Seasonal periodicity of physical factors, inorganic nutrients and microalgae in Antarctic fellfields

first_imgOver 15 months between January 1990 and March 1991, a range of physical, chemical and biological parameters was monitored regularly in fellfield soils of frost-sorted polygons at four sites on Signy Island (South Orkney Islands, maritime Antarctica). These included inorganic nutrients (orthophosphate, available nitrate and, over a more limited period, ammonia), chlorophyll a (as a proxy measure of microalgal biomass) and a range of potential cryoprotectant compounds. Transects across soil polygons revealed neither intrapolygon gradients in concentrations of inorganic nutrients or chlorophyll a nor significant interpolygon differences, in contrast with previous studies. Nitrate was present in much lower concentrations than phosphate, supporting evidence that it is a limiting nutrient in these fellfield ecosystems. Spring snowmelt, although a potential source of nutrient input, was not associated with increased concentrations of inorganic nutrients in the soil, probably through isolation of the soil from overlaying snow by a surface layer of ice. Soil micro-algae at the study sites must survive winter temperatures of at least -9degreesC, even when protected beneath up to 1 m of snow, and it has been proposed that they accumulate sugars and polyols as cryoprotectants. In support of this, concentrations of erythritol, glycerol, glucose, sucrose and trehalose in the soil (both absolute quantity and after correction for chlorophyll a concentration) increased as winter proceeded, suggesting that changes in sugar concentrations were due to accumulation within individual cells.last_img read more

2-A South Football Region Media Day

first_img Tags: 2-A South Football Region Media Day/Beaver/Enterprise/Grand/Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network/North Sevier/Robert Lovell/San Juan/South Sevier Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRICHFIELD, Utah-Thursday afternoon, for the second consecutive year the Quality Inn Conference Center of Richfield hosted the 2-A South Football Region Media Day to conclude the football media days broadcasts on the Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network.Mid-Utah Radio Sports Network broadcaster Robert Lovell once again moderated the proceedings. These consisted of the head coaches and star players from Beaver, South Sevier, North Sevier, San Juan, Grand and Enterprise High Schools.1:44 p.m.The Enterprise Wolves were the last team to address the media. This contingent consisted of head coach Andy Messersmith, tailback Tyler Hess, defensive end Jack Lee, guard/nose guard Case Jones and cornerback/receiver Steven Anzalone.Messersmith is appreciative of the fact he has two solid cornerbacks he can rely upon in space and Jones says he looks forward to hitting, especially someone else other than his teammates.Messersmith is hoping to be more successful inside the red zone this season as in 2017, the Wolves were excellent between the 20’s but fizzled thereafter.Messersmith anticipates a key non-region game against Class 4-A Ogden as they will host the Tigers. He asserts it will be fun to go against some big boys, especially with them coming to Enteprise on August 24.In proverbially taking a page out of the Grand playbook, Messersmith says he hopes to excel as the Red Devils have in moving personnel around predicated on circumstances.Hess looks forward to Ogden, Lee anticipates going against Beaver, Jones looks forward to both the Ogden and Beaver games and Anzalone has his eyes on going against Ogden.1:26 p.m.The Grand Red Devils, the favorite to win the 2-A South football region, were then up to address the media.Head coach Dennis Wells brought three players with him to Richfield. They included tailback Trent Elmore, defensive lineman/tackle (and student body president at Grand High School) Jarrett Reidhead and center Brody Williams.Wells got down to brass tacks out of the gates, saying he loathes the fact that his Red Devils have been picked as the region favorite.Williams said he’s excited for this season and Elmore, coming off of a broken collarbone, says he’s ready for the season to start.Wells said he admired his team’s grit for giving Beaver a good game on the road last season and says he sees his team as comparably good on the road as they are at home.With the San Juan contingent still at the conference center, Wells glanced toward them on set and said that “he can never overlook San Juan.”Reidhead said he’s looking most forward to playing against South Sevier as does Williams. The Rams will be the Red Devils’ homecoming opponent.Wells also said, in speaking of the 2-A North region that he believes the Red Devils can beat anyone in that region except for South Summit.1:09 p.m.The San Juan Broncos then addressed the media. Head coach Barkley Christensen was on-hand as were his star players. These included QB Corbin Palmer, slot/outside linebacker Carlos Redd, slot/receiver Landen Pemberton and center/nose guard Tanner Black.These are four of the six seniors on the season for the Broncos.Palmer spoke of his strength increasing through his weight training regiment as he has increased his bench press from 250 pounds to 310 pounds. Christenen confirmed the Broncos will have more elements of the spread and will follow in the footsteps of his mentor leader, former San Juan head coach Monty Lee, whom he played for.As was the case with Lindley’s decision, Christensen says he is doing this predicated upon personnel.Christensen stated his preseason schedule, which includes a tilt against 2-A power Delta, sets up nicely for the Broncos. San Juan also faces a glaring task August 17 against defending state champion South Summit.Across the board, Christensen, Palmer, Redd, Pemberton and Black all confirmed their eyes are squarely focused on South Summit August 17.12:52 p.m.The North Sevier Wolves were up next at the podium, led by head coach Devin Lindley. He was joined by left guard Tanner Sorenson, outside linebacker/slot Burke Mickelsen, outside linebacker/slot Tate Johnson and QB Taylor Crane.Sorenson, who has garnered interest from Snow College and Weber State, says he hopes to put out good film for college coaches this season. Lindley reported he was impressed with the amount of kids who have come out for football, as more than 50 showed up. He lauds the fact that the Wolves’ depth is better than it has been in previous years.Lindley is also proud of the fact that his current pack of Wolves has “taken the weight room to heart.”While the Wolves have traditionally taken to the skies in passing the ball more often than not, Lindley says he will focus more on balance and his personnel, rather than play calling. It does bear mentioning, however, that, per Lindley’s admission, Crane can throw the ball 50 feet flat-footed.The Wolves will have a challenging schedule as soon as region play commences as they will have three road games in league play.Mickelsen says he’s looking forward to playing against South Sevier and Johnson is anticipating the Wolves’ game against Grand. Crane looks forward to the Wolves’ first game against the Woods Cross J.V. and Sorenson anticipates games against South Sevier and Gunnison, traditionally two of North Sevier’s biggest rivals.12:31 p.m.The South Sevier Rams were the next team to show up at the press conference. They were represented by head coach Weston Zabriskie, fullback/outside linebacker Tyson Chisholm, receiver/LB/DB Peydon Wood, QB Tracen Winkel and jack of all trades Tucker Gayler. In Zabriskie’s words, Gayler “just loves to play the game.”Zabriskie said the Rams feel all right about where they currently are. He cites the fact that he has lots of returning varsity experience as a definitive asset.Chisholm stressed the need for he and his teammates to be “consistent every week” and that, in so doing, the Rams can get lots of wins this year. Wood asserted that the Rams have to play mistake-free football in hopes of giving them a chance to win.South Sevier has three of their first four games at home and Zabriskie suggests that if the Rams can get off to a hot start that the momentum can carry them to a successful season.Zabriskie says he will analyze game plans from week-to-week and see what works and stick with that which is successful.Chisholm also confirms that he has been out to the U.S. Air Force Academy of Colorado Springs, Colo. to meet with Falcons head football coach Troy Calhoun as they have recruited him. He is also looking forward to the Kanab game on August 17 (a KMGR broadcast) with rapt anticipation. Wood looks forward to the North Summit game and Gayler looks forward to Richfield.12:06 p.m.The Beaver Beavers commenced the proceedings at this media day. The Beavers are a traditional power and appear to be right in the mix of title contention once again in 2018.The Beavers were represented by head coach Jon Marshall, who has led Beaver to three consecutive state championship game appearances.His players at the presser included receiver/cornerback Spencer Williams, receiver/outside linebacker Preston Roberts, tight end/defensive end Hunter Hafen and QB/outside linebacker Ryker Albrecht.The Beavers, as Marshall confirmed, have only five seniors this season, so to counter this, Albrecht said he “wants to have a high completion ranking.” He also stated he is a new outside linebacker so there’s lots for him to learn.Marshall said he only has two returning starters from last season so he sees leadership as a glaring question mark entering this season.With over 20 seniors lost from last season, per Marshall, he said his rebuilding process can be assuaged by the fact he has lots of good kids in his program.Unabashedly, Marshall said the expectations for the Beaver program remain the same although he admits that inexperience may cause a different road to be taken toward a state title.In the non-region games, Williams said he wants to see his Beavers teammates progress in time to contend for both region and state titles in 2-A.Marshall stated he sees the 2-A South region as “extremely balanced.” He believes that San Juan and Enterprise, despite being projected to finish near the bottom of the standings, have a chance to emerge with a championship. August 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local 2-A South Football Region Media Day Brad Jameslast_img read more

3-A Wrestling Report

first_img Tags: Wrestling February 15, 2020 /Sports News – Local 3-A Wrestling Report Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOREM, Utah-Friday, after Day 1 of competition at 3-A state wrestling at the UCCU Center, Juab is in first place with 129 points.Delta is second with 93 points, Morgan is third with 90 points, Emery is fourth with 82 points, South Sevier is fifth with 70 points, ALA is sixth with 68 points, South Summit is seventh with 66 points, Richfield is eighth with 59 points, North Sanpete is ninth with 51 points, Grantsville is 10th with 46 points, Union is 11th with 40 points, Manti is 12th with 34 points, Carbon is 13th with 22.5 points, Summit Academy is 14th with 9 points, Grand County is 15th with 6 points, Maeser Prep is 16th with 4 points and Providence Hall and San Juan are tied for 17th with 3 points apiece.The championship meet concludes Saturday. Brad Jameslast_img read more

Scoreboard roundup — 3/14/21

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStockBY: ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) —   Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:   ——   NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final  New York   119  Oklahoma City  97 Final  Brooklyn   100  Detroit        95 Final  Milwaukee  125  Washington     119 Final  Charlotte  114  Toronto        104 Final  Atlanta    121  Sacramento     106 Final  Portland   125  Minnesota      121 Final  Indiana    122  Phoenix        111 Final  Dallas     116  Denver         103   ——   NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final  N-Y Rangers     4  Boston         0  Final OT  Columbus        4  Dallas         3 Final  N-Y Islanders   3  New Jersey     2 Final  Washington      5  Philadelphia   4 Final  Pittsburgh      3  Buffalo        0 Final  Calgary         3  Montreal       1 Final  Tampa Bay       6  Nashville      3 Final  Florida         4  Chicago        2 Final  Winnipeg        5  Toronto        2 Final  Vegas           5  St. Louis      1 Final  San Jose        3  Anaheim        1 Final  Vancouver       2  Edmonton       1   ——   TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL Final  (3)Illinois        82  (5)Iowa           71 Final  (9)Ohio St.        68  (4)Michigan       67 Final  (6)Alabama         73  Tennessee         68 Final  (7)Houston         76  Memphis           74 Final  LSU                78  (8)Arkansas       71 Final  (13)Texas          91  (12)Oklahoma St.  86 Final  Georgia Tech       80  (15)Florida St.   75 Final  Georgetown         73  (17)Creighton     48 Final  (19)San Diego St.  68  Utah St.          57 Final  Oregon St.         70  (23)Colorado      68Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund March 14, 2021 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 3/14/21center_img Written bylast_img read more

LATEST: Industry reaction to Sunak’s ‘double bubble’ 2021 budget

first_imgHome » News » COVID-19 news » LATEST: Industry reaction to Sunak’s ‘double bubble’ 2021 budget previous nextHousing MarketLATEST: Industry reaction to Sunak’s ‘double bubble’ 2021 budgetRishi Sunak reveals expected Stamp Duty holiday extension and first time buyer mortgage leg-up, but corporation tax is to rise in 2023.Nigel Lewis3rd March 202105,084 Views Rishi Sunak’s budget announcement yesterday delivered on two rumoured stimulation policies for the housing markets, an extension to his zero-rate Stamp Duty holiday and the launch of a new Help-to-Buy style mortgage deposit scheme for first time buyers.Many estate agents will be relieved that the Stamp Duty holiday for homes under £500,000 in England and Northern Ireland has been extended to the end of June, as expected, and applied to sales of up to £250,000 until end of September.The pre-Covid stamp duty rates will therefore be reintroduced on October 1st 2021.Sunak has also announced in his budget that the proposed mortgage guarantee scheme for those able to save up a 5% deposit, which is almost identical to the previous Help to Buy mortgage equity scheme, will start on April 1st.The furlough scheme is also to be extended, as leaked inadvertently yesterday by minister Kwasi Kwarteng. The scheme will finish at the end of September but agencies who still have furloughed staff will have to pay 10% of the cost in July and 20% of the cost from August onwards.To offset this, the Bounce Back and CBILS loans schemes are to be replaced with a single ‘recovery loan’ that will run until December 31st and offer loans of between £25,000 and £10 million, as well as new ‘recovery grants’.But the Chancellor’s had some bad news in the budget for estate agency owners and those operating millions of other UK businesses.  Corporation tax is to rise from 18% to a whopping 25% from 2023 onwards, although smaller businesses with profits of less than £50,000 a year will see no rise. Between £50,000 and £250,000 the rate will be tapered up from 19% to 25%.Budget businessThe 100% business rates discount is to continue until the end of June, but then drop to a 60% discount for the rest of the year.“The current business rates holiday has provided companies, many of whom have been forced to close or suffered a significant impact on their income, with the means to fight for their survival,” says Ryan Jones, Business Rates Partner at Cluttons (pictured).“But landlords who have empty properties or who have lost tenants during the pandemic have not received the same level of financial support from the government. What support can business owners and landlords expect from the government once the current business rates holiday ends?”.In return, Sunak’s budget is to give companies much more generous tax breaks for those who are shouldering losses of up to £2 million, and also a new and hugely generous allowance for companies who invest – which will soon be able to claim 130% of the investment cost against tax.But Sunak revealed the brutal figures his budget underpins – the total government exposure to Covid totals £407 billion so far, with borrowing at £350 billion.Industry reactionKate Eales, Head of Regional Residential Agency at Strutt & Parker“In addition to reassuring those already down the line, an extension is likely to motivate potential buyers who thought about entering the market but might have been put off by lockdown restrictions and felt they had already missed the boat with this holiday all together,” she says.“An extension, combined with the recent Government roadmap to normality, is likely to work together to encourage more to come to the market and take advantage of the holiday.”Mark Hayward, Chief Policy Adviser, Propertymark“The extension of the Stamp Duty holiday to the end of June followed by the transition to the end of September is much needed to help prevent sales falling through as the initial deadline approaches. We urge the Governments in Scotland and Wales to follow the UK Government’s lead on this,” he says.“We know from our own research that failed sales cost estate agents more than £4000 per sale and consumers more than £1500 which is why we have called on Government to rethink the Stamp Duty holiday timings. This is good news for the market and will help maintain consumer confidence who are seeking to buy and sell in the coming months.”Ben Taylor, CEO of Keller Williams UK“Today’s Stamp Duty holiday extension in the budget will be very warmly welcomed by homebuyers waiting to complete and currently stuck in the transaction pipeline due to market delays,” he says.The original stamp duty holiday is on track to save homebuyers an estimated £1.5bn and with the extension in place, this benefit should increase to £2bn with 360,000 transactions likely to benefit until the new June deadline.”Iain McKenzie, CEO of The Guild of Property Professionals“The Chancellor gave the property market a double shot in the arm today, with a boost from the Stamp Duty holiday extension and 95% mortgages. Extending the stamp duty holiday until the end of June, then phasing it out until September should help avoid a sudden downturn in prices caused by the much-feared cliff-edge end.”Guy Gittins, CEO of Chestertons“Any additional assistance for first-time buyers is always welcome. First-time buyers were hit particularly hard by the lack of mortgage availability during the pandemic. As such, the government’s introduction of a 95% LTV mortgage presents good news for first-time buyers, keen to get on the property ladder,” he says.Another audience likely to benefit are existing home owners wanting to trade up or re-mortgage to release equity.”Camilla Dell, Managing Partner at Black Brick“Buyers no longer face a ‘cliff edge’ to try and get their transactions through before 31st March. However, for prime Central London, where property values are much higher than the rest of the UK, the saving equates to £15,000 so not a significant game changer,” she says.“What’s more relevant for PCL is the surcharge coming in on April 1st for overseas buyers and for many buyers, the SDLT saving has been eradicated by the rise in house prices.”David Westgate, group chief executive, Andrews Property Group“As expected, the Stamp Duty holiday has been extended, but the Government has missed a gilt-edged opportunity to put in place measures to avoid another cliff-edge scenario in three month’s time,” he says.“Reducing the nil band rate from £500k to £250k, while a better solution than simply cutting off the tax break on 30th June, could still result in a stampede of buyers rushing to complete before the deadline. A better solution, surely, would have been to allow transactions, where a mortgage offer has been granted before the deadline, to complete at their own pace.”Kevin Shaw, Group MD of Leaders Romans Group“At the moment, the property market is set to be stronger than initial forecasts have suggested and we expect Q2 to perform well. The Stamp Duty Holiday extension will certainly help with this, enabling buyers who didn’t get through in time to still take advantage of the reduction in Duty,” he says.While there is still the opportunity for buyers to move and take advantage of the reduction, it’s also important that anyone looking to sell starts the process now to have any hope of completing before the new deadline. ”Nicky Stevenson, MD of Fine & Country“The loss of a £15,000 tax break would not have proved a deal-breaker for wealthier buyers in and of itself. However, they would have come under pressure to drop their price from further down the chain,” she says.“For first-time buyers, who are integral to a well functioning housing market market, a few thousand pounds can make all the difference when stretching for a deposit. That’s why, in reality, those who benefited least from the tax break would have been the most likely to need to renegotiate. The larger the chain, the more likely this pressure and disruption would have caused it to break down as each participant tried to pass the cost on.”David Greene, President of the Law Society“We are pleased the government has taken action to avoid the Stamp Duty holiday cliff edge by implementing one of the solutions that we and our members put forward to the problem that ending the scheme on 31 March could cause significant disruption to both consumers and the market.”Dr Tom Quirk, MD of Searchflow“The pressures that the industry has been facing in processing the increased transaction volumes has been tough for the industry to scale up to. It is likely that more buyers will want to take advantage of the tax savings on offer and so we envisage the exceptional levels are likely to continue for some time ,” he says.“Data from a Property Trends Report published by Landmark Information Group paints a very clear picture on what these peaks have looked like since the SDLT holiday was first announced, with property search order volumes up by almost 60% in December 2020, compared to 2019. The industry therefore has to continue digging deep, innovating and adapting, where possible, to meet the deadline.”Detail junky? Read the full Budget document.budget 2021 Rishi Sunak stamp duty March 3, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

News story: Creative new ways to charge electric vehicles: apply for funding

first_imgFind out more about this competition and apply. See the recent announcement and find out more about government’s Road to Zero Strategy. There is up to £40 million for UK businesses to develop and demonstrate new ways of charging electric vehicles. The funding comes from the Office of Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK, which is part of UK Research and Innovation.Growing the infrastructure to support uptakeUK government wants nearly all cars and vans to be zero emission by 2050. A major challenge will be to grow the UK’s charging infrastructure quickly enough to make electric vehicles an attractive choice. Find out more about this competition and apply. Wireless electric chargingThe second competition focuses on new technologies that would allow commercial vehicles – such as taxis, service vehicles and delivery fleets – to top up their batteries during the day without having to stop to plug in.Projects should look at commercially-feasible ideas and business models that would enable vehicles to be charged while causing minimum disruption to their business.They could aim to show how wireless charging could be used by taxis in places such as stations and airports, or with commercial vehicles at major depots, hubs or delivery bays.It will fund a series of feasibility studies in a first phase. The second phase will fund the best ideas for large-scale infrastructure and demonstration projects on publicly or privately-owned roads and transportation or logistics hubs.Competition information Electric vehicle charging for public spacesThis first competition is looking for creative new designs and technologies that could offer significant, convenient and low-cost charging facilities to areas where people don’t have off-street parking.Ideas could range from providing on-street infrastructure to creating a community charging hub.There are 2 phases. It will fund a series of feasibility studies in a first phase. The best ideas could go on to receive further funding for large-scale demonstration projects in public areas.Competition informationcenter_img the competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 29 August 2018 projects must be led by a business working with other businesses, local authorities, research organisations or charities phase 1 feasibility studies should have costs of between £75,000 and £120,000 and last up to 3 months phase 2 demonstrator projects should have costs of between £5 million and £10 million and last up to 18 months businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs the competition is open, and the deadline for applications is at midday on 29 August 2018 projects must be led by a business working with other businesses, local authorities, research organisations or charities phase 1 feasibility studies should have costs of between £75,000 and £120,000 and last up to 3 months phase 2 demonstrator projects should have costs of between £3 million and £9 million and last up to 18 months businesses could attract up to 70% of their project costs to support electric vehicle owners who don’t have suitable off-street parking to charge their vehicles in public spaces to investigate wireless charging options for owners of vehicles such as taxis, service vehicles and delivery vans The funding is split across 2 competitions. These are:last_img read more

David Bowie Rejected Demos From 1967 To Be Sold At Auction [Listen]

first_imgA small collection of David Bowie‘s early career demo recordings captured on reel-to-reel tape have been unearthed and will be sold at auction later this month.The boxed reel of 1/4″ Ampex recording tape includes four recordings from Bowie which were captured at Decca Studio 2 in West Hampstead, London in 1967. The demos were initially intended to appear on the singer’s debut album, but never made it onto the final tracklisting. All four recordings max out no longer than 2 minutes and 45 seconds in length, and include Bowie’s renditions of songs titled “Funny Smile”, “Pussy Cat”, and “Bunny Thing”. The reel also includes the demo of a song titled “Did You Ever Have a Dream”, which would go on to be included on the British rock star’s 1981 Another Face compilation.Related: Lost Footage Of David Bowie’s Television Debut As Ziggy Stardust Being Restored For Forthcoming BBC DocumentarySpin also reports that the recording of “Bunny Thing” closes out with Bowie offering up some spoken word about rabbits smuggling drugs. Fans can listen to a portion of the recordings below.David Bowie – 1967 Demo Recordings[Video: Omega Auctions]The lucky fan or collector who purchases the David Bowie demos will also go home with a digital copy of the recordings, which are included in the package. Starting bid for the item is currently listed at £3,000 (just over $3,900) and is expected to sell for somewhere between £5,000 – £8,000 ($6,500 – $10,400). Omega Auctions will sell the item during their upcoming event in Newton-le-Willows, England on May 21st. Fans can visit the item’s page on the auctioneer’s website for a detailed breakdown.Speaking of “demos”, a forthcoming posthumous Bowie record titled, The Mercury Demos, is set to arrive late next month on June 28th via Parlophone. The album is set to include 10 previously unreleased Bowie recordings which were captured in the late musician’s apartment in the spring of 1969.[H/T The Guardian]last_img read more

Masters of the House! See Ramin Karimloo Share the Stage With His Idol Colm Wilkinson in Les Miserables

first_img Les Miserables Imagine sharing a scene on stage with an actor you’ve idolized since age 12, as you play a role your idol made famous. That’s what Ramin Karimloo got to do on January 11, when Colm Wilkinson played the Bishop opposite Karimloo as Jean Valjean in a one-night-only benefit performance of Les Miserables at Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre. Wilkinson, who created the role of Valjean in London and on Broadway, got to share the famous silver candlesticks scene with Karimloo, and the stars thrilled lucky audience members with a curtain all duet of “Bring Him Home.” Savor these photos from the historic performance, then get tickets to see Karimloo play Jean Valjean on Broadway beginning March 1 at the Imperial Theatre.  Related Shows Ramin Karimloo Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Star Files View Commentslast_img read more

Retired Service Members Counter Violence in Brazilian Schools

first_imgBy Nelza Oliveira July 18, 2019 The government of the state of Rio de Janeiro announced the hiring of 1,000 reservists who will begin work in public schools in the second semester of 2019. The idea arose from a March attack that led to 10 deaths from two armed students at a public school in the city of Suzano, in the state of São Paulo.More schools around the country are hiring reservists and military police officers to fight violence. In Rio de Janeiro, service members will monitor building entrances to stop armed students, act as inspectors, and mediate conflicts.Schools managed with support from the police, Armed Forces, and Fire Department to reduce the country’s crime rate, especially among children and youth attending public schools in more vulnerable areas, is a concept Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro endorses.In January, the Department of Education created the Deputy Secretary Office for Civilian-Military School Development to implement and strengthen new management models in public schools, based on standards used in the Brazilian Army’s (EB, in Portuguese) 13 military schools across the country. The model, however, doesn’t include the educational curriculum, which remains the responsibility of academic staff. Service members would oversee areas such as discipline, administration, and school installations.The 13 military schools, both public and private, have an above-average national performance, as per the National High School Examination, which enables admission to universities, and per the Basic Education Quality Index (IDEB, in Portuguese), which measures national education quality on a scale from 0 to 10. Most students in these schools are service members’ children. The competition for placement in these schools can reach up to 270 students for each opening.A total of 120 public schools in 17 states are modeled after EB military school. Goiás holds the majority, with 60 public schools and 65,000 students enrolled. In 2018, there were more than 20,000 applications for 5,000 available spaces. Major Oscar Alveólos Military Police Public School of Goiás, which went from 5.0 to 6.1 points on the IDEB scale in only two years, illustrates the success of the model.Betting on the modelThe program in Rio de Janeiro dubbed Care will hire reservists, as well as military police officers to patrol areas near schools and to respond to calls in the event of threats.“All professionals who will be working on the program are also trained for conflict mediation, through a partnership with the Court of Justice. The expectation for these operations is that they will increase the sense of security and generate benefits, including a reduction of student drop outs, due to improved security to attend classes,” said Pedro Fernandes, secretary of Public Education of Rio de Janeiro, at the Care launching ceremony, on April 17.At the onset of 2019, the secretary of Public Education created the Shared Management School in Brasília, choosing to hire military police for community patrols and to counter violence in schools. The pilot project operates in four schools with nearly 7,000 students. Schools were selected based on basic education development indexes, education quality, human development, and the violence rate where they operate.“The distribution of police officers is based on the need of each educational network. All military police officers have been trained to work in schools,” the Public Affairs Office for the Federal District Public Security Secretariat told Diálogo. In the capital, the Dr. César Toledo Military Police Public School is proof of the program’s success with an IDEB score of 4.7 in 2007 and 7.5 in 2017.“The school environment is noticeably more peaceful, and teachers can work at ease,” the Public Affairs Office for the Federal District Public Education Secretariat said. The initiative also helps reservists, who want to continue to work and leverage the expertise acquired in the Armed Forces.last_img read more

Historic Oakdale Artists Colony Townhome Asks $399K

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A totally renovated, unique castle-esque townhome packed with charm and located in W.K. Vanderbilt’s historic former artist colony is listed for sale at 5 Quality St. in Oakdale.Built in 1890 in what was Vanderbilt’s horse barn, the former artists colony townhome has two bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms and 2,178 square feet of living space. It is one of eight units in this section of the sought-after, serene historic district that has a European look and feel.The townhome’s two large bedrooms have exposed bricks and beams, high ceilings, custom molding, new windows and bamboo wood floods. It also comes equipped with a new eat-in kitchen, dining area, den, central air conditioning and third-floor attic with cathedral ceilings.Outside, it has a private brick patio and courtyard, a second-flood balcony and private driveway with two spaces.The property is located near Connetquot River State Park, the Bayard Cutting Arboretum and is a block from a canal leading to Great South Bay. It’s about a mile from the Oakdale Long Island Rail Road station, Southern State Parkway and is nearby downtown Sayville. It’s in the Connetquot School District.The asking price is $399,000, not including the annual property taxes of $12,386.The real estate agent listed for the property is Diane Betz of Eric G. Ramsay Jr Associates, LLC. She can be reached at 631-665-1500.last_img read more