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MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) 2016 Circular

first_imgMPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2016 circular For more information about MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw)  2016 circular Company ProfileMalawi Property Investment Company Limited (MPICO) is a property company with interests in property development, rentals and property management. The company owns, leases, manages and develops commercial, residential and industrial properties in major towns and cities in Malawi. MPICO’s property portfolio includes offices, high-rise buildings, residential homes, warehouses and retail outlets; providing property solutions for clients in the major towns and cities of Malawi, including Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. MPICO owns 35 commercial buildings and a selection of flats, private-lease houses and guest lodges; Its subsidiaries included Capital Developments Limited and New Capital Properties Limited. Malawi Property Investment Company Limited (MPICO) is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Should I buy Tesla shares or the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust?

first_img I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Should I buy Tesla shares or the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust? See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Image source: Tesla Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares are one of the market’s hot investments. The company has made some of its investors incredibly rich over the past few years as it helped revolutionised the global electric vehicle market. Some analysts believe its growth is only just getting started.With that in mind, I’ve been considering the stock from my portfolio after recent declines. However, there’s always going to be the risk the business doesn’t live up to lofty Wall Street expectations.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As such, I’ve also been reviewing the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust (LSE: SMT) to see if it could be a substitute for the American vehicle maker in my portfolio.Tesla shares on offer? Over the past few weeks, shares in Tesla have dropped from their all-time high. Some investors believe this could be a buying opportunity, based on the company’s long-term potential. The problem with this opinion is the fact it’s impossible to predict the future. Tesla has revolutionised the electric vehicle market over the past decade, and its shareholders have reaped substantial rewards as a result. Nevertheless, past performance should never be used to guarantee future potential. There’s no guarantee Tesla’s sales and earnings will continue to grow. The risks to the company’s success are increasing. While the business has the first-mover advantage, and its vehicles are seen as the holy grail of electric car development in some quarters, its competitors are catching up. The next 12 months are set to be the busiest ever for electric vehicle launches. While Tesla is planning to launch a selection of new models, it will face stiff competition from the likes of Volvo, VW, Fiat and Mercedes. This growing competition suggests that while Tesla may be able to maintain its growth rate in 2021, it’s by no means guaranteed. That’s why I’ve been considering the Scottish Mortgage Investment Trust. Scottish Mortgage Investment’s key advantage Until January this year, when the company sold some of its Tesla shares, Scottish Mortgage was the electric vehicle firm’s second-largest shareholder, after the founder Elon Musk. The holding is still the largest in the £17bn trust’s portfolio. However, alongside Tesla, the fund also owns a portfolio of public and private tech companies. I believe this provides some much-needed diversification. For example, one of the trust’s top 10 holdings is NIO Inc, a Tesla competitor.With competition in the electric vehicle sector growing, I don’t think it makes sense the back just one horse. Scottish Mortgage Investment’s diversified approach seems to provide the best of both worlds. The trust will benefit significantly if Tesla continues to outperform. If the group starts to struggle, the impact on the organisation will be limited. Unfortunately, this focus on technology could also be a drawback. If tech stocks start to struggle, the trust may do so as well. In the second half of February, the trust lost more than 20% of its value for this reason. That’s something investors need to consider. I would only own Scottish Mortgage as part of a diversified portfolio for that reason.  Therefore, I’d buy Scottish Mortgage today and avoid investing in Tesla shares directly. Another advantage of investing in the UK-listed trust is it’s easier for UK investors to buy and sell. There’s no need to worry about foreign exchange fees or other challenges by investing directly in an overseas market.  Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Tesla. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves | Wednesday, 3rd March, 2021 | More on: SMT TSLA last_img read more

If I could only buy 1 UK share, this would be it

first_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. If I could only buy one UK share for my personal share portfolio, what would I choose?I’ll start by saying that I would never actually put all of my money into one share. No company is perfect and there are always risks that may not be obvious from the outside. I believe that some diversification is essential.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…However, if I did want to invest my entire portfolio in one UK share, I’d want a company that had proven its worth many times. I’d also want to know that top management had a big shareholding in the business, so their interests would be aligned with mine.This leads me to a few, simple requirements.First, the company would need to have some age, preferably as a publicly listed stock. That way I could be confident that any serious problems with the business model would probably already have been revealed.Second, I’d want a company that has generated value for shareholders over long periods. I’d look for a strong share price performance and reliable dividends.Finally, I’d want to see owner-management. Ideally, the CEO or founding family would have a substantial shareholding. This would give me confidence that they’d care about protecting the value of the business and delivering sustainable growth.My perfect company?If I could only buy one stock, the UK share I’d buy today is Associated British Foods (LSE: ABF). This unusual group owns a broad range of food and grocery brands, including Twinings, Kingsmill, Patak’s, and Silver Spoon. ABF also owns the Primark fashion retail chain.Although owning such a diverse mix of businesses is not fashionable these days, this FTSE 100 stock satisfies all of my requirements:ABF has been in business since 1935 and listed on the London Stock Exchange since 1994.The Associated British Foods share price has risen by 425% over the last 20 years, and by 130% over the last 10 years.ABF’s dividend has only been cut once (last year) since 2000.The founding Weston family still control and run the business. George Weston is CEO and the Weston family control 54% of the shares.Why I’d buy this UK share todayAssociated British Foods is not the cheapest stock I’ll find on the UK market. It doesn’t have the highest profit margins or the highest dividend yield. And it certainly isn’t the most exciting.However, what this business does have is a long track record of generating attractive returns for its shareholders, many of whom are family members.As it happens, ABF shares now look cheaper to me than they have done for a number of years. Last year was tough for the company, which generates more than half its profits from Primark. With stores closed for much of the last 12 months, ABF’s management estimate that the group lost £3bn of sales and over £1bn of profit.Fortunately, the company’s debt-free balance sheet allowed the company to navigate the year without having to raise funds from shareholders. Furlough payments are being returned and the dividend has been reinstated.ABF shares currently trade on 17 times 2021–22 forecast earnings, with a 2% yield. I’d be happy to buy at this level for a long-term holding. If I could only buy 1 UK share, this would be it Image source: Getty Images Roland Head | Tuesday, 4th May, 2021 | More on: ABF The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement.center_img Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Associated British Foods. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Learn how you can grab this ‘Top Income Stock’ Report now Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Address We think that when a company’s CEO owns 12.1% of its stock, that’s usually a very good sign.But with this opportunity it could get even better.Still only 55 years old, he sees the chance for a new “Uber-style” technology.And this is not a tiny tech startup full of empty promises.This extraordinary company is already one of the largest in its industry.Last year, revenues hit a whopping £1.132 billion.The board recently announced a 10% dividend hike.And it has been a superb Motley Fool income pick for 9 years running!But even so, we believe there could still be huge upside ahead.Clearly, this company’s founder and CEO agrees. See all posts by Roland Headlast_img read more

Jason White smothering hit on Paul Sackey

first_imgTuesday Mar 11, 2008 Jason White smothering hit on Paul Sackey It’s been a long time since I’ve had so many requests for a particular clip, but since Saturday, the requests board and my inbox has been inundated with messages from Scottish fans & neutrals alike who’ve been wanting to see this hit.We’ve said it before – Jason White is a lethal tackler. Not a dirty tackler, but a technically perfect, hard hitting, in your face, do not run at me type of tackler.Coming on as a sub against England on the weekend, White laid into wing Paul Sackey with another one of his trademark hits, lifting the Murrayfield crowd and of course, his Scottish team who later went on to lift the Calcutta Cup.Congrats to Scotland on the victory and to Jason White, cracking tackle. Is there a harder hitting (legal) tackler in international rugby out there I wonder? Doubt it. 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Jason White smothering hit on Paul Sackey | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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People’s Postcode Lottery launches £3 million Postcode Recovery Fund

first_img  995 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Melanie May | 1 October 2020 | News People’s Postcode Lottery launches £3 million Postcode Recovery Fund AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 Tagged with: coronavirus Funding People’s Postcode Lottery About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Funding is available for charities with ideas to help communities across Britain recover from problems highlighted or exacerbated by the pandemic from the new £3 million Postcode Recovery Fund.Charities can apply for between £500,000 and £1 million in funding. Priority areas for support include educational inequalities, homelessness, domestic violence, health and wellbeing, poverty, social exclusion and isolation. Applications where there are other clear benefits to the community will also be considered.The funding will come from the Postcode Dream Trust, which was created to provide opportunities for charities to deliver their dream projects through collaboration. The Trust’s work has been realigned this year to support Covid-19 recovery efforts.Laura Chow, Head of Charities at People’s Postcode Lottery said:“Charities across the country have been doing tremendous work to support the people who rely on them in times of need. Many of our supported charities have adapted to meet the enhanced needs of communities during the pandemic.“This fund will give charities an important opportunity to innovate in a way which will provide lasting benefit, thanks to the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery.“We recognise that without additional intervention there is a real risk that the effects of the pandemic will be irreversible for the most vulnerable in our society.”Applications for the Postcode Recovery Fund can be made from today (1 October) until 30 October.There is a three-stage application process: Advertisement  994 total views,  2 views today Stage 1 invites charities to submit the high level details of their project and the problems they are trying to solve.Stage 2 involves the shortlisted projects submitting a more detailed project application.Stage 3 will invite the best entries to give a formal presentation to an assessment panel.The successful applications will be announced in March 2021.last_img read more

Bay Area anti-fascist protest

first_imgWW Photo: Marcello SeveroJan. 9–A rally against fascism organized by the United Front Committee for a Labor Party drew a small but enthusiastic crowd in front of the San Francisco Federal Building. Speakers included members of the United Front Committee, the Alliance for Independent Workers, Freedom Socialist Party and Workers World Party.  Judy Greenspan of Workers World Party said to the the rally: “Only the power of the workers can push back against this rising racist and fascist movement.”–Report by Judy Greenspan FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

An APTN cameraman arrested by Iraqi police

first_img IraqMiddle East – North Africa IraqMiddle East – North Africa Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” May 24, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 An APTN cameraman arrested by Iraqi police December 16, 2020 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders has called on the Iraqi authorities to rapidly explain the arrest of Ibrahim Ahmed Salma, 36, cameraman with the US agency Associated Press Television News (APTN) in Baghdad on 21 May 2005.”The methods of arresting Iraqi journalists are brutal and abusive,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.Ahmed Salma’s brother told Reporters Without Borders’ correspondent in Iraq that police raided al-Hurriyah district in western Baghdad at around midnight on 21 May and rounded up a certain number of residents. Police also entered the family home of Ibrahim Ahmed Salma, and roughed him up before forcing him to go with them, despite his protests and presentation of his press card.An APTN spokesman told Reporters Without Borders on the phone that the agency was in contact with the authorities to try to discover the reasons for the sudden arrest. It is not yet known whether the cameraman was arrested in connection with this work.”It’s not the first time that police have burst into the home of a cameraman, this time in the middle of the night, and without any explanation,” said Reporters Without Borders. “A similar thing happened in recent police raids when cameramen with British news agency Reuters and German TV Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen were arrested and detained.” “This latest arrest is all the more worrying since we have no information about where the journalist is being held and his family has had no news of him. We urge the Iraqi authorities to quickly explain whey he has been arrested and where he is being detained,” it said.Iraqi authorities are still holding three journalistsHussein Al Shimari, reporter with satellite TV Al-Diyar, who was arrested on 9 April in Diyala Province, northeast of Baghdad, has still not been released. According to his editor, the journalist is being held by the Iraqi military forces, who suspect him of collaborating with insurgents, and has reportedly been tortured. He has not been allowed to contact his family who have had no news of him since his arrest.The mayor of Kawit, in southern Iraq on 12 April ordered the arrest of Ayad al-Tamimi, editor of the daily Sada Wasit, and the journalist Ahmed Mutare Abass. Ibrahim al-Srage, chairman of the Iraqi journalists’ defence organisation, said the mayor had asked for an arrest warrant from the town’s prosecutor general and had unfairly sentenced the first journalist to two months imprisonment and the second to four months for “defamation”. The newspaper had carried several articles that raised the failings of the town’s administration and the constant insecurity. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan Organisation Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders has called on the Iraqi authorities to rapidly explain the arrest of Ibrahim Ahmed Salma, 36, cameraman with the US agency Associated Press Television News (APTN) in Baghdad on 21 May 2005. “This latest arrest is all the more worrying since we have no information about where the journalist is being held. We urge the Iraqi authorities to quickly explain whey he has been arrested and where he is being detained,” the organisation said. February 15, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en Receive email alerts News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” December 28, 2020 Find out more News to go further Follow the news on Iraqlast_img read more

Gongadze murder trial resumes in Kiev

first_img Receive email alerts Organisation February 12, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Gongadze murder trial resumes in Kiev to go further News RSF_en March 26, 2021 Find out more News Ukrainian media group harassed by broadcasting authority UkraineEurope – Central Asia Newscenter_img The trial of three policemen accused of the 2000 murder of Ukrainian journalist Georgy Gongadze resumed in Kiev on 5 February. The prosecutor has requested sentences ranging from 12 to 14 years in prison for the three defendants, Nicolas Protasov, Alexandre Popovitch and Valery Kostenko.“As the trial resumes, we reiterate our desire to see Gongadze’s murderers convicted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We hope that all those who were behind this murder will also be identified, tried and convicted.”Ukraine’s deputy prosecutor-general Mykola Holomsha, said at the start of the month that he was waiting for the results of the expert analysis of the recordings made by former President Leonid Kuchma’s bodyguard, Mykola Melnychenko. As soon as they are known, the court could formally charge “certain persons” with organising Gongadze’s murder, he said.The editor of the online newspaper Ukrainskaya Pravda, which he created in April 2000, Gongadze often wrote about cases of alleged corruption involving members of the Kuchma government. He was also an active campaigner for more press freedom in Ukraine. He was 31 years old when he was kidnapped on 16 September 2000. A headless body found near Kiev six weeks later was identified as his. Crimean journalist “confesses” to spying for Ukraine on Russian TV Ukraine escalates “information war” by banning three pro-Kremlin media News UkraineEurope – Central Asia February 26, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Ukraine Help by sharing this information September 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Regime jails journalist for eight years and suspends more publications

first_img News Help by sharing this information News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) said today it was deeply shocked at the eight-year jail sentence passed on an elderly and ailing Iranian journalist, Siamak Pourzand (see photo), 71, and called for his immediate release. “It is outrageous to imprison a journalist of that age, especially when he is ill,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard.He also expressed concern at the suspension of the country’s main reformist daily newspaper, Bonyan, and urged Iranian President Mohammad Khatami to “block these steps taken by the judiciary and ensure respect for the Constitution, of which he is the official protector.” Seven publications have been suspended in Iran since the beginning of the year. Despite the release today of journalist Ahmad Qabel, of Hayat-e-No, eleven journalists are still imprisoned in Iran and the country’s supreme spiritual leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is on RSF’s worldwide list of predators of press freedom.Pourzand was sentenced on 3 May 2002 by the Teheran press court for having “undermined state security through his links with monarchists and counter-revolutionaries” He admitted all the charges and said he would not defend himself. RSF is concerned however that psychological pressure might have been used to force him to confess. He was seized by security police on 29 November last year and held in a secret place for four months without access to a lawyer or a doctor. As head of Teheran’s artistic and cultural centre, he was also a cultural commentator for several reformist newspapers that have since been shut down.The daily paper Bonyan was suspended by the court on 4 May for “many repeated offences” and for using the name and logo of a weekly of the same name. Many banned journalists, including Alireza Alavitabar, editor-in-chief of the suspended paper Sobh-é-Emrouz, , and Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, of the pro-reform weekly Hamchahri, who was jailed for 23 months on 17 April, have written in Bonyan, which is popular in universities and has become a place for debate among reformists because of its stand against conservatives.Also on 4 May, the reformist government daily Iran, which is controlled by the official Iranian news agency IRNA, was suspended after publishing an article deemed “offensive to the sacred principles of Islam.” The next day, the head of the country’s conservative judiciary, Ayatollah Mahmud Hashemi Sharudi, ordered the suspension lifted but said the paper would still be prosecuted. The offending article was a review of a book by the writer Tuka Maleki about Iranian women musicians which scandalised the conservative clergy. Banafsheh Samgis, who wrote the review, and Mohsen Sharnazdar, editor of Iran’s music supplement, are being prosecuted and now risk arrest. Iran’s editor-in-chief, Abdolrassul Vessal, said the paper had received 96 formal complaints about material it had published. Follow the news on Iran June 9, 2021 Find out more May 7, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Regime jails journalist for eight years and suspends more publications February 25, 2021 Find out more Organisation News News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Since the recent UN Human Rights Commission meeting that failed to condemnIran, the regime has stepped up its attacks on the reformist press andjailed Siamak Pourzand, 71, for eight years. Seven publications have beensuspended so far this year. RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Receive email alerts March 18, 2021 Find out more to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

District, Harvard to work on tutoring contracts

first_img WhatsApp District, Harvard to work on tutoring contracts Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Twitter Previous articleXencor to Present at Upcoming Investor ConferencesNext articleGuardant Health to Report Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results on February 24, 2021 Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Pinterestcenter_img WhatsApp EducationECISDLocal News Twitter TAGS  Facebook Ector County ISD is working on a project with Harvard University on outcomes-based contracting that is aimed at benefiting students. “We are exploring the concept of outcomes based contracting. This is something that is really common in the business community, but something that you don’t find typically in education. Simply put, outcomes-based contracting means that we will work with a vendor and that vendor will receive payment based upon the quality of service that they provide,” Superintendent Scott Muri said in his media call Wednesday. “Specifically for us, we’re working with Harvard on identifying several companies that do virtual tutoring — they provide high-dosage, one-on-one tutoring to ECISD students … at the elementary, middle and high school level,” Muri said. The goal is to identify those vendors and only pay them if students demonstrate a certain amount of academic growth. “… You see this type of contracting in the business world, so we’re excited to learn from our business community the things that they are doing that are effective and then utilize some of those best practices in education,” Muri said. The terms of success will be written into the contract with Harvard, he added. “We’re going to use a growth measure. We have an assessment in ECISD that allows us to monitor the academic growth and performance of our students, and so we will tie that growth measure to the contract that we agree to with the partner. Again, Harvard is helping shape that contract to make sure that we’re using some really good analytics to define student success and then ultimately using that to define the dollar amount that we would pay those vendors,” Muri said. Subjects students would be tutored in are core areas of English, math, science and social studies, he added. “As a part of our work with Harvard, a group of tutoring companies has already been identified. They have been pre-vetted, if you will, by Harvard as first of all folks that will provide a service that is of high quality, and secondly companies that were interested in working on this type of contract. Not every vendor is interested in working in this environment. Many vendors simply want to sell their service to you regardless of its affect on kids. … In this case, the contracts kind of guarantee the success of the product with our kids,” Muri said. With the firms screened by Harvard, Muri said the district’s job is to figure out which of the vendors make sense for the district. High-dosage, Muri said, refers to the amount of tutoring students would receive. “… Rather than being tutored once a month or every other week, it’s a large amount of tutoring that those students would receive in that environment,” Muri said. The number of students will be part of the contract negation and impacted by available funds. “The dollars will drive, if you will, the amount of opportunity that is available for our students. And we’ll tap a variety of resources. As the public is aware, the federal government recently passed some legislation that it is sending more dollars to schools so that we can begin to address some of the significant learning loss that has happened. We will be using some of those federal dollars to invest in this particular program,” Muri said. He added that vendors will only receive payment if they are successful with students. “… It certainly benefits them to be as successful with our kids as they can possibly be,” Muri said. In October, ECISD announced it was the first school district in the country to partner with SpaceX to bring high-speed satellite broadband to families in Ector County. The pilot project was planned to start in January, but was delayed. “Specifically, we’re focusing on a group of families in the Pleasant Farms area. This month, we hope to have our devices delivered and installed in the first 45 families. The goal is to secure broadband for 135 families, but we’re going to start with 45. In working with SpaceX, they want to ensure that those initial 45 families experience a high rate of success and then we will transition to the final 135 families. (We are) anxious to get that work underway and excited to partner with SpaceX as we do this and also grateful to the partners that made this happen …,” Muri said. The Permian Strategic Partnership, Odessa Development Corp., a Houston philanthropic organization and Chiefs for Change are among those that have contributed to the effort, Muri said. “… So a lot dollars flowing into Ector County to make sure that this opportunity can be made available to our families,” he added. Muri also reminded families that Feb. 15 is a regular day of school. It was going to be a bad weather day, but there was bad weather in October. On the still-in-progress contract with the YMCA to help provide a prekindergarten 3 year old program, Muri said this is something new for both organizations. “We are very confident in the work that they’ve committed to. Again kind of like outcomes-based contracting, our agreement with them will be based upon success over time. Our goal is for this to be as successful as it can and also our agreement with them isn’t that they do this on their own. We are a part of the education of our 3-year-olds so our teachers will be working with their staff as well to make sure that they are trained and developed to do this work” at the level ECISD expects, Muri said. “These will be certified teachers that will be teaching 3 year olds. In the state of Texas, one must be certified, licensed if you will, in order to teach 3 year olds with the type of program that we’re talking about. Certainly there are other 3 year old day cares and 3 year old after school programs that may have different type of certifications, but this is school and the state of Texas, as well as ECISD require a certain type of certificate to make sure that the teachers and those working with these kids are licensed, certified and prepared to teach,” Muri added.last_img read more