Push to reopen schools could leave out millions of students

first_imgPresident Joe Biden says he wants most schools serving kindergarten through eighth grade to reopen by late April. But even if that happens, it is likely to leave out millions of students, many of them minorities in urban areas. Shavar Jeffries is president of Democrats for Education Reform. He says that inequity could bring “a generational level of harm” for low-income and minority students. Jeffries says teachers unions in cities are standing in the way of holding in-person classes. Unions say their members and students should be back in schools only when it’s safe — and that could be harder to achieve in cities.last_img

Things to Know: Virus experts hope Super Bowl won’t sack US

first_imgHealth officials are on edge as the coronavirus clashes with a Sunday sports event that typically brings millions of people together: the NFL Super Bowl. They fear that the game could seed new COVID-19 cases if fans attend parties to watch Tampa Bay play Kansas City. The new coronavirus strain that spread quickly in the United Kingdom was confirmed in Kansas after turning up in several other states. States, meanwhile, are in a race to vaccinate. The game will be played in front of about 22,000 masked fans in Tampa, many of them vaccinated health workers.last_img

Georgia’s best

first_imgBy Faith PeppersUniversity of GeorgiaIt was steamy in the Georgia Freight Depot in Atlanta on March 20. It may have been the warm spring day outside or the heated competition raging inside.The first annual Flavor of Georgia food contest pitted Hot Tar, Inc.’s Heat Factor sauce against Smack Yo Mama LLC’s Georgia Gold Honey Mustard. Byrd Cookie Company’s Georgia Peach Cookies stared down Earth’s Treasures’ Edible Candy Dough.In the end, only eight could come out winners.The contest created by faculty in the University of Georgia Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development and Department of Food Science and Technology was just what these budding foodies needed.“It was a way to highlight new and innovative food products and businesses that use Georgia commodities,” said Sharon Kane, a food business development specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The contest also serves as a way to link these entrepreneurs with brokers, retailers and others involved in the food marketing distribution channels.”The contest had eight categories: natural or organic products; jams, jellies and sauces; barbecue and hot sauces; confections; wine; meat products; snack foods and other foods.“We had an exceptional response with over 150 products submitted from all over Georgia,” Kane said. “It was a difficult judging process given the high quality of products entered. The judges had very positive comments about everyone that was a semifinalist.”The original 150 entries were narrowed to 28 semifinalists, who prepared and served their dishes at the event which coincided with Georgia’s Ag Day. A panel of judges picked the eight category winners and one grand prize winner, Bradley Creek Seafood’s Low-country pastry. The winners were:Natural or organic products: Savannah Bee Co., tupelo honey.Jams, jellies and sauces: Byne Blueberry Farm, Waynesboro, Ga., Blueberry Salsa.Barbecue or hot sauce: R.P. Hill Exotic Sauce Co., Atlanta, Brandy Mandarin Orange BBQ sauce.Confections: The Byrd Cookie Co., Savannah, Georgia Peach Cookies.Wine: Persimmon Creek Vineyard, Clayton, Ga., Late Harvest Reisling.Meat product and Grand Prize Winner: Bradley Creek Seafood, Savannah, Low-country pastry.Snack food: Bodacious Food Co., Jasper, Ga., traditional cheese straws.Other: Vidalia Brands Inc., Reidsville, Ga., onion and spinach quiche.If you and your newest food creation missed this year’s contest, don’t give up. There’s always next year. “Anyone in Georgia who has a product they know will be a winner, should look for the call for entries for the 2008 contest sometime this fall,” Kane said.The Flavor of Georgia was sponsored by the UGA CAED, CAES Department of Food Science and Technology, Gov. Sonny Perdue’s Agricultural Advisory Commission and the Georgia Rural Development Council. For more information about the Flavor of Georgia contest, Food Science Extension Outreach Program website at www.efsonline.uga.edu/.last_img read more

Chilean Service Members Prep for Peacekeeping Mission in Cyprus

first_imgBy Felipe Lagos/Diálogo August 29, 2018 A contingent of 14 service members from the Chilean Army and Navy are in the final preparation stages to deploy with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). The officers and noncommissioned officers will be part of the 32nd Chilean contingent to support the peacekeeping mission on the Mediterranean island. They will join the Argentine Task Force and assume their official positions in Cyprus in early September. As part of preparations, service members attended the UNFICYP 32 Pre-deployment Course at the Chilean Joint Peacekeeping Operations Center (CECOPAC, in Spanish) of the Chilean Joint Chiefs of Staff. The academic and hands-on two-week course was held at the end of June. The course allowed the Chilean contingent—seven troops from the Navy and seven from the Army—to acquire the necessary skills to perform their duties during the six-month mission. The course kicked off with information on the conceptual framework of the United Nations, as well as background and mandate of UNFICYP. “Then, students learned about the specific operational tasks they will carry on at UNFICYP,” Chilean Navy Lieutenant Commander Raúl Torres Ramos, head of CECOPAC’s Faculty Department, told Diálogo. Golden rules In addition to providing an overview of the mission, the course taught blue helmets’ “golden rules” and code of conduct with a focus on human rights. The course also delved on how to face specific situations, such as armed threats, reconnaissance operations, and air insertions, among others. “The course, although prepared for deployments specific to UNFICYP, features highly trained and experienced instructors who participated in different missions worldwide,” Chilean Army Lieutenant José Rojas Cotroneo, part of UNFICYP 32, told Dialogo. “We learn parameters to be able to react in any situation that might disrupt the ceasefire.” Students put what they learned to the test in a training field with simulated scenarios. CECOPAC instructors executed and supervised the activities that prepared units for deployment. “It enables us to apply the knowledge obtained to decision-making in the field,” Lt. Rojas said. “It’s very important to know how to react in an unknown scenario, where any of our actions or reactions might create a situation with serious consequences.” Joint combined force Chile’s participation in the peacekeeping mission dates back to 1999, when Chilean diplomat James Holger Blair was appointed as head of UNFICYP for a year. In 2001, Chile deployed a marine with the Argentine Task Force in Cyprus as an observer and to conduct surveillance tasks in the security zone. In 2003, as a result of agreements between Chile and Argentina, a combined deployment started with a joint military force. “The main challenges in this mission are related to operational requirements of the military contingent, as our country collaborates with the Argentine Task Force,” said Chilean Army Lieutenant Colonel Javier Cuevas Leiva, chief of Information for Peacekeeping Operations of the Joint Chiefs of Staff’s Operations and Joint Command Department. “This transforms missions into a joint-combined work environment, which undoubtedly requires our contingent to expand their knowledge and doctrinal framework.” Established in 1964, UNFICYP seeks to put an end to the conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots of the Mediterranean island. Both groups dispute a 1,274-square-mile territory in the far north of Cyprus, under the control of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. For Chile, UNFICYP contributes to national projection abroad as a country actively participating in peacekeeping operations. The joint-combined character of the mission also generates unique experiences that strengthen the Chilean Armed Forces’ capabilities. “The Chilean participation in UNFICYP is very important for members of the Armed Forces,” said Chilean Marine Corps First Sergeant Antonio Salas Lira, who will deploy with the 32nd contingent. “In other words, we can say that it’s a ‘mother’ peacekeeping operation, whose goal is to provide all the humanitarian assistance the United Nations deems appropriate.” In addition to UNFICYP, Chilean service members served in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, the United Nations Mission in Colombia, and the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic. Chilean officers also took part in the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization and the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan. “Any challenge in life demands a level of preparation and training to face it in the best way possible, and Chile’s participation in UNFICYP is a way to achieve this,” Lt. Rojas said. “It will allow us to make decisions based on experience, with results at the personal and professional levels, and most of all as representatives of our country.”last_img read more

Don’t let 2020 be a year your credit union regrets

first_img continue reading » Even though we’re less than halfway through the first quarter of 2020, it’s a good time to start thinking about the opportunities that will present themselves to you throughout the rest of the year. But wait! How can you prepare for opportunities you know nothing about? Pause on that question. We’ll come back to it.Before we go any further, let’s look back to the fateful day in September 2000 when Netflix co-founder Marc Randolph met with John Antioco, the CEO of Blockbuster. (You remember that company, right?) Keep in mind, Netflix wasn’t the entertainment giant it is today. In September 2000, Netflix was a DVD-by-mail rental service, and it was in trouble. The company’s innovative business model, which was all that was possible in the era of slow download speeds, was catching on, but not quickly enough for the company to be anywhere near profitable. Randolph and his Netflix team came up with a solution: They would try to be acquired by Blockbuster.In Randolph’s new book, That Will Never Work, he describes the pitch he made at that September meeting:“We should join forces,” Randolph told Antioco. “We will run the online part of the combined business. You will focus on the stores. We will find the synergies that come from the combination, and it will truly be a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Ethiopian opposition leader ‘proud’ to be charged with terrorism

first_imgOn Monday Jawar and 17 other suspects appeared in court, where they were presented with documents detailing the charges, according to Jawar’s lawyer, Tuli Bayyisa.Though they did not enter formal pleas, Jawar delivered a scathing statement challenging the court’s integrity.”The reason why I’ve been detained is only because we’ve challenged the government. The government understood that they cannot compete with the opposition parties,” Jawar said, according to Tuli. “I’m really very proud to be charged under the antiterrorist law because the government knows, the public knows, and me myself I know 100 percent that I’m not a terrorist. I have never committed any kind of crime.” Topics : The charges – which could bring life imprisonment – relate to violence that erupted after the shooting death in June of Hachalu Hundessa, a popular singer from the Oromo ethnic group who gave voice to Oromo feelings of political and economic marginalization.Jawar is among more than 9,000 people caught up in subsequent mass arrests that have stoked criticism that Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is seizing on the unrest to silence political opponents and critics.Abiy, winner of last year’s Nobel Peace Prize, is Ethiopia’s first Oromo leader, but he faces intense criticism from Oromo nationalists like Jawar who accuse him of being a poor advocate for their interests and behaving like a dictator. Putting Jawar on trial risks fuelling violence in Addis Ababa and the surrounding Oromia region. “Unless prosecutors provide convincing evidence that the Oromo opposition leaders are guilty of these grave charges, then, if they are convicted, there will be a widespread public perception, especially in Oromia, that the Ethiopian government is once again engaging in politicized prosecutions,” said William Davison, senior analyst with the International Crisis Group. This could undermine national elections expected next year that are seen as a potential milestone in Ethiopia’s democratic transition, Davison added. center_img A prominent Ethiopian opposition politician on Monday rejected terrorism charges recently filed against him as part of a government plot to lock up rivals rather than face them at the ballot box.Jawar Mohammed, a former media mogul and member of the opposition Oromo Federalist Congress, is one of 24 suspects recently charged with terrorism and other offenses in connection with violence that left up to 239 people dead in June and July.The attorney general’s office unveiled the charges in a Facebook post over the weekend without informing the suspects or their lawyers.last_img read more

Pension funds to file milestone Tesco lawsuit in UK

first_imgOn 23 October 2014, Tesco announced that recent profit overstatements now totalled £263m.The supermarket also issued a third profit downgrade for the current financial year (2014-15), reporting a fall of 92% in pre-tax profits.The reaction from markets was swift, with more than £2bn being wiped off Tesco’s share price.The investors’ lawsuit will allege that Tesco made misleading and untruthful statements and omissions to the market in relation to its profits for recent financial periods.It is being funded by litigation funders Bentham Europe.The case will be filed in the High Court of Justice within the next four weeks, according to Sean Upson, partner in the commercial litigation and investor protection litigation departments at Stewarts Law.Upson, who is leading the action on behalf of the investors, told IPE: “The investors are bringing the action because, when the mis-statements in Tesco’s accounts were revealed, it caused losses. And many investors want to see better corporate governance at Tesco in the future.“One could see this case leading to similar actions because Section 90A has shown the way.”Jeremy Marshall, CIO at Bentham Europe, said: “There is a compelling reason for pension funds to take part in an action like this, if a recovery is achieved without risk of loss, because they have to act in the interests of their members.”Bentham Europe acts on a no-win, no-fee basis.All current and former shareholders that acquired at least 10,000 Tesco shares during the period 17 April 2013 to 22 October 2014, and that had not sold all of those securities prior to market announcements made by Tesco on 29 August, 22 September or 23 October 2014, are eligible to participate in the action.More information is available at https://www.benthameurope.com/tesco-plc-overview.Meanwhile, three former Tesco executives are also facing criminal charges, after an investigation by the Serious Fraud Office. UK and European pension funds are among 60 institutional investors planning to file a milestone lawsuit against Tesco, the UK’s biggest supermarket, for losses of around £150m (€173m) incurred because of accounting irregularities by the company, resulting in overstated earnings.The case is believed to be the first to be brought under Sections 90 and 90A of the UK’s Financial Services and Markets Act.These provisions allow investors to bring a claim against companies that issue prospectuses or publish statements on which the investors intend to rely and that contain false information, causing a loss.On 22 September 2014, Tesco issued a market announcement saying it had previously overstated its expected profits for the half year just ended by £250m.last_img read more

Animal testing ‘requires tighter regulation’

first_img 15 Views   no discussions Tweet HealthLifestyle Animal testing ‘requires tighter regulation’ by: – July 22, 2011 Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share By James GallagherHealth reporter, BBC NewsProfessor Christopher Shaw says there should be “clear barriers” to stop some experiments that may be possible in the futureBetter regulation is needed to govern rapidly expanding research in animals containing human tissue or genes, the Academy of Medical Sciences says.It said such studies were necessary for medical research, but that new ethical issues could emerge and called for a national body of experts.It said “category three” experiments on monkey brains, resulting in “human-like” behaviour, should be banned.The government said it would consider the recommendations.Dr Robin Lovell-Badge, from the National Institute for Medical Research, said: “Everyone laughs at talking meerkats and cats with opposable thumbs, but if we were actually doing that in the labs I don’t think people would be so happy.”Cancer drugsIntroducing human material into animals has furthered medical research.Putting human breast tumour cells into mice has allowed researchers to test cancer drugs on human tissue.Stroke damaged mice showed some recovery when their brains were injected with human neural stem cells, which has led to human clinical trials.Mice with Down’s syndrome have had a whole human chromosome added to their genome to help researchers learn more about the condition.Professor Christopher Shaw, from King’s College London and one of the report’s authors, said animals with human material were “hugely important. Is [the field] going to shrink and go away? No. I’m confident it will lead to new treatments.”The academy report said it was anticipating “a major increase in the use of these techniques”.However it raised concerns that some cases would fall through gaps in the regulation.The authors said that, for example, experiments on an embryo which contained predominantly human material would be controlled by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the embryo would not progress beyond 14 days. For embryos which are mostly animal, but contained some human material, they said there was “no regulation at all”.Animal research is regulated by the Home Office’s animal procedures committee.Professor Martin Bobrow, chair of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said: “Our report recommends that the Home Office puts in place a national expert body, within the existing stringent system of animal research regulation, to provide specific advice on sensitive types of ‘animals containing human material’ research.”The academy recommended three classifications for research on animals containing human material.Most would be “category one” and have no more restrictions than any other study on animals.‘Valuable study’Category two experiments could be allowed but “would require strong scientific justification”. The report suggested this would include adding genes to non-human primates and significant changes to an animal to make it “more human-like”.Category three experiments would not be allowed, such as letting any mixed embryo develop past 14 days or breeding animals with human influenced sperm or egg cells and modifying non-human primates to create human-like awareness or behaviour.Professor Bobrow was keen to stress that “nobody has done any of these things”, but the Academy of Medical Sciences said it wanted guidelines in place rather than waiting until the horse had bolted.Home Office Minister Lynne Featherstone said: “We welcome the valuable contribution of this study to the understanding of the complex ethical, scientific and animal welfare issues involved in this area of research.“We will consider the recommendations carefully.”last_img read more

Lazio launch bid for Chelsea striker

first_imgLazio have launched a bid for Chelsea striker Olivier  Giroud. And with the Euros coming up this summer, Giroud is in  need of consistent playing time to make it into Didier  Deschamp’s squad for the tournament. Read Also:Chelsea keen on Lazio hitman Giroud had been linked with a move to Antonio Conte’s  Inter Milan this month. However, that transfer has gone  cold and is unlikely to happen. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The Daily Mail says Lazio have made an offer for Giroud  but the Frenchman is looking to remain in London amid  interest from Tottenham. The 33-year-old has longed for the exit door from  Stamford Bridge having seen game time severely limited  for the west London club this season.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Amazing Shows From The 90s That Need A Reboot Right Now7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value7 Biggest Celebrity Endorsement Deals10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Things About Ancient Egypt That We Don’t Yet KnowPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

March ‘Business of the Month’ named by Ripley County Chamber of Commerce

first_imgVersailles, In. — Mirrus Corporation was established in April of 1999, by Rusty Stenger of Batesville, Indiana and located on U.S. 421 in Versailles.Mirrus is one of the largest employer’s in the surrounding area, specializing in quality sorting, assembly, packing, quality inspection, sub-assembly and containment. Available 24/7 with a team of full-time associates, Mirrus guarantees prompt and efficient service. Mirrus Corporation partners with manufacturing facilities to maximize efficiency in the production process and quality application.Initially, all associates were based at the Versailles location, but with the rapid growth of business, service is provided to manufacturers in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Establishing an office in Seymour, Indiana has expanded growth and has provided new opportunities.Mirrus employs people from several communities in southeastern Indiana. Job opportunities are also offered at the Versailles Farm And Garden Store.last_img read more