KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter 72-year-old man with dementia reported missing in San Diego Posted: December 27, 2017 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — A 72-year-old man diagnosed with dementia went missing Wednesday in San Diego.James Burks left his home in the 4600 block of Newport Avenue about 12:30 p.m., heading in an unknown direction, according to San Diego police.“He routinely goes on walks and returns within 15 minutes,” according to a police statement.Burks, who left without a cellphone or money but may be carrying a California identification card, is known to walk in the Ocean Beach area and has had multiple contacts with people there, police said.Burks is white, 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighs about 175 pounds and has hazel eyes, white hair and a light-to-medium complexion. He was wearing jeans and a black-and-blue jacket when he went missing.Anyone with information regarding Burks’ whereabouts was urged to call San Diego police at (619) 531-2000. KUSI Newsroom December 27, 2017
Politics Internet Services Comments A petition to revoke Article 50, the clause triggering the UK’s exit from the EU, went viral on Thursday, causing Parliament’s petitions site to display a notice saying it was “down for maintenance.”The petitions site was unavailable for several short periods of time after gaining traction overnight on Wednesday. “We know that the Petitions site is experiencing problems due to the number of people using the site,” said a House of Commons spokesman. “This is a mixture of people signing petitions and refreshing the site to see changes to the number of signatures. We are working to get the problems fixed as soon as possible.”At the time of writing, the petition to stop Brexit had over 827,000 signatures. According to Parliament’s own rules, a petition will be considered for debate when it reaches 100,000 signatures and the government has three days to respond.A notice on Parliament’s petitions site. Screenshot/Katie Collins “The government repeatedly claims exiting the EU is ‘the will of the people’,” the petition reads. “We need to put a stop to this claim by proving the strength of public support now, for remaining in the EU. A People’s Vote may not happen — so vote now.”The number of signatures picked up steam following a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday evening, in which she claimed that the Brexit crisis was not her fault, but rather the fault of politicians who refused to vote for the deal she had negotiated with the EU.As it stands, the UK will either leave the EU on March 29 with May’s deal (which has been voted down three times in Parliament), leave the EU on March 29 with no deal at all (a prospect rejected by a separate vote in Parliament), or it can revoke Article 50 and choose not to leave at all. The Prime Minister is in Brussels on Thursday to ask all 27 EU member states for an extension in the hope that it will buy her more time to pass her deal and get it ratified to ensure a smooth transition.Spokespeople from the Prime Minister’s office didn’t immediately respond to request for comment. Share your voice 4 Tags
The Scorpio lovers in the country now have more reason to fall in love with the iconic SUV of Mahindra. The Defence Land Systems, a Mahindra owned company has introduced a bulletproof kit for its Scorpio to give a safety ride to the customers.The bulletproof kit is being offered in three variants – Executive, premium and VVIP at 12.67 lakh, 16.07 lakh and 18.33 lakh respectively and is available for booking in the country with advance payment of 75,000 at the e-retailer Snapdeal.Talking about the features of the new Bulletproof kit for Scorpio, it can safeguard the passengers inside the car, if a shot is fired at 90 degree angle from a 9mm pistol from a distance of 5m and come with a real time tracking device.While the Executive kit packs bulletproof glass, fire proof fuel tank, real time vehicle tracking device and bulletproof body panels, the Premium kit offers bulletproof panel and run flat system in addition to the features offered in the Executive kit. The third variant VVIP comes with blast proof carpet and bulletproof glass with power windows in addition to the features in the Premium kit.The iconic SUV Scorpio, one of the top selling SUVs in the domestic market is sold with the 2.2 liter turbo diesel mHawk engine and 2.5-litre m2Di. The car which has been sailing in India since 2002 is expected to get a new version in coming months. Scorpio facelift which has been spied testing numerous times in the country is expected to pack the same 2.2 liter four cylinder turbocharged mHawk diesel engine, which powers the current model and is likely to offer a power of 120 bhp and peak torque of 290 Nm. The new Scorpio might also get 6-speed automatic transmission for improved performance.(ED: AJ)
BNPBangladesh Nationalist Party secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Thursday alleged that whenever Awami League came to power it destroyed the spirit of the liberation war, reports UNB.”We waged the liberation war in 1971 with a dream to build a democratic and modern state ensuring the freedom of expression. But the dream still remains unimplemented. Whenever Awami League got the chance to come power, it destroyed the spirit of liberation war,” he said.The BNP leader came up with the comments while speaking at a discussion at Mohanagar Natya Mancha in the city, arranged by the party marking the Martyred Intellectual Day.He alleged that the government is taking all-out steps to eliminate its opponents and those who hold alternative opinions.Fakhrul called upon people from all walks of life to get united to restore democracy and freedom of expression in the country.He said the government has completely politicised the administration and brought the judiciary under the control of the ruling party.The BNP leader alleged that those who are raising their voice against the current regime are being made disappeared, killed, harassed and implicated in ‘false’ cases.Turning to the next election issue, he urged the government to engage in talks with political parties for finding out an acceptable way for holding the polls in a credible manner as per the hopes and aspirations of people. Otherwise, Fakhrul warned, the government will have to face serious public wraths.BNP standing committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said they heard that a conspiracy is on to keep them out of the election race by implicating the BNP chairperson and all other leaders in cases and ensuring their conviction.”But we want to say unequivocally that the 11th national election will not be similar to the 2014 polls as it will not be allowed to hold such an election,” he said.If the 11th general election is held like the one held in 2014, it will only kill democracy, the spirit of the liberation war and that of the martyred intellectuals. “So, the BNP which was founded by freedom fighter late president Ziaur Rahman will never let it do so,” Mosharraf added.Another BNP standing committee member Moudud Ahmed said the independence of the country’s judiciary and the Supreme Court was hampered by the government. “Now the government forces judges to resign as it made former chief justice SK Sinha to do so by humiliating and insulting them on any silly ground.”Presided over by Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, the discussion was also addressed by BNP standing committee member Abdul Moyeen Khan, BNP vice chairperson Selima Rahman, Dhaka University professors Mahbubullah and Sukomal Barua.BNP publicity secretary Shahiduddin Chowdhury Annie and its assistant publicity secretary Amirul Islam Khan Alim moderated the discussion.
Low-performing schools have been a chronic problem in the District. But a new tool, blended learning, has local school officials hopeful that they may be solving the issue and turning the tide.According to Ed Tech magazine, blended learning is an education model that integrates online instruction with the traditional classroom learning experience. Instead of all students in a classroom working from the same textbook, blended learning allows individuals to engage with material at their own pace.John Rice, blended learning manager for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Office of Teaching Learning, has an even simpler definition.“Blended learning is a combination of the best of what teachers can do with the best of what technology can do in the classroom,” he told the AFRO.The technology-driven model first entered DCPS in math classrooms approximately six years ago. Before 2011, its use was described as “haphazard” by the American Enterprise Institute, because a centralized strategy did not exist. Blended learning appeared “only in places where enterprising teachers or administrators had decided to experiment on their own,” according to a case study, “Blended Learning in DC Public Schools.”However, since then, implementation of the learning tool has picked up because it has the ability to “meet students where they are,” school officials said. Blended learning was first used to increase technical skills in Algebra.“Blended learning levels the playing field,” said Rice. “It helps educators find the right lesson for students’ rights where they are in their current stage of learning.”After seeing successful results in mathematics, school officials expanded into other curriculums and areas of study. Some form of blended learning can be found in at least eight of the city’s public schools; public charter schools also use the model.“Chancellor [Kaya] Henderson believes in the application and power of technology across all levels of learning,” David Rose, DCPS deputy chief of educational technology and library programs told the AFRO. “This makes our school district different from others which may only have these models in certain schools or grades. You can find blended learning in classrooms across the K-12 spectrum.”Randle Highlands Elementary School in Southeast is one of the successful DCPS schools utilizing blended learning. School officials have seen an improvement in math and reading scores, and a decline in teacher turnover and student suspensions since the program began.Reactions to the new model have remained positive among teachers, parents, and students. School officials said parents enjoy learning about new technology with their children, and students enjoy using cutting-edge materials.Initially, veteran teachers seemed hesitant toward the new technology and curriculum model, but DCPS officials have worked to make professional development integral to the program’s roll-out.“We place big emphasis on professional development for our teachers and have committed resources district-wide to aid in this effort,” said Rose.One of the concerns about the program is whether it can be continued when a child returns home.“We recognize that not all of our families have technology or significant resources at home and, at the same time, we live in a world where a comfort level with technology is nearly a requirement,” said Melissa Salmanowitz, a spokesperson for DCPS. “We want our students to surpass this requirement.”