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Enlist E3 soybeans now available for the Eastern Corn Belt

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Seed Consultants, serving Eastern Corn Belt growers, is excited to offer Enlist E3 soybeans, available now for 2019 planting.Enlist E3 soybeans offer one of the most advanced soybean technologies on the market. With tolerance to 2,4-D choline in Enlist herbicides, glyphosate and glufosinate, Enlist E3 soybeans provide a new standard for weed control and yield potential.“Our growers expect performance from their fields, even if they’re constantly fighting tough weeds,” said Daniel Call, general manager of Seed Consultants. “I think they’ll be really pleased with Enlist E3 soybeans. The genetics, agronomics and weed control are outstanding.”As part of the Enlist weed control system, Enlist E3 soybeans can be sprayed with Enlist Duo and Enlist One herbicides to manage tough and resistant weeds. Both herbicides feature 2,4-D choline with Colex-D technology to provide superior weed control with minimized potential for physical drift and near-zero volatility. Enlist herbicides reduce drift by as much as 90 percent compared with traditional 2,4-D and are up to 96 percent less volatile than 2,4-D ester.“Marestail, pigweed and ragweed plague soybean fields here in the Eastern Corn Belt,” Call said. “I’ve seen Enlist herbicides in action on these weeds and they really work. When farmers can control weeds, it allows their soybeans to thrive. That’s the kind of performance Seed Consultants delivers to our customers.”Seed consultants is pleased to offer 7 Enlist E3 soybean varieties for 2019 planting. All varieties have been hand-selected for performance in the Eastern Corn Belt. See more information about each variety and learn more about the Enlist weed control system at seedconsultants.com.last_img read more

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Cheating case: Super-30’s Anand Kumar told to pay ₹50,000

first_imgBihar-based mathematician Anand Kumar, of Super-30 fame, has been directed to appear before the Gauhati High Court on November 28, besides paying ₹50,000 to the “guardians and student” who appeared for a scheduled hearing on Monday, in a case of cheating against him. The Division Bench issued the directive after they were “displeased at the non-compliance” with a November 19 order directing him to be present before the court on Monday.In that order, the bench had said, “We shall be constrained on issuing bailable warrant of arrest for his production” if Mr. Kumar did not appear on November 26. The case is based on a 2018 petition by four students from the northeast, now studying at the Indian Institute of Technology-Guwahati. They accused Mr. Kumar of cheating and said there was no transparency in the functioning of Super-30.Mr. Kumar had conceptualised Super-30 along with former Bihar DGP Abhayanand to teach poor students from Bihar to crack the IIT JEE. The two parted ways in 2008.The petitioners alleged that a large number of students from the northeast, who had approached Mr. Kumar for enrolment in Super-30, were admitted by him in a “coaching institute by the name of Ramanujan School of Mathematics” by charging ₹33,000 per student. They suspected Mr. Kumar was not running any Super-30 classes after 2008 and did not devote sufficient time to the IIT aspirants who took admission in the school.The petitioners also said false claims made by Mr. Kumar amounted to cheating IIT aspirants and their guardians as well as the people of the country. They said Mr. Kumar had in 2018 claimed 26 out of 30 students who cleared the IIT entrance exam in 2018 were from his Super-30, “but till today the Respondent No 8 [Mr. Kumar] has not disclosed the names of the 26 IIT entrance qualified students”.On September 21, 2018, the Gauhati High Court had issued notice to Mr. Kumar and Mr. Abhayanand. While the former sought adjournment, the latter in an affidavit in January said he had no knowledge of what transpired in Super-30 since 2008.last_img read more

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Readying for his return, Gennady Golovkin seeks path back to Canelo Alvarez

first_img“I don’t feel like I lost those fights and those decisions do not necessarily affect me because inside I do feel like I won those two fights,” Golovkin said through an interpreter. “So I don’t necessarily see myself as a contender, as a beginner again.”Golovkin (38-1-1, 34 KOs) may get his shot at being a real champion again soon, perhaps even against Alvarez.First, Golovkin will return to the ring against Steve Rolls, a little known Canadian who is unbeaten in 19 fights while fighting at both 160 and 168 pounds.They will split the difference for the June bout, which will be held at a maximum of 164 pounds. Rolls (19-0, 10 KOs) was selected in hopes he could put up a good enough performance to make Golovkin work, but not good enough to mess up any plans for a third fight with Alvarez.“Make no mistake. This isn’t a tuneup,” Rolls said. “I’m coming to fight.”ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ FILE – In this Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, file photo, Gennady Golovkin acknowledges the crowd during a boxing news conference in Las Vegas. Golovkin is set to return to the ring when he meets Steve Rolls on June 8, 2019, at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — The giant banner behind him revealed not only a new nickname, but a new reality in boxing for Gennady Golovkin.“The return of the people’s champion,” it read, touting Golovkin’s June 8 match at Madison Square Garden that will be his first fight since dropping his rematch against Canelo Alvarez.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Back to square one Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Golovkin came away from those fights with a loss and a draw, and the former holder of three belts has no more after a record 20 consecutive middleweight title defenses.“Everyone in the Triple G team thinks he won both of those fights, as does the majority of the fan base and the media, and that’s why we crowned him the ‘People’s Champion,’” promoter Tom Loeffler said Monday.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, logisticsThe people may still consider Golovkin a champion, but the boxing rankings have said otherwise since the longtime 160-pound ruler’s loss to Alvarez last September in their second fight.Plenty has changed since that narrow defeat in Las Vegas, though not when it comes to Golovkin’s mindset. Some may wonder if he’s diminished at 37 after two hard fights with Alvarez, but not Golovkin. He won’t be carrying any belts into the ring but he still has a champion’s confidence.center_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The path back to Alvarez goes through DAZN, the sports streaming service that had signed the Mexican star to a contract worth what his promoters said was a minimum $365 million last year. So Golovkin eventually followed with a six-fight deal with DAZN, and already had begun talking about terms of a possible trilogy before signing.DAZN will have as much to do with the negotiations as the fight promoters, and the Golovkin side will be interested in taking it elsewhere after it was dissatisfied with the scoring in Las Vegas. That could open the door for Madison Square Garden or AT&T Stadium, home of the Dallas Cowboys, to make a big bid on the bout.“The first two fights with Canelo, there was no option for Gennady. They put it to us that Canelo would fight Triple G only in Las Vegas,” Loeffler said. “We love Las Vegas, we love the MGM, the T-Mobile Arena and the way he was treated, but when you arguably win two fights in a row and only one judge out of six judges scores it for him, there’s something wrong.”Alvarez is facing Daniel Jacobs in a May 4 middleweight unification fight in Las Vegas.If Alvarez wins, Golovkin could hope to win his belts back if they then move on to making the third fight. If it’s Jacobs, Golovkin may want to go ahead with a fight that would mean more to him even with no titles at stake.He’s already been a champion. He hasn’t beaten Alvarez.“I’m hoping to fight him,” Golovkin said, “title or not.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated View commentslast_img read more

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Cliff rescue in La Jolla

first_img Posted: March 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, AP March 9, 2019 Cliff rescue in La Jolla KUSI Newsroom, AP, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego Firefighters and lifeguards were called in this afternoon to rescue a man that was found sitting on the ledge of a cliff in La Jolla cove.The man was found 30-40 feet from the top of the bluff.There is no reason as to how or why the man ended up stranded there Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Pride Music The Soundtrack For The Black Panther Party

first_imgNews Inside Music & The Black Panther Party pride-music-soundtrack-black-panther-party Prev Next Photos: WireImage.com Twitter Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones More than a half-century later, the powerful influence of the Black Panther Party still resonates through musicBillyGRAMMYs Feb 23, 2018 – 12:51 pm Billy Johnson Jr.Music has played an integral role in communicating the message of the black power movement, specifically the works of the Black Panther Party.Just two years after the signing of the Civil Rights Act, in 1966 Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale founded the Black Panther Party in Oakland, Calif., to enforce the end of discrimination against blacks and to advocate for better jobs, education, housing, and treatment from police.One of the most influential ways musicians helped the cause was by writing melodic, sing-along songs about the movement that were affirming to black power supporters while also making the message more palatable for music fans who may have shunned Newton and Seale’s rhetoric for being too extreme.Just a glimpse of James Brown’s impact in spreading the pride of black power can be witnessed during his 1969 appearance on Hugh Hefner’s “Playboy After Dark” television series. The Godfather of Soul is cheerfully embraced by the mostly white audience that claps and bobs to the music as he sings the repetitive in-your-face, pro-black chorus, “Say it loud, I’m black and I’m proud!” Even though only one woman is captured in the footage actually singing along to the very easy to follow call-and-response lyrics, there is no denying Brown’s influence in sharing the movement’s sentiments to the masses via this Top 10 pop hit.Brown was just one of many soul artists who used their platform to create Black Panther Party-influenced protest songs during the 1960s and beyond. Nina Simone, who already had a long history of singing about the need for social change, joined the movement by taking an even stronger stance for the issues.Author Rickey Vincent highlighted Simone’s musical shift in Party Music, his 2013 book about the music of the Black Panther Party.”As an entertainer, the classically trained prodigy had established herself as a musical tour de force as she played concert halls from her native North Carolina to Paris in the early 1960s,” he wrote about the “Mississippi Goddam” singer, who received a posthumous Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. “However, as events in the civil rights movement compelled a reorganization of her views, she developed a protest music repertoire and produced piercing commentary on the changes evolving at the time. In her concerts she openly defied and challenged her predominantly white audiences, often claiming from the stage, ‘This next song is only for the black people that are here.'””[Black power music was] an unbelievable soundtrack to our state of existence.” — Chuck DEven though Motown acts including Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and the Temptations released pro-black songs, label founder Berry Gordy created a subsidiary specifically for more militant works. The Black Forum imprint released eight albums and one single from 1970 to 1973. The roster included Black Panther Party members Kwame Ture (formerly Stokely Carmichael), classically trained pianist and singer Elaine Brown, and funk band the Lumpen.Brown and the Lumpen sang powerful messages like “Until We’re Free” and “Free Bobby Now,” respectively. Music wasn’t their only role in the organization. Brown also served as the chair of the party from 1974 to 1977 and the members of Lumpen maintained regular party duties when they were not performing for a Panther event.The Last Prophets formed in 1968 and influenced Gil Scott-Heron with their political, spoken word that would serve as the precursors to hip-hop. Scott-Heron’s pivotal “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” song (GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, 2014) was released in 1970. His works have been sampled by hip-hop’s biggest stars, including Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Kanye West, Nas, and numerous others.Chuck D, frontman for the politically charged hip-hop group Public Enemy who debuted in 1987, cites Scott-Heron among his list of influences that also include the pro-black works of Mayfield, Brown, Sly And The Family Stone, Parliament Funkadelic, the Staple Singers, and Aretha Franklin.Chuck D recalls how the public rallied for radio stations to play message music.”The music that we all grew up on was on the radio and radio DJs had to play the music that the people wanted,” he says. “So the radio stations had to abide by that or be considered out,” adding that the era of black power music was “an unbelievable soundtrack to our state of existence.”The Black Panther Party influences were certainly felt in Public Enemy’s image and music. Instead of having background dancers a la other hip-hop acts, Chuck D & Co. were backed on stage by the S1W (Security Of The First World), who wore all black with berets or camouflage fatigues.”It was a combination of how the Panther Party had their gear and also how the nation of Islam had their drills,” Chuck D explains.Public Enemy’s anthems like “Fight The Power” and “By The Time I Get To Arizona” demanded equal rights for blacks, and the latter helped the Martin Luther Jr. holiday get reinstated in Arizona in 1992.The Black Panther Party had a personal impact on Chuck D as well.”I was a recipient of the Black Panther Party free lunch program when I visited my relatives in Manhattan,” he recalls. “And then on Long Island, when I was around 10 and 11, they had people in the Black Panther Party who would be on the college campuses for the summer programs and all of the kids from Roosevelt High School and Freeport High School in Hempstead were there for the Afro-American experience. We were well versed in the Panther Party when we were 10, 11 years old.” Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Photos: WireImage.com Photo: WireImage.com Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Photo: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Prince To Mary J. Blige: 15 Black Music Milestones Photo: WireImage.com ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Beyoncé at the 60th GRAMMY AwardsPhoto: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comIn hip-hop, the Black Panther theme often resurfaces. Tupac Shakur’s “Panther Power” was officially released posthumously in 2003; Common and Dead Prez teamed with the Last Poets for 2004’s “Panthers.”When Chuck D was asked if he felt Public Enemy’s work had achieved significance because the group managed to stay true to their sometimes controversial pro-black message and still managed to become one of the first hip-hop groups inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, his reply was quick and poignant.”Well, honestly, it’s insignificant if we don’t do s*** with it.” Inside Music & The Black Panther Party Facebook Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans Black History Month 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans Photos: WireImage.com Ledisi Email Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Outside of soul music, the Black Panther Party’s reach extended to rock. The Grateful Dead and Santana played party benefit concerts. Frank Zappa and folk acts Crosby, Stills & Nash and Bob Dylan were among artists who also sang about the movement. While Dylan’s 1971 song “George Jackson” told the story of the Panther leader who was shot and killed while serving time in San Quentin Prison, it was his pre-Black Panther Party song “Ballad Of A Thin Man” that caught the attention of Newton, who is photographed holding the album cover of Dylan’s 1965 album, Highway 61 Revisited, on which the song appears.According to Seale, Newton repeatedly replayed the song as they worked on the first edition of The Black Panther newspaper. In his 1996 book, Seize The Time: The Story Of The Black Panther Party And Huey P. Newton, Seale recalled Newton’s interpretation of “Ballad Of A Thin Man,” saying that he believed Dylan used a circus freak as a metaphor for an impoverished black man, who serves as entertainment for the middle and upper-class white people. Newton stressed that the spectators were, in fact, the real freaks and felt strongly that the song was “saying a hell of a lot about society.”As the Black Panther Party approaches its 52nd anniversary this October, the legacy continues to live on through music. Beyoncé made headlines at the 60th GRAMMY Awards in January for her Black Panther-inspired ensemble, a long, sleek black dress topped off with a hat that resembled, a flatted, oversized beret. In 2016 the “Formation” singer celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Black Panther Party when she performed during Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl set with a sea of background dancers wearing all black and berets over their afros. Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Photos: WireImage.com Poll: Vote For Your Favorite Rihanna Album Ledisi Photos: WireImage.com Photos: WireImage.com Have Hip-Hop And R&B Music Really Eclipsed Rock? Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Watch: Ledisi On Why Black History Month Matters Pride & Music: The Soundtrack For The Black Panther Party Huey P. NewtonPhoto: WireImage.com Ledisi 25 GRAMMY Records Set By African-Americans ‘Black Panther: The Album’: 7 Facts To Know Photos: WireImage.com (Billy Johnson Jr. is a Los Angeles-based freelance music journalist, content producer and former senior editor for Yahoo Music. You can follow him on Twitter at @BillyJohnsonJr.)Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read morelast_img read more

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TSeries beat PewDiePie to 100M YouTube subscribers is it the end of

first_img YouTube YouTuber PewDiePie operated the most subscribed-to channel on YouTube for five years.  PewDiePie/YouTube If you know only one YouTube star, it’s probably PewDiePie, the king of the YouTubers — but he isn’t YouTube’s No. 1 anymore. Earlier this week, Indian music-video and trailer channel T-Series won the race to be the first channel with 100 million subscribers on YouTube. The milestone further sealed T-Series as the winner of a months-long horse race against Felix Kjellberg, the independent video creator known as PewDiePie who ruled YouTube with its most-subscribed-to channel for five years. PewDiePie’s channel currently sits at 96 million subscribers, by comparison.  0 Share your voice Digital Media Post a comment The race, and T-Series’ victory, has stoked debate about whether it marks the end of an era for YouTube. Google’s massive video site was defined in its first decade as a place to find the independent content creators known as YouTubers (and as a place to binge-watch cat videos). PewDiePie has morphed his video persona over the years. Starting out as an expletive-blurting “let’s play” streamer of video-game play, he evolved toward music videos and a specialty in internet meme reviews. But he’s always remained a prototypical YouTuber: mostly just a guy with a microphone talking directly to fans. T-Series, meanwhile, is a channel for a major Indian record label and film production company of the same name. As T-Series nipped at PewDiePie’s heels and eventually usurped his crown, the community of YouTubers debated. Was it fair to compare one creator with an entire corporation? And did T-Series’ ascendancy mark the end of an age on YouTube that gave rise to a generation of independent video celebrities?But the site has become a galaxy of genres and audiences, none of which necessarily rules any of the others. A look at YouTube’s top trending videos provides a snapshot. At the time of publication, the top 10 trending videos on YouTube included trailers for movies and a video game, a clip from a big broadcast TV show and a pro sports league’s post. But half of the top 10 were videos made by YouTubers, like a haunted-house challenge video by MrBeast and a post by one of YouTube’s first big stars, Jenna Marbles. Mass-media brands have advantages of deep pockets and built-in recognition to dominate attention on YouTube. But the site still has an entrenched audience looking for the kind of independent-creator content that defined YouTube for years. Independent “content creators will always have a chance to come out on top, because people want somebody that they can relate to” Dang Matt Smith, a YouTube creator with more than 8 million subscribers, said in a YouTube video about the subscriber race between PewDiePie and T-Series.And make no mistake: The battle with T-Series was a boon to PewDiePie’s subscriber numbers. screen-shot-2019-05-31-at-1-10-33-pm.pngA Social Blade chart of PewDiePie’s daily subscriber additions over the last three years.  Social Blade Statistics from social media tracker Social Blade show that Kjellberg’s subscription growth follows a fairly steady cadence over the years, with two exceptions. One occurred in February 2017, when his channel saw a dramatic drop and then an immediate spike in subscribers when he was the subject of a Wall Street Journal report about anti-Semitic content on YouTube. But that craggy section at the end of the chart? That represents months of sustained, extraordinary daily gains in subscribers to PewDiePie’s channel, all coinciding with a period in which Kjellberg and others fanned the flames. The threat from T-Series and encouragement from PewDiePie motivated his fan base — known as his bro army — to embark on a campaign to keep subscribers streaming to his channel. That included dramatic stunts, like that YouTuber MrBeast buying every billboard in his town to advertise PewDiePie, and fans sneaking a fake page of support onto the Wall Street Journal’s website. PewDiePie’s loss to T-Series was one of his biggest wins. Every YouTuber should be so lucky. And with YouTube drawing in more than 2 billion monthly users, there’s plenty of space left for YouTubers to endure.  Congratulations to @TSeries for reaching 100M subscribers! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/6kHopm2GAZ— YouTube (@YouTube) May 30, 2019 Tagslast_img read more

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Striking Arizona Teachers Win 20 Percent Raise End Walkout

first_img Share Photo by Christy Chavis/via Reuters/PBS NewsHourParticipants take part in a march in Phoenix, Arizonia, U.S., April 26, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Christy Chavis/via REUTERS THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. MANDATORY CREDIT. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES – RC17011085E0The Arizona governor signed a plan Thursday to give striking teachers a 20 percent pay raise, ending their five-day walkout after a dramatic all-night legislative session and sending more than a million public school students back to the classroom.Gov. Doug Ducey’s signature awarded teachers a 9 percent raise in the fall and 5 percent in each of the next two years. Those increases are in addition to a 1 percent raise granted last year.Teachers did not get everything they wanted, but they won substantial gains from reluctant lawmakers.“The educators have solved the education crisis! They’ve changed the course of Arizona” Noah Karvelis of Arizona Educators United shouted to several thousand cheering teachers. “The change happens with us!”Hours after Ducey acted, strike organizers called for an end to the walkout. Some schools planned to reopen Friday, with others likely to resume classes next week.The Senate approved the pay raises just before dawn as hundreds of red-shirted teachers followed the proceedings from the lobby, many sitting on the cold stone floor.The night before, the teachers, who are among the lowest paid in the country, held a candlelight vigil in a courtyard outside the original neoclassical Capitol building. They stood together with their right hands over their hearts and sang “America the Beautiful.”Wrapped in blankets or sleeping bags, they napped on the ground or in folding metal chairs, occasionally using cellphones to monitor an online video stream of the legislative debate in the chambers.Ducey said the teachers had earned a raise and praised the legislation as “a real win” for both teachers and students. The pay increases will cost about $300 million for the coming year alone.Some teachers returned to the Capitol on Thursday as lawmakers debated the rest of the state’s $10.4 billion budget plan. Among them was Wes Oswald, a third-grade teacher from Tucson who made the two-hour drive for a sixth day.Oswald said the budget still does not address serious issues such as the need for higher per-pupil spending, raises for support staff and a smaller-student-to-counselor ratio.Teachers must still fight for those problems to be addressed, Oswald said, adding that “the worst thing would be for this movement to dissolve.”Arizona Education Association President Joe Thomas said Thursday that educators now should focus on a campaign for a November ballot measure that would seek more education funding from an income tax increase on the wealthiest taxpayers.“The budget is a significant investment, but it falls far short” of what the movement demanded, Thomas said.The state’s largest district in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa, as well as districts in the suburbs of Scottsdale and Glendale, planned to reopen Friday. Officials from Tucson’s biggest school district said they will not be ready and were working to reopen 86 school sites on Monday.Many other Arizona districts had not announced plans for resuming classes.Education cuts over the past decade have sliced deeply into Arizona’s public schools. Teachers wanted a return to pre-recession funding levels, regular raises, competitive pay for support staff and a pledge not to adopt any tax cuts until per-pupil funding reaches the national average.Phoenix-area teacher Rebecca Wilson was among those who camped out in the Capitol overnight.“I’m glad it passed and we’ll get something because I’m a single mom of three kids, but it’s not enough,” she told Phoenix-area radio station KTAR.The package provides the state’s schools will a partial restoration of nearly $400 million in recession-era cuts, with a promise to restore the rest in five years. Other cuts remain in place.Minority Democrats mainly voted against the budget plan, drawing criticism from Republicans.“You know, talk is pretty cheap — it’s your vote that counts,” Republican Rep. Anthony Kern said. “If Republicans voted with Democrats tonight, you would be walking away with zero.”Democratic Rep. Reginald Bolding urged lawmakers not to congratulate themselves for easing the same crisis they created.“You can’t set a house on fire, call 911 and claim to be a hero. And that’s what this body has done,” Bolding said.One Republican lawmaker upset about the strike proposed amendments to make it illegal for teachers to espouse political beliefs at work, to require the attorney general to investigate schools that allow political activity and to bar schools from closing during a walkout.“There are hundreds of families contacting me that are harmed financially, occupationally,” an emotional Rep. Kelly Townsend said.Rep. Mitzi Epstein, a Democrat, tried and failed to win support for an amendment that would mandate a 250:1 ratio for students to school counselors. Epstein said the bill could help prevent suicide and bullying and improve academic performance.“Not only is school not fun anymore, but it’s scary,” she said.last_img read more

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Officer Who Mistook Detective For Gunman Testifies At Trial

first_imgBy The Associated PressUPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) — A police officer who mistakenly shot an undercover detective says he thought he was firing at a gunman attacking a Maryland police station.Officer Taylor Krauss testified Monday at a trial for Michael Ford, who is charged with murder in the March 2016 shooting death of Prince George’s County police detective Jacai Colson.Officer Taylor Krauss (l) and Prince George’s County police detective Jacai Colson (r).The Washington Post reports Krauss said he never saw Colson hold up a badge or heard him identify himself as a police officer before she shot him once in the chest.Krauss’ testimony marked his first public account of the shooting.Prosecutors argue Ford is legally responsible for Colson’s death even though he didn’t fire the fatal shot.Ford fired up to 23 shots but didn’t hit anyone. His two brothers filmed the attack with their cellphones.___Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.comlast_img read more

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Enjoy festivity with indoor vertical garden

first_imgAs the festive season has begun, people are researching eco-friendly ideas to decorate their house. Having an indoor garden is a unique as well as an environment friendly way to beautify the living space and if you have a space issue then opt for indoor vertical garden. Nowadays, it’s very easy to create your own vertical garden with the presence of new garden concepts like modular planting systems and hanging planters, feel experts. They also shared some useful tips to celebrate the festivals with indoor vertical garden: Also Read – Add new books to your shelf-Frame a vertical garden: It’s a Do It Yourself (DIY) project that can be tried at home without any complication. You need a flat box, a wooden frame, small amount of soil, a metal mesh and a small bud of succulent. Make a photo frame like structure with the flat box and the wooden frame. Add soil into it and cover it with the metal mesh. -The box and the mesh hold the soil in place. Now poke the stems of the succulent bud through the mesh into the soil. Leave the frame lying flat in a cool, bright place till the stems take root. Your beautiful vertical garden is ready. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive-Recycle plastic bottles: It is another DIY project where the used plastic bottles are recycled into pots as creative and fun vertical garden. You need 2-3 plastic bottles, soil, seedlings, string, cardboard and a needle. For the opening, cut a rectangle in the middle of the bottle. -Poke small holes with the help of a needle on the opposite side of the bottle. Line the inner sides of your bottle with cardboard, leaving the holes open. Now add the soil, put the seedlings and water it. Determine the length of the vertical garden and accordingly cut the strings and tie it to the bottle. Hang it at the desired place. -Hanging vertical garden: This vertical suspended garden will give your home a new freshness and decoration which is required around this festive season. To hang the pots, you can choose macrame pendants, this is a trending fashion for suspended gardens and looks very decorative. To alternate this method, you can also go for small wooden shelves where you can place the pots, and holding them with a thick cord of the sailor type will give a beautiful effect in your living space. You can use this method to harvest your own fresh herbs right in your kitchen. -Magnet the plants: This is a very sweet and a simple way to add some bloom to your walls. All you need are some container, preferably of the same shape, paint, washi tape, soil, a small flower plant and a magnet. Take the empty containers and paint them with bright colours and decorate it with washi tapes. Fix 3-4 magnets behind the container with the help of hot glue. You can now easily hang these small pots on any magnetic surface and add a splash of colours to your house. These structures enable space management and also decorate the interiors of houses. You can discover your own unique way to make a vertical garden right inside your house.last_img read more

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