Impressive and commendable coverage of a hard-to-swallow report on corruption.
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Saturday, March 27, 2010
My question is, REALLY the school DIDN'T KNOW!!!!!!!! B.S.
CORRUPTION SUCKS MAN
Principal in court Tuesday on sex charge
There is now a gag order in the case of a Sherwood principal in court Tuesday on a sexual assault charge. Timothy Ballard is currently out on bond. He's accused of kKissing, meetings in empty hallways, phone calls, texts and more, most of which are too graphic to say on TV.
A 2009 graduate of Abundant Life Schools is accusing principal and coach Timothy Ballard of inappropriate behavior starting when she was a seventh grader, and escalading into repeated sexual assault by her junior year.
FOX16 tried tracking Ballard down at his Sherwood home to get his side of the story, but didn't have any luck. A neighbor says she rarely sees the Ballards, but her children played with his three girls.
Ballard's been with the school for the past 18 years. The superintendent got an e-mail from a former student accusing Ballard of inappropriate behavior February 21. The school placed Ballard on paid administrative leave four days later.
Sherwood police arrested Ballard Friday,charging him with sexual assault after an anonymous phone call launched an investigation March first. Monday, the attorney for Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church told FOX16 the school is cooperating with authorities.
A court document shows the senior pastor and superintendent told police this was not the first time they received a complaint against Ballard about inappropriate behavior with a female student. The first was made about 11 years ago. The most recent was made last September.
Ballard will be arraigned Tuesday morning. The attorney for the church tells FOX16 this could move to circuit court where the charge could change. Police tell FOX16 they interviewed more than 20 people in this case.
Abundant Life Schools are part of Sylvan Hills First Baptist Church in Sherwood with more than 400 pre-K through 12th graders. Ballard is the assistant superintendent, high school principal and senior boys' basketball coach.
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Friday, March 26, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Attention: Marvin Evans et al,
I am writing this letter because after two full weeks of me pleading TSSA inspectors have refused to call me back to schedule mandatory inspections.
Marvin the last time you sent me an Email you punitively and arbitrarily charged me for it at a flat rate of $150.00/hour plus taxes. You also charged me $150.00/hr to read my response to it. You also charged me $150.00/hr to receive & make phone calls to me.
Am I paying you and TSSA for the note you wrote below too? Am I again paying you $150.00 to read my answer to it?
Please advise me up front this time.
Let me get you all on the right page again: I use TSSA because I am bound to by law & under penalty of fines or worse if I do not.
I own a company that I started out of poverty 21 years ago; Willy Dog. I employ about 20 people at my Canadian head office and more in my US offices.
All we do is make simple hot dog carts. Nothing else; no rocket science here. I sell these hot dog carts internationally, we are very successful.
I have no problem doing business anywhere else in the world. USA, other parts of Canada, India, Australia, etc, take your pick we have no problems.
Only here in Ontario do we have problems. It is because of your "organization" TSSA". You bully me, you overcharge me for inspections, your inspections fail, you lie to me, your directer John Marshall laughs at me and now you will not even return my phone calls when I ask for an inspection!
With the exception of the top office in TSSA and rare other exception, to a man you treat me with utter disrespect.
To make matters worse TSSA, a quasi-government organization is protected by legislation that effectively says:
- You can charge whatever you like.
- You can make mistakes, even big mistakes and you are not responsible for it.
- You are immune from all laws that would bind you to any sort of responsible or businesslike behaviour.
- You don't have to communicate with your clients so they can set up the mandatory inspections with TSSA.
- You appear to be all but immune from any Jurisdiction I can find (not that I am done trying).
So what am I to do now. Go out of business in Ontario?
I am at the end of my rope because of TSSA incompetence yet all you do is cover your asses, change the rules arbitrarily and blame others.
I am a very even tempered fellow but TSSA disgusts me. If you were in my shoes you would be disgusted too.
The latest issue of many you have put me through is this:
1) I have been pleading with TSSA to do some inspections for about 2 weeks as of this writing.
It started March 8/10 when I called Oscar Warren and asked him to do some routine inspects. (Oscar has always been fair with me if not always abreast of the regulations).
2) Oscar advised that Wayne Pillon would now be doing our inspections and Wayne would call me. Mr Pillon did not call me and I left him 4 messages. After about 3 days I called Oscar again to plead for service.
3) Mr, Pillon called the next day to say he couldn't do my inspection because he had medical issues. He said Anthony James would do the inspection.
He said he would call Anthony James and have him call me. I also began to call Mr. James. Mr. James ignored all my calls till I called Mr. Pillon again to pressure him.
4) Mr. James called the next day to tell me he wasn't doing my inspection, that Mike Goldberg was doing my inspection. He said he would call Mike Goldberg and have him call me. I also began to call Mr. Goldberg. I called 6 times and left 4 messages over 3 days. Mr Goldberg did not call back.
5) On Friday morning Mar 19/10 I reluctantly called the office of the CEO of TSSA, Cathy Milsom and left a total of three messages (Ms Milsom & staff have always treated me fairly). Two calls dealt with the fact (as above) that I was being ignored by the inspectors and that I was in dire need of service from TSSA in order to serve customers at the only time of year they order. In the third call I mentioned that a customer had driven for a total of 6 hours to pick up his hot dog cart and because TSSA was ignoring me it was not inspected. I left the message that TSSA had successfully forced me to let equipment out of my factory because they effectively refused to inspect it.
6)At 4:00 Friday March 19/10 I received a call from Mike Goldberg to tell me that he was not doing our inspections Marvin Evans was. He said he would call Marvin Evans (whose last bill just to look at a one page line diagram cost me a whopping $1338.00 and forced me to sue TSSA in small claims court) and get Mr. Evans to call me.
8) About 10 minutes later I received a somewhat frantic call from Marvin Evans advising me that he would do the inspections next week (but he has changed the rules again).
7)Two full weeks have now passed and the inspections are not done. I am not sure what this week will bring.
Over the last 2 years TSSA has effectively put me into a corner. A corner wherein I have been forced, through their negligence, shoddy, money grabbing, inconsistent and achingly slow "inspections", inspections that fail simple propane tests in the field, I have been forced to discontinue almost my entire model line up (in Ontario only). Now TSSA have put me into a position where to stay in business in Ontario I may have to sell my hot dog carts un-inspected! TSSA is a disgrace. Most of you should be fired and replaced with people who can think and who are truly concerned about safety.
I am concerned about safety and frankly I am extremely worried that given your well documented failure rate someone will be seriously hurt or worse. Not hurt with my simple little carts but by something far more complex that you are supposed to be dealing with.
I want an apology from TSSA regarding the above.
I want some guarantees that you will look after me as you are supposed to do.
PCSSD holds meeting to discuss personnel matter concerning McGill
An emergency boarding meeting was held Thursday night over confidential documents leaked to the NAACP.
These documents are the result of an investigation into allegations Acting Superintendent Robert McGill made racial comments. Board members were under confidentiality when they were interviewed. The conclusion by Lassiter & Couch Law Firm reads, "We have interviewed the four witnesses." It goes on, "We find that Mr. McGill did not make a racially insensitive remark."
This led to a controversy with the Pulaski County Special School District board. President of the PCSSD board Tim Clark says, ""Until we make the right decisions, clean the board up or out, which ever way it is. It starts with us until we are on the right path, the school district will never be on the right path."
The meeting is a direct result of NAACP chairman, Rizelle Aaron alleging he received the confidential documents anonymously on a school district thumb drive. Others believe someone on the board leaked the information, a violation of the law and board policy.
Board member Gary Gililland explains, "I just want to find out and do an effort and make this known. That way if we do find who did it, then the employees can then act upon their behalf. It wouldn't be our responsibility to file a civil suit against them on their behalf."
In a vote of 4 to 3, board members moved to start an investigation. Others worry about the cost and say it's a civil matter and not grounds to remove a board member.
The meeting only lasted 30-minutes; the end result, the majority of board members voted to begin an investigation. However, no one discussed who would do it or how much it will cost.
Vice-President of the board Charlie Wood says, "It probably won't mean much more money. It will mean something official is being done and the attorney may come back to us with more recommendations about a next step. I hope we find who gave the information to Mr. Aaron."
Aaron insists he doesn't know who leaked the documents, "This is a waste of time and money because the only way to determine who that person is, is by that person identifying themselves and that's not going to happen."
Several employees named in the confidential documents are seeking legal council, which could mean a lawsuit.
This week, McGill accepted a job as superintendent of Academics Plus Charter School in Maumelle.
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Hera- DOGUE DE BORDEAUX French Creole Indian Mascot #1
The Dogue de Bordeaux, Bordeaux Mastiff or French Mastiff is a breed of dog that is strong, powerful, and imposing. The Dogue de Bordeaux is one of the most ancient French breeds. They are a typical brachycephalic molossoid type. Bordeaux are very powerful dogs, with a very muscular body yet retaining a harmonious temperament. The breed has been utilized in many different forms, from using their brawn to pull carts or haul heavy objects, to guarding flocks and used to protect castles of the European elite.
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Dogue de Bordeaux, also called French Mastiff or Bordeaux Bulldog, is a short, stocky Molosser breed with a heavy, broad head.
The breed standards by European FCI and American Kennel Club specify minimum weight of 99 lbs for a female and 110 lbs for a male. There is no formally stated maximum weight but dogs must be balanced with regard to their overall type and the conformation standards of the breed.
The standard states that the desirable height, at maturity, should range between 23½ inches to 27 inches (58-67.5 cm) for male dogs and from 22½ inches to 25½ inches (57 cm-65 cm) for females. Deviation from these margins is considered a fault.
Dogue de Bordeaux is a well balanced, muscular and massive dog with a powerful build. The Dogue's size should come mostly from width and muscles, rather than height. The breed is set somewhat low to the ground and not tall like the English Mastiff. The body of the Dogue de Bordeaux is thick-set, with a short, straight top-line and a gentle rounded croup. The front legs should be straight and heavy-boned. The straight tail begins thickly at the base and then tapers to a point at the end. It should not reach lower than the hocks. The tail is thick at the base and tapers to the tip and is set and carried low. The breed is to be presented in a completely natural condition with intact ears, tail and natural dewclaws. It should be evaluated equally for correctness in conformation, temperament, movement and overall structural soundness.
The massive head is a crucial breed characteristic. The Dogue de Bordeaux is claimed to have the largest head in the canine world, in proportion to the rest of the body. For males the circumference of the head, measured at the widest point of the skull, is roughly equal to the dog's height at the withers (shoulders). For females the circumference may be slightly less. When viewed from the front or from above, the head of the Dogue forms a trapezoid shape with the longer top-line of the skull, and the shorter line of the underjaw, forming the parallel sides of the trapezoid. The jaw is undershot and powerful. The Dogue should always have a black or red mask that can be distinguished from the rest of the coat around and under the nose, including the lips and eye rims. The muzzle should be at most 1/3 the total length of the head and no shorter than 1/4 the length of the head, the ideal being between the two extremes. The upper lips hang thickly down over the lower jaw. The skin on the neck is loose, forming a noticeable dewlap, but should not be excessive like that of a Neapolitan Mastiff. Small pendant ears top the head, but should not be long and houndy.
The standard specifies the coat to be 'short, fine, and soft to the touch'. Color varies from shades of fawn (light, coppery red) to mahogany (dark, brownish red)or also a orange skin with a black, brown or red mask. White markings are permitted on the tips of the toes and on the chest, but white on any other part of the body is considered a fault, and a disqualifying one if the pigmentation goes beyond the neck.
As with any breed, litter sizes may vary from dog to dog. An average dog has five to eight puppies. Although, Dogue de Bordeaux usually have between ten to sixteen pups.
As with other large breeds of canine, the lifespan of the Dogue is fairly short. According to the Dogue De Bordeaux Society of America the average lifespan is a little under 6 years, and the Society is actively recording dogs that are 8 year old or older in an effort to improve the breed's longevity.
The Dogue is even tempered, protective by nature, and extremely devoted to his family. The Dogue's original purpose being to fight and protect, he can be aggressive by nature - however, throughout the years breeders have been trying to breed this characteristic out. The Dogue is intelligent and can also be stubborn, arrogant, and dominant. Early socialization for this breed is an absolute must.
The Dogue de Bordeaux was known in France as early as the fourteenth century particularly in southern France in the region around Bordeaux. Hence, the city lent its name to these large dogs.
A uniform breed type of the Bordeaux Dog did not exist before about 1920. The French placed emphasis on keeping the old breeding line pure. Black masks were considered an indication of the crossing in of the English Mastiff. As an important indication of purity of the breed, attention was paid to the self colored (pink) nose, lighter eye color (dark amber), and red mask. They were originally bred with huge anatomically incorrect heads; a pioneer for the breed in Germany, Werner Preugschat once wrote:
"What am I supposed to do with a dog that has a monstrous skull and is at most able to carry it from the food dish to its bed?"
The Dogue de Bordeaux was at one time, known to come in two varieties, Dogues and Doguins, the former, the Dogue, being a considerably larger dog than the latter. The latter, the Doguin, has withered away to nothing more than a mention in breed history books, as it is no longer in existence.
The history of the breed is believed to predate the Bullmastiff and the Bulldog. It is said that the Dogue can be found in the background of the Bullmastiff, and others claim that the Dogue and Mastiff breeds were both being accomplished at the same time. Another theory is the Dogue de Bordeaux originates from the Tibetan Mastiff and it is also said that the Dogue is related to the Greco Roman molossoids used for war, as there was a breed similar to the Dogue de Bordeaux in Rome at the time of Julius Caesar's reign, possibly a cousin of the Neapolitan Mastiff. Others suggest that the Dogue de Bordeaux is a descendent of a breed which existed in ancient France, the Dogues de Bordeaux of Aquitaine. Which ever theory is true, it is obvious that the Dogue de Bordeaux shares the same common links as all modern molossers.
The Dogue de Bordeaux was once classified into three varieties, the Parisian, the Toulouse and the Bordeaux, types which were bred depending on the region of France and the jobs they were required to do. Ancestral Dogues de Bordeaux had various coat colors, such as brindle and majority of white markings that carried fully up the legs. They had scissor bites in some regions, undershot in others, big heads, small heads, large bodies and small bodies, very inconsistent in type. Another controversial aspect was the mask, red (brown), none or black. The Dogues de Bordeaux of Bordeaux of the time also sported cropped ears. Regardless, they all had a general type similar to today's Dogue de Bordeaux.
In 1863 the first canine exhibition was held at the "Jardin d'Acclimatation" in Paris, France. The winner of the Dogue de Bordeaux was a bitch named Magentas. The Dogue de Bordeaux was then given the name of the capital of their region of origin, today's Dogue de Bordeaux.
The Dogue de Bordeaux was used as a hunter, a herding dog, and a guardian. They were trained to bait bulls, bears, and jaguars, hunt boars, herd cattle, and protect the homes, butcher shops, and vineyards of their masters. The Dogue de Bordeaux was prized as protectors and was often found in the homes of the wealthy of France. A setback in the breed came during the French Revolution when many of the Dogues de Bordeaux perished with their wealthy masters. The Dogues de Bordeaux of the common man have thrived. These became champions, and were powerful dogs bred to do their jobs and do them well. Another setback for the breed was during World War II, Adolf Hitler was said to have demanded the execution of all Dogues de Bordeaux because of their devout loyalty to their owners.
During the 1960s, a group of breeders of the Dogue de Bordeaux in France, headed by Raymond Triquet, worked on the rebuilding of the foundation of the breed. In 1970 a new standard was written for the breed, with the most recent update in 1995. This standard is the basis of the standard written for the AKC in 2005.
Although the Dogue de Bordeaux first came to the USA in the 1890s for the show ring, the first documented Dogues de Bordeaux of modern times was in 1959, Fidelle de Fenelon, and in 1968, Rugby de la Maison des Arbres. Between 1969 and 1980 imported Dogues de Bordeaux in the USA were scarce, limited to a few breeders who worked closely with the French Dogue de Bordeaux Club, the SADB. The breed was first "officially" introduced to American purebred enthusiasts in an article written in 1982 and by the American anthropologist, Dr. Carl Semencic for "Dog World" magazine. That article, entitled "Introducing the Dogue de Bordeaux", was followed by chapters dedicated to the Dogue in Semencic's books on dogs, published by T.F.H. Publications of Neptune, New Jersey. When Semencic's first article on the breed was published there were no Bordeaux Dogues in the United States, there were 600 examples left in the world, mostly in France, Holland and East Berlin, and the breed's numbers were on the decline. Much later, in 1989 the typical American family saw the Dogue de Bordeaux for the first time on the big screen in Touchstone's movie Turner & Hooch about a police man and his canine partner, although many people did not know that the massive slobbering animal was a Dogue de Bordeaux.
Since then the Dogue de Bordeaux has taken hold in the United States and can be found in greatly increasing numbers across the country. The Dogue de Bordeaux has been supported by multiple breed clubs throughout the years, and has finally found its way to full AKC recognition through the assistance of the Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America. Since 1997 the DDBSA has helped bring the breed to the point in which full AKC recognition could be achieved.
The Dogue de Bordeaux has begun to flourish is recent years, with the introduction of them into more movies and even television, as well as their full recognition status by the American Kennel Club, also known as the AKC (full AKC recognition began July 2008). Their numbers are climbing, but careful attention must be paid to temperament and health in the breed, if the increase in popularity is to progress this breed in a positive forward motion in years to come.
- Beasley, who played the title role of Hooch in Turner & Hooch.
- Foster, who was the Spencer family dog on General Hospital.
- Mac, owned by Dutch footballer Andy van der Meyde, famously stolen and found in 2006.
- Kalusha De El Siscar, a female, appeared with Sarah Jessica Parker in Sex and the City.
- England Football player Frank Lampard owns several Dogues de Bordeaux and has offered several puppies of the same breed to Chelsea FC fans.
- English TV presenter Paul Ross has a Dogue de Bordeaux which appeared in Your dog magazine.
- Edward Norton's character in The Italian Job had Dogues guarding his estate.
- Maria Bello's character in the movie Payback had a Dogue de Bordeaux, named Porter.
- NHL superstar Evgeni Malkin also has a Dogue de Bordeaux, one his parents are currently attempting to move from Russia to Pittsburgh, PA.
- England Football player Wayne Rooney has also revealed that he owns one of these dogs
"The Saga of the Dogue de Bordeaux" written by Raymond Triquet and published by Bas Bosch Press
"The World of Dogues De Bordeaux". Published by Bas Bosch Press
- ^ Review AKC breed standard for verification: http://www.akc.org/breeds/dogue_de_bordeaux/
- ^ http://www.ddbs.org/Health/Cause%20of%20Death/Causeofdeath%20Results.htm
- The Dogue de Bordeaux Society of America
- The Dogue de Bordeaux Rescue of America
- North American Bordeaux Federation
- Canadian Dogue de Bordeaux Club
- Bordeaux Club of Great Britain
- Axoland Dogue de Bordeaux
- Dogue de Bordeaux
- La Société des Amateurs de Dogues de Bordeaux, in the French language.
- United Kingdom Dogues de Bordeaux Breeders
- American Kennel Club
- Burdemo´s Ranch
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