MARK PORTERIE — PAISD School Board leads through tough time; better days are ahead

first_img In looking back, I am proud of the way PAISD, its staff and especially its Board of Trustees, who have led with a doing attitude, by quickly responding to the challenges we have faced in 2020.We stood, shaking at times, as life as we knew it changed forever. As the phrase “never thought I would see that in my lifetime,” became an everyday expression, we met each challenge head-on with a resolve to never lose site of our goal, the children.In 2020, the district lost several dedicated employees and friends. Several angels of earth went to their heavenly rest. Souls that fell victims to the virus after years of being caregivers to others; and strong, vibrant men working with their hands one day, and succumbing to the virus the next. Through it all, we have continued to provide service to our community, while trying to stay safe and healthy. From bus drivers, custodians, cafeteria workers, aides, teachers and administrative and clerical and maintenance staff, our frontline workers tolled without ceasing.As we experienced the lows of sick staff and students, openings and closings, we discovered new strengths within ourselves. I was proud to watch the PAISD Board lead through the unknown. School districts across the United States had to find ways to educate students.I was proud that our Board led with actions, being and becoming what we imagined was necessary to uplift and maintain the educational system within PAISD.The PAISD Board did not just sit and wait for others to guide us. We were the first to purchase laptops for all students, and we were the first in the area to embrace Schoology as the platform to deliver virtual instruction. Our Board led the way, as we pivoted in ways that we never would have thought possible. As I reflect on the year 2020, and its difficulties, not just for me but the entire world, I have resolved to have a positive attitude for the year to come.I will count all of my blessings and take nothing for granted. I will learn the lessons of 2020 and meet the challenges of 2021 with a smile and renewed hope for us all.The year 2020 has seemed to be at a standstill while also tossing challenges like we have never seen before. In 2020, we have learned that life can change within the blink of an eye and whether you pivot and grow, or cower with fear is all up to you. Dr. Mark Porterie is Superintendent of Schools for the Port Arthur Independent School District. He can be reached at mporterie@paisd.org. This January 2021, we celebrate School Board Recognition Month. This year’s theme is “Navigating to Success.”Being a school board member in times of change and chaos is not easy. It goes without saying that our seven-member Board has gone well beyond their duties during these last few years, and in particular the last nine months.The job in normal circumstances is not for the faint of heart, but during these times, school board members have to stand tough and lead with conviction. Throughout this time of unprecedented challenges, our school board has been a source of reason and support for the entire District.They have never wavered in their commitment to student success and in making sure that our staff has everything needed in order to be successful.Since March 2020, the Board of Trustees has thought outside of the box. Some of the solutions to our challenges have been totally out of the box, others have never seen a box.Our Board trusted the team, and supported the ideas of staff, as we moved through unchartered waters.On behalf of the Port Arthur Independent School District, staff and students, we recognize and salute our PAISD School Board trustees for their trust, diligence and commitment to the young minds and staff of the Port Arthur Independent School District.As we look back to 2020, we have had many losses and missed moments that we could mourn. I choose to look ahead at the great possibilities that a new year brings.I choose to be optimistic about our future and the future of the young lives we influence. I have gratitude for all of the PAISD staff who have chosen to continue to serve our community.All those, who have risked their own lives to continue the ministry of educating the next generation.My hope for the New Year is that 2021 brings structure, normalcy and routine. This may be only a dream, but I know PAISD has the flexibility to pivot and take all necessary steps, while navigating to the successful achievement of our goals.last_img read more

UVM professor Mary Cushman to lead new medical journal

first_imgThe University of Vermont Medical Center,Vermont Business Magazine The International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis(link is external) (ISTH), in partnership with John Wiley and Sons, Inc, announces the launch of the Society’s new open access journal, Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis (RPTH), with its inaugural issue to publish in conjunction with the meeting of the ISTH 2017 Congress(link is external) in Berlin, Germany, July 8-13. Mary Cushman, MD, MSc, professor of medicine at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont, and director of the thrombosis and hemostasis program at the University of Vermont Medical Center in the United States, will lead the launch of the journal as its inaugural Editor-in-Chief. Complementing the Society’s flagship journal, the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH), RPTH will provide an innovative new open access platform for science and discourse among researchers, clinicians and patients. It will publish a broad array of article types covering the widest possible spectrum of topics in thrombosis, hemostasis and related areas. Studies by multidisciplinary research groups, from emerging areas of research and from under-represented regions of the world, will be of particular interest.The editorial team working with Dr Cushman represents all areas of the world and includes: Pantep Angchaisuksiri (Thailand), Cihan Ay (Austria), Suzanne Cannegieter (The Netherlands), Adam Cuker (USA), Susan Kahn (Canada), Fiona Newell (Australia), Yotis Senis (UK) and Alisa Wolberg (USA).”RPTH epitomizes the current era of inter-disciplinary scientific discovery and new methods of knowledge dissemination,” Cushman said. “Capitalizing on its open access and online-only format, RPTH will provide unrestricted access to scientific results from around the globe as a ‘living journal,’ serving as an important catalyst for digital discussion. In so doing, it will also provide the public with ease of access to research findings.”Published in partnership with Wiley(link is external), RPTH is interested in basic, clinical, translational and population or public health research. Studies and trials covering quality of care, outcomes, dissemination and implementation science are sought, including work on novel care delivery especially in areas of resource constraint around the world.The journal is now accepting submissions. For more information and to submit an article for consideration, visit http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2475-0379(link is external) and follow RPTH on Twitter @RPTHJournal(link is external).SOURCE CHAPEL HILL, N.C., Jan. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasislast_img read more

Overland Park man will make first appearance in Johnson County court today on charges of murdering wife

first_imgThe Harris’s Overland Park apartment was blocked off as a crime scene Tuesday.Robert Harris’s booking photo in Johnson County Jail.Robert Harris, 30, an Overland Park man who served as a leader of the Repairers Kansas City church in south Kansas City, is in Johnson County Jail this morning on charges of killing his wife, Tanisha Harris, an associate pastor at the church.Overland Park Police and Johnson County investigators had the Harris’s apartment in the 8000 block of Perry Street blocked off as a crime scene on Tuesday. Police were called to the apartment Monday afternoon to investigate a report of a domestic disturbance. When they arrived, they made contact with a male who appeared to be alone in the apartment. Later that day, however, the man contacted police and reported that his wife was missing. When questioned, the man eventually confessed that he had played a role in her disappearance. Raymore and Belton police worked with Overland Park and Johnson County law enforcement officers to search an area near Kentucky Road in Raymore. They located Tanisha’s body in the early hours of Tuesday morning.Harris is scheduled to make a first appearance in Johnson County District Court, where he is facing first-degree murder charges, at 1:30 p.m. today.Tanisha Harris. Photo via Facebook.last_img read more

BOC joins Australia’s biggest waste CO2 project

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Unique carbon capture technology to be trialled

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Insurance giant makes £6m profits from PI joint ventures

first_imgThe law firms set up by insurance giant Admiral in the wake of the referral fee ban made more than £6m profit in their first full trading year.Accounts were filed with Companies House this month for Admiral Law, the joint venture set up with personal injury firm Lyons Davidson in April 2013.For the year ending 31 December 2014, Admiral Law recorded turnover of £10.9m and profit before tax of £4.3m. In the previous year turnover was £6.1m and profit before tax was £2.8m.The joint venture was set up just weeks after the government banned insurance companies from receiving referral fees from law firms.Admiral stood to lose a significant income stream through the ban, having earned £18.6m from selling customers’ details to PI lawyers in 2012.A second law firm, BDE Law, set up to handle claims from customers insured with the firm’s Bell, Diamond and Elephant brands, made a further £1.9m in profit in 2014 based on £4.9m turnover.Work in progress at both firms increased significantly in 2014.By the end of that year, WIP was valued at almost £6.5m for Admiral Law and £3.2m for BDE Law. Between them the firms had around £4.5m in WIP at the end of 2013.The accounts for each company also reveal that 280 people are employed in total by Admiral legal subsidiaries.The firms provide legal services to customers of the Admiral Group that have suffered a personal injury or other uninsured losses as a result of a non-fault road traffic accident. Their only sources of income are legal fees arising from acting on behalf of customers.A report last week from comparison site Confused.com, in association with professional services firm Towers Watson, found car insurance premiums have gone up 8% compared to last year.In the third quarter of 2015 motorists paid on average £47 more compared with the same time last year.last_img read more

SRA armed with data in preparation for new PII battle

first_imgRegulators will try again in 2017 with proposals to reform minimum terms for solicitors’ professional indemnity insurance.The Solicitors Regulation Authority today published new figures as part of renewed efforts to secure a more liberalised market.The offensive comes two years after the regulator was thwarted it its ambitions to reduce minimum cover from £2m to £500,000, after the Legal Services Board rejected the plans.Ahead of a consultation expected next year, the SRA today published new research showing cover that appears to be out of proportion with the associated risks, in particular for smaller firms. The data covers the 10 years from 2004 to 2014.The SRA said a high proportion of claims came from a narrow set of activities, in particular conveyancing. Taking away claims where the insurer did not state the reason for the claim, more than half of all indemnity payments stem from conveyancing problems.Around one in five claims to insurers results in an indemnity payment and – in a potential nod to the proposed minimum cover plan – 98% were identified as having settled for less than £580,000.Sole practitioners have the highest premiums as a percentage of turnover, amounting to around 7% of their income.Crispin Passmore (pictured), SRA executive director for policy, said the data provides the ‘basis for discussion’ which will underpin next year’s consultation.‘Indemnity insurance is one of the measures that helps clients of regulated law firms if things go wrong. It also plays a key role in protecting law firms from claims.‘But as we have said before, we have a very diverse profession with solicitors and firms practising in many different ways. Regulation needs to respond to and support that variety.
’Passmore said the SRA wants to create a more flexible way for firms to provide adequate and appropriate cover without spending more on premiums than is really necessary. That, he suggested, could mean lower costs for firms – and therefore lower costs for users of legal services.But he was challenged at a conference yesterday by audience members who said data was not taken from insurers that had collapsed, and that a reduced minimum would offer less protection for consumers.The Law Society said reviewing the PII regime on a regular basis was important but that any proposed changes need to ensure the right balance between protecting consumers and solicitors, and promoting a competitive insurance market which enables affordable PII costs for firms.Chancery Lane added: ’PII is a complex market and gathering comprehensive data on claims is difficult. We appreciate the SRA’s efforts to gather data on PII claims patterns to help inform thinking on the PII regime. We look forward to investigating the data in more detail.’last_img read more

Italian contract takes Flirt orders to 707

first_imgITALY: South Tirol transport authority STA has exercised a €75m option for Stadler Rail to supply eight six-car Flirt electric multiple-units plus eight intermediate cars to lengthen its four existing four-car units to six cars.Announcing the order on November 22, Stadler said this latest contract takes the total number of Flirts ordered worldwide to 707. The new units will be similar to the four four-car and four six-car Flirt EMUs delivered in 2008, but with some interior improvements including more comfortable seats for a total of 260 passengers. They will be equipped for 3 kV DC operation in Italy and 15 kV 16·7 Hz in Austria, with a maximum speed of 160 km/h. Delivery is scheduled for the second half of 2013.last_img

OMI premieres video for new song, “Drop in the Ocean”

first_imgA look at some of the top stories making the news today, January 19, across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has arrested NY-based immigrant lawyer Gnoleba Seri for fraud and identity theft, particularly affecting Caribbean immigrants. Seri was charged for stealing person information from legitimate immigration sponsors for other fraudulent visa applications.Miramar residents gathered in style yesterday to celebrate the city’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. parade at Lakeshore Park. Local school bands and traditional Bahamian Junkanoo brands performed for the crowd, while city mascots joined city officials, police and fire department representatives for a special motorcade.Former Jamaican contestant from “The Voice” Anita Antoinette gave a stellar performance of her latest music yesterday at South Florida’s NBC 6 show, “The Mix,” hosted by Roxanne Vargas. A daughter of reggae singer Clinton Fearon, Antoinette says she is working on additional material, due for release later this year.Jamaican U.S. college soccer star Ojai Bedward says he has his eye on joining a Major League Soccer club next season. The 21-year-old Excelsior High School alumni has a stellar performance last year, leading his school Bryant & Stratton College to the USCAA championship final.  Bedward will strut his skills for recruiters this summer at the Players’ Development League.What’s trending:Jamaican pop reggae star OMI of “Cheerleader” fame unveils summery video for his latest track, “Drop in the Ocean.” The track is the third single to be taken from his debut album “Me 4 U,” following on from second top 10 hit “Hula Hoop.”For Today’s Weather Forecast:Partly Cloudy in Broward County with a high of 65 and a low of 50. For Miami-Dade, mostly cloudy with a high of 66 and a low of 53.For more information on these and other stories, visit caribbeannationalweeklylast_img read more

Woodfordhill Village Counciil Elections Underway

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet The Electoral Office of Dominica informs electors in the Woodfordhill community that the Woodfordhill Village Council General Election will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.The voting will commence at eight o’clock in the morning and end at five o’clock in the afternoon.The election was initially scheduled to be held on April 6, 2020 and was postponed due to concerns over the Covid—19 pandemic.The Ministry of Health guidelines will be in effect during the hours when the polls are open and during the counts. This includes the practice of social distancing and the wearing of masks by all electors wishing to cast their ballot.All election officials have been equipped with masks, hand sanitizers and alcohol and efforts will be made to maintain a sanitized environment within the polling station.Electors are further advised that only one elector will be allowed into the polling station at a time and that voting is to be done promptly and that they are to vacate the premises soonest.14 candidates were duly nominated on March 17, 2020 for the election and are as follows:ANGOL, NakishaAUGUISTE, WendyBAZIL, RicksonBAZIL, SavinaBRUNO, Nicholas AugustineCELESTINE, Karen StellarDEJEAN, Joseph JamesJOSEPH, VickeyLAWRENCE ABRAHAM, BernadetteLOCKHART, TabiqueRUSSELL, Joseph A.THOMAS, CurnelleVIVILLE, RichardsonWALLACE BRUNO, Vica JudithElectors are encouraged to exercise the right to vote. Share LocalNewsPolitics Woodfordhill Village Counciil Elections Underway by: – June 17, 2020center_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more