Sri Lankan refugees living in inhuman conditions

The sub collector said that he had issued directions to the concerned authorities for the development of basic infrastructure in the colony and setting up toilets apart from issuing BPL ration cards to the families.Also, directions have been issued to provide assistance to the needy under the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF), he said. The enquiry report by the district social justice officer said that two women who have been diagnosed with cancer have not started treatment and are still working in the estate. Also there are two bed ridden patients in the colony. “Even the education of the children is affected as they cannot go to the Anganwadi during monsoon as there is no bridge over a nearby river. It is also learnt that some families have sent their children away to Gudallur in Tamil Nadu as they have to trek 2 km through dense forests to reach the nearest primary school and 5 km to reach the high school,” the report by the officer said.Prof. Varughese Mathew, director of the NGO, Movement for Tribal Heritage and Environmental Research, said that it is unfortunate that the country’s promise to rehabilitate the Tamil refugee families are yet to be implemented even after three decades. (Colombo Gazette) Reports from two District Collectors in India revealed the inhuman conditions Sri Lankan refugees lived in.Reports submitted by the Wayanad district (Kerala) collector and the Mananthavady sub collector to Justice S H Panchapakesan based on a visit to the Kambamala colony near Mananthavady revealed the shocking inadequacies. Times Of India (TOI) carried a report on the wretched living conditions of the colony residents, who are Tamil refugee families from Sri Lanka who had been rehabilitated in the tea plantation. The Mananthavady Sub Collector Sreeram Sambasiva Rao in his report said that the families in the colony were living in very miserable conditions. “94 houses have crumbling toilets. Even basic facilities like water and other essential requirements are inadequate. Many estate workers are suffering from serious diseases like cancer,” the report said adding that the residents could not avail the benefits of the welfare programmes as they don’t have caste certificate and Below Poverty Line (BPL) ration cards. read more

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Bartica man killed after witnessing sexual act on the beach

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCops identify man killed after viewing sex act on the beachJune 28, 2017In “Crime”Cops seeking public’s help in identifying man who was killed after viewing ‘threesome’June 27, 2017In “Crime”Beach threesome: Prime suspects charged for ‘Radika’s’ murderJuly 5, 2017In “Court” An unwelcomed viewer of a reported ménage à trois on a beach at Third Avenue Bartica, Essequibo, is now dead after he reportedly refused to refrain from witnessing the sexual act. The dead man has been identified only as “Radika,” and is said to be in his 40’s.Reports reaching this publication indicate that between 04:00hrs and 05:00hrs on Monday, the now dead man, accompanied by two males aged 18 and 21 and a 25-year-old female, went to the beach for some enjoyment. A police source disclosed that the young adults were all engaged in “a sexual threesome act” while the deceased was “just viewing.”While details surrounding the incident remain roughly sketchy, this publication was informed that before the act could reach its climax, a misunderstanding erupted between the young adults and the man, and the three reportedly began to “cuff and kick” “Radika” about his body.Quick action by police in Bartica resulted in the three young adults being arrested on Monday morning just after they had beaten the man, who was rushed to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries at about 10:00hrs on Monday.This newspaper was told that the trio did not resist arrest. A post mortem examination is expected to be performed on Radika’s body on Wednesday.Police investigations continue. read more

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PSA prostate cancer screening reduces deaths by a fifth

first_imgA NEW LONG-term study with a 13 year follow up shows that men who undergo prostate cancer screening reduce the chance of death from the disease by a fifth.Results from the study, published in The Lancet, showed that screening appeared to reduce prostate cancer deaths by 15% at 9 years and this improved to 22% at 11 years.The European trial began in 1993, involved 162,000 men, and set out to determine whether screening men for prostate-specific antigen (PSA) reduces deaths from prostate cancer.Over 13 years follow-up, there was no further improvement in the relative reduction in prostate cancer deaths which decreased by roughly a fifth (21%) in the screening group compared with the control group, although men who were actually screened had a 27% lower chance of dying of prostate cancer.However, the absolute benefit of screening steadily increased with longer follow-up. The number of men needed to be invited for screening to prevent one death from prostate cancer dropped dramatically from 1410 after 9 years of follow-up to 781 at 13 years.The number needed to be diagnosed and treated to prevent one prostate cancer death also fell from 48 to 27. The risk of advanced prostate cancer was also smaller in the screening group.Routine testing However, despite the findings for the effectiveness of PSA testing, the authors did not recommend that routine screening programmes be introduced at this time.According to study leader Professor Fritz Schröder from Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands PSA screening delivers a substantial reduction in prostate cancer deaths, “similar or greater than that reported in screening for breast cancer,” he said.However, he said: “over-diagnosis occurs in roughly 40% of cases detected by screening resulting in a high risk of overtreatment and common side-effects such as incontinence and impotence.”The time for population-based screening has not arrived. Further research is urgently needed on ways to reduce over-diagnosis preferably by avoiding unnecessary biopsy procedures, and reducing the very large number of men who must be screened, biopsied, and treated to help only a few patients.Read: Good night’s sleep may reduce prostate cancer risk>Read: New rapid response prostate clinic launches in Cork>last_img read more

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Une saisie de 55000 ustensiles de cuisine cancérigènes venant de Chine

first_imgUne saisie de 55.000 ustensiles de cuisine cancérigènes venant de ChineLes douanes de Toulouse ont annoncé avoir saisi en août dernier quelque 55.000 ustensiles de cuisine fabriqués en Chine. Ceux-ci contenaient de trop grandes quantités d’amines aromatiques primaire, cancérigènes et capables de passer dans les aliments.  C’est une des saisies les plus importantes qu’ont faite les douanes de Toulouse en août dernier. Depuis le mois de juillet, la Commission européenne a conseillé aux Etats membres une mise sous surveillance des articles en plastique polyamide et mélamine en provenance de Chine et de Hong-Kong. C’est ainsi que le 12 août, des douaniers de la ville rose ont contrôlé une société qui avait procédé à l’importation de quantités significatives d’ustensiles de cuisine venus de Chine. En examinant les cartons, ils ont ainsi relevé qu’une forte odeur se dégageait des quelque 55.000 objets. À lire aussiLe secret de mystérieuses pyramides chinoises enfin percé ?Des prélèvements ont aussitôt été effectués et transmis pour analyse, révélant un verdict sans appel. Les ustensiles contenaient des taux d’amines aromatiques primaires jusqu’à 66 fois supérieur aux normes maximales européennes autorisées. Or, ces substances chimiques sont considérées comme cancérigènes et ce, même à petite dose. Comme l’explique le service des douanes dans son communiqué, “ces substances, les amines aromatiques primaires, migrent des ustensiles de cuisine aux aliments lorsque ceux-ci sont chauffés. Plus la température est élevée, plus le taux de migration des éléments nocifs augmente”, rapporte France Soir. Après consultation du certificat fourni à l’importateur, il semblerait que les résultats obtenus par le laboratoire chinois étaient mensongers. Depuis l’entrée en vigueur de la réglementation, les douanes ont saisi près de 140.000 ustensiles de cuisine. Le 22 novembre 2011 à 16:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Marvels New Avengers Endgame Trailer Reunites Remaining Superheroes

first_imgStay on target After a brief Super Bowl teaser, Marvel just released a new Avengers: Endgame trailer and it reveals the remaining superheroes who are going to fight for their fallen allies.On Thursday, Marvel posted the new Avengers: Endgame trailer on YouTube, and it dives into some details we’ve been waiting for. Tony Stark (Iron Man) finally makes an appearance. Plus, Black Widow, Thor, Captain America, and Bruce Banner vow to bring their friends back for the ultimate showdown against Thanos, the sinister villain who destroyed the universe. The movie, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Scarlett Johansson, will premiere in theaters on April 26.“God, seems like a 1,000 years ago. I fought my way out of that cave, became Iron Man. Realized I love you,” I know I said no more surprises, but I was hoping to pull off one last one,” Iron Man said at the opening of the trailer. (All the chills here.) We don’t know where Iron Man is, but hopefully, he’ll get help soon.Apparently, the world has changed, making it difficult for the remaining Avengers to get back on their feet, but maybe, just maybe, they can start over. To everyone that didn’t make it, who disintegrated after the major last battle with Thanos, the last Avengers owe it to them to have one last showdown. Oh, and Captain Marvel is also apparently helping the team out. (Score.)Will they rally together to fight Thanos, and get back the “missing” superheroes? You’ll have to watch Avengers: Endgame next month to find out.More on Geek.com:Marvel’s First ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Trailer Is Finally HereMarvel Drops ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Teaser During Super BowlNew ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Theory Highlights a Hidden Time Loop Sony Pictures CEO Says ‘Door Is Closed’ for Now on Spider-Man SplitMarvel Censors Criticism of America From Marvel Comics #1000 last_img read more

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The Need To Turn The Reform Agenda Into Practice

first_imgIn the old Gambia, people were outraged by bad Governance, characterised by detention for years without trial, disappearances without trace and torture to get evidence under duress all in the name of foiling security threats. FOROYAA maintained a diary of such happenings and would not want to see the same records under a new Gambia.  Hence members of the Law enforcement and security sector should bear in mind that whatever is done to a human being cannot be secret. Sooner or later it will become public. Hence the best form of behaviour is to do things that would not need to be hidden.  We need law enforcement and Security forces who are committed to the values of democracy and the Republic and the due process of law without breach; forces that have zero tolerance for coercion and using any repressive means against any Gambian in particular and human beings at large.last_img read more

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Twentysix revealed for first National Honors and Awards

first_imgProvidenciales, 18 Aug 2015 – Congratulations flying all over social media for the 26 individuals who will make up the inaugural awardees in the National Honors and Awards for 2015. The names and categories within which they fall were placed in the government’s Gazette on Friday and that has ignited a lot of joy and excitement in many quarters. Here are the 26: William H. Mills for distinguished service as a Parliamentarian and Mary Robinson for her career as an educator will receive the highest prize: The Order of Turks and Caicos and both will be referenced now as The Most Honorable. The Patriotic Award goes to four individuals who are Stanley Been, an educator; Noel Gardiner, a boat builder; Sylvia Melhado in Health and Carlton Mills for education, politics and history. These will be officially referred to as ‘the Much Honored”. There are eleven individuals who will receive for long service awards in various fields. Namely: Jenniemae Deane-Forbes for Education; Jestina Delancy for Education; Bishop George Fulford for Spiritual leadership; Annie Garland from the Postal Service; Jane Garland for work as an Education Officer; The Gospel Pioneers, for long career in Gospel music and community service; Marionette Hinds, for Christian service and Education; Ismae Pereira for Education; Michael Simmons, for excellence in Public Works Department; Lynette Thomas for service as Broadcaster and Journalist and Stephanie Thomas for her work in Education. Related Items:annie garland, carlton mills, ismae pereira, jane garland, jenniemae deane-forbes, jestina delancy, lynette thomas, national honors, stanley been, stephanie thomas, sylvia melhado, willaim h. mills Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Impressive opening for Long Bay High; PNP Administration breaks ground on Phase II Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you JAGS will be the ‘Right Excellent’ after 2015 Natl Heroes Daylast_img read more

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Councilwoman Barbara Bry on State of the City

first_img KUSI Newsroom Councilwoman Barbara Bry on State of the City KUSI Newsroom, Posted: January 23, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter January 23, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Couniclmember and Candidate for Mayor Barbara Bry joined Good Morning San Diego to discuss Mayor Faulconer’s State of the City address and a new bill she is proposing.Bry said she wants to propose a helmet law that requires riders of scooters to where helmets regardless of age. last_img read more

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Palmers Meat and Sausage fights to stay open

first_imgThe state’s Board of Agriculture and Conservation (BAC) today Thursday heard public comments on a new proposal that could keep Palmer’s Mt. McKinley Meat and Sausage open.Download AudioTodd Pettit raises bison at Little Pitchfork Ranch in Palmer (Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA – Anchorage)The state-subsidized meat packing plant faces closure at the end of June if the legislature does not approve funding for one more year, and local meat producers fear that if the plant shuts down, they will be out of business because Mt.McKinley is the only facility in Southcentral that can slaughter animals under USDA regulations.One option the BAC is considering for saving the plant is privatization. The board is looking at a potential sale or lease arrangement for Mt. McKinley. Thursday, Todd Pettit, a bison producer from Palmer, told the BAC that his company, Denali Meat Company, is ready to offer a bid to operate the plant.“We are very enthusiastic of working with every farmer in this state and every industry that has to do with the production of meat and the multiplier effect of what raising livestock in this industry can do for this state. This isn’t about one person running one set of animals through that plant, this is about state-wide industry expanding.”The state has operated the plant since 1986. Last year, the legislature approved money to keep it in business for one more year. Pettit said that it is not likely the legislature will approve more funding, considering the state’s fiscal outlook.“We want to ensure the fact that this plant goes from government to privatization in a smooth transition, without it shutting it down,” Pettit said. “So I am enthusiastic that the BAC is starting this process.”State funds for operating the meat packing plant come from interest on Agricultural Revolving Loan Fund loans, not the state general fund.Denali Meat Company is a new partnership among four Alaska producers. Pettit, processor Nate Burris, Ernie Dimond, a former slaughterhouse manager, and Terry Van Wye, [van WHY] a Kenny Lake pork producer.last_img read more

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Next Vishwanathan Anand in the making 14year old Nihal Sarin becomes third

first_imgNihal Sarin could be the next great chess player from IndiaTwitter/Nihal SarinWhenever a great player is moving towards the end of his or her career, questions are asked about who will take their place. This question is being raised in the Indian chess community also. While Anand isn’t done yet, he is currently far from regaining his place at the top. So, who’s the next big thing in this sport from India?Hopes are high from the likes of Vidit Gujrathi and Swapnil Dhopade as they have achieved some success in important events over the years. But now there is a new name that is emerging on the horizon of Indian chess who could possibly become a superstar in future.The boy wonderNihal Sarin made history while participating in the TePe Sigeman & Co International chess tournament in Sweden when he reached 2600 rating. This is a very important mark in the Elo rating system and is considered the entry point into the big league of chess players. Nihal achieved the landmark rating during a tournament in SwedenTwitter/Nihal SarinGrandmaster Sarin, who was just 14 years and ten months old at the time, becomes the youngest Indian to reach this landmark. But what is most exciting is that he is the third youngest among all players to get there. The only two chess masters to reach the mark before Nihal are China’s Wei Yi, who is also the youngest to reach the 2700 rating mark, and USA’s John M Burke, the youngest ever to reach this distinction.If one compares his feat to that of other greats of the game, the importance of his accomplishment becomes clear. The current World Champion Magnus Carlsen got to this key figure at the age of 15. So, we can expect great things from the Indian teenager in the years to come.Nihal’s progressBorn in 2004, Sarin became a Candidate Master in 2014 when he was less than 10 years old. Next year, in 2015, he earned the title of FIDE Master. 2017 saw the boy turning International Master and he earned the right to be called Grandmaster last year. Among under-16 players around the world, he is ranked 3rd, while in Asia, he occupies the 2nd position.With this distinction, Sarin will now be expected to achieve soaring heights of success. But his next target has to be reaching 2700 rating. Who knows, he would create history on getting there as well. Then we can entertain hopes of another World Champion from India.last_img read more

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Institutes need to cope with changing environment in higher education Governor

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor K N Tripathi on Friday called upon higher educational institutes to cope with the new changing environment in higher education and respond accordingly to the evolving situation. Addressing the third foundation day of the St Xavier’s University at New Town here, Tripathi said access to quality teaching, learning, innovation, research, consultancy and placement are the key areas in the field of higher education. “St Xavier’s belongs to a global education network where Jesuit fathers are running 65 colleges and 20 higher institutions all over the country. Jesuit education is known for excellence and high quality,” he said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose In his address, IIT Kharagpur Director Partha Pratim Chakraborti said, “There is a greater need to transform science and technology education and link the basic goal of improving quality of life by harnessing the power of modern science and technology.” St Xavier’s Vice-Chancellor Father Felix Raj said, “The university is just new and beginning to grow with seven post graduate departments and six under graduate departments in different streams already.” He later told PTI that the university also has plans to have collaboration with the IIT Kharagpur and talks were already held with its director. The areas of collaboration would be law and research, the VC said.last_img read more

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How to save installed Android apps as APK files

first_imgHow to save installed Android apps as APK files by Martin Brinkmann on March 06, 2019 in Google Android – 16 commentsAPK Extractor is a free application for Google’s Android operating system that you may use to save installed Android apps as APK files on the device.The installation of Android applications is pretty straightforward, especially so if you install them from Google Play or another application store.It may happen that you want to save an Android APK installation file to your device for safekeeping or backup purposes. There are several potential reasons for that: making sure that you save a particular version of an application or wanting to move the installation file to other Android devices or even your PC or computer.Tip: Check out APKUpdater, it keeps your sideloaded Android apps up to dateSave installed Android appsAPK Extractor is available as a free and paid version. The free version comes with advertisement, the paid version removes it and is available for €1.04 currently (what is with that price?).The application uses two different ad formats: a single unit at the top of the application list, and overlay ads that tend to get in the way.The application displays all installed applications and (most?) system applications in a long list on start. You may use the built in search to find a specific Android application quickly.An option in the settings divides the applications into user-installed apps and system apps. You may switch between the two categories using the menu at the top.Saving works by tapping on the application in the interface. APK Extractor saves the Android application to the local device; the save path is highlighted when you save Android apps. You may change the save location in the settings if you prefer a different location for extracted Android applications.A long-tap on any application enables the selection mode. Use it to select multiple applications for saving in one go. There is also a handy select all option to save all applications automatically but you need to make sure that there is enough storage space on the device for that.The menu that is displayed next to each application displays the installed version and options to look up information or share it. Info opens the App Info page on the Android device that reveals required permissions, data usage, and other information.Share saves the application to the device and opens the share options afterward making it easy to share the file using messaging applications or to online storage services.Closing WordsAPK Extractor is a useful application for Android that lets you backup Android applications locally. The process is straightforward and not complicated at all.Inexperienced users may have difficulties accessing the saved Android apps on their devices, but that is not the fault of this application. It is easy enough to open the files manager to access the path the APK files are stored in or transfer them to another device.The overlay advertisement is annoying but since you may not use the app regularly, it is not that much of a negative.Now You: Do you backup or save your apps?Summary12345 Author Rating3.5 based on 7 votes Software Name APK ExtractorOperating System AndroidSoftware Category AdministrationLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ext.ui Advertisementlast_img read more

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Puerto Aventuras residents granted two public beaches

first_imgPuerto Aventuras, Q.R. — After years of battling for public beach access points, two have been officially designated for the town of Puerto Aventuras. The two points have become official after their publication in the Diario Oficial de la Federación which states that the town will open two public beach areas, both located in the area of Xpuhá. Local activist Orlando Cox, who together with other residents, have led the fight that has finally resulted in the two public beaches. “What we have been asking for was dignified public access to our beach.” “It is humiliating, shameful to a Mexican, more to a native as we are natives of the region, forbidden to go on the beaches, many times labeling us as criminals. “Here we have the two documents that confirm what I say, that there are two beach access points for the town of Puerto Aventuras that are located a few meters from the entrance of the town. He added “We are working people and it is not acceptable that they are marginalizing us, that they discriminate against us on our own land and on our beaches. This is what we have said all along. After the publication in Diario Oficial de la Federación, those requesting the beach access points will have to meet with authorities to begin the process of turning it into a public beach area.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) “We are talking about Xpuhá II and Xpuhá IV (…) we have recovered dignity as citizens because I think it is fair that they stop trampling our pride as Mexicans,” Cox said.last_img read more

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Seismic data set could improve earthquake forecasting

first_imgNo related posts. PAVIA, Italy — Sumatra 2004. Wenchuan 2008. Haiti 2010. Japan 2011. In each case, the story was the same: An earthquake struck without warning, taking thousands of lives and smashing buildings like sand castles.Geoscientists still can’t predict when a major quake will strike, and many have given up trying. But many do try to issue more general forecasts of hazards and potential damage. This week, researchers added a potentially powerful new tool to their kit: the largest seismic database of its kind ever constructed, based on tens of thousands of earthquake records stretching back more than 1,000 years. Together with a new global map of strain accumulation at plate boundaries, the data sets will form the core of an international public-private partnership intended to reshape the science of earthquake forecasting.The Global Earthquake Model (GEM) Foundation, which has been developing the seismic risk platform since 2009, unveiled key components of it at a meeting here, called Reveal 2013.“To advance the science of earthquake forecasting we must enhance the data,” GEM co-founder Ross Stein told the opening session. Stein, a seismologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, and a handful of other disaster experts proposed the project in 2006, with the aim of bringing a systematic and open approach to a discipline that had previously been hampered by disparate methods. “Everyone knew we needed to do this,” Stein says. “No one was willing to put the money up. GEM did.”To develop the new maps, researchers re-figured the magnitudes and locations of nearly a thousand historic earthquakes dating back to 1000 C.E. according to strict, uniform new criteria. Using modern algorithms, they also recalculated seismogram records of 20,000 earthquakes over the past 100 years. To get a handle on the driving force behind most earthquakes, other geoscientists reappraised the movements of Earth’s tectonic plates to estimate the rate of deformation at plate boundaries. In all, they deduced 20,000 velocities from measurements at 70,000 stations around the world. GEM says that the software used to analyze the data, known as OpenQuake, will be publicly released next year to set a uniform and open standard in hazard calculations.GEM hopes to develop better ways to calculate both seismic hazard-the probability that earthquakes will occur over the next 50 years-and seismic risk, the casualties and economic losses likely to result. Risk is of particular interest to the insurance companies that fund much of GEM’s research. At the meeting, researchers unveiled an ambitious new project to assess the quality of building stocks around the world, using national data sets, satellite imagery, and on-the-street censuses recorded by smart phone apps.Reveal 2013 participants say that they are impressed by the partnership’s rapid progress. “We do have our own world map of natural hazards,” says Anselm Smolka of the insurance firm Munich Re. “But with a team of just 20, we cannot do more. We need cooperation. GEM gives industry access to a global network of scientists.”Seth Stein, a geophysicist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, and a longtime critic of quake forecasting, says that he welcomes the attempt to bring clarity to the field. But he warns that no amount of data collection can overcome the deep uncertainties inherent in Earth faulting processes. For example, he says, even a complete 2000-year history of seismic shaking in China would have given planners no clues to the three most devastating events that have struck since 1950. “GEM is doing a good job of improving the things that can be improved,” says Seth Stein (who is not related to Ross Stein). “So a better record will help us some. But whether it will ever be adequate to allow us to fully characterize the probability of events, my guess is probably no.”Ross Stein acknowledges the need for humility in the face of Earth’s complexities: “We must tell the public what we know; and we must tell them what we don’t know-in language they understand.”This is adapted from ScienceNOW, the online daily news service of the journal Science. http://news.sciencemag.org© 2013, ScienceNOW Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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The AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams will be announced l

first_imgThe AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams will be announced later this week, and if ProFootballFocus.com had its way, the Arizona Cardinals would be sending several notable players to Hawaii.According to PFF’s Pro Bowl team, defensive end Calais Campbell and special teams standout Justin Bethel would be starters for the NFC, while cornerback Patrick Peterson and linebacker Karlos Dansby would make the trip as reserves.Of the four, only Peterson has made a Pro Bowl — as a return specialist in 2011 and cornerback in 2012. Campbell has 53 tackles and a career-high tying eight sacks on the year, while Dansby, who PFF called “criminally underrated,” has made a case to not only be a Pro Bowler but a Defensive Player of the Year candidate. The 10-year veteran has 117 tackles, 6.5 sacks and a career-high four interceptions — two of which have gone for touchdowns. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   As for Bethel, he’s been somewhat of a revelation for coach Amos Jones, leading Arizona with 19 total special teams tackles.Simply put there isn’t another special teamer like Bethel and our look at special teams units in more detail this year has really bore that out.In 2012, the Cardinals sent just three players — Daryl Washington, Larry Fitzgerald and Peterson — to the Pro Bowl.center_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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Lisa and Ela work to level the trench so the main

first_img Lisa and Ela work to level the trench so the main line will lay flat once it is placed. [Photo & Text: ss] February 17, 2006 The workshop group has an opportunity to work with different departments during their time at Arcosanti. Each Friday morning all workshoppers gather for a synergy. The group heads out to the Minds Garden to work with the Landscaping department. They will help to install an irrigation system to water the italian cypress, olive, and other drought tolerant species there. [Photo & Text: ss] Ron Chandler, the Landscaping Manager, helps workshoppers Janette and Dylan clear a trench from the main line to a control box. The box houses the valves controlling the flow to the lateral lines. [Photo & Text: ss] center_img Nicole, Winston, and Morgan work on the upper part of the trench. The drought tolerant species of trees in the Minds Garden still require some watering, especially since it has not rained for the past four months. [Photo & Text: ss]last_img read more

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Rep Crawford Its time to end driver responsibility fees

Categories: Crawford News,News State Rep. Kathy Crawford today voted to bring an end to driver responsibility fees, which she says will give thousands of people new opportunities for success.Crawford, of Novi, said driver responsibility fees date back to 2003, when a previous administration imposed them in a frantic scheme to balance a budget beset by irresponsible spending. The fees purportedly were in place to better the driving habits of people paying them, but instead led to families living under a cloud of debt, often unable to drive because their licenses had been revoked.“This was a bad law from the start, and I am proud to have a role in bringing these senseless, punitive fees to an end,” Crawford said. “People with outstanding fees can fulfill their financial obligation through community service or workforce development programs until the fees are eliminated on Oct. 1, 2018.”Crawford said a key element to the eight-bill legislative package is forgiveness of outstanding debt.“People living under this fee structure found it even more difficult to make ends meet, putting them in or near poverty with no prospect of improving their quality of life,” Crawford said. “With the debt forgiven and restoration of driving privileges, those who were burdened by driver responsibility fees have a chance to take part in the economic recovery the rest of us have experienced.”The bills now go to the Senate for consideration.#####The bills are House Bills 5040-5046, 5079 and 5080. 02Nov Rep. Crawford: It’s time to end driver responsibility fees Bipartisan legislation now goes to Senate read more

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Rep Hornberger invites residents to St Clair office hours

first_img10:30 to 11:30 a.m at Wales Township Hall, 1372 Wales Center Road in Goodells; and Noon to 1:00 p.m at Kenockee Township Hall, 4420 Kilgore Road in Avoca.“My job as your state representative is to listen to you and have my vote best reflect the opinions of our district,” Rep. Hornberger said. “I encourage you to join me in discussing ideas or concerns you may have regarding state government.”No appointment is necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Hornberger at (517) 373-8931 or via email at PamelaHornberger@house.mi.gov.### State Rep. Pamela Hornberger will host office hours on Monday, March 19. They will be held at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m at Riley Township Hall, 13042 Belle River Road in Riley; 20Feb Rep. Hornberger invites residents to St. Clair office hours Categories: Newslast_img read more

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Ending Segregation in Education The Impossible Dream

first_imgShare25Tweet6Share19Email50 SharesSee page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSeptember 12, 2016; The AtlanticWe are struck by the timing of this newswire, coming as enrollment at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) is surging.In 1954, the Supreme Court struck down the legal framework supporting the nation’s racially segregated public education system. The Court affirmed “separate educational facilities are inherently unequal,” recognizing that keeping children in racial silos could never lead to equality and that the damage segregation causes would stay with them throughout their lifetimes.Sixty years later, there’s scant evidence that we have made real progress in eliminating segregation from public education. According to a UCLA Civil Rights Project study, “school segregation remains very high for black students. It is also double segregation by both race and poverty. Nationwide, the typical black student is now in a school where almost two out of every three classmates (64 percent) are low income, nearly double the level in schools of the typical white or Asian student.” A just-released report by the Century Foundation tells us that New York City’s Universal Pre-K program was unable to create an integrated reality.While overall pre-K enrollment is racially diverse, however, individual pre-K classrooms are more homogeneous. In half of all pre-K classrooms, more than 70 percent of children come from a single racial or ethnic group.Few doubt that the harm recognized by the Warren Court is real. Segregation punishes minority and low-income children for their lifetimes. A 2006 study by the National Bureau of Economics Research found “robust evidence that the black-white test score gap is higher in more segregated cities. Holding constant family background and other factors, a shift from a fully segregated to a completely integrated city closes about one-quarter of the raw black-white gap in SAT scores.” A more recent study using test scores from 2009–2013 by a Stanford University research team showed a similar pattern. One of the study’s principals, Sean Reardon, saw the data as confirming “racial segregation seems to lead to an unequal distribution of resources that is disproportionately harming poor children of color.”As a nation and a society, we still desire a school system that provides equal opportunity for all children, but we seem confused about whether we can actually build one. The failure to make substantial progress has led some educational policymakers to conclude that integrated schools cannot be created by law or policy directive, that educational equality can only be achieved when parents choose integrated options for their children. As Secretary of Education John King, Jr. recently told Atlantic reporter Alia Wong:“Instead of worrying about diversity, we should be embracing our diversity. We also have to acknowledge as we look at some of the tensions around the country around issues of race and class…[that we need to] create school communities that are genuinely diverse.”But he has concluded that because of “the racial confrontations tactics such as mandated busing or campus reassignment could cause he doesn’t want to force anyone to attend a school they don’t want to attend. He wants integration to happen on its own—almost as if it were an organic process.”Rather than support integration as a requirement of public education and push children into an integrated reality, government administrators seek to entice parents into choosing an integrated experience for their children. The policies they propose create “magnet programs, dual-language schools, or district-wide choice, [all] strategies that can help draw middle-class white kids into high-poverty neighborhoods.” They’re counting on the fact that a parent’s desire to give children the best possible education will overcome bias and fear to accomplish what more coercive strategies cannot.For Secretary King, trusting parents to do the right thing is the only way forward.It’s very important that schools convey that: “We’re going to be a place that celebrates diversity, that creates equitable opportunities within our building.” It’s thinking more holistically about how we ensure every child is having a positive learning experience.Critics of this approach see this as wishful thinking rather than wise policy. For them, it’s just a way to avoid the painful medicine needed to cure a serious societal ill. Quoting Natalie Hopkinson, a black parent and journalist, “White people will not enroll their children in schools unless they’re already [predominantly] white…White parents tend to send their kids to schools that they perceive as ‘high status.’ So the segregation keeps repeating itself as long as you rely on choice as a way to make the change.”Continuing to search for strategies to make integration comfortable for white families may make political sense. But taking that path means more children of color by default will have to experience the real harm caused by de facto segregated and unequal schools while waiting endlessly for change.—Martin LevineShare25Tweet6Share19Email50 Shareslast_img read more

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TV technology company Harmonics senior vicepresi

first_imgTV technology company Harmonic’s senior vice-president of worldwide sales Mark Carrington is to step down.Harmonic has initiated a search for Carrington’s replacement, during with Carrington will assist with the transition. In the interim period, senior sales executives will report to Harmonic president and CEO Patrick Harshman.“We thank Mark for his years of service to the company during which time we significantly expanded our customer base worldwide, particularly in broadcast and media. We wish him the best in his future endeavors,” said Harshman. “As a matter of record, this transition does not impact our previously announced financial guidance issued on our quarterly earnings call on October 23, 2012.”last_img read more

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