first_imgNomination forms available here: NOMINATION FORMSBrisbane Metro Touch Association (BMTA) with help from Touch Football Queensland and Touch Football Australia, are holding a fundraiser for our Touch Football friends hit by Cyclone Larry.The one-day, round robin event, is taking place on Saturday May 13 and all profits from the day will be given to the North Queensland region. Nomination forms are available above or from from www.bmta.com.au. There’s not much time to nominate, so make sure you get your team in quickly.With Mens, Womens and Mixed Representative and Social divisions, there is something for everyone. This is a great opportunity to help others out and something BMTA, TFQ and TFA are hoping people will become involved with.Date: Saturday May 13 2006Time: 8am Team Managers meeting Location: BMTA fields, Whites Hill Reserve, Boundary rd, Camp HillDivisions offered: Mens RepresentativeWomens RepresentativeMixed RepresentativeMens SocialWomens SocialMixed SocialCost: $100 per team with all profits going to the NQ Touch region.Format: Round RobinWinning teams will receive a BMTA canteen/bar tabAll profits from the day from team fees, food and beverage sales etc will go directly to the TFA Affiliated North Queensland Region.Any queries can be directed to Matt Hall at manager@bmta.com.aulast_img read more

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first_imgThe Australian Defence Force Touch Association National Championships commenced at the RAAF Williams Laverton Base in Melbourne Victoria on Monday 20 November 2006. Day 1 results and a feature piece from Peter Shefford is attached.The week long National Tournament will culminate in Finals on Friday and will see 21 teams representing Australian Capital Territory (ACT) /New South Wales Country (NSW), South Queensland Sth Qld), North Queensland (Nth Qld), Sydney Metropolitan (Sydney Metro), and combined Southern States in action. Teams will compete in Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s 30s, Men’s 35s, and Men’s 40s divisions.Results from Day 1:-MENS OPENSouthern States (3) def ACT / NSW Country (2)Sydney Metro (5) def ACT / NSW Country (4)Nth Qld (6) def Southern States (4)WOMENS OPENACT / NSW Country (7) def Southern States (1)ACT / NSW Country (2) def Barbarians (1)Southern States (4) def Sydney Metro (1)Sth Qld (4) def Barbarians (1)Sth Qld (9) def Sydney Metro (0MENS 30/35sACT / NSW Country (7) def Sydney Metro (0)ACT / NSW Country (4) def Southern States (3)ACT / NSW Country (7) def Sth Qld 35s (2)Southern States (5) def Sth Qld 35s (2)Sth Qld (13) def Sth Qld 35s (2)Sth Qld (5) def Southern States (0)MENS 40sACT / NSW Country (6) def Southern States (1)ACT / NSW Country (6) def Nth Qld (0)Sth Qld (2) def Nth Qld (0)Sth Qld (3) def Sydney Metro (2)A wrap-up of finals will be provided after the conclusion of the championships on Frdiay 24 November 2006.*Please read the attached feature from Peter Shefford on the Australian Defence Force National Championships.Related Filesoperation_williams-pdflast_img read more

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first_imgPlease find enclosed the most recent Play By The Rules e-Bulletin, which includes the latest news and information on keeping sport safe, fair and inclusive.In this edition, read about the Australian Sports Commission’s indigenous sport webinars, video presentations on integrity issues in sport and plenty more. To find out more about Play By The Rules, please visit their website:www.playbytherules.net.au To view this e-Bulletin, please click on the attachment below.Related Filespbtr-ebulletin-june-2012-pdfRelated LinksPlay By The Ruleslast_img read more

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first_imgSheffield Utd striker Oli McBurnie charged with drink-drivingby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSheffield United striker Oli McBurnie has been charged with drink-driving ahead of Monday’s clash against Arsenal.Scotland hitman McBurnie was held by police in the early hours of Friday morning after driving following a night out in West Yorkshire.He was taken to a nearby station and charged with the offence.A police spokesman told The Sun: “A 23-year-old Leeds man will appear before magistrates next month after being charged with a drink driving offence.”Oliver McBurnie, from Leeds, will appear before Leeds Magistrates Court on November 6 after being charged with driving over the prescribed limit in Leeds in the early hours of Friday October 18.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_img But the Bulldogs still have work to do to bring the class to completion. They are the only team ranked in the top ten with fewer than ten commitments so far.Fortunately, there are plenty of elite prospects on Georgia’s radar that could be committing to the team before all is said and done.247Sports’ Crystal Ball Predictions have the Bulldogs heavily tipped to land five-star athlete Arik Gilbert and five-star running back MarShawn Lloyd.Georgia had the No. 1 recruiting class in the country in 2018, and the No. 2 class in 2019. If the Bulldogs want to keep pace with SEC rival Alabama, who beat them for the No. 1 overall spot this past year, they’ll need to keep working hard at getting those young men. A general view of Georgia's football stadium.ATHENS, GA – NOVEMBER 24: A general view of Sanford Stadium during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on November 24, 2018 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)The Georgia Bulldogs got a massive boost to their Class of 2020 with the addition of five-star linebacker Mekhail Sherman. That boost is reflected in their latest recruiting rankings, which saw a nice jump after it happened.Per 247Sports, Georgia is now the No. 9 ranked recruiting class in the country after a three spot jump. The team has eight commitments so far: two five-star recruits and six four-star recruits.As of writing, Georgia is one of only three teams to boast multiple five-star recruits in the Class of 2020. The others are Clemson (4) and LSU (2). Georgia's new 247Sports team ranking for 2020.247Sportslast_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The commerce ministry will soon approach the Cabinet for reduction in insurance premium rates to 0.6 per cent for small exporters having an outstanding limit of less than Rs 80 crore, Union Minister Piyush Goyal said on Monday. The commerce and industry minister said the premium rate is 0.72 per cent. Further, premium rates for exporters having outstanding limit of over Rs 80 crore will be streamlined with a view to help them. Such exporters will be divided into categories such as non-gold, jewellery and diamond, among others. “For accounts with limits below Rs 80 crore, the premium rates will be moderated to 0.60 per annum and for those exceeding Rs 80 crore, it will be 0.72 per annum for the same enhanced cover,” Goyal told reporters here.last_img read more

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first_img Twitter Oscar-winning actor Christopher Plummer will receive a lifetime achievement award at the Canadian Screen Awards in March.The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television made the announcement on Tuesday.The Toronto-born Plummer is being recognized for a nearly 65-year stage and screen career that has also seen him win two Tony Awards and two Emmys. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebookcenter_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Toronto native Howie Mandel will host the show, which honours the best in Canadian film and television. He’s also published the memoir In Spite of Myself.The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast live on CBC from Toronto’s Sony Centre for the Performing Arts on March 12.last_img read more

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Rabat – 2016 is expected to be a difficult year for Moroccans after the government adopted the draft 2016 appropriation bill last month.According to Government Spokesman Mustapha El Khalfi, the draft 2016 appropriation bill will implement the general orientations adopted by the Council of Ministers, including the reform of the finance organic law and efforts to gradually recover macroeconomic balances.The Moroccan media reported an increase in the costs of living starting in January 2016, after the government decided to gradually lower subsidies on basic commodities, including sugar. The lifting of sugar subsidies will be gradually, and be completed in 2017.The price of sugar will increase by MAD 0.15 per kilogram every month, for a total increase of MAD 1.6 per kilogram by the end of 2016. The price of a kilogram of sugar will be increased by MAD 3.20 by the end of 2017.Given the fact that the national consumption of sugar reached 1.2 million tons per year, an equivalent to 36 kilos per capita in 2014, the expected increase in the price of sugar will directly affect the cost of living for people with limited income.The increase in the price of sugar will consequently lead to the increase of many other foods that Moroccans consume on a daily basis, including tea, pastries, juice, soft drinks, and other products with sugar as a primary ingredient.According to Abdelilah Benkirane, Morocco’s Head of Government, the government plans to save MAD 2 billion, compared to an annual compensation expense of about 3.2 billion in 2014 and 3.3 billion in 2015.Water and electricity prices, which caused a wave of protests in Tangier in recent months, will also go up starting in January 2016.The new price of electricity and water will affect families whose consumption exceed the volume of 6 cubic meter of water and 100 kilowatts of electricity.Because of a significant increase in the value added tax (VAT) this year, train ticket prices are also expected to increase by MAD 2 per 100 kilometers and about MAD 26 in tickets for long distances.After the government adopted the draft 2016 appropriation bill last October, social media users harshly criticized the bill and the government’s performance, calling 2016 “a year of increases par excellence.” read more

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During a three-day meeting in Kabul last week, UNODC officials and senior Afghan Government representatives discussed how to strengthen the country’s legislation by implementing the content of 12 international treaties or legal instruments against terrorism. They also considered how to implement the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, as well as its Protocols on human trafficking, migrant smuggling, and firearms trafficking and manufacturing. Justice Minister Abdul Rahim Karimi and Education Minister Mohammad Yunus Qanooni told the meeting that it was important that Afghans receive training on how to implement any new laws. The two ministers said alleviating poverty, educating the population, promoting freedom of speech and developing democracy are essential if Afghanistan is to prevent and suppress terrorism and crime. Before the meeting, UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa visited Afghanistan to study the country’s problems with drug production. It is the world’s largest opium producer. Last year, opium production reached an estimated 3,600 tons, generating the equivalent to 52 per cent of Afghanistan’s gross domestic product (GDP). UNODC expects production to rise even further this year. read more

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“With their unsurpassed grass-roots knowledge, local authorities have long been a potent force for development. Now they need to bring that experience to bear on the new possibilities and opportunities that communications technologies are opening up,” Mr. Annan said in a video message presented yesterday at the World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities on the Information Society in Bilbao, Spain. He credited local authorities with launching the Digital Solidarity Fund and said they should build on that initiative. He added that they could make an important contribution to the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which will open in Tunis, Tunisia on 16 November, bringing together leaders from governments, industry and civil society to consider how to maximize the potential of information and communication technologies to meet development challenges.Urging local authorities to provide bold and concrete suggestions for that Summit, he said: “Together, we must build an information society that benefits and empowers all the world’s people.”The Second World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities on the Information Society will conclude tomorrow. read more

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first_imgA man has been arrested after police revealed that a driver who fled a hit-and-run crash which killed two pedestrians may have buried a suitcase stuffed with cash nearby.Two men, thought to be in their late teens to early twenties, were killed when a BMW hit them on the B1091 in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire.It is being investigated whether the suspect – who left on foot – is responsible for a break-in at a nearby address and a dumped briefcase full of cash, police said.Reports suggested it may have amounted to £100,000.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Police are looking at whether a call from a member of the public reporting a man entering their home is connected to the incidentCambridgeshire Police Cambridgeshire Police said in a statement: “The road is currently closed in both directions and is expected to be closed for some time. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.”Officers are appealing to anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of the driver to contact them.”Police are also looking at whether a call from a member of the public reporting a man entering their home is connected to the incident and the discovery of a briefcase containing a quantity of cash which was recovered in the area.”On Wednesday morning police confirmed a 38-year-old man from Essex has been arrested in connection with the fatal collision.He has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and ABH and has been taken to Chelmsford Police Station.He is expected to be transferred to Cambridgeshire later today. A helicopter and dog unit were brought into to assist the search for the man.Officers were called to the collision shortly before 11.15am, but despite an air ambulance attending both men died at the scene.They have yet to be identified.last_img read more

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first_imgRIHANNA HAS BEEN asked to leave Abu Dhabi’s Grand Mosque by its overseers after she posed for photographs considered to be at odds with the “sanctity” of the site.Rihanna hasn’t publicly responded to the actions by staff at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Her show took place on Saturday in Abu Dhabi.Photos posted to Rihanna’s instagram account show the singer posing on white marble, dressed fully in black, with her hair covered according to the mosque’s guidelines. Source: badgalriri Source: badgalririThe mosque statement, published  today in local newspapers, said Rihanna was in an area normally off limits for visitors.It says the fashion-style photo session violated rules on the “status and sanctity of the mosque.”The mosque is a major tourist site in the United Arab Emirates’ capital.Read: Rihanna went to a sex show in Thailand, sex show owner is arrested>More: Rihanna’s Instagram photos used as evidence in Thailand>last_img read more

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first_imgGolfe du Mexique : la découverte de boulettes de goudron entraîne une restriction de la pêche à la crevetteLes autorités américaines ont fermé hier une partie des eaux du golfe du Mexique à la pêche à la crevette rouge royale. Près du lieu où s’est produite en avril dernier la pire marée noire que le pays ait jamais connue, un pêcheur a remonté des boulettes de goudron dans ses filets. C’est donc par mesure de sécurité que la pêche à la crevette a ainsi été restreinte.C’est une zone de 10.000 kilomètres carrés, située au large des côtes de Louisiane, du Mississippi et de l’Alabama, que l’Agence océanique et atmosphérique américaine (NOAA) a annoncé avoir fermé. Depuis que la quasi-totalité des zones de pêches avaient été progressivement réouvertes après que la fuite de pétrole a été maîtrisée, il s’agit de la première fermeture partielle du golfe du Mexique.À lire aussiUn marsouin à deux têtes découverts pour la première fois en mer du NordSeule la pêche à la crevette rouge royale a toutefois été restreinte, car comme l’explique la NOAA, elle “se pratique en draguant des filets qui raclent le fond de l’océan”. Les types de pêche en eaux moins profondes n’ont jusqu’alors pas fait apparaître de boulettes de goudron, et ne nécessitent donc pas une telle mesure de précaution.La garde côtière procède actuellement à des analyses du goudron retrouvé dans les filets du crevettier, afin de déterminer s’il provient ou non du pétrole qui s’est déversé dans le golfe du Mexique suite à l’explosion et au naufrage de la plateforme Deepwater Horizon, le 20 avril dernier.Le 25 novembre 2010 à 16:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_imgBy all accounts, the Camas Farmer’s Market is a winner — it promotes healthy living, brings the community together and promotes the city’s downtown. But as the weekly market has trended upward in popularity in recent years, the health of the nonprofit program that puts it on has not followed the same trajectory.Camas Farmer’s Market officials said Friday the nonprofit is seeking $25,000 in donations this month to ensure its 2012 offerings don’t require major cutbacks due to economic hardships. It is asking able participants to donate $19 per family member, or $1 per week the market operates each year.Losing the four-year-old market’s services would negatively impact the community, local business owners said, because it would eliminate a showcase for local products and a weekly rendezvous point for local families. Around 1,000 people attend the farmer’s market each Wednesday, said Alicia McAvay, the market’s coordinator.“What makes Camas special is its downtown,” said Karen Hall, owner of the Camas Hotel and a member of the Camas Downtown Association. “The farmer’s market is a big part of that.”This year’s farmer’s market started May 25 and is scheduled to wrap Sept. 28. It runs from 3-7:30 p.m. each Wednesday in front of the Camas Public Library, on Fourth Avenue between Northeast Everett and Northeast Franklin.last_img read more

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Firefighters respond to house fire in North Miami

first_imgNORTH MIAMI, FLA. (WSVN) – A house fire in North Miami prompted a response from firefighters, Thursday morning.Firefighters entering a house full of smoke and flames near Northwest 7th Avenue and 125th Street at around 10:30 a.m.No one was inside, and officials were able to quickly extinguish the blaze.Firefighters said the flames started in the laundry room.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Honda is reportedly receiving an overwhelming response for its latest City sedan in India. Its grand debut in the sub-continent has elevated Honda’s sucess in the sedan segment and the company is now believed to have found a strong opponent from Hyundai.According to an Economic Times report, Hyundai Motor’s is planning to introduce a new vehicle called Verna CX, a diesel engine variant of its Verna model. It was also said that the upcoming model of Verna which is likely to hit the Indian auto market soon will be positioned between Verna’s EX and SX variants. It would pack features like electro-chromatic mirror, rear parking camera with parking sensors, 2 DIN audio with bluetooth and steering controls, fully automatic temperature control, electrically adjustable and foldable outside mirror with turn indicators, anti-lock braking system and driver-side airbag.The new Hyundai Verna CX trim will reportedly draw its power from the 1.4-litre turbo diesel engine which can churn out 89bhp of power and 220Nm of torque.It appears that Hyundai has aggressive plans to retain its top positions in the Indian auto market. “At Hyundai, we continuously improve the price-value equations by refreshing all our existing models to offer modern premium image,”ET quoted Hyundai Motor India’s spokesperson as saying. read more

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Are we heading for a Biharilike situation

first_imgShafaat AhmadObsession with one nation, one religion and one language continues down till today in Myanmar, leading to its present predicament. The psyche of the country has been shaped by a fear of disintegration, xenophobia, military fears of uprisings and invasions and also by a strong sense of Burmese nationalism. These observations were made by Brig Gen (retd) Shafaat Ahmad, PhD scholar on Myanmar Studies. He was speaking at a roundtable on ‘Understanding Myanmar: Managing the Rohingya Refugee Crisis.’ The roundtable was organised by Bangladesh Institute of Peace and Strategic Studies (BIPSS) at the think-tank’s office in the capital city on Tuesday.At the outset of the programme, BIPSS president Maj Gen (retd) Muniruzzaman pointed out that, to understand the present crisis pertaining to the Rohingyas, it was necessary to go back in history to understand the mindset of the people, the events and geo-political developments that have created the present-day situation.“Buddhism is a binding force in Myanmar,” said Shafaat Ahmad, referring to a common saying that ‘to be Burman is to be Buddhist.’ It has been a society guided by the monks, he observed.Pointing to the issues that boosted the extreme nationalism in Myanmar, he listed these as diarchy, education, political monks, the influx of Indian and the ultra-nationalist 969 movement.The 2008 constitution gave enormous power to the military and obviously, Shafaat Ahmad pointed out, Aung San Suu Kyi virtually has no power at all. The foreign policy was shaped by the military and the country’s geo-strategic stakes lay with Indian and China.There was a change in the foreign policy of Myanmar after 2001, when it shed its isolation and opened up to the world. It even held ASEAN chairmanship in 2014. There was a lifting of sanctions by various countries and visitors flocked to Myanmar. There was a new government at the helm and the leaders visited all the neighbouring countries, except Bangladesh.In managing the refugee crisis, Shafaat Ahmad presented a brief chronology of the changing scenario for Rohingyas. In 1961, two Rohingyas were elected as members of parliament. In 2010, four Rohingyas were elected to the parliament. In 1962 the military took over. Then coming up to 1982, the Citizenship Act was imposed, denying the Rohingyas of their fundamental rights as citizens of Myanmar.The key presentation posed questions in conclusion: What is the Bangladesh plan concerning the Rohingya refugee crisis? Are we heading for a Palestine or Bihari-like situation? Can the refugees be confined to a particular area? And for how long? And what is the involvement of the local political elements?Commenting on the present situation, former election commissioner Brig Gen (red) Sakhawat Hossain referred to the ASEAN stand that this was an ‘internal affair of Myanmar’. He said this was the longest-ever civil war and though it affected Bangladesh, the Bangladesh government never had any tangible Burma policy.He said the two countries that could help mediate the problem were China and India. However, neither would be interested in doing so. India had interests in its Kaladan multimodal project which ran through Myanmar. And China also had an enormous investment there. Another powerful country, Russia, had two nuclear reactor projects in Myanmar and had trained 20 Myanmar students in nuclear science for the sake of these projects. So given their respective interests, none of these countries were likely to intervene in the situation.Former civil and military bureaucrats, media persons, academics and members of the civil society also spoke at the roundtable.last_img read more

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2 Palestinians shot dead by Israeli fire Ministry

first_imgIsraeli forces fire tear gas at demonstrators east of Gaza City along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, on 29 June 2018, during confrontations with Palestinian protesters. Photo: AFP Israeli troops shot dead two Palestinians, one in his early teens, in border clashes Friday in the southern Gaza Strip, the Hamas-ruled territory’s health ministry said.Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra told AFP a Palestinian youth aged about 13 was shot in the head near the town of Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip, without giving his name or exact age.He added that 24-year-old Mohammed al-Hamayda had died after being hit in the stomach by Israeli fire in a separate incident east of Rafah.The Israeli army gave no immediate comment.Since protests broke out along the Gaza border on 30 March, at least 137 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.The majority were involved in protests but others were seeking to breach or damage the border fence.No Israelis have been killed.On Thursday, Abdel Fattah Abu Azoum, 17, was hit in the head by fire from an Israeli tank near Rafah in southern Gaza.The Israeli army said he and a companion were trying to break through the border fence.last_img read more

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State Investigators Finish Their Preliminary Probe Into Houston School Board

first_imgFujio Watanabe/Houston Public MediaHISD Trustees Sergio Lira, Diana Dávila and Elizabeth Santos speak at a community meeting where local leaders and parents gave their input on the superintendent search. Last fall, the three trustees voted to abruptly fire the current interim superintendent, Grenita Lathan.The Texas Education Agency has finished its preliminary investigation into the Houston school district, drawing calls from parents and other residents for its findings to be made public.State investigators launched the probe in January to see if Houston school board members violated the Texas Open Meetings Act when they abruptly fired the district’s superintendent last fall. They later expanded the investigation to examine the district’s business practices in procurement and notified the board they had to suspend its superintendent search because of that.Now, the initial investigation has finished and the preliminary report has been sent to HISD, according to the TEA. The agency declined to give any other details.“Because the investigation, which spurred this report, is still ongoing, and to allow HISD time to respond, we cannot comment further at this time,” Melissa Holmes with the TEA said in an email.News 88.7 has also confirmed with two school board members that the Houston board has received a copy of the report, but that it is not public.“The public should hold us accountable to respond as quickly as possible,” said Trustee Sue Deigaard. “And then put pressure back on the TEA to finish the final report as soon as possible.”So far, it’s not clear what violations — if any — investigators found or if they recommend a state takeover of the largest school district in Texas. Sanctions in these types of investigations could include downgrading the district’s accreditation and installing a board of managers to replace the elected school board.According to state rules, HISD has a deadline to respond, but that timeline isn’t clear either because they vary on a case-by-case basis. If state education investigators find no violation of law or rules, they can release the preliminary report as its final report.Some parents and Houston taxpayers have started an online petition asking for the findings to be released as soon as possible.“If the investigation has not yielded any evidence that there is wrong-doing on the part of the Board, Board members deserve to have their reputations cleared, and the public deserves for the Board to be able to refocus on their work of hiring a permanent superintendent,” the petition reads. “However, if there is evidence to support that Board members have engaged in wrong-doing, the public deserves to know.”Four HISD school board members will be up for reelection in November, which is another reason some parents and advocates say it’s critical to know the findings sooner rather than later.In addition to the investigation into governance and procurement, the Houston school district also faces the threat of a state takeover because of chronic low academic performance at four schools. Those campuses and the district will know more if that threat lifts next week, when the TEA releases report cards for schools and districts.“Maybe, just maybe we’re going to make the cut and all these schools are going to get out of this [improvement required status],” HISD Board President Diana Dávila said in an interview last week.“I personally believe that they’re still going to find a way to come in and put a board of managers to oversee us. I think that’s inevitable. I think that’s been their main goal from the very beginning. They’re either going to try and get us on one thing or another.” Sharelast_img read more

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