From election sidelines, Mayor Koelsch campaigns against assembly member Troll

first_imgJuneau | Local Government | PoliticsFrom election sidelines, Mayor Koelsch campaigns against assembly member TrollSeptember 16, 2016 by Lakeidra Chavis, KTOO Share:Mayor-elect Ken Koelsch addresses his supporters on election night at Juneau City Hall, March 15, 2015. (Photo by Jeremy Hsieh/KTOO)Candidates for the Juneau Assembly raise thousands of dollars for a chance to win or maintain a seat in office.While Mayor Ken Koelsch isn’t up for reelection this year, he is actively working to unseat incumbent assemblymember Kate Troll.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Koelsch has shared more than 80 photos from assembly incumbent Mary Becker and candidate Norton Gregory’s campaigns on his personal, but public, Facebook page. Until recently, his cover photo was a campaign poster from his mayoral run.In one photo, Gregory is running the Klondike Road Relay. Koelsch comments, “good luck on the Klondike & the race for the assembly.” Gregory is running against incumbent Kate Troll.Koelsch’s support for these candidates is financial, as well. He’s personally donated $500 to Becker, the maximum allowed under state law. He and his wife have donated a combined $500 to Gregory, too.As mayor, Koelsch said he’s still entitled to his rights as a private citizen.  He says there isn’t a conflict.“I don’t think so,” he said. “Because when I ran for office the last time, several of the assembly people supported me and supported my opponent.”Which campaign finance disclosures verify. In fact, Kate Troll donated to Koelsch’s mayoral opponent.Sitting assembly members at the time also tried to overtly influence who the next mayor would be, which played out through endorsements and disagreements over a campaign flyer.Koelsch said Gregory had helped him campaign. This time around, Koelsch said he’s supporting Gregory.“He is very passionate about affordable housing, and serving the community, great runner, (he) would bring diversity to the community, and bring youth,” Koelsch said.Gregory, who is 37, serves on the Juneau Affordable Housing Commission. Troll is the assembly’s liaison to the commission.There’s no legal problem with a mayor picking favorites, but, former four-term Mayor Bruce Botelho said it may be bad form.Bruce BotelhoKate Troll“It is a better practice for elected officials to minimize their role in campaigning for possible colleagues,” he said.Botelho is the campaign chair for Kate Troll, who declined to comment.He said he heard about the issue, and that his opinions shouldn’t be taken as a personal attack against Koelsch.Botelho said he made financial contributions to an assembly member’s campaign while mayor, too. But he didn’t overtly assist them with campaigning.“The greater dissonance is that, particularly with Ken who ran on a campaign of wanting to unify the community, that being partisan in a broad sense, of aligning with one side (of) candidates versus another, makes it more difficult to have that working relationship,” Botelho said.Koelsch is a Republican, Gregory is undeclared and Troll is a Democrat. Juneau’s municipal elections are nonpartisan. Election day is Oct. 4.Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated Kate Troll’s role on the Juneau Affordable Housing Commission. Troll is the Juneau Assembly’s liaison on the commission, not the commission’s chair. Share this story:last_img read more

Gatwick and Heathrow told to compensate residents or risk thwarting expansion plans

first_img Tags: London airport expansion Share Show Comments ▼ Heathrow and Gatwick airports have been warned by the UK’s airports regulator that they must do more to compensate nearby communities if they wish to go through with their runway expansion plans.The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) claimed that the two airports risked alienating local communities and losing political support if they did not improve the current situation, and thereby hampering any attempt to get expansion approved.  Less money is currently spent on  noise mitigation and compensation for local communities than at other major airports in Europe and the US, the CAA noted. “Communities cannot be expected to put up with airport expansion without much better engagement and compensation and more of a say in a development that will have a major impact on their local area,” Andrew Haines, the regulator’s chief executive said. He added: It cannot be right that we expect to be able to build more runway capacity without the industry making big improvements to how it minimises its impact on its neighbours.  The solution is partly operational – such as using the quietest aircraft available in the most efficient way – but industry improving the way it works with local communities is also crucial. The Airports Commission has been appointed by the government to choose the best locations for new runways, including a proposal by private company Heathrow Hub to divide one of the airport’s existing runways into two. Gatwick and Heathrow told to compensate residents or risk thwarting expansion plans Sarah Spickernell whatsapp Ad Unmute by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekUndozenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comUndoBeverly Hills MDPlastic Surgeon Explains: “Doing This Every Morning Can Snap Back Sagging Skin” (No Creams Needed)Beverly Hills MDUndoEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorUndoVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 50 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTheFashionBallPrince Harry Admits Meghan Markle May Not Be The OneTheFashionBallUndoGundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementTop Surgeon: This Simple Trick Empties Your Bowels Every Morning (Almost Immediately)Gundry MD Bio Complete 3 SupplementUndoArticles SkillHe Left Wife For Her Sister, Then She Wins It AllArticles SkillUndoSenior Living | Search AdsNew Senior Apartments Coming to Scottsdale (Take A Look at The Prices)Senior Living | Search AdsUndo Tuesday 3 February 2015 9:35 am whatsapplast_img read more

Lab-made ‘mini organs’ helping doctors treat cystic fibrosis

first_img ‘Stunning’ gap: Canadians with cystic fibrosis outlive Americans by a decade About the Author Reprints Samples of mini organs are shown at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht, Netherlands. Aleksandar Furtula/AP “I really felt, physically, like a different person,” van der Heijden said after taking a drug — and getting back in the saddle.This experiment to help people with rare forms of cystic fibrosis in the Netherlands aims to grow mini intestines for every Dutch patient with the disease to figure out, in part, what treatment might work for them. It’s an early application of a technique now being worked on in labs all over the world, as researchers learn to grow organs outside of the body for treatment — and maybe someday for transplants.advertisement New Vertex drugs show dramatic gains for tough-to-treat cystic fibrosis patients UTRECHT, Netherlands — Els van der Heijden, who has cystic fibrosis, was finding it ever harder to breathe as her lungs filled with thick, sticky mucus. Despite taking more than a dozen pills and inhalers a day, the 53-year-old had to stop working and scale back doing the thing she loved best, horseback riding.Doctors saw no sense in trying an expensive new drug because it hasn’t been proven to work in people with the rare type of cystic fibrosis that van der Heijden had.Instead, they scraped a few cells from van der Heijden and used them to grow a mini version of her large intestine in a Petri dish. When van der Heijden’s “mini gut” responded to treatment, doctors knew it would help her too.advertisement So far, doctors have grown mini guts — just the size of a pencil point — for 450 of the Netherlands’ roughly 1,500 cystic fibrosis patients.“The mini guts are small, but they are complete,” said Dr. Hans Clevers of the Hubrecht Institute, who pioneered the technique. Except for muscles and blood vessels, the tiny organs “have everything you would expect to see in a real gut, only on a really small scale.”These so-called organoids mimic features of full-size organs, but don’t function the same way. Although many of the tiny replicas are closer to undeveloped organs found in an embryo than adult ones, they are helping scientists unravel how organs mature and providing clues on how certain diseases might be treated.In Australia, mini kidneys are being grown that could be used to test drugs. Researchers in the U.S. are experimenting with tiny bits of livers that might be used to boost failing organs. At Cambridge University in England, scientists have created hundreds of mini brains to study how neurons form and better understand disorders like autism. During the height of the Zika epidemic last year, mini brains were used to show the virus causes malformed brains in babies.In the Netherlands, the mini guts are used as a stand-in for cystic fibrosis patients to see if those with rare mutations might benefit from a number of pricey drugs, including Orkambi. Made by Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Orkambi costs about 100,000 euros per patient every year in some parts of Europe, and it’s more than double that in the U.S., which approved the drug in 2015. Despite being initially rejected by the Dutch government for being too expensive, negotiations with Vertex were reopened in July. In the LabLab-made ‘mini organs’ helping doctors treat cystic fibrosis center_img Related: Associated Press Making a single mini gut and testing whether the patient would benefit from certain drugs costs a couple of thousand euros. The program is paid for by groups including health insurance companies, patient foundations and the government. The idea is to find a possible treatment for patients, and avoid putting them on expensive drugs that wouldn’t work for them.About 50 to 60 patients across the Netherlands have been treated after drugs were tested on organoids using their cells, said Dr. Kors van der Ent, a cystic fibrosis specialist at the Wilhelmina Children’s Hospital, who leads the research.Clevers made a discovery about a decade ago that got researchers on their way. They found pockets of stem cells, which can turn into many types of other cells, in the gut. They then homed in a growing environment in the lab that spurred these cells to reproduce rapidly and develop.“To our surprise, the stem cells started building a mini version of the gut,” Clevers recalled.Cystic fibrosis is caused by mutations in a single gene that produces a protein called CFTR, responsible for balancing the salt content of cells lining the lungs and other organs.To see if certain drugs might help cystic fibrosis patients, the medicines are given to their custom-made organoids in the lab. If the mini organs puff up, it’s a sign the cells are now correctly balancing salt and water. That means the drugs are working, and could help the patient from whom the mini gut was made.Researchers are also using the mini guts to try another approach they hope will someday work in people — using a gene editing technique to repair the faulty cystic fibrosis gene in the organoid cells.Other experiments are underway in the Netherlands and the U.S. to test whether organoids might help pinpoint treatments for cancers involving lungs, ovaries, and pancreas.While the idea sounds promising, some scientists said there are obstacles to using mini organs to study cancer.Growing a mini cancer tumor, for example, would be far more challenging because scientists have found it difficult to make tumors in the lab that behave like in real life, said Mathew Garnett of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, who has studied cancer in mini organs but is not connected to Clevers’s research.Also, growing the cells and testing them must happen faster for cancer patients who might not have much time to live, he said.Meanwhile, Clevers wants to one day make organs that are not so mini.“My dream would be to be able to custom-make organs,” he said, imagining a future where doctors might have a “freezer full of livers” to choose from when sick patients arrive. Others said while such a vision is theoretically possible, huge hurdles remain.“There are still enormous challenges in tissue engineering with regards to the size of the structure we’re able to grow,” said Jim Wells, a pediatrics professor at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He said the mini organs are far smaller than what would be needed to transplant into people and it’s unclear if scientists can make a working, life-sized organ in the lab.There are other limitations to growing miniature organs in a dish, said Madeline Lancaster at Cambridge University.“We can study physical changes and try to generate drugs that could prevent detrimental effects of disease, but we can’t look at the complex interplay between organs and the body,” she said.For patients like van der Heijden, who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a toddler, the research has helped her regain her strength. Vertex agreed to supply her with the drug.“It was like somebody opened the curtains and said, ‘Sunshine, here I am, please come out and play.’” she said. “It’s strange to think this is all linked to some of my cells in a lab.”— Maria Cheng By Associated Press Aug. 23, 2017 Reprints Related: Tags rare diseaseresearchlast_img read more

Snacks in short supply over Chuseok holiday

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News Facebook Twitter News North Korea hikes “party contributions” Russia-based workers must pay by 30-55% Individually-wrapped cookies available in North Korea. These products are typically too expensive for the average citizen to afford during the holidays. Varieties from left to right: milk, carrot, tomato, vitamin-rich, carrot, lysine-rich. Image: Daily NK Snacks in short supply over Chuseok holiday Unification Media Group (UMG): We are accustomed to complaining about how quickly the holidays seem to pass, and these sorts of remarks are also common in North Korea after the long Chuseok holiday. However, although many in the South worry about shopping, cooking, and having enough money, it can be a much more stressful time for those in North Korea preparing for the demands of the holiday. Kang Mi Jin joins us to talk about how North Koreans spend the Chuseok holiday and how it compares to the South, where people are just now settling back into their routines after an extended holiday spent visiting family and friends or traveling abroad. (Interview conducted before the Chuseok holiday.)UMG: What are the major differences between how North and South Koreans celebrate the Chuseok holiday?Kang Mi Jin (Kang): In North Korea, as it is in the South, we typically go to pay respects to our ancestors, give thanks to our parents, and in the past we also gave money to children after they perform the traditional bow of respect to their elders. But this practice seems to be disappearing.These days, instead of money, the children receive candy or other snacks from their parents and other family members, evenly distributed between the younger ones at Chuseok gatherings. These can be hard to buy in tough economic times though. For example, a family in North Korea with whom I spoke told me that they instead prepared some snacks themselves to give to their family members, but that ingredients were too scarce to be able to prepare a lot. Stalls in the markets and those on the streets do sell Chuseok snacks, but just as in the South, most stall owners close shop for the holiday, making it difficult for others to purchase these items at the last minute. However, in order to take advantage of the demand, a lot of vendors go to the mountains (to pay respects to their ancestors) quite early in the morning and return quickly to open their stalls. UMG: I understand that there is no similar ‘broad migration’ of people traveling across the country to visit their family in the North as they do in the South during Chuseok, so are families still able to gather together for the holiday? Kang: There’s no similar large-scale movement of people for the holidays. People in general lack the fundamental freedom of movement to travel across the country when they wish, and even if they fulfill the necessary requirements to do so, economic hardship would prevent most anyway. But since these restrictions on movement have always been in place, families have tended to have grown up in a single area, so travel is often not required in the first place. Still, it’s common for people to worry about how they can possibly provide all of the things they want in line with the holiday’s traditions, which is why especially for those families with many children, the desire to provide a lot of snacks and candy causes significant stress.One woman that I know living in the North told me about how in recent years she has foregone potential profits by selling cotton candy in the markets on the holiday and instead takes it to give to the children in her family. When I heard this, I thought about how unfortunate the children in North Korea are during Chuseok compared to the children here in the South, where anyone can easily access chocolate and all sorts of other candies, snacks, and fruits. The families with whom I spoke in the North recently by comparison plan to only spend about 10,000 KPW on snacks for the holiday this year. UMG: How are the markets reacting to the recent passage of more international sanctions on the North?Kang: Prices in the markets tend to fluctuate rather often depending on a number of variables that include both international sanctions and domestic factors, so it’s not always easy to pinpoint the exact cause of changes. But it’s clear that sanctions have caused some level of instability. Sources have informed me that prices have almost all gone up in anticipation of the Chuseok holiday.For example, the price of 1kg of potatoes is now 1,000 KPW in Ryanggang Province, causing many to worry about grocery shopping, as they’re unable to afford all the necessary items. Some families will still find the money to spend on factory-made snacks in the markets, while others will buy what ingredients they can and prepare the snacks themselves at home. More fortunate children (from wealthier families) may receive individually-packaged snacks such as the ones in the image at the top of this article. There are various cookies that come in different flavors. Typically the donju or other well-connected families are the only ones giving these out to their children at Chuseok, but others can also find them in the markets. However, at such high prices, poorer citizens can only buy one or two of these ‘luxury snacks’ for their holiday table setting (not for handing out and eating). For this reason, other homemade snacks without such fancy packaging are more common.UMG: While people in South Korea can expect an item to be sold for roughly the same price nationwide, is it true that the price of an item can vary widely between different regions in the North?Yes, that’s true. My daughter was once selected to take a field trip to Pyongyang because she had excellent grades. Later in our hometown, when she went to the market to buy some cotton candy, she remarked to the merchant that its size was much smaller than the cotton candy in Pyongyang, to which the merchant responded, “So will you go all the way to Pyongyang to buy some? You could buy a whole year’s worth of cotton candy with the cost of a ticket to Pyongyang itself.” UMG: So the prices vary even for candy? Kang: Yes, not only candy, but the prices of all kinds of snacks can vary throughout the country. Most items are a bit cheaper in Pyongyang because it’s closer to the production areas for many of these goods, and the prices are generally higher but also vary in the other regions, cities, and villages. However, merchants know that they will have a hard time selling items if they try to raise prices too much, leading to market dynamics keeping prices relatively reasonable. While many believe that Pyongyang is always cheaper, prices can also sometimes end up a bit cheaper in the other regions as well.Wholesalers sometimes gather and agree to sell their items at a higher price point, but there may be others who personally deal with the factories and are thus able to turn a profit by selling at prices even lower than in Pyongyang. In this way, yet again we can see enterprising abilities and natural market forces at work in North Korea. All prices shown in KPW and current as of September 28, 2017.center_img By Daily NK – 2017.10.11 3:51pm News Hamhung man arrested for corruption while working at a state-run department store AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) News SHARElast_img read more

Excel Latin America Bond Fund II announces IPO

Keywords Closed-end fundsCompanies Excel Funds Europe Blue-Chip Dividend & Growth Fund confirms termination date Digital Consumer Dividend Fund files IPO Related news Faircourt migrates two closed-end funds to NEO Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The offering price of the Class A and F units will be $10.00 and of the Class U units will be US$10.00. The Class F and U Units will not be listed on a stock exchange but will be convertible into Class A Units on a monthly basis. The fund will invest in a diversified portfolio consisting primarily of U.S. dollar denominated high yield fixed income securities issued by companies located in Latin America. It intends to make monthly distributions to unitholders; the distributions are initially targeted to be 7.80% per unit per year. Excel Funds and Excel Investment Counsel Inc., the fund’s portfolio manager, are part of the Excel Funds group, a Canadian pioneer in emerging market mutual fund investing, which manages 12 other investment funds focused on the emerging markets. BTG Pactual will act as sub-advisor in connection with the selection, purchase and sale of portfolio securities and other assets of the portfolio. BTG Pactual is one of Latin America’s leading independent asset managers and had over US$65 billion in assets under management as at Dec. 31, 2012. The syndicate of agents for the offering is being co-led by BMO Capital Markets, CIBC and RBC Capital Markets and includes National Bank Financial Inc., Raymond James Ltd., TD Securities Inc., Desjardins Securities Inc., Canaccord Genuity Corp., GMP Securities L.P., Dundee Securities Ltd., Mackie Research Capital Corp., Macquarie Private Wealth Inc., Manulife Securities Incorporated, Industrial Alliance Securities Inc. and Sherbrooke Street Capital (SCC) Inc. IE Staff Toronto-based Excel Funds Management Inc. reports that Excel Latin America Bond Fund II has filed a preliminary prospectus for the initial public offering of Class A, F and U units. The Class F units are designed for fee-based accounts and the Class U units are designed for investors wishing to make their investment in U.S. dollars. read more

Australian Hearing Hub Hosts Minister

first_imgAustralian Hearing Hub Hosts Minister Ground-breaking research and world-leading facilities will be on show when the Federal Regional Health Minister visits the Australian Hearing Hub and Macquarie University in Sydney today.Minister Mark Coulton, who suffers hearing loss due to industrial deafness, said he was thrilled to see first-hand the innovation that is achieving positive outcomes for Australians with hearing challenges.“The Australian Hearing Hub is an awe-inspiring facility and work conducted here is actively improving the lives of people in each corner of Australia and right across the globe, and the Australian Government is proud to play a key role,” Minister Coulton said.“Whether it is developing new teleaudiology standards to help tackle the peril of distance for rural and remote Australians or studying the feasibility of cochlear implants for seniors with profound hearing loss, the Federal Government is actively engaged with The Hub to identify future opportunities while delivering services to improve lives.”Federal Member for Bennelong, John Alexander, whose electorate is home to The Hub, welcomed the Minister’s visit and congratulated the Hub on its work to improve the lives of deaf and hearing-impaired Australians.“There is no denying the great work of the Australian Hearing Hub and I am particularly pleased to join the Minister to have a good look at Hearing Australia’s facilities here today. It is facilities like these that make Bennelong the Innovation Capital of Australia,” Mr Alexander said.“I congratulate Macquarie University for their leadership in hosting the Hearing Hub and look forward to continuing to work with Hub Members to ensure this facility continues its world-leading research and education.”The Hearing Hub unites many of the nation’s brightest researchers, educators, clinicians, and innovators with expertise in linguistics, audiology, speech pathology, cognitive and language sciences, psychology, nanofabrication, and engineering sciencesThe 2020-21 Federal Budget invested $21.2 million to fund key initiatives from the sector-developed Roadmap for Hearing Health.“This investment is delivering a national awareness campaign to prevent unnecessary hearing loss; a research grants programme; workforce initiatives in both the rural and aged care sectors; projects to reduce hearing loss in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children; and forming telehealth standards to ensure consistent and high quality hearing services,” Minister Coulton said.Nearly four million Australians are currently affected by some form of hearing impairment, with this number expected to increase to 7.8 million people by 2060.“Delivering the Roadmap will help ensure Australians have access to quality services and support, which is vital to prevent further hearing loss,” Minister Coulton said.“These measures will assist Australia to continue delivering innovative and efficient hearing services, and keep our country at the forefront of excellence for hearing support.”Alongside the Roadmap, the Australian Government will also review and improve the Hearing Services Program, which provides hearing tests, assessments, and subsidised devices to vulnerable Australians including pensioners, veterans, indigenous Australians, those with complex needs, and people in rural and remote areas.BackgroundThe Australian Government continues to implement projects and strategies to improve hearing health, including:The national rollout of innovative hearing screening tools for primary health care clinics in remote areas, through a collaboration between Hearing Australia and the Royal Flying Doctors ServiceThe development of nationally-consistent clinical standards for paediatric audiology and teleaudiology by the Ear Science Institute and Audiology AustraliaRoll-out of a free sign language interpreting service for senior Australians, being delivered by Auslan ConnectionsFunding the National Acoustic Laboratory to examine the clinical and economic benefits of upgrading sound processors in clients aged over 65A review of the Minimum Hearing Loss Threshold used under the Hearing Services Program, also being undertaken by the National Acoustic Laboratory /Media Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, AusPol, Australia, Australian, Australian Government, Department of Health, Engineering, federal government, Government, grants program, health, health minister, healthcare, Indigenous, innovation, Investment, Macquarie University, telehealth, universitylast_img read more

Foreign Secretary statement With UK aid support, people in Ivory Coast to be first vaccinated through COVAX

first_imgForeign Secretary statement With UK aid support, people in Ivory Coast to be first vaccinated through COVAX Today, Monday 1 March, people in the Ivory Coast will receive the first Covid-19 vaccines through COVAX. To date the UK has committed £548 million to COVAX to ensure global access to vaccines, and has consistently called other donors to step up their support. The vaccines are the first of more than a billion doses going to developing countries this year through COVAX.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:Today, with UK aid support, people in Côte d’Ivoire are the first to receive vaccinations through COVAX – the biggest ever global vaccine campaign to end the pandemic.We’re proud to be one of the biggest donors to COVAX, securing over one billion doses for the most vulnerable around the world. We do it because we want to be a force for good in the world, and because we need a global solution to a global pandemic.This follows the news last week of the unanimous agreement of UN Security Council Resolution 2565 for ceasefires in conflict zones to allow the delivery of vaccines to some of the world’s most vulnerable people. The UK called for this resolution as Chair of the UN Security Council last month. The resolution was co-sponsored by 112 countries, including all 15 members of the Security Council. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, campaign, conflict, council, covid-19, Government, ivory, pandemic, resolution, Secretary, security, Security Council, UK, UK Government, UN, Vaccines, worldlast_img read more

Parents rally to ‘Save Our Schools’ in Camas

first_imgParents rally to ‘Save Our Schools’ in CamasPosted by John LeyDate: Tuesday, October 13, 2020in: Newsshare 0 The parents said they are open to discussion of alternativesCAMAS — A group of concerned Camas parents and their children gathered at Doc Harris Stadium Monday evening.for a “Save Our Schools’’ rally. Those who attended the event want to find a way to open Camas schools and allow for in-school instruction. The parents said they are open to discussion of alternatives, according to Bill Criddle. They say they’re not pushing any specific solution.“Intel’s able to get 15,000 people back to work,” said Criddle. “We’re asking that half the students to go back to school at any given time, which at the high school is like 1,100 kids.”“I fear for the long-term effects on the kids,” said Criddle, who indicated that he heard a report about a 13-year-old Clark County teen, from a different school district, who had committed suicide. The physical and emotional health of the children are part of the concerns of these parents.Concerned parent Bill Criddle felt Camas school officials were ignoring parents’ concerns about the need to reopen schools for in-classroom instruction. He helped organize an Open Camas Schools page on Facebook, which allowed concerned parents to unite. Photo Mike SchultzConcerned parent Bill Criddle felt Camas school officials were ignoring parents’ concerns about the need to reopen schools for in-classroom instruction. He helped organize an Open Camas Schools page on Facebook, which allowed concerned parents to unite. Photo Mike SchultzAnother parent at the rally is a teacher in the Evergreen School District. “I’m a teacher, trying to tell it from a teacher’s perspective. It’s your kids who are falling through the cracks; they’re not being served,” said this concerned teacher and parent.. “We’re doing the best we can.”“I am also a young life leader, and these kids are struggling, they’re hurting,” said the same parent. “I talked to a girl today who said ‘my dad and I are not getting along.’ Teachers are seeing family problems and the social anxiety of not being able to see their friends. It’s a hard time.”In the Evergreen School District on Monday, all the online classes disappeared. “Students were in a panic,” according to the teacher. “Teachers got up and couldn’t find their online classes. Teachers were asking: ‘Where’s my classes?’ Students got up, logged in and said ‘I don’t have a class. I can’t get to my meeting and they’re panicked.’”Those Evergreen students had missed their first two periods already. The teacher wondered how many students hung around as opposed to thinking school was canceled for the day.Sal Colletto joined the group of parents at Monday’s event pushing to open Camas schools. He had posted the following on social media a few days earlier. “Here is some data for you. Just got off Zoom, 729 students at Union HS with 1 or more F’s (most of those multiple F’s).  If you add No Credits (which is a nicer way to say F), over 1,000 students sitting at home failing.”Doug Milner was one of the parents in the line of roughly 30 vehicles for the rally. “What I don’t understand is why a clerk at Fred Meyer can have 3,500 exposures to strangers every week. yet teachers can’t be in front of the same 20 kids every week,” he said. “I don’t understand that. I need that to change.’’His wife was in a second vehicle. They have two kids enrolled in Camas schools, a third grader and a seventh grader. They said online school is not working. “We are not getting value for taxpayer money,” said Milner. “We are getting (cheated). We are angry. We want the teachers back in the classroom.”Milner wants the health department to adjust the metrics.  “Our kids are never going to get back in school with these metrics. We need the metrics to change, we need the school district to change and we need the political pressure from all angles to make a change,” he said.Concerned parent Heather Wynn adds a colorful “Save Our Schools” message to the rear window on her vehicle. Wynn and roughly 30 other vehicles filled with Camas residents joined the rally hoping to bring attention to parents' desire to reopen Camas schools safely for in-classroom instruction. Photo by Mike SchultzConcerned parent Heather Wynn adds a colorful “Save Our Schools” message to the rear window on her vehicle. Wynn and roughly 30 other vehicles filled with Camas residents joined the rally hoping to bring attention to parents’ desire to reopen Camas schools safely for in-classroom instruction. Photo by Mike SchultzThe parents have had direct communications with Dr. Jeff Snell. the superintendent of schools in Camas. “He says his hands are tied,” said Milner. “No one’s willing to make a move. We need bold leadership. We need people to step up and say these metrics aren’t working. We need our kids back in school. And we need that to happen now.”Milner had echoed comments by Criddle, who said the group has written multiple letters, multiple emails, to the school board and the school administrators. They realized that they weren’t getting legitimate answers. “It was just the canned answer of we’re listening to the Clark County officials,” said Criddle. “The school board hasn’t answered the very specific list of questions we sent.”Andrea is a mom with two kids in school. She said her fourth grader is doing okay, but her freshman is struggling. She indicated there is a lack of instruction; just a lot of assignments being given online. There is a “lack of actual teaching on zoom,” she said. “It’s very difficult for them to get an actual education when they’re just being handed instructions, and lots of assignments.”“It’s time, it’s time for us to go back,” concluded Andrea.Another mom shared her concerns.  “We’re concerned about the kids not being in school and learning as much as they should be learning to progress as contributors to society..You know, quite frankly, it makes it hard as working parents, and the social aspect.” Her 3rd grader is  “desperately missing his friends.”A different parent remarked. “You know, it’s just not a good situation for any of us. We want to have the kids back in school. We feel like it’s safe and ready for them to be learning as much as they would if they were in the classroom.”An entire family was in their car hoping for a return to in-school teaching. “We want to get our kids back into school,” said the mom. “Our concerns are social, emotional, and the lack of learning, the lack of hours of education they’re getting. We need to be able to get the schools open up and get back at least into a hybrid ASAP. Our kids are all struggling.”Stephanie Colleto shared that they had moved their children to the Camas Connect Academy. They believe there is a better online learning situation there, but the children are still not getting the quality education they should, compared to in-classroom instruction. “We’re looking for teachers to be teaching our kids, not us.”“We want our kids back in school,” said another mom, as the caravan was about to leave Doc Harris stadium. “It’s amazing how the rest of our county can have people out working, and how all the big box stores can be open, Costco can be open and Walmart and Fred Meyer, but somehow, we can’t do the classroom instruction safely?”In an earlier news report, one parent said opening Camas schools for in classroom instruction was up to Superintendent Snell.  The following was shared on social media. “The superintendent of Washington state does not dictate when we are allowed to begin. It is up to each school district,’’ one parent said. “Governor Inslee clearly states in his back to school plan that each school district has the power to make their own decision regarding opening. So Jeff Snell can make that decision, just like the Mead School District superintendent did for his schools in Spokane. They are open. There are no ‘governor’s orders’ that have to be followed in this situation.”Clark County Today had asked the Clark County Health Department if they were in charge of deciding if students could return to school. The response was that they only make recommendations based on guidance from the state but the choice to open schools remains in the hands of school officials.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestshare 0 Previous : Battle Ground Public Schools plans February levy vote Next : Target Zero engages with youth in Teen Safe Driver WeekAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Independence City Primary Gets Computers

first_img By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter RelatedIndependence City Primary Gets Computers Advertisements RelatedIndependence City Primary Gets Computers RelatedIndependence City Primary Gets Computers Independence City Primary Gets Computers EducationJune 30, 2012 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Students at the Independence City Primary School in Portmore, St. Catherine, now have increased access to computer equipment, which is expected to enhance the literacy and numeracy programmes at the institution. The equipment, valued at US$15,000, was donated by the Embassy of Chile and  include lap top computers, printers, projectors, among others. Speaking at the official handing over ceremony at the school on June 28, State Minister in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Hon. Arnaldo Brown, said the equipment will provide the children with greater exposure to information technology. “We are quite happy that you have indicated that your legacy going forward is to partner with this school, so that the children here can benefit from that co-operation between the Government and the people of Chile and the Government and the people of Jamaica,” he said. Mr. Brown, who is also Member of Parliament for the area (East Central St. Catherine), said the investment being made will benefit the future of Jamaica and will ultimately have many returns. He informed that Jamaica and Chile have had a cordial relationship over the years and commended the Embassy for its assistance. For his part, Chilean Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency Alfredo Garcia said the donation will help students become successful in their education. “If you don’t have the tool, if you don’t have the means to deal with education, it is not easy, so we are helping with this element,” he said. Expressing thanks, Principal of the school, Jasenta Jarrett O’Connor, commended the Embassy for the equipment, noting that it will assist with the computer programmes at the school. With a capacity of 800 students, Independence City Primary, built in the mid-1970s,  caters to students from communities mainly in Portmore, Kingston and Spanish Town. The school has raised its Grade Four Literacy Test result from 69 per cent in 2010 to 80 per cent in 2011. It is hoped that with the additional computers, the school’s performance in both the Grade Four Literacy Test and the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will be improved. The computers will also assist the children to access GoGSAT online while in classes.last_img read more

Sprint CIO details challenges on road to AI

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 14 MAR 2018 artificial intelligenceBig DataSprint Home Sprint CIO details challenges on road to AI Diana Goovaerts Previous ArticleGrab moves into financial services with Credit SaisonNext ArticleSmile stands by Teleology as 9mobile deadline looms Tags Orange pilots software-centric service in R&D push Related Author EC details AI regulation plan Microsoft mulls $16B buy of AI speech specialist Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more INTERVIEW: Scott Rice, Sprint’s CIO (pictured), revealed sifting through the massive volume of data accessible to operators is one of the trickiest parts about applying big data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI).Rice said Sprint uses data to better serve customers, honing in on their preferred contact channels, products and service quality. But he noted the expansive amount of data at the operator’s disposal makes it tough to know which points to focus on.“We have to be able to have the right data scientists to make the decisions on what data to use for this decision point, and that becomes quite complex as you can imagine.”The use of big data and AI are part of Sprint’s digital transformation, which also included launching updated versions of its website, apps and retail experience, Rice said. By overhauling the digital experience, Sprint aims to boost efficiency and improve the customer experience across the board, he added.Click here to see the full interview.last_img read more