Teachers fired Two Boca Raton teachers have been barred from working in Florida classrooms for at least one year.One teacher is accused of allowing students to cheat on a test, while the other is alleged to have made inappropriate comments to students.The state’s Education Practices Commission recently suspended the licenses of Gabriel De Simone, a science teacher at Boca Raton Middle, for questionable comments he made, and Lisha Daigle, a kindergarten teacher at Hammock Pointe Elementary, regarding testing and class supervision issues..In De Simone’s case, some seventh grade girls accused De Simone in January 2015 of saying, “I’ll give you a nickel to tickle my pickle,” according to a state report.De Simone denied making the exact comment. He told his principal, Peter Slack, that the students were engaged in tongue twisters and he said, “Lick a pickle for a nickel,” a state report says. He said he didn’t use the word “my” and a there was no intent to have the phrases construed in a negative way.Slack gave De Simone a verbal reprimand.While there’s no indication the district conducted a formal investigation, the state reviewed the case and De Simone’s history. A state report says he was also counseled by Slack in October 2012 “regarding complaints from female students that he stared at girls’ buttocks and chest area and engaged in inappropriate conversations with them.”After reviewing his file, the state commission decided to revoke his license for a year. De Simone resigned from the school district in October 2015 in the midst of the state investigation.In Daigle’s case, she received a reprimand in January 2015 for allegedly giving students the answers to a test. But the state decided recently to suspend her license for a year.Daigle assessed her kindergarten students in the spring of 2014. Ten out of the 13 students got much lower scores when they were assessed again in the fall, which the district called “beyond a statistical anomoly,” according to a district reprimand.
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) continues to work toward its goal of reopening schools on Monday, September 18, 2017, following Hurricane Irma and will make a final determination as soon as possible.As of noon Saturday, September 16, 2017, there are 8 District schools without full power. BCPS is receiving updates from Florida Power & Light (FPL) regarding estimates for when power will be restored to these schools and appreciates how hard FPL crews are working to repair power lines across our community that were damaged by the storm.In addition, District staff continue their efforts to remove debris from school campus and evaluate the potential impact to school bus routes due to downed power lines, inoperable traffic signals and debris on roadways.At all times, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. BCPS will continue to keep the community updated on the status of schools and understands the importance of providing families with the necessary time to plan appropriately for students’ return to school. We appreciate our community’s support and patience during this recovery process. BCPS updates are provided via a variety of communication channels, including the District website (browardschools.com), robocalls, social media (Twitter @browardschools and on Facebook facebook.com/browardschools), the free BCPS mobile app, BECON-TV and local media. The District also continues to update its Information Hotline at 754-321-0321. read more
Several countries in the northeastern Caribbean were rocked by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake on Sunday morning.The quake, which struck at around 11:12 am (local) time, was centered about 22 kilometers north-northeast off the island of St Barth.The Trinidad based Siesmic Research Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI) says the earthquake had a depth of 74.5 kilometers.It was also felt in St. Martin, Anguilla, St Kitts Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, the US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Guadeloupe and Puerto Rico.There were no reports of damage or injuries.
The Jamaica government says it is seeking to update legislation that would make the adoption of children less tedious and conform to international standards.OutdatedMinister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green, says the Children (Adoption of) Act, which was passed in 1958, is outdated. “A number of things have changed in relation to the rights of the child… and as such, one of the things we had to look at is to ensure that the adoption accords with the Convention of the Rights of the Child and the Child Care and Protection Act,” he told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). “So the technical team has done that and has suggested some changes. We also have to look at … how we can ensure that our adoption process is facilitatory, while still protecting our children,” he added.New legislation The legislation is currently before the Attorney General’s Department and among the issues being looked at are the right of a parent to place a child up for adoption, and the circumstances that would be considered; what constitutes relinquishing the right to parent; and what qualifies a country to be on the schedule of nations whose citizens are allowed to adopt Jamaican children.Green said that the government is committed to making the adoption process easier and more efficient in order to permanently place children with families.Studies all across the globe show that children perform better in a family setting, as a nurturing environment is provided for the child’s physical, mental, spiritual and emotional growth and development.Up to March of this year, a total of 217 children were permanently placed with families — 171 locally and 46 overseas. This is a 26 per cent increase over the previous period.Shorter adoption process The government has already put measures in place to shorten the adoption process by eliminating the two-tiered application system.Previously, interested parties had to complete a pre-adoption form, which would see applicants being screened before the actual application process could begin.But green said this two-tiered system was problematic and time-consuming and has been abolished.The Adoption Board is responsible for approving adoptions, while the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) serves as the processing entity. read more
Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) Division of Exceptional Student Learning Support, in partnership with Accelify, presents the inaugural Educating All Students with Excellence (EASE) conference,” on Friday, October 5, 2018, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., at Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84, Davie, FL 33317. EASE is an innovative and engaging day of professional development on inclusion, which brings parents, school administrators, general and special education teachers, and service providers together for a day filled with informative, educational and awareness-building sessions on a broad range of special education topics. The theme for this inaugural event, which is scheduled to take place during the observance of Florida’s Disability History and Awareness Weeks, is “Promoting Inclusive Practices for Students with Disabilities.” Conference attendees can choose from a variety of concurrent interactive sessions and presentations from both practitioners and expert leaders in the field. Attendees will participate in sessions that inform and support work with children with special needs and their families. Parents will leave better prepared to advocate for their child’s success in school and will have the opportunity to participate in sessions that help them understand how to navigate the special education process from pre-kindergarten through post-graduation. General and special education teachers, and service providers can participate in sessions that inform and support their work with children with special needs and their families. School administrators will gain insight from leading special education experts on promoting inclusive school environments, coupled with evidence-based practices, data collection and data-based decision-making. EASE also offers opportunities to connect with other professionals and exchange ideas, resources and best practices.For questions about the conference, how to become a partner or for vendor information, contact Andrea JohnBaptiste at 954-742-9166 or [email protected] read more
RelatedThe King ‘Ronaldinho’ Retires Three Years After Last Club GameJanuary 17, 2018In “Europe”Former World Cup Player Carlos Garcia Loses Life To LeukaemiaJanuary 9, 2018In “England”England Win Maiden Penalty Shootout Against Colombia To Secure World Cup Quarterfinal SlotJuly 3, 2018In “England” Brazil and Real Madrid Legend, Roberto Carlos have been jailed for three months by Brazilian authorities over unpaid child support worth £15,000.44-year-old Carlos, who reportedly cited financial problems for the delay in paying former partner Barbara Thurler, has had his proposal to pay in installments rejected by Judge Mayane de Castro of Brazil’s family court.However, Carlos’ lawyer, Fernando Pittner has declared that the 2002 FIFA World Cup winner will not serve the sentence as the case will be resolved as soon as possible.Roberto Carlos had two kids with Barbara Thurler and recently welcomed his ninth child with current wife Mariana Lucon.During his playing career, Carlos won three UEFA Champions Leaugue in 1998, 2000 and 2002 and the 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan. read more
In the past four years, major European clubs have invested heavily in signing defenders, majority of the recruits on evidence of their displays clearly overrated.Premier League clubs top the list of heavy spenders, Manchester City obviously at the top of the chart. Since 2014, the Citizens have recruited the likes of Eliaquim Mangala-£41.9million, Nicolas Otamendi-£28.4million, John Stones-£47.5million, Danilo-£26.5million, Kyle Walker-£45million and Benjamin Mendy-£49.3million all for a combined staggering total fee of £238.6million.Neighbours Manchester United in successive seasons have gone out to revamp an unsteady backline, splashing the cash on Ivorian centre-back Eric Bailly £30million and Swedish international Victor Lindelof £30.75milion. Incidentally, both young internationals are 23-years-old but have failed to consistently perform at a high level which justifies the decision of Jose Mourinho to sanction their acquisition to the Premier League giants.While Bailly can be said to have shown promise and is clearly one for the future if he can cut out the errors, Lindelof in all honesty looks like a fraud following his summer switch from Benfica and his latest shambolic displays at the weekend in the away defeat at Huddersfield Town only highlighted Jose Mourinho’s reluctance in giving him game time in the league, perhaps a silent acceptance of error of judgement on the part of the maverick Portuguese manager.A few pundits have argued that the Swede is struggling to adapt to the gulf in class between the Portuguese Primeira League and Premier League and will definitely come good when he fully integrates into his new surroundings. That school of thought might sound fair enough but when you recollect Rio Ferdinand who was just a year older than the duo of Bailly and Lindelof when Sir Alex Ferguson paid a then world record fee of £30million for a defender in 2002, it sure looks like a bargain buy in comparism to a combination of central defensive buys at both Manchester clubs in the past four years.Recounting the AC Milan defence line of 2003-2007, added to a few illustrious defenders such as Ferdinand, John Terry, Nemanja Vidic, Sammy Kuffour, and a host of other world class defenders you realise the depth in deterioration in the art of defending when names such as Jerome Boateng, David Luiz, Gerad Pique, Stones are being brandished as some of the standout defenders of this generation.Honourable mentions should be given to the likes of Vincent Kompany-if fully fit and plays consistently could be the best in the world-, Thiago Silva, Raphael Varane, Diego Godin defenders who have regularly reminded us that REAL defending isn’t totally in this clearly overrated generation of modern day footballers.RelatedBurnley Sign England Goalkeeper Joe HartAugust 7, 2018In “England”Manchester City Sign Mahrez In Club Record DealJuly 10, 2018In “England”Manchester City Sign Aymeric Laporte In Club-Record DealJanuary 30, 2018In “England” read more
Abdullahi Biffo has been appointed the new technical adviser of Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) team, Katsina United.The former Niger Tornadoes and Abia Warriors coach replaces Baldwin Bazuaye, who reportedly resigned from his role last week.Biffo was unveiled in a ceremony in Katsina after signing the dotted lines.Former Flying Eagles coach Ladan Bosso and Mohammed Baba Ganaru were reported targets of Katsina United before they joined FC Ifeanyi Ubah and Yobe Desert Stars respectively.Katsina United finished on 16th position in the 2016/17 NPFL season, a place outside the relegation, with 52 points from 38 matches.RelatedNPFL: Ezenwa Dropped Ahead of Niger Tornadoes ClashFebruary 3, 2019In “NPFl”Experienced Trainer Bazuaye Named Chief Coach Of ‘Brand New’ Bendel InsuranceDecember 20, 2017In “Nigeria”NPFL: Katsina United Aim For A Clean Home Record As Kwara Come VisitingMarch 17, 2019In “NPFl” read more
StumbleUpon Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Having triggered Article 50, The UK enters a new political landscape as it negotiates its withdrawal from the European Union. Setting a two-year target for EU exit, Brexit has been labelled the most important UK political mandate of modern times. Fraught with risks and intriguing political contexts, SBC’s ‘Bookies Corner’ asks industry stakeholders how political betting markets will be impacted as Brexit becomes a reality._________________________________________Graham Sharpe – William HillSBC: Britain has to renegotiate its European relationship on trade, immigration, finance, laws, security. What makes bookmakers so sure that the UK will leave the EU by 2019?Graham Sharpe (William Hill Politics): All the talk has been of a two-year process, and that remains the government’s target. Given that Article 50 was triggered relatively early in the year, 2019 is the obvious favourite, and where most of the money has gone.However, as this is a unique situation no one can be absolutely sure whether it will take place speedily in order to get it ‘out of the way’ as it were, or whether the difficulties involved in getting agreements from the 20plus remaining members of the EU will slow progress down. So, it isn’t so much that we are ‘sure’ but that the ‘smart money’ is backing the 2019 option.Matthew Shaddick – LadbrokesSBC: Has Brexit changed all political dynamics…is ‘Remain vs. Leave’ the new ‘Left vs Right’ of UK politics. If so, how does this impact market odds and research?Matthew Shaddick (Ladbrokes, Head of Politics): It’s certainly an important factor, but maybe not as dominating as some commentators claim.For example, lets Take the Stoke-On-Central by-election. A very heavily pro-Leave seat, but UKIP did relatively poorly in there. Similarly, the Lib Dems have managed to do very well in some recent council by-elections in places which voted Leave.Certainly, the Lib Dems can maybe expect to do better in the metropolitan areas that went for Remain. Labour are definitely in a tricky spot over the issue, but I’d say their problems are still more to do with the leadership in general.Mirio Mella, PinnacleSBC: If PM Theresa May does not progress with Brexit negotiations in 2017, does May need to call for an early UK General Election?Mirio Mella (Pinnacle, Head of Customer Engagement): Well, as with everything Brexit related ‘progress’ is very much a matter of opinion.Certainly, if by the end of the year there isn’t clarity on the big issues such as the status of EU Nationals and a rough idea of the cost of the divorce, then the PM will face pressure to call an early election. That is notwithstanding all the unknown unknowns like the recent ructions over the Rock.Of course, the electorate chooses a party, not a PM, but an election would essentially seek a vote of confidence in a manifesto which would largely be aBrexit negotiation plan.An early General Election would also give punters another chance to see whether betting odds can accurately reflect the underlying probability of political markets after the damage done by the Brexit and Trump shocks.Paddy PowerSBC: Who have been the political winners of Brexit (if any)…and how will they fair if an Election is called?Paddy Power (Paddy Power Politics): The big winner of Brexit other than our punters, was Theresa May! Not only was she catapulted from MP to PM by the referendum result, but she’s also found herself at the centre of a generation-defining process.And it doesn’t look like she’s going anywhere – a Conservative Majority at the next election is heavily odds-on (8/13). However…I don’t know which is more cause for celebration – her huge career advancement, or having her legs feature on the front of the Daily Mail.________________________Want to participate on SBC’s ‘Bookies Corner’? Please contact [email protected] read more
Stars Group relaunches affiliate profile with Income Access May 22, 2019 Share Related Articles FRESH8 to elevate bwin’s German advertising channels July 16, 2019 StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit Share Amaya Inc sports betting subsidiary BetStars has partnered with industry content and dynamic advertising specialists Fresh8 Gaming to optimise the targeting of its programmatic marketing campaigns.Fresh8 technology has been selected to drive optimal targeting with improved messaging relevancy by delivering personalised adverts to individual users and segments.Zeno Ossko, Managing Director of BetStars, commented on Fresh8 technology, “We were looking for a partner that could deliver effective campaign promotions. The real-time automated application of the Fresh8 platform means we can ensure a highly relevant marketing campaign wherever we advertise. We’re looking forward to see what Fresh8 can delivers to us.”Andrew SharlandBetStars marketing will initially roll-out Fresh8 provisions for upcoming UK programmatic campaigns, with a view to further implement the technology across its European divisions in the coming months.A pleased Andrew Sharland Managing Director of Fresh8 Gaming welcomed BetStars as new partners “Exciting brands such as BetStars need technology that reduces the manual process of asset creation and optimisation. We are proud to have been selected through an open and competitive tender.”“Programmatic advertising and data led technologies will transform the way sports betting operators buy media. However, even with all these technological advances, advertisers struggle to use their data and insight to deliver truly personalised creative delivery of experiences due to sports betting’s challenging product set. The Fresh8 technology platform will ensure that all BetStars messaging is highly relevant in real time to the consumer, the content, and the real time sports betting product.” read more