2013 WA Super School Series

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first_imgBe sure to follow Touch Football WA on their social media pages as well: The event is the first school event hosted by Touch Football WA in recent years and it is hoped that the event will grow in coming years into a series tournament as well as providing more schools the opportunity to be a part of Touch Football in Western Australia. For more information about the event, please visit the Touch Football WA and event websites: The inaugural WA ‘Be Active’ Super School Series will be held on Friday, 12 April at Curtin University. www.facebook.com/touchfootballwa www.schoolstouch.com.au www.touchfootballwa.com.au Teams from across Perth and surrounding areas will compete in the one day Mixed event. www.twitter.com/touchfootballwa Related LinksSuper School Serieslast_img


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first_imgWolves captain Coady: Past week among best of careerby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves captain Conor Coady says the past week was one of the best of his career.The men in old gold won three matches in nine days going into the international break, including eye-catching victories at Besiktas and Manchester City. Coady told the club’s website: “We won’t forget it. It was an amazing week for this football club, we beat Watford, went to Besiktas and put the effort in with such a small squad, and then went to the home of the champions and put in a brilliant performance.“It was massive for us because a lot of people spoke, saying how we started slow, but we were learning. A lot of players haven’t played in the Europa League before, we’ve had an awful lot of games, and the most important thing was we were listening to the manager after every game and learning. We’ve got a break, which we need, but we’ll move on as soon as possible.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


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first_imgMarcus Posley layup wins it for St. Bonaventure.St. Bonaventure defeated No, 18 VCU today, 73-71 at home, in dramatic fashion. The Bonnies’ junior guard Marcus Posley went off the dribble and beat the final buzzer with an off-balance scoop shot off the glass, igniting a wild celebration. Here’s a look at the finish, which was Posley’s second game-winning buzzer-beater of the week.What a win for St. Bonaventure. They led the entire game, only to have VCU tie it up with 16 seconds remaining. Then, you have that finish. Also, check out the beginnings of an epic court rush at the end of the Vine. The Bonnies’ fans absolutely flooded the playing area in a matter of seconds. Quality stuff.last_img


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first_img(Barbara Suggashie, left, and her husband Clarence Suggashie hold the picture of their deceased daughter Kanina Sue Turtle who died by suicide Oct. 29, 2016. APTN file photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsWhen Barbara Suggashie first saw the video of her daughter’s suicide she only watched the first few minutes.Then she shut it off.She wanted to see if her daughter said goodbye.“But she never said anything,” said Suggashie.Kanina Sue Turtle was 15 when she died Oct. 29, 2016.That’s nearly 730 days ago and Suggashie, like any parent, has often wondered what her daughter was thinking at the time.Kanina did have something to say to her family.She wrote letters to them.But no one told the family.“No one said anything,” said Suggashie on the telephone over the weekend from her home in Poplar Hill near the Ontario and Manitoba border.Not the Ontario Provincial Police that investigated Kanina’s death in Sioux Lookout, Ont.Not Tikinagan Child and Family Services that owned and operated the foster home, and who took Kanina from her parents 10 times throughout her life for safety concerns.And not the Ontario coroner’s office.The family didn’t learn of Kanina’s last words until last month.That’s when a report, commissioned by Chief Coroner Dr. Dirk Huyer, was released on the deaths of 12 kids in child protective services between 2014 and 2017.It’s 86 pages looking at systemic issues that are failing the most vulnerable children in the province. Each of the 12 children had about one page each dedicated to them.In Kanina’s section there is a line that Suggashie hasn’t been able to forget: “Suicide notes were left for various family members…”It came as a shock.Why hadn’t anyone told her?Kanina, left, with her mother, Barbara, several months before her death. Facebook photo.But then again Suggashie was used to things being kept from her after her daughter’s death.For instance, the actual video of Kanina’s suicide was kept from the family for about nine months.During that time Suggashie didn’t believe it was suicide.Then police returned Kanina’s iPod in the summer of 2017 right around the same time the family’s access to information request for Kanina’s police report, and officer’s notes, arrived.Kanina filmed her death on the device and police officer notes mention the video. It’s about an hour and has been reviewed by APTN, as previously reported.The video shows Kanina was left alone for 45 minutes before the a worker in the home checked on her.It was far too late by then as she had been motionless for approximately 40 minutes.Suggashie said she has asked Tikinagan why her daughter was left alone when the agency knew she was suicidal and had been in the hospital multiple times in the days before her death for self-harming.When the investigating coroner did the autopsy hundreds of new cuts were all over her body.“I don’t understand Tikinagan. They are hiding something,” she has said over and over since APTN first broke the news of the video Feb. 28.She also never had the coroner’s death investigation report until late this summer when the family hired a lawyer to find out what happened. The lawyer, Cara Valiquette based in Bracebridge, Ont., was able to get some of Kanina’s records, including her counsellor notes.Those records show Kanina missed every appointment with her counsellor in the five days before her death. Her counsellor, Violet Tuesday in Sioux Lookout, also noted she had difficulty reaching Tikinagan during those five days.In depth: Love and death in child welfare: Kanina Sue Turtle’s last daysThe death investigation report was completed by regional coroner, Michael Wilson, over a year after Kanina’s death because no one had had done it by then, as Wilson mentions. Wilson also says in the report it does not appear anything could have stopped Kanina from killing herself.Wilson was also involved much earlier in the investigation into Kanina’s death. Immediately after her death, the OPP asked the coroner’s office to pay for specialized software that would allow the police to remove the video from Kanina’s iPod and keep as evidence, as the device had timed out and locked police out.Wilson wouldn’t pay the costs and said the family could if they wanted the device back. Kanina’s family would guess her password to get into the phone after police returned it.APTN contacted Huyer by email Monday asking who has Kanina’s suicide letters.“I am away from the office for two days so I am not able to answer until later this week as I have to check with others,” wrote Huyer Monday night. “I would be happy to respond to the family with any questions they have.”Huyer was in Sioux Lookout for a media conference over the cold case involving Audrey Anderson. That’s also where Tikinagan’s headquarters is located.He emailed again Tuesday evening saying he has made several inquires to find out about the letters.“You and the family have raised a question to me which I will make best efforts to find the answers in as timely a manner that I can,” he said. “As you are aware I do not have direct knowledge of all investigations (17,000) in the province each year.  I was not the investigating coroner in this case.”Tikinagan declined to comment when asked why the letters have been kept from the family or when they will be delivered.“Tikinagan will not be commenting on any matter relating to Kanina Turtle, as there is litigation before the Courts,” said Tikinagan’s lawyer, Catherine Beamish.Kanina’s family sued Tikinagan for $5.9 million over her death last month.After learning of the letters Suggashie and her husband, Clarence Suggashie, said they asked Tikinagan for the letters but never got a response.“They didn’t say anything,” said Clarence.He said he now goes to the Northern Store asking if they have mail hoping the letters are there.They are hoping it’s just a mistake someone will correct.“Every day we check the mail,” said Clarence. “Nothing.”kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more


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first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A set of 911 calls from a man who police say shot three co-workers at an Albuquerque warehouse starts with him saying he opened fire at the food distribution centre and that he had been hearing voices in his head.Police say three men were wounded in the shooting Monday.In the 911 recordings released Wednesday, the last thing 30-year-old Waid Anthony Melton says is that he’ll meet police at a designated point in New Mexico’s largest city. Then the call cuts out.Police say Melton later shot and killed himself Monday night, hours after the attack at the Ben E. Keith warehouse.Police say a female friend Melton picked up after the shooting and who was with him as he spoke on the phone with an officer was not harmed.Mary Hduetz, The Associated Presslast_img


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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – When it came to the weather in Fort St. John, the month of September was considered to be quite on average.According to Environment Canada Meteorologist, Doug Lindquist, Fort St. John’s weather was right on average during September when it came to temperature and precipitation.Lindquist says the average temperature during September was 10.1°C, which hit right on the mark to the expected average. The same can be said for the amount of precipitation during September, as Fort St. John received a total of 43 mm compared to the average of 45 mm.As for what to expect for the month of October, Lindquist says the outlook is showing uncertainty and is fluctuating so much that it is hard to determine if it will be above or below the seasonal average.This weekend, Environment Canada is calling for mostly sunny with temperatures hovering around 13°C.last_img read more


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first_imgGeneva: Climate change may threaten the survival of of marine mammals such as dolphins, and have more far-reaching consequences for their conservation than previously thought, according to a study. In early 2011, a heatwave caused the water temperatures to rise to more than four degrees above the annual average, said researchers from the University of Zurich (UZH) in Switzerland. The extended period caused a substantial loss of seagrass, which drives the Shark Bay ecosystem, a UNESCO world heritage site in Western Australia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USResearchers from UZH have now investigated how this environmental damage has affected survival and reproduction of dolphins. They used long-term data on hundreds of animals collected over a ten-year period from 2007 to 2017. Their analyses revealed that the dolphins’ survival rate had fallen by 12 per cent following the heatwave of 2011. Moreover, female dolphins were giving birth to fewer calves — a phenomenon that lasted at least until 2017, researchers said. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”The extent of the negative influence of the heatwave surprised us,” said Sonja Wild, a former PhD candidate at the University of Leeds in the UK. “It is particularly unusual that the reproductive success of females appears to have not returned to normal levels, even after six years,” Wild said in a statement. There are several possible explanations for this phenomenon, for instance neglect of calves, increased newborn mortality, delayed sexual maturity or a combination thereof, but researchers have not yet been able to investigate them in detail. Interestingly, the heatwave did not have the same effect on all dolphin groups, researchers said. Dolphins that use sponges as tools — a socially learned foraging technique that helps dolphins to locate food in deep water — were not as badly affected as those that do not use this technique. “Nevertheless, our work raises concerns that such sudden events might have quite negative long-term effects even in groups of marine mammals that are known to adapt usually well to novel environmental conditions,” said Wild. The study shows for the first time that marine heatwaves not only affect organisms at lower levels of the food chain, but also might have considerable long-term consequences for the animals at the top, such as dolphins. “Marine heatwaves are likely to occur more frequently in the future due to climate change,” said study leader Michael Krutzen, professor at the Department of Anthropology at UZH. “This is worrying not only for the long-term prospects of marine mammal populations, but also for the entire oceanic ecosystems,” Krutzen said.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: Japan’s Softbank is reportedly looking to make a $2-3 billion investment in India’s fastest-growing telecom firm Reliance Jio as billionaire Mukesh Ambani looks to deleverage business by selling stakes. This comes on the back of reports of Saudi giant Aramco in discussions to buy a 25 per cent stake in Reliance Industries’ refining and petrochemical business for $10-15 billion. “Softbank has long been seen as a potential investor in Jio,” JPMorgan said in a research report. “For the past 2 years, our conversations with investors have highlighted expectations of Softbank investing in Jio and hence the news flow is not surprising.” It, however, remains to be seen how much money does Softbank actually put in, what the implied equity valuation is and if the e-commerce venture is included in the Jio entity. It was reported that SoftBank’s Vision fund is currently undertaking due diligence to buy a stake in Jio Infocomm, which in September 2016 launched pure play fourth-generation or 4G technology-based telecom services and within a span of two years have become India’s third largest telecom company with highest monthly subscriber additions. Both Reliance and SoftBank spokespersons declined to comment on the matter. “In our view, for a meaningful de-leveraging, investors would likely want to see an equity inflow of more than $5 billion from a single investor or a combination of investors,” JPMorgan said valuing Jio at $50 billion. It, however, put implied equity value at $25 billion. Reliance Retail was valued at an implied equity value of $35 billion.last_img read more


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first_imgNew Delhi: Social media giant Facebook is raising minimum wages for contract workers to up to $20 per hour in the US, and said it is working on developing similar standards for other countries. The US-based company had drawn flak after reports of contract workers facing tough work conditions and getting low compensation came out. These reports suggested that some workers also suffered from post-traumatic stress. It conceded that its current minimum wages for contract staff may be insufficient to meet the cost of living in some of the places it operates in. “It’s become clear that $15 per hour doesn’t meet the cost of living in some of the places where we operate. After reviewing a number of factors including third-party guidelines, we’re committing to a higher standard that better reflects local costs of living,” Facebook Vice-President (Human Resource) Janelle Gale and Arun Chandra (VP of Scaled Operations) said in a blogpost. They added that the minimum wage has been raised to $20 per hour in the San Francisco Bay Area, New York City and Washington DC, and $18 per hour in Seattle. “We’ll be implementing these changes by mid-next year and we’re working to develop similar standards for other countries,” they said. The blog said workers in the US, who review content on Facebook, will receive even higher wages. “Their work is critical to keeping our community safe, and it’s often difficult. That’s why we’ve paid content reviewers more than minimum wage standards, and why we will surpass this new living wage standard as well. We’ll pay at least $22 per hour to all employees of our vendor partners based in the Bay Area, New York City and Washington, D.C,” it pointed out. Content reviewers in Seattle will receive $20 per hour, while those in all other metro areas in the US will get $18. “As with all people who do contract work, we’re working to develop similar international standards. This work is ongoing, and we’ll continue to review wages over time,” the blog said. In 2015, Facebook had introduced a minimum wage of $15 per hour; a minimum 15 paid days off for holidays, sick time and vacation; and for new parents that don’t receive paid leave — a $4,000 new child benefit. A year later, it asked its vendors in the US to provide comprehensive healthcare to all of their employees assigned to Facebook. The social media giant said all content reviewers – whether full-time employees or those employed by partner companies – have access to well-being and resiliency resources. “We’re working to make contracts across our Global Operations vendor partners consistent. This includes requirements like quality-focused incentives, no sub-contracting, overtime and premiums for nightshifts and weekends, and healthcare that meets the standards of the Affordable Care Act in the US and appropriate healthcare standards internationally,” the blog said. The company is mandating all vendor partners to provide on-site counselling during all hours of operations, and is also rolling out a resiliency survey — to be conducted twice a year — to all partner sites globally to “get a better sense of the needs of our reviewers”.last_img read more


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Ohio State sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins (2) runs the ball in the first quarter of the game against Maryland on Nov. 17. Ohio State won 52-51. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorNo. 10 Ohio State got to Michigan week with a single loss, but in ugly fashion, defeating Maryland 52-51 in overtime in College Park. Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s win against the Terrapins.Dobbins becomes featured backSophomore running back J.K. Dobbins knew he was going to be the featured back against Maryland. Redshirt junior Mike Weber, according to head coach Urban Meyer, suffered a quad bruise during the week, which got worse heading into the game on Saturday.Going in, Dobbins and Weber were trading series, sharing the carries at the top of the depth chart. Even though it has worked in the past, Dobbins said he is more comfortable with being “the guy” in the backfield, saying after the game he is an energetic player that gets in a groove each drive he receives.Ohio State saw that from Dobbins against the Terrapins, recording 203 yards on the ground on 37 carries, the most, he said, he had had since high school, scoring on a 1-yard rush at the end of the second quarter.Dobbins was not by himself in the running game, with redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins rushing for 59 yards, scoring three touchdowns on the ground.However, with the consistency of Dobbins, Haskins had the opportunity to run an offense that many expected from Ohio State at the beginning of the year: utilizing the option, but with a player who can run for short yardage, but prefers to pass.With Dobbins and Haskins, it looked like the Ohio State offense Meyer wanted to run the whole time.But with a running game that Ohio State has had all year that runs with the 1A and 1B backs at the top of the depth chart, it is not likely, assuming Weber’s return, that this kind of consistency from one back, that amount of a workload, will continue against Michigan.Haskins continues to trust the tight endsHaskins’ main targets in the passing game have not changed much this season. In Ohio State’s 1-point victory over Maryland, redshirt senior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon recorded six catches for 102 yards while redshirt senior wide receiver Terry McLaurin brought in a team-leading 118 yards and a touchdown on four catches.But in the short passing game, Haskins looked to his tight end, sophomore Luke Farrell, for consistent catches. He brought in four catches, tied for second-most on the team, for 44 yards, bringing in one for 19 yards.Farrell’s performance against Maryland tied for his most receptions in a single game this season, bringing in four catches against Purdue on Oct. 20. The 44 yards through the air was also a season high.Redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry was also a major factor against the Terrapins, recording an 11-yard catch on a 4th-and-1 in overtime, leading to a 5-yard touchdown rush by Haskins.For the Ohio State quarterback, tight ends were not the deciding factor in Saturday’s win. But the position, both Farrell and Berry, proved to be Haskins’ security blanket, something that could be effective moving forward.Ohio State defense needs work The Ohio State defense had a day to forget against the Terrapins on Saturday, allowing the most points (52) and the second-most yards (535) it had all season.The offensive success started quickly for Maryland. Reminiscent of the Oregon State game, Maryland redshirt freshman running back Anthony McFarland recorded two touchdown runs, one for 81 yards and the other for 75 in the first quarter, recording 298 yards on 21 carries overall. Now, heading into the Michigan game, the Ohio State defense, allowing 24.6 points per game, is giving up close to 400 yards per game, with opponents averaging 5.9 yards per play and scoring 33 touchdowns against the Buckeyes this season. Defending the ground game, Ohio State is No. 6 in the Big Ten, allowing 161.3 yards per game and 4.5 yards per carry. In the passing game, opponents are completing 52.3 percent of passes against the Buckeyes, but averaging 237.4 passing yards per game, No. 10 in the conference. Next week, Ohio State will face a Michigan team that has the No. 4 rushing attack in the Big Ten, averaging 219.2 yards per game, and a passing attack that completes 65.1 percent of passes for 210.5 yards per game. The Buckeyes will have to try and stop the balanced attack of Michigan. But it cannot do it the same way Ohio State tried to stop Maryland on Saturday. read more


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first_imgAfter almost three months since Alexis Sanchez left Arsenal for Manchester United in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jose Mourinho is starting to get a grip on how the talented lone wolf behaves exactly.A deal, which in the beginning seemed to have only one winning side – the Red Devils – has turned into a nightmare for that same team – Mkhitaryan has been performing extremely well since the transfer and on the other side, Sanchez is still struggling to find his place and adapt to the new surroundings at Old Trafford – out of the 13 played games, he has scored only 2 goals.This has led Mourinho to consider dropping him for the FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Rotating is not the right word,” Mourinho shared, according to football.london. “If I play a player against Bournemouth and the player is phenomenal, he plays the semi-final. So is not rotating, because rotating looks like a player plays against Bournemouth to give a rest to somebody that is going to play against Spurs in the semi-final.” “So the word is not rotation, it is an opportunity for people, for some people to play and to try to get a place in the team for Spurs. Some of the guys that played today don’t have a place in that team, they don’t have a place in that team,” Mourinho went on to add after the 1-0 upset against West Brom on Sunday.last_img read more


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first_imgFormer Real Madrid manager Fabio Capello thinks Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi showed a lack of respect for skipping the FIFA Football Awards show.Both players made it to the FIFPro World XI, while Juventus striker Ronaldo made it to the final three for Player of the Year and was nominated for the Puskas award.However, neither man turned up for the ceremony in London, and rumours are rife that Ronaldo decided to boycott the show after hearing that Luka Modric would win the big prize.That news didn’t go down well with Italian gaffer Capello who criticised the attitude of the former winners.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“It’s a lack of respect that they didn’t come,” Capello told Mundo Deportivo.“When the Oscars happen, they [the nominees] are all there. It’s possible they’ve won too often, and they don’t like to lose.“But you have to be gracious when you lose, just like when you win.”last_img read more


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first_imgGianluigi Buffon feels that Cristiano Ronaldo’s summer arrival likely stopped more Juventus players from following him out of the clubThe veteran goalkeeper chose to end a 17-year stay with Juventus at the end of last season in favour of a free transfer to Paris Saint-GermainBut Buffon thinks he wouldn’t have been the only summer departure from Turin had Ronaldo not arrived from Real Madrid in a €112m deal.“For me, it was time to say ‘enough’,” Buffon told Tiki Taka on Sport Mediaset on Twitter.“Juve probably felt others could’ve left and that the only way to reawaken everyone was buying Cristiano.”Despite missing out on the chance of playing with the five-time Ballon d’Or winner, Buffon has no regrets on his decision to go to France.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.“I think, speaking in a friendly way with the president after such a long and stressful period because being a Juventus player and captain weighs on you a little, even if it’s an honour, the time had come for us to go our separate ways,” Buffon added.“I considered retiring or carrying on playing if an incredible offer from a top club came my way. If it had come from an exotic League, I wouldn’t have considered it.“The offer from PSG arrived in May, and it made me consider the option of playing for another year or two.“It was an unnatural choice but one I thought about a lot. We left each other on sweet terms, that’s what I wanted and I think everyone else did too.“I won seven Scudetti in a row and even if you’re stronger, you never take winning for granted. It involves so much nervous fatigue.”Buffon has made 10 appearances in all competitions for PSG this season.last_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sergeant Ensa Wilson of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit said, “It is our duty to safeguard all children living in the Turks and Caicos Islands, we encourage persons to report child abuse by making use of all available resources.” Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 9, 2016 – The woman arrested in the case of the death of a six year old boy in Bottle Creek, North Caicos will spend life behind bars.  Darlene Saint Louis, 34 years old, was on Thursday December 8, 2016 found guilty of the death of her own son in an investigation dating back to September 2015 where the youngster was found unconscious and unresponsive.  The judge in the case gave a zero tolerance speech against child abuse.  The trial, which started on November 28 exposed that the boy was found with bruises all over his little body.  Police count the close of this trial as a victory in the courtroom in a case which shocked the small communities of North and by extension, all in the Turks and Caicos. Related Items:last_img read more


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first_imgIn a release from KPBSD, if no one signs up in advance for video testimony, remote participation will be cancelled in that location (Homer Middle School, or Seward Elementary School). Participants must sign up no later than 3:00pm the Friday prior to a Board of Education meeting to guarantee the remote site will be open and staffed. Homer Middle School and Seward Elementary School sites will be open—if there are advance sign ups—starting with the January 14, 2019, school board meeting. For those interested in testifying they can sign up by calling or emailing Debbie Tressler, 907-714-8836 dtressler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula School District Board of Education will open two additional locations for public testimony via video during an upcoming school board meeting. Citizens have four opportunities during a board meeting to address the Board of Education on education related topics:1. Public Presentations (non-agenda items)2. Hearing of Delegations3. Public Comments on Action Items4. Public Presentations (any topic)last_img read more


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first_imgNewspapers are bleeding red ink, and many magazines are following in their footsteps. Magazine ad pages are down by 9.5 percent so far this year, according to the Publishers Information Bureau, and 3Q ad pages were down almost 13 percent.Like newspapers, should magazines be looking more closely at online as a source of readership and, eventually, revenue? If expenses can be trimmed sharply by cutting down on costly printing and distribution costs, perhaps publishers can get some financial breathing room.I’m not advocating dropping print for the Web. I’m old school—I like to thumb through a paper or a magazine. But my preferences aside, the printed pages of magazines continue to make sense for some product categories. Selling the smooth lines of a new car or the beauty and sexiness of fashion items? It’s hard to beat the rich color of a glossy magazine page. And the Web experts haven’t yet figured out how to sample fragrance online the way scratch & sniff pages in a magazine can.So there’s still a place for printed magazines. Yet online content can draw—and engage—readers that many magazine advertisers crave. Magazines, though, need to do a better online job than most are now doing, where their landing pages are little more than ads for the print editions. Even if the online edition contains all or most of what’s in print, publishers have to give readers a reason to visit frequently, rather than only when the new print edition ships.Newspapers have the advantage of a new edition every day, which can point readers to what’s online in a topical and timely way. The challenge for magazines is to reach out to readers more than once a month, using methods other than links in the monthly print edition. E-mails are a quick and relatively inexpensive way to reach out. Tie-ins with other media—newspapers, TV and radio, and their Web sites—can also bring readers to a magazine site more often. Even advertising unique Web content in other media can work.Building a real online presence will take time and it will require a financial commitment. But magazine publishers must think long-term so they’ll have more to sell once we get through these tough times.last_img read more


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first_imgThe site may be known for its rapid, provocatively headlined news, but the more analytical stories tended to receive extra attention from a core and consistent group of readers.”When we publish analytic work on the site—we span a broad range from news to features to some pretty wonky analysis—we don’t attract a huge audience necessarily for those kinds of posts, but boy are they involved with questions and comments,” says Business Insider president and COO Julie Hansen. “It became obvious that there was an audience who was interested in the deeper analytic work, either intellectually or for their jobs.”Adding on a subscription-based content product is not a new idea for sites like BI, but it’s been a way to hedge against the ups and downs of display and native advertising, and the research content has turned out to be a clever way to link the main, free site and events with the subscription-based product.For starters, BI uses top-level content from the fee-based reports on the main site as a teaser. “For a long report, we’ll take a portion and put it outside the paywall—a portion of the content that’s substantive enough that it’s perfectly fine standing on it’s own, but it’s obviously part of a much bigger report,” says Hansen. “These reports can be anywhere from five to ten pages, they’re pretty meaty.”Behind the paywall, subscribers have access to two reports per week, a daily chart and several weekly news stories—plus all the archival content. The mobile research content library now contains about 300 charts, says Hansen.And it’s not just about the data, format plays a key role. Subscribers also get the data formatted in downloadable PDF and Excel files, or as PowerPoint decks.”We’ve learned that under certain circumstances decks are the best way to tell a particular story,” notes Hansen. “People find enormous value in the collection of data, and the visualization of data can be powerful. But they’re not a panacea. They don’t always work, sometimes a report is what you need to explain the complicated concepts.”Beyond that, the research reports, particularly in deck form, can be magnets for subscribers. A 50-60 slide deck, for example, may become the center of a keynote presentation by BI CEO Henry Blodget. That same deck becomes a sought after presentation by attendees and others. In turn it’s repurposed as a slide show on Business Insider with plenty of marketing copy pointing readers to the subscription site.”It’s the three-legged stool of our business model. The ad side is the biggest by far, but the other two—events and content sales—are working in concert with it in a very cool way,” adds Hansen. Business Insider is expanding its data subscription service, Business Insider Intelligence, to include research and analysis on the social media market. Up to  now, the service only focused on the mobile space.Paid access to research has become a major focus for BI. The service doubled the number of paid subs, which go for $299 each, between the third and fourth quarters last year and is just about to pass 2,000 subscribers.Launched at the beginning of 2012, the research service leverages a small but potentially lucrative slice of the BI audience—site visitors who dug into the occasional data-centric post.last_img read more


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first_img Share AP Photo/Enric MartiIn this July 1, 2017 photo, relatives of slain journalist Javier Valdez, co-founder of Riodoce, stand at a memorial set up at the spot where he was murdered in Culiacan, Sinaloa state, Mexico. On the morning of May 15, Valdez left his Riodoce office and managed to drive just a couple of blocks before his red Toyota Corolla was stopped by two men; he was forced out of his car and shot 12 times.The staff of the weekly newspaper Riodoce normally meets on Wednesdays to review its plans for coverage of the most recent mayhem wrought in Sinaloa state by organized crime, corrupt officials and ceaseless drug wars. But on this day, in the shadow of their own tragedy, they’ve come together to talk about security.It’s important to change their routines, they are told. Be more careful with social media. Don’t leave colleagues alone in the office at night. Two senior journalists discuss what feels safer: to take their children with them to the office, which was the target of a grenade attack in 2009, or to leave them at home.Security experts have written three words on a blackboard at the front of the room: adversaries, neutrals, allies. They ask the reporters to suggest names for each column — no proof is needed, perceptions and gut feelings are enoughAllies are crucial. In an emergency, they would need a friend, a lawyer, an activist to call.The longest list, by far, is enemies. There are drug traffickers, politicians, businesspeople, journalists suspected of being on the payroll of the government or the cartels, a catalog of villains who make the job of covering Mexico’s chaos perilous.There is no respite from the violence, and as bodies pile up across the country, more and more of them are journalists: at least 25 since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, with at least seven dead in seven states so far this year. A total of 589 have been placed under federal protection after attacks and threats.Among the latest to fall is their editor and inspiration, Riodoce co-founder Javier Valdez Cardenas.“The greatest error is to live in Mexico and to be a journalist,” Valdez wrote in one of his many books on narco-violence.His absence is felt deeply, although his presence is everywhere — a large photo of Valdez displaying his middle finger, with the word “Justice,” hangs on the facade of the Riodoce building; two reporters in their 30s, Aaron Ibarra and Miriam Ramirez, wear T-shirts that display his smiling, bespectacled face or his trademark Panama hat. The masthead of the paper still bears his name, and each issue has a blank space where his op-ed column should be.The workshop takes place less than two months after his death; the reporters discuss their shared trauma, their nightmares, insomnia, paranoia.Mexico is now the world’s most lethal country for journalists, more even than war-torn Syria. Although a special federal prosecutor’s office was established in 2010 to handle the journalists’ cases, it has only prosecuted two, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. As with most of the thousands of murders tied to drug trafficking and organized crime each year, the killers of journalists are rarely brought to justice.At Riodoce, the journalists persist in covering the violence of Sinaloa, though they are heartbroken, though the terrain is more treacherous now.Without information on the killers, without justice, the meeting to discuss security, says Ibarra, is of little use.“It’s very foolish to waste my time in this workshop,” he says. “As long as we don’t know why, you distrust everyone.”___On the morning of May 15, Valdez left the Riodoce office in the state capital of Culiacan. He managed to drive just a couple blocks before his red Toyota Corolla was stopped by two men. He was forced out of his car and shot 12 times, presumably for the name of the paper — which translates as Twelfth River. The gunman drove away in his car and crashed it nearby.His body lay for 40 minutes in the middle of a sunbaked street, with a kindergarten on one side and a restaurant on the other, his hat next to his head as if shielding his eyes from distraught family and friends gathering around him.“I understood that as a message,” said Francisco Cuamea, deputy director of the Noroeste newspaper: Anyone could be next.Valdez was 50 years old. He left a wife and two adult children. There have been no arrests — which is no surprise to the national press corps.Rumors tend to fly freely in Culiacan. But on the subject of Valdez, there’s practically nothing but silence.“Nobody wants to get involved with the death,” said Juan Carlos Ayala, a professor at the Autonomous University of Sinaloa who has spent 40 years studying violence in the state. Authorities have been silent about any progress in the case. “Either they’re complicit, or they’re idiots.”Sinaloa is home to the cartel of the same name that was long run by notorious kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. Since Guzman’s arrest last year and extradition to the United States in January, Sinaloa has been one of the country’s bloodiest battlegrounds as rival factions fight to fill the vacuum.More than 100 people were shot dead in the first half of the year in Sinaloa, and the cemetery is filled with ornate, two-story mausoleums for drug kings, larger than many homes for the living. The state of “calm” is when just one cartel is in control of the coastal state with its valuable ports and drug-trafficking routes to the United States.Despite that, and the fact that Valdez was intimately aware of the perils of his work, Ismail Bojorquez, 60, a co-founder and director of Riodoce, is wracked with guilt for feeling he failed to protect his friend.He believes two errors contributed to the killing. First there was the publication in February of an interview with Damaso Lopez, a leader of one of the rival cartel factions at war with Guzman’s sons. The piece may have angered the sons. Suspected gang members bought up all the copies of the edition as soon as they were delivered to newsstands.The second mistake was not forcing Valdez to leave the country for his own safety after the seizure of another newspaper that carried the same story.Valdez was a legend in Mexico and abroad, and his killing is seen as a milestone in Mexican violence against journalists. He’d survived for so long, his friends and colleagues assumed he’d always be there. He was a veteran reporter for Noroeste in 2003 when he joined five colleagues in creating Riodoce, selling $50 shares. In Sinaloa, “it was impossible to do journalism without touching the narco issue,” said Bojorquez.Over time the paper earned a reputation for brave and honest coverage, and sales and advertising increased. Reporters loved being able to publish hard-hitting investigations without fear of censorship, and readers were fascinated by a publication where they could read stories nobody else dared to cover.Eight years after Riodoce was founded, it won the prestigious Maria Moors Cabot award for coverage in Latin America. That same year, Valdez won the International Press Freedom Award of the Committee to Protect Journalists for his courage in pursuing the Mexican drug story wherever it led.He freely acknowledged that he was frightened. “I want to carry on living,” he said at the time of the CPJ award. “To die would be to stop writing.”Drug trafficking in Sinaloa “is a way of life,” he said last October, in an interview with Rompeviento TV. “You have to assume the task that falls to you as a journalist — either that or you play dumb. I don’t want to be asked, ‘What were you doing in the face of so much death … why didn’t you say what was going on?’”___The Riodoce staff misses Valdez, the jokester who swore like a longshoreman, the friend generous with hugs and advice, a teacher who knew how to survive. They relied on his routine. He would always wear his hat. He would go to El Guayabo, the bar across from the office, and would always sit at the same table. Now, they ask: Was his love of routine his downfall?His death also has forced them to question their own assumptions about how best to do their jobs and stay alive.It used to be that there were certain unwritten rules. It was OK to report on corruption as long as you were careful not to publish key details or appear to take sides. You must think carefully about story placement and timing. Don’t accept money from anyone. Know the red lines for crime gangs.“They don’t like it if you mess with their women, their children, their clean businesses, their clandestine airstrips” used to move drugs. “Those things were off-limits,” said Bojorquez.The result is, even in the best of times, a high level of self-censorship and self-preservation. Trusting one’s instincts. If it smells wrong, stay away.The trouble, said Riodoce editor Andres Villarreal, is that “smell is a sense that can be fooled … and then the thing with Javier happened.”The old rules, he and others say, no longer apply in Sinaloa— just as they don’t in Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Guerrero and other states with a toxic mix of lucrative smuggling routes, weak institutions and corrupt government officials. In times of fracturing cartels, shifting political alliances and near-total impunity for attacks on journalists, it’s no longer clear who can and can’t be trusted, what is or isn’t safe to report.The landscape constantly shifts. In the room where Riodoce staff met for security training, suddenly no cellphones were allowed. Days before, it was revealed that spyware sold exclusively to governments had been used to monitor journalists and activists in Mexico.Outside, two police officers sought relief from the 104-degree (40 Celsius) heat in the shade of a tree. They were assigned by the state government to guard Riodoce’s offices, housed in a four-story building in a middle-class neighborhood of Culiacan. Half-jokingly, some of the reporters wondered whether these officers are among the 50 percent of officers whom the governor himself has said are not trustworthy.It has been months since the reporters have gone into the mountainous countryside, where the drug gangs are in de facto control.For this week’s edition Riodoce’s editors were looking at three main stories. There was the killing of former boxing great Julio Cesar Chavez’s brother in Sinaloa. They also had an expose on government spending concentrated in the governor’s hometown. And there was a group kidnapping in one of Culiacan’s most expensive restaurants, a block from the prosecutor’s office. There was no official word on who was abducted or how it happened, so caution set in when it came time to write what everyone in the city knows: that the restaurant is a favorite of both drug traffickers and authorities.A reporter learned from public records that the restaurant was registered under the name of a politician belonging to the ruling Institutional Revolution Party, or PRI, which dominated all levels of politics for nearly all of the last century. Recently several PRI governors have been accused of corruption in high-profile cases.Villarreal asked the reporter to write about prior incidents in that locale, including one in which a son of “El Chapo” Guzman escaped a military raid.Just months before, readers would have looked to Valdez’s column for the best-sourced information about the kidnapping.“Before, we would have already known what happened,” said Villarreal, 46, nicknamed “El Flaco” for his slender build. “Now all channels of communication with our sources have been broken.”___Valdez’s office has been repurposed as a storage room for signs and stickers protesting journalist killings, as staff have become something they never expected to be: activists on behalf of the press. Reporter Miriam Ramirez grabbed a few of the signs and headed out the next morning for a demonstration at the local prosecutor’s office over yet another journalist. Salvador Adame disappeared in the western state of Michoacan three days after Valdez was killed. A burned body has been discovered and officials say it is his, based on DNA tests.Nationwide, journalists have become more vocal, scrawling “SOS Press” on sidewalks and buildings in organized protests. On this day, the director Bojorquez is away in Washington, trying to rally international support for justice in the Valdez case.At a meeting with the governor of Sinaloa the day after Valdez was killed, Ramirez accused authorities of spying on journalists and having them killed for telling the truth. She has since asked to be reassigned from covering the government, concerned that her anger has hurt her objectivity.Valdez had repeatedly said that journalists in Mexico are “surrounded” by organized crime, complicit government officials and an indifferent society. In his last book, “Narco-journalism,” he wrote that reporters are being killed not just by drug gangs but on the order of politicians and security forces in cahoots with organized crime. The media watchdog group Articulo 19 attributed more than half of attacks on journalists last year to police and public officials.“In Mexico you die because they want to shut you up,” Ramirez said.Clearly, the murders have a chilling effect. No one forgets the death six years ago of blogger Maria Elizabeth Macias in the northern border state of Tamaulipas. Her body was found along with a note purportedly signed by the Zetas cartel: “Here I am because of my reports.” A computer keyboard and headphones lay next to her severed head.Some outlets have opted to close, such as the newspaper El Norte, in the northern border state of Chihuahua, after the killing of correspondent Miroslava Breach in March.Others keep going, as El Manana of Nuevo Laredo did following the killing of its director in 2004. In 2010, Diario de Ciudad Juarez addressed the drug cartels publicly with a front-page editorial titled, “What do you want from us?”Some journalists have fled their home states or even the country. It’s a wrenching decision. It’s hard to find work in exile, and they still scan the streets, looking for danger. And sometimes, they are hunted down, as apparently was photographer Ruben Espinosa, who was murdered in 2015 along with four women in a Mexico City apartment three months after fleeing Veracruz.For those who stay behind and continue the work, it’s a daily dance of high-risk decisions.Ramirez was unsettled by a recent Facebook comment on a story of hers about shell companies contracted by a previous governor. “These reporters are looking to end up like Javier Valdez,” said the anonymous poster, though the comment was later deleted.Still, she says she has no intention of giving up on Riodoce or its mission.“We have a commitment to Javier, to ourselves,” said Ramirez.Ibarra — who once wanted to be a poet — admits that covering the drug trade scares him. But he, too, intends to remain.“Mexico is going to hell, and that’s why I became a reporter,” he said.At midnight on a recent Friday, with the latest issue already put to bed, Riodoce editors sat on the sidewalk outside the office, drinking beer, when all at once, their phones began to buzz.A series of shootouts involving gang rivals and security forces near the beach resort city of Mazatlan had left 19 confirmed dead. The war continued to escalate, as was promised by a series of cartel messages discovered in the area.From the curb, via cellphone, they put the news up on Riodoce’s website. The front page would have to be changed the next day. Sirens wailed nearby — another shootout in the area. Bojorquez glanced over at the police officers standing guard to see if they were alert. If they were at all afraid, they didn’t show it.Beneath the massive portrait of their newspaper’s fallen founder, his middle finger displayed for all of Sinaloa to see, the staff of Riodoce was following in his footsteps.“How can you even think of closing,” Bojorquez said, “when the same day Javier was killed the intern asked me to send her out to report on the street?”last_img read more


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first_img Share U.S. Coast Guard/Auxiliarist Rusty PumphreyThe two barges involved in a collision were removed from the Houston Ship Channel on May 15, 2019.Posted on Wednesday, May 15, at 2:59 p.m.The Unified Command responding to a spill of gasoline blend product that occurred last Friday in the Houston Ship Channel said on Wednesday afternoon it has successfully removed the two barges involved in the incident from the collision site.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and the company Kirby Inland Marine form the unified command that’s responding to the incident.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. The tanker struck one of the barges and the other one capsized.The barges were taken to shipyards. The one that was damaged in the collision was transported to the Southwest Shipyard at Channelview. The other barge was taken to the Barbours Cut Turning Basin. There were no reports of release of product into the water as the barges were removed from the collision site.Cleanup operations continued and skimming vessels collected a small amount of product from sheen at the initial incident site. Additionally, crews will assess shorelines for any remaining presence of product.The boom that was deployed in some sensitive areas over the last several days will begin to be removed when crews determine those locations have sustained no impact from the spill.Water quality testing teams are conducting sampling and initial water quality test results are expected to be available on Thursday.The Houston Ship Channel is now operating without restrictions.Posted on Tuesday, May 14, at 6:02 p.m.The Unified Command responding to a spill of gasoline blend product that occurred last Friday said on Tuesday afternoon in the Houston Ship Channel that cleanup crews have successfully flushed, decontaminated and transferred all removable product from the damaged barge and they are continuing salvage operations on the capsized barge.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and the company Kirby Inland Marine form the unified command that’s responding to the incident.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. The tanker struck one of the barges and the other one capsized.The gas blend product that spilled is reformate and authorities estimate the spilled amount is approximately 11,276 barrels. Initial reports said it was a 9,000-barrell spill.The cleanup and recovery process includes the deployment of approximately 20,000 feet of containment boom, a temporary floating barrier and skimmers. Seven skimmers are on scene and have recovered more than 3,825 barrels of product-water mixture. Additionally, air and water quality tests are underway. As of 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 5,079 air quality assessments had been taken and analyzed with no results showing above actionable levels. The Centers for Disease Control and Galveston County Health District report that environmental air sampling data from the community continue to be below levels of health concerns. The Texas Department of State Health Services has issued a seafood warning concerning the consumption of fish and seafood from portions of Galveston and Trinity Bays. More information on the seafood warning is posted on this website.The spill has also impacted wildlife, with three birds and a mammal having been found deceased on the damaged barge and numerous fish and invertebrates also having been found dead.Posted on Monday, May 13, at 4:40 p.m.Cleanup crews continue responding to a collision in the Houston Ship Channel that spilled approximately 9,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock last Friday.The U.S. Coast Guard, the Texas General Land Office, Port of Houston Fire Department and the company Kirby Inland Marine form the unified command that’s responding to the incident.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. The tanker struck one of the barges and the other one capsized and remains aground just outside the channel.Salvage teams have secured the two barges in their current locations and continue to remove product from the damaged barge. Crews are preparing to perform salvage operations on the capsized barge.The flammable material that spilled is called reformate. Six skimmers are on the scene and have recovered more than 376 barrels of product-water mixture. In addition, responders have deployed more than 20,000 feet of boom, a temporary floating barrier, to control the spill.As of 3 p.m. on Monday, local officials said 4,735 air quality assessments had been taken in the community and analyzed with no results showing actionable levels. Response teams were also conducting water quality tests.The Houston Ship Channel is open but with some restrictions due to the incident.Posted on Monday, May 10, at 10:38 a.m.Officials say a 9,000-barrel gasoline blend stock spill that happened last Friday in the Houston Ship Channel isn’t a major health concern, but they have suspended oyster harvesting downstream until further notice and are investigating the accident that led to the spill.The flammable material that spilled is called reformate and a spokesperson for Port Houston said it’s a colorless, flammable liquid that’s toxic to fish.The spill happened after a 755-foot tanker crashed into a tugboat that was pushing two barges. One barge capsized and cleanup crews will have to cut through the steel bottom of the ship to pump out the remaining product. They’re also using boom, a temporary floating barrier, to control the spill.The U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board still aren’t sure what caused the accident, which has disrupted traffic on the channel near Bayport.Officials say so far two seagulls, one raccoon and “some fish” are believed to have died due to the spill. Fishermen are also being encouraged not to eat fish caught in certain parts of Galveston Bay.Residents in the area have complained of a gasoline odor. The National Weather Service has warned that people living nearby may be able to smell gasoline fumes.Speaking on behalf of the barge company, Jim Guidry said at a news conference they are monitoring air quality 24 hours a day. “We’ve not seen any levels that cause us concern for people’s health,” Guidry said. On Sunday, authorities said 2,700 air samples were tested and none have exceeded levels to cause concern.The Galveston Bay Foundation is collecting water samples.The cause of the collision is being investigated.Persons wishing to pursue a claim in the response to the incident can call 1-800-241-9010.last_img read more


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first_imgBy Lauren Poteat, Special to the AFROJust a little over two years ago, Texas Southern University’s (TSU) Thurgood Marshall School of Law, found itself in the center of controversy after the American Bar Association (ABA) declared the institution to be in violation of several guideline standards. However in 2018, the historically Black institution is back with a vengeance and received approval for recommendations from the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the ABA in early October, much to the approval of TSU law school acting dean, Gary Bledsoe.“This has been an opportunity to improve our law school, and we’ve worked diligently to do so,” Bledsoe said. “This process fits with our strategic plan to make this great, historic law school even better, and to reflect the honor of the school’s namesake—Thurgood Marshall.”While the institution was declared to be in violation of several standards, Thurgood Marshall School of Law is now approved for recommendations of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the American Bar Association. (Courtesy Photo)This approval followed TSU President Dr. Austin Lane, TSU Provost Dr. Kendall Harris and Bledsoe, who last month, reported on the law school’s remediation efforts to the council.Shortly thereafter, the ABA Accreditation Committee concluded that TSU’s law school had made progress toward full compliance of several of the ABA standards that were initially found to be in violation, back in 2015 and 2016.“The Council’s decision is confirmation that we have made the necessary progress and are continuing to make progress with regard to the standards that were in question,” TSU President Dr. Austin Lane said.In addition, the ABA recommended a process to be followed over the next two years—through July 2020, to validate that the law school had followed through on the commitments that it had made and that those commitments and the school’s efforts had succeeded in bringing the law school into compliance with the ABA standards.Specific standards addressed included Standard 104, which provides for data integrity with information that is complete, accurate and submitted in a form, time and manner to the Council; Standard 205(b), which provides for equality of opportunity for faculty and staff; Standard 301(a), which provides for a rigorous program of legal education; Standard 309(b), which provides for academic support; and Standard 501 (b), which provides for qualified applicants.TSU also noted that in addressing the academic rigor standard, the law school had strengthened the first-year program of legal education, faculty collaboration, new evaluation tools, and new curriculum, including “Criminal Justice Advocacy.”Similarly, the law school also implemented an enhanced academic success program for its students, including practice exams, Saturday academies focused on essay writing, tutoring labs, a bar preparation course and additional measures for identifying at-risk students.In response to the standard related to qualified applicants, the law school has modified its recruiting practices, enhanced its branding efforts and adjusted its admission index in collaboration with a streamlined interview process for prospective students.A six-week summer program designed to assist admitted students with a predicted low academic file, is now mandatory, much to the appreciation of Dr. Lane.“I would like to thank acting Dean Gary Bledsoe, Marcia Johnson and Cassandra Hill, each of whom played critical roles in making these changes over the past year, as well as the faculty, staff and students within the law school.”last_img read more