FOCUS facts

first_imgBy Stephanie SchupskaUniversity ofGeorgiaProject FOCUS is a three-hour service learning course that is offered every semester at the University of Georgia. It aims to foster the community’s understanding of science, and it has a secondary bonus of helping UGA students realize the importance of teaching.“There really is no profession that we as upcoming society will enter into that will not involve teaching in some way – as a boss, a team leader, a doctor, a professor, a therapist,” Project FOCUS student Becky Cafiero said. Cafiero, from Savannah, is double-majoring in biology and psychology and has been accepted to the Medical College of Georgia for 2006’s fall semester.David Knauft, UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences professor, is now accepting Project FOCUS students for the spring 2006 semester. Project FOCUS students must have 12 hours of science credits and at least a 2.5 GPA. They must also devote a minimum of six hours per week to teaching activities – three hours in the classroom and three hours towards planning, preparing, commuting and facilitating. This includes the hour-long reflection session with other Project FOCUS students.“Seeing the children’s excitement to learn is refreshing, and knowing that I am a part of their future is an unparalleled [aspect of the program],” said Becky Rahn, a junior psychology major from Augusta who plans to become a physician’s assistant. “Also, personally, the interactions with the students that I have every week provide me with hands-on experience related to topics that I learn in other classes.”The program is also good for students considering teaching as a career because it gives undergraduates time in the classroom as sophomores or juniors. Usually, most education students don’t have this opportunity until they are seniors and about to start student teaching.“One thing we didn’t anticipate was that about 25 percent of our Project FOCUS students have decided that they want to go into teaching,” Knauft said. “Children are naturally curious about the world around them. They’re natural scientists, and it’s fun being able to cultivate that interest in science.”For more information, contact Knauft at (706) 542-2471 or or Anna Scott at 706-542-2108 or read more


first_img February 1, 2004 Errata Errata The story in the January 1 Bar News on proposed multijurisidictional practice rules erroneously said that non-Bar members who handle matters in Florida must register with the Supreme Court. The story should have said that those lawyers who come into the state to handle trials and arbitrations (except for international arbitrations) are required to notify the Bar, which will enter that into a database. Those handling trials would file a copy of the motion to appear and those handling local, state, or national arbitrations would file a statement with the Bar. Lawyers who are handling transactional work (such as a real estate closing) do not have to notify the Bar. Erratalast_img read more

Florida credit union’s Eco-friendly branches flourish

first_imgFlorida’s largest credit union has reinforced its commitment to energy conservation by opening a sixth eco-friendly branch.A new branch at $6.3 billion asset Suncoast Credit Union in Tampa features geothermal air conditioning and heating systems, 40-kilowatt solar power panels, high-efficiency interior and exterior lighting, roof foam, and block wall insulation.While building an environmentally friendly branch costs between 8% and 10% more than traditional construction, Suncoast believes the investment will pay off.The credit union—which serves 17 counties and more than 641,000 members—expects to save up to $1,200 a month in electrical costs because the branch uses 80% less electricity annually than a standard building.“Broadening and diversifying our energy sources will help Suncoast operate more efficiently—and we believe it makes good business sense as well,” says Earl Brendle, vice president of facilities. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Conference boosts global will to fight pandemic threat

first_imgNov 9, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Concluding a major conference on avian and pandemic influenza today, health officials reported a new level of international agreement on the need to confront the threat and released a list of key steps to do that.”There’s consensus. There’s clarity. There’s cash,” said David Nabarro, the United Nations’ special coordinator on avian and pandemic flu, as quoted in an Associated Press (AP) report from the meeting at the World Health Organization (WHO) offices in Geneva.WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook echoed Nabarro in closing remarks, as published on the WHO Web site. “The international solidarity to confront these threats is clear,” he said. “The urgency of acting now is felt by us all. Precise recommendations have emerged. Equally, precise offers of help and support have been put forward, by both developing and industrialized countries.”More than 600 delegates from over 100 countries agreed on the “urgent need” to assist countries affected by or at high risk for avian flu and “to identify and respond to a human pandemic the moment it emerges,” the WHO said in a statement.The preparedness steps outlined by the WHO include conducting a “global pandemic response exercise,” among others. As for the cost of the campaign, the World Bank estimated it may take $1 billion over the next 3 years to combat poultry outbreaks in Asian countries already affected or at high risk.A WHO statement outlined the preparedness measures as follows:Improving veterinary services, emergency preparedness plans, and control campaigns, including culling, vaccination and compensationAssisting countries to control avian influenza in animal populationsStrengthening early detection and rapid response systems for animal and human influenzaBuilding and strengthening laboratory capacitySupport and training for the investigation of animal and human cases and clusters, and planning and testing rapid containment activitiesBuilding and testing national pandemic preparedness plans, conducting a global pandemic response exercise, strengthening the capacity of health systems, training clinicians and health managersDeveloping integrated national plans across all sectors to provide the basis for coordinated technical and financial supportTo support all of the above, factual and transparent communications, in particular risk communication, is vital.Nabarro said the conference has already improved international coordination and will increase the energy that countries devote to the pandemic threat, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report. “I think we’ll be much quicker to control avian influenza as a result and if a pandemic starts there’s a pretty good chance it will be smaller as a result of the work we’ve done in the past three days than it would have been otherwise,” he said.According to the WHO statement, the World Bank estimated that the needs of affected countries may amount to $1 billion over the next 3 years, but this doesn’t count the cost of human or animal vaccine development, antiviral drugs, or compensation for farmers whose flocks are culled.The WHO estimated it would cost another $500 million over 3 years to develop and produce a pandemic vaccine and to research new antiviral drugs, according to an AP report today. For comparison, President George W. Bush last week proposed spending $1.2 billion to buy enough doses of an experimental H5N1 vaccine for 20 million people.The meeting supported an urgent request for $35 million to fund high-priority actions by the WHO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) over the next six months, the WHO said. That was a down payment on $80 million the three agencies need for early efforts, AFP reported.Dr. Bernard Vallat, head of the OIE, said the top priorities are to assess and strengthen veterinary services and laboratory and surveillance capacity in affected and at-risk countries.A financial conference for donor countries is scheduled for Jan 17 and 18 in Beijing. US delegates said they hope that better estimates of the cost of the strategy will be available by then, according to an AP report.For contributions, the Asian Development Bank said it could provide $300 million for poorer Asian countries, on top of $170 million already earmarked, AFP reported. In addition, France pledged 10 million euros ($12 million), mainly for Africa.See also:WHO news release on results of Geneva meeting remarks by WHO Director-General Lee Jong-wook read more

An opportunity to live alongside the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row

first_img“Mermaid Beach has always been regarded as an exclusive residential enclave as opposed to a holiday hotspot, so Mahala has been designed to cater to owner occupiers,” he said. >>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<< Want to live by the water? You might not have to go as far as you think “It gives them the opportunity to live alongside the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row.”Mr Roubicek said a major driver of interest was Mahala’s proximity to the light rail service, Pacific Fair and the local dining precincts. Residents of the new high-rise would also benefit from a rooftop solar farm to help lower energy bills. Apartments include two parking bays and shared entertainment spaces with a pool, barbecues and private dining room. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe proposed view from Mahala.“We received in excess of300 inquiries (ahead of the launch) for Mahala’s 94two, three and four-bedroom large owner occupier-style apartments, with interest predominantly stemming from residents in surrounding suburbs,” Mr Roubicek said.“Mahala’s position overlooking Hedges Ave has strong appeal to purchasers. Pindan Group’s luxury apartment project Mahala was officially launched to the market on October 27 — the resident’s lounge leading out to the pool. At Mermaid Beach, Pindan Group’s luxury apartment project Mahala was officially launched to the market today, but has already turned heads, despite early works on construction having only just started.Colliers International residential director Andrew Roubicek said most of the potential buyers were locals looking to downsize on property, but super-size on luxury. MORE: Artist impression of Mahala, a 25-storey high-rise tower by developer Pindan which is planned for Peerless Ave, Mermaid BeachPindan director of development management Nick Allingame said the development tailored itself to the surrounding beachside suburb. GLITTER STRIP: Mahala apartment project at Mermaid Beach provides an opportunity to live alongside the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s RowThe Gold Coast glitter strip has long been the territory for tourists, but now suburban downsizers are moving in, looking for their slice of paradise. Sydney developer’s plan for West Endlast_img read more

Ordained Ministers told Celebrate Same-Sex Wedding or Go to Jail (US)

first_imgThe Daily Signal 18 October 2014For years, those in favor of same-sex marriage have argued that all Americans should be free to live as they choose. And yet in countless cases, the government has coerced those who simply wish to be free to live in accordance with their belief that marriage is the union of a man and a woman.Just this weekend, a case has arisen in Idaho, where city officials have told ordained ministers they have to celebrate same-sex weddings or face fines and jail time.The Idaho case involves Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers, who run Hitching Post Wedding Chapel. Officials from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, told the couple that because the city has a non-discrimination statute that includes sexual orientation and gender identity, and because the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Idaho’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, the couple would have to officiate at same-sex weddings in their own chapel.The non-discrimination statute applies to all “public accommodations,” and the city views the chapel as a public accommodation.On Friday, a same-sex couple asked to be married by the Knapps, and the Knapps politely declined. The Knapps now face a 180-day jail term and $1,000 fine for each day they decline to celebrate the same-sex wedding. read more

Tony Gwynn

first_imgTony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres passed away from mouth cancer recently.  Most baseball experts agree he might have been the best hitter since Joe DiMaggio.  These baseball people also hope that the younger ball players look at the smokeless tobacco usage that led to Tony Gwynn’s cancer and avoid this habit from developing.Tony had 8 batting titles to his name.  His 20-year major league average was .338.  He had 3,141 hits and 135 home runs in these 20 seasons.  He didn’t have as many hits as Pete Rose, but his overall batting average was higher.  He was a 15 time all-star and is credited with being the first major leaguer to study his hitting through the use of video.The right fielder wore Number 19 for his entire pro-baseball career.  He has a son, Tony, Jr., playing major league ball at this time with Philadelphia.last_img read more

Alma Miller – age 98, of Sunman

first_imgThose surviving who will cherish Alma’s memory include one sister, Angela Probst of Sunman, and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.  She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Julius M. Miller in May of 1975; two sisters, Marie Brunsman and Betty Gillman, and two brothers, Raymond Schuck and George Schuck.  Memorial contributions can be directed to All Saints Parish – New Alsace Campus, St. Nicholas School or for Masses.  To sign the online guestbook or to leave a personal condolence, please visit  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Alma Miller. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday, April 5, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. until time of Mass at 10:30 a.m. at All Saints Parish – New Alsace Campus;  Rosary will be prayed at 9 a.m.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.center_img Alma O. Miller, of Sunman, was born on February 7, 1920 in St. Leon, the daughter of Phillip and Catherine Bischoff Schuck.  She married Julius M. Miller on September 7, 1949 at St. Nicholas Church.  Alma helped Julius on their farm and was a member of All Saints Parish – formerly St. Paul, New Alsace and was active in their Ladies Sodality.  She also volunteered at Margaret Mary Hospital in Batesville and enjoyed fishing, gardening, traveling and playing cards.  On Friday, March 30, 2018 at the age of 98, she passed away at Ripley Crossing in Milan.last_img read more

Allardyce acknowledges ‘fortunate’ win

first_imgWest Ham boss Sam Allardyce acknowledged an element of irony to his side’s Barclays Premier League victory after seeing them triumph 1-0 over Stoke at the Britannia Stadium. Press Association He added: “We were a little desperate after only a few minutes when we saw two players coming off injured, but by the end of the game we had a well-deserved victory and it just shows the importance of the strength and depth of your squad. “Two players come on and the team hasn’t got any weaker – it stayed strong and continued to probe the Stoke defence, which finally paid off.” West Ham twice survived scares in stoppage time at the end of the match to hold on for the victory. First, Stoke substitute Charlie Adam cracked a volley against the bar, and the hosts then had appeals that Hammers defender Guy Demel had handled in the area waved away by referee Jonathan Moss. Stoke manager Tony Pulis, whose side’s defeat was only their second at home in the top-flight this term, was convinced the incident involving Demel should have resulted in a penalty, although he seemed more aggrieved about one in the build-up to the goal that featured West Ham striker Andy Carroll and Potters skipper Ryan Shawcross. Vaz Te was able to slip in his pass to Collison after attempting to play a one-two with Carroll and having the ball come back to him via a coming-together between the England frontman and Shawcross. Regarding that, Pulis said: “Their goal is really hard to take – Carroll actually pulls Ryan down and we are disappointed with that, and we could have had a penalty in the second half. “We thought it was a definite handball. But like the offside rules, handball is a very ambiguous topic at the moment.” center_img The Hammers suffered what appeared to be a major setback early on, with the concussed Matt Taylor and Joe Cole, nursing a hamstring problem, having to come off in only the 10th and 11th minutes respectively. But it was their replacements, Jack Collison and Ricardo Vaz Te, who subsequently combined for what turned out to be a decisive goal in first-half stoppage time. Allardyce said: “Our misfortune ended up as our good fortune today. Our misfortune was Matt Taylor going off with concussion and then straight after that Joe Cole with a hamstring injury. But Ricardo Vaz Te’s ball to Jack Collison and (the performances of) those two players throughout the game today has helped us win this match.” last_img read more

Giggs keen to make United smile

first_img The midfielder said the season under Moyes had been “frustrating” and he wants to restore some pride in his four games in charge. “It’s a proud moment for me to manage Manchester United and it’s one I will enjoy,” said Giggs, who will take his place in the dugout for the first time against Norwich on Saturday. “I want to bring back some smiles on the faces of the fans. “I can’t wait for the game, the players are excited too. “I know the stadium will be bouncing.” Moyes left United seventh in the Barclays Premier League, some 23 points behind leaders Liverpool. Moyes was dogged by rumours – always denied by the Scot – that he did not have a good relationship with his players. Giggs took time to thank his manager at the start of his press conference. “I’d like to thank David for giving me my first chance in coaching,” said Giggs, who was appointed first-team coach when Moyes arrived. “It was something I’ll always remember when he rang me in the summer and asked me to come on board. “Obviously I was still playing but he’s given me my first opportunity of a coaching role.” But despite Giggs’ warm words about Moyes, there was a feeling around Carrington on Friday morning that everyone at the club was keen to move on and forget the 10 torturous months under the former Everton boss. United were flat, unimaginative and slow in Moyes’ final game in charge – a 2-0 loss at Goodison Park. Giggs, the club’s most decorated player, wants to bring a bit of flair back to Old Trafford. “It’s been a frustrating season for everyone,” said 40-year-old, who has won 13 Premier League titles with the club. “We win together and lose together and in these remaining four games, I want to bring the positivity back. “We have three home games at Old Trafford, where the home form hasn’t been great, and I want to see goals, tackles, players taking players on and getting the crowd up. “I want the passion that should come with being a Manchester United player.” Giggs came through the youth ranks at Old Trafford and was part of the famed ‘Class of ’92’ that helped contribute to so much of the club’s success under Sir Alex Ferguson. The club’s record appearance maker could not hide his delight at being appointed interim manager. “I am proud to be managing Manchester United for the remaining games,” said Giggs, who has played 962 times for the club. “It’s a club I’ve been associated with for 25 years and it’s a proud moment for me and one I will enjoy. “I’ve enjoyed the week and I’m proud more than anything. It’s probably the proudest moment of my career. “It has been a difficult week for the club and it was a shock to me on Tuesday when I spoke to Ed and he informed me David was leaving and then asked me to take over. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind week for me but one I’ve enjoyed – it has been different, chaotic and I’ve been getting a little taste as it’s my fourth day in the job. “I can never imagine what you have to do and things it entails being a Manchester United manager.” Giggs, who started taking his UEFA pro-license at the beginning of the season, is not being considered by the United board as a replacement for Moyes. A lot of United fans would like to see Giggs in charge next year, but he refused to reveal his plans beyond the end of the season. “I’m just concentrating on a short term,” Giggs said. “I am concentrating on the four games remaining. “After that, I’ve not really thought about it.” Even though he turns 41 in seven months, Giggs’ fitness levels are still good, and he has not ruled out extending his playing career by at least another year. The Welshman is keen to play a part in United’s games on the pitch so will consider naming himself in the squad for Saturday’s game against struggling Norwich. “I’ve just given myself a five-year contract,” he joked. “I haven’t done much this week but I am still involved as a player as well.” Giggs has been so busy this week that he has not had time to consider whether he will wear a suit or tracksuit in the dugout on Saturday. “I haven’t decided. You’ll have to wait and see,” said Giggs, who will be assisted by former United trio Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes during his interim reign. Ryan Giggs has vowed to put a smile back on the faces of Manchester United fans. Giggs was appointed interim player-manager on Tuesday following the sacking of David Moyes. The Welshman was in a good mood as he conducted his first press conference, even joking that he had given himself a new five-year contract. Press Associationlast_img read more