DES MOINES — The Iowa Senate has approved legislation designed to address difficult and violent student behavior in Iowa schools. Senator Amy Sinclair, a Republican from Allerton, said the problem is more widespread than many imagine.“This bill is truly about creating a safe learning space for all students and all teachers,” Sinclair said.Senator Julian Garrett, a Republican from Indianola, said disruptive students are causing big problems in Iowa schools.“We heard about teachers who were really having problems,” Garrett said, “….some even thinking about quitting….because of the stress of these situations.”All 50 senators voted for the bill. However, Democrats like Senator Liz Mathis of Cedar Rapids complained more money is needed to address mental health and other needs to students now, before they wind up in the criminal justice system.“The clock is ticking,” Mathis said. “We need to get serious about this.”Senator Jackie Smith, a Democrat from Sioux City, said it’s become clear some of Iowa’s youngest students lack the social and emotional skills necessary to function in a classroom.“The largest percentage of removals for behaviors has occurred in grades K-through-2,” Smith said. “It’s gone up 82 percent.”Smith said universal preschool would help.Parents have complained teachers trying to calm a disruptive student have had to resort to clearing classrooms of all the other students. The bill makes it clear that is not the option schools should be choosing on a regular basis. The legislation would set up a new state grant program for schools to establish “therapeutic” classrooms for disruptive students. The bill also includes new liability protections for teachers who have to use “reasonable force” to restrain a student.
The traditional leaders of Liberia, under the wise leadership of their Chairman, Chief Zanzan Kawor, have come out in full force to reject the idea of a “Christian state” being part of the impending 2017 referendum. During a two-day meeting at the Monrovia City Hall last week, the traditional leaders called on Liberians to reject Proposition 24 being included in the ensuing referendum. Proposition 24 proposes that Liberia should be declared a “Christian state.” The Chiefs and Elders declared that the Founding Fathers in 1847 placed in the Constitution that Liberia was to remain a secular state. This was even though the Fathers from America were all Christian. They realized that Islam had been here over a hundred years before they (the Founding Fathers) got here in 1822.Indeed, history records that when the settlers from America started having trouble over land they had purchased from the Bassa and Dey chiefs, it was the leader from Bopolu, Sao Boso, then known as Chief Boatswain, who intervened and forced these chiefs to honor their land sale to the colonists. Sao Boso was a Muslim leader, founder of the Condo Confederation, which collapsed following his death in 1837.Chief Varney Jallah of Gbarpolu County, from which Sao Boso hailed, told last week’s Traditional Leaders meeting, “If the pioneers had wanted to make Liberia a Christian state, they would have done it. They did not, and it is now too late for that. As traditional leaders, we are responsible for the Liberian people and we are the real owners of the land and we say we don’t want Liberia to be labeled a Christian nation,” Chief Varney Jallah added. Cultural Ambassador Julie Endee told the meeting, “No matter whether we are Christian or Muslim, we must show respect to one another in order to promote peace in the country.”Traditional Leader Zanzan Kawor told the meeting that most of them, unlike many Liberians, have “no Green Cards” that would enable those who possess them to run to America if trouble comes to Liberia. As a result, he declared, “we cannot sit supinely and wait for our country to be thrown into trouble.” Recalling the April 14, 1979 Rice Riots that threw Liberia into chaos, leading to the 1980 coup d’état and the civil war, Chief Haji Sombai of Grand Cape Mount County urged the young people of Liberia, some of whom are threatening demonstrations against the government, to listen to the traditional leaders and work with them to maintain the peace. “Whatever be our youths’ grievances, we can handle them for the sake of peace,” said Chief Sombai. The Chairman of the Nimba Chiefs and Elders, Chief Peter Barloun, also called on the young people to complain to them (the Traditional Leaders) for redress of their concerns.Just as the Daily Observer indicated in its Thursday, March 10 Editorial, most of the Traditional Leaders said Proposition 24 “is not what Liberians need to develop their country.”The Traditional Leaders who met at the Monrovia City Hall included those from the entire southeastern Liberia—Grand Gedeh, River Gee, Grand Kru, Maryland and Sinoe counties, as well as those from Rivercess and Grand Bassa counties.Sheik Abubakar Kamara of Lofa County, who is also Chairman of the National Muslim Council of Liberia, said it was unfortunate that some people are telling us that we should all be called “Christians” instead of Liberians. It is hard to recall any idea that has been advanced on the national scene that is more divisive than this ‘Christian state’ idea. The people who are proposing such an idea are totally ignoring the rise of Islamic militancy not only in the Middle East but around the world. And they think that BokoHaram’s murderous attacks on Nigeria is a joke. For true? Are they (the advocates of a ‘Christian state’) aware that Boko Haram has now spread its murderous attacks to Cameroon, Chad and Niger?Did these ‘Christian state’ advocates miss what happened in La Cote d’Ivoire last week, when a Sahara Desert Islamic sect, AQIM, attacked the plush touristic site, Grand Bassam, only 50 kilometers east of Abidjan? Did they also forget that hotels in Burkina Fasa and Mali have also recently come under attack?Today, as there has been since the founding of the Liberian republic, peaceful coexistence has subsisted between the people practicing the world’s two great religions—Christianity and Islam. Who in his right mind would want to change that, especially in this dangerous era of widening and increasingly brutal and murderous militancy taking place around the world in the name of Islam?We pray that other groups around the country, including major churches, the Liberia Council of Churches (LCC), the National Student Christian Council (NSCC), the Young Men’s and Young Women’s Christian Associations (YM and YW CAs) and other credible institutions will add their voices to the campaign to rid us of this dangerously menacing idea of a ‘Christian state’ in Liberia. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CMS shot 72.6 percent (53-for-73) from the field while Redlands shot 35.8 percent (34-for-95), including 21-for-61 from three-point range. Redlands (4-7, 0-1) was led by Amir Mazarei with 20 points and Carson Sofro with 15 points. Ryan Hall was the Bulldogs’ leading rebounder with 10. VICTOR VALLEY MEN’S BASKETBALL Shooting guard Shean Giordano scored 11 points, including three three-pointers, to lead the Rams (8-11, 2-1) past Rio Hondo in Foothill League play. Victor Valley showed a balanced attack as five players scored in double figures. Maurice Andrews and Andrew Ellis matched Giordano’s effort as they also contributed 11 points apiece. Brandon Henderson and Kevin Morrow each had 10 points and six rebounds on the night while Kegan Hoover scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds in the win. Victor Valley led 40-33 at halftime and never trailed in the second half. Victor Valley faces College of the Desert at 7 p.m. Saturday to continue Foothill Conference play. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita Six players scored in double figures as Miles Taylor led the way with 24 points for Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in a 124-97 win Wednesday over host Redlands in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference opener for both teams. The Stags (7-5, 1-0) also got 21 points from Emanuel Maceira, 18 from Craig Borengasser, 16 from John Parsons and 11 from Dan Winterbottom. Parsons recorded a triple-double, grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out 10 assists.
The girls at their audition in Dublin.Two young Donegal girls have been chosen to be the stars of supermarket giant LIDL’s Christmas advertising campaign.Jessica Shiels (Letterkenny), daughter of Keith and Eimear Shiels and Lilah Hamilton (Ramelton), daughter of Lisa and Glen Hamilton are both students of the Karen Gorman Academy of Speech & Drama and Casting Agency.Both girls, aged 4, were selected to take part in auditions in Dublin on Monday last. And they will now travel to Dublin this Tuesday again for the photoshoot which will see them feature in the national campaign, outdoors, at point of sales and in the Lidl brochure!They were awarded the parts after outstanding performance at audition where they impressed representatives of the production company.Karen Gorman Casting has also been involved in campaigns for Mc Donald’s and Airtricity to name a few.The campaign will run nationally for a 3 month period. The girls will be coming to a poster near you very soon!DONEGAL GIRLS, AGED 4, CHOSEN TO BE FACES OF LIDL CHRISTMAS ADVERTS! was last modified: September 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Karen Gorman AcademyLIDL
It’s showtime at the Kelly’s Toyota dealerships in Letterkenny and Mountcharles, as they get ready to showcase their fantastic 2014 model line-up from the 21st-25th of May. There will also be a range of fun activities in dealerships for all the family to enjoy. In addition, every Toyota passenger vehicle ordered or registered before May 31st comes with 3 years free servicing, 3 years vehicle warranty and 3 years Roadside Assistance.Toyota now has the most extensive range of new models available from any manufacturer in Ireland including the all-new Corolla, Auris Touring Sports, Prius+, RAV4, Verso and Proace models.Renowned for value, design, high levels of specification, and exceptional build quality, Toyota has also been recently revealed by Cartell.ie (Ireland’s largest official vehicle record company) as having the highest resale value of any car brand in Ireland.IT’S SHOWTIME AS KELLY’S TOYOTA GET READY TO SHOWCASE ITS 2014 LINE-UP was last modified: May 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BusinessCountyDealershipsdonegalKelly’s ToyotaNationwidenewsPromotionshowcaseShowtime
Insurance costs are a key concern for Donegal motorists as they are faced with rising premiums in 2017, according to the latest motoring report.The 2017 Carzone Motoring report found that Donegal motorists say that insurance is their main financial concern, with 95% saying they noticed a rise in their insurance premium in the last year.Fuel was the second biggest concern followed by road tax and costs associated with the NCT. The Carzone Motoring Report is compiled by analysing data from the 67 million searches carried out on Carzone in the first five months of 2017, as well as an in-depth survey of 2,647 Irish motorists and a cross section of car retailers in Ireland.A look at trends highlights the continued rise in used car sales in Ireland as people upgrade their car more regularly. Over a quarter (28%) of Donegal motorists said that they change their car every five years. When changing their car, 15% of drivers from Donegal tend to stick with the same marque.Which brand?The Volkswagen Golf remains the most searched for model on Carzone. However, jumping a massive six places to second place in this year’s report is the new-shape Mercedes-Benz E Class. Premium car marques remain a firm favourite with Irish motorists with the BMW 5 Series, the Audi A6 and the Audi A4 all featuring in the top 6. Although electric and hybrid cars make up a smaller portion of searches on the site, interest in these cars has significantly increased in the first five months of 2017. The Nissan Leaf is the most searched for electric car on Carzone while the Toyota Auris takes the top spot in the hybrid stakes.Diesel or Petrol?The report finds that Donegal dwellers are more likely to drive a diesel car than petrol (63%) and of those, 63% would purchase a diesel car in the future. Women are also more likely to drive a petrol car than men (43% v 16 %).Embracing the futureThe report indicates that Donegal motorists are embracing technology as a third say they would happily be a passenger in a self-driving car and nearly half (48%) believe that autonomous driving will happen in their lifetime 95% of Donegal motorists hit with insurance cost hikes in 2017 – Report was last modified: July 4th, 2017 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
17 April 2008The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Library are to reprint out-of-print indigenous language books in an bid to reduce literacy and promote the culture of reading and writing, and is calling on the public to help identify worthwhile books.“We humbly call upon all teachers, lecturers, librarians, publishers, authors and all people interested in our indigenous literature to assist us in identify these books,” said National Library spokesperson Rhulani Bila.“The government is committed to the vision of reducing illiteracy and promoting the culture of reading and writing in the country.”The books should have been published between the years 1900-1990 in languages including isiXhosa, isiZulu, isiNdebele, siSwati, seSotho, seTswana, sePedi, tshiVenda and Xitsonga.The department, as the custodian of the nation’s heritage, has a mandate of contributing to this national agenda through development, promotion and preservation of languages and literature.The National Library, for its part, is mandated by the National Library of South Africa Act to be the custodian and provider of the nation’s key knowledge resources and to collect and preserve published documents and make them accessible to the public.“We ensure that knowledge is not lost to posterity and that information is available for research,” the National Library website states.“The National Library’s collections contain a wealth of information, and include rare manuscripts, books published in South Africa, periodicals, government publications, official foreign publications, maps, technical reports, Africana and newspapers.”Many of the above are available on CD or microfilm, in digital format or accessible online.Interested members of the public are encouraged to participate in nominating books for the project and send in a brief synopsis of an indigenous language book that might be considered as a classic.Nominations can be made before 30 April by visiting the National Library website, emailing Rhulani Bila or phoning (012)401 9753.
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8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts In a Beet.tv interview posted yesterday, Wikimedia deputy director Erik Moller gave a few clues as to the Foundation’s train of thought when it comes to video editing and distribution.In the interview clips, included below, Moller hints at the site’s upcoming suite of editing tools and sharing options. He compares video to text and image content, subtextually posing the question: If other kinds of non-video content are so easy to grab, remix, and reuse, why not video, too?“The typical video that we see on the web is basically a black box format in a Flash container. I can’t easily manipulate it; I need to buy proprietary tools to really do things with it or even to rebroadcast it.” All these factors go harshly against the free-as-in-beer, Creative Commons grain of Wikipedia/Wikimedia, so it should come as no surprise that the Foundation’s video player and tools are to represent a dramatic shift from current web video standards.Although videos have been part of the Wikimedia stable for a couple years through the open-source Ogg Theora format, the offering has been limited. Now, however, a Firefox 3.5 plugin called Firefogg will allow for server-side transcoding to the Ogg format. In addition to allowing for downloading and editing, the Ogg format also consumes significantly fewer resources during video playback.Of course, any open-source technology that makes information free (both free-as-in-beer and free-as-in-free-to-move-about-the-Internet) is not without controversy. The Ogg codec’s role in HTML 5 is of particular interest to those concerned with the evolution of web-based video.Of particular interest to those concerned with the evolution of content ownership, however, is the Foundation’s proposal, as stated by Moller, to allow users to “take a video, to crop it, to edit it, to take different assets and mix them into a single video – not just video… a text slide or… a slide show. You can mix videos, tag them with audio, obviously. So we want to build a completely open standards-based environment that people can use to remix video.”As we reported last month, when news of the new player was breaking, hundreds of thousands of public domain videos from sources such as the Internet Archive and Metavid will be available in the new format.The editing tools to be made available later this year are led and funded by open source video company Kaltura. Moller also revealed to Beet.tv that Wikimedia is looking for a CDN partner to ensure streaming video performance. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… jolie odell Tags:#Video Services#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
By Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhDIn 2013, over 105,000 children and youth with a deployed parent participated in Operation: Military Kids (OMK). This program involves a partnership between the Army and 4-H, as well as collaborations with other national, state, and local groups. Participation might include attending a camp for children who have a deployed parent, social events, or learning leadership skills.Family readiness is a big part of a successful deployment for the military. A unique partnership with the 4-H helps bridge the gap for children of deployed service-members. Includes sound bites from Theresa Ferrari, Sonia Elviro and Mark Wilson. (Retrieved from: DVIDS, http://www.dvidshub.net/video/122251/operation-military-kids-hero-camp#.VHN-zNAo7cs)This post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.