Victoriabased AggregateIQ Data Services denies link to Facebook data scandal

first_imgVANCOUVER – A small Victoria, B.C.-based tech firm has found itself mired in a privacy scandal unfolding in Europe as it faces accusations that it played a role in influencing Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. is a digital advertising, web and software development company, according to its website.Whistleblowers claim the company is connected to efforts to circumvent election finance rules during the Brexit referendum and played an outsized role in the eventual win for the “leave” side.They say that VoteLeave violated the spending limit rules by donating 625,000 pounds (about C$1.1 million) to the pro-Brexit student group BeLeave, then sending the money directly to AggregateIQ.One of the whistleblowers, Christopher Wylie, claims he helped found AggregateIQ while he worked for SCL, which is the parent company of Cambridge Analytica. Wylie also alleges that Cambridge Analytica used data harvested from more than 50-million Facebook users to help U.S. President Donald Trump win the 2016 election.Wylie told the digital, culture, media and sport committee of the U.K. Parliament that he “absolutely” believed AggregateIQ drew on Cambridge Analytica’s databases for its work on the official Vote Leave campaign.“I think it is incredibly reasonable to say that AIQ played a very significant role in Leave winning,” he said.The campaign appears to have previously verified the company’s role in its success.“Without a doubt, the Vote Leave campaign owes a great deal of its success to the work of AggregateIQ. We couldn’t have done it without them,” reads a quote from Dominic Cummings, a Vote Leave campaign director, on a cached version of AggregateIQ’s website.AggregateIQ did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment and its listed office line went unanswered and did not connect to a voicemail service.The company denies any connection to Cambridge Analytica in a statement posted on its website on March 24 and said it works in full legal and regulatory compliance in the jurisdictions where it operates.“AggregateIQ has never been and is not a part of Cambridge Analytica or SCL”, reads the statement, adding that it never entered into a contract with Cambridge Analytica or employed Wylie.“It has never knowingly been involved in any illegal activity,” it said. “All work AggregateIQ does for each client is kept separate from every other client.”However, a cached version of SCL’s website shows it once listed a Canadian office located in Victoria. The phone number listed leads to Zackary Massingham, AggregateIQ’s president since 2011, according to his LinkedIn page. He did not respond to a voicemail left at that number.AggregateIQ’s website also previously included a statement defending the company against allegations it used Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook data.The company said it “has never managed, nor did we ever have access to, any Facebook data or database allegedly obtained improperly by Cambridge Analytica.” That statement has since been removed from the website.— With files from the Associated PressFollow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

World cannot afford worsening disasters warns UN climate change chief

2 September 2010The world cannot afford escalating disasters of the kind recently witnessed in Pakistan and Russia, the top United Nations climate change official said today, underscoring the need for governments to take swift action to lead the world towards a low-carbon future. Flooding in Pakistan and wildfires in Russia were “so dramatic” that many other major weather disasters in other parts of the world “were relegated as secondary news,” Christina Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told reporters today in Geneva.“Science will show whether and how these events are related to the climate change that is caused by humanity’s greenhouse gas emissions,” she added.Ms. Figueres stressed that only governments can prepare societies for climate change and that they must continue to make progress through UN negotiations, “every time taking bigger, bolder steps to keep us ahead of the storm.”The next UNFCCC negotiating session will be held in Tianjin, China, in October, before countries are set to meet at the next conference of parties in Cancun, Mexico, in November.“There is a growing sense of urgency amongst governments that they need to take this next step in Cancun,” the UNFCCC chief reporters today on the margins of an informal dialogue on financing for climate change attended by some 40 ministers.“They are closer to the shape of an agreement, but remain divided on what it should contain.”Governments have made many pledges to cut or curb the growth of their emissions, she said, but in the Mexican city countries must decide how and when to capture such pledges in an accountable and binding manner.“At Cancun, they can take clear decisions to construct a set of better, bigger ways and means for countries to work together to take global action at the frontline,” Ms. Figueres said.Industrialized nations have promised to provide $30 billion in fast-track financing for developing countries to adapt and mitigate climate change through 2012, with the provision of these funds viewed as these countries’ commitment to climate negotiations by poorer nations, she noted.Pledges have also been made to raise $100 billion annually by 2020 by wealthier countries, and Ms. Figueres underscored that “concrete proposals on how to do this are now required.” read more

Gabriel adopts OECD guidelines

first_imgGabriel Resources has expanded its commitment to corporate social responsibility by adopting the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) guidelines for multinational enterprises. The OECD guidelines, one of the world’s foremost corporate responsibility instruments, contain voluntary principles and standards for responsible business conduct.The OECD guidelines are the means through which the OECD seeks to integrate core values in the areas of human rights, labour standards, the environment and anti-corruption into its work on international investment so as to help the OECD advance its mission of enhancing the contribution of investment to growth and sustainable development. The guidelines aim to promote the positive contributions multinational enterprises can make to economic, environmental and social progress.The OECD guidelines are the only multilaterally endorsed and comprehensive code of conduct that governments are committed to promoting. The 37 countries that now adhere to the guidelines are the source of most of the world’s foreign direct investment. Both Canada and Romania adhere to and actively promote the guidelines. The Government of Romania formally adopted the OECD declaration on international investment and multinational enterprises in April 2005.“We often hear from critics of globalization that internationalization will lead to a ‘race to the bottom’, where companies look for the least restrictive rules and regulations,” said Gabriel President and CEO Alan Hill. “But the fact is that globalization, when it encourages companies to play to the highest international standards, can be a race to the top.”Gabriel’s adoption of the guidelines expands its existing commitment to corporate social responsibility, with a clear example of that commitment being the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) prepared for the development of the proposed new mine at Rosia Montana in western Romania. Gabriel’s EIA is in compliance with all Romanian and EU legislation, as well as international best practices, with respect to mining projects. As set forth in the OECD guidelines, the Rosia Montana project does not seek any relief or exemption from legislative requirements regarding environmental matters. “Our Rosia Montana project complies with the most stringent standards applicable to a mining enterprise,” continued Hill. “We have designed Rosia Montana to meet EU and international standards from day one – and when Romanian standards are more stringent than the comparable EU or international standards, we’ll be governed by the Romanian standards.last_img read more

Somnambulisme causes définition tout savoir sur ce trouble du sommeil

first_imgSomnambulisme : causes, définition, tout savoir sur ce trouble du sommeilLe somnambulisme est un trouble du sommeil qui touche particulièrement les enfants. Que faire lorsque la personne atteinte est un adulte et comment réagir face à un somnambule ? Maxisciences vous explique !Causes :Les causes du somnambulisme sont encore mal connues. Mais des facteurs peuvent augmenter les risques comme se coucher après avoir bu, être stressé ou faire un très grand effort juste avant d’aller au lit. La prise de médicaments est aussi une des possibles raisons du somnambulisme. Symptômes :À lire aussiToxoplasmose : symptômes, traitement, grossesse, quels sont les risques ?Un accès de somnambulisme se produit le plus souvent durant le sommeil profond. Les personnes victimes de ce trouble du sommeil gardent en général les yeux ouverts. Elles peuvent rester assises dans leur lit, se lever et aller dans la cuisine pour manger ou s’assoir dans le canapé. Les somnambules sont parfois violents envers les objets ou les gens. En général, les personnes atteinte de somnambulisme ne se rappellent pas de leurs actions. Que faire face à un somnambule ?Contrairement à la croyance populaire il n’est pas dangereux de réveiller un somnambule mais il est recommandé de le raccompagner au lit en veillant à ce qu’il ne se réveille pas. S’il se réveille, la personne souffrant de ce trouble sera probablement confuse et n’aura aucun souvenir de ce qu’elle a fait. Si c’est un enfant qui est concerné il est important d’assurer sa sécurité. Comme par exemple avec une chambre au rez-de-chaussé et en enlevant tout objet tranchant ou dangereux de la chambre. Traitement Le somnambulisme est une maladie typiquement enfantine, souvent, l’enfant n’en souffre en général plus lorsqu’il atteint la puberté. Chez l’adulte, il est nécessaire de consulter un médecin quand une personne fait au moins trois crises de somnambulisme par semaine ou quand elle a des comportements qui pourraient être dangereux pour elle-même ou pour les autres. Le 11 janvier 2018 à 17:58 • Morsli Paulinelast_img read more

Torreira would have moved to Napoli instead of Arsenal

first_imgThe player’s agent was honest and said that if Carlo Ancelotti would have been in the Italian team sooner, his client would have played there insteadFootballer Lucas Torreira joined Premier League team Arsenal this past summer, but according to his agent, he could have joined Napoli instead.The former Italian Lega Serie A Sampdoria player moved to England before the summer transfer window ended.But if Carlo Ancelotti would have been sooner at Napoli, Torreira would have joined him.“It’s really too bad. Ancelotti wasn’t in place yet when the talks were ongoing between the involved parties,” Torreira’s agent said according to Calcio Mercato.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He could’ve been a great mentor and coach for Lucas but as my client told me, talks were too advanced with Arsenal at that point in time.”“If his move to Arsenal would’ve collapsed then a move to Napoli would’ve been perfect for him,” he added.“In the end, the gunners satisfied our demands and they even were willing to pay 5 million euros more than his release clause.”“He is adapting well to the league and he is happy to be here with Arsenal,” he concluded.last_img read more

The Sale Decline and Ultimate Demise of Cahners Publishing

first_img The name change lasted all of nine months. In March 1998, the Cahners name was reinstated as Reed Elsevier was making plans to merge with the Dutch publisher Wolters Kluwer. “We went back to a name that has always had very strong recognition in the marketplace,” Bruce Barnet, president and chief executive of what was now called Cahners Business Information, told the Globe. As it turned out, concerns raised by European regulators scuttled the merger, but the Cahners name survived—barely. Four years later, in February 2002, Reed Elsevier again gave Cahners the hook. The corporation decided to place all of its worldwide business information properties under one name, Reed Business Information. And, as Walter had warned, surrendering his power. Although Cahners had been on close terms with the British, ownership had its privileges. Reed entrusted Goldweitz and Segel with running the company. London edged Cahners out of the inner circle, although he retained the title of chairman until 1985. “There were some differences in opinion on how the company should be run between Norman and the British owners,” Walter said diplomatically. In the following years, Reed Elsevier sold off many of the magazines that were once part of the Cahners empire, but resurrected the Cahners name for one of its division and an award given in his name. But by 2013, the Cahners moniker had vanished. Last year, journalist Steve Maas published a biography of Norman Cahners, founder of one of the great companies in B2B media in the last 60 years. We loved “In a Niche By Himself: The Norman Cahners Story,” (available for purchase here) and have been publishing excerpts for the last month.   Merger for the Books Company veterans say the decline accelerated after Reed merged with a Dutch publisher to become Reed Elsevier in 1992. The new leaders were not as “talented, not as driven and not as dynamic,” said Ira Siegel, who eventually became head of Reed Elsevier’s LexisNexis division. “They knew the bottom line and knew how to massage numbers on a balance sheet.” The deal took many in the industry by surprise, said Cahners veteran Mason Fackert. “Who was this brash upstart publisher from Boston buying the white-shoe business trade magazine firm in New York?” Fackert recalled some people in Manhattan asking. In February 1966, International Publishing Corp., which billed itself as the world’s largest publishing company, purchased a 40 percent stake in Cahners for $12.5 million (that’s about $90 million today). While huge for Cahners, the amount was just a fraction of the $392 million the British firm posted in sales in 1965. The multimedia empire employed 30,000 at its 20 newspapers, including London’s Daily Mirror (then with a world-leading circulation of 5.2 million); more than 200 business and consumer magazines; a major book publishing division; and trade show and television interests. The numbers for Cahners at the time were $20 million in ad sales; 17 publications; and 600 employees. Norman Cahners’ Final Battle As an economic downturn hit ad sales at the trade magazines, the parent company pushed costcutting and showed little appetite for expensive acquisitions. After the merger, Globe columnist Alex Beam wrote, “Cahners’s newspaper clip file reads like a diary of Napoleon’s retreat from Moscow.” “They [Reed] had been trying to buy him out for several years, and he had always said no, and then they upped the price,” said David Pokross, who talked at length with his then father- in-law about the pros and cons of selling. Pokross recalled telling him: “You don’t have to sell. You don’t have to do anything. You earned it. If you want to, you could run this thing into the ground.” But it finally reached the point when Cahners said to Pokross: “I don’t know where this is going to end, and I’ll never get a better price.” He felt the offer “validated his stewardship and his achievements,” Pokross said. “It’s still our company and we’re going to run it,” Cahners told Advertising Age. “We’re adding International Publishing’s muscle and capability, and one of the biggest factors is the franchise, in that everything International Publishing does here will be through us, except for newspapers and mass printed media.” For Cahners, the $12.5 million vote of confidence fulfilled a personal dream: a “terribly human” desire to “see how well you can do in the big leagues,” he said. Behind the scenes, Cahners quietly exercised his influence. In 1984, the company had an opportunity to buy Interior Design. It would mark the company’s first major foray into the paid circulation market—“the foreign land that we fought with controlled circulation all that time,” as Terry McDermott put it. Interior Design also would be the company’s first newsstand magazine, as it had a sizeable consumer audience in addition to its large readership among architects and interior designers. As much as the British may have admired Cahners as a visionary leader, perhaps they felt more comfortable working with hands-on managers like Goldweitz. “Norman was creative. [The British] realized he was sort of the genius, but when it came down to hard business, Saul was the one they understood,” said Marion Osman, Cahners’s long-time secretary. Besides Cahners and Goldweitz, the people on the other side of the table included two men who in the future would be chairman of the Cahners division of Reed: Ron Segel, then vice president of finance, and Robert Krakoff, then head of the Exposition Group. Horbaczewski called them “the all-star team.” Cahners himself impressed the attorney as “just an incredibly gracious and classy guy under very tough circumstances: He was selling his baby.” That upstart now had a portfolio of 37 monthlies, bi-monthlies and directories. The Conover-Mast acquisition was the company’s 10th, going back to the purchase of Metalworking in 1956. More than three decades later, Skip Farber still remembered how stirred he was by a speech Cahners gave at a management meeting. “His message was pretty clear: ‘There’s opportunity for all of you. We now have this much bigger business. We have a bunch of old guys sitting at the top; who’s going to rise to the top?’” Farber could feel the earnestness and poignancy of Cahners’s appeal. It may not have been his business anymore, but it still bore his name and, more important, its future was a large part of his legacy. The speech, Farber said, was Cahners’s way of saying, “Everybody here brought us to where we are today; who’s going to carry us through tomorrow?” The new entity, Reed Elsevier Business Information, was headquartered in Newton, but parent company executives hinted geographic reshuffling was to come. At the time of the deal, Cahners employed 2,800 people, but only 400 of them were based in Massachusetts. International Publishing did its homework before investing in Cahners. Veere Sherren, who headed up the IPC subsidiary that oversaw the deal, had been investigating the American market for three years, according to a clipping in the Cahners notebooks (The article is by a W.G. Norris, but the publication is not identified). “I made a dozen visits to the States in that time,” said Sherren. Four out of his five research teams picked Cahners. “I got the okay from the IPC main board and settled the deal in principle with Cahners in 24 hours.” In practical terms, besides providing the means to acquire more U.S. trade magazines, the deal catapulted the company onto the world stage. “We wanted to telescope time; we wanted to get with an established operation and plug into its setup,” Cahners told Advertising Age. “We can now offer U.S. advertisers a worldwide marketing service, and we can direct them to any of International Publishing’s magazines.” The deal also benefited the editorial side. Through an exchange agreement, Cahners could draw on the talents of IPC’s more than 1,200 journalists worldwide. In retirement, Cahners faced one more battle. One day as he stepped off his boat, the Lady Helene, he felt dizzy and weak. The doctors thought it was dehydration. Further tests showed that Cahners had a form of cancer of the blood called multiple myeloma. “His first response was those doctors were no good,” Osman said. He thought that with all his money, he could somehow find the right care. “He was unable to accept the fact that perhaps it was something that couldn’t be done.” Still, Cahners was uneasy. “He didn’t know if they were going to keep him as a decision maker in the company, and that made him nervous,” said Walter. “He visualized himself as continuing to be the chief honcho even after the sale.” “Cahners Plans Giant Merger,” read the headline in The New York Times on Jan. 1, 1968. The Boston publisher announced that it was buying Conover-Mast, a New York concern nearly two- thirds the size (in revenues) of Cahners and twice its age. The deal was heralded as the biggest ever in the history of the business press and estimated to boost the company’s annual revenue to $47.6 million ($320 million today). That meant Cahners would now be No. 2 in its field—still far behind McGraw-Hill and its $130 million in revenues. Still a Presence Recounting the twists and turns of the Reed Elsevier story would challenge a 19th century Russian novelist. Just trying to keep track of the Cahners name makes one dizzy. In 1997, Reed Elsevier dropped the name after acquiring the Chilton Business Group, a magazine publisher that also had a research arm and a trade show division. Cahners Publishing had planned to go public in 1973, filing a prospectus with the Securities & Exchange Commission. But then the stock market nosedived, and Wall Street lost its appeal. Meanwhile, the British were waiting in the wings. International Publishing Company, which had bought 40 percent of Cahners the decade before, was now part of Reed International, a huge conglomerate with interests ranging from publishing to paper mills to paint. By acquiring Norman Cahners’s remaining personal stake of 40 percent, Reed would own four-fifths of the company. Our first excerpt covered Cahners’ pioneering of the “niche concept.” The second looked at what it was like to work with Cahners. The third, last week, explored the company’s pivot into tradeshows.  After cancer cut short Segel’s life at age 56 in 1991, the company rapidly lost the Cahners spirit—as it would in time the Cahners name. The atmosphere was “less collegial, less open, less intellectual,” Horbaczewski said. “In the early nineties, they discovered the principle that good enough was good enough as long as it made money.” Once Norman decided to sell, negotiations were “only mildly contentious … a lot of quibbling about little things,” said Henry Horbaczewski, who at the time worked for the law firm representing the British. “My particular memory is how incredibly smart the people on the other side of the table were. I would much rather have been working for them,” Horbaczewski added. (He got his wish a decade later, heading up the legal department.) Although Cahners’s authority was diminished, his presence continued to be felt: indirectly, through the corporate atmosphere he had fostered and the chain of command he and Goldweitz had assembled; and directly, when he was asked to weigh in on important decisions or to address corporate functions. Cahners had been due to retire officially on April 1. “I often thought he died right on time,” his daughter Nancy said. “I thought he would not want to live beyond his connection to Cahners.” A Company Passes Into History Why did IPC seek a link with Cahners and not with some other company possibly better known to the public? I’ll tell you why in one sentence: We at IPC came to the conclusion that Cahners was the fastest growing, most thrusting, most efficient business publisher in the United States. We also discovered during extensive conversations with Norman that he combines the greatest charm, the greatest humanity and integrity with drive, judgment and efficiency—a highly desirable but rare combination of human characteristics. This one covers the gradual sale of the company by Cahners, and its ultimate demise. It’s a window into a B2B giant, and an era in publishing that remains relevant today.—Tony Silber Initially, the doctors did have some success. The cancer went into remission. But when it came back, it turned his last year into a painful ordeal. His bones became so weak that even a slight jolt to his wheelchair felt excruciating. The once strapping Olympic candidate collapsed in on himself, his weight plummeting to less than 100 pounds. “I had to lift him from a bed to a gurney,” said Bob. “He was just as light as a feather.” Walter said he frequently visited his brother when he was undergoing chemotherapy. “He wasn’t himself at all. His whole attitude was a giving up kind of a feeling.” There was a hitch, though. The seller, Whitney Communications Company, wanted to unload Interior Design as part of a package that would have also included Hockey News and Art in America. Those other magazines would have been outliers in the Cahners portfolio, whereas Interior Design complemented the company’s building and construction titles. How, then, to persuade Whitney to break up the bundle? Nancy was pregnant during her father’s final decline. He was put on a respirator; his immune system became so compromised from the chemo that he caught pneumonia. That was the cause of his death on March 14, 1986.  Rogers and Sherren were among the three International Publishing executives named to the Cahners board of directors as part of the 1966 transaction. No changes were made to the Cahners management team itself. By that time, Cahners held the titles of chairman of the board and chief executive officer. The month before Gold- weitz had been named to the new post of president. Advertising Age quoted an industry observer as describing Goldweitz “as one of the most underestimated guys in the business publication field.” Frank Rogers, another IPC executive, talked about the acquisition at Cahners’s 70th birthday celebration. Rogers quoted from a speech he gave in 1966 on the occasion of the deal: At the birthday dinner, Rogers said that in his 47-year career, “I have long since regarded Norman as the person I have most enjoyed getting to know on a personal as well as a business basis. I have come to learn that there are very few people indeed in one’s working life on whom one can depend as a true friend as well as a business colleague. Norman is one of those people.” Tim O’Brien, then assistant to the finance VP, Ron Segel, said a brainstorming session was held in Cahners’s office. It was one of O’Brien’s few visits to the wood-paneled inner sanctum, which he said was so dim that his eyes took a while to adjust to the lighting. Cahners didn’t lead the meeting. In fact, at first, he just sat back and listened. Eventually, he offered up a suggestion: Make a low bid for the entire package and then bid much more for just Interior Design. The gambit, which O’Brien called “brilliant,” worked. O’Brien said that by that time he didn’t think Cahners missed being the big boss. “I think he wanted to hand it off. He acknowledged it was Saul’s time.” The deal gave IPC, which had holdings stretching from the Caribbean to the Far East, a foothold in the United States—“the first sizable move into publishing here by a foreign company,” The New York Times reported. The British concern was putting not just its money, but its faith in Cahners.last_img read more

Lemonade Stand To Benefit March For Babies This Saturday May 18 On

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — 2-year-old Landon Armata will be hosting his first Lemonade Stand on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 10am to 1pm, at 26 Shady Lane Drive in Wilmington. Proceeds will benefit the The Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center’s NICU and March for Babies. If you are unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, please visit Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Saturday, May 18, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington’s Latest Legal Notices (Week of May 26, 2019)In “Government”LEMONADE STAND ALERT: Support ALS Research On September 10In “Community”last_img read more

Fact Check Was this the Pakistani flag waved at Congress rally in

first_imgA green-coloured flag with a crescent and star flew high at a rally. TwitterA video that has been shared on social media platforms and messaging apps, shows a Pakistani flag being waved at a Congress party rally in Tumkur, Karnataka on Monday, March 25. This video has already started to raise serious concerns among citizens.In the viral video, that has been doing the rounds on the Internet, a green-coloured flag with a crescent and star flew high at the rally. The green-coloured flag visible in the viral video is not the Pakistani flag. It is, in fact, the banner of a political party-based in Kerala, the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). Earlier, a similar claim was shared in 2018, ahead of the Karnataka assembly election, which was debunked by AltNews.See the congress rally in Tumkur where Pakistan flags are waived in open, shame to the party— maibichowkidaar (@srk2ma) March 24, 2019You can clearly see the difference between the two flags. The first flag is of Pakistan and the second one is of the Indian Union Muslim League. The IUML flag has been falsely claimed as a Pakistani flag waved in the Congress rally in Karnataka.  Pakistani flag (L) along with Indian Union Muslim League banner.Massive rallies were held on Monday in Tumkur, Mandya, Hassan, Bangalore Central, Bangalore North and Mysore seats as key contenders from BJP and Congress-JD(S) combine filed nominations on Tuesday, the last day to file nominations for the Lok Sabha 2019 elections.These problem continues to gnaw at the country and will continue to be more challenging as India is gearing up for the 2019 General Elections this summer. Karnataka will go to polls on April 18 for the first phase of Lok Sabha elections. The second phase is on April 23. The counting of votes and result will be declared on May 23.The false claim did, however, spur a frenzy of comments on Twitter.Look at the image below, this one is from May 2018. Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

Twice A Week Spring ISD Students Circle Up And Talk About Their

first_img Share Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneYasmin Riculfy, a student at Bammel Middle School, listens to her teacher on April 20, 2018.Two years ago, Bammel Middle School students were often fighting each other in the hallways when the bell rang, and teachers who lost control of their classrooms were regularly handing out three-day suspensions.These days, more students and teachers report being happy at the Spring ISD school north of Houston, and the number of three-day out-of-school suspensions dropped from 94 last school year to 47.Principal La’Quesha Grigsby attributes the improvement to a simple schedule change at the beginning of this academic year: a carve-out of 35 minutes twice a week for teachers and students to circle up and talk about their feelings. Bammel Middle School is one of a growing number of Texas schools that have adopted “restorative justice,” which encourages students and teachers to talk through their problems and build stronger relationships in order to prevent conflict and violence before it happens.“Sometimes those behaviors we see as discipline problems really are because the student is struggling with their academics,” Grigsby said. “We’re in a situation where we have to do something drastic … because what we’ve been doing is not working.”Over the past decade, schools across the country have looked to restorative justice — also referred to as restorative practices and restorative discipline — to help improve their disciplinary practices, as teachers continue to disproportionately suspend and expel students of color, increasing their likelihood of interaction with the criminal justice system.Ed White Middle School in San Antonio’s North East ISD was the first in Texas to pilot restorative justice in 2012, when it had some of the district’s highest suspension numbers. In just a couple of years, reports showed that, despite teachers’ initial hesitance to try a different approach to discipline, the school had higher attendance rates and less bullying among students.A few years later, the Texas Education Agency, under then-Commissioner Michael Williams, invested $1.2 million to train school administrators in all regions of the state, starting in those with the highest suspension rates.When done correctly, restorative justice can change a school’s culture, building trust and deepening the relationships students have with teachers, administrators and one another, said Marilyn Armour, director of the University of Texas at Austin’s Institute for Restorative Justice and Restorative Dialogue, which trained Ed White educators and partnered with the TEA on statewide trainings. “It’s not an approach that’s focused on the bad kids.”As national attention has turned to school safety in the wake of school shootings across the country, school leaders are looking to programs such as restorative justice to address on-campus violence.But Armour and other experts worry that as restorative justice spreads, some school administrators will adopt it as a quick fix to improve their suspension numbers instead of taking the needed time — often years — to convince teachers and students to buy into a cultural change. When done poorly, “it’s going to go belly up,” Armour said.“You could talk to me”When Grigsby took over as Bammel Middle School principal in fall of 2016, she prioritized improving student academics, reducing the number of suspensions and making the school a happier place. She tried to tackle each separately before realizing the three were deeply intertwined and required a more drastic approach.Starting last spring, Bammel Middle School administrators and teachers trained with specialists from the Harris County Department of Education, who explained how to use community-building restorative circles to check in with students at the start and end of each week, hold staff meetings and resolve fights.Pu Ying Huang for The Texas TribuneLa’Quesha Grisby, principal of Bammel Middle School, on April 20, 2018.Teachers can’t succeed without a “mind shift in approaching and managing student behavior,” said Ecomet Burley, director of the Center for Safe and Secure Schools at HCDE. Instead of thinking about when to send a student to the principal, teachers have to think, “How can I get kids to understand their behavior in a way that they decide to change it?” Burley said.In late April, Bammel social studies teacher Antondria Davis passed the wooden “talking piece” around the circle, prompting each of her sixth-grade students to participate in a conversation about how they should best engage with social media. “Nobody can pass. Everyone has to give some kind of input,” she warned, starting counterclockwise.“Don’t post inappropriate stuff,” 12-year-old Life Ford said, before handing the talking piece to the boy sitting next to her.Forced to express her feelings twice a week to classmates she didn’t know well, Ford said the circles helped her communicate better outside of the classroom. When she noticed her best friend seemed depressed at school, Ford pulled her aside and offered to be her sounding board. “I told her, ‘You could talk to me about it,’” Ford said.Her friend didn’t feel like talking, but Ford felt she appreciated the offer of emotional support.As Grigsby checked in on Davis’ class, she joined the circle, sitting cross-legged between two students. “Be mindful of how other people will take what you post,” she said, in response to the prompt, as other students shared the missteps they had seen on social media sites.Grigsby didn’t get much resistance from staff to the new schedule at the beginning of the year. Frequent fights and outbursts in the hallways and classrooms had created the impression that students were previously “running the school.” This year, out-of-school suspensions decreased by about half, though student enrollment also decreased by a few hundred. Students who act out are still sent to in-school suspension, where they talk through their problems in restorative circles and come up with ideas on how to repair the harm.Grigsby wants to build on the community circles next year by adding”academic circles” where teachers can gather students in small groups to introduce a new concept or to hold discussions about a book or movie.“Thank you for letting me be a part of the circle,” Grigsby said to the sixth-graders before hopping up and heading to another classroom.Students lead circlesAt YES Prep Northbrook High School, which is finishing its third year of implementing restorative practices, students play a larger role. They can take a “leadership” class that teaches them how to resolve fights between other students or even teachers.“Everything we do is embedded with circles,” said Anita Wadhwa, the school’s restorative justice specialist, who is writing a book on restorative justice case studies. She knows it’s working because she has almost universal support from teachers, students and families.Teachers circle up with a talking piece for professional development exercises or just to get to know each other better. When students fight, or when teachers fight, they form a “healing circle” with a mediator to talk through the root of the conflict.YES Prep Northbrook High School junior Kasy Aviles was tapped as a student leader last year, along with a small group of sophomores. This year, she led a restorative circle with her English teacher, who was feeling overwhelmed working toward a master’s degree in education while teaching sophomores and juniors full time.Aviles expected the usual platitudes when she asked her teacher how she was. Instead, the teacher admitted, “‘To be honest with you, I’m not that good,’” Aviles recalled. Nervously, Aviles asked her teacher if she wanted to open up. “She was like, ‘Actually, yeah.’ She was very open about how she felt,” Aviles said. “I was just like, ‘OK, is there anything we can do to make your time less frustrating or less hard?’ She was like, ‘Honestly, just do your work. That’s all I ask.’”Aviles realized that her teacher, just like her classmates, was doing homework late at night and feeling sad when her effort wasn’t recognized. “I never thought a teacher could express themselves like that,” Aviles said. “I tried to tell my friends, ‘Hey, take it easy with that teacher.’”Starting from zeroAt Jones Elementary School in Tyler ISD, behavior specialist Derry Hinton has students on board with his restorative justice plan but is fighting an uphill battle to get teachers to buy in. This year, leaders in the East Texas district replaced the principal and assistant principal in the struggling school, and most of the teachers decided to leave.“It feels like the first year, because there’s a whole new group of teachers we’re working with and a new administrator,” he said. “But the kids are still here, and I still have those relationships. They make a big difference.”Teachers are often worried that facilitating restorative circles with students who misbehave will take too much time away from instruction, Hinton said. But consistently disrupting class to write referrals ultimately takes more time, he said.Last year, the second year of restorative justice at Jones Elementary School, Hinton was happy to be making progress. He estimated that 90 percent of teachers willingly used circles for discipline or conversations in their classrooms. During a parent orientation just before Thanksgiving, fifth-graders sat in circles with their families and led them in discussion about what they were thankful for. “Parents continue to tell me that they could not believe their kids were talking like that and leading the circles,” he said. “They couldn’t believe how comfortable they were.”Now, just three or four teachers understand Hinton’s mission. The majority, those new to the school, have no idea what restorative justice is.Hinton plans to keep training anyone who seems receptive. “This is the way we ought to be living,” he said. “We’re accountable to each other and how we treat each other. Even if we don’t agree, we should still be able to come together and hear each other.”Disclosure: The University of Texas at Austin has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. 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Paying tribute to Kurt Cobain

first_imgNirvana haven’t lost their mojo. At least nowhere in the party circuit they haven’t. So it isn’t surprising that bands would like to pay a tribute to Kurt Cobain’s cult rock band (they sing their numbers anyway). Latest to take the tribute route is Hundred Octane, who will be paying a tribute to Nirvana in a city music cafe today. We caught up with the band for details. Read on:What will your performance be all about?It is a tribute to Nirvana. We will be playing exclusive Nirvana songs apart from our own compositions. We often pay tribute to these metal bands we have grown up listening to since they are our idols. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What does the name Hundred Octane signify?When we started off, we were a bunch of engineers. Octane is a term used in engineering which is a unit to measure the inflamibility of fuel. So 100 octane is the highest point of fuel inflamation. It is similar to the music we create and the energy we infuse in it.What does music mean to you?It’s passion for us which we have turned into our way of living. There are many other bands in the music circuit. What do you think about the competition? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe do not believe in competition. Music is not a car race. Different genres of music have different fan following. We have our own style of playing and belong to the metal genre, hence we have our own audience. We have managed to establish our own independent music.What have been your biggest achievements?Achievements are nothing but mere milestones which come and go. But one of the most memorable moments was when we launched our own album last year. Initially it did not fare well but slowly it made profits. How do you deal with challenges?There are always two ways to face all the odds of life — either you deal with them head on or just kill yourself. Challenges have been a part of our daily routine. It’s something that can never be done away with. How did music come calling?We were always conditioned to study since all of us belong to high academic oriented families. We were always discouraged about off-beat careers like music, art etc and since we scored well, engineering for us was a compulsion, not a choice. Later, we realised we are not cut out for engineering. It’s like when you spread out your wings, you realise you are at the wrong place at the wrong time.Where do you derive your inspiration for your music from?Our daily lives form our inspiration. Whatever comes across in our day to day routine, we compose songs. For example, recently a friend of ours commited suicide, so we composed a song on her and how she broke down under the societal pressures. There is nothing specific behind our numbers. The lighter moments of life (love, hatred, violence) and philosophical content too get reflected in our music.What are your future plans?We do not plan. We as a band just rock and roll with whatever life throws at us. There are also no compromises made with respect to our music. We are a metal band and will continue to play.DETAILAt: Hard Rock Cafe, DLF Place, Saket When: Today Timings: 9 pm onwards Phone: 011 47158888last_img read more

Teen beaten up by shop owner on theft charges

first_imgKolkata: A teenager was beaten up by a local fruit seller after he suspected him to be a thief.The incident took place near Chada Bazar area Bongaon on late Monday evening. The victim has been identified as Alam Mondal. He has received serious injuries in the incident and is fighting for his life at a nearby hospital. The victim is a class VII student from a local school in Bongaon. It triggered tension among locals. Some have, however, raised questions on why the boy was badly beaten up by a local shop owner instead of handing him over to the police. The accused during police interrogation claimed that he managed to catch the boy while stealing money from the shop. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe family members of the victim came to know that one Nani Sarkar, a fruit seller by profession, was badly beating up the victim and rushed to the spot. They found their child lying on the ground and bleeding from various parts of his body. When the family members wanted to know from Nani as to why he had beaten him up that badly, the accused threatened the family members with dire consequences. The accused alleged that the boy was trying to steal money from his shop. He also told police he was away from his shop in the evening when the accused attempted to steal money from the cash box. He caught hold of the boy and beat him up badly. The victim had received injuries on various parts of his body. None of the locals came to his rescue till the matter was reported to his family members. Some police personnel rushed to the spot and freed him from the clutches of the businessmen. The victim was later taken to a hospital by police personnel. Police have started a probe in this regard and are interrogating the locals. The patient is stated to be in a serious condition.last_img read more

Update LHS comments on illegal protest

first_imgDID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!,DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Following the protest that took place yesterday (October 12) outside Ladysmith High School (LHS), the school has commented by saying that all the allegations levelled against management are “blatant lies”.South African Democratic Teachers Union (SADTU) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) members gathered outside LHS yesterday, where they protested against racism, discrimination and the unreasonable eviction of workers.LHS Deputy Principal Mr Clark says that all the allegations made against the school’s management are absolute lies.“These allegations do not hold water; they are all fabricated. There is no proof of any of this,” says Mr Clark.A rumour has been circulating that there’s a picture of a baboon on a register for the workers (cleaners), indicating the fact that they are all black workers. Mr Clark denies this rumour, saying, “How could we do such a thing?”He went on to say that if it was a matter of race, why do they have mixed races in the SRC?center_img “Why would we teach isiZulu if we are a racist school? This matter has been blown out of proportion and there is no proof of these allegations,” stressed Mr Clark.last_img read more

PO Cruises fiveship parade makes history on Sydney Harbo

first_imgAustralia’s leading cruise line P&O Cruises has made history in Sydney today, staging an unprecedented five-ship spectacular on the harbour to celebrate the arrival of its two latest cruise ships.In a world first, the cruise line marked the debut of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden with a social media naming ceremony, which saw popular Australian singer Jessica Mauboy and actress Kate Ritchie simultaneously christen the ships via Twitter as the two vessels sailed either side of Fort Denison.Reflecting Australians’ love of social media and cruising, the ships’ godmothers both tweeted a short message declaring the ships named, while Jessica Mauboy also sang the national anthem.In a nod to maritime tradition, a bottle of Champagne was smashed on the bow of each ship as they reached Fort Denison, with all five ships sounding their whistles to mark the nation’s first dual cruise ship christening.The history-making gathering of five cruise ships from one fleet on the Harbour was watched by thousands of Sydneysiders on the foreshore and on small boats, while more than 12,000 guests and crew onboard the P&O fleet joined in the celebrations.The five ships will remain on Sydney Harbour all day, with guests onboard set to enjoy a series of live concerts from more than 25 music acts during the afternoon and evening, including performances by Jessica Mauboy, The Veronicas, Justice Crew, Samantha Jade and Stan Walker.The celebration will conclude with a special fireworks display above the harbour at 8.45pm.Unprecedented in its scale, today’s event brings together a record number of cruise ships from one fleet on Sydney Harbour.Ann Sherry, CEO of Carnival Australia which operates P&O Cruises, said the event marked a new era for P&O, Australia’s only homegrown cruise line, which has increased its fleet to five ships in response to increasing demand for cruise holidays.“P&O Cruises has been sailing from Australia for more than 80 years so we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the expansion of our fleet with so many Sydneysiders today,” Ms Sherry said.“The addition of Pacific Aria and Pacific Eden represents a 50 per cent expansion in our guest capacity and heralds a new look and feel for our cruise line, inspired by modern Australia.”Designed to be game changers for the Australian cruise industry, both ships offer a relaxed vibe in a contemporary and stylish setting unlike any other ship operating in Australian waters.The Fort Denison naming ceremony was attended by key cruise industry members and two special guests – Sydney sisters 8-year-old Aria and 3-year-old Eden Mulligan, invited by P&O to perform the role of “junior godmothers” for the sister ships which coincidentally share their names. P&O CruisesSource = P&O Cruiseslast_img read more

Informative Research Brings on Director of Portfolio Solutions

first_img Informative Research Movers & Shakers 2014-08-15 Tory Barringer Informative Research, a mortgage information services provider, has appointed Jane House as director of portfolio solutions, the company announced.House joins Informative Research from CoreLogic Credco, where she held the role of national account director of strategic marketing. She has more than two and a half decades of experience in the mortgage industry, including due diligence, investor reporting, and lead generation.Stepping into her new position, House will lead a nationwide portfolio risk and retention department, overseeing risk mitigation, marketing, and other strategies.”We are excited to add Jane to our business development team where she can utilize her unique skills to enhance our footprint within the mortgage industry in this increasingly competitive marketplace,” said Stan Baldwin, COO of Informative Research. “Her broad mortgage industry background with consultative expertise, utilizing consumer credit and public record data, allows us to create innovative client solutions.” August 15, 2014 420 Views Sharecenter_img Informative Research Brings on Director of Portfolio Solutions in Headlines, News, Uncategorizedlast_img read more

June 14 2018

first_imgJune 14 , 2018 The Chilean walnut industry has been inadvertently caught up in a trade spat between India and the U.S., with shippers from the South American country now subject to a significantly higher tariff for one of their key markets. The Indian Government recently decided to increase import duties for walnuts from 30% to 100%, in retaliation for the U.S. implementing tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.However, Nicholás Di Cosmo, president of industry association ChileNut, said that the product code published by India referred to all walnuts, regardless of origin.He said that Chile would be hit heavily by this measure, which is currently in effect. The South American country has a 2,500 metric-ton (MT) shipment current in transit to India, which will be subject to a 100% tariff rate on entry into the market, he said.”Due to the time of year that this action was taken, we will be the most affected because we are currently loading shipments to India, while the U.S. is counter-seasonal to us and will not export until October,” he said.India is an attractive destination for Chilean walnuts, according to Di Cosmo, who said the consumption levels in the market are highest in October when Chile is the main supplier. India pushes back U.S. apple tariff rise date … India: Maharashtra table grape exports surge 20% t … You might also be interested incenter_img India’s death toll grows amid outbreak of ‘brain f … India: Maharashtra grape growers to organize marke … “India is a market that has been growing at great rates, as three years ago we had to export under a methyl bromide fumigation protocol but thanks to the work of SAG [the Agricultural and Livestock Service], the Chilean Government and ChileNut, this was changed to phosphine [in August 2016] and as a result the volume shipped from Chile increased,” he said.Export volumes from Chile to India have risen from 91MT in 2015-16 to 7,800MT last season, he said.Di Cosmo explained the industry had expected to send 15,000MT to India this season, but this was now looking unlikely. So far a total of 5,000MT has been shipped, of which half is still in transit and will be subject to the full tariff rate.”Probably with the tariff increase the local price is going to increase, and so consumption of Chilean walnuts is going to decrease and it’s possible that we won’t ship the 10,000MT remaining that we had hoped to ship,” he said.He said it was likely those remaining volumes would be sent to other markets, but at lower prices than what Chile would have fetched in the Indian market.India has also said it will increase tariffs on U.S. apple imports by 30%, bringing the total rate up to 80%.www.freshfruitportal.comlast_img read more

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