Paul Finebaum Tabs Jim Harbaugh As His Choice For National Coach Of The Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum on FSU on ESPN.Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, 2015@finebaum harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, 2015@finebaum that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.last_img read more

Wärtsilä Tests Wireless Charging for Hybrid Coastal Ferry

first_imgzoom Finnish technology group Wärtsilä has tested its automatic wireless induction charging system on a hybrid-powered coastal ferry.“This is the first commercial ferry in the world operating with high power wireless charging capability for its batteries, and the successful project represents a notable breakthrough in the evolution of plug-in electrically operated vessels,” Wärtsilä said.The tests were carried out on the 85-meter-long MF Folgefonn in Norwegian waters during the end of August/early September this year. The 1,182 gross ton ferry is owned by Norled, one of Norway’s largest ferry operators.Wireless charging eliminates the cable connection between the vessel and shore, thereby securing and facilitating safe connections and disconnections. It also reduces maintenance since wear and tear to physical connection lines is eliminated, as explained by the company.The Wärtsilä system is based on inductive power transfer and is capable of transferring more than an MW of electrical energy. The system is designed to maintain efficient power transfer at distances of 50 centimeters between the two charging plates built into the side of the vessel and the quay, according to Wärtsilä.“During recent years, wireless charging has been introduced for cars, busses and trains. We have now made this possible for marine vessels. The main benefits … are up to 20 percent more utilisation of the available charging time, increased operational safety, and greater system reliability,” Ingve Sørfonn, Senior Technical Officer E&A, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions, commented.“There is an ongoing trend to equip coastal ferries with battery powered and hybrid propulsion since they are particularly affected by environmental regulatory demands. Wireless charging will, therefore, create considerable value for operators of hybrid ferries,” Sørfonn added.The project has been partly funded by Innovation Norway, a Norwegian funding institution.last_img read more

Nearly 10 kg drugs seized in Kolkata 2 arrested

first_imgKolkata: Two drug dealers were arrested in Kolkata for possessing over 10 kg of narcotics valued at around Rs 50 lakh, police said on Thursday. Based on the information obtained during the interrogation of two earlier accused, who were arrested on August 3, personnel from the Special Task Force of the Kolkata Police arrested the two dealers — Mohibur Rahman, Assabur Hossain — from the vicinity of Salt Lake Stadium on E.M. Bypass road on Wednesday. “About one lakh pieces of yaba tablets (amphetamine) weighing about 10.369 kg with approximate market value of Rs 50 Lakh were recovered from their possession,” a police official said. The acuused will be produced before a court in Kolkata on Thursday.last_img read more

DavidsTea swings to loss on charges but says ecommerce improving

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea Inc. says it swung to a loss in its last quarter as onerous contract charges and impairments weighed on its balance sheet.The specialty tea retailer says it had a loss of $16.1 million for the fourth quarter ending Feb. 3, compared with net income of $2 million for the same quarter last year.The company says the charges included onerous contracts of $13.5 million due to underperforming stores opened in prior years, as well as impairment charges of $10.1 million.Montreal-based DavidsTea says sales of tea accessories continued to be a challenge over the holiday season, as it worked to improve its selection.The company says it recently launched a new e-commerce platform and saw double-digit internet sales growth over the fourth quarter a year earlier.It has also invested in more merchandising and marketing staff which, along with the e-commerce investments, the company hopes will help sales in the second half of the fiscal year.Companies in this story: (TSX:DTEA)last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Police raid Deutsche Bank offices in money laundering caseBERLIN (AP) — German authorities have raided Deutsche Bank’s headquarters amid suspicions that its employees helped clients set up offshore companies that were used to launder hundreds of millions of euros. About 170 police officers, investigators and prosecutors swooped on the bank’s offices in Frankfurt and premises in nearby Eschborn and Gross-Umstadt.___Fed officials express caution about pace of future hikesWASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials earlier this month appeared on track to raise its key interest rate again in December, but they signalled that the pace of future rate hikes might need to slow given emerging risks to the economy. Minutes of the Fed’s Nov. 7-8 meeting show that Fed officials expressed concerns about a variety of threats, including the impact of tariffs, a slowing global economy and tightening financial conditions amid falling stock prices.___US pending home sales fell 2.6 per cent in OctoberWASHINGTON (AP) — Pending home sales sank in October. Higher mortgage rates have worsened the affordability of home ownership and dampened enthusiasm among would-be buyers. The National Association of Realtors says that its pending home sales index fell 2.6 per cent last month to 102.1. The index based on contract signings has tumbled 6.7 per cent from a year ago.___US consumer spending up strong 0.6 per cent in OctoberWASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers boosted their spending in October at the fastest pace in seven months, while their incomes rose by the largest amount in nine months. Both are good signs for future economic growth. The Commerce Department says consumer spending rose a sharp 0.6 per cent last month. It was the biggest increase since a similar gain in March and was three times faster than the 0.2 per cent September performance.___Cruise control: GM’s No. 2 exec to run self-driving car unitSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — General Motors is transferring its president from Motor City to Silicon Valley to run its self-driving car operations and pursue an attempt to cash on the automaker’s bet that robotic vehicles will transform transportation. Dan Ammann, currently GM’s second highest ranking executive, will become CEO of the company’s Cruise Automation subsidiary at the beginning of next year. He will replace Cruise co-founder Kyle Vogt, who will become chief technology officer.___Trump’s new NAFTA faces skeptics in now- Democrat-led HouseWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump spent more than a year browbeating the leaders of Canada and Mexico into agreeing to a rewrite of North American trade rules. And on Friday, those two nations are set to sign the pact at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Now, Trump faces what could prove a more formidable foe: His own Congress.___In China, your car could be talking to the governmentSHANGHAI (AP) — Automakers selling electric vehicles in China send a constant feed of information about the location of cars to the government — potentially adding to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the regime as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens. More than 200 manufacturers, including major global brands, transmit position information and dozens of other data points to monitoring centres, often without car owners’ knowledge, The AP has found.___Puerto Rico completes its first debt restructuring dealSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has completed its first debt-restructuring deal since the government announced it was bankrupt more than three years ago, giving creditors overall $550 in new bonds for each $1,000 they had held. The agreement announced Thursday was finalized with creditors holding more than $4 billion in debt issued by the now-defunct Government Development Bank. It’s not clearhow much the agreement will affect some $70 billion in other debt still outstanding.___Army wants Microsoft’s HoloLens headsets for battlefieldWASHINGTON (AP) — Virtual- and augmented-reality headsets haven’t had much traction in the consumer market, but they’re finding a place on the battlefield. The U.S. Army says it has awarded Microsoft a $480 million contract to supply its HoloLens headsets to soldiers. Microsoft says the technology will provide troops with better information to make decisions.___California regulators question utility’s safety commitmentSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators have ordered the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. utility to significantly improve its “safety culture” after questioning the safety qualifications of top executives. The California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday ordered the company to implement 60 recommendations made by an independent consultant hired to examine Pacific Gas & Electric’s safety practices.___The S&P 500 index shed 6.03 points, or 0.2 per cent, to 2,737.76. The Dow Jones Industrial Average ended down 27.59 points, or 0.1 per cent, to 25,338.84. The Nasdaq composite slid 18.51 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 7,273.08 as tech stocks dipped. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 5 points, or 0.3 per cent, to 1,525.39.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 2.3 per cent to finish at $51.45 a barrel in New York. Brent crude edged up 1.3 per cent to $59.51 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline jumped 4.1 per cent to $1.45 a gallon. Heating oil edged up 0.3 per cent to $1.84 a gallon. Natural gas slipped 1.1 per cent to $4.65 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Nominations open today for upcoming municipal election

first_imgLast month, Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman and Dawson Creek mayor Dale Bumstead both confirmed that they would be running for re-election again this year.Nomination papers for the City of Fort St. John can be downloaded at or can be picked up at City Hall.  For residents who wish to run as a director in the Regional District, nomination papers can be picked up at the Regional District offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.The deadline to officially register as a candidate is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The nomination period for the upcoming municipal elections in B.C. has officially begun.The nomination period started this morning at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. on September 14th.As of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday only incumbent Lori Ackerman had submitted her nomination package in the mayoral race. Ackerman was re-elected mayor by acclamation during the last municipal election in 2014, winning the mayor’s chair during the 2011 election by 60 votes over Don Irwin.Three candidates had so far declared themselves to be running as councillors in Fort St. John as of 2:00 p.m.: incumbents Larry Evans and Gord Klassen.Evans finished third in 2014’s election with 1,181 votes and 57 percent of votes cast while Klassen finished fifth with 1,016 votes, or 49 percent.Becky Grimsrud has also submitted nomination papers for this year’s election, her third attempt at running for a seat on City Council.Grimsrud lost her bid for City Council in 2014 when she received 662 votes. In last year’s by-election to fill the seat vacated by Peace River North MLA Dan Davies, Grimsrud finished second to Lilia Hansen with 242 votes to Hansen’s 256.The City released nomination packages for the October 20th election at the end of July but was not able to officially accept packages until this morning.last_img read more

Want to work more with her Sanjay on Madhuri

first_imgMumbai: Karan Johar’s ambitious production “Kalank” brings together the on-screen pairing of Sanjay Dutt and Madhuri Dixit after over two decades and the “Munna Bhai” star on Tuesday said he would like to work more with his longtime co-star. Sanjay and Madhuri were one of the most popular reel-life couples and worked together in several hit films in the ’90s such as “Saajan”, “Khalnayak”, “Thandedar” and “Iaalaka”. Asked how it was to team up with Madhuri for the film, Sanjay told reporters, “It felt good to work together after a long time. I’ll try to work more with her.” Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot The actor was speaking at the teaser launch of “Kalank”. Madhuri said reuniting with former co-stars is always enriching. “We are working after more than 20 years. Recently, I worked with Anil after a long time. It’s always wonderful to work with actors you’ve worked with before. Even here, it was wonderful,” she said. “Kalank” also features Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Aditya Roy Kapur. Directed Abhishek Varman, the period-drama is backed by Karan Johar’s Dharma Productions and is scheduled to release on April 17. Also Read – ‘Vaastav’ gave me the real sense of being an actor: Sanjay Dutt on film’s 20-year anniversary Originally, Sridevi was meant to do the film, before she passed away last February. The role eventually went to Madhuri. When asked how it was to take up the role, Madhuri said, “When I was approached to do the role, I had a heavy by heart. She was a great artiste and a good human being. When you get a role, you do it your way. But, of course, we used to miss her everyday on set. “Once you start work, you have to look beyond that and play your character to the best of your abilities.”last_img read more

Kashmiri shawl seller attacked miscreants flee with Rs 2 lakh

first_imgKolkata: A Kashmiri shawl trader who has been doing business in Kolkata for more than eight years was slashed with a knife by some miscreants who decamped after snatching nearly Rs 2 lakh from him. The incident took place near Park Circus railway station on Friday evening. The trader, identified as Shafur Ahmed Shah has sustained several cut injuries with the miscreants inflicting several slashes with the knife. Shah has lodged a complaint with the Ballygunge GRP alleging that four miscreants were involved in the attack. According to his complaint, the miscreants escaped after snatching cash worth Rs 1.95 lakh that he was carrying with him. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSources in the Ballygunge GRP informed that the trader was carrying the cash to hand it over to a businessman from whom he had taken a loan. “I had just crossed the rail tracks and was walking by its side under the bridge when I was surrounded by four persons. They asked me whether I am a Kashmiri and when I answered in the positive, they attacked me with a knife. I suffered several cut injuries and when I fell down, they snatched the money I was carrying and fled,” Shah said. He managed to call up one of his friends who lives nearby. The latter came to the spot and rushed Shah, who was badly bleeding, to the National Medical College and Hospital where he was treated and discharged. Police informed that Shah is a resident of Santoshpur in South Kolkata.last_img read more

High air fares to weigh heavy on passenger traffic growth

first_imgNew Delhi/Mumbai: Expensive air fares as a result of capacity constraint and high fuel prices are expected to further decelerate India’s passenger growth numbers, experts opined. Even though, there has been a growth in passenger numbers on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the traffic on a sequential level has shown a negative trend. As per the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) data, on a YoY basis, growth rate in February stood at 5.62 per cent to 1.13 crore, while it was 9.10 per cent in January and 11.03 per cent in December 2018. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalEven data from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) showed a similar trend. The growth rate of India’s domestic air passenger volume — measured in revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) — slowed in February to 10 per cent from a rise of 12.4 per cent in January. Industry observers blamed the downward sequential growth trend on high air fares. According to experts, since March 14, passengers had to shell out high fares as several airlines cancelled operations for a number of reasons, including grounding of Boeing 737-MAX aircraft. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostDuring this period, some sectors continued to see a rise of more than 100 per cent in case of last minute bookings. “Indian aviation has seen a capacity constraint due to multiple reasons over last couple of months. The immediate impact of this reduction noted on fares was an average of 15-20 per cent hike in price,” said Sharat Dhall, COO (B2C) of “While that acted as a deterrent for people who were looking to book air tickets in short notice, however, the traffic was not seen to be affected as the fares did moderate for people booking in advance,” Additionally, oil marketing companies increased the price of aviation turbine fuel (ATF) which is also expected to buoy air fares. “High ATF, grounding of several flights and a tough operating environment have further impacted the domestic sector crisis and will impact passenger growth for the month of March,” said Aloke Bajpai, CEO and Co-founder, ixigo. “However with unused Jet slots now being allocated to other airlines, an increase in capacity will help in normalisation of fares before the peak summer travel season.” In a recent note, ratings agency Fitch said that Indian aviation market has seen a sharp increase in airfares in the last few months due to tight supply, which has been worsened by the suspension of the 737 MAX aircraft. “Fitch expects the growth in revenue passenger kilometres (RPK), which decelerated to 12.4 per cent in January (2018: 19.9 per cent), to weaken further until supply increases,” the rating agency said in a note. In addition, the note said that Jet Airways, which along with its subsidiary JetLite had the second-largest share of the domestic market until January, has been steadily losing market share as it has been forced to shrink its operating fleet due to financial troubles. “Market leader IndiGo cancelled around 30 flights per day (2 per cent of total) from around the middle of February until March, with industry participants highlighting pilot shortage as a key reason,” the note said. “SpiceJet was then forced to ground its 737 MAX jets, which form around 15 per cent of its fleet.”last_img read more

Oil prices rise as strong dollar oversupply weigh fuel markets

first_imgCrude oil prices edged up on Friday after falling over 2 percent the previous session, with analysts saying oversupply and a strong dollar would continue to weigh on fuel markets.U.S. crude futures CLc1 were trading at $45.37 a barrel at 0129 GMT, up 17 cents from their last settlement, while Brent crude LCOc1 rose 14 cents to $48.12 a barrel. The slight increases came after drops the previous day on the back of climbing U.S. crude inventories.Analysts said that oversupply would pressure oil markets.”We have seen few signs recently indicating a change of tack in the oil markets,” said French investment bank Natixis.”Oil prices will remain under pressure as long as the surplus remains in the market,” the bank added, referring to global production being 1-2 million barrels per day above demand.The strong U.S. dollar is also seen as a drag on commodity markets as it makes imports for countries with other currencies more expensive.The greenback has gained almost 5 percent against a basket of other leading currencies, DXY since early October as markets expect the U.S. Federal Reserve to be the first major central bank to raise interest rates since the global financial crisis of 2008-09.”Rising speculation that the Fed will raise rates will put further downward pressure on commodity prices,” ANZ Bank said on Friday.last_img read more

No question paper leaks if govt wants Raushan

first_imgRaushan ErshadOfficial opposition leader in parliament Raushon Ershad on Wednesday said the practice of frequent question paper leakage can be stopped right away if the government wants to do so.”If the government wants, it can be done. There’s nothing the government cannot do. Why isn’t the government doing it?” Raushon said in her speech at house on the closing day of the session of parliament.The senior co-chairperson of Jatiya Party, which is also a key component of the Awami League-led government, wondered why the question paper is leaked so frequently. “When will this come to an end?”Raushan Ershad said, “What will be the education minister’s answer if he is asked this question (why is it not coming to an end)?”She feels that those who are involved in preparing question papers are leaking those.”Our meritorious students are getting into trouble due to this …the education system is lagging behind,” the JaPa leader told the house.She, however, mentioned that the present government has been more successful compared to the ones in the past.”In the past, no parliament had been able to complete its tenure peacefully…this government didn’t face any hartal, siege and movement,” she said.Raushan added that the development works carried out under the current government was never seen during other previous governments.last_img read more

Company Offers Free Training To Prepare Unemployed Geoscientists For Better Times

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listen Share center_img X More than 100,000 Texas oil jobs have been lost during the current downturn. That leaves many experienced geoscientists here in Houston out of a job.To make sure they are ready once the industry recovers, one company has started an initiative to train oil and gas professionals for free.For this week’s Bauer Business Focus, News 88.7’s Florian Martin spoke with Julianne Sharples, global brand manager for Ikon Science, about the technology company’s Geos Between Jobs initiative. Brien StrawJulianne Sharples is the global brand manager for Ikon Science.last_img read more

Turner Gives Some Details On Plan To Consider Removal Of Confederate Monuments

first_imgListen Al OrtizHouston Mayor Sylvester Turner says the process to decide about the removal of Confederate statues and monuments from public property that the City has just started will be “thoughtful.”Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner is elaborating on his plan to consider the removal of Confederate monuments located on public property.During the customary press conference held after the City Council’s Wednesday meeting, Turner noted he is reacting to renewed demand from some Houstonians after the tragic rally held in Charlottesville.The Mayor made clear the process to decide about the removal will be “thoughtful,” but he also gave his share of advice to Houstonians.“I think it’s also very important that we not allow the national discourse, and what’s being said and how things are being handled on the national level, to flow down into the city of Houston and pull us apart,” Turner said.As of now, the Mayor only knows of two Confederate monuments on public property, which are ‘The Spirit of the Confederacy’, located in the Sam Houston Park, and the statue of Dick Dowling, located in one of the access points to Hermann Park.In addition to the information he receives from his staff about the Confederate statues and monuments that are located in property belonging to the City, the Mayor added he wants to also seek input from experts at local universities, such as the University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Rice University.“If there’s a significant population in Houston that feels offended and feels that statue reinforces a racist point of view, I think that statue should be brought down. Statues are not put in place to impose a point of view on people,” noted in that regard historian Jeremi Suri, with the University of Texas at Austin, speaking on Houston Matters.The City says the first step in the process will be an inventory of Confederate monuments. Share 00:00 /01:06 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Xlast_img read more

TEA Releases Ratings of Texas School Districts

first_img Share Wikimedia CommonsThe Texas Education Agency has released the 2018 state accountability ratings for 1,200 school districts and district charters. Beginning this year, all multi-campus school districts and charters receive an accountability rating based on an A–F scale.The Texas Education Agency (TEA) released Wednesday the 2018 state accountability ratings for 1,200 school districts and district charters. Beginning this year, all multi-campus school districts and charters receive an accountability rating based on an A–F scale.The TEA didn’t rate the Houston Independent School District (HISD) because it met at least one of the Hurricane Harvey criteria announced in June.School district ratings (including charter operators) by category include:The previous chart does not include A–F ratings for single-campus school districts and charters. Those districts are not labeled A–F and continue to receive one of three ratings: Met Standard, Met Alternative Standard or Improvement Required. School district ratings (including charter operators) by category include:A total of 92 school districts, including HISD, and district charters would have received a rating of B, C, D or F, but met at least one of the Hurricane Harvey criteria announced in June. Therefore, those districts are labeled Not Rated: Harvey Provision. The Not Rated: Harvey Provision districts include:Aldine ISD; Alief ISD; Alvin ISD; Angleton ISD; Anahuac ISD; Aransas County ISD; Aransas Pass ISD; Arrow Academy (Houston); Austwell-Tivoli ISD; Beaumont ISD; Bloomington ISD; Boling ISD; Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity (Houston); Brazosport ISD; Bridge City ISD; Buna ISD; Burkeville ISD; Calhoun County ISD; Channelview ISD; Cleveland ISD; Coldspring-Oakhurst CISD; Columbia-Brazoria ISD; Cypress-Fairbanks ISD; Danbury ISD; Dayton ISD; Deer Park ISD; Deweyville ISD; Dickinson ISD; Draw Academy (Houston); East Chambers ISD; El Campo ISD; Evadale ISD; Evolution Academy Charter School (Beaumont, Richardson, Spring); Fort Bend ISD; Galena Park ISD; Galveston ISD; Goose Creek CISD; Gregory-Portland ISD; Hamshire-Fannett ISD; Hardin-Jefferson ISD; Hitchcock ISD; Houston ISD; Huffman ISD; Hull-Daisetta ISD; Humble ISD; Ingleside ISD; International Leadership of Texas (Houston, Richmond); Kipp Inc. Charter (Houston); Kountze ISD; Kirbyville CISD; La Grange ISD; Lamar CISD; Liberty ISD; Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD; Lumberton ISD; Nederland ISD; Odyssey Academy Inc. (El Lago, Galveston); Orangefield ISD; Palacios ISD; Pasadena ISD; Port Arthur ISD; Port Neches-Groves ISD; Promise Community School (Houston); Raul Yzaguirre School for Success (Houston); Refugio ISD; Rice CISD; Royal ISD; Runge ISD; Santa Fe ISD; Ser-Ninos Charter School (Houston); Sheldon ISD; Silsbee ISD; Spring Branch ISD; Spring ISD; Southwest School (Houston); Spurger ISD; Sweeny ISD; Taft ISD; Takoa Academy of Accelerated Studies (Orange, Port Arthur); Tarkington ISD; Texas Serenity Academy (Houston); Texas City ISD; The Pro-Vision Academy (Houston); The Rhodes School (Houston, Channelview); The Varnett Public Schools (Houston); Victoria ISD; Vidor ISD; West Hardin County CISD; West Orange-Cove CISD; Wharton ISD; Woodsboro ISD and Yes Prep Public Schools Inc. (Houston).Not rated for reasons other than Hurricane HarveyIn addition, 13 districts received a Not Rated label for reasons other than Hurricane Harvey. A complete list of all Not Rated school districts and district charters can be found on the TEA website at website allows to view the report cards. Parents can search by district or school name and compare that district’s or school’s performance to others in their area.Three areasDistricts receive a grade or rating based on performance in three areas.The first one is called ‘Student Achievement’ and measures what students know and can do by the end of the year. It includes results from state assessments across all subjects for all students, on both general and alternate assessments, College, Career, and Military Readiness (CCMR) indicators, like AP and ACT results, and graduation rates.The second area is ‘School Progress’. It measures how much better students are doing on the STAAR test this year versus last year, and how much better students are doing academically relative to schools with similar percentages of economically disadvantaged students.The third area is called ‘Closing the Gaps’ and looks at performance among student groups, including various racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomic backgrounds and other factors.Seventy percent of the accountability rating is based on the better of Student Achievement or Student Progress (whichever is better is the only performance measure counted in the calculations). The remaining 30 percent is based on performance in the Closing the Gaps area.Appeals Districts, charters, and campuses can appeal the rating assigned and the TEA will release the final 2018 ratings based on the outcomes of the appeals in December.last_img read more

Trump Says Apple Should Rebuild Manufacturing in the US to Avoid Tariffs

first_imgApple didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Trump told reporters Friday that his administration was days away from imposing a new round of tariffs on imports worth $200 billion, and that it could follow up with another round of tariffs on goods worth an additional $267 billion.Apple voiced its concerns about these tariffs in a public filing Friday, arguing that tariffs could make a wide range of products the company is selling to U.S. consumers more expensive. Affected products will include Apple Watch, Homepod, Apple Pencil, Air Pods, Mac Mini, cables, adapters and other accessories, according to the filing. Popular on Variety President Trump responded to Apple’s concerns about tariffs with a tweet Saturday morning, acknowledging that Apple products could get more expensive as a result of his administration’s escalating trade war with China.However, Trump suggested that there was an “easy solution” to this issue. All Apple had to do to avoid import taxes was to rebuild all of its manufacturing in the U.S. “Start building new plants now,” he tweeted. “Exciting!” “Our concern with these tariffs is that the U.S. will be hardest hit, and that will result in lower U.S. growth and competitiveness and higher prices for U.S. consumers,” the company wrote. “Because all tariffs ultimately show up as a tax on U.S. consumers, they will increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives.”The suggestion that Apple could easily move all of its manufacturing to the U.S. doesn’t quite match up with the realities of the consumer electronics industry, which depends on China’s significantly lower wages as well as the country’s massive manufacturing infrastructure.Apple doesn’t actually run its own factories in China, but uses contract manufacturers like Foxconn to build the iPhone and other products. Foxconn’s largest factory is estimated to be 1.4 square miles in size, and reportedly at one point housed up to 450,000 workers, many of which live in dorms on the factory grounds. Last year, a New York University student who worked undercover in an iPhone factory reported that he made $450 per month.At the same time, Apple is already using components sourced from U.S. manufacturers in some of its products. For instance, the iPhone’s screen is made by Corning, a New York-based manufacturer specializing in touch screens and other high-tech glass products. The company said on its website that it spent over $50 billion for goods purchased from U.S. suppliers last year. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Fresh cyclonic circulation to bring in thundershowers MeT

first_imgKolkata: Kolkatans as well as those residing in the South Bengal districts may witness thundershowers for the next few days starting on Thursday as a fresh cyclonic circulation has formed in the north-east of Jharkhand. The Regional Meteorological Centre at Alipore on Wednesday predicted that cyclonic circulation is moving towards the Gangetic West Bengal ushering in some more rain in some of the South Bengal districts in the next few days. It may be mentioned that last Saturday and Sunday, several parts of South Bengal including the city witnessed thunderstorms accompanied with rain. This brought down the temperature by a few notches. It again started soaring in the city from Tuesday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the latest weather office prediction, the temperature may again go down from Thursday due to the thunderstorm. Some of the South Bengal districts may also witness hailstorm, the MeT office predicted. It was learnt that a strong wind will be sweeping through various parts of the districts like Jalpaiguri, Cooch Behar, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur and Malda in North Bengal and East Burdwan, West Burdwan, North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas, Howrah, Hooghly, Nadia, Murshidabad, Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram and Birbhum in the southern parts. There is also a prediction of thundershowers in many of these districts. A senior official of the Alipore MeT office said that strong winds may be blowing in South Bengal in the next few days which will bring the temperature further down giving a relief from the hot and humid conditions.last_img read more

Illuminating lives To make an environmental impact

first_imgWorld Earth Day is celebrated every year as an annual event all across the world on Apri 22. Schools, in particular, celebrate the day in an attempt to spread awareness among students about environment safety, and demonstrate environmental protection measures. In and across Kolkata, many schools set up activities to make this process of learning as much fun as possible for the students this Earth Day.Cheerful students of Akshar, a renowned school headed by Neena Singh, the Executive Director, celebrated Earth Day in the most versatile and innovative way possible. Each class decided to do their bulletin boards on an international or national environmental activist. The students chose various activists and then put up a performances based on them and their history. They were given a span of one week to prepare. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn April 28, the students showcased it on the stage, highlighting the efforts of the activists who worked hard to make a tangible environmental impact. Some of the activists included were Parvati Barua from India, Steve Irwin from Australia, Winona Laduke and Rachel Carson from the US, among various others. It portrayed a global participation in the conservation of the environment. Although the program lasted for less than an hour, it was a success and highlighted Akshar’s motive and inspiration of being a green hub. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, Navneet Khullar, the Principal of the school said: “It was a great day to impart environmental education, reflect efforts to green the entire school and most importantly engage the whole student community in making a difference.”When asked in what ways can we save our planet, Megha Lahiri, a student of class 7 said, “I mostly avoid using plastic bags and switch off lights and fans whenever I come out of my room because energy conservation is a necessity.” This is an extended program under ‘The young leaders for change project’ where Akshar is collaborating with CEE (Center for Environment Education) and the American Center. Under this project, Akshar has partnered with an Australian NGO “Solar Buddies”. The project undertaken by Akshar is called ‘Illuminating Lives’ and through this project, their students will make and distribute solar lamps to make the environment more sustainable by reaching out to the community at large. It is now imperative to make students understand the importance of conserving planet Earth through various tangible and intangible ways.last_img read more

GeneticallyAltered Mosquitoes May Be Key to Eradicating Malaria Study Shows

first_imgNovember 23, 2015 3 min read Malaria continues to devastate: More than 40 percent of the global population lives in areas where there is the risk of contracting the disease, which killed an estimated half a million people in 2013.Spread via infected mosquito, the disease has proven impossible to eliminate with existing strategies.But researchers at the University of California — including Anthony James, a professor of molecular biology and biochemistry — have developed a possibly groundbreaking new tool in the fight to eradicate the disease. A paper published today in the scientific journal PNAS details their attempt at introducing malaria-blocking genes into the DNA of disease-transmitting mosquitoes.Related: New Product Makes You Invisible to Mosquitoes and May Save LivesWhile James has been working for nearly two decades on ways to alter mosquito populations, this latest attempt is different. Notably, it uses CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”), the recently discovered gene-editing technique that is cheaper, faster, more flexible and in many ways more precise than alternative methods. And crucially, it is able to alter both dominant and recessive marker genes — to huge results.In James’s previous work, which has focused on injecting mosquitoes with synthetic DNA to combat the spread of dengue fever, the modification was only passed down to its offspring 50 percent of the time because it was carried by only one of a pair of chromosomes. But in the PNAS study, when malaria-blocking genes were inserted into a population of Anapheles mosquitoes using CRISPR, the modification could be copied to the partner chromosome and thus passed down in every generation. As a result, inheritance rates rose to 99.5 percent.Related: This Mosquito-Repelling Wristband Might Just Save Your Summer”This opens up the real promise that this technique can be adapted for eliminating malaria,” James said in a statement. “This is a significant first step. We know the gene works. The mosquitoes we created are not the final brand, but we know this technology allows us to efficiently create large populations.”In a homogenous mosquito population, the gene mutation would spread throughout the entire population in 10 generations (or around three months), says Valentino Gantz, one of the study’s authors. If it sounds remarkably fast, it is. While methods for altering mosquito DNA in an attempt to control disease have been around for years, none have shown to be as efficient or effective, says Gantz.”CRISPR technology is just a different way to do the same thing other people have done before. But in this case, it appears to work much better.”Related: How the World’s First Bitcoin Charity Is Harnessing the Cryptocurrency to Change Lives (VIDEO) Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Credit Union Turning to Technology

first_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2011-09-21 Abby Gregory “”Digital Federal Credit Union””: (DCU) is enhancing its technology platforms with the help of “”LenderLive Network Inc.”” With the use of LenderLive’s loan fulfillment program, DCU will now have improved processing, underwriting, and closing procedures.[IMAGE]DCU, the largest credit union in New England, serves clients in all states nationwide, and the company cites rising demand as the chief catalyst behind selecting the new software initiative. The company boasts an estimated $3.8 billion in assets and is among the country’s largest entities of its kind based on the volume of mortgage loans it originates.Elaborating on DCU’s recent growth in its mortgage lending division, vice president of the mortgage division, Scott Auen, said, “”We wanted a business partner that had the experience,[COLUMN_BREAK]the staff and the technology so we could best meet the needs of our members. Our members expect the highest level of service, and we want to assure them that during the fulfillment process we are compliant with all of the latest regulatory changes. LenderLive helped us achieve those standards in addition to supporting our institution with the flexibility to cost effectively expand our mortgage footprint.””The key additions DCU expects from LenderLive’s platforms include faster processing of loans, lowered overhead operating costs related to mortgage lending, and greater ease of access and information flow. Rick Seehausen, CEO of LenderLive, said of DCU’s choice to utilize the company’s products, “”Community lending is vital to the future of the financial industry and credit unions, such as DCU, have emerged as a valuable player in the mortgage market. That is why it is important to support them with the resources to better respond to increased demand for services. Our comprehensive fulfillment services help institutions, including DCU, scale operations more quickly and provide immediate access to expertise for a quality experience, which is paramount in today’s market.””DCU is a full-service, not for profit financial institution based in Marlborough, Massachusets, and the credit union serves more than 340,000 members around the U.S. Colorado-based LenderLive offers technological advantages through its five divisions, which include origination, conduit, document, settlement, and loan services; the company focuses on loan purchase operations for lenders of all sizes.center_img Credit Union Turning to Technology September 21, 2011 420 Views last_img read more

Digital revenues from services like Netflix Amazo

first_imgDigital revenues from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Sky Store exceeded £1bn for the first time last year, according to new research.The UK’s Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA) claims that it is “almost certain” that video will become a majority-digital business in 2016, after digital video revenues grew by 30.3% year-on-year in 2015.Last year, total UK video revenues came to £2.24 billion, up 1.5% year-on-year, according to figures compiled by IHS on behalf of the British Video Association (BVA). Of this, digital video accounted for £1.085 billion, physical retail for £1.075 billion and physical rental for £76.9 million.The BVA said the figures marked a “tipping point” for the uptake of digital video services with 2015 marking the first year that the UK video industry went “truly multichannel”.However, it also said that the research underlines the UK’s “ongoing love affair with discs”. According to Official Charts Company data, DVD and Blu-ray combined sold nearly 119.6million copies and represented 48% of the total home entertainment market value (£1.1bn) as consumers “continued to value the convenience and quality of physical media.”“2015 was another strong year for the audio visual industry which defied the odds of economic uncertainty and technological change to deliver brilliant entertainment on which people spent their hard-earned money,” said Liz Bales, CEO, BVA and Industry Trust for IP Awareness.“Despite the much suggested decline of discs, these latest figures showed that the format continues to be popular with consumers who are buying more than 320,000 discs every day. These figures, while lower than previous years as people access content in many different ways, suggest there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the success of both DVD and Blu-ray for years to come.Overall the ERA said that the UK’s combined games, video and music markets reached an all-time high of £6.1bn in 2015, thanks to surging digital revenues.ERA CEO, Kim Bayley said: “Ten years ago the entertainment business was on the edge of a precipice. Piracy was rampant and there were few legal alternatives. Thanks to huge investments by the likes of Apple and Steam and Netflix and Spotify, there has been a significant turnaround.”last_img read more