New Laws To Make Schools Safer For Everyone

first_imgNew Laws To Make Schools Safer For Everyone VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is giving Victorian schools the power to ban aggressive and violent parents from entering school grounds, to protect students and staff.Minister for Education James Merlino today introduced the Education and Training Reform Amendment (Protection of School Communities) Bill 2021, delivering on a key recommendation from the 2018 Protective Schools Ministerial Taskforce.The Bill will help empower authorised persons, such as school principals, to issue School Community Safety Orders to parents, carers and other people who engage in harmful, threatening or abusive behaviour.The new laws will also allow schools to ban parents that engage in threatening or abusive communication through social media and other channels.Schools will be able to impose requirements on the way parents, carers or other adult members of the school community interact with the school or school community – including stopping them from entering school grounds or other locations where school events are occurring, if reasonably necessary.Schools must ensure people issued with the new Orders are still able to communicate with the school and be informed about the child’s education, and make arrangements to ensure the child’s attendance at the school and school activities.The changes build on existing legislation and will provide greater procedural fairness to parents, carers and other adult members of the school community. This includes internal merits review, and external review at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal if the person doesn’t agree with the outcome.If a person fails to comply with a School Community Safety Order, an application can be made to the Magistrates’ Court for an order requiring compliance, a civil penalty of up to 60 penalty units, or any other order that the Court considers appropriate.The Bill is part of a broader strategy targeting the small minority of parents, carers and other members of school communities who engage in such inappropriate behaviour. It will also include an ongoing school-based communications campaign to address parent and carer aggression,The Government has undertaken targeted consultation with stakeholders including teacher unions, school associations, parent associations, Victoria Legal Aid, Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service, Foundation House, Victorian Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission, and the Victorian Multicultural Commission.As stated by Minister for Education James Merlino“No one should be threatened or intimidated at work or at school – that’s why we’re introducing these new laws to protect staff, students and their families.” “These vital new measures will empower our senior school leaders to take necessary actions when inappropriate behaviour is being levelled towards people in the school community”. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, amendment, Andrews, AusPol, Australia, campaign, civil penalty, Commission, communications, community, education, Government, Human Rights, legislation, Minister, social media, students, Victorialast_img read more

Usher, Boyz II Men, Wiz Khalifa, & Charlie Puth Pay Tribute To Kobe Bryant [Watch]

first_imgFriday night marked the first Los Angeles Lakers game following the tragic death of the NBA icon, Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant, and seven others in a Calabasas, CA helicopter crash on Sunday, January 26th. While the world mourned his passing, his longtime employer and extended family, the Los Angeles Lakers, paid tribute to Kobe Bryant with a series of performances during the pre-game ceremony before their game with the Portland Trail Blazers.Related: Kobe Bryant Plays Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata” On Piana In Deeply Emotional Video [Watch]Usher performed “Amazing Grace” for the first tribute of the night. While Usher sang, the STAPLES Center crowd watched a tribute video of fans, basketball players, and athletes of other sports mourning in the wake of the news of Bryant’s death.Watch Usher sing “Amazing Grace” below.Usher – “Amazing Grace”[Video: ESPN]After a tribute video that highlighted Bryant’s career and featured voiceover’s by the icon himself, Boyz II Men made their way to the court for an impassioned rendition of the National Anthem. Lakers’ players were seen crying during the emotional a capella performance.Watch Boyz II Men’s National Anthem below.Boyz II Men – National Anthem[Video: ESPN]The ceremony closed with a speech from Lakers star and future NBA Hall of Famer, Lebron James. After scrapping his written speech, James spoke off-the-cuff. “Tonight we celebrate the kid that came here at 18, retired at 38 and became probably the best dad we’ve seen over the last three years,” he said. “So in the words of Kobe Bryant, ‘Mamba Out,’ but in the words of us, ‘not forgotten.’ Live on brother.”Lebron James Pre-Game Ceremony Speech[Video: ESPN]The team had one more tribute in store for the STAPLES Center crowd that evening. A half time tribute by Charlie Puth and Wiz Khalifa saw the musicians perform “See You Again”, the 2015 track that pays homage to actor Paul Walker. Khalifa expressed his sympathies during the song: “Peace and blessing to his entire family. His legacy is gonna be remembered. We love you Kobe.”Charlie Puth & Wiz Khalifa – “See You Again”[Video: House of Highlights]Stubhub has announced that it would donate all ticket fees from the game to The Bryant Foundation, which aims to improve the lives of families and communities in need. Click here for more information.last_img read more

Cat Sanctuary Takes in Tabby Number 1,000

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreTabby’s Place is celebrating the rescue of its 1,000th cat.Since opening its doors to hard-luck cats in 2003, the sanctuary has made the same promise to each feline it saves: if she isn’t adopted, she can live out all her days in cage-free, love-filled comfort, regardless of age, personality or medical needs.Indeed, about 30% of Tabby’s Place cats are “Special Needs cats,” with conditions requiring costly ongoing medical care. In addition to providing a lifetime haven, Tabby’s Place has been a lively home for its hundreds of rescues, uniquely joyful with unabashed affection for its underdogs (or, in this case, undercats). The staff and 100+ volunteers care for each cat as though she were the only one in the world. This means first-rate medical care, daily doting, and a one-of-a-kind, beautiful environment designed around cats’ needs. There is something especially fitting about the fact that the cats who end up in this haven are the very felines who once knew the most loneliness and suffering, which is now a distant memory for cat  number 1,000, a gorgeous, but sick, black and white cat named Twix, who is available for adoption from the shelter in Ringoes, New Jersey.If Twix is like the vast majority (over 900 and counting), she will be adopted by a family of her own. Should that not be in her future, Tabby’s Place will be her home, and her loving family, for life.Visit for more information, or to sponsor a cat.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

DEATH NOTICES: Aug. 7, 2020

first_img Yvonne Sutherlin, 89, of Port Arthur, Texas died Monday, August 3, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Groves, Texas.Jeff Duhon, 52, of Nederland, Texas passed away August 6, 2020. Services are under the direction of Melancon’s Funeral Home inNederland.George David Laird, 74, of Tuscaloosa, Alabama formerly of Port Arthur, Texas passed away August 1, 2020. Services are under the direction of Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland. Rev. Anthony B. Anderson, 57, of Port Arthur, Texas passed away August 5, 2020. Services are under the direction of Melancon’s Funeral Home in Nederland.Dorothy Faye Cuniff, 90, of Port Neches, Texas, died August 6, 2020. Services pending with Levingston Funeral Home – Port Neches.Carl Wayne Hite, Sr., 59, of Port Arthur died Sunday, July 26, 2020. Funeral arrangements are pending at Gabriel Funeral Home. Phala Jayne Barnhill, 77, of Orangefield, formerly of Groves, passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.Marion Edgar Pierce, 89, of Gatesville, Texas passed away on Thursday, August 6, 2020, Clayton Thompson Funeral Home in Groves.center_img James Calliham, Jr., 86, of Port Arthur died Wednesday, August 5, 2020. Funeral arrangements are pending at Gabriel Funeral Home.Olevia VanWright, 76, of Port Arthur died Thursday, August 6, 2020. Funeral arrangements are pending at Gabriel Funeral Home.last_img read more

US Secretary of State John Kerry to visit Africa amid fears…

first_imgUS Secretary of State John Kerry is set to visit Africa next week for talks with senior government officials regarding various regional issues, the State Department said.State Department spokesman John Kirby said the visit to Kenya would mainly focus on South Sudan’s peace process and Somalia’s political transition.During his visit to Nigeria, Kerry will meet President Muhammadu Buhari to discuss cooperation on the fight against Islamists militant group Boko Haram, the Nigerian economy and human rights issues, Kirby said.There are growing fears that South Sudan could slide back into civil war following the latest fighting that has rocked the capital Juba.Riek Machar is reported to have fled the country foillowing last month’s fighting and replacement by President Salva Kiir as first vice president.last_img read more

Malawi women protest against sexual violence

first_imgYoung activists at the “She Decides” march against sexual violence in Lilongwe, Malawi, on March 2, 2020. Alice McCool/Thomson Reuters Foundation Dozens of women took to the streets of Malawi’s capital on Monday to protest against sexual violence after a series of alleged police assaults on women last year.About 90 protesters, most of them women, marched through Lilongwe in silence to mark She Decides Day – a global movement launched in 2017 after organisations that talk about abortion were barred from receiving U.S. government funding.“I’m here because I am against men raping women each and every day,” said Eunice Kachimela, a 13-year-old student from Lilongwe.“My friend was raped and we took the case to court, which made me so passionate. We need to speak up so things can change.”Young activists at the “She Decides” march against sexual violence in Lilongwe, Malawi, on March 2, 2020. /Alice McCool/Thomson Reuters Foundation.Chimwemwe Mlombwa, one of the organizers, said some of the protesters chanted a traditional saying that translates as “every girl has a right to decide, don’t ruin her future simply because she is a girl”.The march comes amid a rise in feminist activism in Malawi, where rape is widespread, but rarely reported due to stigma, lack of access to the judicial system and cultural normalization of sexual abuse.But the issue burst into the open last year when a number of women and girls accused the police of sexually assaulting them during violence that followed a disputed presidential election in May.Malawi’s Women Lawyers Association has filed an application for a judicial review, arguing that a “failure to investigate promptly and take action against perpetrators violates the women’s constitutional rights”.Related Somalia Sexual Violence Somali Women Join Global Campaign To End The Violence Against Womencenter_img Egyptian Protesters Denounce Sexual Violence Against Women last_img read more

The Pettiest Ways People Have Gotten Revenge on Their Significant Other

first_imgWe’re one week away from the one day a year where we’re supposed to celebrate our love.  The other 364 days?  Nothing but spite, baby.Buzzfeed just asked people to share the PETTIEST ways they’ve ever gotten revenge in a relationship.  Here are five of our favorites . . .1.  “After a fight, my husband stormed out of the house and said he was going to see a movie.  I knew which one it was and he’d been looking forward to it, so I Googled spoilers and texted them to him while he was driving there.”2.  “He called me a name, so I cut the nipples out of his shirts.”3.  “I waited until he had finished the second-to-last episode of a show on Netflix, then I changed the password.”4.  “I mashed his iPhone charger so it wouldn’t work, and then I ate his leftover Popeyes biscuits in the fridge.”5.  “After an argument, I put a shrimp in the hollow part of the curtain rod and closed it up.”last_img read more

Poll: iPhone Exchange Support; Did Microsoft Make a Mistake?

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting richard macmanus Tags:#Polls#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img In yesterday’s post Why Apple Will Dominate Next Gen Computing, Alex Iskold wrote that Apple’s announcement of iPhone support for Microsoft Exchange “makes perfect sense” – as a competitive move against Blackberry and to position the iPhone as the default consumer / enterprise phone. However, how smart was this move by Microsoft?Specifically, Apple has licensed Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, which InfoWorld described as “the technology required to synchronize mail, calendar, and other data directly with Microsoft Exchange rather than use third-party gateways or synchronization services.” This will be included in the iPhone 2.0 software planned for release this June.As somebody said yesterday in a meeting that I was in, iPhone with ActiveSync may spell the end for Windows Mobile! Think about it: Exchange is arguably the most important functionality for an enterprise that runs Microsoft software (and many enterprises do). So if the iPhone, one of the fastest growing consumer mobile phones currently and with similar industry-changing potential as the iPod, can sync your data between home and office — what use would you have for a Microsoft Windows mobile phone? It seems that Microsoft is taking a huge risk here, letting the iPhone usurp the need for Windows Mobile phones in the enterprise.What do you think? Participate in the poll below, and outline your reasons for your vote in the ReadWriteWeb comments. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts last_img read more

7DAYS EuroCup Top 5 games to watch

first_img4. Tofas Bursa vs. Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar, Round 10Tofas is a team loaded with experienced veterans like Sammy Mejia, Matt Lojeski and Baris Ermis. It also has a true backcourt spark in Tarik Phillip, who hit a game-winning buzzer-beating three pointer when these two clashed in Round 5 in Krasnodar. Tofas is a side that might not light up the scoreboard, averaging 78.6 points, but it plays team basketball that begets a league-leading 21.5 assists per game. Tofas will have a chance to secure its playoff spot in Round 9, but if it does not, will be playing for its life in a do-or-die Round 10 rematch with the former EuroCup champions from Russia. For Lokomotiv, a perennial EuroCup contender, Round 10 will definitely be a must-win game. Lokomotiv is loaded with talent and has survived a four-game losing streak to remain alive and hold destiny in its own hands. But to make it through to the Top 16, it will need to win in Bursa in this must-see game.. @TofasSporKulubu steals a road victory as @PhillipTarik nails the game-winning long three-pointer at the buzzer! #7DAYSMagicMoment— 7DAYS EuroCup (@EuroCup) October 30, 2019 Print Dec 05, 2019 7DAYS EuroCup Top 5 games to watch Dec 06, 2019 1. UNICS Kazan vs. Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul, Round 10Heading into the final two weeks of the regular season, no team has qualified out of Group C. However, two teams sharing the gorup with 5-3 records – UNICS and Darussafaka – have such tiebreaker advantages that they have all but mathematically secured their Top 16 berths. As such, this head-to-head clash between former EuroCup champs will likely have very high stakes, with first place in the group very possibly on the line. Errick McCollum won their Round 5 matchup at the buzzer for UNICS, so there is also the revenge factor that Darussafaka will surely have on its while traveling to Kazan. Do not expect a high-scoring affair, as Darussafaka allows the competition’s fewest points on the road, 65.5 per game, while UNICS holds opponents to the third-fewest points, 70.8, at home.. @unicsbasket tops @dackabasket as Erick McCollum pulls up for a lane jumper that just beats the buzzer for a road win #7DAYSMagicMoment— 7DAYS EuroCup (@EuroCup) October 30, 2019 Dec 03, 2019 Dec 02, 2019 7DAYS EuroCup Top 5 surprising teams Among the many reasons the 7DAYS EuroCup is such an exciting competition to follow every season are the surprising results. Behold, the top five surprising teams so far from… 2. Unicaja Malaga vs. EWE Baskets Oldenburg, Round 9Unicaja has had a pretty dominant regular season. It has been looking down at Group C from the top of the standings from the start, and still leads it with a 6-2 record. However, one of those two losses came at the hands of its next opponent, Oldenburd, who during a 91-78 Round 3 victory over the Spaniards led by as many as 24 points. It turned to be just a bump in a mostly smooth regular season ride for Unicaja, but for Oldenburg it started a five-game winning run that has lifted the team into the Top 16. That winning streak that is still alive. Oldenburg is one of the two hottest teams in the EuroCup, with three of its five wins having come by 12 points or more, and it ranks third in offensive production with 83.8 points per game. Oldenburg knows that if it wins the last two games, it will win Group D. Rickey Paulding, Rashid Mahalbasic and company got a huge boost with the backcourt addition of scorer Tyler Larson, and the visit to Malaga, where the hosts rarely lose, will be a great test for Oldenburg. It is a clash of two already-qualified teams with plenty to play for. 7DAYS EuroCup Top 5 difference-makers The best teams in the 7DAYS EuroCup always have on-court leaders who know how to make the difference. Behold the top five difference-makers from teams with winning records… Read more With two rounds to go in the 7DAYS EuroCup Regular Season, there are still seven Top 16 places open and no team has clinched first place yet in any of the four groups. Round 9 and Round 10 will naturally settle all those question marks, but with the caveat that no single game will directly decide any outcomes in any group. With so much at stake in so many games, here is selection of five games to watch in the final two regular-season rounds.5. Nanterre 92 vs. Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana, Round 9Everything is on the line in this clash between two teams that share last place in Group C, but nonetheless have momentum and possibilities to make the Top 16. Nanterre looked to be on the verge of elimination before Round 8, but then went on the road to beat none other than UNICS Kazan and complicate things in the entire group. Cedevita Olimpija, on the other hand, opened the season with five losses, but never thought about throwing in the towel. It has since then has gone on a three-game winning which includes a road win at Darussafaka and a home win over UNICS. When they met in Round 4, Nanterre stole an 87-93 win behind Isaia Cordinier and Dallas Moore, but Cedevita’s then-leaky defense has allowed just 70.0 points per game during its winning streak. The winner of this game will not be far from the Top 16, but defeat ends the loser’s season. 3. Segafredo Virtus Bolgona vs Promitheas Patras, Round 9There are five teams with 6-2 records in the regular season, and two of them square off in this Group A nugget. Virtus has had a great return to the competition so far, and its offense has met high expectations. Led by veteran playmakers Milos Teodosic and Stefan Markovic, Virtus ranks second in points (84.6 per game) and assists (20.4). On the other hand, few people knew what to expect from a newcomer like Promitheas, but a team with experienced players like Chris Babb and Langston Hall has produced a stellar campaign that has them leading the group and already qualified since Round 7. In this game, however, both teams will have a chance to clinch the first place. To do so, Virtus needs to win by 10 points in regulation time in order to overcome its 78-69 loss to Promitheas in Round 4. With its own victory, Promitheas would sweep Virtus, but also needs some help in the other two games in the group to secure the top spot. Throw in the atmosphere for Virtus home games in Bologna and this one has all the ingredients to be a great one. Read more Back,Related News by Read more 7DAYS EuroCup Top 5 toughest home courts Home-court advantage has always been a major factor for 7DAYS EuroCup and some teams have it more than others. Let’s rank the best courts to visit in the EuroCup this season.last_img read more

Facebook and the Future of Check-ins

first_imgThe Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Related Posts Facebook announced today at its mobile platform event that it is opening up its Places API. That means that any outside application can now post check-ins, photos, links and more to the Facebook Places database. It also means that any outside app can read the same info from the Facebook database to incorporate into its app.In other words, Facebook Places has positioned itself as the central hub for all check-in apps. That news, and the launch of Facebook Places Deals, could help check-ins scale up fast enough to support more meaningful and sustainable innovation than the small and scattered group of check-in apps has to date. Tags:#Analysis#Facebook#Features#Location#web A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit If You Learn to Spin Straw Into Gold, You’d Better Appreciate GoldImagine I offered you a small glowing box. You could put it in your pocket, and when you pulled it out, it would tell you almost anything, about anything in the world, almost immediately. You could use it to hear voices, read words and see pictures from anywhere. You could use it to broadcast words and pictures from your life out to anyone on earth.The box would know who you are and it would know exactly where you are at any given moment. It could tailor what it told you for your particular circumstances. That place you’re standing in right now? The box could zoom in to tell you everything that ever happened in that place, or zoom out and paint an illuminated picture of exactly where you stand in the world, of what was, is and will happen around you in the future. It could tell you things you liked or it could tell you things you didn’t like, if you wanted it to.This would be a bargain, of course, and that means that some other things would happen, too. Deep in the history of every glowing box would be a small, hazy picture of people doing things to each other that ought never, ever be done. They are horrible things, but they are being done to people very far away. (“In Congo, I’ve seen women who have been mutilated, children who have been forced to eat their parents’ flesh…”) And those people have already had so many bad things happen to them before. The glowing boxes would be truly incredible – they would have the potential to accelerate humanity’s access to knowledge and communication faster than thousands of years of history had accelerated our connection to the world before.You could use your glowing box for magic.But once the boxes arrived, most people would agree: most people wouldn’t really want to use them for much beyond the simple things in life. Clipping mobile coupons. Playing mobile Farmville.But aren’t they marvelous, magical, glowing boxes?Thankfully there are things being done with these boxes that go far beyond the mundane, things that aspire to fulfill their promise and at least in part acknowledge their costs. But when we say that most people will never appreciate things like location apps until they can get $1 off a cup of coffee – there’s something deeply tragic about that.The Hub and the SpokesThanks to the opening of the Places read/write API, you’ll now be able to, at least in theory, use any app you like to check-in, whichever one tickles your fancy, without fear that you’ll lose sight of your friends who are using other services. They’ll be right at your fingers no matter where you go, as long as where you go is attached to Facebook. Interoperability between social networks means that the social connections available are no longer scarce, and service providers must then compete based on quality and kind of service. Want the push notifications Foursquare offers from groups like the History Channel or the Independent Film Channel when you check-in near a point of interest they’ve annotated? Then use Foursquare; you don’t have to lose track of your friends on other networks when all the networks are tied into Facebook. Want the design elegance and collections of locations gathered into Trips that Gowalla offers? Then use Gowalla. You can still see where your friends are if they are using Foursquare instead.Want to create a radically new place-based social networking experience? No longer will you need to convince potential users to leave their friends behind on more established networks and wander into your lonely wilderness. You’ll just offer them a new lens through which to view the world and their friends on other networks.That’s the idea, anyway. Standards, in this case the Facebook Places API, yield interoperability, which yields choice, which yields competition, which yields inovation and improved user experiences.We’ll all just have to bow down to Facebook as the glue that holds everything together. We’ll have to hope the company doesn’t change its rules in ways we don’t like (again) and hope for the best. If you’re a person who lives by the slogan that it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees, then this might not seem like good news to you. But if, in these circumstances, your top priority is enrichment of your life and world through social software – then this is good news.Making the MoneyFacebook’s other announcement, Places Deals, means that the coupon-hungry non-early adopters of the world will also now be incentivized to help bring check-ins to scale. That’s good news too for those of us who dream of geolocation innovation enriching our lives.Places Deals, which we wrote about last week, is a very smart and interesting business move.Is it interesting outside the economics? Probably not, but in theory it could help pay for development of more interesting technology inside and outside the various circles of the geolocation world. Without figuring out how to monetize, that world will produce nothing that lasts. Learning how to monetize runs the risk of becoming the sole pursuit, at the expense of cultural enrichment – but that’s the risk we take in cheering for companies building technology.Below: HP’s Gloe prototype lets mobile users attach, vote on and read web content related to any physical location they visit. That kind of ambient information service represents a meaningful way that geolocation services can add value to our lives. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more