Struggle builds against racist principal in Queens, N.Y.

first_imgJuly 8 anti-racist rally, Manhattan.WW photo: Anne PrudenA multinational show of unity took place in front of the office of New York City School Chancellor Dennis Walcott at the Department of Education in lower Manhattan July 8 to protest alleged horrendous racist comments made by Principal Minerva Zanca against two nontenured African-American teachers. Zanca is principal of Pan American International High School (PAIHS) in Elmhurst, Queens, N.Y., whose students are predominantly Spanish speaking.Assistant Principal Anthony Riccardo filed an affidavit with the school board against Zanca, stating he heard her use racial epithets during post-observation conferences against Heather Hightower and John Flanagan during the 2012-2013 school year. Both teachers had been fired by Zanca, who charged them with “poor performances.”A third African-American teacher who is tenured, Lisa-Erika James, is leaving the school after Zanca severely gutted the budget for her theater program. All three teachers are filing a discrimination claim against the principal. There are no other African-American teachers at the school.  Zanca now threatens to terminate Riccardo’s job.A July 5 press release, posted on the New York Collective of Radical Educators website (, read in part, “We demand that there is a full investigation into these allegations and, if they are substantiated, that the DOE hold the principal accountable to its zero-tolerance policy against discrimination. We also demand that the discontinuances of the personnel involved (Teachers John Flanagan and Heather Hightower and AP Anthony Riccardo) be reversed.”Endorsers for the July 8 protest included teachers and staff from PAIHS and around the city; Councilperson Julissa Ferreras; Assemblyperson Francisco Moya; Kevin Powell and BK Nation; United Federation of Teachers, Movement of Rank and File Educators; New Action/UFT; Badass Teachers Association; Man UP; Hiphop SUV; Island Voice; Campaign to End the New Jim Crow; International Action Center; New York Collective of Radical Educators; NYCORE People of Color Caucus; and Peoples Video Network.For more information on this development, go to thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Losses surge at Tesco coffee shop offshoot

first_imgTesco is having to commit millions of pounds to keep solvent a rapidly expanding, loss-making coffee chain it part owns.Accounts just posted for Harris + Hoole show pre-tax losses more than doubled to £25.6m after a rapid expansion during the 53 weeks to 1 March.The accounts noted that the company would require £6m in funding from Tesco for the period to the end of 2016-17 in order to meet its obligations.In addition, Tesco has given a commitment that it will not try to seek repayment of a £48m loan or accrued and unpaid interest in the next 12 months.The coffee chain reported that it opened 22 new shops during the year, and closed six others, giving it a total of 45 at the year end.This enabled it to increase revenue to £12.8m, compared with £6.6m the previous year, but the cost of sales increased from £11.7m to £18.6m over the same period.Operating losses increased from £11.2m to £21.6m. The company reported that this reflected a significant impairment taken on a number of properties and other assets of £9.8m.The directors said that by the end of the financial year, the majority of shops had turned to profit after their early life-cycle stage.They noted that the UK coffee market was highly competitive but believed the artisanal approach and differentiated offering of Harris + Hoole meant it was well-positioned to grow sales and market share.last_img read more

Verizon Wireless to buy Unicel

first_imgJuly 30, 2007Verizon Wireless To Acquire Rural Cellular Corporation,Expand The Nation’s Most Reliable Wireless NetworkAcquisition Will Expand Coverage In Rural Markets In 15 StatesBasking Ridge, NJ ­– In a move to expand its wireless service coverage inrural markets, Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications(NYSE:VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD), announced today that it hasentered into an agreement to acquire Rural Cellular Corporation(NASDAQ:RCCC), for approximately $2.67 billion in cash and assumed debt.The acquisition will further enhance Verizon Wireless¹ network coverage inmarkets adjacent to its existing service areas. The combination willincrease Verizon Wireless coverage by 4.7 million licensed POPs(population), and increase its customer base by more than 700,000.”Verizon Wireless continually looks for opportunities to enhance ourcustomers’ wireless experience,” said Lowell McAdam, president and CEO ofVerizon Wireless. “The addition of Rural Cellular¹s markets will enable usto expand our services into areas where previously we had little or nopresence, and will give Rural Cellular¹s Unicel customers access to thenation¹s most reliable network and a broader range of voice and dataservices.”Richard Ekstrand, president and CEO of Rural Cellular Corporation, said,”Since the founding of Rural Cellular Corporation in 1990, our mission hasbeen to provide wireless service to rural areas across the country wheretourism, agriculture and small businesses are prevalent. Our employees aredeservedly proud of the tremendous growth and strong financial performancewe have achieved, while we continued to focus on providing innovativesolutions through wireless technologies and maximizing customersatisfaction.”Today, as the wireless industry continues to evolve, our Board of Directorshas concluded that it is in the company’s best interest to enter into a saletransaction with Verizon Wireless. As the nation’s leading wirelessprovider, Verizon Wireless has the resources and scale to provide a widerange of outstanding products and services to our customers, while alsooffering new opportunities for many of our employees.”Rural Cellular’s network served 716,000 customers as of March 31, 2007,spread across five regional territories. Its networks are located in thestates of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, New York, Massachusetts, Alabama,Mississippi, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Kansas,Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.Rural Cellular utilizes both CDMA and GSM technology separately across itsfive regional markets. Verizon Wireless plans to deploy CDMA service inRural Cellular’s existing GSM markets and convert the GSM customers to CDMAservice. Verizon Wireless, however, anticipates maintaining RuralCellular¹s existing GSM networks to continue serving the roaming needs ofother GSM carriers¹ customers.Verizon Wireless expects to realize more than $1 billion in synergies inreduced roaming and operations expenses. The addition of the new marketswill also offer the company additional upside growth opportunities.Deal TermsUnder terms of the agreement, approved by the boards of both companies,holders of Rural Cellular’s common stock will receive $45 per share in cashfor a total equity price of $757 million on a fully diluted basis.Including net debt as of the first quarter of 2007, the total transactionvalue is approximately $2.67 billion. The $45 price per share represents a16 percent premium to the average closing price over the last 10 tradingdays and a 41 percent premium to the last closing price of $31.88 on Friday,July 27, 2007.The acquisition, which is subject to governmental and regulatory approvaland approval of Rural Cellular’s shareholders, is expected to close in thefirst half of 2008.About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable wireless voice and datanetwork, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless companyand largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless isheadquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. Thecompany is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone(NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web is external)About Rural Cellular CorporationRCC, based in Alexandria, Minnesota, provides wireless communicationservices under the Unicel brand to Central, Midwest, Northeast, South andNorthwest territories located in 15 states. For additional informationabout Rural Cellular Corporation, please refer to its web site is external).last_img read more

Speedway Motors unveils rebrand with new look and ‘What Moves You’ campaign

first_img“The ‘What Moves You’ campaign, will give our customers, followers and community a chance to share their stories on what they are passionate about, for a chance to win a $300 cash prize,” said Betsy. Why $300? Joyce Smith gave “Speedy” Bill Smith a $300 loan to start Speedway Mo­tors in 1952. For more information about the brand update and to submit a story for the ‘What Moves You’ cam­paign, visit Speedway Motors, founded in 1952 by Joyce and “Speedy” Bill Smith, provides hot rod and rac­ing parts to customers not only in the Midwest, but worldwide. The company prides itself on help­ing those passionate about racing and restoring with affordable prices, expert advice and hassle-free service. Speedway Motors employs over 400 people in their 500,000 square foot facility in Lincoln.  “We want to help others realize their dreams, just like Joyce helped Bill 67 years ago. Whether that’s the pride of sharing your passion with the next generation, making your community a better place or building your own business, we want to hear what moves you,“ Grindlay said. center_img “We love helping car lovers make the most of their time under the hood and behind the wheel,” said Betsy Grindlay, Director of Marketing. “We like to think of ourselves as partners in your pas­sion. We wanted to update our brand to something that our customers felt like they could relate to now and that generations to come could to relate to as well.”  LINCOLN, Neb. – Speedway Motors, known for its dedication to serving auto enthusiasts, is celebrat­ing the success of the Lincoln-based company and looking ahead to the future by unveil­ing a new look and announcing the ‘What Moves You’ campaign. last_img read more

Virtual Reality experience revolutionises house design in Donegal

first_imgA new West Donegal company has tapped into tech to offer a brand new perspective on property plans.Imagine walking around a building to check out the design before it’s even built – that’s what Virtual Teic is doing with brand new technology.The Gweedore-based company takes 2D building plans and builds a 3D virtual model for people to see a real representation of their building. Furniture, and kitchens, windows, doors are added for people to see as they ‘walk through’ the rooms. In this way, they can make decisions on changes they would like to make on room sizes, kitchen layouts, doors, windows and walls and interior design.No more of “I wish we had made that window bigger”, or “if that wall should have been moved to another position, we could have had more room”.The 3D design can be viewed either through Virtual Reality hardware (goggles) or a  high-quality render 360° model.  Virtual Teic can also use a drone to take an image of the house location to add an exterior view of the surrounding area and views of the building into the plans.“The response has been amazing and there hasn’t been anyone who has used it that hasn’t been in awe of its capabilities,” said Paul McMahon, Design & Sales at Virtual Teic.Virtual reality is said to be the next wave of technological revolution – and this experience brings a wow factor to building plans.“Most people now get plans and a lot of people can’t visualize real problems like spatial awareness, window and door positions relative to the space in the room or the positioning of important elements from the plans and the design of rooms. All they see are lines on a page, so to have this tool, this service we are offering, is a great device for people who can’t visualise what the house will finally look like,” Paul said.Virtual Teic Gweedore launch. Photo Clive WassonAlthough the technology is high end and relatively expensive, Virtual Teic offer this service at a reasonable cost and their model production time is minimal.It has to be seen to be believed! If you’d like to immerse yourself in a unique new building experience, check out or call 0892479088 Virtual Reality experience revolutionises house design in Donegal was last modified: August 15th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:g-teicGweedoreplanningpropertyVirtual Realityvirtual teiclast_img read more

The Chelsea v Swansea quiz

first_imgGet your thinking cap on ahead of tonight’s semi-final clash and see how many of these five questions you can answer correctly.[wp-simple-survey-30]  YTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTE2OTIyMzMiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoxMzA6IlRoYW5rIHlvdS4gUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cyBpdCBtYXkgYmUgaW4geW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Transnet proposes GP rail ring

first_img14 June 2007State-owned logistics company Transnet is conducting a feasibility study on building a railroad ring around greater Johannesburg, in an effort to reduce delays and boost rail freight capacity.Business Report reports this Thursday that the company also wants to develop a new inland terminal using a large tract of Transnet-owned land in Springs, on Gauteng’s East Rand.According to the paper, the new terminal would possibly replace Transnet’s existing City Deep facility to the south of Johannesburg.“We want to build a new hub,” said Transnet’s group executive in charge of projects, Moira Moses, at the South African Chamber of Business’s mid-year convention in Durban.“This is important, because part of the reason for delays is that freight trains have to cross metro lines. As passenger trains have right of way, this can lead to a lot of delays,” Moses said.The proposal still needs to be presented to the Transnet board.Business Report reports that when using 2004 as a base, it is forecast that 50.1-million tons will be transported on the Durban to Gauteng route in 2009, rising to 69.4-million tons in 2019 and 84-million tons in 2025.Over 40-million tons of goods were transported between Durban and Gauteng in 2004, with just over 10-million tons being transported by rail freight and the majority – almost 32-million tons – being transported by road.The paper added that Transnet’s plans for rail between Johannesburg and Durban include a focus on cars and containers, which are forecast to grow substantially.“Our mission is to take business away from road,” Moses told Business Report.As part of the South African government’s infrastructure spending programme, Transnet will spend R78-billion on revitalising the country’s railroads, ports and pipelines. Transnet’s strategy also calls for the sale of non-core assets.According to Business Report, about R20-billion of this amount will be spent on pipelines, ports and rail infrastructure for the KwaZulu-Natal – Gauteng reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

New biosphere reserve for SA

first_imgThe tranquillity of the newly proclaimed Vhembe biosphere reserve in Limpopo province. (Image: Mapungubwe) The imposing Mapungubwe Hill, where kings once held council. (Image: SA National Parks)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using materialSouth Africa added a sixth biosphere reserve to its tally when the Vhembe region of Limpopo province became one of 22 newly proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).The 22 new biospheres, located in 17 countries, were added to Unesco’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves during the 21st session of the International Coordinating Council of the Man and the Biosphere programme. The total now stands at 553 sites in 107 countries.Unesco’s Man and the Biosphere programme addresses the impact of man on the environment by studying the social, ecological and economic implications of biodiversity loss. It then takes steps to minimise this loss through sharing of knowledge, research and monitoring, education and training, and multilateral decision-making.Biosphere reserves are nominated by their governments for inclusion to the Man and the Biosphere programme.Whether they are terrestrial, freshwater, coastal and marine in nature, all are experimental areas where different approaches to integrated environmental management are tested. This is important as it helps to deepen our knowledge of what works in conservation and sustainable development.With South Africa celebrating National Environment Month in June and focusing on climate change and the attitude of citizens towards the environment, the biosphere project takes on an even greater significance.Various activities are planned throughout the country to mark the occasion, including campaigns to boost awareness of the need for sustainable living, much tree planting, and conferences, workshops and information sessions.A number of important environmental commemorative days are held around the world during June. World Environment Day falls on 5 June, while World Oceans Day is celebrated on 8 June and World Day to Combat Desertification falls on 17 June.The other new world biosphere sites range from the sacred Mount Myohyang in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, to the tiger reserve of Similipal in eastern India and the island of Fuerteventura off the coast of Spain, and Australia’s Great Sandy marine area.Vast biodiversitySouth Africa’s six biosphere sites are Kogelberg (added in 1998), Cape Winelands (2007), Cape West Coast Reserve (2000, with an extension in 2003), the Waterberg (2001), the Kruger to Canyons Reserve (2001), and Vhembe. This is a tshiVenda name for the mighty Limpopo River symbolising life.The new addition is situated in the northeast of Limpopo province. It is famous not only for its bird and animal life, but also for its rich cultural history, dating far back to the awe-inspiring rock paintings of the San people. Vhembe encompasses the ancient African kingdoms of Thulamela and Mapungubwe. The latter is one of South Africa’s eight world heritage sites and was inscribed on the Unesco list in 2003.Vhembe includes the northern part of the Kruger Park, the Makuleke Wetlands, which are protected under the international Ramsar Convention, the Soutpansberg and Blouberg bio-diversity hot spots, and the Makgabeng Plateau, which boasts hundreds of rock art sites.Economy in the region is driven mainly by agriculture. As it falls into the subtropical belt of the country, crops are usually fruits and vegetables. There is also a substantial cattle farming industry.Natural treasuresVhembe is preceded by five biosphere reserves that cover an amazing diversity of landscapes, plants and animals.The 100 000ha Kogelberg reserve on the country’s southern coast sits in the middle of the world heritage Cape Floral Region. Home to an extravagant 1 880 different plant species, 77 of which are found only in this region, the Kogelberg is richer than the South American rainforest in terms of sheer biodiversity. Economy is boosted by apple farming, commercial pine forests, and tourism.The Cape West Coast biosphere reserve starts in Cape Town in the southern suburb of Diep River and stretches up the west coast as far as the Berg River. Also encompassing parts of the Cape Floral Region, the reserve includes the Ramsar-protected Langebaan lagoon as well as Dassen Island, a penguin colony. The Koeberg nuclear power station falls within its boundaries. The main economic activities are fishing and agriculture.The Cape Winelands biosphere reserve includes a part of the Cape Floral Region as well as the world-famous wine-growing region. Here, too, lie the historic settler-founded towns of Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek. Agriculture and tourism are the main sources of income.In the northern reaches of South Africa lies the Waterberg biosphere reserve, an area of some 400 000ha in Limpopo. It is an important catchment area for the Limpopo Basin, with four large rivers originating within its borders – the Lephalale, the Mokolo, the Matlabas and the Magalakwena Rivers. San rock art abounds, as does the flora and fauna of the area. The main economic driver is tourism.The Kruger to Canyons biosphere reserve is so named because it stretches from the Kruger National Park to the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. It is an important conservation area in South Africa because it also covers three biomes, or communities of plants and animals living together in a certain climate – the Savannah woodlands, montane grasslands, and forest. The economy revolves around mining activities, forestry, and fruit and vegetable farming.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesSouth Africa’s national parks World heritage in South Africa The Tour de Kruger: a wild ride Useful linksLimpopo tourismRamsar convention on wetlandsSoutpansbergVhembe district municipalityKruger National Parklast_img read more

Small-scale mills ‘to lower food prices’

first_img7 December 2012 The launch of the small-scale Kuvusa Maize Mill in KwaZulu-Natal province will go a long way towards promoting food security, beneficiation and job creation in South Africa, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said at the mill’s launch in Durban on Thursday. The mill forms part of the government’s Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP) small- scale maize milling initiative, which aims to improve food security in the country by reducing the cost of maize meal by at least 20%. “Food security is not only about the available quantity of food, it is also about the affordability of foodstuffs. The food price inflation has been higher than the overall rate of inflation in this country,” Davies said. “A very large section of our population is living on very low income, [and] that kind of an increase of a commodity that is a higher proportion of their shopping basket is devastating. “Localised production is the appropriate solution to our challenges in regard to food security in this country.”Contributing to industrialisation, job creation The project will also contribute to the industrialisation of the country, as well as create jobs in Durban and the surrounding areas – 27 direct and 120 indirect jobs having already been created as a result of the project. “There is an agreement among African ministers of trade and industry that for Africa’s industrialisation to become a reality, we need to promote value addition and industrialisation of our agricultural products that we produce in our continent,” said Davies. The maize-meal produced at the mills will be marketed at prices below prevailing market rates. According to the Department of Trade and Industry, this will introduce competition into a highly concentrated sector which has an unfortunate history of uncompetitive practices which have directly impacted on poor consumers’ ability to feed themselves and their families. There are also plans to open more small-scale mills in rural locations in 2013, said managing director of African Micro Mills and co-founder of Kuvusa Mills, Se Higgins. “Essentially by establishing these mills in rural areas we will be negating the rising cost of logistics by creating a parallel track of decentralised facilities wherein rural areas are incorporated into the main stream value chain,” Higgins said. “In addition to job creation and simultaneous provision of a route-to-market for emerging farmers, these commercially viable projects have important implications for lowering maize meal prices in rural areas by as much as 20%.” Source: read more