When Georgia leaders piled off Bus Trip IV at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center near Eatonton, Ga.,they learned a valuable lesson: good teaching isn’t just in classrooms. One more class listened intently as costumed teachers from the living history program showedhow to cut a shingle. The leaders saw firsthand what it means to learn from Mother Nature. As they sat in a circle,an environmental education teacher let them meet a king snake and a boa constrictor. Thebraver students touched and even held the snakes. The Rock Eagle stop brought the leaders to the 4-H environmental education program. Thisnationally recognized model program, begun in 1979 by the University of Georgia ExtensionService, has a simple plan. It lets nature teach the classes. Each year, more than 40,000 students leave their schools and reconvene classes outdoors.They meet at 4-H centers around the state: the Rock Eagle woods, Jekyll Island seashore,Wahsega mountaintop or Tybee Island marshes. Another class toured the Natural History Museum. There Diane Davies, who developed theprogram and the museum, said they welcome students to interact with the exhibits. The Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education sponsored the trip. Throughout the weekof Nov. 11, the leaders toured 23 of the state’s most innovative classrooms and learningcenters. The tour moved on to other shining stars of the Georgia educational system. Its aim was toapplaud success in Georgia schools and communities, educate state leaders about local effortsand help communities join the statewide effort to improve education. The bus trip brings together business, education and government leaders with a common aim.Each is committed to making Georgia education better. “Students will never hear ‘don’t touch’ in this museum,” she said. “They learn so much morewhen they can experience things.” “They used red cedar,” a teacher said, “because it lasts so long. The shingles would probablybe around long after the house under them crumbled.” Anne Hancock, chair of the steering committee for the bus trip, called Rock Eagle “awonderful example of partnering and caring. We are proud of what you do here.” The 23 stops were chosen from almost 100 requests to the GPEE.
Blackjewel files for bankruptcy, sends workers home from two Powder River Basin coal mines FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Casper Star Tribune:Two coal mines in Wyoming closed and sent 700 workers home Monday afternoon after their owner filed for bankruptcy, the latest blow to a region that has been battered by an economic downturn in the fossil fuel sector.Blackjewel LLC, which operates Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr mines near Gillette, sent the workers home after a bank denied the company $20 million in financing to continue operations during bankruptcy proceedings, CEO Jeffery Hoop said.Eagle Butte and Belle Ayr are the fourth- and sixth-largest producing coal mines in the country. The sudden closure hearkens back to March 2016, when two nearby mines laid off more than 460 workers, touching off economic shock waves that are still being felt in the Powder River Basin today.Blackjewel owes at least $500 million in liabilities, including about $6 million owed to employees, according to court documents. Its financial problems, along with much of the coal sector, come amid increased competition from natural gas and renewables. “The ripple effect of this bankruptcy might be felt severely (by) Wyoming taxpayers and vendors,” said Clark Williams-Derry, director of energy finance at Sightline Institute, a Seattle-based environmental think tank. “And the millions upon millions of dollars Campbell (County) is owed, they might not get.”Blackjewel is the fifth coal producer in Wyoming to file for bankruptcy in recent years. Bristol, Tennessee-based Alpha Natural Resources filed for bankruptcy in 2015, followed by Peabody Energy and Arch Coal in 2016. Westmoreland Coal, which operates the Kemmerer Mine in southwest Wyoming, filed for bankruptcy in October. In May, Cloud Peak Energy declared bankruptcy. The coal giant owns the Antelope and Cordero Rojo mines in the Powder River Basin.More: Two Wyoming coal mines close, send 700 workers home after bankruptcy filing
Constitutional factoids December 1, 2005 Regular News Things we bet you never knew about state charters Constitutional factoids Ah, you can count on those hardy, no-nonsense New Englanders; taciturn and straightforward Yankees. They can get things done with few words and little fuss. Like Vermonters, who eke by with a state constitution of a mere 8,356 words, the shortest of any state.That’s only about 900 more than the U.S. Constitution and about a third of the typical state charter. (About 26,000 words.) And of course, there’s Massachusetts, which has gotten along with the same constitution since 1780, the oldest among the 50 states.On the other side, there’s Alabama, whose constitution runs on for more than 220,000 words, probably in no small part because it has been amended more than 772 times. And Louisiana, which has had 11 different state constitutions since joining the union in 1812.Those and many other constitutional tidbits were presented to the House Judiciary Committee at its November 9 meeting by Tom Thomas, on the staff of the House Justice Council, and House General Counsel Deborah Kearney. Much of the information came from Understanding State Constitutions by G. Alan Tarr and published in 1998 by the Princeton University Press, and most of the rest from Florida records. It was all by way of background for the panel, which is looking at streamlining the Florida Constitution by removing some provisions and making them statutes.The Florida Constitution, by the way, checks in at about 39,000 words. It has been amended 102 times since 1968, when the new constitution (except for Article V which was approved in 1972) was adopted. The typical life of a state constitution is 70 years, and during that time it is amended about 115 times.But apparently the trend to rewrite state constitutions is waning. While the states have done so 145 times since 1776, there have only been 12 instances since 1901 with the latest example being Georgia in 1983.Florida has had six constitutions, three of them clustered around the Civil War and Reconstruction, which in turn led to the 1885 constitution which was a reaction to the last reconstruction constitution, which had a strong executive. Consequently, the 1885 document diffused executive authority in several Cabinet agencies, among other changes.That lasted until the 1968 rewrite.Since the 1968 constitution, (and not counting the Article V rewrite which was left undone until 1972), there have been 136 amendments proposed to the Florida Constitution. Of those, 102 have passed, voters rejected 31, and three were removed by the Florida Supreme Court for infirmities in the ballot language or other problems.There are five ways to amend the state charter. One is a constitutional convention, which hasn’t been used in recent times. The second is the legislature can send an amendment to voters by a three-fifths vote of both chambers. Then there’s citizen initiative, the Constitution Revision Commission which is appointed by state leaders and meets every 20 years, and the Tax and Budget Reform Commission, which meets between the CRC meetings and is limited to fiscal matters.The Florida Legislature leads the way in the state’s amendment sweepstakes, having proposed 89 amendments since 1968, of which 71 have been adopted, 16 rejected, and two tossed by the court. Twenty-six amendments have reached the ballot by initiative, of which 21 have been approved.The Constitution Revision Commission has had an all or nothing record. The 1977-78 CRC proposed eight amendments, all rejected by voters, although some of its proposals were incorporated in later amendments which were approved. The 1997-98 CRC proposed nine amendments, all of which were adopted.The Tax and Budget Reform Commission has proposed four amendments, of which two passed, one was rejected, and one was removed by the court.There are around 50 citizen initiative constitutional amendment petitions currently circulating in Florida, although historically, most won’t gather enough signatures to make the ballot.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police officer Patrick Curley died while off-duty in Commack on Friday.A 17-year veteran of the Suffolk County Police Department was killed early Friday morning when he was involved in a crash with a garbage truck in Commack, Suffolk County police said.Officer Patrick Curley was off-duty when his SUV collided with a Winters Brothers garbage truck on Jericho Turnpike at 3:30 a.m. near Siracusa Boulevard, police said. The garbage truck was backing out of a business and onto the roadway when the crash occurred, police said.The 40-year-old Huntington resident was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The 59-year-old driver of the garbage truck, James Jarosch, was not injured.Curley worked out of the Second Precinct.He “had a very good reputation of being a dedicated and reliable officer,” Inspector Edward Brady, commanding officer of the Second Precinct, told the Press. “He was someone who the community and the department could rely upon.”He added that Curley, who spent his entire career at the same precinct, was also a dedicated family man who enjoyed speaking about his daughter.“He had great pride in her,” Brady said.“His passing is going to be a true loss to the Second Precinct,” he added. Jarosch is a veteran driver who has been employed at Winters Brothers for six years, said Anthony Farina, district manager for the company’s Long Island operation. He has an overall good safety record, Farina noted.“Our sympathies go out to the family and also our driver and the stuff he’s going to have to deal with right now,” he said.Winters Brothers will conduct their own investigation into the accident, Farina said.As part of the police investigation, police impounded the SUV for a safety check and the garbage truck was inspected at the scene, authorities said. Jarosch was issued summonses for unsafe backing and an equipment violation, police said.The truck, which was manufactured in 2012, was released by police, Farina said.Jericho Turnpike was closed for several hours between Kings Park Road and Wyandanch Boulevard as detectives investigated the crash. It has now been reopened, police said.The investigation is continuing, police said. Anyone with information regarding the crash is asked to call Fourth Squad detectives at 631-854-8452 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
Quick, what would you say you do? If one of the first few words out of your mouth is “marketing”, you likely need to quit your job in 2018 — and immediately start your new career as “VP of Member Experience”. Or maybe even “Chief Experience Officer” (CXO).The title “Experience Officer” may be new, but this isn’t really a new idea. The best CU marketers have never paid much attention to org charts – they understand that everything members touch and see and touch and hear and know and feel about their credit union is their responsibility. Everything has to work together.There are several ways credit union marketers can start taking greater ownership of the entire member experience and upgrade their job descriptions.Don’t just chase numbers – understand the human side of numbersLeverage your website analytics, your email list, Facebook, your data systems and all the rest to get a good picture of who your members are and what they need. At the same time, don’t get so focused on metrics and measurement that you forget about the human, emotional side of things. Who needs and appreciates your credit union the most?Get in the driver’s seat of product innovationYour job isn’t just to sell the same old checking accounts – get directly and deeply involved in learning what members want and need and what it takes to bring it to them. What’s an utterly unique way to surprise and delight your members?Stick your nose into techThere’s so much CU tech out there it’s easy to get lost chasing shiny new toys. What’s the right mix of high tech and high touch for your members? If you’re switching providers or adding capabilities, the member experience is one of the most important criteria. Everything needs to work together to create a smooth, consistent, engaging process – don’t let these decisions become purely financial or feature-driven.Invite yourself to the tableSure, Board and Rate Committee meetings aren’t incredibly exciting, but strategy, pricing and policy are crucial the the member experience. You need to be there as the voice of your members and your brand in all its forms – designing new products, managing the web site, training new employees on the CU’s culture and brand, and contributing to strategic decisions.Leverage OutsourcingDevelop lasting relationships with your best marketing, tech, and web vendors and consultants. Of course you can just plain get a lot more done with some outside help, but sometimes a vendor’s wider background, creativity, and perspective can be very valuable to developing strategy and untangling tough problems.Build partnershipsChanges like breaking out of your marketing silo aren’t easy, and could even ruffle some feathers. Help other departments get out of their silos, too. At every step, focus on the “big picture” items everyone can agree on – growth, incredible member service, and fulfilling long-term strategic goals. 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Wringer Former watermelon farmer Brian Wringer wears several hats for iDiz Incorporated, including Web Projects Manager, Wordsmith, and Big Idea Guy. He builds better credit unions by day and weird old … Web: www.cuidiz.com Details
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January 06, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf Announces $2.2 Million in Teacher in the Workplace Grants to Connect Schools and Local Employers Education, Press Release, Schools That Teach Governor Tom Wolf today announced $2.2 million in Teacher in the Workplace grants have been awarded to 92 local education agencies (LEA) to enable teachers to visit local employers and learn the skills and industry trends to enhance their classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness. Each LEA will receive a $25,000 Targeted Grant through the Department of Education (PDE).“It’s critical that we connect our schools to local businesses so we can prepare students with the skills they need for in-demand jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “By connecting directly with employers, teachers can learn first-hand about the skills and industry trends that will enhance their classroom instruction, student learning, and career readiness.”Building on the success of the program, the governor proposed to double Teacher in the Workforce grant funding to $5 million, which he signed into law in June. Grants are available through PDE and the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I). The L&I grants will be announced soon.“Local business leaders know what skills are needed for their employees to be successful in the workplace, so they can provide valuable insight to school administrators and teachers,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “The Teacher in the Workplace program enables educators to participate in real-world, employer-based experiences that they can use to inform classroom instruction and prepare students for career, college and community success.”Award recipients include:Abington SDAntonia Pantoja Community Charter SchoolArmstrong SDASPIRA Bilingual Cyber Charter SchoolAvonworth SDBeaver Area SDBlackhawk SDBoyertown Area SDBradford Area SDBucks County IU 22Cambria Heights SDCatasauqua Area SDCentennial SDCentral Cambria SDChester Community CSCocalico SDColumbia Borough SDConewago Valley SDConneaut SDCrawford Central SDCrestwood SDDaniel Boone Area SDDeer Lakes SDElizabethtown Area SDEphrata Area SDErie City SDEugenio Maria De Hostos CSFairview SDFell CSForest Area SDFranklin Regional SDFreedom Area SDFreeport Area SDGovernor Mifflin SDGreater Johnstown SDGreater Nanticoke Area SDHanover Area SDHarbor Creek SDHempfield Area SDHollidaysburg Area SDHopewell Area SDIntermediate Unit 1John B Stetson Charter SchoolJohnsonburg Area SDJuniata County SDLancaster SDLaurel Highlands SDLaurel SDMohawk Area SDMontrose Area SDMoshannon ValleyNew Castle Area SDNorth Clarion County SDNortheastern York SDNorthern Lehigh SDNorthwest Area SDOlney Charter High SchoolOswayo Valley SDOtto-Eldred SDPalisades SDPenn Cambria SDPenncrest SDPerseus House CS of ExcellencePittston Area SDPropel CS-HomesteadPurchase Line SDRedbank Valley SDRidgway Area SDRinggold SDRiverside Beaver County SDRiverview IU 6Riverview SDSaint Marys Area SDSalisbury Township SDSchuylkill IU 29Seneca Valley SDSharon City SDSouthern Huntingdon County SDSpring Cove SDTrinity Area SDTunkhannock Area SDTwin Valley SDUnion City Area SDUnion SDUnited SDValley Grove SDWallenpaupack Area SDWaynesboro Area SDWest Middlesex Area SDWest Mifflin Area SDWestern Beaver County SDWestmoreland IU 7The Teacher in the Workforce grants from PDE are funded through federal money made available through Title II, Part A, of the Every Student Succeeds Act and from L&I through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act. Eligible applicants include local education entities, businesses and chambers of commerce, labor organizations, postsecondary institutions, community-based organizations, public libraries, trade associations, and economic development entities.
Batesville 7th grade won the 1st round of the SEI Tournament by defeating South Ripley 47-15.For Batesville, Trey Heidlage led all scorers with 15 points. Cooper Williams added 7, Alex Westerfeld 6, Austin Siefert 5, Jordan Bradley 2, and Michael Ripperger 1.BMS will be in action tomorrow night where they play Sunman Dearborn at South Ripley Junior High at 5:30.Submitted by Batesville Coach Eric Feller.Batesville 8th Graders avenged an early season loss to South Ripley by beating them in overtime in the 1st round of the SEI Tournament 44-40.1Q – 11-10 SR; 2Q – 20-20; 3Q – 32-27 SR; 4Q – 40-40.For Batesville, Jayden Beal hit the game winning 4-point play with 1.5 seconds left in overtime. The team showed tremendous effort and good execution committing only 5 turnovers.Isaac Barker led the team with 17 points followed by Beal with 9, Tristian Lamppert with 7, Lane Westerfeld and Dylan Flannery with 4 each and Sam Wade with 3 points.Submitted by Batesville Coach Terry Giesting.The St. Louis 7th Grade Cardinal Basketball Team defeated South Dearborn in the first round of the SEI Tournament by the score of 28-19.For STL, Robert Raver led the team in scoring. Robert Raver and Sam Giesting led the team in rebounds while Kevin Salatin and Nathan Eckstein led the team in steals. Nathan Eckstein came off the bench playing his best basketball of the year to help the Cardinals advance in the tournament.Submitted by STL Coach Dale Amrhein.The St. Louis 8th grade boys basketball team lost their first round game of the SEI Tournament falling 39-10 to South Dearborn.The Cardinals struggled to generate any offensive momentum against South Dearborn’s aggressive defense. Will Harmeyer connected on two 3-point baskets in the second half and Stuart Lamping added the other 4 points. Ridge Douglas played well defensively, creating a few South Dearborn turnovers.The Cardinals play St. Nicholas in the Batesville Deanery CYO tournament this Sunday beginning at 12 Noon.Submitted by STL Coach Jon Temple.
Martinez dismissed suggestions Gibson, who had played only 96 minutes for his club this season because of another knee problem, had been overworked on international duty. The midfielder played all of the 3-0 defeat to Germany on Friday, his first competitive 90 minutes since the final game of last season, and was 37 minutes into the Kazakhstan match when the injury occurred. “If it has been in the 80th minute then you can go down to detail and see if fatigue played a part in it,” said Martinez. “He looked really free in his movement and I thought the partnership he showed with (Everton team-mate) James McCarthy in the game was really exciting for everyone. “When you watch it is so unfortunate the knee couldn’t react any other way, so clearly it is one of those unexpected moments that you can’t do anything about. “I expected the worst and thought it would be a very difficult injury to overcome but now we are very positive and know Darron will be fully fit and recovered and will come back a stronger footballer at the end of it.” On the impact Gibson’s loss will have on the squad Martinez added: “You don’t want to lose players and in pre-season I felt Darron was magnificent. “He brings something we haven’t’ got in the squad; his understanding on the ball and the way he was starting that partnership with James McCarthy was going to be important. “But it is no good to look back, we are just looking forward and we want to see Darron fully fit as quickly as possible.” The Ireland international was carried off on a stretcher in the first half of Tuesday’s match against Kazakhstan and less than 24 hours later the club announced he would have to have an operation on his knee. However, Martinez insists the 25-year-old’s season is not over and he hopes the midfielder, who has been troubled by a number of injuries over the last 12 months, can return stronger. Everton manager Roberto Martinez remains positive midfielder Darron Gibson can return this season despite rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament on international duty. “It was a real disappointment on Tuesday night,” said the Spaniard. “I was watching the game and straight away you could see it was an innocuous incident and that is normally when you pick up really bad injuries. “I was really fearful of expecting the worst but with the scans on Wednesday we are very positive now. “It is an ACL but the whole structure of the knee is perfectly fine and it is going to be straightforward surgery. “I’m looking forward to seeing him back hopefully this season and that in a way was good, positive news taking into consideration what it could have been. “The ACL is ruptured but his knee reacted really well and nothing else was damaged – in those sort of actions you normally get more than one structure damaged and some of those are very difficult to repair. “You can imagine it is really disappointing to lose Darron for whatever space of time but we are all very positive that when he comes back he will come back stronger. “We will use this period to get Darron working on other aspects of his fitness and making sure his knee is going to be perfectly repaired and ready for whenever he is back.” Press Association
Striker Diego Costa is available for Chelsea’s Barclays Premier League clash with QPR on Saturday after missing four matches with a hamstring injury. Given Drogba’s form, it may be Mourinho retains him in his starting XI, even with Costa available. “Fantastic problem for me,” Mourinho added. “The perfect problem is when Remy is back. That’s the perfect problem, to have all three.” Midfielder John Obi Mikel (foot) is also out of the QPR contest, but Ramires is back from a groin problem. Branislav Ivanovic is available following his suspension for his dismissal at Old Trafford, but fellow full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is banned for the last of three games following his dismissal at Crystal Palace. QPR have two wins this season – in August versus Sunderland and last Monday against Aston Villa – and manager Harry Redknapp has been under pressure. Mourinho is supportive of Redknapp. “I don’t think he’s under pressure,” the Blues boss said. “I’m happy that his boss (QPR chairman Tony Fernandes) came out and in difficult moments, not in an easy moment, and told the football country that he trusts Harry and he’s the man for now, he’s the man for the future. “Harry is perfectly calm and steady and he knows that his place doesn’t depend on results.” It is the first time Mourinho has met QPR as Chelsea boss, but he is not underestimating Redknapp’s men. “In my years here they were always in the Championship,” Mourinho said. “Everybody knows that London is a special place because of derbies. You play eight or 10 derbies (in a season). “The London teams have more difficulties than others, because a derby is always a derby. “What they did before is not important for me. What they can do tomorrow is more important for me. “I think I know what I can expect from them. It will be a difficult game for us.” Redknapp could call upon QPR’s misfit midfielder Adel Taarabt after the duo patched up their public spat. The Rangers boss has refused to rule out pitching the Morocco playmaker back into action with Jordon Mutch and Joey Barton not back in full training until next week following hamstring problems. Taarabt has apologised to Redknapp after biting back when his manager branded him “about three stone overweight”. Redknapp has admitted he must use Bobby Zamora sparingly to control the striker’s chronic hip problems. Rangers boss Redknapp hailed the 33-year-old’s resolve for playing through the pain, but conceded the former Tottenham forward cannot last a full 90 minutes. Zamora has battled rumbling hip complaints for almost two years, but Redknapp said QPR are fighting to keep him in action as long as possible. “Bobby has been very important for us,” said Redknapp. “After about 60 to 65 minutes he has to come off, but when he’s on the pitch he has been outstanding. “We were bringing him off the bench to start with, but we’ve reversed it and started him recently. “He’s been captain and great in the dressing room, I couldn’t be more pleased with Bobby. “He’s got his hip but he manages it and when he plays he’s been great and his attitude has been first class.” The saving grace has been the form of 36-year-old Didier Drogba, who has scored in three successive matches against Maribor, Manchester United and Shrewsbury. Those goals were Drogba’s first since his return to Stamford Bridge following a two-year absence after eight years and 157 goals. “For such a legend in this club, it’s a difficult decision to take,” Mourinho added. “We took it together: owner, board, me, him, all of us together. “To be important you don’t need at the age of 36 to play 90 minutes of 50 matches. “To be important you need to be there when the team needs you to be there. “He was fantastic for us in the last week when we were in real trouble, without Diego and without Remy. “And doing something that nobody should do, which is to play two 90 minutes of football with 48 hours difference. He managed to do that in an absolutely fantastic way.” Press Association Striker Loic Remy (groin) and midfielder John Obi Mikel (foot) are out, but Ramires is back from a groin problem to bolster the midfield. Branislav Ivanovic is available following his suspension for his dismissal at Manchester United, but fellow full-back Cesar Azpilicueta is banned for the last of three games following his sending off at Crystal Palace.