Delivering literacy skills to central Northern Territory

first_imgDelivering literacy skills to central Northern Territory A new pilot program to improve English language, literacy, numeracy and digital (LLND) skills will now be available to the Northern Territory’s Tennant Creek.The $9.9 million Government-led Remote Community Pilots initiative will deliver literacy skills to Tennant Creek and three other remote areas across Australia.The $1.8 million Literacy for Life Pilot will be delivered in partnership with the Tennant Creek community through the Julalikari Council Aboriginal Corporation.Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said the pilots will aim to encourage participation n, and engage community more effectively to measurably boost the foundation skills of participants.“Literacy and numeracy are the foundations for building skills, getting a job and achieving success in the workplace,” Minister Cash said.“These pilots will work closely with these communities to identify, develop and design new and effective ways of helping people to improve their foundation skills, as well as their confidence.“This is part of our commitment to reform the vocational education and training system, acting on the 2019 Joyce Review which recommended action to address foundation skills for disadvantaged Australians.”Senator for Northern Territory Sam McMahon said the Literacy for Life Pilot is the result of continuous local collaboration and community engagement.“The local community will be engaged through a co-design process to ensure this pilot delivers results to change lives for the better,” Senator McMahon said.“We’re hoping this will benefit around 130 people in the Tennant Creek district and be an empowering experience for participants.”Pilots are also rolling out in the Far West Coast region of South Australia and the Dampier Peninsula in Western Australia. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, AusPol, Australia, community engagement, Dampier, disadvantaged, education, employment, English, Government, Northern Territory, participants, Skills, South Australia, Tennant Creek, vocational education, West Coast, Western Australialast_img read more

Little Stevie Miller is No Wonder

first_img What I most want to know is what was it in the SMMUSD that happened to miller to make him such miserable human bring.Or is it because Miller was just a rotten kid who grew in to be a rotten adult in government?No disrespect intended to all human beings by asdociation. April 12, 2019 at 9:48 AM 3 Comments Great piece on a local (sadly) anti-hero. Charles Andrews says: Horatio Hornblower says: Anonymous says: Comments are closed. HomeBusinessLittle Stevie Miller is No Wonder Apr. 12, 2019 at 6:00 amBusinessGovernmentOpinionPeopleLittle Stevie Miller is No WonderJack Neworth2 years agoKrauthhammermyriadSamohiSteven MillerStevie Milletrumpunivision Recognized as America’s foremost humorist, Mark Twain did not have a terribly high opinion of humans when he said, “Man is the only animal in all of God’s creatures that is cruel. Man is also the only animal who blushes. Or needs to.” Cruel humans, however, don’t blush or have remorse because they don’t have a conscience.Speaking of Donald Trump (or as federal prosecutors in the Southern District call him “Individual-1”) he recently executed a purge of Homeland Security, God forbid there’s a real attack. This house cleaning included the firing of Secret Service Director Randolph Alles, despite Trump’s having lavished praise on the department only weeks ago.Reportedly, among Trump’s criticisms of Alles was his large ears, which prompted Individual-1 to refer to him as “Dumbo.” Imagine, Trump, the most obese president since Taft,  and with hair that looks like cotton candy, callously attacks the appearance of others.Trump’s sadistic cruelty included his mocking a severely disabled reporter to the delight of Individual-1’s rabid supporters. He also ridiculed the late Charles Krauthammer, a respected conservative commentator.As a medical student, Krauthhammer suffered a tragic diving accident which left him in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. Because he had the audacity to criticize Trump’s policies thin-skinned Individual-1 responded,   “I created an empire and this guy can’t even buy a pair of pants.” (I’m coining a new adjective, “trumpvicious.”)Speaking of white nationalists (how’s that for a segue?), that brings me to Santa Monica’s own, Stephen Miller who, at 33, has ascended to Trump’s “immigration czar.” Miller, who bears a striking resemblance to the infamous Roy Cohn, Joseph McCarthy’s hatchet man during the “red scare” of the 1950’s. After being disbarred and disgraced, Cohn became Trump’s mentor. Figures. Meanwhile, Miller even dresses like Cohn with his  retro “skinny suits” and soulless facial expressions.Stevie’s pet project is his inhumane family separation policy and putting kids in cages policies. While there’s no truth to the rumor that at Samohi Miller was voted “Most Likely to Rip Babies from their Mothers,” he’s largely responsible for doing just that.Like his boss, Miller’s an authoritarian to his core and actually said of Trump’s national security actions, “The president’s power will not be questioned.” (Wrong! The president’s power is always open to question by checks and balances and co-equal branches of government.)    Going back to his Samohi days, Miller stood out from the vast majority of his classmates because of his racist views, chiefly directed at Latinos. For example, if two students were talking to each other in Spanish, Miller would vehemently reprimand them to the effect that this is America and here we speak English!Samohi has long been famous for its diversity. Miller was famous for his intolerance. At a student government event, Miller rhetorically asked his classmates if anyone else was sick and tired of being chastised for not picking up their trash on the lunch court.  He shouted,  “That’s what we have janitors for! ” (The janitors were primarily Latino.)No wonder, Miller was unceremoniously booed off the stage. He later said he “was just joking.” Forgive me, but little Stevie doesn’t look like he’s ever joked in his life. Or smiled, for that matter.  There are a myriad of other examples of Miller’s hatred of minorities, including abruptly ending a personal friendship.  According to Jason Islas, in the summer between middle and junior high, Miller told him, “I can’t be your friend anymore because you are Latino.”As Islas told Univision, the two never spoke again. “It didn’t bother me, because the fact that Miller rejected me because I am Latino showed me he was pretty much worthless.” Ouch.In the past, I may have been a little harsh on Stevie as I recently pointed out that,  to hide his ever receding hairline, he was actually using “hair paint.” I joked his barber’s name was Sherman Williams. Meanwhile, under the hot TV lights the paint appeared to bubble and it looked like his hair was actually growing.   Kidding aside,  Islas stressed how cruel Miller could be and how he took joy in causing others misery. In that regard, he and Individual-1 are a match made in revenge heaven. Trump has even suggested getting even is better than sex. (Giving us an insight into his love-making skills, as awful as that subject is to contemplate.)   As for Miller, even some prominent Republicans can’t stand him.Senator Lindsey Graham said, “As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating on immigration, we are going nowhere.”  Senator Chuck Grassley added, “I think it would be hard for him to demonstrate he’s accomplished anything for the president.”  Personally, the nicest thing I can say about Miller is that it appears he’s stopped using hair paint.For more, Google “YouTube Stephen Miller janitors.”  Jack is at:, and [email protected] :KrauthhammermyriadSamohiSteven MillerStevie Milletrumpunivisionshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 3 comments April 12, 2019 at 7:34 AM This PUKE Miller’s puss is a shining example of what to use when you run out of TP (like we’re all likely to, these days) and stranded on the porcelain throne after a productive session … 😉 March 25, 2020 at 3:02 PM Jack Neworthview all postsUber reveals finances as it gears up for IPOCitywide – Mike Kelley Foundation awards $400,000 to organizationsYou Might Also LikeColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author14 hours agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days agoColumnsNewsOpinionYour Column HereYour column hereGuest Author2 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereSaving Santa Monica LibrariesGuest Author3 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereBusinesses need helpGuest Author6 days agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionYour Column HereSaving energyGuest Author6 days agolast_img read more

Uganda, Botswana, Equatorial Guinea vie for AUC’s top spot

first_imgOne of the most-discussed aspects at the ongoing 27th AU Summit in Rwanda’s Kigali is the election of a new AU Commission Chairperson.South Africa’s Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not running for a second term. The current Deputy Chairperson, and two other commissioners second mandate ends and are not eligible for re-elections, while the remaining six commissioners can still contest.The positions of the chairperson, deputy chairperson and four commissioners (Political Affairs; Human Resources, Science and Technology; Infrastructure and Energy; and Rural Economy and Agriculture) are open, reported the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) in Pretoria in a recent article.According to sources, a number of influential Africans approached the AUC arguing that the submission process should be re-opened in order to accept new candidates of a higher calibre.However, if new candidates are to be accepted, the elections would have to be postponed until January 2017 and this would require consensus among the various African states and their respective governments to change the rules that govern the elections, added ISS.Postponement of the elections would result in the new commission only taking up its responsibilities in March 2017, three months after the January 2017 Summit.And there are suggestions that the vote could be postponed for another six months, due to a lack of so-called “competent contenders”.CCTV’s Girum Chala reports.last_img read more

Focusing on 200m was a mistake – Bloomfield

first_imgDoha,Qatar: Akeem Bloomfield has admitted that the decision he and his coach, Henry Rolle, made to concentrate on the 200m earlier this season was a mistake and has said that he will be focusing on the 400m next season. The former Kingston College athlete opted to run the 200m instead of the 400m at the Jamaica Senior Championships back in June, but he did not secure one of the top three spots in the event and was given a place to run the quarter-mile event after Terry Thomas and Javon Francis did not make the qualifying mark to compete here. “I started with the 200m, and so the endurance side of racing took a really long time to develop, and I got hurt a lot before switching back to the 400m,” Bloomfield said after finishing eighth in the men’s 400m final here at the IAAF World Championships. “I think for the majority of next season, me and my coach will be sticking to the 400m.” Bloomfield, who predominantly runs the 400m, became one of the few men in history to have gone under 44 seconds and 20 seconds in the 400 and 200m, respectively, last season. His 19.81 seconds at the London Anniversary Games last year may have prompted the decision to concentrate on the 200m. “I have no excuses,” he said. “It just didn’t work out for me this year. My body has been feeling a bit tired. I was happy to be in the final, and valuable experience can be taken from it,” he said about how he performed in the 400m final on Friday.last_img read more

Balotelli heading for Galatasaray?

first_imgMario Balotelli could leave Brescia in the January transfer window, with Galatasaray offering him a deal, according to reports. The striker only joined his hometown club over the summer, as he was a free agent following the end of his experiences at Nice and Olympique Marseille. However, he has struggled for goals and clashed with new coach Fabio Grosso, storming out of training early this week. Although he returned to the group yesterday following a 10-minute meeting with President Massimo Cellino, the situation remains tense. According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, a January departure is on the cards, with Galatasaray the option that most intrigues the former Italy international. It’s reported he is not interested in proposals from China, but could be tempted by MLS or Brazilian club Flamengo. 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: read more

Justice Ministry Continues Consultation on NCPD

first_imgStory Highlights There have been four meetings so far held islandwide to educate and sensitize the Jamaican public on the National Child Diversion Policy (NCDP). The consultation on October 18 targeted students from State care homes, the general public, those in conflict with the law, and school groups. UNICEF provides technical and financial support for the National Plan of Action for Child Justice, of which the National Child Diversion Policy is a part. The Restorative and Child Justice Reform Unit in the Ministry of Justice continued its series of consultations on October 16 and 18 at the Jamaica Conference Centre and the Knutsford Court Hotel, respectively.Those meetings brought to four the number of consultations held islandwide to educate and sensitize the Jamaican public on the National Child Diversion Policy (NCDP).The consultations also sought to establish a formal framework for dealing with children in conflict with the law throughout the criminal justice process, with a view to ensuring that detention or institutionalization is a last resort.“Stemming from these four consultations we recognized that there are two specific groups that we needed to target, the police who will be enforcing the Policy and the children who will benefit,” Director of Restorative and Child Justice Reform, Ruth Carey, told JIS News.The consultation on October 18 targeted students from State care homes, the general public, those in conflict with the law, and school groups, including student leaders. More than 40 students attended the meeting.“We had a very diverse group and it represents all the children we needed feedback from that will impact different aspects of the Policy,” Ms. Carey noted.She said the Restorative and Child Justice Reform Unit had to engage the children, “because we cannot be drafting a policy that will affect them and not include them. From this consultation we identified that they are very interested in certain sections of the Policy, for example, how many cautions a child will get under the diversion policy and some types of diversion programmes.”The students who attended the consultation were commended by Child Protection Specialist for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to Jamaica, Janet Cupidon Quallo.“By attending this session you are exercising your right to participation and I must commend the Ministry of Justice for providing this opportunity for children to have a say in a matter of national concern and one which affects children significantly,” she said.UNICEF provides technical and financial support for the National Plan of Action for Child Justice, of which the National Child Diversion Policy is a part.There were several breakout sessions in which the students and their facilitators discussed the Policy. In the discussions the students were asked to explain what should happen as well as what happens to children in State care and lockups as a result of being in conflict with the law. Their responses were recorded and will be considered in the drafting of the Policy.The consultation with police officers on October 16 was attended by over 80 persons from the rank of Constable to Inspector.Ms. Carey said they raised concerns about offences against the person, such as wounding, as well as the amount of police cautions that should be allowed to each student who is placed in the Diversion programme.She told JIS News that another concern raised was children in lock ups, as one of the objectives of the Policy is to reduce the number of children locked up and institutionalized.A draft of the NCDP is to be submitted to Cabinet by the end of November.last_img read more

GM brings Maven carsharing startup to Toronto aims for millennial generation

first_imgTORONTO – General Motors Co. is bringing its Maven car-sharing business to Canada for the first time as part of the Detroit-based company’s broader strategy for navigating through a rapidly changing automotive world.Toronto will be the first city outside of the United States to offer GM’s Maven City app-driven service, which has grown rapidly to 17 American cities since it was launched two years ago in New York City.The app enables Maven members to reserve cars by the hour, day, week and month.“The whole premise is to make it a seamless experience, so it becomes habit-forming,” said Julia Steyn, the head of Maven and GM’s urban mobility initiative.Toronto will be home to a new “mobility campus” this year as part of GM Canada’s automotive innovation agenda.In the United States, Maven has mostly attracted the millennial generation, with 78 per cent of its customers under the age of 30.Steyn said the arrival of Maven in Toronto is part of a broader strategy for General Motors, which has been in a race to bring out more electric vehicles, eliminate crashes with automation and address urban traffic congestion.“Maven’s mission is to be the zero congestion partner,” she said.Steyn also acknowledged that it’s very difficult to own vehicles in an urban environment.“It doesn’t make a lot of sense to buy an asset that sits idle for most of its life,” she said.Maven’s Toronto fleet will initially have about 40 vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu and Volt, the Cadillac ATS and XT5, and the GMC Acadia and Yukon.The service will start with about a dozen Toronto locations — mostly in the downtown core and midtown neighbourhoods with a combination of residential, office, entertainment or shopping activities.That’s far fewer locations than the city’s two largest car-sharing services, Enterprise CarShare and Zipcar, which have fleets from various manufacturers, primarily GM’s competitors.last_img read more

Tiffany holiday sales slip as Chinese tourists spend less

first_imgNEW YORK — Tiffany & Co. says holiday shoppers and Chinese tourists spent less on its bling.The luxury jeweler, famous for its little blue boxes, says sales slipped in the holiday shopping season as Chinese tourists spent less while travelling due to the strong dollar, making it more expensive to buy Tiffany jewelry outside of its stores in China. The company also says it was hurt by the ups and downs of the stock market, the anxiety about Brexit and protests in Paris that forced the company to close its location there during some weekends.Sales at established stores worldwide fell 2 per cent in November and December, compared to the same period the year before.Still, shares of the New York-based company rose Friday afternoon.The Associated Presslast_img

BJP to finalise LS candidates in Telangana on March 15

first_imgHyderabad: The BJP would finalise its candidates for Lok Sabha elections in Telangana on March 15, a party leader said Tuesday. The names are likely to be announced on that day or March 16, Telangana BJP Chief official spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao told PTI. The Lok Sabha elections would be held in single phase in Telangana on April 11. The BJP fared badly in the December seven 2018 Assembly elections in Telangana, winning just one seat, down from a strength of five in the previous House. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Candidates of Amit Shah-led party, in fact, forfeited their deposoits in more than 100 Assembly segments out of the total 119. But Rao said the BJP considers Telangana voters as smart and they would differentiate between an Assembly and a Parliamentary election. “I think voters of Telangana will vote for a strong, stable and vision-based government which is ours”, he said. Rao claimed that the Congress seems to be in complete confusion with “key leaders” of the party defecting to the TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samiti) in recent days. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty He was referring to four Congress MLAs switching loyalty to the TRS from the beginning of this month. “They (Congress) don’t seem to have any weapons to fight the parliamentary elections. So, certainly the fight is probably between TRS and BJP at this point of time”, he said. The BJP won one seat — Secunderabad, which was bagged by former Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya — in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. It is interesting to see if the party would renominate Dattatreya with senior leaders vying for this seat.last_img read more