Lamar State College-Port Arthur will hold classes, as scheduled, for the week of Sept. 21-25 (Dual Enrollment and Early College High School students).The district will follow the virtual feeding schedule posted on the website to ensure that meals are available to virtual students.Teachers and other Professional Staff (Counselors, Instructional Coaches, etc) Long-term Subs, Instructional Aides (Paraprofessionals) and Sub-Aides will provide virtual instruction to students from their homes Sept. 21 – Sept. 25 to ensure the continuity of instruction and student support services. BHS is monitoring Tropical Storm Beta, classes will continue as scheduled and meal service will continue with distribution starting at 10:30 a.m. Port Arthur Independent School District administrators cancelled in-person instruction for students for the week of Sept. 21-25.All students will attend classes online.1st Graders, 2nd Graders, 3rd Graders, 6th Graders, 9th Graders, and 10th Graders will start their first week of In-Person Instruction Sept. 28. Be reminded that In-person Learning will be limited to those students whose parents chose that option during the registration period that ended on July 31. Sabine PassSabine Pass Independent School District officials announced the school would operate remotely on Monday due to the storm. In preparation for the inclement weather from Tropical Storm Beta, all classes at Tekoa Academy of Accelerated Studies STEM School in Port Arthur and Orange from Monday through Wednesday will be virtual.There will be no Face-to-Face instruction.Packets for Memorial Campus students (PreK – 2nd Grade) and Orange Campus students (PreK – 8th Grade) will be available for pick up at their respective campuses on Monday, starting at 8 a.m.If students need curbside meal pickup, parents can fill out the form at TekoaCharterSchool.org.For more information, call 409-982-5400.Lamar StateLSCPA administrators met Sunday morning to discuss Tropical Storm Beta and its possible impact on Port Arthur and Southeast Texas.Based on Weather Service predictions for Port Arthur and the college, plans are to have classes as scheduled for the coming week.Lamar State College Port Arthur officials will continue to monitor the situation and make new announcements as necessary based on any change in the trajectory or intensity of Beta. PNGISDPort Neches-Groves Independent School District officials are monitoring the weather situation in the Gulf.As of Sunday at 5 p.m., they said they are proceeding with school as normal.NISD Bob Hope School Teachers and students MUST stay connected this week to ensure that students do not fall behind with their online coursework.Principals, Assistant Principals, Office Staff (Secretaries, Attendance Clerks, Registrars), Nurses, and Custodians will report to their campus/building Sept. 21 – Sept. 25 to ensure the continuity of teaching and learning, as well as, school operations.Central Administration Building Employees, IT Staff at Jefferson, Child Nutrition, Transportation, Shipping & Receiving, and Maintenance Departments will report to work on Monday, Sept. 21 – Sept. 25 to ensure continuity of district operations.Tekoa Academy As of 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Nederland ISD officials said they continue to monitor the current weather situation.At this time, there are no changes to the school week.
Related The USA Triathlon Foundation is the charity partner for Endurance Conference, a new virtual conference for athletes that is set to take place on June 5-7. Endurance Conference is founded and created by Juan Lopez Salaberry, a sports marketing executive and member of USA Triathlon’s amateur Team USA.The inaugural event is free and open to the public, and it will be ‘completely carbon-neutral in commitment to sustainability.’A release from national governing body USA Triathlon, unveiling the new consumer event, notes that… ‘Endurance Conference is not affiliated with Endurance Exchange, an in-person triathlon industry conference created and co-hosted by USA Triathlon and Triathlon Business International (TBI) that held its inaugural event on January 23-25 in Tempe, Arizona.’The new virtual event will combine different voices in the sport of triathlon, featuring… ‘world champions and Olympians, world-class coaches, community leaders, managers and more, with the intention to provide a pure athlete-focused educational experience.’The lineup of confirmed speakers includes:Katie Zaferes, 2019 ITU World Champion and 2016 US Olympian;Timothy O’Donnell, 2009 ITU Long Distance World Champion and multi-time IRONMAN World Championship podium finisher;Andy Potts, IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and 2004 US Olympian;Allysa Seely, 2016 Paralympic Gold Medallist and three-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion;Grace Norman, 2016 Paralympic Gold Medalist and two-time ITU Paratriathlon World Champion;Chris Hammer, 2016 US Paralympian;Sebastian Kienle, 2014 IRONMAN World Champion and 2012-2013 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion;Angela Naeth, Canadian elite triathlete and community leader;Wesley Johnson, 2019 Team USA Awards Paralympic Coach of the Year;Dr Tekemia Dorsey, Founder of the International Association of Black Triathletes and USA Triathlon Board Member;Tommy Zaferes, elite triathlete and professional ITU photographer; andJustin Lippert, five-time USA Triathlon age-group national champion and first-year elite.Endurance Conference is free to attend, but participants must register in advance at enduranceconference.com. Donations are encouraged. All proceeds will support the USA Triathlon Foundation COVID-19 Relief Fund, which provides grants to those in the multisport community who have been impacted by COVID-19 – including race directors, coaches and clubs.The fund has raised more than US$110,000 to date, and grant applications are now being accepted at usatriathlonfoundation.org.“The USA Triathlon Foundation is honoured to be selected as the charity partner for Endurance Conference, an innovative event that will bring athletes together virtually to learn from each other and network during this unprecedented time,” said David Deschenes, USA Triathlon Foundation Executive Director.“We are proud to continue driving support for those in our multisport community whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID-19, and to support those who keep our industry strong so we can enjoy the multisport lifestyle as we know it.”The schedule for Endurance Conference, as well as the list of presenters, is now available at enduranceconference.com. The conference will kick off with opening remarks from Rocky Harris, USA Triathlon CEO, on Friday, June 5.The event will continue on Saturday and Sunday, offering the chance for athletes of all levels to ‘connect with speakers, be inspired and gain insights on how to perform at the top levels of the sport.’‘Endurance Conference, happening exclusively online, will not only avoid carbon emissions and support those who are still at home, but will also offset emissions of those who register by planting trees in partnership with One Tree Planted.’“The aim is to raise awareness about the importance of respecting and caring for our environment, which provides a safe-haven for us to practice the sport we love,” said Juan Lopez Salaberry, founder of Endurance Conference.“2020 can be a year where we can all come together for what’s important to us, the environment we live in and the people that make it special. It’s important for us to launch this event by supporting those that need us.”With the hopes of maximizing fundraising, Endurance Conference is partnering with brands to provide value back to the community in exchange for tax-deductible donations toward the COVID-19 Relief Fund. For information about how to partner with the event, and other questions related to Endurance Conference, interested parties can email hellop[at]enduranceconference.com.www.enduranceconference.comwww.usatriathlonfoundation.org
It didn’t take long for SM East open lunchers to take advantage of the newest dining option at their disposal.The new Chipotle at the Village Shops had a long line just minutes after opening to the public for the first time today at 11 a.m.Chipotle started training its staff on the site Feb. 19 and had a soft opening event yesterday. The new restaurant has approximately 45 indoor seats and an outdoor patio.
July 1, 2015 Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Regular News Budget complete Budget complete Second phase of a pay equity plan for court employees and raises for judges are not funded Senior EditorThere’s no funding for the second phase of a pay equity plan for court system employees, no pay raises for judges, and no money for new judges. But there’s money to make repairs to the Third District Court of Appeal courthouse, funds for a new Fourth DCA courthouse, $2 million to add case managers for the trial courts, and almost $1 million to add eight technology positions to the judicial branch.Those are some of the highlights, or lowlights, for the court system in the 2015-16 state budget hammered out by the Florida House and Senate during their June special session, a session necessitated after negotiations broke down in late April during the regular session.Final agreements for the state’s $78.7 billion budget weren’t settled by lawmakers until late on June 15, and all the details weren’t known until the next day, when the finished budget hit legislators’ desks. That started the clock on the 72-hour review period before lawmakers could vote on the budget on June 19, as this Bar News went to press.“I very much appreciate the members of the Legislature who supported the courts and helped to secure a portion of the much needed funding for the branch,” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga said. “There are significant issues that did not get any attention. For example, pay issues remain a top priority. As well, technology funding needs for the trial courts are of critical concern. I will continue to work with the legislators on these issues and others in an effort to secure funding when they come back [for the 2016 regular session] in January.”Hopes remained until the final budget numbers were released that the Legislature would provide $5.9 million for the second phase of a program to bring salaries for court staff up to those paid for employees in other branches of government. The Legislature began that task last year with more than $9 million.The Supreme Court had also requested a raise for judges without attaching a dollar figure. But that wasn’t forthcoming, and the state budget did not provide raises for state employees.“Many court employees continue to face salary disparities compared to other state employees performing similar work, and the salaries for Florida’s judges continue to slip in the national rankings. The court system advocated hard for help with these pay issues. Unfortunately, the Legislature was not able to fund them this year,” said State Courts Administrator PK Jameson.There was little talk during the regular session of the Supreme Court’s $9.9 million request for three new circuit judgeships and 32 county court judgeships, and that also went unfunded in the final budget.The court budget was close to what legislators had been working on in April when the regular session broke up. Among the notable appropriations was $12 million to continue construction of the Fourth DCA’s new courthouse and $2.7 million for “Phase II” repairs and renovations for the Third DCA courthouse. The latter includes ADA and security improvements and “core system upgrades.”The courts had requested $9.1 million for the Third DCA improvements and $16.8 million to complete the Fourth DCA courthouse. A request for funds to study a consolidated courthouse in Tampa for the Second DCA and for $642,506 to complete HVAC replacement for the Fifth DCA courthouse were not funded.Lawmakers did appropriate $30,113 to upgrade the Supreme Court’s HVAC system, $2 million for additional case managers in the trial courts to help move cases (the courts had requested $5.6 million), $750,000 for additional court interpreter resources (the courts requested $1.4 million), and almost $1.5 million to replace routers to the computer network that connects the state court system (the courts requested $1.8 million). Also approved was $987,076 for eight positions to support judicial branch technology needs.But not funded was a $25.6 million request to carry out the trial courts’ technology strategic plan, which includes creating 65 new jobs. A request for $2 million to fund 27.5 law clerk positions to help trial courts with death penalty cases was not granted. Also declined was the Office of State Courts Administrator’s request for $1.2 million extra and 11 new positions to handle increased workload, technology matters, planning, court education, and other matters.“Technology is now inextricably intertwined in the courts’ day-to-day operations. There are significant technology funding needs — particularly for the trial courts. While the trial courts’ technology budget request was positively received, it did not get funded. We hope the Legislature is able to address these needs going forward,” Jameson said.Lawmakers addressed two technical budget items. They approved $14.5 million in state general revenue funds to repay a $14.5 million loan to the court system for the 2014-15 fiscal year to make up for an income shortfall in the State Courts Revenue Trust Fund and added $18.5 million to address an expected shortfall in that fund for the 2015-16 fiscal year.Overall, the approved 2015-16 budget for the judicial branch is $517.5 million, which Jameson said is a 3.1 percent increase in funding from the previous year. Looked at another way, it’s about 0.66 percent of the total state budget.The court system sought a total of $85 million of new funding and lawmakers approved $25 million. Of that, $20.6 million was requested by the judicial branch and $4.4 million was for legislative members’ projects.“We appreciate the support of our subcommittee chairs, Sen. [Joe] Negron [R-Stuart and chair of the Senate Criminal and Civil Justice Approriations Sujbcommittee] and Rep. [Larry] Metz [R-Groveland and chair of the House Justice Appropriations Subcommittee], and all of the committee members who supported justice funding issues,” Jameson said. “We very much appreciate the Legislature providing a portion of the requested funding for interpreters, and for some additional case managers in the trial courts. While we did not reach our goals for the session, we certainly made progress.”
The Huffington Post: The 1955 movie Blackboard Jungle was not great filmmaking, but it does endure as a historical curiosity. Even before a word of dialogue is spoken, the movie’s scrolling introduction makes clear that this is not just storytelling, but an earnest public service announcement: “Today we are concerned with juvenile delinquency,” it declares, ” — its causes — and its effects.”And indeed the nation was concerned with juvenile delinquency in the ’50s. Obsessed, really. Blackboard Jungle captured society’s fear of an entire generation of post-World War II teenagers, who were perceived as disrespectful, alienated, reckless, and most of all dangerous. It’s the same obsession that motivated Sen. Estes Kefauver, a presidential hopeful, to convene a special subcommittee to examine the root causes of juvenile delinquency, a move that landed him and his cause on the cover of Time magazine.One of the root causes that the lawmakers focused on back then was comic books, an idea that seems quaint today. Another was rock-and-roll, just emerging in the popular culture. Over the years — long before and after 1950s America — experts have targeted everything from genes to poverty to poor parenting and worse teachers as the source of teenage misbehavior.Read the whole story: The Huffington Post More of our Members in the Media >
At a 2-day meeting at World Health Organization (WHO) headquarters in Geneva today, top health officials from the three hardest-hit Ebola countries and global health officials started formal discussions on strengthening health systems to recover from the outbreak and prepare for future threats.In other Ebola developments, a Swiss trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine hit a snag, and US health officials announced that an American nurse potentially infected by Ebola would be airlifted to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, Md., for observation.WHO meetingMarie-Paule Kieny, PhD, the WHO’s assistant director general for health systems and innovation, said at a media telebriefing today that the goal of the meeting was to discuss medium-term and longer-term steps to improve the countries’ response to Ebola and other health threats. Officials have agreed on some general principles, but have noted discussions should revolve around each country’s specific needs.Another challenge will be how to fold assets deployed in the outbreak region into a plan for future health system growth, she said. The meeting’s outcome won’t be a concrete roadmap, but rather an overall framework that will encourage countries to develop their own specific roadmaps.Bernice Dahn, MD, Liberia’s chief medical officer, told reporters, “”We realize there have been weaknesses in the system that led to an outbreak that we couldn’t control.”” Because of Ebola activity, many pregnant women haven’t been able to access healthcare, children aren’t receiving their recommended vaccinations, and about 65% of the country’s health facilities have been closed at some point.Though the battle against the disease is far from over, Dahn said Liberia is in the early stages of post-Ebola planning, which starts with an assessment of Ebola’s impact on the country. Weak spots already identified include disease surveillance, preparedness, and response.Dr. Abu Bakarr Fofanah, Sierra Leone’s health minister, said the country has come a long way since the first days of the outbreak, but has not been able to catch up with the disease.Sierra Leone was ill prepared to face the challenge, he said. For example, when the outbreak first began, the country had only one lab that could diagnose the disease, and it had only 58% of the health workforce it needed. “”The challenge wasn’t just limited numbers, but also competencies,”” Fofanah said, adding that he could count on one hand the number of ambulances Sierra Leone had when the virus first emerged.”We are making progress here and there, with support of the international community,” he said. “But the fight is still on.”Vaccine trial pause, therapy newsSwiss researchers have temporarily suspended a human trial of the experimental Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian researchers after some of the participants reported mild joint pain, Reuters reported, citing a statement from University of Geneva Hospital. The vaccine, called VSV-EBOV, uses an Ebola virus protein spliced into a vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV).The human safety trial of the vaccine, licensed by Newlink Genetics and Merck, began on Nov 10. Four of 59 vaccinees reported joint pains in their hands and feet, lasting a few days, in the second week after they were vaccinated. Researchers halted the trial as a precaution. The patients are doing well and are being monitored by the study team.Earlier this month, the university released a statement saying no serious side effects were seen after the first few people were vaccinated.Teams conducting trials of the same vaccine underway in the United States, Germany, Canada, and Gabon haven’t reported any inflammation symptoms in volunteers, according to the report.When asked about the research pause at today’s WHO briefing, Kieny said the trial pause would allow researchers to assess the problem, but she expects that the trial will be able to continue as planned. “It’s not a setback, not at all,” she said.Meanwhile, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Alliance announced today that its board approved a plan to buy millions of doses of Ebola vaccine to support large-scale vaccination efforts in West Africa. It said the decision means GAVI will be ready to act as soon as the WHO recommends a safe, effective vaccine.The plan would commit up to $300 million to buy vaccine to immunize at-risk populations, GAVI said in a press release. It added that an additional $90 million could be used to help countries introduce the vaccines, rebuild health systems, and restore immunization services for all vaccines in the hardest-hit countries. The money would come from both existing and new funds.In therapy developments, ARCA biopharma, Inc., based in Westminster, Colo., yesterday announced that the Food and Drug Administration has granted orphan drug designation to rNAPc2 as a potential Ebola treatment, according to a statement from the company. It said the drug candidate has shown postexposure efficacy in nonhuman primate studies.The drug was originally developed as a treatment for thrombosis and other conditions, for which it has already been found safe in phase 1 and 2 human trials. ARCA said the drug is a potent and selective tissue factor inhibitor, and its usefulness for Ebola could come from its potential to treat hemorrhagic aspects of Ebola infection.Meanwhile, a report today in Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) said convalescent plasma treatment for Ebola patients might be best accomplished by using virus-inactivated plasma. Thomas Kreil, PhD, of Baxter BioScience in Vienna, Austria, wrote that the treatment has received considerable attention, but safety and other aspects should be considered before the treatment is scaled up.Screening donated blood for HIV, malaria, and other pathogens is daunting, considering the health system challenges in West Africa’s outbreak setting. Transfusion of plasma alone would sidestep a number of concerns, and donors could donate more frequently, Kreil wrote. Antibody testing in affected areas could identify those who had asymptomatic infections, who could be even more effective plasma donors.Though methods to inactivate viruses in plasma could help alleviate some of the testing burden, Kreil acknowledged that even the inactivation step would face capacity challenges. He added that the interim WHO guidance on use of blood and plasma for Ebola treatment would benefit from including a chapter on virus inactivation for plasma.Nurse to be airlifted to BethesdaThe NIH said it expected to admit to its clinical center later today a patient who was possibly exposed to Ebola. The patient, an American nurse volunteering in one of Sierra Leone’s Ebola treatment units, will be observed and enrolled in a clinical protocol.No other details are available about the patient, who would be the second potentially infected patient to be monitored the NIH Clinical Center. Its first was Lewis Rubinson, MD, PhD, who had suffered a needle-stick injury while working for the WHO in Sierra Leone. He had some possible symptoms of the disease, but his tests were negative for Ebola.On Dec 4, Emory University Hospital received another American health worker from West Africa who may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.The patient arriving at the NIH today would be the eighth American worker to be airlifted from the outbreak region.Other developmentsDoctors without Borders (MSF) said yesterday that as part of its emergency response to the Ebola outbreak it has launched large-scale distribution of antimalarial medication in Sierra Leone. In a statement, it said teams distributed 1.5 million treatments to residents of Freetown and five districts in the western area, with the goal of protecting people during malaria’s peak season. It said malaria symptoms resemble initial Ebola symptoms and that keeping people sick with malaria from seeking evaluation at Ebola treatment centers can relieve some of the burden on responders.Sierra Leone’s government has imposed a 2-week lockdown in Kono district, the site of a recent Ebola surge in cases, according to an update today from the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER). The response confined the virus to about half of the district’s chiefdoms, but WHO teams have been alarmed by the situation there, in which teams buried 87 people in 11 days. Also, the UN Development Program completed work on two prison isolation units in Freetown to help curb outbreaks in that population. The same group has also trained 34 workers from a military hospital to handle waste disposal and run autoclaves.Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah has donated $35 million to the Islamic Development Bank to support Ebola response efforts, Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported today.See also:Dec 11 UNMEER reportWHO meeting background materialsDec 11 WHO media briefing audio fileDec 11 Reuters storyDec 11 NIH press releaseDec 11 GAVI Alliance press releaseDec 10 ARCA biopharma press releaseDec 11 EID reportDec 10 MSF statementDec 11 KUNA report
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The National Weather Service forecasts today’s high in Los Alamos near 82 with a 70 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 3 p.m. and tonight’s low around 60. Courtesy/NWS
Qatar’s Nakilat, the world’s largest LNG shipper, said its net profit rose by 7.9% percent in the first quarter as compared to the same period last year.Nakilat posted a net profit of 240 million riyals (US$66m) for the first quarter, compared to 222 million riyals in 2015.The increase in the company’s profits reflects the “strong growth of Nakilat’s operating activities in transporting LNG, and better performance of its LPG vessels,” Nakilat said on Tuesday.Nakilat’s total revenue of 906 million riyals rose by 3.7% as compared to the same period a year before.1 Qatar riyal = 0.274616 U.S. dollars
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