If you don’t know who Nick Wooster is, get him on your style radar, pronto. He is one of the world’s coolest gents. Based in New York, his dress sensibility always leaves you guessing. One day he is in camo and cashmere, the next he is tailored tighter than an Englishman on Savile Row. As the former fashion director of Bergdorf Goodman and Nieman Marcus, he has become the style arbiter of the moment not just because of what he wears but for his very Midwestern sensibility about life. He is the consummate gentleman (some people forget part of dressing well is acting accordingly.)This week at a breakfast held at Pitti Uomo, the world’s most buzzed about menswear trade show held in Florence, Italy – a collaborative line was launched between Nick and Lardini. Launching in spring 2015, the capsule collection includes four jacket styles, three of which are dyed and washed and a fourth in patchwork using English cotton canvas. A fifth jacket is knitted in navy and white for a classic striped look.There are four models of trousers and three styles of Bermuda shorts (for all of you guys who are still panicked over the short length trend going on right now).We are big fans of the woven shirts too – they mix classic shirt stripes, oxford cloth/linen, seersucker, Prince of Whales plaid, houndstooth, summer tweed, and compact panama in cotton and linen.Founded in 1978 in Italy, Lardini specializes in menswear and has extensive knowledge in making the perfect jacket.We were fortunate enough to catch Mr. Wooster right after the presentation to hear more about the collaboration:How did the collab happen?I was introduced to the Lardini family last year at Pitti Uomo by Michael Burns who owns the M5 Showroom. They asked me to help consult for the United States market. After two meetings, they asked me to do the collaboration. Although I vowed I would never do a collection with my name on it, I immediately said yes, given Lardini’s fantastic culture of development and technical know how.Tell us about the debut at Pitti. How was it?Debuting the collection at Pitti Uomo is both terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. What’s so amazing to me is that I came to Pitti for the first time 27 years ago…never in my wildest dreams could I imagine that I would be presenting a collection with my name on it. As I have always considered myself a retailer, I am so grateful to have the opportunity to present the collection in a store-like atmosphere.Can you tell us any inspiration for the collection?Given that Lardini has unparalleled experience in making perfect garments, I wanted to start with something imperfect. I think that was the biggest challenge, how to NOT press everything. I think there is perfection in imperfection.The collection really boils down to a simple formula: there are three jackets, 1 vest, 1 shirt, 5 bottoms and one shoe. There are twelve fabrics. When it’s all said and done, the mix of fabrics and the way one jacket makes up in something in constructed wool versus lightweight linen, gives the appearance the collection is bigger than it is.I am also inspired by exploring the volume of the bottoms. For me, that is what makes a classic jacket look new. 8 Great and Useful Housewarming Gifts Ideas Editors’ Recommendations The Burger Show’s Alvin Cailan Shares His Burger-Making Secrets The Best Wireless Charging Pads and Stands, No Strings Attached 1. Nick Wooster x Lardini 2. Nick Wooster x Lardini 3. Nick Wooster x Lardini 4. Nick Wooster x Lardini 5. Nick Wooster x Lardini Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer
The Government will continue to pursue an active legislative agenda in the new fiscal year, with a number of bills to be passed.This was disclosed by Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech at Gordon House on Thursday, April 4, where he announced that theGovernment passed 25 of the 33 Bills brought to Parliament during the just-ended legislative year.The Governor General argued that despite “a shortened legislative year,” this achievement “was an improvement on the previous year’s performance and higher than the average of the previous three years.”As part of the process to speed up the passage of Bills, the Office of the Parliamentary Counsel will be strengthened, in keeping with a review undertaken by the Cabinet Office.For this legislative year, the administration intends to pass a Public Sector Procurement Bill to provide the framework for a Public Sector Procurement System and legally separate the National Contracts Commission from the Office of the Contractor General, the Head of State informed.Also to be brought to Parliament are: amendments of the Road Traffic Act and Transport Authority Act, with the objective of ensuring that the gaps in the road traffic legislation affecting enforcement of road traffic laws are addressed; an Omnibus Tax Incentive Bill to establish a transparent and coherent regime to govern all tax incentives; and a Secured Transactions Bill to provide for a modern legislative framework for secured transactions with the objective of increasing access to finance especially for small and medium-sized enterprises.Other legislation include a Charities Bill to facilitate the proper supervision of entities carrying out charitable activities; a Bill to establish a Statutory Framework for the Court Management Service; and legislation to provide for Collective Investment Schemes.The Government, during the year, will also seek to pass: a Bill to establish a single anti-corruption agency; legislation to enable the court to grant specified discounts on years of imprisonment in the case of guilty pleas for certain offences, which now attract mandatory minimum sentence; and the Evidence (Amendment) Bill, to simplify certain procedural requirements to the admissibility of computer-generated evidence, and to facilitate the admission of uncontested expert reports and other agreed documents without having to call the expert or other maker of the document to give evidence at the trial.By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter
CAVENDISH, P.E.I. — Fossilized footprints discovered on Prince Edward Island last year have been matched with a prehistoric predator, giving the site newfound global significance.Federal and provincial officials announced Thursday that the series of footprints found last May near Cavendish National Park have been confirmed to be those of the sail-backed Bathygnathus borealis.The reptile-like mammal lived 100 million years before dinosaurs and is commonly known as the Dimetrodon.It was considered the top predator of its time.The footprints mark the only record of life on land in Canada during the Permian period, a geological age 300 million years ago.Politicians and scientists welcomed the discovery as a feather in the cap for the province’s history and research potential. “The fossil legacy of the Island has reached a point where it stands proudly on the world stage,” said John Calder, a geology professor at Saint Mary’s University. In a news release Thursday, Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan expressed pride that the discovery put the small province on paleontological map.“While most of Canada as we know it today was submerged under water, Prince Edward Island was one of the few places with life on land before dinosaurs even walked the Earth,” MacLauchlan said. “This exciting discovery will undoubtedly spark the interests of palaeontologists from around the world.”The Canadian Press
Some three quarters of the 2.6 billion people living on less than $2 a day depend on local natural resources for their livelihoods, which are now being menaced by climate change and ecosystem degradation.“World Resources Report 2008: Roots of Resilience” was released in Barcelona, Spain, at the World Conservation Congress of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).The new publication is a joint effort by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank, and non-governmental organization (NGO) known as the World Research Institute.“Poverty will never be made history unless we invest in more intelligent management of the world’s nature-based assets,” said Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director. “There are now countless models and case studies of how ecosystems can be managed to boost rural livelihoods and incomes while meeting the goal of environmental sustainability.”The report concludes that translating these models into reality requires emphasizing three key elements: ownership by the poor of local resources; the capacity of local communities to manage ecosystems competently; and creating networks to link nature-based enterprises to increase access to the economic mainstream.One example cited in the new publication is a scheme in Bangladesh to help villagers to sustainably manage fisheries and wetlands. Prior to that programme, there had been fierce competition over fishing rights, but in the eight years after its implementation, degradation of the bird and fish habitat has been reversed and a 140 per cent increase in fish catches and a 33 per cent rise in local income have been recorded.In a related development, UNEP unveiled a new “Paint for the Planet” website yesterday showcasing stand-out entries from its International Children’s Painting Competition.Five young artists from Burundi, Colombia, Malta and the United States will attend an event in New York to plead for leadership on climate change and officially open an exhibit at UN Headquarters on 23 October. 8 October 2008Increasing nature-based enterprises could simultaneously enhance incomes for the world’s rural poor and increase their resilience to economic, social and environmental threats, according to a new United Nations-backed report launched today.
business report|tsx AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The TSX is on its longest winning streak in about four years, senior business editor Mike Eppel explains. by News Staff Posted Feb 14, 2014 6:36 am MDT Video: Business report with Mike Eppel – Feb. 14, 2014
DENVER – Doughnuts were delivered Wednesday by drone to Denver’s mayor and the city’s police and fire departments in an event that provided a glimpse into what companies hope will be a quick, inexpensive way to get merchandise to customers.Denver’s LaMar’s Donuts hired Austin, Texas-based company Drone Dispatch to deliver four boxes of doughnuts using piloted drones flown from parking lots within a block of the delivery targets.LaMar’s spokesman Tami Osifodunrin said Federal Aviation Administration regulations prohibit commercial drone pilots from losing sight of drones.Denver Mayor Michael Hancock was outside city hall when a drone delivered doughnuts.“This is exciting stuff and I think as we get ready for not only drones in the air, and get ready for autonomous vehicles, this is our future this is how we’re going to become a more efficient 21st century nation, society quite frankly,” Hancock said.FAA officials said they were investigating to ensure the deliveries followed federal rules governing commercial drone use in populated areas. The FAA has rules that govern drone altitude, proximity to airports, and flying over people who are not part of the crew flying the drone. The organizers said they took care to comply with regulations.“We’re doing it completely legal, we have very, very short deliveries from the drone where we have a safe takeoff location and the landing area is a Drone Dispatch team member who’s receiving the box of doughnuts,” said Chris Bonnet, CEO of Drone Dispatch.The drones took off from parking lots near the Denver City and County Building, the police department, the fire department and an alleyway near a pedestrian mall.Amazon and other companies have been testing autonomous drones for deliveries, while drone maker Flirtey last year began limited deliveries for 7-Eleven in Reno, Nevada.The doughnuts were delivered as part of a week of celebrating a tradition that dates to World War I, where Salvation Army volunteers made doughnuts for soldiers on the front lines. National Doughnut Day is celebrated the first Friday of every June. Doughnut delivery by drone in Denver is a peek at the future by P. Solomon Banda, The Associated Press Posted May 31, 2017 6:12 pm MDT Last Updated May 31, 2017 at 7:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
“We note the need to increase awareness at the global level to fully recognize the importance of space tools and space-derived geospatial information to meet the objectives of the global development agenda,” Azzedine Oussedik of Algeria said as he accepted his election as Chair 57th session of the Committee.Consideration of space and development at the current session of the Committee builds upon the outcome of the 2012 ‘Rio+20’ UN Conference on Sustainable Development, in which Governments recognized the importance of space-derived data, Simonetta Di Pippo, Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), said in her opening remarks.“The Committee, its subsidiary bodies and the Office have together a unique opportunity to mobilize support and commitment at the global level for increasing the role of space-based technology and information as an enabler of the goals and objectives of the post-2015 development agenda,” Ms. Di Pippo said, referring to global priorities expected to succeed the Millennium Development Goals after their 2015 deadline.According to UNOOSA, the Committee will consider a set of draft guidelines on the contribution of space technologies to sustainable development as well as on the sustainability of space activities themselves. In that context, space debris, space-situational awareness, space weather and the regulatory framework for space activities will be addressed. In addition, the Space Mission Planning Advisory Group will meet on 12 and 13 June to continue to prepare for an international response to a Near-Earth Object impact threat, or collision with asteroids or comets.The Committee’s session, which runs through 20 June, will also include events upon the donation of models of space technologies from Poland and China, and hear from astronauts on the future of human space flight.
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related1 dead, 4 critical in 3-vehicle smash-upMay 21, 2017In “Crime”Several survive Durban Street accidentJuly 19, 2014In “Crime”East Ruimveldt man killed in early morning accidentSeptember 30, 2018In “latest news” Dead: Daniel Richmond was said to be “half in and half out of the minibus” when the accident occurredThe man who succumbed during a fatal accident at the intersection of Durban and Smyth Streets, Georgetown on Sunday last has been identified as Daniel Richmond of Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara, an umpire attached to the Guyana Cricket Board.On the fateful Sunday, Richmond was killed while traveling in mini-bus BVV5273, while several other passengers identified as – Brian James, 40, Kim Douglas, 49, Jelani Williams, 17, Ariel Eversley, 35, Michael Bunburry, 47, De Andre Smith, 17, Ronaldo Bancroft, 15, Deon Goodridge, 27, Brian Desouza, Lynette Crawford, 42, Godfrey Daniels, 35, and seven year old Otien Otto, were injured.Inews had previously reported that the accident occurred around 16:00hrs while minibus BVV 5273 was said to be proceeding along Durban Street heading to South, Georgetown when it was struck from behind by a black Tundra which was said to be speeding along Smyth Street headed North.The mangled remains of the minibus involved in the fatal accidentThe Tundra, bearing registration GRR 8350, then hit a parked blue Allion before coming to a halt.According to information received, after being struck, the minibus which was said to be fully loaded, toppled a number of times.The injured persons had to be pulled from the mangled minibus, some in an unconscious state and Richmond, the now dead man, was said to be “half in and half out of the minibus.”The driver of the Tundra, reportedly fled the scene while also being injured.When this online publication visited the Hospital, some of the injured persons relayed what transpired.The mangled remains of the minibus involved in the fatal accident“All I know is that the bus got hit, and it toppled and then fall on its side. Everybody started to holler and everybody started to hold onto each other and when I come out of the bus, one man I saw half of his body was inside the bus and half was outside. After that, people start running to help us,” Lynette Crawford, 42, related.Investigations are still ongoing.
By Cormac Fitzgerald HOUSING MINISTER SIMON Coveney has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that hotels will no longer be used to house homeless families by July of this year.Speaking this morning at the launch of the High Park family hub, Coveney said that people in his department and others were working very hard in order to meet this ambitious goal.“A lot of people are working very hard to make sure that we meet that target,” Coveney told TheJournal.ie.When questioned specifically whether he thought the goal of no longer using hotels to house families (except in very limited circumstances) could be met by July, Coveney said: Housing Minister @simoncoveney being shown around new Respond! accommodation for homeless families pic.twitter.com/sIAazWG1ea— Cormac Fitzgerald (@Cormfitz) March 16, 2017 Short URL Thursday 16 Mar 2017, 1:41 PM Simon Coveney: Hotels will no longer be used to house homeless families by July Using hotels to house families has risen hugely in recent times. Source: Cormac Fitzgerald/Twitter Mar 16th 2017, 1:41 PM 56 Comments Image: Marc O’Sullivan Share Tweet Email1 High ParkSituated in an old Magdalene Laundry building in spacious ground off the Grace Park Road in north Dublin, High Park is designed as a more suitable alternative for hotels and B&Bs.There are currently 82 occupants staying at the facility in total. This includes 38 adults and 44 children (33 families in total).The majority of these families are single parent families, however a number of couples with children are also staying at the facility.Families are given wrap-around support during the time they spend at High Park, and are appointed staff who work with them and help them secure long term alternative accommodation. 15,423 Views https://jrnl.ie/3291278 I think so, I think so. I mean it’s putting a lot of pressure on people but I think so.He said this goal would be achieved through a combination of rapid-build housing units, HAP tenancies and facilities like High Park.High Park is a family focused supported temporary accommodation. Operated by the Respond! Housing Association, it provides secure accommodation for homeless families with dedicated onsite staff and key workers.Coveney said that a number of similar units will begin to open over the next number of months and families will transition from hotels to these units. From left to right: Declan Dunne, CEO Respond! Housing TDs Roisin Shortall and Dessie Ellis, Minister Coveney and John O’Connor, chair of Respond! Source: Marc O’SullivanA number of residents staying at the facility spoke to TheJournal.ie on condition of anonymity.They said that the accommodation was comfortable, clean and well-kept and the staff were very supportive.There is a curfew of 11pm at the facility. Alcohol and drugs are strictly prohibited and children must be supervised at all times.The residents who spoke to TheJournal.ie all said that the accommodation was far more preferable than staying at a hotel or B&B. But they expressed a wish to be able to move onto their own independent homes as soon as possible.The centre began operating just under three months ago. In that time, four families have moved onto longer-term accommodation.Speaking today, Declan Dunne – CEO of Respond! – said that the purpose of the centre was for families to have a place to stay while they waited for homes.“Our principal focus has been houses. Permanent, sustainable houses for people to live their whole lives,” he said.This model here is very simply a humanitarian response for us to do something in the short term while people are waiting for homesHotelsThe use of hotel and B&Bs to house homeless families has skyrocketed over the past number of years and the homelessness crisis has worsened in Dublin worsened.Latest figures from the Housing Department show that there 1007 homeless families with 2,046 children staying in emergency accommodation in Dublin in January. The overwhelming majority of these were staying in private hotels or B&Bs at a huge cost to the state.Dublin City Council spent €40 million trying to house homeless families in hotels and B&Bs in 2016 alone.Coveney first committed to ending the use of hotels to house homeless families by the middle of this year last summer in the Government’s Rebuilding Ireland Housing Action Plan.Charity experts expressed serious doubt that this being possible at the time, however Coveney today remained resolute that the goal could be achieved.Read: Over 198,000 empty homes in Ireland: UK officers turn them into housing – would that work here?Read: There are 27 empty houses for every one person in emergency accommodation Image: Marc O’Sullivan Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Fermilab : la possible découverte d’une nouvelle force n’a pas été confirméeEn avril, des chercheurs du laboratoire Fermilab de Chicago pensaient avoir fait une observation sans précédent, décrite comme la découverte possible d’une nouvelle particule élémentaire, voire d’une force inconnue de la nature. Mais celle-ci n’a pu être confirmée à ce jour.Cela pourrait être une avancée majeure dans la physique des particules. Mais aucune confirmation n’a pu être apportée jusqu’à présent. Des physiciens américains du Fermilab de Chicago (Illinois) avaient annoncé au mois d’avril avoir découvert une irrégularité suspecte dans leurs données. Ils croyaient alors à une nouvelle force inconnue en plus de celles de la gravité, de l’électromagnétisme et des forces nucléaires forte et faible, rappelle l’AFP. Cependant, une autre équipe, du groupe de recherche international DZero, qui travaille elle aussi au Fermilab, n’a pas pu reproduire la même observation. “Nous avons regardé parmi deux cent mille milliards de collisions de particules dans l’accélérateur et n’avons pas été en mesure de voir cet excès (…) dans les données rapportées par nos collègues”, a affirmé dans un communiqué Dmitri Denisov, un porte-parole de DZero.À lire aussiLa fusion nucléaire pourrait bien devenir prochainement une réalitéL’AFP indique que les physiciens ont étudié cette irrégularité dans les données pendant plus d’un an. A présent, les deux équipes envisagent de former “un groupe de travail qui coordonnera une étude sur les analyses des deux expériences” avec des physiciens appartenant aux deux groupes, indique le Fermilab dans un communiqué.Le groupe DZero comprend environ 500 physiciens provenant de 19 pays et travaille notamment sur le “boson de Higgs”, une des ultimes pièces manquantes du Modèle standard, théorie élaborée il y a près de 40 ans par les physiciens pour décrire toutes les particules et forces dans l’univers.Le Fermilab héberge l’accélérateur de particules Tevatron, qui était le plus puissant jusqu’en 2008, date à laquelle les Européens ont mis en marche le “Grand collisionneur de hadrons” à la frontière franco-suisse.Le 14 juin 2011 à 10:38 • Emmanuel Perrin
COUGAR — An Ohio man who was missing on Mount St. Helens was found Wednesday on a flank of the peak nearly a week after he set out on a day hike and survived by eating berries and bees, authorities and the man’s relatives said.Matthew B. Matheny, 40, of Warren, Ohio, was in good condition, talking and did not appear to have suffered life-threatening injuries but was flown to a hospital to spend the night as a precaution, the Cowlitz County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.His parents told reporters outside the Vancouver hospital that he was being treated for dehydration and would stay overnight, adding that he ate berries and killed bees that he also ate.Matheny was not familiar with the terrain, got lost and had not seen anyone since Aug. 9, they said.Friends last saw Matheny when he borrowed a car and headed to Blue Lake Trail on the southwest side of Mount St. Helens. They reported him missing after he failed to return, prompting a search. A sheriff’s deputy found the borrowed Subaru Outback at the trailhead on Saturday.
High CourtThe High Court on Tuesday asked the lawyer of Bangladesh Standards and Testing Institution (BSTI) to stop publishing advertisements and reports on milk that might spread misleading information among the people, reports UNB.The bench of justice Syed Refaat Ahmed and justice Iqbal Kabir gave the verbal order.It also expressed dissatisfaction at the BSTI counsel’s remarks that the court was satisfied with the BSTI report.”We didn’t pass any order or made any observations about the report but you told the media that we expressed satisfaction,” the court told the BSTI lawyer.It noted how Pran Group was quoting the court to praise qualities of its products after the BSTI lawyer’s comment. “Who’ll take responsibility if someone falls sick after drinking their milk?” the court asked.14 July is fixed for the next hearing.Lawyer Sarkar MR Hasan stood for BSTI and lawyer Tanvir Ahmed represented the writ petitioner.Earlier, the court directed the authorities concerned to submit the report provided by Dhaka University’s Pharmacy Faculty and Biomedical Research Centre on pasteurised milk.On 21 May, the court asked BSTI to make a list of companies and file a report within a month after testing milk and dairy products across the country.The order was issued after BSTI questioned a report by National Food Safety Laboratory which found chemicals in samples of liquid and powder milk and dairy products.The icddr,b scientists on 16 May revealed that more than 75 per cent of all pasteurised milk available in the local market is unsafe for direct consumption.On 25 June, lawyer Hasan submitted a report before the court. BSTI said no harmful elements were found in pasteurised milk of 14 companies.On the same day, researchers announced to have found traces of antibiotics and detergent in pasteurised milk produced by five companies.
In platform diving, Molly Fears qualified third after five rounds of dives. Michaela Sliney scored points with a 10th place finish and freshman Anika Holland placed 22nd. Print Friendly Version The Cardinals send three in to the finals of the 400-IM. Sophie Cattermole put up a 4:12.09 and qualified sixth overall for the A-final. Maria Sumida clocked in at 4:16.70 in her heat and returns in the B-final. Carley Lowe turned in a 4:20.36 to make the C-Final. Grace Oglesby put up the third fastest qualifying time in the 100 butterfly to make the A-Finals. In the B-final for the Cards will be Alena Kraus, who put up a 53.44 and Nastja Govejsek, who went 53.37. Story Links The University of Louisville will send 15 Cardinals into the finals tonight after a fast day of preliminaries at the 2019 ACC Swimming and Diving Championships Friday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. Kaylee Wheeler qualified fourth in the 100 breaststroke and will swim in the A-final with a time of 59.75. Also in the A final will be Mariia Astashkina, who had a time of 59.85 and Morgan Friesen, who turned in a 59.98. Avery Braunecker made the C-final of the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.6 along with Lauren James, who boarded a 1:02.07. Alina Kendzior made the B-final of the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.43. Ashlyn Schoof went 54.38 and Lainey Visscher had a 54.84 in other performances. Mallory Comerford earned a second swim for the A-final of her signature event, the 200 freestyle. She stopped the clock at 1:44.38. Joining her in the A-final will be Arina Openysheva, who put up a prelim time of 1:45.91. Diana Dunn posted a time of 1:47.65 to make the B-final. Casey Fanz put up a time of 1:50.78 to round out the Cardinal field.
Air Astana NetworkAir Astana marks 16 years in the Russian marketAir Astana, the award-winning Kazakh flag carrier, has marked 16 years of successful operation in the Russian market. The airline inaugurated services to Russia in 2002, with the first flights from Astana and Almaty to Moscow. Between 2009 and 2012, additional services were launched from Astana to Ekaterinburg, Novosibirsk, Omsk and St. Petersburg, as well as from Almaty to Kazan and St. Petersburg. Earlier this month, two new services commenced from Astana to Tyumen and Kazan, which brought the total number Russian cities being served from Kazakhstan to seven.“Russia continues to be one of Air Astana’s most important markets and together with China and India, service frequencies with continue to grow in the future,” said Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana. “Air Astana currently operates daily flights from Moscow, Novosibirsk, St. Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, with many of our passengers taking advantage of onward connections from the Astana and Almaty hubs to destinations in Asia, Caucasus, Central Asia and the Gulf.”Since 2012, Air Astana has transported almost 4.5 million passengers and 24,000 tons of cargo on services to Russia, with revenue passenger-kilometers exceeding 13 million. During the first half of 2018, the passenger load factor on Russian services was almost 70 percent.About Air AstanaAir Astana, the national carrier of Kazakhstan, operates flights to over 60 domestic and international routes from hubs in Astana and Almaty. The company was incorporated in late 2001 and commenced operations on 15 May 2002. Air Astana fleet consists of Boeing 767/757, Airbus A320 Family aircraft including A320neo and A321neo and Embraer 190 aircraft. Air Astana became the first carrier from Russia, the Commonwealth of Independent States (the CIS) and Eastern Europe to be awarded the prestigious 4-Star rating by Skytrax at its World Airline Awards 2012 and was also named ‘The Best Airline in Central Asia and India’ that year. Both achievements were repeated in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. TripAdvisor named Air Astana as a Winner in the Regional Airlines – Asia category in the 2018 Travellers’ Choice Awards, which identifies travellers’ favourite carriers around the globe.Source = Air Astana
Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston will present Bettcher with his own set of issues this Sunday in Glendale, but as the Cardinals prepare for Week 2, Bettcher and the players were focusing inward.“We’ve got to leverage the ball correctly and we’ve got to tackle well,” Bettcher said. “When you start playing the game at whatever age you start playing it at, those are two things you start talking about early on. The little things are always big things; keep stacking them long enough, they become what it’s all about.”Whatever personal revelations some introspection produced for Bettcher, he wasn’t saying, but linebacker Kevin Minter said the Cardinals are “champing at the bit” to take the field against the Buccaneers on Sunday and prove that their Week 1 performance was just an anomaly.“It’s time to show and prove,” Minter said. “People keep talking about the talent we have. It’s time for us to display that talent.”Follow Craig Morgan on Twitter The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Patriots QB Jimmy Garoppolo produced a near-perfect passer rating vs. the blitz in win over Cardinals pic.twitter.com/KPDKFE2QMr— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) September 12, 2016When asked specifically about his game plan for pressuring Garoppolo, Bettcher gave the shortest answer of his interview, saying only “they do some great stuff and that’s why they’ve had success as long as they’ve had it. Hats off to them.”This is not a LaMarr Woodley-esque indictment of Bettcher. The truth is almost always more nuanced than blowhards suggest, but Bettcher is also a 38-year-old coordinator entering his second season in a position he’s never filled before. He’s learning on the job, and Sunday was not his best resume builder.“James is bright; he’s a bright dude and he loves the game,” safety Tony Jefferson said. “I was talking to him today and he was telling me he puts in hours just for one blitz. He’s a dedicated guy and you can tell he loves the game.” Pro Football Focus reported that Garoppolo posted a near-perfect rating when the Cardinals did blitz, but only two things really stand out from those statistics. First, eight blitzes is too small a sample size to form any kind of sound conclusion. Second, why the heck was the sample size so small against a young quarterback? Don’t you want Jimmy Garoppolo to beat you instead of Bill Belichick or Josh McDaniels? 0 Comments Share Every coach who’s been around the game for a while knows that when a team loses or when his unit performs poorly, he is going to eat a large helping of blame.Bettcher didn’t miss tackles, Bettcher didn’t miss reads and Bettcher didn’t blow assignments against the New England Patriots. That’s on the players, and there is enough blame to spread it around as thick as peanut butter on a 4-year-old’s sandwich.Even so, there were more than a few analysts questioning Bettcher’s approach against a backup quarterback making his first career NFL start. There were more than a few analysts that left University of Phoenix Stadium with the belief that New England coach Bill Belichick and Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels took Bettcher to Sunday school, after Jimmy Garoppolo completed 24 of 33 passes for 264 yards and a touchdown in a 23-21 Patriots win in which he was rarely under duress.Why not pressure Garoppolo more? Why not make him even more uncomfortable than he was likely feeling already? Why not force him into quicker decisions? Why not force him to look beyond the first read he locked onto so often against the Cardinals, which made his job a whole lot easier? TEMPE, Ariz. — James Bettcher looked in the mirror after a Week 1 loss to the New England Patriots and didn’t like what he saw.“We came in Monday morning and set down and were obviously all sick to our stomachs with disappointment in our performance defensively,” Arizona’s second-year defensive coordinator told reporters on Thursday. “At the end of the day, it starts with me. We didn’t play well on defense. It starts with me. I stand in front of the room, stand in front of you guys and say that it starts with me.”
26Mar Pscholka legislation making cash assistance benefits contingent on school attendance approved by state House Categories: News Families who receive cash assistance benefits from Michigan’s Department of Human Services (DHS) will be held accountable for sending their kids to school, under legislation authored by Rep. Al Pscholka and approved today in the state House of Representatives.House Bill 4041 makes the requirements of Michigan’s compulsory school attendance law an eligibility requirement for recipients of the Family Independence Program (FIP), which is a cash assistance program for residents with school-aged children. The bill does not affect food aid.“I grew up in a single-parent household. My mother worked two jobs, and always told me how important my education would be to my future success,” said Rep. Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “My role models were my teachers and coaches and they helped me get where I am today. Parents who don’t ensure their children receive a proper education aren’t giving them the opportunities they need to be successful.”Pscholka’s bill codifies current practice, as DHS has been tying FIP benefits to school attendance for minors since October of 2012. Existing policy also stipulates that a family can regain FIP benefits if the child attends school for 21 consecutive days.The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.
State Rep. Tom Barrett, R-Potterville, today addressed attendees of the Michigan Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) Awareness Day event on the Capitol lawn.Hosted by Honor for All, a group that seeks to raise awareness for PTSI, the event commemorated veterans who have died as a result of PTSI.Rep. Barrett, chairman of the Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, and a U.S. Army veteran currently serving in the National Guard, introduced House Resolution 108 to declare June 27, 2015 as PTSI Awareness Day in the state of Michigan.“We’re trying to erase the stigma with Post Traumatic Stress and increase outreach to our veteran community suffering from these hardships,” Rep. Barrett said. “We want those who are untreated to step forward to receive treatment so that they can go on to lead healthy and sustainable lives.”The Department of Veterans Affairs reported 500,000 veterans sought PTSI care from their medical centers in 2012.It is expected that approximately ten thousand veterans will return to Michigan each year over the next three to five years. After spending a significant amount of time in combat and exposure to traumatic events, many will be at a high risk for PTSI.### Categories: Barrett News 25Jun Michigan PTSI Awareness Day hosted on Capitol lawn
Issue surrounding Macomb Township trustee inspires legislationState Reps. Jeff Yaroch, left, and Steve Marino submit House Bill 6437 to the House enrolling clerk.State Reps. Jeff Yaroch and Steve Marino have introduced a plan requiring the governor’s office to promptly make a determination when anyone makes a formal request for the removal of an elected official due to gross neglect of duty or corrupt conduct in office.The legislators, who each represent a portion of Macomb Township in the Michigan House, crafted the legislation because Macomb Township officials still have not received a determination based on a letter they sent in January calling on Gov. Rick Snyder to exercise his authority to remove Macomb Township Trustee Dino Bucci from office.“This situation has gone on far too long,” Yaroch said. “If the governor won’t take action to remove Bucci, he at least has a duty to tell them that he will not be taking action. Macomb Township residents deserve better than lip service. When the governor was the CEO of Gateway, I doubt he would have kept an employee who was no call/no show for 11 months.”Bucci was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2017 on 18 counts of conspiracy, bribery, embezzlement, extortion, mail fraud and money laundering. The charges are in connection with public contracts in Macomb Township and the Macomb County Department of Public Works, where he worked until 2017. Bucci has not appeared at a single Macomb Township Board meeting since his indictment, but continues to collect a salary.“The serious criminal allegations against Bucci, combined with his failure to perform his duties, have caused him to lose the trust and confidence of his colleagues and the public,” Marino said. “I have too much respect for the hardworking taxpayers of Macomb Township to let a corrupt politician continue to collect a salary while shirking all of his responsibilities. It’s time for Bucci to go so Macomb Township can restore the governance the public deserves and the community can begin to heal.”Under the new legislation, if a Michigan resident submits a written request for the removal of an elected official to the governor, the governor would have 60 days to review the request and notify the requester of his or her determination.“This solution would establish a clear process any citizen could utilize to draw the governor’s attention to cases of corruption or gross neglect of duty,” Yaroch said. “We owe it to the people we serve to give them an answer.”The measure, House Bill 6437, was referred to the House Elections and Ethics Committee for consideration.### Categories: Marino News,Yaroch News 24Oct Yaroch, Marino: Governor has duty to decide on requests for removal of elected officials
Rep. Steve Johnson today harshly criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s veto of funding designed to ensure those who have been exonerated of a crime would receive the compensation due to them from the state of Michigan.“The governor had the chance to do the right thing for the wrongfully convicted in Michigan – and she absolutely blew it,” said Johnson, who sponsored House Bill 4286. “With her veto, she’s saying she doesn’t care about fulfilling the state’s obligations or following state law. She’s saying she doesn’t care about atoning for mistakes when the government violates its duty to safeguard an individual’s rights to life and liberty. She’s saying she doesn’t care about people who spent decades locked up for crimes they didn’t commit.”Johnson’s legislation was unanimously approved in both the House and Senate, with a perfect combined vote of 148-0 – making the governor’s veto even more shocking.Johnson, of Wayland, said his measure is necessary to ensure the state fulfills responsibilities outlined in the Michigan Wrongful Compensation Act of 2016. The law established a state fund to award an individual exonerated of a conviction with $50,000 for each year unjustly spent in prison. But the fund is essentially bankrupt, Johnson said, while wrongfully imprisoned exonerees are having their livelihoods compromised.Johnson’s legislation would immediately add $10 million to the state fund, covering the shortfall at least until next fiscal year’s state budget plan is finalized. The governor’s veto letter – while claiming to support funding for this purpose – inexplicably states she does not support the money’s inclusion in House Bill 4286, and she vetoed the funding while approving the rest of the bill.The measure also ensures the Legislature receives regular reports about pending claims and the balance of the fund to prevent future shortfalls.Johnson’s plan would benefit exonerated Michiganders such as Richard Phillips – who spent more than 45 years in prison after a wrongful conviction in Wayne County, then returned to society with no support system to help him get back on his feet. Dozens of other Michigan residents could be in similar situations.“The governor ought to be ashamed of herself for this disgraceful act, and for playing politics with people’s lives,” Johnson said. 10May Rep. Johnson: With veto, governor blows opportunity to do the right thing for wrongfully convicted Michiganders Categories: News,Steven Johnson News ###
Share5KTweet2Share63Email5K SharesSeptember 7, 2015; Las Vegas Review-JournalAmerica has a love-hate relationship with Teach for America. What began as the dream of one idealistic undergraduate in the late 80s is now, some 26 years later, an internationally recognized behemoth in the education reform movement, with more than $200 million (yes, you read that correctly) in investments as of last year.A recent book, edited by T. Jameson Brewer and Kathleen deMarrais, titled Teach for America Counter-Narratives is the latest to put the organization under scrutiny. In an article this week in the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Washington Post columnist Esther J. Cepeda writes about the “explosive and jaw-dropping” stories written by 20 of TFA’s alumni, which she says “eviscerate the myth of TFA’s unmitigated success.” Her takeaway is that the book should be a cautionary tale to those studying the education reform movement. The stories reveal the smoke and mirrors (“money and great marketing,” in her words) that TFA uses to recruit the best and brightest while convincing their donors and other partners that they are moving the needle on outcomes.According to its most recent tax return, TFA has total assets of close to half a billion dollars and revenues of more than $330 million, of which about 90 percent comes from government grants and contributions from corporations, foundations and individuals. An organization of this size and stature has an obligation to its constituents to demonstrate its success, and TFA has accumulated years of research findings about its programming, expansion and scale-up efforts. Marty Levine and Ruth McCambridge asked on this site several weeks ago whether Teach for America’s results justify its pillar status.In 2013, Mathematica Policy Research concluded a federally-funded controlled study of TFA. Comparing TFA secondary math teachers across eight states with a control group of math teachers in the same schools, the study found that, on average, students in TFA classrooms gained the equivalent of an additional 2.6 months of school, as evidenced by end-of-year math assessments. However, two years later, a subsequent Mathematica evaluation was unable to replicate those results.While the later study concluded that TFA teachers in early primary grades produced roughly 1.3 months of extra reading gains, that good news was overshadowed by the more troubling evidence that an overwhelming majority of TFA staff (87 percent) reported that they did not plan to spend the rest of their career as a classroom teacher or, for that matter, in any education-related career.TFA takes great pride in how well it prepares its corps members for the classroom (in a smidgen of the time it takes a teacher to train through traditional avenues). Studies published on its website find that TFA corps members are “as effective” as other teachers in the same schools and that they promote achievement in measures “equal or sometimes greater.” Two state-wide studies in North Carolina and Tennessee demonstrating TFA’s relatively higher effectiveness in teaching STEM content corroborate these findings, although the Tennessee Higher Education Commission report doesn’t go much further than stating that TFA teachers “tend to be” more effective than other beginning teachers.As NPR correspondents Eric Westervelt and Anya Kamenetz point out, this can be read as either evidence of TFA’s superior pedagogy or an “indictment” of traditional teacher preparation programs. But it should also be noted that some question the reliability of the research itself or claim that even in those limited cases in which TFA shows a positive impact, it is consistently small, and other reform efforts, such universal pre-K, teacher mentoring programs, and smaller class sizes, may have more promise over the long run. The sticking point that returns again and again is that of teacher attrition.While TFA claims that two-thirds of its alumni have gone on to pursue careers in the education sector, they do not have hard statistics on the number of alumni who have remained full-time classroom teachers for even a minimum period of time. That is a shame, as it’s an obvious question on people’s minds and would be compelling information. Moreover, it’s hard to align the two-thirds claim with the overall trend away from the education space cited in Mathematica’s most recent study.While there is little else in terms of concrete student gains, much less long-term, systemic results, what’s perhaps most confounding of all is TFA’s almost willful refusal to acknowledge the role of state schools of education (which train the majority of public school teachers) or its very partner schools, as allies in reform. The more one reads from those who have gone through the experience, the more apparent this becomes, with non-TFA faculty regarded as the “problem” that TFA must come in and “fix.” While it’s clear the majority of the TFA teachers and staff are sincere, smart, and hard-working, a corporate reputation too often deemed exclusionary and imperious precedes them, a reputation that seems to have fossilized despite numerous attempts at rebranding over the years.So, for instance, while TFA has (wisely) moved its narrative beyond a rehashing of its early history and founder, conspicuously missing from the stakeholders it chooses to represent in the present day—its core members, alumni, students, and the more elusive “community”—are the very faculty and administrators of the schools they serve. Apart from national surveys that TFA commissions to query principals about their satisfaction with TFA faculty (consistently good), there is remarkably little testimony available from veteran teachers, guidance counselors, parents, and other school stakeholders about TFA’s ultimate impact on whole school environments.Similarly, a five-minute video on TFA’s website focusing on greater New Orleans is astonishingly self-referential, attributing a disproportionate share of credit to itself for the turnarounds in that city. (“While [TFA] was expanding its footprint, the community has seen rapid growth in student achievement.”) While its footprint has indeed grown six-fold, the growth filled a notable vacuum resulting from the systematic firing of 7,500 public school faculty, and TFA teachers now make up 20 percent of the city’s teaching force. No mention is made of the hundreds of civic leaders, educators and others—for better or worse—who stepped up to reinvent the system in the disaster’s aftermath. And it should be pointed out that many questions remain as to how successful the Recovery School District has been. As reported recently in the New York Times, “there is perhaps no topic of the last 10 years as polarizing.”At the time of this reporting, Matthew Kramer, appointed co-CEO of TFA two years ago, announced he was stepping down and handing over the reins to his counterpart, Elisa Villanueva Beard. Like all other news coming out of Teach for America, it, too, will be closely examined.In the meantime, the question of whether TFA is living up to its mission to enlist, develop, and mobilize future leaders to strengthen the movement for educational equity remains an unanswered one. With more than $75 million coming in from government at last count and another $220 million from the philanthropic community, we should be seeing more evidence of long-term student gains and far more alumni continuing their impassioned work in the classroom. Share5KTweet2Share63Email5K Shares