School buildings closed for rest of school year in Indiana

first_img WhatsApp School buildings closed for rest of school year in Indiana Pinterest Twitter CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ By Jon Zimney – April 2, 2020 4 1044 Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, right, speaks during a during a news conference while Dr. Kristina Box, the Indiana state health commissioner, listens on Friday, March 27, 2020, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Holcomb said the locations of confirmed COVID-19 cases show that all parts of Indiana are seeing illnesses. (AP Photo/Tom Davies) All K-12 school buildings in Indiana will remain closed through the remainder of the school year, according to Indiana Schools Superintendent Jennifer McCormick.E-Learning and alternative learning will continue for the remainder of the school year.Schools must complete 160 total instructional days, according to the official statement. At least 20 more days of remote learning from April 2nd until the end of the school year are required.Superintendent. McCormick says seniors must have earned credits and enrolled credits. That does not apply to students in middle school or in grades 9, 10 or 11.As for teacher requirements, the CPR deadline has been extended to Sept. 1.The information below was released by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s office:Governor Eric J. Holcomb today signed an executive order requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana to provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and outlines options for districts to continue education during the fight against COVID-19. Click here for a link to the executive order:“Students are the future of our state and teachers are the heart of our schools,” Gov. Holcomb said. “While COVID-19 is impacting every classroom, our teachers, administrators, school board members and school staff are going to extraordinary levels to deliver quality learning to students all across our state, even while school buildings are closed. We’ll continue to do everything we can to empower educators and parents, while protecting students’ health.”To complete the school year, all schools previously received a 20-day waiver to reduce the number of required in-person or remote instruction days to 160. Schools must continue to provide instruction via remote learning until they complete either:160 instructional days orAt least 20 additional days of remote learning between the date of the executive order (today) and the end of the school year. If a school completes 20 days and falls short of the required 160 instructional days, the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) can waive the difference.All K-12 schools will need to submit a plan for review and approval by IDOE by April 17. The plan can include eLearning, extended learning, project-based or portfolio learning, competency-based learning, partnerships with higher education for increased student supports, and other similar methods.The governor, in conjunction with Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Jennifer McCormick, also directed the Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) to provide flexibility for school corporations for students who are to graduate in 2020. A school corporation may issue an Indiana diploma to a student who has done all of the following:Has met all of the course and credit requirements for the specific diploma designation based on a combination of high school credits earned prior to and the course in which a student was enrolled as of March 19, when the governor issued the statewide school closure.Meets any virtual or remote learning participation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation in response to the statewide school closure order issued by the governor.Meets any additional graduation requirements established by the governing body of the local school corporation prior to the school closure order issued by the governor.The executive order also extends teacher licenses expiring between March 1, 2020 and Aug. 31, 2020 until Sept. 1, 2020.Other deadlines and requirements for the current school year will be reviewed by Dr. McCormick, the executive director of SBOE, and relevant state agencies. They will submit recommendations to the Governor by April 7 for review and further action. Facebook Previous articleThe City of Elkhart is offering a new 311 appNext articleMichigan COVID-19 cases top the 10,000 mark Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Announces 25th Anniversary Hometown Celebration

first_imgCome May 11th, the Dave Matthews Band will embark on a major tour that spans the entirety of the summer. The group formed in 1991, thus this year marks their 25th anniversary. Eager to honor the milestone, DMB recently released some classic archival footage of some very early live performance. Now, their new announcement takes the celebration to the people.On May 7th, just days before the tour proper, the band will hit the John Paul Jones Arena in their hometown of Charlottesville, VA for a special 25th anniversary celebration. The band aims to raise over $1 million, the entirety of which will go to local charities in the Charlottesville area, as organized by the band’s own Bama Works Fund. The charitable organization helps raise money for local charities, and has raised over $40 million since its foundation in 1999.Tickets for the newly-announced anniversary celebration will be released via pre-sale from March 23rd through the 28th, and the general on sale begins next Friday, April 1st, at 10 AM Eastern. You can visit the DMB website for more show information.last_img read more

Pesticide Applicator Classes

first_imgCertified pesticide applicators need recertification training and credits to keep their licenses up-to-date. To help provide this training, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has planned pesticide applicator recertification classes in Savannah, Griffin and Cartersville this February.The Savannah class is set for Feb. 12 from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens on Canebrake Road in Savannah. The registration fee is $50 and rises to $60 after Feb. 4.The Griffin class will be held Feb. 18 on the UGA campus on Experiment Street in Griffin, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The Cartersville class, also set for Feb. 18, will be held by web conference at the Bartow County Extension Office on West Cherokee Ave. in Cartersville from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. The registration fee for the Griffin and Cartersville classes is $50 and rises to $60 after Feb. 10. The topics vary slightly at each location but will include an introduction to invasive pests, integrated pest management, understanding and preventing resistance to pesticides, getting the most from pesticide labels, recent changes in pesticide regulations and UGA resources available for use in managing pests.Certified applicators can earn five hours of Georgia Commercial Pesticide Credit for attending a class. This credit can be divided over categories 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 41. Private applicators can earn up to two credit hours.Experts from UGA Extension, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Arrow Exterminators will teach the classes. For a complete schedule or to register online, visit the website For more information, call (770) 229-3477 or send an email to [email protected]last_img read more

Colombian and Peruvian Air Forces Cooperate to Fight Drug Trafficking

first_imgBy Dialogo November 03, 2015 Discussing the lessons FAP and FAC officials learned during an interoperability exercise held by the two countries, an event that Brazil helped arrange concerning the application of International Humanitarian Law (DIH). Sharing their respective experiences using unmanned aircraft (ART), also known as drones; “The threats in border areas are offset by, among other things, combined aerial exercises, the real-time exchange of information concerning illegal air traffic, and the exchange of experiences at the operational and training levels.” Officials with the two Air Forces focused on four issues of cooperation between the FAP and FAC during the rest of 2015 and 2016: Cooperation in the fight against international drug trafficking is needed to fight transnational criminal organizations, which are constantly evolving to develop new air, maritime, and terrestrial transportation routes. Exchanging information about their respective experiences using the A-37 simulator for training purposes; “In this sense, the meeting of the Chiefs of Staff takes on great relevance with the common goal of closing spaces to drug trafficking,” Retired Lt. Gen. Bohórquez explained. “The problem of drug trafficking is very real, and the Colombian and Peruvian Air Forces are constantly updating much of their investigative work to keep up with the crime rings.” Cooperating to produce a Military aircraft; Officials from the two Air Forces discussed their respective capabilities and shared information about their facilities and equipment. Those from the FAP, including Lt. Gen. Valdez, spent part of their time during the joint meeting with officials from the FAC’s CACOM-4 — which is also known as “the Cradle of Rotary Wing Pilots” and is part of a larger technological, operational, and social project. They also visited the FAC’s Aerospatial Medicine Corporation (CEMAE) and the Military Transport Aerial Command (CATAM). The Air Forces’ accord builds on an agreement the FAP and FAC signed in 2002 to combat drug trafficking and related crimes, such as the smuggling of weapons and other contraband. “The standardization of phraseology, communication, the control of air traffic, and the capture of aircraft are essential in the fight against drug trafficking,” Retired FAP Lieutenant General Carlos Bohórquez Castellares told Diálogo. “This is a gargantuan task and requires a great deal of coordination…these procedures must be continuously updated by the two countries to keep up with the new multidimensional threats that arise every day at the regional level. These threats include organized crime, terrorism, illegal mining, and human trafficking.” The Peruvian Air Force (FAP, for its Spanish acronym) and the Colombian Air Force (FAC, for its Spanish acronym) have reached an accord to exchange information and conduct joint training sessions to combat drug-trafficking organizations. The meeting bolstered “the ties of friendship and cooperation between the Air Forces of Colombia and Peru,” according to the FAC. “The cooperative nature of the relationship between the two countries’ Air Forces is of great importance, and it is because of this that a Second-in-Command position has been created specifically for the needs of the Air Force. There is a significant number of overlapping themes and ample opportunity for mutual cooperation with the aim of strengthening operational capabilities, which will benefit regional security.” Colombian and Brazilian organized crime groups traffic drugs throughout the region where Brazil, Colombia, and Peru meet. The need for coordinated anti-drug efforts Those opportunities for cooperation extend to the other branches of the Armed Forces of Peru and Colombia. For instance, the General Armed Forces Command’s “Roundtable Talks of the Senior Officers of the Armed Forces of Colombia and Peru” has boasted participation from Second-inCommand personnel from each of the branches of the Armed Forces for 21 years. Strengthening ties Lieutenant General Julio César Valdez Pomareda, the FAP’s Chief of Staff, and Major General Luis Ignacio Barón Casas, Second-in-Command and Chief of Staff for the FAC, met during the first joint meeting of the Air Forces’ Chiefs of Staff from August 11-13 in Bogotá, Colombia. At the first of what is planned to be an annual meeting, they discussed how to “improve institutional capabilities and strengthen operational performance keeping in mind the hazards posed in border zones,” according to the FAC. Interoperability and training “However, the actual trading is supervised by smaller organizations with operating bases often located downstream in either Brazil or Peru, where much of the drug production in the area happens,” reported in April 2014.last_img read more

Long Beach Police to Get Shotspotter Technology

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Beach city police officers will soon be responding more quickly to shootings thanks to ShotSpotter, a sophisticated gunshot detection system being deployed amid rising concerns about shootings on the barrier island.Nassau County Legis. Denise Ford (R-Long Beach) secured $500,000 to fund the technology, which uses acoustic sensors and software to pinpoint the location of gunfire within milliseconds of the shot going off. Within 30-60 seconds of shootings, police officers are directly notified of gunshots—bypassing 911 and dispatchers—enabling them to dramatically decrease response times to these incidents.“This technology will enable [police officers] to capture the gunmen more quickly, and even more importantly, the victim will receive medical attention and care much, much sooner,” Ford said during a news conference Tuesday at the Evangel Revival Community Church. “For too long, the good residents of these neighborhoods have lived in fear, and it is time that we take action to restore a sense of security.”Nassau County police have credited Shotspotter with reducing gunfire by 80 percent in Roosevelt and Uniondale, where the system debuted in 2010. Suffolk County deployed Shotspotter in Huntington Station, Brentwood, North Amityville, Wyandanch and North the following year. And Hempstead village police began using it after that. ShotSpotter is similarly used by U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, who have used it to track snipers.“This is a vital tool to really help us eliminate this issue from our neighborhood to make it safe,” Acting Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said.Recent shootings in Long Beach include a 4-year-old boy being grazed by a bullet last month, a man hit by gunfire in April and a 28-year-old man who was killed last fall. Arrests were made in all three cases.The Shotspotter funding came from the county legislature’s discretionary Community Revitalization Projects program. The half-million dollar budget is enough to fund the Shotspotter program for five years.Aside from helping catch shooters and save victims, ShotSpotter also aids citizens in communities where there is a fear of retaliation for calling 911. The technology provides all of the data necessary about the gunshots in order to prosecute suspects without eyewitness testimony, although officials continue to urge the public to still call 911.In response to privacy concerns, ShotSpotter officials noted that the sensors’ microphones are not constantly recording or listening, except for the milliseconds before and after gunshots are fired. The devices do not record video and are placed high on top of buildings in order to cover more area, typically 50-100 feet above street level.Officials said they hope that the mere presence of ShotSpotter will help deter shootings in the community.“We’re not gonna take it anymore,” said New York State Assemb. Todd Kaminsky (D-Long Beach). “We have the city, we have the county, we have the state, we have different parts of the community—and we’re all standing here saying that whatever resources are necessary, whatever investigations are necessary…to protect our communities, we are going to take those necessary steps.”Long Beach city police officials, who did not attend the press conference, did not return a call for comment.“The number of shootings have been steady in Long Beach while they have been increasing all around us,” Long Beach Police Commissioner Michael Tangney told the Long Beach Herald earlier this month, although no shooting statistics for the city were provided in that story.last_img read more

NCUA Board votes on RBC2 today

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The NCUA Board will vote on its final risk-based capital rule during its open meeting today. If approved as proposed, the rule is expected to take effect Jan. 1, 2019.NAFCU has consistently opposed this rulemaking and urged withdrawal, and it has strongly urged the agency to consider the impact the rulemaking will have on the credit union industry – in particular the regulatory burden and costs it will impose on an already extremely well-capitalized industry.NAFCU continues to work in support of H.R. 2769, a bill that would require NCUA to review RBC2 and report back to Congress on the agency’s authority to issue a two-tier, risk-based-capital rule and the impact it would have on credit unions and their members.Earlier this month, that bill cleared the House Financial Services Committee in a bipartisan vote of 50-9. Its sponsors, Reps. Stephen Fincher, R-Tenn., Bill Posey, R-Fla., and Denny Heck, D-Wash., urged NCUA last week to voluntarily undertake the study before moving forward on RBC2. NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz said in a letter Thursday that the agency will submit a report on RBC2 issues “shortly after” the board meeting today. This week, House Financial Services Chairman Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, wrote NCUA Chairman Debbie Matz noting the committee vote and urging again that the agency not move forward with a final rule before further study can be done. continue reading »last_img read more

We all have to become ambassadors of Croatian products

first_imgTwenty years have passed since the initial idea launched by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, with the aim of creating a visual identity of quality Croatian products and services based on many years of experience and knowledge and research and development, invention, creation and tradition.In cooperation with companies holding quality labels, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce promotes and raises consumer awareness of the quality of Croatian products and services that are visually recognizable by the quality labels “Croatian Quality” and “Originally Croatian”. It was with the aim of raising awareness of the importance of buying domestic products that an action was launched Let’s buy Croatian, which is being held today and tomorrow in Zagreb on Ban Josip Jelačić Square.”On the list of recognizable qualities of Croatia, we must not forget our work, skill, creativity and our knowledge that has been translated into a top product or service. We should be equally proud of the olive oil and cheese and the football goal. We all know how difficult it is to be an entrepreneur and place any product on a highly competitive market. All the exhibitors present here, and there are more than 300 of them, have succeeded in this and we congratulate them from the bottom of our hearts. But even they cannot move forward alone, so I call on all Croatian citizens to become ambassadors of the Let’s Buy Croatian campaign.”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilovic.The latest HGK survey showed that 78 percent of citizens take care of buying Croatian products when they go shopping, and as many as 86 percent of them are willing to spend more kuna for a quality domestic product. Zagreb Deputy Mayor Olivera Majić emphasized that this action promotes every year. domestic knowledge innovation and effort. “Zagreb has established itself as a tourist destination and we must incorporate as many domestic products as possible into creating a specific offer and image that we send to the world. Our tradition, domestic production, aromas and flavors of local gastronomy are what will set us apart from the competition”, Said Majic.  After Vukovar, Rijeka and Zagreb, the action continues in Bjelovar, while the specialized project “Let’s buy a Croatian-Croatian product for Croatian tourism” will be held in November in Zagreb.7,5 MILLION HRK PROVIDED FOR BRANDING WITH QUALITY SIGNS “CROATIAN QUALITY” AND “ORIGINALLY CROATIAN”With the aim of creating a visual identity of the quality of domestic products and services, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce awards the Croatian Quality and Original Croatian Labels, and the products that carry them stand side by side with the world brands. For the promotion of signs, the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Ministry of the Economy, provided entrepreneurship and crafts HRK 7,5 million in grants. This is an opportunity for all micro, small and medium-sized companies to gain support for the acquisition of the right to use the quality marks of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce and thus even stronger brand their products. Learn more about quality signs herelast_img read more

India’s migrant workers face long walk home amid coronavirus lockdown

first_imgAcross India, more than a dozen labourers Reuters spoke to returning home said they had been left with little choice other than to attempt to walk back to their home villages after work – and public transport – vanished.Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of the eastern state of West Bengal, wrote on Thursday to the heads of other Indian states, saying that manual workers were facing “an hour of crisis”.Vinod Hathila, 39, a manual worker in Surat, a city in the western state of Gujarat, left for his home town on Wednesday, walking for hours along railway tracks with his 15-year-old son until he found a bus.With no work, he said he doesn’t know how he will support his family during the lockdown.”I’ll probably borrow some money on interest from someone,” he said.Ashok Punjabi, who heads a construction workers’ union in Gujarat, said 60,000-70,000 people working as domestic helps and in other unorganized sectors in the Gujarati city of Ahmedabad, had headed to homes in neighboring Rajasthan after the 21-day lockdown was announced, many on foot and carrying their possessions.”To see young children and women being forced to walk hundreds of kilometers like this is just sad,” said Punjabi, who is also a senior opposition party member in the state.Kuldeep Arya, a senior official in the Gujarati state capital of Gandhinagar, said 4,000 people had been provided with food and water while trying to return home.There were similar scenes in India’s capital New Delhi, where hundreds of migrants walked down deserted highways to neighboring Uttar Pradesh this week.”For two days the ration guys were not giving us any food, we were hungry for two days. So we decided, ‘let us go to our parents’,” said Raju, a 24-year old migrant worker walking from Noida, a satellite town of Delhi, to Agra, nearly 200 km away.”Since there’s no transport available, we decided to walk all the way.” Topics : After India imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Tuesday to prevent the spread of coronavirus, the plywood factory near Uttar Pradesh’s state capital Lucknow where Surendra Pandey works was forced to shut down.On Thursday morning, with no way of earning a living, the 28-year-old labor set off on a 110-kilometer walk back to his home village.”I tried catching a bus or truck yesterday, but there is no transport available on the road, so I decided to walk,” he told Reuters, some 30 km into his journey. “There is no food available on the roads but thankfully a few citizens offer us food, biscuits and water. It’s better to be home than to be here in the city without food and water.”Officials say the shutdown of all but essential services is necessary to beat coronavirus in the densely populated country of 1.3 billion people, with health infrastructure that can ill-afford a widespread outbreak. India has so far reported more than 600 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 13 deaths.India’s government announced on Thursday a $22.6 billion economic stimulus plan that provides direct cash transfers and food security.But for India’s estimated 120 million migrant labourers, the shutdown is a crisis, as wages dry up and many cannot afford the rent or even food in the cities.last_img read more

Serhou Guirassy responds to Arsenal transfer speculation

first_img Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 19 May 2020 6:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Guirassy says he’s flattered to be linked with Premier League clubs (Picture: Getty)But Guirassy has made it clear that only one person, other than himself, has the authority to speak about his future – and that’s his agent Moussa Sissoko. ‘Glad to hear about the interest from English clubs,’ the attacker tweeted. ‘However please be careful, the ONLY agent authorised to speak on my behalf is my agent Moussa Sissoko.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalAmiens director of football John Williams has no doubts that Guirassy has the ability to play in the Premier League in the future. ‘Last year, nobody had more players than us who left in the Premier League,’ he told L’Equipe.‘This year, Guirassy and [Nicholas] Opoku should go there.It’s understood Amiens would accept an offer of between €15-20million (£13-17.5m) for Guirassy following their relegation from Ligue 1.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Arsenal fans convinced club have dropped Bukayo Saka contract hintMORE: Callum Hudson-Odoi returns to Chelsea training despite arrest Serhou Guirassy responds to Arsenal transfer speculationcenter_img Guirassy has scored nine goals for Amiens this term (Picture: Getty)Earlier this week, one of Guirassy’s intermediaries, Mark McKay, did little to quell the speculation by talking up a cut-price switch to England in the summer transfer window.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘A number of clubs in England and across Europe have shown an interest in Serhou after he performed so well for Amiens,’ McKay said.‘In the current climate due to the impact of the pandemic, clubs might not be able to pay huge transfer fees like they used to and in that respect Serhou could prove to be a bargain in this window.‘Serhou’s preference has always been to play in the English Premier League, but Amiens will evaluate all offers that come in for him and make a decision from there.’ Arsenal and Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Serhou Guirassy (Picture: Getty)Serhou Guirassy has poured cold water on rumours he could be set for a move to the Premier League, but admits it’s flattering to be linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea. The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the most sought-after forwards in Ligue 1, racking up nine goals and one assist for Amiens this season before the coronavirus crisis brought French football to a halt.Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham are all rumoured to be interested in Guirassy and recent reports suggest Arsenal view the Frenchman as a possible long-term replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Advertisementlast_img read more

Sparkle Launches Its Portion of Seabras-1 Cable System

first_imgSparkle, the international service provider of TIM Group, has activated three fiber pairs it owns and manages on the new Seabras-1 cable, connecting Sao Paulo, Brazil, to New York, USA.Sparkle’s capacity on Seabras-1 supports the fast growing demand for advanced connectivity between North and South America, as well as it caters the needs of customers in Latin America that need to connect to rest of the world.The main advantages for Sparkle’s customers using Seabras-1 include lower latency on the US-Brazil route which has been developed on a path completely off of the hurricane risk area.The new route, fully integrated with Sparkle’s global backbone, also increases the overall redundancy of Sparkle’s Americas network as it provides a third option for diversification, the company explained.Seabras-1, operated by Seaborn, is a 6-fiber pair, 72Tbps submarine cable system that is the first and only direct point-to-point system between São Paulo (Brazil) and New York (US).last_img read more