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A new menace for Anchorage dogs: river otters

first_imgOutdoors | Southcentral | WildlifeA new menace for Anchorage dogs: river ottersOctober 14, 2019 by Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media Share:The dangers of Alaska’s charismatic megafauna like moose and bears are well-known. But it’s not just the large animals you have to worry about, as an Anchorage couple learned in an encounter last week that ended with the near-drowning of their 50-pound husky mix.Ruby is a 50-pound husky mix. She was attacked by river otters in Anchorage’s Taku Lake the evening of Oct. 9, 2019. (Photo courtesy Kenny Brewer)Wednesday seemed like a normal evening for Kenny Brewer, a 27-year-old Anchorage dietician. He went out for an evening walk with his wife, Kira, and their dog, Ruby.The stroll took them to Taku Lake, just south of Midtown Anchorage, a popular spot for families. From the shore, they could see a group of river otters swimming and climbing onto a log, he said. They were kind of like the otters you might see in the ocean except smaller, he said.“They would slither off of it into the water, and they just looked very playful and non-imposing, you know?” Brewer said.The otters ended up swimming off in one direction, and Brewer and his wife went the other. Ruby loves to swim, so they threw a tennis ball for her into the water.The couple didn’t see anything else on the surface of the lake for at least 75 feet, Brewer said. But, under the surface, the otters were swimming for his dog. All of a sudden, he saw water splashing and thrashing.“First it was just the one otter on her, and then it seemed like three more,” he said. “They started dragging her down, basically. You could tell she was getting bit, she was howling, she was kind of fighting back but she was getting dragged under for two or three seconds at a time.”Brewer realized Ruby wouldn’t escape without help. He tossed off his jacket and boots and waded waist-deep into the lake. He got his dog out but ended up with a bite from reaching into the skirmish. He hopes it is from Ruby, not the otters, given the small chance the otters could be carrying rabies.Ruby needed a “mini-surgery” Thursday to clean her cuts and slice away damaged tissue, he said. One spot on her leg needed a drain tube stitched in. Brewer said it was a bit of a wake-up call to the dangers that otters can present to dogs.“She’s a decent-sized dog, she’s strong, she’s athletic and fit, and these four otters of about 10 to 15 pounds each – she was no match for them,” he said. “If I hadn’t intervened, I’m certain that they would have killed her.”River otter attacks are not unprecedented. An 80-pound lab mix fended off an attack by four of them in British Columbia in August. Last year, a 77-year-old Florida kayaker used her paddle to fight an otter that climbed on top of her boat and started biting her. And a month later, elsewhere in Florida, otters crept into the backyard of an elderly couple and killed their 7-pound, 13-year-old papillon named Bucky.There’s a history of beavers attacking dogs at University Lake in Anchorage. But state wildlife biologists said Friday that they haven’t heard of attacks by river otters in the city. Dave Battle, an Anchorage-area biologist, said he was forwarded one other report of “otter aggression” from the Nextdoor app.“But we were never able to run down any details on that,” Battle said. He added: “It’s pretty rare.”River otters can work together in family groups, said another state wildlife biologist, Jeff Selinger. In Ruby’s case, he said, they were “probably going after what they perceive to be a threat.”Otters are mustelids – the same family as weasels – and Selinger said they can be aggressive.“They’re cute, and they’re doing all their activities, they’re very interesting to watch,” he said. “But they’re still a wild animal, and they can be dangerous, so just give them their space.”Brewer’s advice is the same. If you see any sign of an otter or beaver in a lake, he said, it’s probably best to take your dog somewhere else.Share this story:last_img read more

Novartis and the feds squabble over 80,000 ‘sham’ speaking events

first_img [email protected] Novartis and the US Department of Justice are squabbling over documents that allegedly contain details of nearly 80,000 “sham” events that the drug maker used to encourage doctors to prescribe several blood pressure medicines, according to documents filed late last week in federal court in New York.The tussle comes as part of a run-up to a planned trial this summer in which the feds plan to argue that Novartis violated federal antikickback laws for nearly a decade. Last November, the feds sought the documents, but the drug maker has maintained the government is unfairly expanding the scope of its inquiry and that the request is “extraordinarily burdensome,” according to court documents. The drug maker wants a protective order.The trial is an outgrowth of a whistleblower lawsuit filed five years ago by Oswald Bilotta, a former Novartis sales rep, and was joined by the Justice Department in 2013. The feds, in fact, joined two separate lawsuits at the time that alleged Novartis paid bribes to boost prescriptions of its medicines, and, as a result, caused federal health care programs to overpay for medicines.advertisement The cases gained considerable attention because US Attorney Preet Bharara, who is based in New York, claimed Novartis is a repeat offender when he announced the government had joined the lawsuits.Here’s the back story: In an earlier case resolved in 2010, the company paid $422.5 million in penalties and pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor for improperly promoting several drugs. Novartis also signed a five-year corporate integrity agreement, which required establishing an internal compliance program and reporting violations. For these reasons, Bharara’s choice of words suggested the drug maker may face a much stiffer punishment in the two more recent cases.advertisement Related: By Ed Silverman March 28, 2016 Reprints PharmalotNovartis and the feds squabble over 80,000 ‘sham’ speaking events Ed Silverman @Pharmalot center_img Tags bribesDOJNovartis About the Author Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Novartis agrees to $25m settlement over bribery charges in China Last fall, Novartis agreed to settle one of those two cases that the feds joined in 2013. In that other case, the feds alleged the company induced specialty pharmacies to boost prescriptions. The drug maker paid a $390 million settlement, which was much less than the $3.35 billion in damages and civil fines the Justice Department sought initially. The agreement also placed greater responsibility on Novartis executives to avoid similar infractions, although the company was not barred from dealing with federal health care programs.As a result, Novartis may settle the Bilotta case, according to Patrick Burns, who heads Taxpayers Against Fraud, a nonprofit that advocates for tough penalties and is partially funded by attorneys. “It’s hard to know, but the facts here are pretty simple,” said Burns. “The conduct is pretty outrageous and discovery is going to be brutal. Novartis’s legal team is incentivized to fight, but it’s hard to see how that squares with shareholder’s interest.”As for Novartis, a spokesman sent us this note: Novartis “disagrees with the way the government has characterized its conduct in these matters and continues to dispute the government’s allegations. Novartis is committed to ensuring that physicians and patients have the information they need to make informed health care decisions and believes speaker programs can help educate other health care providers about the appropriate use of medicines, so they can make informed prescribing decisions, which in turn enhances patient care.”In any event, the feds appear intent on pressuring the drug maker.In a document filed last week, the feds wrote that “this case implicates issues of enormous public concern: whether Novartis defrauded federal health care programs of hundreds of millions of dollars by systematically providing inducements to doctors across the country, for a decade, in an effort to influence the drugs they prescribed to patients in their care.”The Bilotta case, by the way, is chock-full of details that underscore why the feds are concerned with speaker programs. According to court documents, from 2002 to 2011, Novartis made payments and sponsored “lavish” dinners for doctors to discuss several high blood pressure drugs, but that these events were purportedly kickbacks to the speakers and attendees to induce them to prescribe the medicines.Moreover, the feds argued some programs had “little to no educational value.” Why? Either the events never actually occurred, or doctors never spoke about the drug at issue. Just the same, the feds alleged payments were made in the form of honoraria as if speaking sessions did take place. Some presentations were made on fishing trips off the Florida coast or at a Hooters restaurant.The drugmaker often treated doctors to expensive dinners at high-end restaurants, according to the documents. In one instance, a dinner for three, including the speaker, at a Washington, D.C., restaurant cost $2,016, or $672 per person. At another event held on Valentine’s Day in 2006, Novartis paid $3,127 for a meal for two at a West Des Moines, Iowa restaurant.During the 10-year span, Novartis spent more than $65 million and ran more than 38,000 speaker programs for three of its blood pressure drugs. Speakers were paid an average of between $750 and $1,500, although some received $3,000 per program, according to the court documents. The feds also allege that Novartis had few checks on whether sales reps accurately reported attendance. The DOJ alleges Novartis violated federal antikickback laws for almost a decade. Jon Elswick/APlast_img read more

Startup Spotlight: Extracting RNA to diagnose diseases on the cheap

first_img What is it? STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED About the Author Reprints What’s included? Biotech [email protected] By Meghana Keshavan Dec. 8, 2016 Reprints Log In | Learn More Biotech Correspondent Meghana covers biotech and contributes to The Readout newsletter.center_img Meghana Keshavan GET STARTED Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags biotechnologyinfectious diseasemedical technologySTAT+Zika Virus @megkesh Modern bioscience has little reach in the more remote corners of our globe. A Detroit startup called Life Magnetics is looking to change that — by applying its next-gen RNA extraction method to build a new wave of inexpensive, point-of-care diagnostics for viral diseases like HIV, hepatitis C and Zika.The company has what amounts to a fancy tool to suck RNA out of cells. It’s a technique that’s already used in microfluidics, and in lab-on-a-chip technologies. But Life Magnetics is giving RNA extraction a bit of a makeover. I talked with CEO Kevin Hagedorn about the company, which is funded mostly through small grants from the National Science Foundation. Startup Spotlight: Extracting RNA to diagnose diseases on the cheap The new diagnostic tool would be used to identify viral diseases such as hepatitis C. APStocklast_img read more

In Pictures: Ossory Show another huge success

first_img Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Home Lifestyle In Pictures: Ossory Show another huge success LifestyleOut and About Facebook TAGSOssory Show Community Twitter Rugby Facebook Our photographer Julie Anne Miller went along and she snapped the best of the action: SEE ALSO – Heather fondly remembered by her Laois Ladies idols By Steven Miller – 23rd July 2018 Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ The Ossory Show in Rathdowney was one of the main local events on last weekend and was a busy day from start to finish.It’s one of the longest-running agricultural shows in the country, going as it has been since 1898.And yesterday the crowds turned up in large numbers once again to the Ossory Show in Rathdowney.There was something for everyone: Truck Show; Vintage Car Display; Pedigree cattle and sheep.There were prizes for the best apple tart, rhubarb tart, buns and cakes.While the pony games and horse shoes proved a very popular attraction.The Little Miss and Mr Ossory; a Glamourous Granny and Most Suitably Dressed Ladies and Gents also drew plenty of entries.There was also a Tug of War competition and an array of other forms of entertainment. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Previous articleOur hurling Team of The Week as championship begins in styleNext articleTributes paid to talented young Mountmellick boxer killed in tragic accident Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. In Pictures: Ossory Show another huge success Twitter Community Pinterestlast_img read more

Ram’s Martin Luther King Jr. Super Bowl ad draws criticism

first_img PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. See More Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 A 2019 Ram 1500 in a Super Bowl 52 ad, featuring an excerpt from a Martin Luther King Jr. speech. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS RELATED TAGSNewscenter_img https://youtu.be/SlbY1tGARUA?list=PLNHFyWSuB8_igBoyf44Xn5fRiopkW669BThe advertisement was backed by the voice of Dr. King exalting the value of service and showed images of people helping each other intercut with video of the new Ram 1500, but was not approved by the King Center organization nor Dr. King’s daughter Bernice, who both decried the ad on Twitter. Ram instead got the rights from Intellectual Properties Management, the licenser of Dr. King’s estate.“Once the final creative was presented for approval, it was reviewed to ensure it met our standard integrity clearances,” Eric D. Tidwell, managing director for Intellectual Properties Management, said in a statement obtained by the Times. “We found that the overall message of the ad embodied Dr. King’s philosophy that true greatness is achieved by serving others.” Ram similarly stood behind the ad, saying it was honored to “celebrate” Dr. King’s words about the value of service.Several social media users also pointed out that the sermon excerpted for the ad, delivered by King exactly 50 years ago yesterday at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, also touched on the evils of advertising and overspending on goods like cars. “Do you ever see people buy cars that they can’t even begin to buy in terms of their income?” King said in the sermon. “You’ve seen people riding around in Cadillacs and Chryslers who don’t earn enough to have a good T-Model Ford. But it feeds a repressed ego.”Ram is far from the first or only automaker to use Dr. King’s likeness in an advertisement. General Motors used images or Dr. King in 2006 for a Chevrolet Silverado spot; and Mercedes-Benz incorporated footage of King in a 2010 commercial. Ram‘s Super Bowl 52 ad, “Built to Serve,” has drawn criticism from several sides for backing its visuals with audio of an excerpt from a speech by the late civil rights movement leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.The Internet ire directed at the commercial came hard and swift, with many simply dumbstruck by the thought an automaker would appropriate a sermon by Dr. King to sell any sort of products, and others offering up pithy jokes.“MLK wanted equal rights and for me to buy a Dodge Ram,” one Twitter user was quoted in the New York Times. Another wrote: “Black people cant kneel and play football but MLK should be used to sell trucks during the super bowl. Unbelievable,” referring to the widespread disdain many NFL fans have shown towards player’s Colin Kaepernick’s silent protests of the U.S. national anthem ahead of football games he played in. Trending Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Trending in Canada ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

CU Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman Launches Project To Improve Physics And Science Education

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 27, 2002 Nobel laureate Carl Wieman, distinguished professor of physics at the University of Colorado at Boulder, has launched a new science education project using part of his Nobel Prize money. The Physics Education Technology Project, or PhET, is supported by the Kavli Institute of Oxnard, Calif., the National Science Foundation, CU-Boulder and the Nobel Prize award. The project will focus on interactive “virtual” physics experiments created using Java Applets, a type of computer code that allows users to manipulate virtual objects on the computer screen. The computer programs will be available worldwide on the Internet. “What I hope is that it will make physics — and ultimately other sciences — vastly more accessible and interesting to people of widely different backgrounds,” Wieman said. “Applets provide information in a way that no other method of presentation that I’ve ever heard of — and I’ve heard of them all — can do. It has the potential to transform how people learn science.” The project, to be headed by Wieman, will begin with a staff of about six and will be funded by about $350,000 per year over the next three years beginning this fall. Current staff include CU-Boulder senior physics instructor Michael Dubson, graduate student Sam Reid, professional research assistant Krista Beck and software architect Ron LeMaster, who has been assigned to the project by the Kavli Institute. “Carl Wieman has a unique vision and ability to create superior learning experiences in science education,” said Fred Kavli, founder and chairman of the Kavli Institute. “We believe this project has great potential and are pleased and excited to participate.” The idea for PhET began about five years ago when Wieman worked on a project called Physics 2000 created by CU-Boulder physics Professor Martin Goldman. That project now allows users to conduct more than 65 “virtual experiments” on their computer screens and is intended for nonscientists and students of all ages. “I saw the capabilities of the applets and have been using them around the world in talks,” Wieman said. “I saw how effective they were in helping people understand complicated physics problems. “Applets can convey the way a scientist looks at the world — it makes it possible to share the mental pictures we have developed for how things work. They also make the learning much more active. The student adjusts the conditions in the applet and they can discover many ideas on their own by seeing what happens as a result of their adjustments.” PhET will be aimed at high school students, science- and nonscience-oriented undergraduate college students and the general public, Wieman said. It will concentrate on the concepts that are covered in many physics courses and that also are relevant to people’s lives. For example, applets will be used to demonstrate what is happening as electricity flows through wires and light bulbs, how radio waves are generated and detected, what happens in a microwave oven, and to illustrate the greenhouse effect in the atmosphere and how it warms the Earth. PhET will employ a computer expert to create the applets and an education expert who will design learning units that guide students in their use and measure the learning effectiveness. “It is clear that the current physics education system is failing in the creation of a technically literate public and workforce,” Wieman said. “The nice thing about applets is that they can be an effective tool to help a very wide range of students.” The Kavli Institute will be an active partner in the enterprise, supporting the software architect and supplying much of the hardware. The Kavli Institute and Kavli Foundation were created by Fred Kavli in December 2000 and are dedicated to the advancement of science for the betterment of humanity. The goal of PhET is to produce educational technology that will be broadly useful in science courses both here and around the world, Wieman said. In some Third World countries, computers are more readily available to students than textbooks, he noted. Last year, NSF named Wieman one of the first seven scientists and engineers in the United States to receive its Director’s Awards for Distinguished Teaching Scholars. Each recipient will receive $300,000 over four years to continue sharing their teaching talents and research excellence with students and the general public. Wieman plans to use his for PhET. Wieman is teaching a large undergraduate class of nonscience majors this academic year on “The Physics of Everyday Life.” The class covers physics through the examination of familiar items such as light bulbs, clocks, radios, musical instruments, microwave ovens and nuclear weapons. The 2001 Nobel laureate has taught at CU-Boulder since 1984 and holds a Marsico Endowed Chair of Excellence. He also is a fellow of JILA, a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology. The physics department is part of the CU-Boulder College of Arts and Sciences. For Physics 2000 information visit http://www.colorado.edu/physics/2000. For information on the Kavli Institute call (805) 988-1767. For information on the Physics Education Technology Project call (303) 492-7746.last_img read more

CU-Boulder-led study shows unprecedented warmth in Arctic

first_img“The key piece here is just how unprecedented the warming of Arctic Canada is,” said said CU-Boulder geological sciences Professor Gifford Miller, also a fellow at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. “This study really says the warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.” Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 23, 2013 Categories:AcademicsScience & TechnologyEnvironmentEducation & OutreachCampus CommunityNews Headlinescenter_img CU-Boulder Professor Gifford Miller is shown here collecting dead plant samples from beneath a Baffin Island ice cap. (Photo courtesy Gifford Miller, University of Colorado Boulder) The heat is on, at least in the Arctic.Average summer temperatures in the Eastern Canadian Arctic during the last 100 years are higher now than during any century in the past 44,000 years and perhaps as long ago as 120,000 years, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.The study is the first direct evidence the present warmth in the Eastern Canadian Arctic exceeds the peak warmth there in the Early Holocene, when the amount of the sun’s energy reaching the Northern Hemisphere in summer was roughly 9 percent greater than today, said CU-Boulder geological sciences Professor Gifford Miller, study leader. The Holocene is a geological epoch that began after Earth’s last glacial period ended roughly 11,700 years ago and which continues today.Miller and his colleagues used dead moss clumps emerging from receding ice caps on Baffin Island as tiny clocks.  At four different ice caps, radiocarbon dates show the mosses had not been exposed to the elements since at least 44,000 to 51,000 years ago.Since radiocarbon dating is only accurate to about 50,000 years and because Earth’s geological record shows it was in a glaciation stage prior to that time, the indications are that Canadian Arctic temperatures today have not been matched or exceeded for roughly 120,000 years, Miller said.“The key piece here is just how unprecedented the warming of Arctic Canada is,” said Miller, also a fellow at CU-Boulder’s Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research. “This study really says the warming we are seeing is outside any kind of known natural variability, and it has to be due to increased greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.”A paper on the subject appeared online Oct. 23 in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal published by the American Geophysical Union. Co-authors include CU-Boulder Senior Research Associate Scott Lehman, former CU-Boulder doctoral student and now Prescott College Professor Kurt Refsnider, University of California Irvine researcher John Southon and University of Wisconsin, Madison Research Associate Yafang Zhong.  The National Science Foundation provided the primary funding for the study.Miller and his colleagues compiled the age distribution of 145 radiocarbon-dated plants in the highlands of Baffin Island that were exposed by ice recession during the year they were collected by the researchers. All samples collected were within 1 meter of the ice caps, which are generally receding by 2 to 3 meters a year. “The oldest radiocarbon dates were a total shock to me,” said Miller.Located just east of Greenland, the 196,000-square-mile Baffin Island is the fifth largest island in the world.  Most of it lies above the Arctic Circle. Many of the ice caps on the highlands of Baffin Island rest on relatively flat terrain, usually frozen to their beds. “Where the ice is cold and thin, it doesn’t flow, so the ancient landscape on which they formed is preserved pretty much intact,” said Miller.To reconstruct the past climate of Baffin Island beyond the limit of radiocarbon dating, Miller and his team used data from ice cores previously retrieved by international teams from the nearby Greenland Ice Sheet. The ice cores showed that the youngest time interval from which summer temperatures in the Arctic were plausibly as warm as today is about 120,000 years ago, near the end of the last interglacial period. “We suggest this is the most likely age of these samples,” said Miller.The new study also showed summer temperatures cooled in the Canadian Arctic by about 5 degrees Fahrenheit from roughly 5,000 years ago to about 100 years ago – a period that included the Little Ice Age from 1275 to about 1900.“Although the Arctic has been warming since about 1900, the most significant warming in the Baffin Island region didn’t really start until the 1970s,” said Miller. “And it is really in the past 20 years that the warming signal from that region has been just stunning. All of Baffin Island is melting, and we expect all of the ice caps to eventually disappear, even if there is no additional warming.”Temperatures across the Arctic have been rising substantially in recent decades as a result of the buildup of greenhouse gases in Earth’s atmosphere. Studies by CU-Boulder researchers in Greenland indicate temperatures on the ice sheet have climbed 7 degrees Fahrenheit since 1991.A 2012 study by Miller and colleagues using radiocarbon-dated mosses that emerged from under the Baffin Island ice caps and sediment cores from Iceland suggested that the trigger for the Little Ice Age was likely a combination of exploding tropical volcanoes – which ejected tiny aerosols that reflected sunlight back into space – and a decrease in solar radiation.Contact: Gifford Miller, [email protected] Jim Scott, CU-Boulder media relations, [email protected]last_img read more

Education Ministry Makes Progress on Abolishing Shift System

first_imgAdvertisements Education Ministry Makes Progress on Abolishing Shift System EducationMay 16, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (standing) making his contribution to the Sectoral Debate in parliament. Related2013/2014 Sectoral Debate: Minister of Education, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites Education Ministry Makes Progress on Abolishing Shift SystemJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlaycenter_img RelatedMinister Renews Call for Churches to Strengthen Involvement in Schools FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Education will be undertaking a number of initiatives as it moves ahead with plans to abolish the shift system.This was disclosed by Education Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, during his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on May 15.“We have a serious problem with the shift system, especially in the secondary schools. We have to have a plan to eliminate it,” he stated.Rev. Thwaites announced the construction of new schools and the expansion of existing institutions through public-private partnership as one of the steps being taken. “This year, we will be completing two schools, one at the primary and the other at the secondary level,” he informed.Rev. Thwaites noted that one new high school to accommodate 1,000 students costs about $800 million. He said it is therefore important that the private sector partners with the government on this initiative.He informed that a number of private sector partners have come on board, including an offer from Turkish investors to erect a high school in Montego Bay.“We have the funds and the interested investors to advance this project year after year, to take it island wide to relieve the shift system,” he remarked.He further noted that the Ministry will also make use of existing privately-owned educational institutions, by expanding and linking with established traditional schools, and refurbishing other existing facilities to provide additional places at the secondary level.Plans are also in place for the provision of between 10 and 15 new blocks of eight modular classrooms, he said.“In most cases, one of those, costing about $40 million, can move a school from shift to an extended day programme with great benefit to teachers and students,” he remarked.Contact: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker RelatedAdjustment to Leave Entitlement for Teacherslast_img read more

Etisalat makes another OpenRAN move

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 FEB 2020 Etisalat partnered with US-based open RAN equipment provider Parallel Wireless to trial the technology across its markets in the Middle East, Africa and Asia, as the operator targeted a reduction in the cost and complexity of network deployments.The trials will employ Parallel Wireless’ software-defined products to operate 2G, 3G and 4G technologies simultaneously on the same base station. Parallel Wireless noted in a press release its platform can also be upgraded to include 5G compatibility via an update.Hatem Bamatraf, CTO of Etisalat International, explained the trials are “in line with our long-term strategy”, reinforcing the operator’s commitment to “take the lead in OpenRAN” and work with partners to “create an innovative ecosystem in all of our markets”.He added the use of Parallel Wireless’ All G platform will “provide efficiency and cost benefits for 4G and 5G, in addition to setting a roadmap for the next generation of telecom networks”.The move comes after Etisalat partnered with Altiostar, NEC and Cisco to launch an open virtual RAN in its home UAE market in January. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Etisalat Tags Author Home Etisalat makes another OpenRAN move Diana Goovaerts Related Rakuten adds Etisalat to RCP open RAN list 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 Etisalat interim chief made permanent Etisalat to bring open RAN to Afghanistan Previous ArticleRealme targets connectivity with IoT appNext ArticleDell targets operators with edge compute portfolio last_img read more

Notes: Spieth going to bro’s NCAA b-ball game

first_imgJordan Spieth is headed to Rhode Island this week to watch Brown host Maine in college basketball. His younger brother, Steven, is a senior who is averaging 15.4 points a game for the Bears. The former Masters and U.S. Open champion is doing everything he can to prepare, because this apparently involves more than sitting in the stands to cheer on little brother. Spieth suggested that there might be a little contest Thursday morning before the Brown game. ”I’m not sure. He kind of set up something,” Spieth said. ”We might be playing horse, and it might be videoed. At the moment, I’m starting my grind in the gym, shooting a thousand shots a day so I don’t embarrass myself.” Asked if he knew where the public might see this video, Spieth said: ”Even if I knew, I certainly would not be announcing that. I think it’s through ESPN. I’m not sure.” However it turns out, perhaps Steven might consider coming out to Augusta National early for a putting contest. MAJOR LEAGUE ATTITUDE: With five victories, Jonathan Byrd had such a productive PGA Tour career that spending any time on the developmental Web.com Tour never crossed his mind. His only stop in the minor leagues was in 2001, so long ago that it then was known as the Buy.com Tour. A year after his playoff victory in the 2011 Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, however, Byrd had wrist surgery. He missed three months to start 2013, and his game and confidence slowly eroded to the point that he was trying to make cuts, make money and keep his job. ”You stop trying to bring your best and you’re trying just to stay out here, and that’s no way to play,” Byrd said last month at the RSM Classic. ”The tighter you hang on, the farther you get away from what you’re doing.” With nothing but past champion status that would offer him limited starts, his best option to regain a full PGA Tour card was to spend a year on the Web.com Tour. That can be a tough pill for someone who had never come close to losing his PGA Tour card before the injury. Byrd, who turns 39 in January, brought with him an attitude that is worth emulating for anyone who winds up in that spot. ”It was humbling,” Byrd said. ”To go back to the Web was difficult. There’s so many reminders every week that you’re not where you want to be. But I tried to embrace it. … I didn’t want to be the grumpy old tour player talking about how great it is on tour and how bad it is out here and how good I used to be. I made friends out there. I enjoyed it. I focused on enjoying the competition.” Byrd event turned down a half-dozen exemptions to PGA Tour events last year. He finished 48th on the money list (the top 25 get PGA cards) and he didn’t earn one of the 25 additional spots from the four-tournament series at the end of the year. Even so, he was upbeat about his progress. Besides, being around a bunch of kids in their early 20s has helped. ”You’ve got to play good to beat these guys,” he said. ”But what I’ve learned from being out here so long is that I’ve got what it takes. Guys who have won five times on the PGA Tour, it’s a short list. I’ve got something in there that’s good enough. And I still think it’s good enough.” POWER MEMORIES: Jim Furyk is used to players smashing it by him off the tee. One of the shorter hitters in golf, he still has managed to win 17 times, including the U.S. Open. But there was something about the 2009 Cadillac Championship at Doral that he still remembers clearly. ”I was paired with Adam Scott and Rory (McIlroy) the first two days, and I was hitting it real short,” Furyk said. ”I’m already short anyway, but I had a driver that I was hitting straight but real short. We’re playing Doral. You know, Adam and Rory are hitting it 30 (yards) by me all day and I’m like, ‘I need to get a new driver.”’ It got worse. The next day, he was paired with a 23-year-old named Dustin Johnson, who was in his second year on tour. Furyk didn’t know anything about him. ”He’s hitting it like 50 by me,” Furyk said. ”I was like, ‘Who is this guy?’ We got paired later in the year at Boston, and he had a good event. He’s always been impressive.” By the way, Furyk played that fourth round with a tall Spaniard in a straw hat named Alvaro Quiros, one of longest players on the European Tour.last_img read more