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    A SCHOOL has sparked fury by banning skirts and telling all the children they must wear trousers. Parents and pupils are up in arms against the decision, brought in at the start of the new academic year, at Haywood Academy in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. 3Mum-of-four Claire Rigby says her daughters won't wear trousers 3Louise Coates, 15, is a prefect, while her sibling Charlie Coates, 12, is going into year eight 3Haywood Academy in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent An online petition against the move has already gathered over 150 signatures after it was set-up by mum-of-four Claire Rigby. Claire, 41, claims two of her daughters have been threatened with 'seclusion' if they turn up to lessons in skirts. Her online petition, on change.org, reads: “Haywood Academy have decided to rebrand the uniform to make it more affordable (which I completely agree with) but in their wisdom decided to only allow tailored trousers for both boys and girls for the forthcoming year. This takes away the right for girls to choose skirts if they wanted too. She added: “No real reason has been given for the...
    The West Point military academy has defended a controversial 1965 bronze plaque depicting a Ku Klux Klan member, saying it is part of America's history.  The plaque was recommended to be removed by the Naming Commission, an agency tasked with reviewing and changing military assets that memorialize Confederate figures.  While the fate of the plaque is currently unknown as the Naming Commission holds no say over non-Confederate figures and the US Army declined to say whether or not they'll follow the recommendation, West Point defended the monument.  In a statement, the prestigious academy said the plaque is but a small part of a larger bronze mural depicting both the good and evil of American history.  'The artist, Laura Gardin Fraser, was an American sculptor who was commissioned to design the panels and wanted to create art that depicted 'historical incidents or persons' that symbolized the principled events of that time, thereby documenting both tragedy and triumph in our nation's history,' the academy said.  A bronze plaque at West Point depicting a Ku Klux Klan member has stirred controversy after the...
      MEDIA WINNER: Independent Russian Journalists Who Interviewed Zelensky Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was interviewed over Zoom by independent Russian journalists Tikhon Dzyadko, Mikhail Zygar, Ivan Kolpakov, and Vladimir Soloviev, and it was an eye-opening chat for multiple reasons. CNN senior global affairs analyst Bianna Golodryga, who was born in Moldova and is fluent in Russian, reported on their conversation in a long Twitter thread, providing English translations. (Dzyadko has since tweeted part of the video with English subtitles.) As Golodryga reported, Zelensky started the interview by discussing how Russian dictator Vladimir Putin was not expecting such fierce resistance from the Ukrainians. What followed was a frank discussion of the brutality of Russia’s siege of Mariupol, Zelensky’s communications with his troops, reports of dead bodies in the streets and Ukrainian children being kidnapped by Russian soldiers, and Zelensky’s personal feelings of being “deeply disappointed” in the large number of Russians who voiced support for the war and how he expected this war to result in long-lasting hatred between the people of the two countries. Unsurprisingly, the Kremlin did not...
    "We all know how magical a child’s imagination can be – the wonderful worlds they create in their minds. But there’s a flip side to the joyful creativity that can turn a big cardboard box into a spaceship," the "Overboard" actress articulated. "A child’s mind exposed to real-world fear, without the ability to properly process it, can go down dark passages leading to nothing less than existential dread." Hawn explained that the COVID-19 pandemic has robbed adults and children of critical "support structures that all humans depend on for perspective, encouragement, and love." "The COVID era has changed our children’s lives in far more real, tangible ways — social distancing, school closures, daily mask use," she added. "Kids are afraid of people, spaces, even the air around them – a level of constant fear not seen in decades." Hawn cited a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that found emergency room visits for suspected suicide attempts by adolescent girls spiked nearly 51% in 2021 and almost 4% for boys. The movie star noted that U.S. Surgeon...
    CLAYTON, Del. -- The Localish crew paired up with a paranormal investigation team at a haunted military academy and things take a creepy turn!On the Square Paranormal Investigators check out First State Military Academy, a storied place with many first-hand spirit encounters. Watch to see what happens during their investigation.Watch more Philadelphia Localish videos anytime at https://6abc.com/localish or on our family of streaming apps (Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku).
    President Joe Biden says members of the graduating class of 2021 are leaving school at an 'inflection point' that gives them influence to shape the nation and the world around them like few others. Biden's brief video message to graduates was released by the White House under his @POTUS address as the coronavirus pandemic has put a dent in commencement ceremonies.  Comparing today's students to those who graduated during the era of the civil rights and anti-war protest movements, Biden encouraged them to seize the moment to tackle climate change and systemic racism which he described as one of 'the great crises of our time'. During a video address aimed at the Class of 2021, President Joe Biden called systemic racism one of ‘the great crises of our time’ Biden tweeted out his congratulations to the Class of 2021 together with a video  Biden recounted his own experience and said that shortly after he graduated, his generation faced an inflection point as the Vietnam War split the nation coupled with fights for civil rights, women's rights and environmental rights. ...
    Vice President Kamala Harris described climate change as “a very real threat to our national security” during her Friday commencement address to graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy. In her speech to more than 1,000 graduates, Harris said climate change must be addressed by everyone, including the military, because the world has entered a “new epoch” with a number of growing security challenges. She added that one country’s carbon emissions alone can threaten the sustainability of the whole planet. “And I look at you and I know you are among the experts who will navigate and mitigate this threat,” Harris told the graduates, referring to climate change. WATCH:  “You are ocean engineers who will help navigate ships through thinning ice,” she continued. “You are mechanical engineers who will help reinforce sinking bases. You are electrical engineers who will soon help convert solar and wind energy into power, convert solar and wind energy into combat power.” Harris also told the graduating midshipmen they may soon be able to pack a “rolled-up solar panel” for power instead of traditional batteries, joking...
    More On: success academy How the next mayor and chancellor can fix NYC’s broken schools Mayor de Blasio, once again, sticks it to charter school students Success Academy blasts NYC for ignoring deadline to give middle schoolers space Success Academy boss slams de Blasio for blocking low-income NYers’ school choice The job of middle-school principal was always difficult but never more so than during COVID-19. As the founding principal of Success Academy Hollis Middle School, I have seen our teachers, scholars and parents rise to the occasion as never before. Our teachers built genuine relationships with their students and families while working remotely. In this unprecedented time, we created a true sense of pride and connection to the school we built together.  For us, Hollis is not just a building and classrooms — it’s a community. I recently dropped in on an online classroom to watch our young scholars engaged in a group project. As students tackled the academic task at hand, they broke down the problem and came up with a solution. Proud of their work and teamwork,...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The city's growing tech industries employ thousands of workers.To meet the demand for cyber-security and coding professionals, the University of Illinois At Chicago and Fullstack Academy are rolling out a new tech boot camp. It's open to people starting their careers and those looking to add new skills.For more on that, we spoke with TJ Augustine, Vice Chancellor for Innovation at U-I-C and Nimit Maru, Co-Founder and CEO of Fullstack Academy.WATCH: Our Chicago Part 1EMBED More News Videos To meet the demand for cyber-security and coding professionals, the University of Illinois At Chicago and Fullstack Academy are rolling out a new tech boot camp. Then in the second half, we look at what some are calling a "crisis" in the workplace, the shortage of substitute teachers across Illinois. Education experts say it was a problem even before the pandemic.WATCH: Our Chicago Part 2EMBED More News VideosIllinois faces shortage of substitute teachers. Dr. Mark Klaisner, President of the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools spoke with us about how districts are managing and who can be a...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — Some West Side parents are pushing back against a proposal to consolidate three underutilized neighborhood schools in favor of a new, high-tech public school in North Lawndale. Parents and community organizers rallied Thursday outside Sumner Elementary School, one of three schools that would close to support the launch of the North Lawndale STEAM Partnership Academy. Neighborhood leaders have spent years developing the school, which would specialize in science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. Sumner, Lawndale Community Academy and Crown Academy all would close, and their pre-K to eighth-grade students would be moved to the new school. RELATED: A New High-Tech School Could Be Coming To The West Side — But 3 Nearby Schools Would Have To Close First All too accustomed to seeing local schools close, opponents said Thursday the proposal doesn’t address the real reason students are leaving Lawndale: existing neighborhood schools are underfunded. “We have schools that are already open, and we are underfunded,” said Shavon Coleman, a parent of two Chicago Public Schools students and a teaching assistant at Lawndale Community Academy. “Take...
    LOS ANGELES -- The 2020 Creative Arts Emmys will take place as a virtual event this year amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Television Academy announced Monday.The format of the event is still in development, the Academy said, but the reimagined program will take place over the course of several nights in September. The Academy will also forgo the Governors Ball events that typically follow both the Emmys and Creative Arts Emmys.The Creative Arts Emmys honors artists and craftspeople in technical, design and other categories across all genres.There was no similar update about the 72nd Emmy Awards telecast, which is scheduled to air on ABC on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. The Academy said in a statement that it and ABC "are committed to delivering a show that honors television's unparalleled role throughout 2020 in bringing people together during a worldwide pandemic as well as acknowledge and support the unprecedented national and global demand for social justice and equality."The Academy also announced a $1 million donation to The Actors Fund COVID-19 Relief Fund to support those who continue to be impacted...
    SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- Thousands of high school seniors in the San Francisco Bay Area will graduate this year without the pomp and circumstance of traditional graduation ceremonies due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. During these extraordinary times, ABC7 wants to honor the Class of 2020 and celebrate their accomplishments.#GRADSON7: Here's how you can submit photos, be featuredWith #GradsOn7, ABC7 is committed to saluting as many Bay Area high school seniors as possible by showcasing their pictures on our broadcast and digital platforms starting in May and running through the graduation season.This week, we are honoring students from Latino College Preparatory Academy and The King's Academy. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!Go here for more info on how you can submit photos and be featured in #GradsOn7.Take a look at all the submissions to our #GradsOn7 Student Spotlight project here.
    The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will require films to meet “representation and inclusion standards” prior to eligibility for awards. The Oscars didn’t reveal any details of the new standards, according to a news release shared by the organization Friday. We are excited to announce the next phase of our equity and inclusion initiative. In our efforts to increase representation, we are working to create new industry standards, add new voices to our Board of Governors and expand the Best Picture category. https://t.co/HSIfHtXPVh — The Academy (@TheAcademy) June 12, 2020 “While the Academy has made strides, we know there is much more work to be done in order to ensure equitable opportunities across the board,” Academy CEO Dawn Hudson said in a statement. “The need to address this issue is urgent. To that end, we will amend—and continue to examine—our rules and procedures to ensure that all voices are heard and celebrated.” “Through the dedication, focus, and concerted effort of our Board of Governors and members on the branch executive committees, the Academy has surpassed the goals...
    The Academy is still trying to get past its #OscarsSoWhite problem. On Friday, the Oscars unveiled the “next phase” of its program to boost the representation of women and people of color in the entertainment industry and the annual awards. The plan, titled Academy Aperature 2025, will “encourage equitable hiring practices and representation on- and off-screen in order to better reflect the diversity of the film community,” the Motion Picture Academy said in the announcement via Twitter. The move comes in the wake of a long-simmering controversy about a lack of diversity in Hollywood. In collaboration with the Producers Guild of America (PGA), the Academy will create an industry leaders task force “to develop and implement new representation and inclusion standards for Oscars eligibility,” starting with 2021-eligible films and the 2022 Oscars broadcast. Films up for the 93rd Academy Awards race, airing in 2021, will not be affected. The new edicts also include setting the number of Best Picture nominees at 10, rather than fluctuating the number every year, as well as allowing Academy members to screen eligible films quarterly,...
    A retired US Navy captain has resigned from the US Naval Academy Alumni Association after he was heard uttering racial slurs during a conversation with his wife that he accidentally live streamed on Facebook, according to a report. Scott Bethmann and his wife Nancy were apparently discussing the Black Lives Matter movement while watching TV, when the couple began using derogatory language and Bethmann mentioned the N-word, News4Jax reported. He and his wife appear to be discussing how some major firms have issued statements that denounce racism, according to the news outlet, which obtained a copy of the recording. “We support. We support. Every single company has put their word out,” Bethmann is heard saying, News4Jax reported. “I’ve gotten an email about how, we’re supporting and we need to fix this problem. F— you.” He also says: “The white m—-f—-s can’t say anything. That’s the point we’re making here, Nancy.” Bethmann’s wife is heard saying: “F—– Asians from China who love to steal all of our intellectual property,” according to the outlet. The 30-minute-long video apparently cuts out when Bethmann...
    (CNN)A retired US Navy captain who used derogatory language and racial slurs during a conversation with his wife that was accidentally live streamed on Facebook says he is "mortified" and working to be a better person. Texas county GOP chair-elect wont assume office amid backlash for posting MLK quote with a bananaScott Bethmann resigned from the US Naval Academy Alumni Association board after he accidentally streamed the conversation with his wife Nancy, according to a statement from the alumni association and a family spokesperson.Bethmann is heard using the N-word and complaining about not being able to speak his mind, saying, "The white m*****f*****s can't say anything. That's the point we're making here, Nancy." His wife is heard in the recording talking about "F****** Asians from China who love to steal all of our intellectual property." Bethmann's Facebook page has since been removed.Read More'We are deeply sorry'In a statement issued through a family spokesperson, Bethmann said it was never appropriate "to use derogatory terms when speaking about our fellow man.""There are no words that can appropriately express how mortified and apologetic...
    A retired U.S. Navy captain let his racist ideology show on Facebook Live when he apparently didn’t know he was going live in a conversation with his wife Friday night in Florida. Capt. Scott Bethmann could be heard in an Atlantic Beach community group spewing the n-word in complaints about his position as a white man in American society, according to First Coast News. “So all the white people have to say something nice to the black b–ch that works in the office. But the black b–ch don’t get fired. It’s bulls–t,” Bethmann said, reportedly giving his thoughts on companies that support the Black Lives Matter movement. “Management’s going to fire the white people.” In response to his wife’s warning that he “better watch” himself on the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association board, Bethmann can also be heard telling her: “I don’t say anything, that’s my point. The white m—–f—–s can’t say anything, that’s the point we’re making here, Nancy.” His wife also reportedly broadcasted her ignorance when the couple started talking about admissions to the U.S. Naval Academy. “You can bend over and kiss the U.S. Naval...
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