By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe head of a Haida-owned company at the centre of an environmental controversy after its fishing boat dumped 100 tonnes of iron sulphite to seed the Pacific Ocean says the experiment is not a potential ecological disaster, but one that has “created life.”The Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation launched the $2.5 million experiment to boost the level of available plankton for salmon and create a carbon sink to tap into the potentially lucrative carbon credit market. The experiment was carried out under the direction of Russ George, a maverick businessman who has been hounded by environmentalists for years.The experiment, the largest geoengineering project in the world, was carried out in July more than 320 kilometres west of the Haida Gwaii islands off British Columbia’s coast. It has been roundly criticized by some environmental groups who say it violates at least two UN moratoria and that it plays a dangerous game trying to artificially alter ecosystems.John Disney, head of the Haida Salmon Restoration Corporation and economic development officer for the Old Massett Village, said the experiment is simply recreating natural conditions to boost the survival rates for Pacific salmon which form one of the cornerstones of Haida diet and culture.“We just created a big area of life where there wasn’t life,” said Disney. “It wasn’t done half-hazardly. It was done scientifically and we have many, many systems monitoring.”Disney also dismissed charges the experiment violated UN resolutions on ocean dumping. He said “three sets of lawyers” have reviewed the project and found it didn’t go against any UN positions.Disney has also met several times with Environment Canada officials who have known about the project for several months. Because the experiment took place in international waters, there is little Environment Canada can do about it.“We have lawyers watching our back,” he said. “I kept (Environment Canada) in the loop on this.”Environment Canada issued a statement stating that it was investigating the issue. The department, however, did not respond to questions about how long it knew about the experiment.Disney also said the depiction of George, who is the “chief scientist” for the experiment, has been misleading.“He is amazing at taking a scientific theory and applying to the bush or the ocean and adjusting it adapting it so it really works in the real world,” said Disney. “These (type of) guys are geniuses and they are frowned upon on the academic world.”Described as a controversial businessman, George once ran a geoengineering company called Planktos Corp. which previously failed to execute similar projects in other parts of the world, including the Canary Islands.In 2007, several environmental groups wrote the Securities Exchange Commission in the U.S. accusing George of issuing misleading statements to investors.“Planktos proposes that its iron fertilization project will trigger oceanic phytoplankton blooms that will absorb atmospheric carbon dioxide through photosynthesis,” states the letter. “Prominent international scientific bodies with expertise in ocean dumping, ocean health and climate change…have questioned the scientific underpinnings of projects like Planktos’ and expressed grave concern.”The letter was signed by Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, ETC Group and Fishwise, among others.APTN National News could not reach George for comment. However, George defended himself against attacks from environmentalists in an Op-Ed piece published in the Ottawa Citizen in 2007.“Perhaps it is a kind of fundamentalism that drives this, where all for-profit companies are intrinsically evil,” said George, whose company was based in California. “Perhaps they fear that if the patient, in this case Mother Earth, is somehow brought back from the edge of death, their raison d’etre will disappear.”Disney said he has known George since 2003 and the two have worked on projects over the years, including a study on shaving down the time it takes to reforest logged-out old growth forests by 150 years. Disney said he’s upset with the portrayal of his community as being duped by George.“Has he ever lied to us? Is he a ruthless American businessman? No he isn’t,” said Disney. “We wanted him for his marine science knowledge.”Disney said the 750 residents of Old Massett Village were extensively consulted and they voted in March 2011 66 per cent in favour of allowing council to finance the $2.5 million project.He hopes the project will eventually turn a profit on the carbon credit market because plankton consume carbon dioxide.Disney said plankton levels have been dropping for years and it has had a severe impact on salmon population which depends on it as a main source of food. As a result, young salmon can’t bulk up quick enough in the ocean to avoid natural predators, he said.Disney said the plankton have been starving to death as a result of dropping iron levels in the ocean triggered by climate change.The experiment took pulverized dirt dug up from a high-iron zone in Alberta and dumped it into an eddy far off Haida Gwaii’s coasts.The iron dust dump has created a 10,000 square kilometre plankton bloom that has been captured by satellite.“We haven’t found one negative side affect,” said Disney. “I talked to every single scientist involved in this…and they said…it was 100 per cent positive.”Using an array of high-tech equipment, Disney said the experiment is under constant monitoring.Disney said he believes the surprise 2010 sockeye salmon run which saw 40 million of the fish return to the Fraser River was primarily caused by an increase of iron in the ocean caused by the eruption of a volcano in 2008 that spread ash over the North Pacific.Environmental organizations, in particular Ottawa-headquartered ETC Group, have been critical of the experiment.“We have been watching ocean fertilization and geoengineering for five or six years, there are clear environmental risks,” said Jim Thomas, a spokesperson for ETC. “Our concern is that it is a set of new techniques that will allow the pollution industry to sidestep their commitments to reduce carbon emissions.”Thomas said the type of artificial ocean seeding can have unexpected consequences.“Studies seem to show that when you have an artificial plankton bloom it’s a whole different story,” he said. “You get different species being favoured and it grows in a different way.”Charles Miller, an oceanography professor at the University of Oregon, said he did not have enough facts to comment on the issue.“We do not have all the facts in the public sphere where we can review them,” he said, in an email to APTN National News.firstname.lastname@example.org read more
Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsA First Nation child advocate thinks it’s “sad” the government is being sued for “underfunding” on-reserve child welfare services in a $3-billion lawsuit.“I don’t know the young man who put in the case other than his description, which is so sad and so typical of youth in care,” said social worker Cindy Blackstock of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society.“Good for him for doing this.”The statement of claim filed March 5 in federal court said the plaintiff, Xavier Moushoom, epitomizes the class members by having lived in 14 different foster homes in Quebec.The lawsuit, which still has to be certified as a class action by a judge, is seeking compensation for victims of a system it said financially incentivizes apprehension instead of prevention.“This underfunding has prevented child welfare service agencies from providing adequate prevention services to First Nations children,” said the statement of claim.“There are approximately three times the numbers of First Nations children in state care now than there were in residential schools at their apex in 1940.”Both of Moushoom’s Algonquin parents are residential school survivors, the claim added.The class is First Nations children who came in contact with on-reserve child welfare services between April 1, 1991 and March 1, 2019.The two law firms involved – Sotos of Toronto and Kugler Kandestin in Montreal – declined to comment until Friday.They alleged the “Crown has known about the severe inadequacies of its funding formulas, policies, and practices for years, but has not adequately addressed them” despite “numerous calls to action by several official, independent fact-finders.”Blackstock, who has her own experience of taking Ottawa to the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal over inequality, is one of those fact-finders, although she is personally not involved in this lawsuit.Her nine-year battle before the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal proved the government failed to provide the same level of child welfare services that the provinces provided off-reserve – and is cited in the statement of claim.Read the statement of claim here: Part 1, Part 2“I don’t understand why we even had to take them to court at the tribunal,” Blackstock said in a telephone interview Wednesday.“It was clear and obvious that the discrimination was happening and that it was having devastating impacts on children.”The lawsuit cites the Tribunal’s 2016 ruling, blaming Ottawa for the high number of First Nations children in care and the impact.“The removal of a child from their home causes severe and, in some cases, permanent trauma,” said the statement of claim.And, it alleges, fully funding the costs of foster care is discriminatory.“Because of these funding formulas, policies, and practices, a child on reserve must often be removed from their home in order to receive public services that are available to children off reserve,” the claim alleged.The claim also accuses Ottawa of ignoring Jordan’s Principle, which is supposed to level the playing field for First Nations children when it comes to health and other public services.The present-day foster care system is said to be repeating the horrors of residential school and the former ‘60s Scoop policy – something Marcia Brown Martel was hoping to publicize by filing a class-action lawsuit in Ontario.“I did the court matter so that the broader Canadian public would know there was a wrong done in this country,” Brown Martel said in a telephone interview Wednesday.Ottawa has since settled with survivors of residential school and First Nations and Inuit members of the ‘60s Scoop, who as children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Indigenous families between 1951 and 1991.Brown Martel said filing the suit helped her and she hopes it does the same for Moushoom.“We know we were being wronged,” she said, “it’s not rocket science.“There are provincial laws that are in place for these workers to work with that are the same laws that were there 10, 15 years ago…Change the mandates of child welfare.”email@example.com@katmarte read more
“Persuading people to adopt healthy behaviours is one of the biggest challenges in public health,” UN World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Margaret Chan told the agency’s Executive Board at the opening of this year’s main meeting, highlighting alcohol abuse and the marketing of unhealthy foods to children, with an estimated 44 million pre-school youngsters overweight or obese. “We have to take action.”On the positive side she cited progress “in big-picture trends,” such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, vaccines and immunization, and the health of children. “The progress is sometimes fragile, threatened by factors ranging from drug resistance to uncertain funding for the future,” she said. “But the trends are definitely positive. While optimism about the malaria situation must be cautious, this is the first time, in decades, that we are getting some good news.”Vitamin A supplementation has also been implemented as a life-saving measure in 66 of 68 countries with a high burden of child deaths, while measles deaths have dropped by 78 per cent since 2000, showing that measles eradication is achievable. “If we want to do this, we can,” Ms. Chan stressed, noting that 98 per cent of reported tuberculosis were now being treated in proven programmes.Formalized standards in child growth have been adopted by more than 100 countries, leading to increased investment in programmes to reduce under-nutrition. But she added: “We are still not doing enough to improve life for the most vulnerable and the poorest of the poor. At the international level, the picture is mixed, and the African region must continue to be a focus of particular concern.”Turning to the challenges, Ms. Chan stressed that funding to sustain progress is precarious, even more so for scaling up efforts, with the shortage of doctors, nurses, and other personnel needed to do the job measured in the millions. Countries lack fundamental laboratory capacity, unsafe practices in hospitals abound, contributing, among other issues, to the spread of viral hepatitis, and blood supplies are likewise often unsafe, of poor quality, or inadequate. Countries lack critical support, too, from regulatory and enforcement bodies, without reliable systems for data collection and information management. “This is the absolute foundation for setting national priorities and monitoring progress,” she said.Health services in the public sector are plagued by stock-outs, poor working conditions, and staff shortages. “In the private sector, the price of generic medicines is, on average, more than 600 per cent higher than their international reference price,” she added. “This is not a pretty picture, but this is the reality. This is what insufficient capacity means, also in costs.” 18 January 2010Despite progress on many fronts to improve global health, the world still faces persistent challenges, from insufficient funding and capacity to the resistance by many to make needed lifestyle changes, the head of the United Nations health agency warned today. read more
In its unanimously adopted resolution, the 15-member Council decided that the UN Integrated Multidimensional Mission in the CAR, known by its French acronym, MINUSCA, will comprise up to 10,750 military personnel, among them 480 military observers and military staff officers, and 2,080 police personnel, among them 400 individual police officers. It also decided to raise the number of corrections officers from 40 to 108.The Council also asked the Secretary-General to keep the level of MINUSCA’s military and police personnel and corrections officers under continuous review.The current mandate of the mission, which was established in 2014 to replace the UN Peacebuilding Office in CAR (BINUCA), is set to expire at the end of April.More than three years of civil war and sectarian violence have displaced thousands of people in the CAR amid continuing clashes between the mainly Muslim Séléka rebel coalition and anti-Balaka militia, which are mostly Christian. The UN recently reported an upsurge in violence, in particular last September and October, committed by armed elements.MINUSCA itself has recently been hit by a series of allegations of sexual abuse and exploitation by peacekeepers and associated troops. Just yesterday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named Jane Holl Lute, an American official with wide-ranging United Nations experience, to coordinate efforts to curb the scourge. read more
WOMBATT has commercialised iVOICE, a voice based driver fatigue prediction and detection system invented by the Centre for Space Medicine at University College London. A combination of voice analysis and machine learning originally developed to track the health of astronauts on long term space missions has been shown to have acquired this very human capability.“We have all had the experience of hearing tiredness in a person’s voice. Somehow, they sound different to normal and less alert. Even a single sentence spoken over the phone can be enough for you to say ‘you sound tired, are you OK?’” The voice analysis system, iVOICE, has been developed at the Centre for Space Medicine at University College London (UCL) to gauge a person’s level of tiredness simply by listening to his or her voice for some seconds.iVOICE was developed under contract to the European Space Agency as part of research into systems to monitor the physical and mental health of future space flight crew. However, its applications here on Earth have not gone unnoticed. “The iVOICE system works by first getting to know the voice characteristics of each individual driver so that it can identify small changes to their voice occurring over the working day which indicate increasing fatigue. This is similar to the way humans detect fatigue in the voice – we notice tiredness most easily in people well-known to us than with strangers whom we have just met for the first time.”On published tests, iVOICE was able to detect significant fatigue with an accuracy of 90% once tuned to individual voices. Being just a software algorithm iVOICE can be installed wherever there is a capability to make voice recordings onto a computer, either in bespoke systems installed in vehicles, or via existing telecommunication channels to a system in the cloud.For mining haul truck drivers an important feature of the new technology, apart from its accuracy, is complete unobtrusiveness. There is no need for specialist equipment such as cameras or wearable sensors, and drivers would only need to speak as they might anyway as part of their job. iVOICE will automatically recognise drivers from their voices when they speak in the cabin, perhaps in response to a simple question such as “How are you feeling? What is your current activity? Which shovel are you working from?.” From the driver’s response iVOICE may say “John, you sound very tired. You may not have received sufficient rest to drive this truck tonight. The shift supervisor will call you over the radio in a few moments to discuss.”The technology has been tested by fatigue management company WOMBATT with mining haul truck drivers at a mine in Peru to demonstrate that the system can work in a haul truck cabin as well as it can aboard a spaceship. WOMBATT are commercialising the technology in partnership with University College London – Centre for Space Medicine and Datasat Communications Ltd.WOMBATT states: “With fatigue implicated in up to 65% of all fatalities in the mining industry, and with rapidly increasing regulatory oversight of this problem, we expect that within a very short time, all mining trucks will be fitted with iVOICE low cost, fully unobtrusive fatigue prediction and detection as standard equipment. Indeed, when fitted to VHF radios and mobile phones, every person in the mine working in safety-critical jobs could be monitored for dangerous levels of tiredness.” read more
← Previous Story Havard Tvedten extends contract in Aalborg until 2016! Next Story → Romania beat Hungary in front of 5.000 fans! The Spanish national team routinely defeated Paraguay 29:9 (14:0) in the fourth round of the group C in Zrenjanin, with the third continuous triumph after the initial defeat by Norway. The match in the Zrenjanin “Kristalna dvorana” will be remembered for the fact that the first goal from the cute Paraguay players was achieved only in the 33rd minute, when Spain had an advantage of 15:0!In the second half time the focus of Spanish defense eased, and the Paraguay girls managed to chance the final score. The most efficient with four goals were, on one side Aguilar and Lopez, whereas in the Paraguay team it was Faria.Statements after the match:Spanish NT coach Jorge Duenas de Galarca:I congratulate Paraguay on a well played match, especially in the second half. We were convincing in the first half of game and in the other we already started to focus on our next match.Paraguy NT headcoach Ruben Subelida:I am ashamed of the first half when we didn’t score any goal. In the dressing room we agreed how we must play and that we mustn’t give up. We had to show that we have heart and that we didn’t come on this World Championship without a reason.source: serbia2013.com paraguay read more
Using the Internet shouldn’t be like navigating a minefield—stepping over negative comments here and avoiding trolls there.Yet social networks still struggle to prevent online harassment.Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri took to the photo-sharing platform this week to announce new weapons in the fight against cyberbullying.“We know bullying is a challenge many face, particularly young people,” he wrote in a Monday blog post. “We can do more to prevent bullying from happening on Instagram, and we can do more to empower the targets of bullying to stand up for themselves.”Starting with a new AI-powered feature that warns users their pending comment may be considered offensive.New tools encourage positive interactions (via Instagram)The update, rolling out now, gives people the chance to reconsider and remove criticism before the intended recipient sees it.“From early tests of this feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect,” according to Mosseri.For others, of course, the tool will go unnoticed or ignored, perhaps even inciting more abusive commentary.On the flipside, Instagram is focused on empowering its community—especially young members who are often reluctant to block, unfollow, or report their bully because it could “escalate the situation.”“We wanted to create a feature that allows people to control their Instagram experience, without notifying someone who may be targeting them,” Mosseri explained. “Soon, we will begin testing a new way to protect your account from unwanted interactions, called Restrict.”New tools protect your account from unwanted interactions (via Instagram)Once you “Restrict” someone, comments on your posts from that person will be visible only to that person; they’ll never know that no one else can see their backtalk. To make a heckler’s remark public, simply approve it.Restricted users won’t be able to see when you’re active on Instagram, or when you’ve read their direct messages.“It’s our responsibility to create a safe environment on Instagram,” Mosseri said. “This has been an important priority for us for some time, and we are continuing to invest in better understanding and tackling this problem.”In October—only 10 days into the job—the Head of Instagram introduced a new algorithm, trained to detect harassment in photos and captions and proactively send offending content to the Community Operations team for review.AI isn’t perfect, though: ‘Grammers can still manually report a post or profile for abuse via the mobile app or website.More on Geek.com:Australian City Spends $280K on Toilets for InstagrammersInstagram Adds IGTV, Shopping, Stories to ExploreInstagram Might Be Deleting Its Direct Messaging App Soon Stay on target Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsFall For the Viral Instagram Hoax? So Did Lots of Celebs read more
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #TCIinsurancecompaniestakehardhits Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 8, 2017 – Providenciales – A whopping blow by Hurricanes Irma and Maria was quantified Friday and comes from the insurance sector of the Turks and Caicos when financial service Industry professionals gathered for a pivotal pow-wow at the Palms Resort; the Annual General Meeting is hosted by the Turks and Caicos Financial Services Commission. The meeting comes days after international reports on the insurance sector and its responses to the devastating catastrophes of 2017 and an EU report of ‘tax havens’ – were published this week.Turks and Caicos Media was however invited since the end of the November to attend the FSC-led AGM, which early on – though its Managing Director, Niguel Streete – exposed some costs to the TCI business sector in the aftermath of record setting Irma and Maria, both in September. A $300m dollar loss for insurance companies in the Turks and Caicos was reported and there is a plan announced for more stringency in the financial sector due to new rules to take effect in 2018.Also on the AGM agenda, talk of challenges facing re-insurers, responding to international requirements, standards and challenges there and a panel discussion on how to take advantage of the changes. The three and a half hour AGM opened with an address by the Chairman of the FSC, Errol Allen.#MagneticMediaNews#TCIinsurancecompaniestakehardhits read more
An allegedly intoxicated motorcyclist was injured after a single-vehicle crash Thursday evening.Cyrus H. Whitehead, 64, of Vancouver was driving a 2005 Harley-Davidson north on Interstate 205 about 8:30 p.m. While taking the exit for westbound state Highway 500, he lost control and landed on the left side of the roadway, according to Washington State Patrol.Whitehead was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries, where he was listed in satisfactory condition. Troopers cited Whitehead for driving under the influence of intoxicants. read more
Clark County’s small theaters have a variety of offerings to draw new audiences to their venues. One of the biggest draws at both Kiggins Theatre and Liberty Theatre are kid- and family-friendly films. This week at small cinemasKiggins Theatre“Good Ol’ Freda,” rated PG, 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25; 2:45 p.m. Oct. 26; 4:45 p.m. Oct. 27; 7 p.m. Oct. 28; 6:45 p.m. Oct. 29.“In a World …,” rated R, 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25; 6:30 p.m. Oct 27; 8:45 p.m. Oct. 28; 8:30 p.m. Oct. 29.School Matinee Series: “The Croods,” rated PG, Noon Oct. 26; 2 p.m. Oct. 27; 4:30 p.m. Oct. 28.“The Rocky Horror Picture Show,” 6 and 10 p.m. Oct. 26; 7 p.m. Oct. 31, $10. Live shadowcast by the Denton Delinquents, with costume contest. Props will be provided for purchase.“War of the Worlds” live on stage, 7 p.m. Oct. 30, free.“Mr. Nobody,” opens Nov. 1.Movie trivia night, 7 p.m. Tuesdays.Admission: $5, excluding special events.Where: 1011 Main St., Vancouver.Telephone: 360-816-0352.Web: Kiggins Theatre and Facebook.Liberty Theatre“A Dancers Dream: Two Works by Stravinsky,” not rated, a SpecitiCast event, 11:30 a.m., $9.Halloween double feature: “Plan 9 From Outer Space” in 3-D, not rated, 6:15 p.m. and “Night of the Living Dead” in 3-D (1968), not rated, 8 p.m., $7.“Inequality For All,” rated PG, 6:15 p.m. Oct. 26-30.“Planes,” rated PG, 1:50 p.m. Oct. 26-27.“The Smurfs 2,” rated PG, 4 p.m. Oct. 26, 28, 30; 3-D showings Oct. 25, 27, 29, 31.“We’re The Millers,” rated R, 8:15 p.m. Oct. 25-30.“In A World …,” rated R, 3:15 p.m. Oct. 26-27; 8:20 p.m. Oct. 25-31 in the Granada Studio Cinema.“Lee Daniel’s The Butler,” rated PG-13, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27; 5:45 p.m. Oct. 25-31 in the Granada Studio Cinema.Admission: $4, $5 for 3-D films, $3 on Tuesday nights unless otherwise noted. $1 off for each nonperishable food item up to the price of admission brought in Oct. 23.Where: 315 N.E. Fourth Ave., Camas.Telephone: 360-859-9555.Web: Liberty Theatre.About 20 movie fanatics clustered in small groups around the tables and lounge chairs at the upstairs bar at Kiggins Theatre.Lori Richie and Kevin Brooks, of the team “Flying Velociraptors,” prepared for the first round of the weekly Tuesday trivia game much like their competitors — they made sure they had an ample supply of pencils and their beer glasses were full.The pair are part of a younger generation of theatergoers that Clark County’s small theaters hope to court with a host of new offerings. read more
Mead Treadwell.It will soon be decision time for Alaska voters on which Republican should face incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Begich in November. Will it be Joe Miller, Dan Sullivan, or Mead Treadwell? Each candidate will have an hour-long live opportunity to answer phone calls from public radio listeners statewide. Mead Treadwell will go first, on the next Talk of Alaska.Download AudioHOST: Steve Heimel, Alaska Public Radio NetworkGUESTS:Mead Treadwell, U.S. Senate candidateCallers StatewidePARTICIPATE:Post your comment before, during or after the live broadcast (comments may be read on air).Send e-mail to talk [at] alaskapublic [dot] org (comments may be read on air)Call 550-8422 in Anchorage or 1-800-478-8255 if you’re outside Anchorage during the live broadcastLIVE Broadcast: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. on APRN stations statewide.SUBSCRIBE: Get Talk of Alaska updates automatically by e-mail, RSS or podcast.TALK OF ALASKA ARCHIVE read more
Osmania University: Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) staged novel protest by removing shirts in front of Arts College here on Monday, demanding increase in the number of fellowships to OBC students. They criticised the Central government’s negligent attitude towards education. “Universities in both the Telugu states have got less than 40 fellowships. A100-year-old Osmania University has got less than six fellowships,” they stated demanding fellowships to research students of all communities. They threatened to intensify the protest if their demands were not met. ABVP leaders Sri Hari, Sri Sailam, Ramesh, Suman Shankar, Yella Swamy, Srinu, Jeevan, Suresh, Shiva and others were present. read more
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Listen Share 00:00 /04:00 Valerie LawhornStock photo of a teacher writing on the classroom chalkboard. Photo credit: Free ImagesWhen school starts in August, most teachers and kids will fall back in the familiar routine of lesson plans, homework and tests.But one district in Greater Houston could throw out the rule book, reinventing how it does school.The Spring Branch Independent School District has become an official “district of innovation.”Last year, the Texas Legislature created the designation, which allows school districts to skip many state rules for public education.“What if we could think differently about educational opportunities for our children? What might those be?” Superintendent Scott Muri asked at a community meeting in Spring Branch earlier this year.Inside the cafeteria at Spring Woods High, dozens of parents, teachers and community members had their own ideas, like Olivia Koepke, then in fifth grade.“I like where it’s more hands and when the teacher is, like, more speaking to us, ” she said. “Their ideas and personal thoughts.”Her mom, Georgia Koepke chimed in.“I would like more openness, more consideration for beyond 8-3 or whatever,” said Koepke, who’s also a teacher in the district.Spring Branch ISD is going to take this brainstorming and experiment in the classroom.It’s one of 12 Texas school districts that have voted to become a district of innovation. Others include El Paso, San Antonio and Dripping Springs near Austin.Laura IsenseeSpring Branch ISD Superintendent Scott Muri spoke at a community meeting about becoming a “district of innovation.”It means they can opt out of rules like the school start date, which is currently mandated by the state, teacher contracts, teacher certifications and class size, according to DeEtta Culbertson with the Texas Education Agency.But they can’t throw out all the rules.“They still have to follow curriculum. They still have to follow testing. They still have to follow accountability. They still have to follow all applicable federal laws,” Culbertson said.They also have to teach the required subjects like English and math.Think of it like a basketball game. The whole objective is to still throw the ball in the hoop and score points. But maybe players can double dribble or bend other rules.So, the point of school remains the same. But how districts go about it can totally change.Other states like Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee have similar experiments to give traditional public schools more flexibility.“In a nutshell, it allows a school district in the state of Texas to gain a little bit of local control, to really look through the laws that the state of Texas that govern education and to think differently about some of those laws,” Muri said.He said that Spring Branch ISD could waive one law that deals with time: how much time kids have to spend in school in Texas.“Today our kids have to sit in a seat for 180 days in order to learn content and we realized that concept was created about 150 years,” he said. “We’ve advanced a little bit in that length of time but our traditional calendar has not yet advanced.”Muri explained that the time could be shortened for students who learn faster and it could be stretched out for students who struggle.He and the board have pledged that if Spring Branch does opt out of any specific law, they will take an extra step beyond the law’s requirements and require a super majority vote. Currently, the district is focusing on raising awareness about potential changes and gathering more community feedback.But some educators worry that this kind of innovation will open a Pandora’s box.“We just don’t think it’s appropriate to just completely throw out an entire body almost of law in one fell swoop,” said Jennifer Canaday with the Association of Texas Professional Educators.Canaday said that the original laws – like class size and teacher training – were put in place for good reason.She believes this lets districts act like charter schools, which receive tax dollars but have more flexibility on state’s rules.“When the public school district adopts that same model and becomes more of an alternative type of school, then you have a problem,” she said. “Because if parents don’t like it, if parents aren’t happy with some of those laws that the district has exempted itself from, there’s really nowhere else for them to go.” read more
News | Radiation Therapy | August 02, 2019 Varian Showcases Cancer Care Systems and Software at AAPM 2019 Varian showcased systems and software from its cancer care portfolio, including the Identify Guidance System, at the… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 07, 2019 Qfix kVue One Proton Couch Top Validated by Mevion Medical Systems Qfix and Mevion Medical Systems announced that a special version of the kVue One Proton couch top is now both validated… read more The top piece of content in July was a video interview explaining how Princess Margaret Cancer Center is using machine learning to create automated treatment plans. This was a hot topic at the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) 2019 meeting in July. Catalyst PT image courtesy of C-RAD News | Proton Therapy | August 06, 2019 IBA Signs Contract to Install Proton Therapy Center in Kansas IBA (Ion Beam Applications S.A.) recently signed a contract and received the first payment for a Proteus One solution… read more News | Patient Positioning Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 Mevion and C-RAD Release Integration for Improved Proton Therapy Treatment Quality Mevion Medical Systems and C-RAD announced the integration between the C-RAD Catalyst PT and the Mevion S250i proton… read more News | Proton Therapy | August 08, 2019 MD Anderson to Expand Proton Therapy Center The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center unveiled plans to expand its Proton Therapy Center during a… read more Related Content Feature | August 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor Most Popular Radiology and Radiotherapy Topics in July 2019 August 5, 2019 — Here is the list of the most popular content on the Imaging Technology New (ITN) magazine website fr read more The MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center expansion is expected to be completed in 2023. Rendering courtesy of Stantec. News | Radiation Therapy | August 15, 2019 First Patient Enrolled in World’s Largest Brain Cancer Clinical Trial Henry Ford Cancer Institute is first-in-the-world to enroll a glioblastoma patient in the GBM AGILE Trial (Adaptive… read more News | August 27, 2009 Tumor Shrinks After Two-Week Interval in Radiation Therapy Following radiation, the bone marrow shows nearly complete loss of blood cells in mice (left). Mice treated with the PTP-sigma inhibitor displayed rapid recovery of blood cells (purple, right). Credit: UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center/Nature Communications News | Brachytherapy Systems | August 14, 2019 Efficacy of Isoray’s Cesium Blu Showcased in Recent Studies August 14, 2019 — Isoray announced a trio of studies recently reported at scientific meetings and published in medica read more News | Radiation Therapy | August 16, 2019 Drug Accelerates Blood System’s Recovery After Radiation, Chemotherapy A drug developed by UCLA physician-scientists and chemists speeds up the regeneration of mouse and human blood stem… read more August 27, 2009 – Staged stereotactic radiotherapy with a 2-week interfraction interval for unresectable brain metastases, may be a possible alternative for treating large brain metastases, according to the study published in International Journal of Radiation Oncology.The study, Three-Staged Stereotactic Radiotherapy Without Whole Brain Irradiation for Large Metastatic Brain Tumors, aimed to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of staged stereotactic radiotherapy with a 2-week interfraction interval for unresectable brain metastases more than 10 cm3 in volume.Subjects included 43 patients (24 men and 19 women), ranging in age from 41 to 84 years, who had large brain metastases (> 10 cc in volume). Primary tumors were in the colon in 14 patients, lung in 12, breast in 11, and other in 6. The peripheral dose was 10 Gy in three fractions. The interval between fractions was 2 weeks. For tumors >10 cc at baseline, staged radiation therapy with a 2-week interval between 10-Gy doses reduced tumor volume by nearly 40 percent. The researchers concluded that the 2-week interval allowed significant reduction of the treatment volume.Reference:Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2009 Aug 1;74(5):1543-1548, Y Higuchi, T Serizawa, O Nagano, S Matsuda, J Ono, M Sato, Y Iwadate, N SaekiFor more information: www.redjournal.org FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Radiation Oncology | July 31, 2019 Laura Dawson, M.D., FASTRO, Chosen as ASTRO President-elect The members of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) elected four new officers to ASTRO’s Board of… read more read more
The parents of a British student killed while rock climbing in Costa Rica released a statement Friday paying tribute to their son,the BBC said.Lucas Drummond, 16, died during a fall while rappelling down a rock face in Santa Ana, in west San José, on April 4. Drummond, an experienced climber, was leading an expedition of four along with a Costa Rican supervisors, but he was believed to be out of sight when the fatal fall occurred.The BBC wrote that Drummond’s parents flew to Costa Rica last week, and were believed to be repatriating the body. On Friday, Carol and John Drummond released a statement on the accident:“We are devastated by the loss of our son Lucas, who was a devoted and loving brother and son to us and friend to so many.“He was given the opportunity to study abroad in a multicultural international school with an ethos of being able to help others while learning about themselves.“This was like a dream come true for Lucas and an opportunity to help develop his lively mind and his spirit for adventure which was a strong part of his being. He died doing what he loved.Drummond was studying Spanish at the United World College in Costa Rica as part of an international baccalaureate program. The climbing trip had been done through an extracurricular program offered by the school, according to The Daily Telegraph. Drummond, from northern London, had been in Costa Rica for seven months.The Daily Telegraph said authorities have launched an investigation, and are looking into climbing gear and ropes used during the expedition that resulted in Drummond’s death:A spokesman for the college said: “Lucas was a very experienced climber and had climbed competitively in the UK. He was leading the descent ahead of the rest of the party and, as far as I am aware, no one saw what happened.“The emergency services were called and the Judicial Investigation Department is now investigating. Facebook Comments Related posts:Costa Rica’s lack of safety regulations comes into view after death of 6 tourists in January Life jackets not distributed before Costa Rica catamaran began sinking, killing 3, says president’s office UPDATE: US tourist drowns in Costa Rica rafting trip US citizen dies in Jacó car crash read more
Companies should shoulder more corporate responsibility for packaging to tackle the vast amount of waste that ends up in our oceans and on our beaches rather than rely on clean-ups, Friends of the Earth (FoE) said in a statement on Friday.The NGO reached its conclusion as a result of a beach clean-up at Lady’s Mile beach in Limassol last Saturday in collaboration with Greenpeace which they followed up with an audit, counting the main categories of the 90 bags, or 212 kilos, of waste they had collected.“Thirty of the bags were processed according to the brand/company manufacturers. This was to check from which companies the garbage came from, and to put pressure on corporations to increase their efforts and improve the management of their product packaging,” the statement said.“Surprisingly, the brand represented the biggest in the litter is the local Keo brand, followed by Coca Cola. This shows that local companies can have a bigger impact on waste creation than expected and that perhaps our campaign should start from home!”The organisers said that to effectively address the problem Cyprus needs to work at the source, using a holistic and ecological approach involving asking corporations to stop manufacturing and distributing their products in non-recyclable, one-use packaging.FoE and Greenpeace urge companies to take more responsibilities regarding the packaging of their products and to monitor the product cycle from beginning to the end, with the aim of making it more environmentally friendly.“Companies should promote public awareness and education on recycling, issue initiatives to handle their packaging and be held accountable if their product ends up as litter,” they said.Most of the waste consisted of plastic bottles, followed by glass and cans, all of which are recyclable. According to the conservationists, this shows that Cyprus’ non-existent recycling schemes for villages and rural areas are a major contributor to litter and the island needs to implement zero waste programmes in cities and communities.The announcement ended by stating the facts and appealing to everyone to act.“Every year big quantities of waste end up in the oceans, approximately 90 per cent of all trash floating on the ocean’s surface is plastic; this is more than 5 trillion pieces. Over 44 per cent of all seabirds and 86 per cent of turtles have ingested or become entangled in ocean plastic, while over 1 million marine birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually. This is the price of our addiction to plastic. All plastic ever created will eventually break down to microbeads, Microplastics are defined as less than five millimetres and they transfer through pelagic food chains all the way to mammals, including humans.”“So perhaps today is the day we will all invest in a reusable cup/water bottle/straw and save the resources of our planet and reduce pollution!”For more information please contact Marina Evriviadou at 25-347042 or firstname.lastname@example.orgYou May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementAdd This One Thing To Your Dog’s Food To Help Them Be HealthierUltimate Pet Nutrition Nutra Thrive SupplementUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
The pharmaceutical association reasserted its support for the implementation of the National Health Scheme (Gesy), but noted that its members are concerned over changes in the system for compensation of pharmacists.The association decided in an extraordinary general assembly on Sunday that it will allow its negotiating team another two to three weeks to deliberate with the Health Insurance Organisation (HIO) on issues of concern before announcing its final position regarding its members’ participation in Gesy.According the head of the pharmaceutical association, Eleni Piera, the HIO issued a written proposal on Saturday for the framework of participation of pharmacists in Gesy.What worried the association’s members were the changes in the system of compensation, as it proposed that pharmacists no longer receive a fee analogous to the price of the drug, but rather receive a fixed fee for each packet sold.“It is a radical change that legitimately arouses concern among our members,” Piera said, “as pharmacists will receive the same fee, even if the drug is worth €5, €50, or €500.”Pharmacists are also concerned over functional matters, Piera added, such as whether prescription drugs will bring about a profit within the overall budget of the scheme, which would in turn ensure the viability of pharmacies.“The negotiating team argued strongly for an increase to the overall budget, and believes that there are still margins for further discussions in view of ensuring that pharmacists are sufficiently compensated,” Piera said.On a more positive note, Piera said, with Gesy, each patient will be registered with a pharmacist in their area, with which they will be in direct contact, and which will also help tackle the current trend of drug purchases from the north.You May LikePlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoHealthCentral.com7 Sneaky Signs of Lung CancerHealthCentral.comUndo Remand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)UndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoThree arrested in connection with hotel theftsUndoby Taboolaby Taboola read more
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The Theory of Flight: The feathers have been flying in ornithology circles as they try and figure out the latest theories to do with birds and certain legal interpretations. Teams: South Africa: AB de Villiers (captain),” he added. read more