Teacher dressed up as a black leader every day for Black History Month

first_imgCourtesy Latoya McGriff(SUFFOLK, Va.) — To celebrate Black History Month, this Virginia-based teacher is bringing history to life.Latoya McGriff is a first-grade teacher at Creekside Elementary School in Suffolk, Virginia. This year, McGriff decided to dress up as a different African American historical figure every school day during Black History Month.“I decided to dress up for Black History Month so that the kids are actually seeing a live person from history,” McGriff told Good Morning America. “I just wanted to bring history alive for the kids.”McGriff, who has been an educator for 12 years, said that the majority of her school’s population is black and she emphasized the persistent importance of representation within history.“It is important for the children to see that people who look like them have made contributions because it reassures them that they can, too … It’s hard to believe in something you don’t see,” McGriff said.The different outfits are used as a conversation-starter, McGriff explained. The students will ask questions when they see them and will want to know more about the historical figure she’s portraying, she added.McGriff decided to also put a focus this year on African American historical figures local to Virginia. Her personal favorite has been Mary Jackson.Jackson was a mathematician and an aerospace engineer for NASA in the 1950s and played a large — and widely unrecognized — role in sending the first astronaut into orbit.Jackson’s life was most recently portrayed in the 2016 blockbuster Hidden Figures, where she was played by Janelle Monae.“Mary Jackson personally influenced me because of her struggle,” said McGriff. “She was known as a human computer, yet she wasn’t even allowed in meetings because of the color of her skin and because she was a woman. Yet, she prevailed.”McGriff dressed as other well-known figures such as Misty Copeland, Ella Fitzgerald and Barack Obama, but also gave recognition to those who are lesser-known, such as James Lafayette, a former slave turned spy during the Revolutionary War; Dr. L.D. Britt, the first African American doctor in America to have an endowed chair in surgery; and Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court’s first African American justice.Along with different historical figures, McGriff also chose to honor historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and the nine historically Black Greek-letter organizations.Two institutions personally relevant to McGriff are Hampton University, the Virginia school that she graduated from in 2006, and Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc., the sorority of which she’s a member.McGriff said she wanted to incorporate HBCUs and Black Greek-letter organizations as an inspiration for higher education.“[Learning about these organizations] gives children something to look up to, and they get excited about wanting to go to school and get to college,” McGriff told GMA.“I hope that [the students] learn, no matter the circumstances, they can make a difference in this world,” said McGriff. “No matter where they come from, how they look, they can make a difference.”Although the online attention has been a shock, McGriff hopes it will continue to raise awareness of the importance of Black History Month in schools.“I hope that [people who see the story] will implement some type of Black History Month program in their school,” McGriff said. “They don’t have to dress up like I did … but, I just want people to incorporate black history so that other students of color can see themselves represented in history.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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A cyphonautes larva (Bryozoa: Gymnolaemata) from the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica

first_imgBryozoans are an important component of the sessile, suspension-feeding fauna on the Antarctic continental shelf, (Knox & Cameron, 1970; Dell, 1972; Winston, 1983; Winston & Heimberg, 1988). Antarctic bryozoan faunas are systematically diverse, and display a broad range of colony morphotypes; they include fast-growing, short-lived species and long-lived perennials (Winston & Heimberg, 1988). Very little is presently known about the reproductive biology of Antarctic bryozoans, although it seems that a preponderance of species brood lecithotrophic larvae with a short, free-swimming phase. Planktotrophic larvae with a free-swimming phase of several weeks occur in a variety of gymnolaemate families, principally distributed in temperate coastal waters, and most often associated with specialized microhabitats or substrates. This type of larva, referred to as a cyphonautes (Zimmer & Woollacott, 1977), has not previously been reported from polar seas, and its occurrence in the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica, is thus of considerable interest.last_img read more

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Univ JCR condemns dining society’s exclusivity

first_imgUniversity College JCR has raised concerns about the ‘Shakespeare Society’, a secret and selective dining society at the College. A motion condemning the College’s actions towards the Shakespeare Society was passed after discussion at a General Meeting. It was revealed that the society uses College facilities twice a year, once in the SCR, and membership is drawn from JCR members with a senior member present.The motion noted, “Because it is an exclusive body they are obliged to pay the full external rate”. It also noted that students have recently expressed their anger that “Univ is simultaneously promoting their access work as progressive and innovative, yet condoning the society by offering it the special privilege of the SCR.”Members describe the society as existing “for the celebration of the arts”. Prior to the motion, the JCR President met with some of the members of the society, in which they expressed their desire to reform the society.Responding to allegations that the society was secret, a member of the Shakespeare Society said that it was not secret, but, “People just use their discretion in not mentioning it. We are keen to reform this.”During the meeting, concerns were raised over access, transparency, and the reputation of the College. The motion noted Univ’s progressive work in access; the College won an OxTalent award last year for its access website staircase12.org.The motion further resolved to “condemn College’s decision to allow exclusive societies use of the SCR” and “to encourage Governing Body to ban the society, in its current form, from using the SCR”.When quizzed about the selection criteria for membership, another member said, “There isn’t an exact criterion, which is an issue in itself, and is exactly what we hope to change.”The JCR further resolved to “begin a discussion between College, members of the Shakespeare society and the JCR as how best the society’s aim might be met in such a way as to not be exclusionary.“The onus will be on the society to prove that a) it can be rehabilitated and b) that is best placed relative to other organisations (Univ Revue, Univ Players, UCMS etc.) to pursue their stated aim”.It concluded that if the Governing Body were to propose to disband the Shakespeare Society, the matter would be brought to a JCR meeting to debate.Joshua Richards, University College’s JCR President, told Cherwell, “I am glad that the JCR recognised and affirmed that the Shakespeare Society is a problem in need of a solution. The motion has started a conversation as to how best Univ students’ contribution to the arts can be celebrated in an open and fair way.  “That is a conversation to be continued by my successor, members of Univ’s arts community, and College Officers. I am confident that they will reach a solution that reflects the inclusiveness of the Univ community.” The Senior Member has been contacted for comment.last_img read more

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Blues committee members vote on merger of women’s and men’s committees

first_imgTonight, Blues committee members will vote on a potential merger of the currently separate men’s and women’s committees.The presidents of the Women’s and Men’s Blues committees, Gwenyth Audran and Philip Baker respectively, proposed the merger in order to standardise the awarding of Blues status across women’s and men’s sport across the university. However, the presidents’ proposal is expected to meet opposition with captains of a number of teams signing a letter in opposition against the merger.Writing in The Oxford Blue Bird, a website aiming to provide a “comprehensive coverage of all Oxford sporting matters”, Oxford University Rugby Football Club’s Women’s Blues Captain, Abby D’Cruz expressed her opposition against the merger.She express her disapproval writing, “the lack of information, consultation, and due process afforded to the proposal has rendered the merger ill-equipped to recognise, much less address, the concerns of the committees it seeks to unite.”The letter also took issue with the presidents writing, “given there are no fundamental differences between the male and female sports worlds at Oxford, it seems illogical to separate the organisations that help run them”, in a letter advocating for the merger.D’Cruz wrote in response that this sentiment was “idealistic at best and irresponsible at worst”, citing examples of what she called “an institutional level of bias”, including the de-prioritisation of the scheduling and provisioning of referees for women’s football compared to men’s football.The letter in opposition was co-signed by Oxford University Rugby Football Club’s Men’s Blues Captain, Oxford University Basketball Club’s Women’s Blues Captain, President of the Oxford University Athletic Club, Oxford University Women’s Boat Club’s Vice President and President of Oxford University Squash Raquets Club.Another letter in opposition of the merger, which was published anonymously, stated that “it is only logical that the bodies that regulate the awarding of blues should be gender-specific” since “sport is fundamentally gender binary; it is predominantly played separately by men and women.”The outcome of the vote will be released later tonight.last_img read more

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South End Beach Project Expected to Resume on Monday

first_imgA pipeline runs down the beach from 55th Street to 52nd Street and will feed the beach replenishment project that is expected to resume on Monday, July 20, in Ocean City, NJ. The delay pushes the restart of the project into the heart of the summer vacation season in the resort — from mid-July into August.__________Sign up for free OCNJ Daily news updates by email.__________The hopper dredge is a ship that pumps sand into its hold from an offshore borrow area, then travels closer to Ocean City to hook up with a pipeline that feeds the new sand onto the beach.Crews from the Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company of Oak Brook, Illinois have completed work between 37th Street and St. David’s Place (near 47th Street). The current phase of the project started at 55th Street and was moving toward St. David’s when the dredge died at 52nd Street.The new project area appears to be set up just north of the 52nd Street beach entrance. Work will resume there and move northward toward 47th Street. The beach entrance at 51st Street (and possibly 50th Street) will be closed when work begins again.The final phase of the project will start at 55th Street and move southward to 59th Street.When it’s done, Ocean City will have received approximately 1.6 million cubic yards of sand on approximately 2.5 miles of beach from 37th Street to 59thStreet. The $57 million project includes Strathmere and Sea Isle City, and is funded entirely by the federal government. The pipeline is back in place. The CRAB (Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy) has been driving through the surf this weekend to scout the beach. And the hopper dredge “Liberty Island” is reportedly on her way back to Ocean City from a seven-week repair in Norfolk, Va.The pipeline ends where the project will restart: just north of the 52nd Street beach entrance.All signs point to a restart of the long-awaited beach replenishment project at the southern end of Ocean City on Monday.Work to rebuild eroded beaches between 37th and 59th streets in Ocean City began April 20 and was expected to be complete by now. But an engine failure on the Liberty Island brought the project to a standstill on May 30.The federal Army Corps of Engineers reported to Ocean City officials last week that the Liberty Island is expected to sail from Norfolk on Sunday and resume beach replenishment operations as early as Monday. If work begins this week, the project would be on target to be complete by Sept. 9.last_img read more

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Rogue trader fuels price rises

first_imgA rogue trader at the commodity broker MF Global played a large part in pushing up global wheat prices at the end of February, taking huge personal bets on the direction of wheat prices and losing $141.5m (£71m).The company fired trader Evan Dooley at its Memphis office for an “awful” position taken on wheat futures on Chicago’s derivatives exchange during the early hours of February 27. Wheat futures suffered the largest swings in the market’s history that day, with prices changing by as much as 25%.MF had to cover the losses under the rules of the Chicago Board of Trade.last_img read more

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Warburtons buys North East Bakery site

first_imgWarburtons has announced the purchase of North East Bakery’s former site in Newburn, after the retail and wholesale business went in administration in December last year.Joint administrators, Ian Green, partner and Mark Loftus, director of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP had been looking to sell the business and assets of the company, comprising the 20,000sq ft bakery in Newburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, and 13 retail units. A spokesperson for Warburtons confirmed that it had purchased the North East Bakery site, which is adjacent to its existing Shelley Road Bakery on Newburn Industrial Estate, saying: “This purchase demonstrates Warburtons’ commitment to the future development of the business in the North East.”“We are pleased to have secured a sale of the bakery site in a relatively short period of time,” commented Loftus. “It can only be good news for the local economy that Warburtons is the buyer.”The Newcastle-based firm, run by entrepreneur Greg Phillips, went into administration 22 December after costly rebranding plans and “a disappointing trading performance” saw the firm’s liquidity hit hard.last_img read more

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Hear Jon Fishman’s Comical Debut Of “If I Only Had A Brain” At Phish’s Final Nectar’s Run, This Day In ’89

first_imgPhish has performed across the world and throughout the country countless times over. But as fans of the seminal four-piece know, the phenomenon that is Phish can be traced back to Burlington, VT and, in particular, a local bar called Nectar’s. Phish’s connection to the venue and appreciation for its role in their success has been widely documented. The band named their 1992 album, A Picture of Nectar, in honor of the venue’s then-proprietor Nectar Rorris, and their time playing long residencies in the Burlington room was discussed by members of the band as the main inspiration behind last summer’s 13-night Baker’s Dozen residency at Madison Square Garden. As guitarist Trey Anastasio explained to Rolling Stone last summer:“When we started the band, for all intents and purposes, we had a residency. We used to play at the same place.” The guitarist is referring to Nectar’s – the club in Burlington, Vermont, Phish’s hometown, where the group established and advanced its unique blend of jamming, knotty composition, conceptual adventure and audience-participation jest. “We played long, multiple nights there” in the Eighties, a workload made easier because “we lived about 600 yards from Nectar’s, so it was very comfortable and homegrown.”Phish played regular gigs at the restaurant/music hall throughout the mid-to-late ’80’s, honing their musical craft as the local music scene steadily started to take notice. Phish’s Nectar’s shows began to earn them a devoted local audience by the end of 1988. In early 1989, as the band began to spread outward from Vermont, they attempted to book a gig at Boston’s roughly 650-capacity Paradise Rock Club. The owners hadn’t heard of them and refused to book them, so the band’s management rented the club out instead, taking on all the financial risk for the show. The risk proved to be a smart one: the show sold out (and then some) thanks in large part to devoted fans following the band down from Vermont to see them. That Paradise gig marked a turning point for the band, as they began to spread out to bigger venues and bigger cities–often with their hard-earned Nectar’s faithful in tow. Even when they would come back to Vermont, they would play bigger venues, now too big for the cozy confines of the bar that gave them their start.The band was aware that their Nectar’s era was behind them when they booked their final run there, beginning on March 12, 1989. As Phish.net notes, the third and final night of this run two was the last Phish show at Nectar’s, and “the master copy of sets II and III is specifically labeled as such.” While the circulated recording and setlist from the band’s 3/12/89 Nectar’s performance are incomplete (and, by various accounts, not all that exciting musically) what does exist shows the band showcasing the amusing antics and spontaneity they had sharpened during their time at the local venue.The best example of that came in the form of the Phish debut of “If I Only Had A Brain”. In appropriately bizarre Henrietta fashion, Jon Fishman delivered a deranged reading of the Scarecrow’s theme from The Wizard of Oz, complete with a meandering trombone solo, that’s worth listening back to if only just to laugh about young, mischevious Fish. The antics continued with “Alumni Blues”, which featured a slew of alternate and additional lyrics. Then, during the customary pause in the song’s “Letter To Jimmy Page” interlude, the band gave local band Eyeburn a brief spotlight, as they performed a theatrical punk rock ode about being a rock star (and plugged their own upcoming show at The Front) before Phish resumed where they had left off.You can listen to the portion of the performance that circulates online for an amusing taste of Phish’s final stand at Nectar’s here.Setlist: Phish | Nectar’s | Burlington, VT | 3/12/89Set One: Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, If I Only Had a Brain[1], Alumni Blues[2] > Letter to Jimmy Page[3] > Alumni Blues, Golgi Apparatus, Bold As Love, Foam[1] Phish debut; Fish on trombone.[2] Additional lyrics.[3] Eyeburn (a local band) traded off punk rock jams during the pause in LTJP.This show featured the Phish debut of If I Only Had a Brain, which featured Fish on trombone. Alumni contained additional lyrics. During the pause in Letter to Jimmy Page, a local band, Eyeburn, traded off punk rock jams.This setlist is incomplete.last_img read more

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Guns N’ Roses To Headline 2019 Louder Than Life Festival

first_imgOn Thursday, Louder Than Life Festival announced that Guns N’ Roses will headline their 2019 event, set to take place from Friday, September 27th through Sunday, September 29th at the Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, KY.Guns N’ Roses will top the Louder Than Life lineup on Saturday, September 28th. The newly announced festival performance marks G N’ R’s only announced performance of 2019. The festival also revealed that their complete 2019 lineup will be revealed this coming Monday, April 8th, at 9:00 a.m. ET. You can watch Louder Than Life’s official Guns N’ Roses announcement video below:Louder Than Life 2019 Headliner AnnouncementLouder Than Life Festival hopes for better fortunes from Mother Nature in 2019. Last year’s edition of the event was canceled due to inclement weather and flooding on the event grounds. The canceled 2018 edition of Louder Than Life was set to include performances by Alice in Chains, Limp Bizkit, Breaking Benjamin, Slash, Nine Inch Nails, Primus, Billy Idol, Action Bronson, Deftones, Godsmack, Ice Cube, Yelawolf, Gwar, and many more.Keep an eye out for the full 2019 Louder Than Life lineup early next week. For more information, head to the festival’s website here.last_img read more

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Dow Chemical-Nature Conservancy collaboration honored

first_imgThe Harvard Kennedy School will present the 2013 Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership on Monday to the Dow Chemical Co. and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for their groundbreaking collaborative work to incorporate the value of natural resources into the business bottom line.To celebrate the award, leaders of Dow and TNC will take part in a panel discussion at Harvard Kennedy School Monday at 5 p.m. to describe their development of tools and models to integrate the value of forests, watersheds, and biodiversity into more-sustainable business and community decisions. The panel, “Valuing Nature: Saving Ecosystems Is Good Business,” will also detail steps that other corporations and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) can take to protect our natural resources as businesses continue to grow.The award is presented every two years to celebrate an outstanding public-private partnership project that enhances environmental quality through novel and creative approaches. The prize is awarded through the Environment and Natural Resources Program in the Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.The Dow-TNC collaboration is an innovative collaboration between the Dow Chemical Co. and The Nature Conservancy to research the value of ecosystem services. Established in 2011, the five-year project combines the expertise of Dow, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturers, and TNC, the foremost global land and water conservation organization, to develop tools and models that incorporate the value of natural resources into business decisions.Ecosystems provide valuable services for communities and companies. Measuring the value of water, land, air, oceans, plants, and animals to a company or community is difficult, and as a result, business decisions are often made without taking natural assets into account. The Dow-TNC collaboration employs a science-based, measurable approach to help companies understand how to incorporate the value of nature into business decisions. The ecosystem services framework has long been hailed by academics as a viable mechanism for valuing nature, but has not been practically applied — until now.In January 2011, Dow and TNC launched their five-year collaboration to promote valuing ecosystem services in business decision-making. Since the launch, Dow and TNC have worked together to identify key ecosystem services that Dow relies on as well as the environmental impacts of priority Dow manufacturing sites around the world. Scientists from TNC and Dow are working together at selected Dow pilot sites to implement and refine models that support corporate decision-making by taking into consideration the value and resources that ecosystem services provide. These sites serve as “living laboratories” where Dow and TNC are testing methods and models of ecosystem valuation so they can be used to inform more sustainable business decisions at Dow and influence the decision-making and business practices of other companies globally.The collaboration recently completed its first pilot at Dow’s facility in Freeport, Texas, the company’s largest manufacturing facility; it is currently in the midst of the second pilot in Santa Vitoria, Brazil. A major goal of this collaboration is to produce results and findings that are replicable and transferable to Dow’s other 135 sites. In addition, most of the methodologies, tools, and results will be shared publicly with the hope that other companies, NGOs, and governments can make use of them as well.“Valuing natural services is a critical step in protecting our environment — and one that should be replicated around the globe,” said Henry Lee, director of the Environment and Natural Resources Program at HKS, in announcing the 2013 award winner.Neil Hawkins, vice president of global environment, health, and safety (EH&S) and sustainability at Dow, said, “This award is recognition not only of this unique collaboration, but truly a win for sustainable business. We hope to incorporate the value of nature into decision-making — not only at Dow but also across the broader business community, inspiring others to invest in nature as well.”“Our collaboration shows how companies and public-interest organizations can work together to make economic growth a force for conservation,” said Glenn Prickett, chief external affairs officer for The Nature Conservancy. “By studying the value of nature and incorporating it in business decisions, the private sector can become a powerful agent not only for economic development, but for conserving the healthy lands and waters on which our economy depends.”The partnership was selected from a group of highly qualified projects nominated from around the world that tackle tough environmental problems ranging from sustainable mining in developing countries to reducing the pollution associated with textile manufacturing. Experts around the world reviewed the nominees with the following criteria: innovation, effectiveness, significance, and transferability.The Roy Family has been a longtime supporter of the development of public-private partnerships to meet social goals. The Roy Family Award attempts to provide positive incentives for companies and organizations worldwide to push the boundaries of creativity and take risks that result in significant changes that benefit the environment.The purpose of the Roy Family Award for Environmental Partnership is to draw attention to an exceptional partnership and its achievements while inspiring others to replicate or expand upon its success.last_img read more

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