46 Years of Laughter

first_imgShe started at Begg School and continued teaching when the district consolidated its two middle schools in the 1980s, renaming Begg as Manhattan Beach Intermediate School. Schreiner moved to Manhattan Beach Middle when it opened in 1998. Over the years, her four friends have left to raise families or retire. She’s taught a range of subjects such as history, mathematics, cooking, sewing, science and drafting. This year, she’ll teach five medieval history classes and a leadership class in the afternoon. At 66, the still-idealistic Schreiner approaches her job with a freshness of a person several decades younger. Her secret is simple: She loves her job. “I have spent my life being happy,” she said. “I wake up every morning and I’m happy.” Her enthusiasm and broad approach to learning impresses colleagues. “She does more than just teach to curriculum,” Principal John Jackson said. “She teaches the kids to be well-rounded.” On Wednesday, Schreiner ended a morning class by showing her students an editorial cartoon clipped from the morning newspaper. The cartoon’s satirical reference to Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” drew a few chuckles. “Laughter is good for us,” she said. “I’ll try to make you laugh every day.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! After telling Schreiner she preferred to be called Lexi, former Mayor Joyce Fahey’s daughter gave her teacher a scoop. “She just wanted a break, but she might run in two years,” Lexi said. As classes resumed at Manhattan Beach Middle School on Wednesday, Schreiner stood as the longest-tenured teacher (and employee) in the district. At a Tuesday ceremony, Superintendent Bev Rohrer presented Schreiner with a black 45-year pin and orchid lei. Schreiner took a job with the district in 1962, as an idealistic 21-year-old. Four friends also took teaching jobs. The five women lived in an apartment near the beach. Ro Schreiner’s seventh-grade roll call went beyond a simple reciting of names. On the first day of her 46th year as a Manhattan Beach public school teacher, Schreiner bantered with her students Wednesday as she called out their names, fine-tuning pronunciations along the way. After one student didn’t answer, Schreiner deadpanned “no estas en casa.” Recognizing a familiar last name, she called out Alexis Fahey: “Can I embarrass you? Your mom was mayor. Why didn’t she run for the school board?” last_img read more

Flood situation deteriorates in 4 dists

first_imgOverflown Jamuna river inundates Bordah area in Sariakandi of Bogra district.The flood situation in Jamalpur, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat and Gaibandha deteriorated further as major rivers there kept overflowing on Thursday, leaving two children dead and thousands of people marooned, reports UNB.In Gaibandha, two children — Sawpna Khatun of Kamarjani union in Sadar upazila and Pinha of Kabilpur in Phulchhari upazila — drowned in floodwater on Wednesday night and Thursday respectively.Besides, river erosion took a furious turn as water level in Bramhaputra and Ghaghat rivers continued to rise over the last few days, witnesses said.The people of the flood-hit areas have been facing immense sufferings for lack of adequate food, safe drinking water and sanitation.District administration source said a total of 2,10,000 people of 190 villages in 29 unions were affected by the flood while only 3,000 people took refuge in shelter centers. Besides, at least 123 primary schools remained closed in four upazilas of the district due to the flood.In Kurigram, the overall flood situation of the district worsened further as the Brahmaputra was flowing 37 cm above the danger level at Chilmari point while the Dharala 18 cm above the danger mark at the Bridge point.The water level in Dudhkumar increased by 4 cm, while the flow of the Teesta decreased by 14 cm. The two rivers were flowing slight below their danger levels.In the last 24 hours, 15 villages went under water afresh.Eighty-seven medical teams were formed in the district to prevent the outbreak of waterborne diseases in the flood-hit areas.More than 2,00,000 people in seven upazilas, out of nine, remained trapped in floodwater for the past few days while at least 150 schools were announced closed for the flood.Though the government has initiated the distribution of relief materials in the flood-affected areas but it is not adequate, said locals.Deputy Commissioner Abu Saleh Mohammad Ferdous Khan said they distributed three mts rice, cash Tk 8 lakh, 2,000 packets of dry food among flood-affected people in seven upazilas.In Jamalpur, almost one lakh people have been marooned in 35 unions in six upazilas and the Jamuna River was flowing 84 centimetres above the danger level at Bahadurshah point.District Relief and Rehabilitation office sources said seven unions of Islampur, eight of Dewanganj, seven in Madarganj, five in Sarishbari, three in Bakshiganj and one union in Melanandah were inundated.District primary education officer Md Shahidul Islam said a total 187 schools in seven upazilas remained shut due to the flood.Civil Surgeon Mosa-e-ul-Islam Ratan said 77 medical teams have been working with one in each union of the district.Deputy Commissioner Ahmed Kabir said they have distributed 180 mts rice, Tk 3.10 lakh among the flood victims.In Lalmonirhat, over one lakh people at 36 villages of 16 unions in Hatibandha, Kaliganj, Aditmari and Sadar upazilas of the Teesta basin remained trapped in floodwaters for the past five days.The Teesta River was flowing 20 cm below the danger level while the Dharola was flowing 25 cm above the red mark at Kulaghat point on Thursday morning, according to sources at the local office of Bangladesh Water Development Board.Sudden decrease in water flow triggered serious river erosion in some areas. The Teesta and Dharla devoured at least 63 houses in the last 24 hours.Besides, Lalmonirhat deputy commissioner Abul Fayez Md Alauddin Khan said they distributed 500 packets of dry food, Tk 2,00,000 in cash and 8 tonnes of GR rice among the flood-affected people in Hatibandha and Aditmari upazilas.last_img read more

Full Show Flu Season In Houston And Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson Jan

first_imgWe offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Share On Friday’s Houston Matters: Houston officials say there have been five flu-related deaths in the region since November. How bad is this flu season compared to previous years? We talk it over.Also this hour: Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about the importance of cosmic collisions — none of us would be here without them, he says — and about the challenges facing science these days. Tyson speaks at Jones Hall on Monday (Jan. 15) at 7:30 p.m. in an event hosted by Society for the Performing Arts.Also this hour: Our rotating panel of non-experts discusses The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly of the week’s news. And we talk with Houston runner Lisa Thompson, who despite being legally blind, is preparing to run in this weekend’s Chevron Houston Marathon.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Videolast_img read more

Creating magic with classics

first_imgCelebrating Indian classic cinema, a five-month long film festival titled Best of Indian Cinemas is being organised in the Capital that will screen movies every alternate Saturday. The festival, in association with Doordarshan will kick off on 25 October at National Museum Auditorium. Eleven movies in different languages which are Indian classics will feature in the event. The opening day of the festival will screen the English movie For Real. Directed by Sona Jain, the movie throws light on the point of view of a six-year-old girl caught in a family discord. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’English movie Stumble (directed by Prakash Belawadi) will be screened on 8 November. The film won the Indian National Film Award for Best Feature Film in English in 2003. Nishad, a Malayali movie directed by Shaji N Karun will be shown on 22 November. The movie plot is on the tensed atmosphere of 1971 when the war broke out between India and Pakistan.Marathi movie, Maala Aai Vhhaychy, directed by Samruoddhi Porey and Bengali movie Elar Char Adhyay directed by Bappaditya Bandopadhyay will be screened on 13 and 27 December respectively. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTamil movie Kanchivaram by Priya Darshan; Marathi movie Deool, directed by Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni will be screened on 10 and 24 January respectively. English movie Mr & Mrs Iyer, directed by Aparna Sen; Hindi movie Khargosh directed by by Parseh Kamdar will feature in the month of February on 14 and 28.The last month of the festival will screen the English movie The Last Lear directed by Rituparno Ghosh and Bengali movie Herbert directed by Suman Mukhopadhyay on 14 and 28 March  respectively.When: 25 October – 28 March Where: National Museum, Janpathlast_img read more

How to Find the Right Payment System

first_imgJuly 9, 2019 This story appears in the July 2019 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » 1. Prioritize Anytime, Anywhere PaymentsFrom Joey Rault, head of enterprise sales, SquareIf you’re a quick-service or retail franchise, a traditional sale means a customer is entering a physical store and purchasing an item. But customers’ expectations of convenience keep getting higher, so we’re seeing many of the franchises on Square leverage self-service kiosks, e-commerce, and mobile apps to facilitate payments anywhere. For example, we work with Ben & Jerry’s, and if you’re a franchisee, a great place to sell is outside the store in the summer, or at the local high school football game. When you’re looking for a merchant service provider, be sure to choose one that can, in any circumstance, allow you to accept all forms of payment: mag stripe, chip cards, mobile payments, and gift cards. You’ll also want to consider how the provider presents data, which is critical to understanding your customers. Whether your annual revenue is $500,000 or $500 million, connecting the dots on customer data from different channels — in-store, events, e-commerce, mobile — may be difficult, especially if you have a different service provider for each. When a customer swipes a card, Square logs a record of that transaction associated with that customer’s name. Every future transaction will automatically show up there, and the franchisee can get to know not only that customer but also her purchase habits, like whether she typically buys in-store or online. This kind of information can guide future decisions that will be critical to a franchisee’s top-line revenue and scalable growth.Related: How to Streamline Your Company’s Purchasing2. Look for a Holistic ApproachFrom Steven Johnson, franchisee, Mr. Appliance Mr. Appliance, a Texas-based operation with more than 275 locations, offers in-home and in-office appliance repairs. Almost a decade ago, longtime franchisee Steven Johnson partnered with payment processor CardConnect because of its… a. Data. Easy-to-access transaction records are vital to Mr. Appliance’s business. Johnson uses CardConnect’s portal to pull up invoice numbers, purchase amounts, and transaction entry numbers, which makes it easier to reconcile invoices with proof of payment. b. Communication. Johnson values CardConnect’s quick response rate. If there’s ever a platform issue or the company can’t determine how a payment was processed, he says, his CardConnect representative replies right away.  c. Personalized service. Johnson’s business recently enjoyed a growth spurt, and CardConnect notified him that the increase in processed payments qualified Johnson for additional savings on American Express transactions. “Three-fourths of a percent might not sound like a lot,” he says, “but we do more than $15,000 a day in credit card sales.”Related: A Good Accountant Is Key to a Good Franchise Operation. Here’s How to Find One. 3. Unexpected SuccessFrom James Meeks, CEO, MOVE SystemsWhat he expected: After the 2014 launch of his sustainable mobile food-cart company, Meeks signed on with Clover, a payment processing system that prides itself on personalization and could help him secure payment hardware that would withstand the bumps and thumps of a jostling food cart. What he got: In addition to hardy hardware, Meeks was able to customize the checkout experience through Clover’s integrative app store, which can help manage loyalty programs or encourage end customers to round up their purchase total for charity. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

StokeonTrent holidaymakers warned as Spains terror threat raised to severe for summer

first_imgDriver named following fatal collision Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailStokie holidaymakers booked to travel to Spain for a summer getaway are being warned the country’s terror threat has been raised to ‘severe’. Intelligence on terrorist group ISIS has led Spanish police to scale up their presence in tourist hot spots such as Barcelona, Madrid and Brit favourite Benidorm. The anti-terror operation, known as Operation Summer, will see an extra 40,000 officers stationed in key destinations. Tourists heading top Spain are now being urged to be ‘vigilant’. Spain’s terror threat level was bumped up to four out of five, with  the Daily Star reporting  that the British Foreign Office say attacks are ‘likely’. It comes two years after vehicles were deliberately driven at pedestrians in the popular Las Ramblas area of Barcelona – killing 13 people and injuring another 130. Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Terrorists targeted Las Ramblas, Barcelona, in 2017 Operation Summer aims to “take full action to obtain information in order to prevent terrorist acts” while also “reinforcing security measures at events and places that will attract a large number of people”. The government’s travel advice for Spain on the Foreign Office website says: “Terrorists are likely to try to carry out attacks in Spain. Attacks could be indiscriminate, including in places visited by foreigners. Read MoreThe UK Foreign Office issues travel advice to British holiday makers going abroad (including Spain, Egypt and Greece)   “The Spanish authorities take measures to protect visitors, but you should be vigilant and follow the instructions of the local authorities. “On August 17/18, 2017, there were two terrorist-related incidents where vehicles were driven directly at pedestrians, resulting in injuries and loss of life. These were in the Las Ramblas area of Barcelona and Cambrils, near Salou (100km southwest of Barcelona).” Read MoreTesco prankster ‘swaps labels on meat and vegetarian meals’ – and shoppers are NOT happy   It adds: “Spanish police have disrupted a number of groups suspected of recruiting individuals to travel to Syria and Iraq from 2015 to the present date. Some of them expressed an intention to carry out attacks in Europe. “There’s a heightened threat of terrorist attack globally against UK interests and British nationals from groups or individuals motivated by the conflict in Iraq and Syria. You should be vigilant at this time.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.last_img read more