first_imgMINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A divided Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a former Minneapolis police officer’s murder conviction in the 2017 shooting death of an unarmed Australian woman who had dialed 911. Mohamed Noor is serving 12 1/2 years in the death of Justine Ruszczyk Damond, whom he shot once in the stomach when she approached his patrol car in the alley behind her home. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that Noor challenged his third-degree murder conviction. The appeals court ruled 2-1 to uphold the conviction, with one judge saying he would have reversed Noor’s murder conviction and sent his case for sentencing on the lesser second-degree manslaughter charge.last_img read more

first_imgThe report looks at the various pension-tracking systems, either aimed only at first-pillar savings or, in the case of Ireland and the UK, ensuring that workers do not lose sight of occupational savings built up over the course of a working life spent at different employers.Falco Valkenburg, chair of the AAE’s pensions committee, said the report was about offering access to better information and promoting understanding across the sector.“Pension-tracking services could play a key role in improving the information and understanding about pensions for all European citizens,” he said.The report builds on an earlier paper by the AAE on how a pan-European tracking system could be constructed, noting it should build on the experience of existing national tracking services, such as those in place in the Netherlands and Denmark.The European Commission is currently investigating the feasibility of a European tracking system – referred to as TTYPE – with the help of pension providers including PKA in Denmark and PGGM in the Netherlands.The group published its preliminary results last May and is expected to present a new report by the end of the month.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesReport on pension tracking in European member states A pan-European pension tracking service might be stifled by individual EU member states’ ability to share a member’s personal information, the Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) has warned.Publishing a detailed report on tracking systems used or planned by six member states – Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the UK and Hungary – it concluded that the use of a unique identifier to link state and occupational pensions savings would be of use but added that this would only be helpful if the data could be accessed by all relevant parties.“But this is not always possible for personal data protection reasons,” the report notes.“Mostly, this unique identifier can only be used by government-controlled organisations.”last_img read more

first_imgIn his remark, the Director, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited, Mr. Sola Fijabi explained that the partnership was shaped by shared values of authenticity and innovation, and a genuine belief in youth empowerment and development. “These values will drive the partnership to change the game beyond the pitch, pioneering new ways to push forward the university communities, teams, and development while also bringing students together at both local and national levels”.He went on further to emphasize the sponsorship as laudable and beneficial especially as it concerns the sustenance of the league.“HiFL is getting bigger and better. We sincerely appreciate Stanbic IBTC for demonstrating commitment in this regard. They have laid a good example for other companies in terms of fuelling their passion and supporting the aspirations of the Nigerian youth.“PACE and NUGA remain committed to partnerships that will ensure the sustainability of HiFL as one of the most veritable platforms for grassroots football development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole”, Fijabi enthused.The Higher Institutions Football league (HiFL) is organised by PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited (PSEM) in partnership with the Nigerian Universities Games Association (NUGA).The 2019 edition which is billed to start in June, will involve 32 universities from NUGA-member institutions.The teams will play over a period of 21 weeks in a return leg elimination format after the group stage to determine the finalists.The Super Four to determine the winners will hold at the Agege Stadium, Lagos. UAM Tillers from the University of Agriculture, Makurdi won the 2018 edition of the league after defeating the UNICAL Malabites from the University of Calabar 5-4 on penalties.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Group Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mr. Yinka Sanni As preparations for 2019 edition of the Higher Institution Football League (HiFL) heat up, Stanbic IBTC and league organizers, PACE Sports and Entertainment Marketing Limited have announced the signing of a five-year deal that will see Stanbic IBTC continue in its role as one of the marquee sponsors of HiFL.Speaking on the historic partnership, Group Chief Executive, Stanbic IBTC Holdings, Mr. Yinka Sanni, elaborated that the sponsorship is in tandem with the company’s determination to help grow and develop a vibrant and productive youth populace in Nigeria.Sanni further stated that “So far, we have been impressed with the organisation of the league. The inaugural edition in 2018 set a standard that we as an organisation are proud to be associated with. At Stanbic IBTC, one of our core objectives is to engage the youth through initiatives, which will contribute to talent-molding and character-building. We have committed in long term to this project because we sincerely believe that its course is aligned with our strategic vision”.last_img read more

first_img“We were thrilled,” said Mary Branca, principal of Ocean View, which is in the East Whittier City School District. “We’ve implemented a lot of new strategies to make sure our kids are actively engaged in the classroom.”It’s quite an improvement from East Whittier City’s 2005 base report, said Assistant Superintendent Linda Welch.“Last year, we were really disheartened by our similar-schools rankings,” which ranged only between 1 and 5 in 2005 for all 13 schools. In 2006, most of East Whittier’s schools earned a ranking between 5 and 9.“We’ve worked really hard,” Welch said. “Our schools have just been making some significant changes, and I expect to see good results come from it.”Overall, nearly three-quarters of 134 area schools at 10 school districts saw improvements in their 2006 API scores from the previous year. Those districts are the East Whittier, El Rancho Unified, Little Lake City, Los Nietos, Lowell Joint, Montebello Unified, Norwalk-La Mirada Unified, South Whittier, Whittier City and Whittier Union High school. Eighteen schools, including Andrews Elementary and California High in Whittier, scored a 9 or better in their similar-schools rankings.“Our staff works very hard to improve the educational environment for every student at Cal High,” said Principal Rich Boline. “It is gratifying to know everyone’s hard work is paying off when compared to similar schools.”At the Whittier City School District, 10 of 13 schools saw improvements in their API scores from 2005, but Jackson and Lincoln elementary schools each received a statewide rank of 2 and a similar-schools rank of 1.As a result, Superintendent Carmella Franco said the district “has redoubled its efforts this current academic year in the areas of professional development, interventions for underachieving students and other site improvements.”Also, English learners are participating in one of three programs to address their specific needs.“The district remains hopeful that these efforts will result in stronger scores for this academic year,” Franco said.State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell said he’s proud of schools’ steady progress on the API.But he said more work needs to be done on narrowing the achievement gap between successful students — often white or Asian and from affluent families — and struggling students, who are often poor, Hispanic, black, English learners or who suffer from a disability.As such, annual API targets will be set higher this year for student subgroups, which are based on race and socioeconomic status, among other factors.tracy.garcia@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — Three area schools, including Ocean View Elementary in East Whittier, were ranked among the top schools in the state on the 2006 Academic Performance Index base report, released Tuesday by the California Department of Education.The base report, which establishes a new baseline for comparison against 2007 test results, features adjusted API scores for last spring’s testing and school rankings from 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest.Two sets of API rankings are given out annually, based on comparisons to all schools statewide and to schools with similar demographics.When compared with schools statewide, Ocean View and Escalona elementaries in La Mirada were ranked among the highest with a 9. They were topped only by Macy Elementary in La Habra, which received a perfect 10.last_img read more

first_imgAndy Brassell, talkSPORT’s European football expert, joined Hawksbee and Jacobs on Monday to digest all the latest transfer news and rumours involving clubs across the continent.Brassell discussed Lionel Messi’s future after he insisted he has no plans to leave Barcelona admit interest from Manchester City and Chelsea.He also gave his thoughts on Valencia winger Carles Gil, who is set for a £4million move to Aston Villa, and reflected on Liverpool’s reported interest in Fiorentina goalkeeper Neto.last_img read more