Daily Archives: June 6, 2017

PA school district hit with 'ghost teacher' lawsuit

The controversial practice of having “ghost teachers” in public schools is haunting another Pennsylvania school district. A lawsuit was recently filed against the Reading School District in eastern Pennsylvania, alleging that so-called ghost teachers have been paid more than $500,000, essentially to skip teaching classes and instead work full time for the local teachers’ union, the Reading Education Association (REA). ...

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George and Amal Clooney welcome twins

George and Amal Clooney have welcomed twins Ella and Alexander Clooney. The pair was born Tuesday morning, according to actor and producer Clooney’s publicist, Stan Rosenfield. He says both are “happy, healthy and doing fine.” Jokes Rosenfield, “George is sedated and should recover in a few days.” While joining her husband on Hollywood’s red carpets since the two married in ...

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How can Canada prevent 'soft target' terror attacks?

Community outreach and enhanced intelligence are key to stopping jihadi-inspired attacks on soft-target civilian spaces, experts say. This weekend’s attack in the U.K. capital, where perpetrators drove a van into a pedestrian crowd on London Bridge before waging a deadly stabbing spree, is the latest one carried out with ease in a public space. The casualty count may be lower than ...

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U.S.-backed forces in Syria begin offensive to capture ISIS-held Raqqa

A U.S.-backed Syrian force says it has begun an offensive to capture the northern city of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group. Talal Sillo, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, told reporters Tuesday that operations have begun in co-ordination with the U.S.-led coalition. SDF fighters began advancing toward Raqqa in November, capturing wide areas ...

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Canadians see in Obama the traits they wish they had, but Americans see failure on many fronts: Neil Macdonald

Former U.S. president Barack Obama is speaking today in Montreal. The event was sold out weeks ago, less than an hour after tickets went on sale. Of course, it was. Even during his least popular days as president, Obama remained beloved here. During the 2012 U.S. election, one poll suggested 65 per cent of Canadians would have voted for Obama ...

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Britain needs a second flag-carrier

AIRLINES, like all firms, have a duty to shareholders to cut costs, if it makes them more competitive and more profitable in the long term. British Airways has been zealous in this regard. Over the past few years, the airline, under the stewardship of Willie Walsh and Alex Cruz, has cut staff, outsourced IT, and removed complimentary goodies from passengers. ...

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