STEM programs turning classrooms blue

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSSt. John’s Water Management DistrictSTEM Previous articleNew Tijuana Flats welcomes first customersNext articleImpact Church makes a difference at Fall Festival Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR District’s new  Grant Program accepting applications through Nov. 30The St. Johns River Water Management District is launching a new educational grant program to enhance student development in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related topics. The Blue School Grant Program offers financial support for teachers working to promote water resource protection through hands-on learning opportunities.“The district is committed to educating the next generation and their families about the value of water,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Our staff has done this for many years through in-school and online programs. I’m thrilled we will be working even more closely with our community schools on water resource outreach.”In its inaugural year, the district has budgeted up to $10,000 for the Blue School Grant Program. Grants of up to $1,000 are available to teachers in four areas: water quality field study, water-conserving garden project, community/school awareness campaign or a freshwater resources field study program. Ninth through twelfth grade public and charter school teachers within the district’s 18-county service area are eligible to apply.The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2016. Teachers receiving grants will be notified by Dec. 12.Information packets are being mailed to each high school in the district. Information about criteria and deadlines and the online application can be found at www.sjrwmd.com/education/blueschool. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Arbitrary detention of journalists continues as result of tension between Hamas and Fatah

first_img May 16, 2021 Find out more PalestineMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to Palestinian political leaders to put an end to a wave of arrests of journalists. At least four are currently detained in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and the press freedom organisation calls for their release.“The political struggle between Hamas and Fatah has inflicted a great deal of damage on the press in the Palestinian Territories,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Many media have been closed and dozens of journalists have been arrested. In the absence of the rule of law, they have no way of defending themselves. Mahmoud Abbas and Ismael Haniyeh cannot remain silent while this goes on. It is in their own interest to ensure there is room for free speech.”Waddah Eid, an occasional contributor to the Aljazeera.net website, has been held in the West Bank since 17 July, when he was summoned to the headquarters of the Preventive Security Service, which is run by President Abbas’ Palestinian Authority. He has not been told why he is being held, but it seems he was arrested because of what he wrote for publications regarded as pro-Hamas. Reporters Without Borders has not received any information about Farid Hamad, a correspondent of the daily Al-Ayyam, since his arrest on 29 July at his home in Salwad, near Ramallah.Awad Al-Rajoub, a full-time Aljazeera.net correspondent, was released yesterday after spending a month in detention without being charged. Following pressure from Al Jazeera and organisations that defend the media, the Palestinian supreme court ruled that he was being held illegally.“I spend 26 days in solitary confinement, 16 of them in appalling conditions,” he said on his release. “I was not allowed to have a mattress and had to sleep on the floor (…) I was interrogated about my work. I think I will no longer be able to tackle the subjects I used to write about because they have become taboo, which shows how far free expression has deteriorated in the Territories.”Rajoub was arrested on 29 July at the Arab Media Centre in the West Bank city of Hebron by members of the Palestinian Authority’s security forces, who seized his computer and his work papers.Several journalists alleged to be Fatah supporters were arrested by the Hamas security forces in the Gaza Strip after a car-bombing on 25 July. Two of them, Fouad Jarrada of the state-owned Palestine Broadcasting Corporation and Amro Farra, a reporter for the state news agency, are still being held.Imad Eid, the head of the Maan news agency and a correspondent for the Lebanese TV station Al-Manar, was briefly detained on 29 July after writing a dispatch about a Hamas decision to close Fatah-owned premises.The armed wing of Hamas in the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority’s security services in the West Bank were included this year for the first time in the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom,” which is updated every May. News Reporters Without Borders reiterates its appeal to Palestinian political leaders to put an end to a wave of arrests of journalists.“Mahmoud Abbas and Ismael Haniyeh cannot remain silent while this goes on. It is in their own interest to ensure there is room for free speech,” Reporters Without Borders said. August 29, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arbitrary detention of journalists continues as result of tension between Hamas and Fatah PalestineMiddle East – North Africa May 28, 2021 Find out more WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists Follow the news on Palestine Israel now holding 13 Palestinian journalists News to go further RSF asks ICC prosecutor to say whether Israeli airstrikes on media in Gaza constitute war crimes Organisation Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Newslast_img read more

University donor’s oil company fined for toxic dump

first_imgTrafigura co-founder Graham Sharp retired from the company in 2007, and established the Helsington Foundation, a trust that has given the university £3.25m to fund a new summer school programme at Oxford to help students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Trafigura was fined £840,000 by a court in the Netherlands for illegally exporting tonnes of toxic waste and disposing of it in the Ivory Coast. 30,000 people are believed to have fallen ill as a consequence of the disposal. Sharp graduated from St John’s College in 1983 with a first-class honours degree in Engineering, Economics and Management. The prosecution against Trafigura, which is considering an appeal, argued that the company had put “self-interest above people’s health and the environment”. The company has previously paid £32m compensation in an out-of-court settlement to those who required medical treatment. In another settlement, £100m was given to the Ivory Coast government to help clean up the waste, although Trafigura did not officially admit its liability. A spokesperson for the university said that the Helsington Foundation is “entirely independent of the company with which Mr Sharp worked”. Sharp said of his donation, “I want to help with initiatives that reach out to those pupils who have ability and aspirations but aren’t able to fulfil those aspirations. I named the foundation after the outward bound centre I went to with my old school – a place that helped widen my education.” The University announced the donation in April 2009, and the summer schools started earlier this month. The programme, which currently has 500 places, is set to replace the Sutton Trust summer schools, and aims to offer 1,000 places by 2014. Oxford University has accepted more than £3million in donations from Graham Sharp, a St John’s College alumnus and co-founder of Trafigura, an oil trading company that was convicted last Friday of criminal charges over a 2006 environmental scandal.last_img read more

Director Diez

first_imgFor years, food scientist Francisco Diez studied and admired the work of University of Georgia Regents’ Professor Mike Doyle, but the two researchers’ paths never crossed. For the next year, they will work closely together as Diez transitions into Doyle’s role as director of the UGA Center for Food Safety in Griffin, Georgia.Doyle, a leading authority on foodborne pathogens, came to the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in 1991 to establish the center. As director, he developed a research program that promotes collaboration among the food industry, the university, and federal and state agencies.A native of Mexico, Diez earned a bachelor’s degree in food technology from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, and completed master’s and doctoral degrees in food science at Cornell University in New York. He comes to UGA from the University of Minnesota, where he was a faculty member and head of the Department of Food Science and Nutrition. His research focuses on the family of pathogens known as enterohemorrhagic E. coli, an important cause of food contamination and foodborne illness.Now at UGA, Diez sees Doyle as an invaluable resource in his new leadership position. While transitioning into retirement, Doyle will introduce Diez to the network he has built by working closely with the food industry, consumer groups and government agencies, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.“I can’t even imagine walking into the door without his help,” Diez said. “Close working relationships like the ones Mike has built require a lot of trust and they are critical for the future success of the center.”Diez plans to reach out to the center’s network of stakeholders in the food industry for advice and recommendations. “I want to know what their hopes and expectations are for the Center for Food Safety at UGA,” he said.As the new center director, Diez will also be rebuilding the center’s faculty team by replacing current vacancies in virology, epidemiology and microbiology.“The college is committed to refilling these open positions and ensuring that our facilities and laboratories are in good shape,” Diez said. “Then we will develop a long-term strategy to expand our center to the international level. We are already known across the United States. I see the center making a huge impact on solving the problems that exist in food safety across the world. The opportunities are endless.”For more information on the UGA Center for Food Safety, see the center’s website at ugacfs.org.last_img read more

February 15, 2003 Letters

first_img Dignity in LawAs a Florida A&M alumnus and former athlete who has pursued a career in law, I was offended that The Florida Bar chose to honor only two Florida A&M athletes-turned-lawyers at The Florida Classic in Orlando in honor of the Bar’s Dignity in Law campaign. In my opinion, the ceremony did more damage than good as it gave thousands of young black people at the game and ceremony the impression that few black athletes can become lawyers. I know this is not the case.I played baseball at Florida A&M and graduated from there in 1967. I graduated from the University of Florida College of Law in 1973 and will have been a member of The Florida Bar in good standing for 28 years in May of this year. I strongly suggest that The Florida Bar include all athletes-turned-lawyers in its future ceremonies if it is to promote true “Dignity in Law.”Leon Daniel Watts Ft. Pierce THE DIGNITY IN LAW CAMPAIGN RESPONDS: In the case of the Florida Classic, we were permitted to present only a small group of athletes with equal representation given to each school. We carefully crafted the accompanying field announcement to communicate that these individuals were representatives among the many alumni that have gone on to careers as attorneys. Certainly our intent, at this game and others, was to highlight the positive contribution attorneys make as well as recognize each school’s law programs and each athletic department’s support of its alumni’s professional pursuits. Judge HonoredThank you, 11th Circuit Judge Jon I. Gordon. Thank you for going above and beyond the norm to accomplish the business of the courts.It is the little things that count. When a judge takes the time during a busy motion calendar to not only research a unique legal issue, but to actually call another judge to get assistance, this deserves mention and heartfelt gratitude. Judge Gordon, you obviously care about justice in your courtroom. Your honor takes an active role in making sure that your decisions and rulings are correct and fair.Jeffrey R. Davis Miami Lawyer AdvertisingWhile it appears to me that the Bar Ethics and Advertising Departments response (in the January 1, 2003 Bar News ) to a critical letter of Christopher Hopkins is pure “lawyer double-talk,” I believe that the review of advertisements is a necessary and proper regulation. In these matters, The Florida Bar is far in advance of the New York Bar which permits the most outlandish, distasteful, and undignified TV advertising imaginable.Edward J. Rose Little Falls, New York ‘Tort Reform’There have been many tears shed for the M.D.s who have to pay astronomically high liability insurance premiums. Most of the suggested solutions involve putting a top on the amount of damages that may be awarded to people injured due to the medical malpractice of an M.D. This is euphemistically called “tort reform” as if the system is bad wrong.No one that I have heard has mentioned the only realistic solution, which is for the doctors themselves to weed out those doctors who are negligent. Doctors have long been noted for being reluctant to take away the licenses of negligent doctors. Estimates vary, but somewhere between one and five percent of all doctors are notoriously negligent. Why do the competent doctors refuse to get the negligent doctors kicked out of the profession and thus cure the crisis?David B. Higginbottom Frostproof February 15, 2003 Regular News February 15, 2003 Letterslast_img read more

A woman who claims Trump raped her is seeking his DNA

first_imgThe lawyers for a woman who says President Donald Trump raped her in the 1990s are seeking a sample of his DNA.E. Jean Carroll accused Trump last summer of raping her in a Manhattan luxury department store dressing room in the mid-1990s. She then filed a defamation lawsuit against Donald Trump back in November after Trump denied her allegation.Her attorneys served a legal notice Thursday to one of Trump’s lawyers demanding a DNA sample.Trump’s lawyer has tried to get the case thrown out, however, was unable to do so because a Manhattan judge declined saying the attorney hadn’t properly backed up his arguments.last_img