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The song pitch 9 tips for getting your songs heard by major

first_imgAdvertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement We spoke to a music industry veteran to get 9 tips on how to perfect your song pitch and maximize your chances of major artists hearing – and possibly recording – one of your original songs.Have you ever written a song that you absolutely love but could never see yourself performing? If so, you’re not alone – and you’re not alone if you’ve ever daydreamed about having such songs performed by the likes of Sam Smith, Mariah Carey, Selina Gomez, or any other world-famous recording artist.The big question is: how do you get there? It’s one thing to pen an amazing song and another to convince a major artist to record it – or to even get it heard by the right people in the first place. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Peter Coquillard is a senior executive at Milk & Honey Music, a top Los Angeles-based music management, A&R, and marketing firm. Here are some tips from the industry veteran on how to perfect your song pitch and maximize your chances of major artists hearing – and possibly recording – one of your original songs. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Oliver dysfunctional comments not referring to First Nations in general

first_imgAPTN National NewsJoe Oliver, the federal Minister of Natural Resources, has come under fire recently for suggesting that Aboriginal communities are “socially dysfunctional”  in comments to the Vancouver Board of Trade.In this interview with APTN National News anchor Michael Hutchinson, Oliver addresses the comment, as well as Keystone XL, the Prosperity mine, and upcoming changes to the Fisheries Act.last_img

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Peace Country River Rats raise 26000 for new playground

first_imgTAYLOR, B.C. – The Peace Country River Rats held their annual Mother’s Day Dinner and Dance fundraiser two weeks ago.The River Rats raised a total of $26,000 to put towards a new playground at the Peace Island Park Pavilion.The event, which sold over 140 tickets, included dinner, dancing, a live auction, and entertainment performed by the Montney Coulees. Second proposed design for the playground at Peace Island Park Pavilion. Photo by the Peace River Rats Facebook page.last_img

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Five of King Mohammed VI’s Bodyguards Sanctioned for “Professional Blunders”

first_imgCasablanca- Five of HM King Mohammed VI’s personal bodyguards were sent back to the Royal Institute of Police in Kenitra for “professional blunders” during the monarch’s visit to Cote D’Ivoire.According to the daily Moroccan newspaper Assabah, five of the bodyguards who had accompanied the Moroccan sovereign during his recent visits to neighboring African countries were sanctioned for professional misconduct.According to the same source, the sanctioned bodyguards committed professional blunders during King Mohammed VI’s visit to the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire. The five guards worked under the command of Jaidi Aziz, head of the Security Department of the Royal Palace, who is also assumed to be among the bodyguards who were sanctioned.Many rumors have circulated concerning the absence of Jaidi among the team of bodyguards who were supposed to accompany the King to Mali.Some rumors  say that Jaidi might have returned to Morocco because of health issues.According to Assabah, the National Security Directorate, led by Bouchaib Rmail, may have sent Jaidi back to his home in Rabat instead of subjecting him to the same sanctions as the other four bodyguards.last_img read more

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UN officials urge global action to combat poverty

Calling for a recommitment to the Millennium Development Goals, which resolved to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that the global record shows that barely half the amount progress needed so far has been achieved.Extreme poverty, defined as a dollar per day threshold, is a grim reality affecting 1.2 billion or 23 per cent of the world population, he noted in his message marking the Day. “The Millennium Development Goals are attainable, but poverty is an old enemy with many faces,” he said. “Defeating it will require many actors to work together.”Jan Kavan of the Czech Republic, the President of the General Assembly, stressed the need to recognize the power of women in the eradication of poverty, and called for empowering them through a variety of local level projects.In another commemoration of the Day, the UN Development Programme (UNDP) today awarded $30,000 to 27 equatorial communities from 19 different countries in recognition of their “outstanding” work to reduce poverty and protect biodiversity.The winners of the Equator Prize, chosen from among over 420 nominations, “are models of the kind of sustainable future UNDP believes is possible,” said agency Administrator Mark Malloch Brow read more

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Calgarybased Sanjel breakup not a sign of things to come expert

Calgary-based Sanjel breakup not a sign of things to come: expert freeimages.com by Jonathan Muma Posted Apr 7, 2016 7:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email A Calgary-based pressure pumping operation raised some eyebrows this week when it sold its Canadian assets.Sanjel Corp., known for hydraulic fracturing and well completions, didn’t reveal the details of the sale but to some it’s a sign of desperate measures during desperate times.It will be carved up and sold off in chunks to private-equity firms.The family-owned company firmly held the number three spot in the pressure pumping segment of the industry, but also held more than $1-billion in debt.Still, it doesn’t signal a shift in what kind of companies are vulnerable during the downturn.David Yager, National Leader Oilfield Services MNP LLP, explains that despite the challenges banks are still being cautious when it comes to seizing and selling assets of struggling companies.“Were they to put these companies into receivership or seize their credit and attempt to get their more back, the problem with doing that at this point in the cycle is the value of their collateral is greatly diminished by market forces,” he explained, adding lenders feel there’s more value keeping a struggling loan than trying to sell it.“People are looking out and they say, ‘If I stick with this company for another three, six, nine months or a year is my collateral likely to be worth more or less?’”The sale does show it doesn’t matter what sector of the industry a company is involved in with oil and gas.Yager says all that matters is the bottom line.“It’s really a balance sheet issue and that really varies from company to company,” he said. “I don’t think it’s necessarily the space they’re in, I think it’s the actual financial position of the company in question.”Yager points out even with the industry in the shape it’s in, there’s a lot of third-party capital on the sidelines looking to buy, whether it be private-equity firms like in this case, or distressed debt buyers.“People have been looking at the oil patch and seeing excellent buying opportunities in terms of valuations,” he explained. “It’s just a question of two things: what is available and what is the price?”In this case, no one knows what will happen to Sanjel’s more than 2,000 employees but Yager explains someone needs to be there to run the operations for the new owners.“The interesting thing about those assets is they don’t run themselves, you have to have people to run them, so I would say the intention of the new owners will be to employ as many people as the market will possibly support,” he said. read more

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Ohio States Season Was A Crazy Outlier

Ohio States Season Was A Crazy Outlier

The legend of Urban Meyer grows.In coaching the Ohio State Buckeyes to the first ever College Football Playoff Championship on Monday, Meyer not only made college football history, he made statistical history — a history Meyer is uniquely familiar with.After Monday’s 42-20 win over Oregon, Ohio State finished with the second-highest season-ending Elo rating ever (31.7). Only the 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers had a higher rating (33.4). A little background, in case you’re not familiar: The Elo rating system was originally used for chess, but at FiveThirtyEight we use it to produce weekly NFL ratings, among other things. As my boss Nate Silver has explained, Elo ratings are a simple and transparent approach to numerically rate a team.What makes this Ohio State team stands out is not just its dominance, but its improvement. Here is the season-ending Elo rating for the 3,758 college football team seasons back to 1982 plotted against their change in start-to-finish Elo rating.Ohio State is an outlier in both respects. In addition to the No. 2 season-ending Elo rating, the Buckeyes had the 31st most dramatic start-to-finish rating improvement.The team nearest to Ohio State in both dominance and improvement is the 2008 Florida Gators, coached by none other than Urban Meyer. read more

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Kids have serious pester power on family food purchases

first_imgTHE INFLUENCE OF children on their parents’ purchasing decisions is strongest when it comes to buying food. The latest Pulse survey from media agency Carat has broken down the areas where children’s ‘pester power’ is most obvious.The choice of breakfast cereal eaten by the family is the decision most open to being swayed by what the juniors in the household want. After that, their influence is most felt in the choice of snacks and treats, then on sport equipment and clothing, cheese and yoghurt and to a much more moderate effect, the choice of food for general meals.They have less influence on the choice of TV service provider, general groceries, but are starting to have some power in the computer, tablet or phone used in a household.See this table for the full rundown:table courtesy of CaratThere are some other insights into how Irish households shop available in the findings:Women have more influence in food shopping in non-parenting relationshipsIn two-parent families, the mother is more likely to make food purchase decisions on her own; if men do the food shopping, they tend to make those decisions in conjunction with other family membersIn single-parent families, men are “less likely to involve their children in family menus/food purchase decisions”; women in single-parent families do involve the children in menu choices but still take control over what food brands and products are boughtWhen it comes to services and utilities, be that banking, TV and internet providers, motoring and so on, 34 per cent of men with a partner/spouse say they make the decisions in those areas while 25 per cent of women say they are the sole decision maker.There is one area on which partners seem to be able to agree – they are most likely to make decisions together on decor/DIY.13 ads that make you want to stick knitting needles in your eyes and ears>Cheese exempt from new advertising rules>last_img read more

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Verizon teases that new HTC Chocolate might be 2011 LTE Android smartphone

first_imgJanuary’s a huge month in tech thanks to the annual Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, which sees nearly every maker of silicon and every two-bit gadget hack in the entire world converge upon Las Vegas for a glutted orgy of tech consumerism.2011’s CES is looking to be particularly interesting in the mobile spectrum. For one thing, we should start finally seeing some serious Android-boasting tablets, the industry having had enough time at this point to properly respond to the iPad. AdChoices广告Even more interesting, though, is the fact that 2011 will be the first year that 4G really enters the mainstream, and one thing we know for sure is that Verizon intends to unveil a gaggle of new smartphone handsets that support their new LTE network. Other than that, we don’t know much about what Verizon intends to unveil, but it now looks like at least one of those Android LTE devices will be from HTC, with Verizon Wireless’ official Twitter account seriously teasing that HTC will continue their Chocolate line to LTE.The next couple of weeks are traditionally a pretty slow news period, but don’t despair: come the first week of January, there will be a lot of new gadgets, phones, tablets and tech to talk about it.Read more at Unwired Viewlast_img read more

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Simon Harris writes to other health ministers in bid to reduce cost

first_img https://jrnl.ie/3110115 By Órla Ryan 11,021 Views CF campaigner Jillian McNulty Share292 Tweet Email Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 7:29 PM CF campaigner Jillian McNulty 32 Comments center_img Simon Harris writes to other health ministers in bid to reduce cost of CF drug The Health minister wants to team up with England, Scotland, Canada and Australia. Nov 29th 2016, 7:29 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Securing access to treatments for patients at an affordable price remains the key priority. However, we cannot have a situation whereby exorbitant prices make it effectively impossible to access a new treatment like Orkambi.“I have now written to my counterparts in England, Scotland, Canada and Australia and asked that they would collaborate with us to try and ensure we secure access for our cystic fibrosis patients to Orkambi at an affordable and cost-effective price.“We must, I believe, adopt a common approach to engaging with this pharmaceutical company to learn from each other’s engagements to date and ultimately to try and achieve a fairer price for this medicine for the benefit of all of our cystic fibrosis patients and their families.”Life-changing Last month, CF campaigner Jillian McNulty, who is on an Orkambi trial, told TheJournal.ie how the drug transformed her life.It has completely changed my life. I no longer live my life in a hospital. Before Orkambi I could never plan a week or two in advance, I knew I would get sick.“I used to dread every morning because I would have a coughing attack, as would a lot of people with CF.“I’d lie in bed for 10 to 15 minutes to let it pass before I’d use the nebuliser. Now can get out of bed every day like a normal person. For someone with CF that is massive.”Read: Cystic fibrosis patients ‘dismayed’ at decision to not fund life-changing drugRead: ‘Orkambi saved my life, other people should get access to it’ HEALTH MINISTER SIMON Harris has written to the health ministers in England, Scotland, Canada and Australia asking them to work together in a bid to reduce the cost of cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi.The health services in these countries have all been considering access to Orkambi for people with CF.They have been in talks with the pharmaceutical company which makes it, Vertex, to reduce the cost of the €160,000 per patient per year medication.No decision has been taken to reimburse the treatment in any of these countries to date and the Irish health department has yet to receive the formal decision of the HSE Directorate in relation to Orkambi.Earlier this week, the Sunday Business Post reported that the HSE’s drugs committee is due to recommend against funding the medication.The HSE denied leaking the information to the newspaper, with a spokesperson saying: “The report and recommendations of the Drugs Committee will be considered at the next meeting of the HSE Directorate. Any distress caused to CF patients by the reportage prior to this is regretted.”CF Ireland estimates that about 550 patients here could potentially benefit from the drug.Speaking today, Harris said: “Our country has a great track record of making new and innovative treatment available to patients. I am determined that this continues. Short URLlast_img read more

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Sidewalk on SB I5 Bridge closed after vandalism

first_imgThe sidewalk on the southbound span of the Interstate 5 Bridge is closed after crews discovered vandals had disabled a gate. The gate that was damaged is designed to protect the public during bridge lifts by closing the sidewalk to pedestrians and bicyclists. The Oregon Department of Transportation said that the sidewalk will remain closed through Wednesday.The sidewalk on the northbound span was not damaged and remains open. “We hope it’s not too serious of a disruption,” ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton said. “People can still get over the river; you just have to cross over to the path of the northbound span.” There are paths to do that at both ends of the bridge.The Interstate 5 Bridge is jointly owned by Oregon and Washington but is maintained by ODOT. The closure comes at a time when bridge lifts have been more frequent. The Columbia River is above flood stage, which reduces the clearance level for vessels and brings about more bridge lifts. From March 1 through Monday, the bridge was lifted 23 times, well above normal.last_img read more

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State Republicans to auction Newtownstyle assault rifle

first_imgSPOKANE — State Republicans will have a chance to bid on the type of rifle at the center of the current gun-control vs. gun rights debate, an AR-15, at their spring fundraiser this weekend.But state GOP Chairman Kirby Wilbur said auctioning off the semi-automatic rifle is not a pro-gun statement. Washington Republicans are pretty much pro-gun already.“It’s a pro-fundraising statement,” party spokesman Keith Schipper quoted Wilbur as saying.The AR-15, manufactured by Olympic Arms Inc. of Olympia and donated by Washington Arms Collectors, tops the list of auction items on the party’s website announcement of the Spring Gala Dinner and Auction. Also up for bid: a tour of the U.S. Capitol and lunch with U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, an African photo safari, and lunch at the home of former state Attorney General Rob McKenna.The spring dinner is one of two big fundraisers the local party throws each year. Schipper said they don’t release goals for what they hope to raise.An AR-15 was one of the guns used by mass shooter Adam Lanza in Newtown, Conn., and by James Holmes in Aurora, Colo. It is sometimes the focus of attention for proposals to ban what some call military-style assault weapons, although opponents of those proposed bans say it’s not really that different from other semi-automatic rifles in common use.last_img read more

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Murkowski Sullivan contend with lessRepublican Senate

first_imgPhoto by Liz RuskinLast year, it was all eyes on Sen. Lisa Murkowski, since she was one of only a handful of Republicans who would sometimes vote with Democrats in the U.S. Senate. The fate of health care and tax bills seemed at times to turn on what she would do. But this year is shaping up differently in the Senate, and both Alaska senators will have to contend with new dynamics. Listen nowMurkowski was a pivotal vote last year because her party leaders pushed Republican bills they could be sure no Democrat would vote for. The Senate was split 52-48, so it only took Sens. Murkowski, Susan Collins and John McCain joining the Democrats to kill the Republican health care bill last summer. After that, says Political scientist Molly Reynolds, Senate leaders made sure their tax bill would include a plum for Murkowski: drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.Molly E. Reynolds. Photo: Brookings Institution.“We saw her use some of her leverage to get something that was an important policy priority for her out of a narrowly divided Senate,” says Reynolds, a fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution.This year, the Republican majority is slimmer. Now they can only afford to lose ONE senator and still have a simple majority. So you might think winning Murkowski’s vote will be even more crucial to the Republican agenda.But that’s not how it works, not this year.“We’re going to be looking for areas of bipartisan agreement, because that’s the way the Senate is,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell at his year-end press conference, right after passing a tax bill with no bipartisan agreement. This year, he’s not trying to pass partisan goals in budget bills that need just 50 Republican votes. His majority is too slim. Instead, he’s trying to move bills that will require 60 votes to proceed. The bills will have to be moderate enough to pick up nine Democratic votes. So to see their priorities pass, both Alaska senators will have to aim for bipartisanship.In this 60-vote scenario, Murkowski is unlikely to be the pivotal vote. She says that’s fineSens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan. Photo: Liz Ruskinwith her. “You need to do things around here because the right things to do, not because you can do them because you have one more vote than the other side,” she said.Among her bipartisan goals: passing her broad energy and natural resources bill. That’s a big bundle of Republican and Democratic priorities, covering everything from energy efficiency to park management and protection from landslides. And then, there’s the bipartisan crowd pleaser bill.“Everyone is talking about infrastructure as being the thing that allows us all to come together,” Murkowski said. “We all want to build things. That’s a winner for everybody.”She says, though, she’s concerned about cost. Murkowski is one of the most moderate Republicans. According to ProPublica data, her votes strayed from the party line 17 times last year. Sen. Dan Sullivan votes with the party more often than most of his colleagues. He strayed just four times last year.But Sullivan has bipartisan goals, too. He points out he had a lot of Democratic support for the missile defense expansion for Fort Greeley, which became law last year. He has sponsored a clean oceans bill with Democratic Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. And tackling the opioid epidemic – that’s another of Sullivan’s goals that’s almost universally shared.U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, in his Washington, D.C. office. Photo: Liz RuskinSullivan is also keen on infrastructure, certainly for rural Alaska. “Getting fully funded the water and sewer issues, particularly communities that don’t have clean water and sewer,” he said. “American communities. I find it outrageous.”As for a national infrastructure bill, Sullivan wants to link it to permitting reform so projects don’t take decades to get started.“If there’s not a big permitting reform element I’m going to have a hard time voting for any amount of federal funding (for an infrastructure bill) because I think it’ll be a waste of money,” he said.He said permitting reform is a bipartisan goal, too, because Democrats don’t like long project delays, either.“When I talk to my Democratic colleagues all of them recognize this is a problem. They want to fix it,” he said. But many Democrats hear “permitting reform” and think it means undermining environmental protections. Here’s what Democratic Sen. Maria Cantwell said about permitting reform:“I think the administration is running over a lot of clean air and clean water issues, and I don’t think that’s something we need to be doing,” she said.Sullivan said his pitch is that they can can speed permitting without cutting corners.Whether Democrats will help Republicans achieve their goals, and whether Republicans can craft bills that will win over at least nine Democrats, remains to be seen.last_img read more

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JP Associates spurts 38 UltraTech Cement hits 52week high on finalising deal

first_imgUltraTech Cement shares hit a 52-week high at the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), while the Jaiprakash Associates (JP Associates) scrip gained 30 percent on Tuesday after the companies announced the revised terms of the cement deal on Monday.UltraTech Cement shares were trading at Rs. 3,3396 apiece at around 11.05 a.m. after hitting a high of Rs. 3,600 in early trade, while the JP Associates stock rose 38 percent to Rs. 12.50 in the morning and was trading at Rs. 11.74, up 29.30 percent. In a regulatory filing to the BSE on Monday, UltraTech Cement said the company will be acquiring the cement plants of JP Associates and its subsidiary Jaypee Cement Corporation Ltd. for an enterprise value of Rs. 16,189 crore, up from Rs. 15,900 crore agreed upon in March this year.The combined capacity of the cement plants spread over five states is 21.2 million tonnes per annum (mtpa).  The acquisition will catapult UltraTech Cement’s total capacity to 91.1 mtpa, including its overseas cement manufacturing units.The deal is seen as a positive by brokerage Edelweiss Securities Limited for UltraTech Cement.”…amost all JPA plants complement UTCL and to that extent the acquisition is akin to acquiring new markets rather than plain-vanilla assets and the deal has a concession from bank of 5 year principal moratorium,” the brokerage said in a note on Tuesday.However, it added that the renegotiation of the deal showed the Aditya Birla Group in a weak bargaining position.  “The acquisition is subject to the approval of shareholders and creditors, sanction of the Scheme of Arrangement by the Bombay High Court and the Allahabad High Court, approval of the Competition Commission of India and all other statutory approvals and is expected to take about 12 months to be consummated,” UltraTech Cement said in a regulatory filing to the BSE on Monday after trading hours.JP Associates to have lower cement capacity The transaction will reduce the production capacity of JP Associates. “Post this deal, Jaypee Group will retain an aggregate cement manufacturing capacity of 10.6 MTPA with plants spread in Madhya Pradesh, UP, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka,” Manoj Gaur, executive chairman, Jaypee Group, told CNBC-TV18.last_img read more

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Demi Rose flaunts her assets in barely there swimwear Photos

first_imgDemi Rose Official Instagram (demirosemawby)Demi Rose sure knows how to tease her fans. The model took to Instagram again and posted a sizzling snap. In the pic, Demi can be seen flaunting her ample assets in a yellow bikini.The garment barely holding her modesty in check. Demi Rose is quite active on social media, perhaps in a bid to build her own brand. Which we have to say, she is on her way to making. Demi’s main claim to fame is that she dated Tyga for a while.However, she has managed to leverage that notoriety to launch herself as a model. So far, she has about 9.2million followers. Quite the following. Demi has been keeping herself busy. She has also been keeping her relationship with DJ Chris Martinez private. Demi Rose looks gorgeous and she is working hard to capitalize on it, posting scintillating snaps whenever she can and taking one modelling assignment after another. Demi RoseDemi Rose Official Instagram (demirosemawby)Despite her work, the model insisted to MailOnline she sticks to her ‘healthy’ routine and she admitted nuts are the fattiest foods she eats.In September last year, Demi revealed: ‘I try to keep as healthy as I can. With travelling, it’s hard to work out, I travel across the world but try to keep my routine… Everyone says I’m the healthiest person they know. The fattiest thing I will ever eat is nuts and peanut butter.’Demi went on to say that her figure just gains weight so fast. Any bad thing she eats that her body isn’t used to it and just puts on the weight. And that is why she revealed that she abstains from eating birthday cake. Eating healthy sure is working out for Demi, these pics are proof of that. You can check out the pics here:last_img read more

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4 killed after train hits bus

4 killed after train hits bus

first_imgAt least four people, including a child, were killed and four others injured as a train smashed into a bus at an unmanned level crossing at Sharishadi in Sadar upazila on Wednesday evening, reports UNB.The deceased could not be identified immediately.Feni Fire Service station officer Towfique Ahmed said Mymensingh-bound train from Chattogram ‘Nasirabad Express’ hit the local bus at the level crossing around 6:15pm, leaving four bus passengers dead on the spot and four others injured.The accident also halted the train communication of Chattogram with Dhaka and Sylhet for an hour, said sources at Feni railway station.last_img read more

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A Case of County School System Tone Deafness

A Case of County School System Tone Deafness

first_imgArtist rendering of proposed New Northwest Area Elementary School. (Photo by Linda Dorsey Walker)Northwest Baltimore County residents can anticipate the opening of a new 700 seat elementary school in less than one year; however, few residents living within a five minute drive from the new site realize the school is coming, its location or whether or not their child is likely to be impacted.For hundreds of County residents the New Northwest Area Elementary School, located at 9455 Lyons Mill Road in Owings Mills, will mean transfer of their child to the new site by August 2015.Homeowner associations (HOA’s) located within the area immediately surrounding the new school, are disproportionately impacted because the new school may determine the future value of their homes because of new bus and foot traffic.For many homeowners the impact runs deeper because their children who presently attend one of nation’s top “Blue Ribbon” schools, Woodholme Elementary School, will not continue there next year.Groundbreaking for the $7.2 million 700 seat New Northwest Area Elementary School took place on Aug. 26.   An additional elementary school for the area has long been overdue since both New Town Elementary and Woodholme Elementary opened as over-crowded schools in 2001 and 2005.School officials say the State’s new school construction process does not allow them to consider the plans of developers who presently hold options to build new housing starts on nearby parcels of land.Within days of this groundbreaking, construction began on hundreds of new townhomes located on the same Ballard Farm land as the new school.BCPS organizers of the Northwest Area Boundary Study Committee, which met for the first time, Sept. 17, excluded all but one of the several HOA’s, (Winterset), directly impacted by the plan, stating they were not aware of any others.Instead, principals from schools located miles from the new school were requested to identify parents from their schools to be members. Asked whether Dr. Dallas might consider a change to include the HOA’s closest to the new building site, BCPS officials responded, “It is highly unlikely.”The Lyonswood and Whitehurst Home Owners Associations continue to be excluded despite having their absence pointed out to the BCPS planners, and despite the inconvenience of being disturbed by school construction. Instead, after the Boundary Committee has met five times to develop its plan, the directly impacted HOA’s will be given the exact same opportunity as all members of the public for comment on Nov. 19.The Northwest Area Boundary Study Committee began the task of recommending boundaries for the new school at meeting on September 16. (Image courtesy Baltimore County Government)Northwest area HOA’s want a new middle school closer to their homes, but those concerns appear to not have found a receptive ear.While Baltimore County plans to spend $1.1 billion over the near few years to add an additional 11,000 seats to the total for Baltimore County, according to Michelle Prumo, chief of staff for Dr. Dallas Dance, there is no need for an additional Middle School in the Owings Mills / Randallstown area, where no new middle school has been constructed for decades.“A new elementary school can be justified, however, Baltimore County has no plans to build a new middle school in the New Town area of Owings Mills because the current middle schools are operating under-capacity. There are presently 5800 BCPS middle schools seats available in that area of northwest Baltimore County where only 5100 student are enrolled”, said Prumo.However, each year dozens of area parents withdraw their students from BCPS rather than allow them to attend the assigned middle school, located approximately 4 miles away from New Town, because of concerns over quality of education, student safety, and the inability of bussed children to stay for afterschool activities.Prumo stated ”We are indeed aware that some parents in that area have the means and desire to send their students to private schools rather than the assigned public middle school, and do so because that is their choice.”Members of the public are invited to be observers only at future Boundary Committee meetings at New Town High School at 7 p.m., Oct. 1, 15 and 29; Nov. 12 and Dec. 10.last_img read more

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LAST POPUP OF THE SUMMER Pool Party 2

LAST POPUP OF THE SUMMER Pool Party 2

first_imgPlease join the last #PopUp event of the summer, a productive and safe activity for Baltimore adolescents. The Pool Party 2 is on August 25 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Cherry Hill Splash Park Pool. Chaperones required for children 11 and under. Swimwear is mandatory! The Office of the State’s Attorney for Baltimore City is proud to have partnered with the Office of Mayor Catherine Pugh, Office of City Council President Bernard  C. “Jack” Young, Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore City Public Schools, Baltimore Department of Recreation and Parks, and DTLR to make this series a success. If you have any questions, would like to serve as a volunteer, or support any of these events please call Dorian Walker at 443-984-6000 or email dwalker@stattorney.org. Residents may also text “BALTSAO POP UP” TO 468-311 to get weekly details regarding the events.last_img read more

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Santa comes to town

Santa comes to town

first_imgWinters have set in Delhi and celebrations have begun. It is time to feel the warmth of love and celebration in the air. In a bid to boost tourism in the city, Delhi Tourism will be organizing Winter Carnival and mark the celebration on the season. The festival will be from December 20 to 31 at Dilli Haat INA. The occasion of Christmas spreads joy and laughter and this celebration would heartily bid farewell to 2014 and welcome the new year in great enthusiasm. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’An exhibition of ACASH under the Ministry of Textiles-Development Commissioner for Handlooms, which had started on December 16 will be continuing till December 31 at the same venue and it is be an additional attraction for masses.  This taana-baana exhibition by ACASH includes  sareers and suits of exclusive variety. The exhibition would include attire from places like Kantha, Patola, Chanderi, Banaras, North East, Kangivaram and Gujarat. Shawls from J&K, Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat would be a fashionable attraction for visitors.A unique Christmas bazaar would be the main attraction and Santa Claus would be moving around the venue distributing candies to charm the little ones. Delhi Bible Fellowship would conduct singing of carols, while people dressed as clowns would be entertaining the visitors.last_img read more

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