Board to consider contract with Texas Tech

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp By admin – April 25, 2018 WhatsApp Board to consider contract with Texas Tech Local NewsGovernment Facebook Texas Tech, ECISD logos The Ector County Independent School District Board of Trustees will have a special meeting with its attorneys at 6 p.m. Thursday to talk about a proposed contract with the Texas Tech University College of Education to make Ector Middle School into an in-district charter school.The meeting, which will be largely closed, is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the board room of the administration building, 802 N. Sam Houston Ave. Mike Atkins, the attorney for the school district, said he and Tatiana Dennis, also with his firm, will be on hand.Texas Tech presented its plans at a parent meeting earlier this month at Ector.ECISD has eight campuses on improvement required status under state accountability standards. Ector, Noel and Zavala elementary schools are in their fifth year. If the campuses don’t come off the list, they will face closure or the Texas Education Commissioner will appoint a board of managers over the whole district.Ector has about 1,500 students. If the board approves the plan it would stay action by the Texas Education Agency and provide more state funding per student.The district asked for applications from colleges and universities to work with ECISD and implement innovative ideas, Superintendent Tom Crowe has said.At the parent meeting, Robert Bleisch, director of Safety Net East Lubbock Promise Neighborhood, said conditions for success will include offering tutoring, targeted teacher training, providing tools, equipment and materials to teachers, administrative support and neutralizing barriers. Barriers include irregular student attendance, poor behavior and lack of academic effort, Bleisch said.Bleisch said the focus will be on the whole child, an innovative school schedule and rigorous academics. Reading also will be a focus because if a child doesn’t read, they won’t be going to college, Bleisch said.Electives will include music, art, dance, theater, computers and athletics. Bleisch added that there also will be a focus on college and career readiness.Texas Tech also will monitor attendance, behavior, homework and tests.In an interview last week, Crowe said Bleisch enacted similar plans in California. He added that other districts wanted certain aspects of the plan, but ECISD said, “bring it on.”Crowe said Texas Tech wants to keep most of the teachers and the principal, Charles Quintela, because Quintela’s philosophy fits right in. He added that Tech wants to train personnel at the school not to bend or give.“You still love them and care about them, but you don’t bend,” Crowe said.In education, Crowe said people too often expect immediate results.“Any change worth the while takes three to five years before it just becomes the way we do business,” he said.He said who will be working for whom is still being worked on, but the district — and Tech — want to make sure teachers still qualify for the Teacher Retirement System.“It’s not us against them. It’s a how do we make it work for the teachers and we’ve talked about that. They want to make it work for the teachers,” Crowe said.More Informationcenter_img Twitter Twitter Pinterest ECISD meeting agenda. Facebook Previous articleSmokey Robinson to headline Education Foundation benefitNext articleCHAREN: Playboy comes to Washington, D.C. adminlast_img read more

Gazprom Neft, Shell set up JV to develop Gydan Peninsula hydrocarbon cluster

first_imgThe joint venture will study and develop Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks on the Gydan Peninsula Gazprom Neft, Shell establish partnership to develop hydrocarbon cluster. (Credit: Gazprom Neft PJSC) Russian oil producer Gazprom Neft has concluded a deal with Royal Dutch Shell to establish a joint venture (JV) for the development of a major hydrocarbon cluster on the Gydan Peninsula.The transaction follows an agreement signed by both the companies to establish the JV in July this year.As per the terms of the deal, the two companies will have an equal interest in the charter capital of the joint venture.The joint venture will study and develop the onshore Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks on the Gydan Peninsula.The two companies will consolidate their capabilities and competences to develop the exploration cluster, which is located in the north—eastern part of the Gydan Peninsula.Covering over 3,000km² of area, the Leskinsky licence block is located in the Taymyr district of the Krasnoyarsk Krai.Its hydrocarbon resources are estimated to be more than 100 million tonnes of oil equivalent (mtoe).Pukhutsyayakhsky block estimated to contain 35 mtoeLocated in the Tazovsky district of the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, the Pukhutsyayakhsky block covers an area of more than 800km2 and is estimated to contain nearly 35mtoe.Gazprom Neft Exploration and Production deputy CEO Vadim Yakovlev said: “We’ll be splitting investments on this project with our strategic partner, Shell, and combining our experience and technological expertise.“Going forward, data on the structure of these blocks will make a major contribution to investigating these as yet undeveloped areas.”The company said that the 2D seismic survey has already been completed on both Leskinsky and Pukhutsyayakhsky license blocks.Currently, the prospecting and appraisal activities are being undertaken at the Leskinsky block to collect data that will be utilised to refine the geological concept and prepare a future project development plan.Gazpromneft-GEO, which is established to execute major geological prospecting projects, will be the operator on the initial stage of the project and will be responsible for exploration works at Leskinsky and the Pukhutsyayakhsky blocks.last_img read more

The Truth About Cuba’s Medical Missions

first_imgBy ShareAmerica May 05, 2020 With the global pandemic, Cuba is once again promoting its medical missions to other governments facing a shortage of medical professionals. But those governments, while desperate for help, should know what they are getting into.Abusive conditions are the reality for many of the 34,000–50,000 Cuban medical workers in more than 60 countries. According to the Cuban government, it makes an estimated $7 billion annually by exporting professional services, including these medical missions. This is not assistance — it is a for-profit activity of the Cuban regime. It’s the regime’s top revenue source.“I have come to know the Cuban medical mission […] as a mechanism through which the Cuban regime violates the internationally defined human and labor rights standards of its own people, while simultaneously sowing political and social discord throughout the world,” U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Cuba and Venezuela Carrie Filipetti said at a December 2019 Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation event hosted by the Organization of American States.According to witness testimony of Cuban doctors who have escaped, many Cuban doctors — often under pressure — double as foreign agents who incite violence and involve themselves in political coercion, Filipetti said. In recent years, Cuban doctors have:Threatened to withhold treatment from Venezuelan patients if they didn’t vote for Maduro.Been connected to inciting violent protests in Bolivia.Falsified data for the political and economic benefit of Maduro’s regime.That, Filipetti said, is why Brazil, Bolivia and Ecuador — among other nations — have stopped using Cuban doctors.Testimony from some of the doctors who escaped cite various forms of abuse: threats against doctors leaving the program, non-payment of wages, restricted movements, and confiscated passports.According to U.S. State Department data confirmed by the doctors themselves, the Cuban government typically pockets 75-90 percent of these doctors’ salaries. A pending 2018 class-action lawsuit by a group of Cuban health workers alleges they worked under threat of harsh economic, personal, and legal repercussions.U.S. State Department officials in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs believe that if a country plans to host Cuban doctors, its government should first ask a few simple questions: Are doctors paid directly? Is their pay confiscated? Are doctors guaranteed to retain their passports? Are they free to travel? Are their families allowed to visit? The agreements should be transparent and open to the public to ensure the doctors’ rights are protected.Host country governments should insist that money paid for the Cuban medical workers actually is paid to the workers directly, rather than filling the coffers of the regime. Host governments could also help dispel some of the concerns circling the controversial Cuban program by making the terms of all arrangements for medical assistance public.Host countries should also demand that Cuban doctors meet local medical qualifications. Do the Cuban doctors have the same credentials as those who went to a local medical school?Finally, the Cuban government pays its doctors a fraction of the salary of host country doctors often resulting in unemployment among local doctors and nurses, according to the U.S. State Department, which asks why local medical practitioners don’t have opportunities to earn an honest living and help their fellow citizens.Medical workers are a precious resource — now more than ever — and should be treated fairly.last_img read more