FREDERICTON – New Brunswick’s new Tory government has taken power, with a 17-member cabinet that includes four women and the party’s lone francophone MLA as deputy premier.“Today it has been entrusted upon us for the next chapter in New Brunswick’s story,” Premier Blaine Higgs said after being sworn-in as the province’s 34th premier.The ceremony, in the provincial legislature Friday, came just a week after the Liberal government of Brian Gallant was defeated on a confidence vote.At the age of 64, Higgs is the oldest person to assume the job of premier in a province with a history of choosing young leaders.Higgs thanked friends, family and supporters, and asked for the help of all New Brunswickers to fix the problems facing the province.“I humbly ask each and every one of you to help me in meeting that responsibility. This cannot be accomplished alone,” he said.Higgs named a cabinet of 17 ministers, including himself.Robert Gauvin, the Tories’ lone member in northern New Brunswick, has been named deputy premier and minister of Tourism, Culture and Heritage.The entertainer and playwright said while he’s a francophone from the north, he looks forward to working with people from across the province.“We’ll have to roll up our sleeves and talk to each other, find ways to respect each other, and get the job done,” he said.There are four women in cabinet, including rookie Andrea Anderson-Mason, who becomes minister of Justice and Attorney General.Ted Flemming returns to cabinet as minister of Health — a position he held under the former government of then-premier David Alward.Flemming said he’ll work quickly to help find a solution to the paramedic shortage that has impacted ambulance service in the province.“I’m going to study the situation, and we’re going to move forward, and you’re not going to have to wait around a long time,” Flemming said.On Friday, Higgs repeated a pledge to find a solution in a week, saying he’ll be able to make an announcement by next Friday.At the age of 71, former member of Parliament Greg Thompson has been named minister of Intergovernmental Affairs.Dominic Cardy, the province’s former NDP leader who ran for the Tories in September’s election, was named minister of Education and Early Childhood Development.Higgs issued a challenge to the new cabinet ministers.“You are the first new cabinet of a new era in government — a new era that will bring change for our province — positive change that will get us on the road to recovery, one where collaboration is more important than winning an argument,” he said.Standings in the 49-seat legislature are 22 Tories, 21 Liberals, three Green party members and three People’s Alliance MLAs.The three members of the People’s Alliance party have committed to supporting the Tory government on votes of confidence for at least 18 months, but have not signed any formal agreement with them.People’s Alliance Leader Kris Austin said Friday he thought the choices for the Tory cabinet were good and he looked forward to working with them.It won’t be difficult for Austin’s members to meet with Tory members — the new seating arrangement has them on the government side of the house, while the Green members will sit on the other side of the house with the Liberals.Gallant, meanwhile, says he hasn’t yet decided if he’ll stay on to lead his Liberal party.“Many people have asked me to stay on to be the leader of the Liberal party, the leader of the Opposition, and go into the next election as leader,” he said Thursday.“All of these words of encouragement are perhaps what’s making (my wife) Karine and I think long and hard about exactly how we wish to contribute to the province going forward.”However, Gallant said he won’t let the decision process drag on, and will announce his intentions soon.“I do think I can be an effective leader of the Opposition. I really do think we could continue some of the momentum we started if ever we were given the chance to govern again,” he said.Gallant said if he was to quit as leader, he would remain as MLA for his riding of Shediac Bay-Dieppe.He has close ties with a number of key players in the federal Liberal party, including his friend, Dominic LeBlanc, the minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Northern Affairs and Internal Trade – but Gallant said he has no intentions to make a run at federal politics in next year’s election.The new Tory government is expected to deliver a throne speech on Nov. 20.Higgs said he’ll present a short list of priorities rather than a long shopping list of promises.
APTN National NewsThe Yukon government wants to go back to court over the Peel river watershed.It’s appealing a recent Yukon Supreme Court decision the government says infringes on Aboriginal rights.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.
The Comoros, France, Kenya, Mozambique, New Zealand and Seychelles and the European Community signed the accord, the South Indian Ocean Fisheries Agreement (SIOFA), following two days of talks last week at the Rome headquarters of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).“Much of great value has been done to ensure that fishing in these areas is conducted responsibly, but there is a need to build on the existing efforts of the industry members involved,” FAO expert Ross Shotton said.The accord seeks to ensure long-term conservation and sustainable use of fishery resources other than tuna in areas outside national jurisdictions. It calls for effective monitoring, annual reports on the amounts of captured and discarded fish, and inspections of ships visiting ports of the Parties to verify they are in compliance with SIOFA.Landing and discharging privileges are to be denied to those who do not comply. Other joint actions include regular studies of the state of fish stocks and the impact of fishing on the environment, joint management and conservation measures, and establishing rules for member countries to decide which operators are allowed to fish in the SIOFA area.It is hoped that other countries will soon join the Agreement, which will enter into force once FAO, its legal depositary, receives the fourth instrument of ratification, including at least two from coastal states.FAO Fisheries Department official Jean-Francois Pulvenis de Séligny stressed SIOFA’s importance as a major step forward in establishing new regional fisheries management organizations or arrangements to cover areas where no such mechanism currently exists. It will join the existing network of fishery commissions already established such as the Indian Ocean Tuna Commission.FAO is fully committed to supporting implementation of the Agreement, although in the end its success or failure will depend mainly upon the efforts of the Parties and those of all other relevant stakeholders, Mr. Pulvenis said.The role of the fishing industry in ensuring responsible fishing is particularly vital in the high seas, where recent years have seen a marked increase in catches, including those of non tuna species which are caught at considerable depths.
John Hicks, Barry Alvarez and Tom Hansen were inducted to the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame, Wednesday, December 30, 2009. Audio by the legend, Keith Jackson
…testing still ongoing, hospital awaiting results to determine illnessOne week has passed since at least eight Chinese mining workers were air-dashed to the capital from Matthew’s Ridge, Region One, for emergency treatment and some of these men are yet to be diagnosed.While at least three of the men were said to have contracted leptospirosis with the deadly disease claiming the lives of two of them, it is unclear at this point as to what illness/illnesses the other men may have contracted.Chief Medical Officer, Dr Shamdeo Persaud told <
It started with the fabulous newcomers, H.C Beer Sheba, who beat H.C Ness Ziona 32:23 on the way to the 7th place. The Serbian right back and Ness Ziona’s ex, Milos Bujisic, had an amazing match with 12 goals. The very disappointing champions Hapoel Rishon LeZion led thru the most of the match but H.C Holon scored 7 seconds before the end and tied to 24:24. Just like the Baltic and the Finnish League, the Israeli handball league continued last weekend. Next Friday: SGS Ramat Hasharon – Hapoel Rishon LeZion, Hapoel Ramat Gan – Maccabi Kiryat Motzkin, H.C Holon – Hapoel Kiryat Ono, Hapoel Ashdod – Bnei Herzliya, Ironi Rehovot – H.C Ness Ziona, H.C Beer Sheba – Maccabi Rishon LeZion. The leaders, Maccabi Rishon LeZion, stayed perfect, after 37:31 on Maccabi Kiryat Morzkin. Saar Frenkel’s players look unbeatable. In another match, SGS Ramat Hashron beat Hapoel Ramat Gan 37:25. the champions, Hapoel Rishon LeZion, beat H.C Holon. Bnei Herzilya with a great attacking abilities but pathetic defence came back to the match at home with Ironi Rehovot in the 56th minute and the match final result was 26:26. Hapoel Kiryat Ono tried to suprise Hapoel Ashdod but lost in the end 26:27. ← Previous Story Strong French defense for Icelanders Next Story → The end of WCh 2019 for Luka Cindric! Shmuel Dean Elmas
Therefore these utilities are 25 years ahead of Irish Water and have already achieved the very efficiencies that Irish Water has been established to achieve but it has taken 25 years to do it – so comparing the two at this stage is not a like for like comparison. However it does demonstrate one of the reasons why IW has been established – a utility model delivers cost savings.Irish Water added that it “strongly refutes statements” made by some commentators on the issue as it is “widely known” that costs are scrutinised by an independent regulator.As part of proposals put forward by the CER two weeks ago, the commission said it would be keeping a close eye on Irish Water costs and proposed an overall reduction in allowed revenue of 8.2%.Read: Fianna Fáil attacks “gold-plated bonus culture” at Irish Water as costs are revealed>More: ‘If you install a water meter at our house, we will remove it’> IRISH WATER HAS hit back at a report that said its running fees would be twice that of UK counterparts.The Sunday Business Post cited a report from a consulting firm which found projected costs would be double that of similar companies – something that was harshly criticised yesterday.In a statement released today, however, Irish Water said it has been established to “increase efficiency, reduce costs and delivery improved water services to customers”.“Water services have suffered from under investment for decades and seven months in, Irish Water has already made proposals to the CER as to how significant efficiencies can be achieved,” it said.The company said that based on the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) proposals, published two weeks ago, it will have to achieve about €1.4 billion in operating and capital expenditure efficiencies by 2021.As part of the price control process, Irish Water said it has been compared to UK utilities that are over 25-years-old.
THERE HAVE BEEN warnings for Irish internet users after a recent security breach that could have seen 1.2 billion passwords fall into the hands of Russian hackers.It is thought that passwords and usernames from as many as 500,000 websites could have been compromised in what would be one of the biggest data breaches of all time. The information about the reported theft comes from US-based company Hold Security Ltd.There have been some questions raised over the validity of the claim due to lack of information about the hacks provided by the company and the fact they have only been recently established.The company has also taken the unusual action of charging users $120 to check if their information has been compromised.The original statement on the company’s website from last week states: In the latest development, Hold Security’s Deep Web Monitoring practice in conjunction with our Credential Integrity Services discovered what could be arguably the largest data breach known to date.”The company’s claims have been given veracity through the backing of tech expert Brian Krebs. When speaking about Hold Security’s founder Alex Holden last week on his website, Krebs said:“I’ve known Hold Security’s Founder Alex Holden for nearly seven years… Alex is a talented and tireless researcher, as well as a forthright and honest guy.”The threat has been identified by global security company Trend Micro as a serious issue. The company operate globally and have their European Operations Centre in Cork. The company have warned that the data of Irish users could be vulnerable to attacks by ‘cyber criminals’.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, Trend Micro’s enterprise security director Simon Walsh noted ”it seems strange [Hold Security Ltd] appeared all of a sudden” but that “we have to take it at face value”. He went on to say:“If you are looking for stolen credentials, [underground sites] are the kinds of places where you would hang out… they provide a huge wealth of resources to anyone trying to do this kind of stuff. You don’t need to be a cyber criminal to do this kind of thing. You can buy anything you need.”There is talk that some of the 500,000 companies could be Fortune 500 companies. If that was the case then it is totally possible that Irish people were hit. We use the internet as much as anyone else.A report issued earlier this year by the Trend Micro entitled ‘Russian Underground Revisited’ looked at the particular threat of the Russian online black market.The study found the Russian marketplace to be offer a number of illegal products, including stolen credit card credentials, fake documents including passports, services to sell web traffic and malware software that can be used to steal personal data.On what customers can do to protect their safety, Harris said: “Use different passwords for different websites and use a password manager. Try and change passwords regularly.”Related: Had a Paddy Power account in 2010? You need to read thisAlso: Domino’s has four hours to pay ransom for customers’ passwords and favourite toppings
Updated 7.15amA RESCUE OPERATION for a yacht off the West Cork coast has been stepped down as the body of the third person who was missing has been recovered. An elderly man and woman who were also on the vessel were found alive early this morning.The alarm was raised by a friend when they failed to return to shore to meet them at 7pm yesterday.Two of the people on the yacht – a man in his 70s and a woman in her 60s, both from the UK – were located on a small island in Long Island Bay at 6.15am by a Coast Guard helicopter.The two people had managed to swim ashore after their vessel capsized. They had no serious injuries but are suffering from minor hypothermia. The upturned boat was found aground on the nearby Carthy Islands.The search continued for the man who was still missing and his body was recovered at 8.15am.- With additional reporting by Michelle Hennessy.Read: Coast guard recover body from Roaringwater Bay in Cork >
Mr Michael Malakonas has been appointed as the new CEO of Fronditha Care following a competitive selection process.The executive stood out from a strong field of candidates thanks to his experience at a CEO, CFO and COO level.The new Fronditha Care CEO brings to the role over 29 years of finance, accounting, operations, governance and general management experience, predominantly with the financial services industry.Mr Malakonas is a Fellow CPA, holds a CPA MBA from Deakin University and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a non-executive Director of Merri Community Health Services, where he Chairs the Finance and Audit Risk Management Committee. He is also Treasurer & Secretary of FC Clifton Hill, a Division 1 State League member of Football Victoria.READ MORE: Fronditha Care’s High Tea raises money for ‘virtual forest’ for Dementia residentsThe priority for the Board and the task ahead for Michael and the executive team is to build on Fronditha Care’s strengths as a premium provider of aged care services for the Greek community, while pursuing a clear vision of future growth.Mr Malakonas will assume his duties as CEO of Fronditha Care in mid October 2019.In the interim, Mr Jim Scantsonihas will remain as Acting CEO. The Board would like to thank Jim for his leadership and significant efforts, alongside the rest of the executive team, during a period of considerable change for Fronditha Care. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Official records show that the first Greeks to set foot in Australia were seven sailors who arrived on 27 August, 1829. These were Georgios Vasilakis, Gikas Voulgaris, Georgios Laritsos, Antonis Manolis, Damianos Ninis, Nikolaos Papandreas and Konstantinos Strombolis, who were all convicted by the British Empire for piracy and exiled to Australia, a fate better than death which was the other option for their crime.The sailors were convicted after they stopped the British ship Alceste, heading to Alexandria, and removed part of its cargo, which included pepper, utility, ropes and sulfur, in July 1827. Arrested near Crete, they went to court in Malta which was under British sovereignty at the time. During the trial, the sailors claimed they had attacked the ship because it was transporting supplies for the Turks, enemies of Greece during the country’s struggle for independence. Seven of the crew members were sentenced to death and another two were found not guilty. Following backroom negotiations and an intervention by Greek shipowner/politician George Kountouriotis in London, the death sentences were convicted to penalties of exile.After diplomatic efforts, five of the sailors were pardoned in 1834 and returned to Greece, except for Voulgaris and Manolis who remained in Australia as free settlers. Manolis married an Irish woman and remained in NSW where he is buried at the Upper Picton Cemetery at Picton village, around 100 km southwest of Sydney.READ MORE: The history of Greeks in Australia explored through six objects in the Dardalis ArchivesThough 27 August is an anniversary date, the seven sailors may not be the first Greeks in Australia. Damianos Gikas, a captain from the island of Hydra, was wrongly convicted for piracy by the British navy and exiled to Sydney, however there are no records of him neither in Australia nor in Greece so it is unknown whether he came to the country.In 1814, George Pappas came to Australia as a crew member on a ship of settlers. he married an Aboriginal woman, left his ship and settled in Sydney.Newspaper articles from 1900 refer to a number of Greek names of people who arrived in the country between 1803 and 1920.When the founding meeting of the GOCMV took place on 22 August 1897, the 57 members – Greeks living in Melbourne – would have never imagined that what they created would grow to become the greatest, in terms of history and massive participation, organisation of the Greek diaspora in Australia.The Greek Community of Melbourne may be older than the Australian Federation itself, however the Greek presence in the country this year marks 190 years. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
Découverte d’un grillon fossile de 100 millions d’annéesUne équipe d’entomologistes a découvert un grillon fossilisé, ancêtre des Schizodactylidae actuels. Les deux insectes présentent des caractéristiques presque strictement similaires.Sciences et Avenir rapporte qu’une équipe d’entomologistes américains a découvert un fossile de grillon Schizodactylidae. Retrouvé dans le nord du Brésil, ce spécimen de 100 millions d’années présente des caractéristiques étonnamment proches des actuels grillons.Il y a 100 millions d’années, les dinosaures régnaient sur Terre. A cette époque, l’Afrique et l’Amérique du Sud ne constituaient qu’un seul et même continent. En dérivant, la population de Schizodactylidae s’est répartie entre les deux continents.La région du Brésil où a été retrouvé ce grillon était probablement une région autrefois désertique, ce qui expliquerait les pattes larges dont il est doté et qui lui permettent de se déplacer sur le sable.Le 12 février 2011 à 09:22 • Emmanuel Perrin
Connaissez-vous la différence entre l’Arctique et l’Antarctique ?Souvent confondus entre eux, l’Arctique et l’Antarctique sont pourtant situés aux antipodes. Et ce n’est pas leur seule différence…Savez-vous vraiment où se situent Arctique et l’Antarctique ? Si le premier se trouve précisément là où est localisé le Pôle Nord (c’est à dire dans l’hémisphère nord), l’autre assez logiquement se situe au Pôle Sud, c’est à dire dans l’hémisphère sud.Mais une fois que l’on sait cela, est-il pour autant plus facile de les différencier ? Car des dissemblances notoires, il y’en a un certain nombre entre ces deux zones géographiques, que l’on fait souvent l’erreur de confondre entre elles. Deux endroits du monde que tout oppose Tout d’abord, il faut savoir que celles-ci ne possèdent pas vraiment le même terrain géologique. Si l’Arctique se compose à peu de chose près que de banquise (autrement dit d’eau de mer qui a gelé), l’Antarctique est quant à lui considéré comme un continent à part entière où se niche sous sa glace une croûte terrestre composée de montagnes ou encore de volcans.À lire aussiUn incroyable panorama à 360° montre la planète Mars comme vous ne l’avez jamais vueLa faune également n’est pas la même aux deux extrémités des pôles. Si en Arctique on peut observer de nombreuses espèces animales comme les phoques, les pingouins, les rennes, les renards, sans oublier les majestueux ours polaires, en Antarctique, la population animale – hormis les manchots – est beaucoup plus rare. Du côté des températures, là non plus les choses ne semblent pas être tout à fait les mêmes aux deux endroits du globe. Alors que la moyenne des températures annuelles se situe autour des -10 °C au Pôle Nord, en Antarctique, les températures peuvent atteindre les -20 °C en raison de l’altitude, du faible ensoleillement ou encore de la présence d’un courant océanique qui glace littéralement l’atmosphère. Sans oublier que lorsque c’est l’été en Arctique, c’est l’hiver en Antarctique. Et inversement. Enfin, il faut également préciser que si l’Arctique, dont font partie le Canada, les États-Unis, le Groenland (Danemark), la Russie, la Norvège et l’Islande, est un territoire largement peuplé, il n’en va pas de même pour le pôle Sud. En Antarctique, il n’existe en effet que des bases scientifiques qui accueillent uniquement des gens pour travailler, mais qui n’habitent pas à proprement parler les lieux.Le 6 décembre 2018 à 16:06 • Guichaoua Virginie
Tempest is one of the most celebrated arcade games ever produced. It was revolutionary for its time, offering a gameplay experience like no other. And that’s what makes this 1:6 scale playable Tempest arcade machine so exciting, especially since it’s on sale for just $99.99.It was all the back in 1981 that Tempest first hit arcade floors. What helped make it an instant classic was the fact that it offered 3D vector graphics and it gave players the option to skip levels they’d already mastered. The unique triangular aesthetic of the game cabinet was also a draw and continues to be a source of nostalgic euphoria for those that remember playing it.And that’s why original Tempest arcade cabs continue to be in high demand. Unfortunately, finding an original in working condition is difficult and, if you do happen to locate one, you can expect a huge price tag to be attached to it. That puts the ownership of an original cab out of reach for most, which is what makes this scale replica so exciting.From the folks at RepliCade, this 1:6 scale Tempest arcade cab is a fully playable work of art. It matches every aspect of the original in stunning detail. The angles of the cabinet are accurate, the side artwork is perfect, and even the marquee and coin slots light up.And, though the cabinet is scaled down significantly, it still manages to offer a gameplay experience that’s just like the original. It features modern controls that are as responsive as can be and the high-resolution screen will let you see even the smallest objects in great detail. The cabinet itself is made with wood and metal for durability and the game ROM is officially licensed from Atari.Never played before? Then this is a fantastic opportunity to experience what it was like to play Tempest in an arcade. To win, players rotate a gun around the edge of a geometric playing field and shoot enemies as they approach. The geometric shape of the playing field changes from level to level, becoming progressively difficult. Which was really unique for the time, as most other games — like Pac-Man — maintained the same playing field throughout.Start collecting your quarters because this vintage styled arcade cabinet would look great in any games room, office, or bar. Get your game on and save 16 percent off the cost of the Tempest 1:6 scale playable arcade machine, available now at the Geek Shop for just $99.99. Stay on target This $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 TodayThis Easy-to-Fly LED Drone Performs Acrobatic Moves Tempest x Replicade 1:6 Scale Playable Arcade Machine – $99.99See Deal
Stay on target Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutResearchers Transform CO2 Into Liquid Fuel Iron Man may be dead in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following Avengers: Endgame (no matter how loudly you whine on your stupid fan petition that shouldn’t even exist) but actor Robert Downey Jr. sure isn’t. The reformed former prisoner now has more money than God following his decade-long career as Iron Man. And fortunately, it appears he isn’t about to use that cash to fall back into old bad habits.Instead, Downey Jr. has announced a new Earth-saving initiative, The Footprint Coalition, to clean up the planet through the power of advanced technology that actually exists.Downey Jr. announced the organization at Amazon’s re:MARS, a conference dedicated to fields like robotics and space and machine learning and other Iron Man-esque topics. And lucky for us our best and brightest minds are still trying to think of ways to save this planet from the ravages of man-made climate change instead of just exporting human capitalism across the Solar System.“Between robotics and nanotechnology, we could clean up the planet significantly, if not totally, in 10 years,” Downey Jr. said according to Variety. “God I love experts. They’re like Wikipedia with character defects.”The Footprint Coalition is slated to launch next April. We’re also looking forward to Downey Jr.s’ upcoming YouTube Red documentary about artificial intelligence. Hopefully he gets some help from his fellow wealthy Avengers actors. This is a way better solution for saving Earth than just wiping out half of humanity. For more on how the Earth is doomed unless we radically act now here’s why climate change is forcing reindeer to eat seaweed and why global income inequality is on the rise alongside global temperatures.
SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Tom and Catherine Andrews live on the edge of devastation.On one side of their mid-century style home, the deadly wildfires that ravaged parts of Northern California for more than a week wiped away the houses of neighbors they have known as long as two decades. On the other side were those like the Andrews, who were spared.On Monday as calm winds gave an advantage to firefighters trying to tame the flames, the couple balanced their good fortune against the losses suffered by many friends.“It was disbelief and just feeling like the luckiest guy on earth,” Tom Andrews said. “I can’t believe, I mean, total destruction 50 feet away and to have our house still standing here.”For his wife, a real estate agent who sold many of the homes to friends on Wikiup Drive, there was bitter along with the sweet.“It’s heartbreaking,” she said. “I’m trying not to have survivor’s guilt, I think they call it. But we’ve been here 20 years this week. We raised our kids in this house. So many of the families on this hill raised their kids.”
SEATTLE — The spectacular theft of a 76-seat plane from the Seattle airport by a ground crew employee is prompting an industrywide review of how to thwart such insider security threats, though it remains unclear what steps airlines might take.“This is too big a deal. It’s not going to go away,” said Glen Winn, a former Secret Service agent who teaches in the University of Southern California’s aviation security program. “There’s going to be a lot of discussion, a lot of meetings, a lot of finger-pointing, and it’s going to come down to: How do we stop it?”Investigators are continuing to piece together how 3½-year Horizon Air employee Richard Russell stole the empty Bombardier Q400 turboprop on Friday evening and took off on a roughly 75-minute flight, executing steep banks and even a barrel roll while being tailed by fighter jets. He finally crashed into a forested island south of Seattle.Russell was killed. No one else was hurt. In conversation with an air-traffic controller, he described himself as “just a broken guy,” said he “wasn’t really planning on landing” the aircraft, and claimed he didn’t want to hurt anyone else.Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire called the theft from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport “truly a one-in-a-million experience,” but added, “That doesn’t mean we can’t learn from it.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue crews responded to a building to free a man stuck inside a freight elevator in Fort Lauderdale.Officials said the man was working on a remodeling project when the elevator got stuck between the first and fifth floors of the building near West Cypress Creek and North Andrews Way, Wednesday morning.Firefighters were able to free the man by pulling him up using specialized equipment.The rescue crew strapped a harness onto the worker and raised him out of the elevator shaft.There were no landings on the floors where the worker got stuck, so firefighters had to lower themselves to the sixth floor to make the save.The man was not injured.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The superintendent of the Anchorage School District presented his State of the Schools speech to a group of principals and community members Friday morning. New data shows that the schools are improving but still have a ways to go.Preliminary standardized test scores show that about 83 percent of Anchorage’s students can read well and 79 percent can write well. Those scores are up from last year. Math scores are down slightly — only 71 percent passed– but that may be due to the introduction of a new curriculum. The school district wants 90 percent of all students to pass all three subjects by 2020, but they’re behind on reaching that target.School attendance is on the rise for all grades, but four year graduation rates are down slightly.“Yes, we have a lot work ahead of us,” said Superintendent Ed Graff during his speech at the East High Auditorium. “I’m confident we’ll get there.”Graff introduces members of the Class of 2027 during the State of the Schools speech.He says one of the key ways to help students is to engage them more with the subjects. “Great things happen for students when you provide them with interesting, hands-on activities. We know this from our own observations and our own experiences.”Graff said to help encourage that, student engagement will be a major component of teacher evaluations. The district will also continue its focus on social and emotional learning skills — helping students learn how to interact in healthy ways. Graff said students with those skills perform better academically.One of the pilot programs for the upcoming year will add more pre-K classrooms to the district and introduce literacy coaches.Graff said similar programs are already working in Anchorage’s schools. “Tyson Elementary School has both a Title I coach and a building literacy coach. They’ve seen student test scores jump 12 to 18 percent in reading, writing, and math. When we provide the resources to our schools and our students, they achieve.”Graff did not address the district-wide staff cuts during his speech. They cut 105 positions for this school year. Speaking to reporters he acknowledged that it does make student success harder, but he said other resources can fill some of the gaps. “Those resources look like different things. It’s not always about a position. Sometimes it’s about the right materials. Sometimes it’s about the right training. Sometimes it’s about the right community and parent involvement and partnership. So that’s really what we’re focused on.”The district will also be using federal money to provide more free meals to kids with less paperwork for the school. And they’re adding more cameras, auto-lock doors, and better intercom systems so that students and staff feel safer.Anchorage schools re-open for most students on August 20.
Nayanthara to romance Rajinikanth.PR HandoutNayanthara is on a roll. The actress, who is considered to be one of the most sought after actresses in South India, is working with some of the big names of Tamil and Telugu films. Now, she seems to be ready to work with one more star.Yes, Nayanthara has been offered Suriya’s 39th movie, which will be directed by Siruthai Siva. The makers have approached her to play the female lead and the talks are reportedly underway. She has already worked with the actor in the films like AR Murugadoss’ Ghajini (South version), KS Ravikumar’s Aadhavan and Venkat Prabhu’s Massu Engira Maasilamani.Not to forget, Nayanthara was part of Siruthai Siva’s 2019 superhit movie, Viswasam in which she paired up with Ajith Kumar. The actress had a strong role in the film. With the film becoming a hit and sharing a good rapport with the director, she has very little chances of turning down the offer.Nayanthara is one of the busiest actresses in South India who has ample of interesting projects in her kitty. She has teamed up with stars like Chiranjeevi in Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy, Vijay in the untitled film (Thalapathy 63), Rajinikanth’s Darbar and Sivakarthikeyan’s Mr Local.Coming back to Suriya’s film with Siva, the forthcoming film is being funded by Studio Green. The shooting of the movie will begin in June. Vetri is the cinematographer, while Ruben is the editor. A screen shot from Suriya’s NGK.YouTube screenshot