The Northern Territory Touch website: www.touchnt.com.auQUEENSLAND (QLD)Play: # 6Squads selected for State of OriginQueensland squads have been selected for the 2008 State of Origin series. The players were choosen following the Queensland State Regional Championships two weeks ago. Players have been notified by mail of their selection in the squads. Full squad lists will be published after the 24th of November. The Queensland coaches for the series have also been named: Men’s Open: Mark RuggeriWomen’s Open: Karley BanksMixed Open: Dan EvansMen’s 20: Tony O’KeefeWomen’s 20: Frank BondolfiMen’s 30: Dennis CoffeyMen’s 35: Wayne Holder Men’s 40: John RyanMen’s 45: Terry SavageMen’s 50: Kev HickeyWomen’s 30: Kev Feldman Women’s 35: John CollinsWomen’s 40: Paul FuiavaOther events:Queensland Touch is running a series of development courses for coaches in schools in Mackay, Gympie and Forest Lakes over the coming weeks. The Queensland Touch website: www.qldtouch.com.au That’s it for this week’s edition of “A Set of Six”.Please be sure to check out each State’s web-site for all the latest news and information about Touch Football from around the nation. Touch Football Australia brings you the latest edition of “A Set of Six” with this week’s rapid-fire news ‘plays’ from around the Country. TFA’s National Media Coordinator Karley Banks and TFA’s Media Intern Henry Holland bring you up to date every week with a selection of six ‘plays’ on the latest news, views, and events nationally.Welcome to Touch Football Australia’s A Set of Six – Volume Twenty Four.VICTORIA (VIC)Play: # 1VT League gets off to a flying startThe inaugural VT League season started like a house on fire last Saturday, with some stellar Touch Footy on display over two rounds at Box Hill. Nicole Doig of the Bayside Vipers recorded the VT League’s first ever touch down when she scored in the corner against the University Blues. Results: Round 1 Women: Bayside Vipers (4) def University Blues (3) Melbourne City (5) def Casey Cougars (2)Round 1 Men: Bayside Vipers (6) def University Blues (5) Casey Cougars (11) def Melbourne City (5)Round 2 Women: Melbourne City (5) def University Blues (4) after extra time Bayside Vipers (5) def Casey Cougars (3)Round 2 Men: University Blues (6) def Melbourne City (5) Casey Cougars (9) def Bayside Vipers (3)The next round of the VT League travels to Westside affiliate for the first ever “development” round. There will be a free clinic held for all kids under 18. Family members are also welcome to come and learn some skills from VT League and Westside players and coaches. The day starts at 1pm at PJ Lynch Reserve, Paisley Park, off Mason Street. VT League round three will start from 3pm with the Men’s match first. The Women will follow at 4pm. Other events:On Tuesday 9th of October Touch Victoria’s Nick Mooney and Matthew Gilbertson appeared on The Good Oil radio program with Mark Doran to discuss the new VT League season and all matters Touch Football. All the existing affiliates got a mention in the show. The interview is available on the Touch Victoria website and well worth a listen. The Victorian Touch website: www.victouch.com.auWESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA)Play: # 2TouchWest answers the call for technical advancementThis Saturday 20th October 2007, will be a big day for TouchWest with the delivery of several technical courses across the state. Operations Manager Angela Doyle will travel to Kalgoorlie to present a Level 1 Coaching Course.Angela will also observe the final AusTouch session, and the commencement of the new Touch Football Summer Season.John Bedford will coordinate a Level 2 Referee Course at Perth Brothers on Saturday, whilst newly qualified Referee Presenter Pat Elshaw will coordinate a Level 1 Referee Course at Southern on the same day.There will also be AusTouch Leader Courses held at Geraldton on Sunday and Tompkins Park on Tuesday. It is pleasing to see such a high demand for technical courses in Western Australia.It is hoped that the influx of volunteers will continue to strengthen the technical arms of the sport.Other events:TouchWest’s 25th Anniversary Ball is fast approaching and all is progressing nicely for a spectacular event to mark this significant milestone. The black tie function will be held on Saturday 17th November 2007. The $90 ticket includes a sit down meal, five-hour beverage package and a unique opportunity to mingle with individuals who have contributed to Touch Football in Western Australia over the past 25 years.Invitations have been sent out but if you are interested or wish to purchase a ticket, do not hesitate to visit www.touchwest.com or contact the office.The Western Australian Touch Assocition website: www.touchwest.comSOUTH AUSTRALIA (SA)Play: # 32007 Australasian Masters GamesTouch Football South Australia held a very successful Masters Games from the 11th – 15th November, 2007.Results: Mixed SeniorsGold – ManlySilver – North Queensland Living LegendsBronze – Western DistrictsMixed 30sGold – SocialitesSilver – SA MixedBronze – RAN MixiesMen’s 55sGold – Sydney Blue PointersSilver – BanditsBronze – Spitting CamelsMen’s 50sGold – North Queensland Living LegendsSilver – Spitting CamelsBronze – Gophers 50sMen’s 45sGold – Melbourne MadnessSilver – Spitting CamelsBronze – Isa BrumbiesMen’s 40sGold – PiratesSilver – Ariku Bay SharksMen’s 35sGold – SA 35sSilver – Western DistrictsBronze – FTAMen’s 30s Gold – SA 30sSilver – Masters of the UniverseBronze – Royal Australian Navy Young GunsWomen’s 40Gold – Melbourne FrogsWomen’s 35sGold – Touch of (CL)assWomen’s 30sGold – Reschke BullsSilver – ManlyBronze – SA 30s WomenOther events:South Australian Under-14 Develop Squad Trials are being held at Park 17, Greenhill Road, on Sunday 21st of October 2007 from 9.30am – 11.30am.The Touch Football South Australia website: www.touchsa.com.auAUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (ACT)Play: # 42007 Canberra CupThe ACT Touch Association is once again holding the annual Canberra Cup from Friday 2nd November to Sunday 4th November at the Deakin Playing Fields. The Cup gives Canberra teams the opportunity to improve their Touch skills and demonstrate the level of Touch in the Territory to teams from areas across the country such as South Australia, Sydney and Country New South Wales. Men’s, Women’s and a Mixed Division will be available at both social and competitive levels. The cost to enter is just $350.00 per team. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to socialise while improving your Touch skills. Nominations close Monday 22nd October so hurry to secure your place. For more information or to download a registration please refer to www.acttouch.com.au or email firstname.lastname@example.org Other events:Super League Double-HeaderThe much anticipated Super League Double-Header was held on Sunday with rounds three and four of the competition. This gave players the chance to play Touch in a more intensive environment in preparation for the 2008 National Touch League.These rounds also gave the Under 12s and 15s the chance to get some more games in before they head off to Melbourne next week for the 2007 Australian Schools Championships. The juniors also received encouragement from Super League players during a uniform presentation ceremony. ResultsMen’s Competition:Round 3Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def UC Otters (4)Woden Eagles (11) def Canberra City (3)Round 4Woden Eagles (8) def UC Otters (5)Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def Canberra City (2)Women’s Competition:Round 3Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (7) def UC Otters (4)Canberra City (4) def Woden Eagles (2)Round 4Woden Eagles (4) def UC Otters (1)Canberra City (6) def Tuggeranong Valley Vikings (5) The Australian Capital Territory website: www.acttouch.com.auNORTHERN TERRITORY (NT)Play: # 5Junior Touch CompletionThe Darwin Touch Under-13 and Under-16 Junior Competitions had another great turnout for round five. All teams had a full roster with a large number of kids turning out to get involved. The coaches are doing an outstanding job developing the kids’ skills as well as their understanding of the game. The improvement is noticeable week by week. Parents are also getting involved as well which is good to see with most parents helping out the coaches, filling water bottles or just giving encouragement to their respective teams.Touch Football Northern Territory would like to give a special mention to the junior players who have been coming down each week and helping to referee games. Well done kids, you’re doing a fantastic job!Other events: The Northern Territory junior representative sides fly out on Friday to the School Sport Australia Touch Football Tournament in Melbourne. All sides are in top form and will be looking to have great week at the Championships. Darwin Touch Association held a successful Level 1 Referee Course on the weekend.
TORONTO — The head of Ski-Doo, Sea-Doo and Spyder maker BRP Inc. believes U.S. politicians will ratify the revised North American Free Trade Agreement despite threats that the continent could be left without any deal after President Donald Trump says he will withdraw from the existing trade pact.Jose Boisjoli says he believes “logic will prevail” even though some leading elected officials have expressed opposition to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, known as USMCA.Returning to pre-NAFTA trade policies would create uncertainty and deep negative consequences, especially for the automotive industry for the revised trade agreement not to be approved, he said after ringing the opening bell on the Toronto Stock Exchange.The Quebec-based recreational product manufacturer is celebrating 15 years since being spun off from Bombardier Inc. and five years as a public company.Boisjoli says he’s happy with the new trade agreement even though it expects to face a $10-million hit next year from the need to increase domestic content on all-terrain vehicles made in the United States.He says the impact will have a minimal impact on the company and be a lot less damaging than many investors have suspected. Companies in this story: (TSX:DOO, TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press
New Delhi: A Delhi court Wednesday fixed March 18 for the framing of charges in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case. Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha passed the order after completion of the arguments of all the accused. Five people accused in the case had earlier denied allegations levelled against them by the CBI and said there was not enough evidence to prosecute them. Other accused in the case too had denied allegations against them previously. There are 21 people chargesheeted in the case. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! On Feb 7, the Supreme Court ordered authorities to transfer the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex in Delhi, which would conclude the trial within six months by holding preferably day-to-day hearing. Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
Florida Marlins199771-256-327 New York Yankees1939438153-285 Last year’s Chicago Cubs were an overwhelming team, riding one of the most impressive run differentials in recent history to a world championship. But this season, the Cubs have struggled to lift themselves above .500 despite playing in a mediocre division. Chicago should watch out — if it keeps playing this poorly, the Cubs will end up undergoing one of the largest drop-offs ever suffered by a World Series winner.Teams often struggle after a championship. Even the most exceptional roster can get pushed back toward average through some combination of a World Series hangover and regression to the mean. But the Cubs’ slide is uncommon even by those standards. According to run differential, only five other champs in history have declined as much as Chicago has this year1For teams that played fewer than 162 games — including the 2017 Cubs — I pro-rated their run differentials to a 162-game schedule.: Detroit Tigers193527153-218 Of the 10 teams on the list, seven played before 1950, when baseball was a very different sport. In the current era (since 1988), the Cubs drop-off is the third worst, trailing only the 2013 Red Sox — more on them later — and the infamous fire-sale 1997 Marlins. Chicago had more room to fall than most champs — only 19 World Series winners matched the 2016 Cubs’ +252 run differential — but that just makes their current mediocrity stand out all the more starkly.Boston’s decline between 2013 and 2014 provides the best recent precedent for Chicago’s slump. Just two years after current Cubs President Theo Epstein left the Sox, Boston won the World Series with a core roster that Epstein mostly assembled. The following year, however, the Red Sox disappointed their fans by scraping together a woeful 71-win season. This was part of a multi-season trend of the Red Sox zig-zagging between contention and mediocrity, and that stretch wound up being the most extreme set of year-to-year swings in MLB history.But unlike the 2014 Red Sox or the ’98 Marlins, the 2017 Cubs have fallen apart while fielding a roster that’s largely unchanged from the year before. The Red Sox lost a star in Jacoby Ellsbury, along with an everyday catcher (Jarrod Saltalamacchia) and some bit players; the Marlins turned over nearly their entire team after winning it all. By contrast, Dexter Fowler counts as the Cubs’ only notable subtraction, and a healthy Kyle Schwarber (fresh off his World Series heroics) was supposed to offset Fowler’s loss. Instead, Schwarber floundered so much that he was was sent to the minors. (Granted, Fowler hasn’t been impressive with his new team, either.)It’s unlikely that the Cubs will continue to be this bad for the rest of the year. Even with their poor play through the season’s first 83 games, most projections call for them to rack up many more wins over the second half. They ought to sneak into the playoffs in a division with few strong contenders, and once they’re there, anything can happen. But even if you credit Chicago with the elevated run differential that these projections expect over the rest of the season, rather than simply pro-rating their differential so far, the Cubs would still end the year with the eighth-largest decline in history. No matter what happens, the Cubs’ 2017 performance will have been just as historic as it was a year earlier, even if it’s not nearly so impressive. Chicago Cubs201625225-227 Chicago White Sox191719914-185 RUN DIFFERENTIAL St. Louis Cardinals1931211-34-245 Pittsburgh Pirates190926583-182 Los Angeles Angels2002207-7-214 All run differentials are based on a 162-game schedule.Source: Lahman’s Baseball Database Cleveland Indians1948282106-176 Boston Red Sox2013197-81-278 The Cubs’ decline is historic Boston Red Sox191226823-245 TEAMYEARCHAMPIONSHIP YEARFOLLOWING YEARDIFFERENCE
In his final home game as coach of the Ohio State rugby team, Tom Rooney’s team displayed the toughness and rigidness of the coach’s more than 20-year career. The Buckeyes lost to 10th-ranked United States Naval Academy, 23-18, on Saturday in a tightly contested and physical game. The night was more significant than the final score as the game served as a celebration and remembrance of Rooney’s career. Sophomore scrumhalf Luke Hickey said the team will miss Rooney’s charisma and presence. “You know when he’s on the field because he’s always chirping in your ear, helping you out and telling you what to do,” Hickey said. Many in Columbus consider Rooney a Buckeye legend because of his resume. He was originally a wrestler at OSU and then played for the Columbus rugby team Scioto Valley RFC in 1982 where he was elected captain of the team. An injury forced him to redirect his focus on coaching in 1992 as an assistant with OSU. Rugby is not a Division I sport at OSU, but Rooney still made his presence known. “In Ohio and the Midwest, he’s become a legend of the sport,” Hickey said. Assistant coach Ron Bowers will take over the rugby program next year, and said he has learned a lot from working alongside Rooney. “He’s taught me how to conduct myself as a professional and how to lead by example as a coach,” Bowers said. Rooney was emotional after his final home game and talked about some of his favorite memories from coaching at OSU. He said he had a lot of memories, but his proudest moments were watching his team and players success over the years. “I was an assistant for two final fours here, there have been 23 All-Americans from the program. I’ve also had two kids named to the National team, and I got to travel to watch them compete internationally and represent our country,” Rooney said. Rooney said he was also proud of being involved with the development of the two rugby fields at the Fred Beekman Park. The university said it would turf the fields at the park but Rooney said the project has been delayed for the third time in a row. Rooney said he would like to see that project completed in the near future because it will help the team overall. “Not having the turf field is really going to make competition difficult for us,” Rooney said. “I think that’s a really unfair position for the university to have taken.” Even on his last day on the job, Rooney was looking out for his team to help them any way he could. As Rooney walks away from coaching to take on an administrative position, The OSU rugby team thanked him for his commitment to the program for more than 20 years. “We all loved playing for him and we’re really going to miss having him around here,” Hickey said. “OSU rugby and Coach Rooney go hand-in-hand.”
Arsenal defender Laurent Koscielny insists his return to first-team action following a long spell out due to injury marked a new chapter in his life.The Gunners player suffered a ruptured Achilles during the club’s UEFA Europa League semifinal game against Atletico Madrid in May, but marked his return to action during the club’s 1-0 win over Qarabag on Thursday night.“During rehab, you have you and yourself,” he said, according to the Telegraph. “For me it was very important to stay in my bubble and to be focused with one target: to come back stronger and quicker. You have not just good moments, you have some bad ones, some days you can’t progress as you wish.”“This is difficult, but you have the people around you to help you and keep your head up. Football is just a part of my life. I have a life outside the pitch. Now with my physical state and my head, I am calmer and I just want to enjoy.”Premier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Asked about his first appearance of the season, in which he played 72 minutes, Koscielny added:“It was a special day for me after seven months. Just before you come onto the pitch, you think about what you did. I had some flashes in my head of the seven months of rehab I did. Now it’s the end.”“I have been running since the end of August and I was near the team during the training sessions. I watched all the training so I know all the tactics, all the runs, when we have the ball, when we need to defend, when we need to press.”Koscielny’s return for the Gunners is a welcomed relief for manager Unai Emery, who is without the suspended duo of Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi, while Rob Holding misses out due to injury.
Share your voice As you’d expect from a show where Tina has devoted herself to, uh, “erotic friend fiction,” Bob’s Burgers believes in fan service.”We’re thrilled to be invited to bring Bob’s Burgers to the big screen,” show creator Loren Bouchard said when the movie was announced. “We know the movie has to scratch every itch the fans of the show have ever had, but it also has to work for all the good people who’ve never seen the show. We also know it has to fill every inch of the screen with the colors and the sounds and the ever so slightly greasy texture of the world of Bob’s — but most of all it has to take our characters on an epic adventure. In other words, it has to be the best movie ever made. But no pressure, right?!” Release date, production infoGood burgers take time to cook. Look for the Bob’s Burgers movie to come to theaters in 2020. July 17 was the original date given, but voice actor John Roberts, who voices Linda, told Aesthetic Magazine he thinks it’ll be “a little later than they announced.”Cast: Who’s who?There’s no way this film can be made without the familiar voices behind the Belchers and their friends, so we’re going to assume the voice cast is the same as the show. (We’re rooting for non-Belchers, like Marshmallow and Gene’s friend Alex to be part of the movie too.) If we hear of special guest stars or confirmed minor characters who’ll make an appearance, we’ll note that here. Belcher familyH. Jon Benjamin as Bob BelcherJohn Roberts as Linda BelcherDan Mintz as Tina BelcherEugene Mirman as Gene BelcherKristen Schaal as Louise BelcherDistant family and friends who seem likely to appearMegan Mullally as Linda’s sister, Aunt GayleLarry Murphy as regular customer TeddyJay Johnston as Bob’s rival, Jimmy Pesto Sr.H. Jon Benjamin (again) as Jimmy Pesto Jr., Tina’s crushLaura Silverman as AndySarah Silverman as OllieDavid Herman as school counselor Mr. FrondKevin Kline as the Belchers’ landlord Calvin FischoederPlot news, rumors, theoriesHonestly, the plot is of less interest in a Bob’s Burgers movie than just having the whole gang together on a bigger canvas, selling burgers and plotting hijinks. But here’s what we know anyway. Kuchi Kopi gets litAccording to Entertainment Weekly, in 2018 Bouchard said the “movie will reunite Louise with her beloved nightlight Kuchi Kopi in her dreams for another trippy adventure.”Now ear this, LouiseWhy does Louise, the youngest Belcher, always wear pink bunny ears? Bouchard says the movie will explain it. The Belchers are coming to a theater near you. Fox Animation Studios/Walt Disney Studios Say it in Linda’s voice: All right! The Belcher family, of Bob’s Burgers fame, is heading to the big screen.Bob and Linda Belcher run Bob’s Burgers restaurant in an unnamed seaside town and live above their restaurant with their three quirky kids, Tina, Gene and Louise. The critically acclaimed animated TV show has been renewed for a 10th season on Fox. The show is known for its sassy humor, family love and musical numbers.Now, there’s going to be a movie. It won’t hit theaters until 2020, but devoted fans can’t wait. Here’s what we know so far. We’ll add to this post as new information is revealed.The basicsWhat’s it called? As much as we love Bob’s elaborate Burger of the Day names (Baby, You Can Chive My Car), sometimes simple is best. The film’s just called Bob’s Burgers: The Movie. That was easy. 0 Target movie. https://t.co/sIusiSFCFp— loren bouchard (@lorenbouchard) February 22, 2019 I got musicFans know how often the Belchers and their friends seem to burst into song. (“Bad Things Happen in the Bathroom,” anyone?) So it’s good to hear Roberts say that although the cast doesn’t yet know the film’s plot, “I do know it’s very musical and I’m sure it’s going to be great!” You’re singing our song, John/Linda. Post a comment Tags TV and Movies
Houston Astros FB pageHouston Astros welcomed all 11 officers from the Santa Fe ISD Police Department on the field last night.The AstrosFoundation presented Chief Walter Braun with a 13 thousand dollar donation prior to the game.Santa Fe ISD police officer John Barnes was badly injured in the May 18th school shooting.The last report from UTMB listed Barnes in serious condition, and in the intensive care unit.Barnes is a retired Houston Police Officer. Share
Sojourner Douglass College is facing a fight to preserve its accreditation after changes to the federal Pell grant program in the earlier part of the decade caused significant declines in funding and enrollments, leading to budget shortfalls. Dr. Charles Simmons, president of the college, tells the AFRO that while he is confident Sojourner Douglass can win its appeal hearing in Feb. and preserve the accreditation it lost last Nov., he feels that the school has not been treated the same as other, traditionally White institutions (TWIs) in analogous or worse financial shape by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE), the body that oversees the accreditation process.Sojourner Douglass was originally established in 1972 as a branch of Antioch College, which is in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and became an independent institution in 1980, according to Simmons. The college, located in east Baltimore, mostly serves working adults (most of whom are female heads of households) and has organized its academic calendar to make it easier for adults, with their incumbent family and work obligations, to complete a degree program.Dr. Charles Simmons, president of Sojourner Douglas College.The school offers three semesters per calendar year, so that a full-time student could finish what would traditionally be a four year bachelor’s program in three years, says Simmons.The U.S. Dept. of Education changed its rules concerning Pell grant (education grants for low-income students) distributions for the 2011-12 academic year, allowing only two disbursements per year rather than three. Sojourner Douglas lost $5 million in federal student aid as a result of this change.The Pell grant was also limited to a total of 12 semesters (equivalent of six years), down from the previous cap of 18 semesters, on the reasoning that one should be able to complete a four year degree in six years.“Many of our students are transfer students,” explained Simmons. “They start at the community college, they may stop out to get a job, they may stop out to get married, they come back, they may stop out to have a child, so we had a number of students who were transfer students, and so we had a number of students who had reached that 12 semester cap, so we lost another $2 million.”By the end of fiscal year 2013, Sojourner Douglass was facing an over $5 million budget deficit as a result of the changes to the Pell grant program. This occurred just as the college was required to submit a periodic review report to MSCHE, demonstrating that they continued to meet the commission’s standards for accreditation.At this point, two things occurred according to Simmons. The bank that holds the commercial mortgage on one of Sojourner Douglass’s buildings saw the revenue shortfall caused by the changes to the Pell grant program and called the mortgage due rather than renewing it, creating a further debt obligation for the college. At the same time MSCHE was reviewing Sojourner Douglass’s continuing accreditation-worthiness, and seeing the revenue shortfalls and debt obligations of the college, determined that Sojourner Douglass had failed to meet the commission’s standard on fiscal resources and informed the institution that their accreditation would be revoked if it could not demonstrate that its operations were fiscally sustainable.Sojourner Douglass had to respond to six items in order to avoid this impending loss of accreditation, and while the college was able to satisfy most of the items, it was held back by the inability to complete a sale-leaseback agreement—in which an investor would purchase one of their buildings, relieving the college of the debt it owed on the property, and then lease it back to the college for continued use—because the investor would only agree to the sale-leaseback on the condition that Sojourner Douglass was fully accredited to ensure that the investor would have a viable, long-term tenant.MSCHE, however, wanted the sale-leaseback agreement completed prior to renewing Sojourner Douglass’s accreditation, and though MSCHE was informed that the sale-leaseback would be completed upon renewal of accreditation, MSCHE revoked that accreditation nonetheless, effective June 30, 2015. The school now faces an appeals hearing on Feb. 2, in Philadelphia.“We’ve been in operation for 42 years, we’ve served the community well,” said Simmons. “This act to remove our accreditation was not based on academics, we’ve satisfied all of the academic criteria. Our students do well, our students graduate, they get good jobs; they’re in management positions throughout the state. So this is all just finance.”The Baltimore City NAACP is assisting Sojourner Douglass in its appeal of the MSCHE decision and looked into other, similarly situated, institutions and found that MSCHE has renewed accreditation for at least eight schools facing similar or worse fiscal deficits, including one school with a deficit of $47 million, all of whom are TWIs, according to Simmons.“It appears that we’ve been treated differently,” said Simmons.Tessa Hill-Aston, president of the Baltimore City NAACP, indicates that Sojourner Douglass is the only institution founded and run by Black people among those the NAACP looked at with similar financial issues, and was also the only one whose accreditation was revoked.“Even though some of the other schools have a lot of African American [students], they’re not run by African Americans, so that makes a difference,” said Hill-Aston. “A lot of times schools can have African American students . . . and they’re making money off the population but they’re not run by African Americans . . . So I do feel there has not been the same opportunities given and I’m hoping that will change.”Hill-Aston says that now is the time for alumni to step up and help Sojourner Douglass with whatever contribution, regardless of size, that they can afford, as the institution works to revamp its finances and demonstrate the viability of its enterprise.Simmons said the loss in financial aid due to the changes in the Pell grant program, and the subsequent negative publicity from the loss of accreditation have cut the college’s enrollment by almost half, going from approximately 1400 students in 2013 to 800 now.In spite of the current challenges faced by the college, Simmons says he fully expects to win the appeal, and is encouraging students to remain with the institution rather than flee out of concern their credits or degrees will not be valid.“We intend to continue to serve our community,” said Simmons. “The credits are still good, credits are transferable, the degree is still good. As long as we are an accredited institution—and we won’t issue any degrees or any credits, if we lose, after June 30, 2015, but any credit that any student earns, or any degree that a student earns up to that point is good.”email@example.com
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, firstname.lastname@example.orgMetro workers are fed up, and on July 15 many frontline workers from its largest union voted to allow its leadership to call for a strike– a form of protesting currently illegal to its members.“Thousands of members turned out for the strike authorization vote yesterday meeting in Forestville, Maryland where members voted “yes” in favor of planning a strike by 94%,” a union release said Monday.Jackie Jeter, president of ATU Local 689, is coy about whether or not her union will go on strike. (Courtesy photo)Yet since striking is still illegal for union members, the overwhelming vote for a strike doesn’t mean it will actually happen.The District’s last transit strike was forty years ago.“The last time Local 689 held a strike authorization vote was in 1978 that resulted in a [weeklong] wildcat strike,” the union release said.President Jackie Jeter of Amalgamated Transit Unit (ATU) Local 689, is not spilling any information on if and when a strike will take place.“The union has no plans to make its timeline of events public, but will share developments at the appropriate time,” the release said.According to WAMU, ATU will probably meet this week to discuss next steps.There’s inherent urgency because if workers do, indeed, strike, the transportation system that spans Maryland and D.C. will no longer be available for service.“If we don’t move, this region doesn’t move,” union vice president Carroll Thomas said after Sunday’s vote and meetings.Political leaders, such as Virginia House Republican Speaker Kirk Cox, are asking that the state challenges the strike to “protect the thousands of Virginians who rely on Metro every day, and ensure the Northern Virginia economy does not come to a standstill because of this irresponsible move.”Virginia, along with Maryland and the District signed on to give Metro $500 million in dedicating funding earlier this year.“The ATU’s action threatens not only to cripple the region, but also to do significant damage to the political progress we’ve made over the last year,” Virginia House leadership said in the release. “We will not write a blank check to a dysfunctional organization.”Despite the political concerns and obvious effect on the public, Metro workers say they are tired of being mistreated.“This is not against the public,” Jeter said. “We’re all on the same side and I wish the public would come out and tell management to treat workers right as [Metro] should treat the public right,” the union president said.Jeter and ATU Second Vice President Raymond Jackson, said workers are concerned after changes were made to the sick leave policy, random background checks were instituted and most recently the hiring of non-union contractors to do custodial work.“[Workers] have reached that point where enough is enough,” Jackson said. Further Jackson emphasized that while the strike is a contract violation, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has also violated the contract many times.“[Thousands] of members don’t show up on a Sunday if there’s not a problem,” Jackson said.Wiedefeld said he is trying to rectify the issues and avoid striking. He threatened termination for those who strike.“We are prepared to pursue all remedies to protect service for our customers, including seeking relief from the courts and progressive discipline up to, and including, termination,” Wiedefeld wrote to employees on July 13. “To be clear, this is the last thing I want to do, and I am hopeful that no further action is necessary.”Word buzzing in the city is that the union may try to do something major on Tuesday- the day set for the MLB All-Star Game, yet no union member has confirmed or denied the rumor.