School Names in Broward May Be Changed Due to Potential Racism

first_imgMore than 10,000 people have signed the online petitions.Osgood says the strict district does not have to wait for the city to take action, or to hold public discussions about a potential name change.“We have to lead by example,” she explains. “We can’t march and protest and say we publicly oppose racism and not address policies” that allow racially offensive school names to exist, she said.School Board Chairwoman Donna Korn agrees that the school district’s action can be separate from anything the city of Plantation does.“Every city doesn’t necessarily have a school named after it,” according to Korn. “Regardless of what the city does, we can determine what our community is looking for when it comes to naming schools.”Plantation Mayor Lynn Stoner says the issue of changing the city’s name was mentioned in a recent online town hall, but she has not received a formal petition to change the name.Such a change would need to go before voters in a referendum, and the earliest that could happen would be 2022.Stoner adds that she has received several emails on the subject, and they are running about 10 to 1 against changing the city’s name.Those opposed to the change are telling her the city was named for a company, not a slave plantation.“People see it as a community. They don’t even remotely have that suggestion that it means something different,” she says.The city was formed in 1953, “well after that time” of the old Confederacy, according to the mayor, “But whoever submits a proposal, we’ll be happy to review it and submit to the council for open discussion with the public.”As for changing school names, “no one at the school district has called me or expressed their concern or asked what I think,” Stoner claims. The Broward School Board is considering whether to change the names of several schools that could be viewed as racist, including five that are named after the city of Plantation.A discussion, scheduled for a workshop at 10 a.m. this Tuesday, follows an online petition to change the name of the city of Plantation itself.The name derives from the Everglades Plantation Co., which owned some of the fruit and rice fields where the central Broward city is now situated.However, some say it also conjures up images of slave plantations.Officials say the school names could change regardless of whether the city’s name name does.Five district schools contain the city’s name. They are: Plantation High, South Plantation High, Plantation Middle, Plantation Elementary and Plantation Park Elementary.School Board member Rosalind Osgood, who requested the discussion, said that while Plantation is the focus, she is also open to reviewing any school names that have “any racial undertones or any type of connotation that causes hurt for a group of people.”That could incorporate a discussion on whether to change schools’ names with Broward in them.The county was named after Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, who served as Florida’s governor in the early 1900s.He was known for draining the Everglades, although Osgood described him as “the racist governor” due to his segregationist views.A statue of Broward was removed from the county courthouse three years ago.Efforts to change the name of the city of Plantation have gained support in light of protests against racial injustice following the May police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.Juneteenth and Emancipation Day in Florida— City of Plantation (@PlantationFLA) June 19, 2020last_img read more

Authorities find mummified remains while investigating sexual abuse case

first_imgOfficials in Newark, New Jersey are reporting that they found mummified remains inside of an apartment while investigating a suspect who was accused of sexually abusing a child.Authorities say they went to the home of Robert Williams after receiving allegations that he sexually abused a 12- to 13-year-old boy over several months, but during their investigation, they found an altar with mummified human remains that seemed to have been used in some sort of religious ceremony.Investigators say they found a head, part of an arm, and a torso dressed in a necktie and suit jacket in a plastic bin in Williams closet.Prosecutor Michael Morris told a judge Monday that Williams a danger to society and requested that he be held pending the trial.Williams public defender argued, however, that Williams should be released on home confinement and electronic monitoring and added that Williams has lived in the neighborhood for over 18 years and only has disorderly person offense on his record nearly 10 years ago.The judge noted that Williams’ alleged crimes carry a presumption of detention.Williams next court date is scheduled for Sept. 16.last_img read more

Something missing after Nationals for Locke boys

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsIt’s like coming up short in the Stanley Cup race for the Canucks, not winning the KIJHL Championship for the Leafs or the Nelson Bantams returning home without the B.C. Bantam Tier III Hockey crown.Anything less than achieving the pre-season goal is always a disappointment.That’s the way Julien Locke felt after competing at the 2011 Haywood Canadian Cross Country Ski Nationals last month in Canmore, Alta.Despite winning the 1100-meter sprint for the second year in a row and turning in some solid races, there was something bittersweet about the 2011 meet for the Nelson Nordic Ski Club turned Black Jack skier after he was held out of the overall medals, finishing fourth in the Junior Boy’s Division.“Overall I am not satisfied with Nationals,” Locke lamented following the national meet. “I was hoping for a lot more in the distance races and I was feeling very good in my preparation until one week before when I got a bad cold.”Locke, and brother Peter, had trained all summer, worked the training trails throughout the season and attended the necessary meets to get ready for Nationals.However, the ski Gods had something else planned for Locke come the middle of March. “My distance racing had been getting much stronger through out the season and I was excited to race at Nationals as all of the races were good ones for me,” explained the 17-year-old skier. “I raced hard but I guess (the cold left me) not in very good shape.”“It was satisfying to win the sprint for the second year in a row and I am happy with how I raced that day,” he added.However, winning the race didn’t quite happen according to Hoyle.There was a crash during the final stage of the race that forced Locke, despite putting on an incredible run at the end, to finish second.But after further review, the judges disqualified original winner Stefan Sander Green of Kimberley allowing Locke to grab the gold medal.The judging committed ruled Green had tripped Ezekiel Williams of Quebec on the final hill.The weeklong competition started off with the Skate Team Sprint Relay.Peter and Julien skied together, finishing fourth in the Junior Division.“I had good races this day and was happy with fourth place,” Peter Locke said. “Julien and I don’t do many team sprints so we were not great in the transition area but it is a really fun type of race.”“This is by far the best I have ever done at nationals so I was very happy,” added Peter Locke.The next race was the 10-kilometer Skate. Peter Locke managed to get the better of his brother, placing 10th overall.“I had a really good race this day. It was a really hilly, steep course, which suits me well,” he said.Not so well for Julien.“The 10km skate was downright terrible,” he said. “I started off a very conservative pace (Canmore is high altitude so you have to go out slower than usual) with the plan of picking it up as the race went on. “Right from the start my legs felt tired, but I was confident that they would feel better as the race went on. Unfortunately they never improved.”The same held true for the 7.5-km Classic.Peter finished ninth and Julien struggled again, taking 13th overall.In the final race, the 15-km Skate Mass Start, Julien took sixth while Peter finished 50th.“I had a decent 15-km skate,” Julien said. “I wasn’t feeling 100 per cent and my shape still wasn’t perfect but I raced well tactically and overall, it went quite well.”“I was hoping for more than sixth and I think I could have been higher up but considering my first two distance races this week, I am getting fast again.” “In the long skate race I did not race very well,” Peter confessed. “I started out well and was in the lead group until we got to the first major climb. Usually climbing is my strong point so I planned to move up to the front of the pack and pick up the pace. The Locke boys still have one more competition this past week in Sun Valley, Idaho — US Super Tour Final.“We will be racing in the Open category so the competition will be really, really tough.” [email protected]last_img read more

ONE roundup: Tatsumitsu gets ONE flyweight GP date vs Demetrious Johnson

first_imgEthel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Wada (21-10) is eight inches taller than the 4-foot-11 Balart (8-2) and he used his striking to great effect to earn some points in the minds’ of the judges especially in the second and third rounds.Although Balart scored a massive takedown in third round, Wada was able to land some stiff straights to maintain his control.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWada will next face Demetrious Johnson in the semifinals of the Flyweight Grand Prix.Meanwhile, Brazil’s Leandro Issa submitted China’s Fu Changxin via arm bar 3:03 into the first round of their fight. The Thai fighter was also the aggressor between the two consistently landing the stiffer kicks and dodging Momotaro’s headkicks.Bi Nguyen scored a quick technical knockout victory over Dwi Ani Retno Wulan 3:55 into the first round of their atomweight bout.The KillerHer Bee (5-3) bounced back from her loss to Jayme Hinshaw back in July of 2018 and also chalked up her first fight in ONE under the win column.Wulan, meanwhile, dropped to 1-1 with both of her fights happening under the ONE banner.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Gustavo Galart vs Tatsumitsu Wada in ONE World Flyweight Grand Prix. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Japan’s Tatsumitsu Wada escaped with the unanimous decision win over Cuba’s Gustavo Balart to advance to the ONE World Flyweight Grand Prix in the ONE: Roots of Honor card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Balart had early control of the match cutting open a wound above Wada’s left eye but the Japanese managed to recover and used his striking to neutralize the Cuban.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PBA semis: On a cold-shooting night, Rain or Shine draws first blood vs Magnolia DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With 10 seconds left, both fighters threw out all defensive planning and landed shot after shot but Topic got a little too excited and landed a couple more blows after the final bell.China’s Xie Bin submitted Afghan Ahmad Qais Jasoor in their bantamweight clash.Xie (6-2) applied the D’arce choke midway through the second round and Jasoor (5-2) was forced to tap out 2:27 into the period.“This is what I want to do, this is what I can do, this is what I trained to do, the D’arce choke, said Xie who his sixth straight fight.Singapore’s Niko Soe had a complete turnaround and earned the victory against Indonesia’s Eko Roni Saputra.Saputra had the initial advantage in their flyweight fight scoring a single-leg takedown early in the round.Soe, however, got into standing position and landed a sharp right elbow to Saputra’s forehead cutting open the Indonesian.The referee called for the doctor but the wound was too big to be closed in time giving Soe the win 3:03 into the fight.In the ONE Super Series, Thailand’s Lerdsila Phuket Top Team earned then convincing unanimous decision win over Japan’s Momotaro.Phuket Top Team relied mostly on his body kicks that Momotaro continuously absorbed throughout the fight. Leandro Issa Vs Fu Chang Xin in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIssa (17-7) is a natural bantamweight while Fu (8-2) is registered as a featherweight and the two fighters met at a catchweight of 149 lbs.The Brazilian had early control of the match and his brutal arm bar was just the punctuation to his dominance.Issa has now won four of his last five fights including this bounce back victory after losing to Muin Gafurov in October of 2018. Fu saw his five-fight winning streak get snapped.In the ONE Super Series kickboxing, Andrei Stoica scored a tough unanimous decision win over Ibrahim El Bouni in the light heavyweight division.Andres Stoica vs Ibrahim El Bouni in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoth fighters were aggressive throughout the second and third rounds but El Bouni suffered an unintentional eye poke late in the final round.ADVERTISEMENT Despite the late stoppage, Stoica was able to earn the nod of all three judges.In one of the thrilling matches of the night, James Nakashima recovered from Luis Santos’ constant striking and earned a technical knockout win 56 seconds into the second round of their welterweight bout.The United States’ Nakashima (11-0) won his first stoppage with his previous 10 wins all ending via the judges’ decision while Santos, of Brazil, (65-12) lost two of his last three fights.James Nakashima vs Luis Santos in ONE: Roots of Honor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSantos and Nakashima had an awkward fall early in the second round and this lead to the Brazilian pulling his groin.With his health not at peak shape, Santos verbally told the referee that he couldn’t continue.Brazil’s Anderson Silva scored a quick knockout win over Australia’s in the heavyweight division for the ONE Super Series kickboxing event.Silva landed a stiff right hook that put Meunier to sleep 1:14 into the first round.In the third of the ONE Super Series bouts, Saemapetch Fairtex earned the majority decision win over Ognjen Topic.Fairtex was the more aggressive of the fighters landing the stiffer shots in the first two rounds but Topic managed to sneak in some blows in the third round. 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Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Increased Computer Access at Holy Trinity High School

first_imgHoly Trinity High School is on the way to improved academic results, with the assistance of technology, and teachers being able to “walk” with laptop computers for use in classes. Some 300 seventh graders will also benefit from 20 new Internet-enabled desktop computers, which have been installed in the school’s reading room. A total of 45 computers were formally handed over to the institution in Kingston, on Tuesday, March 12, by representatives of William Charter High School in Philadelphia, in the United States. Education Minister, Rev. the Hon. Ronald Thwaites, who witnessed the handing over, noted that the school was described in the past as falling behind, but is now leading the secondary school system in the improvement of Grade Seven Literacy. “If we do not deal with appropriate numeracy and literacy interventions at the Grade Seven level, we are courting failure at the higher grades…therefore young people, you’re being given a tremendous advantage – don’t watch where you come from – consider where you can be at the end of Grade Seven, so that you can be good students in any subject,” he told the students. The Minister emphasised that this is a “big opportunity” which can be duplicated in schools across the country. “We want to ensure that schools recognize the importance of not just taking in grade seven students and moving them through the system – but making the appropriate individual interventions. The technology that you have been given today, affords you the opportunity to do that,” he said. Principal, Margaret Bolt, welcomed the donation. “We really want to use technology to drive improvement in literacy and we also want to be able to assist our teachers to engage in using technology. Many times they don’t have the facility in their rooms. We have a lot of technical areas, and so the teachers want to be able to walk with the technology into the workshops,” she told JIS News. She explained that William Penn Charter High School has also made available two technical persons for installation, and to train the teachers in using the technology. The Grade Seven students use the reading room up to three times per week. Meanwhile, Manager of Technology and Network Services at William Penn Charter High, Paul Blackwood, said the collaboration came about from connection with the Principal years ago, while she was at another institution.“This is the first phase of what we are trying to do. The reading lab was in need of being refurbished, so that was our project to refurbish with desktop computers and then give the heads of department laptops, so they could become a mobile workforce,” he said.Mr. Blackwood further informed that e-mail accounts have been established for all members of the Holy Trinity faculty, with a view to creating accounts for all the students over time.“We believe that by having a presence and point of contact on the web, the stakeholders who want to be vested in the total development of the school will have that point of contact, and see that the school has a professional presence,” he said.The cost for the batch of computers is approximately US$10,000.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterslast_img read more

Feds begin payouts to informants for offshore tax intelligence

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal government has begun making payments to secret informants for intelligence that has so far brought in more than $19 million from offshore tax evaders.Newly released documents say the Canada Revenue Agency issued the first payments under its offshore tax informant program between April 2018 and the end of March this year.The program launched five years ago as part of the government’s efforts against international tax evasion.The revenue agency says it cannot disclose the specific amounts paid to informants, as that data could potentially reveal their identities.However, under the program, the reward is between five and 15 per cent of the federal tax collected in cases where the amount assessed and recouped exceeds $100,000.The new figures were recently presented to the House of Commons in response to written questions from New Democrat MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

BC Chamber of Commerce reports on the Budget 2019

first_imgThe BCCC shares the areas the Budget did not address issues identified by businesses;A commitment to a comprehensive review of the taxation system to make it fair and less cumbersome for businesses.A broad-based commitment to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. VANCOUVER, B.C. – The BC Chamber of Commerce (BCCC) reports the Budget 2019 leaves business concerns to the side by falling short on addressing fundamental issues that affect B.C. businesses.The BCCC share there were some small wins in the budget, yet the budget failed to address key issues such as global tax competitiveness, reduced business confidence, and a slumping investment in BC businesses.“Our 2018 Collective Perspective Survey showed that confidence in the BC economy is declining in 50% of BC businesses.  “Current tax rates are hurting our ability to compete globally,” says Val Litwin, CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. This budget didn’t adequately address productivity or competitiveness in a way that will grow our economy, create meaningful employment, and generate the revenues we need to sustain a healthy prosperous province and country,” Litwin says. The BCCC shares the areas the Budget did deliver in areas significant to BC Businesses;Multiple funding mechanisms to ensure that high-speed internet access is Canada-wide by 2030, with $1.7 billion specifically earmarked for rural, remote and Northern communities.$631.2 million to expand Work-Integrated-Learning (WIL) programs, with a view to create up to 20,000 new WIL opportunities outside of STEM-related fields.$150 million to create new partnerships between government and industry to create up to 20,000 new WIL opportunities.Multiple funding mechanisms to enhance apprentice programs in skilled trades.$3 billion in tax incentives through the SR&ED tax incentive to support business research and development (R&D) in Canada. The program provides a 35-per-cent refundable tax credit to eligible small and medium-sized businesses.center_img A renewed commitment to eliminating inter-provincial trade barriers and mobility.Support for SMEs to find new export opportunities and expand Canada’s ability to diversify its trade.A clear strategy to move the Trans Mountain pipeline forward, given the significant investment made by Canadian taxpayers.Budget 2019 proposals the BCCC share, require more consideration and details before determining the impact on businesses;The Budget identified funding programs to develop “regulatory roadmaps” to address stakeholder issues and irritants. While these efforts align with the BC Chamber’s interest in reducing the regulatory burden on Canadian businesses, the Budget proposals, unfortunately, maintain a lacklustre, made-by-government solution to a made-by-government problem.The new Canadian Training Credit and EI Training Support Benefits to support the up-skilling and re-skilling of Canadians align with the BC Chamber’s recommendations. However, the potential impact on small businesses remains unclear. The BC Chamber needs more information and wants to see a commitment that business is consulted.The Budget offered little new information regarding the national pharmacare plan. The BC Chamber supports focusing on the 10% of Canadians that are uninsured or underinsured and also supports the value of bulk drug purchasing to help British Columbians manage costs.The BC Chamber supports the Global Talent Stream program but would like to see a commitment from the program to bring skilled immigrants to rural communities, where they are often most needed.The BC Chamber network will continue to engage with Federal representatives to prioritize restoring a competitive tax structure, reducing regulatory burdens, and increasing access to skilled labour as critical priorities to maintain prosperity for all British Columbians.last_img read more

The price of silence

first_imgThe small municipal town of Pollachi in Tamil Nadu’s Coimbatore district has numerous first generation learners. It is easier to soft-target women in such a situation, as precisely has happened in the small town. The apprehension of few accused at the end of February brings more than a semblance of justice to the victims; it brings to highlight the prevalence of normalised sexual abuse of the vulnerable to appalling extents. This has snowballed into a major scandal with the emergence of local reports that at least a few hundred women in the town were victims of organised racket of sexual abuse, blackmail, and extortion. The reports state that just one survivor has filed a complaint despite that fact that many have confirmed on police helpline that they have suffered abuse, blackmail, and extortion at the hands of predators. The apparent reason for them not putting in a written complaint is the pervading culture of victim-shaming. Further, among the accused was a member of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (who was subsequently removed from the party), and Opposition parties allege that the case involves those much higher in the State’s ruling party leadership. What we see here is that the crumpled social fabric is losing focus from the issue at hand and instead, this incident is pushed towards unnecessary politicisation. The case was subsequently handed over to CBI upon the Governor’s consent, but this does not address the reasons that led to such disgrace. Also Read – A compounding difficulty Sexual abuse, assault, misconduct are much more prevalent than perceived but hardly spoken about due to social apathy in general for such things. The price of not speaking up is enormous – and is paid collectively. Young women from the town are expressly avoided for matrimonial consideration by neighbouring regions and communities. Apart from taking a toll on their self-esteem and self-worth, higher education of women is severely threatened. They are encouraged to enroll in correspondence courses instead of regular ones. This is a very retrograde trend whereby education is a mere formality or socially acceptable method of biding time (until marriage) and not valued for its intrinsic quality. If women are not free to go out and get education, they are virtually incapacitated to go out and do anything on their own. Legal intervention is only the first step in setting things right. Ultimately it is a social issue that must be addressed by a concerned civil society. Silence must be actively discouraged. Survivors must be supported.last_img read more