On September 10, 2016, the nation’s leading reproductive health, rights, and justice organizations will host free music and cultural events that shine a light on the majority of Americans who support abortion rights and show how access to abortion benefits women, their families and ultimately, the country.Sia Joins All Access ConcertAll Access, a series of high-energy concerts, is bringing top musical and comedic talent to Cleveland with four other events taking place simultaneously in Atlanta, Chicago, Miami, and Philadelphia. From dance parties to slam poetry contests, thousands more will participate in more than 30 smaller events across the country to show that abortion rights supporters are visible, active, and willing to speak up.Hosted by Comedy Central’s Jessica Williams, the anchor event in Cleveland will feature a show-stopping headlining performance by five time Grammy-nominated artist Sia and a performance by 8 – time Latin Grammy Award-winning musical artist Natalia Lafourcade. Leslie Jones, the star of Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live, will be a featured comedian.“All Access is such an inclusive group that I’m proud to be a part of this. We all need to stand together and be a part of creating the future we hope to see. There is so much support out there for an inclusive, equitable society that it’s time we showed our collective power,” said Sia.Through the concerts, daytime events, and a robust digital experience, All Access gives participants a platform to share their personal stories and show the world that abortion access is a fundamental part of a woman’s ability to participate equally in the social, economic, and political fabric of society.“We have taken many positive steps towards equity and reproductive rights, but our work is far from done,” said Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America. “All Access is an event that unites abortion access supporters and shows this country what is possible when each of us can choose our own life path – including what our families look like.”All Access will highlight the roadblocks that have been thrown in the way of individuals seeking to access their fundamental right to a safe and legal abortion. Since the 2010 midterm election, states have quietly passed more than 334 individual restrictions to keep women from accessing abortion. Nearly 90% of U.S. counties have no abortion provider, leaving roughly a third of women of reproductive age without a single clinic or doctor that can perform an abortion.“Abortion access is an issue that affects all women, but particularly low-income women and women of color,” said Marcela Howell, Executive Director for In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda. “Regardless of race or the size of one’s paycheck, access to abortion is a universal right that is consistently under threat and its time that we speak out on this issue.”Tickets to All Access events are free of charge and are available now on AllAccess2016.com. Cleveland’s All Access concert will be held at the Wolstein Center at Cleveland State University in downtown Cleveland. Additional talent for the events in Cleveland, Miami, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia will be announced later this summer.For more information, visit AllAccess2016.com.
The New Orleans Saints bounty scandal will not go away anytime soon. Now comes word that Jonathan Vilma, Scott Fujita, Anthony Hargrove and Will Smith have filed an appeal to have NFL commissioner Roger Goodell recused himself from the case.The players site in their quest that Goodell, as judge and jury, is biased and partial.Vilma, suspended for the entire season, no doubt hopes U.S. District Court Judge Ginger Berrigan makes a favorableruling in his defamation suit in federal court that would supersede NFL rulings.All four players are now eligible to play or at least get paid until the NFL rules on their latest appeals. The expectation is that the new appeals hearing likely will take place a week from Tuesday, according to a source.The deadline for appealing was the end of business Friday.Earlier this week, Goodell upheld the suspensions of Vilma and Smith (four games). However, Fujita’s three-game suspension was reduced to one while Hargrove’s eight-game penalty was trimmed to seven games.The players had been suspended as a result of a bounty pool that league investigators have said the Saints ran from 2009-11, but the bans had been vacated on technical, jurisdictional grounds by an appeals panel operating within the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement. That decision led to the re-instatement of the four players and forced Goodell to begin the disciplinary process for the players over again.This week, Fujita fired off on Goodell after the commissioner reduced his suspension from three games to one. “I am now purportedly being suspended for failing to confront my former defensive coordinator for his inappropriate use of language. This seems like an extremely desperate attempt to punish me. I also think it sets a dangerous precedent when players can be disciplined for not challenging the behavior of their superiors. This is an absolute abuse of the power that’s been afforded to the Commissioner.” read more
The Mets, who already leaned heavily on their pitchers — only the Yankees and Athletics got a higher share of their total WAR from pitchers in 2016 — are in line to become even more pitcher-reliant this offseason, as several of their fielders enter the free-agent market. Sure, ageless wonder Bartolo Colón has departed for the Atlanta Braves, but New York’s biggest free-agent questions were always going to involve position players.One of those questions was answered Monday, when Neil Walker accepted the Mets’ qualifying offer, saving New York the headache of trying to fill a hole at the keystone. But they still have to account for the possible loss of outfielder Yoenis Céspedes, who’s projected for 3.0 WAR in 2017. Given the gap in the lineup that losing his bat would leave, there’s a case to be made that the Mets should just pony up whatever it takes to re-sign Céspedes. But “whatever it takes” will probably amount to quite a bit of money in this year’s weak free-agent class, and there are other, cheaper options available: Dexter Fowler (2.3), Carlos Gómez (2.1) and Ian Desmond (1.5) stand out. Look for the Mets to go that way.Speaking of Gómez and Desmond, they’re part of what could be a mass exodus from Texas, as they join first baseman Mitch Moreland (0.8), designated hitter Carlos Beltrán (0.4), and starting pitchers Derek Holland (1.8) and Colby Lewis (1.1) in free agency. Sorting it all out is going to be a tough winter assignment for Rangers GM Jon Daniels.Signing Mike Napoli (0.9) for another Texas tour of duty or going slightly up-market for Edwin Encarnación (2.3) would go a long way toward replacing Moreland and Beltran (both of whom could, of course, come back), and it’s not unreasonable to expect either Desmond or Gómez, both of whom can play center field, to return. The bigger problem is in the rotation, where Holland and Lewis had contributed nearly 30 percent of Texas’s rotational WAR since 2010. The Rangers don’t have any obvious internal options to step into those spots, and the free-agent market looks thin aside from Rich Hill (2.9), who’ll probably get better options elsewhere. A trade may be in the offing.North of the border, the Blue Jays have just over nine wins coming off their roster, headlined by the aforementioned Encarnación, plus longtime star José Bautista (2.9), and the recently departed — also to Atlanta! — R.A. Dickey (2.0), among others. Some of Dickey’s production can be replaced with relative ease, but signing Kendrys Morales (0.9) and Cuban superstar Lourdes Gurriel Jr.4Who wasn’t projected by Fangraphs. significantly lowered the odds that either Encarnación or Bautista will return to the Blue Jays next year. Of the two, Bautista is the most likely to come back — at 36, he doesn’t have much upside left, he had a down season last year, and he is clearly comfortable in Toronto. No matter what happens, this offseason has already done much to reshape the Jays’ talented roster.Finally, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a league-high 12.5 projected wins rolling off their roster, mainly in Justin Turner (3.7), Rich Hill (2.9), Josh Reddick (2.1), and Kenley Jansen (1.5). Jansen, a lights-out reliever, will probably get the most press this offseason, but L.A.’s shake-ups in the field — which have already included trading away Howie Kendrick and Carlos Ruiz — will be the most interesting to watch.The Dodgers seem likely to retain at least one of their four big free agents, but they probably won’t keep all four. That’ll mean some tough choices: L.A. can probably survive Reddick leaving, but there aren’t many enticing options available if Turner ends up packing his bags. A trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for Evan Longoria has been bandied about by the Twitter cognoscenti, but that’ll cost L.A. a haul in terms of both prospects and dollars, if the Rays’ past dealmaking habits — and complicated relationship with the current Dodgers’ front office — is any indication. The Dodgers have enough smarts, money and talent to contend for years to come; they’ll need all three to get this offseason right.There are limits to thinking about the offseason purely in terms of projected free-agent WAR, to be sure. For one thing, projection systems — even the very best — have flaws. For another, teams often have a better sense of their own departing free agents’ skill sets — and likelihood of performance decline — than anyone else, inside or outside the industry, so they may be basing their free-agency decisions on information that projection systems don’t have. And, more broadly, trying to evaluate whole offseasons through the lens of free agency alone misses the extreme impact that trades — and normal player development and growth — will have on the state of the league in 2017. But knowing how the projections treat every club’s outgoing free agents can give us a better sense of how the offseason will play out for each team, whether they spent 2016 at the top of the heap or staring up from the basement. In Major League Baseball, just about the only thing harder than getting to the top is staying there. In that respect, this year is no different than any other. Each of the four teams projected to lose the most production in free agency this winter — the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Toronto Blue Jays, the Texas Rangers and the New York Mets — were playoff teams in 2016, and each of them must now move with speed and smarts to shore up their position among baseball’s elite.To some extent, it makes sense for top free-agent talent to be clustered in top teams: While the average turnover rate for MLB rosters is somewhere around 30 percent, playoff teams tend to have — big shocker here — better players than non-playoff teams, so 30 percent of a playoff team’s roster1Even if turnover is distributed unevenly among players with different amounts of service time, as this Ben Lindbergh piece suggests it generally is. is likely to be a more capable bunch than 30 percent of, say, the Atlanta Braves’ roster.2Bartolo Colon’s recent arrival notwithstanding.Still, by combining a list of major-league free agents compiled by Spotrac with Fangraphs’ Steamer projections for each player’s wins above replacement next year,3We downloaded Fangraphs’ list of players and their projected WAR on November 12, 2016. Numbers are accurate as of that date. Some players may not appear in Fangraphs’ data set, and we excluded the 24 free agents who have not played in the big leagues in the last two years and therefore were not projected by Fangraphs’ system. it’s possible to get a rough sense of which teams will have their work cut out for them on the free-agency front. These numbers were calculated going into free agency, so they don’t reflect the first few signings of the offseason. They do, however, accurately reflect the wide range of challenges teams faced at the outset of the main period of the offseason. read more
Beaches reconstruction delayed, delivery mix up at airport Recommended for you Related Items:beaches, qatar royalty Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Hurricane Irma causes major damage and destruction in TCI Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Aug 2015 – Qatar royalty is residing with a large and lavish contingent at Beaches Resort Villages and Spa. Originally, Magnetic Media was informed that it was the actual emir of Qatar who brought in a 200 person delegation including wife and seven children, but we now correct that it is brother of the emir who is enjoying a vacation on the World’s #1 Island Destination: Providenciales. High security alert is on at Beaches, which is the World’s Leading six-star family all inclusive, and with the TCI Police Force. read more
Recommended for you Related Items:#CJET, #magneticmedianews, cdb Ordinance passed to allow $5 million from CDB for Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 19th 2017 – Providenciales – MSME’s have time and time again expressed their frustration with being unable to respond rapidly and competitively to invitations to bid on both private and government jobs, particularly, those in the construction industry. However, with the aid of ‘CJET’ this is promised to be a thing of the past. CJET is a Computerized Job Estimation Tool, designed and developed by the Caribbean Development Bank’s CTCS Network to respond to the difficulties which small business owners face. It is also said to add to the small business owners, entrepreneurs and contractors’ skillset as well as enable them to now efficiently define task details, finite costings and competitive price quotes.Recently, The Caribbean Technical and Consultancy Services, a part of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), together with The Ministry of Infrastructure, Housing and Planning hosted a week of training for small business owners where this tool was introduced.From May 22nd-26th in North Caicos, Middle Caicos and Providenciales and May 29th – June 2nd, in Grand Turk, South Caicos and Salt Cay, small and medium contractors, artisans, craftsmen, business owners and entrepreneurs were all introduced to CJET.Minister of Infrastructure, Housing & Planning, Goldray Ewing said, “Through my consultation with many contractors in the field, I have become aware of their challenges and I am pleased to know that this extremely informative and educational Computerized Job Estimation Tool (CJET), will serve to address many of these issues in their relevant bid submissions.” Adding that the training was just a first step in affording them many more prospective opportunities in their respective areas of expertise.It is not an app, but rather a tool designed and built across an Excel platform. It does not require any prior and/or profound operational knowledge of Excel. It can be taught within a one-hour introduction to basic Excel. All mathematical computations to arrive at costing and pricing of each task and each overall job, is built into the computerized CJET schedules. All projects are broken down into logically sequential Jobs, following the task schedules the job will naturally follow. All jobs are then further broken down into finite tasks, just as how the Artisan and/or Contractor will execute them. CJET computes and summarizes all tasks within each job. Finally, CJET summarizes the overall costing and pricing of the project.CJET allows the Artisan or Contractor, to adjust the cost and price of each task, within each job, throughout the entire project (or any component of the project) by simply giving the command to reduce or increase the cost/price of each component. Consequently, the Artisan has total control in manipulating any task and/or job cost and, where necessary, the entire project cost, by giving the appropriate command, wherever, and however he sees appropriate.Deputy Governor, Anya Williams also revealed, “the TCI is also in the process of incorporating some of the elements of this program into our tertiary education system through the Turks and Caicos Islands Community College.”For those who missed out on the training, the Deputy Governor also revealed that TCIG would also be providing Procurement and Tendering training to assist in widening the government’s potential contractor market. Thus all MSME’s have a lot to look forward to in the near future once the government keeps their promises.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher#MagneticMediaNews read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 11, 2018 – Providenciales – On Saturday March 3 2018, the Junior Achievement TCI Grand Turk team, Forecast 5, was awarded the national Innovation Camp 2017 championship. Facing off in one last challenge against Providenciales team- 649 Aerial System, the winning team wowed the panel of judges with their creativity and preparedness. The event was a one-day private affair hosted at the Airport Inn banquet hall in Providenciales.The final challenge required the students to develop a campaign using social media as a tool to prepare high school graduates for the work force. In their final presentations the two groups expressed their ideas with a PowerPoint presentation, and a written report, along with a 30 second video commercial of their product/solution. The two teams were assessed by a panel of judges- Scotiabank representatives Dawn Higgs, Keyana Seymour, and Outside the Box Advertising representative Chandra Craigg.The winning team’s campaign created an entire non-profit organization with an adjoining app which preps high school graduates on the necessary skills needed for the work force It also offered in person and in app courses on work readiness. The judges were wowed with their creative 30 second video complete with skillfull editing and group acting.The winning team will now move on to represent the Turks and Caicos in the regional challenge, facing off with teams from around the Caribbean. This year’s regional Innovation Camp will be an online challenge and with an added fan favourite component. Details on how you can vote for your favourite regional contender will be posted to the JATCI Facebook page and website- www.jatci.org.Junior Achievement TCI has also launched an in-class personal development program targeting older youths. The JA Economics for Success program focuses on teaching personal finance and defining career goals for students between the ages of 14-17. It’s an interactive series of hour long sessions taught at designated high schools across the islands. The courses are taught by an array of local business professionals who selflessly volunteered their time to give back to students and their community.During each session students will be taught the fundamentals on topics such as decision-making skills, critical thinking, budgeting, managing income and debt, and values. Island wide sessions will take place for all interested students March 17th and 24th in Providenciales and at a later date on other islands. If you are interested in volunteering for the organization training will be provided. Information on all events will be posted on the organizations website and Facebook page.Release: Outside The Box Advertising TCI Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp read more
Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter February 23, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 23, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Unsubstantiated threats against three San Diego-area public schools led to heightened police patrols at the campuses Friday, continuing a disturbing trend in the aftermath of last week’s gun massacre at a Florida high school.Menacing social media posts alluding to impending violence at San Diego High School in the East Village and San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts in Paradise Hills appeared Thursday and were highly similar to other recent bogus threats issued locally and across the country, said Maureen Magee, a spokeswoman for San Diego Unified School District.At STEAM Academy at La Presa, a middle school in the Spring Valley area, a menacing massage was found written in a restroom stall about 9 a.m., sheriff’s Lt. Tom Seiver said. Though the graffiti threat — referring to a shooting supposedly planned for Friday — was not considered credible, deputies were sent to the Leland Street campus to provide an extra precautionary presence.“These are tense times for schools,” the lieutenant said. “The Sheriff’s Department and local school districts take every threat seriously, and nothing can be dismissed or ignored.”The security measures came a day after nearly identical anonymous threats led to heightened law enforcement presences at three other SDUSD schools — Madison High, Innovation Middle School and Creative, Performing and Media Arts Middle School. Vista High School also was the subject of such a malicious social media post on Wednesday.None of those threats was considered credible, but on Thursday San Diego police arrested a Torrey Pines High School freshman for allegedly claiming — verbally and in writing — that he planned to commit acts of violence at the Del Mar Heights Road campus.Officers searched the boy’s home, seizing electronic devices but finding no weapons, SDPD public-affairs Officer Joshua Hodge said. The suspect’s name was withheld because he is a minor, and details on the nature of his alleged threatening statements were not made public.On Monday, officials at San Marcos High School alerted parents to a social media posting that some students perceived as a shooting threat to the school. Though it turned out to be a reposted news story about a South Carolina teen arrested for making a threat at his campus, officials the local schools requested extra security on as a precaution on Tuesday.That same day, there was also a heightened police presence at High Tech High Media Arts after a the discovery of a threatening graffiti scrawl at the Point Loma charter school.Threats against schools have surged since 17 people died during a Valentine’s Day shooting rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. While most have proven unsubstantiated, in the Los Angeles- area community of South Whittier, sheriff’s deputies last week found a cache of guns at the home of a student who allegedly had been overheard saying he intended to carry out a shooting at the school.Friday afternoon, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten released an important message addressing school safety. You can read her letter below. KUSI Newsroom Dear San Diego Unified Families:The tragic shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week, has left many of us heartbroken at the senseless loss of life. As parents, it is natural that we have questions about the safety of our students. I am writing to share some of the ways our schools work every day to protect our students. I also want to share some of the inspiring ways our students are reacting to this tragedy, because – as so often is the case – sometimes the best in all of us comes out in response to the worst situations.The employees of the San Diego Unified School District fully embrace the awesome responsibility of caring for your children. From the classroom teacher to the school custodian, the bus driver to the landscaper, our staff engages in “active safety,” constantly looking for anything that might harm a child, whether it is a physical safety hazard or a potential threat of violence. At the start of this school year, we added requirements that each site conduct a minimum of two annual lockdown drills.We also have over 1,500 cameras in our schools that are monitored by our School Police Dispatch Team. That team operates 24-hours per day and 7 days per week. We take all threats seriously and encourage you to speak with your children to remind them, if they “See Something, Say Something.” The number for our dispatch center is 619-291-7678.Our Police Department consists of 38 sworn officers with the same training as any police agency in California. Our officers are trained in active shooter training and we regularly train with neighboring jurisdictions.Each of our schools maintain strict compliance with all State-Mandated safe school planning and documentation, which is monitored and approved by our own School Police Department—the only full-time K-12 public safety agency in the county. We have an officer assigned to each of our 16 school clusters, along with additional mobile patrol officers to provide extra support.We are constantly examining ways to improve the physical safety of our schools, simultaneously adding training opportunities for our staff. We are working to expand our existing two-hour “Emergency Mindset” training for school staff, while constantly examining newer tactics and improved best practices.There are also specific steps parents can take to improve the safety of their children. Parents are encouraged to have age-appropriate conversations about being aware of their surroundings, reporting any concerning behavior, while working to reduce bullying and violence. Know your children’s friends, monitor their social media, use homework time to look through their backpacks and binders, and periodically check their room. All too often, as more information about these events unfolds, we learn that there were missed warning signs.Then, there are the steps our children are taking for themselves to speak out on their right to feel safe in school. As educators, I know all of us have been inspired by the leadership our children have shown in response to this latest tragedy. As a district, we support the right of our students to speak and act for themselves. I have heard from several schools already where student leaders are planning powerful events on the scheduled national days for action next month.Like other districts nationwide, San Diego Unified has been the subject of several non-credible threats since the tragedy in Parkland, Florida last week. School Police investigates and takes every threat seriously. Please take this opportunity to talk to your child about the consequences of making comments that could be perceived as a threat.Please feel free to contact your principal, or email me directly with any thoughts you would like to share on the issue of safety and security. Together, we can keep all our students safe and build a better future for all of us. Thank you for your continued support.Sincerely,Cindy Marten, Superintendent Updated: 4:15 PM Unsubstantiated threats at multiple San Diego schools prompt heightened police presence on campuses read more