No medical report yet in Capron death Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 12 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos Islands Government offers sincere condolences to the family and friends on the death of the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell.The Premier, Dr. The Hon. Rufus W. Ewing, in deep reflection commented, “Our nation has suffered a tremendous loss today. Rev. Howell, as he was known to many, was a true patriot to our country and a soldier for our people. During his lifetime, he has made an invaluable contribution to the development of our society we are truly blessed to have known the late Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell and he will be greatly missed.” As the host of the popular Radio Talk Show, Expressions, Rev. Howell also stirred dialogue and national debate on some of the most controversial topics of our time but one of Rev. Howell’s most notable national accomplishments is the penning of the National Song This Land Of Ours.Our prayers are with the family and friends of Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell. May God be your source of comfort during this difficult time. May He strengthen you and keep you and may He bless these Turks and Caicos Islands. Related Items:death, Rev Dr. Conrad Howell Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Adaptation of National Song debuts in memory of writer, Conrad Howell Haitian gov’t official under investigation commits suicide
NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Oct 9, 2017 – 12:11 pm Russell Thompkins Jr. On Thom Bell’s Impact Thom Bell’s “Major Influence” On The Stylistics thom-bells-major-influence-stylistics Thom Bell’s “Major Influence” On The Stylistics Facebook Email This is something Russell Thompkins Jr. knows intimately as a member of the Philly soul group the Stylistics, for whom Bell co-wrote and produced several hits, including “I’m Stone In Love With You,” “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)” and “You Are Everything.””He was the major influence of my career,” says Thompkins. “When I first went in with Tommy, I think I was 19 or 20 years old. That’s when I first started learning my craft. And from the things that I learned from doing the sessions with him, it’s lasted me my whole career.”Now, Thompkins will have a chance to honor Bell, a 2017 Recording Academy Trustees Award recipient, for his contributions to the music industry during the Academy’s “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” two-hour TV special in recognition of this year’s class of Special Merit Awards recipients.Thompkins will perform a rendition of “You Make Me Feel Brand New” in Bell’s honor, one of the biggest songs Bell did with the Stylistics. But Thompkins’ favorite Bell tune?”My favorite song of Thom Bell’s in ‘Betcha By Golly Wow,'” says Thompkins. “It’s the song in my show that I never get tired of performing. It’s a wonderful song. I think out of the Stylistics’ songs, it’s the most recorded and done by other artists.”Tune in to “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” on PBS on Oct. 13 at 9 p.m. on PBS. In addition to Bell, honorees will include Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Sly Stone, Charley Pride and Shirley Caesar. Other artists scheduled to pay tribute to the honorees include Andra Day, Dwight Yoakam and Kirk Franklin.”GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends”: Performers And Full Set ListRead more News Twitter Ahead of the “GRAMMY Salute To Music Legends” TV special, take a look at how producer/label exec Thom Bell impacted the Stylistics and the sound of the Stylistics and Philly soulRenée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 9, 2017 – 12:12 pm There would have been no classic sound of Philadelphia soul in the 1970s if it weren’t for producer/record label executive Thom Bell.
Amy Jackson, British fiancee George PanayiotouInstagram2.0 actress Amy Jackson is currently in her third trimester and she is enjoying every phase of her pregnancy with her British fiancee George Panayiotou. The couple are currrently holidaying in Europe and Amy is leaving no stone unturned in making every moment a memorable one.The soon-to-be mother is known for pulling off every kind of cloth on body and has been setting a new precedent with her materity outfits for pregnant women. Sharing a few pictures on Instagram, Amy was seen flaunting her baby bump while soaking in the sun in a yellow bikini and needless to say that she was beaming with her pregnancy glow. In another picture, Amy and George shared an intimate moment wherein George was seen holding on the baby bump.Being a fitness freak, Amy Jackson has been working out rigorously. A few days ago, she shared a picture wherein she spoke about her pregnancy cravings. And if you are following her on Instagram, you wouldn’t be able take your eyes off her breathtaking pictures.After announcing her pregnancy on Mother’s Day, Amy and George got engaged in an intimate ceremony in London on May 5 and had been sharing some of their lovey-dovey moments on social media which you just can’t resist. Amy JacksonInstagram Amy Jackson flaunts her baby bump while soaking in the sun during her Europe trip with British fiancee George PanayiotouInstagram
Chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda. File photoElection commission lifts the restriction on plying of buses on the city thoroughfares on the elections to two city corporations on Thursday, reports UNB.”Buses can ply the main roads (of the Dhaka city),” chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda told a press conference at the Nirbachan Bhaban in the city on Wednesday.The EC initially imposed restriction on the plying of all sorts of motorised vehicles except emergency and permitted ones in the capital for the elections to two city corporations.The press conference was arranged over the by-election to the mayoral post of Dhaka North City Corporation and polls to councillor posts in its 18 new wards and 18 other new wards of Dhaka South City Corporation, which will be held on Thursday.The CEC said though no personal vehicle can ply the city roads for roaming unnecessarily, but examinees can use their private cars showing their admit cards.Huda said the EC has already issued directives to police in this regard.The balloting in the elections will begin at 8:00am and continue till 4:00pm without any break in the entire DNCC and DSCC extended areas.In DNCC, five candidates are vying for the mayoral post, while 116 contenders for 18 general councillor posts and 45 aspirants for six reserved seats which are exclusively for women. Of them, one general councillor candidate has been elected unopposed in the city.The five mayoral candidates are Awami League’s Atiqul Islam (Boat), Jatiya Party’s Shafin Ahmed (Plough), NPP’s Anisur Rahman (Mango) and PDP’s Shahin Khan (Tiger) and independent runner Abdur Rahim (Table Clock).In DSCC, there are 125 contestants for 18 general councillor posts and 24 women for six reserved seats.About the EC’s preparations for the elections, the CEC said the commission has completed all preparations to arrange the elections in a fair manner.”We want a free, fair and lawful election,” he added.Replying to a query, he explained why the voters and candidates are not so much enthusiastic over the elections. “One of the reasons is that they’ll be elected for only one year…. Besides, all the parties have not joined the elections though we’ve nothing to do here,” he added.About boycotting the polls by BNP, the CEC said, “We don’t have any failure. We don’t have any weakness. We’ve taken all preparations to arrange fair elections… they don’t participate in the elections, it’s their political decision.”In reply to another question, he said had all the parties joined the election, the commission would have been happier.
Listen It’s hard to keep principals at schools with high poverty. Research shows that over a quarter of those schools lose their principals each year.In East Houston, Furr High School tells a different story. There the principal is going on 17 years at the helm and leads the most ambitious endeavor on campus yet.Meet Bertie Simmons. She’s five feet tall. She wears red lipstick, thick rimmed glasses and a white bob. Next month she turns 83 years old.On this recent morning, she welcomed a mom to her office.“Have a seat. So what’s going on?” Simmons asked.“Horrible, I’ve had a horrible week,” Yasmin Rodriguez answered.Rodriguez came with her son Alex. He recently transferred but he’s failing his classes and gets in trouble for talking back. On top of that, Rodriguez just lost her job. Simmons tried to help.“Could you have passing grades? What if I got you a mentor?” she asked Alex.She called in the football coach, Cornell Gray. He looked Alex up and down and told him to bring shorts for practice tomorrow.“Alright, well, you’re in trouble now because Simmons put me on you,” Gray said.His mom brightened and quipped: “That’s a good thing.”Rodriguez is a single mom and likes the idea of her son having a male role model.Simmons spent half an hour with Alex and told some of her story – how she became principal here when his mom attended Furr.“Boy, if you think I’m sexy now, I was hot then! No, no, not really, I’m acting silly. I want you to know that we care about the kids in this school, and that’s why I’m taking this much time with you. Because I’m not going to let you come here and fail,” Simmons said.Laura IsenseeOn a recent morning, Furr Principal Bertie Simmons listened to a freshman read his first essay.This is how Simmons spends a lot of her day. She sees a steady stream of people: teachers, students, district officials. Most bring problems, though some share good news. In between visits, Simmons might snack on ice chips and Nutter Butter cookies.The day quickly becomes a case study of how this longtime, successful principal leads. It’s all about relationships.“Mainly there has to be a deep, abiding, sincere concern for all human beings,” Simmons said of her philosophy. “And I don’t find a lot of people going into education and especially the principal-ship who have that. And that’s not a put-down. It’s just reality.”Next on the day’s meetings, it’s a tense meeting about bullying with some moms and their daughters.The mothers urge their girls to focus on school.“You know, everybody needs to not be friends, but to get along to make it,” said Renee Vessell. “Because you never know who’s going to need who on the outside of this world.”Simmons backed her up: “Listen to the mother here, listen to all the mothers. They’re not yelling and screaming and carrying on and acting like – Do you know how y’all acted in my office? Y’all were cray, cray, every single one of you.”After the meeting, Simmons said that sometimes she’s crazy herself, in a good way.“I think I’m a little cray cray. I mean, I’m determined that these kids are going to have a chance,” she said.She came out of retirement to lead Furr in 2000. Back then, gangs ruled the campus. Barely half the kids graduated. Simmons thought she’d last three months. Seventeen years later, she leads a national experiment at Furr to transform the high school. Last fall, the school won a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute, a foundation led by Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs.Experts say school turnaround efforts are difficult without stable leadership.“It’s really just sort of having the gift of time, that you start something and you have the opportunity to see it through,” said Laura Hamilton, who studies ed reform with the national research group RAND Education. She said that time lets principals make real change.“As opposed to what often happens where you start something and you’re just kind of getting used to it and the next new thing comes in because there’s a leadership change, or policy change or whatever it might be,” Hamilton explained.Hamilton cautioned, however, that a principal’s skills must match the school’s needs, and sometimes turnover can be a good thing.From her decades of experience, Simmons said that there’s something else needed for real results in education: Principals have to care deeply for all their students.Simmons reflects on that every night.“And wonder if I’ve done enough. That’s the main thing, that I give enough. Did I care enough? Could I have done something differently? I don’t want to sound mushy but I’m just being honest,” she said.She added that it’s that concern for her students that keeps her going. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /03:39 Share
00:00 /00:43 X Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaHarris County Clerk Diane Trautman, speaking at the International Association of Government Officials Conference Trade Show Share Harris County is set to replace its antiquated voting machines, which are based on 20-year-old technology. But the work won’t be done in time for the 2020 presidential election.The new voting infrastructure will cost $74 million, with the funding coming out of the 2020 budget. Speaking at a trade show on Tuesday, County Clerk Diane Trautman said it will take until March just to narrow down the selection of voting machines to the top two vendors. She expects to pick the supplier by July of next year.“Actually just to make 5,000 machines will take months,” Trautman said. “So to get them back, put them in the field, teach the election workers and the voters how to use them, you are looking at, our estimate is the May 2021 election before they can be used.”Trautman called for replacing the county’s voting machines as part of her election campaign in 2018.In the meantime, Trautman said her office is taking other steps to try to make voting easier and more convenient. This fall will mark the second time Harris County will use countywide voting centers. The centers allow voters to cast their ballots at any polling location on Election Day, rather than just the one in their assigned precinct. The Houston Endowment awarded the county $250,000 for a voter outreach and education campaign about the centers.“Additionally, we are adding up to six new early voting locations for the November election, including my alma mater, the University of Houston,” Trautman said. That will bring the total number of early voting locations in the county to 52.Andrew Schneider/Houston Public MediaA prospective voter tries out an Election Systems & Software voting machine at the International Association of Government Officials Conference Trade Show. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen