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103 Rohingyas detained in Chittagong

first_imgPolice arrested 103 Rohingya refugees from different parts of Patiya upazila of Chittagong from Sunday night till Monday morning.Acting on information that some Rohingyas were staying in different parts of the upazila, a team of police conducted an overnight drive and arrested 103 Rohingyas, said police officer-in-charge Sheikh Neyamat Ullah.All of them will be sent back to Kutupalong Rohingya camp in Ukhiya upazila of Cox’s Bazar, the OC added.Several lakh Rohingya people have entered Bangladesh in the last several weeks following fresh attacks on Rohingya Muslims by the Myanmar army in Rakhine State.At least 27 check-posts have been set up in Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar to prevent spread of Rohingyas to other places.last_img read more

Krishi Bank exDGM arrested for graft

first_imgThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has arrested a former deputy general manager of Bangladesh Krishi Bank from his Uttara residence for allegedly embezzling over Tk 490 million, reports UNB.An ACC team, led by its deputy director Shamsul Alam, arrested former DGM of the bank’s Karwan Bazar branch Md Iqbal Hossain Mollah from his house at about 2:00am on Friday, ACC public relations officer Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told UNB.On 4 August 2017, the ACC filed a case with Tejgaon police station against Iqbal and others for allegedly swindling out money from the bank.According to the case statement, Iqbal in collusion with others plundered over Tk 490 million from Krishi Bank’s Karwan Bazar branch preparing fake loan documents.last_img read more

SK Sinha applies for Australian visa

first_imgChief justice SK Sinha and his wife come out of Dhakeshwari temple after offering worship there on Thursday afternoon. Photo: Zahidul KarimChief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha, on month-long leave, has applied for Australian visa.Witnesses said SK Sinha himself went to the Australian visa centre at Gulshan-2 on Thursday morning to apply for the visa.Sources said Sinha’s elder daughter lives in Australia.Law minister Anisul Huq on 2 October told the media that chief justice SK Sinha applied for month-long leave on health grounds, but the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) and opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) alleged that the chief justice was sent on forced leave following strained relations with the government.Meanwhile, the prime minister’s international affairs adviser Gowher Rizvi visited the chief justice at his official residence at Hare Road in the capital on Friday morning.Sources said prime minister’s adviser stayed at CJ’s residence for about an hour.Some officials of the Supreme Court registrar office also met the chief justice.last_img read more

40km human chain for addressing death trap

first_imgA 40-kilometer long human chain was formed demanding effective steps to prevent road accidents on Dhaka-Chattogram highway in Sitakunda on Saturday. Photo:UNBFrustrated by recurring road accidents in Sitakunda on the Dhaka-Chattogram highway, local stakeholders formed a 40-kilometre long human chain on Saturday, reports UNB.They held the demonstration as at least 36 people were killed and more than 100 people were injured in the past three months on that area.Students, teachers and members of more than one hundred social, cultural and political organisations joined the human chain that last for about two hours.The demonstrators demanded immediate and effective steps to prevent road accidents and ensure overall road safety.Speakers there said the highway has turned into a death trap as number of accidents has increased alarmingly, particularly in Sitakunda and Mirsharai points.They blamed ‘unskilled drivers’ for the unwanted accidents.At least 142 people died in road accidents in Sitakunda in past one year, according to government data.Apart from careful driving, the demonstrators emphasised the importance of awareness of the passengers and surveillance by the authorities to address the situation.The human chain, considered longest ever in this part of the country, was organised by ‘Sitakunda Samity Chattogong’.Students and teachers of Fouzdarhat KM High School, Shitalpur Multipurpose High School, Shilpur Madrasa, South Mechzidda Government Primary School, Kumira Girls’ School and Mosque High School along with Sitakunda Journalists Association, Smile Bangladesh, Jaijaidin Friends Forum, Hafiz Jute Mills, Green Education, Communist Party of Bangladesh, Sitakunda Evolution Club and Lions Club of Chattogong Liberty, among others, participated in the human chain.last_img read more

New attack on Egypt Christians kills 28

first_imgMasked gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians on a visit to a monastery south of the Egyptian capital on Friday, killing at least 28 people including children, officials said.The assailants in three pick-up trucks attacked the bus as it carried visitors to the Saint Samuel monastery in Minya province, more than 200 kilometres (120 miles) from Cairo, before fleeing, the interior ministry said.It was the latest attack on Copts after Islamic State (IS) group jihadists bombed three churches in December and April, killing dozens of Christians.Pictures of the bus aired by state television showed the vehicle riddled with machinegun fire and its windows shot out.Cellphone footage and pictures circulated on Egyptian media sites showed several victims who had apparently been shot dead scattered in the desert sand around the bus.State television quoted a health ministry official as saying a “large number” of the victims were children.“They used automatic weapons,” Minya governor Essam el-Bedawi told state television of the attackers.Bedawi said police were fanning out along the road where the attack took place and had set up checkpoints.State television reported that the attack killed 28 people, citing the health minister.The latest attack came after jihadists had threatened more strikes against the Copts, who make up about 10 percent of Egypt’s 90-million population.In a statement on its spokesman’s Facebook page, the Coptic Church called for “measures to be taken to prevent the dangers of those incidents that tarnish Egypt’s image”.Suicide bombers with the jihadist group struck a Cairo church on December 11, next to the seat of the Coptic pope, killing 29 people.On April 11, bombers attacked two churches north of Cairo on Palm Sunday, killing 45 people, in the deadliest strike in living memory against the Copts.The Copts’ Pope Tawadros II had been leading a service in one of the two churches attacked that day.The bombings prompted President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to declare a three-month state of emergency.‘Unacceptable to Muslims’ -The Egyptian affiliate of IS has also killed several Copts in North Sinai, forcing dozens of families to flee the province in January.Friday’s shooting came after a historic visit to Egypt by Roman Catholic Pope Francis to show solidarity with the country’s Christians.In his late April trip, Francis visited one of the bombed Coptic churches and condemned violence carried out in the name of God.Al-Azhar, Egypt’s top religious authority, condemned Friday’s shooting which took place on the eve of the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.“The Minya incident is unacceptable to Muslims and Christians and it targets Egypt’s stability,” Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Ahmed al-Tayeb said in a statement.Israel, with whom Egypt signed a peace treaty in 1979, also condemned the attack.“Israel strongly condemns the severe terrorist attack in Egypt and sends the condolences of the Israeli people to President al-Sisi and the Egyptian people,” a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said.Copts have suffered sectarian attacks for years.A suicide bomber attacked a church in 2011, and there have been deadly clashes with Muslims, especially in the rural south, following disputes over church construction.Egypt says it has identified those behind the church bombings in April, saying they were part of an extremist cell based in southern provinces, offering a reward for their capture.Sisi has defended the performance of his security forces and accused jihadists of trying to divide Egyptian society by attacking vulnerable minorities.last_img read more

12member body to be formed to resolve RMG worker unrest

first_imgWorkers of readymade garment factories continued their protest for third consecutive day. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe government on Tuesday decided to form a 12-member tripartite committee involving representatives of workers, readymade garment (RMG) factory owners and the government to resolve the ongoing problems in the country’s RMG sector by one month.“A decision has been taken to form a 12-member tripartite committee with five representatives from RMG factory owners and five from workers, and the secretaries of the industries and labour ministries to resolve the ongoing crisis in the RMG sector,” commerce minister Tipu Munshi told newsmen after a meeting of the crisis management affairs core committee, reports BSS.He said the committee will scrutinise all sorts of problems in the RMG sector and will take steps to resolve those by one month.State minister for labour and employment Begum Monnujan Sufian, labour secretary Afroza Khan, commerce secretary Md Mofizul Islam, Dhaka Metropolitan Police commissioner Asaduzzaman Miah, president of Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) Siddiqur Rahman, president of Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industries (FBCCI) Md Shafiul Islam Mohiuddin were, among others, present at the meeting held at the Labour Department in the capital in the afternoon.Munshi urged RMG workers to join their work places and assured them of providing their salaries and allowances by one month.last_img read more

Pakistan doctor who helped track bin Laden likely to be released

first_imgA roadside vendor sells newspapers with headlines about the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Lahore. Reuters file photoPakistani prison authorities have moved the jailed doctor believed to have helped the CIA hunt down Osama bin Laden, his attorney said on Saturday, speculating it could be a prelude to his release.The continued imprisonment of Dr Shakil Afridi has long been a source of tension between Pakistan and the United States, which cut military aid over accusations Pakistan continues to shelter Taliban militants fighting US and Afghan soldiers across the border in Afghanistan.A jail official in the northwestern city of Peshawar told Reuters on condition of anonymity that Afridi had been transferred to Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, near the capital Islamabad, but said the reasons were unclear and could simply be security-related.Afridi’s lawyer, Qamar Nadeem, confirmed the transfer of his client but said he was not sure where he was now. Judicial officials could not be reached on Saturday, nor could embassy officials for the United States, which has for years called on Pakistan to release Afridi.Afridi was accused of treason after word spread he had helped the CIA collect genetic samples of the bin Laden family, paving the way for a US Navy SEAL raid in 2011 in the town of Abbottabad that killed the al Qaeda leader accused of plotting the 11 Sept 2001 attacks on the United States that killed nearly 3,000 people.He was arrested days after the U.S. operation – which Pakistan called a violation of its sovereignty – and charged with aiding terrorists.Afridi was sentenced to 23 years’ jail for financing terrorism. That conviction was overturned in 2013, but he is still serving time for other terrorism-related convictions, his lawyer said.He also faced a murder trial related to the death of a patient more than a decade ago.However, the layer said Afridi had recently had his latest sentence reduced to seven years in a clemency action, and had served about that amount of time already.“So I think he can be released very soon,” Nadeem told Reuters.There were no other immediate indications of any release in the works, however.A US State Department official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, called on the Pakistani government to ensure Afridi’s safety.“We are aware ýof reports that Dr. Afridi has been transferred to another prison, and call on the Government of Pakistan to take all necessary measures to ensure Dr. Afridi’s safety,” the official said.“We don’t have anything else at this time and would refer you to the government of Pakistan as to the reasons for his transfer,” the official added.In January 2017, Pakistan’s then-law minister said the country would not release Afridi under any U.S. pressure.“Afridi worked against the law and our national interest, and the Pakistan government has repeatedly been telling the United States that under our law he committed a crime and was facing the law,” Zahid Hamid was quoted as saying at the time.last_img read more

France Britain angered by Trump speech

first_imgDonald TrumpUS president Donald Trump caused anger in France and Britain by suggesting looser gun laws could have helped prevent deadly attacks in Paris in 2015 and linking knife crime in London to a handgun ban.In a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA) on Friday, Trump mimicked the shooting of victims in the Paris rampage and said if civilians had been armed “it would have been a whole different story.” The French government issued its strongest criticism of Trump since he took office and one minister urged the leader to apologise, at a time when President Emmanuel Macron has been reinforcing bilateral ties following a state visit.“France expresses its firm disapproval of President Trump’s comments about the Paris attacks on Nov. 13, 2015 and demands that the memory of the victims be respected,” the foreign office said in a statement.“France is proud to be a country where acquiring and carrying firearms is strictly regulated.”French fmnance minister Bruno Le Maire said he hoped Trump “would come back on his words and express regret”.“His comments are shocking and not worthy of the president of the world’s greatest superpower,” Le Maire told BFM television on Sunday.Other French politicians, including the mayor of Paris, took issue with Trump’s comments, after he acted out the scene of the massacre by Islamist assailants at Paris’ Bataclan concert hall, where 90 of the 130 victims of the attacks died.“They took their time and gunned them down one by one. Boom! Come over here. Boom! Come over here. Boom!,” Trump said, using his hands in a gun gesture.Francois Hollande, who was French president at the time, said on Twitter Trump’s remarks were “shameful” and “obscene”.‘KNIVES, KNIVES, KNIVES, KNIVES’Trauma surgeons in London, meanwhile, said Trump had missed the point when, in the same speech, he linked knife crime there to an absence of guns.Comments by Trump have caused upset before in Britain. Relations with Prime Minister Theresa May cooled last year after she criticised him for retweeting anti-Islam videos by a British far-right group.Trump, who is due to visit Britain on July 13, told NRA members that a “once very prestigious” London hospital, which he did not name, had become overwhelmed with knife attack victims.“They don’t have guns. They have knives and instead there’s blood all over the floors of this hospital,” he said. “They say it’s as bad as a military war zone hospital. Knives, knives, knives, knives,” he said, making stabbing gestures.London suffered a spike in knife crime early this year, and saw more murders during February and March than New York.Last month, trauma surgeon Martin Griffiths told the BBC some of his colleagues had likened the Royal London Hospital in east London where he works to the former British military base Camp Bastion in Afghanistan.But on Saturday he indicated Trump had drawn the wrong conclusion from his remarks.Griffiths posted his comment next to an animation of a stick figure with the phrase “The Point” flying over its head and also linked to a statement on the hospital’s website by fellow trauma surgeon Karim Brohi.“There is more we can all do to combat this violence, but to suggest guns are part of the solution is ridiculous. Gunshot wounds are at least twice as lethal as knife injuries and more difficult to repair,” Brohi said in the statement on Saturday.Britain’s government effectively banned handgun ownership in England, Scotland and Wales after a school shooting in 1996.last_img read more

Japan MP stirs controversy saying mums should care for toddlers

first_imgJapanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Koichi Hagiuda, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, is seen in this file photo. Photo: CollectedJapanese prime minister Shinzo Abe’s government came under fire Tuesday after a senior MP suggested only women should raise children under three and another urged newly-weds to have at least three kids.Abe’s government has made “womenomics” — or boosting women’s participation in the workplace — a priority, as the country’s workforce drops amid a rapidly ageing population.But Koichi Hagiuda, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), touched off a firestorm on Sunday when he said men rearing children might be “unwelcome” for them.”Children need an environment where they can stay with their mothers … if you ask infants under three which parent they like more, the answer should be mama, even though there are no firm statistics to support it,” said Hagiuda, 54, the LDP’s executive acting secretary-general.Those remarks came after another MP, Kanji Kato, doubled down on comments suggesting young couples should produce at least three children, saying he had received popular backing.But the leader of the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party lashed out on Tuesday, saying the comments were “intolerable.””There are many people who cannot give birth to children despite wanting to and there are many single-father families,” Yukio Edano said. “Don’t they notice these facts?”Sumire Hamada, from rights group Asia-Japan Women’s Resource Center, told AFP that Hagiuda’s comments were “out of the question.””What happened to the government’s pledge to build a society where men can participate in child-rearing?”These comments overturn what the government has said, and I’m sure many fathers have been angered” by Hagiuda’s “rude remarks,” she said.Another campaigner said the remarks could encourage men to persist in the long working-hours culture endemic in Japan.Tetsuya Ando, founder of the organisation Fathering Japan, told AFP: “When he said children under three like mothers more than fathers, that’s unacceptable.””That kind of remark puts pressure on working mothers to stay at home while removing fathers’ rights to rear children,” said Ando, 55, himself a dad-of-three.last_img read more

Bangladesh appoints new Ambassador to China

first_imgMahbub Uz Zaman. Photo: UNBThe government has decided to appoint Mahbub Uz Zaman, currently serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific) at the foreign ministry, as the new Bangladesh Ambassador to China, reports BSS.Mahbub Uz Zaman, a career foreign service officer, belongs to the 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) foreign affairs cadre.In his distinguished diplomatic career of over 30 years, Mahbub served as the High Commissioner of Bangladesh to Singapore and Sri Lanka, a foreign ministry press release said.He also worked in various capacities in Bangladesh Permanent Missions in Geneva, New York as well as Bangladesh Missions in Tokyo, Ottawa and New Delhi. At headquarters, from December 2016, he has been serving as the secretary (Asia and Pacific).Zaman obtained his Bachelor (Honours) and Master degrees in Economics from Dhaka University. He also obtained a diploma in French language and International Relations from Belgium.last_img read more

Three Years After Launch Has Upskill Houston Helped Strengthen The Workforce

first_img X 00:00 /03:27 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen Florian MartinPeter Beard, senior vice president of regional workforce development at the GHP, says UpSkill Houston has helped boost enrollment in middle skill training courses.Three years ago, the Greater Houston Partnership launched UpSkill Houston, a workforce development initiative aimed at increasing the number of middle-skilled workers.So what has the program achieved at this point?To find out, we sat down with Peter Beard, senior vice president of regional workforce development at the GHP.To listen to the interview, click on the play button above.last_img read more

Trump Puerto Rico Put Budget Out of Whack But Lives Saved

first_img“He Didn’t Play Politics At All.”They still lack power, got water back Sunday and said they have seen no federal officials since Maria struck.“What more do they want us to do?” asked Ray Negron, 38, resting in the shade of a church after a morning collecting debris. “Nobody’s come.”On approach to the airport, Air Force One descended over a landscape marked by mangled palm trees, metal debris strewn near homes and patches of stripped trees, yet with less devastation evident than farther from San Juan.At least in his first moments on the island, Trump remained focused primarily on drawing praise. “He didn’t play politics at all,” he said of the governor, making clear that he considers those who have criticized him to be politically driven. Trump misstated Maria as a Category 5 hurricane; it was Category 4 when it hit Puerto Rico.“I appreciate your support and I know you appreciate ours,” he said. “Our country has really gone all out. It’s not only dangerous, it’s expensive. But I consider it a great honor.” “Let’s Stop Talking About The Death Count.”In Washington, Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., noted that many people in more remote areas still in dire straits and in need of food and water. He told CNN, “Let’s stop talking about the death count until this is over.” It stands at 16 now, and 95 percent of electricity customers remain without power, including some hospitals.The most prominent critic in Puerto Rico, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz, attended Trump’s first event, in an airport hangar, shaking Trump’s hand as he went around a table greeting officials before sitting in in the shadow of a hulking, gray military plane.“How are you?” he asked. Her response could not be heard. He thanked her. Days earlier, Cruz said the Trump administration was “killing us with the inefficiency,” pleading for more effective federal leadership in the crisis.Air Force One brought the president, first lady Melania Trump and aides to Puerto Rico in late morning. They were expected to spend more than five hours on the ground, meeting first responders, local officials and some of the 3.4 million people whose lives have been upended by a hurricane that, in the president’s words, left the island U.S. territory “flattened.” Share “Tremendous Progress.”Before leaving Washington, he said Puerto Ricans who have called the federal response insufficient “have to give us more help.”Large-scale protests against Trump, talked about in advance, failed to materialize by early afternoon, with only a few knots of people gathering around San Juan to decry his criticism of local politicians.As he headed out from the White House to visit the island, Trump told reporters that “it’s now acknowledged what a great job we’ve done.”The trip is Trump’s fourth areas battered by storms during an unusually violent hurricane season that has also seen parts of Texas, Florida, Louisiana and the U.S. Virgin Islands inundated by floodwaters and hit by high winds.Nearly two weeks after the Puerto Rico storm, much of the countryside is still struggling to access such basic necessities as food, fresh water and cash.Trump’s visit follows a weekend in which he aggressively pushed back against critics, including Cruz. Trump responded angrily on Twitter, deriding the “poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get their workers to help.”“They want everything to be done for them when it should be a community effort,” he added, scoffing at “politically motivated ingrates” who had criticized the federal work, and insisting that “tremendous progress” was being made.Cruz had begged the administration to “make sure somebody is in charge that is up to the task of saving lives.”Trump and his wife also visited Navy and Marine Corps personnel on the flight deck of the USS Kearsarge. Twitter user @CNNPresident Trump arrives in Puerto Rico 2 weeks after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island.President Donald Trump highlighted Puerto Rico’s relatively low death toll compared with “a real catastrophe like Katrina” as he opened a tour of the island’s devastation Tuesday, focusing on the best of the reviews he and his administration are getting rather than criticism of the federal response to Hurricane Maria.Trump pledged an all-out effort to help the island but added: “Now I hate to tell you, Puerto Rico, but you’ve thrown our budget a little out of whack because we’ve spent a lot of money on Puerto Rico. And that’s fine. We’ve saved a lot of lives.”He said his visit was “not about me” but then praised local officials for offering kind words about the recovery effort and invited one to repeat the “nice things” she’d said earlier. Trump also singled out Gov. Ricardo Rossello for “giving us the highest praise.”“Every death is a horror,” he said, “but if you look at a real catastrophe like Katrina and you look at the tremendous, hundreds of and hundreds and hundreds of people that died, and you look at what happened here … nobody’s ever seen anything like this.” An Upbeat ReportAt least parts of the itinerary were drawn to ensure a friendly reception: Trump was visiting the houses of pre-selected families waiting on their lawns.The president also handed out flashlights at a church, where 200 people cheered his arrival and crowded around him getting pictures on their cellphones.“There’s a lot of love in this room, a lot of love,” Trump said. “Great people.”Asked by AP what he has to say to people still without power, food and water, he spoke of the generators brought to the island and said the electrical grid is being fixed.“Again the job that’s been done here is really nothing short of a miracle,” he said.In the Playita neighborhood in the heart of San Juan, a few miles from the air base where Trump gave his upbeat report on progress, people cleaned sewer water from their homes and businesses, stacked fouled clothes in shopping carts and piled them on street corners alongside wet mattresses and pieces of broken metal roofs. Next StepsEven before the storm hit on Sept. 20, Puerto Rico was in dire condition thanks to a decade-long economic recession that had left its infrastructure, including the island’s power lines, in a sorry state. Maria was the most powerful hurricane to hit the island in nearly a century and unleashed floods and mudslides that knocked out the island’s entire electrical grid and telecommunications, along with many roads.Trump and other administration officials have worked in recent days to reassure Americans that recovery efforts are going well and combat a perception that the president failed to fully grasp the magnitude of the storm’s destruction in its immediate aftermath.According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, there are now more than 10,000 federal officials on the ground on the island, and 45 percent of customers now have access to drinking water. Businesses are also beginning to re-open, with 60 percent of retail gas stations now up and running.The Health and Human Services Department says federal medical teams with their own equipment and supplies have been sent to help provide care at Centro Medico, a major trauma center in San Juan. Additional teams have been sent to five hospitals in other parts of the island.For many, however, Washington’s response isn’t enough. On Monday, the nonprofit relief group Oxfam announced that it would be taking the rare step of intervening in an American disaster, citing its outrage over what it called a “slow and inadequate response.”last_img read more

Crunching The New Campaign Finance Numbers In Texas After Harvey

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich | Texas TribuneSome of Texas’ U.S. Congressional delegation at the opening of Austin’s VA clinic on August 22, 2013 include, l to r, Sen. Ted Cruz, Congressmen Lloyd Doggett, John Carter, Michael McCaul, Joe Barton and Roger Williams.Over the weekend, incumbents and federal candidates jockeying for office in 2018 submitted what their campaigns raked in and spent during the third quarter of the year. Here are a few blurbs we thought were worth the highlight: • Democrats are showing some (financial) strength. In July, four GOP congressional incumbents from Texas were outraised by their Democratic opponents in the second quarter of the year. This time around, that number shrunk to two, with U.S. Reps. John Culberson of Houston and Lamar Smith of San Antonio being surpassed by their Democratic challengers for a second round in a row. But other GOP congressmen, such as Reps. Pete Sessions of Dallas and Will Hurd of Helotes, posted strong third quarters. • Hurricane Harvey may have hindered fundraising — which is something Culberson pointed to, saying it is “certainly not tasteful to raise money from people who’ve been devastated and lost everything.” Both Republican and Democratic candidates are reporting lukewarm third-quarter hauls, and there appears to be another large undercurrent, at least on the Democratic side: Donors are waiting to fork over cash until fields of contenders shape up after the primaries, per an operative with a super PAC that backs Democratic House candidates. • There’s still one report left to go. Registered candidates have to file what they raised and spent between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 by the end of January 2018. Between now and then, expect more hopefuls to chuck their hats into the ring — Exhibit A — and others to withdraw their bids amid dried-up coffers. Things on the GOP side will soon heat up ahead of the state’s competitive March primary season.last_img read more

Teacher Story Slam Educators Share Their Take On Innovation Challenges

first_imgThis series was produced with the support from the Education Writers Association’s Reporting Fellowship. Things Were Different ThenPaul Castro is the superintendent of a charter school system here in Houston called A+UP. He talked about how approaches to education have changed over the years, starting with a conversation he had with his mother about her experience in school in Corpus Christi and ending with a recent encounter with one of his students. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Michael StravatoAnita Wadhwa speaks at Houston Public Media’s Story Slam in Houston, Wednesday Nov. 8, 2017. (Photo by Michael Stravato)On Wednesday, Nov. 8, teachers from around Greater Houston gathered to share stories of their experiences in education during a teacher story slam event at Houston’s Furr High School.For the past year, News 88.7’s education reporter Laura Isensee has been reporting on Furr High School, which is trying to come up with a new model for high school thanks to a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute. But – aside from Furr – plenty of educators from other schools across Greater Houston have ideas for how to improve education and how to improve their students’ lives.This event was a chance to hear from some of them and learn about their experiences both as people and with their students. Nine different educators got onstage to tell their stories.Below, you can check out a slideshow, plus videos of some of the storytellers and audio from several more who were featured on Houston Matters.– / 6 00:00 /06:47 Listen X No Such Thing As Bad KidsAlbert Wei is a former teacher who works at the education nonprofit ProUnitas. He talked about becoming a government and economics teacher at Sharpstown High School right out of college, at the age of 22. He says both his fellow teachers and students gave him a specific warning when he started his job. 00:00 /13:26 Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Seeing Students As HumanWriter Leslie Contreras Schwartz talked about her experience teaching writing to some elementary school kids. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /10:00 Sharelast_img read more

Five Things To Know About The Push To Rethink American High School

first_img Share Eric KayneStudents experiment with rockets during Genius Time, an elective at Furr High School.Furr High School on the east side of Houston isn’t alone in its quest to build a super school fit for the new century.Nine other schools that also won $10 million grants each from the XQ Institute plus a growing number of districts and states are exploring how to remake the American high school. For example, just with the American Association of School Administrators, a network of about 80 districts are moving in this direction.News 88.7’s Laura Isensee spoke with one advocate at the forefront of that push, former West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise. He’s the president of the Alliance for Excellent Education and also served as a judge for the XQ Institute’s Super School competition. He did not judge Furr’s application.In his advocacy, Wise points to statistics like the forecast that of the 11.6 million jobs created since the Great Recession, more than 90 percent of them went to people with more than a high school diploma.Below are some highlights from their conversation.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/22123732/Wise1-audiogram.mp400:0000:0000:13Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Why the current high school model isn’t enough: “The high school diploma is what gets you started. It’s a starting gun in the race. It’s no longer the finish line. And so therefore, what is it that we need to be in that high school experience that gives students the ability to persist in additional learning experiences? We know that a student is going to have to be re-educated countless times. I’ve seen estimates of as much as 10 or 12 times during their working lifetime for the jobs they’re going to fill. We know that we don’t know most of the jobs they’re going to fill. So what we have to do is to be able to prepare them to succeed, but not able to give them all the time a target — a definite job to look at.”What parts of the traditional model would he keep: “There some traditional parts of education you want to keep — the relationship between an adult in the building and a student is one of the single most important determinants of whether that student will stay in school. The teacher and how that teacher teaches is the most important determinant of the success of a student in the school. And you also want engaged school leaders. Because that teacher —  the other adults in the building — the interaction with the students and the parents, that’s going to be determined by the principal. And so you need strong school leadership. At the same time you need strong district leadership.”What’s the biggest challenge in creating a new model: “I think the biggest challenge is buy-in. At some point, you’ve got to get buy- in several different places. Obviously, if you’re working in a school district, at some point that district leadership needs to be supporting you, because for most systems, the district provides the infrastructure, the resources and the policies that are necessary. But you have to get buy-in in a lot of other places, too. Teachers have to understand and appreciate and be part of this process. And that’s why any successful school initiative such as this involves working closely with teachers before you start the process. It can’t be a top-down, ‘Here’s what we’re going to start on Tuesday.’ The other place is students and parents have to understand what you’re trying to accomplish.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/22130540/Wise2-audiogram.mp400:0000:0000:19Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.How a more personalized approach can benefit under-served students: “If you’re serious about it, it does. And indeed many of these school models … focus on the historically under-served student. And indeed, if this doesn’t reach them, then we failed. Because when we talk about deeper learning and what a student needs, we’re not talking about what 25 percent of the students now need. That that was in my day, back in the ’60s. We’re talking about what almost 100 percent of students need, if they’re truly going to be successful in today’s society.”Why he’s so passionate about this: “I grew up in West Virginia and in 1965, a high school classmate of mine told me then, education is the only passport from poverty. And he was right in 1965 and he was even more right many, many years later. It is the only passport from poverty. And for the half of our students who could be —  not all of them, but could be — at risk of not succeeding, for many students in our country, education is the only passport to both prosperity and from poverty.”Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/22132237/Wise3-audio-gram.mp400:0000:0000:15Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

DC Mayor Signs Pot Decriminalization Bill

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray has signed a bill that decriminalizes possession of small amounts of marijuana.Like all new laws in the district, the bill now goes to Congress for review. House Speaker John Boehner has said Congress will “look at” the bill. Seventeen states have some form of decriminalization, and Congress rarely acts to invalidate district laws.Gray signed the bill on Monday, a day before Democratic primary voters will decide whether he should receive a second term. The bill’s lead sponsor is one of the mayor’s opponents, D.C. Councilmember Tommy Wells.Wells describes the law as “a victory for the district and a victory for justice,” citing a study that found black residents were eight times more likely than whites to be arrested for pot possession.last_img read more

Still Time to Nominate Small Business Persons for 2015 Awards

first_img(Image Courtesy of Facebook)The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Baltimore District Office is accepting nominations for the successful small business person who might become Maryland’s “Small Business Person of the Year” for 2015 and compete for the national title during National Small Business Week, May 4-8, 2015. Nominees are also being sought for Small Business Champion and Special Award categories. The deadline for nomination submissions is Jan. 5, 2015.This is an excellent opportunity to promote your own business, a client or even an employee. It’s your chance to be recognized for all of your hard work and entrepreneurial spirit. Both the nominator and nominee receive recognition through this awards program. Who can’t use some free publicity these days?Small Business Person of the Year nominees will be judged on a variety of criteria, including staying power, growth in employment and sales, innovation of product or service and evidence of contributions to the community.Small Business Champion awards are presented to persons who have used their professional or personal talents to further the public’s understanding and awareness of small business. Candidates must have taken an active role in creating opportunities to promote the interests of small business.Champion award categories include: Financial Services, Home-Based Business, Accountant, Attorney, Insurance, Minority, Veteran and Women. Special award categories include: Family-Owned Small Business, Entrepreneurial Success, Small Business Exporter and Young Entrepreneur.Nominations can be made by an individual or an organization. The Maryland program accepts nominations for individuals or businesses operating within the City of Baltimore and all Maryland counties except Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.To obtain nomination criteria and submission guidelines, visit  www.sba.gov/md or contact Rachel Howard at (410) 244-3337 or by email at rachel.howard@sba.govlast_img read more

Malcolm X Commemoration

first_imgIbrahim Mumin, Ilyasah Shabazz, one of Malcolm’s daughters, and Thomas Penny at the 50th Anniversary Program commemorating the Assassination of Malcolm X at the Audubon Ballroom (i.e. now the Shabazz Center) in Harlem,N.Y.last_img

Network for Developing Conscious Communities

first_imgJoin Network for Developing Conscious Communities on June 20 at 8 am at the Gladys D. Greene Banquet located at 898 Airport Park Road, Glen Burnie, MD as the NDCC recognizes Dr. Anne Emery, Lela Campbell and Dr. Acklyn Lynch for their contributions. Tickets are $55 Contact Ron Hantz at 410-961-8697 or Charles Brown at 443-768-8251 for more information.last_img

Mayor Pugh Issues Call to Action to Community

first_imgBaltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh will encourage city residents to get involved in their community and stem city violence during a “Call to Action” on June 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Baltimore City Community College.Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh“Our goal is to make sure we have all of our young people engaged and that we invite the community to participate in opportunities to help us reduce crime,” the mayor said at a June 7 news conference announcing the event.The event will include presentations on how residents can get involved, including a demonstration of a community mediation session.The mayor hopes that the event will spread the word about programs available in the city and that more people will be engaged.Pugh began holding “Call to Action” meetings shortly after she took office. Those meetings involved community leaders, activists and representatives from city agencies as well as Baltimore Police.Many of those leaders were at the mayor’s side when she announced the June 10 event, including City Council President Jack Young and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis.last_img read more