Municipal Government – Ballinger TX http://ballingertx.org/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 18:34:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://ballingertx.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-150x150.png Municipal Government – Ballinger TX http://ballingertx.org/ 32 32 CITY OF KLAMATH FALLS ANNOUNCES CITY DIRECTOR FINALISTS https://ballingertx.org/city-of-klamath-falls-announces-city-director-finalists/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 17:26:47 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/city-of-klamath-falls-announces-city-director-finalists/ KLAMATH FALLS, OR – January 7, 2022 Klamath Falls, OR – The town of Klamath Falls has restricted the search for the next city manager to four highly qualified candidates. The four finalists are scheduled to meet with City Council on Thursday, January 20, 2022. The public will have the opportunity to meet the candidates […]]]>

KLAMATH FALLS, OR – January 7, 2022 Klamath Falls, OR – The town of Klamath Falls has restricted the search for the next city manager to four highly qualified candidates. The four finalists are scheduled to meet with City Council on Thursday, January 20, 2022. The public will have the opportunity to meet the candidates on Wednesday, January 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. during a Meet & Greet at The 9th Street Venue , located at 829 Klamath Ave.

The City selected Strategic Government Resources (SGR) to help it conduct in-depth research which resulted in an impressive pool of applicants. SGR is a Keller, Texas-based executive search firm specializing in recruiting, assessing, and developing innovative, collaborative, and genuine leaders for local government.

SGR’s proprietary recruiting and vetting processes have produced a remarkably strong field of applicants. The city received 28 applications from candidates in 17 states, including Alaska, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon , Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington State and Wyoming.

The finalists are:

Deidre Andrus:

Ms. Andrus has over 15 years of leadership experience in the public service. She is currently the Client Services Manager for Sacramento County, Calif., A position she has held since 2018. She also served as Program Manager, Code Enforcement from 2016 to 2018. Previously, she was a franchisee / operations manager for Subway. in Sacramento, Calif., from 2014 to 2019, and prior to that, she was Customer Service Administrator for King County Metro Transit in Seattle, Washington from 2012 to 2014, and Division Administrator for Seattle and King County Public Health Department, Seattle, Washington, 2010-2012. Deidre holds a master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University and a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Seattle University.

David (Dave) Strahl:

Mr. Strahl has over 35 years of experience in municipal administration. He most recently served as Acting Village Director for Schiller Park, Illinois, from 2019 to September 2021. He previously served as City Administrator for the City of O’Fallon, Missouri from 2017 to 2018, and Deputy Director of village for Mount Prospect, Illinois from 1993 to 2016, where he also served as Acting Village Director from 2014 to 2015. David holds a Masters of Public Administration – Urban Management from Northern Illinois University and a BA in Political Science from Manchester College.

Jonathan Teichert:

Mr. Teichert has over 20 years of experience in local and state government. He is currently a city administrator for the city of Douglas, Wyoming, a position he has held since 2018. His previous experience includes serving as a city administrator in Afton, Wyoming from 2016 to 2018, as well as a planner in planning and development. Lincoln County Engineering. , Wyoming, from 2005 to 2016. He holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming and a BS in Physical Education from Brigham Young University – Hawaii.

Mark Wood:

Mr. Wood has over 15 years of experience in local government management. He is currently the Deputy General Manager of Colleyville, TX, a position he has held since 2016. Previously, he worked for the City of Flower Mound, TX, as Director of Economic Development from 2011 to 2016, and as that assistant of the city. Manager from 2009 to 2011. Mark holds an MA in Public Administration from the University of North Texas and a BA in Journalism from Texas A&M University.


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Calcutta HC to decide on municipal elections for Ganga Sagar Mela and Bengal https://ballingertx.org/calcutta-hc-to-decide-on-municipal-elections-for-ganga-sagar-mela-and-bengal/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:52:14 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/calcutta-hc-to-decide-on-municipal-elections-for-ganga-sagar-mela-and-bengal/ Doctors and activists urged the judiciary and state government to postpone ‘super-spray’ events such as Ganga Sagar Mela, city polls as third wave spreads The Calcutta High Court will hear two cases on January 6, 2022, to decide whether municipal elections for Ganga Sagar Mela and West Bengal can take place as the novel coronavirus […]]]>

Doctors and activists urged the judiciary and state government to postpone ‘super-spray’ events such as Ganga Sagar Mela, city polls as third wave spreads

The Calcutta High Court will hear two cases on January 6, 2022, to decide whether municipal elections for Ganga Sagar Mela and West Bengal can take place as the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) spreads across the state.

The petitioners in both cases have asked the court to stop the two events as they could serve as “super spreaders” for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).

The Ganga Sagar Mela is scheduled to start from January 10. Municipal elections are scheduled in four major cities in West Bengal – Bidhannagar, Siliguri, Chandannagar and Asansole – on January 22.

Nearly 0.85 million voters are expected to give their mandate at the polls.

The High Court asked the state government on January 5 how it plans to control the huge crowds expected at Ganga Sagar Mela on Sagar Island, near Kolkata.

The court’s request followed a public interest motion filed by the non-profit West Bengal Doctors Forum, among others.

Another coordinating group, The Joint Platform of Doctors, West Bengal, wrote to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on January 4.

“The state’s health infrastructure is already on the verge of collapse and around 1,000 doctors, nurses and medical students are affected. Any possible super-spread triggered by the Mela or the polls will further jeopardize the situation, ”said Hiralal Konar, one of the organizers of the Joint Doctors’ Platform.

Others have also asked for a stay.

Biswajit Mukherjee, a retired chief legal officer of the West Bengal government, wrote to the chief electoral officer of the West Bengal State Election Commission. He called for the electoral process to be stopped.

He said:

The Election Commission is charged, in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution of India, with organizing an election in which the people can participate in a proper manner. But the current situation is not at all favorable for citizens to participate in the electoral process.

“It’s a difficult situation. We are awaiting a judicial directive, ”a senior minister in the state cabinet told the journalist.

Sources said the state government was trying to shift responsibility for making tough decisions about controlling COVID-19 at Ganga Sagar Mela to justice.

This last happened when the Uttarakhand High Court issued a series of guidelines to control the pandemic during the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar.

Protocol inconsistency

The West Bengal government health department removed treatment with monoclonal antibodies and the antiviral drug Molnupiravir from its COVID-19 treatment guidelines on January 4.

The decision came just five days after the two were included in the guidelines for COVID-19 patients with mild to moderate manifestations of symptoms.

“This change in guidelines in the space of a few days only adds to the confusion at this difficult time,” Ajoy Sarkar, senior COVID-19 specialist, told this reporter on January 5.

“Although the abuse of drugs, including monoclonal antibodies, is not justified, how can we summarily exclude it from the guidelines when its effectiveness is scientifically established against delta variants. The government suggests that is the delta variant no longer a problem? ”says Sarkar.

He also noted that if the central nod was important, why was such clearance not taken before listing the therapy and medication in the guidelines in the first place.

Arup Haldar, another COVID-19 specialist at a private hospital, agreed that antibody cocktail therapy was being abused.

But he stressed that such blunt “all or nothing” guidelines could have been avoided.

“The guidelines could have spelled out the exact conditions under which these drugs can be used, rather than abolishing them summarily,” said Haldar.

“It is a fact that the specific cocktail has been replaced by one in the United States, which can act against both the delta and the omicron variants. But here we still don’t have the new one, ”said Haldar.

Ajay Chakraborty, director of state health services, defended the decision.

“The Indian government has yet to provide any protocol. We will wait for their new guidelines and withhold these new drugs until national guidelines give a clear direction, ”he said.

Chakrabarty, however, did not elaborate on why the drugs were included in the first place without any national guidelines.

However, senior members of the state’s COVID-19 advisory committee pointed to two different reasons for the state’s health department’s rapid about-face on the guidelines.

“Treatment with monoclonal antibodies is very expensive; once you add it in the guidelines, you will need to use it in public facilities that provide free treatment. It can prove to be a real stress for the public purse, ”said a senior public health expert.

Another member of the state’s expert committee pointed out that monoclonal antibody therapy has not worked against the omicron variant, which is now dominant in West Bengal, especially Kolkata.

Balram Bhargava, director general of the Indian Council for Medical Research, said on January 5 that molnupiravir has major safety concerns, including mutagenicity, muscle damage, bone damage as well as problems with contraception. Therefore, it was not included in the national guidelines for treatment.

West Bengal recorded 14,022 cases of COVID-19 on January 5, with a positivity rate of over 23.2%. Kolkata has recorded 6,170 cases among these.


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Delhi reports 4,099 new cases and one more death; 6.46% positivity rate https://ballingertx.org/delhi-reports-4099-new-cases-and-one-more-death-6-46-positivity-rate/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:00:59 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/delhi-reports-4099-new-cases-and-one-more-death-6-46-positivity-rate/ Delhi News and Live Updates: Delhi reported 4,099 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday at a positivity rate of 6.46%. Another person has died from Covid-19 while 1,509 have recovered. Meanwhile, with the increase in Covid cases, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday that more than 81% of the total samples sequenced in […]]]>

Delhi News and Live Updates: Delhi reported 4,099 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday at a positivity rate of 6.46%. Another person has died from Covid-19 while 1,509 have recovered.

Meanwhile, with the increase in Covid cases, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Monday that more than 81% of the total samples sequenced in the past two days showed the Omicron variant. Of the 187 samples sequenced over the two days, 152 were classified as omicron, according to data shared by the Delhi government.

“According to genome sequencing reports from December 30 to 31 from three laboratories – at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences, Lok Nayak Hospital and the National Center for Disease Control – 84% of the samples were infected with Omicron. Most of the cases concern Omicron, ”he told the Delhi Assembly.

According to the health bulletin to be released later Monday, the capital has registered around 4,000 new cases of coronavirus and the positivity rate has risen to 6.5%, the minister said.

Meanwhile, Delhi BJP workers staged a protest on Monday against the city government’s new excise policy and blocked roads in various places in the nation’s capital, including near the Akshardham temple. The protest near the Akshardham temple was led by BJP Delhi President Adesh Gupta.

In other news, vaccination of children aged 15-18 against covid-19 has started as vaccination centers across the country have started administering the vaccines to the younger population. In Delhi, where daily cases have seen a record increase in recent days, the vaccination center at Fortis Hospital, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital and other facilities have started administering the vaccines.


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Dhankhar calls general counsel to discuss Howrah municipal bill https://ballingertx.org/dhankhar-calls-general-counsel-to-discuss-howrah-municipal-bill/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 21:22:24 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/dhankhar-calls-general-counsel-to-discuss-howrah-municipal-bill/ After seeking clarification from the government of West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar asked Attorney General Soumendra Nath Mookherjee to meet with him to discuss some issues related to the Howrah Municipal Bill 2021. “WB Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, after reviewing the situation and the proceedings before the High Court in Calcutta, sought to speak with […]]]>

After seeking clarification from the government of West Bengal, Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar asked Attorney General Soumendra Nath Mookherjee to meet with him to discuss some issues related to the Howrah Municipal Bill 2021.

“WB Governor Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, after reviewing the situation and the proceedings before the High Court in Calcutta, sought to speak with Attorney General @MamataOfficial under Section 165 (2) of the Constitution, ”the governor wrote.

“The @MamataOfficial government has been tasked with making all documentation available to the Advocate General, who will, at the earliest, meet with the undersigned, who is currently in Raj Bhavan, Darjeeling. The issue can be considered as the highest priority, ”he added.

In a letter to the state government, the governor wrote: “The response to the contributions requested in an empty note dated 24.11.2021 was made available by the state government after a considerable delay of approximately one month on 20.12.2021. Subsequently by empty note dated 24.12.2021, noting that the government’s response was lacking in several respects, it was indicated that the contributions requested by empty note dated 24.11.2021 are made available. The dossier has now been received on 12/28/2021 at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata, and made available to Raj Bhavan, Darjeeling, on December 30, 2021.

“In the note dated 24.11.2021, it was stated that ‘the officials concerned should be made aware accordingly and that all the required information requested be made available to this office as soon as possible’. From the data made available on 20.12.2021, it is obvious that this had no impact, ”he added.

“Anyway, considering the situation and the proceedings before the High Court of Calcutta, in the Brief Motion MAT 1354 of 2021. I find it appropriate to confer with the learned Advocate General under Article 163 (2) of the Constitution of India, the government must take steps to make all documentation available to the learned Advocate General, who will ensure that it is timely, at the earliest, to s ‘interview with the undersigned, who is currently in Raj Bhavan, Darjeeling. The matter can be given the highest priority, ”the governor said.


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🌱 Where to celebrate NYE in Pflugerville + Found man at NATX https://ballingertx.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-where-to-celebrate-nye-in-pflugerville-found-man-at-natx/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 06:00:38 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/%f0%9f%8c%b1-where-to-celebrate-nye-in-pflugerville-found-man-at-natx/ Hello, residents of North Austin-Pflugerville! Meagan Falcon here with the last copy of the North Austin-Pflugerville Daily for 2021. Hope everyone have a safe and happy New Year! As we prepare to ring in 2022, you’ll want to know where you can celebrate – well, we’ve got you covered (see our guide below). But before […]]]>

Hello, residents of North Austin-Pflugerville! Meagan Falcon here with the last copy of the North Austin-Pflugerville Daily for 2021.

Hope everyone have a safe and happy New Year! As we prepare to ring in 2022, you’ll want to know where you can celebrate – well, we’ve got you covered (see our guide below).

But before you take the bubbly, let all of you know what’s going on locally to start today on an informed note.


First of all, the weather forecast for the day:

Low clouds and breaking fog. High: 78 Low: 72.

Weekend weather:

A strong arctic cold front will bring much colder air to south-central Texas on Sunday and Monday, with widespread frost forecast Monday morning, according to the National Weather Service Austin / San Antonio.

  1. Austin police are investigating after they found a truck with a chain attached to an ATM at a North Austin credit union Thursday. (FOX 7 Austin)
  2. After hours of research, the Austin Police Department locate elderly man who went missing in north Austin Thursday. (KEYE TV CBS Austin)
  3. Police identified the man who was injured on Christmas Eve in a shooting involving an officer in northeast Austin. (KEYE TV CBS Austin)
  4. A Pflugerville developer recorded architectural barrier project report with a state regulator, giving notice of plans for a potential 11,955 square foot office development in the city’s southwest. (North Austin-Pflugerville Patch)
  5. A A 42-year-old man was arrested after police said he was armed and barricaded himself at a house in Pflugerville with three other people. (North Austin-Pflugerville Patch)
  6. Pflugerville ISD Police are asking the public for help in identifying three people involved in the college vandalism last week. (North Austin-Pflugerville Patch)

Today’s North Austin-Pflugerville Daily is presented in part by our friends at Verizon. They are building the fastest 5G network in the country. To find out how 5G will change the lives of you and your community – and to access this amazing technology – click here. And thank you Verizon for sponsoring this community resource in North Austin-Pflugerville!


New Year’s Guide to Pflugerville

Where do you plan to ring in 2022? From extravagant galas to live music and cozy cocktails, there is something for everyone around Pflugerville this New Year’s Eve.

If you’re one of those hoping to pull out this New Years Eve, here’s a sampling of the events happening here around Austin.

What is open / closed in Pflugerville? Here is a list: Restaurants, stores open on New Year’s Day 2022 in Pflugerville


From my notebook:

  • Municipal Government of Pflugerville, Texas: “To ensure the safety of our neighborhoods and open areas, the town of Pflugerville is fireworks free. All fireworks, including sparklers, are illegal within city limits. (Facebook)
  • Live Pets of Pflugerville: “This is Brownie! This gorgeous three month old female lab puppy is slated for injections and her sterilization surgery early next week! Brownie is looking for a great foster family or adopter. ” (Facebook)
  • Pflugerville Parks and Recreation: “It’s almost Pfreeze Pflop time! ARE YOU ready to slide into 2022 in our pfrigid Scott Mentzer Pool? Join us on Saturday from 9am to 10am! ❄ Admission is free with a donation of food in preserves. ” (Facebook)
  • Pflugerville Police Department: “Sirens aren’t the lights you want to see while on vacation. Statewide police will be on force this season to help protect Texas roads from dangerous driving. If you’re going out to celebrate, always find one. sober journey. “(Facebook)
  • Local productions: “Happy Kwanzaa! Make this Kwanzaa Kinara DIY! #crafts #kwanzaa ”(Facebook)

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Please follow and stay informed. It has been great to share our best stories with you this year, neighbor. I’ll be back in the captain’s chair on Wednesday. See you all in 2022 for another update!

Your friendly neighborhood journalist,

Meagan Falcon

Meagan covers local news for Patch in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Leander and Pflugerville.

About Meagan: I was born and raised in Corpus Christi and spent three years covering the latest news and things to do in South Texas before moving to the Austin subway. When I’m not reporting the news, I’m reading a good book, tending to my garden, and spending time with my puppy. I’m new to the green thumb, so if you all have any gardening tips I’d love to.


Quote of the day:

“The limits of the possible can only be defined by going beyond them in the impossible.” —Arthur C. Clarke


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Omicron tip adds to hospitality industry difficulties https://ballingertx.org/omicron-tip-adds-to-hospitality-industry-difficulties/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 13:43:06 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/omicron-tip-adds-to-hospitality-industry-difficulties/ After living through almost two years of a pandemic, the hospitality industry is once again hit hard as the Omicron variant has forced many people to stay at home and avoid travel during the holidays. Cheryl Finn, Director of Tourism London, said: “We knew the winter would be bad. But we never saw Omicron coming. […]]]>

After living through almost two years of a pandemic, the hospitality industry is once again hit hard as the Omicron variant has forced many people to stay at home and avoid travel during the holidays.

Cheryl Finn, Director of Tourism London, said: “We knew the winter would be bad. But we never saw Omicron coming. No one saw it coming.

She is one of the many people who have been hoping to see businesses get back on track this holiday season. But with the unexpected arrival of the Omicron variant, Finn says the tourism industry is grappling with yet another year of setbacks.

“Companies, workers who relied on the holiday season to run them through January, February and March, have faced a lot of cancellations,” Finn said. “Just when we start to develop a bit of traction and think we’re out of the darker times, we’re back there.”

When restrictions were announced earlier this month in Ontario, it was only a matter of time before people had to cancel their reservations.

“We’ve definitely had one hell of a setback,” said Ken Price, director of guest services for the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn & Conference Center.

Price says the restrictions came as no surprise, however, “It certainly has an effect on who is comfortable with traveling, so we saw a few people who decided they were no longer in the area. feel good to stay with us. “

It’s a similar story to the downtown Hilton Doubletree.

The hotel’s general manager told CTV News London over the phone that the celebrations at their hotel had to be canceled because restrictions limited the number of people allowed to congregate inside.

Not to mention the cancellation of several Christmas and New Year’s events in the region.

To help businesses overcome another round of COVID-19-related restrictions, the Ontario government is launching the Ontario Business Expense Reimbursement Program for qualifying businesses. (The list of eligible companies won’t be available until January.)

The program will allow eligible businesses to receive payments equivalent to approximately 50 percent of the property tax and energy costs they incur as long as capacity restrictions are in place.

Concerns about staffing and the future of the industry are also a priority for the tourism industry during this wave.

If the restrictions continue, more places will have to look to the province for financial support.

“As a municipal government, we have always been ready to support our local businesses by defending their names with other levels of government, to make sure they are aware of the levels of support needed on the ground,” said Josh Morgan. , Deputy Mayor of London.

While the hospitality industry isn’t expected to rebound anytime soon, Finn says there will be financial backing for some businesses in the new year.

– With files from Katherine DeClerq of CTV News Toronto


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TBSI has developed an intuitive multidimensional human-machine interface for smart gloves based on triboelectric nanogenerator sensors https://ballingertx.org/tbsi-has-developed-an-intuitive-multidimensional-human-machine-interface-for-smart-gloves-based-on-triboelectric-nanogenerator-sensors/ Mon, 27 Dec 2021 18:00:00 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/tbsi-has-developed-an-intuitive-multidimensional-human-machine-interface-for-smart-gloves-based-on-triboelectric-nanogenerator-sensors/ The development in the field of human-machine interface has placed higher demands on human-machine interfaces (HMIs) that are humanized and immersive. New HMIs require not only simple and efficient design, but also intuitive operation. In this article, the extraction of multidimensional signals from hand gestures is carried out by the flexible sensor and signal processing […]]]>

The development in the field of human-machine interface has placed higher demands on human-machine interfaces (HMIs) that are humanized and immersive. New HMIs require not only simple and efficient design, but also intuitive operation. In this article, the extraction of multidimensional signals from hand gestures is carried out by the flexible sensor and signal processing system. On this basis, different HMI dimensions are realized, including the smart home (lighting control, for example), robotic control, and a virtual keyboard that allows user recognition (his recognition accuracy rate can reach up to 93.1%). The unique trans-impedance amplifier-based signal conditioning circuitry eliminates most of the crosstalk and noise in the real-time transmission of multi-channel signals, improving the robustness of the system. This research work provides new ideas for developing a multidimensional HMI, which has unlimited potential for future HMI applications, including the Internet of Things, assistive technology and intelligent recognition systems.

On:

Shenzhen Tsinghua-Berkeley Institute (TBSI) is jointly established by Tsinghua University and University of California, Berkeley with the support of the Shenzhen municipal government. In particular, Data Science and Information Technology, a full English program, has a double degree for the master’s program. Upon completion of the TBSI and UC Berkeley degree requirements, students can earn a dual degree: Master of Science at Tsinghua University and Master of Engineering at University of California, Berkeley.

How to register?

  1. THU Online Application System http://gradadmission.tsinghua.edu.cn/
  2. Select “Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School”
  3. Choose the “Data Science and Information Technology” program

For more information, please refer to:

https://www.sigs.tsinghua.edu.cn/en/2021/1006/c1402a29709/page.htm

Contact:
Shenzhen Tsinghua-Berkeley Institute
Phone. : 86-755-86564625
E-mail: [email protected]

SOURCE Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School


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Portuguese translation helps central Japanese school with 40% foreign students https://ballingertx.org/portuguese-translation-helps-central-japanese-school-with-40-foreign-students/ Sun, 26 Dec 2021 00:01:32 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/portuguese-translation-helps-central-japanese-school-with-40-foreign-students/ Hidemi Yamanaka, second from right, a third-grade student at Homi Primary School in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, and other students read brochures on safe internet practices, which were translated into Portuguese and distributed by the Aichi Prefecture police on September 21. 2021. (Mainichi / Ayaka Morita) NAGOYA – A municipal high school in central Aichi […]]]>

Hidemi Yamanaka, second from right, a third-grade student at Homi Primary School in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture, and other students read brochures on safe internet practices, which were translated into Portuguese and distributed by the Aichi Prefecture police on September 21. 2021. (Mainichi / Ayaka Morita)

NAGOYA – A municipal high school in central Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, which has the second highest number of foreign nationals in Japan after Tokyo, provided language assistance through translations of handouts and printed for its large number of foreign students and their parents, many of whom are not fluent in Japanese.

Foreign nationals make up about 40% of the student body at Homi Junior High School in the prefectural city of Toyota. In addition to information related to school life, the school also asked the police to cooperate and translate information related to people’s lives, such as crime prevention information. The school says it wants to ensure that this information is disseminated fairly.

As of May 1, 2018, Aichi Prefecture had 9,100 foreign children requiring Japanese language instruction, the highest level among the 47 prefectures in Japan. Toyota, meanwhile, an area with a concentrated auto industry, has many foreign workers. Of the 320 students at Homi secondary school, around 130 are foreign nationals and 90% of them have Portuguese as their mother tongue.

The school has a “Support Center for Foreign Children and Students” run by the municipal government, and a permanently stationed Japanese-speaking staff member provides Portuguese translations of all notices and other materials distributed by the school. school regarding sports festivals, school trips, excursions and other such events, as well as PTA notices.

According to the school, it is not known when the translation started, but in 2007 the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology cited the school as an example in a study meeting on the enrichment of the education of foreigners in primary and secondary education. school age.

Director Yoko Hirabuki commented, “Rather than just passing all the material to the Japanese instructor, we go back and forth with them and have it translated in a way that is easy for everyone to understand.” The instructor also provides interpretation for students who are unsure of daily conversation and monitors their homework.

One of the problems was how to convey information about the safety and life of the students to their parents. The school distributes materials created by the police and other outside organizations in Japanese, but refrained from translating them for fear that they might be translated in an unexpected way by the creators. However, there are parents who do not even understand the meaning of numbers 110 and 119 (the emergency numbers for police and fire / ambulance services in Japan), and there have been cases in where people have approached the school about crimes, accidents and other issues that the school has not been able to respond to.

In May, Hirabuki went to the Toyota police station and demanded that the materials distributed at the school be translated into Portuguese. In September, the police responded by translating a brochure on safe internet practices into Portuguese through the Interpretation Center of the Prefecture of Police. Hidemi Yamanaka, a 15-year-old third-year student at the school, of Brazilian nationality, said, “My parents can only understand hiragana and katakana. If it’s written in our own language, I can read it with them. ”

The translated brochure was also distributed to Kyuban Danchi Housing Estate in the Minato district of Nagoya, which is home to many residents of foreign nationality. A 32-year-old Brazilian woman who lives there said with a smile: “I feel comfortable because it’s in my mother tongue. If I can understand it, I can also call the children (to follow the instructions) . ”

Hirabuki commented, “By making people understand important information in their own language, we can provide appropriate advice to children. We want these efforts to spread to many other schools. ”

(Japanese original by Ayaka Morita, Nagoya News Center)


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Tennessee employee files lawsuit against public records over denial of COVID-19 consultant report https://ballingertx.org/tennessee-employee-files-lawsuit-against-public-records-over-denial-of-covid-19-consultant-report/ Fri, 24 Dec 2021 02:04:03 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/tennessee-employee-files-lawsuit-against-public-records-over-denial-of-covid-19-consultant-report/ A state employee sued the Tennessee Department of Human Resources after being denied a copy of a taxpayer-funded report prepared by McKinsey & Co., a global consulting firm hired to help guide the response state to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thomas Wesley – described by his attorney as a state employee acting in his capacity as […]]]>

A state employee sued the Tennessee Department of Human Resources after being denied a copy of a taxpayer-funded report prepared by McKinsey & Co., a global consulting firm hired to help guide the response state to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thomas Wesley – described by his attorney as a state employee acting in his capacity as a citizen of Tennessee authorized to access government records under the state’s public records act – applies to a court judge in the Davidson County Chancellery to order state officials to appear in court to justify restraint. the report and order its public release.

The report Wesley is researching was state commissioned in April 2020 just at the start of the pandemic. McKinsey is a Washington, DC-based international consulting firm hired by the state to provide advice on a variety of public policy issues for over a decade. The company has earned $ 43 million from its work with the Tennessee government since 2013, according to a database of state contractors that does not provide access to past payment information.

The state’s COVID-19 contract with McKinsey describes a series of “deliverables” in its work advising Governor Bill Lee and state officials on the response to the pandemic.

Among them, an “assessment and review of government effectiveness to identify potential improvements in performance and help the state respond to the COVID-19 pandemic”; “Data and best practices to inform the choices the state will have to make as Tennessee’s economy reopens while working to minimize the spread of COVID-19” and “evidence-based options” for decision-making by the Unified State Command Group, which is made up of senior state officials responsible for coordinating the response to the pandemic.

Wesley submitted a public documents request to the Department of Human Resources on September 26 to obtain a copy of the government effectiveness rating cited in the contract.

The next day, Andrew Puryear, the department’s deputy general counsel, denied him the cases, according to copies of the email exchange filed in court.

“The requested documents are subject to the privilege of the deliberative process and contain confidential information submitted except for information regarding operational vulnerabilities,” Puryear wrote in his email denying Wesley the files.

Wesley’s lawyers say

Puryear had no legal basis for withholding the cases, according to Wesley’s attorneys, including Wendy Liu, an attorney for the Washington, DC-based Public Citizen Litigation Group, as well as Nashville attorneys William Harbison II and Ronald Harris.

“The deliberative privilege extends only to communications between senior government officials,” Liu said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “We don’t have that here. Operational vulnerabilities clearly relate to the security of computers and technical infrastructure.”

The Tennessee Public Records Act largely allows residents to access state, county, and municipal government records to ensure accountability and transparency. The law includes specific exemptions to protect a range of confidential information kept by public officials – information such as the social security numbers of employees and voters, records identifying children in state custody, and secrets. trade revealed in business submissions seeking economic incentives.

In total, there are 538 exceptions to public records set out in Tennessee law, but “deliberative process” is not one of them, although it has been recognized in some cases by state courts. The lawsuit argues that, if there was confidential information contained in the McKinsey report, the state should instead remove that part of the report rather than withhold it entirely.

Wesley isn’t the only one asking for access to the taxpayer-funded work of the global consulting firm.

The Tennessean reported in March that the Lee administration had refused to release the report prepared by McKinsey. The newspaper said the denial also cited a “deliberative process” and “operational vulnerability”.

Tennessee Republican Senator Todd Gardenhire, R-Chattanooga, told the Lookout this week he requested a copy of the report about a month and a half ago. Instead of the report, Gardenhire said he received the original contract and a summary. Gardenhire said he was still awaiting the full report.

As chairman of the Fiscal Review Committee, Gardenhire said his request was part of a larger mission to dig into state contracts without tendering or sole sourcing.

Consulting firm McKinsey has separately disagreed with state and county officials over its role as a paid advisor to opioid maker Purdue Pharma as it ramps up the distribution of the highly addictive drug, OxyContin, in Tennessee and across the country.

Attorney General Herbert Slatery III announced in April that Tennessee will receive a $ 15.2 million share of a $ 573 million multi-state settlement with McKinsey, who has not admitted any wrongdoing as a consultant Purdue.

In early December, 12 counties in Tennessee and the city of Lexington, Ky. Joined in two separate lawsuits aimed at holding McKinsey accountable for his involvement in the opioid crisis.


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YEAR IN REVIEW: Village of Berwyn https://ballingertx.org/year-in-review-village-of-berwyn/ Tue, 21 Dec 2021 23:40:43 +0000 https://ballingertx.org/year-in-review-village-of-berwyn/ Breadcrumb Links News Local news Author of the article: Story provided Mayor Cindy Hockley / Berwyn Photo by FOURNI Content of the article We spent much of the first part of the year discussing issues with COVID and trying to keep up with rapidly changing provincial guidelines. We had discussions in January about opening our […]]]>

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We spent much of the first part of the year discussing issues with COVID and trying to keep up with rapidly changing provincial guidelines. We had discussions in January about opening our arena, but in the end it was not possible as directed. Our hard worker in public works braved the cold and built us an outdoor rink. We are very happy to see the arena open this winter.

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In February, we started to work on the strategic plan. The council held several special meetings to develop a plan for the community. It is available for review on our website.

In March, we approved grants to community groups that have struggled financially due to COVID-related closures. Grants have been given to groups that operate the Elks Hall: the Arena Society and the Arts and Crafts Club. We had a big water cut near the school, which cost us $ 15,000 to fix.

We sent a letter to the province supporting the retention of the RCMP. This issue is still ongoing as the province wants to explore other options. The councilors will participate in certain seminars organized by the province on this subject.

We updated our 10-year capital plan for the Minister of Municipal Affairs in a way that met their information requirements. We have sent a letter to the province to oppose the recall law. This recall law has since been passed. Alberta Environment completed our annual water inspection on March 29 and there were no major issues.

In April, council passed a motion for public works personnel to identify trip hazards with spray paint. It was over.

In May, the Board completed an inclusiveness questionnaire. This evaluation focused on the degree of reception and inclusion of the municipality and the community for all.

Alberta Municipal Affairs has performed a detailed inspection of all our administrative measures to ensure compliance with the Municipal Government Act and other laws. This 78-page report has been reviewed by the board. Staff are still preparing materials to meet Municipal Affairs requirements.

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At a meeting on May 27, the board approved the annual operating and capital budgets. Municipal tax rates in 2021 remained unchanged from those in 2020.

Municipal Affairs requires an annual report on the progress of our sustainability review. The staff report on this was approved at the May 27 meeting.

CAO briefed council on how steps were taken to resolve the issues at the recycling depot. The restrictions on what materials can be placed in which bin have been revised to create more flexibility. This was to prevent the cardboard bins from being too full for use.

Our public works supervisor found a local contractor to remove abandoned mobile homes on some tax recovery properties the village owned. We had the pleasure of demolishing three mobile homes and two of these vacant lots are now sold.

New Generation Services completed our water and sewer rehabilitation project at the end of June. This project was on time and on budget.

At the end of June, we voted to open our campground on a donation basis. The use was very light.

In early August, we sent out the survey on speed in utility bills, as well as an internet survey on Surveymonkey. We have had a lot of feedback and comments from residents. We are still having discussions with the RCMP about high speed traffic.

On August 19, we resumed having face-to-face board meetings. Previously, we had them electronically on the Zoom platform. Meetings continue to take place in person downstairs at the village office.

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We voted to hire a web designer to revamp our web page at www.berwyn.ca. The rebuild is almost complete and we will be advertising when the new site is ready.

A playground safety inspection was carried out in Glenmeyer Park in August. Council and staff reviewed the results and responded to the recommendations.

In September, our sidewalk work was completed. Rick Dostaler’s team did a great job; the project arrived on time and on budget.

At the September meeting, we met our fire chief. As the Brownvale Fire Department is not currently operating, the Grimshaw and Berwyn Fire Departments are working together to provide services to residents of MD.

In October, the council made a presentation to staff regarding the sewage lagoon remediation work. Mayor Hockley has been granted permission to attend the annual conference of urban municipalities in Alberta.

We had a meeting in November. On November 28, the council met with WSP Engineering to discuss our road project. The project was completed on time, but the budget was exceeded. There were some measurement errors in the original design of the project.

The employee who held the post of water operator tendered his resignation. We are currently using a private contractor to operate the water supply system until we can determine our next steps. It’s a struggle to find affordable solutions that still meet Alberta Environment’s requirements.

The Board voted to hire Matthew Norburn as the new CEO. He will start working on December 14. Our current Managing Director, Greg Gayton, will be with us until December 31st.

Mayor Cindy Hockley / Berwyn

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