Some Florida lawmakers consider capping amount of THC in medical marijuana

first_imgSome lawmakers are worried Florida medical marijuana patients are getting too high or even addicted to weed. Now, they are considering capping the amount of THC a patient can legally have access to.As it stands, THC ranges 15% to 25% in medical marijuana. But some Florida lawmakers want to reduce the amount of THC to just 10%.Steven Shea is a medical marijuana patient who carries his state medical card that he and others like him must renew annually. He said he has personally seen the results medical pot can have. Florida teacher fired for medical marijuana use March 26, 2021 AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Cape Coral doctor offers medical marijuana discount as COVID-19 vaccine incentive June 11, 2021 AdvertisementTags: medical marijuanapolitics Florida city employee fired over legal medical marijuana use March 29, 2021 Advertisement Dr. Bertha Madras is a professor of psychobiology from Harvard Medical School and told lawmakers in Tallahassee Tuesday that marijuana has not gone through a rigorous FDA process compared to other drugs.Dr. Madras also warned lawmakers of her concern with the high THC levels patients have access to.“The consequences are a greater high. There’s more tolerance that can develop. There is a more addictive potential,” Dr. Madras said.However not everyone agrees. “Marijuana is medicine — it helps relieve symptoms of debilitating conditions and improves patients’ quality of life. Installing an arbitrary THC cap will limit the impact of the flower and increase costs, which could force patients to seek alternatives on the black market,” said Nikki Fried, Florida commissioner of agriculture. “Decisions about treatment should be left between doctors and patients, not politicians.” Dr. Heather Auld runs the Compassionate Cannabis Clinic in Fort Myers. She is against capping THC.“What if we gave the same dose of antibiotic to everybody — would that be the right thing? What if we gave the same antibiotic to everybody. Would that be ok? I don’t think so,” Dr. Auld said.She feared watering down the potency could have consequences for many patients.“Capping it at 10% would really push a big segment into the black market again number one,” Dr. Auld said.She invited any lawmaker considering the cap to join her on the job.“Follow me a day in my office, and they’ll see the patients that we have, and they’ll see that they got off their narcotics,” Dr. Auld said.Currently, there is no bill to cap THC. There was one introduced in 2020, and it failed to gain any steam. Advertisement“My mom spent roughly 5 years fighting against lung and brain cancer,” Shea he said.He opposes any cap on the amount of THC in pot.“I don’t know any medical professional who would come in and say ‘hey we’re going to cap the amount you can get in order to help with what you’re going through,”’ Shea said. RELATEDTOPICS Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Bill that caps THC potency in medical marijuana moves forward in Florida House March 10, 2021last_img read more

Salmonella infections in 8 states could be linked to sick, dead songbirds

first_imgInvestigators are looking into an outbreak of salmonella infections in 19 people that could be associated with sick or dead birds, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Infections have occurred in eight states, including California, Tennessee, and New Hampshire, with eight people requiring hospitalization, CNN reports. No deaths are currently reported.The agency cites interviews with sick people and laboratory testing that show contact with wild songbirds and bird feeders could be driving the infections.The California Department of Fish and Wildlife reports being “inundated” with calls about residents finding sick or dead finches at or around bird feeders, particularly around the state’s central coast and in the San Francisco Bay Area. AdvertisementTags: salmonellasongbirds Red onions linked to multistate outbreak of salmonella poisoning August 4, 2020 Multistate salmonella outbreak tied to backyard chickens, CDC says May 23, 2021 AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Sabra issues hummus recall amid salmonella scare March 31, 2021 Birds can contract salmonella when they eat birdseed that is contaminated with the feces from other birds, often on the ground below bird feeders, according to CNN.Birds often carry bacteria such as salmonella, and the germ can spread from birds to pets, and to people, the agency said.In humans, salmonella illness can involve diarrhea, fever, and stomach cramps, tends to last four to seven days and most people can recover without treatment, the CDC said. Some severe cases, however, do require hospitalization.The CDC recommends that people wash their hands immediately after they touch a bird feeder, bird bath, or handle a bird, even if they were wearing gloves. It also advises cleaning bird feeders outside your house, when possible.And the Audubon Society recommended washing bird feeders with soapy water, before dunking them in a bleach-water solution, CNN confirmed. Cleaning bird feeders monthly can help prevent feeders from harboring disease. It can also help to rake or shovel up feces or birdseed casings scattered below bird feeders. the society said.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2021 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. CDC investigates multistate salmonella outbreak tied to bearded dragons, hedgehogs October 2, 2020 AdvertisementOne species in particular, pine siskins, is most frequently the subject of those calls in the state.These birds, marked by a yellow streaks on their tail feathers, can congregate and rapidly spread salmonellosis, causing large numbers of the species to die within 24 hours, according to the department.Pine siskins can be found throughout the US, as well as parts of Mexico and Canada, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology said. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

IT Company Nostra are ‘Doing it for Dan’

first_img By LaoisToday Reporter – 23rd April 2020 Twitter Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival Electric Picnic Electric Picnic WhatsApp Nostra’s aim is to help 1 million people. Not only with IT related needs. This extends to any person or group of people, internal and external to the company that may need help. This forms part of Nostra’s CSR.Nostra initiated an annual charity event in May 2016 which came to be known as ‘Dawn to Dusk’.As a company, Nostra select specific, known, and local beneficiaries for which to fundraise for. Nostra are delighted to have raised over €55,000 to date for children in need of help Zaki Djellabi, Alex Donnelly-Byrne, Jack McNiffe, and Lauren Fitzgerald. It is a pleasure to set out to raise some money for Dan.In 2020, the year of COVID 19, we are determined more than ever to make a difference. So, on Friday, April 24, we launch a virtual tour of Ireland. Across our team of 80 people we are going to virtually Run, Walk and Cycle the 601Km Malin to Mizen distance. A total of 1800 Kms over 14 days.1,803 kms, 3 teams, 1 GOAL:Nostra’s ‘Virtual Malin to Mizen 2020’This will all be done virtually and within government guidelines.The goal is to raise much needed funds for the DoitforDan Trust, supporting Laois boy Dan Donoher.Dan was diagnosed on the 6th December with a rare genetic neuromuscular disease called Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type 1 and Scoliosis. Life expectancy of an SMA type 1 child is 18-24 months.However, a drug only available in the USA can help. The cost of the treatment is $2.1 million. Dan has just turned one and the widow for treatment is now just 12 months.The DoitforDan campaign has already reached well over €1.3 million at this stage and has captured the hearts of the nation.Barry O’Loughlin said “The response of the country to DoitforDan has been phenomenal. We in Nostra really wanted to do our little bit to help. It is important that we all play a part now to help get to the target and beyond and ensure Dan gets the treatment he needs as soon as possible.“We are very privileged to be able to support such a brave and inspiring family. The team just wanted to take it and go once they heard about it and we look forward to the next two weeks and let’s see how we get on.”Nostra’s ‘Virtual Malin to Mizen 2020’ will kick off on 24th April and daily updates can be found on LinkedIn and Instagram.To donate, please visit ALSO – Laois businessman looking to bring jobs to his home county Twitter Facebook IT Company Nostra are ‘Doing it for Dan’ Previous articleStudying during Coronavirus: Portlaoise CBS student on prepping for state exams in a pandemicNext articleMoment in Time: The Stars of our Bars final in 2010 LaoisToday Reporter Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role WhatsApp Home Sponsored IT Company Nostra are ‘Doing it for Dan’ Sponsored News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Pinterest TAGSDo It For DanNostra Facebooklast_img read more

Three new County Councillors elected as chairs of Municipal Districts

first_img Electric Picnic organisers release statement following confirmation of new festival date Three new County Councillors elected as chairs of Municipal Districts Pinterest Home News Council Three new County Councillors elected as chairs of Municipal Districts NewsCouncil Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role Three new chairs of the three Municipal Districts in Laois have been elected in the last day.Fianna Fail’s Seamus McDonald and the Fine Gael duo of Thomasina Connell and Aisling Moran will chair their respective areas for the next 12 months.History was made in the Graiguecullen-Portarlington area yesterday as a female Councillor was elected chairperson for the first time in the district’s 11 year history.Cllr Aisling Moran took over from Fianna Fail’s Paschal McEvoy and she will lead the monthly meetings from now on after seeing off the challenge of Independent Ben Brennan.In Portlaoise, Fine Gael’s Thomasina Connell was elected ahead of Labour’s Noel Tuohy as she replaced Fianna Fail’s John Joe Fennelly in the chair.While in Borris-Mountmellick, it was a Fianna Fail politician who replaced a Fine Gael one as Seamus McDonald succeeded John King.McDonald will be 35 years as a Cllr this June and in a slight change to the other areas, Independent Cllr Ollie Clooney was elected as vice-chair.Fine Gael and Fianna Fail have a deal in place in the three districts to rotate the role of chair and vice-chair between them over the five year term of the local government.This means that Cllrs Aidan Mullins and Ben Brennan (both Graiguecullen-Portarlington), Noel Tuohy and Caroline Dwane-Stanley (both Portlaoise), James Kelly (Borris-Mountmellick) cannot become chairs.And this is a process that angered some of them over the previous day.Sinn Fein Cllr Aidan Mullins slammed what he called “a sad and fairly shameful” pact between the local Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael councillors.He said: “It’s very sad, fairly shameful and I think you should be ashamed of yourselves.”While Independent Cllr Ben Brennan added: “Nothing has changed and I can’t see change in the next few years either.“It’s the same at national level. What the new national Government has done is not to save the country but to save their own rear ends.”SEE ALSO – An open letter from LaoisToday: Think local, support local and #LoveLaois as businesses open their doors againSEE ALSO – We want your #LoveLaois photos as the county begins to open up again WhatsApp Twitter Electric Picnic Facebook Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp TAGSBorris-in-Ossory-Mountmellick Municipal DistrictCllr Aisling MoranCllr Seamus McDonaldCllr Thomasina ConnellGraiguecullen Portarlington Municipal DistrictPortlaoise Municipal District Electric Picnic News Previous articleBurnt out cars, boy-racers, rubbish and anti-social behaviour – chaos on the Slieve Bloom MountainsNext articleLaois Gardai launch campaign on dangers for children and teenagers online Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Twitter Facebook By Alan Hartnett – 18th June 2020 Pinterestlast_img read more

We should have taken the stairs!

first_img Pence Cartoon: “KOR-US Karaoke” Analysis & Opinion RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Twitter AvatarDaily NKQuestions or comments about this article? Contact us at [email protected] Analysis & Opinion Is Nuclear Peace with North Korea Possible? Tracking the “unidentified yellow substance” being dried out near the Yongbyon Nuclear Center center_img It is the second day of my vacation in North Korea. It’s lunch time already.Our guide brought us to a seafood restaurant that supposedly serves the mostdelicious chicken’s feet on the eastern coast. Our hopes were dashed almost assoon as we arrived. On each table there was a single plate of lukewarm friedfish and squid. but this disappointment was soon overcome with further surprisewhen very delicious mandu (dumplings) were served. Observing this, it was hardfor me to understand why the restaurant is called a seafood place.Before we began to move to another place,we got word that we would have a bit of free time to do as we pleased. Hearingthis, I ate as fast as possible and went outside to take advantage of the rareopportunity. There was a group of tourists out there. They had name tagswritten in Korean and were chatting with one another in Korean. I was overcomewith curiosity so I asked them, “Are you from South Korea?” They responded, “Nowe’re from China.”  I found out that the were ethnic Koreans living in theChinese city of Yanji. I asked about the definition of the characters on thepicture above and my new friends informed me it said, ‘Il-sim-dan-gyeol,’ or strengththrough unity.Sightseeing without the direct supervisionof our guide turned out to be an enjoyable experience. I double checked thatour guide was still inside eating before grabbing my camera and heading backoutside. I wanted to go and check out a plaza we had seen on the way into townwhile on the bus. It looked like a plaza with statues of the Kims. When I was walking in that direction, I sawa soldier across the street. I was a bit nervous because rogue travelers havebeen known to get into trouble. I just strolled down the street in a calmmanner and didn’t change my pace. Thankfully, he passed by without incident. I went to see the statues and began to headback to the restaurant to meet up with the rest of the team. I made eye contactwith a woman wearing high heels along the way. She was continuing to gaze atme. She said, “I’m a guide. But I’m not a Chinese language guide, I’m anEnglish language guide.” I realized that this guide might be able to get me introuble for roaming about unsupervised. I made the excuse that I was in a rushto get back to the group. We walked to the restaurant together. Itried to ask her a question but she couldn’t speak Chinese very well, so I toldher to just answer in English. She was surprised and responded by asking, “Youcan speak English?” I think that most North Koreans believe that Chinese peopledon’t know how to speak English. The day prior, when I explained to the headguide that I could speak English, he was taken aback. Of course, the Chineseeducation system is more advanced that the North Korean education system. Idon’t know why the North Koreans judged that we would be unable to speakEnglish. Even in the old days I heard a joke that North Koreans recognize thatAmerica, Japan and South Korea are more powerful, but will never admit thepower of China. This experience seemed to vindicate the underlying message ofthat joke.The guide then began explaining in English. It was a simple thing, but shewasn’t able to say it properly. I was shocked that she was “an English speakingguide.”Over the course of our six-day trip, thiswas our only opportunity to see a passenger train. It was not in motion. Thereare a lot of train tracks in North Korea. Everywhere you look, you can see themcrisscrossing this way and that. But we never saw a passenger train actuallyoperating in motion on any of them.Our luck was good because it was harvestseason. This yellow field leaped out at us as we drove past. It was verypretty.However, as soon as we passed that prettyyellow field, we came across this field of grain, which was infertile anddrying up. A nearby stream is available to help water the field, but it wasstill dying.North Korean farmers are still living onthe public distribution system. They are allotted food according to their timeworked. So no matter how hard they work, if the harvest goes great, they stillonly receive the same fixed portion. They can’t take back a portion of theharvest they helped to reap. In such a system, who would be motivated to work hard?That’s why even grain fields in ideal conditions go bad like the one picturedabove.After our trip to Wonsan, we came upon acoastal road. The east coast is freckled with mountains. So the coastal highwayis located up on the seaside mountains. Aside from certain special zones, Idon’t think most of the east coast is accessible. Between the coastal highwayand the beach, there are barbed wire fences. And there were two guardspatrolling the region as well.Aside from us tourists, the beach was totally empty. I asked why there weren’tany North Korean people around. The guide said that usually the beaches arepacked but they stayed home because of the cold weather.We stopped for a minute when we entered theKumgang Mountain area and I took a shot of this two kids. They were carryinglarge bags. We arrived at the Kumgang Mountain TourismRegion. This region also has military jurisdiction. To get through it, you haveto pass by two guard stands. Our guide was very strict and severe about us nottaking pictures as we passed through the guard stations. He said we could beexecuted for it. In the past, only South Korean touristscould come to enjoy this region. But in 2008, a South Korean woman was shot todeath and ever since then the inter-Korean tourism project has been shut down.The tourism center was reopened in 2012 with the caveat that mostly everyoneexcept South Koreans could visit. A hotel in the Kumkang Mountain tourismregion. Soldiers with guns were on guard in the area.The first floor of the hotel. This picturecame out dark because the interior was quite dark. The hotel did not alwayshave access to electricity.We arrived at the hotel at 3 pm. The guideinformed us that the electricity would turn on at 4 pm and then off again at 11pm.  Our assigned room was on the 8th floor. Our bags were quite heavy butwe had no choice but to use the stairs until the electricity came online again.So we decided to wait until 4 in the lobby.We were riding the elevator when itsuddenly stopped on the 7th floor. The light turned off inside the elevatorcabin and it became quite dark. The electricity had gone out again and theelevator had become stuck. I was shaking with fear. Thankfully there werepeople outside the elevator. They went to get someone from the hotel to helpus. We tried to be still as we waited but were all very concerned that theelevator would fall. So we tried to open the elevator door from the inside. Wepulled the doors open using all our strength and hobbled out. We didn’t use the elevator for the rest ofour two day stay. At one point, the elevator became stuck again when otherswere riding and a hotel staff member opened the door using a tool. It was avery procedural kind of service. It seemed as if he’d done it many timesbefore.The inside of our hotel room. We had atelevision, which only had access to two channels: channel four and channelfive. One was the state broadcasting station and the other was the BBC, whichwe didn’t completely understand because it was in very fast English. The TV hadaccess to foreign stations because it was for the exclusive use of foreigners,but the rooms for North Koreans only had access to the state broadcastingstation.The hotel in the picture was made by aSouth Korean company. The North-South cooperative project for the reunions ofestranged families began here in 1998. According to our guide, the reunionshave stopped because of worsening ties on the peninsula. He said that the hotelis no longer in use. As the guide talked about the worseningrelations of the two Koreas, he continued to bring up two people. The first wasformer President Lee Myung Bak and the second was current President Park GeunHye. He cursed the presidents for ruining inter-Korean relations in theirattempts to seize power. I thought about whose fault it really is…Kim Jong Uncame to mind…I wanted to take a walk outside beforedinner, but I decided not to go far after seeing a guard stand not close to thehotel premises. Dinner was five different kinds of banchan, or side dishes. Itwas a generous portion, but everything was cold. I was still hungry afterdinner, so I went to a local meat restaurant afterwards. By Daily NK – 2016.02.22 4:34pm We should have taken the stairs! SHARE Analysis & Opinion Analysis & Opinion last_img read more

CRA provides clarity on graduated rate estates

first_img Estateably expands to Alberta The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) confirmed Friday that only one estate can be created on the death of an individual, clearing up a degree of confusion among trust and estate planners arising from wording in new legislation concerning the taxation of testamentary trusts. “It is the CRA’s view that an individual on death has only one estate, a singular entity,” said Phil Kohnen, manager of the trusts section in the income tax rulings directorate with the CRA, during the agency’s roundtable session at the Canadian chapter of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (a.k.a. STEP Canada) 2015 national conference in Toronto on Friday. “And that estate encompasses total property of whatever kind, regardless of where it may be situated, that is owned at death by the decedent.” Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Keywords Estate planningCompanies Canada Revenue Agency center_img Rudy Mezzetta The confusing new wording, added under subsection 248(1) of the Income Tax Act, involves the definition of a graduated rate estate (GRE), specifically that “no other estate designates itself as the graduated rate estate of the individual.” This suggested that the CRA might consider the existence of more than one estate, only one of which could be regarded as a GRE. A GRE is an estate that has access to graduated-rate taxation, as opposed to flat top-rate taxation that will apply to testamentary trusts starting in 2016, for the first 36 months after the death of the individual. Given that estate plans are often complex — and that more than one testamentary trust can be created by will — trust and estate planners were concerned about the implications of the wording. The CRA’s response appears to provide clarity on the issue. “We believe that the [wording] was [used as] a greater certainty provision,” Kohnen said, “really there to ensure that if you do, in fact, have competing parties, executors for example, that might each want to attempt to make a GRE designation, that would not be a possibility.” Estate and trust practitioners have been asking the CRA for more clarity, in general, regarding the new rules governing the taxation of testamentary trusts and the designation of GREs. In addition to access to the graduated rates, the designation of a GRE allows for access to several favourable estate planning exemptions and elections. Courts could save invalid wills if Ontario bill passes It’s official: marriage no longer revokes a will in Ontariolast_img read more

NSW Budget delivers for Hunter and Central Coast

first_imgNSW Budget delivers for Hunter and Central Coast Deputy PremierThe 2020-21 NSW Budget delivers major investment in a wide range of areas for the Hunter and the Central Coast.Key highlights from the Budget include:Central Coast:$111.1 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $200 million project) for the Wyong Hospital Redevelopment$39.2 million in 2020-21 to continue construction for widening the Pacific Highway to four lanes between Parsons Road and Ourimbah Street at Lisarow$15.0 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $38 million project) to build the new Porters Creek Public School$8.3 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $39.6 million project) for the Central Coast Medical Schools and Central Coast Research Institute (third party funding contribution)$3.2 million in 2020-21 for the Woy Woy Town Centre Wharf Redevelopment Project$800,000 in 2020-21 (as part of a $2.9 million project) to deliver new and upgraded quality social and affordable housing for Aboriginal communities in Killarney Vale$400,000 for the Central Coast Youth Collective – Personal Development Programming for Young People, Families and Community$300,000 for the Terrigal BMX Facility Upgrade.Hunter:$220.3 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $470 million project) for the New Maitland Hospital$21.7 million in 2020-21 to continue planning for the Pacific Motorway (M1) extension to Raymond Terrace and Hexham Straight (State and Federal funded)$20 million in 2020-21 to continue planning for Stage 5 of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass between Rankin Park and Jesmond and continue construction of early work (State and Federal funded)$18 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $30 million project) for the New Maitland Hospital car park$16.0 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $780 million project) for the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct$10.4 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $13 million project) to assist MidCoast Council safeguard local water supply against drought$8.5 million in 2020-21 to continue planning for the Muswellbrook and Singleton bypasses on the New England Highway (State and Federal funded)$7.3 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $40 million project) for the completion of the Manning Base Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1$6 million in 2020-21 to continue the upgrade of Nelson Bay Road$5.8 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $7.2 million project) to deliver new and upgraded quality social and affordable housing for Aboriginal communities in Wallsend, Taree, Woodberry, Toronto and Forster$4.7 million in 2020-21 (as part of an $18.9 million project) for Water Security for Economic Development in the Upper Hunter region$4 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $7.5 million project) for the Fernleigh Awabakal shared pathway$3 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $6.6 million project) for upgrades at Cessnock Airport$2.6 million in 2020-21 (as part of an $18 million project) for the completion of the John Hunter Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Stages 2 and 3$1.5 million in 2020-21 (as part of a $100 million project) for the commencement of the Manning Base Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2$700,000 in 2020-21 for the upgrade of intersections of the Pacific Highway (City Rd) with Northcott Dr and Kahibah Rd, Highfields$500,000 in 2020-21 for construction of the replacement of Barrington Bridge on Thunderbolts Way over Barrington Rivera at Barrington.Deputy Premier John Barilaro:“This Budget is a massive win for the people of Regional NSW with crucial funding commitments to health, education and transport in our regions. The NSW Liberals and Nationals once again delivering for our regions.”Duty MLC Taylor Martin:“This is a Budget that truly delivers for the Central Coast and Hunter Regions. Crucial investments include $111.1 million for the Wyong Hospital Redevelopment and $39.2 million to continue construction for widening the Pacific Highway to four lanes at Lisarow.”Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen:“Thanks to the NSW Liberals and Nationals, the 2020-21 NSW Budget provides substantial funding for the Hunter region across health, education and transport, particularly when it comes developing and redeveloping medical facilities and Hunter roads.” /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:Australia, Cessnock, Federal, Forster, Government, Hexham, Maitland, Muswellbrook, Nelson Bay, New South Wales, Newcastle, NSW, Ourimbah, Raymond Terrace, Singleton, Taree, Woy Woy, Wyong, younglast_img read more

New K-12 Teachers Get In-Class Help In CU-Boulder Partnership Program

first_img Published: Oct. 18, 1999 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail A University of Colorado at Boulder program that pairs newly licensed teachers with master teachers in local school districts has proven highly successful in attracting and retaining excellent teachers. At a time when the nation is facing a projected teacher shortage, retention is becoming increasingly important. Two million new teachers will be needed over the next decade, according to government estimates. Nationally, about 50 percent of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. But the retention rate among new teachers participating in CU-Boulder’s Partners in Education program is about 96 percent, according to Linda Molner, director of teacher education for the CU-Boulder School of Education. Twenty-three new teachers are working with local master teachers this school year as part of the 13-year-old PIE program. The program is operating in the Boulder Valley, St. Vrain, Adams 1, Adams 5 Star and Adams 50 school districts. “Principals tell me PIE teachers look more like third-year teachers at the end of their first year,” Molner said. Each participant in the PIE program is a newly licensed teacher who agrees to work at a reduced salary in exchange for free CU tuition credits toward a master’s degree. The school district’s savings are used to pay the salaries of master teachers within the district who are released from regular classroom duties for two years while they work with CU students. These master teachers, called “clinical professors,” mentor several PIE teachers in the classroom for one half-day each week, and spend one day a week teaching, supervising student teachers or conducting research at the CU-Boulder School of Education. The master teachers benefit CU by sharing ideas, conducting mutually beneficial research projects and improving teacher education. “We can’t be educating our students to become highly effective teachers without the perspectives and expertise of our best teachers,” said Molner, a former teacher. The mentoring program results in quicker mastery of basic skills such as classroom management, classroom setup, working with parents, lesson plan preparation and teaching to state and district content standards, Molner said. Liza Nybo of the St. Vrain school district is a former PIE teacher who is now helping new teachers as a clinical professor. The main benefit of the program is the coaching it provides, she said. Mentors can help new teachers deal with the myriad situations that come up in a classroom during the course of a day. When she was a PIE teacher, “I knew what I wanted the end product to look like but I wasn’t sure how to get there,” she said. Nybo’s mentor during her PIE year was Bea Ramos, and Nybo still consults with her when she needs to talk over educational issues. PIE teachers also take graduate seminars at night designed to help them with issues they face during the day. CU professors appreciate the connection that clinical professors give them to local school districts for research and other projects, Molner said. The master teachers are selected for their outstanding records and bring a wealth of experience and insight into the classroom, she said. The clinical professors also serve on search committees for new CU faculty members. For more information visit the Partners in Education Web site at read more

Shipping Company Invests in Expansion of Kingston Terminal

first_imgRelatedShipping Company Invests in Expansion of Kingston Terminal Shipping Company Invests in Expansion of Kingston Terminal Foreign AffairsAugust 5, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — International shipping company, CMA CGM, is investing US$100 million in the refurbishing and expansion of a section of the south terminal of the Port of Kingston to accommodate its mega vessels. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the three-year project, which includes the procurement of operational equipment, was signed on August 3 at the Ministry of Transport and Works in Kingston. The upgrading work will prepare the Kingston terminal to accommodate CMA CGM’s new generation of large ships and the expected increase in port calls from the expansion of the Panama Canal, which is scheduled to be completed by 2015. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Michael Henry, in his remarks at the signing, explained that the refurbishing work will not only generate additional foreign exchange inflows, but it will offer employment opportunities for approximately 1,000 persons. He noted that “supporting dredging programmes will have to take place and in that context, the Port Authority is committed to support that.” The Minister commended the France-based shipping company for undertaking the project, noting that it will result in increased investors coming into the country and “expand the need for many areas of growth”. “I wish to emphasise the commitment of the Government to the continued privatisation, expansion and growth of the Jamaican market place in all its aspects,” he stated. Chief Executive Officer of the Port Authority of Jamaica, Noel Hylton, explained that the expansion of the south terminal will increase yard space for the stacking of containers. “We will be bringing in new and modern lifting cranes that can lift two, 40-foot containers at the same time and that will help to turn around the ships quicker; new yard equipment; computer systems, and so on. We will also have to strengthen the berth because we have to dredge the terminal to about 17 metres. Mr. Hylton said that the most critical part of the project is to complete the dredging of the channel and turning basin before 2013. “After 2013, depending on the volume (of business) there could be an expansion of that terminal that will be done by CMA CGM and that would be more than about US$200 million or so,” he stated. For his part, Executive Officer, CMA CGM, Rodolphe Saade, said that investing in the country is a strategic move. He said that his company has had a 30-year relationship with Jamaica. “We feel that Jamaica offers very good geographical coverage for us and in view of the expansion of the Panama Canal, we feel that the timing is right to take a stand as soon as possible,” he stated. CMA CGM is the world’s third largest shipping container company and it is ranked number one in France. Its main objective is to offer customers all over the world a proactive, innovative service, which reconciles quality and high performance with protection of the environment. By LATONYA LINTON, JIS Reporter RelatedShipping Company Invests in Expansion of Kingston Terminal RelatedShipping Company Invests in Expansion of Kingston Terminal Advertisementslast_img read more

Californians hit beaches, travel ahead of virus rules easing

first_imgHomeNewsCalifornians hit beaches, travel ahead of virus rules easing Jun. 02, 2021 at 6:00 amNewsCalifornians hit beaches, travel ahead of virus rules easingGuest Author1 week agofeaturedNews Associated PressCalifornians headed to campgrounds, beaches and restaurants over the long holiday weekend as the state prepared to shed some of its coronavirus rules.Southern California beaches were busy with families barbecuing and children playing in the sand and surf. Business owners said they were scrambling to hire workers to keep up with the stream of customers eager to get out since virus cases have fallen and vaccinations have risen.“It feels very, very close to normal,” Bob Alfera, a resident of seaside Santa Monica, told KCBS-TV.The surge in travel and recreation comes as California prepares to relax social distancing and masking rules in two weeks as long as coronavirus cases remain low.California was the first U.S. state to impose a statewide shutdown when the virus emerged in March 2020 and the nation’s epicenter for the disease in early 2021.But the state has reported a significant turnaround. In recent weeks, newly reported infections in California have fallen below 1,000 on some days and the state’s positivity rate has been 1%.The state is now expected to end its tier system for business operations on June 15. Already, about 90% of California’s population is in the lower two of the state’s four tiers guiding business activities.Large-scale indoor events will have vaccination or negative test requirements until at least October.The change in pandemic-related rules comes as Californians gear up for summertime fun.At Los Angeles International Airport, travel reached a 2021 record on Friday with more than 78,000 passengers passing through Transportation Security Administration checkpoints, airport officials said. Daily passenger traffic is still about half of what it was two years ago but has been steadily increasing, the Los Angeles Times reported.“It’s been a long year, and to see people coming back to the airport is a great change of pace,” said Heath Montgomery, an airport spokesperson.Just in time for Memorial Day, a local veterans’ group that met weekly until the pandemic halted in-person gatherings finally got a long-awaited reunion.Members got together in West Hills for coffee and donuts and to catch up on the year gone by, Ed Reynolds, a veteran with Wings over Wendy’s, told KTLA television.“It’s good to see these faces again,” he said, his voice cracking. “It’s sort of emotional.”Tags :featuredNewsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentDUI & Possession of a Rifle ArrestsMain Street ClosureYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor15 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press15 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson15 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter15 hours agolast_img read more