Radio journalist under death threat after revealing municipal “favoritism” case

first_img China’s diplomats must stop attacking media over coronavirus reporting PeruAmericas September 19, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist under death threat after revealing municipal “favoritism” case Follow the news on Peru Receive email alerts PeruAmericas to go further Organisation News April 1, 2020 Find out more Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elitescenter_img Reporters Without Borders today expressed alarm at apparent death threats made against Julio César Mendoza Escobar, presenter of the programme “El matador” (the killer”) on Radio Candela in Yurimaguas in the north-east.Two armed men turned up outside the journalist’s home on 10 September 2007 apparently lying in wait for him, after he exposed fraud implicating municipal officials. Mendoza Escobar was about to return home when a neighbour tipped him off that the men were outside his door, one with a revolver. Having been attacked a few weeks earlier and fearing for his safety he has left his home and sought protection.“We do not know if these men wanted to kill Julio César Mendoza Escobar or simply to frighten him, but this case is extremely worrying,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said. “We urge the authorities to carry out a thorough investigation and that steps are taken to ensure the safety of this journalist, who is clearly being targeted because of his work.”This came after the journalist spoke about suspected corruption on the part of municipal officials. In particular he accused the mayor of Alto Amazonas, Héctor Hidalgo Rojas, of having shown favouritism to an organization which won the tender to head a social programme “Vaso de Leche” (Glass of Milk) in some local areas. The journalist told Reporters Without Borders that he had received several threats since July in an attempt to shut him up. Mendoza Escobar said that the organisation systematically obtained contracts thanks to “arrangements” with officials at the councils benefiting from the programme. News Help by sharing this information News December 4, 2019 Find out more February 10, 2017 Find out more News RSF_en Latin America’s community radio – a key service but vulnerablelast_img read more

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Impossible Foods Launches 2021 Internship Program

first_imgLocal NewsBusiness Previous articleGlobal Erectile Dysfunction Market Outlook and Forecast Report 2021-2026 – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleGlobal Laboratory Automated Incubators Industry (2020 to 2027) – Key Market Drivers and Trends – ResearchAndMarkets.com Digital AIM Web Support REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 19, 2021– Impossible Foods is launching its 2021 summer internship program today by posting openings for 26 roles across the company, from R&D to Communications. Impossible Foods’ internship program is one of the most purpose-driven programs in Silicon Valley, giving students and graduates the opportunity to make a direct impact on the world’s most pressing environmental issues. The company receives thousands of applications from students, new graduates, and young leaders from around the world. Already considered the world’s No. 1 environmental startup, Impossible Foods’ mission is to reverse global warming and halt the world’s catastrophic biodiversity collapse by creating a mainstream, mass-market, consumer movement to eliminate among the most destructive technologies in human history: animal agriculture. The company’s flagship Impossible™ Burger has already started to displace sales of animal-derived foods, whose production is one of the biggest generators of greenhouse gas emissions and the leading driver of the global meltdown in wildlife. “Impossible Foods is where the world’s most creative thinkers — including undergrads, new grads and post-docs — can help solve the biggest problems facing humanity and our planet,” said Dr. Pat O. Brown, CEO and Founder of Impossible Foods. “Some brilliant, subversive and inspirational ideas have come from Impossible Foods interns, and their fresh perspective and risk tolerance reinforce our company’s unique values and culture.” The application process is open through the end of March. Internships begin in mid-June. The summer 2021 intern cohort will include 100% telecommuting and hybrid positions; numerous R&D roles will be on site in the company’s R&D center in the San Francisco Bay Area. All positions are paid at competitive hourly rates. Impossible Foods is focused on recruiting diverse talent and hiring interns that represent the communities they serve. The program aims to build a strong, inclusive culture, where innovation can flourish. Interested applicants can view the job descriptions and apply here. Interns in the pipeline Impossible Foods’ first official summer internship program was in 2018, when 18 interns from an applicant pool of more than 1,500 people took on high-impact work to change the global food system. As Impossible Foods rocketed to one of the hottest brands in America, the number of applicants has surged every year since. The internship program has become a significant pipeline for talent; nearly one in four Impossible Foods interns since 2018 have become full-time, permanent employees after their 10-week internships. The 2020 intern cohort had an even greater rate of conversion to permanent employees; half of the most recent interns converted to permanent roles, with a wide range of benefits, including stock options. In addition to solving the world’s most pressing environmental challenge, interns participate in career and community-building activities including a Community Service Day with other interns; “Lunch & Learns” with senior executives; mentorship meetings; weekly All Hands meetings with the entire company; and other events. All interns are assigned a mentor to support and inspire them throughout the summer. “We have high expectations of our interns, who go through the same rigorous application process as any prospective hire,” said Kae Saechin, R&D Recruiting Manager and head of the internship program at Impossible Foods. “And our interns have very high job satisfaction: They establish close bonds with others in their cohort and throughout the company at large. It’s a lot of work and even more fun.” All Science No Bull About half of the 2021 internships are in R&D. These internships are in addition to a year-long push to double the size of the company’s R&D team, which currently has about 50 immediate openings. The recruiting team is also looking to fill 10 roles as part of the all-new “Impossible Investigator program” — a high-impact alternative to traditional academic faculty positions. These roles represent an unprecedented opportunity for scientists who want the facilities, resources and innovative environment to create an entirely new technology platform to replace animals as our technology for turning plants into meat, fish and dairy foods. For details, check out Impossible Foods’ R&D recruiting site, allsciencenobull.com. About Impossible Foods: Based in California’s Silicon Valley, Impossible Foods makes delicious, nutritious meat and dairy products — with a much smaller environmental footprint than meat from animals. The privately held company was founded in 2011 by Patrick O. Brown, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry at Stanford University and a former Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Investors include Khosla Ventures, Bill Gates, Google Ventures, Horizons Ventures, UBS, Viking Global Investors, Temasek, Sailing Capital, and Open Philanthropy Project. More information: impossiblefoods.com Twitter Facebook Instagram YouTube LinkedIn Blog Press kit: www.impossiblefoods.com/media View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210219005126/en/ CONTACT: Keely Sulprizio [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA CALIFORNIA INDUSTRY KEYWORD: FOOD/BEVERAGE ENVIRONMENT RETAIL SCIENCE RESEARCH SOURCE: Impossible Foods Copyright Business Wire 2021. 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Treasury: Comprehensive Housing Finance Reform Must Be Built on Core Principles

first_img Treasury: Comprehensive Housing Finance Reform Must Be Built on Core Principles  Print This Post Antonio WeissAmid many calls from housing industry stakeholders and politicians alike in the last few years to end the FHFA’s conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a top Treasury official said on Friday that the Obama Administration believes that any comprehensive housing finance reform that occurs must be built on a set of established core principles.Speaking at the Consumer Federation of America’s Annual Financial Services Conference in Washington, D.C., on Friday, Antonio Weiss, Counselor to the Treasury Secretary, stated that the housing finance system remains “the great unfinished business” of financial reform. He noted that the Administration stands behind a set of core principles for housing finance reform:Those core principles include:Providing broad access to long-term, fixed rate lending in all communities through all economic cycles.Limiting taxpayer exposure to an explicit, appropriately-priced guarantee to ensure against catastrophic risk.Maintaining a level playing field for community banks and credit unions, which know how best to serve their customers.Weiss noted the most significant bipartisan legislative effort at comprehensive finance reform, introduced in 2014 by Senators Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), passed out of the Senate Banking Committee but never received a full floor vote. While Weiss said he believed this bill embodied several of the core principles laid out by the Administration, at the same time he noted that many have expressed concerns about the bill.“Chief among them was a concern that it would not do enough to meet the needs of traditionally underserved markets,” Weiss said. “While the GSEs’ business model is flawed, much of what they do to promote access and affordability is effective. FHFA has reflected a commitment to these important priorities, including their promulgation of duty-to-serve requirements, an essential catalyst to do more to address borrowers with low to moderate income. We believe a new system should build upon the existing policies that are already working.”Weiss said others believe the bill should have done more to ensure a level playing field between smaller firms and larger financial institutions. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Brian Honea’s writing and editing career spans nearly two decades across many forms of media. He served as sports editor for two suburban newspaper chains in the DFW area and has freelanced for such publications as the Yahoo! Contributor Network, Dallas Home Improvement magazine, and the Dallas Morning News. He has written four non-fiction sports books, the latest of which, The Life of Coach Chuck Curtis, was published by the TCU Press in December 2014. A lifelong Texan, Brian received his master’s degree from Amberton University in Garland. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily “We recognize that prospects for achieving a bipartisan path forward in the near-term are dim. But we still must lay the groundwork for a future system.”Antonio Weiss, Counselor to the Treasury Secretary“Expanding a future housing finance system to include smaller institutions has benefits beyond safeguarding the economy,” Weiss said. “Community banks, credit unions, and local lenders are closer to many borrowers outside the purview of the largest lenders. They are in a unique position to assess and address the credit needs of their customer base. This can lead to more effective risk assessment, and better outcomes for borrowers and investors.”Weiss reiterated his stance against Treasury allowing for the recapitalization of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and releasing them from the FHFA’s conservatorship, stating that “This approach is simply a bad deal for taxpayers and homeowners alike.” Weiss published an editorial in Bloomberg View in October insisting that the so-called “recap and release” of the GSEs would not happen during the final year of the Obama Administration and that it was a bad idea because it would not increase access to the housing market for creditworthy borrowers, taxpayers have not been fully repaid for the $187.5 billion bailout the GSEs received in 2008, and the cost of obtaining a mortgage would go up since it would take decades for the GSEs to build safe and sound levels of capital.Until housing finance reform that is built on those core principles can occur, the Administration and FHFA have engaged in a series of “administrative actions” to reduce the risk to taxpayers in the housing market, one of which is winding down the legacy investment portfolio of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Weiss also noted the “steady progress” the GSEs have made in implementing risk-sharing transactions that “aim to reduce taxpayer risk and revive the role of private capital in the housing market.”“We remain committed to working with Congress on housing reform that meets our core principles,” Weiss said. “We recognize that prospects for achieving a bipartisan path forward in the near-term are dim. But we still must lay the groundwork for a future system.” December 4, 2015 1,029 Views Previous: What Changes Are Coming to the CFPB’s Consumer Complaint Database? Next: Will 2016 Bring Unwelcome Surprises for the Housing Market? 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Concern in South Inishowen after numerous attempted break ins

first_img Pinterest Facebook Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction By News Highland – July 19, 2018 FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR AudioHomepage BannerNews Google+center_img Pinterest Google+ Twitter Concern in South Inishowen after numerous attempted break ins Previous articleRoad funding meeting for Donegal Islands ‘shockingly disappointing’Next articleTwo quizzed at Letterkenny Garda Station over waste management News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Facebook Residents in South Inishowen are being urged to be on the alert following a number of attempted break-ins. Houses in Burt, Carrigans, Killea and Newtowncunningham have been targeted in recent weeks by two men said to be driving a silver Volvo.The car has been sighted driving back in the direction of Derry.Gardai have been notified of the incidents and are currently monitoring the area on a continual basis.Local Cllr. Paul Canning says homeowners have a huge role to play in preventing their property from being a target:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/canningfghgfhgfhbreakins1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApplast_img read more

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One couple’s April Fools’ Day joke was actually a surprise wedding: ‘It was just a perfect day to do this’

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(LAUREL, Md.) — One couple pulled off the ultimate bridal April Fools’ Day prank: They surprised their friends and family with a wedding.Jarnell and Kevin Swecker invited 160 guests to what they dubbed their engagement party last year. The bride told ABC News they were sure to use an electronic invitation instead of a more formal option in order to truly trick their guests.“We felt that it would give it away. We needed it to be super casual so we did e-vites,” Swecker, 38, added. And on their big day, April 1, 2017, Swecker arrived to Main Street Ballroom in Ellicott City, Maryland wearing a lace pale pink mini-dress.“Everyone was saying, ‘This is the nicest engagement party I’ve ever seen,’” Swecker recalled. “For an hour, we had some drinks and talked with guests. And we had a code song. Once that song played by the DJ, it was go time.”The code song was The Weeknd’s “I Feel It Coming.” Once she heard that song, Swecker went off to change into her wedding dress, and her father changed into a tuxedo. The bride’s cousin Mahalia Jessup, who’s also a wedding planner and the head of C’est Belle Events, was one of few people in on the surprise. She told ABC News that on the day of the engagement party-turned-wedding there was “so much excitement in the air.”Jessup, 33, helped Swecker pull off the surprise, including helping her with vendors and hiding her bouquet under a table. Her husband, Darius Jessup, was even the one who told guests why they were really there. “He said, ‘We’re all here gathered to have a good time … but I’ve been holding onto something for a really long time. I just really need to confess. Is there a pastor in the house?’” the Laurel, Maryland, bride recalled of the big reveal. “He then said, ‘You’re not at any old engagement party. You’re officially at the wedding.’”That’s when Swecker busted through a side door while guests screamed, applauded and even cried. “I was just laughing,” the bride said. Her cousin added, “Everyone was completely shocked and crying. It was pandemonium.”Swecker said April Fools’ Day was “just a perfect day to do this. I’ve always loved April Fools’ Day too.”The bride also said she preferred to have a surprise wedding because she works in marketing for a living and often has to plan events.  “I really wanted nothing to do with a year and a half of everyone’s opinion on an event that I’m doing. That part of it was not attractive at all,” she explained. “We just wanted to concentrate on the great parts of the wedding so we started with the reception. Plus we wanted to be the undisputed champs of April Fools’ Day.”After her big April Fools’ surprise last year, Swecker said this year “no one trusts us.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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AMC announces timing for reopening theaters amid pandemic

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 747,000 people worldwide.Over 20.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 5.1 million diagnosed cases and at least 165,934 deaths.Here’s how the news developed Wednesday. All times Eastern:10:10 p.m.: Colorado extends mask mandateColorado’s mask mandate, which was set to expire this weekend, has now been extended.Gov. Jared Polis put the policy into place for 30 days starting at midnight on July 16. The mandate requires everyone 11 years and older to wear a mask in public indoor spaces and on public transit or a non-private vehicle, such as taxi or ride-share.“Our data has shown that mask wearing has contributed to our great success thus far in reducing the spread of the virus and helping more and more of our economy re-open rapidly including our schools,” Polis said in a statement to ABC News. “Therefore we expect the mask order to stay in place and support localized efforts to continue mask wearing and raise awareness about the importance of avoiding large groups. Masks and social distancing continue protecting the lives of Coloradans during this pandemic.”After rising through June and July, cases have been decreasing in Colorado in August. After initial heights in April, the cases grew to a high of 870 cases during a second wave on July 27. The state reported just 215 cases on Aug. 11.9:51 p.m.: AMC to reopen some theaters Aug. 20One of the industries hit hardest by the pandemic has been the film industry as movie theaters across the country have remained shuttered for months.AMC Theatres announced it will be opening more than 100 theaters on Aug. 20, and then plans to have two-thirds of theaters open by Sept. 3.“We already have opened more than half of our theatres in Europe and the Middle East, safely and without incident, and will open all by August 26,” the company said in a statement, adding the final third of theaters closed in the U.S. will “open after we get further clearance from state and local authorities that it is safe to do so.”The company plans to show first-run films soon after opening, including the new X-Men film The New Mutants on Aug. 28, and Tenet, the much-delayed Christopher Nolan film, on Sept. 3.AMC said it plans to implement strict cleaning procedures, social distancing, required masks and “significantly limiting seating capacity.”By screens, AMC is the largest theater chain in North America.9:25 p.m.: White House releases guidance on reopening schoolsThe White House has released its own guidance on safely reopening schools during the coronavirus pandemic.The four-page document largely echoes previous guidance that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put out for schools, including recommending masks when social distancing is not possible.There are also specific recommendations for high-risk teachers and students.The guidelines make an argument for on-campus learning, in line with President Donald Trump’s push for in-person instruction this fall.Trump again called for students to return to schools at a briefing on Wednesday, arguing that online and remote learning isn’t good for their development.“When you sit at home in a basement looking at a computer, your brain starts to wither away,” he said. “We have a lot of good experience at that just by taking a look at what is happening in politics.”7:25 p.m.: Big East latest conference to postpone fall sportsThe Big East is the latest collegiate conference to postpone the fall season.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey will not compete this fall, officials said Wednesday. The conference is considering having the teams compete during the spring of 2021.Fall competition for sports in their nontraditional seasons, including baseball, softball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s tennis, also will not be held.Sports that are not sponsored by the Big East, including football, are not affected.The move follows similar announcements from the Pac-12 Conference and Big Ten Conference. On Tuesday, both associations said they are postponing fall sports, including football, through the end of 2020 due to the pandemic.On Wednesday, the Big 12 Conference announced it will move forward with fall sports this year.4:30 p.m.: California ‘turning the corner on this pandemic,’ governor saysCalifornia, the state with the most coronavirus cases, is “turning the corner on this pandemic,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday.ICU admissions have decreased by 16% and hospitalizations are down by 19%, Newsom said.“You can’t let your guard down,” he warned.“You want to see those numbers continue to go down? Wear a mask. You want to see those numbers continue to go down? Continue to physically distance,” Newsom said.California has more than 586,000 diagnosed coronavirus cases, according to Johns Hopkins University data. California is followed by Florida and then Texas for most cases.3:10 p.m.: Georgia school with 35 cases moving to hybrid learningGeorgia’s North Paulding High School, where images of packed hallways between classes went viral on social media, now has at least 35 confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a letter from school officials to parents.The high school moved from in-person classes to virtual learning, but on Monday, students will start a hybrid schedule depending on their last name to combine in-person and digital learning.School officials said Wednesday: “The plan we have developed will reduce the number of students on campus by half, will reduce hallway congestion, will improve traffic flow during class transitions, and will help mitigate other challenges we have identified since in-person instruction started. 1:15 p.m.: All NJ schools can reopenNew Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said Wednesday that he’s signing an executive order clearing pre-K through grade-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, to reopen for the upcoming academic year.All of these schools can open if the institutions desire and if social distancing and other protections are strictly adhered to, Murphy said.School districts that can’t meet all health and safety standards for in-class learning must begin the year with all-remote learning, Murphy said. Those districts must provide plans for reaching those standards and the anticipated date to be back in classrooms, he said.Any student who chooses remote learning must be accommodated, he said.“There is no one-size-fits all plan,” he tweeted.12 p.m.: Big 12 Conference moves forward with fall sports including footballThe Big 12 Conference will move forward with fall sports this year, officials announced Wednesday.Athletes in high-contact sports including football will get three COVID-19 tests per week, officials said.Schools not in the Big 12 Conference must follow those testing rules in the week leading up to games against Big 12 schools, officials said.“We are comfortable in our institutions’ ability to provide a structured training environment, rigorous testing and surveillance, hospital quality sanitation and mitigation practices that optimize the health and safety of our student-athletes,” Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “We believe all of this combines to create an ideal learning and training situation during this time of COVID-19.”“Ultimately, our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to deliver a safe, medically sound, and structured academic and athletic environment for accomplishing that outcome,” Bowlsby said.Officials with the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences said Tuesday they are postponing all sports including football.11:45 a.m.: No guests at the 2020 MastersThis year’s Masters Tournament will take place without any guests or patrons, Fred Ridley, Chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, said Wednesday.The tournament, initially set for April, was rescheduled due to the pandemic and will be held Nov. 9 to Nov. 15.“We determined that the potential risks of welcoming patrons and guests to our grounds in November are simply too significant to overcome,” Ridley said in a statement.11 a.m.: Over 550,000 diagnosed in FloridaIn hard-hit Florida, Miami-Dade County reported 4,105 new cases on Tuesday, the highest one-day reported total for the county during the pandemic, according to the state’s Department of Health.This is likely due to a backlog of cases reported following the tracking system’s temporary shutdown. Miami-Dade County has been reporting a range between 1,210 and 1,808 new daily cases over the last week.Over 550,000 people in the state have been diagnosed with COVID-19. At least 8,897 people have died, according to the Department of Health. The state reported 212 new deaths in the last 24 hours.10 a.m.: 2020 Paris Marathon canceledThis year’s Paris Marathon, set for November, has now been canceled due to the pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.Organizers said it would be especially difficult for runners coming from abroad to make it to the event.Runners who were signed up for this year’s marathon are automatically signed up for next year’s, organizers said.9 a.m.: NJ district to go all virtual after 402 teachers say they can’t work in schoolNew Jersey’s Elizabeth Public Schools will go 100% virtual after 402 teachers said they’d need “special considerations for health-related risks and cannot teach in person,” Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer said in a letter to parents Tuesday.With five weeks until school begins and “insufficient staff to safely reopen,” “it is unfruitful to continue to pursue something that cannot occur,” Hugelmeyer wrote. “We will spend the next five weeks working to create the best virtual experience possible,” she said.Meanwhile, New Jersey educators are calling on Gov. Phil Murphy and the state’s Department of Education to direct all state public schools to open remotely. Dr. Richard Bozza, executive director of the New Jersey Association of School Administrators, Patricia Wright, executive director of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association and Marie Blistan, president of the New Jersey Education Association, said in a letter Tuesday, “reopening schools for in-person instruction under the current conditions poses too great a risk to the health of students and schools staff.”8:01 a.m.: Russia’s COVID-19 case count tops 900,000Russia reported 5,102 new cases of COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, bringing its tally soaring past 900,000. The country also reported an additional 129 fatalities. The nationwide total now stands at 902,701 confirmed cases with 15,260 deaths, according to data released Wednesday morning by Russia’s coronavirus response headquarters. Russia’s latest daily caseload is down from a peak of 11,656 new infections reported on May 11.Russia has the fourth-highest highest number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and India, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced Tuesday that his country has become the first in the world to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine. Critics say the vaccine was approved before the final Phase III trial and that no scientific data from the early trials has been released so far.7:16 a.m.: Over 1,000 students in Georgia school district under quarantineMore than 1,000 students in a single Georgia school district have been ordered to self-quarantine this month after at least 70 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in various schools. The Cherokee County School District has published data on its website showing at least 1,130 students and 38 staff members from more than a dozen schools are under mandated two-week quarantines. The district reopened its schools on Aug. 3, welcoming back 30,000 students for in-person learning.Many of the confirmed cases were identified at Etowah High School in Woodstock, Georgia. The Cherokee County School District announced Tuesday that it is temporarily closing Etowah High School, with the hope of resuming in-person classes there on Aug. 31. “This decision was not made lightly,” the school district said in a statement Tuesday. “As of this morning, the number of positive cases at the school had increased to a total of 14, with tests for another 15 students pending; and, as a result of the confirmed cases, 294 students and staff are under quarantine and, should the pending tests prove positive, that total would increase dramatically.”6:33 a.m.: First dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina diesThe first dog to test positive for COVID-19 in North Carolina has died, officials said.The dog, who had been showing signs of respiratory distress, was brought to the NC State Veterinary Hospital on the evening of Aug. 3, after the owner noticed the onset of distress earlier in the day, according to a press release from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.The dog ultimately succumbed to the “acute illness,” and its owner alerted veterinary staff that a member of the family had previously tested positive for the novel coronavirus but later tested negative.Samples were collected from the dog and sent to the National Veterinary Services Laboratories, which confirmed a positive test result for COVID-19. The dog’s family, along with state health officials, were notified.“A necropsy was performed to try to determine the animal’s state of health at the time of death and the cause of death, and the complete investigation is ongoing,” the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement Tuesday.There is currently no evidence that pets play a significant role in spreading COVID-19, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the United States Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.5:20 a.m.: Two men facing charges for allegedly hosting house party in NashvilleTwo men are facing criminal charges for violating public health emergency orders by allegedly throwing a large party at their house in Nashville, Tennessee earlier this month.The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has issued arrest warrants for Christopher Eubank, 40, and Jeffrey Mathews, 36, who were both reported to be out of state Tuesday night and have been told to surrender upon returning to Nashville. Eubank and Mathews are each charged with three separate counts — all misdemeanors — of violating health orders by hosting a gathering in excess of 25 people, not requiring social distancing and not requiring face coverings.Police said hundreds of people attended the Aug. 1 party at the property owned by Eubank and Mathews, located on Fern Avenue in Tennessee’s capital. Patrol officers responded to the home late that night and ultimately directed that the party cease.Cellphone footage, obtained by Nashville ABC affiliate WKRN-TV, purportedly shows large crowds of people at the party wearing no masks and not maintaining social distancing. 4:39 a.m.: Nearly one-third of Kentucky’s new cases among teensNearly one-third of new COVID-19 cases in Kentucky at the end of July were among those 19 years old or younger, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Tuesday night.In Mississippi, Black residents represented 58.5% of the state’s new cases during the period from July 5 through Aug. 1 — a 37.2% difference between cases and census racial distribution, according to the FEMA memo.Meanwhile, the test-positivity rate was greater than 10% last week in Arkansas, where 5,593 additional cases were reported and two counties have emerged as new hotspots. Logan County reported 90 new cases last week, an increase of 428% and a test-positivity rate of 17.59%. Poinsett County reported 74 new cases, an increase of 189% and a test-positivity rate of 15.43%, according to the FEMA memo.However, the national test-positivity rate continues to decline. Over the past seven days, the rate was 6.6% — down from 7.9% from the previous week. The nation also saw a 12.7% decrease in new cases as well as a 4.3% decrease in new deaths being confirmed over the last week, compared with the previous seven-day period, according to the FEMA memo.The memo shows that just five states and territories are in an upward trajectory of new cases, while two states are at a plateau and 49 states are going down.3:45 a.m.: US records more than 1,000 new deaths from COVID-19There were 46,808 new cases of COVID-19 identified in the United States on Tuesday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.An additional 1,082 coronavirus-related deaths were also reported — more than double the amount from the previous day.Still, it’s the third consecutive day that the nation has recorded less than 50,000 new cases. Tuesday’s caseload is also well below the record set on July 16, when more than 77,000 new cases were identified in a 24-hour reporting period.A total of 5,141,208 people in the U.S. have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, and at least 164,537 of them have died, according to Johns Hopkins. The cases include people from all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C. and other U.S. territories as well as repatriated citizens.By May 20, all U.S. states had begun lifting stay-at-home orders and other restrictions put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The day-to-day increase in the country’s cases then hovered around 20,000 for a couple of weeks before shooting back up and crossing 70,000 for the first time in mid-July.Many states have seen a rise in infections in recent weeks, with some — including Arizona, California and Florida — reporting daily records. However, the nationwide number of new cases and deaths in the last week have both decreased in week-over-week comparisons, according to an internal memo from the Federal Emergency Management Agency obtained by ABC News Tuesday night. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Seal-marking methods

first_imgFor many years, in the course of fisheries investigations, large numbers of fish have been marked by means of numbered metal tags. Other marking methods, such as dyeing, branding and clipping of fins, have all been tried but found to be either unsuitable, or difficult of application, or less satisfactory in some way. Since 1924 the Discovery Committee has marked some thousands of whales. For this purpose it has been found convenient to use stainless steel tubes which are fired into the blubber and remain firmly embedded until the whale is captured and dismembered by the whalers. Whale marking is in fact limited to this method, because these immense animals cannot be caught and later released. In the case of seals it is unlikely that marks shot into the blubber would prove successful because their skin and blubber is thinner than that of whales and, as seals haul out on land and ice at intervals, the mark would soon be torn out.last_img read more

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U.S. Coast Guard Searches for Naval Fighter Jet Disappeared over Pacific Ocean

first_img View post tag: Pacific View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Jet View post tag: Naval U.S. Coast Guard Searches for Naval Fighter Jet Disappeared over Pacific Ocean Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Coast Guard Searches for Naval Fighter Jet Disappeared over Pacific Ocean View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Guard A U.S. Coast Guard spokesman says military officials are searching for a naval fighter jet that went missing over the Pacific Ocean near San…(sacbee)[mappress]Source: sacbee, August 11, 2011; August 11, 2011 View post tag: fighter View post tag: ocean View post tag: Searches View post tag: Disappeared View post tag: coast Share this articlelast_img read more

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EVSC Foundation Announces “Robert D. Orr Learning Commons”

first_imgEVSC Foundation Announces “Robert D. Orr Learning Commons”EVSC Foundation, in partnership with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, is taking the opportunity to honor the legacy and memory of former Indiana Governor Robert D. Orr by creating a state-of-the-art learning commons in the new McCutchanville Elementary School. The new northside elementary school is built near the location of where the Orr family lived for three generations.“Bob Orr believed that Indiana should strive toward broader horizons,” said Randall T. Shepard, retired Chief Justice of Indiana and former Evansville resident and friend. “He viewed education as crucial to building a better future, and his work as our state’s leader led him to be called the first ‘education Governor.’  The Robert D. Orr Learning Commons will be close to his home and close to his heart.”Orr was an Evansville businessman, community leader, and advocate of education. As the forty-fifth Governor of Indiana from 1981-1989, Governor Orr championed investments in economic development, international trade and improvements in public education in Indiana. He initiated many educational reforms that left a positive and lasting impact on students and teachers.The Robert D. Orr Learning Commons, as the hub and centerpiece of the school, provides an open, interactive area while educating future generations of Governor Orr’s history and important work as a leader in our community.Leading Evansville businessmen, Robert E. Griffin; Robert Koch of Koch Enterprises; Honorable Chief Justice Randall Shepard; Dan Carwile of Old National Bank; along with Indianapolis business leaders John Hammond, partner Ice Miller, and Bob Grand, managing partner Barnes & Thornburg LLP, generously kicked-off this effort to honor Robert D. Orr and fully equip the commons with technology, library materials, and furniture to provide optimal educational opportunities.For more information on the Robert D. Orr Learning Commons or to make a gift or pledge, please call EVSC Foundation at 812-435-0913 or visit evscfoundation.org. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Many Charter School Advocates Want Public Schools To Be Run Like A Businesses.

first_imgMany Charter School Advocates Want Public Schools To Be Run Like A Businesses.
 
As the free market fairytale goes, innovative charter schools force neighborhood schools to improve education, while schools that can’t compete eventually close. Parents are “customers” that need more “school choice,” and when a school fails, students simply find another.But market forces are ripping apart school districts nationwide. Last week, The New York Times detailed how privatization has devastated public education in Detroit, which among American cities has the second biggest share of students in charters schools. Of those schools, half perform only as well, or worse than, Detroit’s neighborhood schools. The schools open and close almost overnight, and teachers and staff come and go just as quickly.In a city where it’s “easier to find a charter school than to buy a carton of milk,” as the Times put it, there’s “lots of choice, with no good choice.”In Los Angeles, “school choice” is costing the public school district hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars a year as charter schools continue to grow in number mostly unchecked. Those schools aren’t providing much of a choice to some students—the percentage of Los Angeles charter school students with severe disabilities is less than one-third the percentage of similar students in the city’s neighborhood schools.But some people want even more choice. Los Angeles’s school system has more charter schools than any other in the nation, but billionaire Eli Broad isn’t satisfied. A man that made a fortune in homebuilding and insurance, not education, wants to enroll half of the city’s public school students in charter schools within the next eight years.Just last week, the Walton Family Foundation, in the name of “school choice,” announced it will commit an additional $250 million nationwide to support charter schools. The heirs to the Walmart fortune already loom large over America’s kids—one in every four charter schools have received their foundation’s support—but they want to see 250,000 more children in charter schools in the next decade.All of the rhetoric about “school choice” only obscures the real choice. Who do we want to control public education?Communities, teachers, and education professionals, or billionaires and owners of companies like Walmart?Interested in how privatization is threatening public education? Sign up for our weekly ‘Cashing in on Kids’ newsletter.Sincerely,Donald CohenExecutive DirectorFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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