New Delhi: The National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) has stayed eviction of Sterling Biotech from its premises as the debt-ridden company was going under the insolvency resolution process and was under the moratorium period.A two-member bench headed by NCLAT Chairman Justice S J Mukhopadhaya upheld the order passed by the Mumbai Bench of the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT), which had asked Srei Infrastructure Finance, a financial creditor, to hand over the possession of the A and B wing premises of Laxmi Towers. The appellate tribunal observed that although Sterling Biotech, which is presently going through liquidation, is not the owner of the premises it cannot be ejected or disturbed during the moratorium period as the company has to remain as a going concern.”We hold that the Adjudicating Authority (NCLT) has rightly directed the Appellant to hand over the possession of B’ Wing premises of Lakshmi Towers and rightly prohibited the Appellant from evicting the Corporate Debtor (Sterling Biotech) from A’ Wing premises of Lakshmi Towers,” said NCLAT. However, it also said that “So far as the question as to who is the owner of A’ and B’ Wings premises of Lakshmi Towers and whether the Appellant has any right over the said property, such questions are not required to be determined in the proceeding under the I&B Code’.
New Delhi: Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday lashed out at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after they sent a ‘conflict of interest’ notice to Rahul Dravid. Dravid, who is currently the head of National Cricket Academy’s (NCA) operations in Bangalore, has got a notice from BCCI’s Ombudsman-cum-Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) D.K. Jain after the latter received a complain from Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) life member Sanjeev Gupta. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “New fashion in Indian cricket…conflict of interest…Best way to remain in news…god help Indian cricket…Dravid Gets Conflict of Interest Notice from BCCI Ethics Officer,” Ganguly tweeted. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh reacted in a similar fashion and said that such notices are insulting the legends of the game. “Really? Don’t know where it’s heading to…You can’t get better person then him for Indian cricket. Sending notice to these legends is like insulting them… cricket need their services for betterment… yes god save Indian cricket,” tweeted Singh. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI functionary on Tuesday said that Gupta in his complaint has claimed that Dravid is the NCA Director as also employed as vice-president of India Cements group, which owns IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings. “Yes, Dravid had been sent a notice by Jain last week and has two weeks to reply to the notice,” the functionary said. But it is also believed that Dravid and India Cements had mutually decided to suspend their association till Dravid works as head at the NCA. Gupta had earlier complained against Sachin Tendulkar, Ganguly and V.V.S. Laxman. It is this very conflict issue that had seen former players refusing to apply for the posts at the NCA as the current conflict of interest clause in the new BCCI constitution almost makes it impossible for former players to get into the system.
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DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District Board held a special meeting on Friday, August 23, to hear about the next steps for Caribou Recovery in the Peace Region.Presenting to the Board on the next steps for Caribou Recovery were Community Liaisons Blair Lekstrom and Lorne Brownsey. Also in attendance was Cassie Doyle of Environment and Climate Change Canada.Brownsey says he was appointed by Premier John Horgan to facilitate an engagement process that aims to establish a pathway to conclude the Caribou Recovery agreements and in a manner that reflects the concerns of all community members. According to Brownsey, they have two goals that focus on the recovery of caribou and ensuring the success of the affected communities, while also maintaining a form of dialogue that will allow community members to have future input on the matter.Doyle says establishing a leadership table and a common knowledge base is important when it comes to Caribou Recovery.“That’s exactly what we were thinking through is a leadership table that would be able to oversee and provide input for the development of the Section 11 and the Partnership Agreements. I think that establishing a common knowledge base is really important to ensure that everything is known, from on the state of the caribou, on the economic analysis, and that is shared and everybody has an opportunity to question the experts that have done that work.”Lekstrom says he remains optimistic that they can develop a path forward, adding that it will take everybody at the table to form a resolution on the Caribou Recovery Program.“I remain optimistic that we can find a path forward but it will take, as it was laid out here, everybody at the table to find that resolution.”The full special meeting can be found on the Regional District’s website.
The Minister said that the United National Party could have formed a Government on its own after the Parliamentary election last year. The Government says it has strong international support as a result of the measures taken to establish democracy in the country.United National Party parliamentarian and Minister Lakshman Kiriella said that the Government has been able to bridge the gap between all communities. He urged the public to protect the Government and give it time as it rebuilds the country. However he recalled that it was decided that the two main political parties must join hands and form a cohabitation Government to rebuild the country.Lakshman Kiriella also dismissed the allegations being raised by the opposition on the proposed deal with India. He said that the opposition is making false claims by saying that local doctors will lose their jobs as a result of the proposed agreement.The Minister insisted that the jobs of Sri Lankan doctors is not at risk as claimed by the opposition and that the agreement will not pose any harm to the country.He said that Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and others in the Government have closely studied the proposal before deciding to go ahead with it. (Colombo Gazette)
In addition to his constitutional duty to safeguard these institutions, the President received a clear mandate from the people which underscored this responsibility when he was elected in 2015. Local civil society members have written to President Maithripala Sirisena raising concerns over a statement he had made recently with regards to the Constitutional Council (CC) and the Human Rights Commission (HRCSL).Over 100 individuals and just over 15 civil society organizations had signed the letter saying they were dismayed and alarmed by the recent statements made by the President, including in Parliament (6th February, 2019), pertaining to the Constitutional Council and the Human Rights Commission. The Constitutional Council and the Human Rights Commission are among two institutions, whose strengthening and safeguarding of independence were key demands of the civil society in 2015. Th statement has been sent to the President and Cc’d to the Speaker and the HRCSL. (Colombo Gazette) “Working towards delivering on these promises through the 19th Amendment to the Constitution during the early days of his Presidency, still remains as his key achievement. This makes his current statements all the more appalling. We therefore demand that an enabling environment and required support be provided to independent commissions like the HRCSL to perform their duties,” the civil society organizations and individuals said.They said that they believe that the President is duty bound to support and respect the independence of such institutions, and to not undermine them.
Members of the Brock community are reminded to wear orange on Tuesday, April 23 to support the fight against cancer.From 11 a.m. to noon, Brock University President Gervan Fearon will host a coffee break to gather members of the Brock community, sporting their orange clothes, for coffee, tea and sweet treats. Donations will be accepted at the event for the Rankin Cancer Run.Participants are also encouraged to sign up for Brock’s Rankin Run team, set to lace-up for the 14th annual run at Grantham Lions Park in St. Catharines on Saturday, May 25.More information about both events can be found on The Brock News.
Experts said they were a good source of unsaturated fat, containing polyphenols which help to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The study found that those who consumed at least two portions of nuts a week had a 17 per cent lower risk of death from heart disease, compared with those who only ate them once a fortnight. Over the 12 years that followed, there were 751 cardiovascular events, including 179 deaths. Eating a handful of nuts at least twice a week could cut the risk of dying from heart disease by almost a fifth, research has found. Nuts consumed included… More than 5,000 adults, aged 35 and over, with no history of heart disease, were quizzed about their diet in detail, every two years. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Google+ Facebook Ronda Rouseys Controversial Tweets Sponsored By WWE Videos Articles Ed Young, Pastor of Texas Megachurch Fellowship Church based in Grapevine, Texas recently announced he will begin a four-week professional wrestling themed sermon series.The series entitled ‘Wrastlin’ which begins September 9 will feature WWE Legends The Undertaker, Ric Flair, Sting and “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase.In a recent interview with The Christian Post, Young said he had considered for years centering a sermon series on wrestling because of how often it appears in the bible:“One of the most used metaphors in scripture regarding the Christian life is that of a wrestler,” said Young, citing as examples Ephesians 6:12 and Jacob wrestling with an angel, as described in Genesis 32:22-32. It’s a staple in our culture so I thought wouldn’t it be cool to interview some of the most popular wrestlers in the world, to have them at Fellowship, and then to speak out of the scripture regarding wrestling?”The Christian Post also reported that three interviews by Pastor Ed Young will be live in the church inside a constructed wrestling ring, and the fourth prerecorded, with Young declining on which Legend will not be appearing live in person.Pastor Ed Young posted a promotional video on his Instagram which you can view below: Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Videos Articles The Undertaker appears on ESPN College GameDay Saturday morning Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Source: The Christian Post Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair HospitalizedVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:45/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 80.76%0:03Remaining Time -0:42 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Jared Leto Now Playing Up Next Twitter Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Ric Flair signs deal with Adidas, Says “We’re fixin’ to make Nike the second brand” Ric Flair Ric Flair threatens WWE with legal action over Becky Lynch’s “The Man” gimmick
SPOKANE — A Republican lawmaker in Washington state denied Friday that he is racist or a white nationalist for distributing a document describing how a “Holy Army” should kill people who flout biblical law.State Rep. Matt Shea of Spokane Valley in conservative eastern Washington has been under fire since he acknowledged in a Facebook video last week that he had distributed the four-page document titled, “Biblical Basis for War” to some of his supporters.The document condemns abortion and same-sex marriage and describes how those who don’t follow biblical law should be punished. At one point, the document says, “If they do not yield, kill all males.”News of the document prompted several of Shea’s political contributors to demand refunds of their donations.“I have consistently and unequivocally condemned racism, anti-Semitism and white nationalism and do so again,” Shea said in a Friday tweet.He said his critics were involved in a “ridiculous smear” to derail his election to a sixth term in the state House, where he has served since his election in 2008.“I look forward to serving again … and fighting for lower taxes, less government, and more freedom for all of you,” Shea wrote, adding it would be his final statement on the matter.
LONGVIEW — Kelso Police Chief Andy Hamilton announced his retirement Tuesday, effective immediately, less than a week after City Manager Steve Taylor announced his retirement in June.Captain Darr Kirk was appointed as the interim police chief, as of 5 p.m. Tuesday.Hamilton told The Daily News on Tuesday that he has been eligible for retirement for three years, and has been thinking about it for almost as long, but Taylor’s announcement Thursday that he was resigning to work for Cowlitz PUD prompted Hamilton to also consider leaving.In a press release Tuesday, Hamilton said, “Based on current events over the last couple weeks, I’ve discussed with my wife future plans and realize that now would be a great time for me to retire.”Hamilton, 55, said “there’s nothing negative” about the decision, which he said was reached amicably within the city.“Everything is great between me and the city, and the department and the city manager,” he said in an interview.Hamilton started with KPD in 1987 after two years as a reserve police officer. Over the next 32 years, Hamilton worked as a patrol officer, detective, sergeant, captain, member of the Joseph Kondro homicide task force and the Narcotics Task Force, and as the leader of a number of community policing projects, according to a press release.For his work with the Safe Kids Coalition, Hamilton received the Governor’s Award from Gov. Gary Locke and traveled to Washington D.C. to visit the White House. He returned to the White House years later for his work with the 21st Century Policing Model.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cheshire hall medical center, edgar howell, jacqueline cox, staff, tci hospitals, training Investigations continue into death of 46 year old Labante of Phillipines Recommended for you JetBlue passenger dies in Provo en route to Dominican Republic Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Jun 2015 – With some 300 students prepared to leave high school as the Class of 2015, it is good that someone is considering job placements for the group; even if temporarily. Not all will be able to be absorbed at the TCI Hospitals, but last week it was announced that nine students will be taken in for an in depth feel of clinical and non-clinical careers. The program, though short, started today and according to the Hospitals Education & Training Manager, Jacqueline Cox the plan is to broaden the scope of professional opportunities. Education Director, Edgar Howell was on hand for the phase two announcement and explained: “Hopefully, the one week spent at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre will create in them an excitement to go back to their schools and really engage in the sciences and move on to further studies in healthcare.” This phase two experience will take place at the Cheshire Hall Medical Center and will allow the students to participate in an intensive mentorship, coaching and practical exercises involving senior level staff with video presentations, forums, tours, exhibitions, CPR/BLS introductory training and on the job experience. Cheshire Hall explains Monday power outage at hospital
See It Mentioned Above Fitbit Versa (rose gold/peach) See It Comment The first Versa’s battery lasts between three and four days, but only seven hours while playing music. The Versa comes in black and peach versions, while the Lite comes in white, lilac, marina blue, mulberry and charcoal. The Versa sequel will be available Sept. 15, the report said. Fitbit said in an emailed statement it doesn’t have news to share just yet. “We appreciate the interest and excitement around new Fitbit products,” the spokesperson said. “We are constantly working on new devices to help people live healthier lives.” Originally published Aug. 15, 2:04 p.m. PT. Update, 3:25 p.m.: Adds statement from Fitbit. 52 Photos 3:45 More on fitness trackers $199 5 reasons why fitness trackers don’t guarantee you’ll… Now playing: Watch this: See it $169 Fitbit’s new lineup: Versa Lite, Inspire, Inspire HR and Ace 2 How To • Apple Watch 3 vs. Fitbit Versa: Which smartwatch should you buy? $159 11 tips and tricks for your new Fitbit Versa Fitbit Charge 3 vs. Versa: Which is the best fitness tracker? Share your voice Mobile Wearable Tech Walmart Abt Electronics Fitbit Versa News • Fitbit Versa Lite and Inspire HR cost $160 or less CNET may get a commission from retail offers. See It 1 The Fitbit Versa Lite launched earlier in 2019. Sarah Tew/CNET Update, Aug. 28: The Fitbit Versa 2 did indeed launch. Original story follows.The Fitbit Versa 2 is reportedly launching next month and could include features like Alexa voice commands, more than four days of battery life, music storage and Fitbit Pay capabilities. Citing leaked marketing for the rumored next-gen fitness tracker, Android Central reported Wednesday that the gadget will also come with a microphone and 24/7 heart-rate monitoring. The first Fitbit Versa was priced at $199 and came out in April 2018, while the budget-edition Fitbit Versa Lite launched earlier this year for $160. The two fitness trackers are now priced at just $170 and $130, respectively. Review • Fitbit Versa review: Giving Apple Watch a run for its money $169 Dell Tags Fitbit Alexa
HD Kumaraswamy with his wife and son along with DK Suresh posing for the camera after casting votes.HD Kumaraswamy Twitter AccountThe BJP is set to register its best-ever performance in the Lok Sabha elections in Karnataka. If we go by the early trends, the saffron party is leading in 23 seats, which eventually could come as a deathly blow to the Congress-JD (S) alliance on its first anniversary.Till the story went for publishing, Congress was leading in three seats – Bangalore Rural, Bangalore Central and Chamarajanagar, while JD (S) was leading in only in Haasan constituency. There is a neck-to-neck fight between JD (S) candidate Nikhil Gowda and independent candidate Sumalatha in Mandya.The heavyweights of Congress and JD(S) like Mallikarjun Kharge (Kalaburagi), who had won 10 consecutive elections, former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda (Tumakuru), former Chief Minister Veerappa Moily (Chikkaballapur)and KH Muniyappa (Kolar) are trailing.If these trends are final, it is going to adversely impact the JD(S) and Congress government, which completes one year in office on May 23. Ironically, the oath-taking ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy had become a platform for all the opposition parties to display their unity of strength against Narendra Modi’s BJP. With state BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa constantly claiming that 20 MLAs from the opposition parties are in touch with him and would join the BJP any time, the fate of the government might be in jeopardy and political pundits have already predicted that the alliance might fall soon.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah wave at party workers during a party programme in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.IANS [Representational Image]US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among top world leaders who are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The BJP is likely to invite leaders from the United Nations (UN) Security Council’s five permanent members – the US, Russia, the UK, France and China), Germany, Japan and Israel. The invites will also be sent to prominent leaders of Organisations of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries.All the global leaders have congratulated PM Modi for his undisputed victory in the Lok Sabha elections. The world leaders attending PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony will also boost his image as a powerful leader of the world’s biggest democratic country. But there are some questions on whether an invite will be sent to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan after the deadly Pulwama terror attack.However, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said that no decision has been made over the invites. They said that the invites would only be issued after a decision is taken over the matter by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). This will also come at a time when India is pushing for permanent membership of the UN Security Council.Modi is the third Prime Minister to return to office after completing a full term after the nation’s first PM Jawaharlal Nehru and Congress leader Manmohan Singh.
Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2instagramThe makers of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2 have been successfully managing to keep the viewers hooked to their screens with dramatic twists and turns in the storyline. With such popularity, no wonder the cast has to put in extra effort and work round-the-clock. For this, they are paid a massive amount too.But ever wondered how much the actors charge to play the characters convincingly? Rumour has it that the actors, including Parth Samthaan, Erica Fernandes, Karan Singh Grover and others, charge a hefty fee and some are jaw-dropping. Take a look:Pooja Banerjee, who plays the role of Anurag’s sister Nivedita Basu, reportedly charges a big amount of about Rs 65,000 per episode.Parth Samthaan, who plays the male lead role of Anurag Basu, apparently takes home a massive sum of Rs 1 lakh per episode. His chemistry with lead actress Erica Fernandes is loved by millions. Pooja Banerjeeinstagram Parth SamthaaninstagramErica Fernandes, who essays the role of Prerna, has risen to stardom with Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. She is the heart and soul of the show and is rumoured to be paid a whopping amount of Rs 1.2 lakh per episode. Kasautii Zindagiii Kay 2 actress Erica FernandesinstagramKaran Singh Grover entered the show quite late but his role of Mr Bajaj and his chemistry with Prerna has grabbed a lot of limelight within a short span of time. Karan apparently demanded Rs 3 lakhs per episode, TellyChakkar reported. Besides this, he wanted to work for only 12 hours a day and 25 days in a month. Rumour has it that Ekta Kapoor was keen on bringing Karan on board and hence agreed to all his demands. Karan Singh GroverTwitterHina Khan, who played the role of Komolika, is one of the big names of telly town. The actress reportedly charged a huge amount of approximately Rs 2 lakh till the time she was part of Kasautii Zindagii Kay 2. Hina had to quit the show due to her prior film commitments. Hina Khaninstagram
Map of FaridpurTwo minor were drowned in a pond in Doksim Tepakhola area in Faridpur on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased are Tabassum Reshma, 7, daughter of Lokman Meridha and Safayet Meridha, 5, son of Jakir Meridha. Both of them are from the same village.Locals said the two minors were playing near the pond and suddenly slipped into it around 10:30am.Later, locals rescued them and rushed them to Faridpur General Hospital where the physicians declared the duo dead, said municipality councillor Mahfuzur Rahman.
X My focus is on the students. @HoustonISD must focus on the kids and low- performing schools. I am committing myself to work closely with the district and come up with the best model to improve student performance. You can’t have a dynamic city without a dynamic school district. pic.twitter.com/toBYPCWccM— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 25, 2018 No city resources would be used in partnering with @HoustonISD. I envision myself taking a leadership role and working in collaboration with the business community to support students and improve low-performing schools.— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 25, 2018Earlier on Wednesday, Houston school police have decided to drop charges against two women who were arrested at a tense board meeting on Tuesday night over a controversial charter school contract.The original charges involved criminal trespassing and resisting arrest.In a statement, HISD said that they’ve agreed with the decision from Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg to retract the charges.“No further action is needed and the two detainees are being released now,” the statement said.The arrests came amid a tense meeting that turned into a protest and ended with no decision on the future of 10 struggling Houston schools. Tensions erupted when Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones asked police to remove the audience after one speaker went over her time limit and people protested. ———————The HISD board met Tuesday night to consider a plan to temporarily surrender control of the schools to a charter group called Energized for STEM. Dozens of people spoke against the proposal, raising concerns from financial dealings, academic issues and what it means for the primarily black communities affected.“The fact that the board president cleared the room when there was some disruption — but it wasn’t at a level that we’ve seen at other times — is an indication of a larger problem of lack of transparency. And I would even say a lack of courageous leadership,” said Jasmine Jenkins, who directs Houstonians for Great Public Schools, which advocates for effective school boards and leadership.Jenkins added that she believes confidence in the HISD board has eroded over several months because of several issues, including the situation with struggling schools, budget difficulties and changes with district leadership.“I don’t know that the board has time to rebuild that trust,” Jenkins said.The board is facing a tight deadline to decide what to do next.If it wants to partner with an outside group to try and avoid closing schools or a state board of managers, it has to submit plans to the Texas Education Agency by April 30.Another option is to close and reopen these schools. Some want the board to do none of those things and sue the Texas Education Agency instead.____Laura IsenseeBoard President Rhonda Skillern-Jones talked with an activist at the HISD meeting after dozens of people were ejected from the building.————————What started as a heated workshop to consider handing 10 Houston schools over to a charter network turned into a skirmish and protest Tuesday night. It led to the detention of at least two women and ended without a vote on the future of the schools.When the last public speaker went over the 1-minute time limit, people protested and Board President Rhonda Skillern-Jones ordered the room cleared. The protest turned physical and police removed people from the room. 00:00 /01:07 Share Houston Public Media confirmed Wednesday with multiple people involved in the protest that in total three women were detained by police, with two of them arrested–one put in handcuffs and the other dragged on the floor. HISD has not detailed what the specific charges are. Eventually, the board reconvened only to adjourn the meeting without deciding if it will surrender control of its 10 most struggling schools to the charter group, Energized for STEM.Another woman being dragged away from HISD’s board meeting pic.twitter.com/62NF43pDah— Shelby Webb (@shelbywebb) April 25, 2018“It sends the message that the community’s voice does not matter,” said Jenny Espeseth, an HISD parent and advocate and one of the women who was detained, but not arrested. In a statement, HISD cited board policy that audience members cannot be disruptive or abusive during board meetings and said that one of their police officers sustained minor injuries.“While the district appreciates and shares the passion the community has for the students and schools and welcomes public input, audience members are expected to be respectful and observe decorum so that their views may be heard and appreciated,” HISD’s spokesman Tracy Clemons said in a statement.“During Tuesday night’s workshop, after continuous disruption and multiple outbursts from members of the audience, and after several verbal requests from the Board President to adhere to the rules, attendees were instructed to clear the room and called for a recess.”Laura IsenseeAbout 100 people were removed from the HISD auditorium. Many remained outside the doors, chanting for the release of one of the women detained.Trustees later reconvened just after 11 p.m. Many protesters refused to return because they didn’t want to make the meeting seem legitimate and would have been required to sit in an overflow room — not the board auditorium.The HISD board of trustees eventually voted to adjourn 8-1, with Trustee Elizabeth Santos casting the sole no vote. “I teach my students to stand up against unjust laws and things that might hinder making progress. And I’m an activist, I’ve witnessed things before, but to feel like you were in a real live textbook was pretty intense,” Santos said after the meeting.Earlier during the public hearing, trustees heard from dozens of students, parents, teachers and advocates. All of them opposed giving Energized for STEM control of 10 schools that have failed to meet state standards for four years or more. Some cited financial concerns about the charter group. Others opposed the deal as privatizing public education. And several speakers, including members of the black community, said that the deal sold out schools that enroll mostly black students.“Have a backbone and stand up to this,” said Travis McGee, a parent and activist from Sunnyside, a neighborhood that might lose two public schools under the deal.With the board not taking a vote, it’s not clear what HISD’s next steps for its 10 most struggling schools. If they don’t meet state standards this year, they could trigger sanctions under the law known as HB 1842, including closure or a board of managers for the whole district. The partnership route with a charter school or another group could buy time for the schools to meet standards and avoid those sanctions, under the law SB 1882.If the district still wants to secure a partner, it has to meet the state’s April 30 deadline — less than a week away.In order to call another meeting on the issue, the district is supposed to provide at least 72 hours notice.It is not clear what the HISD board will do next. In a text message, Board President Skillern-Jones told News 88.7 that no decision has been made. In a Facebook post, she said that she asked police to clear the room after several outbursts.“I hoped we could calm the tension and return for an orderly meeting. Unfortunately the situation escalated and subsequently caused many unintended consequences,” Skillern-Jones wrote. “I’m saddened at this outcome as it was not at all what I wanted. I take responsibility for calling this recess and am regretful it only created more discord. The one positive result from the chaos is that we did postpone a hasty decision, gained some additional perspective and broadened our considerations.”Other trustees expressed sadness as well. Trustee Anne Sung wrote on social media that she has “no words yet. I’m just heartbroken” for what happened.Sung said that even before the chaos, she did not have enough information to vote on the charter partnership with Energized for STEM and wanted answers to the “very reasonable list of questions that any partner should at a minimum answer.”“ What is at stake here is no less than our children and the future of whole communities,” Sung said. Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaParent and activist Travis McGee addressed a crowd of people at the HISD meeting while the board was in closed session and before a scuffle erupted with police officers.The Houston school district has decided not to reconsider the charter school contract meant to avoid state sanctions.“We are not bringing another partnership proposal to the Board, nor will there be another meeting to consider partnerships for the 10 schools,” said Interim Superintendent Grenita Lathan on Wednesday. “Instead, we will continue to reinforce our commitment to helping students, staff, and families of our Achieve 180 schools continue the hard work they’ve done this year to transform their campuses and increase student achievement.”Lathan said that current staff will remain in place unless budget cuts force layoffs across HISD. She added that HISD will supplement resources and supports at these campuses to try and help them meet standards.The board’s decision followed advice earlier Wednesday from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. He encouraged them to “stand down” and try and get a waiver from state officials instead.The move puts even more pressure on the 10 under-performing schools to try and meet standards this year. If they don’t, they could be shuttered, closed and then reopened as new schools or the whole board of trustees could be replaced.————————————Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said that he supports Houston Independent School District (HISD) standing down on trying to figure out a partnership deal for 10 struggling schools ahead of the state’s deadline.“Not to submit a proposal, not to submit a plan based on this April 30th deadline. Focus on the kids. Focus on trying to improve these schools as best you can between now and the academic year,” Turner told reporters at City Hall Wednesday. Instead, Turner said that HISD should ask state officials — again — for a one-year waiver on sanctions because of Hurricane Harvey.I endorse @HoustonISD not submitting a partnership plan to the state by the April 30 deadline. In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and the need to find solutions, we do not need to add additional stress to students. The state should stand down and grant HISD a one-year waiver. pic.twitter.com/INfnIeqKKA— Sylvester Turner (@SylvesterTurner) April 25, 2018
In hindsight, the question itself probably would’ve been lampooned by the likes of a Coach Popovich. Luckily, I was interviewing an Arizona Cardinals rookie. At the same time, why exactly would I wonder if “this atmosphere fazes you?” …when let’s just say that a Marlins crowd doesn’t exactly, uh, measure up to the fervor of SEC football. “Nah, it doesn’t faze me at all, but…” Tyrann Mathieu paused before adding, “I was kind of nervous.” So, if you’re a Cardinals fan, you’re hoping to hear those sound bites over and over. “It was just exciting to get out there,” Mathieu might say after his first training camp practice. “I was extremely confident,” after his first preseason game in Green Bay. “I was probably a nine (out of ten),” after the season opener in St. Louis. If we’re talking football game plans, then Mathieu wants his first pitch to foreshadow his first year in the NFL. Right down to the skeptics. “Doubters? Yeah,” Mathieu responded when I asked him if his teammates questioned his arm. “I’m like, man, I’m a competitor. I’m going to get the ball across the plate. It’s not going to fall short. A few of ‘em doubted me, but I made ‘em believers.”Keep throwing strikes. And Mathieu will keep making believers. In return, Arizona will keep embracing the former LSU star. In fact, is the Valley starting to feel like home? “Definitely,” Mathieu said. “Just to get the opportunity is extremely humbling. I’m definitely grateful for the opportunity.” 0 Comments Share – / 9 The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Why? Simple. Mathieu was out of his element. Not in a stadium, but on the mound. The former Heisman Trophy finalist threw out the first pitch before the D-backs’ game against the Miami Marlins Tuesday. “Just relax. Just go out there and throw the ball the way you know how to throw the ball,” Mathieu quoted Josh Collmenter (#FerrisWheel) as telling him during a pregame throwing session. “He said that I have a pretty good arm, so that gave me some confidence going out there.”And, make no mistake, as a former high school baseball player, The Badger (as Patrick Peterson called him after the final minicamp practice) can throw. This wasn’t your typical celebrity first pitch that resembled a basketball bounce pass or a golfer chili-dipping. No smart-aleck intoned “jusssst a bit outside.” In fact, when I asked Mathieu how confident he was on the mound, he responded: “I was probably a nine (out of ten). I was extremely confident. It was just exciting to get out there and actually be on a big league stage.” True that. Due to suspensions, Mathieu hasn’t been between the white lines for a real game of any sort in nearly two years. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
Go back to the e-newsletterCapella Ubud, Bali tented camp is bringing the rich heritage of Bali’s exotic past back to life. Inspired by the first Europeans to settle in Bali in the 1800s, celebrated architect and designer Bill Bensley has created this rainforest retreat as a tribute to their spirit of adventure.Set on 4 hectares 20 minutes north of Ubud in the village of Keliki, the camp is positioned where the sloping rice terraces meet the untouched rainforest of the sacred Wos River. This hidden sanctuary offers an authentic insight into the way of life in the Bali of yesteryear, combined with today’s modern conveniences and technology. Each of the 22 one-bedroom tented retreats, as well as the two-bedroom lodge, feature a theme based on campsite life back in the days of the early settlers, offering guests a unique under-canvas experience and where they can re-live the nostalgia of a first-time experience.Nature, wellness and adventure are at the core of the camp’s many signature experiences, which include culinary journeys through the working farms of Keliki Village as well as the resort’s own honey farms, coffee, tea and cocoa plantations. Sacred temple rituals at the Wos River with the Keliki villagers are some of the many cultural highlights, while wellness experiences feature medicinal culinary healing, spiritual and sound healing and, for the more adventurous, jungle boot camps, mountain bike ridge tours and high- and low-impact workouts in the rice paddies.Camp features at Capella Ubud, Bali also include The Auriga Spa health and wellness retreat; The Cistern outdoor rainforest pool; The Armory tented gymnasium; The Camp Fire, Mads Lange dining room; Api Jiwa Asian street food barbecue; A Mortar and Pestle Pool Bar; The Officer’s Tent living room and the Wos River Deck.The anticipated opening of Capella Ubud Bali is set for early 2018. Rates start from US$838 per room, per night plus service charge and taxes.Go back to the e-newsletter