarks around the world.According to a GigaOM report, Intel, through a shell company called Sest, has registered OnCue trademarks in countries including the US, Canada and Mexico – as well as in Europe.Intel is also reportedly using integrated communications agency OMD to help develop and lead the launch of the OnCue OTT TV service.According to reports last month, Intel is trailing its forthcoming TV product among some 2,000 company employees and has started to build a call-centre operation ahead of the launch.The subscription set-top service is expected to deliver live TV, catch-up and additional content over the web and roll out later this year.last_img read more

Media services provider RRsat has been selected  b

first_imgMedia services provider RRsat has been selected  by Synterra Media, the largest Media Content Logistics  operator in Russia, to distribute live broadcasts of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) season games through April 2014.Synterra Media was selected by KHL to distribute live KHL game broadcasts internationally and will continue its partnership with RRsat for the European distribution, which was initiated last year.To support the HD transmissions from Synterra Media’s Moscow headquarters to RRsat’s Middle East facility, RRsat created a dedicated fibre connection comprising five parallel fiber lines. From its  facility, RRsat will distribute live content through a syndicated channel as well as ad hoc requests, to  European viewers via the RRsat capacity on Eutelsat E10A satellite. Transmissions will utilise HD video and DVB-S2 modulation.“Synterra Media is pleased to choose RRsat as a distribution partner for the second year and to expand our relationship to include support for ad hoc requests,” said Valery Krylov, General Director of Synterra Media. “RRsat’s winning combination of state-of-the-art distribution solutions, around-the-clock technical support and excellent service enables KHL fans across Europe to experience exciting hockey matches seamlessly, in real time.”last_img read more

Turkish pay TV operator Digiturk has launched a ne

first_imgTurkish pay TV operator Digiturk has launched a new sci-fi channel, Dizimax Sci-Fi HD.The channel offers a raft of sci-fi series dubbed into Turkish or with Turkish/English subtitles and Digtiturk is offering customers the premium service free for a month.It has acquired a slew of new and classic sci fi series for the new channel. New series include Shine-distributed Utopia.It also has several big-ticket US shows including Warner Bros.-distributed The Originals (pictured) The Tomorrow People and The 100, Disney-distributed Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., which all launched internationally at the LA Screenings in May.Library titles include Lost, The Twilight Zone and Star Trek.Digiturk pledged to make new US shows available within 48 hours of their US airing. The channel is in the pay TV operator’s Digiturk TV Series package.Digiturk Head of Content Esra Özaral Altop said: “Digiturk’s ongoing close relationships with major Hollywood studios make Dizimax Sci-Fi HD a very unique and complementary channel to its already powerful line-up. Series broadcasted on Dizimax Sci-Fi HD will also be available through its on demand services as well as on multiscreen devices as part of its Digiturk Everywhere service.”last_img read more

Technicolor has teamed up with IBM to develop a cl

first_imgTechnicolor has teamed up with IBM to develop a cloud-based monitoring and management service, Virdata, targeted at the Internet of Things and M2M (machine-to-machine) sectors. The service, which can be used to track performance for a range of IP-connected devices, will be hosted on IBM’s SoftLayer infrastructure. It will offer device and application management and monitoring capabilities for a range of IP-connected devices used across sectors such as automotive, utilities, health, industrial automation and retail.Vince Pizzica, senior executive vice president and president of corporate partnerships and ventures at Technicolor said the move is a “logical extension” of its portfolio catering to the growing digital entertainment market.Pizzica said the company is leveraging its scale and digital capabilities to expand into “broader ecosystems,” and it is also working closely with open source cloud heavyweights Open Stack and Cloud Foundry to develop more interoperable cloud-based services in the big data and M2M spaces – two of the highest-growth tech areas currently.The company plans to demonstrate the service this week at consumer tradeshow CES.last_img read more

Spanish media group Prisa reported strong TV ad re

first_imgSpanish media group Prisa reported strong TV ad revenues in Portugal, but said that group ad revenues in Spain decreased in its third quarter earnings.Prisa said that for the first nine months of the year, ad revenues at Media Capital, its Portuguese division that includes TV and radio assets, grew by 14.1%, with the ad recovery in Portugal starting in the second half of 2013.Prisa said its free-to-air Portuguese TV network TVI also maintained its market leadership across 24-hours and in prime time, reaching a daily audience share of 24% and 26% respectively.In the first nine months of 2014, revenues at TVI reached €104.98 million, up 1.8% compared to the same period in 2013. Prisa attributed this to better ad revenues, better sale of products in the period and lower services revenues.However, in Spain, Prisa said that adjusted advertising revenues for the group have been irregular, decreasing by 2.4 %. Depite this, it added that after three irregular quarters, September showed growth.In June, Prisa and Telefónica agreed the sale of Prisa’s 56% stake in pay TV platform Canal+’s holding company to the Spanish telecom giant for €750 million.Overall for the nine months from January to September, Prisa reported operating revenues of €1.068 billion, down 7.1% year-on-year. EBITDA was down 11.7% to €179 million for the period.last_img read more