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June 23, 2021

One step closer to a polio-free world

first_img Pakistani health workers give polio vaccines to children at a Kindergarten in Islamabad. Muhammed Muheisen/AP A polio milestone: One strain left in the crosshairs @HelenBranswell A two-week campaign to phase out a polio vaccine that is now considered harmful to the effort to eradicate the disease appears to have been completed, polio program leaders at the World Health Organization said Monday.There had been worries that a few countries — China and Russia among them — might not be able to get the job done by May 1. But all 155 nations involved in the unprecedented operation known as “the switch” have complied, director Michel Zaffran told STAT in an interview from Geneva.“I believe we can be quite confident that all countries withdrew the vaccine by yesterday,” he said.advertisement By Helen Branswell May 2, 2016 Reprints Leave this field empty if you’re human: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that the polio eradication campaign has cost more than $11 billion. It has cost more than $14 billion. As they spread, the vaccine viruses can regain the ability to paralyze. That happens rarely — and was a risk the partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative felt was acceptable back in the days when tens and even hundreds of thousands of children a year were being paralyzed by so-called wild polioviruses.But the risk-benefit ratio has shifted for one strain of polio, type 2. That strain of polioviruses has been declared eradicated; no type 2 viruses have been seen since 1999.Type 2 vaccine viruses are the ones most likely to regain the ability to paralyze. So with no risk of infection from wild type 2 viruses, it was decided the type 2 component had to be removed from the vaccine.Last year there were 74 children paralyzed by wild polioviruses in the only two remaining countries — Pakistan and Afghanistan — where circulation of the viruses has never been interrupted. So far this year, there have been 12 cases reported — eight in Pakistan and four in Afghanistan.But last year, 32 children were paralyzed by vaccine-derived polioviruses. And so far this year, three such cases have been reported.The Global Polio Eradication Initiative originally included the WHO, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, and the service club Rotary International; the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined in the last decade.For polio eradication to be successful, all transmission of both wild viruses and the viruses from the oral vaccine must cease.Eventually, use of all oral vaccine will have to stop. The polio program has been viewing this campaign as a test run for the final withdrawal of the oral vaccine.After 28 years and more than $14 billion, the polio finish line appears tantalizingly close — closer than it’s ever been. Experts hope that polio transmission will stop sometime this year and the virus will be declared eradicated in 2019. Related: Helen Branswell About the Author Reprints Tags polioVaccinesWHOcenter_img Privacy Policy HealthOne step closer to a polio-free world Related: The switch was designed to shift countries that use oral polio vaccine from a version that contains protection against three types of polio to one that protects against only two.It was done in a coordinated fashion — the largest withdrawal of a vaccine ever — to minimize the risks created by the move, which will leave some children in the world without protection against one strain of polio for a period of time.The United States was not involved in the switch. It stopped using oral polio vaccine altogether in 1999. US children are immunized with the injectable polio vaccine designed by Jonas Salk in the 1950s.The switch was needed to address a risk associated with the oral vaccine, still used widely in low- and middle-income countries because it costs pennies a dose and is simple to administer.The oral vaccine, designed by Albert Sabin, is made with live but weakened polioviruses. Children who swallow the vaccine drops excrete those vaccine viruses in their stools for a period of time after vaccination. Like regular polioviruses, the vaccine viruses can circulate from child to child in places where sanitation is poor. Please enter a valid email address. About three-quarters of the countries involved in the switch had completed the work by the end of last week. Roughly 35 countries made the shift over the weekend, said Diana Chang Blanc, who was coordinating the campaign for the WHO.The WHO has sent monitors to countries involved in the operation to verify that any remaining stocks of the phased-out vaccine have been withdrawn from circulation and collected for destruction, Zaffran said.advertisement ‘We have never been this close’: The campaign to eradicate polio takes a giant step forward Newsletters Sign up for Morning Rounds Your daily dose of news in health and medicine. Senior Writer, Infectious Disease Helen covers issues broadly related to infectious diseases, including outbreaks, preparedness, research, and vaccine development.last_img read more

June 23, 2021

With another White House delay, rule to bolster safety data on generic labels may be dead

first_imgPharmalot Unlock this article by subscribing to STAT+ and enjoy your first 30 days free! GET STARTED By Ed Silverman July 24, 2017 Reprints APStock With another White House delay, rule to bolster safety data on generic labels may be dead Log In | Learn More What’s included? What is it? Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Tags pharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+center_img @Pharmalot GET STARTED About the Author Reprints [email protected] STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Ed Silverman Once again, a controversial rule for updating generic drug labeling is being postponed, but this time, its chances of being implemented appear slimmer than ever, according to consumer advocates.The rule was proposed four years ago by the Food and Drug Administration in an effort to bolster patient safety. Specifically, the rule would allow generic drug makers to independently update safety warnings, something only brand-name drug makers can currently do before receiving FDA permission. Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry.last_img read more

June 19, 2021

‘Mallima speed’ and ‘socialist revolution’ dominate state media

first_img TAGSNorth Korean economypropagandaSamjiyon SHARE News By Jong Kyo Jin, Research Professor, Korea University Institute for Unification Studies – 2018.07.31 4:48pm News ‘Mallima speed’ and ‘socialist revolution’ dominate state media North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) Proposal to shift “general markets” to “specialized markets” finds little support among N. Korean leaders RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again AvatarJong Kyo Jin, Research Professor, Korea University Institute for Unification Studies Facebook Twitter NewsEconomy North Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits a construction site in Samjiyon County, Ryanggang Province. Image: Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).The North Korean authorities have been encouraging residents to display increased loyalty to the Kim regime and earnestly accomplish tasks that have been set by the leader. It is also being announced that the key to the advancement of the country is unity of the people, with calls for achievement of the socialist revolution.One example is the song lyrics to “Socialism Loves You” being featured on the inside cover of the June edition of Joson Woman, North Korea’s most iconic women’s magazine. In contrast, hot topics such as “denuclearization,” “peace,” “reformation,” and “opening up” are omitted. The findings are similar in other popular magazines such as Joson Literature, and Children’s Literature. While economic development has been a long-term goal for North Korea, it appears that the current focus is the rapid mobilization of the workforce to achieve “Mallima Speed.”*Mallima is a term that refers to an extension of a proverbial story (Chollima) about a horse that traveled 1,000 km in a single day. North Korea replaced the suffix Cho-, meaning 1,000 (km), with Man- (meaning 10,000) to symbolize moving at an even faster speed*.In North Korea’s state publication Rodong Sinmun, the achievement of socialism is being heavily promoted in the agriculture sector. It was reported on July 9 that Kim Jong Un visited Chunghung Farm in Samjiyon County, calling for it to become a model for mechanized agriculture and ordering it to be modernized.Kim Jong Un also stated that all construction must be completed as quickly as possible in Samjiyon County, an area that has been receiving a large amount of support and currently an area of interest in North Korea. It appears that the rapid mobilization of the workforce here may be used to create a new slogan for propaganda, “Samjiyon Speed,” to also mean rapid mobilization of the workforce. This is comparable to the use of “Masikryong Speed,” a term used during the early years of the Kim Jong Un regime.  The area receiving the most attention is the “Paektu Mountain Miryong Revolutionary Battlefield.” With the goal of the Kim administration being to become the “Paektu Mountain Nation,” the phrase “Paektu Mountain” has become paramount to maintaining control by the regime. There are two driving forces behind this goal: becoming a nuclear power and economic development. However, above all else, the most important consideration has always been guaranteeing Kim Jong Un’s rule. This is presumed to be the reason behind North Korea declaring Kim Jong Un as one of the “Three Great Generals of Paektu Mountain” last year in November, three months before North Korea declared itself a nuclear power.      With the first goal of obtaining nuclear weapons having been accomplished in April, efforts are turning towards economic development so as to enter the “Mallima Era.” As far as the population is concerned, North Korea has already become a nuclear power and the term denuclearization is not widely discussed. Despite being the primary focus of the summits between South Korea, North Korea, and the United States, denuclearization has already become an idea of the past for the North Korean people. The denuclearization issue is only being marginally discussed between Kim Jong Un and a small group of elites, keeping up with the façade in order to lift economic sanctions and attract foreign investment and economic aid.Despite being considered essential to becoming the “Paektu Mountain Nation,” if North Korea sacrifices or weakens its position of being a nuclear power for economic development, the goal becomes difficult, if not impossible. The regime understands this, and rather than giving up one or the other, the focus is simply being shifted to economic development from last year’s push to becoming a nuclear power.The two areas that have been at the forefront of building the Mallima- Era have been the Wonsan Kalma Area and the Mount Paektu region near Samjiyon County. Until last month, the focus had been centered on the Wonsan Kalma Area, and has recently shifted to Samjiyon County with the launch of projects to improve the rail infrastructure there, as was similarly undertaken in the Wonsan Kalma area. Although the official purpose of the project is to facilitate the movement of needed materials and supplies to construction sites, the result is the improvement of infrastructure in the area needed for transportation. Could this be a subtle way of setting the stage for economic development by Kim Jong Un? It seems that the leader is interested in developing the Paektu Mountain area and Wonsan areas as tourist destinations without publicly mentioning the phrase “opening the country.”* Views expressed in Guest Columns do not necessarily reflect those of Daily NK.Translated by Brian Boyle News last_img read more

June 17, 2021

Special Focus on Young Men Committing Crimes

first_imgSpecial Focus on Young Men Committing Crimes UncategorizedNovember 16, 2008 RelatedSpecial Focus on Young Men Committing Crimes FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The increase in gang-related crimes being committed by young men, is receiving special attention by the Ministry of National Security.Addressing a graduation ceremony for 58 participants, at the Caribbean Regional Drug Law Enforcement Training Centre, at Twickenham Park, St. Catherine, on November 13, Minister of National Security, Senator Colonel Trevor MacMillan, said that 80 per cent of all crimes was committed by gangs, and that 80 per cent of the persons committing the offences are young men between 15 and 25 years of age.“One of the big problems we have in this country is what to do with young men and I can assure you that a lot of thought is taking place,” Senator MacMillan said.The graduates participated in a course on: Techniques of Financial Investigation.Senator MacMillan said the rebuilding of organisations, such as the Cadet Corps, the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, was also engaging the attention of the Minister of Education.“If we don’t look after those young men and take them off the corners, it is going to get worse,” he added.Senator MacMillan urged the participants to be on the lookout for new trends in the drug industry, and to share the information with their colleagues in similar agencies.“When you pick up on anything new, don’t take it for granted that your colleagues have already caught on. Share your observations with colleagues in other agencies. This helps us to spot linkages and to develop a complete picture,” he said.He said that information sharing could now be done through two regional facilities, the Joint Regional Communications Centre and the Regional Intelligence Fusion Centre.The two-week training course was attended by personnel from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), Customs, Defence Forces and Financial Investigation units across the English-speaking Caribbean. RelatedSpecial Focus on Young Men Committing Crimescenter_img RelatedSpecial Focus on Young Men Committing Crimes Advertisementslast_img read more

June 17, 2021

Delinquent Employers Targeted in Drive to Collect Outstanding NIF Contributions

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Labour and Social Security will be targeting delinquent employers as it works to collect outstanding contributions owed to the National Insurance Fund (NIF).“If necessary, legal proceedings will be instituted against delinquent employers to recover what is due to the fund. A revision of the fines and penalties will also be recommended to Cabinet,” said State Minister, Hon. Andrew Gallimore, during his recent contribution to the 2009/10 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives.He urged all workers, those in the formal sector, as well as informal business operators such as hairdressers, barbers, vendors, and farmers, to register and contribute to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) to ensure that they will have a pension when they retire.“There are certain professional groups, as well as persons operating as consultants and contractors who have not been contributing as required under the law. They may not see the need now, but we have living examples of many professionals who neglected to contribute and are now destitute and without a pension,” Mr. Gallimore said.It is against this background that the Ministry will be embarking on a public education campaign to sensitise all Jamaicans about the importance of contributing to the NIS. “As a country, we cannot leave our citizens to chance. We must begin a conversation around savings and proper planning for the future,” Mr. Gallimore said.There are currently 450,000 persons contributing to the NIS, representing about one third of eligible contributors to the scheme. There are some 90,000 beneficiaries, but there is a $3 billion shortfall between income and expenditure. RelatedDelinquent Employers Targeted in Drive to Collect Outstanding NIF Contributions RelatedDelinquent Employers Targeted in Drive to Collect Outstanding NIF Contributions Delinquent Employers Targeted in Drive to Collect Outstanding NIF Contributions LabourJuly 6, 2009center_img RelatedDelinquent Employers Targeted in Drive to Collect Outstanding NIF Contributions Advertisementslast_img read more

June 16, 2021

Bay Fusion bid takes a step forward

first_imgBay Fusion bid takes a step forward A bid to see the Government’s new Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) hosted at Heysham has taken a step forward today.STEP is an ambitious programme to build the World’s first prototype fusion energy plant, generating electricity for the grid by 2040. As a low carbon energy source, fusion could help combat climate change.Lancaster University is a partner in Bay Fusion – an association of local companies, Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, local colleges and a group of leading Universities led by Lancaster, brought together to support the nomination of Heysham as a potential location for STEP.This proposal – if approved – would build on our existing strengths in physics and engineering, teaching and engagement and our global research networks. STEP could have a transformative impact, on the globally leading research at Lancaster and across the NorthWest, but also for the local economy, bringing substantial investment, employment and training opportunities to the community.Today the bid was selected as one of 15 sites in the running to become the future home of STEP, as announced by the UK Atomic Energy Authority.Following consultation, including panel discussion​s with the public, Lancaster City Council’s cabinet voted in favour of supporting a Heysham bid and Bay Fusion submitted its Expression of Interest to UK Government (UKAEA) on Wednesday March 31.The next stage will see UKAEA visiting the candidate sites to help make their recommendation to the Secretary of State.Malcolm Joyce, Professor of Nuclear Engineering at Lancaster University, said: “STEP is an extraordinarily exciting opportunity for Heysham because it combines the potential to benefit the local and regional economies very significantly, with the opportunity for these communities to influence the development of a technology that has the potential to help avert climate change, worldwide.”Dr Samuel Murphy, Director of Studies for Nuclear Engineering at Lancaster University, said: “As a nationally important infrastructure project, STEP is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for investment in Heysham, Lancaster and the North West and would signal the Government’s confidence in the region’s ability to build the world’s first fusion reactor and lead the fight against climate change.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:climate change, electricity, employment, Engineering, Government, infrastructure, Investment, Lancaster, Lancaster University, production, secretary of state, technology, UK, UK Government, universitylast_img read more

June 15, 2021

Woodland Public Schools thanks retiring employees for their decades of service to public education and caring for the community’s children

first_imgWoodland Public Schools thanks retiring employees for their decades of service to public education and caring for the community’s childrenPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, June 8, 2021in: Community Newsshare 0 Name*Email*Website Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). guestLabel 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Name*Email*Website The retirees dedicated themselves to honing their craft and providing for students in a variety of ways throughout the districtAs the end of the 2020-2021 school year approaches, Woodland Public Schools recognizes retiring employees who will end their careers after decades of serving the community and ensuring all children receive a high-quality education even during these historic times due to the pandemic.Read on to learn how each of the retirees dedicated themselves to honing their craft and providing for students in a variety of ways throughout the district in the words of coworkers remembering their colleagues’ years of service.Woodland School District officials recently honored their retiring employees. Photo courtesy of Woodland School DistrictWoodland School District officials recently honored their retiring employees. Photo courtesy of Woodland School DistrictColumbia ElementaryCheryl Moir, Paraeducator – 8 Years of ServiceMost people who worked with us know we look just a little alike!  I started working with Cheryl when I was in high school at the local Hi-School Pharmacy, where we spent almost nine years confusing customers.  When I graduated college and started working at Woodland Primary School, Cheryl was always delighted when kids would come up to her at Hi-School Pharmacy and think she was me. Around 2014, she joined me at the primary school and we continued our tradition of confusing kids and adults alike. Cheryl loves working in schools and was always putting in extra effort creating things together at home to help her connect with and help her students. I know she is really going to miss her “kids” and we are really going to miss her.  I’m even going to miss the occasional kid calling out, “Hi, Ms. M!” as I walk by! -Shelby LinnemeyerLorie Vogel, Teacher – 27 Years, 9 Months of ServiceDuring the first couple of years I worked for Woodland, we had a major snowstorm which closed school early. There was a major accident on the freeway and I got stuck in Woodland for the night. I didn’t know anyone who lived in town who I would be comfortable calling other than Lorie. She took me home, fed me, gave me a place to sleep, and she drove me home the next day. She is fondly known by my family as “the lady who rescued me.” I was only comfortable calling her because I had worked with her with students and she always made me feel welcome. We have had a lot of laughs since then and I will always appreciate her generosity! -Felicity Ottis Lorie was so welcoming to me when I first started and has continued to always be willing to lend a helping hand, open up her junk drawer, share her tool bag, and bring treats for special occasions. Her white Chex Mix that she brings every year for Christmas is the best stuff EVER!! I have always been impressed with her connection with her kids and parents.  She will be sorely missed here at CES! -Shelby Linnemeyer North Fork ElementaryCarl Steinwachs, Custodian – 15 Years, 6 months of ServiceWe will all miss Carl. He’s always offered helpful advice and alerted us to safety issues. I don’t think he ever missed a day of work, or, at least, not very often that I know of over the last five or six years. He was always very pleasant, reliable and helpful. Carl is just an all-around nice guy! A pleasure to work with! -Tegan SteenWoodland Middle SchoolCheryl Cline, Library Specialist – 8 Years, 2 Months of ServiceCheryl was “Miss Reliable” and could always be counted on to have the library ready and waiting to serve students. She worked to have curriculum and materials prepared in advance to make the staff’s lives easier. We wish her the very best in retirement. -James JohnstonCyndi Duling, Paraeducator – 26 Years, 9 Months of ServiceCyndi has been a valuable member of our reading team for years. She made a huge impact on student learning because she is an excellent teacher. She not only delivers instruction with skill, but she cares about and connects with kids, and they work hard to meet her expectations. I will always remember Cyndi’s dedication, especially this year as she wheeled around on a scooter after surgery. Even though she was still in the healing stages, she just kept at it, doing all she could to meet the needs of students, knowing that she would be sorely missed if she was out.  Her shoes will be hard to fill and she will be missed. -Tara EiltsRandi Isselhardt, Cook – 27 Years, 6 Months of ServiceWhen Randi came into our kitchen, we already were a fine-tuned machine, working together getting things done. I knew she might feel out of place, so I tried to give her little hints to help her along. Eventually, she got into the groove and became somebody I could depend on to pick up my slack due to my Head Cook duties. Randi held her own putting our deliveries away, as well as keeping on top of the many different things I threw at her. I am going to miss our morning before-work talks, but I am happy that she chose to take care of herself. I’m not sure she will be able to succeed in retirement since she does not sit still for very long, but I’m sure she will work on it. Shine on, Randi!Woodland High SchoolMaxine Gonzalez-Kelly, Teacher – 14 Years, 10 Months of ServiceMaestra, you have such a colorful personality and wardrobe. I will miss your charm and passion for your students. -Carlotta PropersiCindy Hadaller, Building Secretary – 19 Years of ServiceThanks for being so incredibly sweet from the get-go. Ages ago when I subbed for the high school, Cindy was always so friendly and helpful. I will never forget how welcoming she was when I was brand-new to the state. I am glad that these past two years I have been able to work with Cindy again. Your beautiful family and all the children you have ever watched are so lucky to have you. -Carlotta PropersiI am going to miss Cindy’s sunny smile and giving heart around WHS. I hope she kicks up her heels and dances; just don’t blow out the knee again! -Kim MillerJeff Nesbitt, Teacher – 27 Years, 9 Months of ServiceI appreciate what Jeff brings to the table during our staff meetings. I will miss his happy-go-lucky attitude. -Carlotta PropersiJeff has been a wonderful addition to our school. His on-point comments at staff meetings will be deeply missed, plus how he keeps Matt in-line! -Kim MillerKWRLMichael Dix, Bus Driver – 4 Years, 4 Months of ServiceMichael has always taken his job to heart and it is proven out by the number of compliments we have received from parents. Dispatchers and office staff feel blessed to have Michael on-route and know that we have our best foot forward as an organization when it comes to the work that Michael does for students. -Shannon BarnettTim Dunn, Bus Driver – 3 Years, 5 Months of ServiceTim is one of those employees that helps with any organizational needs that our operations may face. We have appreciated Tim being a team player in all efforts to support student transportation. That type of team effort is always missed when lost. -Shannon BarnettSue Horal, Bus Driver – 30 Years, 8 Months of ServiceSue is a remarkable driver with a history of building strong relationships and connections with the students she transports as the foundation to her exceptional service. Sue has gone out of her way to be a reasonable and wise advocate for school bus drivers and for student transportation services, in general. Sue will be missed by all KWRL staff as well as her students following her many years of dedicated service. -Shannon BarnettStephen Martin, Bus Driver – 6 Years, 7 Months of ServiceSteve has done so much more than just operate home-to-school routes. He helped KWRL train drivers and has thousands of miles of extracurricular trips transporting students late into the night in all sorts of weather conditions. We thank Steve for his years of service to student transportation services. -Shannon BarnettDonald Zavalney, KWRL Bus Driver – 15 Years of ServiceDon has been a reliable, dependable and consistent driver throughout his 15 years of service. Don has transported students primarily in the Ridgefield School District but has transported and helped out in each of the KWRL’s member districts. We thank Don for his many years of service to student transportation services. -Shannon BarnettMaintenance TeamKen LeFever, Lead Groundsperson – 13 Years, 6 Months of ServiceKen has always shared his knowledge of custodial and grounds with staff. He has always been helpful and hardworking. He has such a balanced manner with a great sense of humor. While I will miss him, we are so lucky that he is willing to sub for us for a while. He is still pitching in when we need him! Such a great person! -Tegan SteenLearn more about how Woodland Public Schools educates students and serves the community, by visiting the dedicated news webpage at www.woodlandschools.org/news/wsdInformation provided by Woodland School District.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyretireesstudentsWoodlandWoodland Public SchoolsWoodland School Districtyears of serviceshare 0 Previous : Friends of Frog Ferry announces plans for a passenger ferry service pilot project between Cathedral Park and RiverPlace Next : Ridgefield High School students provide marketing boost to local coffee shopAdvertisementThis is placeholder text I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. 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June 15, 2021

Waterloo EV Challenge helps cultivate the next generation of engineers

first_imgTo overcome the monetary shortfalls, teams scout for sponsors and defray costs by using as much recycled material as possible. The results are inventive while still being solution-oriented. Garnet Koebel, a grade 11 student from Waterloo Oxford Secondary School, proudly pointed out how that team had lightweighted their vehicle from last year’s entry to this one, echoing the entire auto industry’s message about vehicle weight. “We got forty pounds off it,” he told me. That’s quite a feat on a vehicle that at first glance appears to be all battery and BMX tires. Koebel knew every part of his team’s car inside out. I asked why he wasn’t on the track with the rest of the crew. “I forgot my parent permission form,” he said with a sheepish grin.Vehicle design rules are stringent, and precise. The result is a paddock full of cars that are similar, yet you can spot teams that are benefiting from on-going program participation that provides momentum, as well as sponsors. The University of Waterloo offers a kit design, but variations abound. Some seats are basically the required five point car seatbelt installed into a bare bones (or barely padded) box, another sports an elaborate Recaro style seat. Some drivers sit well tucked into the assembly, some ride higher. All machines have two front wheels and a single rear one, and stability requirements must be met. Only one team, Martingrove Collegiate, was playing with larger, thin tires (think a racing bicycle) to lower resistance. While a team member told me their car had a top speed of 40 to 45 km/hr, the average was about 25, similar for most on the course.Programs like this are vital to the automotive industry and the students who will one day work in it. The EV Challenge enjoys support from Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (TMMC), Trillium Auto Dealers Association (TADA) and Interstate Batteries. Teachers and mentors are tasked with overseeing the many hours put in (most teams average 20 hours a week, all school year long) by students, and also managing the long game: making sure they can recruit enough young students to eventually replace those who graduate. We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Ethan Frizzell, Keanna van Herksen, Ehab Shabudeen, Kiernan Campbell, Samuel Findling of Preston High School in their first year at the Waterloo EV Challenge.Lorraine Sommerfeld, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2St. Mary’s High School entry at the Waterloo EV Challenge.Lorraine Sommerfeld, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Waterloo-Oxford District Secondary School entry at the Waterloo EV Challenge.Lorraine Sommerfeld, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2A creative use of dryer vents.Lorraine Sommerfeld, Driving Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Weldon Secondary School entry at the Waterloo EV Challenge.Lorraine Sommerfeld, Driving Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” I’ve covered similar events where the drivers have been scouted like football players in high school hallways, but in reverse. Instead of looking for the largest boys who can run and catch, teams were looking for the tiniest girls who could drive. While the gender of participants in the Waterloo event definitely trended male, I watched teammates who clearly viewed each other as just that. An area teacher brought along some of his students to get a feel for the event as they anticipate getting involved for next year’s competition, and most of his charges were young women.There is a confluence of disciplines involved. Some of the high schoolers involved want to go into car design, but most know the real world experience they get here will help the in their various engineering studies, from manufacturing to electrical to computer. Students Mark Reckzin, going into his third year of mechanical engineering at Georgian College, and teammate Andrew Snyder, in first year electrical engineering, offer up the crossover required in both disciplines and ages.Tech teachers like Paul Brubaker and director Dan Davison from Preston High School in Cambridge, overseeing that team’s first year at the event, hope to build on the five team members they have now. “It’s a natural pathway to engineering for our students,” says Davison. “Unfortunately, it doesn’t get the attention – or funding – that often goes to sports.” Some teams boasted pop-up tents and rented cube trucks, generators at the ready as well as spare batteries and impressive tool kits. “We’re even borrowing shade,” joked Davison, as another team’s pit area provided some relief from the midday heat.Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Jacob Hood, Yehia Fahmy and Boris Stojanovic stand behind an unimpressed 2-and-a-half year old Angus Jacob (who is wearing sandals that look like race cars) at the Waterloo EV Challenge. advertisement RELATED TAGSNews WATERLOO, ON – A steering wheel poached from an old riding lawn mower. Exterior dryer vents as cooling ducts. A roll cage welded from the tubular frame of a table. Mirrors from motorcycles. Wheels from bicycles.On Saturday, the eighth annual University of Waterloo EV Challenge hosted seventeen teams from area high schools and colleges, teams that have spent months designing, building and testing their engineering chops when it comes to electric vehicles. The results were a wonderful mash of smarts and creativity; the students are guided by teachers, but it’s the kids who do all the work.There are two categories: 12 volt and 24 volt. Most teams tackle both cars, tested in endurance races that last an hour. With a minimum of three driver changes required, driving strategy isn’t what you think it might be: nearly every coach told me kids earn their way into the driver’s seat through sweat-equity in the project, not through a no-doubt tempting desire to have the smallest, lightest butt in the seat. Unexpected breakdowns in pit lane, timing on driver changes, crews doing their best to interpret some confusing flag signals, on-the-fly solutions for parts wiggled loose from a sewer grate on part of the course: all part of the cooperative effort of getting complex designs from drawing board to race course. See More Videos The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Some cars definitely were more comfortable than others. Trending Videos Trending in Canada PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? 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June 13, 2021

Vinsent Proposes Bordeaux Wines from the 2019 Vintage en Primeurs to…

first_img TAGSVinsent Twitter Share Facebook AdvertisementVinsent.wine is a marketplace dedicated to wine producers who want to sell their wines en primeur directly to wine connoisseurs.Several well-known Italian, Spanish, French, Israeli and American producers are proposing wines that are still ageing in their cellars. For example, wine lovers can purchase Brunello di Montalcino Riserva 2015 directly from Argiano and also Chambolle-Musigny 2018 from Edouard Delaunay, the Reserva Especial 2016 by CVNE in Spain.The predominately American customer base can therefore purchase great wines at an early stage and not only get a great price but also be sure of the availability of the product. The American market is massive and also complex because of the 3 third system, making it sometimes difficult to access great wines and small productions and handcrafted wines which are most often produced in limited quantities.Thanks to this innovative model, wine lovers can be certain they purchase their wines directly from the estate and therefore avoid all risk of fraud and counterfeit.  On this delicate note, Vinsent.wine has developed its own system using the technology from Blockchain to guarantee a transparent transaction between the wine producer and the buyer. By allowing the wine producers to sell all or part of their production en primeur, Vinsent.wine is participating in the success of the vintage and the sales of the wines via traditional distribution channels.With the help of the Vinsent platform, the winemaker will have a direct link with the consumer and will therefore be able to gather useful data to fully understand their customers.Due to the COVID-19 crisis, the wine industry is facing big challenges and is witnessing behavioural changes from wine consumers. For those who wish to help by buying wines en primeurs, they will be helping producers by alleviating some of the financial burden in these difficult times. This crisis is also impacting most professional fairs and the primeur week which was supposed to take place at the end of March 2020- this week gives buyers the opportunity to discover the vintage and they can then propose these wines to connoisseurs.To allow their clients to access the 2019 vintage, Vinsent.wine has been able to secure allocations from great estates within a partnership with Bordeaux wine merchants, such as Château Pape Clément, Château Pichon Comtesse, Château Cheval Blanc, Château Angélus, Château Figeac, Château Haut Bailly and many others. The Bordeaux 2019 wines will be registered in the blockchain and offered for sale to American wine lovers – prices include delivery and customs clearance in the USA (where the law allows this).“This vintage is very successful and the price is attractive, this will allow many connoisseurs to reconnect with Bordeaux. In recent years, Bordeaux bashing has pushed many customers away and has reduced many references from wine shops and restaurants in the US.” States Jacob Ner-David, Co-founder of Vinsent.wine.About Vinsent.wineThe Vinsent app creates a marketplace that enables wineries around the world to offer their wine futures for purchase, and to enable end-consumers to secure their favorite wines and enjoy monthly updates from the winemaker. Vinsent was founded in 2018 by Jacob Ner-David, an accomplished entrepreneur and chairman of the award winning Jezreel Winery; and Gil Picovsky, an investment professional and experienced entrepreneur.Advertisement Email Linkedin Home Industry News Releases Vinsent Proposes Bordeaux Wines from the 2019 Vintage en Primeurs to American…Industry News ReleasesWine BusinessVinsent Proposes Bordeaux Wines from the 2019 Vintage en Primeurs to American Wine LoversBy Press Release – July 23, 2020 244 0 ReddIt Previous articleCelebrate National White Wine Day with Unique & Refreshing California White Wine CocktailsNext articleReustle Strikes Gold at Critics Challenge International Wine Competition Press Release Pinterestlast_img read more

June 12, 2021

COJ Closes to Upgrade DPMIS

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ), located at 1 Grenada Way, New Kingston, will be closed to the public from Friday, October 5 to Tuesday, October 9, to facilitate the upgrading of its document processing management information system (DPMIS). During the period, all regular services will be suspended; however, customers can utilise the drop off box service, which will be available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily. The COJ advises that all documents received up to September 28, 2012 will be processed, while certificates processed and rejected documents will be issued to customers throughout the period, October 1 to 9. The office will resume normal services on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, except for all express services which will remain suspended until further notice. Members of the public are asked to note the following:           ·        All documents that become due for filing during the period October 1 to 9 must be filed. Penalties and late fees will be applied to all such documents that are not filed. ·        All documents for new and existing companies and business names that are dropped off during the period October 1 to 9 will not be processed until the office re-opens on October 10. ·        Customers paying by cash and card (debit or credit) during the period October 1 to 9 will be allowed to go to the cashier. For further information on the closure and business services, persons can contact the COJ at 908-4419-24 or email: [email protected] RelatedCOJ Closes to Upgrade DPMIS RelatedCOJ Closes to Upgrade DPMIS COJ Closes to Upgrade DPMIS CommerceOctober 4, 2012center_img RelatedCOJ Closes to Upgrade DPMIS Advertisementslast_img read more