McGee in the class. The Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has been honored as a Great District for Great Teachers by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).The Great Districts for Great Teachers initiative recognizes school districts for exceptional success at creating and implementing policies and practices that nurture, value and support great teaching. In order to be named a Great District for Great Teachers, districts have to undergo a thorough evaluation process, which includes analysis of data, policies and programs, as well as teacher surveys, focus groups and district leadership interviews.BCPS is one of only eight districts nationwide selected for this honor, out of 123 districts that participated.“Great Districts for Great Teachers is a celebration of great teaching,” said Kate Walsh, President of NCTQ. “We celebrate the hard, often politically challenging efforts by a special group of school districts who have managed to put together policies and practices that make them great places for great teachers to work.”Kate Walsh“We are honored that the National Council on Teacher Quality selected Broward County Public Schools as one its first Great Districts for Great Teachers,” said BCPS Superintendent Robert W. Runcie. “This award recognizes the tremendous work, dedication and accomplishments of our school leaders and teachers.”The NCTQ is a national nonprofit organization committed to ensuring all children have effective teachers and every teacher has the opportunity to become effective. NCTQ organized the Great Districts for Great Teachers initiative because it believes supporting and aiding great teachers is the best way to shape a better future for all students. Great teachers not only provide an excellent education for their students, they also become inspiring role models and leaders for the entire teaching profession.“Great teachers transform the lives of their students,” said Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education 2009-2016. “Great districts understand their most important job is to get great teachers into every single one of their classrooms, and support them in the complex, critically important work they do every day.”
Vaca Frita By Celina DeCastroLiterally translated to “Fried Cow”, this Cuban dish is usually served with rice, beans and fried plantains. Vaca frita will transport you to Havana without ever having you leave your home. Similar to Cuba’s Ropa Vieja, this dish has less tomato sauce and more of the natural crispy beef flavor that will leave you craving more.What you’ll need:1 1/2 pound of flank steak, cut into four pieces1 green bell pepper, cored and quartered2 large onions- 1 halved and 1 thinly sliced1 bay leaf2 smashed garlic clovesSalt1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons of lime juice2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oilFresh ground pepperWhat to do:Combine the bell pepper, halved onion, 1 of the garlic cloves and bay leaf in a large saucepan or Dutch oven.Add just enough water to cover the ingredients and bring to a boil, add in the flank steak. Let it simmer over medium heat for about twenty to thirty minutes.Remove steak and other ingredients from stock.Once steak has cooled, shred the meatIn a large bowl add lime juice, shredded beef, and finely minced garlic. Toss the mixture and let it marinate for at least an hour.Heat a cast iron skillet or pan over high heat. Add oil and thinly sliced onions, cook until onions become translucent and browned at the edges.Add beef and cook until beef is browned and crispy. Here you can personalize the level of crispiness you would like for the beef.Serve immediately to hungry friends and family, don’t forget an extra lime on the side.
On Wednesday Republican U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, one of Florida’s two representatives to the US Senate, addressed Caribbean American Diaspora Leaders at the 19th Annual Caribbean American Legislative Forum that is taking place from June 21t-22 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.Rubio participated in a roundtable discussion at the Senate Dirksen Building,South Florida’s Roxanne Valies, a vice-president of the Institute of Caribbean Studies (ICS), a delegate to the Forum, said Rubio gave assurance that the Trump administration will support the U.S./Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act (HR 4939), signed into law by President Obama in December 2016.Senator Rubio is chairman of the Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere which deals with matters concerning U.S. relations with countries in the Western Hemisphere, including the Caribbean region.This subcommittee’s responsibilities include: terrorism and non-proliferation; crime and illicit narcotics; U.S. foreign assistance programs; and the promotion of U.S. trade and exports.The US/Caribbean Strategic Engagement Act prioritizes U.S.-Caribbean relationship and requires the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to submit to Congress a multi-year strategy which among other things, outline an approach to: broaden engagement with the Caribbean community in the US; partner with governments of the Caribbean region to improve citizen security and reduce drug trafficking; improve diplomatic engagement with governments of the Caribbean; and assist Caribbean countries in the diversification of their economies.Delegates were presented with the draft of the multi-year strategy prepared by the Department of State at the meeting with Rubio.Rubio pointed out that the US is placing emphasis on the region and keeping an eye on potential terrorist activity and the regions security in general. He further said as a US senator from Florida he has a keen interest in positive US-Caribbean relations.Trinidadian-American Jennifer Carroll, former Lieutenant Governor Of Florida chaired Wednesdays roundtable discussion. She said it is imperative that the Caribbean Diaspora be engaged with both Houses of US Government, and was “pleased to be part of the vanguard ushering in this relationship with Senator Rubio.”Campaign Chair for National Caribbean American Heritage Month. Dr. Claire Nelson, founder and president of ICS said, “We were thrilled to have Senator Rubio address us as we seek to advance the implementation of Public Law 114-291. Florida shares the border of the Caribbean Sea with 36 Caribbean nations, so dialogue with one of the leading policy makers representing Florida is critical to our interests.”www.caribbeannationalweekly.com
August is historically significant on the Caribbean calendar. August 1, Emancipation Day, commemorates the end of slavery in the British Empire including the West Indies by the Slavery Abolition Act of 1834. August 6 and 31 are anniversaries of Jamaica’s and Trinidad and Tobago’s independence from the British in 1962.This year Jamaica celebrates its 56st independence anniversary. Like past commemorations of this milestones there will be the usual celebratory events in Jamaica and throughout the Diaspora.As with the birth anniversaries of individuals, often times the celebrations camouflages the challenges experienced throughout the year and years preceding the anniversary.Hasn’t been a cake-walkReaching the 56th anniversary hasn’t been a cake-walk for Jamaica There have been tremendous challenges, many which were overcome, and challenges which continue to plague the nation.Some of these challenges, like the national economy and the suppression of criminal violence, have had some, mostly from the older generation, still wondering if it wouldn’t have been more advantageous for Jamaica and other Caribbean nations remain as a West Indies federation. “The challenges are too steep for such small nations,” they claim.Significant achievements Thankfully, this is a minority opinion. Despite the challenges Jamaica and Jamaicans have achieved significantly. There’s no doubt despite its small nation status, Jamaica has made its mark on the international scene.But, there is work, a lot of work, still to accomplishSince independence, particularly since 2000, Jamaican governments, private sector and people appear more intent on solving the many problems at hand. There is definite evidence that Jamaica is on a mission to achieve social and economic development. However, a moment of objectivity reveals that solving the problems confronting Jamaica isn’t easy. It hasn’t been easy for either of the political parties, the Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) or the People’s National Party (PNP) that has formed the government since 1962. It certainly isn’t easy for the incumbent government.Various challenges to overcomeSolving Jamaica’s problems has been a struggle because of various factors, many of which are beyond Jamaica’s control. Some include: an increasingly competitive global market; decline in demand for Jamaica’s traditional agricultural exports, and its former top revenue earner, bauxite; decrease in valuable foreign exchange earnings; increase in national debt as governments seek to borrow on the international market to fill the gap from foreign exchange earnings; decline in and high price of obtaining developmental capital; continuous migration of skilled people, and a growing, more youthful population, craving a rewarding future.Moreover, it hasn’t been easy for the nation, when the best alternative for solving pressing economic problems is to depend on financial assistance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Successive governments have had little alternative to entering in funding agreement with the IMF, and coerced into adapting policies that exclude social programs targeted at helping the poor.Different leaders tried different strategies Different Jamaican leaders since 1962 have tried different strategies to solve Jamaica’s socio-economic challenges. These strategies included: the strong free enterprise system of the Hugh Shearer administration; the Democratic Socialism experiment of the Michael Manly administration; efforts to create a more technocratic, efficient public sector by the Edward Seaga administration; and efforts to drive Jamaica’s socio-economic development through inflows of foreign investment by the P.J. Patterson administration. None of these methods created long term gains, or solved Jamaica’s perennial problems of capital shortage, high unemployment and poverty.In Jamaica there has always been a need for meaningful public/private sector collaboration. Fortunately, some analysts believe there are signs this collaboration is taking place; that the incumbent government is listening to and accepting the private sector’s pivotal role in national development. This evidence is seen in areas of finance, tourism, and business development.As increase in criminal violence remain a persistent challenge, there are calls for closer private sector/government collaboration to curb this social blight. Diaspora is also responsible But, the responsibility for solving Jamaica’s challenges is not, should not, be the sole responsibility of its ruling government, private sector and the is three-million residents. One of the, if not the strongest, asset Jamaica potentially has to solve its challenges is its Diaspora. The Diaspora definitely has the capability to assist in Jamaica’s development in various ways, including investments and application of skills and experiences gained overseas. While the Diaspora joins in celebrating another Jamaican independence anniversary, it should be ready, willing to be involved in making meaningful contributions. The Diaspora has talked incessantly about assisting the homeland, but relatively little has been done. The best gift from the Diaspora to Jamaica on its 56th independence anniversary is the Diaspora’s commitment to be an integral part of the national solution. The tendency to celebrate Jamaica’s achievements on the outside should be matched by the Diaspora’s diligence in assisting to meet Jamaica’s challenges.
On Thursday January 17, Broward County School Board members and Superintendent Robert W. Runcie provided a progress report on recommendations from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission Initial Report dated January 2, 2019. The progress report outlined the District’s priorities and included the status on the District’s efforts regarding each of the Commission’s recommendations for school districts, noting that more than half the work has been completed with the remainder in progress. Some items also require additional discussion or legislative action. Among the highlights:Code RedPolicy presented to the School Board1,300 Code Red Drills conducted since the beginning of the school yearHard CornersField test during winter breakCompletion in all classrooms throughout the District by the end of February 2019Single Point of Entry195 schools (82 percent) are completedRemaining schools will be completed prior to the start of the 2019/20 school yearNew safety and security officeNew Chief and 30 new positions “We appreciate the work of the Commission and the recommendations presented in its initial report,” said Superintendent Runcie. “There is a tremendous amount of work that has taken place across the District focused on safety and security. For the 17 students and staff who died, the 17 who were injured, and the 271,000 students we educate every day, we won’t rest until we have the safest school district in the state of Florida.”
Official figures here show that Antigua and Barbuda recorded 25 positive cases and three deaths associated with the virus that was first detected in China last December and blamed for more than 376,000 deaths and 6.7 million infection worldwide. An American Airline flight arrived on the island late on Thursday night and Browne said it brought both nationals and visitors and was piloted by a national of Antigua and Barbuda. But Browne said unless the economy is re-opened and every possible thing is done to rebuild it; “the challenges we now confront will not be overcome any time soon. ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Prime Minister Gaston Browne Thursday night welcomed the return of international flights into Antigua and Barbuda saying citizens cannot live their lives hiding from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and insisting that failure to re-open the borders could result in economic collapse, high unemployment and overwhelming poverty. He has promised that the government will not further undermine the country’s resilience and pawn the fortunes of the population by contracting large unsustainable debts. He told citizens that this is a time to “face the inescapable truth, frankly and boldly, that we cannot take the unviable, risk-averse decision, to keep our country’s borders closed. Browne said that it was not easy to do battle with that enemy. He said rebuilding the local economy was also vital and the re-opening of the borders to tourism can contribute to “sustaining us again, while we adopt new ways of diversifying our economy. “We cannot pretend that our nation’s economy and our family prospects have not been severely hurt from the disruption of tourism and the lock down of our country caused by the threat of COVID,’ Browne said, adding that his administration is deeply conscious of the effects that private sector lay-offs have brought to families. That cannot be the course we take. For, if we do so, we will surrender ourselves to further ravages to our lives and to our livelihoods. We cannot live our lives hiding from COVID, but we must never become complacent in fighting this enemy. We must recognise that it is a formidable foe.” Development Bank and expanding the Entrepreneurial Development Fund to support small and medium size businesses with concessional loan funding. “We cannot contemplate firing public servants and burdening our people, by imposing high rates of tax in conditions where life is already hard. We will borrow on reasonable terms where we can for productive purposes but, first we must rebuild the elements of our economy that will allow us to earn revenues from which we can repay the debt incurred,” Browne added. “Our Government will also extend up to EC$50 million (One EC dollar=US$0.37 cents) in guarantees to the commercial banks, to support lending to businesses so as to maintain jobs in the private sector, during this challenging period.” Browne said that the government cannot countenance a scenario of increased taxes, high unemployment, and poverty and “that’s why we are moving assiduously to re-open and rebuild our economy to put our people back to work as soon as possible”. “COVID is as invisible, as it is vicious. We did not seek this COVID battle, but we did not shirk from the fight. Safeguarding our people’s lives was – and remains – our principal objective. Until there is a vaccine against COVID-19, our nation – like every other nation in the world – is engaged in a war in which there will be other battles. In a radio and television broadcast, Browne said that the re-opening of the airport on Monday to regional and international air traffic was done amid every precaution being taken “to control the transmission of COVID-19 to the domestic population”. “What we must not do is live in fear, paralyzed in terror, and rendered helpless in the face of this enemy. But while Browne acknowledged that the island had been able to curb the spread of the virus here, he said it was imperative for citizens to continue to practice the various measures that had been put in place including social distancing and the wearing of masks. He said additionally, cash support will be provided to the vulnerable through the Board of Guardian, Petro Caribe, cash and food grant programmes operated by the Ministry of Social Transformation, Human Resource Development and the Blue Economy. “We will not deny our own nationals who are abroad, the solace in returning to the common home we share,’ he said, adding that the foreigners “will be among the first tourists to our country, since COVID-19 caused the necessary closure of our airport and seaport to human traffic, triggered the shuttering of our hotels, and instigated the worst damage to our economy in many decades”. “My government has been systematically addressing these vulnerabilities, by reducing our debt to gross domestic product (GDP) ratio from the 101 per cent we inherited to 69 per cent as at January 2020, and by promoting sustained and robust economic growth, which, unfortunately, has been abruptly paused by the COVID-19 pandemic.” He said to this end the government has commenced recapitalising the Antigua & Barbuda “We know that, in many cases, it is only the earnings of a government employee in the family that has kept food on the table. That is why, despite the precipitous reduction in revenues, my government has employed every tool that we could use, to continue to pay public servants.” “Unless we open our borders and restore our economy, we face another powerful enemy, economic collapse, high unemployment, overwhelming poverty, and no financial means to sustain ourselves.” Browne said no one here had “escaped the ravages that COVID-19 has visited upon our economy” adding that “in one way or the other, it has touched us all. “Some have felt that unwelcome touch more than others. In their cases, they have not only experienced job losses, they have also suffered the misery of losing a loved one prematurely. As a nation, our heartfelt sympathy pours out to those families, even as we thank God Almighty for guiding and protecting us, in ways that controlled the disease and curtailed its awful and fatal reach.” “My government has kept our extremely vulnerable economy afloat and buoyant through increased tourism and investment revenues. That was our only choice. Now that these revenues have been curtailed, the underlying vulnerabilities of our country have asserted themselves. CMC
Nigeria and Watford forward, Isaac Success was arrested in London after paying four escorts £2,000 for a hotel romp and angrily demanding his money back.The 21-year-old failed to ‘score’ with any of the escorts after drinking two bottles of Baileys.One of the escorts, Alexis Domerge said the footballer had boasted of his prowess in the bedroom after paying the four women £500 each for the hotel rendezvous. However, everything went wrong when the Watford forward started drinking.“He accused us of ripping him off and asked for his money to be returned.” Alexis said.“It was terrifying. He had paid four of us £500 each to party with him and we all got naked as soon as the money came through on our phone bank accounts. He was drinking Baileys straight from the bottle. He must have chugged at least two. I pulled off his shorts and got down to it with three other girls doing everything you could imagine. But he was getting frustrated. What do you expect if you drink two bottles of Baileys liqueur straight from the bottle?” the 24-year-old escort explained.Another escorts, Michaela Carter said:“He had a nice body and all four of us massaged him for a full hour and a half — as long as a football match. He had been boasting to us all night about how much he earned and how much fun we were going to have. But it’s fair to say that Mr Success did not live up to his name during our night together.He seemed really keen on Baileys — swigging the stuff out of the bottle. It made me cringe because it’s so sickly sweet. He seemed a bit shy and awkward, probably because he’s only 21. After a bit of chat Alexis took charge and said it was time to get down to business.” the escort narrated.“The partying started as soon as the money came into our accounts and we all stripped off. All five of us were squirming around on the bed but after a while we realised the Baileys had taken its toll. Eventually, I told him I couldn’t stay any longer and we couldn’t give him extra time. That’s when things started to get nasty.There was a lot of screaming which must have woken the entire hotel. At that point the police were called. We were all making a terrible racket. I ended up with a slight cut on my face and a bruise on my arm during the chaos. I don’t know how it happened. During the row I also stumbled backwards and broke the heels of my £600 Louboutin shoes. It meant I was already £100 down.”Success met and booked the four ladies after spending the night at a lap-dancing club in London’s West End. The escorts were later texted the details of the luxury Sopwell House hotel, where the Nigerian had hired a suite for the rendezvous.Issac Success signed for Watford from Spanish side Granada for £12.5million in July 2016 and earns £30,000 a week. He has however scored one goal in 19 appearances for the club and struggles to make the starting line-up.Explaining the situation, a Hertfordshire Police spokesman said: “Police are investigating an allegation of assault reported to have occurred at 6.30am at Sopwell House in St Albans on Monday September 11. A 21-year-old man was arrested and de-arrested and inquiries are ongoing.A representative for the player said: “We strongly refute all allegations against Isaac and will vigorously fight to clear his name.” RelatedI had to stop eating Jollof rice to get into the team – Isaac SuccessDecember 10, 2018In “England”Transfer: Isaac Success Officially Joins Malaga On LoanFebruary 1, 2018In “Europe””Let Alexis Sanchez Go, Get The Money & Move On” – Arsenal LegendJuly 28, 2017In “England”
StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share The Gambling Commission has published its young persons survey, a report into the gambling behaviours of 11-16 year olds in England, Wales and Scotland, which warns of children’s exposure to gambling, and its long term impacts.Relating to situations within which youngsters could experience gambling where risks are not always explained, new data has raised questions of the impacts these early experiences in consequence free environments could have.Technology is one such example highlighted, with opportunities to experience gambling behaviours afforded through products such as, free-to-play casino games, social media or within some computer games.With the commission stressing that these products do not have the same level of protections, or responsible gambling messages, as regulated gambling products.In addition, the report also picked out the most common forms of gambling amongst the younger generation as being bets between friends, fruit machines in pubs and clubs and National Lottery scratchcards.It was also pointed out that such activities are occurring within locations that don’t need to be regulated to provide gambling activities.Tim Miller, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said “We require gambling operators to have strong protections in place to prevent children from accessing their products and are actively reviewing how some, like age verification, can continue to be strengthened.“However, it is clear that many children’s experiences of gambling-style activities are coming from the playground, the games console or social media rather than the bookmaker, the casino or the gambling website. “That’s why it is essential that we work across industries and with parents so that together we can protect children and encourage those that choose to gamble in adulthood to do so safely.”The Gambling Commision also picked out its key findings in the report as being:12% of 11-16 year olds spent their own money on gambling in the past week (16% in 2016)This compares to 16% who had drunk alcohol 5% smoked cigarettes and 3% who had used drugs (in past week)11% of 11-16 year olds have played free gambling-style social games online11% of 11-16 year olds have bet with in-game items when playing computer or app-based games11-16 year olds who have gambled in the past week spent an average of £1080% have seen gambling adverts on TV, 70% on social media and 66% on other websitesMost common forms of gambling (overall) include fruit machines (4%), private bets with friends (3%) and National Lottery scratchcards (3%)9% of 11-16 year olds had spent their own money on licensed gambling (ie where either the operator or the premises requires a licence) in the past week0.9% of 11-16 year olds are classified as ‘problem’ gamblers, 1.3% as ‘at risk’39% of young people stated that their parents had discussed the problems that gambling can lead to with them.
Related Articles StumbleUpon Trustly has hailed the opportunity provided by this week’s SBC Global Championship, which doubles up as a celebration of 10 years in business for the global payments provider.As the headline sponsor for tomorrow’s competition at Stamford Bridge (22 May), Trustly has also contributed nine players across two teams – ‘Trustly Avengers’ and ‘Vikings’.We spoke to Trustly Gaming Director Samuel Barrett about his excitement for the event and preparations for the World Cup, including the launch of Pay N Play in-banner betting, a product which offsets high marketing costs by decreasing abandonment rates at the registration stage.SBC: Why is Trustly getting involved with the SBC Global Championship 2018?SB: It is a great opportunity for Trustly to be involved in a new sports betting event with key partners before the World Cup. Stamford Bridge is a unique setting and to have the opportunity to play there with our colleagues and partners will be very memorable for all of us. We’re also excited to be the main sponsor of this event.SBC: How has Trustly been preparing for the World Cup – what challenges does the tournament throw up?SB: At Trustly, we’ve been working very closely with our partners on creative marketing campaigns and bonus campaigns to ensure that anyone who wants to bet on a World Cup match can use Trustly. Typically for big sporting events, we try to innovate and diversify our products as much as possible to ensure we are offering something unique to our partners and their players. This year, we’ve worked hard to launch our Pay N Play in-banner betting, which allows the player to make a deposit and register themselves on a betting site, all within the betting slip on a third-party website. This is incredible for acquisition, as typically marketing costs for the World Cup are very high. This also decreases abandonment rates at registration because the chance of abandonment is completely removed.Still, the tournament poses some challenges. Mainly: Can we handle the high number of transactions? Our tech team is working really hard to ensure we can and we will be monitoring everything very closely over the course of the tournament.SBC: It’s been a big year for Trustly – celebrating 10 years in business with new investors. What opportunities does that provide the company?SB: It’s a really exciting time at Trustly. Nordic Capital recently invested in us and they have amazing experience in taking established payments businesses to the next level. As we look to expand outside of Europe and innovate our product further, the support from Nordic Capital will play a big part. We look forward to seeing what the next 10 years hold!SBC: How has GDPR changed how Trustly does business?SB: We’ve always cared deeply about privacy and worked hard with data protection, so in that sense, GDPR doesn’t change much for us. In the wake of the regulation, we have looked over all data processing within the company to ensure GDPR-compliance.This has included updating our service and supplier agreements and routines for handling of personal data, for example regarding information to consumers and retention of data. Data protection will continue to be a highly prioritized matter for us and we will continue to build data protection awareness throughout the whole organization and when doing business. Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 Share Internet Vikings appoints ‘marketing pro’ Stefan Backlund as corporate advisor March 20, 2020 SBC Digital Summit: ‘Cashless’ environments to take centre stage when retail returns – Samuel Barrett April 30, 2020