Pac-12 commissioner search: Key presidents describe the process: 'I’m going to look for somebody that … has a little bit of a Rolodex'
The Pac-12 intends to have a new commissioner in place when Larry Scott steps down at the end of June, according to Oregon president Michael Schill, chair of the conference’s CEO Group. “This is a plum job,” Schill told the Hotline on Thursday, one day after the announcement that Scott’s tenure would come to an end this summer. “We’re going to move expeditiously.” The first step is to hire an executive placement firm to assist with the search — preferably one with college sports experience. At that point, Schill said, the conference will craft the job description. Central to that process is de...
The Mercury News
French students protest about restrictions' effects on universities
Students in France protested on Wednesday about the effects that pandemic-related restrictions are having on universities. Students in Paris, Strasbourg and other cities gathered on Wednesday afternoon to call for classroom teaching to be reinstated. Uef, a student union, spoke of a generation that had been sacrificed. Many students said they feel unfairly treated because universities in France have introduced remote learning, unlike at most schools. Students described the negative psychological and financial effects on them, noting that restrictions have led to the disappearance of many stude...
Pennsylvania’s first game warden of color took an unlikely path to the outdoors
COOLBAUGH TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The sound of rifle fire cracked the air on a recent blustery morning at a Poconos shooting range. When the game warden rolled in, the shooters turned their heads to watch his dark SUV roll slowly across the snow. Everyone notices when the warden shows up, particularly when it’s Warden Praveed “Abe” Abraham. “Cease fire,” Abraham said to the group of shooters as he approached them on foot. Abraham, 32, is the first full-time warden of color in the Pennsylvania Game Commission’s 115-year history. His path to conservation law enforcement was an unlikely one — he once pla...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Guyanese-American author celebrates Caribbean identity in new alphabet book
Pages from Stephanie L. Blair's first book, “Sadie's Caribbean Alphabet”; image courtesy the author, used with permission. Three months after the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Stephanie L. Blair, a first-generation Guyanese-American, mapped out the concept for Sadie's Caribbean Alphabet, a book for children who don't typically see images of themselves in mainstream literature. While recovering from surgery, Blair, an administrative assistant at a New York City law firm who holds a Bachelor's degree in Linguistics, had enough time on her hands to start putting he...
Sankyu to open 1st overseas training center in Malaysia in 2022
KUALA LUMPUR, NNA - Japan's Sankyu Inc. will open its first overseas human resources training center in Malaysia in 2022 to meet growing manpower demand for plant engineering and facility maintenance in Asian countries. The Tokyo-based company held a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for the Sankyu Technical Academy in Iskandar Puteri in the southern state of Johor via a video conference due to coronavirus regulations, according to the Malaysian Investment Development Authority. Behind the move to go overseas is a manpower shortage in Japan for facility-related operations at a time when requests ...
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Kamala Harris tells Florida teens to ‘lead with conviction’ at MLK Jr. event
MIAMI — The COVID-19 pandemic’s wrath in Florida has put a strain on families, had an outsized effect on Florida’s Black communities and forced schools to go virtual. Marked by interruption and uncertainty, young people had a particularly challenging 2020. During a breakfast honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., the focus shifted toward a hopefully brighter future, awarding high school seniors with college scholarships upon completing Miami-Dade County’s 5000 Role Models of Excellence mentorship program. It’s designed to guide at-risk boys in grades K-12 along a path to attend college...
Movie fans who identify with villains share similar dark characteristics
It takes one to know one. Fiction fans who favor villainous characters appear to share a “Dark Triad” of characteristics with those shifty individuals. Citing a report from the journal Poetics, the Academic Times reports that those who identify with antagonists frequently share those characters’ sense of narcissism, psychopathy and Machiavellianism, the latter of which Psychology Today describes as “a personality type that does not choose to be, but simply is, a master manipulator.” The study was based on a survey of more than 1,800 North Americans and asked participants to rank, on a scale of...
New York Daily News
Balancing Act: To the teachers helping our kids make sense of the Capitol attack, thank you
CHICAGO – Benito Juarez Community Academy civics teacher Daniel Michmerhuizen starts every class with bell ringers. Bell ringers are writing prompts, tailored to the day. He might ask his students to write about their weekends, or about an assignment that’s due soon. He puts on quiet music while they write for 10 minutes and invites them to read their answers aloud if they feel comfortable. “It builds community,” Michmerhuizen told me Sunday. “It builds authenticity. It builds their willingness to share their thoughts in class.” Last Thursday, the day after the deadly assault on the U.S. Capit...
Illinois General Assembly approves sweeping criminal justice overhaul that would end cash bail, require cops to wear body cameras
CHICAGO — State lawmakers on Wednesday passed a sweeping overhaul of the state’s criminal justice system that would end cash bail and eventually require every police officer in the state to be equipped with a body camera. The measures, approved by narrow margins in the final hours of the Illinois General Assembly’s lame-duck session, were spurred on by the public outcry over the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other African Americans at the hands of police in the last year and represent a signature accomplishment for the Legislative Black Caucus. The Black Caucus succeeded in passin...
Seattle schools’ special education services during COVID-19 subject of US Department of Education investigation
SEATTLE — The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is investigating Seattle Public Schools after hearing “disturbing reports” about how the district handled special education during the pandemic. In a letter sent Tuesday to Superintendent Denise Juneau, Education Department officials cite concerns that some students with disabilities went without specialized instruction — and some teachers weren’t allowed to provide it. “According to one local news report last spring, the District told its special education teachers ‘not to deliver specially-designed instruction,’ and disallo...
The Seattle Times