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UP set to be the top producer of sugar

December 3, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgUttar Pradesh is all set to overtake Maharashtra and become the top producer of sugar, going by the latest projection of sugar production released by the Indian Sugar Mill Association, an all India body representing sugar mills from all sugar producing States.Target setISMA has set the target of 85 lakh tonne production of sugar in UP, which is 40 % of the total production target in the country. Last year sugar production in UP was 68.40 lakh tonne.Due to a variety of reasons, including lowering water level and drought-like situation, sugar production in Maharashtra has gone down from 84.24 lakh tonne in 2015-16 to 46 lakh tonne, which is a little over half of last year production in the State.Sources in the State Cane Department said it was almost after a decade that UP overtook Maharashtra in annual sugar production. In 2005-6, the State produced 57.84 lakh tonne sugar whereas Maharashtra 51.97 lakh tonne. After that it was Maharashtra which topped the sugar production chart in the country. In 2014-15 the State produced 105 lakh tonne while for UP the figure was 71 lakh tonne.The UP Cane Department officials said such a high production of sugar was made possible due to increase of sugar recovery in sugarcane from around 9 per cent till last year to more than 10 per cent this year. They said the impressive sugar production in the State should result in timely payments to cane farmers.Hard workConfirming the growth in sugar production in UP, the cane commissioner of the State, Vipin Kumar Dwivedi, told the media that it was due to the hard work of the State’s cane farmers and right implementation of the State government’s policies that UP was set to become the top producer of sugar in the country.“The total production of sugar in UP is expected to be more than 81 lakh tonne. We are looking forward to achieve the target of 85 lakh tonne this year,” Mr. Dwivedi said.Deepak Gupta, secretary general of the UP Sugar Mills Association, said “while 35 lakh sugarcane farmers deserve special mention, the State government played a crucial key role in implementation of the plans.”last_img read more

first_imgRashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday declared that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and his party Janata Dal (United) would become extinct like the “dinosaur” after the Lok Sabha results on May 23 and that there were chances that the Assembly elections in the State too could be held in a few months. Reacting to Mr. Yadav’s statement, JD(U) leaders said he was becoming “ostrich-like”.Asked if there were any chances of the Nitish Kumar-led JD(U)’s entering the RJD-led Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) again after the Lok Sabha poll results, Mr. Yadav, who is also Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, told journalists: “Nitish Kumar and JD(U) will become extinct like the dinosaur after May 23… the State Assembly elections too may be held in the next few months.”The former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister also claimed that Mr. Kumar will “resign either on May 23 or shortly after that”. “Differences between the ruling JD(U) and the BJP are growing every day, and will soon lead to a conflict,” he added.Later, Mr. Yadav also tweeted that “big BJP leaders are saying that without allies government will not be formed and Modiji says our coalition is a mahamilavati coalition. Now PM should give it in writing that he will not take help from any non-NDA party after election”.Earlier, senior BJP leader Ram Madhav had admitted that they would need the help of allies to form the government.Mr. Yadav also accused the Chief Minister and the BJP of providing “tampered EVMs” in areas where polling was strongly in favour of the Mahagathbandhan. “We’re noticing that wherever polling is happening strongly in our favour, malfunctioning EVMs are being provided to slow the polling process as per a strategy. This is happening out of fear as we are winning. Just to minimise the winning margin, Mr. Kumar and the BJP are doing this,” Mr. Yadav added.‘Ostrich-like’Reacting to Mr. Yadav’s “dinosaur” comment, ruling NDA leaders said Mr. Yadav was now trying to become “ostrich-like”. “Mr. Yadav is deliberately trying to overlook what is there on the ground. The ground reality is that there is strong support for NDA candidates and they will win all the 40 seats in Bihar,” JD(U) leader and party spokesman Rajiv Ranjan said.last_img read more

first_imgTrump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “Hopefully we can get a medal that has always been our wish right? For the three years we’ve played in the SEA Games that was what we have been wishing for,” said Valdez.“We’ve played in different tournaments since and we’ve also learned from those.”It may give additional pressure, but playing in front of fellow Filipinos is a big boost and source inspiration once the Games start in November, said Valdez.“I think we have to use this as an advantage and that we should feel in ourselves that we are capable of winning,” she said. “If we pressure ourselves to win a medal we would be tense but we should think around that and play inspired because of all the Filipinos supporting us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES After Mt. Apo conquest, Filipina mountaineer ‘Kaya’ targets Mt. Everest Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img MANILA, Philippines—Is third time the charm for Alyssa Valdez?ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I think this is one for the books, I won’t ever forget this one and I hope we can bring glory to our country.”Even at 25, Valdez is already considered a veteran in the pool with her national team experience and she’s hoping that her third stint wearing Philippines’ colors will be the one that ends in a medal.The country finished fifth in 2015 and inched closer to the podium in the 2017 tournament in Malaysia finishing fourth behind bronze medal winner Vietnam. From Singapore to Malaysia, Valdez had represented the Philippines eagerly in the Southeast Asian Games as part of the Philippine National Women’s Volleyball, even carrying the country’s flag in 2015.Valdez, however, has yet to play in the regional games in her own country, until now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Philippines will host the 2019 edition of the Games and while the previous two stints hold a meaningful place in her heart, Valdez knows playing in home soil is going to be exponentially different.“My first SEA Games is still special because that’s the first time I represented the country but the third one, which will be played in our home country, is one for the books,” said Valdez during the announcement of the national team pools Friday at Joy-Nostalg. View comments P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbedlast_img read more


November 26, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgKlopp had been bold in his team selection, bringing inKlopp had been bold in his team selection, bringing in Roberto Firmino for the injured Jordan Henderson, and while it left Liverpool light in central midfield, after the early shock had subsided they began to make chances.Origi, preferred up front to Daniel Sturridge, had a shot blocked and flicked a half-volley wide, Alberto Moreno miscued a volley, Adam Lallana produced an embarrassing air-kick and Firmino steered a header wide, while Coutinho saw a drilled effort deflect behind.Liverpool needed an early goal in the second half and they got it in the 48th minute, Emre Can exchanging passes with first James Milner and then Firmino before releasing Origi to prod his fourth goal in three games past Roman Weidenfeller.No sooner had the hosts closed in than Dortmund accelerated again, Mats Hummels taking Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne out of the game with an exquisite pass and Reus nervelessly beating Mignolet.Coutinho reduced the arrears again with a low strike into the bottom-right corner before Sakho atoned for his earlier misdemeanours by bludgeoning a header into the net from Coutinhos corner.It set up a breathless climax that culminated in Croatian centre-back Lovren climbing at the back post to nod in Milners cross from the right and set the seal on an unforgettable Anfield night. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

first_imgcommunitiesKolkata, Jun 20 (PTI) A five-member delegation of Gorkha National Liberation Front today met West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and submitted a memorandum demanding the states recommendation for tribal status for some hill communities.The delegation, which included Mann Ghising, son of GNLF founder-chief Subash Ghising, told Banerjee that separate statehood for the Darjeeling hills is no longer in their agenda, party spokesperson and ex-MLA Nar Bahadur Chhetri said.He also said there would be elaborate discussion on the issues during the Chief Ministers scheduled visit to Darjeeling next month.”We do not have any demand for statehood. In our memorandum we have mentioned various issues concerning Darjeeling besides our demand for tribal-status… Without the states recommendation the status cannot be earned,” Chhetri told reporters after a 30-minute meeting with Banerjee.”We want to be part of the development. We want to work for the political development as well as for the overall development of the area including economy, tourism and also of the people,” he said.Chhetri alleged that tea workers in five tea gardens in Darjeeling were not getting wages or other benefits and the dues have gone up to Rs eight crore.He said that PWD, Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Arup Biswas, has directed the owners to “clear all the dues within 15 days”.He also alleged “rampant corruption” in the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA), which, he said, featured in the memorandum addressed to the chief minister.Underlining the GNLFs “understanding” with the Trinamool Congress in the Assembly polls, Chhetri, when asked about their strategies of countering the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), said, “We will fight them politically. And in that there will be participation of three other big parties.” PTI SCH MD DIPadvertisementlast_img read more

Outreach Sessions Begin in Province

October 22, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgThe Office of the Ombudsman is holding the first of several outreach sessions across the province Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Sydney to tell people about its work. “These meetings are a chance to meet with Nova Scotians and give them a clearer idea of what we do, services we provide and answer any questions,” said Ombudsman Dwight Bishop. “We hope the sessions provide people with knowledge they can use, including the complaint process, and give us ideas of what Nova Scotians expect from the office. We also use the opportunity to meet with volunteer and community organizations.” The Sydney meeting is from 6 to 9 p.m., Mayflower Mall, 800 Grand Lake Rd. Dates and locations of the other meetings will be announced in March. To arrange a meeting contact the office at 1-800-670-1111 or at The office investigates complaints against provincial and municipal government departments, agencies, boards and commissions. It also provides youth and seniors services, and a public interest disclosure of wrongdoing process. Investigations provide an opportunity to make recommendations that impact policies, procedures and structures. Established in 1971, the office promotes the principles of fairness, integrity and good government. For more information, go to read more

Issa Lopez collaborating with Guillermo

October 18, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgLos Angeles: Tigers Are Not Afraid director Issa Lopez is helming a “werewolf-Western” film with Guillermo del Toro attached to produce. Lopez has revealed she wrote the script for the new project, which is currently with the Oscar-winning director, who also became the “champion” of her recently released horror fantasy film. “I have a movie with Guillermo del Toro, who not only became a champion of that movie but said, ‘What are you going to do next? Let’s do something!’ Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka”I could not believe that. So, we’re prepping a werewolf movie, a supernatural Western. It’s a werewolf-Western. I’m super excited. He has the script, I wrote it, he loves it, and we’re gearing up to make it,” she told Entertainment Weekly. Lopez added werewolf films have been far few in between with An American Werewolf in London as the big one, so it’s time to revisit the narrative. “It’s about revisiting the essence of what it is, which is trying to contain the beast in you. It’s as simple as that, and I think that’s perfectly relatable with humankind, and particularly the moment that we’re living in,” she said.last_img read more

Two men crushed to death by truck

October 18, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgGhaziabad: Two persons in their late 30s were killed after a truck overturned and fell over them at NH-24 in Indirapuram area of Ghaziabad on Friday morning. Cops said that both the deceased men were going for work on a bicycle when the incident took place.According to police, the deceased have been identified as Subhash Gaur and his friend Ram Kumar Pravesh, both residents of Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad. Subhash was peddling the cycle while Ram was riding pillon. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDeepak Sharma, Station House Officer of Indirapuram police station told Millennium Post that the incident occurred around 6.15 am on Friday. Both the deceased were going home after their duty at a private company in Sector 63. Suddenly a truck turned turtle on NH-24 adjacent to Hindon river bridge and both of them were crushed under the truck. “A few passerby informed police and a team rushed to the spot. A crane was called to pull out the bodies. Police have sent the bodies for autopsy and reports are awaited,” he added. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe officer further said that the truck was speeding and while taking a sharp turn, the driver lost it’s control over the vehicle and it turned turtle. Following the incident, a massive traffic jam occurred at the spot and police took nearly one and a half hour to ease traffic. Meanwhile, police have seized the truck while the driver fled after the incident. “Based on complaint received from victim’s kin, an FIR has been registered against the unknown truck driver under section 279 (rash driving) and 304A (death due to negligence) of IPC. We are trying to trace the truck driver on the basis of registration number and are also checking the CCTV footage of nearby area to trace the driver,” he added. Subhash is survived by his wife kusum and two children- daughter Sonali (09) while son Peeyush (07). Ram Kumar is survived by his wife Priyanka and three children-two son and a daughter.last_img read more


October 15, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

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first_imgPARIS – Commuters coped with another day of disrupted train service in France as labour unions insisted Monday they would not back down from a series of strikes that is expected to continue later in the week.Some 80 per cent of French high-speed trains were out of operation as rail workers entered their fourth day of what the unions promised would be periodic rolling strikes through June. About one-quarter of international trains to and from France also were affected.The next round of walkouts is scheduled for Friday and Saturday. The unions have set a strike schedule that calls for work stoppages lasting two or four days per week.“It’s intolerable because we’re all working,” commuter Christelle Gedin said Monday at Paris’ Saint-Lazare station.France’s national SNCF rail authority forecast a resumption of regular domestic high-speed train service for Tuesday, which is not set as a strike day. SNCF said service would be close to normal for international lines, but 20 to 40 per cent of trains not on high-speed domestic routes would be cancelled.The unions are protesting French President Emmanuel Macron’s plans to revoke a special status that allows rail drivers to retain jobs and other benefits for life. The government wants to do away with the protections to make the rail sector more competitive.SNCF chief executive Guillaume Pepy told BFM TV channel the public rail company, including its freight department, has lost about 100 million euros ($123 million) since the strikes started last week.Several hundred union activists protested in Paris as legislators in the National Assembly began debate Monday on the rail reforms sought by Macron’s government.A few protesters hurled bottles, while others waved flares or carried union flags as riot police stood guard, but the protest ended peacefully.“First of all, we are defending our status and that’s a real thing, and secondly, we are defending our public services in France,” striking rail worker Kamel Aroup said.Supporters are crowdfunding online to help striking workers who are giving up their wages during the walkouts.last_img read more

first_imgShimla: Even as three-time MP Anurag Thakur is away ahead in the campaign to defend his home turf, Congress has no clues as to how and where to begin in Hamirpur Parliamentary constituency that party hasn’t won after 1996.With some of the potential names unwilling to take the plunge against Anurag Thakur, the Congress is busy in working its chemistry and math to field a new face. What looked some days back that the party has already shut its doors on former BJP MP Suresh Chandel, who was negotiating a deal with the Congress to join the party for the election, hasn’t given –up his hopes. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The insiders say his name was still under consideration despite former PCC president Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu having made his mind public to contest. Yet, there is a silver lining in his public posturing, and reality. “It’s true that the party hasn’t taken any final call on the candidate in Hamirpur. That doesn’t mean that we wouldn’t have candidates or potential leaders to give the BJP a run. The candidate may be announced in one or two days,” says PCC president Kuldeep Singh Rathore. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KWhat has actually put the Congress on the backfoot in Hamirpur is factionalism in the party. Former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had been favouring, quite only, for Abhishek Rana, son of sitting Congress MLA from Sujanpur. Rajender Rana had defeated former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in 2017 poll and jeopardised the BJP’s plan to see Dhumal’s smooth entry to the Chief Ministerial post. He was the party’s candidate for the post. The BJP did not expect the defeat in Sujanpur though the seat was chosen by Dhumal for the first time. Nonetheless, Rana had suddenly shot into fame as a giant killer and he had been grooming his son to take on Anurag Thakur, who is Dhumal’s son, and former BCCI president. Anurag had covered a lot of grounds in the constituency during past three-four months and his father, who also had remained three-time MP, had not left any effort to recover the lost grounds. In fact, after losing the assembly polls, Dhumal had spent most of the time in his effort to outreach the voters and prepare the pitch for a comfortable win for Anurag Thakur in Lok Sabha. “We are not taking any risk. Everything is meticulously organised and well worked-out,” admits Sanjeev Katwal, a staunch Dhumal loyalist. Now, if the party considers picking-up its candidate other than Sukhu – who is also sitting MLA, then Chandel and Rana are definitely among probable. There have been speculations about fielding an ex-serviceman to woo soldiers’ families as Hamirpur is a significant presence in the army and para-military forces.last_img read more

Blue Jackets lose final game 54 to Sabres

September 28, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

The Columbus Blue Jackets lost their final game of the season, 5-4, to the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday night at Nationwide Arena. “It was a tough season for us. We’re disappointed in the outcome,” Jackets captain Rick Nash said. The two teams got off to a slow start in their second meeting of the season. Neither team was able to get past the other’s defense, leaving the first period of the game scoreless. The pace picked up swiftly in the second, with the first goal of the night by Blue Jackets right wing Derek Dorsett at 4:15, which was answered three minutes later by a goal from Sabre right wing Jason Pominville. “They were always sticking behind us,” Dorsett said on scoring his fourth goal of the season. “So I just took it around the goal.” The Sabres earned their second and third points of the night later in the second period with goals from defenseman Chris Butler and left wing Tyler Ennis. Jackets right wing Jared Boll answered the Sabres’ third goal with one of his own toward the end of the second, bringing the score to 3-2. Great transitions and passing on the part of the Blue Jackets continued into the third period. Columbus left wing Kristian Huselius opened the period with the team’s third point of the night. However, the Blue Jackets’ defense began to lag in the middle of the third, allowing Sabre right wing Drew Stafford and center Paul Gaustad each to score a goal, putting Buffalo up two against Columbus. Huselius was able to score again later in the third, but it wasn’t enough to give his team an advantage, and the Blue Jackets fell, 5-4, to Buffalo. “It was a spirited game,” Jackets coach Scott Arniel said in a postgame press conference. “We really got after them in the third period.” Arniel said the team started out with the goal of making it to the playoffs, but fell short this season. “I have a hollow feeling right now,” he said. “Not playing next week is a little unsettling.” read more

first_imgInternational Mining continues its major series of articles on PT Freeport Indonesia (PTFI) with the Grasberg open pit in the December and the DOZ underground mine in the January issues of the magazine. Latest news from site is that through successful compliance audit results, PTFI will maintain the ISO 14001 certificate of its EMS (Environmental Management System) as stated by the SGS International Certification Services auditing team, during a surveillance audit closeout meeting on November 13. The audit team was comprised of Yosephine Hartanto Nugroho, Farhan Supangkat and Professor RM Partanto Prodjosumarto, who explained during the close-out meeting that there were no major findings in this year’s audit, there is one minor finding related to environmental regulation monitoring; which will be solved after the Environmental Department implements new software, currently on trial. “This is why PTFI is qualified for certification for another year” said the lead auditor Yosephine.Professor RM Partanto Prodjosumarto as the audit team expert passed on his appreciation to PTFI for the success. “PTFI maintains good operations, especially with regard to handling environmental issues and management,” he said.The auditor team made recommendations on 18 observation findings, based on: the evaluation of PTFI compliance related to government regulations; the compatibility of PTFI SML with ISO 14001 Standards; related standard operation procedure in respective work areas and the effectiveness of prevention/reparation and other evaluation aspect. These recommendations were related to various items such as radioactive management, assay laboratory emission monitoring at the mill, wood palette certification management; overburden management in the underground mine, hazardous and toxic waste; environmental and monitoring equipment observation, spill mitigation at DWP, contractor performance evaluation, landfill operation and liquid waste management, Lowland reclamation SOP, NOx emission from electric generator and RKL/RPL report improvement at PJP.The audit team from PT Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS) Indonesia conducted their five-day-audit throughout various areas around Jobsite. In the highlands, the auditors audited Grasberg Operations and Engineering, Toyota Shop to Mega Shop area, GRS reclamation nursery, Mahaka Lime Plant, Mill, and Underground Mine shops and several warehouses. In the lowlands, they visited MP38 landfill, MP38 shop and pump station, Central Shop, TRMP including the visit to West Levee, Maurupauw Reclamation area, DWP and Warehouse in Portsite, Coal Plant, Timika Environmental Laboratory and Material Management followed by close out meeting at OB1 Kuala Kencana.Executive Vice President, Technical Services, Jeff Monteith in his closing remarks thanked everyone including Environmental Department whose support and leadership in implementing environmental best practice has resulted in a good PTFI achievement: continued certification of ISO 14001 until next year.last_img read more

first_imgThe Skamania County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a Wednesday shooting of two men in North Bonneville.At 7:15 p.m., deputies responded to a burglary call at an apartment on 1306 Yehuh Street, according to a news release. A second 911 call reported someone had been shot.Deputies found Robert E. Holmes III, 57, who lives in the apartment, who had one gunshot wound to the face. He was transported to the hospital and has since been released.The second victim, identified as Camas 30-year-old Brian M. Miller, had left the scene. Deputies later found out Miller was at the Washougal police station. Washougal police Sgt. Thad Eakins confirmed the man had shown up at the station that evening. Miller suffered from three gunshot wounds and is still hospitalized.The suspect, Robert E. Holmes IV, a 25-year-old who lives at the apartment with his father, Holmes III, has been detained and taken to the Skamania County jail on suspicion of reckless endangerment. The Sheriff’s Office reports that Miller entered the apartment on Wednesday night when there was a physical disturbance between him and both Holmes. Shots were fired, and Holmes III and Miller were both injured.The firearm used has been recovered.last_img read more

first_imgThe hope that at least some fiscal 2017 appropriations bills could be passed in regular order took a step backward last week after debate in the Senate on the energy-water spending measure — the first to go to the chamber floor — broke down over a dispute over handling amendments.Democrats twice blocked votes to limit debate on the bill after learning of a surprise amendment by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) that would bar the United States from buying heavy water from Iran. The amendment, which triggered a White House veto threat, would limit the administration’s ability to implement the nuclear deal with Iran, reported CQ Roll Call.The breakdown was unexpected as it followed days of steady bipartisan progress on the underlying measure. By Thursday, both sides dug in their heels and blamed each other for the stalemate.“They couldn’t wait a single week before throwing an obstructionist wrench into the appropriations process they claim they want,” Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said of Democrats who had blocked the bill from going forward.Democrats blamed Republicans’ use of a “poison pill” amendment for grinding the process to a halt.With Congress on recess this week, the Senate is expected to try again to advance the measure on May 9, giving leaders time to find a compromise on Cotton’s amendment. At this point, the standoff underscores the difficulty the Senate will encounter moving individual spending bills this year and calls into question whether any appropriations legislation can be passed outside of an omnibus, according to the story.Meanwhile, the House continues to grapple with its budget resolution with no clear consensus on a plan that could gain the support of the GOP conference. If the chamber fails to pass a budget resolution, it likely will need to wait until May 15 to bring spending bills to the floor. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — WPS Superintendent Dr. Glenn Brand recently unveiled his goals for the 2019-2020 school year.His TEN goals, in no particular order, include:#1) Develop a school start-time committee to gather research around school start-times and student heath and well-being, determine scenarios and make recommendations to the School Committee.#2) Foster parent/guardian engagement and community communication through the development and implementation of an intra-school council that serves to bring stakeholders from each of our former school community partners, including school councils, PACs, and the Wilmington Educational Foundation.#3) Develop a ‘report to the community’ that includes highlights of school and district performance data, accomplishments, and achievements.#4) Develop a campaign to promote the district’s new strategic plan inclusive of core values, vision and mission throughout the Wilmington community. This plan will be multi-faceted in an effort to ensure awareness, meaning, and progress monitoring.#5) Launch a Superintendent’s Advisory Council to facilitate two-way communication between his office and the staff throughout the district. The council will include representation from all schools and employee groups and will meet monthly.#6) Oversee and lead the development/formulation of the “Action For Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Committee” to review recent data and further explore district practices around inclusion and equity.#7) Attend one staff meeting in EACH school building, and one department meeting for EACH department, over the course of the year. This is all in addition to regularly scheduled school visits.#8) Utilize Extended Leadership Team (ELT) meetings to engage in calibration of educator observations and evaluations.#9) Develop a shared commitment to high standards of teaching and learning through the establishment of non-negotiable goals for achievement and instruction through collaboration with key stakeholders, including members of the Extended Leadership Team as well as instructional staff.#10) There is also a goal related to the condition of school buildings which Wilmington Apple will expound on later this week.In a memo to the School Committee, Brand noted that the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) recently revised the Superintendent Evaluation process in Massachusetts, rolling out a new evaluation rubric. For this school year, districts are given the option of whether or not to pilot the rubric. Brand is encouraging the School Committee to utilize the new rubric in his evaluation.The School Committee is expected to formally approve Brand’s goals at their September 11, 2019 meeting after some discussion. Brand will then be evaluated based, in part, on whether or not he achieves these goals.The School Committee will also decide, over the course of its next few meetings, whether to adopt the new superintendent evaluation rubric this school year or wait until the following year.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”SCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT: We Have Building Needs That Must Be AddressedIn “Education”last_img read more

first_imgThe boardroom war between Tata Sons-Cyrus Mistry is all set to get fierce as Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) on Friday informed the stock exchanges that it would hold an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) on December 13 to consider ousting Cyrus Mistry as its director.After the removal of Cyrus Mistry as the chairman of Tata Group in October, Tata Sons had last week replaced him with Ishaat Hussain as the chairman of TCS.Earlier on Friday, the board of TCS met for the first time under its newly-appointed chairman Ishaat Hussain. However, Mistry – a director of the firm – was not present.In a notification to stock exchanges, TCS said, “The Board of Directors of the company, at its meeting held on November 17, 2016 has decided to convene an EGM pursuant to the special notice & requisition dated November 9, 2016 sent by Tata Sons, shareholder of the company holding 73.26 per cent of the paid-up equity share capital of the company, to consider and if thought fit, to pass a resolution for removal of CP Mistry as director of the company.”In an unusual move, Mistry was removed as the chairman of Tata Sons last month with Ratan Tata returning as its interim head. This has led to a bitter boardroom struggle with allegations and counter allegations flying thick.On Tuesday, Mistry was removed as the chairman of Tata Global Beverages, which co-owns and runs Starbucks coffee stores across India.The move to convene EGM of TCS is important in many ways as it contributes more than 60 percent of the $116-billion market capitalisation of Tata Group. It also makes for over 70 percent of Tata Sons’ revenue, which comes as dividends from its listed firms. Analysts are of the opinion that firm grip over TCS is likely to strengthen Tata Son’s position over this blue chip firm.last_img read more

6 killed in separate road crashes

September 3, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgThe deceased are Jui Aktar, 5, and her grandmother Jahura Bewa, 45, wife of late Abdur Rashid. In Dinajpur, a minor girl and her grandmother were killed and two others injured as a truck hit a motorcycle in Koikuri area of Birganj upazila. In Satkhira, Ali Reza, 35, a local trader, was killed and a student injured as a sand laden truck hit a motorcycle in Hulhulia Natun Bazar area of Kolaroa upazila in the morning. The injured are being treated at Natore sadar hospital. Officer-in-charge of Birganj police station Shakila Parvin said that the injured motorcyclist and another passenger were taken to Upazila Health Complex. In Natore, two people were killed in separate accidents. A man was killed and 10 others were injured after a cattle-laden human hauler plunged into a ditch near Ramaigachi area of Natore bypass road around 11:00am.center_img The identity of the deceased could not be known yet, said MozammelHaque, officer in-charge of Jhalmalia highway police. Road Accident LogoSix people were killed and 13 others injured in separate road accidents in Dinajpur, Natore and Satkhira districts on Wednesday, reports UNB. In another incident, a motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries at the hospital who was also ran over by a truck at Chirirbandar on Dinajpur-Fulbari highway.The deceased was Hasan Ali, son of Fazlar Rahman, of Guriapara area of Chirirbandar upazila. In another incident, Rahela Begum, 45, of Gopalpur area of Lalpur upazila, was crushed under the wheels of a bus in Garmati area of Baraigram upazila. Officer-in-charge of Kolaroa police station Moniruzzaman said the body was sent to Sadar hospital for autopsy. They also seized the truck and a case was filed, he said.last_img read more

Pop Culture Happy Hour 2018 Oscars Preview

September 2, 2019 | jqykayon | No Comments

first_imgJustin Lubin/Courtesy of Universal PicturesAllison Williams and Daniel Kaluuya in Get Out.Every year, just before the Oscars, Team PCHH sits down to gather our thoughts. This year, we’re once again joined by All Things Considered film critic Bob Mondello.We’ve talked through all the Best Picture nominees in the past: Call Me By Your Name, Lady Bird, Get Out, The Post, The Shape Of Water, Phantom Thread, Dunkirk, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This time around, not only do we make guesses and air grievances about acting categories and things we wish had been nominated, but we also take on some bonus categories that we haven’t always gotten to in years past. Stephen brings us up to date on all the animated feature nominees, Glen fills us in on foreign language films (read more here), and I address a few of the nominated screenplays.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more