Arlington Heights High School Choir performs with Foreigner

first_imgTwitter Elizabeth Hinz is a sophomore journalism major from Sugar Land, Texas. Facebook Elizabeth Hinz Facebook “We won!” Sophomore Faith Fishburn said. “I started screaming and I hit pitches that I don’t think I’ve ever hit before. I don’t think anything went through my brain except I’m so proud of my choir.”The choir hopes this experience will bring more recognition to their program.“Obviously it’d be really cool to sing with them and $500 would be really great for our choir,” senior Natalie Owen said. “But it was also just to try to bring more light to the fact that Arlington Heights has a good choir and were really working hard.”Grim said the choral program has several other events planned for the rest of this semester.“We’ve got the solo and ensemble contest coming up, several concerts, were going to be a part of the Renaissance festival,” Grim said. “There’s lots of trips and things that we’ll be doing throughout the year, so we keep pretty busy.” Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Supreme Court allows Birdville prayer case to stand + posts Elizabeth Hinz Cost of textbooks on the rise ReddIt Twitter ReddIt Study ranks TCU third for liquor-law violations per 10,000 students Elizabeth Hinz Elizabeth Hinz Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Linkedin Recruitment brings college dance opportunities to Arlington Heights High School Linkedin Previous articleHorned Frogs seek marquee road win against BaylorNext articlePatterson hopes arcade will add edge to recruiting Elizabeth Hinz RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR print tune started quietly, but when the Arlington Heights High School Choir walked out on stage and burst into song, the crowd followed their lead and sang in unison to the song “I Wanna Know What Love Is.”The choir clapped, danced and sang with the 80’s rock band Foreigner for an audience of thousands.The choir took the stage last Friday at Verizon Theatre after winning a contest hosted by the 98.7 KLUV radio station. The contest awarded the choir $500 for their program and the opportunity to sing back up for Foreigner.Below is a video the Arlington Heights High School Choirs posted of their performance.We met with the choir earlier to talk about how they made this happen.The choir director, Hans Grim, heard about the contest on the radio and he knew they had to apply.To enter the contest, the choir had to make a music video singing the song “I Wanna Know What Love Is.”Grim posted their submission video on YouTube.“We didn’t have a lot of time,” Grim said. “When I heard about the contest at nine o’clock I very quickly wrote out those parts for them and rehearsed them in class and I said OK well tomorrow we’re going to film it.”The lead singer, senior Carlos Portales, had a little over an hour to learn the song.“The funny story is we didn’t prepare at all,” Portales said. “We rehearsed it like three times, and then OK that was it.”The music video went viral around the school, and last week the choir was announced as the winner of the Foreigner High School Choir Contest. Elizabeth Hinz Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature last_img read more

Mexico’s next president must prioritize protecting journalists

first_img As Mexicans prepare to go to the polls on 1 July to elect a president, deputies, senators and nine governors, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the next president to address the need to protect Mexico’s journalists, one that is all the more urgent after the outgoing president’s disastrous record on press freedom. Judicial investigations, both federal and local, rarely identify those behind these crimes, creating a vicious circle and widespread mistrust of officialdom among journalists. The Special Prosecutor’s Office for Crimes against Freedom of Expression (FEADLE) needs more funding and human resources to enhance its investigative capacity and to be able to solve more crimes. Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora state The next president must firstly reinforce the federal mechanism for protecting journalists, which badly needs more resources. It needs procedures for handling the most urgent cases, online attacks, and journalists who have had to relocate. It needs to improve risk evaluation and monitoring of the protection provided to individual journalists. And it needs to provide more information about its results, and to improve coordination with the Executive Commission for Attention to Victims (CEAV). Organisation MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionArmed conflictsImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression to go further 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies JUAN MABROMATA / AFP “We deplore the lack of political will on the part the presidential candidates who, despite declaring their good intentions, have given no concrete undertaking to effectively combat the spiral of violence and impunity for crimes against journalists,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. News On 25 March, RSF’s regional representatives handed Ricardo Anaya, the Mexico al Frente alliance’s presidential candidate, a series of recommendations that included new procedures for investigating crimes of violence against journalists, and reinforcement of the mechanism for protecting threatened journalists by means of more frequent and effective monitoring and inclusion of the victims’ psychological dimension. The failure to address this problem places a heavy responsibility on the shoulders of Mexico’s next president and cabinet. With 11 journalists murdered in 2017 (and five already this year), Mexico is for the second year running the world’s second deadliest country for the media, only just behind Syria, a country at war, where 12 were killed in 2017, and now only surpassed by Afghanistan, also a country at war, where 11 journalists have so far been killed this year. News June 29, 2018 Mexico’s next president must prioritize protecting journalists Receive email alerts RSF recommendations for combatting violence and impunity MexicoAmericas Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionArmed conflictsImpunityViolenceFreedom of expression The next administration must also prioritize combatting impunity for crimes of violence against journalists. Since 2000, 90% of these crimes have gone unpunished, according to the figures kept by Mexico’s National Commission on Human Rights (CNDH).center_img April 28, 2021 Find out more Outgoing President Enrique Peña Nieto, who will stand down in November, failed to rein in Mexico’s pervasive corruption during his six-year term, in which at least 39 journalists have been murdered and more than a thousand have been attacked – an all-time record – and press freedom has steadily declined. The report was based on the visit that the two rapporteurs made to Mexico from 27 November to 2 December 2017, when RSF drew their attention to the problem of Mexican journalists being driven into internal exile by death threats. This is a growing problem that the future administration will also have to address. On 28 May, RSF, the Committee to Protect Journalists and Article 19 Mexico jointly expressed their concerns to the campaign staff of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the presidential candidate of the Juntos Haremos Historia alliance, and submitted the same recommendations. However, none of these recommendations was mentioned during the campaign. “The candidates are nonetheless aware of the urgency of implementing a full and effective policy for protecting journalists and preventing the risks to which they are exposed, as we recommend. Mexico’s next president will have this heavy responsibility and will need to make this policy a major element of the administration’s programme if the deadly trend is to be reversed.” Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Mexico May 13, 2021 Find out more Human rights and, in particular, the freedom to inform, were only briefly raised during public debates by the political parties involved in the election. Worse still, the programmes of the leading candidates include no concrete measures for addressing this fundamental issue although the candidates had promised RSF that they would make press freedom and security a priority. These priorities are shared by the UN and OAS special rapporteurs for freedom of expression, David Kaye and Edison Lanza, who issued a detailed report on freedom of opinion and expression in Mexico on 11 June deploring the fact that impunity is still the general rule and that the mechanisms for protecting journalists are largely ineffective for preventing attacks against them. RSF_en The need for reform is indeed urgent. Outside of election periods, journalists are constantly subjected to threats and violence in Mexico. Covering stories linked to organized crime and violence are getting more and more dangerous, especially at the local level. Press freedom ignored during the campaign Mexico is ranked 147th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. May 5, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Reportslast_img read more

Journalists prevented from doing their job

first_img News August 14, 2020 Find out more News Organisation RSF_en News June 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalists prevented from doing their job As violence continues, the media are increasingly being prevented from working in the south of Kyrgyzstan. News is being reported only sporadically as infrastructure is targeted and journalists obstructed by clashes.Initially, local television stations in Osh were targeted. TV Osh, Mezon and Akhborot were ransacked, with the second two torched and wrecked, leaving computers and databases unusable. All three stations are Uzbek-language, targeted since the start of the clashes. Before the events of 10 June, a large number of journalists were attending a seminar in Osh. In the current chaos, it is not known how many of them have been evacuated and which media they were working for. Concordant sources confirm that media in the south of the country have been advising their journalists to stay at home and not to put themselves in danger by covering the situation. Local and foreign journalists do not or rarely venture into the urban Uzbek areas for fear of being attacked. Some news is filtering out however through journalists reporting from their windows on the current state of the troubles. They are also managing to send news to websites such as, by telephone. In Uzbekistan, on the other side of the border, which has now been closed, Reporters Without Borders voiced its relief at the news of the release on 16 June of prominent freelance Uzbek journalist, Alexei Volossevich. Police arrested Volossevich on 13 June when he came to cover the arrival of hundreds of refugees of Uzbek origin, fleeing from neighbouring Kyrgyzstan. He was placed in a detention centre for people without ID or fixed address (His papers were in a bag that he did not have the time to grab at the moment of his arrest). The authorities said they would release him as soon as they had checked his identity. Although his colleagues brought his passport the following day, he was not freed until 16 June.Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release of Alexei Volossevich, but regrets that the authorities prevented him from doing his work. Even in the current situation, the government of Islam Karimov has not let up in its attacks on journalists. The arrest and detention of Volossevich could be seen as a warning to all journalists seeking to cover these events. Could this be a continuation of the campaign against the press that saw an upsurge in January this year?The Kyrgyz health ministry has reported that the violence of the past days has left 178 dead and 1,700 wounded. Some international bodies, including the International Committee of the Red Cross have referred to “hundreds of deaths”. KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia to go further RSF asks authorities, opposition to guarantee reporters’ safety during Kyrgyzstan protestscenter_img KyrgyzstanEurope – Central Asia Follow the news on Kyrgyzstan Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information October 9, 2020 Find out more RSF is concerned about the fate of an Uzbek journalist extradited by Kyrgyzstan RSF calls for the immediate release of Uzbek journalist August 26, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

California Unveils State Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Previous: The Industry Pulse: Two Law Firms Merge Next: The Reverse Mortgage Conundrum Subscribe California CFPB 2020-01-10 Seth Welborn January 10, 2020 2,659 Views As part of the 2020-21 state budget proposal, California Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to roll out California’s own state-level Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Newsom unveiled a California Consumer Financial Protection Law on Friday.“As the Trump administration undermines and weakens the rules that protect consumers from predatory businesses, California is filling the void and stepping up to protect families and consumers,” Newsom told the Los Angeles Times.The new California Consumer Financial Protection Law would allegedly overhaul the existing Department of Business Oversight and rename it the Department of Financial Protection and Innovation, or DFPI.”The federal government’s rollback of the CFPB leaves Californians vulnerable to predatory businesses and leaves companies without the clarity they need to innovate,” the budget summary stated.According to Times’ sources, the new Department of Financial Protection and Innovation would include “dozens of new staff” and greater scrutiny of consumer markets “to identify patterns of abuse.” The 2020-21 state budget will include $10.2 million Financial Protection Fund and 44 positions, growing to $19.3 million and 90 positions ongoing in 2022-23, which is intended to provide consumers with more protection against unfair and deceptive practices when accessing financial services and products.”This will be accomplished by expanding the Department’s authority to pursue unlicensed financial services providers not currently subject to regulatory oversight such as debt collectors, credit reporting agencies, and financial technology (fintech) companies, among others,” the summary adds.The DFPI’s new duties will include licensing and examining new industries that are currently under-regulated, analyzing patterns and developments in the market to inform evidence-based policies and enforcement, consumer education programs, a new Financial Technology Innovation Office that will proactively cultivate the responsible development of new consumer financial products, legal support for the administration of the new law, and additional staff to support the Department’s increased regulatory responsibilities. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agocenter_img California Unveils State Consumer Financial Protection Bureau About Author: Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: California CFPB The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago  Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / California Unveils State Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Share Savelast_img read more

6-year-old boy with autism vanishes at park, search area expands

first_imgGastonia Police Department(GASTONIA, N.C.) — A massive search effort is underway in North Carolina where a young boy with autism vanished over the weekend after going to a local park with his father.The search for 6-year-old Maddox Ritch ramped up on Sunday as the FBI joined more than two dozen local and state law enforcement agencies to look for the boy, who was last seen at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia, North Carolina, about 20 miles west of Charlotte, authorities said.“We’re going to explore all possibilities, including abduction,” FBI Special Agent Jason Kaplan said Sunday, “but we’re also going to make sure we search every inch of land around here to make sure that he’s not simply lost.”On Monday the search area was expanded 2 miles outside of the park, Gastonia Police said.Maddox, who is described as nonverbal, was walking near a lake at Rankin Lake Park in Gastonia at around 1:30 p.m. Saturday when his father and another adult lost sight of him, authorities said.“They were walking around the lake,” Rachel Bagley, Gastonia spokeswoman, told Charlotte ABC affiliate WSOC-TV. “They got around to the back side of the lake. He started running, according to the parents, and when they started running after him, they lost sight of him, and no one has seen him ever since.”In addition to the FBI, at least 24 local and state law enforcement agencies and more than 100 volunteers are helping with the search, according to the Gastonia Police Department.Gastonia Police Chief Robert Helton said officers were searching the lake, reviewing the park’s surveillance footage and interviewing residents in the area for clues.“If you were at Rankin Lake Park on Saturday and saw Maddox or took video or photos of their outing at the park, call us,” Helton said Sunday. “We know a lot of people were in the park and we have spoken to many of them, but we have not spoken to everyone.“No piece of information is too small. Something you may think is insignificant could be helpful to our case,” he added.The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, which is also assisting in the search, said Maddox may be in need of medical attention, according to a statement on its website.Police said Maddox is 4 feet tall with blond hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing an orange T-shirt with the words “I am the man” and black shorts.Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s special tip line at 704-869-1075.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Fiancé of missing Colorado mother arrested for murder: Police

first_imgWoodland Park Police Department(WOODLAND PARK, Colo.) — Patrick Frazee, the fiancé of missing Colorado mother Kelsey Berreth, was arrested for first-degree murder Friday morning, nearly one month after Berreth vanished, police said. Berreth, a 29-year-old mother of a 1-year-old girl, was last seen on Thanksgiving in the area of her Woodland Park home. Her body has not been found but information is helping narrow down the search, Woodland Park Police Chief Miles De Young said at a news conference Friday. Berreth and Frazee’s baby is in protective custody and will be reunited with Berreth’s family, the chief said. Frazee was booked on first-degree murder and solicitation of first-degree murder, prosecutors said, with formal charges to follow. Affidavits in this case were sealed by the court, prosecutors said. Frazee’s attorney, Jeremy Loew, said last week his client “continues to cooperate with law enforcement in the missing person investigation.” Frazee is focusing “on parenting the child he shares with Ms. Berreth,” Loew said.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Quarantine reduces transmission

first_imgQuarantining in hospital has proved effective in reducing the transmissionof SARS and could potentially eradicate the disease, scientists from ImperialCollege in London and in Hong Kong have concluded. The research, published in The Lancet, studied 1,425 cases from Hong Kong upto the end of April and found that after an exponential growth, public healthinterventions led to a drop in confirmed cases to less than 20 a day. Effective measures included the encouragement to report to hospital rapidly afterthe onset of clinical symptoms, the tracing of contacts of confirmed andsuspected cases, and quarantining, monitoring and restricting travel forcontacts. The average incubation period was estimated to be 6.4 days. The average timebetween the onset of clinical symptoms to hospital admission varied from threeto five days, with longer intervals reported earlier on in the epidemic. The fatality rate among those admitted to hospital aged 60 or over wasestimated to be far higher than in those below this age. Researcher Professor Roy Anderson, of Imperial’s faculty of primary care andpopulation health sciences, said: “The epidemic has demonstrated the needfor communication of risk which will inform and warn the public, in a way whichwill improve personal protection without inducing high levels of anxiety andfear, as an essential part of epidemic control.” Ref: volume 361, number 9369 Features list 2021 – submitting content to Personnel TodayOn this page you will find details of how to submit content to Personnel Today. We do not publish a… Quarantine reduces transmissionOn 1 Jun 2003 in Coronavirus, Personnel Today Comments are closed. center_img Related posts: Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more

Methane in maritime Antarctic freshwater lakes

first_imgMethane was found to occur in all freshwater lakes, irrespective of trophic status, sampled during this preliminary investigation at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica. Methane accumulated in the water column of these lakes during the winter period when ice cover prevented wind-induced mixing. Maritime Antarctic lakes are usually subject to wind-induced complete mixing during the summer open-water period but two major exceptions to the rule were found during this study. Methanogenesis occurred in both littoral and profundal regions of oligotrophic Sombre Lake. The presence of a substantial algal mat stabilized the Eh status of underlying sediments at the littoral site. Methane production was confined to the sediments in both littoral and profundal sediments during the study period (December–March) but in winter probably migrated to the sediment surface at the profundal site. All Signy Island lakes sampled were sulphate-poor and addition of sulphate markedly inhibited methanogenesis. Radio-isotope studies indicated that the H2/CO2 pathway was probably the predominant route for methanogenesis in these sediments through the acetate pathway appeared equally important at the sediment surface. In the absence of sulphate, sulphate reducers probably acted as net hydrogen donors to the methanogens. The process rate was permanently limited by the consistent low temperature (annual range 1–3°C). Rates increased with increasing temperature over the range 4–32°C, but no evidence was found to suggest cold sensitivity or psychrophily. The optimum temperature for methanogenesis was in excess of 30°C, temperatures never experienced at Signy Island. Rates of methanogenesis during the study period (Dec–Mar) ranged from 0.29 to 0.45 mg of carbon m-2 and on an annual basis methanogenesis was calculated equivalent to 13% of the organic carbon deposition rate.last_img read more

Fourier Transform Raman spectroscopic and scanning electron microscopic study of cryptoendolithic lichens from Antarctica

first_imgThe Raman microscopic analysis of a cryptoendolithic lichen community in sandstone from East Beacon Ridge, Victoria Land, Antarctica, is described for the first time. The Raman spectra from the crustal, lichen, fungal and accumulation zones were used to assess the strategy adopted by the lichen community under environmentally stressed conditions. Calcium oxalate dihydrate was found only in the upper lichen zone, whereas calcium oxalate monohydrate was found distributed through several zones; this is ascribed to a microenvironmental temperature gradient. The leaching of iron oxide occurs from the crustal surface zone into the accumulation zone. In contradiction with earlier wet chemical destructive analyses of Antarctic cryptoendolithic communities, the presence of calcium carbonate was not confirmed in the lichen or fungal zones. The Raman spectroscopic results were confirmed by scanning electron microscopic x-ray analysis.last_img read more

Documentation and verification of the world extreme wind gust record: 113.3 m s–1 on Barrow Island, Australia, duringpassage of tropical cyclone Olivia

first_imgThis paper details the event, recording instrumentation, and verification of a new world extreme three-second average wind gust record of 113.3 m s–1, measuredon Barrow Island, Australia, during the passage of tropical cyclone Olivia in April 1996, and the public and media reaction to that verification. This record supersedesthe previous extreme of 103.3 m s–1 measured at the Mount Washington Observatory in New Hampshire, USA, in April 1934. Members of a World MeteorologicalOrganization evaluation committee critically reviewed the data of the Olivia event, determined the Barrow Island wind measurement was valid and established the record. With the announcement of the record, interesting public reaction has occurred and is discussed, as well as the concept of more detailed classification of wind extremes. Although Olivia now holds the record for having the highest wind gust ever measured, this record doesn’t imply that Olivia is themost intense cyclone recorded. However, planners should be aware that extreme gusts well above the ‘typical’ gusts quoted on the intensity scale are possible fortropical cyclones, particularly for category 4 and 5 tropical cyclones.last_img read more