Lamentarse no, ¡organizar!

first_imgEditorial  WW-MO, 9 de noviembre de 2016Estamos tan enojadas/os y sorprendidos como nuestras/os lectores. Las encuestas estaban equivocadas. No somos las/os únicos que están horrorizados de que un candidato que se jactó de su misoginia y echó mano de los peores discursos racistas mientras hablaba basura contra las/os inmigrantes, pueda ser elegido.Pero no es tiempo de lamentarse. Es un tiempo para reafirmar el apoyo y la solidaridad militante con todas/os aquellos que han sido los principales objetivos de la demagogia y el odio de Trump: las mujeres, las personas de color, las/os inmigrantes. Ese es el único camino hacia la unión de la clase obrera contra sus verdaderos enemigos: los gobernantes multimillonarios de este país, incluido Trump.El día después de la elección debe convertirse en el Primer Día de Resistencia.Más información saldrá sobre quién votó y por qué. Trump se aprovechó de muchas quejas existentes y las usó para ser elegido, prometiéndolo todo y cualquier cosa mientras dirigía su ira contra el primer presidente afroamericano. Sin embargo, tanto Trump como Clinton eran impopulares, y ni él ni ella ofrecían soluciones reales a los problemas de explotación capitalista, de racismo, de sexismo y de guerra.Trump no obtuvo tantos votos populares como Clinton. Eso demuestra algo sobre la actitud de la gente. Pero el sistema electoral en este país no se basa en el voto popular. Tampoco brinda a terceros partidos la oportunidad de ser escuchados. (La campaña de Moorehead / Lilly del Partido Workers World-Mundo Obrero logró que sus opiniones socialistas revolucionarias fueran escuchadas al estar en las calles con el movimiento, incluyendo en las redes sociales.) Además, muchas/os de los más oprimidos están impedidos de votar por la pobreza, las amenazas y las leyes reaccionarias.No olvidemos que a principios de este año Bernie Sanders movió grandes multitudes al enfocarse con furia en los problemas económicos que enfrentan las/os trabajadores. Cuando fue eliminado de la carrera, es posible que algunas/os de sus partidarios se negaran a apoyar a una sonriente Clinton o incluso optaran por votar por un iracundo Trump.El peligro no es sólo Trump la persona, sino la misoginia, el racismo y los ataques contra las/os inmigrantes y las comunidades LGBTQ que su victoria electoral puede desencadenar. Su principal apoyo proviene de los hombres blancos. Ya sea que se den cuenta o no, cuando votaron por Trump no se identificaron con la clase obrera – en la que la mayoría son ahora mujeres y personas de color – sino con el establecimiento gobernante, con la clase dirigente.La cultura corporativa estadounidense presenta una fantasía – la fantasía del hombre fuerte, rico y blanco que puede arreglarlo todo, desde “Batman” hasta el espectáculo de “realidad” de Trump. Los capitalistas “buenos”  proveerán buenos trabajos para todos. En esta atmósfera dominada por la compañía Fox, que se extiende desde películas, a la radio, la televisión y los cómics, muchos creyeron en la pura fantasía de Trump.Pero las promesas de los neoliberales de Clinton también son fantasía. La fantasía es que el capitalismo estadounidense puede ser fuerte y seguir creciendo bajo el presidente adecuado, uno cuidadosamente escogido por el establecimiento.Los próximos cuatro años traerán una fuerte dosis de verdadera realidad. La casa de naipes que es el sistema capitalista mundial ya está reaccionando con una baja de  de la bolsa de valores. Podrían rebotar por un tiempo, y miles de millones se ganarán y perderán, pero el sistema capitalista nunca podrá recuperar su vigor anterior, y los financieros lo saben.Son precisamente las/os afroamericanos, las/os latinos, las naciones indígenas, las mujeres, las/os árabes, las/os musulmanes y las personas LGBTQ quienes han estado a la cabeza de tantas luchas que desafían este sistema. Trump no puede satisfacer las necesidades de la gran mayoría de la gente en este país. La lucha continúa desde la base, y la única respuesta es forjar la mayor unidad de todos los movimientos que luchan contra el capitalismo y la reacción.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Venezuela: constant violations of media freedom

first_img Receive email alerts RSF_en Source : AFP VenezuelaAmericas Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Two journalists murdered just days apart in Venezuela January 13, 2021 Find out more News Organisation The international reporters denied entry to Venezuela on the eve of the protest included Marie-Eve Detoeuf (also known by the pseudonym of Marie Delcas), a reporter for the French daily Le Monde, who was put on a flight to Bogotá after being deemed “inadmissible” under Venezuela’s immigration laws.The same vague grounds were used to deny entry to Colombian reporters César Moreno of Radio Caracol and Dora Glottman of Caracol TV and US reporters John Otis of NPR and Tim Wyss of the Miami Herald. Al-Jazeera’s Teresa Bo and Lagmi Chávez also suffered the same fate.Also related to the the opposition march yesterday, several journalists from TV News channel NTN24 reported that they were targeted with threats and verbal abuses by the National Gard. These acts of censorship are just the latest in a series of disturbing developments for media freedom in Venezuela:- 30 August: The headquarters of El Nacional, one of Venezuela’s leading dailies, was attacked by masked men who threw Molotov cocktails and excrement at his facade and left a leaflet entitled, “Is the 1 September protest the beginning of the end?” It was signed by “Chama Pueblo en Rebelión,” a pro-government group that previously vandalized the newspaper’s headquarters in June.- 24 August: Gunmen fired about 30 shots at the entrance to the headquarters of the Diario de Los Andes, a newspaper based in the western city of Valera, without causing any injuries.- 20 June: Two individuals on a motorcycle threw a grenade at the headquarters of the Maracay-based daily El Aragüeño, scattering leaflets with the message, “Digan la Verdad” (Tell the truth). Fortunately, the grenade did not explode.- 14 June: Five individuals vandalized the headquarters of the Ciudad Guayana-based newspaper Correo del Caroní, whose editor, David Natera Febres, was given a four-year jail term in March in connection with its coverage of alleged corruption involving a state-owned company.- 2 June: During street protests in Caracas against the economic crisis and food shortages, local and national media representatives were targeted by soldiers, police and some demonstrators. At least 19 journalists were the subject of various forms of aggression – including physical and verbal attacks, threats and the seizure or destruction of equipment – in the space of two hours, according to the NGO Espacio Público.- 21 April: The national guard forcibly expelled 13 journalists who were covering an event involving several parliamentarians at the headquarters of the National Electoral Council (CNE), which is examining the opposition’s application to hold a referendum to recall President Maduro. The journalists then had to flee from a group of pro-government demonstrators at the entrance to the CNE building. Stones were thrown at CNN en Español reporter Osmary Hernández’s vehicle, breaking three of its windows.- 19 April: Unidentified individuals smashed the windows of the premises of VTV, Venezuela’s state-owned national TV broadcaster, in the Caracas suburb of Sucre. Unlike other attacks on media outlets, this one elicited strong condemnation by several government officials.- 17 March: The Valencia-based daily El Carabobeño, one of Venezuela’s oldest newspapers, announced that it was printing its last issue because of the newsprint shortage that has affected the circulation of at least 46 newspapers in 15 of Venezuela’s states since August 2013.“Venezuela’s grave political and economic crisis does not in any way justify this series of attacks and acts of intimidation against the news media,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America desk.“The argument of a ‘media war’ often raised by President Maduro in order to discredit the national and international media’s criticism of his government is unacceptable. It just exacerbates an already very tense climate for journalists. The provision of news and information is more essential than ever in these troubled times. The Venezuelan authorities must therefore do everything possible to guarantee an acceptable environment for the media.”As well as the emblematic cases cited above, there have been many other cases of attacks against journalists, arbitrary arrest, public insults by senior government officials and actions designed to block information.According to the Press and Society Institute (IPYS), a local NGO that monitors respect for media freedom, there have been no fewer than 13 attacks against media outlets since the start of the year. The National Press Workers Union (SNTP) has reported 176 media freedom violations since the start of the year, including 62 cases of intimidation and 22 acts of aggression.The police are acting in an increasingly hostile manner towards reporters covering demonstrations and food lines. The protests – which have steadily grown in frequency and have received increasing media coverage since 2014 – are systematically accompanied by acts of aggression towards local and foreign reporters, including threats, insults, theft of equipment, destruction of equipment and arbitrary arrest.Foreign reporters who wanted to cover last December’s parliamentary elections had to sign a good conduct pledge in which they accepted that their accreditation could be withdrawn if they fail to comply with certain conditions.The United Nations and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights special rapporteurs on freedom of expression wrote to the Venezuelan government on 4 August expressing deep concern about the erosion of media freedom in Venezuela.RSF points out that the Venezuelan government never implemented any of the 12 recommendations on freedom of expression that were made during Venezuela’s Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council in 2011.Venezuela is ranked 139th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. to go further VenezuelaAmericas Condemning abuses ViolenceFreedom of expression Newscenter_img Help by sharing this information September 2, 2016 Venezuela: constant violations of media freedom Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is very worried about the constant decline in respect for freedom of expression that has accompanied the growing economic and social crisis in Venezuela since the start of the year.After yesterday’s big demonstration in Caracas by political parties opposed to President Nicolas Maduro’s government, which several leading foreign journalists were prevented from covering, RSF sounds the alarm and looks back at recent key events. August 25, 2020 Find out more News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives News New wave of censorship targeting critical media outlets Follow the news on Venezuela June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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Pasadena Credit Union Kicks Off Financial Literacy Movement for Southern Californians

first_imgBusiness News Pasadena Credit Union Kicks Off Financial Literacy Movement for Southern Californians Financial Education Programs Developed to Help Everyone from Millennials and Boomers to Home Buyers and Single Moms Take Charge of Their Financial Future From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 | 12:20 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Subscribe Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Pasadena-based Wescom Credit Union announces the launch of “Did You Know?”, a financial education campaign delivering quick and easy methods for managing personal finances by simply being educated about banking basics. The  series of money-smart programs, financial tips, complementary financial consulting and mobile banking events will launch this week throughout Southern California.Wescom’s financial education opportunities cater to individuals and specific audiences from millennials to boomers, supporting financial literacy programs for everyone from first time home buyers and college students focusing on their future financial plan to refinancing car loans, lowering personal credit card interest rates and restructuring retirement plans. The goal of the campaign is to help individuals maintain an educated approach to their finances.Traditional banking terms and practices have long been considered complicated and mundane. Times have changed and consumers want a stronger stake hold and participation in their financial interests. Technology advancements and eServices have also brought about new and exciting opportunities to manage personal finances. Wescom’s financial education campaign was created to prove that the banking basics most people fear are actually quite simple.“Each stage of life has its own particular financial issues and every person has their own particular financial education needs. We want to help people realize that taking charge of their personal finances is not as difficult or time consuming as they may think,” states Darren Williams, CEO of Wescom. Adding, “We’re hoping to simplify the banking world, one individual at a time.”Wescom’s Financial Education portal, Wescom.org/DidYouKnow, offers tips, programs, and free resources for all walks of life, including:• My Generation (18-34 Years) – a money-smart start to your future• Boomers – restructuring retirement plans, Social Security calculations, information on trusts and insurance opportunities• Families – programs specifically designed for families, single parenting and youths• Homeowners/Home Buyers – knowing the facts and understanding the opportunities available when buying a home• College Students – important practices for a sound financial future – initially launched through UCLA’s student-athlete financial literacy program• Insurance Protection – understanding unique, important facts about insurance and the ability to obtain coverage without needing to go through a traditional insurance brokerAs part of the financial education program, Big Blue, Wescom’s Mobile Banking Unit, will be visiting neighborhoods and community events throughout Southern California. Measuring 18-feet tall, Big Blue is a traveling Wescom branch equipped with informative touch-screen TVs, a full service ATM machine, and an 88” flat screen TV on top of the fully decked out Big Blue truck. Financial experts are on hand to help the community learn about financial opportunities, assist in opening accounts and handle banking transactions. A full schedule of events is available at: https://www.wescom.org/events/index.asp.Click to Tweet – Helping the economy one individual at a time. @Liz_Wescom launches Financial Literacy CampaignThe Did you Know? campaign is an extension of Wescom’s Financial Literacy Program founded for college athletes. As the Official Financial Institution of UCLA Athletics, Wescom has been helping student-athletes sort out their financial future with programs that deliver access to financial experts and resources for financial planning and investments. Wescom Credit Union also proudly supports UCLA Football home games with the Wescom Fan Zone at the Rose Bowl Stadium.About Wescom Credit UnionSince 1934, Wescom Credit Union has been dedicated to helping members throughout Southern California build better lives. Headquartered in Pasadena, California, Wescom now has 22 branches providing essential banking solutions to nearly 200,000 members. Like all credit unions, Wescom is a nonprofit financial cooperative, and their members are their owners. This means their excess earnings benefit each one of their member-owners with such benefits as lower loan rates, higher savings yields, reduced fees, and a robust network of branches and ATMs. For more information, please visit www.wescom.org. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Five Acres Announces Corporate Partnership with Gamble Jones Investment Counsel

first_imgGiving Back Five Acres Announces Corporate Partnership with Gamble Jones Investment Counsel From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, April 3, 2017 | 11:08 am Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. HerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Five Acres, a child and family service organization, and Gamble Jones Investment Counsel, a leader in wealth management, have announced a strategic partnership in conjunction with Five Acres’ new Corporate Partnership Program. The partnership provides Five Acres and Gamble Jones the opportunity to heighten the visibility of both agencies and advocate for the more than 20,000 children currently living in foster care in L.A. County. The new partnership highlights both agencies’ commitment to the safety and well-being of the children and families in our community.Gamble Jones Investment Counsel will partner with Five Acres for the annual advocacy campaign promoting National Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, rooted in community awareness, safety, and keeping families together. The corporate partnership will include co-branding of the two agencies, in-service days, and a cross promotion of both of their services.“We know the importance of investing in our community and we are proud to partner with Five Acres – an amazing organization that has served children and families for over 129 years!” said Alison Gamble, President of Gamble Jones Investment Counsel.Gamble Jones was founded in 1956 to serve the investment needs of individuals, families and non-profit organizations. Managing over $1 billion in client assets, Gamble Jones Investment Counsel serves clients through a seasoned team of relationship managers, investment analysts and a Client Service Team. Gamble Jones founder, James N. Gamble, was the great grandson of David Gamble, founder of Proctor and Gamble. Jim’s vision in 1956 was to create a firm that could do more than exclusively offer portfolio management advice. He wanted the firm to be a family office that could serve as a resource for clients in the numerous areas of their finances as well.“Partnering with Gamble Jones, a longstanding community establishment with a shared mission of serving the needs of children and families in our backyard, is a privilege for Five Acres and an opportunity with their support to expand more awareness of the critical need of keeping families safe and intact. Thank you Gamble Jones for your care and heart!” said Jennifer Berger, Five Acres Chief Advancement Officer.Five Acres is a child and family service agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidence-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers programs spanning a full continuum of care including community – based counseling and support services, intensive residential care, a therapeutic school for special needs students, and foster care and adoption services. In 2015, Five Acres served over 8,700 children and their families across five counties. Visit 5acres.org for more information. First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment Top of the News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stufflast_img read more

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MEP visits Donegal today to discuss Malin Head tourism & meet with Donegal Action…

first_img Google+ Previous articleGardai in Donegal warn residents of spike in marine theft at this time of yearNext articleGardai discover major cannabis grow house in Malin head admin Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp WhatsApp 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By admin – July 15, 2016 Pinterest MEP visits Donegal today to discuss Malin Head tourism & meet with Donegal Action for Cancer Care Homepage BannerNews Google+center_img Pinterest Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy is visiting Letterkenny today.Carthy will meet with Failte Ireland representatives at 11am to discuss the tourist potential of Malin Head.The meeting follows a recent meeting between Mr Carthy and community representatives at Malin Head who are seeking to develop tourist facilities and services at the Donegal beauty spot.There has been much speculation that tourist interest in Malin Head will increasewhen the area is seen by millions in the new Star Wars film.Following his discussions with Fáilte Ireland, Mr Carthy will hold a meeting after with representatives from Donegal Action for Cancer Care. Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

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Digital divide amplified: Schools scramble to provide at-home learning options

first_imgCourtesy Kristiina ArrasmithBy KIARA BRANTLEY-JONES, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Devon Conley, a mom and trustee of the Mountain View Whisman School Board in California, said she typically spends the last few days of summer preparing to send her son back to school. This year, however, that process looks very different — an entirely new set of challenges.Her 7-year-old son will be distance learning because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s still going to be hard, it’s going to be very different,” said Conley. “The broader issue is the quality of internet access even in my house … we’re getting Zoom meetings that are dropped or the connection is bad.”Conley said that among the students who qualify for reduced tuition in California’s Mountain View school district, most don’t have reliable internet access.“It’s astonishing to be in the heart of Silicon Valley and there are so many people who don’t have internet access,” Conley added. “We’ve reached a point in our daily existence where the internet is like water.”Conley said Google and other technology firms started a program to assist low-income students in her school district before the pandemic by providing hotspots and devices, but the digital divide still persists.“There are big organizations that are stepping in some, but the problem is so large,” she said. “It’s a moment of panic, a realization that it wasn’t just that kids couldn’t do distance learning, but that whole families were going to be without access to the many different resources they need right now.”With so many school districts planning to begin the fall term only using remote learning, many students are at a distinct disadvantage. Lack of digital equity in urban communities“So many families are having trouble logging on, links weren’t working,” said Kristiina Arrasmith, a teacher at Willow Glen Elementary School in San Jose, California. There are “parents who are frustrated because technology wasn’t working, kids who are frustrated, teachers who are frustrated.”The teacher said a major issue in her district is the lack of access to devices and high-speed internet for virtual learning. And a lack of tech support to help with troubleshooting has only compounded those difficulties.“The people at the district office and the teachers, I think we’re working more than we ever have before,” Arrasmith said. “There’s not enough tech support for families or for teachers.”Students and their families were told to reach out over email for help navigating digital devices, but issues of technological literacy and language barriers remain.A lack of infrastructure persists.“Hotspots ran out very quickly, and so many districts, including mine, are using cellphones, like iPhones, as hotspots — and so they’re giving those out for families,” said Arrasmith.It’s an even bigger issue for students in more rural areas. According to a 2019 Pew Research Center report, 75% of American adults in urban areas had at-home broadband, compared with just 63% in rural areas.The report also highlighted disparities among racial minorities, adults with lower levels of education and those with lower incomes, all of whom were less likely to have broadband.Lorena Chavez, a member of the Digital Equity Coalition and a trustee at East Side Union High School District in California, is working to bridge this gap.“Education equity is legit my life’s work,” Chavez said. “It’s what I fight for day in and day out.”Chavez, a first-generation college graduate, said her twin sister was “left behind” by the education system and that this inspired her to fight for all students to have access to educational resources.Thousands of children throughout Santa Clara County, especially within her school district, need both devices and internet access, she added.“We acknowledge that there’s 15,000 families or more without devices, without internet access, and so we’re fighting to make sure that they have access to that,” Chavez said. “We’re thinking both short term and long term.”Prior to the pandemic, the East Side district began a community wireless project to help build the infrastructure for wireless technology in the highest-need communities. The Digital Equity Coalition collaborated with the city and the county to expedite the project, the goal of which was to provide more students in San Jose with internet access by December.“We’re pushing this infrastructure, this digital access beyond the short term with the hotspots,” Chavez continued, “so that you can just turn on your computer and have internet in the highest-need areas in the East Side of San Jose.”Chavez said she hopes to expand the program beyond her district.“This digital divide is not new, but it’s been amplified to another degree with COVID-19,” she added.Digital divide in rural communitiesOther states, including Georgia, also are scrambling to provide for students in suburban or rural areas.“There’s a lot of adult facilitation and assistance that has to happen to ensure that digital learning is happening,” said Angela Orange, vice chair of the board of education for Marietta City Schools. “And for many of our low-income families that’s just not possible because they’re out working … that is a real barrier that many of our families are facing.”Orange estimates that about two-thirds of the students in her district are on free or reduced-price lunch programs. Many of those children, the school board anticipated, could have issues with distance learning as well.“We immediately sprang into action and sent out a technology survey to our parents, to understand what were the technology needs,” Orange said. “We actually learned that many of our families either didn’t have enough computers for all the school-age children in their household or did not have reliable access to the internet.”The school board purchased 819 hotspots from cellular providers such as Verizon and T-Mobile and roughly 3,500 Chromebooks.“We purchased over 4,000 devices to distribute to our families in need to access the digital learning,” she added.Most of the students in her district live in the suburbs, where it’s easier to set up a hotspot than in rural areas. Students who live farther out were sent educational packets because the internet just couldn’t reach them. Orange and her colleagues said they’re committed to improving at-home learning for all students.“We’ve spent almost a million dollars to ensure equity of access to technology in our district,” Orange said. “We’re really putting our money where our mouth is in terms of equity of access.”In Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, students are also preparing for a virtual fall semester due to the coronavirus pandemic.However, remote learning presents a challenge for many students who live in rural areas with a lack of infrastructure to support proper internet access.“94% of our students live in poverty,” said Hafedh Azaiez, the superintendent of Donna Independent School District. “Due to the poverty, that’s creating other challenges, even more for our students because of the digital divide. A lot of our students do not have access to a technology device.”The school district sent out a survey in June to approximately 10,000 students, which revealed that 52% of students do not have any type of internet connection at home, according to Azaiez.To address this, the school district worked to provide all students with devices.“We invested almost $5.7 million on getting Chromebooks and iPads for our students,” Azaiez said. “We [also] purchased brand new laptop computers for every one of our teachers, so they can have adequate technology equipment.”Azaiez said short-term solutions such as hotspots were ineffective due to a limited range of coverage and high maintenance costs. As an alternative, he proposed a plan to the school board to install 12 internet towers, each providing a strong signal to cover large areas.The school board approved the project and construction on the towers is expected to begin next week. The towers will be built on school property to provide long-term coverage for students living in rural communities.“The digital divide is real, it’s been real for years now,” Azaiez said. “[It is] putting our students at a disadvantage and so, we want to make sure that’s fixed once and for all.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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I want to make managers listen

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article I want to make managers listenOn 11 Dec 2001 in Personnel Today After graduating from university, I got a job as PA to the directors of mycurrent company. It was a lucky break as I secured the new role of head of HRsix months later. I had no formal training, but had an external mentor and am studyingfor a post graduate personnel management qualification sponsored by my company.Unfortunately HR is not seen as very important by many of the managers andmy role has come to mean implementing what has already been decided upon. Itfeels like paper-pushing and I am becoming frustrated – and to top it all Ihave lost my mentor due to financial restrictions. I realise I have only a limited amount of experience and am nervous aboutleaving as I feel it would be hard to find another company that would give meday release to study my course and support me as I have been in the past. Whatcan I do to improve the situation? I have tried talking to my managers, butnothing comes of it. Jo Selby, associate director, EJ Human Resources Keep your options open for the moment. If you really do not want to leaveyour current company, you will need to find an alternative way to influenceyour managers. However, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of moving to another companywith a different view of HR. At this stage, you may wish to consider moving toa role where you work as part of a team and report to experienced HRprofessionals. This will potentially give you more structured development, andhence you should not need an external mentor. While many organisations support professional studies and you should not seethat as a barrier to moving, you may need to consider evening classes. Peter Wilford, consultant, Chiumento The situation may not be as serious as you think. The company hasdemonstrated a certain amount of commitment to the function by creating a headof HR role and funding your study. There should be scope for a productiveconversation with your managers. Ask them what was envisaged of the HR role andprepare a case outlining what you can contribute. Consider asking one of them to be an internal mentor, both as a way ofgetting access to their thinking on HR and as a forum for debating your ownviews. Also, demonstrate that you understand the implications of legislation or HRinitiatives and propose ways of dealing with them. You may have to forgo your status as head of HR and take a role as an HRofficer or equivalent. Also consider a role as number two to an experienced HRmanager in a company that encourages staff development and would support yourday release. Margaret Malpas, joint managing director, Malpas Flexible Learning It’s not at all uncommon for the personnel function to be perceived aspurely administrative, which is a pity as it has so much to offer the businessin added value and reducing costs. However, as you have developed your rolefrom an administrative post, it may be even more difficult to influence thingswith your current employer. It’s often difficult to move into a managerial role where you are known.They have obviously been good to you, though, encouraging you and sponsoringyour studies. If you decide to move on, you will face new challenges and these provideopportunities for further development. I wouldn’t get too hung up on the day release aspect of your diploma asthere are other study methods which do not involve so many days off work. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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Biology, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Tenure Track

first_imgMinimum Education and/or Work Experience Department NameBIOLOGY Desired Start Date08/09/2021 Position Number Physical DemandsNone Job TypeFull-Time Position End Date Posting Details Special Instructions to Applicants Candidates should submit to www.careers.luc.edu (1) a brief letterof interest; (2) a current Curriculum Vitae; (3) a statementoutlining the applicant’s research agenda; (4) a statement onteaching experience; and (5) a statement addressing past and/orpotential contributions to mentoring a diverse student body throughresearch, teaching and other channels and engaging a diversecommunity through scholarship and service. Applicants should alsoarrange for three recommendations from individuals prepared tospeak to their professional qualifications for this position,especially in terms of scholarship, teaching and mentorship, to besubmitted electronically to the above website. Candidates mayforward additional materials related to teaching excellence andsamples of scholarly publications to:Dr. William Rochlin, Ph.D., Search Committee ChairDepartment of BiologyLoyola University Chicago1032 W. Sheridan RoadChicago, Illinois 60660Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2021 and willcontinue until the position is filled.LUC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer with astrong commitment to hiring for our mission and diversifying ourfaculty. The University seeks to increase the diversity of itsprofessoriate, workforce and undergraduate and graduate studentpopulations because broad diversity – including a wide range ofindividuals who contribute to a robust academic environment – iscritical to achieving the University’s mission of excellence ineducation, research, educational access and services in anincreasingly diverse society. Therefore, in holistically assessingthe many qualifications of each applicant, we would factorfavorably an individual’s record of conduct that includesexperience with an array of diverse perspectives, as well as a widevariety of different educational, research or other workactivities. Among other qualifications, we would also favorablyfactor experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers toan academic career or degrees.As a Jesuit Catholic institution of higher education, we seekcandidates who will contribute to our strategic plan to deliver atransformative education in the Jesuit tradition. To learn moreabout LUC’s mission, candidates should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/mission. For information about the university’s focuson transformative education, they should consult our website atwww.luc.edu/transformativeed. Is this split and/or fully grant funded?No Position Details Quick Link for Postinghttps://www.careers.luc.edu/postings/14597 FLSA StatusExempt Job CategoryUniversity Faculty CampusRogers Park-Lake Shore Campus Working ConditionsNonecenter_img The successful candidate for this position will have a PhD inNeuroscience or a related field, postdoctoral research experience,and proven excellence in research and teaching at the college leveland be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of aJesuit Catholic Education focused on social justice. Duties and Responsibilities Organizational LocationPROVOST The successful candidate for this position will have a PhD inNeuroscience or a related field, postdoctoral research experience,and proven excellence in research and teaching at the college leveland be willing to support the mission of LUC and the goals of aJesuit Catholic Education focused on social justice. Position TitleBiology, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Tenure Track The Department of Biology in the College of Arts and Sciences atLoyola University Chicago ( LUC ) invites applications for afull-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professorfor academic year 2021-22. The department seeks applicants withexpertise in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology who willparticipate in our Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program. Thesuccessful candidate will be joining a department with more than 45full-time faculty members, over 2,000 undergraduate majors andminors, and an MS graduate program. For more information about thedepartment, please visit its website at http://www.luc.edu/biologyand for information on the Neuroscience Program seehttp://www.luc.edu/neuroscience/index.shtml.This search is part of a University-wide, multi-year hiringinitiative designed to hire outstanding researchers and teacherswho are reflective of our diverse student body and committed tointerdisciplinarity (i.e., working with colleagues across differentsubfields and disciplines) and the pursuit of external grants. Ofspecial interest are candidates who can further the University’sefforts to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion.Faculty candidates are expected to run a productive researchlaboratory, involve undergraduate and graduate students in theirresearch, and be competitive for external funding. They will alsoteach two courses per semester supporting our new interdisciplinaryNeuroscience major. Researchers in all areas of molecular,cellular, and electrophysiological neuroscience are welcome toapply. Open Until FilledYes Open Date11/24/2020 Qualifications Close Date Number of Vacancies1 Job TitleBiology, Assistant Professor of Neurobiology, Tenure Track Location CodeBIOLOGY (02112A) Job Number85TBD Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsCover Letter/Letter of ApplicationCurriculum VitaeTeaching StatementResearch StatementOther DocumentOptional Documents Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).last_img read more

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Oxford Rises to Number Two in World Uni Rankings

first_imgOxford University has risen to number two in the international university rankings, closing in on number one rival, Harvard.The position was shared with both Cambridge and Yale, moving Oxford one place up from last year’s third place.The list, published in the Times Higher Educational Supplement, was compiled based on peer reviews, recruiter statistics, faculty standards, student scores, citations per faculty, international faculty, and international student score.Vice Chancellor Dr John Hood said: “Oxford has risen again int he ThES rankings as the result of the exceptional achievements of my colleagues and of our students. Their dedication and commitment will ensure the university continues to go from strength to strength.”last_img read more

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Cape May County Continues Government Services During Pandemic

first_imgThe Cape May County Board of Chosen Freeholders has closed county buildings to the public but will continue to provide essential government services to the public during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release.Public access to county government buildings has been restricted in most circumstances until further notice. The County Administration Building, the Clerk’s Office, Election Board, Tax Board, Library, and Animal Shelter buildings are closed. The Cape May County Parks and Zoo are closed until further notice.Meetings, events and non-essential services are canceled until further notice. Government business will be conducted during regular hours via telephone, fax, and email. Most of the county employees are working from home, so please allow time for a response.The Social Services Building in Rio Grande is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., but closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. for lunch due to reduced staffing levels. Extended hours have stopped until further notice.Social distancing guidelines are being strictly adhered to. Consumers are being instructed to complete an online or paper application at home and return it via mail or placed in the drop box for anyone who is not homeless. The Home Delivered Meals program is fully operational and Adult Protective Calls are being addressed.Freeholder Director Gerald M. Thornton, Freeholder Jeffrey L. Pierson, County Health Coordination Kevin Thomas, OEM Director Martin Pagliughi, and County Administrator Elizabeth Bozzelli have been in daily contact with the state and federal government and are closely monitoring the coronavirus and applying prescribed guidelines to limit the spread of this virus.“This is an international medical crisis; we are seeing an increase in cases in New Jersey and surrounding states reported daily,” Thornton said in a statement. “It is incumbent on all of us to follow the precautions outlined by the CDC. We have an especially vulnerable population in Cape May County, with nearly 25 percent of our residents age 65 and over. We are making decisions for the safety of all our residents and ask for the public’s support and understanding.”Thornton, speaking on behalf of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, warned the public that all citizens must be vigilant in stopping the spread of COVID-19.“The Board and our Administrative team have been working extended hours, seven days a week for the past three weeks to stay ahead of this issue and ensure the county is prepared and protected as best they can, considering the circumstances,” he said.Pierson, the freeholder liaison for Health and Human Services, is working closely with the Cape May County Health Department and Health Coordinator Kevin Thomas to keep the public informed and updated as new health information is distributed to help stem the spread of the virus and protect the residents. The Health Department’s director, nurses and support staff are available to respond to calls and inquiries.“It is paramount that we work together and strictly follow the guidelines to ensure the public’s safety. We must flatten the curve and protect everyone from contact with those who are carrying the virus. This is one of the most difficult jobs we have faced, and we need everyone’s full cooperation” Pierson said.Residents are urged to regularly visit the county website at www.capemaycountynj.gov for updated information on the mitigation of COVID-19. The link can be found on the first page of the county site.“I am pleased about the cooperation we are getting from all levels of government. We will get past this and our lives will return to normal when this crisis passes,” Pierson said.The updated listing of County government hours of operation follows:Cape May County Government Departments and Hours of Operations:County business will continue to be conducted and essential government services will be provided by our staff as we comply with mandates set forth to limit the spread of COVID-19. The Board of Chosen Freeholders has requested all Cape May County government offices restrict public access for the protection of employees and the public. Therefore, all Cape May County government buildings are closed to the public with the exception of Social Services, OEM, Sheriff, and Corrections Center.The Cape May County Library:The main library and all branches are closed until further notice. Online access is encouraged.At this time:* Please ignore automated notices about due dates.* All late fees will be waived and library card renewals will be extended.* We ask that you do not put items on hold as we will not be able to fulfill any holds at this time.* All programs and services, including bookmobile and home-bound deliveries, will continue to be on hold until we re-open.* Please continue to enjoy your items; we ask that you do not return materials until we have reopened.The library’s digital resources will continue to be available through our website. Patrons can check out eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, music, and more. These resources are available through the library’s website at www.cmclibrary.org.Cape May County Department of Tourism, Public Information, Culture and Heritage:Hours of Operation: ClosedContact Information: Phone: 609-463-6415Email: [email protected]: https://capemaycountynj.gov/ The Cape May County Park & Zoo:Hours of Operation: ClosedContact Information: Phone: 609-465-5271Email: [email protected]: cmczoo.comAll scheduled events and programs are canceled until further notice. If you or your organization have an education program scheduled or a reservation in the park, staff will be contacting you. Our top priority is the health and safety of our staff, guests, volunteers, program participants and the animals in our care.New effective March 18 is ZOO SCHOOL. Each day at 11:30 am, there will be episodes highlighting some of the animals in the zoo, told by their keepers. Children will learn about the animals and will be able to ask questions, https://www.capemaycountynj.gov/1400/Virtual-Zoo-School and live on FACEBOOK. #cmczooschoolThe Cape May County Clerk’s Office:Hours of Operation: ClosedContact Information: Phone: 609-465-1010 Fax: 609 465-8625Email: [email protected]: www.capemaycountyclerk.com Services will be completed via telephone, internet, and regular mail.Deliveries of documents by courier or in person are directed to our 7 North Main Street, Cape May Court House front entrance. Call the office to schedule delivery.Passport applicants, notaries public and couples requesting marriage ceremonies are asked to call for a future appointment.Primary Election candidates for county offices are requested to call ahead for Primary Election petition filing. Primary election petitions are due on or before Monday, March 30 by 4 p.m.Emergency situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.Cape May County Department of Human Services:The Cape May County Division of Aging and Disability ServicesHours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (closed 12:30-1:30 p.m.)Contact Information: Phone: 609-886-2784Email: [email protected]: https://capemaycountynj.gov/SNAP recipients who are due for recertifications in March and April will not lose their benefits if they have not completed their recertification process.Cape May County Division of Veterans’ Services:Hours of Operation: Office Closed, call for CemeteryContact Information: Phone: 609-886-2762Email: [email protected]: https://capemaycountynj.gov/ Staff will be available to answer questions, concerns, and complete applications for services over the phone.The Cape May County Tax Board:Hours of Operation: ClosedContact Information: Phone: 609-465-1030Email: [email protected]: https://capemaycountynj.gov/The Cape May County Tax Board has limited be staff to conduct normal business operations. Necessary services may be completed via telephone 609-465-1030, internet and regular mail.Deliveries of documents by courier or in person are directed to our 7 North Main Street, Cape May Court House front entrance. Please call to make the necessary arrangements. Emergency situations will be handled on a case-by-case basis.Cape May County Department of Fare Free Transportation:Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-4:30 pmContact Information: Phone: 609-889-7516Email: [email protected]: https://capemaycountynj.gov/ Fare Free Transportation will be running on a limited schedule until further notice. They will provide life-saving medical trips (dialysis, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, infusion therapy) and life-sustaining grocery shopping trips only. They will also continue to provide service to all Meals on Wheels clients in conjunction with Aging and Disability Services.Surrogate’s Office:Hours of Operation: ClosedPhone: Office: (609) 463-6669 Fax: (609) 463-6454Email: [email protected] Surrogate’s Office will be closed to the public until further notice. The department will continue full operation and request those who need assistance to call, mail or email the office. This could slow down response but be assured your needs will be met. The staff will arrange to go to the front door to pick-up papers if an emergency does arise. All payments can be done by check or credit card.Cape May County Election Board:Hours of Operation: ClosedPhone: 609 465-1051. Email: [email protected] poll worker training has been canceled until further notice. Letters will be sent to poll workers with the rescheduled dates.Please mail all correspondence to the Election Board via US Postal Service. Call or email and questions regarding elections.last_img read more

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