Idle No More movement sweeps across Canada

first_img“Idle No More,” a movement led by First Nations (Native) peoples in defense of the water, the land, the sky and their treaty rights, has swept across Canada like wildfire. It is a movement formed by Indigenous women that has been joined by thousands of Native people, allies and now people from around the world.Throughout Canada and internationally, many have come out to insist that Indigenous sovereignty must be respected. Trains and highways in Canada have periodically been blocked. Native round-dance flash mobs have shown up at shopping malls. Indigenous people from reservations large and small have come out to demonstrate their support.Social media have been used extensively as an organizing tool. Canada’s cities from Halifax to Ottawa to Vancouver have seen large marches of Native people and their supporters.  This is the largest Indigenous movement in Canada since the 1990 resistance at Oka and Kahnawake.In part, the upsurge in Idle No More was sparked on Dec. 4, when First Nations representatives were physically prevented from entering the House of Commons in Ottawa, where they had planned to raise their concerns about proposed legislation that would have a tremendous impact on First Nations.Via Omnibus Bill C-45 and other legislation, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative government are attempting to gut protections of thousands of waterways and to bypass and destroy the treaty rights of First Nations and make harsh budget cuts that would impact many Indigenous lives. Harper and his government refuse to consult with First Nations about these hastily pushed-through pieces of legislation that will have immense implications for First Nations.In Ontario, Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has been on a hunger strike since Dec. 11.  She has said that she will fast until Harper agrees to meet with her and other Indigenous leaders; others including 72-year-old Emil Bell have joined in her fast. So far, the prime minister has refused any consultation with Chief Spence or any other First Nations leadership, despite months of requests for him to do so.Pent up pain and angerThe root of the Idle No More response is the colonial relationship that Canada has with Native peoples, who continue to experience a lack of adequate housing and sanitation, high unemployment and incarceration rates, high suicide rates and ill health, reduced life expectancy, and lack of educational opportunities for youth while living in a wealthy country built on their stolen land and resources. Idle No More is a manifestation of the pent-up pain and anger that Native people carry from generations of suffering under colonialism.Melaw Nakehk’o, who helped to organize protests in Yellowknife [Northwest Territories, Canada], said, “It’s a movement, it’s a continuous thing. It not only has to do with the bills that are passing through, it’s just that we’re not going to be idle anymore. We’re not going to take it anymore.” [Northern News Service, Dec. 24]In 2008, Harper publicly apologized for the residential school system that devastated thousands of Native families and promised to forge “a new relationship” based on “partnership and respect.” Since that time, however, the Harper government has cut First Nations health funding, gutted environmental review processes, refused to participate in land claim negotiations, ignored the more than 600 missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada, withheld documents from the residential school Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and cut funding for First Nations educational and child welfare agencies.Indigenous people are the fastest growing population in Canada, with many youth who are very conscious of the history of injustices against their people.Progressive non-Native Canadian activists have been supporting Idle No More, both because they recognize the importance of treaty obligations and because the attacks on Indigenous peoples are part of widespread attacks on working people and the environment, part of selling off Canada’s natural resources and opening up the lands for even further corporate exploitation.Indigenous peoples throughout the world — who have no borders in the struggle — and their supporters have been standing singly, in small gatherings, in flashmobs and rallies of a thousand or more, to support Idle No More.For more than a generation, Indigenous peoples have been issuing warnings, about the need to respect their treaty rights, and about the threats to the water and the earth.  It is time for others to listen and Idle No More.Email Prime Minister Stephen ­Harper: [email protected] Canada’s Governor General: [email protected] thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Employee of Cuban embassy in Paris was armed when facing Reporters Without Borders

first_img News Receive email alerts Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas RSF_en Follow the news on Cuba Video footage of the violent attack on Reporters Without Borders activists outside the Cuban embassy in Paris on 24 April shows that one of the embassy ‘s employees was armed. Reporters Without Borders is supporting a complaint alleging “threat with a firearm” that has been filed against the unidentified employee by a journalist who was hit during the incident. Vega took this step after discovering that the employee can be seen loading a revolver outside the embassy perimeter in the video that Vega recorded during the incident. Vega was badly beaten in the face by a member of the embassy in the course of the incident, and he was re-examining the videotape in an attempt to identify his assailant when he spotted the armed employee.He previously registered a complaint at the headquarters of the investigative police in Paris alleging “deliberate violence resulting in eight days of disability.” He included this accusation in the new complaint he filed on 14 October with a senior investigating judge.”Not only did members of the embassy come out with iron bars to hit us, but one of them was carrying a firearm, which he loaded while outside the embassy,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said today. “This new element is extremely serious – it is unacceptable that persons linked to a foreign embassy commit such offences on French territory,” he added.In the 24 April protest, some 15 Reporters Without Borders activists together with a number of leading literary and artistic figures went to the Cuban embassy in Paris to hand in a letter to the ambassador calling for the release of 26 journalists who had been arrested three weeks earlier and sentenced to up to 27 years in prison. News May 6, 2020 Find out more October 12, 2018 Find out more Organisation When the ambassador refused to receive the letter, the activists put chains around the embassy’s entrance in a symbolic protest, and handcuffed themselves to its railing together with the personalities present. Members of the embassy came out and punched and beat them with iron bars. The ambassador himself, Eumelio Caballero Rodríguez, accompanied his employees, giving them instructions.Several journalists present were also hit, including Vega, a photographer with the French daily 20 Minutes, and a cameraman with the Spanish television station TVE. Vega’s lawyer, Serge Lewisch, said doctors have told him that some of the symptoms resulting from the blows he received will never go away, that he will have to receive constant medical follow-up care.See images of the events :- Real player – Quicktime (display) :center_img October 15, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information to go further CubaAmericas – Quicktime (download) : News News New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council Reporters Without Borders announced today that it is supporting a complaint filed on 14 October by news photographer Ricardo Vega against an unidentified employee of the Cuban embassy. The complaint alleges “threat with a firearm” and “complicity” in the use of violence by embassy staff to break up a protest outside the embassy by Reporters Without Borders activists on 24 April. RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago October 17, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Employee of Cuban embassy in Paris was armed when facing Reporters Without Borderslast_img read more

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Strata Conference + Hadoop World – Reflections on Big Data Trends

first_imgIt was a much older, more mature, and more experienced audience.  The first Strata conference I attended in Santa Clara was geared towards the startup and engineer/data scientist audiences.  There were lots of presentations and hallway discussions about over-throwing traditional data and analytics markets and leveraging a bevy of new, exotic technologies like Hadoop and MapReduce.  Very fun and very exciting!  The ambiance of this year’s NYC show was more reserved and the conversations more practical, which I think reflect that big data and Hadoop are moving into the mainstream conversation.The presence of traditional data management, data warehouse, and business intelligence vendors has grown.  The event is definitely maturing, and the traditional larger data warehouse and business intelligence vendors are demanding a larger say in the topics and agenda – which is not always to the benefit of attendees.  Too many booth presentations glossed over the real big data challenges like proof points and use cases. By the way, sticking the words “Big Data” in front of your product does not make your product big data ready.There was a constant and confusing stream of new product announcements.  Want Hadoop?  Which version?  From which vendor?  Instead of starting to settle out, the technology foundation of big data just seems to keep morphing.  How are organizations supposed to know which technologies they are going to need to invest in when there is a seemingly endless number of choices and combinations?  To be honest, I think these ever-shifting sands of big data technologies are slowing adoption as more organizations are struggling to stay on top of the latest and greatest product promises.  I’d hate to be a CIO today.Many of the same show topics were discussed in previous years.  Plus, many of those topics still focused on educating folks on the basics of big data technologies (or how yesterday’s technologies are still relevant).  I sat in a marvelous and packed presentation that discussed the differences between a data warehouse and Hadoop. The audience loved the presentation, but I saw that same presentation from different presenter two years ago.  Has big data become one of those topics everyone talks about, but no one really does much to further develop?  Or is it that they are still trying to find the best place to use big data technologies? As many people know, I love attending Strata events.  They’re always full of interesting and provocative topics for discussion and the exhibit hall has lots of new or updated products and product roadmaps.I recently attended the Strata + Hadoop World event in New York City and picked up a plethora of highly interesting and valuable information. The conference convinced me more than ever that in order to be successful in determining which technology capabilities to invest in, organizations need to take a business-led approach. If organizations take a technology-led approach with big data, the constantly changing options will just confuse IT organizations and slow the adoption of some of these game-changing technologies.Instead, we in EMC Global Services have learned that organizations need to define a targeted business initiative first.  Then let the business requirements (the decisions the business stakeholders need to make, the questions that they need to answer to support those decisions, the key performance indicators against which the business defines success) drive the technology and data requirements.Organizations need guidelines that they can use in order to make the necessary data and technology determinations. Targeting a key business initiative is a great way to start.  Organizations must ask themselves the following questions:What data, data management, and advanced analytics do I need to support that business initiative?What supporting technologies and infrastructure do I need to support the data management and advanced analytics requirements?How am I going to surface the results of the analytics in such a way that is actionable to my business stakeholders (user experience requirements)?Perhaps the most important thing about selecting a specific business initiative is that it will also tell organizations what data, data management, and advanced analytic capabilities they won’t have to worry about.The technology capabilities of the big data movement continue to amaze me. However, until we embrace a business-led approach that focuses on enabling the organization’s key business initiatives with specific data management, advanced analytics, and actionable user experience capabilities, big data will continue to look like a science experiment with confusing and questionable technology claims – lots of talk and lots of interest, but not a lot of action.last_img read more

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Entrepreneur and technology executive speaks to students

first_imgPhoto from Wikimedia CommonsTwo minutes into his discussion at Grace Ford Salvatori Hall Tuesday night, it was already apparent that Max Levchin did not fit the mold of an intimidating executive. The PayPal cofounder, who spoke to students from the Viterbi School of Engineering, kept approximately 140 audience members engaged and comfortable with his good-natured humor. “He’s truly a gracious, humble leader,” said Brooks Hosfield, deputy chief of staff at Affirm, a financial technology company that Levchin founded in 2016.Ragini Holloway, the head of talent at Affirm, introduced Levchin by joking she’d need to peek at her cheat sheet to do justice to his veritable catalog of accomplishments: After co-founding PayPal, a widely used online payment system, Levchin went on to found photo-sharing company Slide, help launch Yelp and start Affirm and Glow, a reproductive health app for women.Despite his impressive resume, Levchin said he almost felt awkward coming to the podium with the pressure of living up to such high praise. After noting that his PayPal days are well behind him — he founded the company in 1998 — Levchin launched into an hour-long explanation of how Affirm came to be.Levchin discussed how he translated an individually damaging credit experience into a wider objective of improving transparency in lending.“I was obsessed with the idea of building something different from my financial services background,” Levchin said.He did so by venturing into the media and entertainment realm with Slide, but later realized that his passion lay in technology and intentionally seeking difficult problems whose solutions would positively impact as many lives as possible.“How do you codify this problem of finding something that’s valuable and implicitly hard?” Levchin said, referring to the question he constantly asked himself.From this cross-section of philosophies rose HVF Labs — short for Hard, Valuable and Fun. The fun component, Levchin said, encompasses Levchin’s emphasis on doing what you love.“You can build a great company … but not having a lot of passion underneath, it crumbles quickly,” Levchin said. The entrepreneur specifically chose to tackle the financial world after experiencing a financial struggle during his college days at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A four month-late payment came back to haunt his credit score years later, Levchin said, even after PayPal led him to rake in millions. “The entire system is designed to permanently keep you down,” Levchin said. This frustration led him to start Affirm, a company structured so that consumers who want to borrow money know the exact amounts that they’ll be paying ahead of time, without any hidden fees. This “reinvented credit system,” as Hosfield described it, helps consumers avoid the vicious debt cycle, echoing Levchin’s own problem-solving philosophy.“I feel most alive when I feel like I’m fixing something really important,” Levchin said.The founder and CEO also noted that his main point of pride is Affirm’s Net Promoter Score of 82.A company’s NPS essentially measures customer loyalty. For Levchin, building a company that people want to recommend to their friends is crucial, especially in a financial landscape full of banks with negative NPS results. He places a much higher priority on trust and individuals than on profit.“We’re happy to take a lower cut but provide a better service,” Levchin said.As for the future, Levchin said that he can see himself continuing in the finance industry even decades from now. Like a true engineer, Levchin constantly challenges himself to create better products, build significant solutions and solve hard problems.“Nothing beats just heads down, working on something that’s going to be impactful,” Levchin said.last_img read more

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Wellington Middle School reading students rewarded

first_imgWMS Social Studies teacher Eric Page gets all wet.Sumner Newscow report — The Wellington Middle School eighth graders had a party celebrating their reading accomplishment for third quarter today.Those making their reading goal got to dunk their teachers in the Wellington Lion’s Club dunk “tank”.WMS Social Studies teacher Eric Page was one of those teachers who had a whole lot of water dumping on him during the noon hour at the Wellington Middle School weight room.  More photos can be found here.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Trimmer: The legislature is heading back to Topeka with a lot to consider

first_imgEd Trimmerby Ed Trimmer, State Representative of 79th District — Kansas Senators and Representatives are just ending a three-week break back in their home communities and will soon return to Topeka.  The wrap-up session will begin on April 29 and run into the month of May.  How long members of the legislature will be in Topeka during the wrap-up session is unknown.  Many insiders are predicting that it could be one of the longest sessions on record because of what is left to do.BUDGET AND REVENUE – The most important considerations for the Kansas Legislature are the budgets for the next two fiscal years and whether there are sufficient revenues to fund these budgets.  These issues were not resolved during the regular session.  In my 10 years in the House, we have closed the regular session without a budget only once before this year.As a result of the Governor’s failed economic experiment, state revenues were down another $87 million for April. The legislature will have to address the revenue shortfall before final adjournment of the session, because the state cannot deficit spend.  It is still not clear how the problem will be solved.  Past budget deficits have been filled by one-time allotments.  Over the past year the budget has been short more than $320 million, and has been balanced by:Transferring $158.5 million from the State Highway Fund.Delaying $7.9 million in payments to the Kansas Employee Retirement System (KPERS).Cutting more than $51 million from this year’s K-12 budget.Cutting more than $16.2 million to Kansas Regents Institutions.Cutting $66.4 million to various state agencies.Because of the revenue picture more cuts will have to be made in the 2016 and 2017 budgets and/or some new sources of revenue will have to be found just to reach a break-even point.  The Governor has proposed a budget amendment that raises about $210 million through spending cuts and tax increases, but that is still more than $200 million short of a zero ending balance.KPERS – Just before the regular session ended, the House passed a Kansas Public Employees bonding bill on the narrowest of margins.  It takes 63 votes for a bill to pass final action in the House.  That is exactly what it received.  The proposal was a Senate version and calls for bonding of $1 billion to be used to lower the actuarial liability of the KPERS fund.I again voted NO on this final product for the same reasons I voted NO on the $1.5 billion proposal we heard in the House.  We don’t need to bond KPERS.  We have a plan in place that would pay the KPERS debt by 2033 without bonding.  The Wall Street Journal warned that bonding large amounts of money at this time is highly risky and could lower our bond rating even further.The move will require an additional $60+ million dollar a year bond payment.  It provides the Governor with a justification for extending the KPERS actuarial payment of the unfunded liability for another ten-years, which actuaries have indicated could cost the state another $9.1 billion.  It would be the same as refinancing your house for a lower interest rate but extending the loan another 10 years.  While the monthly payment is less you pay more in the long term.CONCEAL CARRY – Before the break, the House and Senate voted to remove the licensing requirement for conceal carry of weapons in Kansas.  Now anyone who can legally buy a weapon can conceal it without any training or licensing.  I voted to make conceal carry in Kansas legal in 2006.  At the time I was promised that concealed carry of weapons would be regulated and training would be required.  Since that time the law has been continually eroded.I voted NO on this bill.  While I support the second amendment and gun owner’s rights, the bill would allow almost anyone to conceal a weapon if they either purchased the weapon or it was given to them.I voted NO because:Over 72% of the people responding to my February survey indicated they opposed the changeLaw enforcement officers would be placed in a difficult situationPersons with mental illnesses could conceal weapons legally.The bill removes the promise of training that was made in 2006.WELFARE REFORM – I voted NO on a bill that changed the rules for the TANF program (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), a federal program that involves federal money.  The proponents of the bill made a very persuasive case for the changes by making a list of things the money could not be used for, including cruises, tattoos, alcohol, cigarettes, psychics, etc.  These things were already banned under the states rules and regulations authority and did not need to be put into statute.  The real changes in the bill will have the following negative effects on working poor families:Families can only withdraw $25 a day from their TANF card account.  That makes it almost impossible to pay for rent from the money.Mothers who give birth are now required to return to work after three months, instead of six, if they want to continue receiving benefits (federal law allows a year).Benefits can only be collected for 36 weeks instead of the 48 that was previously allowed (federal law allows 60 weeks).The bill cuts the use of this program so the money can be diverted into paying for the budget deficit created by the 2012 tax plan, which gave the greatest percentage of tax breaks to the wealthiest Kansans.  The TANF bill was touted as a way to get people back to work, but the only public example of its success was a woman who was given a temporary job with a state agency.  The reality is that Kansas is lagging behind most other states in private sector job growth for the working poor to take advantage of.  Many of these families were hard hit by aircraft industry layoffs.ISSUES ON THE TABLE – There are many issues left on the table for the wrap-up session, but the budget and revenues are the most important.  Normally the Legislature will know what revenues they have and plan a budget accordingly.  This year it appears the budget will be debated and probably passed before legislators have a clue how they will pay for it, which is likely to put pressure on some legislators to go against their pledge to never raise taxes.The Supreme Court, most likely, will rule on the block grant school funding proposal because it reverses the efforts of the 2014 Legislature to equalize funding, which the court approved.  KPERS working after retirement issues must be resolved because the current law sunsets on July 1, 2015.  These are just a few of the unresolved issues left for the last of April and the month of May.While there is not the space or time to discuss all of the unresolved issues we will face during the wrap-up session, I can make the following promises.I will not vote to change the valuation for agriculture land from use value to market value.I will not vote to remove the sales tax exemption for farm equipment.I will not vote to cut education.I will not vote to place a sales tax on utilities.I will not vote to cut more deductions for working families including home mortgage interest.I will not vote to eliminate KPERS benefits that have already been promised and contracted for.I will continue to advocate for a tax system in Kansas in which everyone pays their fair share.I will continue to advocate for equal funding for our public schools.I will continue to advocate for fairness in the treatment of hardworking individuals.I will continue to advocate for fair elections and for election reform.I will continue to advocate for protection of the separation of powers.I will continue to advocate for a Legislature that is responsive to the public and not its own narrow ideology.Follow us on Twitter. 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Thank you for your input. +5 Vote up Vote down Caldwell Fan · 276 weeks ago Once again, thank you, Mr. Trimmer, for doing what you were elected for. It’s too bad that everyone else can’t follow your example. Keep up the good work. You are appreciated. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down neil · 276 weeks ago Good job, Mr. Trimmer. Glad you are in there helping clean up this friggin mess. Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down sore loser · 276 weeks ago A breath of fresh air in a polluted environment. It use to seem we were lucky that Topeka was so distant from all the big money politics in Washington . Report Reply 0 replies · active 276 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 276 weeks ago You are doing a great job in Topeka, Mr. Trimmer! I only wish the people of Kansas had about 200 more representatives in Topeka who actually represented us instead of the 1%! 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Leading young players target French titles

first_img Leading young English players will cross the Channel later this month to target two French titles.Five members of the England Golf women and girls’ squads will play in the French U21 women’s championship at St Cloud, from 29 March to 2 April: Annabell Fuller and Martha Lewis of Surrey, Mimi Rhodes of Somerset, Hannah Screen of Hertfordshire and Amelia Williamson of Norfolk.Six players from the England boys’ squad have been selected for the simultaneous French boys’ championship at St Germain: Barclay Brown of Yorkshire, Enrique Dimayuga of Surrey, Harry Goddard and Max Hopkins of Hertfordshire, Matthew Freeman of Nottinghamshire and Robin Williams of Northamptonshire (pictured, copyright Leaderboard Photography).The playersAnnabell Fuller, 15, (Roehampton) was runner-up in the recent Portuguese women’s amateur and is the English U16 girls’ champion.Martha Lewis, 18, (St Georges Hill) was runner-up in the 2017 English girls’ championship, among other good results.Mimi Rhodes, 16, (Burnham & Berrow) reached the last 16 in the British girls’ and won the U16 trophy at the Scottish girls’ championship.Hannah Screen, 18, (Berkhamsted) was runner-up in the British women’s stroke play and helped England win the Girls’ Home Internationals.Amelia Williamson, 17, (Royal Cromer) was in England girls’ team which won a European bronze medal and is a consistently high finisherThe boys will play both individually and in two teams for the Nations Cup:Team OneHarry Goddard, 18, (Hanbury Manor) has helped England win the Boys’ Home Internationals for the last two years.Matthew Freeman, 16, (Notts.) was fifth in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters and runner up in the Midland qualifying for boys’ County FinalsRobin Williams, 16, (Peterborough Milton) was a semi-finalist in the Boys’ Amateur Championship and is a GB&I and England boy international.Team TwoBarclay Brown, 17, (Hallamshire) was in England’s winning teams at the European Young Masters and in the U16 international against Spain.Enrique Dimayuga, 16, (Walton Heath) was fifth in the English U16 boys’ McGregor Trophy and in the North of England U16 championship.Max Hopkins, 15, (Bishop’s Stortford) was runner-up in the English U16 McGregor Trophy, and reached the last 32 in the Boys’ Amateur 2 Mar 2018 Leading young players target French titles Tags: Boys, French, U21, Womenlast_img read more

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New Chief Executive named for Providence Southwest Service Area

first_imgFacebook37Tweet0Pin0Submitted by ProvidenceFollowing a national search, Darin Goss has been selected as chief executive for the Providence Health and Services Southwest service area, which includes Providence St. Peter Hospital, Providence Centralia Hospital and the Providence Medical Group. Darin will begin in his new role on Aug. 3.Darin Goss. Photo courtesy; ProvidenceDarin is already a member of the Providence and St. Joseph family, and brings more than 20 years’ experience in health care operations to his new role. He has served as chief operating officer of Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California for the past two years.Prior to joining Providence, Darin worked for 18 years with the Mayo Clinic where he served in multiple roles leading a variety of high-value care improvement projects that reduced patient length-of-stay, improved hospital discharge times, ensured strong quality rankings, and improved both patient and staff satisfaction.In Darin’s words, “Quality, patient satisfaction and physician/caregiver satisfaction are key to our long-term success. I look forward to being part of a team of leaders, physicians, caregivers and volunteers whose hard work and dedication is demonstrated by the Magnet designation at Providence St. Peter Hospital, Pathways designation at Providence Centralia Hospital, and national rankings for quality care, among so many other accolades. The hospitals and clinics in the SW service area have much to celebrate, and I am honored to serve as chief executive.”Darin, his wife Gabrielle and two daughters share a love for the outdoors, are avid hikers, enjoy skiing and snowboarding, and look forward to exploring and calling the Pacific Northwest home.We also want to take this opportunity to recognize Paul Wilkinson, who has served as interim chief executive for the past 6 months. His commitment to the Providence Mission and vision has been witnessed throughout this pandemic. His leadership has been thoughtful and solid, and we thank him for his service.Please join us in welcoming Darin to his new role, and he and his family to Washington, and in thanking Paul as he heads into his second retirement.last_img read more

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Ominous Saenz for LAUSD

first_imgFortunately for the English-language learners of California, the courts ignored Saenz’s dire warnings and upheld Proposition 227. Within one year of the measure’s implementation, elementary reading scores throughout the state rose for the first time in almost 20 years. Far from inflicting untold damage on young minds, per Saenz’s fervid warnings, English immersion gave thousands of English learners their first shot at learning the common language of our country. Shortly after his failed brief against 227, Saenz became a board member of the Los Angeles County Office of Education, where he continues to serve today. A perusal of the past six years of board minutes gives some clues about Saenz’s approach to educational governance. It is clear, for starters, that he is still hostile to English instruction. Never once in the six years do the minutes show him inquiring about English immersion techniques, though he repeatedly asks county school representatives if they have adequate Spanish-speaking teachers and textbooks in Spanish. He is also on record in support of Jackie Goldberg, former LAUSD board member and state assemblywoman, who promoted bilingual education and supported the now discredited “whole language” anti-phonics, anti-grammar approach to reading. We will know in the next few weeks if Villaraigosa will appeal the 2nd District Court’s rejection of his school-takeover plan to the state Supreme Court. But the court’s strongly worded rebuke of Saenz’s legal reasoning in defense of AB 1381 must be resonating in the mayor’s mind. The court forcefully rejected Saenz’ contention that the Los Angeles City Charter, which mandates a strong, popularly elected school board with power to select a superintendent, could be circumvented by the state Legislature. Just as Saenz misjudged the legality of Proposition 227, he appears to have done the same with the mayor’s takeover bill. Meanwhile, absent any substantive talk from the mayor or Saenz about their specific intentions for the district, we are left with such clues as outlined above. Sadly, they are not encouraging. Doug Lasken teaches high school English for the LAUSD and consults for the State Board of Education. Write to him by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! MOST Angelenos know about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s plan to take over the Los Angeles Unified School District, but almost no one knows the name of Thomas Saenz, chief counsel to the mayor and the brains behind AB 1381, the twice struck-down legislation enabling the takeover. So who is Thomas Saenz, and what do he and the mayor intend for the LAUSD? There has been little public information on either question, and Saenz never answered repeated requests for interviews for this article. But it’s instructive to delve into his past for clues to his and the mayor’s intentions. Saenz first came to public attention in 1998, when he joined in a legal brief requesting an injunction against a certain newly enabled educational practice. See if you can guess what that practice was from the language in the brief: “(It) will wreak unimaginable harm on 1.4 million (students) .. who will suffer long-term, irremediable educational injury because of (its) extreme, shortsighted prescriptions…. Their life prospects will be shattered as a result … This measure demonstrably violates the Constitution of the United States.” Did you guess that the measure in question would allow child molesters to be teachers, or perhaps permit a designated faculty marijuana smoking lounge? If so, you guessed wrong. The brief was in fact warning about the grave dangers of teaching the English language to non-English-speaking children. The legal brief was an appeal on behalf of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund for an injunction against Proposition 227, passed overwhelmingly in California in 1997, which put an end to bilingual education in the state and mandated English immersion for non-English speaking children. In the LAUSD, bilingual education meant the exclusive use of a student’s native language, in most cases Spanish, for all academic instruction. Any teaching of English, or in English, was strictly forbidden. All textbooks, whether social studies, science, or math, had to be in Spanish, and all oral instruction had to be delivered in Spanish. One 30-minute period per day was allowed for “English as a Second Language,” but the ESL period was mandated to be strictly conversational- no grammar, spelling or reading lessons were permitted. Not surprisingly, during the decades when bilingual education ruled in California, the state’s reading scores plummeted to nearly the lowest in the nation. last_img read more

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Child-slayer says he wants to kill self

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – A hearing that could mean a return to prison for convicted killer Lionel Tate, once the youngest person in modern U.S. history sentenced to life behind bars, was postponed Monday after he sent the judge a letter threatening suicide. Tate, convicted at age 13 of beating and stomping to death a 6-year-old girl, was set to appear before Circuit Judge Joel T. Lazarus, who could send him back to prison for as much as life if he finds Tate violated his probation. Tate is accused of robbing a pizza delivery man at gunpoint. However, the judge said that because of the letter, he decided to wait until after a Dec. 19 competency hearing for Tate. In the letter, which the judge received Friday, Tate said public defender H. Dohn Williams did not understand “my mental condition.” He continued: “I stated to him before that I was hearing voices and that I wanted to kill myself.” Asked about Tate’s claims, Williams said: “I can’t tell you what Lionel thinks.” Prosecutors declined to comment. Tate, now 18, has not attempted suicide in the Broward County jail but has had disciplinary problems, said sheriff’s spokeswoman Liz Calzadilla-Fiallo. Tate was 12 when he killed Tiffany Eunick, a family friend, in 1999. His lawyers initially claimed the girl died accidentally while the 160-pound boy was imitating wrestling moves he had seen on television, but experts said the girl died of a beating that lasted up to five minutes. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in 2001 in a case that stirred debate over Florida’s tough stand against juvenile crime. In 2004, an appeals court threw out the conviction after finding that it was not clear whether Tate understood what was happening to him. He pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was released from prison and given 10 years’ probation. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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