The big questions for Europe

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Pam Bachus named Franklin County’s educator of the month

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — Mrs. Pam Bachus, a second-grade teacher at Brookville Elementary School, has been named Franklin County Community School’s “Educator of the Month” for April.Superintendent Dr. Debbie Howell says Bachus is a dedicated and caring teacher who pours her heart and soul into her classroom and develops long-lasting relationships with her students and their families.Bachus has been teaching in the corporation for 19 years.A parent nominated her citing her love for the children and teaching.last_img

Scott Israel’s Fate as Broward Sheriff to be Decided by Florida Senate Today

first_imgThe fate of suspended Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel will be decided by a Florida Senate vote today around 2 pm.The Senate Rules Committee voted 9-7 along party lines on Monday to uphold Governor Ron DeSantis’ removal of Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel in the wake of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland. Sheriff Scott Israel has been accused of bungling the response to the shooting by not effectively coordinating officers on the scene, as well as for not properly investigating threats made by the shooter before he acted.Seventeen students and school staff were killed in the shooting by a former student, who had been expelled from the high school due to disciplinary issues.Florida Governor Rick DeSantis, a Republican, had campaigned to remove Israel from his post during the Florida general election. DeSantis suspended Israel soon after taking office in January 2019.The committee’s decision was divided along party lines, with Democrats, especially from Broward County, backing Sheriff Israel.Now that the committee has recommended Israel’s removal, the full Florida Senate will vote on the matter on Wednesday.“We didn’t understand the magnitude of the failures by law enforcement,” Ryan Petty, whose 14 year old daughter was killed in the shooting, said in testimony to the committee. “The testament to that failure is 17 dead children and teachers, 17 more with life-altering injuries — a burden we must bear forever.”Israel’s supporters urged the Senate to reinstate him. The Sheriff was elected to office in 2012.“Please be the body that doesn’t turn its back on the voters of Broward County,” said Patti Lynn, a backer of Israel. “Our county voted for Sheriff Scott Israel. It’s up to the voters of Broward County to remove him.”Either way, Israel plans to run for re-election in 2020 and yesterday Governor DeSantis said if Israel wins in 2020, he will not suspend him again because the people of Broward will have spoken.last_img read more

Getting Our Bearings and Moving Ahead: Reflecting on Navigating Change and Family Readiness Resources

first_imgChristopher Plein, Ph.D.  West Virginia University and MFLN Caregiving Team MemberLast week members of the Military Families Learning Network joined together to offer a virtual conference that brought together participants from across the country and from many different professional backgrounds.  I hope that you were able to participate in some or all of the conference which focused on Learning Through Change. There were many sessions that brought together many different perspectives on change in the organizational, professional, social, cultural, and personal sense.My ReflectionOne lesson, from the conference, I want to share relates to our discussions of family readiness. Especially in the session, Navigation Skills: Charting Your Course Through Organizational, Social, and Cultural Change, but indeed across the whole conference one gained an appreciation for family readiness in both its formal and functional sense.  Formally, I am referring to the Department of Defense’s Family Readiness System. This session, featuring Barbara Thompson and Judi Dekle, highlighted the origins, purpose, evolution, and future of this program.  We also understood family readiness in a functional sense, Barbara and Judi highlighted this and so too did the many participants who offered insights and reflections in the chat box.Given all of this interaction, knowledge, and passion for mission and results, what struck me immediately were the various stakeholders and groups, such as the Department of Defense and many in higher education, who are seeking to make connections and pathways for those wanting to learn more and to better serve others in navigating their journeys through change and adjustment in the military family context.  After the session on “Navigating Skills” I posted to the ‘Conference Conversations’ page some of the many resources offered in the session.  I thought it might be helpful to elaborate on resources in the paragraphs that follow.ResourcesThe Department of Defense has dedicated significant resources to helping families manage and navigate change. A good place to start in understanding DOD’s efforts is with a quick overview of the Family Readiness System. In addition, the Department of Defense has organized and established an ever-evolving – and very useful – portal to resources called Military One Source. This online resource provides a pathway to many different resources for military families and professionals both in and around the military context.Universities and faculty are also playing an important role in developing and sharing information and resources that can be helpful to military families and the professionals who work with them. It’s really quite amazing to see what Extension Services, land-grant universities and others in and around higher education are doing to provide practical, grounded and useful resources.For example, The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University provides many different publications and resources spanning a range of issues relating to caregiving, veteran’s issues, deployment and reintegration, and so much more.At the University of Minnesota, the REACH program provides an impressive array of tools and resources to better understand and assist military families facing change and managing life’s challenges and opportunities. There are a host of professional development and research resources available through this portal.Pennsylvania State University’s Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness highlights the many different programs and resources that can be accessed which cover many different topic areas relating to readiness and adjustment. Here can be found valuable tools to assist in developing programs and services for military families.Because we archive our past webinars, we are able to offer resources from the previous webinars.  For example, those interested in Family Readiness can access the “Building Blocks for Military Family Readiness” webinar offered October 2016 by the Family Transitions and Community Capacity Teams.It’s been an exhilarating and educational few days with the Virtual Conference.  I hope that you have been able to join in, but if not please know that the virtual conference will have a sense of permanence as the various presentations will be archived and resources posted for future reference.  To learn more about the MFLN 2017 virtual conference Learning Through Change, please take a look at the conference homepage.This MFLN-Military Caregiving concentration blog post was published on October 2, 2017.last_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas first Greek in 83 years to reach French Open last 16

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries03:14Mom of 3 year old girl slain in anti drug ops files raps vs Rodriguez cops02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The last Greek player to reach the second week at Roland Garros was Lazaros Stalios in 1936.Tsitsipas, who stunned Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, had battled back from 5-2 down in the third set to keep his hopes of a straight-sets win alive.World number 60 Krajinovic has good memories of the French capital, though, having reached the Paris Masters final in 2017, and forced a fourth set in a high-quality tie-break.He looked likely to take the match into a decider when Tsitsipas made back-to-back double faults to be broken in the seventh game, but Krajinovic played a dreadful game when serving for the set and was broken to love.Tsitsipas took full advantage, forcing another breaker, in which he sealed victory after saving a set point on his first match point.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a shot against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek player in 83 years to reach the second week at Roland Garros on Saturday as he survived a scare in the third round against Filip Krajinovic.The sixth seed led by two sets overnight, with the match suspended at 5-5 in the third due to darkness at 9:52 p.m. local time, and saw Serbia’s Krajinovic launch a comeback.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES PBA: Ginebra picks up ‘ugly win’ as it turns back NorthPort Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tsitsipas lost the set in a tie-break but sealed a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (8/6) success on Court Philippe Chatrier after overturning a 5-3 deficit and saving a set point in the fourth.The 20-year-old will take on either former champion Stan Wawrinka or Grigor Dimitrov for a place in his second Grand Slam quarter-final after their match was also suspended on Friday evening.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It’s really tricky when you come back after a day. It’s unusual, you don’t do it that often,” said Tsitsipas.“It was important I saved those set points. Closing in the fourth set, it’s important to save energy.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more

EPA Would Need to Consider Listing PFAS as Hazardous Substances under House

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would need to determine whether to designate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), under bipartisan legislation introduced Monday by Michigan Reps. Fred Upton (R), Debbie Dingell (D), Tim Walberg (R) and Dan Kildee (D). Such a move would help communities and states respond to contamination in drinking water supplies stemming from past DOD activities. EPA would be able to order cleanup actions and recover costs the agency expended in cleanup actions, reported CQ. For base closure communities waiting to obtain land from the military services, a federal decision to list PFAS as hazardous substances under the Superfund law would force DOD to clean up property with elevated levels of the contaminants before handing it over.In May, then-EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced a series of steps the agency would take to respond to national concern over the presence of PFAS in drinking water supplies. One of those steps, expected to occur this fall, was considering a decision to designate PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances.The legislation’s other primary element would require federal agencies to enter into cooperative agreements with states requiring them to conduct testing, monitoring, removal and remediation to address water contamination from PFAS resulting from operations at a federal facility. The bill would require DOD to submit a report to Congress explaining any delays in completing a cooperative agreement for cleanup between the department and a state or local municipality.“We cannot underestimate the seriousness of PFAS contamination in Michigan and across the country. I have repeatedly called on the Department of Defense to act more quickly to clean up PFAS contamination at former Wurtsmith Air Force Base,” Rep. Kildee said in a joint press release.Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Caitlin Russell Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more