first_imgPrime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will stand firm in its ongoing diplomatic battle with Saudi Arabia.Trudeau says he will always take strong and clear positions in private and in public on questions of human rights.He says that is what Canadians expect of his government.Trudeau was speaking in Montreal this afternoon at a news conference regarding funding for aerospace company CAE.The prime minister added that Canada respects the importance of Saudi Arabia in the world and recognizes it has made progress on a number of important issues.Saudi Arabia suspended diplomatic relations with Canada on Sunday in response to a tweet from Global Affairs Canada that criticized the Saudis for the arrest of social activists.last_img


first_imgHELENA, Mont. – “Superman” actress Margot Kidder’s death has been ruled a suicide, and her daughter said Wednesday it’s a relief to finally have the truth out.Kidder, who was born in Yellowknife and played Lois Lane opposite Christopher Reeve’s Superman in her most famous role, was found by a friend in her Montana home on May 13.At the time, Kidder’s manager, Camilla Fluxman Pines, said Kidder died peacefully in her sleep.A statement released Wednesday by Park County coroner Richard Wood said the 69-year-old Kidder “died as a result of a self-inflicted drug and alcohol overdose” and that no further details would be released.Maggie McGuane, Kidder’s daughter by her ex-husband Thomas McGuane, told The Associated Press in a phone interview that she knew her mother died by suicide the moment authorities took her to Kidder’s home in Livingston, a small town near Yellowstone National Park.“It’s a big relief that the truth is out there,” she said. “It’s important to be open and honest so there’s not a cloud of shame in dealing with this.”Kidder’s death is one of several high-profile suicides this year that include celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain and fashion designer Kate Spade.McGuane noted that Montana has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation and she urged people with mental illness to seek help.“It’s a very unique sort of grief and pain,” McGuane said. “Knowing how many families in this state go through this, I wish that I could reach out to each one of them.”Kidder struggled with mental illness much of her life, and it was made worse by a 1990 car accident that left her in debt and led to her using a wheelchair for almost two years.Kidder and Reeve starred in four Superman movies between 1978 and 1987. She also appeared in “The Great Waldo Pepper” with Robert Redford in 1975, Brian De Palma’s “Sisters” in 1973 and “The Amityville Horror” in 1979.She later appeared in small films and television shows until 2017, including “R.L. Stine’s the Haunting Hour.” She received a Daytime Emmy Award as outstanding performer in a kids’ series in 2015 for that role.Kidder was a political activist who was arrested in 2011 in a Washington, D.C., protest over the proposed Keystone XL pipeline from Canada’s oil sands.Her final years were troubled by conflicts with people who were down on their luck that she took into her home. Between August 2016 and her death in May, authorities were called to her house 40 times on reports of people trespassing, theft and other disturbances, according to police logs released to the AP under a public-records request.The calls include responses by ambulances five times in seven months, including at the time of her death.Joan Kesich, a longtime friend who found Kidder’s body, said Kidder was fearless and always spoke the truth, regardless of the consequences.“In her last months, she was herself — same kind of love, same kind of energy,” Kesich said. “The challenges that she had were very public. I want what I know about her to be out there because it was glorious. She was really a blazing energy.”last_img read more


first_imgCompanies mentioned in this article: (TSX:TCW, TSX:SU, TSX:CNQ)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press CALGARY — Canadian oil and gas companies finding little love in the stock market are repurchasing their neglected shares, driving a rise in share buybacks that’s already reached a record high this year.Using scarce dollars to buy your own stock instead of investing to grow the business may seem wasteful to some, but observers say it makes sense if you have money in your wallet and find your shares in the bargain bin.“As a CEO, the way I look at it is, it’s a cyclical business. Buying back your shares when you have good cash flow and a good balance sheet, when your shares are down to really low levels, is actually good business,” said Dale Dusterhoft, CEO of Calgary-based well completion company Trican Well Service Ltd.“But then when your multiples are up and you’re in an up cycle, using your capital to buy other things is good business as well.”Trican bought back 9.8 million shares in October after renewing its annual buyback program. It bought the maximum allowed 10 per cent of its stock for $119 million under its 2017-18 program.Some 627 million shares had been repurchased in 2018 for cancellation by 209 issuer companies as of mid-October, according to data provided by TMX Group, the operator of the Toronto Stock Exchange, at the request of The Canadian Press.That’s about 135 million more shares than in all of 2017 and well ahead of the previous record high of 557 million shares in 2007, according to statistics going back to 1989.Twenty-three Calgary-based companies involved in the upstream oil and gas sector accounted for about 184 million share buybacks this year, more than double the 76 million in 2017.The boom in energy company share buybacks is linked to conditions in Western Canada, where a lack of pipeline capacity to carry away growing production has resulted in unprecedented discounts in oil prices versus U.S. benchmarks, said Eric Nuttall, senior portfolio manager at Toronto-based Ninepoint Partners.“We’ve had the greatest dislocation in history between the commodity and the stocks,” he said. “Energy stocks are trading at half of their historical multiples.”The recent decline in New York-traded West Texas Intermediate to the mid-US$50 per barrel level from peaks above US$75 in early October increases the risk of lower returns going forward and makes buybacks less appealing than simply going into “bunker mode” and preserving capital, Nuttall said.“But in a higher price commodity environment, meaning like US$60 WTI, and a more normalized differential, if the share price isn’t reflecting value, then it’s better to buy back your own shares than take the risk of drilling your own wells,” he said.The appeal of buybacks isn’t lost on oilsands major Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. which on Nov. 1 unveiled a new capital allocation strategy that requires half of all future cash after capital spending and dividends be spent on buybacks, with the rest to pay down debt.It repurchased 20 million of its shares as of Sept. 30 at a cost of $874 million under a plan approved last spring to buy back up to 61 million shares over the next year.Executive vice-chairman Steve Laut said on a conference call the “significant ramp-up” in buybacks creates “value for shareholders in current market conditions” — on Nov. 1, the company’s shares closed at $37.84, down 16 per cent from 12 months earlier.Earlier this month, Suncor Energy Inc., Canada’s largest oil and gas company by market capitalization, said it had approval to increase its current buyback program to five per cent of its shares from three per cent.It spent $1.98 billion to buy back 39 million shares under the program between last May and November — the increased program would cost another $1 billion if fully implemented.In theory, reducing the number of outstanding shares in a company increases the value of the remaining shares — it should boost investor measures such as net earnings per share and production per share and therefore lead to higher market prices for each share.That’s not how it has worked out for Trican, however.Despite buying and cancelling 34 million shares in the 12 months ended Sept. 30, its share price lost half of its value, falling from $4.56 to $2.31.Dusterhoft confesses to “mixed feelings” about the result but said he still believes buybacks are a strategy that will deliver good returns for shareholders in the long run.He blamed Trican’s stock price woes on a general selloff in energy services companies’ shares related to poor drilling prospects in Canada as producers limit spending on exploration.“If the share price had stayed the same, they’d get a 10 per cent yield over that time frame. I think the only negative we saw was the market decline through the past year.” Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more


first_imgLONDON — The Church of England’s bishops are appealing for national unity following a week of divisive discussions around Britain’s efforts to leave the European Union, urging politicians and the public to adopt a more civilized tone in the debate.The leaders said in a statement Saturday that it is time to bring generosity back to national life and to respect those with a differing point of view. The appeal comes amid heated discussions over Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal.Parliament was supposed to vote on the deal this week, but May removed it from consideration in hopes of persuading EU officials to make changes.But EU leaders meeting in Brussels showed little appetite to resolve May’s Brexit impasse for her, saying the U.K. Parliament must make up its mind.The Associated Presslast_img read more


NEW YORK — With key federal funding nowhere in sight for a new $13 billion rail tunnel between New York and New Jersey, project organizers said Tuesday they are taking a hard look at whether to shift focus to performing major electrical repairs to the 108-year-old tube.It’s an approach similar to the one taken by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with New York City’s L subway line connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, which had been scheduled for a lengthy shutdown this year. In January, the Democrat announced a plan to keep the line open by changing the nature of the repairs to the Canarsie Tunnel, which runs under the East River.The Hudson River tunnel, through which more than 400 trains operated by Amtrak or New Jersey’s commuter rail service pass each day, is at the centre of a bitter dispute between the two states and the federal government over how it is to be paid for. Recently, the Federal Transit Administration gave the tunnel project and an associated rail bridge project in northern New Jersey low ratings that make them ineligible for federal grant funding.Democratic members of both states’ congressional delegations have accused the Trump administration of withholding money for political reasons, something federal rail officials deny.Gateway Development Corp. board members overseeing the Hudson tunnel project said Tuesday they are consulting the same experts from Columbia and Cornell universities who advised Cuomo.Both tunnels handle more than 200,000 passengers per day and suffered significant saltwater damage during 2012’s Superstorm Sandy. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved an initial plan to remove damaged concrete that lines the Canarsie tunnel and encases power cables. The cables would have been replaced and the wall rebuilt.Under the new plan, cables will be installed on racks along the inside of the tunnels and the old cables will be left where they are. The surrounding concrete would be repaired and encased in a protective fiber-reinforced polymer.The Hudson tunnel’s electrical cables also are encased in concrete that juts out from the tunnel walls. That part of the tunnel bore the brunt of the saltwater damage from Sandy.“We don’t necessarily believe that one size fits all,” Gateway Development Corp. Chairman Jerry Zaro said Tuesday. “We have a 108-year-old tunnel and the cables are one issue, but we have many others. Racking sounds interesting, and it definitely warrants exploration and we are doing that, frankly, as we speak.”The New York-based Regional Plan Association, an urban research and advocacy organization that focuses on transportation issues, noted earlier this year that the cables in the Canarsie tunnel use 625 volts to power the subway, while the Hudson River tunnel’s cables use 12,000 volts and are larger and require more protection.Gateway organizers said Tuesday they are committed to continuing pre-construction design and engineering work on the tunnel project and eventually reaching a funding agreement with the federal government.“In the interim, we have to deal with the reality that we may have to consider some other options that are available to ensure the tunnels are durable for as long as possible,” Amtrak Chairman Tony Coscia said.Amtrak already performs maintenance work on the tunnel during overnight and weekend hours, but has said that isn’t enough to prevent further deterioration that could cause lengthy shutdowns.David Porter, The Associated Press read more


Norfolk council is thrilled that seniors in Port Dover have formed a club and have found a venue where they can grow their membership.But some council members think the process leading to this point leaves something to be desired.Specifically, Mayor Kristal Chopp took Adam Veri, president of the Port Dover Board of Trade, to task Tuesday for steering this process without the help of Port Dover Coun. Amy Martin.“We have to break down these silos,” Chopp said, adding she hopes to see Coun. Martin involved in all future deliberations on the matter.For her part, Coun. Martin said she attempted to get involved but was unsuccessful. When she caught wind of relevant meetings, Martin inquired about them but was told they were cancelled.Veri expressed confusion about the mayor’s remarks, asking whether citizens are forbidden from undertaking community projects without running them by council first.The exchange occurred while council considered a staff report on the establishment of a seniors centre in Port Dover – the fastest-growing community in Norfolk. The report recommended – and council approved – establishing the Kinsmen Hall-Scout Hut as the launching pad for the new social organization.Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman took exception to the exchange between Chopp and Veri, who organized and hosted a number of public meetings in recent months that brought the issue to this point.Huffman said this line of commentary was “inappropriate” and irrelevant to the matter at hand.“Obviously, there are some other issues going on,” Huffman said. “Let’s just focus on the report. I’m a little confused right now but that’s nothing new around here.”Veri was later asked by the Reformer if council members’ concerns over the process might have something to do with who gets credit.“I don’t know, and I think speculating may not be fair to anyone on council,” Veri said. “It wasn’t a conscious decision. I’ve done a lot of projects involving the county and I never had to go through council.“In 10 years of doing projects, I’ve never had that happen. This is a new experience. My take is councillors should determine their own level of involvement. My only interest is that we ultimately have a seniors centre.”Veri was one of eight candidates vying for the councillor seat in Port Dover-area Ward 6 last fall.Martin was the runaway winner with more than 50 percent of the ballot. Martin collected 2,242 votes while Veri placed second with 912. In a conversation earlier this year, Veri said a seat on Norfolk council remains an attractive proposition.After Tuesday’s meeting, Veri said he took the lead on this file because so many seniors expressed a desire for a social centre while he campaigned. Veri told them this would be a priority and that something would get done.Veri said placing second is not an excuse to abandon commitments.“To take my ball and go home is just stupid,” he said. “I would not do that.“My only role here is to help the seniors get the most out of their centre. The fewer people with fingers in the middle the better things seem to go.“We got it approved so we obviously did a good job. If we hadn’t done it the right way it wouldn’t have been approved.”Charlotteville Coun. Chris Van Paassen also commented on the process.Van Paassen noted that he – as a councillor – can’t commit staff time to preparing a report unless he has the support of his council colleagues.Yet, Van Paassen observed, Veri was able to summon a detailed four-page proposal from the county’s community services department without council direction.Bill Cridland, general manager of community services, replied that this was “a chicken-or-the-egg” situation and that he wanted to bring forward something detailed and substantial that council could debate, ask questions about, and ultimately vote on.Cridland added that hundreds of seniors have signed on to the Port Dover initiative. As such, the establishment of a club was never in doubt; the only details to be determined were how the county could help as it does with seniors centres in Simcoe and Delhi.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more


Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla-Miranda highlighted in an address to the United Nations today the contribution of young people to the new development agenda through innovation and the use of new technologies.“Increasingly, innovation, technology, education and culture are recognized as promoters of development, and there is a growing consciousness on the need of actively incorporating youth in these endeavours,” Ms. Chinchilla-Miranda told the General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s 68th session.“Costa Rica is honoured to have hosted and organized, along with the International Telecommunications Union (IYU), the BYND2015 summit on youth, development, and information and communication technologies.”Earlier this month, some 700 young people attended the BYND 2015 Global Youth Summit in the Costa Rican capital of San José, and more than 3,000 followed the conference online and contributed their ideas from 43 hubs or workshops in 25 different countries using social media channels.Ms. Chinchilla-Miranda drew the attention of world leaders to the Final Declaration of the Conference, which urges Governments to provide more flexible, dynamic and open means of governing to reach more people more easily than presently possible. It also calls for education systems that equip students with not just theoretical knowledge, but with a practical mix of marketable, innovative and relevant skills needed to compete in the global digital economy.“I symbolically present to you the Final Declaration of the Conference, adopted in our capital on the 11th of this month by thousands of young people from every continent. We believe it will be a very relevant input in the discussion of the post-2015 development agenda,” she said.Ms. Chinchilla-Miranda also stressed the necessity for the international community to implement a preventive approach not just for conflicts but also to avert the effects of global warming and climate change.“We cannot remain inactive while global warming increases, ocean levels rise, and the survival of several small island States is threatened,” she said, commending Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s plan to convene a summit on climate change next year.“We promote a model of development based upon harmony with nature; solidarity and social inclusion; economic and trade opening; development of our human resources, and innovation.We realize that development is futile if it is not founded on a profound respect for human dignity and the rights and well-being of the people, including their day-to-day safety,” she added. read more


first_img NASA is elevating environmental conservation efforts with its new Geosynchronous Littoral Imaging and Monitoring Radiometer (GLIMR) instrument, which will make observations of coastal waters to help improve resource management, boost economic activity, and protect ecosystem sustainability.Led by principal investigator Joseph Salisbury of the University of New Hampshire, Durham, the GLIMR instrument will analyze ocean biology, chemistry, and ecology in the Gulf of Mexico, areas of the southeastern United States coastline, and the Amazon River plume, where Amazon River waters enter the Atlantic Ocean, said a NASA press release. https://t.co/E0qFiKAwSX— U. of New Hampshire (@UofNH) August 1, 2019According to NASA, coastal ecosystems support humans in numerous ways, however, some are negatively affected by land use activities, population growth, extreme weather conditions, and climate change problems. Due to these pressures, more expansive and harmful algal blooms are on the rise, in addition to creating areas where there is a lack of dissolved oxygen. These algal blooms could be detrimental to fisheries, human health, and tourism.The GLIMR instrument will be placed on a NASA-selected platform and launched between 2026 and 2027 into a geosynchronous orbit, where it can track a wide area, focused on the Gulf of Mexico, for up to 15 hours each day. From this perspective, the hyperspectral ocean color radiometer will measure the reflectance of sunlight from coasts waters in thin wavebands. GLIMR’s unique view will be able to help scientists study the lifecycle of coastal phytoplankton blooms and oil spills in a way that wouldn’t be possible with low-Earth orbit satellites.Congrats @UofNH! We’ve selected their instrument to fly in space and contribute to @NASAEarth research. Named GLIMR, this instrument will help us understand coastal ecosystems and will yield economic benefits to fisheries, tourism and recreation. Details: https://t.co/xm07wx9iBX pic.twitter.com/VpMopaLJY1— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) August 1, 2019The instrument was selected from eight proposals under NASA’s fifth Earth Venture Instrument (EVI) solicitation, which was released last year with an award of approximately $107.9 million. NASA’s first two Earth Venture Instruments were launched last year and are operational on the International Space Station (ISS). EVI investigations are small science investigations that align with NASA’s larger Earth-observing satellite missions and can help scientists better assess solutions for areas that are critical to our environment, including ecosystems.“It’s critical that we closely monitor the health of our oceans and assess risks for coastal communities to protect both our environment and our economy,” said Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire in the press release. “Securing federal resources that invest in scientific research and exploration have been and will continue to be top priorities for me as the Ranking Member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee tasked with funding these important programs.”More on Geek.com:NASA Taps SpaceX, Blue Origin to Boost Space TechNASA Plans to Test New Lightweight X-Ray Mirrors in SpaceNASA’s Planet Hunter TESS Discovers Three New Worlds NASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This WeekendScientists Discover Possible Interstellar Visitor Stay on targetlast_img read more


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, October 24, 2017 – Kingston – The Scientific Research Council (SRC) is close to finalizing phase one of a $9 million dollar agriculture project at Carron Hall High School in St. Mary that will significantly benefit students as well as residents of the surrounding communities.The initiative, which entails the establishment a bio-digester system and a piggery unit, is expected to assist in boosting the school’s science syllabus while providing an additional revenue inflow option for the institution.Coordinator for the SRC’s Science and Technology Unit, Amanda McKenzie, tells JIS News that the undertaking is consistent with the agency’s mandate, noting that “the Council believes that science and technology should work for everyone…at the school level…the community level and the nation at large”.She explains that the piggery unit, which will enable the school to sell the meat to the wider community, will have an environmentally-friendly waste treatment system.   Additionally, there will be a bio-digester system that will convert the resulting waste to fertilizer, which Miss McKenzie says can be used on the school’s farm.She further informs that bio-gas generated from the equipment’s operations can be used to fuel the canteen as well as potentially power the wider campus, while the other significant by-product, water, can be used to irrigate the school’s farm.Miss McKenzie points out that the bio-digester can be used as a demonstrative model to illustrate how science and technology can be optimally utilized to produce clean energy and enhance knowledge of animal husbandry.In the meantime, the Coordinator says the SRC will be developing a manual that provides the school’s teachers of Agriculture; Environmental Science; Biology; Geography, Engineering and Technical Drawing with information on how they can use the technology to impart aspects of their subject syllabi to their students.She explains that a key objective of the project is improving in the youngsters’ external examination results which showed that, in the case of Agricultural Science, 30 per cent of the school’s Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) candidates in 2013 gained Grade 1, 40 percent – Grade 2 and 30 percent – Grade 3.“We find that when we provide a physical demonstration or model, by giving the students a practical application of science and technology, they tend the grasp the information easier, and are able to transfer the information from one subject area to the others,” Miss McKenzie tells JIS News.The school was selected as a beneficiary based on their being a part of the Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) project, which focuses on science education and developing programmes and activities for select institutions, with a view to improving how the subject is taught.   Some of INVOCAB’S programmes and activities include summer camps; innovation competitions and non- traditional methods of imparting knowledge, which are incorporated in teachers’ lesson plans.Following the completion of the Carron Hall High School project’s first phase, which began in November 2016, the SRC will implement a monitoring system to ensure that the all necessary standards are met, and provide general supervision and assistance designed to make the business component sustainable.“Part of the project’s requirements is that 80 percent of earnings or savings from electricity should return to the project so that (the school) can continue purchasing animals for the piggery,” Miss McKenzie indicates.The SRC has partnered with the Digicel Foundation, Food for the Poor Jamaica and the American Friends of Jamaica to undertake the project, which Miss McKenzie notes is “an excellent example of public-private partnership”.By: Tomeica Gunn (JIS) Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Members of the First Haitian Free Methodist Church in Little Haiti are trying to figure out what they will do to continue services next Sunday after thieves broke into the church overnight, making off with some pricey equipment.Repairs to security bars outside the church along North Miami Avenue and 65th Street were completed, Tuesday afternoon. The crooks made their way through the bars to get inside.The church’s accountant, Louis Placide showed 7News the damage that was done inside. It appears the thieves attempted to rip down flat screen TVs that were mounted to the wall. “It’s so sad,” Placide said.Police responded to the scene after an alarm went off, early Tuesday, at around 4 a.m. That’s when Placide got the call from the alarm company about the burglary.The burglars were spooked but managed to get away with a keyboard that was worth about $500. They also tried to steal two TVs, but left them behind for some reason. “The piano is not there. The music is dead,” Placide said. “Sunday, we don’t know yet how we’re going to do.”Placide said he is going to look to forgive the people responsible. “Justice is justice, you have to do that, but we’re going to pray for them,” he said. “If they change their life, this problem will stop.”The repairs to the church has brought on unexpected expenses, so Placide doesn’t think they can afford to buy another piano in time for Sunday. He said he is thankful that no one was hurt and that services will continue on Sunday, as planned.If you have any information on this burglary, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more


first_imgThe ENSTAR strike has lasted two weeks, and there’s no end in sight. Local workers are picketing in front of ENSTAR offices around Anchorage and around the Kenai Peninsula. They’re having a dispute with the management over retirement benefits for both present and future workers. Download Audio:Strikers picket in front of the ENSTAR operations center in midtown Anchorage. (Hillman/KSKA)A couple dozen workers stand in front of the ENSTAR Operations Center in Anchorage holding signs and waving to passing cars. Some of trucks and cabs honk in support.The strikers aren’t allowed to talk to the media and refer all questions to Local 367 Business Manager Greg Walker.Walker says the 120 operating members are striking to protect their pensions. He explains that the company only wants to provide 401(k)s for new hires and current employees are worried that they’ll cut their pension plans next.“The pension plan is well-funded. They’ve gotten great returns on the pension plan investments, so it’s not costing the company any money. Our position is that defined benefit plan provides a well-rounded future for anyone who retires with ENSTAR.”The union and the company had come to a tentative agreement on the issue earlier this month, but the operating workers voted it down and decided to strike. The clerical workers did not.Walker says the union has also filed charges against the natural gas company with the National Labor Relations Board. They allege the company hasn’t provided accurate information about the pension plan and they are discriminating against employees who filed actions against them under the National Labor Relations Act.ENSTAR representatives declined to talk about the strike or the negotiations. The only comment on how the company is being affected comes from their automatic answering service.“Our ENSTAR offices are temporarily closed to walk in customers,” the recorded voice says when you dial their main number.That means you have to pay your bill online, by mail,  or over the phone.Walker says the workers are in it the for the long-haul and haven’t given up hope that the strike will be effective.“Members are strong as ever. The community support is incredible. And we’re going to continue to fight.”But he says they would all rather be back at work. Temporary hires from Michigan are currently filling their slots. Walker says the union members have agreed to return to work in the case of an emergency. Two left the picket line to help contain a gas leak last week.last_img read more


first_img Share Eric Gay | APTexas Gov. Greg Abbott speaking at an event on July 14, 2017, in San Antonio.Texas Republicans are split over how to revamp public school funding.Both sides agree that something needs to be done about how Texas pays for public schools.But while the House has passed a bill to add over a $1 billion back into education, GOP state senators have a different strategy.State Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, said that the best way is to set up a commission to study the school finance system. There, business leaders, lawmakers and teachers can start from scratch, Taylor announced at a press conference Tuesday.“The time for tinkering around the edges and making minor changes is over. We have a broken system that is well past applying another band-aid,” he said.Taylor said that his public education committee in the Senate may consider the House package to inject $1.8 billion back into public schools, but called it “a political fix.”“It may feel good but it is not a long term solution,” Taylor added.In the House, state Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Humble, said that they’ve already studied school finance. Huberty, who chairs House public education committee, said that it’s time for the state to pay its fair share.“And we, at least the House and members of my committee, know how to fix school finance. We know what we’re supposed to do,” Huberty said.Gov. Greg Abbott has told lawmakers to work on school finance during the special session but with less than two weeks to go, no vote has been scheduled in the senate.last_img read more


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first_img by Jocelyn Noveck, The Associated Press Posted Jun 11, 2018 4:55 am PDT Last Updated Jun 11, 2018 at 5:40 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A theme of tolerance, inclusion at this year’s Tony Awards NEW YORK, N.Y. – A small-scale, intimate musical about hard-won cultural understanding was an altogether apt Tony winner on a night where tolerance and inclusion were constant themes.“The Band’s Visit,” about an Egyptian police band that gets stranded in a remote Israeli desert town, forcing both sides to get to know each other, triumphed over much flashier shows to win best musical Sunday night — and a total of 10 awards. The closest runner-up, with six, was the blockbuster London import “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” which won best play.One by one, the winners of “The Band’s Visit” referenced the show’s themes of acceptance and finding a common humanity. Tony Shalhoub, named best actor in a musical, spoke of his father’s arrival at Ellis Island from Lebanon in 1920. “May we, their descendants, never lose sight of what they taught us,” he said. Ari’el Stachel, who won for best featured actor, praised the show for “telling a small story about Arabs and Israelis getting along, at a time that we need that more than ever.” Addressing his parents in the audience, Stachel, whose father was born in Israel, confessed that “for so many years of my life I pretended I was not a Middle Eastern person.”The show also won awards for its luminous lead actress, Katrina Lenk, and its director, book and score, among others. Producer Orin Wolf said the message was one of unity, in a world that “more and more seems bent on amplifying our differences.” Composer David Yazbek, speaking later at the Tony after-party, said the show had special resonance amid “the climate of divisiveness that we’re seeing.” The show isn’t just about Jews and Arabs, he said, “It’s about any tribes that have figured out reasons to be at odds with each other.”The Middle East conflict, immigration, LGBT equality, gun control — many social issues came up, explicitly or implicitly, during the ceremony, which was hosted with a light (and musical) touch by Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban. The night’s first big winner, Andrew Garfield, best actor in a play for “Angels in America,” earned hearty cheers when he declared, “Let’s just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked.” He was referring to last week’s Supreme Court decision in favour of a Colorado baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of religious objections.Garfield dedicated the award, his first Tony, to the LGBTQ community, for a “spirit that says no to oppression. It is a spirit that says no to bigotry, no to shame, no to exclusion. It is a spirit that says we are all made perfectly.”Lindsay Mendez of “Carousel,” named best featured actress in a musical, tearfully recalled that early in her career, “I was told to change my last name from ‘Mendez’ to ‘Matthews,’ or I wouldn’t work.” She went on to say: “To all of you artists out there, just be your true self and the world will take note.” In other acting awards, Nathan Lane won his third Tony — his first in a dramatic role — for playing Roy Cohn in “Angels in America.” Glenda Jackson, 82, won best actress in a play for her fiery portrayal of an elderly woman in “Three Tall Women,” and her co-star, Laurie Metcalf, won featured actress.While there was clearly an undercurrent of resistance to the current administration in Washington, winners did not overtly attack President Donald Trump. Then came Robert De Niro, who arrived to present the most anticipated moment of the night — a performance by Bruce Springsteen — and began by launching an expletive at the president, pumping his arms for emphasis. And then he did it again. Many in the audience stood and cheered, while TV censors quickly bleeped out the offending words.“That was the best part of the whole evening!” commented actor John Leguizamo later that night at the Plaza Hotel after-party. “I jumped to my feet.” He added that “the Tonys have never been this political.” Leguizamo himself, accepting a special Tony, brought up the fate of immigrant children in detention centres and the deaths of thousands of Puerto Ricans in Hurricane Maria. He also declared, “I’m an immigrant, and I’m not an animal” — referring to Trump’s recent remarks that some people living in a country illegally or without legal permission are “animals.”Several winners noted that elections are coming in November — among them playwright Tony Kushner, who wrote “Angels in America,” which won best revival of a play. He told viewers they have “21 weeks to save our democracy and heal our planet.” (On a lighter note, he also gave a shout-out to Judy Garland’s birthday.) Best musical revival went to “Once on This Island,” in a surprise win over “My Fair Lady” and “Carousel.”By far the most emotional moment of the evening evoked the nation’s divisions over gun reform, when Melody Herzfeld, drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was honoured from the Tony stage. Herzfeld, the one-woman drama department at the school, has been credited with saving lives by barricading students into a classroom closet during the Valentine’s Day mass shooting that killed 17 people. She later encouraged many of her pupils to lead the nationwide movement for gun reform.Herzfeld spoke during the pre-show. But later, students in her drama department surprised the audience by appearing onstage to sing “Seasons of Love” from the musical “Rent.”They got the biggest ovation of the night.___AP writer Mark Kennedy contributed to this report.___This story has been corrected to show that the official after-party was at the Plaza Hotel, not the Ritz Hotel.center_img Co-hosts Sara Bareilles, left, and Josh Groban dress as each other at the 72nd annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Sunday, June 10, 2018, in New York. 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