Classrooms to labs

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaLynn Swain and Landon Alberson pore over detailed digital maps and data on computer screens. They’re learning software that will help them and their students study and monitor the water quantity and quality in their area.For most of the year, Alberson and Swain teach high school science in Tift County, Ga. But for a month this summer, they and 14 other middle and high school science teachers from 10 south Georgia counties became working scientists through the Georgia Internships For Teachers program.Classroom confines”Teachers can sometimes become isolated in their classrooms,” said Swain, who teaches environmental science courses. But the GIFT program, she said, breaks them out of the classroom confines and teams them with working scientists.The teachers conduct research at the University of Georgia’s Tifton, Ga., campus, and see firsthand the practical applications of things they teach their students.Teachers are charged to take the experience back to their students and show them that science is more than just lectures and textbooks.”The experience enriches our curriculum,” said Alberson, who teaches biology.Through his connection to the program last year, Alberson was able to show his students how science solves problems. He paired many of his students with science mentors on the Tifton campus.GIFT works”I’ve seen the GIFT program work for many years,” said Susan Reinhardt, an education program specialist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”The teachers are excited about being involved with current scientific research, taking this information back to their students and linking textbook information with real-world applications,” she said.Making the gradeAccording to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, Georgia’s elementary and middle school students aren’t faring well in science. Only 23 percent of Georgia’s fourth-grade science students perform at a proficient level, 5 percent fewer than the national average. Just 23 percent of Georgia’s eighth-grade science students perform at a proficient level. That’s 7 percent below the U.S. average.The GIFT program was developed by Georgia Tech in 1991. Since then, more than 80 organizations and universities have provided this opportunity for about 1,000 teachers in 44 Georgia school systems.GIFT, for the most part, has been offered to teachers in and around metro Atlanta, Savannah and Augusta, Reinhardt said. But this is the second year it’s been offered in Tifton.It’s a paid experience for the teachers, she said. A grant provides funding, along with money from the participating school systems.”It’s a win situation for both groups,” Reinhardt said. “Scientists become aware of the needs and expectations of teachers. And teachers understand the importance of producing more students interested in science.”High school students, too, are learning real-world science on the Tifton campus as part of the Young Scholar Summer Internship Program. The six-week program pairs students with a serious interest in science and technology with working scientists. Students are exposed to many fields of scientific study, application and career opportunities.last_img read more

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Save Water

first_imgFortunately, Georgia is not currently under drought conditions. However, more and more people are “living green” and being conservative users of natural resources. It’s easy to conserve water by following these tips from University of Georgia Extension. Take a shower instead of a bath. Filling the bathtub uses about 50 gallons of water, and taking a shower uses about 20 gallons. Shorten your shower to five minutes and install a water-saving showerhead that uses 2.5 gallons per minute.Use a glass for rinsing when brushing your teeth or shaving instead of letting the faucet run. Using an electric razor also saves water. Install a low-flow toilet. Low-flow toilets need only 1.6 gallons per flush, saving thousands of gallons per year. Unlike earlier models, today’s low-flow toilets receive high marks from consumers for overall performance.Think before you flush. Every flush you eliminate saves between 2 and 7 gallons of water.Fix leaking faucets and toilets. An average of 8 percent of all household water used is wasted through leaks. Test for a leaking toilet by lifting the lid off the toilet tank and putting a few drops of food coloring into the bowl. Wait a few minutes, then look in the bowl. If the food coloring has made its way to the bowl, you have a leak.Reuse clean household water. Collect the water that is wasted while you wait for the hot water to reach the faucet or showerhead. Use this to water houseplants or outdoor planters. Wash only full loads of dishes and laundry. You’ll save both water and energy. Reduce dishwashing time by using rubber spatulas to scrape dishes clean to limit pre-rinsing. Soak dirty pans or dishes to quicken washing. (Most new dishwashers don’t require pre-rinsing.)Avoid using the garbage disposal. Instead, compost leftover fruits and vegetables.Refrigerate a pitcher of water instead of letting a faucet flow until the water runs cold. Prepare food efficiently. Clean foods with a vegetable brush, then spray with water in short bursts. Plan ahead to defrost foods overnight in the refrigerator. Don’t use running water to defrost food; instead, use the microwave or put wrapped food in a bowl of cold water. You can save water by turning off the lights and adjusting the air conditioner when you are not at home. Energy is produced using large volumes of water. Reducing energy demands can reduce the water needed to produce that energy.For more tips on how to save water indoors and outdoors, see UGA Extension publications online at extension.uga.edu/publications and search “save water.”last_img read more

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Picatinny Fields First Precision-Guided Mortars To Troops In Afghanistan

first_img In March, U.S. Soldiers in Afghanistan received 120mm GPS-guided mortar precision capability. The Program Executive Office for Ammunition fielded Accelerated Precision Mortar Initiative cartridges, or APMI, to one Infantry Brigade Combat Team, or IBCT, earlier this month, and is scheduled to field cartridges to the seven other IBCTs in Afghanistan within six months. “APMI is a 120mm GPS-guided mortar cartridge that provides the infantry commander precision-strike capability, which he has never had before,” said Peter Burke, PEO Ammunition’s deputy product manager, Guided Precision Munitions and Mortar Systems. Mortars are an indirect firing capability used to defeat enemy troops, materiel, bunkers and other infantry-type targets. “Typically mortars are fired in volleys against an area target because of their inherent inaccuracy, but with APMI, you have the potential to destroy a target with only one or two rounds,” Burke said. The APMI cartridge has a requirement of 10 meters CEP, or Circular Error Probable, but Burke said the program is exceeding this requirement. Ten meters CEP means that if you drew a circle around a target at 10 meters radius, the rounds have to fall inside the circle 50 percent of the time. Current CEP for 120 mm mortars at their maximum range is 136 meters. Mortars with the most advanced features, such as precision position and pointing systems, can achieve a 76 meter CEP, which still makes APMI seven times more accurate than any formerly fielded mortar. While APMI will not replace standard 120mm mortars, its accuracy will allow a commander the ability to defeat a target with precision if there is danger of collateral damage, Burke explained. Insurgents deliberately plan attacks in populated areas in the hope that opposing forces don’t want to retaliate and risk accidental harm to civilians or damage to non-military property. “Sometimes, if the risk of collateral damage is too high, you might not be able to fire (a standard 120mm) at all,” Burke said of enemy engagements. “In that case, instead of firing a mortar from a protected position, you would have to send troops in to engage with direct-fire weapons, exposing them to more risk.” But because of APMI’s GPS-technology, which provides an accurate, first-round fire-for-effect capability, troops will have opportunities to employ APMI’s precision where they previously would not, such as nearer to friendly forces or in urban areas. By Dialogo April 04, 2011last_img read more

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Rate cut expected as FOMC meets

first_imgThe Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is expected to cut rates at the conclusion of its two-day policy-setting meeting, which begins today. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long anticipates another rate cut due to comments made by committee members at their annual retreat last month and in the last meeting minutes.At the end of its July meeting, the FOMC cut rates by 25 basis points. Since then, there have been conflicting economic data: the labor market remains strong, inflation has firmed, consumer spending hasn’t fallen significantly, and the economy is expanding at a modest pace; however, trade and tariff uncertainties and global economic weaknesses have created headwinds and unease.Long predicted another 25-point rate cut due to these concerns and the threat of a potential recession. NAFCU will update credit unions on the outcome of the meeting in Thursday’s edition of NAFCU Today. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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The Zagreb Restaurant Association is demanding a 10% VAT and the abolition of consumption tax

first_imgAt the constituent session of the Assembly of the Association of Caterers Zagreb in the term 2018-2022 held at the Hotel Puntijar, a new leadership of this umbrella professional association was elected, and Franz Letica was elected president of the Association.The newly elected president set the reduction of the VAT rate on catering services to 2018%, the abolition of the consumption tax (up to 2022%) paid only by caterers, as the main goals in the 10-3 term (currently 2% in Zagreb). “It is also necessary to increase the personal deduction to HRK 5.000,00 (now HRK 3.800,00), reduce the utility fee coefficient from 10 to 7, ie through the future simple real estate tax, and simplify legal acts, decisions and ordinances related to the catering business. adopted by city, county and state bodiesSaid Letica.By the way, the Association of Caterers Zagreb brings together about 1.500 caterers and craftsmen of the city of Zagreb and solves the problems of about 4.500 legal entities of caterers of the city of Zagreb.last_img read more

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Manchester United and Arsenal urged to sign ‘special’ Premier League star Youri Tielemans

first_imgAdvertisement Manchester United and Arsenal urged to sign ‘special’ Premier League star Youri Tielemans Arsenal legend Paul Merson (Picture: Getty)Speaking last month, Foxes boss Rodgers admitted Leicester would try to make Tielemans’ loan stint permanent at the end of the season.‘There will be dialogue between the clubs,’ the former Celtic and Liverpool manager said.‘He’s clearly a player we would like to work with and I understand the supporters love watching a young player like that.‘I’m sure the club will do everything they possibly can to bring him in.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Monaco’s Youri Tielemans has impressed on loan at Leicester City (Picture: Getty)Manchester United and Arsenal should consider signing ‘special’ Premier League star Youri Tielemans this summer, according to Paul Merson.Belgium international Tielemans has impressed since joining Leicester City on loan in January and the Foxes hope to sign him on a permanent deal from Monaco this summer.But Brendan Rodgers could face competition from Leicester’s Premier League rivals in the race to secure Tielemans’ signature, with Merson suggesting Man United and his former club Arsenal should attempt to sign the 21-year-old.Asked whether a bigger club than Leicester could try to land Tielemans, Gunners hero Merson said: ‘I think so.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think he’s special, I really do, I think this kid is a top, top player. The only thing is he’s been working with Brendan [Rodgers] for the last couple of months.‘Surely they’re getting into his ear about signing – they’ve got to get his lad signed. I think he can go to any of the top four, or top six.‘If I was Arsenal or Man United, I’d be looking at him all day long, all day long.‘Even Man City should be looking, I think he’s that good. He’s only young, 21. Wow.’ Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 May 2019 11:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link128Shares Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Mario Lemina prefers Manchester United transfer over Arsenal move

first_imgMario Lemina prefers Manchester United transfer over Arsenal move Advertisement Lemina is wanted by Arsenal and United (Picture: Getty)Mario Lemina favours a move to Manchester United over Arsenal this summer, according to reports.The Southampton midfielder is set for a summer switch after being left out of the Saints’ pre-season tour of Austria.Arsenal and United have made enquiries about Lemina’s availability and the 25-year-old is reportedly valued at £18million by Southampton.Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is happy for Lemina to leave after he missed four months of the 2018/19 season to injury.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisement Southampton are happy to let Lemina leave (Picture: Getty)The Daily Star claim Lemina’s No.1 choice is United, despite Arsenal’s long-standing interest in him.Arsene Wenger vetoed a move for Lemina in 2017, but the Gunners have kept tabs on the former Juventus star.AdvertisementAdvertisementHassenhuttl wants Lemina’s future sorted by the time the squad returns to Southampton next week. Southampton left Lemina behind for their pre-season tour of Austria (Picture: Getty)United have been given permission to speak to Lemina, but are unlikely to move for him until Paul Pogba’s future is resolved.Pogba wants to leave United this summer, with Juventus and Real Madrid interested in the Frenchman.But United are reluctant to sell and reportedly want as much as £120m for Pogba.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City United have been given permission to speak to Lemina (Picture: Getty)Lemina made his intentions to leave Southampton public earlier this summer, admitting he felt he needed a fresh start.He said: ‘I still have another three years of contract, but it is true that I do not rule out the possibility of seeing something else.‘The last four months have not been easy for me, with my injury. The coach put his team together. I want to start afresh. So why not leave?‘We have very good discussions with the club. We are in agreement. If I don’t feel good in this project, I can leave. They are giving me the opportunity to be able to go elsewhere.’MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fires warning to Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku over Manchester United exitMore: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Coral BarryWednesday 10 Jul 2019 8:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShareslast_img read more

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CK Hutchison: Trade Disputes May Affect Port Business in Second Half

first_imgHong Kong-based conglomerate CK Hutchison expects that trade conflicts will impact its port business in the second half of the year.“Although the severity of such impact cannot be known except as events unfold, the division’s diverse customer base and geographical operations in markets all around the world ensure that it will be more resilient against potential headwinds compared to its peers,” CK Hutchison, a parent company of Hutchison Port Holdings Trust (HPH Trust), explained.In its financial report for the first half of this year, the group said that its ports and related services division handled a throughput of 40.6 million TEU units through 290 operating berths, a 1% decrease compared to the same period in 2017.Lower volume in HPH Trust, the Mainland China, Klang, Mexico and Panama were partly offset by higher throughput in Barcelona, Pakistan and Thailand.Despite the slight drop in throughput, total revenue, EBITDA and EBIT increased 9%, 9% and 7% against the same period last year respectively. Total revenue stood at HKD 17,591 million, EBITDA at HKD 6,205 million and EBIT at HKD 3,864 million in the six-month period ended June 30, 2018.The group said that the growth was driven primarily by favorable margin mix, disciplined cost control and favorable foreign currency translation impact. Specifically, EBITDA improvements were partly offset by the higher depreciation charge from the recent expansions of several ports and facilities.HPH Trust will continue to pursue cost-saving initiatives, enhance operational efficiency through technology and increased process automation, and will further strengthen strategic alliances, CK Hutchison added.last_img read more

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Educator: ‘Childcare takes place of parents’

first_imgNZ Herald 1 April 2015An early childhood educator says many people are losing confidence in how to be parents because they now see their role as going back to paid work as soon as possible after having a baby.Dr Sarah Farquhar, a former chief executive of the Early Childhood Council who runs an independent professional network called Child Forum, says many parents are handing over their parental role to early childhood teachers.“Teachers … are getting worried about parents not knowing what to do about little things to do with their children and basic parenting,” she said.“For some babies childcare may be the best option, but there is a growing amount of worrying anecdotal evidence from early childhood teachers that they are seeing a loss of confidence in parenting, and in parents understanding their crucial role as their children’s ‘first teachers’.”Census data showed that 37 per cent of parents of children under 1, and 57 per cent of parents of 1-year-olds, were either in or seeking paid work in 2013.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11426109READ OUR REPORTWHO CARES? Mothers, Daycare and Child Wellbeing in New ZealandReleased February 8 2012https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/research/who-cares-daycare-report/last_img read more

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1st day of Bacolod ECQ peaceful – BCPO

first_imgFOOD ASSISTANCE. Mayor Evelio Leonardia, assisted by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and former councilor Bobby Rojas, leads today [Sunday] the distribution of food packs to barangay captains, who in turn will distribute it tomorrow [Monday] to more than 40,000 poor households, in line with the Emergency Food Assistance Program of the city, as Bacolod has been placed under Enhanced Community Quarantine [ECQ] from March 30 to April 14, 2020. CITY PIO Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico,spokesperson of the BCPO, said around 2,500 law enforcers were deployed invital installations, strictly checking home quarantine pass (HQP) of personspassing through every checkpoints. Under the ECQ, the city’s 61 barangaysshall issue one HQP to a member of a family of competent age and discretion foreach household. BACOLOD City – The first of the 16-dayenhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in this city was peaceful and orderly,according to the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO). Check points are being conducted inseveral strategic areas here aside from the border checkup areas of the city. This city has been placed under ECQ sinceyesterday until April 14 to prevent the spread of coronavirus disease 2019. Mayor Evelio Leonardia reiterated theHQP is not for sale. It will not be transferable and the possessor of suchshall carry it at all times while outside the household, with a validIdentification card. He said that abuse in the use of HQP shall be subject toprosecution under applicable laws. The HQP shall serve as access to thebasic needs of the household in purchasing or obtaining the provision for food,health, and other essential commodities. Leonardia said that a daily 24-hourcurfew shall be observed by the general public except for individuals withvalid HQPs which can be used only from 4 a.m. until 10 p.m./PNlast_img read more

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