A profile of CFC alumni and company cofounders Damon DOliveira and Clement

first_img(L-R): Sharon Lewis, Clark Johnson, Clement Virgo, Rachel Crawford, Damon D’Oliveira and Karen King at the world premiere of ‘Rude’ at Cannes. On March 22, 2017 in Los Angeles, the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) will present the fourth annual CFC Award for Creative Excellence to Damon D’Oliveira, Clement Virgo and their production company, Conquering Lion Pictures, for creating a compelling body of high-impact work.From the start, Conquering Lion Pictures has been committed to telling stories rich with diverse perspectives and voices. Their films have been selected for international film festivals like Cannes, Berlin, Sundance, London and Toronto. Past credits include Poor Boy’s Game (2007), starring Danny Glover, Lie With Me (2005) and Rude (1995).In 2015 they adapted The Book of Negroes, a national bestselling novel by Lawrence Hill, into a six-part television miniseries. Co-written by Hill and Virgo, it starred Aunjanue Ellis, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lou Gossett Jr., Ben Chaplin, Jane Alexander and Lyriq Bent. In addition to Conquering Lion Pictures, The Book of Negroes was also produced by Out of Africa Entertainment, Entertainment One (eOne) and Idlewild Films. Its world premiere was as the Opening Night Selection at MIPCOM 2014, before debuting to record-breaking numbers on CBC in January 2015, followed by its premiere in the U.S. on BET in February 2015. It won 12 Canadian Screen Awards in 2016, the NAACP Award for best mini-series, and was nominated for two TV Critics Choice Awards and a Peabody Award among a multitude of other honours. Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Read on to learn more about their history of collaboration and what’s next for this dynamic duo.Formative Years D’Oliveira and Virgo first met at the CFC in the summer of 1991, the inaugural year of the CFC’s Summer Lab initiative. They were invited to participate in the Film Residency Program, with D’Oliveira arriving for the Producers’ Lab and Virgo, the Writers’ Lab. They went on to produce the highly stylized, provocative and award-winning short film, Save My Lost Nigga’ Soul, through the CFC’s Short Film Program. Virgo wrote and directed the film, D’Oliveira produced it, and Save My Lost Nigga’ Soul went on to win Best Short Film prizes at the Toronto, Fespaco and Chicago International Film Festivals, launching them both onto the international film stage.Encouraged by the CFC’s then-executive director Wayne Clarkson, both men joined CFC Features, out of which came their first feature, Rude, in 1995. It premiered at Cannes as an Official Selection in the Un Certain Regard Programme.D’Oliveira recalls that when he and Virgo met at the CFC in 1991, they were part of an “incredible room of people, including Mina Shum, Stephen Williams, Joan Jenkinson, Rob Adetuyi and Beatrice Mosionier.” When he learned Virgo was working on a screenplay of the then-titled Rude Boy, which would eventually become Rude, D’Oliveira adds: “It was one of the best things I had read in my young career, with a voice I had not really seen in Canadian film before.”Both men came to Canada when they were 11 years old; Virgo from Jamaica and D’Oliveira, Guyana. As Virgo reflects, “We both had to leave our parents to come to Canada, so we had a similar background and history as immigrants.” When they started working together on Rude, “the story and the world that it took place in resonated with us both. That’s how we connected.” Conquering Lion Pictures was born when Rude was greenlit. The film also helped shape the company’s name; a majestic lion features prominently throughout the film. Also, because both men came from the Caribbean, where the Conquering Lion of Judah is associated with the Rastafari religious movement, they were drawn to the name “Conquering Lion” because, as Virgo suggests, it gave their fledgling company “good spiritual energy.”CONTINUE READING Twitterlast_img read more

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CREA reports June home sales down 107 from year ago but up

first_imgTORONTO – Canadian housing activity appears to be climbing out of its slump, but is still far from a rebound.The Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) said Monday sales in June were up 4.1 per cent compared with May, marking what the board described as the first “substantiative” month-over-month increase this year.However, the June sales were down 10.7 per cent compared with a year ago, a five-year low for the month.“The national increase in June home sales suggests activity may indeed be starting to turn the corner,” said Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist, in an email. “Even so, the number of homes trading hands has a long way to go before it returns to levels posted in recent years.”More than 60 per cent of all local housing markets in the country reported increased sales activity in June compared with May, but activity was below year-ago levels in about two thirds of Canadian regions, said CREA.Those below year-ago levels were led by British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region, where sales showed signs of tempering and new listings were in decline.The number of newly listed properties for sale fell by 1.8 per cent across the country to 70,187 in June. Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Montreal were the most prominent markets to see listings take a hit.CREA president Barb Sukkau suggested the muted numbers stemmed from the stricter regulations introduced on Jan. 1 for uninsured mortgages.She said the regulations were “weighing on” buyers and sales, but that the extent to which it was affecting those searching for homes was varying based on market and prices.The national average price for a home sold in June was just under $496,000, down 1.3 per cent from a year ago.Excluding the Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto markets, the average price was just over $389,000 — a 0.9 per cent year-over-year decrease.BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic said in a note to investors that Vancouver, and broadly B.C., are “the clear weak spots” because they’ve seen a 1.3 per cent slump in sales in the wake of the recent foreign buyers tax and speculation fees on vacant homes.He also categorized the Prairies as weak because Calgary, Edmonton and Regina all saw sales and prices below year-ago levels in June, but said higher oil prices could soon bring more confidence to buyers.He had much more optimism for Toronto, which he said is stabilizing with sales jumping nearly 17 per cent in June, the strongest seasonally-adjusted monthly increase in more than 14 years.“Keep in mind, however, that activity is coming off low levels not seen since the last recession,” he said. “At any rate, that surge in demand has tightened up the market, even if overall conditions are still relatively soggy.”Montreal and Ottawa, he said, remain the strongest markets in the country, bolstered by strong economies and few provincial measures aimed at cooling real estate.last_img read more

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Video Marrakech Street Food

Rabat – National Geographic Adventure dedicated an episode of its program “Street Food Around The World” to explore the street food in Marrakech. “Amur n Kuch” as it is called in Amazigh language, meaning the city of God, the famous square, Djemaa el Fna, of the ochre city provides along with folklore activities various tasty meals cooked and served in the open air.The actor Ishai Golan took the audience in an amazing tour throughout the street food alleyway in Djemaa el Fna square, which is a high-touristic square in Marrakesh that draws more than a million visitors who come to attend the shows hosted by the snake charmers, monkey trainers, storytellers, musicians and other popular artists from early evening until the call for dawn prayer. Ishai Golden managed to taste most of Marrakech street food available in the giant food market in Marrakech in twenty-four hours.With the help of his  Moroccan friend Habiba, Ishai learned the basics of preparing the traditional Moroccan tagine, an authentic dish that “dates back to more than 200 years ago” read more

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Warning of possible war in Middle East Annan says world must help

“The lack of mutual confidence between the two sides makes a third-party role essential,” Mr. Annan told the 15-member security body. “I truly believe that it is imperative for the Security Council and the wider international community to work in a concerted manner with the parties towards a just, lasting and comprehensive peaceful settlement of the conflict in the Middle East.” In his brief yet blunt speech, the Secretary-General recounted the “grim” news from the Middle East, cautioning that “we are nearing the edge of the abyss.” With more than 60 people killed over the past week, violence threatened to escalate even further, he said. “Particularly alarming is the growing belief, among both Palestinians and Israelis, that there can be no negotiated solution to the conflict.” The key interlinked problems, according to the Secretary-General, remained “occupation; security – the need to end violence including terrorism; and the economic deprivation and suffering.” “Yet, even at this darkest of hours, there is still room for hope,” he added, recalling that both sides had agreed in principle on the Tenet understandings and the Mitchell Committee recommendations, which together defined an array of security, economic, and political measures that would have moved the parties back to the negotiating table. Acknowledging that those plans had not met with success, Mr. Annan called for full consideration of “imaginative new ideas.” While stressing the need to immediately reduce the violence, the Secretary-General said he had “become more and more convinced that trying to resolve the security problem on its own cannot work.” Instead, he argued, security must be addressed alongside key political issues, particularly the question of land, and economic and social issues, including “the increasingly critical, desperate conditions of the Palestinians.” Mr. Annan said he personally, along with his representatives, had been in very close contact with leaders on both sides, in the region and among the international community. In light of the gravity of the situation, the Secretary-General said he had asked his envoy, Terje Roed Larsen, to intensify consultations with all concerned. “The outlook is bleak, but the present course of events is not irreversible,” said Mr. Annan. “Let us do everything in our power to persuade the parties to pull back from the brink, and return to the high road.” read more

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Chao says private investors can help boost transportation

Chao says private investors can help boost transportation by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Jan 11, 2017 6:52 am MDT Last Updated Jan 12, 2017 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at her confirmation hearing before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson) WASHINGTON – The incoming Trump administration is looking to “unleash the potential” of private investors to boost the national transportation networks that underpin the U.S. economy, the president-elect’s pick for transportation secretary, Elaine Chao, told lawmakers Wednesday.Economic gains are being “jeopardized” by aging infrastructure, rising highway fatalities, growing congestion and a failure to keep pace with emerging technologies, Chao testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.Chao, 63, is expected to be easily confirmed by the Senate. She was labour secretary during George W. Bush’s administration and deputy transportation secretary under President George H.W. Bush. Her husband is Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.When McConnell introduced Chao at the hearing, he stole a line from former Senate Majority Leader Robert Dole: “I regret I have but one wife to give for my country.” Dole’s wife, Elizabeth, is a former transportation and labour secretary.Chao joked, “I will be working to lock in the majority leader’s support tonight over dinner.”But she hasn’t been immune from criticism. Unions say that as labour secretary, she mostly sided with industry when enforcing labour and safety rules.Chao advocated using “innovative financing tools” that can “take full advantage of the estimated trillions in capital that equity firms, pension funds and endowments can invest.” She said private investment should be encouraged with “a bold, new vision.”She didn’t detail those incentives, but a paper written by two economic advisers to President-elect Donald Trump recommends providing $137 billion in tax credits to infrastructure investors. His advisers predict that will generate about $1 trillion in investment over 10 years.But transportation experts note that investors are interested only in transportation projects that produce revenue, such as toll roads, and there are relatively few large projects like that. They say states need financial aid from the federal government to help with a growing backlog of maintenance and repair projects for aging highways, bridges and transit systems. Providing tax incentives also runs the risk of providing a windfall to investors for projects that would have been built anyway.Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., asked Chao if she and the incoming Trump administration would support infrastructure legislation that includes direct federal spending on transportation in addition to efforts that generate private financing.“I believe the answer is yes,” she said.That could put the new administration at odds with conservatives who insist that federal spending be restrained. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, urged Chao to consider greatly reducing the federal gas tax that pays for most highway and transit spending, and leaving nearly the entire responsibility for transportation to states.“I am open to all ideas,” she replied.Trump repeatedly promised during the campaign to spend $1 trillion on roads, bridges, railways, airports and other types of infrastructure. It’s one of the main ways he said he would create jobs. But he has said little about this since the election.Republican congressional leaders have said they’ll wait to see what Trump proposes before tackling a public works bill. Trump has said he expects to be occupied early in his administration with cutting taxes and repealing President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul. Infrastructure isn’t expected to be dealt with until late spring.Democrats at the hearing tried to pin Chao down on contentious issues such as whether to privatize air traffic control operations and whether she would enforce a deadline for railroads to install train control systems that can prevent many derailments and collisions. Chao said those decisions would be up to the Trump White House or that she hadn’t been briefed on the issues yet.As transportation secretary, Chao would be responsible for regulating auto, truck, train, transit, pipelines and aviation safety. The department frequently faces pressure from industry to relax safety rules and block new ones.Chao, who has been associated with conservative think tanks, is likely to lend a sympathetic ear to industry pleas for less regulation.___Follow Joan Lowy at http://twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy. Her work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/joan-lowy read more

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Telus Q4 profit falls as it makes 305 million in onetime payments

Telus Q4 profit falls as it makes $305 million in one-time payments to workers TORONTO – Telus Corp.’s fourth-quarter profit fell 69 per cent compared with the same period in 2015 partly because of a $305-million, one-time, lump-sum payment the company made to employees.The payments were in lieu of wage and salary increases for a 30-month period through to the end of 2018.The Vancouver-based company says its net income attributable to common shares was $81 million or 14 cents per share, down from $261 million or 44 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.Telus, like the other Big Three telecommunications companies, added more new net wireless postpaid subscribers — typically those on contracts — in its past quarter than analysts expected.The company added 87,000 such subscribers in the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with 62,000 additions in the same quarter a year earlier.Analysts anticipated a 74,000 customer increase, Drew McReynolds, an RBC Dominion Securities analyst, wrote in a note.However, Telus (TSX:T) lagged behind its competitors Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) and BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE), which added 93,000 and 112,393 such customers respectively.“It’s nice to see,” said president and CEO Darren Entwistle in a call with analysts of the industry-wide larger-than-anticipated growth.Some of the factors behind it include a growing Canadian population thanks to immigration, more people owning more than one phone and more tablets coming into play, he said.Telus also added 24,000 high-speed Internet subscribers and 16,000 TV subscribers.Excluding the specialty payments and certain other items, Telus says its adjusted earnings fell 2.5 per cent to $316 million or 53 cents per share from $324 million or 54 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2015.Overall revenue grew by 2.7 per cent to $3.31 billion from $3.22 billion. The Telus wireless business accounted for $1.7 billion of revenue, up 5.4 per cent from a year earlier. Wireline revenue was $1.5 billion, up 1.3 per cent as it was helped by high-speed Internet subscriber growth.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: CORRECTS wireline revenue increase from 1.9 per cent to 1.3 by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 9, 2017 5:36 am MDT Last Updated Feb 9, 2017 at 12:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Mangakahia scores 18 points as No 14 Syracuse women triumph

CANCUN, Mexico — Tiana Mangakahia scored 18 points with six assists and four steals and No. 14 Syracuse rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Kansas State 70-61 on Thursday at the Cancun Challenge.Digna Strautmane added 13 points and Emily Engstler had 10 points, seven rebounds and four steals for the Orange (4-1), who won their straight after shooting 52 per cent.Mangakahia scored seven points and Miranda Drummond scored her only points with two 3-pointers in a 20-2 run as the Orange went 8 of 9 from the field to take a 68-54 lead, outscoring the Wildcats 24-13 in the period.Syracuse led by nine at halftime but the Wildcats (3-1) outscored the Orange 17-6 in the third quarter.Peyton Williams scored 14 points with eight rebounds and six assists for the Wildcats with Jasauen Beard adding 12 points. Kali Jones, Kayla Goth and Christianna Carr had 10 points each.The Associated Press read more

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Le Canada touché par la tempête Irène

first_imgLe Canada touché par la tempête IrèneIrène, rétrogradée en tempête tropicale a touché durement dimanche après midi les provinces atlantiques du Canada et du sud-est du Québec, apportant pluies et vents violents. Près de 200.000 foyers ont été privés d’électricité.C’est seulement dans la journée de lundi au plus tôt que l’on prendra la mesure des dégâts causés par Irène dans l’Est du Canada. Autour de 23 heures, celle qui fut ouragan puis tempête, perdait du souffle et se voyait rétrogradée au rang de “cyclone post-tropical”, selon la terminologie officielle, non sans avoir causé bien des dommages dans l’Est du Canada, informe Radio-Canada.ca.”Ce n’est pas une petite tempête, c’est une énorme tempête”, a déclaré le ministre québécois de la Sécurité publique Robert Dutil, demandant à tous ceux qui se trouveraient sur le chemin d’Irène de prendre leurs précautions pour pouvoir rester chez eux sans sortir pendant 24, 48 voire 72 heures. Les pluies atteignaient alors entre 10 et 15 millimètres par heure et étaient accompagnés de vents soufflant par moment à 120-130 kilomètres par heure. Le groupe énergétique Hydro-Québec quant à lui estimait en soirée que 245.000 foyers avaient été privés d’électricité par la tempête, principalement dans la région de Montréal. “La société d’État travaille actuellement à rétablir le courant dans ces régions, et des équipes sont à pied-d’oeuvre pour s’assurer que les monteurs travaillent en toute sécurité”, a-t-il ajouté cité par Cyberpresse.ca.Lundi : des vents de 90km/h et 100 millimètres de précipitations À lire aussiQuand un panda s’attaque à un bonhomme de neige au CanadaAujourd’hui, de violentes perturbations étaient encore attendues selon les météorologistes, principalement dans un “couloir” entre Montréal, les Cantons de l’Est, le Bas-Saint-Laurent et la Cote-nord, sur la rive nord du golfe du Saint-Laurent. Ainsi, jusqu’à 100 millimètres de précipitations en 24 heures pourraient tomber dans certaines zones, alors que les vents pourraient atteindre les 90 kilomètres par heure par endroits, peut-être même un peu plus pour la région de Québec, selon Environnement Canada. Après le sud-ouest québécois, Irène se déplacera progressivement vers l’est. L’agence fédérale précise que  “les vents violents associés à cette tempête se produiront pendant une période de grandes marées et favoriseront des débordements côtiers”.  Découvrez en vidéo l’étendue de l’ouragan Irène observée il y a peu depuis l’espaceLe 29 août 2011 à 13:07 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Three Cubans taken in by Defense Force

first_img Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base, Bahamas, February 15, 2017  – Three Cuban migrants were handed over to immigration officials for further processing after they were apprehended in the central Bahamas by the Royal Bahamas Defence Force on Tuesday morning.Her Majesty’s Bahamian Ship Cascarilla, under the command of Acting Lieutenant Commander Omarv Saunders, discovered the migrants 23 miles southeast of South Cay, Andros at 7:50 a.m. The 3 males were removed from their vessel and taken onto the Defence Force craft.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force remains committed to guarding our heritage by protecting the territorial borders of The Bahamas.(For further information please contact the RBDF Public Relations Department or visit our website: www.rbdf.gov.bs, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and view our Youtube channel).#MagneticMediaNews ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianewslast_img read more

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Carl DeMaio on San Diegos Pension Reform Initiative

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:01 AM Posted: March 14, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In 2012, San Diego voters approved a Citizens’ Initiative called Prop B to cap pension payouts for existing employees and close the expensive city employee pension program and instead offer 401k accounts to new hires.In March the 4th District Court and at the U.S. Supreme Court are looking to possibly throw out the initiative.“We will vigorously fight any effort to overturn this voter-approved pension reform measure because doing so would not only bankrupt San Diego but it would also strip Californians of their cherished rights to use Citizens’ Initiatives to impose accountability on their government,” said Carl DeMaio, author of the San Diego Pension Reform Initiative.On March 14th the 4th District Court in San Diego will consider what remedy should be imposed on the City of San Diego if the Mayor’s endorsement constituted a violation of “meet and confer.”On Monday, March 18, the US Supreme Court will decide whether to rule on a separate case that would overrule California’s determination that a sitting Mayor cannot exercise his First Amendment rights of free speech to publicly endorse ballot measures that may impact wages of government union workers. center_img Carl DeMaio on San Diego’s Pension Reform Initiative March 14, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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SHI program trains educators to see Thru the Cultural Lens

first_imgJackie Kookesh is in charge of Thru the Cultural Lens. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Juneau teachers and administrators were the students on Saturday at a Sealaska Heritage Institute seminar intended to help them see the world from their pupils’ perspectives.It’s part of an ongoing series called Thru the Cultural Lens in which educators learn about Southeast Alaska Native culture and history. Saturday, they gave presentations on 10,000 years of education in Southeast Alaska.Jackie Kookesh is the education director for Sealaska Heritage. She is Tlingit and is part of the L’uknax.ádi clan. She was born and raised in Juneau’s Indian village. Kookesh is in charge of Thru the Cultural Lens.“We provide a semester-long symposium or seminar that is about 50 hours commitment on the part of the teachers once they apply and register for the course.”Kookesh said this is Sealaska’s fourth year offering the program and in that time they’ve worked with 67 educators in Juneau School District.Nineteen people are participating this year, including Juneau School Board member Josh Keaton. The last session will be held in November.Kookesh said the program leads its participants through the politics and history of Southeast, and it gives them an overview of Southeast Alaska Native culture.“We explore topics like the arts, subsistence life ways; we explore it all in that 50 hours,” Kookesh said.She hopes those who complete the program become “culturally responsive educators.”Juneau School District included this table and chart in its Budget Documents for FY2017. (Graphic courtesy of Juneau School District)“It will help them in terms of how they relate to Alaska Native students in their classroom, how they communicate, how they engage,” Kookesh said. “The outcome is that our students realize their own potential (for) success in schools and in the classroom. Not only Alaska Native students but all students.”Kookesh said she saw firsthand how damaging a school that doesn’t reflect Native students’ culture can be to be to them. She was in the Juneau School District in the late 1950s and in the 1960s.She said the atmosphere back then was much worse than today. She left the district to attend a Bureau of Indian Affairs school.“If I hadn’t attended the boarding school, I probably wouldn’t have graduated from high school,” she said. “At the time that I was attending school here in the Juneau School District, (it) was very racist, and Alaska Native students were very disenfranchised within the district.”Kookesh’s experience is part of the reason she wants to continue offering Thru the Cultural Lens.Ed Becker is a social studies teacher at Yaakoosgé Daakihídi Alternative High School. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)She believes the program is successfully helping teachers fulfill their own desire to build stronger relationships with their students.Ed Becker is a social studies teacher at Yaakoosgé Daakihídi Alternative High School. He has high praise for the program.“I teach Alaska history and world history, and U.S. government. It’s definitely going to cause pause and create some more work for me, but more opportunities for my students to be engaged and learn,” Becker said.Last year, 17 percent of the district’s students were Alaska Native.Angie Lunda is an assistant professor of education at the University of Alaska Southeast. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Angie Lunda is an assistant professor of education for the University of Alaska Southeast. She is Tlingit from the Kaagwaantaan clan and she is teaching today’s session.“What I hope is that it will cause teachers to dig deep in themselves to really try to reach students where they’re at, to really build on the background knowledge that students bring, to really base the education in this place,” Lunda said.She said connecting to students through their culture and what they already know about Southeast can help with real problems like the achievement gap between Alaska Native students and non-Native students.The state Department of Education has reported that in 2015 more than a third of Alaska Native students failed to graduate after four years of high school. That’s compared with one in four students overall.Dianne Zemanek teaches math and science at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School. (Photo by Quinton Chandler, KTOO – Juneau)Dianne Zemanek is a math and science teacher at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School. She sees Sealaska Heritage’s seminar as an opportunity to continue building on efforts at her school to bring Native culture into their classes.“We took the core cultural values of the Native Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian people and took those values to our kids and then asked them to connect to those cultural values and explain what it looks like in our school,” Zemanek said.In her own classroom, she’s trying to use Alaska Native methods for building halibut hooks in her math lessons.last_img read more

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Texas Lawmakers Send Ban On Special Ed Cap To Governor

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share PexelsSince 2004, the Texas Education Agency closely monitored school districts to keep special education enrollment at 8.5 percent.Texas will no longer be allowed to limit the number of kids with disabilities enrolled in special education, thanks to a new measure unanimously passed by state lawmakers.For some, this new ban on Texas capping special education may seem symbolic. Federal law is supposed to protect children with disabilities. And the current Texas Education Commissioner has promised changes.But the state Legislature will hold him and all future commissioners to that promise.“It would be wrong for our state lawmakers to stay silent on such an important issue,” said Steven Aleman with Disability Rights Texas. “It’s probably the biggest issue in special education in a generation.”Last fall, the Houston Chronicle revealed that a state policy discouraged districts from enrolling children in special ed. The state policy set an arbitrary target of 8.5 percent. If Texas numbers were close to the national average, up to 250,000 additional student with disabilities would have received services in Texas. The benchmark has continued under five different commissioners, including the current one, Mike Morath.“And the day he leaves, without this bill, it is possible the next commissioner could decide in her or his discretion to return to this policy. So, to have a state law is vital as a backstop,” Aleman said.The ban was originally proposed by state Sen. Jose Rodriguez, Democrat-El Paso. It’s one of 16 measures filed this session to improve special ed because of the state cap.Aleman said that anecdotes from families indicate that access to special ed is improving, but that more needs to be done.“There are other bills still percolating through the system that can benefit students with disabilities in any number of ways — from making sure their teachers are prepared to ensuring parents have a voice in the process,” he added. 00:00 /01:07 Xlast_img read more

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Happy 20TH Anniversary To My Rambling Rose Column With The AFRO American

first_imgHello my dear friends, I am excited to share with you again a look back at the years I have spent with you in your clubs, cabarets, parties and shows, that I have captured in pictures. Many of our friends have passed away, and others may be still around, but unable to hangout anymore because of health issues. And there are my fans and friends who are still hanging in there partying, and enjoying their lives. These photos will help you remember the good ol’ days. I have thousands and thousands of pictures I have taken throughout the years, but I could only pick a few to share our memories.  Do You Remember?Well, my friends, enjoy the pictures, see if you remember the faces and have fun guessing who is who and where you were. Thanks for 20 beautiful years and looking forward to 20 more. Remember, if you need me, call me at 410-833-9474.Until the next time, I’m Musically Yours.last_img read more

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New evidence suggests Isthmus of Panama was formed earlier than thought

first_img © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Panama debate fueled by zircon dating: Americas connected earlier than thought More information: Biological evidence supports an early and complex emergence of the Isthmus of Panama, Christine D. Bacon, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423853112AbstractThe linking of North and South America by the Isthmus of Panama had major impacts on global climate, oceanic and atmospheric currents, and biodiversity, yet the timing of this critical event remains contentious. The Isthmus is traditionally understood to have fully closed by ca. 3.5 million years ago (Ma), and this date has been used as a benchmark for oceanographic, climatic, and evolutionary research, but recent evidence suggests a more complex geological formation. Here, we analyze both molecular and fossil data to evaluate the tempo of biotic exchange across the Americas in light of geological evidence. We demonstrate significant waves of dispersal of terrestrial organisms at approximately ca. 20 and 6 Ma and corresponding events separating marine organisms in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans at ca. 23 and 7 Ma. The direction of dispersal and their rates were symmetrical until the last ca. 6 Ma, when northern migration of South American lineages increased significantly. Variability among taxa in their timing of dispersal or vicariance across the Isthmus is not explained by the ecological factors tested in these analyses, including biome type, dispersal ability, and elevation preference. Migration was therefore not generally regulated by intrinsic traits but more likely reflects the presence of emergent terrain several millions of years earlier than commonly assumed. These results indicate that the dramatic biotic turnover associated with the Great American Biotic Interchange was a long and complex process that began as early as the Oligocene–Miocene transition.Press release An 1850 oil painting by Charles Christian Nahl, titled, The Isthmus of Panama on the height of the Chagres River Conventional theory has placed the formation of the Isthmus of Panama at approximately 3.5 million years ago, connecting the North and South American continents. That event marked a major evolutionary occurrence for the planet as it allowed plants and animals to cross between the two continents, while simultaneously cutting off marine life that once passed between them—it also had a major impact on worldwide weather as the water flow between the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean was stopped. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found evidence that shows the Isthmus was formed in a stop-and-go manner that began as far back as 20 million years ago.To come to this conclusion, the team looked at fossil and molecular data collected from specimens found on both ends of the Isthmus as well as specimens that came from the sea. They claim their analysis shows that migrations between the two continents started much earlier than has been thought and that there were periods where such migrations were halted which meant the Isthmus had been covered over by water for a time, again, before rising to finally form the land mass we have today. Species passed between, the two continents, they report, at a reasonably steady pace, up until approximately six million years ago—at that point, the migration picked up in very noticeable ways.The team plans to continue their research, looking for answers to such questions as to why it appears mammals took so much longer to migrate between the two continents than did other organisms. They also believe that because many modern models used to predict future climate change are based on assumptions from the past that include the Isthmus forming much more recently than it really did, some changes are going to have to be made to them. 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