More than Apples for These Teachers

first_imgThe Pasadena Educational Foundation (PEF) awarded more than $70,000 in grants to 132 Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) teachers Tuesday evening at the 2015-16 PEF Teacher Grants Reception at the Altadena Town & Country Club.The grants represent the largest amount of grants ever awarded by PEF to teachers in a single year.With the assistance of private donations as well as support from Wells Fargo Bank, PEF has been awarding grants to help fund classroom supplies and instructional materials for more than 40 years.The PEF Teacher Grant Review Committee received a record number of applications this year. The grants, which support everyday-type needs such as project supplies, as well as larger, physical projects are awarded yearly, and benefit thousands of PUSD students in Altadena, Pasadena, and Sierra Madre.Bill Creim, PEF board president, and Principal Kathy Onoye also presided over three additional special awards. Linda Chang, principal at Don Benito Elementary School, was awarded the Jaratt Brunson Memorial Award. The Kathy Onoye Principal’s Award, given to the PUSD principal “whose proposal best exemplifies principals’ role in inspiring staff and students,” was awarded to Garrett Newsom, principal, and Debbie Henderson, teacher, at Sierra Madre Middle School. The Calvin Hunt Arts Education Award was given to London Outlaw, dance teacher at Pasadena High School.This year’s grants were awarded to teachers at 26 elementary, middle school, magnet and high schools in the Pasadena Unified School District.For more information, visit http://www.pasedfoundation.org/. HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Community News Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News Education More than Apples for These Teachers Educational Foundation awards more than $70,000 in grants to local educators in Altadena event By EDDIE RIVERA, Community Editor Published on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 | 5:15 pm Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Subscribe Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Teletović Returned to the Brooklyn Nets with Greater Confidence

first_imgB&H National team member and a member of the Brooklyn Nets Mirza Teletović joined his team on the preparations for the start of the new season of the NBA. Teletović arrived at Nets last season and participated in 53 matches. He had an average of 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds per game. The Coaches Avery Johnson and P.J. Carlesimo did not give to many chances to Teletović to show his talent. This year, under the leadership of Jason Kidd things could change.According to the New York Daily News, it’s hard to say what role Mirza will have in the team this season. It is certain that the team of Jason Kidd needs a shooting player and Mirza always has had the support of the manager and the owner of the club.This is the second season for Teletović after last year’s contract signing worth $ 10 million. He played very well for the national team of B&H in the last Eurobasket, what gave him greater confidence.The Nets in the opening season will play against Washington Wizards.(Source: Klix.ba)last_img read more

Small Creatures Have Super Strength

first_imgThe most amazing physical feats in nature are performed by some of the smallest organisms.Super-cockroach: Scientists put some cockroaches through a squeeze test and were astonished. Look what they say in PNAS:Cockroaches intrude everywhere by exploiting their soft-bodied, shape-changing ability. We discovered that cockroaches traversed horizontal crevices smaller than a quarter of their height in less than a second by compressing their bodies’ compliant exoskeletons in half. Once inside vertically confined spaces, cockroaches still locomoted rapidly at 20 body lengths per second using an unexplored mode of locomotion—body-friction legged crawling. Using materials tests, we found that the compressive forces cockroaches experience when traversing the smallest crevices were 300 times body weight. Cockroaches withstood forces nearly 900 times body weight without injury, explaining their robustness to compression.Now you understand why they are so hard to fight in the kitchen. The scientists, though, got excited about what they learned: Cockroach exoskeletons provided inspiration for a soft, legged search-and-rescue robot that may penetrate rubble generated by tornados, earthquakes, or explosions.” Science Daily shares more about cockroaches and the bio-inspiration they provide. Live Science shows a video of the compressive material (warning: annoying music).Super diatom: How can a little microbe win the gold for strength? It’s incredible. In another paper in PNAS, a team found the following:Diatoms are unicellular algae that form an intricate silica cell wall. A protective shell that is light enough to prevent sinking while simultaneously offering strength against predators is of interest to the design of lightweight structural materials. Using three-point bending experiments, we show that the diatom shell has the highest specific strength of all previously reported biological materials. Fracture analysis and finite element simulations also suggest functional differentiation between the shell layers and features to mitigate fracture. These results demonstrate the natural development of architecture in live organisms to simultaneously achieve light weight, strength, and structural integrity and may provide insight into evolutionary design.While “evolutionary design” is a sophoxymoronic phrase, it’s incredible to think about the physics of this little glass structure in which a soft little alga lives. Ounce for ounce, the diatom wins over bones, teeth and antlers, PhysOrg says. The secret is a honeycomb-like pattern of holes that provides strength while allowing nutrients in and waste out.“Silica is a strong but brittle material. For example, when you drop a piece of glass, it shatters,” says Greer. “But architecting this material into the complex design of these diatom shells actually creates a structure that is resilient against damage. The presence of the holes delocalizes the concentrations of stress on the structure.”Again, these scientists see possibilities from what they learned about diatom design. “The group plans to use design principles from diatoms to create resilient, bioinspired artificial structures,” PhysOrg says.Update 2/11/16: Boxing Ants: Science Daily tells how American biologists watched ants strike each other’s antennae to determine rank in the colony. “Trap-jaw ants are the fastest boxers ever recorded,” they commented. Muhammed Ali had nothing on these champs. “The speeds ranged from 19.5 strikes per second for Odontomachus rixosus, hailing from Cambodia, to a blazing-fast 41.5 strikes per second for Odontomachus brunneus, native to Florida, the researchers found.” Winners get to go out and forage; the weaklings had to stay inside the nest.Why would evolution confer such design on a tiny diatom? When would it ever encounter forces needing that kind of super-strength? And why would evolution design each diatom shell as a geometric shape on which is carved intricate patterns?In his new book Evolution: Still a Theory in Crisis, Dr. Michael Denton brings his influential 1985 classic up to date after 30 years of thinking about Darwinism. He focuses heavily on “non-adaptive design” that could never come about by natural selection. Surely these examples qualify for that designation. (Visited 57 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — February 5, 2018

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest 180205_RyanMartinBuckle up…it’s going to be bit of a bumpy ride this week. We kicked off our active start to February over the weekend yesterday, with a clipper system bringing precipitation to most of the state. We have snow on the ground in many places as of this morning, and if you missed out on it yesterday, or had more rain than anything else, rest assured, your time is coming this week. Now, cold air is here this morning, as we are hearing some single digit temps being reported this morning. It could be worse…our neighbors to the west are dealing with some subzero readings in spots! This is just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. We have not one, not two, but three more systems that will cross Ohio this week, all bringing the potential for snow! But, the snows do not pack quite the punch we were concerned about as we went home last Friday. More on that to come.Today looks to be pretty boring during daylight hours through Sunday. We likely see a mix of clouds and sun, although clouds probably dominate in many areas, as the atmosphere tries to get accustomed to the colder air domination. Northwest flow will be with us for most of the day. Overnight tonight our next clipper does come in. This will be a fast moving event, and should be gone by 9AM tomorrow morning. This clipper brings us a coating to 2 inches over about 70% of the state. We can see sunshine in behind it as soon as tomorrow afternoon.To refresh your memory, we had been very concerned about a system coming up out of the central plains and MO valley at midweek this week right on into Ohio. As with most strong winter storms, this one was going to be all about track. We are happy to report this morning that we look to dodge a significant bullet here, as the worst of the storm will stay south. We are not saying we escape all snow. That is not the case. WE have snow here on Wednesday, just not the large amounts that we were concerned with late last week. Snow arrives Wednesday morning and goes through the evening. We can see a coating to 3 inches in the north, mostly north of I-70, and then 3-6 inches south of I-70. This is still better than what some models were saying last Friday afternoon! The worst action stays well south, south of the river, where norther KY can see 5-7 inches of snow or more. This track slowly worked south through the weekend, but we will monitor it through the rest of today and tomorrow morning to make sure it does not veer back north. This course alteration just again backs up our policy of staying away from throwing out snow totals on big events too far in advance. Keep that in mind as we talk about our 3rd system for the week here in just a bit.Dry, but cold weather is in for most of the state Wednesday overnight and Thursday, with high pressure setting up over NW Ohio Thursday evening. However, we will not rule out lake effect snows in northeast OH through the day Thursday.Behind that high, we have a significant system moving in for Friday and it holds over the northern part of the state all the way through Saturday evening. We are concerned about significant snows from US 30 northward, aided by some lake enhancement. Right now we see potential for 3-8 inches of snow in that area north of US 30 over the 36 hour period from Friday morning through Saturday evening, and we can see a coating to 3 inches down to I-70. We Temperatures will be pushing closer to freezing near I-70, and that, along with significantly lower moisture means we see nothing over the southern half of the state. This system is a good 5 days out this morning, so there is ample opportunity to see things change. However, this is not a system that is driven by “track” as much, as we think it is a feature born of warm air overrunning cold air. Add the lake enhancement, and it has a better chance at coming to fruition. At this time, our numbers are just working theories…and we will change and massage them as we move along. Still, it could put quite the exclamation point on the week.We turn colder for the weekend with subzero temps in over a large part of northern Ohio to start off Sunday morning. Dry weather is here for Monday through Wednesday, but north flow likely allows for some lake effect snows here and there.So, while we miss the potential big system statewide at midweek, we still have some decent snow potential for the week, especially when you add up multiple little events. All, told, for the week from here forward (not including what snow we saw yesterday), we could see 4-12 inches of snow combined for the week across the state. The map above puts that graphically – it shows combined snow totals from today through Sunday midday.The extended 11-16 day period the dry weather continuing for next Thursday the 15th through Sunday the 18th. However, a powerful low comes out of the central plains and moves across our region for the 19th and 20th, and it can bring half to 1.5” of liquid equivalent precipitation potential. Given the fact that we look to remain cold through most of the extended period, that would bring an argument of significant snow back in as we head toward president’s day.last_img read more

PM, Gilani talks positive, encouraging: Rao

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, left, and Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani, applaud the players, prior to the start of the Cricket World Cup semifinal match between Pakistan and India in Mohali on Wednesday, March 30, 2011.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his Pakistan counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday had a wide wide-ranging conversation of various issues on the sidelines of World Cup semi-final encounter between the two countries at Mohali. Manmohan said India and Pakistan should put ‘our ancient animosities behind to attend to the problems of our nation’. “Both PMs have had a wide-ranging conversation of various issues relevant to both countries. Just as we spoke of a Thimpu spirit last April, it would be appropriate to say today there is a Mohali spirit. Positive and encouraging spirit was generated today,” Foreign Secretary Nirupamo Rao told reporters. The two PMs believed there was a need for more parliamentary interaction. “The dialogue process has been set in motion. It will be followed by meeting of the secretaries. We have begun with a positive agenda. The meeting today reaffirms the intention of the government to take things forward,” Rao said. “Cricket has a truly constructive spirit. Sporting contact epitomises many senses like people-to-people contact, cementing our friendship. Both the PMs spoke of importance of such exchanges between MPs. Our RS and LS chairmens have called parliamentarians’ delegation from Pakistan. It could strengthen our dialogue,” the foreign secretary said, adding, “This dialogue has come after an interim. We have a number of issues flowing from home secretaries’ meeting that we hope to follow up on. The commerce secretaries will meet next month in Islamabad and foreign secretaries will meet in the middle of this year. We’ve begun 2011 with a good augury for the future. It has reaffirmed our intention to take forward process of dialogue. The goal is to normalise relations.” Rao said the game of cricket provided the impetus for this meeting and the manner that game has been played in has provided very good examples of how things can be taken forward. “We have not forgotten 26\11. We raised this issue on the on-going talks. It’s important that there should be proper closure to it,” Rao added. While Gilani extended an invitation to Manmohan to visit Pakistan, the two PMs felt the neighbours had to engage directly with a focus on development, economic and health issues. Both the PMs sought a spirit to address challenges to find solutions to the problems, Rao said. Manmohan said at the dinner he hosted for Gilani that India and Pakistan ‘should put our ancient animosities behind to attend to the problems of our nation’. “We have the will to persevere – we have the will to overcome. We should be working together to find cooperative solutions. We need permanent reconciliation to live together in dignity and honour,” said the PM, reiterating the need for an atmosphere free of violence. Gilani shared this sentiment. Political level contacts has a very positive impact on the relationship, the two felt. Both the PMs spoke about how good sporting contacts are between the two countries and ‘we would like sporting contests’. Geelani said that he would like the Indian team to visit Pakistan.The sense of the situation was that both nations will have to address each other directly. There will be challenges and opportunities.advertisementlast_img read more

Report Cosco in Talks on 25Strong Bulker Order

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: PxHere under CC0 Creative Commons license Chinese shipping giant Cosco Shipping Corporation is reportedly in talks with compatriot shipyards to order up to 25 ships to transport bauxite from Guinea to China, the Wall Street Journal writes.The ships are said to be intended for a long-term charter with Aluminum Corp. of China (Chalco) which is investing around USD 700 million in the construction of Boffa bauxite project in Guinea.The construction of the first stage of the project was kick started at the end of October, as reported by Reuters, with the initial production from the mine set to start in 2019. During this stage, the ships are expected to move around six million metric tons of bauxite.Overall, it is estimated that the project will unleash around 730 million metric tons of bauxite reserves.Under the project, Chalco is also expected to invest heavily in Boffa’s port and transportation infrastructure.According to WSJ, Cosco plans to order seven ships in the early stage, pushing the ordering tally to up to 25 vessels as the mine’s production ramps up.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Corporate kaleidoscope

first_imgPresident Ram Nath Kovind presented the Swachh Bharat Award to POWERGRID under PSU Corporate Category for significant CSR contribution under the initiative of Swachh Iconic Places (SIP) and Swachh Bharat Kosh (SKP) at an event organized by Department of Drinking Water & Sanitation, Ministry of Jal Shakti at Vigyan Bhawan. The award was received by K Sreekant, CMD POWERGRIDPower Finance Corporation Limited has been awarded with the ‘Swachh Bharat Award 2019’ for its significant CSR contribution under the initiative of Swachh Bharat Kosh. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti, Ministry of Jal Shakti Department of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation handed over the award to P K Singh, Director (Commercial) in a function held at Vigyan Bhawan Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalFour AAI airports viz. Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh and Indore won nine ACI ASQ Awards (in total) for the year 2018 in different categories. I N Murthy, Member (Operations), AAI along with his team consisting of G Chandramouli, RED (Western Region); S P Yadav, RED (Eastern Region); Manoj Gangal, Airport Director, SVPI Ahmedabad Airport; S C Hota, Airport Director, BPI Airport, Bhubaneswar; Suneel Dutt, Airport Director, Chandigarh International Airport and Aryama Sanyal, DABH, Indore Airport received the ACI-ASQ Awards at ACI’s Global Summit & Awards held recently in Bali, Indonesia Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostNLC India Ltd, as part of Swachch Bharat Mission initiated activities to create awareness amongst public about the importance of cleanliness by organising various events like “Seashore cleaning, park cleaning, Street Play, and mass rally in Silver Beach, Cuddalore” recently. Bhoomipooja works at all water bodies was performed in the presence of farmers and general public of respective villagesNSIC signed MoU with Government of Sikkim on September 6, 2019 for the promotion and development of MSME sector in the state of sikkim through NSIC package of services for the growth of MSME sector. The MoU was signed by P Udayakumar, Director(P&M), NSIC; Dr Thomas Chandy ,Additional Chief Secretary ,Government of SikkimBirendra Kumar, Attache, EOI, seen lighting lamp. Abdul Azim, Member COA – EPCH & Raj Anand, India Representative of Maison&Objet are seen with him. The Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts is participating in “Maison&Objet 2019” being held from Sept 6-10, 2019 and has set up a stall in Hall no 5A (Unique & Eclectic Sector) at the venue Paris Nord Villepinte, Francelast_img read more

New epigeneticsbased cervical cancer test outperforms Pap smear and HPV tests

Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 17 2018A new test for cervical cancer was found to detect all of the cancers in a randomized clinical screening trial of 15,744 women, outperforming both the current Pap smear and human papillomavirus (HPV) test at a reduced cost, according to a study led by Queen Mary University of London.The study, published in the International Journal of Cancer, compared a new ‘epigenetics-based’ cervical cancer test with Pap smear and HPV tests, and investigated how well it predicted the development of cervical cancer up to five years in advance in a large study of women aged 25-65 in Canada.As opposed to checking for patterns in the DNA genetic code itself that are indicative of the HPV virus, the new test looks at the naturally-occurring chemical markers that appear on top of the DNA, making up its ‘epigenetic profile’.’An enormous development’Lead researcher Professor Attila Lorincz from Queen Mary University of London, who also helped develop the world’s first test for HPV in 1988, said: “This is an enormous development. We’re not only astounded by how well this test detects cervical cancer, but it is the first time that anyone has proven the key role of epigenetics in the development of a major solid cancer using data from patients in the clinic. Epigenetic changes are what this cervical cancer test picks up and is exactly why it works so well.”In contrast to what most researchers and clinicians are saying, we are seeing more and more evidence that it is in fact epigenetics, and not DNA mutations, that drives a whole range of early cancers, including cervical, anal, oropharyngeal, colon, and prostate.”Screening to prevent cervical cancer is typically done through the Pap smear, which involves the collection, staining and microscopic examination of cells from the cervix. Unfortunately, the Pap smear can detect only around 50 per cent of cervical pre-cancers.A much more accurate cervical screening method involves testing for the presence of DNA from the human papillomavirus (HPV) – the primary but indirect cause of cervical cancer. There are estimated to be around 10 million women in the UK who are infected by HPV.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyResearchers use AI to develop early gastric cancer endoscopic diagnosis systemLiving with advanced breast cancerHowever, the HPV test only identifies whether or not women are infected with a cancer-causing HPV, but not their actual risks of cancer, which remain quite low. This causes unnecessary worry for the majority of HPV-infected women who receive a positive result but will eventually clear the virus and not develop the disease.Predicting a person’s risk of cervical cancerThe new test was significantly better than either the Pap smear or HPV test. It detected 100 per cent of the eight invasive cervical cancers that developed in the 15,744 women during the trial. In comparison, the Pap smear only detected 25 per cent of the cancers, and the HPV test detected 50 per cent.The study also looked more closely at a subset of 257 HPV-positive women which were representatively selected from the large study. The new test detected 93 per cent of pre-cancerous lesions in those women, compared to 86 per cent detected using a combination of the Pap smear and HPV test, and 61 per cent detected using the Pap smear on its own.Reducing the number of screening appointments neededProfessor Lorincz added: “This really is a huge advance in how to deal with HPV-infected women and men, numbering in the billions worldwide, and it is going to revolutionize screening.”We were surprised by how well this new test can detect and predict early cervical cancers years in advance, with 100 per cent of cancers detected, including adenocarcinomas, which is a type of cervical cancer that is very difficult to detect. The new test is much better than anything offered in the UK at present but could take at least five years to be established.”The authors say that using this test in the clinic would reduce the number of visits to the doctor and screening appointments, as high-grade disease would be detected from the start. They also say that if it was fully implemented, it would be cheaper than the Pap smear.Source: https://www.qmul.ac.uk/ read more