Bahamian Swimmer VanderpoolWallace a PanAm Golden Girl

first_img Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Related Items:Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, bahamas, pan-american games, swimming, toronto Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jul 2015 – From the region… sports celebrations for who is arguably the most successful swimmer in Bahamian history: Twenty-five year old Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace who won a Gold Medal in 50-metres free at 2015 PanAmerican Games in Toronto, Canada is living up to her icon image. Vanderpool-Wallace not only broke the PanAm Games record but her own Bahamas National record in the heats. Arianna’s time in the 50m free is one of the ten best in the world at 24.38; she is now fourth fastest woman in the world in the event. Congratulations! last_img read more

TRAFFIC ADVISORY Wilmington DPW Announces Upcoming Paving Projects For 8 Streets

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is an announcement from the Wilmington Department of Public Works:Please be advised that the Wilmington Department of Public Works will be grinding and resurfacing the following roadways, tentatively starting for the end of July 2019:– Arlene Avenue (from Dorothy to Ella Avenue)– Franklin Avenue– Ella Avenue– Birch Road– Burt Road– Canal Street– Corey Avenue– Grand Street (from Birch Road to #9 Grand Street)More specific dates will be communicated as they become available.During operations, no street parking will be permitted.Partial lane closures and full road closures are anticipated. Local residents will have access to their properties, although there may be short delays.Please obey the directives of police details, detour signs, and warning signs during all construction operations, and again, please do not park on the street.If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the Department of Public Works at 978-658-4481.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTRAFFIC ADVISORY: Wilmington DPW Announces Paving Projects In Arlene Ave. & Burt Rd. Neighborhoods On Aug. 12-13In “Government”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 13, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 12, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Efforts Underway to Better Arm Santa Fe Police Officers

first_img Listen 00:00 /00:46 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeDeputies from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on the scene of Santa Fe High School, where a shooting occurred in May. Since a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in May, school districts across Texas have been beefing up security. Now, with the new school year approaching, there’s an effort underway to give Santa Fe police stronger guns and gear.The school board at Santa Fe ISD has accepted a gift of rifles, ammo and training for its officers, as the Houston Chronicle reports:The weapons and training, valued at about $20,220 were offered by a group of community members in the wake of a mass shooting in the district’s sole high school, which left 10 dead and 13 injured. District Spokeswoman Patti Hanssard said those who donated the firearms wanted to remain anonymous.Santa Fe ISD Police Chief Walter Braun said the AR-15s would be custom built for officers’ patrols.“This is only for full-time staff,” Braun said. “We’re not outfitting everyone.”Meanwhile, the police union in Houston has partnered with the local League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) chapter to help officers in Santa Fe raise money for tactical gear like ballistic shields and helmets.At a Tuesday event promoting that effort, Santa Fe’s police chief Jeff Powell said small departments like his often have tight budgets for weapons.“It’s probably pretty usual for the officer to have to purchase their own weapon,” he said. Powell said the community in Santa Fe is a bit anxious about school starting again. He acknowledged his own kids, students in the district, are feeling that way.“For me personally, you just have to trust in God and understand that if you let it defeat you, then we’re all going to be worse,” he said.Santa Fe ISD is planning a variety of enhanced security measures before classes start this fall, including the installation of metal detectors at all of the district’s schools. Xlast_img read more

DC School Modernization Has a Ways to Go

first_imgBallou High School in Ward 8, built in 1958, was modernized last fall to rave reviews from the community. (AFRO File Photo)District of Columbia residents are generally pleased with the government’s pace and determination of the public school system’s modernization program, however there are parts of the city where the process has yet to begin.  The District, like many urban and suburban school districts across the country, is in the process of modernizing schools with the latest technological equipment and environmental design.D.C. Council member David Grosso (I-At Large), the chairman of the Committee on Education, said that school modernization is taking place but not at the same levels throughout the city.“Some parts of the city are seeing their schools modernized,” Grosso said,” while others are not. We have 24 schools that have not been touched by modernization and the city is committed to seeing that takes place.”The District of Columbia public school (DCPS) system has 114 elementary, middle, high and institutions for students with special needs such as those who are mentally challenged and incarcerated juveniles. Many of the District’s public schools were built in the 19th century and the early part of the 20th century, including Dunbar High School (1870), McKinley Tech High School (1926) and Anacostia High School (1937).In the 1960s and 1970s, the city’s school population began to decline as residents moved to the suburbs. Some schools, mainly elementary, were closed as a result. The school superintendents from the 1970s to the mid-1990s focused on increasing academic standards instead of the modernizing the physical facilities of the schools.In the 1990s, the District was in a financial crisis and under the jurisdiction of a presidentially-appointed financial overseer known as the control board. During that time, schools were repaired but not refurbished or modernized because of the lack of money.Then D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams said new schools were vital for keeping residents in the District and attracting new residents, and began the initial stages of modernizing the schools. His successor, Adrian Fenty, who served from 2007-2011, started the process of modernization with a 15-year, $3.5 billion campaign to refurbish the city’s rotting school buildings.Since the Fenty administration, a number of schools have been modernized such as Ballou High School. However, some schools in selected neighborhoods still have not been modernized.Orr Elementary School, located in Ward 8, first opened in 1974 and, until a month ago had not been budgeted any money for modernization. There have been years of protest from parents over the school’s notoriously bad conditions, including cockroach and rat infestation, the malfunctioning cooling and heating systems, and poor air quality. D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) said that Orr will finally get what it is due.“Orr will get $1 million in the fiscal year 2016 budget and will get significant increases for the fiscal year ‘17 and ‘18 budgets,” May said. “In total, we are going to modernize Orr at the level of $40 million.”May said that Orr, however, should be re-built completely. The council member said that she is also working to see that Garfield Elementary and Kramer Middle School stay on track for modernization.In Ward 7, the only public high school, H.D. Woodson, founded in 1972, got a major makeover in 2011, but Cinque Culver, president of the River Terrace Community Organization and vice chair of the Ward 7 Education Council, said little has been done to refurbish the ward’s schools. “I don’t think that there is intentional discrimination to overlook Ward 7 in the school modernization process,” Culver said. “I do think it is a direct reflection of the leadership of Ward 7 that more hasn’t been done.”D.C. Council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) disagrees with Culver, emphasizing that her ward is doing fine in the modernization process. “We added three more schools in the 2016 fiscal year budget for modernization,” the council member said. “Sometimes, members of the community don’t get the full picture. We are competing with schools in other wards for modernization funds.”Alexander said that funding school modernization has taken a creative turn, with public-private partnerships taking shape. She said Houston Elementary School in Ward 7 is being modernized with some funding from the Comcast Corporation.D.C. Council member Brandon Todd (D-Ward 4) is unhappy with the pace of school modernization in his ward.Theodore Roosevelt Senior High School, built in 1932, is currently undergoing a $121 million, two-year facility modernization that has seen several delays and its students are attending nearby MacFarland Middle School. “We want to see improvements made at Roosevelt and I would like that done as soon as possible,” he said.last_img read more

Founders of Venmo and Foursquare Explain How Entrepreneurs Can Help Immigrants

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global March 31, 2017 When President Donald Trump signed the first travel ban executive order in January, it brought a heightened focus to immigrants’ rights, experiences and contributions.The legal community and local governments have worked to protect affected individuals. Prominent companies, especially in the tech sector, have been vocal about the crucial talents and innovative potential of immigrants. However, what’s been missing from the conversation, some founders suggest, is the opportunity for entrepreneurs to help immigrants thrive.“How do we as a tech community, as entrepreneurs, as people who are lucky enough to have a platform, as people who have been lucky enough to build communities, how can we use that?” asked Naveen Selvadurai, co-founder of Foursquare and Expa, during a panel discussion titled “Immigration and the Future of Entrepreneurship” in New York City on March 29.Related: Trump Travel Ban, Even While Blocked, Casts Long Shadow Over Immigrant Entrepreneurs“How can we use our voice in different ways to really help everybody else?” he added, “To pull everybody else up?”Selvadurai and his fellow panelists discussed several efforts they are making within their companies and communities to support immigrants and refugees.Hire who’s best for your company, despite their status.Iqram Magdon-Ismail, co-founder of Venmo, noted that the payments company’s first employee, Shreyans Bhansali, did not have a visa prior to joining the company. Venmo hired him anyway, despite the $5,000 expense involved to help him obtain legal working status in America. He was one of the co-founders’ college classmates — they knew him, trusted him and valued his engineering skills.“I remember bringing his application to some lawyers in Philadelphia, and the first reaction that I received was, ‘Have you thought about possibly hiring someone who doesn’t have to go through this?’” Magdon-Ismail said. “And I was like, ‘No, what are you talking about? I just want to work with Shreyans. What’s the issue here? Why can’t we just go through this? We have the money.’”Many companies do not consider applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents — that’s part of what drives so many immigrants to pursue entrepreneurship. Magdon-Ismail’s advice to entrepreneurs is take a chance on someone seeking legal status to work in the States if you really want them on your team.“If you’re a founder of a company, and it’s early stage, make yourself aware of what it’s like to hire people from all over the world,” Magdon-Ismail said, “because it can really open your eyes, and in some ways, it can even make your company better than it is.”Flip the narrative.Eat Offbeat, a service that sells meals prepared by refugees, only hires chefs who have never worked in a professional kitchen, then trains them. All of the company’s chefs are refugees, but it is careful to avoid limiting their identities in this way.“The term refugee often has a very negative connotation,” co-founder and CEO Manal Kahi said. “We say that our chefs happen to be refugees by status, but they are chefs by nature.”Eat Offbeat is also a for-profit, something that Kahi said was a conscious decision. She said the company wants people to see its chefs as regular employees, just like anyone else who is contributing to the U.S. economy. Kahi’s distaste for inauthentic hummus in New York grocery stores is what prompted her to found Eat Offbeat in the first place.“Our motto is, ‘Where adventurous eaters find refuge.’ It’s really about switching perspectives,” Kahi said. “Instead of looking at it like we’re helping refugees, they don’t need help. They have a lot to give. It’s really about them helping us. They’re bringing us something new that we can discover.”The company exceeded its donation goal in a Kickstarter campaign for a cookbook it hopes to distribute to communities across the U.S. It will feature 80 recipes and stories by at least 20 chefs from 15 different countries.  Build platforms.Much of the tech out there that serves immigrants specifically takes the form of apps. There are apps to assist both undocumented and legal immigrants as they seek jobs, set up emergency plans and more. There are also those which anyone can use, regardless of whether they are immigrants, to make their voices heard or to make civic engagement more accessible.Related: More Than 200 Members of the Tech Community Sign Open Letter Opposing Trump Travel Ban“When we do design tech systems,” Selvadurai said, “what are we really doing? We’re creating platforms that allow everybody else to rise up to the level that hopefully we’re at. We’re enabling other people to not just have jobs, to work for us, but we’re hopefully creating systems that enable them to be drivers, be more independent, be more empowered to start their own things and provide for their livelihood, for their families and so on.”Partner with local governments and organizations.Private companies have been joining forces with local governments on behalf of immigrants’ rights, said Paul Rodriguez, acting counsel to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Projects in New York have included the municipal ID program IDNYC, which removes the stigma of not having an identification card, and Action NYC, which provides legal services to immigrants.“All of those, by necessity, are done with partnerships with private industry,” Rodriguez said.In addition to providing new services, tech entrepreneurs can support existing ones. Employees of many companies have volunteered individually or in groups for mentorship programs and other efforts. There are also opportunities to build tech tools for organizations that help immigrants.“There are community-based organizations that are now coming to realize that they have technology needs that seriously affect the way they provide services,” Rodriguez said. “Either the security of the very sensitive data that they have, the ability to provide streamlined services — as there’s greater and greater demand on them as their funding is getting cut.”Reach out to employees.Leaders of companies such as Nike, Starbucks and JPMorgan have written memos to their employees in response to the travel ban, affirming their inclusiveness and commitment to their workers regardless of citizenship status. Some have offered to provide legal services and sponsorship.Selvadurai said that at Expa, the team makes a point of having conversations about major developments in the news.“We’re there for each other,” Selvadurai said. “The message we pass to the team is the message they pass to their communities.”Related: What Business Travelers Need to Know About Trump’s Travel BanSpread optimism.Amid struggles and bleak forecasts, entrepreneurs take charge and work to grow their companies and realize their visions. This attitude is infectious, Selvadurai explained.“To be an entrepreneur, you have to have a certain amount of optimism that things are going to turn out OK tomorrow,” Selvadurai said. “We bring that same optimism to our neighbors, to our customers, to our employees, to our bosses — everybody who we interact with on a daily basis.” 7 min readcenter_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more