first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — You’ve probably gotten familiar with Alpena Public Schools’ Superintendent John VanWagoner on our newscast and throughout the community.Now Dr. VanWagoner has a new opportunity on the horizon, after being offered a role by another district in Michigan.“I was recruited by a search consultant with the Traverse City Area Public Schools Board of Education that hired.VanWagoner has spearheaded a number of changes within the district, from advocating to keep students safe, warm and dry with this year’s bond proposal, to raising funds for athletics programs, and expanding Alpena High School’s CTE program. He says with the support of other APS educators, he takes pride in the work that’s been done to prioritize the students’ learning and well–being.“I’ve worked with a lot of people that do great work together. We’ve been able to do a lot of great things with bringing a lot of STEM-related programs into the district, bolstering robotics-what we’ve done in career and tech ed to be able to expand and re–do those facilities.”As he considers the new position in Traverse City, VanWager says he’s putting thought into what he’ll need to do to make things run smoothly if a new person does have to take over his position.“I want to make sure that as i’m transitioning, that I leave this district in a position to be very successful and that the kids have every opportunity to be successful into the future.”Dr. Vanwagoner says he’s thoroughly enjoyed his time in Alpena and has not yet made a commitment. He says he will inform community members once he makes his final decision. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Public Schools, APS, Dr. John VanWagoner, superintendent, Traverse CityContinue ReadingPrevious COVID-19 update for Thursday, May 21Next Governor Whitmer extends Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order to June 12last_img read more

first_imgSAPS officers will be on alert during the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis and Interpol’s Ronald Noble speaking at a media briefing in Johannesburg. Noble believes South Africa will stage a great World Cup. (Images: Bongani Nkosi) MEDIA CONTACTS • Senior Superintendent Vishnu Naidoo South African Police Services Spokesperson +27 82 567 4153 RELATED ARTICLES • Police hard at work for a safer SA • Cracking down on 2010 crime • New unit to crack down on crime • 5 000 new police for South Africa • Choppers to curb 2010 crimeBongani NkosiInterpol, the global police organisation, has given its assurance that the strictest security measures are in place for the 2010 Fifa World Cup in South Africa.Ronald Noble, Interpol secretary-general, announced a massive collaboration plan with the South African Police Services (SAPS) at a recent media briefing at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg.While not revealing the total number of police officers Interpol will use during the event, Noble said about 25 member countries will provide South Africa with additional security personnel. Each of the 32 participating countries will also send in their own security officers.Government will spend R640-million (US$88-million) on deploying 41 000 SAPS officers across the country during the tournament, including 31 000 permanent officers and 10 000 police reservists. As a further measure, special courts will be set up to deal with cases involving foreign visitors – and these will be open 24 hours a days.“Our security plan is very thorough [and] very comprehensive,” said Noble. “Interpol members will be integrated with the SAPS.”This will be Interpol’s biggest operation in the history of international events, Noble added.SAPS and Interpol officers will head joint operations at venues such as stadiums, hotels, public viewing areas and others related to the World Cup. “We will jointly plan specific operations,” said Deputy Police Commissioner Andre Pruis.High-tech general packet radio service (GPRS) will be used to make communication more efficient during the operations.The location of Interpol’s security command control centre is still under discussion, but the structure will be the nerve centre of operations and the SAPS will have direct access to it, Pruis said.“[Interpol] members should be at the heart of operations. They should be part and parcel of [intelligence] decisions made.”Interpol’s involvement will come in handy to boost intelligence during the spectacular. “…With Interpol’s involvement in the World Cup we have an international information- and intelligence-driven operation,” Pruis added.Entry points first call of defencePorts of entry to South Africa will be the “focal points” of police efforts, said Noble. Police presence and intelligence operations will be beefed up along border posts, coastline ports and airports.The main focus will be exposing people entering the country with stolen passports. Visitors will also be screened to detect potential threats of terrorism and hooliganism. Interpol has a list of names of problematic individuals in a database, and South African police will have access to it during the tournament.“We [Interpol] know individuals whose criminal activity is linked to major world events,” Noble said.Identity documents, funded by Interpol, will be issued to each visitor after he or she is screened.“Our database has not identified any [terrorist] threat linked to the World Cup,” said Noble.Interpol’s cooperation in providing South African police with exclusive information about dangerous individuals was commended by Pruis. “We’re very happy that Interpol will play this major role in giving us access to the rest of the world,” he said.“The risk assessment is based on intelligence from all over the world.”SAPS and Interpol are currently finalising the process of profiling participating countries and the nationalities of each match ticket applicant. The country profiles will uncover threats that players and their entourage might be exposed to, among other things.Intelligence from South Africa’s neighbouring countries and states within the Southern African Development Community will also be critical to operations. “We will cooperate very closely …” Pruis said.“It’s not just a South African event. If you look at security, it’s a regional event, it’s an African but also an international event,” he added.Projects on organised crimeThe SAPS will set up special projects to deal with organised crime in the run-up to and during the World Cup. The focus of these will be on human and drug trafficking, which are both predicted to escalate.There’s currently serious concern about children and women being brought into South Africa for illegal work. “Human trafficking will receive attention,” said Pruis.‘Best World Cup ever’Noble is convinced that South Africa will stage the best World Cup with minor security incidents. “It’s my belief … that this will be the best World Cup we’ll ever have.”Pruis is also confident that hooliganism in stadiums and other viewing areas will be combated with ease. “I’ve been in Germany and I’ve seen hooliganism during the World Cup. I think we can deal with it,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgmarshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Google#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Does Google get social? It sure would like to and just a few weeks ago the search giant brought in-house a world renowned expert in social technology. Until the end of January, Ed Chi was a Principal Scientist of Augmented Social Cognition at the famous research institute PARC. Now he’s a Research Scientist at Google. His specialty: Human Computer Interaction. Chi had been at PARC, the research institute where everything computer from the GUI to the laser printer was invented, since 1999. His recent work has included investigations of how users relate to Wikipedia, Delicious and Twitter. Recent projects include building recommendation engines based on bookmarks (MrTaggy), tweets (zerozero88) and other social signals. Now he’s hacking for Google.Chi proved wildly capable by earning a B.S., an M.S. and a PhD all in 6.5 years. He holds 20 different patents.We’ve cited Chi here at ReadWriteWeb for his criticism of Wikipedia as a site that has become too exclusive because of its complicated interface and we wrote an extensive preview of the unlaunched Twitter-filtering Eddi Project. We were unaware of his departure for Google until ReadWriteWeb reader Clive Boulton generously brought it to my attention in a live video chat.Chi is widely liked, admired and respected. Bringing him in-house sounds like a very smart move for Google to make. Even if Google never nails social like Facebook or Twitter has, the web is quite likely to move into a post-Pagerank era sometime soon due to gaming, spam, pseudo spam and the rise of social. A deep understanding of social signals concerning information could prove a path to maintain the company’s search dominance into that new world.center_img Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgAs the curtains came down on the 16th edition of the Asian Games, China once again showed what it takes to be a superpower. Surprisingly, despite a combined medals tally of 416 – 199 gold, 119 silver and 98 bronze – the hosts were still unhappy. On Saturday, some of the Indians at the Main Press Centre were shocked to hear some Chinese journalists lamenting that their country failed to notch up a double century of gold medals. At a time when the Indians are making a song and dance about the 14-gold haul, these Chinese journalists showed where we stand. Like the previous Asian Games, this one too has become a contest between China versus the rest, and not surprisingly, a lot had to do with mindset. When Beijing got to know it would be hosting the 2008 Olympics, the whole of China was in a state of euphoria. In every aspect, their preparations began years in advance with no room for excuses. It is this kind of approach which scares the world when people talk of China as an emerging sporting nation which can one day overtake the US in the Olympics medals tally. So what is it about the Chinese system that they produce such strong world beaters?The other day, a top Sports Authority of India official at the Aoti shooting ranges in Guangzhou gave an explanation as to “how the Chinese system is so good”. The official had no hesitation in admitting that we are way behind China in terms of a sporting culture. That’s the secret of China’s prowess. Sample these cold facts. China invests in sport in such a big way that the athletes don’t have to worry about their future even if they fail. Contrast this with India where failure could not only be the end of an athlete’s career but the person may be consigned behind a desk for the rest of his/her life. THE difference lies in how China nurtures talent from a very early age. There are over 3,500 staterun athletics programmes alone where over four lakh athletes strive for excellence. But only a few make the grade.advertisementCompare this with India, where sporting programmes are yet to be broad-based. The nurseries of hockey are on the wane and if you talk in terms of sheer numbers as to how many synthetic tracks or hockey pitches we have, there is just no comparison. At a time when we are debating the corruption in CWG, it is the clean system in China which matters. Official estimates say the Chi-nese government spends between $750 million-$1 billion a year on sports and the result is for everyone to see. In contrast, our sports budget was below `500 crore, which is around $10 million a year. Unless the budget in India is increased manifold, athletes would continue to be produced despite the system.It is well known that China used the Guangzhou Games as a build-up for the 2012 London Olympics. Of the 970 Chinese athletes who took part in Guangzhou, 650 were new and are being groomed for the next Olympics. Talk about planning and surely China knows how to do it well.last_img

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Baynes shook his hand in visible pain and went to the locker room when play stopped.Celtics coach Brad Stevens said after the 111-103 loss on Wednesday night that he could see the break on the X-ray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefBig man Al Horford has also been ruled out for Friday night’s game against the Milwaukee Bucks. Guerschon Yabusele, Daniel Theis and rookie Robert Williams are expected to have increased responsibilities at center. LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? NFL suspends Patriots’ Josh Gordon for substance abuse violation Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes, left, gets a pat on the back from Gordon Hayward after breaking his left hand during the first quarter of a basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in Boston, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Boston Celtics center Aron Baynes has had surgery on a broken left finger and will be out four to six weeks.The team made the announcement on Thursday, a day after Baynes left early in the game against the Phoenix Suns after deflecting a pass with his left hand.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_img@Eden_RichardsThe 2017 Men’s Elite Eight grand final will be an all-Queensland affair after two thrilling semi-finals at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.The Queensland Titans and the Queensland Cowboys will play-off in the decider and it is sure to be an intense clash between the two rivals.The Cowboys have an opportunity to write their own history in this 21st event and go back-to-back after winning the 2016 competition. But they will know the tough task ahead of them after having been made to work extra hard for their spot in the grand final.They were pushed all the way by the New South Wales Mets, with the team that finished in 4th position on the ladder playing well above their weight.The Mets ended up going down 7-5 to the reigning premiers, but they can hold their heads high after an outstanding tournament.The 2017 competition also ended for the New South Wales Scorpions after a spirited display saw them fall just short of upsetting the Titans.The Titans had their fans on the edge of their seats as the Scorpions almost pulled off a huge upset, falling one-touchdown short of the win.The heartbreaking 6-5 defeat will be hard to take for the Scorpions, but they too can take solace knowing they were beaten by a very good touch football team.The grand final promises to be a thriller, with the Titans being the only team to beat the Cowboys in this tournament.That match ended 9-8 in what was arguably the match of the tournament, with neither team giving an inch for the full 40 minutes.Touchdown machine Shaun Francis will be hoping to add to his regular season tally of 14 for the Cowboys, but he will face strong opposition in the form of the Titans’ Drumayne Dayberg-Muir who found the line nine times in the regular rounds of the tournament.It promises to be one of many exciting match-ups in the grand final beginning at 7:00PM.Related LinksSemi Final Wraplast_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Derby boss Lampard wants reaction against Southamptonby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby manager Frank Lampard wants to see a reaction from his team.After losing to Leeds United on Friday, Derby are hoping they can get back to winning ways in the FA Cup replay.The clash against Southampton is a great chance for the Championship side to progress into the fourth round.Lampard said to reporters: “It’s a good ‘reaction’ game for us, to show that what you saw on Friday night was not what we’ve seen this season.”It’s important for us. We love the FA Cup, and the fans do, too.”It’s another opportunity for the players to show what they can do against a good Premier League team.” last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The organisers of a Durga Puja in east Kolkata’s Salt Lake area were divided on Sunday over inviting Union Home Minister and BJP national president Amit Shah to inaugurate it on October 1.The state BJP leadership confirmed that Shah will inaugurate the BJ Block Durga Puja during his two-day trip to Kolkata, even as secretary of the committee, Anindya Sinha Roy, on Sunday told reporters that they have no idea about the Union minister being invited. “The puja committee members were not informed about the Union Home minister coming here to inaugurate to the puja. The committee president might have invited him, but we have no information about it. We felt very insulted by this and when we confronted the president, he said he made a mistake by not telling us about it,” said Sinha Roy. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja He added they have no problem if the Union home minister comes to inaugurate the puja. “But, he is a leader of a political party and we don’t want our puja to get any political colour.” B J Block committee president Umashankar Ghosh Dastidar, on the other hand, told reporters on Sunday that Shah has agreed to inaugurate the Puja on Tuesday. “He is not coming here as the BJP national president, but as Union Home minister. He has every right to come here and inaugurate the puja. They are crying foul as the decision to invite Shah was taken in a meeting with them. The person, who is creating such confusion, is speaking on a behalf of a political party. But, we have no political affiliation as we invite all MP, MLAs and Councillors of this area to our puja. As the Union home minister is coming here this year, everything could not be discussed with all the members due to security reasons,” he said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Apart from Shah, Bidhannagar Mayor Krishna Chakraborty, TMC MLA and Minister Sujit Bose have also been invited. State BJP general secretary Sayantan Basu confirmed that Shah will inaugurate the puja. “The Union home minister is coming to inaugurate the Puja. He will come here at 7 pm Tuesday. Some people are trying to mislead the people about it,” Basu said. (with inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more