Apopka schools dip slightly in A-F testing

first_img 1 COMMENT Apopka’s 13 public schools as a whole took a small drop in Florida’s annual A-F school report card released last week. Seven of the 13 public schools in the Apopka area dropped a letter grade; four schools retained their 2014-15 status, while only one school (Lakeville Elementary) improved from the previous year. The combined grade-point-average of the 13 schools dropped from 2.76 to 2.25.Christine Moore was not pleased with the grades, but did point to the new grading system as a reason, and looked optimistically at the future. Moore is the Orange County Public School Board District 7 school board member, which includes all of Apopka.“While I support a viable accountability system and this is a baseline year, the grades in the Apopka portion of my district, were disappointing. In the past higher poverty schools received a bump from moving ahead their lowest learners. The state tinkered with the grading formula and learning gains generally brought grades down. Folks should understand using the old standards and requirements, every school in Apopka probably would have earned an “A”. The state is forcing higher achievement through more rigorous standards and grading. All over the country and neighboring Seminole County, school grades have dropped. It’s a tough year when Lake Brantley, Lake Mary and Dr. Phillips earn “B” grades. Nevertheless, I have confidence our administration; teachers and students will rise to meet the challenge. Special recognition to Wolf Lake and Clay Springs elementary schools, which both earned  “B” ratings.”Matthew Fitzpatrick is running against Moore for the District 7 seat. He is skeptical of the grading system, particularly in the annual changes to the testing methods.“I’m not a big fan of Florida’s school grading system. It seems like the Florida Department of Education and the Legislature continue to experiment with the standards that schools use, the assessments schools take, and how they will ultimately define success each year. Schools can have the same administrators, the same teachers, and the same programs, and yet their grade can go up and down from year to year like a yo-yo. School grades have not changed a whole lot since Florida set off on this wild goose chase of educational perfection. The only time the grades change much is usually due to the State changing how they are going to figure the grades for a particular year…which usually causes the grades to go down. Once the schools get acclimated to the new system, the State changes things up again. As a life long educator and a former Assistant Principal at Apopka HS and Boone HS, and a former Dean at Ocoee HS and Apopka Memorial MS, I can tell you that schools are getting tired of the moving target that the school grading system has become.”Isadora Dean also seeks the District 7 seat. She points to income brackets and a lack of funding as reasons schools perform poorly.“When changes are made in accountability, scores tend to decline. However, I am proud that teachers received a “B” rating.  Three schools in District 7 are labeled among the lowest 300 performing elementary schools (economically disadvantaged), in Florida. They are Lockhart, Lovell and Phillis Wheatley. OCPS should put additional resources in these schools; including, mentoring, tutoring, parent involvement initiatives and after-school programs focusing on academics. Research shows that family income, has a major impact on student performance, therefore we must look at ways to break the cycle of poverty in our community by going back to the basics of teaching literacy, technical careers, and life management skills, and by job training.”Florida’s A-F school grading system was the first in the nation; implemented by then Governor Jeb Bush in 1999. It provides extra money incentives to schools with high or improved grades and penalizes poor performing schools with more state oversight.OCPS Superintendent Barbara Jenkins believes Florida’s A-to-F grading system needs to be replaced with something that provides a more complete look at school performance.“The time is just prime for looking at a different kind of accountability system,” Jenkins said. “I think the usefulness of single letter grades has probably come to a conclusion at this point.”Here are the grades for the 13 Apopka area public schools:High Schools: Apopka – incomplete, Wekiva – CMiddle Schools: Apopka – C, Piedmont Lakes – C, Wolf Lake – BElementary Schools: Apopka – C, Clay Springs – B, Dream Lake – C, Lakeville – C, Phillis Wheatley – D, Rock Springs – C, Wolf Lake – B, Zellwood – D. Please enter your comment! Put the blame where it belongs…..on Jeb Bush, for implementing it, and Governor Rick Scott for not getting rid of it. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address herecenter_img UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 July 11, 2016 at 6:32 pm Reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSChristine MooreIsadora DeanMatthew FitzpatrickOrange County Public Schools Previous articlePersonal Computer Security Expert to SpeakNext articleCouncil to Review City Center Agreement at Workshop Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name herelast_img read more

Wall less house / Tezuka Architects

first_img Year:  “COPY” Wall less house / Tezuka ArchitectsSave this projectSaveWall less house / Tezuka Architects Architects: Tezuka Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 2012 Japan CopyAbout this officeTezuka ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSetagayaHousesJapanPublished on March 22, 2009Cite: “Wall less house / Tezuka Architects” 22 Mar 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream CopyHouses•Setagaya, Japan Text description provided by the architects. The  house is supported by a central core and a pair of extremely thin columns. The absence of walls on the ground floor allows the internal space to extend to the garden on 360 degrees.Save this picture!Recommended ProductsMetallicsKriskadecorMetal Fabric – Outdoor CladdingDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacFiber Cements / CementsApavisaTiles – Nanofusion 7.0Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsProject gallerySee allShow lessKohler LivingHome, a prefabricated and sustainable house by Kieran TimberlakeArticles303 East 33rd Street, a green project by Perkins Eastman + Studio V ArchitectureArticles Share Save this picture!+ 17 Share Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/16528/wall-less-house-tezuka-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/16528/wall-less-house-tezuka-architects Clipboard Wall less house / Tezuka Architects Projects ArchDailylast_img read more

Windsor Road House / Russell Jones

first_imgArchitects: Russell Jones Area Area of this architecture project Structural Design: 2019 Techniker, Mathew Wells Photographs:  Rory Gardiner Windsor Road House / Russell JonesSave this projectSaveWindsor Road House / Russell Jones “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932536/windsor-road-house-russel-jones Clipboard Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/932536/windsor-road-house-russel-jones Clipboard ArchDaily Area:  60 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houses Windsor Road House / Russell Jonescenter_img “COPY” Design Team:Russell Jones, Hannah Guy, Joseph LittleBuilding Control:Haringey Building ControlCountry:United KingdomMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Rory GardinerRecommended ProductsLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsText description provided by the architects. This project for a new two-bedroom house is located on Windsor Road in Tottenham, North London. The site is set within a diverse residential neighbourhood made up of long terraced streets lined with two-storey Victorian and Edwardian houses.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerThe client, a small-scale private developer purchased the site in June 2017. The brief called for an existing storage building and yard to be converted for residential use without compromising the adjacent property. Given local real estate values and the small footprint, maximising building envelope within a limited budget was critical. The project achieved planning permission in 2018 and was completed in April 2019.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Rory GardinerThe 70 m2 site is located behind a former Victorian beer retailer on the corner of Dowsett and Windsor Road. The single-storey brick outbuilding was originally used to store beer barrels and also acted as stables. In later years it became a workshop independent of the adjacent two-storey corner building.Save this picture!Ground FloorThe 60 m2 house sits within the brick walls of the outbuilding. Using the existing foundations, the new two-storey, timber-framed building rises above the retained brick envelope. Whilst the new form loosely follows the profile of the Victorian predecessor, the choice of new materials allows the existing building to remain clearly legible but still an integral part of the project.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerThe house is accessed directly from Windsor Road, via an existing cobbled entrance and retained black steel gates. The relationship between the yard and building has been maintained and the 40 m2 exterior space now forms the entrance and private courtyard for the new house.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerIn following the footprint of the existing building, the house naturally orientates itself south towards the yard. At ground floor, full width glazed sliding doors link and extend the open plan living, dining and kitchen space to the private courtyard. The stairs, WC, storage and laundry are organised along the rear ground wall to maximise open living space towards the south aspect.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerAt first floor, two bedrooms and a bathroom share natural light from clerestory windows to the north. A continuous ribbon of fully openable windows along the south provides bedrooms with natural light and ventilation, while angled timber louvres create privacy and prevent overlooking from neighbouring properties.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerThe site presents an atypical urban condition that the design seeks to embrace. There is a distinction between the new building and the existing brick structure, and a contrast between the expression of outside and in. The new external walls and roof are clad in corrugated cellulose sheets, dipped in bitumen. The matt black exterior palette, corrugated sheets, thin roofline and simple detail nod to the site’s original heritage.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerInternally, exposed structural pine sections used for the floor and roof structure run north-south towards the courtyard. All soffits, internal walls, cabinetry and doors were fabricated on site using sheets of birch ply. Hand turned timber doorknobs introduce a level of delicacy within the straightforward construction. The white oil washed ply surfaces create a gentler interior atmosphere in contrast to the exterior.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerThe project was designed to be built using readily available, off-the- shelf materials that could be sourced from local timber yards and builders’ merchants. A small-scale local contractor was appointed to carry out all works and this sole responsibility encouraged a level of care and concern for economy, whilst maintaining consistency in the quality of craftsmanship. With the exception of the fenestration, all building elements were fabricated on site using the existing yard as a workshop.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerIn addition to Windsor Road, Russell Jones is currently working with the same client on a number of similar backland projects in London, exploring the potential for such sites whilst endeavouring to make a positive architectural and sustainable contribution to London’s growing housing stock.Save this picture!© Rory GardinerProject gallerySee allShow less46 Apartments in Gentilly / TectôneSelected ProjectsFacing the Climate Crisis: 5 Projects with Innovative SolutionsArticles Share Photographs United Kingdom Quantity Surveyor: Consultancy 31, Philip Vacher Main Contractor: TAD Builders, Tomasz Raczynski CopyHouses•United Kingdom Projects Save this picture!© Rory Gardiner+ 27Curated by María Francisca González Share CopyAbout this officeRussell JonesOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookUnited KingdomPublished on January 26, 2020Cite: “Windsor Road House / Russell Jones” 26 Jan 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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Neu Leopoldau Apartments / feld72

first_img Neu Leopoldau Apartments / feld72 Year:  Simma Zimmermann Landschaftsarchitektinnen Austria kppk ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962614/neu-leopoldau-apartment-feld72 Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/962614/neu-leopoldau-apartment-feld72 Clipboard CopyAbout this officefeld72OfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsViennaOn FacebookAustriaPublished on June 01, 2021Cite: “Neu Leopoldau Apartments / feld72” 01 Jun 2021. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisMill Finished Copper: Nordic StandardMetallicsHAVER & BOECKERArchitectural Wire Mesh – MULTI-BARRETTE 8130Enclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsSealantsEffisusGutter Repair – TiteGutter3Aluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Click-on BattensTiles / Mosaic / GresiteMargresPorcelain Tiles – Linea PrestigeMetallicsRHEINZINKZinc Roof Systems – Click Roll CapsTiles / Mosaic / GresiteTerrealTerracotta Cladding TileDoorsECLISSESliding Pocket Door – ECLISSE UnilateralWindowsJoskoWindows and Sliding Doors – ONE SeriesMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Hertha Hurnaus+ 14Curated by Paula Pintos Share Projects Architects: feld72 Area Area of this architecture project kppk Area:  5400 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Client:SCHWARZATALProject Management:raum & kommunikationSociology:Prof. Dr. Jens S. DangschatArt Intervention:PERKUP, SKIRL, RUINVisualizations:RIVIERA | MORETTIBuilding Services Engineer:kppkFire Protection Engineer:Dipl. Ing. Ianko IvanovStructural Physics:IBOCity:ViennaCountry:AustriaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Hertha HurnausRecommended ProductsCorporate ApplicationsCymat Technologies Ltd.Mallorca Congress Centre – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamCorporate ApplicationsBradley Corporation USACase Study: Restrooms at O’Hare International AirportHeatingFocusFireplaces – AgorafocusConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemText description provided by the architects. On the site of the former Leopoldau gas works, the residential quarter Neu Leopoldau is being built along the theme of “Young Living”.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausAt the entrance to the area, the monolithic building with its facade of prefabricated elements of fair-faced concrete sets an urbanistic accent.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausThe design was based on the idea of creating an open and lively building. The so-called “plus spaces” — the zone between the glazed entrance doors and the apartments — play a special role.Save this picture!SectionSave this picture!Floor planThese transitional areas, with their openness to the staircase, promote communication within the building, which the residents themselves define — from a studio to a hairdressing salon to a home office. A common room as well as the summer kitchen, which is available to the entire quarter, create further meeting places for residents in the house.Save this picture!© Hertha HurnausProject gallerySee allShow lessCall for Submissions-The Urban Rhetoric_ Place People RelationshipsCall for SubmissionsOpen Call: An art object for Maslenitsa 2022 in Nikola-LenivetsIdeasProject locationAddress:Vienna, AustriaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Sharecenter_img structural Engineer: Photographs:  Hertha Hurnaus Landscape Architect: Electrics: CopyApartments•Vienna, Austria “COPY” Neu Leopoldau Apartments / feld72Save this projectSaveNeu Leopoldau Apartments / feld72 Apartments Photographs 2019 “COPY” ArchDailylast_img read more

Outer Hebrides heritage sector to receive four days of fundraising training

first_img Heritage organisations in the Outer Hebrides will receive four days of fundraising training next month from Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage. The programme is led by Arts & Business Scotland with Archaeology Scotland, Built Environment Forum Scotland, greenspace scotland and Museums Galleries Scotland. It is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Catalyst scheme.The series of training courses, networking opportunities and expert-led events is designed to support and develop financial sustainability among the islands’ heritage sector. Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage has been running the programme since 2014.The four-day Outer Hebrides programme will take place on Stornoway, Isle of Lewis and Benbecula, with the specific aim of making it accessible to more remote communities. RSH ran a two-day programme on Orkney last year.RSH will run its Fundraising: Make it Happen course over the four days, as well as running surgeries offering advice on legacy fundraising and applying to charitable trusts and foundations.Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage Project Manager Louise Downing said:“Resourcing Scotland’s Heritage is delighted to be visiting the Outer Hebrides next month to deliver four days of fundraising training. The islands are home to a rich, vibrant heritage sector featuring assets such as the newly opened Museum Nan Eilean at Lews Castle where two of our events are taking place.” Outer Hebrides heritage sector to receive four days of fundraising training Howard Lake | 30 August 2016 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4  122 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis4 RSH was recently awarded over a quarter of a million pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund to extend for a fourth year. The initiative will now run until the end of March 2018. Tagged with: heritage Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland Training Photo: Orkney standing stones – Antonin Vinter on Shutterstock.com  121 total views,  1 views today Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Provost says adjunct raise aligns with university goals, but won’t happen soon

first_imgFacebook ReddIt Kaylee Bowershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kaylee-bowers/ Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Bollywood cardio class spreads cultural awareness TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Kaylee Bowershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kaylee-bowers/ Linkedin Welcome TCU Class of 2025 World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Twittercenter_img From Muscat to Fort Worth Lydia Mackay, an adjunct in the theater department, leads her Survey of Theater class in a warmup on Feb. 11. Choosing TCU as a religious minority student Facebook Previous articleThe “perfect” freshmanNext articleObama announces nomination for Supreme Court Kaylee Bowers RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kaylee Bowers Texas Frog Camps are now free for incoming students printDespite recent discussions about potentially increasing adjunct instructor pay, adjuncts won’t see a raise before the TCU Board of Trustees approves a new budget next spring.A resolution passed by the Faculty Senate in February encouraged TCU to give adjuncts a raise and to create more full-time faculty positions. The resolution was sent to Dr. Nowell Donovan, the provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, who said he agreed with its suggestions.The document aligns with what TCU is already doing with faculty positions, he said. Donovan, however, does not have the final say in the matter. About $500,000 would be needed to raise adjunct salaries $1,000 per 3-credit-hour undergraduate course, according to a study commissioned by the Faculty Senate. The study suggested a $1,000 raise would increase TCU’s budget by 0.2 percent.The Board of Trustees creates the budget for each academic year in the fall and approves the budget in April, Donovan said. This year’s budget will go into effect June 1, creating a yearlong delay with each new budget, he said. The budget becomes “the focus, the source for action for the next year,” he said.The Faculty Senate knows the potential expense, said Andrew Ledbetter, a member of the Faculty Senate subcommittee that worked on the resolution and the study.“We don’t want to live in economic Disneyland,” Ledbetter said. “But some of these economic questions are worth discussing.”The university’s desire to improve adjunct conditions has little to do with the Faculty Senate’s resolution, Donovan said. “There never was a battle, or anything of that sort,” Donovan said. “The whole university community is uncomfortable with the idea of adjuncts.”Donovan passed his own resolution about two years ago through the trustees to replace adjuncts with full-time faculty members over the following three years. For the remaining adjuncts, Donovan said he constantly overruns the adjunct budget to improve their position on campus. Dr. Linda Harrington, an adjunct in the Harris College of Nursing & Health Sciences, said in an email that she would see a raise as an affirmation that she is valued by the community.The issue goes beyond compensation, said Dr. Andrew Schoolmaster, the dean of the AddRan College of Liberal Arts.Schoolmaster said the AddRan College of Liberal Arts is working to make its adjuncts feel like “part of the enterprise.”It’s important to recognize that adjuncts “do provide a valuable service for us and for our students,” said Dr. Homer Erekson, the John V. Roach dean in the Neeley School of Business.“If we are going to have adjuncts, then we need to pay them wages which make them realize that they’re working for a good university,” Donovan said. Kaylee Bowershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kaylee-bowers/ + posts Kaylee Bowershttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kaylee-bowers/last_img read more

Somalia: Already 20 journalists arrested in the first half of 2020

first_imgNews The latest victim is Jabir Said Duale, a journalist also known as “Bulshawi,” who works for privately-owned Horyaal24 TV in northwestern Somalia’s self-proclaimed independent republic of Somaliland. He was released on 28 June under a pardon issued by Somaliland’s president after being held for seven days in the city of Erigavo. He was arrested twice, on 16 and 22 June, for filming an allegedly illegal protest in Erigavo about the failure to include civil society representatives in the historic peace talks that the presidents of Somalia and Somaliland have just held in an attempt to solve problems resulting from Somaliland’s decision to break away in 1991.Among the other Somali journalists arrested or summoned by the police in June was Bishar Ibrahin Adan, a local radio journalist who was arrested on 10 June in Burdhubo, a town in southern Somalia’s Gedo region, and was released without charge three days later. Abdishakur Mohamed Hassan, a reporter for privately-owned SAAB TV, was briefly detained on 12 June for covering a demonstration in Beledweyne, the capital of the central province of Hiraan. Somali Broadcasting Corporation’s Khadar Mohamed Tarabi and Universal TV’s Khadar Farah Rigah were arrested for covering a demonstration on 16 June in Las Anod, in Somaliland, and were held for 24 hours on the provincial governor’s orders.“Whether judicial detention, police arrests or just summonses for questioning, the level of abuses against Somali journalists continues to be very high,” said Arnaud Froger, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “Only strong, ambitious measures will succeed in ending these practices, which amount to systematic intimidation. We reiterate our appeal to Somalia’s federal authorities and Somaliland’s local authorities to decree a moratorium on arrests of journalists pending a reform of media legislation that abolishes imprisonment for media offences.”During a meeting in Paris in November 2019 with Somali Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khayre, RSF urged the rapid adoption of a national mechanism to protect and secure journalists. Somalia continues to be Africa’s deadliest country for journalists, with more than 50 killed in the past ten years. But efforts have nonetheless been made to combat impunity in recent years. A police officer who shot a journalist dead at a checkpoint was convicted in absentia and given a prison sentence. Two soldiers were discharged from the army for mistreating reporters. And, in response to a request from the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ), a court has just ordered the attorney-general’s office to investigate the more than 50 murders of journalist that remain unpunished. February 24, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RF) calls on the Somali federal authorities to quickly declare a moratorium on arrests of journalists, which have surged in recent weeks. The steps taken to combat impunity for violence against journalists need to be accompanied by strong measures to reduce the number of arrests, RSF said. Follow the news on Somalia RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists RSF_en January 8, 2021 Find out more News March 2, 2021 Find out more SomaliaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment July 3, 2020 Somalia: Already 20 journalists arrested in the first half of 2020 Help by sharing this information center_img RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Somalia is ranked 163rd out of 180 countries and territories in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. SomaliaAfrica Condemning abusesProtecting journalists ImprisonedFreedom of expressionJudicial harassment Organisation Journalists at a press conference addressed by the Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia. Mogadishu, March 15, 2016. AMISOM Photo / Ilyas Ahmed Receive email alerts News With 20 arrests of journalists since the start of the year, including five in June alone, Somalia arrests more reporters than almost any other country in sub-Saharan Africa. Only the Democratic Republic of Congo has conducted more arrests of journalists in the past six months. to go furtherlast_img read more

Political broadcasts banned before elections

first_imgNews Receive email alerts February 16, 2021 Find out more News News Democratic Republic of Congo’s journalists are finding it harder and harder to work because of threats and censorship of political debate. Media freedom is being undermined by political tension linked to local elections and to uncertainty surrounding the 2016 presidential election. June 17, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Political broadcasts banned before elections The tension has been fuelled by the government’s announcement of a constitutional reform before the presidential election. The opposition fears that President Joseph Kabila wants to run for a third term, which is prohibited under the constitution as it stands.Journalists have been among the leading victims of the tension. Some have been threatened by gunmen for broadcasting undesired interviews or for reporting corruption allegations. Some have even had to go into hiding.In Likasi, in the southeastern province of Katanga, Mulongo wa Kabikuyu, the head of the city’s communication and media service, imposed censorship on local community and religious medias on 12 June, announcing a ban on any broadcasts of a political nature although local elections are going to be held in the region.“We call on the authorities to guarantee freedom of expression and to protect journalists, so that they are able to make their contribution to the democratic debate,” said Virginie Dangles, deputy head of research and advocacy at Reporters Without Borders. “We also urge the authorities in Likasi to lift the ban on political broadcasts announced on 12 June.” Frequent threats As well as the Likasi ban, there have been other violations of freedom of expression in recent days.The NGO Journalist in Danger reported on 6 June that the homes of two journalists based in Kiriba in the far-eastern province of South Kivu, David Munyaga and Bienvenu Malega of Radio Ondes FM, were visited by armed men suspected of being Burundian soldiers, who threatened their families. The two journalists have been living in hiding ever since.Journalists with Radio Liberté, a radio station based in the north-central city of Basoko, were reportedly threatened by Dido Bilali, a Congolese army non-commissioned officer on 10 June in connection with a series of interviews it broadcast on 5 June about Bilali’s alleged abuses. Gen. Jean-Claude Kifwa, a senior army officer, denied Radio Liberté’s claims when contacted by Reporters Without Borders. “All that is false, totally false,” he said.Finally, Reporters Without Borders learned on 11 June that a journalist in the western city of Bandundu has repeatedly been threatened with arrest by members of the National Intelligence Agency (ARN). According to the Observatory of Media Freedom in Africa (OLPA), Bandundu province governor Jean Kamisendu ordered the journalist’s arrest after he accused the governor of embezzling 11 million Congolese francs in a programme broadcast by RTVS1 on 30 May.Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked 151st out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Help by sharing this information Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica News Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo February 24, 2021 Find out more RSF_en February 18, 2021 Find out more Organisation Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma to go further Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarianlast_img read more

Law alters vehicle license processs

first_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Law alters vehicle license processs Latest Stories When the new immigration law went into effect on Thursday, the Pike County Probate Office was prepared to do what had to be done to comply with the law, as Allen had said that it would be.“It really wasn’t as bad as we thought,” Allen said. “The only difference that the new immigration law made was that it added a minute or two to each transaction. The biggest impact was on car tags.”Each individual purchasing a tag must present their driver’s license and expiration date and the clerks punch the information into the ALVerify system. The site then checks the information against the Alabama Department of Public Safety’s driver’s license database to verify the information, and returns a confirmation number if the information exists in the database. “There were a few little glitches as it is with anything,” Allen said. “The biggest was when two names were on the vehicle registration or when a wife wanted to purchase a tag for her husband’s vehicle or vice versa.” By The Penny Hoarder Book Nook to reopen In both cases, the driver’s license number and expiration date for both parties had to be provided.“Both individuals don’t have to be present but we do have to have both driver’s license numbers and the expiration dates,” Allen said. “These numbers and dates will be verified and attached to the registration.”Another glitch has been when a woman has changed her name through marriage or divorce.“If the name is not the same as on the registration form, then that makes the process more time consuming,” Allen said. “But we have been able to work through any problems that we’ve had.” The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Published 8:11 am Tuesday, October 4, 2011 Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Sole owner businesses and partnerships must show the identification requirements set by the new immigration law but corporations, LLCs and LLPs are exempt.Allen said the new immigration law is a learning curve and the probate office is doing all that it can to handle the new regulations as efficiently as possible.“We do want to educate people about the option to purchase their vehicle tags by mail,” he said. “It’s a simple process. The probate office sends notification by mail. All that has to be done is send a check by return mail and make sure to include your driver’s license number and the expiration date. We’ll verify it and mail the tag sticker back to you. The mail-in option saves time and gas and gas isn’t cheap.”Allen said everyone is invited to visit the probate office website at pikeprobate.com. You Might Like Swearing-in Former police chiefs Anthony Everage, left, and Grady Reeves, right, take part in the pinning ceremony during Friday morning’s swearing-in… read more A federal judge’s decision last week that left Alabama’s strict new immigration law largely intact is having an immediate impact on Pike County citizens who are registering new vehicles, applying for licenses and purchasing vehicle tags.Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen said the new immigration law requires any person who is entering into a business transaction with the state or political subdivision to demonstrate United States citizenship.“This can be done by showing one’s driver’s license, passport or birth certificate,” Allen said. “And, it does not have to be the original passport or birth certificate. It can be a copy.” Skip Around the WebDoctor: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Health VideosIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthBet You’re Pretty Curious About Jaden’s Net Worth Right About Now, HuhBradofoThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Severe weather threatens central US, while major warmup comes to East

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Much of the country is seeing a rather quiet weather weekend. In the wake of a frontal system, much of the Midwest and parts of the Northeast are seeing a chilly spring Sunday morning. Temperatures are in the 20s and 30s in parts of the Great Lakes and Ohio River Valley.However, the quiet weather will turn more turbulent this week as a system moving through the Northwest Sunday morning heads toward the central U.S. in the coming days. The pattern change will bring several days of potentially significant severe weather in the central U.S. It will also spread spring warmth across nearly two-thirds of the nation from Texas to New England.The weather pattern makes a multiday severe weather event likely across the middle of the country. The first round of damaging winds, large hail and brief tornadoes comes on Monday from western Texas to southern South Dakota, including Dodge City, Sioux Falls and Amarillo.On Tuesday, the activity moves into the Central Plains. An increased risk for severe weather is already being predicted for parts of Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. A slight risk for severe weather exists from Oklahoma to Iowa. While damaging winds and large hail are the main threat, tornadoes remain possible.The potential for severe weather ramps up on Wednesday over much of Oklahoma and Kansas. Storms on Wednesday could be particularly strong, with a few tornadoes possible — some of which could be strong. Oklahoma City; Wichita, Kansas; and the Kansas City metro areas are all at risk. While some details remain uncertain, it appears increasingly likely that a significant tornado threat will exist in this region by midweek.Temperatures rise above averageMeanwhile, ahead of the system, very warm air will surge northward all the way to the Canadian border. Temperatures are on the rise already on Sunday morning for the entire Northern Plains, with temperatures nearing 80 degrees or higher all the way to North Dakota. From Denver to North Platte, Nebraska to Rapid City, South Dakota, temperatures are nearly 10 to 15 degrees above average for this time of the year.By Tuesday, the warm weather will cover nearly two-thirds of the country. Temperatures in parts of the Great Lakes, Midwest and mid-Atlantic — including Chicago, Detroit, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia — will be around 10 degrees above average. This will be the start of several warm days for the Northeast, with plenty of sunshine.With the warmth building during the midweek, it will suddenly feel like summertime in the Northeast by Thursday and Friday. The temperatures could be almost 90 degrees for parts of the I-95 corridor. This is the warmest air mass much of this region has seen since August and September 2017.High temperatures on both days will likely be nearly 20 degrees above average.After weeks of dealing with cool weather, temperatures in the Northeast won’t even drop below the typical afternoon average by the end of the week. Overnight lows in the mid- to upper-60s are likely by the end of the week.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more