Monthly Archives: July 2014

PGCPS Employee Harrassed by Supervisor Suing.

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A high-level Union executive, the Ace-AFSCME Local 2250 and the Prince George’s County Public Schools are currently being sued by a former Employee Ms.Antoinette Murphy who worked in the school system under a bully supervisor Mr. Palmer. According to the complaint currently in progress in Federal court; Ms. Murphy is accusing her union, former boss, Maryland State Department of Education and others of sexual harassment and other threats at the job.

In the case which has been going on for two years now, the complaint states that, Mr. Palmer, was employed by Prince George’s County public schools as a supervisor with the authority to hire discipline and fire employees, but intentionally discriminated against plaintiff in violation of Title VII by subjecting plaintiff (Ms. Murphy) to quid pro quo sexual harassment.

The complaint specifically, alleges that Mr. Palmer discriminated against plaintiff (Ms. Murphy) by threatening Plaintiff (Ms. Murphy) with termination if she did not give in to his sexual advances.

Mr. Palmer forced the Plaintiff (Ms. Murphy) to meet with him on a daily basis throughout the course of his supervision in order to control, harass and intimidate her, according to the complaint filed in Greenbelt Federal Court, Maryland.

Ms. Murphy is seeking monetary as well as punitive damages. The lawsuit also names Verjeana M. Jacobs, Esq (Previous Board Chair person) as a defendant.

In the complaint, Ms. Murphy further states that, Mr. Palmer’s actions were reported to the supervisor Mr. Reginal Wilks and management official Mr. Homesley but they failed to act. She further accused Mr. Palmer of subjecting her to harassment based upon her sex, who treated Ms. Murphy in a humiliating and derogatory manner, made inappropriately statements, and engaged in other misconduct that was targeted and directed at Ms. Murphy based upon her sex and the fact that she refused his advances. The lawsuit alleges that the Prince George’s County public school’s human resources personnel (PGCPS HR) refused to conduct an investigation when she complained about her direct supervisor’s advances and the union failed to represent.

Instead, according to the complaint, Ms. Murphy has been threatened with termination in Prince George’s County Public schools, the latest being 2010 and 2011. The cover up of the misconduct continues as business as usual at Sasscer Administrative Building under the current Baker regime being affronted by his brother in law to the county Executive (Dr. Segun Eubanks) who has been laughing all the way to the bank in recent months.   >>> Read more Complaint -ACE-AFSCME LOCAL 2250

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Call your Elected Officials now and the Media.

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As the Prince George’s county in the State of Maryland falls short of $62.5millions, the county officials pictured below and others who are currently squandering more than $18 million from the children reserve fund are crying wolf.  This is unacceptable and it should not be overlooked. These officials and others involved in the scam must be held to account for this unethical practice.  Fighting corruption is a global concern because this is a crime that affects both rich and poor countries. However, it also harms people disproportionately, causing major damage precisely to those who are the most vulnerable. Everyone can be a victim of corruption. We all pay its price. Here in Prince George’s County, we must say no to this practice irrespective of the players involved in the practice.

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James Fisher

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Mr. Rushern Baker –The all powerful current County Executive for Prince George’s County is known not to be a man of his word according to Prince George’s County NAACP Chapter. He makes promises he cannot keep and is deeply involved in the scandal comprising Dr. kevin Maxwell. (Read more Major scandal Developing in Upper Marlboro). On this note, Mr. Baker needs to take responsibility and resign!

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Ms. Monica Goldson  Public Enemy Number 1 – Chief Operating Officer for Prince George’s County controls millions of dollars on behalf of  other conspirators. She is the Architect of mismanagement involving public funds currently underway in Prince George’s county Public schools which is facilitated by ASASP Union (the union)  fueling the fire.  

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Dr. Segun Eubanks (Courtesy of the National Education Association)…is brother – in -Law to Mr. Rushern Baker. Talent usually runs in families but this one takes the cake. If this is a sample of Top Executive team that Mr. Baker has assembled for Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS), then GOD HELP US. Only a miracle can rescue us from this mess. Dr. Segun is identified with weak financial controls within Prince George’s county school District and has been smiling all the way to the Bank for the last twelve (12) months. (Read more)

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Dr. Kevin Maxwell got a hefty $90,000 hand shake on the way out from Anne Arundel County Public Schools and $1 million sign up with guess whose pot cash bonuses?  – PGCPS. What does this guy promise to do for us? Is this performance based appointment? Even wall street sets performance goals. The last time we checked with our school performances, we cannot surely in this economy blow cash on these willy nilly appointments for sure.  Dr. Maxwell was indirectly a subject of the Maryland legislature in the last session for the $90,000 he took with him. (Read more)

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Community opposes proposed Walmart.

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BOWIE— Not everyone wants a Walmart store in the Duvall Village shopping center.

According to Jennifer Dwyer, a community activist, a majority of the community oppose making a Walmart store the anchor tenant in the shopping center. To combat Wal-Mart’s efforts, Dwyer circulated a petition, which has accumulated more than 300 signatures. The petition cites safety and traffic concerns, as well as concern that a Walmart store will create a net loss in jobs for the community.

“I went door to door with a lot of my neighbors and tried to raise awareness about this issue,” Dwyer said. “Economically, the only group that benefits from Wal-Mart’s existence is Wal-Mart. The community doesn’t benefit because there’s a net loss in jobs, on average, where there is a Super Walmart.”

Wal-Mart spokesperson Nina Albert said the community is very receptive to the idea of a Walmart store in the Duvall Village shopping center.  “Since this project was announced, local businesses and hundreds of area residents have voiced their support for Wal-Mart’s involvement,” Albert said One of those businesses is Bowie One, a locally-owned barbershop. Marquette Douglas, the shop’s owner, said he fully supports Wal-Mart coming to the shopping center.

“The services of Wal-Mart are great,” Douglas said. “I shop there.”

As a business owner, Douglas said he wants a reputable company to be the anchor for the shopping center because the space has been vacant for the last five years.  “Do I want just anything there?” Douglas said. “No, I don’t just want anything there.”

Dwyer and her supporters say they also have security concerns regarding a Walmart store.

Dwyer said the community has spoken with Wal-Mart about putting up a wall or a fence to provide additional security for neighboring residences, but the company has not been receptive to the idea. “I think people have a right to be concerned here about a 24-hour store on top of their houses,” she said.

In her petition, Dwyer cites a 2006 study published by WakeUpWalMart.com, which claims an average of 269 police incidents occurs at Wal-Mart stores annually, with 80 percent of those crimes committed in parking lots. Dwyer said the information was pulled from a comprehensive study on over 500 Super Walmarts around the country.

Wal-Mart did not comment on the crime statistic cited in the petition, but company officials say they have been speaking with citizens in the community, with a majority supporting the company’s efforts. “We have held more than a dozen community meetings over the past year with representatives from approximately fourteen registered homeowners associations and civic associations in the immediate vicinity of the store,” Albert said. Read more >>>Prince George’s County Sentinel

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Rushern Baker should pass torch to a new leader to reinvigorate Prince George’s county.

In Summary
The brand is very strong, but the message is tired political cliché.
The Prince George’s County leadership’s second biggest weakness is lack of depth in agenda.
The third weakness of the Prince George’s County leadership is its refusal to appreciate Prince George’s County ’s political realities. The political fundamentals have not shifted. In fact, it is correct to state that the majority of the county leans towards a new administration and are too willing to give it more time to deliver.
Putting its fate in Mr. Rushern Baker to finally deliver the prize is unwise. An objective analysis of the political matrix in Prince George’s County shows that Mr. Rushern Baker’s brightest political days are behind him and he is in his sunset days! By passing the torch to a younger leader, Mr. Rushern Baker will give the Prince George’s County leadership enough time to build the components of a new political machine around a new leader with no corrupt links.

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 Mr. Rushern Baker III

The biggest problem in Prince George’s county is our refusal to face the facts. We are forever pointing fingers, chasing shadows, creating scapegoats, burying our heads in the sand like an Ostrich and sweeping everything under the carpet.

As long as we refuse to acknowledge the real issues that confront us, we will never find the solutions especially in our schools (Prince George’s county public schools). It’s one thing to appoint leaders  at Sasscer Administration Building for the sake of it. But if there is no real meaning but cover up. It’s going to be a waste of time as we have pointed out in the past.

The two momentous events of the past two months — Primary election and the one year take over of our schools led by one County Executive Rushern Baker III  — show the promise and perils of Prince George’s county leadership. Both events portrayed the Prince George’s county leadership in flattering and deprecating circumstances.

On the one hand, the Prince George’s County leadership can huff and puff, make all kinds of change threatening those who speak out by making all kinds of noises, hold huge rallies and even create a sense of siege within government.

However, everything the Baker administration tries to do completely fizzles out in a matter of days. The roar becomes a whimper and the Prince George’s County new Board of Education becomes an irrelevant irritant. The political threat it poses and the promises of the coalition are checkmated by harsh internal and external realities that reduce it to a smouldering rubble of unfulfilled potential and promise.

Prince George’s County new Board of Education’s potential for growth is undermined by the shackling grip of these internal and external challenges. As such, it is most unlikely that it will ever realize its potential unless radically changed and a rethink in strategy undertaken. The risks of confronting the internal challenges are enormous but it is worth taking them.

The biggest asset and biggest liability of the Prince George’s County leadership is its leader, the enigmatic, irreplaceable and evergreen Rushern Baker III. Rushern Baker III is Prince George’s County ’s Yasser Arafat. Like Arafat was to the Palestine Liberation Organization, Rushern Baker III defines the coalition by promoting nepotism at every turn, shapes its looks, pulls the masses to it, personifies the threat it poses to the powers that be, but monopolizes power in a manner that cripples its full potential by promoting corruption directly and indirectly.

When the leading light of  county leadership polarizes the population, he arrests the growth of the body politik. He makes it a force to be reckoned with but fails to build it into a machine that can ultimately maintain power and move the county forward. Prince George’s County leadership must rethink the Rushern Baker III riddle in November 2014. It can’t do without him, but the Prince George’s County citizenry knows that he cannot lead it to the Promised Land. This is one reason why change in leadership this fall is an important step in helping fix the county.

Prince George’s County’s potential is further compromised by the fact that it is headed by a leader who has failed to deliver the ultimate prize on several occasions. The brand is very strong, but the message is tired political cliché. The solution is a gamble, worth all the risk in the world. It is the right time for Rushern Baker III to pass the torch to Angela D. Alsobrooks, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk,  venerable Senator C. Anthony Muse, Timothy Wilson, Ms. Aliya Mullins or Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr.

Putting the county’s fate in Rushern Baker III to finally deliver the prize is unwise. An objective analysis of the political matrix in Prince George’s County shows that Rushern Baker III ’s brightest political days are behind him and he is in his sunset days! By passing the torch to Angela D. Alsobrooks, Delegate Joseline Peña-Melnyk, venerable Senator C. Anthony Muse, Timothy Wilson, Ms. Aliya Mullins or Mr. Roussan Etienne Jr. Rushern Baker III will give the Prince George’s County leadership  enough time to build the components of a new political machine around the new leader.

Lack of depth in agenda

The Prince George’s County’s ’s second biggest weakness is lack of depth in agenda. Prince George’s County leadership has miserably failed to convince Prince George’s County citizenry that it has a plausible agenda for the county. One will be forgiven to think that the current point agenda touted as the blueprint by the Prince George’s County leadership was drafted right at the podium during the political rally at Largo or some other place.

The song and dance acts by various Senators can win them the November 2014 election, but Prince George’s County citizenry expect the opposition in Prince George’s County to churn out solid programmes and well thought-out ideas to show that they have better policies than the current regime led by Mr. Rushern Baker’s government.

The third weakness of the Prince George’s County leadership is its refusal to appreciate the Prince George’s County ’s political realities. The political fundamentals have not shifted and the corruption continues as usual within the county. In fact, it is correct to state that the majority of the county leans towards a new administration and are too willing to give it more time to deliver.

Prince George’s County citizenry are political realists and appreciate that days of political miracles are long gone. The Rushern Baker III administration is facing huge challenges, but it is utter nonsense to think that the Prince George’s County leadership is in a position to fix the issues with corruption running the show behind the scenes.

Fourth, Prince George’s County leadership is a poor reader of the national mood. By engaging in a new round of politicking, picketing and covert corruption including manipulation of the court system, the Prince George’s County leadership is swimming against a strong national and international current that wants stability, peace and economic growth for everyone.

Prince George’s County leadership is pushing the politics and the interests of the “self” and going against the wishes of the public. Prince George’s County leadership wants power for its leaders and not bread for its followers. This must be checked.

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Cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus).

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Accelerating from 0 to 96 km/h (60 mph) in three seconds, the cheetah is the world’s fastest land mammal. These big cats are quite nimble at high speed and can make quick and sudden turns in pursuit of dinner. Before unleashing their speed, cheetahs use exceptionally keen eyesight to scan their grassland environment for signs of prey—especially antelope, gazelles and hares. This big cat is a daylight hunter that benefits from stealthy movement and a distinctive spotted coat that allows it to blend easily into high, dry grasses. They inhabit the grasslands of eastern, central, and southwestern Africa, as well as a small portion of Iran.

Cheetahs have several special adaptations that allow them to reach top speeds. Wide nostrils and large lungs combined with a powerful heart and strong arteries provide more oxygen to their muscles. Their huge leg muscles mainly consist of fast twitch fibers, which contract faster than normal muscles. Their small body frame is lightweight and aerodynamic. With long legs, loose hip and shoulder joints, and a flexible spine, cheetahs can cover 7 m (20-25 ft.) in one stride.

Running this quickly takes a lot of energy, and cheetahs can only maintain the sprint for about half a minute before burning out. With this limiting factor, they try to get as close as possible to their prey, which include antelope, wildebeest calves, and hares, before starting the chase. Camouflaged against the tall grasses, they quietly sneak up until they are confident of the attack. They burst out, using their tail as a rudder to help keep balance while making sharp turns. Their claws, which do not fully retract, grip the ground like cleats. Once they reach their target, they use their front paw to trip the prey. Then they strangle the animal with a bite and drag it to a hiding spot before another predator, such as a lion, leopard, or hyena, steals it. Cheetahs need only drink once every three to four days.

Although sometimes confused with leopards, cheetahs are distinguished by their “tear-stained” black marks that run from the corners of their eyes down the side of their nose to their mouth. Their smaller stature and small, flat heads also set them apart. They cannot roar, but they can purr and chirp. Unlike most cats, they have terrible night vision, which is why they hunt during the day. They also cannot climb trees.

Female cheetahs typically have a litter of three cubs and live with them for one and a half to two years. Young cubs spend their first year learning from their mother and practicing hunting techniques with playful games. Male cheetahs live alone or in small groups, often with their littermates. In the first few weeks, Female Cheetah moves the cubs from den to den, hiding them while she goes out hunting. At this point, they are very vulnerable to predators such as large eagles, lions, hyenas, and baboons. Young cubs grow a thick yellow-gray coat on their backs called a mantle. The mantle protects the cub from the sun and rain and helps camouflage it in the shadows. It also makes the cub resemble a honey badger, which is a small feisty carnivore that most predators leave alone. The mantle starts disappearing when the cub is around three months old and thins to a mane at around two years. Despite these protections, cub mortality rate is high, at around 90%.

The cubs that survive start following their mother at around 6 weeks. They practice hunting though play with each other. After a year and a half, their mother leaves them to breed again. The cubs stay together until the females reach sexual maturity at around two years. At that point, other male cheetahs chase the male cubs off. But the male offspring often stay together for life, forming a group called a coalition. Coalitions are beneficial because they help male cheetahs gain territory.

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Conservation Status
Today, around 7,500 cheetahs live in the wild, with about 200 living in small isolated populations in Iran. Cheetahs are threatened by habitat loss and conflicts with farmers. With low genetic diversity, the IUCN Red List considers them vulnerable of extinction.

What You Can Do to Help

If you would like to help cheetahs, you can support organizations like the Cheetah Conservation Fund through donations or volunteer work.

Cheetah Distribution

Most wild Cheetahs inhabit the grasslands of eastern, central and southwestern Africa as well as a small portion of Iran. Those that remain are under pressure as the wide-open grasslands they favor are disappearing at the hands of human settlers.

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Sub-Sahara Africa and a small portion of Iran is the home to the world’s fastest land mammal in the world, Cheetah.

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Wild Gazzelle.

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Gazelles are medium-sized antelopes found in Africa and in Asia as far east as Mongolia. There are some 19 different species of gazelles.

These grazing antelopes live in herds, which can consist of as few as ten or as many as several hundred animals. During the plentiful rainy season, thousands of animals can be seen gathering in large groups.

Gazelles typically frequent wide-open spaces and plains, where they browse on grasses, shoots, and leaves.

Open plains make them visible to predators like cheetahs or wild dogs, but gazelles are fleet of foot. The Thomson’s gazelle can reach speeds of 40 miles (64 kilometers) an hour.

Some gazelle species eschew the grasslands for mountainous landscapes or even deserts. During the dry season some grassland gazelles will even take to the African bush in search of water.

Gazelles are nimble and beautiful animals, with a variety of stripes and markings that accentuate their tan buff coats and white rumps. They also boast a impressive, ringed horns. These attributes make many gazelles attractive as game animals.

After a pregnancy of about six months, female gazelles give birth to one or two young and hide them in the plains grasses. These infants will remain out of sight for days or even weeks, being periodically nursed by their mother, until they are old enough to join the mother’s herd, in the case of females, or a bachelor herd.

 

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“It is our task in our time and in our generation, to hand down undiminished to those who come after us…the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.” – U.S. President John F. Kennedy

Maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus).

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The Maned Wolf is one of the largest members of the canine (dog) family in South America, standing at nearly a metre tall at the shoulder. With a body length of up to 75cm (including tail) the Maned Wolf weighs up to 30kg. Its appearance is similar to that of the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes), with a highly recognizable golden-red coat, large ears and white throat. The black mane runs from the back of the head to the shoulders. The Maned Wolf’s long, thin legs are an adaptation that allows the animal to see above tall grass when hunting.

Behaviour
Their diet is highly variable depending on food availability. The Maned Wolf is an omnivore meaning it eats a variety of foods including plants and other animals. Up to 50 per cent of its diet is made up of fruit and the other 50 per cent consists of invertebrates, birds, reptiles and mammals such as rodents and small deer.

Maned Wolves can be nocturnal (most active at night) or crepuscular (most active at dawn and dusk) and rest in dense vegetation during the day. Generally they lead solitary lives, with the male and female coming together to mate. Occasionally mated pairs are seen traveling and resting together. Females usually give birth in an above-ground den sheltered by natural features. A female will have up to three pups, which stay with her for a year.

Adults are territorial and use scent marks and faeces to mark their territory boundaries. Their most frequent method of communication is the loud roar-bark used to ward off other individuals.
Maned Wolves live in open grass and scrubland, woodland and wet fields.

Habitat
Maned Wolves inhabit a range of different habitats in South America across Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Argentina. They mainly live in open grass and scrubland, woodland and wet fields (which flood seasonally). They are also seen hunting on farmland pastures, although they do not prey on livestock.

Threats and Conservation
There are thought to be around 23,600 adults left in the wild. Maned Wolves are protected by law in parts of their range, with hunting prohibited in Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia, although enforcing those laws is often difficult.

The main threat is habitat loss and fragmentation, as grasslands are converted to farmlands for grazing and growing crops. Road accidents are another threat, particularly to younger individuals. Domestic dogs can cause also problems as they can spread diseases to Maned Wolves, as well as chasing and attacking them.

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“Each species is a masterpiece, a creation assembled with extreme care and genius.” – Edward O. Wilson

Maned wolf Distribution map world wide.

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South America is the home to the one of the largest members of the canine (dog) family in the world, Maned wolf.

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“We should remember in our dealings with animals that they are a sacred trust to us…[They] cannot speak for themselves.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

7 attributes of a great leader.

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There are a lot of leadership qualities that we associate with successful leaders. Different leaders employ different styles through which they provide direction, implement plans and motivate people. These styles can contradict one another. In today’s world, the complexity of globalization and technology are putting demands on leaders to move away from classical patterns of leadership and embrace combinations of different kinds of leadership styles which might be extreme in nature.

Here are the 7 ANDs of Leadership:

Dreams and Details
Sometimes it takes a dreamer to make the dreams of others come true. However, having big dreams and ideas is not enough.A leader should be able to dream big, make people believe in his dream, and be able to give out the tiniest details at any point of time. It’s this ability to dream big together with a keen attention to detail that differentiates a leader from the rest. It is critical for a leader to have the ability to explore not just the topic at hand, but also to analyze the reasons and issues around it.

Smart and Wise
There are smart leaders and wise leaders.
A smart leader is characterized by their relentless passion toward work, and business success. Smart leaders tend to polarize people. On the other hand, the driving force of a wise leader is purpose, values, and a passion to succeed at work.He is more open to unlearning and selectively forgetting past successes.A wise leader brings with him the ability to mobilize people.It is imperative that leaders combine social consciousness and business performance in order to be smart, but not at the expense of not being wise.

Patience and Impatience
It’s amazing to see how many leaders have leveraged their personal a trait of being impatient to their own advantage. Impatience goes hand in hand with energy, purpose and intensity. And this works immensely in today’s result driven corporate world.
A leader impatient for results,shows how engaged he is to achieve a business outcome.

However, when it comes to people it is altogether a different ball game.Leaders need to be patient with people. It will help you discover merits and talents in people which are beyond expectations. Being patient with people will enable a leader to respect different types of people and appreciate their strengths and weaknesses. Impatience towards results and patience with people has to be the new success mantra going forward.

Intelligent and interesting
Nowadays, it is not enough just to own degrees awarded by universities. One should also be intelligent. Intelligent people will be always hungry to learn, curious about things happening around the globe and will have an uncanny knack of understanding things on their own. But does intelligence alone suffice at the next level of leadership?Imagine a person who is intelligent, but who fails to generate interest among his peers and people. Would he ever be successful as a leader? The mantra is to be intelligent and interesting at the same time. As a leader, one needs to generate interest among the people who are part of his corporate and social ecosystem. With intelligence becoming a common denominator for leaders in today’s world, being interesting as well, is the key differentiator of a top class leader.

Collector and Connector
Today, a person’s net worth is equal to his network.Being a collector of people is an unavoidable characteristic for a successful leader. It’s very important to be a people’s person with superior networking skills that includes a large network of friends, colleagues and contacts.But just being a collector of people is not enough. Leaders need to be connectors as well. They should have the mindset to serve and help others by connecting people with more people.The act of connecting your networks to one another even if there is nothing for you to gain is a selfless act and the mark of a true leader.

Inspire and Aspire
One of the major reasons why people sign up for a leader is the level of inspiration he is able to provide his supporters. A leader can inspire others by being a role model, walking the talk or by being a great motivational speaker. Inspiring and motivating people to believe your visions and work towards a common goal is one of the greatest assets of any successful leader. However, providing inspiration alone is not enough in the long run. A leader has to inspire people to fulfill their own aspirations as well. Aspirations are individualistic in nature and as a leader if you can provide people around you ways to fulfill their aspirations,and inspiring them at the same time. This is what a new-age leader should aim to do

Mind and Mindset
A leader’s success is not only dependent on the sharpness of his mind; rather it’s a combination of his mind and mindset.
In the corporate world, it’s absolutely necessary to have an open mind with the right mindset to achieve great heights.A sharp mind is an individual trait that can be achieved through determination and consistent hard work. People around you are smart and as a leader, it’s essential to have a sharp mind to keep you at the head of the game.The right mindset can decide whether you succeed or fail. The right mindset is self-nurturing in nature and it benefits not only the person, but the people you interact with.

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A civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Jon Everhart starts.

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A civil lawsuit filed by Mr. Jon Everhart against the Prince George’s county public schools (Pgcps) will go to trial starting today July 15th, 2014 at 10:00 am until July 25th, 2014 in Green Belt Federal court.

Jury selection has already been completed for his lawsuit. Mr. Everhart claims he was retaliated against when he reported what he believed were inappropriate acts by the administration of former Superintendent Dr. William Hite jr and that the Board of Education engaged in reverse discrimination.

Mr. Everhart, who is white and taught English at Largo High school, alleges that he was racially harassed by Principal Angelique Simpson-Marcus of Largo High School, who is African American. On February 28, 2014, a federal jury, at the Greenbelt, MD federal courthouse, issued a verdict that means Prince George’s County Public Schools can be found liable under Title VI for race discrimination and retaliation. Specifically, the jury decided that Prince George’s County Public School received federal assistance, starting in 2009, which had the primary objective of providing employment. In 2009, PGCPS, which has a annual budget of approximately $1.7 billion, received $140 million in federal stimulus funds which it used to avert laying off hundreds of teachers and other school workers.

The standard of prove under Title VI is the same as under Title VII, except Title VII has a cap on damages of $300,000 while Title VI has no cap on damages.

Mr. Everhart was hired by PGCPS and assigned to Largo High School in 2003. From 2003 until 2009, Mr. Everhart was a popular teacher who taught English literature and received perfect job performance evaluations from several Largo High School principals. In the fall of 2007, Principal Simpson-Marcus became the principal of Largo High School. In 2009 and 2010, Principal Simpson-Marcus gave Mr. Everhart unsatisfactory job performance evaluations which resulted in his termination in June 2010.

If Jon Everhart wins his case, it could mean a return to Largo High school.

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The hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius).

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Sub-Saharan Africa is the home to the second heaviest land mammal in the world — the hippopotamus. Their dense bodies make it impossible for them to swim, even though they spend most of their time in the water. The body of the hippopotamus is well suited for aquatic life. Their eyes, ears and nostrils are located at the top of their head, so they are able to see, hear, and breathe while mostly submerged. A clear membrane covers and protects their eyes while allowing them to see underwater. Their nostrils close to keep water out, and they can hold their breath for several minutes.

As you can see from the pictures, Hippopotamuses love water, which is why the Greeks named them the “river horse.” Hippos spend up to 16 hours a day submerged in rivers and lakes to keep their massive bodies cool under the hot African sun. Hippos are graceful in water, good swimmers, and can hold their breath underwater for up to ten minutes. However, they are often large enough to simply walk or stand on the lake floor, or lie in the shallows. Their eyes and nostrils are located high on their heads, which allows them to see and breathe while mostly submerged.

Staying underwater helps the hippopotamus not feel the weight of its hulking frame. They can weigh up to 3600 kg (8000 lb.)! Under the water, hippos tap their feet along the ground to propel themselves. Being submerged for the most part of the day also helps keep the hippo cool and protected from the sun. When they do venture out of the water for a significant amount of time, hippos secrete a red-colored substance to cool their hairless skin. The secretion is referred to as ‘blood-sweat’ but is actually neither of those fluids. The liquid is actually a skin moistener and sunblock that may also provide protection against germs.

At sunset, hippopotamuses leave the water and travel overland to graze. They may travel 6 miles (10 kilometers) in a night, along single-file pathways, to consume some 80 pounds (35 kilograms) of grass. Considering their enormous size, a hippo’s food intake is relatively low. If threatened on land hippos may run for the water—they can match a human’s speed for short distances.

Though they feed on land, hippos do many other activities in the water, including mating and birthing. Groups of 10-30 hippos live together with one dominant male. During the dry season, the dominant male chooses a partner, and then the other males fight each other for the remaining females.

Eight months after conception, at the height of the wet season, female hippos give birth to one calf at a time, either on land or underwater. Afterwards, mothers leave the herd for a short period of time to bond with their calves underwater. After a few weeks, the calves finally exit the water to feed on grass.

Hippo calves weigh nearly 100 pounds (45 kilograms) at birth and can suckle on land or underwater by closing their ears and nostrils. Each female has only one calf every two years. Soon after birth, mother and young join schools that provide some protection against crocodiles, lions, hyenas and human beings.

Hippos once had a broader distribution but now live in eastern central and southern sub-Saharan Africa, where their populations are in decline.

While many people view the hippopotamus as a harmless and comic character, this is not actually the truth. In reality, the hippopotamus is a dangerous creature. They have powerful jaws and sharp teeth that can crush a crocodile or split a boat in two.

Despite being a vegetarian, the hippo is responsible for more human fatalities in Africa than any other animal, making it Africa’s most dangerous beast.
As you can see from the pictures, Hippos spend most of their day lolling about in water and as stated above, can stay submerged for more than 10 minutes. If a small fishing boat or canoe filled with tourists happens to be above their heads when they come up for air, there’s little to protect the vessel from capsizing. Anyone who has spent time in Southern African waters surrounded by pods of hippos can attest to the terrifying feeling you get when you’re surrounded by these huge snorting fellows. (The only land animal that’s bigger than the hippo is the elephant).

Male hippos actively defend their territories which run along the banks of the rivers and lakes where they live. Humans tend to get killed by hippos when they stand on a riverbank or beach that a male hippo considers to be his territory.

Females have also been known to get extremely aggressive if they sense anyone coming in between their babies, who stay in the water while she feeds on the shore. Hippos can run at speeds of over 20 miles an hour and they have enormous jaws which host up to 20 inch canines. There’s not a lot you can do if one comes straight at you.

Some more interesting facts about the hippo:

Hippos secrete a natural sunscreen that is colored red and eventually turns brown
The hippo’s closest living relative is the whale
Fully grown hippos consume over 100 pounds of vegetation per day.
Hippos regularly kill crocodiles
The hippo is in danger of becoming extinct
Hippos can’t jump

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Move over Lion, the Hippo is King of the jungle
Even elephants avoid hippos. The hippo has a gigantic mouth with enormous fangs making the blimp-like creature extremely dangerous.
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Conservation Status

Hippos are listed by IUCN’s Red List as vulnerable due to loss of habitat. Hippopotamus habitats are infringed upon by humans, who use their grazing land for farming and also divert water for farming needs. War in the regions that hippos inhabit has also wrecked havoc on hippopotamus populations. Finally, poachers kill hippos for their ivory tusks and for for sport.

What You Can Do to Help

If you’d like to help hippos, avoid buying products made from their ivory tusks. Encourage others to boycott these products as well.

Hippopotamus Distribution map world wide.

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Sub-Saharan Africa is the home to the second heaviest land mammal in the world, the hippopotamus.

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Watch: BOE Puts Cell Towers on 73 Pgcps Playgrounds in 40 Seconds.

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Dr. Maxwell and Mr. Rushern Baker -County Executive

The Prince George’s Sentinel was the first to break the story concerning Cell Towers on 73 Prince George’s County Public Schools (Pgcps) Playgrounds more than a month ago.  The following articles covered by Prince George’s Sentinel concerning the issues outlined the problem candidly. See the links below:

http://www.thesentinel.com/pgs/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=423:parents-and-neighbors-oppose-cell-phone-tower&Itemid=766

http://www.thesentinel.com/pgs/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=458:parents-continue-fight-to-stop-cell-phone-tower&Itemid=766

This November 11, 2010 video shows the Prince George’s County Public Schools Board of Education agreeing to place cell towers on 73 public school playgrounds.

There was no discussion of this decision and the entire process took a total of 40 seconds. The proposal was on the Board of Education’s Consent Agenda.

This is the super cool “deal” that Prince George’s schools chief Kevin M. Maxwell has been pushing on behalf of Milestone Communications. He said recently that the cell towers are not a huge financial benefit for the school system, but they provide the community with a benefit: better cellphone coverage from carriers.

The “deal” is that a Board of Education votes on a “master lease” to put all school sites up as potential cell tower sites. There is no notice to the neighbors of these school sites in Prince George’s County and no opportunity for public comment.

Prince George’s County Public School parents and neighbors are just now, in 2014, starting to find out that their neighborhood public school playgrounds are about to include cell towers through a deal that was on the Consent Agenda in 2010! The school system estimates that the agreement could generate $2.5 million over five years. But at what cost health wise to the community? This deal was negotiated by Dr. William Hite Jr and Ms.Verjeana Jacobs which raises suspicions. Dr. Segun and Dr. Maxwell are picking up the torch and pushing a notch higher even before the cement is dry.

**Note to Prince George’s County parents and school neighbors: All Boards of Education in Maryland are part of the same club and vacation/conference together each year in Ocean City, Maryland. The club is called the Maryland Association of Boards of Education. Milestone Communications is one of the partners of these vacation/conferences.

Here is the list of Prince George’s County Public School playgrounds that are listed as being available for cell phone towers through Milestone Communications.

  1. Green Valley Academy Existing_Structure
  2. Burroughs MS In_Development
  3. Croom Vocational High School In_Development
  4. Flowers High School In_Development
  5. Kenmoor Middle School In_Development
  6. Oxon Hill Middle School In_Development
  7. Parkdale High School In_Development
  8. Tasker Middle School In_Development
  9. Annapolis Road Academy AHS Rawland_Site
  10. Beltsville Academy Rawland_Site
  11. Bladensburg High School Rawland_Site
  12. Bowie High School Rawland_Site
  13. Brent Regional School Rawland_Site
  14. Buck Lodge Middle School Rawland_Site
  15. Carroll Middle School Rawland_Site
  16. Central High School Rawland_Site
  17. Chapel Forge Early Childhood Center Rawland_Site
  18. Crossland High School Rawland_Site
  19. Decatur Middle School Rawland_Site
  20. Douglass High School Rawland_Site
  21. Drew-Freeman Middle School Rawland_Site
  22. Duckworth Regional School Rawland_Site
  23. DuVal High School Rawland_Site
  24. Eisenhower Middle School Rawland_Site
  25. EXCEL Academy Charter Public School Rawland_Site
  26. Fairmont Heights High School Rawland_Site
  27. Forestville High School Rawland_Site
  28. Friendly High School Rawland_Site
  29. Fuchs Early Childhood Center Rawland_Site
  30. Gholson Middle School Rawland_Site
  31. Goddard Montessori School Rawland_Site
  32. Gourdine Middle School Rawland_Site
  33. Green Valley Academy at Edgar Allan Poe Rawland_Site
  34. Greenbelt Middle School Rawland_Site
  35. Gwynn Park High School Rawland_Site
  36. Gwynn Park Middle School Rawland_Site
  37. Hall Academy Rawland_Site
  38. Hanson Montessori School Rawland_Site
  39. High Point High School Rawland_Site
  40. Hyattsville Middle School Rawland_Site
  41. Imagine Lincoln Public Charter School Rawland_Site
  42. Jackson Academy Rawland_Site
  43. Johnson Middle School Rawland_Site
  44. Just Middle School Rawland_Site
  45. Kettering Middle School Rawland_Site
  46. King Middle School Rawland_Site
  47. Largo High School Rawland_Site
  48. Laurel High School Rawland_Site
  49. Madison Middle School Rawland_Site
  50. Marshall Middle School Rawland_Site
  51. Mason Special Center Rawland_Site
  52. Massie Academy Rawland_Site
  53. Northwestern High School Rawland_Site
  54. Ogle Middle School Rawland_Site
  55. Orem Middle School Rawland_Site
  56. Owens Science Center Rawland_Site
  57. Oxon Hill High School Rawland_Site
  58. Possibility Prep Charter School Rawland_Site
  59. Potomac High School Rawland_Site
  60. Pullen Creative School Rawland_Site
  61. Rieg Regional School Rawland_Site
  62. Roosevelt High School Rawland_Site
  63. Schmidt Outdoor Education Center Rawland_Site
  64. Stoddert Middle School Rawland_Site
  65. Suitland High School Rawland_Site
  66. Surrattsville High School Rawland_Site
  67. Tall Oaks Vocational High School Rawland_Site
  68. Tanglewood Regional School Rawland_Site
  69. Turning Point Academy Public Charter School Rawland_Site
  70. Walker Mill Middle School Rawland_Site
  71. Wheatley Early Childhood Center Rawland_Site
  72. Wirt Middle School Rawland_Site
  73. Wise High School Rawland_Site

Call your elected officials now and the media. Demand an end to this fraud and the madness!

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 Segun Eubanks  - Laughing all the way to the Bank.

Segun Eubanks – Laughing all the way to the Bank at the expense of the community.