Teacher arrested after planting live ammunition at school, police say

first_imgSouthbridge Police Department(SOUTHBRIDGE, Mass.) — Police arrested a high school teacher in Massachusetts on Thursday after he allegedly planted live ammunition in one of the school’s staircases.Surveillance cameras at Southbridge High School in southeast Massachusetts allegedly captured Alfred Purcell, a 57-year-old biology teacher at the school, as he removed a live round of 9 mm ammunition from his pocket, dropped it on the floor and quickly left the area, police said. Police said he went back to the area about 10 minutes later and pretended to discover the ammunition. Footage showed him taking a picture of it with his cellphone and using his school-issued portable radio to request assistance.Administrators and a school resource officer arrived soon after and placed the school on immediate lockdown. Purcell returned to his class while school officials investigated the incident.“There was no kids that were injured, nobody was seriously impacted by this other than we went into a lockdown for an hour and we had to investigate a teacher who was doing things he shouldn’t be doing,” Southbridge Police Chief Shane Woodson told ABC affiliate WCVB-TV on Thursday.Police took Purcell into custody after reviewing the surveillance footage. He allegedly told officers that he left the ammunition there to “prove to the school that they needed to get metal detectors.”An officer found 102 live rounds of 20-gauge shotgun ammunition the trunk of his car, police said, noting that his state-issued license to carry a permit had expired.“This individual acted in a disgusting manner. I feel very badly for our students because it is an adult who failed them,” Southbridge superintendent Jeffrey Villar told WCVB.Purcell was charged with two counts of unlawful possession of ammunition, two counts of carrying ammunition on school grounds, disturbing a school assembly, disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace.He has been ordered to stay away from the school and officials said his contract would not be renewed.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning

first_imgVACANCY NOTIFICATIONPosting Date: March 15, 2021Executive Director of the Center for OnlineLearningReports To:  Vice President for AcademicAffairsSupervises:  Instructional Technologists,Online Learning StaffHudson County Community College (HCCC) is an award-winning,comprehensive urban college serving one of the most historic andethnically diverse areas of the United States. HCCC students wereborn in 119 countries and speak 29 different languages. Thediversity and the multitude of our community’s cultures, lifeexperiences, skills and aspirations, are the very values and traitsthat empower us to be productive and caring members of oursociety.HCCC embodies an unwavering commitment to student success and anintentional focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion. In 2019, thePresident’s Advisory Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion(PACDEI) was instituted to develop new levels of understanding andaccess and advance the College’s commitment to transparency andinclusion. We are proud of the differences we share, which are thefoundation for the life changing and transformational education weoffer and the social mobility we provide to the communities weserve.HCCC has three campuses located just minutes from Manhattan: theJournal Square campus in Jersey City and North Hudson Campus inUnion City are adjacent to vital transportation hubs; the Secaucuscampus has abundant parking. Fully accredited by the Middle StatesCommission on Higher Education, the College offers courses andclasses in a wide variety of disciplines to the people andbusinesses of Hudson County, one of the most ethnically diverseareas of the United States. The College was recognized with the2012 Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) NortheastRegional Equity Award, was one of just five finalists in the U.S.for the American Association of Community Colleges’ (AACC) StudentSuccess Award, and was presented with the New Jersey Business &Industry Association’s Good Neighbor Awards in 2009 for theCulinary Conference Center, in 2012 for the North Hudson Campus,and in 2015 for the award-winning Gabert Library. In 2016 theGabert Library was one of three academic libraries in the UnitedStates to receive the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award fromthe Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), and in2019 the Tutoring Center received the Frank L. Christ OutstandingLearning Center Award for Two-Year Institutions. In 2019, theCollege joined Achieving the Dream as part of its expanding efforttoward continuous improvement in student success.HCCC has partnerships with every major four-year college anduniversity in the greater New Jersey-New York area and beyond,accommodating seamless transfer of credits for furtherundergraduate and graduate education. Hudson County CommunityCollege is proud of its culture of care and invites applicationsfrom those wishing to join a community dedicated to promotingstudent success in all its forms.Position Description:Under the supervision of the Vice President for AcademicAffairs, the Executive Director of the Center for Online Learningprovides vision, leadership, and operational management of HCCC’sonline programs, including credit and non-credit, and serviceofferings. The Executive Director develops and implements astrategic plan for growth of fully online, remote, hybrid, andenhanced learning experiences across all college divisions.Position responsibilities include budget preparation andmonitoring, staff management, course review, new programdevelopment, and assessment.The goal of the Center for Online Learning (COL) is to enablestudents to successfully pursue their studies online, meet theireducational goals, and engage in life-long learning. Comprised of ateam of instructional technologists, instructional designers, and asystem administrator, the COL team works closely with faculty todevelop, revise and make available a wide variety of interactive,accessible, and technology-rich online and hybrid courses. The COLalso administers Canvas, the college’s Learning Management System,and its related technologies. Additionally, the COL team providessupport and assistance to faculty and students in the use ofteaching and learning resources through workshops, documentation,email, and phone.Major Position Responsibilities:Provide vision and strategic leadership in developing andimplementing online programs across all divisions of theCollege.Advise the Vice President for Academic Affairs on the mission,vision, goals, and objectives for online educational offerings.Develop and, with the approval of the Vice President for AcademicAffairs, implement a strategic plan for online education.Deploy resources allocated for online learning to maximizestudent success and ROI.Assess the effectiveness of online learning and makerecommendations based on those assessments. Provide quality controlfor online offerings.Be proficient with the Learning Management System adopted by theCollege. Manage instructional designers, LMS administrators, andother personnel to optimize student success.Coordinate the integration of the Information Technologydepartment’s various computer applications into online learning;develop online programs in various instructional modalities.Collaborate with Information Technology Services (ITS) to ensurelearning management system (LMS) availability and integrity.Recommend an online instruction framework, online instructionpolicies and procedures.Serve on state-wide affinity group and collaborate with othercolleges and agencies to develop and maintain agreements thatsupport and enhance HCCC online courses, programs, and studentaccess.Hire, evaluate, supervise and mentor assigned staff.Assist and support faculty members in developing web-basedcourses.Maintain awareness of best practices, emerging technologies andnew potential in educational technology that may be adopted as newand emerging instructional technology.Provide faculty training and professional development thatsupports best practices in instructional design, development, anddelivery, and promotes instructional innovation in the use oflearning technologies that enhance teaching in online, remote, andhybrid instruction.Chair or participate in relevant institutional committees andtask forces concerned with online learning.Maintain external contracts for software, consortialeases/agreements and online learning applications.Collaborate with the Grants Office to identify external fundingsources to support online education at the College.Work collaboratively with Divisional Deans to plan coursedevelopment and redevelopment; course offerings each semester;faculty performance standards for online courses and hiring ofonline faculty.Attend conferences and forums related to job description.Other related duties as assigned by the Vice President forAcademic Affairs.Minimum Requirements:Master’s degree in Education and/or Educational Technology,web/instructional design, or closely related academicdiscipline.Minimum of three years’ experience with academic technology,instructional design and online instruction; working knowledge ofHTML, web editing applications, CMS systems, WebCT, CANVAS andother learning management systems (LMS). Familiarity with emergingtechnologies required, including MOOCS.Three to five years of experience teaching in higher education,including online course instruction.Three years’ experience supervising staff and faculty.Experience analyzing data to improve online enrollment, studentoutcomes, and the design and delivery of online instruction andprogramming.Experience with marketing online degreesAbility to work well in a diverse community.Responsible budget development and management skills.Exceptional communication (verbal and written) and consultationskills.For the full vacancy announcement and information aboutHCCC and the role please see the brochure, click here.To apply:Send a letter of application, resume, salary requirements andnames/contact information of three professional references [email protected], copying [email protected] Applications areencouraged by April 5, 2021 and will continue to be considereduntil the position is filled.For additional information and employment opportunities at HCCC,please visit: www.njherc.org and www.higheredjobs.com.HCCC IS AN EEO/AA EMPLOYERTakeSurveylast_img read more

STR Adds Another Nexus 2

first_imgSubsea Technology and Rentals (STR) has ordered a second Nexus 2 USBL system from Applied Acoustics Engineering after having ordered the first unit at this year’s Ocean Business.Nexus 2 is the second generation 2- way digital system designed and produced by the UK headquartered company.The system provides 16 target tracking as well as new software features and survey tools such as the common interrogate frequency (CIF) and geo-referenced graphical overlay.“We’re thrilled that STR has opted to add two of our new Nexus 2 systems to its equipment pool,” said AAE’s sales manager, Gavin Willoughby, “so having these available to the worldwide rental market through STR is a great endorsement of the product and an important facet of our company strategy.”Scott Johnstone, managing director at STR, stated: “As providers of specialist marine equipment and supporters of Applied Acoustics’ products we had no hesitation in purchasing two Nexus 2 systems to support our customers’ operations worldwide. STR are keen to develop alliances with well-established manufacturers and these latest acquisitions will be a welcome addition to our growing inventory of high quality subsea equipment.”last_img read more

Cargolux resolves contractual issues

first_imgIn its meeting on 7 October, the Cargolux Board of Directors appreciated that the negotiation team Akbar al Baker (director), Frank Reimen (president and chief executive officer)) and David Arendt (executive vice president and chief financial officer) and company management took the appropriate actions to ensure that the 747-8 entry into service issues be resolved successfully.Reimen said: “I am pleased that we have reached agreement on the contractual issues. The 747-8 Freighter will be a driver of profitable growth for Cargolux”, which is good news as launch customer Cargolux has 13 Boeing 747-8 Freighter aircraft on firm order.As an enhanced variant of the 747-400 cargo aircraft, the new-generation 747-8 Freighter offers a variety of benefits over its predecessor, including additional payload, less fuel burn and carbon emissions and a considerably lower noise footprint, says Cargolux.last_img read more

Read of the Week

first_imgPermanent RemovalAlan S CowellJacanaReview: Brian JossI have a memory for trivia: sometimes it’s useful, sometimes it’s not. But I recall seeing a newspaper poster many years ago referring to a New York Times reporter who was booted out of South Africa by the apartheid government. That reporter was Alan S Cowell who has written an intriguing thriller loosely based on the Cradock Four: Matthew Goniwe and Fort Calata (both had been tagged for assassination), and Sparow Mkonto and Sicelo Mhlaudi, who were never seen alive again after they were intercepted at a road block near Port Elizabeth about 31 years ago.In Permanent Removal, they are known as the Cooktown Four. America Thomas J Kinzer, a former Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary based in South Africa until he was “demoted” by a political sabre in the back, is now a lecture-circuit guru, a delegate and speaker at conferences. Kinzer is drawn back to the country when he receives a letter from Lily Nyati, whose husband, Solomon, along with Zinto, Ngalo and Mboniswa were killed in the struggle, asking Kinzer, who was to speak at a conference in Cape Town, to keep a promise he made to find out who murdered the Cooktown Four. The widows want the perpetrators brought to justice before Parliament passes the Statute of Limitations, otherwise the unsolved cases from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission “will just disappear and the oppressors will be free,” Lily tells Kinzer.The letter was signed by the four widows and when he opens it he also opens a Pandora’s Box, which has unintended consequences. Kinzer renews old acquaintances on his journey to discover the truth: an ex-girlfriend and firebrand reporter, Jess Chase, now married to Chris de Vere, and he meets Zoë Joubert, who was part of the Old Deep Action Committee, (ODAC), a group of naïve whites who wanted to be part of The Struggle. Joubert knew Nyati as an activist and writer and Kinzer is smitten. But she also has secrets of her own as do the other members of the Deep Set. As Kinzer keeps his promise to Lily and the other three widows, his journey is one of self-discovery and one of his passengers on the way is Celiwe, the Nyatis’ firebrand activist daughter, who wants to meet anyone who knew her father. Kinzer knows many unsavoury characters from his stay in South Africa, including an ace reporter, Ray Gilliomee, who is now just a drunk has-been and whose book puts the former diplomat on to the trail of Kobus Theron, an agent of the former apartheid regime. Things spiral out of control when Theron and Kinzer come face to face with an outraged mob in Cooktown and their own mortality.The action stretches from Johannesburg to the Garden Route and further afield into the depths of the Eastern Cape and set against the backdrop of the Nelson Mandela presidency. Cowell’s writing is elegant and this well-written political thriller will draw you in until the last page when you find out if the characters are freed from the burden of the past. It is a compelling read.last_img read more

Arsenal forward leaves club for Bundesliga side Stuttgart

first_img1 Takuma Asano signed for Arsenal in July and will join Stuttgart on loan Arsenal forward Takuma Asano has joined Stuttgart on loan for the season.The Japanese youngster signed for Arsenal in July but was unable to join straight away due to work permit issues.So the 21-year-old, who arrived from Sanfrecce Hiroshima, will instead head out to Stuttgart for the entire campaign as he looks to get further first-team football under his belt.Asano scored four goals in 14 J-League outings last term before bagging two goals in three games at this summer’s Olympics.last_img read more