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Harvard professor brings family literacy program to Ed Portal

first_img“[Some] teachers tell us to stop being creative and to start being serious about work,” begins Harvard Professor Doris Sommer. “But we say that if you can be creative with work, you are being critical too.”This philosophy is the foundation of Sommer’s innovative “Pre-Texts” literacy program that helps children bridge the gap between creative and analytical thinking. She and her team have brought this method of instruction all over the world to help educators encourage their students to take a deeper dive into literature to become both critical readers and creative thinkers.On May 21, Public School Partnerships and Sommer’s team brought Pre-Texts to the Harvard Ed Portal for the first time and showed families how to use literature as a tool for expression. Participants of all ages learned how to actively engage with a text as they explored the classic story “The Little Prince” through art, songs, and cookie decorating. Bringing the story to life required thoughtful consideration and the adults and children learned to ask questions and personally interpret the text through their own creative expression.“It’s a great way to get students talking about complex texts in a very fun way,” said Karen Wonton, who works with Boston Public Schools’ Parent University.Conducted in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Mandarin, the Pre-Texts program pushed past the language barrier and allowed each participant to share their own unique interpretation of the story with others. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Forum discusses impact of oil pipelines

first_imgFilm, Television and Theater professor Gary Sieber moderated the 2014 Reilly Center Forum “Life Amongst the ‘Tar Sands’ Oil Pipelines: Impacts on Rural Communities and the Environment,” which featured four panelists sharing their experiences with tar sands oil Tuesday in the Eck Visitor’s Center.“Few people likely realize that tar sands pipelines run through Michiana,” Sieber said. ”In fact, the largest on-land spill occurred around here just four years ago.“Pipeline 6B, owned by Enbridge Inc., spilled over a million gallons of tar sands oil into the Kalamazoo River.”Michigan State University professor Steve Hamilton worked on the scene when the spill happened, and said cleaning up such spills from tar sands pipelines like Pipeline 6B and the planned Keystone XL Pipeline could bear huge environmental costs. Tags: Community, oil spill JODI LO |The Observer A panelist in Tuesday night’s forum in Eck Visitor’s Center.discusses the impact of oil pipeline spills.“How far do you want to go to try to get [the oil] out, because the act of getting it out is itself environmentally damaging? … It turns out that freshwater oil spills haven’t been very well studied, and this particularly type of oil hasn’t really been studied at all,” Hamilton said.Notre Dame civil engineering professor Patricia Maurice said she has a house along Line 6B and felt that the way she and her neighbors were treated was abhorrent.We have whole towns without water. We’ve had countless court cases between landowners and Enridge,” Maurice said. “This is one of the most profitable companies in all of Canada … and I think they could probably spend a little more money to make sure things are done safely and correctly … but they won’t unless residents raise up and take advantage of the political apparatus.”Beth Wallace, a Michigan native who worked for the National Wildlife Federation, said the numerous defects in pipelines carrying derivatives from tar sands, like Line 6B, pose a clear and present threat to her home’s environment.Oakland University professor Jeffrey Insko also lives near Line 6B. He said increased regulation and more effective leadership will be the first step to solving problems along the pipeline.“First, we need a serious overhaul of federal regulations,” Insko said. “The fact of the matter is that Enbridge and companies like Enbridge are not suddenly going to start living up to the values they profess all the time. Our only hope is a regulatory system with some serious teeth.”last_img read more

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Irena: Energy transition at a ‘turning point’ as renewables undercut fossil fuel generation costs

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Plunging costs of renewables mark a turning point in a global transition to low-carbon energy, with new solar or wind farms increasingly cheaper to build than running existing coal plants, according to a report published on Tuesday.The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said the attractive prices of renewables relative to fossil fuel power generation could help governments embrace green economic recoveries from the shock of the coronavirus pandemic.“We have reached an important turning point in the energy transition,” Francesco La Camera, director-general of IRENA, said in a statement.Although scientists say the world needs to stage a much faster transition to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, the annual report by the Abu Dhabi-based agency shows that wind and solar are increasingly competitive on price alone. More than half of the renewable capacity added in 2019 achieved lower power costs than the cheapest new coal plants, the report found.Auction results also suggest that the average cost of building new solar photovoltaic (PV) and onshore wind power now costs less than keeping many existing coal plants running, reinforcing the case for phasing out coal, the report said.The authors also calculated that the world could save up to $23 billion of power system costs per year by using onshore wind and solar PV to replace the most expensive 500 gigawatts of coal-fired power, mostly found in China, India, Ukraine, Poland, South Korea, Japan, Germany and the United States. Next year, up to 1,200 GW of existing coal capacity could prove more expensive to operate than the cost of building new utility-scale solar PV farms, the report found.[Matthew Green]More: Plunging cost of wind and solar marks turning point in energy transition: IRENA Irena: Energy transition at a ‘turning point’ as renewables undercut fossil fuel generation costslast_img read more

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Headline explains a lot about Trump

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I had to laugh this morning when I read the Jan. 27 Gazette headline, “Sober Trump reassures leaders in Davos,” He is always sober. He has never had a drink in his life. I’m guessing that’s why he is so healthy.Donna HartGlenvilleMore from The Daily Gazette:Broadalbin-Perth’s Tomlinson seizing the day by competing in cross country and golf this fallEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

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Rare Budds Beach cottage a bargain buy

first_imgThe private sandy beach on main river at Budds Beach is a popular local haunt.An original cottage with water views along the tightly held Budds Beach riverfront strip has sold under the hammer for $75,000 less than it achieved at auction 15 years ago.A local buyer snapped up the split level brick and tile house at 13 River Dr, Surfers Paradise for $1.1 million at an onsite auction on June 27. River Drive, Budds Beach holds a private position within Surfers Paradise.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoThe last comparable sale on River Dr was in 2016 when a two-bedroom beach shack on 516 sqm at 23 River Dr sold for $1.275 million. Eight bidders were registered for the auction of 13 River Dr which attracted a large crowd of spectators on the street and footpaths surrounding the property. Ray White Prestige Agent Sherry Smith declined to comment on the sale price, but said the previously rented property presented a rare opportunity for the new owner. Plans for the property are unknown however council regulations prevent a duplex being built on the site. 13 River Dr, Budds Beach sold for $1.1 million at auction.Property records show the two-bedroom, one bathroom house on 478 sqm last changed hands in 2005 for $1.175 million. Overlooking the Nerang River, the cottage is one of only eleven original houses remaining along the riverfront section of Budds Beach, making it prime real estate.last_img read more

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Aderco: Planing for Sulphur Cap Just Over a Month Away

first_imgSwiss-based marine fuel treatment company Aderco reminded ship owners, ship managers and operators that they should already have started planning to comply with the IMO’s 2020 global sulphur cap.Olivier Baiwir, CEO of Aderco, believes some in the maritime industry perceive the start of the cap as being nearly a year away, but they need to rethink that position and, quickly, to ensure they will be compliant with the new regulations.“The IMO sulphur cap starts on January 1, 2020 but in reality the planning for compliance is just over a month away. By this March ship owners, ship managers and operators need to be lining up their treatments in preparation for the end of 2019 when they will be bunkering the new fuels. Despite the recent highly publicized bans on open-loop scrubbers, fuel treatment remains the most cost-effective and simplest way to address compliance, as well as providing an extra bonus of helping to protect your marine diesel engines,” Baiwir said.As explained, in the run-up to the cap, flushing and cleaning of tanks prior to bunkering new fuel is the most important task to be addressed.“Even the slightest amount of high-sulphur fuel remaining in the tank will mean non-compliance. Using fuel treatment from our recommended date of June this year should provide the necessary flushing and cleaning ready for the new fuel,” he added.Baiwir sees additives as a continuous and effective solution to the cap and the smart way towards compliance.Additives are poured directly into storage tanks prior to bunkering and can also be added directly into fuel tanks to reduce commingling risks, regenerate the current sludge into usable fuel and clean out contaminants before taking on the new low-sulphur fuel, Aderco explained.“We have been advising our customers that compliance with the cap starts in the fuel tank and that now is the time to really start preparing for IMO 2020,” Baiwir added, voicing concern that there will be some ships reaching the end of 2019 without being ready for the new fuels.“The simplest and most cost-effective method is a fuel treatment. With a strong focus likely to be on the shipping world and policing by Port State Control in the early part of 2020 for anyone not adhering to the new rules, the chances are that some will find themselves on the end of hefty fines and detentions for non-compliance. When all it takes is the addition of a fuel treatment it seems a small price to pay for peace of mind and operational efficiency,” he concluded.last_img read more

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Rwandan troops allegedly cross into DRC, wound soldier

first_imgDRC troops in CAR who did not meet UN standards withdrawn Cameroon troops strike for pay Rwandan troops arrive in Juba as part of regional protection forcecenter_img (Reuters) – Rwandan troops crossed into eastern Democratic Republic of Congo and wounded a local soldier, the Congolese government said on Wednesday, drawing an immediate denial from a Rwandan official.Government spokesperson Lambert Mende said Congolese troops fired warning shots at Rwandan troops who entered Rutshuru territory in DRC’s eastern province of North Kivu.“The Rwandans responded by wounding one of our troops,” he said.North Kivu governor Julien Paluku also said Rwandan troops had crossed the border on Wednesday afternoon. He added that a team from the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region was being deployed to investigate the incident.Rwanda’s deputy permanent representative to the United Nations Olivier Nduhungirehe said on his Twitter feed in response to the alleged incursion, “This is baloney, as usual.”DRC’s army has been conducting military operations since February against the Rwandan Hutu rebel group, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR). The group’s presence on Congolese soil has in the past served as a pretext for a series of Rwandan border interventions.Relatedlast_img read more

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Bacuna back for Villa

first_img Press Association The Dutchman, who can play at full-back or in midfield, missed the defeat to Crystal Palace with a hamstring strain but is back in contention to face the Saints. Otherwise, Paul Lambert is choosing from the same squad with Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak, Charles N’Zogbia, Jores Okore, Nicklas Helenius and Gary Gardner all long-term absentees. Lambert must attempt to shut out off-field intrigue long enough to secure the one win he believes will secure Barclays Premier League safety. Villa go into the weekend fixtures four points above the drop zone with five games to play, but their scrap for safety was shunted down the news agenda when it was announced this week that assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa had been suspended by the club. As long-term associates of Lambert, the decision has created considerable interest and no little speculation. But an ongoing internal investigation means Lambert cannot speak publicly on the matter. Instead, he has attempted to focus the minds of players and public alike on the real business at hand – securing a potentially decisive win. Southampton visit Villa Park on Saturday, with Lambert looking to end a losing sequence stretching four games. “Forget about the rest of it, my main focus is to prepare for the game, to go and get the lads ready as best as we can,” he said. “We’ll try and get the supporters behind us, get everyone positive and try to win a game. That’s my job to try and do. “(One more win) and we’ll be in touching distance (of safety). We always say to the lads to be positive no matter what, we don’t talk about being negative. “But the lads know the situation, they don’t need me to tell them. They know it themselves and we’ll be ready for this one.” Lambert admits his side seemed to have lifted themselves out of the relegation battle with a 1-0 win over Chelsea last month, but no points from the last 12 available has dragged them back in. “After the Chelsea game everybody thought ‘great, no problem’, nobody foresaw the last four games,” he said. “After Chelsea we were sitting with feet up and all of a sudden, four games later, you’ve got a bit more to do to get over the line. “It (complacency) never came from ourselves, as a group or as a team. Outside people, pundits and all that, thought Aston Villa were totally safe but I’ve never given that implication. “We know that now is the time to win a game.” Artur Boruc has beaten his back injury in time for Southampton’s trip. The Poland stopper’s return offsets the continued absence of fellow goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, also with back trouble. Maya Yoshida (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (ankle) will also miss out. Saints are aiming to hit back to winning form after last weekend’s frustrating 1-0 home loss to Cardiff. Well aware of the watchful gaze of England coaches Roy Hodgson and Ray Lewington, Rickie Lambert said he must set all World Cup thoughts aside in favour of fighting for form and goals with Saints. “Most importantly, we’ve got four games to try and get more points for Southampton and try and push us up further in the league,” said the 32-year-old target man. “We got asked the same question a few games ago – ‘we’ve got nothing to play for’ – but then we won three out of four games, so the lads are still very hungry and very determined to do well and that’s what we’ll be trying to do in the remaining four games. “I think we’ve had either Ray or Roy watching our games for the last 10 games I think, so we know we are getting watched and that’s brilliant for them to be watching Southampton. “I try not to focus on it, if I’m being honest. I try to play my own game, I think that’s the best way to go about it. “I think you can’t think too much about it, because I think it might affect your game. “You’ve just got to get on with it, try and do well for Southampton and hopefully Roy or Ray are impressed, that’s it really.” Leandro Bacuna is back in the Aston Villa squad for Saturday’s home clash with Southampton.last_img read more

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Postponing the Olympic Games represents a big challenge: IOC

first_imgNew Delhi: Postponing of Tokyo Olympics 2020 has thrown a huge challenge to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who will now have their plates full in the coming months in trying to make it happen in 2021 along with working on the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022.“Postponing the Olympic Games represents a big challenge. In the coming months and year, we will have to focus on the organisation of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, of course, but also on the delivery of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, which are approaching fast, and the Youth Olympic Games Dakar 2022,” the IOC said in a FAQ about Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.“We will need to assess how this workload affects our staff and decide how to organise ourselves to be as efficient as possible in helping the Organising Committees deliver the Games. We will rely on the “Here we go” Task Force to give a clear overview of the situation and of the scope of the challenge ahead of us so that the IOC, as an organisation, can put in place the relevant measures and resources,” it added.The Olympic Games was postponed after a lot of dilly-dallying by the IOC due to growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. A lot of athletes put their weight behind the postponement with Canada becoming the first team to pull out.“The IOC has always taken into consideration the athletes’ voice, which has played a very important role. We are in constant contact with our Athletes’ Commission, whose Chair is a member of the IOC Executive Board and takes part in any consultation, any decision and any vote,” the IOC said answering to a question on whether the postponement was driven by growing clamour from athletes.Asked if cancellation was an option at all, IOC said: “A cancellation of the Olympic Games would have destroyed the Olympic dream of 11,000 athletes from all 206 National Olympic Committees, from the IOC Refugee Olympic Team, and for all the people who are supporting the athletes, including coaches, doctors, officials, training partners, friends and family.“It would also have destroyed the work and the enthusiasm of our great Japanese hosts, with Tokyo being the best-prepared city for the Games ever.”Also read: Ex Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman Jock Edwards passes awayAlso watch: Coronavirus Preventive Measures: Dr. Navanil Barua in exclusive interview with The Sentinel Digitallast_img read more

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Badminton News Kashyap enters main draw of Malaysia Masters

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Badminton News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Kuala Lampur: Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap entered the main draw of the Malaysia Masters 2019 after defeating Vladimir Malkov of Russia 21-12 21-17 in straight games in the men’s singles qualification round here on Tuesday. Kashyap, who recently married London Olympics bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, will take on Rasmus Gemke from Denmark in the opening round of the BWF World Tour Super 500 event at the Axiata Arena on Wednesday.But it was curtains for Subhankar Dey as he lost 18-21 13-21 to Tanongsak Saensomboonsuk of Thailand in another men’s singles qualification match.Also Read | BCCI CEO speaks to Hardik Pandya, KL RahulIndian women shuttlers, Rituparna Das and Mughda Agrey, too bowed out in the qualification round. While Rituparna lost 13-21 24-26 to Indonesia’s Ruselli Hartawan, her compatriot Mugdha was shown the door 17-21 21-18 19-21 by Switzerland’s Sabrina Jaquet.In the women’s singles opening round on Wednesday, Kashyap’s wife Saina Nehwal, seeded seventh, will be up against Xuan Deng Joy of Hong Kong.last_img read more

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