Texas Education Agency requiring face masks, health screenings for upcoming school year

first_img The Texas Education Agency will provide all personal protective equipment supplies to school systems at no cost.The agency will also provide free online, TEKS-aligned learning tools to deliver remote instruction, teach training and will reimburse for extra COVID-19 related expenses incurred during the 2019-2020 school year.For more information, visit tea.texas.gov/coronavirus “That is why the guidance laid out today will provide flexibility to both parents and districts to make decisions based on the ever-changing conditions of this public health crisis.“The state is and remains committed to providing a high-quality education to all Texas students, while ensuring the health and safety of students, teachers, staff, and families.”Starting in August, certain health procedures are mandated for every school in the state including all students, staff and visitors coming to campus to be screened before being allowed on campus. Consistent with Abbott’s most recent executive order, and assuming that order is still in place, masks will be required while in school buildings, with certain exceptions previously noted.Schools will also be required to follow any forthcoming executive orders issued by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.Morath’s statement also includes addressing on-campus learning and remote instruction.Daily on-campus learning will be available to all parents who would like their students to learn in school each day. The Texas Education Agency released new comprehensive guidelines Tuesday outlining parameters to follow for a safe return to on-campus instruction this fall.Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath’s statement responds to many questions previously left unanswered about the upcoming school year.“Both as Commissioner and as a public school parent, my number one priority is the health and safety of our students, teachers, and staff,” he said. In addition, all parents will have the option to choose remote learning for their children, initially, or at any point as the year progresses. Parents who choose remote instruction for their students may be asked to commit to remote instruction for a full grading period (e.g. 6 or 9 weeks), but will not have to make that commitment more than two weeks in advance, so they can make a decision based on the latest public health information.Districts have the option to establish a phased-in return to on-campus instruction for up to the first three weeks of the school year, to ensure all appropriate health and safety procedures are fully in place.last_img read more


first_imgMoves are stressful for everyone — including the family pet. Pets can sense stress and a change in routine can be difficult for them. If possible, keep your pets in a quiet, secure area while movers pack up or unload your belongings. Movers will have your door open while they move boxes and furniture, and a pet may slip out the door undetected. Make sure you keep a collar with an ID tag on your pet at all times. Ensure the tag has your current phone number on it. It is also a good idea to microchip your pets. Remember to keep the microchip’s contact information up-to-date. If your pet escapes during any part of your move, you want the animal shelter that scans the chip to be able to contact you.Your pet faces new outside dangers in Alabama, such as alligators and snakes. Six species of venomous snakes, including rattlesnakes, cottonmouths, coral snakes and copperheads, pose a danger for a dog in wooded and watery areas. Keep your dog on a short leash in wooded areas, especially if it starts sniffing or pawing the ground. Alligators pose another threat. They live wherever there is water, so avoid allowing your dog to walk around or swim in unknown waters.Animal ServicesAlabama Department of Conservation & Natural ResourcesOutdoor Alabama 334-242-3469www.outdooralabama.comThe Department of Conservation and Natural Resources advises the governor and Legislature on management of freshwater fish, wildlife, marine resources, state lands, state parks and other natural resources. The Department has four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. The department provides a variety of programs, activities and opportunities to help Alabama residents enjoy the outdoors.Madison County Animal Control100 Hughes RoadMadison, AL 35758 256-722-7190www.madisonal.gov/index.aspx?NID=369Animal shelter 256-722-5694Madison Animal Control is part of the Madison Police Department and is responsible for protecting the residents and domesticated animals of Madison. The agency website includes links for how to adopt a pet, how to license your pet, how to report a barking dog and how to report animal abuse or a lost animal. If you encounter problems with a wild animal, call 256-721-1838 or 256-462-1350.Huntsville Animal Services4950 Triana Blvd. SWHuntsville, AL 35805 256-883-3782www.huntsvilleal.gov/environment/animal-servicesHuntsville Animal Services provides care for pets at its adoption facility. Other services include animal control, spay and neuter programs, and enforcement of animal ordinances and laws. To volunteer at the shelter, call 256-883-3794.Morgan County Animal Control1314 Industrial Drive SEHartselle, AL 35640 256-773-2934www.co.morgan.al.us/animalcontrolindex.htmlMorgan County Animal Control runs the animal shelter for the county and is responsible for complaints concerning dogs and cats, from picking up strays to dog bites, abuse and injured animals.The animal shelter takes all dogs and cats from Morgan County at no charge (none are accepted from Decatur, which has its own animal services department). The shelter has an adoption area and a kitten play room furnished with climbing stands and toys.Decatur Animal Services300A Beltline Road SWDecatur, AL 35601 256-341-4790www.decaturalabamausa.com/departments/animal-servicesDecatur Animal Services is a municipal animal shelter responsible for cruelty investigations and enforcing animal ordinances; programs include adoptions, education, volunteerism and rescue.Its mission is to improve the bond between humans and animals and to promote humane treatment of animals and respect for life. The agency receives domestic pets such as dogs and cats from residents of Decatur. For assistance with animal issues outside Decatur, contact Morgan County Animal Control at 256-773-2934.Pets for Patriotshttps://petsforpatriots.orgPets for Patriots’ vision is to end animal homelessness in the United States while giving our military veterans and their families the greatest “thank you” of all: the extraordinary love of a companion pet. It makes this happen through its nationwide shelter and veterinary networks, military and veteran organizations, and a public that values the lives of both the vulnerable and heroic among us.To learn more about adopting a pet, visit https://petsforpatriots.org/adopt-a-pet/how-it-works.Veterinary ServicesVeterinary services in Madison and Morgan counties are plentiful; see the Advertiser Directory in this guide to connect with local providers. In Madison County, a place to start looking is the Madison County Veterinary Medical Association at www.fb.com/madisoncountyvma. Another source for connecting with a veterinarian is the Alabama Veterinary Medical Association’s website, www.alvma.com.last_img read more

HBO CEO calls hack “disruptive, unsettling and disturbing”

first_img Related Courtesy HBO(LOS ANGELES) — HBO CEO Richard Plepler revealed Monday that the cable network — home to hit shows like Game of Thrones and Westworld — had been hacked.In an email to employees that was obtained by ABC News, Plepler described the hack as a “cyber incident directed at the company which has resulted in some stolen proprietary information, including some of our programming.”“Any intrusion of this nature is obviously disruptive, unsettling and disturbing for all of us,” he wrote.Plepler added that HBO’s “senior leadership and our extraordinary technology team” are working to “protect our collective interests.”“As has been the case with any challenge we have ever faced, I have absolutely no doubt that we will navigate our way through this successfully,” the message concluded.A separate statement obtained by ABC News revealed more details about the hack, including that law enforcement is investigating it.“HBO recently experienced a cyber incident, which resulted in the compromise of proprietary information,” the statement begins. “We immediately began investigating the incident and are working with law enforcement and outside cybersecurity firms. Data protection is a top priority at HBO, and we take seriously our responsibility to protect the data we hold.”Entertainment Weekly reports that the hackers obtained 1.5 terabytes of data, including a script for Game of Thrones. The hackers, according to EW, also got their hands on an upcoming episode of Ballers and Room 104, which have been placed online.An HBO representative wouldn’t confirm what programming was affected by the hack.“We cannot elaborate off the statements due to an ongoing investigation,” a company representative told ABC News.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Gray Best of Irish on Day of Crashes at the Worlds in Doha

first_imgThe junior men were competing over 135.5km, or eight laps of a flat and fast circuit in the Middle Eastern city. At the mid-section of the race Xeno Young attacked the bunch, but once he was brought back he got caught up in a crash in the bunch, and Junior Team Manager Martin O’Loughlin described an unfortunate scenario for the young Irish cyclists; “Xeno had a pop off the front and just as he drifted to the back after getting caught a guy in front of him came down, Ronan [Tuomey] was back there too, and they both came down. I think the luck of the Irish deserted us today. The heat probably contributed to a lot of the crashes today, but it was the busiest day for the medical centre here.”  Once Tuomey and Young were out of the race Jake Gray was the sole Irish rider on the course. The second year junior was well positioned in the main group coming into the final kilometre, but once again fell victim to a crash in the bunch. O’Loughlin was disappointed for Gray saying; “Jake was just getting in for the gallop when he crashed. ‘Twas disappointing for him, he’s had a great junior and youth career, but it was a pity for him ending his junior career on the deck. That’s bike racing, though, it’s the biggest stage in the world and to end up on the floor isn’t part of the plan. Next year he will ride for VC Toucy, the team that Mark Downey was on this year, so he has a big career ahead.”With Young and Tuomey still first year juniors, both are already back in school, making preparations for the World Championships a little more complicated; “Two of the three boys are still school boys, but their preparation was top notch with their coaches on what was always going to be a difficult Championships without acclimatisation camps. The guys themselves are very professional with their behaviour here, and they are getting great learning from the likes of Ryan [Mullen], Sam [Bennett] and Nico [Nicolas Roche]. I think Kurt [Bogaerts – Team Manager] summed it up well the last day when he said that the juniors are coming through now like the U23s were a few years ago, they are coming in with the skills and are not overawed by the level, they adjust well and seamlessly into the team. That’s all we can hope for. It is all part of a bigger picture and hopefully these lads will learn from it this today. You have to enjoy the good days and learn from the bad days, and this is all part of the pathway. Now we have to drive for qualification for next year, and get more people to the World Championships in Bergen, that’s the big aim for next year.”The last race for the Irish National Team will be the Elite Men’s Road Race on Sunday morning, with the Irish hopes being placed on sprinter Sam Bennett. Also in action on the 257.5km course will be Ryan Mullen and Matt Brammeier. Racing in Doha at the Road World Championships runs from 10th – 16th October.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Cycling Ireland’s Jake Gray was Ireland’s top finisher in the Junior Men’s Road Race at the UCI 2016 Road World Championships in Doha, Qatar today, finishing 107th on a day where crashes put an end to the hopes of Ireland’s Ronan Tuomey and Xeno Young. Gray rode a strong race, racing in the main peloton, with the winning medals coming from a breakaway group. The gold medal went to Jakob Egholm from Denmark, with Niklas Markl of Germany winning silver and Switzerland’s Reto Muller taking bronze. This is the fifth day of action for the Irish National Team competing at the UCI 2016 Road World Championships in Doha, on a week where Irish riders have performed strongly, in particular Ryan Mullen who finished fifth in the Elite Men’s Time Trial last Wednesday. Crashes Cause Mayhem in Junior Men’s Road Race at Worldslast_img read more

Enter Now for Pekin’s Got Talent July 3rd

first_imgName _________________________________________________ Age____________Phone Number ___________________________________________Contestants Signature ___________________________ Parents Signature _____________________ PEKIN IDOL RULESOpen registration beings at 4:00 p.m. and ends at 5:30p.m. by the Pekin Park Stage.Completed Entry forms and fees are required during registration.Talent Contest starts at 5:30 p. m. at the Stage.Age categories are listed below, contestants 17 and under MUST have parents consent.All contestants should have two songs or routines picked out in case of a tie.  Tie breakercontestants will perform a second song or routine different from their first. The Winner will bepicked based on audience response.YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN CD’S WITH YOUR OWN MUSIC, NO VOCALS UNLESS PART OF ROUTINE.  SONGS AND ROUTINES TO BE 4 MINUTES OR LESS.Contestants will be judged on Appearance, Vocals, Performance and Audience Reaction.So bring all your family and friends to cheer you on. PEKIN COMMUNITY BETTERMENT ORGANIZATIONPEKIN’S GOT TALENT ENTRY FORMTUESDAY JULY 3RD  2018 AT 5:00 PMcenter_img Note: Neither Pekin Community Betterment Organization Nor Spin Around Sound DJ’s will be responsible for accidents.Any Questions please call Taylor at 812-896-5277Entry fees by age group:     Ages 12 and under     $10.00                     Winner Prize $50.00 Runner Up $25.00    13 to 17                          $15.00                    Winner Prize $75.00 Runner Up $35.00    Adult                               $20.00                    Winner Prize $100.00 Runner Up $50.00    Duets/Multiples            $30.00                    Winner Prize $100.00 Runner Up $50.00Make Check Payable to Pekin Betterment Organization and bring entry and fee on the 3rd.last_img read more

Google, 10 Years Ago

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Do you remember when you were first introduced to Google.com? It’s almost hard to imagine a life before them, isn’t it? (B.G. – Before Google?) Their impact on the internet cannot be understated. As Google has come to dominate what it means to search the net, they’ve integrated themselves into our lives, our browsers, and our cell phones. But this wasn’t always the case. Ten years ago, Google was just some new search engine trying to make a name for itself amid competitors like Excite and Yahoo. Last night, we received a link to a little bit of Google nostalgia and we thought we would share it with you, too. Doug Sherrets, Business Development Manager at Slide, Inc. and occasional contributor over at Venture Beat, sent us over to this Facebook page where he had reposted a blog entry that he had written on November 16th, 1998 at age 14 about a tiny startup called Google. We thought you would enjoy it too:“A new search engine is Google.com, founded by some kids out of Stanford, the same university where Excite and Yahoo spawned. You might think the search engine market has already developed and today’s leaders — like Yahoo, Lycos, and Excite — are going to be the search engine leaders for years to come. Guess what? You’re wrong. Start-ups like Google will offer better services, and unless the established players react, they’ll lose market share. Whether you like the name or not, Google is going to be a search engine to be reckoned with.” “While Google won’t be #1 overnight, they’ll get up there because people will like their search over Yahoo, Lycos, or Excite. Google produces accurate results, and that is what search is all about, right?” “Can just a search engine company support a $1+ billion market value? Those billion dollar companies have more services like personalization, chat, and message boards other than search. You’re right, but if you take search away, you take away the basis of the whole site. Users don’t go to a portal to get stock news, they go to a portal to get to where they want to go. They might stop for a couple minutes on the portal using the extra services, but internet investors have to remember the epicenter of the whole business is the search engine. Instead of portals putting search on the backburner and letting their indexes get outdated, they should be buying out companies like AskJeeves and Google. They are the future.”Original article Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market sarah perez Tags:#Trends#web last_img read more

Buffon: ‘Still feel important’

first_imgGianluigi Buffon has assured that he still feels “important” for Juventus, despite his lack of game time this season. Buffon was again back-up to Wojciech Szczesny on Saturday, when Juve’s seven-game winning streak came to an end during a 1-1 draw at Lecce. The Bianconeri are still top of Serie A, however, as Inter followed up with a 2-2 draw against Parma at San Siro the same day. “You might draw from time to time, but I think it’s also fine like this,” the veteran goalkeeper told Tiki Taka. “The controversy arrives as soon as the best teams don’t win, but there’s also the other team and there are three different outcomes in football.” The 41-year-old spent last season at Paris Saint-Germain, but he stands by his decision to return to Turin. “I went to Paris because I couldn’t turn down the kind of sporting and economical offer they gave me at PSG. “When you are 40 years old and a club this big comes in for you, it’s also flattering. I wanted to gain a new experience and step out of my comfort zone. “One night when I was on my own I decided to return to Juve, asking myself: ‘At 41 years old, what am I doing here alone in Paris when my family is in Italy?’ “I forced PSG’s hand and when Juve made me their offer, that seemed the right choice so I accepted it immediately. Reports have suggested that Buffon returned to finish his coaching badges and prepare himself for life after playing, but he denied he was looking further than the ongoing trophy hunt. “Right now I’m in a psychological and physical condition where I still feel like an important player. “I haven’t yet examined my own future and I also have the serenity to psychoanalyse and evaluate my own performances. “When I realise I can’t play like I want, I will sit down with the club and tell them it’s over.” Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Ronaldo no longer undroppable at Real

first_imgReal Madrid Time to bench Cristiano? The proof that Ronaldo is no longer undroppable at Madrid Ben Hayward 21:00 1/19/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(87) Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Getty Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid v Deportivo La Coruña Deportivo La Coruña Primera División Opinion The Portuguese has had a torrid time in the Primera Division this term, scoring only four goals in the competition so far. Perhaps be needs a break… Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 422 times for Real Madrid and 289 of those goals have come in La Liga. This season, however, the Portuguese has netted only four in the Primera Division and, as a result, Zinedine Zidane’s side are well off the pace.After winning a Liga and Champions League double in 2016-17, Madrid were expected to dominate – especially after they started the current campaign by beating Manchester United and then Barcelona to claim two more trophies in August.Ronaldo’s stunning strike at Camp Nou in the first leg of the Spanish Supercopa looked like evidence that the Portuguese was raring to go again following a difficult summer, which included allegations of tax fraud and the revelation that he had wanted to leave Real. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player However, a red card in Barcelona and a subsequent push on the referee saw the 32-year-old banned for five matches and, despite scoring regularly in the Champions League and then in the Club World Cup on his return, he has consistently struggled to convert in La Liga.Ronaldo has played 14 times for Real in the Primera Division this term, featuring for 1,246 minutes in total, but of his 94 attempts on goal, only just over a third (32) have been on target and only four have ended up in the back of the net.Cristiano’s first of the season in La Liga was a winner from close range against Getafe in mid-October, but even that came after he had fired wide from just a few yards out with the goal at his mercy, a miss that brought plenty of derision from rival fans on social media.His next goal was the winner in a 3-2 victory for Madrid at home to Malaga, the Portuguese slotting home at the second attempt after his penalty had been saved by goalkeeper Roberto Jimenez.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner then netted two more as Real thrashed Sevilla 5-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu in December. One of those was also a spot-kick, meaning he has scored just twice from non-penalty situations in La Liga this season.Cristiano Ronaldo stats La LigaFresh speculation over a new contract and reports that he is thinking of leaving Madrid may be on his mind. And whatever it is, the Portuguese is clearly not quite right at the moment.”We know that people can talk and debate outside of the club but we think Cristiano must just think about playing, as he has always done,” Zidane said this week. “And I just want to talk about this, what he can bring to the team, that’s all.”In La Liga, the 32-year-old has also picked up two assists, while he leads the Champions League scoring charts with nine goals in the group stages. Overall, he has netted 16 in his 24 appearances this season, which is still an impressive return.But his struggles in the Primera Division are alarming and a spell out of the side could do him good. On current form, Ronaldo is no longer untouchable at Real Madrid. Maybe not undroppable, either.last_img read more


first_imgRachel Grant Well for my last official written piece for TFA, I thought I would do ‘My top 10 moments or things’ during my time with TFA.1)      The staff at TFA…may well sound corny but I doubt you will ever come across a group of people more dedicated to their work. There have certainly been some difficult times for the sport, and currently still are, but these people give 100% in everything they do and really want to see the sport succeed. They take a lot of flak everyday and continue to put the sport first. I have a lot of respect for these people as both my work colleagues and my friends and will miss them dearly.2)      The volunteers Australia-wide…There are so many volunteers in our sport that do so much work for so little reward or even thanks, which makes them incredibly special people! Cathy Gray, Ian Matthew, Lou Tompkins, Dennis Coffey, the Australian Coaches and staff, technical panel members and more. There are so many others that work incredibly hard at a local level doing so much for the sport, like Matt Wood from Woolgoolga Touch, who comes along to all TFA events at Coffs Harbour and gives up his days to help with the event. I want to thank everyone who I have worked with for the way you give yourself so selflessly to the sport. I cannot finish number 2 without mentioning Lisa Plummer, my media off-sider who has provided so much friendship, help and assistance with national events and the monthly newsletter and also the boys ‘From the Fishbowl’, Adam and Kane. They have amused us at recent National 18’s and NTL’s with their wit and humour, while expertly providing commentary and keeping the whole day in control. I will definitely miss their voices over the loudspeaker.3)      The 2005 Youth World Cup is easily the biggest event of my career to date, organising national and international media for the 6 Aussie junior teams and the event itself.The Youth World Cup had many ‘moments’, with some of the standouts including: ·         The South Africans singing in the Opening Ceremony·         The Mixed 18’s performing out of their skin to claim their title ·         The Thailand team being convincingly thrashed in every match but still showing the utmost respect to their team mates, officials, opposition and crowd·         The dramatic Mens 20’s final and the exceptional performance of the Aussies 4)      The Northern Eagles Mens 20’s winning the 2006 NTL was one of the most emotional sporting events I have ever been privileged enough to see. The boys, their support staff and their families all handled themselves so incredibly well after the traumatic events leading up to the NTL. 5)      The 2005 National Under 18’s saw for the first time, the celebrity match…and who could go past guest referee Tony Eltakchi in his finest form, the Jamaican Dr Bruce Watts, Kane Weeks letting no player stand in his way, Joe Williams letting his stepping do the talking, Peter Topp being sin binned and Eltakchi’s final penalty “penalty for being too good!” They had us all in stitches.   6)      Sixty Seconds in Touch has become my weekly ritual, a chance to sum up the happenings of the week and the upcoming events. A chance for people to advertise, announce and highlight important things. My awesome husband took it upon himself to design me a logo and the weekly edition has now become the most-read article on the TFA website with around 1000 people logging on each Monday to read it. I hope it will continue on!7)      Another memory comes courtesy of two of our young Touch stars who has gone on to play in the NRL, Benji Marshall and Joe Williams…Many will remember the AusTouch launch and National 18’s Opening Ceremony where Joe Williams fell off the stage but composed himself beautifully…how his chair managed to make it’s way to the edge of the stage is only a question Benji can answer. My thanks go to Joe and to Benji who always made themselves available for interviews, promoting the sport, talking and encouraging the up and coming junior players.8)      The TFA Media & Marketing Kit is something I’ve been working on for a few months and have madly been completing this last week. I created the final Master DVD on Friday and will leave TFA staff to produce a copy of the Kit for every affiliate. It contains marketing essentials such as posters, a television advert, a 3 minute promotional clip and plenty of helpful documents such as ‘How to write a Media Release’, ‘How to maintain your website’ and much more. It will be distributed Australia-wide to every affiliate over the coming weeks!9)      TFA staff put in an incredible amount of time and effort to produce the 2006 NTL Opens finals for the Fox Sports production. It would be remiss of me not to include it here as it was fantastic to see the sport back on the national airwaves and the show put on by the players in all 3 finals was fantastic.10)  The Touch-e-Talk newsletter has been running monthly for over 1 year now and I hope it will continue to get bigger and better…eventually to the stage where it can be printed and produced professionally…keep reading and keep supporting ideas such as this so TFA can get them off the ground.last_img read more