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Asian Games 2018: Swapna Barman wins India’s first ever gold in heptathlon

first_imgSwapna Barman clinched India’s first-ever heptathlon gold on Wednesday at Asian Games 2018.Barman clinched the yellow metal with a total of 6026 points in seven events. The heptathlon consists of seven events including 100m race, high jump, shot put, 200m race, long jump, javenlin throw and 800m race.The silver medal went to China’s Wang Qingling, who scored 5954 points and finished 72 points behind Barman. Japan’s Yuki Yamasaki took home the bronze medal with 5873 points.India’s Purnima Hembram finished fourth in the event with 5837 points.ASIAN GAMES 2018 FULL COVERAGE | MEDALSEn route the title, she won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points).Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points.Going into the 800m run, the last of the seven-event competition, Barman was leading China’s Qingling Wang by 64 points. She needed a good run in the concluding event, in which she eventually finished fourth.#SwapnaBarman wins first ever GOLD MEDAL for #India in #Heptathlon at #AsianGames & she is only the Fifth Women to cross 6000 points! And she did all this fighting great pain for last three days! Salute!Congrats #TeamIndiaAthletics for 5th Gold in #AsianGames2018 pic.twitter.com/ukMN08HDEKAthletics Federation of India (@afiindia) August 29, 2018It was the same event after which she had collapsed during the Asian Athletics Championship last year in Bhubaneswar but despite finishing fourth today, she emerged a champion.Asian Games 2018, Day 11: Live UpdatesadvertisementBefore Barman, only Bengal’s Soma Biswas and Karnataka’s J J Shobha and Pramila Aiyappa had returned with a medal from the Asian Games.Biswas and Shobha had finished two-three at both Busan Asian Games (2002) and the Doha Games (2006), while Pramila had won a bronze at the Guangzhou edition.India now have 54 medals in total – 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze – and are placed 9th in the medals tally.last_img read more

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More excited than nervous looking at lively pitches, says Virat Kohli ahead of Perth Test

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli was really excited to see the pitch at the Optus stadium in Perth and is hopeful that the curator does not shave the grass off before the second Test begins on Friday.The WACA head curator unveiled a green wicket on Thursday, much to the delight of Kohli, who is looking forward to the challenge.”I was pretty happy to see the pitch the way it is. I hope that no more grass is taken off the pitch because that will mean the first three days will be very lively and we as a team are happy with that.”We just have to challenge ourselves as a batting unit, show discipline and show positive intent.”And then ask the bowlers to do the job they did at Adelaide as well. I think this pitch is going to offer significantly more to the bowlers than Adelaide did and that’s something we’re very excited about to be honest,” Kohli said a day ahead of the second Test.Thoughts on the Perth Pitch? #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/FQuUwRG3YtBCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2018″We certainly get more excited than nervous looking at lively pitches now. We understand that we do have a bowling attack which can bowl the opposition out as much as they are convinced about their attack.”When you have four or five fast bowlers who are at the peak of their ability, it’s always a great feeling to have in the side.”For us, as batsmen, it also gives us a lot of motivation and boosts us up that we can put in those match-winning significant batting performances because we have so much belief in our bowling unit right now.advertisement”We understand that if we bat well, we will definitely get the result that we want. It’s a very exciting phase to be in,” the 30-year-old added.Virat Kohli holds no fears over the Perth Stadium pitch for the second #AUSvIND Test… pic.twitter.com/gvxruTtcF3 cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 13, 2018Australia head coach Justin Langer was also happy with what he saw at the new venue, which is all set to host its first Test match.”I’m really fascinated and can’t wait to see what the wicket brings. There’s only been one four-day game in its history. I went and watched a bit of the NSW versus WA game — there was certainly some pace and bounce there.”We’ve also seen some pace and bounce in it during the one-dayers and T20 game. Time will tell what the wicket brings… If we can get (WACA-style pace and bounce) it’d be a great thing for Test cricket,” Langer told reporters.India meanwhile, suffered two huge injury blows on Thursday as off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and batsman Rohit Sharma were ruled out of the second match.India name 13-man squad for 2nd Test: Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav #TeamIndia #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/dBnMLqZ7ADBCCI (@BCCI) December 13, 2018Ashwin suffered a left-side abdominal strain, while Rohit jarred his back in the field during the first Test.Both players didn’t feature in the 13-man squad announced for the Perth Test starting December 14. India lead the four-match series 1-0 after their 31-run victory over the hosts at the Adelaide Oval on Monday.Also Read | India vs Australia: Perth pitch curator unveils a green-top wicket for 2nd TestAlso Read | To hell with nets? Not really. Team India sweats it out in PerthAlso Read | Mohinder Amarnath says advantage India in tight Test series vs AustraliaAlso Read | KL Rahul trying to hit his way out of form: Sunil Gavaskar to India Todaylast_img read more

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Emery wants Neymar to be protected

first_imgNeymar Neymar needs protection from referees, says Emery Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 22:41 10/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Neymar PSG Paris Saint-Germain Getty Images Neymar PSG Nice PSG v Nice Ligue 1 The PSG star was sent off for reacting to a foul against Marseille and his coach has called for referees to deal with the aggression he faces Unai Emery has called on Ligue 1 referees to do more to protect Neymar after the Paris Saint-Germain star appeared to be targeted before his sending off against Marseille on Sunday.Neymar 11/1 to be CL top scorerNeymar was shown a second yellow card the space of two minutes in Le Classique for knocking down Lucas Ocampos after the Argentine fouled him by the halfway line. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player It was by no means the first time the Brazilian had been on the end of a rash tackle from a Marseille player, with Marco Verratti saying after the game he would have snapped long before his team-mate.Neymar will miss PSG’s home match with Nice on Friday through suspension, but that has not stopped Emery sending a clear message to Ligue 1 referees, despite speaking to the world-record signing about being provoked.”He has to adapt to the league, to the team, to the referees,” Emery told reporters. “He is intelligent and he is aware that he will learn from Sunday’s game.”Other players are aggressive with him, but it’s important that the referees handle that. I talked with him about it, not responding to provocations, but players are people. They can react if there is too much aggression.”Emery has an embarrassment of riches in terms of attacking players at PSG this season, more so following the return to fitness of Javier Pastore.But the Spanish coach reminded Pastore he will not find it easy to get back into the team.”I’m happy with Javier,” he said. “I want him to maintain this consistency without injury, that’s important.Neymar PSGNeymar PSG“I want him to be ready to play when the team needs him. There is more competition in the team at for his position now. By working every day, he will perform well when he plays with his qualities.”Emery also had a similar warning to Angel Di Maria, who is reportedly frustrated at being considered a rotation option.The former Manchester United man has also suffered with injuries, including a thigh strain earlier this season, but Emery hinted at a potential starting role for him against Nice.”He [Di Maria] is very competitive,” Emery added. “When he doesn’t play, he is not happy.”He works to help the team. He wants to play every game, he always wants to start, but there is competition.”He is ready to play, to enter the 11. I’m happy with his work. Friday may be a good opportunity for him. I’m sure he’s ready.”last_img read more

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Training Key to Growth of Animation Sector

first_img President of the Jamaica Animation Nation Network (JANN), Kevin Jackson, says training and capacity building are integral to the growth and development of the animation sector.He noted that JANN, through partnership with Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Youth Employment in Digital and Animated Industries (YEDAI) programme, has facilitated workshops and various training sessions to boost the creative sector. “It is very important for us to be involved in training, so we have provided consultations for the University of Technology (UTech) and the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) in their curriculum [development]. We work closely with YEDAI, as they have been assisting with the development of training [initiatives] in the universities, high schools and helping to equip them with the relevant software and hardware that are required for animation,” Mr. Jackson said in a JIS interview. He added that the sector is increasing its capacity with persons graduating from tertiary institutions with certification in animation. “We had a few persons graduating from the University of the West Indies and still have graduates waiting to come out of UTech, VTDI, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and Excelsior Community College. So capacity is building as we are expecting to have about 200 animators in the next two to three years, which is very necessary because about 200 persons are required for a big project such as a series,” he noted. Mr. Jackson informed further that YEDAI has been facilitating a ‘train the trainer’ programme with animators from Canada, United States of America, Costa Rica and Korea.(more)Animation Training…2 “The training has been very valuable because before the ‘train the trainer’, a lot of the persons doing animation were either information technology (IT) or art teachers, who were thrown into the role… so this initiative has not only equipped them with knowledge but has provided them with the confidence that they need to teach the skill as well as to push the industry forward,” he said. Another ‘train the trainer’ session is scheduled for June, targeting both tertiary and high-school teachers, particularly those who prepare students to sit animation in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE). Mr. Jackson, in highlighting the sector’s role in economic development, said that animation is a valuable tool that generates employment for several persons, including actors, illustrators, story boarders, editors, sound engineers and fashion designers. “Animation assists in heightening awareness about issues relating to violence against children and child labour laws, and is a very powerful medium to entertain and educate,” he added. “It is very important for us to be involved in training, so we have provided consultations for the University of Technology (UTech) and the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) in their curriculum [development]. We work closely with YEDAI, as they have been assisting with the development of training [initiatives] in the universities, high schools and helping to equip them with the relevant software and hardware that are required for animation,” Mr. Jackson said in a JIS interview. President of the Jamaica Animation Nation Network (JANN), Kevin Jackson, says training and capacity building are integral to the growth and development of the animation sector.He noted that JANN, through partnership with Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Youth Employment in Digital and Animated Industries (YEDAI) programme, has facilitated workshops and various training sessions to boost the creative sector.“It is very important for us to be involved in training, so we have provided consultations for the University of Technology (UTech) and the Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI) in their curriculum [development]. We work closely with YEDAI, as they have been assisting with the development of training [initiatives] in the universities, high schools and helping to equip them with the relevant software and hardware that are required for animation,” Mr. Jackson said in a JIS interview.He added that the sector is increasing its capacity with persons graduating from tertiary institutions with certification in animation.“We had a few persons graduating from the University of the West Indies and still have graduates waiting to come out of UTech, VTDI, Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and Excelsior Community College.So capacity is building as we are expecting to have about 200 animators in the next two to three years, which is very necessary because about 200 persons are required for a big project such as a series,” he noted.Mr. Jackson informed further that YEDAI has been facilitating a ‘train the trainer’ programme with animators from Canada, United States of America, Costa Rica and Korea.“The training has been very valuable because before the ‘train the trainer’, a lot of the persons doing animation were either information technology (IT) or art teachers, who were thrown into the role… so this initiative has not only equipped them with knowledge but has provided them with the confidence that they need to teach the skill as well as to push the industry forward,” he said.Another ‘train the trainer’ session is scheduled for June, targeting both tertiary and high-school teachers, particularly those who prepare students to sit animation in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE).Mr. Jackson, in highlighting the sector’s role in economic development, said that animation is a valuable tool that generates employment for several persons, including actors, illustrators, story boarders, editors, sound engineers and fashion designers.“Animation assists in heightening awareness about issues relating to violence against children and child labour laws, and is a very powerful medium to entertain and educate,” he added. Story Highlights He noted that JANN, through partnership with Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) and the Youth Employment in Digital and Animated Industries (YEDAI) programme, has facilitated workshops and various training sessions to boost the creative sector. last_img read more

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Maersk Tankers Poised to Lead Digitization of Tanker Industry

first_imgMaersk Tankers wants to become a digital frontrunner in the tanker industry, according to the company’s first Chief Digital Officer, Peter Schrøder.There are a lot of benefits to reap from digitizing parts of the tanker shipping industry, which remains to be very analogue in many ways, Schrøder explains. However, the process itself requires from the industry players to redefine ways of doing business and even find new businesses to work with.“The tanker industry, and shipping overall, is set to dramatically transform as better data, integrated systems and new services contribute to these changes. At the same time, there is no one specific technology driver for this transformation, meaning Maersk Tankers has a high degree of flexibility for innovation. As such, the company is poised to lead the industry into a new frontier,” he added.Maersk Tankers already has a wealth of knowledge, and it needs to combine it with the insights from customers and partners so as to be able to address the key issues at stake and push for industry-wide digital transformation.“Transforming the tanker industry requires bold action driven by a customer- and partner-centric mindset,” Schrøder stressed.Speaking of the benefits digitization brings to the table, Schrøder said that better data can lead to better decision-making, building on the gut feeling that has traditionally driven the industry.“Data-led processes also increase transparency for our partners and customers and open up possibilities for creating new services. At the same time, as the digital frontrunner in the tanker industry, Maersk Tankers is sticking its nose out, and this can bring challenges. We must be careful to avoid creating products that have already been developed. Ensuring the industry is ready for this change, and carving out a path forward for the industry as a whole is essential,” he added.However, when it comes to choosing from the available technologies on the market to help transform the sector, Schrøder said that there is no ‘one solution fits all’.Instead, Maersk Tankers plans to capitalize on different trends by investing in the right partnerships and rely on the strength of its own workforce.In October 2017, Danish shipping and energy conglomerate A.P. Møller – Mærsk completed the sale of its tanker business Maersk Tankers to one of its subsidiaries APMH Invest.The group has been very active in the push for digitalization of the shipping industry and ways business is done.Just two weeks ago, Maersk announced that it has set up a blockchain joint venture company with IBM.By applying the technology to digitize global trade processes, the duo wants to create a single shared view of a transaction for participants of the supply chain, the duo explained.In addition, blockchain technology is expected to minimize transport costs of goods, especially with respect to the costs resulting from required trade documentation to process and administer goods.The JV builds upon the cooperation IBM and Maersk began in June 2016.last_img read more

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Prairie ticket takes Friday nights 60 million Lotto Max jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – This should be a weekend to remember for a very lucky person, or persons, on the Prairies.That’s where the lone winning ticket for Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot was sold.The exact location has yet to be revealed.The draw also offered 56 Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each — and 27 of them were won.Those prizes will be shared amongst 36 winning ticket holders.The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Nov. 2 will be approximately $39 million.last_img

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Come Dance With Us to support AUTISME SANS LIMITES

first_img Twitter Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment AUTISME SANS LIMITES (ASL) is a charitable organization whose mission is the development and social inclusion of adults with autism without intellectual disabilities. ASL programs are based on creating learning living environments in which preventative and community services are delivered to clients who have just left school or, in some cases, before. These learning spaces are adapted to their unique needs, and support teams help them develop their strengths and talents. In this inclusive environment, young adults with autism continue to evolve at their own pace in order to achieve their full potential, while avoiding isolation and resultant mental health problems. AUTISME SANS LIMITES is pleased to announce the launch of a unique campaign to get Montrealers to literally dance in the streets.From now through October 5, 2016, dances steps can be found painted on the sidewalk in front of the Aldo and Apple stores on Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal and we invite you to find a partner… to dance! And, better yet, improvise your own dance in a beautiful location and share your performance on film or photo on Facebook Entrez dans la danse (@DansezMTL).Dance for joy and for love, and to remember that special moment when you first joined hands with another. Dance in support of the Montreal premiere of the inspiring film How to Dance in Ohio, in which young autistic adults experience their first formal dance, at Théâtre Outremont on October 5 at 6:30 pm. Participants are invited to visit the website (www.ComeDanceWithUs.org) to purchase tickets for premiere (tickets are limited) and learn more about autism. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

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Foreign affairs minister lay on floor of PMs office after USMCA was

first_imgTORONTO – After more than a year of leading intense trade negotiations with the United States and Mexico, the first thing Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland did when the new agreement was reached was lay on the floor of the prime minister’s office.“I did. That is true,” she said Tuesday during a talk at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.Freeland agreed that her reaction was due to exhaustion and just the thrill of the tumultuous 14-month process finally being over.The new trilateral pact between the U.S., Mexico and Canada, commonly referred to as USMCA, was reached at the 11th hour on Sept. 30 and sets to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement.The negotiations were tense, with U.S. President Donald Trump threatening on a number of occasions that his country would withdraw from NAFTA altogether.Freeland told a room of Canadian and foreign business leaders that the talks between the three countries had many “moments of drama,” which she had anticipated from the start.“Trade negotiations are this odd thing. On the one hand, they can be incredibly technical about really, really specific technical issues,” she said. “And on the other hand, they’re punctuated by these very dramatic moments … drama is par for the course.”When asked about Trump’s personal attack on her during the process, and dealing with his negotiation strategy, she and her team responded in the Canadian way.“For us, our approach was to always be polite. We tried to always be friendly. That is always our national way. We believe strongly in using fact-based arguments and we did that, but to know what your bottom lines are and to stand firm in defence of the national interest,” said Freeland.“We were absolutely clear about that and ultimately that was understood.”Despite efforts from U.S. negotiators, Canada fought hard to keep Chapter 19 — a key provision that gives independent panels the ability to resolve disputes involving companies and governments, as well as Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism.She said Canada did not waver during the talks, and that she felt supported by Canadians for staying steadfast.Freeland recalled being stopped and hugged by a stranger at the grocery store and how at another time a fellow passenger tried give her a business seat during a flight back from Washington.“People were just so nice,” she said. “But what I would call Canadian nice: resolute and nice. And that was really important.”Although it’s been reached, the USMCA deal still faces a number of hurdles before it’s officially finalized.On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told Bloomberg News that U.S. Congress won’t approve the renegotiated deal this year.“There’s no question this will be on the top of the agenda” next year, he told the news agency.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.last_img read more

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Gaza: Israeli Soldier Records Video Boasting About Targeting Mosques

By Ida WassimeRabat- Video footage posted on YouTube allegedly shows a Mosque in the Gaza strip being blown up by the Israeli IDF followed by cheers by soldiers. This is not the first mosque targeted by the Israeli army, and the number is increasing.The killing of civilians appears to be strategically planned by bombing precise locations where the general public gathers for prayers or to obtain food and supplies, as evidenced by the massacre of the Chojai’a Food Market two days ago.   Since the start of the Israeli offensive against the Palestinians in Gaza, over 1,700 were killed and more than 8,500 were injured, amid the silence of an international community that proved unable to hold Israel to account and compel it to abide by international law and the international humanitarian law. For the second time in less than 10 days, Israeli forces launched a deadly near one of the United Nations schools in the southern city of Rafah, killing at least 10 civilians.  Un Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, strongly condemned the attack calling it “a moral outrage and a criminal act.”The Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated in his last meeting on Saturday that the bombing will remain active and that Israel is simply defending herself from Hamas. Netanyahu called upon the Obama administration not to “second guess him again,”but to trust in his judgment with respect to Hamas. read more

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As G8 leaders gather in Japan Ban urges action on three key

Efforts to address the food crisis, climate change and the slow progress towards reaching the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by their target date of 2015 “so far have been too divided, too sporadic, and too little,” Mr. Ban told a joint news conference with World Bank President Robert Zoellick.Mr. Ban was speaking with reporters at the end of the first day of the outreach session of the summit of the world’s richest nations, taking place at the mountain resort of Toyako on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.“The time has come to take a very different approach,” he added. “I can promise you that the UN stands ready to assist on all these global challenges as the world’s universal, multilateral platform for making and implementing concrete actions.”The Secretary-General cautioned that progress towards achieving the MDGs, especially in Africa, is off course.Earlier this month, the MDG Africa Steering Group – comprising the leaders of multilateral development organizations and chaired by Mr. Ban – unveiled a series of recommendations, which show that Africa can still reach the MDGs, he said today.“To do so, however, countries must agree to deliver on their previous ODA [official development assistance] commitments,” Mr. Ban said, noting that no new promises are necessary. To help Africa, he said that donor nations must boost their contributions to reach the $62 billion per year by 2010 target agreed upon at the G-8 meeting in Gleneagles in 2005.Some $10 billion is needed to boost basic services to improve maternal, newborn and children’s health, while funding 120 million insecticide-treated bed nets for Africa would show the world’s commitment towards stamping out malaria deaths by 2010, he said.But “addressing the MDGs is not enough,” the Secretary-General said. “We must recognize the interconnectedness of extreme weather patterns, empty grain and rice storage houses, and poverty.”He stressed that soaring food prices are threatening to roll back gains made in development, calling on world leaders to provide what is immediately needed, such as food and inputs including fertilizer for this year’s crop. They must also take longer-term action, including agricultural investment, lifting export restrictions on food and slashing agricultural subsidies in developed nations.Undercutting progress on achieving the MDGs and improving food security, Mr. Ban warned, is global warming. “We tend to think of climate change as something in the future,” he said. “It is not.”Its effects are visible now, mostly in Africa where worsening drought and changing weather patterns are impeding steps taken towards reaching the MDGs, he said. “We must take action now.”Mr. Ban appealed for a new, comprehensive climate change agreement to be adopted in Copenhagen next year, following last year’s landmark Bali Climate Change Conference.“We need to set a long-term goal of at least cutting by half emissions by 2050,” he told the press, adding that short- and medium-term targets that promote technological and market change is also crucial. Increased funding is key to help developing countries with their adaptation and mitigation endeavours.The Secretary-General called for an “investment approach” to addressing the three crises. “Every dollar, euro, or yen invested today, as well as every ounce of effort, is worth ten tomorrow, and a hundred the day after,” urging G-8 leaders to spark this joint task.He arrived in Japan yesterday from his native Republic of Korea, where he paid his first official visit since becoming Secretary-General early last year. While in the country, he paid a visit to Haengchi village, his birthplace, where he and Mrs. Ban Soon-taek were welcomed by relatives, villagers, traditional music and drum ensembles and many others who travelled to see him. 7 July 2008As the leaders of the Group of Eight (G-8) countries gathered in Hokkaido, Japan, today for their summit meeting, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reiterated his call for urgent action to tackle three key challenges the world is currently grappling with. read more

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Media giants pressured as advertising agencies look to social media

TORONTO – Executives at some of Canada’s biggest media companies say they’re feeling the pinch as major advertisers take their money to social media operators like Facebook and Twitter, leaving the country’s biggest television networks and newspapers with the scraps.The shift is happening faster than many players expected and is a driving force behind changes across the industry as more Canadians migrate to the Internet for their news and entertainment.On Tuesday, the CRTC released a financial report for the TV industry showing that conventional broadcasters, which send over-the-air signals, together lost more than $69 million before taxes last year.National advertising sales took the brunt of the impact, dropping 5.3 per cent to $1.28 billion in 2013.Today, Canada’s advertising market is about $13 billion annually, crossing all platforms including TV, radio and online, according to analysis firm Solutions Research Group.Just a few years ago, the consensus among big media companies was that restrained spending by advertisers would evaporate after the economic downturn and usher in a new era of digital advertising where banner ads on newspaper company’s websites and streaming video commercials for multi-platform content became increasingly lucrative.What happened was a little more complicated as social media companies swooped into the equation and outside forces like Google’s advertising division attracted a bigger chunk of marketing dollars.“Deals are being made on a global basis,” said Jack Tomik, chief sales officer at Rogers Media, which owns a slate of television channels and magazines.“Money is coming out of budgets for a lot of national advertisers before it even gets to this side of the border.”Advertisers partner with social media companies partly because of their massive scope that promises specific demographics and often more favourable rates.“More and more we’re finding that clients who are global want to do things on a global scale,” said Fred Forster, chief executive officer of Omnicom Media Group Canada, the Canadian division of the world’s biggest advertising agency.Forster said international advertising campaigns tend to be cheaper overall.“There are efficiencies associated with that and that’s why the deals are done,” he said.In March, photo app maker Instagram secured a US$100-million contract with Publicis Omnicom that runs for a year, triggering widespread industry attention. Now, Instagram is shopping around monthly campaigns that cost nearly $1 million apiece, according to a report in trade magazine Ad Age.Some Canadian media companies have tried to tap into these relationships by partnering with a direct competitor.Postmedia websites, for example, use Google’s advertisement technology under a revenue sharing agreement with the Silicon Valley giant, which means the owner of the National Post and other dailies receive a smaller chunk of revenues but also don’t shoulder big administrative expenses.“The technology and the number of impressions Google can drive is significant — higher than traditional media companies are able to drive,” said Postmedia chief operating officer Wayne Parrish.Others have tried a more competitive approach. Rogers Communications (TSX:RCI.B) paid $5.2 billion in November for the Canadian broadcast rights for NHL games, an attempt to get a larger chunk of the lucrative sports entertainment market that still attracts advertisers in droves.The landmark deal had a ripple effect at CBC, a longtime NHL broadcaster. The public broadcaster is laying off more than 600 employees over three years as it manages the impact from both the loss of NHL advertising revenue and cuts to its budget by the federal government.Analyst Kaan Yigit at Solutions Research is skeptical about the suggestions that big media companies are suffering because of the shift to digital.“If the argument is that some of the online spend is going to Google, Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo in Silicon Valley, that’s true. But conservatively, over 90 cents of each $1 spent in advertising in Canada stays in Canada at the moment,” he said.TV broadcasters also benefit from simultaneous substitution, which allows Canadian cable companies to broadcast the simulcast events like the Super Bowl over of the U.S feed, which reaps extra advertising dollars, Yigit said.“Canadian media companies are given an additional opportunity to keep the dollars in Canada via simultaneous substitution,” he said.Last month, Keith Pelley, the president of Rogers Media, stood before the CRTC to emphasize what he characterized as a shocking foundational shift.“The industry is not changing yearly, it is changing monthly, weekly, daily,” Pelley said. “For example, the financial projections we filed in December no longer reflect the current reality.”Fellow media company Torstar Corp. (TSX:TS.B) is expected to tell a similar story when it reports its first-quarter financial results on Wednesday.Torstar, which owns the Toronto Star and other community papers, announced the sale of its romance novel division Harlequin Enterprises last week for $455 million, in a move that would free up cash to pay down debt and potentially chase other business opportunities.Torstar’s print and digital advertising revenue have been in decline, falling 9.5 per cent last year.RBC Dominion Securities analyst Haran Posner said it’s possible that Torstar could move to consolidate the newspaper industry in the coming months.“While evaluating merger and acquisition scenarios is inherently uncertain, we see most incumbent publishers as candidates to participate in newspaper consolidation in some way, shape or form,” he wrote.“We believe other scenarios could include returning the excess cash to shareholders or a further break-up and privatization of the remaining Torstar.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly said Google’s media ad partners are featured more prominently on Google News pages. Media giants pressured as advertising agencies look to social media AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted May 7, 2014 10:18 am MDT read more

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USDA to reopen offices closed after email threats

by Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press Posted Aug 30, 2016 10:02 am MDT Last Updated Aug 30, 2016 at 7:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The Agriculture Department will reopen some offices Wednesday that were closed after an unspecified email threat.USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said offices in Colorado, Maryland, North Carolina and Kearneysville, West Virginia, will open Wednesday with additional security enhancements. USDA offices in Hamden, Connecticut, and Leetown, West Virginia, will remain closed while waiting for security improvements or notifications to union officials.Herrick said earlier Tuesday that the department had received “several anonymous messages” late Monday that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. Offices in six locations in five states were closed Tuesday morning “until further notice.”Herrick said the threat was one email message sent to multiple employees at all the locations.“Without getting into detail of the email message, USDA continues to work closely with federal and local law enforcement, including the FBI, to determine whether the threat is credible,” Herrick said.Herrick said USDA is continuing to work with law enforcement but officials determined the offices could be re-opened with additional security.The closed facilities include offices for eight USDA agencies, including the Forest Service and the Food Safety and Inspection Service. Among the sites affected was USDA’s sprawling agricultural research centre and library in Beltsville, Maryland, where employees were informed of the threat Tuesday morning and sent home. In Fort Collins, Colorado, four buildings at the Natural Resources Research Center — a campus where over 1,000 people work — were closed.In an email to employees, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said USDA is closing the offices “due to the serious nature of these threats.” He did not characterize the threats, but asked employees to be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity. He said employees could telework or take authorized leave.White House Spokesman Josh Earnest said the Department of Homeland Security is working with USDA “to ensure the safety of their offices and the personnel that work there.”The temporary closures may have affected some tourists. In Colorado, the Forest Service’s Canyon Lakes Ranger District tweeted that its information centre was closed.___Associated Press writers Ben Nuckols and Darlene Superville in Washington and Colleen Slevin in Denver contributed to this report. USDA to reopen offices closed after email threats The Beltsville Agricultural Research Center, the Agriculture Department’s research center and library is seen after employees were informed of a threat in the morning and sent home, Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016. The Agriculture Department closed offices in five states after receiving anonymous threats. USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said the department had received “several anonymous messages” that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) read more

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How to trick algae to save the planet

first_imgAudio recorded and edited by Conor ReynoldsRead: Students invent ‘Bike Radar’ to help prevent cyclists getting knocked down> COULD ALGAE BE the fuel of the future? That’s what student Amy O’Donoghue wanted to find out.Her experiment on how algae can produce an alternative source of fuel led her to suggest that it could be used as an alternative to the already diminishing fossil fuels.Here’s what the St Andrew’s College student found:A further project was on the Hen Harrier, which could be in danger of extinction in Ireland.Here’s student Lee Warner explaining why it is important to save this bird:last_img read more

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Vancouver Mall arcade brings virtual reality to the masses

first_imgIf you’ve visited a major shopping mall in the past couple years, you might’ve noticed a new type of store that’s been popping up: virtual reality arcades, with rows of headsets to let players try out the latest and greatest virtual reality games.I’ve seen a few of them here and there, but I’d never been to one, so when the VR Junkies arcade company reached out and asked if we wanted to tour its Vancouver Mall location, I volunteered to check it out.I should disclose up front that I’m one of those weird early adopters who owns a VR headset at home, so I can’t really offer an outsider’s assessment of the technology, but I was curious to see how the arcade would stack up.And from a reporter’s standpoint, I also wanted to learn more about the emerging VR arcade business, so I stopped by Dec. 20 to chat with store owner Mike Rowe and some of the staff about the arcade and the VR industry — and to try out some of the available games.A new twist on arcadesThe Vancouver Mall arcade is nestled in a small storefront at the east end. Its relatively sparse interior emphasizes that visitors are really here for the headsets.last_img read more

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Students set to compete Saturday in Solar Car Challenge

first_imgHundreds of local students will hit the track this weekend for the return of the Solar Car Challenge, hosted by Clark Public Utilities.Local elementary, middle and high school students have been working in teams for months to build the pinewood derbylike, solar-powered cars, and will put them to the test from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Hudson’s Bay High School, 1601 E. McLoughlin Blvd.Last year, for the premiere of the races, the utility expected 20 to 25 teams but ended up fielding nearly 100. This year, Clark Public Utilities says it expects 175 teams.“The Solar Car Challenge is an engaging and hands-on approach to teaching students at every grade level about renewable energy, engineering and design. It also opens their minds to careers in those fields,” Heather Allmain, communication services manager for the utility, said in a news release. “These teams spent months working on their cars; and Saturday is their opportunity to demonstrate ingenuity and celebrate their efforts.”Beyond troubleshooting and repair in the pits, the students also put together poster presentations to explain the design behind their cars, and utility and industry professionals will be there to interview the students and talk shop.The students will race live, with heats based on grade level.The Solar Car Challenge is made possible through the utility’s Green Lights program. Utility customers can volunteer a monthly contribution to support educational programs, including the Solar Car Challenge, along with greener power development. WaferTech and Columbia Credit Union also lent support.last_img read more

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TCI Bar Council Represented at Caribbean Corporate Counsel Summit 2016

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 16, 2016 – Mark A Fulford the TCI Bar Council member represented the TCI Bar Association of Attorneys in Miami, Florida at a two day summit on September 8th and 9th held by the Association of Corporate Counsel.The two day summit is the Caribbean’s annual corporate counsel meeting which serves not only as a resource and forum to corporate counsels but provides a voice for the various concerns in the profession whether it may be in relation to particular developments in one jurisdiction or global developments that impact the legal profession.Fulford who is also managing partner at F Chambers Attorneys at Law, commented, “It was a good opportunity to represent the TCI on the international stage as lawyers from around the world were present and it was a forum where many ideas were shared and potential solutions to various issues affection lawyers were discussed.The keynote speaker for this year’s Summit was Hon. Michael Martin Fahy, JP, Bermuda’s Minister of Tourism and the government leader in the Senate of Bermuda.The Association of Caribbean Corporate Counsel was founded by Shelly-Ann Mohammed who is the President of the Summit.  Regional membership countries are Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Monsterrat, St. Kitts & Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos and Puerto Rico.The current Bar Council is made of Jonathan Katan of MSO as President, Sarah Knight of M&S as Vice President, Mark A. Fulford of F Chambers, Orieka Selver and AG Representative Desiree Downes. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Caribbean Corporate Counsel Summit 2016, Mark Fulford represents TCI at the Caribbean Corporate Counsil summit 2016, TCI Bar Association of Attorneys TCI Bar Association of Attorneyslast_img read more

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4 killed in Kashmir gunfight

first_imgTwo soldiers and two militants were killed on Sunday during a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district in India, police said.The two Rashtriya Rifies (RR) troopers succumbed to injuries.Security forces surrounded Fraesal village following a tip-off about the militants hiding in a house.”When the militants were challenged, they fired at the forces which triggered the gunfight,” the police said.A search operation continued for more holed-up militants.last_img

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Where are bodies of militants India bombed Pakistani villagers ask

first_imgNooran Shah, 62, talks during an interview with Reuters outside his home which is near to the site where Indian military aircrafts released payload in Jaba village, Balakot, Pakistan on 28 February 2019. Photo: ReutersThe only confirmed victim of India’s air strike against Pakistan is still unsure why he was shaken awake in the early hours of Tuesday by an explosion that rocked his mud brick house and left him with a cut above his right eye.”They say they wanted to hit some terrorists. What terrorists can you see here?” said 62-year-old Nooran Shah, a resident of Jaba village, near the northeastern town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.”We are here. Are we terrorists?”India says Tuesday’s raid destroyed a major training camp of Jaish-e Mohammad, a militant group that claimed responsibility for a Feb. 14 attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir that killed 40 members of a paramilitary police unit.India’s foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale said the strike killed “a very large number of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists, trainers, senior commanders, and groups of jihadis who were being trained for Fidayeen action were eliminated.” Fidayeen is a term used to describe Islamist militants on suicide missions.Another senior government official told reporters that about 300 militants had been killed.A man takes a photo with his mobile as he stands amidst damaged trees after Indian military aircrafts released payload, according to Pakistani officials, in Jaba village, Balakot, Pakistan on 28 February 2019. Photo: ReutersOn Thursday, though, a senior defence official appeared to backtrack on the claims. Asked about how much damage the warplanes had caused, Air Vice Marshal RGK Kapoor said it was “premature” to provide details about casualties. But he said the Indian armed forces had “fairly credible evidence” of the damage inflicted on the camp by the air strikes.India’s previous death toll estimates have been rubbished by Pakistan, which says the operation was a failure that saw Indian jets bomb a largely empty hillside without hurting anyone.It isn’t clear whether the discrepancy in claims will become a factor as prime minister Narendra Modi seeks a second term in India’s general election, which must be held by May. There has been little sign as yet of the opposition pushing the government and the armed forces for more evidence of the mission’s results.On the wooded slopes above Jaba, villagers pointed to four bomb craters and some splintered pine trees, but could see little other impact from the series of explosions that blasted them awake at around 3.00am.”It shook everything,” said Abdur Rasheed, who drives a pickup van around the area. He said there weren’t any human casualties: “No one died. Only some pine trees died, they were cut down. A crow also died.”Religious School Appears IntactJaba is set in a thickly wooded area of hills and streams that opens the way to the scenic Kaghan valley, a popular holiday destination for Pakistani tourists. It is a little over 60 km (37 miles) from Abbottabad, the garrison town where Osama Bin Laden was killed by American Special Forces in 2011.Locals say 400 to 500 people live locally, scattered across hills in mudbrick homes. Reuters spoke to about 15 people, none of whom knew of any casualties apart from Nooran Shah.”I haven’t seen any dead bodies, only a local who was hurt by something or hit by some window, he was hurt,” said Abdur Rasheed, echoing numerous others.In Basic Health Unit, Jaba, the nearest hospital, Mohammad Saddique, an official who was on duty on the night of the attack, also dismissed claims of major casualties.A resident points to the damaged site where Indian military aircrafts released payload in Jaba village, Balakot, Pakistan on 28 February 2019. Photo: Reuters”It is just a lie. It is rubbish,” he said. “We didn’t receive even a single injured person. Only one person got slightly hurt and he was treated there. Even he wasn’t brought here.”In Balakot, a town largely rebuilt after an earthquake in 2005, Zia Ul Haq, senior medical officer in Tehsil Headquarters Hospital said no casualties had been brought in on Tuesday.People in the area said Jaish-e Mohammad did have a presence, running not an active training camp but a madrassa, or religious school, about one km from where the bombs fell.”It is Taleem ul Quran madrassa. The kids from the village study there. There is no training,” said Nooran Shah.A sign which had been up earlier in the week identifying the madrassa’s affiliation to Jaish-e Mohammad had been removed by Thursday and soldiers prevented reporters from gaining access.But it was possible to see the structure from the back. It appeared intact, like the trees surrounding it, with no sign of any damage of the kind seen near the bomb craters.Western diplomats in Islamabad also said they did not believe the Indian air force hit a militant camp.”There was no militant training camp there. It hasn’t been there for a few years – they moved it. It’s common knowledge amongst our intelligence,” said one of them.last_img read more

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US Imposes New Sanctions On Russia Over Election Interference Cyberattacks

first_img Share Alexei Druzhinin/APVladimir Putin’s Russian government has been repeatedly accused of interfering in the 2016 elections.Updated at 12:12 p.m. ETThe Trump administration imposed new sanctions against Russia on Thursday, slapping punitive measures on 19 people and five entities over their alleged role in Moscow’s interference in the 2016 election and other “destructive” cyberattacks.The sanctions mark the most significant move against Russia since President Trump took office more than a year ago. They arrived as Washington’s closest ally, Britain, is locked in a diplomatic struggle with Moscow after accusing the Kremlin of using a nerve agent to poison a former Russian intelligence officer living in the United Kingdom.Trump also joined the leaders of the U.K., France and Germany on Thursday in issuing a statement that condemned the poisoning attack.Among the Russians sanctioned by the U.S. on Thursday are 13 people and three entities, including the Internet Research Agency, indicted by Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller for their alleged role in Moscow’s influence operation during the 2016 campaign.Trump has repeatedly questioned whether Russia did indeed interfere in the election, despite the assessment of U.S. intelligence agencies that the Kremlin carried out a sweeping influence operation and propaganda campaign.Lately, however, he has changed his tune and accepted that the active measures took place. Last week, he vowed to “counteract very strongly” any interference in this year’s midterm races.Two Russian intelligence agencies — the domestic-focused Federal Security Service, or FSB, and Russia’s chief military intelligence organization, the GRU — also were hit with sanctions along with six senior GRU officials. Several of those individuals already faced U.S. sanctions.Sanctions against the government agencies are mostly symbolic and are not expected to seriously constrain the campaign of active measures against the West.Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, however, that the point is to continue pressuring and isolating Russia over its agitation against the West.“The administration is confronting and countering malign Russian cyberactivity, including their attempted interference in U.S. elections, destructive cyberattacks, and intrusions targeting critical infrastructure,” Mnuchin said.“These targeted sanctions are part of a broader effort to address the ongoing nefarious attacks emanating from Russia.”Among the cyberattacks for which U.S. is trying to punish Russia was the “NotPetya” attack, which targeted computers in Ukraine. The U.S. attributes that attack to the Russian military.Mnuchin said the administration plans to impose more sanctions in an effort “to hold Russian government officials and oligarchs accountable for their destabilizing activities by severing their access to the U.S. financial system.”Critics said the measures announced on Thursday were far too little, too late.“It took 14 months, multiple indictments, and a poisoning in Britain — but the administration is finally imposing the sanctions overwhelmingly approved by Congress,” said Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn.“However, sanctions alone are insufficient. Now we must protect our democracy going forward by securing our election systems and increasing transparency and disclosure requirements for online political advertisements.”Administration officials say they’re doing that. The Department of Homeland Security and FBI are working with state-level elections officials to familiarize them with the cyberthreats from abroad.But the potential peril is broader than ever. National security officials told reporters on Thursday that cyberattackers also have focused on American critical infrastructure, including the electrical grid and key industrial facilities.“The cyber actors are using a multistage attack campaign with staging and intended targets involved,” one official said. “And the campaign is long term and still ongoing.”Foreign cyberattackers gain access to internal networks involved with running a power plant, for example. Then they map the way it works and burrow deeper.“After obtaining access, these actors conducted network recognizance, moved laterally and collected information pertaining to industrial control systems, the systems that run our factories and our grid.”An attack that crippled an American electrical system or another major industrial target would probably be viewed as a major act of war and could trigger an equal response.So it’s not as likely as the lower-level interference that continues from Russia, but it remains part of the suite of weapons that nations could wield against one another in a crisis addition to their traditional military hardware.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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Students Lobby City Hall and Win

first_imgBy Carl Thomas, Special to the AFROThe Headline:7-6. That was the vote total when the D.C. Council met to decide the future location of Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. The Council chambers were filled with hundreds of students from the city’s highest performing high school, organized under a sole purpose — to lobby the Council of D.C. to honor a promise made several times for a new Banneker building. The Backdrop:District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser’s FY-2020 budget cleared the way for a new Banneker to be built in the Shaw neighborhood. Shaw residents seem wholly against the move of the nationally-ranked, high-performing school, which has occupied the shrunken shell of the old Banneker Middle School since 1981, when it was converted to a magnet high school.Students from Benjamin Banneker High School lobbied to the D.C. Council to ask for support in moving the school to the Shaw neighborhood. (Courtesy Photo by Ductai Nguyen/ Banneker Website)The disagreement stems from any number of factors, depending on who is asked.  The Council’s divide rooted in concern after a promise for offering Shaw residents a middle school, which would now be the site of the new Banneker. Mayor Bowser declared, in a letter written to the Council of D.C., “After weeks of protests in Shaw against gentrification and displacement, I am shocked that seven Council members have signed onto a letter telling the students, families, and staff at Benjamin Banneker High School — which was once again ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the best high schools in the nation — they need to stay put in their current location.” Shaw ANC Commissioner Alex Padro fired back on the subject, “For anyone to say that this is a gentrification issue is totally unconscionable and is not supported by facts.” The Protest:The students have yet a third perspective; One that is not yet wilted with the tinge of political correctness. The brightest of the District’s scholars have produced incredibly consistent messaging about the undeniable need for a new, larger facility- without regard for the perspective driven opinions of their adult lawmakers. The students simply want the facility promised to them several budget cycles ago. Students learned valuable lessons throughout the process as ninth grader Chloe Smith explained, “Advocating isn’t always about being correct or agreeing. It is about getting your point across, in a respectful manner! As our Vice Principal Ms. McDuffie tells us, Disagree does not mean disrespect.’ We’ve stood by that statement, and my peers and I were very adamant about getting what we deserved.”The net result: For many of the students participating in the protests it seemed more of a labor of love than a selfish desire. Tenth grader, Imani Thomas explained, “If the city were to break ground as early as this summer, the new Banneker would open just in time for my sister’s senior year. I’m here for her to have a better school environment than I have.” Senior Zende James echoed the sentiment, “Even though I will not be a beneficiary of the new building, I know the importance of renovating Banneker. I understood that this renovation was not just needed for the success of students but the success of future students. As I advocated for this building, I did not see myself, but those who will come after me, so I can ensure that they will receive a better education than I.”As you listen to the students of Benjamin Banneker, you begin to hear a story of young people struggling through antiquated hallways (complete with roaches and small rodents) to boast a 100 percent graduation rate and a senior class, which garnered more than $35 million in scholarships. This year, U.S. News ranked Benjamin Banneker Academic High School as the No.1 high school in the District and the 178th high school in the United States. Banneker also ranks No.1 in the nation in math and reading proficiency. Many Shaw residents scoff at the idea that the arguments against the Banneker move have racial undertones. Currently, Banneker students are 99 percent minorities. The Shaw neighborhood, which once had a high concentration of minority’s, now enjoys the boom of development and the loss of affordable housing options for residents in place. Many say the gentrifiers simply do not want minority students in their neighborhood or they worry their children won’t be able to gain admittance. If one wanted to avoid race, the results of the vote in favor of moving Banneker to Shaw made it virtually impossible. All seven African American Council members voted to move Banneker to Shaw. In a letter addressed to the Council of D.C., penned by Banneker parents said the debate was in part about whether the D.C. Council would be prioritizing new Shaw residents, who tend to be wealthy and White, over the existing Banneker families, who are mostly Black and come from all eight wards of the city. The Council narrowly sided with the students of DCPS…for now.-6.This was reported with the investigative research of Iesha Thomas (Banneker Student).last_img read more

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