Newspaper Publisher Acquires Worcester Magazine

first_img“It’s actually an appropriate title for a traditional newspaper to buy, because it reaches an audience that the traditional papers are losing, namely younger readers, as well as giving them some traction with advertisers they may not otherwise get,” said Kim Mac Leod, president of Regional Media Advisors, an M&A advisory company for the regional market. Looking forward, Charter said the possibility of converting Worcester to a glossy is “undetermined,” indicating that “many ideas are on the table.” One idea is to launch an annual glossy edition, he says. Alternative news weekly Worcester magazine has been acquired by newspaper publisher Holden Landmark Corp. The agreement is set to close before the end of the month.Terms of the deal were not disclosed.“From a market standpoint, connecting with a publication with 30-plus-year track record is a beautiful fit geographically for us,” Holden Landmark publisher Gareth Chater told FOLIO:. The company publishes five weekly newspapers in the greater Worcester, Massachusetts area—including its flagship Holden Landmark—as well as State Parent magazine.A newsprint tabloid distributed free at 500 locations around the city, Worcester magazine has a circulation of 34,000. “We couldn’t offer our advertisers penetration into the city [Worcester], and now we can,” Charter said. “We like the alternative city space. Given the decline of the metro dailies and the emergence of the Web, we think it has great potential.”last_img read more

NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Environmental Analyst II at MassDEPFull-Time Purchasing Analyst III at Osram SylvaniaFull-Time Design & Solution Specialist at Heilind ElectronicsFull-Time Buyer at D.B. RobertsFull-Time Inside Sale Support at S.G. TorriceFull-Time Packaging Technician at Stuffed FoodsPart-Time Bus Driver at Windsor Place of WilmingtonFull-Time Head of Communications and Content at SOVOS ComplianceFull-Time Drain Cleaner at Drains By JamesPart-Time Package Handler at FedEx Warehouse(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more

OBITUARY Janice L Kadlec Ferrone 78

first_imgARLINGTON, MA — Janice L. Ferrone (Kadlec), age 78 passed away peacefully on Friday, January 18, 2019. She was born June 11, 1940 in Wilmington, Massachusetts to Charles and Edna Kadlec. Janice spent her earlier years as a caregiver to elders and later in life worked at Arlington High School in the cafeteria. She devoted many years to helping others. Janice was a devoted Red Sox fan and enjoyed cheering on the world series teams and her favorite player Big Papi. She was an avid walker and spent many days walking around Arlington and Harvard Square. Janice enjoyed time in the kitchen and cooking for her family and friends.She loved spending time with her family especially her children John Ferrone and his wife Kathleen Ferrone of Woburn, MA, Bryan Ferrone and his wife Karen Ferrone of Auburn NH, Denise Hess and her husband Zackary Hess of Leominster MA, and Paul Ferrone of Leominster MA. She is survived by her brother Robert Kadlec and his wife Connie Kadlec who reside in Florida. Janice is also survived by her grandchildren who lovingly called her “Nana”, Dannielle Ferrone, Ryan and his wife Aileen Ferrone, Ashley Ferrone, Andrea Ferrone, Michael Ferrone, Rebecca Hess, Renee Hess, Christopher Ferrone, and her great grandson Cameron Ferrone. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.The family will greet friends and relatives from 5:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday January 24th followed by a ceremony at Keefe Funeral Home, 5 Chestnut Street in Arlington MA.Janice L. (Kadlec) Ferrone(NOTE: The above obituary is from Keefe Funeral Home.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Beverly (Gaudreau) Silva, 89In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: James Thayer Hastings, 84In “Obituaries”last_img read more

VIDEO Watch The 2019 Wilmington High Scholarship Night

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington High School held its Annual Scholarship Night on Friday, May 31, 2019 in the WHS Gym.  According to Principal Linda Peters, more than $188,000 in scholarships were awarded to 97 graduating seniors.Watch the event, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:——Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBenoit, Hill, Mastrorilli, Packer, Palmer, Stokes, & WCTV Honored At WHS Senior Athletic Banquet (with VIDEO)In “Sports”VIDEO: Watch The Hospital Bed Race From Fun On The FourthIn “Videos”WHS Football Team Is Looking For Corporate SponsorsIn “Community”last_img read more

2020 Nissan Rogue Sport brings more sleekness safety to Chicago

first_img Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 43 Photos 0 Enlarge ImageThe headlights are the most obvious upgrade, but the new (optional) wheels look pretty great, too. Andrew Krok/Roadshow The Nissan Rogue Sport is more than just a slightly smaller Rogue, and to give it a bit more distinct spot in the lineup, it enters the 2020 model year with some solid enhancements.Nissan unveiled the 2020 Rogue Sport at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show on Thursday. Boasting improvements to its looks, as well as its complement of standard equipment, the SUV that lives between the Kicks and the big-boy Rogue is ready to pounce on a market that cannot get enough of the current crossover craze.The 2020 Rogue Sport’s exterior refresh is mild, but noticeable. The headlights are slightly more rectilinear than before, alluding to updates on other new Nissan models, like the Altima. There’s also a new hood, a new bumper and a tweaked version of Nissan’s family grille. LED daytime running lights come along for the ride, while a new set of taillights live out back. Two new colors — bright green and orange — are now available, too. The interior is the same as before.The biggest news has to be the improved availability of its safety suite. Nissan Safety Shield, the package that includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring and automatic high beams, is now standard. Formerly, it was only offered on SV and SL trims, but for 2020 it’ll be standard on even the base S trim. It also carries over certain 2019 enhancements, including the addition of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The semi-autonomous ProPilot Assist lane-holding system is still available, too.The engine remains a 2.0-liter, naturally aspirated I4 gas engine good for 141 horsepower and 147 pound-feet of torque. A continuously variable transmission is the only one available, but the Rogue Sport is available with either front-wheel or all-wheel drive. It goes on sale in the fall, and while pricing hasn’t been announced yet, a base 2019 Rogue Sport will set you back $22,240. 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport looks sharp in its refreshed skin 2020 Nissan Rogue Sport brings a fresh face to Chicago Review • 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport: Only half as sporty as it should be Preview • 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport: Right size, great handling but short on tech More From Roadshow 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 1:56 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Post a comment SUVs Crossovers More about 2017 Nissan Rogue Sport Nissanlast_img read more

Tesla Model Y crossover SUV unveiled

first_img34:37 The success or failure of the Model Y could make or break Tesla. If the vehicle appeals to buyers who hadn’t previously been interested in a sedan like the Model 3 and couldn’t afford a Model X, then it’s all gravy. Of course, that also depends on whether Tesla is able to decide officially where to build it and whether it can build the vehicle without the pronounced quality issues it suffered with the Model 3 (and the Model X and S before it). If Tesla isn’t able to deliver on its promises or the vehicle ends up sharing much less in terms of parts with the Model 3 than expected, then it could go very badly. Based on aesthetics alone, though, that doesn’t look to be an issue. It’s worth remembering, however, that when the Model X was announced, it was supposed to share the bulk of its parts with the Model S, but ended up only sharing around 30 percent. In any case, we now live in a world where Elon Musk has lived out his “S3XY” fantasy and made us all his accomplices in it. We’re looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Model Y just as soon as we can pry one away from the folks at Tesla, but until then, keep an eye on Roadshow for more Model Y news as it happens. Enlarge ImageHere it is, Tesla’s Model Y, and it looks… pretty much like we expected it to. Tesla Tesla’s Model Y has finally been unveiled to the public, and while the Model 3-based crossover SUV is pretty much what we expected, there’s still a lot here to sink our teeth into. The Model Y has a little bit of a Model X feel about it– including an unexpected optional third-row seating option — minus its big brother’s controversial Falcon doors. Mainly, however, there’s a whole lot of Model 3 DNA and visuals in the 2020 Model Y. In fact, the latter is why it’s arguably Tesla’s least-innovative new vehicle ever. However, that probably doesn’t matter much, and it could actually be a good thing: Given that consumer interest in crossover SUVs is at a fever pitch these days, this new offering is likely to become the brand’s best-selling model when it finally hits the streets late next year. As Musk announced via Twitter recently, Model Y pricing starts at around 10 percent over what a comparably equipped Model 3 does while offering a usable range of approximately 300 miles. This works out to a $39,000 standard-range model, which Musk says is due in 2021, and a long-range model, which will cost $47,000 and go on sale in fall 2020.  What you get in trade is a slightly more family- and cargo-friendly shape and the smug satisfaction that you’ve got the newest Tesla on your block. Plus, given that the Model Y is based on the Model 3, this baby crossover will undoubtedly be pretty quick, as previewed in our early ride-along from Thursday’s reveal event seen below. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for Our first ride in the Tesla #ModelY pic.twitter.com/XLCjI4vGDG— Roadshow (@roadshow) March 15, 2019 Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Tesla pulls the wraps off its Model Y crossover SUV Elon Musk unveils the Tesla Model Y 9 Photoscenter_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tesla Share your voice More From Roadshow 47 Electric Cars Car Industry SUVs Crossovers Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

Fallstreak hole or real UFO Amazing shape spotted in UAE skies sparks

first_imgTwitter/UFO Sightings DailyA few days back, several photos and videos apparently taken from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) surfaced online, and these images featured a strange circular structure in the skies. Most of the users who posted the video on Twitter and Facebook argued that a hole had opened up in the sky, while some others alleged that weather control manipulation is going on.However, after analyzing the videos and photos, popular conspiracy theorist and extraterrestrial researcher Scott C Waring proposed a bizarre theory that may seem too tough for the human conscience to digest.Alien UFO in UAE?As per Waring, the gigantic circular hole-like shape spotted in the skies of UAE could be a cloaked alien UFO. The self-proclaimed researcher argued that aliens have visited the Arab country because of its rich oil and wealth.شوهدت هذه الظاهرة النادرة والجميلة صباح اليوم في مدينة العين تُسمى hole punch cloud أو ظاهرة fallstreak hole pic.twitter.com/NbOd9zofNk— إبراهيم الجروان (@ibrahimaljarwan) March 17, 2019″That’s easy to answer, its a clocked alien craft. They are over the UAE to observe one of the richest countries in the world for their oil and wealth. If you look closely at the hole, you will see an inner and outer ring. This means the UFO is still there right now as this photo was taken. That’s right, it hasn’t flown away, it is still there. Did you also notice that the centre of the circle has a pushed down lower area of clouds? Because the ships lower part shoved the clouds out of the way to make room for the UFO,” wrote Waring on his website UFO Sightings Daily.Waring also alleged that these UFO sightings should be investigated seriously as it is a matter of public privacy.”They are watching, recording and gathering more data on you than you knew existed. All without your permission to do so. That is a crime that has continued for thousands of years on Earth and still does. I call that a crime against humanity,” added Waring.Experts put forward convincing explanationHowever, experts who analyzed the UFO images and videos quickly dismissed the alien angle, and they made it clear that the structure appeared in UAE skies is nothing but Fallstreak hole popularly known as hole punch cloud. Weather experts revealed that this is a purely natural phenomenon, and it usually happens when the water temperature in the clouds below get frozen, but the water, in a supercooled state, has not frozen yet due to the lack of ice nucleation.last_img read more

Ethiopias Amhara leader army chief shot dead amid coup attempt

first_imgAbiy Ahmed, Ethiopia’s prime minister.The regional president of Ethiopia’s Amhara state and his advisor were killed on Saturday during a coup attempt, in which the country’s army chief was also shot dead. The coup was orchestrated by Ethiopia’s top general, according to a report published with The Guardian. Ambachew Mekonnen and his adviser Ezez Wasie were shot on Saturday, said Abiy Ahmed, Prime Minister of Ahmara, on national television in the early hours of Sunday. A statement from Abiy’s office did not give details on who was believed responsible for the attack. “The coup attempt in Amhara regional state is against the constitution and is intended to scupper the hard-won peace of the region,” said the statement.Brigadier General Tefera Mamo, the head of Special Forces in Amhara, said on Sunday, “Most of the people who attempted the coup have been arrested, although there are a few still at large.”Gunfire was reported from Addis Asaba, the capital of Amhara, by the US embassy. Violence around Amhara’s main city Bahir Dar was also reported. “The embassy is aware of reports of gunfire in Addis Ababa. The chief of mission personnel are advised to shelter in place,” the embassy said in one of its two alerts.The coup attempt comes a year after a grenade explosion left two people dead at a rally Abiy was addressing. He has been hailed for his efforts to end the iron-fisted rule of his predecessors, since coming to power in April 2018.last_img read more

Long tailback on DhakaTangail highway

first_imgVehicles are moving slowly on Dhaka-Tangail highway. There is a huge tailback. Kamonashis Shekhor takes this photo from Elenga bus stand area of Kalihati in Tangail.Thousands of home-bound people have been stuck on both ends of Bangabandhu Bridge on Dhaka-Tangail highway due to a 10-kilometre tailback in the district.The tailback began forming on the highway on Monday night for excessive pressure of northern-region-bound vehicles.The toll collection was disrupted sometimes as the traffic congestion reached close to the toll plaza office of the bridge, officials said.Tangail traffic inspector Eshraj Hossain said the tailback from Hatikumrul intersection in Sirajganj in the west of the bridge reached to the east of the bridge on Tuesday. And so, the bridge authorities suspended collection of toll at times, he added. Rangpur-bound bus passenger Abul Hossain said that he reached Bangabandhu bridge from Dhaka in 10 hours, and is stuck in the congestion near the bridge.last_img read more

India EU ask Myanmar to implement Annan report

first_imgIndia and the European Union (EU) have urged Myanmar to implement the Kofi Annan-led Rakhine Advisory Commission’s recommendations and work with Bangladesh to return displaced persons to Northern Rakhine state, reports UNB.India and the EU also recognised the role being played by Bangladesh in extending humanitarian assistance to the people in need, according to India-EU joint statement issued during 14th India-EU Summit in New Delhi on Friday.The joint statement was issued after talks among Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, president of the European Council Donald Tusk and president of the European Commission Jean Claude Juncker.India and the EU expressed deep concern at the recent spate of violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar that has resulted in the outflow of a large number of people from the state, many of whom have sought shelter in neighbouring Bangladesh.Both sides took note that this violence was triggered off by a series of attacks by Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) militants which led to loss of lives among the security forces as well as the civilian population.Both sides recognised the need for ending the violence and restoring normalcy in the Rakhine state without any delay.More than 5,15,000 Rohingyas have so far taken refuge in Bangladesh fleeing persecution in Rakhine state of Myanmar carried out by its military forces since 25 August.last_img read more

White House on lockdown after shots fired

first_imgPolice are seen outside the White House as several blocks are closed down by the United States Secret Service on 3 March, 2018 in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPThe White House was placed on lockdown and the surrounding area cordoned off by emergency personnel Saturday after an apparent gunshot was heard.The US Secret Service said on Twitter that it was responding “to reports of a person who allegedly suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the north fence line of @White House.”It said medical personnel were “responding to the male victim,” but that there were “no other reported injuries.”The victim’s identity was not immediately known.President Donald Trump was not at the White House at the time. He is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.Reporters tweeting from the White House briefing room said they had been told to shelter in place. Police cars and ambulances swarmed to the area minutes after the incident.Disturbances outside the White House are not rare. On 23 Feb, a woman was arrested after crashing her vehicle into a security barrier near the presidential residence.And there have been repeated attempts to jump over fences around the building.last_img read more

Youths want more jobs environment of tolerance

first_imgDiscussants at the roundtable titled ‘Election 2018: Youth Manifesto’ on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloThe young generation of the country wants better employment opportunities and implementation of National Youth Policy for ensuring a sustainable development of both the rural and urban youth, a roundtable was told on Tuesday.Prothom Alo in association with Institute of Informatics and Development (IID) and ActionAid organised the roundtable titled ‘Election 2018: Youth Manifesto’.The new generation also wants a peaceful environment and tolerance towards dissent, observed the participants.Several participants also expressed their hope that the political parties would fully implement the pledges they made in their respective election manifestos announced ahead of the 11th general election.ActionAid country director Farah Kabir lamented the absence of a platform where the young generation can interact with the policy-makers.“The urban upper and upper middle class youth are getting more facilities then the youth in the rural areas. We have to think of the youth in the villages, too,” said Farah.IID chief executive Sayeed Ahmed said the young generation should oversee if the political parties are implementing their manifesto after the election.Northern University’s senior teacher Mahbuba Sultana said young women face different problems when they come to the capital for the first time.The next government should work to eliminate those problems, she added.ActionAid training coordinator Md Nazmul Ahsan urged the political parties to reform the country’s education system to eradicate unemployment.Referring to the laws made following the students’ safe road movement, actress Sabila Noor said the youth want to see implementation of those laws.Student of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology Kamruzzaman Kamrul said the universities of the country should increase their allocation on research.He also said the environment to express dissent should exist in the country.Moderated by Prothom Alo associate editor Abdul Quayyum, the roundtable was also addressed by Dhaka University student Jubeli Khanam, North South University student Sharif Ashikuzzaman, Eastern University student Ashrafunnesa Mouri, IID volunteers Aliva Rani Shil, Wahidul Islam, Jarin Tasnim Swarani and Arup Kumar Das, and ActionAid volunteers Md Nasir Uddin and Tasnia Bahar Chowdhury, among others.last_img read more

White House denies Trump inciting violence against congresswoman

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 7 February 2019 US Representative Ilhan Omar, Democrat of Minnesota, speaks during a press conference calling on Congress to cut funding for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to defund border detention facilities, outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPThe top Democrat in the US Congress ordered a safety review for a Muslim congresswoman and her family Sunday after accusing president Donald Trump of putting her in danger by tweeting a video of her spliced with footage of the 9/11 attacks.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi took time out from an official trip to issue a strong statement urging Trump to remove the clip featuring Minnesota congresswoman Ilhan Omar.”Following the president’s tweet, I spoke with the sergeant-at-arms to ensure that Capitol Police are conducting a security assessment to safeguard Congresswoman Omar, her family and her staff,” she said.”The president’s words weigh a ton, and his hateful and inflammatory rhetoric creates real danger. President Trump must take down his disrespectful and dangerous video.”Trump’s spokeswoman Sarah Sanders, meanwhile, defended the president Sunday against accusations that he was inciting violence toward Omar.Omar has been at the center of an escalating row after a clip emerged of her characterizing the deadliest attack on US soil as “some people did something.”On Friday, Trump tweeted a video that juxtaposed the snippet, which Omar’s fellow Democrats say was taken out of context, with images of the hijacked planes used in the attacks crashing into the Twin Towers that once dominated New York’s skyline. Menacing music accompanies Omar’s words.The clip, which had been viewed more than 9.4 million times as of Sunday afternoon, ends with the words: “SEPTEMBER 11 2001 WE REMEMBER.”Prominent Democrats including Beto O’Rourke, Kamala Harris and Omar’s fellow first-time Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were quick to rush to Omar’s defense, accusing the president and other Republicans of deliberately de-contextualizing her remarks and endangering her life.Sanders, however, defended Trump, telling ABC television’s “This Week” that “the president is wishing no ill will and certainly not violence towards anyone.”But, she added: “It’s absolutely abhorrent the comments she continues to make and has made and (Democrats) look the other way.”I find her comments to be absolutely disgraceful and unbefitting of a member of Congress and I think that it’s a good thing that the president is calling her out for those comments, and the big question is why aren’t Democrats doing it as well.”Omar hits backOmar has mounted her own trenchant fight back, tweeting Saturday: “No one person – no matter how corrupt, inept, or vicious – can threaten my unwavering love for America.”I stand undeterred to continue fighting for equal opportunity in our pursuit of happiness for all Americans,” she said.The controversy arose after Omar delivered a 20-minute address to the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) shortly after the New Zealand mosque attacks in March.”For far too long, we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it,” she said.”CAIR was founded after 9/11,” she added, “because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”The civil rights group was in fact founded in 1994 but grew significantly after 2001.The speech did not initially receive significant attention until the snippet in question was highlighted weeks later by controversial Australian personality Mohammad Tawhidi who refers to himself as the “Imam of Peace.”last_img read more

Teachers Report Stressed Anxious Students In The Age Of Trump

first_imgThis past spring, a history teacher in North Carolina was giving a lesson about Christopher Columbus. He covered how Columbus and his men enslaved and otherwise mistreated the native people of the island of Hispaniola.One white student piped up: “Well, that’s what needed to happen. They were just dumb people anyways like they are today. That was the purpose, that’s why we need a wall.”Multiple students agreed. An argument ensued. After class, two Latina students came up to the teacher and said: “He doesn’t need to be saying stuff like that in class. We are worried for our well-being. We’re worried about things not going good for us.”The anonymous anecdote was collected as part of a new UCLA survey. In it, teachers report that in the current political climate, some of their students fear for themselves and their families. Others reported that students seem more “emboldened” to express racist and derogatory views.Even as the first lady spent time this week touring schools to promote caring and inclusion, many are ready to chalk up a new incivility in schools to the Age of Trump.Previous surveys we’ve reported on, including one from the Southern Poverty Law Center, also found increases in school bullying related to overheated political rhetoric.The UCLA survey, unlike those, relies on a nationally representative sample: 1,535 teachers at schools whose demographics reflect those of U.S. schools as a whole, rather than pulling from self-selecting volunteers. Also, the survey was conducted after President Trump took office. Along with the survey, researchers at the UCLA Institute for Democracy, Education and Accessconducted 35 follow-up interviews by phone.Here are some of the key findings:79 percent of teachers reported that students have expressed concerns for their well-being or the well-being of their families because of what is in the news. Most commonly mentioned was immigration, but the list also included the much-publicized travel ban, restrictions on LGBTQ rights, threats to the Affordable Care Act and threats to the environment.51 percent of teachers reported more students experiencing “high levels of stress and anxiety.”44 percent of teachers reported that students’ concerns were affecting learning. In interviews, they spoke about students who seemed stressed, distracted and who were contributing less to class discussion for fear of drawing attention to themselves.41 percent of teachers reported that students were more likely than in previous years to introduce unfounded claims in class discussions, such as from Facebook or talk radio.27 percent of teachers reported an increase in students making derogatory remarks about other groups during class discussions. This included sexist as well as racist and anti-Muslim comments.20 percent of teachers reported heightened polarization on campus and incivility in their classrooms.These last two figures were higher for teachers at predominantly white schools, says John Rogers, lead author of the report and a professor at UCLA’s graduate school of education. He noted that teachers in eight states used the word “emboldened” to describe some white students’ increasingly racist and offensive behavior.The report is not comprehensive, and there’s no easy way to compare its results with those during any previous administration. But it speaks to an ongoing national discussion about civil discourse and civic engagement inside and outside the classroom.White nationalists like Richard Spencer are coming to college campuses purporting to embody free speech, even as their supporters commit violence.Former President George W. Bush, and retiring Repubican Sen. Jeff Flake, each in a recent speech drew a line between the rhetoric that flies on Twitter and television, and what students in school are learning about the bounds of acceptability.“Bullying and prejudice in our public life sets a national tone, provides permission for cruelty and bigotry, and compromises the moral education of children,” Bush said. “The only way to pass along civic values is to first live up to them.”“It is often said that children are watching. Well, they are,” said Flake.Ron Avi Astor, who researches school climate at the University of Southern California, follows Rogers’ work closely. He cautions that teachers may have a “really different” view of what is going on in their schools than students do.A high school teacher, for example, may have 200 students in the course of a day, Astor explains. And if she sees problems happening with one or two of them, that doesn’t necessarily generalize to every student in a school.However, he says the results of this survey conform with what he has been seeing in the field and hearing from administrators and teachers.Astor says he has seen schools in Los Angeles, where he lives and does research, taking steps to protect students who are worried about immigration crackdowns.“You don’t need a big study to know that kids turn on the TV and they see and hear the nastiness that’s going on,” he says.UCLA’s Rogers says the survey suggests that the political climate may be chilling classroom debate. “Teachers said they avoided talking about topics they otherwise would discuss, or had lessons that were more controlling and less engaging than in the past.”One teacher said, “I’d been trained to bring all different student perspectives into the discussion, but I don’t quite know what to do when it creates a threat for other students or undermines a sense of community in my classroom.”Teachers told the UCLA researchers that they wanted more professional development and more leadership from their administrators on how to balance these concerns. “It would be troubling,” says Rogers, “if the lesson was that schools need to back away from civic and political life.” Sharelast_img read more

Houston Astros Reflect On World Series Win Their Spirit as a Team

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:18 00:00 /00:16 X Several athletes have turned down invitations to the White House in the past. What if the Astros are invited? Pitcher Lance McCullers has been thinking about that. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: – / 4The team has been reflecting on their season, and met with reporters Friday afternoon at Minute Maid park, moments before taking part in the downtown parade in their honor. Outfielder George Springer says first baseman Yuli Gurriel has had a tough time making amends for a gesture perceived as racist earlier in the series. Share Gurriel took off his batting helmet and nodded his head when he faced Los Angeles Dodgers starter Yu Garvish in game seven of the series, in an apparent effort to make further amends. Members of the Astros have been reflecting on their win. Third baseman Alex Bregman is ready for more. 00:00 /00:17 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listencenter_img Listen The Houston School District cancelled Friday classes so that students, staff and their families could attend the parade. Houston officials had to extend the parade route honoring the World Series champions after more fans than expected showed up. X Third baseman Alex Bregman figures he’s in, if the team is asked to Washington. Listen 00:00 /00:05 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

How Houstonians Pronounce Different Words Depends A Lot On Their Age And

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /12:40 X Listen A Rice University researcher is studying how people in Houston speak.Dr. Nancy Niedzielski sees differences in how people say different words based on what part of Houston they’re from, what age they are, and their race.It’s all part of her research for a project called the Houston Urban English Study (HUES).Dr. Niedzielski tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about the project, how the way English is spoken is changing, and what makes Houston a particularly interesting place to study dialects.last_img

Kirwan Commission to Recommend Sweeping Changes

first_imgThe Kirwan Commission will soon recommend the most sweeping changes in Maryland public K-12 education in decades. The 24-member commission, created by the Maryland General Assembly in 2016 and chaired by former Maryland University System Chancellor Britt Kirwan, is in the midst of a four-city tour across Maryland, that included Baltimore, to talk about the future of public schools.Baltimore City Public School (BCPS) officials and community-based groups like Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, the Baltimore grassroots think tank, both know the stakes are high, especially for students of color and low income students in Baltimore’s underserved schools. But, both sides seem to have different outlooks on how to transform public education in Baltimore.“There are only a small number of public hearings happening throughout the state and this is the only one in the greater Baltimore area. It’s our city and we want to make sure people are informed and given the opportunity to help inform the Commissioners,” said Anne Fullerton, Executive Director of Communications at BCPS.BCPS needs the Kirwan Commission to recommend changes in the state’s educational funding formula to ensure city schools receives an additional $358 million. In a letter to parents, BCPS School Superintendent Sonya Santelises says the funding is needed to “ensure adequate education for Baltimore’s students.”Dayvon Love, director of Public Policy for Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle said those who know the real needs of Baltimore’s children are not represented at the table sharing solutions to the education gap that has persisted in Baltimore public schools and across the state.“There’s been a professionalization of the education sector where community folks and people who have non-traditional approaches to education that are community based are afterthoughts in terms of curriculum, setting up objectives and goals and policy,” Love told the AFRO.The Maryland Commission on Innovation and Excellence in Education (Kirwan Commission) has spent the past year in Annapolis hearing from leaders in the field of education on best practices across the nation and throughout the world. At the Commission’s most recent regular meeting in August Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) joined the Commission via SKYPE from Paris.That broad, global approach is also part of the problem in developing strategies that will impact change in the African American community, Love said.“Many of the organizations that are closest in proximity to community and many of the organizations that have been very successful in producing high quality students in public schools have been forced out of the process. For the past 20 – 25 years the current stakeholders have done little to move the needle for our children and in our communities in the field of education,” he said.Fullerton said BCPSS has cast a wide net to encourage all sectors of the City Schools family to connect with the Kirwan Commission and sit at the table in the conversation about the future of public education.“We have been communicating very broadly. We have been communicating with the whole city schools community, staff, family members, people who subscribe to receive news from us and partners with our schools over the years that include our community schools’ partners and our social media accounts. We’re attempting to make sure that all members of our community are included in the conversation,” she said.Delegate Adrienne Jones, the first African American speaker pro tem of the Maryland House of Delegates and member of the Legislative Black Caucus, implored African Americans to work with the Kirwan Commission at the remaining regional hearings in Baltimore Oct. 12 and Prince George’s County Oct. 25.  “We need to show up and make our voices heard if we want to see the approaches, programs and funding that will positively impact the educational trajectories of African American students for years to come,” said Jones, who is also on the commission.The Kirwan Commission will make final policy and funding recommendations to make Maryland’s K-12 public schools “a top performing system in the world” to the Maryland General Assembly Dec. 20.last_img read more

White storks found to be altering migration patterns due to human environmental

first_img 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. Birds migrate from one location to another because the food they eat is typically seasonal—they cannot find insects, for example, in the wintry north, so they fly south to where it is warmer. That is what white storks have done for as long as humans have been taking records—flying south from Europe to Africa. But now it seems, some of the changes humans have made to the environment appear to be causing the birds to rethink their migration patterns.Migration for birds has a trade off—the farther they fly the more likely they are to die during the trip, either from the elements, or predators. For that reason, scientists have found, if migrating bird species find a way to shorten their migration route, they will take it. In this new study, the researchers affixed GPS bands to 70 wild juvenile storks born in Germany, Spain, Uzbekistan, Poland, Greece, Russia and Armenia and then tracked them as they migrated. Doing so allowed the researchers to compare current migration patterns to those that were noted in the past by prior researchers. Why are storks changing their migratory patterns? New project launched Journal information: Science Advances © 2016 Phys.org (A) Summed activity (ODBA) of the first 5 months of a juvenile’s life as a function of total distance flown during the same time. The solid gray line represents the third-order polynomial regression. The best-fitting regression is provided by the equation Y = 387.2 + 1.344 × 10−11 X3. (B) Average activity (ODBA) of a migration day in relation to average activity of a stopover day. Color represents the different populations. Gray dashed line is a reference line. Credit: Flack et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2: e1500931 Explore further Storks in Spain. Credit: Julio Blas (A) Migration paths of 62 individuals tracked with GPS/GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) (eight individuals died before migrating).Maps depicted are OpenStreetMap images accessed through the R package OpenStreetMap. (B) Departure date of the studied populations. Color scale indicates departure dates (white indicating no departure). (C) Departure date as a function of maximum distance reached (each color represents one population). Dots in the light gray–shaded area represent individuals that left their natal grounds but survived for less than 150 days. SW, southwest. Credit: Flack et al. Sci. Adv. 2016; 2: e1500931 (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has found that many groups of white storks have begun to modify their migration patterns to take advantage of human made food sources, such as garbage dumps. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes the study they undertook of young white storks that were born in eight different countries, their migration routes and any changes they noted from previous studies. In studying the data, the researchers found that while storks from Greece, Poland and Russia followed their traditional routes, those from Germany, Spain, and Tunisia did not fly as far as before, stopping short of the Sahara; storks from Armenia did not fly very far, and storks from Uzbekistan did not migrate at all, instead choosing to feed on local fish farms. Those that stopped short of the Sahara appeared to do so because there was ample food in garbage dumps in Morocco.The researchers note that the shorter migration paths is likely leading to higher survival rates, but it is still unclear what other impact it will have—migrating birds such as storks tend to eat a lot of insects, fish, frogs and other animals. It is not known how prior migration areas will be impacted by the absence of the migrating birds. Citation: White storks found to be altering migration patterns due to human environmental changes (2016, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-white-storks-migration-patterns-due.html More information: A. Flack et al. Costs of migratory decisions: A comparison across eight white stork populations, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500931AbstractAnnual migratory movements can range from a few tens to thousands of kilometers, creating unique energetic requirements for each specific species and journey. Even within the same species, migration costs can vary largely because of flexible, opportunistic life history strategies. We uncover the large extent of variation in the lifetime migratory decisions of young white storks originating from eight populations. Not only did juvenile storks differ in their geographically distinct wintering locations, their diverse migration patterns also affected the amount of energy individuals invested for locomotion during the first months of their life. Overwintering in areas with higher human population reduced the stork’s overall energy expenditure because of shorter daily foraging trips, closer wintering grounds, or a complete suppression of migration. Because migrants can change ecological processes in several distinct communities simultaneously, understanding their life history decisions helps not only to protect migratory species but also to conserve stable ecosystems.last_img read more

Prairie dogs found to kill competing squirrels

first_img More information: John L. Hoogland et al. Prairie dogs increase fitness by killing interspecific competitors, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2016.0144AbstractInterspecific competition commonly selects for divergence in ecology, morphology or physiology, but direct observation of interspecific competition under natural conditions is difficult. Herbivorous white-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys leucurus) employ an unusual strategy to reduce interspecific competition: they kill, but do not consume, herbivorous Wyoming ground squirrels (Urocitellus elegans) encountered in the prairie dog territories. Results from a 6-year study in Colorado, USA, revealed that interspecific killing of ground squirrels by prairie dogs was common, involving 47 different killers; 19 prairie dogs were serial killers in the same or consecutive years, and 30% of female prairie dogs killed at least one ground squirrel over their lifetimes. Females that killed ground squirrels had significantly higher annual and lifetime fitness than non-killers, probably because of decreased interspecific competition for vegetation. Our results document the first case of interspecific killing of competing individuals unrelated to predation (IK) among herbivorous mammals in the wild, and show that IK enhances fitness for animals living under natural conditions. (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers, one with the University of Maryland, the other the University of Tulsa, has found that white-tailed prairie dogs living on the North American prairie, sometimes kill ground squirrels that live in the same area. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, John Hoogland and Charles Brown describe their multi-year study of the prairie dogs, their observations of squirrel killing, and why they believe it occurs. Prior to this new effort, there had never been an observation of a mammalian herbivore killing another herbivore without eating it—and it was not a one-off situation. The researcher pair recorded multiple instances of squirrel killing over the course of their study covering the years 2003 to 2012 which consisted of sitting in tree-stands watching the activities of the creatures below. They report that they were astounded to witness a prairie dog killing a squirrel four years into their study and thereafter made it a priority to look out for another such instance.They did not have to wait long, squirrel killing, it appeared was a natural part of the lives of prairie dogs. Over the course of the remainder of their study, they witnessed 101 instances of prairie dogs intentionally killing ground squirrels, and noted the carcasses of another 62 squirrels they believe were the victims of prairie dog attacks. They also identified 47 individual prairie dogs that killed squirrels—11 male and 36 female, and 19 of the animals that killed squirrels multiple times.The researchers suggest that the prairie dogs kill the squirrels because they see them as a competitor for the same resources, not as a threat. Prairie dogs and squirrels eat the same foods, and in many cases squirrels take over abandoned prairie dog tunnels. Taking their study further, they found evidence that showed that mother prairie dogs who killed squirrels tended to have more offspring than did those that did not and that their overall ‘fitness’ levels were much higher than non-killing females.The researchers also note that it is surprising that the killing of squirrels by prairie dogs has gone unnoticed for so long, which suggests that it is a possibility with other mammalian herbivores as well. Multiple mates worth the risk for female prairie dogs © 2016 Phys.org Photo courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Servicecenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Citation: Prairie dogs found to kill competing squirrels (2016, March 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-prairie-dogs-squirrels.html Explore further 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.last_img read more

Blend of art and commerce

first_imgIndian textiles and fashion-wear has been receiving accolades from all over the world, since the ancient times. To give the foreign exporters a closer experience of the same, Greater Noida saw an elaborate arrangement for domestic textile manufacturers to showcase their art, this weekend. A two-day mega exhibition was organised by Surat Dreams at the Expo Mart to promote Indian textile. The motto of this event was to uphold Indian textiles in the foreign market and as well as throughout the country as a contribution to PM Modi’s ‘Make in India’ and ‘Skill India’ mission. With 108 exhibitors from all over the country participating in the event, a perfect blend of art and commerce took place at the Expo Mart this weekend. Over 3300 domestic and international buyers from UK, USA, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and the Gulf countries were present, who helped in generating an estimated amount of Rs 700 crore MOU. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exhibition enabled manufacturers to reach their target sellers for women’s wear and spread their creation worldwide without the menace of middlemen. The collection exhibited were all women’s wear, from stylish dresses to bridal wear; every woman’s dream wardrobe collection was presented for the domestic and the international buyers. The exhibited fashion clothing was not only ethnic but also had some western wears. Traditional lehengas, suits, sarees and fusion dresses were also for display. The exhibition served as a great platform for all the manufacturers and buyers to exchange ideas and discuss the latest trends and styles. This platform had been a meeting of dealers, traders, exporters as well as fashion designers.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition also showcased high profile fashion shows featuring top models endorsing the latest ensembles from the ethnic couture presented by 30 textile manufacturers in the two-day event.One of the four co-founders of Surat Dreams, Hitesh Jain said, “This is the first time that we are doing our textile exhibition at Greater Noida, and the splendid response from the foreign buyers made it the most successful event of Surat Dreams. With this exhibition we hope to create history in the coming years of fashion industry by going a step ahead to promote export of textiles.” Similar events had been structured by the company since 2010 but the first event in Greater Noida has proved to be splendidly effective.last_img read more