STATE REP RACE QA Erin Buckley Discusses Education Issues Negative Campaigning

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Apple is asking weekly questions to the seven candidates running in contested primaries for the Wilmington/Tewksbury State Representative seat (19th Middlesex).Below, in her own words, are the responses to this week’s questions from candidate Erin Buckley (R-Tewksbury).#13) The Massachusetts education funding formula hasn’t been updated in 25 years. This Chapter 70 formula fails to provide the funding needed for school districts to fund core expenses. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center published a report last week (“Building An Education System That Works For Everyone: Funding Reforms To Help All Our Children Thrive“) detailing the problem. The Wilmington & Tewksbury School Committees have long advocated for the State House to update the Chapter 70 formula. Do you commit to fighting for an updated formula? What else will you do as State Representative to help our public schools?Yes, I support the fight to re-evaluate the Education Funding Formula. This has not been done since the Education Reform Act of 1993, under Governor Celluci. I would also favor additional language that would make the formula automatically reviewed after a certain number of years. The economic conditions of our Commonwealth change, school systems change, and therefor the language to keep Chapter 70 an advanced and productive means to fund our educational system must change as well. I believe that the fiscal 2019 Budget does address some funding shortfalls with $100m more dollars to chapter 70, as well as regional school bussing, charter school reimbursement, and Special Education Circuit Breaker funding; however these changes are only for next year and we need to take a good look at how the formula should work for the long-term betterment of our schools’ futures.#14) Define “negative campaigning.” Do you pledge not to engage in any negative campaigning during this election? Why or why not? When responding to an attack, will you follow the “when they go low, we go high” Michelle Obama mantra or the “when someone attacks me, I always attack back… except 100x more” Donald Trump mantra?I take umbrage with this question — and beyond the not-so-subtle implication that Democrats engage in a superior form of politics than Republicans. Politics is the arena for a battle of ideas. Voters should take into account a variety of factors about a candidate: intelligence, experience, community involvement, history of accomplishment and service, etc. If a fellow candidate lacks these crucial characteristics, that is well within the arena and must be discussed. If a candidate holds beliefs that another candidate finds potentially damaging to the contested district or state or body, that must be shared and if it warrants strong speech, so be it. “Negative campaigning” is in the eye and ear of the beholder and it is too often defined along party lines. For me, truly negative campaigning is any action or speech that promotes no agenda and only works to reduce the process itself. And that is something I refuse to both engage in — nor suffer quietly. As the saying goes, let the best candidate win!(NOTE: Do you have a question for the candidates? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com and it may be asked in a future Q&A or in a debate.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE Q&A: Pina Prinzivalli Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Erika Johnson Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Mark Kratman Discusses Education Issues, Negative CampaigningIn “Government”last_img read more

Swedens negative interest rate shock

first_imgSweden’s negative interest rate shock352 viewsSweden’s negative interest rate shock352 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Sweden’s negative interest rate shock352 viewsBusinessIt’s not often Sweden shocks markets but the central bank’s decision to introduce negative interest rates wasn’t expected. Neither was the launch of a bond buying programme. The moves are a responseVentuno Web Player 4.50It’s not often Sweden shocks markets but the central bank’s decision to introduce negative interest rates wasn’t expected. Neither was the launch of a bond buying programme. The moves are a responselast_img read more

2 killed in Gopalganj road crash

first_imgTwo persons, including an NGO official, were killed and five others injured as a microbus crashed into a motorcycle and a rickshaw van Gopalganj’s Ratil in Kashiani upazila on Saturday, reports UNB.The deceased were Nurul Islam, 40, manager of Kathi Bazar branch of Jagorani Chakra Foundation in Sadar upazila and son of M Abdul Morol of Rupdia in Jashore Sadar upazila, and rickshaw van driver Rakib Sheikh, 45, son of Noor Mohammad Sheikh of Dhankora village in Kashiani.Officer-in-charge of Kashiani police Station M Azizur Rahman said the microbus first smashed into the motorcycle of Nurul and then the van around 2:30pm before plunging into a roadside ditch after its driver lost control over the steering.The accident left the NGO official dead on the spot and Rakib and five passengers of the microbus injured.Physicians at Kashiani Upazila Health Complex declared the van driver dead on arrival after the injured were taken there.The rest of the injured were later sent to Faridpur Medical College Hospital, the OC said.last_img read more

Diwali 2017 was dim for fashion industry

first_imgStyle, it would appear, never goes out of fashion. But the passion to spend on designer clothes and accessories took a beating in the past year, ever since the Narendra Modi government implemented the demonetisation policy. The introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in July added to the woes, say designers.”Demonetisation was a wonderful move by the government, but it was badly executed. They did not see the entire scenario. It has disrupted the business (of fashion). There were a lot of times that my employees – like tailors and embroiderers – could not go to the bank. Demonetisation impacted them badly,” Rahul Mishra, a regular participating designer at the Paris runways said.The stress, he says, was felt more by weavers, embroiderers, tailors and craftspersons. The introduction of GST on July 1 impacted the same set of people more than others.”I am not against GST. We work with handmade clothes and labour is intensive. So if I supply merchandise worth Rs 1 crore, then 12 per cent needs to be paid upfront as GST. Next month, again if I am supplying, then I have to pay 12 per cent, so I have to pay so much to GST and then wait for the sale to happen.”He says the government should encourage the handmade industry by bringing in separate laws for it. “I want to pay taxes on what I am selling because if I am not selling, then business is less, opportunity is less and so is potential for employment,” said Mishra.A report by Investment Information and Credit Rating Agency of India (ICRA) stated that the Indian textiles and apparel industry, which accounts for almost 24 per cent of the world’s spindle capacity and eight per cent of global rotor capacity, has been struggling due to the impact of demonetisation and GST.The report stated that the disruptions caused by demonetisation and transition to the GST regime has “narcotised the Indian apparel and fabric industry”.Other designers say they are witnessing reduced business, but they are hopeful that the forthcoming wedding season may bring a touch of relief. Many feel that banning of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes was a good move to weed out corruption in the country, even though it took its toll on the design world. GST only added to their troubles.Designer Samant Chauhan is disappointed that the festive season failed to raise the shoppers’ spirit.”I always knew that the market is slow and we will get good sales in Diwali. But things were not that great during the festive time either, with sales at less than half. There was no (big) party happening on Diwali, so why will people buy designer clothes. I think the note ban did have an impact on that (party culture).”He said that after demonetisation, prices of yarns and fabric went up. “Only those people survived who had systems (workstations and mills). There was a huge crunch of fabric as most of the weavers were in the bank getting their cash. When things normalised, the prices went up,” he added.Sunil Sethi, President, Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI), the country’s apex fashion body, admitted that sales had slumped due to demonetisation and GST. “I’m hoping that the business is going to be regularised in the near future. Certain amount of discipline has set in for both the customer and designer. However, there is no doubt that the volume of business has gone down, which is not a good sign. Hoping for the market to pick up soon,” Sethi said.Menswear designer Pawan Sachdeva echoed the sentiment. “The effect of demonetisation has lingered even after a year. The luxury market has faced a major slowdown. Even as the effects of demonetisation hadn’t lessened, GST was introduced as a new policy, slowing the market even more,” he said.The major problem, according to him, was that cash flow declined sharply, resulting in slashing of up to almost 80 per cent of luxury sales.last_img read more

PeriscopeLike Live Video Streaming Comes to Everyday Facebook Users

first_imgDecember 4, 2015 Enroll Now for Free 2 min read The rich and famous had it first. Now everyday people have it, too. Taking aim at Twitter’s Periscope and Meerkat, Facebook is finally opening up its live video-streaming feature to everyone.The social media giant announced the move yesterday, marking the expansion of a capability first unveiled last August as part of its public-figures initiative, Facebook Mentions. Some of the first celebs cherry-picked to live stream on the world’s largest social media network include household names like Martha Stewart, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Serena Williams.“Live lets you show the people you care about what you’re seeing in real time,” Facebook product manager Vadim Lavrusik wrote on his Facebook wall. “Whether you’re visiting a new place, cooking your favorite recipe, or just want to share some thoughts. Live lets you bring your friends and family right next to you to experience what’s happening together.”Image credit: FacebookRelated: 3 Essentials for Making a Facebook Video That Gets People to BuyInitially,  Facebook says only a “small percent” of its users in the U.S. will be able to test out the feature, simply called Live Video. For now, it’s only available via Facebook’s iOS app. An Android version of it is slated for release early next year.If you’re one of the lucky people who see the feature within your Facebook iPhone app, all you have to do is select the Live Video icon to start streaming. Don’t forget to specify who gets to watch your real-time broadcast — your friends or the public. Once the stream ends, your video will live on your timeline.Facebook’s latest foray into video highlights its ability to adapt to the fast evolving media consumption landscape. The company already racks up some 8 billion traditional video views per day. It will be interesting to see how its streaming video numbers shake out. With more than 1 billion people active on Facebook the world over, it can’t go wrong.Image credit: FacebookRelated: How Brands Are Paving the Way for Periscope Marketingcenter_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more

The Biggest Dos and Donts of Video Conferencing

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. January 5, 2017 3 min read Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Video conferencing has quickly become a business standard in many industries. New technology has made it easier than ever to connect with partners, clients and employees across the globe. It’s important for businesses to effectively train their employees about videoconferences as it becomes more widely used throughout the world.Here are 10 do’s and don’ts that I believe elevate the overall experience of a video conference.Related: 4 Ideas for Hosting Google+ Hangouts ‘On Air’Do: Mute your microphone whenever you’re not speaking — even if you’re alone in the room. Background noise can be an annoying distraction and stifle any meeting’s flow.Do: Be aware of your video’s settings. Check if your microphone is muted before delivering a two-minute monologue that no one will hear.Don’t: Position your camera too low, too high or hooked onto a different monitor. Weird camera angles can be very distracting — and unflattering — during video conference calls. Make sure your camera is eye level and on the monitor you plan to use for the conference.Do: Make sure your room is well lit (side lighting is the best). Few things are worse than having a professional meeting while feeling like you’re talking to someone in a dungeon. Use natural light from windows or simply turn on the overhead light in the room to brighten up the conference.Do: Wear appropriate clothing. I know it can be tempting — especially if you work from home — to wear a work shirt and athletic shorts but dress as if you’re meeting face to face. You never know if you’re going to have to get up suddenly or if your camera might fall. So wear clean, professional clothing for your video calls.Related: 3 Low-Cost Tools for Better Virtual MeetingsDo: Your wall art or decorations should be work appropriate and your surroundings clean. If your room looks like a college dorm room after a bender, clean it or find a different room. This also includes your desk! Avoid having multiple coffee mugs, dishes and trash on the surface.Do: Test your microphone before you video call, especially if it’s an important meeting. Test it by video conferencing your colleague before the meeting. Nothing is worse than trying to share something critical, and not being able to communicate clearly because your audio clarity and volume is poor.Do: If you’re in a group call without video, introduce yourself before you talk. Consider something like “Hi it’s Jim, I have a question.” While several programs will notify you as to who is talking, conference line numbers will not. Therefore, be polite and introduce yourself.Don’t: Check or read emails or peruse articles while on the video call. This also includes doing additional work beyond the call.  It’s easy for other participant’s to tell if you aren’t fully focused and present during the video call.Do: When you’re talking, look into the camera instead of looking at yourself talking on the computer screen. It will help others on the call feel like you’re 100 percent engaged and present.It’s important to remember that video conferences are essentially in-person interactions that allow businesses to communicate more effectively.Related: Video Conference Etiquette for Dummies Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more