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16
Oct
2020

Gov. Wolf: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Decreases Diversion, Fraud

first_imgGov. Wolf: Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Decreases Diversion, Fraud October 28, 2019 Healthcare,  Press Release,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf announced today that health care providers prescribing controlled substances are required to do so electronically, unless they meet certain exceptions. This is set forth by Act 96, now in effect.“Electronic prescribing is a tremendous deterrent against prescription fraud and the latest effort of the state to decrease the effects of the opioid crisis in Pennsylvania,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have seen the number of opioid prescriptions decrease through education and other initiatives we have put in place. Electronic prescribing is a way to keep opioids out of the hands of those who may misuse them.”Recent data has shown that from 2016 through mid-2019, opioid prescribing is down 30 percent. In addition, the total number of patients who were prescribed high dosages of opioids decreased by 46 percent from mid-2016 through mid-2019. A high dosage is defined as a daily dose of opioids with a morphine-milligram equivalent greater than 90. Also, the total number of patients who were prescribed overlapping prescriptions of both benzodiazepines and opioids for more than 30 days decreased by 48 percent in the same time frame.“Electronic prescribing is the latest initiative to stop opioids and other controlled substances from getting into the wrong hands,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “This technology allows health care providers to send prescriptions directly to the pharmacy, streamlining the process of getting a controlled substance prescribed. Electronic prescribing will also help to cut down on medication mistakes, which can occur with written prescriptions.”For individuals who have questions about this new law and how it affects them, the Department of Health has a website with information for patients, prescribers and dispensers. In addition, anyone with questions can contact the department by emailing [email protected] or calling 844-377-7367 Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The Opioid Command Center, established in January 2018 when Gov. Wolf signed the first opioid disaster declaration, meets every week to discuss the opioid crisis. The command center is staffed by personnel from 17 state agencies, spearheaded by the departments of Health and Drug and Alcohol Programs.Recent data shows that in 2018, more than 4,400 people died from a drug overdose. This represents an 18 percent decrease in drug overdose deaths from 2017.For more information about opioids and electronic prescribing, visit www.health.pa.gov.Find more information on the state’s response to the opioid crisis.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

24
Sep
2020

Lady Bulldogs Battle Lady Chargers In Middle School Volleyball

first_imgThe BMS 7th grade volleyball team lost last night against North Decatur: 25-24 and 25-21.Cayman Werner was our leading server with 6 aces. Following was Timbre Davies with 2 aces and Kennedy Westrick, Laney Walsman and Jadyn Harrington each had one ace. Tiffany Hawker, Cayman Werner, and Jadyn Harrington led the team with good sets for our hitters to attack. Timbre Davies lead the team with 5 kills, Cayman Werner and Jadyn Harrington each had 4 kills. Kaityln Sarringhaus and Samantha Kessens had 2 kills and Laney Walsman had 1 kill!Their record is now 2-4.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Megan Werner.The 8th grade volleyball team played well to defeat North Decatur 25-19, 25,-16.The serving percentage for the team was 86%. At the service line Shelby Westerfeld earned 9 points for the Bulldogs. Sophie Lee, Laney Flynn, and Brayleigh Patterson had 6 service points each. The team also played well at the front row.  Brayleigh Patterson had 5 kills off of 10 hits. Sophie Lee, Rhian Melbauer, Shelby Westerfeld, and Jade Kopp each had 2 kills.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Angie Ehrman.last_img read more

19
Dec
2019

Convergent Evolution: A Better Explanation

first_imgReferences[1] Is Evolution Predictable? Butterflies take different paths to arrive at the same color pattern. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, 14 November 2019. https://stri.si.edu[2] Ref. 1.[3] Ref. 1.[4] Carolina Concha, et al., 2019. Interplay between Developmental Flexibility and Determinism in the Evolution of Mimetic Heliconius Wing Patterns. Current Biology, 29: 1-14, December 2; DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2019.10.010.[5] Ref. 1.[6] Doolittle, R. 1994. “Convergent Evolution: The Need to be Explicit.” Trends in Biochemical Sciences, 19(1):15-18, p. 15.[7] Losos, J. B. 2011. “Convergence, Adaptation, and Constraint.” Evolution, 65(7):1827-1840.[8] Wikipedia: List of examples of convergent evolution. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_examples_of_convergent_evolution.[9]  Woodward, Aylin. The Tasmanian tiger is thought to have gone extinct in 1936, but mysterious sightings suggest the creature might still be out there. https://www.businessinsider.com/tasmanian-tiger-may-not-be-extinct-sightings-pictures-2019-11.[10] Simpson, George. 1980. Splendid Isolation: The Curious History of South American Mammals. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.[11] Rice, Stanley. 2007. “Convergence,” pp. 89-93 in: Encyclopedia of Evolution. New York, NY: Facts on File, p. 93.[12] Pääbo, Svante. 2014. Neanderthal Man: In Search of Lost Genomes. New York, NY: Basic Books, p. 66.[13] Lima-de-Faria, A. 1988. Evolution without Selection: Form and Function by Autoevolution. Amsterdam, Holland: Elsevier, p. 271.[14] Losos, J. B. 2011; Simpson, 1980, pp. 12-13.[15] Milner, R. 1990. The Encyclopedia of Evolution. New York, NY: Facts on File.[16] Rice, 2007; Losos,  2011, p. 1872.)[17] Johnson, D. H. 1955. “The Incredible Kangaroo: Australia’s Famous Marsupial Sits on Its Tail, Fights Like a Man, Bounces Like a Steel Spring, and Graces a Coat of Arms.” The National Geographic Magazine, 108(4):487-500, p. 489.[18]  Reuell, Peter. 2019. A Clue to Biodiversity. https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2019/10/gene-flow-between-butterfly-species-offers-clue-to-biodiversity/; Nathaniel B. Edelman. 2019. Genomic architecture and introgression shape a butterfly radiation. Science. Science  01 Nov 2019. 366 (6465): 594-599. Online at https://science.sciencemag.org/content/366/6465/594.full.[19]  Hollingshead, Todd. 2019 Analysis of butterfly genomes reveals answers to complex evolutionary history questions. https://lifesciences.byu.edu/researchers-break-down-20-whole-genomes-of-perplexing-butterfly-to-find. October 31.[20] Purdom, Georgia and Bodie Hodge, 2008. “Zonkeys, Ligers, and Wolphins, Oh My!” Answers in Depth, Vol.3, pp.71–73. https://assets.answersingenesis.org/doc/articles/aid/v3/zonkeys-ligers-wolphins.pdf .Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile. The Major Convergent Evolution Obstacle: Can an Event Acknowledged as Improbable Occur Many Times?by Jerry Bergman, PhDHeliconius butterfly (Illustra Media)An international team of scientists working with a certain kind of butterfly in Panama was faced with a question: How could “pairs of clearly unrelated butterflies from Peru to Costa Rica evolve nearly the same wing-color patterns over and over again?”[1] Typically, evolutionists explain this phenomenon away with an empty phrase: “butterflies can evolve along separate and different paths to arrive at the same color pattern, a process called convergent evolution.”[2] This answer requires a suspension of disbelief. How can different species take two very different genetic paths – which would require many major genetic differences – and yet arrive at the same end result?The “convergent evolution” solution fell apart in a study on Heliconius butterflies published in Current Biology. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute remarked that the discovery “forever changes the way evolution is understood.”[3] The finding that motivated this remark is as follows:although natural selection channeled phenotypic convergence [i.e., outward appearances were similar], divergent developmental contexts between the two major Heliconius lineages opened different developmental routes to evolve resemblance. Consequently, even under very deterministic evolutionary scenarios, our results underscore a surprising unpredictability in the developmental paths underlying convergence in a recent radiation.[4]Natural selection can, in other words, cause two animals to converge so they look alike (the process called “convergent evolution” noted above), but it can take very different genetic paths to reach that goal. It’s as if two balloons can leave Detroit at the same time, moved by the same wind, but one goes east, the other northwest and they both end up in Paris at the same time. How can this be considered possible? The review uses word salad to basically restate their faith in natural selection’s ability to work miracles.Evolution is often viewed as a highly contingent process, where chance mutations and random genetic drift affect future outcomes. Nonetheless, there are many cases across branches of the tree of life where different species have evolved remarkably similar solutions to common environmental challenges. Such convergence provides some of the most compelling evidence of the power of natural selection to shape phenotypic diversity in highly deterministic ways. Over the past several decades, numerous studies have examined how convergent change is achieved.[5]The article concludes, “The broad consensus emerging from these studies is that the path taken by evolution is often repeatable among closely related species but becomes more unpredictable when species are deeply divergent.” In other words, neither natural selection, nor convergent evolution, can explain the final results the study found. This study has eloquently shown that classical evolution theory has a major problem. My conclusion is that convergent evolution, although widely accepted, is wrong.Professor Doolittle once said that convergence claims are confusing for several reasons, one of which is that often “not enough care is taken to state exactly what kind of convergence one has in mind.” He adds that evidence of “genuine [genetic] sequence convergence has yet to be made.”[6] Genetic sequence convergence is where genetic comparisons show close similarity. What was found in the butterfly study was major genetic differences although the genes for wing color patterns were close to identical.The authors of the Current Biology paper compared genes between unrelated Heliconius butterflies that nevertheless ended up looking uncannily similar. This undermines the whole convergence argument. There was no genetic convergence and, as we do more genetic comparisons, we will no doubt find many more examples of lack of evidence for genetic convergence in cases where “convergent evolution” has been the consensus explanation. Although claims of convergent evolution are common, even ubiquitous, their identification, interpretation, and explanation are controversial. This line of research will make them even more controversial.[7] Genetic comparisons may well falsify the general theory of convergence.Why Convergent Evolution Does Not Explain SimilaritiesDarwinists face a clear and formidable question: how can two animals, with very different ancestries, evolve to become almost identical? It is no small problem. Evolutionists waved it away with the hands of the clock, by claiming gradual evolution takes a long time. Convergence moves slowly as the two species move towards the same goal of becoming more alike as time flows forward. Wikipedia lists over 300 examples of convergent evolution.[8]Thylacine, or Tasmanian wolf (Wikimedia Commons)An amazing example of unrelated similarity is the marsupial Tasmanian wolf (Thylacinus cynocephalus) which strongly resembles the placental wolf (Canis). Evolutionists claim that the Tasmanian “wolf” is believed to have evolved in Australia, and the placental wolf in North America. They evolved separately along different paths from very different ancestors to coincidentally end up very similar.The Tasmanian wolf is sometimes called the Tasmanian tiger. It looks much like a dog, but has stripes on its back like a tiger, and resembles a large cat, a fox, or a wolf. It was once thought extinct, but some recent sightings have been reported in the news. This animal complicates the convergent evolution narrative because of its similarities to three animals.[9]  Like the platypus, another Australian marsupial, it seems like a mosaic of multiple animals.Thylacinus cynocephalus means “pouched animal with a dog’s head.” The main issue involves their reproductive styles, which are totally different. One is a placental mammal, the other a marsupial. And yet this marsupial’s head and the placental dog’s head have very similar skull morphology. Their resemblances in overall shape, locomotory mode, feeding and foraging are also all very similar. Both also have large canines and grinding molars. The behavior and lifestyles of the North American wolf and the Tasmanian wolf are very similar. The only answer evolutionists can give is “convergent evolution,” an empty phrase masquerading as an explanation.The placental wolf and the marsupial Tasmanian wolf are actually more similar to each other morphologically than a St. Bernard is to a chihuahua. When the Placental wolf and Tasmanian wolf are examined side by side by experts, differences can be seen, but most of the major skull traits and their overall shape are almost identical. “Convergence” attempts to explain away a serious dilemma for Darwinism, namely, how could two animals that are so far apart on the evolutionary tree, and must have diverged from a common ancestor eons ago, end up so similar in so many critical aspects today?Unhappy EvolutionistsSome biologists have effectively argued against the convergent evolution theory for very good reasons. A major complaint is that it acts as like a post-hoc armchair explanation. Another is that it lacks a mechanism. Another is that it lacks historical evidence. We have no fossil record showing the evolution of the placental wolf from some hypothetical ancient ancestor animal in North America. Nor do we have evidence of the evolution of the Tasmanian wolf from some hypothetical ancient ancestor in Australia. We just know from the evidence that lots of placental wolves live in North America and lots of Tasmanian wolves live in Australia and, in general, no fossils of marsupial wolves are found in North America and no fossils of the placental wolves are found in Australia.If large numbers of Tasmanian wolf fossils were found in North America beside living placental wolves, evolutionists would be ready with a different story. They could say both evolved here and split off recently, with the former having migrated to Australia. No matter what the facts show, evolution is always the answer.A Time BombAnother major difficulty with convergent evolution as an explanation for the placental wolf and the Tasmanian wolf is that their common traits are far too similar to have evolved separately from different ancient common ancestors way back in the early Cretaceous, as evolutionists believe. Such a huge time span should have produced far more differences than observed. Many other examples of convergence also show commonalities in so many ways that only experts can see the distinctions.[10]  Evolutionary paleontologists often have difficulty determiningwhether organisms shared a characteristic because they inherited it from a common ancestor, or because they evolved it separately by convergence. This sometimes makes reconstructing fossil history difficult. Sometimes in the fossil record a species appears to have become extinct then reappears. Is it because the species was rare for a long time, then reappeared in greater abundance (what paleontologist David Jablonski calls Lazarus taxa, because they appeared to rise from the dead), or because another lineage evolved similar features by convergence, and it just looked like a reappearance (what paleontologist Douglas Erwin calls Elvis taxa)?[11]The theory of convergence has additional problems. “Natural selection” is the Darwinians’ magic wand to explain everything, including convergence, but science should be open to other theories that can explain things. The major difficulty by far with convergence is how random mutations and natural selection could repeatedly generate the same complex designs requiring many genes, sometimes several scores of times. If Darwinists were not so antagonistic to skeptics of their theory, they might be open to evidence of an intelligent Creator using the same design in different contexts.Convergence Theory Hinders ScienceSvante Pääbo, after decades of research, wrote that convergence makes taxonomy difficult. He wrote that the many “examples of convergent evolution was to me a strong message that morphology is often an unreliable indicator of relatedness among organisms.”[12] Professor Lima-de-Faria, in an extensive study of convergent evolution, concluded that the striking similarities in very different life-forms is a “puzzling fact” not explained by Darwinism. Indeed, he believes, similarities between unrelated organisms are a major obstacle for evolution theory.[13] The esteemed evolutionist George Gaylord Simpson stressed that “the phenomenon of evolutionary convergence… is a source of disquiet and precaution to paleontologists and other biologists.”[14]Some evolutionists try this angle: living in similar environments and experiencing similar selection pressures can produce convergence, they argue.[15] This is called the “adaptationist” theory of convergence. Comparing the adaptationist and constraint perspectives on convergent evolution, evolutionists consideredthe more fundamental question about the predictability of evolutionary change. More generally, convergent evolution has long been taken as evidence of adaptation, but some recent workers have questioned the ability of evolutionary biologists to infer the operation of natural selection from the phylogenetic pattern.[16]Mindless Environments Cannot Force ConvergenceThere is no necessary connection between the environment and convergence. Environments of “convergent” animals are often very different. Except for opossums and their relatives, marsupials are now found only in Australia and New Zealand. The environments of North America and Australia are very different in climate, terrain, and, especially, in the life-forms inhabiting the land, and yet both America and Australia have opossums.[17]Heliconius wing patterns not by chance but by genetic sharing. (Wikimedia Commons)Conversely, environments of unlike animals are often quite similar. No reason exists to believe similar environmental demands could evolve two very different precursor animals to converge into animals with similar traits. Nor does any direct evidence exist that even very similar environments will evolve different animals to increasingly resemble each other until they become, not just superficially identical, but in many ways, close to physiologically identical. In conclusion, convergence theory has launched many disputes in the past between evolutionists, and new research has only added to their headaches.Sharing: A Much Better ExplanationPossibly due to the inadequacy of convergent evolution, another (and much better) explanation has been offered for convergence: shared information. Animals can pass genes back and forth in a process known as introgression, defined as “the introduction of genes from one species into the gene pool of another species, occurring when matings between the two produce fertile hybrids.” In the case of the Heliconius butterflies, the researchers are claiming that rampant introgression has occurred.[18]Another example shows up in the human gene pool. Geneticists writing in a preprint in bioRxiv on November 15 found that “Neanderthal introgression reintroduced functional ancestral alleles lost in Eurasian populations.” Nothing new evolved; the information was “reintroduced” to Eurasions through introgression.Even so, explaining the variety by the exchange of genes due to interbreeding between genetically divergent individuals does not solve the evolutionary origins problem. What needs to be explained is the origin of the functional genes that are passed around by introgression. As any dog breeder knows, the exchange of genes produces an enormous amount of variety. Hollingshead opined: “On a grand scale, the findings provide evidence that the model of an evolutionary tree first famously drawn by Darwin may need some adjusting.”[19]The Creation ExplanationActually, this is what creationists have been saying for decades: a great deal of the variety in the natural world is the result of sharing of genetic information, not emergence of new genetic information by random mutation and natural selection. Sharing of pre-existing genetic information can occur by several methods, including horizontal gene transfer, retrovirus insertions, hybridization, interbreeding and introgression. Creation taxonomists organize life by “created kinds” (baramin), within which a good deal of horizontal diversification and genetic sharing can occur. For example, the cat kind includes lions, cheetahs, domestic cats, etc. – a total of 30+ living species and a number of extinct ones. These all came from the original pair of cats, Purdom and Hodge argued in a 2008 paper.[20]With evolution a theory in crisis, particularly when it comes to convergence, openness to alternative explanations is in order. (Visited 511 times, 2 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

18
Dec
2019

Grooming the future of tourism

first_imgCouncillor Willie van der Schyf addresses the graduating interns at the ceremony. The proud graduates received a certificate from Councillor Van der Schyf and Monique Griffith of the City of Johannesburg.(Images: Cadine Pillay) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lucky Sindane   Liaison officer,   Department of Economic Development   +27 76 862 4377 RELATED ARTICLES • Leading SA’s youth out of poverty • Education rights affirmed • Taking ballet to township kids • Inner city kids learn about film • Safeguarding our future leaders • New uniforms for needy pupilsCadine PillayThe City of Johannesburg’s (CoJ) economic development department has wrapped up its pilot tourism internship programme with pleasing results.Proud interns graduated from the programme at a ceremony held in Newtown on 15 March, receiving certificates to mark their efforts.The tourism internship programme was launched in August 2012 by councillor Ruby Mathang, a member of the Mayoral Committee for Economic Development. The programme was aimed at pupils who only had a matric qualification, as well as unemployed graduates, and proved so successful that it will be implemented again with Cathseta – the Culture, Arts, Tourism, Hospitality and Sport Sector Education and Training Authority.The programme gave young people the opportunity to gain valuable work experience across a broad range of service providers in the tourism industry. These included hotels, guest houses, museums and tourist attractions. Of 146 starters, 109 candidates graduated from this internship.Offering young people work experience “I am extremely proud to say that we have received wonderful and positive feedback and reports from the tourism product owners, about the candidates’ work ethics and eagerness to learn,” said Monique Griffith, director of sector support at the city’s Department of Economic Development.As a result of their outstanding performance, some of the students received job offers from the establishments which hosted them. Some are upmarket and others cater for the everyday patron.These included Radisson Blue Hotel Sandton, Radisson Blue Hotel Gautrain, Booysens Hotel, Culinary Passion School Hospitality, Vaal Nests Boutique Hotel, The Elegant Lodge, Hospitality Ambassadors, Maropeng Visitor Centre and Hotel, City Lodge Group, Kwa Eden Accommodation and Conferencing, Riviera on the Vaal Hotel and Spa, Adler Museum of Medicine at Wits University, Department of Economic Development, Department of Community Development and Joburg Tourism Company.Mathang said there are a number of other programmes designed by CoJ and aimed at empowering young people – they include the youth entrepreneurship strategy and the skills development strategy as well as programmes such as the Recognition of Prior Learning programme, which has certified over 2 000 competent individuals and placed over 200 of them in the construction sector in the past three years, and the Leago Work Placement Programme, which aims to train 1 000 individuals and place over 500 young employees in the construction, ICT, media and communications and services sectors.Tackling youth unemployment with tourismYouth unemployment is a challenge not only in Johannesburg but in South Africa. In 2011, President Jacob Zuma set a target of 5-million jobs to be created by 2012. Last year only 80 000 new jobs were created.Figures from 2012 show that tourism supports one in every 12 jobs in South Africa, and domestic tourism contributed R20-billion (US$2.2-billion) to the national economy last year, which makes tourism a lucrative industry for young people to get into.More than five-million domestic trips were recorded in South Africa in the first quarter of 2012, injecting R5.2-billion ($564-million) to the economy. This is over R600-million ($65-million), or 13%, more than last year’s economic contribution over the same period.“As a regional economic hub and centre for business, Joburg plays a critical role in attracting business, retail and sports tourism – there lie your opportunities. The future of our country is in this room,” said Councillor Willie van der Schyf who addressed the interns before awarding their certificates.Van der Schyf went on to say that the role of city management was to dually support the interns and the industry by paying a monthly stipend to allow them to accumulate work experience whilst increasing their employability.He added, “Although the CoJ programme has ended, this does not mean the end for the 109 candidates who completed their internships. Cathseta will be taking on our interns and continuing with them by providing additional learnerships and internship opportunities.“last_img read more

16
Dec
2019

KickApps Partners with IBM to Bring Social Features to WebSphere Commerce

first_imgklint finley KickApps, a provider of enterprise-grade hosted social media platforms, announced the release of KickApps for IBM‘s WebSphere Commerce today. Websphere Commerce users will have the ability to integrate KickApps social media features into their stores and create highly targeted offers based on customer behaviors. The new “eSpots” feature of the product will allow users to create their own widgets to place on other web sites.KickApps’ Social Graph Engine, a behavior tracking and analysis system, will power the customization process. KickApps has lofty expectations for the approach. “The traditional storefront will be replaced or augmented with a personalized experience woven into the consumer’s natural behavior and social interaction,” wrote CEO Alex Blum on the KickApps blog.KickApps’ strategy is based around decentralizing its customers’ web presence by spreading it across many sites while still collecting analytics data. Earlier this month KickApps released a drag-and-drop web app developement suite enabling non-technical users to create simple apps for Facebook and other platforms.KickApps is based in New York City and was founded in 2005. It has several huge clients like HBO, McDonalds and NBC.Disclosure: IBM is a ReadWriteWeb sponsor 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img Related Posts Tags:#enterprise#news#Products#saas Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

24
Oct
2019

Revised Standards for Teacher Education Available by October

first_imgThe revised standards for teacher education being undertaken by the University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) should be available by October of this year.This was disclosed by Director, University Council of Jamaica (UCJ), Althea Heron, at the opening of the two-day Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica annual Professional Development Workshop being held at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston from August 29 to 30.Ms. Heron said the revised document is expected to reflect many of the changes that are taking place within the profession, and urged the participants to obtain a copy once it is published.“This (document) will continue to serve as a guide to institutions in the development of teacher-education programmes at the bachelor’s degree level, delivered face-to-face or via distant-learning modes of instruction,” she added.Ms. Heron said teachers are a crucial part of the Jamaican workforce and continue to be central to the training and education of the wider workforce.“The new teacher educator will not only need to be tech-savvy and up to date with the latest apps, but also… mindful of their own need for continuous professional development in order to maintain a high standard of teaching that improves student learning outcomes,” she said.Established in October, 1987 by the University Council of Jamaica Act, the UCJ is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. The UCJ is the national Quality Assurance Agency for tertiary education in the country. Its mission is to increase the availability of tertiary-level training in the island through a robust quality-assurance system that ensures excellence, transparency, integrity and adherence to standards.The Teachers’ Colleges of Jamaica is committed to developing a cadre of teachers with knowledge, skills, attitudes and dispositions that meet the needs of Jamaica’s education system.The workshop is being hosted in collaboration with the Joint Board of Teacher Education.last_img read more

13
Oct
2019

Students kept at schools after report of a possible handgun near NPSS

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – North Peace Secondary, Robert Ogilvie and Duncan Cran schools were all locked down after a report of a person with a handgun.The report came in at 2:17 p.m. to the RCMP that witnesses had seen a male who may have been in possession of a handgun near North Peace Secondary School on 86 street.All available officers responded to the call and set up a containment area and quickly learned the possible suspect had departed in an unknown green SUV. The RCMP were able to contact a 23-year-old who turned himself into the Police.  The RCMP believe the alleged handgun was an airsoft pistol.RCMP believe the public is not at risk regarding this incident.The investigation is still in its early stages so no further information will be released at this time.At first, North Peace Secondary School was placed under a hold and secure and quickly changed to a complete lockdown.  Both Robert Ogilvie and Duncan Cran were also placed under a hold and secure.  Students were allowed to leave all the schools at 3:15 Wednesday.last_img read more

12
Oct
2019

Boundaries of MCC

first_imgWhen Germany was divided, an East Germany citizen one day illegally crossed the border and entered West Germany in anticipation of enjoying greater freedom. Confident of getting freedom, the person swinging his hand stick started wandering in the streets at will. Incidentally, the stick hit the nose of a person who in turn complained in the police station against the East Germany citizen. The issue was taken to court where the Judge questioned him about reasons for hitting the plaintiff. His reply was that he got freedom immediately on entering West Germany and hence rotated the stick freely. The Judge observed that his “freedom starts where others’ nose ends”. This is exactly how the Election Model Code of Conduct (MCC) unfortunately is! No one has any clue where, when and how it begins and then ceases. In an unending and incessant process of Indian Electoral System that goes on for months, the question often asked is how could the democratically elected governments function with MCC? Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyIn the recent past, several political leaders as well as CMs have raised their eyebrows and objected to the continuance of MCC for long. Their objection is that in the name of MCC, the Election Commission (EC) performs the way it likes. MCC is meant for a limited period beginning with the announcement of schedule till the end of elections but certainly not far beyond that. The Indian electoral process is a long-drawn affair. The result is announced sometimes months after the elections are held. If there are restrictions on the government, CM, his cabinet colleagues and officers about what can be done and what can’t even after the elections are completed then it may be inappropriate. We often see the issuance of notices to CMs and others on alleged violations during electioneering like the one served on Telangana CM. Also Read – The future is here!It may be inappropriate on EC’s part to impose sanctions on the government and CMs for conducting official review meetings, though the elections have already been concluded. For instance, in states like Telangana, AP and Odisha, strict adherence to MCC is not conducive to democratic functioning. Is it necessary for Odisha CM to obtain permission from EC to review relief measures in the context of cyclone Fani? Is he bound by MCC to call for a cabinet meeting? In a democratic setup, it amounts to fault if reviews and cabinet meetings are not held in such a situation. As the election process is over, there is no possibility of influencing the voter and hence it is not wrong to go for routine administrative measures including reviews and cabinet meetings. Given this, the fundamental question is what an elected government can or can’t do until the entire election process is completed. In fact, until the new government is formed after the general elections, the government in office shall be vested with all powers to discharge its responsibilities and constitutional obligations. Nowhere in the Constitution has any mention been made whether an elected government could be restricted on the pretext of MCC. Then why this limitation? In a democratic polity for continuity of good governance, for the welfare of weaker sections and downtrodden, for taking timely decisions, there shall not be any unnecessary limitations. Parliamentary democracy presupposes frequent reviews by the government both at the official level and at CM level irrespective of MCC or not. It should be more of a self-discipline mode rather than imposing type. This was how originally it was conceived way back in 1960 in Kerala state, not by EC but through a consensus among political parties during Assembly Elections in the state. That was later adopted by EC and finally transformed into the present style. It appears that, while the MCC is still in execution, AP CM Chandrababu Naidu decided to convene a Cabinet meeting and the process began with a note from CMO to the Chief Secretary. He seems to have expressed the opinion that, subject to permission from EC, the meeting can take place. Whether it is right on CM’s part to have cabinet meeting while MCC is in operation is the subject of discussion among many IAS officers and others in the state. In normal circumstances, CM has every right to decide on the date and time for a Cabinet meeting and CS has no option as Secretary to Cabinet to convene the same. Contrary to this, his right to have the same while MCC is in operation has become questionable since it requires EC’s prior permission. Will it be appropriate for EC to reject the proposal of CM and CS? An interesting discussion has been going on that the decision of CM to have a cabinet meeting is leading to differences between CM and CS. In fact, it is also equally interesting as to what should be the manner of the relationship between a civil servant and minister or CM in a parliamentary democracy. CM reviewing at different levels with officers is a normal thing and implementation of decisions taken in the reviews is the sole responsibility of civil servant. In policymaking, both the official and non-official share equal responsibility and if only there is a cordial relationship between both, there is every possibility for better governance. The Armstrong Memorandum of Great Britain details the roles, responsibilities and the manner of relationship between a minister and civil servant. India has adopted the parliamentary system of the UK. Civil Servants are accountable to Ministers – democratically elected government. They should be above political considerations. They should gain the confidence of the concerned minister and also the CM. Irrespective of their personal views they should advise the minister or CM as the case may be, and their entire experience shall be, placed at their disposal. Even when they differ, they should extend their advice and allow them to take the final decision which they have to implement. Against this background and in the context of the AP developments, there exists a difference of opinion between the CM and CS at least as reported in a section of the press. CM, instead of sending a routine note through CMO to CS for convening a cabinet meeting would have spoken to him either over the phone or in person. CM should have discussed with CS about the pros and cons of convening cabinet meeting and should have sought his opinion. CM should have solicited CS’s opinion as to how they could overcome the MCC stipulations. Similarly, instead of perseverance in his own style, CS should have met the CM and discussed the issue threadbare and offered his view. Still, there is enough time for these parleys before the cabinet meets if permitted by EC. (The author is Chief PRO to Telangana CM. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

18
Sep
2019

Isco and Asensio vindicate themselves vs Melilla

first_imgStellar performances from Isco and Asensio against Melilla in Copa del Rey, Vinicius Junior was also on point with 1 goal and 1 assist.For Isco and Asensio, things were starting to get a little complicated under new manager Santiago Solari and they desperately needed a great performance in order to gain back a little confidence in their game.Isco’s case was quite more pressing as he had been constantly scrutinized for not having a good relationship with Santiago Solari, Asensio’s case was slightly less concerning as he was only underperforming since the start of the season but didn’t really have any problems with the new manager.This Thursday against Melilla, was a perfect opportunity for both players to get back on track and they didn’t disappoint.It was a relatively easy opponent after they were able to win the first Copa del Rey match with a convincing 4-0 victory, but Real was playing at the Bernabeu and they really wanted to make a good impression with the fans.Asensio started the goal-fest with a great solo goal after 30 minutes of the first half had passed, then Vinicius made his appearance two minutes later to assist Marco from the left flank and let Real Madrid take a 2-0 lead.👏 Congratulations to @Frangarcia_11 and @Alvaro10fidalgo on making their official first-team debuts! Well played, guys! #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/Y467DiABp8— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018Just before the 40th minute of the game, Asensio was able to confirm his Player of the Match status with an assist to Javi Sanchez.Marco delivered two goals and one assist in the span of only six minutes, this was more than enough for Real Madrid to completely shut down any hopes Melilla had to turn the game around.But the match was still on the first half, it was far from over and we still had at least three more goals to watch.Isco hadn’t appeared yet, but he did it in the 47th minute with a beautiful long-range goal that gave Los Blancos their fourth of the night and a breath of fresh air to Isco who barely celebrated scoring this goal.Throughout the second half, it was Vinicius tho took the lead of all offensive plays with his explosive dribbling coming from the left flank.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The Brazilian was determined to score his goal, which came fifteen minutes away from the final whistle after a double effort because they goalkeeper was able to deflect his first shot.‘Vinny’ was finally able to get a proper goal, unlike the one he got the first time through a rebound.⏸ HT: @realmadrid 3-0 @UDMelilla (agg. 7-0)⚽ @marcoasensio10 33′, 35′, @javisf5 39’#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/wSTXPbQ4Em— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018For Melilla, playing this stage of the Copa del Rey was already a major achievement. They had already received Real Madrid’s visit a couple of weeks back and all the players wanted was to play at the Santiago Bernabeu, they never really expected to upset Los Blancos.Any goal they scored against Real Madrid would be celebrated as if they had already won the title itself, the moment finally came through Qasmi and all the players ended up very grateful for the massive opportunity.At the end of the match, Isco was able to get his second goal that gave Real Madrid a 6-1 victory with an aggregate 10-1 in total.This victory puts both Asensio and Isco back in Solari’s radar, they really needed this performance in order to shake off the bad luck they had attracted to themselves in the last few months.Solari proved that he was really happy with not only the result, but also the fact that he seems to have recovered two of his most important players for Real Madrid.📸 Six of the best at the Bernabéu this afternoon as we ease through to the next round of the Copa del Rey! #RMCopa pic.twitter.com/pZDtRFAKb5— Real Madrid C.F. 🇬🇧🇺🇸 (@realmadriden) December 6, 2018Which goal was your favorite from Real Madrid’s 6-1 victory against Melilla? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more