FOCUS on fun

first_imgConcept originated in AtlantaThe idea to pair college science students with elementary schoolteachers was based on Elementary Science Education Partners, ajoint project of Atlanta public schools and seven Atlanta-areacolleges and universities, said FOCUS coordinator Jim Spellman.”FOCUS has been a really good experience for the students,”Spellman said.”Many UGA students come from metro Atlanta, from affluent, mostlywhite schools,” he said. “Barnett Shoals Elementary is reallydiverse. It gave them a much better understanding of the problemsin education and the challenges facing teachers. It also allowedstudents to see how much work is involved in preparation to teacha class.”On Saturday, Jan. 11, a new crop of UGA students will spend theday at Barnett Shoals in a Project FOCUS orientation session.They’ll learn some basics about elementary education, lessonplanning and the classrooms where they will work.The program requires that the CAES students agree to spend atleast three hours per week in the classroom, teaching science. By Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaSay “science” to fourth-graders at Barnett Shoals ElementarySchool in Athens, Ga., and you might get excited accounts ofmaking “ocean” waves or using Hula Hoops to section offschoolyard areas to count living bugs and plants. Science ishands-on and fun.Last semester, these students and their teachers worked ondifferent science projects with Eva Daneke, a University ofGeorgia student from Duluth, Ga., majoring in environmentalhealth sciences.Through Project FOCUS (Fostering Our Community’s Understanding ofScience), Daneke and 11 other UGA students were teamed up withBarnett Shoals teachers to bring hands-on science to kindergartenthrough fifth-grader students.Project FOCUS is a new program of the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences (CAES). It serves two purposes, saidDavid Knauft, CAES associate dean of academic affairs. Making science fun”It allows us to do some community service,” Knauft said. “And italso exposes kids to science that’s fun and meaningful. Ourstudents provide the teachers with a second pair of hands and adepth of science background that many elementary school teachersdo not have.”Since much of the science in the CAES is applied science, hesaid, it’s easier to simplify for young students.”The kids liked all of the projects,” said Daneke, who workedwith two fourth-grade classes.”Their favorite was probably making craters,” she said. “Wedropped marbles, golf balls and tennis balls from differentheights into pans of flour to demonstrate the conditions in spacethat create craters. It made a big mess, and they loved it.”last_img read more

The May 2018 Issue Is Live!

first_imgWe couldn’t be more excited to announce the release of our 15th anniversary Festival Guide, packed with everything you need to know for a fun and “festive” festival season![column size=one_half position=first ][/column][column size=one_half position=last ][/column][column size=one_half position=first ][/column][column size=one_half position=last ][/column][column size=one_half position=first ][/column][column size=one_half position=last ][/column][column size=one_half position=first ][/column][column size=one_half position=last ][/column]last_img

Infrastructure as a service

first_img 13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Ryan Rackley and Emily WaiteInfrastructure as a Service (IaaS) models inside traditional information technology departments are taking shape in the financial services industry. Although IaaS is not the norm in the industry, and it won’t be a fit for all institutions, credit unions that choose to deploy this emerging technology can experience a positive impact.Loosely defined, IaaS is a form of cloud computing [alongside Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS)] that provides virtualized computing resources for whatever systems the credit union chooses (more on this idea later).In an IaaS model, a third-party provider hosts hardware, software, servers, storage and other infrastructure components on behalf of its clients. IaaS providers also host users’ applications and handle such tasks as system maintenance, backup and resiliency planning.IaaS is not the traditional service-bureau-application-centric model provided by industry vendors for core, online banking and mobile solutions. Instead, under this model much of the maintenance for underlying servers, desktops, and disaster recovery is outsourced to a vendor rather than maintained by in-house IT staff. continue reading »last_img read more

FAO: Wild birds play role in avian flu, but poultry key

first_imgJun 2, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Wild birds have played and will continue to play a role in carrying the H5N1 strain of avian influenza over long distances, but the virus spreads mainly through poultry trade, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).This was one of the primary conclusions reached during the 2-day FAO/World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) International Scientific Conference on Avian Influenza and Wild Birds, the FAO said in a news release. The meeting adjourned May 31 in Rome.A concluding document stated, “Several presentations at the conference, some supported by recent publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals, implicated wild birds in the introduction of HPAI [highly pathogenic avian influenza] H5N1 virus at considerable geographical distance from known H5N1 outbreaks in poultry.”Scientists attending the conference, however, could not resolve exactly how H5N1 has spread to more than 50 countries on three continents, or whether wild birds constitute a permanent H5N1 reservoir, the FAO reported.”This was one of the main gaps identified in our present scientific knowledge,” FAO chief veterinary officer Joseph Domenech said in the press release. “We must therefore intensify our investigations.”The conference noted that the presence of avian flu in eight African countries appears to be poultry-related and mainly linked to poultry trade, the FAO said.Tracking wild birdsTo further define and help limit the spread of H5N1 in wild and domestic birds, the conference called for global tracking and monitoring that would involve multiple groups worldwide, including scientific centers, farming organizations, hunters, bird watchers, and conservation societies.Part of that comprehensive plan, the FAO announced in a separate news release, would be a system of computers, satellites, and bird-mounted devices to track the migrations of wild birds.The $6.8 million plan would involve capturing thousands of wild birds before they migrate, testing some for disease, and fitting some with tiny (less than 50-gram) backpacks, according to the FAO news release. Once the birds were released, telemetry equipment inside the backpacks would track the birds’ movement. Radio beacons and communication satellites would feed data from the birds into computers for analysis by scientists around the world.”All we have now is a snapshot,” Domenech said in the news release. “We need to see the whole film.”Some of the money for the project is on hand, according to the FAO, but the agency needs assistance from donors and governments to fully launch the project.See also:FAO news release on wild birds’ rolehttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000312/index.htmlFAO news release on proposal to track wild birdshttp://www.fao.org/newsroom/en/news/2006/1000311/index.htmllast_img read more

Shinzo Abe discusses resignation with Trump, Putin

first_imgIn a following teleconference, Abe and Putin reaffirmed their countries’ commitment to continuing bilateral negotiations toward signing a postwar peace treaty, which has been hampered by a decades-old territorial row over Russian-held islands off Hokkaido.Abe and Trump discussed North Korea’s abduction of Japanese nationals in the 1970s and 1980s, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and Japan’s plans to renew its missile defense strategy, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said at a press conference.Trump tweeted after the call that Abe is a “special man” who will “soon be recognized as the greatest Prime Minister in the history of Japan, whose relationship with the USA is the best it has ever been.”The two men built a rapport since Trump came to power in 2017 and have played several rounds of golf together. “The two leaders said they look forward to continuing their wonderful friendship for years to come!” the White House said in a statement. Abe will remain in office until his successor is chosen. The ruling Liberal Democratic Party, led by Abe, is considering holding a leadership election on Sept. 14, party lawmakers said.The prime minister assured Trump whoever succeeds him will be committed to strengthening the Japan-US alliance, according to a Japanese official.The abduction issue has been one of Abe’s main focuses, though he has struggled to make progress toward a resolution despite Trump raising the matter in summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.Abe asked Trump for continued US support on Japan’s efforts to resolve the issue with North Korea, the official said.The two leaders also agreed that their nations will cooperate on the development of a vaccine and treatment for the novel coronavirus that has ravaged the global economy. The pandemic has led to the deaths of more than 845,000 people worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.China’s President Xi Jinping (R), Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin attend the plenary session of the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok on September 12, 2018.Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP (AFP/Kirill Kudryavtsev)Meanwhile, Putin praised Abe for making great contributions to removing obstacles between the two countries, according to the Japanese government.Abe explained his resignation and said he hopes active talks will be held in the future toward resolving the territorial issue.At the end of the 20-minute teleconference, Putin said “arigato,” thanking Abe in Japanese, while Abe reciprocated in Russian, “Vladimir, spasiba,” according to the government.Topics : Prime Minister Shinzo Abe explained his decision to resign in separate calls with US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, while also touching on a number of issues involving the countries that remain unresolved.During his 30-minute phone talks with Trump, Abe thanked him for helping to make the Japan-US relationship “the strongest it has ever been,” the Japanese government said.It was Abe’s first phone call with a foreign leader since he abruptly announced his resignation on Friday, citing a relapse of ulcerative colitis, an intestinal disease that can cause stomach pain and diarrhea. Abe just a week ago achieved the longest uninterrupted stint as prime minister in the country’s history.last_img read more

End of Life Choice Bill contains flaws that are impossible to fix

first_imgStuff co.nz 19 June 2018Family First Comment: Excellent commentary…“If we lived in a perfect world, maybe a bill like this could be considered. In this world, doctors would be infallible and their decisions and predictions would always be right. Patients would be completely rational, never making decisions out of fear, pressure, or unstable emotions. Families would be loving, compassionate and unselfish, with never a thought for their inheritance. But in the real world we live in, legalising euthanasia or assisted suicide should be a non-starter. It’s just too risky.”www.rejectassistedsuicide.nzOPINION: Parliament has started hearing submissions on the End of Life Choice Bill, and if the last round of submissions is anything to go by, they’ll hear a lot of opposition.In response, MPs may be tempted to think they can fix the bill – narrowing the scope, tightening the wording, maybe limiting it to terminal illness and ditching the current provision for grievous and irremediable medical conditions. But in reality, even the safest version of this bill would be dangerous.This is a hard thing to say and to hear, when there are many stories of suffering and pain that each of us will hope we never have to go through. Both sides of the debate are motivated by compassion and concern for the vulnerable. No-one is coming at this with the intent to harm, but good intentions are not enough.Researching the international law and experience in places like Oregon, Washington State, Canada, Belgium, and the Netherlands, shows four main issues with even a restricted version of the bill.First, the eligibility criteria would be broad. Even if limited to people with a terminal illness likely to end their life within six months, doctors acknowledge that prognosis is more art than science. Oregon has a provision like this, but their official reports show that in 2017, somewhere between one and 14 people who were prescribed lethal drugs went on to live longer than their six-month prognosis.Second, other jurisdictions have failed to craft effective safeguards. For example, the bill states that a person must express a desire for euthanasia or assisted suicide free from pressure. However, pressure is very difficult to detect and requires a long-term relationship between doctor and patient. In Oregon last year, the median doctor-patient relationship before an assisted suicide prescription was just 10 weeks.Increasing numbers of people in Washington and Oregon have named being a burden on family and friends as one of the reasons they opted for assisted suicide. In Washington last year, this was 56 per cent of the people who received a lethal prescription. Although the numbers vary each year, the trend is rising steadily. Patients may name other reasons too, like loss of autonomy, but for a bill that is based on an ideal of free choice, the rising burden statistics should be a serious concern.Third, whatever the safeguards, legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide would divide society into two unequal groups. We’d be telling some people to hang on to life, because their suicide would be a tragedy. We’d be telling others that their suicide is an understandable, rational act, that under the circumstances we agree their lives are not worth living. This underlying logic has no natural limits.This leads to the fourth issue. The practise of euthanasia and assisted suicide tend to expand over time. There’s no reason to think we’d be immune. For example, in 2014, Belgium made children of any age eligible to seek euthanasia, albeit with stricter criteria. We cannot always control what happens after something like this has been legalised.READ MORE: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/104832498/end-of-life-choice-bill-contains-flaws-that-are-impossible-to-fixlast_img read more

Region 6’s COVID-19 cases exceed 200; 5 of 6 new cases from Negros Occidental

first_img* 24-year-old male from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 199) Here’s the breakdown of the region’s 203 COVID-19 cases: Aklan – six; Antique – 14; Capiz – six; Guimaras – zero; Iloilo province – 23; Negros Occidental – three; Bacolod City – 11; Iloilo City – 20; repatriates – 120. * 44-year-old male from Binalbagan, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 198) “DOH reminds everyone nga indi magkampante. Padayun nga may kaso kita sang COVID-19. We should always practice minimum public health standards,” said Pulmones. The six new patients that the Department of Health (DOH) reported yesterday were the following: * 34-year-old male from La Carlota City, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 201) Specimens from these six patients were tested at the Western Visayas Medical Center sub-national laboratory in Iloilo City and the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital Molecular Laboratory in Silay City, Negros Occidental. These minimum public health standards are: wearing facemask, physical distancing and handwashing./PNcenter_img * 50-year-old male from Calatrava, Negros Occidental (Patient No. 200) * 30-year-old male from Bingawan, Iloilo (Patient No. 202), repatriated overseas worker The 120 COVID repatriates (overseas workers and LSIs) were from Aklan (four), Antique (four), Capiz (two), Guimaras (four), Iloilo province (16), Negros Occidental (44), Bacolod City (18), and Iloilo City (28). ILOILO City – Six new cases – five of them from Negros Occidental and locally stranded individuals or LSIs from Cebu – increased to 203 the number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in Western Visayas. According to Dr. Ma. Sophia Pulmones, chief of DOH Region 6’s Local Health Support Division, the six new cases were all being quarantined. * 26-year-old male from Bacolod City (Patient No. 203)last_img read more

Two-vehicle accident on Highland Center Road

first_imgBrookville, IN—Sunday Afternoon, deputies with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department were called to the scene of a personal injury accident which occurred on Highland Center Road, near Blue Creek Road. Deputies determined that Roger S. Hamon, 57, West Harrison, driving a 2000 Dodge Caravan southbound on Highland Center Road when he went left of center while negotiating a curve in the roadway colliding head-on with a northbound vehicle.  Jacqueline A. Beneker,63, Cedar Grove, was driving a 2013 Honda Pilot northbound on Highland Center Road when her vehicle was struck head-on by the Caravan.Beneker was transported by Brookville E.M.S. #2, to Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident.last_img

Allardyce: We’re out of the window

first_imgWest Ham look set to continue the season with the squad they have after manager Sam Allardyce revealed there are no funds to add further new faces to his ranks. Press Association The transfer window remains open for another 11 days but Allardyce has admitted any further deals, whether buying or selling, would come as a surprise. “I’ve got no money left, I’ve got the squad I’ve got, so that’s it,” he said. “If there is to be a new player coming in, we have to sell some players but I’m not looking at doing it because I’m happy with the squad I’ve got at the moment. “(It is) unlikely there will be any ins or outs , you never say never, but we’re not actively looking for any players to bring in and we’re not actively looking to sell any players either.” The window is likely to end with a number of clubs continuing or, in the case of sides such as Arsenal and Manchester United, starting to spend on improving their squads but Allardyce is unmoved and is not worried about the business completed by his rivals. “I’ve got no panics going on,” he said. “I’m not anxious about any transfers like a lot of managers will have because we’ve done all our business as quick as we possibly can and I think we’ve got a very good squad. “Other teams are strengthening their squads considerably and obviously spending a lot more than we’re spending but that’s something you just have to deal with as the season goes on. We’ll decide what strength all the other teams are once the window’s closed.” The Hammers had been linked with a move for Juventus forward Fabio Quagliarella but the former Newcastle boss, who takes his side to St James’ Park on Saturday, knows that will not be happening and that agents play a part in many transfer rumours at this stage of the season. The two big signings of Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing have been joined by the free transfer arrivals of Razvan Rat and Adrian, with teenage midfielder Danny Whitehead also moving to Upton Park from Stockport. Carroll, who spent last season on loan at West Ham, became the club-record buy when he was brought in on a permanent basis from Liverpool earlier in the summer and he was joined by former Anfield team-mate Downing just over a week ago. “Unless the chairman has managed to find out how to find some more money for me without selling anybody I’ve got at the moment then there’s no more players coming in at this moment of time,” he said when asked about a potential move for Quagliarella. “It’s not frustrating for me, it’s a fact of life. There is a new set of regulations that say you’ve got a limit on your wages set by these new rules that the owners have decided to put into place. I’ve hit my limit and that’s it, we move on. “As usual this time of year, agents get busy and will contact football clubs then tell the press what is going on to create a bit of a stir. It has been going on for years and years now.” Record signing Carroll missed the opening game of the Barclays Premier League season, a 2-0 win at home against newly promoted Cardiff, and will also be absent for the trip to face his home town club and former employers at the weekend. But Allardyce confirmed he is close to making a comeback as he looks to start training with the remainder of the squad sooner rather than later. “Andy has had an injection to finally finish off the last bit of pain and suffering in that area,” he said. “Within the next few days we’ll expect him to step up his training, then we’ll take it one day at a time from there in terms of his progression. “I think now it could be pretty quick but it could be something that takes a little bit longer. We just do it day-by-day based on how Andy feels. “If he’s feeling good from the day before, we’ll step the training up a little bit more and we do that each day. As long as he’s not feeling any pain in that area we step it up until he joins in with the lads.” last_img read more

Tan ‘extremely upset’ with Mackay

first_img Tan, who claims he spent a total of £50million on deals over the summer, warned Mackay on Monday night he will receive “not a single penny” for transfer window deals. And with Tan also said to be “extremely upset” over Mackay speaking out about deals before putting his plans to the board, the situation exposes a major difference of opinion at the top of the club. Cardiff manager Malky Mackay has faced a stinging rebuke from club owner Vincent Tan after revealing his plans to make new signings in January. If Mackay survives to lead the club in January he may have little option but to sell players to fund deals, if Tan refuses to be swayed on his insistence there will be no budget for the Scot to utilise. Cardiff brought Steven Caulker, Gary Medel, Kevin Theophile-Catherine and Andreas Cornelius to the club during the summer. Speaking at the weekend, Mackay said: “It would be great if we can bring in three quality additions to the squad. “I would look to strengthen all three departments in terms of a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player. “I will talk to my chairman (about January) who will then discuss it with his board of directors and our owner and I will take my lead from them.” He added: “It’s about bringing in another layer of quality to add to what we’ve got. I need to bring in guys who are going to add to that.” Mackay joined Cardiff in June 2011, and after missing out on promotion in his first season at the club, when his team suffered a play-off semi-final defeat to West Ham, he led the Welsh side to the 2012/13 Championship title. Press Association Mackay claimed at the weekend, after a 1-0 win against West Brom, that he hoped to bring in three new players to fortify his team for the second half of their maiden Barclays Premier League season. Chief executive Simon Lim released a statement that outlined Tan’s disappointment with Mackay. “Tan Sri Vincent Tan was extremely upset to read quotes from the manager concerning the possibility of new recruits, before he had been informed whether funds would be made available,” Lim said. “He believes that doing so unfairly raises supporter expectations, placing unnecessary pressure on the club. “His view is that due to the funds already committed, including the originally authorised summer transfer budget of £35million that rose to £50million in total, including add-ons, the manager has been fully supported. “The overspending of £15million has upset Tan Sri greatly, resulting in the removal on Iain Moody as head of recruitment. As such, he has stated that not a single penny will be made available in January. “Having been the highest-spending promoted club and the seventh-highest spender in the Premier League last summer, the owner believes that the manager has been given the best possible chance of retaining our Premier League status.” Moody was replaced by Kazakh 23-year-old Alisher Apsalyamov in October. last_img read more