Two held for duping job seekers

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were arrested at the Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station on Monday night for allegedly creating a fake website of state Tribal Development Department and duping several job seekers. The duo have been remanded to six days police custody by the Bidhannagar Court on Tuesday.According to the police, during October, last year, the Additional Secretary of Tribal Development Department lodged a complaint stating that they had noticed a fake website in the name of their department. In the website, a “fake” order related to progress for the appointment for the rank of Group D in the department was upload. During the probe, cops came up with several mobile numbers. From those a few numbers were identified but police failed to trace them as the numbers were not active. Cops recently found that some of the suspected mobile numbers were active. Their location was traced in Midnapore Town. On Monday, a team from Bidhannagar Cyber Crime police station went West Midnapore and arrested two persons identified as Diptish Palit and Jugal Kishor Das Adhikari.last_img read more

Trudeau not the prime minister of Quebec Saskatchewan premier

first_imgWestern premiers say the SNC-Lavalin affair is distracting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a time he should be focused on jobs in their region.Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe has taken aim at the prime minister’s comments about the 9,000 jobs tied to the Quebec company.Moe says Trudeau needs to be reminded he is not the premier of Quebec and that thousands of jobs have been lost in the energy sector.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley released a statement this week about China blocking shipments of Canadian canola to say Trudeau needs to get back to work defending jobs and farmers.She suggested the federal government is navel-gazing at its own controversy.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau meets with Macron as G7 leaders wrap up meeting in Biarritz

first_imgThe Canadian Press BIARRITZ, France — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the other G7 leaders are wrapping up their two-day summit today in Biarritz, France, where the meetings have been largely upstaged by U.S. trade tensions and a surprise visit by Iran’s top diplomat.Trudeau began the day with a one-on-one meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, who is hosting this year’s summit.The two discussed a number of topics, including Macron’s attempts to broker a deal to save the 2015 Tehran nuclear accord and ease growing tensions between Iran and the West.France’s invitation to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif led to sidebar meetings with French, German and U.K. officials in Biarritz on Sunday — but also led to some tense discussions about Iran among the G7 leaders.Trudeau and Macron also discussed climate issues ahead of a larger summit session on climate, oceans and biodiversity that included G7 leaders and the heads of other countries invited to participate as guests.Climate action is among many issues Trudeau and Macron see eye-to-eye on — something that cannot be said of U.S. President Donald Trump, who was not present for the beginning of the climate session.Instead, Trump held one-on-one meetings with Egypt’s president Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.He told reporters ahead of those meetings the U.S. will soon begin serious negotiations with China — amid a mounting trade war between the countries.Trump hiked tariffs on China last week after China taxed some U.S. imports in retaliation for a previous round of imports levied by Trump.Meanwhile, Trudeau has used his one-on-one meetings with his G7 counterparts on the margins of the summit to promote trade and economic issues.He has also joined Macron’s call for action on the fires that have been devastating Amazon rainforest and, it now appears, Canada is prepared to pitch in regardless of what other countries do.Foreign Affairs Minister Chystia Freeland spoke to her Brazilian counterpart and offered Canada’s support.last_img read more

Shopify reports Q1 loss revenue up 68 per cent compared with a

first_imgOTTAWA – Shopify Inc. says it lost US$15.9 million in its latest quarter as its revenue grew 68 per cent compared with a year ago.The e-commerce software company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, says its loss amounted to 16 cents per share for the quarter ended March 31.That compared with a loss of $13.6 million or 15 cents per share a year ago.Revenue in the quarter totalled $214.3 million, up from $127.4 million.Shopify says the increase came as subscription solutions revenue grew 61 per cent to $100.2 million, while merchant solutions revenue climbed 75 per cent to $114.1 million.On an adjusted basis, Shopify says it earned $4.2 million or four cents per share for the quarter, compared with an adjusted loss of $3.5 million or four cents per share in the same quarter last year.Companies in this story: (TSX:SHOP)last_img read more

Another Moroccan Family Recounts Special Moment with King Mohamed VI in

Rabat- King Mohamed VI’ stay in Miami has made the days of many Moroccans living in North America.Each time new pictures surface on the internet where Moroccans, who got the chance to meet the king and exchange a few words with him, recount the special moment of meeting the monarch.Mohsine, a Moroccan expat in the United States, had a happy time meeting the king. “We wanted to celebrate my wife’s birthday, so we decided to go to Miami for the weekend to celebrate the anniversary”, said Mohsine to a Moroccan local news website.He added that he, his wife and daughter headed to Miami not knowing that “this year’s anniversary would be special”.Once in Miami, “we heard that the king was in Miami South Beach, so we went there hoping to meet him”, said the Moroccan immigrant.“Upon our arrival the King Mohamed VI came down to meet us. We were a bunch of people waiting for him”, added Mohsine.The Moroccan expat said the king welcomed us and urged us to stick to our roots when a lady addressed him in English.When it was Mohsine and his family’s turn to talk to the king and take a picture with him, the Moroccan was pleased to chat with the monarch, for whom he holds deep love and respect.“My daughter seemed happy when I asked her who he was and she said, “he’s the king daddy”,” said Mohsine describing the king as a “good-hearted and down-to-earth person”. read more

Annan cuts short Africa trip to focus on Iraq at UN Headquarters

On Wednesday, UN spokesman Fred Eckhard told reporters in New York that Mr. Annan was considering cutting his programme short “to deal with pressing business here.”Today, a UN spokesman in Ouagadougou announced that Mr. Annan, who just attended the international conference on Iraq in Sharm-El-Sheikh, Egypt, would return to follow up on matters “relating to the UN presence in Iraq.”On Tuesday, the Secretary-General told conference participants that the UN is committed to helping Iraq, including coordinating international aid and assisting the country’s electoral authorities. read more

United States UN human rights office welcomes California moratorium on death penalty

According to news reports, although the state hasn’t executed anyone since 2006, California’s death row holds the highest number of prisoners, more than a quarter of the country’s total, and six out of 10 of them are people of colour.OHCHR spokesperson Marta Hurtado, said in a statement to journalists that the executive order “consolidates a trend in the US towards the eradication of the death penalty – in law or in practice – over the last decades,” as 20 US states have already abolished it. California now joins three other states whose Governors have put an executive hold on executions.However, the order can only prevent sentences from being carried out, but the law still empowers prosecutors to request capital punishment, and allows judges to sentence convicted prisoners to death.“We hope this moratorium will encourage other states to follow suit, and be followed by a complete abolition of capital punishment at the state and federal level,” Ms. Hurtado added, stressing that with this decision, “California joins the international trend towards the reduction and eventual abolition of the death penalty.”The decision of the California Governor, Gavin Newsom, comes after the states’ voters rejected attempts to abolish capital punishment and approved in 2016 a ballot measure to actually speed up executions.In a public statement, Mr. Newsom said “I do not believe that a civilized society can claim to be a leader in the world as long as its government continues to sanction the premeditated and discriminatory execution of its people,” adding that the death penalty was “inconsistent” with the “bedrock values and strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a Californian.”The Governor cited a report estimating that 1 in every 25 people on death row is innocent. “If that’s the case, that means if we move forward executing 737 people in California, we will have executed roughly 30 people that are innocent”, Mr. Newsom said. “I don’t know about you. I can’t sign my name to that. I can’t be party to that. I won’t be able to sleep at night.” read more

Buckeyes to tip off NCAA Tournament close to home

Despite finding itself in what many agree to be the NCAA Tournament’s toughest region, the Ohio State men’s basketball team might have one advantage in this year’s postseason: Cleveland. The Buckeyes find themselves playing the first two rounds of March just 141 miles north of campus, at the Quicken Loans Arena. Considering six of the team’s top seven contributors hail from Ohio, and the lone outlier, freshman forward Deshaun Thomas, is from neighboring Indiana, the advantage of playing in Cleveland is magnified for OSU. “We are kind of close to home so we should have a nice home crowd,” junior guard William Buford said. “We are just going to take it one game at a time and hopefully we have a … crowd to feed off of.” The No.1-seeded Buckeyes expect to have more supporters than any other squad they face in their home state. No. 8 seed George Mason, which would have to defeat No. 9 Villanova to face OSU in the second round, is OSU’s potential opponent closest to Cleveland. The Patriots’ campus is 375 miles away. OSU plans to take advantage of some of its players’ proximity to the arena this week. “We know dinner is on (fifth-year senior forward) David Lighty, so he’s going to take us by his house,” freshman forward Jared Sullinger said. Lighty played high school basketball at Villa Angela-St. Joseph just more than 11 miles from the location of Friday’s game. On average, OSU starters attended high schools just 81.4 miles from Quicken Loans Arena. Despite the closeness to both OSU and many players’ hometowns, the Buckeyes know nothing will be given to them. “Just because we are playing in our home state, doesn’t guarantee anything,” said OSU senior guard Jon Diebler, an Upper Sandusky graduate. Four of the team’s starters — Diebler, Lighty, Buford and senior center Dallas Lauderdale — participated in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. That year, the No. 8-seeded Buckeyes lost, 74-72, in the first round to No. 9 seed Siena in Dayton, Ohio. That Siena, located in Loudonville, N.Y., had to travel more than 600 miles more than OSU for the game, indicates that location might not be everything. “We just know we got to bring it every night,” Buford said. “There are some real good teams in our bracket.” The Buckeyes would not face a team ranked in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the regular season until they leave the confines of their home state. OSU could face No. 11 Kentucky or No. 22 West Virginia in the tournament’s third round in Newark, N.J. Buford pointed to one aspect of playing in Ohio that he did not care for. “I honestly wanted to go somewhere kind of hot, but yeah, we’re going to make it down there,” the guard said, referencing Houston, the location of the Final Four. Regardless of location, coach Thad Matta emphasized this time of year is different from anything this season’s team has faced. “We’ve had an incredible ride to this point,” he said, “and the reality is, if you have a game where you don’t play well, the season is over.” Matta and his team will look to continue that ride at 4:40 p.m. Friday against Texas-San Antonio. read more

Football Ryan Day talks offensive identity in Big Ten coaches teleconference

Ohio State acting head coach addresses the media on Aug. 27 prior to the first game of the season against Oregon State. Credit Amal Saeed | Assistant Photo EditorOhio State acting head coach Ryan Day said he does not expect the offense to change much going into the first game of the season with redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins under center. During Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference, Day said the idea of the offense from last season, even without quarterback J.T. Barrett or center Billy Price, will be similar if not the same. “Without J.T. and Billy in there, you know, it’s going to take on a little bit more of a different personality,” Day said. “Dwayne has a different skill set that J.T., but, for the most part, you know, our offense is our offense. We want to be 250 and 250, that’s the goal, we want to be 50 percent passing, 50 percent running, have good balance.” Day reiterated that Haskins would be the starter heading into the game against Oregon State on Saturday, but said, even if redshirt freshman Tate Martell gets some playing time, the offense will not change and have the same approach of stretching the field horizontally and vertically. Much of that has to do with the running game Ohio State returns this season, with the combination of sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior running back Mike Weber. “I kind of see it as a two-headed monster, kind of like it was last year,” Day said. “Obviously, they both have to be healthy. There will be plenty of carries to go around throughout the year.”Day also said first-year running backs Brian Snead and Master Teague will have a role to play in the offense this fall as well. Jordan’s move to center always consideredAfter announcing that junior offensive lineman Michael Jordan would move from guard to center to start the 2018 season on Monday, Day said the move was always under consideration by the coaching staff. “It was something that we considered all along,” Day said. “We just, kind of, wanted to take a look at all of our options and see which gave us the best option to be successful this season.”Day also said the decision was based on giving Jordan, redshirt senior Brady Taylor and redshirt freshman Josh Myers equal snaps during spring practice and fall camp. Day mentions Meyer’s meeting with teamIn the teleconference, Day said head coach Urban Meyer met with the players and the coaches prior to the beginning of his suspension. After being placed on administrative leave on Aug. 1, Day has been the acting head coach. The university announced Meyer was suspended for the first three games of the season, but will be allowed to coach his team during the week starting Sept. 2. Day said the contents of the meeting are private, but said the team was glad to see him. “The guys were happy to see him,” Day said. “Shoot, I was happy to see him because it seemed like a  long time where we were used to seeing him every day, so hadn’t seen him in a few weeks, that was good. There were a lot of hugs and I know coach, he was happy to see the guys.” Day said Meyer gave the team an update on his situation and explained himself to help the team move forward. read more

EHF Cup Round 3 Berlin to Porto Chambery against Tatabanya

EHF Cuphandball cups ← Previous Story Tibor Ivanisevic to HSG Wetzlar! Next Story → EHF and Forum Club Handball sign MoU: We will now become real partners Draw for the Men’s EHF Cup Round 3 was held in Vienna on Tuesday. Many interesting matches for the placement at Group phase which follows…

Google asked me to remove Glass at their own event

first_imgThe last company I ever expected to ask me to remove my Glass before heading into a conference was the company who sold them to me, but that’s exactly what happened today.Privacy was a huge topic when Google first announced Glass. The idea of a camera mounted on the head was unnerving to many, and caused serious debates about whether or not some organizations would be banning Glass altogether. Glass product director Steve Lee has spoken at length about the recording capabilities of the headset, and has successfully curbed the negative opinion that formed at, and prior to, launch.Given how hard the company has worked to paint Glass in as positive a light as possible, to create an air of exploration and expression through Glass, it was more than a shock to hear the woman standing in front of me at the check-in desk this morning ask me to remove the computer from my face and store it until after the presentation.Google officially acquired Motorola some time ago, but the first phone that was built from the ground up with influence from Google is being officially announced today. The Moto X press briefs are happening throughout today are building up to the official 3pm announcement of the phone, and I was slated for the 8am meeting with several of my colleagues. As I picked up my badge, I was given strict instructions about recording or sharing any of the presentation until after 3pm (ET). I agreed, as I always do, and shuffled to the left to pin my name tag to my shirt. The woman behind the desk paused for a moment and continued to stare at me, as though she was waiting for me to do something. After I had finished clipping my badge on she spoke again, and the words were jarring enough to cause several people around me to stop and stare.“I’ll need you to remove your Google Glass during the event, please. There’s to be no recording during the presentation. You can put them back on after when you’re in the demo area.”I did as I was asked, and when questioned for a reason the woman behind the counter repeated herself. After a moment, someone else wearing Glass entered the room, and she was asked to do the same. Fortunately for her the protective case for Glass was right inside her bag, so storage was no problem. I was not nearly as prepared, so Glass hung from my shirt like a pair of shades during the presentation. After we were escorted out of that room, I was allows to put them back on my head and continue along my experience at the Moto X event.There are so many reasons that this doesn’t make sense. First off, a fully-charged Glass headset can only record 45 minutes of video before dying, during which the unit becomes quite warm to the touch. Furthermore, the 5MP camera for Glass isn’t nearly as high quality as whatever technology Motorola would be using to record the presentation. It’s also quite obvious when someone is recording video, and in the small group I was a part of it would have been all too simple to single me out and ask me to stop should I have decided to directly violate the agreement I had made only minutes before in the waiting room.I then recalled a recent early hands on meeting that the likes of Robert Scoble and Leo Laporte were invited to, and it was quickly discovered that the meeting was to grant these and other special people early hands on with the phone. The reason it was leaked out that the meeting was about the Moto X was because of Google Glass. Robert Scoble had accidentally glanced down at someone with a Moto X while recording Daria Musk perform live at the event. It’s likely that no one knew he was recording, because he was never facing anyone but the musician through the majority of the event.So there you have it, a knee-jerk reaction if ever there was one. In the weeks I have been wearing Glass I have been to bars, private meetings, public restrooms, and even an adult entertainment store while wearing Glass. At no point during my experience with the wearable device have I ever been asked to remove it. The worst I get is usually, “Hey, you aren’t recording are ya?” and once I confirm that I am not — and have no intention of — I am allowed to go back to whatever I was doing.The big question, obviously, is what happens next? If Google demonstrates that they don’t trust the users of their own product to behave, why should anyone else behave differently?last_img read more

Henshaw ruled out of Six Nations but Furlong looks good for Wales

first_img Feb 12th 2018, 2:10 PM Share40 Tweet Email4 Follow us: Short URL 32,104 Views By Murray Kinsella 57 Comments Cipriani linked with moves to France and Japan after confirming Wasps departure‘No more than the boys, you’re disappointed. You want to keep it perfect and let no tries in’ Monday 12 Feb 2018, 2:10 PM Henshaw ruled out of Six Nations but Furlong looks good for Wales The outside centre suffered a shoulder injury against Italy. IRELAND HAVE CONFIRMED that Robbie Henshaw will play no further part in the 2018 Six Nations.The centre this morning underwent a procedure on the injury to his right shoulder that he suffered in Saturday’s eight-try win over Italy. Henshaw was forced off in the second half against Italy. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOMore positively for Ireland, Tadhg Furlong should be available to face Wales in the round-three tie in Dublin on 24 February.The tighthead prop suffered a hamstring injury against Italy, but a statement from the IRFU this afternoon says Furlong “is expected to be fit for the Wales game.”Number eight Jack Conan is also expected to be fit to face Wales despite being replaced at half-time against Italy after what the IRFU describe as “a bang on his shoulder.”Munster centre Chris Farrell is the favourite to replace Henshaw in Ireland’s 13 jersey, although Leinster’s Garry Ringrose could be another option as he gets close to a return from an ankle injury.The 42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Google veut concurrencer Apple sur les applications pour smartphones

first_imgGoogle veut concurrencer Apple sur les applications pour smartphonesAfin de concurrencer Apple sur l’énorme marché des applications pour appareils mobiles, le moteur de recherche s’apprête à engager de nombreux concepteurs de logiciels.Sur un marché qui devrait atteindre les 15,1 milliards de dollars en 2011, Google ne pouvait rester inactif très longtemps. Selon le Wall Street Journal, le géant américain de l’Internet prévoit ainsi d’engager une équipe de concepteurs d’applications pour appareils mobiles, tablettes numériques et smartphones.Certains employés de Google ont ainsi déjà changé de poste au sein de l’entreprise afin de préparer cette grande offensive, censée concurrencer le système App Store des iPad et iPhone d’Apple. Les applications des appareils fonctionnant sous Android devraient donc bientôt être plus nombreuses et de meilleure qualité.  Le 31 janvier 2011 à 13:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Jumanji Video Game Seems Pretty Meta

first_img Jumanji is a movie about a magical board game that spills out into the real world pulling players into a jungle adventure. But the 2017 reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle updated the premise by making it about a magical video game that sucked players into a digital jungle adventure. It made a ton of money and there’s a sequel on the way this holiday. So we get why they’re making an actual Jumanji video game. Still, doesn’t that seem pretty meta?Check out this first trailer for Jumanji: The Video Game.Like Jumanji, the video game, Jumanji: The Video Game is a co-op action-adventure where players control the four different heroes. You’ve got The Rock as beefy Dr. Smolder Bravestone, Jack Black as nerdy Professor Shelly Oberon, Karen Gillan as ersatz Lara Croft Ruby Roundhouse, and Kevin Hart as tiny zoologist Mouse Finbar.The trailer showed off hand-to-hand combat, tossing poison at foes, and navigating jungle traps, with different characters overcoming challenges suited to their skills. The game lets you team up online, locally, or with AI teammates.We don’t know yet how meta Jumanji: The Video Game is willing to get though. Does it just present itself as an actual version of the video game the kids play in the movie? Or will it acknowledge the “real world” as well? Did the developers at Outright Games actually figure out a way to transport you into the game? Or at the very least is there virtual reality support? And the most important question of all, will The Rock play Danny DeVito in this game, too?We’ll find out when Jumanji: The Video Game launches this November for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. Meanwhile, Jumanji: The Next Level is in theaters this December. Stay on target Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form last_img read more

House Proposal Would Keep Wildwood Open Inmates In State

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享An Alaska House of Representatives budget subcommittee brought forward a proposal that would cut the Department of Corrections budget without closing down major portions of Wildwood Correctional Complex, and keeping inmates in state. The proposal calls for greater use of electronic monitoring and other alternatives to prison. Representative Gary Knopp (R-K-Pen): “None of us want to close Wildwood and lay off 50 people. It was never a plan, we never had a request, never even had a request for information. We asked for an analysis of if there was any savings, where are they going, and how much will it cost us. It was just never done.”  In the governor’s budget proposal they predict roughly $12.8 million of the savings will come from the plan to send 500 inmates to prisons outside of Alaska. The other savings would come from closing the sentenced facilities of Wildwood Correctional Complex. The full proposal is expected to be released with the house’s budget proposal in the next couple days. Knopp: “We will roll out a new budget here in a couple days. The house will have it’s own version of the budget, and this will be a part of the budget documents.” The proposal would cut the DOC budget down to $308.5 million, which is around $5 million less than the governor’s proposal, according to Knopp. The proposal rejects the governor’s plan to send 500 inmates to prisons outside of Alaska, and closing the sentenced facilities of Wildwood Correctional Complex. Knopp: “You’re going to spend $40-50 million dollars to send out of state out of our economy.There is just not enough savings in that to justify it. What we are finding is that it’s actually not costing us more per day to house them here, then what the current rates are outside. Wildwood is one of the more efficient places we have to house inmates.” last_img read more

YBrush at CES is a toothbrush that cleans your teeth in 10

first_img CES Products The Y-Brush doesn’t look like a regular toothbrush. Instead it resembles a small mouthguard for sports. The Y-Brush’s tray is lined with nylon bristles positioned at 45-degree angles — the same angle the ADA recommends holding a “normal” toothbrush against your gums. There are four different sized trays ranging from ones for adults to smaller ones aimed at kids. y-brush-2There are two pieces to the Y-Brush. The trapezoid-shaped motor and the brush tray. FasTeesH On the front of the brush tray is a small handle with a large trapezoid-shaped motor that vibrates to clean your teeth. There are three different vibration settings enabling you to find one that’s most comfortable for you. The handle and the teeth tray form a letter “Y” shape hence the name. To use it, you add toothpaste, position the Y-Brush in your mouth and turn the motor on. As the brushes vibrate, you make a chewing motion for 5 seconds after which you remove it, flip the Y-Brush and repeat. Sounds kind of amazing, right? While I didn’t get to try one at CES, I can definitely see the potential. The Y-Brush is currently undergoing clinical trials, something not required for commercial toothbrushes. Also, at this time the Y-Brush has not been reviewed by the ADA here in the US. Y-Brush doesn’t look like an ordinary toothbrush CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Post a comment Share your voice CES 2019: What tech to expect 85 Photos The Y-Brush was designed to clean every tooth in your mouth in just 10-seconds. FasTeesH Dental anarchy is happening this year at CES. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes. But what do those guys know? The French company FasTeesH says that you only need 10 seconds to properly clean your teeth. Of course, you have to use the company’s new toothbrush called the Y-Brush. Nicknamed the 10-second toothbrush, the Y-Brush is all about efficiency. Instead of moving the small head of a regular toothbrush from tooth-to-tooth, the Y-Brush cleans half your mouth at a time. Gadgets Personal carecenter_img Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019 Health and Wellness 0 All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 Tags 10 Photos The Y-Brush costs $125 which converts roughly to £100 and AU$175, which is in the same ballpark as the cost of a premium electric toothbrush. It comes with a handle, a brush, a charging station, a storage pod and a toothpaste applicator. You can currently preorder the Y-Brush with deliveries expected to happen in April 2019. Looking for an alternative? Check out our hands-on with Quip. 1:44last_img read more

How Greater Houston School Districts Fared In New Preliminary State Letter Grades

first_img X PexelsBy 2018, all Texas schools will get an overall letter grade from A-F, just like its 5 million students.Texas released preliminary A-F letter grades for public schools Friday, with many districts that met state standards under the old system now getting low marks.The state’s Education Commissioner Mike Morath called the grades a “work-in-progress” report for lawmakers, who approved the new system two years ago.“No inferences about official district or campus performance in the 2015–16 school year should be drawn from these ratings, and these ratings should not be considered predictors of future district or campus performance ratings,” Morath said in a statement.In Greater Houston, just a few districts — Katy, Pearland and Tomball ISDs — earned A’s for how well students did on state standardized tests.Most districts in the region earned A’s or B’s on student progress.But all Houston-area districts struggled to prepare students for college, earning a C or worse. Houston ISD earned a D in that category, along with Humble, Alief and Katy.“This is a much more detailed system as well as an easier system for people to understand,” said Bob Sanborn, CEO and president of Children at Risk.The advocacy group has graded schools for years with its own letter grade system. Now Sanborn has served on the state committee that’s developed the new state report card.The system has provoked districts and educators, who argue the letter grades stigmatize poor schools and make it harder to recruit top teachers and engage families. Many of them want to scrap it. More than 150 districts in Texas have adopted resolutions against the A-F system, such as Clear Creek ISD.“They’re using convoluted metrics to determine rankings, which undermines the hard work of teachers and administrators and gives students and parents the raw end of the deal,” said Gary Godsey, executive director of the Association of Texas Professional Educators.Sanborn said that no one likes to get graded, but he acknowledged one criticism.“To just grade them isn’t enough for parents,” Sanborn said. “I think as a state what we are going to also have to make that commitment, that if a school is getting a D or an F, how are we going to help turn that around?”So far all schools got grades in four areas: student achievement, student progress, closing performance gaps and readiness for college and career.When the new grading system takes full effect next year in 2018, there will be another category for districts to evaluate student and community engagement.All schools and districts will also receive an overall grade. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share 00:00 /01:13last_img read more

Joaquin Castro Says He Wont Challenge Ted Cruz For US Senate In

first_imgU.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, has decided not to challenge U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018.He announced the decision in an email to supporters Monday, saying he wants to remain focused on his work in the House. The decision leaves U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso, as Cruz’s main competition.“I’ve kept my pledge to fight for hard-working Texans, and I’ll keep doing that,” Castro said in the email. “However, with the threats posed by Russia and North Korea, coupled with the reckless behavior of this Administration and their failure to invest in economic opportunity for the American people, at this time I believe I can best continue that work by focusing on my duties in the House Foreign Affairs and Intelligence Committees.”Castro, seen as a rising star among Texas Democrats, had been mulling a Senate run for several months. In recent weeks, he promised to announce his decision by the end of April. As recently as last week, he was non-committal to House colleagues.If he had run, Castro would have had to give up a safe seat in Congress, where he has the two high-profile committee assignments. O’Rourke, by contrast, had term-limited himself in the House. Beating Cruz remains an uphill battle for Texas Democrats, who haven’t won a Senate seat since 1988. The incumbent has over $5 million saved up for the 2018 race.O’Rourke announced his campaign a month ago and has since crisscrossed the state, visiting nearly two dozen cities. He did not immediately get Castro’s endorsement Monday. Abby Livingston contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

The Hidden Oceans Of Jupiters Moon Europa Found Containing Basic Table Salt

first_img $15.97$30.00 $10.19$24.99 DEAL OF THE DAY Ads by Amazon Close Salt exists on Earth’s oceans in great quantities, but new evidence points to its presence in Jupiter’s moon Europa as well.Specifically, scientists have discovered that sodium chloride — which is just ordinary table salt — is on the surface of Europa and may be derived from the icy moon’s subsurface ocean.In a new study published in the journal Science Advances, scientists from Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory used visible light spectral analysis to determine that the yellow color detected on certain parts of the moon’s surface is actually sodium chloride. AllVideo On Demand: Rent or BuyClothing & AccessoriesMajor AppliancesArts, Crafts & SewingAutomotiveBaby & NurseryBeauty & GroomingBooks & TextbooksCollectible CoinsCamera & PhotoCell Phones & AccessoriesClassical MusicComputers, Tablets & ComponentsBlu-Ray & DVDElectronic Components & Home AudioEntertainment CollectiblesVideo GamesOther Gift Card BrandsGrocery & Gourmet FoodPatio, Lawn & GardenHealth & HouseholdBusiness & Industrial SuppliesJewelryKindle StoreKitchen & DiningMagazinesMiscellaneousDigital MusicCDs & VinylMusical InstrumentsOffice & School SuppliesPet Food & SuppliesPatio, Lawn & GardenShoes, Handbags, Wallets, SunglassesSoftwareSports CollectiblesSports & FitnessHome ImprovementToys & GamesVHSVideo GamesWatches ⓒ 2018 All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission. (3) DEAL OF THE DAY Bestseller All Bestseller (22) Ads by Amazon DEAL OF THE DAY DEAL OF THE DAY Related Productscenter_img Spectra Premium C-622 Ignition Coil Bestseller Lonely Planet Poland (Travel Guide) Sodium chloride, which is commonly known as table salt, is the primary component of the Earth’s oceans. The findings suggest that Europa’s hidden oceans may be chemically similar to Earth’s own oceans.Finding Salt In The CosmosPrevious analysis of flyby missions have revealed that there’s a layer of salty liquid water beneath Europa’s frozen shell. The infrared spectrometer on the Galileo spacecraft didn’t just find water ice on the surface of the moon, but also magnesium sulfate salts, which are like the Epsom salts used in soak baths.Due to Europa’s young age geologically and the evidence of past geologic activity, it was suspected that the salts found on the surface are derived from the ocean underneath. After all, many scientists already suspect an ocean composed primarily of sulfate salts.However, it turns out that this conclusion isn’t quite right.Table Salt In EuropaNew, higher spectral resolution data from the W. M. Keck Observatory showed that the previous researchers haven’t been looking at magnesium sulfates after all.”We thought that we might be seeing sodium chlorides, but they are essentially featureless in an infrared spectrum,” said coauthor Mike Brown of Caltech in a statement.Fortunately, Kevin Hand at JPL found that salts change colors after irradiation, which could be seen with an analysis of visible spectrum. Sodium chloride turns into a distinct shade of yellow similar to that seen in Europa’s region known as Tara Regio.With the Hubble Space Telescope, the study authors identified a distinct absorption in the visible spectrum at 450 nanometers, which matched the irradiated salt. This confirmed that Tara Regio’s yellow hue reflected the existence of sodium chloride on its surface.”Sodium chloride is a bit like invisible ink on Europa’s surface,” Hand explained. “Before irradiation, you can’t tell it’s there, but after irradiation, the color jumps right out at you.”Of course, the presence of sodium chloride on the surface doesn’t automatically mean that it was derived from the subsurface ocean. Still, the findings are enough to warrant a closer look at Europa’s geochemistry.As lead author Samantha Trumbo pointed out, sodium chloride may mean that the moon’s ocean floor is hydrothermally active — and this would make Europa significantly more interesting to scientists. TAG Europa, Salt, Jupiter Charles Darwin A Ghost in Trieste ENDS IN ENDS IN Bestseller $14.64$14.64 ENDS IN $12.95$17.95 (3) (2) ENDS IN last_img read more

B2B networking forum Namaste USA debuts in Mumbai and Delhi

first_imgNamaste USA, the newly introduced B2B networking platform developed by Brand USA for their destination partners, made its debut in Mumbai and Delhi last month. The first edition of ‘Namaste USA’ was a great success and was very well-received as a pre-summer destination business forum in the Indian market.A total of 10 companies, including Brand USA, participated this year and conducted business with eminent trade buyers in Mumbai and Delhi, thereby updating them on varied tourism products.In Mumbai, a preview of Brand USA’s new big-screen movie – America’s Musical Journey, was also shown to the guests. In New Delhi, the evening showcased an exclusive screening of ‘America Wild: National Parks Adventure’ at the new IMAX Theatre for senior travel trade professionals and consumer media, followed by networking cocktails and dinner.last_img read more