By EMILY HOLMESLAHS Student This Halloween, Los Alamos High School students are Trick or Treating for a cause!We need help from our local community to make it a success. Instead of asking for candy, many Toppers will be asking for canned and non-perishable goods that will be donated to LA Cares. Participating high schoolers will simply ask for donations.If your family would like to participate but will be out trick-or-treating with family or friends, please leave your donations by the front door with a note attached.Toppers are excited to kick-off November as our Month of Giving by helping local families, and we hope our community will support us! List of Appreciated Goods:Canned ItemsCanned ChickenFruit (no sugar added preferred)Baked BeansHearty Soups (with meat/veggies)Tomato SoupBeans (in cans, instead of dry)Refried BeansSpaghetti-osChef Boyardee-type Pasta MealsPeasMixed VeggiesSpaghetti sauceTomatoes (any variety)No more cans of tuna, green bean, or corn – they already have plenty!Other Non-PerishablesRice (any variety)Pasta (any variety)OatmealInstant PotatoesFruit Cups (no sugar added preferred) Juice bottle(100% juice preferred), Juice BoxesMac N Cheese (any variety)Popcorn (kernels or microwave)Cereal (low-sugar preferred)Cooking Oil (canola, vegetable)Honey, Jam or JellySalad Dressing (ranch, balsamic)Baking Mixes (cake, muffins)Granola BarsCrackers (any variety), Cookies (any variety)Sugar (for baking)
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Rath Group has ordered two more Siemens Mobility Vectron MS locomotives for delivery in December 2020, following its ‘very positive experiences’ with an initial three. Its current locos are approved for Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary, and the next two will also be approved for Belgium.A groundbreaking ceremony was held on November 21 for the Savannah Gateway Industrial Hub in Georgia. OmniTRAX is the master developer of the industrial park owned by Effingham County Industrial Development Authority.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# FESCO Transportation Group has launched the Silkway Amber container service linking Zhengzhou and Hamburg in 14 days. It runs via Kaliningrad, where containers are transferred between gauges at Dzerzhinskaya-Novaya. The first train with 43 containers ran in October, with weekly services in each direction expected to start in early 2020.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Canadian Pacific is to establish a multi-commodity transload terminal at its Côte Saint-Luc yard in Montréal with freight forwarder TYT Group. Phase 1 is scheduled to be completed in June 2020. ‘We continue to leverage our strategic land holdings and invest in transloads across the network to create additional connections, improve service and provide our customers with new end markets’, said John Brooks, CP Executive Vice-President & Chief Marketing Officer.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Cappagh’s rail freight operator DCRail is to open a construction materials hub near Wembley in north London in mid-2020.Valor Victoria, Iowa Northern Railway Co, Watco and Union Pacific are to launch an internationally focused intermodal service through the new Butler Intermodal Terminal in Shell Rock, Iowa, in December. This will provide provides an alternative to larger Midwest rail hubs. UP will transport eastbound intermodal shipments from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and interchange with the Iowa Northern Railway for final delivery to the new terminal.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Markus Zgraggen has been named as CEO of Crossrail Benelux from January, succeeding Urs Hefti; he will also head BLS Cargo’s new Asset Management unit. Stephan Moll is to replace Zgraggen as head of BLS Cargo’s Production & Purchasing unit.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Janet H Kennedy rejoined the Kansas City Southern board on December 1. She had stood down in October 2018 after joining Ernst & Young, which prohibits its executives from being directors of public companies. ‘We are extremely excited to welcome Janet back’, said KCS Chairman Bob Druten. ‘Her leadership and expertise, particularly in the fields of cybersecurity, technology and risk management, are valuable assets.
South African Deputy President David Mabuza speaks at the Consultative Meeting of the Parties on the Number of States and their Boundaries, Juba, South Sudan./ PHOTO: David Mabuza – Twitter.South African Deputy President David Mabuza arrived in Sudan on Thursday for talks with the President of the Transitional Sovereign Council of the Republic of Sudan, Gen Abdalftah Alburhan A. Alrahman over the situation in South Sudan.Mabuza’s trip to Khartoum comes following another meeting with President Yoweri Museveni in Uganda regarding the implementation of the Revitalised Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS).Mabuza said his meeting with President Museveni was fruitful and that the two would continue with efforts to ensure the peace process in South Sudan moves forward.“In my meeting with President Museveni we further committed to working together in ensuring that the parties to the agreement stay on course and are supported in their efforts of making this peace process a success. We are confident that when parties work together for the good of South Sudan, substantive progress will be made in this window period thereby silencing the guns and building lasting peace in South Sudan”, said Deputy President Mabuza.Earlier this month, Mabuza made a three-day visit to Juba, during which he facilitated a Consultative Meeting of the Parties to the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of Conflict in South Sudan. The Consultative Meeting was on the contentious issue of the number of states and their boundaries.While in Khartoum, he is expected to also brief President Alrahman on the outcomes of the Consultative Meeting of Parties, and to mobilise support from the guarantor in ensuring that signatories to the R-ARCSS reach a workable agreement on the matter of States and their Boundaries.South Sudan descended into war in December 2013, sparked by a feud between President Kiir and his then-deputy Machar.Kiir accused Machar of plotting to overthrow his rule, but the latter denied the allegations though he went on to mobilize a rebel movement to fight the government.The war has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions, prompting the United Nations to rank the country as Africa’s biggest refugee crisis.With pressure from regional and international actors, Kiir and Machar are locked in talks aimed at returning lasting peace to the country.Related South Sudan president signs peace deal South Sudan urges donors to continue supporting peace process South African Deputy President Ramaphosa Visits Kenya and South Sudan
Burkina Faso’s National Assembly passes law to repossess land Proposed law in Namibia bans foreigners from owning land Mokgweetsi Masisi, Botswana’s president. (Getty Images) Women’s rights activists in Botswana are applauding the government’s decision to allow wives to own land alongside her husband. Women’s groups say the action allows women to be independent in marriages and also have the same rights to land as any other person.Mokgweetsi Masisi, Botswana’s president. (Getty Images)On Thursday, President Mokgweetsi Masisi amended a 2015 Land Policy which stopped wives from owning land if their husbands already owned property.“The Botswana Land Policy 2015 was discriminatory against married women and did not give them equal treatment with men, and I am happy to report that this discriminatory sub-section has since been repealed,” the president said at a virtual briefing.Under the old policy, only unmarried women or the wives of men who did not already own land were eligible for land rights. The discrimination left millions of married women, widows and single mothers without access to the land where they live and work.Women face a host of barriers to owning land – be it through skewed inheritance rights or restricted authority over assets – in 40% of countries, World Bank research shows.Although most African and Asian farmers are women, only about 15% of global farmland is owned by women, according to Landesa, a global land rights organisation, with experts predicting increased inequality due to the coronavirus.Masisi said on Twitter that the new policy would also protect widows and orphans who may be the head of their households. Related SA opposition in court to block land law change
Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweet Share Officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division, famers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector gathered at the La Flamboyant Hotel in Roseau on Tuesday, January 22, 2014 for the second in a series of consultationsDominica’s goal to complete an agriculture policy that will set out the strategic objectives of the sector for the period 2014 – 2018 by April 2014 is progressing.Officials from the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division, farmers and other stakeholders in the agriculture sector gathered at the La Flamboyant Hotel in Roseau on Tuesday, January 22, 2014 for the second in a series of consultations. This consultation follows the first which was held on January 14, 2014 at the Fort Young Hotel in Roseau. The purpose of this second consultation, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture & Forestry, Eisenhower Douglas said is to build on the foundation laid down on January 14.Douglas noted that the Ministry relies on the feedback of the participants some of whom are directly involved in the agriculture sector on a daily basis.“Our role is to ensure that the enabling environment for the agricultural development and so on, is in keeping with what is required for the unique circumstances of Dominica being a small island developing state”.He stated that when embarking on a program like this, it is critical to first identify and be clear as to what the problem is with respect to production, income, employment, earnings and risks.“You must be able to identify what the problem is… you need to be clear on the problem because essentially the policy must respond to the problem,” Douglas said. When this has been identified, a diagnosis to the problem and prescription to manage the problem must also be found.“We’re allowing that sort of dialogue with you so that you can give us feedback as to whether our analysis, our assessment is in keeping with your understanding of the problem,” Douglas explained.He added that after the policy has been formulated, it must be implemented and monitored.“Monitoring and evaluation is critical to know if what you formulated is in fact consistent with what is being implemented”.This is necessary to determine “where you may be going off track or where you may need some tweaking and in fact new situations may emerge when you are implementing that may require from time to time that you to re-look at the policy to ensure it is relevant, it is consistent”.Douglas recommended that when the annual budget is being compiled that the agriculture policy is reviewed “to see if it is in keeping with our original assumptions, our original assessments of the situation”.“We’re relying on you to help us in that initiative, at the end of the day it’s a policy for Dominica and all of us patriot citizens this is our home so what we do will affect all of us ultimately”.The goal is that at the end of the series of consultations, the stakeholders would have assisted the Ministry of Agriculture in compiling a draft policy which will be finalized for Cabinet’s approval.The Ministry is hoping to complete this process before Easter so that the new policy can take effect in the new fiscal year which commences on July 1, 2014.Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Formulation of agriculture policy for Dominica progresses by: – January 22, 2014 38 Views no discussions
Farmington Public Schools has selected Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum as the new Assistant Superintendent for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.Dr. Bobbie Hayes Goodrum (Farmington Public Schools)Her appointment is contingent upon approval at the September 8 Board of Trustees meeting. She replaces Dr. Aaron Johnson, who resigned in June.“I am honored to have been selected for this position, not for the title, but because of the work it entails. I have always been passionate about equity and am truly committed to all students, families, and the community,” Goodrum said in a press release. “I look forward to continuing this very difficult, but rewarding work.”One of Goodrum’s first tasks will be to coordinate and facilitate the preparation of the District’s Equity Audit in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders and partners. Among other duties, she will also work with schools to lead District equity and achievement initiatives to close opportunity gaps.Two interview teams, one composed of District staff and one composed of community stakeholders, interviewed six candidates for the position. Two finalists were invited back for second-round interviews, and Goodrum was the recommended selection of the second-round interview committee, composed of members drawn from the first-round interview teams, and additional participants.Since 2007, Goodrum has served as the Principal of Visions Unlimited, a program for young adults, ages 18-26 who have physical and developmental disabilities, and as Special Education Supervisor. She also supervised programs for students with severe multiple disabilities throughout the District.Goodrum earned her B.S. in Health Science from Howard University, her MA.T. in Special Education from Trinity College, her Sp.A. in Educational Leadership from Eastern Michigan University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Oakland University.“While we will miss her leadership at Visions and in special education, we are excited to have Bobbie lead this important work in our district,” said Supt. Bob Herrera. Reported by Joni Hubred Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
Members Kelly Cooper and Johnson argued over whether it was fair to close the conversation without public comment, with Cooper insisting that Welles’ comments didn’t have any bearing on the vote since he wasn’t present… The motion to reconsider failed on another 4-4 tie. The question will not be put to voters this fall. Assembly Member Brent Johnson expressed his disappointment that Ninilchik residents will continue paying the higher SPH mill rate, though they live closer to CPH… Assembly Member Welles has been absent due to several emergency surgeries this summer. FacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Despite Assembly Member Stan Welles’ expression that he would be in favor of moving the boundary between the Central and South Peninsula Hospitals, the issue was not aired for reconsideration last night. Asm. Cooper (Homer): “The reality is that the eight of us sitting here now, nothing has changed from those eight, and so what was decided at the end of the last meeting should stand. I, therefore, don’t see any reason to reconsider this.” Asm. Johnson (Clam Gulch): “This is an unfair practice for the people that live in that area and I hope that this is not the end of it, that these seeds are sown deep and that those people take it to heart. I’m certain there are many of them that are affected a lot and for Homer hospital, I have this to say: ‘Pharaoh Hospital, let my people go.’”
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 In the men’s team event final, two wins by Ma Long helped China beat South Korea 3-1. KOBE – Defending champion China overpowered Japan 3-0 in the women’s team final to win its second straight title at the World Junior Table Tennis Championships on Wednesday.Chang Chenchen put China up with an 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 win over Ai Fukuhara before Fan Ying and Liu Shiwen added victories for the Chinese at Kobe World Memorial Hall in a rematch of last year’s final.