Alberto M. Carvalho named 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year

first_imgSchools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, right, is presented with the Green-Garner Award byCouncil of Great City Schools Secretary-Treasurer Michael O’Neill, left, and Scholastic official Tai Chapman Miami-Dade Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho has been named the 2018 National Urban Superintendent of the Year by the Council of Great City Schools, which presented him with the distinguished Green-Garner Award. The announcement came last night during the Council’s 62nd Annual Fall Conference in Baltimore. Every other year, the Council presents a superintendent from one of the 74 largest urban public-school systems in the country with the Green-Garner Award, the nation’s highest urban education honor recognizing outstanding contributions in education and named in memory of school leaders Richard R. Green and Edward Garner. Superintendent Carvalho, who was nominated for this prestigious award by Miami-Dade School Board Chair Perla Tabares Hantman, was honored for his commitment and passion to increase student achievement, bring 21st century learning to every school and bridge any and all gaps that may stand in the way of students in Miami-Dade County.“Receiving the Green-Garner Award from the Council of the Great City Schools is proof that regardless of challenge or circumstance, anyone’s impossible can become everyone’s inevitable, through belief, skill, and will ,” said Superintendent Carvalho. “I am humbled by this recognition for it serves as an acknowledgement of the District’s impressive body of work over the past several years, including our NAEP-TUDA data, first-ever A-rating, and second consecutive school year with no F-rated traditional schools. I share this incredible honor and recognition with our students, educators, employees, community, and School Board.” The winningest school superintendent  Receiving the Green-Garner award makes Superintendent Carvalho the winningest Superintendent in the nation and comes on the heels of celebrating his 10th anniversary of leading Miami-Dade County Public Schools.During his tenure, he has been selected as Florida’s 2014 Superintendent of the Year, as well as the 2014 National Superintendent of the Year; was named by Scholastic Administrator as one of “The Fantastic Five” educators making a difference in America; and is the 2016 winner of the 2016 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education, as well as the Magnet Schools of America 2016 Superintendent of the Year. Improved performance of Miami-Dade schools Under his leadership, Miami-Dade County Public Schools received a historic A designation from the State of Florida, eliminated F-rated traditional schools in the district, and raised its graduation rate 22 percent from 58.7 percent in 2006-2007 to 84.2 percent in 2016-17. In 2012, the District won the coveted Broad Prize for Urban Education. Two years later, the district was awarded the 2014 College Board Advanced Placement Equity and Excellence District of the Year for being the nation’s leader, among large school districts, in simultaneously expanding access to Advanced Placement Program (AP®) courses and improving AP Exam performance. Also significant, even though the school district faced financial difficulties at the time that Carvalho became Superintendent, years later, it won the top national honor for financial management from the Council, recognizing the district for employing the highest standards in financial management, accountability and fiscal control. He has served as President of the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents and in October of 2015, was appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to a four-year term on the National Assessment Governing Board. In addition to this coveted award, Superintendent Carvalho will also receive $10,000 in college scholarships to bring back to Miami-Dade.last_img read more

SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses in Florida Affected by…

first_imgWASHINGTON – Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by Hurricane Dorian from Aug. 28 through Sept. 9, 2019.Acting SBA Administrator Christopher Pilkerton made the loans available in response to a letter from Gov. Ron DeSantis on Nov. 6, 2019, requesting a disaster declaration by the SBA. The declaration covers the following counties: Brevard, Broward, Clay, Collier, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Hillsborough, Indian River, Lake, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pinellas, Polk, St. Johns, St. Lucie, Seminole, Volusia and the adjacent counties of Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Citrus, Desoto, Glades, Gulf, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, Lee, Levy, Liberty, Okeechobee, Pasco, Putnam, Sarasota, Sumter and Wakulla in Florida; and Camden and Charlton counties in Georgia.“The SBA is strongly committed to providing the people of Florida with the most effective and customer-focused response possible to assist small businesses with federal Economic Injury Disaster Loans,” said Pilkerton. “Getting businesses and communities up and running after a disaster is our highest priority at SBA.”Eligible entities may qualify for loans up to $2 million. The SBA offers economic injury loans to help meet working capital needs caused by the disaster. The loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. Eligible small businesses include but are not limited to commercial fishermen, charter boats, hotels, restaurants, retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers.The rates on these working capital loans are 4 percent for small businesses and 2.75 percent for nonprofit organizations, with terms up to 30 years. Eligibility for the loan is based on the size and type of business and its financial resources.  The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits. Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage.“The SBA can help affected small businesses and nonprofit organizations overcome their economic losses by offering working capital loans, but the help cannot start until they submit an SBA disaster loan application to us,” said SBA’s South Florida District Director Victoria Guerrero.Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at DisasterLoan.sba.gov.last_img read more

US Government Provides Jamaica US$700, 000 to Fight COVID-19

first_imgUS Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The government of the United States has pledged US$700,000 to the government of Jamaica to help in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak across the island.According to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the funds will go directly toward Jamaica’s emergency response.In a statement, USAID added that along with Washington, it is coordinating with the Government of Jamaica, international humanitarian partners, and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for investment.The release also quoted US Ambassador to Jamaica, Donald Tapia as saying that the “Government of Jamaica has done a commendable job at addressing the spread of COVID-19 in the country. These funds will directly support emergency response activities that are vital for helping to flatten the curve here in Jamaica.”The emergency response resource will support – Case management to strengthen clinical care while minimising the risk of onwards transmission to others; Infection prevention and control in health care facilities and laboratory strengthening to prepare systems for large-scale testing of COVID-19.last_img read more

Over 300 Jamaican Motorists Affected by “Bad Gas” to be Compensated

first_imgNoting that the petroleum sector is vital to the growth and development of the country, she said that the Government is “working to ensure that we build a robust legislative and regulatory framework to guide the industry, [and] facilitate stakeholder involvement and engagement as outlined in the National Energy Policy”. She noted that in 2019, the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) and the National Compliance and Regulatory Authority (NCRA) collected and tested a total of 493 petroleum product samples and issued quality certificates for all of them. Williams said that the Government has put measures in place to prevent a recurrence of consumers receiving contaminated fuel, including a testing complaint regime. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Approximately 380 motorists whose vehicles were affected by “bad gas” in 2015 will benefit from a compensation package valued at J$24.5 million. CMC A Petroleum Trade Reform Committee was subsequently established in 2016 to investigate the bad gas reports and proposed recommendations, several of which Williams said her ministry has been implementing, to prevent a recurrence of the incident. According to Williams, since the implementation of the testing complaint regime, the incidence of substandard petrol has been “reduced significantly”. Only persons who had filed claims that were approved by the CAC will receive compensation. The CAC has already started contacting persons who have been successful in their requests for compensation, to finalise the payment process. Meanwhile, State Minister for Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Floyd Green, has hailed the compensation package as a “victory for consumers”. “This sends a much bigger signal than for the 380 persons who suffered from the bad gas. This says that, consumers, your rights are valid, and they can and will be [protected],” he noted. This was revealed by Energy Minister Fayval Williams who told reporters on Friday that Petrojam Ethanol Limited (PEL) had paid over the funds for the settlement to the Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC), which will begin the payments shortly. In 2015, motorists across the island were adversely affected when they purchased contaminated fuel at several service stations.last_img read more

Djokovic Considering Break From Tennis

first_imgRelated Novak Djokovic succumb to the pains in his right elbow during his quarter- final match against Tomas Berdych, the serb said he’ll consider taking a break to heal injury, an injury he’s had for about 18 months!Djokovic struggled from the outset of against Berdych, an opponent he holds a superior head to head of 25-3 against, Infact, Djokovic has won their last 12 meetings. The first set ended 7-6 in favor of Berdych, then Djokovic received treatment on his right shoulder during the break before the start of the 2nd set. After 63 minutes of play, Djokovic retired while trailing 0-2 in the second set and wincing at each movement of his right shoulder.“The intensity and the level of pain was not decreasing. It was only increasing as the days went by. I started feeling it more or less at the beginning of the tournament. I spent about two hours on the treatment table in between the warm-up and the match to make me fit.” – Djokovic“I will have to take some time and see what needs to be done. I guess a break is something I will have to consider right now” he addedBerdych moves into the Wimbledon semi finals for the second consecutive year, he has Roger Federer to contest on Friday for a place in the final. Federer is yet to drop a set heading into the semi finals, dumping Milos Raonic in straight sets in little under 2 hours.Although Andy Murray limped off the court with face withdrawn and out of the tournament, the world No.1 gets to keep his spot atop of the rankings, following his loss to the big serving Sam Querry. Querry became the first American male player in the semi final of a grand slam since Andy Roddick in 2009, he plays Marin Cilic in the semi finals.last_img read more

2017 Wimbledon Open: Women’s Final Preview

first_imgLater today in Wimbledon, experience will go against youth in the Women’s final, as Vintage Venus Williams takes on Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. It’s a 9th final appearance for Venus at the All England club and could become the oldest woman to win a slam in 109years if she wins a 6th Venus Rose Water dish.With the uncertainty that comes with playing in the WTA field, it just had to be a Williams to bring back some sanity and familiarity, with Venus in the final.In her second final appearance of the season, Venus will be facing an opponent other than her sister Serena Williams, who’s on maternity leave. It is safe to say she grew into the tournament after each match. Bidding her time in games, focusing on points and even missing a mandatory post match interview because of distraction. Venus has lost just a set in all 6 previous matches , yet to lose a set in the last 4 matches against some of the big servers and returners – Naomi Osaka, Ana Konjuh, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and in the final, British Johanna Konta, hitting an unbelievable 143 winners and 28 aces thus far.Muguruza on the other hand, must be questioning her luck right now, why she’s facing a Williams for the second time in a Wimbledon final. In 2015, She lost 6-4, 6-4 to Serena in the final, although she got her bound of flesh winning the French open the following year against same opponent.Just like Venus, Muguruza also has lost just a set enroute the final, but unlike Venus, she’s yet to face a tie-break and has largely not been tested except against Angelique Kerber in the 4th round.Muguruza trials 1-3 in the head to head against Venus, what will most likely work for her against the American will be her consistency in rallies, she’s won more points off rallies and at the net this tournament. In contrast to Venus who has deployed a more aggressive approach to her forehand from the baseline with a blend of killing of points as short as possible.This match is poised to go all the way, meaning a 3 set, anything less will completely be surprising.Relatedlast_img read more

AUDIO: We Won’t Underrate Benin In CHAN Qualifiers – Salisu Yusuf

first_imgChief Coach of the Super Eagles Salisu Yusuf has said he won’t underrate Benin ahead of their August qualifying showdown for next year’s African Nations Championship (CHAN).The Squirrels needed penalties to eliminate Togo after an aggregate tie; to set up a meeting with Nigeria in the final qualifying round of the competition meant for only players plying their trade in their domestic leagues.Nigeria will travel to Cotonou on 11 August to face Benin in the first leg before returning to Kano for the second leg a week after.First training session for #CHAN2018 Qualifiers vs Benin Republic in progress in Kano.25 players in training. pic.twitter.com/Q2Iv5AyRnT— Nigeria Super Eagles (@NGSuperEagles) July 25, 2017Ahead of both meetings, Salisu, who was an assistant to Sunday Oliseh at the last edition of the tournament in Rwanda, says the team will work hard to ensure qualification for the 2018 CHAN.“We are going to give it all our best,” the former Enyimba coach said. “We (the coaches) and the players are going to work hard in solidarity and we believe at the end of the day, we will deliver the ticket to Nigeria, Insha Allah (God willing).“I cannot underrate them (Benin) because, in modern football, you cannot underrate any team whether they are a big or small country.“Most times, the small countries are more organised now and they prove more difficult on the field of play. But we know they (Benin) are a good team; as far as they knocked out Togo to reach this stage.“We have to give them that respect, and that respect is our motivation to beat them well,” Salisu stated.Nigeria finished third in her debut appearance at the CHAN in 2014 in South Africa under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi but failed to get beyond the group stage at the last edition in Rwanda.The 2018 edition of CHAN will be hosted by Kenya from 11 January to 2 February.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/SALISU-JULY-25.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.[tps_title][/tps_title]Relatedlast_img read more

Jacob Lopez Curciel – Optima – My ICE 2017

first_img SBC’s Year In Review: February 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 Sporting Solutions wins Norsk Tipping tender January 7, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon DOWNLOAD: Superbet CEO stars in first SBC Magazine for 2020 January 28, 2020 Jacob Lopez Curciel, OptimaJacob Lopez Curciel is the CEO at Optima. He admits to liking everything about ICE, but specifically ‘the high pace of the business flow and the amount of contacts and relationships created every year which is amazing’.Just a week before the conference, we caught up with him to talk about his preparation for ICE 2017, where to find him and which Optima products will be available for demo.Lopez also highlighted his company’s message for ICE; with the Optima platform ‘you can leverage the power of your organisation, starting the engine of a very successful business in betting and gaming’.How I prepare for ICEJLC: As we all know and recognise, ICE is the ‘Big’ one, and as such, we make sure we are present with a large representation of our company, both in terms of products exhibited and individuals from our team attending the show. It is very important for our commercial and sales team to be prepared, because many potential opportunities arise during the three days of the show.What I’m exhibiting at ICE 2017JLC: All our well-known MGS (multi-channel gaming suite) of products will be available for demos and presentations at ICE 2017. We will have many exciting products and the latest releases from our product catalogue:Our New Multi-Supplier Multi-Vertical Promotion Platform.The New MGS Multi-Channel Business Intelligence and reporting system which we have rolled out to almost all our MGS users.Latest version of our MGS native Online and Mobile products including the new release of OPTIMA POSEIDON™ real time user experience and data delivery engine.New OPTIMA Serverless™ EPOS version with remote and local standalone offline working modes.OPTIMA iSHOP™ – Our new in venue way for customers to bet on their own devices which is particularly aimed at In-Play bettingHermes – Our brand new fixed odds pricing engine with derivatives, fast markets and real time settlement.With our products and services, not only do we improve the customer experience but we also improve the operator’s ways of doing business. The efficiencies created through our unique portfolio of reporting and data mining tools enables the operator to maximise their profit levels whilst growing and tailoring a personalised offer to their customers.Where you will usually find me at ICEJLC: Right at the centre of the show; stand N2-310.What I’m looking forward to at ICE 2017JLC: Meeting our partners and friends and feeling proud about what we do, whilst helping them to grow their business.Typical post-ICE activityJLC: Getting my voice back which usually disappears from overuse by Thursday lunchtime.last_img read more

Danuta Gray steps down as Paddy Power Betfair Independent Director

first_img BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) Independent Non-Executive Director Danuta Gray, will not stand for re-election at the company’s annual general meeting scheduled for 17 May 2017.Gray the former Chief Executive of mobile telecommunications O2 Ireland, had joined Paddy Power as an Independent governance advisor and member of the Remuneration Committee in January 2013.Following the successful £6.6 million merger of Paddy Power and Betfair Plc (completed February 2016), Gray was transitioned to the role non-executive director for the merged FTSE100 enterprise.Updating investors on Danuta Gray’s departure Gary McGann, Chairman of Paddy Power Betfair, said:“I would like to thank Danuta for her valuable contribution to our board over the past four years.”“As part of ongoing succession planning of the board and its committees, the nomination committee has already commissioned a search for prospective new non-executive directors and this is well-advanced.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Sokratis Kokkalis – Intralot governance eyeing US & Turkey opportunities

first_img Submit Athens-listed lottery and gambling systems provider Intralot SA has set out its mandate for continued international expansion following the firm’s annual general meeting.Detailing expansion beyond its home market of Greece, company Chairman Sokratis Kokkalis has pointed to the continued US market expansion where Intralot currently services 12 states with 600 employees.Furthermore, Kokkalis detailed to investors the firm’s positive progress within cash generating Turkey where Intralot operates a sports betting enterprise with telecoms giant Turkcell.Seeking further Turkish expansion Intralot governance are closely monitoring the upcoming tender for the privatization of the National Lottery Milli Piyango and Turkish state-owned racing operator Horse Racing Club.Kokkalis backs Intralot’s strategy, which has seen the company enter 32 countries to date. The Chairman further acknowledges that the firm is now reaping the rewards of its ‘business transformation’, improving the firm’s operational capabilities and technology infrastructure.Updating investors, Kokkalis details that the firm is in a stable position to finance its global footprint, as Intralot governance refinanced its €325 million Senior Notes, due 2018, with a €250 million bond, due 2021, with significantly improved terms.In parallel negotiation, Intralot governance further negotiated its €200 million revolving credit facility extended to 2019, increasing its commitment lines by €40 million. Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 GVC responds to ‘press speculation’ on former Turkish business   July 30, 2020 Related Articles Share Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more