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How credit unions can protect themselves from staggered contracts and trickery

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Preston Packer Preston Packer is the Director of Sales & Marketing for FLEX. Preston has been with FLEX since 2000 and has worked in various sales management roles over that time. Preston’… Web: www.flexcutech.com Details If you haven’t reviewed your credit union’s vendor technology agreements lately, perhaps you should. In recent years, many core providers have not only employed, but embraced a staggered contract strategy in a deliberate effort to entrap clients. Staggering contracts represent one of the credit union industry’s most insidious little secrets receiving virtually no attention.Nevertheless, given the velocity with which technology changes (think mobile banking), managerial prudence demands strict attention to the subject.Paving the way to such a practice are the contracts themselves. Recently, credit union core processing agreements have exploded into lengthy documents filled with riddling language of contradiction and confusion.In order to avoid the unpleasantness of getting stuck in an unwanted relationship is to first be aware that the practice of staggering contracts exists, and is furthermore, aggressively pursued by many credit union core processors.The next step would be to follow a few simple rules to protect yourself.Surprise!! In For Another Five: Remove automatic renewal language. Such language does not benefit the credit union. If you are uncertain as to whether your present agreement possesses such language, find out. Most only require a simple letter of notification. However, be aware that most agreements require such notifications be sent one year prior to the termination date.We Regret to Inform You: Document your communications and insist upon confirmation. Some vendors may attempt to ignore any notification and often claim that they never received it.Good Morning Rip Van Winkle: Avoid signing long term agreements. Technology agreements beyond five years ignore the speed with which technology changes and the world in which we now live.You Signed What? Do not authorize any employee to sign an agreement absent internal review. Openly discuss the practice in management meetings. It will serve to explain why it is essential for the credit union to maintain a unified contractual policy.Align Your Planets: Make your position of syncing contracts clear to your legal council. As stated, many of today’s agreements are long and confusing. They often appear to say one thing only to be overridden by that of another service agreement. Insist that any and all language involving the term of respective services are carefully reviewed and synchronized.Choose a CU Vendor Partner you Can TrustYou’ve heard the saying “trust your gut.”  If your gut instinct is making you nervous or leary of a vendor, there is sometimes very good reason.  It always makes sense to involve others from your organization and discuss openly any concerns you may have.  Choosing a credit union core data processor you can trust is key.last_img read more

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Mrs. Donna Sue (Ayler) Bennett

first_imgMrs. Donna Sue (Ayler) Bennett , age 74, of East Enterprise, Indiana, entered this life on October 31, 1944, in Manville, Indiana, the loving daughter of the late, Claude Terrell and Anna Laura (Gullion) Ayler. She was raised in Vevay, Indiana where she was a 1962 graduate of the Vevay High School. Donna was united in marriage on November 27, 1965, at the Patriot Parsonage in Patriot, Indiana, to the late, Lowell Wayne Bennett. This happy union was blessed with two daughters, Laura and Stacey. Donna and Wayne shared 47 years of marriage together until Wayne passed away on October 16, 2012. Donna was employed as a PBX operator for Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Florence, Indiana, retiring after 16 years of service. She was a former stitcher for the US Shoe Factory in Vevay and Madison, Indiana from 1962 – 1999. Donna resided in the Florence community since 1965 and was a member of the Markland Baptist Church. Donna will be remembered for her love of reading, working and her beloved companion, Mr. Kitty. Donna passed away at 11:10 a.m., Friday, May 24, 2019, at the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center in Louisville, Kentucky.Donna will be deeply missed by her daughters, Laura Sullivan and her companion, James Fortner of East Enterprise, IN and Stacey Harsh and her husband, Matthew of Akron, IN; her grandchildren, Sarah Perkins, Ryan Sullivan, Anna Sullivan and Evan and Max Harsh; her great-grandson, Anthony Perkins; her sister, Martha Sloan of Vevay, IN; her twin sister, Nona Unversaw of Southaven, MS; her brother, Bill Ayler of Vevay, IN; her mother-in-law, Stella (Romans) Bennett of Vevay, IN; her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-laws, Gordon and Nancy Bennett of Rising Sun, IN, Janet “Peachy” and Robert Kent of Indianapolis, IN and her several nieces and nephews.She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude Terrell and Anna Laura (Gullion) Ayler; her husband, Lowell Wayne Bennett; her sister, Rebecca Faye Ayler; her sister-in-law, Betty Jo (Bennett) Lauderbaugh and her father-in-law, Stanley L. Bennett.Friends may call 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, 2019, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, May 30, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., by Rev. Mike Jones at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Memorial contributions may be made to the Hosparus Health Inpatient Care Center, Switzerland County Animal Shelter Endowment Fund C/O CFSCI or Charity of the Donor’s Choice. Cards are available at the funeral home or online at www.haskellandmorrison.comlast_img read more

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Steelers defeat ex-Steelers, now face toughest stretch of season

first_imgThe Steelers defeated the ex-Steelers, oops, I mean the Steelers defeated the Arizona Cardinals 32-20 and now must prepare for the toughest three game stretch of the season. After appearing in the 2009 Super Bowl, the Cardinals have fallen on hard times. The Sunday loss was their fifth straight.Despite a penalty filled game, 12 total, the Steelers offense and defense looked almost impressive, but this was the same team that was blown out by the lowly Minnesota Vikings. ALL-PROS BATTLE IT OUT—Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Pro cornerback Ike Taylor defends against Arizona Cardinals All-Pro wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Oct. 23, in Glendale, Ariz. Fitzgerald, the best receiver in football, had 78 yards on just 4 catches as Taylor was in his jersey all game long. (AP Photo/Paul Connors) Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Wallace hooked up for the longest pass play in franchise history, a beautiful 95-yard connection that started the Steelers on their way to what was a fairly easy victory. Roethlisberger, who went 25-of-38 passing for 340 yards and 3 touchdowns, also had TD tosses of 12 yards to Heath Miller and 4 yards to Emmanuel Sanders in the first game between the teams since Pittsburgh’s 27-23 thriller over Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII.Kevin Kolb threw two touchdown passes, his first in three games, for Arizona (1-5), but he missed several open receivers and, with a blitzing LaMarr Woodley in his face, drew an intentional grounding call in the Cardinals’ end zone for a Pittsburgh safety. He also set up the Steelers first score with an interception on the first play of the game.The Cardinals held the Steelers running game in check. Rashard Mendenhall had only 32 yards on 13 carries and Isaac Redman 29 on 6 carries. Antonio Brown is getting better with each game as he and Wallace both had more than 100 yards receiving. He had 7 catches for 102 yards and Wallace 3 for 118.Larry Fitzgerald, the best receiver in football, had 78 yards on just 4 catches as Ike Taylor was in his jersey all game long.Coach Mike Tomlin on the game after the game: “It’s great to put together a winning performance on the road. It’s something we hadn’t done definitively to this point. I like our efforts on all three phases. We made the necessary plays. We had some signature splash plays on defense. We made critical third down conversions on offense in the second half, things we didn’t do a week ago. All positive signs. Largely we are pleased to come into a venue like this and get a ‘W’ and move on. From an injury standpoint we are pretty clean. Hines (Ward) had an ankle and was unable to return. We’ll see as the week goes on. You know Hines always finds a way to defy logic when it comes to injury and so forth. We will definitely leave a seat on the bus for him. We’ll see where next week takes us.”On Roethlisberger’s performance “He was very good. The thing I like he did was, of course he did his usual as far as buying time and creating plays, I like the way he utilized the backs as plays broke down. I thought that was an opportunity for us. I thought they had some critical conversions and nice plays, positive plays, just dumping the ball to 33 (Isaac Redman) or 34 (Rashard Mendenhall) or 21 (Mewelde Moore). I liked that.”On the young receivers. Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown: “Those guys did that last year. We don’t view them as young guys anymore. They have to deliver plays for us. I think they understand that. I think they embrace that.”The Steelers (5-2) won their third in a row and improved to 2-2 on the road. Now they must face their toughest three foes of the season. The first is the New England Patriots (5-1) at Heinz Field this Sunday at 4:15. The Patriots behind Tom Brady are currently the best team in the AFC. But their defense is questionable, so they can be beaten.The Baltimore Ravens (4-1) are probably the second best team in the AFC and played the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday night after Courier deadline. They have the second best defense in the AFC but their offense is still in question. The Steelers face them the following week Nov. 6 at 8:20 p.m. on NBC Sunday Night Football. Then it’s the surprising Cincinnati Bengals (4-2), who they will face on the road.If the Steelers win all three they are in the AFC drivers’ seat at 8-2. However, if they split 2-1, they are still in good shape at 7-3. They really need the victory over the Ravens, because they are in the same division, which would give them a split. However, if they lose, they lose the tie breaker in the playoffs because they would have lost both divisional games. The same is true of the Patriots if they finish with the same record.The Bengals have been a big surprise, and could serve as a spoiler this season, but right now they are as much in the race as the Steelers.If the Ravens beat the Jaguars they will remain on top of the AFC North Division with a 5-1 record, if not they drop to a tie with the Steelers at 5-2. The Bengals are in third and the Cleveland Browns (3-3) remain in the cellar despite a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.last_img read more

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American Baseball, Played 1864-Style

first_imgParker Homestead Hosts Vintage GameBy Jay Cook. Photos by Ottie Lynne Paterson.LITTLE SILVER – Chants of “Moose, Moose, Moose!” roared out from the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club’s dugout as starting catcher Frank Siracusa emerged with his willow in hand. As he strolled to the dish for his first at-bat, Chesapeake Nine’s pitcher “Silver Fox” began his underhand windup, reminiscent of a mid-19th century hurler’s motion to home plate.Adorned in black caps, black cravats, unseasonably long sleeve shirts and tan pants, Monmouth Furnace, the baseball team established out of Allaire Village, hosted the Chesapeake Nine of Baltimore for a game of 1864-style baseball.The game took place on June 12 at Sickles Field, and was run in conjunction with the Parker Homestead, a historical farmhouse dating back to the 17th century. “My great grandmother was a Parker, that’s my relationship, and so since 1667 this property has been here,” said Bob Sickles, owner of Sickles Market and president of The Parker Homestead-1665, a non-profit organization.A collection of bats, otherwise known as willows in 1864, just outside the dugout.“We’ve been a team for three years,” said Russ McIver, the captain of the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club. “Prior to this year we were called the Bog Iron Boys of Allaire Village, but then we changed our name to the Monmouth Furnace so we could do more things outside of Allaire.”Monmouth Furnace is one of 30 teams in the tri-state area who play this type of baseball, and “the only ones doing this in the Monmouth/Ocean County area,” McIver said. They are members of the Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball League.The league models its method of play primarily from how it was in 1864. Players do not use gloves, helmets or any type of visible protective gear, consisting of either catcher’s gear or shin guards when batting. The ball, otherwise known as a “lemon peel,” is about the same size as a modern baseball, yet weighs notably less and has a distinctive stitching design reminiscent of the letter X.Some aspects of modern baseball, such as leading and stealing, were utilized in the game, while one key rule from the 1864 game characterized baseball from that time period. Known as the “bound-out rule,” a fielder is allowed to let a fly ball bounce off the ground once, and then catch it for an out. If done successfully, the batter is out, whether that bound-out comes from a foul-tip, a shank off the bat to the first baseman or a deep fly ball to center field.A close play at second base as the MFBBC steal a baseThe majority of teams are comprised of around 15 to 20 players who come from all different age groups. “The teams primarily, and our team is no exception, consist of players from late high school to close to 70, so it’s very inclusive,” said McIver. “Every team is full of guys who are pure baseball players, there are players that are pure historians and there’s a bunch of guys who are in the middle.”Outfielder Dan Radel falls in the category of a historian. “This is like playing on a field of dreams,” said Radel, an adjunct history professor at Brookdale Community College.Known by teammates as a “muffin,” a term given to the rookies, Radel, 40, of Brick, joined Monmouth Furnace after watching a game at The Spirit of the Jerseys state fair. “I first saw them playing at Monmouth Battlefield and thought to myself ‘I have to do this.’”Abigail Murphy cheers on the MFBBC from the stands in a hoop skirt dress she sewed herself.Sunday’s event, which was hosted by the Parker Homestead, would never had happened without Liz Hanson, secretary to The Parker Homestead-1665. Tasked with archiving the contents inside the Bates House after a pipe burst in February of 2015, which is across the street from the Parker Homestead, Hanson came across quite a find.“I opened a cardboard box, it was full of hair, human hair,” Hanson said uneasily. “It was clean hair, but just wasn’t what I was looking for at the time.”Beneath the hair was the real treasure. While preparing to throw the next item out, an old Christmas cookie tin, Hanson felt a rattle inside when she reached over to toss it into the garbage.When she opened the tin, numerous cards were found inside, in remarkably good shape. “I don’t know much about baseball, but the first or second card that I looked at was Ty Cobb, and even I know who Ty Cobb was,” she said. “That’s when I knew there was something.”Not only was there one Ty Cobb card, but a second was found in the collection. Additionally, fellow MLB Hall-of-Famer Christy Mathewson’s card was buried in the cookie tin.The hurler, or pitcher, pitches underhand to batters with the“lemon peel” ball, a softer version of the modern baseball.“It’s not the ones that are hyper expensive, like a Honus Wagner from 1909 in certain series’ is worth two to three million dollars,” Sickles said. “But this collection is worth maybe 20 to 30 thousand.”In total, Hanson salvaged the 24 Philadelphia Caramel Co. cards, and on Sunday, they were on display inside the Parker Homestead. The collection dates back to 1909 and is thought to be of Stan Parker’s collection. He was a relative of Julia Parker, who passed away in 1996 as the last owner of the house.“I have not been to a game like this before, but I think it’s really cool to see the old uniforms,” said Sue Goldberg, 68 of Highlands. “I need to get a picture of these guys just milling about.”Goldberg, an avid baseball card collector with a collection into the hundreds, gazed at the pair of Ty Cobb cards under the display case. “I hadn’t seen it until I was at Archives Day, except for on the internet and books, but not in person.”The vintage baseball cards on display in the Parker House.The game between Monmouth Furnace and the Chesapeake Nine was competitive into the bottom of the ninth inning, with the Nine’s pulling out a win for a final score of 14-11. After the game, McIver lined players up from both teams along the first and third baselines to thank Sickles Market, The Parker Homestead and the nearly 150 fans in attendance, finishing off with a collective “Hip Hip, Huzzah!” cheer from the players.Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club has ten remaining games on their schedule for this season, which lasts until October 8. For additional information about Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club, visit their Facebook page. For updates on The Parker Homestead regarding future construction and events, visit ParkerHomestead-1665.org.last_img read more

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Goal-line stand preserves 23-18 victory for Our Glass, defending champion Castlegar Vikings hit win column

first_imgNelson Our Glass Ogs used a goal-line stand during the five-play rule to edge Steamshovel Brewers 23-18 in West Kootenay Flag Football League action Sunday afternoon at the Mount Sentinel High School Field.The win moves Our Glass into sole possession of second place in league standings with a 2-1 record. Dam Inn Mates, idle Sunday, lead the league with a 3-0 mark.In the other game, Castlegar Vikings moved into a three-way tie for third spot with a 48-6 victory over Trail Thundercats.Our Glass appeared to be down and out in the game against the Brewers.The Steamshovel held leads of 6-1 and 18-1 before the Ogs came roaring back, scoring 22 unanswered points.But it was the goal line stand that sealed the game as the Brewers moved the ball to the one-yard line thanks to a pass interference call, but no farther.Greg Kinnear, Steamshovel quarterback Steven Doyle, rushing for a TD, and Jon Francis scored majors for the Brewers.Mota on fire at the QB positionSteve Mota tossed five touchdown passes, three to Jason Trower, to lead the defending league champions to its first win of the season.Jaime Simpson, Carl Perepolkin and John Lloyd also scored majors.Lloyd, pitching relief for Mota, also connected for a pair of touchdowns.Trail’s lone TD was a 50-yard pass and run play from Cats’ pivot Colin Janzen to wide receiver Davin McKay. WKMFFL idle for Thanks for Giving WeekendThe West Kootenay Men’s Flag Football is idle to allow players to enjoy the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend.The league resumes Sunday, October 16 with Nelson Our Glass Ogs meeting Castlegar Vikings at 11 a.m. and Trail Thundercats battling undefeated Dam Inn Mates at 1 [email protected]last_img read more

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US Envoy, LWSC, Others Break Ground for US$5M Water Project in Robertsport

first_imgThe ground-breaking ceremony for a US$5 million water project took place in Robertsport, Grand Cape Mount County last Thursday, January 16.The project is being implemented by the Liberian Municipal Water Project (LMWP) with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).The ceremony was graced by the United States Ambassador to Liberia, Madam Deborah Malac, USAID’s Global Water Coordinator, Chris Holmes, LWSC Managing Director, Mr. Charles Allen, top US Embassy officials, as well as many  distinguished Liberians.Speaking at the program Ambassador Malac reminded all that access to clean water in Liberia still remains low, despite the developmental progress made since the end of the civil crisis. in 2003.Amb. Malac placed emphasis on the fact that more than a quarter of Liberian citizens lack access to safe drinking water.“That is why we are pleased to join you today to officially launch the construction of a water pipeline extension from the water treatment plant into your area,” she declared.“Rebuilding Liberia’s – Robertsport’s included – water infrastructure is no easy task. I know this pipeline extension has been a long time coming, and I’m looking forward to seeing the full renovation of Robertsport’s former water treatment plant and installation of pipe-borne water points throughout the city as much as you are,” the American Ambassador said.She congratulated the local steering committee, LWSC managers, staff, employees, chiefs, elders and others associated with the water project for preparations and work so far initiated.“I know you have worked tirelessly with support from the LMWP to finalize the designs, sign contracts, and secure land for the various points throughout the city. You have undertaken the kind of careful planning that sustainable water demands,” praised the Ambassador.She furthered that the U.S. Government has been supporting the project since 2011 by undertaking feasibility studies and developing master designs with local leadership to establish an institutional framework for Robertsport’s water system.“We are committed to seeing this work through to completion, in partnership with the LWSC, the Liberian Government, and the Local Steering Committee,” Ambassador Malac assured.She, however, reminded Liberians that the project would not happen overnight and that USAID would work hard with the LWSC to get the next phase of construction moving later this year.According to the Ambassador, the water treatment plant and pipe-line extension would see the immediate benefit of clean water to 200 households and nearly 1,000 citizens and residents of Robertsport.In brief remarks, the Managing Director of the LWSC, Mr. Charles Allen, pointed out that as a major custodian of water initiatives in Liberia the dream for the provision of quality water to Liberians, businesses and foreign residents, was indeed in sight.Mr. Allen expressed delight over efforts of the LWSC and its support partners, especially USAID. He said their assistance would help the Liberian Government in its drive to restore pipe-borne water to all parts of the country, on a gradual and steady basis.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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AfDB, WHO Frown on Embargoes against Ebola-Affected Countries

first_imgThe President of the African Development Bank (AfDB) along with the Regional Director of the World Health Organization (WHO) have taken exception to decisions by some countries to cancel flights and other investment activities with countries affected by the Ebola virus.Dr. Donald Kaberuka of the AfDB and Dr. Luis Gomez Sambo of the WHO both articulated their concerns during a visit with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Wednesday, August 27, at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.With some African countries and international airlines withdrawing their people and cancelling flights to Liberia, Dr. Kaberuka stressed that the withdrawal actions by those countries concerned do not have scientific backing.He said such actions only help to worsen the situation in Liberia and other affected countries and not to help the situation.He added that the actions by these countries would further  stall the economies of the affected countries and lead to other problems.He called on investors to reconsider their decisions to remain consistent with their plan and not to take actions  that will create a stigma for people in Ebola-affected countries.Dr. Kaberuka asserted that besides the US$60 million AfDB has contributed to fight Ebola in affected countries, the institution still plans to commit more resources to fight and defeat the virus.Dr. Luis Gomez Samba of WHO also made it clear that the travel ban by some airlines and countries is not endorsed by the WHO.Such an action compromises efforts by international experts to come to the aid of the affected countries to provide the technical expertise needed in helping to eradicate the disease, he declared.He assured the Liberian government that WHO would use the US$60 million donated by AfDB to combat the disease until it is eradicated.Meanwhile, the travel ban and restrictions by some international airlines and African countries had earlier claimed the attention of Foreign Minister, Augustine K. Ngafuan.In his latest comment, Minister Ngafuan took exception to what he termed as “exaggerated actions” by some African countries to restrict their people from coming to Liberia or staying in Liberia.One African country to take such decision was South Africa that withdrew its citizens from Liberia and cautioned those wanting to come not to do so because of the Ebola outbreak in the Mano River Union sub-region.Already neighboring Ivory Coast had taken the lead in stopping Liberians from entering its territorial confines and halting ships from Liberia entering there, or stopping ships docking there from entering Liberia.Of late, Guinea where the Ebola outbreak began and subsequently spread by Guineans traveling to Liberia, also shut its borders with the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Slow improvements in API scores

first_img Districtwide, 64 percent of schools met their API targets – a required state performance increase based on a school’s performance the year before – compared to 51 percent last year. Statewide, 68 percent met their targets compared to 48 percent last year. Wong attributed the 13-point increase to LAUSD’s continuing work in English Language Arts and improving math at elementary schools, focusing on instruction and literacy at the secondary level and ongoing assessments to focus instruction on skills that students need. “It’s because the teachers are teaching the standards and we’re testing what the children are being taught,” she said. But neither the state nor the district has matched their performance of 2003, when 85 percent of LAUSD schools and 78 percent statewide met their targets. Since then, the state has been putting greater weight on the standards test in calculating API scores, Wong said. -Naush Boghossian, (818) 713-3722, [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! For the third straight year, Los Angeles Unified’s minority and low-income students met or exceeded state academic progress goals in math and English, but they failed to narrow the achievement gap with Asians and whites, according to a state report released this morning. Reflecting statewide trends, LAUSD’s socioeconomically disadvantaged students added 18 points on the state’s benchmark Academic Performance Index, which measures performance on a 200-1,000 point scale. Students are expected to achieve a score of 800 over the next few years. “The good news is there is continuing improvement in all our subgroups, and it’s a consistent improvement. But because all groups are growing the (achievement) gap is not necessarily narrowing,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent for planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week African-Americans added 16 points and Latinos added 17 points to last year’s score. White and Asian students in the district improved by similar strides, with whites gaining 18 points and Asians up 17 points. They were the only two subgroups in the district to exceed 800 points. The school board is scheduled today to hold the first meeting of its Educational Equity Committee, which will focus on ways to close the achievement gap. “This is the core of the work that still needs to be done and studied. We’re really going to start to look at schools that are closing the gap, what they are doing and replicating their successs,” board President Marlene Canter said. The API results released by the State Department of Education were nearly identical to those released Aug. 1, but included results broken down by ethnicity and income – which officials refer to as subgroups – giving administrators more detailed information about where to focus their resources.last_img read more

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Punjab CM for preventive detention of repeat offenders in drug trade

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday mooted preventive detention of repeat offenders in smuggling and trading of drugs, amid reports that there were around 200 such criminals identified by the Punjab Police.Pointing out that the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act provides for preventive detention of such criminals, the Chief Minister reiterated his government’s “zero tolerance”’ policy on drugs and against colluding government officials, including policemen.Capt. Amarinder was presiding over a meeting of the consultative group on drugs here.Taking cognisance of complaints of collusion of police officers with drug smugglers/traders/peddlers, the Chief Minister directed the Director-General of Police to bring out a comprehensive postings and transfers policy to break the nexus between police and drugs criminals.He said: “Those involved would be liable for dismissal and compulsorily retirement. Criminal cases under under Section 29 of the NDPS Act will be registered, wherever involvement and wrongdoing is established.”During the meeting, DGP Dinkar Gupta informed that the Chief Minister’s letter to the Prime Minister seeking a national drugs policy had evoked positive response from the Centre, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah directing his officers to ensure better coordination in the matter. “The Narcotics Control Bureau has drawn about two dozen officers from other parts of the country and deputed them in Punjab to carry forward the anti-drugs fight in Punjab,” the DGP said.It was also announced that Punjab would host the next meeting of the Chief Ministers of the neighbouring States for more effective coordination of the drug enforcement efforts across States.last_img read more

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