first_imgAPTN National NewsAngela Mayer, 21, has been missing in Yellowknife since Saturday afternoon.Ground search crews have been scouring areas around the city in search of the Inuit women who has a history of mental illness.Meyer was not wearing a hat or mitts at the time of her disappearance.With temperatures hovering below -20C, many people are concerned about her safety.Friends and family have left multiple messages of hope on her Facebook page.last_img

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Gidimt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en have filed a Civil Suit against Coastal GasLink.According to a Gidimt’en press release, they are laying civil charges against Coastal GasLink in the Supreme Court for their negligence and destruction of private property during a raid on their territory on January 7, 2019.The Gidimt’en is seeking special damages, aggravated damages, punitive damages, and costs with interest. According to Molly Wickham, on behalf of the Gidimt’en Clan, the spiritual and emotional traumas inflicted on the Wet’suwet’en, following the raid, are tremendous and grave.“The Gidimt’en are seeking special damages, aggravated damages, punitive damages, and costs with interest. These avenues of compensation do not even begin to approach the cost of the violence of these companies invading traditional Wet’suwet’en territory. The spiritual and emotional traumas these companies have inflicted on the Wet’suwet’en are tremendous and grave.”Currently, the Environmental Assessment Office is examining Coastal GasLink’s application for an extension and the Gidimt’en are asking that they take this extreme violation into account.The Gidimt’en Hereditary Chiefs say they remain strong in the defence of their lands against oil and gas pipelines and will continue to fight the persistent industry invasion.last_img read more

29 August 2010The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal today urged the Asian country’s Government to swiftly implement the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2007 that required the State to enact a law to criminalize forced disappearance of people. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) today urged the Asian country’s Government to swiftly implement the landmark Supreme Court decision of 2007 that required the State to enact a law to criminalize forced disappearance of people.The Supreme Court order, if implemented, would be in compliance with the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, OHCHR said ahead of the International Day of the Disappeared, which will be marked tomorrow.It would also establish a high level commission of inquiry on disappearances in compliance with the international criteria on such commissions of inquiry, require investigations and prosecutions of persons responsible for disappearances, and provide for adequate compensation and relief for victims and their families.“This Day reminds me those who, year after year, at home, wait to hear about the fate of their love ones and continue to suffer until this relief comes,” said Anthony Cardon, Officer-In-Charge of OHCHR-Nepal. “Their rights as well as those of the disappeared are fully guaranteed by international human rights law and the respect and protection of these rights should be a priority in any society,” he added.Since 2005, the UN Human Rights Office in Nepal has closely witnessed the anguish and anger of conflict victims as well as the consequences for the society of the failure to set up transitional justice mechanisms. The office said it continues to believe that clarifying the fate of the victims of enforced disappearances and other human rights and humanitarian law violations in Nepal lie at the heart of the peace process.“Today, I recall that in the historic peace deal of November 2006, both parties to the CPA [Comprehensive Peace Agreement] agreed that making the truth about the disappeared and inform their family was a priority. This will be soon four years ago,” said Mr. Cardon. “Supporting the Government of Nepal in seeking the truth about those women and men who were and remain victims of enforced disappearances is among the priorities of OHCHR-Nepal,” he said.OHCHR also urged the Government to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance, which so far has been signed by 83 States and ratified by 19 others read more

“The boats are all beyond repair. Since all these were bought through private loans, the fishermen owners who are of the lower middle class have been pushed to the brink”, Elango said. The National Fishworkers’ Forum (NFF) in India said the fourth round of bilateral talks between fishermen of India and Sri Lanka should be held without any delay, The Hindu newspaper reported.Addressing the media in India, Chairperson of the NFF, M. Elango said Sri Lanka had detained 81 boats of fishermen from Tamil Nadu and Union Territory of Puducherry since last February and 27 fishermen have been under the custody of Sri Lankan authorities. Expressing solidarity with the fishermen who announced picketing before the Sri Lankan Embassy in Chennai, he pointed out that fishermen have been unhappy as the Union government has failed to find a solution to their problems in the last two years. Elango further added that he would meet the Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and urge her to ensure that the fourth round of bilateral talks between the fishermen of the two countries is held without anymore delay.He would also urge that all the 81 boats that have been detained in this last one year should be released immediately. The NFF has appealed to the Centre to create a separate ministry for fisheries and fisher welfare and a legislation to protect the rights of the fisher and other traditional coastal communities. (Colombo Gazette) read more

“All children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances are, have the right to survive and thrive, safe from deadly diseases,” Robin Nandy, the Chief of Immunization at UNICEF, said in a news release.Access to immunization has led to a dramatic decrease in deaths of children under the age of five from vaccine-preventable diseases, and has brought the world closer to eradicating deadly scourges like polio and measles but despite this progress, 1.5 million children still die from diseases which can be prevented by vaccines.According to estimates, 19.4 million children around the world still miss out on full vaccinations every year.Around two thirds of all unvaccinated children live in conflict-affected countries. Weak health systems, poverty and social inequities also mean that one in five children under the age of five is still not reached with life-saving vaccines.On top of this, persisting inequality between rich and poor children further exasperate the problem.VIDEO: Despite progress, nearly 20 million children are missing out on vaccinations every year. Two-thirds of those unvaccinated children live in countries affected by conflict. UNICEF is calling for greater efforts to close the gap.In countries where 80 per cent of the world’s under-five child deaths occur, over half of the poorest children are not fully vaccinated. Globally, the poorest children are nearly twice as likely to die before the age of five as the richest.“In addition to children living in rural communities where access to services is limited, more and more children living in overcrowded cities and slum dwellings are also missing out on vital vaccinations,” said Dr. Nandy.“Overcrowding, poverty, poor hygiene and sanitation, as well as inadequate nutrition and health care increase the risk of diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea and measles in these communities; diseases that are easily preventable with vaccines,” he added.Furthermore, given predictions that one in four people could be living in urban poor communities, mainly in Africa and Asia by 2030, the focus and investment of immunization services must be tailored to the specific needs of these communities and children, noted UNICEF.This re-focusing of efforts is all the more important given that efforts in these communities would be crucial for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). read more

first_imgMicrosoft’s point, thus far, is that the term was generic long before Apple laid claim to it,Any secondary meaning or fame Apple has in ‘App Store’ is de facto secondary meaning that cannot convert the generic term ‘app store’ into a protectable trademark. Apple cannot block competitors from using a generic name. ‘App store’ is generic and therefore in the public domain and free for all competitors to use. Apple and Microsoft are butting heads again, the latest in a long line of disputes against the tech giants. This time out, the companies are doing battle over Apple’s trademark claims on the admittedly broad term “App Store.” Apple, essentially, is claiming that it can own the term, seeing as how when people think “App Store,” they think “Apple.”As the company put it in a recent filing,The vastly predominant usage of the expression ‘app store’ in trade press is as a reference to Apple’s extraordinarily well-known APP STORE mark and the services rendered by Apple thereunder. As of late, however, the arguments have become far more nuanced, and now Microsoft is calling out Apple over the length of a legal filing, and the font size used in said filing. According to a newly discovered motion filed by Microsoft with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, “Apple’s response brief is 31 pages, including the table of contents and table of authorities, and on information and belief, is printed in less than 11 point font.”Full text of this exciting motion can be found here.last_img read more

first_img If you build it, Major League Baseball will come.I have a confession to make: The first (and so far only) time I watched Field of Dreams, I fell asleep.Not out of disinterest in the (frankly bizarre) plot or apathy toward watching a young Kevin Costner for an hour and a half. I was an overstressed college student lounging in a comfy bed. Who could blame me?But I’ll get a second chance to experience the fantasy-drama sports film when it becomes a big-league reality next year.On Aug. 13, 2020, the Chicago White Sox and New York Yankees will stage Iowa’s first Major League game in a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark constructed on the same Dyersville farm where the 1989 movie was shot. .@MLB is building it, and we are coming!MLB Field of Dreams is becoming a reality and we’re excited to be a part of it next season. Also, sorry Costner, but this poster wins.— New York Yankees (@Yankees) August 8, 2019 Coming soon…— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) August 8, 2019Unfortunately, Joe Jackson can’t make it to next year’s big game. But the controversial outfielder, remembered most for his alleged association with the Black Sox Scandal (in which members of the 1919 White Sox conspired to fix the World Series), will be there in spirit.Played on a Thursday, the game will be considered a White Sox home date, followed by a Friday off-day before the two clubs resume their three-game series in Chicago.Construction on the makeshift park (which will pay homage to Cominskey Park, the White Sox’ home for 80 years) begins on Tuesday, Aug. 13—exactly one year ahead of the game, and 30 years since the release* of Field of Dreams.Windows along the right-field wall will overlook the movie set and cornfields beyond.“Field of Dreams‘ captures the uniqueness of Iowans’ can-do attitude, and there’s no better place to host our state’s very first Major League game than this legendary baseball field in Dyersville,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said. “I look forward to this historic event in 2020.“As the famous movie quote goes, ‘Is this heaven?’ ‘No, it’s Iowa,’” she added.Information on limited ticket availability will be announced in the coming months.More on Helps Explain Baseball PitchesAn Apple Watch Is At the Center of a Major League Baseball ScandalHomer Simpson Will Be Inducted Into the Baseball Hall of Fame* OK, so the film was released on April 21, 1989. It’s close enough. Is this heaven?@Yankees–@WhiteSox, see you in Iowa on 8.13.20.— MLB (@MLB) August 8, 2019“As a sport that is proud of its history linking generations, Major League Baseball is excited to bring a regular-season game to the site of Field of Dreams,” Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement.The cleverly titled MLB at Field of Dreams presented by GEICO event will be nationally broadcast on FOX at 7 p.m. ET. Don’t worry: You’ve got more than a year to set up the recording.“We look forward to celebrating the movie’s enduring message of how baseball brings people together at this special cornfield in Iowa,” Manfred said.Based on W.P. Kinsella’s book “Shoeless Joe,” the film features Costner as Ray, a farmer who hears a mysterious voice in his cornfield saying, “If you build it, he will come.”So, like any normal blue-collar American, he assembles a baseball diamond on his land, attracting the ghosts of great players—including “Shoeless” Joe Jackson.center_img Batter up! Google’s July 4th Doodle Is BBQ-Themed Baseball GameSan Diego Padres Criticized For Needless Bee Murders Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgCAMAS — This may be Southwest Washington, but certain lords and ladies prefer dwelling within a mythical overlay known as the Barony of Stromgard.Stromgard isn’t a secret, but it does take a special type to pledge fealty to the barony — and its international umbrella organization, the Society for Creative Anachronism, which claims more than 30,000 members.What type? Your unabashed history nerd with a passion for exploring, personally, lifestyles of the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Roughly speaking, that’s the years 400 to 1600; the fun begins with the fall of the Roman Empire and continues until Shakespeare is scribbling.One hundred and forty subjects of Stromgard turned out in costume on a recent Saturday at the Camas Community Center for the annual Founding Revel and StormMaker Arts & Sciences Tournament — a busy, colorful party and feast as well as a display of the sort of ingenuity you needed to survive and thrive, long before you could start cooking by touching a stovetop button.To start cooking in Stromgard, three StormMaker contestants (plus assistants) had to begin at the beginning, sparking a fire with flint and steel. Each team had to open a mystery box and quickly put to use a random assortment of edible ingredients and other stuff. Before that, they had to document and present two authentic historical projects — hand-making valuable items like mead, garments and sheepskin rugs.Stromgard resident Ronan Mac an Leagha, who goes by John Paul when in Clark County, showed off his smarts. He’d created a romantic, historical date night: glowing candle and wax-sealed parchment menu; cooked eggs, onions and bacon as the main course; apples, almonds and cinnamon for dessert; the gift of a seed necklace for his sweetie; and, for post-meal fun, a felt checkerboard and seed checkers.last_img read more

first_imgThe 65-inch OLED B8 is now $2,300. Sarah Tew/CNET Waiting for LG to put its industry-leading OLED TVs on sale has become an annual tradition, and the wait is finally over. After failing to get a steep discount for Black Friday 2018, LG’s B8 series of OLED TVs is finally on sale for the Super Bowl 2019. They’re not cheap by any means, but they’re less expensive than any other 2018 OLED TV so far. Here’s the breakdown. Savings Share your voice 1:55 OLED55B8P Current price $2,500 Tags $100 LG OLED B8 series pricing $200 $2,300 OLED65B8P Model Time to pull the trigger, cowboyLG’s Super Bowl discount on the B8 might not be its lowest in history, but if you’re in the market for a high-end TV and can afford an OLED — in short, if you’ve been waiting for this price drop — now is the time to buy.  $1,500 35 Photos In other words OLED image quality has largely plateaued, and unless you’re willing to pay up for a slight improvement, your best bet is to get the cheapest one.And now the cheapest widely available OLED TV is the B8. If you don’t want to wait another year for a new TV, consider this your green light.75-inch options and moreBeyond its still-high price, the main downside of the B8 is the fact that it maxes out at 65 inches. Yes, LG sells a 77-inch OLED, but it costs seven grand. A lot of TV shoppers, especially football fans who want to enjoy the big games in style, are gravitating toward a 70- or 75-inch TV. If you’re looking for a high-performance set in that size that’s relatively affordable, my primary recommendation is the new 75-inch TCL 6 series. The 75-inch Vizio P series is another excellent bet. To get significantly better image quality in a 2018 75-inch TV over those two you’ll need to pay up, way up, for the Samsung Q9.  LG’s discounts still too rich for your blood? Relax, we’ve got plenty of choices for Super Bowl-ready TVs at every budget.Disclaimer: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.Read next: Huge 8K screens and insane roll-up OLEDs at CES 2019Read also: LG’s rollable OLED TV is incredible, and it’s actually going on sale in 2019 LG’s entry-level OLED brings high-end styling, picture 65 inches LG B8 is the 2018 OLED TV to buy 61 Photos A press release LG emailed to CNET claims that the new pricing is its lowest ever on OLED TVs, but it’s actually a tie. For Black Friday 2017 LG discounted its B7A OLED TVs to exactly the same price: $1,500 for the 55-inch TV and $2,300 for the 65-inch model. Now playing: Watch this: The best TVs of CES 2019 Size Black Friday Price See the 55-inch OLED B8 at AmazonSee the 65-inch OLED B8 at AmazonIn my review of the OLED B8 I gave it CNET’s Editors’ Choice award as the best high-end 2018 TV. It delivers everything I expected from an OLED TV in terms of image quality, starting with perfect black levels. It has plenty of brightness and contrast to make just about everything — including football — look great. Yes, the more-expensive C8 did just a bit better in my tests, but the difference isn’t worth the money.All OLED TVs have the increased potential for burn-in compared to LCD-based models, although most people and use cases it won’t be an issue. If you’re unfamiliar with burn-in, here’s what you need to know.In case you’re wondering, I don’t think the B8 will get another official discount. Yes, it and other LG OLED TVs can be found for less in some places online, but as far as LG’s official pricing goes, I’m guessing this is as low as it goes. Of course LG’s 2019 OLED TVs will arrive this spring, but if the past is any indication, I don’t expect to recommend buying them over the 2018 models until Black Friday 2019 at the earliest. Yes the new models have some HDMI 2.1 features that could appeal to high-end gamers and Dolby Atmos fans, but the main image quality improvement from 2018 to 2019 is better processing. Based on past comparisons, I expect the visible difference between the B8 and its 2019 cohorts to be minor, at best.  $1,600 5 Comments 55 inches TVslast_img read more

first_imgBiarritz, France: U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday offered an olive branch to China after days of intense feuding over trade that has spooked financial markets and he opened the door to diplomacy with Iran, easing tensions on the last day of a strained G7 summit. The leaders of the world’s major industrialized nations, meeting in the French coastal resort of Biarritz, agreed on a deal to provide $20 million in emergency help to Brazil and its neighbors stop the Amazon forest fires. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us While they were not expected to leave Biarritz with a more comprehensive set of agreements or even a joint communique, Trump and his Western allies appeared to have at least agreed cordially to disagree on issues dividing them. These ranged from Washington’s escalating trade war with China, which many fear could tip the slowing world economy into recession; how to deal with the nuclear ambitions of both Iran and North Korea; and the question of whether Russian President Vladimir Putin should be readmitted to the group. Also Read – Imran calls on Pakistanis to take part in ‘Kashmir Hour’ Advertise With Us Trump, a turbulent presence at last year’s G7 gathering, insisted during the Biarritz meeting that he was getting along well with other leaders of a group that also comprises Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan. The trade war between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies, escalated last Friday as both sides leveled more tariffs on each other’s exports. Advertise With Us On Sunday, a White House spokeswoman said that when Trump told journalists that he had had second thoughts about last week’s tariff blow against China, they were regret for not raising them more. However, the mood-music changed abruptly on Monday, hours after China’s yuan fell to an 11-year low against the dollar amid fears that the quickening Sino-U.S. trade war would inflict more damage on the world’s largest economies. Speaking on the sidelines of the G7 summit on Monday, Trump said he believed China wanted to make a trade deal after it contacted U.S. trade officials overnight to say it wanted to return to the negotiating table. Mr Donald Trump hailed Chinese President Xi Jinping as a great leader and said the prospect of talks was a very positive development.last_img read more

first_imgJhenaidahTwin sisters drowned in a pond while trying to gather water lilies at Ujjalpur village in Maheshpur upazila of Jhenaidah district on Thursday morning.The two children are three-year-old Hashi and Khushi, daughters of a certain Zahurul Islam, resident of the area, reports BSS.Police said the two girls were playing near the house in the morning.Later, they went with two other children to gather water lilies from a nearby pond.When the girls went under water, the other two children ran to inform the adults.Their relatives rescued the sisters and took them to Maheshpur Upazila Health Complex, where physicians declared them dead on arrival.last_img

first_imgRohingya refugee children pose for a picture in a camp at Cox`s Bazar, on 26 September 2017. ReutersMyanmar’s government will manage the redevelopment of villages torched during violence in Rakhine state that has sent nearly half a million Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, a minister was reported on Wednesday as saying.The plan for the redevelopment of areas destroyed by fires, which the government has blamed on Rohingya insurgents, is likely to raise concern about the prospects for the return of the 480,000 refugees, and compound fears of ethnic cleansing.“According to the law, burnt land becomes government-managed land,” Minister for Social Development, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye told a meeting in the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe, the Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper reported.Win Myat Aye also heads a committee tasked with implementing recommendations on solving Rakhine’s long-simmering tensions.Citing a disaster management law, he said in a meeting with authorities on Tuesday that redevelopment would “be very effective”. The law states the government oversees reconstruction in areas damaged in disasters, including conflict.There was no elaboration on any plan or what access to their old villages any returning Rohingya could expect. The minister was not immediately available for comment.Human rights groups using satellite images have said that about half of more than 400 Rohingya villages in the north of Rankine state have been burned in the violence.Refugees arriving in Bangladesh have accused the army and Buddhist vigilantes of mounting a campaign of violence and arson aimed at driving Rohingya out of Myanmar.Buddhist-majority Myanmar has rejected UN accusations of ethnic cleansing against Rohingya Muslims in response to coordinated attacks by Rohingya insurgents on the security forces on 25 August.The government has reported that about half of Rohingya villages have been abandoned but it blames insurgents of the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army for the fires and for attacking civilians.The government says nearly 500 people have been killed since Aug. 25, nearly 400 of them insurgents. It has also rejected accusations of crimes against humanity, leveled this week by Human Rights Watch.NUMBER KEEPS RISINGThe violence and the refugee exodus is the biggest crisis the government of Nobel peace laureate Suu Kyi has faced since it came to power last year in a transition from nearly 50 years of military rule.Myanmar regards the Rohingya as illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and bouts of suppression and strife have flared for decades. Most Rohingya are stateless.Suu Kyi has faced scathing criticism and calls for her Nobel prize to be withdrawn. She denounced rights violations in an address last week and vowed that abusers would be prosecuted. She also said any refugees verified as coming from Myanmar under a 1992 process agreed with Bangladesh would be allowed back.But many refugees are gloomy about their chances of going home, saying they fear they lack the paperwork they expect would be demanded to prove they came from Myanmar.A group of aid organizations said on Tuesday the total number of refugees who had fled to Bangladesh since Aug. 25 had been revised up to 480,000, after 35,000 people were found to have been missed out of the previous tally.Aid agencies say refugees are still arriving though at a slower rate, and they have a contingency plan for a total of 700,000.That figure is part of an overall plan to help 1.2 million people, including 200,000 Rohingya who were already in camps in Bangladesh and 300,000 people in “host communities”, or people helping refugees who also need aid.last_img

first_imgDallas Dance is anxious to know whether he’ll get another four years at the helm of Baltimore County Public Schools.Dance is proud of the course the school district has taken under his leadership. (Courtesy photo)The schools superintendent asked the school board to let him know by the end of November whether his contract would be renewed when it expires June 30. By law, however, the board cannot sign a contract with Dance before Feb. 1.“For me it was about reassuring the county,” the 34-year-old administrator told the AFRO. “Even though the board doesn’t have to sign a contract until February, I think it is important to send a message to the community about whether they will have to move in a different direction or not.”Dance said he is proud of the course the school district has taken under his leadership.When he came to the job in 2012 as a fresh-eyed 31-yearold transplant from Houston, where he served as one of three chief school officers in the Houston Independent School District, Dance said his first test was figuring out how to build on the legacy of former long-time superintendent, Joe Hairston.“Just trying to figure out how to take a good school district and make it better” was a key challenge, said the educator, who earned doctorate and master’s degrees from Virginia Commonwealth University and a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University.Even more difficult, however, was the work involved in building relationships with the community and getting different stakeholders to coalesce around a shared plan.“Relationships are key to success in this position,” Dance said. “When I first came there were a lot of communication and trust issues.”The superintendent’s critics, for example, point to his seemingly unilateral decision to change the high schools’ schedule from seven to eight periods back in 2013.Others point to the dustup that occurred when it was discovered Dance was being paid as a consultant and trainer for SUPES Academy, an Illinois-based firm that was contracted by BCPS to provide training to its principals. Dance has himself acknowledged the misstep (he later resigned from the job).The superintendent said his administration has worked hard to move past those barriers, however, and he is most proud of what they have done in terms of making connections with parents, businesses, lawmakers, etc. Laying that groundwork has translated into more support—monetarily and otherwise—for the district.Such was the case with Blueprint 2.0, a five-year strategic plan spearheaded by Dance that is focused on improving academics, safety, communication and organizational effectiveness.Under the plan, for example, Dance set a goal of boosting digital learning by putting individual computers into each student’s hands and of ensuring all BCPS students are fluent in a second language.Other initiatives have also begun to have an impact, such as a computer tracking system that helps to flag students in need which has helped to boost graduation rates, including those of Blacks and other minorities. According to the Maryland Report Card, in 2011, the four-year cohort average graduation rate for BCPS high-schoolers was 82 percent and 80 percent for Black students. In 2014, the average graduation rate increased to 88 percent for all students and 87 percent for Black students, earning BCPS the designation of a national “District of Distinction” by District Administration magazine.Dance added that a significant percentage of Baltimore County schools are consistently named among the nation’s top-ranked institutions and several are Maryland and national blue ribbon schools.As a result of the advances spearheaded by Dance, BCPS was accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation awarded a $1.5 million grant to BCPS, according to the district’s website. Additionally, Dance was selected by President Barack Obama as one of 10 national “Connected Educator Champions of Change” in 2014 and was appointed to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans and to the executive committee of the American Association of School Administrators.Dance said if he is given another term as superintendent, he wants to build on what his administration has already achieved and to put more emphasis on issues such as the gender achievement gap and on equity.“We have not had enough conversations about how adult decisions affect students,” Dance said, highlighting issues such as disparate funding and unequal equal access to highly-trained teachers and high-quality courses, such as AP classes, in certain schools.In order to continue making those improvements, however, the school board will have to make a decision on his contract, which he said is currently still being negotiated.School Board spokesman Mychael Dickerson said the board was scheduled to vote on the contract on Feb. 2 and that by law, it was obligated to inform Dance of its decision by March 1. Board members could not comment further on the matter since it was a personnel matter, however.Dance hopes the vote will go his way, saying, “Stability in leadership is important in any organization when you’re trying to get certain things done.”zprince@afro.comlast_img read more

first_imgForza Horizon 3 has been released today. Though fans of the series are no doubt elated, it is a bit hard to get excited for a franchise that sees a new release every single year. This year, Microsoft is doing something special for its flagship racing series and has created a custom Xbox One S that is made to resemble the front of an Audi R8. The catch is that it will be only be available to a few folks in Germany.Despite it appearing a bit ridiculous, this custom Xbox One really does resemble a miniaturized piece of an Audi R8. However, this isn’t a simple custom job. Most special edition consoles either have a specific paint job or just have a custom plate slapped to the top of the console. This one is more well thought out as every inch of it has been shaped and modified. Yes, it does seem as though the front of the car was sliced off and had its tires stolen, but at least it looks like what it is supposed to be.Not that this is a competition, but Microsoft Australia seems to have a better handle on how to create a custom Xbox One S console. That country also has its own special edition Forza Horizon 3 Xbox One S, but as you can see from the picture below, it is much more impressive looking. Germany, please take note.Earlier this year, Microsoft held similar contests where it gave away custom Xbox One systems to lucky people in Europe. For the launch of Captain America: Civil War, the company made a system that looked like Iron Man’s chest piece. This one was only for French fans. Then there was a Game of Thrones Xbox One that was released to celebrate the end of that show’s sixth season. Like the Tony Stark Xbox One, this custom console was also for French citizens.If you live in Germany or know someone that does, you can enter for a chance to win the Audi R8 Xbox One S by going to this Facebook page, “liking” the post, and leaving a comment about who is the toughest Forza rival (whatever that means). Only three of these consoles will be given away so good luck to all who participate.last_img read more

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