first_imgAll systems are a go in the construction of the new Dawson Creek Calvin Kruk Centre for Arts.Friday morning, the city of Dawson Creek held a ribbon cutting ceremony, signifying the beginning of the renovation process, converting the historic downtown post office into the brand new centre for arts.- Advertisement -The tender for the construction of the centre was awarded to a lower mainland company named Preview Builders International INC, who presented a bid of $8,863,984 to the Dawson Creek City Council on March 16.According to Dawson Creek Mayor Mike Bernier, construction has already begun and the city estimates the centre will be completed by December, 2011.Mayor Bernier, who has been involved in the entire four year development process, says the new centre will be very beneficial to the city of Dawson Creek.[asset|aid=3575|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=34213fe2408f4e5eff019bb4bcf6bc5f-Mayor Bernier_1_Pub.mp3]  Advertisement The Calvin Kruk Centre for Arts is being built in hounor of Calvin Kruk, the late mayor of Dawson Creek.last_img read more


first_img11 August 2006South African aerostructures manufacturer Aerosud has been awarded a US$20-million (approximately R138-million) contract by BAE Systems to produce components for the Eurofighter Typhoon, one of the most advanced swing-role fighters in operational service today.This contract, announced this week, is the latest BAE Systems order placed with Aerosud under a $100-million strategic partnership formed between the two companies in 2004.Europe’s largest defence contractSet to run for at least six-and-a-half years, the contract encompasses the manufacture of up to 3 500 detail parts and minor assemblies for the Typhoon, Europe’s largest defence contract.Developed by leading aerospace companies Alenia Aeronautica, BAE Systems, EADS in Germany and EADS in Spain, the Typhoon will provide a cornerstone of Nato’s defence capability for the next 30 years. It has recently gone into service in four European air forces, and boasts the largest confirmed production contract order book of any “next generation” fighter.The Typhoon’s four partner countries – Germany, Italy, the UK and Spain – plan to take delivery of 620 aircraft altogether, with an additional order for 18 units signed with Austria.Transatlantic aerospace company BAE Systems is a supplier of Hawk and Gripen fighter and trainer aircraft to the South African Air Force under SA’s multi-billion rand arms procurement programme.BAE Systems MD Mike O’Callaghan said in a statement on Monday that his company’s partnership with Aerosud went beyond its “offset” obligations arising from SA’s Hawk and Gripen procurements, “acting as a catalyst for growth in South Africa’s aerospace industry”.Aerospace industry on a rollThe Eurofighter contract is the latest in a string of successes for Aerosud and, more generally, for South Africa’s fledgling aerospace industry, which is attracting billions of rands of foreign work.“Companies like Aerosud, Denel, Saab and Aerospace Monitoring Systems, among others, are securing orders to design and manufacture hi-tech parts for state-of-the-art civilian and military aircraft from international giants like Airbus, BAE Systems and Boeing,” Roger Makings wrote in the Sunday Times in February.The impetus for the resurgence in aerospace work, according to Makings, comes mainly from the government’s decision to acquire eight A400M military transport aircraft from Airbus. SA is a risk-sharing partner in the Airbus A400M programme, with Denel and Aerosud the two lead local industry participants.“In addition, work is flowing in from the ever-growing order book for civilian Airbus products like the A320 family and the giant A380 airliner,” Makings notes.Besides its Airbus and BAE Systems contracts, Aerosud has contracts with Boeing, Augusta-Westlands and almost a dozen airlines together worth more than R4-billion and with a life expectancy of more than five years.“Aerosud now has 15 renewable contracts of global origin, all blue chip with key original equipment manufacturers, and secured on a competitive tender basis,” Aerosud MD Paul Potgieter told the Sunday Times.“These successes are forcing on us growth from 340 staff to more than 700 over the next two years, with factory floor space being more than doubled to around 16 000 square metres.”The Typhoon order, Potgieter said this week, “supports our ambition to become established as a strong, reliable and credible supplier of niche services and products in an increasingly competitive global market.”SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


first_img21 November 2012South Africa’s Coega industrial development zone (IDZ) raked in R4.1-billion in new investments in 2011-12, exceeding its targeted number of new investors, the Coega Development Corporation (CDC) says in its annual report.“The current value of operating investments and those in the pipeline now exceeds R15-billion, the bulk of which comprises alternative energy (R6.4-billion), downstream metals (R4-billion), and automotive manufacturing and components (R3-billion),” the state-owned company said in a statement on Wednesday.The Coega IDZ is located adjacent South Africa’s new deep-water Port of Ngqura, near Port Elizabeth, which falls under the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.The CDC, tasked with attracting investors and tenants to the IDZ and the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park, has signed 36 lease agreements with investors since its inception. The IDZ and logistics park had 21 operating investors as of 2011-12.Tabling the CDC’s annual report in the Bhisho legislature in the Eastern Cape earlier this month, chief executive Pepi Silinga said the National Treasury’s budget allocations to the CDC had been reduced from R626-million in 2010-11 to R336-million in 2011-12 as the organisation moved to generate income outside of the government’s grant.“Starting with self-generated revenue of less than R10-million in 2004, last year the CDC generated just over R220-million, which represents about 70% of the grant funding received from government and is a major achievement in the light of South Africa’s continuing power crisis and the ongoing global economic turmoil.”The CDC’s revenue totalled R579-million for 2011-12 (compared to R773-million in 2010-11), while total assets as of 31 March 2012 were R3.88-billion (R3.7-billion in 2010-11).Silinga said that 8 898 jobs had been created in the course of the financial year, made up of 7 258 jobs in provincial and IDZ construction activities, and 1 640 direct operational jobs in IDZ and logistics park investment projects.The CDC had also stimulated growth for small businesses in the Eastern Cape, which had benefited from a 31% overall share of the company’s procurement.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


first_imgPlay Your Part ambassador Bathulile Mdabula and her team of five are part of Rising Youth Movement. They work diligently to help create a better future for youth in their communities.Bathulile Mdabula (middle) says she and her team in the Rising Youth Movement aim to create healthier and more positive communities. Here is the team: Simphiwe Laxa (from left), Simphiwe Mpahlwa, Bathulile Siviwe Mdabula, Lusindiso Simani, Mncedisi Mqedazwe (Image supplied)Melissa JavanBathulile Mdabula always wanted to make a difference in her community, but she did not know how to go about it. When she started noticing how many young people quit school and turned to alcohol, she and four others decided to take action.In March 2016, Mdabula, who is from Port Elizabeth, formed nonprofit organisation Rising Youth Movement (RYM) with Mncedisi Mqedazwe, the vice-chairperson; Simphiwe Mphahlwa, the administrator; Lusindiso Samani, the treasurer; and Simphiwe Laxa, who handles publicity. Before setting up RYM, the five worked for other organisations, for between five and eight years.RYM works to educate and revitalise young people through life skills, educational games, literacy and numeracy programmes, Mdabula says. “[We] strive to improve our communities by having holiday programmes and camps.“Our guiding vision is the belief that with support and working together in our communities we can build a better tomorrow.”The organisation often works with partners on projects; for example, on rehabilitation programmes, it joins the Mfesane Project for counselling.Mdabula spoke to Brand South Africa journalist Melissa Javan about her role as a Play Your Part ambassador.Melissa Javan: How old were you when you started working in your community?Bathulile Mdabula: I’ve been involved in community projects since I was 18.MJ: Why did you get involved in this project?BM: My team and I wanted to break the cycle of young people quitting school. We also wanted to have an impact on their way of thinking.MJ: Who are the target beneficiaries of this project?BM: Young people in various communities. We are currently working in New Brighton, but will soon move to KwaZakhele.MJ: What have been your highlights of your community work so far?BM: I have many, but one that captures my heart is seeing a change in young people; for them to want to go back to school and hearing reports from schools that we have worked with about how our work has changed the lives of the children who are involved in our programmes. We are told of their performance and attitude towards school.MJ: If a person wants to play their part, what steps can they take to get people involved in a project or initiative?BM: Social media platforms such as Facebook have many organisations and people who do beautiful work in their communities. Follow them and volunteer at an organisation that is making an impact in the field in which you are passionate. Be involved in community work such as a soup kitchen or reading with children in homeless shelters.MJ: Why should South Africans play their part?BM: We have heard people complain about the government not helping, so if you want a change in your community you have to be the change. Everything starts with one person who resolves the issues that we have. Making a small change is better than doing nothing and other people — such as your friends or people in your community — will follow when you play your part.MJ: Do you use technology or social media to spread your message?BM: Yes, we use Facebook mostly. We alert people about our work, show them pictures and advertise when we are going to a certain school or community so that they can join us.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa materiallast_img read more


first_imgDespite growing protest from rival political parties against its move to the facilitate direct election of a sarpanch, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government has decided to issue an ordinance to amend the Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Act, 1958. The Maharashtra government on Saturday forwarded the proposal to issue an ordinance to the Governor, citing urgency in view of the upcoming elections to 7,000 Gram Sabhas in the State. The ordinance is likely to be issued by Monday, officials said. On July 3, the State cabinet cleared a proposal to amend the Maharashtra Gram Panchayat Act, 1958, to pave way for direct elections of sarpanch to the village Gram Sabha. The decision by the State cabinet was immediately slammed by rival political parties, who alleged it was an attempt by the BJP to appropriate “extra constitutional” authority at the third tier of the government. Senior officials said the ordinance route was necessitated since the code of conduct for September election may come into place by July 31. More time neededThe Election Commission will also need to increase the number of electronic voting machines (EVMs) as a result of the direct election rule. There is no scope for waiting to get an approval from the State Assembly, said officials. “We need to factor in a lot of logistical issues, such as the increase in EVMs and the change in ward formations because of direct election of sarpanchs. For all this, the EC will need time. There is not enough time to go to the Assembly and so we are issuing an ordinance,” said an official of the State government.last_img read more


first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: DP World Dubai-based terminal operator DP World Limited is off to a good start in terms of volume growth across its terminals.The company handled 17.6 million TEU across its global portfolio of container terminals in the first quarter of 2018, marking an increase of 7.3 percent for gross container volumes year-on-year on a reported basis, and 8.4 pct on a like-for-like basis.This is well ahead of Drewry Maritime’s industry estimate of 4.6 pct global throughput growth for the first quarter of 2018, DP World said announcing the results.The rise in volumes in the first quarter was driven by continued recovery in global trade, with the company’s terminals across Europe, Middle East & Africa and Australia, delivering growth.“Following a strong year for the global container market in 2017 with peak levels since 2011, our portfolio has had an encouraging start to 2018 delivering ahead-of-market growth,” Group Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem commented.Specifically, UAE handled 3.8 million TEU, growing 2.9 pct year-on-year in Q1 2018. At a consolidated level, DP World’s terminals handled 9.2 million TEU during the first quarter of 2018, a 6.6 pct improvement in performance on a reported basis and up 6.8 pct year-on-year on a like-for-like basis.“While the trade environment may appear more benign, geopolitical headwinds in some regions continue to pose uncertainty. Nevertheless, we still expect to grow ahead of the market and see increased contributions from our new investments.“The first quarter volume performance demonstrates that our portfolio is well positioned to deliver growth, and our continued focus on delivering operational excellence as well as a disciplined investment should ensure that we remain the port operator of choice across geographies,” Bin Sulayem said.last_img read more


first_img“Satire is part of what we do,” New Yorker editor David Remnick said in a statement. “And it is meant to bring things out into the open, to hold up a mirror to the absurd. And that’s the spirit of this cover.”The Obama camp wasn’t so sure.”The New Yorker may think, as one of their staff explained to us, that their cover is a satirical lampoon of the caricature Senator Obama’s right-wing critics have tried to create,” a spokesperson for Senator Obama said in a statement. “But most readers will see it as tasteless and offensive. And we agree.” A spokesman for Senator John McCain said they “completely agree.”In 2006, Remnick interviewed Obama at the American Magazine Conference in Phoenix, while Obama was contemplating a run for the White House. Obama told Remnick he wasn’t sure he wanted to put his family through the scrutiny of a presidential race. “My wife would be leading the bandwagon for me to be running for president … if I was married to someone else.”SEE RELATED VIDEO: Remnick talks about Obama in MayBut judging from the swift, fierce reaction among bloggers, it appears the New Yorker’s liberal-leaning politics may not shield it from criticism this time. “I believe the magazine’s staff when they say the illustration is meant ironically, as a parody … But it’s still fairly incendiary,” Jake Tapper, who covers the campaign trail for ABC News, wrote on his blog. “I wonder what the reaction would be were it the Weekly Standard or the National Review putting such an illustration on their covers.” RELATED POST: Does David Remnick Have to Explain the Obama Joke? The New Yorker is facing a firestorm of criticism over a caricature of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama and his wife.The cover of its July 21 “Politics of Fear” issue—hitting newsstands Monday—depicts the Illinois senator in radical Islamic clothing giving a so-called “fist-bump” to Michelle Obama, who is shown with a machine gun strapped across her shoulder. In the background, an American flag burns in a fireplace underneath a framed picture of Osama bin Laden. The cover was illustrated by Barry Blitt, who “satirizes the use of scare tactics and misinformation in the Presidential election to derail Barack Obama’s campaign,” according to a New Yorker press release. last_img read more


first_imgA regional initiative spearheaded by a consortium of businesses, veterans advocacy groups, local governments and chambers of commerce in Greater Louisville is aiming to connect 10,000 transitioning veterans and military spouses to jobs by 2017.The Where Opportunity Knox campaign is intended to market job opportunities and deliver schools, housing and other quality-of-life assets to transitioning soldiers and their families in north-central Kentucky and southern Indiana, reported Military Times.The effort benefits from its close proximity to Fort Knox, where the Army’s Transition Assistance Program is headquartered, but its services are not limited to soldiers who were stationed at the post. The program is targeting veterans and families of all military services interested in working and living in the area, said Beth Avery, executive director of Where Opportunity Knox.Where Opportunity Knox is not a job placement service; rather, it is focused on developing a pipeline of transitioning veterans who are looking for a place to live and work. The initiative relies on a network of regional veteran connectors to provide personalized assistance to veterans and families as they seek to re-enter the civilian world, according to the story.Walter Herd, director of the Army’s Soldier for Life Transition Assistance Program, applauded the program for bringing together a wide variety of services to help veterans land on their feet.“They not only are actively marketing with jobs, but with the quality-of-life services that everyone wants,” Herd said. “I think that within five to 10 years, there will be 100 regions around the country offering similar services.” Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more


first_img Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Then you have the president’s recent executive order, where he barred US companies from buying foreign-made telecom equipment that would be considered a national security risk. Those definitions of who is considered a risk is something that the Commerce Department and Homeland Security in consultation with the FCC are working through.Are you aware of any network gear that’s been compromised in the US or anywhere in the world?Starks: I know that there are carriers who have this Huawei equipment in their infrastructure. And I have received national security briefings on the threats that are posed by having Chinese equipment in such networks. There have been reports that in Europe folks have identified software code that was in Chinese equipment that they considered to be risky. So that’s the general nature of some of the threats that we’ve seen right now.How do we go about getting this gear out of US networks?Starks: That’s part of what we’re thinking through. Remediation is the clearest way to do this. A rip and replace is what a number of people have suggested. Again, that gets back to step one: We have to figure out what is the proper scope, and what is the equipment at issue. Then we have to think about replacing it. Because of the nature of some of these small, rural carriers, we’re also going to have to make sure that we provide them the funding to do this properly. That’s really important.The main reason that rural carriers were using Huawei gear was because it was cheaper than equipment from other companies. Do you think Congress should help pay for this?Starks: Going back to 2012 and 2013, there has been some indication from the US government that we were growing increasingly concerned about having Huawei and some of these Chinese equipment makers in our communications infrastructure. But it wasn’t until the president’s executive order just a month or so ago that it became absolutely official that procuring and buying this equipment was going to be prohibited. So we certainly understand that some rural carriers made a business decision before this ban was in place.What I am focused on now is the fact that if this is a national security risk, and I believe it is, the most important thing is to make sure that we have a secure nation. If that means that the government has to be the one to take care of that, then I think that’s the way it should be.Do you have any idea how much this will cost?Starks: The answer is very much tied up in the scope of the problem. There has been bipartisan legislation proposed by Sen. [Roger] Wicker [a Republican from Mississippi] and co-sponsored by Sen. [Mark] Warner [a Democrat from Virginia] that proposes $700 million. I know, I’ve heard numbers that go as high as $1 billion. And it could be higher. It certainly seems like folks on Capitol Hill agree that there is going to be a need for some government funding here.Do you have support from your fellow FCC commissioners, including the three Republicans, for a government funded rip and replace effort?Starks: I won’t speak for them. I know that Sen. Wicker, who is a Republican, is the one who introduced the legislation that is proposing funding the remediation of some of this Chinese equipment. As for the Republican commissioners in the majority, national security risks are something that we all have been thinking through. Very recently, we unanimously voted on keeping China Mobile out of the US market. It had an application pending before the FCC to operate here and that was unanimously rejected by all of us because of a number of issues, including the national security risks.How much of the issue with Huawei is about trade? I know you say there are national security risks, but is keeping Huawei out of the US market at least partly about the US’ fears that China will overtake the US in terms of technology and economic power?Starks: This question gets into whether the administration’s overall trade negotiations with China are involved in the ban. I am focused on, the national security aspect of this with regard to our telecommunications networks. The trade negotiations are in the president’s lane; I’m really focused on the national security aspect. This isn’t just about preventing 5G equipment from getting into US carrier networks. There’s some 3G and 4G gear deployed too, right?Starks: That’s right. Having Huawei in our current network infrastructure means that we are exposed to the same type of risks that we’re talking about for our next-generation 5G networks.One thing I want to make clear is that we can’t just focus solely on making sure our networks are secure going forward, but that we make certain we don’t have any national security risks in our current networks when we know there is lots of Huawei gear already out there. The thing that I’m really focused on right now is coming up with solutions for dealing with Huawei and other risky equipment that’s already in our networks.How big a problem is this? How much Huawei gear is in US carrier networks?Starks: The first thing we need to do is understand the scope of the problem. That’s why I’ve invited a number of carriers, manufacturers, industry associations, academics and national security experts to come to the FCC on Thursday to be part of helping me think through this. We need to put our heads together on this “Find it. Fix it. Fund it.” idea.There are three distinct levels as I see it. The first is how many carriers are we talking about that have equipment that is risky in their networks. One association that has a number of rural carriers has told me that they know it’s predominantly small, rural carriers that are using this gear. They believe it’s about 25% of nearly 50 of its carrier members that have this type of equipment.We need to make sure we have a system where we have carriers raise their hand and self-identify that they have this equipment in their infrastructure. That ties very much into making sure that the “funded” part is very clearly defined. Cellular gearCellular network gear has become a fixture of the modern landscape. Getty Images The second thing is that we need to identify what equipment is particularly risky. This is something we need to work through with national security folks and with academics in the field. Is it the Huawei software and code? Or is it specific equipment we need to identify as something that should be prohibited? Does it go to the core of the network, like routers and servers? Or does it extend to antennas and radios that go to the edge part of the network? We need to figure out which equipment has issues. Then that leads to the last part, which is to what extent any given carrier has this equipment in their network infrastructure. You mentioned this is primarily an issue for small rural carriers. The four largest nationwide carriers — AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon — don’t have Huawei equipment in their networks. So how much of a threat is this really? Does this mean that our national communications network is only as safe as its weakest link?Starks: We live in an interconnected world. Our communications flow from one carrier to another. This is great for ensuring that our communications happen fast and at a low cost. But I deeply believe that if we have a carrier with security problems, then we all have a security problem.At the FCC we’re currently considering whether to offer Universal Service Fund support to companies that could have insecure telecommunications equipment. You see that Congress has also spoken up on this issue with the National Defense Authorization Act, where Congress has prohibited government procurement of telecommunications equipment from certain Chinese companies. The NDAA actually names Huawei and ZTE. There have been reports that in Europe folks have identified software code that was in Chinese equipment that they considered to be risky. FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks Next week, Starks will convene a workshop at the agency’s headquarters in Washington to bring together industry executives, national security experts and academics to think through how the US can rip out and replace risky equipment in an effort he calls “Find it. Fix it. Fund it.”Starks, a Democrat who was confirmed by the Senate in January, has made network security his top issue at the FCC. As a lawyer in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, under Barack Obama appointee Eric Holder, he provided advice on domestic and international law enforcement issues, including civil, criminal and national security matters.CNET talked to Starks by phone about his efforts. Below is an edited excerpt of the conversation.Q: What are the security threats from having Huawei equipment in US telecommunications networks?Starks: When I was at the Department of Justice, I had some national security issues in my portfolio, so I’ve had national security briefings in the past. Now, in my capacity as a commissioner, I deeply believe that network security is national security. The FCC needs to step into its role to make sure that we’re securing our communication networks, which underpin our utilities, transportation, financial and health care systems. Specific risks of having Huawei gear in our networks include spying or surveillance that could impact our networks and their abilities to operate. The second big risk national security experts talk about is the ability for foreign governments to disrupt our communications networks, especially during a national emergency. Mobile Politics FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks testifying before a House of Representatives committee last month. Tom Williams/Getty Images Federal Communications Commissioner Geoffrey Starks is leading an effort to scrub US telecommunications networks of gear from companies such as Huawei that’re thought of as a threat to the country’s security. With US operators racing toward deploying gear to build the next generation of wireless, known as 5G, the Commerce Department has blacklisted Huawei and several other companies because of national security concerns.The main issue with Huawei is its cozy relationship with the Chinese government. National security officials fear that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. In May, President Donald Trump issued an executive order effectively banning new Huawei gear from US communications networks.Huawei has long denied its gear can be used to spy or to compromise US security.The FCC is already considering prohibiting carriers with such gear from accessing broadband subsidies, but Starks says the government should go one step further to weed out equipment from vendors like Huawei that the US government says poses significant risks. One big risk national security experts talk about is the ability for foreign governments to disrupt our communications networks, especially during a national emergency. FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks Tags 4:59 67 13 Photos Comments FCC Huawei What is going on between Huawei and the US?last_img read more


first_imgBy Mark F. Gray, AFRO Staff Writer, mgray@afro.comWhen the residents of Prince George’s boldly advocated for one of their own to become the full time Chief Executive Officer of the school system, County Executive Angela Alsobrooks had no choice but to listen.And she did.The interim title was officially removed from Dr. Monica Goldson’s position when she was named the Chief Executive Officer of the state’s second largest school system June 18 after steadying its course following the resignation of Dr. Kevin Maxwell for almost one year.  She claims to be the first woman native of the County to lead the school system in more than 100 years.After a nationwide search, native Prince Georgian Dr. Monica Goldson was selected as CEO for Prince George’s County Public Schools. (Courtesy Photo) “She has a complete and comprehensive understanding of our school system,” Alsobrooks said, while making the formal announcement. She added that this broad experience gives Goldson, “a 360-degree view of our system.”Maxwell was forced to resign after leading PGCPS for five tumultuous years. His tenure was marked by scandal and inefficiency that led to losing grant funding and being publicly admonished by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan with three years left on his contract.  However, Maxwell left with a severance package of almost $800,000.“I started out as a teacher, and I’m a CEO,” Goldson said following Alsobrooks’ announcement. As state law required, Prince George’s County conducted a national pursuit led by the H.Y.A search firm where 20 candidates were vetted for the position. A three-person committee appointed by Gov. Hogan narrowed the list to three finalists who were then interviewed by Alsobrooks. The other candidates and Goldson were selected from that list.In May a public forum was held at Flowers High School where residents of the County were given the chance to address Alsobrooks and the search firm that was charged with the task of establishing the list of finalists.  Most of the residents who spoke during the gathering, which lasted almost three hours, said familiarity with the PGCPS was the most important factor that should be considered for its next CEO.  They had grown weary of outsiders running the system and were looking for a candidate who had a vested interest in leading it for more than just a great salary. They also stressed the importance of transparency when dealing with issues facing students and their families. “As I worked through this process, the only issue that I worried about was having to tell children that if someone else was selected, they aren’t good enough to lead a district such as this, because I’m cut from the same cloth they’re cut from,” Goldson said.Goldson is a native of the County who has been working in the school system for four decades.  Her career began as a teacher at Suitland High School and ascended to principal at Frederick Douglass and Henry Wise High Schools.  Goldson also had been the school system’s Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning before taking over as the interim CEO last July. Her formal education began at Barnaby Manor Elementary School before attending John Hanson Junior High and Potomac High Schools.  Goldson’s children are reportedly enrolled in PGCPS schools. “She was our choice before she was your choice,” said Alvin Thornton, chairman of the PGCPS School Board in response to Alsobrooks remarks and said that the board hoped Goldson would be selected. The final contract will be negotiated with the Prince George’s County Board of Education then vetted by the Maryland State Department of Education. It is expected to be finalized by June 30, which is the day Goldson’s interim appointment officially ends.“[The] challenges [facing the PGCPS] can be overcome if we all come together,” Goldson concluded.last_img read more