Training ecosystem, teacher strategy in the works

first_img Previous articleUp at the topNext articleProject Graduation: Safe Night Odessa American Training ecosystem, teacher strategy in the works Facebook WhatsApp The Permian Strategic Partnership is working to establish a training ecosystem to address industry development needs.Molly Young, director of education and workforce initiatives for PSP, spoke about the initiative at the Education Partnership of the Permian Basin meeting Tuesday at the Region 18 Education Service Center.The gathering was held in person, but also over Zoom.Young said she is a proponent of systems alignment, in this case with kindergarten through 12th grade and postsecondary education.Called the PSP Catalyst Workforce Development initiative, it will be led by the University of Texas at Austin Petroleum Extension at Cockrell School of Engineering and PetroSkills.The initiative will aim to not only define industry benchmarked skills and competencies required in today’s Permian Basin job roles, but also identifies suitable training providers available in the region that can be used to close common competence gaps experienced by those positions, material from the meeting said.A project kick-off meeting is set for 2 p.m. May 26, the information said.University of Texas Permian Basin Dean of the College of Education Larry Daniel said Texas Tech University received a foundation grant. Jesse Mendez, dean of the College of Education at Tech, reached out to the other three university deans, Daniel included and nine community colleges to have a two-day summit.Daniel said the subject will be the teacher shortages throughout the region from Lubbock out to El Paso.“… Probably no part of that community that is adequately served … so we’ve all got more work to do. But the idea is to talk about the need, present their statistics, talk about the good ideas we already have across all these institutions, and then determine how we can coordinate better, how we can build better articulation agreements,” Daniel said.“We have a great example of the OC to UTPB program that’s worked incredibly well in our region …,” he added.Daniel said they want to hear the ideas and probably build an inter-institutional strategy.Education Partnership Executive Director Adrian Vega said the organization is being looked at to become part of Early Matters, an organization that focuses on the importance of early childhood education.The group also got an update on the Grow Our Own Action Network. The purpose of the network is to identify, align and leverage community resources that lead to increased post-secondary success, workforce development and a stronger community.A couple of the data points showed that 75.9 percent of people over the age of 25 completed high school. This is according to Census data. Nationally, it’s 88 percent and in Texas it is 83.7 percent.The percentage of people who have attained an associate and bachelor’s degree combined in Ector County is about 18 percent. In Texas, it is about 27 percent and nationally it’s about 29 percent, a presentation from the meeting showed.Amy Anderson, director of the AVID program for Ector County ISD, said they served about 60 students this year in the middle school mentor coaching program at Bonham Middle School virtually this spring.The effort included 10 community coaches, eight ECISD hosts, five ECISD substitutes, 28 students and six sessions.The last session is Wednesday and a drive-thru celebration is planned for May 26.ECISD Superintendent Scott Muri gave an update on the Permian Basin Education Leadership Summit held May 5 in Midland.The federal government has provided funds for public schools and the meeting was to discuss ideas on how to best spend those funds over the next three years to address learning challenges.“For ECISD alone, we could see $100 million …,” Muri said.A virtual follow-up meeting is set for June 3.A survey sent out to participants said they would like to continue the summits, Muri said.“There is clearly a hunger for more conversations,” he added.Leaders compare notes at summit By Odessa American – May 18, 2021 Pinterest Twittercenter_img TAGSAdrian VegaECISDEducation Partnership of the Permian BasinGrow Our Own Action NetworkLarry DanielMolly YoungPermian Strategic PartnershipScott MuriUniversity of Texas Permian Basin WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Pinterest EducationECISDLocal Newslast_img read more

City, PSG ‘a danger football hasn’t seen before’: La Liga chief

first_img“The state clubs are a new phenomenon and present a danger that football has not seen before,” he told the Totally Football Show podcast.“They are operating entirely outside of the rules and risk inflating markets to disastrous levels through their financial doping.”City are under investigation by UEFA over alleged financial violations and the 57-year-old Spanish league chief called on the European game’s governing body to take a stronger lead in controlling the issue.“The governors of European football need to show a much stronger commitment to healthy domestic football,” he said.“This would include stricter financial controls that limit state clubs like Manchester City or PSG from vastly outspending their rivals and it would also include much firmer Financial Fair Play penalties, which have been a very weak deterrent up to this point.“A state-run club would be totally against our financial rules in Spain. Any investor that wants to come into La Liga has to agree to our financial controls and we would not allow any investor that would create debt or inflate the market. We would not allow it to happen.”Tebas acknowledged Europe’s biggest clubs, including Barcelona and Real Madrid from his own league, had always flexed their financial muscles.But he is adamant the threat posed by City and PSG’s wealth is potentially more damaging as transfer fees have been inflated by their vast spending.“Barcelona and Real Madrid have never received state support and have always been run in a financially responsible way,” he said.“Big clubs have always existed across Europe and it is true they can create distortion if there are no financial controls in place.“In the case of Spain, we have spent the past years reducing levels of debt to historic lows and we do not want our biggest clubs to have more money if others do not.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Javier Tebas, president of La Liga, has criticised Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain © AFP/File / Khalil MAZRAAWILONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 6 – La Liga president Javier Tebas says Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain represent “a danger that football has not seen before” as he stepped up his attacks on the big-spending superpowers.Tebas, who has strongly criticised City before, said the money pumped into the Premier League champions and Ligue 1 winners PSG by their Abu Dhabi and Qatar-based owners had distorted the football landscape.last_img read more

KCCA make a long trip to Njeru to face wounded Busoga United

first_img Tags: Busoga UnitedKCCA FCStarTimes Uganda Premeir LeagueTooro united KCCA FC defeated Wakiso in their opening game of the season. (PHOTO/File)Tuesday, September Busoga United Vs KCCA FC Technical Centre, NjeruThe UPL defending champions, KCCA FC make a long trip to Njeru to face Busoga United in the StarTimes Uganda Premier League on Tuesday.KCCA FC has never lost to Busoga United formerly known as Kirinya Jinja SS.KCCA FC have won four and shared spoils in the other two games since the hosts were elevated to the top tier in 2016.Mike Mutyaba bagged a brace in the second-round game last season to hand KCCA FC a deserved win.The sides had played a goalless draw in the first meeting of the 2018/19 season.Busoga lost 2-1 to Tooro United in their league opener despite putting up a strong challenge.The side conceded goals from their former players Frederik Kigozi and John Semazzi.For KCCA Fc, they defeated Wakiso Giants 1-0 in their opener.Team newsThe home side will rely on Dan Ssewava who scored their goal at Wankulukuku and Joel Madondo for inspiration.Kirya Jerome, Vicent Zziwa and Hakim Magombe will also play a vital role for the team that lost Fred Amaku to Maroons.Mike Mutebi’s side will rely on Allan Okello, Mike Mutyaba and new signing Erisa Sekisambu to give KCCA an away win.This will be Busoga’s first league game at home this season.Head to Head2018/19-Busoga United 0-2 KCCA FC-KCCA FC 0-0 Busoga United2017/18-Busoga United 0-1 KCCA FC-KCCA FC 2-1 Busoga United2016/17-KCCA FC 5-1 Busoga United-Busoga United 1-1 KCCA FCComments last_img read more

Giants select Alex Dickerson over homegrown candidates for promotion

first_imgPHOENIX — With a short-handed bench and center fielder Steven Duggar still feeling the effects from a lower back injury suffered while swinging on Tuesday, the Giants felt compelled to add an outfielder to their roster on Friday.The promotion of Alex Dickerson raised some eyebrows among Giants fans, but manager Bruce Bochy explained why the organization tabbed Dickerson to take Duggar’s roster spot.“There are some guys doing a pretty good job, but the power is intriguing,” Bochy said. “A …last_img

Kaepernick’s work on Nike ad earns Emmy, not NFL quarterback gig

first_imgNo, those aren’t personnel executives from Pittsburgh, New Orleans and Miami beseeching the former 49ers quarterback to Save Our Ship. They’re well-wishers … Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is out for the season with an elbow.Saints quarterback Drew Brees is out for six weeks with a hand.Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick is suffering from an incomplete understanding of how to play quarterback in the NFL.In other news, Colin Kaepernick’s phone is ringing off the hook.last_img

Rahul Dravid to retire from 15-year-old ODI career

first_imgFormer India cricket captain Rahul Dravid, who will be retiring from one-day internationals after the fifth ODI here Friday, said hard work in the shorter format of the game helped him to excel in Tests.”It does not feel like I’m finishing. I will still be doing the same things I have been doing in the last two and a half years. But I have had to work harder on my one-day cricket than in Tests,” said Dravid, who will be playing his 344th ODI, on the eve of the match here.Dravid, who will be ending his 15-year-old ODI career, said he does not dread quitting.”After such a long period of playing cricket, you don’t dread the day you will quit. You will recognise that when the time comes, you would have to move on. Retiring wouldn’t make much of a change in my life,” he said.”The Test series against West Indies is coming up. There will be a few days off, then it is back to fitness and practice. Nothing would really change. Nothing is going to be different from tomorrow onwards,” he said.On the feeling of retiring, Dravid said: “When you are away from home, you don’t get a sense how it’s been like. My wife did mention there are very nice things written about me back home. I feel humbled about the things being said and written about me in last few weeks.”Dravid, who is the seventh highest ODI scorer with 10,820 runs, said that when he started playing, he wasn’t considered suitable for ODI cricket but he worked hard to score more than 10,000 runs.advertisement”When I started playing, I wasn’t recognised as a one-day player. There was a lot more learning I had to do. I was dropped in the middle of my career, had to learn some lessons, and it helped free up my Test cricket as well. I ended up playing over 300 games for India,” he said.”It gives me a lot of satisfaction (to reflect) that I had a good Test and one-day career. At one stage, I probably wouldn’t have thought so myself. In many ways, it has been a very pleasing and satisfying career,” he said.Asked whether batting at various positions and keeping wickets helped him to become an all-round cricketer, Dravid said: “I have played in various positions, kept wickets, opened, batted at number three and five. It helped improve my versatility, being challenged to do different things, different positions, learn new skills, batting at 5-6, and facing different bowlers. Keeping and then batting as well as batting and then keeping helped me grow as a person and as a cricketer.”Asked if he was asked to lead the side in his final ODI, Dravid said: “I don’t think I would lead the side. M.S. Dhoni has led the side well. I have got enough respect and recognition for what I have done. It would be lovely to win though (tomorrow), irrespective of what happens.””We were very good at Lord’s, unfortunately, we couldn’t get over the line. Hopefully we can do so here tomorrow,” he said.Dravid said after he was dropped from the ODI side, he found it difficult to adjust to Test cricket.”Initially I found it difficult. I was used to playing continuously all the time. There were gaps as big as six months. When it was the off-season in Indian domestic circuit, I found it difficult. Going straight into Tests with no side games was a challenge for me. I had to learn to adjust to it, get fitter and work harder. It helped, and I was also able to iron out a few flaws in my game, as well as spend time with my family.”Dravid said making the final in the 2003 World Cup was one of the highs of his career and leading the team to a first round exit in the 2007 World Cup was the lowest.”Reaching the 2003 World Cup finals and getting so close was a high. Then watching India win the World Cup this year was extremely satisfying. I watched Kapil Dev lift the trophy as a 10-year-old, and now towards the end of my career, seeing another Indian team do it and realizing you have been a part of that journey has been satisfying,” he said.”Captaining the team in the 2007 World Cup was a big disappointment. I think we had a team which could have done better, but then we lost to Bangladesh and missed out,” he rued.advertisementDravid said that England, who humiliated India in the summer, are yet not ready to be compared along with the great Australian and the West Indies.”There’s no doubt when England comes to India in October, they would find different conditions. That would be a challenge for them. They have proved to be a good side in their home conditions. They have got the potential but it’s not easy,” said Dravid.”It’s unfair to compare them with the Australians and West Indies of the past. They were consistent for a long period of time and in various conditions. West Indies won in India and Australia in 2004. England need to go to various countries and win, in South Africa and in India,” he said.- With inputs from IANSlast_img read more

Minister Hutchinson Hails 4-H Farmers’ Market Initiative

first_img Mr. Hutchinson, who spoke to JIS News after making his purchases, said the “initiative is a very good one”. Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has applauded the Jamaica 4-H Clubs for moving to stage farmers’ markets, providing a ready-made market for farm produce. Minister Hutchinson said he hopes to see the Jamaica 4-H Clubs hosting the markets on a regular basis, so that residents from all across Kingston and St. Andrew, and persons who operate within the vicinity of the organisation would have easy access to quality produce. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. J.C. Hutchinson, has applauded the Jamaica 4-H Clubs for moving to stage farmers’ markets, providing a ready-made market for farm produce.The inaugural event was held on Friday (September 29) at the 4-H headquarters on Old Hope Road in St. Andrew.Mr. Hutchinson, who spoke to JIS News after making his purchases, said the “initiative is a very good one”.“It’s a very good show. We see produce coming from all over, such as St. Mary and St. Elizabeth. The farmers have brought their produce here, and we see quite a number of persons coming in to buy,” he noted.He said he is happy that the organisation, which has a mandate to encourage young people to see agriculture as a viable career option, has begun investing in promoting farmers from across the island and their produce.Minister Hutchinson said he hopes to see the Jamaica 4-H Clubs hosting the markets on a regular basis, so that residents from all across Kingston and St. Andrew, and persons who operate within the vicinity of the organisation would have easy access to quality produce.“Many consumers like this sort of thing where they are able to come to facilities like these and are able to get their produce coming directly from the farm. There is no middle man and they get it at a very reasonable price,” he pointed out.Executive Director of Jamaica 4-H Clubs, Ronald Blake, told JIS News that the farmers’ markets are in support of the Government’s mission to encourage citizens to buy and eat Jamaican agricultural produce, and the healthy lifestyle campaign.He said the initiative will serve to promote food security. “We want to encourage people to play their role in food security. We want persons to plant seedlings and play their role in Jamaica food security,” Mr. Blake said.Scores of farmers participated in the event, selling produce such as banana, tomato, sweet pepper, scallion, thyme, yam, Irish and sweet potatoes, pineapple, coconut, along with plants and seedlings.last_img read more

Liberal MPs scuttled plans to have MMIW inquiry commissioners testify before committee

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsLiberal MPs on the Indigenous Affairs committee appear to have scuttled plans to hold a hearing this month on the troubles facing the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).Committee MPs initially passed a motion tabled by Conservative MP Cathy McLeod to invite the inquiry commissioners to appear before the committee by June 15. The committee clerk had reached out to the commissioners who tentatively agreed to appear before the committee, APTN was told.Then, Liberal MPs changed their minds on the issue and argued the committee was already overloaded with too much work, according to information provided to APTN about the discussions which happened behind closed doors. Liberal MP Remi Masse led the Liberal side’s arguments on the issue, APTN was told.“Masse shut it down,” said a source with knowledge of the issue.Masse could not be reached for comment.None of the MPs on the committee would comment directly on the issue because the discussions happened during in camera sessions.McLeod, who is the Conservative party’s Indigenous affairs critic, said the motion is “sitting there,” but would provide no other details.“I can’t speak to what happens when committee is in confidence,” said McLeod. “I absolutely believe we have an important role which is why I put forward a motion to meet with the commissioners to hear what their challenges are.”Liberal MP Gary Anandasangaree said he could not discuss internal committee business. He said the commissioners would be invited to testify before the committee in the fall.“Over the years many of the commissions that have come forward have always gone through difficulties,” said Anandasangaree. “We need to give them the time and space to build a framework and execute it. In the fall we will hear from them on how they are progressing.”The inquiry commissioners have faced criticism from the families of the murdered and missing who say they’ve received little information on plans. The families have also said they believe the Privy Council Office, which is the prime minister bureaucracy, has too much control over the affairs of the inquiry.The inquiry has suspended hearings until sometime in the fall. There are no public hearings planned over the summer.The Senate committee on Aboriginal Peoples also requested the commissioners appear and testify, but it won’t happen until the fall. According to a committee official, the commissioners were not available to appear this month.The inquiry’s media spokesperson did not return a request for comment.The inquiry held one session of public hearings in Whitehorse which lasted three [email protected]@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

Bahamas Environment Minister Ferreira Addressed 5th UN Global Geospatial Information Management Forum

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Mexico, November 30, 2017 – Mexico City – Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira under the theme, “Implementing The Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of Geospatial Technology And Innovation,” addressed the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.Minister Ferreira extended appreciation to the Ministerial segment of the UN-GGIM, the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI), and various UN Committees of experts for their leadership to foster greater dialogue concerning matters of mutual interest at Global and Regional levels.   He also thanked Dr. Julio A. Santaella and Mr. Stefan Schweinfest for inviting The Bahamas to speak on its experience regarding policy perspectives and the progress we are making nationally to strengthen our Geospatial Information Management Capacity and Spatial Data Infrastructure to support informed decision making.“Mr. President, within the wider context of implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals, The Bahamas continues to maintain relations with the United Nations through its participation in several UN Fora on a number of fronts including Gender Equality, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Energy, Disaster Management, Resource Management (Land & Marine), as well as other programs stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals,” said Minister Ferreira.“In 2014, The Bahamas enacted ‘The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure Act’.   This is intended to strengthen the capacity of our technical arm, The Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems (BNGIS) Centre, to meet its national mandate to effect the practical and efficient use of geospatial technologies.”Minister Ferreira added that it is the Bahamas Government’s intent to continue to build on our Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) Program to support sound decision making in multiple sectors.   He emphasized the fact that BNGIS will require more resources to keep up with changing technologies and the Bahamian Government’s continued commitment to matters related to the UN-GGIM Secretariat and the UN-GGIM Americas Caribbean Project.“Mr. President, The Bahamas’ application of this technology has been utilized in areas of national importance such as, but not limited to, Utility Management, Planning, and National Security.    Additionally, The Bahamas is using Geospatial Technology in our ongoing matters related to the United Nations Convention on the Law of The Sea (UNCLOS),” said Minister Ferreira.“The integration of this technology has resulted in The Bahamas’ successful declaration of our Archipelagic Maritime Borders and our lodging, with the UN, a successful median line agreement with our Neighboring State, The Republic of Cuba.   Geospatial technologies will continue to play a vital role in our ongoing negotiations with the United States and eventually the Turks and Caicos, and Haiti.”Minister Ferreira explained the benefits of applying Geospatial Technologies as tools for supporting decision making in The Bahamas, even though there’s still more work to be done to make the Spatial Data Infrastructure Program whole.  The  Bahamas Government acknowledges the importance of using this information for its national strategy toward the sustainability of the country’s natural resources.“We have applied the technology in various sectors within the Government, albeit in an ad-hoc manner, resulting in isolated pockets of GIS, Duplication of Effort, Outdated Information with ‘No Standards’, and a lack of Procedures and Protocols for the sharing of information.   With the passage of The Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure (BSDI) Act 2014, and the establishment of the Bahamas Geospatial Advisory Council, we will coordinate such activities and develop the necessary standards, procedures, and protocols,” said Minister Ferreira.“In general, the BDSI system and program articulated in the legislation, outlines Spatial Technologies, Policies, and institutional arrangements that facilitate the management, availability of, and access to ‘Spatial Data’.    We do, however, face significant challenges in deploying Geospatial Technologies to support informed decision making.”Minister Ferreira explained to the UN panel that The Bahamas is a system of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), with some 17 inhabited islands, and 2,500 rocks and cays, stretching over some 100,000 square miles of ocean.   He said it presents numerous challenges in addressing environmental concerns, which include land, sea, air, and submarine issues, as well as the added hazard of climate change and disaster risk reduction and preparedness.“Facilitating this work in a Spatial Environment is a ‘National Imperative’, in tandem with using a Geospatial Infrastructure to collect and disseminate data.   In the wake of extreme hurricane events that impacted The Bahamas — Hurricanes Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma — we must place more emphasis in working to mitigate risk factors that may threaten our stability, including better Land Use Planning, to enable Government to use ‘Spatial Data’ to better understand and assess risks.  However, this is costly due to the geographical configuration of The Bahamas,” said Minister Ferreira.“The Bahamas ‘Spatial Data’ Infrastructure is crucial, and we recognize that out-of-date, incomplete and inaccurate information must be improved, in order to allow for informed decision making, based on accurate and reliable data.   This will minimize risk in the management of our Environment, and improve our ability to meet citizen expectations, for a better way of life.”Minister Ferreira categorized how effective SDI works, when considering Global and National requirements, combined to include Governance Reform, Institutional Strengthening of the BNGIS Centre, and Legislative Regulations to govern its operations.“Introducing a comprehensive ‘National Plan of Action for Geospatial Information Implementation’ is required in order to enable a more strategic approach to disaster preparedness; integrated Land Use and Coastal Zone (Land and Marine) Planning and Management; and the Modernization of Public Administration Agencies.“As stipulated in other fora, the most challenging question has been how we set a Global Agenda that enables collective international action, while delivering effective support to national efforts?   Having now initiated more focus participation in UN-GGIM initiatives, that question remains,” said Minister Ferreira.To conclude his address to the body of Global GeoSpatial experts, Minister Ferreira informed them that The Bahamas’ membership in the UN-GGIM initiative is a true indicator of the Government’s commitment to the UN’s processes, and meeting the expectations of Bahamian citizens, when applying Geospatial Technologies to improve the Bahamian way of life, while meeting the country’s sustainable goals.“We look forward to our continued participation, as the BNGIS Centre, as the Government’s Focal Point, and as the Technical Administrator of the the Bahamas Spatial Data Infrastructure system and programme, as expected,” said Minister Ferreira.center_img By: Gena Gibbs (BIS)Photo caption:  Bahamas Minister of the Environment & Housing, the Hon. Romauld Ferreira delivers his address to the 5th High Level Forum on United Nations Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) at the Sheraton Maria Isabel Hotel in Mexico City, November 28, 2017.(BIS Photos/Gena Gibbs)last_img read more

Indiana Depot LRA Seeks Executive Director for Industrial Park

first_imgThe Newport Chemical Depot Reuse Authority (NeCDRA) is searching for an executive director to oversee the business development, redevelopment initiatives, and economic incentives and policy of the Vermillion Rise Mega Park, a 7,500-acre industrial park in west central Indiana. The position serves under the direction of the NeCDRA board.The position’s duties include:Advises all aspects of economic development and redevelopment issues affecting the Vermillion Rise Mega Park, including vision, goals and objectives.Manages economic development projects and property land use, including real estate and land development agreements.Implements NeCDRA economic development strategy, including business retention and expansion, business attraction, and business ombudsman/advocacy.Nurtures community, regional and state networks to enhance business development opportunities.Manages the NeCDRA master plan including land use, zoning, transportation studies; administers local planning, and transportation planning programs.Works cooperatively with jurisdictions within the county.Conducts regional water district studies; prepares and presents open space proposals.Oversees and approves the NeCDRA community engagement activities.Minimum qualifications include:Minimum three years in same or related field.Staff management experience.Bachelor’s degree in business, public administration, urban planning, public policy or a related field and a minimum of direct experience associated with business development in areas such as commercial, manufacturing and industrial development, and/or experience in community planning in a municipal environment; or equivalent.Commercial real estate knowledge.Budget preparation and resource management experience.Seeks sources of funding including federal, state and local revenues; revenues from sale of credits; and revenue from land and building rentals and sales.A full position profile is available on the Vermillion Rise website. Email resume and cover letter by Aug. 19 to [email protected] Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more