Why aren’t U.S. Teachers Considered Essential Workers?

first_imgTeachers in England are considered essential workers because they are providing childcare in closed schools for the children of other essential workers.As in the U.S., schools in the UK closed indefinitely in March. But, the children of essential workers and pupils who are considered vulnerable because they are supported by social services, or have safeguarding and welfare needs, for example, are be able to attend school. Britain’s Health secretary Matt Hancock told the BBC’s Today program that the children of those categorized as key workers would probably account for less than 20 per cent of those attending school.“The way that we’ve structured this decision is to keep as many people in those front-line jobs that are critical in keeping the country running and at the same time bend down the curve of the virus,” he said.Top of the list of key workers are those in the health and social care sectors, including doctors, nurses, midwives, social workers and care workers, as well as support staff and people working in producing and distributing medical supplies.Also, special education and early childhood teachers are essential. In the UK students are able to attend school if one parent is a key worker, although they still encouraged parents to keep children at home if possible. Here in the U.S. daycare workers are also considered workers in front-line industries. They are there to care for children so that other essential workers such as doctors and nurses can go to work and care for the sick.Why aren’t teachers considered essential workers in the U.S? According to the Economic Policy Institute there are 12 “essential” industries that employ more than 55 million workers. A majority of essential workers are employed in health care (30%), food and agriculture (20%), and the industrial, commercial, residential facilities and services industry (12%).Essential workers by industry, 2019All essential workers 55,217,845 100%Food and agriculture 11,398,233 20.6%Emergency services 1,849,630 3.3%Transportation, warehouse, and delivery 3,972,089 7.2%Industrial, commercial, residential facilities 6,806,407 12.3%Health care 16,679,875 30.2%Government and community-based services 4,590,070 8.3%Communications and IT 3,189,140 5.8%Financial sector 3,070,404 5.6%Energy sector 1,327,760 2.4%Water and wastewater management 107,846 0.2%Chemical sector 271,160 0.5%Critical manufacturing 1,955,233 3.5%Surely, a teacher would fall in the category of “community-based services,” “healthcare” and possibly “food and agriculture.” Millions of children depend on the food provided at school because they don’t have access to a healthy diet at home. Also, many students from low-income backgrounds do not have access to a computer, internet and cannot participate in on-line learning. Therefore teachers and schools could fall under the “communications and IT sector as well.In a letter written by a Michigan educator, Sidney L. Faucette, he explains why: “Teachers are front-line, essential workers”Why are teachers essential?1. Teachers bring academic expertise, patience, caring and kindness to children that only teachers can deliver.2. Parents and families are over-stressed with the impact of COVID-19, and they do not need the additional teacher stress role.3. The economy cannot open fully until parents have trusted childcare.Teachers must be valued as professionals, and their pay must be dramatically improved to keep them in the classroom. COVID-19 is driving teachers out of the profession en masse.Our leaders and legislators have used teachers and public education as a political scapegoat for too many years. Stop the rhetoric, and value teachers now!The time is now to classify teachers as front-line, essential workers and to pay them their real value. You cannot afford not to in these times of comeback.However, many of the nation’s 3.5 million teachers disagree with this opinion and have found themselves under siege as pressure from the White House, pediatricians and some parents to get back to physical classrooms intensifies.On Friday, the teachers’ union in Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest district, demanded full-time remote learning when the academic year begins on Aug. 18, and called President Trump’s push to reopen schools part of a “dangerous, anti-science agenda that puts the lives of our members, our students and our families at risk.”Teachers say crucial questions about how schools will stay clean, keep students physically distanced and prevent further spread of the virus have not been answered. And they feel that their own lives, and those of the family members they come home to, are at stake.Why should teachers return to the classroom when they are still getting paid even as the country’s largest districts shut down?last_img read more

Qatar 2022 World Cup’s match schedule confirmed

first_imgThe Qatar 2022’s compact nature, with no air travel needed to move between the venues, will allow organisers to optimise specific match demands for the benefit and comfort of fans, teams and media.******XINHUAShare on: WhatsApp Doha, Qatar | XINHUA | The FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 has unveiled its match schedule on Wednesday, as the hosts will kick off the tournament at Al Bayt Stadium on November 21, 2022 at 13:00 local time.During the 12-day group stage, there will be four matches per day that are set for 13:00, 16:00, 19:00 and 22:00 local time except in the final round, which is unprecedented in the FIFA World Cup history.Starting from December 3, the matches in knockout-stage will kick off at 18:00 and 22:00. The play-off for third place on December 17 is set to kick off at Khalifa International Stadium at 18:00, while the final is scheduled one day later at 18:00 at Lusail Stadium.However, there may still be some changes. According to FIFA’s website, the possibility that providing a more beneficial kick off time will be furtherly discussed after the group fixtures’ final draw that is currently being planned for after the March 2022 international match calendar qualifying window.last_img read more

DeSantis Clarifies “Stay-at-Home” Order, Adds Unemployment Resources

first_imgHours before a “stay at home” order is set to go into effect for our entire state, Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday clarified will and will not be allowed for residents.The order will last from 12:01 a.m. Friday through April 30.According to the executive order DeSantis issued Wednesday, “all persons in Florida shall limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide essential services or conduct essential activities.”Those “essential activities” include going to the grocery store, gas station, health care facilities, pharmacies, and child care centers, among other venues.“When you’re limiting people to essential services and essential activities, the goal is to reduce contacts with people outside the home,” the governor said during a news conference on Thursday.He added the goal is to avoid having people congregate in large groups, saying, “If you’re engaging in activity that doesn’t involve close contact with other people, you’re gonna be fine.”Additionally, the governor addressed a common concern with the “stay at home” order which allows churches, synagogues, and houses of worship to remain open.Some Floridians worry that will cause groups of people to be together at religious services, thereby spreading the coronavirus.“I don’t think the government has the authority to close a church. I’m certainly not going to do that,” DeSantis said. “There’s no reason why you couldn’t do a church service with people 10 feet apart. So we absolutely asked them to abide by the social distancing guidelines.”DeSantis also announced he is adding more resources to Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity to handle the large amount of unemployment claims being filed.“This system is not handling the needs of the people in Florida,” he said.To that end, the state will provide extra staffing at the Claims Assistance Center and will purchase additional software to help Florida’s CONNECT website handle more traffic.As we continue to fight the spread of #COVID19, I encourage every Floridian to utilize the resources available below. My administration is focused on providing as much help as possible to the people of Florida. We will get through this together. pic.twitter.com/MEBEqXL0O6— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 1, 2020 “This is not something that you can turn on and off in an economy like this,” DeSantis said. “This is a problem that could be with us for more than a couple weeks.”Florida has also suspended foreclosures and evictions for 45 days.According to the latest numbers from the Florida Department of Health, there are more than 8,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, including 128 deaths.More than 69,000 people have tested negative for the virus in Florida.Here are the cases for our area:Palm Beach County: 630, and 22 deathsBroward County: 1,346, and 17 deathsMiami-Dade County: 2,448, and 19 deathsMiami-Dade has the highest number of confirmed cases in the state, and Palm Beach County has the most coronavirus-related deaths in Florida.For the latest information about coronavirus cases in Florida, click here.last_img read more

NJCU Satellite College Campus Coming to Fort Monmouth

first_imgBy Laura D.C. Kolnoski |OCEANPORT – Locating an educational institution on the former Fort Monmouth has long been a goal of the state, county and local agency redeveloping the former U.S. Army base.Last week, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) approved a purchase and sale agreement with KKF University Enterprises, LLC, to buy the fort’s two-story Squier Hall and adjacent complex on Sherrill Avenue in Oceanport, now slated to become a satellite campus of New Jersey City University (NJCU). The school’s main campus is in Jersey City.Developer KKF will pay $2.5 million for the entire parcel, which includes seven buildings on eight acres. The firm will invest a minimum of $10.4 million to renovate approximately 46,000 square feet of the 76,538-square-foot main building and demolish other structures on the property. Space for parking and recreation already exist at the site.KKF is a member company of PRC Group of West Long Branch, a commercial and residential real estate development, property management and construction firm. In business about 60 years, the PRC Group also develops student housing focused on “providing students the opportunity to experience life in a community setting,” according to the company website. Among PRC’s previous projects are Campus Town at The College of New Jersey near Trenton, student housing at The Peddie School in Hightstown and the redevelopment of University Place on New Jersey City University’s (NJCU) Jersey City campus.Following renovations at Squier Hall, built in 1935, the property will be leased to NJCU. Squier Hall, considered a prominent fort building that served as the first permanent Signal Corps laboratory there, is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places. The purchaser will take “all necessary measures to ensure the National Register historic preservation covenants are observed,” said Bruce Steadman, FMERA executive director, who added the authority has already made recommendations to the purchaser regarding façade designs.South of the Raritan River, the college’s coursework toward bachelor’s and master’s degree completion programs currently takes place at the Wall Higher Education Center – known as NJCU Monmouth – in partnership with Brookdale Community College. Plans are to relocate programs including nursing, national security studies and business to the fort location. The agreement allows for potential development of a residence hall and additional educational buildings to accommodate a student body estimated at up to 800 students.Opened in 1929 as the New Jersey State Normal School, NJCU was renamed New Jersey State Teachers College in 1935, and Jersey City State College in 1958. It’s current status and name change occurred in 1998.The agreement between FMERA and KKF University Enterprises makes it clear the satellite campus’s completion and opening could be at least three years away. Prior to closing, KKF must complete its due diligence and obtain all necessary approvals to develop the project. Accommodations for extensions to three planned construction phases – each to be completed within three years – are built into the agreement.Approximately 58 temporary construction jobs are anticipated, officials said, followed by a minimum of 70 permanent full and part-time jobs to be created within 48 months of closing. As per FMERA rules, the purchaser will incur a penalty of $1,500 for each permanent job not created. KKF will also be responsible for funding a new 2,200-foot sewer main along Sherrill Avenue.KKF University Enterprises was the sole bidder on the site when it was offered for sale in April 2016. Its proposal was evaluated and scored based on established criteria by a FMERA select committee and found to be compliant. The authority’s original master redevelopment plan called for the Squier Hall complex to be redeveloped for an educational, office or high-tech industry use.All prospective purchasers of fort parcels must adhere to FMERA’s established criteria or present a reasonable alternative supported by copious backup data. While most redeveloped fort parcels have adhered to FMERA’s plans, the authority has accepted “outside the box” proposals, as Steadman put it. An example is the coming redevelopment of six barracks buildings into an active arts community proposed by local businessman and art gallery owner Kenneth Schwartz.According to Dave Nuse, FMERA deputy executive director and director of real estate development, 74 percent of the available parcels at the 1,127-acre fort are sold, under contract, in negotiations or entering the process.“Several projects are ready to break this fall and winter,” Steadman said. “The next six to 12 months will be very exciting around here.”This article was first published in the Oct. 4-10, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Annual Mary’s Meals table quiz this evening

first_imgTHE annual Mary’s Meals Table Quiz takes place at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny this evening.The popular quiz gets bigger and bigger each year and once again there will be an array of top prizes on offer for Donegal’s brainiest!Questions get underway at 9.15pm and once again everyone is welcome. All proceeds go to Mary’s Meals which helps feed thousands of children every year in developing countries. Annual Mary’s Meals table quiz this evening was last modified: October 22nd, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgDonegal boxer Jason Quigley has been nominated for the RTE Sports Person of the Year.Jason QuigleyThe Ballybofey boxer has been rewarded for his fantastic performances throughout the year which saw him capture a silver medal at the World Championships.And 23 year old Jason is certainly in good company. He is nominated alongside such names as Rob Heffernan, Tony McCoy, Martyn Irvine, Tony Kelly, Michael Darragh Macauley, Michael McKillop, Annalise Murphy, Joseph O’Brien, Jonathan Sexton and Jason Smyth.The ceremony will be shown on RTE Two on December 21 at 9pm as part of the overall RTE Sports Star Awards.Jason will be in Dublin for the star-studded night which is one of the most glamorous events outside of the working schedules of our sports stars.   BOXER JASON NOMINATED FOR RTE SPORTS PERSON OF THE YEAR was last modified: December 3rd, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyBOXERdonegalJason QuigleyRTElast_img read more

Taking Inspiration from Nature

first_imgIn the previous entry, Darwin inspired some geologists, even though he was wrong.  Here are some news stories showing nature inspiring engineers with wonders right under their noses.Aerodynamic seed:  A plant in Java has seeds that are perfect gliders.  The BBC News said of the Alsomitra vine: “The seeds, which are produced by a football-sized pod, can glide hundreds of metres across the forest.”  The seeds, among the largest for any winged seed, weigh 300 grams but are supported by wings just 1mm thick.  “The aerodynamics of the giant Alsomitra seeds were studied by two Japanese engineers, Akira Azuma and Yoshinori Okuno more than 20 years ago,” the report said.  “They found that design of the seed is so good that it achieves a descent angle of just 12 degrees, a property that has led to the seed’s shape inspiring the design of aircraft.”  The article includes a video of the seeds emerging from their pod and flying like a squadron of gliders around the forest.Digging clam:  Inspired by how clams dig into the sand, MIT engineers built “RoboClam,” a device that imitates its living counterpart.  Live Science reported that the device could be used to detonate underwater mines.  The razor clam “can burrow into the bottom of its native mudflats at a remarkable rate of roughly a centimeter per second” because “The clam digs with two motions – a push upwards with its foot, which mixes the mud grains with the liquid above, and a synchronized push down.  This motion creates a liquid-like quicksand layer around its body, reducing the drag from burrowing and dramatically reducing the overall energy used.”  So “Inspired by this principle,” the engineers built RoboClam.  It works.  It’s small, lightweight, and uses low energy.  “The thing that surprised me most is how robust the digging mechanism is,” one team member said.  Devices using this principle might also help underwater installations, like cables, secure themselves once hitting bottom, and easily detach themselves when the equipment needs to be recovered.Solar lotus:  The “lotus effect” (reported earlier, see 09/23/2009) might improve the efficiency of solar cells by as much as 25%, New Scientist reported.  More light could get into the detectors by installing miniature domes at the nano scale, scientists at Stanford are finding.  This reduces stray reflections and ensures more photons reach the detector.  Another benefit will be the ability to repel water and dirt, just like on the lotus leaf.  “Water droplets landing on the leaf cannot achieve a contact angle that breaks their surface tension, so they form beads on the leaves rather than wetting them,” the article said.  In the same way water drops will roll off the surface of the nanodome solar panel taking any light-blocking dust with them.”  A related story was reported by PhysOrg about researchers using peptides to produce a water-repellant surface.  Your future may include self-cleaning windows.These and many other promising technologies are emerging from biomimetics – the imitation of biology.  Sometimes the technologies are not seen beforehand.  Scientists in Germany, for instance, are studying how diatoms build their glass shells.  PhysOrg reported that they discovered the single-celled organisms use a network of chitin as a scaffolding.  No human application was mentioned, but one can envision nanoengineering taking advantage of a similar principle to build durable materials at the molecular scale just like the diatom does so well.Update 12/04/2009: “Stealing from nature” is the theme of a lengthy article on biomimetics on PhysOrg, “Nature’s fine designs: Scientists find modern lessons in ancient creations.”  Aside from frequent personification of nature and unnecessary references to billions of years, the article contains some stunning information about natural biotechnology.  Example: “From a substrate of single crystals, the brittle star can grow lenslike spherical arrays that are on the micron-scale, pass light without distortion, focus light exceptionally, and as a bonus are terrifically strong mechanically.  (Because of the brittle star, we now have bio-inspired arrays of tunable micro-lenses.)”  For more on brittle star lenses, see 08/23/2001.Won’t you be glad when the Year of Darwin is over and we can focus once again on the good stuff that is inspiring and useful.(Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ndalo Media secures landmark South African publishing licence for Elle magazines

first_imgIn a milestone for South African publishing, Ndalo Media, publisher of the popular Destiny magazine, will be the new local publishers of international fashion magazine brand Elle, making it the first wholly black-owned media company to secure exclusive licensing for one of the world’s oldest and most popular magazine brands.Elle magazine is one of the world’s leading fashion and lifestyle magazines. On 4 April 2017, it announced that exclusive South African publishing rights for the magazine’s print and digital editions had been secured by Ndalo Media, a wholly black-owned media company. (Image: Elle)CD AndersonNdalo Media, owned by Khanyi Dhlomo, announced on 4 April 2017 that it had secured the South African licences for the Elle and Elle Decoration magazine brands. For the first time in Elle’s 21-year history in the country, the Paris-based media brand will be published by a 100% black-owned media company.In announcing the news, Dhlomo said her company’s licence for one of the longest-running fashion and lifestyle brands was a milestone in South African publishing.Despite tough competition in the global magazine market – an industry often dismissed as in decline against growing digital migration – Dhlomo said the Elle brand’s “relevance, global leadership position and longevity” made it a solid investment for South African readers.Ndalo has the exclusive licence to Elle’s print, digital and events extensions in South Africa.“(Elle) have an unparalleled power to live impactfully beyond print and that’s what I find most exciting,” Dhlomo said. “We look forward to working with (French owners) Lagardère Active to ensure Elle and Elle Decoration captivate and inspire millennial-minded consumers across various platforms for years to come.”South African media entrepreneur Khanyi Dhlomo is one of the country’s leading businesswomen. Her company, Ndalo Media, publishes Destiny and Destiny Man magazines, and in April 2017 secured exclusive publishing rights for French fashion and lifestyle publication Elle. (Image: Ndalo Media)This year, Ndalo celebrates 10 years of publishing one of South Africa’s most popular magazines, Destiny, including the Destiny Man offshoot. The company is also extensively involved in digital and content marketing, as well as book publishing. In addition, it is involved in promoting women in business and supporting education and youth initiatives in South Africa.According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa fourth quarter circulation reports for 2016, Destiny is the leading women’s general print publication in the country, with a circulation of 27,105. Destiny Man leads in the men’s market category with a circulation of 14,775.South African media entrepreneur Khanyi Dhlomo is one of the country’s leading businesswomen. Her company, Ndalo Media, publishes Destiny and Destiny Man magazines, and in April 2017 secured exclusive publishing rights for French fashion and lifestyle publication Elle. (Image: Ndalo Media)Dhlomo said the company was committed to entrenching the core Elle values of personal style and personal power, yet Ndalo would look to expanding the brand’s smart and irreverent take on fashion, beauty and pop culture into “the exciting growth market of the African millennial”.Speaking to 702 Radio’s Azania Mosaka about the deal, Dhlomo emphasised that service to readers was paramount in the expansion of the Elle brand in South Africa, particularly when it came to the relationship between print and digital publishing: “Consumers want to access brands that they love and trust, anywhere, anyhow, at any time and so the survival and profitability of any media brand is to deliver on that.”Listen to the full 702 interview with Dhlomo “When you have access to an already powerful brand that has already done the hard work of winning consumer trust and love and awareness it becomes a much easier job to then build that ecosystem of platforms, experiences and products and services around that particular brand.”Francois Coruzzi, CEO of Elle International Media Licences, said in a press release that Ndalo Media received the local licence based on its “strong ability to extend media brands beyond print successfully… it is the ideal partner to consolidate and grow Elle and Elle Decoration even further in this dynamic media environment.”The Elle July issue and Elle Decoration August/September issue will be the first editions published by Ndalo Media.News of Ndalo’s acquisition was a trending topic on South African Twitter, with a host of well-known and ordinary South Africans praising this milestone in local publishing and pledging support for the brand.#ndalomedia Tweets Source: Ndalo Media, 702 Radio, Sowetan Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Let’s go behind the scenes with Jerky Bot

first_imgSmall Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Tags:#Chef’s Cut#David Ortiz#drones#featured#Ford#Internet of Things#IoT#Jerky Bot#ThinkModo#top#Uber Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You… Follow the Puck Sometimes we sit back at ReadWrite, take in the overwhelming opportunities and challenges of this thing we call the Internet of Things and realize sometimes we just want to have a little fun while we discover something awesome.Enter JerkyBot:We had a debate on this here at ReadWrite. There’s no way this is real. A flying chopping board? A jerky drone? David Ortiz? Come on now. Ok, it looks cool, I said, let’s get it up on Facebook.Millions of hits later — what can I say, people love jerky on demand — we wanted to know more.A few months ago, the viral video geniuses at Thinkmodo got a call from the jerky pros at Chef’s Cut.“They challenged us to come up with a fun and original viral video concept that would get people talking about the brand online,” said Thinkmodo co-founder Michael Krivicka. “A few beers later, we came up with the idea of creating a flying snack tray.”Of course.A fun shoot — and Jerky Bot 2.0?A few months later, and the first fully tested prototype ready. Krivicka said our skepticism wasn’t unusual. “Lots of people question whether the JerkyBot is real or not  — many think it was CGI — but it is 100% real. We made a number of them already. It flies. It carries the snack.”Andy Shen of Shen Drones — featured in the video — was involved in the design and testing. Randy Slavin of Yeah Drones worked on the mechanics, and other technicians helped bring Jerky Bot to life.It’s taken off – literally and figuratively. “We have been getting a bunch of requests for the JerkyBot since we posted the video on Facebook a week ago, so there is definitely a demand there,” said Krivicka about the exciting possibility of an Amazon drone delivering you a new Jerky Bot drone to play with sometime soon. “The next step is to perfect the prototype which can take months,” said Krivicka.And this is where we come back to what Readwrite readers know best: solving the tech challenges. “Things to consider are extending battery life, reducing weight, and most importantly the close-to-person autonomous function. There are a bunch of autonomous drones out there already, each using different tracing technology, so for us it’s now figuring out what will work best,” he said.See also: Of course machine learning can help you sort cucumbersSo the team at Chef’s Cut and Thinkmodo have a challenge that Uber, Ford, Tesla, Google and many other automakers are facing right now. “The autonomous part is something that still needs a lot of work, so we will be doing more experimenting with that for the next few months,” he said. “We are still in the early stages with this but the idea is to mass produce it one day and make it a fun but safe consumer product.”He added that they’re now looking for more drone experts to team up with and do more testing and experimenting. And Big Papi? He owns part of the jerky company and so “was happy to be in the video.” Shot about a month ago in Boston, Krivicka says the shoot was “all pure fun.” And it sure looks that way.And let’s get serious again, if for just a moment — you know that a new technology, like drones, has true bite (get it? get it?) when it goes beyond the “Can you believe it?” stage and shows up in a great, goofy setting for a smart ad campaign. What that really means is the concept has enough currency with the public to be memorable and deliver the message.This new connected world is already here; it’ll be amazing to see where it takes us. It all seems very satisfying…but will we bite off more than we chew? (Ok, seriously, that was my last one).center_img Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trevor Curwinlast_img read more