Wieman Tells Senators What Doesn’t Work in STEM Education

first_img The physics Nobelist who recently stepped down as point person for the Obama Administration’s efforts to improve U.S. science education told Congress yesterday that many federally funded programs don’t draw upon current research about how people learn and, therefore, haven’t managed to boost student achievement. Carl Wieman, the former associate director for science within the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), gave a blistering critique of the state of science and math education during a hearing by the Senate’s commerce and science committee. The hearing reviewed progress under the America COMPETES Act, a 2007 law covering research and education programs at several federal agencies that was updated in 2010 and is set to expire next year. This was the first appearance on Capitol Hill by Wieman since he left OSTP in June to deal with a serious health issue. But he has remained active in reforming science education through the eponymous institute at the University of British Columbia that he directs and the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he began his work in the late 1990s. His testimony drew on an article he wrote about applying new research to improve science education that appears next week in Issues in Science and Technology, a quarterly publication of the U.S. National Academies. 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The lack of progress, he told Senator John “Jay” Rockefeller (D-WV), who chaired the hearing, is due to the way most teachers are trained and most students are taught. “The mastery of science and math is not a matter of simply transferring knowledge into the brain, which is the traditional model,” Wieman explained. “Rather, such learning and expertise is a response to strenuous practice.” Effective STEM teaching, he said, “is a lot like effective coaching. First, the coach figures out the central skills needed, creates challenging practicing activities that the players carry out, motivates them to achieve that level of expertise, and offers frequent and targeted instruction. All these techniques apply to teaching STEM. … This approach has been demonstrated, but it’s profoundly different than what is found in the typical K-12 or college classroom.” Wieman told the committee that “powerful, vested interests” on college campuses discourage the adoption of new ways to teach science and train future science teachers, saying that most universities place a higher priority on research productivity than on student learning. He also questioned the value of federally funded scholarship programs for students hoping to become STEM teachers, saying that they simply reinforce existing approaches that are not effective. And he said that professional development for teachers already in the classroom is based on the flawed premise that teachers who haven’t learned the needed skills during college can somehow acquire them through some type of “voluntary, intermittent, after-hours activity.” His sharp words created the only buzz in an otherwise routine hearing about how federal support for science can bolster the U.S. economy. Citing the current budget crisis, Senator John Thune (R-SD) wanted to know if, based on Wieman’s critique, “the dollars being spent by the federal government to improve STEM education are being wasted.” Wieman initially recoiled from the question, saying that “it’s a sweeping statement to say they are being wasted. And many of the dollars are being well-spent.” But he repeated his objections to some activities, saying that “there is also a lot [of money] that could be spent better.” Rockefeller also referenced upcoming budget battles by predicting that the next version of the COMPETES Act “will probably [contain] a cut” in programs now authorized under the current legislation, which expires on 30 September 2013. A strong backer of the law, Rockefeller called it “a last stand in taking global competitiveness seriously.” And he implored all the witnesses, who included former Lockheed Martin Corp. CEO Norman Augustine and Microsoft research chief Peter Lee, to “tell me why it’s important that COMPETES be fully funded.” Getting it right. Carl Wieman has led efforts to improve undergraduate science. White House Office of Science & Technology Policy last_img read more

Carrager slams Liverpool: It was like watching kids!

first_imgLiverpool Carragher tears into Moreno & Liverpool: It was like watching children! Robin Bairner Last updated 1 year ago 16:52 11/22/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Mohamed Salah Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool UEFA Champions League Sevilla v Liverpool Sevilla The former Reds centre-back was not impressed with Jurgen Klopp’s side following their 3-3 draw against Sevilla in the Champions League Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has hammered the naivety of the current side – and in particular left-back Alberto Moreno – after they squandered a 3-0 lead in Sevilla on Tuesday.Reds evens for the top 4Roberto Firmino scored twice in the first half, either side of a strike from Sadio Mano, to give the Reds what appeared to be an unassailable advantage in the Champions League group-stage clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Two quick strikes from Wissam Ben Yedder swung the game, however, with the comeback completed in stoppage time as Guido Pizarro pinched an unlikely point for the hosts.And Carragher expressed his frustration at the result, insisting that it was “like watching children”. He told Viasport: “I’d like to swear when I see that second half.“The big question going into this game was whether Liverpool’s defence could cope with the atmosphere of Sevilla. I felt before the game the answer would be no, but I didn’t think it would be as bad as this, especially in the second half.“I didn’t see Liverpool keeping a cleansheet but to be 3-0 up and to see how Liverpool gave the goals away and the actual game intelligence – it was like watching children play.Wijnaldum Liverpool v Sevilla“At Sevilla, you have to quieten the crowd. Liverpool did that by scoring goals in the first half. In the second, Sevilla came flying out. The defence gave stupid free kicks away that lifted the crowd, lifted the players, get the referee giving yellow cards. Two of the goals come from set pieces.“The other foul they gave away in the box from Alberto Moreno… it’s unbelievable to see a decision like that from a player at Champions League level.”While Moreno has received praise for an improved run of form this term, Carragher still does not trust him completely. He added: “He’s had a lot of credit this season, but he’s been at the club for three or four years, and I don’t think that a run of seven or eight games should cloud your opinion of him as a player.“He has got a lot better, but he still has those moments when he makes rash decisions. I don’t think that will ever go out of his game. “It was a good decision by Klopp to bring James Milner on – because at that stage I thought Liverpool were going to lose the game. It goes back to the Moreno that we’ve seen for the last three or four years.”Liverpool need a point at home against Spartak Moscow in their final group game to qualify for the last 16, but defeat could equally see them eliminated.  Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Clemson, Georgia To Open 2024 Season In Atlanta

first_imgGeorgia Bulldogs running onto the field at the National Championship game.ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 08: The Georgia Bulldogs runs out of the tunnel prior to the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on January 8, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Two of the best football programs in the country are set to open the 2024 season. Clemson and Georgia were reportedly working on scheduling a game for as early as 2021.Although the game won’t come that early, the two teams will play. The Tigers and Bulldogs will open the 2024 season in a Chick-fil-A Kickoff game to be played at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.According to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution, the game is scheduled for August 31, 2024.Here’s more from the report:‘We think it’s going to be a tremendous blockbuster game,’ said Gary Stokan, president and CEO of Peach Bowl Inc., which operates the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff.Stokan said the contracts for the Georgia-Clemson matchup were signed Thursday afternoon. Both schools’ coaches and athletic directors ‘thought it was very important to renew the rivalry,’ he said.The game is scheduled for Aug. 31, 2024, in Mercedes-Benz Stadium. A formal announcement is expected later Friday.Clemson and Georgia project to be top-five programs for a long time with Dabo Swinney and Kirby Smart at the helm. Both teams made the College Football Playoff last season and have dreams of doing so again this year.Georgia has a giant edge in the all-time series. The Bulldogs are 42-18-4 against the Tigers.[AJC]last_img read more

A College Football Playoff Favorite Is In Trouble Early On

first_imgA wide-action shot of the crowd at an LSU game.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)This is shaping up to be a pretty eventful day of college football already, and things could get crazier with how the LSU-Georgia game in Baton Rouge is going so far.The Tigers have been offensively challenged this year, and Georgia’s young defense has been stout. The Tigers have all the momentum early though.On its second drive of the game, LSU went 65 yards to set up a Cole Tracy chip shot. Georgia fumbled on the next drive, and LSU took advantage, with a 12-play, 84-yard touchdown drive.Quarterback Joe Burrow is off to a fast start, and punched it in for the score from a yard out.Joe Burrow has outplayed Jake Fromm early on, as LSU looks for the upset over Georgia.Video of the tough goal line plunge by Burrow:? TOUCHDOWN TIGERS ?Joe Burrow keeps it on the quarterback sneak for an LSU touchdown!▫️10-0 Tigers⌚️: 2Q 13:34?: CBS pic.twitter.com/aN2M5aacZM— CFB Kings (@CFBKings) October 13, 2018Burrow is 7-for-10 for 71 yards and the touchdown run. From is just 2-for-9 for 20 yards, and just went three and out once again. Georgia is set to punt after three-straight incompletions on the drive by Fromm.LSU is up 10-0, with a 148-80 yard advantage early on. It is very early, but with Notre Dame struggling at home against Pitt, we have two of the five main College Football Playoff contenders on the ropes right now.Just when you think you have this sport figured out mid-way through the season, a week like this happens, and has the potential to turn everything on its head.last_img read more

Maersk Line Not Accepting Cargo tofrom Qatari Ports

first_imgzoom Danish shipping major Maersk Line has closed bookings for cargo that transship over Jebel Ali to or from Qatar for the time being.The move was triggered by the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, that banned ships in their ports coming or destined for Qatar.The restrictions were imposed following a diplomatic dispute between Saudi Arabia and Qatar which broke off all diplomatic ties. Subsequently, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt cut the ties with Qatar on June 5 on the grounds of its alleged relations with Iran and Islamist groups.However, the Suez Canal Authority has advised that vessels flying the Qatari flag transiting the Suez Canal will not face restrictions as Suez Canal is an international water passage.The decision is impacting directly the operations of DP World Jebel Ali and Abu Dhabi Terminals, which are no longer accepting cargo to/from Qatar ports, including transshipment cargo. The ban also includes Qatari-flagged ships.“In line with the UAE government’s recent decision on severing diplomatic ties with the State of Qatar, DP World confirms that vessels with the flag of Qatar or vessels destined to or arriving from Qatar are not allowed to call at any DP World terminals in the UAE until further notice,” a DP World spokesperson told World Maritime News in a statement.” We are working on alternative solutions to ensure movement of cargo in compliance with above guidelines,” Maersk Line said.Potential alternative solutions are expected to be announced within a couple of days.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Opposition campaign launched to fight Quebecs religious symbols law

first_imgMONTREAL — People from various faiths gathered in a downtown Montreal church Thursday to declare their intention to keep battling the province’s secularism law, which prohibits some public servants from wearing religious symbols on the job.The law is already facing a court challenge, but on Thursday opponents launching the “No to Bill 21” campaign opted for another tactic — buttons with a red line drawn through the words “Bill 21.” They are also calling on people to wear the religious symbol of their choice, even if they don’t normally wear one.Ehab Lotayef, a Muslim and one of the campaign co-ordinators, wore a Jewish kippa Thursday and plans to continue wearing it throughout the month.The provincial law, which came into effect in June, bans public sector workers deemed to be in positions of authority, including teachers, police officers, judges and prison guards, from wearing religious symbols. A grandfather clause exempts those hired before the bill was tabled.Lotayef called the law “unjust” and a violation of protected rights and freedoms. “We’re not going to just accept it,” he said.A teacher who wears the hijab, who only disclosed her first name, Ola, because she fears reprisals, said that after a great year teaching in a Montreal elementary school last year, she has hit a wall this year.She said that because she worked under a contract and was not a permanent employee, she would be obliged to remove her hijab if she wants to continue teaching.“This law is depriving me of my rights, to be a free woman, able to decide where to work, what to wear. Personally, I do not see what this law will add to Quebec society that is new or better,” she said.“Except the social tension I feel and see, and that I live.”Rabbi Michael Whitman told the news conference the law’s harmful effects “will go far beyond the people who are directly affected …. It gave permission to incivility.”The campaign’s goal is to have 50,000 people wearing the buttons and religious symbols of their choice within a month.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Film by Canadas Dolan gets six nominations in French Oscars

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook In 2015, Dolan won the best foreign film Cesar Award for Mommy. He was also nominated in the same category in 2013 for Laurence Anyways, in 2011 for Heartbeats and in 2010 for I Killed My Mother.This year’s Cesars jury was to be headed by Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski. Reaction to the appointment of Polanski — who remains a fugitive from U.S. justice — moved him to pull out earlier this week. Advertisement Twitter Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: At last May’s Cannes Film Festival it won the Grand Prix, the second-most prestigious award handed out at the annual event.The movie had been shortlisted for contention in the best foreign-language film Oscar category but was not nominated. A day after missing out on an Oscar nomination, Xavier Dolan learned his French-language drama It’s Only the End of the World is up for six Cesar Awards, which are often nicknamed the “French Oscars.”The 27-year-old Montreal filmmaker received a best directing nomination while his movie is also up for best foreign film in the ceremonies on Feb. 24.It’s Only the End of the World, about a dying writer who returns home to his estranged family, is also in the running for a leading nine Canadian Screen Awards.last_img read more

IN HER OWN MOCCASINS AUTHOR HELEN KNOTT EXPLORES PAIN HEALING AND RESILIENCE

first_img Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Fort St. John, B.C., author and activist Helen Knott has spoken in front of the United Nations, been selected for the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writers mentorship program, and is now receiving critical acclaim for her debut novel In My Own Moccasins, which examines the pain that comes from addiction, intergenerational trauma and sexual violence, as well as her own path to healing.Knott spoke with Daybreak North’s Andrew Kurjata before the launch of her new book.You’ve made appearances across North America. What keeps you coming home to Fort St. John? Advertisementcenter_img In My Own Moccasins, a memoir by Helen Knott, was released Saturday. (Tenille K. Campbell/sweetmoonphotography.ca, University of Regina Press) This place that I live is the land that knows me and knows me by my name. So it’s home and it’s inescapable, and then I think about even just in terms of art in the North, and being successful in your craft, but being able to stay within the North, I think that’s important as well. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment last_img read more

TSX closes lower Wall Street mixed as gold and crude prices decline

TORONTO — A drop in commodity prices dragged the Toronto stock market lower.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 56.95 points at 13,368.24, with mining and energy issues leading the way lower.In commodities, the price of oil slid nearly three per cent as new data on the Chinese economy resurrected oversupply concerns. The January contract for benchmark crude oil was down $1.33 to US$41.71 a barrel. January natural gas dropped nine cents to US$2.21 per mmBtu.A stronger U.S. dollar pushed the December gold contract down $13.80 to $1,056.20 an ounce — hitting a new five-year low for the precious metal.The Canadian dollar was down 0.44 of a U.S. cent at 74.78 cents US.In New York, where markets closed early at 1 p.m. ET, the Dow Jones industrials was down 14.90 points at 17,798.49, while the broader S&P 500 edged up 1.24 points to 2,090.11 and the Nasdaq added 11.38 points to 5,127.52.Shares of a number of big name retailers lost ground amid reports that the turnout by shoppers on Thanksgiving and Black Friday was lower than expected in many places. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) gave back 33 cents to US$59.91, while Amazon.com (Nasdaq:AMZN) lost $2.08 to $673.26.In Asia, the Shanghai Composite Index had its worst day in three months, falling 5.5 per cent, amid reports that two major Chinese brokerages are under investigation for possible violation of securities market rules.A string of Chinese securities executives have been detained or questioned following a plunge in share prices that began in early June.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.9 per cent.There was also weakness elsewhere on world markets, including in Europe, where FTSE 100 index of leading British shares and France’s CAC 40 both fell 0.3 per cent, while Germany’s DAX was off 0.2 per cent. read more

US says Boeing 787s design manufacture safe despite the cuttingedge jets many

This photo taken May 29, 2013 shows a line of Boeing 787 jets sitting on the floor nearing completion at the company’s production plant in Everett, Wash. Federal aviation officials say Boeing’s design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many plane’s many problems since its rollout. A report issued jointly by the Federal Aviation Administration and Boeing on Wednesday says the plane was soundly designed, and that the government had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification. The report makes seven recommendations for further improvements by Boeing and FAA. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson) WASHINGTON – Boeing’s design and manufacture of its cutting-edge 787 jetliner is safe despite the many problems encountered since the plane’s rollout, including a fire that forced a redesign of the its batteries, according to a report issued jointly Wednesday by the Federal Aviation Administration and the aircraft maker.The yearlong review concluded “the aircraft was soundly designed, met its intended safety level, and that the manufacturer and the FAA had effective processes in place to identify and correct issues that emerged before and after certification,” the agency said in a statement.FAA Administrator Michael Huerta asked for the review in January 2013 after a lithium-ion battery caught fire on a 787 parked at Logan International Airport in Boston. A battery aboard another 787 failed less than two weeks later. Airlines around the world temporarily ground their 787 fleets after the incidents.The 787, Boeing’s newest and most technologically advanced plane, has been hit by a variety of technical and safety glitches since its launch in 2011. It is the first airliner to make extensive use of lithium-ion batteries. Since the FAA didn’t have safety regulations for those batteries as installed equipment in planes when the 787 was designed, the agency and Boeing jointly developed the special safety conditions the plane’s battery system should meet.After the battery failures, the FAA was criticized for relying too heavily on designated Boeing employees to ensure the safety of the plane’s design and manufacture.“The (report’s) findings validate our confidence in both the design of the airplane and the disciplined process used to identify and correct in-service issues as they arise,” said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner.A National Transportation Safety Board investigation into the battery fire in Boston is still underway. Wednesday’s report was not intended to address the battery’s design, but rather the overall safety of Boeing’s design and manufacture of the plane and the adequacy of FAA’s oversight.The report also makes several recommendations for improvement by Boeing and FAA. It says Boeing should ensure suppliers are fully aware of their responsibilities, establish a way to ensure suppliers identify realistic risks, and require suppliers to follow industry standards for personnel performing Boeing-required inspections.The report recommended that the FAA make changes to its oversight of the safety certification of new planes to take into account “new aircraft manufacturing business models.”Boeing extensively outsourced the manufacture of many elements of the 787 to overseas suppliers. Suppliers sometimes then outsourced portions of their work to other companies.Another report recommendation is that the FAA revise its production approval procedures “to more fully address complex, large-scale manufacturers with extended supply chains.”Last month, an Air India Dreamliner, flying nonstop from Sydney to Delhi, with 215 people on board, landed in Kuala Lumpur under emergency conditions after its cockpit panels suffered a software malfunction. There was a third battery incident in Japan in January, but Boeing officials said the problem appeared to have been contained by the new battery design.___Follow Joan Lowy on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/AP_Joan_Lowy by Joan Lowy, The Associated Press Posted Mar 19, 2014 10:26 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US says Boeing 787’s design, manufacture safe despite the cutting-edge jet’s many problems read more

Tesco is looking at introducing Irishspeaking selfservice checkouts

first_imgSUPERMARKET SHOPPERS MAY soon be able to use their cúpla focail as they shop.Supermarket giant Tesco has confirmed that they are examining a plan that would see bi-lingual self-service checkouts installed in their 146 stores across the country.A company spokesperson confirmed to TheJournal.ie that the plan was being looked into, but could not provide any other details. The spokesperson said that no timelines have been decided and that there had been no decisions on how many checkouts would be installed in each store if the plan was pursued.Tesco operates a similar system in Wales, where their 74 stores can serve customers in Welsh.The move comes after a successful pilot project in the Galway Shopping Centre branch, where signs and announcements are made in both languages, classes are held for staff and a designated Irish-speaking checkout is available.The initiative has seen Tesco  nominated for an award by Gaillimh le Gaeilge, a group that works with Galway City Council, Galway Chamber and other groups to boost the Irish language in the county.Tesco’s spokesperson said that the Galway experiment was well received by both shoppers and staff.Read: Can you speak Irish? Want to help the world learn?last_img read more

Upsetting and humiliating AIB ordered to pay €4000 to Syrian dentist over

first_img 37 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie Tuesday 9 Apr 2019, 4:44 PM By Gordon Deegan Share329 Tweet Email4 Apr 9th 2019, 4:44 PM https://jrnl.ie/4583793 center_img Image: Leah Farrell via RollingNews.ie ‘Upsetting and humiliating’: AIB ordered to pay €4,000 to Syrian dentist over account refusal The discrimination case was taken before the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC). THE WORKPLACE RELATIONS Commission (WRC) has ordered Allied Irish Bank (AIB) to pay a Syrian dentist €4,000 over its refusal to open up a bank account for him as he was Syrian.The successful discrimination case was taken on behalf of the Syrian refugee by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) and the man told AIB in a letter that he found its refusal to open up a bank account for him in November 2017 as “upsetting and humiliating”.The IHREC told the WRC that in the days after the refusal, the bank aggravated the discrimination by offering the dentist €250 in compensation and offering him to open a bank account.The IHREC described the bank’s offer to open a bank account for the Syrian man “as an empty exercise in PR”.The IHREC stated: “That is no more than the treatment he was always entitled to and utterly beside the point.”The WRC found that AIB discriminated against the man on the grounds of race under the Equal Status Act.In the case, the Syrian man was granted refugee status here in July 2017 after the man came to Ireland as part of the country’s Refugee Protection Programme.The man is currently in the process of re-qualifying as a dentist here and on 16 November 2017, he went to an AIB branch to open a bank account.In his evidence, the Syrian stated that a female bank official told him “we don’t open bank accounts for Syrians at the moment” and she pointed to the word “Syria” which is recorded on the Travel Document as his place of birth.The dentist said that the bank official said that she was sorry over the war in Syria and that he could try another bank.The man wrote to the AIB to notify the bank of its treatment of him.An AIB Regional Manager wrote back on 1 December 2017 to apologise for the “poor customer experience” the man encountered on 16 November and offered to open a bank account.The bank’s policies restrict staff from opening new accounts for Syrian residents, as Syrian residents are on the UN Sanctions List, but those restrictions don’t apply in the dentist’s case as he has been granted refugee status in Ireland.The dentist wrote back stating “it is very important to me that robust systems are properly in place to ensure that no other Syrian, or indeed no other refugee, would have a similar negative experience”.‘Does not discriminate’In its submission to the WRC, AIB stated that “it does not discriminate against refugees”.It stated that “it accepts the Irish Refugee Travel Documents as an acceptable form of proof of identity for customers opening accounts and has opened numerous accounts for customers with refugee status in Ireland who used that documents”.AIB also told the WRC that while it accepts and always accepted refugee travel documents as proof of identity, “since becoming aware of this incident, the Bank has updated its website to specifically refer to the fact that travel documents are accepted”.The bank also stated that the bank official’s error “was regrettable, but thankfully isolated” and the bank “is not aware of any similar incidents arising in any other of its branches”.The bank also stated that refresher training was provided to all relevant staff in the Dublin Region in the service area concerned.The bank told the WRC that within three days of being notified of the incident, AIB offered to open an account for the Syrian man and this this offer is still in place.AIB state that there was no ill intention towards the man or Syrian nationals whatsoever. It stated that the bank official believed that she was complying with the bank’s procedures.‘Experience of humiliation’The Syrian man at the centre of the case said today said that he took the case for simple reason – “the experience of humiliation, and being rejected, and having the door slammed in your the face because of something you were born with – such as race – or something forced on you, such as being a refugee; I do not want this experience to happen to others.”He added: “I know people who were rejected by banks but they did nothing for many reasons – one is that they do not know how to deal with this situation or what to do. Therefore, they just stay quiet and drop it. If you do not hear about such cases, that does not mean that they do not happen, they do.He concluded: “The reason why I’m pleased is that the adjudicator took it seriously and directed the bank to take serious steps in order to prevent such an incident from happening, by engaging with IHREC, and I see this as a wise decision.”Chief Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, Emily Logan stated: “Financial institutions need to ensure that customers are protected from any form of discrimination by putting in place appropriate training mechanisms and clear guidelines, and ensuring staff are aware of them. As a lawful resident of Ireland, this man had the right to open a bank account subject to the usual banking conditions, irrespective of his nationality.Logan added: “The Commission welcomes this outcome from the WRC following our legal support for his case. We will be engaging with the bank over the next six months to ensure that appropriate actions are taken.She added: “The Commission is aware that this is not an isolated incident and we are aware of other people who have experienced similar incidents, and we would ask all service providers to pay attention this outcome.”A spokesman for AIB stated: “While AIB does not comment on individual cases, we do welcome and support customer applications from people with refugee status, and have trained our staff to help applicants through the account opening process.” Short URL 35,031 Views last_img read more

Les différents cancers classés selon leur taux de survie après 5 ans

first_imgLes différents cancers classés selon leur taux de survie après 5 ansFrance – Selon “L’état des lieux sur la survie des patients atteints de cancers en France” publié par l’INCa (Institut national du cancer), 320.000 Français sont victimes d’un cancer chaque année. 160.000 y survivent au moins 5 ans et 120.000 en guérissent totalement. Le rapport insiste sur le fait qu’il n’y a pas un seul cancer, mais des cancers avec une multitude d’évolutions possibles. Il les classe en trois catégories.Tout d’abord,  les “cancers de bon pronostic” comme ceux de la prostate, du sein, de la thyroïde, des testicules, des lèvres, ainsi que les mélanomes, les leucémies lymphoïdes chroniques et la maladie de Hodgkin. Ils représentent 42% de la totalité des cancers et leur survie après 5 ans est de 80% au minimum.Ensuite, les “cancers de pronostic intermédiaire” qui représentent 33% des cas : cancers du côlon, du rectum, de la bouche, du pharynx, de la vessie, du rein, de l’estomac, de l’utérus, des ovaires, du larynx, ainsi que les lymphomes non hodgkiniens, les myélomes et les leucémies aiguës. Leur pronostic est plus sévère : le taux de survie après 5 ans varie de 20 à 80%, selon leur stade d’extension.À lire aussiUn ventre à bière cachait en fait une tumeur cancéreuse de trente-cinq kilosLe taux de mortalité le plus élevé se trouve dans la catégorie des “cancers de mauvais pronostic”, lesquels représentent 17% de la totalité des cancers en moyenne. Ce sont les cancers du poumon, de la plèvre, du foie, du pancréas, de l’œsophage et du système nerveux central. Moins d’une personne sur cinq y survit au moins 5 ans.Précision importante : ces données sont issues du suivi de patients ayant été victimes d’un cancer avant l’an 2000. Aujourd’hui, de nouveaux traitements ont été mis au point et les taux de survie ont sensiblement augmenté. Le 22 avril 2010 à 13:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Rakitic Real Madrid werent very clever

first_imgBarcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic suggested that Real Madrid made things too easy for them in Sunday’s 5-1 winLuis Suarez’s hat-trick along with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Arturo Vidal saw Barcelona prevail in the season’s first El Clasico at Camp Nou.Real had briefly got themselves back into the game at 2-1 with Marcelo’ second-half goal, but Rakitic reckons that the visitors made things too hard for themselves when it came to getting an equaliser.“We really enjoyed playing like this is, which isn’t easy when Leo is not there,” said Rakitic, according to Marca.“We were very superior and that’s the way it feels”.David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“We played a great match from the first minute, had very clear ideas and the third goal helped us a lot to have peace of mind.”He added: “Madrid had chances.“But they weren’t very clever and luckily we have reacted.”Barcelona, who hold a narrow one-point lead over surprise challengers Deportivo Alaves, will next face a trip to León-based side Cultural Leonesa in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.last_img read more

Limited Debate to Resume in Senate on Authorization Bill

first_imgSenate debate on the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill is expected to continue Tuesday after little movement last week and votes on only a handful of amendments.  On Thursday, Armed Services Chair John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters the bill was now “unstuck” and he hoped the Senate would debate a number of amendments before moving to final passage. Lawmakers eventually agreed to hold votes on two amendments tomorrow.Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) filed a procedural motion Thursday to allow him to cut off debate on the annual defense policy measure, S. 1376; that vote is expected Tuesday, reported the Hill. Democrats earlier blocked a move by McConnell to attach a cybersecurity bill to the underlying measure. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

5 tech tricks that keep the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator at the

first_img 2020 Jeep Gladiator offers comfort and capability everywhere Though the Jeep Wrangler SUV — and its brand-new pickup truck sibling, the Gladiator — seem pretty archaic in design, the truth is, these rugged off-roaders are super modern and tech-heavy. In fact, Jeep engineers have had to specially redesign a number of technology features to make sure the Wrangler and Gladiator can still maintain their rugged ability without fail. Following the Gladiator’s debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show a few weeks ago, we sat down with Brandon Girmus, Gladiator brand manager, and Brian Lees, Wrangler chief engineer, to learn just how these rough-and-ready vehicles use reworked tech for optimal performance. Here are five of the Jeeps’ most interesting tech tricks. More From Roadshow Tags Auto Tech Hybrids Trucks SUVs 33 Photos Driver assistance tech that doesn’t get in the way of Jeep stuff The radar sensor — the component primarily responsible for getting radar-guided cruise control to work — is typically placed inside a car’s front grille or lower bumper. But those locations aren’t ideal for a Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator that’s capable of fording up to 30 inches of water. Also, complicating the nose with complex electronics is a no-go if you’re selling your vehicle to buyers who heavily customize their rides with upgraded bumpers, winches, LED spot-lighting, etc. So when it came to equipping adaptive cruise control on the Wrangler for the first time, Jeep had to take a different tack. Rather than the radar unit being placed at the very front of the vehicle, it’s located behind the windshield and in front of the rearview mirror, which means no negative impact on customization, all while still allowing you to flip down the windshield for a bug-in-teeth thrill. Enlarge ImageThe back of the Jeep Wrangler is unique, and so is its rear camera placement. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow For Wranglers or Gladiators with the eight-speed automatic transmission, ACC works across the SUV’s or pickup truck’s entire speed range. For people like me to whom a manual transmission is as necessary to life as clean drinking water, if you want to row your own, you can also enjoy radar cruise control, which is rare in the auto industry. That said, manual-transmission ACC deactivates at speeds less than 15 miles per hour if you have to have a clutch pedal. The addition of the radar unit also unlocks other driver-assistance features tied to that component, such as forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking. Other driver aids include blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and ultrasonic parking sensors out back. The rearview camera is also innovatively placed. It resides inside the hub of the spare tire and wheel holder, and remains there regardless of whether you have a spare mounted on the back swing gate. 2019 Jeep Wrangler Off-Road PagesThe Gladiator and Wrangler’s 8.4-inch touchscreen also keeps you connected to your off-roading. Jeep Off-road infotainment The base Wrangler Sport comes standard with a 5-inch touchscreen and Bluetooth streaming, which is just fine, but you can jack that all the way up to 8.4 inches with Rubicon and Sahara models. The 8.4-inch system comes with all the features you’d expect in a thoroughly modern vehicle, such as embedded navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a 7-inch TFT instrument cluster display, Wi-Fi capability and satellite radio with real-time traffic information. To go the extra mile, the Wrangler and Gladiator also allow you to call up Off-Road Pages on the infotainment screen. Kind of like what you get on a much more expensive Mercedes-Benz G-Class or a Range Rover, Jeep’s Off-Road Pages give you information about your steering wheel angle, transfer case, the vehicle’s pitch and roll angles, ride height, traction management system information and whether your sway bar is connected/disconnected or whether your axles are locked/unlocked. On top of that, the Wrangler offers up to an impressive seven USB ports, three of which are USB Type-C. That’s as many USB ports as you’d get in larger, three-row SUVs. 2019 Jeep Wrangler 2.0-Liter Turbocharged Four Cylinder EngineThe 48-volt mild-hybrid eTorque system makes the Wrangler’s new 2.0-liter, turbocharged engine one of the most responsive four-cylinders on the market. Jeep The mild-hybrid is just as capable The newest engine for the Wrangler is a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. Those figures compare favorably with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, which is rated at 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque, but what makes the new four-cylinder stand out is its eTorque 48-volt mild-hybrid system that uses a 0.3-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery. With the eTorque system, not only can electricity be recouped through regenerative braking, but it can also be recovered via the crankshaft. The Ram 1500 features this eTorque system on its V6 and V8 engines, and many automakers like Audi and Mercedes-Benz are quickly rolling out this mild-hybrid tech. “So when we are slowing down, we can have the MGU [motor generator unit] turn on. It can clamp down on the crank and put some energy back in the system. That’s how we can recharge,” Gladiator’s Girmus says. Girmus also says that because of the MGU’s crankshaft clamping, the 2.0-liter engine can provide just as much engine braking as the larger and inherently more resistant when off-throttle 3.6-liter V6. Near the back and underneath the vehicle lies the briefcase-sized power pack unit (lithium-ion battery), which is watertight and is encased within a skid plate. “Every Wrangler is Trail Rated. So we’ve got to make sure it lives through mud, it lives through water, it can get beat up on the trail,” Girmus says. “So it’s kind of the uniqueness of putting any kind of hybridization on a Wrangler: it’s that added dimension that it’s got to pass and be able to go over the Rubicon trail.” The hybrid assistance also makes the Wrangler more responsive under acceleration by adding up to 70 pound-feet of torque to the driveline. As a result, the Wrangler, absent turbo delay or lag, doesn’t feel turbocharged at all. Step on the gas, and you get instant, confident power. It’s really all the engine you need in a vehicle like this. Unfortunately, as we reported earlier this month, the Gladiator won’t be getting the four-cylinder, likely due to the inherent heat stress of towing. 2019 Jeep Wrangler Fording WaterElectric components on the lower part of the vehicle, like the lithium-ion battery, must be completely submersible. Electronics higher than 30 inches must past a grueling mist test. Jeep Electronics that still work when wet At this point, we’ve established that the Jeep Wrangler and Gladiator are loaded with electronics, but things that run off electricity don’t play nice with water, so how are the Wrangler’s and Gladiator’s complex electronics engineered to hold up as they ride in vehicles that are capable of fording 30 inches of water? “So we have a 30-inch water-fording depth, which means we strike a line right down the vehicle,” Wrangler’s Lees says. “Anything, any electronic device that is housed below that line has to be completely submersible. Anything above does not have to be, but it has to be water-resistant.” But don’t think electronic components above the fording line have it any easier, for they have to undergo a 16-hour mist test. “At our tech center in Auburn Hills, [Michigan], we have a booth that we put the Jeep in,” Lees says. “We take the top off, we take the windshield, fold it down, windows down, and then for 16 hours, it’s just got a fine mist that is raining down on it.” Lees says the mist test is meant to simulate the Wrangler’s and Gladiator’s water resistance in the event the vehicles are left exposed in a thunderstorm while camping. 2019 Jeep Wrangler InteriorEnlarge ImageIt’s the most tech-laden Jeep Wrangler interior yet, but it’s still designed to get dirty. Jeep “We have to make sure that […] when you walk in and you see water puddled everywhere in the foot wells […] we don’t strand the driver,” he says. The misting may last 16 hours, but the vehicle is periodically checked over the next several months to make sure everything, from the USB ports to the radio, still operates. “What we found when we run these tests [is that] water gets into places that we had no thought that it would be and just starts dripping down. So we may have to be really strategic and put some type of awning or umbrella over the top of a certain electrical component because water can drip down on it.” Top-down with a quickness One of the coolest things about the new Jeep Wrangler is its Sky One-Touch power top available on four-door Sahara and Rubicon models. Think of it like a retractable fabric roof that, when used along with the easily removable rear-quarter windows, gives you just as much wind-in-hair thrill as any other convertible on the market. But because its fabric roof doesn’t open into the path of rushing air, the Sky One-Touch system can be operated at up to 60 miles per hour, just like the Fiat 500C’s similar canvas-roof-on-rails setup. Pretty much every other convertible top can only be opened or closed at speeds below 31 mph. 5 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Share your voice 75 Photos Jeep Comments Jeep 2018 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon on the Rubicon Trail 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything betterlast_img read more

Begich Coast Guard Admiral Visit Aleutian Islands

first_imgDownload AudioThis weekend, Senator Mark Begich and Coast Guard Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo made a brief appearance in the Aleutian Islands. The officials shared their vision of how Unalaska — and other coastal communities — will have to support economic activity in the Arctic.last_img

WHO UNICEF vaccinating 05m Rohingya children

first_imgrohingya File PhotoWHO, UNICEF and health sector partners are working together to vaccinate more than 475,000 children in Rohingya refugee camps and surrounding areas.They have taken the initiative, in collaboration with the health ministry, in response to the current diphtheria outbreak.According to UNICEF, 31 deaths and 3,954 suspected cases of diphtheria were reported from Cox’s Bazar between 8 November 2017 and 11 January. “All efforts are being made to stop further spread of diphtheria,” said Bardan Jung Rana, a WHO representative to Bangladesh.“The vaccination of children in the Rohingya camps and nearby areas demonstrates the health sector’s commitment to protecting people, particularly children, against deadly diseases.”Nearly 150,000 children aged six weeks to seven years received pentavalent vaccine that protects children against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, haemophilus influenza type b and hepatitis B, said a UNICEF news release issued from Cox’s Bazar.Nearly 166,000 children aged 7 to 17 years were given tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccine, during a three-week vaccination campaign that ended on 31 December.Two more rounds of vaccination with a diphtheria-containing vaccine, at intervals of one month, are planned to fully protect the children in camps and surrounding areas, said UNICEF.“Volunteers are making door-to-door visits in the Rohingya settlements to ensure all children receive vaccination… We are making continued efforts to improve conditions of the camps. At the same time, diphtheria vaccination is vital to reducing the risk of further outbreak,” said the UNICEF country representative Edouard Beigbeder.He explained that the massive influx within a very short time has heavily affected basic services in the settlement areas. “They have no choice but to live in a very congested environment, which is impacting their health and quality of life.”The news release said to limit the spread of diphtheria to communities living near the Rohingya camps and settlements, nearly 160,000 children in 499 schools of Teknaf and Ukhiya sub-districts are also being vaccinated. This initiative began on 1 January.last_img read more