‘Principal for a Day’ offers lessons of a different grade

first_imgStudents hopping off the buses at the Jackson/Mann K-8 School in Allston earlier this week were greeted by not one, but two cheerful principals.The “Principal for a Day,” Annie Tomasini, joined Andrew Tuite, Jackson/Mann’s actual principal, in welcoming students back from the Thanksgiving break.Tomasini, the senior director of state, local, and community relations at Harvard University, was at the elementary school as part of the Principal Partners program. The program is run by the Boston Plan for Excellence (BPE), a local organization that fosters improvement in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). Each year Boston-area colleges, businesses, media, community leaders, and political leaders partner with local schools and spend the day shadowing principals to “get a firsthand look at the school-improvement investments the district has made and the challenges that remain,” according to Principal Partner’s website. Participants spend time with students, attend meetings with teachers, and sit in on classes, all in an effort to experience what educators do every day.“Teachers, administrators, and staff here at the Jackson/Mann, and all across Boston, are making an incredible and meaningful impact on the lives of the children they educate and care for every single day,” said Tomasini, who herself is a graduate of the Boston Public School System. “Harvard is honored to once again have the opportunity to connect and partner with the Jackson/Mann, and with all of BPS today and every day.”Annie Tomasini, who is a graduate of the Boston Public School System, talks to students during her tenure as principal. Photo by J. Graham PearsallJackson/Mann has more than 700 students, from kindergarten to eighth grade. They speak more than 31 different languages. Seventy-eight percent qualify for subsidized lunch, and 24 percent receive some sort of special education services.Harvard has a strong partnership with the school. Among the contributions: an intern from the Graduate School of Education’s School Leadership Program works directly with Tuite; a group of eighth-graders regularly visit the Ed Portal for its Apprentice Learning program; all seventh-graders come to Harvard’s campus to participate in the Project Teach program, which helps them develop a college-bound identity; hundreds of students take part in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) program developed by the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics; and more than 200 first- and second-grade students will attend a performance of “Charlotte’s Web” at the American Repertory Theater in December. Additionally, through its 2014 cooperation agreement with the city of Boston, Harvard provides $12,000 a year to support enrichment opportunities for the students.“These [enrichment opportunities] have been a huge benefit. The students love them. We love them,” said Tuite. “What Harvard has done here has really been fabulous.”Tomasini, who visited a class that recently took advantage of some of the supplemental programs, heard from one kindergarten student: “We went to the Aquarium! I saw a turtle and a really, really big fish! I had so much fun!”The partnership is equally important to Harvard, which has long collaborated with local schools, particularly in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge. Through its many programs, both in the individual schools and on its own campus, Harvard reaffirms its commitment to the health and improvement of public education, and support for the development of high-quality teachers.last_img read more

Garden Records.

first_img Jefferson was the master plantsman and gardener. You can follow in his footsteps by keeping a detailed record of your gardening accomplishments. Adaptability to area. Did it grow? Some varieties do well in either north or south Georgia, but not both. Others may do well in both areas. The microclimate (the plant’s immediate vicinity) may also affect the success of a particular variety. Earliness. When did it grow? The number of days from planting to maturity can vary considerably from one variety to another. You can use successive plantings of the same variety or several varieties of different maturity dates at the same time to extend the harvest season. Maturity. How long did it grow? Some tomato varieties (determinate) set one crop, and the plant is through when you harvest the crop. Others (indeterminate tomatoes) can keep producing over time if you properly care for the plants and then pick the fruit as it matures. Productivity. How much did it produce? With the same care, some varieties yield much more than others. Usually, hybrids outyield nonhybrids. Quality. Was it good? Varieties differ greatly in flavor, texture, keeping ability and adaptability to canning and freezing. How you will use it may influence the variety you choose. Disease resistance. What type of problems did I have growing it? Some varieties resist leaf and soil-borne diseases and nematodes. Resistance is important where these problems are known to exist or where you haven’t taken proper prevention measures. Your county Extension Service office has a current list of recommended varieties. “I wish I could remember the name of that great tomato I planted two years ago. I tossed the seed pack, though, and can’t find my order form.” Sound familiar? Keep records. That’s hardly new advice. “Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book” is fascinating reading because America’s greatest gardener was an avid record keeper. If you haven’t read this book, do it soon. It’s a must for all gardeners. You, too, can have a garden book. It may not go down in history, but it will be helpful over the years to come. Enter the name of each variety, the seed source, lot number (if available), date planted and date harvested. Write down your evaluation of the crop, too. Keep records on chemicals used, fertilizer analysis and anything of personal interest. All of these notes will help you plan next year’s garden a little more efficiently. Your garden record headings might look something like this.last_img read more

3 safe ways to give the gift of cash this Christmas

first_imgSometimes it can be incredibly difficult to know exactly what to get a loved one for Christmas. With the big day just around the corner, time is running out to come up with the perfect gift idea. Although it may not have the pizazz as the year’s trendiest or most popular present, giving cash this holiday is a surefire winner when it comes to a gratifying gift. But, as easy as it is to just slip some dough in a card, it’s not always safe to simply pass along cash without any protections if it’s stolen or lost. If you decide to give money this year, consider these three safer alternatives to the classic wad of cash.Go old schoolWriting a check may seem like an incredibly old-fashioned way to pay, but it is also safe and convenient. And now with Remote Deposit Capture (RDC) the recipient can easily open up their online banking app, take a photo of the check, and deposit it immediately right from their phone. Additionally, checks require a recipient’s name, so unlike cash that can slip out of a card and be picked up and used by anyone, a check is protected in that the recipient must show identification in order to cash it.Pay onlinePeer-to-peer payments (P2P) have been increasingly popular with the launch of convenient apps such as Venmo, PayPal, and Square. Also, many banks recently picked up the service Zelle allowing consumers to send and receive money between two bank accounts. These new online services are much safer than gifting cash because they are encrypted and are reliable when it comes to resolving unauthorized transactions.Give gift cardsInstead of handing over cash that can be spent on anything, gift cards are a little more personal in that they are geared toward a more specific shopping experience. For example, you know your brother is outdoorsy but you don’t know exactly what he may want or need. Instead of forking over cash, giving him a gift card from an outdoor retailer like REI or Cabelas, shows him you pay attention to his interests. When it comes to protections, if it gift card is lost or stolen anyone can pick it up and use it. But unlike cash that is gone forever, gift cards may be replaced with the help of customer service if the buyer can show proof of purchase including a receipt with the gift card number. 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Wendy Moody Wendy Moody is a Senior Editor with CUInsight.com. Wendy works with the editorial team to help edit the content including current news, press releases, jobs and events. She keeps … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

What Place does BiH take on the latest FIFA Rankings?

first_imgHaving 913 points in total, the football national team of BiH will take the 20th place on the latest FIFA rank list that is to be published on April 7.The BiH national team will progress by one position and, with Croatia out of the Top 20, BiH will be the most successful in the region. There is also change on the very top of the list: the Belgians will no longer be the best in the world. Their place will be taken by Argentina with nearly 200 points more.Chile climbed to the third place with only four points less than Belgium, and this will be their best ranking in history.Top 20:Argentina 1532Belgium 1352Chile 1348Columbia 1337Germany 1309Spain 1277Brazil 1251Portugal 1184Uruguay 1158England 1069Austria 1067Ecuador 1019Turkey 983Switzerland 974Italy 959Mexico 933The Netherlands 931Hungary 925Romania 922Bosnia and Herzegovina 913(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Mike Leach calls Washington State players ‘fat, dumb, happy and entitled’ after ugly loss

first_img Three takeaways from No. 10 Notre Dame’s win over No. 18 Virginia Washington State coach Mike Leach, known to be outspoken, wasn’t holding back in assessing his players’ overall performance after the Cougars faced a 38-13 loss against Utah on Saturday. Leach called his players “fat, dumb, happy and entitled” following their second loss of the season. Mississippi State’s mascot Bully narrowly avoids disaster vs. Auburn Three takeaways from No. 17 Washington’s win over No. 21 USC Mike Leach post Utah https://t.co/xO5MAImtT5— Theo Lawson (@TheoLawson_SR) September 29, 2019Washington State gave up 526 yards as the defense struggled to stop Utah. The Cougars’ offense wasn’t nearly as sharp, either, as they had only 313 total yards. Quarterback Anthony Gordon threw for 252 yards, completing 30 of 49 passes with two interceptions and one touchdown. While the Cougars won against Northern Colorado and Houston to start the season, they gave up a 32-point lead in the third quarter last Saturday while playing UCLA that resulted in a 67-63 loss.  “We’re a very soft team,” Leach told reporters (via ESPN). “We get a lot of good press. We like to read it a lot. We like to pat ourselves on the back, and if we get any resistance, we fold.”Leach continued: “I think we’ve got a bunch of free agents running around there that think they’re pretty special, and then as soon as something doesn’t go their way, they want to pout.” Related News “Last year’s team was a tough team for us. We got nearly the same guys. Then all of the sudden they’re not tough. They’re fat, dumb, unhappy and entitled,” Leach said.Washington State dropped to 0-2 in the Pac-12 and 3-2 overall with Saturday’s loss. The Cougars have a week off before facing Arizona State on Oct. 12.last_img read more

Giles falters again, Astros lose to Dodgers in Game 4

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Giles was charged with three runs without getting an out, inflating his postseason ERA to 11.75. He’s allowed at least a run in six of seven appearances — a staggering flop after posting a 1.14 ERA over his final 38 regular-season games.Last time out, Giles gave up a solo homer to Yasiel Puig and a tying hit to Enrique Hernandez to blow a lead in the 10th inning of Game 2. Houston bailed him out, rallying for a 7-6, 11-inning win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThere was no such comeback after Giles’ Game 4 collapse.With the game tied at 1 in the ninth inning, Giles allowed a leadoff single to Corey Seager and walked Justin Turner. Cody Bellinger then lined a double into left-center, bringing Seager home. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set He added: “Just because somebody has a bad day at work, does not mean that they need to be condemned and sent away. … I’m going to keep putting him in and trusting him.”After this latest performance, Hinch may need to find a new go-to at the back of the bullpen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Manager A.J. Hinch pulled Giles at that point, but the closer was charged with two more runs when Turner and Bellinger later scored.Boos rained down from the home crowd as Giles walked off.The player nicknamed 100-miles-Giles has quickly become a liability. He has a pair of saves this postseason — in Game 4 of the AL Division Series against Boston and Game 1 of the AL Championship Series versus the Yankees after allowing a run in each game — but he had blown leads in two of his last three outings before Saturday.Giles had a 2.30 ERA in 63 appearances in the regular season. His ERA in two World Series games is 27.00.Hinch was keeping the faith, though, saying after Game 2 that he thinks “Ken Giles is going to get another save in this series. I think he’s going to get some really big outs.”ADVERTISEMENT Kyrie Irving’s late flurry helps Celtics top Heat Houston Astros relief pitcher Ken Giles throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the ninth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s World Series Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)HOUSTON — This time, the Astros couldn’t save Ken Giles.Houston’s hard-throwing closer faltered again in Game 4 of the World Series, taking the loss in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 6-2 victory on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Ivory Coast take on ice bucket challenge helps fight Ebola

first_imgIce-cold, soapy water … Ivorian Twitter celebrity Edith Brou’s Lather Against Ebola campaign encourages participants in the soap bucket challenge, an Ivorian variation of the ice bucket challenge, to donate bars of soap and bottles of antiseptic instead of cash. • Mobile phone boost to African internet • #BringBackOurGirls shows the power of social media in Africa • How Africa tweets • So this giraffe walks into a restaurant … and the video goes viral • Africa refocused: images of GhanaNdaba DlaminiIvory Coast is giving the global sensation of the ice bucket challenge a new – and educational – meaning as a way to spread the need for hygiene in the face of the deadly Ebola epidemic affecting its neighbours.A brainchild of one of Ivory Coast’s most prominent Twitter users, Edith Brou, the Lather Against Ebola campaign encourages participants in the “soap bucket challenge”, an Ivorian variation of the ice bucket challenge, to donate bars of soap and bottles of antiseptic instead of cash.The original ice bucket challenge was a hugely successful viral campaign in which people challenged their friends to film themselves pouring ice water over their heads. It has raised millions of dollars worldwide to fund research into a fatal degenerative nervous disorder called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. The Lather Against Ebola campaign, with the French hashtag #MousserContreEbola, has gone viral on Twitter and Facebook in the West African region, helping raise awareness about a disease that has claimed thousands of lives in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.With 1.4-million Facebook users in Ivory Coast, the internet has played an increasingly important role in politics and society in the country.Brou kicked off the campaign in August this year, posting a video of herself standing on a balcony at her workplace in Abidjan. “Against Ebola, you need good hygiene,” she says in the video before a bucket of soapy, ice-cold water is dunked on her head by a friend.For her efforts, Brou’s video was an instant hit on social networks, garnering 4 000 hits. She then challenged three fellow bloggers including Nouho Bamba, who goes by the pseudonym La Rigueur Bino. Bamba claims to have 150 000 followers on social media.Subsequently, Bamba came up with his own soap bucket challenge video. In it, Bamba gets a little quirkier in his approach and throws himself – fully dressed in a business suit complete with suitcase in hand – in a swimming pool. The video got more than 52 000 hits.“I knew that jumping into a pool would create a buzz,” said Bamba. “Today, even children need to understand what Ebola is.”Besides being a critical tool to educate and raise awareness of Ebola, the soap bucket campaign is a good example of the power of social media to bring people together for a just cause, and also an opportunity for bloggers to showcase their popularity. One blogger, Israel Yoroba, has composed a song entitled “Stop Ebola” that is being used a waiting tune by a local phone operator.Bloggers have been able to put key issues onto the public domain, and good examples include highlighting the negligent death of a young model at a hospital in Abidjan earlier this year and keeping people informed about the New Year’s stampede which led to the death of 61 people outside Abidjan Stadium in 2013. Social networks also proved to be a powerful tool during the violence that followed the disputed election in 2010, when more than 3 000 people were killed in five months. A hashtag #CIVsocial was used on Twitter to help coordinate relief efforts and share information.last_img read more

Western bean cutworm issues

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Reports of ear feeding by western bean cutworm (WBC) have come in at a steady pace over the last few weeks. This is the third consecutive year that we have seen a fair amount of feeding, some of it likely has led to an economic loss. The heaviest feeding has occurred in the Northwest and Northeast corners of Ohio.While it is too late to spray or control at this point (since most larvae are protected in the ear and are getting ready to pupate anyway), growers may need to watch for the development of ear rots. WBC can leave entry or exit holes in the corn husk, which can then provide a nice wound for pathogens like Fusarium and Gibberella.  Some of these organisms can then be a further source for mycotoxins, including Fumonisins and deoxynivalenol, AKA vomitoxin.In some cases, damaged kernels will likely be colonized by opportunistic molds, meaning that the mold-causing fungi are just there because they gain easy access to the grain. However, in other cases, damaged ears may be colonized by fungi such as Fusarium, Gibberella and Aspergillus that produce harmful mycotoxins. Some molds that are associated with mycotoxins are easy to detect based on the color of the damaged areas. For instance reddish or pinkish molds are often cause by Gibberella zeae, a fungus know to be associated with several toxins, including vomitoxin. On the other hand, greenish molds may be caused by Aspergillus, which is known to be associated with aflatoxins, but not all green molds are caused by Aspergillus. The same can be said for whitish mold growth, some, but not all are caused by mycotoxin-producing fungi.So, since it is not always easy to tell which mold is associated with which fungus or which fungus produces mycotoxins, the safe thing to do is to avoid feeding moldy grain to livestock. Mycotoxins are harmful to animals — some animals are more sensitive to vomitoxin while others are more sensitive to Fumonisins, but it is quite possible for multiple toxins to be present in those damaged ears. If you have damaged ears and moldy grain, get it tested for mycotoxins before feeding to livestock, and if you absolutely have to use moldy grain, make sure it does not make up more than the recommended limit for the toxin detected and the animal being fed.last_img read more

Rural Maharastra can drink without hassle

first_imgThe new year has brought some good news to alcohol consumers and sellers in rural Maharashtra, as the State government has decided to allow liquor shops under gram panchayats to renew licences, a procedure that was on hold since April 2017. As per a government circular issued on January 1 and a letter sent by the State Excise Commissioner to all district collectors, except for the dry districts of Wardha, Chandrapur and Gadchiroli, the licences can be renewed in any gram panchayat which fulfils at least one of two criteria. The first is that the population under the gram panchayat should be at least 3,000 as per the 2011 census. Alternatively, the area should be located within 3 km of the limits of a municipal corporation or within a kilometre of a municipal council or municipal panchayat. According to a government official, the decision will benefit 1,500 permit rooms, and 400 country liquor and 700 beer shops. As per a Supreme Court decision of December 2016, wine shops and permit rooms within 500 m of highways were stopped from selling alcohol. Later, the move was amended to exclude highways within city limits.“A number of licence holders who still could not get their permits renewed had approached the Bombay High Court through writ petitions. In May 2018, the court directed the State government to hold hearings of these cases. Following the hearing, the government has decided to allow renewal of licences,” an official from the Excise Department said.last_img read more

It is a unique feeling, hard to describe in words: Modric after winning Ballon d’Or

first_imgLuka Modric is the man responsible for ending the Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi duopoly over the Ballon d’Or. 11 years since Kaka won the Ballon d’Or in 2007, Ronaldo and Messi had shared five awards each at the events but on Monday night, their stranglehold finally broke loose.Modric who had won FIFA The Best award earlier this year, bagged the Ballon d’Or for his role in guiding Real Madrid to a record third straight Champions League title and then captaining Croatia to their first-ever World Cup final.While Modric scooped the top prize, Ronaldo continued to stay relevant as he came second in the list while France’s Antoine Griezmann finished third.For the first time in a decade, Messi did not even feature in the top three for the award.However, it was a night to cherish for Modric and he struggled to express it in words.”It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy proud and honoured, I have a lot of emotions right now, it’s hard to describe in words,” Modric said, wearing a tuxedo as he collected the award from presenter and former France forward David Ginola after a glamorous ceremony at the Grand Palais in Paris.”It’s a big pleasure to be here among all these players. I am still trying to realise that I have become part of a group of exceptional players to win the Ballon d’Or throughout history.”The playmaker has been a delight to watch for the past few seasons but this year, he played a pivotal part in the success of both his club and country and that paved way for his breakthrough year.advertisementModric sits deep in the midfield, scans the field in like seconds and is able to make passes that cuts across defences but it was not always like this for the diminutive Croatian.Modric was earlier an attacking midfielder and it was Harry Redknapp back at Tottenham Hotspur who changed his position to a more deeper role, where he began flourishing.Modric moved to Real Madrid in 2012 but had a disastrous first season when he was made to play a more attacking role. It was only when Jose Mourinho deployed him back into the deep midfield that he began flourishing again.”The change of position helped me a lot in my career. I used to play more offensively. When I dropped back, I was able to read the game better and show my creativity,” Modric further said.Modric is the first Croatian to win the Ballon d’Or, an award which is voted for by journalists and organised by French magazine France Football.(With Reuters inputs)Also Read | Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany to face Netherlands, Portugal handed tricky drawAlso Read | Tottenham fan throws banana peel on Arsenal’s Aubameyang, gets arrestedlast_img read more