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first_imgHomeNewsCrimeCrime Watch Aug. 11, 2018 at 5:00 amCrimeCrime Watchnews3 years agocrimeCrime Watch On July 22, 2108 at about 1:07 a.m.While patrolling the 1400 block of 4th Street, a female flagged down an officer. The female told the officer she saw a male on the sidewalk at the 1500 4th Street exposing his genitals and manipulating his genitals. The female stated she wanted the subject arrested for the incident. An officer located the subject on the sidewalk and took him into custody. The subject was transported to SMPD Jail. Junaid Mirza Baig, 26, from Chicago, was arrested for indecent exposure. Bail was set at $10,000.Tags :crimeCrime Watchshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKBUGA Boy’s Journey: From Internment Camp to the Land of the FreeYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press13 hours agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

Thousands of Denver public school teachers go on strike in fight for higher pay

first_imgmartinedoucet/iStock(DENVER) — Thousands of public school teachers in Denver walked off their jobs on Monday and formed picket lines for the first time in 25 years to demand higher wages and stem the tide of educators they say are going to neighboring school district to boost their pay.Members of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association wearing “Red for Ed” T-shirts under or over bulky jackets kicked off their strike at 7 a.m. local time, forming picket lines around schools in the bone-chilling 21-degree weather and chanting, “If they won’t pay us, shut it down.”“I’m anxious, scared, but I’m also angry and I think a lot of us are angry. We have had enough,” Laurel Davis, a second-grade teacher at Bill Roberts Elementary School, told ABC affiliate station KMGH-TV.The teachers’ union broke off negotiations on Saturday after spending 15 months trying to come to an agreement with the Denver Public School District to significantly increase teachers’ salaries to compete with surrounding school districts.There are about 5,600 teachers who work at the district’s 160 schools. It was unclear how many signed in at picket lines.School district officials claimed that only about 2,100 teachers called in absent on Monday, a number that was disputed by the union.The Denver School District has hired hundreds of substitute teacher to keep classrooms open for 92,000 students in the district.The union is proposing a $28.5 million in teacher compensation while the school district’s latest offer came to $23.3 million. Union representatives say the district’s offer ties raises to bonuses and credits for teachers who further their education or work in high-poverty schools.“We feel like it’s been a game they’ve been playing with us for months,” said Davis.For veteran high school math teacher Kathleen Braun, it will be her third strike in the Denver School district in 50 years. Braun joined teachers on picket lines in 1969 and again in 1994.“What we’re really talking about is can a teacher work full-time and do what is necessary for our students?” Braun told KMGH.Union representatives claim many teachers have to work extra jobs just to make ends meet, or leave the district for higher paying jobs in neighboring school districts.“We think it’s important that DPS sees and knows and understands what it’s like not to have teachers in the classroom every day because they need us,” Rob Gould, lead negotiator for the teachers’ union, said at a news conference Monday morning.Henry Ramon, president of the Denver Classroom Teachers Association, said he hopes the walkout will be brief. The union plans to return to the negotiating table on Tuesday.“We really need a cooling off period for both sides to come to the table with proposals that really benefit everybody,” Ramon said Monday. “Bonuses have really proven ineffective and our students are paying the price of this experiment.”The average starting pay for teachers in Denver is $43,255. The union is asking that starting pay be boosted to $45,800.Union representatives say starting pay at the neighboring Westminster Public School District is about $50,000.“We’re looking for a fair and reliable pay system that actually retains teachers in Denver,” Gould said. “We’ve had a 20 percent turnover rate year after year. The district, they’ve been doubling down on these bonuses that are unreliable and they haven’t supported student needs.”Susana Cordova, superintendent of Denver Public Schools, said the district’s latest offer includes $2.5 million to boost overall teacher pay by cutting about 150 administrative jobs.Cordova said that under the district’s offer, all teachers would get an 11 percent raise next year.“Rather than sticking with it and figuring it out, I’m incredibly disappointed that they walked away,” Cordova said of the teacher’s union, according to KMGH-TV.Second-grade teacher Jaimie Jackson said she’ll stay on the picket line as long as it takes. She said she’s not just doing it for herself and other teachers, but also for her young daughter and other children in the school district.“I feel like I’m showing her what it means to stand up for what you believe in,” Jackson told KMGH. “And I’m showing her what it means to do what you need to do to elevate your profession.”The Denver teachers’ strike comes less than a month after 30,000 Los Angeles teachers went on strike for six days over funding and staffing at schools. The teachers approved a contract that hiked their pay by about 6 percent and achieved a commitment from the Los Angeles Unified School District to reduce class sizes over four years.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

20 years of the “Buy Croatian” campaign marked

first_imgYesterday, Split marked the 20th anniversary of the “Buy Croatian” campaign, at which over 130 producers presented themselves. Citizens on the Riva have the opportunity to taste the best of domestic products and buy products at affordable prices, among them the holders of the Croatian Quality and Original Croatian signs, which the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, as part of the Action, has been awarding for 20 years.”Croatian products flooded Split’s Riva and this is another proof that the action was a success. We have been talking for twenty years about how important it is to buy local and emphasize Croatian quality. Support for our manufacturer has never been more necessary than today because they are the ones who create a quality product and enable the creation of new jobs”, Said the President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Luka Burilović, opening this year’s season of the action Buy Croatian, today, May 26, in Split on the waterfront where, organized by the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, 130 Croatian companies are represented with a special program. “This idea should become a lifestyle all 365 days a yearand “, added Burilović.”Trust me that foreign guests know about our products. We have a great season ahead of us and in order for it not to be just the sun and the sea, we need to promote and bring our products closer to tourists.”, Said the Minister of Tourism Gary Cappelli, emphasizing that the Croatian quality is known and that we are competitive with such quality.Split-Dalmatia County Prefect Zlatko Ževrnja said that this was a great event because buying a Croatian product strengthens the economy, while Croatian Government Commissioner Andro Krstulović Opara pointed out that the most important people are behind the Croatian product, and thus the Croatian economy.We are pleased that the anniversary has left our city. The domestic product resists competition with top quality, and consumers always return to it faithfully and loyally.”, Said the Commissioner of the Government of the Republic of Croatia for the City of Split Branka Ramljak and added that by buying Croatian we are doing multiple benefits to our economy.The right to use the marks “Croatian Quality” and “Originally Croatian” is granted to products and services that have above-average quality, at least as products or services at the level of “Croatian Quality”, and produced in the Republic of Croatia or created as a result of Croatian traditions, research and development, innovation and invention.According to the research of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, on the Croatian market 84% population decides to buy a product of Croatian quality, and a product that bears one of the signs of quality 63% has a better chance of ending up in the consumer basket.If you want to acquire the right to use the mark, see the conditions herelast_img read more

GO Transit unveils strategic plan

first_imgCANADA: GO Transit recently unveiled its GO 2020 strategic plan, which includes more commuter rail service and the purchase of additional right-of-way. The amount of trackage to be obtained has yet to be determined. The acquisition could begin as early as this year, adding to the right-of-way that GO already owns – a segment near Union Station and parts of the Barrie, Lakeshore and Stouffville lines. Once it achieves ownership, GO plans to upgrade ageing signal, track and other infrastructure to improve reliability and on-time performance, which currently stands at 89%. GO’s CEO Gary McNeil said improving service can only be achieved if the company manages its own infrastructure. For example, Hamilton and other core communities would see two-way, all-day service by 2020. McNeil said Canadian National Railway and Canadian Pacific Railway are interested in selling if they can get ‘certain guarantees’ and the right price. GO wants to double average weekday ridership from 170 000 now to approximately 350 000 in 2020.last_img read more

UK author to release picture book set in Dominica

first_imgLocalNews UK author to release picture book set in Dominica by: – May 29, 2013 Tweet Copies of Look Back! will be available in Dominica in August.A children’s picture book set in Dominica and written by an award-winning write of Dominican heritage, will be published in the United Kingdom at the end of this week. “Look Back!” written by Trish Cooke and is illustrated by Caroline Binch, is the latest title from Papillote Press, the publishers based in the UK and Dominica.Trish said in a press release that Dominica is “very much a part of who I am. Dominica runs through my veins”.Her mother was born in La Roche, La Plaine and her father in Wesley. In England, Trish is a well-known as a children’s author. She is also a pantomime writer, TV presenter and story teller ― and performed at the Nature Island Literary Festival and Bookfair in 2011.Published in the UK on May 31, Look Back! is based around a Dominican folk character. It celebrates the relationship between a grandmother and her grandson Christopher as she tells him about her Dominican childhood adventures in the rainforest in search of a mysterious creature called Ti Bolom. Is Grannie’s Ti Bolom real or just one of her stories? That’s whatChristopher tries to find out.“My dad first told me about the character Ti Bolom and I was intrigued,” said Trish.“Like many of the mysterious characters he mentioned, I was never sure if Ti Bolom really existed. When I was older my dad often jokily referred to my little boy as Ti Bolom, because he was short and stocky. The character Ti Bolom became a household name. To me this book is about the power of story and how characters can evolve and travel from generation to generation and from country to country. It is about legacy and knowing that those things that came before you and are passed down are part of who you are today.”Caroline Binch, who lives by the sea in England, is the much-acclaimed illustrator of Amazing Grace, which has sold more than one million copies. Last year Caroline spent time in Dominica doing the research for her illustrations. She has also travelled extensively in other parts of the Caribbean including Tobago, where her book Gregory Cool was set.Copies of Look Back! will be available in Dominica in August.Dominica Vibes News Share 21 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more