Oxford University agreed to return four sets of human remains currently held in the University Museum of Natural History back to New Zealand. This is the first time the University decided to return human remains to the same community of origin. The official claims request was made by the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa in January 2007, and asked for the Maori and Moriori remains acquired by Oxford during the 19th century. The remains include two Maori skulls, a Maori half pelvis and a female Moriori skull from Chatham Island. Te Papa began their repatriation initiative in the summer of 2005 as part of the New Zealand Government’s policy.The repatriation reflects the University’s new claims procedure established in 2006. The procedure requires assessment of the significance of the remains for education and research when considering repatriation requests. The University is also required to ensure that remains are returned safely to the appropriate community when claims are approved.Results of the University’s inaugural claims request confirmed that the remains were from New Zealand and concluded that the items are not unique items, of no particular use in study of relevant fields.Director of the Oxford University Musem of Natural History Professor Jim Kennedy said, “This is the first time that the University’s procedure for repatriation has been used. It has enabled us to balance our duty of care for these items, the requirements of science and the sensitivities and beliefs of the claimant community.” “It has been a pleasure working with Te Papa, who have provided us with extensive information and background material that enabled us to move through this process relatively swiftly and reach a decision,” he added.The human remains will in due course be returned to Te Papa first, which will then repatriate the items to the relevant Maori and Moriori tribal groups.
At a time when the LAUSD is searching for answers, and the superintendent is asking all the right questions, it might be worthwhile for the district’s leadership to take a good, close look at some of the successes of the Los Angeles charter movement. William E.B. Siart is founder and chairman of ExED, a nonprofit organization that assists Southern California charter schools.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! IN late April, Superintendent David Brewer III released a scathing audit of the Los Angeles Unified School District, charging that lack of accountability and insufficient urgency are among the greatest problems hindering student performance at the mammoth district. Buried deep in the report was a brief section on charter schools that might contain some of the answers. The report stated: “Charter schools operate without the hindrances of many regulatory provisions and stand in a good position to be creative in many ways in contrast to traditional schooling. This creativity, as well as their smaller sizes, should enable these schools to extend approaches to schooling in broader ways, meeting student needs in ways that LAUSD schools might not be able to.” Translation: Charter schools are leaner, more agile and able to implement reforms much more quickly than the sprawling, 700,000-student district. Furthermore, in stark contrast to a district that is said to shun accountability, charter schools have a built-in mechanism to ensure that they are doing their jobs: Students and families can leave, removing critical funding, and charters are subject to renewal within three to five years of being granted. Given the role charters can serve as a model for reforming the LAUSD, the following lessons might be in order: Charters do more with less. Because they are not subject to the same regulations, bureaucracy and red tape as traditional district schools, charters are able to deliver similar or better service for less money. In fact, Los Angeles charter schools spend an average of $1,200 per pupil less than their LAUSD counterparts. Charters are ahead of their peers in student achievement: Although the Academic Performance Index scores of L.A. charters are only modestly higher (708 vs. 700) than their LAUSD peers, it is worth noting that nearly half of these charters have been operating for two years or less. Studies have shown that charters post their strongest gains after three years or more. In fact, independent charters in L.A. Unified grew an average of 15 points on the API from 2005 to 2006, compared with only 11 points for other L.A. Unified schools. Despite what charter school opponents may claim, charters do not “cherry-pick” students. Demographically, charter students in L.A. Unified are not that different from noncharter students. Students at independent charters are 17 percent African-American versus 11 percent in the rest of L.A. Unified, and 60 percent Latino versus 74 percent in L.A. Unified. At independent charters, 70 percent of students are eligible for the subsidized federal meal program, a measure of poverty, versus 78 percent in the LAUSD. Teachers at charters report higher job satisfaction. There is less paperwork to detract attention from the primary job of teaching, and more autonomy and flexibility to construct classrooms to best fit students’ needs. Charter schools are also smaller learning centers with an increased focus on security, so that student-discipline issues do not rule the classroom. A more positive working environment for teachers in turn produces better learning environments, and higher expectations, for our kids.
For complete Oakland Raiders coverage follow us on Flipboard.ALAMEDA — A day after absorbing another demoralizing defeat and with a compacted schedule heading into Thursday night’s game against the 49ers, Raiders coach Jon Gruden was saving his energy for what’s most important.It’s as if Chucky was replaced by a low-key alter-ego named Charles. Gruden’s weekly press conferences have been must-see TV, a treasure trove of video clips and quotes to be parsed, skewed in terms of …
Related Posts sarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… It’s “pre-order your new iPhone day” and just in time, Apple has released its own branded iPhone application called simply “Apple Store.” Not to be confused with “App Store,” which houses the 225,000 mobile applications (at last count), this new iPhone application instead allows mobile shoppers to browse through official Apple inventory from their handsets, shopping for Mac computers, iPods, iPhones, iPads, accessories and software. And yes, if you want to pre-order the new iPhone 4, you can do that too. As long as you’re running a relatively new version of the iPhone software (iOS version 3.0 or higher) and are located in the United States, you can download the new “Apple Store” application to your handset now. In addition to serving as a online mobile storefront, the new application also lets customers find nearby Apple stores, make reservations at the Genius Bar and register for hands-on workshops and personal shopping appointments. The app offers product news, customer reviews and Q&A information for the various products and services being sold, too. Pre-Order a New iPhone from your Old OneOf course, the most notable feature – for now at least – in the new application is the ability to pre-order the iPhone 4. From the app’s homescreen, tap the top item (“Reserve your iPhone 4”) and the app will locate your nearest store and then walk you through the necessary steps to place your pre-order. Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand (or poor planning?), the application has suffered some outages this morning as the crush of Apple early adopters simultaneously launched the app and placed their orders. Some customers were left with an error page and the “we’ll be back soon” message that always appears when the App Store goes down. (At the time of writing, however, the application was again functional). Also of note, numerous sources are reporting that the white iPhone 4 is not available for pre-order via the Apple Store app, nor AT&T’s or Apple’s website. As the day progresses, however, we should find out if trips to local stores allow people to pre-order this oddly scarce color or if it’s not available at all, anywhere.The Apple Store application is available as a free download from here. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Apple#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Ohio State defensive end Joey Bosa is no stranger to the spotlight. He’s been one of the stars of the Buckeye defense for the past few seasons and is a projected top-10 pick in April’s NFL Draft. With that spotlight comes the attention of critics in the media, the stands, and sometimes on Twitter. Apparently, a group of people were trolling Bosa on there today, pulling up old tweets and trying to get his attention. They seemed to get it, but not in the way that they may have expected.Bosa ripped off a series of tweets mocking the Twitter critics. He deleted them almost immediately, but we screenshotted them before he did. Bosa is going to have several more years of dealing with taunting on social media. He’ll probably ignore it next time.Oh, by the way – that chicken looks really good.
APTN National NewsEvacuees from the flooded-out Little Saskatchewan First Nation in Manitoba say they have been left scrambling after being told, in a letter, their financial assistance would be drastically cut.On Wednesday they protested the cuts outside the Manitoba legislature.The province says they are moving into a long-term recovery phase and that means cuts to evacuees’ financial assistance.Adults will be reduced from $23 a day to $4. Children will also see a cut from $18 a day to $3.Evacuees say that’s just not enough.
VANCOUVER _ The B.C. Oil and Gas Commission says Coastal GasLink must submit a notice of construction at least 48 hours before it starts work under its permit to build a pipeline that is opposed by some members of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.The commission has warned the Calgary-based company after it received complaints from the Office of the Wet’suwet’en who alleged that Coastal GasLink engaged in construction without an archaeological impact assessment and also destroyed traplines and tents.A letter from the commission dated Thursday says Coastal GasLink didn’t submit the required notification on Jan. 22. Coastal GasLink is building a natural gas pipeline from northeastern British Columbia to a liquefied natural gas export facility at Kitimat.On Thursday, the provincial government said it is undertaking a process with the Office of the Wet’suwet’en focused on the First Nation’s title, rights, laws and traditional governance throughout their territory.Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose Coastal GasLink’s $40-billion project, which led to the arrests of 14 people at a blockade last month.
New Delhi: Commuters between Delhi-Ghaziabad-Meerut may enjoy the country’s first rapid rail transport facility by 2024, as Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Friday laid the foundation stone for the construction of 82 km long Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS) between Delhi, Meerut via Ghaziabad.PM Modi said that “Giving a new way to next generation urban infrastructure, this will be the first RRTS project built with a cost of Rs 30,000 crore. The rapid rail and the metro both will be running on this corridor in Meerut. Once this is completed, Delhi-Meerut journey will be covered in less than an hour. Of this RRTS, commuters’ suffering will be removed and traffic system will be streamlined.” Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”In an immense relief from the road congestion and pollution faced by the commuters travelling between Delhi and Meerut, the RRTS, regional rail will cover the 82-km stretch in less than 60 minutes. It will offer high-speed, high-frequency, safe and green public transit. The operating speed of RRTS would be 160 kmph and average speed of 100 kmph. The frequency of the trains would be between 5-10 minutes and there would be an RRTS station at every 5-10 km,” said an official from RRTS. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe statement further said that the RRTS will pass through some of the most densely populated sections in Delhi and Meerut. Starting from Sarai Kale Khan in Delhi, the corridor will go up to Modipuram in Meerut, joining many urban cities such as Anand Vihar in Delhi, Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Muradnagar and Modinagar in Uttar Pradesh. “Meerut Metro: In a unique feature, the Meerut Metro services with 12 stations on 18 kms stretch between Modipuram and Meerut South stations on RRTS infrastructure will meet the local mobility needs of citizens of Meerut besides providing efficient regional connectivity. The arrangement of Meerut Metro on RRTS infrastructure would also result in an overall cost saving of approximately Rs 6,300 crore,” a statement said. While the Meerut Metro would mostly be elevated, it would run underground in high density areas like Bramhapuri, Meerut Central, Bhaisali and Begumpul. The RRTS trains will be equipped with all modern features and every stations and trains will have universal access for the differently abled. Meanwhile, each train will also have a Business Class and a Ladies coach. Addressing the gathering in Meerut, Union minister, Hardeep Singh Puri said, “The population in cities is increasing rapidly. Therefore, public transport and intercity linkages are a must. If you make a rapid transit system, there would be many people who would prefer living in Meerut and NCR and come to Delhi for work. I am confident that RRTS project would be completed on time and will improve the ease of living of people living in Meerut and nearby areas along with improving the region’s economic situation.” “RRTS stations will be seamlessly integrated with other transport modes like Airport, Railway, Metro, ISBTs and will be connected seamlessly through Elevators, escalators, travellators etc. All three corridors of phase I of RRTS will be inter-operable, thus does not require changing of train to go from one corridor to another, the statement said.With new Metro line, travel from Dilshad Garden to Gzb in 16 mins New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the 9.4-km-long Dilshad Garden-New Bus Adda section, an extension of the Delhi Metro’s Red Line, which will open for passengers from 8 am on Saturday. After the inauguration of Red Line extension, the PM boarded the metro train from Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) at around 7:07 pm and deboarded the metro train at Kashmiri Gate metro station at 7: 26 pm.With this new section, the Delhi Metro will foray into the interiors of Ghaziabad for the first time, touching the industrial areas in twin cities of Ghaziabad and Sahibabad. “Passenger services on the Red Line extension from Dilshad Garden to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda) in Ghaziabad will start from 8 am on Saturday,” DMRC’s Executive Director for Corporate Communications Anuj Dayal said. The stations on the stretch are Shahid Nagar, Raj Bagh, Rajendra Nagar (Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station), Shyam Park, Mohan Nagar, Arthala, Hindon River Station and Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda). “The Rajendra Nagar Metro Station has been rechristened as Major Mohit Sharma Rajendra Nagar station and the end station New Bus Adda has been renamed to Shaheed Sthal (New Bus Adda),” the official said. This section will be an extension of the 25.09-km Rithala-Dilshad Garden corridor or Red Line, which has 21 stations. After opening of this section, the entire Red Line will become 34.72 km. “Trains will be available at a peak hour frequency of six minutes and twelve seconds on the Dilshad Garden New Bus Adda section. A total of 35 six-coach trains will be used on the entire Rithala-New Bus Adda Red corridor. The total journey from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Adda will take about 16 minutes,” Dayal said.
Tripoli: Hundreds of “yellow vest” protesters on Friday demonstrated in Tripoli against an offensive by military strongman Khalifa Haftar on the Libyan capital and accused France of backing him. Wearing the trademark yellow vests of French anti-government demonstrators, they were among thousands of Libyans who flooded a central Tripoli square to rally in support of the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA). “We are surprised by France’s conduct in the face of the Tripoli attack,” read a sign held up by the demonstrators. Portraits of French President Emmanuel Macron and the leaders of Egypt and Saudi Arabia were also carried by demonstrators or placed on the ground for people to trample them. Haftar is seen by his allies — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates — as a bulwark against Islamists who have gained a foothold in Libya after the 2011 uprising that ousted and killed dictator Muammar Gaddafi. “Other countries must stop interfering in Libyan affairs,” Haifa Ferjani, a 23-year-old protester said. “France says it is a friend but secretly backs those attacking our city and our homes,” added the young woman. The French embassy in Libya on Friday tweeted — in Arabic — that Paris was “opposed to the attack” on Tripoli and urged all parties to abide by a ceasefire and engage in peace negotiations. Khalifa Haftar’s self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA), based in the country’s east, launched an offensive on April 4 to take Tripoli, the western seat of the UN-recognised GNA. Friday’s rally came days after a smaller protest brought out dozens of “yellow jacket” demonstrators who on Tuesday also demanded the GNA sever ties with countries that “back aggression” on Tripoli. It also comes a day after UN envoy Ghassan Salame warned of “a widening conflagration” in other parts of the North African country. On Thursday GNA interior minister Fathi Bach Agha lashed out at France, accusing it directly for the first time of supporting “the criminal Haftar” and saying it was cutting security ties with Paris. France immediately denied the claim. “Tripoli’s claim of support and diplomatic cover for Haftar are completely unfounded,” a French foreign ministry official said. “France supports the legitimate government of Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj and the mediation of the UN towards an inclusive political solution in Libya,” the French presidency said in a statement. More than 200 people have been killed since the violence erupted, and more than 900 wounded, the World Health Organization said on Thursday. More than 25,000 have been displaced, according to the International Organization for Migration.